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Centennial golf makes early statement with dominant tri-match sweep

Behind an effort that saw all four of its players score 23 or more points, Centennial cruised to a tri-match sweep of Howard and Atholton on Thursday at the Timbers at Troy.

The Eagles scored 93 points, easily outpacing both the Lions (71) and Raiders (67). Ty Sams led the way for Centennial with a three-over-par round of 24 points, while his teammates Conarie Steinbach, Dustin Stocksdale and Klaus Wood were right behind him with scores of 23 points each.

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Centennial improves to 3-0 on the season.

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Atholton senior Branden Nguyen led all individuals with a one-over-par round of 26 points. He made six pars to go along with a birdie on the fourth and bogeys on the first and eighth holes.

Centennial senior Ty Sams talks about the Eagles' tri-match sweep against Howard and Atholton at the Timbers at Troy on Aug. 29, 2019.

Centennial senior Ty Sams was the top scorer for Centennial with 24 points, playing his first five holes in one-under par to set the stage for his round. His lone birdie came on the second hole.

Howard senior Jarrett Maynor scored a team-high 21 points for the Lions, finishing with five pars.

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Next Tuesday, Centennial will face Mt. Hebron at Willow Springs, Howard will play Oakland Mills at Fairway Hills and Atholton will square off against River Hill. All three matches are at 3 p.m.

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“They were definitely happy with their performance today, but they’re still hungry. They want more. They know we still left a couple strokes out there and that they have the potential of really going head-to-head against the top teams.” — Stephen Lee, Centennial coach

“That balance today was huge and the crazy thing is our fifth guy Max Middleton just missed out on playing today after losing in a playoff hole yesterday against Klaus. So we really have five strong players this year and it will be tough on me sometimes to figure out who I want to play. It’s a tough problem but a good problem. They all are hungry and all want to go out there and compete.” — Stephen Lee, Centennial coach

“I’ve been playing like this for awhile now, really grinding out rounds. I’ve started getting more comfortable with my swing recently, which is helping a little with consistency. But the biggest thing for me is just focusing on the next shot and not getting wrapped up in it when I do happen to hit a bad one.” — Branden Nguyen, Atholton senior

“I love competition and in particular playing against guys like I got to play with today. When you are with other players that are playing well, it drives you to do even better yourself.” — Branden Nguyen, Atholton senior

“We saw Atholton put up a 95 at Fairway Hills [Tuesday] and we were texting in the group chat saying that we had to come out here and show up. It pushed us to put up a good number, knowing that Atholton could put up such a high number. I think it’s going to kind of push us forward into the rest of the season. We know Marriotts Ridge is going to be solid and River Hill [too] … it’s just going to consistently push us to get better.” — Ty Sams, Centennial senior

BOX SCORE

Centennial — 93, Howard — 71, Atholton — 67

C (3-0): Ty Sams 24, Dustin Stocksdale 23, Conarie Steinbach 23, Klaus Wood 23.

Ho (1-2): Jarrett Maynor 21, Jai Sheth 20, Gregory Heiger 17, Will Drnach 13.

A (1-2): Branden Nguyen 26, Camden Campbell 21, Nolan Chong 15, Luke Chory 5.

OTHER BOYS SCORES:

Reservoir — 76, Mt. Hebron — 55, Long Reach — 35

Re (2-1): Justin Gutierrez 22, John Welch 21, Trace Teodori 20, Ty Karbacka 13.

MH (2-1): Garrett Snyder 16, Jason Van Tine 14, Ethan Kang 13, Tyler Kang 12.

LR (0-3): Ian Rullman 12, Sammy Hussain 10, Garrett Watt 8, Matt Peters 5.

Marriotts Ridge — 84, Glenelg — 78, Oakland Mills — 27

MR (3-0): Akash Marakath 23, Brian Kang 21, Justin Allen 20, Josh Lee 20.

G (2-1): Caleb Taylor 26, Roggen King 21, Michael Gloth 19, Ryan Glassman 12.

OM (0-3): Heath Franklin 15, Alex Tamai 7, Paul Lebert 5.

River Hill — 79, Wilde Lake — 32, Hammond —30

RH (3-0): Cam Deiuliis 22, Jackson Graves 21, Robbie Graham 20, N. Deiuliis 16.

WL (1-2): Henry Hilger 17, Evan Schneider 9, Garion Hoy 4, Adam Parker 2.

Ha (0-3): Cal Hewitt 14, Tim Stryker 10, Cole Smith 4, Walls 2.

GIRLS SCORES:

Centennial — 53, Howard — 38, Atholton — 10

Senior Morgan Taylor fired a career-best round of 25 points (2-over par) at the Timbers at Troy to lead the way for the Eagles. She made a birdie on the par 3 fifth hole and six pars.

The previous career-high for Taylor was 21 points in a tri-match against Reservoir and Oakland Mills last fall.

Centennial golf senior Morgan Taylor talks about her round of 25 points (2-over par) during a tri-match against Howard and Atholton at the Timbers at Troy.

C (3-0): Morgan Taylor 25, Erin Jeong 17, Sussie Park 9, Hannah Fang 5.

Ho (1-2): Logan Lurie 19, Morgan Cooper 8, Paige Wine 7, Sophia Soh 5.

A (0-3): Saili Khorjekar 6, Susie Jang 4.

Marriotts Ridge — 68, Glenelg — 41, Oakland Mills — 8

The duo of freshman Alana Alexander-Giles and senior Faith McIlvain put together a historic performance at Fairway Hills on Thursday, combining to score 59 points between the two of them. Alexander-Giles put up a three-under-par round of 30 points and McIlvain was right behind her with a two-under 29.

The previous Howard County record for best score by two female teammates in a single match was held by Marriotts Ridge’s duo of Rachel Lee and Lauren Kim, who combined for 55 points in a 2013 tri-match at Waverly Woods.

For Alexander-Giles it was a huge bounce back after scoring 18 points in her high-school debut Tuesday. McIlvain, meanwhile, simply built on her strong opening-day score of 30 points.

MR (3-0): Alana Alexander-Giles 30, Faith McIlvain 29, Sydney Bivens 9.

G (2-1): Ally Abruscato 17, Amber Kostick 11, Morgan Ruddo 10, Suki Sacks 3.

OM (0-3): Kylee Hoffman 4, Isabella Fernandez 2, Ira Valeza 2.

River Hill — 57, Wilde Lake — 20, Hammond — 10

RH (3-0): Adrienne Lesho 17, Mohair Sandhu 17, Chang 12, Amy Zhao 11.

WL (2-1): Lindsey Sands 10, Clare Bowen 9, Erica Sweitzer 1.

Ha (0-3): Ashleigh Louie 5, Ezeh 5.

Mt. Hebron — 19, Reservoir — 18, Long Reach — 0

MH (2-1): Zoe Perna 8, Kate Fleck 5, Katie Katcheves 3, Danielle Bodziak 3.

Re (2-1): Kate Abunassar 12, Leila Withers 6.

LR (0-3): N/A.

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