Howard County golfers in chase for state ti­tles

Lions’ Cherry, Hawks’ Gold nav­i­gate wind, fast greens

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Brent Kennedy — Me­gan Wood­ward, Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group

The open­ing day of the state golf tour­na­ment is all about po­si­tion­ing, and for two of Howard County’s best — Howard’s Jac­que­line Cherry and River Hill’s Derek Gold — that mis­sion was ac­com­plished Mon­day at Mary­land.

On a day when fast greens and windy con­di­tions el­e­vated scores, Cherry shot a 75 (4-over par) to put her­self in a tie for first in the girls in­di­vid­ual com­pe­ti­tion with Churchill’s Lena Capoc­cia, while Gold posted a 74 (2 over) to sit two shots be­hind Nick Rober­son of Bethesda-Chevy Chase.

In all, 10 Howard County golfers be­tween the 3A-4A clas­si­fi­ca­tions com­peted Mon­day. Cherry’s strong round did not end up be­ing enough to help Howard make the cut as a team, as the Lions (342 com­bined strokes) fin­ished 10 short of the num­ber needed to make the fi­nal round Wed­nes­day.

Churchill (318) is the team leader and North­ern (323), Sher­wood (330) and Walt Whit­man (332) also made the cut.

The 1A-2A schools and in­di­vid­u­als are sched­uled to com­pete to­day, with no in­di­vid­ual cuts be­ing made un­til after that round is com­pleted.

“I’ve put my­self in a good po­si­tion to score bet­ter and I don’t have to make up strokes on Wed­nes­day,” Cherry said. “I can just fo­cus now on try­ing to play well.”

Only three other girls — Richard Mont­gomery’s Alyssa Cong (77), North­ern’s El­iz­a­beth Cof­fren (78) and Churchill’s Aine Ken­wood (79) — ended up break­ing 80 on the day.

Other Howard County no­ta­bles for the girls were Cen­ten­nial’s Is­abel Tro­jillo (86), along with Howard’s Harper Lurie (92) and Alex Abrams (95).

The boys side saw sim­i­lar pre­mi­ums on low rounds, with only three play­ers shoot­ing rounds of 74 or bet­ter. Last year there were eight boys play­ers be­tween the 3A-4A clas­si­fi­ca­tions to shoot 74 or bet­ter on the open­ing day and four of them shot un­der par.

This year, Rober­son’s even-par score of 71 was the best of the bunch. His round fea­tured four bo­gies and four birdies and was an im­prove­ment over his qual­i­fy­ing score of 81 at Dis­tricts.

Of the 17 to­tal play­ers that broke 80, the only other boys player from Howard County in that group was Cen­ten­nial’s Ken­neth Chap­lain. He bounced back from a rough start that saw him sit­ting at 6-over through his first eight holes to play his fi­nal 10 holes in just 3-over.

Atholton’s Bran­den Nguyen and Howard’s Shashank Gupta each fired rounds of 83 and fig­ure to be right around the cut line. Glenelg’s Hay­den Mikk (86) and Howard’s Brett Pool (89) will likely find them­selves miss­ing the fi­nal round.

The qual­i­fy­ing play­ers will re­turn for a 9 a.m. shot­gun start Wed­nes­day to de­ter­mine this year’s cham­pi­ons.

Girls vol­ley­ball

WIN­TERS MILL D. SOUTH CAR­ROLL, 3-0: Jess Bollinger ac­knowl­edged that the Fal­cons have had their ups and downs with com­mu­ni­ca­tion on the court this fall, and try­ing to cor­rect that has been a fo­cal point.

Win­ters Mill (6-6, 3-3 Car­roll County) looked in sync with a straight-set vic­tory over the Cava­liers, 25-13, 25-13, 25-23 — their fourth straight-set vic­tory this sea­son.

Ash­ley Bob­nar, Kristin Vaeth, and Bollinger each had four kills, and Vaeth added 12 aces.

“We’ve had our is­sues with com­mu­ni­ca­tion and talk­ing,” Fal­cons coach Kari Tot­ten said. “As the sea­son has gone along, we’ve got­ten a lot bet­ter and they know they play so much bet­ter when they’re talk­ing and hav­ing fun.”

Malia Henry had five kills and six blocks, se­nior Claudia Tay­lor had four blocks, and ju­nior out­side hit­ter Mack­en­sie Walker went 9-for-9 on serves and notched 21digs for the Cava­liers (2-10, 0-6).

NO. 4 ST. PAUL’S D. JOHN CAR­ROLL, 3-0: Jala Tucker had 25 kills on .444 hit­ting, Monet Peo­ples added seven kills and Mor­gan Hill had 30 as­sists to lead the host Ga­tors (12-1-1, 11-0 In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion of Mary­land A Con­fer­ence) to a 25-20, 25-12, 25-18 win over the Pa­tri­ots (5-12, 2-9)

Field hockey

NO. 14 MARYVALE 4, MOUNT DE SALES 2: An­nie Mil­wicz had a hat trick and Ally Furnari added a goal to lead the host Lions (10-1-1, 8-0 IAAM B Con­fer­ence) over the Sailors (13-5, 6-2).

Lind­say Kelly and Macken­zie Bell scored for Mount de Sales.

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