Stephanie Loshbough won a district cross country title, but coach Eric Hamner believed that might only be the beginning for the Johnstown-Monroe High School senior.

Stephanie Loshbough won a district cross country title, but coach Eric Hamner believed that might only be the beginning for the Johnstown-Monroe High School senior.

Loshbough won the Division II girls race Oct. 22 at Watkins Memorial in 18 minutes, 55.14 seconds, beating runner-up Sarra Taylor of London by 17 seconds.

Johnstown senior Meghan Schulze (fourth, 19:30.26) also advanced to the regional meet, which was held Oct. 29 at Pickerington North. The top four teams and top 16 individuals at district advanced to regional.

The top four teams and top 16 individuals at regional advanced to the state meet Saturday, Nov. 5, at National Trail Raceway in Hebron.

“Stephanie has a phenomenal capacity to push her body to the limit and she also has a fantastic work ethic,” Hamner said. “In the past, she has pushed her body to the limit too many times. She has learned not to push herself as hard all season so she has more left in the tank for this time of year.”

Junior Tyler Estep (fourth, 17:22.33) and senior Jacob Wall (15th, 18:09.95) advanced to regional for the Johnnies boys team after racing in Division II, district 1.

The Johnstown girls finished fifth (152) in the 16-team district meet, behind regional-qualifiers Granville (61), Bexley (111), Caledonia River Valley (120) and Ready (143).

Also competing for the Johnnies were sophomore Jessica Turner (33rd, 22:03.97), sophomore McCalah Mast (36th, 22:07.2), junior Lauren Baldwin (91st, 25:26.7), sophomore Taylor Tackett (92nd, 25:31.26) and sophomore Madison Blair (105th, 26:40.14).

The boys team finished seventh (187) in the 11-team district 1 meet, as the regional qualifiers were Granville (21), Bexley, (89), Jonathan Alder (113) and London (132).

Hamner said his regional qualifiers in the boys meet ran strong district races.

“Tyler ran an incredible race because he tied his (personal record), but that was on a course that was running 25 to 30 seconds slower because of the wet, muddy conditions,” Hamner said. “Jake ran a good race considering he took the ACT that morning and got back about 25 minutes before he was supposed to run.”

Next for the Johnnies were freshman Kaleb Walker (50th, 20:10.82), sophomore Kaleb Bentley (64th, 21:07.41) and freshman Stephen Harper (65th, 21:17.87)

As a team at state last year at Scioto Downs, the Johnstown girls finished 16th (307) behind champion Minster (158). Schulze finished ninth (19:02.3) and Loshbough was 21st (19:20.1) as the top 25 earned all-state honors.

•The Northridge cross country teams concluded their seasons after competing in the Division II district meets.

The boys team finished 11th (233) in district 1. Senior Michael Derringer (26th, 19:04.53) led the Vikings followed by junior Nathan Wigal (31st, 19:12.86), sophomore Connor Johnson (38th, 19:27.22), sophomore Ian Ware (73rd, 22:29.91) and freshman Noah Orcutt (75th, 22:56.35).

Derringer holds the program record of 17:22.84.

“Michael was the only senior and he was a great kid who would run with some of the younger kids to push them,” said coach Jennifer Ulery, who completed her first season. “He worked at being a leader and trying to get other kids to improve themselves.”

In the Division II district girls race, the Vikings did not have enough runners for a team score. Their only participant was sophomore Kaitlin Garee, who finished 99th (25:54.8).

In the MBC meet Oct. 15 at the Hartford Fairgrounds, the Vikings finished sixth (122) in the boys race, behind Fredericktown (49), Centerburg (57), Johnstown (98), Utica (107) and Loudonville (111) and ahead of East Knox (163).

Derringer (sixth, 18:11) led Northridge followed by Wigal (14th, 19:10), Johnson (24th, 19:48), freshman Jake Adkins (48th, 21:56), Ware (49th, 21:56) and Orcutt (54th, 23:55).

Garee (25th, 26:41) was the only participant in the league race for the Northridge girls, who did not post a team score. Centerburg (36) won the event ahead of Johnstown (38), Fredericktown (50) and Loudonville (98).

“(Assistant coach) Kim (Garee) and I have been recruiting boys and girls for next year, but a lot of it depends on whether or not we have pay-to-participate fees,” Ulery said. “If it’s $500 again like it was this year, it might be tough. Not many kids want to run with that steep fee, but the kids we did have this year really wanted to run.”

•The Johnstown girls soccer team finished 10-7-2 after losing to Columbus Academy for the second consecutive season in a district semifinal.

This year, the Johnnies lost 7-0 on Oct. 25 at Academy in a Division III contest. Last season, they lost 9-0 in a Division II semifinal to the host Vikings.

“Three years ago, Academy was where we are today and we’re a second-year program,” said coach Andy Buck, who completed his second season. “I think if they hadn’t got that goal seven or eight minutes into the game, we would have been OK. But we didn’t handle that well. We knew we weren’t going to get a lot of chances offensively.”

The fourth-seeded Johnnies did not give up a goal in their first two district games, defeating Liberty Union 6-0 on Oct. 17 in the first round and beating Fisher Catholic 2-0 on Oct. 20 in the second round.

The Johnnies expect to return their top three scorers in junior forward Taylor Ross (17 goals, 10 assists), freshman forward Becca Gordon (14 goals, 6 assists) and junior forward Marissa Sheets (6 goals, 9 assists).

The Johnstown seniors included defender Madison Ashbrook, forward Courtney Chatfield, midfielder Gina Poulson, defender Chelsea Rowe (2 goals, 10 assists), midfielder Christine Snowden, midfielder Sarah Thomas and defender Lizzie Wisma (3 goals, 3 assists).

“We had a great senior class that really helped us to start girls soccer at Johnstown,” Buck said. “They laid the groundwork for the future of this program.”

Other juniors expected back are midfielders Kaitlyn Corbi and Megan Gordon (1 goal, 11 assists). Sophomores included midfielder Madison Blair, defender Tanner Jakeway, goalkeeper Taylor Thomas (83 saves) and midfielder Paige Turner (2 goals).

Other freshmen included defender Elizabeth Blenk, defender/goalie Paige Cannon (2 goals, 13 saves), midfielder Falyn Chambers, defender Hannah Kidd, midfielder Olivia McGee, forward Alexes Schwarz, midfielder Kerrigan Williams and midfielder Kylie Workman (4 goals, 2 assists).

“We should be really good next year and we a good group of juniors becoming seniors,” Buck said. “We also expect to have 13 freshmen next season coming into the mix.”

•The Johnstown girls volleyball team finished 1-19 overall after losing to North Union 25-8, 21-25, 25-8, 25-20 on Oct. 22 in the second round of the Division III district tournament at New Albany. The Johnnies had a first-round bye.

In the MBC, Johnstown finished 0-14 behind Centerburg (13-1), Fredericktown (11-3), Utica (10-4), Loudonville (8-6), East Knox and Northridge (both 6-8) and Danville (2-12).

The Johnnies had two seniors in outside hitter Karlee Williams (second-team all-district, second-team all-league) and right-side hitter Meagan Yanczura (honorable mention all-league).

“The seniors were terrific team leaders,” said coach Heather Ashbrook, who completed her third season. “They led by example by working hard and staying encouraged.”

Juniors expected back are Krista Ohl (middle hitter) and Korrie Wetmore (setter). Sophomores likely to return are Natalie Carpenter (outside/right-side hitter), Meghan Gall (defense), Arika Sayer (outside hitter), Rachel Shadwick (defense), Makenzie Spang (middle hitter) and Harley Thomson (setter).

“The girls are all hard workers and very coachable. They were a great group to work with,” Ashbrook said. “In the offseason, they need to work on their communication skills on the court.”