Jordan Burkey reached new heights to help the St. Charles Preparatory School track and field team win its fourth CCL title in five seasons.
The senior added four inches to his previous-best high jump to highlight a pace-setting first day of the league meet at Columbus School for Girls.Video •Watch an interview with St. Charles track and field athlete Jordan Burkey.
Burkey's effort of 6 feet, 2 inches helped the Cardinals score 60 points May 8. That boost led to them winning the championship May 10 with 173 points, ahead of DeSales (153), Watterson (89), Hartley (56) and Ready (17).
St. Charles was second (156) last season to DeSales (160), snapping a streak of three consecutive CCL championships.
"We came close last year, but we got it done this time," Burkey said. "We came out and got the job done on the first day and that carried over into the second (day). We had (personal records) in just about every event."
Nick Schuler was second in the high jump (5-10), and Nick Teague was runner-up in the shot put (40-10) and discus (128-2) to pad the first-day scoring.
"We had 60 points in the five events on the first day, which gave us a lot of momentum," coach Zach Wright said. "It took a great individual performance from everyone to do this. It really was a team win."
Kevin Hennessey won the 1,600 meters (4 minutes, 32.06 seconds) and 3,200 (10:00.7), and was second in the 800 (1:56.91). In the 300 hurdles, Anthony Aikins won in 41.33 and Justin Efebera was runner-up in 42.74.
Davionn Johnson, David Downey, Burkey and Nicholas Rivera were on the second-place 400 relay (45.5), and the runner-up 800 relay (1:33.73) featured Joey Paskell, Johnson, Jimmy Slones and Downey.
Also finishing second were Efebera in the 110 hurdles (15.76), Johnson in the 100 (11.36) and Paskell in the 400 (51.03).
The Cardinals began the Division I, district 4 meet May 16 at Westerville South. The meet continues Thursday, May 18, and concludes Saturday, May 20, with the top four finishers in each event advancing to the regional Wednesday, May 24, and May 26 at Pickerington North.
The top four in each regional event advance to state June 2 and 3 at Ohio State.
"Being in Division I, the competition's tough," Burkey said. "Hopefully this (CCL success) carries over to district."
advance to district
The tennis team will be represented by two doubles teams in the Division I district tournament Thursday, May 18, at Hilliard Davidson and Saturday, May 20, at Upper Arlington.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to state May 26 and 27 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
Jack Dabek and Evan Yakubov will be looking for a second consecutive trip to state after winning the doubles title in a sectional May 11 and 13 at Davidson. As the top seed, they went 4-0 and defeated their fourth-seeded teammates, Quyen Thai and Vinh Thai, 6-2, 6-1 in the final.
The Thai brothers reached the final by beating second-seeded Chris Codogni and Noah Elliott of Davidson 6-1, 6-4 in a semifinal.
Last season, Dabek and Yakubov advanced to state and lost to eventual runners-up Noah Stern and Alex Taylor of Cincinnati Sycamore 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the second round.
In singles at sectional, Windsor Niermeyer went 2-1 and fourth-seeded Milan Gonela and Matt Morrison both went 1-1.
The sixth-seeded lacrosse team was 9-6 before opening the postseason by playing 11th-seeded Thomas Worthington on May 17 in the second round of the Division I, Region 3 tournament.
The winner advanced to a regional quarterfinal Saturday, May 20, at third-seeded Dublin Jerome or 16th-seeded Hilliard Darby. The Cardinals did not play Jerome this season, but defeated Darby 8-5 on April 22.
The quarterfinal winner moves on to a regional semifinal Wednesday, May 24, at second-seeded Dublin Coffman, seventh-seeded Pickerington North, 10th-seeded Pickerington Central or 16th-seeded Beavercreek. St. Charles defeated Central 15-4 on March 24, but did not play Beavercreek, Coffman or North this season.
The regional final is May 27 at a site to be determined.
The Cardinals lost their regular-season finale to Watterson 12-8 on May 11. Jay Eversole, Beck French and Alex Shuster all scored two goals, and goalkeeper Eddie Rice had seven saves.
to begin postseason
The Division II postseason draw for the volleyball team was May 15.
The Cardinals were 15-8 before closing the regular season May 16 against Middletown Fenwick.
"Dublin Scioto, DeSales and Mount Vernon are some of the top teams in (the East Region)," coach Ned Gruber said. "I think we're all pretty much equal at this point, so it will come down to the team that is serving and passing the best in the tournament."
Baseball team falls
in district opener
After winning a share of the CCL title, the baseball team lost its postseason opener at 15th-seeded Hilliard Bradley 9-0 on May 10 in the second round of the Division I district tournament.
The 17th-seeded Cardinals finished 15-11 overall. They tied Watterson for the CCL championship at 6-2, ahead of DeSales (4-4), Hartley (4-4) and Ready (0-8).
"I liked our team and it has been one of the most fun to coach," said coach Ray Benjamin, who completed his 20th season. "We had good players, good role players and all 21 of them did their job every day. After 20 years of coaching, they taught me to mellow out a little bit, which is refreshing. There was no quit in them."
James Berry (INF; .284, 10 RBI, 11 runs), C.J. Botti (P; 2-1, 19 1/3 innings, 2.90 ERA), Tanner Fix (OF; .306, 9 RBI, 19 runs, 7 stolen bases), Zach Franz (OF; .283, 5 RBI, 14 runs), Dylan Hampu (P; 5-4, 40 innings, 3.33 ERA), Will Kuypers (1B; .297, 11 RBI, 7 runs, 7 doubles), Carl McGowan (P; 1-1, 18 innings, 3.50 ERA), Chase Sanders (C/1B; .321, 18 RBI, 14 runs, 6 doubles) and Quino Serantes (OF; .306, 8 RBI, 2 runs) led an 11-player senior class.
Top players expected to return are juniors Chase Anderson (P; 4-3, 45 1/3 innings, 2.47 ERA), Vince Ronnebaum (P; 1-2, 28 2/3 innings, 2.44 ERA) and Keaton Stankowski (P; 2-0, 18 innings, 3.89 ERA) and sophomore Mason Olding (C; .289, 10 RBI).