The Hartley High School football team will try to take another step toward a Division III, Region 11 playoff berth when it travels Friday, Oct. 20, to North Canton Hoover for the first meeting between the programs.
A 23-21 victory over DeSales on Oct. 13 also moved the Hawks closer to another major goal -- winning the CCL championship -- that can be completed if they win their regular-season finale Oct. 27 against St. Charles.
Hartley is 7-1 overall and 2-0 in the league after holding off a late rally by DeSales, which scored with 25.6 seconds left but didn't recover the onside kick.
Senior two-way lineman Patrick Gilliland left the game with an ankle injury but later returned.
"We knew (DeSales was) a great team and it's been a big matchup the past couple years, so our emotions were through the roof," Gilliland said. "It's an amazing and rewarding feeling because of all the hard work and focus we put into this game to come out with the victory.
"Our offensive line is really starting to jell coming towards the end of the regular season. We still have work to do, but we have a very strong bond and will always work together to get the job done."
Hartley will face a Hoover team that was projected to be ninth in Division II, Region 7 this week.
The Vikings are 4-4 but have won back-to-back games over Uniontown Lake (51-21 on Oct. 6) and Uniontown Green (42-17 on Oct. 13). All of their losses have come by eight points or fewer, and three of their setbacks came to teams that are a combined 22-2.
Running back Luke Reicosky has rushed for 1,270 yards and 16 touchdowns and quarterback John Keller is 92-for-152 passing for 1,166 yards with six touchdowns and has rushed for 597 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Against DeSales, Elijah Carter rushed for 148 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries.
"We know how good (DeSales is) and for us to play a game good enough to beat them is so very gratifying," coach Brad Burchfield said. "Every year our No. 1 goal is to be good enough to win the CCL.
"Hoover is very good. (They play) in one of the top leagues in Ohio (Federal League) and they're fighting for their playoff lives."
Tipton places third at state golf tourney
For the second consecutive season, Trent Tipton of the boys golf team closed his season by earning first-team all-state honors.
On Oct. 13 and 14 in the Division II state tournament at NorthStar, the junior shot an even-par 72 on both days and ended up third overall with a 144 behind Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin's Charlie Toman (137) and Jamestown Greeneview's Mason Witt (141).
Tipton was the Central District's only individual state qualifier after winning the district championship with a 71 on Oct. 4 at Denison Golf Club at Granville. He also won a sectional title with a 68 on Sept. 26 at Oakhaven.
"I feel like if you want to win state, you have to play your best this week and I just didn't have it this week," Tipton said. "Charlie just played awesome. There are a lot of positives to take from this week. I have some things to work on moving forward, but I feel good about not having my best and still getting third.
"I felt like this season went well. It was a rough start to the year and I really turned it around. I feel like I'm going to keep getting better and better."
Tipton is one of four golfers from the Hawks' postseason lineup eligible to return next season, along with juniors Thomas Mayhan and Jack Shisler and sophomore Andrew Inthavongsone.
Hartley tied Watterson for second in the CCL at 3-3, behind St. Charles (6-0) and ahead of DeSales (0-6).
The Hawks were runners-up (317) to Columbus Academy (303) in the 12-team sectional and placed third (322) behind Academy (302) and Bexley (306) in the six-team district tournament. Academy went on to win state.
The only senior in the postseason lineup was Andrew Berger, who placed eighth (78) at district.
"(Tipton) played fairly well (at state)," coach David Liskowiak said. "(We had) a great season. We're in the most top-heavy district in the state and we've got work to do. We've got to take advantage of having Trent for one more year next year."
Kitsmiller leads girls runners at CCL
The girls cross country team enters the Division II district meet Saturday, Oct. 21, at Watkins Memorial coming off a CCL runner-up finish.
The Hawks scored 45 points in the league meet Oct. 14 at Otterbein University to place behind DeSales (37) and ahead of Watterson (52), Columbus School for Girls (90) and Ready (144).
Freshman Ellie Kitsmiller finished second (21:06.15) behind DeSales' Cammy Bury (20:32.33). Also competing for the Hawks were Anna Woods (seventh, 22:12.97), Kate Sheely (11th, 22:29.82), Pailyn Groene (12th, 22:38.99), Audrey Bailey (13th, 23:01.89), Cara Luallen (15th, 23:42.73) and Bailee Zacovic (28th, 26:42.01).
In the boys CCL race, Hartley placed fourth (89) behind St. Charles (24), Watterson (54) and DeSales (78) and ahead of Ready (136).
Evan Vautour led the Hawks with a 10th-place finish (17:59.21), followed by Chase Rawlins (15th, 18:15.68), Luke Brandewie (17th, 18:22.14), Chase Orndoff (19th, 18:23.13), Chris Wolf (28th, 19:52.52), Luke Vautour (29th, 19:57.29) and Adam Dinovo (30th, 20:04).
The boys are competing in the Division II, district 2 meet Saturday, Oct. 21, at Watkins Memorial.
The top five teams and top 20 runners in the girls district meet and the top four teams and top 16 runners in the boys district 2 race advance to regional Oct. 28 at Pickerington North.
Girls soccer team opens postseason
Seeded seventh, the girls soccer team opened the Division II district tournament Oct. 16 at home against 11th-seeded London in a first-round game.
The winner faces third-seeded Jonathan Alder or 15th-seeded Columbus International in a second-round game Thursday, Oct. 19, at the home of the higher seed. That winner likely will play second-seeded Big Walnut or fifth-seeded Buckeye Valley in a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 24, at a neutral site to be determined.
Hartley beat Worthington Christian 3-2 on Oct. 12 in its regular-season finale to improve to 5-10-1. Senior Lindsay Dunlap scored all three goals.
"I think that was our best game of the season," coach Andrew Jahahn said. "We really showed signs of the offensive creativity we thought we've been capable of. We built great momentum."
Volleyball team hits stride for tourney
The girls volleyball team closed the regular season on a seven-match winning streak.
The 11th-seeded Hawks were 16-6 before playing host to 49th-seeded Mifflin on Oct. 16 in the first round of the Division I district tournament.
The winner played 43rd-seeded Briggs on Oct. 18 in a second-round match. That winner faces fifth-seeded Pickerington North, 37th-seeded Groveport or 39th-seeded Licking Heights in a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Franklin Heights.
Hartley was the Division II state runner-up last season.
Field hockey team opens tourney play
The 14th-seeded field hockey team began the district tournament Oct. 18 at third-seeded Granville.
The winner plays fifth-seeded Watterson or 13th-seeded Columbus School for Girls in a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the home of the higher seed.
Boys soccer team begins postseason
The 17th-seeded boys soccer team opened the Division II district tournament Oct. 17 at 10th-seeded Independence.
The winner plays at sixth-seeded Watterson or plays host to 22nd-seeded Eastmoor Academy in a second-round game Saturday, Oct. 21. That winner faces eighth-seeded Beechcroft, 12th-seeded Jonathan Alder or 13th-seeded Heath in a district semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 25, at a neutral site to be determined.
The Hawks lost to Worthington Christian 4-2 on Oct. 12 in their regular-season finale to fall to 3-11-2.