August 9, 2006


Nulty again earns Player of the Year


Molly Nulty is a repeat winner.
The sophomore-to-be at Homer Central this fall was crowned the CNYPGA Junior Tour’s Girls Player of the Year as the program finished out for the summer on Tuesday.
Nulty, who will be a member of the Trojans golf squad for her second season this fall, finished seventh overall and sixth in the Girls 15-18 category in the two-day Junior Tour Championship event that was played Monday at Kanon Valley and Tuesday at Rogues Roost with a 189 (100-89), but compiled 427.5 points throughout the season to easily outdistance Alexandra Seabury from Manlius, who finished with 382.5 points. Nulty was 11th overall in stroke average among girls at 95.54.
Liverpool’s Morgan Yoder, who won the girls’ portion of the Junior Tour Championship with a 160 (78-82) and also claimed Girls 15-18 honors, was third in the Player of the Year race with 367.5 points.
While she didn’t start the Tour season with the goal of repeating as champion, Nulty, the daughter of Phil and Wendy Nulty of Cortland, met with enough success to do so. “I wanted to play more golf and get more experience,” she said. “I just like playing in a lot of tournaments and going to different courses. I won four of the 11 events overall and six in my age group.
“I didn’t play too well in the first round of the Tour Championship, but did better in the second round. I knew it meant double points.”
Tyler Tilebein from Groton was fifth in the Junior Tour Championship Boys 16-18 category with 153 (82-71) and sixth overall. Shane Laurie from Canton was the Boys 16-18 and overall winner with 144 (77-67). Tilebein also finished 26th among all male competitors in stroke average at 81.70.
Bryce Edmister of Painted Post was Boys Player of the Year with 785 points, with Tilebein 12th with 385. Other local players in the Player of the Year standings, all from Cortland, were Chris Pace, 34th with 143.5 points; Andrew Saraceno, 78th, 38.75; Nick Decker, 81st, 31; Jeff Brown, 86th, 25 and Michael Congdon, 94th, 15.



Reds, Dodgers hanging tough

By The Associated Press
With an all-out dive and a spectacular catch, Ryan Freel showed everyone that his Cincinnati Reds plan to stay close in the NL Central race.
The Los Angeles Dodgers aren’t letting up out West, either.
Freel got three hits and made a down-and-dirty grab on the warning track that inspired a capacity crowd and helped host Cincinnati roll to a 10-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.
After losing the series opener 13-1, the second-place Reds emphatically evened their series with the NL Central leaders and closed to 3½ games back. Cincinnati matched its season high with 17 hits — the same number St. Louis had in the opener.
“Everybody’s been saying the wheels are going to fall off pretty much since March 1, but we keep hanging in there and keep battling,” Reds manager Jerry Narron said.
As for the Dodgers, they just keep winning.
Greg Maddux pitched six solid innings in his home debut for his new team, and Los Angeles rallied past the Colorado Rockies 4-2 for its 11th consecutive victory.