All Ready High School wrestling coach Chance Van Gundy knows for sure is it had been a long time since his program enjoyed a conference title.

All Ready High School wrestling coach Chance Van Gundy knows for sure is it had been a long time since his program enjoyed a conference title.

At the CCL tournament Feb. 12 at Watterson, the Silver Knights earned six individual titles and placed among the top three in all 14 weight classes.

Ready scored 256.5 points to win the title ahead of DeSales (183.5), St. Charles (150), Hartley (137) and Watterson (48). The Silver Knights' performance provides hope that a successful postseason could be looming.

"Someone asked me the last time Ready won a CCL title, and I really don't know for sure, but someone told me it was 14 years ago," Van Gundy said.

Whether the conference title is a signal that the team has returned to its successes of the 1990s when it was one of central Ohio's best in Division III remains to be seen.

What is not in doubt is that the Silver Knights have a large pool of talented freshmen.

Seniors Josh Hall (112 pounds) and Phil Halko (160) were joined as conference champions by freshmen Bobby Smith (103), Dalton Scott (119), Will Martello (130) and Hannibal Tate (145).

"It feels pretty good because (winning the CCL title) is a pretty big deal," said Smith, who entered the Division III sectional on Feb. 18 at Madison Plains with a 32-1 record. "St. Charles won it last year and we were second. This year, we all came together as a team and it worked out really well for us."

Earning runner-up finishes at the league tournament were freshmen Patrick Stover (135) and Dorrion Newton (heavyweight) and seniors Joe Knapp (140) and Chris Goodberlet (152). Third-place finishers were seniors Brian Montgomery (125) and Brandon Cooper (215), sophomore Keegan Irwin (171) and freshman Patrik Garren (189).

Sophomore Brandon Burt has been battling a knee injury and could not compete.

Ready was seeded fifth for the sectional and competed at the same site as top-seeded West Jefferson as well as No. 3 Amanda-Clearcreek and No. 4 Utica.

"We wrestled a pretty competitive schedule this year," Van Gundy said. "(The CCL tournament) wasn't the grind that they've been used to, but hopefully it helps us heading into the postseason. Anything less than eight (district qualifiers) would be a disappointment."

•The girls basketball team entered the Division III tournament after a 7-13 regular season.

The Silver Knights, however, were on a three-game winning streak that included a 42-39 victory over DeSales on Feb. 9.

While senior forward Dani Pugh is the team's leader in scoring average at 10.8 points a game, the recent play of 5-foot-10 sophomores Alexis Mayle and Nikki Brown has provided a boost.

Brown averaged 10 rebounds during one recent four-game stretch and Mayle averaged 16 points over the final four regular-season games.

Coach Joe Lang sensed that his team was starting to turn the corner during a 55-52 loss to DeSales on Jan. 15 even though the Silver Knights went on to lose their next six.

"We're doing a lot of good things offensive and defensively," Lang said. "Our biggest thing is doing it for 32 minutes."

Ready opened the postseason Feb. 17 at Gahanna against sixth-seeded Centerburg.

The winner plays third-seeded Bloom-Carroll or No. 5 West Jefferson at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, at Dublin Scioto.

Bloom-Carroll went 16-4 during the regular season, including a 63-39 win over Ready on Nov. 30. West Jefferson was 15-5.

•The boys basketball team opens the Division III district tournament against Berne Union at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, at Newark. The winner plays top-seeded Heath in the second round at 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at Newark.

The Silver Knights were 5-14 before playing St. Charles on Feb. 18. The Rockets were 4-13 before facing Fisher Catholic on Feb. 18.


Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Ready boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling, swimming and wrestling teams:


*Feb. 4 - Lost to Watterson 52-48. Kyle Wilgus scored 22.

Feb. 5 - Defeated Wellington 58-46. Brady Taylor scored 17 and Wilgus scored 16.

*Feb. 7 - Lost to DeSales 46-43

Feb. 8 - Def. Springfield Northeastern 51-48. Derek Farmer scored 17 and Doug Strickler scored 14.

Feb. 11 - Lost to Worthington Christian 56-51

Feb. 15 - Lost to North Union 54-51

*Feb. 18 - Played St. Charles. Ready lost to the Cardinals 60-39 on Jan. 21.

Feb. 23 - Berne Union in first round of Division III district tournament, 8 p.m. at Newark. Winner plays top-seeded Heath in second round, 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at Newark. Winner plays in district semifinal, 8 p.m. March 2 in Fairgrounds Coliseum.

Of note: The Silver Knights were 5-14 overall and 0-7 in the CCL before Feb. 18.


Feb. 3 - Lost to Zanesville Rosecrans 46-42

*Feb. 5 - Lost to Columbus School for Girls 51-40

Feb. 7 - Lost to Hilliard Darby 48-45

*Feb. 9 - Def. DeSales 42-39. Alexis Mayle scored 18 points.

Feb. 10 - Def. Grove City 51-36. Mayle scored 17 points and Dani Pugh scored 13 for Ready, which outscored the Greyhounds 26-13 in the second half.

Feb. 12 - Def. Olentangy Liberty 41-38. Mayle scored 19 points.

Feb. 17 - Played sixth-seeded Centerburg in first round of Division III district tournament, 8 p.m. at Gahanna. Winner plays third-seeded Bloom-Carroll or fifth-seeded West Jefferson in second round, 8 p.m. Feb. 23 at Dublin Scioto. Winner plays in district semifinal, 6 p.m. March 2 at Olentangy Orange.

Of note: The Silver Knights were 7-13 overall before Feb. 17 and finished 2-6 in the CCL.


*Feb. 8 - Boys: Def. Haugland Learning Center 1,710-1,100

*Feb. 10 - Boys: Lost to Brookhaven 2,359-1,747; Girls: Def. Brookhaven 1,879-1,492

Feb. 18 - Boys, girls: Competed in sectional tournament at Eastland Lanes. The top six boys and girls teams and top six high-scoring individuals not on boys or girls qualifying teams advance to the district tournament Feb. 26 at HP Lanes.

Of note: The boys finished 9-5 overall and 8-5 in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-Central Division and the girls finished 11-2 overall and 9-2 in the COHSBC-Central.


Feb. 12 - Girls: Finished last (46) at five-team Division II sectional at Upper Arlington. The Silver Knights did not advance any swimmers to district.


Feb. 12 - Finished first (256.5) at five-team CCL tournament at Watterson

Feb. 18-19 - Competed in Division III sectional tournament at Madison Plains. The top four in each weight class advanced to the district tournament Feb. 25-26 at Coshocton.

*League game