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"Hopefully it will teach the kids to focus on playing ready golf," Oakland Mills coach Jon Browne said. "Honestly, I see no reason why it shouldn't fall right into place and ultimately be something that's very good for the game."
Here's a look around the county as the teams get set to begin the regular season Aug. 22 (for expanded capsules on each team, visit us online at explorehoward.com):
2012 boys record: 5-6; 2012 girls: 11-0
Top boys: Senior Josh Lewis; juniors Chris Robinson and Max Rosenthal; sophomore Nick Osterman.
Top girls: Seniors Avni Johnson and Bryana Nguyen; juniors Madison Fields and Amanda Petersen.
What you need to know: As a program, the Raiders bring back the bulk of the boys and girls squads from a season ago. The top three boys scorers are back, with Lewis (21.5-point average), Rosenthal (20.0) and Robinson (19.7) all finishing among the county’s top 20 scorers a year ago. “The potential is definitely there for a big year for this group,” coach Scott Robinson said.
The girls finished last season undefeated on the way to a county championship and that entire group returns. Nguyen is the reigning state champion and a three-time Player of the Year. Petersen was fourth in the county with 19 points a match last year and Johnson was seventh at 13.9. Expectations are once again high, with a showdown with Marriotts Ridge on Sept. 11 at Turf Valley likely to decide this year’s regular season county champ.
2012 boys: 9-2; 2012 girls: 3-8
Top boys: Seniors Mike Humphrey and Danny Sterenberg; juniors Matt McShane and Robert Hunter.
Top girls: Senior Maggie Ma; junior Kaitlyn Wojtanowski; sophomore Alice Kuan.
What you need to know: The Eagles graduated four-time all-county golfer Connor Flach (26.4 points per match), who is now playing at Loyola University Maryland, and Sahil Mehta (20.8) has transferred out of state. But the cupboard is certainly not bare. McShane was one of the county’s top 10 guys last season and Mike Humphrey (19.5 ppm) has a wealth of varsity experience under his belt. Sterenberg and Hunter have both greatly improved.
The girls team finished last season in the bottom third of the standings and will be leaning on returners Wojanowski (7.5 ppm), Kuan (6.6) and Ma to all increase their averages in order to improve on that mark overall. Samantha Sterenberg rounds out the line-up.
2012 boys: 9-2; 2012 girls: 7-4
Top boys: Seniors Drew Marcoux and Max Hewig; junior Steven Segrist; sophomore Young Lee.
Top girls: Senior Ashley Frost; junior Maddie Davis.
What you need to know: The good news is that the Gladiators return their top two boys, Lee (25.3-point average) and Segrist (25.8), and they are among the county’s best players. The bad news is that the team’s next four players from a season ago graduated. That means that the team’s success this season will hinge heavily upon the back end of the rotation. Marcoux and Hewing have limited experience, but have improved. There are also a couple freshmen that could see time.