Aaron Staley has added his name to a list of dominant prep golfers in Washington County.
In recent years, there was Seiji Hirai and Chris Bushey among the boys, and Ashley Grier, Haeun Lee and Angela Wacker among the girls.
And then, along came Staley.
The North Hagerstown senior has been the “medalist” golfer during his career at North, winning The Herald-Mail’s Washington County Player of the Year honors in 2010 and 2011.
Despite personal disappointment at not making a stronger run at winning the Maryland state championship, Staley can find solace in the fact he qualified four consecutive years — finishing his prep career with a 39th-place finish at the University of Maryland in October.
Staley shot a career-best 32 for nine holes at Worthington Manor on the way to averaging 36.3 strokes per nine holes this season, his best mark in his four seasons.
“Everything went right that day,” Staley said. “The 34 I had at River Downs was good because it is such a hard course.”
For a third consecutive year, Staley is The Herald-Mail’s Washington County Player of the Year.
“I gave the (All-County) a run my freshman year and I knew I had the potential for three more years to pull it out,” Staley said. “I had Becky (teammate Becky Gossard) in the hunt and players like Kyle (Huntzberry) and Ryan (Crabtree) to battle.”
“It’s satisfying,” Staley said of the three straight honors. “I guess it puts me in an unofficial record book. My freshman year I didn’t know what to expect. As time went on, I realized how serious it was taken.”
As a freshman, Staley averaged 39.8 and followed up each year with top-ranked figures —37.8 as a sophomore, 38.5 as a junior and 36.3 this year.
Staley only had hoped to win at states.
“This year, I was insanely nervous at the states and didn’t play how I expected to play,” said Staley, who was followed hole-by-hole by college scouts.
Joining Staley on the 2012 Herald-Mail All-County First Team are:
Ryan Crabtree, Williamsport
A senior, Crabtree earned his second straight first-team nod. Had a 38.5 average and a season-low 33 at Black Rock. Ranked second in MVAL Antietam points system behind Staley with 153 points. Qualified for the Maryland state tournament and tied for 39th.
Kyle Huntzberry, Smithsburg
A senior, Huntzberry is a first-team selection for a third time. He competed in the state tournament four times, finishing in a tie for 28th this year. Averaged 39.2 this year.
Andrew Miguel, North Hagerstown
A junior, Miguel is a first-team member for the first time. He played in his second state tournament and finished tied for 20th. Averaged 39.5 for the year.
Nate Parchment, North Hagerstown
A senior, Parchment made the first team for the first time. Averaged 41.3 for the year and had a career-best 76 in the district to qualify for the state tournament.
Chad Shindle, North Hagerstown
A senior, it’s Shindle’s second first-team selection. He tied for low medalist in the Washington County tournament with a 74. Averaged 41.0 for the season.
Honorable Mention: North Hagerstown — Kyle Moir, So.; Saint James — Patrick Hart, Jr.; Max Brady, Jr.; Smithsburg — Jordan Tapley, So.; South Hagerstown — Cody Reeder, Jr.; Dylan Bickford, So.; St. Maria Goretti — Niklas Steiner, So.; Michael DeMercurio, Sr.; Williamsport — Cody Trunkle, Sr.