A State Championship in Water Polo highlighted the Fall season for St. Charles athletic teams. The Central Catholic League (CCL) Champion Cardinal Golf Team finished 7th in the “Big School” Division I State Golf Tournament and the CCL Champion Soccer Team made it to Division I’s “State Final 8,” losing in the regional finals in OT. The Cross Country Team won its 12th consecutive CCL Championship and were Regional Qualifiers. The Football Team finished with a 4-6 record after winning only one game last year.
WELL DONE MEN!!!
More on those seasons. Credit to stories compiled by Scott Hennenof ThisWeekNews over the fall season.
The Water Polo Team won the State Water Polo Title by defeating second-seeded Cincinnati Sycamore 17-6 in the championship game Oct. 27 at Mason. The Cardinals also won state titles in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.In the finals Thomas Lennox and Jon Sugar both had five goals, Andrew Edwards scored twice while Griffin Beam, Chris Edwards, Will Elsrod, Travis Miller and Alex Nash each added a score. Goalkeeper Seth Miller had nine saves.
The top-seeded Cardinals went 3-0 at the state tournament to finish their season 38-3. The team also won two prestigious regular-season tournament tiles: the Ohio Cup in September (which featured the best teams from Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania) and the Sunlite Shootout in Cincinnati in mid-September (beating teams from Ohio, Washington, D.C. and Illinois). The team was undefeated against Ohio teams this season.
The Cardinals remain a dominant force in Ohio Water Polo circles. In addition to their five state championships, they finished as state runners-up the past two seasons (2016, 2017) and 3rd in 2015.
Golf: The St. Charles Golf Team gained valuable experience placing 7th in the Division I State Golf Tournament held Oct. 19 and 20 at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course. All but senior Oliver Mauntel will return to the team next year to build on their accomplishment. Out of the 12 competing schools, the Cardinals shot a team score of 664 to finish 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. 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 (302) at sectional behind Dublin Coffman (300); second (309) behind eventual state champion Dublin Jerome (293) in the district tournament Oct. 9 at Apple Valley; and won its 11th consecutive Central Catholic League title, going 4-0.
Soccer: The St. Charles Soccer Team coach Chris Vonau struggled to come up with the right words to sum up a 2-1 overtime loss to Olentangy Liberty in a Division I regional final Nov. 3 at Dublin Jerome. The eighth-ranked Cardinals tied the game with 23 minutes remaining on a goal by senior midfielder Christian Buendia. The second-ranked Patriots won when Ludwig Conrad scored with 11:15 left in the 15-minute overtime.
The Cardinals finished 15-4-2 overall after winning their second district championship in three seasons and capturing their third CCL title in four years by going 4-0 in the league.
“I’m somewhat at a loss for words,” said Vonau, who completed his third season. “When you put it out there like that, and you end the season like that, as a coach you can be nothing but proud. Sure you would like a different result, but hats off to Liberty. I hope they win it all because they are a talented team. We deserved a different result because of the work we put in.
“That’s the cruelty of the game. It’s unforgiving. Just sometimes the team that works harder comes up on the short end of the stick. That’s why we play the game, because it’s like that.”
“This is the third year that I have been on the team and I have played with these (seniors) since my freshman year,” Saas said. “They have been a good influence, and I have learned so much from them. They have been great leaders for us this year.”
In the district tournament, the third-seeded Cardinals won a championship by defeating 20th-seeded Dublin Scioto 2-0 on Oct. 27 at Hartley.
Cross Country: The Cross Country Team, competed in the Division I regional meet Saturday, Oct. 27, at Pickerington North. Earlier in the season the team won its 12th consecutive Central Catholic League title.
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.
Football: Cardinal Football Caoch Deke Hocker found a sense of pride in the strides his players made in his first season coaching the football program.
The Cardinals finished 4-6 overall and 0-3 in the CCL after winning just once last fall.
“I think our guys got better each week on multiple levels as a team and fundamentally learning the system that we were putting in,” Hocker said. “I was proud of how far we came along from the start of the season. I think we had so many individuals improve from then until now. As a whole team, we kept improving and each player was getting better every week.”
Senior running back/linebacker Taylor Bryant was first-team all-league, leading the Cardinals in rushing and tackles. He ran for 903 yards and 12 touchdowns on 188 carries and had 58 tackles.
Senior quarterback Dan DiNapoli completed 53 of 139 passes for 420 yards with three touchdowns and seven interceptions before being injured in a 35-7 loss to DeSales on Sept. 28.
Senior wide receiver Drew Williams had 13 catches for 124 yards and one touchdown.
Griffith caught 16 passes for 154 yards and one touchdown and had 38 tackles, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Jake Moore had 36.5 tackles, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
“From coming in and having three coaches in four years, our seniors were coachable and they did everything we asked of them,” Hocker said. “They worked hard and bought into what we were trying to teach.”
Leading the expected returnees are junior first-team all-league performers Connor Corretta (OL/DL) and Roland Rowe (WR/DB). Corretta had 20 tackles, including a team-leading 13 for loss, and four fumble recoveries.
Rowe caught 22 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 30 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
Junior Andrew Mason took over at quarterback for DiNapoli, completing 20 of 51 passes for 348 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Junior Luke Eversole is the top running back expected to return after rushing for 271 yards and three touchdowns on 61 carries.
Junior defensive back Thomas Berry had 32 tackles, and juniors Mark Feldmann, Dimitri Mays, and Evan Porter are expected back on the line with junior Cameron O’Neal at tight end.
( Photo, Above) Water Polo Champions –Front row, from left — Andrew Edwards ’19 (St. Mary School, Lancaster St. Mary Lancaster Parish), Alec Lohiser ’19 (Lakeview Jr. High School), Jonathan Sugar ’19 (St. Agatha School, St. Agatha Parish), Griffin Beam ’19 (Olentangy Liberty Middle School), Sean Ritchey ’19 (Ridgeview Jr. High School, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish);
Second row, from left — Alex Nash ’20 (Olentangy Hyatt Middle School, St. Joan of Arc Parish), Jack Simone ’20 (Lakeview Jr. High School, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish), Seth Miller ’20 (St. Brigid of Kildare School, St. Brigid of Kildare Parish), Chris Edwards ’20 (St. Mary School, Lancaster, St. Mary Lancaster Parish), Thomas Lennox ’20 (Columbus Academy, Church of the Resurrection Parish), Travis Miller ’20 (Bexley Middle School), Sawyer Davidson ’20 (Bexley Middle School, St. Catharine Parish), Nick Eaddy ’20 (HomeSchool);
Third row, from left — Chase Bateman ’21 (Olentangy Berkshire Middle School), Wil Borchers ’21 (Lakeview Jr. High School, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish), Adam Edwards ’21 (Kilbourne Middle School, St. Peter Parish), Alex Grzybicki ’21 (Pioneer Heritage Middle School – Texas), St. Catharine Parish, Matt Kravitz ’21 (St. Catharine School, St. Catharine Parish), Donnie Richardson ’21 (Indianola Informal School), Sean Noonan ’21 (St. Cecilia School, St. Cecilia Parish), Lukas Rakowsky ’21 (Village Academy, St. Joan of Arc Parish), Colin Brame ’21 (Heritage Middle School), Will Elsrod ’21 (Olentangy Hyatt Middle School);
Top row, from left — Head Coach Geoff Gear, Assistant Coach Maura Moore, Ryan Alfred ’22 (Ohio Virtual Academy, St. Elizabeth Parish), Gabe Nervez ’22 (Canal Winchester Middle School, St. John XXIII Parish), Aidan Miller ’22 (St. Timothy School), Jackson Baird ’21 (St. Agatha School, St. Agatha Parish), Ryan Seidt ’20 (St. Pius X School, St. Philip Parish), Abhi Iruthaya ’22 (St. Matthew School, St. Matthew Parish), Spencer Arnou-Rhees ’22 (St. Joseph Montessori School, St. Catharine Parish) and Yadu Mangray ’22 (Our Lady Of Mercy School, Our Lady of Mercy Parish – Rhode Island).
(Golf Photo, Left) From left — Michael Shyu ’20 (Jackson Middle School), Vince Campagni ’20 (St. Brigid of Kildare School, St. Brigid of Kildare Parish), Oliver Mauntel ’19 (St. Agatha School, St. Agatha Parish), Reece Yakubov ’21 (Wellington, St. Agatha Parish) and Jason Zehala ’21 (St. Paul School, St. Paul Parish).