November 21, 2012
Cortland, Homer grab top honors
The league and Section 3 Class A champion Cortland High golf team garnered two first-teamers and the Coach of the Year while league runner-up Homer Central had the MVP as the OHSL Freedom National Division announced its all-league squads.
Using a point system based on match results, Homer senior Alex Rosato earned MVP and first-team honors with 45.5 points. Cortland High seniors Mike Timmerman (28.0) and Matt Condit (25.0) also made the elite squad; Condit, like Rosato, is a repeat first-teamer. Also on this fall’s first team are Bryan Reader (31.5) and Colin Sloan (27.5) from East Syracuse-Minoa Blue, Connor Goss (29.5) from Fulton and Jamesville-DeWitt’s Joe Shapiro (23.5).
Purple Tigers head man Yale Hughes was named Coach of the Year, having led his team to a 9-1 league record, good for first place by two matches over the Trojans (7-3).
Second-team honors went to Cortland juniors Luke van der Veur (18.5) and Christian Chase (17.5) as well as Homer juniors Rex Ryan (19.5) and Anthony Saraceno (15.5). Also on the second team are J-D’s Mike Engstrom (21.0), Fulton’s Matt Kitts (19.5) and, from ES-M Blue, Matt Barbini and Kyle Reader, both at 15.00.
Honorable mentions (no points listed) went to Cortland freshman Drew Seyfried, Homer senior Kyle Gibbons, ES-M Blue’s Ryan Breen, Jake Seymour from Fulton, J-D’s Jeff Edwards and, from Mexico, Jay Kisselstein and Matt Hirsch.
The local head coaches had the following comments on their first-teamers.
On Mike Timmerman: “Mike has been one of our top golfers for the past three seasons. He played the best at the end of the season when we needed it most. He led the team in all-league points and had a team-low round of 34 against LaFayette at Orchard Vali. Mike earned second-team all-league honors his sophomore and junior years. He worked very hard on his putting this season and it really paid off.”
On Matt Condit: “Matt was the true leader on our team. He not only had the best match average (39.7), he also helped the younger players improve their game. He was like another coach. Matt worked diligently on his game over the summer and it really showed. He qualified to play in the state qualifier at Seven Oaks in the spring.”
Hughes on being named Coach of the Year: “I am very honored to be voted Coach of the Year for our league this year. It really is a true reflection of our players’ hard work and dedication. They were the most coachable group that I’ve ever had. I really didn’t do anything differently this year. The players were the ones who stepped it up and posted the low scores. I owe it all to them.””
On Rosato: “Alex is our most valuable player and acts like an assistant coach when he is on the golf course with our team. He is constantly helping the younger kids on the team, whether its with scoring, rules or swing instruction, he is committed. Every match I can count on him to produce a score that is going to help us compete or win the match. He has been the number one golfer for the past two years and missed out on the league MVP last year by a point or two, but this year he blew the competition away winning it by 10 points or more.
“To put it into perspective, he was the lowest scorer for our team in 12 of the 13 matches we had this year. He took top honors (medalist points) in eight out of our nine league matches which is pretty impressive. His match average this season was 38.4. Alex has a promising golf career at whatever school he chooses to pursue. He is the type of player you want every year, someone who works hard, takes the sport seriously and wants to get better every day. I can’t say enough about the kid.”
Rosato and Ryan qualified to played in the state qualifier at Seven Oaks in the spring.
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