Taking a losing record into the postseason didn't erode the confidence of the Ready High School girls volleyball team.
In addition to beating the No. 1 seed in the Division IV district tournament, Fairfield Christian, 25-21, 25-16, 18-25, 14-25, 15-13 on Aug. 18, the Silver Knights showed what they were capable of during losses to Watterson (21-25, 25-12, 25-16, 25-16 on Aug. 28) and Grove City (25-15, 25-20, 25-27, 25-11 on Sept. 11).
Grove City and Watterson were seeded seventh and eighth, respectively, for the Division I district tournament.
"We took a set from Watterson and that felt really good because they're (in) Division I," junior setter Bre Hejduk said. "We played a lot of Division I teams, so (it helped us) get ready for this."
Ready was the 12th seed for the Division III district tournament and had its season end with a 19-25, 25-14, 25-21, 25-21 loss to fifth-seeded Fredericktown in a district semifinal Oct. 25 at Mount Vernon Nazarene. The Knights finished 11-14 overall and 2-6 in the CCL.
After upsetting top-seeded Fairbanks 17-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-22 on Oct. 16 in the first round, Ready beat 21st-seeded West Jefferson 25-16, 25-17, 25-16 on Oct. 20 in the second round.
The Knights made it to a district semifinal for the second consecutive season despite having just one senior in outside hitter Lauren Whitt. That's because players such as freshmen Kaitlyn Lancia (middle hitter/right-side hitter) and Simone Daniel (middle hitter/right-side hitter) and sophomore Bella Illig (outside hitter) continued to grow.
"Simone and Kaitlyn both being freshmen (gave) us energy," coach Mike Kusan said. Others eligible to return include juniors Kiley Gallagher (setter) and Lauren Schlosser (defensive specialist), sophomore Katie Gallagher (defensive specialist) and freshman Megan Chesser (middle hitter/right-side hitter).
"We are really young," Hejduk said. "We knew we'd have to work hard to get what we want."
Football season ends with win over Lions
The football team closed its season Oct. 26 with a 24-3 victory over Bexley.
While the Knights finished 4-6, the Lions went 1-9. Bexley went 11-1 and was a Division III playoff team in 2016 but now has lost 20 of its last 21 games, including going 0-10 last fall.
In the season finale, Jack Foley rushed 35 times for 311 yards, including a 99-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Jaishan Norris and Cade Dent added touchdown receptions.
Ready finished with 455 yards of offense while holding the Lions to 107.
The teams the Knights lost to went a combined 51-9, and all six made the playoffs. Ready finished 10th in Division V, Region 19, one spot behind Columbus Academy, which it beat 56-42 on Oct. 5. The top eight teams made the playoffs.