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Athletes of the Week: Pulis and Roberts

SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 15 -- A baseball player and a trackster stepped up big last week -- one in defeat and one in victory -- to capture the latest Odessa File Athlete of the Week awards.

Pitcher Sam Pulis earned the honor at Watkins Glen High School for a 15-strikeout performance for the Senecas in a losing effort -- a 2-0 defeat to Trumansburg in nine innings. He was also 2-for-3 at the plate.

Dana Roberts is the honoree at Odessa-Montour for four wins -- in the 100 Meters, 200 Meters, Long Jump and 4x400 Relay -- as her track team defeated Tioga to improve to 2-0. It was her second straight weekly honor.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen track's Matt Gill and Ryan Pruitt, and O-M track's Sarah Simmons.

Honorable Mention: Another 28 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each school.

O-M's Adam Gifford dives safely back to first base on an S-VE pickoff attempt.

Baseball: O-M falls to S-VE

Rain shortens contest to 5 innings

ODESSA, April 15 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity baseball team's record slipped to 1-3 Monday when it dropped a 7-3 decision to Spencer-Van Etten in a game stopped in the top of the sixth inning by a downpour.

The Indians, who posted their first win of the season last week against Newfield, were even through one inning, 1-1, but fell behind when S-VE, aided by some shaky Odessa fielding in swirling winds, scored three times in the second inning and twice in the third to build a 6-1 advantage.

Odessa chipped away at that lead with a 2-run fourth inning built on a long double to left by Dylan Porter, a passed ball that plated one run, and an RBI infield single by Zach :Pyhtila.

Spencer responded with a run in the top of the 5th aided by an error and a wild pitch. With rain starting to fall, the Indians failed to score in the bottom of the inning -- and the rain started in earnest in the 6th, drawing an end to the proceedings.

John Reasor pitched the first three innings for O-M, and Tanner Dupuy the final two.

Odessa registered six base hits -- one each from Adam Gifford, Dupuy, Chris Foote, Porter, Pyhtila and Reasor. The O-M runs were scored by Gifford, Mitch Scata and Porter.

The team is scheduled to return to action Thursday at home against Newark Valley at 1 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa first baseman Mitch Scata awaits a throw from pitcher Tanner Dupuy as an S-VE baserunner scurries back to first base on a pickoff try.

Bottom: O-M second baseman Chris Foote goes high for a throw from catcher Dylan Porter before applying the tag to an S-VE runner trying to steal second. The runner was out.

O-M shortstop Tanner Dupuy fires to first after fielding a two-out grounder in the second inning as a Spencer runner on third heads for home. The batter was out, ending the inning.

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O-M batter Teirra Terwillegar sends the ball toward right field, where it fell foul.

Softball: O-M loses to S-VE

ODESSA, April 15 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team played Spencer-Van Etten tough for four innings Monday before the Panthers pulled away for for a 12-3 victory in a game shortened by rain.

The contest, ended after six innngs by a downpour, saw Spencer jump to a 5-0 lead in the third inning on a couple of home runs. But O-M rallied with three runs in the fourth inning to pull close, 5-3.

S-VE scored twice in the fifth to extend its lead to 7-3, and pulled farther away with a 5-run 6th inning before the rain struck.

Spencer registered 10 hits in the game, while O-M managed just two. But the Indians worked the S-VE pitcher for 7 walks, including several in the fourth. Maddie Lodge went the distance on the mound for Odessa, striking out four batters and walking five.

The Odessa runs were scored by Brianna Struble, Jordan Little and Jordan Zoeke. The two O-M hits came from Zoeke and Struble.

"The girls played a great game today," said O-M Coach Valerie Cannon. "I'm very proud of the way that we are playing, and defensively we are doing well. With a young team like this we have to take one step at a time, and gradually we are getting there."

Photos in text:

Top: The ball gets away from S-VE's catcher on a throw to the plate as O-M's Brianna Struble scores.

Bottom: Odessa shortstop Ashley Kot throws to first base after fielding a grounder. The batter was out.

Left: O-M's Maddie Lodge delivers a pitch. Right: Odessa's Jordan Zoeke crosses the plate safely on a play in the fourth, the inning in which the Indians scored all of their runs.

Personal bests abound as WG tracksters compete in Newark Valley invitational

NEWARK VALLEY, April 13 -- Watkins Glen track and field athletes competed Saturday in the 17-school Red, White and Blue Invitational at Newark Valley, setting many personal bests in the process.

The meet, which saw Watkins boys place 12th and the girls 16th, was held under a bright sun that burned through an early morning fog -- a welcome change from this year's often adverse spring weather.

Among the highlights:

-- Freshman Shawn Rutledge took 2nd place overall in the Steeplechase with a time of 10:53.19, less than five seconds off the first-place finisher, a senior from Ithaca High School, Niall Hodges, who ran 10:49.11. Fourteen runners started the grueling event, and only 10 finished.

-- Sophomore Jacob Slater set a personal best in the Triple Jump (34' 8.75”) and the Pole Vault (8' 6”).

-- Freshman Ryan Pruitt continued to improve his Triple Jump, where he set a new personal best at 33' 3”

-- Junior Noah Wigmore and freshman Aidan DeBolt each set a personal best in the Discus.

--Senior Lindsey Suddaby set a personal best in the Pole Vault.

-- Eighth-grader Isobel Scheffey set a personal best on the 400 Meters with 1:05.8, which was good for 6th out of 27. Scheffey also improved her 200 Meters time with a 29.87, which earned 9th place out of 37. She was edged out by her teammate, sophomore De'naja Blanchard, who set a new personal best with a time of 29.48, good for 7th place.

-- Another eighth-grader, Clara Chedzoy, set a new personal best in the 800 with a 2:43.7, which put her in 9th place out of 33 runners.

-- Freshman Joelle Slater also set a PR in the 800 with a time of 2:47.4.

-- Sophomore Maggie Bond earned 5th place in the girls 3000 Meters with a time of 12:23.81

-- Junior Lucy Craig improved her Shot Put with a heave of 24' 2.5” and bettered her previous best Discus mark with a toss of 73' 4”.

The team next competes at home on April 22 for Senior Night against Notre Dame.

Glen baseball team loses to ND, 11-3

SOUTHPORT, April 11 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity baseball team's record slipped to 0-2 Thursday when it fell to Elmira Notre Dame 11-3 in a game called in the sixth inning due to darkness.

The Senecas scored all of their runs in the top of the 1st inning, but Notre Dame tied the game in the bottom of the 1st and then scored in each succeeding inning.

Watkins Glen registered five hits while making four errors. The Crusaders had six hits and one error.

Brady Bond started the game on the mound for Watkins, and took the loss. He was relieved in the 3rd inning by John Smith.

Parker May started for Notre Dame and earned the win. He was relieved in the 6th inning.

Smith went 2-for-3 at the plate for the Senecas, while Dakota Lodge, Bond and Jared Carocci had one hit apiece.

"After the 1st inning , the kids struggled with Parker May's curveball," said Watkins Glen Coach Jerry Carocci. "For the second night in a row our bats were pretty quiet. We will work on that over spring break and hopefully get it straightened out by our next game." That game is scheduled for April 21 at Tioga.

O-M softball team falls to Newfield

ODESSA, April 11 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team led early before falling to Newfield 23-7 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game.

The Indians led 3-2 after two innings, but Newfield had a pair of 7-run innings -- in the 3rd and 7th -- to put the game away.

"This game came down to errors," said O-M Coach Valerie Cannon. "They cost us the game and took a lot of wind out of our sails. We are a young team and will make errors, but it is how we react to them that counts."

Newfield -- which scored in every inning -- registered just six hits, while Odessa notched eight. O-M pitchers yielded 11 walks, while Newfield hurlers gave up five.

O-M's Nikki Crout was 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Ashley Kot was 2-for-4 with 3 runs scored, and Jordan Little 2-for-4. Brianna Struble had 2 RBIs, and Breeana Bentley had an RBI on a triple to right field.

Watkins Glen's Sam Pulis sends a pitch on its way.

Watkins drops pitchers' duel

Pulis fans 15 in 2-0 defeat; Tburg's Lueder strikes out 13

WATKINS GLEN, April 10 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity baseball team -- despite a 15-strikeout performance from pitcher Sam Pulis -- dropped its season opener Wednesday, 2-0 to Trumansburg, in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference 9-inning game on the Watkins baseball field.

Pulis went the distance, allowing 7 hits and walking 4 batters, and went 2-for-3 at the plate, but was matched almost pitch for pitch by Tburg's Cam Lueder, who struck out 13 batters while allowing six hits and walking one. He went 2-for-4 at the plate.

Each team had scoring opportunities before the Raiders' 2-run rally in the 9th. Both teams, in fact, put runners on second and third in the 8th inning, only to strand the runners -- Tburg on a line drive to Watkins shortstop Brendan Hunter, and Watkins on a pair of strikeouts.

The winning rally featured a couple of Trumansburg base hits and a couple of Watkins errors. The Senecas responded in the bottom of the 9th with a single and a hit batsmen, but the rally ended on a 4-6-3 double play.

Joining Pulis with a multiple hit game for the Senecas was Hunter, who went 2-for-4. The Watkins defense committed three errors, while Trumansburg had no miscues.

Despite the loss, Watkins Glen Coach Jerry Carocci was pleased with his team's performance.

"You couldn't ask for a better game," he said. "I couldn't be happier with the way we played." He noted, though, that his team "needs to work on hitting. We watched a lot of third strikes" sail by without swinging.

The Senecas return to action today (Thursday) at Elmira Notre Dame.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen shortstop Brendan Hunter snags a line drive that ended a Trumansburg rally in the 8th inning.

Bottom: Seneca catcher John Smith looks up while trying to catch a foul pop fly.

Watkins Glen third baseman Dakota Lodge receives a throw as a Tburg runner slides in safely.

Watkins Glen third baseman LynnAnn Caslin throws to first after fielding a grounder. The batter (foreground) was out on the play.

Glen softball team drops opener to Tburg

WATKINS GLEN, April 10 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team spotted Trumansburg an 11-0 lead Tuesday and couldn't overcome it, dropping a 16-8 decision to the Blue Raiders in a season-opening Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS softball field.

"I'm so proud of them," Watkins Coach Jim Scott said of his players. "They came back. They got patient at the plate and came back."

Trumansburg built its early lead by scoring three runs in the 1st inning, six in the 2nd and two in the 3rd. The Senecas answered with one run in the 5th inning and seven in the 6th. The Raiders put the game away with a run in the 6th and four in the 7th.

Tburg managed 10 hits off Watkins pitcher Jordan Doane. The Senecas' defense helped the Raiders' cause by committing six errors. Trumansburg played error-free ball.

Hits for Watkins came from Doane (2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI), Brionna White (1-for-2 with two runs and an RBI), LynnAnn Caslin (1-for-3), Taylor Hughey (1-for-4 with a run), Alexis Naylor (1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI), and Shannon Bailey (1-for-1).

The Senecas return to action Friday at Notre Dame.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Jordan Doane went the distance on the mound.

Watkins Glen's Taylor Hughey connects with a pitch.

O-M tennis team posts win over NV, 4-3

ODESSA, April 10 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team registered its first win of the season Wednesday, defeating Newark Valley 4-3 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the O-M courts.

The Indians won all four of their singles matches, and lost their three doubles contests.

1st Singles: Joey Collins (OM) defeated Heidi Inderweis (NV) 6-3, 6-0
2nd Singles: Curtis Harris (OM) defeated Tara Birkmeyer (NV) 6-1, 6-0
3rd Singles: Frank Carson (OM) defeated Thomas Durand (NV) 6-1, 6-2
4th Singles: Samuel Norton (OM) defeated Katelin Coleman (NV) 6-1, 6-0
1st Doubles: Manley Gavich/Kourtny Cook (OM) lost to Amanda Gorsline/Amy Giblin (NV) 3-6, 6-4, 3-6
2nd Doubles: Andy Doan/Billy Tague (OM) lost to Palmer Perkins/ Esther Parmaline (NV) 3-6, 3-6
3rd Doubles: Hayley Guild/Kate Ross (OM) lost to Megan Diago/Alyssa Sepelak (NV) 3-6,
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O-M softball team loses to Candor

CANDOR, April 10 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team saw its record slip to 0-2 Wednesday when it dropped a 17-2 decision to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Candor softball field.

The contest was shortened to five innings under the "mercy rule" that terminates games after five innings if one team leads by 15 runs.

Candor scored in every inning as it amassed 15 hits, while O-M notched its two runs in the 4th inning. The Indians had three hits -- a triple by Ashley Kot and singles by Brianna Struble and Jordan Little (who had an RBI).

Madison Lodge went the distance on the mound for O-M, striking out one batter and walking three. Nikki Crout caught for Odessa.

Track: O-M girls top Tioga; boys fall

TIOGA CENTER, April 9 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity track team improved to 2-0 Tuesday with a 79-62 victory over Tioga while the O-M boys lost their first regular-season meet in six years, falling to the Tigers 92-48.

Girls: The girls' squad was led by Dana Roberts' four wins -- in the 100, 200, Long Jump and 4x400 Relay.

Victories were also posted by:

--Hailie Searles in the 3000 (13:21) and the 4x8. She was second in the Triple Jump.
--Sarah Simmons in the Shot Put (26' 5.5") and Discus (80'7").
--April Dunn in the 1500 (5:43) and 4x8. She was second in the 800.
--Maia Rumsey in the 4x4. She was second in the 100 Hurdles, 400 and High Jump.

Other second-place finishes came from Brittney Visscher in the 200 and Pole Vault, and by Kalie Thomas in the Shot Put.

Boys: The O-M boys' team set 16 personal bests en route to its loss. Highlights:

Tyler Goosen won the 100 in 12.2; Andy Stevenson won the 2 Mile in 13:27; Charles Sidle won the Long Jump in 17'11; and Bryce Elliott won the Shot Put at 41'1". Each was a personal best.

"I am very proud of the team," said O-M Coach Skip Strobel. "We were bested by a Tioga team that will be very tough for anyone to beat. They ran great."

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

Watkins Glen pole vaulters Jacob Slater, left, who cleared 7'6", and Matt Woodworth, who finished second with a vault of 8 feet.

Glen track teams fall to Newark Valley

WATKINS GLEN, April 9 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity track teams lost to Newark Valley Tuesday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference meets on the WGHS athletic field.

Also present were Candor and Spencer, who competed against each other.

The Watkins Glen boys lost to NV by a 75.5 to 64.5 count. The Watkins girls fell to NV 89-52

Boys: NV 75.5, WG 64.5

The Senecas got wins from Matt Gill in the 1600 (4:57), the 3200 (10:47) and the High Jump (5'2), from Ryan Pruitt in the Long Jump (16' 3.5") and Triple Jump (32'8"), and from Shawn Rutledge in the 400 Hurdles (1:14.3).

Second-place finishes were posted by Kevin Kernan in the 110 Hurdles, Patrick Hazlitt in the 1600, 3200 and 800, Jacob Carocci in the 400 Hurdles and High Jump, Jacob Slater in the Triple Jump, Thomas Schmitt in the Shot Put and Discus, and Matt Woodworth in the Pole Vault.

Girls: NV 89, WG 52

Watkins Glen got victories from De'naja Blanchard in the 100 Meter Hurdles (18.5), the 4x100 Relay team of Blanchard, Sam Shea, Amanda Grinolds and Isobel Scheffey (57.1), Taylor Kennard in the 3000 (12:13), Lucy Craig in the Shot Put (24'1"), and Lindsey Suddaby in the Pole Vault (6').

Second-place finishes were registered by Maggie Bond in the 1500 and 3000, Sam Gill in the 400, and Suddaby in the 400 Hurdles.

The Senecas return to action Saturday for an Invitational in Newark Valley that features teams from across New York State. Seniors will be honored on Senior Night during a home meet on Tuesday, April 22.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Ryan Pruitt lands in the Triple Jump competition, which he won.

Bottom: The Senecas' Samantha Shea on the way to third place in the 100 Meter Hurdles.

Left: Watkins Glen's Claire McManus on the way to third place in the Triple Jump.
Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy competes in the High Jump.

Left: Watkins Glen's Kevin Kernan on the way to second place in the 100 Meter Hurdles.
Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kennard competes in the 1500, where she finished third.

From left: Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey after anchoring a win in the 4x100; Julia Reilly competing in the 4x800; and De'naja Blanchard on the way to victory in the 100 Hurdles.

Left: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt reaches out as teammate Shawn Rutledge hands him the baton in the 4x800. Right: The Senecas' Sam Gill and Caitlin Connelly between events.

O-M tennis team loses to Lansing

LANSING, April 9 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team lost to Lansing 7-0 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Lansing courts.

1st Singles: Joey Collins (OM) lost to Andy Parkes (LAN) 0-6, 0-6
2nd Singles: Curtis Harris (OM) lost to Zoli Csaki (LAN) 7-5, 2-6, 5-7
3rd Singles: Frank Carson (OM) lost to Ryan Buchanan (LAN) 1-6, 2-6
4th Singles: Samuel Norton (OM) lost to Ben Eisenhut (LAN) 0-6, 1-6
1st Doubles: Manley Gavich/Billy Tague (OM) lost to Max Arramis/Emily Schneitzer (LAN) 2-6, 0-6
2nd Doubles: Hayley Guild/Kate Ross (OM) lost to John Schafer/Ethan Buchanan (LAN) 4-6, 4-6
3rd Doubles: Forfeit but played as an exhibition match: Andy Doan/Frank Carson (OM) defeated Sarah Gisler/Audrey Montague (LAN) 7-5, 2-6, 12-10.

3 tracksters earn Athlete of Week honors

SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 6 -- While wet fields prevented some sports action last week, there were nonetheless several outstanding performances in track and field, leading to our first Odessa File Athletes of the Week of this spring.

From Odessa-Montour we honor Dana Roberts and Maia Rumsey, each of whom recorded three first-place finishes in a home track victory against Spencer-Van Etten. Roberts won the 100 and 200 and was on the winning 4x100 Relay squad. Rumsey won the 100 Hurdles (with a personal best) and 400, and was on the winning 4x400 Relay team.

At Watkins Glen, freshman Ryan Pruitt earns the nod for capturing three events, winning the 100, the Long Jump and the Triple Jump.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen track's Matt Gill, and O-M track's Hailie Searles, Sarah Simmons and Andy Fudala.

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

A Marcus Whitman player wheels away from Watkins Glen defender Kendale Crout in the muck fronting the Senecas' goal. Glen goalie Bryce De La Osa Cruz is in the background.

Watkins lax team falls, 11-1

WATKINS GLEN, April 5 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team sustained its third loss of its young inaugural season Saturday when it fell to Marcus Whitman 11-1 in a game played on the WGHS lacrosse field.

The Senecas, now 0-3 after previous road losses to Elmira Notre Dame and Bath, got its lone goal from Justin Duane after Marcus Whitman (2-0) had built an 11-0 lead. Bryce De La Osa Cruz made 16 saves in goal for Watkins Glen.

MW, a Section V school, is located in Rushville.

The playing conditions were challenging, with a 37-degree day that felt like the mid to lower 20s whenever an accompanying strong wind gusted. Spectators were appropriately bundled in winter clothing.

The playing field was wet and muddy, forcing players to step carefully. The ball on several occasions got wedged into the mud, forcing a stoppage until it was freed.

Watkins Glen returns to action Tuesday, playing at home against the Penn Yan JV team. Game time is 5:30 p.m.

Photo in text: A Marcus Whitman player slides into Watkins Glen's Zack Kelly.

A Marcus Whitman ball-carrier tries to find a way around Watkins defender Kurtis Edwards.

Left: Watkins Glen's Justin Duane quietly celebrates his goal.
Right:
Senecas goalie Bryce De La Osa Cruz stops a Marcus Whitman shot.

Watkins Glen's Joe Roth (19) awaits a pass from teammate Justin Duane (right).

Track: Watkins boys win

But girls fall in Waverly meet

WAVERLY, April 5 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity track team opened its season Friday with an 81-56 victory over Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the Waverly athletic field.

The meet, held on a cold, wet day, saw Matt Gill post two distance wins and freshman Ryan Pruitt win three events. Other wins came from Matt Woodworth and Patrick Hazlitt.

The Watkins girls squad, meanwhile, fell to Waverly 107-33.

Boys: Watkins Glen 81, Waverly 56

Wins for Watkins were posted by:

-- Pruitt in the 100 Meter Dash (12.99);
-- Gill in the 1600 Meter Run (4:58.55), with Hazlitt second;
-- Woodworth in the 400 Meters (1:00.75), with Jacob Slater second (1:03.77);
-- Hazlitt in the 800 Meter Run (2:19.09);
-- Gill in the 3200 Meter Run, with Shawn Rutledge second;
-- Pruitt in the Long Jump (16'8") and Triple Jump (32'1.5")

In addition, Jacob Carocci finished second in the 400 Meter Hurdles (1:13.87); Pruitt was second in the 200 Meters; Woodworth was second in the Pole Vault (8 feet); Kevin Kernan was second in the 110 Meter Hurdles, and Schmitt was second in the Shot Put (32'2").

Girls: Waverly 107, Watkins Glen 33

Watkins Coach Andy Chouinard said that despite the "horrible weather ... the morale was high and I saw a lot of team support and sportsmanship."

First-place finishes were posted by:

-- Eighth grader Isobel Scheffey in the 100 Meter Dash (14.04);
-- Lucy Craig in the Discus (79' 6.75").

In addition, De'naja Blanchard was second in the 100 Meter Hurdles (19.01) and in the 200 Meter Dash (30.08); Joelle Slater was second at 800 Meters (2:57.28); Taylor Kennard was second in the 3000 Meter Run; and Lindsey Suddaby was second in the Pole Vault (6').

"The events that we did lose were very close," said Chouinard. "Today was a good showing against such a strong team as Waverly."

From left: O-M tennis players Joe Collins, Hayley Guild and Sam Norton in action Wednesday.

O-M tennis team falls to Union Springs

ODESSA, April 3 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team lost to Union Springs 6-1 Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the O-M courts.

The results were as follows:

1st Singles: Joey Collins (OM) lost to Austin Tardibone (US) 6-4, 0-6, 2-6
2nd Singles: Curtis Harris (OM) defeated Amanda Cabal (US) 5-7, 6-2, 7-5
3rd Singles: Forfeit (OM) lost to Hannah Markham (US) forfeit
4th Singles: Samuel Norton (OM) lost to Ian Park (US) 0-6, 1-6
1st Doubles: Andy Doan/Billy Tague (OM) lost to Ryan Cabal/Connor Coleman (US) 2-6, 0-6
2nd Doubles: Hayley Guild/Kate Ross (OM) lost to Natalie Lynch/Nicole Marquart (US) 4-6, 4-6
3rd Doubles: Forfeit (OM) lost to Richard Staer/Kim Bell (US) forfeit

Binghamton softball team sweeps pair

VESTAL, April 2 -- Watkins Glen High School graduate Taylor Chaffee -- a sophomore on the Binghamton University varsity softball team -- went 2-for-5 Tuesday as the Bearcats swept a non-conference doubleheader from St. Bonaventure, 4-2 and 6-5.

The Bearcats (now 9-10) rallied in the nightcap, overcoming a 4-0 third-inning deficit to overtake the Bonnies.

“I thought we got off to a slow start, but our bats started to come around with the more at-bats we had,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “We showed good composure after getting behind in game two and trusted that our offense would come around.”

Chaffee -- the catcher in both games -- was 0-for-3 in the opener before going 2-for-2 in the nightcap with an RBI on a sacrifice fly. She is hitting .325 on the season, going 13-for-40 with 5 doubles, 2 homers and 9 RBIs. She has walked 8 times and been hit once, bringing her on-base percentage to .431.

Photo in text: Binghamton's Taylor Chaffee connects with a pitch against St. Bonaventure. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: O-M's Jimmy Randolph on the way to victory in the 110 Hurdles. Right: Maia Rumsey en route to winning the 100 Hurdles.

O-M track teams post wins

Girls, boys defeat S-VE in season-opening meet

ODESSA, April 2 -- The Odessa-Montour girls and boys varsity track teams posted season-opening victories Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet at O-M.

The girls defeated S-VE, 80.5 to 49.5, while the boys defeated the Panthers 81-56. Notre Dame was also present, competing in non-scored boys and girls meets.

Dana Roberts and Maia Rumsey each posted three wins against Spencer. Roberts won the 100 in 13.3, the 200 in 27.9, and was a member of the victorious 4x400 Relay squad. Rumsey won the 100 Hurdles with a personal best of 18.4, won the 400, and was on the 4x400 squad with Roberts, April Dunn and Meagen Terry.

Hailie Searles won twice -- capturing the 3000 in 13:39 and as a member of the victorious 4x800 Relay team. She was also second in the 1500. Other members of the 4x800 squad were Taylor Rounds, Callie Stillman and April Dunn.

Sarah Simmons won twice, as well, taking the Shot Put with a throw of 26' 3 1/2" and the Discus with a heave of 85' 2 1/2".

Second-place finishes were posted by Stillman in the 400 Hurdles, Dunn in the 800, Roberts in the Long Jump, Amy Fudala in the High Jump, Kalie Thomas in the Shot Put, and Hailey Perraut in the 400.

Photo in text: O-M's Dana Roberts competes in the 200, which she won.

Boys: Odessa-Montour 81, Spencer-Van Etten 56

The O-M boys team, meanwhile, overcame its youth to post its season-opening win.

"This is a very young team with very little experience," said Odessa Coach Skip Strobel, "and for us to pull off a victory was an accomplishment against a tough S-VE team."

Some of the highlights:

--Jimmy Randolph posted his first career win in the 110 Hurdles, and took second in the 400 Hurdles.

--Tyler Goossen registered his first career win in the 100 Meters, and took second in the 400 and High Jump.

--Andy Fudala notched his first career wins in the 400 Hurdles and Pole Vault, and took second in the 100 Hurdles.

--Chad Sykes was second in the 200 in a photo finish.

--Charles Sidle won the Long Jump and took second in the Triple Jump.

--Bryce Elliott won the Discus with a personal-best throw and took second in the Shot Put with another personal best.

"It was a great day by the O-M boys," said Strobel.

*****

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Luke Eberhardt takes a handoff from Nick Sgrecci in the 4x800 Relay.

Bottom: Odessa's Tyler Goossen en route to a second-place finish in the 400 Meters. He also won the 100 Meter race.

O-M's Callie Stillman receives the baton from teammate Hailie Searles in the 4x800 Relay.

Left: O-M's Hailie Searles on the way to second place in the 1500. She won the 3000.
Right: Odessa's Ryan Marsh competes in the 4x800 Relay.

Left: O-M's Charles Sidle on the way to victory in the Long Jump. Right: Odessa's Amy Fudala competes in the High Jump, where she placed second.

Watkins Glen's Justin Duane (10) prepares to pass to teammate Lucas Wickham (21), who scored. (Photo by Kent Duane)

Glen lacrosse team drops varsity opener

ELMIRA, March 30 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team dropped a 16-4 decision to Notre Dame in its inaugural game Saturday on McNaught Field in Elmira. The contest has been scheduled at Watkins Glen, but was moved due to poor field conditions at WGHS.

Highlights for the Senecas included two goals and an assist from: Ian Chedzoy, including the only Watkins first-half goal. Lucas Wickham and Austin Dalrymple had one goal each, and Justin Duane notched two assists. Goalie Brice De La Osa Cruz had 10 saves for the Senecas.

Six of the 24 Watkins Glen varsity players have one season under their belts from playing on Watkins Glen’s first modified lacrosse team last year. Many of the rest of the players picked up a lacrosse stick for the first time at the beginning of March.

Under the leadership of Head Coach Joe Kostolansky, the team has worked hard to gain stick skills and an understanding of how to work together on the field. Coach Kostolansky played high school lacrosse at Corning East, was captain of his lacrosse team at Hofstra and spent three years playing professionally in the Major League Lacrosse league. He has 10-plus years of lacrosse coaching experience at all levels from high school varsity to Division 1.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Jordan Rappleye (foreground) goes for the defender's stick. The Senecas' Joe Roth is in the background. (Photo by Kent Duane)

The Senecas' Ian Chedzoy (12) carries the ball as two Notre Dame defenders move in.
(Photo by Kent Duane)

O-M tennis team drops opener, 6-1

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, March 28 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity tennis team fell in its season opener Thursday, dropping a 6-1 decision to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Spartans' courts.

Joe Collins registered the lone O-M victory, posting a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Becky Linderbery in the No. 1 singles.

In other matches:

2nd Singles: Curtis Harris (OM) lost to Justin Schrock (TAE) 4-6, 0-6.
3rd Singles: Frank Carson (OM) lost to Mike Beach (TAE) 6-7 (3-7), 2-6.
4th Singles: Samuel Norton (OM) lost to Josh Gublo (TAE) 5-7, 1-6.
1st Doubles: Maney Gavich/Billy Tague (OM) lost to Antony Forte/Zach Root (TAE) 1-6, 0-6
2nd Doubles: Hayley Guild/Collin Povoski (OM) lost to Olivia Thresher/Keith Beach (TAE) 4-6, 1-6
3rd Doubles: Kate Ross/Sarah Norton (OM) lost to Gabbi Friebis/Makia Hall (TAE) 2-6, 4-6.

WGI adds Ferrari Challenge to schedule

Special to The Odessa File

ALBANY, March 20 -- Watkins Glen International on Thursday unveiled the addition of the Ferrari Challenge North America to its 2014 schedule. The new event will bring world class drivers and spec versions of the Ferrari 458 Italia to the historic road course from September 19 to 21.

“New York’s own Watkins Glen International is going to offer our state’s first Ferrari Challenge, giving racing fans yet another reason to go to The Glen,” Governor Cuomo said at a ceremony announcing the development. “Adding more racing events will help continue to grow tourism and bring more visitors to the Finger Lakes region and upstate New York. I wish all participants the best of luck on navigating The Glen.”

The 2014 Ferrari Challenge sees the new 458 Challenge EVO car line-up engaging in three international regions: Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. Watkins Glen International will be the only Northeast United States stop.

“The speeds and precision that these cars have will be remarkable to witness at our historic road course this fall,” said WGI President Michael Printup. “Our fans love sports car racing and we know they are going to be excited to see this new event added to our already action-packed season schedule.”

Present for the announcement: Cuomo, Printup, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Senate Co-President Dean Skelos, State Senator Tom O’Mara, and Assemblymen Chris Friend and Phil Palmesano.

Bacalles checks in from Fla.

Former New York Assemblyman James Bacalles is in Florida, and as is his custom each year, he is working as an usher at New York Yankees spring training contests. He reports:

By James Bacalles

TAMPA, Fla., March 19 -- We’ve reached the midpoint of spring training and probably the one thing Joe Girardi is thrilled about is that there have been no major injuries. Pitchers have not missed a start and position players have gotten their at-bats this spring.

Spring trainin has a number of uses for major league teams. It gives your minor leaguers some experience playing and being around the established starters. It gives you a chance to scout other clubs' minor and major league players without a lot of traveling. It fills the immediate needs of your team with either an older player who you have invited to camp or with a player in your minor league system. And it gets your starters enough at-bats that they start the regular season in a groove and ready to play.

Pitchers are now going five innings and position players are hanging around through the sixth. New closer David Robertson is getting his one inning of relief in the fourth, as Mariano Rivera used to. I have had more fans wonder why the fourth. Well, it’s usually the last inning the major leaguers are playing, so the work Robertson is getting is more effective. Recognizing that there are usually thirty or so scouts at each game, the Yanks have all their catchers in camp. They are extremely deep at the catching position, so they are showcasing them for a possible trade this spring or later during the season. Unfortunately none of their minor league catchers have performed well.

*****

Congratulations to all of the George Bacalles Memorial Award winners who were highlighted at this year’s Corning-Painted Post Hall of Fame dinner. The only disappointment of coming to spring training is that I miss this dinner each year. I would like to thank my wife Mary and sons George and Joseph for representing the family and making the presentation. Even though the school district combined teams, we have continued to honor two athletes from East and West. This year there were five student athletes honored because of a tie in the voting. Students are chosen for their athletic accomplishments along with service to the community and academic excellence. All of this year’s recipients are members of the National Honor Society. Representing East are Michelle Crook and Thomas Moshier. West students chosen are Hailey Blencowe, Sam Chauvin and Devon Li.

*****

The Yanks sent most of their starters to a two-game tribute to Mariano Rivera in Panama, which left all the players with numbers in the 70s, 80s and 90s to play games in Florida. The Yanks played the Miami Marlins, and in the first game four Marlin pitchers no-hit the Yanks. CC Sabathia pitched an absolute gem in the second game to give them a split. All the regular players were back in Tampa for the Red Sox game on Tuesday. The Yanks-Red Sox only play two games each year, one in Tampa and one in Fort Myers. Too bad!

Ellsbury and Jeter have had slow starts this spring. Jeter has hit the ball but hit into lot of double plays and went 0--for-10 before getting his first hit. He’s running well, but you have to wonder how his final season in the majors is going to go. Ellsbury struck out a lot but has began to hit lately. But with his speed he is always looking to stretch a single into a double and has forced some bad throws. Speed forces the defense to be awake.

The competition for the fifth starter has not been decided yet and the bullpen still hasn’t been firmed up. If David Phelps isn’t the fifth starter he will see action in the bullpen, but I don’t know if Pineda has ever pitched out of the pen.

Fan watching is truly a sport by itself. Jerseys, t-shirts and caps all are part of the traditional garb. Lately the tattoos have taken a more interesting tilt than previous years both in size and where they are located. This year I have noticed the women have added a new dimension with fingernail and toenail decoration: team logos, pinstripes and even add-ons that make the fingers look like baseballs.

I haven’t seen as many people from back home, probably because I have been assigned to a section this year, so I don’t have the ability to walk around. I’m working on the first-base side just past the Yankees dugout. Ken and Mary Rawcliff came down for ten days and saw quite a few games at Steinbrenner Field. They have been coming down for a few years and are talking about staying the whole month of March next year. Also talked with Tom and Jill Palmer before a game. They have been down before and it was nice to talk to people from home, especially about the weather.

It happens every year and it will be interesting to see what happens. Yangerius Solarte is a 26-year-old who is hitting .692 with two home runs and 6 RBI this spring. He has played the last two years at AAA. He has played most of his time at shortstop but can play any infield position, which gives Girardi some flexibility. First cutbacks come this week, which means fewer players and thus more time for regular players to get ready for the regular season.

See you next week.

Center Talk topic: '60s land speed records

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, March 16 -- Motorsports journalist George Webster will discuss the daring and exciting undertaking of driving for land speed records this month at the International Motor Racing Research Center.

The free talk will be on Saturday, March 22, at 1 p.m.

Upcoming Center Conversations talk topics include model car collecting on April 12; Formula 5000 racing, featuring legendary Sam Posey as the honored guest, on May 10; vintage car event organizer Murray Smith in June; Cary Agajanian, son of great racing team owner and race organizer J.C. Agajanian in July; and the Milwaukee Mile in October. Details will be announced as they are finalized.

“The Battle for the Land Speed Record in the 1960s: Campbell, the Arfons and Breedlove” will cover one of the greatest eras of this never-ending quest by man to move faster.

“My interest in the land speed records came from my role as editor of a small publication called Motor Miniatures in the early 1970s,” Webster said. “Given that I was editor of a magazine devoted to model cars, primarily 1/43rd-scale cast models, I thought I needed to become a collector myself. I picked land speed record cars as my field to collect, mainly because so few models of these cars were on the market that I could have a nearly complete collection without filling my house with models.”

Webster, a retired high school teacher from Oakville, Ontario, has been working part-time as a motorsports writer and photographer since the mid-1970s. He has covered road racing, NASCAR and CART racing for publications including Autosport Canada, PRN Ignition, National Speed Sport News and the website goracing.com.

The Center Conversations program is a cornerstone of the Racing Research Center’s educational outreach and oral history initiative. Noted authors, race historians, drivers, team owners and track officials have taken listeners behind the scenes of every race series over the years.

For more information about the Center’s work and its programs, visit www.racingarchives.org or call (607) 535-9044.

MVP lineup

The Watkins Glen Sports Boosters held their Winter Sports Awards gathering Tuesday evening in the WGHS cafeteria. Awards were presented by coaches from each winter sport, with the Most Valuable Player honors going to those athletes pictured above. Front row from left: Steven Bradley (boys bowling), Jacob Slater (diving), Matt Gill (boys indoor track), Ian Chedzoy (wrestling), Brandon Gould (wrestling), Luke Flahive (boys basketball), Parker Pangallo (boys JV basketball). Back row from left: Samantha Bradley (girls bowling), Micaela Simpson (cheerleading), Isobel Scheffey (indoor track), Claire McManus (indoor track), Mariah Gonzalez (girls JV basketball), Madison Gates (girls basketball), Colin Gates (boys basketball) and Matt Doppel (boys swimming). (Photo by Don Romeo)

WGHS seeking Hall of Fame nominations

WATKINS GLEN, March 11 -- The Watkins Glen High School athletics department is seeking nominations until the end of March for the WGHS Sports Hall of Fame.

Retired coaches, former Watkins Glen athletes, and benefactors who have contributed to the school athletic program can be considered. The induction -- the first in several years -- is planned for June.

Application forms with criteria and directions can be found on the district website under the athletics tab. The link is labeled Hall of Fame. Or a hard copy of the application can be picked up at the school.

A committee of coaches, School Board representatives, administration and community members will review the nominations and make selections.

6 Gators prepping for Webster meet

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, March 11 -- A half-dozen Glen Gators Swim Team members are wrapping up their last week of practice for the winter season by preparing for The Niagara District Championships Meet.

This year the meet includes 870 of the best swimmers from 55 teams from central, northern, and western New York. The meet will be held March 13- March 16 at the Webster Aquatic Center. The Glen Gators team has six swimmers attending the meet this year (the most in 12 years).

Swimmers qualify by making a championship cut-time during the regular season. Many of the Gators' cut times were achieved at the Championships Qualifier meet held two weeks ago in Hilton. Below is a list of the Glen swimmers competing at Webster and the events in which they qualified.

Coaches Sean Wixson and Jen Mosher will be accompanying them at the meet. Peighton Cervoni, Matt Doppel and Victoria Wixson have competed in the annual meet before. It is the first such trip for Billy Tague, Syria Tague and Tori Reese.

Peighton Cervoni -- (11& 12) -- 100 Back, 100 IM, 50 Back, 50 Free.
Tori Reese -- (11 & 12) -- 400 IM, 50 Free, 100 Breaststroke.
Syria Tague -- (11 & 12) -- 100 Back, 50 Back, 50 Free.
Victoria Wixson -- (15 & Over) -- 100 Breaststroke.
Matt Doppel -- (15 & Over) -- 100 Fly, 100 Back, 200 Back.
Billy Tague -- (13 & 14) -- 50 Free, 100 Free.

The Glen Gators

About half of the Glen Gators Swim Team gathered for this photo alongside the Watkins Glen High School pool Saturday before the start of the afternoon session of the Southern Tier Swim League Winter Championships meet.

Horseheads Thrashers win team title
at STSL Championships; Gators 7th

WATKINS GLEN, March 9 -- The Horseheads Thrashers Aquatics won the team title Saturday as the Southern Tier Swim League held its Winter Championships in the Watkins Glen High School pool, home to the Glen Gators Swim Team.

The Gators, with 39 swimmers competing, placed 7th among the 17 participating teams. The meet, featuring swimmers in age classifications ranging from under 8 to over 14, is held under the sanction of USA Swimming. More than 500 swimmers participated.

Horseheads finished first with 1,796.50 points over two sessions -- for younger swimmers in the morning and older ones in the afternoon. The Greater Owego Swim Team was second with 1,039.50 points and the Waverly Area Aquatic Club was third with 934. The Glen Gators totaled 514 points.

Other swim teams were from the Northern Tier, Corning, Ithaca, Chenango Valley, Vestal, Chemung County and Whitney Point.

Some members of the Gators compete on the varsity level in the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour schools. They include Victoria Wixson (WGHS), Billy Tague (O-M) and Matt Doppel (WGHS).

Any swimmer placing in the top 16 of a race Saturday scored for his or her team. Among the major point earners for the Gators were:

--Delaney Bergen, 2nd in the Girls 8 & Under 25 Yard Freestyle (17 points).
--Delaney Bergen, 4th in the Girls 8 & Under 25 Yard Backstroke (15 points).
--Hannah Nolan, 3rd in the Girls 8 & Under 25 Yard Freestyle (16 points).
--Hannah Nolan, 4th in the Girls 8 & Under 25 Yard Breaststroke (15 points)
--Hannah Nolan, 8th in the Girls 8 & Under 25 Yard Backstroke (11 points).
--Ethan Laverack, 3rd in the Boys 8 & Under 25 Yard Freestyle (16 points).
--Ethan Laverack, 3rd in the Boys 8 & Under 25 Yard Breaststroke (16 points).
--Phoenix Parmenter, 6th in the Boys 9-10 50 Yard Breaststroke (13 points).
--Victoria Wixson, 6th in the Women's 100 Yard Breaststroke (13 points).
--Victoria Wixson, 9th in the Women's 200 Yard IM (9 points).
--Tori Reese, 3rd in the Girls 11-12 50 Yard Breaststroke (16 points).
--Tori Reese, 5th in the Girls 11-12 100 Yard IM (14 points).
--Tori Reese, 7th in the Girls 11-12 50 Yard Butterfly (12 points).
--Matt Doppel, 4th in the Men's 100 Yard Backstroke (15 points).
--Matt Doppel, 6th in the Men's 100 Yard Freestyle (13 points).
--Matt Doppel, 7th in the Men's 100 Yard Butterfly (12 points).
--Billy Tague, 3rd in the Men's 13-14 100 Yard Freestyle (16 points).
--Billy Tague, 3rd in the Men's 13-14 100 Yard Butterfly (16 points).
--Syria Tague, 4th in the Girls 11-12 50 Yard Freestyle (15 points).
--Syria Tague, 5th in the Girls 11-12 50 Yard Backstroke (14 points).
--Syria Tague, 5th in the Girls 11-12 50 Yard Butterfly (14 points).
--Peighton Cervoni, 2nd in the Girls 11-12 50 Yard Backstroke (17 points).
--Peighton Cervoni, 7th in the Girls 11-12 50 Yard Freestyle (12 points).
--Peighton Cervoni, 10th in the Girls 11-12 100 Yard IM (7 points).
--Jordan Bergen, 6th in the Girls 11-12 50 Yard Breaststroke (13 points).
--Megan Cook, 8th in the Girls 11-12 50 Yard Butterfly (11 points).
--Amanda Wilbur, 9th in the Girls 11-12 50 Yard Butterfly (9 points).
--Amanda Wilbur, 11th in the Girls 11-12 50 Yard Backstroke (6 points).
--Owen Overhiser, 10th in the Boys 9-10 50 Yard Backstroke (7 points).
--Mixed 10 & Under 200 Yard Medley Relay, 8th (22 points): Georgia Michel, Ethan Laverack, Owen Overhiser, Phoenix Parmenter.
--Mixed 200 Yard Medley Relay, 5th (28 points): Maddy Ross, Lawrence Youngman, Victoria Wixson, Billy Tague.
--Mixed 11-12 200 Yard Medley Relay, 7th (24 points): Samuel Michel, Donnie Roberts, Emma Ferner, Sarah Boudinot.

Photos in text:
Top: A practice session before the start of the afternoon competition.
Middle: Glen Gators Megan Cook (left) and Amanda Wilbur cheer on another swimmer.
Bottom: Glen Gators swimmer Billy Tague.

Team member Victoria Wixson, fist raised, encourages her team just before the start of the afternoon session. A moment later, the team began a chant that ended with a loud cheer.

H.L. Stephens team: Front from left: Emma Landon, Victoria Brewster, Dominic Fazzary, Keonna Grant. Back from left: Gillian Clark (coach), Jana Arias, Tyler Christianson, Alexis King, Ben Heichel, Nakiaha Robinson (coach).

O-M hoops program ends 8-week run

ODESSA, March 7 -- The Odessa-Montour 3rd and 4th grade basketball program recently concluded its 8-week run.

Teams were sponsored by Watkins Supply, Imprintable Images, Mastermind Entertainment and H.L. Stephens Furniture.

Thirty-five kids participated in the program, which introduced them to skill development and informal game play. Junior varsity and varsity players at O-M served as instructors.

Photo in text: The Watkins Supply team. Front: Lance Reese. Kneeling from left: Mackenzie Cannon, Molly Heichel, Eliza Starkweather. Standing, from left: Addi Rhodes (coach), Joseph Sweet, Cayden Confer, Brady Cannon, Tyler Clark (coach).

Mastermind Entertainment team. Front from left: Jesse Underdown, Gavin Degraw, Zach Rounds, Daniel Lewis and Reagan Reese. Back from left: Sage Garrison (coach), Kennedey Heichel (coach), Payton Bailey, Annabelle Raymond, Delaney Bergen, Ashton Sutton, Sam Pierce and Callie Stillman (coach).

Imprintable Images team. Front from left: Hannah Nolan, Trinity Trojanowski, Adrianna Personius. Back from left: Olivia Grover (coach), Ethan King, E'Lexus Janack, Skyler Franklin, Arden Heichel. (Photos provided)

O-M swim standout Husted
is our Schuyler Winter MVP

SCHUYLER, March 3 -- A record-breaking winter swim season and an ability to lift his teammates' performances along with his own set Odessa-Montour senior Chris Husted apart from other Schuyler County athletes in the sports season just ended.

Accordingly, he is a clear-cut choice as The Odessa File Schuyler Winter MVP.

Husted, coming off an outstanding junior season, improved to state-level consistency in his senior season, qualifying early for spots in both the 50 Freestyle and 100 Freestyle at the New York State Swimming Championships. Along the way, he set pool records in the 50 Free at Waverly, Lansing and Watkins Glen and in the 100 Free at Watkins, and new school and pool records in the 100 Free at O-M. He was also the Interscholastic Athletic Conference and Section IV, Class C champion in both events.

Said his coach, Terri Brace: "When we started the season we had goals of IAC and Sectional titles in his events, as well as qualifying for the State Meet. He accomplished those goals and more.

"The State Meet," she added, "can be very intimidating for a first-time participant. Many swimmers crack under the pressure, but Chris rose to the occasion by not only posting PRs (Personal Records) in both of his events, but qualifying for the bonus heat of the finals. Over 50 percent of the swimmers in his events at States did not better their times. It's a huge accomplishment that Chris was able to do so."

And in doing so, he finished 20th in the 50 Free after being seeded 32nd, and 27th in the 100 Free after being seeded 38th -- setting a school record in the 100 in the process.

"I couldn't be more proud of him," said Brace, who during the season pointed out how Husted, by his continued excellence, inspired his teammates to excel -- triggering a resurgence of boys swimming at O-M.

"He has been a pleasure to work with and watch develop into a champion over the years," Brace said.

*****

Husted tops an elite group of athletes who occupy spots on The Odessa File All-Schuyler All-Star First Team. But they were not the only ones providing exceptional performances in the winter season's various sports. Accordingly, we present Second and Third teams, too -- based primarily on points accumulated through the weekly Athlete of the Week honors on this website, and in part on impact.

1st Team members, from left: Ian Chedzoy, Brandon Gould, Matt Doppel.

1st Team members, from left: Matt Gill, Joe Rorick

All-Schuyler All-Star Team

First Team

MVP: Chris Husted, O-M: Swimming
Joe Rorick, O-M: Wrestling
Matt Gill, Watkins Glen: Indoor Track
Ian Chedzoy, Watkins Glen: Wrestling
Brandon Gould, Watkins Glen: Wrestling:
Matt Doppel, Watkins Glen: Swimming

Second Team

Madison Gates, Watkins Glen: Basketball
Gillian Clark, O-M: Basketball
Anthony Humphries, O-M: Swimming
Sarah Simmons, O-M: Bowling
Keith Rekczis, Watkins Glen: Basketball
Luke Flahive, Watkins Glen: Basketball
Colin Gates, Watkins Glen: Basketball
Lucy Craig, Watkins Glen: Bowling
Samantha Bradley, Watkins Glen: Bowling
Nick Cocola, Watkins Glen: Wrestling

Third Team

Hailie Searles, O-M: Basketball
Tyler Goossen, O-M: Swimming
Mitch McElroy, O-M: Bowling
Billy Tague, O-M: Swimming
Phil Humphries, O-M: Bowling
Taylor Kennard, Watkins Glen: Indoor Track
Patrick Hazlitt, Watkins Glen: Swimming
Adam Tuttle, Watkins Glen: Basketball
Victoria Goehner, Watkins Glen: Basketball
Amanda Pike, Watkins Glen: Basketball
Mitch Mangus, Watkins Glen: Swimming
Aidan DeBolt, Watkins Glen: Swimming
Andrew Specht, Watkins Glen: Wrestling
Josh Burge, Watkins Glen: Wrestling
Colton Arcangeli, Watkins Glen: Wrestling
Erika Rhodes, Watkins Glen: Bowling
Dakota Evans, Watkins Glen: Bowling
Jacob Slater, Watkins Glen: Diving

Gill is tripped, falls at State Indoor Track Meet at Cornell

ITHACA, March 2 -- Watkins Glen senior standout Matt Gill was tripped and fell Saturday on the second lap of the second heat in the 1600 Meter Race at the New York State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Cornell University's Barton Hall. Gill hit his head as he tumbled, sustaining some scrapes.

Despite being dazed, he got up and started running again, but couldn't catch the field, finishing in 5:00.75. That put him in 31st place for the day, ahead of only Michael Grady of East Meadow High School, who was disqualified after tripping Gill, an action that appeared to be unintentional.

"I was watching Matt, yelling out splits," said Watkins Glen Coach Kelly Sterner. "I looked down for a moment, and heard the crowd go "OOOOOHHHHHHHH!" and looked up and saw him hit his head. He looked stunned for a second, but got up, dusted himself off and tried to catch up. He tried so hard.

"Afterward, one of the officials patted him on the back, and he came over to me and said "I don't know what happened."

"I told him to shake it off, that it was one of those things, that sometimes Olympians train for years only to have the same thing happen to them. He was disappointed, but gradually got over it, and finally decided 'What happens happens.'

"It was just a weird day. Some other kids fell, too. One was knocked down when a Triple Jumper ran through the pit and onto the track.

"Matt was so courageous, getting up and running like that. He had a headache afterward, so he's going to see a doctor as a precaution.

"He's just a remarkable kid. It says a lot about character -- how you respond in adversity. I'm just so proud of him. He had a great season, and he's looking forward to outdoor track. If he qualifies for States there, that would be three times in one year."

Gill also competed at the New York State Cross Country Championships last fall.

Photo in text: Matt Gill. (File photo)

The opening ceremony at the State Wrestling Championships. (Photo provided)

Here's a look at:
O-M's Rorick, Watkins Glen's Chedzoy, Gould at State Meet

ALBANY, March 1 -- Schuyler County wrestlers Joe Rorick (Odessa-Montour), Ian Chedzoy (Watkins Glen) and Brandon Gould (Watkins Glen) competed Friday at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Wrestling Championships at the Times Union Center.

Rorick (wrestling at 120 pounds) won his first match, defeating Daniel Mullin of Gouverneur High School (Section Ten), 4-2 in double overtime. He then lost to Matt Morris of Albany Academy in Section Two, 6-0, and then -- in wrestlebacks -- fell to Logan Robinson of Walton (like Rorick, from Section IV), 4-2. Rorick had defeated Robinson 3-0 in the final of the Section IV Wrestling Championships on Feb. 16 after losing to him 4-0 in the final of the Section IV, Class D tournament the week before.

Rorick had competed at States last year, too, earning a wild-card entry to the tournament. Gould and Chedzoy earned spots in the tourney as wild-card entrants this year after runner-up finishes at the Section IV Wrestling Championships in Binghamton.

Gould lost his 113-pound opener Friday to Tito Colom of Dunkirk (Section VI), 6-5 in double overtime, and then fell 8-2 to Tanner Lapiene of Ogdensburg (Section Ten). Colom went on to place 4th.

Chedzoy (182 pounds) was pinned in his opener, losing to Nick Gallo of Schalmont (Section II). He then defeated Mike Esposito of Petrides, 7-0, before falling to William Hilliard of Phoenix (Section III), 5-3 in overtime. Hilliard went on to place fifth.

Said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson of Gould and Chedzoy: "Both battled through some tough matches but were unable to advance to the podium. The state tournament is a whole new level of high school wrestling; there is a learning curve involved. Both athletes gained valuable experience by competing at this level. I expect to see great things from them in the future. Chedzoy finished the season with a 39-6 record, Gould 41-4. Next year we are looking to add a few tournaments out of our section to run into some of the state-level competition earlier in the season."

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Joe Rorick. (File photo)

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Ian Chedzoy (left) and Brandon Gould at States. (Photo provided)

Left: Watkins Glen's Joe Palumbo (10) maneuvers past Notre Dame's Tom Agan. Right: The Senecas' Colin Gates nears the basket. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Glen boys fall in semifinal

End season with 63-46 loss to Notre Dame

SOUTHPORT, Feb. 26 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team's season ended Tuesday night when it fell 63-46 to top-seeded Elmira Notre Dame in a Section IV, Class C semifinal that saw the two teams combine for 16 three-pointers, 12 in the first half.

The Crusaders, now 18-1, made it three wins in three tries against the Senecas this season, accounting for half of Watkins Glen's losses in a 14-6 campaign.

"Fourteen wins is a pretty good season, considering we lost four starters (to graduation)," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, noting that five of the losses were to state-ranked teams.

As for Tuesday's outcome: "We have nothing to hang our heads about. We lost to a better team tonight -- one with a lot of weapons."

Darius Garvin led Notre Dame with 21 points, while teammate Hunter Thomas scored 13 and Tom Agan 11. Other points came from Nate Niles (7), Jonas McCaig (6) and Derek Marshall (5).

Luke Flahive paced the Watkins attack with 21 points, including 15 after intermission and 10 in the fourth quarter. Colin Gates added 11 points, including the team's first 9 of the game. Other scoring came from Joe Palumbo (9 points) and Keith Rekczis (5).

Rekczis led the team in rebounds wih 8, while Palumbo and Adam Tuttle grabbed 5 each. Palumbo led in assists with 3, and Rekczis in steals with 2.

The Senecas, down 8-3 early, rallied for a 12-8 lead but saw the Crusaders take a one-point edge, 13-12, into the second period. Watkins Glen never led again.

Notre Dame, up 19-17 with 5:30 left in the half, hit three 3-pointers in a minute-and-a-half -- one each by Garvin, Agan and Thomas -- to build the lead to 11 points, 28-17. A Palumbo 3-pointer at the buzzer cut a 9-point Watkins deficit to six points at intermission, 31-25.

After ND scored 15 seconds into the third period, a flurry of 3-pointers -- by the Crusaders' Garvin, Watkins' Flahive and ND's Thomas -- put the Notre Dame advantage back at 11 points, 39-28. That grew to 14 points by the end of the period, 48-34 -- by which time the Senecas' Gates had fouled out.

Palumbo would also foul out less than two minutes into the fourth quarter, a period that saw the Crusaders continue to build their lead, to 18 points before finishing 17 ahead.

Notre Dame had a clear advantage in foul shots, taking 22 and converting 18 of them. Watkins Glen was awarded 8 free throws, converting 5. The differential: 13 points. Notre Dame had just one more field goal than Watkins Glen, 18 to the Senecas' 17.

Despite the Crusader's 63 points, Fazzary said his squad played "good defense. We were in their faces on most of those 3-pointers, and they made them anyway." He said he was also pleased with the way his team protected the ball, turning it over but nine times. "That's pretty good against a team like that," he said.

With the victory, Notre Dame advances to the Class C title game, to be played at 3:15 p.m. Saturday at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena against the No. 2 seed, Moravia -- a 50-39 winner Tuesday night over the No. 3 seed, Newfield.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Adam Tuttle, left, draws a charge, called on ND's Nate Niles.

Middle: The Senecas' Luke Flahive looks to pass the ball in traffic. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: Watkins Glen had a large group of fans on hand in the ND gym, where the stands were packed. Among the Seneca Nation fans were these students arriving by bus.

Left: Watkins Glen's Keith Rekczis passes the ball before going out of bounds. (Photo by Don Romeo) / Right: The Senecas' Justin Duane sends the ball to a teammate in the corner.

Athlete of the Week: Watkins' Flahive

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 24 -- As the winter high school sports season nears its conclusion, we honor Watkins Glen's Luke Flahive (right) as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week.

Flahive scored a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds and hustled continually, tracking down loose ball after loose ball and keeping plays alive, as the WGHS boys varsity basketball team defeated Lansing in a Section IV, Class C Tournament quarterfinal.

Double Honorable: Flahive teammate Ketih Rekczis, who tallied 16 points and 7 rebounds in that victory; and Madison Gates, who scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a tourney-opening win by the Watkins girls basketball team.

Honorable Mention: Seven other basketball players earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, Odessa File Athletes of the Year at the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high schools.

Gould, Chedzoy earn wild cards to States

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 23 -- Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestlers Brandon Gould (in the 113-pound weight class ) and Ian Chedzoy (182 pounds) will compete in the upcoming New York State Public High School Athletic Association Wrestling Championships in Albany thanks to wild-card entries.

Both wrestlers placed second at the recent Section IV Wrestling Championshps in Binghamton, and gained entry into the state tournament in part based on those finishes.

According to Watkns Glen Wrestling Coach Nils Watson, "the tournament places the top 16 athletes at each particular weight class against one another to determine the New York State champion. Twelve of the 16 in each weight class are determined by their victories in their individual section tournaments, and the remaining four (including Gould and Chedzoy) are selected on a 'wild card' status based on their overall record, previous place finishes in the state or section, and who they have beaten throughout the season.

"Gould and Chedzoy," he said, "both met the criteria and were selected by the committee to compete." Both are sophomores.

The tournament will take place Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28 and March 1 at the Times Union Center in Albany. According to unofficial brackets (to be affirmed Monday), Gould's first opponent will be Tito Colom, a sophomore from Dunkirk in Section VI. Chedzoy's opener will be against Nick Gallo, a junior from Schalmont in Section II.

Odessa-Montour wrestler Joe Rorick earned a spot at States by winning the Section IV title at 120 pounds. He was a wild-card entrant in the state tournament last year.

Photo in text: Brandon Gould, left, and Ian Chedzoy. (Photo provided)

5th & 6th Grade Playoff Champions: Learn Motors. From left, kneeling: Isaac McIlroy, Seamus Mooney. Standing: Rebecca Becker, Elliot Holland, Adrienna Solomon, Patrick Madaffari. Coaches: Maggie Bond, Adam Tuttle, Allison Teed. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Youth Basketball: Final results

The following results were reported to The Odessa File following the eighth and final week of action in Seneca Youth Basketball in the Watkins Glen High School Field House.

Final Results

Championship Game, 3rd-4th Grades:

Savard's Family Restaurant 28, Watkins Sporting Goods 16
Savard's -- Owen Scholtisek 26, Ethan Day 2
Sporting Goods -- Jenna Solomon 8, Bailey Beaumont 6, Bryce Cady 2

Consolation Games:

Mr. Chicken 20, House of Hong 16
Mr. Chicken -- Jacob Powers 10, Luke Likoudis 4, David Kelly 4, Jake Likoudis 2
House of Hong -- Travon Jones 12, Cassidy Ploucha 2, Cloey Wratten 2

Central Asphalt 36, Famous Brands 14
Central Asphalt -- Mitchell Pike 20, Jacob Yontz 10, Damyan Metris 4, Kara Sheesley 2
Famous Brands -- Cameron Holland 10, Daniel Ely 4

Championship Game,
5th-6th Grades:

Learn Motors 44, Capt. Bill's 35
Learn Motors -- Isaac McIlroy 18, Adrienna Solomon 10, Seamus Mooney 12, Patrick Madaffari 2, Elliot Holland 2
Capt Bill's -- Max Evans 21, Brendan Hammond 8, Owen Buckley 6

Consolation Games:

Seneca Lodge 20, Van Skiver Motors 12
Seneca Lodge -- Tim Clifford 10, Kelsey Kernan 4, Savannah Ayers 4, Tristan Rockwell 2
Van Skiver Motors -- Sam Smith 8, Bryson Simmons 2, Robert Bannon 2

Church St. Produce 38, Watkins Glen Supply 37
Church St. Produce -- Brendan Beaumont 22, Aislinn Klemann 6, Eliza Bellinger 4, Tanner Dunham 4, Collin Gaylord 2
Watkins Glen Supply -- Dylan Morse 20, Bryce Kelly 15, Nambdi DeSarno 2

Photos in text:

Top: 3rd & 4th Grade Playoff Champions: Savard's Family Restaurant. From left: kneeling, Jacob Vander Eyms, Brynn Smith, Isabella Samuels, Brandon Smith. Standing: Ethan Day, Carmichael Ayers, Owen Scholtisek, Emily Rhoads. Coaches: Jacob Carocci, Allison Teed, Jordan Rappleye, Jordan Shea, Parker Pangallo.

Bottom: 3rd & 4th Grade League Champions: Central Asphalt. From left: kneeling, Kara Sheesley, Ali Narde. Standing: Mitchell Pike, Jacob Yontz, Damyan Metris. Coaches: Amanda Pike, Gianna Willsey-Moline, Michael Taylor. (Photos by Don Romeo)

5th & 6th Grade League Champions: Captain Bill's. From left: sitting, Kaylee Franklin, Shannon Ervay, (coach) Madison Myers, Breanna Wilson. Standing: Owen Buckley, Max Evans, Brendan Hammond. Coaches: Jordan Rappleye, Amanda Pike, Justin Duane, Parker Pangallo. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Madison Myers grabs a loose ball.

Watkins girls fall to Lansing

Season ends 58-33 in Sectional quarterfinal

LANSING, Feb. 23 -- A spate of turnovers helped put the Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team in a big hole early in Saturday night's Section IV, Class C quarterfinal match against Lansing, and the Senecas couldn't catch up, dropping a 58-33 decision that ended their season.

"Tonight just wasn't our night," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "Lansing is a very well-coached team."

Watkins Glen finished with a 10-9 mark that included a post-season victory over Moravia in the opening round of Sectionals. The Senecas trailed 11-0 in that game and were able to mount a comeback.

But after falling behind 11-0 to Lansing and trailing 32-15 at halftime, victory on this night was never within reach. The closest the Senecas got in the second half was 12 points after scoring the first five points of the third quarter.

Lansing established dominance early with a press that flustered the Watkins players into four turnovers before they even launched a shot, and a total of nine turnovers in the first quarter. Lansing, slow to find its shooting range, started clicking midway through the first period -- finishing the quarter up 19-7.

After building the advantage to 17 points at intermission and seeing Watkins trim that margin to 12 early in the third period, the Ladycats shut the door, outscoring the Senecas 9-4 during the rest of that quarter and 17-9 down the stretch.

Shea McCartney led the Lansing attack with 27 points, while Audrey Eastman scored 12. The team was coolly efficient at the free-throw line, converting 13 of 15 attempts.

Amanda Pike led Watkins Glen scorers with 12 points (along with 2 rebounds and an assist). Other points came from Madison Gates (9, with 2 rebounds), Mariah Gonzalez (5, along with 1 rebound and 1 assist), Halle Phillips (3, with 2 rebounds and 1 steal), Madison Myers (2), Amanda Cherock (1, with 1 rebound), and Juliette Barbay (1). Victoria Goehner added 3 rebounds and an assist. The team converted 12 of 20 foul shots.

Barbay's lone point drew the loudest applause of the night from the Watkins fans and the Watkins bench. The Belgian exchange student, who has played sparingly, was fouled late in the game -- and when she sank the first of two free-throw attempts, it marked the first time she had scored all season. The cheers were loud and genuine. Her second attempt looked good, but rattled out of the cylinder.

When asked afterward how it felt to score, she had a smile and a one-word answer: "Good!"

With the season concluded, Coach Learn looked back.

"I'm proud of the girls," she said. "We had a great season."

*****

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike looks to pass the ball (Photo by Don Romeo)

Middle: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez finds the traffic is heavy near the basket.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Victoria Goehner goes up for a shot.

Left: Exchange student Juliette Barbay sends a free throw on its way. Right: Coaches and players on the Watkins Glen bench cheer as the ball goes in for Barbay's first point of the year. (Left photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Madison Gates shoots. (Photo by Don Romeo). Right: A Lansing player high-steps as Watkins Glen's Madison Gates reaches for the ball.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Cherock passes the ball to a teammate in the corner.

Left: Watkins Glen's Keith Rekczis looks for a shot. Right: The Senecas' Joe Palumbo goes up for a shot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen boys advance

Top Lansing 38-27; meet ND in semifinal Tuesday

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 22 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team -- led by Luke Flahive's double-double and 16 points from Keith Rekczis -- defeated Lansing 38-27 Friday night in a Section IV, Class C Tournament quarterfinal game in the WGHS Field House.

The No. 4 seeded Senecas (14-5) will travel to Elmira Notre Dame on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. semifinal clash against the homestanding, top-seeded Crusaders (17-1), who defeated Watkins Glen twice during the regular season. The night's other semifinal will be at Moravia, where the No. 2 seeded Blue Devils will host the No. 3 seed, Newfield.

Defense was the key for the Senecas Friday as they muffled the Lansing offense after the Bobcats had built a 17-11 lead midway through the second period. Watkins rallied with the final eight points of the period to enter intermission ahead 19-17.

The game was deadlocked at 23-23 with 1:33 remaining in the third period, but the Senecas built a 5-point lead, 28-23, entering the final period, the final three points in that surge coming on a Flahive 3-pointer before the buzzer. He finished the game with 12 points and 14 rebounds, along with 5 assists.

Lansing was never closer than five points after that as the Senecas outscored the Bobcats 10-4 down the stretch.

Rekczis, in addition to his 16 points, grabbed 7 rebounds. Other points came from Adam Tuttle (5, along with 3 steals), Joe Palumbo (3), and Matt Estes (2). The team was 4-for-9 from the free-throw line, but 4-for-6 in the fourth quarter.

"That was a super game by Rekczis and Flahive," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "Absolutely terrific. Luke made some great passes, and ran down loose balls, keeping them alive. And of course he hit some key shots. And Rekczis finished shots around the backboard, and grabbed those rebounds.

"And the bench was a key, too," said Fazzary, noting that when some starters got into foul trouble in the second period, "the bench came in and helped us get back in the game after we were down by six. They did the job. It was a great team win."

It was also a win, he hopes, "that gives us a little confidence going into Notre Dame. The kids are excited, but they know it will take a special effort" Tuesday night.

The coach said he is looking for a large turnout of Seneca Nation faithful at that game, wearing their trademark lime green shirts.

"Be loud and be proud," said the coach. "We need our students behind us."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Luke Flahive drives to the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: The Senecas' Matt Estes sends a shot on its way.

Watkins Glen's Adam Tuttle, left, battles a Lansing player for a rebound.

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Cherock goes up for a shot. Right: The Senecas' Halle Phillips looks to pass the ball. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Glen girls open tournament
with 39-38 win over Moravia

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 20 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds by Madison Gates -- came from behind to defeat Moravia 39-38 Wednesday night in a Section IV, Class C tournament opening-round game in the WGHS Field House.

The victory propels the Senecas into a contest against top-seeded Lansing at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Lansing gym.

While Gates' points and rebounds were key to keeping Watkins Glen in the game, a handful of plays down the stretch by teammates turned the tide in the Senecas' favor after they fell behind 35-32 midway through the final period.

First came two free throws by Mariah Gonzalez with 3:06 remaining, not long after she had been inserted into the game. That pulled Watkins Glen within a point, 35-34.

Then a drive up the left side by Madison Myers, who sent up a floater that found the net, put the Senecas ahead 36-35 with 2:55 to play.

Myers struck again with a long lead pass to Amanda Pike, who scored in traffic off her own miss to give Watkins a three-point edge, 38-35, with 1:54 remaining.

The score remained unchanged until Moravia hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left to tie the game 38-38, but Myers struck yet again with a drive on the right side up the full length of the court to the basket, where she was fouled. She sank the first of two free-throw attempts, giving the Senecas their final 39-38 advantage -- one that stood up as a final Moravia shot from 3-point range hit the rim and bounced high and off to the right, landing in the hands of Gates as time expired.

"The girls came out slow but turned up the heat," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn, referring to an 11-0 lead Moravia built at the outset -- before the Senecas responded with 10 points of their own to enter the second period down a point.

"It was a great, intense game," said Learn. "Madison Gates did a great job on the boards and had a double double. The guards played well and had some key defensive stops. This win was a team effort."

Watkins Glen, down 11-10 after one period, was up 21-19 at halftime, but behind again, 32-29, entering the final period. The Senecas caught up at 32-32 (on a basket and free throw by Amanda Cherock) before falling behind 35-32, setting up the final, successful stretch run.

In addition to Gates' 13 points, Watkins Glen got scoring from Pike (8 points, along with 4 rebounds and 2 blocks), Victoria Goehner (8 points and 2 assists), Myers (3 points, along with 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block), Cherock (3 points, along with 3 rebounds and a block), Gonzalez (2 points and 2 rebounds), and Halle Phillips (2 points and 2 rebounds). The team was 9-for-13 from the free-throw line, including 4-for-4 by Goehner.

Moravia was led by Hannah Bennick's 13 points, and 11 by Marissa Hingston. The Blue Devils converted 4 of 11 free throws.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Madison Gates grabs one of her 11 rebounds.

Bottom: The Senecas' Amanda Pike applies some defense to a Moravia ball-carrier. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins' Madison Myers races upcourt. Right: The Senecas' Victoria Goehner.

Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez (30) and a Moravia player chase a rebound
that bounced out of bounds.

Left: Watkins Glen's Matt Estes cuts through traffic as he prepares to shoot. Right: The Senecas' Keith Rekczis drives to the hoop. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins boys prep with a scrimmage

DUNDEE, Feb. 18 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team scrimmaged Tuesday morning at Dundee High School against the Dundee and Penn Yan High School varsity squads as it continues to prepare for the Section IV, Class C tournament.

The 4th seeded Senecas (13-5) open the tournament at home at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 against the winner of Tuesday night's contest between #5 Lansing (12-4) and Harpursville. Watkins is coming off a 51-50 loss last Friday night against Chenango Valley.

The 9-8 Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team, meanwhile, opens tournament play on Wednesday, Feb. 19, hosting Moravia (10-7) at 7 p.m. The winner will advance to play top-seeded Lansing (15-2) at Lansing on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Luke Flahive moves the ball during Tuesday's scrimmage against Penn Yan. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Athletes of Week: A familiar quartet

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 17 -- Four familar Schuyler County competitors are this week's recipients of The Odessa File Athlete of the Week award.

At Odessa-Montour High School, Section IV champions Chris Husted (swimming) and Joe Rorick (wrestling) earn the honors. Husted won Section IV, Class C Swimming tournament titles in the 50 Freestyle and 100 Freestyle events over the weekend, while Rorick captured the 120-pound championship among Section IV, Division II wrestlers.

At Watkins Glen High School, the honorees are Matt Doppel, who won the 100 Backstroke title at the Section IV, Class C Swimming Championships, and Matt Gill, who qualified for the New York State high school Indoor Track Championships during a tournament at Cornell.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen wrestlers Ian Chedzoy and Brandon Gould; Watkins Glen swimmers Aidan DeBolt and Lucas Wickham, along with teammate/diver Jacob Slater; Watkins Glen bowler Lucy Craig; Watkins Glen varsity basketball standout Amanda Pike; and the Watkins Glen junior varsity IAC Large School champion basketball team, consisting of Clara Chedzoy, Maggie Bond, Katherine Meehan, Allison Teed, Nateah Cornish, Hanley Elliott, Mikenna Ayers, Gianna Willsey-Moline, Ryanna LaMoreaux, and Mariah Gonzalez.

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

Rorick wins Section IV wrestling championship

BINGHAMTON, Feb. 17 -- Odessa-Montour wrestler Joe Rorick won a Section IV, Division II championship Sunday, claiming the title at 120 pounds in the two-day tournament at Binghamton University.

Rorick defeated Walton's Logan Robinson in the final, 3-0, after taking a semifinal from Ryan Kwiatkowski of Owego, 7-0. He earlier defeated Chase Northrup from Sidney, 16-0, and Ryan McMahon from Bainbridge-Guilford-Afton, 11-0.

Rorick had fallen to Robinson 4-0 in last weekend's Section IV, Class D final at Greene High School.

By virtue of winning, Rorick qualified for the State Tournament in two weeks. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships will be held Feb. 28 and March 1 at the Times Union Center in Albany. Rorick competed in that tournament last year, too, but as a wild-card entry at 106 pounds instead of as a champion. This was O-M's first sectional wrestling title since 1985 -- when Troy Monks won the last of his three straight crowns.

Meanwhile, Watkins Glen had two wrestlers reach Sunday's finals, where each lost.

The Senecas' Brandon Gould placed second at 113 pounds, losing to Joe Nelson of Oxford in the title bout, 14-5, after defeating Kiegan Brown of Maine-Endwell in a semifinal, 5-0.

And Watkins' Ian Chedzoy (right), wrestling at 182 pounds, was pinned by Christian Dietrich of Greene in the final in 3:32 after defeating Southern Cayuga's Nate Walters in a semifinal, 6-0.

Of the six wrestlers from Watkins Glen who qualified for the tournament, five reached the podium. In addition to Gould and Chedzoy, they were: Nick Cocola, who placed 5th at 145 pounds (and along the way registered his 100th career victory); Josh Burge, 6th at 170 pounds; and Colton Arcangeli, 6th at 285 pounds.

Watkins Glen wrestlers finished in a tie for ninth place in the Division II team standings. Odessa-Montour was 24th in the 28-team field. Norwich won the team title.

“The team should be very proud of their accomplishments,” said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson. “I know that each of them wants more, and are not satisfied with their finishes, but luckily they are all back next season ... We need to simply get back to work to achieve, set new goals, and stay positive.”

Photos in text: O-M's Joe Rorick (top center) on the podium after winning the 120-pound title; Watkins Glen's Ian Chedzoy (bottom) with his medal. (Photos provided)

Seneca Youth Basketball: Playoffs

The following results were reported to The Odessa File following the seventh week of action in Seneca Youth Basketball in the Watkins Glen High School Field House.

February 15, 2014

3rd-4th Grades

Sporting Goods 26, House of Hong 18
Sporting Goods -- Georgio Fazzary 14, Bailey Beaumont 4, Joseph Sutterby 4, Julya Slater 2, Jenna Solomon 2
House of Hong -- Travon Jones 16, Jade Scaptura 2

Sporting Goods 37, Central Asphalt 35
Sporting Goods -- Georgio Fazzary 29, Jenna Solomon 8
Central Asphalt -- Mitchell Pike 23, Andrew Hayes 8, Kara Sheesley 2, Damyan Metris 2

Famous Brands 20, Mr. Chicken 10
Famous Brands -- Cameron Holland 12, Daniel Ely 4, Carly Arnold 4
Mr. Chicken -- Luke Likoudis 2, David Kelly 2, Gregory Samuels 2, Gabriel Santos 2, Ava Barber 2

Savard's 20, Famous Brands 8
Savard's -- Carmichael Ayers, Owen Scholtisek 6, Ethan Day 4, Jacob Van Der Eems 2
Famous Brands -- Cameron Holland 4, Daniel Ely 4

*Championship Game: Watkins Sporting Goods vs Savard's Family Restaurant -- 2/22/14

5th-6th Grades

Watkins Glen Supply 26, Seneca Lodge 12
Watkins Supply -- Dylan Morse 14, Bryce Kelly 6, Nambdi Desarno 2, Maggie Rhoads 2, Elaine Majors 2
Seneca Lodge -- Abby Congdon 6, Tristan Rockwell, Kelsey Kernan 2, Tim Clifford 2

Capt. Bill's 25, Watkins Glen Supply 19
Capt. Bill's -- Max Evans 19, Brendan Hammond 6
Watkins Glen Supply -- Dylan Morse 12, Austin Hazlitt 4, Bryce Kelly 3

Learn's 34, Van Skiver's 8
Learn's -- Seamus Mooney 14, Isaac McIlroy 10, Rebecca Becker 4, Patrick Madaffari 2, Adrienna Solomon 2, Elliot Holland 2

Learn's 44, Church St. Produce 28
Learn's -- Isaac McIlroy 26, Seamus Mooney 10, Adrienna Solomon 4, Elliot Holland 2, Rebecca Becker 2
Church St. Produce -- Brendan Beaumont 21, Eliza Bellinger 4, Tanner Dunham 2, Aislinn Klemann 1

*Championship Game: Capt. Bill's vs Learn Motors -- 2/22/14

Glen girls 7th at State Bowling Qualifier

WAVERLY, Feb. 16 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team's season ended Saturday with a 7th-place finish at the Section IV State Qualifier tournament at the Valley Bowling Center in Waverly.

Binghamton won the team title and advanced to the State Tournament with a six-game total of 5942, followed by Waverly (5915), Oneonta (5831), Union-Endicott (5775), Horseheads (5686), Corning (5676), and Watkins Glen (4941). Trailing the Senecas were Notre Dame, Hancock, Newark Valley, Sidney and Tioga.

Lucy Craig led Watkins Glen with an 1130 total on series of 542-588. "Lucy was very consistent on the day, only having one game below 180," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "That was impressive. The pressure didn't seem to bother her at all."

Dakota Evans was second with a 1055 (528-527), while Samantha Bradley posted a 1040 (433-607, the latter including a team-high game of 226). Other scores: Erika Rhodes 896 (413-483) and Lindsey Suddaby (820 (378-442). Liz Mason, bowling as an extra, posted an 828 (411-417).

"Everyone bowled some good games," said Brower, "but this tournament is more like a marathon than a sprint. It takes over six hours to finish, so by the end every team is exhausted. It is something that you can't simulate in practice."

O-M's Chris Husted hits the water at start of the 100 Free, which he won with school record.

Glen swimmers 4th, O-M 6th
at Section IV, Class C meet

Husted wins 50, 100; Doppel takes Backstroke

OWEGO, Feb. 16 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team placed fourth and the Odessa-Montour squad 6th Saturday morning at the annual Section IV, Class C Swimming Championships at Owego Free Academy.

O-M's Chris Husted won both the 50 Free and 100 Free events in state qualifying times of 22.15 (tying his personal best) and 48.43, events in which he had qualified earlier this season for the State Swimming Championships, to be held March 1 in Webster. His time in the 100 was a personal best and a new school record.

Watkins Glen had a titleist, too. Matt Doppel won the 100 Backstroke in 55.85, short of the state qualifying time of 54.82.

Chenango Forks won the team title with 377 points, followed by Waverly (358), Lansing (351), Watkins Glen (298), Southern Cayuga (245), O-M (206), Greene (130), and Spencer-Van Etten (12).

Also notable for O-M: Its 200 Medley Relay team of James Terry, Tony Humphries, Husted and Tyler Goossen took 3rd with a PR of 1:56.37.

Other top 8 finishes for O-M:
--Tony Humphries was 5th in the 200 Individual Medley with a PR of 2:24.25 and 7th in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:12.94.
--Tyler Goossen was 8th in the 50 Free in 25.81.
--The 200 Free Relay squad of Billy Tague, Charles Sidle, Husted and Goossen was 6th in 1:40.92.
--The 400 Free Relay team of Alec Betts, Sidle, Humphries and Tague was 7th in 4:05.63.

In the Consolation Finals:
--Alec Betts took 11th in the 200 IM with a PR of 2:32.94 and 12th in the 100 Breast in 1:18.05.
--Charles Sidle took 11th in the 50 Free with a 26.02 and 12th in the 100 Fly in 1:16.95.
--Billy Tague took 9th in the 500 Free with a PR of 5:59.85 and 10th in the 100 Fly with a 1:09.77.
--James Terry took 13th in the 100 Fly with a PR of 1:23.28 and 13th in the 100 Back with a PR of 1:12.26.
--Tyler Goossen took 16th in the 100 Free with a time of 59.09.

"I couldn't be happier with how the team did this year," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "We had an overall dual meet record of 5-7, and scored 99 more points in the IAC meet over last year, and 83 more points in Sectionals over last year.

"The boys worked well together as a team, came through when they needed to for the win, and supported each other all the way. Overall it was a great season, and the guys should be very proud of their accomplishments. I certainly am. Now it's on to the State Championship meet with Chris in two weeks. I can't wait to see how he fares against the best in the state."

In addition to Doppel, Watkins Glen had the following top-8 finishes:

--Aidan DeBolt was 3rd in the 200 Free in a time of 1:58.72 (PR), beating his qualifying time by almost two seconds, and 5th in the 100 Free (53.69 PR).
--Lucas Wickham was 3rd in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:09.27 (PR).
--Patrick Hazlitt was 5th in the 500 Free (5:37.43) and 8th in the 200 Free (2:04.09 PR)..
--Mitch Mangus was 6th in the 500 Free (5:37.89) and 8th in the 200 Individual Medley (2:28.02).
--Liam Fitch was 8th in the 100 Fly (1:06.95 PR).
--Will Fitzsimmons was 8th in the 100 Back (1:08.68 PR).
--The Watkins Glen relay squads were 5th in the Medley (Will Fitzsimmons, Lucas Wickham, Liam Fitch and Ryan DeBolt, 1:57.79), 5th in the 200 (Matt Doppel, Brandon Pike, Mitch Mangus and Aidan DeBolt, 1:38.95 PR), and 4th in the 400 (Aidan DeBolt, Pat Hazlitt, Mitch Mangus and Matt Doppel, 3:39.90).

And on Friday, Watkins had two team members place in the diving competition at Waverly.

--The Senecas' Jacob Slater was 2nd with 254.40 points in an event won by Chenango Forks' Chris Roberts (with 268.85).
--Watkins' Dakota Cole was sixth with 91.15 points.

Consolation Finals finishes for Watkins Glen included:

200 IM: Liam Fitch 9th in 2:27.41PR, Lucas Wickham 10th in 2:32.28 PR, and A.J. Specchio 16th in 2:53.03.
50 Free: Brandon Pike 9th in 25.62, and Ryan DeBolt 13th in 26.22.
100 Free: Brandon Pike 10th in 57.95, and Ryan DeBolt 13th in 58.41.
100 Breaststroke: Jacob Slater 14th in 1:21.30 PR, and Payton Watson 16th in 1:21.60.

"Overall the boys did great," said Watkins Glen Coach Jen Conklin. "We had some amazing swims, and all the hard work throughout the season paid off. We are a young team, and for our seniors -- Ryan DeBolt, Mitch Mangus and Zach Butler -- it was a memorable last season. I wish them the best of luck. I really enjoyed the past three seasons with them.

"I'm excited to see this talented team really thrive next year," she added. "Today is a forecast of how amazing they will be next year; they are a force to be reckoned with in the IAC. It was a great season. Job well done by the Men From the Glen!"

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins' Matt Doppel launches himself at start of the 100 Backstroke, which he won.

Second: Watkins Glen's Lucas Wickham en route to 3rd place in the 100 Breaststroke.

Third: Watkins Glen's Ryan DeBolt dives at start of the 100 Free consolation race. He placed 5th in that race, and 13th overall.

Fourth: Odessa-Montour's Tony Humphries competes in the 200 IM, where he placed 5th.

Fifth: Watkins Glen's Brandon Pike dives at start of the 50 Free consolation race. He finished 1st in the race, and 9th overall.

Bottom: The Senecas' Matt Doppel climbs the podium to receive his medal after winning the 100 Backstroke.

O-M's Tyler Goossen races in the 200 Medley Relay. His squad finished 3rd.

Left: O-M's James Terry churns the water in the 200 Medley Relay. His squad placed 3rd. Right: Odessa's Billy Tague on the starting platform before start of the 100 Fly consolation race. He finished 2nd in the race, and 10th overall.

Watkins Glen's Mitch Mangus races in the 200 IM. He finished 8th.

The O-M 200 Medley Relay team, which finished 3rd with a personal best of 1:56.37. From left: Chris Husted, Tony Humphries, James Terry and Tyler Goossen. They were wearing swim parkas from the 1990s, dug out of storage to pay homage to the successful O-M teams of those years.

Left: Watkins Glen divers Dakota Cole, left, and Jacob Slater. Cole finished 6th and Slater 2nd in the diving competition Friday. Right: Watkins Glen's Aidan DeBolt, 3rd in the 200 Free and 5th in the 100.

Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt surfaces after his dive in the 500 Free. He placed 5th.

Gill qualifies for States

ITHACA, Feb. 16 -- Watkins Glen High School runner Matt Gill qualified for the New York State Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday by finishing second in the 1600 Meter Run at a State Qualifier tournament at Cornell University.

Gill posted a time of 4:29.38, but will be seeded with the time he posted last week at Sectionals -- a 4:28.11. He finished second Saturday to John McCarthy of Corning, who posted a time of 4:17.66.

"Matt ran well," said Watkins Glen Coach Kelly Sterner. "It's wonderful to see him meet another of his goals." Gill also competed on the state level in the fall, qualifying in Cross Country. The Indoor State Meet will be held March 11 at Cornell.

Also competing for Watkins Glen Saturday were:

--Freshman Cambria Weeden in the 1500 Meters, setting a personal best of 5:45.14, good for 17th place. "Cambria has consistently dropped her time every meet this season," said Sterner. "I am so proud of her."
--Taylor Kennard in the 3000 Meters, finishing 9th in 11:59.09.
--John Smith in the 55 Meters, with a time of 7.25.
--Isobel Scheffey in the 55 Meters, with an 8.28, and in the 300 Meters, in 14th place with a time of 47.35.

Seedings, pairings set in Section IV hoops

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 14 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team drew a first-round bye in the Section IV, Class C Basketball Tournament that gets underway Tuesday, Feb. 18.

The 4th-seeded Watkins squad (13-4) doesn't play until Friday, Feb. 21, when it hosts the winner of Tuesday's matchup between #5 Lansing (12-4) and Harpursville.

The Watkins Glen girls (9-8) will play in the first round of their tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 19, hosting Moravia (10-7). The winner will advance to play top-seeded Lansing (15-2) at Lansing on Saturday, Feb. 22.

The champion Watkins Glen Junior Varsity girls basketball team. Front from left: Nateah Cornish, Allison Teed, Katherine Meehan, Maggie Bond and Clara Chedzoy. Back row from left: Hanley Elliott, Mikenna Ayers, Gianna Willsey-Moline, Ryanna LaMoreaux, Mariah Gonzalez and Coach Scott Morse.

Glen JV girls win IAC title

Capture Large Schools crown with 31-21 victory

DRYDEN, Feb. 15 -- The Watkins Glen girls junior varsity basketball team put an exclamation point on a stunning season Friday night when it defeated Dryden on the Lions' home court, 31-21, to win the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large Schools championship.

The Senecas, who finished with a 17-1 record, trailed 6-5 in the first period when they went on an 11-0 run to build a 10-point advantage with 4:53 remaining in the first half. But they failed to score again before intermission, and Dryden climbed within six points, 16-10.

That was as close as the Lions got, though, as the Senecas kept them in check, a ball-hawking defense limiting the number of Dryden scoring chances. The score at the end of three quarters was 24-14, and the Senecas built the advantage to 31-16 before Dryden rallied with the final five points.

Mariah Gonzalez led Watkins Glen in scoring with 12 points, while Clara Chedzoy scored 7, Allison Teed 4, Katherine Meehan 4, Ryanna LaMoreaux 2, and Maggie Bond 2. The team was 7-for-15 from the foul line.

Amy Gardner led Dryden (13-5) with 8 points.

"I think the girls were nervous coming in to the game, letting the idea of a Conference Championship get to them," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "But they turned it up in the third quarter -- put it out of reach with defense.

"It was a real tough game," he added. "Congratulations to Dryden. They played with a lot of heart."

Looking back on the season, Morse summed it up with these words: "I'm so proud of the girls. They came together as a team."

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Maggie Bond twists backward to get off a shot under the basket. She was fouled on the play.

Bottom: The Senecas' Ryanna LaMoreaux prepares to shoot under pressure. The shot went in, boosting Watkins Glen's lead to 22-12.

Left: Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy maneuvers for a shot. Right: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez sends the ball flying on the tipoff.

Watkins Glen's Katherine Meehan drives past a Dryden player.

Left: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott, right, passes the ball. Right: The Senecas' Allison Teed (10) attempts a shot from a low angle near the hoop.

Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez drives toward the basket. She was fouled on the play.

Left: Watkins Glen's Joe Palumbo drives past a CV defender. Right: The Senecas' Adam Tuttle (40) maneuvers near the net. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Glen boys fall to CV, 51-50

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 15 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team saw a 21-2 lead evaporate Friday night as it dropped a 51-50 non-league decision to Chenango Valley in a game designed as a tuneup for next week's Section IV, Class C tournament.

"In all my years of coaching, that was one of my most disappointing losses," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "It was a perfect summary of the whole season -- up and down like a roller coaster. We looked like the Globetrotters in the first quarter and a half, and then the wheels fell off."

The Senecas (13-5) built a 13-0 lead through one period, "and then we kept going, until it was 21-2," said Fazzary. But CV (10-7) turned it around, scoring 23 points in the period, thanks largely to Watkins Glen turnovers.

"We turned the ball over something like nine times in 10 possessions," said Fazzary, who noted that Chenango Valley was not applying a press at the time.

Watkins Glen, up 25-23 at halftime, led for most of the third period, but CV was ahead 38-36 entering the final quarter. The Senecas recaptured the lead, and were up by three points, 50-47, with less than 25 seconds to play.

But Chenango Valley drove the lane for two points, regained possession when the ball went out of bounds off a Watkins player, tried to drive the lane again, was fouled, and sank two free throws with 5.8 seconds left to take the lead, 51-50. Watkins turned the ball over again with two seconds left, and its last chance was gone.

Adam Tuttle led the Senecas in scoring with 15 points, while Keith Rekczis added 11 and .Joe Palumbo 10. Other points came from Tony Keough (5), Matt Estes (4), Colin Gates (3), and Luke Flahive (2). The team was 6-for-11 from the foul line.

Rekczis led the Senecas in rebounds with 10, while Tuttle grabbed 6 and Palumbo 5. Flahive registered 10 assists, and led the team in steals with 4. Rekczis had 3 steals.

Brian Cox led CV with 9 points. The team converted 9 of 13 free throws.

"In the entire game, Chenango Valley didn't lead for more than two minutes," said Fazzary. "I know that in a sense the game was meaningless, but it's not the kind of game you care to see when you're going to Sectionals and want momentum."

The Senecas will try to regain that momentum when it competes in a scrimmage Tuesday morning at Dundee High school against Dundee and Penn Yan.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen closed its season at 13-5 by defeating Chenango Valley 44-41. Parker Pangallo led the Senecas with 15 points, while Dominick Rolston scored 14.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Luke Flahive tries to maneuver past a Chenango Valley defender.

Middle: The Watkins cheerleaders perform at halftime, demonstrating a routine that helped them win the recent IAC Cheerleading Competition.

Bottom: The Senecas' Keith Rekczis looks to pass the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Dominick Rolston shoots. Right: The Senecas' Jordan Rappleye drives toward the basket. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Gates, Flahive earn IAC 1st Team honors

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 14 -- Two Watkins Glen High School varsity basketball players have earned First Team status on the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large Schools South Division All-Star squad selected by coaches.

Colin Gates and Luke Flahive have each made the team, along with three players from Elmira Notre Dame and one from Waverly.

Notre Dame's Darius Garvin was named MVP of the squad. Crusader teammates Tom Agan and Jonas McCaig also earned All-Star slots, as did Waverly's Dylan Perry.

Second Team: Watkins Glen's Keith Rekczis, Notre Dame's Hunter Thomas and Nate Niles, Waverly's Tim Sutton, and Edison's Jake Bahantka.

IAC Small Schools South Division:

First Team: Derek Carman of Spencer-Van Etten (MVP), along with Kevin Jensen of Candor and three Newfield players: Devon Cooper, Chris Byrd and Brian Barrett.

Second Team: Candor's Wyatt Whitmore and James Thompkins, S-VE's Jorden Tyson, and Newfield's Leif Pakkala and Alex Fuller.

Husted qualifies 1st in 2 events, sets new pool record

Several Indians earn spots in Section IV finals

WAVERLY, Feb. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team fared well Wednesday at the Section IV, Class C Prelims, with seven team members qualifying to swim in the finals at Saturday's Section IV Swimming Championships at Owego Free Academy.

Senior Chris Husted (right) led the way, qualifying first in the 50 Free and 100 Free -- and setting a new pool record in the 50 Free of 22.18, breaking the record he tied earlier in the season (22.21). He won the 100 in 49.16.

Also qualifying for the Championship Finals (top 8) were the following (with personal records designated PR):
--Tony Humphries in the 200 IM (8th with a PR of 2:27.19) and in the 100 Breast (6th with a PR of 1:12.89)
--Tyler Goossen in the 50 Free (tied for 6th with a time of 25.46)
--200 Medley Relay of James Terry, Humphries, Husted and Goossen, 5th in 1:59.98
--200 Free Relay of Billy Tague, Charles Sidle, Goossen and Husted, 6th in 1:46.66
--400 Free Relay of Alec Betts, Sidle, Humphries and Tague, 7th in 4:14.38

Qualifying for the Consolation Finals (9th-16th) for O-M were:
--Billy Tague in the 100 Fly (10th in 1:11.38) and in the 500 Free (9th in 6:02.82)
--Alec Betts in the 200 IM (11th with a PR of 2:36.88) and in the 100 Breast (11th with a PR of 1:16.75)
--Tyler Goossen in the 100 Free (12th in 58.51)
--Charles Sidle in the 50 Free (12th with a PR of 25.96) and in the 100 Fly (12th with a PR of 1:13.71)
--James Terry in the 100 Fly (14th in 1:27.75) and in the 100 Back (15th in 1:14.66)

Also setting PRs were:
--Dan Rounds in the 100 Free (1:03.36)
--Kyle Frasier in the 500 Free (7:35.13)
--Garrett Allen in the 200 Free (2:48.95)

Photo in text: O-M's Chris Husted (File photo)

O-M's Gillian Clark earns All-Star slot

ODESSA, Feb. 10 -- Odessa-Montour eighth grader Gillian Clark has been named a Second Team selection on the Interscholastic Athletic Conference girls basketball Small Schools South Division All-Star squad selected by league coaches.

Clark averaged more than 10 points a game in the season just concluded, sinking 42 three-pointers in 18 games.

Earning Honorable Mention was O-M's Hailie Searles.

The division's First Team consists of Sierra Szwec of Candor (MVP), Mariah Crawford of Newfield, Maryiah Byrd of Newfield, Mikayla Short of Candor, Danielle Barto of Tioga, and Miranda Russell of Candor.

The Second Team members are Clark, Taylor Ayres of Tioga, Rachel Barnhardt of Candor, Angelina Ferrara of Newfield, and Dallia Rorick of Spencer-Van Etten.

Photo in text: O-M's Gillian Clark shooting a 3-pointer. (File photo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Cherock drives past a Trumansburg defender. Right: The Senecas' Madison Gates shoots in traffic. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls top T-burg in tune-up

TRUMANSBURG, Feb. 12 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team, in a tune-up for the upcoming Section IV tournament, came from behind Tuesday night to defeat Trumansburg 51-40 in a game in the Trumansburg gym.

Amanda Pike scored 19 points to lead the Senecas, whose season mark improved to 9-8.

Watkins Glen trailed 10-2 after one period and 26-18 at halftime. But a 21-4 third-period surge carried the Senecas to 39-30 lead entering the final quarter, and they held off the Raiders down the stretch.

"The girls came out slow but turned it around," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "It was an enjoyable game. The girls dug deep and played well together."

Pike, recently returned to active duty after a lengthy injury, also grabbed 6 rebounds, dished out 6 assists, had 3 steals and blocked 2 shots.

Madison Gates added 10 points and 7 rebounds, while Halle Phillips scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Other scoring came from Victoria Goehner (6 points), Madison Myers (5 points, along with 2 rebounds), and Tamijah Lawton-Stone (2 points, along with 6 rebounds).

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Trumansburg 45-14. Clara Chedzoy led the Senecas in scoring with 10 points, while Katherine Meehan scored 8 points, Ryanna LaMoreaux 7, Maggie Bond 6, Allison Teed 6, Mariah Gonzalez 3, Nateah Cornish 2, Hanley Elliot 2, and Gianna Willsey-Malone 1. Chedzoy also led in rebounds with 8, while Teed grabbed 5. Bond registered 5 steals.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike goes up for a shot. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Alexis Naylor shoots. Right. The Senecas' Victoria Goehner drives toward the basket. (Photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

From left: Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy, Ryanna LaMoreaux and Maggie Bond look to score. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Top athletes: Husted, WG cheerleaders

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 10 -- This week we honor a familiar figure from Odessa-Montour High School and an entire varsity squad from Watkins Glen as Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

O-M's Chris Husted earned the honor for a remarkable performance at the IAC Swimming Championships, where he set two pool records -- in the 50 Freestyle and 100 Freestyle -- despite suffering from the flu and mourning the loss of his grandmother days earlier. This has been a stunning season for Husted, who has set pool records now at Watkins Glen, Lansing, Waverly and Odessa, and qualified for the New York State Swimming Championships in both the 50 and 100.

The Watkins Glen varsity cheerleading squad also earned the weekly award for its performance at the annual IAC Cheerleading Competition at TC3, where it was named the grand champion. An extra point goes to cheerleader Micaela Simpson for winning the annual Jump Off there. The team members: Micaela Simpson, Kiera Cooley, Taylor Hughey, Noelle Johnson, Abigail Rundle, LynnAnn Caslin, Samantha Shea, Abigail Miller, Katlyn Haropp, Valerie Biviano, Tiaza Bascom, Sonja Pruitt, Daryn Cummings, and Katherine Taylor.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen swimmer Matt Doppel, Watkins Glen diver Jacob Slater, Watkins Glen wrestler Brandon Gould, Watkins Glen tracksters Matt Gill and Claire McManus, Watkins Glen bowler Samantha Bradley, and Odessa-Montour bowlers Phil Humphries and Sarah Simmons.

Honorable Mention: Another 25 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Star teams and, ultimately, an Odessa File Athlete of the Year at each school.

Pike advances to state Hoop Shoot round

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 10 -- Watkins Glen School District student Mitchell Pike finished in first place Saturday among 10- and 11-year-olds at the Elks Hoop Shoot Western Region competition in Olean.

Pike sank 23 of 25 free throws to advance to the statewide finals in Syracuse on March 1st.

He also received an award for the most consecutive shots made out of all the boys in all three of the age groups (9-13).

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Right: Pike with his awards (Photo by Don Romeo).

 

Kids from the Seneca Youth Basketball program (above) visited Corning Community College Saturday to watch the CCC men's and women's basketball teams compete against Finger Lakes Community College. Both CCC teams won -- the women 47-46 on a foul shot by Watkins grad Marissa Pike with less than a second to go, and the men 86-73. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Seneca Youth Basketball: Week 6

The following results were reported to The Odessa File following the sixth week of action in Seneca Youth Basketball in the Watkins Glen High School Field House.

February 8, 2014

3rd-4th Grades

Savard's 20, Famous Brands 8
Savard's -- Carmichael Ayers 8, Owen Scholtisek 6, Ethan Day 4, Jacob Van Der Eems 2
Famous Brands -- Carly Arnold 6, Daniel Ely 2

Central Asphalt 18, Mr. Chicken 10
Central Asphalt -- Jacob Yontz 14, Damyon Metris 4
Mr. Chicken -- David Kelly III 10

Sporting Goods 20, House of Hong 18
Sporting Goods -- Georgio Fazzary 6, Jenna Solomon 6, Gavid Smith 4, Bailey Beaumont 2, Bryce Cady 2
House of Hong -- Travon Jones 18

Final Standings
*Central Asphalt 5-1
Savard's Family Retaurant 5-1
Watkins Sporting Goods 4-2
Famous Brands 3-3
House of Hong 1-5
Mr. Chicken 0-6
*League Champion due to beating Savard's earlier in season.

5th-6th Grades

Learn's 35, Church St. Produce 32
Learn's -- Isaac McIlroy 23, Seamus Mooney 6, Natalie Edminister 4, Rebecca Becker 2
Church St. Produce -- Brendan Beaumont 27, Eliza Bellinger 2, Tanner Dunham 2, Aislin Klemann 1

Capt. Bill's 40, Watkins Glen Supply 34
Capt Bill's -- Max Evans 32, Owen Buckley 4, Brendan Hammond 4
Watkins Glen Supply -- Dylan Morse 18, Bryce Kelly 16

Seneca Lodge 22, Van Skiver's 8
Seneca Lodge -- Tim Clifford 21, Kelsey Kernan 1
Van Skiver's -- Sam Smith 6, Mattie Yontz 2

Final Standings
*Capt. Bill's 5-1
Church St. Produce 4-2
Learn Motors 4-2
Watkins Glen Supply 3-3
Seneca Lodge 2-4
Van Skiver Motors 0-6
*League Champion

Walter "Red" Matthews Memorial Playoffs (2/15/14)

8 a.m.
(1) Famous Brands vs Mr. Chicken (3rd-4th Grade)
(2) Sporting Goods vs House of Hong (3rd-4th Grade)
(3) Learn Motors vs Van Skiver's Motors (5th-6th Grade)

9:15 a.m.
(4) Savard's Family Restaurant vs Winner of Game 1 (3rd-4th Grade)
(5) Central Asphalt vs Winner of Game 2 (3rd-4th Grade)
(6) Watkins Glen Supply vs Seneca Lodge (5th-6th Grade)

10 a.m.
(7) Church St. Produce vs Winner of Game 3 (5th-6th Grade)
(8) Capt. Bill's vs Winner of Game 6 (5th-6th Grade)

The Watkins Glen varsity cheerleaders display their ribbons and trophies. (Photo provided)

Watkins cheerleaders win IAC crown

DRYDEN, Feb. 8 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity cheerleading squad took home the grand champion's trophy Saturday at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Cheerleading Competition, held in the Tompkins Cortland Community College gym.

The Senecas' Micaela Simpson took first place in the annual Jump Off, and the Watkins Glen junior varsity squad was second among six competing teams.

Members of the team, pictured above, include, from left:

Front row: Micaela Simpson, Kiera Cooley, Taylor Hughey, Noelle Johnson.
Middle row: Abigail Rundle, LynnAnn Caslin, Samantha Shea, Abigail Miller.
Top row: Katlyn Haropp, Valerie Biviano, Tiaza Bascom, Sonja Pruitt, Daryn Cummings, Katherine Taylor.

O-M's Chris Husted heads for the water at the start of the 50 Free. He set a Watkins Glen pool record in that event, as well as in the 100 Free.

Waverly wins IAC swim title

O-M's Husted sets pool records in 50 and 100;
Glen's Doppel takes Backstroke

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 8 -- Waverly's boys varsity swim team captured the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Swimming Championship title Saturday at the Watkins Glen High School pool, easily outdistancing runnerup Lansing and the host Senecas.

The Wolverines earned 428 points to Lansing's 361. Watkins Glen had 345 points, Southern Cayuga 327, Odessa-Montour 228, Dryden 79, and Spencer-Van Etten (15).

O-M's Chris Husted, despite suffering from the flu and mourning the loss of his grandmother days earlier, set two pool records -- capturing the 50 Free title in 22.48 (the old mark was 22.49) and the 100 Free title in 48.83 (breaking a mark of 49.95). Husted qualified earlier this season for the State Tournament in both events..

Watkins Glen' Matt Doppel (below right) barely missed a state qualifying time Saturday while winning the 100 Backstroke with a school record 54.85, breaking his own mark set earlier this season. The state qualifying time was 54.82. Doppel also placed third in the 100 Butterfly.

Jacob Slater (left) claimed the IAC Diving Championship following a morning competition in which, as it turned out, he was the only diver to appear. Slater, who posted a score of 256.15, is expected to meet several competitors in the Section IV diving meet this coming week.

The Outstanding Swimmer award went to Lansing's Joe Koch, who won the 500 Free with a pool and league record 4:40.08, and placed first in the 200 Free.

Among Watkins Glen's top finishers was Lucas Wickham, who placed third in the 100 Breaststroke (1:09.85), and Mitch Mangus, who placed fourth twice -- in the 200 Individual Medley (2:24.85) and the 500 Free (5:38.53). He too was suffering the effects of the flu.

The Senecas' Pat Hazlitt and Aidan DeBolt finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 200 Free, while Hazlitt was fifth in the 500 Free and DeBolt was sixth in the 100 Free.

Wickham was also part of a third-place finish in the 200 Medley Relay (with Will Fitzsimmons, Liam Fitch and Ryan DeBolt) and a fourth-place finish in the 200 Free Relay (with Doppel, Brandon Pike and Aidan DeBolt). Mangus was part of a third-place 400 Free Relay squad (with Pat Hazlitt, Aidan DeBolt and Doppel).

Top 16 finishes for Odessa-Montour:

Tony Humphries: 5th in the 100 Breast (1:13.81, pictured above) and 8th in the 200 IM (2:29.09).
Billy Tague: 7th in the 500 Free (6:01.22) and 8th in the 100 Fly (1:09.46).
Tyler Goossen: 7th in the 50 Free (25.81) and 12th in the 100 Free (59.01).
James Terry: 10th in the 100 Back (1:13.08) and 11th in the 100 Fly (1:24.96).
Charles Sidle: 10th in the 100 Fly (1:22.42) and 12th in the 50 Free (28.06).
Alec Betts: 11th in the 200 IM (PR of 2:37.14) and 11th in the 100 Breast (1:18.85).
Dan Rounds: 15th in the 100 Back (1:25.58).

The O-M Relays all took 5th place:
--200 Medley Relay of James Terry, Tony Humphries, Charles Sidle and Alec Betts (2:06.89)
--200 Free Relay of Tyler Goossen, Billy Tague, Charles Sidle and Chris Husted (1:44.13)
--400 Free Relay of Billy Tague, Tyler Goossen, Tony Humphries, Chris Husted (3:53.81- PR)

"The guys had a great meet today," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "I wasn't sure what to expect today as snow days and sickness have interrupted our training recently. Chris Husted was outstanding in the sprints, taking two IAC titles. The pool records were the icing on the cake. However, I was a bit disappointed in our relay performances. We still have some work to do in that area before Sectionals. I'm expecting some better relay performances next week."

Said Watkins Glen Coach Jen Conklin:

"We had awesome swims, and many Personal Records." Those included:

--Mitch Mangus in the 200 IM and 500 Free.
--Liam Fitch in the 200 IM and 100 Fly.
--Lucas Wickham in the 200 IM.
--Chase Richtmyer in the 100 Fly (by almost 20 seconds).
--Ryan DeBolt in the 100 Free (Season Record).
--Will Fitzsimmons in the 100 Free and 100 Back.
--200 Free Relay of Matt Doppel, Lucas Wickham, Brandon Pike and Aidan DeBolt (pictured at right).
--Matt Doppel in the 100 Back (School Record and .03 seconds away from the state cut time).
--Aaron Planty in the 50 Free and 100 Back.
--Ezra Evans in the 50 Free.
--Payton Watson in the 200 Free and 100 Breaststroke.
--Jacob Slater in the 100 Breaststroke and diving (256.15). He is the IAC Diving Champion
--Zach Butler in the 50 Free (30.04) and 100 Breaststroke.
--400 Free Relay of Pat Hazlitt, Mitch Mangus, Aidan DeBolt, Matt Doppel.

"The boys swam very well, getting some amazing times," said Conklin. "We had a close matchup with Lansing, but lost to them in the final events of the meet. Our boys are excited about the Sectional Prelims next Wednesday at Waverly."

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Dan Rounds launches himself at the start of the 100 Back.

Second & third: Watkins Glen victors Jacob Slater (left, diving) and Matt Doppel (100 Back)

Fourth: O-M's Tony Humphries competes in the 100 Breaststroke, where he placed fifth.

Fifth: O-M's Alec Betts competes in the 100 Breaststroke, where he placed 11th.

Sixth: Watkins Glen's Aidan DeBolt hits the water in the 200 Free Relay.

Seventh: Watkins Glen's Mitch Mangus, fourth in both the 200 IM and 500 Free.

Watkins Glen's Lucas Wickham on the way to third place in the 100 Breaststroke.

5 Glen wrestlers advance to Binghamton

GREENE, Feb. 8 -- The Watkins Glen varsity wrestling team will be sending five athletes to the Section IV finals tournament next weekend at Binghamton University..

That event, which serves as the Section IV state qualifier, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-16.

The five wrestlers advanced Saturday at the Section IV, Class C tournament at Greene High School by placing among the top four finishers in their respective weight classes.

Those advancing are:

-- Brandon Gould, who won the 113-pound crown, defeating Grady Alpert of Spencer-Van Etten with a fall in 56 seconds in the final. He posted his 100th career victory in the semifinals against Collin Elston of Tioga.

-- Nick Cocola, who finished second at 145 pounds, losing to Jamie Griswald of Bainbridge Guilford Afton Harpursville in the final.

--Ian Chedzoy, second at 182 pounds. He lost to 2013 state runner-up Christian Dietrich of Green 12-1.

--Colton Arcangeli (285) and Andrew Specht (138), who both finished in 4th place.

"In past years we have taken the top five in each weight," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson. "This year the section decided to only take the top four. This made qualifying very tough.”

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould (center) on the podium after placing first at 113 pounds in the Class C tournament. (Photo provided)

Odessa's Joe Rorick, left, slams Delhi's Mike Bryden to the mat in a semifinal contest. Rorick won the match on an injury default.

Rorick falls in finals at Class D meet

ODESSA, Feb. 8 -- Odessa-Montour wrestler Joe Rorick reached the finals of the Section IV, Class D meet Saturday before falling 4-0 to Walton's Logan Robinson in the 120-pound weight class.

The meet, held in the O-M gym, saw wrestlers from 12 schools competing for Class titles. The event is a lead-in to the overall Section IV tournament next weekend in Binghamton. The top four wrestlers in each weight class advanced.

Rorick -- who last week won the Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship at 120 pounds -- was the only Odessa wrestler to make the finals or the consolation round. The highest finish by the Indians besides Rorick's was a sixth place by Ian Hradisky at 285 pounds.

Deposit-Hancock took the team title with 209 points, capturing four weight classes along the way. Oxford was second with 152 points, followed by Candor (141), Walton (135), Unadilla Valley (103), Moravia (102), Delhi (94), Groton (83), Marathon (56), Southern Cayuga (49), Odessa-Montour (31), and Edminston (20).

Photo in text: O-M's John Kuparinen (facing camera) struggles against a hold applied by Marathon's Bruce Storey in an early match. Storey won by decision.

Gill meets qualifying time, nears States

ITHACA, Feb. 9 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Matt Gill broke a school record Saturday in the 1600 Meter Run as he won the race at the Section IV, Class C/D meet at Cornell University and in the process bettered a state qualifying time in the event.

Gill's time did not automatically earn him a berth in the state meet, which will be held at a later date at Cornell. But it put him in position to make that meet with a stong showing next weekend at a state qualfier, also at Cornell.

Gill's time of 4:28.11 came in a Divisoin 2 race, but was faster too than the times any of the competitors amassed in a Division 1 race that preceded it.

"It was thrilling to watch," said Watkins Glen Coach Kelly Sterner about Gill's run, noting that his time would have been faster had he knot been slowed by track traffic.

Meanwhile, another school record fell when Claire McManus broke her own Triple Jump mark for the third time this season with a leap of 27 feet, 5 inches, good for 8th place. "This is remarkable," said Sterner, "because the meets are the only place for her to practice her event."

Several Watkins runners also posted their best times of the season. "It was a great day for Watkins Glen indoor track," said Sterner.

The results:

Triple Jump: Claire McManus 8th place 27'5" PR New school record
3000 Meters: Taylor Kennard 2nd place 11:49.52 PR
1600 Meters:
Matt Gill 1st place 4:28.11 PR New school record. State Qualifying time.
Sam Hanley: 9th place 5:23.81 PR
Brooke Shaffer 6th place 5:48.43
Cambria Weeden 7th place 5:49.45 PR
3000 Meters: Taylor Kennard 2nd place 11:49.52 PR
55 Meters:
John Smith 7th place 7.24
Isobel Scheffey 8.24
Caitlin Connelly 8.93 PR
600 Meters: Kevin Kernan 7th place 1:41.72 PR
1000 Meters:
Joelle Slater 7th place 3:46.75 PR
Cameron Connelly 11th place 3:34.91 PR
300 Meters:
Isobel Scheffey 9th place 48.16
James Updyke 12th 43.50
Alec Clarkson 14th 44.92
Shot Put:
Mikayla Rhodes 9th place 24'03"
Bridgette Guild 17th place 21'4.75"
William Pastrick 17th place 27'11"
Dakota Lodge 15th place 29' 0.75"

Bowling: O-M boys 3rd in D

VESTAL, Feb. 9 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity bowling team -- led by Phil Hurmphries' 586 series -- placed third Saturday in the Section IV, Class D tournament at Midway Lanes.

Humphries' series contained a 246 that earned him a gold medal for highest game in Class D. Teammate Ryan Lambert earned the silver medal with a 234 game.

Bainbridge-Guilford won the team title with a 2648 series. Elmira Notre Dame was second with 2506, followed by O-M (2421), Marathon (2399), Afton (2391), Deposit (1677) and Hancock (1096).

O-M's Mitch McElroy posted a 514 series that included a 209 game, and Hayden Moss rolled a 429. Lambert, Alex Grady and Frank Wood each had two games recorded as Coach Doug Chapman utilized Section IV substitute rules to involve his six bowlers. The tournament scores only five bowlers per team per game.

Watkins Glen

The Watkins Glen boys varsity bowling team completed its season with a last-place showing among eight schools, posting a score of 2280. Sidney was first with 2848, Edison second with 2732, and Lansing and Tioga third and fourth with 2648 and 2640, respectively.

Austin LaFever led the Senecas with a 503 series, followed by Steven Bradley (489), Tristan Zimba (485), Mitch Smith (424), and Randy Layton (379).

O-M girls drop finale at S. Cayuga

AURORA, Feb. 8 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team closed its season with a loss Friday night, falling to state-ranked Southern Cayuga 59-31 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Southern Cayuga gym.

SC, now 14-2, is the IAC North Small Schools Division champion, and ranked No. 10 in the state in Class D. It will play Candor in the IAC Small School championship at 6 p.m. Thursday at Tompkins Cortland Community College. O-M finished with a 5-13 mark.

Southern Cayuga led O-M 9-4 after one period, and then went on a 12-0 run in the second quarter that helped lift it to a 32-11 halftime lead.

Gillian Clark led Odessa scorers with 10 points, while Brooke Collins scored 6, Callie Stillman 4,
Mikayla Curren 3, Hailie Searles 2 (with 8 rebounds), Trisha Williams 2, Jordan Zoeke 2, and Addi Rhodes and Nakiaha Robinson 1 each.

"I think we've turned the corner this season and done some pretty good things at times, considering how inexperienced we were coming in," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We've shown growth and should be heading in the right direction down the road."

Clark finished with 42 three-pointers in 18 games and led the team in scoring with 188 points as an 8th grader. Robinson led in assists as an 8th grader.

Junior Varsity: Southern Cayuga defeated Odessa-Montour 45-41.

Photo in text: O-M's Gillian Clark (File photo)

Watkins Glen girls place 2nd
at Class C bowling sectionals

VESTAL, Feb. 8 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team fell 40 pins shy Friday of Newark Valley at the Section IV, Class C bowling tournament, finishing second. The event was held at Midway Lanes in Vestal.

"We left too many 10 pins," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "I wish we could have found those 40 pins."

Team totals were as follows: Newark Valley 2431, Watkins Glen 2391, Edison 2338, Tioga 2333, Sidney 2252, Lansing 2154, and Green 2018.

Samantha Bradley led the Senecas with a 569 that tied for high series among Class C bowlers, along with Ashley Sherman of Tioga. "That's our third individual champion in four years," said Brower. "Katrina Swarthout won it last year, and Kylee Carrigan won it two years before that. It would have been nice to win the team gold three of the last four years as well."

Bradley had a high game of 220, also the best in Class C, although she failed to win the single-game gold medal because she won one for top series. "Rules state you can only medal as an individual in one category," said Brower.

The team's second-place finish, while disappointing, qualified the squad for next weekend's State Qualifier at the Valley Bowling Center in Waverly. "So," said Brower, "it will be back to work on Monday."

Scores for Watkins Glen in addition to Bradley's: Erika Rhodes 496, Lucy Craig 464, Dakota Evans 450, and Lindsey Suddaby 412. The Senecas had the highest single-game score in Class C, an 862.

Photo in text: The ball is being delivered by Watkins Glen's Dakota Evans on a spare attempt during the regular season. (File photo)

O-M bowlers 5th in Class D

VESTAL, Feb. 8 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity bowling team finished 5th Friday among seven schools competing in the Section IV, Class D tournament at Midway Lanes.

Sarah Simmons led the Indians with a 565 series that included a 242 -- the best game among bowlers in Class D. The top series in Class D belonged to Elmira Notre Dame's Cassie Berry (706).

Elmira Notre Dame led Class D with a 2414 total, while Hancock was second with 2276. They were followed by Bainbridge-Guilford 2238, Marathon 2171, Odessa-Montour 1966, Deposit 1864, and Afton 1843.

Other O-M scores: Jordan Little 418, Kayla Pellor 370, Tritona Watkins 335, and Taylor Rounds 278.

O-M's Chris Foote moves the ball upcourt through traffic He was fouled on the drive.

O-M boys finish with a loss

ODESSA, Feb. 7 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team ended its season on a losing note Thursday night, falling to Southern Cayuga 62-36 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians, with three wins on the season, stayed within striking distance in this contest before Southern Cayuga -- led by Justin Schneider's 21 points and Tom Miller's 18 -- pulled away late for the victory, raising its record to 7-9.

The 6'7" Schneider was dominant on the boards, and swatted away several O-M shots. He was well above his scoring average of 8 points, and near his average of 8 blocks per game. Miller's total was below his season average of about 22 points a game. The team was 8-for-14 from the foul line.

Joe Collins led Odessa with 14 points, while Chris Foote scored 8, Zach Peoples 4, Cody Daugherty 4, and Chad Sykes, Tyler Clark and Joel Kelly 2 apiece. The team was 5-for-8 from the free-throw line.

Southern Cayuga raced to a 21-12 lead through one period, and was up 30-19 at halftime. The advantage was 34-25 before the Chiefs closed the third quarter on a 12-6 run, and then outscored the Indians in the final period 16-5.

Senior Night: Collins and Peoples were honored before the game in a Senior Night ceremony. Six senior cheerleaders were also honored: Kourtny Cook, Jacqueline Durfey, Samantha Lisk, Desiree Simpson, Brooke Visscher, and Mary Willet.

Junior Varsity: O-M lost to Southern Cayuga 56-24. Caleb Holley and Mitch Scata each scored 11 points for the Indians.

Photo in text: O-M's Joe Collins sends a shot on its way. He scored 14 points.

Left: O-M's Zach Pyhtila battles for the ball. Right: Odessa's Joel Kelly shoots.

Left: O-M's Tyler Clark shoots. Right: The Indians' Cody Daugherty tries to cut between two Southern Cayuga defenders.

Senior cheerleaders honored before the varsity game included, from left: Jacqueline Durfey, Kourtny Cook, Samantha Lisk, Brooke Visscher, Desiree Simpson, and Mary Willet.

O-M's Chad Sykes drives to the basket.

Left: O-M's Zach Peoples launches a shot. Right: In the JV game, Mitch Scata shoots.

 

 

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