A 41-16 loss to Coldwater on Sept. 6 temporarily slowed down the Hartley High School football team.
The Hawks recovered to beat perennial playoff-contender Marion-Franklin 28-14 on Sept. 13 and then controlled the clock throughout a 20-7 victory over St. Charles on Sept. 20 in the first matchup between the programs since 1988.
"I would say (St. Charles was) a really important win," coach Brad Burchfield said. "For a long time (we've) been the little brother, and I'm really proud of this program. When all is said and done, I think the thing I'll be most proud of is that we've been able to play with these bigger CCL schools."
Hartley takes a 3-1 record into its first matchup against Pittsburgh Perry, which visits Friday, Sept. 27.
The Commodores went 8-3 a year ago and beat Pittsburgh Carrick 23-6 on Sept. 20 to improve to 2-2.
Against St. Charles, Hartley had 401 yards of offense and held the ball in the third quarter for all but three plays from scrimmage.
Girls volleyball team progressing
The girls volleyball team was 13-3 overall and 3-1 in the CCL before playing Ready on Sept. 24.
On Sept. 21 and 22, the Hawks finished third in the 12-team Cincinnati Volleyball Fall Classic at Cincinnati Mother of Mercy.
Hartley beat Maria Stein Marion Local 25-16, 24-26, 25-20 and Covington (Ky.) Holy Cross 25-9, 25-10 on Sept. 21. On Sept. 22, the Hawks lost to Cincinnati McAuley 22-25, 25-17, 25-20 in a semifinal and beat Dublin Coffman 19-25, 25-20, 25-23 for third place.
Hartley will continue the second round of league play Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Watterson, which it beat 25-23, 25-21, 25-13 on Sept. 12. Watterson is coached by former Hartley coach Max Miller.
"Our season is progressing nicely," first-year coach Mike Rahe said. "We play a tough schedule but feel it gets us ready for the postseason. Emily Rahe has fought through injuries all year but has been great at leading the team as our setter."
Other standouts, according to coach Rahe, have included seniors Becca Groner (libero) and Erin Chatman (right-side hitter), juniors Madeline Brandewie (middle hitter) and Shelby Chesko (middle hitter) and freshman Kristen Chatman (outside hitter).
Boys soccer team seeks consistency
The boys soccer team snapped a four-game winless skid by beating Zanesville West Muskingum 4-1 on Sept. 19.
The Hawks were 4-5-1 before playing Columbus Academy on Sept. 24 and are 0-2-1 in the CCL. They beat Licking Heights 7-1 on Sept. 21.
"We are a young team fighting to find some consistency," coach Chris Kowalski said. "We have played a challenging schedule and are learning from every (game) we play. If we can hang in there through some of the tough games, we should be ready come tournament time."
Through 10 games, freshman forward Mitchell Bergman had four goals and freshman forward Justin Galant had three.
According to Kowalski, senior center back Jacob Croswell and senior goalkeeper Josh Routte have led the defense and senior Colin Barringer has been the top midfielder.
Boys golf team having strong season
The boys golf team was looking to advance to district for the third consecutive season when it competed Sept. 24 in the Division II sectional at The Players Club at Foxfire.
The Hawks were the third-highest seed at the site and fifth overall in the district. The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams at sectional advanced to district Monday, Sept. 30, at River Greens in West Lafayette.
Hartley finished third (328) in the CCL postseason tournament Sept. 21 at Cooks Creek behind St. Charles (304) and DeSales (318) and ahead of Watterson (330), Worthington Christian (355) and Ready (448). The Hawks were 70-41 overall before competing at sectional.
"Our season has been very successful and productive, as our players are developing their overall games nicely," coach Dan DeCrane said.
Sophomore Chris Williard (76 average), senior Cameron Ball (80), junior Jack Casebolt (83) and senior Nick Ozarzak (85) have been the top players.