Patrik Garren believes he learned a valuable lesson during his first wrestling postseason a year ago: Every win matters.

Patrik Garren believes he learned a valuable lesson during his first wrestling postseason a year ago: Every win matters.

The Ready High School sophomore entered the Division III district tournament Feb. 24-25 at Heath as a No. 1 seed at heavyweight after winning a sectional title Feb. 18 at Cardington.

Garren finished fourth in the sectional at Madison Plains a year ago while competing at 189 pounds and paid the price the next week by losing his first two district matches.

"Placing fourth last year was definitely not a good idea," Garren said. "I could have placed higher, which would have helped me. Last year I drew a No. 1 seed and my next match (in the first round at district) was pretty hard."

Also winning a sectional title was sophomore Bobby Smith at 126. Classmates Patrick Stover (145) and Dalton Scott (120) were second and fourth, respectively, at sectional to round out Ready's district qualifiers.

The top four finishers at district advanced to the state tournament Thursday, March 1, through Saturday, March 3, at Ohio State.

Garren was 33-5 and opened district against Meigs' Zach Sheets. Smith was 33-2 and faced Paint Valley's Tyler Stoneburner.

Scott was 22-9 and wrestled Bloom-Carroll's Sean Regoli and Stover was 18-6 and faced Barnesville's Mason Plumly.

Ready finished fifth (123 points) in the 15-team sectional behind champion Newark Catholic (158) as four others placed among the top six in their respective weights but fell short of advancing.

A year ago, Ready had nine district qualifiers after Smith was first, Scott took second and Garren and Stover both were fourth at sectional. The Silver Knights then were fourth (80) behind champion Nelsonville-York (129) at district as Smith took third, Scott was fifth and Stover and Garren both went 0-2.

Smith went on to finish fifth in the state at 103.

Garren cut weight to compete at 189 a year ago and is competing this winter at heavyweight despite weighing 245.

"It just seemed like we didn't have too many things go our way (at sectional)," coach Chance Van Gundy said. "We were in a tough sectional. Garren is making a good run. He's kind of the great unknown of the weight class because he was only at 189 last year."

•The girls basketball team's hopes of pulling off a first-round upset of fifth-seeded Johnstown in the first round of the Division III district tournament were all but over by the final moments of the third quarter Feb. 18 at New Albany.

The 10th-seeded Silver Knights trailed 33-28 at the half, but the Johnnies used hot shooting to go on a 17-6 third-quarter run on the way to a 65-52 victory.

Johnstown made eight 3-pointers while improving to 17-4, a year after winning just four games.

Kim Lloyd scored 21 points for Ready, which finished 10-11 overall.

"I just told the kids I was very happy with our defensive effort and that we had 29 rebounds," said Joe Lang, who completed his 31st season as coach. "Hats off to (Johnstown) for the way they were hitting 3s."

It marked the final game for seniors Nikki Brown, Ciara Carr and Caitlin McAndrew. Brown averaged four points and Carr and McAndrew were among the key ball-handlers.

Lloyd is a junior who should be the top returnee after averaging 13 points. Other key players eligible to return are junior Carly Culbertson, sophomores Caroline Riewe and Margie Berkemeyer and freshman Lauren Ruth.

Ready finished fourth in the CCL at 3-5, behind co-champions DeSales and Watterson (6-2) and Hartley (5-3) and ahead of Columbus School for Girls (0-8).

The Silver Knights won five of their final seven regular-season games and are expected to add an eighth-grader, Delaney Cutteridge, who Lang believes could be an immediate contributor next season.

"I told them (after the Johns-town game) that we had an enjoyable season and that we've got to get better," Lang said. "We have to individually become better shooters and better offensive basketball players. You can't give it lip service."