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N-N golfers sweep NAC tri-meet debut; Potsdam, Massena denied

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A rebuilt Norwood-Norfolk Central golf team opened the 2013 NAC Division II season with a home-course sweep while Potsdam and Massena suffered Division I setbacks on Monday.

N-N SWEEPS TRI-MEET

At the Raymondville Country Club, the host Flyers shot their way to wins over Salmon River (4-1) and Edwards-Knox (5-0). Salmon downed E-K 4.5-.5 to come away with the split.

For the Flyers, Brandon Palmer (52), Jacob Levison (46), Kyle Bond (53) and Ty Cotter (48) swept both their matches while Ryan Thomas, the lone returning member of last year’s regular season championship team and the number one shooter in the lineup, had the low round with a 44. Austin Ward carded a non-scoring 55 as the sixth man.

“We’re pretty much starting over from last year but this was a real nice way for us to open the season,” noted Flyer coach Dave Rishe, who will be counting on the steady development of a young squad that features two eighth-graders and two seventh-graders in the starting six.

Individual scoring honors for the meet went to Salmon River’s T.J. Roundpoint, who played in the first trio and notched birdies on the par 4 third hole and par 6 eighth in posting a 39 to finish as the lone Shamrock to sweep both his matches. Jacob Bero finished with a 53 to split a point with Zach Allen in the win over E-K.

Hunter Tuttle had the low round for the Cougars with a 47 while teammate Katherine Curley shot a 64 competing as the lone girl in the meet.

The Flyers return to action on Wednesday when they play host to Madrid-Waddington and Clifton-Fine at the Raymondville course starting at 3 p.m.

In other Division II meets on Monday, Madrid-Waddington swept past Brushton-Moira (4-1) and Tupper Lake (4-1) and Heuvelton turned back Clifton-Fine 4-1.

POTSDAM FALLS TO FA

After opening the season with an encouraging win on the road over Massena last week, the Sandstoners came up short to Franklin Academy 217-233 in their home debut at the Potsdam Country Club.

“We shot really well up in Massena and we didn’t shoot very well today. That’s golf,” said coach Brooks Bigwarfe.

Leading the way for the Sandstoners was Dan Cruikshank with a 42 as the team played the original nine. Aidon Clouthier posted a 43 followed by Konnor Bigwarfe with a 46, Dan Stone with a 49 and Ryan McDonald with a 53.

Mike Sullivan paced the Huskies with a 41. Also contributing to the winning effort were Evan Hanna (42), Dylan Fleury (43), Davis Sprague (45) and Elliott Vanier (46).

The Sandstoners are slated to host a non-league meet this afternoon against Northwood Prep starting at 3 p.m.

MASSENA FALLS TO OFA

At the St. Lawrence State Park course, the host Blue Devils put together five solid rounds to overcome the Raiders who were led by Hunter Francis who fired a 1-over par 36 including a birdie on the par 4 second hole. Kendrick Swamp finished with a birdie on the par 3 ninth in carding a 40 while Brandon Dobbins posted a 45, Mark Bender a 52 and Tyler Sunday a 53.

Conor Hannan paced the Blue Devils with a 37 that included a birdie on the par 4 third hole. Also contributing toward the winning effort were Rydy Binion (42), Jed McRoberts (42), Brandon Mullin (44) and Tristan Moore (45).

The Raiders will look to get on track this Friday when they travel to Gouverneur.

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