For Mark Berndt, coaching lacrosse at St. Charles Preparatory School always was about the kids.
However, the time he was spending with his extended family was taking time away from his wife, Andrea, and their three children.
That led Berndt to resign after this season, his sixth leading the Cardinals.
“I have to take time with my wife and three kids,” said Berndt, whose team went 10-7 this spring. “I need to be on the sideline for my kids’ games and I missed too much of that this spring.”
The Berndts have two sons, Ethan, 10, and Dylan, 8, and a daughter, Camryn, 5.
A 1997 St. Charles graduate, Berndt began his tenure in 2011, coaching the final two games of that season after Bill Taylor resigned. He would go on to log a career record of 63-49 and become the program’s winningest coach.
“Mark has meant a lot to the program,” athletics director Dave Lawler said. “He took things over and has taken the program to the next level.”
The Cardinals had winning records and double-digit victories in all six of his seasons.
“It’s tough and bittersweet because I love the school and I love the program,” Berndt said. “My six years here have been an absolute joy.
“But this isn’t about me, it’s about the kids. We’re building something and we’re on the right track, but I need to spend time being a husband to Andrea and being a dad again.”
The sixth-seeded Cardinals ended their season by losing at third-seeded Dublin Jerome 14-11 on May 20 in a Division I, Region 3 quarterfinal.
St. Charles opened the postseason by defeating 11th-seeded Thomas Worthington 10-6 on May 17 in a second-round home game.
Defender Drew Lowis was first-team all-region, and midfielders Alex Shuster (35 goals, 20 assists) and Mitch Spaulding (41 goals, 16 assists) were honorable mention all-region. They led a 15-player senior class.
Spaulding finished his career with 156 goals and 64 assists while Shuster, a University of Massachusetts recruit, had 123 goals and 66 assists. Senior midfielder Cam Buendia (16 goals, 16 assists) will play at Centre College, and senior midfielder Doc Crimmel (57 groundballs, 151 for career) will play at Capital.
Senior attacker Connor Chylik had 17 goals and six assists.
“This senior class has been exceptional with a number of them making significant contributions for three or four years,” Berndt said. “They are a close-knit group of friends, but they challenged each other to get better all year.”
The leading expected returnees are junior attacker Beck French (23 goals, 8 assists), junior midfielder Will Morrison (44 groundballs), junior defender Keaton Doon, junior goalkeeper Eddie Rice and sophomore midfielders Evan Bouscher and Max Lyski.
competes at state
Senior Evan Yakubov and junior Jack Dabek competed in the doubles bracket of the Division I state tournament May 26 and 27 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
The two reached the second round of state last season. They won their opening match 6-2, 6-4 over Hunting Valley University School’s Drew Krantz and Tyler Krantz before losing to eventual runners-up Noah Stern and Alex Taylor of Cincinnati Sycamore 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Relay falls short
of state track meet
The track and field team competed in the Division I regional meet May 24 and 26 at Pickerington North.
The top four finishers in each event advanced to state June 2 and 3 at Ohio State.
The 3,200-meter relay of Jacob McCorkle, Liam O’Reilly, Iain Karas and Kevin Hennessey competed May 24 but finished 15th in 8 minutes, 24.49 seconds.
On May 26, Hennessey
ran in the 3,200 and Nick Schuler competed in the high jump.
Volleyball team falls
in regional semifinal
The second-seeded volleyball team lost to third-seeded Mount Vernon 25-20, 21-25, 12-25, 25-17, 15-12 in a Division II East Region semifinal May 23 at Dublin Scioto.
“It was a high-intensity match with a lot of emotion,” said junior libero Kevin Gallagher, whose team finished 16-10 overall.
“We played well, swinging high and hard. (The Yellow Jackets) just did a great job of blocking.”
St. Charles defeated eighth-seeded Briggs 25-15, 25-18, 25-4 on May 20 in its postseason opener. It tied DeSales for the CCL title at 3-1, ahead of third-place Watterson (0-4).
“I thought we had a great season, especially since most of our starters were sophomores and juniors,” said coach Ned Gruber, who completed his fourth season.
“We lose two seniors in (libero) Carson Fulks and (middle hitter) Curran McConville and both of them were in their first season of seeing much varsity time.”
Gallagher and sophomore middle hitter Alexander McLane were first-team all-region. Junior middle hitter Andrew Dilley and sophomore setter/right-side hitter Nathan Lancia were second-team all-region.
Other starters expected back are sophomores Jonathan Briggs (outside hitter), Jacob Franz (middle hitter) and Michael Jimenez (setter/right-side hitter).
“The way the season ended, it should give us the inspiration to get in the gym and work to get better,” Gruber said.