The St. Charles Preparatory School golf team has qualified for the Division I district tournament each of the last five seasons.

The St. Charles Preparatory School golf team has qualified for the Division I district tournament each of the last five seasons.

Though the Cardinals are seeded fourth in the district and appear to be lock to advance again this year, coach Anthony Mampieri doesn't want his players looking past the sectional Wednesday at Granville.

Among the 13 teams at the site will be second-seeded Pickerington North, sixth-seeded Upper Arlington, DeSales and Olentangy Liberty. The top four teams and top four individuals on non-qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 7 at Apple Valley.

"On any given day, anything can happen," said Mampieri, whose team placed third at state last season and fifth in 2006. "We have to make sure we don't come in overconfident. We should advance, but we have to make sure we're focused and ready to play."

Ryan Berg, Alex Carpenter, Austin Cuervo and Ryan Stanley have solidified their spots for the sectional, but the fifth player had yet to be decided. Among the players contending for the position are Matt Meyers, Andrew Steffensmeier and Daniel Wiegandt, Mampieri said.

To help determine who would fill the position, Mampieri had his Nos. 5-10 players play in the Granville Invitational last Saturday. Meyers led the Cardinals, who shot a 305 to place second of 20 teams behind Mount Vernon (298), with a 1-over-par 73 and Steffensmeier carded a 74.

"I'm trying to get some clarity on who will be our fifth player," Mampieri said.

•The soccer team had an unexpected nine-day layoff between games as a result of the power outage.

A CCL game against Watterson on Sept. 16 was postponed and tentatively has been rescheduled for Oct. 9.

A game against Gahanna last Saturday was not played because the Lions had to make up a postponed OCC-Ohio Division contest against Pickerington North that day. According to coach Rick Ey, chances are the game will not be rescheduled.

"It was a weird week," he said. "We had four days of practice (last week). It was hard to keep drilling (the players) and pounding them. They wanted to play a game."

That meant before playing Ready last Tuesday, the Cardinals' last game was a 2-1 win over Beavercreek on Sept. 13.

The schedule will be much more hectic over the final three weeks of the regular season. Beginning with the game against Ready, the Cardinals will play seven games in 19 days.

"We have a lot of games coming up," Ey said. "We have to work hard and stay focused."

One of the biggest games in that stretch will be a CCL matchup Tuesday at defending champion DeSales. The Cardinals lost 3-0 last season. Their last win over DeSales came in 2005, when they earned a 1-0 decision en route to winning the CCL championship.

DeSales was first in the Division II state poll last week.

"I feel that we can play with just about anybody," Ey said. "We've beaten some good teams -- Beavercreek and Worthington Christian. That's given us confidence."

The Cardinals defeated Worthington Christian 1-0 on Sept. 2 on a goal by midfielder Aaron Soto. In the state polls last week, the Warriors were third in Division III and Beavercreek was seventh in Division I.

Forward Dominic Mascia and sweeper Robert Polletta scored against Beavercreek.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the St. Charles cross country, football, golf and soccer teams:

CROSS COUNTRY

Sept. 17 -- Whetstone Arrowhead Invitational canceled

Saturday -- At Erin Nance Fall Classic at London Country Club

FOOTBALL

Last Friday -- Defeated Sandusky 38-0

Friday -- At DeSales. The Cardinals lost 38-14 last season. The Stallions, who improved to 5-0 with a 38-7 win over Findlay last Friday, lead the series 33-3 and have won 31 consecutive meetings.

Of note: The Cardinals are 3-2.

GOLF

Last Saturday -- Finished second (320) in 15-team Howlett Invitational at Worthington Hills

Last Monday -- Def. Pickerington North 151-153 at Turnberry

Saturday -- At Upper Arlington Invitational at Scioto Country Club

Wednesday -- At Division I sectional at Granville

SOCCER

*Sept. 16 -- Game against Watterson postponed

Last Saturday -- Game against Gahan-na postponed. No makeup announced.

*Last Tuesday -- Played Ready

Today -- Home vs. Westerville North

*Tuesday -- At DeSales

Of note: The Cardinals were 5-1-1 overall and 2-0 in the CCL before last Tuesday.

*CCL contest