Mindy Drayer entered the foyer adjacent to the gym at Grace Brethren Church last Friday. In about a half hour the Hartley High School boys basketball team, coached by Drayer's husband, Randy Kortokrax, was to play Worthington Christian.

Mindy Drayer entered the foyer adjacent to the gym at Grace Brethren Church last Friday. In about a half hour the Hartley High School boys basketball team, coached by Drayer's husband, Randy Kortokrax, was to play Worthington Christian.

That's when Drayer noticed Lori Snedecor.

"What are you doing here?" Drayer asked.

"I'm came to watch you," said Snedecor, who met Drayer last summer when their sons played on the same youth baseball team.

Snedecor may have been teasing, but as with most jokes, there was a hint of truth. Drayer is a wife, mother of two and a weekend morning anchor at television station WCMH. Her passion is rooting for Hartley basketball. She has built a reputation for her enthusiasm.

"She gets intense and that's why I've always liked her," Kortokrax said. "She's passionate when it involves something she likes."

Drayer loves Hartley basketball.

"People think I'm a nut when it comes to Ohio State football," Drayer said. "I'm more of a nut for Hartley. I go crazier. It's personal. This means more because that's my husband's team."

An already outgoing and engaging personality, Drayer does not hold back during the course of a game.

Last Friday, Drayer started the game composed.

She was seated behind Hartley's bench, about 10 rows up. Her arm was around her 6-year-old daughter Kami, creating the picture of a lovely mother-daughter moment. It didn't last.

Three minutes into the game, Kami left her mother's side and began mingling with fellow Hartley fans, allowing Drayer to do her thing.

Drayer lives and dies with each possession. After a Hawks basket, Drayer erupts in a five-second outburst of clapping and feet stomping.

Hartley's miscues result in her hands slapping her knees -- hard. Words of encouragement constantly are shouted at the Hartley players and conversations with fans seated near her are kept to a minimum.

"I know I get carried away," Drayer said. "I know it's a little loud and obnoxious."

Kortokrax has been the Hartley coach for the last nine seasons, and for eight of them Drayer has been at every game cheering her husband's team on to victory. It wasn't until last season that Drayer realized what she did at games.

"My son looked at me during one of the games last season and said, 'Mom, you're embarrassing me,'" Drayer said. "It was my New Year's resolution to calm down. I think I've calmed down. I have tried to not yell so much at the refs."

Last Friday, Kortokrax received a technical foul in the first half.

Drayer yelled at the refs.

She left her seat, sprinted down the steps and stood behind the bench to voice her displeasure with the call. Drayer wasn't using her inside voice.

"If I thought about what I was doing, I probably wouldn't do it," she said. "I react to it, then I think about it."

Drayer and Kortokrax will celebrate their 10th anniversary April 3. Sports play a big role in their home. In the winter it's Hartley basketball all the time. Kami hangs with the cheerleaders during home games. Kylan, 7, is a ball boy. Drayer does her part not only by cheering during games, but also is behind the scenes.

"A lot of women don't care about sports," she said. "Sure. they're there to show support, but I'm 100 percent in it with him."

Drayer understands the amount of time Kortokrax needs in order to be a successful basketball coach. He already has two district titles with the Hawks, and if he wants a third, he'll need Drayer.

"The first year he coached he was trying to be a good husband and not dedicate as much time to basketball," she said. "He got crushed on the road. I was there. When we came home I told him to forget me during basketball season. You do whatever it takes to win because I don't want to go through that again.

"We're both very bad losers. Great winners, but very bad losers. I hate to see him lose. I take it personally and I feel bad for him and the kids."

Drayer's love for Hartley basketball extends to Kortokrax's players. She is the good cop to his bad cop. After games, Drayer greets the players with hugs. Outside the gym, members of the team spend time at the house.

"If I get on them after a loss, she's always positive," Kortokrax said.

Drayer's credibility as more than a rabid fan was bolstered earlier this month. She was chosen by the Central District to receive the OHSAA Media Award for broadcast journalism.

The award was created to honor media members for their contribution to high school athletics in Ohio.

Hartley has won four consecutive games and five of its last six games. The midseason turnaround has as much to do with the players as the Hawks' "co-head coaches" Kortokrax and Drayer. It's a package deal and will be for the foreseeable future. But, when it ends, that will be determined more by Drayer than the coach himself.

"When she's not into it anymore, I'm probably not going to be into it," Kortokrax said. "If she's not supporting me, it would make it tough."