The CCL continues to be the perfect tune-up for the St. Charles Preparatory School golf team.
Not only did the Cardinals win their 11th consecutive league title, but they did it on the courses they'll play in the postseason.
St. Charles finished first in both rounds of the CCL tournament. The first was played Aug. 15 at Darby Creek, which will be the site for its sectional Tuesday, Oct. 2. The top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 9 at Apple Valley, which was the site of the CCL postseason tournament Sept. 23.
At district, the top two teams and top two individuals not on those teams advance to state Oct. 19 and 20 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
"I was a little surprised to have been the second seed in the district, but we're happy to go to Darby (Creek)," said coach Brian Unk, whose team shot a 293 there in the CCL preseason tournament. "We figured we would go to Denison (Golf Club) or Darby (Creek) because we don't play (the third sectional site) Turnberry much.
"We played the first CCL at Darby (Creek) and won and the second one at Apple Valley, so we have experience on those courses. Hopefully that will help us out."
The Cardinals clinched the CCL title by shooting a 297 at Apple Valley. Watterson (319) was second, followed by Hartley (324), DeSales (358) and Ready (650).
St. Charles' Vince Campagni was medalist with a 71, one stroke better than Hartley's Trent Tipton.
Also competing were Reece Yakubov (74), Oliver Mauntel (75), Luke Gutman (77), Jason Zehala (79) and Jack Coughlin (93).
"It's always good to win a league title," Unk said. "Everyone started great, and when you break 300 at Apple Valley you have to feel pretty good about it.
"I think we have been stumbling over the past few weeks, but I think it's been from rainouts and lack of playing. We only have one guy back from playing at district last fall, so we have to be ready for that."
Yakubov was the No. 5 player last fall when the Cardinals won a sectional title at Clover Valley and finished fourth at district.
Football team begins CCL play at DeSales
The football team opens CCL action Friday, Sept. 28, at DeSales, which will be without one of its key players.
The Stallions fell to 3-2 by losing to Covington (Kentucky) Catholic 35-14 on Sept. 21. In that game, they lost quarterback Reno Godfrey in the fourth quarter with a broken ankle and multiple leg fractures.
The junior had completed 20 of 32 passes for 242 yards and one touchdown, and he also had led DeSales in rushing with 36 yards on nine carries.
Carter Hilleary had seven catches for 95 yards, Owen Faulkner had six receptions for 86 yards and one touchdown and Anthony Sciarroni made four catches for 42 yards.
"It's a CCL game, so we should be up for it and be ready to compete," coach Deke Hocker said. "They have really good skill players on both sides of the ball."
The Cardinals fell to 2-3 and had a two-game winning streak snapped with a 29-14 loss to Washington Court House on Sept. 21.
Daniel DiNapoli was 21-for-46 passing for 189 yards with four interceptions. Peter Griffith had six catches for 51 yards, Roland Rowe made five receptions for 56 yards and Drew Williams added five catches for 55 yards.
Taylor Bryant rushed for 51 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries.
"We gave up two defensive touchdowns in the second half, and you can't do that against anyone and expect to win," Hocker said.
"We didn't play well, and we didn't progress the way we had in the previous two weeks. We turned the ball over too many times, missed assignments, had too penalties ... things you can't do if you are going to win."
Below are the coming schedules for the St. Charles cross country, soccer and water polo teams:
Sept. 27 – Erin L. Nance Fall Distance Classic at London Country Club
Sept. 27 – At Hilliard Davidson
Sept. 29 – At Cincinnati Moeller
*Oct. 2 – At Ready
Sept. 28-29 – Upper Arlington Duals
Oct. 3 – Home vs. Thomas Worthington