August 27, 2010
Purple Tigers looking to rebuild
It will be a young Cortland High golf team that opens its season Tuesday by hosting Mexico in an 11 a.m. start at Cortland Country Club.
On graduation day last June, the Purple Tigers lost three of their top four scorers by average from last year’s squad, which tied for second in the OHSL Freedom National Division at 8-5, was 9-5 overall and finished seventh in the Class A sectionals last spring. Jeff Brown led the way with a match average of 37.7, followed by Mike Congdon at 38.5; both earned first-team all-league honors. Chris Broyles was fourth at 42.3, and Eric Reisweber seventh at 47.6.
Another key loss is sophomore Brian Hughes, who averaged 40.5 (third-best for CHS), was a second-team all-leaguer and, along with Brown, earned a spot in the Section 3 State Qualifier last spring. Hughes is playing football this fall.
Among the returnees, Junior Kody Becker (42.7, fifth) was an honorable mention, and sophomore Parker Williamson’s 45.4 was sixth-best on the team. Also back are freshman Christian Chase (48.3), sophomores Matt Condit (48.7) and Justin Sidebottom (49.5) and junior Steven Lissberger (50.0). Becker and Lissberger will be this year’s captains.
One player— Mike Timmerman II, a transfer from Massachusetts and the son of Willowbrook Golf Club co-owner Mike Timmerman, stands out among the newcomers this season, according to coach Yale Hughes, who noted that “Mike will be either our one or two man. The rest are inexperienced.”
The other rookies are juniors J.P. Reagan and Matt Cranston, freshmen Ryan Dorward and Luke van der Veur and seventh-grader Drew Seyfried.
“This will be a rebuilding year,” Hughes said. “Our top two, Becker and Timmerman, are solid, and after that it’s up in the air as to who fills the last four starting spots. Williamson, Condit, Sidebottom, Lissberger and Chase will be in the running. There are a lot of question marks with our bottom players; if a couple can step up we’ll do OK, but we’re certainly not going to vie for the championship this year.”
Jamesville-DeWitt is the team to beat in the Freedom National this season, Hughes noted, adding that he thinks the American Division — with top contenders Syracuse CBA, Tully and Homer — is tougher this fall.
Cortland’s Freedom National opponents, besides J-D, will be Chittenango, East Syracuse-Minoa Blue, Fulton and Mexico, making for a league slate of 10 matches. LaFayette, Phoenix and ES-M Orange (the latter not eligible for the title) join Homer, CBA and Tully in the Freedom American, whose teams have eight league matches. All crossovers between the two divisions are non-league matches.
“As for team goals,” Hughes said, “we want to go at least .500, which would be a good season as young as we are; qualify as a team to go to sectionals (which take place in the spring), and academically qualify as a state Scholar-Athlete Team. Last year we had the highest average (95.699) of any Cortland High team for the entire school year.”
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