Rob Sangster's first season as coach of the St. Charles Preparatory School hockey team went smoothly considering his young roster.
The Cardinals finished 23-10-0-1 after falling to fourth-seeded Cincinnati Moeller 2-1 in double overtime in the third round of the district tournament Feb. 23 at the OhioHealth Ice Haus.
St. Charles was seeded fifth and defeated 14th-seeded Thomas Worthington 4-1 on Feb. 17 in the second round after a first-round bye.
In the CHC-White Division, St. Charles finished second (10-5-0-1, 21 points) behind Olentangy Orange (14-2, 28) and ahead of DeSales (7-7-1-1, 16) and Thomas (4-11-1, 9).
"I thought the season went great," Sangster said. "We were pretty young with only three seniors, but next year we'll be a senior-laden team. We expect to have around 15 seniors next season."
The Cardinals' seniors were forward Kevin Dugan, goaltender Teo Juratovac (first-team academic all-league) and defenseman Daniel Schmeling (first-team academic all-league). Dugan had 10 goals and five assists, Schmeling had two assists and Juratovac had a .938 save percentage.
"The seniors added a physical element to things and provided really good leadership," Sangster said. "They were leaders in the dressing room as well as on the ice."
Leading scorers expected to return are junior forward Daniel Schirtzinger (16 goals, 25 assists; second-team academic all-league), junior forward Jacob Weikert (21, 13), junior forward Ryan Cleary (13, 19; first-team academic all-league), sophomore forward Clayton Klosz (14, 8), sophomore forward Jack Cleary (7, 15; second-team academic all-league), junior forward Mitch Wade (9, 11) and junior forward Max Howson (10, 7; second-team academic all-league).
Junior goaltender Alex Ward (first-team academic all-league) had a .937 save percentage.
Also expected to return are juniors Ryan Brady (defenseman), Patrick Brennan (defenseman), Elliot Cooke (defenseman, second-team academic all-league), Will Knudson (defenseman), Alex Lippert (forward, second-team academic all-league), Alec Organ (defenseman) and Logan Rupert (forward), sophomore Nicolas Carducci (defenseman, first-team academic all-league) and freshman Sean Gavin (defenseman).
"I think the key to next year is for us to do a little more scoring," Sangster said. "We didn't have that one guy who would put 30 or 40 goals in for us. We spread the scoring out, but we'll need to open it up more and also play good defense. Defense always comes first."
Basketball team finishes with 17 wins
The basketball team finished 17-6 overall after losing at 13th-seeded Newark 64-37 on Feb. 27 in the second round of the Division I district tournament.
Junior forward Matt Hennessey led the 17th-seeded Cardinals with 11 points. Senior guard Michael Lutter had 10 points, sophomore guard NiQuille Bell scored seven and junior forward Sean Hennessey added six.
In the first round Feb. 23, host St. Charles defeated 19th-seeded Hilliard Darby 53-51 on Bell's layup with 3 seconds left in overtime.
"We were down huge in the first quarter (trailing Darby 17-6) and started 0-for-9 shooting," said coach Jacob Daniel, who completed his fourth season. "Our kids took it personally and fought back."
In the CCL, the Cardinals tied Hartley for second (5-3) behind Watterson (8-0) and ahead of DeSales (1-7) and Ready (1-7).
The Cardinals had five seniors in forward Russell Bateman, guard Joe Flynn, guard Dan Loesing, Lutter and guard Bryce Spees. Expected to return are juniors Ben Hale (forward), Matt Hennessey, Sean Hennessey, Remy Powell (forward) and Nathan Puthoff (post player) and sophomores Bell and Nick Pappa (guard).
Relay makes podium at state swim meet
Junior Max Penn, sophomore Tyler Welty, junior Sam Aslaner and senior Carl Calcara finished eighth in the 200-yard medley relay (1 minute, 36.86 seconds) to reach the podium in the Division I state swimming and diving meet held Feb. 22 and 23 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.
The relay entered the final after placing eighth (1:37.28) in a preliminary with Penn, Welty, senior Nick McKinley and Calcara.
The Cardinals tied Dublin Jerome for 13th (48) at state behind champion Cincinnati St. Xavier (270) as 57 teams scored.
McKinley finished 11th (59.03) in the 100 breaststroke and 10th (1:55.4) in the 200 individual medley. Penn finished ninth (52.3) in the 100 backstroke, and junior Franz Kabelka was 13th (1:43.71) in the 200 freestyle and 18th (4:43.49) in the 500 free.
Aslaner was 20th (1:58.62) in the 200 IM and Calcara was 23rd (21.81) in the 50 free. Welty was 22nd (1:00.37) in the 100 breast.
The 200 free relay of Calcara, McKinley, Kabelka and freshman Derek Nguyen finished 17th (1:28.56), as did the 400 free relay of Aslaner, Calcara, sophomore Michael Ritchey and Kabelka (3:14.24).
The Cardinals finished second (271) in the district meet Feb. 16 at Ohio State behind Upper Arlington (380) as 24 teams scored. In a 12-team sectional Feb. 9 at UA, the Cardinals were second (263) behind the host Golden Bears (351).
Also competing at district were sophomore Andrew Alfred in the 100 back (1:00.35, 24th), freshman Austin Beam in the 100 back (55.57, 14th) and 200 IM (2:00.27, 11th), freshman Nicholas Eramo in the 50 free (23.42, 26th) and 100 breast (1:04.94, 16th), senior Tyler George in the 100 fly (1:00.12, 30th), junior Andrew Hoffman in the 100 free (50.82, 26th) and 100 back (57.56, 17th), junior Casey Horan in the 50 free (23.72, 30th), senior Alex Kendall in the 500 free (5:02.44, 16th) and 100 breast (1:00.42, sixth), freshman Adam Lieser in the 200 free (1:58.36, 30th) and 500 free (5:19.94, 28th), sophomore Nick Mitevski in diving (219.75, 15th), sophomore Will Sievert in diving (262.65, 13th) and sophomore Sam Smith in the 200 free (1:54.11, 25th) and 500 free (5:09.62, 22nd).
The Cardinals also won their 15th consecutive league title. In the CCL meet, St. Charles (417) finished ahead of Hartley (234), Watterson (190), DeSales (174) and Ready (8).
St. Charles was led by fourth-year coach Geoff Gear.