Sam Sullivan is making his first trip as a player to the Division I state tennis tournament, but the St. Charles Preparatory School senior is familiar with the courts at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.

Sam Sullivan is making his first trip as a player to the Division I state tennis tournament, but the St. Charles Preparatory School senior is familiar with the courts at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.

Sullivan has been a ball boy for the annual Western & Southern Open men's and women's professional tournament held each summer.

"I have been a ball boy there for the last four years, so it will be sweet to be down there playing on the court where the professionals play," Sullivan said. "I have come up short in my first three years and I'm glad to finally get (to state)."

Sullivan finished third in the district tournament to qualify for state along with the Cardinals' doubles team of junior Evan Yakubov and sophomore Jack Dabek. The pair also finished third.

The top four finishers in singles and doubles at district advanced to the state tournament Friday, May 27, and Saturday, May 28.

Sullivan defeated Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen 6-3, 6-4 and Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru 6-4, 6-3 in the first two rounds of district May 19 at Hilliard Davidson. On May 21, rain forced matches to be moved from Upper Arlington to the Players Club in Hilliard, and Sullivan lost to Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai 6-4, 6-3 in a semifinal. He then rebounded to defeat New Albany's Graeme Green 6-2, 6-0 in the third-place match.

Yakubov and Dabek defeated Jerome's Pranav Murali and Chris Zhu 6-0, 6-0 and New Albany's Noah Fox and Harrison Lippy 6-2, 6-4 on May 19. They lost to Olentangy Orange's Jordan Phelps and Jonathan Zhuravel 7-6, 6-4 in a semifinal before defeating UA's Jack Hughes and Eric Hunter 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 in the third-place match.

"Sam, Jack and Evan have been the heart of the team all season," coach Max Quinton said. "Sam has exceeded my expectations all season, and Jack and Evan played their best tennis of the day to win the final two sets (of the third-place match)."

Also at district, the doubles team of junior Vinh Thai and sophomore Quyen Thai lost to eventual champions Robert Cash and Nathan Jose of New Albany 6-0, 6-0 in the opening round.

St. Charles finished 9-5 after losing to New Albany 3-2 in a Division I OTCA district semifinal May 16.

Lacrosse team reaches regional semi

The lacrosse team was 11-8 before playing top-seeded DeSales on May 25 in a Division II Central Region semifinal.

The winner advanced to a regional final Saturday, May 28, at home against second-seeded Scioto or third-seeded Worthington Kilbourne.

The fifth-seeded Cardinals lost to Scioto 13-6 on April 7 and to Kilbourne 13-6 on April 30.

The regional champion advances to a state semifinal Wednesday, June 1, at Centerville against Cincinnati Indian Hill, Cincinnati Seven Hills, Cincinnati Summit Country Day or Middletown Fenwick.

The state final is June 4 at Thomas Worthington.

The Cardinals reached the regional semifinal by outlasting fourth-seeded Watterson 7-6 in four overtimes May 21 at Otterbein for their fourth consecutive win. Mitch Spaulding scored three times and Cam Buendia, Connor Chylik, Alex Shuster and Austin Zieg all scored once.

After a first-round bye, St. Charles defeated 13th-seeded Big Walnut 17-3 on May 19. Buendia and Chylik had three goals apiece, and Lukas Johnson, Colin McCurdy, Shuster, David Somodi and Spaulding all scored twice.

Track team advances three to regional

Seniors Ian Lennon and Joseph Shepardson and junior Kevin Hennessey qualified for the Division I track and field regional meet, which began May 25 and concludes Friday, May 27, at Pickerington North.

The top four finishers in each event advance to state June 3 and 4 at Ohio State.

Hennessey was runner-up in the 3,200 meters (9 minutes, 26.6 seconds) in the district 1 meet that concluded May 21 at Hilliard Darby. Lennon was second in the high jump (6 feet) and Shepardson was third in the long jump (21-1 3/4).

The top four in each event advanced to regional.

The Cardinals finished eighth (37 points) of 15 teams at district behind champion Olentangy Liberty (87).

Volleyball team falls short of state berth

The volleyball team lost to second-seeded DeSales 17-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-20 in the Division II East Region final May 20 at Westerville Central.

The third-seeded Cardinals, who finished 19-8 overall, defeated top-seeded and host Scioto 26-28, 16-25, 29-27, 25-20, 15-8 on May 17 in a regional semifinal. In their postseason opener, they defeated eighth-seeded Whetstone 25-12, 25-11, 25-8 on May 13 at home.

St. Charles also lost both regular-season matches against DeSales (19-25, 27-29, 25-23, 25-23, 15-11 on April 7 and 25-20, 25-14, 25-13 on April 22).

"We came up against a team we couldn't stop," coach Ned Gruber said. "We were excited to play (the Stallions). This is my third year and we've never beaten them. It's always fun to play them. We'll see them again next year, and I hope we get them."

The Cardinals, who lose 13 seniors, finished second (2-2) in the CCL behind DeSales (4-0) and ahead of Watterson (0-4).

"Our (middle hitters) have been great," Gruber said. "(Seniors) Henry Schuler and Jacob Mason did a lot against Scioto. We had a good front line with (seniors) Alex Brown and Michael Lanese) on the outside. We really played well together as a team."

Expected back are juniors Carson Fulks (libero), Jacob Galden (outside hitter) and Curran McConville (outside hitter/setter) and sophomore Kevin Gallagher (libero).

Baseball team falls to Westerville Central

The baseball team finished 13-13 overall, losing to second-seeded Westerville Central 6-0 on May 17 in a Division I district semifinal at UA.

The 20th-seeded Cardinals had only three hits against the Warhawks, by senior outfielder Michael Flynn, senior infielder Johnny Wallace and junior outfielder Tanner Fix. Senior Colin Cooper gave up two earned runs in six innings to take the loss.

St. Charles had a first-round bye before defeating 25th-seeded Zanesville 3-0 on May 11 at home as Cooper tossed a four-hitter.

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

Cooper (6-3, 0.94 ERA, 59 1/3 innings, 25 strikeouts, 3 walks), Carson Glover (OF; 20 runs, 8 RBI), Ben Martin (C), Zach Sterling (P; 3-3, 2.85 ERA, 39 1/3 innings, 26 strikeouts, 15 walks) and Wallace (.425, 11 runs, 9 RBI) led a group of 12 seniors.

Sophomore Clayton Anderson (1-4, 1.70 ERA, 21 2/3 innings, 13 strikeouts, 5 walks) leads the expected returnees for the pitching staff.

Top position players expected back include juniors James Berry (INF; 11 runs, 13 RBI), Ben Burger (OF), Zach Franz (INF/OF/P) and Chase Sanders (C; 14 RBI, 9 runs).

Also expected to return are juniors C.J. Botti (P/C), Dylan Hampu (INF/P), Carl McGowan (1B/P), Mark Mitchell (OF/P) and Quino Serantes (OF/P) and sophomores Brooks McCann (INF/P) and Vince Ronnebaum (INF/P).