For the third consecutive year, Kyle Gerber had his tennis season end in the Division I district tournament.

For the third consecutive year, Kyle Gerber had his tennis season end in the Division I district tournament.

It wasn't the ending the St. Charles Preparatory School junior wanted, but considering the adversity he faced earlier in the season, he finds some solace in the fact that he came the closest he has to making an appearance at state.

Gerber defeated Dublin Coffman's Jeff Pitman 6-0, 6-1 in the first round at district last Friday at Hilliard Davidson before losing to New Albany's Peter Kobelt -- the eventual champion -- 6-3, 7-5 in a quarterfinal. The top four advanced to state Friday and Saturday at Ohio State.

"I thought I played really well at district," said Gerber, who had lost in the first round at district the last two seasons. "I'd rather have made it to state, but it was a decent ending to the season, I guess."

Gerber, the Cardinals' No. 1-singles player and only district qualifier, missed the first five matches after fracturing his right hand in a non-tennis incident a week before the season.

He made his season debut playing first doubles with freshman Grant Dolven in a 5-0 loss to Upper Arlington on April 16. He remained paired with Dolven, who missed the final three matches as well as the postseason because of a back injury, for the next three matches as well as the Worthington Cup on April 26.

Gerber played the final nine regular-season matches at first singles, going 5-4. He then went 4-1 in the sectional May 16-17 at Hilliard Darby and beat Worthington Kilbourne's Chris Yoon 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in the third-place match. He clinched a district berth by defeating Reynoldsburg's Mike Theisen 6-2, 6-1 in a quarterfinal before losing to Kilbourne's Kevin Metka -- the eventual sectional champion -- 6-4, 6-0 in a semifinal.

Falling one win shy of advancing to district were senior Tommy Murcko in singles and the doubles teams of freshman Will Ghidotti and senior Dan Hoffman and sophomore Jack Toscano and freshman Matt Wong. Both went 2-1 and lost in a quarterfinal.

Freshman Weston Niermeyer lost in the first round at sectional.

St. Charles finished 12-6 overall and 4-1 in the CCL to place second behind Watterson (5-0) and ahead of DeSales (3-2), Hartley (2-3), Worthington Christian (1-4) and Ready (0-5).

"We had a real good season," coach Tommy Freiburger said. "We had some injuries to overcome. Overall, I was happy with the improvement of the kids for the season."

The Cardinals, who haven't won a CCL title since 2003, lost to Watterson 3-2 in their final league match May 12.

"It came down to the second-doubles match," Freiburger said. "If Grant had been able to play (second doubles), we might have won. It's tough to finish second."

St. Charles defeated Thomas Worthington 3-2 on April 9 in the first round of the Division I OTCA tournament and Coffman 3-2 in the second round May 9 before losing to UA 5-0 in the third round May 15.

The Cardinals will lose seniors Hoffman and Murcko. Expected to return are Dolven, Gerber, Ghidotti, Niermeyer, Toscano and Wong, as well as junior Jon Bowen and sophomore Neil Samadder.

•The only member of the track and field team to advance out of the Division I district 1 meet that concluded last Saturday at Dublin Coffman was Billy Gehring, who was fourth in the shot put with a throw of 48 feet, 6 inches.

The top four in each district event advanced to the regional, which began last Wednesday and concludes Friday at Davidson. The top four at regional will advance to state June 6-7 at Ohio State.

Gehring also was sixth in the discus (141-0).

St. Charles scored eight points in the 17-team district to tie Westland for 16th behind champion Gahanna (142.5).

•The volleyball team defeated Dublin Jerome 25-11, 25-22, 25-27, 25-21 in a Division II regional final last Saturday to improve to 13-11. It will play Akron Hoban in a state semifinal at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hilliard Davidson. The final will be at 5 p.m. Sunday at Davidson. Cincinnati McNicholas and Kettering Alter play in the other semifinal.

Ranked third in the final state poll behind Hoban and McNicholas, St. Charles beat Dublin Scioto 25-10, 25-12, 25-15 in a district semifinal May 21 after having a first-round bye.

•The lacrosse team finished 6-10 after losing to fifth-seeded Davidson 10-9 in overtime last friday in a Division I Region 2 quarterfinal.

St. Charles, which was seeded fourth, had beaten the Wildcats 6-1 on April 7.

The Cardinals will lose 10 seniors in Hunter Arey (attacker), Jared Huling (long-stick midfielder), Stephen Hunter (midfielder), Mike Karnes (midfielder), Jason Lardiere (midfielder), Thomas Lower (defender), Dan Olding (attacker), Pat Quinn (defender), Brian Scurria (goalie) and David Whitesmith (midfielder).

Lardiere was third on the team in goals with 12. Scurria was the starting goalie and had a .553 save percentage.

Expected to return are juniors Chris Apostolos (midfielder), Jack Sullivan (defender), Will Haas (goalie), Ben Kelley (defender), Hunter Louder back (midfielder), Corey Momberg (midfielder), Geoff Newcomb (defender), Luke Steensen (long-stick midfielder), Alex Teetor (attacker) and Sean Thon (midfielder) and sophomores Andrew Burke (defender), Chris Gottron (attacker), Phil Greco (midfielder) and David Kenney (midfielder).

Gottron scored four goals in the tournament loss to Davidson and led the Cardinals with 24 goals, ahead of Louderback (15). Apostolos (10) was fourth on the team in goals scored.