With the postseason right around the corner, River Hill is playing its best golf of the season.
Benjamin Siriboury set a new program record Wednesday at the Timbers at Troy, scoring a personal-best 30 points (3-under par) to lead the Hawks’ boys team to a 94-81 victory over previously undefeated Howard.
River Hill (5-0), which also got a 1-under-par total of 28 points from Mark Berg, will now square off against Marriotts Ridge (5-0) next week for the county team championship. Marriotts Ridge, a winner over Centennial on Wednesday, has won 88 straight matches against county opponents.
For Siriboury, who flirted with the county-record of 31 points over the final couple holes against the Lions, said it feels good to be peaking at the right time.
“I’m starting to feel confident in my swing now because before my swing was really on and off,” he said. “I feel like I’m finally ready for counties and districts.”
Siriboury opened with a par and backed it up with a birdie on the second hole. Then, after two straight pars, he caught fire in the middle of his round. The Hawks’ junior made three straight birdies between the fifth and seventh holes to get himself to 4-under par with two holes to go.
The birdie on the par 4 seventh saw him sink a 15-foot putt up the hill.
“After that hole I really tried to remind myself to stay focused,” he said. “I was playing well, but I know that usually toward the end is where I have messed up in the past, so I couldn’t think too much about it.”
After hitting the green with his tee shot on the par 3 eighth hole, he made his first mistake of the day by blowing his birdie putt well past the hole. He then narrowly missed the par putt coming back and settled for a bogey.
He had one final chance to tie the record on the last hole, but his lengthy birdie putt lipped out.
Still, it goes down as the best regular season round ever by a River Hill boys golfer.
Berg was right alongside his teammate most of the round. He too made birdies on the second and fifth holes to get himself to 2-under par. He then made a couple bogeys sandwiched around a third birdie to finish at 1-under.
It ties the best round of Berg’s high school career, as he also scored 28 points in the match last year against Howard as a freshman on the same course.
He said that having Siriboury playing so well in his group helped keep him calm.
“It definitely helps being able to see him make putts and hit all those good shots. It just naturally gives you confidence that you can do the same,” Berg said. “The energy and positivity was great today.”
River Hill also got 20 points from Keagan Graves and 16 from Cole Spies on the way to the team’s highest total score of the season thus far.
Howard was led by Dev Sheth (23 points) and Ronan Menon (21).
River Hill 94, Howard 81 (Timbers at Troy)
RH (5-0): Benjamin Siriboury 30, Mark Berg 28, Keagan Graves 20, Cole Spies 16.
Ho (4-1): Dev Sheth 23, Ronan Menon 21, Sean Dawes 19, Matt Baur 18.
OTHER BOYS SCORES:
Marriotts Ridge 73, Centennial 68 (Waverly Woods)
The Mustangs edged past the Eagles to keep their winning streak intact and earn a meeting for the county championship title next week against River Hill. Sangmin Lee was the leader for Marriotts Ridge with 24 points.
In the loss, Centennial’s Dustin Stocksdale had his best round of the season (27 points – even par).
MR (5-0): Sangmin Lee 24, Navneet Kunadi 19, Zach Vernick 18, Neev Saraf 12.
C (1-4): Dustin Stocksdale 27, Ty Beck-Winter 17, Mason Roque 16, Ryan Kane 8.
Atholton 62, Wilde Lake 51 (Willow Springs)
Andy Christiansen fired a career-best round of 24 points to lead the way for the Raiders and with it qualified himself for the season-ending county championship tournament.
Henry Hilger had the best round of the match, posting 25 points to lead Wilde Lake.
A (3-2): Andy Christiansen 24, Brody Pope 15, West Peterson 12, Ivan Cho 11.
WL (2-3): Henry Hilger 25, Tyler Mooneyhan 9, Steven Smith 9, Antonio Hardy 8.
Long Reach 81, Reservoir 41 (Fairway Hills)
The Lightning set a program-record for most team points in a match, getting 17 points or more from all four players. Even more impressive, each player either tied or beat their previous best score in a high school match. Jake Filler led the way with 23 points.
LR (3-1-1): Jake Filler 23, Ethan Ahn 21, Elliott Austraw 20, Amir Patel 17.
Re (0-5): Finn Riley 17, Jack Holmes 10, Younes Azam 8, Nolan Baer 6.
Hammond 21, Oakland Mills 3 (Hobbits Glen)
Ha (1-4): Mason Walls 10, Cooper Smith 4, Jackson Mansolillo 4, Sean Meklir 3.
OM (0-5): Cayden Mood 3.
Atholton 47, Wilde Lake (Willow Springs)
The Raiders posted their most balanced effort of the season to edge the Wildecats. Cate Lee led all scorers with 19 points, but there were highlights across the board for Atholton. Kavya Shah and Clara Kadingo each chipped in from off the green during their rounds, with Shah’s hole-out from 30 yards away leading to a birdie.
A (4-1): Cate Lee 19, Keira Wilkie 10, Kavya Shah 10, Clara Kadingo 8.
WL (3-2): Jane Mhonda 17, Laurel Sands 17, Lindsey Sands 11.
Reservoir 53, Long Reach 40 (Fairway Hills)
Riyana Patel set a new career-high with 27 points and Payton Pullen was right behind her with a career-best 23 points of her own to help the Gators defeat the Lightning. In defeat, Emma Koech (25 points) and Grace Simpson (15) also had personal best scores as well for Long Reach.
Re (2-3): Riyana Patel 27, Payton Pullen 23, Alicia Swirsky 3.
LR (1-4): Emma Koech 25, Grace Simpson 15.
Marriotts Ridge 75, Centennial 44 (Waverly Woods)
Alana Alexander-Giles shot an even par round of 27 points to pace the undefeated Mustangs in the victory.
MR (5-0): Alana Alexander-Giles 27, Erin Jeong 22, Morgan Swidersky 18, Ella Ugiansky 8.
C (3-2): Reagan Hubbard 17, Hannah Fang 14, Sanika Shah 12, Lanting Zhu 1.
River Hill 30, Howard 18 (Timbers at Troy)
RH (5-0): Julia Baek 11, Carolina Herrera 11, Simran Mulchandani 7, Katelyn Sharp 1.
Ho (2-3): Ashley Bui 8, Andie Chung 8, Sydney Boris 2.
Oakland Mills 21, Hammond 1 (Hobbits Glen)
The Oakland Mills girls won their first match of the season, getting double-digit scoring efforts from Chloe Koh (11 points) and Kylee Hoffman (10). Hoffman’s round was highlighted by a birdie on the fifth hole.
OM (1-4): Chloe Koh 11, Kylee Hoffman 10.
Ha (0-5): Mikaela Meer 1.
Boys Howard County Championship qualifiers*
Mark Berg, River Hill (22.2 overall scoring average)
Justin Choi, River Hill (20)
Andrew Christiansen, Atholton (18.6)
Jake Filler, Long Reach (19)
Keagan Graves, River Hill (21)
Henry Hilger, Wilde Lake (21.4)
Aiden Kim, Marriotts Ridge (25)
Sangmin Lee, Marriotts Ridge (24)
Ronan Menon, Howard (21.5)
Jonathan Moon, Marriotts Ridge (22)
Neev Saraf, Marriotts Ridge (18.7)
Dev Sheth, Howard (21.4)
Benjamin Siriboury, River Hill (27)
Dustin Stocksdale, Centennial (24)
Zach Vernick, Marriotts Ridge (21)
Ellis Waak, Glenelg (20.5)
George Williamson, Marriotts Ridge (23.5)
*Boys must have an average of 22 points from their top two matches to qualify.
Girls Howard County Championship qualifiers
Alana Alexander-Giles, Marriotts Ridge (26 overall scoring average)
Lila Becker, Marriotts Ridge (24)
Hannah Fang, Centennial (14)
Reagan Hubbard, Centennial (17.8)
Erin Jeong, Marriotts Ridge (20)
Megan Kirkpatrick, Glenelg (28)
Emma Koech, Long Reach (22)
Chloe Koh, Oakland Mills (16)
Amber Kostick, Glenelg (17.5)
Cate Lee, Atholton (19.8)
Sydney Lynott, River Hill (18.3)
Jane Mhonda, Wilde Lake (20.3)
Charlene Pak, Marriotts Ridge (19.7)
Riyana Patel, Reservoir (19.8)
Payton Pullen, Reservoir (18.6)
Laurel Sands, Wilde Lake (18.4)
Samadhi Tennakoon, Glenelg (17.8)
Helen Yeung, River Hill (27)
*Girls must have an average of 18 points from their top two matches to qualify