Wilde Lake’s seniors are going out in style.

On Thursday, in the team’s biggest tri-match of the season, the Wildecats put up 99 points to edge out Glenelg (95 points) and Centennial (85). For a Wilde Lake (10-0) team that finished second in the county a season ago, the result against the Gladiators (7-2) and Eagles (6-2) puts them in the driver’s seat for this year’s title.

“It’s awesome. I’m so happy right now,” said Wilde Lake senior Tyler Silberberg, who led the way for the Wildecats with 27 points Thursday at Fairway Hills. “Just the fact that we went out and got it. We didn’t play bad and get away with one, we played our best with a solid score and took it.”

With just one match left on the regular season schedule, against Oakland Mills next week, Wilde Lake sits one victory away from finishing undefeated for the first time since golf returned as a varsity sport in 2005. The team did win a regular season county championship in 2010 with a record of 9-1-1.


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In the tri-match Thursday, the Wildecats got solid rounds across the board. Behind Silberberg, David Yancich and Nick Matthews each put up 25 points. Rafey Iqbal rounded things out with 22.

While every point was important, the performance of Matthews down the stretch in the No. 4 spot was especially critical. After struggling through his first three holes at 3-over par, the senior regrouped to play his final six in one-under.

“The last six holes I just tried to relax and tried to swing smooth, keep down on the ball,” Matthews said.

His birdie on the eighth hole, with only one point separating Wilde Lake and Glenelg at the time, was a match-changer.

“I just wanted to focus on figuring out my line and hitting a smooth pace,” Mathews said.

While Glenelg and Centennial each came up short in the team competition, each squad did have its share of individual success.

Glenelg’s Young Lee, a freshman, had the best round of the day at 28 points. He made four birdies, including three straight between holes 3-5.

Then there was Centennial senior Connor Flach, who made one birdie and one bogey on the way to 27 points. Centennial, like Wilde Lake, had come into the day undefeated.

All of the teams will now turn their focus to next week’s boys golf county championship tournament, which is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the Timbers at Troy.

Wilde Lake 99, Glenelg 95, Centennial 85

WL (10-0): Silberberg 27, Yancich 25, Matthews 25, Iqbal 22.

G (7-2): Lee 28, Segrist 24, A. Leake 23, Forester 20.

C (6-2): Flach 27, Mehta 22, Mcshane 19, Humphrey 17.

Other scores:

Boys

Howard 71, Reservoir 67, Atholton 58

Ho (6-4): Park 23, Crawford 18, Reid 15, Cherry 15.

Re (4-6): Sabot 21, Teodori 16, Bowley 16, Dorn 14.

A (4-4): Robinson 19, Lewis 19, Wallace 11, Wolfe 9.

Marriotts Ridge 95, Mt. Hebron 74, River Hill 66

MR (7-1): J. Dorsch 27, Buch 26, M. Dorsch 25, Walker 17.

MH (4-6): Marino 20, Shearman 19, Hardy 18, Yoo 17.

RH (4-6): Gold 22, McFarlane 19, Robson 16, Lakhanpal 9.

Long Reach 50, Oakland Mills 27, Hammond 21

LR (2-8): Appler 16, Bartolotta 13, Grabowski 11, Spotte-Smith 10.

OM (1-9): Bailey 16, Clyde 7, Steplowski 4.

Ha (0-9): Winder 13, Kopnitsky 7, Mitchell 1.

Girls

Wilde Lake 43, Glenelg 26, Centennial 14

WL (7-2-1): T. Teachman 16, M. Teachman 12, Iqbal 11, Andres 4.

G (5-4): Frost 14, Davis 5, Malik 5, Misticalli 4.

C (2-6): Kuan 8, Wojanowski 5, Sterenberg 1.

Atholton 58, Reservoir 27, Howard 18

A (8-0): Nguyen 26, Peterson 18, Johnson 12, Anderson 2.

Re (5-5): Gaverth 14, Howard 5, Caporaletti 5, Muir 3.

Ho (1-8-1): Song 9, Fallaria 9.

Marriotts Ridge 56, Mt. Hebron 30, River Hill 28

MR (8-0): Lee 23, Davey 19, Biegel 7, Kim 7.

MH (6-3-1): Baker 15, Jung 10, Needham 4, Kellaher 1.

RH (5-4-1): Heyward 13, Lacey 8, Rosnik 5, Benedict 2.

Oakland Mills 28, Long Reach 19, Hammond 12

OM (3-7): Lewis 27, Woodard 1.

LR (3-5-2): Caspar 7, Sample 6, Reboullet 6.

Ha (0-9): Ginsburg 7, Creighton 4, Martin 1.