In his 20th season as Hartley boys basketball coach, Randy Kortokrax joined an elite club Jan. 14.

Kortokrax, who has guided the Hawks to five district championships, five district runner-up finishes and one state semifinal appearance, earned his 300th victory as the Hawks defeated Upper Arlington 49-46 in overtime.

Hartley is 4-7 this season after winning a Division II district title last winter.

“I guess (it means I’ve had) longevity, and two, it makes me think of all the great teams we’ve had to get here,” Kortokrax said.

Kortokrax’s father, Dick Kortokrax, retired after the 2015-16 season with a career record of 890-371 in 56 seasons, with the last 41 of those coming at Kalida.

Randy Kortokrax, who was named the state’s Division II Coach of the Year in 2011 when the Hawks went 22-2, played for his father at Kalida.

He then played for Findlay and became its all-time leading scorer (2,575 points) and rebounder (1,242) before graduating in 1987.

“I told the guys tonight that when you get into coaching, it’s not for the wins but for the camaraderie, the growth and watching them grow up,” he said. “I’ve been blessed to have a lot of good players and a lot of good years. We’re still defending district champs. We do it the right way. Our kids get their grades, they act right, we do it within our faith and we play hard on the court. We know this isn’t the most important thing we’ll do every day, but like (former Hartley football coach) Dick Geyer used to say, ‘This is the most important thing we’ll do together.’ ”

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