After being a Division II state power, the Bexley boys golf team will have some semblance of familiarity when it begins the Division I postseason.
The Lions play in a sectional tournament Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Denison Golf Club. That is the perennial Division II district course and also was the site for the last of three rounds of MSL-Ohio Division play Sept. 17.
At sectional, the top four teams and top four individuals not on those teams advance to district Oct. 8 at Apple Valley.
Coach Jimmy Ryan said Denison Golf Club is the perfect venue for the Lions.
"Why not golf at Denison?" he said. "If you're golfing or not, it's an incredibly beautiful course and we like playing it.
"A lot of the top teams went elsewhere and my wife, Cindy, went to the draw for me (Sept. 15). She felt that going to Denison would be our best chance of getting out to district. If the kids play the kind of golf that they are capable of playing then we should have no problem going to the next level."
Senior Tyler Roberts has fond memories of Denison Golf Club. Last fall in the Division II district tournament, he shot 75 and was part of a four-golfer playoff for the lone individual state-qualifying spot. The playoff was won by teammate Trevor Binau, a 2019 graduate who went on to win medalist honors at state.
"I love the course and they keep it in good condition," Roberts said. "I tied Trevor Binau and two others (at district last year) to get in a playoff to go to state. It was a great experience. Hopefully we can get past sectional as a team and then hope for the best (at district)."
At district, the top two teams and top two individuals not on those teams advance to state Oct. 18 and 19 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
In the MSL-Ohio postseason tournament, the Lions shot 327 to finish fourth behind Columbus Academy (298), Wellington (309) and Worthington Christian (323) and ahead of Buckeye Valley (350). Will Meyer led Bexley with an 80, followed by Roberts (81), Micah Rubinstein (82), Morgan Agriesti (84), Max Gardner (86) and Ricky Walsh (88).
"We were a little disappointed because we thought we could have played better," Ryan said. "Academy is a phenomenal golf team and our talent level is a little down across the board.
Worthington Christian and Wellington are two of the best Division III teams in the state."
Academy won the league title at 12-0, followed by Wellington (8-4), Bexley (6-6), Worthington Christian (3-9) and Buckeye Valley (1-11).
"We'll need to go out and play well at (sectional) and see what happens," Ryan said. "Our goal is to qualify for the district tournament, and we can call that a successful season."
Football team set to open league play
The football team hopes to snap its 11-game MSL-Ohio losing streak when it plays host to Liberty Union on Friday, Sept. 27.
Liberty Union is 0-4 after losing to Ready 35-14 on Sept. 20. It had only 56 fewer yards than the Silver Knights (314-258) but had six turnovers, including four fumbles.
Kobe Barnett had 141 yards rushing and one touchdown on 14 carries and threw a 15-yard scoring pass to Gavin Sims. Barrett Young was 7-for-18 passing for 67 yards with two interceptions.
Bexley is 1-3 after losing to Grandview 31-10 on Sept. 20 in its league opener. Patrick Beck had nine carries for 58 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown.
"We did some good things but, again, it's growth," coach Mike Golden said. "We'll take two steps forward and sometimes one step back. It's just a work in progress."
Grandview's Darreion Davis returned a punt 75 yards for a score.
"Our special teams are hurting us right now and we have to improve on that dramatically," Golden said. "We are constantly giving the team good field position. We just need to tackle better on kickoffs and punts. We had one punt return taken back for a touchdown and another returned to our 20 to set up another score."
MacDonald leads girls runners at Jerome
Claire MacDonald finished 15th in 19 minutes, 53.5 seconds to lead the girls cross country team in the Celtic Clash on Sept. 20 at Dublin Jerome.
The girls finished third (127 points) of 22 teams behind Buckeye Valley (98) and Olentangy Berlin (122).
Also scoring for the Lions were Maria Steinke (25th, 20:36.1), Hannah Hayden (26th, 20:40.1), Rylee Barno (32nd, 20:50.9) and Karleigh Place (34th, 20:52.3).
Miles Feinknopf (24th, 17:15.6) led the boys, who finished 11th (277) of 24 teams behind champion Chillicothe Unioto (44). Elliot Roe (46th, 17:39.4), Dylan Abel (54th, 17:48.3), Miller MacDonald (78th, 18:06.8) and Rob Donahey (94th, 18:17.0) also scored.
Below are the coming schedules for the Bexley cross country, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 28 -- Pickerington North Invitational
Oct. 2 -- Hartley and Tree of Life at Jeffrey Mansion
Oct. 2 -- Division I sectional at Blacklick Woods. The top three teams and top three individuals not on those teams advance to district Oct. 8 at New Albany Links.
Sept. 28 -- At Marietta
Oct. 1 -- At Grove City
*Sept. 28 -- Home vs. Columbus Academy
*Oct. 1 -- At Buckeye Valley
Sept. 26 -- Home vs. Olentangy Berlin
Oct. 1 -- At Dublin Scioto
*Sept. 26 -- At Worthington Christian. The Lions lost to the Warriors 28-30, 25-12, 25-17, 25-12 on Sept. 3.
*Oct. 1 -- Home vs. Buckeye Valley. The Lions lost to the Barons 19-25, 25-22, 21-25, 25-11, 17-15 on Sept. 5.