The Bexley High School boys tennis team followed form in the MSL-Cardinal/Ohio Division tournament May 4 at Columbus Academy.
Following a league regular season that saw the Lions go 5-1, with their only loss coming to Academy, they finished second in the league tournament behind the Vikings, advancing to the final on every court.
Max Kelly lost to Academy's Jacob Wareti 10-8 in first singles.
Nathan Katz lost to Abram Schottenstein 10-0 in second singles and Kyle Carruthers fell to Evan Alexander 10-3 in third singles.
The first-doubles team of Ethan Goodstein and Tyler Seckel lost in the final to the Vikings' Ryan Jung and Shrikar Kundur 10-8, while the second-doubles team of Clay Cardenas and Logan Wilhelm lost to Academy's Dean Firouzian and J.P. Perrini 10-2.
Bexley was coming off a 5-0 loss to Academy on May 2, but both doubles matches went three sets.
"We knew we'd have to play really well to beat Academy," coach G.J. Seckel said. "We came close on a couple of courts, which would've made (the league tournament) more interesting. We didn't, so we couldn't do worse or better than second."
The overall standings in the league were incomplete because matches had yet to be played, but Academy won the tournament with 15 points.
Bexley (10) was second followed by West Jefferson (3), Fisher Catholic (2), Grandview (2), Whitehall (2) and Granville (1).
Facing strong competition throughout the regular season should help the Lions in the Division II postseason.
"The matches we've played this season against tough competition, including teams not in our league, have been really good," Tyler Seckel said. "We played (Hunting Valley) University School, New Albany and Toledo St. John's. Playing these matches before the (postseason) has helped us a lot.
"Academy's a good team and we were able to show, especially in doubles, that if we play that way we'll beat some teams."
This year's team has a strong bond, according to Tyler Seckel.
"We have six seniors on the team this year, so there's a lot of experience," he said. "Most of us played j.v. last year, but it's been a good year of competition. We've been together for four years and we're a close group of friends that gets along well. I think that's something most teams might not have the opportunity to have."
The seniors are Tyler Seckel, Cardenas, Carruthers, Jack Fowler, Will Gingery and Nathan Katz.
Coach Seckel hasn't set his postseason lineup, but he figures to have Carruthers and Katz playing singles and Gingery and Kelly playing together in doubles.
The Lions will play in a sectional tournament May 16 and 18 at Columbus School for Girls.
Girls lacrosse team on a roll
Although its nine-game winning streak came to an end with a 9-7 loss to DeSales on May 4, the girls lacrosse team seems to be clicking as the regular season winds down.
"Our defense has been a huge part of our winning streak," coach Gillian Thomson said. "It's been solid throughout the season. The part of our play that has really come together more recently is our offense.
"I feel like we've figured out our identity on offense, and we are having a lot of different players contribute with goals and assists."
Through 11 games, junior midfielder Sarah Dawley was leading the team with 39 goals.
Senior midfielders Libby Davis and Ellie Williams each had 20 goals, while junior midfielder Sam Bolon had 18 and sophomore attacker Gina Gogan had 15.
"We (recently) had hard-fought wins against CSG and Pickerington North," Thomson said.
"Both games had big swings in momentum, and when the momentum was with the other team, we continued to work hard and work together and believe we were still in the game, even when we were down by several goals against Pickerington North for much of the game."
Bexley went on to defeat Pickerington North 15-14 on April 25 and CSG 14-10 on April 23.
Sophomore goalkeeper Mimi Nahem has continued her strong play, averaging more than seven saves per game.
Lions seeking new girls basketball coach
Athletics director Corinne Taylor is accepting applications for the girls basketball coaching position following the departure of four-year coach Jim Strode, who left last month for the same position at Worthington Kilbourne.
Strode's teams went 41-46 overall, including 10-13 this past season.