The Bexley High School girls volleyball team surprised Newark Catholic coach Jeri Helfer with the way they played in a 25-14, 25-20, 25-14 loss to the visiting Green Wave on Sept. 9.

The Bexley High School girls volleyball team surprised Newark Catholic coach Jeri Helfer with the way they played in a 25-14, 25-20, 25-14 loss to the visiting Green Wave on Sept. 9.

Coach Amber Bolinger wants to show the Green Wave how good her team can be when the Lions visit Newark Catholic on Oct. 2.

The Lions defeated Granville 15-25, 25-16, 25-17, 24-26, 15-12 last Saturday to improve to 6-5 overall and 5-2 in the MSL-Ohio Division.

"The last time we played them, we showed them a lot of good things," Bolinger said. "I talked with their coaches afterward and they all said they were amazed that we were as strong as we were. We caught them off guard and I think we will play them even tougher the next time."

The Green Wave, who finished 21-8 last year after losing to eventual champion Maria Stein Marion Local 25-9, 25-13, 25-14 in a Division IV state semifinal, were 11-1 after defeating Bellevue 25-8, 25-12 and Whitehouse Anthony Wayne 25-20, 18-25, 25-20 and losing to Milan Edison 25-22, 23-25, 25-19 last Saturday.

"At the beginning of the season we were spreading the ball around pretty evenly but now we are doing a better job of picking up the blocks and placing the ball," Bolinger said.

"We're communicating better and keeping our intensity through the whole game. If we don't do those two things, we'll be in trouble."

•The football team, which held off Whitehall -- losers of 29 in a row -- 20-10 last Friday to improve to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the MSL-Ohio, will play host Friday to Granville.

Led by quarterback Cory Becher, the Aces are averaging 2.6 points. They improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the MSL-Ohio with a 38-6 win over Columbus Academy last Friday as Becher completed 27 of 37 passes for 311 yards and two touchdowns.

After beating Johnstown 35-23 in the opener Aug. 22, Granville has only allowed 20 points. It beat defending Division VI state champion Newark Catholic 42-0 on Sept. 12.

"From the film we've seen on them, we know they're a very good offensive team," said coach John Smith, whose team lost to Granville 42-33 last year. "The kids have a very big challenge this week. We're going to have to play very sound defense and try to put pressure on their quarterback. "

Bexley fell behind 10-0 last Friday. Quarterback Adam Leeds completed 11 of 22 passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns. He hit Jon Thomas for a 5-yard touchdown with 16.9 seconds left in the first half to cut the deficit to 10-6. He threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Alan Hess on fourth-and-11 with 2:27 left to seal the win.

The Lions took the lead on their first possession of the third quarter. Mike Edwards' 8-yard touchdown run capped an eight-play, 65-yard drive. Edwards rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries.

Aaron Knisley had 10 tackles.

"That was a nightmarish start and we certainly want to get into that situation," Smith said. "We've overcome adversity all season long and we did a lot of good things defensively and offensively in the second half."

•The boys golf team shot a 333 to place third behind Granville (312) and Columbus Academy (326) in the MSL-Ohio postseason tournament Sept. 16 at Cumberland Trail.

Will Morris was medalist with a 73 and was named league Player of the Year. Brandon Cohen was first-team all-league, Wes Allen was named to the second team and Evan Darwin received honorable mention.

Bexley will play in the Division II sectional Tuesday at Players Club at Foxfire.

"We have to find a fourth golfer," said coach Jim Ryan, whose team finished third in the Division II state tournament in 2005 and 2006 but failed to qualify last year. "Right now Will, Wes and Brandon are playing consistent golf, but I think if we can find a fourth golfer we can make it to the state tournament."