While this year's girls golf county title will likely go through undefeated Howard, Centennial is quietly assembling a team full of underclassmen that is getting more dangerous by the week.
The latest triumph for this Eagles' group — comprised of junior Isabel Trojillo, sophomores Megumi Fukuzawa and Joanna Park, and freshman Morgan Taylor — came on Tuesday afternoon against Wilde Lake at Hobbit's Glen. Trojillo set the pace with a round of 19 points, followed by 12 points from Park and nine apiece from Fukuzawa and Taylor.
The 49 combined points easily outpaced a Wilde Lake squad, which finished with 15 points, that came into the day with only one loss. Lee Lee Sands led the way in the defeat with 14 points.
"What we're really focusing on is building toward next year. Every match, every practice we're using it as experience toward making us better and ready for a run at the county next fall," Centennial coach Stephen Lee said. "We're going to be bringing back four returning players and we're already a very good team this year that I think will only get better."
Through six matches now, the Eagles have lost only once — against Howard in the opening match of the season Aug. 18 — and own a key victory over Marriotts Ridge. A big reason for the success is having four players consistently scoring in every match, which is something only Centennial and Howard can currently boast.
Fukuzawa and Park have been steady in the middle of the line-up, but the X-factor has been Taylor. As a freshman, she's shown improvement almost every time out and on Tuesday against Wilde Lake, she scored at least one point on almost every hole.
"She's getting a little bit better every match and you can see the confidence is building," Lee said. "I think there was a little bit of an intimidation factor at first, but she's quickly realizing she can play with these girls. She has a bright future."
In terms of the big picture, Trojillo has the kind of talent that could make her a serious factor in the postseason this fall. She is currently averaging just under 20 points a match and finished tied for third at last year's county championship tournament.
"Isabel has big goals for this year, really looking in particular at districts and states. She just missed making it (to states) last year and I know she's working toward a much higher finish," Lee said.
The toughest remaining test in the regular season for Centennial as a team is a match against River Hill (5-1) on Sept. 14 at Hobbit's Glen.
Centennial 49, Wilde Lake 15
C (5-1): Trojillo 19, Park 12, Fukuzawa 9, Taylor 9.
WL (4-2): Sands 14, Battle 1.
Other girls box scores:
Howard 79, Long Reach 0
The Lions set a new program record for points and had several girls set personal records as well at the Timbers at Troy. Jacqueline Cherry led the way with a career-high round of 28 points (1-under par) and was followed by a career-high 21 points from Alex Abrams. Solid rounds were also turned in by Harper Lurie (18 points) and Sam Sagi (career-high 12 points).
Ho (6-0): Cherry 28, Abrams 21, Lurie 18, Sagi 12.
LR (0-6): N/A.
Marriotts Ridge 54, Hammond 3
MR (4-2): McIlvain 24, Quinn 17, Dorsch 14.
Ha (1-5): O'Ryan 2, Tuckley 1.
River Hill 28, Reservoir 3
RH (5-1): Green 13, Lesho 9, Berg 6.
Re (1-5): Smith 3.
Atholton 20, Mt. Hebron 17
A (2-4): Belden 10, Wenderoth 6, Lechner 4.
MH (2-4): Rathbun 17.
Boys box scores:
Marriotts Ridge 80, Hammond 54
The Mustangs stayed undefeated on the season, but the real story was junor Ryan Lee recording a hole-in-one on the 11th hole at Willow Springs. He ended up finishing with 23 points overall, one behind Alex Pak (team-leading 24 points).
MR (6-0): Pak 24, Ryan Lee 23, Josh Lee 19, Stephens 14.
Ha (2-4): McDonald 18, Sarich 17, Witt 12, Gaffere 7.
Centennial 46, Wilde Lake 41
C (3-2-1): Fukuzawa 15, Konoplev 12, Watson 11, Ling 8.
WL (2-4): Schneider 20, Wilson 8, Tiffey 8, Swanson 5.
Howard 59, Long Reach 31
Each of Howard's four players set personal bests on the way to the win over the Lightning. Brett Pool's 26 points (1-over par) were a match-high.
Ho (4-2): Pool 26, Goldberg 15, McLamb 14, Maynor 4.
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LR (0-6): Harmon 10, Hussain 10, Lewis 9, Ramberg 2.
River Hill 83, Reservoir 55
RH (5-1): Gold 26, Hickey 23, Burman 20, Mann 14.
Re (2-4): Teodori 20, Goron 14, Gigioli 11, Lee 10.
Mt. Hebron 71, Atholton 67
MH (4-2): Hall 20, Lloyd 18, Jung 17, Kim 16.
A (1-4-1): Nguyen 25, Noah Chong 19, Nolan Chong 12, Grimsely 11.