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Markiewicz is player of the year

Junior Allyson Markiewicz knows all about winning under pressure.

After helping Ardrey Kell to an undefeated record, including a N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A championship, Western Regional title and Southwestern 4A title in 2010, with top-10 finishes in all three events, Markiewicz led her team to similar heights this year.

Markiewicz, the Observer player of the year, played her best when it mattered most this season, winning the 4A Western Regional in a sudden-death playoff over eventual state champion, Ronald Reagan's Victoria Allred. The Knights also finished second as a team at the regional.

The Ardrey Kell junior didn't win a state individual title, but she did finish second. She shot an opening-round 75 and final-round 77, finishing three strokes back at Pinehurst No. 6. Ardrey Kell placed third overall.

Markiewicz, who is being recruited by several Division I schools that she won't name, currently is ranked No. 4 by the Tarheel Youth Golf Association.

Coach Dale Snyder also is used to winning championships.

After leading his Salisbury boys' team to a 3A state title in May, Snyder, the Observer coach of the year, did it again with the girls' team this month. The team did it in convincing fashion, winning by 33 shots over second-place Pittsboro Northwood at Southern Pines.

Snyder, who also guided state-title winning teams in 2006 and 2007, will have another strong team back next season with the return of freshman Isabella Rusher, the individual 1A/2A champion who also helped the Hornets to their title.

All-Observer Teams

1st Team

Allyson Markiewicz, Ardrey Kell: Junior had a banner year, winning 4A West Regional, second at state.

Isabella Rusher, Salisbury: Freshman won 1A/2A state championship.

Savannah Wood, Watauga: Sophomore finished fourth at the 4A state final.

Logan Garman, Butler: Senior caps Bulldogs' career tied for sixth at state.

Kate Collom, Cannon: Sophomore shot a 75 to earn medalist at N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association state tournament, led her team to state title.

Sarah Bertram, Concord: Three-time South Piedmont 3A champion finished second at state.

Emily Stinson, Ardrey Kell: Junior led the Knights with average score of 37 in regular season.

Morgan Zemaitis, Mallard Creek: Junior won I-Meck 4A title, finished 14th at state.

2nd Team

Michelle Fogarty, Providence, Sr.

Hayley Miller, Olympic, Sr.

Rachel Walker, Marvin Ridge, Fr.

Lily Yatwara, Salisbury, Sr.

Abbey Hartsell, Alexander Central, Fr.

Anna Redding, Cannon, Fr.

Jamie Barnes, Crest, Sr.

Jessica Prince, Piedmont, Soph.

3rd Team

Brittany Smith, East Lincoln, Jr.

Maegan Ports, Lake Norman Charter, Jr.

Lacy Mirovich, Mount Pleasant, Jr.

Madeline Hoskins, Salisbury, Soph.

Annie Collom, Cannon, Fr.

Brooke Vann, Charlotte Country Day, Soph.

Savannah Walker, Olympic, Sr.

Madi Cauble, South Point, Sr.