Jack Dabek will be making his third consecutive trip to the Division I state tennis tournament with a doubles partner named Yakubov.
The St. Charles Preparatory School senior will team with freshman Reese Yakubov on Friday, May 25, and Saturday, May 26, at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason. In his last two trips there, Dabek's partner was Reese's older brother, 2017 graduate Evan Yakubov.
"Reese and I have been hitting together at (Ohio State) for the past couple months working on a lot of doubles drills, and I think that's helped," said Dabek, who will compete for the U.S. Naval Academy. "We complement each other well."
Dabek and Reese Yakubov won the district championship May 19 at Olympic Indoor Tennis by defeating New Albany's Devin Boyer and Nathan Jose 7-5, 6-1 in the final. They defeated Olentangy Orange's Alex Heiden and Jordan Phelps 6-2, 6-3 in a semifinal.
The matches were moved to Olympic from Upper Arlington because of impending bad weather. The tournament began May 17 at Hilliard Bradley.
"Going to state is awesome, especially as a freshman," Reese Yakubov said. "I have a senior with me, Jack Dabek, who has been there for the last two years and we're playing well right now.
"Jack is better at the net and serving and I'm pretty good at the baseline. We complement each other and I'm really looking forward to playing at state."
Dabek and Evan Yakubov were 1-1 in both of their trips to state.
On the opening day of district, Dabek and Reese Yakubov defeated Dublin Scioto's Kunal Arya and Santusht Prasad 6-0, 6-0 in the first round and Dublin Jerome's Nate Meadors and Pranan Murali 6-2, 6-1 in a state-qualifying match.
"They are playing strong and are sticking to their game plan from start to finish," coach Max Quinton said. "Their skill sets complement each other well and if they keep that up, they will be hard to beat."
Patrick O'Neil and the doubles team of Matt Morrison and Quyen Thai also competed at district.
O'Neil lost in the opening round of singles 6-0, 6-0 to Olentangy's Stu Brdicka, who finished second to advance to state. Morrison and Thai lost their opener 6-1, 6-4 to Olentangy's Alex Konstan and Sam Routzahn.
Volleyball team makes regional semifinal
The top-seeded volleyball team was 20-5 before playing seventh-seeded Scioto in a Division II East Region semifinal May 22 at Worthington Kilbourne.
The winner advanced to a regional final Friday, May 25, at Westerville Central against second-seeded Kilbourne or third-seeded Watterson. St. Charles swept Watterson in two CCL matches, winning 25-19, 23-25, 26-24, 25-15 on March 27 and 25-21, 25-22, 25-23 on April 17.
The regional champion advances to the state tournament June 2 and 3 at Capital.
The Cardinals had a first-round bye before defeating eighth-seeded Northland 25-5, 25-11, 25-20 on May 19 at home. Nathan Lancia led the way with eight kills, two aces and four digs, and Alex McLane had seven kills and three aces.
Kevin Gallagher had eight aces, six digs and two assists. Jake Franz had 19 assists and three aces, and Jack Schumacher had six kills and three blocks.
Shepardson advances to regional track meet
Grant Shepardson was the lone competitor from the track and field team to advance to the Division I regional meet, which began May 23 and concludes Friday, May 25, at Pickerington North.
The top four finishers in each event advance to state June 1 and 2 at Ohio State.
Shepardson was fourth in the long jump (21 feet, 5 inches) in the district 3 meet that concluded May 19 at Hilliard Darby. The Cardinals finished 10th (19.5 points) of 14 teams behind champion Orange (133).
The 400-meter relay missed qualifying for regional by one spot. Isaiah Yarngo, Kaleb Simpson, Nick Rivera and Donavon Allen finished fifth in 44.22 seconds as Olentangy Liberty was fourth in 44.21.
Placing sixth were Justin Efebera in the 110 hurdles (16.04), Iain Karas in the 1,600 (4:36.85) and Simpson in the 100 (11.65).
Nick Schuler tied for seventh in the high jump (5-10).
Lacrosse team falls in postseason opener
The lacrosse team lost to 12th-seeded Centerville 8-7 on May 15 at home in its opener of the Division I, Region 3 tournament.
The fourth-seeded Cardinals finished 11-7.
Baseball team gets most from its talent
The baseball team had won five consecutive games before losing to second-seeded Darby 2-1 in a Division I district semifinal May 14 at Dublin Coffman.
The 21st-seeded Cardinals finished 18-10 overall. They tied Watterson for third (4-4) in the CCL behind co-champions DeSales and Hartley (6-2). Ready finished 0-8.
"I was pleased with the season," 21st-year coach Ray Benjamin said. "We knew coming in that we had good pitching and team speed and had to find hitting. For us to win 18 games, play in a district semifinal and be in (the game) was good. We did what we hoped we could do.
"The league always is going to be tough. We had the three Division II teams (DeSales, Hartley and Watterson) play for district championships (with Hartley winning a title), and we were in a district semifinal in Division I. It really shows the quality of baseball played in our conference."
The Cardinals opened the district tournament by defeating 41st-seeded Columbus West 11-0 in five innings May 7 at home. They then won at 14th-seeded Teays Valley 2-1 on May 9 in the second round.
Clayton Anderson (P/INF; honorable mention all-district, first-team all-league; 4-3, 2.04 ERA, 55 strikeouts, 9 walks, 58 1/3 innings), Jax Geist (SS; .254, 18 RBI, 20 runs), Brooks McCann (3B; .260, 12 RBI, 15 runs), Vince Ronnebaum (P; 2-3, 4.67 ERA, 27 strikeouts, 19 walks, 27 innings), A.J. Schossler (INF; .320, 11 RBI, 15 runs), Keaton Stankowski (P; 6-1, 1.34 ERA, 54 strikeouts, 11 walks, 36 2/3 innings) and Mitch Whittaker (OF; second-team all-district, first-team all-league; .356, 1 home run, 18 RBI, 21 runs) led a 10-player senior class.
"We had an awesome senior class and they left their mark," Benjamin said. "Keaton and Clayton were great on the mound and I wish I had them for four or five more years. We'll lose most of our infield, but we have some good players coming back."
Juniors Aidan Rice (P/INF; 6-1, 2.43 ERA, 18 strikeouts, 10 walks, 34 2/3 innings) and Mason Olding (1B/C; .310, 15 RBI, 17 runs) were second-team all-league.
Also expected to return are juniors Taylor Bryant (OF; .327, 8 RBI, 19 runs, 12 stolen bases), Charlie Duross (OF) and Andrew Rubadue (C; .348, 14 RBI, 15 runs, 8 doubles) and sophomore Trey Willis (OF; .284, 10 RBI, 9 runs).