May 20, 2008


Class B-1 crown fits for Cortland

BALDWINSVILLE — Maybe it was the weather.
After a perfect fall season (13-0) that included another OHSL Freedom National Division championship, the Cortland High golf team broke New Hartford’s four-year hold on the Section 3 Class B-1 crown on a chilly, autumn-like Monday at Radisson Greens.
The Purple Tigers shot a team score of 224 to 240 for the runner-up Spartans. Homer Central was sixth in the seven-team field at 488.
Junior Matt Porter shot a 78 to lead Cortland, while sophomore Mike Congdon totaled 81 and senior Nick Decker and junior Chris Pace 86 as all four qualified for the Section 3 State Qualifier at Colgate University’s Seven Oaks Thursday and possibly Saturday, along with Homer senior Andy Saraceno (82).
CHS sophomore Jeff Brown rounded out the champions’ team scoring with a 93, while junior Ryan Wanish shot a 95 and senior Steve Stowell a 96.
“I’m extremely pleased that four kids made it to Colgate,” Cortland coach Kevin Cafararo said. “I’m especially happy for Nick, who made it in his senior year. It’s nice to see him get one more opportunity. Matt hung in after a difficult front side (43), and so did Chris (48). Mike played well, too.
“I felt good about this year, since we only took three guys last year and could have won with two other decent scores,” added Cafararo of the championship chances of CHS. “When I saw New Hartford’s number one player come in at 84 and their number two at 87, I felt even better. I’m looking forward to Thursday.”
Due to the weather conditions, the standards for moving to the state qualifier were switched to the top 15 finishers instead of score-based criteria as in past years. The top 20 overall finishers and ties from all classes on Thursday at Seven Oaks will qualify for the second round on Saturday.
Homer’s Saraceno started out on the 10th hole and played his best golf as the round progressed, firing a 38 on the front nine. “Andy played pretty consistency and birdied the first hole,” said Homer coach Gary Wilcox.
Sophomore Alex Guy, who was a week removed from getting off crutches following hip surgery, had a pair of birdies during his round of 91 that was the next-best Trojan score. Freshman Brad Mitchell also broke 100, shooting a 98.