Trevor Binau wasn't at his best, but it was good enough to earn a return trip to the Division II boys golf state tournament.
The Bexley High School senior won a three-hole playoff at district Oct. 3 at Denison Golf Club to advance to state Friday, Oct. 12, and Saturday, Oct. 13, at Ohio State's Scarlet Course. Binau was the lone individual qualifier, while champion Columbus Academy (304) advanced as a team.
Battling a cold, Binau shot a 75 that he didn't believe would be good enough to get him back to the Scarlet Course, where he was state individual champion in 2016.
"I was kind of in a state in incredulity (going into the playoff) because I never expected a 75 to make it out," he said. "I was 4-over (par) through 11 holes, and never in my wildest dreams did I think a 75 would make it out. You just really never know and you have to give 100 percent every time.
"I have had a cold the last couple of days. I'm about ready to lay down and go to sleep. I did not play my best golf today. I did not make a birdie all day, but I stayed with it. I knew that I had to keep going to have a chance."
Binau was state medalist as a sophomore, shooting 144 as Bexley finished fourth (654) behind champion Cincinnati McNicholas (627). Last fall, he came up short at district, shooting a 75 to finish four strokes behind state-qualifier Trent Tipton of Hartley.
This time, Binau tied teammate Tyler Roberts, Hartley's Andrew Inthavongsone and Northridge's Jarrod Teeter, three strokes behind medalist Ali Kahn (72) of Academy.
In the playoff, the four played the first three holes of the course, all of which are par-4. They tied at 4 on No. 1 and at 5 on No. 2 before Binau was able to make par on No. 3 to advance.
"I really didn't doubt that (Binau) would get this done today (in the playoff) just because of his experience," coach Jimmy Ryan said. "He's a machine. Trevor now gets his third shot to win a state title."
In addition to being state medalist in 2016, Binau also was a member of the Lions' state championship team as a freshman.
The Lions were runners-up at district with a 309, while Hartley (323) was third of six teams.
Will Meyer (79), Micah Rubinstein (80) and Aaron Meyer (81) also competed.
"Some of our other kids stepped up today," Ryan said. "Tyler Roberts, who was in the playoff, played out of his (mind) today, shooting a 75 to get in a playoff for state. That's a good sign for us for the future."
Binau wants to make his mark at state one more time.
"It was really tough last year not to make it with the seniors, and there's nothing that I want more than the state title this year," he said. "(When playing the Scarlet Course), you have to have everything in your game clicking. When I won there in 2016, I just played unbelievably well and there was just no weakness in my game."
Girls tennis team set for sectional
The girls tennis team had one singles player and both doubles teams qualify for the Division II district tournament Thursday, Oct. 11, at Columbus School for Girls and Saturday, Oct. 13, at Reynoldsburg.
In a sectional Oct. 5 and 6 at Academy, sophomore Sydney Elliott went 3-1 and finished fourth in singles. In doubles, the third-seeded team of juniors Katie Benedict and Ellie Levy went 3-1 to place third and the fourth-seeded team of seniors Avery Weisman and Olivia Williams went 2-2 to place fourth.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles moved on to district.
Also in singles, junior Maxine Giller was 2-1 and sophomore Stefanie Lehman went 1-1.
At district, the singles and doubles champions advance to state Oct. 19 and 20 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
Football team preps for Rams
The football team is 1-6 overall and 0-3 in the MSL-Ohio Division heading into its game Friday, Oct. 12, against visiting Whitehall.
The Rams are 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the league after defeating Liberty Union 46-6 on Oct. 5. Quarterback Raymell Byrd led the way, rushing for 193 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, and Wayne Blackshear ran for 97 yards on 11 carries with three scores.
Whitehall rushed for 397 of its 518 total yards.
Bexley lost to Teays Valley 49-0 on Oct. 5 and was limited to 91 total yards. Isaiah McFadden rushed for 21 yards on 11 carries, and Anthony Welsh was 3-for-11 passing for 38 yards with one interception.
Girls golf team falls short in sectional
The girls golf team finished sixth in a Division I sectional Oct. 2 at Royal American with a 405, 28 strokes better than last fall's sectional on the same course.
Olentangy Orange (306), Dublin Jerome (335) and Hilliard Davidson (360) advanced to district Oct. 9 at Cooks Creek.
Junior Viviane Banion led the Lions with a 93 as Grove City's Lizzie Saur (78), Licking Heights' Mariana Vega (78) and Delaware's Hayley Dye (79) qualified for district as individuals.
Also competing for Bexley were juniors Emma Segerman (97), Abbey Elizondo (104), Kate Maynard (111) and Audrey Lauerhass (116).
The Lions, who were led by first-year coach Brycen Baugh, tied Worthington Christian for the MSL-Ohio Division title at 5-2.
Below are the coming schedules for the Bexley cross country, field hockey, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 13 -- MSL-Ohio meet at Camp Bobcat in Chillicothe
*Oct. 11 -- At Hartley
Oct. 15 -- Home vs. 10th-seeded Granville in first round of district tournament. Winner plays 12th-seeded Dublin Coffman in second round Oct. 18 at home. The Lions are seeded ninth.
Oct. 13 -- Home vs. Watkins Memorial
Oct. 20 -- Home vs. 10th-seeded Centennial or 12th-seeded Independence in second round of Division II district tournament. The third-seeded Lions have a first-round bye.
Oct. 13 -- At Bloom-Carroll
Oct. 15 -- At third-seeded Jonathan Alder in first round of Division II district tournament. Winner plays fourth-seeded Bloom-Carroll or 15th-seeded Whitehall in second round Oct. 18 at home of better seed. The Lions are seeded fifth.
*Oct. 11 -- At Worthington Christian. The Lions defeated the Warriors 22-25, 15-25, 25-15, 25-10, 15-6 on Sept. 20.
Oct. 15 -- Home vs. 12th-seeded Columbus South in first round of Division II district tournament. Winner plays fourth-seeded Granville or 21st-seeded Independence in second round Oct. 17 at home of better seed. Winner plays fifth-seeded Hartley, 17th-seeded International or 18th-seeded Lakewood in district semifinal Oct. 25 at Licking Heights. The Lions are seeded 10th.