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Lacrosse squad falls to DeSales

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Coach Mark Berndt was frustrated by the play of his St. Charles Preparatory School lacrosse team.

The Cardinals had lost only four times entering their contest May 3 at home against DeSales, but they could not get into the flow of the game and lost to the Stallions 6-5.

"We let too many opportunities slip away," said Berndt, whose team was 8-5 before playing Pickerington Central on May 6. "We needed to make one more play, and didn't."

DeSales led 5-1 at halftime, but the Cardinals tied the game with six minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Stallions scored the game-winner with 4:26 to play.

"We made too many mistakes at crucial times," Berndt said. "We weren't taking good shots and weren't making plays."

Nick Carter scored two goals for St. Charles, and Zachary Parker had one goal and one assist. Ryan Cleary and Mitch Spaulding both scored once and Nic Carducci had four saves.

On its spring-break trip to Michigan, St. Charles lost to Okemos (Mich.) 17-9 on April 23, defeated Holt (Mich.) 10-5 on April 24 and lost to Haslett (Mich.) Haslett-Williamston 7-6 on April 26.

On April 30, St. Charles defeated Westerville Central 6-5 as Brian Doney scored twice and Carducci had 12 saves. Cleary, Aaron Kebe, Parker and Spaulding all had one goal.

Tennis team eyes league title

The tennis team was 9-1 overall before playing Rey-noldsburg on May 5.

The Cardinals are 3-0 in the CCL and can earn their third consecutive league title with a victory Wednesday, May 14, over visiting DeSales. The Stallions were 1-0 in the CCL before playing Ready on May 6.

St. Charles defeated Watterson 5-0 on April 29 in league play. Winners in singles were Evan Yakubov (first), Sam Sullivan (second) and Vinh Thai (third). Will Niermeyer and Connor Yakubov won at first doubles and David Kellogg and Conner Mentel won at second doubles.

"We just haven't (played or practiced) five days in a row yet, whether it was the weather or spring break," said coach Linda Myers, whose team played Westerville North on May 6 in the OTCA state team tournament. "I feel like the loss to (Upper Arlington 5-0 on April 16) was the only match that tested us and they are probably best team in state. I feel we will be tested in the coming weeks, so we have to be ready to play."

Since the loss to UA, the Cardinals had played only two matches before May 5. Those were the win over Watterson and a 4-1 win over Pickerington Central on May 1.

Volleyball team closes regular season

The volleyball team was 5-18 before closing the regular season May 6 against Dublin Jerome.

The postseason draw was May 5.

The Cardinals defeated UA 25-19, 25-13, 25-22 on April 23 and Westerville South 25-20, 25-22, 25-22 on April 25. They lost to Olentangy Liberty 25-18, 25-19, 25-16 on April 30.

"Because of injuries and illnesses, sophomore Drew Bidstrup has stepped into the role of full-time setter, and junior Will Eichel has made a transition to opposite hitter," coach Ned Gruber said. "We had been running a 6-2 offense with Drew and Will since the beginning of the season, but we needed more power and consistency in our attack. Both players have handled the change well and are getting good experience for next season."

Baseball team splits in Cardinal Classic

The baseball team was 15-6 overall and 3-2 in the CCL before playing Ready on May 5, DeSales on May 6 and Hartley on May 7.

The Cardinals are seeded seventh in the Division I district tournament and open Wednesday, May 14, at home against 20th-seeded New Albany or 39th-seeded Worthington Kilbourne. The winner plays ninth-seeded UA or 16th-seeded Watkins Memorial in a district semifinal May 20 at Gahanna.

St. Charles split a pair of one-run games as the host team May 3 in the Cardinal Classic. The Cardinals defeated Hilliard Darby 9-8 in eight innings before losing to Toledo Central Catholic 6-5.

Matt Martin had three singles and drove in Andrew Fenlon in the eighth as the Cardinals outlasted Darby. Trey Willard had a double, single and an RBI, and Fenlon had a single and two RBI.

Jacob Moehrman had three singles with one RBI, and Jacob Myers was the winning pitcher.

Moehrman had two singles with two RBI against Central Catholic, and Ryan Bailey and Martin both had two singles. Matt Cooke and Charlie Kolp both drove in runs with sacrifice flies.

The Cardinals went 3-1 at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, S.C. They defeated Denver (N.C.) East Lincoln 3-2 on April 21 before defeating High Point (N.C.) Andrews 10-0 in five innings and losing to Blackwood (N.J.) Highland 1-0 on April 22. St. Charles concluded the trip with a 6-3 win over Richland (N.J.) St. Augustine Prep on April 23.

On April 26, the Cardinals defeated Canal Winchester 11-5 and Westland 3-0. They also beat Hilliard Bradley 10-1 on May 1. In CCL play, they lost to Watterson 13-3 in five innings April 28.

Babatunde leads track team in Wayne meet

Najeem Babatunde finished fourth in the 100 meters (11.2 seconds) to lead the track and field team in the Huber Heights Wayne Invitational on May 1 and 2.

Babatunde also joined Justin Law, Casey Culhane and Alex Polinsky on the fourth-place 400 relay (43.65).

The Cardinals tied for 16th (11 points) behind champion Pickerington North (82) as 39 teams scored.

The 800 relay of Quentin Francis, Babatunde, Emmit Bryan and Law was eighth (1:31.86).

On May 3, the Cardinals finished 13th (4) in the 13-team Gary Smith Invitational at Thomas Worthington. The 6,400 relay of Brendan Harty, Kevin Hennessey, Nick Marino and Anthony Schneider was fifth (19:09.42).

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