St. Charles Roundup
Golfers again capture CCL title
For the sixth consecutive season, the St. Charles Preparatory School golf team won the CCL title.
The Cardinals shot a 304 on Sept. 21 at Cooks Creek to win the championship ahead of runner-up DeSales (318).
The teams did not play league duals and the CCL preseason tournament was postponed by bad weather Aug. 9 and canceled after bad weather postponed the makeup Aug. 21.
"I thought we played especially well, especially with playing the first four or five holes in the rain," coach John Croswell said. "Plus there was ACT testing and we had a few guys out for that, so I really thought we shot well."
Junior Eddie O'Brien led the Cardinals with a 74, followed by freshman Evan Yakubov (75), senior Tanner Plewa (76), senior Corey McCullers (79), senior Sam Schmelzer (81) and senior Connor Huelsman (86).
The Cardinals play Tuesday, Oct. 1, in a 13-team Division I sectional at Granville Golf Course. The top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advance to district Oct. 8 at Apple Valley.
Last season, St. Charles finished third (313) in a 13-team sectional at the same site, behind Pickerington North (294) and Upper Arlington (295) and ahead of the final district qualifier in Mount Vernon (316). Schmelzer (76) led St. Charles, followed by Plewa (77), junior Connor Yakubov (79), Huelsman (81) and O'Brien (86).
"We're at Granville with UA and (defending state champion Dublin) Jerome, so it's a tough draw," Croswell said. "Three get out (to district), so I think we have a good chance (of advancing)."
Soccer team continues to roll
The soccer team won its eighth consecutive CCL game by beating Watterson 1-0 on Sept. 17 and was 6-1-3 overall and 2-0 in the league before playing Ready on Sept. 24.
"The last CCL game we lost was to Watterson (1-0) at home in 2011, so it was good to get this one," coach Rick Ey said after his team defeated Watterson. "We need to work on finishing because we have been leaving points out there. We probably should have had two or three more goals (against Watterson)."
Senior defender Drew Hicks scored and junior goalkeeper Josh Zebula had three saves.
Senior forward Will Walther had two goals as the Cardinals defeated Dublin Scioto 5-0 on Sept. 21. Hicks, senior defender Nik Weislogel and junior midfielder Niko Strickler all had one goal, and Zebula and junior goalie Bryan Ross both had one save.
Through 10 games, Walther had six goals and Hicks had five. Senior forward Alex Macias and junior forward Jack Engert each had four goals, and senior midfielder Alex Polinsky and Strickler had two goals apiece.
"We have been possessing the ball well," Ey said. "We're making good runs, being creative and working hard with each other out there."
The Cardinals lost their opener to Olentangy Orange 2-0 on Aug. 22, but then had no losses in their next nine games. They also defeated Teays Valley (6-0 on Aug. 26), Bexley (5-0 on Aug. 31), Pickerington North (2-0 on Sept. 5) and Hartley (6-1 on Sept. 10).
St. Charles tied Canal Winchester (1-all Aug. 29), Beavercreek (scoreless Sept. 7) and Westerville Central (2-all Sept. 12).
"Our entire back line has been playing well, including center backs Drew Hicks and Nik Weislogel," Ey said. "And Niko Strickler has been great in the midfield.
"We have had really good leadership this year. We just need to keep playing strong defensively and keep attacking with pressure."
Football team to play Crusaders
The football team is 2-2 and plays the Columbus Crusaders on Friday, Sept. 27, at Thomas Worthington.
The Crusaders are 1-3 after losing to Dayton Meadowdale 26-6 on Sept. 20.
St. Charles lost to Hartley 20-7 on Sept. 20, as the Hawks totaled 401 yards to the Cardinals' 122.
Hartley recovered a St. Charles fumble with 6 minutes, 18 seconds left in the fourth quarter on the Hawks' 37-yard line to seal the victory.
"I fully expect (Hartley) to compete for the Division V state title," coach Jeff Pharion said. "That being said, our defense should not be giving up two touchdowns and two field goals."
Senior running back John Quinn had a 1-yard touchdown run and 13 tackles at linebacker. Senior linebacker George Sims had 11 tackles, sophomore linebacker Otis Smith had nine tackles and senior defensive back Ben Hale had eight tackles.
Junior NiQuille Bell had two carries for 57 yards and senior Michael Hamrock had 30 yards on three rushes. Jacob Moehrman was 4-for-6 passing for 19 yards with one interception and rushed for 17 yards on seven carries.