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Track squad secures CCL title

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The St. Charles Preparatory School track and field team continued its domination of the CCL meet, winning its second consecutive title, fifth in six years and ninth in 13 seasons.

On May 15 and 17, the Cardinals scored 188 points to finish ahead of Watterson (123.5), host DeSales (91), Hartley (56.5) and Ready (27).

St. Charles finished first and second in four events -- the 200 meters (Emmit Bryan, 22.1 seconds; Najeem Babatunde, 23.8), 400 (Bryan, 51.1; Justin Law, 52.7), 800 (Quentin Francis, 2:04.1; Anthony Schneider, 2:04.6) and 3,200 (Kevin Hennessey, 10:03.1; Brendan Harty, 10:03.8).

"That was one of the best team meets we have had in my 13 years at St. Charles," coach Al Hostetler said. "It should really give us a boost going into the postseason."

Hennessey also won the 1,600 (4:35.8) and David Heil won the discus (147 feet, 5 inches). Babatunde won the 100 (11.0) and was second in the shot put (44-7).

The 3,200 relay of Francis, Chris Mitchell, Nick Marino and Angelo Rivera won in 8:38 and the 1,600 relay of Francis, Elliot Narcross, Joe Styborski and Greg Suh won in 3:32.4.

The 800 relay of Law, Francis, Casey Culhane and Bryan won in 1:30.8, and the 400 relay of Babatunde, Culhane, Law and Alex Polinsky was second (43.7).

Also finishing second were Polinsky in the 300 hurdles (41.5) and Joseph Shepherdson in the high jump (5-6).

The Cardinals are competing in the Division I, district 2 meet, which began May 20 and concludes Saturday, May 24, at Hilliard Darby. The top four finishers in each event advance to the regional Wednesday, May 28, and May 30 at Pickerington North.

Baseball team reaches district semifinal

The baseball team needed four minutes to conclude a 4-1 home victory over 20th-seeded New Albany on May 15 in the second round of the Division I district tournament.

The game was suspended because of bad weather May 14 with one out in the top of the seventh.

Trey Willard gave up five hits, struck out two and walked one in 6 1/3 innings to earn the win. Nick Pappa took the mound when play resumed and threw five pitches to get the save.

Ryan Bailey had two singles and drove in a run, and Matt Cooke and Matt Martin both had RBI singles. Pappa and Willard had two singles apiece, and Charlie Kolp drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

The seventh-seeded Cardinals were 21-6 entering a district semifinal May 20 against ninth-seeded Upper Arlington at Gahanna. The winner moved on to a district final Thursday, May 22, at Otterbein against fourth-seeded Olentangy Orange or 11th-seeded Gahanna.

The regional semifinal is May 29 at Dublin Coffman.

"We have a good group of focused seniors and we want to keep this going as long as we can," said coach Ray Benjamin, whose team never has won a Division I district title.

Tennis players advance to district

The tennis team had one singles player and both of its doubles teams advance to the Division I district tournament Friday, May 23, and Saturday, May 24, at Hilliard Davidson, where the top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to state May 30 and 31 at Ohio State.

On May 18 at Reynoldsburg, second-seeded Evan Yakubov lost the sectional singles final to top-seeded Cameron Raglin of Reynoldsburg 7-6, 6-4 but moved on by finishing in the top four.

The second-seeded doubles team of Sam Sullivan and Vinh Thai won the sectional title by beating top-seeded Asish Katta and Ryan Worthen of Dublin Jerome 7-6 (7-2), 2-6, 6-4. Third-seeded Will Niermeyer and Connor Yakubov also moved on by winning their consolation final 6-0, 6-4 over Jerome's Jason Lin and Michael Liu to finish third.

The Cardinals clinched their third consecutive CCL title by defeating DeSales 5-0 on May 14. St. Charles finished 4-0 in the league.

Volleyball team falls in regional semifinal

The volleyball team finished 7-19 overall, losing to Worthington Kilbourne 29-31, 24-26, 25-13, 25-12, 19-17 in a Division II East Region semifinal May 13 at Westerville Central.

The Cardinals defeated Olentangy 25-23, 25-18, 25-14 in the opening round May 10 at Mount Vernon.

St. Charles went 0-4 in the CCL to finish behind co-champions DeSales and Watterson (3-1).

Junior setter/opposite hitter Will Eichel was named first-team all region and senior libero Kevin Summers was honorable mention.

Also expected to return are juniors Andrew Fernandez (outside hitter), Max Fernandez (outside hitter), Simon Fernandez (setter/defensive specialist), Abram Haghnazari (outside hitter), Joe Huey (middle hitter), Henry Sarko (middle hitter) and Marc Sullivan (outside hitter), sophomores Drew Bidstrup (setter), Justin Doney (opposite hitter), Michael Lanese (outside hitter) and Michael West (libero) and freshman Nicholas Musynski (opposite hitter).

Lacrosse team beats Watterson

The lacrosse team improved to 11-6 by defeating Watterson 6-4 on May 16.

Nick Carter scored two goals and John Browne, Brian Doney, Aaron Kebe and Mitch Spaulding all scored once. Nic Carducci had 14 saves.

On May 13, Spaulding had four goals and Ryan Cleary scored three as the Cardinals defeated Bexley 15-4. Browne had two goals and Carter, Eddie Glace, Michael Hamrock, Kebe, Zachary Parker and Alex Shuster all scored once. Jack Cleary had six saves and Carducci added three.

The Cardinals are seeded eighth in the Division I Central Region tournament and open Thursday, May 22, at home against 13th-seeded Davidson, with the winner playing Saturday, May 24, at fifth-seeded Olentangy Liberty or 20th-seeded Westerville South. The winner likely plays at top-seeded UA in a regional semifinal Wednesday, May 28.

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