The Hartley High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams will participate in the Central Catholic League meet today and Saturday.

The Hartley High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams will participate in the Central Catholic League meet today and Saturday.

The diving event is today at Columbus School for Girls and the swimming events will be Saturday at St. Charles.

The meet will give coach Tony Phillips a gauge as to how ready the team is for the Division II sectional on Feb. 14.

"Any conference meet for any team is a chance to be in a big-meet atmosphere, which is good with the postseason right around the corner," Phillips said. "This isn't the meet we've been training for all year. We want to put in a good showing for Hartley but this isn't the meet our training is designed for.

"We're not trying to peak at this meet. We're generally happy with taking second the last few years to a strong Watterson squad and realistically that's what our girls are going to finish this year."

A perk of competing in the CCL is the quality of teams that will be competing. Watterson figures to be the favorite on the girls side while St. Charles easily is the front-runner on the boys side. The Eagles were 10th in Division I at state last year while the Cardinals are the defending Division I state champions.

"As some of the scores get released from other league meets, I expect the CCL to have some of the fastest times in the area," Phillips said. "So that competition will help us prepare for sectional and district."

Hartley can expect the typical performances from swimmers like Tiffany Aeling, Taylor Shotwell and Patrick Kelly.

What Phillips is looking for is good performances from other swimmers who are looking to move on from sectional to district this season. Those swimmers include Libby Rochford, Brianna Archambeau, Jessica Carpenter, Abby Evans, Taisha Ferguson, Molly Hanson, Shokhida Nasirova, Tommy Kelly and Daniel Shonk.

"If we can keep it close with some of the top teams in those races, that has to be a confidence boost for us going into the next couple weeks," Phillips said. "This stretch of January is a weird time for swimmers. They're doing a lot of training of specialty strokes and starting to feel the pressure that the postseason is right around the corner. We're looking at (the CCL meet) more at maintaining an optimistic attitude, getting in there each and every race and hopefully pulling out some close ones."

ēThe wrestling team will begin a stretch over the next three weeks where it will compete in large tournaments, beginning Friday and Saturday in the Sally George Invitational at Marion Pleasant.

Coach Paul Petrella purposely scheduled the tournaments this late in the season, the same time many teams in the area are competing in dual meets, to help prepare the Hawks for the postseason.

"That's the difference in our philosophy," Petrella said. "You don't wrestle duals at the sectional, so we feel these tournaments will give us good experience in a two-day format and help prepare our kids."

Last season Hartley finished eighth (83.5) behind champion Pleasant (245.5) in the 19-team Sally George Invitational. Chris Fusco is the only Hartley returnee to place at the event last year, as he was runner-up at 125.

The tournament will give Hartley a chance to see some of the better Division II and III teams from across the state, including Pleasant, Marion Elgin, Grandview, Liberty Center and Lewistown Indian Lake.

Wrestlers Petrella expects to do well in the event include Fusco, Brandon Hoffman (135), Jordan Mueller (152), Jarrod Zang (16), Cody Jackson (189) and Evan Jackson (215).

"Evan Jackson is having a real good year," Petrella said. "He's 23-3 and probably one of the kids who could win his weight class. Cody Jackson and Jarrod Zang have been wrestling well so I look for good performances from them. Jordan and Brandon are both juniors, and compared to the CIT the (Sally George Invitational) has Division II and III teams there, so it will be a good experience for them."

The opportunity to compete in big tournaments three consecutive weeks leading up the sectional meet is one that will be a boon to the Hawks.

"We're looking forward to this weekend," Petrella said. "We're probably a better tournament team than dual-meet team because we've got four or five kids who can score well in a big tournament. With the way the points are spread out, we have a chance to be in the top eight (at the Sally George Invitational) and that would help our mental edge."

At a glance

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

BOYS BASKETBALL

Jan. 20 -- Defeated Columbus Academy 68-63

*Last Friday -- Def. Worthington Christian 59-45

Last Saturday -- Def. Cardington 76-38

*Friday -- At Ready

*Tuesday -- At St. Charles

Of note: The Hawks are 8-4 overall and 3-3 in the CCL.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

*Jan. 21 -- Lost to Watterson 60-39

*Last Saturday -- Lost to DeSales 35-28

Last Wednesday -- Played Rosecrans

*Saturday -- Home vs. Worthington Christian

Of note: The Hawks were 7-6 overall and 2-5 in the CCL before last Wednesday.

BOWLING

Jan. 21 -- Boys: Def. South 2,053-1,274

Last Wednesday -- Competed against Pickerington North

Today -- At Eastland Lanes vs. Independence

Monday -- At Columbus Square vs. Beechcroft

Wednesday -- At Eastland Lanes vs. Pickerington Central

SWIMMING & DIVING

Last Saturday -- Competed in JCC Diving Invitational

*Today -- At CSG for diving portion of CCL championships

*Saturday -- At St. Charles for swimming events in CCL championships

Monday -- At Centennial

WRESTLING

Jan. 22 -- Defeated Newark 37-21; lost to Westland 63-15

Saturday -- At Marion Pleasant in Sally George Invitational

*CCL contest