August 23, 2012
Purple Tigers look for title contention
A solid nucleus of returnees means good news for Cortland High golf coach Yale Hughes this fall.
Five of the team’s top seven players from last year return this season, which starts on Friday when the Purple Tigers host East Syracuse-Minoa Blue at Willowbrook Golf Club, their new home course, in a 10 a.m. start. Leading the way are four seniors.
Matt Condit (41.2 overall match scoring average) was an OHSL Freedom National Division first-team selection last season, when CHS finished second in the league at 8-2 and 13-3 overall prior to finishing fourth in the Section 3 Class A tournament in the spring. Earning second-team honors was Mike Timmerman (41.0), while Justin Sidebottom (42.5) was accorded honorable mention. Those three, all seniors, are this year’s captains.
Also among the returnees are juniors Luke van der Veur (43.5), Christian Chase (43.9) and Ryan Dorward (44.5). Other returnees who saw match time last year are freshman Drew Seyfried (47.0) and sophomore Samantha Bernardo (55.0).
Kody Becker, who was a first-team all-leaguer and led the team in overall match scoring average at 40.8, was lost to graduation, as was Steven Lissberger (44.7). Second-team all-league Brian Hughes (42.0), a junior and the coach’s son, is playing football this fall.
Newcomers to the squad this year are freshmen Luis Bruce, John Khazzaka and Jake Woods.
“I really think we should contend for the (league) title,” Yale Hughes said. “We have three seniors — who will provide leadership — and two juniors, all with a lot of experience. Jamesville-DeWitt is down a little; they lost a lot to graduation but are always good. I also expect Homer to contend.”
The other Freedom National teams are East Syracuse-Minoa Blue, Fulton and Mexico.
As for goals this season, coach Hughes said that “We want to win the league, qualify for sectionals and be a State Scholar-Athlete Team; we want to lead the school in GPA.”
In a change from previous year’s Section 3’s larger schools (Classes A and AA will conduct their respective class tournaments (state qualifiers) this fall rather than waiting for spring, in conjunction with the smaller schools. The Class A event will take place Oct. 4 at Green Lakes Golf Club.
“That’s such a benefit to us and most of the other large-school teams,” coach Hughes said. “Most of our players (five of the six scoring members at last year’s sectionals, when Cortland was fourth out of eight complete teams) were also involved in spring sports and weren’t ready; they hadn’t practiced enough.”
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