The proof of how much Ready junior golfer Clarissa Bachelder has improved over the past few months was on display during the Division II girls sectional tournament Sept. 23 at Blacklick Woods.
A season after shooting 121 at sectional, Bachelder carded a 92 that helped her tie for seventh overall and advanced her to the district tournament Monday, Sept. 30, at Darby Creek.
At district, the team champion and the top individual not on that team advance to the state tournament Oct. 11 and 12 at Ohio State's Gray Course.
"It meant a lot to me because I have worked hard this season to do my best and wanted to make it to district," Bachelder said. "I practiced a lot this summer and really tried to focus more on golf and getting better."
Ready finished sixth (482) in the nine-team sectional behind champion Newark Catholic (359) as the top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams qualified for district.
Also competing for the Silver Knights were sophomores Mattie Wiethe (28th, 124), Abby Parisi (32nd, 128) and Lema Ahmed (tied for 36th, 138).
Ready closes its season as a team Saturday, Oct. 5, with the CCL postseason tournament at NorthStar. In the CCL preseason tournament Aug. 14 at the same site, the Knights shot 457 to finish behind DeSales (340), Watterson (386) and Hartley (407).
"It was pretty cool for it being my first year here and (Bachelder's) first year making it (to district)," coach Kyle Garrett said. "The look on her face when she found out she made it was awesome."
Girls soccer team seeking consistency
There are just four games remaining in the regular season for the girls soccer team, which will learn its Division III district tournament drawing Oct. 6.
After beating South Charleston Southeastern 2-0 on Sept. 17, the Knights lost their next four and are 5-7 overall. They finished 0-4 in the CCL, including falling 2-0 to DeSales on Sept. 24.
"Our season has been coming along well," coach Chris Byrum said. "We're playing, at times, some very good soccer, possessing and switching play while defending very well."
Senior midfielder Lindsey Bair has seven goals and three assists to lead the offense while junior defensive midfielder Ava Hurd and sophomore center back Caroline Buendia also have been standouts, according to Byrum.
Ready, which won its first three and five of its first eight, has been focusing on being more consistent.
"We have played some amazing soccer sometimes, like in our Johnstown-Monroe game, winning 2-1 (Aug. 27) and Grandview Heights (in a 2-1 loss Sept. 21)," Byrum said. "(At times) we lose focus."
Football team set to face Vikings
The football team plays Thursday, Oct. 3, at Columbus Academy in a rematch of a game it won 56-42 last season. In 2017, Ready lost to the Vikings 31-0 to open the season.
The Knights are hoping to be healthier by the time they face Academy. Both teams were 2-2 heading into games Sept. 27.
Senior running back Jack Foley didn't play in a 19-7 loss to St. Charles on Sept. 13 or in a 35-14 win over Liberty Union on Sept. 20.
Against Liberty Union, junior quarterback Darius Parham was 6-for-8 passing for 36 yards and one touchdown and rushed 19 times for 156 yards and three scores. Freshman running back Brian Fitzsimmons had 21 carries for 94 yards.
"Jack's a special player and means a lot to us in not only making big plays, but he's a lift emotionally in our confidence and in the huddle," coach Joel Cutler said in a recent interview on the AM820 postgame show. "We're looking forward to getting him back very soon. Freshman Brian Fitzsimmons, I can't say enough positive things about that young man because he's kind of emerged as that next guy here through the summer months and the early part of the fall. He's really come a long way as far as learning the offense and what he's got to do in all three phases."
Academy beat Whitehall 38-24 on Sept. 20.
Sophomore running back Carter James rushed 16 times for 97 yards and two touchdowns against Whitehall and had 247 yards rushing and three scores through four games. He's also one of the team's top defenders at safety.
Junior quarterback Brady Hess had rushed 36 times for 135 yards and one touchdown and was 29-for-67 passing for 305 yards with five touchdown and five interceptions through four games.
Senior Carter Warstler (RB/DB) had 14 receptions for 174 yards and three touchdowns and also had rushed for one score in addition to having 23.5 tackles and one interception.
"We've got to stay the course and overcome and bring some young guys along and be positive with it," Cutler said. "Once you find a way to overcome it and when you're healthy, you've developed a lot of depth."
Below are the coming schedules for the Ready boys golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 2 -- Division II district tournament at Denison Golf Club. The top team and top individual not on that team advance to state Oct. 11 and 12 at NorthStar.
*Oct. 1 -- Home vs. DeSales
Oct. 4 -- Home vs. Cristo Rey
Oct. 5 -- At London
Sept. 30 -- Home vs. Cristo Rey
Oct. 3, 5 -- Division II sectional at Columbus School for Girls. The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to district Oct. 10 at CSG and Oct. 12 at Reynoldsburg.
Sept. 30 -- At Johnstown
Oct. 3 -- At CSG