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TheWatkins Glen girls and boys teams with their title plaques. (Photo by Rod Weeden)

Glen runners top small school field at Owego Invitational

OWEGO, Sept. 21 -- The Watkins Glen girls and boys varsity cross-country teams finished first in Small School competition Saturday at the Owego Invitational on the Pheasant Hill Country Club's 3.1-mile course.

"It was a good day," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, whose squads will compete next weekend in the big McQuaid Invitational in Rochester.

The girls race:

The Watkins Glen girls squad posted a score of 61, defeating Newark Valley (80), Northeast Bradford (105), Candor (127) and Chenango Forks (132). Competing with incomplete teams (fewer than five runners) were Lansing, Elmira Notre Dame, Waverly, Susquehanna Community, and Troy.

Kayla Stewart of Newark Valley won the race in 20:47. Watkins Glen was led by Cambria Weeden, who finished 4th in 21:19. Other Watkins runners: Taylor Kennard (11th in 22:03), Julia Reilly (21st in 22:42), Kai Sutterby (24th in 22:48), Brooke Shaffer (27th in 23:23), Maggie Bond (28th in 23:25), Clara Chedzoy (30th in 23:26), and Katrinna LaTorre (32nd in 23:26).

The boys race:

The Watkins Glen boys team was first with 45 points, followed by Newark Valley (60), Chenango Forks (97), Susquehanna Valley (133), Chenango Valley (176), and Notre Dame (177). Posting incomplete scores were Deposit-Hancock, Waverly, Edison, Lansing and Moravia.

Ben Eisenhut of Lansing won the race in 17:19. Watkins Glen was led by Patrick Hazlitt's 17:32, good for 3rd place. Finishing 4th was Shawn Rutledge (17:52), followed by Jacob Carocci (9th in 18:37), Brandon Pike (15th in 19:09), Gabe Planty (17th in 19:13), Sean Holland (21st in 19:22), Joe Palumbo (27th in 19:42), and Jacob Slater (32nd in 19:52).

In the junior varsity girls race, Watkins Glen's Aran Holland was 39th in 28:11, running against both small and large school competitors.

In the junior varsity, small-schools race, Jared Sandritter was 5th in 20:22, Daniel Paradiso 11th in 20:51, and Conlin Wysocki 21st in 21:58.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Cambria Weeden en route to 4th place in the girls' small-school race.
Bottom: The Senecas' Patrick Hazlitt on the way to 3rd place in the boys' small-school race. (Both photos by Heidi Pike)

From left: Watkins Glen's Jacob Carocci, Gabe Planty and Brandon Pike.
(Photos by Heidi Pike)

From left: Watkins Glen's Brooke Shaffer, Taylor Kennard and Julia Reilly.
(Photos by Heidi Pike)

Left: Watkins' Aran Holland, center, runs amid a group of Elmira competitors in the JV race. Right: Watkins' Shawn Rutledge on the way to 4th place in the boys' small-school varsity race.
(Photos by Heidi Pike)

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Watkins swimmers top Class B at EFA

ELMIRA, Sept. 21 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team won the B Division competition Saturday at the annual EFA Invitational, and came away with a first place in diving.

The Senecas finished with 284 points, ahead of Corning's 250, Chenango Forks' 249, Dryden's 245 and Johnson City's 125.

The Senecas' Lexi Castellaneta won the diving competition with 400.80 points, despite reports earlier that she had finished second. When official results were released Saturday night, they showed her in first place. As one coach explained, an Ithaca diver who amassed more points had in fact been diving exhibition.

Horseheads won the A Division title with a dominant 458 points, followed by Maine-Endwell (266), Chenango Valley (227), Vestal (145) and Binghamton (107).

Lansing won Class C with 382 points, followed by Waverly (309), Notre Dame (209), Odessa-Montour (134) and Elmira (119)

Watkins Glen:

In addition to Castellaneta's diving title, Watkins Glen got podium finishes from Victoria Wixson (2nd in the 100 Back), Katherine Meehan (5th in the 100 Breaststroke), Emma Allington (6th in the 50 Free), the 200 Medley Relay team of Peighton Cervoni, Meehan, Wixson and Allington (5th), and the 200 Free Relay team of Sara Gardner, Meehan, Allington and Wixson (6th). Allington was also 7th in the 100 Free.

"The girls have been working so hard, with two practices a day," said Watkins Glen Coach Andy Chouinard. "Everyone achieved a season-best time. I am so proud of them."

The Senecas return to action against Lansing at home Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

"We are looking for as much local support as we can get," said Chouinard of that contest. "It will be a very close and exciting meet."

Watkins Glen's dual meet record is 3-0.

Odessa-Montour:

The only top 12 finish for O-M was in the 200 Free Relay, where Tori Reese, Syria Tague, Emelia Paulisczak and Emma Raymond took 11th place in a season-best time of 1:59.28.

"The girls had many good swims today, with many posting PRs," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "I'm very proud of them all."

O-M Personal Records:
--Gabby Cain in the 200 Free and 100 Back
--Tori Reese in the 200 IM and the 100 Breast
--Lovona Carrigan in the 50 Free and 100 Fly
--Syria Tague in the 100 Back
--McKenna Carberry in the 100 Free and 100 Breast
--Kara Reese in the 100 Free and 100 Back

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen diver Lexi Castellaneta, who finished in first place.
Next: The Senecas' Katherine Meehan (left) and Emma Allington (right). (Photos by Kim Suddaby)

Left: O-M's Kennedey Heichel (3) pursues the ball. Right: The Indians' Hailie Searles.

Odessa-Montour girls tie Moravia

ODESSA, Sept. 21 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team played Moravia to a 1-1 deadlock Saturday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field, part of Odessa's Homecoming Week activities.

The Indians, now 1-5-2, scored first -- early in the second overtime period -- when Sage Garrison put the goal in the Moravia net off a crossing feed from April Dunn, who had moved the ball up the right sideline.

Moravia responded with a goal that came off a 40-yard free kick. The kick resulted in a flurry of activity in front of the O-M goal, with the ball finding its way into the net.

Moravia (3-3-1) outshot the Indians 10-7, and had a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks. Gillian Clark made nine saves in goal for O-M, while the Moravia keeper made six saves.

"This was probably the best soccer we've played this year," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster. "We played hard and we created a lot of chances. We just have to finish better."

Photo in text: O-M's Callie Stillman reaches high to meet the ball at midfield.

Left: O-M's Brittany Visscher (17) races toward the ball. Right: The Indians' Dana Roberts.

Glen girls fall to Notre Dame in final

SOUTHPORT, Sept. 21 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team dropped a 4-0 decision to Elmira Notre Dame Saturday night in the title game of the Notre Dame Soccer Tournament.

The Senecas fell behind 3-0 in the first half, and then battled the Crusaders nearly even after intermission.

Notre Dame outshot Watkins Glen 16-2, and had a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. Allison Teed made 10 saves in goal for the Senecas, while teammates Cierra Barber and De'naja Blanchard each registered one. The ND keeper was credited with two saves.

Justine Hulbert was selected the Watkins Glen team MVP by the Notre Dame coaches.

"I think the girls have been playing good soccer for the last couple of weeks," said Watkins Glen Coach Brian Gardner. "Notre Dame is a pretty good team and I think we played them close for most of the game. We had a couple of mistakes that gave them a breakaway late in the first half that they were able to capitilize on to go up 2-0. They scored a very nice score just before halftime to make it 3-0, and then we held them to just one goal in the second half on just two shots.

"The halftime adjustments worked really well," he added, "and I think we really shifted the momentum for awhile in the second half but just didn't make the scoring opportunities that we needed. We again had a very good effort by our defense of Taylor Yaw, Madison Gates, Alexandria Gardner and De'naja Blanchard, and freshman Kiersten Stiles really stepped in and did a great job. To hold a team like Notre Dame to two shots in 40 minutes, that takes some good teamwork by everyone."

Photo in text: The Watkins Glen squad poses with its second-place trophy. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen's Keith Rekczis gains some of his 242 yards. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen gridders edge Dryden

Last-minute TD gives Senecas 24-17 victory

DRYDEN, Sept. 20 -- The Watkins Glen varsity football team improved to 2-1 Friday night when it came from behind in the final minute to defeat Dryden 24-17 in a Section IV, Division V game on the Dryden football field.

Keith Rekczis scored all three of Watkins Glen's touchdowns -- on runs of 2, 9 and 16 yards -- and two of its three 2-point conversions as the Senecas handed Dryden its first loss in three games and tightened the race for a postseason playoff spot.

Watkins has an open date next weekend due to the decision by its scheduled foe, Trumansburg, to forfeit its season. That will lift the Senecas' mark to 3-1. But Watkins Coach Lou Condon Jr. said he's "still hoping we can find a game. We'd rather play."

Said Condon of Friday's victory: "This was such a fantastic game. I have to give another shout-out to the offensive line, because they opened so many holes. And our defense played very well, holding a team that had rushed for 250 or 300 yards last week to just 69 this time. We played so aggressively, and I have to give credit to the seniors. They are playing with emotion."

Dryden struck first in the game, converting a field goal in the second quarter to go up 3-0. Watkins Glen responded with the first of Rekczis's touchdowns and a 2-point conversion run before Dryden scored a touchdown and 2-point conversion to carry an 11-8 lead into intermission.

The Senecas scored first in the third quarter to regain the lead, 16-11, but Dryden scored another TD to go up 17-16 entering the fourth period.

"We went back and forth, back and forth," said Condon, "and then in the final two or three minutes, we got the ball and drove down the field, and Keith punched it in with 58 or 59 seconds to play. And then he added the 2-point conversion. It was just a fantasic win."

Rekczis gained 242 yards on 27 rushes, while teammate Jon Brown gained 112 yards on 24 carries and caught two passes for 40 yards. They were the only ground gainers for the Senecas, who amassed 394 total yards. Dryden was held to 69 yards on the ground on 29 carries, while gaining 173 yards through the air on 8-for-12 passing.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen runner Jon Brown, left, is slowed when a Dryden defender grabs his jersey.
Middle: The Senecas' Kurtis Edwards tackles the Dryden quarterback.
Bottom: Watkins' Ryan Pruitt shifts direction on a kickoff return. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Ian Chedzoy tackles a Dryden ball-carrier for a loss. Right: The Senecas' Jordan Rappleye goes high while defending against a Dryden pass. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Odessa falls to ND, 42-6

O-M's R.C. Brown is grabbed from behind, but eluded the would-be tackler en route to a 27-yard TD run. Along the way, he dropped the ball and then regained possession (right).

Odessa falls to ND, 42-6

ODESSA, Sept. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity football team finally got to play a game this season, and it didn't go the way they had hoped.

The Indians, who were 1-1 through two games on a forfeit victory and on a forfeit loss caused by a lack of enough players, fielded the minimum number of 16 as they took the field Friday night against Elmira Notre Dame on O-M's Charles Martin Field in a Section IV, Division VIII contest.

The outcome: Notre Dame 42, Odessa-Montour 6, in a game that saw the two teams -- Notre Dame seven times and O-M once -- score eight times without succeeding on any point-after conversion plays. All eight TDs led to two-point conversion attempts, and each time the attempt failed.

Notre Dame struck on the second play from scrimmage, Chris Whitson breaking free off a double handoff for a 73-yard scoring jaunt.

The Crusaders made it 12-0 at 6:55 of the first quarter when Cam Reid ran 36 yards to paydirt, and 18-0 when Reid scored on a 3-yard run at 4:37. Reid added another TD on a 70-yard run at 10:42 of the second quarter, leaving Notre Dame up 24-0 at halftime.

O-M got on the board at 9:25 of the third quarter when R.C. Brown broke several tackles on a run along the right side, dropped the ball and grabbed it on the bounce in full stride, and raced ahead of yet another defender to the end zone.

But Notre Dame responded with three more TDs -- on a Whitson 26-yard run at 4:05 of the third quarter, on a 4-yard run by Iman McKay at 11:00 of the fourth period, and on a Tarryl Garner interception return of 27 yards with 1:31 left to play.

Notre Dame had only a narrow 16-13 advantage in first downs, but gained 467 yards -- 420 on 35 rushes and 49 through the air on 2-for-6 passing -- to O-M's 218 yards. The Indians gained 200 yards on 42 rushes, and 18 yards on 3-for-9 passing.

Whitson led ND with 178 yards on eight carries, while Reid ran five times for 109 yards.

Brown led Odessa with 127 yards on 16 carries. Quarterback Chris Foote gained 45 yards on 17 carries, while Nick Angle rushed four times for 18 yards, Zack Elliott four times for six yards, and Noah Angle once for four yards. Foote completed two of eight passes for 16 yards, with one interception, while Elliott was 1-for-1 for two yards.

Two O-M players sustained injury during the game -- leaving open to question whether they would be cleared to play next weekend at Spencer-Van Etten. If not, Odessa might fall short of the minimum number of 16 players for the second time this season.

Before the game: The O-M team's seniors were honored. They are R.C. Brown, Ian Hradisky, Zachary Pyhtila and Trenton Randall.

At halftime: Brooke Collins was named Homecoming Queen in a ceremony in front of the bleachers. Other members of the court were Alexis Austin, Ashley Hickey, Lexi Skinner and Brianna Struble.

Photos in text: O-M quarterback Chris Foote has trouble launching a pass; the Indians' Bryce Elliott (32) tackles ND's Cameron Reid; and a quartet of O-M defenders stop the Crusaders' Tim Davis.

Left: Notre Dame's Tim Davis reaches for an approaching pass, but it fell incomplete.
Right: An attempted ND 2-point conversion fails as the ball sails past Joe Prunier (7).

Notre Dame's Tarryl Garner (11) prepares to intercept the ball on a pass intended for O-M receiver Zack Elliott (1). Garner caught the ball and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown.

O-M quarterback Chris Foote is sacked by a Notre Dame defender.

Watkins Glen girls edge S-VE in tourney

SOUTHPORT, Sept. 20 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team improved its season record to 2-4 and advanced to the title game of the Elmira Notre Dame Tournament Friday when it defeated Spencer-Van Etten 1-0 in an opening-round contest.

The Senecas were outshot by S-VE 12-8, and Spencer had the advantage in corner kicks, 9-4. But the Senecas, after a scoreless first half, got what turned out to be the game-winning goal from Madison Myers with eight minutes remaining in the second half. Allison Teed made eight saves in goal for Watkins.

"This was a good effort by the entire team," said Watkins Glen Coach Brian Gardner. "Defensively we forced the Spencer-Van Etten shooters to take the shots from outside, and I don't think we let them get a very good shot on goal most of the night. The combination of D'Naja Blanchard, Justine Hulbert, Alexandria Gardner, Taylor Yaw and Madison Gates did an excellent job on defense tonight."

The Senecas will face Notre Dame in the championship game at 7 tonight (Saturday). The Crusaders advanced with a 6-0 victory over Trumansburg in the other Friday contest.

Watkins Glen boys top Geneva, 4-3

GENEVA, Sept. 20 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team -- led by exchange student Jonas Recker's three goals -- defeated Geneva 4-3 Friday in a non-league victory on Geneva's soccer field.

The Senecas, now 5-3, were even at 2-2 at intermission, and pulled ahead with two second-half goals.

Scoring in additon to Recker was Josh Updyke. Alex Gibson registered an assist. Simon Wigmore had three saves in goal for the Senecas, who outshot Geneva 5-3.

Modified Soccer: Glen girls blank S-VE

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 20 -- The Watkins Glen girls Modified Soccer team improved its record to 2-0 Friday when it defeated Spencer-Van Etten 8-0 in a game at Watkins Glen.

Scoring for the Senecas were:

Ryanna LaMoreaux: 2 goals and 1 assist;
Danielle Leszyk: 2 goals and 2 assists;
Hannah Morse: 2 goals;
Hannah Matusicky: 1 goal;
Jena Slater; 1 goal.

Kathryn Losey had 1 save in goal for the Senecas.

"All of the girls executed well on defense and offense," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "I have a lot of respect and admiration for Spencer-Van Etten and their coach, John Everett, because they never gave up or lost heart, and that is huge in any athletic contest."

Odessa-Montour goalkeeper Andy Fudala grabs the ball. He had five saves.

Odessa boys defeat Waverly, 4-1

ODESSA, Sept. 19 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team -- led by a pair of Collin Povoski goals -- defeated Waverly 4-1 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The win lifted the Indians' season mark to 3-2-1 heading into a game Monday at Notre Dame.

Odessa outshot Waverly 16-8, and had a 4-0 advantage in corner kicks. Andy Fudala registered 5 saves in goal for the Indians, while a pair of Waverly netminders combined for 9 saves.

Odessa's Joel Kelly opened the scoring at 21:55 of the first half, putting a 30-yard shot just under the crossbar. Povoski followed with a goal at 20:50, with an assist from Billy Bacon.

The Indians increased their lead to 3-0 at 28:47 of the second half as Povoski sent a shot to the upper right corner of the net off a feed from Jon Andrews.

Waverly countered with a goal at 12:23 by Collum Caplan, unassisted, before O-M's Noah Bruno capped off the scoring with a header at 10:43 off a Tyler Clark corner kick.

"I thought we played well," said O-M Coach Dirk Stephens, "putting pressure on when we needed to. Our defense was stellar, as it has been all season."

Photo in text: O-M's Luke Eberhardt (3) challenges a Waverly player for possession of the ball.

O-M's Joel Kelly, right, beats a quartet of Waverly players to the ball.

Odessa's Billy Tague meets the ball in front of the Waverly net.

A shot by O-M's Collin Povoski (10) heads for the top corner of the Waverly net. It went in for Povoski's second goal of the game, and O-M's third.

Volleyball: Watkins falls to TAE, 3-1

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Sept. 19 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team saw its record slip to 2-4 Thursday when it dropped a 3-1 decision to Thomas A. Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Edison gym.

Game scores were 25-19, 19-25, 18-25 and 20-25.

Watkins Glen stats:

Amanda Cherock: 1 ace, 6 points, 12 assists and 1 dig.
Amanda Pike: 1 ace, 7 points, 8 kills and 2 blocks.
Gabby LaRosa: 2 aces, 9 points and 12 digs.
Maya Palumbo: 2 aces, 14 points and 14 digs
Nateah Cornish: 1 ace, 3 points, 6 kills and 7 digs.

Edison stats:

McKenzie Slaven: 8 aces, 18 points, 9 kills, 1 block and 4 digs.
Emily Lear: 3 aces, 10 points, 5 kills, 5 blocks and 5 digs.
Jadziah Barchet: 8 points, 4 kills and 5 digs.
Haley Maggs: 8 points and 7 assists.
Makia Hall: 13 assists and 4 kills.
Kirstin Rozell: 4 aces, 9 points, 12 kills and 4 digs.

Junior Varsity: Watkins defeated Edison 2-1. Game scores were 25-23, 21-25 and 25-20.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jonas Recker (foreground) moves the ball past a defender. Right: The Senecas' Lucas Wickham fights for control of the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen boys top Newark Valley

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 19 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team returned to the win column Thursday when it defeated Newark Valley 4-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS soccer field.

The Senecas, who had lost to Notre Dame on Tuesday, improved their mark to 4-3 heading into a game today (Friday) at Geneva. Starting time is 4:30 p.m.

Jonas Recker led the team Thursday with two goals and two assists, while Josh Updyke and Matt Estes each registered a goal. Justin Duane had an assist.

Watkins Glen led NV in shots on goal, 11-4, while the Senecas' goalkeeper, Simon Wigmore, had three saves.

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Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Justin Duane goes high to head the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Matt Estes goes high as the Newark Valley goalkeeper confronts him.
Right: The Senecas' Issek Pierce (20) moves the ball past a Newark Valley player.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

O-M volleyball team falls to Newark Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, Sept. 19 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team lost to Newark Valley 3-0 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the NV gym.

Game scores were 12-25, 13-25 and 14-25.

O-M stats:

Kalie Thomas: 3 assists, 2 aces, 3 service points, 1 dig
Alyssa Crout: 4 assists, 2 aces, 3 service points
Vicky Ayers: 1 ace, 2 service points, 1 kill
Alexis Austin: 1 service point, 3 kills

Junior Varsity: O-M defeated Newark Valley 2-1.

Odessa-Montour girls fall to Waverly

WAVERLY, Sept. 18 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team lost to Waverly 8-0 Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly soccer field.

The loss leaves the Indians with a 1-6-1 record heading into a game Saturday at home against Moravia, part of Homecoming Week activities. Game time is 1 p.m.

Waverly outshot O-M 20-1, and had an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks. Gillian Clark made 14 saves in goal for Odessa.

Watkins Glen's Victoria Wixson en route to victory in the 100 Backstroke.

Glen swimmers top Waverly

Lexi sets pool diving mark; Wixson posts 4 wins

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 17 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team -- led by freshman Lexi Castellaneta's pool record 235.60 points and four victories by Victoria Wixson -- turned back Waverly 100-86 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The win, in the Senecas' home opener, improved their season mark to 3-0 heading into the EFA Invitational Saturday.

Castellaneta, who was among Section IV's best divers as an 8th grader last year, scored solid to high marks on all of her dives, and said she knew after the third dive that she had a chance for the record. She had 107.95 points at the halfway mark of the 6-dive competition.

"I thought it would be close," she said -- although she ended up easily eclipsing the mark of 215 she set last year -- which in turn had bested the 209.15 set by Watkins Glen's Denise Horein in 2004. Lexi had 201.20 entering the last dive -- and nailed it, gaining scores of 7.5, 7.0 and 7.0 from the three judges.

Teammate Hannah Pulis, who has shown significant improvement from her inaugural diving season to this one, finished second with 158 points.

Meanwhile, Wixson -- despite feeling ill -- managed victories in the 200 Individual Medley, 100 Backstroke, 200 Medley Relay and 200 Free Relay.

Other victories came from Emma Allington (first in the 50 Free and in two relays) and Katherine Meehan (first in the 100 Breaststroke and in two relays).

The meet winners:

200 Medley Relay: WG Victoria Wixson, Katherine Meehan, Peighton Cervoni, Emma Allington (2:02.61)

200 Freestyle: WAV Daylen Smith 2:13.07

200 Individual Medley: WG Victoria Wixson 2:28.48

50 Freestyle: WG Emma Allington 27.10

Diving: WG Alexis Castellaneta 235.60 (new pool record)

100 Butterfly: WAV Kennedy Wheeler 1:08.0

100 Freestlye: WAV Daylen Smith 59.3

500 Freestyle: WAV Sage Burt 6:28.92

200 Freestyle Relay: WG Emma Allington, Victoria Wixson, Sara Gardner, Katherine Meehan 2:03.6

100 Backstroke: WG Victoria Wixson 1:05.43

100 Breaststroke: WG Katherine Meehan 1:16.00

400 Freestyle Relay: WAV Niccole Spallone, Taylor Knight, Chelle, Huddletton, Kristin Whitley 4:04.73

Photos in text: Lexi Castellaneta completing one of her dives; Emma Allington checks her time after winning the 50 Free; Katherine Meehan in the 100 Breaststroke, which she won.

Kathleen Swinnerton dives at start of the 100 Breaststroke.

O-M's Alexis Austin goes up for a shot as Watkins' Amanda Pike, left, tries to block it.

Volleyball: Glen tops O-M

ODESSA, Sept. 17 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team improved its season mark to 2-3 Tuesday when it defeated intracounty rival Odessa-Montour 3-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

The game scores were 25-17, 23-25, 25-23 and 25-12.

Odessa-Montour stats:
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lyssa Crout: 3 aces, 7 assists, 6 service points
Lexi Skinner: 4 aces, 2 kills, 1 dig, 5 service points
Kalie Thomas: 2 aces, 3 assists, 5 service points
Brooke Collins: 1 ace, 4 kills, 3 service points
Alexis Austin: 1 ace, 2 kills, 2 blocks, 2 digs
Vicky Ayers: 1 ace, 1 kill, 6 service points

Watkins Glen stats:
Amanda Cherock: 1 ace, 13 assists, 2 kills, 1 dig, 8 service points
Amanda Pike: 1 ace, 10 kills, 2 blocks, 4 service points
Gabby LaRosa: 8 aces, 2 kills, 5 digs, 15 service points

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Odessa-Montour 3-0.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Amanda Cherock volleys. (Photo by Don Romeo)

From left: O-M's Vicky Ayers, Watkins Glen's Maya Palumbo (Photo by Don Romeo), and Odessa's Lexi Skinner.

Left: O-M's Henna Herrmann serves. Right: Watkins Glen's Gabby LaRosa volleys.
(Photo on right by Don Romeo)

Odessa-Montour boys tie Tioga 1-1

TIOGA CENTER, Sept. 17 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team battled Tioga even through two overtime periods Tuesday en route to a 1-1 Interscholastic Athletic Conference tie on the Tioga soccer field.

The Indians (2-2-1) took a 1-0 lead on a Noah Bruno goal 1:23 before halftime. Tioga (3-1-1) evened the game at 1-1 on a Robert Argetsinger goal with 15:32 left in regulation.

Tioga outshot Odessa 28-22, and had a 13-9 edge in corner kicks. The Indians' Andy Fudala made 21 saves in goal, while Tioga's Jacob Evanek registered 16.

"Ironically, despite all the shots," said O-M Coach Dirk Stephens, "the defenses played pretty well. There were a lot of shots, but because of the defense they weren't quality shots."

Odessa returns to action Thursday at home against Waverly. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Watkins boys blanked by ND, 6-0

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 17 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team followed its GLM Tournament victory Saturday with a 6-0 loss Tuesday to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS soccer field.

The loss dropped the Senecas' season mark to 3-3 heading into a game Thursday at home against Newark Valley. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Notre Dame scored about six minutes into the game, and added three more goals by halftime.

No statistics were made available by Watkins Glen Coach Phil Watson, who also refused to talk to the media.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Luke Flahive moves in on the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

XC: Glen girls win, boys 2nd at Tburg

TRUMANSBURG, Sept. 17 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity cross-country team -- led by Cambria Weeden's second-place finish -- led a field of four schools at an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet Tuesday at Trumansburg.

The Watkins boys, meanwhile, finished second behind the host school.

The Watkins girls posted a score of 31. Trumansburg was second with 53, followed by Lansing (68) and Southern Cayuga (85).

Weeden registered a time of 16:54 on the 2.5-mile course. She was followed by Watkins runners Brooke Shaffer (4th in 17:17), Taylor Kennard (7th in 17:20), Maggie Bond (8th in 17:21), Julia Reilly (10th in 17:41), Katrina Latorre (11th in 17:42), Cameron Mushock (15th in 17:52), Clara Chedzoy (19th in 18:20), and Aran Holland (29th in 21:19).

The Trumansburg boys had a team total of 31 points, followed by Watkins Glen (35), Southern Cayuga (85) and Lansing (incomplete due to a lack of enough runners).

Patrick Hazlitt was 3rd overall and Shawn Rutledge 4th, both in 14:08. Other Watkins runners and their times: Jacob Carocci (6th in 14:32), Brandon Pike (10th in 15:68), Gabe Planty (12th in 15:10), Sean Holland (13th in 15:10), Jared Sandritter (20th in 16:10), Conlin Wysocki (22nd in 16:33), and Julian Thornton (33rd in 19:49).

Next up for Watkins Glen: the Owego Invitational Saturday at the Pheasant Hill Golf Course.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen cross-country runners Cambria Weeden and Brandon Pike. (Photos provided by Pam Rutledge)

O-M swimmers fall to Dryden, 108-56

DRYDEN, Sept. 17 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team dropped a 108-56 decision to Dryden Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Dryden pool.

O-M won just one event, the 200 Free Relay featuring Tori Reese, Syria Tague, Emelia Paulisczak and Emma Raymond. The squad posted a time of 2:04.12.

Second-place finishes:
400 Free Relay: Kara Reese, Maddie Lodge, Lovona Carrigan and Emelia Paulisczak 5:24.60
500 Free: Emelia Paulisczak in 6:42.42
100 Breast: Tori Reese in 1:22.98
100 Back: Syria Tague in 1:19.45

PRs (personal records) set by O-M:
Gabby Cain -- 200 Free 3:02.86
McKenna Carberry -- 100 Free 1:21.16 and 100 Breast 1:38.19
Lovona Carrigan -- 200 IM 3:19.37 and 100 Fly 1:43.55
Emma Lodge -- 200 IM 3:34.37 and 100 Free 1:28.74
Maddie Lodge -- 50 Free 32.76 and 500 Free 7:55.17
Emma Raymond -- 200 Free 2:27.35
Kara Reese -- 100 Free 1:28.39
Karissa Rounds -- 50 Free 42.38

"I'm pleased to see the girls continue to drop time in their events," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "Dual meets are always tough on small teams because the swimmers get very little rest between events, so the fact that they are setting PRs is very encouraging. I'm excited to see what they will do this weekend at the EFA Invitational, where they will have substantial rest between events."

The ball enters the net for Tioga's winning goal, scored with 33 seconds left in the second overtime. The shot came from Paige Hendershot, pictured just left of the official.

O-M girls fall in OT, 2-1

ODESSA, Sept. 16 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team took the lead early in overtime Monday only to see Tioga respond with two goals that sent the Indians down to defeat, 2-1, in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The loss leaves Odessa-Montour with a 1-5-1 record heading into a game at Waverly on Wednesday. The girls also play at home at 1 p.m. Saturday against Moravia as part of the O-M Homecoming Week activities.

"It was a rough one," said Odessa Coach Burton Brewster of Monday's loss. "We have some good, young kids. We will eventually be a good team."

Tioga outshot O-M 10-5, and had a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks. But Odessa fought the Tigers to a 0-0 standstill in regulation, and then took the lead midway through the first 10-minute overtime on a Sage Garrison penalty kick that found the right corner of the net.

Tioga answered quickly, though, scoring a half-minute later on a long floater by Lynzy Baker that carried over a leaping O-M keeper Gillian Clark's outstretched hand and under the crossbar.

The game remained knotted until the final minute -- the final 33 seconds, actually -- when Tioga's Paige Hendershot scored off a Brooke Albanese corner kick, the ball caroming in past Clark before she could react.

Clark had eight saves in the game, compared to the Tioga keeper's four.

The victory was Tioga's second of the season.

Photo in text: O-M's Kennedey Heichel awaits the ball. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

Left: O-M's Addi Rhodes battles Tioga's Brooke Albanese for control of the ball. (Photo by Mike Stamp) / Right: Odessa's McKennah Lott moves the ball.

O-M's Sage Garrison, right, sends the ball on its way toward the Tioga net for the first Odessa goal, on a penalty kick in the first overtime period.

O-M's Dana Roberts (left) and Hailie Searles. (Both photos by Mike Stamp)

O-M goalkeeper Gillian Clark reaches high to stop an incoming Tioga corner kick during the second half of Monday's game.

Glen Modified team opens with a win

ELMIRA, Sept. 16 -- The Watkins Glen girls Modified Soccer team defeated Elmira Notre Dame 5-1 Monday in a season-opener on the Notre Dame soccer field.

The Senecas' Hannah Morse scored 4 goals, while Ryanna LaMoreaux had 1 goal with 3 assists. Katlyn Kernan made 5 saves in goal for Watkins.

"This a focused, diligent group of young ladies that I am privileged to coach," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto.

The Senecas return to action on Friday at home against Spencer-Van Etten. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Odessa File Athletes of the Week:
2 soccer players, a swimmer, a runner

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 15 -- Four athletes from three different sports are honored this week as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

From Watkins Glen we have:

Cross-country runner Cambria Weeden, who won the girls race at Watkins Glen's only home meet of the year, topping runners from four other schools. And she led her squad at the Chenango Valley Invitational, where the Senecas finished second among Small Schools and third overall.

Soccer goalkeeper Simon Wigmore, honored for not only holding two teams to a single goal as the Senecas won the annual GLM Tournament at WGHS for the first time -- but for the moment that turned the title game in Watkins' favor: a stop, diving to his right, on a Dryden penalty kick.

From Odessa-Montour we have:

Soccer standout Collin Povoski, who scored three goals in a victory over Newfield and the game-winner in overtime against Candor, giving him five goals for the year, as the Indians rebounded from a tough loss to win twice.

Swimmer Tori Reese, an 8th grader who announced her arrival on the sports scene with multiple victories during a week in which her team split two meets. She won the 100 Fly and 100 Breaststroke in a season-opening loss to Lansing, and the 200 IM, 500 Free, 200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay in a win over Whitney Point.

Double Honorable Mention: Watkins Glen football standouts Jon Brown, Keith Rekczis and Justin Kelly; Watkins Glen boys soccer's Luke Flahive, Justin Duane and Jonas Recker; Watkins Glen JV volleyball Campbell-Savona tourney MVP Mariah Gonzalez; Odessa-Montour soccer goalkeeper Andy Fudala; O-M swimmer Emelia Paulisczak; and Watkins Glen runner Patrick Hazlitt.

Honorable Mention: Another 35 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that will help determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each school.

Waverly runner Braden Rice is upended by the Watkins Glen defense.

Glen gridders hang tough,
but fall to Waverly, 38-28

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 14 -- The Watkins Glen varsity football team never led Saturday night against Waverly, but they kept nipping at the Wolverines' heels, pulling within four points midway through the fourth quarter.

In the end, Waverly proved too much, defeating the Senecas 38-28 in a Section IV, Division V game on the WGHS athletic field. Waverly is now 2-0, while Watkins slipped to 1-1.

"What a game!" said Watkins Glen Coach Lou Condon Jr. "I'm so proud of our kids. I told them they gained a ton of repect tonight, and that's what we did. We played pretty doggone well against them, against a team that is often state caliber. We opened some eyes tonight. We've worked so hard, and it shows. If it wasn't for that screen pass near the end, with no one near him ... who knows?"

Condon was referring to a 4th-and-5 play by Watkins from their own 33-yard line with less than five minutes remaining and the Senecas down 32-28. Quarterback Justin Kelly looked left, saw Keith Rekczis and threw toward him just as a Waverly defender filled the lane -- possibly forcing a slight adjustment in the throw. It sailed high, and Rekczis had to leap for it, barely touching it and then watching as it fell incomplete.

But there were, in truth, any number of plays that could be termed turning points, including several fourth-down failures. The Senecas turned the ball over on downs three times, and Waverly twice.

The game started with a Waverly drive that utilized several passes before shifting to the running game, culminating in a 3-yard TD run by quarterback Peyton Miller on a keeper, and a point-after kick.

Watkins responded with a 70-yard drive that resulted in the first of three Jon Brown touchdowns, this one from 14 yards. A two-point conversion run failed, leaving Waverly up 7-6.

The Woliverines scored the next time they had the ball, driving 58 yards, and after the ball was turned over on downs on the next three possessions, Waverly made it 19-6 with a 53-yard drive.

Watkins Glen fought back early in the third quarter, posting three first downs on the way to the Waverly 29 before Keith Rekczis broke through the line for a touchdown run that made the score 19-12. Brown added a two-point conversion run to make it 19-14.

Waverly responded with a 70-yard drive that put it up 25-14, but a point-after try was blocked by the Senecas' Ian Chedzoy. Watkins Glen counterpunched with a two-play, 75-yard drive -- the second play a 67-yard run by Brown. Rekczis added a two-point conversion run to pull the Senecas within three points at 25-22.

The Wolverines wasted no time answering, driving 54 yards, a Joe Peters sweep right carrying them to the 15, and Zach Saxon carrying it the final 10 yards. A point-after kick put Waverly back on top by 10 points, 32-22, with one quarter to play.

The Senecas didn't give up, moving the ball 65 yards in seven plays, Brown carrying it the final yard after setting it up with a 39-yard scamper in which he shed several tacklers. A two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving Watkins down four points, 32-28, with 8:48 remaniing.

Waverly ran the kickoff back 20 yards to their own 40, and then Miller ran right after faking a handoff, making it to the Watkins Glen 9-yard line. A bad snap and a couple of incompletions led to a turnover on downs, and Watkins Glen had another chance with 7:05 left to play. But after gaining one first down, the Senecas faced that 4th-and-5 at the 33 -- which led to the screen pass that fell incomplete.

After that, the Wolverines scored in four plays, all runs -- three of them by Miller, including the final one for one yard up the middle. A point-after try was blocked by Watkins' Jordan Shea.

Brown rushed 26 times for 215 yards and three touchdowns for Watkins Glen, while Rekczis carried 17 times for 114 yards and one TD.

The Senecas totaled 343 rushing yards on 48 carries, and 20 yards through the air on 2-for-5 passing by Kelly.

Waverly amassed 354 yards on the ground and another 129 through the air on 13-for-20 passing by Miller -- who himself ran for 140 yards on 11 carries. Joe Peters carried 17 times for 158 yards, and Braden Rice five times for 43 yards.

"We made them do something they didn't want to do," said Coach Condon. "Last week they passed the ball 80 percent of time. We made them run. We gave up a lot of rushing yards, but I'll take any game when we have a chance against Waverly late in the fourth quarter. Our kids were extremely hungry, played with emotion, and never gave up."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Ryan Pruitt tackles a Waverly ball-carrier. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Second: The Senecas' Jon Brown reaches the end zone as Waverly's Peyton Miller hits the ground after trying to tackle him from behind. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Third: Watkins running back Keith Rekczis is tackled after a gain. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Fourth: Watkins Glen's Justin Kelly breaks up a Waverly pass intended for receiver Shane Carpenter.
Fifth: The Senecas' Jordan Rappleye hauls in a fourth-quarter pass.

Left: TV sportcasters Mario Sacco and and Jenna Cottrell were on hand to cover the game. Right: Watkins Glen's Keith Reckczis (left) takes down a Waverly runner as Justin Kelly moves in to help.

Left: Watkins Glen Coach Lou Condon Jr. consults with quarterback Justin Kelly.
Right: The Senecas' Ian Chedzoy brings down a Waverly ball-carrier.

The Watkins Glen boys team poses with the tournament championship plaque.

Glen boys win GLM tourney

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 14 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team did something Saturday no Watkins Glen boys team had done before. It won its annual GLM tournament in the event's sixth year, defeating Dryden 1-0 in a tense battle.

The five previous tourneys had been won by Trumansburg three times, Elmira Notre Dame and Dryden, in that order.

The only goal in this contest came with 12:04 remaining in the the first half, on a penalty kick by Luke Flahive after teammate Jonas Recker had been leveled by a Dryden defender in front of the Dryden net.

The key to the contest, though, came on a previous penalty kick -- one that Watkins Glen goalkeeper Simon Wigmore stopped with a dive to his right just four and a half minutes into the game.

"It was a great save," said Watkins Glen Coach Phil Watson. "It changed the attitude of our entire team, and set the tone for the rest of the game."

A shifting wind also played to the Senecas' advantage, moving around behind them in the second half and thus adding distance to their kicks while slowing those of Dryden. "Divine providence," Watson said with a smile.

Dryden, depending on shorter passes, nonetheless threatened several times in the second half, but without getting the ball in the net. Watkins Glen had its chances, too, but came up empty after the penalty kick.

"It was one of those games," said Watson, "where the ball can't seem to find the back of the net."

The tournament is in memory of Kyle Gregory, Brennan Love and Seth Marcellus, WGHS soccer players killed in a motor vehicle accident in 2003.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Jonas Recker manuvers the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: Artistic rendition of the Penalty Kick save by Watkins goalkeeper Simon Wigmore.

Left: Watkins Glen's James Updyke races past a Dryden defender. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right: The Senecas' Justine Duane hugs coach Phil Watson at the end of the game.

Watkins Glen's Madison Gates clears the ball from the front of the goal.

Glen girls lose consolation game, 3-0

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 14 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team gave up three first-half goals by Newark Valley's Maddie Sherwood Saturday en route to a 3-0 loss in the consolation game of the annual GLM tournament on the WGHS soccer field.

Newark Valley outshot the Senecas 14-8, and had a 6-3 edge in corner kicks. Allison Teed made 11 saves in goal for Watkins Glen.

The tournament was won by Dryden, which defeated Notre Dame in the title game, 2-1.

"I thought we played well," said Watkins Glen Coach Brian Gardner of his team's two tourney losses -- to Notre Dame in the opening round and then to Newark Valley. "We had some very good opportunities, but just didn't finish. We're going to work on finishing next week."

In the Notre Dame game, the Senecas had been outshot 13-9 but had a 6-4 edge in corner kicks. Teed made eight saves in that contest.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Alexandria Gardner meets the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Yaw (24) controls the ball. Right: The Senecas' goalkeeper, Allison Teed, knocks down the ball on a corner kick.

The Watkins Glen girls varsity cross-country team after the race. (Photo by Heidi Pike)

Watkins runners 2nd among small schools at Chenango Valley invitational meet

CHENANGO VALLEY, Sept. 14 -- The Watkins Glen varsity boys and girls cross-country teams both finished second in the Small Schools division at a Chenango Valley invitational meet Saturday.

Syracuse West Hill finished first among Small Schools in both the boys and girls competition on the 3.04-mile course, a hilly test on a rainy day that Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary said made footing "precarious."

Boys competition:

Ithaca took the overall title, finishing first with 31 points to Maine-Endwell's 78, Syracuse West Hill's 126, Owego's 147, Horseheads' 159 and Watkins Glen's 162 among 19 competing schools.

Patrick Hazlitt led the Watkins runners with a 7th place overall finish in 17:00, while Shawn Rutledge was 17th in 17:31, Jacob Carocci 36th in 18:18, Brandon Pike 54th in 19:05, Gabe Planty 55th in 19:06, Sean Holland 68th in 19:29, and Jared Sandritter 95th in 20:27 among the 140 runners.

In the JV race, Conlin Wysocki was 41st in 20:24, while Julian Thornton was 131st in 25:31 among 140 runners.

Girls competition:

West Hill and Watkins were one-two among small schools, while Ithaca was first overall with 45 points. West Hill was second overall with 74 points, and Watkins Glen third with 113 points among 14 teams from competing schools.

Cambria Weeden led Watkins Glen with a 19th-place finish in 21:19. She was followed by Brooke Shaffer, 25th in 21:38; Taylor Kennard, 28th in 21:47; Julia Reilly, 33rd in 22:09; Maggie Bond, 34th in 22:15; Kai Sutterby, 37th in 22:23; and Clara Chedzoy, 44th in 22:46 among 116 runners.

In the JV competition, Aran Holland was 16th in 26:29 among 37 runners.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt negotiates a hill during the rain-soaked race. (Photo by Heidi Pike)

The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross-country team after the race. (Photo by Heidi Pike)

Glen JV wins Campbell-Savona tourney

CAMPBELL, Sept. 14 -- The Watkins Glen junior varsity volleyball team compiled a 9-1 record Saturday on the way to the championship of the annual Campbell-Savona JV tournament.

The Senecas dropped only one set -- to Odessa-Montour. Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez was named the MVP, while Taylor Kelly was on the all-tournament team.

Watkins Glen stats:
Mariah Gonzalez -- 30 service points, 17 aces, 7 kills, 2 blocks
Emmie Bond -- 15 service points, 8 aces, 2 kills
Megan Hazlitt -- 12 service points, 5 aces, 1 kill
Taylor Kelly -- 17 service points, 8 aces, 8 kills, 2 blocks
Paige Robbins -- 15 service points, 8 aces
Jazsmine Hudson -- 11 service points, 4 aces

Watkins Glen's Matt Estes (left) sends a shot toward the Groton goal.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen boys win tourney opener

Recker scores 4 goals in 7-1 victory

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 13 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team, led by Jonas Recker's four goals, defeated Groton 7-1 Friday evening to advance to the finals of the annual GLM tournament on the WGHS athletic field.

The Senecas will play the winner of the other semifinal, Dryden, in the tourney title game today (Saturday) at 3 p.m. Dryden defeated Newark Valley 2-0. The consolation game between Groton and Newark Valley will start at 1 p.m.

Watkins Glen jumped out to a 4-0 first-half lead, and added three goals after intermission.

In addition to his four goals, Recker -- an exchange student from Germany -- had an assist. Other Watkins goals came from Parker Pangallo, Luke Flahive and Brenon Murphy. Assists were registered by Pangallo, Lucas Wickham, Matt Estes, Justin Duane and Noah Wigmore.

The Senecas outshot Groton 19-3. Watkins goalkeeper Simon Wigmore had two saves.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Jonas Recker shoots for one of his four goals. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Sam Hanley (2) passes the ball. Right: The Senecas' Lucas Wickham controls the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

O-M boys edge Candor in OT, 1-0

ODESSA, Sept. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team improved its record to 2-2 Friday night when it defeated Candor 1-0 on a Collin Povoski sudden-death goal with 1:40 remaining in the second overtime.

The Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory was O-M Coach Dirk Stephens' 100th varsity coaching win at Odessa -- and his players accordingly doused him on a cold night with cold water.

"I'm shivering," he said later from his home. "But it was worth it. What a great group of kids. And what a great game."

O-M outshot Candor 26-15, and had a 5-3 edge in corner kicks. "We threw everything but the kitchen sink at them," Stephens said. "And they did the same back."

Sophomore Andy Fudala registered 15 saves in goal for Odessa while notching his second straight shutout. Candor senior Jordan Bartolis "played a heck of a game as well," said Stephens.

Povoski's goal was his fifth of the young season. Tyler Clark assisted on it.

Watkins Glen's Makenna Fraboni sends the ball flying. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen girls fall to ND in tourney opener

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 13 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team was blanked 5-0 by Elmira Notre Dame Friday in the opening round of the annual GLM tournament on the WGHS soccer field.

The Senecas, now 1-3, will play in the consolation game at 1 p.m. today (Saturday) against the loser of Friday's Dryden-Newark Valley game. No word was provided on who won that contest.

Watkins Glen's Madison Myers (21, left) and Hanley Elliott (20, right) battle Notre Dame players for possession of the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Odessa girls tie Candor, 1-1

CANDOR, Sept. 12 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team played Candor to a 1-1 overtime tie Friday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Candor soccer field.

Odessa, now 1-4-1, scored on an April Dunn first-half goal, but Candor answered with a second-half score.

Candor outshot O-M 19-6, and had a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks. Odessa goalkeeper Gillian Clark registered 18 saves.

"Our girls played their hearts out," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster. "I'm very proud of them."

Glen volleyball team falls to Candor

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 13 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team's record slipped to 1-3 Friday when it dropped a 3-1 decision to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Field House gym.

Game scores were 16-25, 25-21, 20-25 and 20-25. The Senecas are now 1-2 in IAC play.

Watkins Glen stats:
Amanda Cherock: 1 ace, 9 assists, 9 service points
Amanda Pike: 6 kills, 5 blocks, 5 digs, 7 service points
Maya Palumbo: 9 digs
Gabby LaRosa: 4 aces, 4 kills, 6 digs

Candor stats:
Kietarah Mancini: 6 aces, 9 kills, 12 service points
Breanna Fields: 4 aces, 3 blocks, 12 service points
Crystal Ogden: 9 assists, 5 kills
Kylee Edwards: 10 digs
Danielle Morse: 14 assists

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Candor 2-1. Game scores were 25-15, 11-25, 17-25.

O-M swimmers notch 1st victory

ODESSA, Sept. 12 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team evened its season mark at 1-1 Thursday when it defeated Whitney Point 55-17 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Odessa pool.

Emelia Paulisczak and Tori Reese led the way with two individual victories and two relay victories each. Other individual wins came from Emma Raymond, Lovonna Carrigan and Amy Fudala.

"The girls swam well again tonight," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "Many of them tried different events, and some posted PRs in the process. Overall I am very happy with the way they are progressing."

The results:

200 Medley Relay -- OM, Amy Fudala, Tori Reese, Lovonna Carrigan, Emelia Paulisczak 2:29.81
200 Free -- OM, Emma Raymond 2:29.31
200 IM -- OM, Tori Reese 2:52.06
50 Free -- OM, Emelia Paulisczak 30.88
100 Fly -- OM, Lovonna Carrigan 1:43.71
100 Free -- OM, Emelia Paulisczak 1:07.43
500 Free -- OM Tori Reese 7:03.68
200 Free Relay -- OM, Emelia Paulisczak, McKenna Carberry, Lovonna Carrigan, Emma Raymond 2:13.37
100 Back -- OM, Amy Fudala 1:21.75
100 Breast -- WP, Abby Pardoe 1:29.93
400 Free Relay -- OM, Tori Reese, Amy Fudala, Emma Lodge, Emma Raymond 5:11.19

PRs (personal records):
Gabby Cain -- 200 Free -- 3:05.11
Amy Fudala -- 100 Back -- 1:21.75
Lovonna Carrigan -- 100 Breast -- 1:42.20

O-M girls fall to Newfield, 2-1

NEWFIELD, Sept. 12 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team lost to Newfield 2-1 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newfield soccer field.

The loss drops the Indians' season mark to 1-4 heading into a game Saturday morning at Candor.

Newfield's Sierra Henery scored both of her team's goals, while April Dunn scored for Odessa.

Newfield outshot the Indians 10-5, and had a 7-2 edge in corner kicks. Gillian Clark registered 8 saves in goal for Odessa.

O-M boys post 1st win; Povoski scores 3

NEWFIELD, Sept. 11 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team -- led by Collin Povoski's three goals, and two by Billy Bacon -- improved its record to 1-2 Wednesday when it defeated Newfield 6-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newfield soccer field.

The Indians built a 2-0 first-half lead on goals by Bacon at 12:04 and Povoski at the 3-minute mark, with assists by James Terry and Noah Bruno, respectively.

Bacon made it 3-0 at 29:11 of the second half, assisted by Povoski. Povoski then scored his second goal at 19:00, assisted by Joel Kelly, and his third at 17:40 on a penalty kick. The final goal came from Tyler Clark at 3:43, assisted by Cody Daugherty.

O-M had a 27-3 advantage in shots on goal, and an 11-1 advantage in corner kicks. Andy Fudala made three saves in goal for the Indians, who next face Candor at home Friday night.

"We finally got some scoring going," said O-M Coach Dirk Stephens, alluding to the team's two-goal total in the first two games. Those two goals, by Povoski and Kelly, both came in the team's opener.

Watkins Glen's Gabby LaRosa meets the ball as teammate Maya Palumbo watches closely.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins volleyball team falls to S-VE

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 11 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team's record slipped to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Wednesday when the Senecas dropped a 3-1 decision to Spencer-Van Etten in an IAC match in the Field House gym.

Game scores were 25-16, 17-25, 22-25 and 17-25.

Watkins Glen stats:
Amanda Cherock: 2 aces, 11 assists, 5 digs, 8 service points
Maya Palumbo: 3 kills, 12 digs, 6 service points
Mikayla Elliott: 17 digs, 5 service points
Gabby LaRosa: 3 aces, 3 kills, 12 digs, 9 service points
Gianna Willsey-Molene: 4 kills

S-VE stats:
Mina Cobb: 3 aces, 7 kills, 2 digs, 9 service points
Stephanie Roe: 2 aces, 11 assists, 9 service points
Montana Dieter: 4 aces, 3 assists, 8 kills, 11 service points
Arianna Megivern: 2 aces, 11 assists, 6 kills, 8 service points

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated S-VE 2-1 on game scores of 20-25, 25-20 and 25-23. The Senecas came back from a 12-2 deficit in the third game to pull out the victory.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Mikayla Elliott volleys. (Photo by Don Romeo)

From left: Watkins' Gianna Willsey-Molene (10), Amanda Cherock and Amanda Pike.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins boys fall in OT, slip to 1-2

WAVERLY, Sept. 11 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team lost in overtime Wednesday, dropping a 3-2 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly soccer field.

The Senecas, now 1-2, got goals from Josh Updyke and Lucas Wickham, the latter on an assist by Parker Pangallo. The Waverly goals were by Dawson Morey, Grant Caplan and Brenton Frisbie.

Watkins Glen goalkeeper Simon Wigmore made six saves, while Waverly netminder Cameron Rogers made three saves.

The Senecas return to action when they host the annual GLM tournament this weekend. They face Groton in an opening-round contest at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Dryden and Newark Valley square off in a 3:30 p.m. game. The consolation and finals are Saturday.

The Watkins Glen girls varsity cross-country team starts the race. (Photo by Heidi Pike)

Watkins runners win lone home meet

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 10 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity cross country teams posted victories Tuesday at a five-team season-opening meet at the Watkins Glen State Park, the Senecas' only home meet of the year.

The Watkins boys registered a score of 18, well ahead of Edison's 57 and Waverly's 60. Spencer-Van Etten and Lansing failed to field a mimimum of five runners, so their scores went as incomplete.

The Watkins Glen girls, meanwhile, posted a score of 20, easily topping Waverly's 47 and Lansing's 68. The S-VE and Edison scores were incomplete due to fewer than five runners.

Said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary: "The kids have worked really hard" leading up to the season, which continues Saturday with an Invitational at Chenango Valley

Boys Race:

Ben Eisenhart of Lansing won the 2.9-mile race, run under ideal, cloudy conditions with temperatures in the mid 70s. He had a time of 16.06.

Watkins Glen took six of the next nine positions. Patrick Hazlitt was 2nd with a 16:14, while Shawn Rutledge was 3rd in 16:52, Jacob Carocci 6th in 18:01, Brandon Pike 7th in 18:08, Shawn Holland 8th in 18:09 and Gabe Planty 10th in 18:10. Other Seneca finishes: Jacob Sandritter, 13th in 19:13; Conlin Wysocki, 18th in 20:01; and Julian Thornton, 32nd in 24:01.

Girls Race:

Watkins Glen's Cambria Weeden won the race in 20:18. Senecas in the top 10 were Brooke Shaffer, 3rd in 20:50; Maggie Bond, 4th in 21:06; Julia Reilly, 5th in 21:16; and Taylor Kennard, 7th in 21:31. Other Watkins finishes: Kai Sutterby, 11th in 22:00; Clara Chedzoy, 12th in 22:08; and Aran Holland, 20th in 25:18.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt nears the end of the race. He finished second. (Photo by George Rutledge)

From left: Watkins Glen runners Cambria Weeden (who won), Brooke Shaffer and Jacob Carocci. (Two left photos by Rod Weeden; right photo by George Rutledge)

Left: Honored on Senior Night was Watkins Glen's Taylor Kennard. Right: The Senecas' Brandon Pike finishes the race. (Photos by George Rutledge)

Watkins Glen's Makenna Fraboni sends the ball on its way. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen girls lose to Geneva, 3-0

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 10 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team saw its record slip to 1-2 Tuesday when the Senecas dropped a 3-0 non-league decision to Geneva on the WGHS soccer field.

The halftime score was 2-0.

Watkins Glen outshot Geneva 14-10, but, said Watkins Glen Coach Brian Gardner, “I thought the girls came out flat today and it kind of carried through the entire game. I know we have some good talent on this team, but we just didn’t come out with the intensity we needed to control the pace of the game.”

Watkins Glen goalkeeper Allison Teed registered seven saves, while the Geneva netminder had 14 saves.

The Senecas return to action Friday when they host the annual GLM Tournament, facing Elmira Notre Dame in an opening-round game at 5:30 p.m. Dryden and Newark Valley compete at 3:30 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Madison Gates sends a shot on goal. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Justine Hulbert maneuvers around a Geneva player. Right: The Senecas' Allison Teed scoops up the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

O-M's Tori Reese on the way to first place in the 100 Fly. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

Odessa swimmers bow to Lansing

ODESSA, Sept. 10 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team opened its season with a loss Tuesday, falling to Lansing 61-32 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

O-M was led by 8th grader Tori Reese, who took first place in the 100 Fly in 1:20.39 and in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:22.40.

The 400 Free Relay of Lovona Carrigan, Maddie Lodge, Kara Reese and Emelia Paulisczak also took first place, posting a time of 5:27.33

Second-place finishes for OM:
--200 Medley Relay of Amy Fudala, McKenna Carberry, Tori Reese and Emma Raymond in 2:24.12
--Emelia Paulisczak in the 200 Free -- 2:33.13
--Emma Raymond in the 500 Free -- 6:40.83 (PR)
--400 Free Relay team of Emma Lodge, Karissa Rounds, Gabby Cain and McKenna Carberry in 8:08.52

PRs (personal records):
--Maddie Lodge in the 200 Free (2:54.00) and 100 Free (1:15.51)
--Lovona Carrigan in the 200 IM (3:21.36)
--Emma Raymond in the 500 Free and the 200 IM (3:00.87)

"I was really impressed with the way the girls swam today," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "Many of the returners from last year posted PRs, so that is a great way to start the season. We are a really young team, so we have lots of room for improvement, but the girls have been working hard and I know they will see their times drop throughout the season."

Photo in text: Odessa's Emelia Paulisczak en route to second place in the 200 Free. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

Left: O-M's McKenna Carberry competes in the 100 Breaststroke. Right: The Indians' Maddie Lodge in the 200 Free Relay. (Photos by Susan Bleiler)

Odessa's Gabby Cain competes in the 100 Backstroke. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

Watkins swimmers open with victory

WHITNEY POINT, Sept. 10 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team, led by two individual wins each by Victoria Wixson, Emma Allington and Halle Phillips, defeated Whitney Point 71-10 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference season-opening meet in the Whitney Point pool.

The Watkins finishes included the following:

200 Medley Relay: 1st: Victoria Wixson, Katherine Meehan, Liza Carnes, Emma Allington (2:06.14)
200 Freestyle: 1st: Halle Phillips 2:24.60; 2nd: Maddy Ross 2:25.12
200 Individual Medley: 1st: Victoria Wixson 2:28.65; 2nd: Katherine Meehan 2:52.87
50 Freestyle: 1st: Emma Allington 27.71; 2nd: Sara Gardner 29.96
Diving: NO DIVING
100 Butterfly: 1st: Bridgette Guild 1:24.94; 2nd: Liza Carnes 1:25.74
100 Freestlye: 1st: Emma Allington 1:01.41; 2nd: Elise Allington 1:12.06
500 Freestyle: 1st: Halle Phillips 6:42.50
200 Freestyle Relay: 1st: Peighton Cervoni, Liza Carnes, Bridgette Guild, Megan Hoy 1:08.17; 2nd: Isabella Fazzary, Angel Williams, Sara Gardner, Elise Allington 2:08.13
100 Backstroke: 1st: Victoria Wixson 1:08.17
100 Breaststroke: 1st: Katherine Meehan 1:17.42
400 Freestyle Relay: 1st: Isabella Fazzary, Angel Williams, Sara Gardner, Elise Allington

O-M girls blanked by S-VE

SPENCER, Sept. 10 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 1-3 Tuesday when the Indians dropped a 2-0 decision to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the S-VE soccer field.

Spencer-Van Etten scored both of its goals in the first half.

The Panthers outshot O-M 8-7, and had a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks.

Addi Rhodes registered three saves in goal in the first half for Odessa, while teammate Gillian Clark notched three saves in the second half.

The Indians return to action Thursday at Newfield.

O-M boys fall to S-VE in overtime

ODESSA, Sept. 9 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team saw its record slip to 0-2 Monday night when it lost 1-0 in overtime to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

After neither team scored in regulation, S-VE got the game-winner at 6:19 of the first overtime on a goal by Jesse Tillotson.

S-VE outshot Odessa 22-17, while O-M had an 8-6 edge in corner kicks. Andy Fudala made 21 saves in goal for the Indians, while S-VE's goalkeeper, Gene Beavers, registered 17.

With the victory, S-VE improved to 2-1.

From left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Cherock, Mikayla Elliott and Amanda Pike.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

Glen posts volleyball win over Newfield

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 9 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team improved its overall record to 1-2 and its Interscholastic Athletic Conference mark to 1-1 Monday when it swept Newfield 3-0 in an IAC match in the Field House gym.

Game scores were 25-5, 25-21 and 25-16.

Watkins Glen Stats:
Amanda Cherock: 3 aces, 15 assists, 14 service points
Amanda Pike: 6 kills
Megan McMinds: 2 aces, 16 service points
Gabby LaRosa: 4 aces, 4 kills, 8 digs
Maya Palumbo: 8 digs

Newfield Stats:
Katie McKee: 3 aces, 3 kills, 3 digs
Jordan Colburn: 2 aces, 5 digs
Alexis Baker: 2 aces, 3 kills, 2 digs
Sage Duff: 16 assists, 6 digs
Nicole Moravea: 14 assists, 3 digs

Junior Varsity: Watkins defeated Newfield 3-0. Game scores were 25-19, 25-9 and 25-15.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Maya Palumbo reaches low to return a volley. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: in the JV match, Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez volleys. Right: In the varsity match, the Senecas' Megan McMinds delivers one of her 16 service points.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

O-M volleyball team falls to Candor

ODESSA, Sept. 9 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team extended Candor to five games Monday evening before falling 3-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

With the loss, Odessa's season mark slipped to 1-2.

Stats for Odessa:
Alyssa Crout: 5 aces, 7 assists, 2 digs, 9 service points
Alexis Austin: 3 aces, 4 kills, 2 blocks, 2 digs, 9 service points
Vicky Ayers: 2 aces, 2 digs, 14 service points
Brooke Collins: 2 aces, 2 digs, 8 service points
Kalie Thomas: 2 digs, 6 service points

Stats for Candor:
Kietarah Mancini: 3 aces, 6 kills, 20 service points
Brittni Swansbrough: 7 kills
Kylee Edwards: 12 digs
Breanna Fields: 6 aces, 6 kills, 2 blocks, 14 service points
Danielle Morse: 14 assists, 17 service points
Alicia Updyke: 5 aces, 11 service points

Athletes: Rekczis, Brown and Recker

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept 8 -- Two football players and a soccer player are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week -- the inaugural choices in the new sports season.

Watkins Glen seniors Keith Rekczis and Jon Brown both earned the honor for their performances in the Senecas' 59-0 football victory over Newfield. Brown ran for 176 yards on 23 carries and scored three touchdowns, while Rekczis rushed for 151 yards on 12 carries and scored two touchdowns.

The other honoree is German exchange student Jonas Recker, who scored all three goals in the Watkins Glen boys soccer team's first victory of the year, a 3-1 decision over Candor. He also had an assist in the Senecas' first game, an overtime loss.

Double Honorable Mention: Watkins Glen football's Ryan Pruitt, Ian Chedzoy and Jordan Rappleye, along with the entire offensive line; Watkins Glen volleyball's Amanda Pike; and Odessa-Montour soccer's Ryan Marsh, Sage Garrison, McKenna Lott and Hailie Searles.

Honorable Mention: Another 15 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that will help determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each school.

Starting this week: The girls swimming season; O-M's football season; and Watkins Glen's cross country season.

Watkins Glen football team races past Newfield, 59-0

NEWFIELD, Sept. 6 -- The Watkins Glen varsity football team, maintaining a strictly ground-oriented offense, ran past Newfield 59-0 Saturday afternoon in a Section IV non-divisional season opener on the Newfield football field.

The Senecas, who didn't pass once, amassed 435 yards on 46 carries as senior Jon Brown scored three touchdowns and senior Keith Rekczis scored two. The pair combined for 327 yards -- Brown going 176 on 23 carries and Rekczis 151 on 12 carries.

Sophomore Ryan Pruitt added 101 yards on three carries and a touchdown, Jordan Rappleye scored on a 2-yard run, and junior Ian Chedzoy notched a touchdown when he blocked a Newfield punt and ran it 32 yards to paydirt.

"We did very well. I was really impressed with our kids," said Watkins Glen Coach Lou Condon, noting that his squad's double-wing misdirection offense was so effective that the Senecas not only didn't need to punt once, but were never put in a fourth-down situation.

"I want to give a big shout-out to our offensive line," Condon (pictured at right) added. "You don't get 435 yards rushing without a lot of good blocks. They played very well."

Newfield registered 100 yards on the ground on 35 carries, and another 35 yards on 1-for-5 passing. The Trojans yielded one interception, by Watkins Glen's Pruitt.

The Senecas scored eight touchdowns -- two in each quarter -- starting with Chedzoy's punt-block return only about four minutes into the game. (The Senecas registered one other blocked punt in the game, by Jordan Shea.)

In order, the eight Watkins touchdowns came from:

--Chedzoy on his 32-yard blocked-punt return (with a Brown 2-point conversion run);
--Rekczis on a 31-yard run (with another 2-point conversion by Brown);
--Rappleye on a 2-yard run (with a Rappleye 2-point conversion);
--Brown on a 3-yard run (a 2-point conversion attempt failed);
--Brown on a 2-yard run (with a 2-point conversion by Rekczis);
--Brown on a 14-yard run (with a Pruitt 2-point conversion);
--Rekczis on a 7-yard run (with a Rappleye point-after kick);
--Pruitt on a 31-yard run (with the PAT attempt failing).

The Senecas scored 16 points in the first quarter, 14 in the second, 16 in the third, and 13 in the fourth.

Playing quarterback for Watkins Glen was Justin Kelly.

The Senecas return to action next Saturday, Sept. 13, when they host Waverly at 7 p.m. on the WGHS football field.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen football coach Lou Condon (File photo)

Watkins volleyball team 2nd at tourney

CAMPBELL, Sept. 6 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team placed second Saturday in the annual Campbell-Savona Volleyball Tournament, falling to Hammondsport in the finals.

The Senecas went 8-0 in the first round of play against Avoca, Campbell-Savona, Hornell and Arkport, and took two out of three games in the first round of the playoffs against Bath-Haverling to advance to the finals.

However, Hammondsport prevailed in the championship round, defeating Watkins Glen by scores of 25-20 and 25-22.

O-M goes 3-5:

The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team competed at the Campbell-Savona Tournament Saturday, winning 3 out of 8 games and failing to advance to the playoffs. Their games were against Canisteo-Greenwood, Bath-Haverling, Hammondsport and Wellsville.

Vicky Ayers was named O-M's MVP for tourney play that included a total of 11 service points, 3 kills, 2 digs and 2 aces.

Photos in text:

Top: The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team poses after the tourney.

Bottom: O-M's Vicky Ayers with the trophy designating her as her team's MVP. (Photos provided)

O-M girls top Avoca for 1st victory

CAMPBELL, Sept. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team notched its first victory of the season Saturday when it came from behind to post a 2-1 overtime victory over Avoca in the consolation game of the Campbell-Savona tournament.

Sage Garrison scored from 25 yards out with 1:04 remaining in regulation to force the overtime, where April Dunn scored the game-winner. The win lifted the Indians' mark to 1-2.

O-M outshot Avoca 11-4, while each team had 3 corner kicks. Addi Rhodes had 3 saves in goal for the Indians.

1st round: O-M dropped a tourney opening-round game on Friday to Campbell-Savona, 4-2. Garrison and Kennedey Heichel each scored a goal, while Garrison and Callie Stillman each notched an assist.

O-M outshot Campbell-Savona 10-6, while C-S had a 3-2 edge in corner kicks. Rhodes and Gillian Clark combined for 2 saves.

Honors: O-M's McKenna Lott and Hailie Searles made the All-Tournament team.

Watkins Glen girls fall to Candor, 2-1

CANDOR, Sept. 7 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 1-1 Saturday when the Senecas dropped a 2-1 decision to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Candor soccer field.

Watkins Glen outshot Candor 18-10, and had a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks, but came up short on the scoreboard. Allison Teed made 8 saves in goal for the Senecas, while the Tioga keeper made 17. The game was scoreless at halftime.

Watkins Glen's lone goal was scored by Keziah Fraboni, with an assist from Makenna Fraboni. Angela Martone scored both of Candor's goals.

"The girls again played well and pressured the ball, creating scoring opportunities," said Watkins Glen Coach Brian Gardner. "Candor played a good game and their goalie came up with some good saves at the right time. I can't take anything away from them. Allison Teed again played well in the goal, and every player on our team contributed offensively and defensively, so I can't complain about the direction we are going. We just came up one goal short on the scoreboard this time."

Jonas Recker sends the ball into the net for one of his three goals. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen boys win, even mark at 1-1

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 5 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team, behind three goals by Jonas Recker, defeated Candor 3-1 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS soccer field.

The victory evened the Senecas' record at 1-1 heading into a contest at Waverly next Wednesday.

Recker -- an exchange student from Germany -- scored once in the first half, assisted by Matt Estes, and then added two unassisted goals after intermission. Candor's lone goal was by Tim Sandgren in the second half.

Watkins Glen outshot Candor 17-7. Goalkeeper Simon Wigmore registered six saves for the Senecas, while Candor's keeper notched 14.

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Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Justin Duane, right, battles a Candor player for possession of the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Lucas Wickham (left photo) and Issek Pierce (20 in right photo) control the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

O-M volleyball team edges Newfield

ODESSA, Sept. 5 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team evened its season record at 1-1 Thursday when it posted a 3-2 victory over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

The game scores were 13-25, 25-16, 26-24, 11-25 and 25-19.

"It was a close game," said O-M Coach Kayla Kelly, "but my girls were able to pull it together to get a win."

O-M stats:

Vicky Ayers: 3 aces, 15 service points
Brooke Collins: 5 aces, 1 assist, 3 kills, 1 dig, 10 service points
Alyssa Crout: 3 aces, 3 assists, 4 service points
Marissa Ferguson: 2 aces, 7 service points
Alexis Austin: 1 ace, 3 kills, 2 service points

Left: Watkins Glen's Gabby LaRosa volleys. Right: The Senecas' setter, Amanda Cherock, meets the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen volleyball team falls 3-1

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 5 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team saw its record slip to 0-2 Thursday when it dropped a 3-1 decision to Hammondsport in a non-league match in the WGHS Field House.

Game scores were 21-25, 29-27, 20-25 and 22-25.

Watkins Glen stats:
Amanda Cherock: 5 aces, 7 assists, 14 service points
Amanda Pike:13 digs, 8 kills
Mikayla Elliott: 8 digs, 6 service points
Gabby LaRosa: 10 service points

Hammondsport stats:
Zarha Weber: 15 aces, 11 kills
Ally Binnert:18 assists, 6 kills
Tanessa Whitney: 6 aces, 16 assists, 14 kills

Next up for Watkins: The Campbell-Savona Tournament on Saturday.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Hammondsport 2-1. Game scores were 25-13, 23-25 and 25-17.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike stretches as she sends the ball over the net. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkisn Glen's Isobel Scheffey (9) sends a shot toward the Tioga goal.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen girls open with 3-0 win

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 4 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team pulled away from Tioga with three goals after intermission Wednesday to post a 3-0 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory over the Tigers on the WGHS soccer field.

Watkins goals were registered by Bernadette Osbourne, Isobel Scheffey and Madison Gates, the latter on a penalty kick. Kiersten Stiles had an assist.

Tioga outshot the Senecas 15-13, but couldn't capitalize. Said first-year Tioga Coach Jim Walsh: "We had a mental and physical letdown once they scored early in the second half."

Allison Teed made 15 saves in goal for Watkins Glen en route to the shutout, while Tioga netminder Rebekah Argetsinger registered 10 saves. The Senecas led in corner kicks, 5-4.

"This was a good effort by all our girls," said Watkins Glen Coach Brian Gardner. "We started a little slow in the first half and had some control issues, but we made some adjustments at halftime that the girls responded well to. Early in the second half we were able to step up the pressure on the ball, and this led to more scoring opportunities that we were able to capitalize on."

Watkins Glen returns to action at 10 a.m. Saturday at Candor.

Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Raevyn Saunders (11) eyes the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins' Makenna Fraboni (in head band at left) and Joelle Slater (right) meet the ball.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins goalkeeper Allison Teed grabs the ball as a Tioga player approaches.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

O-M girls fall to Newark Valley in opener

ODESSA, Sept. 4 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team opened the season on a losing note Wednesday, dropping a 4-0 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The Indians return to action Friday and Saturday in the Campbell-Savona Tournament, and then visit Spencer-Van Etten on Tuesday.

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Photo in text: O-M's Dana Roberts, left, battles a Newark Valley player for possession of the ball. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

Left: O-M's Callie Stillman moves the ball upfield. Right: O-M goalkeeper Addi Rhodes sends the ball to midfield. (Photos by Mike Stamp)

Watkins, O-M boys drop soccer openers

TIOGA CENTER, Sept. 3 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team opened its season with a loss Tuesday, dropping a 2-1 overtime decision to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Tioga soccer field.

The Senecas grabbed a 1-0 first-half lead on a goal by Matt Estes, assisted by Jonas Recker. But Tioga responded with a second-half goal to even the score, and won it in overtime on a goal by Adam Layman.

The Senecas return to action Thursday at home against Candor. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Also: The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team fell to Newark Valley 4-2 Tuesday in a season opener on the road. Collin Povoski and Joel Kelly scored for O-M. The Indians will host Spencer-Van Etten Monday at 7 p.m.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Cherock (left) and Mikayla Elliott in action.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

WG volleyball opens with loss to Tioga

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 3 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team opened its season on a losing not Tuesday, falling to Tioga 3-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS Field House gym.

Game scores were 19-25, 25-16, 23-25 and 11-25.

Amanda Pike paced the Senecas with 20 kills and 11 digs, while setter Amanda Cherock notched 13 assists to go with 9 service points.

Double-digit digs were also posted by Mikayla Elliott and Maya Palumbo, while Nateah Cornish supplied 9 digs and 8 service points.

Said Watkins Glen Athletic Director Rod Weeden: "I look forward to a strong season for Watkins Glen, which played one of the toughest teams in the state right out of the box."

Home Stats:
Amanda Cherock:13 assists, 2 digs, 9 service points
Amanda Pike:11 digs, 20 kills
Mikayla Elliott:12 digs, 9 service points
Maya Palumbo:11 digs
Nateah Cornish: 9 digs, 8 service points

Visitor Stats:
Mailey Bowen: 9 aces, 28 assists, 7 digs, 23 service points
Alyssa Mosher: 6 kills
Olivia Howland: 14 kills, 5 digs

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen fell 3-0 to Tioga. Game scores were 8-25, 14-25 and 15-25.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike volleys. (Photo by Don Romeo)

O-M volleyball team loses to Waverly

WAVERLY, Sept. 3 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team fell to Waverly 3-0 Tuesday in its season opener, an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match held in the Waverly gym.

Game scores were 17-25, 8-25 and 15-25.

Odessa-Montour Stats:
Alexis Austin: 1 ace, 1 service point, 2 digs
Vicky Ayers: 1 assist, 1 ace, 7 service points, 2 digs
Lexi Skinner: 1 assist, 1 ace, 2 service points, 1 dig
Brooke Collins: 2 kills
Kalie Thomas: 1 ace, 3 service points
Kassi Snyder: 1 ace, 3 service points
Starr Cole: 1 ace, 1 service point

The Indians return to action Thursday at home against Newfield.

Junior Varsity: Waverly defeated O-M, 3-0.

Members of the Watkins Glen varsity cross-country team were out running Monday.

Practice underway for Fall Sports

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Aug. 19 -- High school sports teams around New York State opened practice Monday for the upcoming fall sports season.

Athletes were busy at Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high schools, prepping for their season-opening contests, which are three weeks and less away.

Down at Watkins Glen, the boys and girls varsity soccer teams, each with about 20 players, were being put through drills and laps by their coaches. Phil Watson is the boys' coach, while Brian Gardner leads the girls' squad.

Assisting both teams are coaches Mark Stephany, Lee Wigmore and Ralph Diliberto.

The Watkins Glen football team was out on the field, with Coach Lou Condon running the players through various exercises and drills. Twenty-five young athletes were on hand for the first practice.

The varsity cross-country team was also out and about, running the sidewalks and side roads of the village, and along the edges of the WGHS athletic complex.

The Watkins girls soccer team starts its season schedule on Aug. 29 at home against Geneva. The boys' team opens at Tioga on Sept. 2. The football team's first game is Sept. 6 at Newfield, while the cross-country squad opens Sept. 9 in the Watkins Glen State Park against Spencer-Van Etten, Lansing, Waverly and Edison.

The WGHS varsity swim team opens Sept. 4 with the Harvest Relays, while the varsity volleyball team opens Sept. 2 at home against Tioga following an Aug. 28 scrimmage at home against Odessa-Montour.

At Odessa-Montour:

--The football team opens Sept. 5 at home against Trumansburg. Coach Bob Lee had 16 players on hand Monday night, but said he hoped for 21 or 22 when work conflicts ended and physical exams were completed.
--The girls swim team opens Sept. 4 with the Harvest Relays.
--The girls soccer team opens Sept. 3 at home against Newark Valley.
--The boys soccer team opens Sept. 2 at Newark Valley.
--The volleyball team opens Sept. 2 at Waverly.

Photos in text: The WGHS varsity football team runs a lap; Odessa-Montour varsity football coach Bob Lee at practice Monday evening.

Left: Watkins Glen's Madison Myers heads the ball during a soccer drill. Right: The Senecas' Lucas Wickham maneuvers the ball.

The coaching staff at the WGHS girls varsity soccer practice. Head Coach Brian Gardner, second from left, is flanked by (from left) Lee Wigmore, Mark Stephany and Ralph Diliberto.

The tournament -- and the sign signifying the cause for which it raised funds, the Defense for Devon Foundation -- was at Clute Park, near Seneca Lake's waters. (Photo by Liz Fraboni)

Inaugural Devon tourney proves a hit

WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 17 -- More than 80 young adults on a total of 21 teams competed Saturday in a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament at Clute Park in memory of Devon Shaw.

Shaw lost his battle against cancer in July 2013, just weeks after graduating from Watkins Glen High School. In the wake of his passing, a foundation was established -- the Defense for Devon Foundation -- to create an annual scholarship and to help in the fight against cancer.

Organizers held a fundraiser recently at the Montour Moose Lodge, and are planning a fundraising golf tournament for next summer. Saturday's tourney was designed, they said, "to commemorate Devon's wily spirit and athleticism."

The winners of Saturday's event -- played on Clute Park courts in pleasant weather under sunny skies -- were as follows:

Men's 19+: The Tri-fectas, a team featuring Jesse Teeter, Josh Teeter, Luke Flahive and Brady Myers.

Men's 16-18: The Hoops! We Did It Again team, featuring Storm Mackey, Foster Clark and Carter McCormick.

Women's 19+: The 4 Shades of Grey team, featuring MacKenzie Kellogg, Alison Barkee, Abby Brewer and Erin Farney.

The tournament included players from around the region -- Waverly, Bath, Addison, Campbell, Savona, Watkins Glen, Odessa, Montour Falls, Elmira, Corning, Horseheads and Seneca Falls.

Photos in text:

Top: Mark Fraboni of the Mr. Chicken team goes high on defense as Jesse Teeter of the Tri-fectas drives toward the hoop.

Bottom: The sisters Pike -- Marissa (left) and Amanda -- were competing in the tournament. (Photos by Liz Fraboni)

From left: MacKenzie Kellogg (left) and Haley Tuttle battle under the basket; Justin DeDominick glides to the basket; and Devon Shaw's mother, Diana Crane, and stepfather Jim Crane, on hand for the tournament. (Photos by Liz Fraboni)

Wendy Brooks of Beaver Dams tees off on No. 2. Her team finished third.

Tourney raises $20K for Arc of Schuyler

Special to
The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 16 -- The Arc of Schuyler raised more than $20,000 at its 14th annual golf tournament fundraiser held on Friday, August 15 at the Watkins Glen Golf Course.

The Bonadio Group and Relph Benefit Advisors returned as Presenting Sponsors of the event. Empire Access was an Ace Sponsor, and Birdie Sponsors were Garage Floor Coating of NY, Hart Hotels, and Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards. These sponsors and more than 70 other businesses, wineries, restaurants, and retail stores contributed through sponsorship or product donations.

Completing the tournament in first place was the Hill & Markes team -- Brian Bockelkamp, Jared Hammond, Chris Schoemaker and Steve Schoemaker.

The team is the first to be added to a new Arc Golf Tournament Champions plaque, created in honor of Dave and Marilyn Dalrymple. The Arc recognized the Dalrymples for the role they have played in the success of the tournament over the years and for their ongoing support. The plaque will hang at the Watkins Glen Golf Course clubhouse.

The second-place team was that of Derrick Alexander, Allan Lowman, Sean Lukasik and Travis Womer, sponsored by Garage Floor Coating of NY, and the third-place team was that of Donald and Lisa Crouch and Milt and Wendy Brooks.

Also new this year was a challenge named “Hit one for Harrison” in honor of past Board member G. Thomas Harrison. Harrison was an active volunteer serving in various Board and Committee capacities at The Arc until his death last year.

“Tom is sorely missed,” said Michael Stamp, president of The Arc of Schuyler. “He was always helpful and friendly. He was instrumental in making The Arc’s tournament a reality and we’re proud to honor his memory.”

Winners of the contests held on the course were: Mark Ramos for men’s longest drive, Marty King for men’s closest-to-the-pin, and Dana Grover for women’s longest drive and women’s closest-to-the-pin. Andrew Clark won the 50/50 raffle prize and donated half his winnings back to The Arc.

The golf tournament planning committee includes Tournament Chair Dominick Franzese, 2014 Honorary Chair Michael Larkin, Nick Anagnost of Montour Falls, Rick Carroll of Chemung Canal Trust Company, David Dalrymple of Rock Stream, Doug Hagin of E.C. Cooper, retired Arc executive director James Wilson, Arc executive director Jeannette Frank, and Arc community relations director Holly Baker.

“The committee is sincerely grateful to the generous sponsors, tournament supporters, golfers, and many volunteers who demonstrate great support of The Arc and of people with developmental disabilities through this tournament,” said Franzese. “We truly appreciate their help in making this a fun event and successful fundraiser.”

The Arc of Schuyler conducts fundraising activities to support its mission in providing supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism. To learn more about The Arc, visit www.arcofschuyler.org.

Photos in text:

Top: The first-place team members included, from left, Jared Hammond, Brian Bockelkamp, Chris Schoemaker, and Steve Schoemaker. (Photo provided)

Second: Rick Carroll watches the flight of his ball on the second hole.

Third: Manning the food tent were, from left, Don Stocum, Doug Hagin and Jim Wilson.

Bottom: Tournament Chair Dominick Franzese, right, and past chair David Dalrymple present the tournament's championship plaque, created in honor of Dave and Marilyn Dalrymple for the roles they have played in the success of the tournament over the years. The first-place team this year, Hill & Markes, will be added to the plaque, which will hang in the Watkins Glen Golf Course clubhouse. (Photo provided)

The race field, led by pole-sitter Jeff Gordon (24) rounds Turn 7, heading for the start of the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen. (Photo by Liz Fraboni)

Allmendinger wins crash-marred race

WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 11 -- It was a long afternoon on the Watkins Glen International racetrack Sunday for competitors in the NASCAR Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Sprint Cup race.

Red flags forced stoppage of about two hours in a race that started shortly after 1 p.m. and didn't end until 5:30. One stoppage was almost an hour and a half long, following a multi-car crash coming out of Turn 5.

In the end -- victorious with a couple of nifty passes of key challenger Marcos Ambrose and a dominant restart with two laps remaining -- was first-time Sprint Cup winner AJ Allmendinger, driving for the JTG Daugherty Racing team.

"We won," he told ESPN interviewer Dr. Jerry Punch afterward. "We won a Sprint Cup race, Jerry!"

The entire JTG Daugherty Racing team -- headed by ESPN commentator Brad Daugherty -- celebrated the victory with enthusiasm, for it was also the team's first win and all but gave their single-car squad a spot in The Chase for The Sprint Cup.

The day was marred by the absence of racer Tony Stewart and the circumstances surrounding his reason for dropping out of the race: the death of a young driver at Canandaigua Motorsports Park Saturday night -- a driver who was on foot on the track when struck by Stewart's car during a sprint race there. (See USA Today for that story). Regan Smith was given Sunday's ride in Stewart's car.

The race was led early by pole-sitter Jeff Gordon, and through much of the middle third of the race by Marcos Ambrose, who started in the second spot. Gordon dropped out after 50 laps when his car suddenly lost power.

A crash on Lap 57 damaged several cars, basically destroying that of Ryan Newman, who hit a guard rail past Turn 5 and bounced back across the track, smashing into the car driven by Michael McDowell -- who in turn hit the guardrail on the opposite side, ripping it up. Stoppage lasted for more than 80 minutes, time enough for many TV interviews of drivers on the subjects of both strategy and track safety.

Among them was Newman, who said the Watkins track is "very antiquated" and "not at all up to NASCAR's safety standards." He expressed the hope that "something will change" by the time the drivers return to The Glen next year.

The pros and cons of proper safety measures filled a good portion of the TV stoppage time, with Glen supporters noting that the track has made many improvements in recent years, always responding to NASCAR requests.

Allmendinger led for most of the remaining part of the race, although three cautions and a red flag in the final 10 laps led to some tight racing by the leader and Ambrose, with each passing the other in the final half-dozen laps.

The final restart had Allmendinger ahead, and he managed to pull away for the victory. Finishing second was Ambrose, followed by Kurt Busch, rooke Kyle Larson, Carl Edwards and Joey Logano.

Photos in text: The car of Alex Bowman is towed to the garage after being damaged in the Turn 5 multi-car crash; Jeff Gordon waves to fans on a trip around the course before the race; race winner AJ Allmendinger; and a parachutist floats down as part of the pre-race celebration. (1st, 2nd and 4th photos by Liz Fraboni)

The crowd watches as the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen cars roar past. (Photo by Liz Fraboni)

Arc to hold 14th annual golf tourney

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 6, 2014 -- The Arc of Schuyler will hold its 14th Annual Golf Tournament at the Watkins Glen Golf Course on Friday, August 15. The tournament raises funds to help provide services and supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Dominick Franzese of Watkins Glen is serving as Chair of the tournament, following Dave Dalrymple, who served in that capacity for a number of years. Franzese is an avid golfer and has served on The Arc’s golf tournament committee in the past.

“Under Dave’s leadership, The Arc of Schuyler Golf Tournament has become one of the most popular tournaments in Schuyler County and a tremendous fundraiser for an outstanding organization,” Franzese said. “I’m proud to support The Arc and honored to take on the role of their tournament chair.”

Franzese will greet golfers and volunteers alongside this year’s Honorary Tournament Chair, Michael Larkin. Larkin is supported by The Arc and a regular volunteer at the Franklin Street Gallery in downtown Watkins Glen. His job is to help keep the gallery looking great for visitors, cleaning the entrance, hanging artwork, and assisting with exhibit receptions and events. Larkin is developing his own artistic talents through classes at the Franklin Street Gallery and diligent practice.

“Someday I want to exhibit my work at the gallery,” Larkin said. “I like volunteering there, because I get to meet artists and talk to customers.” Mike also enjoys volunteering through The Arc with the Schuyler County Office for the Aging’s Meals on Wheels, Schuyler County Head Start, and other organizations.

“An Honorary Chair should help focus our participants and sponsors on what this tournament is about,” Franzese said. “Mike shows real commitment to being of service in his community and works hard to achieve his goals. The tournament committee is proud to honor him for his contributions and accomplishments.”

The Arc’s Golf Tournament is supported by dozens of local and regional sponsors, including its Presenting Sponsors: The Bonadio Group and Relph Benefit Advisors.

For more information about the tournament, visit www.arcofschuyler.org or call the Director of Community Relations, Holly Baker, at 607-535-6934.

Photo in text: The Arc of Schuyler Golf Tournament's Honorary Chair, Michael Larkin (left), and Tournament Chair Dominick Franzese. (Photo provided)

Chedzoy, Gould compete in Syacuse event

Special to The Odessa File

SYRACUSE, Aug. 4 -- Watkins Glen High School grapplers Brandon Gould and Ian Chedzoy recently competed in a series of “caged wrestling” exhibition bouts between members of the Finger Lakes Wrestling Club and the CNY Pin2Win Wrestling Club.

The matches preceded a professional MMA event in Syracuse on Saturday, August 2nd.

Caged wrestling combines Folkstyle (collegiate) and Freestyle (Olympic) rules and scoring. Both boys won their respective bouts.

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Photo at right: WGHS wrestlers Ian Chedzoy, left, and Brandon Gould in Syracuse. (Photo provided)

 

Gavich-Lovell squad wins Anagnost tourney

WATKINS GLEN, July 20 -- The Gavich-Lovell team took first place Saturday in the 10th annual Jim Anagnost Memorial Golf Tournament at the Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Members of the squad were Frank Gavich, Greg Gavich, Randy Lovell and Tom Lovell. They posted a score of 56. Second place went to the quartet of Ed Alling, Chris Wickham, Jack Wheeler and Chad Lansing with a score of 61.

Ann Tuttle won the Long Drive on Hole #4, while Nick Minichiello won it on Hole #13.

Phil Losito won the Closest to the Pin award on Hole #5, while Mike Drake won it on Hole #14.

The tournament is in memory of Jim Anagnost, a 1984 Odessa-Montour High School graduate who passed away in 2005.

Thirteen 4-person teams competed. Teams in addition to the first- and second-place squads included the following:

--John Anagnost, Basil Anagnost, Nick Anagnost, Henry Martinez.
--Beth Henderson, Matt Henderson, Sue Anagnost, Steve Anagnost.
--Mike Myers, Bryant Myers, Mike Miniciello, Nick Miniciello.
--Ann Tuttle, Michele Myers, Joanne Neumire, MacKenzie Kellogg.
--Fred Wickham, Lindsay Wickham, Jim Bauman, JB Baldwin.
--Mike Baker, Tom Halbert, Kelly Legare, Mark Lynch.
--Mike Drake, Jim Drake, Chris Slusser, Jim Bierman.
--Jack McCauley, Steve Monks, Doug Chapman, Ed Kowalski.
--Kevin Gordon, Kyle Gordon, Don Hardy, Phil Losito.
--Roger Myers, Mike Johnston, Bill Gill, Mac McCarty.
--Ed LoPresti, Tim Anderson, Dan Bradley, Phil Harrington.

The event was catered by Bleacher's Sports Bar & Grill.

Photos in text:

Top: The winning team of, from left, Greg Gavich, Frank Gavich, Randy Lovell and Tom Lovell. (Photo provided)

Middle: Nick Anagnost, left, the father of Jim Anagnost, chats with Roger Myers after they had completed their rounds of golf.

Bottom: MacKenzie Myers Kellogg, left, and Michele Myers, who teamed with Ann Tuttle and Joanne Neumire.

At the State Golf Tournament: From left, O-M's Gillian Clark and Watkins Glen's Halle Phillips and Hanley Elliott. (Photos provided)

Horseheads' Doyle places 6th at States

DELHI, June 15 -- Horseheads High School's Emily Doyle shot a 7-over-par 79 Sunday to finish with a 153 total and in 6th place in the 2014 New York State Public High School Athletic Association Girls Golf Championship on the Delhi College golf course.

Doyle, tied for the lead with a 74 after the first round of the 36-hole tournament Saturday, ended up seven shots behind the individual medalist, Lindsay May of Section III, who rallied from a 77 the first day to shoot a 3-under 69 Sunday for a 146 total. The runnerup, three strokes back of May, was first-round co-leader Chelsea Dantonio of Section VI. She shot a 74-75=149.

Doyle led a Section IV team that finished ninth in the 9-team, 81-player field. May's Section III squad took the team title with an 1134 total, five shots clear of Section XI's 1139, with Section I another four shots back at 1143.

Section IV's total was 1367. Second on the team, behind Doyle, was Watkins Glen High School's Halle Phillips, who followed a first-round 91 with a 95 and a 186 total, good for 56th place.

Other Section IV scores: Madalyn Owen (Horseheads) 95-102=197; Hanley Elliott (WGHS) 106-98=204; Capria Picco (Waverly) 109-98=207; Lexie Stoyall (Moravia) 106-101=207; Alex Tomasso (Waverly) 110-106=216; Gillian Clark (Odessa-Montour) 117-103=220; and Giovanni Lisi (Marathon) 111-119=230.

Photo in text: Horseheads High School's Emily Doyle. (File photo)

O-M names Little, Collins
as its Athletes of the Year

ODESSA, June 12 -- Odessa-Montour seniors Jordan Little and Joey Collins were named the winners Wednesday night of the school's annual Harold Lynch Athlete of the Year Awards.

The awards, presented each year to a male and female senior, were the final honors bestowed at the 46th Annual Sports Boosters Banquet. The presentation of trophies was held in the Fetter-Brown Auditorium.

Both Little and Collins are three-sport athletes -- Little in swimming, bowling and softball, and Collins in soccer, basketball and tennis.

Meanwhile, the prestigious Charles Martin Memorial Sportsmanship Awards went to Phil Humphries and Sarah Simmons, while in a vote of students, swim coach Terri Brace was named Coach of the Year.

The 8th annual Jim Anagnost Memorial Award -- given to an athlete dedicated to sports but not often recognized for his or her efforts -- went to Tiffany Kelly. Presenting the award was Jim's father, Nick Anagnost. Jim was a 1984 O-M graduate who died in 2005.

The evening was sprinkled with comments referring to the ongoing discussion over whether O-M and Watkins Glen football and girls swim teams should join forces. All of the comments suggested Odessa should resist such a move, with football Coach Bob Lee saying that sports in a small community "solidifies us, makes us one." Added Anagnost: "Don't lose what you have, because you'll never get it back."

The issue will be discussed tonight (Thursday) in the Fetter-Brown Auditorium at a meeting of the O-M School Board. On its agenda is a resolution considering "a pilot agreement with the Watkins Glen Central School District to share the Fall Football program and the Fall Swimming program."

Many other awards were presented during Wednesday's event, including the Gerard Crosley Track Award (which went to Maia Rumsey). Each varsity coach from throughout the year spoke about their seasons and called up members of their teams to receive Most Improved, Most Dedicated, Most Outstanding, Rookie of the Year and MVP honors.

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Photos in text:

Top: Jordan Little and Joey Collins pose with their Harold Lynch Award trophies, symbolic of Odessa-Montour's Athletes of the Year.

Bottom: Tiffany Kelly rises from her seat to walk to the podium and receive the Jim Anagnost Memorial Award.

Left: Gillian Clark, who received a Most Outstanding Award in basketball and Player of the Year in girls golf. Right: Dana Roberts receives her girls track MVP award.

Sarah Simmons and Phil Humphries, winners of the annual Charles Martin Memorial Sportsmanship Awards.

Left: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez delivers a pitch. Right: Watkins shortstop Taylor Kelly throws to first base after fielding a grounder. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Glen Modified Softball team wins finale

WATKINS GLEN, June 6 -- The Watkins Glen Modified Softball team closed the season with its fifth straight victory Thursday, defeating Candor 13-7 in a game on the Watkins Glen High School softball field.

Winning pitcher Mariah Gonzalez registered six strikeouts, with Katlyn Kernan handling the catching duties.

The Senecas had eight hits, including two each by Gonzalez (a double and a single) and Kathryn Losey (a double and a single). Other hits were singles by Kernan, Taylor Kelly, Alissa Lotz and Emmie Bond.

"Candor played well and didn't give up," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto, noting that they also had eight hits. "The edge we had was extra bases on our hits and stealing bases."

The Senecas, who finished with an 8-2 record, "worked hard this season," he added. "They are a diligent group of young ladies that I am very proud of."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen first baseman Emmie Bond touches the base for a putout after fielding a ground ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: The Senecas' Alissa Lotz slides home safely. Right: Watkins catcher Katlyn Kernan.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

Waverly's Jordan Raupers sends her ball toward the fourth green.

Waverly wins IAC tourney

WATKINS GLEN, June 5 -- The Waverly High School girls varsity golf team captured the team title Wednesday at the girls' Interscholastic Athletic Conference Tournament at the Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Waverly, led by medalist Capria Picco's 44 on the par-36 course, posted a total of 198 to turn back Lansing (208), Watkins Glen (211), Marathon (223) and Odessa-Montour (236).

Leading scores in addition to Picco's included:

Lexi Stoyall, Moravia, 45.
Halle Phillips, Watkins Glen, 48.
Olivia Longhouse, Lansing, 48.
Krista Taylor, Lansing, 48.
Gillian Clark, O-M, 49.
Hanley Elliott, Watkins Glen, 49.

Other Odessa-Montour scores included: Catherine Rounds, 58; Mikayla Curren, 64, and Gabby Fazzary, 65.

Photo on right: Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark tees off on the fifth hole.

Left: Watkins Glen's Halle Phillips chips on No. 4. Right: Watkins' Hanley Elliott.

Left: Watkins Glen's Cheyenne Stansfield tees off on No. 2. Right: Moravia's Lexi Stoyall chips from off the green at the fourth hole.

WGHS Most Valuable Player awards were presented (from left) to Halle Phillips (girls golf), Matt Gill (boys track), Jordan Doane and Taylor Hughey (softball), and Keith Rekczis (boys golf). Other MVPs not pictured: John Smith (baseball), Alexis Naylor (softball), Bryce de la osa Cruz (lacrosse) and Taylor Kennard (girls track). (Photo by Don Romeo)

HOF selectees, MVPs top awards night

WATKINS GLEN, June 4 -- Three new Watkins Glen High School Sports Hall of Fame members were inducted Tuesday night while WGHS spring sports MVP plaques and other honors were bestowed at the school's Sports Boosters Awards Night.

Joining the Hall of Fame were multi-sport athlete Jennifer Conklin of the Class of 2006 and soccer star Michael Beber of the Class of 1999, and -- in the Benefactor category -- Kenneth R. Depew of the Class of 1956. Conklin and Depew were present to accept their plaques, while Beber (who is in the service) was represented by his mother, Pam Taft.

Honors for the various spring sports were presented in the areas of Most Valuable Player, Most Improved and Sportsmanship.

The MVPs included John Smith (baseball), Jordan Doane, Taylor Hughey and Alexis Naylor (softball), Bryce de la osa Cruz (lacrosse), Halle Phillips (girls golf), Keith Rekczis (boys golf), Matt Gill (boys track), and Taylor Kennard (girls track).

Photo in text: Three new members of the WGHS Sports Hall were inducted. From left are Jennifer Conklin, Pam Taft (mother of inductee Michael Beber), and Kenneth Depew. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins shortstop Kathryn Losey prepares to throw to first after fielding a grounder.
Right: The Senecas' third baseman, Alissa Lotz, grabs a ground ball.

Modified Softball: Glen tops S-VE

WATKINS GLEN, June 3 -- The Watkins Glen Modified softball team -- led by a 10-strikeout performance by pitcher Mariah Gonzalez -- defeated Spencer-Van Etten 15-1 Monday in a game on the Watkins Glen High School softball field.

The Senecas, now 7-2, registered 12 hits, with two each from Emmie Bond (including a double), Alissa Lotz and Taylor Kelly. Gonzalez and Mikenna Ayers each had a double, while Amber Benjamin, Jazmin Shea, Kathryn Losey and Johanna Van Etten each had a single.

Watkins Glen scored five runs in the 2nd inning, one in the 4th, five in the 5th, one in the 6th and three in the 7th.

"I can't say enough about these young ladies," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "They play with class and sportsmanship."

The Senecas close the season Thursday at home against Candor.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez slides safely into second, popping the base up into the air.

Left: Watkins Glen catcher Katlyn Kernan grabs a pitch.
Right:
The Senecas' Amber Benjamin takes aim on the ball.

O-M Modified squad falls to Newfield

ODESSA, June 3 -- The Odessa-Montour Modified Softball team is still looking for its first win after falling to Newfield 18-13 Monday.

Isabel Foote was 2-for-3 for the Indians, while Mia Force was 1-for-3 and Summer Landon was 1-for-1.

Katarina Minichello and McKennah Lott pitched for O-M, with Alyssa Lindsley and Emma Lodge catching.

"It was definitely our best game this season," said O-M Coach Bill Lindsley. "Our defense played better and we had two double plays. Offensively, we had a few hits and were running the bases better, stealing when the opportunity presented itself."

The Indians close their season Thursday against Tioga.

O-M's Dana Roberts is
our Schuyler Spring MVP

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 31 -- After a spring season that saw her compete in several events -- the 100 Meter Dash, the Long Jump, the 200 Meter Dash, the 100 Meter Hurdles, the High Jump and the 4x400 Relay -- Odessa-Montour junior Dana Roberts has left behind a string of Track and Field victories that included an Interscholastic Athletic Conference title in the Pentathlon.

For her continued excellence, and for her value to her team as it captured a divisional title and the IAC Small Schools Track and Field Championship, she has earned designation as The Odessa File Schuyler Spring MVP.

Once the track season started, Roberts -- a soccer player in the fall and a cheerleader in the winter -- posted three wins against Spencer-Van Etten, four wins against Tioga, and three wins in a meet against Candor and Edison. She followed that with a 4th place in the Long Jump at the large Legends of the Night tournament at O-M before capturing the 200 Meter title at the IAC divisional meet.

She was 2nd in the 100 and 3rd in the Long Jump at the Union Springs Invitational, and then won the IAC Pentathlon championship. At the IAC Tournament, she was 3rd in the Long Jump, 2nd in the High Jump (but 1st among Small School competitors) and 5th in the 200 (2nd in Small Schools) to help O-M to the girls' Small School championship.

She followed that with a win in the 200 at the Section IV, Class D championships, where she was seeded fourth. She was also 3rd in the Long Jump, 5th in the 100 Meter Hurdles and 5th in the High Jump at that tournament. And, finally, she finished third at the Section IV State Qualifier in the Pentathlon.

All in all, in terms of individual performance and value to her team -- and in terms of work ethic and sheer determination -- Dana Roberts has definitively earned The Odessa File Schuyler Spring MVP Award.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Dana Roberts

Odessa File Spring 2014
All-Schuyler All-Star Team

1st Team

Dana Roberts, Odessa-Montour -- track and field (MVP)
Matt Gill, Watkins Glen High School -- track and field
Sarah Simmons, O-M -- track and field
Hailie Searles, O-M -- track and field
Halle Phillips, WGHS -- golf
Jordan Doane, WGHS -- softball

2nd Team

Patrick Hazlitt, WGHS -- track and field
Bryce Elliott, O-M -- track and field
Shawn Rutledge, WGHS -- track and field
Isobel Scheffey, WGHS -- track and field
Maia Rumsey, O-M -- track and field
April Dunn, O-M -- track and field
Taylor Kennard, O-M -- track and field
De'naja Blanchard, WGHS -- track and field
Lindsey Suddaby, WGHS -- track and field
Keith Rekczis, WGHS -- golf
Hanley Elliott, WGHS -- golf
Gillian Clark, O-M -- golf
Tyler Clark, O-M -- golf
John Smith, WGHS -- baseball
Alexis Naylor, WGHS -- softball
Taylor Hughey, WGHS -- softball

3rd Team

Maggie Bond, WGHS -- track and field
Jacob Carocci, WGHS -- track and field
Brandon Pike, WGHS -- track and field
Ryan Pruitt, WGHS -- track and field
Luke Eberhardt, O-M -- track and field
Charles Sidle, O-M -- track and field
Andy Fudala, O-M -- track and field
Justin Duane, WGHS -- lacrosse
Ian Chedzoy, WGHS -- lacrosse
Mitch Mangus, WGHS -- golf
Noah Bruno, O-M -- golf
Jared Carocci, WGHS -- baseball
Adam Tuttle, WGHS -- baseball
Brady Bond, WGHS -- baseball
Lucy Craig, WGHS -- track and field
Kevin Kernan, WGHS -- track and field
Tyler Goossen, O-M -- track and field

Honorable Mention:
WG: Clara Chedzoy, Jacob Slater, Matt Woodworth, Brendan Hunter, Thomas Schmitt, Sam Pulis, Mikayla Elliott, Nateah Cornish, Aidan DeBolt, Shannon Bailey, Alexis Gonzalez, Ryan Clark, Amanda Grinolds, Amanda Cherock, Matt Estes, Lucas Wickham, Dakota Lodge, Brennon DeMeritt. OM: Britney Visscher, Joey Collins, Curtis Harris, Callie Stillman, Ryan Marsh, Nick Sgrecci, Rosie Peckham.

Left: Watkins Glen's Halle Phillips. Right: Horseheads' Emily Doyle, the tourney medalist.

Phillips, Elliott, Clark qualify for State Golf Tournament

HORSEHEADS, May 30 -- Two Watkins Glen golfers and one from Odessa-Montour qualified Thursday for berths on the Section IV team that will compete in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Golf Championships at the Delhi College Golf Course.

Watkins Glen junior Halle Phillips fired a 44-46-90 and teammate Hanley Elliott, an 8th grader, registered a 52-53-105 at Thursday's Section IV Tournament to make the team. Odessa-Montour 8th grader Gillian Clark also made the nine-member squad with a 49-56- 105.

Medalist for Thursday's tournament, held at the par-71 Soaring Eagles Golf Course, was Horseheads High's Emily Doyle, who fashioned a 76.

Horseheads posted the best team score with a 391, while Waverly was second at 417. Next came Watkins Glen at 441, followed by Lansing (468), O-M (478), Elmira (497), and Johnson City (497). Neither Marathon nor Moravia had enough players for a complete team score.

The Top 9 individuals who advance to the state tournament June 14-15 at Delhi are:

1. Emily Doyle (HHDS) 76
2. Halle Phillips (WG) 90
3. Capria Picco (Waverly) 90
4. Madalyn Owen (HHDS) 92
5. Jordan Raupers (Waverly) 103
6. Giovanni Lisi (Marathon) 104
7. Hanley Elliott (WG) 105
8. Gillian Clark (OM) 105
9. Lexie Stoyall (Moravia) 106

Alternates: Alex Tomasso of Waverly and Hailey Tetrault or Horseheads.

O-M Coach Greg Gavich said Clark "did a nice job bouncing back from a couple of bad holes on the back 9 to keep her round alive. Tenth place was a 107, so there wasn't much room to spare."

Other O-M scores were:

Catherine Rounds 113 (50 on the front-9)
Mikayla Curren 122
Gabby Fazzary 138.

"That's not too bad for us," said Gavich, "being the first time to field a full squad at the Sectional tournament and the first time our other three players ever played an 18-hole round."

Other Watkins Glen scores were:

Gabi Decker 122
Courtney Irwin 124
Megan Hoy 129
Cheyenne Stansfield 137

"They all did great and I am very proud of all of the girls," said Watkins Glen Coach Diane Wood.

Photos in text:

Top: Waverly's Madalyn Owen reacts after missing a putt.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott tees off on a par-3 hole.

O-M's Gillian Clark, left, and Waverly's Jordan Raupers line up their putts on No. 1

Left: WG's Hanley Elliott chips. Right: O-M's Gillian Clark tees off.

Watkins Glen's Halle Phillips chips onto a green as Horseheads' Emily Doyle watches.

From left: Watkins' Matt Gill on the podium; the Senecas' Lindsey Suddaby clears the bar; and Watkins' Steeplechase runner Shawn Rutledge (rear) runs a step back of O-M's Luke Eberhardt. Rutledge finished 10th, Eberhardt 15th. (Photos by Susan Bleiler)

Gill, Roberts place 3rd at State Qualifier

BINGHAMTON, May 30 -- Watkins Glen runner Matt Gill placed 3rd Thursday in the 1600 Meter Run and Odessa-Montour's Dana Roberts did likewise in the Pentathlon at the Section IV State Qualifier Track Meet at Binghamton's Alumni Field.

Gill finished in 4:32.74. Teammate Patrick Hazlitt was 10th in the same race in 4:42.44. The event was won by Susquehanna Valley's Richard Buchanan in 4:30.23, with James Felice of Owego second in 4:30.90.

Roberts amassed 2,404 points in the Pentathlon, a group of five events: the 100 Meter Hurdles, the Long Jump, the Shot Put, the 800 Meter Run and the High Jump. The event was won by Julia Knapp of Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton with 2,948 points, while Julie Nemcek of Windsor was second with 2,645.

Meanwhile, Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge was 10th in the Steeplechase, where he posted a personal best of 10:29.41. Watkins' Kevin Kernan was 14th in the 400 Hurdles with a personal best of 1:04.21.

Among the Watkins Glen girls:

-- Lindsey Suddaby tied for 6th place in the Pole Vault with a personal record of 9 feet.
--De'naja Blanchard was 5th in a semifinal heat of the 100 Meter Hurdles in 18.04, failing to reach the final.
--Maggie Bond was 23rd in the 1500 Meter Run in 5:29.33.
--Isobel Scheffey was 18th in the 400 Meter Dash in 1:05.42.

Among O-M athletes:

--Andy Fudala was 10th in the Pentathlon with a 2,149-point total.
--Hailie Searles was 11th in the Steeplechase in 8:17.76.
--April Dunn was 13th in the Steeplechase in 8:27.13.
--Sarah Simmons was 10th in the Discus with a throw of 87' 1".
--Luke Eberhardt was 15th in the Steeplechase in 11:09.61.
--Charles Sidle was 16th in the Long Jump with a leap of 16' 10.75".
--Bryce Elliott was 10th in the Discus with a throw of 116' 9".

Photo in text: Watkiins Glen's Maggie Bond competes in the 1500 Meter Run. (Photo by Susan Bleiler).

Left: O-M's Hailie Searles clears an obstacle in the Steeplechase. Right: O-M's Dana Roberts competes in the 100 Meter Hurdles, part of the Pentathlon. (Photos by Susan Bleiler).

From left: Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey in the 400, Kevin Kernan in the 400 Hurdles, and Patrick Hazlitt in the 1600. (Photos by Pamela Rutledge)

O-M's April Dunn negotiates the water jump in the Steeplechase. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

Glen golfers finish with win over O-M; Rekczis is medalist

WATKINS GLEN, May 29 --The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team closed the season with a 239-262 victory over intracounty rival Odessa-Montour Wednesday on the Watkins Glen Golf Course, with the Senecas' Keith Rekczis claiming medalist honors and the accompanying right to don a green jacket.

By tradition, the winner of the second meeting each golf season between the two schools temporarily dons a green jacket from the closet of WGHS junior varsity basketball and varsity softball coach Jim Scott. It is presented annually by WGHS varsity basketball coach John Fazzary at the conclusion of the match.

Rekczis -- who also was medalist in this match in 2013 -- fired a 3-over-par 39 Wednesday, finishing three strokes ahead of teammate Ryan Clark's 42.

Other Watkins scores included a 44 by Parker Pangallo, a 49 by Trentin Barber, and a 65 by Randy Layton.

O-M was led by Tyler Clark's 44. Other Odessa scores came from Noah Bruno (48), James Terry (53), Phil Humphries (58), and Jeremiah Holley (59).

Watkins Glen closed the season with an 8-5 record. Odessa-Montour finished 7-6.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Keith Rekczis wears the green jacket emblematic of the low scorer in the match. At left is WGHS varsity basketball coach John Fazzary. At right is WGHS varsity golf coach Rob Michel.

Bottom: Watkins' Parker Pangallo (left) and O-M's Noah Bruno.

Athletes of Week: Roberts, Clark, Gill

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 26 -- This week three students have earned Odessa File Athlete of the Week honors -- two in track and one in golf.

The golfer is Odessa-Montour's Tyler Clark, who shot an 83 in the IAC Tournament to win the individual Small Schools title. Next up: his squad will face Watkins Glen on Wednesday, with the low individual scorer donning a Masters-like green jacket.

O-M's Dana Roberts earns the nod for continuing her stellar track season by finishing first in the 200 at the Section IV, Class D tournament after being seeded fourth. She also finished third in the Long Jump, and fifth in both the 100 Hurdles and High Jump. Next up: She competes in the Pentathlon at the State Qualifier.

Watkins Glen's Matt Gill earns the honor at his school for finishing first in the 1600 Meter Run at the Section IV, Class C meet. He competes next in the State Qualifier, set for Thursday in Binghamton.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen track's Patrick Hazlitt, Shawn Rutledge, Taylor Kennard, De'naja Blanchard, Maggie Bond, Isobel Scheffey, Kevin Kernan and Lindsey Suddaby; O-M track's Sarah Simmons, April Dunn, Brittany Visscher, Hailie Searles, Andy Fudala, Charles Sidle, Bryce Elliott and Luke Eberhardt; Watkins Modified Softball's Mariah Gonzalez; and Watkins golf's Keith Rekczis, Mitch Mangus and Ryan Clark.

Honorable Mention: Another 22 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Odessa File Athlete of the Year at each school.

Watkins Glen's Katlyn Kernan keeps her eye on the ball as she starts her swing. She connected for one of her four hits.

Gonzalez no-hits O-M, 19-0

WATKINS GLEN, May 23 -- The Watkins Glen Modified Softball team -- behind the no-hit pitching of Mariah Gonzalez -- rolled past Odessa-Montour 19-0 Thursday in a game on the WGHS softball field.

The game was ended after five innings under the "mercy rule" that terminates a contest after five innings if one team is ahead by 15 or more runs.

Gonzalez allowed just two baserunners -- one hit by a pitch in the 2nd inning and one walked in the 5th inning. She struck out 11 batters.

Her catcher, Katlyn Kernan, and first baseman Emmie Bond led the Senecas' 18-hit attack, each going 4-for-4 with a double.

Other hits came from Cierra Barber (3-for-3), Alissa Lotz (2 hits), Mikenna Ayers (2 hits), and Kathryn Losey, Jazmin Shea and Amber Benjamin (1 apiece). Losey also walked, and she and Lotz each reached base when hit by a pitch. Gonzalez reached base four times on walks.

The Senecas scored the maximum allowable five runs in the 1st inning, five in the 2nd, four in the 3rd, and five in the 4th.

Photo in text: Mariah Gonzalez delivers a pitch.

Left: O-M second baseman Isabel Foote throws to first base after charging a ground ball.
Right:
Watkins Glen second baseman Jordan Barrett fires to first for a putout.

Left: O-M pitcher Katarina Minichello winds up. Right: Watkins Glen's Alissa Lotz races to first on an infield base hit.

Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond connects for one of her four hits.

Class C: Glen boys place 10th

Matt Gill wins 1600 Meter Run

GREENE, May 23 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity track team, led by Matt Gill's victory in the 1600 Meter race, finished in 10th place Thursday at the Section IV, Class C track and field tournament at Greene High School.

The Watkins Glen girls, meanwhile, finished in 16th place.

The boys earned 19 points. Among the top performers were:

--Gill (1st at 4:30.62 in the 1600)
--Patrick Hazlitt (5th in the 1600 with a personal record (PR) of 4:40.63)
--Kevin Kernan (a PR of 1:04.23 in the 400 Hurdles)
--Jacob Carocci (11th in the 800 in 2:12.23)
--Shawn Rutledge (6th in the 3200 with a PR of 10:28.93)
--Thomas Schmitt (9th in the Shot Put with a PR of 37'2")
--The 3200 Meter Relay team of Cameron Connelly, Brandon Pike, Rutledge and Sean Holland (7th in 10:15.7)
--The 1600 Meter Relay team of Hazlitt, Noah Wigmore, Kernan and Gill (9th in 3:51.95)
--Rutledge (earlier in the week) in the Steeplechase (3rd in 10:44.72).

"I was very proud of how we competed tonight," said Coach Kim Suddaby, "and of how the team cheered on their teammates."

Watkins Glen girls:

The Senecas finished in 16th place with 5 points. Top performances included:

100 Hurdles: De’naja Blanchard 7th place 17.72 (PR)
400 Meters: Isobel Scheffey 6th place 1:06.72
3000 Meters: Taylor Kennard 7th place 11:50
Discus: Lucy Craig 11th 74’01”
Pole Vault: Lindsey Suddaby 7th place 8’6”
Steeplechase: Taylor Kennard (Monday) 5th place 8:43.13

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Matt Gill stands atop the podium after winning the 1600 Meter race. Teammate Patrick Hazlitt, who finished fifth, is on the right. (Photo provided)

O-M's Noah Bruno chips onto a green at Soaring Eagles.

O-M's Clark tops Small School field at IAC golf tournament

HORSEHEADS, May 22 -- Odessa-Montour's Tyler Clark posted the best score among Small School golfers Wednesday at the annual Interscholastic Athletic Conference Tournament on the par-71 Soaring Eagles Golf Course.

Clark (pictured at right in a file photo) fired a 40-43=83 to win by two shots over Adam Brandstandt of Marathon. His round included a birdie on the par-4 eighth hole and seven pars.

"He had a pretty consistent round overall," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "The course was in great shape, and despite the rain was pretty firm, which meant he could get some more roll out of his tee ball, which definitely helped. He definitely stepped up his game today and it was a great time to do it."

Clark is the second O-M golfer to win medalist honors in three years. Matt Kautz did it in 2012.

O-M finished tied for fifth among Small Schools with a 515 total. In addition to Clark, Odessa scores included a 95 by Noah Bruno, a 101 by James Terry, a 115 by Phil Humphries, and a 121 by Jeremiah Holley.

Marathon won the Small Schools team title with a 450 total. It was followed by Tioga (470), Union Springs (483), Moravia (508), O-M (515), Southern Cayuga (515), Spencer-Van Etten (516), Groton (635), and Candor (incomplete with just three golfers).

Clark and Bruno were named IAC School Small South Division 1st Team All-Stars. Terry and Humphries were named to the 2nd team.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Tyler Clark. (File photo)

All eyes are on the ball as a Spencer-Van Etten golfer tees off.

Watkins 3rd at IAC tourney

HORSEHEADS, May 22 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team placed third among Large Schools Wednesday at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference tournament at Soaring Eagles, with three of its golfers placing among the top eight.

Mitch Mangus, Keith Rekczis and Ryan Clark each shot an 87 on the par-71 layout. Just five players finished ahead of them, Danny Lapp of Trumansburg leading the way with a 76. Notre Dame's Zach Brand was runnerup with a 78.

Notre Dame won the team title with a 434 total. Lansing finished second at 441, and Watkins Glen third at 458. Next came Trumansburg (471), Dryden (472), Whitney Point (499), Waverly (514), and Newark Valley (599).

In addition to its trio of 87s, Watkins Glen got a 92 from Parker Pangallo and a 105 from Trentin Barber.

"Overall I was pleased," said Watkins Glen Coach Rob Michel. "Our goal was to have everyone under 100, and we came close."

Mangus and Rekczis were named IAC Large School South Division 1st Team All-Stars.

Next up: Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour will meet May 28 at the Watkins Glen Golf Course to make up a postponed match -- with the annual presentation of a green jacket awaiting the medalist.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Mitch Mangus sends a chip shot on its way during the IAC Golf Tournament.

Class D track Sectionals:
O-M girls 3rd, boys 7th

MARATHON, May 22 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity track team -- led by Dana Roberts' 1st place finish in the 200 Meter Dash -- placed third among 27 schools competing Wednesday in the Section IV, Class D track and field tournament at Marathon High School.

Roberts (at right in a file photo), seeded fourth in the 200, won it with a time of 28.04. She also was third in the Long Jump with a leap of 14'3", fifth in the 100 Hurdles in 17.62, and fifth in the High Jump with a height of 4'8".

Odessa-Montour accumulated 47 points in the competition, trailing only Seton Catholic's 76 points and Milford's 61.

Other strong showings for O-M came from:

--Sarah Simmons, third in the Discus at 88'5";
--Brittany Visscher, third in the Pole Vault at 6'6";
--Hailie Searles, fourth in the 3000 in 12:00.76;
--The 4x800 Relay team of April Dunn, Hailie Searles, Callie Stillman and Taylor Rounds, sixth with a season-best time of 11:23.8;
--Rosie Peckham, seventh in the High Jump with a personal best of 4'6";
--Searles and Dunn, third and fourth, respectively in the Steeplechase competition held Monday in Binghamton.

Odessa-Montour boys 7th

The O-M boys earned 28 points, good for 7th place and just three points out of 5th place. Edmeston won the team title with 76 points, followed by Marathon's 65.

O-M's Andy Fudala placed third in the 110 Hurdles with a personal best of 18.49, and was fourth in the Pole Vault at 9'6".

Charles Sidle was fourth in the Long Jump at 18'10", while Bryce Elliott was fourth in the Discus at 117 feet. In addition, the 4x800 Relay team of Luke Eberhardt, Ryan Marsh, Nick Sgrecci and Cody Daugherty was fourth. Eberhardt also placed third Monday in the Steeplechase competition held in Binghamton.

Photo in text: O-M's Dana Roberts (File photo)

IAC 1st Team picks: Doane and Smith

WATKINS GLEN, May 21 -- Watkins Glen softball standout Jordan Doane and Watkins baseball standout John Smith have been named IAC Large School South Division First Team All-Stars in a vote of coaches.

Doane, a first baseman, led the softball team with a .478 batting average, an on-base percentage of .564, and a .696 slugging average.

Smith, a catcher, batted .314 for the baseball team with an on-base percentage of .351 and a .529 slugging average.

Second Team status went to the softball team's Alexis Naylor (who batted .362) and Taylor Hughey (.357). Honorable Mention went to Mikayla Elliott and Amanda Cherock.

Honorable Mention went to the baseball aquad's Brady Bond, Jared Carocci, Brendan Hunter and Adam Tuttle.

Modified Softball: Glen tops Newfield

NEWFIELD, May 21 -- The Watkins Glen Modified Softball team raised its season record to 5-2 Tuesday when it defeated Newfield 19-1 in a game on the Newfield softball field.

The game was ended after five innings under the "mercy rule" that terminates contests at that point if a team is ahead by 15 or more runs.

Watkins Glen scored five runs each in the 1st, 2nd and 4th innings, one run in the 3rd and three in the 5th.

Mariah Gonzalez went the distance on the mound for the Senecas, striking out 12 batters.

Watkins Glen was led on offense by Alissa Lotz, who had four hits (two of them doubles). Also delivering hits were Gonzalez (two, including a double), Emmie Bond (two with a double), Katlyn Kernan and Mikenna Ayers (two each), and Kathryn Losey, Amber Benjamin, Johanna VanEtten, Kendra Cornish and Nancy Jackson (one apiece).

Modified Softball: O-M falls to Waverly

ODESSA, May 21 -- The Odessa-Montour Modified Softball team lost Tuesday to Waverly, dropping a 19-0 decision on the O-M softball field.

The Indians managed just one hit, a double by Megan Jenkins. Waverly had nine hits.

"The girls are hitting the ball better," said O-M Coach Bill Lindsley, "but they went right back to the defense, where they were able to make putouts."

Watkins Glen's Katlyn Kernan lays down a bunt in front of the plate. She made it to first base safely for a hit, and later scored.

Modified Softball: Watkins tops O-M

ODESSA, May 20 -- The Watkins Glen Modified Softball team improved its season mark to 4-2 Monday when it defeated Odessa-Montour 23-6 in a game on the O-M softball field.

The contest was called after five innings under the "mercy rule" that terminates games at that point if a team is ahead by 15 or more runs.

Watkins Glen scored in every inning, with four runs in the 1st and 5th innings and the maximum of five runs each in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings. O-M scored four times in the 1st inning and once each in the 2nd and 3rd.

The Senecas registered 11 hits, with three by Mariah Gonzalez, two each by Brieanna Solomon and Amber Benjamin, and one apiece by Katlyn Kernan, Kathryn Losey, Alissa Lotz and Mikenna Ayers.

Odessa had two hits -- both by Emma Lodge.

Emmie Bond started on the mound for Watkins Glen and earned the victory. Gonzalez pitched the final two innings.

Watkins Glen returns to action today (Tuesday) at Newfield, and then hosts Odessa on Thursday.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen shortstop Kathryn Losey fields a grounder by O-M's Megan Jenkins (22) before throwing to first base.

Bottom: Odessa-Montour second baseman Isabel Foote prepares to throw to first base after fielding a grounder from the bat of Watkins Glen's Alissa Lotz (10).

Left: Watkins' Emmie Bond rips the ball, but pulls it foul. Right: The Senecas' third baseman, Alissa Lotz, throws home for a force out as shortstop Kathryn Losey backs up the play.

Left: O-M catcher Emma Lodge reaches high for a pitch. Right: Odessa pitcher Katarina Minichello throws to first base after fielding a ground ball.

3 from O-M advance to Qualifier

BINGHAMTON, May 20 -- Three Odessa-Montour track and field athletes qualified for the May 29 State Qualifier Track and Field Tournament in Binghamton based on results in Steeplechase and Pentathlon events Monday at Class D Sectional competition in Binghamton.

Hailie Searles finished third among girls in the Class D Steeplechase in 8:22.63, automatically advancing to the Qualifier. Similarly, Luke Eberhardt finished third in the boys' Steeplechase, advancing with a time of 11:22.27. In the Pentathlon, Andy Fudala advanced by finishing third with a 2097 point total.

The competition was part of the Section IV, Class D tournament that takes place Thursday in Greene.

Glen girls 3rd, O-M 4th in golf match

WATKINS GLEN, May 20 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team finished in third place behind Horseheads and Waverly Monday in a Section IV match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Odessa-Montour trailed all three schools as Horseheads posted a 202 total, Waverly 214, WG 223, and O-M 270.

Horseheads' Emily Doyle was medalist with a 37 that included eight pars and a bogey.

Watkins Glen was led by Halle Phillips' 44. Hanley Elliott shot a 56, Courtney Irwin 59, and Cheyenne Stansfield 64.

Gillian Clark paced O-M with a 53, while Mikayla Curren registered a 65, Catherine Rounds 75, and Gabby Fazzary 77.

Athletes of the Week: Roberts, Gill

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 19 -- Two familiar names top the list of athletes with outstanding performances this past week, and accordingly each earns Odessa File Athlete of the Week honors.

Dana Roberts is the honoree from Odessa-Montour after winning the IAC Pentathlon title and finishing second in the High Jump and fifth in the 200 at the two-day IAC Track and Field Championships at Dryden High School.

Matt Gill of Watkins Glen gets the nod for winning the 1600 Meter title at the IAC tournament and finishing second in the 3200 Meter race.

Double Honorable: O-M track and field's Sarah Simmons, Bryce Elliott and Luke Eberhardt, Watkins Glen track's Shawn Rutledge and Taylor Kennard, and Watkins Glen lacrosse's Justin Duane and Ian Chedzoy.

Honorable Mention: Another 44 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Star teams and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each school.

From left: O-M's Hailie Searles, Meagan Terry and Taylor Rounds.

O-M girls win Small Schools title at IAC Track tourney

Odessa boys place 4th as 2-day event concludes

DRYDEN, May 17 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity track team won its second straight league title Saturday when it captured first place among Small Schools at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships at Dryden High School.

The Indians finished with 109.50 points in the two-day tournament to outdistance runnerup Tioga, which had 91. They were followed in order by Spencer-Van Etten (65.50), Edison (53), Union Springs (51), Southern Cayuga (50), Newfield (45), Moravia (37), Candor (21), Groton (15) and Marathon (2). Elmira Notre Dame won the Large Schools crown with 172 points.

"The kids stepped up and performed," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster, whose squad also finished first during the regular season in the Small Schools South Division.

Posting two key finishes was Dana Roberts, who was second overall in the High Jump at 4'10", but first among Small School competitors. She was also fifth overall in the 200 Meters race, but second among Small School runners. Earlier in the week, she won the league Pentathlon event held at Waverly High School.

Sarah Simmons, who had finished third overall and first among Small Schools in the Discus on the meet's first day, Thursday, was fifth overall Saturday in the Shot Put at 27'8", and third among Small Schools.

The 4x400 Relay team of April Dunn, Maia Rumsey, Meagan Terry and Hailey Perraut was eighth overall but third among Small Schools. Terry posted a personal best of 1:07 while running the third leg of that race.

Hailie Searles finished eighth overall in the 3000 Meters but second among Small Schools. Other top-six Small Schools finishes were posted by Rumsey in the 200 (5th), Kailie Thomas in the Shot Put (5th), Rosie Peckham in the High Jump (6th), and Callie Stillman (5th) and Amy Fudala (6th) in the 400 Hurdles.

O-M boys place 4th in Small Schools

The Odessa-Montour boys varsity track team finished in fourth place among Small Schools Saturday at the IAC Championships at Dryden.

"I am really happy," said O-M Coach Skip Strobel. "Fourth place is great for such a young team. I am very proud of this group."

Tioga took the Small Schools title with 143 points, with Union Springs second with 120. They were followed by Marathon (58), O-M (44), Southern Cayuga (40), Newfield (39), Groton (30), Spencer-Van Etten (28), Moravia (25), Candor (15) and Edison (14).

Trumansburg won the Large Schools title with 163 points, followed by Lansing (90), Dryden (83), Newark Valley (71), Watkins Glen (49), Waverly (48), Notre Dame (41) and Whitney Point (4).

Among the O-M standouts were Andy Fudala (11th overall in the 400 Hurdles and 10th in the High Jump), Luke Eberhardt (11th in the 3200), Bryce Elliott, (4th in the Discus at 120'7", after finishing 7th Thursday in the Shot), Charles Sidle (8th overall and sixth among Small Schools in the Triple Jump after finishing 5th Thursday in the Long Jump) and Chad Sykes (6th among Small Schools in the 200).

Eberhardt was also fourth overall and first among Small School competitors on Monday in the Steeplechase held at Waverly High School.

Next up: The Class D Sectionals on Wednesday at Marathon.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Dana Roberts clears the bar in the High Jump.

Second: O-M's Sarah Simmons sends the Shot on its way. She placed 5th.

Third: The Indians' Bryce Elliott prepares to launch the Discus. He finished 4th.

Fourth: O-M's Charles Sidle in the 1600 Meter Relay.

O-M's Maia Rumsey in the 1600 Meter Relay.

From left: O-M's Andy Fudala, James Randolph and Luke Eberhardt.

Watkins runners (from left) Maggie Bond, Clara Chedzoy, Julia Reilly and Isobel Scheffey.

WG boys 5th, girls 7th at IAC

DRYDEN, May 17 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity track team finished fifth among Large Schools Saturday in the two-day Interscholastic Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships at Dryden High School.

Matt Gill led the squad by finishing second Saturday in the 3200 Meter Run in 9:52.14 after winning the 1600 Thursday. Teammate Shawn Rutledge was seventh in the 3200 and 14th in the 400 Hurdles.

Other notable performances Saturday included an 8th place by Kevin Kernan in the 400 Hurdles (1:06.07), a 12th place by Jacob Carocci in the 800 (2:11.90), and a 9th place by the 1600 Meter Relay team of Sean Holland, Kevin Kernan, Patrick Hazlitt and Matt Gill (3:56.63).

Watkins Glen girls take 7th place

The Watkins Glen girls varsity track team finished in seventh place among Large Schools Saturday at the two-day IAC Tournament.

Top individual performances Saturday were Taylor Kennard's 6th place in the 3000 in a time of 11:49.43, and Maggie Bond's 9th place in the same race in 12:16.64 (after finishing 12th on Thursday in the 1600).

Other notable performances Saturday included a 14th place by Joelle Slater in the 400 Hurdles, a 14th place by Clara Chedzoy in the 800 Meter Run, a 10th place by the 1600 Meter Relay team of Julia Reilly, Amanda Grinolds, Sam Gill and Isobel Scheffey, and a 15th place by Claire McManus in the Triple Jump.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Kevin Kernan, left, takes a handoff from Sean Holland in the 1600 Relay.
Bottom: The Senecas' Sam Gill hits her stride after taking the handoff from Amanda Grinolds in the 1600 Relay.

Left: Watkins Glen's Sam Shea clears a hurdle in the 400 Meter Hurdles. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kennard on the way to 6th place in the 3000.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jacob Carocci at start of the 800 Meter Run.
Right: The Senecas's Clara Chedzoy competes in the 800.

From left: Watkins Glen's Matt Gill, Ireland VanBrocklin and Shawn Rutledge.

From left: Watkins Glen's Lindsey Suddaby, Caitlin Connelly and Juliette Barbay.

Watkins Glen's Cheyenne Stansfield watches her tee shot on No. 7.

WG girls fall to Waverly

Top O-M; Wolverines' Raupers notches hole-in-one

WATKINS GLEN, May 16 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team defeated Odessa-Montour but lost to Waverly Thursday in a three-team Section IV match on the Watkins Glen Golf Course that was highlighted by a hole-in-one.

The ace was struck by Waverly's Jordan Raupers (right) on the par-3 fifth hole -- a high shot that landed at the front of the green, bounced once and then swept to the right and into the hole.

"It's the first hole-in-one we've ever had in our program," said Waverly Coach Pete Girolamo. "We've never even had close to one."

Girolamo said Raupers didn't see the ball go in, because she had reached down to retrieve her tee. When everyone started yelling, she realized what she had done, and got a big hug from her coach.

Raupers, a senior, is the top player on the Waverly squad, having competed last year at the State tournament. Her round Thursday was a team-best 46 on the par-36 WGGC layout as the Wolverines posted a 198 total. Teammate Alex Tomasso fired a 49.

Watkins Glen registered a 231 total, led by 8th grader Hanley Elliott's 49. Halle Phillips shot 51, while Cheyenne Stansfield notched a 62 and Megan Hoy a 69. Senior Emily Doppel, who posted a 71, was honored at a Senior Night ceremony. She is the lone senior on the team.

Odessa-Montour finished with a 251 total. The Indians were led by Gillian Clark's 51. Catherine Rounds shot a 64, Mikayla Curren a 66, and Gabby Fazzary a 70.

Photo in text: Waverly's Jordan Raupers smiles after retrieving her ball from the cup at No. 5. (Photo by Diane Wood)

From left: Watkins Glen's Emily Doppel and Hanley Elliott, and O-M's Gillian Clark.
(Photo on left provided)

Some strong showings for WG at IACs

DRYDEN, May 16 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Matt Gill finished first Thusday in the 1600 Meter Run on the first day of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships at Dryden High School.

"There was a dramatic headwind that made racing difficult," said Watkins Glen Coach Andy Chouinard. "The girls and boys teams competed very well despite this."

The top six places are awarded a ribbon and a spot on the podium. Highlights from Thursday:

100 Hurdles:
De'naja Blanchard - 17.77 (5th)

Pole Vault:
Lindsey Suddaby - 8'6 (7th)

1600 Meters:
Matt Gill - 4:33.24 (1st)
Patrick Hazlitt - 4:46.25 (6th)

4x800 Relay:
Cameron Connelly, Brandon Pike, Shawn Rutledge and Jacob Carocci 10:03.81 (6th)

The meet is scheduled to conclude this afternoon (Friday).

O-M girls lead Small Schools at IACs

DRYDEN, May 16 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity track team took the lead in the Small Schools Division Thursday in the first day of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships at Dryden High School.

The Indians were ahead of runnerup Tioga 64-52 after strong showings in several events. Among them:

--Dana Roberts was third overall in the Long Jump (15' 1.75").

--The 4x800 Relay team of Hailie Searles, April Dunn, Callie Stillman and Taylor Rounds was 6th overall at 11:39.62.

--Sarah Simmons was third overall in the Discus at 86'07".

With the 200, the 400 Hurdles, the 800, the 3000, the 4x400 Relay, the Shot Put and the High Jump ahead today, O-M Coach Burton Brewster saw the possiblity of a close race between his squad and Tioga.

Odessa-Montour Boys:

The first day of competition at the IAC Track and Field Championships saw the O-M boys post some strong finishes. Among them:

Shot Put:
Bryce Elliott, 40' 0.5" (7th)

Long Jump:
Charles Sidle, 19' 3.1" (5th)

High Jump:
Andy Fudala, 5'2" (10th)

Rekczis falls short in try for States

ITHACA, May 16 -- Watkins Glen High School junior Keith Rekczis came up short Thursday in his attempt to earn a spot in the New York State Public High School Athletic Associaton Golf Championships.

Rekczis, competing with almost four dozen golfers on Cornell University's Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, fired a 50-45--95 on the par-70 layout, finishing outside the top 20 golfers (and ties) who advanced to a final Saturday round.

The top nine finishers Saturday will qualify for the Section IV squad that will compete at States. Rekczis made that team in his sophomore year, winning the final spot through a three-player playoff.

"He practiced well on Wednesday," said Watkins Glen Coach Rob Michel, "and he was putting well today on the practice green. But when he got out there ... it was very frustrating."

Next up for Rekczis and his Watkins Glen teammates is the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Tournament at Soaring Eagles Golf Course on Wednesday.

On Wednesday: The Watkins squad, without Rekczis, defeated Candor 228-297, but fell eight strokes short of the 40-over-par 220 it needed to qualify for next week's Section IV team tournament. Mitch Mangus led the Senecas with a 38.

Watkins Modified Softball falls, 15-8

WATKINS GLEN, May 16 -- The Watkins Glen Modified Softball team lost 15-8 to Waverly Thursday in a game on the Watkins Glen High School softball field.

The Senecas amassed 19 hits, all singles, but they weren't enough. Katlyn Kernan, Emmie Bond and Kathryn Losey had three hits each, while Taylor Kelly, Mariah Gonzalez, Alissa Lotz and Brieanna Solomon had 2 apiece, and Jazmin Shea and Mikenna Ayers 1 each.

The Senecas led 6-5 in the 2nd inning, but Waverly pulled ahead 10-8 in the 4th and added five runs in the 6th.

Gonzalez went the distance on the mound for Watkins, striking out nine batters.

O-M golfers top S-VE, improve to 7-5

WATKINS GLEN, May 15 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team raised its season mark to 7-5 Wednesday when it defeated Spencer-Van Etten 249-256 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Tyler Clark led the Indians with a 43, while Noah Bruno shot 45, James Terry 51, Phil Humphries 52 and Jeremiah Holley 58.

"It wasn't our best score," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "but the wind kicked up, making things a bit trickier today."

The Indians will return to action next Wednesday in the IAC Tournament at the Soaring Eagles Golf Course.

Watkins Glen's Ian Chedzoy (12) shoots. He scored on the play. (Photo by Kent Duane)

Watkins lacrosse team posts 1st win

ELMIRA, May 14 -- The first-year Watkins Glen varsity lacrosse team -- led by Justin Duane's four goals and Ian Chedzoy's three -- registered its first victory Tuesday, defeating the Elmira Express junior varsity 7-4 in a game on the road.

The Senecas put 27 shots on goal, and won 10 of 13 face offs. Duane, in addition to his four goals, assisted on one of Chedzoy's. Also assisting on one goal each were Matt Estes and Lucas Wickham.

Left: Watkins Glen's Justin Duane (in blue) moves in on goal. Moments later, he scored.
Right: The Senecas' Austin Dalrymple works his way around an Elmira defender.
(Photos by Kent Duane)

The inaugural Watkins Glen varsity lacrosse team. (Photo by Brett Chedzoy)

 

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