Ruby Bemis admits she never really put too much thought into her putts at the start of the season.

Ruby Bemis admits she never really put too much thought into her putts at the start of the season.

But as the Bexley High School girls golf team nears the end of the season, the senior realizes that is a luxury she no longer can afford.

"I wasn't trying to line up shots the way I should," Bemis said. "Halfway through the season, I realized that was costing me a couple of extra strokes here and there. I didn't want that."

A few extra strokes here and there can make a big difference. Bexley headed into the Division II sectional tournament last Wednesday at Mill Creek after placing second in the MSL conference. The Lions shot a 374 at the 10-team MSL tournament on Sept. 21 at Pine Hill to finish behind Logan Elm (368).

The Lions are tied with Granville for first in the MOGGL tournament heading into the final round today at Bent Tree.

Bexley and Granville are both 21-2 in the MOGGL, ahead of Wellington (13-10), Columbus School for Girls (11-12), Centerburg (8-15), Licking Valley (5-14) and Ridgedale (1-18) and Tree of Life (0-7), which competed in the MOGGL for the first time on Sept. 23.

The Lions shot a 192 in the MOGGL tournament on Sept. 23 at Bent Tree to finish ahead of runner-up Granville (193) and third-place Wellington (219).

Last season, Bexley won a sectional tournament with a 409 and placed sixth (395) at district. The Lions are looking to return to the state tournament for the first time since 2003.

"Last year we left the district tournament feeling like we accomplished something," Bemis said. "This year I'm more focused, because this year is my last season and I don't want it to end."

•The boys and girls cross country teams are taking much different paths to find success this season.

The girls team has been led by junior Abby Arace, who consistently has run under 21 minutes.

"She's better, stronger and more mentally tough than she was a year ago," coach Eric Acton said. "She has used it to turn into a solid runner."

The boys team lacks a consistent front-runner. Jared Lucas, Micah Muller, Ian Kellogg and Seth Ringel all have taken a turn at leading the Lions.

"It's different than what we've had in the past," Acton said. "The positive side of that is all of them are willing to take on that role and are working hard with each other."

The boys team finished third (80 points) at Whetstone's 14-team Arrowhead Invitational on Sept. 22, behind Worthington Kilbourne (39) and Watterson (76). The girls race had just begun when it was halted because of lightning.

"They resumed the race like an hour or so later, but I didn't feel it was safe to run, so I took the teams home," Acton said.

The Lions will use their remaining meets to prepare for the MSL-Ohio meet on Oct. 16 at Granville. Acton would like to see both teams start moving their pack of runners to the front quarter of races to improve their team finishes.

"We're at the midway mark (of the season) and I think we're doing well as a team," Acton said. "However, I know we're capable of being a better team. We understand what is before us and they're willing to work for that."

•The boys golf team has turned in a wide array of scores, ranging from a 316 in winning the Northridge Invitational on Aug. 20 to a 419 as it placed eighth at the Grandview Invitational on Aug. 12.

"Out of our top seven golfers, six are freshmen or sophomores, so I knew we were going to deal with some inconsistency," coach Jim Ryan said. "But I still have a feeling we're going to be playing in the state tournament."

The Lions were seeded second in the district in Division II and played in a sectional tournament last Tuesday at The Players Club at Foxfire. The top three teams and top three individuals on non-qualifying teams advanced to the district tournament, which is Tuesday at Cumberland Trail. The top three teams and top three individuals on non-qualifying teams will advance to the state tournament Oct. 15-16 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.

The Lions placed fourth in the MSL-Ohio with a 14-7 record, behind Granville (20-1), Newark Catholic (16-5) and Columbus Academy (15-6).


At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Bexley boys golf, boys and girls cross country and girls golf teams:

BOYS GOLF

Sept. 21 - Finished fifth (353) at MSL-Ohio tournament, behind champion Granville (318)

Sept. 23 - Defeated Grandview 159-171

Last Tuesday - Competed in Division II sectional tournament at The Players Club at Foxfire. The top three teams and top three individuals on non-qualifying teams advance to the district tournament on Tuesday at Cumberland Trail. The top three teams and top three individuals on non-qualifying teams at district advance to the state tournament Oct. 15-16 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.

CROSS COUNTRY

Sept. 22 - Boys: Finished third (80) at 14-team Whetstone Arrowhead Invitational, behind Worthington Kilbourne (39) and Watterson (76)

Saturday - Panther Invitational at Pickerington North

GIRLS GOLF

Sept. 21 - Finished second (374) at 10-team MSL tournament at Pine Hill, behind Logan Elm (368). Kathryn Rogers (89) was third.

Sept. 23 - Finished first (192) in eight-team Division II portion of MOGGL tournament at Bent Tree, ahead of runner-up Granville (193)

Last Wednesday - Competed in Division II sectional tournament at Mill Creek. The top four teams and top four individuals on non-qualifying teams advance to the district tournament Tuesday at Bent Tree. The top three teams and top three individuals on non-qualifying teams advance to the state tournament Oct. 15-16 at Ohio State's Grey Course.

Today - Final round of MOGGL tournament at Bent Tree

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Bexley boys soccer, field hockey, football, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:

BOYS SOCCER

Sept. 21 - Tied Canal Winchester at 2

*Sept. 23 - Def. Lakewood 7-0

Last Saturday - Lost to Hilliard Davidson 2-0

*Today - Home vs. Heath

Saturday - Home vs. St. Charles

*Tuesday - At Granville

Of note: The Lions are 3-4-2 overall and 2-0 in MSL-Ohio.

FIELD HOCKEY

Sept. 20 - Def. Upper Arlington 3-0

Sept. 22 - Lost to Columbus Academy 4-2

Last Saturday - Def. Cincinnati Ursuline 2-1 (OT); lost to Cincinnati St. Ursula 2-0

Last Monday - Def. Dublin Coffman 5-0

Last Wednesday - Played Watterson

Monday - Home vs. Worthington Kilbourne

Of note: The Lions were 9-2 before last Wednesday.

FOOTBALL

*Last Friday - Lost to Granville 35-22. Adam Schwartz scored two touchdowns, returning an interception 35 yards for a score and recovering a fumble in the end zone. He also recovered another fumble.

*Friday - At Lakewood. The Lancers are 1-4 overall and 0-3 in MSL-Ohio after losing to Columbus Academy 61-28 last Friday.

Of note: The Lions are 2-3 overall and 0-3 in MSL-Ohio.

GIRLS SOCCER

*Sept. 21 - Game at Liberty Union canceled

*Sept. 23 - Def. Grandview 5-0

Last Saturday - Tied Kettering Alter at 1

*Today - At Heath

Saturday - At Jonathan Alder

Of note: The Lions are 4-1-4 overall and 3-0-1 in MSL-Ohio.

GIRLS TENNIS

*Sept. 20 - Lost to Columbus Academy 4-1

Sept. 22 - Game vs. Hilliard Bradley postponed. No makeup date has been announced.

*Sept. 23 - Def. Whitehall 5-0

*Last Tuesday - Played Granville

Today - Home vs. DeSales

Saturday - MSL tournament at Academy

Wednesday - Home vs. Watterson

Of note: The Lions were 6-7 overall and 3-1 in MSL-Ohio/Cardinal before last Tuesday.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

*Sept. 21 - Lost to Licking Valley 25-19, 26-24, 26-28, 25-16

*Sept. 23 - Def. Columbus Academy 25-15, 25-5, 25-22

Last Saturday - Lost to Williamsport Westfall 25-17, 25-18; lost to Teays Valley 25-15, 25-15

*Last Tuesday - Played Heath

Last Wednesday - Played Centennial

*Today - At Whitehall

*Tuesday - Home vs. Granville

Of note: The Lions were 5-7 overall and 3-4 in MSL-Ohio before last Tuesday.

*MSL-Ohio or MSL-Ohio/Cardinal