The Hartley boys and girls swimming and diving teams will compete in the CCL Championships today and Saturday.

The Hartley boys and girls swimming and diving teams will compete in the CCL Championships today and Saturday.

The diving portion is today at Columbus School for Girls and the swimming part is Saturday at St. Charles.

Watterson remains the favorite to win the girls championship and St. Charles is the big favorite to capture the boys title, but Hartley coach Tony Phillips thinks the Hawks can challenge for second place behind both of those teams.

"Watterson has like 50 girls on the team, so not only are they big, but they've got a lot of strong swimmers as well," Phillips said. "Regardless of the team scores, it should be a good, competitive meet and that will help lead us into the postseason."

An experienced group, the Hartley girls team has been strong. Led by Tiffany Aeling, Brianna Archambeau, Jessica Carpenter, Taisha Ferguson, Allie Holehouse and Libby Rochford, the Hawks have a plethora of swimmers with postseason success who should have strong performances at the CCL meet.

Taylor Shotwell, a state qualifier last year, has returned from her back injury and though Phillips said she has looked good thus far, he admitted he was concerned how her rehabilitation time spent out of the water will affect her performance in it.

Phillips also mentioned freshmen Andrea Cottrell and Hope Kahrig as two swimmers who have stepped up.

As for the boys team, Phillips is pleased with the way the relays have performed.

Ronnie Bolden, Dan Shonk, Patrick Kelly and Tom Kelly compete in all three relays for the Hawks.

"It looks like the relays have a good shot at making it to the state finals, which would be a first for us at Hartley. So, obviously, we're excited about that possibility," Phillips said. "Our boys are really exceeding our expectations right now."

Following the league meets, most teams take a week off before competing in the sectional meet on Feb. 13 at Columbus Academy. Instead, Hartley will compete in a dual against Olentangy Liberty on Feb. 5 at the Liberty YMCA.

"We felt that it's kind of important to keep them sharp and keep their race mentality up," Phillips said. "It also gives us one last opportunity to do any tweaking that might be necessary."

•With two games this week, the girls basketball team looks to continue its positive momentum. The Hawks will play host Saturday to DeSales, which is in second place in the CCL standings.

Hartley then plays Tuesday in a non-league contest against Tree of Life.

The Hawks won three of their previous four games before playing Whitehall last Wednesday.

Last Saturday, Hartley lost to Ready 45-36. The Silver Knights outscored the Hawks 17-5 in the fourth quarter to rally for the win.

Prior to the loss to Ready, the Hawks defeated Worthington Christian 46-38. The Warriors went to a zone defense and a half-court trap in the middle of the game to force the Hawks into turnovers and bad shots. It helped Worthington Christian outscore Hartley 11-9 in the third, but the Hawks rallied in the fourth.

Playing without post player Alexys Settles for most of the fourth quarter because of foul trouble, Hartley went on a 21-12 run and had two clutch free throws made by Robin Kraus with less than a minute left to seal the victory.

"I think we played some pretty good defense in the second half and that helped us out because we were in a lull offensively," coach Mike Lanza said. "Our defense kept it close and when the offensive was able to figure it out we were able to make a run."

•The boys basketball team will play two league games this week, Friday at home against Ready and Tuesday at St. Charles.

Ready was 8-4 overall before playing North Union last Tuesday and the Silver Knights are 2-3 in the CCL. St. Charles is 4-8 overall and 1-4 in the league.

Last Friday, the Hawks earned their fourth league win by defeating Worthington Christian 43-33 to remain one game behind DeSales for first place in the CCL. DeAvery Collins led the Hawks with 10 points and Kendal Sherrod had eight points.

Hartley's Eric Siefert dribbles upcourt against Whitehall's Chris Morrow on Jan. 19. The visiting Hawks lost 64-62.