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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.





Continuing Athletics in College



(Above) Our congratulations to these six St. Charles seniors who announced they would be continuing their athletic careers next season in college: Top, from left: Eddie O’Brien (St. Mary Magdalene grade school and parish), golf at Tiffin University; Will Eichel (Immaculate Conception grade school and parish), volleyball at The Ohio State University; and Nick Marino (St. Mary Delaware grade school and parish) track and cross-country at Walsh University. Bottom, from left: Frank Carsonie (Hilliard Heritage Middle School, St. Brendan parish), soccer at the University of Denver; NiQuille Bell (Mifflin Middle School), football at Ohio Dominican University; and Timothy Rooney, Jr., (St. Mary Magdalene grade school and parish), wrestling at Kent State University.


IMG_0299(Above) Jack Lumpe ’15, goal-keeper for the state championship water polo team, signed with Gannon University Golden Knights.
As a senior this year, Jack started 27 games, going 18-7-2 for our State Championship team. He finished with 225 blocked shots, 199 goals against, 34 steals, and 18 assists. He was named to the All-State tournament team, as well as being selected 1st team All-State.

As a junior, Jack was a letter winner for our State Championship team. He recorded 66 blocks against 57 goals allowed.




Congratulations to Tim Rooney ’15 as well as to the St. Charles Swim Team for their outstanding and record-breaking performances in the OHSAA state athletic tournaments–and to all the athletes who competed over the Winter!

Below you will find a wrap-up for the Basketball, Wrestling, Bowling and Swimming programs, as written by ThisWeek News reporter, Scott Hennen


St. Charles’ Rooney a record setter: 2nd at state (ytop finish in school history) in fourth (school record appearances) state wrestling tournament

Tim Rooney took a different approach than many participating in the state wrestling tournament. The St. Charles Preparatory School senior was there to have fun. Winning was secondary. Yet, he nearly captured the Division I title at 152 pounds March 14 at Ohio State. “I was just here to scrap, man,” said Rooney, who lost to close friend Taleb Rahmani of Marysville 3-1 in the championship match. “A state title would have been cool, but I wasn’t in it for that.”

That was apparent after Rooney just missed a match-tying takedown in the final seconds. Instead of lamenting the loss, he hopped to his feet, jogged over and tossed his headgear to coach Joe Moyer before returning to the center of the mat with Rahmani. Before the customary handshake, he gave Rahmani a respectful bow before embracing him and grinning from ear-to-ear.

“That’s Tim,” Moyer said. “He wanted to make the crowd go, ‘Ooh!’ I think he got his ‘Ooh’ moment.”

It was the third consecutive week Rooney faced Rahmani in a championship match, but it was his first loss in those meetings. He won 6-4 in overtime in the sectional Feb. 28 at Marysville and 3-1 in overtime in the district final March 7 at Hilliard Darby. “I was able to get the two (points for a takedown) the last two weeks,” said Rooney, who finished the season 42-2. “He got it this time.”
Rooney was the lone competitor in the three-day state tournament for the Cardinals, who finished 27th (19.5 points) behind champion Lakewood St. Edward (111.5) as 83 teams scored. Rooney said he entered the school year not to be the best wrestler, but the best student.

“I wanted to get a 4.0 (GPA) in the first semester, but I got a 3.9,” he said. “Wrestling came in second this year.”
But Rooney left his mark on the program. He was the first St. Charles wrestler to qualify four times for state, and his runner-up finish was the highest in program history. Last year at state, Rooney had the Cardinals’ previous-high finish of fourth at 138. He placed fifth at 126 as a sophomore and went 1-2 at 120 as a freshman. In his other state matches, Rooney defeated Medina’s Zach DeFraine 17-1 and Massillon Jackson’s Victor Marcelli 6-1 before beating Kettering Fairmont’s Brad Carroll 3-2 in a semifinal.

“I thought about leaving my shoes on the mat after the (final). That’s a sign that you’re going to hang it up,” Rooney said. “But that would have showed (Rahmani) up. He won the title and deserved his moment.”

St. Charles had three other district participants. Senior Cole Delaney went 1-2 at 160 to finish 38-9, junior Chris Silber went 0-2 at 220 to finish 18-20 and freshman Ian Noonan went 0-2 at 120 to finish 19-19.
Talented swimmers expected to return

The swimming and diving team sent 10 athletes to the Division I state meet Feb. 27 and 28 at Branin Natatorium in Canton, and seven of them are expected to return.The 200-yard medley relay had the highest finish for St. Charles, as junior Austin Beam, senior Tyler Welty, sophomore Ben Sugar and senior Andrew Alfred finished fourth (1 minute, 34.14 seconds).

Welty finished fifth in the 100 breaststroke (57.48), and the Cardinals had the highest state finish for a central Ohio team by placing sixth (110) behind champion Cincinnati St. Xavier (335) as 50 squads scored.

“I’ve been swimming since I was 6, and every single day and year has been worth it,” Welty said. “I have a lot of pride in the team I swim for, and it’s been an amazing experience for four years. My team has never worked so hard as this year. We have quite a relationship. We’re a small team, but we’re so focused.”

Also reaching the awards podium by finishing in the top eight was the fifth-place 200 freestyle relay (1:26.07) of junior Nicholas Ward, junior Derek Nguyen, sophomore Hannes Kabelka and junior Nicholas Eramo.

The 400 free relay of senior Michael Ritchey, Sugar, Kabelka and Ward finished ninth (3:09.68).

Also competing at state were Beam in the 100 backstroke (11th, 51.85) and 200 individual medley (12th, 1:54.23), Ward in the 50 free (ninth, 21.2) and 100 free (19th, 47.17), Sugar in the 200 IM (20th, 1:57.38) and 100 back (20th, 52.79), Eramo in the 100 breast (18th, 59.45), freshman Michael Gutman in the 100 butterfly (22nd, 52.66), Kabelka in the 200 free (24th, 1:46.47) and Nguyen in the 50 free (20th, 21.98).

Alfred, Ritchey and Welty led the 12-member senior class.

“We didn’t set a lot of expectations,” said coach Geoff Gear, who completed his sixth season. “We don’t have a lot of kids who swim year-round. We improved a lot throughout the entire season, and this (state finish) was icing on the cake.”

The Cardinals captured their 17th consecutive CCL title, scoring 510 points in the league meet Jan. 31 at Columbus School for Girls to finish ahead of Watterson (224.5), Hartley (205.5), DeSales (63) and Ready (8).

St. Charles (317) won the 10-team sectional Feb. 14 at CSG and captured its second consecutive district title Feb. 22 at Ohio University, outdistancing runner-up Upper Arlington 403-288.5 as 24 teams scored.
Basketball team falls to Tigers

The basketball team finished 17-3 overall, losing to 18th-seeded Pickerington Central 47-39 at home March 4 in the second round of the Division I district tournament. The Cardinals won their first CCL title since 1995. They finished 7-1 in the CCL, ahead of DeSales (5-3), Hartley (4-4), Watterson (4-4) and Ready (0-8).

Aslaner and Pappa were honorable mention all-district. Other seniors were guard NiQuille Bell, guard Jack Billman, forward Chris Evans, forward Chris DiNapoli and forward Collin Southworth.

“This (season) was a lot of fun,” Daniel said. “We had seven seniors and it was a tight-knit group. That’s how we were able to grind out a league title and have a really good season. I am proud of them. “They were our foundation. I always feel guilty when I get attached to a new senior class, because it’s been six straight senior classes that helped take us from 20 league losses in a row when I got here to finally culminating with the championship this year.”

Expected back are juniors Zach Donley (forward), Peter Levy (guard), Otis Smith (guard), Johnny Wallace (guard) and Andrew Weislogel (guard) and sophomore Braden Budd (guard).
Downey just misses state bowling berth

Sophomore David Downey missed qualifying for the Division I state bowling tournament by four pins.Downey rolled a 616 to finish 10th of 127 participants in the district tournament March 4 at Columbus Square Bowling Palace. The top four individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to state Saturday, March 14, at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl. Senior Nick Zieg also competed for the Cardinals at district, finishing 99th with a 384.

In the 39-team sectional Feb. 28 at Columbus Square Bowling Palace, the Cardinals finished 28th (3,512) behind champion Westerville Central (4,331) as the top 20 teams and top 20 individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district. Downey rolled a 618 to finish 33rd of 210 competitors, and he was the sixth-highest individual district qualifier. Zieg had a 575 series to finish 60th and was the 14th-best individual qualifier. Also rolling three games at sectional were senior Ryan Siesel (519) and sophomore Patrick Sprigler (436). The Cardinals finished 7-8 overall and in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-Central Division, tying Beechcroft for 10th behind champion Ready (15-0).Downey led the Cardinals with a 196.8 average, followed by Siesel (170.9), junior Marcus Galeano (152.1), Zieg (147.4) and senior William Watts (129.1). St. Charles was led by second-year coach Nelson Thomas.










In addition to becoming Central Catholic League champions in Cross Country and c0-champions in Soccer…..

Water Polo Team wins 2nd straight State Title; 4th in 5 years!

Members of the 2014 St. Charles Water Polo Team celebrate with their State Championship Trophy
Front row, from left — Stuart Decker ’17 (St. Pius X grade school, Seton parish); Nick Ward ’16 (St. Paul grade school, St. Paul parish); Joey Hickman ’15 (Dempsey Middle School, St. Mary Delaware parish); Andrew Alfred ’15 (Ohio Virtual Academy, St. Elizabeth parish); Sam Aslaner ’15 (Bunsold Middle School); Geoff Gear (Head Coach), Tyler Welty ’15 (Immaculate Conception grade school, Immaculate Conception parish); Jack Lumpe ’15 (St. Michael grade school, St. Michael parish); Noah Miller ’15 (St. Brigid of Kildare grade school, St. Brigid of Kildare parish); Sam Smith ’15 (Immaculate Conception grade school, Immaculate Conception parish); and am Kocher ’10 (Assistant Coach);
Second row, from left — Nate Cohen ’05 (Assistant Coach); Conner Timmons ’16 (St. Matthew grade school, St. Matthew parish); Anthony Baglione ’16 (Holy Spirit grade school, Holy Spirit parish); James Sullivan ’16 (Immaculate Conception grade school, Immaculate Conception parish); Vincent Sears ’16 (St. Matthew grade school, St. Matthew parish); Joe Heller ’16 (Willard-Grizzell Middle School, St. Brigid of Kildare parish); Bryce Long ’16 (Fairfield Christian Academy); Derek Nguyen ’16 (St. Brigid of Kildare grade school, St. Brigid of Kildare parish); Charlie Henry ’17(New Albany Middle School); and David Allen ’16 (St. Andrew grade school, St. Andrew parish);
Third row, from left — Hannes Kabelka ’17 (Immaculate Conception grade school, Immaculate Conception parish); John Lewis ’17 (St. Mary Lancaster grade school); Will Price ’17 (St. Matthew grade school, St. Matthew parish); Michael Gutman’18 (St. Paul grade school, St. Paul parish); Ben Sugar ’17 (St. Agatha grade school, St. Agatha parish); Jack Carlin ’17 (Immaculate Conception grade school, Immaculate Conception parish); James Grodesky ’17 (Lakeview Jr. High School, Seton parish); Austin Beam ’16 (Home School); Adam Lieser ’16 (Clintonville Academy); Colin Hawes ’16 (St. Mary Delaware grade school, St. Mary Delaware parish); and Ben Mooney ’18 (Genoa Middle School).


Story written by Scott Hennen of ThisWeek News/ThisWeekSports.com

Published on Sunday October 26, 2014 at 8:49 AM






Ben Sugar scored six goals including two in the second overtime to lead the St. Charles Preparatory School water polo team to its second consecutive state championship and its fourth title in five seasons as the top-seeded Cardinals defeated Mason 15-14 on Oct. 25 in the state final at Ohio Wesleyan.Sam Aslaner had two goals including a score that tied the game at 13 with 59 seconds left in regulation. The teams did not score in the first three-minute overtime. The Cardinals outscored Mason 2-1 in the second three-minute overtime.“We have a great group of kids who understands what it takes to be successful,” said St. Charles coach Geoff Gear, whose team finished 25-12-2 overall. “They really buy into our style of play, where we push the pace and play fast. When we play at the top of our game, it can be tough for some teams to keep up.”Noah Miller scored three times for the Cardinals and Nick Ward had two goals. Stuart Decker and Sam Smith scored one goal apiece. Jack Lumpe had 14 saves in goal.Mason led 7-1 after one quarter and 7-3 at halftime. The Comets led 10-7 after three.“We went down early, but we never really felt like we were out of it,” Gear said. “We didn’t play horribly, but some of our shots didn’t fall early and (Mason) took advantage of some things to take the lead. We kept telling the boys that there was a lot of time left in the game and we were still in it.”



 Golf Team Finishes 2nd in Division I State Golf Tournament


Team and TrophyWearing their 2nd Place state golf tournament medallions are (above, from left) St. Charles Coach Brian Unk, Eddie O’Brien ’15 (St. Mary Magdalene grade school, St. Mary Magdalene parish), Mike Altomare ’15 (holding trophy)  (St. Andrew grade school, Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish), Connor Yakubov ’15 (Wellington grade school, St. Agatha parish), Evan Yakubov ’17 (Wellington grade school, St. Agatha parish) and Jacob Rumfola ’16 (St. Brigid of Kildare grade school, St. Brigid of Kildare parish).


St. Charles can proudly add another piece of golf hardware to its trophy case — right alongside the championship trophies it earned at the 2009 and 2010 state golf championships. The Cardinals finished as runner’s-up to Cincinnati Moeller in the 2014 Division I Ohio State High School Golf Tournament on October 19th at The Ohio State University’s par-71 Scarlet Course.


The Crusaders shot a 636, with St. Charles and Upper Arlington (645) finishing nine strokes behind. The Cardinals were awarded the second-place trophy over U.A. based on a fifth-man tiebreaker over each round.


O’Brien’s 154 (77’s in each round) tied him for 3rd place overall and earned him First Team All-Ohio honors. The other cardinal players included Connor Yakubov (162), Mike Altomare (166), Jacob Rumfola (165) and Evan Yakubov (168).


3rd place individual in States(Above) Eddie O’Brien ’15 shot 77 in each round of the state tournament for a 154 that tied him for third overall (individually) and earned him first-team all-state honors. Here O’Brien (2nd from right) holds his award as he stands with the other top individual finishers for the weekend. Toledo St. John’s Jack Mancinotti, an Ohio State-recruit, carded 145 for medalist honors and Cleveland St. Ignatius’ Harrison Vonderau was runner-up with a 153.
After Saturday’s opening round, Cincinnati Moeller (312 team score) led a field that also included Upper Arlington (8 strokes back), Cleveland St. Ignatius 11 shots behind), the Cardinals (12 shots back) and Olentangy Liberty (20 strokes out).


“It’s kind of bittersweet,” O’Brien ’15 said afterward. “I think (Moeller) had a 12-shot lead on us (after the opening round Oct. 17) but I thought we could overcome it.”


“We had a chance to win right down to the end, but we had a few bogeys,” Coach Brian Unk said. “I have five great guys. They were a true team. What a season. They hit all the shots. They get all the credit.”

CoCaptains(Above) St. Charles Co-Captains (from left) Eddie O’Brien ’15 (St. Mary Magdalene grade school, St. Mary Magdalene parish), Mike Altomare ’15 (St. Andrew grade school, Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish) and Connor Yakubov ’15 (Wellington grade school, St. Agatha parish).




2013-2014 St. Charles Preparatory Athletics Summary

Cross Country 2013
Championships: 2013 CCL Champions
All-CCL First Team: Brendan Harty, Kevin Hennessey, Nathan Herriman, Nick Marino, Angelo Rivera
All-CCL Second Team: Anthony Schneider, Chris Mitchel
All-District 1st Team: Bredan Harty, Kevin Hennessey
MVP: Brendan Harty


Football 2013
Championships: 2013 CCL Silver Champions (8-3); State Playoff Regional Quarterfinalist
All-CCL First Team: Najm Babatunde, Ryan Bailey, Josh Graham, Mike Hamrock, Joseph Montgomery, Graham Plageman, Remy Powell, George Sims, Will Somodi,
Gage Wise
All-District 1st Team: Nathan Puthoff, Sean Hennessey, Gabe Klingler, John Quinn
All-District 2nd Team: David Heil, Ben Hale, Will Groeber
All-District Special Mention: NiQuille Bell
All-District Honorable Mention: Andy Deak
All-State 1st Team: Nathan Puthoff
All-State Honerable mention: Sean Hennessey, Gabe Klingler, John Quinn

Ben Hale signed D I Letter of Intent to play at Bowling Green next year
Nathan Puthoff signed D I Letter of Intent to play at Kent State next year
David Heil Signed a Division II Letter of intent to play at Tiffin next year.
MVP: NiQuille Bell


Golf 2013
Championships: CCL, Sectional
All-CCL First Team: Conor Yakubov, Evan Yakubov, Eddie O’Brien, Conor Huelsman, Sam Schmelzer
All-CCL Second Team: Cory McCullers
State Qualifier: Eddie O’Brien
MVP: Eddie O’Brien



SOCCER  2013
Championships: CCL Champions 201, (Central District Runners-Up)
All-CCL First Team: Drew Hicks, Nik Weislogel, Niko Strickler, Jack Rademacher,
Connor Colvin, Will Walther
All-CCL Second Team: Andrew Weislogel, Ben Carlisle
All-District 1st Team: Drew Hicks
All-District 3rd Team (Honorable Mention): Nik Weislogel
All-State 2nd Team: Drew Hicks
Drew Hicks signed D I Letter of Intent to play at Virginia Military Institute next year
MVP: Drew Hicks



Water Polo 2013
Championships: 2013 State Champions
All-Regional 1st Team: Andrew Hoffman, Dylan Hammon
All-State 1st Team: Andrew Hoffman, Dylan Hammon
All-State 2nd Team: Franz Kabelka
All-State Hon. Mention: Nick Ward
MVP: Andrew Hoffman.
Andrew was voted State player of the year for 2013.


Basketball 2013-2014
Championships: CCL Runner Up, 1st Division 1 Sectional Title in School History
All-CCL First Team: Matt Hennessey and Sean Hennessy
All-CCL Second Team: Nick Pappa
All-District Honorable Mention: Sean Hennessy
MVPs: Matt Hennessey and Sean Hennessy


Bowling 2013-2014
All-CCL First Team:
All-CCL Second Team:
MVP: Noah Thomas


Ice Hockey 2013-2014
Championships: Thanksgiving Classic Tournament Champions, Walsh Jesuit Warrior Shootout Co-Champions, Walsh Jesuit MLK Shootout Champions, Columbus Blue Jackets Cup Champions, Capital Hockey Conference White Division Champions, District Tournament Champions, earned trip to final four. CBJ Cup win, District win and final four appearance first in SC Hockey history.
All-District 1st team: All Capital Hockey Conference 1st Team: Alex Ward, Ryan Brady
All-District 2nd Team: All Capital Hockey Conference 2nd Team Ryan Cleary
MVP: Alex Ward Team MVP
All state senior all-star team: Alex Ward, Ryan Brady, Ryan Cleary, Alec Organ, Danny Schirtzinger


Swimming 2013-2014
Championships: CCL champions 2014 District Champions,
Sectional Champions, 12th place at State
All-CCL First Team: Ben Sugar, Devon Saccocio, Nicholas Eramo, Sam Smith, Adam Lieser, Michael Ritchey, Nick Ward,Hannes Kabelka, Austin Beam, Derek Nguyen, Austin Beam,Andrew Alfred, Andrew Hoffman, Casey Horan, Franz Kabelka,Max Penn

All-District 1st Team: Tyler Welty, Max Penn, Austin Beam, Derek Nguyen, Nick Ward, Franz Kabelka, Hannes Kabelka, Joe Heller, Sam Smith, Nicholas Eramo, Michael Ritchey, Andrew Hoffman, Casey Horan, Ben Sugar, Charlie Henry

All-State 1st Team: Tyler Welty, Max Penn, Austin Beam,Derek Nguyen, Nick Ward, Franz Kabelka, Hannes Kabelka

Max Penn signs D I Letter of Intent to play at Valparaiso next year

MVP: Tyler Welty Tyler was named All-CCL, All District,All State, and swam two All-American consideration times. He capped off his season with a 5th place finish at the State meet in the 100 breaststroke and a 7th place finish in the 200 medley relay, after claiming a district title in both events. He is now a 3-time All-Ohio swimmer as he enters his senior year.


Wrestling 2013-2014
Championship: 1st place in DeSales Tournament, CCL Runner up
All-CCL Second Team: Cole Delaney, Tim Rooney, Will Somodi, Will Whalen,
Lee Zurcher
All-District: Tim Rooney
All-Ohio: Tim Rooney, 4th place in state tournament
MVP: Tim Rooney



Baseball 2014
Still in the Tournament
Championships: CCL Runner Up
All-CCL First Team: Jacob Weickert , Charlie Kolp, Trey Willard,
Matt Martin, Nick Pappa
All-CCL Second Team : Andrew Fenlon
All-District 1st Team: Matt Martin
All-District 2nd Team: Trey Willard, Jacob Weickert
Honorable Mention All District: Charlie Kolp

Lacrosse 2014
Still in the tournament
MVP: Ryan Cleary


Tennis 2014
Track 2014
Championships: CCL Champions


Volleyball 2014
All-Region 1st Team: Will Eichel
All-District Honorable Mention: Kevin Summers
All-State 1st Team: TBA
MVP: Kevin Summers


The St. Charles Ultimate Frisbee Team can claim a 20-4 overall record and reigns as 2014 Central Ohio Ultimate Sports League Regular Season Co-Champions
First Team All-League members: Eric Taylor, Billy Gianakopoulos, Sam Kukor,
Cyrus Lloyd and Michael Nazario
The team is a State Tournament qualifier for the fifth straight year and ultimately
3rd Place in the State of Ohio Tournament
All State: Eric Taylor, Cyrus Lloyd












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).
Visit: http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/bexley/sports/2014/03/03/st–charles-roundup-hockey-squad-reaches-state.html

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).

 Fall 2014 LOI Four DI Signees from St. Charles



St. Charles knocks off Dublin Jerome in Blue Jackets Cup final

Monday, 02.10.2014 / By Rob Mixer  – BlueJackets.com

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.

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