Stacy Butler has been taking the steps necessary to build the Northridge High School girls lacrosse program.

Stacy Butler has been taking the steps necessary to build the Northridge High School girls lacrosse program.

The Vikings are in their second season after going 0-4 in scrimmages a year ago. Playing mostly a junior varsity schedule, they are a club team and expect to work their way up to varsity competition.

"We have 17 girls with seven seniors," said Butler, who is in her first season as coach. "We need new faces at the lower levels and we want to start with clinics for the middle-school levels."

Of the 17 players in the program, there is only one sophomore in attacker Kaycee Campbell and one freshman in midfielder Desiree Elco.

"We really want to improve our numbers in the freshman and sophomore classes," Butler said. "We have the older kids, but we want to get the younger kids.

"We want to have a chance to have some longevity coming up. The athletic department has been very supportive, allowing us to play on the football field."

Alexis Absten (midfielder), Amy Blumenshied (defender), Emily Dalton (defender), Emma Dann (midfielder), Ronni Fleshman (attacker), Daria Salzano (goalkeeper) and Donna Snyder (attacker) are seniors. The junior class is comprised of Audrey Ashbrook (defender), Morgan Hatten (attacker), Kayley McCormick (defender), Maddie Parrill (attacker), Megan Phillips (midfielder), Anita Schultz (midfielder), Haley Trimble (midfielder) and Leyna Varney (attacker).

"Emma Dann, Morgan Hatten and Haley Trimble are pretty tenacious and can play all over the field," Butler said. "Audrey Ashbrook is a great defender who can sneak in and intercept the ball when no one is expecting her to be there. Daria Salzano has looked good in practice in goal, but I'm excited to see her play in game situations."

The Vikings open Monday, April 13, at home against Delaware, one of two varsity teams they will face this season. They had games scheduled for April 7 against the Upper Arlington j.v. and April 9 against the Columbus Academy j.v., but both were postponed because of bad weather.

Kathy Trimble, the mother of Haley Trimble, helped start the program. She credits Gran-ville girls lacrosse coach Jeremy Hopping with assisting her with information on how to get a program underway.

"Jeremy helped me out all of the way," she said. "I think he remembered how difficult it was to get things started in Granville and wanted things to be better for us. I think he really wants to see lacrosse take off in Licking County. Once we get started, I would love to be able to pay forward like Jeremy did for us."

Shedloski winslong jump at Utica

Ellie Shedloski of the girls track and field team won the long jump in the Utica Invitational on April 4 with an effort of 14 feet.

The girls were seventh (25.5) of 13 teams behind champion Johnstown-Monroe (129) and the boys were eighth (33) of 12 teams behind champion Lakewood (132.5)

For the boys, Evan Wilkoski was runner-up in the 100 meters (11.7 seconds) and Canden Chapman was third in the 300 hurdles (43.9).

The 3,200 relay of Stephan Padilla, Mat Scott, Isaac Marinchek and Roman Kiser was third (10:06).

Baseball team's gamesuspended by darkness

The baseball team remained 2-1 overall and in the LCL after having its game April 6 against Lakewood suspended by darkness with the teams tied at 4 after seven innings.

The game will be resumed before the start of the second meeting April 27 at Lakewood.

Northridge played a league game against Newark Catholic on April 10. It also had a doubleheader against Fisher Catholic on April 11.

Andrew Hollis threw a three-hitter with five strikeouts in a 3-1 win over Granville on April 4. Trent Baughman hit a solo home run.

Softball teamfalls to Lancers

The softball team lost its first LCL game with an 8-2 setback April 6 against Lakewood.

Megan Hatfield, Kayla Mickey and losing pitcher Tori Hart all had one double for the Vikings, who were 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the LCL before playing Newark Catholic on April 10.

On April 4, the Vikings defeated Marion Elgin 13-2 in five innings and lost to North Union 6-0.

Mikaela Pankuch threw a two-hitter with eight strikeouts and no walks against Elgin, and Hatfield had a double, three singles and four RBI.

Hart drove in three runs with two singles and Savannah Legg had a double, single and an RBI. Lexi Hart had three singles and an RBI.

Against North Union, Hatfield had two singles and losing pitcher Tori Hart had a double.