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August 29, 2009

 

Veterans, rookies mix for CHS

By TANEY BEAUMONT
Staff Writer

This year’s edition of the Cortland High golf team, which opens its season at Syracuse CBA Monday afternoon, will be an even mix of veterans and newcomers, with six each.
The Purple Tigers finished 4-4 in the OHSL Freedom National Division last season, snapping their three-year streak of championships, and were 11-4 overall, then finished second in the spring in the Class B-1 sectional tournament. Heading up the returnees are two seniors, Mike Congdon and Jeff Brown, who second-year coach Yale Hughes is looking to as anchors of this year’s squad. Congdon made it to the state qualifier last season, carried a 41.4 match average and was an honorable mention all-leaguer, while Brown as a first-team all-leaguer with a 39.4 average.
Also back are seniors Chris Broyles and Eric Reisweber, plus sophomores Kody Becker and Steve Lissberger. The four seniors will serve as quad-captains of this fall’s squad.
Key graduation losses were all-league first-teamer Chris Pace (39.3), who also made it to the state qualifier, second-team all-stars Ryan Wanish (39.2) and Chris Yamamoto (41.9), Nate West, Keegan Bush, Matt Stevens, Trevor Williamson, Drew Petrella and Nicolo Baldarotta.
New to the varsity level this season are junior Andrea Dippolito, freshmen Brian Hughes (the coach’s son), Justin Sidebottom, Parker Williamson (Trevor’s brother) and Matt Condit and eighth-grader Christian Chase.
“We have two players who are very, very good in Congdon and Brown,” said Hughes, who will be assisted this year by Jim Brown, who is Jeff’s father. “They’ll anchor the team the whole season, and we’ll need some other people to step up to the plate. Broyles has improved immensely from last year, Hughes is a pretty good stick but a little inconsistent and Becker has really stepped it up and is playing well.”
The Purple Tigers are in the Freedom American Division this season, along with Homer, CBA, Chittenango and Tully. “Certainly we’re not as strong as we were last year, but the league isn’t as strong, either,” Hughes said. “We lost (defending champion) East Syracuse-Minoa Blue and Jamesville-DeWitt, the top two teams in our league last season. CBA night be the team to beat this year, and Chittenango’s not bad. We’re right up there in the top three, and have a chance to win it.
“Our goals are to win the league and have at least four players make the state qualifier (via their scores in sectionals).”