On an overcast day at Hobbit’s Glen, Atholton’s boys kicked off their season on the right foot Thursday afternoon, signaling the start of the 2014 Howard County fall sports season.
Junior Nick Osterman led the way with 23 points, followed closely behind by 22 from Max Rosenthal and 21 from Chris Robinson, to help the Raiders hold off Mt. Hebron, 77-66. Patrick Hardy’s 23 points paced the Vikings in the losing effort.
After going 10-1 and finishing in second place during the regular season last spring, Osterman said the opening-day victory was an important one for the team.
“This was definitely the kind of result we needed to get started off with … confidence wise this gets us going in the right direction, especially for Matt (Stevens) playing in his first match,” Osterman said. “Matt has gotten better every round he’s played, so if he keeps improving and the three of us do even a little better than I feel like we are capable of beating almost every team this year except for maybe Marriotts Ridge.”
As it turned out, the 11 points that Stevens put up for the Raiders ended up being the difference in the match. The senior, who just joined the team a few days ago, scored at least one point on each of his final five holes.
Osterman, who played in the final group with Stevens, also got into a nice rhythm late. He made five straight pars starting on the fourth hole to set the stage for his team-best score.
“I started hitting my drives straighter after missing the fairway on the first three holes and that made a big difference,” Osterman said. “My irons were getting to the greens and my putting started coming around.”
Rosenthal had a little bit more of an up-and-down day, offsetting a birdie on the seventh hole with a pair of double bogeys. Robinson, meanwhile, hit the ball well from tee to green but ended up with several three-putts that put him at six-over-par for the day.
For Mt. Hebron, Hardy was the leader of the pack. His round, which featured nothing worse than a bogey on any hole, was highlighted by a birdie on No. 2.
“It was a good start overall … 23 points is a solid day,” Hardy said. “I think the big thing was I kept myself out of trouble and didn’t make any big numbers.”
Behind him, Jack Montgomery set a career-high with 21 points to keep the Vikings in the match until the last few holes. He made a birdie of his own on the second hole and mixed in three pars along the way.
Shane Brookhart and Lake Lloyd rounded out the team’s scoring with 11 points apiece.
Atholton 77, Mt. Hebron 66
A (1-0): Osterman 23, Rosenthal 22, Robinson 21, Stevens 11.
MH (0-1): Hardy 23, Montgomery 21, Brookhart 11, Lloyd 11.
Marriotts Ridge 93, Hammond 26
Jackson Courtney turned in the county’s lowest round of the day, shooting two-under par at Waverly Woods. The Mustangs, who were playing without two of their usual starters — Bennett Buch and Nick Mejia — also were the lone county team to eclipse 90 points.
MR (1-0): Courtney 29, Szymanski 22, Polefrone 21, Walker 21.
Ha (0-1): Edwards 8, Sarich 7, McDonald 6, Mitchell 5.
Glenelg 88, Wilde Lake 30
G (1-0): Segrist 26, Lee 26, Mikk 19, Shyu 17.
WL (0-1): Brady 18, R. Wilson 7, Richards 3, A. Wilson 2.
River Hill 80, Reservoir 76
RH (1-0): Burman 24, Green 21, Frydenberg 18, Gold 17.
Re (0-1): Kim 26, Yang 20, Banks 19, DeBenedetto 11.
Howard 67, Long Reach 47
Ho (1-0): Higgins 22, Dunnigan 20, Cherry 15, Bauman 10.
LR (0-1): Gates 17, Bartollotta 14, Doshim 9, Spotte-Smith 7.
Atholton 31, Mt. Hebron 31
In a match that came down to the final hole, a chip-in by Mt. Hebron’s Josephine Jung ended up not only giving her the low round of the day among the girls, but also helped secure a 31-31 draw in the team match.
Jung’s birdie from off the green on No. 9 secured her a round of 22 points, edging Atholton’s Amanda Petersen (21) by one. The two had been tied for nearly the entire round and were deadlocked at 18 points apiece walking up to the final green.
“It’s always nice to get a chance to test yourself against some good competition and, honestly, I see both of them getting stronger as the season goes on,” Mt. Hebron coach Don Walters said in regard to the early season match-up between the county’s lone returning first-team all-county players. “But yeah, it was definitely one of those things where I think they each were pushing one another today.”
Petersen and the Raiders got support from Maddie Fields (8 points) and Katie Anderson (2), while Carmen Bodziak (4 points), Grace Kelly (3) and Morgan Carguilo (2) chipped in points for the Vikings.
Walters was quick to praise the play of his star Jung, but also made sure not to downplay the importance of getting something from each member of the team.
“For all those girls to each put up a couple points, all being relatively new to the game, that was huge,” Walters said. “Them being able to support (Josephine) like that, that’s what you need in a match like this against a solid team.”
Atholton is coming off a 10-1 season last fall and Petersen and Fields were both members of that squad. Petersen’s round on Thursday was highlighted by four pars and the only real blemish was a double bogey on the fifth hole.
On the other side, Jung had gotten off to a slow start — sitting at just five points through the first three holes (4-over par) — but got things going with a birdie on No. 4. Over her final six holes she was just one-over.
A (0-0-1): Petersen 21, Fields 8, Anderson 2.
MH (0-0-1): Jung 22, Bodziak 4, Kelly 3, Carguilo 2.
Howard 42, Long Reach 25
Jacqueline Cherry turned in the best individual round by a female on opening day, scoring 23 points at the Timbers at Troy. She made five pars and had four bogies. As a team, Howard’s 42 points were also a county best among the girls teams.
Ho (1-0): Cherry 23, Lurie 11, Abrams 8.
LR (0-1): Williams 13, Reboullet 6, Appler 5, Friend 1.
Marriotts Ridge 36, Hammond 1
MR (1-0): MacIlvain 20, Quinn 9, Chun 5, Illig 2.
Ha (0-1): Brookman 1.
Wilde Lake 40, Glenelg 17
WL (1-0): Andres 15, Teachman 13, Sands 12.
G (0-1): Davis 13, Mistichelli 3, Malik 1.
River Hill 34, Reservoir 23
RH (1-0): Hayward 18, Green 7, Bello 6, Buchaine 3.
Re (0-1): Caporaletti 14, Adipudi 7, Trivedi 2.