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Odessa-Montour hurler Grace Vondracek sends a pitch on its way. She allowed no hits.
Vondracek throws no-no as O-M wins
ODESSA, April 27 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team rolled to a 22-0 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory Wednesday over Newfield behind the no-hit pitching of Grace Vondracek.
Vondracek struck out nine batters in the five-inning contest on the O-M softball field, allowing just two baserunners, one on a walk and one on an error. She also hit a homer, a triple, walked three times, scored four runs and drove in five.
The Indians managed 11 hits in the game, and took advantage of 20 walks, including 10 in a row in the 1st inning. Each team made one error.
Breeana Bentley went 2-for-4 -- a pair of doubles -- for O-M and equaled Vondracek's 5 RBIs while walking once and scoring three times.
Alyssa Crout accounted for three of the O-M hits, drove in two runs and scored twice, while Dasia Herrmann drew four walks, drove in a run and scored four times. Heidi Casselberry had three walks, drove in a run and scored twice.
Other hits came from Lydia Lynch (1-for-2 with a run scored and 2 RBIs); Emma Lodge (1-for-1 and a walk with a run scored); Megan Jenkins (1-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and a run scored); and Karlee Dudgeon (1-for-1 with two walks, an RBI and two runs scored). Also scoring a run apiece were Isabel Foote (with a walk and an RBI) and Dezirae Minnier.
The Indians return to action today (Thursday) at Candor, and are scheduled to play at home at noon Saturday against Watkins Glen.
Photo in text: O-M's Breeana Bentley tags out a Newfield runner who had reached base on an error.
Odessa-Montour's Dasia Herrmann connects with the ball. She scored four runs.
Seneca Indians fall to Waverly, 6-1
WAVERLY, April 27 -- The Senecas Indians varsity baseball team saw its record slip to 3-6 Wednesday when it dropped a 6-1 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on Waverly's baseball field.
The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour athletes -- fell behind 1-0 in the 1st inning but tied the game in the 4th inning. Waverly then scored four times in the bottom of the 5th and once in the 6th to pull away.
WG/OM registered five hits in the game -- two by Alex Grady and one each by Caleb Thomas (who also had an RBI), Andrew Ink and Sean Kelly -- and made two errors. The Seneca Indians also drew four walks -- two by Josh Updyke, who scored his team's lone run, and one each by Michael Doane and Johnny Neidermaier. Waverly managed just four hits and played errorless ball.
Austin Voorheis pitched 4 2/3 innings for WG/OM, while Updyke and Derrick Lewis also took the mound. Only two of the six Waverly runs were earned.
The Seneca Indians are scheduled to return to action Friday at O-M against Spencer-Van Etten. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
Golf: Watkins girls 2nd; Elliott fires 40
WATKINS GLEN, April 27 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team finished second in a three-team match Wednesday on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.
Waverly won the match with a 179 total, with Watkins Glen notching a season-low 199. Spencer-Van Etten posted a 279.
Hanley Elliott led the way for Watkins with a 40 that tied her for medalist honors with Waverly's Gianna Picco. Gabi Decker registered a 48, Courtney Irwin 50, and Meghan Hayes 61.
The Senecas return to action Friday at the Willowcreek golf course in Big Flats against Horseheads.
Photo at right: Hanley Elliott.
Odessa tennis team loses to Waverly
WAVERLY, April 27 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision Wednesday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Waverly tennis courts.
The Indians' lone win came in doubles, where the duo of Noah Austin and DeShawn Johnson won 7-5, 6-2.
1st Singles: Hunter Heath (Waverly) d. Curtis Harris (Odessa-Montour) 6-4, 6-4
A Campbell-Savona runner scores as a throw home sails wide, past Watkins Glen pitcher Hayley Cornish. Catcher Madeline Parker is at left.
Glen modified softball team loses opener
WATKINS GLEN, April 27 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team opened its season on a losing note Wednesday, falling to Campbell-Savona 18-0 in a game on the WGHS softball field.
The Senecas came up hitless against the C-S pitcher. Pitching for Watkins were Hayley Cornish (who struck out four batters) and Amanda Wilbur (who struck out three). Madeline Parker was the catcher.
Watkins Glen returns to action today (Thursday) at Tioga.
Photo at right: Watkins Glen shortstop Adrienna Solomon throws to first base.
Watkins Glen first baseman Natalie Edmister grabs a Campbell-Savona grounder down the line before stepping on the bag for the out.
Glen tennis team falls to Trumansburg
TRUMANSBURG, April 27 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team's record slipped to 3-5 Wednesday when the Senecas dropped a 5-2 decision to Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the T-burg tennis courts.
Watkins Glen won two singles matches as Nate Wickham prevailed 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 over Mitchell Denmen, and Dylan Morse took a 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 decision over Jared Everhart.
The Senecas lost the other two singles matches and all three doubles matches.
"We couldn't put together consitent play throughout the match," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, pointing to the "very competitive three-set" wins by Wickham and Morse as positives, along with "a terrific second set" in the No. 1 singles, lost by Jill Cantieni 7-6 (7-1) after she had dropped the first set 6-1.
The Senecas finish the regular season Friday at home against Union Springs.
May 6 Center Conversations will focus
WATKINS GLEN, April 19, 2017 -- Sports car racing legend, engineer and innovator John Cooper Fitch will be the subject of a Center Conversations talk May 6 at the International Motor Racing Research Center.
"The Exciting Life of John C. Fitch" will be presented at 1 p.m. by Fitch historian and archivist Lawrence W. Berman and Fitch friend Bob Sirna.
Fitch's 1966 Corvair-based Phoenix prototype will be on display for the talk. It is expected to arrive at the Center next week.
The talk is sponsored in part by the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce, and is open to all. The Racing Research Center is located at 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen.
A $5 donation for admission is requested to help defray costs.
The talk will be live-streamed at www.youtube.com/user/IMRRC/live or via the Center's website at www.racingarchives.org/stream/. The talk also will be archived on the Center's You Tube channel to watch in the future.
The Racing Research Center, a motorsports archival and research library, houses a significant collection of Fitch materials, including his own archives donated late last year by his sons, John, Christopher and Stephen Fitch. Berman facilitated the donation.
"We are delighted to have Larry Berman, a leading expert on Fitch's career, and Bob Sirna, who traveled for many years with Fitch, provide their unique perspectives on his remarkable life and contributions to racing," Head Archivist Jenny Ambrose said.
"Their beautifully illustrated presentation will be part of a larger celebration of Fitch's life and will serve as the opening event for the Center's new exhibition on Fitch. Featuring selections from the Center's extensive Fitch collections, the exhibition will include his goggles and racing helmet, trophies from his racing victories and portraits by noted motorsports photographer Jesse Alexander. Photographs, papers and ephemera reflecting Fitch's diverse interests and accomplishments will also be displayed," Ambrose said.
Fitch established his collection at the IMRRC in 1999 with the donation of papers relating to his engineering career as a safety designer and consultant, with particular emphasis on the Fitch Inertial Barrier and the displaceable guardrail.
Other donors have added to the Fitch materials over the years.
Fitch died on Oct. 31, 2012, at the age of 95.
"John Fitch lived an exciting, storied and full life. We will attempt to hit the highlights of an amazing career which included fighter pilot, race car driver, race and highway safety specialist, fuel catalyst inventor and many more," Berman said. "In reviewing his many accomplishments, one would have to conclude that it was an honor and a privilege to have been considered his friend."
The Fitch Collection includes correspondence, technical reports and publicity and sales materials relating to the Fitch Phoenix. The one-off car is now owned by Charles Mallory of Connecticut, who has generously placed it on display at the Center.
Fitch became the first Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) National Champion in 1951, claimed a victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1953, won his class in the Mille Miglia in Italy in 1955 and was awarded a Golden Jubilee Tourist Trophy at Dundrod in Northern Ireland the same year. He won five major international road races, including the first Buenos Aires Grand Prix in Argentina in 1951.
He participated in almost 140 races on three continents, from the first post-World War II road race at Bridgehampton in 1949 to his last professional race at Sebring in 1966.
Fitch's work as an inventor was extensive. His most well-known innovations include the inertial barriers, barrels that protect drivers from dangerous hazards at exit ramps and bridge abutments; the Driver Safety Capsule, a compartment in a race car that surrounds and protects drivers in the event of a collision; and his devices and treatments for improving fuel economy in cars and ships.
For more information about the work of the International Motor Racing Research Center, visit the website www.racingarchives.org.
Photos in text:
Top: An artful photograph of John Fitch with his 1966 Corvair-based Phoenix prototype. The photograph was used to promote the Phoenix, but the car was never put into production. The Phoenix will be on display at the Racing Research Center for the May 6 talk about Fitch. (Photo from the International Motor Racing Research Center's John C. Fitch Collection)
Bottom: John Cooper Fitch (Photo provided)
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Glen softball team wins 2nd straight
WATKINS GLEN, April 26 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team erupted for 15 hits on the way to a 15-0 victory Tuesday over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conferencc game on the WGHS softball field.
The win was the second straight for the Senecas after going winless last year and through the first seven games this season. The contest was ended after five innings under the "mercy rule"that terminates games when one team leads another by 15 or more runs after five or more innings.
"We played good defense again," said Watkins Glen Coach Jim Scott. "Everything has been going right" for the past two games. The Senecas defeated Newark Valley 10-8 on Monday.
The Senecas also got strong pitching from Claudia Parker, who allowed just one hit while striking out four batters and walking one.
Watkins Glen scored once in the 1st innings, three times in both the 2nd and 4th, and eight times in the 5th.
Eight players registered at least one hit. Katlyn Kernan led the way by going 3-for-3 with a double, a run scored and 4 RBIs.
Other hits came from:
--Kathryn Losey, 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI;
Watkins Glen returns to action Thursday at Lansing.
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen centerfielder Kelsey Kernan races in to catch the ball.
Left: Watkins Glen's Cierra Barber connects. Right: The Senecas' Katlyn Kernan is safe at second base. (Both photos by Don Romeo)
O-M tennis team tops Moravia, 5-2
MORAVIA, April 26 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team won for the second time in two days Tuesday when it defeated Moravia 5-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Moravia tennis courts.
The Indians won all four of the singles matches, and one doubles match.
1st Singles: Curtis Harris (Odessa-Montour) d. Garrett Stoyell (Moravia) 6-0, 6-4
Odessa-Montour's Andy Fudala on the way to victory in the 110 Meter Hurdles.
O-M track: Boys, girls both top Newfield
ODESSA, April 26 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity track and field teams defeated Newfield Tuesday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference meets on the O-M athletic field that saw the Indians' Andy Fudala set a school record in the Pole Vault.
Watkins Glen also competed in Tuesday's meet, but in a non-scoring capacity. The Senecas thus had no team score.
The Odessa boys won 107-34, improving their season mark to 4-0 and clinching at least a tie in the IAC Small Schools South division. They play Spencer-Van Etten next week with a chance to claim the title outright.
The girls, who won 86-48, are now 3-1 and must defeat S-VE -- the division leader -- next week to tie for the crown with Spencer and Tioga. A loss to S-VE would give Spencer the title.
Fudala, who has been battling a back injury but reported Tuesday that it has been improving, cleared the Pole Vault bar at 13 feet. He subsequently missed three attempts at 13' 1".
Teammate Zach Elliott won the Discus and set a personal record (PR) in taking the Shot Put with a throw of 47' 10". That is the third best distance among Division II schools this year in Section IV.
O-M Boys: In addition to the wins in the Pole Vault by Fudala and in the Discus and Shot by Elliott, Odessa got wins from Jacob Zimmer in the 100 (11.9), Jeremiah Lynch in the 400 (58.9), Andy Hartford in the 400 Hurdles (a PR of 1:06.7), Nick Sgrecci in the Triple Jump (36' 10.25"), Fudala in the 110 Meter Hurdles (16.1) and the High Jump (5' 6"), and the 4x100 Relay team of Zach Knapp, Noah Angle, Zimmer and Preston Harris (48.0).
Second places came from Angle in the 400 (58.9), Fudala in the Long Jump (17' 6"), Elliott in the Triple Jump (35' 1.5"), Knapp in the 200 (25.5) and Lynch in the Pole Vault (9' 6"). Third places were posted by Noah Brewster in the 1600, Trevor Dunn in the 800, Angle in the 200, Hartford in the Pole Vault, and Eric Rumsey in the Discus.
O-M Girls: Wins were posted by Kennedey Heichel in the 100 Hurdles (18.0) and 400 Hurdles (1:18.5); by Nadia Simpson in the 200 (27.5), by Casey Underdown in the 3000 Meter Run (12:40.5); by Hannah Bruno in the Triple Jump (29' 2.25"), by Jaylin Rumsey in the Discus (90' 11") and Shot Put (29' 3.5"), and by the 4x800 Relay team of Sage Garrison, Hailey Perraut, Underdown and Meagan Terry (13:13.4).
Second places came from Simpson in the 100 (13.3) and the High Jump (4' 4"), Bruno in the 400 (1:06.9), Perraut in the Triple Jump (26' 9"), Bruno in the Long Jump (13' 2.5"), Heichel in the Pole Vault (7'), and the 4x100 Relay team of Heichel, Simpson, Morgan Burnham and Terry (51.3). Third places were registered by Bruno in the 100, Terry in the 800, Hannah Chapman in the High Jump, Perraut in the Shot Put, and Garrison in the Discus.
Watkins Glen Boys: First places were registered by Shawn Rutledge in the 1600 Meter Run (4:59.3), Patrick Hazlitt in the 800 (2:01.4), Gabe Planty in the 3200 Meter Run (10:21.6), and the 4x400 Relay team of Daniel Paradiso, Aaron Planty, Gabe Planty and Sean Holland (3:56.6).
Second places went to Paradiso in the 1600 (5:11.5), Rutledge in the 400 Hurdles (1:07.7) and the 3200 (10:24.7), Aaron Planty in the 800 (2:06.1), and Casen Weeden in the Shot Put (35' 4") and Discus (93' 4"). Third places came from Aaron Planty in the 100, Holland in the 400, and Cameron Connelly in the Triple Jump.
Watkins Glen Girls: Kai Sutterby placed first in the 1500 Meter Run (5:36.6) and the 800 (2:39.3), as did Allie Gibson in the Long Jump (14' 3.5") and High Jump (4' 6"), Jena Slater in the Pole Vault (7' 6") and the 4x100 Relay team of Isobel Scheffey, Gibson, Julya Slater and Haley Dean.
Second places came from Julya Slater in the 1500 (5:47.5) and Dean in the 400 Hurdles (1:23.3). Third places were posted by Scheffey in the 200 and Dean in the Long Jump.
Photos in text:
Top: O-M's Kennedey Heichel on the way to victory in the 100 Meter Hurdles.
Left: Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge, left, and Daniel Paradiso on the way to a 1-2 finish in the 1600. Right: O-M's Nick Sgrecci goes airborne. He won the Triple Jump.
O-M honored its seniors midway through the meet. From left: Sage Garrison, Anjelika Friis, Andy Fudala, Garrett Allen and Nick Sgrecci.
Left: Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby on the way to victory in the 1500. Right: The Senecas' Allison Gibson clears the bar at 4' 6" to win the High Jump.
Left: Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey overtakes O-M's Meagan Terry in the homestretch of the 4x100 Relay. Right: O-M's Andy Hartford in the 110 Meter Hurdles. (Both photos by Doug Yeater)
From left: Watkins Glen's Julya Slater and Haley Dean; and O-M's Hailey Perraut.
From left: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt; O-M's Hannah Bruno and Noah Brewster.
Left: O-M's McKennah Lott at the start of the 100. Right: Watkins' Cameron Connelly hits the sand in the Long Jump.
Golf: Odessa boys lose to Edison
ITHACA, April 26 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team fell to 0-4 Tuesday when it dropped a 227-300 decision to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Hillendale Golf Course's par-35 front-9.
Jon Andrews led the Indians with a 54, while Tyler Saunders shot a 55, Brandon Ray a 57, and Trey McCarty a 61. Edison, now 4-2, was led by Dylan Lee's 39.
Hillendale is Odessa-Montour's home course.
Watkins Glen lacrosse team falls to CV
WATKINS GLEN, April 26 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team's record slipped to 2-6 Tuesday when the Senecas dropped a 22-1 decision to Chenango Valley in a game on the WGHS athletic field.
The lone goal for Watkins was scored by Joe Chedzoy with an assist from Dalton Cummings.
The Senecas return to action Friday at Oneonta.
Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Dylan Platon (16) defends against a Chenango Valley player in Tuesday's game. (Photo by Doug Yeater)
Watkins Glen catcher Katlyn Kernan tags out a Newark Valley runner in a play at the plate. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Glen softball team wins 1st game of year
WATKINS GLEN, April 25 -- Brienna Solomon drove in two runs in the bottom of the 6th inning Monday to propel the Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team to its first victory since the 2015 season, 10-8 against Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS softball field.
The Senecas, now 1-7 (after going winless in 2016), rallied from a 4-0 deficit after a half inning, scoring twice in the bottom of the inning and five times in the 2nd for a 7-4 advantage. NV came back to tie it 8-8 in the 5th inning, setting the stage for the Senecas' winning rally.
Watkins' Claudia Parker and Kathryn Losey walked in the 6th, and advanced to second and third on a passed ball. Solomon then delivered a single to center, scoring both runners. Parker, pitching a complete game for the Senecas (striking out two and walking just one), set down the Cardinals one-two-three in the 7th inning to secure the victory.
Cierra Barber registered a third of Watkins' 9 hits, going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Other hits came from Solomon (2-for-4 with one run and 3 RBIs), Kelsey Kernan (1-for-2 with 2 runs scored), Katlyn Kernan (1-for-3 with a run scored), Parker (1-for-3 with 2 runs scored and an RBI), and Mikenna Ayers (1-for-4 with 2 RBIs). Kathryn Losey (0-for-1) also registered an RBI.
The victory avenged a season-opening 16-6 loss to Newark Valley on the road.
The Senecas return to action today (Tuesday) at home against Newfield.
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan is safe in a play at the plate. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Left: Watkins Glen first baseman Cierra Barber prepares to catch a pop fly as teammate Mikenna Ayers backs her up. Right: The Senecas' Kathryn Losey hauls in a pop fly. (Both photos by Don Romeo)
Left: Watkins Glen's Katlyn Kernan bunts. Right: The Senecas' Brienna Solomon connects. (Both photos by Don Romeo)
Left: Seneca Indians pitcher Michael Doane. Right: WG/OM's Sean Kelly dives safely back to first base on a pickoff attempt.
Seneca Indians fall to Newark Valley, 4-3
ODESSA, April 25 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team held the lead twice Monday before falling to Newark Valley 4-3 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Odessa-Montour baseball field.
The Seneca Indians (3-5), a combined squad of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes, rode a 2-0 lead into the 4th inning before NV tied it, and then edged ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the 4th, only to see the Cardinals strike for two more runs in the top of the 5th and a 4-3 lead that stood up.
Derrick Lewis had two of the Indians' five hits -- one of them a double -- along with two walks and an RBI. He reached first on a walk with two out in the 7th, only to be stranded there.
Other hits came from Josh Updyke (1-for-3 with 2 stolen bases, a run scored and an RBI), Michael Doane (1-for-4 with a run scored) and Sean Kelly (1-for-3).
Doane pitched for WG/OM into the final inning, allowing two earned runs on six hits while striking out six and walking two. Updyke relieved for one out.
The Seneca Indians return to action Wednesday at Waverly.
Photos in text:
Top: The throw arrives too late to Seneca Indians second baseman Isaac McIlroy as a Newark Valley runner steals second base.
Bottom: The Seneca Indians' centerfielder, Caleb Thomas, closes in on a fly ball to left-center. He made the catch.
Seneca Indians first baseman Johnny Neidermaier (2) stretches on a throw to first. The hard-charging Newark Valley player was out.
O-M softball team falls to Edison, 15-1
ELMIRA HEIGHTS, April 25 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team fell to Edison 15-1 Monday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Edison softball field.
Edison, which amassed 15 hits, scored in all six innings, building a 6-0 lead through four innings and then adding eight runs in the 5th and one in the 6th. O-M's lone run came in the 4th inning.
The Indians managed just one hit -- by Breanna Bentley -- while committing five errors. Edison had two miscues.
O-M will return to action Wednesday at home against Newfield. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
O-M tennis team tops Newark Valley
ODESSA, April 25th -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team defeated Newark Valley 6-1 Monday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the O-M tennis courts.
The Indians won three of the four singles matches and all three doubles matches.
1st Singles: Curtis Harris (O-M) defeated Thomas Durand (NV) 6-0, 6-0
Odessa-Montour will return to action today (Tuesday) at Moravia.
Photo in text: O-M's Mitch Scata returns the ball against Newark Valley.
The Odessa doubles team of Nakiaha Robinson (left) and Bronwyn Stermer won.
WHITNEY POINT, April 25 -- The Watkins Glen varsity lacrosse team's record slipped to 2-5 Monday when the Senecas dropped a 16-7 road decision to Whitney Point.
Jackson Dunham led the Senecas with four goals, while Joe Chedzoy had 3 goals and 2 assists and won 11 face-offs and 15 ground balls. Seth Swinnerton had 2 assists and Dylan Platon one. Kaitlyn Valla registered 6 saves in goal.
Watkins Glen returns to action today (Tuesday) at home against Chenango Valley.
Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse reaches low to return the ball. He won his singles match.
Watkins tennis team loses to Waverly, 4-3
WATKINS GLEN, April 25 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team's record slipped to 3-4 Monday when the Senecas dropped a 4-3 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the WGHS tennis courts.
The Senecas won just one of its four singles matches, with Dylan Morse taking a 6-3, 6-1 decision. They won two of the three doubles matches, with Nate Wickham-Elise Allington prevailing 6-1, 6-1 and Tim Clifford-Ali LaMoreaux taking a 6-1, 6-2 decision.
Jill Cantieni and Clint Craven lost their singles matches in straight sets, as did the doubles team of Megan Hazlitt-Makenna Fraboni. Peter Sandritter dropped the other singles match in a nail-biter, losing the first game 6-3, winning the second game 6-4, and losing the third game 7-5.
"It was a very competitive match with it coming down to some close games," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "The kids continue to play well and compete so I am very pleased with where we are right now. We have two more matches this week to end the regular season before we play in the IAC tournament next weekend."
The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Trumansburg.
Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Clint Craven volleys against Waverly.
Watkins Glen's Peter Sandritter, left, and Jill Cantieni volley in their singles matches.
Golf: Watkins boys top Waverly 240-259
WAVERLY, April 25 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team improved its season mark to 3-1 Monday when it defeated Waverly 240-259 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-37 front-9 at the Shepard Hills golf course.
"If winning was all that mattered, then it was a good day," said Watkins Glen Coach Rob Michel. "But it was sloppy play, all over the place. Hopefully we learned something from it and can move on."
Ryan Clark led the Senecas with a 41, while Alex Gibson registered a 48, Sam Hanley 50, Jacob Carocci 50, and Max Schimizzi 51.
The win was a division one, lifting the Senecas' mark in the IAC Large School South Division to 2-1.
Golf: Odessa-Montour boys fall to Tioga
TIOGA CENTER, April 25 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team fell to Tioga 214-317 Monday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Tioga Golf Club's par-35 front-9.
Brandon Ray led Odessa with a 49, while Jon Andrews shot a 53. Sam Taylor led Tioga with a 36, one of three Tioga scores below 40.
The Indians (0-3) return to action today (Tuesday) at home against Edison.
Athlete of the Week: WG's Joe Chedzoy
SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 24 -- This week we honor a lacrosse player as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week.
Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy earned the honor for leading the Senecas to their first two victories of the season, and very nearly a third. He scored 11 goals in four games and had 10 assists while also winning 85 face-offs.
Double Honorable: Watkins Glen track's Shawn Rutledge, Patrick Hazlitt, Gabe Planty, Aaron Planty, Casen Weeden, Kai Sutterby, Isobel Scheffey, Haley Dean and Allison Gibson; Odessa-Montour track's Zach Elliott; Watkins Glen golfer Ryan Clark; and Watkins Glen lacrosse players Jake Kelly, Jackson Dunham and Dalton Cummings.
Honorable Mention: Another 29 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.
Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy.
Watkins Glen's Seth Swinnerton (15, center) battles for possession of the ball.
Watkins lacrosse team wins 2nd straight
WATKINS GLEN, April 23 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team won its second game in two days Saturday, coming from behind to defeat Marcus Whitman 12-10 in a game on the WGHS athletic field.
The Senecas, now 2-4, trailed 6-4 at halftime and then 7-4 early in the third period, but scored the next five goals for a 9-7 edge entering the final quarter. Whitman pulled within a goal at 9-8 and 10-9 before Watkins Glen built the lead to three goals at 12-9. The Wildcats scored their final goal in the game's final second.
Jake Kelly led the Senecas with four goals, while Jackson Dunham and Joe Chedzoy had three apiece, and Dalton Cummings two. Single assists were registered by Cummings, Dunham, Dylan Platon and Chedzoy, who also won 17 face-offs and 14 ground balls. Kaitlyn Valla had six saves in goal.
The victory avenged a 13-6 season-opening loss for Watkins Glen at Marcus Whitman in late March. The Senecas return to action Monday at Whitney Point.
Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Jake Kelly scores a second-half goal.
Left: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy (23) prepares to pass the ball. Right: The Senecas' Avery Watson sends a shot toward the goal. It went wide right.
Bath track invitational: Hazlitt, Elliott, Planty, Rutledge, Sutterby post victories
BATH, April 22 -- Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour track and field athletes competed Friday at the Bath Invitational track meet, and five of them came away with event victories.
Winners from Watkins Glen included:
-- Patrick Hazlitt, who captured the 400 Meter Run with a time of 51.95;
O-M's Zach Elliott won the Discus with a throw of 122' 4" -- which combined with his third place in the Shot Put (43' 10.75") earned him the meet's Outstanding Thrower award.
The meet, a non-scoring event for teams, also saw second places from:
-- Watkins Glen's Aaron Planty in the 1600 (at 4:44.89);
Fourth places: O-M's Jaylin Rumsey in the Shot Put, Watkins Glen's Allison Gibson in the Long Jump, O-M's Jacob Zimmerman in the Pole Vault, and O-M's girls 400 Relay team of Hunter Daugherty, Nadia Simpson, Hannah Bruno and Kennedey Heichel.
Fifth places: O-M's Hannah Bruno in the Triple Jump, O-M's Kennedey Heichel in the 400 Meter Hurdles, Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey in the 100 Meter Dash and in the 400 Meter Run, Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby in the 1500 Meter Run, O-M's Nick Sgrecci in the Steeplechase, and O-M's 1600 Relay team of Noah Brewster, Alec Betts, Jeremiah Lynch and Noah Angle.
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen's Allison Gibson hands off to Haley Dean in the 800 Meter Relay.
From left: Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey, O-M's Nick Sgrecci, and Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby and Gabe Planty. (Photos provided)
Watkins' Dylan Platon heads for the ground after being tripped by an Oneonta player.
Watkins lacrosse team notches 1st win
WATKINS GLEN, April 22 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team -- led by four goals each by Jake Kelly and Dalton Cummings -- defeated Oneonta 16-15 Friday in a game on the WGHS athletic field.
The game -- marking the first win for the Senecas this season in five tries -- also saw Joe Chedzoy score three goals and dish out four assists while winning 17 face-offs. Jackson Dunham and Seth Swinnerton scored two goals each, and Dylan Platon one.
Assists were also posted by Cummings (2), Kelly, Avery Watson, Platon and Dunham.
The Senecas return to action today (Saturday) at home against Marcus Whitman. Game time is 11 a.m.
Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Jackson Dunham scores as the ball gets past the Oneonta goalkeeper.
Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy sends the ball flying, on the way into the Oneonta goal.
A quintet of players -- three from Oneonta and two from Watkins -- chase a loose ball.
Golf: Watkins girls 2nd in 3-team match
BIG FLATS, April 22 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team -- led by Hanley Elliott's 47 -- finished second in a three-team match Friday on the Willowcreek Golf Course's par-36 front-9.
Waverly won the match with a 192 total, led by medalist Capria Picco's 42. Watkins Glen totaled 217, while Horseheads was third at 226.
Other scores for Watkins Glen: Courtney Irwin 52, Gabi Decker 53, and Meghan Hayes 65.
The Senecas return to action Monday at Corning Country Club against Waverly, Spencer-Van Etten, Lansing and Corning. They then play at home Wednesday against Waverly and S-VE.
Golf: Watkins boys top Edison, 225-241
WATKINS GLEN, April 22 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team improved its record to 2-1 Friday when it defeated Edison 225-241 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference non-divisional match on the Watkins Glen Golf Course.
The Senecas were led by Ryan Clark, who shot a 39 on the par-36 course. Patrick Bannon added a 43, Alex Gibson 44, Jacob Carocci 47, and Ezra Evans 52.
Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Ryan Clark chips onto the sixth green in Friday's match.
Left: Watkins Glen's Ezra Evans chips onto the 2nd green. Right: The Senecas' Patrick Bannon hits an approach shot on No. 6 at the Watkins Glen Golf Course.
Golf: O-M girls open season, place 2nd
WAVERLY, April 21 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity golf team placed second among four teams competing Thursday in a season-opening match on the par-34 back-nine at Tomasso's Golf Course in Waverly.
Gillian Clark led the Indians with a 47 as the team totaled 227. Waverly won with a 183, while Elmira posted a 255 and Spencer-Van Etten/Candor a 276.
Other scores for Odessa were: Catherine Rounds 55, Gabby Fazzary 59, and Eliza Starkweather 66.
"And we are off!" said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "The girls played fairly well for the first time out."
Golf: Watkins boys fall to Newark Valley
WATKINS GLEN, April 21 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team's record slipped to 1-1 Thursday when the Senecas dropped a 224-238 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference divisional match on the Watkins Glen Golf Course.
The Senecas were led by Ryan Clark's 41 on the par-36 course. Jacob Carocci registered a 43, Patrick Bannon 47, Alex Gibson 53, and Ezra Evans 54.
Chad Wright led Newark Valley (now 3-0) with a 39.
Watkins Glen returns to action today (Friday) at home against Edison.
Watkins modified lacrosse team wins
WATKINS GLEN, April 21 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified lacrosse team evened its record at 1-1-1 Thursday when it defeated Elmira Notre Dame 6-3 in a game on the WGHS athletic field.
The contest, ended with 2:22 remaining due to inclement weather, saw Tanner Dunham register three goals and two assists.
Also scoring were Nate Van Amburg, Seamus Mooney and Dawson Wade. Goalie Ethan Day had a dozen saves.
The Senecas return to action Monday against Elmira in a game at Broadway Academy.
Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Dawson Wade (1) scores a goal against Elmira Notre Dame. (Photo provided)
Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy (23) wins a faceoff, one of 23 he won during the game.
Watkins lacrosse team loses to Dryden
WATKINS GLEN, April 19 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team came up short Wednesday against Dryden, falling 17-6 in a game on the WGHS athletic field.
The Senecas, who were down 11-3 at halftime, got three goals from Joe Chedzoy, two from Jackson Dunham and one from Dalton Cummings.
Dylan Platon registered two assists, while Chedzoy and Seth Swinnerton had one each.
Chedzoy won 23 faceoffs for the Senecas, and led the team with 17 ground balls.
Watkins Glen returns to action Friday when it hosts Oneonta. Game time is 5 p.m.
Photo in text: Watkins Glen goalie Connor Smith, left, passes the ball to teammate Seth Swinnerton.
Left: Watkins Glen's Dalton Cummings passes the ball in the first half of Wednesday's game. Right: The Senecas' Avery Watson (6) slows a Dryden attack.
Golf: Odessa-Montour boys fall to ND
ITHACA, April 19 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team fell to 0-2 Wednesday when it dropped a 256-316 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-35 front-nine of O-M's home course, the Hillendale Golf Club.
The contest was played in wet, windy and 45-degree weather.
Notre Dame, now 2-1, was led by Nick Murray's 41. Odessa was led by Tyler Saunders' 53 and Brandon Ray's 54.
"For an 8th grader in those conditions, that was a nice round by Tyler," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich.
Golf: Watkins boys defeat Notre Dame
HORSEHEADS, April 19 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team opened its season on a winning note Tuesday, defeating Elmira Notre Dame 249-268 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Mark Twain Golf Course's par-36 front-nine.
Ryan Clark led the way for the Senecas with a 43, while Sam Hanley posted a 48, Max Schimizzi 49, Jacob Carocci 52, and Georgio Fazzary 57.
The victory was a division win for Watkins, which competes in the IAC Large School South with ND, Newark Valley and Waverly.
The Senecas return to action today (Wednesday) at home on the Watkins Glen Golf Course against Edison.
Odessa-Montour's Bronwyn Stermer volleys in a doubles match won by Notre Dame.
O-M tennis team loses to Notre Dame
ODESSA, April 19 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team's season mark slipped to 1-2 Tuesday when the Indians dropped a 7-0 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the O-M tennis courts.
1st Singles: Jack Kaffenbarger (Elmira Notre Dame) defeated Curtis Harris (Odessa-Montour) 6-4, 6-1
Odessa-Montour returns to action Thursday at home against Trumansburg.
Photos in text:
Top: O-M's Curtis Harris returns a Notre Dame shot.
Bottom: Odessa's Mitch Scata volleys.
Odessa-Montour's Rhys Stermer connects with the ball in one of three doubles matches.
Seneca Indians defeat Candor, 7-6
CANDOR, April 19 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team won a back-and-forth contest Tuesday, defeating Candor 7-6 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Candor baseball field.
Each team registered eight hits in a game that saw Candor up 1-0 and 2-1 before the Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen High School athletes -- pulled ahead 5-2 with a run in the 3rd inning and three runs in the 4th .
Candor responded with a run in the 5th and two in the 6th to tie the game 5-5, but WG/OM regained the lead with two runs in the 7th and held off a Candor rally in the bottom of the frame that produced one run.
Michael Doane pitched the first five innings for the Seneca Indians, striking out six batters. Johnny Neidermaier and Derrick Lewis completed the mound work. Doane and Alex Grady each had two hits for WG/OM, while Lewis, Isaac McIlroy, Neidermaier and Ben Matthews each had one hit. Lewis drove in two runs.
The Indians return to action today (Wednesday) at Lansing.
Watkins tennis team loses to Edison
ELMIRA HEIGHTS, April 19 -- The Watkins Glen varsity tennis team's record slipped to 3-2 Tuesday when the Senecas dropped a 5-2 decision to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Edison tennis courts.
Wins for Watkins Glen were posted by Dylan Morse in singles, and by the doubles team of Tim Clifford-Ali LaMoreaux.
"Collectively we were a little sluggish coming off spring break," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Dylan Morse had another terrific match in the fourth singles spot. Ali LaMoreaux and Tim Clifford remained unbeaten as a doubles team, closing out a tough three-set match.
"Every match is a learning experience, and I love that the kids on this team treat it that way. We will get back at it with three matches scheduled over the next three days (weather permitting)."
The Senecas are slated to host Union Springs this afternoon (Wednesday).
O-M softball team falls to Newark Valley
NEWARK VALLEY, April 19 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team's record slipped to 1-3 Tuesday when the Indians lost 16-4 to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newark Valley softball field.
Newark Valley jumped in front 7-0 with a run in the 1st inning and six in the 2nd, and scored in three other innings. O-M scored twice in the 3rd and twice in the 7th.
Odessa managed just four hits and committed eight errors. NV had 12 hits while committing two errors.
Grace Vondracek pitched for O-M, striking out seven batters and walking four. She had one of the team's four hits (1-for-2, a triple), walked, scored a run, stole two bases and had an RBI. The other O-M hits came from Dasia Herrmann (1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored), Isabel Foote (1-for-3 with one walk and one run scored), and Lydia Lynch (1-for-3). Alyssa Crout was on base twice with walks, and Megan Jenkins walked once.
The Indians return to action today (Wednesday) at home against Groton.
Watkins softball team drops 2 to Waverly
WAVERLY, April 19 -- The Watkins Glen varsity softball team sustained two losses to Waverly Tuesday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference games on the Waverly softball field.
The Senecas dropped the opener 20-0 in a game shortened by the "mercy rule," failing to get a hit in the process and committing six errors. Waverly had 14 hits and no errors.
Watkins Glen lost the nightcap 15-0 in a game also shortened by the "mercy rule." The Senecas notched two hits and committed five errors, while Waverly had 10 hits and one error. The Watkins hits were by Katlyn Kernan and Claudia Parker.
The Senecas (now 0-7) return to action Friday at Odessa-Montour.
Golf: O-M boys open with a loss to S-VE
CATATONK, April 19 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team sustained a season-opening loss Tuesday when it failed to field a full squad of five golfers in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match against Spencer-Van Etten.
The match, on the Catatonk Creek par-36 front-nine, saw S-VE win with a 274 total. Odessa was led by Brandon Ray's 51. Trey McCarty fired a 59, Jon Andrews 60, and Tyler Saunders 65. The team was short a player because of an injury. It is expected to field a full contingent moving forward.
The Indians are home today (Wednesday) against Elmira Notre Dame. O-M has a new home course this season: Hillendale Golf Course on Applegate Road outside Ithaca.
Watkins hosts modified track meet
WATKINS GLEN, April 19 -- Watkins Glen High School hosted a three-school modified track meet Tuesday as the Senecas competed against Odessa-Montour and Spencer-Van Etten.
Among the female winners were Watkins Glen's Kayla Palmer in the 55 Meter Hurdles and Briana Hayes in the Long Jump. Among the male winners were Watkins Glen's Nick Wilston in the 55 Meter Hurdles and 200 Meter Hurdles; Ben Swinnerton in the 1500 Meters; Max Evans in the 400 Meters, 800 Meters and High Jump; and Brendan Sheesley in the Discus.
O-M winners included Ida Sidle in the 100 Meters and 200 Meters, Victoria Martin in the 200 Meter Hurdles and as part of the 4x100 Relay team, Delaney Paulisczak in the High Jump and as part of the 4x100 Relay team, and Damion Rhodehouse in the Shot Put. Other members of the 4x100 girls relay were Brielle Arias and Autumn Garrison.
Glen girl golfers place 2nd in 3-team meet
CORNING, April 18 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team finished in second place among three teams competing Monday in a match at the Corning Country Club.
Hanley Elliott led the Senecas with a 43 as the team totaled 209 strokes, finishing behind Waverly's 187 and ahead of Corning's 248.
Other scores for Watkins: Gabi Decker 52, Courtney Irwin 54, and Meghan Hayes 60.
The Senecas return to action Friday at Willowcreek in Big Flats against Waverly and Horseheads.
Watkins Glen's Dalton Cummings (obscured at left) sends a shot into the ND net.
Watkins lacrosse team falls to ND, 21-18
WATKINS GLEN, April 18 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team built a 12-5 second-quarter lead Monday, but Notre Dame rallied to defeat the Senecas 21-18 in a game on the WGHS athletic field.
Watkins Glen, which led 13-9 at halftime, saw the Crusaders rally with a flurry of third-period goals to take the lead. Notre Dame then held off a fourth-quarter Watkins rally to secure the victory.
Watkins Glen returns to action Wednesday at home against Dryden.
Photo in text: The Senecas' Jackson Dunham (25) scores in first-half action.
Left: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy, left, tries to get past a Notre Dame defender. Right: The Senecas' Dylan Platon, left, moves the ball.
Watkins softball team falls to Candor
WATKINS GLEN, April 18 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team saw its season record fall to 0-5 Monday when the Senecas dropped an 8-1 decision to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS softball field.
Candor struck for three runs in both the 1st and 2nd innings, and added single runs in the 4th and 5th innings as it totaled nine hits. Watkins Glen scored its lone run in the 6th inning.
The Senecas had five hits. They came from Katlyn Kernan (2-for-3 with a double), Kelsey Kernan (1-for-3), Amber Benjamin (1-for-3) and Cierra Barber (1-for-3).
Claudia Parker went the distance on the mound for the Senecas, walking one batter and striking out five.
Watkins Glen returns to action today (Tuesday) with a doubleheader at Waverly.
Photo in text: Watkins Glen catcher Katlyn Kernan tags out a Candor runner at the plate. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Left: Watkins Glen centerfielder Kelsey Kernan hauls in a fly ball. Right: The Senecas' third baseman, Amber Benjamin, fires to first after fielding a grounder. Pitcher Claudia Parker is at right. (Photos by Don Romeo)
Watkins Glen second baseman Mikenna Ayers scoops up a grounder to her left and throws to first with her glove hand for the out. (Photos by Don Romeo)
Left: O-M shortstop Isabel Foote handles a grounder. She threw to second for a force-out. Right: Notre Dame centerfielder Mackenzie Mahajan hauls in a long drive to center by Odessa's Grace Vondracek (foregound, running toward first base).
O-M softball team loses to Notre Dame
ODESSA, April 18 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity softball team's record slipped to 1-2 Monday when the Indians fell 18-2 to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M softball field.
The Crusaders scored twice in the 1st inning, five times in the 3rd, four times in both the 4th and 5th innings, and three times in the 6th inning. The game ended after six innings under the "mercy rule" that terminates games when one team is ahead by 15 or more runs after five innings.
Notre Dame amassed 14 hits in the game, with three each by Courteney Crater and Maura Glovins, and two apiece by Mackenzie Majahan, Makenzie Maloney and Izzy Milazzo. Crater, Milazzo, Maloney and Chloe Stemmerman each drove in two runs.
Grace Vondracek pitched for O-M, striking out three batters. She had two of O-M's three hits (2-for-3, a single and double) and its only RBI, and narrowly missed an extra-base hit when the ND centerfielder, Majahan, made an over-the-shoulder catch with her back to the plate on a drive by Vondracek in the 1st inning.
The only other hit for Odessa came from shortstop Isabel Foote (1-for-3). Dasia Herrmann, Heidi Casselberry and Grace Edger each drew a walk for the Indians. Herrmann and Casselberry scored the Indians' runs.
The Indians return to action Wednesday at home against Groton.
Photos in text:
Top: O-M's Dasia Herrmann (left) is out at first in a close play.
Athlete of the Week: O-M's Zach Elliott
SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 17 -- This week we honor an O-M track and field athlete as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week.
Zach Elliott earns the honor for winning both the Shot Put and Discus at an invitational at East Syracuse Minoa High School, and then both events at the Molly Dry Memorial Invitational at Mansfield University. He was named that latter meet's Field MVP.
Double Honorable: Watkins Glen runners Patrick Hazlitt and Shawn Rutledge.
Honorable Mention: Another 10 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal Odessa File All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.
Seneca Indians starting pitcher Isaac McIlroy prepares to throw to first after fielding a slow roller on the first-base side of the infield.
Seneca Indians lose to Edison, 17-0
ELMIRA HEIGHTS, April 14 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team dropped its fourth straight game Friday, falling to Edison 17-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference contest on the Edison baseball field.
The Seneca Indians (2-4) -- a combined squad of Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen High School ballplayers -- registered six hits to Edison's 19.
The Spartans scored twice in the 1st inning, five times in the 2nd and six times in the 3rd to build a 13-0 lead, and coasted from there.
The Seneca Indians filled the bases with one out in the 5th inning on singles by Andrew Ink and Michael Doane sandwiched around a walk to Sean Kelly, but left the runners stranded.
Ink and Kelly both singled in the 7th inning and reached second and third on a sacrifice bunt by Caleb Thomas, but were left stranded there, too.
Isaac McIlroy started on the mound for WGOM, and was relieved in the 3rd inning by Derrick Lewis.
Photos in text:
Top: The Indians' Andrew Ink connects for a single in the 7th inning.
Seneca Indians pitcher Derrick Lewis dives in vain for a pop foul. The ball is upper left.
The Seneca Indians' Andrew Ink dives safely back to first base on a pickoff attempt.
Left: WGOM rightfielder Jordan Dillenback fields a base hit. Right: The Indians' second baseman, Isaac McIlroy, fields a grounder.
The Seneca Indians' Sean Kelly singles in the 7th inning. He was left stranded on base.
Left: WGOM hurler Derrick Lewis delivers a pitch. Right: Seneca Indians shortstop Michael Doane leaps for an errant throw as an Edison runner steals second base.
O-M's Elliott is Field MVP at Mansfield
MANSFIELD, April 13 -- Odessa-Montour High School track and field standout Zach Elliott won both the Shot Put and Discus events and was named Field MVP Thursday at the 24-school Molly Dry Memorial Invitational at Mansfield University.
Elliott threw the shot 46'5" and the discus 140'2" -- both personal records.
The O-M boys team placed 9th among the 24 competing high schools, most of them from Pennsylvania. Shikellamy was first with 150 points, far ahead of runnerup Jersey Shore (76.5). Odessa totaled 31 points.
In other events, O-M's Andy Fudala was 8th in the 100 Meter Dash (12.00) and 4th in the 110 Meter Hurdles (16.39); Noah Brewster was 8th in the 800 Meter Run (2:12.63); and the 4x800 Relay team of Noah Brewster, Micah Brewster, Alec Betts and Nick Sgrecci placed 5th (9:26.76).
The O-M girls finished in 20th place at the same invitational.
Jaylin Rumsey was 5th in the Discus (85'11") and 9th in the Shot (30'5"); Hannah Bruno was 8th in the Triple Jump (30'10"); Hannah Chapman and Nadia Simpson were 9th and 10th, respectively, in the High Jump (at 4'6"); Simpson was 7th in the 100 Meter Dash (13.65); and Alyssa Lindsley set a personal best with a 1:21.11 in the 400 Meter Run.
Watkins tennis team falls to Notre Dame
SOUTHPORT, April 13 -- The Watkins Glen varsity tennis team sustained its first loss of the season Thursday, falling to Elmira Notre Dame 6-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the ND tennis courts.
The Senecas, now 3-1, saw their lone victory delivered in the No. 4 singles match by Dylan Morse, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
"Tonight we ran into a really good Elmira Notre Dame team," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Dylan Morse was a standout today, winning a very competitive match against Spencer Rayne. This was a big match for him, playing the talented senior, and he really stepped up and played well to remain unbeaten on the season. Clint Craven had another very competitive match and had some tremendous moments before falling short in the third set.
"The kids are all playing hard, and I'm excited to see them improve moving toward the latter half of the season."
Track: Glen girls win one, boys lose two
NEWARK VALLEY, April 13 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity track team posted its first victory of the season Thusday, defeating Chenango Forks 39-25 while losing to Newark Valley 126-13 in a three-school meet at Newark Valley.
Meanwhile, the WGHS boys team sustained two defeats, falling to Chenango Forks 57-46 and Newark Valley 91-37. Among the boys' victories were those by Patrick Hazlitt in the 200 and 400 Meter Runs, and by Shawn Rutledge in the 3200 Meter Run.
The Watkins teams were depleted by Spring Break and injuries.
The Seneca Indians' Johnny Neidermaier slides back safely to first on a pickoff try.
Trumansburg no-hits Seneca Indians, 8-0
ODESSA, April 12 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team failed to register a hit Wednesday on the way to an 8-0 loss to Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Odessa-Montour High School baseball field.
The loss was the third in a row for the 2-3 Seneca Indians, a combined team of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes. They are scheduled to return to action Friday at Edison. Game time is 11 a.m.
Trumansburg's Liam Reynolds struck out eight batters and didn't walk anyone in his 71-pitch masterpiece, marred only by a couple of errors by his teammates.
Michael Doane started on the mound for the Indians, going five innings and allowing four runs, three of them earned, on five hits while striking out four batters and walking two. Derrick Lewis relieved in the 6th, allowing four runs on three hits while striking out three and walking three.
Photos in text:
Top: Seneca Indians second baseman Isaac McIlroy flags down a high throw as a Trumansburg runner slides safely into second.
Bottom: Trumansburg pitcher Liam Reynolds, who threw a no-hitter.
Left: The Seneca Indians' Caleb Thomas fouls off a pitch. Right: The Indians' starting pitcher, Michael Doane.
Left: Seneca Indians rightfielder Justin Stutzman hauls in a long fly ball. Center: The Indians' leftfielder, Alex Grady, prepares to catch a fly ball. Right: The Indians' centerfielder, Sean Kelly, catches a long fly.
The Seneca Indians' Ben Matthews hits a grounder that was misplayed by the Trumansburg third baseman, putting Matthews on first. It was one of two T-burg errors.
Glen softball team loses to Edison, 16-1
ELMIRA HEIGHTS, April 12 -- The Watkins Glen varsity softball team's record slipped to 0-4 Wednesday when the Senecas dropped a 16-1 decision to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.
The contest ended in six innings, when the Spartans pushed their lead to 15 runs and triggered the "mercy rule" that ends contests when one team is ahead by that much after five or more innings.
Edison amassed 18 hits in the game, scoring four times in the 2nd inning and seven times in the 3rd, adding one run in the 4th and four runs in the 6th. Watkins Glen scored its lone run in the top of the 6th on an RBI single by Kathryn Losey (who was 1-for-3) that scored Katlyn Kernan (who was 2-for 3). The Senecas' only other hit came from Kelsey Kernan (1-for-3).
The Senecas return to action Monday at Candor.
Watkins Glen's Katlyn Kernan scores her team's lone run in the fourth inning against Tioga. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Glen softball team falls twice; now 0-3
WATKINS GLEN, April 11 -- The Watkins Glen varsity softball team played two games Monday, losing both of them -- 7-0 to Elmira Notre Dame in a noon game, and 5-1 to Tioga in a 4:30 p.m. contest.
The losses leave the Senecas' season mark at 0-3 heading into a game today (Tuesday) at Union Springs.
Notre Dame 7, Watkins Glen 0
The Senecas allowed two runs by Notre Dame in the 1st and 3rd innings, and three in the 7th inning. Each team had seven hits.
Hits for Watkins Glen came from Kelsey Kernan (1-for-3), Katlyn Kernan (1-for-3), Kathryn Losey (2-for-2), Brienna Solomon (1-for-3), Cierra Barber (1-for-3) and Claudia Parker (1-for-3)
Parker went the distance on the mound for the Senecas, walking three batters. The Senecas committed two errors behind her.
Tioga 5, Watkins Glen 1
Watkins Glen was held to one hit -- by Katlyn Kernan, who also scored the team's only run on an RBI by Solomon.
Tioga had nine hits, scoring once in the 1st inning, once in the 4th, and three times in the 5th inning.
Parker went the distance on the mound again for Watkins Glen, striking out six batters and allowing no walks. Each team committed one error.
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen pitcher Claudia Parker prepares to throw to first after fielding the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: The Senecas' second baseman, Mikenna Ayers, hauls in a Notre Dame pop fly.
Left: Watkins Glen shortstop Kathryn Losey throws to first base after fielding a Notre Dame grounder. Right: Seneca center fielder Kelsey Kernan prepares to catch an ND fly ball. (Both photos by Don Romeo)
Left: Watkins Glen first baseman Cierra Barber. Right: The Senecas' left fielder, Brienna Solomon, makes a running catch against Tioga. (Both photos by Don Romeo)
Left: Seneca Indians shortstop Michael Doane throws to first after fielding a grounder. Right: The Indians' third baseman, Ben Matthews, fields a ground ball.
Seneca Indians fall to Tioga, drop to 2-2
ODESSA, April 11 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team saw its season mark slip to 2-2 Monday when it lost 26-1 to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Odessa-Montour baseball field.
The Seneca Indians, a team composed of O-M and Watkins Glen athletes, fell behind 8-0 in the 1st inning, and was down 14-0 after two innings and 24-0 after three innings. After the Indians scored their lone run in the 3rd inning, Tioga added two in the 4th. The game ended after five innings.
WGOM managed just one hit -- by Sean Kelly. The lone run was scored by Ben Matthews after he had walked. The Indians committed six errors, while Tioga played errorless ball.
Tioga amassed 22 hits, with Parker Hendershot going 4-for-5 with 6 RBIs and three runs scored, and Derek Barto going 4-for-5 with 3 RBIs and three runs scored.
The Seneca Indians return to action Wednesday at O-M against Trumansburg. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
Photo at right: Seneca Indians left fielder Sean Kelly tracks down and catches a long fly ball. A Tioga runner on third tagged and scored on the play.
Left: The Seneca Indians second pitcher, Isaac McIlroy, throws out a batter after knocking down a smash to the mound. Right: The Indians' starting pitcher, Johnny Neidermaier.
O-M's Elliott wins twice at Minoa meet
EAST SYRACUSE, April 10 -- Odessa-Montour track and field standout Zach Elliott won both the Shot Put and Discus at an invitational meet Monday at East Syracuse Minoa High School.
Elliott, one of two O-M athletes accompanying coach Skip Strobel to the meet, tossed the shot 43' 10" and the Discus 131' 8". The other athlete, Andy Fudala, was sixth in the Long Jump (18' 11.25") and sixth in the High Jump (5' 6").
Athletes: Hazlitt,Vondracek and Elliott
SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 9 -- This week we honor a runner, a softball player and a field athlete as our Odessa File Athletes of the Week.
Watkins Glen High School's Patrick Hazlitt earns the nod for his school-record time in the 400 Meter Run at a Campbell-Savona track meet, breaking a mark that had stood for 33 years.
Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek earns the honor for pitching a one-hitter in a softball victory over Newfield -- a game in which she struck out 10 batters and registered a pair of hits at the plate.
O-M's Zach Elliott grabs the third honor for a stellar week in which he won three times in a three-school meet (Shot, Discus, Triple Jump) and twice in an 11-school invitational (Shot and Discus with personal bests).
Double Honorable: O-M track's Andy Fudala, Nadia Simpson, Alec Betts, Nick Sgrecci, Trevor Dunn, Noah Brewster, Paden Grover, Kennedey Heichel and Jaylin Rumsey; Watkins Glen track's Shawn Rutledge, Casen Weeden, Cameron Connelly and Ryan Pruitt; O-M softball's Heidi Casselberry; O-M tennis player Curtis Harris; and Watkins tennis players Clint Craven, Peter Sandritter, Dylan Morse, Tim Clifford, Ali LaMoreaux, Kendra Larson and Elise Allington.
Honorable Mention: Another 34 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.
O-M boys 4th at Elmira track invitational
ELMIRA, April 8 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity track team -- led by victories in the Discus and Shot Put by Zach Elliott -- placed fourth Saturday among 11 schools at the Waite Molnar Invitational track meet at Ernie Davis Academy.
Elliott won the Shot with a heave of 44' 7" and the Discus with a throw of 135' 9" -- both personal bests. Also winning for O-M was the 4x800 Relay team of Alec Betts, Nick Sgrecci, Trevor Dunn and Noah Brewster.
The Indians finished with 70 points, trailing Corning (161), Binghamton (95) and Elmira (76). Williamson was behind them in fifth place (57), followed by Vestal (47), Athens (45), Johnson City (41), Elmira Notre Dame (41), Addison (37) and Campbell-Savona (17).
"It was a great day," said O-M Coach Skip Strobel, noting that the Indians might have reached third place had standout Andy Fudala not injured his back, forcing him from two events and to an early departure from the Pole Vault, where he nonetheless placed fourth. He was also second in the 110 Meter Hurdles in 17.51.
Also notable were a second by Paden Grover in the High Jump (5' 6"), a third in the Pole Vault by Jeremiah Lynch (9' 6"), a sixth in the Steeplechase by Sgrecci (7:22.91), and a sixth in the Long Jump by Preston Harris (17' 4.75").
Photo in text: O-M's Nick Sgrecci competes in the Steeplechase. (Photo provided)
O-M girls 7th at Elmira track invitational
ELMIRA, April 8 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity track team placed 7th among 11 schools Saturday at the Waite Molnar Invitational at Ernie Davis Academy.
The Indians finished with 34 points, trailing Corning (180), Elmira (133), Athens (131), Binghamton (48), Elmira Notre Dame (43) and Vestal (36). Trailing O-M were Williamson (30), Johnson City (18), Campbell-Savona (13) and Addison (6).
The best finishes for the Indians were posted by the following (PR is personal record):
--The 4x400 Relay team, 2nd (4:50.53), Meagan Terry, Nadia Simpson, Hannah Bruno, Hailey Perraut
O-M's Megan Jenkins slides safely into home following a passed ball in the 6th inning.
O-M softball team erupts late, wins 14-1
ODESSA, April 5 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team evened its record at 1-1 Wednesday when it scored 12 runs in the 6th inning en route to a 14-1 victory over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M softball field.
Grace Vondracek went the distance on the mound for the Indians, allowing just one hit while striking out 10 batters.
The Indians amassed 13 hits, including three by Heidi Casselberry, two each by Breeana Bentley, Isabel Foote and Vondracek, and one apiece by Dasia Herrmann, Megan Jenkins, Grace Edger and Emma Lodge. Bentley drove in three runs, while Jenkins, Herrmann and Foote had 2 RBIs apiece. Edger and Vondracek drove in one run each.
Their big 6th inning saw 17 Indians bat, starting with a sharp single by Vondracek and including 10 more hits, a walk and four Newfield errors.
Photos in text:
Top: O-M's Grace Vondracek singles to start the big 6th inning.
Odessa's Heidi Casselberry connects with a pitch in the 6th inning. She had three hits.
Left: O-M first baseman Breeana Bentley tags out a Newfield batter trying to reach base. Right: The Indians' Grace Vondracek sends a pitch on its way in the 7th inning.
O-M catcher Derrick Lewis tags out a Waverly runner caught in a rundown between third base and home.
Seneca Indians fall to Waverly, 16-3
ODESSA, April 5 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team saw its record slip to 2-1 Wednesday when it dropped a 16-3 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Odessa-Montour baseball field.
The Seneca Indians, a combined O-M/Watkins Glen team, yielded five runs in the first inning and never challenged. They were down 6-1 after two innings and 13-1 after three innings. Waverly added two runs in the 4th inning and one in the 5th, while OMWG scored twice in the bottom of the 5th, the game's final inning.
The Wolverines amassed 12 hits and committed 2 errors. The Seneca Indians had 6 hits and 9 errors.
The OMWG hits came from Michael Doane (2-for-3), Josh Updyke (1-for-3), Caleb Thomas (1-for-3), Derrick Lewis (1-for-2), and Justin Stutzman (1-for-1). Updyke scored twice, and Stutzman once.
Johnny Neidermaier sarted on the mound for the Seneca Indians, and was relieved in the 3rd inning by Isaac McIlroy. Thomas pitched the final frame. The three of them combined struck out five batters and walked six.
Photo in text: O-M's Caleb Thomas pitches in relief late in the game.
O-M tennis team tops Union Springs
UNION SPRINGS, April 5 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team rebounded from last week's loss to Watkins Glen by defeating Union Springs 6-1 Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Union Springs tennis courts.
The Indians got wins in singles from Curtis Harris (6-0, 6-2), Andy Doane (7-5, 3-6, 7-5) and Cameron Adams (6-0, 6-3).
Doubles victories were posted by Mitchell Scata-Rhys Stermer (7-6 (8-6), 6-0), DeShawn Johnson-Noah Austin (6-4, 6-2), and Bronwyn Stermer-Nakiaha Robinson (6-4, 6-3).
Left: Watkins Glen's Jill Cantieni volleys in the No. 1 singles match. Right: The Senecas' Clint Craven runs down a volley in the No. 2 singles match.
Glen tennis team wins, improves to 3-0
WATKINS GLEN, April 5 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team lifted its season record to 3-0 Wednesday when it defeated Newark Valley 5-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the WGHS tennis courts.
The Senecas got victories in three singles matches and two doubles.
Posting wins in singles were Clint Craven (6-4, 6-0), Peter Sandritter (6-2, 6-4) and Dylan Morse (6-2, 6-0).
Winning their doubles matches were Kendra Larson-Elise Allington (6-0, 7-6) and Tim Clifford-Ali LaMoreaux (4-6, 6-1, 6-2).
"Between some injuries and kids leaving for vacation, we had to shuffle the lineup a little bit this afternoon," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse." Jill Cantieni did a great job stepping into the Number One singles spot at the last minute. Clint Craven, Peter Sandritter and Dylan Morse continued to impress with solid play today in the other singles positions.
"Elise Allington and Kendra Larson remained unbeaten in the second doubles position while Ali LaMoreaux and Tim Clifford are 3-0 on the season in the third doubles spot. I have been impressed to see these young players adapt in matches to very different styles of play so far this season. They all work hard and want to improve. I am very proud of their effort so far."
Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse leaps to volley in a singles match.
Track: Odessa boys win twice; now 3-0
ELMIRA HEIGHTS, April 5 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity track team lifted its season mark to 3-0 Wednesday with a 114-25 victory over Edison and a 99-41 win over Candor in a three-team Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet at Edison.
Zach Elliott posted three wins for Odessa -- in the Triple Jump (35' 7"), Discus (128' 7") and Shot Put (44'). Andy Fudala notched two wins -- in the 110 Meter Hurdles (15.8) and Long Jump (17' 9").
Other wins for O-M came from Jeremiah Lynch in the Pole Vault (10'), Paden Grover in the High Jump (5' 7"), and the 4x800 Relay team of Alec Betts, Grover, Trevor Dunn and Noah Brewster.
Track: Odessa girls win twice; now 2-1
ELMIRA HEIGHTS, April 5 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity track team won twice Wednesday, topping Edison 84-54 and Candor 78-41 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference three-team meet at Edison.
Nadia Simpson posted four victories for the Indians, winning the 100 (13.2), the 200 (28.7), the High Jump (4' 6") and the 4x100 Relay (with Hannah Bruno, Kennedey Heichel and Morgan Burnham).
Bruno also won the Triple Jump (29' 10"), while Heichel won the 100 Meter Hurdles (18.3) and 400 Meter Hurdles (1:23). Jaylin Rumsey won the Discus with a personal best of 83' 0" and was second in the Shot Put (27' 9.75"). Another first was registered by the 4x800 Relay team of Meagan Terry, Sage Garrison, Hailey Perraut and Casey Underdown.
Second places were registered by Underdown in the 3000, Terry in the Long Jump, Perraut in the Triple Jump, Hannah Chapman in the High Jump, Heichel in the Pole Vault, and the 4x400 Relay team of Bruno, Terry, Garrison and Burnham.
Seneca Indians edge NV, improve to 2-0
NEWARK VALLEY, April 3 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team held off a Newark Valley comeback Monday to post a 12-11 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory and improve to 2-0.
The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour athletes -- built an 11-5 lead in the first three innings. They scored five runs in the 1st inning, two in the 2nd inning and four in the 3rd inning while Newark Valley scored three times in the 1st and twice in the 2nd.
After that, NV chipped away with a run in the 4th, two each in the 5th and 6th, and one in the 7th before falling a run shy. What proved to be the winning run was scored by the Seneca Indians in the top of the 6th.
Caleb Thomas, Derrick Lewis and Sean Kelly each had two hits for the Indians, while Josh Updyke, Michael Doane, Alex Grady, Johnny Neidermaier and Isaac McIlroy had one each. Neidermaier drove in three runs, while Thomas, Doane and Lewis had 2 RBIs each and Voorheis 1 RBI.
The Seneca Indians had a total of 11 hits to Newark Valley's six. Austin Voorheis drew four walks for OMWG, and Updyke and Neidermaier had three apiece. The Indians ran wild on the bases, with 13 steals -- including 5 by Updyke, 3 by Voorheis and 2 by Doane. Each team committed five errors.
Doane started on the mound for OMWG, and was relieved by Voorheis in the 3rd inning. Updyke pitched the final two frames. Combined, they struck out 8 batters and walked 10.
O-M's Billy Tague volleys against Watkins Glen's Clint Craven. Craven won in three sets.
Tennis: Watkins Glen tops O-M, 6-1
WATKINS GLEN, April 3 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team improved its record to 2-0 Monday when it defeated Odessa-Montour 6-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the WGHS tennis courts.
The Senecas lost only in the No. 1 singles match, where O-M standout Curtis Harris topped Nathaniel Wickham 6-2, 6-3.
In the other singles matches, Watkins Glen's Clint Craven defeated O-M's Billy Tague, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4; the Senecas' Peter Sandritter defeated O-M's Andy Doane 6-2, 6-0; and Watkins' Dylan Morse prevailed over Cameron Adams, 6-3, 6-1.
In doubles, Watkins won all three matches. It was Jill Cantieni-Makenna Fraboni over Mitchell Scata-Rhys Stermer, 6-4, 6-1; Kendra Larson-Elise Allington over Noah Austin-Bromwyn Stermer, 6-2, 6-0; and Tim Clifford-Ali LaMoreaux over Jordan Robinson-DeShawn Johnson, 6-0, 6-0.
"We had nice weather for a change and the team really played very well," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Nathaniel Wickham fought hard against an excellent player in Curtis Harris in the Number One spot. Nathaniel is very good and continues to improve each day in a very challenging Number One singles role.
"Clint Craven and Billy Tague had an excellent match in second singles that was back and forth and fun to watch. Peter Sandritter and Dylan Morse continued to show a lot of potential in the third and fourth singles positions, and our doubles teams played great again. I’m proud of the hard work and effort they have displayed this year and I hope we can keep our momentum going forward."
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen's Nathaniel Wickham returns a shot from O-M's Curtis Harris.
Left: Watkins Glen's Clint Craven serves. Right: Tennis team members Grace Wickham (Watkins Glen, left) and Nakiaha Robinson (Odessa-Montour).
Odessa-Montour's Andy Doane, left, and Curtis Harris volley during their matches. Harris posted the Indians' lone victory of the day.
Watkins softball team opens with a loss
NEWARK VALLEY, April 3 -- The Watkins Glen varsity softball team began its season on a losing note Monday, falling to Newark Valley 16-6 after leading 6-1.
The Senecas built a five-run lead with two runs in the 2nd inning, three in the 3rd and one in the fourth, but the Cardinals responded with four runs in the bottom of the 4th inning, eight runs in the 5th and three in the 6th.
Watkins Glen registered five hits to NV's 13. The Senecas' hits, all singles, came from five different players: Kathryn Losey (1-for-3 with a run scored), Mikenna Ayers (1-for-2 with a run scored), Amber Benjamin (1-for-3 with two runs scored and 2 RBIs), Cierra Barber (1-for-3 with 2 RBIs), and Claudia Parker (1-for-2).
Parker went the distance on the mound for the Senecas, striking out one batter and walking two. Newark Valley is now 1-1.
The Senecas return to action today (Tuesday) at Candor. Their home opener is set for Wednesday against Waverly.
A Bath shot is on its way for one of that team's 10 first-half goals in an 18-4 victory.
Watkins lacrosse team falls to Bath, 18-4
WATKINS GLEN, April 3 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team built an early 3-1 lead Monday before Bath took control enroute to an 18-4 victory over the Senecas in a game on the WGHS athletic field.
The Senecas, down 10-4 at halftime, got two goals from Dalton Cummings and one each by Dylan Platon and Joe Chedzoy.Jackson Dunham had two assists, and Platon and Chedzoy one apiece.
Chedzoy led the team with nine ground balls and 11 winning face-offs.
The Senecas (0-2) return to action today (Tuesday) at home against Chenango Forks.
Game time is 5 p.m.
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy comes away with the ball after a faceoff.
Bottom: The Senecas' Dylan Platon breaks free from a trio of Bath defenders. Watkins scored moments later.
Track: Glen boys win opener; girls lose
SOUTHPORT, April 3 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity track and field team won its season opener Monday, defeating Elmira Notre Dame 73-50 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the ND athletic field.
The Watkins Glen girls squad, meanwhile, fell to Notre Dame 63-22.
In the boys meet, the Senecas got first-place finishes from:
-- The 4x100 Relay team of Patrick Hazlitt, Casen Weeden, Aaron Planty and Ryan Pruitt (48.5):
In the girls meet, Watkins Glen got first-place finishes from:
-- Isobel Scheffey in the 100 Meter Dash (13.3);
The Watkins teams return to action Thursday at Campbell-Savona.
Photo in text: Gabe Planty, right, and Aaron Planty on the way to first and second place, respectively, in the 1600 Meter Run. Each set a personal best in the event. (Photo by Amy Planty)
Athlete of the Week: Odessa's Fudala
SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 2 -- This week we honor a track standout as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week.
Odessa-Montour's Andy Fudala posted four victories as the Indians registered a season-opening track victory over a tough Tioga squad. He won the 110 Meter Hurdles, the 400 Meter Hurdles, the Long Jump and the Pole Vault.
Double Honorable: O-M track's Zach Elliott, Nadia Simpson and Kennedey Heichel; Seneca Indians baseball pitcher Michael Doane; and Watkins Glen lacrosse's Joe Chedzoy.
Honorable Mention: Another 26 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.
Strikers U19 team wraps up its season
Special to The Odessa File
SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 1 -- The Schuyler Strikers U19 Girls soccer team wrapped up its indoor season last weekend at the Byron-Bergen Indoor Tournament.
The girls competed in seven tournaments and made it to the playoffs several times. The season offered a variety of competition from the Central and Western New York regions. The Strikers played premier teams from Syracuse, Southern Tier teams, and Buffalo and Rochester area teams.
"The girls," said one of their coaches, "continuously improved throughout the season and played well together. We are very proud of their accomplishments and are looking forward to an exciting spring season. The spring will have them playing in the Broome County League, and registration is currently underway."
Photo in text: Members of the Schuyler Striker U19 Girls soccer team. (Photo provided)
Watkins lacrosse team opens with a loss
RUSHVILLE, March 31 -- The Watkins Glen varsity lacrosse team opened its season on a losing note Friday, falling to Marcus Whitman 13-6 in a non-league road game.
Jake Kelly and Jackson Dunham each scored two goals for the Senecas, while Joe Chedzoy and Avery Watson scored one apiece. Chedzoy and Dylan Platon each registered an assist.
Chedzoy led the team with 13 controlled ground balls and won 19 of 22 faceoffs. Connor Smith had 8 saves in goal for the Senecas.
Watkins Glen returns to action Monday at home against Chenango Forks. Game time is 5 p.m.
Seneca Indians open with 15-2 victory
ODESSA, March 30 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team shrugged off the cold, rain and snow of opening day Thursday to post a 15-2 win over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Odessa-Montour baseball field.
The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of players from O-M and Watkins Glen -- found themselves down 1-0 entering the bottom of the 1st inning, but registered 10 runs in their half of the frame to break the game open.
They scored four more times in the 3rd inning and once in the 4th. The game was called after Newfield batted in the 5th.
The Seneca Indians had nine hits and three errors, and took advantage of six Newfield errors. Newfield managed four hits.
Michael Doane started on the mound for the Seneca Indians, and Johnny Neidermaier finished up.
Caleb Thomas notched two hlts for the home team, while Alex Grady and Josh Updyke drew two walks each. Austin Voorheis had 2 RBIs.
The Seneca Indians were scheduled to return to action Friday at home against Candor, but that game was postponed due to inclement weather.
Photos in text:
Top: Seneca Indians third baseman Austin Voorheis prepares to field a grounder, as shortstop Josh Updyke observes. Voorheis threw out the batter.
Left: The Seneca Indians' Josh Updyke pulls a ball left and into foul territory. Right: The Seneca Indians' starting pitcher, Michael Doane.
O-M's Andy Fudala clears a hurdle on the way to victory in the 110 Meter Hurdles.
O-M boys post track win over Tioga
ODESSA, March 30 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity track team opened the season Thursday with a 79-62 win against a chief rival -- Tioga -- in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the O-M athletic field.
The meet, held on a day that turned rainy with snow and with temperatures in the 30s, pitted two teams that have dominated their division recently, with one or the other winning the title over the past half-dozen years.
Andy Fudala and Zach Elliott led the way for the Indians, with Fudala winning the 110 Meter Hurdles in 16.6 seconds, the 400 Meter Hurdles in 1:03.0, the Long Jump at 18'11" and the Pole Vault with a leap of 9'6", and Elliott winning the Shot Put (39'10.5"), the Discus (128'4") and the High Jump (5'2").
Also winning for Odessa: Nick Sgrecci, celebrating his 18th birthday with a victory in the 3200 Meters (11:48.2), Noah Brewster in the 800 Meters (2:15.9), and Brewster, Alec Betts, Andrew Hartford and Paden Grover in the 4-by-400 Relay (4:03.6).
Second places for O-M were posted by Sgrecci in the 1600 Meter Run and the Triple Jump, Preston Harris at 200 Meters, Grover in the High Jump, and Jacob Zimmer in the Pole Vault.
The Indians return to action Tuesday at Edison in a three-team meet with Candor
Photos in text:
Top: O-M's Alec Betts hands off the baton to Noah Brewster in the 4-by-400 Relay, which the Indians won.
Bottom: Odessa's Jeremiah Lynch competes in the Pole Vault, where he placed third.
O-M girls drop track opener to Tioga
ODESSA, March 30 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity track team opened its season on a losing note Thursday, falling to Tioga 72-65 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the O-M athletic field.
The meet, held on a day that turned rainy with snow and with temperatures in the 30s, saw O-M wins by:
-- Kennedey Heichel in the 100 Meter Hurdles (18.6) and Pole Vault (6'6");
Second places were posted for O-M by Rumsey in the Discus, Simpson in the High Jump, Perraut in the Triple Jump and the 800 Meters, Heichel in the 400 Meter Hurdles, and Bruno at 100 Meters and 400 Meters.
The Indians return to action Tuesday at Edison in a three-team meet with Candor.
Photo in text: O-M's Hannah Bruno at the start of the 100 Meter race, where she finished second.
Left: O-M's Morgan Burnham takes off at start of the 100 Meters' second heat. She placed fifth. Right: The Indians' Hailey Perraut soars in the Triple Jump. She placed second.
O-M softball team falls 12-0 to Waverly
WAVERLY, March 30 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team opened its season with a 12-0 loss to Waverly Thursday in an Interscholatic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly softball field.
The game, ended after five innings, saw O-M struggle at the plate, registering just two hits -- one each by Grace Vondracek (a triple) and Breeana Bentley (a single). Waverly, with 10 hits, scored in every inning -- twice in the 1st, twice in the 2nd, once in the 3rd, four times in the 4th, and three times in the 5th.
Vondracek went the distance on the mound for Odessa, striking out five batters and walking five.
The Indians were scheduled to return to action Friday at home against Notre Dame, but that game was postponed until April 17.
Golf: Glen girls 3rd at Tomasso's match
WAVERLY, March 30 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team placed third Thursday among seven teams competing in a season-opening match at Tomasso's golf course.
Waverly won with a 179 team score, while Horseheads was second at 204, Watkins Glen third at 208, Lansing fourth at 259, Elmira fifth at 263, Corning sixth at 269, and Spencer-Van Etten seventh at 292.
Hanley Elliott led the Senecas with a 47, and was followed by Gabi Decker (50), Courtney Irwin (53), Alexis Atchie (58), and Sarah Swinnerton (62).
"The start of the season has been a struggle due to weather," said Watkins Glen Coach Chris Clark. "We have been limited in our time outside and have yet to practice on an actual green. Combine that with a snowy evening in Waverly, and I think the girls were extremely excited about how well they started the season."
Watkins tennis team wins its opener, 5-2
MORAVIA, March 30 -- The Watkins Glen varsity tennis team started its season on a winning note Thursday, defeating Moravia 5-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Moravia tennis courts.
Watkins won its No. 3 and No. 4 singles matches, with Peter Sandritter prevailing 6-2, 6-2, and Dylan Morse taking a 7-5, 6-2 decision.
The Senecas won all three of their doubles matches, 7-5, 6-0 by Megan Hazlitt and Makenna Fraboni, 6-2, 6-4 by Kendra Larson and Elise Allington, and 6-0, 7-5 by Tim Clifford and Ali LaMoreaux.
"It has been a difficult start to the season with the cold and wet weather limiting our ability to get outside on the courts," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "The team has been working hard despite the weather concerns and played very well today."
The Watkins Glen girls Class C state championship basketball team posed Monday after the Lions Club dinner at which they were honored. Front from left: Hannah Morse, Emmie Bond, Amanda Pike, Mariah Gonzalez, Clara Chedzoy and Taylor Kelly. Back row from left: Mikenna Ayers, Jazmin Shea, Katlyn Kernan, Kendra Larson, Makenna Fraboni, Julia Reilly and Ryanna LaMoreaux.
Watkins Glen girls team honored by Lions
HECTOR, March 27 -- The Class C state championship girls varsity basketball team from Watkins Glen was feted Monday night by the Lions Club at a dinner at the Chateau LaFayette Reneau.
After showing a video with highlights from the girls' season, the Lions invited team members Amanda Pike and Mariah Gonzalez to speak, and both answered questions from the audience.
An example: Pike, when asked what advice she might have for future players at her school, said, "Never give up, no matter how far behind you are, and listen to your coaches."
The team battled back in the state championship game from a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit to win in the final second on a shot by Hannah Morse.
Photo in text: Hannah Morse, left, who sank the winning basket, and Emmie Bond, the tourney MVP, after Monday night's dinner.
Strikers U10 girls win Geneseo tourney
SCHUYLER COUNTY, March 21 -- In their final tournament of the indoor season, the Schuyler Strikers U10 Girls team won the championship at the 21st Annual Indoor Tournament at SUNY Geneseo.
The team won all of its tournament games and went into the finals as the number one seed out of 16 teams. The Strikers won the final game 2-1 over a tough PalMac team.
The defense -- which consisted of Kendra Fish, Julia Spahalski, and Kelsea Wardwell -- held the opposing teams to only two points throughout the day. The offense -- consisting of Skye Honrath, Jacqueline Mace, Olivia VanSkiver, Jennifer Gublo, Kyra Yaw, Madison Tuttle and Madaline Bryerton -- "played great," said one of their coaches, "and kept the ball in the opposing end most of the time. Kelsea Wardwell did very well in goal with three shutouts."
Photo in text: The Schuyler Strikers U10 girls soccer team. Standing from left: Coach Paul Honrath, Skye Honrath, Kyra Yaw, Julia Spahalski, Kendra Fish, Coach Brian Fish, Coach Eric VanSkiver. Middle row, from left: Madaline Bryerton, Olivia VanSkiver, Kelsea Wardwell, Jennifer Gublo. Front row, from left: Jacqueline Mace, Madison Tuttle. (Photo provided)
Possession of the ball was a constant battle. Here a Port Jefferson player is harassed as Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike reaches for the ball. Teammates Emmie Bond (22) and Mariah Gonzalez were also involved in the play. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Huge rally carries Glen girls to 1st state basketball title
Overcome 16-point deficit, win on Morse shot at buzzer
TROY, NY, March 19 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team improbably came from 16 points down in the fourth quarter Sunday, scoring on a baseline floater by Hannah Morse at the buzzer to defeat Port Jefferson 65-63 and claim their first New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship.
The game, at Hudson Valley Community College, looked for all the world like a lost cause after the Senecas had been outscored 24-13 in the third quarter to fall behind 53-37 entering the final period. But they refused to fold.
The glory was spread around, with Amanda Pike leading the team with 17 points, including 13 in the second half.
Emmie Bond scored 12 points, 10 of them in a strong first half that kept the Senecas within early striking distance. And she grabbed 11 rebounds, which made two double-doubles in two days, and earned her the MVP award from tournament officials.
Clara Chedzoy and Taylor Kelly each scored 9 points, while Morse scored 8 -- all after interemission. Mariah Gonzalez scored 8 while playing strong on the boards. Ryanna LaMoreaux added 2 points in limited action. As it turned out, every point mattered.
Bond led the team in rebounds with 11 and had 3 assists. Morse led in assists with 8 and in steals with 3, and had 1 block.
Kelly and Gonzalez each grabbed 5 rebounds, and Pike registered 3. Gonzalez also had 2 steals.
Chedzoy grabbed 2 rebounds and had 1 steal and 1 block. Pike notched 2 steals and an assist.
Watkins Glen opened the game fast, utilizing its diamond-and-one press to disrupt Port Jefferson, the Section 11 champion (at 20-4). The Senecas opened a 5-0 lead, but the Royals battled back to take the lead midway through that period, and -- except for one brief moment in the second quarter when they were tied -- held it until the last few seconds of the game.
Port Jefferson led 15-10 after one period, saw the Senecas rally to tie it at 16-16, and then surged ahead by intermission, 29-24. The third period was all Royals as they seemingly broke the game open with a strong inside game, scoring repeatedly in the paint. A 4-point lead, 38-34, soon became 16 points as they closed with a 15-3 run and a 53-37 advantage entering the fourth quarter.
Then something happened. Actually a lot of somethings.
--Mariah Gonzalez sank the second of two free throws. 53-38.
The Senecas' stunning comeback consisted of 28 fourth-quarter points to Port Jefferson's 10. Pike accounted for 10 of the 28, while Gonzalez scored 7, Chedzoy 6, Morse 4 and Kelly 1. The Senecas sank 12 of 14 free throws in that period, and 17 of 23 overall.
Courtney Lewis led Port Jefferson with 22 points, with two other players in double figures. The Royals struggled at the foul line, converting 14 of 26 attempts.
Note: The state championship was Watkins Glen's second of this school year, following one posted by the boys varsity cross country team in the fall. As one commentator on Sunday's radio broadcast put it, "Winning one is rare. But two?" Indeed.
Photos in text (all by Don Romeo):
Top: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse eyes the basket on the way to her winning shot.
Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, left, gets her hand on the ball carried by Port Jefferson's Courtney Lewis. The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy is at right. (Photo by Don Romeo)
The game's final play went as planned
WATKINS GLEN, March 19 -- With the game tied 63-63, Watkins Glen had possession of the ball with 8.9 seconds left, and time to formulate a plan during a timeout.
And the plan was this: Amanda Pike would inbound the ball to Hannah Morse, who would pass the ball back to Pike if the latter wasn't double-teamed as she had been all game. If she was double-teamed, Morse was to dribble five seconds away, and then attack the basket.
Pike was covered, so that's what Morse did, racing on the right around two Port Jefferson players and then turning toward the basket and defender Gillian Kenah, whose long arms were stretched high.
Morse left the floor and sent a soft floater over Kenah. It bounced off the rim into the backboard as the horn sounded, and then to the far rim before snaking through the net for the victory. Morse leaped in joy and was picked up by teammate Mariah Gonzalez. The two collapsed in a bundle near the top of the key, and were soon joined on the floor by their teammates.
Coach Alicia Learn, who had told the girls when they were down 16 points at the start of the fourth quarter to keep their heads up and "get out there and do it," said hours later -- during a celebration at the WGHS Field House -- that when Morse's shot danced around the cylinder, "I was jumping up and down and yelling 'Go in, go in, go in."
Morse said she was thinking the same thing. "I was under the basket" after the shot, "looking up, thinking 'Go in.' It took forever to go in."
"That was exciting," said teammate Clara Chedzoy, who had fouled out in the closing minute and was watching from the bench. "I was sitting there -- maybe I was standing -- and I'm thinking 'Please go in.'"
Chedzoy said the comeback was the result of defense -- the re-implementation of a full-court press that had worked well for awhile early in the game. "We knew we had to pick up our defense, start scoring. We had to get the ball. It was intense to see us chip away, and get closer and closer. I thought we were going to overtime. And then Hannah's shot dropped."
"We had to keep fighting," said Morse about that 16-point deficit. "This was our goal from Day One. We weren't going down without a fight. We realized we needed to pick it up."
"It's a great feeling," said senior Amanda Pike, who was named to the All-Tournament team by tourney officials. She explained that "we tried not to look at the scoreboard" as the team battled back in the fourth quarter. "We just wanted to make some shots, get back in the game."
But when it got close, they were well aware of it. Was the pressure intense? "Not really," said Pike. "We just knew every possession counted."
And, in the end, as Port Jefferson missed some key shots and free throws and the Senecas made theirs, the possessions added up to a victory.
Most Valuable Player: The tournament officials honored Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond with the MVP award after the junior had produced double-doubles in both the semifinal and final. "I knew I had to step up," said Bond, "but this couldn't have been done without the whole team. The only way to play is as a team. And we are a team."
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike shoots from the corner.
Left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly puts up a shot. Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy shoots from long range. (Both photos by Don Romeo)
Left: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez battles for the ball. Right: Gonzalez shoots. (Both photos by Don Romeo)
Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse moves the ball upcourt. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike, left, tries to disrupt a Port Jefferson inbounds pass. (Both photos by Don Romeo)
Signs congratulated the Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team at the Field House.
Hundreds turn out to greet girls' return
WATKINS GLEN, March 19 -- Fans filled most of the bleacher space in the Watkins Glen High School Field House to greet the school's girls varsity basketball team upon its return from Troy and its improbable come-from-behind 65-63 state championship victory.
They gathered well ahead of the return, which saw the girls escorted by fire departments in Ovid, Hector, Burdett and Watkins Glen. They were cheered, as well, by members of the South Seneca girls basketball team, which had fallen Saturday in the semifinals. The South Seneca players were along the street in Ovid welcoming the Watkins girls' bus as it passed by on its return trip home.
Once the team reached Watkins Glen, the Watkins Glen Fire Department, sirens blaring, led a parade of vehicles south on Decatur Street, over to Franklin Street and eventually back to the school and around the circle fronting the Field House. There, a crowd bearing signs cheered.
The players were driven behind the school and off-loaded there. They then ran up a walkway, carrying a 2017 Champion sign, to the school entrance leading to their locker room. After passing through that room, they entered the Field House gym to loud music and louder cheers, circling the court. Senior Amanda Pike carried the state championship plaque.
And then came speeches. Coach Alicia Learn, with three Section IV championships and a state title in three years, thanked the community, saying "It's awesome to feel you guys behind us."
Superintendent Tom Phillips followed, calling the basketball team "the toughest bunch of young ladies I've ever seen." And he told them: "Remember this forever: Hard work pays off."
Then the fans and players scattered, talking together in groups, with some of the players, along with Learn, interviewed by the media.
What's next? A number of the girls will turn to AAU basketball on a team coached by Watkins Glen assistant and JV coach Scott Morse. That group, including Morse's daughter Hannah, Clara Chedzoy, Emmie Bond, Julia Reilly, Ryanna LaMoreaux and Taylor Kelly, will be traveling to Philadelphia next weekend for an invitational tournament there.
Then said Learn, "this summer we work hard and come back for next season and do it again."
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen senior Amanda Pike carries the state championship plaque as the players circle the gym to the applause of hundreds of fans.
The Watkins Glen players, with Mariah Gonzalez in the foreground, entered the Field House gym through the inflatable tunnel often used at the start of games.
Left: A cake awaited players and fans. Right: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond with her tournament MVP plaque.
The players, introduced one by one, gathered on the court in the Field House gym.
Model Car Show concludes at Center
Special to The Odessa File
WATKINS GLEN, March 19 -- The 4th Annual Model Car Show at the International Motor Racing Research Center, which started Friday, wrapped up its three-day run on Sunday, March 19.
Thousands of cars were on display at the show, at 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Admission was free.
Frank Spena, of Elmira, NY, a professional slot car racing champion (three national championships, in 2002, 2004 and 2006, as well as the New Jersey Shootout Championship in 2002), spoke Saturday.
Spena, now a hobbyist racer, was a co-founder of the Slot Car Club of the Twin Tiers, which set up a slot car track at the show that attendees were welcome to operate.
The weekend event was sponsored in part by the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce. The show and talk were part of the IMRRC's Center Conversations monthly speaker series.
All eyes are on the ball as Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez, right, and three Mekeel players vie for a rebound. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Glen girls win, reach finale
Pull away from Mekeel in 4th; Bond nets 14 points
TROY, March 18, 2017 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by Emmie Bond's 14 points -- defeated Mekeel Christian Academy 60-49 Saturday in a semifinal game of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class C tournament at Hudson Valley Community College.
The victory propelled the Senecas into the championship game Sunday against Port Jefferson, which defeated defending champion South Seneca 71-53 in Saturday's other semifinal.
The Senecas, 21-2, got off to a fast start against the Section 2 champion Lions, building a 9-2 lead largely on a pair of Amanda Pike 3-pointers, and were ahead 18-12 at the end of the first quarter. Pike scored all 10 of her points in that period.
Mekeel, down by 10 points (22-12) early in the second period, rallied to within a point, 25-24, before Watkins Glen scored the final four points of the first half for a 29-24 lead at intermission.
The Senecas were in foul trouble by that point, with Hannah Morse, Pike and Clara Chedzoy having been whistled three times each. By the end of the game, Bond had fouled out; Morse, Chedzoy and Mariah Gonzalez had four fouls each, and Pike and Taylor Kelly had three apiece.
The third quarter saw Watkins maintain its lead until Mekeel closed fast at the end, pulling within a point late in the period. But the Senecas scored the final three points of the third quarter and the first nine points of the fourth quarter to build a 52-39 advantage midway through the final period.
Balanced scoring proved a key, as Bond totaled 14 points on six 2-pointers and 2-for-4 shooting at the free-throw line. Seven of her points came in the second quarter.
Pike had 10 points on two 3-pointers and two 2-pointers, all in the first quarter. She did not shoot a free throw.
Beyond that, Morse and Chedzoy each scored 9 points, while Gonzalez and Kelly scored 8 each. Ryanna LaMoreaux also scored 2 points on a pair of second-quarter free throws.
Six of Kelly's points came in the fourth period, while Gonzalez was 4-for-4 from the foul line in the final quarter. The team was 11-for-15 from the foul line.
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins' Emmie Bond drives in traffic toward the basket. (All photos by Don Romeo)
Left: Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy shoots. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly moves past a Mekeel defender. (Both photos by Don Romeo)
Watkins Coach Alicia Learn addresses her team during a timeout. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike sends a jump shot on its way. Right: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez battles for the ball. (Both photos by Don Romeo)
Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond shoots. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly goes up for a shot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)
Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse looks to shoot. Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy sends a shot on its way. (Both photos by Don Romeo)
The Class C Regional champion Watkins Glen girls basketball team poses with the title plaque presented after Saturday's victory over Thousand Islands. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Now ... on to the Final Four
Watkins Glen girls rout Thousand Islands; Pike nets 30
DRYDEN, March 11 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team, led by Amanda Pike's 30 points and a stifling team defense, ran past Thousand Islands 56-32 in a Class C regional game Saturday night at Tompkins Cortland Community College to advance to the state Final Four next weekend at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY.
The Senecas will play Section 2's Mekeel Christian Academy in a 12:30 p.m. semifinal Saturday, while defending champion South Seneca of Section 5 faces Section 11's Port Jefferson at 2:15 p.m. The title game will be played Sunday at 11:45 a.m.
What started out as a close game Saturday night -- 12-10 in favor of Watkins Glen after one period -- turned into a rout as the Senecas' pressing defense and constantly moving offense led them to a 28-19 halftime lead and a 38-23 advantage entering the final period.
Pike hit just one 3-pointer, but found her range in closer to the basket, sinking seven 2-pointers to go with 13-for-15 free-throw shooting. Seventeeen of her points came in the final period, when the Vikings kept fouling her, and she kept sinking free throws (11-for-13 in that quarter alone). She also grabbed 5 rebounds in the game and had one steal.
Teammate Mariah Gonzalez also scored in double figures with 13 points to go with 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Also scoring were:
--Taylor Kelly, 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal.
Clara Chedzoy added 4 rebounds and a steal, and Ryanna LaMoreaux registered 3 rebounds and 2 blocks.
The Senecas pulled away despite a raft of fouls called against them by the game officials. Bond, Clara Chedzoy and Pike finished with four fouls each, and Gonzalez and Kelly with three. But Thousand Islands was being whistled, too. Watkins Glen finished 19-for-26 from the foul line, while the Vikings were 13-for-23.
Cortney Evans-Eppolito led Thousand Eslands with 22 points, including 7-for-15 from the free-throw line. Anna Hoover, who had been averaging more than 16 points in postseason play and scored 23 in the Vikings' Section 3 title win the previous week, was held to just 5 points Saturday night.
Pike pointed to the defense as the key, with the press forcing a pair of 10-second backcourt violations by the Vikings in the space of 2:20 in the first quarter. "We definitely got into their heads," she said. After that, Thousand Islands' shooting went as cold as the frigid night outside.
The end result, added Pike, was the team's goal all season: the state tournament.
Morse, the disruptive, whip-quick point guard, was all smiles after the game. "Oh my gosh, I'm so happy," she said. "I don't even have words to describe it. Third time's the charm, I guess."
That was a reference to the Senecas' losses the past two years in regional games against Cooperstown, which bowed out this year in the Section 3 tournament with a loss to Thousand Islands.
Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn, speaking to reporters after the game, said in looking ahead that "we have to get better and better and bring our A game" to the Final Four.
She said that her girls on Saturday night, as they have all season, "fought for it, were determined. This was their goal from Day One."
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse steals the ball from a Thousand Islands player as teammate Amanda Pike observes in the background. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Middle: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy, left, and Taylor Kelly apply tight defense.
Bottom: Watkins' Amanda Pike drives to the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Left: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez shoots in traffic. (Photo by Don Romeo)
From left: Watkins' Amanda Pike swats away a Thousand Islands inbounds pass. Center: The Senecas' Ryanna LaMoreaux left, defends. Right: Watkins' Clara Chedzoy shoots.
Left: Watkins' Emmie Bond, right, defends. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike shoots.
Left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly drives past a Thousand Islands player. (Photo by Don Romeo) Right: The Senecas' Makenna Fraboni shoots a free throw.
Left: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez drives to the hoop. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike goes high to win the tipoff. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Watkins Glen's Mikenna Ayers moves the ball upcourt in heavy traffic.
Striker teams excel at Gananda tourney
Special to The Odessa File
iSCHUYLER COUNTY, March 9 -- All four Schuyler Soccer Club teams made the playoffs last weekend at the Gananda Indoor Soccer Tournament, with three of them reaching the championship game, and the U10 Boys winning theirs.
The Schuyler Strikers U10 Boys team won the championship at the Gananda tournament. The boys were undefeated throughout with a 5-0 record, beating Gananda, Pal-mac and Marcus Whitman in the regular round. Then they defeated Pal-Mac again in the semifinal round before defeating Newark 4-1 in the championship game. Newark had also been undefeated until the championship game.
Goals:Liam Smith 11, Alex Large 8, Patrick Croft 1, Malachi Morgan 1, and Michael Purpura 1
The Schuyler Strikers U11 Boys team finished in second place at the Gananda tournament. The boys had a 3-2 overall record, beating Red Creek Rage and Gananda in the regular round but losing to Pal-mac. They defeated Gananda again in the semifinal round before losing to Pal-mac in the championship game, 1-0.
The Strikers defense, consisting of Kendra Fish, Julia Spahalski, and Kelsea Wardwell, "played excellent," said one coach, "keeping the ball in the opponent's half throughout most of the tournament. The offense, including Skye Honrath, Olivia VanSkiver, Jacqueline Mace, Jennifer Gublo, Kyra Yaw, and Madison Tuttle, scored an impressive 21 points in the four games that the team played. Madaline Bryerton had a great day in goal, recording three shutouts."
Our winter All-Stars, and the Schuyler MVP: Amanda Pike
This winter -- a season of winning performances on the high school level in wrestling, swimming, indoor track, bowling and basketball -- one Schuyler County student-athlete, Watkins Glen High School senior Amanda Pike, stood out as the leader of a basketball team that lost just twice during the regular season and then won its third straight Section IV, Class C championship.
She was part of a team with other standouts, but was generally regarded as its key player -- the most valuable of its several valuable parts. She led the team in scoring, but it went beyond that; she had the capacity to take over a game. She wasn't consistent, but always seemed to rebound from an off-night with one that was impactful. For instance, she failed to score in one game against arch-rival Waverly (while suffering from the flu), but then turned around and scored 21 points the next time the two teams played -- a game in which her Senecas beat the Wolverines convincingly.
She has averaged 17.2 points per game, topping 20 points on 10 occasions, with a maximum of 33.
While not the team's chief rebounder (Mariah Gonzalez was), Pike has been adept in that area, as well (5 per game) -- and notable on steals (4 per game), teaming with Hannah Morse to drive opponents crazy with their quick hands. Many a fast-break layup followed.
And none of that takes into acccount the resources that other teams have used to defend against her. That kind of attention opens up other possibilities for her Senecas elsewhere on the court.
Local sports fans have watched Pike from a young age. She excelled early in the area's free-throw shooting contests sponsored by the Elks, and then was a staple of varsity ball for years. Her trademark move is a step back before launching a three-point shot, often a thing of beauty: a long, high, arcing shot that drops through the cylinder, hitting only net.
She has been at the center of the action for the three straight seasons in which her team has reached the sectional finals, and she has helped them win all three times.
She was named a co-MVP of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School South Division this season, sharing the honor with Waverly's Elle Nittinger. Waverly won the IAC divisional and Large School titles, but Watkins Glen has ended up playing longer, winning the sectional Class C final while the Wolverines fell in the B semifinals.
One area coach who has seen Pike play often over the years said she is the best player to pass through our county since Stefanie Collins led Odessa-Montour to a state title shortly after the turn into this century. High praise indeed. Now add our judgment -- and we think it's an easy choice -- that because of Amanda Pike's outstanding performance during this winning sports season, she is The Odessa File Schuyler Winter MVP.
All-Schuyler Winter All-Star Teams
Amanda Pike -- MVP -- Basketball, WGHS
AJ Specchio -- Swimming, WGHS
Zach Elliott -- Basketball, Odessa-Montour
Joe Glosenger (OM bowling), Eric Rumsey (OM bowling), Carolyn Arias (OM bowling), Ethan Voorheis (WG wrestling), Will Fitzsimmons (WG swimming), Nate Wickham (WG swimming), Hayley Cornish (WG bowling), Wyatt Brower (WG bowling), Josiah Lynch (OM wrestling), Collin Haag (OM wrestling), Daniel Minnier (OM wrestling), Emmie Bond (WG basketball), Michael Doane (WG basketball), Steven Bradley (WG bowling), Parker Arcangeli (WG wrestling), Alexis Saunders (OM basketball)
The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team members pose with their coaches after winning the Section IV, Class C title. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Watkins girls top B-G, 37-35, win 3rd straight sectional title
DRYDEN, March 4 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team claimed its third straight Section IV, Class C championship Saturday, overcoming an early 8-point deficit to defeat previously unbeaten Bainbridge-Guilford 37-35 at Tompkins Cortland Community College.
The Senecas now turn their attention to next Saturday at the same venue, when they face the Class C winner of Section III, Thousand Islands, at 8 p.m. in an intersectional game. Thousand Islands won its title Sunday when it defeated Syracuse Academy of Science in triple overtime, 54-52, in a game at Onondaga Community College.
Watkins Glen (19-2) had its share of heroes.
"Everyone seemed to step up and take over the game at key moments," said Watkins Glen Assistant Coach Scott Morse. Among the heroics:
--Morse's daughter, Hannah, the Senecas' point guard, helped to rally the team from a 13-5 first-quarter deficit. They pulled ahead of B-G 18-17 before entering intermission tied 21-21.
--Taylor Kelly came off the bench to team with Morse on a couple of fast breaks that put the Senecas back in the game in the first half. And later, with the score tied 35-35, Kelly drove to the basket and, rising above two defenders, sank what proved to be the winning basket.
--Amanda Pike, who drew a lot of attention from B-G defenders, sank a 3-pointer in the first-half rally and then converted two free throws at a key point down the stretch.
--Clara Chedzoy didn't score, but provided blanket coverage on B-G's chief scorer, Abigail Selfridge, who totaled 16 points but had six in the second half and only two in the fourth quarter.
--Mariah Gonzalez, who produced a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, had among her achievements two key second-half steals.
It was primarily a defensive game, with Bainbridge's zone keeping Watkins' sharpshooters at bay, and Watkins' quick defense creating disruption on the other end of the floor.
"In order to win," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn, "we had to be better on defense. On offense, we were not what we usually are." She pointed in particular to Chedzoy, "who had a great defensive game on Number 11 (Selfridge), especially in the second half. Our goal was to contain 11 and 25 (Megan Palmatier, who had scored 21 points in the semifinal against Moravia, but was held this game to 7 points as Gonzalez defended against her). And we did a really nice job with that."
Gonzalez and Kelly were the high scorers for Watkins Glen, each registering 12 points. Morse scored 7, and Pike 6. The team was 5-for-8 from the foul line.
Kelly grabbed 5 rebounds, Pike and Morse 4 each, and Chedzoy 3. Morse led in assists with 5, and tied with Kelly for the lead in steals, with 4 each.
Bainbridge-Guilford (21-1) jumped out in front as Watkins suffered what Learn said was "nerves" in the early minutes -- with four turnovers and six missed shots in the first quarter.
In the second period, which started with B-G ahead 13-6, Kelly and Morse hit quick baskets to pull the Senecas within three points, 13-10, before Bainbridge scored twice to make it 17-10. But even when down at that point, Hannah Morse said later, the Senecas weren't worried. "We just had to play our game," she said. "We kept talking, communicating, encouraging each other." And that, she added, helped the Senecas maintain their enthusiasm and focus.
Subsequent baskets by Gonzalez and Morse, and another one by Morse after she stole the ball and drove the court, cut the deficit to one point, 17-16, and then a Kelly basket off a steal put the Senecas up 18-17. After B-G notched a basket, Kelly scored off a Morse feed to put Watkins ahead again, 20-19. A Pike free throw made it 21-19 before B-G's Selfridge tied it and sent the game into intermission at 21-21.
Watkins Glen jumped ahead 23-21 on a Gonzalez basket just 10 seconds into the third period, and after a series of misses and turnovers by both teams, Gonzalez scored on a putback to make it 25-21. Selfridge answered with a basket and then two free throws to deadlock the score again, 25-25.
Kelly scored again with 3:09 remaining in the period before Gonzalez stole the ball and drove the length of the court for a basket and a 4-point Watkins lead, 29-25, at the 2:10 mark. Another Gonzalez steal and drive made it 31-25 with 19 seconds left in the quarter, but B-G scored with 2.7 seconds left to pull within four, 31-27.
Bainbridge sank one of two free throws at 7:34 of the final period and then two more free throws at 5:46 to cut the Watkins lead to 31-30. Then, with 3:52 to play, Pike was fouled and sank both free throws to build the Senecas' lead to three points, 33-30. A Gonzalez basket at 3:18 made it 35-30, but Bainbridge answered with a basket by Selfridge at 2:10 and a 3-pointer by another Selfridge, Erica, at 1:45 to tie the game yet again, 35-35.
A Watkins steal by Morse gave Watkins an opportunity, but a missed shot put the ball back in B-G's hands. Kelly stole the ball with 50 seconds left, but B-G quickly stole it back. A missed shot by Abigail Selfridge was rebounded by Chedzoy and the ball was moved upcourt, and Learn called a time-out with 19.1 seconds left.
Learn said she had told Kelly that her role in this game was to "attack the basket. She's a lefty, and they might not have expected that. She listened, stepped up and did well."
And especially so as the Senecas came back to the court after the time-out. Chedzoy inbounded the ball from the sideline, heaving it to Kelly in the near corner. She moved to her right, went airborne as two defenders closed, and with her long reach released the ball well above any potential block -- and the ball went through the cylinder. Watkins Glen 37, Bainbridge-Guilford 35 with 16.2 seconds remaining.
Watkins' defense stiffened even more, keeping B-G from a clean shot until Selfridge, with time running out, rolled to her right, away from Chedzoy, and launched an off-balance shot that landed on the rim, bounced high and then, with time expiring and the buzzer sounding, fell to the side of the net and into the waiting hands of Gonzalez.
Morse and Kelly hugged near the basket and then more hugs followed as the Senecas celebrated their threepeat -- Learn's third straight sectional title as coach in her four years at the helm.
Learn said the title was "really nice," and well deserved for "this great group of girls. This is what their goal was all year. It's exciting; it's the third time, but it's still exciting."
The Senecas, although down early, "just dug deep," she added. "They are strong-willed girls."
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez puts up a shot that increased the Senecas' lead to 31-25 late in the third quarter.
Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike, left, contends with a B-G defender. (Photo by Don Romeo) Right: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez drives to the hoop.
Left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly shoots. (Photo by Don Romeo) Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy passes the ball.
Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse passes the ball around B-G's Megan Palmatier.
Left: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez drives past a B-G defender. (Photo by Don Romeo) Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike at the free-throw line.
The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy passes the ball after grabbing a rebound off a B-G shot late in the game. The pass went to Amanda Pike, who moved it upcourt. A short itme later, Watkins' Taylor Kelly (foreground, 24) scored what proved to be the game-winning points.
Strikers boys, girls 2nd at tournaments
Special to The Odessa File
SCHUYLER COUNTY, March 1 -- The Schuyler Strikers U10 Boys and Girls soccer teams each finished second over the weekend at the respective tournaments in which they competed.
The Schuyler Strikers U10 Boys team won their division and finished second overall at the Warsaw Indoor Soccer Tournament. The boys started off strong, winning 8-0 over Avon 1, and then tied 2-2 against the AUFC team. The boys rallied from behind in their third game to tie 3-3 against Avon 2. They then went on to the playoff round and eliminated the AUFC team 3-0 before finally losing out to the Pavilion 1 team 2-0 in the championship.
Alex Large, Liam Smith, Micheal Purpura, Benson Patterson, Malachi Morgan and Zevan Morgan all contributed and played well on offense, the coaches report, adding that Patrick Croft and Savie Purpura played outstanding defensively. Riley Yaw, they said, had "a very good tournament in goal" with two shutouts, including one in the playoff round.
The Schuyler Strikers U10 Girls team finished in second place at the Addison Indoor Soccer Tournament this past Saturday to a strong Batavia team. They made it into the championship after winning every game, including the regular game they played against Batavia earlier in the tournament.
Kendra Fish, Julia Spahalski and Kelsea Wardwell "played excellent defense," said one coach, adding that Skye Honrath, Jennifer Gublo, Kyra Yaw, Madison Tuttle, Jacqueline Mace, and Olivia VanSkiver "all played well on offense." Madaline Bryerton "had several great saves in goal," he added. The girls have made it to five championship games out of the five tournaments that they have competed in.
Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez shoots as Notre Dame's Courtney Crater approaches.
Glen girls defeat Notre Dame
Senecas to face Bainbridge-Guilford in sectional finale
DRYDEN, Feb. 28 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team advanced to the Section IV, Class C tournament final Tuesday night with a 50-37 semifinal victory over Elmira Notre Dame at Tompkins Cortland Community College.
Three Senecas scored in double figures: Hannah Morse with 15 points, Mariah Gonzalez with 14 and Amanda Pike with 12. Watkins will play for the title at 3 p.m. Saturday at TC3 against unbeaten Bainbridge Guilford, which rallied to defeat Moravia in the other Tuesday semifinal, 46-37.
The Senecas have won the sectional title the past two years. Should they make it three in a row, they will go on to intersectional play, but without their nemesis of the past two seasons waiting for them. Section III's Cooperstown has already been eliminated from postseason play.
Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn, who has piloted the Senecas in each of the past two seasons, said her team "played a great first half, then slowed down a bit in the second half when they threw a 2-3 zone at us. We were a bit dry" during that stretch. "But I'm proud of the girls. They worked hard, and played an awesome game."
She pointed out the defensive play of Emmie Bond, who was assigned the Crusaders' tall center, Mary Foster. Bond kept Foster from easy layups, forcing several turnaway jumpers that missed the mark, and held her to 12 points.
Morse, who hit three 3-pointers and three deuces, was asked if she was "feeling it" from 3-point range. She said not really; that she just had some open shots and took them, and was surprised at the result on a couple that she thought were off the mark.
Watkins Glen started fast, building a 10-0 lead on two Gonzalez baskets, two by Morse and one by Pike. The lead was 16-9 at the end of the first period. The Senecas then outscored Notre Dame 16-7 in the second period for a 32-16 halftime advantage.
Watkins Glen came out slow and disjointed in the second half, taking seven trips up the floor without scoring as ND instituted a 2-3 zone that limited the Senecas to single shots or none at all. But Notre Dame got no closer than nine points, at 32-23, before baskets by Clara Chedzoy, Morse and Pike, along with a pair of Pike free throws, reestablished the 16-point lead, 41-25, entering the final period.
The Senecas, now 18-2, added to their lead early in the fourth quarter, two baskets each by Gonzalez and Morse extending the advantage to 20 points, 50-30, with 3:30 left to play. Notre Dame then registered the final seven points.
In addition to her 15 points, Morse grabbed 4 rebounds and had 4 assists, 2 steals and a block.
Gonzalez, in addition to her 14 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and registered 4 assists.
Pike, besides her 12 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and had 3 assists and a steal.
Other scoring came from:
--Taylor Kelly, with 5 points and 5 rebounds.
Now, with another sectional title within reach, Coach Learn said she would turn her attention to Bainbridge-Guilford, which rallied from a 22-15 halftime deficit to defeat Moravia by nine points in the evening's earlier game. The Bobcats, now 21-0, were led by Megan Palmatier's 21 points, and 20 by Abigail Selfridge.
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike shoots in traffic. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Left: Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy (13) is in the middle of a fight for a rebound. Right: The Senecas' Hannah Morse (left) fires a pass. (Photo on right by Don Romeo)
Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike shoots a free throw. Right: Senecas fight for a rebound grabbed by a Notre Dame player.
Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond (rear) passes the ball to teammate Clara Chedzoy (13). Right: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez (right) and Taylor Kelly fight for the ball. (Photo on right by Don Romeo)
Suddaby reaches NCAA diving tourney
ITHACA, Feb. 27-- Watkins Glen High School alum Lindsey Suddaby -- a junior at Ithaca College -- qualified last weekend on the three-meter springboard for the NCAA Division III Diving Championships, to be held in Shenendoah, Texas in March.
Suddaby, of Burdett -- an alternate for the national tournament last year -- placed third this time during the NCAA Division III Region Four Diving Championships at Ithaca College. She amassed a score of 459.95 points.
Photo at right: Lindsey Suddaby (Photo provided)
Athletes of Week: Postseason standouts
SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 26 -- This week we honor as Odessa File Athletes of the Week five athletes with memorable postseason performances -- four basketball players and a runner.
First, the runner: Watkins Glen senior Patrick Hazlitt, who finished second in the 1600 Meter Run at at the Section IV Track State Qualifier at Cornell, breaking his own school record in the process. He advances to next weekend's State Meet on Staten Island.
Then, two Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball players: Amanda Pike, who scored 23 points in a rout of Walton in a Section IV, Class C quarterfinal in the WGHS Field House, and teammate Hannah Morse, a playmaker who has probably not earned enough notice this season. The Senecas play next against Elmira Notre Dame Tuesday at Tompkins Cortland Community College in a semifinal at 7:45 p.m.
Finally, two Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball players: Gillian Clark, who scored 20 points in a Section IV, Class C quarterfinal loss to Notre Dame, and teammate Kennedey Heichel, who seemed to come up with big plays at key moments -- most memorably on a putback over ND's Mary Foster, who is a foot taller.
Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball's Mariah Gonzalez; and WG High Jumper Jacob Carocci.
Honorable Mention: Watkins Glen basketball's Emmie Bond, Clara Chedzoy and Taylor Kelly; O-M basketball's Sage Garrison, Nakiaha Robinson and Olivia Grover; and Watkins Glen track's Isobel Scheffey, Sam Hanley and Aaron Planty.
The Watkins Glen Youth Basketball staff poses at season's end. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Playoffs
These are the results of the second of two weeks of the Walter "Red" Matthews Memorial Playoffs as part of the Watkins Glen Youth Basketball held at the Watkins Glen High School.
Famous Brands 24, Glen Motel 12
FB -- Caleb Bresett 12, Ryan Berry 6, Brennion Elliott 6
Central Asphalt 26, Mr. Chicken 6
CA -- Tyler Smith 10, Isaiah Sissel 10, Abigail Miller 4, Levi Murphy 2
Curly's Family Restaurant 19, Watkins Sporting Goods 4
Curly's -- Sam Caslin 11, Brady Bockelkamp 8
Seneca Lodge 24, Church St. Produce 21
SL -- Jacob Yontz 16, Zachery Castillo 4, Bryce Miller 2, Gregory Samuels 2
Capt. Bill's 16, Watkins Glen Supply 14
CB -- Carmichael Ayers 12, Alexander Holmes 4
Maguire's 33, VanSkiver Motors 25
M -- Bryce Cady 13, Carly Arnold 12, Han Shun Lui 6, Brooke Koseba 2
Photos in text: The 3rd-4th grade champion Famous Brands team and coaches (top) and the 5th-6th grade champion Seneca Lodge team and coaches (bottom). (Photos by Don Romeo)
Hazlitt sets new mark, advances to States
ITHACA, Feb. 25 -- Watkins Glen senior Patrick Hazlitt broke his own school record and finished second Saturday in the 1600 Meter Run at the State Qualifying Track Meet at Cornell University, advancing to next weekend's State Meet.
The top two from the event moved on to the state competition, which will be held Saturday at the Ocean Breeze Complex on Staten Island.
Hazlitt posted a time of 4:24.09, bettering his old school record of 4:24.70. He finished second in the 24-runner field -- broken into two heats -- with only Corning's Kevin Mosher ahead of him (in a time of 4:20.89).
"I'm so proud of Patrick's hard work and determination," said Watkins Glen Coach Kelly Sterner. "It's exciting to watch him strive and achieve his goals."
Among other Watkins Glen competitors:
--Jacob Carocci placed third in the High Jump at 5'8"; the winning leap was 5'10".
Photo in text: Patrick Hazlitt at Saturday's State Qualifier. (Photo provided)
Left: O-M's Gillian Clark sends a shot on its way that put O-M ahead 45-44. Right: The Indians' Kennedey Heichel drives toward the basket.
O-M girls rally, but fall short
Lose Section IV quarterfinal to Notre Dame, 50-47
ODESSA, Feb. 24 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team rallied from a 12-point third-quarter deficit to take the lead against Elmira Notre Dame with less than two minutes remaining Friday night before falling to the Crusaders 50-47 in a Section IV, Class C quarterfinal game in the O-M gym.
Notre Dame thus advances to a semifinal match at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Watkins Glen at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Watkins Glen advanced Friday with a 54-27 victory over Walton in the WGHS Field House.
"I was so proud of our kids' effort tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, noting that they rallied from a 33-21 deficit to take the lead 45-44 on a Gillian Clark 3-pointer with 1:43 to play. "A couple of tough bounces here or there went their way, and they hit some free throws in the final minutes, and that was the difference.
"But I couldn't be prouder of our team. they left it all out there on the court. What a great game, and what a great crowd we had behind us all the way."
Clark led Odessa (16-5) in scoring with 20 points, while Kennedey Heichel scored 8, Nakiaha Robinson 6, Olivia Grover 6, Sara Gardner 3, Sage Garrison 2, and Grace Vondracek 2. The team was 13-for-19 at the foul line.
Notre Dame was led by Mary Foster's 21 points. She also dominated the boards, often limiting Odessa to a single shot per trip up the floor. She also blocked and redirected an occasional O-M shot. Also scoring for ND were Sara Watts (10 points), Courtney Crater (8), Mackenzie Maloney (6), Maura Glovins (2), Brooke Rorie (2) and Taylor Van Dine (1). The team converted 12 of 20 free throws.
Odessa, down 8-6 late in the first period, rallied on a basket by Robinson and a 3-pointer by Gardner to take an 11-8 lead. Notre Dame outscored the Indians 12-5 in the second quarter, scoring the final four points to break a 16-16 tie and take a 20-16 lead into intermission.
After a Heichel 3-pointer pulled Odessa within a point at 22-21 early in the third quarter, Notre Dame went on an 11-0 run to build a 33-21 lead and seemed poised to break the game wide open. But O-M responded with eight straight points -- on five free throws and a Clark 3-pointer -- to pull within four points, 33-29. A Grover basket off an inbounds feed left the Indians down 34-31 entering the final quarter.
Robinson scored a minute into the quarter to bring O-M within a point, 34-33, before Notre Dame scored twice in the next minute and a half to build its lead back to five at 38-33. But Clark brought O-M back by sinking two free throws and a 3-pointer to forge a 38-38 tie with 4:54 remaining.
Notre Dame went ahead again 10 seconds later, 40-38, but Heichel tied the game again by sinking a putback over the outstretched arms of Foster at 4:18. The Crusaders led once again when they scored on a layup at 3:02 before Clark scored on a putback at 2:53 to tie the contest again.
Notre Dame went ahead at 2:34 on a shot from the left side, and then Clark hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key that put the Indians ahead 45-44 with 1:43 to play.
Notre Dame missed two free thows at 1:31, but then Foster hit a pair after being fouled at 1:08 to put the Crusaders ahead 46-45, and she added two points from in close with 41 seconds remaining to lift the ND lead to three at 48-45.
Clark responded with a pair of free throws with 26.8 seconds left to pull the Indians within a point at 48-47, but Notre Dames's Maloney sank two free throws at 20.5 seconds to make the score 50-47. Maloney then missed a pair of foul shots with 4.8 seconds left, providing O-M with a final, possibly game-tying shot after a strategic timeout.
However, a final long-distance 3-point attempt was off the mark, ending the Indians' season.
"It's been a long journey so far and we've come a long way," said Gavich. " A division title and the big win at Watkins Glen definitely took us the next step.
Photos in text:
Top: O-M's Nakiaha Robinson drives to the hoop.
Left: O-M's Gillian Clark tries to move past a Notre Dame player. Right: The Indians' Kennedey Heichel shoots a free throw. (Both photos by Don Romeo)
Glen girls advance to semis
Top Walton 54-27 in quarterfinal; face ND on Tuesday
WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 24 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by Amanda Pike's 23 points -- raced past Walton 54-27 Friday night in a quarterfinal game of the Section IV, Class C Tournament in the WGHS Field House.
With the victory, the Senecas (17-2) advance to a semifinal match at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Tompkins Cortland Community College against Elmira Notre Dame, which defeated Odessa-Montour 50-47 Friday night in the O-M gym.
Watkins Glen broke a 4-4 tie with a 14-point first-quarter run and followed that with a 20-point run in the second quarter to forge a 38-9 lead by intermission. Pike totaled 17 points in the first half, while Mariah Gonzalez scored 12 of her 14 points before intermission. The lead was 52-16 entering the final period.
Pike also had 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals, while Gonzalez had 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Other scoring came from:
--Taylor Kelly, 7 points with 2 steals.
In addition, Ryanna LaMoreaux grabbed 3 rebounds and blocked a shot, Makenna Fraboni grabbed 2 rebounds and had a steal, Jazmin Shea registered 2 rebounds, Katlyn Kernan had 1 rebound and 1 steal, and Julia Reilly grabbed 1 rebound.
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike drives to the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Left: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez is fouled as she shoots. Right: Gonzalez and teammate Emmie Bond (22) reach for a rebound. (Both photos by Don Romeo)
Left: Watkins' Hannah Morse prepares to shoot. Right: Watkins defenders Amanda Pike (14) and Clara Chedzoy put pressure on a Walton player. (Both photos by Don Romeo)
O-M Elementary basketball results
The following results were reported from competition at the Odessa-Montour school involving elementary basketball teams.
Bucket Bar and Grill 25, Vedder and Scott 14
Bucket: Tyler Malnoske 12 points, David Madorsky 7 points, Caleb Malnoske 4 points, Sarah Strobel 1 point, Mackenzie Landon 1 point
Watkins Supply 16, Montour Moose 7
Watkins Supply: Evan Crane 8 points, Connor Fogie 4 points, Jayden Baylor 4 points
ND wins, will face O-M in quarterfinal
SOUTHPORT, Feb. 21 -- The Elmira Notre Dame girls varsity basketball team won a Section IV, Class C opening-round game Tuesday night at home against Union Springs, 65-42, setting up a quarterfinal contest at Odessa-Montour at 7 p.m. Friday.
Mary Foster scored all of her 17 points in the second half as the Crusaders rallied from a six-point halftime deficit to overtake Springs. Notre Dame outscored Union Springs 43-14 in the second half after trailing at intermission 28-22.
Odessa-Montour, the tourney's No. 4 seed, faced No. 5 Notre Dame once in the regular season. Notre Dame, playing at home, won that game on January 12th, 46-38.
The other quarterfinal: The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team will face Walton at 6 p.m. Friday (changed from 7 p.m.) in a Section IV, Class C quarterfinal match in the Field House. Walton, the No. 8 seed, defeated No. 9 Tioga 39-24 Tuesday night. Watkins Glen is the top seed.
Athletes of the Week: DeBolt and Fudala
SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 20 -- This week we honor two swimmers as our Odessa File Athletes of the Week.
Odessa-Montour's Andy Fudala (right) gets one nod for winning the 100 Yard Breaststroke title at the Section IV, Class C Swimming Championships at Owego Free Academy. He completed the season unbeaten in the Breaststroke.
Watkins Glen's Aidan DeBolt (left above ) gets the other nod for winning both the 50 Yard and 100 Yard Freestyle titles at the same sectional meet.
Double Honorable: O-M swimmers Billy Tague and Alec Betts; Watkins swimmers Dakota Cole and AJ Specchio; O-M basketball's Olivia Grover; and Watkins Glen basketball's Danielle Leszyk and Kathleen Clifford.
Honorable Mention: Another 11 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.
Pike and Clark are IAC All-Star MVPs
SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 20 -- Watkins Glen basketball standout Amanda Pike has been named a co-MVP of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School South Division and Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark is MVP of the IAC Small School South Division in votes of division coaches.
Pike (left) shares the Large South honor with Waverly's Elle Nittinger. Thelr teams met twice during the season, splitting the games.
Large School South 1st Team All-Stars included Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez, along with Notre Dame's Mary Foster, Waverly's Alex Tomasso and Edison's Leigha Jones.
Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse earned a 2nd Team slot.
O-M's Clark (above right) was the solo MVP in the Small School South after a season that saw her Indians win the division.
Teammate Olivia Grover made the 1st Team, along with Newfield's Mariyah Byrd, Spencer-Van Etten's Mackenzie Grube, Tioga's Sarah Hollenbeck and Candor's Shaylin Heidl.
O-M's Nakiaha Robinson and Sage Garrison earned 2nd Team honors.
Photos in text: Amanda Pike (left) and Gillian Clark (right) (File photos)
The Watkins Glen varsity cheerleaders competed Saturday at the Canaseraga Cheer Challenge, taking third place in the Varsity 5 Division with their season-high score of 141.7 points. This was their final competition of the season. The cheerleaders are shown above during their routine. (Photo by Kelly Miller)
Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Playoffs
These are the results of the first of two weeks of Walter "Red" Matthews Memorial Playoffs as part of the Watkins Glen Youth Basketball held at the Watkins Glen High School.
Watkins Sporting Goods 15, Mr. Chicken 6
WSG -- Nicholas D'Alleva 8, Donovan Wratten 3, Logan Debolt 2, Amos Diliberto 2
Famous Brands 20, Watkins Sporting Goods 10
FB -- Caleb Bresett 10, Brennion Elliott 6, Ryan Berry 2, Olivia VanSkiver 2
Curly's Family Restaurant 20, Central Asphalt 18
Curly's -- Sam Caslin 14, Brady Bockelkamp 6
Glen Motel 22, Curly's Family Restaurant 16
GM -- Christopher Simiele 18, Addison Coolican 4
Championship Game - 2/25/17 at 8:30 a.m.
Famous Brands vs. Glen Motel
VanSkiver's wins by forfeit
Church St. Produce 23, VanSkiver's Motors 22
CSP -- Jenna Solomon 14, Jason Murphy 7, Aili Narde 2
Maguire's 25, Watkins Glen Supply 21
M -- Carly Arnold 19, Bryce Cady 6
Seneca Lodge 37, Maguire's 26
SL -- Jacob Yontz 23, Sasha Honrath 4, Bryce Miller 4, Gregory Samuels 4, Sydney Brubaker 2
Championship Game - 2/25/17 at 9:30 a.m.
Church St. Produce vs. Seneca Lodge
Watkins Glen's AJ Specchio on the way to fifth place in the 200 Individual Medley.
DeBolt wins 50, 100 Free; Fudala wins Breaststroke
OWEGO, Feb. 18 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Aidan DeBolt captured the titles in both the 50 Yard and 100 Yard Freestyle events while Odessa-Montour senior Andy Fudala won the 100 Yard Breaststroke Saturday at the Section IV, Class C Swimming Championships at Owego Free Academy.
Chenango Forks won the tournament team title with 449 points, with Oneonta second (377), Lansing third (257), Odessa-Montour fourth (240), Watkins Glen fifth (237), Southern Cayuga sixth (182), Greene seventh (129) and Dryden eighth (128).
DeBolt and Fudala were the top seeds in their specialties, positions earned with victories at the Class C Prelims on Wednesday at WGHS.
DeBolt posted his two victories first on Saturday, swimming a 22.66 in the 50 Free and a 49.79 in the 100 Free -- each an improvement over his seed time. Fudala also bettered his seed time by holding off Oneonta's Akiva Garfield with a personal best of 1:05.50 to Garfield's 1:05.78. With the win, Fudala completed his season unbeaten in the Breaststroke.
"Today Andy met his biggest challenge yet from Garfield," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "They were neck and neck through the whole race, with Andy beating Garfield on the turns and underwaters, and Garfield gaining ground down each stretch. It was a very exciting race that had everyone on their feet."
DeBolt was "in the zone," said his father Len, the Watkins Glen swim coach. "He told me he was feeling good. He's worked a long time for this and wasn't going to let the opportunity pass him by."
In both cases, DeBolt led early and simply beat his opponents to the wall in a flurry of churning arms and flying water. He won the 50 Free by 34 hundredths of a second and the 100 Free by 37 hundredths. He pumped his fist and then smiled deeply after the first win, enjoying the moment.
Fudala also took 6th in the 50 Free in 24.79. Billy Tague was third in the 500 Free with a personal record (PR) of 5:14.78 and fourth in the 200 Free in 1:58.26. Alec Betts took third in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:10.44 and fourth in the 200 IM in 2:18.74. Fudala, Tague and Betts were joined by Jake Mayette in the 200 Medley Relay to take third in a season-best time of 1:49.97.
Other finishes for OM:
--200 Free Relay of Cameron Adams, Jake Mayette, Brett Walters and Noah Angle, 4th in 1:45.09.
"The whole team performed extremely well today," said Coach Brace. "We took 11 of the 14 swimmers on the team to sectional finals, which is very impressive, especially considering six of them were rookies. In the postseason every team member set PRs and earned important points for the team. Everyone on the team was a solid contributor and they all improved tremendously throughout the season.
"They battled sickness, overcame heartbreakingly close losses, and rose up to be a serious contender in the IAC and Class C. They were the only team to beat Lansing this year. They were a team in the truest sense, always supporting and helping each other. I am overwhelmingly proud of each and every one of them. Seniors Andy Fudala, Kyle Frasier and Garrett Allen have all left their mark on the team and will be missed next year."
DeBolt was also on the second-place 200 Free Relay team (with Nathaniel Wickham, Dakota Cole and AJ Specchio), and the fourth-place 400 Free Relay team (with the same teammates). Other finishes for Watkins Glen included:
--Tyler Leroux, 14th in the 200 Free in 2:16.70 and 11th in the 50 Free in 26.31
Photos in text:
Top: O-M's Andy Fudala on the way to victory in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.
Watkins Glen's Dakota Cole on the way to fifth place in the 200 Yard Freestyle.
Left: Watkins Glen's Rong Lin competes in the 100 Breaststroke, where he placed 13th. Right: The Senecas' Aidan DeBolt receives the first-place medal for the 100 Yard Freestyle and a handshake from his father, Len, who coaches the Watkins swim team.
Watkins Glen's Tyler Leroux competes in the 200 Free, where he placed 14th.
Odessa-Montour's Noah Angle hits the water at start of the 50 Free. He placed 10th.
O-M's Brett Walters (foreground) and Jacob Mayette compete in the 200 IM. Walters finished in 13th place, and Mayette in 14th place.
O-M girls fall in IAC finale
Bow to defending Small School champ Moravia, 48-39
DRYDEN, Feb. 17 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team's hopes for an Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small School title ended when defending champion Moravia pulled away in the fourth quarter Friday night to defeat the Indians 48-39 at Tompkins Cortland Community College.
O-M and Moravia played even, 31-31, through three quarters, the lead changing several times to that point. But when the Blue Devils hit a 3-pointer with 7:30 to play, they established a lead they never reliquished.
After Odessa pulled within two, 34-32, on an Olivia Grover free throw, Moravia hit another 3-pointer at 6:08 and a 2-pointer at 5:32 sandwiched around a Grover basket. The score at that time was 39-34, and it stayed that way for almost four minutes as both sides encountered missed shots and turnovers.
Then Moravia scored off of a steal at 1:39 to extend its lead to seven points, 41-34. Odessa's Sage Garrison hit a free throw at 1:15 to make it 41-35, but Moravia answered with another 3-pointer to go up 44-35 with 59 seconds remaining, and that was essentially the end. Each team scored four more points -- Moravia on free throws and O-M on baskets by Gillian Clark and Grover.
The first quarter was back and forth, ending with Moravia up 10-9. The Blue Devils then built a 17-13 lead in the second quarter before Odessa rallied with a flurry in the final 1:10 -- on a basket by Grover, a 3-pointer by Garrison, a steal by Kennedey Heichel, another basket by Grover and a block by Clark. The score at halftime was O-M 20, Moravia 17.
The Blue Devils tied the game in the first 55 seconds of the third period, but O-M pulled ahead 25-20 on a 3-pointer and 2-pointer by Clark. Moravia rallied to tie the game 27-27 before Clark and Nakiaha Robinson hit baskets to put the Indians up 31-27 with 1:16 remaining in the period.
But Moravia evened the game again, scoring on a layup and then, with just 1.3 seconds left, on a pair of free throws. The game was tied 31-31 entering the fourth period, setting the stage for Moravia to pull away. The Devils outscored O-M 17-8 in the final quarter.
"We just didn't play well for whatever reason," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "Maybe a big-game environment for the first time factored in. We had too many missed layups and shots we normally make."
In the fourth quarter, he said, Moravia "hit some big shots and we turned it over or missed. Their experience in this game showed in the fourth quarter. Now we have to put this behind us, and get ready for sectionals. We still have a lot to play for."
Grover led Odessa in scoring with 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Clark registered 12 points. Other scoring came from Garrison (5 points), Robinson (4) and Alexis Saunders (2). Heichel led the team in assists with 4. The team struggled at the foul line, converting just 5 of 14 attempts, compared to 68% success during the season.
Moravia was led by Maddy Kelly's 13 points, Grace Wasileski's 12, and 11 by Allie Genson. The Devils -- who hit five 3-pointers -- were 9-for-15 from the foul line.
Both teams return to action next week in the Section IV, Class C tournament. O-M, the No. 4 seed, plays at home Friday against the winner of Tuesday's Union Springs-Notre Dame game. Moravia, the No. 3 seed, plays at home Friday against the winner of Tuesday's Unatego-Lansing contest.
Photos in text:
Top: O-M's Olivia Grover (in white) wins the tipoff.
Left: O-M's Gillian Clark shoots around a Moravia player. Right: The Indians' Kennedey Heichel (3) passes the ball.
Left: O-M's Sage Garrison grabs a rebound. Right: The Indians' Sara Gardner shoots.
Left: O-M's Gillian Clark shoots. Right: The Indians' Olivia Grover (20) makes a move toward the basket.
Bowling: Watkins girls 5th at Qualifier
WAVERLY, Feb. 17 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team ended its season Friday when it finished in fifth place in the Section IV State Qualifier at Waverly Bowl. Odessa-Montour ended its season with an 11th-place finish
The tournament and a spot in the upcoming state competiton was won by Union-Endicott with an 8000 total for nine games -- three at last weekend's Class Sectionals and six on Friday. Horseheads waas second at 7667, Susquehanna Valley third at 7243, Windsor fourth at 6943, and Watkins Glen fifth at 6702. Ocessa-Montour totaled 6089.
Seniors Liz Mason and Dakota Evans led the Senecas Friday, Mason posting series of 519 and 517, and Evans rolling series of 521 and 497. Their nine-game totals, counting last week's, were 1493 and 1492, respectively.
Hayley Cornish added series of 431 and 467 for the Senecas, and had a nine-game total of 1371. Nikole VanDyke rolled 365 and 394 for a nine-game gotal of 1167.
"It was a very tough two weeks," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "To bowl a nine-game series in two separate bowling centers, on an oil pattern that you are not use to, is a difficult thing.
"Our girls battled to catch and surpass some very good teams to finish 5th overall. We beat every team our size and smaller, I am very proud of the way they never gave up.
"I want to thank Tony Margreno and Scott Pike for all their help this year, but most of all, I would like to thank the families of the bowlers for making this a great season.
"We will all miss Liz and Dakota. They have been on the team for the last half decade, and it will be tough to fill their shoes."
Scores for Odessa-Montour were not immediately available.
Photo in text: The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team. Front from left: Hayley Cornish, Coach Ward Brower and Nikole VanDyke. Back from left: Liz Mason, Nancy Jackson, Dakota Evans, Kendra Cornish and Makenzie Kellogg. (File photo)
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