The St. Charles Preparatory School soccer team fell short of matching last year's success.
The fourth-seeded Cardinals finished 13-3-2 overall, losing to 10th-seeded Hilliard Darby 2-1 in a Division I district semifinal Oct. 25 at home. Junior midfielder Owen Sullivan scored off an assist from junior goalkeeper Joe Machionda.
Last fall, the Cardinals reached the Division I state championship game, falling to Cleveland St. Ignatius 2-1 at Mapfre Stadium to finish 21-1-1. It was their first state final appearance since 1991 when they lost to Bay Village Bay 2-1 in a shootout in Division II.
"Obviously we were disappointed about the result of the district semifinal," said second-year coach Chris Vonau, whose team had a first-round bye before defeating 26th-seeded Groveport 7-0 on Oct. 21 in a second-round home game. "We played really well, generated numerous chances and played fantastic defense, but just couldn't find the back of the net.
"We let them hang around the game too long. Darby has a great team that was really resilient."
The Cardinals finished second (3-1) in the CCL behind DeSales (4-0) and ahead of Watterson (2-2), Hartley (1-3) and Ready (0-4).
Defender Matt Martin (second-team all-league), midfielder Ian Smith (first-team all-district and all-league) and defender Henry Valachovic (second-team all-league) led an eight-player senior class.
"I'm extremely thankful for all the seniors have done for this program and for me personally," Vonau said. "They will be sorely missed. As for next year, preparation started Sunday morning (Oct. 29) and we will continue to prepare what I believe to be a solid foundation for another successful season."
Sullivan (third-team all-district, first-team all-league), junior midfielder Christian Buendia (second-team all-district, first-team all-league) and junior defender Ethan Marshall (second-team all-league) lead the expected returnees.
Cross country team falls short of state
The cross country team ended its season by finishing 12th (288 points) in the 16-team Division I regional meet Oct. 28 at Pickerington North.
The top five teams and top 20 individuals advanced to state Saturday, Nov. 4, at National Trail Raceway. Hilliard Davidson (91), Thomas Worthington (115), Olentangy Liberty (121), Pickerington North (135) and Lancaster (150) advanced.
Senior Ryan O'Brien led St. Charles by finishing 40th (16 minutes, 53.84 seconds). Also competing were junior Liam O'Reilly (66th, 17:19.49), senior Mitch Whittaker (79th, 17:28.37), senior Kenton Colvin (84th, 17:34.41), sophomore Ethan Encarnacion (85th, 17:35.9), junior Iain Karas (122nd, 18:14.65) and freshman Owen Karas (129th, 19:01.81).
St. Charles qualified for regional by finishing fifth (117) behind champion Davidson (45) in the district 1 meet Oct. 21 at Watkins Memorial.
On Oct. 14 at Otterbein, the Cardinals (24) won their 11th consecutive CCL championship and 18th in 19 seasons, finishing ahead of Watterson (54), DeSales (78), Hartley (89) and Ready (136).
Water polo team finishes second at state
For the second consecutive season, the water polo team was runner-up in the state tournament, which was held Oct. 27 and 28 at Cincinnati Princeton and Mason.
The second-seeded and second-ranked Cardinals finished 27-8-2, losing to top-seeded and top-ranked Thomas 15-13 in overtime in the final.
After a first-round bye, St. Charles defeated seventh-seeded Mason 23-2 in the second round and sixth-seeded Cincinnati St. Xavier 11-4 in a semifinal.
Last fall, the Cardinals were the top seed and lost to seventh-seeded St. Xavier 13-11 in the championship game. They finished third in 2015 and won state titles in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.
Football season ends with loss to Hartley
The football team closed its season with a 46-7 loss at Hartley on Oct. 27.
The Cardinals finished 1-9 overall and 0-3 in the CCL.
St. Charles totaled 117 yards, all coming on the ground. Arec Igwebuike led with 38 yards on 13 carries, and Brooks McCann had 31 yards on 14 attempts.
Jake Moore also had 31 yards on nine carries and added an interception as a defensive back.
Nate Jaminet scored on a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter.