August 25, 2011
All hands on deck for Tigers
You’ll excuse Coach Yale Hughes if he experiences a little bit of deja vu when his Cortland High golf team opens its season Friday by hosting both East Syracuse-Minoa teams (Blue and Orange) at Cortland Country Club starting at 10 a.m.
That’s because every player from last season’s Purple Tiger squad, which was 5-5 in the OHSL National Division (tied for third) and 6-8 overall, is back. Heading up the list are a pair of second-team all-leaguers from last season, senior Kody Becker and junior Mike Timmerman, as well as junior Justin Sidebottom, an honorable mention in 2010.
Also back are seniors Steven Lissberger and J.P. Reagan, juniors Matt Condit and Parker Williamson, sophomores Christian Chase, Ryan Dorward and Luke van der Veur and eighth-grader Andrew Seyfried.
Returning to golf from football is junior Brian Hughes, a second-team all-leaguer two years ago and another familiar face for the coach, who is also his father. The only true newcomer is freshman Samantha Bernardo.
“Last year was a rebuilding year and the first season that Cortland had finished under .500 in a long time,” Yale Hughes said. “With all of the players we’re bringing back, I think we’ll contend for the league title.
“Our strength is balance. Some teams are top-heavy, with a couple of good players and the rest not so good, but we’re solid all the way through. Consistency will be the key for us, like it always is in golf. Jamesville-DeWitt and ES-M Blue are always strong, and I’m sure they’ll contend in the league as usual; it depends on how good they are. We know we’ll be good.”
Jim Brown is the Purple Tigers’ assistant coach this season.
Homer Central, which also uses Cortland CC as its home course, will host both ES-M teams on Friday as well, but won’t go against the Purple Tigers. The rivals meet Sept. 29 at Cortland CC in a home match for CHS.
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