The Hartley High School boys basketball team is in its first year in Division II after moving up from Division III, but that has not tempered the Hawks' postseason expectations.

The Hartley High School boys basketball team is in its first year in Division II after moving up from Division III, but that has not tempered the Hawks' postseason expectations.

Hartley received the fifth seed in the district tournament and had a first-round bye. The Hawks open the tournament in the second round against ninth-seeded Mifflin or London at 8 p.m. Saturday at Thomas Worthington.

Coach Randy Kortokrax thinks his team most likely will play Mifflin and he has some concerns about facing the Punchers.

"Mifflin, they play a style unlike any other we've seen this season," Kortokrax said. "They play a lot of full-court pressure and up-tempo, so it's going to be a challenge and we'll have our hands full."

The winner will advance to a district semifinal at 6:15 p.m. March 5 in the Fairgrounds Coliseum and face fourth-seeded Canal Winchester, Granville or Hilliard Bradley.

"We knew when we moved up to Division II we were going to be one of the smaller schools," Kortokrax said. "We know we're going to have to play good teams like Canal Winchester and Watterson. We're pretty strong defensively. Our shooting is our X factor."

Last Friday, Hartley defeated Worthington Christian 44-24 in its CCL finale. Eric Siefert led the Hawks with 14 points and DeAvery Collins scored 11.

Hartley finished 7-3 in the CCL to place second behind DeSales (10-0) and ahead of Watterson (6-4), Ready (5-5), St. Charles (1-9) and Worthington Christian (1-9).

"To finish second at 7-3, that's a credit to our guys," Kortokrax said. "Look at what we had coming back compared to everybody else. We lost our top three scorers, so for them to go through the CCL and go 7-3, that says something about us, considering it could've been a down year. I'll be honest, it surprised me a bit."

•The boys and girls swimming and diving teams will participate in the Division II state meet, which began last Wednesday and runs through Saturday at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.

With the largest number of state qualifiers in program history, the Hawks are eyeing a lot of high finishes.

For the girls team, Tiffany Aeling is seeded 10th in the 200-yard freestyle (1 minutes, 56.39 seconds) and 13th in the 500 free (5:12.83), Andrea Cottrell is seeded second in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.05) and fifth in the 200 individual medley (2:08.36), Jessica Carpenter is seeded fifth in the 100 butterfly (58.93) and 13th in the 100 backstroke (59.87), Taylor Shotwell is seeded seventh in the 100 fly (59.14) and 11th in the 100 back (59.86), Becky Hunold is seeded 15th in diving (294.2 points), the 200 medley relay of Carpenter, Cottrell, Shotwell and Brianna Archambeau is seeded third (1:49.06), the 200 free relay of Shotwell, Holehouse, Taisha Ferguson and Aeling is seeded eighth (1:41.43) and the 400 free relay of Carpenter, Hope Kahrig, Cottrell and Aeling is seeded eighth (3:39.98).

For the boys team, Ronnie Bolden is seeded third in the 50 free (21.44) and second in the 100 fly (51.59), Patrick Kelly is seeded fifth in the 200 IM (1:55.48) and seventh in the 100 back (53.26) and Michael Arnold is seeded fifth in diving (350.5), the 200 free relay of Bolden, Daniel Shonk, Tom Kelly and Patrick Kelly is seeded seventh (1:30.41) and the 400 free relay of Bolden, Shonk, Tom Kelly and Patrick Kelly is seeded sixth (3:18.49).

Last Friday in the district meet at Ohio State, the girls team won the team title with 331 points, finishing well ahead of runner-up Columbus Academy (221) and third-place DeSales (210).

District champions for the girls were Aeling in the 200 free and 500 free, Cottrell in the 200 IM and 100 breast and Shotwell in the 100 back as well as the 200 medley relay, the 200 free relay and the 400 free relay.

The 200 medley relay set a meet record, breaking the mark of 1:50.3 set by New Albany last season, and the 400 free relay broke the meet record, topping New Albany's time of 3:41.58 that was set last year.

The boys team finished fourth (159) behind champion Columbus Academy (270). District champions for the boys were Bolden in the 100 fly, Patrick Kelly in the 200 IM, the 200 free relay and the 400 free relay.

Patrick Kelly set a meet record in the 200 IM, topping the previous mark of 1:56.02 set by Olentangy's Ben Bailey last season.

"From a coach's perspective, we could not have dreamed up a better outcome than the way things turned out for us at district," coach Tony Phillips said. "It was maybe the most exciting high school meet we, as coaches, have ever been a part of."

•Six members of the wrestling team qualified for the Division II district tournament on Friday and Saturday at Uhrichsville Claymont.

The top four placers in each weight class will advance to the state tournament March 4-6 at Ohio State.

In the first round at district, Dominique Scott (10-15 at 103 pounds) faces DeSales' Payton Gutierrez (29-16), Brian Grimes (19-14 at 119) faces East Liverpool's Preston Foster (30-1), Chris Fusco (34-4 at 130) faces Steubenville's Chad Needham (21-7), Drake Jones (32-13 at 145) faces Warsaw River View's Kevin Shroyer (18-19), Jarrod Zang (32-6 at 160) faces Licking Heights' Kevin Yeager (22-17) and Evan Jackson (34-4 at 215) faces Jonathan Alder's Beau Green (23-9).

Winning titles last Saturday at the Amanda-Clearcreek sectional were Fusco, who defeated Anthony Fosco of Olentangy 7-3 in the final, Zang, who beat Cory Hosom of Lakewood 15-7 in the final, and Jackson, who defeated Matt Brown of Big Walnut 8-4 in the final.

At a glance

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

BOYS BASKETBALL

*Last Friday -- Defeated Worthington Christian 44-24 in regular-season finale

Saturday -- At Thomas Worthington vs. London or Mifflin in second round of Division II district tournament. The winner will play a district semifinal March 5 in the Fairgrounds Coliseum against Canal Winchester, Granville or Hilliard Bradley.

Of note: The Hawks are 14-6 overall and finished 7-3 in the CCL.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Last Tuesday -- Played Canal Winchester in second round of Division II district tournament. The winner will play a district semifinal on March 1 against No. 3 Eastmoor, Granville or Mifflin.

Of note: The Hawks were 13-7 overall before last Tuesday and finished 4-6 in the CCL.

BOWLING

Last Friday -- Boys: Finished sixth (3,994) behind champion Westerville Central (4,350) in sectional tournament at Eastland. The top 10 teams advanced to district; Girls: Finished 12th (2,945) behind champion Westerville Central (3,998). The top 10 teams advanced to district.

Saturday -- Boys: At HP Lanes in district tournament. The top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team will advance to the state tournament.

SWIMMING & DIVING

Last Friday -- Boys: Finished fourth (159 points) behind Columbus Academy (270) at Division II district meet at Ohio State; Girls: Finished first (331) ahead of second-place Columbus Academy (221) and third-place DeSales (210)

Last Wednesday, today, Friday and Saturday -- At Division II state meet at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton

WRESTLING

Last Saturday -- Finished fourth (156) in Division II sectional at Amanda-Clearcreek as Canal Winchester (152) won. Chris Fusco (130), Jarrod Zang (160) and Evan Jackson (215) won sectional titles.

Saturday -- At Division II district tournament at Uhrichsville Claymont. The top four in each weight class will advance to the state tournament.

*CCL contest