Kyle Huston has been perfect in the classroom, and now the senior for the St. Charles Preparatory School bowling team can say the same about his performance on the lanes.
Huston rolled a 300 game Jan. 15 in a Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-Central Division match against Hartley at Eastland Lanes. He also had a program-record 523 two-game series as the Cardinals defeated Hartley 2,144-1,899.
"During the third frame I realized that I had strikes on the first three and I kind of joked about (rolling a perfect game) with my teammates," said Huston, who rolled the only 300 in program history and also has a 4.0 GPA. "It really hit me with the ninth strike. That's when I knew I had a real chance."
Entering this week, there had been one other perfect game rolled in COHSBC play this season, by Westerville South's Zach Pannell on Dec. 13.
Huston had a 171.1 average before the Cardinals competed against Linden-McKinley on Jan. 22.
He said completing his perfect game was anything but simple.
"On the 10th frame, I was really tense. My hands were sweating and it was pretty crazy," he said. "There was a crowd of about 50 or 60 people behind me watching, and that didn't make it any easier.
"I made the 10th frame and then got a strike on the 11th. I didn't want to be one of the many people who miss a 300 (game) by 10 pins or so, and that's all I could think about on the 12th ball. When I made it, everyone started cheering and I ran back and got a lot of high-fives."
Also against Hartley, senior Tom Cianflona rolled a 429 series with a 236 high game.
Wrestling team learns from CIT
The wrestling team did not have a participant place in the Catholic Invitational Tournament held Jan. 19 and 20 at Olentangy Liberty. Hartley was the host school.
The Cardinals finished 22nd (26.5 points) behind champion Cincinnati Moeller (242) as 30 teams scored.
"It wasn't a good (performance) in terms of results, but we learned a lot about ourselves," coach Joe Moyer said."
St. Charles had eight competitors, with several sitting out with injuries. The most prominent of those was sophomore Tim Rooney, a 132-pounder who is 19-0.
Those competing were seniors Andrew Kyser (heavyweight; 8-8 overall), Dustin Obergfell (145; 15-5) and Mason Tigner (160; 7-7), juniors Matt Cannon (152; 18-3) and Will Whalen (120; 8-10) and sophomores Cole Delaney (170; 6-9), Nick Valin (138) and Daniel Wolfe (106; 12-7).
"I made some small mistakes and that led to losing matches," Obergfell said. "They were taking away my first move, and instead of going to my second and third moves, I panicked. I learned that I have to work on something else when they take something away."
Because of its heavy schedule, St. Charles elected not to compete in the inaugural Division I state team tournament that began Jan. 23. The Cardinals compete Thursday, Jan. 24, with Africentric and Caledonia River Valley at Columbus Academy and Saturday, Jan. 26, in the Westerville South Duals.
Basketball team playing well
The basketball team improved to 9-3 overall and 3-1 in the CCL by defeating DeSales 43-33 on Jan. 18.
Senior guard Michael Lutter scored 19 points with five 3-pointers and sophomore guard NiQuille Bell added 13 points.
The Cardinals' only CCL loss was against Hartley, 45-36 on Jan. 11. Lutter scored 11 points and senior guard Bryce Spees added nine.
St. Charles also had a pair of recent non-league wins. Spees scored a career-high 23 points with five 3s in a 45-38 victory over Linden on Jan. 12.
The Cardinals beat Central Crossing 74-51 on Jan. 19 as Lutter had 23 points, junior forward Sean Hennessey had 10 and Spees scored nine, all on 3s.
Hockey team is second in division
The hockey team is second in the Capital Hockey Conference-White Division at 7-3-0-1, behind Olentangy Orange (10-1) and ahead of DeSales (4-6-1-1) and Thomas Worthington (3-8-1).
The Cardinals play Orange on Friday, Jan. 25, at Chiller North. They lost to the Pioneers 2-1 in league play Jan. 12.
St. Charles plays Thomas on Sunday, Jan. 27, at Chiller North. The teams also play Feb. 2 at the OhioHealth Ice Haus.
In league play, junior forward Jacob Weikart has nine goals and junior forward Daniel Schirtzinger has seven goals and five assists. Sophomore forward Clayton Kloz has seven goals, junior forward Ryan Cleary has nine assists and junior forward Mitch Wade has five assists.
In goal, junior Alex Ward has a .941 save percentage and senior Teo Juratovec is at .937.
Swimming team preps for CCL meet
The swimming and diving team begins CCL competition Thursday, Jan. 24, with the diving portion of the league meet at Columbus School for Girls. The Cardinals will play host to the swimming portion Saturday, Jan. 26.
Last season, the Cardinals won their 14th consecutive CCL title, scoring 447 points to outdistance Hartley (238), Watterson (119) DeSales (104) and Ready (7).
St. Charles also has a home dual Friday, Jan. 25, against Watterson.
Junior Franz Kabelka led the Cardinals in the Northeast Classic on Jan. 12 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. He won the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 44.15 seconds) and was second in the 500 free (4:43.33).
Kabelka also was a member of two fifth-place relays -- the 400 free relay (3:19.49) with senior Carl Calcara, junior Sam Aslaner and senior Nick McKinley and the 200 medley relay (1:40.15) with sophomore Max Penn, sophomore Tyler Welty and freshman Derek Nguyen. Penn was third (53.24) in the 100 backstroke and Aslaner was fourth (2:00.49) in the 200 individual medley.