Tommy Brown grew up playing rugby, and with his father playing at the collegiate level and semi-professionally, the Bexley High School senior naturally has become a recruiter for a revived club team and the sport he loves.

Tommy Brown grew up playing rugby, and with his father playing at the collegiate level and semi-professionally, the Bexley High School senior naturally has become a recruiter for a revived club team and the sport he loves.

He hasn't had much luck.

"I sent out a text to the entire Bexley football team multiple times and not a single person wanted to play," Brown said. "Everyone said that they were afraid of getting hurt, or they said they had some other obligation. No one wanted to play."

Brown, a receiver and cornerback for the Lions, was a member of the Bexley Kings in 2013 when the club had 18 seniors. With only three players returning the following year, the team disbanded.

The hiatus didn't last long.

In 2015, the Kings once again were part of the Central Ohio Rugby Conference, which this season includes the Columbus Crusaders, Dublin, Olentangy Harlequins and Watkins Memorial Warriors.

First-year coach Jonathon Wickert now is trying to build the program, which has roughly doubled its numbers from last year.

"The biggest issue I hear in trying to sell it is that guys say they don't want to get injured," said Wickert, who once played for the Kings. "A lot of guys have a vague understanding of the sport. We rely on guys who've played before to convince other guys to come out."

Bexley has a roster of 10-12 players, mostly from St. Charles.

Fifteen players are needed to form a full team, so Bexley only can compete in exhibition games. The team did combine with Dublin to play the Crusaders in a 15-player game April 15, with the Crusaders winning 39-0.

Bexley is one of 17 Division III teams in the state. The other members of the Central Ohio Conference also are in Division III, as are the four teams in the Dayton Area Conference, the four teams in the Lake Erie Conference and the four teams in the North East Ohio Conference.

St. Charles freshman Marvin Moore, a lineman for the school's football team, said rugby helps him stay in shape during the offseason. He also wrestles.

"Being used to playing football, it's completely different because I'm a lineman," he said. "It takes some time getting used to because you have to keep a pace. I also get to carry the ball, and I don't get that chance playing football."

There are no huddles in rugby. Stoppage of play occurs only during penalties and when the ball goes out of bounds.

"This game is the movement and clock of soccer and the tackling of football," Wickert said. "I would say the two most difficult things are learning the nuance to rules of the game and second is conditioning. You've got to run for 20, 30, 40 minutes and get tackled and push guys around while you're doing it."

Wickert hopes to have a roster next season that will be able to compete in official games.

Brown said Bexley football players should give rugby a chance.

"I think people are freaked out by it because they think it's like playing football without pads," said Brown, whose father, Rob, played rugby in college for William & Mary. "I've played both and I can tell you I've suffered worse injuries in football."

Tennis team competes in league tourney

Every competitor for the boys tennis team earned a spot in the MSL-Ohio Division tournament finals April 30 at Columbus Academy.

However, the event was suspended because of rain before play concluded.

Shai Saar was the only player to complete a finals match. He lost to Academy's Austin Lawrence 8-2.

Bexley's top singles player, Fynn Sieckmann, reached the finals against Academy's Jacob Wareti, and third-singles player T.J. Phelps was up against Academy's Michael Qi.

Mark Nudelman and Josh Meyer were playing Academy's Hirsh Hede and Eric Min at first doubles, and Christian Roddy and Cody Rawlings were playing Academy's Sid Menon and Drew Haffer at second doubles.

Bexley will compete in a Division II sectional May 12 and 14 at Academy or Columbus School for Girls.

Pitchers leading baseball team

A week after Tommy Bruning set the school record for career shutouts, another pitcher on the baseball team delivered a memorable performance.

Hank Snowdon pitched a no-hitter in the Lions' 12-0 five-inning victory over visiting West Jefferson on April 25.

The junior finished with two strikeouts and no walks, but Bexley committed two errors.

Bruning earned his seventh career shutout in a 4-0 win over Worthington Christian on April 19.

Bexley was 12-8 overall and 11-1 in the MSL-Ohio entering play this week. Academy, which defeated the Lions 9-3 on April 18, led the league at 12-0 entering its May 2 contest against London. The Vikings were scheduled to play Bexley on May 4.

The Lions had won 27 consecutive league contests before losing to Academy.