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The Walter Johnson High School golf team went 17-1 last year, but didn’t perform as expected in the postseason. So it will head into the 2014 season motivated with five starters expected back.

“I know when you look at the final standings it looks like we had a very good year,” said Walter Johnson first-year coach Tom Wheeler, who took over for longtime coach Richard Payne this year. “But I know for a lot of these guys it didn’t end the way they wanted.”

Walter Johnson returns starting seniors Josh Jacobs and Dustin New and juniors Noah Moss, Tasso Scilaris and Jordan Bobb. Wheeler also expects junior Rashad Deleshov and freshman Spencer Brody to have an impact this fall.

Walt Whitman went 13-5 last fall and also boasts a strong returning lineup. Among the returning starters is sophomore Graham Hutchinson.

“I expect Graham will be our No. 1 golfer this fall,” Whitman coach Karl O’Donoghue said, “He had a great freshman season for us a year ago and he’s played in a lot of tournaments over the summer. Our league is very, very good top to bottom, so it really comes down to which team gets the most consistent play from its top 5, 6 golfers each match.”

Bethesda-Chevy Chase, which went 4-14 in the upper Yachmetz Division, should be led by Kyle Dunn, Cooper Moore, David Platt, Nelson French and Gillian Han. It’s a solid group that gives coach Robert Sherdian plenty of optimism this fall.

“It’s going to be a competitive team,” Sheridan said. “We have five really good players back. I know we’re in the upper division and the county is really, really loaded this fall, but I think we’ll do well.”

While Walter Johnson and Whitman may have owned the best records in match play last fall, it was two-time defending state champion Thomas S. Wootton that won. Wootton, should be led by senior Justin Feldman and junior Delaney Shah.

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