Gana Lopez barely has enough fingers on one hand to count how many parts of her body have felt banged up this season.

Gana Lopez barely has enough fingers on one hand to count how many parts of her body have felt banged up this season.

The way she sees it, though, the pain has been worth it.

In the Division I regional track and field meet May 25 and 27 at Pickerington North, the junior for the Hartley High School girls team finished third in the 200 meters (25.08 seconds) and fourth in the 100 (12.24) and ran on the 400 relay that placed second (47.94).

The top four finishers in each regional event advanced to the state meet Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4, at Ohio State.

"At the beginning of the season my goals were high, but that was until my injuries resurfaced," Lopez said. "Right now I'm just focusing on getting to the finals in my events, training over the fall and next winter and trying to do well so I can have a better chance of running in college."

Last season, Lopez finished fourth in the 100 (12.08) and 200 (24.56) and ran on the 1,600 relay that placed 15th.

She ran the anchor leg at regional in the 400 relay, which was led off by junior Taneyza Robinson and then featured sophomore Amaiah Jones and junior London Ladd.

It will be the first state appearances for Jones, Ladd and Robinson.

Hartley tied for 10th (20) at regional behind champion Gahanna (109) as 37 teams scored.

"I worked hard from indoor (in the winter) to outdoor (in the spring) and I'm proud that we have a chance to run at state," Ladd said. "I feel like indoor helped a lot with me getting better, especially in the (400 relay)."

Also at regional, Robinson finished 10th in the 100 (12.89) and the 1,600 relay of Mary Kate Hennessey, Rachael LeMay, Lopez and Jillian Rhodes finished 12th (4:12.61).

Maggie Farrell fouled on each of her attempts in the long jump.

In the Division II boys regional May 26 at Lexington, junior Jaden Manley finished 14th in the 100 (11.58). The Hawks did not score.

Baseball team excited for next season

One thing first-year Hartley High School baseball coach Chris Sawyer said he never worried about was whether he'd get enough leadership from his nine-member senior class.

Sawyer feels just as confident about his group of returning juniors, particularly since one of them has big plans beyond just playing at the prep level.

Junior center fielder Jake Ruby, who has committed to Ohio State, batted .461, scored 30 runs and stole 31 bases while making first-team all-district and all-league.

He is among several juniors who took on key roles this spring for the Hawks, who finished 19-10 overall and earned a share of the CCL championship.

"(Ruby is) an all-state player, in my opinion," Sawyer said. "I was disappointed that we lost (in a Division II district semifinal) because I really thought we had a team that could compete for a district title, but I'm really proud of our kids for winning the CCL."

The fourth-seeded Hawks opened the district tournament by beating eighth-seeded Granville 4-3 on May 12 and then rallied from a 10-run deficit to force extra innings but lost to 10th-seeded Lakewood 14-12 in a district semifinal that concluded May 17.

Hartley beat St. Charles 3-2 on May 2 to capture a share of the CCL championship, its first since 1984. Hartley tied Watterson and DeSales at 5-3, followed by St. Charles (4-4) and Ready (1-7).

The senior class was led by Sean Gilmore (C/3B), Nate Moore (P/OF), Adam Rose (P/OF) and Austin Rawlins (1B).

Moore, who has signed with Cincinnati, was first-team all-district. He batted .420 with 29 RBI, 31 runs and 18 stolen bases and had a 0.86 ERA with five saves.

Gilmore hit .354 with 31 runs and was second-team all-district, while Rawlins, who has committed to Findlay and had 28 RBI and scored 32 runs, made honorable mention.

Rose hit .361 with 21 RBI and was 4-1 with a 2.60 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings.

Other key seniors included Reese Melton (P/OF) and Matt Berger (SS).

Junior Jack Baughman, who went 4-2 with a 2.95 ERA and 18 strikeouts in a team-best 40 1/3 innings, was second-team all-league.

Others eligible to return include juniors Joe Caputo (P), Andrew Heinmiller (C), Ryan Henne (2B) and Luke Wagenbrenner (P) and sophomore Jacob Culbertson (P).

Henne had 20 RBI and scored 27 runs and made second-team all-league. Culbertson went 4-1 with a 2.66 ERA in 29 innings.

"Our whole senior class had a tremendous work ethic," Sawyer said."

Softball team losing large senior class

The legacy the softball team's eight-member senior class leaves behind is that it led the program to its first CCL championship since 1994.

Hartley finished 19-7 overall and went 6-0 in the league while DeSales, Ready and Watterson all went 2-4.

"I'm so proud of the kids," coach Meghan Zuercher said. "They did everything we asked them to do year-round. It did not end the way we had hoped, but to clinch the CCL was a huge goal."

The fifth-seeded Hawks beat 13th-seeded Independence 12-0 on May 12 in a second-round Division II district tournament game but lost to third-seeded Granville 9-6 on May 17 in a district semifinal. Hartley also lost to Granville 11-9 on April 1.

Among the senior class, Maria Cegledy (SS) will play for Kent State, Autumn Eckstein (C/3B/OF) will play for Ohio Wesleyan, Justine Morrison (OF/DP) will play for Ohio University-Zanesville, Bailey Sweeney (OF) will play for Wilmington, Jennifer Schrader (2B) has committed to Muskingum and Lexi van Ooyen (C) has committed to Lehigh.

The other seniors were Hailey Johnson (OF) and Sarah LeMay (1B).

Johnson led the Hawks in batting average (.467) and stolen bases (20), Cegledy hit .457 with four home runs, 32 RBI, 34 runs and 15 doubles, van Ooyen hit .434 with five homers and 39 RBI and Schrader had a .986 fielding percentage. Cegledy also served as the No. 2 pitcher, going 3-1 in 32 innings.

Junior Tatum Wise (P) and freshman Sophia Slack (3B) should be the top returnees. Slack batted .387 with six home runs, 35 runs and five triples, and Wise hit .400 with 34 RBI and was 16-6 with a 3.49 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 134 innings.

Others eligible to return include sophomores Carolynn Heinmiller (OF), Jordan Nein (OF) and Abby Thompson (courtesy runner) and freshman Audrey Smith (courtesy runner).

"We had a really good freshman class and we're excited about our seventh- and eighth-graders as well," Zuercher said. "Tatum and Sophia will be relied on big time next year. I know Tatum especially will have to teach the younger players that culture. I was really impressed with Sophie Slack. She really surpassed expectations and showed a lot of maturity."