The St. Charles Preparatory School bowling team had its best overall record and won a share of a second consecutive CCL championship, making coach Bill Pritchett optimistic about next season.
The Cardinals finished 14-2 overall and tied DeSales for the CCL title for the second year in a row at 7-1. They also were second (10-2) in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-D Division behind the Stallions (12-0).
Pritchett said he will have a talented group returning for his third season next winter.
"The wonderful part about it is that we're bringing back kids as seniors who were sophomores when I started (as head coach)," he said. "They have improved each year, and next year we should be on top of it."
Senior Grant Flory competed in the Division I district tournament March 2 at HP Lanes and tied for 40th (563) of 106 participants behind medalist Colton Wagner (692) of Marion Harding. The third and final individual qualifier for state was Whitehall's Jason Kefauver (654, fifth overall).
"I did well in the beginning, but didn't do as well in the end," said Flory, who rolled games of 237, 189 and 137. "The conditions were good for the first two games, but it was a little tougher in the third."
At sectional Feb. 23 at HP Lanes, St. Charles finished 20th (3,560) of 42 teams as the top 16 advanced to district. Pritchett said the performance was reminiscent of the Cardinals' season-opening 2,132-2,126 loss to DeSales on Dec. 3.
"They were kind of like deer in the headlights (at sectional), just like in our first match," he said. "Sometimes you can expect that from high-schoolers. It's just one of those things."
Flory (first-team all-CCL) led the Cardinals with a 192.5 average, followed by senior Dominick Koeth (177.5; second-team all-CCL) and juniors Jack Anderson (166.3; second-team all-CCL), Dino Colasurd (156.0) and Vincent Foresta (150.3).
"At the end of the year, they really started to come together as a team," Pritchett said. "I wanted them to come together and start working together. That's the most important thing to me."
Grim falls short of state in wrestling
Sean Grim went 1-2 at 170 pounds in the Division I district wrestling tournament March 1 and 2 at Mentor, falling short of a state berth.
The senior pinned Avon's Aaron Endrizal in 4 minutes, 41 seconds in the first round, but lost to Madison's Brody Arrundale 5-2 in the second. He then was pinned by Cleveland John Adams' Johnny Black in 4:12 in his first consolation match to end his season at 32-8.
Senior Will Susa (182) and junior Adyn Snyder (132) both went 0-2 as the Cardinals finished 35th (4 points) behind champion Lakewood St. Edward (303.5) as 39 teams scored.
"There are the things you don't think about when you are home -- getting the sleep cycles, sleeping in your own bed, good nutrition -- but those are taken away on the road," said coach Chris Fururta, who completed his first season. "We had the Catholic Invitational (on Jan. 18 and 19) at Toledo St. John's to help give us experience with something like going to Mentor."
The Cardinals finished second in the CCL duals Feb. 13 at Ready, defeating DeSales 54-23 before losing to Hartley 58-24 in the championship match.