The CCL meet is little more than a league competition for the St. Charles Preparatory School swimming and diving team.

The CCL meet is little more than a league competition for the St. Charles Preparatory School swimming and diving team.

Sure, the Cardinals will be going after their 12th consecutive league title, but the major concern is getting ready for the postseason.

The CCL competition begins today with the diving portion at Columbus School for Girls and concludes Saturday at St. Charles with the swimming events. It will be team's final meet before the Division I sectional on Feb. 13 at Upper Arlington.

"(The CCL meet) is not a huge priority for us, but it is the last meet we will participate together as a team," coach Geoff Gear said. "We let the kids swim in some different events and it's a fun laid-back atmosphere. It's always good to be successful at the league meet because it's always good to start the postseason out right."

The Cardinals won the CCL title last season with 420 points. DeSales was a distant runner-up (287), followed by Watterson (184), Hartley (128) and Worthington Christian (20).

"We expect to win, definitely," senior Sandy Whitaker said. "I would expect us to win and I'm not trying to sound overconfident. I think we have the strongest team and we should win."

The Cardinals do not have any divers, so the meet will start for them on Saturday.

"All meets are important, but as far as our team, we're focused on the end of the year," said Whitaker, whose team also competes Friday at home against Watterson. "As for me, I'm still working to improve my times."

Last Friday, the Cardinals defeated Centerville 145-141. Whitaker won the 200 individual medley (2 minutes, 1.55 seconds) and the 100 fly (52.68).

Sam Kocher won the 100 freestyle (49.26). The 200 medley relay of Jay Schuh, Nick McKinley, Whitaker and Corey Taylor won in 1:38.86.

In last Monday's Division I honor roll, Whitaker led the area in the 200 IM (1:57.04) and the 100 fly (51.36) and was second (53.15) in the 100 back with Kocher third (53.82) in the event.

Whitaker was third (21.68) in the 50 free and fourth (47.67) in the 100 free. In the 100 breaststroke, Taylor was third (1:01.32) and McKinley was fourth (1:01.41).

The 200 medley relay of Whitaker, McKinley, Kocher and Orion Swanson led the area in 1:37.89. The 400 relay of Kocher, Swanson, Zach Poltor and Whitaker led the area in 3:13.87. The 200 free relay of Kocher, Taylor, Swanson and Poltor was second in 1:28.97.

"I think we're doing OK," Gear said. "We've just had great seasons over the past couple of years and we aren't at the same level we were then. We still have room to develop."


At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the St. Charles basketball and ice hockey teams:

BASKETBALL

Jan. 19 -- Lost to Dublin Scioto 42-41.Pat McAllister scored 20 points with three 3-pointers, Jason Crea added eight points and Dane McLoughlin had seven points. *Last Friday -- Lost to Ready 41-34. McLoughlin led with nine points and Joe Spahr added eight points. Last Saturday -- Lost to Olentangy Orange 63-59. McLoughlin scored 29 points and McAllister added 13 points. *Friday -- Home vs. Watterson. The Cardinals lost 54-44 on Dec. 11 despite 16 points from McLoughlin and 11 points with three 3-pointers from J. Schroeder. The Eagles were 10-4 overall last Tuesday and 3-2 in the league. *Tuesday -- Home vs. Hartley. The Cardinals lost 42-37 on Dec. 18 as McAllister had 13 points and Crea had nine. Hartley was 9-3 overall before playing Horizon Science last Monday and is 4-1 in the league. *Feb. 5 -- At Worthington Christian. St. Charles won 62-47 on Jan. 8 as McLoughlin scored 25 points, Crea had 12 points and Spahr added eight points. Worthington Christian was 3-9 overall before playing Buckeye Valley last Tuesday and is 0-5 in the league.

Of note: The Cardinals are 5-8 overall and 1-4 in the CCL.

*CCL game

HOCKEY

*Last Friday -- Def. Upper Arlington 3-2. Tyler Brady, Vince D'Antonio and Jake Wade all scored. Connor Lenhart had 39 saves. *Last Saturday -- Lost to Cincinnati Moeller 3-1. Julien Lacasse scored and Lenhart had 35 saves. Last Sunday -- Tied Cincinnati St. Xavier at 3. Brady and D'Antonio scored and Teo Juratovac had 26 saves. *Saturday -- At Dispatch Ice Haus vs. Watterson Feb. 6 -- At Dispatch Ice Haus vs. Worthington Kilbourne

Of note: The Cardinals are 15-7-2 overall and 6-4 in the CHC.

*CHC game


Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the St. Charles bowling and wrestling teams:

BOWLING

*Jan. 20 -- Lost to Hilliard Darby 1,949-1,885. Zak Stephenson was medalist with 356. *Jan. 21 -- Defeated Hilliard Bradley 1,853-1,720 *Last Monday -- Defeated Hilliard Davidson 2,258-2,079. Stephensen had the high game at 236. *Last Tuesday -- Competed against Ready Monday -- At Western Lanes vs. Grandview *Tuesday -- At Sawmill Lanes vs. Watterson Feb. 8 -- At H.P. Lanes vs. Linden-McKinley

Of note: The Cardinals were 5-4 overall and 2-4 in the COC-White before last Monday.

*COC-White match

WRESTLING

Jan. 21 -- Defeated Northland 36-24 and def. Hartley 35-33. Kevin Colvin (119 pounds), Kevin Cook (145), John Mackessey (160) and Ryan Sanders (189) were double-winners. Last Saturday -- Finished fourth at Gahanna Duals behind champion Teays Valley (77). The Cardinals beat Mogadore Field (47-30) and New Albany (60-21), but lost to Canal Winchester (41-32) and Teays Valley (41-28). Cook was 4-0 at 145 and Mackessey was 3-0 at 160. Feb. 6 -- St. Charles Invitational