The Hartley cross country program is hoping the improvements it showed in the CCL meet will translate to the postseason, which begins Saturday, Oct. 19, at the district level at Hilliard Darby.
At the CCL meet Oct. 12 at Westerville Community Center, the boys team took a step up as it prepares for the Division II, district 2 meet, from which the top four teams and top 16 individuals advance to regional Oct. 26 at Pickerington North.
After finishing fourth in the league last season, the Hawks placed second (46) behind Watterson (35) and ahead of St. Charles (59), DeSales (71) and Ready (155).
Junior Luke Vautour placed third in 17 minutes, 6.08 seconds, followed by senior Chase Orndoff (fifth, 17:22.12), junior Luke Brandewie (eighth, 17:40.88), seniors Adam Dinovo (12th, 18:07.11) and Michael Petrella (18th, 18:26.19), junior Eayuel Gebrtsadik (25th, 19:10.51) and sophomore Simon Sybert (28th, 19:28.24).
"The boys team has gone through an unusual amount of illness and injury, but we have come out the other side in good position," coach Jim McKay said. "As a team, they're very focused and have great chemistry."
The girls team finished third (53) in the CCL meet behind Watterson (37) and DeSales (38) and ahead of Ready (119) after placing fourth last season.
Sophomore Rebecca Tepper, who was a regional qualifier last season, was runner-up in 20:22.54, followed by juniors Anna Woods (fifth, 21:03.59), Pailyn Groene (14th, 21:59.99) and Megan Luallen (15th, 22:21.06), freshman Jackie Radous (17th, 22:40.84), junior Ellie Kitsmiller (18th, 22:46) and freshman Delaney McKay (20th, 23:18.23).
The Hawks are competing in the Division II district meet, from which the top six teams and top 24 individuals advance to regional.
"The girls team has really come together," coach McKay said.
"Some nagging injuries have kept us from our full potential, but we've become a force to be reckoned with."
Deline ends season at district in golf
For the second consecutive year, Nicole Deline of the girls golf team ended the season at the Division I district tournament.
On Oct. 8 at New Albany Links, the junior shot 84 to tie for 18th of 54 competitors as the top two individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to state. The second state qualifier was Grove City's Lizzie Saur, who shot 78.
Deline shot 83 to tie for 10th overall and advance individually from a sectional Oct. 2 at Blacklick Woods as Hartley placed 10th (433) of 11 teams.
Also at sectional, junior Caroline Berger shot 105 and sophomore Nicola Eramo and freshmen Abby Murphy and Lauren Whitlatch also competed.
"We're just young and trying to figure ourselves out," coach Kerry Ford said. "I feel good about where we've progressed from the beginning of the season until now and the expectation for next year is that we'll take another solid step and hopefully be more competitive. I get everybody back."
Girls soccer team opens tourney play
During a 3-12-1 finish last season, the girls soccer team scored just eight goals and was shut out eight times in 14 regular-season games.
The Hawks headed into their Division I district tournament opener Oct. 16 at 28th-seeded DeSales after finding more success offensively during this year's regular season.
Hartley, which was 5-6-4 before playing the Stallions in a rematch of a CCL game it lost 1-0 on Sept. 19, scored 25 goals through 15 games.
The winner plays at fifth-seeded Olentangy on Saturday, Oct. 19, in a second-round game. The winner of that contest plays 10th-seeded Hilliard Bradley, 26th-seeded Delaware or 35th-seeded Mount Vernon in a district semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the at the home of the higher seed. The Hawks are seeded 29th.
In a 4-0 win over Groveport on Oct. 8, senior midfielders Helena Donaghy, Caroline Leatherman and Emily Valin and sophomore forward Sydney Collins each scored and senior goalkeeper Sophia Cegledy made two saves.
Hartley played Worthington Kilbourne to a scoreless tie Oct. 10 to close the regular season.
Liskowiak steps down as boys golf coach
David Liskowiak recently stepped down after six seasons as boys golf coach.
The Hawks ended their season by finishing third in the Division II district tournament Oct. 2 at Denison Golf Club.
The only senior in their lineup was Andrew Inthavongsone, who shot a team-best 80 at district.
Liskowiak's wife gave birth earlier this fall and decided coaching "was too much time away from family."
"I love the guys that are coming back," Liskowiak said of a group of players that includes juniors Mason Casto, Dominic Rees and Colton Ramsey and sophomore Drew Navarro said.
Below are the coming schedules for the Hartley field hockey, boys soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 14 -- Played eighth-seeded Olentangy Orange in first round of district tournament. Winner plays at seventh-seeded Upper Arlington in second round Oct. 17. That winner plays third-seeded Watterson or 16th-seeded Lancaster in district semifinal Oct. 22 at home of higher seed. The Hawks are seeded 13th.
Oct. 15 -- Played 23rd-seeded Westerville Central in first round of Division I district tournament. Winner plays at 21st-seeded Thomas Worthington in second round Oct. 17. That winner plays fourth-seeded Pickerington North, 35th-seeded Delaware or 38th-seeded Whetstone in district semifinal Oct. 22 at home of higher seed. The Hawks are seeded 36th.
Oct. 14 -- Played 43rd-seeded Groveport in first round of Division I district tournament. Winner played 27th-seeded Marysville or 30th-seeded Hilliard Davidson in second round Oct. 16. That winner plays 13th-seeded Worthington Kilbourne, 20th-seeded New Albany or 32nd-seeded Teays Valley in district semifinal Oct. 22 at Whitehall. The Hawks are seeded eighth.