St. Charles Roundup
Tennis squad starts strong
The St. Charles Preparatory School tennis team moved indoors to get a jump on the CCL race.
The Cardinals improved to 2-0 in the league by defeating DeSales 4-1 on April 16 after the match was moved from DeSales to Wickertree Tennis and Fitness.
"The same thing (moving indoors during the match) happened last year, but DeSales won 4-1," said coach Linda Myers, whose team was 4-1 overall before playing a CCL match April 23 against Ready. "The pressure was on our freshman first-singles player Sam Sullivan, who was down 0-3 in the first set and had to fight back to win. We had already won the other two singles courts, and Sam clinched the match with his victory."
Sullivan defeated Sonny DiMichaelangelo 6-3, 7-5. On the second-singles court, sophomore Connor Yakubov defeated Quinn Verfuth 6-0, 6-1. In third singles, junior William Niermeyer defeated Nick Hancart 6-4, 6-2.
Senior Jack Groeber and junior Connor Mentel beat Stephan Ganobsik and Lee Schockling 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in second doubles. Senior Trey Stranges and junior David Kellogg lost in first doubles to Mack Beidler and Kevin Boyer 7-5, 6-3.
The Cardinals play Watterson on Tuesday, April 30, to close the CCL schedule.
"Watterson has a strong team and we always have good, tough matches against them," said Myers, whose team defeated Watterson 4-1 last season. "We have to go out ready to play against them."
Myers said the team has improved thanks to the competition at the top from Sullivan and Yakubov.
"When you have a strong No. 1 and No. 2, it can go a long way for you," Myers said. "It's especially good when you have the two battling for the No. 1 court. They push each other to make the other better."
On April 20, the Cardinals tied Dublin Scioto for fifth (8 points) in the eight-team Worthington Cup at Worthington Kilbourne behind champion Dublin Jerome (14). Each team entered one singles player and one doubles team.
Sullivan lost to Scioto's Sean Ferguson 8-5 in the fifth-place match. Groeber and Niermeyer lost to Hilliard Davidson's Joe Justus and Mike Porter 8-3 in the third-place match.
On April 15, St. Charles defeated Chillicothe 5-0 in the OTCA team tournament. The Cardinals play at Pickerington North on Monday, April 29, in the next round.
Lacrosse team wins six consecutive games
The lacrosse team defeated Dublin Coffman 8-7 in overtime April 20 for its sixth consecutive victory. The win avenged a 6-4 loss to the Shamrocks last season in a first-round Division I Central Region tournament game.
"We had the Coffman game circled on the schedule because we were knocked out of the playoffs last year by (the Shamrocks) in a close game," said coach Mark Berndt, whose team was 7-2 before playing Olentangy on April 23. "It took a couple of weeks for us to come together as a team and we finally are getting healthy."
Senior midfielder Marcus Ward scored three times against Coffman and senior midfielder David Shuster had two goals. Senior midfielder Stuart Hudelson, junior attacker John Browne and junior attacker Ryan Cleary all scored one goal and sophomore goalkeeper Nicolas Carducci had 16 saves.
"Marcus Ward has been carrying the team offensively and has shouldered a lot of the scoring burden," Berndt said. "Stuart Hudelson has done well in the attack and both he and Marcus have generated a lot of shots. Also, Nicolas Carducci has settled in and established himself as our starting goalie."
St. Charles defeated Davidson 12-8 on April 18 as Hudelson scored six times. Ward had four goals, Cleary and junior midfielder Brian Doney also scored and Carducci had 16 saves.
On April 17, the Cardinals beat Westerville North 6-3 as Browne and Cleary scored twice, with Hudelson and senior defender Nic Herfel adding a goal apiece. Carducci had 13 saves.
The winning streak began with a 10-9 victory over Lakewood St. Edward on April 7 in the second day of the St. Charles Invitational and also included victories over Pickerington North (9-5 on April 10) and Westerville South (18-1 on April 13).
"(Junior) Ian McPhaden and (sophomore) Andy Moore have settled in on defense and it shows because we have gone from giving up nine or 10 goals per game to about 6.5 in the last week or two," Berndt said. "We have been taking things one game at a time and the winning streak has grown. This team has really come together from a chemistry and a personality standpoint."
Baseball team defeats DeSales in CCL opener
The baseball team was 10-4 overall and 1-0 in the CCL before playing Watterson on April 22 and Hartley on April 24.
The Cardinals defeated DeSales 6-2 in their league opener April 16.
"Whenever you play a conference game, it's always big deal," coach Ray Benjamin said. "DeSales has a great program and it's always good to get that first win in the conference and see what we can do from there. We'll play the remainder of the first round this week and get DeSales again (Monday, April 29) to start the second round next week."
St. Charles went 4-1 on a spring-break trip to Florida and, entering the week, had gone 6-3 since its return. The Cardinals lost to Jerome 9-8 on April 9 before defeating Davidson 11-10 in 10 innings April 11 and Whitehall 5-2 in five innings and 11-2 in six innings in a doubleheader April 13.
They lost to Jonathan Alder 3-1 on April 15 and Westerville Central 11-5 on April 18, but rebounded April 20 for a doubleheader sweep of Westland, winning both games 10-0 in five innings.
"We had a good first week of the season up here and we were mediocre last week," Benjamin said. "We didn't execute like we should have. We left 10 runners on base in the loss to Jonathan Alder and we didn't show up to play against Westerville Central. You have to show up and play every day and do the little things like we have been doing when we are winning."
Track team wins at Bexley
The track and field team won the 10-team Russ Owen/Bexley Relays on April 19 with 101 points, ahead of runner-up Bexley (78).
On April 13, St. Charles was 13th (15.5) in the 15-team Stingel Invitational behind champion and host Pickerington North (146.5). Senior Jonathan Radney was fourth in the 100 meters (11.7 seconds) and senior Will Herriman placed fifth in the 300 hurdles (42.23).
The Cardinals finished sixth (35) in the 17-team Elk Relays on April 12 behind champion and host Centerville (136). Senior Connor Bowman finished third in the 2,000 steeplechase (6:47.02) and junior David Heil was third in the shot put (45 feet, 3 1/2 inches).