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2008 All-Metro golf teams

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Player of the Year
Patrick Hohman, Boys' Latin

Hohman won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association individual championship with a playoff victory over Gilman's Brad Miller and a score of 73. Hohman, a four-year varsity player, will attend Methodist College in North Carolina and will enroll in the Professional Golf Management Program.

Hohman, who aspires to turn professional, won an event in the Titleist Junior Tour. He was team MVP and the team points leader.

"He represents all that is true about hard work and determination," Boys' Latin coach Mason Champion said. "That is where his true talent is. He was a captain and led by example."

Coach of the Year
Paul Bangle, Liberty

Bangle helped Liberty become the first Carroll County school to win a state championship. He also guided Liberty to county, conference and district titles.

Bangle said the key was the extra work the team put in during the offseason, and the commitment the team made to reaching the final.

"Last year we made it to states, but we did not qualify for the second day," Bangle said. "That kind of resonated in their head a little bit. So, they wanted to get some tournament experience and get back to that state tournament to give themselves a chance."

All-Metro team

Jason Clatworthy, St. Vincent Pallotti

He shot slightly more than 36 per round for the season and only lost half of a point during the regular season. The junior had an impressive showing at the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association individual championships, where he finished third behind Patrick Hohman of Boys Latin and Brad Miller of Gilman.

Josh Eure, South River

Eure finished fourth in the state and was two birdie putts from gaining at least a tie for the title. The junior also won the Fall Preview tournament, which featured private and public schools, by shooting a 72. He finished second in District V. "He was more consistent this last year," South River coach Bruce Bowen said.

Brad Miller, Gilman

Miller played outstanding golf all year and finished second in the MIAA individual championships after losing in a playoff to Patrick Hohman. He was a team captain who led by example. Miller, a senior, averages one birdie every three holes he plays. "He has been tremendous in our matches against the best player from each team in our league," coach Don Rogers said. He is playing golf at the University of Richmond in the fall.

Brandon Powers, Bel Air

Powers was a four-yearvarsity player and a teamcaptain for Bel Air, whichwon its league championship.The senior made animpressive run in the statetournament at the University of Maryland, eventuallyfinishing second to AlexHoffman of Middletown after36 holes and a sudden-deathplayoff. He carries a3.71 grade point average.

Tim Prey, St. Paul's

Prey, a three-year starter,finished fourth in the MIAAA Conference individualchampionships. He alsoplaced third in the prestigiousNorth-South JuniorAm at Pinehurst. The seniorwas team captain for thesecond consecutive yearand played at No. 1 for St.Paul's the past two years.He had a 73.58 scoring average."Tim's leadership thisyear was invaluable," St.Paul's coach Richard Collinssaid. "Not only did he leadby playing extremely well,[but] he helped an inexperiencedsquad reach thesemifinals of the MIAA."

Hunter Rief, Gilman

Rief is one of the longesthitters in the metro area.Known as a top competitorin match play, Rief held theNo. 3 spot for Gilman's 14-1MIAA championship team.The junior was selected asone of eight players on theAmerican Schoolboy Golfteam sponsored by BlairAcademy in New Jerseythat will tour Great Britainfor three weeks this summer."He is an excellentgolfer ... no weaknesses inhis game," coach Don Rogerssaid.

John Rosecrans, Liberty

Rosecrans, a senior,played No. 1 for a Libertyteam that won the county,conference and districtstate titles. At states, heshot a 78 and 77 in the tworounds. The state title wasthe first for any CarrollCounty school in golf. "Hehas just been a solid playerall around," coach Paul Banglesaid. "He had one of thelowest scoring averages inthe county. He was our captainand our leader."

Casey Taylor, Calvert Hall

A freshman, he only lostone match all season andaccumulated 34 out of apossible 36 points in hismatches. He will probablyplay No. 1 for the team thenext three years. He finishedfourth in the MIAA individualchampionships.Calvert Hall finished runner-up to Gilman in theMIAA A Conference teamchampionship.

Chris Wellde, Centennial

Wellde finished a remarkablecareer at Centennial bywinning the Howard Countyindividual county championship,the individual regionalchampionship andplacing eighth in the statetournament. The senioralso helped Centennial togo undefeated in 30 countymatches.Wellde shot a 72 inthe Maryland qualifier forthe Trusted Choice Big IClassic in Idaho, and qualifiedfor the National Championshipin Boise, Idaho.

NOTE // Team selected byTodd Karpovich after consultationwith The Sun staffand area coaches.


Player of the Year
Morgan Koopman, McDonogh

Koopman, who has an 8- handicap, suffered only one loss in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference to powerhouse Roland Park. In the IAAM golf championship, Koopman scored a 78 to win the title, and she was named an IAAM All-Star.

Koopman, a junior, plans to compete in several events this summer, including tournaments in Maryland at the Suburban Club, Turf Valley Country Club and Oakmont Green.

"Morgan is a delightful young lady on and off of the course," McDonogh coach Diane Young said. "She is tons of fun but a serious competitor once a match commences."

Coach of the Year
Tara Kramer, Roland Park

Kramer guided Roland Park to its second consecutive undefeated season (5-0) and Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship.

After being tied after the first day with McDonogh, Roland Park finished the second day seven points ahead of McDonogh.

Roland Park has won three IAAM championships in the past four years.

All-Metro team

Jamie Bare, St. Paul's

Bare, a senior who playedon the varsity for fouryears, took second in the InterscholasticAthletic Associationof Maryland tournamentby shooting an 83.Bare, who also made theAll-Metro team last year,played the past two seasonsat No. 1. She will attend Virginianext year. "Over thepast four years, she has justbeen a very consistent player,"St. Paul's athletic directorJim Stromberg said."She does very well withputting the ball on thegreen."

Hannah Deegan, Roland Park

Deegan, a junior, helpedthe team to an undefeatedregular season. She finishedfourth in the IAAM A Conferenceindividual tournament,which earned herIAAM All-Star honors. Herstellar play also helped theteam win the overall championship.

Bridget Ercole, Bryn Mawr

Ercole was consistentlyone of the top golfers in themetro area. She playedNo. 1 for the second consecutiveyear and finished fifthin the conference individualchampionships. The juniorhelped the Mawrtiansbeat undefeated RolandPark, 2-1, in their match onApril 17. Ercole stuck an8-iron within three feet ofthe pin to win that match.She also was a captain.

Veronica Gross, Mercy

Gross, a senior, finishedthird in the IAAM individualtournament after a two-holeplayoff. The top fourplayers in that tournamentwere only separated bythree strokes when theplayers teed off on the secondday. She played No. 1all season for the Magic."She played steady allyear," coach Harry Bortnersaid. "This year, her puttingand short game improvedtremendously."

Suh Huang, Mount Hebron

Huang, a senior, won theHoward County individualchampionship and had asixth-place finish in thestate championships at CollegePark. Huang also finishedsecond in the DistrictV tournament. Huang's biggeststrength is her accuracyoff the tee.

Audra McShane, Centennial

McShane helped Centennialqualify for its first statetournament in school history.McShane, a senior, finishedninth overall at thestate championships in CollegePark. McShane helpedCentennial win the HowardCounty regular-season titleand the conference tournament.She also received amedal in the District V tournament.

Caitlin Melvin, IND

Melvin, a three-year varsityplayer, won the IAAM BConference championship.She shot a 46 on the secondday of the championshipsand nearly drove the greenoff the first tee. Melvinhelped the Indians to anundefeated regular seasonand the B Conference tournament.Melvin, a junior,played No. 1 all season."She's improved her gamesignificantly each year,"coach Gerard Vetter said.

Liz Silbernagle, Fallston

Silbernagle won the districtchampionship byshooting an 81 at Patriot'sGlen. She won the countyindividual title with an 86on a rainy, windy day at GenevaFarm. She also finishedfifth in the state tournamentat College Park."Liz consistently led ourteam in scoring throughoutthe year, and even thoughshe's only a freshman, providedgreat leadership andmaturity for our team,"Fallston coach Brian Hulkasaid. "Despite her tremendoustalent, Liz remainshumble and is the hardest-workinggolfer on ourteam."

Lauren Smith, Arundel

Smith finished tied forsecond in the state championshipsbehind CarolineSweet of East Roosevelt. Shewon the Anne ArundelCounty and District Vchampionships. The junioralso led Arundel to theteam county and District Vchampionships. "She is [hitting]much longer," Arundelcoach Phelps Prescott said."Her length allows her touse a lot of lower irons andattack pins she would neverhave been able to attack inthe past."

NOTE // Team selected byTodd Karpovich after consultationwith The Sun staffand area coaches.

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