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Tourney champs

The Schuyler County 11- and 12-year-old Little League players (pictured above) participated in the Penn Yan Youth Baseball Tournament on July 7 and 8. The team won all three games to take the tourney title. The other teams in attendance were Penn Yan, Dundee and Prattsburgh. (Photo provided)

Left: Athlete of the Year honorees Sage Garrison and Andy Fudala. Right: Sportsmanship Award recipients Dasia Herrmann and Nick Sgrecci. (Photos provided)

O-M Athletes of Year: Garrison, Fudala

ODESSA, June 14 -- Sage Garrison and Andy Fudala were named the Odessa-Montour High School Athletes of the Year Monday evening at the annual Sports Awards Banquet at O-M.

Garrison was a three-sport standout in basketball, track and soccer (where she established new career marks for goals and points). Fudala was a three-sport standout in soccer, swimming (a Section IV champion in the Breaststroke), and track (where he set new school Pole Vault and Pentathlon records).

The Harold Lynch Athlete of the Year honor goes each year to male and female seniors.

The prestigious Charles Martin Memorial Sportsmanship Award, meanwhile, went to Dasia Herrmann and Nick Sgrecci. The latter also won the Gerald Crosley Track Award.

Bill Lindsley, coach of the wrestling and softball squads, received the O-M Coach of the Year Award.

Other special honors: Jon Andrews won the Jim Anagnost Memorial Award; Isabel Foote won the Leon B. Williams Jr. Memorial Cheerleading award; Kara Harris was named Booster of the Year, and Alberta Donahue was named Fan of the Year.

MVP and Outstanding Athlete Awards, along with Most Improved and assorted other honors, were also presented in the year's many various sports.

Photo in text: O-M Coach of the Year Bill Lindsley (Photo provided)

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Fudala 8th in Hurdles, 21st in Pole Vault

ENDICOTT, June 10 -- Odessa-Montour High School senior Andy Fudala -- who qualified for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Track and Field Championships in two events -- placed 8th in one and 21st in the other.

Fudala was 8th among Division 2 competitors in the 110 Meter Hurdles Saturday, the second of two days of events at Union-Endicott High School. He posted a time of 16.06 after qualifying for the finals Friday with a time of 15.72.

He finished 21st in the Pole Vault on Friday, clearing the bar at 12 feet, 6 inches, well below his season best (and school record) of 14 feet.

Hazlitt, Fudala are the File's 2017 Schuyler Spring MVPs

SCHUYLER COUNTY, June 5 -- This spring the sports achievements of note in our county have come largely from track and field -- and accordingly, The Odessa File Schuyler Spring MVPs come from that sport.

Two standouts -- one from Watkins Glen High School and one from Odessa-Montour -- garnered most of the headlines because they were continually winning and often setting records in the process.

They are Patrick Hazlitt of WGHS and Andy Fudala of O-M, two young men who achieved success in the same sport, but on different paths.

Hazlitt, who was also our Schuyler Fall MVP for leading his school’s cross country team to State and Federation titles, excelled this spring as a mid-distance runner, specializing in the 400 and 800 Meter Runs while also winning early in the season at 3200 Meters. He has made States this year for the third time, competing in the 800 (for which he set a school record) after visits to States in Cross Country and Indoor Track.

Fudala won with regularity in the 110 Meter Hurdles and the Pole Vault, and excelled in the Long Jump and 400 Meter Hurdles. And he won the IAC Pentathlon, breaking his own school record in the process. He set a school record and then broke it in the Pole Vault, and qualified for States in both the 110 Meter Hurdles and Pole Vault.

The bottom line is this: Each has excelled in extraordinary ways in track and field, setting school standards of impressive scope -- and each has earned the Spring MVP honor.

Photos in text: Andy Fudala in the 110 Meter Hurdles, and Patrick Hazlitt in the 800.

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Odessa File All-Schuyler Spring All-Stars

First Team:

Patrick Hazlitt -- WG track & field -- MVP
Andy Fudala -- OM track & field -- MVP
Zach Elliott -- OM track & field
Grace Vondracek -- OM softball
Shawn Rutledge -- WG track & field
Joe Chedzoy -- WG lacrosse
Hanley Elliott -- WG golf
Ryan Clark -- WG golf
Gillian Clark -- OM golf
Nadia Simpson -- OM track & field
Gabe Planty -- WG track & field
Josh Updyke -- Seneca Indians baseball

Second Team:

Aaron Planty -- WG track & field
Katlyn Kernan -- WG softball
Dylan Morse -- WG tennis
Kennedey Heichel -- OM track & field
Jaylin Rumsey -- OM track & field
Breeana Bentley -- OM softball
Heidi Casselberry -- OM softball
Jackson Dunham -- WG lacrosse
Dalton Cummings -- WG lacrosse
Curtis Harris -- OM tennis
Sam Hanley -- WG golf
Hannah Bruno -- OM track & field
Gabi Decker -- WG golf
Sean Kelly -- Seneca Indians baseball

Third Team:

Nick Sgrecci -- OM track & field
Casen Weeden -- WG track & field
Dasia Herrmann -- OM softball
Dylan Platon -- WG lacrosse
Jake Kelly -- WG lacrosse
Alec Betts -- OM track & field
Haley Dean -- WG track & field
Noah Brewster -- OM track & field
Jacob Zimmer -- OM track & field
Caleb Thomas -- Seneca Indians baseball
Jacob Carocci -- WG golf
Kai Sutterby -- WG track & field
Allison Gibson -- WG track & field
Hailey Perraut -- OM track & field
Paden Grover -- OM track & field
Jeremiah Lynch -- OM track & field
Trevor Dunn -- OM track & field
Casey Underdown -- OM track & field
Derrick Lewis -- Seneca Indians baseball
Isobel Scheffey -- WG track & field
Jena Slater -- WG track & field
Julya Slater -- WG track & field
Cierra Barber -- WG softball
Kathryn Losey -- WG softball
Megan Jenkins -- OM softball
Brienna Solomon -- WG softball

Honorable Mention:

Avery Watson (WG lacrosse), Johnny Neidermaier (Seneca Indians baseball), Isabel Foote (OM softball), Lydia Lynch (OM softball), Alyssa Crout (OM softball), Sage Garrison (OM track), Alex Grady (Seneca Indians baseball), Eric Rumsey (OM track & field), Andy Hartford (OM track & field), Austin Voorheis (Seneca Indians baseball), Catherine Rounds (OM golf), Daniel Paradiso (WG track & field), Sean Holland (WG track & field), Max Schimizzi (WG golf), Cameron Connelly (WG track & field), Nate Wickham (WG tennis), Isaac McIlroy (Seneca Indians baseball), Michael Doane (Seneca Indians baseball), Claudia Parker (WG softball), Kelsey Kernan (WG softball), Courtney Irwin (WG golf), Kaitlyn Valla (WG lacrosse), Ali LaMoreaux (WG tennis), Tim Clifford (WG tennis), Alex Gibson (WG golf), Patrick Bannon (WG golf).

Fudala qualifies for States in 2 events

VESTAL, June 1 -- Odessa-Montour High School senior Andy Fudala reached the New York State Track and Field Championships in two events at the State Qualifier Thursday at Vestal High School: the 110 Meter Hurdles and the Pole Vault.

And he set school records in both events.

Fudala won the Hurdles with a time of 15.44 (fat, or fully automatic timing) -- which broke the old school record held by Tom Iorio. The old record was a 15.3 hand-timed, which is a 15.54 fat.

Fudala placed third overall in the Pole Vault and second in Division 2 (small schools), but hit the state standard needed for advancement by a runnerup. His vault of 14 feet set a new school mark, breaking his old record of 13' 6".

Among other O-M athletes at the Qualifier:

--Nadia Simpson placed 6th in the 100 Meter Dash in personal best of 12.97
--Kennedey Heichel was 22nd in the 400 Meter Hurdles in 1:14.84 and 12th in the Pole Vault with a leap of 8 feet
--Jaylin Rumsey was 13th in the Shot Put with a toss of 30' 4.5" and 15th in the Discus with a throw of 87' 2"
--Hannah Bruno was 14th in the Long Jump at 14' 5.75"
--Zach Elliott was 4th in the Discus at 139' 10"
--Paden Grover was 14th in the High Jump at 5' 6"

Photo in text: O-M's Andy Fudala (File photo)

A couple of podium finishes for Senecas

VESTAL, June 1 -- Two members of the Watkins Glen High School varsity track team made it to the podium Thursday at the second day of the State Qualifier track and field meet at Vestal High School.

The lone team member to advance to next week's State Tournament was Patrick Hazlitt, who won the 800 Meter Run Wednesday.

Putting in strong showings Thursday were Gabe Planty, fourth in the 3200 Meter Run (third among Division 2 runners) at 9:50.15, and Shawn Rutledge, fourth overall and 2nd in Division 2 in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase at 10:19.63.

Among other Watkins Glen finishes:

--Julya Slater was 15th in the 2000 Meter Steeplechase in 8:41.07
--Kai Sutterby was 21st in the 1500 Meter Run in 5:22.54
--Jena Slater was 14th in the Pole Vault at 7' 6"
--Aaron Planty was 14th in the 1600 Meter Run in 4:48.11

WG's Hazlitt wins 800, advances to States

ENDICOTT, May 31 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Patrick Hazlitt won the 800 Meter Run Wednesday on the first day of the two-day State Qualifier at Union-Endicott High School, thus advancing to the State Tournament next week in Endicott.

Only the top finisher in each race at Wednesday's event advanced, although a second competitor could if he or she met an automatic qualifying time. Hazlitt posted a time of 1:55.

Two other Watkins Glen athletes were scheduled to compete Wednesday. One of them, Isobel Scheffey, failed to place in either the 100 Meter or 200 Meter runs. The other, Gabe Planty, saw his event, the 3200 Meter Run, postponed a day by poor weather.

The second day will be held at Vestal High School, with several Watkins Glen competitors in addition to Planty: Shawn Rutledge and Julya Slater in the Steeplechase, Aaron Planty in the 1600 Meter Run, Jena Slater in the Pole Vault, and the 4x400 Relay team of Hazlitt, the two Plantys and Casen Weeden.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt (File photo)

From left: Watkins Glen's Madeline Parker tracks down a foul pop fly, which she caught; Amanda Wilbur fouls off a pitch; and shortstop Adrie Solomon throws to second base after fielding a grounder.

WG modified softball team closes with win

WATKINS GLEN, June 1 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team finished its season on a winning note Thursday, defeating Waverly 4-2 in a game on the WGHS softball field.

The contest, a defensive battle, saw the Senecas manage five hits -- a single each by five different players.

"Our girls played magnificent defense led by Maggie Rhoads and Adrie Solomon, our shortstop and second base combination," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "And Hayley Cornish made a great catch in center field in the seventh inning, preventing a home run."

Watkins Glen opened the scoring with a run in the 4th inning, fell behind 2-1 in the top of the 5th, and then scored three times in the bottom of the 5th to complete the scoring.

The win gave the Senecas a final record of 4-5, the nine games falling far short of an originally scheduled 14 games. Most of the shortfall came courtesy of weather postponements.

"This is a great team that I have had the privilege of coaching," Diliberto said. "I would like to thank Deanna Rhoads for keeping our book, Dave Wilbur for working the scoreboard, Charlene Watson for helping me coach the team, Steven Cinelli, our batboy, and all the parents and guardians for their support."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen starter Hayley Cornish delivers a pitch. Natalie Edmister also pitched for the Senecas.

Athletes of the Week: Elliott and Clark

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 28 -- This week we honor as Odessa File Athletes of the Week two female golfers who qualified, as they have in years past, for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Girls Golf Championship.

Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott shot a 93 on a miserable, rainy day at Soaring Eagles Golf Course in Horseheads to place sixth, while Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark shot a 96 to place ninth as the nine-player field that will represent Section IV was determined. Each has been to States three times before.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen golfers Ryan Clark and Gabi Decker; Watkins Glen track's Shawn Rutledge, Patrick Hazlitt and Gabe Planty; and Odessa-Montour track's Andy Fudala.

Honorable Mention: Another 11 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, a Male and Female Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

The nine golfers who qualified for States: from left, Emily Cunningham (Horseheads), Chloe Callahan (Horseheads), Gillian Clark (Odessa-Montour), Gabby Picco (Waverly), Hanley Elliott (Watkins Glen), Sidney Tomasso (Waverly), Gianna Picco (Waverly), Alex Tomasso (Waverly) and Capria Picco (Waverly). (Photo provided)

O-M's Clark, WG's Elliott reach States

HORSEHEADS, May 26 -- Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark and Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott finished in the top nine at Thursday's rain-plagued girls Section IV Golf Tournament at Soaring Eagles Golf Course, and thus advanced to the State Tournament.

This marks the fourth straight year that both golfers have qualified for States. Clark shot a 96 to secure the 9th position. Elliott shot a 93, good for 6th place. Watkins Glen's Gabi Decker took one of the two State alternate positions by finishing 11th with a 100.

"Gillian played a great 16 holes and then struggled the last two," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "but the top 9 is good enough.

"It was tough with the rain," he added, "and with a 90-minute delay, but the girls did a great job grinding through the conditions."

Waverly won the team title while Watkins Glen was third and Odessa-Montour fourth -- "our best showing ever," said Gavich.

Waverly won the team title with a 362 total. Horseheads was second at 402, followed by Watkins Glen (423), O-M (458), Corning (470), Elmira (517), Marathon (519), Lansing (529) and Moravia (666).

Scoring for O-M in addition to Clark were Catherine Rounds (111), Eliza Starkweather (120), and Gabby Fazzary (131).

Scoring for Watkins Glen in addition to Elliott and Decker were Courtney Irwin (112) and Meghan Hayes (118).

The medalist was Emily Cunningham of Horseheads with an 87. Caprio Picco of Waverly was second with an 89, followed by Alex Tomasso of Waverly (90), Gianna Picco of Waverly (91), Sidney Tomasso of Waverly (92), WG's Hanley Elliott (93), Waverly's Gabby Picco (94), Horseheads' Chloe Callahan (95), and O-M's Gillian Clark (96).

The State Tournament will be held from Friday, June 2 through Sunday, June 4 at the Bethpage state Park Yellow Course in Farmingdale. A practice round will be held Friday, with the first round Saturday and the second round Sunday.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott chips to the third green.
Middle: Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark tees off on No. 4.
Bottom: The O-M team poses. From left, Catherine Rounds, Jackie Vincent, Gillian Clark, Gabby Fazzary and Eliza Starkweather. (Photo provided)

Left: O-M's Jackie Vincent under an umbrella. Right: Watkins Glen's Courtney Irwin hits an approach shot on No. 3.

Odessa-Montour's Catherine Rounds chips from off the green on No. 4.

Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott tries to stay dry before the start of Thursday's sectional competition at the Soaring Eagles Golf Course. She advanced to States by placing 6th.

Watkins Glen's Gabi Decker reacts as her putt on No. 3 nears the hole. It went in.

Left: Watkins' Casen Weeden, right, hands off the baton to Patrick Hazlitt in the 4x400. Right: The Senecas' Haley Dean receives the baton from Jena Slater in the 4x400.

Glen sends several on to State Qualifier

TRUMANSBURG, May 26 -- Several Watkins Glen High School track and field athletes advanced Thursday at the Section IV, Class C meet to next week's State Qualifier at Union-Endicott and Vestal.

Wins on the Trumansburg athletic field were posted by Shawn Rutledge in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase (10:11.06), Patrick Hazlitt in the 800 Meter Run (a stadium record, 1:56.21)), and Gabe Planty in the 3200 Meter Run (9:57.67). Also advancing were Aaron Planty, second in the 1600 Meter Run (4:42.22), and the 4x400 Relay third-place team of the Planty boys, Hazlitt and Casen Weeden (3:44.80).

On the girls' side, Julya Slater moved ahead with a second-place finish in the 2000 Meter Steeplechase (8:28.48).

The top three in each event automatically moved on to the Qualifier.

Other podium performances included fifth-place finishes by Rutledge in the 3200 Meter Run (10:34.37), Kai Sutterby in the 800 Meter Run (2:33.83), and the 4x400 Relay team of Isobel Scheffey, Sutterby, Jena Slater and Haley Dean (4:38.95).

Trumansburg won the boys team title with 148 points, well ahead of runnerup Sidney's 59. Watkins Glen was sixth (46 points) among 15 schools.

Lansing won the girls team title with 160 points, while Newark Valley was second (89). Watkins Glen was 13th (12 points) among the 15 competing schools.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty crosses the finish line first in the 3200 Meter Run.
Bottom: Watkins' Isobel Scheffey, left, and Kai Sutterby after their relay team finished fifth in the 4x400.

Left: Watkins' Shawn Rutledge on the way to victory in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase. Right: The Senecas' Julya Slater on the way to second place in the 2000 Meter Steeplechase. (Both photos by Pamela Rutledge)

Watkins Glen's Ryan Clark blasts from the sand onto a green at Soaring Eagles.

IAC Golf Championship: WG boys 2nd

HORSEHEADS, May 25 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team finished second Wednesday among Large Schools at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Golf Championship at the par-71 Soaring Eagles Golf Course.

Dryden won the team title with a 453 total, with Watkins Glen next at 468. They were followed by Lansing (470), Whitney Point (479), Newark Valley (496), Notre Dame (524), Trumansburg and Whitney Point.

Ryan Clark led the Senecas with an 87, while Patrick Bannon shot a 90, Sam Hanley 91, Max Schimizzi 99, Jacob Carocci 101, and Alex Gibson 108.

Tioga won the Small Schools team title with a 463 total, well ahead of runnerup Marathon (481). They were followed by Edison (505), Union Springs (518), Spencer-Van Etten (535), Groton (536), Moravia (584), Southern Cayuga (595), Odessa-Montour (608) and Candor (incomplete).

Trey McCarty led O-M with a 117, while Tyler Saunders shot 118 and Jon Andrews 119.

All-Stars: Watkins Glen's Ryan Clark, Jacob Carocci and Sam Hanley were named to the IAC Large School South Division All-Star First Team, while Patrick Bannon made the Second Team. The picks were based on stroke averages during the season in matchups with other Large School competitors.

Academic All-Stars: Watkins Glen's Alex Gibson and Jacob Carocci were named to the academic team, based on a grade-point average of 90 or above throughout their 4-year high school careers.

Photos in text:

Top:
O-M's Trey McCarty chips to the green at No. 18.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Sam Hanley tees off during Wednesday's IAC tourney.

O-M boys 3rd, girls 4th at Class D meet

MARATHON, May 25 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity track and field team placed third Wednesday at the Section IV, Class D meet at Marathon.

Unatego won the meet, with Union Springs second and O-M third among 28 teams competing.

The Indians' Andy Fudala (pictured at right) won the Pole Vault (13 feet), and was second in the 110 Meter Hurdles (16.11). Zach Elliott was second in both the Shot Put (46' 6") and the Discus (133'6").

Paden Grover took third place in the High Jump (5' 8"), while fourth places went to Jake Zimmer in the 100 Meter Dash (12.01), Jeremiah Lynch in the Pole Vault (10' 6"), and the 4x100 Relay team of Preston Harris, Fudala, Zimmer and Noah Angle (47.42).

The 4x800 Relay team of Noah Brewster, Trevor Dunn, Nick Sgrecci and Alec Betts finished sixth (8:58.28).

Girls Meet:

Odessa-Montour finished fourth among 28 schools. Delaware Academy won the meet, followed by Seton Catholic, Unadilla Valley and O-M. Among the top O-M finishes:

--Jaylin Rumsey placed third in both the Shot Put (30' 6.5") and Discus (89' 3").
--Kennedey Heichel was second in the Pole Vault (8' 6") and third in the 400 Meter Hurdles (1:14.41).
--Nadia Simpson was third in the 100 Meter Dash (13.27).
--Hannah Bruno was sixth in both the Long Jump (14' 4.75") and Triple Jump (31' 3.5").
--The 4x100 Relay team of Heichel, Simpson, Bruno and Hunter Daugherty was fourth (53.74).

The top three in each event move on to the State Qualifier next week at Union-Endicott and Vestal.

Photo in text: O-M's Andy Fudala (File photo)

Watkins boys 5th at modified track meet

MARATHON, May 24 -- The Watkins Glen boys modified track team placed 5th among 15 teams Tuesday at a Junior High Track & Field Invitational. It was Watkins Glen's final modified meet of the year.

Trumansburg won the boys competition with 143 points. The Senecas were fifth with 72.

The Senecas' Max Evans won three 8th grade events: the 400 Meter Run (58.50), the 800 (2:21.14) and the High Jump (5' 6"). Jordan Avery was first in the 8th Grade 200 Meter Run (27.70) and second in the 100 Meter Dash (13.38). Nick Wilston was second among 8th graders in the Long Jump (14' 8").

Ben Swinnerton was second in the 7th Grade 55 Meter Hurdles (11.44) and third in the 1500 Meter Run (5:41.88).

In the girls' competition, Trumansburg won with 163 points. Watkins Glen was 13th with 19 points.

The Senecas' Briana Hayes was first in the 8th Grade Long Jump (12' 7") and fourth in the Triple Jump (24' 10"). Kayla Palmer was fifth in the 7th Grade Shot Put (21' 5.25").

Watkins Glen's Natalie Edmister delivers a pitch to a Newfield batter.

Glen modified softball team wins, 17-2

WATKINS GLEN, May 24 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team improved its record to 3-5 Tuesday when it defeated Newfield 17-2 in a game on the WGHS softball field.

The Senecas scored in every inning, closing out the game in the 5th inning under the "mercy rule" that ends games when one team leads by 15 or more runs after five or more innings.

Watkins Glen scored twice in the 1st inning, and followed that with five runs in the 2nd, four in the 3rd, four in the 4th, and two in the 5th. Newfield scored single runs in the 4th and 5th innings.

Hayley Cornish pitched the first three innings for Watkins Glen, and Natalie Edmister pitched the final two innings. Together, they struck out seven batters. Madeline Parker caught.

The Senecas had 13 hits. Amanda Wilbur and Parker each had three of them -- a double and two singles by Wilbur, and two triples and a single by Parker. Cammi McCarty had a double and a single, Adrie Solomon had two singles, and Ava VanDusen a double, Maggie Rhoads a single, and Cornish a single. VanDusen was also hit by a pitch three times, the last time with the bases loaded in the 5th inning, forcing in the game-ending run.

"Our girls came out ready to play from the first inning," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "They played real sharp!"

The Senecas return to action Thursday at Newark Valley.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Cammi McCarty connects for a double to left field.

Left: Watkins shortstop Adrie Solomon fires to first after fielding a grounder backhanded. The batter was out. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Wilbur rips a double to center field.

Left: Watkins Glen third baseman Ava VanDusen fields a ground ball. Right: The Senecas' Madeline Parker connects for a triple.

Golf: Watkins Glen boys 7th at sectionals

MARATHON, May 23 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team placed seventh Monday at the Section IV, Class C tournament held on a rainy day at the Maple Hill Golf Club.

Ryan Clark led the Senecas with an 88. Patrick Bannon added a 94, and Jacob Carocci a 99. Other scores: Sam Hanley 102, Alex Gibson 105, and Max Schimizzi 109.

Chenango Forks won the team title with a 426 total, while Sidney was second at 432. Then came Dryden (446), Tioga (471), Lansing (473), Chenango Valley (481), Watkins Glen (488), and Edison (512).

Nic Whittaker of Lansing was medalest with a 75 on the par-70 course.

The Senecas return to action Wednesday in the IAC Golf Championship at Soaring Eagles Golf Course near Horseheads.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Ryan Clark (File photo)

Meet showcases freshmen, sophomores; Watkins Glen girls 2nd, O-M girls 3rd

TRUMANSBURG, May 23 -- Freshmen and sophomores from high schools around the area competed Monday in the annual Future Stars track-and-field meet at Trumansburg High School.

Trumansburg won the boys team title with 79 points, with Newark Valley second (71), Lansing third (69.5) and Odessa-Montour fourth (62). Watkins Glen was eighth (26).

Newark Valley won the girls team title with 120 points, with Watkins Glen second (63) and O-M third (59).

Other schools represented included the Interscholastic Athletic Conference's Union Springs, Moravia, Southern Cayuga, Tioga, Newfield, Groton and Spencer-Van Etten.

Odessa-Montour girls: Wins were posted by Kennedey Heichel in the 400 Hurdles (1:14.2) and the Pole Vault (8 feet), and by Hannah Bruno in the Long Jump (14' 10"). Bruno was also fourth in the High Jump (4' 4") and third in the 800 Meter Run (2:43.6). Mckennah Lott was third in the Pole Vault (7 feet). Hannah Chapman was second in the High Jump (4' 6"). Hunter Daugherty was fourth in the 100 Meter Hurdles (18.9) and sixth in the 400 Meter Hurdles (1:23.5). Heichel was sixth in the 100 Meter Dash (13.7).

Odessa-Montour boys: Preston Harris won the Long Jump (18' 5"). Dylan Houseknect (31' 9.5") and Eric Rumsey (30' 11.5") were third and fourth in the Shot Put. Rumsey was also third in the Discus (96'). Paden Grover was second in the High Jump (5' 2").

Watkins Glen girls: Julya Slater won the Steeple (8:43.3). Kai Sutterby won the 800 Meter Run (2:32.8). Allison Gibson was second in the Long Jump (14' 8.5"), second in the High Jump (4' 6") and fourth in the 100 Meter Dash (13.6). Haley Dean was fourth in the Long Jump (13' 5.5"), sixth in the 200 Meters (29.3) and third in the 400 Meters (1:07.8). Jena Slater was second in the Pole Vault (7' 6"). The 4x400 Relay team of Dean, Gibson, Jena Slater and Kai Sutterby was second (4:37.5).

Watkins Glen boys: Casen Weeden won the Shot Put (38' 3") and was second in the Discus (99' 8"). Devon Roth was sixth in the Discus (86' 5").

Left: Watkins Glen pitcher Hayley Cornish throws to first base after fielding a grounder. Right: The Senecas' Adrie Solomon fires to first after grabbing a ground ball.

Glen modified softball team falls, 15-11

WATKINS GLEN, May 23 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team's record slipped to 2-5 Monday when the Senecas dropped a 15-11 decision to Newark Valley in a game on the WGHS softball field.

Watkins Glen totaled 13 hits, including three by Madeline Parker (a triple and two singles), two each by Hayley Cornish (a single and a double) and Adrie Solomon (two singles), and one apiece by six other players: Amanda Wilbur (a double), Natalie Edmister (a double), and Cammi McCarty, Ava VanDusen, Maggie Rhoads and Gwen Reynolds (a single each).

Cornish started on the mound for the Senecas, followed by Edmister. Parker caught.

"Newark Valley played consistent and steady," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "Our girls came alive in the second half of the game."

The Senecas return to action today (Tuesday) at home against Newfield.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Madeline Parker catches a throw to the plate that arrived too late to prevent a Newark Valley run.

Bottom: The Senecas' Amanda Wilbur fires the ball to the infield after fielding a Newark Valley hit.

Athletes of Week: 3 from IAC track meet

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 22, 2017 -- This week The Odessa File honors as Athletes of the Week three athletes who excelled in Interscholastic Athletic Conference postseason track-and-field competitions.

Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge earns one of the nods for winning the 3,000 Meter Steeplechase in a stiff wind and then placing third in the 3200 Meter Run during the one-day IAC meet at Trumansburg -- condensed from two days by inclement weather.

Odessa-Montour's Zach Elliott earns a nod after dominating the Discus and Shot Put, winning both events at the IAC meet.

And O-M's Andy Fudala is honored for winning the 110 Meter Hurdles and, earlier in the week, winning the IAC Pentathlon event held at his home school. He was also second in the Pole Vault at Trumansburg, qualifying for the State meet in that event.

Double Honorable: O-M track's Nadia Simpson, Hannah Bruno and Jaylin Rumsey; Watkins Glen track's Patrick Hazlitt and Gabe Planty; Watkins Glen golfer Hanley Elliott; O-M golfer Gillian Clark; and O-M softball's Grace Vondracek.

Honorable Mention: Another 27 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

The Odessa-Montour girls varsity track-and-field team -- IAC Small Schools champion. (Photo by Melinda Brewster)

IACs: O-M girls win Small Schools title

TRUMANSBURG, May 20 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity track team -- which was 3-2 during the regular season -- rose to the occasion Friday, winning the Small Schools championship at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet at Trumansburg High School.

The Indians posted a score of 108 points to finish ahead of Spencer-Van Etten (93), Tioga (63) and the other small-division schools.

Among the O-M finishes was a 2nd place by Nadia Simpson in the 100 Meter Dash (13.01), a 5th by Simpson in the 200, a 3rd by Hannah Bruno in the Long Jump with a personal record of 15'3" (the best leap among small-school competitors), an 8th by Bruno in the Triple Jump, a 3rd by Jaylin Rumsey in the Discus (84' 10") and a 4th by Rumsey in the Shot Put (29'11"), a 3rd by the 4x100 Relay team of Kennedey Heichel, Simpson, Bruno and Hunter Daugherty, and a 4th by Heichel in the Pole Vault with a personal record of 8'6". Heichel was also 7th in the 400 Meter Hurdles and 8th in the 100 Meter Hurdles.

"We had a lot of important thirds, fourths and fifths ," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster. "We came together as a team."

Photo in text: O-M's Jaylin Rumsey on the way to 4th place in the Shot Put.

IACs: O-M's Elliott, Fudala post wins

TRUMANSBURG, May 20 -- Odessa-Montour's Zach Elliott won both the Discus and Shot Put and the Indians' Andy Fudala won the 110 Meter Hurdles Friday at the annual Interscholastic Athletic Conference Track and Field Meet at Trumansburg High School.

The O-M boys finished third among Small Schools, scoring 83 points, behind Union Springs' 113 and Tioga's 104.

Elliott won the Shot Put with a throw of 45' 6.5" and the Discus with a distance of 136' 10". Fudala won the 110 Meter Hurdles in 15.60.

Fudala was also 2nd in the Pole Vault at 13'6". And he was 2nd in the 400 Meter Hurdles.

Meanwhile, Jacob Zimmer was 5th in the Pole Vault at 10', and the 4x800 Relay team of Alec Betts, Trevor Dunn, Nick Sgrecci and Noah Brewster was 5th in 8:59.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Andy Fudala on the way to first place in the 110 Meter Hurdles.
Bottom: Odessa's Zach Elliott prepares to throw the disc. He won the event, along with the Shot Put competition. (Photo by George Rutledge)

Left: O-M's Kennedey Heichel pole vaults. She placed fourth. Right: The Indians' Jeremiah Lynch at start of the 400 Meter Run.

Left: O-M's Noah Brewster in the 4x800 Relay. Right: The Indians' Nadia Simpson, left, and Hannah Bruno.

Left: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty en route to victory in the 3200. Right: The Senecas' Patrick Hazlitt on the way to victory in the 800. (Both photos by George Rutledge)

IACs: Rutledge, Hazlitt, Gabe Planty win

TRUMANSBURG, May 20 -- The Watkins Glen varsity track-and-field teams competed Friday in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Track Championships at Trumansburg High School -- with the boys posting three race victories.

While neither the boys nor girls teams finished in the top three among the Large Schools, there were some notable individual performances.

Boys:

--The Senecas got a first place from Shawn Rutledge in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase (10:14.30) and a 5th from Daniel Paradiso in 11:06.20.
--Patrick Hazlitt won the 800 Meter Run in 2:03.21 after he had lost his footing and fallen while slightly ahead near the end of the 400. He finished 17th in that earlier race.
--Gabe Planty won the 3200 Meter Run in 9:54.99. Rutledge was 3rd in 10:20.02.
--Aaron Planty finished 2nd in the 1600 Meter Run in 4:42.12. Sean Holland was 10th in 4:56.80.
--Casen Weeden was 5th in the Shot Put at 38' 8.25" and 6th in the Discus at 111' 6".

Girls:

Among the girls' finishes:

--Julya Slater was 7th in the 2000 Meter Steeplechase in 8:51.40.
--Haley Dean was 13th in the 400 Meter Run, 9th in the 400 Meter Hurdles and 16th in the Long Jump.
--Isobel Scheffey was 7th in the 100 Meter Dash (13.40) and 11th in the 200 (28.16).
--Kai Sutterby was 8th in the 800 Meter Run.
--Allison Gibson was 15th in the Long Jump.
--Jena Slater was 9th in the Pole Vault (8'0").

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge passes throught the water pit on the way to victory in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase.

Bottom: The Senecas' Haley Dean soars in the Long Jump.

Watkins Glen's Allie Gibson competes in the High Jump at the IAC tournament.

Left: Watkins Glen's Casen Weeden competes in the Discus. He placed fifth. Right: The Senecas' Isobel Scheffey, left, and Haley Dean.

The IAC tourney's top 10. Standing from left are Gianna Picco, Gabby Picco, Gillian Clark, Hanley Elliott, Gabi Decker, Elizabeth Dawson and Courtney Irwin. Front from left: Sydney Tomasso, Capria Picco and Alex Tomasso. (Photos provided)

Girls Golf: Glen 2nd, O-M 3rd at IACs

WAVERLY, May 20 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team finished second and the Odessa-Montour team third among seven teams Friday at the annual Interscholastic Athletic Conference Tournament at Tomasso's Golf Course in Waverly.

Waverly had the top five golfers and took first place with a 342 total on the par-69 course, while Watkins Glen was second at 419, and Odessa-Montour third at 449 -- followed by Marathon (455), Lansing (476), Spencer-Van Etten (540) and Moravia (603). Newark Valley and Trumansburg were represented, but neither one had a complete team.

Hanley Elliott led Watkins Glen with a 93, seventh best score of the day. Gabi Decker (97) was eighth, and Courtney Irwin (103) tenth. Meghan Hayes rounded out the Seneca scoring with a 126.

Gillian Clark led Odessa-Montour with a 92, good for 6th place on the day. Teammate Catherine Rounds shot a 105, while Gabby Fazzary was at 115 and Eliza Starkweather at 137. Medalist was Waverly's Alex Tomasso with an 84.

"It was a good showing for us," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "It's our best finish ever as a team" in the IAC tourney.

The top 10 golfers -- including O-M's Clark and WG's Elliott, Decker and Irwin -- received medals. There were about 50 golfers competing.

Next up: The sectional tournament, set for Thursday at Soaring Eagles Golf Course in Horseheads. Play starts at 9 a.m.

Note: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott was named an IAC All-Star for having one of the top seven stroke averages in the conference.

Photos in text:

Top: From left, Watkins Glen's Courtney Irwin, Gabi Decker and Hanley Elliott. Each finished in the Top 10.
Bottom: The Odessa-Montour team poses. (Photos provided)

Watkins modified softball team falls

WATKINS GLEN, May 20 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team dropped an 11-7 decision Friday to Tioga on the WGHS softball field.

The Senecas (2-4) registered eight hits -- two doubles by Madeline Parker, a double by Hayley Cornish, and singles by Natalie Edmister, Amanda Wilbur, Ava VanDusen, Maggie Rhoads and Adrie Solomon. Cornish and Edmister pitched.

"Our girls played a terrific game right to the bottom of the 7th with the bases loaded," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "These girls never give up and always have each other's back. Their sportsmanship is outstanding!"

Watkins Glen returns to action Monday at home against Newark Valley.

O-M softball team falls in sectionals

TIOGA CENTER, May 19 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team ended its season Thursday with a 6-4 Section IV, Class C opening-round loss to Tioga on the Tioga softball field.

The Indians, down early 2-0, went ahead with three runs in the 5th inning and one in the top of the 6th, but Tioga scored four runs in the bottom of the 6th and closed out the win by holding O-M scoreless in the 7th.

Tioga registered 12 hits in the game while making one error. Odessa (9-7) notched six hits, and also made one error.

Two of the Odessa hits came from Grace Vondracek (2-for-4 with a triple and 3 RBIs). Four other players had one hit apiece: Isabel Foote (1-for-3 with a walk), Dasia Herrmann (1-for-4 with a run scored), Lydia Lynch (1-for-3), and Dezirae Minnier (1-for-3 with an RBI). Heidi Casselberry drew two walks, and Megan Jenkins one.

Vondracek went the distance on the mound for O-M, allowing five earned runs while striking out six batters and walking none.

"It was a heck of a game," said O-M Coach Bill Lindsley. "Tioga had a couple of hits that we couldn't quite get to" in the decisive 6th inning. "But we played hard."

The season he said, was "a very good one. We started slow, but when we came together as a team, we played solid ball. Our goal was to make sectionals, and we did -- and almost won the first game" in the tournament.

Photo in text: O-M's Grace Vondracek (File photo)

Glen's Clark misses cut at state qualifier

ITHACA, May 19 -- Watkins Glen golf standout Ryan Clark fell short of the cut Thursday on the first day of the Section IV state qualifier at the par-71 Robert Trent Jones golf course at Cornell University.

The top 21 scores advanced to Saturday's second day of competition, where the field will be pared to a nine-player squad that will represent the section in the state tournament.

Clark "had a rough day" on a course with "dry, fast greens," said Watkins Glen Coach Rob Michel. Clark shot a 49-44=93, well shy of the 85 cutoff. He started on the 14th hole in a shotgun start.

The leader after the first day was Susquehanna Valley's D.J. Griffiths with a 72.

Next up for Watkins Glen golfers is the sectional team tournament Monday at Marathon, followed by the IAC Golf Championships Wednesday at Soaring Eagles Golf Course, Horseheads.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Ryan Clark (File photo)

Glen lacrosse team falls to Seton, 12-9

BINGHAMTON, May 19 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team dropped a 12-9 decision Thursday in a road game at Seton Catholic.

Goals for the Senecas came from Dylan Platon (3), Dalton Cummings and Jackson Dunham (2 each), and Joe Chedzoy and Ethan Voorheis (1 apiece). Dunham led the team in assists with three.

Chedzoy won 11 of 18 faceoffs, and led in ground balls with 16. Kaitlyn Valla made 12 saves in goal for the Senecas.

Golf: Watkins Glen girls defeat Elmira

WATKINS GLEN, May 17 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team improved its head-to-head record to 22-10 Tuesday by defeating Elmira 192-244 in a match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

The Senecas were led by Hanley Elliott's 40. Other scores included Courtney Irwin's 47, a 48 by Gabi Decker, and a 57 by Meghan Hayes.

Exchange student Moeko Oshima of Japan played for the first time this season as part of the six-player scoring field for Watkins, finishing fifth with a 62. She had been playing exhibition matches all season.

"She's improved a lot this year," said Watkins Glen Coach Chris Clark. "I wish we could extend her stay another year." Moeko will return home this summer after having spent the school year at WGHS.

Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Moeko Oshima chips to the green on No. 9.

Golf: O-M girls 2nd in 5-team match

ITHACA, May 17 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity golf team -- led by Catherine Rounds' 48 -- finished second Tuesday among five teams competing on the par-36 back-9 at the Hillendale Golf Course, O-M's home course.

Waverly won with a 174 total, while O-M registered a 219, followed by Lansing (249), Newark Valley (270) and Spencer-Van Etten (285).

Other scores for O-M: Gillian Clark 49, Gabby Fazzary 55, and Jackie Vincent 67.

O-M softball team edges Marathon, 8-7

MORAVIA, May 17 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team never trailed in a tight Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game Tuesday in which it defeated Marathon 8-7.

Grace Vondracek went the distance on the mound for O-M, allowing two earned runs on eight hits while striking out 17 batters and walking two.

Odessa, now 9-6 heading into a Section IV, Class C Tournament game Thursday at Tioga, led 1-0, 5-1, 6-4 and 7-6 before Marathon tied the game 7-7 in the 5th inning. O-M responded by scoring what proved to be the winning run in the 6th.

Odessa registered 12 hits, including three by Breeana Bentley (3-for-4 with 2 RBIs) and two by Heidi Casselberry (2-for-4 with a run scored) and Vondracek (2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI).

Notching one hit each were Isabel Foote (1-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI), Dasia Herrmann (1-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI), Megan Jenkins (1-for-4), Lydia Lynch (1-for-4 with a run scored), and Kaylee Dudgeon (1-for-4 with a run scored).

Fudala sets new school pentathlon mark

ODESSA, May 16 -- Odessa-Montour senior Andy Fudala broke his own school record in the Pentathlon Monday by winning the event at the annual gathering of Interscholastic Athletic Conference pentathletes on the O-M athletic field.

Fudala won the event with 2,979 points, breaking his year-old mark of 2,880 points. He was well ahead of runnerup Lance Jensen of Candor, who amassed 2,614 points. Third place went to Jon Jackson of Union Springs (2,543).

The field consisted of 13 competitors. Union Springs had three entrants, while Candor, Newark Valley and Edison had two each. O-M, Waverly, Moravia and Newfield had one apiece.

Fudala topped the field in the 110 Meter Hurdles and was second in the Long Jump, the Shot Put and the 800 Meter Run. He was tied for fifth in the High Jump.

Photo in text: O-M's Andy Fudala (File photo)

Golf: Glen boys fall to Newark Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, May 16 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team dropped its second match of the season Monday, falling to Newark Valley 228-230 in a key Interscholastic Athletic Conference divisional road match.

Both Watkins losses have come at the hands of NV, which is now 11-2 and closed the season unbeaten in IAC Large School South Division play at 6-0. Watkins Glen finished at 12-2 and 4-2.

Jacob Carocci led the Senecas with a 42 on the par-36 nine at The Farms. Ryan Clark shot a 43, Max Schimizzi 47, Sam Hanley 48, and Patrick Bannon 50.

Next up: Clark will play Thursday in the medalist tourney at Cornell University that serves as a state qualifier. The top 20 golfers and ties advance to Saturday. The top nine after that day will represent Section IV in the state tournament.

Golf: O-M girls 3rd in match at Corning

CORNING, May 16 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity golf team placed third in a three-team match Monday on the par-37 front-9 at the Corning Country Club.

Horseheads won with a 204 total, while Corning shot 229 and O-M 239.

Gillian Clark led the Indians with a 50, while Catherine Rounds shot 58.

Odessa returns to action today (Tuesday) at home (the Hillendale Golf Course) against Lansing, Spencer-Van Etten, Waverly and Newark Valley.

Watkins modified softball team wins

ODESSA, May 16 -- The Watkins Glen modified softball team improved its record to 2-3 Monday by defeating Odessa-Montour 19-13 in a game on the O-M softball field.

The Senecas totaled 13 hits, all singles, with three each by Madeline Parker, Amanda Wilbur and Natalie Edmister, two by Emilie Rhoads, and one each by Madeline Williams and Adrie Solomon.

Solomon and Edmister shared pitching duties, striking out a total of five batters.

"It was a very exciting game," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "Both teams played very well."

Watkins returns to action at home on Wednesday against Spencer-Van Etten.

Athletes of the Week: Hazlitt, Simpson

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 15 -- Two track standouts are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt earns the nod for his school-record-shattering win in the 800 Meter Run at the Fast Times Invitational in Corning. He posted a 1:54.88, far below the school mark he set last year of 1:57.03.

Odessa-Montour's Nadia Simpson also earned this week's honor for wins in the 100 Meter and 200 Meter Dashes at both the Groton Invitational (where she was Track MVP) and at an IAC divisional meet.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen tracksters Gabe Planty and Shawn Rutledge; O-M track's Andy Fudala, Jacob Zimmer, Zach Elliott and Jaylin Rumsey; Watkins Glen golfers Hanley Elliott and Ryan Clark; and WG/OM baseball's Josh Updyke.

Honorable Mention: Another 37 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

O-M softball team sectional opener is set

ODESSA, May 15 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team will play at Tioga at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18, in a Section IV, Class C Tournament first-round game.

The Indians, who barely missed Sectionals last year, have amassed an 8-6 record this season that included a six-game winning streak.

They are seeded No. 11 in the tournament.

O-M tennis wrapup: IACs and sectionals

ODESSA, May 15 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team has completed its season and postseason, and Coach Rich Paradisin has weighed in with a summary.

Says Paradisin:

"The Odessa-Montour tennis team finished with a 3-4 record this year. This is the most wins in at least 7 years.

"In IAC's:

"Curtis Harris (1st singles) made it the farthest (the semifinals) with a win over Zach Root (TAE), 6-2, 6-3, but he lost the semifinal match to Zoli Csaki (Lansing), 6-0, 6-1, and he lost in the consolation match to Jack Kaffenberger (Elmira Notre Dame), 6-3, 6-2.

"Odessa-Montour also had wins by singles player Andy Doan, and by doubles teams of Mitch Scata-Rhys Stermer, Noah Austin-DeShawn Johnson, and Bronwyn Stermer-Nakiaha Robinson in the dovetails (9-game pro set), but they all lost in the quarterfinals. Billy Tague and Cameron Adams were in the main draw, but lost in the quarterfinals as well.

"In sectionals:

"In singles, Cameron Adams lost to the 2nd seed, 6-0, 6-0. Curtis Harris defeated Jared Justin (Moravia), 6-1, 6-0. Curtis also defeated Derek Tsang (Notre Dame), 6-0, 6-2. He lost in the semifinals to Zoli Csaki (Lansing), 6-0, 6-2.

"In doubles, Mitch Scata and Billy Tague lost to Nate Wickham-Clint Craven (Watkins Glen), 7-5, 7-5. Noah Austin and Andy Doan lost to Desnoes/Coates (Lansing,) 6-2, 6-4.

"Overall, Odessa-Montour had a total of 19 points in sectionals, which placed the team in a third-place tie (out of 10 teams) with Waverly behind first-place Lansing and second-place Elmira Notre Dame."

Photo in text: O-M's Curtis Harris (File photo)

Hazlitt wins 800 with new school record

CORNING, May 13 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Patrick Hazlitt won the 800 Meter Run Friday at the Fast Times Invitational at Corning Stadium, setting a new school record in the process.

Hazlitt, who set the 800 school record last year at 1:57.03, finished Friday in 1:54.88. The new mark, said WGHS Athletic Director Rod Weeden, is also the fastest 800 time posted to date this season on the running website Milesplit for the state of New York.

Among other Watkins boys:

--Freshman Gabe Planty posted a personal best while finishing second in the 1600 Meter race in 4:27.89. The time qualified him to compete in Nationals in June.

--The boys 4x400 Relay squad of Gabe Planty, Casen Weeden, Sean Holland and Patrick Hazlitt took 6th place in 3:50.25.

Meanwhile: "It was a shame," said Weeden, "that Shawn Rutledge got hurt in gym class this week, as he was the Number 1 seed in the 3000 Steeplechase, expected to set a new meet record." Teammate Dan Paradiso ran the Steeplechase, placing 6th in a time of 11:21.54.

On the girls' side:

--7th grader Julya Slater placed 5th in the 2000 Steeplechase with her personal best of 8:46.8. "We will be looking for great things from this young lady," said Weeden.

--Isobel Scheffey took 4th in the 100 Meter Dash with a time of 13.56 and 6th in the 200 Meters with a personal best of 28.7.

--Kai Sutterby took 6th in the 800 Meter Run with a time of 2:33.86

--Jena Slater placed 5th in the Pole Vault with a height of 7'6"

--Allison Gibson placed 4th in the Long Jump at 14' 1.75" and 4th in the High Jump at 4' 6"

--The 4x100 Relay team of Isobel Scheffey, Allison Gibson, Haley Dean and Jena Slater finished 5th in a time of 56.55.

Photos in text:

Top: Patrick Hazlitt on the way to his 800 win. (Photo by George Rutledge)
Bottom: Watkins' Kai Sutterby, who was 6th at 800 Meters. (Photo by Aran Holland)

Left: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty qualified for Nationals in the 1600.
Right:
The Senecas' Haley Dean. (Both photos by George Rutledge)

Pike earns Class C Player of Year honor

WATKINS GLEN, May 12 -- Watkins Glen High School varsity basketball standout Amanda Pike has been named the Class C Girls Basketball Player of the Year by the New York State Sportwriters Association.

Pike, who led her team to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class C state championship, tops the list of All-State basketball players unveiled by the Sportswriters group on May 11.

She was earlier named The Odessa File Schuyler Winter MVP, an award given to an athlete who excels among those in all winter sports.

Also making the All-State list from Watkins Glen were Mariah Gonzalez on the 4th Team and point guard Hannah Morse on the 7th team.

Gillian Clark was the lone representative from Odessa-Montour, which finished 21st in the state in Class C. She made the 9th Team.

South Seneca, ranked third in Class C, saw MacKenzie Kenyon make the 2nd Team, Emily Lavarnway on the 6th Team, and Kelsey Shaulis an Honorable Mention.

In Class D, Newfield's Mariyah Byrd was a 2nd Team pick, and in Class B, Waverly's Elle Nittinger made the 8th Team while Alex Tomasso was Honorable Mention.

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Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike goes up for a jump shot. (File photo)

O-M track teams excel at Groton meet

GROTON, May 13 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity track teams competed Saturday at the annual Groton Invitational.

The boys posted three first-place finishes, and on the girls' side, Nadia Simpson was named track MVP.

The meet had no team scoring.

Boys Meet: First-place finishes were posted by O-M's Andy Fudala in the 110 Meter Hurdles in 16.55, from Jacob Zimmer in the 100 Meter Dash in 12.0, and from Zach Elliott in the Discus at 125' 8".

Other strong finishes included:

--4x800 Relay: O-M third in 8:54.10 (Trevor Dunn, Nick Sgrecci, Alec Betts, Noah Brewster)
--400 Meter Hurdles: Sgrecci 5th in 1:06.09.
--4x100 Relay: O-M second in 47.44 (Fudala, Noah Angle, Zimmer, Preston Harris)
--Pole Vault: Fudala second at 13 feet.
--Long Jump: Harris fourth at 17' 5"

Girls Meet: Nadia Simpson won the 100 Meter and 200 Meter races, earning her the tourney's Track MVP honor.

Also winning was Jaylin Rumsey, first in the Discus and second in the Shot Put.

Personal records were set by Jacy Knapp in the 400 Meter Run, Victoria Burnham in the 100 Meter Hurdles, Casey Underdown while placing fourth in the 1500 Meter Run, and Leah Overhiser in the Discus.

Golf: Glen girls defeat Elmira at Twain

HORSEHEADS, May 13 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team improved its head-to-head record to 21-10 Friday with a 212-267 victory over Elmira in a match on the Mark Twain Golf Course's par-36 back-9.

Hanley Elliott led the Senecas with a 46 on a course that Coach Chris Clark said played "a little difficult." Gabi Decker added a 53, while Courtney Irwin shot 54 and Alexis Atchie registered a 59.

Watkins Glen returns to action Tuesday at home against Elmira and Trumansburg, and then plays in the 18-hole Interscholastic Athletic Conference tournament Friday at Tomasso's golf course in Waverly.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott was the match medalist.

Golf: O-M boys register their 2nd win

CATATONK, May 13 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team improved to 2-10 Friday when it defeated an incomplete Candor squad on the Catatonk golf course's par-36 front-9.

The Indians totaled 307, led by Jon Andrews' season-low 51. Tyler Saunders and Trey McCarty each recorded a 58. Candor had only one golfer.

Watkins lacrosse team loses to Dryden

DRYDEN, May 13 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team fell 16-3 Friday to Dryden in a game on the Dryden athletic field.

Joe Chedzoy scored two goals for the Senecas, and Dylan Platon had one. Jackson Dunham registered the team's lone assist.

Chedzoy won 9 of 15 face-offs, and led the team in ground balls with 12. Kaitlyn Valla made five saves in goal.

Glen modified softball team falls, 8-7

WAVERLY, May 13 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team's record slipped to 1-3 Friday when the Senecas dropped an 8-7 decision to Waverly in a game on the Waverly softball field.

Watkins Glen produced 12 hits. Natalie Edmister and Madeline Parker each had two singles and a double, while Amanda Wilbur and Hayley Cornish each had two singles. Maggie Rhoads and Adrie Solomon registered a single apiece.

"Our girls played a fabulous game against a tough Waverly team," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto.

The Senecas return to action Monday at Odessa-Montour.

Golf: Glen girls 2nd; Elliott is medalist

WAVERLY, May 12 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team -- led by Hanley Elliott's career-best 37 -- finished second Thursday in a five-team match on the Tomasso golf course's par-34 back-9.

Elliott's total was the day's lowest, and helped to propel the Senecas to a season-low 190. Waverly finished first with 174, while Marathon shot 216, Corning 222 and Odessa-Montour 229.

Other scores for Watkins Glen included Gabi Decker's 47, a 50 by Courtney Irwin and a 56 by Alexis Atchie.

Catherine Rounds led O-M with a 54, while Gabby Fazzary shot 55, Gillian Clark 59, and Jackie Vincent 61.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott, the day's medalist with a 37. (File photo)

O-M softball team tops S. Cayuga, 6-4

AURORA, May 12 -- The Watkins Glen varsity softball team improved its record to 8-6 Thursday by defeating Southern Cayuga 6-4 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the SC softball field.

The Indians never trailed in this game, scoring single runs in the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 6th innings, and two runs in the 5th. Southern Cayuga scored single runs in the 1st, 4th, 6th and 7th innings.

O-M registered 11 hits, three of them by Heidi Casselberry (3-for-4 with a triple, a run scored and an RBI) and two each by Dasia Herrmann (2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI) and Isabel Foote (2-for-5 with a double and a run scored).

Other hits came from Breanna Bentley (1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI), Alyssa Crout (1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and 2 RBIs), Kaylee Dudgeon (1-for-4), and Dezirae Minnier (1-for-4 with a run scored).

Grace Vondracek went the distance on the mound for Odessa, striking out nine batters while allowing nine hits. She didn't yield any walks.

The Indians are scheduled to play Tuesday at Marathon. Game time is 4 p.m.

The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team's seniors were honored Thursday in a Senior Night ceremony. Kneeling from left: Sam Hanley and Alex Gibson. Standing from left: Jacob Carocci, Max Schimizzi, Ezra Evans and Ryan Clark.

Golf: Watkins Glen boys top Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, May 12 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team improved its record to 13-1 with a 216-230 victory Thursday over Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference divisional match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Ryan Clark led the Senecas with a 38 while Sam Hanley shot 41, Jacob Carocci 43, Max Schimizzi 46, Alex Gibson 48, and Ezra Evans 52. Those five golfers constitute the team's corps of six seniors, all honored after the match in a Senior Night ceremony with pizza and cake.

The 216 total was Watkins Glen's season-best. Waverly also had a season-low with its 230.

The Senecas return to action Monday at Newark Valley, which handed Watkins its lone defeat in the second match of the year.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen lefty Ryan Clark tees off on No. 3.

Left: Watkins Glen's Max Schimizzi reacts as a putt just misses. Right: The Senecas' Sam Hanley sends a putt on its way.

Left: Watkins' Jacob Carocci chips on the first hole. Right: The Senecas' Alex Gibson.

Seneca Indians rally, but fall short, 8-6

MORAVIA, May 12 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team rallied Thursday, cutting a six-run deficit to three, but fell short of Moravia, 8-6, in an Interscholasatic Athletic Conference game on the Moravia baseball field.

The Seneca Indians, a combined team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour High School athletes, fell to 7-11 with the loss, their fifth straight.

WG/OM scored once in the 1st inning and twice in the 3rd for a 3-1 lead, but four runs by Moravia in the bottom of the 3rd and three runs in the 5th put the Seneca Indians down 8-3. They rallied with three runs in the 6th, but came up empty in the 7th.

Each team had 10 hits, with Alex Grady, Caleb Thomas and Josh Updyke registering two each for the Indians. Grady and Updyke drove in two runs apiece, and Thomas one.

Austin Voorheis and Derrick Lewis each pitched three innings for WG/OM, striking out five batters between them.

Seneca Indians lose to Lansing, 4-2

LANSING, May 11 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team lost its fourth straight game Wednesday, falling to Lansing 4-2 in the completion of an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game suspended on April 19.

The loss dropped the Seneca Indians' record to 7-10 heading into a game today (Thursday) at Moravia. Starting time is 4:30 p.m.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour High School athletes -- led 2-1 entering the 5th inning, when Lansing knotted the score 2-2. The Bobcats then scored twice in the 6th for a 4-2 lead and held off WG/OM in the 7th.

The Seneca Indians had six hits to Lansing's five, and committed the game's lone error. Two of its hits came from Josh Updyke (2-for-3), who also pitched the entire game, striking out seven batters and walking four. He had one of his team's RBIs, and Isaac McIlroy had the other.

Other hits came from Derrick Lewis (1-for-3), Johnny Neidermaier (1-for-2 with a double, a walk and a run scored), Ben Matthews (1-for-2) and Sean Kelly (1-for-3). Updyke and Kelly each had a stolen base.

Golf: Watkins boys defeat Notre Dame

WATKINS GLEN, May 11 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team improved to 11-1 Wednesday with a 221-247 Interscholastic Athletic Conference divisional victory over Elmira Notre Dame on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Ryan Clark led the Senecas with a 40, while Sam Hanley posted a 41, Jacob Carocci 46, Alex Gibson 47, and Patrick Bannon 47.

The team returns to action today (Thursday) at home against Waverly. The Senecas' seniors will be honored in a Senior Night ceremony.

Note: The IAC Tournament at Soaring Eagles is Wednesday, May 24. The Class C team sectionals, for which Watkins qualified early in the season, is on May 22 at the Maple Hill golf course in Marathon.

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Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Jacob Carocci tees off Wednesday against Notre Dame.

Golf: O-M boys fall to S-VE, top Candor

ITHACA, May 11 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team split two matches Wednesday, falling to Spencer-Van Etten while defeating an incomplete Candor team in Interscholastic Athletic Conference competition on the Hillendale Golf Course par-35 back-9.

O-M, now 1-10, totaled 301 strokes. S-VE won with a 264 total, while Candor had just two golfers.

O-M was led by Tyler Saunders, Trey McCarty and Jon Andrews, each of whom shot a 56. S-VE's Telly Heidl was medalist with a 44.

Odessa returns to action Friday on the road against Candor.

Left: Seneca Indians' second baseman Isaac McIlroy fields a grounder. Right: The Indians' Derrick Lewis sends a fly ball toward right field. It was caught in foul territory.

Seneca Indians lose to Notre Dame, 8-4

ODESSA, May 10 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team saw its record slip to 7-9 Tuesday with an 8-4 loss to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Odessa-Montour baseball field.

The Seneca Indians, a combined team of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes, never led in the game, falling behind 2-0 in the top of the 1st inning, tying the score in the bottom of the same inning, and then falling behind for good when the Crusadaers scored twice in the 3rd.

WG/OM scored in the bottom of the 3rd to make it 4-3, but ND pulled away with a run in the 4th, a run in the 6th, and two runs in the 7th. The Seneca Indians' final run came in the 7th, when they left two runners on base.

Notre Dame registered 10 hits, eight of them off starter Michael Doane, who pitched into the 7th inning, striking out four batters and walking three while allowing four earned runs. He was relieved by Austin Voorheis and Isaac McIlroy.

The Seneca Indians notched six hits, three of them by Josh Updyke (3-for-4 with a run scored) and one each by Sean Kelly (1-for-3 with a run scored), Alex Grady (1-for-3) and Derrick Lewis (1-for-3 with an RBI). Caleb Thomas had 2 RBIs. The team committed three errors to four by Notre Dame.

The Seneca Indians return to action today (Wednesday) at Lansing for the completion of a game suspended on April 19.

Photos in text:

Top: Seneca Indians' leftfielder Sean Kelly tries to catch up to a long drive to left-center. He made the catch on a similar play earlier, but this one eluded him.

Bottom: The Indians' third baseman, Ben Matthews, fires to first base after fielding a ground ball.

Left: Seneca Indians starting pitcher Michael Doane. Right: The Indians' shortstop, Josh Updyke, fields a grounder.

ND's Iman Mckay is tagged out trying to steal second by WG/OM's Isaac McIlroy.

O-M softball team loses doubleheader

TIOGA CENTER, May 10 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team's six-game win streak ended Tuesday with an Interscholastic Athletic Conference doubleheader road loss to Tioga.

The Indians lost 6-0 and 20-1, leaving their season mark at 7-6 heading into a game Thursday at Southern Cayuga.

The Tigers' 6-0 win came in five innings, with the victor permitting just two Odessa hits -- by Grace Vondracek (1-for-1 with a walk) and Lydia Lynch (1-for-2). Vondracek pitched for the Indians, allowing four earned runs on 10 hits while striking out three batters and walking two.

Tioga jumped in front 9-0 in the 1st inning of its four-inning, 20-1 second-game victory. O-M, which managed just one hit (by Emma Lodge) and one walk (by Vondracek), scored its lone run in the final inning. Lynch and Alyssa Crout pitched for O-M.

Watkins lacrosse team loses to ND in OT

SOUTHPORT, May 10 -- The Watkins Glen varsity lacrosse team dropped a 15-14 overtime decision to Elmira Notre Dame Tuesday night in a game on the ND athletic field.

Jake Kelly led the Senecas with five goals, while Dylan Planton had six assists to go with one goal. Joe Chedzoy and Jackson Dunham scored three goals apiece, while Dalton Cummings scored two. Chedzoy also had an assist.

Chedzoy won 25 of 30 faceoffs and led the Senecas with 20 ground balls. Platon had eight ground balls, and Cummings and Dunham had four each. Kaitlyn Valla registered nine saves in goal.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dylan Platon (left), Joe Chedzoy (center) and Jake Johnson (7) compete for the ball held by a Notre Dame player after a faceoff. (Photo provided)

Left: Watkins Glen starting pitcher Hayley Cornish. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Wilbur drives in two runs with a base hit to center.

Glen modified softball team wins its 1st

WATKINS GLEN, May 10 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team registered its first victory of the season on its third try Tuesday by defeating Candor 14-13 in a game on the WGHS softball field.

The Senecas had 15 hits, led by Amanda Wilbur's 4 singles in four trips to the plate and Madeline Parker's three hits, including a 3-run homer. Hayley Cornish and Maggie Rhoades added two singles each, while Gwen Reynolds, Ava VanDusen, Adrie Solomon and Madeline Williams had a single each.

Cornish started on the mound for the Senecas, and was followed there by Natalie Edmister. Parker was the catcher.

"The girls were really focused and I am proud of the way they picked each other up the entire game," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto.

The Senecas are next scheduled to play Friday at Waverly.

Photo in text: Watkins shortstop Adrie Solomon throws to second base for a forceout.

Golf: O-M boys fall to NV, Union Springs

ITHACA, May 10 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team lost twice Tuesday, falling to Newark Valley and Union Springs in matches on the Hillendale Golf Course's par-35 back-9.

O-M posted its best score of the season, 275, while Newark Valley registered a 224 and Union Springs 238.

Brandon Ray and Tyler Saunders each had a 53 to lead the Indians, while Trey McCarty registered a 55, Jon Andrews 56, and Colton Chapman 58.

O-M returns to action today (Wednesday) at home (Hillendale) against Candor and Spencer-Van Etten.

4 from WG earn honors at IAC tourney

ELMIRA, May 9 -- Four members of the Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team advanced to the second round of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Tennis Championships, which concluded Monday at Ernie Davis Academy in Elmira.

Two of the Senecas' singles players earned third place: Nate Wickham in the third singles position, and Dylan Morse in the fourth singles position.

In addition, Kathleen Clifford won the girls novice tournament for exhibition players, while Bryson Simmons took second place in the boys novice bracket.

"It was a terrific year for the whole team," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, "and I am excited for next year with all the kids returning." The Senecas had no seniors on this year's squad.

Photo in text: From left, the Senecas' Kathleen Clifford, Nate Wickham, Dylan Morse and Bryson Simmons. (Photo provided)

Golf: Glen girls top three other teams

ITHACA, May 9 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team -- led by Gabi Decker's career-best 41 -- defeated Horseheads, Odessa-Montour and Lansing Monday in a match on the Ithaca Country Club's par-36 front-9.

Watkins Glen totaled 204, while Horseheads had 207, O-M 229, and Lansing 250.

"They were very happy," Watkins Glen Coach Chris Clark said of his team. "Especially Gabi Decker. She had her worst round last year on the same course." Her score there last year: 61.

Hanley Elliott added a 45 for Watkins Glen, while Courtney Irwin shot 57, and Alexis Atchie 61.

Gillian Clark led Odessa-Montour with a 48, while Catherine Rounds shot a 58.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Gabi Decker (File photo)

Golf: Odessa-Montour boys fall to Tioga

ITHACA, May 9 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team saw its record slip to 0-7 Monday when the host Indians dropped a 198-311 decision to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Hillendale Golf Club's par-35 back-9.

O-M was led by Jon Andrews' 52, while Trey McCarty notched a 58. Tioga set a team record low that was led by AJ Middendorf's 31 and a 35 by Sam Taylor. Tioga is 7-1.

The Odessa boys return to action today (Tuesday) at home against Union Springs and Newark Valley.

O-M softball team defeats S-VE, 10-6

SPENCER, May 9 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team improved its record to 7-4 Monday by defeating Spencer-Van Etten 10-6 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the S-VE softball field.

The Indians -- who have won six straight games -- never trailed in this one.

They scored twice in the top of the 1st inning before the Panthers tied them 2-2 in the 3rd inning. O-M went ahead with a run in the 4th before being tied again 3-3, and then surged ahead for good with a four-run 5th and a three-run 6th. Spencer could not keep pace, scoring once in the 5th and twice in the 6th.

Grace Vondracek went the distance on the mound for O-M, striking out 15 batters. She didn't walk anyone, and allowed just two earned runs.

Odessa had seven hits, and they came from six different players. Megan Jenkins was 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, a walk, a run scored and 3 RBIs. Registering one hit apiece were Vondracek (1-for-3 with a homer, two runs scored and 2 RBIs), Isabel Foote (1-for-5 with a triple and an RBI), Dasia Herrmann (1-for-2 with three walks and three runs scored), Lydia Lynch (1-for-3 with a walk, one run scored and 2 RBIs), and Dezirae Minnier (1-for 1).

O-M made two errors. S-VE registered eight hits while making just one error.

The Indians return to action today (Tuesday) with a doubleheader at Tioga.

Photo in text: O-M third baseman Megan Jenkins, who drove in three runs. (File photo)

Golf: Watkins Glen boys defeat Spencer

CATATONK, May 9 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team improved to 10-1 Monday when it defeated Spencer-Van Etten 230-252 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference non-divisional meet on the Catatonk Golf Course's par-36 front-9.

Ryan Clark led the Senecas with a 41, while Max Schimizzi shot a 46, Sam Hanley 47, Jacob Carocci 47, and Alex Gibson 49.

Watkins Glen returns to action with a divisional meet Wednesday at home against Elmira Notre Dame.

Photo in text: Ryan Clark shot a 41 for Watkins Glen. (File photo)

Waverly, NV win divisional track meets

WAVERLY, May 9 -- The Watkins Glen varsity track teams competed Monday in Large School South divisional track meets at Waverly. The Waverly boys and Newark Valley girls were victorious.

Boys Meet: Waverly defeated Newark Valley, Notre Dame and Watkins Glen.

Top place finishes for the Watkins Glen boys team included wins by Patrick Hazlitt and Shawn Rutledge. The list:

--Sean Holland, 4th in the 1600 Meter Run.
--Daniel Paradiso, 6th in the 1600 Meter Run.
--Patrick Hazlitt, 1st in the 400 Meter Run in 51.51.
--Aaron Planty, 3rd in the 400 Meter Run with a personal best (54.11), and 2nd in the 800.
--Alex Schimizzi, 5th in the 400 Meter Hurdles.
--Casen Weeden, 6th in the 200 Meter Run with a personal best (25.33); 2nd in the Shot Put (36' 8.5") and 4th in the Discus (93').
--Shawn Rutledge, 1st in the 3200 Meter Run in 10:27.7
--Cameron Connelly, 5th in the Triple Jump (32' 2").

Girls Meet: Newark Valley won.

The top place finishes for Watkins Glen included a win by Kai Sutterby. The list:

--Isobel Scheffey, 3rd in the 100 Meter Run.
--Allison Gibson, 4th in the 100 Meter Run and 5th in the High Jump.
--Julya Slater, 4th in the 1500 Meter Run and 5th in the 400 Meter Hurdles.
--Kai Sutterby, 1st in the 800 Meter Run in a personal best of 2:33.14.
--Haley Dean, 6th in the 200 Meter Run with a personal best (29.92); and 3rd in the Long Jump with a personal best (13' 11.5").
--Jena Slater, 3rd in the Pole Vault.

The Senecas return to action Friday at a Corning High School invitational starting at 5:30 p.m. This is a time and location change from Elmira High School's "Fast Times Track Invitational."

Photo in text: Shawn Rutledge won the 3200 Meter Run. (File photo)

Track: O-M posts several division wins

CANDOR, May 9 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity track and field teams competed Monday against division foes in a non-scoring Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the Candor athletic field.

Coach Skip Strobel said his boys team, which has secured the IAC Small Schools South Division title, "dialed it back a bit and focused on individual performances for the most part." First-place finishes were registered by:

--The 4x800 Relay team of Alec Betts, Nick Sgrecci, Noah Brewster and Trevor Dunn (9:14.0).
--Andy Fudala in the 110 Meter Hurdles (16.3).
--Zach Elliott in the Discus (135' 1") and Shot Put (45' 2.25").

In the girls' meet, first places for O-M were posted by:

--Hannah Bruno in the Triple Jump (30' 3.5").
--Jaylin Rumsey in the Discus (84' 5").
--Kennedey Heichel in the 100 Meter Hurdles (17.6).
--Nadia Simpson in the 100 Meter Dash (12.9) and 200 Meter Run (27.6).

The Indians return to action Saturday in the Groton Invitational.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Zach Elliott posted two wins. (File photo)

Watkins Glen lacrosse team falls to Bath

BATH, May 9 -- The Watkins Glen varsity lacrosse team dropped a 17-3 decision Monday to Bath in a game on the Bath athletic field.

Goals for the Senecas came from Avery Watson, Dylan Platon and Jackson Dunham. Joe Chedzoy registered an assist and led the team with 12 ground balls. Reese Tague won 13 of 16 face-offs.

Kaitlyn Valla made eight saves in goal for Watkins Glen, which returns to action tonight (Tuesday) at Elmira Notre Dame.

Athletes of The Week: 4 who stood out

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 7 -- This week we honor four athletes -- a softball player and three track and field standouts -- as our Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek led the school's softball team to its fourth and fifth straight victories with a one-hitter and a three-hitter with 28 strikeouts while going 5-for-8 at the plate.

Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt, running injured, easily outclassed the field in the 800 at the annual Legends of the Night Invitational at O-M, setting a new meet record, and won two events at a meet earlier in the week.

O-M's Zach Elliott won both the Discus and Shot Put at the Legends of the Night meet at Odessa, and won the Shot earlier in the week as his team clinched an IAC division title.

O-M's Andy Fudala won the 110 Meter Hurdles and 400 Meter Hurdles at the Legends of the Night meet after winning the Hurdles, the 400 and the Pole Vault in the division-clinching meet earlier in the week.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen tracksters Aaron Planty, Gabe Planty and Shawn Rutledge; O-M track's Kennedey Heichel, Nadia Simpson and Jaylin Rumsey; and Watkins Glen golfer Ryan Clark.

Honorable Mention: Another 47 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Odessa-Montour's Hannah Chapman clears the bar in the High Jump. She placed 9th.

Legends of the Night

O-M hosts 21-school meet; Fudala, Elliott win twice

ODESSA, May 6 -- More than 400 athletes from 21 schools braved chilly weather and an evening downpour Friday as Odessa-Montour High School hosted the annual Legends of the Night Track and Field Invitational.

Trumansburg won the boys meet with 95.50 points, finishing ahead of runnerup Odessa-Montour (64), Tioga (44), Lansing (38), South Seneca (36), and Watkins Glen (36).

Newark Valley took the girls title, edging out Lansing, 121-112. Spencer-Van Etten was third (43), followed by Union Springs (29), O-M (28), and Trumansburg (27). South Seneca was 8th, and Watkins Glen tied for 17th.

Participating schools ranged from neighboring districts to farflung ones. Alphabetically, the full list included Campbell-Savona, Candor, Dryden, Elmira, Elmira Notre Dame, Groton, Lansing, Moravia, Newark Valley, Newfield, O-M, Romulus, South Seneca, Southern Cayuga, Spencer-Van Etten, Thomas Edison, Tioga, Trumansburg, Watkins Glen, Whitney Point and Union Springs.

Boys Meet:

Andy Fudala and Zach Elliott each won two events for O-M.

-- Fudala won the 110 Meter Hurdles (16.32) and the 400 Meter Hurdles (1:02.03), and was second in the Pole Vault (12 feet).
-- Elliott won the Discus (140' 1") and the Shot Put (44' 1").

Winning for Watkins Glen were Patrick Hazlitt and Aaron Planty.

-- Hazlitt won the 800 Meter Run (1:58.49) with a new meet record, edging the old mark of 1:58.73.
-- Planty won the 1600 Meter Run (4:35.77).

Other solid O-M performances came from:

-- Nick Sgrecci, 14th in the 1600 Meter Run (5:08.41)
-- Jeremiah Lynch, 16th in the 400 Meter Run (59.57)
-- Andrew Hartford, 9th in the 400 Meter Hurdles (1:09.51)
-- Alec Betts, 11th in the 800 Meter Run (2:18.40)
-- Zach Knapp, 18th in the 200 Meters (26.36)
-- Noah Brewster, 6th in the 3200 Meter Run (11:06.47)
-- Paden Grover, 2nd in the High Jump (5' 6")
-- Jacob Zimmer, 12th in the High Jump (5' 2")
-- Eric Rumsey, 13th in the Discus (96' 7")
-- Jacob Zimmer, 6th in the Pole Vault (9' 6")
-- Jeremiah Lynch, 8th in the Pole Vault (9' 6")
-- Nick Sgrecci, 10th in the Triple Jump (35' 1.75")

Other solid Watkins Glen performances came from:

-- Daniel Paradiso, 15th in the 1600 Meter Run (5:12.12)
-- Shawn Rutledge, 4th in the 400 Meter Hurdles (1:03.97)
-- Daniel Paradiso, 15th in the 400 Meter Hurdles (1:16.14)
-- Gabe Planty, 2nd in the 3200 Meter Run (9:44.56)
-- The 4x400 Relay team (Gabe Planty, Patrick Hazlitt, Casen Weeden, Aaron Planty), 4th in 3:43.78
-- Casen Weeden, 9th in the Discus (104' 11")
-- Cameron Connelly, 18th in the Triple Jump (31' 4.75")
-- Casen Weeden, 9th in the Shot Put (35' 9.5")

Girls Meet:

Courtney McNeil of Newark Valley and Emily Lavarnway of South Seneca were double winners, McNeil taking the 100 and 200, and Lavarney capturing the 100 Meter Hurdles and the Long Jump.

Among top finishers for Odessa-Montour were:

-- Kennedey Heichel, 7th in the 100 Meter Hurdles (18.20)
-- Nadia Simpson, 2nd in the 100 Meter Dash (1.09)
-- Hannah Bruno, 17th in the 400 Meter Run (1:10.25)
-- Kennedey Heichel, 8th in the the 400 Meter Hurdles (1:19.74)
-- Hailey Perraut, 17th in the 800 Meter Run (2:55.83)
-- Casey Underdown, 5th in the 3000 Meter Run (12:01.24)
-- Nadia Simpson, 2nd in the 200 Meter Run (28.18)
-- Hannah Bruno, 4th in the Triple Jump (31' 2")
-- Jaylin Rumsey, 4th in the Shot Put (30' 10.5")
-- Kennedey Heichel, 7th in the Pole Vault (7' 6")
-- Nadia Simpson, 8th in the High Jump (4' 6")
-- Hannah Chapman, 9th in the High Jump (4' 6")
-- Jaylin Rumsey, 6th in the Discus (81' 9")

Among top finishers for Watkins Glen were:

-- Kai Sutterby, 8th in the 800 Meter Run (2:39.94)
-- Allison Gibson, 17th in the 200 Meter Run (30.88)
-- Allison Gibson, 10th in the Long Jump (13' 11.75")
-- Haley Dean, 16th in the Long Jump (12' 10.50")
-- Jena Slater, 10th in the Pole Vault (7' 0")
-- Allison Gibson, 12th in the High Jump (4' 4")

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Zach Elliott lets the Discus fly. He won the event.

Second: O-M's Andy Fudala on the way to victory in the 110 Meter Hurdles.

Third: Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge en route to 4th place in the 400 Meter Hurdles. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Fourth: O-M's Kennedey Heichel competes in the 100 Meter Hurdles. She placed 7th.

Bottom: When the rain finally came, it was a downpour for several minutes, and then after a break, steady. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: South Seneca's Emily Lavarnway on the way to victory in the 100 Meter Hurdles. Right: Watkins Glen's Jena Slater reacts after clearing the pole vault bar. (Photo on right by Doug Yeater)

From left: O-M's Nadia Simpson, Kennedey Heichel, Hannah Bruno, Morgan Burnham.

Lef: Watkins Glen's Aaron Planty on the way to winning the 1600 Meter Run. Right: Watkins Glen's Daniel Paradiso. (Photo on right by Doug Yeater)

O-M's Alec Betts is flanked by other runners at start of a relay race. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: O-M's Nadia Simpson in the 100 Meter Dash. She finished second. Right: O-M's Meagan Terry carries the baton in a relay race. (Photo on right by Doug Yeater)

From left: O-M's Kennedey Heichel and Hailey Perraut, Watkins' Allison Gibson.

Left: Watkins Glen's Haley Dean in the Long Jump. Right: O-M's Hannah Bruno competes in the 400 Meter Run.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Casey Underdown, Eric Rumsey and Nick Sgrecci.

Left: Watkins Glen's Casen Weeden prepares to throw the Discus. Right: O-M's Zach Knapp at start of the 4x100 Relay.

Left: O-M's Jeremiah Lynch in the 400. He placed 16th. Right: Watkins' Alex Schimizzi. (Photo on right by Doug Yeater)

The water flies as Newark Valley's Kiera Malarkey hits the High Jump bar. She won the event. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Watkins' Aaron Planty (left) and Shawn Rutledge. (Both photos by George Rutledge)

Left: Watkins' Patrick Hazlitt leads the field by a wide margin at the end of the 800 Meter Run. Right: O-M's Andy Fudala competes in the Pole Vault, where he finished second.

Golf: Watkins boys top Lansing at CU

ITHACA, May 5 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team improved its record to 9-1 Thursday by defeating Lansing 225-235 in a rainy Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 front-9 of Cornell University's Robert Trent Jones Golf Course.

Sam Hanley led the Senecas with a personal-best 38 that included one birdie. Coach Rob Michel said Hanley "was steady Eddie out there, hitting the ball well. He had a really good round."

Other Watkins scores: Ryan Clark 42, Patrick Bannon 46, Alex Gibson 49, and Jacob Carocci 50. Lansing's Nick Whitaker was medalist with a 36.

Watkins Glen returns to action Monday against Spencer-Van Etten at the Catatonk Golf Club.

Watkins' Jackson Dunham (25) watches his shot that gave the Senecas their 11th goal. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Watkins lacrosse team tops Seton, 16-13

WATKINS GLEN, May 5 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team got scoring from six players and 12 saves from goalie Kaitlyn Valla to post a 16-13 victory Thursday over Seton Catholic in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

Jake Kelly, Dalton Cummings, Jackson Dunham and Dylan Platon each scored three goals for the Senecas, while Joe Chedzoy scored two and Avery Watson and Jake Johnson had one apiece.

Chedzoy led the team in assists with four, while Cummings and Jackson registered one apiece.

The Senecas led 2-1 after one period, 9-6 at halftime and 12-9 entering the final period. Seton was within two goals, 13-11, when Watkins scored three times in two-and-a-half minutes to build the lead to five. Seton scored its final two goals in the final 1:30.

Watkins Glen returns to action today (Friday) at home against Whitney Point. The team's seniors will be honored in a Senior Night ceremony. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy hauls in a pass.

Watkins Glen's Jake Kelly (3) and Dylan Platon (16) close in on a Seton ball carrier.

Seneca Indians fall to Union Springs

UNION SPRINGS, May 5 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team dropped a 13-4, five-inning decision Thursday to Union Springs in a wet Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

The Seneca Indians (7-8), a combined team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high school athletes, took a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning on an RBI hit by Derrick Lewis, but soon fell behind.

Union Springs, which had eight hits, tied the game in the 1st and then scored 12 runs over the next three innings to pull away. WG/OM, which totaled seven hits, plated three runs in the 4th.

The Seneca Indians got hits from Lewis (2-for-2 with a double, a run scored and 2 RBIs), Josh Updyke (1-for-2 with a triple and a run scored), Sean Kelly (1-for-3 with a run scored), Alex Grady (1-for-3 with a run scored), Michael Doane (1-for-2 with an RBI), and Justin Lodge (1-for-2). Union Springs played errorless ball, while the Seneca Indians committed three errors.

WG/OM was scheduled to return to action Saturday at South Seneca, but the game has been postponed to a date to be determined.

Glen softball team closes with a loss

UNION SPRINGS, May 5 -- The Watkins Glen varsity softball team finished its season on a losing note Thursday, falling to Union Springs 14-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

The loss left the Senecas with a final record of 3-12.

Union Springs, which registered a total of eight hits, scored twice in the 1st inning and broke the game open with nine runs in the 2nd on four hits and five walks. It then scored single runs in the 4th, 5th and 6th innings.

Watkins Glen was held to three hits. Claudia Parker was 1-for-3 while Kathryn Losey was 2-for-3.

Golf: Glen girls top H'heads, Odessa

WATKINS GLEN, May 4 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team -- led by Hanley Elliott's 48 -- defeated Horseheads, Odessa-Montour and Marathon Wednesday in a match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

The Senecas totaled 209, with Horseheads second at 216 and O-M third at 218. Marathon trailed with a 242 total.

Watkins Glen's Gabi Decker was a stroke behind Elliott at 49, while Meghan Hayes posted a 55 and Courtney Irwin a 57.

Gillian Clark and Catherine Rounds each shot a 48 to lead O-M, while Emily Cunningham led Horseheads with a 45. Medalist was Elizabeth Dawson, a lone Trumansburg golfer who shot a 2-over-par 38.

Watkins Glen seniors Irwin, Alexis Atchie and Moeko Oshima were honored in a Senior Night ceremony.

Odessa-Montour's Heidi Casselberry rips a base hit that drove in a run.

O-M softball team tops S-VE on 1-hitter

ODESSA, May 4 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team got 1-hit pitching from Grace Vondracek Wednesday as the Indians defeated Spencer-Van Etten 6-4 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M softball field.

The victory ran O-M's winning streak to five and lifted its season mark to 6-4 heading into a game Friday at Southern Cayuga.

Vondracek struck out 15 batters, walked three and allowed one earned run as Odessa came from behind to win for the second straight game -- breaking this one open with a 5-run fifth inning.

S-VE had led 2-0 with single runs in the 3rd and 4th innings, the latter one on a walk, a stolen base, a wild pitch, and a fielder's choice.

But the Indians scored once in the bottom of the 4th, and batted around in the 5th inning, building a 6-2 advantage. They then held off the Panthers, who scored their final two runs in the 6th inning.

O-M managed just four hits in the game, but played tight defense, committing two errors. Spencer committed three errors.

Hits for the Indians came from Vondracek (1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI), Breeana Bentley (1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored), Alyssa Crout (1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored) and Heidi Casselberry (1-for-1 with an RBI). O-M drew eight walks.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour pitcher Grace Vondracek threw a one-hitter.
Bottom: The Indians' catcher, Lydia Lynch, connects with the ball against S-VE.

O-M's Grace Vondracek was called out at home on this play, a first-inning delayed steal attempt.

The O-M softball team's seniors were honored in a postgame Senior Night ceremony. From left: Breeana Bentley, Alyssa Crout, Dasia Herrmann and Grace Edger. (Photo provided)

Glen boys defeat O-M for green jacket

ITHACA, May 4 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team improved to 8-1 Wednesday when it defeated Odessa-Montour 240-277 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Hillendale Golf Course.

By winning, the Senecas earned the bragging rights for topping their intracounty rival, and medalist Ryan Clark temporarily donned a green jacket provided each year for this match.

Ryan's 38 easily surpassed the day's other scores. Finishing second for Watkins Glen was Alex Gibson, with a 48. Sam Hanley shot 50, Max Schimizzi 51 and Georgio Fazzary 53.

Odessa-Montour (0-6) was led by Brandon Ray's 50. Tyler Saunders shot 53, Trey McCarty 54, Jon Andrews 55, and Colton Chapman 65.

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Photo at right: Watkins' Ryan Clark with the green jacket donned each year after the Watkins-Odessa match by the medalist. (Photo provided)

The Seneca Indians' Sean Kelly bunts. He made it safely to first with a head-first dive.

Seneca Indians lose to Edison, 12-5

ODESSA, May 4 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team slipped to 7-7 Wednesday when it dropped a 12-5 decision to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Odessa-Montour baseball field.

The Seneca Indians, a combined team of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes, fell behind 3-0 in the 3rd inning, but responded with two runs in the 4th before Edison pulled away with eight runs in the 5th and one in the 6th. WG/OM scored a run in the 5th and two more in the 7th.

The Seneca Indians registered nine hits, including two each from Josh Updyke (2-for-4 with two runs scored), Isaac McIlroy (2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI) and Sean Kelly (2-for-3). Other hits came from Alex Grady (1-for-3), Derrick Lewis (1-for-3 with a run scored) and Johnny Neidermaier (1-for-2 with a run scored). Austin Voorheis also had an RBI on a squeeze bunt.

Voorheis started on the mound for the Indians, going four innings. He allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits while striking out two and walking none. Lewis relieved for one inning, allowing six runs (none earned) on four hits while striking out one and walking one. McIlroy pitched the final two innings, allowing one run (none earned) on one hit while striking out one batter and walking one.

WG/OM committed seven errors in the game, while Edison committed five errors.

The Seneca Indians return to action today (Thursday) at Union Springs.

Photos in text:

Top: Seneca Indians shortstop Josh Updyke leaps high to snare a late throw as an Edison player steals second base.

Bottom: The WG/OM third baseman, Michael Doane, fields a grounder.

The Seneca Indians' Johnny Neidermaier squares around to bunt. He made it to first base on the play.

Left: Seneca Indians starting pitcher Austin Voorheis. Right: WG/OM left fielder Sean Kelly hauls in a fly ball.

Watkins Glen seniors Brienna Solomon, left, and Mikenna Ayers connect with the ball in their final home game. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins softball team falls to Edison

WATKINS GLEN, May 4 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team was blanked by Edison 21-0 Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS softball field.

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

Edison scored in every inning, plating two, one, three, nine and six runs, in that order. They amassed 20 hits.

Watkins Glen registered three hits. Claudia Parker, Kathryn Losey and Mikenna Ayers were each 1-for-2.

The teams's two seniors, Ayers and Brienna Solomon, were honored in a Senior Night ceremony.

The Senecas (now 3-11) conclude their season today (Thursday) at Union Springs.

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Photo in text:

Watkins Glen third baseman Amber Benjamin camps under an Edison pop-up. She caught the ball for the out. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen first baseman Cierra Barber hauls in a throw before the Edison batter reaches first. Right: The team's seniors, Mikenna Ayers (left) and Brienna Solomon, were honored in a Senior Night ceremony at the game. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins' Dylan Platon goes high in an attempt to knock down a Chenango Forks pass.

Watkins lacrosse team loses to Forks

WATKINS GLEN, May 4 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team dropped a 26-3 decision Wednesday to Chenango Forks in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

Forks built an 11-2 first-quarter advantage and led 21-2 at halftime and 25-3 entering the final period.

Dalton Cummings scored two goals for the Senecas, while Joe Chedzoy scored one.

Jackson Dunham, Avery Watson and Chedzoy each had an assist. Chedzoy led the team with 11 ground balls, while Platon notched six. Chedzoy won 15 of 26 face-offs.

Watkins Glen returns to action today (Thursday) at home againsat Seton Catholic. Game time is 5 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy scoops up the ball after winning a face-off.

O-M boys track team wins division title

SPENCER, May 3 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity track and field team won its third straight Interscholastic Athletic Conference divisional title and eighth in nine years Tuesday when it defeated Spencer-Van Etten 86-55 on the road.

The Indians finished atop the IAC Small Schools South Division with a perfect 5-0 mark.

First-place finishes were registered Tuesday for O-M by:

--The 4x800 Relay team of Alec Betts, Noah Brewster, Nick Sgrecci and Trevor Dunn.
--Jacob Zimmer in the 100 Meter Dash.
--Andy Fudala in the 110 Meter Hurdles, the 400 Meter Run and the Pole Vault.
--Andy Hartford in the 400 Hurdles.
--Sgrecci in the 800 Meter Run.
--Noah Brewster in the 3200 Meter Run.
--Paden Grover in the High Jump.
--Zach Elliott in the Shot Put.

Second-place finishes were posted by Hartford in the 110 Meter Hurdles, Sgrecci in the 1600, Ryan Griswold in the 400 Meter Hurdles, Noah Angle in the 200, Fudala in the Long Jump, Zimmer in the High Jump, Jeremiah Lynch in the Pole Vault, Sgrecci in the Triple Jump, and Elliott in the Discus.

Girls: Spencer-Van Etten 80.5, Odessa-Montour 59.5

The Odessa girls finished their regular IAC season at 3-2 as S-VE clinched at least a tie for the division title with only a meet against Candor remaining.

Placing first for Odessa were:

--Nadia Simpson in the 100 (13.6) and 200 (28.6)
--Jaylin Rumsey in the Shot Put (30' 8.5") and Discus (96' 1/2"), both personal records
--Kennedey Heichel in the Pole Vault (6' 6")
--Hannah Bruno in the 400 Meter Run (1:07)

The Indians -- boys and girls -- return to action Friday when they host the Legends of the Night tournament on the O-M athletic field.

From left: Watkins' Aaron Planty, Patrick Hazlitt and Gabe Planty after the 3200, won by Hazlitt. Gabe Planty was second and Aaron Planty third. (Photo by George Rutledge)

Watkins Glen track teams fall to Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, May 3 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity track teams lost Tuesday to Waverly in Interscholastic Athletic Conference meets during Senior Night on the Watkins Glen athletic field.

Watkins Glen honored its seniors -- Cameron Connelly, Patrick Hazlitt and Shawn Rutledge -- during the meet.

Boys: Waverly 101-38

Among the highlights for Watkins Glen:

--Casen Weeden placed third in the 100 Meter Dash with a 12.5; second in the Shot Put with 35' 8", and first in the Discus with 97' 8"
--Shawn Rutledge placed first in the 1600 Meter Run in 5:09, and second in the 400 Hurdles in 1:14.1
--Sean Holland place third in the 400 Meters with a 1:00.9
--Aaron Planty finished first in the 400 with a 54.9, and was third in the 3200 in 10:40.9
--Alex Schimizzi placed third in the 400 Hurdles in 1:11.9
--Patrick Hazlitt placed first in the 200 Meters in 23.7, and first in the 3200 Meters in 10:34.3
--Gabe Planty placed second in the 3200 Meters in 10:40.7

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Girls: Waverly 101-39

--Isobel Scheffey won the 100 Meter Dash in 13.7, was on the first-place 400 Meter Relay squad, and finished second in the 200 Meter Run.
--Julya Slater placed third in the 1500 Meter Run in 6:01 and won the 3000 Meters with a personal best of 12:27.4
--Jena Slater was on the first-place 400 meter relay team, and won the Pole Vault at 6' 6"
--Allison Gibson was on the first-place 400 Meter Relay team, was second in the Long Jump at 13' 7", and finished second in the High Jump at 4' 4"
--Haley Dean was on the first-place 400 Meter Relay squad, placed second in the 400 Meter Hurdles, and finished third in the Long Jump at 13' 1"
--Kai Sutterby won the 800 Meter Run in 2:37.2

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey on the way to victory in the 100.

Middle: The Senecas' Casen Weeden en route to third place in the 100.

Bottom: Watkins' Allison Gibson soars on the way to second place in the Long Jump.

Left: Watkins Glen's Daniel Paradiso just before a race. (Photo by George Rutledge). Right: The Senecas' Jena Slater on the way to Pole Vault victory. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

From left: Watkins Glen's Julya Slater (Photo by George Rutledge), Cameron Connelly and Haley Dean.

From left: Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge, Colin Gaylord (Photo by George Rutledge) and Gabe Planty (Photo by Doug Yeater).



Golf: Watkins Glen boys edge Tioga

WATKINS GLEN, May 3 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team improved to 7-1 Tuesday when it defeated Tioga 212-214 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference non-divisional match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

"The boys did a good job," said Watkins Glen Coach Rob Michel, noting that the weather was alternately sunny, damp and blustery.

Max Schimizzi led the Senecas with a 40, while Jacob Carocci and Ryan Clark each shot a 41. Alex Gibson and Sam Hanley each registered a 45. Medalist was Tioga's Sam Taylor with a 37.

The Senecas return to action today (Wednesday) at the Hillendale Golf Course outside Ithaca against host Odessa-Montour.

Seneca Indians defeat Notre Dame, 9-4

SOUTHPORT, May 3 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team improved its record to 7-6 Tuesday by defeating Elmira Notre Dame 9-4 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Notre Dame baseball field.

The Seneca Indians, a combined squad of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high school athletes, built an early 2-0 lead on a sacrifice fly by Michael Doane and an RBI single by Isaac McIlroy. They fell behind 3-2 in the 4th inning, tied the game in the 5th inning and then scored five runs in the 6th inning to pull away. Each team scored a run in the 7th.

WG/OM registered seven hits, with two each by Josh Updyke (2-for-3 with three runs scored) and Caleb Thomas (2-for-3 with 3 RBIs). Other hits came from Derrick Lewis (1-for-4 with a run scored), McIlroy (1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored) and Sean Kelly (1-for-3 with two runs scored). Other RBIs came from Doane (2) and Johnny Neidermaier (1). Kelly had two of WG/OM's four stolen bases.

Doane went six innings on the mound for the Seneca Indians, allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits while striking out four batters and walking four. Updyke pitched the last inning, allowing one run (none earned) with one strikeout.

O-M pitcher Grace Vondracek unleashes a pitch early in the game, won by Odessa 7-6.

O-M softball team rallies to beat Candor

ODESSA, May 3 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team improved its season mark to 5-4 Tuesday when it came from behind to defeat Candor 7-6 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M softball field.

"What a game!" said O-M Coach Bill Lindsley. "It kept going back and forth, back and forth."

Candor took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first without a hit, parlaying three walks, a couple of wild pitches, a couple of stolen bases and a fielder's choice into a trio of runs.

O-M got one back in the bottom of the 1st when Grace Vondracek doubled off the top of the left field fence and scored on a single by Breeana Bentley.

Candor added a run in the top of the 3rd inning, and O-M scored twice in the bottom of the inning to cut the deficit to 4-3 -- and then tied the game in the 4th.

Each team scored a run in the 5th to make it 5-5 before Candor pulled ahead with a run in the top of 7th to go up 6-5.

But Odessa rallied in the bottom of the inning, scoring two runs for the victory. Vondracek opened the inning with a single, and scored on a long double to center by Bentley. Megan Jenkins hit a single to left center, moving Bentley to third, and Bentley scored on a hard ground-ball single up the middle by Alyssa Crout for the game-winner.

Candor managed just three hits off Vondracek while O-M was amassing 13 hits -- four of them by Vondracek (4-for-4 with four runs scored) and two each by Jenkins (2-for-4 with an RBI), Isabel Foote (2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored), Crout (2-for-3 with 2 RBIs) and Bentley (2-for-4 with a double, 2 RBIs and a run scored). Heidi Casselberry also had a hit, going 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Dasia Herrmann also had an RBI.

Vondracek went the distance on the mound for O-M, registering 13 strikeouts while walking five batters.

O-M returns to action today (Wednesday) at home against Spencer-Van Etten.

Photos in text:

Top: A Candor runner slides home safely as Odessa-Montour catcher Lydia Lynch awaits the throw home in first-inning action.
Bottom: O-M's Megan Jenkins awaits the throw as a Candor runner slides safely into third base in the first inning.

Glen softball team loses to Notre Dame

SOUTHPORT, May 3 -- The Watkins Glen varsity softball team's record slipped to 3-10 Tuesday when the Senecas dropped a 16-1 decision to Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

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

Watkins Glen notched four hits, compared to Notre Dame's 17. The Senecas committed five errors to ND's one.

Hits for Watkins came from Claudia Parker (1-for-2 with a run scored), Kathryn Losey (1-for-2), Brienna Solomon (1-for-2 with a double and an RBI), and Cierra Barber (1-for-2).

The Senecas return to action today (Wednesday) at home against Edison. It will be Senior Night.

Golf: Odessa boys fall to Waverly

WAVERLY, May 3 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team's record slipped to 0-5 Tuesday when the Indians dropped a 253-309 Interscholastic Athletic Conference decision to Waverly on the Shepard Hills golf course's par-37 front-9.

The Indians were led by Brandon Ray's 56 on a day that was alternately sunny, rainy and windy. Jon Andrews checked in with a 57.

O-M returns to action today at its home course, Hillendale Golf Course, against Watkins Glen.

Golf: Watkins boys win, improve to 6-1

CATATONK, May 2 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team raised its season mark to 6-1 Monday when it won an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match against Candor on the Catatonk Golf Club's par-36 front-9.

The Senecas, who totaled 238, were virtually unopposed, as Candor had just one golfer.

Watkins Glen was led by Ryan Clark's 38. Sam Hanley followed with a 43, while Georgio Fazzary shot 49, Max Schimizzi 51, and Ezra Evans 57.

The Senecas return to action today (Tuesday) at home against Tioga. They then visit Odessa-Montour Wednesday at the Hillendale Golf Course.

5 earn honors as Athletes of the Week

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 1 -- Four track athletes and a softball pitcher are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Odessa-Montour's Andy Fudala earns one of the nods for setting a new school record in the Pole Vault of 13 feet -- six inches higher than the standard he had shared. He also won two other events in a meet against Newfield.

O-M softball pitcher Grace Vondracek is another honoree for a week in which she pitched three victories, including two shutouts -- one a no-hitter and the other a three-hitter. She was also 7-for-12 at the plate with four walks, nine runs scored and 5 RBIs.

Three Watkins Glen runners who each had a hand in two school records at the Moravia Relays also earned weekly honors: Patrick Hazlitt, Aaron Planty and Shawn Rutledge. They were part of school record-setting performances in both the 6400 Relay and the Distance Medley Relay.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen track's Gabe Planty, Daniel Paradiso and Allison Gibson; Watkins Glen softball's Katlyn Kernan, Claudia Parker and Brienna Solomon; the Seneca Indian baseball team's Caleb Thomas, Josh Updyke and Austin Voorheis; Watkins Glen golfers Hanley Elliott and Ryan Clark; O-M track's Zach Elliott, Kennedey Heichel and Jaylin Rumsey; and Watkins Glen tennis player Dylan Morse.

Honorable Mention: Another 55 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

WG school records fall at Moravia Relays

MORAVIA, April 30 -- Watkins Glen High School runners added three entries to the school record book Saturday at the annual Moravia Relays.

The boys 6400 Meter Relay team of Patrick Hazlitt, Aaron Planty, Gabe Planty and Shawn Rutledge won in a time of 18:35.70, easily surpassing the old school mark of 19:47 set by Matt Gill, Josh Langley, John Fausold and Charles Bascom in 2012.

The team of Hazlitt, Daniel Paradiso, Aaron Planty and Rutledge also set a new school mark of 11:45.43 while winning the Distance Medley Relay.

And the girls 800 Relay team of Isobel Scheffey, Allison Gibson, Jena Slater and Haley Dean broke their own school record by a second while placing seventh in 2:00.74.

The Watkins Glen boys finished fifth among 19 schools in team scoring as Trumansburg won, while the Watkins girls were ninth in a field of 20 schools. Lansing topped the scoring in the girls field.

Among other Watkins Glen finishes:

-- The 3200 Relay team of Paradiso, Alex Schimizzi, Sean Holland and Rutledge placed second in 9:45.35.
-- The team of Casen Weeden, Elliott Holland, Colin Gaylord and Gabe Planty placed fourth in the Freshman-Sophomore Sprint Medley Relay in 4:20.31.
-- The girls team of Dean, Scheffey, Julya Slater and Kai Sutterby placed fourth in the Distance Medley Relay in 15:01.20.
--The High Jump team of Julya Slater and Gibson placed sixth with a combined 8' 3".
-- The girls Sprint Medley Relay team of Scheffey, Gibson, Sutterby and Dean placed fifth in 4:51.11.

Odessa-Montour's boys placed 12th among 19 teams, while the girls were 14th in a field of 20 schools. Among Odessa-Montour finishes:

-- The Freshman-Sophomore Sprint Medley Relay team of Preston Harris, Ryan McGrogan, Ryan Griswold and Noah Brewster won in a time of 4:05.89.
-- The High Jump tandem of Paden Grover and McGrogan was third at 10' 6".
-- The Discus team of Zach Elliott and Eric Rumsey was second at 230' 8".
-- The Shot Put team of Elliott and Jonah Thompson was fifth at 71' 6".

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge hands off the baton to teammate Aaron Planty.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Haley Dean secures the baton. (Photos by George Rutledge)

From left: Watkins Glen's Daniel Paradiso, O-M's Noah Brewster, WG's Isobel Scheffey. (Photos by George Rutledge)

Odessa-Montour second baseman Kaylee Dudgeon dives trying to stop a Watkins Glen base hit that found its way between first and second bases to right field.

O-M softball team defeats Watkins Glen

ODESSA, April 30 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team evened its season mark at 4-4 Saturday when it defeated Watkins Glen 8-4 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M softball field.

The Indians broke the game open from a 1-1 tie with five runs in the 4th inning, utilizing four hits, a couple of errors, two wild pitches and a hit batter. The Senecas battled back to within 6-4 with three runs in the 5th on a couple of errors and a pair of hits, but could get no closer.

O-M made it 7-4 in the bottom of the 5th when Lydia Lynch hit a triple to deep center and took advantage of an errant throw to race home. The Indians closed the scoring in the 6th when Grace Vondracek, who had singled, scored on a wild pitch.

Vondracek, who finished 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored, pitched a complete game, striking out 14 batters while walking three and allowing four hits. Safeties for Watkins Glen were recorded by Katlyn Kernan, Mikenna Ayers and Brienna Solomon, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Eight different batters notched hits for O-M: Vondracek (2), Lynch (2), Isabel Foote, Dasia Herrmann, Breanna Bentley, Alyssa Crout, Heidi Casselberry and Kaylee Dudgeon. RBIs were registered by Foote, Herrmann, Dudgeon and Emma Lodge.

Claudia Parker went the distance on the mound for Watkins Glen (now 3-9), allowing five earned runs while striking out four batters and walking three.

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Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek connects with a Watkins Glen pitch.

Bottom: Watkins shortstop Kathryn Losey scoops up a grounder. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: O-M's Lydia Lynch slides home safely. She hit a triple to deep center, and then scored when the throw to the infield was mishandled. Right: Watkins Glen's Amber Benjamin throws to first after fielding a ground ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Claudia Parker takes aim on a pitch. Right: O-M shortstop Isabel Foote prepares to throw out a runner. (Both photos by Doug Yeater)

The Seneca Indians' Sean Kelly slides home safely as the Dryden pitcher fields a squeeze bunt by Caleb Thomas (1). The 5th inning run proved to be the first-game winner.

Seneca Indians win twinbill over Dryden

ODESSA, April 30 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team evened its season record at 6-6 Saturday when it defeated Dryden 2-1 and 5-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference doubleheader on the Odessa-Montour baseball field.

Austin Voorheis went the distance on the mound for the Seneca Indians in the first game, allowing three hits while striking out two batters and walking one.

The eventual game-winner came in the 5th inning, when the Indians broke a 1-1 tie on a squeeze bunt by Caleb Thomas that scored Sean Kelly from third base. Kelly had singled, stolen second and advanced to third on a passed ball.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Watkins Glen High School and O-M athletes -- notched five hits, with Josh Updyke going 2-for-3 with a run scored, Thomas going 1-for-2 with 2 RBIs, Johnny Neidermaier going 1-for-3, and Kelly going 1-for-2 with one run scored.

WG/OM registered 10 hits in the second game, breaking a 1-1 tie with two runs in the 4th and two more in the 5th. Dryden scored the final run in the 6th.

Thomas pitched the first five innings for the Seneca Indians, and was relieved by Isaac McIlroy and Derrick Lewis. Combined, the three allowed eight hits while striking out four batters and walking four.

Hits for the Seneca Indians came from Updyke (3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI), Alex Grady (2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI), Kelly (1-for-3), Thomas (1-for-4 with a run scored), Derrick Lewis (1-for-4 with a triple, a run scored and an RBI), Neidermaier (1-for-2), and McIlroy (1-for-2).

Photos in text:

Top: Seneca Indians second baseman Isaac McIlroy grabs a throw to second that resulted in a force out.
Bottom: WG/OM's Caleb Thomas slides home safely as the throw arrives late.

The Seneca Indians' Johnny Neidermaier lays down a bunt. He reached first base on the play, which came in the first game.

Left: The Seneca Indians' Austin Voorheis delivers a pitch on the way to a complete-game victory in the first game. Right: WG/OM shortstop Josh Updyke catches a soft liner.

The Seneca Indians' Sean Kelly slides safely into second with a stolen base.

Watkins Glen shortstop Kathryn Losey fires to first base after fielding a grounder. She threw the batter out. Teammate Amber Benjamin watches at left.

Glen softball team falls to S-VE in 8th

WATKINS GLEN, April 29 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team's three-game win streak ended Friday when the Senecas dropped an 8-inning, 10-8 decision to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS softball field.

The Senecas, now 3-8, rallied from an early 3-0 deficit to overtake the Panthers, scoring twice each in the 4th and 5th innings and four times in the 6th to take an 8-7 lead.

But S-VE tied the game in the top of the 7th and -- after Watkins Glen left a runner stranded on third base in the bottom of the 7th -- scored twice in the 8th for a 10-8 lead.

Watkins went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 8th, all on ground balls.

Spencer registered 13 hits to Watkins Glen's 9. Each team made four errors.

Hits for The Senecas came from Brienna Solomon (2-for-5 with 2 RBIs), Cierra Barber (2-for-4), Kelsey Kernan (1-for-3 with a run scored), Katlyn Kernan (1-for-4 with a run scored), Claudia Parker (1-for-4 with two runs scored), Kathryn Losey (1-for-4 with three runs scored), and Mikenna Ayers (1-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI).

Watkins Glen returns to action today (Saturday) at 12 noon at Odessa-Montour.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen second baseman Mikenna Ayers awaits a throw as a Spencer-Van Etten runner arrives safely at second.

Bottom: The Senecas' third baseman, Amber Benjamin, throws out a Spencer-Van Etten runner after cleanly fielding a ground ball.

From left: Watkins Glen pitcher Claudia Parker grabs the ball on a high bounce before throwing out the batter at first; Senecas centerfielder Kelsey Kernan tracks down a fly ball; Watkins' Katlyn Kernan fouls off a bunt attempt.

Golf: Watkins girls led by Elliott's 41

BIG FLATS, April 29 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team finished behind Horseheads but boasted the day's medalist Friday in a three-team match at the Willowcreek golf course.

The Senecas' Hanley Elliott had the day's low score -- 41 on the par-37 course -- as Horseheads posted a team score of 204 to Watkins Glen's 213. Lansing was also competing, but was one player short of the four needed for a team score.

Also playing for Watkins were Courtney Irwin (49), Gabi Decker (50) and Sarah Swinnerton (73).

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at home against Horseheads and Marathon at the Watkins Glen Golf Course. It will be Senior Night.

Seneca Indians' Ben Matthews awaits a throw as an S-VE runner slides safely into third..

Seneca Indians hold off S-VE, 5-4

ODESSA, April 29 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team improved its record to 4-6 Friday when it edged Spencer-Van Etten 5-4 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Odessa-Montour baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes -- built a 5-1 lead through five innings before S-VE rallied, scoring once in the 6th inning and twice in the 7th to pull within a run, 5-4, with the bases loaded and two outs

But pitcher Josh Updyke got out of the jam by inducing a pop fly that shortstop Caleb Thomas squeezed for the final out and the victory.

The Seneca Indians scored twice in the 1st inning, once in the 3rd and twice in the 4th to build their lead. They had eight hits in the game, coming from Thomas (3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI), Sean Kelly (2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI), Updyke (1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI), Alex Grady (1-for-2 with 2 RBIs) and Derrick Lewis (1-for-3).

WG/OM also had five stolen bases -- two by Thomas and one each by Updyke, Kelly and Justin Stutzman.

Michael Doane started on the mound for the Indians,, working into the fifth inning, when Thomas relieved him. Updyke pitched the final inning. Combined, the three pitchers accounted for seven strikeouts and two walks.

The Seneca Indians return to action today (Saturday) at home with a doubleheader against Dryden starting at 10 a.m.

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Photos in text:

Top: A Spencer-Van Etten runner slides safely into third ahead of the throw to third baseman Ben Matthews. (The ball can be seen at the umpire's right knee.)

Middle: Seneca Indians starter Michael Doane sends a pitch on its way.

Bottom: Seneca Indians first baseman Johnny Neidermaier chases a foul ball all the way to the S-VE dugout. The ball bounced off the dugout roof.

The Seneca Indians' Alex Grady connects with the ball. He grounded out here, but was 1-for-2 in the game with 2 RBIs.

Golf: Watkins boys top Trumansburg

TRUMANSBURG, April 29 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team improved to 5-1 Friday when it defeated Trumansburg 217-319 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Trumansburg golf course.

Ryan Clark led the Senecas with a 40 on the par-36 course. Patrick Bannon registered a 41, Sam Hanley 42, Alex Gibson 44, and Jacob Carocci 50. The match marked the second straight day in which the Senecas had equalled or exceeded the 40-over-par team score needed to qualify for the Section IV, Class C tournament.

They return to action Monday at the Catatonk Golf Club against Candor, and then host Tioga on Tuesday at the Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Watkins tennis team tops Union Springs

WATKINS GLEN, April 29 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team completed its regular season in winning fashion Friday, defeating Union Springs 5-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the WGHS tennis courts.

The victory lifted the Senecas' season mark to 4-5 heading into the IAC tournament.

Watkins Glen got victories in the No. 3 and No. 4 singles matches and in all three doubles contests.

In singles, Nate Wickham won 6-2, 6-2 and Dylan Morse won 6-0, 6-3. In doubles, Megan Hazlitt-Makenna Fraboni won 6-1, 6-0, Bryson Simmons-Elise Allington won 6-1, 6-1, and Tim Clifford-Ali LaMoreaux won 6-0, 6-0. Jill Cantieni and Clint Craven dropped their singles matches.

"It was a great showing on our final regular season match of the year," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Everyone played well and looked ready heading into the challenging IAC tournament."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham returns a volley.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jill Cantieni. Right: The Senecas' Clint Craven serves.

Watkins lacrosse team edges Oneonta

ONEONTA, April 29 -- The Watkins Glen varsity lacrosse team -- led by Jackson Dunham's five goals and two assists -- posted a 15-14 road victory Friday over Oneonta.

Also scoring for the Senecas were Jake Kelly with three goals, Dylan Platon and Joe Chedzoy with two apiece, and Dalton Cummngs, Avery Watson and Seth Swinnerton with one each.

Assists in addition to Dunham's were registered by Swinnerton (two), Watson (two), and Kelly, Cummings, and Chedzoy. Kaitlyn Valla had eight saves in goal.

O-M's Gillian Clark hits an approach shot on the sixth hole. She was the match medalist.

Golf: Odessa girls top Corning, Elmira

ITHACA, April 28 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity golf team -- led by Gillian Clark's 46 -- set a team record with a 217 score Thursday while defeating Corning and Elmira on the Hillendale Golf Course's par-36 front-9.

The victory -- Elmira totaled 254 and Corning 257 -- lifted Odessa's season mark to 4-1.

Clark's score was the lowest of the day. Other scores for Odessa included a 51 from Catherine Rounds, a 60 from Gabby Fazzary, and a 60 from Eliza Starkweather.

Hillendale is the home course for Odessa-Montour golfers this season for the
first time.

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Photo at right: O-M's Catherine Rounds sends a putt on its way.

Glen softball team wins its 3rd straight

LANSING, April 28 -- The Watkins Glen varsity softball team won its third game in a row Thursday, defeating Lansing 10-9 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Lansing softball field.

The Senecas (3-7) held off a Lansing 7th inning rally that saw the Bobcats score three runs after two were out -- only to be stopped with the bases loaded. The game ended on an over-the-shoulder catch by Watkins Glen second baseman Mikenna Ayers on a short fly ball to right field.

The 7th inning was the third one -- the others were the 2nd and 4th -- in which Lansing scored three runs after two were out.

Watkins scored one run in the 1st, four in the 3rd, two in the 4th and three in the 5th.

Katlyn Kernan led the 12-hit Watkins attack by going 4-for-4 with a double, a walk, three runs scored, three stolen bases, and 2 RBIs. She is now batting .500.

Other hits came from Ayers (2-for-4 with an RBI), Kendra Cornish (2-for-3 with two runs scored), Kelsey Kernan (1-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI), Claudia Parker (1-for-4 with two runs scored), Kathryn Losey (1-for-4 with two stolen bases), and Brienna Solomon (1-for-3).

Parker went the distance on the mound for Watkins Glen, allowing nine hits while striking out five batters and walking three.

The Senecas return to action at 4:30 p.m. today (Friday) at home against Spencer-Van Etten. They are also scheduled to play at Odessa-Montour at noon on Saturday.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen pitcher Claudia Parker. (File photo)

Odessa softball team blanks Candor, 7-0

CANDOR, April 28 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team -- behind pitcher Grace Vondracek's 3-hitter -- defeated Candor 7-0 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Candor softball field.

Vondracek struck out 11 batters and walked one in her second shutout in two days. She threw a no-hitter against Newfield on Wednesday. She also excelled at the plate, registering three of her team's seven hits(3-for-4) and scoring three runs.

Other hits came from Dasia Herrmann (2-for-4 with a run scored), Breanna Bentley (1-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and 2 RBIs), and Alyssa Crout (1-for-4 with an RBI). Heidi Casselberry reached base twice on walks, and Isabel Foote walked once and scored a run.

The Indians return to action Saturday against Watkins Glen at home at 12 noon.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour pitcher Grace Vondracek. (File photo)

Odessa-Montour's DeShawn Johnson reaches for a volley in his doubles match Thursday.

O-M tennis falls to TAE under the lights

ODESSA, April 28 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team dropped a 5-2 decision Thursday to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match played in the late afternoon and early evening under the lights on the O-M tennis courts.

The match, starting 90 minutes later than usual, utlized lighting on the court that hadn't been used for such an event before. Officials expressed pleasure with the idea, which attracted a larger than usual group of fans watching outside the court fencing.

The only wins for Odessa came from Curtis Harris, who won the No. 1 singles match over Zach Root, 6-0, 6-0; and Cameron Adams, who won the No. 4 singles match over Cody Crown, 6-3, 6-0.

Losing at singles were Billy Tague in straight sets and Andy Doan in three sets. Losing at doubles were all three O-M teams: Mitch Scata-Rhys Stermer in three sets; and Noah Austin-DeShawn Johnson and Bronwyn Stermer-Nakiaha Robinson in straight sets.

Edison is now 6-3. Odessa-Montour is 3-4.

Photo in text: O-M's Andy Doan volleys in his match against Edison.

Odessa-Montour doubles partners Rhys Stermer, left, and Mitch Scata in action Thursday.

Golf: Glen boys win, qualify for Class C

CATATONK, April 28 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team improved to 4-1 Thursday and qualified for the Section IV, Class C Tournament by defeating Spencer-Van Etten 220-243 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 Catatonk Golf Club course.

Ryan Clark led the Senecas with a 40, while Sam Hanley shot 43, Max Schimizzi 44, Jacob Carocci 44, and Alex Gibson 49.

The team total fell just within the prescribed number of strokes -- 40 over par on an away course -- for a Class C team to qualify for the postseason tournament. It will be held on May 22 at the Maple Hills Golf Club in Marathon.

Watkins Glen returns to action today (Friday) at Trumansburg.

Watkins modified softball team loses

TIOGA CENTER, April 28 -- The Watkins Glen modified softball team's record slipped to 0-2 Thursday when the Senecas dropped a 13-0 decision to Tioga in a game on the Tioga softball field.

The Senecas registered 12 hits and loaded the bases twice, but couldn't push a run across. Hayley Cornish had three hits; Amanda Wilbur, Natalie Edmister and Madeline Parker two each; and Maggie Rhoads, Ava VanDusen and Madeline Williams one each.

"Our defense came alive and the girls made some great plays," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "I was really pleased with their performance."

Cornish and Edmister pitched for the Senecas, while Parker was the catcher.

Watkins Glen returns to action May 2 at home against Newfield.

Odessa-Montour hurler Grace Vondracek sends a pitch on its way. She allowed no hits.

Vondracek throws no-no as O-M wins

ODESSA, April 27 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team rolled to a 22-0 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory Wednesday over Newfield behind the no-hit pitching of Grace Vondracek.

Vondracek struck out nine batters in the five-inning contest on the O-M softball field, allowing just two baserunners, one on a walk and one on an error. She also hit a homer, a triple, walked three times, scored four runs and drove in five.

The Indians managed 11 hits in the game, and took advantage of 20 walks, including 10 in a row in the 1st inning. Each team made one error.

Breeana Bentley went 2-for-4 -- a pair of doubles -- for O-M and equaled Vondracek's 5 RBIs while walking once and scoring three times.

Alyssa Crout accounted for three of the O-M hits, drove in two runs and scored twice, while Dasia Herrmann drew four walks, drove in a run and scored four times. Heidi Casselberry had three walks, drove in a run and scored twice.

Other hits came from Lydia Lynch (1-for-2 with a run scored and 2 RBIs); Emma Lodge (1-for-1 and a walk with a run scored); Megan Jenkins (1-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and a run scored); and Karlee Dudgeon (1-for-1 with two walks, an RBI and two runs scored). Also scoring a run apiece were Isabel Foote (with a walk and an RBI) and Dezirae Minnier.

The Indians return to action today (Thursday) at Candor, and are scheduled to play at home at noon Saturday against Watkins Glen.

Photo in text: O-M's Breeana Bentley tags out a Newfield runner who had reached base on an error.

Odessa-Montour's Dasia Herrmann connects with the ball. She scored four runs.

Seneca Indians fall to Waverly, 6-1

WAVERLY, April 27 -- The Senecas Indians varsity baseball team saw its record slip to 3-6 Wednesday when it dropped a 6-1 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on Waverly's baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour athletes -- fell behind 1-0 in the 1st inning but tied the game in the 4th inning. Waverly then scored four times in the bottom of the 5th and once in the 6th to pull away.

WG/OM registered five hits in the game -- two by Alex Grady and one each by Caleb Thomas (who also had an RBI), Andrew Ink and Sean Kelly -- and made two errors. The Seneca Indians also drew four walks -- two by Josh Updyke, who scored his team's lone run, and one each by Michael Doane and Johnny Neidermaier. Waverly managed just four hits and played errorless ball.

Austin Voorheis pitched 4 2/3 innings for WG/OM, while Updyke and Derrick Lewis also took the mound. Only two of the six Waverly runs were earned.

The Seneca Indians are scheduled to return to action Friday at O-M against Spencer-Van Etten. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Golf: Watkins girls 2nd; Elliott fires 40

WATKINS GLEN, April 27 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team finished second in a three-team match Wednesday on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Waverly won the match with a 179 total, with Watkins Glen notching a season-low 199. Spencer-Van Etten posted a 279.

Hanley Elliott led the way for Watkins with a 40 that tied her for medalist honors with Waverly's Gianna Picco. Gabi Decker registered a 48, Courtney Irwin 50, and Meghan Hayes 61.

The Senecas return to action Friday at the Willowcreek golf course in Big Flats against Horseheads.

Photo at right: Hanley Elliott.

Visiting a former teammate

Members of the Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team traveled to Alfred University on Wednesday, April 26 to cheer for former teammate Ian Chedzoy -- a 2016 graduate of WGHS, in the No. 14 jersey above -- and his Alfred men's lacrosse team during its 18-5 win against visiting Houghton College. (Photo provided)

Odessa tennis team loses to Waverly

WAVERLY, April 27 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision Wednesday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Waverly tennis courts.

The Indians' lone win came in doubles, where the duo of Noah Austin and DeShawn Johnson won 7-5, 6-2.

1st Singles: Hunter Heath (Waverly) d. Curtis Harris (Odessa-Montour) 6-4, 6-4
2nd Singles: Josh Gallaher (Waverly) d. Billy Tague (Odessa-Montour) 6-3, 6-4
3rd Singles: Brenton Frisbie (Waverly) d. Andy Doan (Odessa-Montour) 6-1, 6-1
4th Singles: Jose Garcia (Waverly) d. Cameron Adams (Odessa-Montour) 7-5, 6-3
1st Doubles: Jose Garcia & Tiffany Czebiniak (Waverly) d. Mitchell Scata & Rhys Stermer (Odessa-Montour) 6-3, 6-4
2nd Doubles: Noah Austin & DeShawn Johnson (Odessa-Montour) d. Sunshyne Lynch & Haley Onofre (Waverly) 7-5, 6-2
3rd Doubles: Seth Lloyd & Damon Frutchey (Waverly) d. Bronwyn Stermer & Nakiaha Robinson (Odessa-Montour) 6-1, 6-1

A Campbell-Savona runner scores as a throw home sails wide, past Watkins Glen pitcher Hayley Cornish. Catcher Madeline Parker is at left.

Glen modified softball team loses opener

WATKINS GLEN, April 27 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team opened its season on a losing note Wednesday, falling to Campbell-Savona 18-0 in a game on the WGHS softball field.

The Senecas came up hitless against the C-S pitcher. Pitching for Watkins were Hayley Cornish (who struck out four batters) and Amanda Wilbur (who struck out three). Madeline Parker was the catcher.

Watkins Glen returns to action today (Thursday) at Tioga.

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Photo at right: Watkins Glen shortstop Adrienna Solomon throws to first base.

Watkins Glen first baseman Natalie Edmister grabs a Campbell-Savona grounder down the line before stepping on the bag for the out.

Glen tennis team falls to Trumansburg

TRUMANSBURG, April 27 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team's record slipped to 3-5 Wednesday when the Senecas dropped a 5-2 decision to Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the T-burg tennis courts.

Watkins Glen won two singles matches as Nate Wickham prevailed 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 over Mitchell Denmen, and Dylan Morse took a 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 decision over Jared Everhart.

The Senecas lost the other two singles matches and all three doubles matches.

"We couldn't put together consitent play throughout the match," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, pointing to the "very competitive three-set" wins by Wickham and Morse as positives, along with "a terrific second set" in the No. 1 singles, lost by Jill Cantieni 7-6 (7-1) after she had dropped the first set 6-1.

The Senecas finish the regular season Friday at home against Union Springs.

Glen softball team wins 2nd straight

WATKINS GLEN, April 26 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team erupted for 15 hits on the way to a 15-0 victory Tuesday over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conferencc game on the WGHS softball field.

The win was the second straight for the Senecas after going winless last year and through the first seven games this season. The contest was ended after five innings under the "mercy rule"that terminates games when one team leads another by 15 or more runs after five or more innings.

"We played good defense again," said Watkins Glen Coach Jim Scott. "Everything has been going right" for the past two games. The Senecas defeated Newark Valley 10-8 on Monday.

The Senecas also got strong pitching from Claudia Parker, who allowed just one hit while striking out four batters and walking one.

Watkins Glen scored once in the 1st innings, three times in both the 2nd and 4th, and eight times in the 5th.

Eight players registered at least one hit. Katlyn Kernan led the way by going 3-for-3 with a double, a run scored and 4 RBIs.

Other hits came from:

--Kathryn Losey, 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI;
--Brienna Solomon, 2-for-4 with a run scored and 2 RBIs;
--Mikenna Ayers, 2-for-3 with two runs scored;
--Amber Benjamin, 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI;
--Cierra Barber, 2-for-2 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI;
--Kelsey Kernan, 1-for-3 with three runs scored and 2 RBIs:
--Kendra Cornish, 1-for-3 with two runs scored and 2 RBIs.

Watkins Glen returns to action Thursday at Lansing.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen centerfielder Kelsey Kernan races in to catch the ball.
Bottom: The Senecas' Claudia Parker pitched a one-hitter. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Cierra Barber connects. Right: The Senecas' Katlyn Kernan is safe at second base. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

O-M tennis team tops Moravia, 5-2

MORAVIA, April 26 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team won for the second time in two days Tuesday when it defeated Moravia 5-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Moravia tennis courts.

The Indians won all four of the singles matches, and one doubles match.

1st Singles: Curtis Harris (Odessa-Montour) d. Garrett Stoyell (Moravia) 6-0, 6-4
2nd Singles: Billy Tague (Odessa-Montour) d. Jared Justain (Moravia) 7-6 (7-3), 6-1
3rd Singles: Andy Doan (Odessa-Montour) d. Noah Raymond (Moravia) 6-2, 6-0
4th Singles: Cameron Adams (Odessa-Montour) d. Kelsey Nelson (Moravia) 6-2, 6-1
1st Doubles: Rhys Stermer & Mitchell Scata (Odessa-Montour) lost to Nate Clouston & Jon Ammerman (Moravia) 2-6, 4-6
2nd Doubles: DeShawn Johnson & Noah Austin (Odessa-Montour) lost to Hannah Gibson & Gabe Ammerman (Moravia) 1-6, 1-6
3rd Doubles: Bronwyn Stermer & Nakiaha Robinson (Odessa-Montour) d. Jenna Powers & Aaron Ammerman (Moravia) 6-3, 6-1

Odessa-Montour's Andy Fudala on the way to victory in the 110 Meter Hurdles.

O-M track: Boys, girls both top Newfield

ODESSA, April 26 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity track and field teams defeated Newfield Tuesday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference meets on the O-M athletic field that saw the Indians' Andy Fudala set a school record in the Pole Vault.

Watkins Glen also competed in Tuesday's meet, but in a non-scoring capacity. The Senecas thus had no team score.

The Odessa boys won 107-34, improving their season mark to 4-0 and clinching at least a tie in the IAC Small Schools South division. They play Spencer-Van Etten next week with a chance to claim the title outright.

The girls, who won 86-48, are now 3-1 and must defeat S-VE -- the division leader -- next week to tie for the crown with Spencer and Tioga. A loss to S-VE would give Spencer the title.

Fudala, who has been battling a back injury but reported Tuesday that it has been improving, cleared the Pole Vault bar at 13 feet. He subsequently missed three attempts at 13' 1".

Teammate Zach Elliott won the Discus and set a personal record (PR) in taking the Shot Put with a throw of 47' 10". That is the third best distance among Division II schools this year in Section IV.

O-M Boys: In addition to the wins in the Pole Vault by Fudala and in the Discus and Shot by Elliott, Odessa got wins from Jacob Zimmer in the 100 (11.9), Jeremiah Lynch in the 400 (58.9), Andy Hartford in the 400 Hurdles (a PR of 1:06.7), Nick Sgrecci in the Triple Jump (36' 10.25"), Fudala in the 110 Meter Hurdles (16.1) and the High Jump (5' 6"), and the 4x100 Relay team of Zach Knapp, Noah Angle, Zimmer and Preston Harris (48.0).

Second places came from Angle in the 400 (58.9), Fudala in the Long Jump (17' 6"), Elliott in the Triple Jump (35' 1.5"), Knapp in the 200 (25.5) and Lynch in the Pole Vault (9' 6"). Third places were posted by Noah Brewster in the 1600, Trevor Dunn in the 800, Angle in the 200, Hartford in the Pole Vault, and Eric Rumsey in the Discus.

O-M Girls: Wins were posted by Kennedey Heichel in the 100 Hurdles (18.0) and 400 Hurdles (1:18.5); by Nadia Simpson in the 200 (27.5), by Casey Underdown in the 3000 Meter Run (12:40.5); by Hannah Bruno in the Triple Jump (29' 2.25"), by Jaylin Rumsey in the Discus (90' 11") and Shot Put (29' 3.5"), and by the 4x800 Relay team of Sage Garrison, Hailey Perraut, Underdown and Meagan Terry (13:13.4).

Second places came from Simpson in the 100 (13.3) and the High Jump (4' 4"), Bruno in the 400 (1:06.9), Perraut in the Triple Jump (26' 9"), Bruno in the Long Jump (13' 2.5"), Heichel in the Pole Vault (7'), and the 4x100 Relay team of Heichel, Simpson, Morgan Burnham and Terry (51.3). Third places were registered by Bruno in the 100, Terry in the 800, Hannah Chapman in the High Jump, Perraut in the Shot Put, and Garrison in the Discus.

Watkins Glen Boys: First places were registered by Shawn Rutledge in the 1600 Meter Run (4:59.3), Patrick Hazlitt in the 800 (2:01.4), Gabe Planty in the 3200 Meter Run (10:21.6), and the 4x400 Relay team of Daniel Paradiso, Aaron Planty, Gabe Planty and Sean Holland (3:56.6).

Second places went to Paradiso in the 1600 (5:11.5), Rutledge in the 400 Hurdles (1:07.7) and the 3200 (10:24.7), Aaron Planty in the 800 (2:06.1), and Casen Weeden in the Shot Put (35' 4") and Discus (93' 4"). Third places came from Aaron Planty in the 100, Holland in the 400, and Cameron Connelly in the Triple Jump.

Watkins Glen Girls: Kai Sutterby placed first in the 1500 Meter Run (5:36.6) and the 800 (2:39.3), as did Allie Gibson in the Long Jump (14' 3.5") and High Jump (4' 6"), Jena Slater in the Pole Vault (7' 6") and the 4x100 Relay team of Isobel Scheffey, Gibson, Julya Slater and Haley Dean.

Second places came from Julya Slater in the 1500 (5:47.5) and Dean in the 400 Hurdles (1:23.3). Third places were posted by Scheffey in the 200 and Dean in the Long Jump.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Kennedey Heichel on the way to victory in the 100 Meter Hurdles.
Middle: Odessa's Jaylin Rumsey on the way to winning the Shot Put.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Jena Slater clears the bar in the Pole Vault. She won the event. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge, left, and Daniel Paradiso on the way to a 1-2 finish in the 1600. Right: O-M's Nick Sgrecci goes airborne. He won the Triple Jump.

O-M honored its seniors midway through the meet. From left: Sage Garrison, Anjelika Friis, Andy Fudala, Garrett Allen and Nick Sgrecci.

Left: Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby on the way to victory in the 1500. Right: The Senecas' Allison Gibson clears the bar at 4' 6" to win the High Jump.

Left: Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey overtakes O-M's Meagan Terry in the homestretch of the 4x100 Relay. Right: O-M's Andy Hartford in the 110 Meter Hurdles. (Both photos by Doug Yeater)

From left: Watkins Glen's Julya Slater and Haley Dean; and O-M's Hailey Perraut.

From left: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt; O-M's Hannah Bruno and Noah Brewster.

Left: O-M's McKennah Lott at the start of the 100. Right: Watkins' Cameron Connelly hits the sand in the Long Jump.

Golf: Odessa boys lose to Edison

ITHACA, April 26 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team fell to 0-4 Tuesday when it dropped a 227-300 decision to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Hillendale Golf Course's par-35 front-9.

Jon Andrews led the Indians with a 54, while Tyler Saunders shot a 55, Brandon Ray a 57, and Trey McCarty a 61. Edison, now 4-2, was led by Dylan Lee's 39.

Hillendale is Odessa-Montour's home course.

Watkins Glen lacrosse team falls to CV

WATKINS GLEN, April 26 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team's record slipped to 2-6 Tuesday when the Senecas dropped a 22-1 decision to Chenango Valley in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

The lone goal for Watkins was scored by Joe Chedzoy with an assist from Dalton Cummings.

The Senecas return to action Friday at Oneonta.

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Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Dylan Platon (16) defends against a Chenango Valley player in Tuesday's game. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Watkins Glen catcher Katlyn Kernan tags out a Newark Valley runner in a play at the plate. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen softball team wins 1st game of year

WATKINS GLEN, April 25 -- Brienna Solomon drove in two runs in the bottom of the 6th inning Monday to propel the Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team to its first victory since the 2015 season, 10-8 against Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS softball field.

The Senecas, now 1-7 (after going winless in 2016), rallied from a 4-0 deficit after a half inning, scoring twice in the bottom of the inning and five times in the 2nd for a 7-4 advantage. NV came back to tie it 8-8 in the 5th inning, setting the stage for the Senecas' winning rally.

Watkins' Claudia Parker and Kathryn Losey walked in the 6th, and advanced to second and third on a passed ball. Solomon then delivered a single to center, scoring both runners. Parker, pitching a complete game for the Senecas (striking out two and walking just one), set down the Cardinals one-two-three in the 7th inning to secure the victory.

Cierra Barber registered a third of Watkins' 9 hits, going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Other hits came from Solomon (2-for-4 with one run and 3 RBIs), Kelsey Kernan (1-for-2 with 2 runs scored), Katlyn Kernan (1-for-3 with a run scored), Parker (1-for-3 with 2 runs scored and an RBI), and Mikenna Ayers (1-for-4 with 2 RBIs). Kathryn Losey (0-for-1) also registered an RBI.

The victory avenged a season-opening 16-6 loss to Newark Valley on the road.

The Senecas return to action today (Tuesday) at home against Newfield.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan is safe in a play at the plate. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: The Senecas' Claudia Parker delivers a pitch. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: Watkins Glen first baseman Cierra Barber prepares to catch a pop fly as teammate Mikenna Ayers backs her up. Right: The Senecas' Kathryn Losey hauls in a pop fly. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Katlyn Kernan bunts. Right: The Senecas' Brienna Solomon connects. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Seneca Indians pitcher Michael Doane. Right: WG/OM's Sean Kelly dives safely back to first base on a pickoff attempt.

Seneca Indians fall to Newark Valley, 4-3

ODESSA, April 25 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team held the lead twice Monday before falling to Newark Valley 4-3 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Odessa-Montour baseball field.

The Seneca Indians (3-5), a combined squad of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes, rode a 2-0 lead into the 4th inning before NV tied it, and then edged ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the 4th, only to see the Cardinals strike for two more runs in the top of the 5th and a 4-3 lead that stood up.

Derrick Lewis had two of the Indians' five hits -- one of them a double -- along with two walks and an RBI. He reached first on a walk with two out in the 7th, only to be stranded there.

Other hits came from Josh Updyke (1-for-3 with 2 stolen bases, a run scored and an RBI), Michael Doane (1-for-4 with a run scored) and Sean Kelly (1-for-3).

Doane pitched for WG/OM into the final inning, allowing two earned runs on six hits while striking out six and walking two. Updyke relieved for one out.

The Seneca Indians return to action Wednesday at Waverly.

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Photos in text:

Top: The throw arrives too late to Seneca Indians second baseman Isaac McIlroy as a Newark Valley runner steals second base.

Bottom: The Seneca Indians' centerfielder, Caleb Thomas, closes in on a fly ball to left-center. He made the catch.

Seneca Indians first baseman Johnny Neidermaier (2) stretches on a throw to first. The hard-charging Newark Valley player was out.

O-M softball team falls to Edison, 15-1

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, April 25 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team fell to Edison 15-1 Monday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Edison softball field.

Edison, which amassed 15 hits, scored in all six innings, building a 6-0 lead through four innings and then adding eight runs in the 5th and one in the 6th. O-M's lone run came in the 4th inning.

The Indians managed just one hit -- by Breanna Bentley -- while committing five errors. Edison had two miscues.

O-M will return to action Wednesday at home against Newfield. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

O-M tennis team tops Newark Valley

ODESSA, April 25th -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team defeated Newark Valley 6-1 Monday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the O-M tennis courts.

The Indians won three of the four singles matches and all three doubles matches.

The results:

1st Singles: Curtis Harris (O-M) defeated Thomas Durand (NV) 6-0, 6-0
2nd Singles: Billy Tague (O-M) defeated Alyssa Sepelak (NV) 6-3, 6-1
3rd Singles: Colby Davis (NV) defeated Andy Doan (O-M) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (10-8)
4th Singles: Cameron Adams (O-M) defeated Kaya Luciani (NV) 6-2, 7-5
1st Doubles: Rhys Stermer & Mitchell Scata (O-M) defeated Ashley Marsh & Lindsy Diego (NV) 6-2, 6-3
2nd Doubles: DeShawn Johnson & Noah Austin (O-M) defeated Alexander Umiker & Natalie Shofkum (NV) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
3rd Doubles: Bronwyn Stermer & Nakiaha Robinson (O-M) defeated Hannah Crowingshield & Melinda Byrne (NV) 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2

Odessa-Montour will return to action today (Tuesday) at Moravia.

Photo in text: O-M's Mitch Scata returns the ball against Newark Valley.

The Odessa doubles team of Nakiaha Robinson (left) and Bronwyn Stermer won.



Glen lacrosse team falls to Whitney Point

WHITNEY POINT, April 25 -- The Watkins Glen varsity lacrosse team's record slipped to 2-5 Monday when the Senecas dropped a 16-7 road decision to Whitney Point.

Jackson Dunham led the Senecas with four goals, while Joe Chedzoy had 3 goals and 2 assists and won 11 face-offs and 15 ground balls. Seth Swinnerton had 2 assists and Dylan Platon one. Kaitlyn Valla registered 6 saves in goal.

Watkins Glen returns to action today (Tuesday) at home against Chenango Valley.

Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse reaches low to return the ball. He won his singles match.

Watkins tennis team loses to Waverly, 4-3

WATKINS GLEN, April 25 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team's record slipped to 3-4 Monday when the Senecas dropped a 4-3 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the WGHS tennis courts.

The Senecas won just one of its four singles matches, with Dylan Morse taking a 6-3, 6-1 decision. They won two of the three doubles matches, with Nate Wickham-Elise Allington prevailing 6-1, 6-1 and Tim Clifford-Ali LaMoreaux taking a 6-1, 6-2 decision.

Jill Cantieni and Clint Craven lost their singles matches in straight sets, as did the doubles team of Megan Hazlitt-Makenna Fraboni. Peter Sandritter dropped the other singles match in a nail-biter, losing the first game 6-3, winning the second game 6-4, and losing the third game 7-5.

"It was a very competitive match with it coming down to some close games," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "The kids continue to play well and compete so I am very pleased with where we are right now. We have two more matches this week to end the regular season before we play in the IAC tournament next weekend."

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Trumansburg.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Clint Craven volleys against Waverly.

Watkins Glen's Peter Sandritter, left, and Jill Cantieni volley in their singles matches.

Golf: Watkins boys top Waverly 240-259

WAVERLY, April 25 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team improved its season mark to 3-1 Monday when it defeated Waverly 240-259 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-37 front-9 at the Shepard Hills golf course.

"If winning was all that mattered, then it was a good day," said Watkins Glen Coach Rob Michel. "But it was sloppy play, all over the place. Hopefully we learned something from it and can move on."

Ryan Clark led the Senecas with a 41, while Alex Gibson registered a 48, Sam Hanley 50, Jacob Carocci 50, and Max Schimizzi 51.

The win was a division one, lifting the Senecas' mark in the IAC Large School South Division to 2-1.

Golf: Odessa-Montour boys fall to Tioga

TIOGA CENTER, April 25 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team fell to Tioga 214-317 Monday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Tioga Golf Club's par-35 front-9.

Brandon Ray led Odessa with a 49, while Jon Andrews shot a 53. Sam Taylor led Tioga with a 36, one of three Tioga scores below 40.

The Indians (0-3) return to action today (Tuesday) at home against Edison.

Athlete of the Week: WG's Joe Chedzoy

SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 24 -- This week we honor a lacrosse player as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week.

Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy earned the honor for leading the Senecas to their first two victories of the season, and very nearly a third. He scored 11 goals in four games and had 10 assists while also winning 85 face-offs.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen track's Shawn Rutledge, Patrick Hazlitt, Gabe Planty, Aaron Planty, Casen Weeden, Kai Sutterby, Isobel Scheffey, Haley Dean and Allison Gibson; Odessa-Montour track's Zach Elliott; Watkins Glen golfer Ryan Clark; and Watkins Glen lacrosse players Jake Kelly, Jackson Dunham and Dalton Cummings.

Honorable Mention: Another 29 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy.

Watkins Glen's Seth Swinnerton (15, center) battles for possession of the ball.

Watkins lacrosse team wins 2nd straight

WATKINS GLEN, April 23 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team won its second game in two days Saturday, coming from behind to defeat Marcus Whitman 12-10 in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

The Senecas, now 2-4, trailed 6-4 at halftime and then 7-4 early in the third period, but scored the next five goals for a 9-7 edge entering the final quarter. Whitman pulled within a goal at 9-8 and 10-9 before Watkins Glen built the lead to three goals at 12-9. The Wildcats scored their final goal in the game's final second.

Jake Kelly led the Senecas with four goals, while Jackson Dunham and Joe Chedzoy had three apiece, and Dalton Cummings two. Single assists were registered by Cummings, Dunham, Dylan Platon and Chedzoy, who also won 17 face-offs and 14 ground balls. Kaitlyn Valla had six saves in goal.

The victory avenged a 13-6 season-opening loss for Watkins Glen at Marcus Whitman in late March. The Senecas return to action Monday at Whitney Point.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Jake Kelly scores a second-half goal.

Left: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy (23) prepares to pass the ball. Right: The Senecas' Avery Watson sends a shot toward the goal. It went wide right.

Bath track invitational: Hazlitt, Elliott, Planty, Rutledge, Sutterby post victories

BATH, April 22 -- Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour track and field athletes competed Friday at the Bath Invitational track meet, and five of them came away with event victories.

Winners from Watkins Glen included:

-- Patrick Hazlitt, who captured the 400 Meter Run with a time of 51.95;
-- Shawn Rutledge, who took the Steeplechase in 10:05.86 and was named the meet's Outstanding Distance Runner;
-- Gabe Planty, who won the 1600 Meter Run in 4:38.67, earning him a special Tony Verage Mile Award; and
-- Kai Sutterby, who won her 800 Meter race in 2:38.86.

O-M's Zach Elliott won the Discus with a throw of 122' 4" -- which combined with his third place in the Shot Put (43' 10.75") earned him the meet's Outstanding Thrower award.

The meet, a non-scoring event for teams, also saw second places from:

-- Watkins Glen's Aaron Planty in the 1600 (at 4:44.89);
-- O-M's Jaylin Rumsey in the Shot Put (82' 4.5");
-- O-M's Nadia Simpson in the 100 Meter Dash (13.10);
-- O-M's Jeremiah Lynch in the Pole Vault (9' 6");
-- O-M's 3200 Relay team of Noah Brewster, Alec Betts, Nick Sgrecci and Trevor Dunn.
-- Watkins Glen's girls 800 Meter Relay team of Isobel Scheffey, Jena Slater, Haley Dean and Allison Gibson with a school record time of 2:01.23; and
-- Watkins Glen's boys 800 Meter Relay team of Casen Weeden, Patrick Hazlitt, Aaron Planty and Gabe Planty, with a school record time of 1:39.5.

Third places: Watkins Glen's Daniel Paradiso in the Steeplechase, O-M's Casey Underdown in the 3000 Meter Run, and O-M's Hannah Bruno in the 400.

Fourth places: O-M's Jaylin Rumsey in the Shot Put, Watkins Glen's Allison Gibson in the Long Jump, O-M's Jacob Zimmerman in the Pole Vault, and O-M's girls 400 Relay team of Hunter Daugherty, Nadia Simpson, Hannah Bruno and Kennedey Heichel.

Fifth places: O-M's Hannah Bruno in the Triple Jump, O-M's Kennedey Heichel in the 400 Meter Hurdles, Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey in the 100 Meter Dash and in the 400 Meter Run, Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby in the 1500 Meter Run, O-M's Nick Sgrecci in the Steeplechase, and O-M's 1600 Relay team of Noah Brewster, Alec Betts, Jeremiah Lynch and Noah Angle.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Allison Gibson hands off to Haley Dean in the 800 Meter Relay.
Bottom: From left, Watkins Glen Steeplechase competitors Shawn Rutledge (1st place), Daniel Paradiso (3rd) and Sean Holland (7th). (Photos provided)

From left: Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey, O-M's Nick Sgrecci, and Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby and Gabe Planty. (Photos provided)

Watkins' Dylan Platon heads for the ground after being tripped by an Oneonta player.

Watkins lacrosse team notches 1st win

WATKINS GLEN, April 22 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team -- led by four goals each by Jake Kelly and Dalton Cummings -- defeated Oneonta 16-15 Friday in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

The game -- marking the first win for the Senecas this season in five tries -- also saw Joe Chedzoy score three goals and dish out four assists while winning 17 face-offs. Jackson Dunham and Seth Swinnerton scored two goals each, and Dylan Platon one.

Assists were also posted by Cummings (2), Kelly, Avery Watson, Platon and Dunham.

The Senecas return to action today (Saturday) at home against Marcus Whitman. Game time is 11 a.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Jackson Dunham scores as the ball gets past the Oneonta goalkeeper.

Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy sends the ball flying, on the way into the Oneonta goal.

A quintet of players -- three from Oneonta and two from Watkins -- chase a loose ball.

Golf: Watkins girls 2nd in 3-team match

BIG FLATS, April 22 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team -- led by Hanley Elliott's 47 -- finished second in a three-team match Friday on the Willowcreek Golf Course's par-36 front-9.

Waverly won the match with a 192 total, led by medalist Capria Picco's 42. Watkins Glen totaled 217, while Horseheads was third at 226.

Other scores for Watkins Glen: Courtney Irwin 52, Gabi Decker 53, and Meghan Hayes 65.

The Senecas return to action Monday at Corning Country Club against Waverly, Spencer-Van Etten, Lansing and Corning. They then play at home Wednesday against Waverly and S-VE.

Golf: Watkins boys top Edison, 225-241

WATKINS GLEN, April 22 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team improved its record to 2-1 Friday when it defeated Edison 225-241 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference non-divisional match on the Watkins Glen Golf Course.

The Senecas were led by Ryan Clark, who shot a 39 on the par-36 course. Patrick Bannon added a 43, Alex Gibson 44, Jacob Carocci 47, and Ezra Evans 52.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Ryan Clark chips onto the sixth green in Friday's match.

Left: Watkins Glen's Ezra Evans chips onto the 2nd green. Right: The Senecas' Patrick Bannon hits an approach shot on No. 6 at the Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Golf: O-M girls open season, place 2nd

WAVERLY, April 21 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity golf team placed second among four teams competing Thursday in a season-opening match on the par-34 back-nine at Tomasso's Golf Course in Waverly.

Gillian Clark led the Indians with a 47 as the team totaled 227. Waverly won with a 183, while Elmira posted a 255 and Spencer-Van Etten/Candor a 276.

Other scores for Odessa were: Catherine Rounds 55, Gabby Fazzary 59, and Eliza Starkweather 66.

"And we are off!" said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "The girls played fairly well for the first time out."

Golf: Watkins boys fall to Newark Valley

WATKINS GLEN, April 21 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team's record slipped to 1-1 Thursday when the Senecas dropped a 224-238 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference divisional match on the Watkins Glen Golf Course.

The Senecas were led by Ryan Clark's 41 on the par-36 course. Jacob Carocci registered a 43, Patrick Bannon 47, Alex Gibson 53, and Ezra Evans 54.

Chad Wright led Newark Valley (now 3-0) with a 39.

Watkins Glen returns to action today (Friday) at home against Edison.

Watkins modified lacrosse team wins

WATKINS GLEN, April 21 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified lacrosse team evened its record at 1-1-1 Thursday when it defeated Elmira Notre Dame 6-3 in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

The contest, ended with 2:22 remaining due to inclement weather, saw Tanner Dunham register three goals and two assists.

Also scoring were Nate Van Amburg, Seamus Mooney and Dawson Wade. Goalie Ethan Day had a dozen saves.

The Senecas return to action Monday against Elmira in a game at Broadway Academy.

Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Dawson Wade (1) scores a goal against Elmira Notre Dame. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy (23) wins a faceoff, one of 23 he won during the game.

Watkins lacrosse team loses to Dryden

WATKINS GLEN, April 19 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team came up short Wednesday against Dryden, falling 17-6 in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

The Senecas, who were down 11-3 at halftime, got three goals from Joe Chedzoy, two from Jackson Dunham and one from Dalton Cummings.

Dylan Platon registered two assists, while Chedzoy and Seth Swinnerton had one each.

Chedzoy won 23 faceoffs for the Senecas, and led the team with 17 ground balls.

Watkins Glen returns to action Friday when it hosts Oneonta. Game time is 5 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen goalie Connor Smith, left, passes the ball to teammate Seth Swinnerton.

Left: Watkins Glen's Dalton Cummings passes the ball in the first half of Wednesday's game. Right: The Senecas' Avery Watson (6) slows a Dryden attack.

Golf: Odessa-Montour boys fall to ND

ITHACA, April 19 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team fell to 0-2 Wednesday when it dropped a 256-316 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-35 front-nine of O-M's home course, the Hillendale Golf Club.

The contest was played in wet, windy and 45-degree weather.

Notre Dame, now 2-1, was led by Nick Murray's 41. Odessa was led by Tyler Saunders' 53 and Brandon Ray's 54.

"For an 8th grader in those conditions, that was a nice round by Tyler," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich.

Golf: Watkins boys defeat Notre Dame

HORSEHEADS, April 19 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team opened its season on a winning note Tuesday, defeating Elmira Notre Dame 249-268 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Mark Twain Golf Course's par-36 front-nine.

Ryan Clark led the way for the Senecas with a 43, while Sam Hanley posted a 48, Max Schimizzi 49, Jacob Carocci 52, and Georgio Fazzary 57.

The victory was a division win for Watkins, which competes in the IAC Large School South with ND, Newark Valley and Waverly.

The Senecas return to action today (Wednesday) at home on the Watkins Glen Golf Course against Edison.

Odessa-Montour's Bronwyn Stermer volleys in a doubles match won by Notre Dame.

O-M tennis team loses to Notre Dame

ODESSA, April 19 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team's season mark slipped to 1-2 Tuesday when the Indians dropped a 7-0 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the O-M tennis courts.

The results:

1st Singles: Jack Kaffenbarger (Elmira Notre Dame) defeated Curtis Harris (Odessa-Montour) 6-4, 6-1
2nd Singles: Derek Tsang (Elmira Notre Dame) defeated Billy Tague (Odessa-Montour) 6-0, 6-4
3rd Singles: Aiden Sharma (Elmira Notre Dame) defeated Andy Doan (Odessa-Montour) 6-0, 6-1
4th Singles: Nick Steed (Elmira Notre Dame) defeated Cameron Adams (Odessa-Montour) 6-0, 6-0
1st Doubles: Mitch Vargas and Declan Sharma (Elmira Notre Dame) defeated Mitchell Scata and Rhys Stermer (Odessa-Montour) 6-1, 6-0
2nd Doubles: Spencer Rayne & Aaron Yang (Elmira Notre Dame) defeated Noah Austin and DeShawn Johnson (Odessa-Montour) 6-3, 6-2
3rd Doubles: Pat Finnerty and Victor Tsang (Elmira Notre Dame) defeated Bronwyn Stermer and Nakiaha Robinson (Odessa-Montour) 6-1, 6-1

Odessa-Montour returns to action Thursday at home against Trumansburg.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Curtis Harris returns a Notre Dame shot.

Bottom: Odessa's Mitch Scata volleys.

Odessa-Montour's Rhys Stermer connects with the ball in one of three doubles matches.

Seneca Indians defeat Candor, 7-6

CANDOR, April 19 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team won a back-and-forth contest Tuesday, defeating Candor 7-6 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Candor baseball field.

Each team registered eight hits in a game that saw Candor up 1-0 and 2-1 before the Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen High School athletes -- pulled ahead 5-2 with a run in the 3rd inning and three runs in the 4th .

Candor responded with a run in the 5th and two in the 6th to tie the game 5-5, but WG/OM regained the lead with two runs in the 7th and held off a Candor rally in the bottom of the frame that produced one run.

Michael Doane pitched the first five innings for the Seneca Indians, striking out six batters. Johnny Neidermaier and Derrick Lewis completed the mound work. Doane and Alex Grady each had two hits for WG/OM, while Lewis, Isaac McIlroy, Neidermaier and Ben Matthews each had one hit. Lewis drove in two runs.

The Indians return to action today (Wednesday) at Lansing.

Watkins tennis team loses to Edison

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, April 19 -- The Watkins Glen varsity tennis team's record slipped to 3-2 Tuesday when the Senecas dropped a 5-2 decision to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Edison tennis courts.

Wins for Watkins Glen were posted by Dylan Morse in singles, and by the doubles team of Tim Clifford-Ali LaMoreaux.

"Collectively we were a little sluggish coming off spring break," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Dylan Morse had another terrific match in the fourth singles spot. Ali LaMoreaux and Tim Clifford remained unbeaten as a doubles team, closing out a tough three-set match.

"Every match is a learning experience, and I love that the kids on this team treat it that way. We will get back at it with three matches scheduled over the next three days (weather permitting)."

The Senecas are slated to host Union Springs this afternoon (Wednesday).

O-M softball team falls to Newark Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, April 19 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team's record slipped to 1-3 Tuesday when the Indians lost 16-4 to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newark Valley softball field.

Newark Valley jumped in front 7-0 with a run in the 1st inning and six in the 2nd, and scored in three other innings. O-M scored twice in the 3rd and twice in the 7th.

Odessa managed just four hits and committed eight errors. NV had 12 hits while committing two errors.

Grace Vondracek pitched for O-M, striking out seven batters and walking four. She had one of the team's four hits (1-for-2, a triple), walked, scored a run, stole two bases and had an RBI. The other O-M hits came from Dasia Herrmann (1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored), Isabel Foote (1-for-3 with one walk and one run scored), and Lydia Lynch (1-for-3). Alyssa Crout was on base twice with walks, and Megan Jenkins walked once.

The Indians return to action today (Wednesday) at home against Groton.

Watkins softball team drops 2 to Waverly

WAVERLY, April 19 -- The Watkins Glen varsity softball team sustained two losses to Waverly Tuesday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference games on the Waverly softball field.

The Senecas dropped the opener 20-0 in a game shortened by the "mercy rule," failing to get a hit in the process and committing six errors. Waverly had 14 hits and no errors.

Watkins Glen lost the nightcap 15-0 in a game also shortened by the "mercy rule." The Senecas notched two hits and committed five errors, while Waverly had 10 hits and one error. The Watkins hits were by Katlyn Kernan and Claudia Parker.

The Senecas (now 0-7) return to action Friday at Odessa-Montour.

Golf: O-M boys open with a loss to S-VE

CATATONK, April 19 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team sustained a season-opening loss Tuesday when it failed to field a full squad of five golfers in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match against Spencer-Van Etten.

The match, on the Catatonk Creek par-36 front-nine, saw S-VE win with a 274 total. Odessa was led by Brandon Ray's 51. Trey McCarty fired a 59, Jon Andrews 60, and Tyler Saunders 65. The team was short a player because of an injury. It is expected to field a full contingent moving forward.

The Indians are home today (Wednesday) against Elmira Notre Dame. O-M has a new home course this season: Hillendale Golf Course on Applegate Road outside Ithaca.

Watkins hosts modified track meet

WATKINS GLEN, April 19 -- Watkins Glen High School hosted a three-school modified track meet Tuesday as the Senecas competed against Odessa-Montour and Spencer-Van Etten.

Among the female winners were Watkins Glen's Kayla Palmer in the 55 Meter Hurdles and Briana Hayes in the Long Jump. Among the male winners were Watkins Glen's Nick Wilston in the 55 Meter Hurdles and 200 Meter Hurdles; Ben Swinnerton in the 1500 Meters; Max Evans in the 400 Meters, 800 Meters and High Jump; and Brendan Sheesley in the Discus.

O-M winners included Ida Sidle in the 100 Meters and 200 Meters, Victoria Martin in the 200 Meter Hurdles and as part of the 4x100 Relay team, Delaney Paulisczak in the High Jump and as part of the 4x100 Relay team, and Damion Rhodehouse in the Shot Put. Other members of the 4x100 girls relay were Brielle Arias and Autumn Garrison.

Glen girl golfers place 2nd in 3-team meet

CORNING, April 18 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team finished in second place among three teams competing Monday in a match at the Corning Country Club.

Hanley Elliott led the Senecas with a 43 as the team totaled 209 strokes, finishing behind Waverly's 187 and ahead of Corning's 248.

Other scores for Watkins: Gabi Decker 52, Courtney Irwin 54, and Meghan Hayes 60.

The Senecas return to action Friday at Willowcreek in Big Flats against Waverly and Horseheads.

Watkins Glen's Dalton Cummings (obscured at left) sends a shot into the ND net.

Watkins lacrosse team falls to ND, 21-18

WATKINS GLEN, April 18 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team built a 12-5 second-quarter lead Monday, but Notre Dame rallied to defeat the Senecas 21-18 in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

Watkins Glen, which led 13-9 at halftime, saw the Crusaders rally with a flurry of third-period goals to take the lead. Notre Dame then held off a fourth-quarter Watkins rally to secure the victory.

Watkins Glen returns to action Wednesday at home against Dryden.

Photo in text: The Senecas' Jackson Dunham (25) scores in first-half action.

Left: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy, left, tries to get past a Notre Dame defender. Right: The Senecas' Dylan Platon, left, moves the ball.

Watkins softball team falls to Candor

WATKINS GLEN, April 18 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team saw its season record fall to 0-5 Monday when the Senecas dropped an 8-1 decision to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS softball field.

Candor struck for three runs in both the 1st and 2nd innings, and added single runs in the 4th and 5th innings as it totaled nine hits. Watkins Glen scored its lone run in the 6th inning.

The Senecas had five hits. They came from Katlyn Kernan (2-for-3 with a double), Kelsey Kernan (1-for-3), Amber Benjamin (1-for-3) and Cierra Barber (1-for-3).

Claudia Parker went the distance on the mound for the Senecas, walking one batter and striking out five.

Watkins Glen returns to action today (Tuesday) with a doubleheader at Waverly.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen catcher Katlyn Kernan tags out a Candor runner at the plate. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen centerfielder Kelsey Kernan hauls in a fly ball. Right: The Senecas' third baseman, Amber Benjamin, fires to first after fielding a grounder. Pitcher Claudia Parker is at right. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen second baseman Mikenna Ayers scoops up a grounder to her left and throws to first with her glove hand for the out. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: O-M shortstop Isabel Foote handles a grounder. She threw to second for a force-out. Right: Notre Dame centerfielder Mackenzie Mahajan hauls in a long drive to center by Odessa's Grace Vondracek (foregound, running toward first base).

O-M softball team loses to Notre Dame

ODESSA, April 18 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity softball team's record slipped to 1-2 Monday when the Indians fell 18-2 to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M softball field.

The Crusaders scored twice in the 1st inning, five times in the 3rd, four times in both the 4th and 5th innings, and three times in the 6th inning. The game ended after six innings under the "mercy rule" that terminates games when one team is ahead by 15 or more runs after five innings.

Notre Dame amassed 14 hits in the game, with three each by Courteney Crater and Maura Glovins, and two apiece by Mackenzie Majahan, Makenzie Maloney and Izzy Milazzo. Crater, Milazzo, Maloney and Chloe Stemmerman each drove in two runs.

Grace Vondracek pitched for O-M, striking out three batters. She had two of O-M's three hits (2-for-3, a single and double) and its only RBI, and narrowly missed an extra-base hit when the ND centerfielder, Majahan, made an over-the-shoulder catch with her back to the plate on a drive by Vondracek in the 1st inning.

The only other hit for Odessa came from shortstop Isabel Foote (1-for-3). Dasia Herrmann, Heidi Casselberry and Grace Edger each drew a walk for the Indians. Herrmann and Casselberry scored the Indians' runs.

The Indians return to action Wednesday at home against Groton.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Dasia Herrmann (left) is out at first in a close play.
Bottom: Odessa third baseman Megan Jenkins prepares to throw to first after fielding a grounder.

Athlete of the Week: O-M's Zach Elliott

SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 17 -- This week we honor an O-M track and field athlete as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week.

Zach Elliott earns the honor for winning both the Shot Put and Discus at an invitational at East Syracuse Minoa High School, and then both events at the Molly Dry Memorial Invitational at Mansfield University. He was named that latter meet's Field MVP.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen runners Patrick Hazlitt and Shawn Rutledge.

Honorable Mention: Another 10 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal Odessa File All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Seneca Indians starting pitcher Isaac McIlroy prepares to throw to first after fielding a slow roller on the first-base side of the infield.

Seneca Indians lose to Edison, 17-0

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, April 14 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team dropped its fourth straight game Friday, falling to Edison 17-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference contest on the Edison baseball field.

The Seneca Indians (2-4) -- a combined squad of Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen High School ballplayers -- registered six hits to Edison's 19.

The Spartans scored twice in the 1st inning, five times in the 2nd and six times in the 3rd to build a 13-0 lead, and coasted from there.

The Seneca Indians filled the bases with one out in the 5th inning on singles by Andrew Ink and Michael Doane sandwiched around a walk to Sean Kelly, but left the runners stranded.

Ink and Kelly both singled in the 7th inning and reached second and third on a sacrifice bunt by Caleb Thomas, but were left stranded there, too.

Isaac McIlroy started on the mound for WGOM, and was relieved in the 3rd inning by Derrick Lewis.

Photos in text:

Top: The Indians' Andrew Ink connects for a single in the 7th inning.
Bottom: WGOM's Caleb Thomas puts down a sacrifice bunt in the 7th inning.

Seneca Indians pitcher Derrick Lewis dives in vain for a pop foul. The ball is upper left.

The Seneca Indians' Andrew Ink dives safely back to first base on a pickoff attempt.

Left: WGOM rightfielder Jordan Dillenback fields a base hit. Right: The Indians' second baseman, Isaac McIlroy, fields a grounder.

The Seneca Indians' Sean Kelly singles in the 7th inning. He was left stranded on base.

Left: WGOM hurler Derrick Lewis delivers a pitch. Right: Seneca Indians shortstop Michael Doane leaps for an errant throw as an Edison runner steals second base.

O-M's Elliott is Field MVP at Mansfield

MANSFIELD, April 13 -- Odessa-Montour High School track and field standout Zach Elliott won both the Shot Put and Discus events and was named Field MVP Thursday at the 24-school Molly Dry Memorial Invitational at Mansfield University.

Elliott threw the shot 46'5" and the discus 140'2" -- both personal records.

The O-M boys team placed 9th among the 24 competing high schools, most of them from Pennsylvania. Shikellamy was first with 150 points, far ahead of runnerup Jersey Shore (76.5). Odessa totaled 31 points.

In other events, O-M's Andy Fudala was 8th in the 100 Meter Dash (12.00) and 4th in the 110 Meter Hurdles (16.39); Noah Brewster was 8th in the 800 Meter Run (2:12.63); and the 4x800 Relay team of Noah Brewster, Micah Brewster, Alec Betts and Nick Sgrecci placed 5th (9:26.76).

Odessa-Montour Girls

The O-M girls finished in 20th place at the same invitational.

Jaylin Rumsey was 5th in the Discus (85'11") and 9th in the Shot (30'5"); Hannah Bruno was 8th in the Triple Jump (30'10"); Hannah Chapman and Nadia Simpson were 9th and 10th, respectively, in the High Jump (at 4'6"); Simpson was 7th in the 100 Meter Dash (13.65); and Alyssa Lindsley set a personal best with a 1:21.11 in the 400 Meter Run.

Watkins tennis team falls to Notre Dame

SOUTHPORT, April 13 -- The Watkins Glen varsity tennis team sustained its first loss of the season Thursday, falling to Elmira Notre Dame 6-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the ND tennis courts.

The Senecas, now 3-1, saw their lone victory delivered in the No. 4 singles match by Dylan Morse, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

"Tonight we ran into a really good Elmira Notre Dame team," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Dylan Morse was a standout today, winning a very competitive match against Spencer Rayne. This was a big match for him, playing the talented senior, and he really stepped up and played well to remain unbeaten on the season. Clint Craven had another very competitive match and had some tremendous moments before falling short in the third set.

"The kids are all playing hard, and I'm excited to see them improve moving toward the latter half of the season."

Track: Glen girls win one, boys lose two

NEWARK VALLEY, April 13 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity track team posted its first victory of the season Thusday, defeating Chenango Forks 39-25 while losing to Newark Valley 126-13 in a three-school meet at Newark Valley.

Meanwhile, the WGHS boys team sustained two defeats, falling to Chenango Forks 57-46 and Newark Valley 91-37. Among the boys' victories were those by Patrick Hazlitt in the 200 and 400 Meter Runs, and by Shawn Rutledge in the 3200 Meter Run.

The Watkins teams were depleted by Spring Break and injuries.

The Seneca Indians' Johnny Neidermaier slides back safely to first on a pickoff try.

Trumansburg no-hits Seneca Indians, 8-0

ODESSA, April 12 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team failed to register a hit Wednesday on the way to an 8-0 loss to Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Odessa-Montour High School baseball field.

The loss was the third in a row for the 2-3 Seneca Indians, a combined team of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes. They are scheduled to return to action Friday at Edison. Game time is 11 a.m.

Trumansburg's Liam Reynolds struck out eight batters and didn't walk anyone in his 71-pitch masterpiece, marred only by a couple of errors by his teammates.

Michael Doane started on the mound for the Indians, going five innings and allowing four runs, three of them earned, on five hits while striking out four batters and walking two. Derrick Lewis relieved in the 6th, allowing four runs on three hits while striking out three and walking three.

Photos in text:

Top: Seneca Indians second baseman Isaac McIlroy flags down a high throw as a Trumansburg runner slides safely into second.

Bottom: Trumansburg pitcher Liam Reynolds, who threw a no-hitter.

Left: The Seneca Indians' Caleb Thomas fouls off a pitch. Right: The Indians' starting pitcher, Michael Doane.

Left: Seneca Indians rightfielder Justin Stutzman hauls in a long fly ball. Center: The Indians' leftfielder, Alex Grady, prepares to catch a fly ball. Right: The Indians' centerfielder, Sean Kelly, catches a long fly.

The Seneca Indians' Ben Matthews hits a grounder that was misplayed by the Trumansburg third baseman, putting Matthews on first. It was one of two T-burg errors.

Glen softball team loses to Edison, 16-1

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, April 12 -- The Watkins Glen varsity softball team's record slipped to 0-4 Wednesday when the Senecas dropped a 16-1 decision to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

The contest ended in six innings, when the Spartans pushed their lead to 15 runs and triggered the "mercy rule" that ends contests when one team is ahead by that much after five or more innings.

Edison amassed 18 hits in the game, scoring four times in the 2nd inning and seven times in the 3rd, adding one run in the 4th and four runs in the 6th. Watkins Glen scored its lone run in the top of the 6th on an RBI single by Kathryn Losey (who was 1-for-3) that scored Katlyn Kernan (who was 2-for 3). The Senecas' only other hit came from Kelsey Kernan (1-for-3).

The Senecas return to action Monday at Candor.

Watkins Glen's Katlyn Kernan scores her team's lone run in the fourth inning against Tioga. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen softball team falls twice; now 0-3

WATKINS GLEN, April 11 -- The Watkins Glen varsity softball team played two games Monday, losing both of them -- 7-0 to Elmira Notre Dame in a noon game, and 5-1 to Tioga in a 4:30 p.m. contest.

The losses leave the Senecas' season mark at 0-3 heading into a game today (Tuesday) at Union Springs.

Notre Dame 7, Watkins Glen 0

The Senecas allowed two runs by Notre Dame in the 1st and 3rd innings, and three in the 7th inning. Each team had seven hits.

Hits for Watkins Glen came from Kelsey Kernan (1-for-3), Katlyn Kernan (1-for-3), Kathryn Losey (2-for-2), Brienna Solomon (1-for-3), Cierra Barber (1-for-3) and Claudia Parker (1-for-3)

Parker went the distance on the mound for the Senecas, walking three batters. The Senecas committed two errors behind her.

Tioga 5, Watkins Glen 1

Watkins Glen was held to one hit -- by Katlyn Kernan, who also scored the team's only run on an RBI by Solomon.

Tioga had nine hits, scoring once in the 1st inning, once in the 4th, and three times in the 5th inning.

Parker went the distance on the mound again for Watkins Glen, striking out six batters and allowing no walks. Each team committed one error.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen pitcher Claudia Parker prepares to throw to first after fielding the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: The Senecas' second baseman, Mikenna Ayers, hauls in a Notre Dame pop fly.

Left: Watkins Glen shortstop Kathryn Losey throws to first base after fielding a Notre Dame grounder. Right: Seneca center fielder Kelsey Kernan prepares to catch an ND fly ball. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen first baseman Cierra Barber. Right: The Senecas' left fielder, Brienna Solomon, makes a running catch against Tioga. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Seneca Indians shortstop Michael Doane throws to first after fielding a grounder. Right: The Indians' third baseman, Ben Matthews, fields a ground ball.

Seneca Indians fall to Tioga, drop to 2-2

ODESSA, April 11 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team saw its season mark slip to 2-2 Monday when it lost 26-1 to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Odessa-Montour baseball field.

The Seneca Indians, a team composed of O-M and Watkins Glen athletes, fell behind 8-0 in the 1st inning, and was down 14-0 after two innings and 24-0 after three innings. After the Indians scored their lone run in the 3rd inning, Tioga added two in the 4th. The game ended after five innings.

WGOM managed just one hit -- by Sean Kelly. The lone run was scored by Ben Matthews after he had walked. The Indians committed six errors, while Tioga played errorless ball.

Tioga amassed 22 hits, with Parker Hendershot going 4-for-5 with 6 RBIs and three runs scored, and Derek Barto going 4-for-5 with 3 RBIs and three runs scored.

The Seneca Indians return to action Wednesday at O-M against Trumansburg. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

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Photo at right: Seneca Indians left fielder Sean Kelly tracks down and catches a long fly ball. A Tioga runner on third tagged and scored on the play.

 

Left: The Seneca Indians second pitcher, Isaac McIlroy, throws out a batter after knocking down a smash to the mound. Right: The Indians' starting pitcher, Johnny Neidermaier.

O-M's Elliott wins twice at Minoa meet

EAST SYRACUSE, April 10 -- Odessa-Montour track and field standout Zach Elliott won both the Shot Put and Discus at an invitational meet Monday at East Syracuse Minoa High School.

Elliott, one of two O-M athletes accompanying coach Skip Strobel to the meet, tossed the shot 43' 10" and the Discus 131' 8". The other athlete, Andy Fudala, was sixth in the Long Jump (18' 11.25") and sixth in the High Jump (5' 6").

Athletes: Hazlitt,Vondracek and Elliott

SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 9 -- This week we honor a runner, a softball player and a field athlete as our Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Watkins Glen High School's Patrick Hazlitt earns the nod for his school-record time in the 400 Meter Run at a Campbell-Savona track meet, breaking a mark that had stood for 33 years.

Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek earns the honor for pitching a one-hitter in a softball victory over Newfield -- a game in which she struck out 10 batters and registered a pair of hits at the plate.

O-M's Zach Elliott grabs the third honor for a stellar week in which he won three times in a three-school meet (Shot, Discus, Triple Jump) and twice in an 11-school invitational (Shot and Discus with personal bests).

Double Honorable: O-M track's Andy Fudala, Nadia Simpson, Alec Betts, Nick Sgrecci, Trevor Dunn, Noah Brewster, Paden Grover, Kennedey Heichel and Jaylin Rumsey; Watkins Glen track's Shawn Rutledge, Casen Weeden, Cameron Connelly and Ryan Pruitt; O-M softball's Heidi Casselberry; O-M tennis player Curtis Harris; and Watkins tennis players Clint Craven, Peter Sandritter, Dylan Morse, Tim Clifford, Ali LaMoreaux, Kendra Larson and Elise Allington.

Honorable Mention: Another 34 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

O-M boys 4th at Elmira track invitational

ELMIRA, April 8 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity track team -- led by victories in the Discus and Shot Put by Zach Elliott -- placed fourth Saturday among 11 schools at the Waite Molnar Invitational track meet at Ernie Davis Academy.

Elliott won the Shot with a heave of 44' 7" and the Discus with a throw of 135' 9" -- both personal bests. Also winning for O-M was the 4x800 Relay team of Alec Betts, Nick Sgrecci, Trevor Dunn and Noah Brewster.

The Indians finished with 70 points, trailing Corning (161), Binghamton (95) and Elmira (76). Williamson was behind them in fifth place (57), followed by Vestal (47), Athens (45), Johnson City (41), Elmira Notre Dame (41), Addison (37) and Campbell-Savona (17).

"It was a great day," said O-M Coach Skip Strobel, noting that the Indians might have reached third place had standout Andy Fudala not injured his back, forcing him from two events and to an early departure from the Pole Vault, where he nonetheless placed fourth. He was also second in the 110 Meter Hurdles in 17.51.

Also notable were a second by Paden Grover in the High Jump (5' 6"), a third in the Pole Vault by Jeremiah Lynch (9' 6"), a sixth in the Steeplechase by Sgrecci (7:22.91), and a sixth in the Long Jump by Preston Harris (17' 4.75").

Photo in text: O-M's Nick Sgrecci competes in the Steeplechase. (Photo provided)

O-M girls 7th at Elmira track invitational

ELMIRA, April 8 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity track team placed 7th among 11 schools Saturday at the Waite Molnar Invitational at Ernie Davis Academy.

The Indians finished with 34 points, trailing Corning (180), Elmira (133), Athens (131), Binghamton (48), Elmira Notre Dame (43) and Vestal (36). Trailing O-M were Williamson (30), Johnson City (18), Campbell-Savona (13) and Addison (6).

The best finishes for the Indians were posted by the following (PR is personal record):

--The 4x400 Relay team, 2nd (4:50.53), Meagan Terry, Nadia Simpson, Hannah Bruno, Hailey Perraut
--Nadia Simpson, 3rd in 100 Meter Dash (13.54); 8th in High Jump (4' 4")
--Hannah Bruno, 6th in 100 Meter Dash (14.09); 3rd in Triple Jump (31' 11.25" PR)
--Hailey Perraut, 11th in Triple Jump (28' 2"); 12th in Shot Put (22' 10.5")
--Casey Underdown, 14th in 3000 Meter Run (13:48.99)
--Jaylin Rumsey, 5th in Discus (83' 3" PR); 3rd in Shot Put (30' 1.5" PR)

O-M's Megan Jenkins slides safely into home following a passed ball in the 6th inning.

O-M softball team erupts late, wins 14-1

ODESSA, April 5 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team evened its record at 1-1 Wednesday when it scored 12 runs in the 6th inning en route to a 14-1 victory over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M softball field.

Grace Vondracek went the distance on the mound for the Indians, allowing just one hit while striking out 10 batters.

The Indians amassed 13 hits, including three by Heidi Casselberry, two each by Breeana Bentley, Isabel Foote and Vondracek, and one apiece by Dasia Herrmann, Megan Jenkins, Grace Edger and Emma Lodge. Bentley drove in three runs, while Jenkins, Herrmann and Foote had 2 RBIs apiece. Edger and Vondracek drove in one run each.

Their big 6th inning saw 17 Indians bat, starting with a sharp single by Vondracek and including 10 more hits, a walk and four Newfield errors.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Grace Vondracek singles to start the big 6th inning.
Bottom: The Indians' Isabel Foote fields a grounder in the 6th inning. She assisted on all three outs that inning.

Odessa's Heidi Casselberry connects with a pitch in the 6th inning. She had three hits.

Left: O-M first baseman Breeana Bentley tags out a Newfield batter trying to reach base. Right: The Indians' Grace Vondracek sends a pitch on its way in the 7th inning.

O-M catcher Derrick Lewis tags out a Waverly runner caught in a rundown between third base and home.

Seneca Indians fall to Waverly, 16-3

ODESSA, April 5 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team saw its record slip to 2-1 Wednesday when it dropped a 16-3 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Odessa-Montour baseball field.

The Seneca Indians, a combined O-M/Watkins Glen team, yielded five runs in the first inning and never challenged. They were down 6-1 after two innings and 13-1 after three innings. Waverly added two runs in the 4th inning and one in the 5th, while OMWG scored twice in the bottom of the 5th, the game's final inning.

The Wolverines amassed 12 hits and committed 2 errors. The Seneca Indians had 6 hits and 9 errors.

The OMWG hits came from Michael Doane (2-for-3), Josh Updyke (1-for-3), Caleb Thomas (1-for-3), Derrick Lewis (1-for-2), and Justin Stutzman (1-for-1). Updyke scored twice, and Stutzman once.

Johnny Neidermaier sarted on the mound for the Seneca Indians, and was relieved in the 3rd inning by Isaac McIlroy. Thomas pitched the final frame. The three of them combined struck out five batters and walked six.

Photo in text: O-M's Caleb Thomas pitches in relief late in the game.

O-M tennis team tops Union Springs

UNION SPRINGS, April 5 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team rebounded from last week's loss to Watkins Glen by defeating Union Springs 6-1 Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Union Springs tennis courts.

The Indians got wins in singles from Curtis Harris (6-0, 6-2), Andy Doane (7-5, 3-6, 7-5) and Cameron Adams (6-0, 6-3).

Doubles victories were posted by Mitchell Scata-Rhys Stermer (7-6 (8-6), 6-0), DeShawn Johnson-Noah Austin (6-4, 6-2), and Bronwyn Stermer-Nakiaha Robinson (6-4, 6-3).

Left: Watkins Glen's Jill Cantieni volleys in the No. 1 singles match. Right: The Senecas' Clint Craven runs down a volley in the No. 2 singles match.

Glen tennis team wins, improves to 3-0

WATKINS GLEN, April 5 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team lifted its season record to 3-0 Wednesday when it defeated Newark Valley 5-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the WGHS tennis courts.

The Senecas got victories in three singles matches and two doubles.

Posting wins in singles were Clint Craven (6-4, 6-0), Peter Sandritter (6-2, 6-4) and Dylan Morse (6-2, 6-0).

Winning their doubles matches were Kendra Larson-Elise Allington (6-0, 7-6) and Tim Clifford-Ali LaMoreaux (4-6, 6-1, 6-2).

"Between some injuries and kids leaving for vacation, we had to shuffle the lineup a little bit this afternoon," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse." Jill Cantieni did a great job stepping into the Number One singles spot at the last minute. Clint Craven, Peter Sandritter and Dylan Morse continued to impress with solid play today in the other singles positions.

"Elise Allington and Kendra Larson remained unbeaten in the second doubles position while Ali LaMoreaux and Tim Clifford are 3-0 on the season in the third doubles spot. I have been impressed to see these young players adapt in matches to very different styles of play so far this season. They all work hard and want to improve. I am very proud of their effort so far."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse leaps to volley in a singles match.

Track: Odessa boys win twice; now 3-0

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, April 5 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity track team lifted its season mark to 3-0 Wednesday with a 114-25 victory over Edison and a 99-41 win over Candor in a three-team Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet at Edison.

Zach Elliott posted three wins for Odessa -- in the Triple Jump (35' 7"), Discus (128' 7") and Shot Put (44'). Andy Fudala notched two wins -- in the 110 Meter Hurdles (15.8) and Long Jump (17' 9").

Other wins for O-M came from Jeremiah Lynch in the Pole Vault (10'), Paden Grover in the High Jump (5' 7"), and the 4x800 Relay team of Alec Betts, Grover, Trevor Dunn and Noah Brewster.

Track: Odessa girls win twice; now 2-1

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, April 5 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity track team won twice Wednesday, topping Edison 84-54 and Candor 78-41 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference three-team meet at Edison.

Nadia Simpson posted four victories for the Indians, winning the 100 (13.2), the 200 (28.7), the High Jump (4' 6") and the 4x100 Relay (with Hannah Bruno, Kennedey Heichel and Morgan Burnham).

Bruno also won the Triple Jump (29' 10"), while Heichel won the 100 Meter Hurdles (18.3) and 400 Meter Hurdles (1:23). Jaylin Rumsey won the Discus with a personal best of 83' 0" and was second in the Shot Put (27' 9.75"). Another first was registered by the 4x800 Relay team of Meagan Terry, Sage Garrison, Hailey Perraut and Casey Underdown.

Second places were registered by Underdown in the 3000, Terry in the Long Jump, Perraut in the Triple Jump, Hannah Chapman in the High Jump, Heichel in the Pole Vault, and the 4x400 Relay team of Bruno, Terry, Garrison and Burnham.

Seneca Indians edge NV, improve to 2-0

NEWARK VALLEY, April 3 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team held off a Newark Valley comeback Monday to post a 12-11 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory and improve to 2-0.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour athletes -- built an 11-5 lead in the first three innings. They scored five runs in the 1st inning, two in the 2nd inning and four in the 3rd inning while Newark Valley scored three times in the 1st and twice in the 2nd.

After that, NV chipped away with a run in the 4th, two each in the 5th and 6th, and one in the 7th before falling a run shy. What proved to be the winning run was scored by the Seneca Indians in the top of the 6th.

Caleb Thomas, Derrick Lewis and Sean Kelly each had two hits for the Indians, while Josh Updyke, Michael Doane, Alex Grady, Johnny Neidermaier and Isaac McIlroy had one each. Neidermaier drove in three runs, while Thomas, Doane and Lewis had 2 RBIs each and Voorheis 1 RBI.

The Seneca Indians had a total of 11 hits to Newark Valley's six. Austin Voorheis drew four walks for OMWG, and Updyke and Neidermaier had three apiece. The Indians ran wild on the bases, with 13 steals -- including 5 by Updyke, 3 by Voorheis and 2 by Doane. Each team committed five errors.

Doane started on the mound for OMWG, and was relieved by Voorheis in the 3rd inning. Updyke pitched the final two frames. Combined, they struck out 8 batters and walked 10.

O-M's Billy Tague volleys against Watkins Glen's Clint Craven. Craven won in three sets.

Tennis: Watkins Glen tops O-M, 6-1

WATKINS GLEN, April 3 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team improved its record to 2-0 Monday when it defeated Odessa-Montour 6-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the WGHS tennis courts.

The Senecas lost only in the No. 1 singles match, where O-M standout Curtis Harris topped Nathaniel Wickham 6-2, 6-3.

In the other singles matches, Watkins Glen's Clint Craven defeated O-M's Billy Tague, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4; the Senecas' Peter Sandritter defeated O-M's Andy Doane 6-2, 6-0; and Watkins' Dylan Morse prevailed over Cameron Adams, 6-3, 6-1.

In doubles, Watkins won all three matches. It was Jill Cantieni-Makenna Fraboni over Mitchell Scata-Rhys Stermer, 6-4, 6-1; Kendra Larson-Elise Allington over Noah Austin-Bromwyn Stermer, 6-2, 6-0; and Tim Clifford-Ali LaMoreaux over Jordan Robinson-DeShawn Johnson, 6-0, 6-0.

"We had nice weather for a change and the team really played very well," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Nathaniel Wickham fought hard against an excellent player in Curtis Harris in the Number One spot. Nathaniel is very good and continues to improve each day in a very challenging Number One singles role.

"Clint Craven and Billy Tague had an excellent match in second singles that was back and forth and fun to watch. Peter Sandritter and Dylan Morse continued to show a lot of potential in the third and fourth singles positions, and our doubles teams played great again. I’m proud of the hard work and effort they have displayed this year and I hope we can keep our momentum going forward."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Nathaniel Wickham returns a shot from O-M's Curtis Harris.
Bottom: The Senecas' Peter Sandritter returns a volley from O-M's Andy Doane.

Left: Watkins Glen's Clint Craven serves. Right: Tennis team members Grace Wickham (Watkins Glen, left) and Nakiaha Robinson (Odessa-Montour).

Odessa-Montour's Andy Doan, left, and Curtis Harris volley during their matches. Harris posted the Indians' lone victory of the day.

Watkins softball team opens with a loss

NEWARK VALLEY, April 3 -- The Watkins Glen varsity softball team began its season on a losing note Monday, falling to Newark Valley 16-6 after leading 6-1.

The Senecas built a five-run lead with two runs in the 2nd inning, three in the 3rd and one in the fourth, but the Cardinals responded with four runs in the bottom of the 4th inning, eight runs in the 5th and three in the 6th.

Watkins Glen registered five hits to NV's 13. The Senecas' hits, all singles, came from five different players: Kathryn Losey (1-for-3 with a run scored), Mikenna Ayers (1-for-2 with a run scored), Amber Benjamin (1-for-3 with two runs scored and 2 RBIs), Cierra Barber (1-for-3 with 2 RBIs), and Claudia Parker (1-for-2).

Parker went the distance on the mound for the Senecas, striking out one batter and walking two. Newark Valley is now 1-1.

The Senecas return to action today (Tuesday) at Candor. Their home opener is set for Wednesday against Waverly.

A Bath shot is on its way for one of that team's 10 first-half goals in an 18-4 victory.

Watkins lacrosse team falls to Bath, 18-4

WATKINS GLEN, April 3 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team built an early 3-1 lead Monday before Bath took control enroute to an 18-4 victory over the Senecas in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

The Senecas, down 10-4 at halftime, got two goals from Dalton Cummings and one each by Dylan Platon and Joe Chedzoy.Jackson Dunham had two assists, and Platon and Chedzoy one apiece.

Chedzoy led the team with nine ground balls and 11 winning face-offs.

The Senecas (0-2) return to action today (Tuesday) at home against Chenango Forks.

Game time is 5 p.m.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy comes away with the ball after a faceoff.

Bottom: The Senecas' Dylan Platon breaks free from a trio of Bath defenders. Watkins scored moments later.

Track: Glen boys win opener; girls lose

SOUTHPORT, April 3 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity track and field team won its season opener Monday, defeating Elmira Notre Dame 73-50 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the ND athletic field.

The Watkins Glen girls squad, meanwhile, fell to Notre Dame 63-22.

In the boys meet, the Senecas got first-place finishes from:

-- The 4x100 Relay team of Patrick Hazlitt, Casen Weeden, Aaron Planty and Ryan Pruitt (48.5):
-- Gabe Planty in the 1600 Meter Run (4:42.6);
-- Patrick Hazlitt in the 400 Meter Run (52.8);
-- Shawn Rutledge in the 400 Meter Hurdles (1:08.7) and 3200 Meter Run (10:48.2);
-- Casen Weeden in the Shot Put (38' 0") and the Discus (104' 5");
-- Cameron Connelly in the Long Jump (15' 6") and the Triple Jump ( 32' 9.5"); and
-- Ryan Pruitt in the High Jump (5' 2").

In the girls meet, Watkins Glen got first-place finishes from:

-- Isobel Scheffey in the 100 Meter Dash (13.3);
-- Kai Sutterby in the 800 Meter Run (2:38.4), and
-- Allison Gibson in the Long Jump (14' 10").

The Watkins teams return to action Thursday at Campbell-Savona.

Photo in text: Gabe Planty, right, and Aaron Planty on the way to first and second place, respectively, in the 1600 Meter Run. Each set a personal best in the event. (Photo by Amy Planty)

Athlete of the Week: Odessa's Fudala

SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 2 -- This week we honor a track standout as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week.

Odessa-Montour's Andy Fudala posted four victories as the Indians registered a season-opening track victory over a tough Tioga squad. He won the 110 Meter Hurdles, the 400 Meter Hurdles, the Long Jump and the Pole Vault.

Double Honorable: O-M track's Zach Elliott, Nadia Simpson and Kennedey Heichel; Seneca Indians baseball pitcher Michael Doane; and Watkins Glen lacrosse's Joe Chedzoy.

Honorable Mention: Another 26 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Strikers U19 team wraps up its season

Special to The Odessa File

SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 1 -- The Schuyler Strikers U19 Girls soccer team wrapped up its indoor season last weekend at the Byron-Bergen Indoor Tournament.

The girls competed in seven tournaments and made it to the playoffs several times. The season offered a variety of competition from the Central and Western New York regions. The Strikers played premier teams from Syracuse, Southern Tier teams, and Buffalo and Rochester area teams.

"The girls," said one of their coaches, "continuously improved throughout the season and played well together. We are very proud of their accomplishments and are looking forward to an exciting spring season. The spring will have them playing in the Broome County League, and registration is currently underway."

The team consists of McKennah Lott, Gabrielle Fazzary, Meghan Hayes, Rachel Husted, Hannah Matusicky, Julia Reilly, Catherine Rounds, Hannah Bruno, Hunter Daugherty, Sage Garrison, Isobel Scheffey, Cierra Barber, Lillian Betts, Briana Hayes, Kennedy Heichel, Casey Underdown, Alexis Saunders, and Genevieve Osborne. The coaches are Chris Croft and Lenny Allan.

Photo in text: Members of the Schuyler Striker U19 Girls soccer team. (Photo provided)

Watkins lacrosse team opens with a loss

RUSHVILLE, March 31 -- The Watkins Glen varsity lacrosse team opened its season on a losing note Friday, falling to Marcus Whitman 13-6 in a non-league road game.

Jake Kelly and Jackson Dunham each scored two goals for the Senecas, while Joe Chedzoy and Avery Watson scored one apiece. Chedzoy and Dylan Platon each registered an assist.

Chedzoy led the team with 13 controlled ground balls and won 19 of 22 faceoffs. Connor Smith had 8 saves in goal for the Senecas.

Watkins Glen returns to action Monday at home against Chenango Forks. Game time is 5 p.m.

Seneca Indians open with 15-2 victory

ODESSA, March 30 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team shrugged off the cold, rain and snow of opening day Thursday to post a 15-2 win over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Odessa-Montour baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of players from O-M and Watkins Glen -- found themselves down 1-0 entering the bottom of the 1st inning, but registered 10 runs in their half of the frame to break the game open.

They scored four more times in the 3rd inning and once in the 4th. The game was called after Newfield batted in the 5th.

The Seneca Indians had nine hits and three errors, and took advantage of six Newfield errors. Newfield managed four hits.

Michael Doane started on the mound for the Seneca Indians, and Johnny Neidermaier finished up.

Caleb Thomas notched two hlts for the home team, while Alex Grady and Josh Updyke drew two walks each. Austin Voorheis had 2 RBIs.

The Seneca Indians were scheduled to return to action Friday at home against Candor, but that game was postponed due to inclement weather.

Photos in text:

Top: Seneca Indians third baseman Austin Voorheis prepares to field a grounder, as shortstop Josh Updyke observes. Voorheis threw out the batter.
Bottom left: Seneca Indians second baseman Isaac McIlroy throws to first base.
Bottom right: Johnny Neidermaier pitched in relief for the Seneca Indians.

Left: The Seneca Indians' Josh Updyke pulls a ball left and into foul territory. Right: The Seneca Indians' starting pitcher, Michael Doane.

O-M's Andy Fudala clears a hurdle on the way to victory in the 110 Meter Hurdles.

O-M boys post track win over Tioga

ODESSA, March 30 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity track team opened the season Thursday with a 79-62 win against a chief rival -- Tioga -- in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the O-M athletic field.

The meet, held on a day that turned rainy with snow and with temperatures in the 30s, pitted two teams that have dominated their division recently, with one or the other winning the title over the past half-dozen years.

Andy Fudala and Zach Elliott led the way for the Indians, with Fudala winning the 110 Meter Hurdles in 16.6 seconds, the 400 Meter Hurdles in 1:03.0, the Long Jump at 18'11" and the Pole Vault with a leap of 9'6", and Elliott winning the Shot Put (39'10.5"), the Discus (128'4") and the High Jump (5'2").

Also winning for Odessa: Nick Sgrecci, celebrating his 18th birthday with a victory in the 3200 Meters (11:48.2), Noah Brewster in the 800 Meters (2:15.9), and Brewster, Alec Betts, Andrew Hartford and Paden Grover in the 4-by-400 Relay (4:03.6).

Second places for O-M were posted by Sgrecci in the 1600 Meter Run and the Triple Jump, Preston Harris at 200 Meters, Grover in the High Jump, and Jacob Zimmer in the Pole Vault.

The Indians return to action Tuesday at Edison in a three-team meet with Candor

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Alec Betts hands off the baton to Noah Brewster in the 4-by-400 Relay, which the Indians won.

Bottom: Odessa's Jeremiah Lynch competes in the Pole Vault, where he placed third.

O-M girls drop track opener to Tioga

ODESSA, March 30 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity track team opened its season on a losing note Thursday, falling to Tioga 72-65 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the O-M athletic field.

The meet, held on a day that turned rainy with snow and with temperatures in the 30s, saw O-M wins by:

-- Kennedey Heichel in the 100 Meter Hurdles (18.6) and Pole Vault (6'6");
-- Nadia Simpson in the 100 Meters (13.3) and 200 Meters (29.7);
-- Casey Underdown in the 3000 Meter run (13:17.5);
-- Hannah Bruno in the Triple Jump (25'11.5");
-- Jaylin Rumsey in the Shot Put (26' 5.25"); and
-- The 4-by-800 Relay team of Hailey Perraut, Meagan Terry, McKennah Lott and Underdown (15:06).

Second places were posted for O-M by Rumsey in the Discus, Simpson in the High Jump, Perraut in the Triple Jump and the 800 Meters, Heichel in the 400 Meter Hurdles, and Bruno at 100 Meters and 400 Meters.

The Indians return to action Tuesday at Edison in a three-team meet with Candor.

Photo in text: O-M's Hannah Bruno at the start of the 100 Meter race, where she finished second.

Left: O-M's Morgan Burnham takes off at start of the 100 Meters' second heat. She placed fifth. Right: The Indians' Hailey Perraut soars in the Triple Jump. She placed second.

O-M softball team falls 12-0 to Waverly

WAVERLY, March 30 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team opened its season with a 12-0 loss to Waverly Thursday in an Interscholatic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly softball field.

The game, ended after five innings, saw O-M struggle at the plate, registering just two hits -- one each by Grace Vondracek (a triple) and Breeana Bentley (a single). Waverly, with 10 hits, scored in every inning -- twice in the 1st, twice in the 2nd, once in the 3rd, four times in the 4th, and three times in the 5th.

Vondracek went the distance on the mound for Odessa, striking out five batters and walking five.

The Indians were scheduled to return to action Friday at home against Notre Dame, but that game was postponed until April 17.

Golf: Glen girls 3rd at Tomasso's match

WAVERLY, March 30 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team placed third Thursday among seven teams competing in a season-opening match at Tomasso's golf course.

Waverly won with a 179 team score, while Horseheads was second at 204, Watkins Glen third at 208, Lansing fourth at 259, Elmira fifth at 263, Corning sixth at 269, and Spencer-Van Etten seventh at 292.

Hanley Elliott led the Senecas with a 47, and was followed by Gabi Decker (50), Courtney Irwin (53), Alexis Atchie (58), and Sarah Swinnerton (62).

"The start of the season has been a struggle due to weather," said Watkins Glen Coach Chris Clark. "We have been limited in our time outside and have yet to practice on an actual green. Combine that with a snowy evening in Waverly, and I think the girls were extremely excited about how well they started the season."

Watkins tennis team wins its opener, 5-2

MORAVIA, March 30 -- The Watkins Glen varsity tennis team started its season on a winning note Thursday, defeating Moravia 5-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Moravia tennis courts.

Watkins won its No. 3 and No. 4 singles matches, with Peter Sandritter prevailing 6-2, 6-2, and Dylan Morse taking a 7-5, 6-2 decision.

The Senecas won all three of their doubles matches, 7-5, 6-0 by Megan Hazlitt and Makenna Fraboni, 6-2, 6-4 by Kendra Larson and Elise Allington, and 6-0, 7-5 by Tim Clifford and Ali LaMoreaux.

"It has been a difficult start to the season with the cold and wet weather limiting our ability to get outside on the courts," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "The team has been working hard despite the weather concerns and played very well today."

The Watkins Glen girls Class C state championship basketball team posed Monday after the Lions Club dinner at which they were honored. Front from left: Hannah Morse, Emmie Bond, Amanda Pike, Mariah Gonzalez, Clara Chedzoy and Taylor Kelly. Back row from left: Mikenna Ayers, Jazmin Shea, Katlyn Kernan, Kendra Larson, Makenna Fraboni, Julia Reilly and Ryanna LaMoreaux.

Watkins Glen girls team honored by Lions

HECTOR, March 27 -- The Class C state championship girls varsity basketball team from Watkins Glen was feted Monday night by the Lions Club at a dinner at the Chateau LaFayette Reneau.

After showing a video with highlights from the girls' season, the Lions invited team members Amanda Pike and Mariah Gonzalez to speak, and both answered questions from the audience.

An example: Pike, when asked what advice she might have for future players at her school, said, "Never give up, no matter how far behind you are, and listen to your coaches."

The team battled back in the state championship game from a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit to win in the final second on a shot by Hannah Morse.

Photo in text: Hannah Morse, left, who sank the winning basket, and Emmie Bond, the tourney MVP, after Monday night's dinner.

Strikers U10 girls win Geneseo tourney

SCHUYLER COUNTY, March 21 -- In their final tournament of the indoor season, the Schuyler Strikers U10 Girls team won the championship at the 21st Annual Indoor Tournament at SUNY Geneseo.

The team won all of its tournament games and went into the finals as the number one seed out of 16 teams. The Strikers won the final game 2-1 over a tough PalMac team.

The defense -- which consisted of Kendra Fish, Julia Spahalski, and Kelsea Wardwell -- held the opposing teams to only two points throughout the day. The offense -- consisting of Skye Honrath, Jacqueline Mace, Olivia VanSkiver, Jennifer Gublo, Kyra Yaw, Madison Tuttle and Madaline Bryerton -- "played great," said one of their coaches, "and kept the ball in the opposing end most of the time. Kelsea Wardwell did very well in goal with three shutouts."

Goals: Skye Honrath 8, Jennifer Gublo 3, Julia Spahalski 3, Olivia VanSkiver 2, Kyra Yaw 2, Jacqueline Mace 2
Saves: Kelsea Wardwell 5, Madaline Bryerton 4

"We would like to congratulate the U10 girls for an incredible indoor season," the coaches said in a statement. "Over the last 12 weeks, they have had over 40 hours of practice and played in over 40 games across 7 tournaments. They have played against competition from the Southern Tier and Western NY, including Buffalo and Rochester. The girls have scored over 75 goals on their opponents, while their opponents scored less than 10 on them. They played in all 7 championship games and were able to bring home 4 championship titles.

"We are so proud of their accomplishments and admire their dedication and commitment. This club is about teaching kids the skills to play good competitive soccer and win as a team, and we are impressed with the progress that every player on every team has made throughout the season."

Photo in text: The Schuyler Strikers U10 girls soccer team. Standing from left: Coach Paul Honrath, Skye Honrath, Kyra Yaw, Julia Spahalski, Kendra Fish, Coach Brian Fish, Coach Eric VanSkiver. Middle row, from left: Madaline Bryerton, Olivia VanSkiver, Kelsea Wardwell, Jennifer Gublo. Front row, from left: Jacqueline Mace, Madison Tuttle. (Photo provided)

Possession of the ball was a constant battle. Here a Port Jefferson player is harassed as Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike reaches for the ball. Teammates Emmie Bond (22) and Mariah Gonzalez were also involved in the play. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Huge rally carries Glen girls to 1st state basketball title

Overcome 16-point deficit, win on Morse shot at buzzer

TROY, NY, March 19 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team improbably came from 16 points down in the fourth quarter Sunday, scoring on a baseline floater by Hannah Morse at the buzzer to defeat Port Jefferson 65-63 and claim their first New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship.

The game, at Hudson Valley Community College, looked for all the world like a lost cause after the Senecas had been outscored 24-13 in the third quarter to fall behind 53-37 entering the final period. But they refused to fold.

The glory was spread around, with Amanda Pike leading the team with 17 points, including 13 in the second half.

Emmie Bond scored 12 points, 10 of them in a strong first half that kept the Senecas within early striking distance. And she grabbed 11 rebounds, which made two double-doubles in two days, and earned her the MVP award from tournament officials.

Clara Chedzoy and Taylor Kelly each scored 9 points, while Morse scored 8 -- all after interemission. Mariah Gonzalez scored 8 while playing strong on the boards. Ryanna LaMoreaux added 2 points in limited action. As it turned out, every point mattered.

Bond led the team in rebounds with 11 and had 3 assists. Morse led in assists with 8 and in steals with 3, and had 1 block.

Kelly and Gonzalez each grabbed 5 rebounds, and Pike registered 3. Gonzalez also had 2 steals.

Chedzoy grabbed 2 rebounds and had 1 steal and 1 block. Pike notched 2 steals and an assist.

Watkins Glen opened the game fast, utilizing its diamond-and-one press to disrupt Port Jefferson, the Section 11 champion (at 20-4). The Senecas opened a 5-0 lead, but the Royals battled back to take the lead midway through that period, and -- except for one brief moment in the second quarter when they were tied -- held it until the last few seconds of the game.

Port Jefferson led 15-10 after one period, saw the Senecas rally to tie it at 16-16, and then surged ahead by intermission, 29-24. The third period was all Royals as they seemingly broke the game open with a strong inside game, scoring repeatedly in the paint. A 4-point lead, 38-34, soon became 16 points as they closed with a 15-3 run and a 53-37 advantage entering the fourth quarter.

Then something happened. Actually a lot of somethings.

--Mariah Gonzalez sank the second of two free throws. 53-38.
--After a Hannah Morse steal, Clara Chedzoy scored. 53-40.
--After Port Jefferson hit a 3-pointer, Gonzalez hit two free throws. 56-42.
--After another Morse steal, Chedzoy drove to score again. 56-44.
--Port Jefferson's Courtney Lewis missed two free throws. 56-44 with 6:22 left.
--Gonzalez scored on an assist from Morse. 56-46.
--After a Watkins miss and a Port Jefferson turnover, Chedzoy scored. 56-48.
--Amanda Pike hit a 3-pointer from 4 feet beyond the arc. 56-51. Time left: 3:58.
--The Royals double dribbled, Pike missed a shot, WG rebounded and Morse was fouled.
--Morse hit both free throws. 56-53.
--Port Jefferson sank one of two free throws, then missed two free throws. 57-53.
--Pike missed a 3-pointer, Gonzalez rebounded and was fouled. She sank both. 57-55.
--Port Jefferson's Lewis scored, drew a foul and sank a free throw. 60-55.
--Pike was fouled and sank both free throws. 60-57 with 2:21 remaining.
--Port Jefferson scored on a steal and breakaway. 62-57.
--Pike hit another 3-pointer. 62-60.
--Port Jefferson missed a layup and Watkins rebounded.
--Taylor Kelly was fouled with :48 left and sank the second of two free throws. 62-61.
--Port Jefferson was fouled with 1:33 left and sank the second of two free throws. 63-61.
--Pike was fouled on the baseline with 24 seconds left and sank both foul shots. 63-63.
--Port Jefferson's Lewis missed a shot, the Royals rebounded and called time out at :13.7.
--Port Jefferson's Lewis missed another shot, the Royals rebounded but traveled.
--Watkins Glen called time out with 8.9 seconds left.
--Pike inbounded to Morse, who dribbled to the right and, at the last second, floated a shot over the outstretched arms Port Jefferson's Gillian Kenah that bounced on the front of the rim, bounced off the backboard as the horn sounded, touched the far side of the rim and then fell through the net for the winning points. It was Watkins Glen 65, Port Jefferson 63, and the Senecas mobbed Morse and each other out near the free-throw line

The Senecas' stunning comeback consisted of 28 fourth-quarter points to Port Jefferson's 10. Pike accounted for 10 of the 28, while Gonzalez scored 7, Chedzoy 6, Morse 4 and Kelly 1. The Senecas sank 12 of 14 free throws in that period, and 17 of 23 overall.

Courtney Lewis led Port Jefferson with 22 points, with two other players in double figures. The Royals struggled at the foul line, converting 14 of 26 attempts.

Note: The state championship was Watkins Glen's second of this school year, following one posted by the boys varsity cross country team in the fall. As one commentator on Sunday's radio broadcast put it, "Winning one is rare. But two?" Indeed.

Photos in text (all by Don Romeo):

Top: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse eyes the basket on the way to her winning shot.
Second: The Senecas' Amanda Pike moves the ball upcourt.
Third: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond drives to the hoop. She was the tourney MVP.
Fourth: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy passes the ball to teammate Taylor Kelly (24).
Fifth: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez, left, battles for possession of the ball.
Bottom: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly, right, tries to maneuver past two opponents.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, left, gets her hand on the ball carried by Port Jefferson's Courtney Lewis. The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy is at right. (Photo by Don Romeo)

The game's final play went as planned

WATKINS GLEN, March 19 -- With the game tied 63-63, Watkins Glen had possession of the ball with 8.9 seconds left, and time to formulate a plan during a timeout.

And the plan was this: Amanda Pike would inbound the ball to Hannah Morse, who would pass the ball back to Pike if the latter wasn't double-teamed as she had been all game. If she was double-teamed, Morse was to dribble five seconds away, and then attack the basket.

Pike was covered, so that's what Morse did, racing on the right around two Port Jefferson players and then turning toward the basket and defender Gillian Kenah, whose long arms were stretched high.

Morse left the floor and sent a soft floater over Kenah. It bounced off the rim into the backboard as the horn sounded, and then to the far rim before snaking through the net for the victory. Morse leaped in joy and was picked up by teammate Mariah Gonzalez. The two collapsed in a bundle near the top of the key, and were soon joined on the floor by their teammates.

Coach Alicia Learn, who had told the girls when they were down 16 points at the start of the fourth quarter to keep their heads up and "get out there and do it," said hours later -- during a celebration at the WGHS Field House -- that when Morse's shot danced around the cylinder, "I was jumping up and down and yelling 'Go in, go in, go in."

Morse said she was thinking the same thing. "I was under the basket" after the shot, "looking up, thinking 'Go in.' It took forever to go in."

"That was exciting," said teammate Clara Chedzoy, who had fouled out in the closing minute and was watching from the bench. "I was sitting there -- maybe I was standing -- and I'm thinking 'Please go in.'"

Chedzoy said the comeback was the result of defense -- the re-implementation of a full-court press that had worked well for awhile early in the game. "We knew we had to pick up our defense, start scoring. We had to get the ball. It was intense to see us chip away, and get closer and closer. I thought we were going to overtime. And then Hannah's shot dropped."

"We had to keep fighting," said Morse about that 16-point deficit. "This was our goal from Day One. We weren't going down without a fight. We realized we needed to pick it up."

"It's a great feeling," said senior Amanda Pike, who was named to the All-Tournament team by tourney officials. She explained that "we tried not to look at the scoreboard" as the team battled back in the fourth quarter. "We just wanted to make some shots, get back in the game."

But when it got close, they were well aware of it. Was the pressure intense? "Not really," said Pike. "We just knew every possession counted."

And, in the end, as Port Jefferson missed some key shots and free throws and the Senecas made theirs, the possessions added up to a victory.

Most Valuable Player: The tournament officials honored Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond with the MVP award after the junior had produced double-doubles in both the semifinal and final. "I knew I had to step up," said Bond, "but this couldn't have been done without the whole team. The only way to play is as a team. And we are a team."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike shoots from the corner.
Bottom: The Senecas' Emmie Bond shoots in traffic. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly puts up a shot. Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy shoots from long range. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez battles for the ball. Right: Gonzalez shoots. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse moves the ball upcourt. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike, left, tries to disrupt a Port Jefferson inbounds pass. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Signs congratulated the Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team at the Field House.

Hundreds turn out to greet girls' return

WATKINS GLEN, March 19 -- Fans filled most of the bleacher space in the Watkins Glen High School Field House to greet the school's girls varsity basketball team upon its return from Troy and its improbable come-from-behind 65-63 state championship victory.

They gathered well ahead of the return, which saw the girls escorted by fire departments in Ovid, Hector, Burdett and Watkins Glen. They were cheered, as well, by members of the South Seneca girls basketball team, which had fallen Saturday in the semifinals. The South Seneca players were along the street in Ovid welcoming the Watkins girls' bus as it passed by on its return trip home.

Once the team reached Watkins Glen, the Watkins Glen Fire Department, sirens blaring, led a parade of vehicles south on Decatur Street, over to Franklin Street and eventually back to the school and around the circle fronting the Field House. There, a crowd bearing signs cheered.

The players were driven behind the school and off-loaded there. They then ran up a walkway, carrying a 2017 Champion sign, to the school entrance leading to their locker room. After passing through that room, they entered the Field House gym to loud music and louder cheers, circling the court. Senior Amanda Pike carried the state championship plaque.

And then came speeches. Coach Alicia Learn, with three Section IV championships and a state title in three years, thanked the community, saying "It's awesome to feel you guys behind us."

Superintendent Tom Phillips followed, calling the basketball team "the toughest bunch of young ladies I've ever seen." And he told them: "Remember this forever: Hard work pays off."

Then the fans and players scattered, talking together in groups, with some of the players, along with Learn, interviewed by the media.

What's next? A number of the girls will turn to AAU basketball on a team coached by Watkins Glen assistant and JV coach Scott Morse. That group, including Morse's daughter Hannah, Clara Chedzoy, Emmie Bond, Julia Reilly, Ryanna LaMoreaux and Taylor Kelly, will be traveling to Philadelphia next weekend for an invitational tournament there.

Then said Learn, "this summer we work hard and come back for next season and do it again."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen senior Amanda Pike carries the state championship plaque as the players circle the gym to the applause of hundreds of fans.
Middle: The Watkins Glen players make their way to a rear entrance of the school and the locker room. From there they entered the Field House gym.
Bottom: Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn addresses the welcoming crowd.

The Watkins Glen players, with Mariah Gonzalez in the foreground, entered the Field House gym through the inflatable tunnel often used at the start of games.

Left: A cake awaited players and fans. Right: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond with her tournament MVP plaque.

The players, introduced one by one, gathered on the court in the Field House gym.

Model Car Show concludes at Center

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, March 19 -- The 4th Annual Model Car Show at the International Motor Racing Research Center, which started Friday, wrapped up its three-day run on Sunday, March 19.

Thousands of cars were on display at the show, at 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Admission was free.

Frank Spena, of Elmira, NY, a professional slot car racing champion (three national championships, in 2002, 2004 and 2006, as well as the New Jersey Shootout Championship in 2002), spoke Saturday.

Spena, now a hobbyist racer, was a co-founder of the Slot Car Club of the Twin Tiers, which set up a slot car track at the show that attendees were welcome to operate.

The weekend event was sponsored in part by the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce. The show and talk were part of the IMRRC's Center Conversations monthly speaker series.

All eyes are on the ball as Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez, right, and three Mekeel players vie for a rebound. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen girls win, reach finale

Pull away from Mekeel in 4th; Bond nets 14 points

TROY, March 18, 2017 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by Emmie Bond's 14 points -- defeated Mekeel Christian Academy 60-49 Saturday in a semifinal game of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class C tournament at Hudson Valley Community College.

The victory propelled the Senecas into the championship game Sunday against Port Jefferson, which defeated defending champion South Seneca 71-53 in Saturday's other semifinal.

The Senecas, 21-2, got off to a fast start against the Section 2 champion Lions, building a 9-2 lead largely on a pair of Amanda Pike 3-pointers, and were ahead 18-12 at the end of the first quarter. Pike scored all 10 of her points in that period.

Mekeel, down by 10 points (22-12) early in the second period, rallied to within a point, 25-24, before Watkins Glen scored the final four points of the first half for a 29-24 lead at intermission.

The Senecas were in foul trouble by that point, with Hannah Morse, Pike and Clara Chedzoy having been whistled three times each. By the end of the game, Bond had fouled out; Morse, Chedzoy and Mariah Gonzalez had four fouls each, and Pike and Taylor Kelly had three apiece.

The third quarter saw Watkins maintain its lead until Mekeel closed fast at the end, pulling within a point late in the period. But the Senecas scored the final three points of the third quarter and the first nine points of the fourth quarter to build a 52-39 advantage midway through the final period.

Balanced scoring proved a key, as Bond totaled 14 points on six 2-pointers and 2-for-4 shooting at the free-throw line. Seven of her points came in the second quarter.

Pike had 10 points on two 3-pointers and two 2-pointers, all in the first quarter. She did not shoot a free throw.

Beyond that, Morse and Chedzoy each scored 9 points, while Gonzalez and Kelly scored 8 each. Ryanna LaMoreaux also scored 2 points on a pair of second-quarter free throws.

Six of Kelly's points came in the fourth period, while Gonzalez was 4-for-4 from the foul line in the final quarter. The team was 11-for-15 from the foul line.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins' Emmie Bond drives in traffic toward the basket. (All photos by Don Romeo)
Middle: The Senecas' Amanda Pike tries to disrupt a Mekeel inbounds pass.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse slices between two Mekeel players.

Left: Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy shoots. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly moves past a Mekeel defender. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Coach Alicia Learn addresses her team during a timeout. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike sends a jump shot on its way. Right: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez battles for the ball. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond shoots. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly goes up for a shot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse looks to shoot. Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy sends a shot on its way. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

The Class C Regional champion Watkins Glen girls basketball team poses with the title plaque presented after Saturday's victory over Thousand Islands. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Now ... on to the Final Four

Watkins Glen girls rout Thousand Islands; Pike nets 30

DRYDEN, March 11 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team, led by Amanda Pike's 30 points and a stifling team defense, ran past Thousand Islands 56-32 in a Class C regional game Saturday night at Tompkins Cortland Community College to advance to the state Final Four next weekend at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY.

The Senecas will play Section 2's Mekeel Christian Academy in a 12:30 p.m. semifinal Saturday, while defending champion South Seneca of Section 5 faces Section 11's Port Jefferson at 2:15 p.m. The title game will be played Sunday at 11:45 a.m.

What started out as a close game Saturday night -- 12-10 in favor of Watkins Glen after one period -- turned into a rout as the Senecas' pressing defense and constantly moving offense led them to a 28-19 halftime lead and a 38-23 advantage entering the final period.

Pike hit just one 3-pointer, but found her range in closer to the basket, sinking seven 2-pointers to go with 13-for-15 free-throw shooting. Seventeeen of her points came in the final period, when the Vikings kept fouling her, and she kept sinking free throws (11-for-13 in that quarter alone). She also grabbed 5 rebounds in the game and had one steal.

Teammate Mariah Gonzalez also scored in double figures with 13 points to go with 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Also scoring were:

--Taylor Kelly, 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal.
--Hannah Morse, 5 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 steals.
--Emmie Bond, 2 points and 1 assist.

Clara Chedzoy added 4 rebounds and a steal, and Ryanna LaMoreaux registered 3 rebounds and 2 blocks.

The Senecas pulled away despite a raft of fouls called against them by the game officials. Bond, Clara Chedzoy and Pike finished with four fouls each, and Gonzalez and Kelly with three. But Thousand Islands was being whistled, too. Watkins Glen finished 19-for-26 from the foul line, while the Vikings were 13-for-23.

Cortney Evans-Eppolito led Thousand Eslands with 22 points, including 7-for-15 from the free-throw line. Anna Hoover, who had been averaging more than 16 points in postseason play and scored 23 in the Vikings' Section 3 title win the previous week, was held to just 5 points Saturday night.

Pike pointed to the defense as the key, with the press forcing a pair of 10-second backcourt violations by the Vikings in the space of 2:20 in the first quarter. "We definitely got into their heads," she said. After that, Thousand Islands' shooting went as cold as the frigid night outside.

The end result, added Pike, was the team's goal all season: the state tournament.

Morse, the disruptive, whip-quick point guard, was all smiles after the game. "Oh my gosh, I'm so happy," she said. "I don't even have words to describe it. Third time's the charm, I guess."

That was a reference to the Senecas' losses the past two years in regional games against Cooperstown, which bowed out this year in the Section 3 tournament with a loss to Thousand Islands.

Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn, speaking to reporters after the game, said in looking ahead that "we have to get better and better and bring our A game" to the Final Four.

She said that her girls on Saturday night, as they have all season, "fought for it, were determined. This was their goal from Day One."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse steals the ball from a Thousand Islands player as teammate Amanda Pike observes in the background. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Middle: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy, left, and Taylor Kelly apply tight defense.

Bottom: Watkins' Amanda Pike drives to the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez shoots in traffic. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right: The Senecas' Hannah Morse passes the ball near the basket.

From left: Watkins' Amanda Pike swats away a Thousand Islands inbounds pass. Center: The Senecas' Ryanna LaMoreaux left, defends. Right: Watkins' Clara Chedzoy shoots.

Left: Watkins' Emmie Bond, right, defends. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike shoots.

Left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly drives past a Thousand Islands player. (Photo by Don Romeo) Right: The Senecas' Makenna Fraboni shoots a free throw.

Left: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez drives to the hoop. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike goes high to win the tipoff. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Mikenna Ayers moves the ball upcourt in heavy traffic.

Striker teams excel at Gananda tourney

Special to The Odessa File

iSCHUYLER COUNTY, March 9 -- All four Schuyler Soccer Club teams made the playoffs last weekend at the Gananda Indoor Soccer Tournament, with three of them reaching the championship game, and the U10 Boys winning theirs.

U10 Boys:

The Schuyler Strikers U10 Boys team won the championship at the Gananda tournament.  The boys were undefeated throughout with a 5-0 record, beating Gananda, Pal-mac and Marcus Whitman in the regular round. Then they defeated Pal-Mac again in the semifinal round before defeating Newark 4-1 in the championship game. Newark had also been undefeated until the championship game.

The boys, said one coach "were executing well in all phases of the game during the tournament with Michael Purpura, Malachi Morgan , Zevan Morgan, Liam Smith and Alex Large playing great on offense. Patrick Croft and Savie Purpura played very sound defensively. Aidan Kelly was the U10 goalie and had a very strong tournament."

Goals:Liam Smith 11, Alex Large 8, Patrick Croft 1, Malachi Morgan 1, and Michael Purpura 1
Assists: Patrick Croft 7, Malachi Morgan 2, Alex Large 2, Liam Smith 2
Saves: Aidan Kelly 15

U11 Boys:

The Schuyler Strikers U11 Boys team finished in second place at the Gananda tournament. The boys had a 3-2 overall record, beating Red Creek Rage and Gananda in the regular round but losing to Pal-mac. They defeated Gananda again in the semifinal round before losing to Pal-mac in the championship game, 1-0.

"Most of the boys," said a team spokesman, "were competing up an age group and played very hard. Zevan Morgan, Alexander Holmes, Alex Large, Liam Smith and Michael Purpura contributed on offense. Patrick Croft, Malachi Morgan and Aidan Kelly played defense. David Patterson was the U11 goalie and had a fantastic tournament."

Goals: Alex Large 6, Alexander Holmes 3, Aidan Kelly 1
Assists: Liam Smith 4, Alex Large 2, Alex Holmes 1, Aidan Kelly 1
Saves: David Patterson 40

U10 Girls:

The Schuyler Strikers U10 Girls team finished second in the championship at the Gananda tournament. The girls won every game heading into the final, where they played a tough Spencerport team. Scoring went back and forth between both teams until Spencerport put the winning goal in with a few minutes to go to make it 3-2.

The Strikers defense, consisting of Kendra Fish, Julia Spahalski, and Kelsea Wardwell, "played excellent," said one coach, "keeping the ball in the opponent's half throughout most of the tournament. The offense, including Skye Honrath, Olivia VanSkiver, Jacqueline Mace, Jennifer Gublo, Kyra Yaw, and Madison Tuttle, scored an impressive 21 points in the four games that the team played. Madaline Bryerton had a great day in goal, recording three shutouts."

Goals: Skye Honrath 6, Jacqueline Mace 5, Jennifer Gublo 4, Olivia VanSkiver 2, Kyra Yaw 2, Kendra Fish 1, Julia Spahalski 1
Saves: Madaline Bryerton 7

U12 Girls:

The Schuyler Strikers U12 Girls team made it to their first-ever playoff game at the Gananda tournament. They went into the playoffs having won two out of the three regular games. "The defense," said one coach, "was strong with Haley Tuttle, Brynn Smith and Isabella Samuel doing a great job keeping the ball out of their end. The offense, consisting of Sasha Honrath, Ava Cowan, Skye Honrath, Olivia VanSkiver and Madison Tuttle, worked well together and continuously created scoring opportunities. Lillian Ameigh had an amazing day as goalie, with several nearly impossible saves."

Goals: Sasha Honrath 2, Skye Honrath 2, Olivia VanSkiver 1, Isabella Samuel 1
Saves: Lillian Ameigh 22

Our winter All-Stars, and the Schuyler MVP: Amanda Pike

This winter -- a season of winning performances on the high school level in wrestling, swimming, indoor track, bowling and basketball -- one Schuyler County student-athlete, Watkins Glen High School senior Amanda Pike, stood out as the leader of a basketball team that lost just twice during the regular season and then won its third straight Section IV, Class C championship.

She was part of a team with other standouts, but was generally regarded as its key player -- the most valuable of its several valuable parts. She led the team in scoring, but it went beyond that; she had the capacity to take over a game. She wasn't consistent, but always seemed to rebound from an off-night with one that was impactful. For instance, she failed to score in one game against arch-rival Waverly (while suffering from the flu), but then turned around and scored 21 points the next time the two teams played -- a game in which her Senecas beat the Wolverines convincingly.

She has averaged 17.2 points per game, topping 20 points on 10 occasions, with a maximum of 33.

While not the team's chief rebounder (Mariah Gonzalez was), Pike has been adept in that area, as well (5 per game) -- and notable on steals (4 per game), teaming with Hannah Morse to drive opponents crazy with their quick hands. Many a fast-break layup followed.

And none of that takes into acccount the resources that other teams have used to defend against her. That kind of attention opens up other possibilities for her Senecas elsewhere on the court.

Local sports fans have watched Pike from a young age. She excelled early in the area's free-throw shooting contests sponsored by the Elks, and then was a staple of varsity ball for years. Her trademark move is a step back before launching a three-point shot, often a thing of beauty: a long, high, arcing shot that drops through the cylinder, hitting only net.

She has been at the center of the action for the three straight seasons in which her team has reached the sectional finals, and she has helped them win all three times.

She was named a co-MVP of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School South Division this season, sharing the honor with Waverly's Elle Nittinger. Waverly won the IAC divisional and Large School titles, but Watkins Glen has ended up playing longer, winning the sectional Class C final while the Wolverines fell in the B semifinals.

One area coach who has seen Pike play often over the years said she is the best player to pass through our county since Stefanie Collins led Odessa-Montour to a state title shortly after the turn into this century. High praise indeed. Now add our judgment -- and we think it's an easy choice -- that because of Amanda Pike's outstanding performance during this winning sports season, she is The Odessa File Schuyler Winter MVP.

All-Schuyler Winter All-Star Teams

First Team

Amanda Pike -- MVP -- Basketball, WGHS
Gillian Clark -- Basketball, Odessa-Montour
Olivia Grover -- Basketball, Odessa-Montour
Patrick Hazlitt -- Indoor Track, WGHS
Aidan DeBolt -- Swimming, WGHS
Andy Fudala -- Swimming, Odessa-Montour
Billy Tague -- Swimming, Odessa-Montour
Mariah Gonzalez -- Basketball, WGHS
Hannah Morse -- Basketball, WGHS
Cameron Pickering -- Wrestling, Odessa-Montour
Jeremiah Lynch -- Wrestling, Odessa-Montour

Second Team

AJ Specchio -- Swimming, WGHS
Alec Betts -- Swimming, Odessa-Montour
Jacob Carocci -- Indoor Track, WGHS
Alex Grady -- Bowling, Odessa-Montour
Curtis Harris -- Basketball, Odessa-Montour
Nakiaha Robinson -- Basketball, Odessa-Montour
Sage Garrison -- Basketball, Odessa-Montour
Jackie Vincent -- Bowling, Odessa-Montour
Deshawn Johnson -- Wrestling, Odessa-Montour
Dylan Houseknecht -- Wrestling, Odessa-Montour
Kameryn Sheldon -- Wrestling, WGHS
Connor Seeley-Ion -- Basketball, WGHS
Taylor Kelly -- Basketball, WGHS
Dakota Evans -- Bowling, WGHS
Dakota Cole -- Swimming, WGHS

Third Team

Zach Elliott -- Basketball, Odessa-Montour
Kennedey Heichel -- Basketball, Odessa-Montour
Clara Chedzoy -- Basketball, WGHS
Alex Repass -- Wrestling, Odessa-Montour
Jacob Zimmer -- Wrestling, Odessa-Montour
Andrew Hartford -- Wrestling, Odessa-Montour
Sam Hanley -- Indoor Track, WGHS
Aaron Planty -- Indoor Track, WGHS
Josh Updyke -- Indoor Track, WGHS
Casen Weeden -- Bowling, WGHS
Nathaniel Rose -- Bowling, WGHS
Conlin Wysocki -- Bowling, WGHS
Wrett Brower -- Bowling, WGHS
Liz Mason -- Bowling, WGHS
Max Schimizzi -- Basketball, WGHS

Honorable Mention

Joe Glosenger (OM bowling), Eric Rumsey (OM bowling), Carolyn Arias (OM bowling), Ethan Voorheis (WG wrestling), Will Fitzsimmons (WG swimming), Nate Wickham (WG swimming), Hayley Cornish (WG bowling), Wyatt Brower (WG bowling), Josiah Lynch (OM wrestling), Collin Haag (OM wrestling), Daniel Minnier (OM wrestling), Emmie Bond (WG basketball), Michael Doane (WG basketball), Steven Bradley (WG bowling), Parker Arcangeli (WG wrestling), Alexis Saunders (OM basketball)

The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team members pose with their coaches after winning the Section IV, Class C title. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls top B-G, 37-35, win 3rd straight sectional title

DRYDEN, March 4 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team claimed its third straight Section IV, Class C championship Saturday, overcoming an early 8-point deficit to defeat previously unbeaten Bainbridge-Guilford 37-35 at Tompkins Cortland Community College.

The Senecas now turn their attention to next Saturday at the same venue, when they face the Class C winner of Section III, Thousand Islands, at 8 p.m. in an intersectional game. Thousand Islands won its title Sunday when it defeated Syracuse Academy of Science in triple overtime, 54-52, in a game at Onondaga Community College.

Watkins Glen (19-2) had its share of heroes.

"Everyone seemed to step up and take over the game at key moments," said Watkins Glen Assistant Coach Scott Morse. Among the heroics:

--Morse's daughter, Hannah, the Senecas' point guard, helped to rally the team from a 13-5 first-quarter deficit. They pulled ahead of B-G 18-17 before entering intermission tied 21-21.

--Taylor Kelly came off the bench to team with Morse on a couple of fast breaks that put the Senecas back in the game in the first half. And later, with the score tied 35-35, Kelly drove to the basket and, rising above two defenders, sank what proved to be the winning basket.

--Amanda Pike, who drew a lot of attention from B-G defenders, sank a 3-pointer in the first-half rally and then converted two free throws at a key point down the stretch.

--Clara Chedzoy didn't score, but provided blanket coverage on B-G's chief scorer, Abigail Selfridge, who totaled 16 points but had six in the second half and only two in the fourth quarter.

--Mariah Gonzalez, who produced a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, had among her achievements two key second-half steals.

It was primarily a defensive game, with Bainbridge's zone keeping Watkins' sharpshooters at bay, and Watkins' quick defense creating disruption on the other end of the floor.

"In order to win," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn, "we had to be better on defense. On offense, we were not what we usually are." She pointed in particular to Chedzoy, "who had a great defensive game on Number 11 (Selfridge), especially in the second half. Our goal was to contain 11 and 25 (Megan Palmatier, who had scored 21 points in the semifinal against Moravia, but was held this game to 7 points as Gonzalez defended against her). And we did a really nice job with that."

Gonzalez and Kelly were the high scorers for Watkins Glen, each registering 12 points. Morse scored 7, and Pike 6. The team was 5-for-8 from the foul line.

Kelly grabbed 5 rebounds, Pike and Morse 4 each, and Chedzoy 3. Morse led in assists with 5, and tied with Kelly for the lead in steals, with 4 each.

Bainbridge-Guilford (21-1) jumped out in front as Watkins suffered what Learn said was "nerves" in the early minutes -- with four turnovers and six missed shots in the first quarter.

In the second period, which started with B-G ahead 13-6, Kelly and Morse hit quick baskets to pull the Senecas within three points, 13-10, before Bainbridge scored twice to make it 17-10. But even when down at that point, Hannah Morse said later, the Senecas weren't worried. "We just had to play our game," she said. "We kept talking, communicating, encouraging each other." And that, she added, helped the Senecas maintain their enthusiasm and focus.

Subsequent baskets by Gonzalez and Morse, and another one by Morse after she stole the ball and drove the court, cut the deficit to one point, 17-16, and then a Kelly basket off a steal put the Senecas up 18-17. After B-G notched a basket, Kelly scored off a Morse feed to put Watkins ahead again, 20-19. A Pike free throw made it 21-19 before B-G's Selfridge tied it and sent the game into intermission at 21-21.

Watkins Glen jumped ahead 23-21 on a Gonzalez basket just 10 seconds into the third period, and after a series of misses and turnovers by both teams, Gonzalez scored on a putback to make it 25-21. Selfridge answered with a basket and then two free throws to deadlock the score again, 25-25.

Kelly scored again with 3:09 remaining in the period before Gonzalez stole the ball and drove the length of the court for a basket and a 4-point Watkins lead, 29-25, at the 2:10 mark. Another Gonzalez steal and drive made it 31-25 with 19 seconds left in the quarter, but B-G scored with 2.7 seconds left to pull within four, 31-27.

Bainbridge sank one of two free throws at 7:34 of the final period and then two more free throws at 5:46 to cut the Watkins lead to 31-30. Then, with 3:52 to play, Pike was fouled and sank both free throws to build the Senecas' lead to three points, 33-30. A Gonzalez basket at 3:18 made it 35-30, but Bainbridge answered with a basket by Selfridge at 2:10 and a 3-pointer by another Selfridge, Erica, at 1:45 to tie the game yet again, 35-35.

A Watkins steal by Morse gave Watkins an opportunity, but a missed shot put the ball back in B-G's hands. Kelly stole the ball with 50 seconds left, but B-G quickly stole it back. A missed shot by Abigail Selfridge was rebounded by Chedzoy and the ball was moved upcourt, and Learn called a time-out with 19.1 seconds left.

Learn said she had told Kelly that her role in this game was to "attack the basket. She's a lefty, and they might not have expected that. She listened, stepped up and did well."

And especially so as the Senecas came back to the court after the time-out. Chedzoy inbounded the ball from the sideline, heaving it to Kelly in the near corner. She moved to her right, went airborne as two defenders closed, and with her long reach released the ball well above any potential block -- and the ball went through the cylinder. Watkins Glen 37, Bainbridge-Guilford 35 with 16.2 seconds remaining.

Watkins' defense stiffened even more, keeping B-G from a clean shot until Selfridge, with time running out, rolled to her right, away from Chedzoy, and launched an off-balance shot that landed on the rim, bounced high and then, with time expiring and the buzzer sounding, fell to the side of the net and into the waiting hands of Gonzalez.

Morse and Kelly hugged near the basket and then more hugs followed as the Senecas celebrated their threepeat -- Learn's third straight sectional title as coach in her four years at the helm.

Learn said the title was "really nice," and well deserved for "this great group of girls. This is what their goal was all year. It's exciting; it's the third time, but it's still exciting."

The Senecas, although down early, "just dug deep," she added. "They are strong-willed girls."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez puts up a shot that increased the Senecas' lead to 31-25 late in the third quarter.
Second: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly prepares to send the game-winning shot on its way.
Third: Watkins' Hannah Morse drives to the basket in traffic.
Fourth: B-G's Abigail Selfridge unleashes the game's final shot. It bounced high off the rim before falling to the floor as time expired.
Fifth: The Senecas' Amanda Pike puts up a shot. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Sixth: Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy, right, dives for the ball after knocking it loose from B-G's Abigail Selfridge.
Bottom: The Senecas' Emmie Bond fires a pass to a teammate.

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike, left, contends with a B-G defender. (Photo by Don Romeo) Right: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez drives to the hoop.

Left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly shoots. (Photo by Don Romeo) Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy passes the ball.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse passes the ball around B-G's Megan Palmatier.

Left: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez drives past a B-G defender. (Photo by Don Romeo) Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike at the free-throw line.

The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy passes the ball after grabbing a rebound off a B-G shot late in the game. The pass went to Amanda Pike, who moved it upcourt. A short itme later, Watkins' Taylor Kelly (foreground, 24) scored what proved to be the game-winning points.

Strikers boys, girls 2nd at tournaments

Special to The Odessa File

SCHUYLER COUNTY, March 1 -- The Schuyler Strikers U10 Boys and Girls soccer teams each finished second over the weekend at the respective tournaments in which they competed.

The boys:

The Schuyler Strikers U10 Boys team won their division and finished second overall at the Warsaw Indoor Soccer Tournament. The boys started off strong, winning 8-0 over Avon 1, and then tied 2-2 against the AUFC team. The boys rallied from behind in their third game to tie 3-3 against Avon 2. They then went on to the playoff round and eliminated the AUFC team 3-0 before finally losing out to the Pavilion 1 team 2-0 in the championship.

Alex Large, Liam Smith, Micheal Purpura, Benson Patterson, Malachi Morgan and Zevan Morgan all contributed and played well on offense, the coaches report, adding that Patrick Croft and Savie Purpura played outstanding defensively. Riley Yaw, they said, had "a very good tournament in goal" with two shutouts, including one in the playoff round.

Goals: Alex Large 7, Liam Smith 3, Patrick Croft 2
Saves: Riley Yaw 23

The girls:

The Schuyler Strikers U10 Girls team finished in second place at the Addison Indoor Soccer Tournament this past Saturday to a strong Batavia team. They made it into the championship after winning every game, including the regular game they played against Batavia earlier in the tournament.

Kendra Fish, Julia Spahalski and Kelsea Wardwell "played excellent defense," said one coach, adding that Skye Honrath, Jennifer Gublo, Kyra Yaw, Madison Tuttle, Jacqueline Mace, and Olivia VanSkiver "all played well on offense." Madaline Bryerton "had several great saves in goal," he added. The girls have made it to five championship games out of the five tournaments that they have competed in.

Goals: Skye Honrath 6, Kyra Yaw 1, Jacqueline Mace 1, Jennifer Gublo 1, and Madison Tuttle 1
Assists: Kendra Fish 1, Julia Spahalski 1
Saves: Madaline Bryerton 9

Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez shoots as Notre Dame's Courtney Crater approaches.

Glen girls defeat Notre Dame

Senecas to face Bainbridge-Guilford in sectional finale

DRYDEN, Feb. 28 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team advanced to the Section IV, Class C tournament final Tuesday night with a 50-37 semifinal victory over Elmira Notre Dame at Tompkins Cortland Community College.

Three Senecas scored in double figures: Hannah Morse with 15 points, Mariah Gonzalez with 14 and Amanda Pike with 12. Watkins will play for the title at 3 p.m. Saturday at TC3 against unbeaten Bainbridge Guilford, which rallied to defeat Moravia in the other Tuesday semifinal, 46-37.

The Senecas have won the sectional title the past two years. Should they make it three in a row, they will go on to intersectional play, but without their nemesis of the past two seasons waiting for them. Section III's Cooperstown has already been eliminated from postseason play.

Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn, who has piloted the Senecas in each of the past two seasons, said her team "played a great first half, then slowed down a bit in the second half when they threw a 2-3 zone at us. We were a bit dry" during that stretch. "But I'm proud of the girls. They worked hard, and played an awesome game."

She pointed out the defensive play of Emmie Bond, who was assigned the Crusaders' tall center, Mary Foster. Bond kept Foster from easy layups, forcing several turnaway jumpers that missed the mark, and held her to 12 points.

Morse, who hit three 3-pointers and three deuces, was asked if she was "feeling it" from 3-point range. She said not really; that she just had some open shots and took them, and was surprised at the result on a couple that she thought were off the mark.

Watkins Glen started fast, building a 10-0 lead on two Gonzalez baskets, two by Morse and one by Pike. The lead was 16-9 at the end of the first period. The Senecas then outscored Notre Dame 16-7 in the second period for a 32-16 halftime advantage.

Watkins Glen came out slow and disjointed in the second half, taking seven trips up the floor without scoring as ND instituted a 2-3 zone that limited the Senecas to single shots or none at all. But Notre Dame got no closer than nine points, at 32-23, before baskets by Clara Chedzoy, Morse and Pike, along with a pair of Pike free throws, reestablished the 16-point lead, 41-25, entering the final period.

The Senecas, now 18-2, added to their lead early in the fourth quarter, two baskets each by Gonzalez and Morse extending the advantage to 20 points, 50-30, with 3:30 left to play. Notre Dame then registered the final seven points.

In addition to her 15 points, Morse grabbed 4 rebounds and had 4 assists, 2 steals and a block.

Gonzalez, in addition to her 14 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and registered 4 assists.

Pike, besides her 12 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and had 3 assists and a steal.

Other scoring came from:

--Taylor Kelly, with 5 points and 5 rebounds.
--Chedzoy, with 2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a block.
--Bond, with 2 points and 4 rebounds, plus her defense on Foster.

Now, with another sectional title within reach, Coach Learn said she would turn her attention to Bainbridge-Guilford, which rallied from a 22-15 halftime deficit to defeat Moravia by nine points in the evening's earlier game. The Bobcats, now 21-0, were led by Megan Palmatier's 21 points, and 20 by Abigail Selfridge.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike shoots in traffic. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Second: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez goes around ND's Mary Foster. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Third: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly cuts between two Notre Dame players. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Fourth: The Senecas' Hannah Morse moves the ball past ND's Ellie Mustico.

Left: Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy (13) is in the middle of a fight for a rebound. Right: The Senecas' Hannah Morse (left) fires a pass. (Photo on right by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike shoots a free throw. Right: Senecas fight for a rebound grabbed by a Notre Dame player.

Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond (rear) passes the ball to teammate Clara Chedzoy (13). Right: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez (right) and Taylor Kelly fight for the ball. (Photo on right by Don Romeo)

Suddaby reaches NCAA diving tourney

ITHACA, Feb. 27-- Watkins Glen High School alum Lindsey Suddaby -- a junior at Ithaca College -- qualified last weekend on the three-meter springboard for the NCAA Division III Diving Championships, to be held in Shenendoah, Texas in March.

Suddaby, of Burdett -- an alternate for the national tournament last year -- placed third this time during the NCAA Division III Region Four Diving Championships at Ithaca College. She amassed a score of 459.95 points.

Photo at right: Lindsey Suddaby (Photo provided)

Athletes of Week: Postseason standouts

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 26 -- This week we honor as Odessa File Athletes of the Week five athletes with memorable postseason performances -- four basketball players and a runner.

First, the runner: Watkins Glen senior Patrick Hazlitt, who finished second in the 1600 Meter Run at at the Section IV Track State Qualifier at Cornell, breaking his own school record in the process. He advances to next weekend's State Meet on Staten Island.

Then, two Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball players: Amanda Pike, who scored 23 points in a rout of Walton in a Section IV, Class C quarterfinal in the WGHS Field House, and teammate Hannah Morse, a playmaker who has probably not earned enough notice this season. The Senecas play next against Elmira Notre Dame Tuesday at Tompkins Cortland Community College in a semifinal at 7:45 p.m.

Finally, two Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball players: Gillian Clark, who scored 20 points in a Section IV, Class C quarterfinal loss to Notre Dame, and teammate Kennedey Heichel, who seemed to come up with big plays at key moments -- most memorably on a putback over ND's Mary Foster, who is a foot taller.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball's Mariah Gonzalez; and WG High Jumper Jacob Carocci.

Honorable Mention: Watkins Glen basketball's Emmie Bond, Clara Chedzoy and Taylor Kelly; O-M basketball's Sage Garrison, Nakiaha Robinson and Olivia Grover; and Watkins Glen track's Isobel Scheffey, Sam Hanley and Aaron Planty.

The Watkins Glen Youth Basketball staff poses at season's end. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Playoffs

These are the results of the second of two weeks of the Walter "Red" Matthews Memorial Playoffs as part of the Watkins Glen Youth Basketball held at the Watkins Glen High School.

3rd-4th Grades

Championship Game

Famous Brands 24, Glen Motel 12

FB -- Caleb Bresett 12, Ryan Berry 6, Brennion Elliott 6
GM -- Addison Coolican 8, Christopher Simiele 2, Anna Franzese 2

Consolation Games

Central Asphalt 26, Mr. Chicken 6

CA -- Tyler Smith 10, Isaiah Sissel 10, Abigail Miller 4, Levi Murphy 2
MC -- Ashlin Hammond 4, Ryan Baudendistle 2

Curly's Family Restaurant 19, Watkins Sporting Goods 4

Curly's -- Sam Caslin 11, Brady Bockelkamp 8
WSG -- Nicholas D'Alleva 2, Donovan Wratten 2

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5th-6th Grades

Championship Game

Seneca Lodge 24, Church St. Produce 21

SL -- Jacob Yontz 16, Zachery Castillo 4, Bryce Miller 2, Gregory Samuels 2
CSP -- Jason Murphy 7, Deven Searles 6, Jenna Solomon 4, Jonah Sissel 4

Consolation Games

Capt. Bill's 16, Watkins Glen Supply 14

CB -- Carmichael Ayers 12, Alexander Holmes 4
WGS -- Brenna Pierce 10, Sarah Jones 4

Maguire's 33, VanSkiver Motors 25

M -- Bryce Cady 13, Carly Arnold 12, Han Shun Lui 6, Brooke Koseba 2
VM -- Gavin Smith 15, Brandon Chiacchiarini 8, Nicole Chiacchiarini 2

Photos in text: The 3rd-4th grade champion Famous Brands team and coaches (top) and the 5th-6th grade champion Seneca Lodge team and coaches (bottom). (Photos by Don Romeo)

Hazlitt sets new mark, advances to States

ITHACA, Feb. 25 -- Watkins Glen senior Patrick Hazlitt broke his own school record and finished second Saturday in the 1600 Meter Run at the State Qualifying Track Meet at Cornell University, advancing to next weekend's State Meet.

The top two from the event moved on to the state competition, which will be held Saturday at the Ocean Breeze Complex on Staten Island.

Hazlitt posted a time of 4:24.09, bettering his old school record of 4:24.70. He finished second in the 24-runner field -- broken into two heats -- with only Corning's Kevin Mosher ahead of him (in a time of 4:20.89).

"I'm so proud of Patrick's hard work and determination," said Watkins Glen Coach Kelly Sterner. "It's exciting to watch him strive and achieve his goals."

Among other Watkins Glen competitors:

--Jacob Carocci placed third in the High Jump at 5'8"; the winning leap was 5'10".
--Isobel Scheffey was 9th in the 300 Meters with a season best of 46.81.
--Sam Hanley placed 10th in the 600 Meters with a time of 1:31.19.
--Aaron Planty was 11th in the 1600 Meters with a time of 4:57.85.

Photo in text: Patrick Hazlitt at Saturday's State Qualifier. (Photo provided)

Left: O-M's Gillian Clark sends a shot on its way that put O-M ahead 45-44. Right: The Indians' Kennedey Heichel drives toward the basket.

O-M girls rally, but fall short

Lose Section IV quarterfinal to Notre Dame, 50-47

ODESSA, Feb. 24 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team rallied from a 12-point third-quarter deficit to take the lead against Elmira Notre Dame with less than two minutes remaining Friday night before falling to the Crusaders 50-47 in a Section IV, Class C quarterfinal game in the O-M gym.

Notre Dame thus advances to a semifinal match at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Watkins Glen at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Watkins Glen advanced Friday with a 54-27 victory over Walton in the WGHS Field House.

"I was so proud of our kids' effort tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, noting that they rallied from a 33-21 deficit to take the lead 45-44 on a Gillian Clark 3-pointer with 1:43 to play. "A couple of tough bounces here or there went their way, and they hit some free throws in the final minutes, and that was the difference.

"But I couldn't be prouder of our team. they left it all out there on the court. What a great game, and what a great crowd we had behind us all the way."

Clark led Odessa (16-5) in scoring with 20 points, while Kennedey Heichel scored 8, Nakiaha Robinson 6, Olivia Grover 6, Sara Gardner 3, Sage Garrison 2, and Grace Vondracek 2. The team was 13-for-19 at the foul line.

Notre Dame was led by Mary Foster's 21 points. She also dominated the boards, often limiting Odessa to a single shot per trip up the floor. She also blocked and redirected an occasional O-M shot. Also scoring for ND were Sara Watts (10 points), Courtney Crater (8), Mackenzie Maloney (6), Maura Glovins (2), Brooke Rorie (2) and Taylor Van Dine (1). The team converted 12 of 20 free throws.

Odessa, down 8-6 late in the first period, rallied on a basket by Robinson and a 3-pointer by Gardner to take an 11-8 lead. Notre Dame outscored the Indians 12-5 in the second quarter, scoring the final four points to break a 16-16 tie and take a 20-16 lead into intermission.

After a Heichel 3-pointer pulled Odessa within a point at 22-21 early in the third quarter, Notre Dame went on an 11-0 run to build a 33-21 lead and seemed poised to break the game wide open. But O-M responded with eight straight points -- on five free throws and a Clark 3-pointer -- to pull within four points, 33-29. A Grover basket off an inbounds feed left the Indians down 34-31 entering the final quarter.

Robinson scored a minute into the quarter to bring O-M within a point, 34-33, before Notre Dame scored twice in the next minute and a half to build its lead back to five at 38-33. But Clark brought O-M back by sinking two free throws and a 3-pointer to forge a 38-38 tie with 4:54 remaining.

Notre Dame went ahead again 10 seconds later, 40-38, but Heichel tied the game again by sinking a putback over the outstretched arms of Foster at 4:18. The Crusaders led once again when they scored on a layup at 3:02 before Clark scored on a putback at 2:53 to tie the contest again.

Notre Dame went ahead at 2:34 on a shot from the left side, and then Clark hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key that put the Indians ahead 45-44 with 1:43 to play.

Notre Dame missed two free thows at 1:31, but then Foster hit a pair after being fouled at 1:08 to put the Crusaders ahead 46-45, and she added two points from in close with 41 seconds remaining to lift the ND lead to three at 48-45.

Clark responded with a pair of free throws with 26.8 seconds left to pull the Indians within a point at 48-47, but Notre Dames's Maloney sank two free throws at 20.5 seconds to make the score 50-47. Maloney then missed a pair of foul shots with 4.8 seconds left, providing O-M with a final, possibly game-tying shot after a strategic timeout.

However, a final long-distance 3-point attempt was off the mark, ending the Indians' season.

"It's been a long journey so far and we've come a long way," said Gavich. " A division title and the big win at Watkins Glen definitely took us the next step.

"We will miss Sage (Garrison) and Alyssa (Crout) -- two seniors who any coach would take to battle any time and are such great competitors."

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Nakiaha Robinson drives to the hoop.
Middle: O-M's Olivia Grover goes up against ND's Mary Foster. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: The Indians' Lexi Saunders moves through traffic.

Left: O-M's Gillian Clark tries to move past a Notre Dame player. Right: The Indians' Kennedey Heichel shoots a free throw. (Both photos by Don Romeo)



From left: Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek, Sage Garrison and Sara Gardner.

Glen girls advance to semis

Top Walton 54-27 in quarterfinal; face ND on Tuesday

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 24 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by Amanda Pike's 23 points -- raced past Walton 54-27 Friday night in a quarterfinal game of the Section IV, Class C Tournament in the WGHS Field House.

With the victory, the Senecas (17-2) advance to a semifinal match at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Tompkins Cortland Community College against Elmira Notre Dame, which defeated Odessa-Montour 50-47 Friday night in the O-M gym.

Watkins Glen broke a 4-4 tie with a 14-point first-quarter run and followed that with a 20-point run in the second quarter to forge a 38-9 lead by intermission. Pike totaled 17 points in the first half, while Mariah Gonzalez scored 12 of her 14 points before intermission. The lead was 52-16 entering the final period.

Pike also had 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals, while Gonzalez had 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Other scoring came from:

--Taylor Kelly, 7 points with 2 steals.
--Hannah Morse, 3 points with 7 steals and 6 assists.
--Emmie Bond, 3 points with 2 rebounds and 2 assists.
--Clara Chedzoy, 2 points with 4 rebounds and 2 steals.
--Mikenna Ayers, 2 points with 2 rebounds.

In addition, Ryanna LaMoreaux grabbed 3 rebounds and blocked a shot, Makenna Fraboni grabbed 2 rebounds and had a steal, Jazmin Shea registered 2 rebounds, Katlyn Kernan had 1 rebound and 1 steal, and Julia Reilly grabbed 1 rebound.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike drives to the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly, foreground, battles for a rebound.

Left: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez is fouled as she shoots. Right: Gonzalez and teammate Emmie Bond (22) reach for a rebound. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins' Hannah Morse prepares to shoot. Right: Watkins defenders Amanda Pike (14) and Clara Chedzoy put pressure on a Walton player. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

O-M Elementary basketball results

The following results were reported from competition at the Odessa-Montour school involving elementary basketball teams.

Bucket Bar and Grill 25, Vedder and Scott 14

Bucket: Tyler Malnoske 12 points, David Madorsky 7 points, Caleb Malnoske 4 points, Sarah Strobel 1 point, Mackenzie Landon 1 point
Vedder and Scott: Moe Zinger 9 points, Olivia King 3 points, Zack Smith 1 point, Dana Spaccio 1 point

Watkins Supply 16, Montour Moose 7

Watkins Supply: Evan Crane 8 points, Connor Fogie 4 points, Jayden Baylor 4 points
Montour Moose: Michael Hancock 4 points, Brandon Slaughter 2 points, Aaron Sutton 1 point

ND wins, will face O-M in quarterfinal

SOUTHPORT, Feb. 21 -- The Elmira Notre Dame girls varsity basketball team won a Section IV, Class C opening-round game Tuesday night at home against Union Springs, 65-42, setting up a quarterfinal contest at Odessa-Montour at 7 p.m. Friday.

Mary Foster scored all of her 17 points in the second half as the Crusaders rallied from a six-point halftime deficit to overtake Springs. Notre Dame outscored Union Springs 43-14 in the second half after trailing at intermission 28-22.

Odessa-Montour, the tourney's No. 4 seed, faced No. 5 Notre Dame once in the regular season. Notre Dame, playing at home, won that game on January 12th, 46-38.

The other quarterfinal: The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team will face Walton at 6 p.m. Friday (changed from 7 p.m.) in a Section IV, Class C quarterfinal match in the Field House. Walton, the No. 8 seed, defeated No. 9 Tioga 39-24 Tuesday night. Watkins Glen is the top seed.

Athletes of the Week: DeBolt and Fudala

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 20 -- This week we honor two swimmers as our Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Odessa-Montour's Andy Fudala (right) gets one nod for winning the 100 Yard Breaststroke title at the Section IV, Class C Swimming Championships at Owego Free Academy. He completed the season unbeaten in the Breaststroke.

Watkins Glen's Aidan DeBolt (left above ) gets the other nod for winning both the 50 Yard and 100 Yard Freestyle titles at the same sectional meet.

Double Honorable: O-M swimmers Billy Tague and Alec Betts; Watkins swimmers Dakota Cole and AJ Specchio; O-M basketball's Olivia Grover; and Watkins Glen basketball's Danielle Leszyk and Kathleen Clifford.

Honorable Mention: Another 11 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Pike and Clark are IAC All-Star MVPs

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 20 -- Watkins Glen basketball standout Amanda Pike has been named a co-MVP of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School South Division and Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark is MVP of the IAC Small School South Division in votes of division coaches.

Pike (left) shares the Large South honor with Waverly's Elle Nittinger. Thelr teams met twice during the season, splitting the games.

Large School South 1st Team All-Stars included Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez, along with Notre Dame's Mary Foster, Waverly's Alex Tomasso and Edison's Leigha Jones.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse earned a 2nd Team slot.

O-M's Clark (above right) was the solo MVP in the Small School South after a season that saw her Indians win the division.

Teammate Olivia Grover made the 1st Team, along with Newfield's Mariyah Byrd, Spencer-Van Etten's Mackenzie Grube, Tioga's Sarah Hollenbeck and Candor's Shaylin Heidl.

O-M's Nakiaha Robinson and Sage Garrison earned 2nd Team honors.

Photos in text: Amanda Pike (left) and Gillian Clark (right) (File photos)

3rd Place

The Watkins Glen varsity cheerleaders competed Saturday at the Canaseraga Cheer Challenge, taking third place in the Varsity 5 Division with their season-high score of 141.7 points. This was their final competition of the season. The cheerleaders are shown above during their routine. (Photo by Kelly Miller)

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Playoffs

These are the results of the first of two weeks of Walter "Red" Matthews Memorial Playoffs as part of the Watkins Glen Youth Basketball held at the Watkins Glen High School.

3rd-4th Grades

Watkins Sporting Goods 15, Mr. Chicken 6

WSG -- Nicholas D'Alleva 8, Donovan Wratten 3, Logan Debolt 2, Amos Diliberto 2
MC -- Michael Purpura 4, Ryan Baudendistle 2

Famous Brands 20, Watkins Sporting Goods 10

FB -- Caleb Bresett 10, Brennion Elliott 6, Ryan Berry 2, Olivia VanSkiver 2
WSG -- Nicholas D'Alleva 8, Logan Debolt 2

Curly's Family Restaurant 20, Central Asphalt 18

Curly's -- Sam Caslin 14, Brady Bockelkamp 6
CA -- Levi Murphy 4, Rachel Vickio 4, Abigail Miller 6, Tyler Smith 2, Isaiah Sissel 2

Glen Motel 22, Curly's Family Restaurant 16

GM -- Christopher Simiele 18, Addison Coolican 4
Curly's -- Sam Caslin 11, Brady Bockelkamp 5

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Championship Game - 2/25/17 at 8:30 a.m.

Famous Brands vs. Glen Motel

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5th-6th Grades

VanSkiver's wins by forfeit

Church St. Produce 23, VanSkiver's Motors 22

CSP -- Jenna Solomon 14, Jason Murphy 7, Aili Narde 2
VM -- Gavin Smith 12, Brandon Chiacchiarini 4, Nicole Chiacchiarini 4, Damyan Metris 2

Maguire's 25, Watkins Glen Supply 21

M -- Carly Arnold 19, Bryce Cady 6
WGS -- David Kelly 11, Thomas Field 4, Brenna Pierce 4, Sarah Jones 2

Seneca Lodge 37, Maguire's 26

SL -- Jacob Yontz 23, Sasha Honrath 4, Bryce Miller 4, Gregory Samuels 4, Sydney Brubaker 2
M -- Carly Arnold 14, Bryce Cady 6, Andru Matthews 4, Ross Pentz 2

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Championship Game - 2/25/17 at 9:30 a.m.

Church St. Produce vs. Seneca Lodge

Watkins Glen's AJ Specchio on the way to fifth place in the 200 Individual Medley.

DeBolt wins 50, 100 Free; Fudala wins Breaststroke

OWEGO, Feb. 18 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Aidan DeBolt captured the titles in both the 50 Yard and 100 Yard Freestyle events while Odessa-Montour senior Andy Fudala won the 100 Yard Breaststroke Saturday at the Section IV, Class C Swimming Championships at Owego Free Academy.

Chenango Forks won the tournament team title with 449 points, with Oneonta second (377), Lansing third (257), Odessa-Montour fourth (240), Watkins Glen fifth (237), Southern Cayuga sixth (182), Greene seventh (129) and Dryden eighth (128).

DeBolt and Fudala were the top seeds in their specialties, positions earned with victories at the Class C Prelims on Wednesday at WGHS.

DeBolt posted his two victories first on Saturday, swimming a 22.66 in the 50 Free and a 49.79 in the 100 Free -- each an improvement over his seed time. Fudala also bettered his seed time by holding off Oneonta's Akiva Garfield with a personal best of 1:05.50 to Garfield's 1:05.78. With the win, Fudala completed his season unbeaten in the Breaststroke.

"Today Andy met his biggest challenge yet from Garfield," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "They were neck and neck through the whole race, with Andy beating Garfield on the turns and underwaters, and Garfield gaining ground down each stretch. It was a very exciting race that had everyone on their feet."

DeBolt was "in the zone," said his father Len, the Watkins Glen swim coach. "He told me he was feeling good. He's worked a long time for this and wasn't going to let the opportunity pass him by."

In both cases, DeBolt led early and simply beat his opponents to the wall in a flurry of churning arms and flying water. He won the 50 Free by 34 hundredths of a second and the 100 Free by 37 hundredths. He pumped his fist and then smiled deeply after the first win, enjoying the moment.

Odessa-Montour:

Fudala also took 6th in the 50 Free in 24.79. Billy Tague was third in the 500 Free with a personal record (PR) of 5:14.78 and fourth in the 200 Free in 1:58.26. Alec Betts took third in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:10.44 and fourth in the 200 IM in 2:18.74. Fudala, Tague and Betts were joined by Jake Mayette in the 200 Medley Relay to take third in a season-best time of 1:49.97.

Other finishes for OM:

--200 Free Relay of Cameron Adams, Jake Mayette, Brett Walters and Noah Angle, 4th in 1:45.09.
--400 Free Relay of Tague, Angle, Fudala and Betts, 6th in 3:47.81
--Jake Mayette, 9th in the 100 Fly with a PR of 1:07.94 and 14th in the 200 IM in 2:38.60
--Noah Angle, 10th in the 50 Free in a PR of 25.98, and 12th in the 100 Free in a PR of 59.45
--Cameron Adams, 10th in the 500 Free in a PR of 6:09.88 and 13th in the 200 Free in a PR of 2:13.86
--Brett Walters, 13th in the 200 IM in a PR of 2:35.06 and 13th in the 100 Fly in 1:11.23
--Noah Brewster, 12th in the 100 Back in 1:11.61 and 14th in the 500 Free in 6:31.86
--Bailey Hornbrook, 16th in the 50 Free in 27.84 and 16th in the 100 Free in 1:04.41
--Tyler Carson, 14th in the 100 Back in a PR of 1:15.89
--Garrett Allen, 16th in the 100 Breast in a PR of 1:24.01

"The whole team performed extremely well today," said Coach Brace. "We took 11 of the 14 swimmers on the team to sectional finals, which is very impressive, especially considering six of them were rookies. In the postseason every team member set PRs and earned important points for the team. Everyone on the team was a solid contributor and they all improved tremendously throughout the season.

"They battled sickness, overcame heartbreakingly close losses, and rose up to be a serious contender in the IAC and Class C. They were the only team to beat Lansing this year. They were a team in the truest sense, always supporting and helping each other. I am overwhelmingly proud of each and every one of them. Seniors Andy Fudala, Kyle Frasier and Garrett Allen have all left their mark on the team and will be missed next year."

Watkins Glen:

DeBolt was also on the second-place 200 Free Relay team (with Nathaniel Wickham, Dakota Cole and AJ Specchio), and the fourth-place 400 Free Relay team (with the same teammates). Other finishes for Watkins Glen included:

--Tyler Leroux, 14th in the 200 Free in 2:16.70 and 11th in the 50 Free in 26.31
--Dakota Cole, 5th in the 200 Yard Freestyle in 2:00.80 and 5th in the 500 Free in 5:33.41
--AJ Specchio, 5th in the 200 Yard IM in 2:18.74 and 6th in the 100 Back in 1:04.41
--Nathaniel Wickham, 7th in the 50 Free in 24.93 and 5th in the 100 Free in 57.07
--Will Fitzsimmons, 14th in the 100 Fly in 1:11.72 and 8th in the 100 Back in 1:06.39
--Patrick Bannon, 15th in the 500 Yard Free in 6:36.91
--Rong Lin, 13th in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:23.48
--Simon Wigmore, 15th in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:23.85

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Andy Fudala on the way to victory in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.
Second: Watkins Glen's Aidan DeBolt savors the moment after winning the 50 Free.
Third: O-M's Billy Tague on the way to fourth place in the 200 Free.
Fourth: Odessa's Alec Betts en route to fourth place in the 200 IM.
Bottom: Lansing's John Koch, named the meet's Outstanding Performer after winning both the 200 IM and 100 Fly with state qualifying times.

Watkins Glen's Dakota Cole on the way to fifth place in the 200 Yard Freestyle.

Left: Watkins Glen's Rong Lin competes in the 100 Breaststroke, where he placed 13th. Right: The Senecas' Aidan DeBolt receives the first-place medal for the 100 Yard Freestyle and a handshake from his father, Len, who coaches the Watkins swim team.

Watkins Glen's Tyler Leroux competes in the 200 Free, where he placed 14th.

Odessa-Montour's Noah Angle hits the water at start of the 50 Free. He placed 10th.

O-M's Brett Walters (foreground) and Jacob Mayette compete in the 200 IM. Walters finished in 13th place, and Mayette in 14th place.

O-M girls fall in IAC finale

Bow to defending Small School champ Moravia, 48-39

DRYDEN, Feb. 17 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team's hopes for an Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small School title ended when defending champion Moravia pulled away in the fourth quarter Friday night to defeat the Indians 48-39 at Tompkins Cortland Community College.

O-M and Moravia played even, 31-31, through three quarters, the lead changing several times to that point. But when the Blue Devils hit a 3-pointer with 7:30 to play, they established a lead they never reliquished.

After Odessa pulled within two, 34-32, on an Olivia Grover free throw, Moravia hit another 3-pointer at 6:08 and a 2-pointer at 5:32 sandwiched around a Grover basket. The score at that time was 39-34, and it stayed that way for almost four minutes as both sides encountered missed shots and turnovers.

Then Moravia scored off of a steal at 1:39 to extend its lead to seven points, 41-34. Odessa's Sage Garrison hit a free throw at 1:15 to make it 41-35, but Moravia answered with another 3-pointer to go up 44-35 with 59 seconds remaining, and that was essentially the end. Each team scored four more points -- Moravia on free throws and O-M on baskets by Gillian Clark and Grover.

The first quarter was back and forth, ending with Moravia up 10-9. The Blue Devils then built a 17-13 lead in the second quarter before Odessa rallied with a flurry in the final 1:10 -- on a basket by Grover, a 3-pointer by Garrison, a steal by Kennedey Heichel, another basket by Grover and a block by Clark. The score at halftime was O-M 20, Moravia 17.

The Blue Devils tied the game in the first 55 seconds of the third period, but O-M pulled ahead 25-20 on a 3-pointer and 2-pointer by Clark. Moravia rallied to tie the game 27-27 before Clark and Nakiaha Robinson hit baskets to put the Indians up 31-27 with 1:16 remaining in the period.

But Moravia evened the game again, scoring on a layup and then, with just 1.3 seconds left, on a pair of free throws. The game was tied 31-31 entering the fourth period, setting the stage for Moravia to pull away. The Devils outscored O-M 17-8 in the final quarter.

"We just didn't play well for whatever reason," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "Maybe a big-game environment for the first time factored in. We had too many missed layups and shots we normally make."

In the fourth quarter, he said, Moravia "hit some big shots and we turned it over or missed. Their experience in this game showed in the fourth quarter. Now we have to put this behind us, and get ready for sectionals. We still have a lot to play for."

Grover led Odessa in scoring with 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Clark registered 12 points. Other scoring came from Garrison (5 points), Robinson (4) and Alexis Saunders (2). Heichel led the team in assists with 4. The team struggled at the foul line, converting just 5 of 14 attempts, compared to 68% success during the season.

Moravia was led by Maddy Kelly's 13 points, Grace Wasileski's 12, and 11 by Allie Genson. The Devils -- who hit five 3-pointers -- were 9-for-15 from the foul line.

Both teams return to action next week in the Section IV, Class C tournament. O-M, the No. 4 seed, plays at home Friday against the winner of Tuesday's Union Springs-Notre Dame game. Moravia, the No. 3 seed, plays at home Friday against the winner of Tuesday's Unatego-Lansing contest.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Olivia Grover (in white) wins the tipoff.
Middle: The Indians' Alexis Saunders drives to the basket.
Bottom: Odessa's Nakiaha Robinson moves past a Moravia defender.

Left: O-M's Gillian Clark shoots around a Moravia player. Right: The Indians' Kennedey Heichel (3) passes the ball.

Left: O-M's Sage Garrison grabs a rebound. Right: The Indians' Sara Gardner shoots.

Left: O-M's Gillian Clark shoots. Right: The Indians' Olivia Grover (20) makes a move toward the basket.

Bowling: Watkins girls 5th at Qualifier

WAVERLY, Feb. 17 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team ended its season Friday when it finished in fifth place in the Section IV State Qualifier at Waverly Bowl. Odessa-Montour ended its season with an 11th-place finish

The tournament and a spot in the upcoming state competiton was won by Union-Endicott with an 8000 total for nine games -- three at last weekend's Class Sectionals and six on Friday. Horseheads waas second at 7667, Susquehanna Valley third at 7243, Windsor fourth at 6943, and Watkins Glen fifth at 6702. Ocessa-Montour totaled 6089.

Seniors Liz Mason and Dakota Evans led the Senecas Friday, Mason posting series of 519 and 517, and Evans rolling series of 521 and 497. Their nine-game totals, counting last week's, were 1493 and 1492, respectively.

Hayley Cornish added series of 431 and 467 for the Senecas, and had a nine-game total of 1371. Nikole VanDyke rolled 365 and 394 for a nine-game gotal of 1167.

"It was a very tough two weeks," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "To bowl a nine-game series in two separate bowling centers, on an oil pattern that you are not use to, is a difficult thing.

"Our girls battled to catch and surpass some very good teams to finish 5th overall. We beat every team our size and smaller, I am very proud of the way they never gave up.

"I want to thank Tony Margreno and Scott Pike for all their help this year, but most of all, I would like to thank the families of the bowlers for making this a great season.

"We will all miss Liz and Dakota. They have been on the team for the last half decade, and it will be tough to fill their shoes."

Scores for Odessa-Montour were not immediately available.

Photo in text: The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team. Front from left: Hayley Cornish, Coach Ward Brower and Nikole VanDyke. Back from left: Liz Mason, Nancy Jackson, Dakota Evans, Kendra Cornish and Makenzie Kellogg. (File photo)

 

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