The postseason is set to start for the three members of the Ready girls swimming team, including one who will be competing in her final Division II sectional Saturday, Feb. 8, at Columbus Academy.
Senior Katie Smith and her junior sister, Elaine Smith, both enter the postseason coming off strong performances in the CCL meet Jan. 25 at St. Charles.
"(My prep career) went by so fast," Katie Smith said. "I was kind of iffy about swim team starting off, but now that I've been swimming for the season I've had a really positive attitude and I've been happy with how I've been doing."
The Silver Knights scored 33 points in the league meet to finish behind Watterson (414), Hartley (362) and DeSales (202). Katie Smith was ninth in both the 50-yard freestyle (29.26 seconds) and 100 breaststroke (1:24.13).
One of her goals is to qualify for the district meet Feb. 12 at Ohio State in the 100 breast.
At sectional, the winner of each swimming event advances to district. There also will be 27 at-large qualifiers in each event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites.
Elaine Smith earned a runner-up finish in the 200 free (2:08.48) and placed third in the 500 free (5:57.25) in the CCL meet.
The other member of the program, junior Michelle Vanegas, swims the 50 free and 100 free but did not compete in the league meet.
"I haven't been able to break six minutes on my 500 free yet this season and I did it (in the league meet) so I'm really happy," Elaine Smith said. "I'm really working to go under two minutes in the 200 (free) and see how it goes in the (500 free)."
Girls team battles through tough stretch
Later this month when it plays in the Division III district tournament, the girls basketball team expects to be ready thanks to a regular-season schedule that has included a string of area powers in bigger divisions.
It hasn't been easy, though, for the Knights to battle through some stretches.
"Have we gotten better?" coach Joe Lang said. "Abso-lutely, I don't think (there's) any question about that. It's very hard. What's hard for us right now is that we played (Hartley on Jan. 27), we (played) Watterson (on Jan. 30) and play them again next Tuesday (Feb. 4) and then we've got Hartley again (Thursday, Feb. 6). That's going to be a very hard stretch to get through and have any kind of mental readiness for a tournament where we could win a game or two."
Ready was 7-8 overall after beating Patriot Prep 52-31 on Jan. 28. The Knights were 0-2 in the CCL before playing Jan. 30 against the Eagles, who entered that contest with a 16-2 record.
Ready beat Hamilton Township 52-38 on Jan. 22 as senior Bre Hejduk had 21 points and senior Dani Brown added 15.
The Knights followed with losses to DeSales (43-30 on Jan. 23) and Hartley (64-27) to open league action.
"Bre and Dani are not big kids, but they can match up with Hartley and at least get to the rim," Lang said. "We don't have anybody else who can do that."
Wrestlers hoping for better health
The wrestling team is off until Feb. 15 when it competes in the Canal Winchester Invitational.
Because of illness, the Knights had only five competitors during the second night of the CCL duals Jan. 29 at Hartley.
After losing to the Hawks 42-18 and Watterson 30-15 on Jan. 23 at St. Charles, Ready lost to the Cardinals 57-18 and DeSales 36-18 on Jan. 29 to finish 0-4 in the league as Hartley won its seventh consecutive title.
Junior Aiden Aiello (132 pounds) and sophomore Paul Martello (152) both have more than 20 wins.
"I put my freshmen in an all-freshman tournament (Jan. 25) and got to see their true colors," coach Anthony Aiello said. "They all placed. Jerad Koboi (170) went undefeated and Brian Fitzsimmons (160) went 5-1 and took third. Lee Tracey (170) got his first win and Dylan Melrose (heavyweight) went 2-2.
"Dylan was getting sick on the way (to the second night of the CCL duals) and he hadn't practiced all (last week). I thought I was bringing 12 kids (Jan. 29) and had five. We've got nothing until Canal Winchester on Feb. 15 so I've got two weeks to regroup and fix everything."
Below are the coming schedules for the Ready boys basketball, girls basketball and bowling teams:
*Feb. 7 -- Home vs. Watterson. The Silver Knights beat the Eagles 44-37 on Jan. 3.
Feb. 8 -- At Hannibal River
*Feb. 4 -- Home vs. Watterson. The Knights played the Eagles on Jan. 30.
*Feb. 6 -- Home vs. Hartley. The Knights lost to the Hawks 64-27 on Jan. 27.
Feb. 8 -- Home vs. Johnstown
Feb. 4 -- Whetstone at Game of Western Columbus
Feb. 7 -- Briggs at Game of Western Columbus