Coming off a season in which she made the Division II state girls bowling tournament for the first time, Ready senior Mary Zerrien was in position to make it back to that level at this year's district tournament.

Zerrien, who averaged 174.2 per game in COHSBC regular-season action, had games of 170 and 205 to open district Feb. 20 at HP Lanes.

After rolling a 144 in her third game, Zerrien wound up with a 519 that placed her seventh overall but 30 pins from qualifying for state. Grandview's Leila Meyer (558) and Fredericktown's Hannah Vaughn (549) advanced individually.

"She (had a) very nice (career)," coach Russ Rehner said. "A 519 really isn't a bad score in these conditions."

As a junior, Zerrien averaged 173.9 in league action and finished 37th at state after turning in a fourth-place district finish. She tied for ninth at district as a freshman.

At this year's 12-team district tournament, Ready finished last (2,601) behind champion Worthington Christian (3,429) as the top two teams advanced to state.

Zerrien and Maryann Rucker were the only seniors competing at district after the Silver Knights earned a share of the CCL championship with Watterson at 4-2, ahead of Hartley (2-4) and DeSales (2-4), and finished 15-3 overall.

Junior Emma Pond, sophomore Allison Bair and freshmen Cece Muraco and Jennifer Pond also were key contributors. Sophomore Maddie Brewster is another eligible to return.

The boys finished 11th (2,940) in the 12-team district tournament Feb. 20 at HP Lanes behind champion Heath (3,942).

Junior Luke Jahn finished 28th (492), followed by sophomore Zach Jahn (tied for 49th, 421) and senior Finn Hardenbergh (52nd, 418). Senior Wesley Hendricks, sophomore Brady Hicks and freshmen Luis Roque and Philip Ryan also competed.

Others eligible to return include sophomores Thomas Hodge, Caleb Huerta-Henry and Ethan Perry and freshman Adam Schwab.

The Knights finished 13-7 overall and were third (4-4) in the CCL behind DeSales (7-1) and St. Charles (6-2) and ahead of Hartley (3-5) and Watterson (0-8).

"It was a nice group," Rehner said. "It was a pleasure to work with them all year. Our overall record (between the boys and girls teams) was 28-10 and we far surpassed expectations from where we were. There were a lot of new faces to fill on the girls team and the boys team, and we had 17 bowlers, so we had a large squad. There's a lot of big shoes to fill, but there's something to look forward to next year. The program's doing well and is successful."

Boys basketball team opens tourney play

The fourth-seeded boys basketball team began the postseason Feb. 28 at home against 19th-seeded Northridge in the second round of the Division III district tournament.

The winner plays sixth-seeded Centerburg or seventh-seeded Johnstown in a district semifinal Tuesday, March 3, at a neutral site.

If Ready wins that game, it will play for a district title Friday, March 6, at Ohio Dominican. Third-seeded North Union and fifth-seeded Africentric are among the potential opponents.

The district champion will play in a regional semifinal March 11 at Bowling Green.

Ready was 15-6 before playing Northridge. The Knights closed the regular season with a pair of losses to Division I programs in St. Charles (84-68 on Feb. 14) and Columbus South (83-64 on Feb. 19).

Wrestlers open postseason action

The wrestling team began its postseason with a Division III sectional Feb. 28 and 29 at Morral Ridgedale.

The top four finishers in each weight class advanced to district Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7, at Heath.

At district, the top four in each weight will move on to the state tournament March 13-15 at Ohio State.

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