The Ready High School girls soccer team has been among the area's biggest beneficiaries of the OHSAA's expansion into three divisions this fall.

The Ready High School girls soccer team has been among the area's biggest beneficiaries of the OHSAA's expansion into three divisions this fall.

After falling to perennial Division II power Bexley 1-0 in a third-round district tournament game a year ago, the Silver Knights received the sixth seed in Division III this fall.

They opened the tournament with a 1-0 victory over Wellington on Oct. 17 and posted a 3-2 win over second-seeded Worthington Christian on Oct. 22.

That advanced Ready to just its second district semifinal in program history, where it then beat Grandview 2-0 on Oct. 25 to move into a district final Oct. 29 against Columbus Academy.

The district champion will play Coshocton or Chillicothe Zane Trace at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in a regional semifinal at Hilliard Bradley. The regional final is noon Saturday, Nov. 5, at a site to be announced.

The Silver Knights advanced to a district semifinal for the first time in 2009 but lost to Jonathan Alder 3-2.

Against Grandview, Ciara Carr and Caroline Riewe each scored second-half goals to set up the meeting with top-seeded Academy. The last meeting between Ready and Academy was in 2008 when the Silver Knights won 1-0 in the regular season.

On Oct. 22 against Worthington Christian, junior Donovan Capehart scored two goals, including a penalty kick to tie it in the second half. Sophomore Marina Sweet scored the winner off a pass from Capehart with 11 minutes remaining.

After taking the lead, McKinney moved junior Brooke Ringle to defense to help thwart any hopes of a late rally by Worthington Christian.

The Silver Knights had lost to the Warriors 2-0 on Sept. 17.

"That was pretty big for us," coach Casey McKinney said. "The difference between the first time we played (the Warriors) and this time was that we definitely showed up to play. We were aggressive.

"It was probably the best game I've seen my girls play all year. I couldn't have asked for a better team and a better group of parents for my first season as coach. They pretty much all know what I'm doing and there's open communication between us."

•The girls volleyball team took another step toward its second consecutive Division III district championship when it defeated Cardington 25-12, 25-6, 25-15 in the second round Oct. 22 at New Albany.

The Silver Knights beat North Union 25-13, 25-8, 25-13 on Oct. 26 at Hilliard Bradley in a district semifinal to move into a district final Oct. 29 against Centerburg at Bradley.

The district champion will play Findlay Liberty-Benton, Lima Central Catholic, Coldwater or Ottawa-Glandorf in a regional semifinal at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Findlay. The regional final is 2 p.m. Nov. 5 at Findlay.

The fourth-seeded Silver Knights believe they gained momentum from the win over Cardington. That match marked the first time this season that middle hitters Leah Caldwell and Miranda Ball led the team in kills, according to coach Mike Kusan.

Setter Katie Weilbacher and libero Carleigh Green also were standouts, he said.

"We probably played one of our best matches of the season against Cardington in limiting errors and having a lot more balance," Kusan said.

Centerburg is led by 6-foot-1 junior Tristen Simpson, who was a first-team all-district outside hitter last year.

•The boys soccer team lost to eighth-seeded Granville Christian 3-2 on Oct. 19 in the first round of the Division III district tournament to finish 6-10-1.

The Silver Knights went 0-4 in the CCL to place behind St. Charles (3-1), DeSales (2-1-1), Watterson (2-1-1) and Hartley (1-1-2).

Ready will lose seniors Kyle Carrera, Josh Colley, Matt Feldkamp, Paul Ley, Joey Waldo and Zak Wiser.

Sam Sunseri, who completed his second season as coach, was pleased with the growth of a sophomore class that included Payne VanTilburg, Jimmy Hanley, Josh Gantz and Dalton Scott. Junior Daniel Perry also should be a key returnee.

Colley and Wiser made first-team all-league and Hanley and Waldo each made the second team.

Ready took an early 1-0 lead over Granville Christian before allowing three consecutive goals.

"We had our ups and downs this year," said Sunseri, whose team went 6-8-2 a year ago. "We scored on every CCL team and we were up 1-0 on every CCL team at the half, so there were times we played solid soccer. At times we buckled under the pressure. Most of my sophomores started over the juniors."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Ready cross country and football teams:

CROSS COUNTRY

Oct. 22 - Boys: Did not score in Division III district 1 meet at Watkins Memorial. Billy Platter was 34th (19:42.79); Girls: Finished fourth (143) in 16-team Division II district meet at Watkins Memorial behind champion Granville (61). Michelle Kaiser was 19th (21:24.2), followed by Abby Schofield (22nd, 21:32.28), Courtney Bair (30th, 21:58.68), Nicole Brown (34th, 22:05.88), Maddy Bowen (46th, 22:50.38), Elli Moehrman (52nd, 23:11.67) and Jessica Wright (54th, 23:21.69). Ready was 10th (237) at the regional last year.

Oct. 29 - Girls: Competed in Division III regional at Pickerington North. The top four teams and 16 individuals advance to the state meet Nov. 5 at National Trail Raceway in Hebron.

FOOTBALL

Oct. 21 - Lost to Dayton Christian 28-18

*Oct. 28 - Played Hartley at Dublin Scioto

Of note: The Silver Knights were 4-5 before Oct. 28.

*CCL contest