Demarkis Cooper shrugged it off. The 75-stroke score he had just shot at the Prince George's County regional championship was nice. So was winning the tournament by six shots. But that wasn't what he was after last week at Enterprise Golf Club. He was after a state qualifying score — which he accomplished with ease, a good eight shots under the cut — and then turned into a cheerleader for the rest of his Prince George's compatriots.
The ultimate goal of regionals is to qualify. The county championship on Tuesday? That's a little different, he said.
“I'm happy I made it, I'm hoping my team made it,” Cooper said afterwords. “That's how you got to view it, especially today. You can't really stress an individual win because today isn't about individuals, it's about the county making a name for itself, getting more people out there. [At counties], that's about the individual crown. I haven't won one yet, but I think I'm due for one now.”
Cooper will return to Enterprise with the rest of the county for Prince George's bragging rights on Tuesday, where he will have to unseat Eleanor Roosevelt's Bryan Morris once again. The usual suspects — Ishmail Jabbie, Lance Jewell, Andrew Hung — will also be in contention.
Eileen Lloyd has repeated it over and over again this season: her team is young, give them a little time. A little time apparently goes a long way for her Eleanor Roosevelt volleyball team, which, if it defeated Oxon Hill (the match ended too late to be included in this edition of The Gazette), it would have won yet another County 4A League title.
“They're just young,” Lloyd said after a sweep of Charles H. Flowers on Sept. 26. “When they're that young there's a learning curve.”
The curve, if there was one at all, was a bit less steep for Crossland, which clinched the 3A/2A/1A crown on Monday with a win against Fairmont Heights to close out league play undefeated. It still has one more regular season match remaining, an Oct. 21 tilt with Parkdale, to finish out the year undefeated.