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2007-08 All-County High School Golf Team

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Brenda Ahearn⁄The Gazette
The 2007-08 All-County Golf Team includes: (front row, from left) Caroline Sweet, Dionne West, Nicole West; (back row, from left) Jason Park, Ben Warnquist, Joey Rice, Jarrell Parrish, Kevin Poole, Coach of the Year Pat Poole. Not pictured: Jason Clatworthy.

Player of the Year
Caroline Sweet, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sr.
Sweet capped a superb high school career with a stellar performance in the two-day state meet at the University of Maryland. She shot a four-under-par 68 on the second day and set a new state record with a two-day total of 140. Sweet will continue her golf career at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., where she plans to major in English. She finished the regular season with the lowest average round (72.83) among all county public school golfers, male or female, then won both the regional and state titles.

Coach of the Year
Pat Poole, St. Vincent Pallotti
For the second consecutive season, Poole guided St. Vincent Pallotti to a perfect campaign and another Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference tournament title. Poole has steered the Panthers to a combined 38-2 record and two conference regular season and postseason crowns the past three seasons. His two top players return next season.

First Team
Joey Rice, DeMatha, Sr.
As the Stags’ top player, the Rice finished with an 11-1-1 record against his Washington Catholic Athletic Conference opponents and took second in the Private Schools’ Championship at Congressional Country Club. After two seasons as DeMatha’s No. 1 golfer, he’ll continue his career on a golf scholarship at the University of Maryland.

Jarrell Parrish, DeMatha, Soph.
Parrish earned a 12-0-1 record in match play and took third in the Private Schools’ Championship at Congressional and fourth in the two-day WCAC tournament. Parrish has lost just one match during his two seasons at DeMatha and will represent the United States in the Euro Cup at St. Andrew’s in Scotland in July.

Ben Warnquist, DeMatha, Fr.
Finishing the season at 11-2 in the five slot, Warnquist won the WCAC tournament with a two-day score of 150, then won the Private Schools’ Championship at Congressional. He is the first freshman to accomplish that feat and only the second DeMatha player ever to win both events in the same season. He earned All-American status on the Future Collegiate World Tour.

Jason Clatworthy, St. Vincent Pallotti, Jr.
The junior went 12-0 and yielded only one-half point in match play while playing in the No. 1 position for the Panthers. He averaged 36.5 strokes per nine holes and was the Elite Players Tour player of the year last summer. The Panthers are 38-2 during his three seasons on the squad.

Kevin Poole, St. Vincent Pallotti, Jr.
Another integral part of the Panthers’ second consecutive perfect run through the MIAA B Conference, the junior went undefeated in match play and surrendered only five points while averaging 38 strokes per nine holes.

Jason Park, Eleanor Roosevelt, Soph.
Park completed the regular season with the lowest average (77.42) among county public school boys and third-lowest overall. Park should be among the county’s best hopes for a state championship the next two seasons.

Dionne West, Charles H. Flowers, Sr.
The senior had the sixth-best regular season average (79.83) among all county public school golfers and was third among girls. She then finished fourth in the girls’ division of the state tournament with a two-day total of 152.

Nicole West, Charles H. Flowers, Jr.
West concluded her junior season with the second-best average (76.83) among all county public school golfers then finished sixth in the state tournament with a two-day total of 156.

Second Team
Jim Halley and Adam MacNaught, St. Vincent Pallotti
Myles Handy, Nick Holden and Jordan Sweet, DeMatha
Joe Armenstrout, Gabrielle Sinkovic, Steven Hyre and Chris Anderson, Bowie
Anthony Ponafala, Oxon Hill
Jeffrey Napper, Gavin Thompson, and Walter Batts Jr., Charles H. Flowers
Matt Zeiger, Eleanor Roosevelt
Jeff Weech, Largo

The Gazette-Star All-County High School Golf Team was selected by our staff based on players’ performances. Because public schools play golf in the fall and private schools play in the spring, the team is based on results from the entire 2007-08 school year. Staff Writer Ted Black compiled the information on this page.

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