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Prep Golf: Staley, Hubs victorious in MVAL Antietam Championships

October 19, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — North Hagerstown captured its second straight MVAL Antietam Conference team title, with senior Aaron Staley taking home medalist honors on Friday at Black Rock Golf Course.

The Hubs, who will now gear up as a team for the Maryland Class 3A/4A state tournament on Monday at College Park, posted a 309 for first place, well ahead of Williamsport, which was second with 344 strokes, and Smithsburg, which was third with 353 strokes.

Staley was in a battle with Williamsport’s Ryan Crabtree for individual honors, and when Crabtree posted a bogey on the 18th hole, Staley secured first place with a par to finish off a 1-under-par 71. Crabtree finished at even-par 72.

North received a big boost in its team scoring from sophomore Kyle Moir, who posted a career-best 4-over 76 to tie Smithsburg’s Kyle Huntzberry for third.

“We’re happy to win again,” said North coach Joel Rice. “Hopefully it gives us some momentum heading into Monday at the states.”

Also for North, Nate Parchment shot a 79 to tie for fifth, Andrew Miguel shot an 83 and Chad Shindle shot an 86.

Staley and Crabtree were deadlocked through the front nine, each shooting 3-under 33s. A birdie on No. 12 helped give Staley a two-stroke lead.

Crabtree got back into a tie for the lead with a pair of pars on Nos. 14 and 15, while Staley had back-to-back bogeys.

After Crabtree got a par on the par-3 No. 17 by two-putting from nearly 60 feet, it was Staley who made a huge par to not fall behind. He hit a pitch shot from off the green that left him with a 20-footer to save par, and he rolled it in to remain even.

“I thought he would make that putt all along,” said Crabtree.

The 18th, a par 4, became the decisive hole.

Staley drove to the middle of the fairway and then went over the green on his approach shot, while Crabtree came up well short of the green on his second shot from the rough on the left.

Staley chipped within 8 feet of the cup, while Crabtree’s third shot was about 5 feet left of the pin.

Staley made the putt for par, then watched Crabtree’s putt lip out of the left side of the cup.

“It was my best round of golf at Black Rock,” said Crabtree. “I left some shots out there.”

Staley, coming off a nine-hole 32 two days ago at Worthington Manor, had an eagle 3 on the par-5 No. 1 and made three other birdies.

“You could go at the greens today and I made more putts than usual,” said Staley. “This gives me confidence for Monday.”

Staley and Huntzberry will be making their fourth appearances at states. Crabtree will make his first.

It was the third straight year Staley took Antietam medalist honors. He won with a a 77 in 2010 and a 74 in 2011. As a freshman in 2009, he tied Smithsburg’s Chris Bushey with an 81 in 39-degree weather, but Bushey was declared the winner by the USGA tiebreaker method of back-nine scores.

Huntzberry finished with a 76 on Friday, leaving his freshman score of 92 far in the dust.

“It’s been a fun four years,” said Huntzberry.

MVAL Antietam Championship
At Black Rock, par 72
TEAM SCORES: North Hagerstown 309, Williamsport 344, Smithsburg 353, Catoctin 358, Brunswick 363, Boonsboro 380, South Hagerstown 394, Clear Spring 404
NORTH HAGERSTOWN
Aaron Staley 71, Kyle Moir 76, Nate Parchment 79, Andrew Miguel 83, Chad Shindle 86, Sam Robertson 103.
WILLIAMSPORT 
Ryan Crabtree 72, Cody Trunkle 79, Connor Renn 96, Ben Seibert 97, Drew Jamison 97, Devin Blackman 98.
SMITHSBURG
Kyle Huntzberry 76, Nate Redmond 83, Jordan Tapley 90, Cody Fairall 104, Trey Martz 114, Zach Wolf 124.
BOONSBORO
T.J. Shadoan 92, Jacob Burdette 94, Sydney Alexander 97, Rocky Moats 97, Blake Dougherty 101.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN
Dylan Bickford 88, Cody Reeder 89, Andrew Snodderly 100, Josh Mades 117, Lon Branham 122, Bridgette Swanson 123.
CLEAR SPRING
Joe Alexander 98, Ethan Moats 99, Garrett Hull 102, Tim Stoner 105, Alex Sword 116.

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