Trevor Binau accomplished his mission.
After being medalist in the Division II boys golf state tournament as a sophomore, the Bexley High School standout was able to repeat the feat as a senior.
Binau earned the title on the strength of a 1-under par 71 in the opening round Oct. 12. He followed that up with a 75 on Oct. 13 to finish with a two-day total of 146 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
His score was eight strokes better than Ashtabula Edgewood's Dylan Fitchet and Columbus Academy's Ali Khan, who tied for second.
"It's a little more bittersweet (than winning as a sophomore) because my (prep) golf career is over, but I was able to finish it the right way," Binau said. "It was also different not having my team there playing with me, but a lot of them were still out there supporting me."
Binau shot 144 to win state as a sophomore, as Bexley finished fourth (654) behind champion Cincinnati McNicholas (627). Last fall, he came up short at district, shooting 75 to finish four strokes behind state-qualifier Trent Tipton of Hartley.
On Oct. 13, Academy clinched the team title with a two-day 625, nine strokes better than runner-up Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin.
"For Trevor to make it three of four seasons is incredible," said coach Jimmy Ryan, whose team won the state title in Binau's freshman season. "I'm so proud of Trevor and I'm proud of Academy. It says a lot about central Ohio golf that we have the team champion and the individual champion. It's too bad only one team came here from the Central District."
Binau said he had a plan and followed it throughout the tournament.
"On (Oct. 11), I came up with a game plan for every hole and stuck with that," he said. "I never wavered from that and executed that to the best of my ability."
The opening-round 71 was the key to Binau's performance, allowing him to relax a bit more on the second day.
"(The opening round) was one of the best ball-striking rounds I have had in my life really," said Binau, who has yet to make a college selection. "I played it conservatively. I didn't always grab for the driver and I aimed for the center of the green on almost every hole."
Ryan said the plan focused on playing consistent golf and hitting the fairways.
"We talked about this before his (first) round: We want to go out and play steady golf. If you want to take chances you can do that (Saturday)," Ryan said. "(The first round) was the best round of golf I had ever seen a high school golfer play in a tournament like this. He fought through the round so well. It was brilliance."
At district Oct. 3 at Denison Golf Club, Binau won a three-hole playoff between four golfers to advance to state. He tied junior teammate Tyler Roberts, Hartley's Andrew Inthavongsone and Northridge's Jarrod Teeter at 75, three strokes behind medalist Khan.
Academy (304) advanced as a team, while Bexley was runner-up with a 309.
Binau was medalist with a 66 in a sectional Sept. 28 at The Players Club at Foxfire as Bexley won the team title with a 303.
The Lions finished second (6-3) in the MSL-Ohio Division behind Academy (7-2). Binau was the league's Player of the Year, averaging 69.0 in the three rounds of league play.
Girls runners race to league championship
The girls cross country team won the MSL-Ohio title Oct. 13 at Camp Bobcat in Chillicothe, and the boys team finished as runner-up.
The girls scored 31 points to easily outdistance runner-up Academy (55). Claire MacDonald was fourth (21 minutes, 1.7 seconds), followed by Maria Steinke (fifth, 21:26.7), Ally Grieshop (sixth, 21:38.7), Kayleigh Place (seventh, 22:05.3), Anna Politi (ninth, 22:21.2), Hannah Hayden (10th, 22:54.7) and Leah Tadese (13th, 24:11.3).
Nicholas Hall (sixth, 17:40.8) and Theo Snowdon (seventh, 17:49.8) paced the boys, who were edged by Academy 43-46. Miles Feinknopf (ninth, 18:12.7) was next, followed by Dylan Abel (11th, 18:31.6), Miller MacDonald (13th, 18:34.9), Elliot Roe (15th, 18:50.1) and Spencer Stevenson (17th, 18:55.6).
"The girls team had a great showing and so did the boys," coach Eric Acton said. "I was encouraged in their races going into the postseason.
"It's a nice group that is hard-working. Both of these teams are starting to jell and they understand what they need to do. It's nice to work with a smart group. They are cerebral and coachable."
Both teams will compete in the Division II district meet Saturday, Oct. 20, at Hilliard Darby. The boys are in district 2, from which the top four teams and top 16 individuals advance to regional Oct. 27 at Pickerington North. The girls will run in a 22-team district race, with the top five teams and top 20 individuals moving on to regional.
Football team travels to London
The football team is 1-7 overall and 0-4 in the MSL-Ohio heading into its game Friday, Oct. 19, at London.
The Red Raiders are 8-0 overall after defeating Ready 49-14 on Oct. 12 and 3-0 in the MSL-Ohio. K.J. Price rushed for 325 yards and five touchdowns on 27 carries against the Silver Knights, as all 427 of London's total yards came on the ground.
Bexley lost to Whitehall 37-10 on Oct. 12 in league play. Anthony Welsh connected with Carter Brenner on a 6-yard touchdown pass, and Ted Schoedinger kicked a 32-yard field goal.
Welsh rushed for 58 yards on eight carries and was 6-for-13 passing for 22 yards with three interceptions.
Field hockey team edges Aces in opener
The ninth-seeded field hockey team improved to 9-8 by defeating 10th-seeded Granville 2-1 on Oct. 15 in the first round of the district tournament.
The Lions advanced to play at home Thursday, Oct. 18, against 12th-seeded Dublin Coffman in the second round. They defeated Coffman 2-0 on Aug. 29.
The winner advances to a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 23, at top-seeded Academy or 18th-seeded Olentangy Berlin. The Lions defeated Berlin 5-0 on Aug. 22 and lost to Academy 5-0 on Oct. 8.
Boys soccer team set for postseason
The third-seeded boys soccer team is 10-6 and opens the Division II district tournament at home Saturday, Oct. 20, against 10th-seeded Centennial or 12th-seeded Independence in the second round.
The winner plays fifth-seeded Granville, 18th-seeded Cristo Rey or 20th-seeded Linden-McKinley in a district semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the home of the better seed. The Lions defeated Granville 1-0 on Sept. 15.
Girls volleyball team wins district opener
The 10th-seeded girls volleyball team was 13-10 after defeating 12th-seeded Columbus South 25-17, 25-7, 25-11 on Oct. 15 in the opening round of the Division II district tournament.
The Lions advanced to play fourth-seeded Granville in the second round Oct. 17, with that winner advancing to a district semifinal Oct. 25 at Licking Heights.
Girls soccer team ousted by Pioneers
The fifth-seeded girls soccer team lost at third-seeded Jonathan Alder 1-0 on Oct. 15 in the opening round of the Division II district tournament.
The Lions finished 3-7-7.
Girls tennis season ends at district
The girls tennis team had one singles player and two doubles teams compete in the Division II district tournament Oct. 11 at Columbus School for Girls, but all lost their openers.
Sophomore Sydney Elliott lost to Wellington's Camille Olmstead 6-4, 6-4. In doubles, juniors Katie Benedict and Ellie Levy lost to Wellington's Isabella Vegas and Olivia Vegas 7-5, 7-6 and seniors Avery Weisman and Olivia Williams fell to Wellington's Akua Antwui-Woods and Alexis Burkhalter 6-0, 6-0.
The Lions finished 9-4 overall and placed third (3-2) in the MSL-Ohio behind champion Academy (5-0).