August 21, 2007


Cortland’s Hughes takes step closer to reaching Drive, Chip and Putt Final

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Cortland’s Y. Brian Hughes has taken a big step towards capturing a national title in the Mutual of Omaha Drive, Chip and Putt Tournament.
This past Sunday in Florida, Hughes won his 11-12 age group regpoma; competition at the PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens.
The top three finishers from this South Florida regional advance to the Sunshine State Regional Championships being held this coming Sunday at Celebration, Fla.
The top three finishers on Sunday will move along to the nationals being held Sept. 22 in Orlando, Fla. The finals are being televised by the Golf Channel.
With the help of Mutual of Omaha, Comcast, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Rixstine Recognition and Service by Air, the program has touched nearly 100,000 junior golfers and their families since the tournament’s inception in 1999.
This year, the Drive, Chip and Putt contest will visit 85 cities throughout North America concluding with the national finals.
The 12-year-old Hughes won his age group ahead of two Florida golfers, Patrick Murray of Hobe Sound and Zachary Close from Boca Raton. All three move on to the Sunshine State Regional Championship.
Hughes was first in the driving portion of the contest, and was second in putting en route to the overall title. He was in Florida participating in the Bucky Dent Baseball Camp when he added this golf competition to this vacation trip.




Five hits all Tavern needs to open up finals with win

Fast Pitch

Though held to a handful of hits, The Tavern has the upper hand as the Cortland Fast Pitch League best-of-three softball championship series got underway.
With the help of 11 walks, The Tavern topped Central City Bar & Grill by a 10-7 margin Monday evening at Meldrim Field as centerfielder Ryan Stevens drove in four runs with a 3-for-3 bat.
The same two teams return to Meldrim on Wednesday night for the second game of the series, slated to get underway at 7 p.m.
Five runs in the top of the fourth inning put The Tavern ahead for keeps, helping overcome an early 6-2 deficit.
Central City struck first off winning pitcher Mike Holl, picking up a run in the top of the first frame. Mike Lowie stroked a leadoff single, and following a walk and an error, scored on a timely Greg Newkirk single.
The lead grew to 2-0 when Morgan DuBois slugged a deep solo home run in the top of the third inning.
The Tavern responded by tying the game with two runs in the bottom of the third. Three walks hurt Central City in that rally, with Stevens doubling home two teammates to tie the score.
The fourth inning featured outbursts by both sides.
Central City went up 6-2, starting with a pair of walks and a Ryan DuBois RBI single. After a strikeout and a walk filled the bases, Lowie roped a two-run single up the middle. The fourth Central City tally of the inning came on a Morgan DuBois double.
The defending champion Tavern rallied right back, putting runners on second and third after a leadoff free pass and an error. A grounder scored one run, while a walk, wild pitch and hit batter brought another run home and left the sacks loaded.
A groundout, the second out of the inning, scored a run and brought The Tavern within 6-5. A run-scoring Tom Avery single and a throwing error allowed the go-ahead runs to score before Central City escaped further damage in the inning.
A single, two walks and another RBI grounder made it 7-5 in the fifth, while Stevens continued his playoff tear with a huge homer in the bottom of the sixth. In the past two games, both Tavern victories, Stevens had driven in 10 runs.
Holl gave up a final run in the top of the seventh on consecutive singles and an error, but scattered nine hits overall to pick up the win. He struck out eight and walked four.
Lowie, Morgan DuBois, Newkirk and Ryan DuBois had two-hit games for Central City.




CYB sign-ups for fall programs

Registration is going on now for the Cortland Youth Bureau’s fall programs.
All registration forms will be available at each Cortland Elementary school office or the CYB office located at 35 Port Watson St. They can also be downloaded from
Programs available are:
1st-2nd Grade Soccer
This is an instructional program for boys and girls in first and second grade. Participants will learn soccer fundamentals, lead up skills, drills and play scrimmages. The season kicks off on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at Beaudry Park.
A game scrimmage will be distributed once players are placed on a team. Practices are Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 p.m.  Registration is going on now through Sept. 7.
3rd-6th Grade Soccer
The season kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 13 at Beaudry Park.  Players will then be put into teams based on age and ability.  There will be a 3rd-4th grade division and an 5th and 6th grade division, both coed.  Practices and games are held Tuesdays and Thursdays at Beaudry Park from 3:30-5:30pm.  There may be occasional practices and/or games on Saturday mornings. A game schedule will be distributed once players are placed on a team.  Registration is going on now through Sept. 7.
Small Fry Cheerleading
There will be cheerleading squads at Barry, Parker, Randall, Smith and St. Mary’s schools. Depending on registration numbers teams will be split into a 3rd-4th grade team and a 5th-6th grade team.  Forms will be available at the Cortland Youth Bureau office, Cortland Elementary School offices and at the football registration sessions on Sept. 5, 6 and 7 at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex.
Practices are held in the elementary school gyms starting Sept. 10. Participants interested in cheering from Virgil may ride the bus with the football players to Barry School for practice.  Practices are Monday and Wednesdays with games on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings.  Registration deadline is Sept. 7th.
Fun For Tots
Children between the ages of 1-5 are given the opportunity to interact with other children his or her age. Toddlers under one year of age are welcome to come with their siblings at no charge.
The group meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10-11:30 a.m. and often meets in the Cortland County Gym to play with a variety of toys that are supplied by the Youth Bureau. The group also goes on field trips to several places in the community.
The program begins on Wednesday, Sept. 12, and will come to a close on Wednesday, June 4, 2008. Registration has begun at the Youth Bureau office and is ongoing throughout the program.  NOTE:  Parents/Guardians must stay with their child for the entire session.