Nicole Deline can be credited with helping to put the Hartley High School girls golf program "on the map," as she called it, during the Division I sectional tournament Oct. 2 at Westchester.
Although the Hawks have had one previous district qualifier in 2016 graduate Salmika Wairegi, who advanced to that level twice, Hartley didn't have its first full team until last fall.
Now a sophomore, Deline moved on to compete in the district tournament Oct. 9 at Cooks Creek.
"I was really happy just because (last season was) our first time for Hartley to have an actual girls golf team and it gave us more recognition than we had before," Deline said.
At district, the top two teams and top two individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to the state tournament Oct. 19 and 20 at Ohio State's Gray Course.
Hartley placed seventh (381) of 11 teams at sectional, behind champion New Albany (302), as the top three teams advanced.
Deline shot an 80 to finish 10th overall and earn the last of three individual district berths.
Also competing for the Hawks at sectional were senior Kennedy Knuth (91), sophomore Caroline Berger (100), freshman Nicola Eramo (110) and senior Josie Tiberi (141).
Last season, Deline shot an 84 at sectional to tie for ninth but missed advancing to district by one stroke.
"My short game was pretty good (at this year's sectional)," Deline said.
"I'm really happy because I'm only a sophomore. So if I can make it this far as a sophomore, if I keep practicing I can do even better next year."
Boys golf season ends at district
For the second consecutive season, the boys golf team finished third (323) at the Division II district tournament Oct. 3 at Denison Golf Club, as only Columbus Academy (304) advanced to state and Bexley finished as runner-up (309).
Senior Trent Tipton, who made it to state individually each of the past two seasons, shot a 76 to place sixth as Academy's Ali Khan was medalist with a 72.
Junior Andrew Inthavongsone tied Bexley's Trevor Binau and Tyler Roberts and Northridge's Jarrod Teeter for the second-best round with a 75, forcing a playoff between the four.
Binau won the playoff on the third hole to earn the lone individual state berth.
Also competing for the Hawks at district were seniors Thomas Mayhan (85) and Jack Shisler (87) and freshman Drew Navarro (95).
Sophomore Dominic Rees also was a key contributor.
Tipton will compete for West Virginia.
"(Tipton) was fighting some swing issues," coach David Liskowiak said.
"He got as much as he could out of the round but was fighting his swing. (Inthavongsone) shot some low- to mid-70s this year, but to do it at the district tournament is amazing. Everyone is a little bit tight, so 75 is a good score on this course and he gave himself a chance to go out and do something special. He finished very strong.
"I probably would have taken 323 at the beginning of the day, so we definitely could have done worse. I'm proud of the way they all played and hung in there and competed until the end."
Runners prep for CCL, postseason
The boys and girls cross country teams will compete in the CCL meet Saturday, Oct. 13, at Otterbein. Both teams then will prepare for the Division II district meet Oct. 20 at Hilliard Darby.
In one of the Hawks' final regular-season tuneups, the girls finished sixth (211 points) of 14 teams in the Erin Nance Fall Distance Classic on Sept. 29 at London Country Club, behind champion Olentangy Berlin (63), while the boys were 11th (296) of 19 teams, behind champion Miamisburg (42).
Bailee Zacovic led the girls with a 32nd-place finish (22 minutes, 27.3 seconds), followed by Ellie Kitsmiller (39th, 22:48.3) and Anna Woods (42nd, 23:04.3). Chase Orndoff (41st, 18:30.3) led the boys, followed by Luke Vautour (50th, 18:45.6) and Austin Bungard (58th, 18:56.6).
"We're getting there," coach Reggie Osborne said.
Soccer, field hockey tourneys looming
Boys soccer coach Chris Kowalski is looking for more consistency execution-wise from his team as it prepares for the Division II district tournament.
He knows he never has to worry about that from an attitude standpoint.
"I'm very proud of my guys for their commitment and effort throughout the season," Kowalski said. "We've had some ups and downs. However, my guys are a tight-knit group that are men of character who are coachable and make an effort daily to commit to achieving our team goals."
Hartley was 6-8 overall before playing Granville on Oct. 9 and closes the regular season Thursday, Oct. 11, at Worthington Christian. The Hawks lost 3-0 to DeSales on Oct. 2 to finish 2-2 in the CCL.
Hartley is seeded eighth for the district tournament and opens Tuesday, Oct. 16, at home against 16th-seeded London, with the winner to play 13th-seeded Amanda-Clearcreek on Oct. 20 in a second-round game at the home of the better seed.
According to Kowalski, senior midfielder/forward Matteo Agriesti has been the team's leading scorer, with senior defender Diego Pena and sophomore defender/midfielder Declan O'Brien leading the defense.
"We'll be ready to face the challenges that lie ahead and embrace every opportunity we get as an opportunity to grow and improve for both this season and beyond," Kowalski said.
The girls soccer team will open the Division I district tournament Monday, Oct. 15, at 33rd-seeded Hamilton Township, with the winner to play Oct. 18 at top-seeded Watterson. Hartley is the 35th seed.
The Hawks were 1-10-1 overall before facing Grandview on Oct. 9 and close the regular season Saturday, Oct. 11, at home against Worthington Christian. They finished 1-3 in the CCL, with their win coming against Ready (3-0 on Sept. 13).
In a 3-1 loss to DeSales on Oct. 4, senior forward Audrey Smith scored the sixth goal this season for Hartley.
The 15th-seeded field hockey team opens the district tournament Monday, Oct. 15, at seventh-seeded Upper Arlington, with the winner to play fifth-seeded Olentangy Liberty on Wednesday, Oct. 17. That winner plays third-seeded Worthington Kilbourne or 14th-seeded Columbus School for Girls on Oct. 23 in a district semifinal.
All of tennis team expected to return
Each of the girls tennis team's seven representatives at the Division II sectional Oct. 5 at Columbus School for Girls are eligible to return.
In singles, sophomore Gia Green lost in the second round and juniors Laurynn-Rae Caldwell and Lauren McFann each lost in the first round. In doubles, sophomores Morgan Liden and Maria Kelley lost in a quarterfinal and juniors Elise Amorati and Leah Herbert lost in the second round.
Hartley went 4-8 overall during the regular season, with three matches and one tournament being canceled. The Hawks also were tied with Teays Valley at 2 on Aug. 20 with one court not finished, but the teams weren't able to complete the match.
Others eligible to return include junior Caroline Shoemaker and sophomore Maggie Agra.