Oakland Mills junior Donnie Shin overcame a rough start, making four birdies on the back nine to win the Howard County high school golf championship yesterday at The Timbers at Troy Golf Club in Elkridge.

Shin began the 18-hole championship match with two bogeys and a triple bogey to go 5 over. But his deadly accurate approach shots on the back nine combined with a hot putter enabled him to birdie Nos. 11, 12, 16 and 17 to finish with a 1-over-par 73.

Howard County uses a Stableford scoring system (awarding points for pars, birdies, etc.); Shin won the event with 53 points.

Centennial sophomore Chris Wellde shot 5-over 77 (49 points) to finish second, followed by Glenelg senior Andrew Gotschall (8 over; 46 points) and River Hill senior Justin Fabling (9 over; 45 points).

Atholton senior Leslie Walker shot a 10-over 82 to win the girls' championship. Mount Hebron's Kyoo Hwang (44 points), John Caffes (43), Tom Miller (43) and Suh Hwang (43) combined for 171 points to win the team title. Glenelg finished second with 165, followed by Centennial (163).

B-CC Tops Whitman

Nina Bruno scored with 4 minutes 13 seconds left in the first half to lead No. 5 Bethesda-Chevy Chase past host Whitman, 1-0, in a Montgomery County field hockey game. Claire Davey-Karlson had six saves for the Barons (6-2-2). Emily Urciolo had 10 saves for Whitman (7-2). The Barons held a 40-11 shot advantage.

Kondos Leads Arundel

Senior Justin Kondos had a hat trick as No. 10 Arundel defeated Chesapeake, 5-2, in an Anne Arundel County boys' soccer game. Arundel scored three times in the first 15 minutes. Kondos has nine goals on the year for the Wildcats. David Cross and Cam Weinstein also scored for Arundel and Chris Holland and Dave Grimes scored for Chesapeake. . . .

Good Counsel junior outside hitter Jessica Emanuele had 22 kills, 6 aces and 12 digs to help the No. 10 Falcons defeat Paul VI Catholic, 25-13, 25-23, 28-26, for their 12th consecutive volleyball win. Good Counsel (12-1, 11-0 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference) trailed the second game 9-13 when Emanuele recorded a kill and followed with three straight aces on jump serves to tie the game. Falcons senior middle blocker Alexis Miller added seven blocks and four kills and freshman setter Brighid Casey had 43 assists.

-- Dave Yanovitz, Andrew Levine, Daniel Lyght and

Rich Campbell