Emma Segerman learned about playing golf during softball practice.
When the junior for the Bexley High School girls team was in sixth-grade softball, Mike Rogers came to one of the workouts because he was looking for potential golfers to help build the sport in the school district.
Segerman and her classmates recently won the Lions' first league championship since 2012. They owe a lot of their success to Rogers, who was their coach in middle school and for their first two high school seasons.
Rogers died last December, but his love of the game was passed on to the Lions.
"Coach Rogers came to my softball practice, and he wanted to show us about golf," Segerman said. "The sports are different seasons so our (softball) coach didn't mind. (Rogers) had a passion for golf.
"He had a (golf) bag with him so he had us all pick it up and see how heavy it was. The bag wasn't heavy, and he let us swing a club. He wanted to show us that golf wasn't that different from softball, and if we loved softball, we might love golf."
Segerman had her best round of the season with a 90 in the MSL-Ohio Division postseason tournament Sept. 18 at Airport. Junior Viviane Banion led the Lions with an 87, as they totaled 375 to finish second behind Worthington Christian (373) and ahead of Wellington (457).
Bexley tied Worthington Christian for the MSL-Ohio title after both went 5-2 in league play.
"(Rogers) was the start of something really great," Banion said. "He came to our sixth-grade gym class and said, 'Here's a golf club, see if you can hit anything.' Then he asked me if I wanted to be on the golf team, and he sent me down a great path that has become a passion for me. He will always be in my heart when I play."
Junior Abbey Elizondo added a 96 in the league postseason tournament for the Lions, who now are coached by Brycen Baugh. Juniors Kate Maynard (102) and Audrey Lauderhass (109) also competed.
"(Rogers) got us all involved in the program and got us to bond before high school," Elizondo said. "He taught us that golf is just a game and we should have fun with it."
The Lions begin postseason play Tuesday, Oct. 2, in a Division I sectional at Royal American. The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 9 at Cooks Creek.
"The girls are really dedicated," Baugh said. "They played 18 (holes) on (Sept. 15 in the Bloom-Carroll Invitational at Pine Hill) and played 18 more on (Sept. 16) here (at Airport) to prepare for this (final round of league play). They have continued to improve throughout the year and that's something we're really happy about."
The Lions are happy about the effort Rogers put forth to teach them golf at a young age. Now they want to pass that on to more young players.
Segerman said there will be a clinic in Rogers' honor during the spring at Blacklick Woods to continue his passion for the game. No date has been finalized for the event.
"At the end of spring we're setting up a clinic through Bexley (Recreation and Parks) and Blacklick (Woods) for those in middle and elementary school to teach the basics of golf," she said. "That's what coach Rogers did for us when he brought us together. He showed us how to hold the club and how the game worked. That's what we want to share with other people."
Viki Rogers is happy her husband's legacy will continue.
"I don't think there is anything that Mike would enjoy more than his girls doing something with golf," she said. "He was all about golf being a family and an ageless sport. He wanted that for others. He would be beaming about it."
Boys golf team takes second in MSL-Ohio
The boys golf team came up short in its quest for the MSL-Ohio championship, finishing second (6-3) behind Columbus Academy (7-2) and ahead of Worthington Christian (5-4) and Grandview (0-9).
In the league postseason tournament Sept. 18 at Denison Golf Club, Bexley was second (313) behind Academy (302) and ahead of Worthington Christian (324). Grandview did not have enough players for a team score.
Trevor Binau was medalist with a 66 to lead the Lions. The senior also earned league Player of the Year honors, finishing with a 69.0 average after also being medalist in the preseason tournament (68) Aug. 7 at Westchester and the midseason tournament (73) Aug. 25 at Turnberry.
Micah Rubinstein had an 81 at Denison Golf Club. Bo Collier, Aaron Meyer and Tyler Roberts all shot 83 and Will Meyer carded an 87.
The Lions played in a Division II sectional Sept. 25 at The Players Club at Foxfire. The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Denison Golf Club, where the top team and top individual not on that team move on to state Oct. 12 and 13 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
Football team visits Liberty Union
The football team will look for its second win when it travels to Liberty Union on Friday, Sept. 28, for an MSL-Ohio contest.
Liberty Union is 0-5 and coming off a 35-7 loss to Ready on Sept. 21. It totaled 215 yards of offense, including 141 rushing, and its lone score was a 4-yard run by Caleb Shook.
Liberty Union surrendered 484 yards to the Silver Knights, who had 355 yards rushing.
"I had a chance to watch them some on film and they are like us in a lot of ways," said coach Nathan Castorena, whose team is 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the MSL-Ohio. "They are trying to find their identity on offense and defense. They have had tough competition over the last couple of weeks and hopefully we can put together all phases of the game against them."
Bexley lost to unbeaten Grandview 35-13 on Sept. 21 in league play. It had three turnovers but also forced the Bobcats into three fumbles.
Antonio Truss rushed for 55 yards on 10 carries, and Isaiah McFadden added 26 yards and one score on 18 carries. Anthony Welsh was 8-for-20 passing for 90 yards with a 28-yard touchdown to Zack Welz and two interceptions.
"Defensively, I thought we played well, (but we) struggled to get things going on offense," Castorena said. "We can't wait until the second half to get things done on offense. We had missed opportunities in the first half and let the game get away from us."
Below are the coming schedules for the Bexley cross country, field hockey, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 29 -- Pickerington North Invitational
Sept. 29 -- At Kettering Fairmont
Oct. 1 -- At Dublin Scioto
Oct. 3 -- Home vs. Dublin Jerome
Sept. 29 -- At Warsaw River View
Oct. 1 -- At Wellington
Sept. 29 -- Home vs. River View
*Oct. 1 -- At Wellington
Sept. 27 -- At Pickerington Central
Oct. 2 -- At Dublin Coffman
*Sept. 27 -- At Whitehall. The Lions lost to the Rams 25-12, 25-17, 29-27 on Aug. 23.
*Oct. 2 -- At Grandview. The Lions defeated the Bobcats 25-18, 25-15, 25-11 on Aug. 30.