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Slick floor halts basketball game with Watterson

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

There is some unfinished business remaining between the St. Charles Preparatory School basketball team and Watterson.

The Cardinals played host to the Eagles on Jan. 4 in a battle of teams unbeaten in the CCL. However, slippery conditions on the court forced the suspension of the game with 5 minutes, 38 seconds remaining in the third quarter and Watterson leading 32-22.

On Jan. 5, St. Charles coach Jacob Daniel said no completion date had been finalized.

"When it's cold and wet outside and we have a packed house, we have trouble with our antiquated gymnasium," said Daniel, whose team is 6-2 overall. "It happens all of the time. We have an assistant coach who played freshman basketball at St. Charles in the 1976-77 season, and it was a problem then. It's been a problem for about 40 years."

Daniel said the slick floor forced the game to be halted.

"We had a great crowd, with the gym packed to capacity. We probably had to turn away about 200 fans because the gym was full," he said. "The snow was melting and fans tracked in water (from their shoes). The stands come out far enough that it forces the fans to walk on the gym floor on the visitor's side. Nights like that with the moisture, condensation and a packed gym, we're just not equipped to handle that in an outdated facility."

The Cardinals lead the CCL at 2-0, followed by Hartley and Watterson at 1-0, Ready at 1-2 and DeSales at 0-3.

St. Charles took out its frustration on Utica on Jan. 5, beating the host Redskins 51-29 as senior Bryce Spees scored 19 points and made five 3-pointers. Junior Sean Hennessey had six points and junior Matt Hennessey and senior Michael Lutter both added five points.

The Cardinals led 24-19 at halftime then limited Utica to four points in the third quarter.

"We had a much better effort in the second half," Spees said. "We picked up the intensity, and coach said he was happy with that.

"That's one thing that was disappointing about (the Watterson game). We're a second-half team, and we wanted to come out and see what we could do."

Daniel said he was pleased with his team's defensive effort against Utica, especially senior Joe Flynn off the bench.

"We had seven consecutive games where we had been out-rebounded, but we snapped that (against Utica with a 36-27 edge)," Daniel said. "Before this, we never had that happen more than three games in a row since I have been here. Joe Flynn was a big part of stopping that, coming off the bench to get nine rebounds."

The Cardinals will be tested Friday, Jan. 11, in a CCL game at Hartley, which is 4-1 overall. Last season, the Hawks swept St. Charles, winning 26-24 and 45-42.

On Saturday, Jan. 12, the Cardinals play a non-league home game against Linden-McKinley.

Wrestlers expect productive respite

The wrestling team does not compete again until Jan. 19, the first day of the Catholic Invitational Tournament at Olentangy Liberty. Hartley will be the host team for the two-day event.

The Cardinals defeated Hartley 52-18 and Watterson 69-6 in a pair of duals Jan. 3. Earning two victories for St. Charles were sophomore Cole Delaney (160 pounds), sophomore Tim Rooney (132) and junior Will Whalen (120).

"We're expecting (Hartley) to be one of the prime competitors for us in the CCL this season, so it was good to get that victory," coach Joe Moyer said. "We don't have (any events) until the CIT, and then we'll be pretty busy."

Moyer said the absence of matches or tournaments doesn't mean the team will be taking time off. Practice time will be focused on getting better for the postseason.

"We want to bring along some of our younger guys, and the more experienced varsity guys can help out with that," Moyer said. "We have talked with each wrestler what they need to work on individually and what they need to refine. We need to work on the little things, mostly refining things."

Rooney, a returning state qualifier, is 19-0, while junior Matt Cannon is 17-1 at 152 and senior Dustin Obergfell is 16-3 at 145. Senior Mason Tigner is 11-4 at 160, sophomore Danny Wolfe is 11-5 at 106 and senior heavyweight Andrew Kyser is 7-5.

"Overall, we're a pretty balanced team," Moyer said. "We have the three-headed monster (in Cannon, Obergfell and Rooney), but really, everyone contributes.

"We don't have anyone who is like 3-30. If we have someone with a losing record, they are 5-7, or something like that. We don't have a weak link in the chain."

Hockey team ranked in state

The hockey team was ranked in last week's state poll, tied for ninth with Gates Mills Gilmour Academy. Cleveland St. Ignatius was the top-ranked team. The only other ranked central Ohio team was Olentangy Liberty, which was tied for sixth with Lakewood St. Edward.

The Cardinals were seventh in last week's district poll behind top-ranked Liberty and No. 2 Dublin Jerome.

St. Charles lost to Jerome 1-0 in overtime Jan. 4 and is 16-5-0-1 overall and 6-2-0-1 in the Capital Hockey Conference before playing Cincinnati Moeller on Jan. 6 . The Cardinals are second (13 points) in the CHC-White Division behind Olentangy Orange (7-1, 14).

The state ranking may have been the result of the team's 4-0 effort in the Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit Warrior Shootout on Dec. 28-30 at Kent State.

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