Spectacular Fall Sports Season: Soccer, Golf and Water Polo Teams Make State Finals!
Congratulations to the St. Charles Athletic Department and its coaches and athletes for a remarkable Fall Season. Three teams made the state finals and all five teams finished with League Championships, for of those in the Central Catholic League!
Soccer: Div. I State Runner’s-Up (21-1-1);
Golf: Div. I State Runner’s-Up; Evan Yakubov ’17 State Medalist;
9th consecutive CCL Championship
Cross Country: 10th straight CCL Title;
Kevin Hennessey ’17 was a State Division I Qualifier, finishing 14th
Water Polo: State Runner’s-Up;
10th Straight CCL Title
Football: 2nd in CCL Gold Division, Defeated the Bishop Watterson Eagles;
New Varsity Coach Bob Jacoby
Here is more information on those state-runner-up finishes:
St. Charles Soccer Team…Division I State Runner’s-Up!!!!!
Congratulations to varsity head coach Chris Vonau ’06, coach Rick Ey ’94, the rest of the coaching staff and the entire team on a fantastic year!
The Cardinals finished 21-1-1 overall, with their only loss coming in the state finals on Sunday, November 13th to top-ranked Cleveland St. Ignatius, which was riding a 57-game winning streak and seeking its third consecutive state title.
St. Charles has won two state soccer championships (1983 and 1985) and has finished as runner’s-up three other times, most recently in 1991, all at the Division II level. Despite an enrollment of 647 students, the Cardinals now play at the Division I level against schools with enrollments double its size and larger.
“No one had faith that we would make it here, but we made it back here after 25 years,” senior Nikko Strickler said. “It was indescribable to play here.”
Scott Henen with ThisWeek News chronicled the journey to Mapfre Stadium on the 13th: After a first-round bye, the top-seeded Cardinals defeated 38th-seeded Mifflin 5-0 on Oct. 22 and 15th-seeded Grove City 8-0 on Oct. 26 in a district semifinal. The cardinals won their first district title since 1994, defeating 11th-seeded Hilliard Darby 3-0 in the championship game at Hartley. They defeated Dublin Coffman 3-1 in a regional final Nov. 5 at Hilliard Bradley and New Albany 3-2 in a regional semifinal Nov. 2 at Westerville Central. St. Charles then earned a trip to the finals by defeating Beavercreek 2-1 in a semifinal at Xenia.
Cardinals Runners-Up in D.I State Golf Tournament; Yakubov ’17 Tournament Medalist
An e-mail sent from varsity head coach Brian Unk on Saturday afternoon to members of the St. Charles Community:
“Dear Golfers and families,
Congratulations to our team for their great play at OSU Scarlet today in the State Championship. We shot 307 and ended up finishing 2nd, just four shots behind Cincinnati St. Xavier. It was a cold windy day and the boys handled themselves great under these tough conditions. Both Jack Kozlowski and Andrew Shyu were 1 shot away from being named all state with rounds of 77. Evan Yakubov was 1st team All-State and the individual state champion with a 71, tied with Cam Frazier from St. Xavier.
A heartfelt thank you to everyone involved in making the St. Charles golf program successful – parents, players, coaches, Principal Lower, Dave Lawler – everyone has a part in making this team so special. It was a memorable year!”
Water Polo Team State Runners-Up!
The St. Charles Preparatory School Water Polo Team continued its run of outstanding seasons, finishing the year with a 29-9-1 record and culminating as State Runners-Up.
Varsity coach Geoff Gear said “The final was really competitive, but we just came up short against a really good team,” said. “We did a great job in our first two games, and we are proud of the way the boys played.”
The Cardinals lost to Cincinnati St. Xavier 13-11 in the state championship game Oct. 29 at Mason. Senior Ben Sugar had five goals in the final and was named to the All-State Tournament Team for the 3rd year in a row. Goalie Jack Carlin had 10 blocks and eight saves.
After a first-round bye, St. Charles defeated eighth-seeded Milford 20-11 and fourth-seeded Dayton Oakwood 19-5 in a semifinal. The Cardinals won state titles in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 and were runners-up in 2015.
Congratulations to all our fall student-athletes!