August 26, 2011
Trojans return solid core group
It was an early start for Homer Central golf and first-year head coach Sean Malone.
After starting practice Monday, the Trojans were set to open the season today against a pair of foes from East Syracuse-Minoa. Homer and Cortland High were both to host the ES-M Blue and Orange squads at Cortland Country Club starting at 10 a.m. The local rivals were not going against each other in the match-ups.
The Trojans shared second place in the OHSL Freedom American Division standings with a 5-3 record in 2010 and were 11-3 overall under Doug Pasquerella.
For Malone, this is a new experience.
“I’ve been an avid golfer,” Malone said. “I actually worked at ES-M as a student teacher. I’ve been welcomed by the other coaches and I am really excited about the season.
“We lost a couple of guys from last year, but there is a good core of returning guys,” he added. “We have some young guys who will be looking to fill those vacant spots. Everyone has come to practice ready to play.”
Heading the list of returning sectional competitors: fifth-year senior Scott McLaughlin and fifth-year junior Alex Rosato, a first team all-star in 2010. Also returning our four-year team members senior Jorge Martinez (2nd team all-star in 2010) and sophomore Anthony Saraceno. Rounding out the returning players is third-year junior Kyle Gibbons and sophomore Rex Ryan.
New faces to the links this season will be senior Connor L’Hommedieu, who makes the move from soccer, along with senior Richard Dunn, senior Brandon Wood and freshman Nick Barnard.
Homer will play in the Freedom American Division with LaFayette, Syracuse CBA, Phoenix, Tully and East Syracuse-Minoa Orange. There will be eight division matches to determine the champion as ES-M Orange is actually a JV squad and those matches will not count in the division standings. The Freedom National Division teams are Cortland, Chittenango, ES-M Blue, Fulton, Jamesville-DeWitt and Mexico.
Malone expects his team to be competitive within the American Division and throughout the season.
After today’s opening matches, Homer will travel to Vesper Hills Golf Course to face Tully Tuesday at 1 p.m. before an 11 a.m. match Thursday at Orchard Valley Golf Club against LaFayette.
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