Because boys varsity basketball is the type of sport people can easily come out and watch while golf is much harder to follow, many people are probably much more aware of the standout accomplishments recent Montgomery County grad Aubrey Nelson had on the hardwood as opposed to the links.
The problem with that is while Nelson had his share of glory both on the football field and basketball court golf is the only sport he was All-State in three years in-a-row. On top of that he had a different head coach in both basketball and golf than when he started, yet was still able to find his way to the top of the standings when it mattered most, signs this athlete has the mental fortitude to compete and win regardless of factors such as location and other extraneous outside influences.
Instead, Nelson was a leader in every meaning of the word, both by example, as well as by the way he calmly led his teammates from one challenge to the next without panic in his voice or fear in his heart. Athletes like that aren't common at any school, but the fact this one excelled at golf is something the Montgomery County varsity boys program is going to miss come next season, and every season until they can find several players who, as a group, can provide what Nelson did all by himself.
"We were hoping to qualify for sectionals as a team and we missed that by one place. We won conference which we were hoping to do," said first-year head coach Joe Basinger. "Then we qualified one for the state tournament and he ended up being All-State, which was a great accomplishment for him."
Also stepping away from the Wildcats because of graduation are Cole Curry and Skyler Hutcheson. The flip side of those losses, according to Bassinger, is that Montgomery County has at least one incoming freshman with enough talent to challenge for a spot on the varsity, but that's all he's aware of.
Instead the crux of next years efforts will be centered on a group of returning athletes thaat includes soon-to-be seniors Jackson Larkin, Elijah Robinson and Erik Saak and juniors Jed Pulley and Tucker Banks.