The St. Charles Preparatory School hockey team won its first Blue Jackets Cup title Feb. 9, defeating Dublin Jerome 2-1 at OhioHealth Ice Haus.
Jack Cleary and Clayton Klosz scored and Alex Ward had 14 saves as the Cardinals improved to 30-3-2. They are the top seed in the district tournament and were ranked seventh in last week's state poll behind top-ranked Cleveland St. Ignatius.
"We have been getting better as the season has gone along and playing our best at the right time of the season," coach Rob Sangster said. "The kids have worked hard to get the top seed because there are a lot of quality programs in the district. We're taking care of our 'end of the game' and that's the most important thing."
St. Charles opens district play at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, against 23rd-seeded Kettering Alter in the second round at Chiller North. The teams have not played this season.
The winner plays seventh-seeded DeSales, 10th-seeded Cincinnati Moeller or 20th-seeded Thomas Worthington on Feb. 22 in the third round at OhioHealth Ice Haus.
The Cardinals were seeded fifth in the Blue Jackets Cup after winning the Capital Hockey Conference-White Division at 14-2 (28 points), ahead of Upper Arlington (10-3-2-1, 23 points).
Jerome was the second seed behind Orange, which St. Charles defeated 3-2 in overtime Feb. 7 in a semifinal. Klosz scored the game-winner and Ward had 11 saves.
The Cardinals opened the Cup on Feb. 6 with a 5-0 win over fourth-seeded Dublin Coffman as Ryan Cleary scored twice.
St. Charles closed the regular season with a 7-3 win over Gahanna on Feb. 3. Jacob Weikert scored three goals.
Swim team maxes out to win sectional
The swimming team had the maximum four district qualifiers in each individual event and advanced all three relays while winning a Division I sectional championship Feb. 8 with 340.5 points, ahead of runner-up and host UA (322) in an 11-team field.
The Cardinals compete at district Saturday, Feb. 15, at Ohio State. The top two placers in each swimming event and the top three divers advance to the state meet Feb. 20-22 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. In addition, 16 at-large state berths will be awarded for each swimming event based on times statewide.
Winning sectional titles were Franz Kabelka in the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 45.24 seconds) and Tyler Welty in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.23).
Bowling team wins 12th match in a row
The bowling team won its 12th consecutive match, defeating Centennial 2,036-1,708 on Feb. 4 to finish the regular season 12-2 overall and in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-Central Division.
Noah Thomas led the Cardinals with a 477 series and 255 high game.
On Feb. 8 at Holiday Lanes, St. Charles finished seventh (2,116) of 11 teams in the COHSBC Roll-off behind champion Teays Valley (3,581). Thomas finished 12th with a three-game series of 584, followed by Ryan Sieselx (19th, 555), Wyatt Beltz (23rd, 541) and David Downey (26th, 536).
The Cardinals next compete in the Division I sectional Feb. 21 at Eastland Lanes.
Basketball team falls short against Eagles
The basketball team was 8-8 overall before playing Whitehall on Feb. 11.
The Cardinals dropped to 3-4 in the CCL with a 54-47 loss to Watterson on Feb. 7. Sean Hennessey had 17 points and four 3-pointers, Otis Smith had 10 points, Matt Hennessey scored nine and Nick Pappa added eight.
The Division I district tournament draw was Feb. 9 and the Cardinals received the 27th seed. They open the postseason Feb. 22 at 14th-seeded Thomas Worthington.
St. Charles closes its CCL schedule Friday, Feb. 14, at Hartley. The Cardinals defeated the Hawks 66-52 on Jan. 10.
The Cardinals also play Saturday, Feb. 15, at Springfield Catholic Central and Tuesday, Feb. 18, against visiting Eastmoor Academy.
Wrestling team preps for sectional
The wrestling team competes in a Division I sectional Saturday, Feb. 15, at Watkins Memorial, and the top four finishers in each weight class advance to district Feb. 21 and 22 and Hilliard Darby.
On Feb. 8, the host Cardinals finished sixth (111.5) of 16 teams in the Nye Cardinal Classic behind champion Lancaster (269). Cole Delaney (160 pounds) and Tim Rooney (138) won championships, Daniel Wolfe (113) was second and Sam Kukor (152) was fifth.