After coming up short in its bid for a league title, the Hartley High School girls volleyball team has turned its focus to winning a Division II district championship.
The Hawks won seven consecutive district titles before losing in a district final a year ago and are the top seed for this year's tournament.
DeSales, which now competes in Division I, beat Hartley 25-20, 25-22, 37-35 in a district final last season and swept the Hawks during this year's regular season, including a 25-20, 21-25, 25-23, 28-26 victory Oct. 10 at Hartley.
The Hawks entered the week 17-6 overall. They went 6-2 in the CCL to finish second behind DeSales (8-0).
"We're not even supposed to be able to compete with Division I teams, and we've been fighting through injuries," said coach Mike Rahe, whose daughter, junior setter Emily Rahe, likely will rest until late in the tournament because of a hip-flexor problem. "We've played 11 Division I schools this year, including DeSales twice, and we knew there would be some bumps in the road."
According to coach Rahe, standouts have included seniors Erin Chatman (right-side hitter), Becca Groner (libero), Jamie Thivener (defensive specialist) and D'asia Simmons (outside hitter), junior Shelby Chesko (middle hitter) and freshman Kristen Chatman (outside hitter).
Franz runs to CCL title
Junior Emily Franz ran 19 minutes, 21.5 seconds to capture the CCL girls cross country championship Oct. 12. The next-best finisher was more than a minute back.
The girls team placed fourth (91) behind Columbus School for Girls (30), Watterson (53) and Ready (73) and ahead of DeSales (102).
The boys also were fourth (111) in the league meet, behind St. Charles (17), Watterson (62) and DeSales (68) and ahead of Ready (116). Junior Brandt Groene led the boys with a 14th-place finish (18:55.8).
Football team to face Ironton
The football team beat Fort Wayne (Ind.) Luers 49-27 on Oct. 11 to win its fifth consecutive game and improve to 6-1 overall.
The Hawks will try to win for the fourth consecutive time over Ironton when they play host to the Fighting Tigers on Friday, Oct.18.
Through six games, senior quarterback Jared Brandewie was 39-for-53 passing for 730 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions and had rushed for three touchdowns. Senior running back Sam Mackowiak had rushed for a team-best 832 yards and eight touchdowns and senior wide receiver Jacob Mercier had 19 catches for 455 yards and five scores.
Most of girls tennis lineup should return
Sophomore Madeleine McDonald should be the top returnee next season for the girls tennis team.
McDonald, who lost in the second round of singles in a Division I sectional tournament Oct. 3 at Pickerington Central, went 10-5. She placed first in the Teays Valley Invitational on Aug. 28 and the Village Academy Cup on Sept. 7.
Hartley finished 5-8 overall and 1-3 in the CCL, fourth behind Watterson (4-0), DeSales (3-1) and CSG (2-2) and ahead of Ready (0-4). It had no players advance to district.
"The girls continued to improve this season and learned from their mistakes," coach Lynn Miller said.
"I am looking forward to next year with six varsity players returning."
Others eligible to return include juniors Annie Resetar and Megan Resetar, sophomore Abby Gold and freshman Katherine Croswell.