The Bexley High School boys golf team hopes to complete a state sweep this season.
In 2015, the Lions ran away with the Division II state championship at NorthStar, shooting a two-day total of 617 to finish 10 strokes better than runner-up Canton Central Catholic.
Last fall, junior Trevor Binau was state medalist with a 144 as 72 golfers competed on Ohio State's Scarlet Course. However, Bexley settled for fourth (654) of 12 teams behind Cincinnati McNicholas (627), Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (643) and Piketon (651).
Now the Lions are focused on getting back to the Division II state tournament Oct. 13 and 14 at NorthStar and winning the team and individual championships.
"We only lost one kid from state last year and that was (2017 graduate) Josh Meyer," said coach Jimmy Ryan, who is in his 15th season. "(Columbus) Academy is awfully good and we only have one team advancing to state (from the Central District), so we'll have our work cut out for us to get back. But that's our goal. We have great kids who make coaching easy. This is a dream job."
Returning along with Binau from the state lineup are seniors Will Hoyer (184, tied for 66th) and Zander Kauffman (174, tied for 49th) and junior Aaron Meyer (175, tied for 51st).
"It all started last winter with preparation by getting in the gym and getting stronger," Binau said. "We're all good friends and we love playing together. We know when one of us is not playing well, someone will pick him up. We're playing well right now."
The Lions won sectional and district titles last season but finished second (13-2) in the MSL-Ohio Division behind Academy (14-1).
Bexley competed in the MSL-Ohio preseason tournament Aug. 8 at Cumberland Trail and finished second (300) behind Academy (297) as Binau tied Worthington Christian's Tyler Jones for medalist honors with a 70. Hoyer (71), Kauffman (79), Aaron Meyer (80) and sophomores Micah Rubinstein (80) and Tyler Roberts (83) also competed.
Binau was league Player of the Year last year, averaging 70.3 in the three rounds of play.
"Nothing gets into (Binau's) head and there is no shot he doesn't think he can make," Ryan said. "We have no expectations for him other than for him to enjoy playing golf in his junior season. He's a great kid and a great golfer."
Hoyer and Kauffman are the program's only seniors.
"Zander and Will are great leaders, great competitors and really smart kids," Ryan said. "In fact the GPA of our top golfers is a 4.0, so we have a smart, mature group. We do well because of their ability to make their bodies do what they need them to do."
Also expected to see varsity time is junior Bo Collier.
"My job is to teach the boys how to handle difficult situations and how to manage courses," Ryan said. "I teach them things like chipping and putting and getting out of tough situations."
Girls golfers look
The girls golf team returns three of its top four competitors from last season, but second-year coach Mike Rogers is looking for the Lions to regain their form.
Sophomore Viviane Banion shot a team-best 99 in the Division II district tournament last season. Junior Grace Brigdon and sophomore Abbey Elizondo also competed.
"We were a little inconsistent in tryouts," Rogers said. "Right now we need to work on getting off the tee more than anything else, and that was one of our strengths last year. Also our putting is a little rusty, but when we get that down, that's when we will do well."
Those looking to work their way into the varsity lineup include seniors Makenzie Compton, Luka McIntyre and Carrie Summerford and sophomores Audrey Lauerhass, Kate Maynard and Emma Segerman.
"We have a good group of kids and a big sophomore class," Rogers said. "We want to fine-tune things this year and get ready for the postseason."
The MSL has been split into two divisions this season: the MSL-Buckeye and MSL-Ohio. The Lions are in the MSL-Ohio with Grandview, London, Wellington and Worthington Christian. The MSL-Buckeye has Bloom-Carroll, Circleville, Liberty Union, Logan Elm and Teays Valley.
League play began Aug. 8 with the MSL-Ohio preseason tournament at Airport, and Bexley finished second (422) behind Worthington Christian (385).
The championship will be determined from the two league tournaments as well as eight league duals.
Last year, Bexley was third (8-4) in the MSL behind Teays Valley (11-1) and Worthington Christian (10-2) as Banion, Brigdon and Elizondo were second-team all-league.
Girls tennis team
features young roster
In her 11th season leading the girls tennis program, coach Shelby Cheses' roster has only one senior in Haley Wilson, a 2016 Division II district qualifier.
Also back are sophomores Katie Benedict (second-team all-league) and Ellie Levy, who were district qualifiers in doubles.
That trio helped the Lions finish 10-4 overall and place second (31 points, 4-1) in the MSL-Ohio behind Academy (43, 5-0).
"We have got a young group that is eager to play and all of them worked hard in the offseason," Cheses said. "Hopefully they have gotten better. Haley is our captain and will play first singles, and hopefully we can keep Katie and Ellie together on the doubles court."
Junior Avery Weisman (honorable mention all-league) battled an ankle injury last season and will play singles along with sophomore Ava Grossman.
Also looking to get into the mix are junior Olivia Williams, sophomore Maxine Giller and freshman Stephanie Lehman.
"The girls are eager to be here and eager to play," said Cheses, whose team opens league play Thursday, Aug. 17, at Whitehall. "Something we need to have is match experience and consistency, and we still need to figure out what we're doing on the doubles courts."
The Lions opened Aug. 12 in the Columbus School for Girls Doubles Tournament.
Aug. 4 -- Granville Shootout at The Links at Echo Springs
Aug. 7 -- Columbus Academy Shootout at Columbus Country Club
Aug. 8 -- MSL-Ohio preseason tournament at Cumberland Trail
Aug. 9 -- Worthington Christian Invitational at NorthStar
Aug. 11 -- Heath Invitational at Burning Tree
Aug. 14 -- Licking Valley Invitational at The Virtues
Aug. 15 -- Utica Invitational at The Links at Echo Springs
Aug. 17 -- Columbus Academy at Westchester
Aug. 22 -- Worthington Christian at Turnberry
Aug. 26 -- MSL-Ohio midseason tournament at Turnberry
Aug. 29 -- Teays Valley at Foxfire
Aug. 31 -- DeSales at Westchester
Sept. 2 -- Bexley Invitational at Westchester
Sept. 7 -- Hartley at Westchester
Sept. 9 -- Worthington Christian Invitational at Turnberry
Sept. 12 -- Watterson at Westchester
Sept. 14 -- Heath at Westchester
Sept. 16 -- Rodney Butt Classic at Denison Golf Club at Granville
Sept. 18 -- MSL-Ohio postseason tournament at Westchester
Sept. 20 -- Canal Winchester and Westerville North at Westchester
Aug. 7 -- Bloom-Carroll Invitational at Pine Hill
Aug. 8 -- MSL-Ohio preseason tournament at Airport
Aug. 10 -- Granville Invitational at Airport
*Aug. 17 -- Wellington at Raymond Memorial
*Aug. 21 -- Grandview at Blacklick Woods
Aug. 22 -- Columbus School for Girls at Blacklick Woods
*Aug. 24 -- Worthington Christian at Blacklick Woods
*Aug. 28 -- London at London Country Club
Aug. 30 -- Bloom-Carroll at Pine Hill
*Sept. 5 -- Grandview at Airport
*Sept. 7 -- Worthington Christian at Blackhawk
*Sept. 11 -- London at Blacklick Woods
Sept. 13 -- Granville at Blacklick Woods
Sept. 14 -- Columbus School for Girls at Blacklick Woods
Sept. 16 -- MSL-Ohio postseason tournament at Airport
Aug. 12 -- Columbus School for Girls Doubles Tournament
*Aug. 17 -- at Whitehall
Aug. 23 -- at Thomas Worthington
*Aug. 24 -- vs. London
Aug. 29 -- vs. Hilliard Davidson B
Aug. 30 -- at Reynoldsburg
Aug. 31 -- vs. DeSales
Sept. 5 -- vs. Columbus School for Girls in OTCA tournament
Sept. 6 -- vs. Hilliard Bradley
*Sept. 7 -- at Worthington Christian
*Sept. 12 -- vs. Grandview
Sept. 13 -- at Gahanna
*Sept. 14 -- vs. Columbus Academy
Sept. 19 -- at Wellington
Sept. 23 -- MSL-Ohio tournament at Columbus Academy
Sept. 26 -- vs. Hilliard Darby
Sept. 27 -- vs. Upper Arlington B
Sept. 28 -- vs. Pickerington Central
Oct. 3 -- vs. Dublin Coffman
Below are the coming schedules for the Bexley field hockey, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Aug. 19 -- Home vs. Dayton Oakwood
Aug. 23 -- Home vs. Dublin Coffman
Aug. 18 -- Home vs. Springfield Kenton Ridge
Aug. 22 -- At Hartley
Aug. 22 -- Home vs. Bloom-Carroll
Aug. 21 -- At Eastmoor Academy
Aug. 22 -- Home vs. Columbus South