In addition to winning championships, Hartley High School boys and girls swimmers hope to drop time in their respective events at the Division II state meet on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 24-25, at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.

In addition to winning championships, Hartley High School boys and girls swimmers hope to drop time in their respective events at the Division II state meet on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 24-25, at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.

For many of the athletes, that means setting new personal records on top of the season or personal bests they achieved at district Feb. 18 at Ohio State.

Andrea Cottrell is seeded fourth in the 100 breaststroke and seventh in the 200 individual medley at state. She set personal records while winning both events at district - finishing the 100 breast in 1 minute, 4.24 seconds and the 200 IM in 2:07.22 - and is looking to drop even more time at state.

"I don't ever want to give myself a set time to hit because I don't want to be disappointed if I don't hit it," said Cottrell, whose district time in the 200 IM broke the meet record of 2:07.54 set by New Albany's Molly Dengler in 2008. "I just go in thinking I want go fast and beat my best time."

Also at state for the girls, Jessica Carpenter is seeded ninth in the 100 butterfly and 16th in the 100 freestyle, and Taylor Shotwell is seeded ninth in the 100 backstroke and 20th in the 100 fly. The 200 medley relay of Brianna Archambeau, Carpenter, Cottrell and Shotwell is seeded fourth, and the 200 free relay of Carpenter, Cottrell, Hope Kahrig and Shotwell is seeded ninth.

For the boys, Patrick Kelly is seeded third in the 200 IM and 10th in the 100 back, and Ronnie Bolden is seeded third in the 100 fly and sixth in the 50 free.

"I'm looking to finish in the top eight in my events again, like I did last year," Kelly said.

Michael Arnold was scheduled to represent Hartley in diving, which concluded its Division II state competition on Feb. 23.

At district, the girls were third (260 points) behind Granville (368) and Columbus Academy (269). Shotwell won the 100 back (58.77) and was seventh in the 100 fly (1:00.12), and Carpenter was third in the 100 free (53.32) and the 100 fly (58.20). The 200 medley relay won in 1:47.37, breaking the mark of 1:49.06 set by the same foursome last year, and the 200 free relay was second (1:39.79).

"I felt confident in my races and confident in my taper," Cottrell said. "So I went in here with a really good mindset. And, I'm very pleased with my times."

The boys were fourth (137) behind champion Granville (256). Kelly was first in the 200 IM (1:54.86) and second in the 100 back (53.52). Kelly's time in the 200 IM broke the meet record of 1:55.48 that he set last year.

Bolden won the 100 fly (51.05) and was third in the 50 free (21.59). Arnold won diving with 372.95 points.

•The boys basketball team enters the postseason with big expectations, having earned the No. 1 seed in the Division II district tournament following a one-loss regular season.

Hartley had a first-round bye and plays Friday, Feb. 25, against Columbus South or Lakewood at Grove City. The winner advances to a district semifinal on March 3 at the Fairgrounds Coliseum, where it will play Bexley, Hamilton Township, Hilliard Bradley or Olentangy. The district final is March 10 at the Fairgrounds.

The only other seeded teams in Hartley's bracket are No. 4 Canal Winchester and No. 5 Centennial, and the Hawks beat both during the regular season. Hartley beat Canal Winchester 51-35 on Jan. 23 and defeated Centennial 62-48 on Jan. 29.

Lakewood and South play contrasting styles. Lakewood uses a slower style based on playing good defense and setting up shots for its guards. South runs an up-tempo offense based on scoring in transition and forcing turnovers.

"With our schedule, we've seen pretty much everything, so right now we just have to get it done," said coach Randy Kortokrax, whose team beat Worthington Christian 46-41 on Feb. 18 to close the regular season 17-1. "We've been doing a good job of playing the game in front of us. We've played up-tempo well, then teams hit us with some slowdown and we do that well. It takes a lot of mental toughness to play different styles like that, and the one thing our guys have shown is resiliency down the stretch."

The Hawks won the CCL title at 7-1, ahead of DeSales (6-2), Watterson (4-4), St. Charles (3-5) and Ready (0-8). It is Hartley's first league title since 1994.

•The wrestling team will compete at the Division II district meet Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26, at Columbus East. The top four in each weight class move on to state March 3-5 at Ohio State.

The Hawks competed in a sectional at Hilliard Bradley on Feb. 19 and finished fifth (130.5 points) behind champion Olentangy (292). The top four in each weight class advanced to district.

Evan Jackson (215 pounds) won his weight class, beating Olentangy's Alex Stinemetz 15-6 in the championship match.

Dominique Scott (103) and Jarrod Zang (160) both placed second. In finals, Scott lost 14-5 to Olentangy's Andrew Torti, and Zang lost 7-4 to Jonathan Alder's Chris Baker.

In third-place matches, Grant Rathburn (119) defeated Linden-McKinley's Jermain Lathon 7-6, Jason Mercier (125) beat Independence's Jajuan Ross 10-5 and Jordan Dickerson (heavyweight) defeated Branden Gray of Whitehall 2-1 in overtime. Napoleon Bell (189) placed fourth, losing 6-4 in overtime to Mifflin's Ezra Kennly in their third-place match.

•The boys bowling team will look to build on the first sectional championship in program history when it competes in the district tournament on Saturday, Feb. 26, at HP Lanes.

The top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the state tournament, which is March 5 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.

Hartley won the sectional title Feb. 18 at Eastland Lanes with a score of 4,231, ahead of runner-up Westerville South (4,174).

"We've been bowling pretty good all year, so I was confident," coach Dennis Backus said. "I told the guys that they are ready to take it to the next level. We've always been just good enough to get to the next round, but I told them I want to win this sectional. I told them they were ready to do it."

Senior Nick Owens led Hartley with a 681 series and sophomore William Ball had a 586.

Hartley won the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-Central Division at 13-0 and finished 16-0 overall.


Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Hartley High School girls basketball, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:


Feb. 14 -Defeated Sidney Lehman Catholic 59-46

Feb. 23 -Lakewood in second round of Division II district tournament, 6 p.m. at Marysville. Sixth-seeded Hartley had a first-round bye. Winner plays Hamilton Township or Olentangy in district semifinal, 8 p.m. March 1 at Pickerington North. Winner plays in district final, 8:30 p.m. March 3 at Ohio Dominican.

Of note: The Hawks are 16-4 overall.


Feb. 18 -Boys: Finished fourth (137) behind champion Granville (256) in Division II district meet at Ohio State; Girls: Finished third (260) behind champion Granville (368) in Division II district meet at Ohio State

Feb. 23-25 -Qualifiers in Division II state meet at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.

Below are the state qualifiers with district result and state seed:

Boys -Michael Arnold: diving (372.95, ninth); Ronnie Bolden: 100 fly (51.05, third), 50 free (21.59, sixth); Patrick Kelly: 200 IM (1:54.86, third), 100 back (53.52, 10th); Girls -Andrea Cottrell: 100 breast (1:04.24, fourth), 200 IM (2:07.22, seventh); Jessica Carpenter: 100 fly (58.20, ninth), 100 free (53.32, 16th); Taylor Shotwell: 100 back (58.77, ninth), 100 fly (1:00.12, 20th); 200 medley relay (1:47.37, fourth); 200 free relay (1:39.79, ninth)

Others who competed at district: Boys -200 medley relay (1:47.38, seventh); 200 free relay (1:39.17, 15th); Girls -Brianna Archambeau: 100 fly (1:03.27, 16th), 100 free (57.33, 11th); Victoria Barlay: 200 IM (2:34.17, 15th), 100 breast (1:17.37, 13th); Abby Evans: 50 free (27.05, 19th), 100 breast (1:16.93, 12th); Hope Kahrig: 100 fly (1:01.25, 12th), 500 free (5:30.67, seventh); Amber Krieger: 200 free (2:12.30, 10th), 500 free (6:05.86, 22nd); Molly Shonk: 100 back (1:11.35, 29th); Alexa Williams: 200 IM (2:35.99, 18th), 100 free (1:00.10, 21st); 400 free relay (3:56.76, sixth)


Feb. 19 -Finished fifth (130.5) behind champion Olentangy (292) at Division II sectional tournament at Hilliard Bradley.

District qualifiers were: Napoleon Bell (189, 2-2, fourth), Jordan Dickerson (heavyweight, 3-1, third), Evan Jackson (215, 3-0, first), Jason Mercier (125, 3-1, third), Grant Rathburn (119, 3-1, third), Dominique Scott (103, 2-1, second) and Jarrod Zang (160, 3-1, second).

Others competing were: Christian Baker (140, 0-2), Jacob Croswell (135, 0-2), Miles Heighter (112, 0-2), Patrick Moran (130, 0-2) and Eric Selegue (171, 2-2).

Feb. 25-26 -District tournament at Columbus East. The top four in each weight class advance to state March 3-5 at Ohio State.