The St. Charles Preparatory School golf team gained some valuable experience during the Division I state tournament Oct. 19 and 20 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
Four of the five participants for the Cardinals are eligible to return after finishing seventh (664) of 12 teams behind champion Dublin Jerome (625).
"That's huge to be here," coach Brian Unk said. "I was really excited we got here for our kids to experience this, and to get to know what it is like is great. They got here and now they will want to work hard to get back here."
The Cardinals were led by Oliver Mauntel, who was their lone senior at state. He tied for 12th of 72 golfers with a 159, leading St. Charles on both days with rounds of 80 and 79.
"It's pretty exciting to be playing up here. It's just sad that I'm a senior and it's my last time here," Mauntel said. "I really wasn't that nervous. I just tried to go out there and play my game."
Junior Vince Campagni tied for 30th (167), followed by sophomore Jason Zehala (tied for 33rd, 168), junior Michael Shyu (tied for 38th, 170) and sophomore Reece Yakubov (tied for 50th, 176).
St. Charles finished second (309) in the district tournament Oct. 9 at Apple Valley behind Jerome (293) and won its 11th consecutive league title, going 4-0 in the CCL.
"It was great to get here for the experience, but there are no guarantees that we will get back here," Unk said. "Jerome is always good, and (Olentangy) Liberty will be good next year. ... We just have to continue working to get better."
Soccer team makes another district semi
The third-seeded soccer team was 12-3-2 entering its Division I district semifinal Oct. 24 against 18th-seeded Reynoldsburg.
The Cardinals reached that round for the seventh consecutive season and were looking to advance to play for their second district championship in three seasons.
The district semifinal winner plays seventh-seeded Worthington Kilbourne or 20th-seeded Dublin Scioto in a district final Saturday, Oct. 27, at a neutral site to be determined.
The district champion faces Dublin Coffman, Hilliard Davidson, Jerome or New Albany in a regional semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Westerville Central. The Cardinals defeated Davidson 3-1 on Sept. 27 and lost to New Albany 1-0 on Oct. 13.
The Cardinals beat 25th-seeded Lancaster 4-1 on Oct. 18 in the second round. Christian Buendia had three goals, Owen Sullivan scored once and Joseph Marchionda made four saves.
Football team to face Hartley
The football team is 4-5 overall and 0-2 in the CCL entering its season finale Friday, Oct. 26, at home against Hartley.
The Hawks are 7-2 overall and 2-0 in the CCL and looking to win the outright league title. DeSales and Watterson both are 1-1 in the league entering their game Oct. 26.
Jalan January rushed for 269 yards and four touchdowns on 27 carries in Hartley's 45-38 win over North Canton Hoover on Oct. 19. Miles Fleming was 5-for-8 passing for 93 yards with one touchdown and one interception, and he rushed for 105 yards and one score on 10 carries.
The Cardinals defeated KIPP Columbus 42-0 on Oct. 19 as Andy Mason was 10-for-14 passing for 105 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Taylor Bryant rushed for 81 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries, and Luke Eversole added 54 yards and two scores on six carries.
Cross country team advances to regional
The cross country team will compete in the Division I regional meet Saturday, Oct. 27, at Pickerington North.
The top five teams and top 20 individuals will advance to state Nov. 3 at National Trail Raceway.
In the district 2 race Oct. 20 at Hilliard Darby, Iain Karas was 19th (17 minutes, 9.0 seconds) to lead the Cardinals, who earned the final regional berth by finishing fifth (164 points) behind champion Davidson (30).
Owen Karas (26th, 17:20.7), Ethan Encarnacion (27th, 17:25.9), Liam O'Reilly (31st, 17:36.0), Jacob Franz (61st, 18:33.1), Andrew Sarff (65th, 18:38.7) and Will Blubaugh (69th, 18:42.7) also competed.
Below is the coming schedule for the St. Charles water polo team:
Oct. 26-27 -- State tournament at Cincinnati Princeton and Mason