Heading into the Division III district meet, Eric Hamner had two goals in mind for his Johnstown-Monroe High School girls cross country team.

Heading into the Division III district meet, Eric Hamner had two goals in mind for his Johnstown-Monroe High School girls cross country team.

The first was to qualify as a team for regional, which was last Saturday at Pickerington North. The second was for his top two runners to finish first and second in the district 1 race on Oct. 23 at Watkins Memorial.

The third-year coach got both wishes. Juniors Meghan Schulze and Stephanie Loshbough were the top two finishers as the Johnnies finished second as a team to advance.

"One of reasons we went away from Grandview and Fredericktown was because we wanted Meghan and Stephanie to have a chance to go 1-2," Hamner said. "Stephanie and Meghan have started to run well at the right time."

The Johnnies were second of eight teams with 69 points behind Galion Northmor (43). Centerburg (81) and Berne Union (103) were the other regional qualifiers.

Schulze won in 19 minutes, 5.55 seconds, ahead of Loshbough (19:22.03) and Jordan Kimes of Northmor (19:44.08).

Senior Katrina Cartwright (16th, 21:05.04) was next for Johnstown followed by sophomore Jessica Turner (26th, 22:04.34), sophomore Lauren Baldwin (30th, 22:23.22) and senior Sarah Mast (40th, 23:41.32).

The boys team competed in the Division II district 1 race but did not have enough runners for a team score. Granville (19) won the eight-team event to advance to regional with Centennial (97), Lakewood (108) and Caledonia River Valley (113).

Senior James Platt finished 13th (17:27.68) to qualify for regional as the top 16 individuals advanced. Granville's James Logan won (16:55.57).

Johnstown junior Jacob Wall was 18th (17:46.34) and senior Jon Holbrook was 42nd (19:15.29).

•Heading into the final week of the regular season, the football team was ninth in Division IV, Region 15, eight-tenths of a point behind eighth-place Albany Alexander, which was 7-2 before last Friday.

The top eight in each region advance to the postseason. The pairings will be announced today.

Junior running back Ross Franklin had 1,896 yards rushing before last Friday in 194 carries with 18 touchdowns. Marcus Hendren set the school record of 2,902 in 2006.

"Marcus was a very special player and he did a fantastic job behind a great line," said Johnstown coach Mike Carter, whose team defeated East Knox 42-20 to improve to 6-3 overall and 4-2 in league play before playing Northridge last Friday. "Ross keeps improving and gets better with each rep."

•The boys soccer team finished 11-4-2 after losing to West Jefferson 2-1 in a second-round district game on Oct. 23. Senior midfielder Jason Shadwick scored and senior goalkeeper Patrick Benton had seven saves.

In NCSL postseason honors, junior forward Tyler Brooks, senior forward Joe Carter and junior defender Connor Hosey were first-team all-league and sophomore defender Matt Dandrea and junior midfielder Yared Terrant were second-team. Junior defender Shiloh Stevens was honorable mention.

•The girls soccer team finished 10-7-1 after losing to second-seeded Columbus Academy 9-0 on Oct. 20 in the second round of the Division II district tournament.

The Johnnies more than exceeded the expectations of coach Andy Buck in the program's initial season.

"We set the modest goal of winning six games to start the season," Buck said. "When we hit six games, we set a goal of eight wins and when we hit that we went to 10. We had an amazing season for a first-year program."

The Johnnies did not have any seniors. They were led by sophomore midfielder Taylor Ross, who had 21 goals and eight assists. Junior midfielder Chelsea Rowe had eight goals and 11 assists and sophomore forward Marissa Sheets added eight goals and six assists.

Aside from Rowe, other juniors expected back are midfielder Madison Ashbrook, midfielder Courtney Chatfield, midfielder Kayla Kincaid, forward Lauren Lowe, forward Samanda McGiffin, midfielder Gina Poulson, defender Christine Snowden, midfielder Sarah Thomas and junior defender Lizzie Wisma.

Other sophomores expected to return include midfielder Kaitlyn Corbi and defender Sierra Gast. Freshmen include midfielder Madison Blair, defender Kiersten Curran, defender Tanner Jakeway, forward Rebecca Monroe, midfielder Kaitlyn Piper, goalkeeper Taylor Thomas and defender Paige Turner.

"We are already beefing up next year's schedule," Buck said. "We were a different team at the end of the season. We were a better team and we want to continue to get better."

•The girls volleyball team finished 2-18 overall after losing to seventh-seeded Amanda-Clearcreek 25-5, 25-9, 25-20 in the second round of the Division III district tournament on Oct. 23 at Olentangy Liberty.

The Johnnies had a first-round bye.

Johnstown finished seventh in the MBC at 2-12 behind Centerburg (14-0), Fredericktown (11-3), East Knox (8-6), Loudonville (8-6), Northridge (7-7), Utica (6-8) and ahead of Danville (0-14)

Johnstown had four seniors in setter Hannah Farley, back-row player Megan Karnes, outside hitter Brooke Ison and outside hitter Holly Sammons. Farley was honorable mention all-district and second-team all-league, and Sammons was honorable mention all-league.

"The seniors were very positive and encouraging to their teammates," said coach Heather Ashbrook, who concluded her second season. "We have a strong group coming back next year.I have hopes of starting next year where we left off this year so we can continue to grow in skill as well as team dynamics."

Expected to return are Ashley Kelly (back row), Kelcey Spang (middle hitter), Karlee Williams (outside hitter) and Megan Yanczura (outside hitter).

Sophomores expected back are Keymell Cartwright and Korrie Wetmore. Freshmen include Natalie Carpenter, Arika Sayer and Makenzie Spang, who is 6-foot-2.

"If we are going to get better, we have to improve on our communication skills and keeping our playing intensity up the entire game," Ashbrook said.