Coach Zach Wright said his St. Charles Preparatory School track and field team would be leaning on its distance corps in its push for a fourth consecutive CCL championship.

Coach Zach Wright said his St. Charles Preparatory School track and field team would be leaning on its distance corps in its push for a fourth consecutive CCL championship.

The meet began May 11 and concludes Friday, May 13, at DeSales.

"We feel pretty great heading into the CCL," Wright said. "We are really going to push our upperclassmen in distance and try to max out our points in that area."

Last season, St. Charles scored 171 points to finish ahead of runner-up DeSales (105.5). It was its sixth league title in seven years and 10th in 14 seasons.

Kevin Hennessey has been in top form this spring, taking second in the 3,200 meters (9 minutes, 17.62 seconds) in the Huber Heights Wayne Invitational held April 28 and 29. The junior accounted for all of the Cardinals' eight points as they finished 28th behind champion Centerville (93) as 44 teams scored.

"That was only the second 3,200 that Kevin has run all season, so he did pretty well," Wright said. "Ian Lennon went 21 feet (third) and Joe Shepardson went 20-11 (fourth) in the long jump (in the Central Ohio All-Star Invitational on April 29) at Hamilton Township, so they are ready to go."

The Cardinals will compete in the Division I, district 1 meet, which begins Tuesday, May 17, at Hilliard Darby and concludes May 21. The top four finishers in each event advance to regional May 25 and 27 at Pickerington North.

Baseball team misses share of CCL title

The baseball team lost to Hartley 3-2 on May 2 to fall short of tying for the CCL championship.

The Cardinals finished fourth in the league at 4-4, a game behind tri-champions DeSales, Hartley and Watterson (5-3). Ready was fifth at 1-7.

St. Charles was 12-11 overall before playing Darby on May 9. It was seeded 20th for the Division I district tournament and opened May 11 with a second-round home game against 25th-seeded Zanesville or 43rd-seeded Westland.

The winner advanced to a district semifinal Tuesday, May 17, against second-seeded Westerville Central, 34th-seeded Westerville North or 42nd-seeded Marion Harding at a site to be determined.

The district final is May 19 at Don Edwards Field in Newark.

Through 23 games, Johnny Wallace led the Cardinals with a .453 batting average to go with 11 runs and nine RBI. Carson Glover was hitting .323 with 20 runs and eight RBI, and James Berry was batting .305 with 11 RBI and 11 runs. Chase Sanders was batting .295 with 14 RBI.

On the mound, Colin Cooper led at 5-2 with a 0.91 ERA, 22 strikeouts and three walks in 46 1/3 innings.

Zach Sterling was 3-3 with a 2.56 ERA, 26 strikeouts and 15 walks in 39 1/3 innings, and Clayton Anderson was 1-4 with a 1.70 ERA, 13 strikeouts and five walks in 24 2/3 innings.

Tennis team to play in Davidson sectional

The tennis team plays in a Division I sectional tournament Thursday, May 12, and Saturday, May 14, at Hilliard Davidson.

The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to district May 19 at Davidson and May 21 at Upper Arlington.

Sam Sullivan is the third seed in singles for the Cardinals, who were 9-4 overall before playing Hilliard Bradley on May 10. Jack Dabek and Evan Yakubov are the top seed in doubles with Quyen Thai and Vinh Thai seeded third.

Volleyball team wins four matches in a row

The volleyball team had won four consecutive matches and seven of nine entering its regular-season finale May 11 against Westerville North. It was ranked fifth in last week's Division II state poll behind top-ranked Kettering Alter.

The Cardinals improved to 16-7 overall and 2-2 in the CCL after defeating Watterson 25-15, 25-11, 25-18 on May 4.

"Our middle hitters, Jacob Mason and Henry Schuler, have been more involved in the offense and working hard to be an option for us," coach Ned Gruber said.

"Kevin Gallagher is playing well at libero. He's a steady player in the back row who holds the defense together."

Lacrosse team looks to get back on track

The lacrosse team had lost three of four games and was 7-8 before playing Davidson on May 9.

The Cardinals close the regular season Friday, May 13, at Watterson.

Cam Buendia, Connor Chylik, Jay Eversole and Lukas Johnson all scored two goals in an 11-4 win over Bexley on May 4. Goalkeeper Benigno Houser had five saves.