Second to none this time, MSJ wins A crown

MIAA golf championship

High Schools

May 16, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Riding strong performances from three of its top four players, second-seeded Mount St. Joseph took the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference boys golf championship with a 12 1/2 -8 1/2 victory over fourth-seeded Loyola yesterday at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills.

Matt Bassler, Michael Bassler and Josh Jenkins accounted for 11 of the Gaels' points, helping 11th-year coach Mike Dooley win his first A Conference title after four runner-up finishes.

"I feel really good about this one," said Dooley. "This was a really special group of kids, and they really came through. We were deep, we were talented, we were just rock-solid."

Matt Bassler set the tone by sweeping Brett Keller at the No. 1 position and teaming with Ryan Fields to earn the day's first four-ball point.

The Dons' Roger Waesche beat Fields head-to-head at No. 2 to earn three points for Loyola, but Michael Bassler and Jenkins responded by sweeping the points in the second foursome, and the Gaels (12-1) never looked back.

Loyola (9-5) had upset top-seeded St. Paul's in the semifinals.

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