Competing in her final CCL meet was so enjoyable to senior Maddy Shafhausen of the Hartley girls swimming and diving team that she wished it didn't have to end.
"I felt really good about this," Shafhausen said after the meet Jan. 25 at St. Charles. "I've always been kind of nervous about big swim meets, but from freshman year to now that I'm a senior, I just wanted to keep going. (Our relays have) been doing really well. We just want to keep pushing and drop more time."
Shafhausen, who is considering competing at the club level for a Division I college program in Ohio, helped the Hawks finish second in the league meet with 362 points, behind Watterson (414) and ahead of DeSales (202) and Ready (33). Columbus School for Girls, which had won the past six consecutive league titles, is now in the MSL.
Shafhausen turned in a third-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke (1 minute, 10.66 seconds) and placed fourth in the 100 freestyle (1:02.33).
Hartley got runner-up performances from freshman Grace Goodwin in the 50 free (27.83), senior Mia Phillips in both the 100 breaststroke (1:11.94) and 100 butterfly (1:05.87) and Bailey Smith in diving (278.65).
Also finishing third were junior Lily Lindeman in the 100 free (1:01.65), the 200 free relay of Lindeman, juniors Megan Luallen and Emma Simone and freshman Chloe Albrecht (1:53.25), the 200 medley relay of Goodwin, Phillips, Simone and freshman Mackenzie Frizzell (2:04.54) and the 400 free relay of Albrecht, Goodwin, Phillips and senior Elli Tanner (4:12.7). Freshman Abby Di-Nardo was fourth in the 200 IM (2:29.13).
"We're just trying to get our relays together and trying to figure out who's going to be in what spot," Phillips said. "We have a lot of freshmen this year, so we're seeing what works best. We had a lot of people (out with sickness)."
Both the girls and boys teams will open the postseason in a Division II sectional Feb. 8 at Columbus Academy.
The boys team finished third (189) in the CCL meet behind St. Charles (473) and DeSales (254) and ahead of Watterson (83).
Sophomore Simon Sybert finished first in diving (253.2).
Placing third were senior Chad Kegelmayer in both the 100 breast (1:07.93) and 200 free (2:01.33) and the 200 free relay of Kegelmayer, juniors Sam LeMay and Leo Noll and sophomore William Sheridan (1:41.2).
Finishing fourth were LeMay in the 100 fly (1:00.61) and the 200 medley relay of Kegelmayer, LeMay, Noll and Sheridan (1:50.42).
"It's been going really well," Kegelmayer said. "It's a smaller team than usual, but overall I think we're all working very hard to get together and do our best. Even though we had some big losses (from last season), I see a lot of potential with our team."
Bowlers looking to break through
Entering its final week of the regular season, the boys bowling team had surpassed 2,100 pins in COHSBC competition four times, including Jan. 10 when it beat Hamilton Township 2,224-1,928.
What the Hawks are looking for is more consistency given that they've also had scores in the mid-to-high 1,800s.
"We've been inconsistent," coach Chris Blum said. "I'm looking for more consistency from my boys during matches against tougher opponents. We struggle to bowl up to our ability when we match up with the best and I'd like to see them push through that during the (season's remainder)."
The Hawks were 10-4 overall and 8-3 in the COHSBC-D Division after beating Columbus East 1,782-1,175 on Jan. 24 at HP Lanes and before competing against Beechcroft on Jan. 27 at Holiday Lanes. They are 3-4 against CCL opponents entering their match Friday, Jan. 31, against St. Charles at Holiday Lanes.
Senior Victor Jackson had a team-high 178.8 average through 14 matches, followed by sophomores Marlin Yarborough (177.9) and Ayden Jordan (170.1). Junior Andrew Grosko and sophomores Sam Shisler, Noah Shultz, Shane Shultz and Bradley Teynor also have been key contributors.
"Marlin Yarborough and Victor Jackson have greatly stood out so far, but I've been delighted by the improvement of Bradley Teynor," Blum said.
Boys basketball team slowly making strides
On Friday, Jan. 31, the boys basketball team will try to avenge one of its CCL losses when it plays host to St. Charles.
The Hawks lost to the Cardinals 66-44 on Dec. 20 and fell to 0-6 in the league with a 50-34 loss to DeSales on Jan. 24.
Hartley is just 5-9 overall after beating Wellington 48-44 on Jan. 25, but its 49-46 victory over Upper Arlington on Jan. 14 represented a milestone in the career of coach Randy Kortokrax.
It marked the 300th career victory for Kortokrax, who is in his 20th season heading the program.
Sophomore forward Amari Gaston is averaging a team-high 10.9 points, followed by junior forward Will Miller (9.4) and senior forward Kylan Kortokrax (7.9).
Other key players have included junior guards Braden Blanchard and Dejon Donnell and sophomore guard Alex Blain.
"We've been getting better every game," coach Kortokrax said. "The problem we've had is the other team would put a run on us and we'd panic. We lost eight of our top nine (players from last season) and we're playing a very competitive schedule. We're getting better, but it's just slow."
Below are the coming schedules for the Hartley boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
*Jan. 31 -- Home vs. St. Charles. The Hawks lost to the Cardinals 66-44 on Dec. 20.
Feb. 3 -- Home vs. Horizon Science
Feb. 4 -- At Circleville New Hope Christian
*Jan. 30 -- Home vs. DeSales. The Hawks beat the Stallions 47-17 on Jan. 9.
Feb. 1 -- At Chillicothe
Feb. 3 -- At Dresden Tri-Valley
*Jan. 31 -- St. Charles at Holiday Lanes
SWIMMING & DIVING
Jan. 31 -- At St. Charles
Feb. 1 -- Bender Duals at Caledonia River Valley
Feb. 5 -- Home vs. Watkins Memorial