Success suited senior Miles Feinknopf just fine.
In his fourth year as one of the top performers for the Bexley boys cross country team, Feinknopf drove the Lions to their first league championship since 2014.
Bexley scored 39 points in the MSL-Ohio Division meet Oct. 12, racing past second-place and host Buckeye Valley (63). The girls team captured its third consecutive league title, scoring 31 points to outdistance runner-up Buckeye Valley (44).
"We were hungry for a league title and we knew that we could do it, but it was about convincing the younger guys and going out and doing it," Feinknopf said. "We have been losing to (Columbus) Academy at the league meet, so it's nice to finally bring one back for Bexley."
Feinknopf finished fourth (17 minutes, 18.2 seconds) to lead the boys. Also scoring were Elliot Roe (sixth, 17:44.9), Miller MacDonald (seventh, 17:57.2), Spencer Stevenson (ninth, 17:58.3) and Rob Donahey (13th, 18:17.9).
"The boys hadn't won a league title in a while so it was good to see them get that," coach Eric Acton said. "They have a certain amount of pride in the way they run and have worked hard and stayed focused."
Claire MacDonald won the girls race in 19:31.2. Maria Steinke (fourth, 20:10.7), Hannah Hayden (seventh, 20:39.4), Lilly Keller (eighth, 20:41.2) and Karleigh Place (11th, 20:57.8) also scored for Bexley.
"The girls knew how good Buckeye Valley is and running on (the Barons') course gave us some consternation," Acton said. "We knew Claire would lead us and the other athletes always seem to step up when someone isn't doing well. Our depth has been helpful."
The boys will compete in the Division II, district 2 meet Saturday, Oct. 19, at Hilliard Darby. The top four teams and top 16 individuals advance to regional Oct. 26 at Pickerington North.
"It's kind of bittersweet because I only have about a month left (of cross country)," Feinknopf said. "I want to keep racing and hopefully tournament season goes well so we can keep going."
The girls compete in a 22-team district race at Darby with the top six teams and top 24 individuals advancing to regional.
"Winning the league titles is a good confidence-booster for our athletes and I'm excited to see how they can do," Acton said. "We typically taper our athletes to peak in October and with the cooler air we should do well."
Football team preps for Harvest Prep
The football team will try to get back on track Friday, Oct. 18, at home against Harvest Prep.
The Warriors have won six consecutive games and are 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the MSL-Ohio. On Oct. 11, they defeated Ready 21-15 in overtime as Jaylen Jennings rushed for 212 yards and three touchdowns on 38 carries and had two interceptions.
In overtime, Jennings scored the go-ahead touchdown and then sealed the victory with an interception in the end zone.
The Lions dropped to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the MSL-Ohio after losing to Whitehall 48-27 on Oct. 11 to snap a two-game winning streak.
Patrick Beck rushed for 165 yards and a 2-yard touchdown on 23 carries, as the Lions totaled 227 yards on the ground on 56 attempts. Troy Redmond had a 76-yard kickoff return for a score, Jon Spiess had a 1-yard scoring run and Tom Brown had a 2-yard touchdown run.
Field hockey team loses district opener
The 12th-seeded field hockey team lost at ninth-seeded Olentangy 2-1 in overtime Oct. 14 in the first round of the district tournament.
Allison Bernstein scored for Bexley, which finished 6-9-2 overall. Goalie Sally Sauer had eight saves.
The Lions finished 1-5-2 in the Central Ohio Field Hockey League-East after losing to Academy 8-0 on Oct. 10 as Sauer had 25 saves.
Girls golfers end season at district
Seniors Viviane Banion and Emma Segerman represented the girls golf team in the Division I district tournament Oct. 8 at New Albany Links.
Segerman shot a 101 to tie for 42nd of 54 golfers, and Banion was 45th with a 104.
In a sectional Oct. 2 at Blacklick Woods, Banion shot an 84 and Segerman had an 85 to earn two of the three individual-qualifying berths to district.
Seniors Abbey Elizondo, Audrey Lauerhass and Kate Maynard also played at sectional.
The Lions finished second (12-4) in the MSL-Ohio behind Columbus School for Girls (16-0).
Junior Isabella Minkin also played varsity this season.
Girls tennis season concludes at district
The girls tennis team had its season end in the Division II district tournament Oct. 10 at CSG.
Junior Sydney Elliot was the lone Bexley player to win a match, defeating CSG's Lanie Klatt 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 in the first round of singles. She then lost to Academy's Sydney Ratliff 6-0, 6-0.
Junior Stefanie Lehman lost her first-round match to Buckeye Valley's Anna Lenhart 6-1, 6-1.
In doubles, seniors Ilsa Evans and Maxine Giller lost to CSG's Helen Hoag and Becca Hoffman 6-0, 6-2 and seniors Katie Benedict and Ellie Levy lost to Worthington Christian's Abby Mayotte and Meghan Mayotte 6-1, 6-3.
In a sectional Oct. 3 and 5 at Academy, Elliott was third and Lehman was fourth in singles. Evans and Giller were runners-up in doubles, and Benedict and Levy placed third.
Freshman Leah Baumann went 1-1 at sectional.
The Lions finished 13-4 overall and were third (26 points, 5-2) in the MSL-Ohio behind champion Academy (42, 7-0).
Below are the coming schedules for the Bexley boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 16 -- Played 15th-seeded Hamilton Township in second round of Division II district tournament. Winner plays fifth-seeded Centennial, 10th-seeded Horizon Science or 18th-seeded Marion-Franklin in district semifinal Oct. 22 at home of better seed. The Lions are seeded fourth.
Oct. 15 -- Played 15th-seeded Cristo Rey in first round of Division II district tournament. Winner plays sixth-seeded Hamilton Township or 10th-seeded Sparta Highland in second round Oct. 19 at home of better seed. Winner plays top-seeded Bloom-Carroll, eighth-seeded Caledonia River Valley, ninth-seeded Columbus School for Girls or 16th-seeded Whitehall in district semifinal Oct. 23 at home of better seed. The Lions are seeded third.
Oct. 16 -- Played third-seeded Highland or eighth-seeded River Valley in second round of Division II district tournament. Winner plays seventh-seeded London or 10th-seeded Heath in district semifinal Oct. 23 at Licking Heights. The Lions are seeded sixth.