While most area teams are a quarter of the way through their schedules, the Hartley High School boys basketball team is just getting started.

While most area teams are a quarter of the way through their schedules, the Hartley High School boys basketball team is just getting started.

The Hawks opened last Wednesday against Cardington and play host to Ready today in their CCL opener.

With the players from the football team having a week off before making the transition to basketball, coach Randy Kortokrax must find a way to integrate those players with the ones who have been practicing for almost two months.

The discrepancy in practice time could impact the decisions Kortokrax makes regarding his personnel, such as which players will play against a man-to-man defense and which ones work better against a zone defense.

He also must determine which players are conditioned enough to run when an up-tempo offense is needed and which lineups will work best together.

For Kortokrax, adding the football players into the mix is "like starting over."

"We were on a roll for a while, then we added the new guys and we took a step back," he said. "When you add new guys, especially somebody like (center) Jacob (Matuska), that's a big adjustment. Some of the new guys are struggling a bit with their cardio and legs, so it's been a tricky situation."

The fact that Kortokrax still is figuring out his player rotations doesn't make for an ideal situation heading into the CCL opener.

However, Ready, which reached a Division III state semifinal last season, lost a lot of players to graduation and is going through a transition period itself.

"It would be tougher if we were jumping into action against a more veteran team. You know Ready is still in the feeling-out stage as well," Kortokrax said. "The good thing about us is that we do have a lot of veterans, and I hope that carries us."

The late start to the season also has forced Hartley to play a more compact schedule, meaning that it will have fewer practice days over the holiday break. It will play its 10th game of the season Jan. 8 against Westerville Central, assuming there are no weather-related cancellations or postponements.

The Hawks then will have five days off before playing Jan. 14 at Watterson.

"I'm glad we'll have some (practice) time after (the Westerville Central) game because we're just kind of starting things on the fly right now," Kortokrax said.

•The wrestling team also had many of its members take a week off after football before making the transition.

The Hawks opened last Wednesday with a tri-match against Amanda-Clearcreek and Licking Heights.

They will then compete in the Marion Harding Classic on Wednesday and Dec. 30, with as many as 25 teams expected to participate.

"Our guys are very mature and experienced, so it's not like we're throwing a lot of newcomers in the lineup for Marion," coach Kevin Petrella said. "My main concern is making sure we're in good enough shape. We're working toward it, but we won't be in our best shape there."

Drake Jones (152 pounds) might miss the Marion Harding Classic with a minor hamstring strain.

Petrella said Jones is healthy enough to wrestle now if needed, but that he wants to make sure Jones is 100 percent before inserting him into the lineup.

Among the wrestlers Petrella expects to fare well at Marion are Dominique Scott (103/112), Brian Grimes (130), Jarrod Zang (171), Napoleon Bell (189) and Evan Jackson (215).

Going from football to wrestling after a prolonged fall season isn't typically an easy transition, but Petrella said the wrestlers who played football are handling it well.

In fact, he thinks the confidence those wrestlers gained from winning the state title in football could carry over to wrestling.

"Their mentality has been great, and it's been great for them to come in with a winning attitude," Petrella said. "We've been working hard on catching up. The guys know what it takes to be successful."

After Marion, Hartley won't compete again until a tri-meet with St. Charles and West Jefferson on Jan. 6.

Petrella thinks the late start to the season and a light early schedule could help the Hawks.

"I think the guys will be fresher because they haven't practiced much and we don't have a ton of competitions until later," Petrella said. "We have some guys with some nagging injuries, and we might rest them until (Jan. 6). We just want to make sure everybody is good and ready to go."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Hartley boys basketball, girls basketball, boys and girls bowling, boys and girls swimming and diving, and wrestling teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

Last Wednesday - Played Cardington in opener

*Today - Home vs. Ready

*Monday - Home vs. St. Charles

Wednesday - At Grandview for Bobcat Holiday Classic vs. Northridge (6 p.m.)

Dec. 30 - At Grandview for Bobcat Holiday Classic vs. Grandview or Wellington in consolation (6 p.m.) or championship (8 p.m.)

*Jan. 7 - At DeSales

Jan. 8 - At Westerville Central

*CCL game

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Last Saturday - Game against Ready postponed. Makeup date has not been announced.

Today - At Zanesville Maysville

Wednesday - At Centerburg for Shelley Whited Holiday Classic vs. Centerburg (7:45 p.m.)

Dec. 30 - At Centerburg for Shelley Whited Holiday Classic vs. DeSales or Olentangy Orange in consolation (6 p.m.) or championship (7:45 p.m.)

*Jan. 5 - Home vs. DeSales

*Jan. 8 - Home vs. Watterson

Of note: The Hawks are 4-1 overall.

*CCL game

BOWLING

*Dec. 13 - Boys: Defeated Brookhaven 2,241-2,004; Girls: Def. Brookhaven 1,721-1,403

*Dec. 15 - Boys: Def. Columbus West 2,314-1,602; Girls: Def. Columbus West 1,634-1,379

Last Friday - Boys: Def. Pickerington North 2,190-1,772

*Jan. 3 - Northland at Sequoia Lanes

*Jan. 7 - Columbus Academy at Eastland Lanes

Of note: The boys are 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the COHSBC-Central Division and the girls are 3-0 overall and 3-0 in the COHSBC-Central.

*COHSBC-Central match

SWIMMING & DIVING

Last Friday - Boys: Finished 15th (13 points) behind champion St. Charles (312) at Grandview Yule at the Pool; Girls: Finished 19th (11) at Yule at the Pool behind champion Pickerington Central (165). Only divers competed for the Hawks.

Jan. 7 - Girls: At CSG

Jan. 8 - DeSales at North YMCA

WRESTLING

Last Wednesday - Competed against Amanda-Clearcreek and Licking Heights in opener

Wednesday - Marion Harding Classic

*Jan. 6 - Home vs. St. Charles

*Jan. 8 - At Olentangy Liberty

*CCL match