Bad weather has made it difficult for all area boys tennis teams, but perhaps the biggest challenge is still ahead.

Bad weather has made it difficult for all area boys tennis teams, but perhaps the biggest challenge is still ahead.

Schools are scrambling to reschedule events before the postseason starts, and that has led to a busy time for Hartley High School.

The Hawks will play today at CCL-rival Watterson, Saturday at home against Groveport, Monday at home against Jonathan Alder, Tuesday at CCL-rival Worthington Christian and Wednesday at Village Academy. The schedule is so crowded that last Tuesday, Hartley played Ready in a league match, then turned around and played Wellington in the OTCA Division II tournament.

The weather and cancellations from other teams had caused the Hawks to play only five of the scheduled 14 matches before last Monday.

"As far as rhythm goes, you can't even practice really," coach Mike Graham said. "We've done a lot of fitness training, but without being able to play on the courts, it's difficult. We didn't play any over spring break and we missed the two matches right before it, so it's been difficult to get into a groove.

"So it's hit and miss with the weather, but if things get better then we should be able to make up all of our matches before the sectional tournament."

The rest of the regular season will give Graham a chance to figure out the lineup he'll use in the Division II sectional May 15-16. Up to this point Graham has put Jonathan Mueller at first singles, Josh Pecinovsky at second singles and Nick Groom at third singles. The doubles teams have featured rotations of Patrick Angle, Isaac Canoco, Ryan Gerrard, Casey Malone and Caleb Martin.

But as the team continues to prepare for the sectional, Graham said likely will shift the lineup and put the strongest players in doubles to boost their chances of advancing to district.

"I think I'll start playing my four juniors, who are more experienced, at doubles and rotate them to see which combinations work best," Graham said. "As we move toward the tournament, they'll probably have a better chance to make it out of the sectional that way. I'll probably start with Josh and John together and Nick and Brian as the other team. But they'll all play together to see which pairs work the best."

ĽThe boys and girls track and field teams will split up Saturday, with the boys competing in the Roosevelt Classic at Welcome Stadium in Dayton and the girls in the DeHart Hubbard Invitational at Cincinnati Walnut Hills.

"This time of year we normally have committed to the Jesse Owens at Ohio State but this year they changed the date and it allowed us to go to Dayton and Cincinnati," coach Richard Jones said. "The Roosevelt is a pretty established meet that's been going on for years and it's probably one of the best meets you can run at before the postseason. With the meet in Cincinnati, the team there just got a brand new facility and the coach wanted to invite some of the best teams from around the state so we're headed there."

Last Saturday, Hartley played host to the Joe Ramsey Invitational, the first big meet the school has had in more than 25 years. Jones said he was pleased with how the event went and that he would like to grow it in the future so that one day it may feature the best teams from all divisions of the east side of Columbus.

"I would love to see it grow more, but not too much because we do have some limitations since it's a six-lane track," Jones said.

"My vision for this was to have the best teams from the East side in this event. I'm glad it went well this year. I know a lot of teams were patient since it was our first big meet and there were really no complaints from anybody. We can only go up from here is my belief."

The boys finished second (113) behind New Albany (179.5) and ahead of Eastmoor (104), Licking Heights (83.5), Worthington Christian (76), Whitehall (36.5) and East (3.5). The girls were first (168) ahead of New Albany (166), Columbus School for Girls (84), Licking Heights (54), East (35), Worthington Christian (32), Centennial (14) and Whitehall (10).

Winners for the boys were Dominic Colvin in the 400 meters (50.5 seconds), Rufus Walls in the 200 (22.66), Noah Key, Omar Lane, Geoffrey Whiteside and Walls in the 400 relay (43.72), Colvin, Luke Evans, Lane and Walls in the 800 relay (1:30.72) and Colvin, Evans Andrew Gillespie and Walls in the 1,600 relay (3:26.9).

Winners for the girls were Chesna Sykes in the 100 (11.78 seconds), Paige Coleman in the 100 hurdles (15.44) and 300 hurdles (47.75), Aisha Cavin in the 200 (25.93), Cavin, CharAnna Dixon, Ashlee Hoffman and Sykes in the 400 relay (49.2), Cavin, Hoffman, Maya Pedersen and Sykes in the 800 relay (1:41.62) and Cavin, Taisha Ferguson, Hoffman and Pedersen in the 1,600 relay (4:05.71).

At a glance

Below are the recent results for the Hartley baseball, girls lacrosse, softball, boys tennis and boys and girls track and field teams:

BASEBALL

April 21 -- Defeated Briggs 10-2

*April 22 -- Lost to Watterson 16-1

April 23 -- Def. DeSales 6-4; Game vs. Canal Winchester postponed. No makeup date has been announced.

*Last Friday --╩Def. St. Charles 9-2

*Last Monday -- Lost to DeSales 11-3

*Last Wednesday --╩Played Ready

Today --╩Home vs. Bexley

*Friday --╩Home vs. Worthington Christian

Saturday --╩At Marion Elgin (doubleheader)

*Monday -- At Watterson

*Wednesday -- At St. Charles

Of note: The Hawks were 10-4 overall and 3-2 in the CCL before last Wednesday.

LACROSSE

Last Monday -- Lost to Bexley 10-8

Today -- At Pickerington North

Monday --╩Home vs. Liberty

Of note: The Hawks are 1-6.

SOFTBALL

*April 22 --╩Lost to DeSales 8-2

*April 23 -- Def. Worthington Christian 9-0

Last Friday -- Def. Gates Mills Hawken 13-0

Last Saturday -- Def. Willard 2-1; lost to Creston Norwayne 3-0

Last Monday -- Lost to Big Walnut 6-2

*Last Wednesday --╩Played Watterson

*Friday --╩Home vs. Ready

Saturday --╩Home vs. Teays Valley

*Monday --╩At Worthington Christian

*Wednesday --╩Home vs. DeSales

Of note: The Hawks were 11-4 overall and 2-2 in the CCL before last Wednesday.

TENNIS

*April 23 -- Lost to DeSales 5-0 in CCL opener

Last Monday -- Def. Westland 5-0

*Last Tuesday -- Played Ready

*Today --╩At Watterson

Monday --╩At Gahanna

*Tuesday --╩At Worthington Christian

Wednesday -- At Village Academy

Of note: The Hawks were 4-2 before last Tuesday.

TRACK & FIELD

Last Friday -- Boys: Finished sixth (28) behind champion St. Charles (104) in Russ Owen/Bexley Relays; Girls: Finished sixth (24) behind Bexley (100)

Last Saturday --╩Boys: Finished second (113) to New Albany (179.5) in home Joe Ramsey Invitational; Girls: Finished first (168)

Last Wednesday -- Competed in Braves Invitational at Whetstone

Saturday --╩Boys: At Roosevelt Classic in Dayton; Girls: At DeHart Hubbard Invitational at Cincinnati Walnut Hills

*CCL contest