The Hartley High School football and girls volleyball teams earned a chance to extend their seasons during the final weekend of October.

The Hartley High School football and girls volleyball teams earned a chance to extend their seasons during the final weekend of October.

On Oct. 28, the football team needed some help but ended up easily clinching a Division IV, Region 14 playoff berth. The defending state champions are the fifth seed.

The Hawks will make their seventh consecutive postseason appearance Friday, Nov. 4, when they play at fourth-seeded Jonathan Alder.

The top-seeded volleyball team, meanwhile, captured its fourth consecutive Division II district championship and its 11th in 12 seasons when it beat fourth-seeded London 26-24, 25-16, 30-28 on Oct. 29 at Licking Heights.

Hartley played New Philadelphia in a regional semifinal Nov. 2 at Zanesville.

Football team set for Pioneers

The last time the football team played Jonathan Alder was in 2006 when the Pioneers were in the sixth year of an 11-year run of making the playoffs.

The Pioneers won the matchup 34-0 and went on to a Division IV state runner-up finish.

Hartley and Jonathan Alder have split their 10 previous matchups, and the Hawks enter the postseason as the hotter team, having won six in a row. They beat the Reigning Sports Academy club team 72-14 on Oct. 28 to improve to 8-2.

Jonathan Alder lost to Caledonia River Valley 18-14 on Oct. 21 but beat Fairbanks 42-28 on Oct. 28 to close the regular season at 9-1.

The Hartley-Jonathan Alder winner plays top-seeded Port Clinton or eighth-seeded Bellefontaine Benjamin Logan in a regional semifinal Nov. 11 at a site to be announced.

"(Jonathan Alder is) 9-1 so they're obviously having a great year," coach Brad Burchfield said. "They've got a player who's going to Northwestern and he didn't play in the game they lost. They're tough and physical and they've obviously got great tradition."

The player Burchfield was referring to is senior Trey Pugh, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound tight end who has scored 14 touchdowns.

Junior running back Jamie Dye has rushed for more than 1,100 yards.

Against Fairbanks, quarterback Preston Eisnaugle threw for two touchdowns as the Pioneers clinched the MOAC-Red Division title at 6-1.

Hartley finished with nearly 700 yards of offense against Reigning Sports Academy as it led 65-0 by halftime.

"We've been able to put a lot of time the last couple weeks into the fundamentals and we've improved as the year has gone on," Burchfield said.

Girls volleyball team battling at regional

The girls volleyball team entered the regional tournament having lost to Jonathan Alder 25-21, 13-25, 25-19, 25-22 in a regional semifinal a year ago.

The Hawks were 22-4 before playing New Philadelphia, with the winner to play Jonathan Alder or New Concord John Glenn in a regional final Saturday, Nov. 5, at Zanesville.

If Hartley wins the regional, it would play Kettering Alter, Middletown Fenwick, Logan Elm or Cincinnati Wyoming in a state semifinal Nov. 10 at Wright State. The state final is Nov. 12 at the same site.

The Hawks won a state title in 2011 and were runners-up in 2007 and 2014.

"We're really excited about (winning district)," sophomore middle hitter Chiamaka Nwokolo said. "We definitely had a lot of energy on our side (against London) and we just wanted to work hard for our seniors and bring it back home to Hartley."

Hartley beat 12th-seeded Whitehall 25-7, 25-10, 25-12 in a district semifinal Oct. 26 at Licking Heights. Nwokolo had seven kills, Tatum Wise had three serving aces, Olivia Kirwin had 14 digs and Paige Rawlins had 27 assists.

"It's tough because for the last two weeks the competition hasn't been at (London's) level, and they were ready to play and gave us their best shot," coach Mike Rahe said. "(The regional) should be interesting."

Soccer teams fall in district finals

The boys and girls soccer teams each lost Division II district finals Oct. 29 at Grandview.

The third-seeded boys team beat fifth-seeded Watterson 2-0 in a district semifinal Oct. 25 at home but lost the final 2-1 to seventh-seeded Beechcroft, which won its first district title.

Mitchell Bergman gave the Hawks a 1-0 first-half lead when he scored off a corner kick set up by Justin Galant, but Beechcroft got a pair of second-half goals by Aziz Sanat.

Hartley finished 13-5-1 a season after winning its first district title.

"(Beechcroft) had three chances and they capitalized on two of them," coach Chris Kowalski said. "We had I don't even know how many chances. I felt like we controlled most of the play. All the credit goes to coach Derek Hone's crew."

The fifth-seeded girls team lost in a district final for the third consecutive season, falling 3-0 to third-seeded Big Walnut.

The Hawks finished 13-5-1. They had won at fourth-seeded Bloom-Carroll 3-2 in overtime Oct. 26 to set up the matchup.

Zacovic ends season at regional meet

Sophomore Bailee Zacovic finished 93rd (22 minutes, 45.39 seconds) as the girls cross country team's lone representative in the Division II regional meet Oct. 29 at Pickerington North.

The top 24 individuals advanced to the state meet Saturday, Nov. 5, at National Trail Raceway.

Field hockey team seeking new leaders

The field hockey team is losing a senior class that provided strong leadership, according to second-year coach Abby Porter.

Among the key members of the class were Maddy Bowman (defender), Madison Kaple (midfielder), Katie Lee (forward) and Juliana Brody (forward).

"(The seniors were) leaders that are a vital part of our team," Porter said. "The good thing was we had many athletes come out for the team this year. The bad thing was they were not (previously) field hockey players. Now with a year under the belt of all our new players, we're expecting a drastic difference as we go into next year."

Hartley went 3-10 overall and finished 0-7 in the Central Ohio Field Hockey League-East Division, behind Columbus Academy (7-0), Watterson (6-1), Worthington Kilbourne (5-2), New Albany (4-3), Granville (3-4), Bexley (2-5) and Columbus School for Girls (1-6).

The 16th-seeded Hawks lost to second-seeded Watterson 3-0 on Oct. 18 in the second round of the district tournament.

Among those eligible to return are juniors Luci Kanowski (defender) and Nancy Pellegrino (midfielder), sophomores Sienna Caridi (midfielder) and Azaria Greene-Williams (goalkeeper) and freshmen Juliana Brody (forward), Sam Hansen (defender), Audrey Ryan (forward/midfielder).

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