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F-M golfers edge B’ville for Class AA title

CBA reclaims small-school title from Chittenango

The Fayetteville-Manlius boys golf team with the Section III Class AA championship banner after edging Baldwinsville by two shots for team honors last Wednesday at the Links at Sunset Ridge. From left: Andrew Massa, Kyle Gilroy, coach Mike DeBlois, Mike Lee, Sean Brown, Dan Thomas, Jimmy Barns, Nick Santaro, Nick Perry, Ryan Keller, Colin Sommers.

The Fayetteville-Manlius boys golf team with the Section III Class AA championship banner after edging Baldwinsville by two shots for team honors last Wednesday at the Links at Sunset Ridge. From left: Andrew Massa, Kyle Gilroy, coach Mike DeBlois, Mike Lee, Sean Brown, Dan Thomas, Jimmy Barns, Nick Santaro, Nick Perry, Ryan Keller, Colin Sommers.

— The entire F-M front five advanced to next May's state qualifying tournament at Colgate University's Seven Oaks course, as did two other Hornets - Andrew Massa, who shot an 81, and Sean Brown, who managed an 82.

Moving to the small-school sectional tournament, CBA was bent on stopping Chittenango, not just for what happened in the 2012 finals at Foxfire, but also for a Sept. 24 regular-season defeat to the Bears that ended the Brothers' 63-match league win streak.

Drew Derrenbacker led the Brothers as he shot a 78, with Jack Bellardini close behind, posting a 79. Steve Fournier and Webb Little both finished with rounds of 85 as Sam Little, with an 87, closed out the scoring column and William Ierlan posted an 89.

That proved enough to beat Chittenango, who was led by Mike McIntosh's round of 81. Kyler Christopher shot an 84 for the Bears, with Erik Russell and Conor Delaney each posting an 85 and Ryan Delaney managing an 89.

F-M came into the tournament with some momentum after going to Highland Golf Course last Monday and putting together a 188-192 victory over Auburn.

Lee shot a 35, edging out the Maroons’ Jon Brown for individual honors. Gilroy posted a 37 to match Auburn’s Mike May, but F-M’s depth would win out as Thomas put up a 38, with Nick Santoro and Jimmy Barnes each finishing at 39.

CBA warmed up with a 216-239 victory over Phoenix last Monday at Beaver Meadows. Again, Bellardini, shooting a 37, and Derrenbacker, shooting a 38, led the way as Ierlan had a 45 and Sam Little added a 47. Steve Fournier managed a 49.

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