During Joe Lang's 34-year tenure as coach, the Ready High School girls basketball team has made 12 appearances in district finals.

During Joe Lang's 34-year tenure as coach, the Ready High School girls basketball team has made 12 appearances in district finals.

The Silver Knights had gone 5-6 in those games before they played third-seeded Liberty Union in a Division III district final March 6 at Ohio Dominican.

The fact Ready even reached that round is a testament to the depth in the program and the heart the current group has shown, according to Lang.

The Knights lost seven players from a team that won a district title a year ago.

"It means everything to us," junior guard Leah Ruth said. "We lost seven seniors and only had two returning varsity players, but we just always play well together."

Ruth, who played mostly for the junior varsity before sustaining a season-ending knee injury in early February of the 2013-14 season, was key in helping sixth-seeded Ready get back to a district final.

During the Knights' 56-49 win over fourth-seeded Marion Pleasant on March 4 at Olentangy Liberty, Ruth made 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions late in the third quarter to help her team stretch its lead to 15.

Senior Lauren Ruth, Leah's sister, made two 3s and had 15 points and junior guard Delaney Cutteridge scored 14 points.

Ready, which beat 13th-seeded Marion Elgin 36-18 on Feb. 28 in a second-round game at home, was 16-7 entering the district final.

The Ready-Liberty Union winner plays Cincinnati Summit Country Day or Jamestown Greeneview in a regional semifinal at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, at Springfield. That winner plays Cincinnati Madeira, Anna, Versailles or Georgetown for the regional title at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Springfield.

The regional champion plays in a state semifinal March 19 at Ohio State.

Ready built a 15-5 lead by the end of the first quarter against Pleasant, which finished 18-6.

"I thought we came out saying we've got to attack because the last two games we had such a poor start," Lang said. "Lauren and (Cutteridge) got us feeling confident.

"I told Leah that she put the dagger in their heart with (the two 3-pointers). She was huge. She's a kid who's always been in Lauren's shadow and probably in the last three weeks she's come out of her shell."

Two wrestlersadvance to district

The wrestling team opened the postseason by finishing 12th (56) in a 21-team Division III sectional Feb. 27 and 28 at Cardington behind champion Galion Northmor (235).

Freshman Caleb Brooks won the title at 106 pounds and classmate Tristin Siemer placed second at 160, as the top four finishers in each weight class advanced to district March 6 and 7 at Coshocton.

The top four in each weight class at district moved on to the state tournament Thursday, March 12, through Saturday, March 14, at Ohio State.

Heading into district, Brooks was 45-3 and Siemer was 26-14, and Brooks had won 32 matches in a row, according to his coach and father, Trent Brooks.

"Caleb pinned his way through (the sectional) and knocked off the first seed in (a semifinal)," coach Brooks said. "Tristin got a really good draw (for district)."

Ready's only other competitors at sectional were Hunter Inks (152), Matthew Stover (170) and Shawn Stover (195). Inks and Shawn Stover both went 0-2 and Matthew Stover was 2-2.

Sophomores Patrick Jansen (220) and Daniel Halko (138/145) were unable to compete because of injury.

Boys basketball teamto lose four seniors

Coming off a 21-6 season that included a Division III state semifinal appearance, the boys basketball team was forced to replace eight 2014 graduates.

It made for some rough moments this winter, but first-year coach Dan DeCrane was encouraged by what transpired late in the season.

Ready, which lost to 14th-seeded Columbus Academy 64-52 on March 2 in the first round of the district tournament to finish 4-19 overall, had several underclassmen in key roles.

Two of the Knights' top players by season's end were sophomore forward Dominick Volini, who made honorable mention all-district, and freshman guard Brady Thomas.

Ready went 0-8 in the CCL to finish behind St. Charles (7-1), DeSales (5-3), Watterson (4-4) and Hartley (4-4).

"They all know they have to get better, but (Thomas and Volini) are in the gym all of the time," DeCrane said. "Volini is going to be a Division I baseball player and he's only been playing basketball for four years. He's kind of mechanical, but he's capable of shooting it a little.

"We have six that played (in the tournament loss) who will be back and we have two good (eighth-graders) coming in, which is going to be good for us. We have decent athletes at the younger levels; they just don't have the skill yet. It's baby steps. I like the direction of the program."

Ready loses four seniors in Alex Eblin (post player), Anthony Havens (guard), Andy Hunter (post player) and Connor Lancia (post player). Lancia, who will be a preferred walk-on at Toledo in football, missed the tournament game with a foot injury.

Havens, who was the second-leading scorer at 8.3 points per game, had 13 points in the tournament loss.

Ready, which was the 18th seed, trailed Academy 58-52 with 3 minutes, 30 seconds to play but got no closer despite a 21-point performance from Volini.

Volini, who averaged 8.6 points for the season but more than 15 over Ready's final five games, was the only key sophomore. Thomas averaged 5.3 points after becoming a full-time player in late December.

Juniors Luke Edwards (guard), Corey Hall (wing player) and Keegan Wolfe (forward) were others who gained experience.

Boys bowlerscompete at state

The boys bowling team made its first appearance in the Division II state tournament March 7 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.

Among the athletes expected to compete for the Knights were seniors Tim Dalton, Andy Rowe and James Zwayer, junior Chris McCarty and sophomore Ryan O'Harra.