St. Charles Preparatory School basketball coach Pat Dimmick probably would be hard-pressed to name his team's go-to player. Through three games, five players had scored in double figures at least once.

St. Charles Preparatory School basketball coach Pat Dimmick probably would be hard-pressed to name his team's go-to player. Through three games, five players had scored in double figures at least once.

If the Cardinals have a go-to player, perhaps it's 6-foot-2 guard Jeffrey Sobecki, who is the team's leading scorer at 16.3 points per game.

"Jeffrey has been consistent," Dimmick said. "He's really buying into the coaching this year, and that's made him a better player. He's reaping the rewards, and as a team we are, also."

Sobecki did not see significant varsity action as a sophomore in the 2006-07 season, but last season he emerged as one of the top players, averaging 11.9 points to rank second on the team behind graduate Phil Kyser (12.5).

Sobecki scored a career-high 24 points in a 73-71 loss to Hartley.

This season, he had 18 points in a 79-70 win over Logan on Dec. 5, 15 points in an 82-76 win over Centennial on Dec. 9 and 16 points in a 62-51 loss to Watterson on Dec. 12.

"This year whatever the coaches need, I'm trying to get that done," Sobecki said. "Basically, I do whatever needs to be done. I'm just trying to help the team out. Whatever they tell me to do, that's what I do. It has helped my game a lot."

Asked what Sobecki's strengths as a player are, Dimmick said, "Attacking the basket. He also has a very good mid-range jumper and he's athletic."

Sobecki not only is being counted on to score, but play sound defense.

"That's why we put him on (the opponent's) better players," Dimmick said.

Also averaging in double figures through three games were forwards Jourdan Wickliffe (14.7), Michael Ryan (10.3) and Dane McLoughlin (10.0). Eight Cardinals had at least 11 points through three games.

"We've been going about nine guys deep in the first half and about eight deep in the second half," Dimmick said. "The depth is there, hopefully."

Dimmick only can hope that his team's depth helps it find a way to win close games. Last season St. Charles had trouble closing out games, as it lost seven games by seven or fewer points, including five by one or two.

Against Watterson, St. Charles trailed 45-42 with three minutes to play before the Eagles pulled away.

"The Watterson kids were able to finish plays at the end and we weren't able to finish plays," Dimmick said.

"We let the Watterson game slip away from us," Sobecki said. "Last year we had a bunch of games where we had chances (to win) right there at the end. I think that helped us understand how to finish games. Even though we let the Watterson game slip away from us, I know we're growing as a team."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the St. Charles basketball, hockey, swimming and diving and wrestling teams:

BASKETBALL

*Last Friday -- Lost to Hartley 71-52. Jeffrey Sobecki and Robert Panda scored 10 points apiece.

Last Monday -- Played Jonathan Alder

Tuesday -- At Pickerington North

Of note: The Cardinals were 2-2 overall before last Monday and are 0-2 in the CCL.

*CCL game

HOCKEY

*Last Friday -- Lost to Olentangy 9-2 in CHC opener

*Last Saturday -- Lost to Olentangy Liberty 5-0

*Last Sunday -- Played Dublin Coffman

Friday-Sunday -- At Cleveland St. Ignatius tournament

Of note: The Cardinals were 3-5-1 overall before last Sunday.

*CHC game

SWIMMING & DIVING

Last Friday -- Competed in Big Eight Invitational in Canton

Last Saturday -- Competed against Thomas Worthington and Worthington Kilbourne

WRESTLING

Monday-Tuesday -- At Marion Harding Classic