Athletics & Activities
St. Charles Athletics & Activities
At. St. Charles, education extends outside of the classroom door. Studies show that students who participate in athletics and other co-curricular activities have higher grade point averages, better attendance, lower dropout rates, fewer disciplinary problems, higher graduation rates, and better success in college than non-participants.
While scholarship is and must always be the primary aim of a college preparatory education, such qualities as dependability, loyalty, initiative, leadership and cooperation are integral attributes of a truly educated man. Moreover, special abilities and talents, if developed, are important and useful assets to the student and the common good. Student organizations and athletic participation offer a wide range of activities for such development.
So far in the 2013-2014 School year:
Congratulations to all the St. Charles Preparatory School winter athletic programs for hugely successful seasons!!!
1) The hockey team played in the Division I State Final Four on Friday (March 7) afternoon. http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/bexley/sports/2014/03/07/hockey-st-charles-comes-up-short-in-state-semifina.html
-Junior Tim Rooney placed fourth at Division I State Wrestling Meet (Feb. 27- March 1) last week;
-The basketball team reached the Division I District Semifinals before losing to 2nd-seeded Gahanna last Tuesday (March 4) night;
-Senior Noah Thomas of the bowling team finished 38th in the District Tournament two weeks ago (March 1).
5) The St. Charles swim team was well represented in Division I at the State Swim Meet, finishing 12th (Feb. 20-22) at Branin Natatorium in Canton. http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/bexley/sports/2014/02/24/st–charles-roundup-hockey-squad-earns-berth-in-district-final.html
Congratulations to all our winter sports teams and athletes!!!!
Four sign college ‘Letters of Intent’
In early February four St. Charles seniors announced their plans to play Division I and II football and soccer in college. They are (below, from left to right) David Heil ’14 (football at Tiffin University; he attended St. Cecilia grade school and is a member of St. Cecilia parish); Andrew Hicks ’14 (soccer at the Virginia Military Institute; he attended St. Brigid of Kildare grade school and is a member of St. Brigid of Kildare parish); Ben Hale ’14 (football, Bowling Green State University; he attended St. Catharine grade school and is a member of St. Catharine parish) and Nathan Puthoff ’14 (football, Kent State University; he attended St. Agatha grade school and is a member of St. Agatha parish).
St. Charles knocks off Dublin Jerome in Blue Jackets Cup final
Heading into Sunday’s championship game of the 2014 Blue Jackets Cup, it may have been tough to bet against Dublin Jerome even with the Celtics missing one of their top scorers.
Winners of two consecutive Blue Jackets Cups and six of the last eight overall, the Celtics were in position to continue their dominance over this tournament – but standing in their way was an equally determined and well-rounded St. Charles team.
And when the two teams finally locked horns, the result was an entertaining hockey game that literally went down to the wire at the OhioHealth Ice Haus. St. Charles, thanks to stout defensive work and timely goal-scoring, knocked off the two-time defending champion Celtics in a 2-1 final to capture the Capital Hockey Conference championship.
Both teams made certain to not yield any free ice, taking away time and space early on and eliminating any sustained attacking zone time in the first period. Dublin Jerome had a few chances to open the scoring in the first few minutes, but after that, the Cardinals took the play back and established territory in the Celtics’ zone.
St. Charles was first to break through, turning a neutral zone misplay into a 3-on-2 break that would lead to the opening goal. A drop pass, a cut to the net and a back door pass later, Jack Cleary made it a 1-0 game midway through the period.
Discipline would come into play later in the first period. The Cardinals took a couple of interference penalties in the first period that gifted the Celtics with power play chances, but St. Charles’ penalty kill along with goaltender Alex Ward did the job and took a one-goal lead into the intermission.
The Cardinals added on to their lead in the second period, and the eventual game-winning goal came after a few close calls by Dublin Jerome at the other end. St. Charles starting getting pucks toward the net, and the 2-0 goal was the result of a loose puck in the crease that was jammed in by Clayton Klosz at 8:14 of the middle frame.
In what quickly became a physical, emotional game, the Celtics kept pushing along and got on the board late in the second.
On a similar play to the Cardinals’ second goal, the Celtics benefitted from a fortuitous bounce at the side of the net. With 2:13 left in the second period, it was a 2-1 hockey game with a huge third period ahead.
Rather than sit back and protect the lead with dump ins and a jammed-up neutral zone, the Cardinals stuck to their game plan. They were hard on the forecheck, clean with their puck decisions and made sure they didn’t beat themselves in a fast-paced third period.
The Celtics pulled their goaltender, Connor Willette (who played very well), for an extra attacker with about 90 seconds left in regulation but were unable to get a second puck in the Cardinals’ net.
Congratulations to our Fall Sports Teams! St. Charles won or tied for the league title in all three CCL sports and won a state title!
The Water Polo Team won its 3rd state championship in four years, defeating Cincinnati St. Xavier in the finals 17-13 on Oct. 26 at Mason. The Cardinals advanced to state by going 2-1 to finish third in the North regional Oct. 18 and 19 at Napoleon–defeating Upper Arlington. “We peaked at the right time,” said head coach, Geoff Gear. The team finished the season 21-13. “We were going through a tough stretch (before the postseason) and we just had to dig in and figure out what we needed to do.”
The Football Team won its first CCL title since 1962, defeating DeSales 36-0 and Bishop Watterson 17-13. The Cardinals finished sixth in Division II, Region 5 and played at third-seeded Zanesville on Friday, Nov. 8, in the first round. St. Charles finished the regular season 8-2, its best record since it also went 8-2 in 1983. Zanesville (10-0) was ranked No. 1 in the state going into the game.
The Cross Country Team won its 5th straight CCL Title (and 14th in the last15 years!). It finished 8th (239 points) of 16 squads in the Division I regional meet Oct. 26 at Pickerington North after finishing 4th in the district 3 race at Watkins Memorial a week before.
The Golf Team won its 6th consecutive CCL title and junior Eddie O’Brien qualified to play in the Division I state championships, finishing in a tie for 44th among 72 competitors Oct. 18 and 19 at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course. The Cardinals finished 2nd in the sectionals Oct. 1 at Granville Golf Course before finishing 5th (304) behind state-qualifiers Jerome (299), Pickerington North (305) and New Albany (308).
The Soccer Team won its third consecutive CCL title, tying Watterson for first at 3-1. DeSales (2-1-1) was third, followed by Hartley (1-2-1) and Ready (0-4). The Cardinals finished the season 10-5-4, losing to top-seeded Olentangy Liberty 1-0 on Oct. 26 at Westerville Central in its first Division I district final since 2004.The 12th-seeded Cardinals had a first-round bye before defeating 27th-seeded Zanesville 5-0 on Oct. 19 and eighth-seeded Worthington Kilbourne 1-0 in overtime in a district semifinal Oct. 23.
2012-2013 School Year Highlights
EIGHT CCL Championships!!!! St. Charles athletic teams took home titles in 8 of the 10 Central Catholic League varsity sports the school participates in. These included: Golf, Soccer, Cross Country (fall seasons); Wrestling, Swimming (winter); Baseball, Track and Field, Tennis (spring). Overall the school boasts 15 different varsity sports that also include Basketball, Bowling, Football, Lacrosse, Water Polo and Hockey. Ultimate Frisbee is still a “club sport.”
-Bryce Spees ’1313 were selected to receive the 2013 Agonis Club Scholar Athlete Award
-Brian Vetter ’13 was selected to receive the Columbus Dispatch Scholar-Athlete Award.
Making “The States”
A collection of individual athletes and sports teams that represented St. Charles at the various State Tournaments over the course of the 2012-2013 school year is presented here. The information presented here was taken from stories written throughout the year by ThisWeek Bexley News sports reporter, Scott Hennen.
Track & Field: Emmit Bryan ’14 finished 13th in the 400 meters (50.68 seconds) at the state outdoor track and field championships held at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in June. Bryan said “I didn’t think it was possible to even get (to state) as a sophomore because I was getting blown away in the first couple of meets.” He said he started getting better results in early May. Of his overall experience, Emmit said “I would have liked to have done better, but it was good just to be here,” he said. “Just getting here today will help when I make it back.”
Wrestling: In 2011-2012, Tim Rooney ’15 became the first St. Charles wrestler to qualify for the Division I state wrestling tournament in his freshman year. Last year he became the first sophomore to reach a place on the state award’s podium. Tim took third place in his weight class at last year’s district tournament to earn the return trip to the state wrestling championships at Value City Arena and a chance to improve on his previous success — which he did. Tim finished fifth at 126 pounds at the 2011-2012 as a sophomore with a 4-2 tournament record. The year before as a freshman, he’d gone 1-2 in the 120 pound weight class. Rooney defeated Lakewood St. Edward’s Chance Driscoll 3-1 in sudden-victory overtime in the fifth-place match, after Driscoll had defeated Rooney 5-1 in sudden-victory o vertime in the second round. The Cardinals tied Hilliard Darby for 44th (11 points) place in the team competition behind champion St. Edward (117). “(This trip to state) was a little better this time, and I’m happy to make it up on the podium. Now I need to work harder to move up and hopefully make it to the championship next year (in 2014),” Rooney said. Tim finished the season with an overall record of 39-4 helping the Cardinals their 2nd CCL title in three years.
Swimming:The St. Charles swim team had another successful season in 2012-2103, winning the CCL title and finishing as runners-up in both sectional and district team competition. In what has become an annual February trip to the Branin Natatorium in Canton, the Cardinal team finished with 48 points to tie Dublin Jerome for 13th place. Perennial power Cincinnati St. Xavier racked up 270 points to earn the state crown. Here is how the team scored: Junior Max Penn, sophomore Tyler Welty, junior Sam Aslaner and senior Carl Calcara finished eighth in the 200-yard medley relay (1 minute, 36.86 seconds) to reach the podium in the Division I state swimming and diving meet. The relay entered the final after placing eighth (1:37.28) in a preliminary with Penn, Welty, senior Nick McKinley and Calcara. McKinley finished 11th (59.03) in the 100 breaststroke and 10th (1:55.4) in the 200 individual medley. Penn finished ninth (52.3) in the 100 backstroke, and junior Franz Kabelka was 13th (1:43.71) in the 200 freestyle and 18th (4:43.49) in the 500 free. Aslaner was 20th (1:58.62) in the 200 IM and Calcara was 23rd (21.81) in the 50 free. Welty was 22nd (1:00.37) in the 100 breast. The 200 free relay of Calcara, McKinley, Kabelka and freshman Derek Nguyen finished 17th (1:28.56), as did the 400 free relay of Aslaner, Calcara, sophomore Michael Ritchey and Kabelka (3:14.24). The Cardinals finished second (271 points) in the district meet Feb. 16 at Ohio State behind Upper Arlington (380 points). They also were runners-up finish (263 points) to the Upper Arlington Golden Bears (351 points) the week before at the 12-team sectional Feb. 9 at UA.
Hockey: The St. Charles Varsity summer hockey team completed their undefeated season on July 31 by defeating the Dublin Coffman Rocks by a score of 3-0 in the 2013 Chiller Summer League East Championship game. Danny Schirtzinger scored 2 goals in the final while Logan Ruppert added the other goal and Alex Ward recorded the shutout. Ryan Cleary led the league in scoring with 26 points. The team went 8-0 during the regular season while outscoring the opposition 49-8. They then won their 3 playoff games to win the championship. The team scored 14 goals and allowed 2 during the playoffs.