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Left: Watkins Glen's Lexi Castellaneta executes her final dive. Right: Teammate Jena Slater delivers one of her six dives.

Lexi sets pool, section marks

Watkins swimmers fall to Lansing in dual meet, 105-78

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 27 -- Watkins Glen High School diver Lexi Castellaneta set new pool, school and Section IV records Tuesday during an Interscholastic Athletic Conference swim meet against Lansing in the WGHS pool.

Lansing won the meet, 105-78, but the highlight was Castellaneta's six-dive record total of 305 points, breaking her old school and pool mark of 299 and the Section IV record of 301.85 set in 1996.

Castellaneta had amassed 248.90 points going into the final round, where she performed a dive with a twisting flip that had drawn a 6.5 score days earlier at the Owego Invitational from one judge who said he had downgraded her earlier because she hadn't "blocked," a midair maneuver that is part of the dive. "This time she did," he noted. Accordingly she received scores Tuesday of 8.0, 8.5 and 9.0. With degree of difficulty figured in, she earned 56.10 points on the effort, and the 305 total.

What was Lexi thinking before that last dive? Well, she said she knew she needed a good one to break her old school mark of 299, "so I wasn't looking up" at the scoreboard, she said. "I was looking down, and concentrating." After she had completed the dive, she turned to the scoreboard and when the scores were posted she thrust her arms up, turned and rushed to hug fellow Watkins diver Jena Slater, who herself had registered a personal-best score of 182.90.

Then other teammates moved in, congratulating Lexi, as did her coach, Kim Suddaby. It was a celebration on the day of a swimming loss.

The rest of the meet did not go the Swimmin' Wimmin's way.

The only other first-place finishes for the Senecas came from Peighton Cervoni in the 100 Yard Backstroke (1:07.02) and from the 200 Freestyle Relay team of Allison Gibson, Sara Gardner, Jillian Cantieni and Elizabeth Kilcoyne (1:54.77).

Individual second places were posted by Cervoni in the 200 Free (2:19.57), Amanda Wilbur in the 200 Yard Individual Medley (2:34.13), and Sara Gardner in the 50 Free (28.24).

Photos in text:

Top: WGHS diving coach Kim Suddaby gives Lexi Castellaneta a hug after Lexi set pool, school and Section IV diving records.

Second: Watkins Glen's Annika Wickham dives at start of the 400 Free Relay.

Left: Watkins Glen's Sara Gardner en route to third place in the 100 Freestyle. Right: The Senecas' Sarah Swinnerton competes in the 100 Breaststroke, where she placed third.

Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni on the way to victory in the 100 Yard Backstroke.

Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux, right, maneuvers the ball away from a Newfield defender. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen girls top Newfield, 2-1

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 27 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team improved its record to 3-8 Tuesday when it defeated Newfield 2-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS soccer field.

Both of the Senecas' goals were scored by Hannah Morse. Goalkeeper Cierra Barber registered six saves, and Watkins had an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks.

"This was a great game and I am extremely proud of my girls," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Their communication and passing were terrific the whole game. Our defense played really well today, which allowed us to put a lot of pressure on the Newfield team throughout the game."

The Senecas return to action Friday at Dundee. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey, right, battles for the ball. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly passes the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen boys lose to Newfield

NEWFIELD, Sept. 27 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team dropped a 4-0 decision Tuesday to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on Newfield's soccer field.

Simon Wigmore made 11 saves in net for the Senecas, who managed five shots on goal.

The Senecas, still looking for their second win of the season, return to action at home Friday against Newark Valley. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Odessa-Montour's Syria Tague dives at start of the 200 Yard Medley Relay.

O-M swimmers bow to Southern Cayuga

ODESSA, Sept. 27 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team dropped a 59-34 decision Tuesday to Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Odessa pool.

First-place finishes were posted for O-M by:

-- Syria Tague in the 50 Free (28.63) and the 100 Backstroke (1:13.27);
-- Tori Reese in the 100 Fly (1:10.19), and
-- Emelia Paulisczak in the 500 Free (6:52.92).

Individual second-place finishes were registered by Paulisczak in the 200 Free and by Tori Reese in the 200 Individual Medley.

The Lady Indians return to action Thursday at Dryden.

Photo in text: O-M's Tori Reese on the way to second place in the 200 IM.

Odessa-Montour's Hailey Hoose dives on final leg of the 200 Medley Relay after Lydia Lynch (background) completed the third leg.

O-M's Kara Reese glides toward the surface after diving at start of the 200 Free.

XC: Watkins boys post win at S. Cayuga

AURORA, Sept. 27 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity cross-country team defeated Newark Valley and Southern Cayuga in a three-team meet Tuesday on the Southern Cayuga school grounds.

Watkins, which placed eight runners in the top 10 on the 2.5-mile course, finished with 22 points to Newark Valley's 53 and Southern Cayuga's 65.

The Senecas' Patrick Hazlitt was 1st in 13:54, followed by Shawn Rutledge (3rd at 14:10), Gabe Planty (5th in 14:22), Aaron Planty (6th in 14:46), Sam Hanley (7th in 14:48), Jacob Carocci (8th in 14:49), Sean Holland (9th in 14:52.3), and Daniel Paradiso (10th in 14:52.6).

Other Watkins finishers: Max Evans (11th in 14:58), Sam Thorsland (15th in 16:06), Conlin Wysocki (17th in 16:23), Steven Gublo (18th in 16:27), William Yeater (20th in 16:33), Tanner Ryan (21st n 16:40), Alex Gibson (23rd in 16:59), Tyler Couch (26th in 17:11), Isaac McIlroy (27th in 17:17), Julian Thornton (28th in 17:24), Elliott Holland (32nd in 18:05), Clint Craven (33rd in 18:15), and Cody Kuehl (34th in 18:16).

Girls: Watkins Glen had an incomplete team, with just two runners. Cambria Weeden was 2nd in 17:18 and Kai Sutterby 4th in 17:38. NV's Marisa Silba won in 17:09.

Modified: Boys and girls ran together. Ben Swinnerton was second overall in 9:59, Julya Slater 4th in 10:45, Brady Neal 11th in 11:11, Breanna Carl 12th in 11:12, and Braden Pasco 30th in 15:34.

The Senecas return to action Saturday at the McQuaid Invitational in Rochester.

Photo in text: Patrick Hazlitt (File photo)

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Watkins volleyball team tops NV, 3-0

NEWARK VALLEY, Sept. 26 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team improved its record to 7-1 Monday by defeating Newark Valley 3-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the NV gym.

Game scores were 25-8, 25-14 and 25-18.

The game marked the end of the first of two rounds of play in the Senecas' IAC season. They start the second round Wednesday at Tioga.

Watkins Glen statistics:

Mariah Gonzalez: 12 service points, 7 aces, 2 kills, 1 assist, 18 SR, 6 digs, 1 block.
Amanda Pike: 4 service points, 4 aces, 16 kills, 1 assist, 5 SR, 2 digs, 2 blocks.
Hanley Elliott: 11 service points, 3 aces, 1 kill, 15 assists, 3 digs.
Emmie Bond: 15 service points, 6 aces, 2 kills, 7 SR, 4 digs.
Megan Hazlitt: 10 service points, 3 aces, 2 kills, 1 dig.
Kathryn Losey: 1 service point, 1 assist, 2 SR, 4 digs.
SR: Serve receives

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost 2-1. Game scores were 10-25, 14-25, 25-21.

Junior Varsity statistics:

Kelsey Kernan: 11 service points, 7 aces, 2 SR, 2 digs.
Mattie Yontz: 1 service point, 2 kills.
Adrienna Solomon: 9 service points, 7 aces, 4 SR, 1 dig.
Tangelean Kio: 1 service point, 1 ace, 1 SR.
Enqi Lin: 3 SR, 1 dig.
Olivia Stephani: 3 service points, 2 aces, 6 SR.
Kathleen Clifford: 2 service points.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike and a Newark Valley player meet at the net.
Bottom: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott sends the ball over the net. Right: The Senecas' Kathryn Losey volleys. (Photos by Don Romeo)

O-M volleyball team falls to S-VE

ODESSA, Sept. 26 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision Monday to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 23-25, 26-24, 22-25 and 20-25.

Odessa-Montour statistics:

Dasia Herrmann: 16 service points, 7 aces, 1 kill, 1 assist, 12 digs.
Alyssa Crout: 16 service points, 5 aces, 2 kills, 3 assists.
Taylor Alton: 4 service points, 2 aces.
Amanda Jones: 3 service points, 1 ace, 2 kills.
Cheyenne Barrett: 2 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 1 dig.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to S-VE, 3-0.

Odessa-Montour girls fall to Notre Dame

ODESSA, Sept. 26 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 4-4-1 Monday night when the Indians dropped a 4-0 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The Indians held Notre Dame scoreless through the first 18 minutes before the Crusaders' Camille VanderMeer scored. Fourteen seconds later, Laurel Vargas scored on a breakaway to make it 2-0. Vargas scored again on a penalty kick with 2:43 remaining in the first half.

The Indians held Notre Dame to one goal after intermission -- again by Vargas -- but could not mount an effective, consistent offense. The Crusaders had 11 shots on goal in the game to 3 by O-M, and held an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks. Gillian Clark made 7 saves in goal for Odessa, while Makenzie Maloney registered 3 saves for Notre Dame.

"The girls played hard," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster, "but got beat by a good soccer team tonight."

Odessa will return to action Wednesday at Newark Valley. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photo in text: O-M goalkeeper Gillian Clark dives in vain for a penalty kick in the first half that raised Notre Dame's lead to 3-0.

Left: O-M's Mckennah Lott passes. Right: Odessa's Hannah Bruno meets the ball.

Left: O-M's Mia Cassada. Right: O-M's Meagan Terry (8) and a Crusader pursue the ball.

Athletes of Week: Garrison, Castellaneta

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 25 -- This week we honor a diver and a soccer player as Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

At Watkins Glen, the nod goes to Lexi Castellaneta, who -- at the Owego Swimming Invitational -- broke her own school diving record with 522.55 points, placed first among nearly 30 divers from around the region, and qualified for the State Swimming and Diving Championships for the third straight year.

At Odessa-Montour, the honoree is soccer standout Sage Garrison, who despite being hampered by a brace as she recovers from a leg injury, scored three goals against Watkins Glen in a 3-1 victory and distributed the ball beautifully both there and against Newfield in a 1-0 victory earlier in the week.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen runner Patrick Hazlitt; Watkins Glen volleyball player Mariah Gonzalez; O-M swimmer Tori Reese; Watkins Glen swimmers Peighton Cervoni and Amanda Wilbur.

Honorable Mention: Another 38 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

The Tribe's Jax Decker on the way to one of his three TDs in the C game. (Photo provided)

Tribe's A and C teams win; B team loses

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 25 -- The Schuyler County Youth Football A and C teams posted victories Saturday against Tioga in games on the Watkins Glen High School athletic field.

The C team won 26-19 in double overtime to improve its record to 4-1. The Tribe was down by two touchdowns going into the third quarter, but rallied to tie Tioga in regulation, 13-13. The Tribe's Isaak Willett registered a game-winning sack to end the game.

The B team lost for the first time this season, falling to Tioga 20-0.

The A team improved to 5-0 with a 39-12 victory that saw Owen Scholtisek rush for 250 yards and score four touchdowns. Jacob Menzi and Travon Jones also scored.

The teams return to action on Saturday, Oct. 1 on the road against Spencer-Van Etten. Game times are 3:30 p.m. (C), 5:30 p.m. (B) and 7:30 p.m. (A).

Photo in text: The Tribe B team's Brady Cannon gains some ground running. He also caught a 30-yard pass from Ryan Willett. (Photo provided)

Left: Ben Heichel (94) was a force on the offensive and defensive lines. Right: In the A game, the Tribe's Owen Scholtisek (24) is shown on a 74-yard TD run. (Photos provided)

O-M goalkeeper Trey McCarty prepares to haul in the ball as it heads toward the goal.

Odessa-Montour boys blank Newfield

ODESSA, Sept. 24 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team rode goals by Collin Povoski and Preston Harris to a 2-0 victory Saturday over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The win lifted the Indians' season mark to 7-3 heading into a contest Monday night at Elmira Notre Dame. Game time is 7 p.m.

O-M had 18 shots on goal to Newfield's 4, and had a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. Trey McCarty made 2 saves for Odessa, while Dante Rynone made 15 for Newfield.

Povoski put the Indians ahead at 20:26 of the first half on a penalty kick, fining the net on the right side. Harris scored at 38:48 of the second half on an assist by Andy Fudala, punching the ball in near the left goalpost.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Curtis Harris heads the ball as it arrives off a throw-in by Taylor Grover from the sideline. The ball eluded the leaping Newfield goalkeeper, Dante Rynone, but failed to go into the net.

Second: The Indians' Collin Povoski tries to maneuver the ball past two Newfield defenders. He ended up on the ground and was awarded a penalty kick, which he converted for Odessa-Montour's first goal. It came midway through the first half.

Odessa-Montour's Preston Harris sends a shot on its way that found the left corner of the net for the Indians' second goal. It came early in the second half.

Left: O-M's Andy Fudala meets the ball. Right: The Indians' Jon Andrews (13) turns toward the ball along with a Newfield player.

Left: O-M's Billy Tague (11) battles for the ball. Right: The Indians' Nick Sgrecci.

A Newfield player blocks a shot by Odessa-Montour's Curtis Harris (12, left).

The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross-country team poses after competing in the Pre-State tournament. (Photo by Aran Holland)

XC: Glen looks strong at Pre-States

CHENANGO VALLEY, Sept. 24 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team, ranked No. 1 among Class C teams in New York State, posted a strong showing Saturday at the McDaniel-Baxter Invitational -- known as the "Pre-States" -- at Chenango Valley State Park.

The park will be the site in November of States -- the New York State Public High School Athletic Association meet. Accordingly, cross country teams from around the state met for the Pre-States to gain a familiarity with the 3.1-mile course.

Many schools larger than Watkins Glen were on hand Saturday, but in the end, the Senecas finished 5th in the main (seventh) race behind Corning (49 points), Fayetteville-Manlius (85), Ithaca (100) and Xavier (123), the Senecas totaling 129 among 20 complete teams (with a minimum of five runners each).

In a merging of all of the day's races, Watkins Glen placed sixth behind Corning (104), Saratoga (167), Fayetteville-Manlius (206), Ithaca (259), and Xavier (322). Watkins totaled 331.

Watkins' boys varsity ran in two races. In the seventh race -- it was "loaded with probably the best teams in the State," said Senecas Coach John Fazzary -- Patrick Hazlitt led Watkins with a 5th place finish in 16:13. Other Seneca places and times: Gabe Planty (24th in 16:53), Shawn Rutledge (29th in 16:59), Sam Hanley (33rd in 17:03), Aaron Planty (38th in 17:09), Jacob Carocci (44th in 17:21), and Sean Holland (52nd in 17:33).

That 220-runner race also saw seven other Watkins runners, who collectively ran as junior varsity: Daniel Paradiso (76th in 18:11), Max Evans (77th in 18:13), Sam Thorsland (102nd in 18:58), William Yeater (105th in 19:04), Tanner Ryan (121st in 19:36), Conlin Wysocki (123rd in 19:39), and Alex Gibson (138th in 20:14).

A separate, less loaded race (No. 5) saw six other Watkins Glen runners compete. In that one, 225 runners (both varsity and JV) competed. Among Senecas, Isaac McIlroy was 117th in 20:44, Tyler Couch 121st in 20:54, Julian Thornton 132nd in 21:20, Steven Gublo 148th in 21:41, Elliott Holland 169th in 22:21, and Clint Craven 185th in 23:23.

Watkins Glen also had two girls competing -- in a varsity race with 139 runners. The Senecas' Kai Sutterby placed 44th in 21:28, and Cambria Weeden 53rd in 21:55.

The Senecas return to action next Saturday with another big event: the annual McQuaid Invitational in Rochester.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt (Photo by George and Pamela Rutledge)
Bottom: The Senecas' Kai Sutterby. (Photo provided)

Watkins swimmers compete at Owego

OWEGO, Sept. 23 -- Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni turned in the highest finish among Seneca swimmers Saturday at the Owego Invitational -- a meet featuring schools from around the region.

The Senecas' Lexi Castellaneta won the diving competition the night before, setting a school record and qualifying for States for the third straight year. (See story below).

Cervoni placed sixth in the 100 Yard Backstroke, posting a time of 1:06.59. That earned the Senecas points in the team competition.

Other points were earned by the 200 Medley Relay team, 13th in 2:07.57. It included Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur and Elizabeth Kilcoyne. The 400 Free Relay team of Cervoni, Liza Carnes, Wilbur and Jill Kilcoyne also won points by finishing 8th in 4:08.78.

Points were also earned by the 200 Free Relay squad of Sara Gardner, Elizabeth Kilcoyne, Allison Gibson and Jill Cantieni, 13th in 1:55.35; by Sarah Swinnerton for finishing 16th in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:19.94, and by a second Senecas 200 Medley Relay team of Gabi Decker, Liza Carnes, Jill Kilcoyne and Jill Cantieni, 16th in 2:17.50.

Lexi wins at Owego, qualifies for States

OWEGO, Sept. 23 -- Watkins Glen High School's Lexi Castellaneta set a new personal best in defeating a field of 28 other divers Friday night at the Owego Invitational Diving meet at Owego Free Academy.

Castellaneta accumulated 522.55 points, breaking her Watkins Glen school record of 513, and in the process qualified for the New York State Championships at Ithaca College for the third straight year. One of her efforts, an inward dive, even drew a perfect score of 10 from one of the judges.

The meet, featuring divers from Section IV and beyond, also saw Watkins teammate Jena Slater total a personal best of 319.7, what her coach, Kim Suddaby, termed "a huge improvement from previous 11-dive meets" and good for 16th place. Dual meets generally require six different dives; larger meets like Sectionals require 11 dives.

"Lexi was definitely on tonight," said Suddaby, who expressed relief that Castellaneta topped the 440 points needed to qualify for States this early in the season. There are only four qualifying meets. The State meet will be held in November.

Suddaby said there were swimmers from Class A, B and C schools, and that "Lexi beat everyone there" to win the meet title. Among the schools represented, she said, were Ithaca, Corning, Horseheads and Chenango Forks.

"I can't say enough about these girls and how amazingly they represented the Watkins Glen Senecas," Suddaby concluded.

Photo in text: Lexi Castellaneta, right, and Jena Slater. (File photo)

The Seneca Indians' Zach Elliott gains yardage as Newark Valley defenders close in.

NV routs Seneca Indians 61-0

ODESSA, Sept. 23 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team ran into a buzzsaw Friday night, falling to state-ranked Newark Valley 61-0 in a Section IV, Division V game on Odessa-Montour's Charles Martin Field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined squad of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes -- dug a hole early, giving the Cardinals a short field on a failed onside kickoff. Six plays later, NV (ranked No. 2 among Class C teams in the state and now 4-0 overall) scored the first of its nine touchdowns, this one on a 1-yard run by Chad Wright.

It scored again at 7:22 of the first quarter on 4-yard run by Wright, and at 4:09 of the first period on a 50-yard run by David Crow. Touchdowns in the second quarter came on a 65-yard run by Wright at 11:47, on a 64-yard run by Wright at 5:35, and on a 48-yard run by Wright at 1:16, bringing the halftime score to 40-0.

After a halftime ceremony that saw Odessa-Montour present its Homecoming Court -- this being Homecoming Week there -- and the announcement of Sage Garrison as Queen and Kyle Frasier as King, Newark Valley increased its lead with three second-half touchdowns.

One came on a 64-yard run by Crow at 8:26 of the third quarter, one on a 25-yard run by Tyler Beebe at 1:27 of the third period, and the last on an 87-yard jaunt by Shawn Key with 1:53 remaining.

That last TD came shortly after the Seneca Indians had come close to scoring, moving inside the 1-yard line before turning the ball over on downs.

Newark Valley amassed 585 total yards, almost all on the ground, to Watkins Glen/O-M's 161. The Cardinals averaged 17.2 yards per play, while the Seneca Indians averaged 3.0.

Watkins Glen/O-M was forced to punt seven times (averaging 25.7 yards) while NV had no punts at all.

Newark Valley's Wright gained 212 yards on 7 carries and scored 5 touchdowns. Crow gained 127 yards on 4 carries and scored twice.

Charles Wright led the Seneca Indians' runners with 70 yards on 20 carries, while Zach Elliottt gained 61 yards on 11 carries and Joe Chedzoy 17 yards on 4 carries. Elliott also caught two passes for 16 yards.

The loss dropped the Seneca Indians' season mark to 0-4, including 0-2 in Division V play. Newark Valley improved to 4-0, including 2-0 in the division.

The Seneca Indians return to action on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Oneonta. Game time is 3 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: The Seneca Indians' Joe Chedzoy, right, looks for a running lane.

Second: Watkins Glen/O-M quarterback Jacob Kelly passes the ball to Zach Elliott, who gained some yardege before being brought down.

Third: The Seneca Indians' Sean Kelly attempts a pass under pressure from onrushing Newark Valley defenders.

Fourth: The Odessa-Montour Homecoming king and queen -- Sage Garrison and Kyle Frasier -- were announced at halftime, after the Homecoming Court was introduced to the crowd on hand for the game. Queen candidates in addition to Garrison were Paxtyn Brown, Alyssa Crout, Dasia Herrmann and Taylor Sykes. King candidates in addition to Frasier were Andy Fudala, Collin Povoski, Nick Sgrecci and Andy Stevenson.

The Seneca Indians' Austin Dalrymple, having shed one tackler, faces another.

The Seneca Indians' Sean Kelly brings down a Newark Valley ball-carrier.

Soccer: Watkins girls fall to SVEC, 6-1

SPENCER, Sept. 23 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 2-8 Friday when the Senecas dropped a 6-1 decision to Spencer-Van Etten/Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the S-VE soccer field.

Watkins Glen got its lone goal from Taylor Kelly at 1:35 of the first half, assisted by Hannah Morse. Cierra Barber registered 11 saves in goal for the Senecas. SVEC had 5 corner kicks to Watkins Glen's 2.

"The girls had some really terrific moments in this game -- some nice passing and pressure from the offense with some really good defense in the latter part of the first half," said Watkins Coach Scott Morse. "The speed of their forwards got to us in the second half, but we looked good at times and are continuing to improve. We still have to work to be more consistent with our play, but I am pleased with how hard all of the girls play every game."

Glen girls modified soccer team loses, 3-2

CANDOR, Sept. 23 -- The Watkins Glen girls modified soccer team dropped a 3-2 decision Friday to Candor in a game on the Candor Elementary School field.

Briana Hayes scored both of the Senecas' goals, with Kayla Palmer assisting on each. Natalie Edmister registered 13 saves in goal for Watkins, which was up 2-1 before Candor scored two quick goals in the third quarter.

"We are showing improvement every game and are staying competitive," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "Our girls keep slugging it out. I really admired their performance."

The Senecas return to action on Sept. 30 when they host Elmira Notre Dame at 6:30 p.m.

Watkins Glen's Liza Carnes on the way to second-place finish in the 500 Freestyle.

Glen swimmers edge Corning

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 22 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team defeated Corning 95-91 Thursday in a non-league meet in the WGHS pool.

Amanda Wilbur won two of the individual events: the 200 Yard Individual Medley in 2:31.19 and the 100 Yard Butterfly in 1:12.12. Other first-place finishes were posted by Lexi Castellaneta in the Diving (272.10 points), Peighton Cervoni in the 100 Backstroke (1:07.77), and Sarah Swinnerton in the 100 Breaststroke (1:21.82).

The Senecas' 400 Freestyle Relay team -- Peighton Cervoni, Liza Carnes, Amanda Wilbur and Jillian Kilcoyne -- also won the final race, clinching the victory.

"The girls stayed focused and pushed themselves right up to the very end," said Watkins Glen Coach Nikki Chaffee. "That relay team winning, and Isabella Fazzary touching out the Corning team for third place in that same relay, is what put us in the victory column."

The winners, by event:

200 Yard Medley Relay: Corning 2:07.86
200 Yard Freestyle: (C) Katherine McKane 2:18.60
200 Yard IM: (WG) Amanda Wilbur 2:31.19
50 Yard Freestyle: (C) Elora Ferrie 27.88
Diving: (WG) Alexis Castellaneta 272.10
100 Yard Butterfly: (WG) Amanda Wilbur 1:12:12
100 Yard Freestyle: (C) Megan McNutt 59.81
500 Yard Freestyle: (C) Taylor Smith 6:08.54
200 Yard Freestyle Relay: Corning 1:52.87
100 Yard Backstroke: (WG) Peighton Cervoni 1:07.77
100 Yard Breaststroke: (WG) Sarah Swinnerton 1:21.82
400 Freestyle Relay: Watkins Glen 4:09.18

The Senecas return to action this week at the Owego Invitational -- with diving tonight (Friday) and swimming on Saturday.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur on the way to victory in the 200 IM.
Bottom: The Senecas' Jena Slater competes in the diving event.

Odessa-Montour's Curtis Harris heads the ball upfield against Newark Valley.

O-M boys fall to Newark Valley in OT

ODESSA, Sept. 22 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team played Newark Valley even on the scoreboard for two regulation periods and one overtime Thursday night, only to lose in the second overtime, 2-1, on a penalty-kick goal.

O-M outshot Newark Valley 15-5, and had a large advantage, 11-1, on corner kicks, but the Cardinals' goalkeepr, Steve Cowulich, kept the Indians scoreless after a first-half goal by Nick Sgrecci.

"It was a hard-fought game by both teams," said O-M Coach Dirk Stephens. "We created some great opportunities, but the NV keeper made several outstanding saves at point blank. Our boys have nothing to hang their heads about; they played well. It was a great effort."

Newark Valley opened the scoring at 12:33 of the first half on a goal by Jason Duke, assisted by Dan Cowulich. Sgrecci answered with a goal two minutes later, at 10:34.

And that was it until Dan Cowulich put the penalty kick in low on the right side, past O-M goalkeeper Trey McCarty. The clock read 5:39.

Odessa returns to action Saturday when it hosts Newfield at 11 a.m.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Preston Harris, left, flies toward the ball.

Bottom: The Indians' Alec Betts (9) battles for control of the ball.

Left: O-M's Taylor Grover passes the ball over his head. Right: The Indians' Andy Fudala, right, contends for possession of the ball.

Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese competes in the 200 Medley Relay.

Odessa-Montour swimmers lose to Dryden

ODESSA, Sept. 22 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team dropped a 49-39 decision Thursday to Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Victories for O-M were posted by:

--Syria Tague in the 50 Free, where she edged Dryden's Allison Morrow with a 28.12 (to Morrow's 28.14);
--Emelia Paulisczak, who also won a close race in the 500 Free with a time of 6:41.46 (to a 6:41.56 by Dryden's Caroline Tenkate;
--Tori Reese in the 100 Breaststroke (1:17.46), and
--The 400 Free Relay team of Paulisczak, JoLynn Minnier, Tague and Reese (4:50.44).

Second-place finishes were posted by:

--The 200 Medley Relay squad of Tague, Emma Lodge, Reese and Paulisczak;
--Paulisczak in the 200 Free, barely touched out by seven hundredths of a second;
--Reese in the 200 Individual Medley;
--Tague in the 100 Backstroke;
--Emma Lodge in the 100 Breaststroke.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese at start of the 200 Freestyle.

Odessa-Montour's Syria Tague on the backstroke portion of the 200 Medley Relay.

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike smashes the ball. Right: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins volleyball team tops Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 22 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity volleyball team improved to 6-1 and solidified its position atop its division Thursday by defeating Waverly 3-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Field House gym.

Game scores were 25-12, 25-19 and 25-8.

"We served the ball very well again," said Watkins Glen Coach Michelle Simiele, who said that the decisive outcome surprised her because "Waverly is good team. They're scrappy."

She said one reason: her squad "is playing as a team; supporting one another. We've been working hard at practice, and it's paying off."

Watkins Glen statistics:

Mariah Gonzalez: 23 service points, 8 aces, 1 kill, 18 SR, 12 digs, 1 block.
Amanda Pike: 1 service point, 1 ace, 11 kills, 1 assist, 4 SR, 7 digs, 1 block.
Hanley Elliott: 5 service points, 3 aces, 1 kill, 15 assists, 5 digs
Emmie Bond: 15 service points, 9 aces, 2 kills, 2 SR, 3 digs.
Megan Hazlitt: 3 service points, 1 ace, 4 kills, 3 digs.
Kathryn Losey: 3 service points, 1 ace, 3 SR, 6 digs.
Jazmin Shea: 2 SR.
SR: Serve Receives

The Senecas, who lead division foes Edison, Waverly (now 5-3) and Newark Valley, travel to Newark Valley on Monday, completing the first of two rounds of IAC play.

*****

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen fell 2-1 to Waverly, losing 10-25 and 13-25 before winning 25-17.

Kelsey Kernan: 3 service points, 3 aces, 1 kill, 4 assists.
Mattie Yontz: 1 service point, 1 dig.
Adrienna Solomon: 5 service points, 4 aces, 10 SR, 2 digs.
Katrinna LaTorre: 4 SR.
Kelsey DeMillo: 1 SR.
Tangelean Kio: 1 kill, 1 SR.
Enqi Lin: 1 SR, 1 dig.
Olivia Stephani: 1 service point, 3 kills, 5 SR, 3 digs.

SR: Serve Receives

*******

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Megan Hazlitt volleys. Teammate Amanda Pike watches at right.

Middle: The Senecas' Hanley Elliott meets the ball. She totaled 15 assists in the match.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Glen goalkeeper Cierra Barber moves out to stop a drive by O-M's Grace Vondracek (30).

O-M girls top Glen, 3-1; Garrison nets 3

ODESSA, Sept. 21 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team -- led by three Sage Garrison goals -- defeated intracounty rival Watkins Glen 3-1 Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

Garrison scored the game's first two goals -- both coming in the first half. Her second one -- 5:33 before intermission -- came on a shot from several yards out that carried past Watkins goalkeeper Cierra Barber into the near corner.

Watkins Glen pulled within a goal with 14:25 remaining in the second half on a shot by Makenna Fraboni from the right that found the left corner of the net.

The drama that Fraboni's goal created dissipated when Garrison earned the "hat trick" with her third goal at 6:33 -- on a shot from the left side of the net that found an opening.

Odessa had an 11-6 edge in shots on goal, while the Senecas had a 2-1 edge in corner kicks. Gillian Clark made 4 saves in goal for O-M, while Barber registered 7. Mia Cassada earned an assist on one of Garrison's goals.

"Watkins Glen's attackers are fast," said O-M coach Burton Brewster. "Our defense stepped up. Hannah Bruno did a good job marking Hannah Morse and limiting her chances. Hailey Perraut is doing a good job at keeping us organized in the back.

"I was pleased with our ball movement and the chances we created on our attack. Our speed of play is improving."

The Indians, now 4-3-1, return to action Monday night at home against Elmira Notre Dame. Starting time is 7 p.m.

Watkins Glen (2-7) is back in action Friday at Spencer-Van Etten against the combined S-VE/Candor team. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Modified: Odessa-Montour defeated Watkins Glen 2-1. Glen coach Ralph Diliberto reported that Abby Gibson scored the Senecas' lone goal off a Kayla Palmer assist, and that goalie Natalie Edmister registered 6 saves. "With each game our girls improve," he said.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse (foreground) battles O-M's Britney Visscher. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: O-M's Sage Garrison displays some skilled footwork.

Left: O-M's Mia Cassada (in white) and Watkins Glen's Meghan Hayes (12) vie for control of the ball. Right: O-M's Meagan Terry (left) and Kennedey Heichel flank Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey as they battle for possession of the ball. (Both photos by Mike Stamp)

Left: Watkins Glen's Makenna Fraboni, who scored her team's lone goal. (Photo by Mike Stamp). Right: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Cierra Barber.

Left: Watkins' Ryanna LaMoreaux, left, and O-M's Sara Gardner. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly meets the ball as O-M's Sage Garrison challenges. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

Left: O-M's Hailey Perraut, left, and Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse await the ball. Right: The Senecas' Isobel Scheffey and O-M's Olivia Grover battle for the ball.

O-M's McKennah Lott steadies the ball as Watkins' Ryanna LaMoreaux (14) moves in. Odessa's Autumn Garrison is at right. In the background are Watkins Glen's Makenna Fraboni and Taylor Kelly.

Mixed results at TAE cross-country meet

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Sept. 21 -- The Watkins Glen varsity and modified cross country teams competed Wednesday at Edison in a quad meet -- the varsity boys keeping its top eight runners out for training.

The varsity thus placed third, behind Elmira Notre Dame (23 points) and Newark Valley (47). Watkins Glen had 54 while Edison had 100 (the amount given an incomplete team).

Placing in the top 10 for the boys were Max Evans (8th) and Sam Thorsland (10th).

The WGHS girls varsity had an incomplete team, but two top 10 finishers: Cambria Weeden (4th) and Kai Sutterby (9th).

In the modified competition, the boys and girls ran together. The first runner to cross the line from all the teams was Watkins Glen's Ben Swinnerton with a 1.5-mile time of 10:03. Other Senecas placing in the top 10 included Shane Griffin (4th) and Brady Neal (9th). First in the girls' competitoin was Watkins Glen's Julya Slater, who also took 3rd overall (including the boys) with a time of 11:15.

"This was a very impressive run," said coach Rod Weeden. "The coach from Newark Valley wanted to know who she was." Watkins Glen's Breanna Carl took 3rd in the girls race.

The Seneca teams return to action Saturday at the Pre State Meet at Chenango Valley State Park, which will later be the site of the season-ending state competition.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Cambria Weeden. (Photo by George & Pamela Rutledge)

Watkins Glen's Jillian Kilcoyne on the way to victory in the 100 Butterfly.

Watkins swimmers defeat Notre Dame

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 21 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team posted a victory Wednesday over Elmira Notre Dame, topping the Crusaders 105-69 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The Senecas got first-place finishes from:

--Peighton Cervoni in the 100 Freestyle (1:00.01) and the 100 Backstroke (1:08.87).
--Sara Gardner in the 50 Freestyle (28.82).
--Lexi Castellaneta in the Diving competition (250.60 points).
--Jillian Kilcoyne in the 100 Butterfly (1:12.37).
--The 200 Free Relay team of Allison Gibson, Sara Gardner, Jillian Cantieni and Elizabeth Kilcoyne (1:56.49).

Second-place individual finishes were registered by:

--Liza Carnes in the 200 Freestyle (2:17.24) and 100 Fly (1:13.32).
--Amanda Wilbur in the 200 Individual Medley (2:33.52) and 100 Back (1:10.04).
--Elizabeth Kilcoyne in the 50 Free (28.95).
--Jena Slater in the Diving competition.
--Isabella Fazzary in the 500 Freestyle (6:19.53).
--Sarah Swinnerton in the 100 Breaststroke (1:23.29).

The Senecas return to action today (Thursday) at home against Corning. Starting time is 5 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Isabella Fazzary dives at start of the 500 Free. She finished second.
Bottom: The Senecas' Sarah Swinnerton competes in the 100 Breaststroke, where she placed second.

Left: Watkins Glen's Lexi Castellaneta soars as she nears victory in the diving competition. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Wilbur competes in the 100 Breaststroke. She plaeed second.

Watkins Glen's Sara Gardner dives at start of the 50 Yard Freestyle, which she won.

A trio of O-M defenders stand in front of a Waverly free kick, which carried over the net.

O-M boys hold off Waverly

ODESSA, Sept. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team improved its record to 6-2 Tuesday night when it defeated Waverly 3-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

Waverly scored first, on a goal by Jake Serafin at 33:34 of the first half. O-M tied the game at 28:59 when Curtis Harris scored on an assist from Taylor Grover, and went ahead at 18:24 on a blast by Andy Fudala from the left that found the top right corner of the net, just inside the goalpost. DeShawn Johnson, who made a strong run at the Waverly net before the ball was kicked out to Fudala, earned an assist on the play.

Odessa added an insurance goal at 6:19 of the second half when Alec Betts found the right side of the net on a shot from the left, assisted by Fudala -- and it proved vitally important.

Waverly rallied to within 3-2 on a goal by Connor Joseph with 4:49 left on the clock, and pressed the issue in the Odessa end of the field again, only to be turned away.

Trey McCarty recorded seven saves for O-M, including a diving stop on a penalty kick early in the first half. Waverly's Jose Garcia made eight saves.

The Indians and Wolverines were almost equal on statistics, O-M leading in shots on goal 14-12, and in corner kicks 6-4.

Odessa-Montour returns to action at 6 p.m. Thursday when it hosts Newark Valley. The school's annual Homecoming Week bonfire will follow the game.

Photos in text:

Top: A shot by O-M's Andy Fudala lands inside the goal for the Indians' second score. Waverly goalkeeper Jose Garcia is at left.

Bottom: Odessa-Montour's Nick Sgrecci sends the ball flying upfield.

Left: O-M's Alec Betts is hit by the ball in a flurry of activity near the Waverly net. Right: Odessa-Montour's Billy Tague meets the ball.

Odessa-Montour's Andy Fudala, left, and Collin Povoski move the ball in Tuesday's game.

O-M volleyball team loses to NV, 3-0

NEWARK VALLEY, Sept. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team fell to Newark Valley 3-0 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the NV gym.

Game scores were 19-25, 14-25 and 20-25.

Odessa-Montour statistics:

Alyssa Crout: 13 service points, 9 aces, 1 kill, 1 assist, 4 digs.
Breeana Bentley: 16 digs.
Dasia Herrmann: 4 service points, 14 digs.
Amanda Jones: 2 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 5 digs.

"Many other members of the team contributed," said Odessa Coach Colleen Coolican, "but O-M was unable to pull off the win tonight."

Odessa-Montour's Syria Tague on the way to second place in the 100 Backstroke.

Odessa-Montour swimmers fall, 58-32

ODESSA, Sept. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team saw its record slip to 2-2 Tuesday when it dropped a 58-32 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

The Indians' Tori Reese posted two individual victories -- in the 200 Individual Medley (2:35.78) and the 100 Breaststroke (1:17.82) -- and was on the winning 400 Free Relay squad with Emelia Paulisczak, Kara Reese and Syria Tague.

Paulisczak and Tague each registered a pair of second-place finishes -- Paulisczak in the 200 Freestyle (2:29.18) and the 500 Free (6:53.79), and Tague in the 50 Free (28.52) and 100 Backstroke (1:12.94).

O-M returns to action Thursday at home against Dryden. The meet starts at 4:30 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Tori Reese en route to first place in the 200 Individual Medley.
Bottom: Odessa's Emma Lodge glides at start of the 100 Freestyle.

O-M's Hailey Hoose enters the water during the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay.

Left: Odessa's Emelia Paulisczak at start of the 400 Free Relay. Right: O-M's Kara Reese dives at start of the 400 Free Relay's second leg.

Odessa-Montour's JoLynn Minnier competes in the 100 Yard Freestyle. She placed third.

Odessa-Montour girls edge Newfield, 1-0

NEWFIELD, Sept. 19 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team improved to 3-3-1 Monday when it rode a goal by Mia Cassada to a 1-0 Interscholastic Athletic Conference road victory over Newfield.

Cassada, an 8th grader, scored her second goal of the season with 3:40 left in the first half, and the Indians made it stand up. O-M goalkeeper Gillian Clark turned in a key play late in the game when she dove to her right to stop a Newfield penalty kick.

"We're working hard in the front third," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster, "but we're not turning it into shots on goal yet."

Odessa returns to action Wednesday at home against Watkins Glen. Game time is 7 p.m.

Watkins' Emmie Bond (left photo) and Mariah Gonzalez volley. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Glen volleyball team defeats TAE, 3-0

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Sept. 19 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team improved its record to 5-1 Monday when it defeated Thomas A. Edison 3-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Edison gym.

Game scores were 25-18, 25-20 and 25-14. The victory lifted the Senecas into a first-place tie with previously unbeaten Edison (5-1) in the IAC Large Schools Division.

"They have a very good team," said Watkins Glen Coach Michelle Simiele about the Spartans. "I felt the games were closer than the scores indicated. It was a fight to win."

An example was the second game, where the Senecas were down 11-3 when Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike served six straight winning points, including four aces. That turned the game around and helped propel the Senecas to a 25-20 win.

A strong point for Watkins Glen was its serving game. "We served well as a team," Simiele noted, adding that another factor was setter Hanley Elliott's 23 assists: "Imagine how many she would have had if the match went five games."

Watkins Glen statistics:

Mariah Gonzalez: 4 service points, 2 aces, 8 kills, 16 SR, 11 digs, 1 block, 1 assist.
Amanda Pike: 7 service points, 5 aces, 14 kills, 5 SR, 4 digs, 3 blocks.
Hanley Elliott: 4 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 23 assists, 6 digs.
Emmie Bond: 17 service points, 6 aces, 3 kills, 4 SR, 6 digs.
Megan Hazlitt: 11 service points, 3 aces, 3 SR, 5 digs.
Kathryn Losey: 2 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 1 assist, 1 SR, 9 digs.
SR: Serve Receives

The Senecas will return to action Thursday at home against Waverly.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost two out of three games to Edison. Statistics:

Jazmin Shea: 4 service points, 2 aces, 2 kills.
Kathleen Clifford: 3 service points, 2 aces, 1 kill.
Kelsey Kernan: 2 service points, 2 aces, 1 kill, 7 SR, 1 dig.
Mattie Yontz: 5 service points.
Adrienna Solomon: 5 service points, 4 aces, 8 SR, 3 digs.
Katrinna LaTorre: 1 SR, 1 dig.
Tangelean Kio: 8 service points, 3 aces, 1 SR.
Enqi Lin: 1 SR.
SR: Serve Receives

Photos in text: Amanda Pike (top) and Hanley Elliott at the net. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Soccer: Watkins girls fall to Waverly

WAVERLY, Sept. 19 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team's season record fell to 2-6 Monday when the Senecas dropped a 9-0 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly soccer field.

The Lady Wolverines scored in the first minute of the game on the way to a 6-0 halftime advantage. Kayla Kromelbein scored the first goal and two more before intermission.

Waverly (6-1) outshot Watkins Glen 31-4 and registered a 7-0 edge in corner kicks.

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Odessa-Montour. Game time is 7 p.m.

Glen Modified Soccer team falls 1-0

WAVERLY, Sept. 19 -- The Watkins Glen Modified Soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision Monday to Waverly in a game on the Waverly soccer field.

The Senecas, now 0-2, played "a hard-fought defensive game," said Coach Ralph Diliberto. "Our girls made marked improvement in many areas. These young ladies have heart."

Natalie Edmister registered 7 saves in goal for Watkins Glen, which returns to action Wednesday at Odessa-Montour. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Athletes of Week: Runner, 3 swimmers

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 18 -- The Odessa File Athlete of the Week honors go this time to a cross-country standout and three swimmers.

Watkins Glen High School's Patrick Hazlitt earns the running nod for finishing fastest among all runners -- Small School or Large -- at the Owego Invitational, leading his team to first place in the Small School competition. He was also first at the Senecas' lone home meet of the year earlier in the week.

Swimmers Peighton Cervoni of WGHS and Tori Reese and Syria Tague of Odessa-Montour earned the other nods for multiple individual victories by each during a week in which the Watkins Glen swim team won twice and O-M improved to 2-1.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen runners Shawn Rutledge, Sam Hanley and Aaron Planty; Seneca Indians football standouts Austin Dalrymple and Ryan Pruitt; Watkins Glen volleyball's Mariah Gonzalez, Amanda Pike and Hanley Elliott; Watkins diver Lexi Castellaneta; O-M soccer's Collin Povoski and Hannah Bruno; and O-M swimmer Emelia Paulisczak.

Honorable Mention: Another 30 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Star teams and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

The Tribe's Ryan Willett runs 42 yards for a TD, one of four he scored in the B game.

Tribe A, B and C teams defeat Apalachin

ODESSA, Sept. 19 -- The Schuyler County Youth Football teams -- the A, B and C squads -- posted victories over Apalachin in games Saturday on Odessa-Montour High School's Charles Martin Field.

The A team (11- and 12-year-olds) advanced to 4-0 with a 35-13 victory that featured a strong Tribe defense and what one coach called "a terrific ground game."

The B team (9- and 10-year-olds) improved to 4-0. Ryan Willett scored four touchdowns for The Tribe, while Bradley Gillis scored two touchdowns.

The C team (6- to 8-year-olds) is now 3-1 after defeating Apalachin 12-6.

The Tribe teams return to action Saturday against Tioga at Watkins Glen High School. The C team will play at 3:30 p.m., the B team at 5:30 p.m., and the A team at 7:30 p.m.

Photo in text: The Tribe's Adam Pastore carries the ball in the A game. (Photos provided)

Left: The Tribe's Joseph Chamberlain sacks the Apalachin quarterback in the C game.
Right: Daniel Lewis gains some ground for The Tribe in the B game.

The first-place Watkins Glen boys varsity team. From left: Aaron Planty, Gabe Planty, Sam Hanley, Jacob Carocci, Shawn Rutledge, Patrick Hazlitt and Sean Holland. (Provided)

Hazlitt leads the pack at Owego meet

OWEGO, Sept. 17 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Patrick Hazlitt posted the fastest time of any runners at Saturday's Owego Invitational, leading the WGHS boys varsity to first place in the Small Schools race.

Hazlitt posted a time of 16:34 on the 3.1-mile Pheasant Hill Country Club cross-country route as Watkins Glen topped Northeast Bradford for first place, 23-60. Tully was third with 75 points as 98 runners competed.

Watkins Glen placed five other runners in the top 10: Shawn Rutledge (3rd in 17:10), Sam Hanley (5th in 17:23), Aaron Planty (6th in 17:26), Gabe Planty (8th in 17:44), and Jacob Carocci (10th in 17:47). And its only other runner in the varsity race -- Sean Holland -- was 11th in 17:49.

The Watkins Glen girls varsity squad only had three entrants, and so did not qualify for a team score. Kai Sutterby was 7th among 88 runners in 21:34, while Cambria Weeden was 8th in 21:44 and Makenzie Kellogg was 47th in 25:02. Five runners constitute a complete team.

The Watkins Glen boys Junior Varsity won in a race that included both Large and Small Schools. The Senecas totaled 37 points to Union-Endicott's 52 and Owego's 91. There were 18 teams and 220 runners competing.

The Senecas' Daniel Paradiso finished first on the 3.1-mile JV course in 18:32, with teammates Max Evans and Sam Thorsland second and third, respectively, at 18:35 and 19:00. Other Seneca JV runners were William Yeater (12th in 19:39), Tanner Ryan (19th in 20:02), Conlin Wysocki (27th in 20:26), Alex Gibson (30th in 20:31), Isaac McIlroy (44th in 20:58), Steven Gublo (51st in 21:20), Tyler Couch (79th in 21:57), Julian Thornton (86th in 22:22), Elliott Holland (122nd in 23:39), and Clint Craven (134th in 24:00).

The Modified Boys had three Watkins entrants in a 1.5-mile Small Schools race: Ben Swinnerton (9th in 9:57), Braden Pesco (19th in 10:30) and Shane Griffin (37th in 11:20). There were 74 runners.

The Modified Girls had two Watkins Glen entrants: Julya Slater (5th in 11:10) and Breanna Carl (18th in 12:10). There were 51 runners.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt (top) climbs a hill; the Senecas' Kai Sutterby. (Both photos by George and Pamela Rutledge)

From left: Watkins Glen varsity runners Shawn Rutledge, Aaron Planty and Sam Hanley. (All three photos by George and Pamela Rutledge)

Left: Watkins' Daniel Paradiso, winner of the boys' JV race. (Photo by Aran Holland) Right: The Senecas' Makenzie Kellogg, running in the girls' varsity race. (Photo by George and Pamela Rutledge)

The Watkins junior varsity boys cross-country team poses after winning race. (Provided)

Watkns Glen's Ezra Evans celebrates after putting the ball (left) in the Dryden net.

Glen boys fall to Dryden in title game

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 17 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team had hoped to make it two out of three years as champion of the GLM Memorial Soccer Tournament that it hosts, but it fell Saturday in the title game to Dryden, 5-1, on the WGHS athletic field.

The Senecas, who defeated Dundee 3-0 Friday to advance to the championship contest, stayed with Dryden through the early going, tying the game on an Ezra Evans goal from directly in front of the net. But Dryden scored two more goals in the first half and two in the second half to pull away.

The loss dropped Watkins Glen's season record to 1-7 in what is a rebuilding year with a new coach and a number of first-year players, some of whom have starting roles.

Seneca goalkeeper Simon Wigmore was kept busy throughout the game as Dryden repeatedly pressed the play in the Watkins Glen end of the field.

This was Dryden's second GLM title, the other coming in 2013. The tournament has been held for eight years now, with Trumansburg winning the first three times, followed by Elmira Notre Dame, Dryden, Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour and now Dryden again.

The GLM tournament is in memory of three WGHS soccer players -- Kyle Gregory, Brennan Love and Seth Marcellus -- who died in a motor vehicle accident on May 4, 2003. Funds raised go toward GLM Foundation projects.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Simon Wigmore makes a diving save. He was under repeated pressure throughout the game.
Bottom: The Senecas' Matt Hulbert controls the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Josh Updyke moves the ball after winning possession. Right: The Senecas' Ramel Fulcher meets the ball.

The tournament-winning Dryden boys team poses with the championship plaque.

Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey sends the ball flying on a first-half corner kick.

Glen girls lose to Dryden, 3-1, in finale

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 17 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team fell to Dryden 3-1 Saturday in the last of three games in the three-team GLM Girls Soccer Tournament. Dryden earned the tourney title.

Dryden also defeated tourney entrant Newark Valley Friday on penalty kicks, 3-1, following a 0-0 deadlock through two overtimes. NV had defeated Watkins Thursday by a 3-0 score.

This was the third year in which the GLM Tournament featured girls games, Dryden also winning in 2014 and South Seneca in 2015.

The loss Saturday dropped the Senecas' season mark to 2-5. Their lone goal, which tied the game 1-1 at the 35-minute mark of the second half, was scored by Hannah Morse, assisted by Danielle Leszyk.

Dryden had a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks, and kept the pressure on Watkins goalkeeper Cierra Barber, who registered 17 saves. Dryden goalies Sarah Westcott and Alisa Hines totaled 5 saves.

Katlyn Whyte, Westcott and Ashleigh Scheidweiler scored Dryden's goals. Scheidweiler also had an assist.

"We didn't get the result we wanted today," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, "but the girls played really well against a very good Dryden team. I'm proud of the heart and hustle my team showed today in a game that was close throughout. We got a bit complacent for a few minutes and it cost us, but all in all, it was a solid effort that I think we can build on.

"It was a pleasure taking part in the GLM Memorial Soccer Tournament and I want to thank all the people who work hard to put it together and the good work they do in supporting soccer in Schuyler County."

The GLM tournament is in memory of three WGHS soccer players -- Kyle Gregory, Brennan Love and Seth Marcellus -- who died in a motor vehicle accident on May 4, 2003. Funds raised go toward GLM Foundation projects.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk moves the ball past a Dryden player.
Left bottom: The Senecas' Hannah Morse meets the ball.
Right botttom: A shot on goal barely eludes Watkins goalie Cierra Barber.

Left: Watkins Glen's Makenna Fraboni (11) battles for possession of the ball. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly settles an incoming pass.

The Dryden girls varsity soccer team poses with the championship plaque after winning.

Odessa-Montour's Billy Tague, left, prepares to send a shot into the Dundee net, right.

O-M boys rebound, win 8-0 in consolation

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 17 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team -- which had lost to Dryden on Friday in the GLM Tournament opening round at Watkins Glen High School -- dominated Dundee in the tourney consolation game Saturday, handing the Scotsmen an 8-0 loss on the WGHS athletic field.

Odessa (5-2) outshot Dundee 23-1 and had a 12-1 advantage in corner kicks. The Indians built a 4-0 first-half lead and coasted from there.

O-M scored its first goal at 36:23 of the first half, Collin Povoski netting a shot on an assist from Jon Andrews. Povoski then scored on a penalty kick at 16:58 before Billy Tague scored at 5:17 on an assist from Povoski. Curtis Harris added a goal at 1:50 on an assist by Johnny Niedermaier.

Harris scored again early in the second half (at 37:51, assisted by Noah Austin), beating the Dundee goalkeeper to the left. The final three O-M goals were by Andy Fudala (at 18:30, assisted by Curtis Harris), Povoski (at 12:43, assisted by DeShawn Johnson), and Nick Sgrecci (on a penalty kick at 8:40).

The GLM tournament is in memory of three WGHS soccer players -- Kyle Gregory, Brennan Love and Seth Marcellus -- who died in a motor vehicle accident on May 4, 2003. Funds raised go toward GLM Foundation projects.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Johnny Niedermaier sends the ball flying.
Bottom: O-M's Taylor Grover maneuvers the ball past a Dundee defender.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Paden Grover, Preston Harris and DeShawn Johnson.

A shot by Odessa-Montour's Curtis Harris (12) gets past the Dundee keeper for a goal.

WG volleyball JV squad 3rd at C-S meet

CAMPBELL, Sept. 17 -- The Watkins Glen High School junior varsity volleyball team finished in third place Saturday at the annual Campbell-Savona JV Volleyball Tournament.

The Senecas finished second in their pool, losing to Cuba-Rushford 20-25, 20-25, beating Bath 25-18, 25-14, and defeating Odessa-Montour 25-18, 25-16.

They then faced the top seed in the other pool, Waverly, and lost 16-25, 25-16, 17-25.

Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan (pictured at right) was named to the All-Tournament Team in a vote of tourney coaches.

Watkins Glen statistics:

Jazmin Shea: 16 service points, 12 aces, 3 kills, 7 assists, 1 SR, 6 digs.
Kathleen Clifford: 14 service points, 4 aces, 5 kills, 2 blocks.
Kelsey Kernan: 39 service points, 24 aces, 4 kills, 20 SR, 11 digs.
Mattie Yontz: 12 service points, 5 aces, 1 kill, 7 SR, 2 digs.
Adrienna Solomon: 6 service points, 6 aces, 7 kills, 15 SR, 3 digs, 1 block.
Kelsey DeMillo: 8 service points, 5 aces, 1 assist, 2 SR, 1 dig.
Katrinna LaTorre: 1assist, 6 SR, 6 digs.
Tangelean Kio: 2 service points.
Enqi Lin: 2 SR.
SR: Serve Receives

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan, named to the All-Tournament Team.


The Seneca Indians' Austin Dalrymple (5) follows his blockers on one of his runs. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Seneca Indians fall to SVEC, slip to 0-3

CANDOR, Sept. 16 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team got its first points of the season Friday night but saw its record slip to 0-3 as it dropped a 39-26 decision to Spencer-Van Etten/Candor on the Candor athletic field.

The combined SVEC squad improved to 3-0 with the Section IV, Division 5 victory.

Austin Dalrymple scored three touchdowns for the Seneca Indians, while Ryan Pruitt scored one. Pruitt gained 177 yards on 20 carries, while Dalrymple gained 64 on 14 carries. Zach Elliott added 28 yards on 6 carries. The team gained 285 yards on the ground on 47 carries, while gaining 2 yards through the air on 1-for-4 passing.

SVEC, which totaled 19 first downs to WG/OM's 15, had 357 total yards that included 251 rushing and 106 through the air on 11-for-12 passing. Thomas Lewellyn led SVEC rushers with 88 yards on 8 carries, while Garrett Swayze gained 61 on 4 carries and Jason Morse 60 yards on 10 carries.

Spencer-Van Etten/Candor built an 18-12 lead in a first half that saw the two teams trade scores. Then the Seneca Indians tied the game on a drive early in the third period, only to fail on a 2-point conversion try.

"We never led," said WG/OM Coach Trevor Holland, noting that SVEC scored to go up 26-18 and then outscored the Seneca Indians 13-8 in the final period to secure the win.

"We had some great chances in the game," said Holland. "We recovered an onside kick, had a near-interception, and Ryan Pruitt grabbed the ball from their runner's hands and ran down to the 15, but it was called back on two blocks in the back. A number of things could have turned the tide.

"This was a complete turnaround from our first two games," he added, referring to shutout losses. "Our offense wasn't clicking, and our defense was good. This time, we were driving and scoring, but the defense was sloppy and sputtering. It was a fun game to watch, but we ended up on the losing end again."

The scoring occurred as follows:

--SVEC scored first at 5:49 of the first quarter on a 23-yard TD run by Thomas Lewellyn and then threw incomplete on a 2-point conversion attempt.

--WG/OM's Pruitt tied the game at 5:13 on a 65-yard run, but a 2-point conversion run failed.

--SVEC went up 12-6 at 3:30 of the first period on a 1-yard TD run by Anthony Chiusano. A 2-point conversion pass fell incomplete.

--The Seneca Indians tied the game 12-12 at 7:52 of the second quarter on a Dalrymple 5-yard run, but a 2-point conversion pass failed.

--SVEC went up again, 18-12, with 46 seconds left in the half on a 6-yard TD pass from Chiusano to Nic Klimekoski. A 2-point conversion pass fell incomplete.

--WG/OM tied it again at 18-18 with 4:58 left in the third period on a Dalrymple 9-yard TD run, but a 2-point conversion run failed.

--SVEC took the lead again at 26-18 with 3:45 left in the third quarter on a 32-yard TD run by Swayze and a 2-point conversion pass from Swayze to Christian Haynes.

--SVEC scored again at 9:28 of the fourth quarter to go up 33-18 on an 18-yard TD pass from Chiusano to Jake Mathews, and a point-after kick.

--SVEC made it 39-18 with 6:07 remaining in the game on a 2-yard Chiusano TD run. A point-after kick missed.

--WG/OM closed the scoring at 2:47 on Dalrymple's third TD run, this one 11 yards. A 2-point conversion run by Jeremiah Lynch was good.

Watkins Glen/O-M returns to action Friday, Sept. 23 when it hosts Newark Valley at 7 p.m. on Odessa-Montour's Charles Martin Field. It will be O-M's Homecoming Game, part of its Homecoming Week activities.

Photos in text:

From top: The Seneca Indians' Ryan Pruitt gains some of his 177 rushing yards; quarterback Jake Kelly passes; the shovel that goes to the winning team in this rivalry. It has the insignia of the military services on the handle. (Photos by Don Romeo)

WG-OM's Zach Elliott grabs a SVEC ball carrier. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Aidan DeBolt inbounds the ball. Right: The Senecas' Jake Johnson, right, challenges for possession of the ball.

Glen boys win, advance to GLM finale

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 16 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team -- led by a pair of Josh Updyke goals -- posted its first victory of the year Friday by defeating Dundee 3-0 in the opening round of the annual GLM Tournament on the WGHS athletic field.

The Senecas, now 1-6, thus advance to the tournament title game against Dryden, which defeated Odessa-Montour 2-0 Friday in the opening round. The title game is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. today (Saturday). The consolation game between O-M and Dundee is set to start at 1 p.m.

Watkins Glen, in addition to Updyke's two goals, got one from Ramel Fulcher. Avery Watson assisted on both of Updyke's goals, while Updyke assisted on Fulcher's.

Updyke barely missed a third goal in the game's closing moments with a crossing shot from the right that barely missed on the left.

Watkins Glen registered 18 shots on goal, and had 3 corner kcks. Goalkeeper Simon Wigmore notched 17 saves in posting the shutout.

The GLM tournament is in memory of three WGHS soccer players -- Kyle Gregory, Brennan Love and Seth Marcellus -- who died in a motor vehicle accident on May 4, 2003. Funds raised go toward GLM Foundation projects.

Photos in text:

Top: A shot by Dundee strikes the crossbar above Watkins goalkeeper Simon Wigmore late in the game.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Josh Updyke, right, takes control of the ball.

O-M's Collin Povoski (10) clears the ball from in front of the Indians' net.

O-M boys blanked by Dryden at GLM

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 16 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to Dryden Friday in the opening round of the annual GLM tournament on the Watkins Glen High School athletic field.

The game, played on a sunny, windy day, saw the two teams battle to a 0-0 halftime tie. The stiff wind out of the south "created havoc for both teams," said O-M Coach Dirk Stephens. "The team with the wind at their back had an easy time creating scoring chances."

Dryden's Lions took advantage with the wind behind them in the second half, scoring twice -- first with 13:32 remaining and then at 7:39.

O-M had a 9-3 advantage in corner kicks and a 9-6 edge in shots on goal.

The Indians' goalkeeper, Trey McCarty, registered 4 saves, while Dryden's Sean McDaniel notched 8 saves.

Odessa will play Dundee in the tournament's consolation game today (Saturday) at 1 p.m. The title game between host Watkins Glen and Dryden will start at 3:30 p.m.

The GLM tournament is in memory of three WGHS soccer players -- Kyle Gregory, Brennan Love and Seth Marcellus -- who died in a motor vehicle accident on May 4, 2003.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Curtis Harris settles the ball on the Indians' end of the field.
Bottom: O-M's Noah Angle sends the ball flying.

Left: O-M's Andy Fudala sends the ball upfield. Right: Odessa goalkeeper Trey McCarty tries to stop a shot, but it glanced off his hands and into the net for Dryden's second goal.

Left: O-M's Billy Tague (11) controls the ball. Right: The Indians' Taylor Grover goes up to meet the ball.

Watkins swimmers top Dryden, 108-70

DRYDEN, Sept. 15 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team -- led by three first-place finishes by Peighton Cervoni -- defeated Dryden 108-70 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Dryden pool.

Winners for Watkins Glen:

200 Freestyle: Peighton Cervoni 2:16.12
50 Freestyle: Jillian Cantieni 28.39
Diving: Lexi Castellaneta 237.50 points
100 Fly: Amanda Wilbur 1:11.08
100 Backstroke: Peighton Cervoni 1:08.81
400 Free Relay: Peighton Cervoni, Jillian Kilcoyne, Sarah Gardner, Elizabeth Kilcoyne 4:18.41.

Second-place finishes were earned for Watkins by:

--The 200 Medley Relay team of Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur and Elizabeth Kilcoyne.
--Isabella Fazzary in the 200 Freestyle.
--Liza Carnes in the 200 Individual Medley.
--Elizabeth Kilcoyne in the 500 Freestyle.
--Jena Slater in Diving.
--Jillian Kilcoyne in the 100 Fly.
--Allison Gibson in the 100 Freestyle.
--Amanda Wilbur in the 500 Freestyle.
--The 200 Free Relay team of Isabella Fazzary, Madeline Kilcoyne, Amanda Wilbur and Jillian Kilcoyne.
--Sarah Swinnerton in the 100 Breaststroke.

From left: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez, Kathryn Losey and Amanda Pike and Odessa-Montour's Alyssa Crout. (Three photos on the left by Don Romeo)

Watkins posts volleyball win over O-M

ODESSA, Sept. 15 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team improved its season mark to 4-1 Thursday when it defeated Odessa-Montour 3-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 25-14 (after O-M had forged a 13-13 tie), 25-10 and 25-21. Watkins Glen is now 4-1, while O-M is 1-5.

Watkins Glen statistics:

Mariah Gonzalez: 20 service points, 8 aces, 6 kills, 1 assist, 17 SR, 6 digs.
Amanda Pike: 5 service points, 3 aces, 16 kills, 2 assists, 8 SR.
Hanley Elliott: 2 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 20 assists, 5 digs.
Emmie Bond: 11 service points, 5 aces, 3 kills, 1 SR, 5 digs.
Kathryn Losey: 2 service points, 4 kills, 4 SR, 2 digs.
Megan Hazlitt: 7 service points, 3 aces, 1 kill, 1 SR.
Amber Benjamin: 1 kill.
Kendra Larson: 1 SR.
SR: Serve Receive

Odessa-Montour statistics:

Alyssa Crout: 6 service points, 3 aces, 3 assists, 2 kills, 1 block.
Cheyenne Barrett: 6 service points, 1 ace, 1 dig.
Dasia Herrmann: 2 service points, 5 digs.
Paxtyn Brown: 1 assist, 1 kill, 3 digs.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Odessa-Montour 2-1, with game scores of 25-17, 22-25 and 26-24, the latter a come-from-behind victory. Watkins Glen is now 2-3.

Watkins Glen JV statistics:

Jazmin Shea: 8 service points, 3 aces, 3 kills, 3 assists.
Kathleen Clifford: 6 service points, 2 aces, 1 kill.
Kelsey Kernan: 9 service points, 4 aces, 3 kills.
Mattie Yontz: 5 service points, 2 aces, 1 dig.
Adrienna Solomon: 19 service points, 7 aces, 1 kill, 3 digs.
Kelsey DeMillo: 7 service points, 3 aces, 1 dig.

The Watkins teams return to action Monday at Edison. O-M is back in action at Newark Valley on Tuesday.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott volleys. Teammate Amanda Pike is in the background. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: Odessa-Montour's Taylor Alton serves.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Dasia Herrmann, Paxtyn Brown and Hannah Rose.

O-M swimmers defeat Whitney Point

WHITNEY POINT, Sept. 15 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team posted its second victory of the season Thursday when it topped Whitney Point 49-41 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Whitney Point pool.

The Indians, now 2-1, got victories from:

--Emelia Paulisczak in the 200 Freestyle (2:33.27) and 500 Free (7:02.66)
--Tori Reese in the 200 Individual Medley (2:39.42) and 100 Breast (1:20.65)
--Syria Tague in the 50 Freestyle (28.76) and 100 Backstroke (1:11.87)
--The 400 Free Relay team of Paulisczak, JoLynn Minnier, Tague and Reese (4:47.32)

Second-place finishes were posted by Lydia Lynch in the 100 Fly, Minnier in the 100 Free, Emma Lodge in the 100 Breast, and by two relay squads.

Soccer: Glen girls lose to NV in tourney

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 15 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team sustained a 3-0 loss Thursday to Newark Valley in the opening game of the GLM Tournament at WGHS.

The loss dropped the Senecas' season mark to 2-4 heading into another tourney game Saturday against Dryden at 3 p.m. The three-team tournament will see Newark Valley and Dryden compete at 4:30 p.m. today (Friday).

Cierra Barber made 20 saves in goal for Watkins Glen, while NV's Taylor Kalpokas made six saves. NV had four corner kicks and Watkins Glen none.

NV scored twice in the first half on goals by Alissa Franco and Maddy Sherwood, and in the second half on a goal by Emily Holt.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly, left, battles for possession of the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse steadies the ball. Right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk, right, passes the ball.

Odessa-Montour's Sage Garrison, left, passes the ball against SVEC. She scored one of her team's two goals.

O-M girls rally but lose to SVEC, 3-2

ODESSA, Sept. 15 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team rallied to take the lead early in the second half before falling Thursday night to Spencer-Van Etten/Candor, 3-2, in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M athletic field.

SVEC's Eagles had the lone first-half goal, by Mackenzie Grube at 38:46. After that and until intermission, said O-M Coach Burton Brewster, Odessa goalkeeper Gillian Clark "made a bunch of saves. She was up to the task."

The Indians tied the game at 39:02 of the second half on an unassisted goal by Kennedey Heichel from a sharp angle to the left that found the back of the net. And they went ahead at 36:14 on a goal by Sage Garrison on a penalty kick.

But SVEC rallied with goals at 21:48 by Leah O'Connell and at 12:42 by Ava Bruehwiler from directly in front of the goal.

"I was pleased at the way we came together in the second half as a team," said Brewster. "We only had two shots in that half, but with a little more -- with finishing moves -- then those two could have been 10.

"Overall, this was a huge improvement over what we've been doing."

SVEC outshot Odessa 14-5 and had a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. Clark made 11 saves for the Indians, while the SVEC keeper had three.

The Indians return to action Monday at Newfield. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Kennedey Heichel battles an SVEC player for the ball.

Bottom: Odessa's Gillian Clark prepares to stop a shot on goal.

A shot by Kennedey Heichel, who is out of the frame at left, hits the back of the SVEC net. The goal came early in the second half and tied the game 1-1.

Modified Soccer: Watkins girls fall 5-0

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 15 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls Modified soccer team dropped a 5-0 decision Thursday to Newark Valley in a game on the WGHS soccer field.

Natalie Edmister made 17 saves in goal for the Senecas, "including stopping a hard penalty kick," said Coach Ralph Diliberto.

"Our girls fought hard through three quarters," said Diliberto, "but we could not overcome the opposition in the fourth."

The Watkins team returns to action at Waverly on Monday.

Combined grid teams start 'new tradition'

Special to The Odessa File

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 13 -- With the merger of the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour football teams last fall, Schuyler County lost a long-standing tradition: the Bucket Game. The teams battled for the bucket 50 times.

This year, the Candor and Spencer-Van Etten football programs merged, ending a rivalry that was played out in the annual Jug Game. That tradition lasted 38 years.

During 2015, school officials from Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen had informal discussions about creating a new rivalry game. In anticipation of a new rivalry, a shovel was donated to the Odessa-Montour Central School District by Run-Rite construction in autumn 2015 to establish a new game and honor those who have served and currently serve in the Armed Forces. When the Candor and S-VE programs merged, a new opportunity emerged.

“Once the Candor and S-VE programs merged, the rivalry seemed natural given our geographic location, Class C designation and the loss of the Jug and Bucket games,” said Rod Weeden, athletic administrator for Watkins Glen.

The Shovel Game will be played in the same spirit as the former rivalry games, officials say. The winning team will take the shovel back home to display until the rivals play again.

The first Shovel Game will take place this Friday (September 16) at the Candor Field starting at 7 p.m. Veterans will be admitted to the game for free.

Soccer: Watkins boys fall to NV, 3-0

NEWARK VALLEY, Sept. 14 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team lost a 3-0 decision Wednesday to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

The loss left the Senecas with an 0-7 mark heading into the annual GLM boys tournament at WGHS this weekend. Watkins plays Dundee Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the opening round. Odessa-Montour plays Dryden at 4:30 p.m. in the other first-round contest.

The Senecas had 13 shots on goal against Newark Valley, and two corner kicks. Simon Wigmore registered 15 saves in goal for Watkins.

"We're showing signs of improvement each game," said Coach Nils Watson.

Odessa-Montour boys sustain 1st loss

CANDOR, Sept. 14 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 4-1 Wednesday night when the Indians dropped a 4-1 decision to Candor/Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Candor soccer field.

The lone goal for O-M came from Colin Povoski on a penalty kick.

Odessa returns to action at 4:30 p.m. Friday when it faces Dryden in the opening round of the GLM boys tournament at Watkins Glen. The consolation and championship games are Saturday.

The Watkins Glen cross country team's seniors were honored at Tuesday's meet, the squad's only home meet of the season. From left: Cambria Weeden, Jacob Carocci, Sam Hanley, Shawn Rutledge, Alex Gibson and Patrick Hazlitt. Athletic Director Rod Weeden, left, and Coach John Fazzary are standing behind them. (Photo by George and Pamela Rutledge)

Watkins Glen boys win XC home meet

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 13 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team easily defeated Waverly and Dryden Tuesday in the Senecas' lone home meet of the year, held in the Watkins Glen State Park.

The score was Watkins Glen 15, Waverly 96 and Dryden 99.

The first 10 runners to cross the finish line were all members of the Watkins squad, led by Patrick Hazlitt's 15:53 on the 2.8-mile course. Following him were Shawn Rutledge (16:23), Gabe Planty (17:27), Sam Hanley (17:45), Jacob Carocci (17:45.1), Daniel Paradiso (17:48), Sean Holland (17:49), Aaron Planty (17:49.1), Max Evans (17:49.2) and William Yeater (18:12).

Another eight Senecas finished in the top 26: Sam Thorsland (12th at 18:58), Conlin Wysocki (14th at 19:09), Tanner Ryan (16th at 19:29), Tyler Couch (20th in 20:02), Alex Gibson (21st in 20:17), Isaac McIlroy (24th in 20:28), Julian Thornton (25th in 20:28.1) and Steven Gublo (26th in 20:32).

Girls Varsity: Neither Watkins Glen nor Dryden had enough runners (five) to field a team, so Waverly won by default. But the top two spots were claimed by Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby (20:19) and Cambria Weeden (20:36) on the 2.8-mile course. Makenzie Kellogg was 11th in 24:09.

Modified: The boys and girls ran together on a 1.5-mile course. Watkins Glen's Ben Swinnerton was first in 10:32, while Braden Pesco was 4th in 11:13 and Julya Slater 6th in 11:36. She was also first among the girls competing in the race. Shane Griffin was 10th in 12:11, and Breanna Carl 13th in 13:36.

Senior Night: Six seniors were honored, this being the lone home meet of the season. They were Patrick Hazlitt, Shawn Rutledge, Cambria Weeden, Alex Gibson, Jacob Carocci and Sam Hanley.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt on the way to first place in Tuesday's race.
Bottom: The Senecas' Kai Sutterby, first in the girls' race. (Photos by George and Pamela Rutledge)

Watkins Glen swimmers top O-M, 92-60

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 13 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team -- with two individual wins apiece by Amanda Wilbur and Peighton Cervoni -- defeated Odessa-Montour 92-60 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The victory lifted the Senecas' season mark to 1-1 heading into a meet Thursday at Dryden. Odessa-Montour slipped to 1-1.

Wilbur won the 200 IM in 2:33.31 and the 100 Fly in 1:11.98. Cervoni captured the 100 Free in 1:01.37 and the 100 Back in 1:09.44. Liza Carnes also won for the Senecas in the 200 Free (2:19.41), while Jillian Kilcoyne finished first in the 500 Free (6:27.36) and Lexi Castellaneta won the Diving (221.55 points).

The winners of each event:

200 Yard Medley Relay: Watkins Glen 2:09.80
200 Yard Freestyle: (WG) Liza Carnes 2:19.41
200 Yard Individual Medley: (WG) Amanda Wilbur 2:33.31
50 Yard Freestyle: (OM) Syria Tague 28.18
Diving: (WG) Alexis Castellaneta 221.55
100 Yard Butterfly: (WG) Amanda Wilbur 1:11.98
100 Yard Freestyle: (WG) Peighton Cervoni 1:01.37
500 Yard Freestyle: (WG) Jillian Kilcoyne 6:27.36
200 Yard Freestyle Relay: Odessa Montour 2:23.86
100 Yard Backstroke: (WG) Peighton Cervoni 1:09.44
100 Yard Breaststroke: (OM) Tori Reese 1:17.72
400 Freestyle Relay: Odessa Montour 4:42.90

Watkins Glen's Megan Hazlitt, left, and Amanda Pike. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins volleyball team tops Candor

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 13 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team improved its season mark to 3-1 Tuesday by defeating Candor 3-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS gym.

Game scores were 25-22, 25-17 and 25-15.

"It was a good night for Watkins Glen volleyball," said Watkins Coach Michelle Simiele, noting that the junior varsity squad also won -- its first victory in four tries.

Varsity statistics:

Megan Hazlitt: 5 service points, 1 ace, 2 kills, 5 SR, 4 digs.
Amanda Pike: 12 service points, 7 aces, 18 kills, 2 assists, 7 SR, 6 digs, 1 block.
Mariah Gonzalez: 7 service points, 1 ace, 7 kills, 1 assist, 17 SR, 14 digs, 1 block.
Hanley Elliott: 12 service points, 6 aces, 1 kill, 24 assists, 1 SR, 11 digs.
Emmie Bond: 5 service points, 1 kill, 1 SR, 10 digs.
Kathryn Losey: 5 service points, 1 ace, 3 kills, 7 SR, 10 digs.
Amber Benjamin: 2 service points, 1 SR.
Kendra Larson: 1 SR, 1 dig.
SR: Serve Receive

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen (1-3) defeated Candor 2-1. Game scores were 25-19, 25-27 and 25-20.

Jazmin Shea: 6 service points, 3 aces, 7 assists, 3 digs.
Kathleen Clifford: 8 kills.
Kelsey Kernan: 17 service points, 4 aces, 2 kills, 5 SR, 4 digs.
Mattie Yontz: 3 service points, 2 SR, 4 digs.
Adrienna Solomon: 4 service points, 3 aces, 3 kills, 8 SR, 2 digs.
Katrinna LaTorre: 4 service points, 1 ace, 2 SR.
Kelsey DeMillo: 5 service points, 1 SR.
Enqi Lin: 1 SR, 1 dig.

The Senecas return to action Thursday at Odessa-Montour.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez goes high to meet an incoming volley.
Bottom: The Senecas' Kathryn Losey volleys. (Photos by Don Romeo)

O-M girls top S. Cayuga in overtime

AURORA, Sept. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team lifted its record to 2-2-1 and its league mark to 2-1 Tuesday when it defeated Southern Cayuga 2-1 in overtime in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

Both of O-M's goals came from Hannah Bruno, with Kennedey Heichel assisting on one and Sage Garrison on the other. Gillian Clark registered six saves in goal for the Indians.

Odessa outshot Southern Cayuga 9-7, but had fewer corner kicks, 5-3.

O-M volleyball team falls to Edison, 3-0

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Sept. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team fell in straight sets Tuesday to Thomas A. Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Edison gym.

Game scores were 12-25, 24-26 and 24-26.

"The players worked together in three tough sets with TAE," said O-M Coach Colleen Coolican. "The girls are working hard and making the necessary adjustments within the team. Our record (1-4) does not reflect the team's true abilities."

Odessa-Montour statistics included:

Alyssa Crout: 8 service points, 4 aces, 1 assist, 1 kill, 15 digs.
Dasia Herrmann: 4 service points, 1 assist, 24 digs.
Sumer Landon: 6 service points, 2 aces, 1 kill, 2 digs.
Bronwyn Stermer: 2 service points, 13 digs.
Cheyenne Barrett: 3 service points, 1 ace, 4 digs.

Left: Watkins Glen's Matt Hulbert (2) battles for possession of the ball. Right: The Senecas' Josh Updyke moves the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen boys blanked by Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 12 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team dropped a 6-0 decision to Waverly Monday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS athletic field.

The loss lowered the Senecas' season mark to 0-6 heading into a contest Wednesday at Newark Valley. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Watkins Glen had seven shots on goal against Waverly, and two corner kicks. Simon Wigmore made 13 saves in goal for the Senecas.

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Photo in text: Watkins' Avery Watson sends a shot on its way. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Dylan Markley sends the ball upfield. (Photo by Hailey Perraut)

The Tribe's Adam Pastore (25) on a touchdown run in the A game. (Photos provided)

Youth Football: A & B teams win again

CANDOR, Sept. 12 -- The Schuyler Youth Football A and B teams posted wins Sunday at Candor, while the C team lost.

The A team rolled to a 42-0 victory, lifting its season mark to 3-0. Highlights included a 37-yard TD run by Adam Pastore and a 40-yard interception return by Travon Jones for another touchdown.

The B team improved to 3-0 with a 38-8 victory that saw more than 300 Tribe rushing yards, three touchdowns by Ryan Willett, two by Bradley Gillis and one by Thomas Snow.

The C team slipped to 2-1 on the season with a 40-0 loss.

The three Schuyler teams return to action Saturday, Sept. 17 against Apalachin. The games will be played at Odessa-Montour, with the C game at 3:30 p.m., the B game at 5:30 p.m. and the A game at 7:30 p.m.

Photo in text: The Tribe's Bradley Gillis sacks the Candor quarterback in the B game.

Left: In the A game, Travon Jones runs back an interception 40 yards for a touchdown. Right: The Tribe's Lucas Hoffman breaks loose on a 20-yard run in the C game.

Athletes: O-M swimmer, Watkins diver

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 11 -- This week we honor as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week two students who excel in pool competitions.

Watkins Glen diver Lexi Castellaneta earns a nod for breaking her own pool record at a swim meet at Waverly. She amassed 241.7 points.

Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese earns the other nod for a swimming performance that led her team to a victory over Elmira Notre Dame in the O-M pool. She won the 100 Fly in 1:13.60 and the 100 Breaststroke in 1:18.27, and was on the winning 200 Free Relay squad.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen runners Gabe Planty, Shawn Rutledge, Sam Hanley, Aaron Planty and Sean Holland; Watkins volleyball players Amanda Pike, Mariah Gonzalez, Emmie Bond and Hanley Elliott; Watkins Glen swimmer Jillian Cantieni; O-M swimmers Syria Tague and JoLynn Minnier; and O-M soccer players Gillian Clark, Preston Harris and Andy Fudala.

Honorable Mention: Another 29 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Watkins Glen runners moved out fast at start of the race. From left in front are Aaron Planty, Gabe Planty and Shawn Rutledge. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

XC: Watkins boys second at FLCC meet

CANANDAIGUA, Sept. 10 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team placed second Saturday at the Bruce Bridgeman High School Cross Country Invitational meet held at Finger Lakes Community College.

The Senecas, with five runners in the top 14, totaled 40 points to finish behind McQuaid Jesuit, which had two of the top three runners and 37 points. Twenty-two teams competed.

The Watkins Glen boys junior varsity squad, meanwhile, finished third among 16 teams, totaling 129 points. McQuaid Jesuit was first with 20 points, and Greece Arcadia second with 68. The Senecas were just ahead of Addison's 130 points.

Boys Varsity: Gabe Planty led the Senecas with a 4th place finish in 17:32 on the 5K course. Shawn Rutledge was 5th in 17:34, Sam Hanley 8th in 17:57, Aaron Planty 9th in 18:04, and Sean Holland 14th in 18:18. A team's top five times go into figuring the team score.

Also for the Senecas: Daniel Paradiso finished 19th in 18:43, Max Evans 23rd in 19:02, William Yeater 66th in 20:30, and Conlin Wysocki 96th in 21:20. There were 191 runners in the boys varsity field.

Girls Varsity: Watkins Glen did not qualify for a team score since it had just three runners instead of the requisite five. Kai Sutterby placed 17th in 22:37, Cambria Weeden 18th in 22:38, and Makenzie Kellogg 91st in 28:15. There were 145 runners.

Boys Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen's 3rd-place effort was led by Sam Thorsland, 8th in 20:30. Isaac McIlroy posted a time of 22:02 to finish 24th, while Steven Gublo was 32nd in 22:53, Julian Thornton 33rd in 22:55, Elliott Holland 69th in 24:35, Clint Craven 97th in 25:57, and Cody Kuehl 127th in 28:57. There were 145 runners.

Watkins Glen had no entrants in the Girls Junior Varsity competition.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen varsity runner Sam Hanley (top) and JV runner Julian Thornton. (Photos by Doug Yeater)

Watkins Glen runners Cambria Weeden (left) and Kai Sutterby. (Photos by Doug Yeater)

Seneca Indians ball-carrier Ryan Pruitt gains some ground against Susquehanna Valley. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Seneca Indians football team falls to Susquehanna Valley

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 10 -- The Seneca Indians football team -- a combined Watkins Glen/Odessa-Montour squad -- sustained its second loss of the young season Saturday night, falling to Susquehanna Valley 26-0 in a Section IV non-divisional game on the WGHS football field.

The Seneca Indians, who dropped their opener last week to Harpursville-Afton, played Sus Valley (1-1) tight through three quarters, but couldn't get their offense rolling -- ending up with 82 yards on the ground and 17 through the air.

"Our defense worked great," said Coach Trevor Holland. "We stopped them on numerous occasions. But we need to find our gear on offense. Our offensive line is young, and needs experience. But we have some great young talent. It's coming together."

Sus Valley built a 6-0 lead in the first quarter and a 14-0 halftime edge. After a scoreless third quarter, it scored 12 fourth-quarter points to secure the victory.

Ryan Pruitt led Watkins Glen/OM in rushing with 59 yards on 17 carries. Zach Elliott gained 27 yards on 12 carries, while Joe Chedzoy gained 13 on seven carries.

The Seneca Indians quarterback, Jake Kelly, also threw the ball six times, completing three passes for 17 yards.

The team returns to action next Friday at Candor against the combined Spencer-Van Etten/Candor squad, for the first-ever Shovel Game -- what officials hope will become a new rivalry game. The shovel in question has the insignia of the four military branches on it, fitting in that veterans and active military personnel will be admitted free to the contest. They will also be recognized during a halftime ceremony.

At the end of the game, American Legion representatives will present the shovel to the game's winning coach, much as the old bucket in the Watkins vs. O-M rivalry was claimed each year by the winner.

Photos in text: WGOM's Austin Dalrymple carries the ball (top); and quarterback Jake Kelly looks for a receiver. (Photos by Don Romeo)

The Seneca Indians' Zach Elliott (11) tries to gain some yardage. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Seneca Indians ball-carrier Joe Chedzoy (25) looks for some running room as teammate Wyatt Brower (66) moves in to block. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls fall to Sayre at ND tourney

SOUTHPORT, Sept. 10 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team Saturday dropped a 10-1 decision to Sayre in the consolation game of the Elmira Notre Dame Lady Crusaders Tournament.

The Senecas, now 2-3, had lost a tourney opener Friday to Trumansburg, 6-1. Trumansburg beat Notre Dame Saturday for the title.

Watkins Glen's only goal came from Isobel Scheffey at 13:11 of the second half, assisted by Taylor Kelly. Scheffey was named the team's MVP for the tournament.

The Senecas' goalkeeper, Cierra Barber, stopped 24 shots on goal. Sayre had a 10-0 advantage in corner kicks.

"On a hot day," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, "we ran into a terrific team from Sayre" -- and did so with only 11 players. "In addition to the injured Hannah Morse and Nancy Jackson, several key members of the team had family commitments that kept them from playing today. My girls played their hearts out for 80 minutes with no substitutes, but faded in the second half."

Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez, left, volleys the ball as teammates Kathryn Losey, center, and Megan Hazlitt watch. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins finishes 2nd at C-S

CAMPBELL, Sept.10 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team lost the deciding game in a championship showdown with Bath Saturday, finishing second in the annual Campbell-Savona Tournament.

The Senecas lost the first game against Bath 21-25, rebounded to take the second game 25-22, and then lost 23-25 after leading 23-20.

They had reached the finale by winning their pool, going 7-1. They defeated Canisteo-Greenwood 25-18, 25-12, beat Arkport 25-10, 25-13, and topped Hornell 25-9, 25-13 before splitting with Waverly 25-19, 24-26.

The Senecas then beat the other pool's runnerup, Campbell-Savona, 25-21, 25-9 in a best two-out-of-three contest before falling to Bath. Nonetheless, Coach Michelle Simiele was pleased with her players.

"I'm so proud of their effort," she said. "They really came together as a team, diving and talking. They left it all on the floor."

Their total stats for all of the games:

Mariah Gonzalez: 37 service points, 16 aces, 20 kills, 1 assist, 58 SR*, 20 digs, 5 blocks.
Amanda Pike: 26 service points, 19 aces, 33 kills, 2 assists, 8 SR, 18 digs, 5 blocks.
Hanley Elliott: 24 service points, 12 aces, 7 kills, 52 assists, 2 SR, 18 digs.
Emmie Bond: 35 service points, 14 aces, 8 kills, 1 assist, 9 SR, 12 digs, 1 block.
Kathryn Losey: 12 service points, 3 aces, 4 kills, 21 SR, 11 digs.
Megan Hazlitt: 19 service points, 9 aces, 3 kills, 6 SR, 5 digs.
Amber Benjamin: 1 service point, 1 ace, 5 assists, 3 SR, 1 dig.
Kendra Larson: 7 service points, 3 aces, 7 SR, 3 digs.
*SR=serve receives

The team returns to action Tuesday at home against Candor. The JV contest starts at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity.

Photo in text: Watkins' Amanda Pike sends the ball over the net. (Photo by Don Romeo)

From left: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott, Mariah Gonzalez and Megan Hazlitt in action at Saturday's tournament. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Dylan Markley controls the ball. Right: The Senecas' Avery Watson heads the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen boys lose to Trumansburg

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 10 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team dropped a 6-1 decision to Trumansburg Saturday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS soccer field.

Josh Updyke scored the lone goal for the Senecas, assisted by Avery Watson. Simon Wigmore had 17 saves in goal for Watkins Glen.

The Senecas, whose season mark fell to 0-5, return to action Monday at home against Waverly. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Simon Wigmore goes up to stop a shot on goal. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls fall to T-burg in opener

SOUTHPORT, Sept. 9 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team fell to Trumansburg 6-1 Friday in the opening round of the two-day Elmira Notre Dame Lady Crusaders Tournament.

The Senecas, now 2-2, face Sayre today in the tourney consolation game. Notre Dame plays Trumansburg for the title.

Hannah Morse scored the lone goal for Watkins Glen, at 9:20 of the second half. Cierra Barber made 17 saves in goal for the Senecas. Trumansburg, which led 3-0 at halftime, had a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks.

Soccer: O-M girls fall to Waverly, 5-0

WAVERLY, Sept. 9 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team saw its record slip to 2-2 Friday when the Indians dropped a 5-0 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly soccer field.

"Waverly is a strong team," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster. "We are pretty banged up right now and we just need to get healthy."

Waverly sent 48 shots on goal to Odessa's one, and had a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks. Gillian Clark made 31 saves in goal for the Indians.

O-M returns to action Tuesday at Southern Cayuga. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

O-M boys defeat Dundee, improve to 4-0

DUNDEE, Sept. 8 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team -- with two goals each by Curtis Harris and Andy Fudala -- defeated Dundee 6-1 Thursday in a non-league game on the Dundee soccer field.

The Indians, now 4-0, built a 4-1 first-half lead on goals by Preston Harris at 39:38, Colin Povoski at 10:09, Fudala at 1:20, and Curtis Harris at :53. Second-half goals came from Fudala at 32:25 and Curtis Harris at 27:34.

Assists were registered by Preston Harris (2), Fudala, Curtis Harris, John Andrews and Dan Minnier.

O-M outshot Dundee 20-6, while Dundee (0-1) held a 7-4 edge in corner kicks. Trey McCarty made one save in goal for the Indians, while Fudala made three.

Watkins Glen's Kathryn Losey reaches for the ball. Teammate Megan Hazlitt is in the background. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins defeats S-VE, 3-0

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 8 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team improved to 2-1 Thursday when it defeated Spencer-Van Etten 3-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS gym.

Game scores were 25-15, 25-22 and 25-20.

Watkins Glen statistics:

Megan Hazlitt: 3 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 8 serve receives (SR) 1 assist, 5 digs.
Amanda Pike: 10 service points, 4 aces, 8 kills, 7 SR, 4 blocks, 6 digs.
Kathryn Losey: 5 service points, 4 SR, 1 dig.
Mariah Gonzalez: 11 service points, 4 aces, 10 kills, 18 SR, 2 blocks, 5 digs.
Hanley Elliott: 8 service points, 5 aces, 3 kills, 18 assists, 8 digs.
Emmie Bond: 4 service points, 2 kills, 7 SR, 2 digs.
Kendra Larson: 2 service points, 1 ace, 1 dig.
Amber Benjamin: 1 kill.

The team returns to action Saturday at the annual Campbell-Savona Tournament.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost 2-1, with game scores of 26-24, 23-25 and 25-27.

Statistics for the Senecas:

Jazmin Shea: 2 service points, 1 ace, 4 assists, 1 kill.
Kathleen Clifford: 3 service points, 2 aces, 2 kills.
Kelsey Kernan: 17 service points, 9 aces, 2 kills, 8 SR, 1 dig.
Mattie Yontz: 2 service points, 1 ace, 1 SR.
Adrienna Solomon: 9 service points, 7 aces, 2 kills, 1 assist, 3 SR, 1 block.
Katrinna LaTorre: 3 service points, 2 aces, 2 SR.
Kelsey DeMillo: 4 service points, 2 aces, 1 SR.

Photo in text: Watkins' Mariah Gonzalez, left, battles at the net. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins' Amanda Pike at the net. Right: The Senecas' Hanley Elliott meets the ball. Teammates shown are Ellie Bond (15) and Amanda Pike. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Odessa swimmers edge Notre Dame

ODESSA, Sept. 8 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team opened its season on a winning note Thursday, defeating Elmira Notre Dame 47-44 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

"I am pleased that the girls performed well in their first meet of the year," said O-M Coach Chris Betts, who said he expected they would "continue working hard and progressing throughout the season."

First-place finishes for Odessa were posted by:

--Syria Tague in the 50 Free in 28.42
--Tori Reese in the 100 Fly in 1:13.60 and the 100 Breaststroke in 1:18.27
--JoLynn Minnier in the 100 Free in 1:16.16
--The 200 Free Relay team of Tori Reese, Shania Austin, Lydia Lynch and Emelia Paulisczak in 2:15.15

Paulisczak also posted second-place finishes in the 200 Free and the 500 Free, where Notre Dame's Catherine Craig set a new pool record of 5:25.59. Other individual O-M second-place finishes were registered by Kara Reese in the 200 Individual Medley, Hailey Hoose in the 50 Free, and Tague in the 100 Back.

O-M volleyball team loses to Tioga

TIOGA CENTER, Sept. 8 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team's record slid to 1-3 Thursday when the Indians fell to Tioga 3-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Tioga gym.

Game scores were 7-25, 11-25 and 14-25.

"The girls all worked hard," said O-M Coach Colleen Coolican. Among them were:

Dasia Herrmann: 5 digs.
Alyssa Crout: 1 ace, 1 dig, 1 assist, 3 service points.
Amanda Jones: 1 ace, 1 block, 2 service points.
Breeana Bentley: 2 aces, 1 kill, 2 digs.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost 3-0.

Soccer: Watkins Glen boys fall to Tioga

TIOGA CENTER, Sept. 8 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team's mark slipped to 0-4 Thursday when the Senecas dropped a 5-0 decision to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Tioga soccer field.

Simon Wigmore registered 13 saves in goal for Watkins Glen. Tioga is now 2-2.

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

Watkins Glen swimmers lose to Waverly

WAVERLY, Sept. 8 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team opened its Interscholastic Athletic Conference season Thursday with a 108-78 road loss to Waverly.

Posting first-place finishes for Watkins Glen were:

--Lexi Castellaneta in the diving with a score of 241.7 -- breaking her own Waverly pool record.
--100 Free: Jillian Cantieni with a time of 1:02.40. Teammate Allison Gibson was second.
--200 Free Relay: Sara Gardner, Allison Gibson, Amanda Wilbur and Jillian Cantieni in 1:54.51.
--100 Backstroke: Peighton Cervoni in 1:06.85.

"It was our first meet and the girls swam very hard," said Watkins Glen Coach Nichole Chaffee. "Our divers continue to improve every day. We still have some work to do and we are going to keep working hard and keep getting better."

The Senecas return to action at home Tuesday against Odessa-Montour. Starting time is 4:30 p.m.

Odessa-Montour girls defeat Tioga, 6-1

TIOGA CENTER, Sept. 7 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team -- with scoring from five different players -- defeated Tioga 6-1 Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Tioga soccer field.

The Indians (2-1) got two goals from Alexis Saunders and one each from Sara Gardner, Grace Vondracek, Kennedey Heichel and Mia Cassada. Gardner also registered two assists.

Odessa outshot Tioga 17-7, and had a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. Gillian Clark made six saves in goal for O-M, while the Tioga netminder had 11 saves.

"The girls played a good game tonight," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster. "I'm proud of them."

The team returns to action Friday at Waverly.

Soccer: WG girls fall to ND

WATKINS GLEN, Sept 7 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team sustained its first loss of the season Wednesday, falling to Elmira Notre Dame 6-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS athletic field.

The Senecas, now 2-1, got 19 saves from goalkeeper Cierra Barber. Watkins Glen had three corner kicks.

Notre Dame, which led 2-0 at halftime, got two goals each from Jillian Perrault and Taylor Gray and one each from Laurel Vargas and Maura Glovins. Goalkeeper Mackenzie Maloney made four saves. The Crusaders had seven corner kicks.

"I thought we played pretty well for the first 20 minutes," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "After that, we just got outplayed by a very good team. We need to work on being more consistent throughout the game. The girls work very hard and I am very pleased with their progress despite not always getting the outcome we want."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly kicks the ball. Teammate Kiersten Stiles is in the background. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Kathryn Losey (left) and Mariah Gonzalez. (Photos by Don Romeo)

WG volleyball team loses 3-0

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 7 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team's record slipped to 1-1 Wednesday when the Senecas lost 3-0 to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS gym.

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

"They're really good," Watkins Glen Coach Michelle Simiele said of Tioga. "We need to be a lot more aggressive. Our defense was poor and we didn't attack when we had the chance to attack."

Watkins Glen statistics:

Megan Hazlitt: 2 service points, 1 ace, 6 serve receives (SR), 2 digs.
Amanda Pike: 1 service point, 7 kills, 6 SR, 2 blocks, 5 digs.
Kathryn Losey: 1 service point, 7 SR, 2 digs.
Kendra Larson: 4 SR.
Mariah Gonzalez: 3 kills, 22 SR, 6 digs.
Hanley Elliott: 4 service points, 1 ace, 2 kills, 1 SR, 4 assists, 9 digs.
Emmie Bond: 7 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 1 SR, 4 digs.
Amber Benjamin: 1 SR, 1 dig.

The team returns to action today (Thursday) at home against Spencer-Van Etten. The JV contest starts at 5 p.m.

Junior Varsity: The Senecas fell to 0-2 with a 25-22, 8-25, 17-25 loss to Tioga, but Coach Michelle Simiele said the squad showed "a huge improvement" from its inaugural showing Tuesday.

JV statistics:

Jazmin Shea: 8 service points, 6 aces, 4 assists, 2 digs.
Kathleen Clifford: 2 service points.
Kelsey Kernan: 9 service points, 2 aces, 4 kills, 8 SR, 5 digs.
Mattie Yontz: 2 service points, 2 SR, 2 digs.
Adrienna Solomon: 1 service point, 1 ace, 1 kill, 1 SR.
Katrinna LaTorre: 4 SR, 1 dig.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike, with teammate Hanley Elliott in the foreground.
Bottom: The Senecas' Hanley Elliott meets the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

The Tribe's Owen Scholtisek on his way to a 65-yard TD run on the opening play of the A game, won by Schuyler County 50-0.

All 3 Schuyler youth teams win again

BINGHAMTON, Sept. 6 -- The three Schuyler County Youth Football teams improved to 2-0 records each over the Labor Day weekend by posting road victories over Chenango Valley.

The Schuyler C team produced 225 rushing yards in a 20-14 victory.

The Schuyler B team's strong rushing game -- 316 yards -- and swarming defense led to a 36-6 victory.

And the Schuyler A team exploded with 485 yards of offense -- and the defense was exceptional -- in a 50-0 rout of CV.

The Tribe returns to action Sunday, Sept. 11 at Candor. The C team plays at 11:30 a.m., the B team at 1:30 p.m., and the A team at 3:30 p.m.

Photo in text: In the C game, the Tribe's Isaak Willett (#22) brings down a Chenango Valley ball-carrier. (Photos provided)

Schuyler County defenders Thomas Snow (39) and Daniel Lewis (42) corral a CV runner as (from left) Connor Marsiglio (59), Ryan Willett (15) and William Beckley (1) close in during action in the B game, won by the Tribe 36-6.

Watkins' Megan Hazlitt goes high to send the ball over the net. (Photo by Don Romeo)

WG volleyball opens with win

NEWFIELD, Sept. 6 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team -- led by the serving of Mariah Gonzalez and Emmie Bond -- opened its season with a 3-0 victory over Newfield Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Newfield gym.

Game scores were 25-5, 25-4 and 25-13.

Gonzalez amassed 21 service points, all in the first game and all in a row. Bond had 18 service points and 13 aces.

Watkins Glen statistics:

Megan Hazlitt: 3 service points, 2 aces, 3 kills, 3 serve receives, 1 dig.
Amanda Pike: 3 service points, 3 aces, 10 kills, 3 serve receives, 1 dig, 1 block.
Kathryn Losey: 4 service points, 2 kills, 3 serve receives, 2 digs, 1 assist.
Kendra Larson: 1 dig.
Mariah Gonzalez: 21 service points, 6 aces, 4 kills, 7 serve receives, 1 block, 2 digs.
Hanley Elliott: 8 service points, 7 aces, 1 serve receive, 14 assists, 2 digs.
Emmie Bond: 18 service points, 13 aces, 2 kills, 1 serve receive, 4 digs.
Amber Benjamin: 1 service point, 1 ace.

The Senecas return to action today (Wednesday) at home against Tioga.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost 11-25, 15-25 and 22-25.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike (6) volleys. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez volleys. Right: The Senecas' Emmie Bond digs out a Newfield shot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Athletes: Hazlitt, Morse, Harris brothers

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 4 -- Three soccer players and a runner are The Odessa File Athletes of the Week for the first week of the fall high school sports season.

From Watkins Glen: We honor Hannah Morse, who scored six of her soccer team's eight goals as the Senecas won their first two games; and Patrick Hazlitt, who led all runners at the Elmira Cross Country Relays with a time of 9:15 on the 1.85-mile course.

From Odessa-Montour: We honor the Harris brothers -- Curtis, a junior, and Preston, a freshman. Each scored three goals and had an assist as the O-M boys soccer team started the season 2-0.

Double Honorable: O-M soccer players Colin Povoski, Andy Fudala, Hailey Perraut and Gillian Clark; Watkins Glen soccer player Isobel Scheffey; Watkins Glen runners Shawn Rutledge, Gabe Planty and Sam Hanley; and O-M volleyball's Alyssa Crout.

Honorable Mention: Another 17 athletes received a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Soccer: O-M boys top Tioga

TIOGA CENTER, Sept. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team improved its season mark to 3-0 Tuesday when it defeated Tioga 3-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Tioga soccer field.

The Indians built a 2-0 first-half lead on goals by Andy Fudala (at 30:28, assisted by Colin Povoski) and by Preston Harris (at 16:27, assisted by Curtis Harris). Tioga (1-2) pulled within one with a goal at 15:10.

Preston Harris scored again at 16:39 of the second half, assisted by Johnny Niedermaier, for the final margin of victory.

Each team had six corner kicks, while O-M outshot Tioga 14-10. Trey McCarty registered 6 saves for the Indians, while Tioga's Ethan Parker had 8.

O-M volleyball team falls to Candor, 3-1

ODESSA, Sept. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team's record slipped to 1-2 Tuesday when the Indians dropped a 3-1 decision to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 31-29, 17-25, 19-25 and 23-25.

Odessa-Montour statistics:

Dasia Herrmann: 19 service points, 3 aces, 2 kills, 3 digs.
Alyssa Crout: 9 service points, 6 aces, 5 assists, 1 kill, 1 dig.
Bronwyn Stermer: 8 service points, 2 aces, 2 kills.
Amanda Jones: 3 service points, 1 assist, 1 block.
Taylor Alton: 1 service point, 1 ace, 3 digs.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost 20-25, 20-25 and 17-25

Watkins boys lose to Elmira Notre Dame

SOUTHPORT, Sept. 6 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team's record slid to 0-3 Tuesday when the Senecas lost a 10-0 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match.

The Senecas had three shots on goal and one corner kick. Watkins goalkeeper Simon Wigmore registered 14 saves.

Watkins Glen returns to action Thursday at Tioga. Game time is 5 p.m.

Gridders open with 23-0 loss

HARPURSVILLE, Sept. 3 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team opened its season on a losing note Saturday, falling to Harpursville/Afton 23-0 in a Section IV, non-divisional game on the Harpursville football field.

Harpursville/Afton's total offense of 343 yards doubled that of the combined Watkins Glen/Odessa-Montour squad, which gained 164. Harpursville is in Division VII (Class D) while WGOM is in Division V (Class C).

WGOM Coach Trevor Holland, at the helm for his first season, said he saw reason for optimism although "it wasn't the way we wanted to start. It was a learning game."

He said his team mounted "sustained drives, but then we'd fumble or fall short on fourth-and-one. We hung tough on a hot day. It was a drag-out game; both teams had their hands on their knees."

The score was 0-0 after one quarter, with Harpursville/Afton moving ahead 8-0 in the second period on a 29-yard TD run and 2-point conversion. It added a 33-yard passing TD and 2-point run in the third quarter, and a 45-yard TD run and point-after kick in the fourth quarter.

WGOM gained all of its yards on the ground on 50 carries while going 0-for-3 through the air. Ryan Pruitt led the Seneca Indian runners with 67 yards on 24 carries. Joe Chedzoy added 38 yards on 12 carries ("He had a heck of a game up the middle," said Holland) while Austin Dalrymple gained 38 yards on 14 carries.

The team returns to action at 7 p.m. Saturday at Watkins Glen against Susquehanna Valley, which lost its opener to Elmira.

Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby on her leg of the Elmira girls relay. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Hazlitt paces WG at Elmira

Teams with Rutledge, Gabe Planty for 1st overall in relay

ELMIRA, Sept. 3 -- Watkins Glen High School's Patrick Hazlitt set the fastest time of the day among all runners Saturday, teaming with Gabe Planty and Shawn Rutledge to take first place overall in the varsity boys relay race at the Elmira Cross Country Relays.

The event, held on a 1.85-mile course at Pirozzolo Park in West Elmira, featured Large and Small School teams competing in a three-person race and, in addition, in an Open race for individuals.

Hazlitt posted a time of 9:15, the fastest of the day by 10 seconds and unofficially the equal of the previous course record. Planty ran a 9:45 and Rutledge a 9:53 for a combined first-place time of 28:53.

Watkins Glen had two other boys relay entries: Aaron Planty (10:00), Sean Holland (10:18) and Jacob Carocci (10:05), good for 5th place overall at 30:23; and Max Evans (10:35), Sam Hanley (9:45) and Daniel Paradiso (10:29), good for 8th overall at 30:49.

Four Senecas ran in the boys Open Race. Alex Gibson was 10th overall in 11:35; Isaac McIlroy 15th in 11:55; Julian Thornton 20th overall in 12:21; and Steven Gublo 24th overall in 12:30. There were 64 runners in that race, which was run separate of the relay.

Watkins fielded one girls relay team, which finished 9th overall. It consisted of Cambria Weeden, Clara Chedzoy and Kai Sutterby, who combined for a time of 37:53.

In the Modified competition, Watkins had two girls running on a shorter, 2100-meter course: Julya Slater, 3rd overall among 25 runners in 8:46, and Breanna Carl, 13th overall in 10:00.

The Modified boys race saw Watkins' lone entry, Ben Swinnerton, place 6th among 40 runners in 8:15.

Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary noted that his winning relay team even beat a highly regarded, large-school Corning squad, "although they might have been missing one of their runners. But we're right in the conversation with them. That's pretty encouraging. Granted, a 1.8-mile (distance) is not 3.1" -- the usual cross-country distance -- "but it's a good start, and hopefully a sign of good things to come."

The Senecas return to action Saturday at the Bruce Bridgeman Invitational in Canandaigua.

Photos in text:

Top: Patrick Hazlitt on the way to victory in the boys relay. (Photo by Aran Holland)
Bottom: Watkins' Clara Chedzoy competes in the girls relay. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

From left: Watkins Glen's Cambria Weeden, Shawn Rutledge and Gabe Planty. (Two photos on left by Aran Holland; photo on right by Doug Yeater)

Left and right: Watkins Glen's Julian Thornton and Daniel Paradiso. Center: Modified runners Breanna Carl (left) and Julya Slater. (Photos by George and Pam Rutledge)

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse scores one of her two goals. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls edge Tioga, 3-2

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 2 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team -- with two goals by Hannah Morse and one by Isobel Scheffey -- came from behind Friday to edge Tioga 3-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS athletic field.

The victory lifted the Senecas' mark to 2-0 heading into a contest Wednesday at home against Elmira Notre Dame. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Scheffey opened the scoring at 23:00 of the first half, but Tioga tied the game late in the first half and took the lead 2-1 at 22:48 of the second half.

Morse -- who scored four times in the Senecas' season-opening win over Dundee on Wednesday -- answered the second Tioga goal minutes later by scoring twice in rapid succession, at 19:48 and 19:35, to tie the game and put Watkins ahead for good.

Assists were recorded for Watkins by Scheffey, Danielle Leszyk and Ryanna LaMoreaux. Katlyn Kernan registered 10 saves in goal for the Senecas, while Tioga's Sarah Hollenbeck was kept busy with 18. Watkins had a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.

"The girls played pretty well in a hard-fought game," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "I was pleased with their mental toughness and tenacity after we went down 2-1 in the middle of the second half. We managed to fight back into the lead with some good passing and communication. Every game is a learning experience and I think we will be able to take some things from today's game and hopefully use them to improve going forward."

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey (9, top) moves the ball upfield; the Senecas' Makenna Fraboni (bottom) maneuvers past two Tioga defenders. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk sends the ball on its way. Right: Watkins' Ryanna LaMoreaux controls the play. (Photos by Don Romeo)

O-M girls fall in tourney title game, 2-1

CAMPBELL, Sept. 2 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team tied the game in the second half before falling in overtime Friday, 2-1, in the championship game of the Campbell-Savona Tournament.

The host Campbell-Savona squad won its own tournament by scoring with 2:38 remaining in the second overtime period.

Odessa, which won its first-round game Thursday in a shootout, trailed 1-0 Friday when Hannah Bruno scored unassisted with 12:31 remaining in regulation.

O-M outshot Campbell 10-8, while C-S had a 3-2 edge in corner kicks. Gillian Clark registered six saves for the Indians.

Named to the all-tournament team from O-M were Bruno, Clark, Britney Visscher and Hailey Perraut.

Left: Watkins' Jake Johnson (7) battles O-M's Colin Povoski for the ball. Right: Watkins goalie Simon Wigmore knocks an O-M shot over the crossbar. (Photos by Don Romeo)

O-M boys blank Watkins, 5-0

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 1, 2016 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team improved its season mark to 2-0 Thursday night when it defeated Watkins Glen 5-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS athletic field.

The Indians outshot Watkins 30-5, getting first-half goals from Curtis Harris at 38:30 (assisted by Colin Povoski), Preston Harris at 19:15 (assisted by Povoski), and Preston Harris again at 4:54 (assisted by Curtis Harris).

O-M added goals in the second half by Curtis Harris at 15:53 (assisted by Povoski) and by Povoski at 1:37 (assisted by Taylor Grover).

Odessa, which had a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks, saw its goalkeeper, Trey McCarty, register five saves. Watkins keeper Simon Wigmore had 25 saves.

Watkins Glen's record slipped to 0-2 heading into a game at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Elmira Notre Dame. O-M is back in action Tuesday at Tioga. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photo in text: O-M's Curtis Harris goes high to meet the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: O-M's Taylor Grover (15) heads the ball. Right: Watkins Glen's John Hatch (3) tries to maneuver the ball around O-M's Paden Grover. (Photos by Don Romeo)

O-M girls advance at tourney on shootout

CAMPBELL, Sept. 1 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team opened its season Thursday by advancing to the final round in the Campbell-Savona Tournament by posting a 1-1 tie against Canisteo-Greenwood and then winning on a shootout.

The Indians won despite being outshot by C-G in regulation 12-5. Odessa was also on the short end of corner kicks, managing one to Canisteo-Greenwood's 10.

O-M goalkeeper Gillian Clark, who registered 11 saves in regulation, stopped the first three C-G shots in the shootout while teammates Kennedey Heichel, Hailey Perraut and McKennah Lott scored on O-M's first three shots to close out the win.

The lone O-M goal in regulation came at 30:47 of the second half, with Perraut scoring on an assist from Heichel.

O-M volleyball team tops Newfield, 3-0

NEWFIELD, Sept. 1 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team evened its season mark at 1-1 Thursday when it defeated Newfield 3-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Newfield gym.

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

Key statistics included the following:

Alyssa Crout: 4 kills, 2 assists, 6 aces, 12 service points.
Dasia Herrmann: 1 kill, 1 assist, 4 aces, 7 service points.
Breeana Bentley: 1 kill, 2 digs, 1 ace, 6 service points.
Bronwyn Stermer: 1 kill, 2 aces, 4 service points.

Left: Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey (9) shoots. Right: The Senecas' Hannah Matusicky (7) battles a Dundee player for control of the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

WG girls open with victory over Dundee

WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 31 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team -- led by Hannah Morse's four goals -- opened its season on a winning note Wednesday, blanking Dundee 5-0 in a non-league game on the WGHS soccer field.

In addition to Morse, the Senecas got a goal and an assist from Isobel Scheffey, and an assist by Danielle Leszyk. The team had four corner kicks to none by Dundee.

Watkins Glen's Cierra Barber was perfect in goal with 12 saves, while Dundee's Andi Wood notched 20 saves.

The score at halftime was 2-0.

"It was a nice start to our season," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, "and we did some good things on the field tonight. I really liked our passing and movement in the second half. Our forwards put a lot of pressure on their defense while our defense stepped up and played well. There is much to work on, but it was a solid effort and I'm really proud of the girls and the commitment they have shown thus far."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse sends a shot on its way for one of her four goals. (Photo by Don Romeo)

O-M drops volleyball opener to Waverly

WAVERLY, Aug. 30 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team lost 3-0 in its season opener Tuesday, falling to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Waverly gym.

The game scores were 12-25, 19-25 and 6-25.

Dasia Herrmann led O-M with two aces and two kills. Bronwyn Stermer had two aces and one dig, while Alyssa Crout had one ace and one kill, and Taylor Alton two aces.

The Odessa-Montour junior varsity squad also lost.

O-M boys open soccer season with a win

GROTON, Aug. 29 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team opened its season with a victory Monday, defeating Groton 4-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Groton soccer field.

O-M, which outshot Groton 22-7, got a first-half goal from Preston Harris at 32:20, assisted by Dan Minnier. The score was deadlocked 1-1 at halftime.

Odessa scored three goals after intermission -- by Curtis Harris on an assist from Andy Fudala at 39:03; from Fudala on an assist by Colin Povoski at 32:15; and by Fudala on an assist from Preston Harris at 7:25.

O-M totaled six corner kicks to none by Groton. Odessa's Trey McCarty registered five saves in goal, while Groton's Lucas Goodwin notched 14.

WG boys fall to Lansing in opener, 3-0

LANSING, Aug. 29 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team opened its season with a loss Monday night, falling to Lansing 3-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game played in the wake of Lansing Athletic Director and Coach Adam Heck's death.

Heck, 42, passed away unexpectedly Saturday while in Albany. The high regard with which he was held was evident in the large crowd on hand to honor his memory at Monday's game -- a contest that school officials had considered calling off. A Lansing girls' soccer game Monday night at Watkins Glen was called off after Watkins, agreeing at first Monday to play in the afternoon at Lansing instead of at home that night, couldn't reach enough team members to field a squad on such short notice. The contest will be made up later in the season.

The Lansing boys team -- which has been a powerhouse squad under Heck -- was ready for Watkins, scoring 15 minutes into the game, again 10 minutes later, and on a second-half goal for the 3-0 victory.

Tourney volunteers included, from left, Bob and Delores Mizzoni and Midge Franzese.

Arc of Schuyler golf tourney raises $21,000

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 29, 2016 -- The Arc of Schuyler’s 16th annual golf tournament hosted more than 60 golfers at the Watkins Glen Golf Course under sunny skies on August 19, raising more than $21,000.

The Arc’s annual charity tournament raises necessary funds to assist people with intellectual and development disabilities and their families. By sponsoring, supporting, and golfing in the tournament, individuals and businesses help provide critical services for people in the Schuyler County community.

The tournament’s first-place team was the Watkins & Nichols squad, including Bill Spencer, Rocco Scaptura, and John and Josh Robinson. The second-place team included Dominick Franzese, Greg Gavich, Tom Gifford and Gordon Perry, and the third-place team was Bryan Christopher, Zac Young, Jeremy Nadeau and Mike Woodard, sponsored by The Bonadio Group.

This was the first year the tournament included a Hole-In-One putting contest, sponsored by Oswego County Mutual Insurance Company. The contest offered one golfer the chance to sink a 50-foot putt for a $10,000 cash prize. John Robinson of Nichols, NY was the lucky winner of the qualifying raffle, and took the shot. Robinson was just short of the hole.

Winners of other contests held on the course were: Jeremy Nadeau for men’s longest drive, Jeff Cook for men’s closest-to-the-pin, and Wendy Brooks for women’s closest-to-the-pin.

The Bonadio Group and Relph Benefit Advisors returned as Presenting Sponsors of the event. Birdie Sponsors were Empire Access, Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, and Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards. These sponsors and more than 100 other businesses, wineries, restaurants, and retail stores contributed through sponsorship or product donations.

“Many thanks to all the sponsors, patron supporters, and local businesses who donated items to make this year’s tournament another success -- we really can’t do it without their help,” Tournament Chair Dominick Franzese said. “The Arc’s tournament keeps going strong and continues to be one of the best tournaments in the area supporting a wonderful cause.”

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

Photo in text: For the second consecutive year, the Watkins & Nichols team -- from left, Josh Robinson, Rocco Scaptura, Bill Spencer and John Robinson -- took first place at The Arc of Schuyler Golf Tournament. (Photo provided)

Left: Tournament volunteers Kelly Muir, left, and Mary Harrison. Right: Honorary Chair Ronald Glover greeted golfers and volunteers throughout the tournament day and drew winning prize tickets at the awards ceremony. (Photos provided)

In the A game, the Tribe's Treyvon Jones (center) breaks free for a 46-yard TD run.

Schuyler youth gridders open with wins

WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 28 -- The Schuyler County C, B and A Youth Football teams opened their season Friday at home against Maine-Endwell ... and each posted a victory.

The C team (6 to 8 year olds) won 35-18, the B team (9 and 10 year olds) won 35-12, and the A team (11 and 12 year olds) won 30-0.

Of the C squad, a Tribe spokesman said the players "looked great on their first outing. There are a lot of things to work on, but for them being a young team, they worked as a team and had a respectable 250 yards offense, and the defense played tough."

Of the B squad, Coach Carl Willett noted that the Tribe "still has a lot of work to do," but he was happy with the team's progress. The Tribe gained 270 yards on offense "and played a strong defensive game."

Of the A squad -- the reigning Southern Tier Youth Football Conference Super Bowl champion -- Coach Jeff Fazzary noted the work ahead, but said he was "overall happy with the game ... and with the defensive play."

The teams return to action Sept. 4 at Chenango Valley, the C team playing at 11:30 a.m., the B team at 1:30 p.m. and the A team at 3:30 p.m.

Photo in text: The Tribe B team was strong on defense. In on the tackle (from left in white) are Brady Cannon (#4), Ryan Willett (#15) and Daniel Lewis (#42). (Photos provided)

In the C game, the Tribe's Augustine Ector is off and running on a 42-yard TD run.

WGHS boys XC team #1, #2 in preseason

WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 25, 2016 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity cross country team has been picked by one preseason poll (MileSplit NY) to finish first in the State in Class C, and by another (Tully Runners) to finish second.

"I don't ever recall any team here in any sport having this 'hype' in the preseason," said WGHS coach John Fazzary, whose team won the Section IV, Class C crown last year.

The team -- second at last year's State Tournament -- is led by senior Patrick Hazlitt (11th at States last year), senior Shawn Rutledge and freshman Gabe Planty, and has seasoned performers in seniors Sam Hanley and Jacob Crocci and juniors Daniel Paradison, Aaron Planty and Sean Holland.

MileSplit projects the Senecas slightly ahead of Mount Academy, which was third last year at States. Last year's champ, East Aurora, has moved to Class B. "With a deep squad and the veteran experience," says MileSplit, "Watkins Glen should be one of the top two powers in Class C this year."

The Tully Runners website foresees Watkins Glen in second place behind Mount Academy, with Marcellus a distant third. It ranks Hazlitt first among the Senecas, followed by Rutledge, Planty, Hanley, Carocci and Paradiso -- the order in which they finished for the Senecas last year at States (Hazlitt 11th, Rutledge 23rd, Planty 28th, Hanley 44th, Carocci 59th and Paradiso 70th). Prior to States, Hazlitt, Rutledge and Planty were 2nd, 3rd and 6th, respectively, at the Section IV, Class C meet, with Carocci 8th, Hanley 9th and Paradiso 12th.

The team starts its season Sept. 3 at the Elmira Cross Country Relays. Its lone home meet -- at the Watkins Glen State Park -- is Sept. 13 against Candor, Dryden and Waverly.

Photo in text: Patrick Hazlitt (File photo)

2016 Seneca Indians football schedule set

The 2016 Seneca Indians varsity football season is nearing as the combined forces of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour prepare for their second season as a combined squad -- the first having seen the team amass a 7-2 record. After a scrimmage at home this Saturday (Aug. 27) against Dundee and Newfield at 10 a.m., the season schedule looks like this:

Sept. 3: at Harpursville against Harpursville/Afton,1:30 p.m.
Sept. 10: Home (WG) against Susquehanna Valley at 7 p.m.
Sept. 16: at Candor aganst Candor-SVE at 7 p.m.
Sept. 23: Home (OM) against Newark Valley at 7 p.m.
Oct. 1: At Oneonta at 3 p.m.
Oct. 7: Home (WG) against Whitney Point at 7 p.m.
Oct. 14: Home (OM) against Owego at 7 p.m.
Oct. 21: At Lansing at 7 p.m.
Oct. 28: To be determined.

O-M sets Fall sports practice schedule

ODESSA, Aug. 11, 2016 -- Odessa-Montour High School Athletic Manager Greg Gavich has announced the schedule for Fall sports practices starting August 15:

JV and varsity volleyball, 9-11 a.m. in the High School Gym
Varsity girls swimming, 4-6 p.m.
Varsity boys soccer, 7-8:30 a.m. and 6-7:30 p.m.
Varsity girls soccer, 9-11:45 a.m.
Varsity football (at Watkins Glen), 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Modified sports:

Football (August 29 at O-M), 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Modified girls soccer (August 29, 5:30 p.m. at BC Cate).
Modified boys soccer, August 29 TBA
Modified girls swim, Tuesday, September 6.

Livy Coffey with her parents, Maggie and Cal, visiting her Sunday in Princeton. (Provided)

Livy Coffey: Always challenging herself, and now bound for the Olympics in Rio

By Charlie Haeffner
Odessa, July 24, 2016 -- I remember Olivia (Livy) Coffey as a gangly freshman at Watkins Glen High School, playing center on the varsity basketball team in the 2003-04 season.

It was a year in which the team reached the finals of the Section IV tournament, losing in the closing seconds when Candor's Megan Shay -- who eventually became Section IV's all-time leading scorer -- hit a jump shot. It was my first year covering Watkins Glen sports, and a memory that has stayed with me ever since.

Does Livy Coffey remember that game?

"That was a really tough loss," she said in a phone conversation I had with her Sunday. And she recalled a photo I snapped of the pivotal moment, with Shay up in the air, about to release the ball with something like 10 seconds left. "Yeah, I remember that," she said, adding after a pause: "But so much has happened since."

Livy Coffey, daughter of Maggie and Calvin -- who were visiting her this past weekend at Livy's Princeton, New Jersey home -- is about to head to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics as an alternate on the U.S. rowing team. She leaves Tuesday, out of Newark to Houston, overnight there, and then the rest of the way. (And no, she is not too concerned about the Zika virus, saying she will wear long sleeves and use plenty of bug spray.)

The "alternate" status -- the team structure was announced on June 20 -- was less than she had hoped for, especially after the showing by her quadruple sculls team at the World Rowing Championships last August at Lake Aiguebelette, France, where they won gold.

"Everybody (who competes at that level) thinks they should be selected" to occupy a seat in one of the boats at the Olympics, she said, "but at least I'll be there. I'm disappointed, but what's done is done. I'll make the most of it." And she will -- enthusiastically cheering on her teammates, for that is a Livy Coffey trait -- determined, yes, but always upbeat.

She and the rest of her teammates will miss marching in the Opening Ceremonies because the rowing competitions start the next morning, and the credo of the team is to stay focused, to avoid distractions. And the Opening Ceremonies would be a distraction.

Besides, even though she will train as if she were racing, and do everything all the other members of the team will do, "spares (alternates) were not invited to the Ceremonies."

*****

Coffey left Watkins Glen after her freshman year to attend Phillips Academy prep school despite lobbying from members of the school and from this website. We foresaw a possible state basketball championship if she stayed -- for she would be the capstone of a very talented squad. Before leaving Watkins, in fact, the school had set up a spot along the canal for a rowing club overseen by Livy's dad, a silver medalist in pair rowing at the 1976 Olympics and a longtime designer and builder of sculls who is still making rowing machines.

I saw that as a strategic move aimed at keeping her here, but Livy has always known her own mind, and so she went. While at Phillips Academy, she continued playing ice hockey -- which she had started when she was 4 years old -- along with competing in soccer and rowing.

I watched her play hockey during her prep school days, at a state tournament game in Rochester, when I took along three of her old WGHS basketball teammates. What I most remember of that weekend was the strength of Livy's skating -- she had morphed into a strong woman from the gangly teen of her earlier days.

Rowing was the main focus after Livy went to college, where she was captain of the Harvard-Radcliffe Crew while attending Harvard University, where she earned a B.A. in Economics in 2011. It was about that time when this website selected an All-Decade Team, and placed Livy Coffey on the highest ranking of three stellar athletic squads. That called to mind the time, back when she was a high school freshman, when an area basketball coach wondered why I was so high on Livy's potential. "He's nuts," the man said of me -- long before Livy went on to college All-American status, a world title and, now, an Olympic berth. Nuts, indeed.

******

During our discussion, I asked Livy this: "Who is Livy Coffey?"

She laughed, and then said she wasn't sure what I was looking for.

"Well," I said, "I think that you are, at your base, very competitive. It's built into you."

"Yes," she said. "I like to work, and work hard. I like big challenges. Rowing gives me that, it's different; and it provides delayed gratification. I like to make myself better, and you can measure that in rowing."

But there will be no measurement in Rio -- at the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon from Aug. 6-13 -- unless she gets a seat in a boat, quadruple sculls or an eight being the most probable. However, even then there is another alternate, Victoria Opitz, who could be selected.

"But I wouldn't wish illness or injury on anyone," Livy said of her teammates.

"Of course not," I replied. "But I could."

My delivery, perhaps, struck her as funny, and she laughed again -- for Livy, aside from being driven and competitive and serious about that which she attempts -- has always had a smile or a laugh at the ready.

It's a hallmark -- emblematic, really, of a remarkable family that enjoys life. For apart from her silver medal-winning father and a mother who nearly made the Olympics in rowing and was a Corning Inc. exec and a veterinarian and just recently retired from an administrative role at Louisiana State University, she has three remarkable sisters -- Laurie (a former F-18 fighter pilot now teaching sailing to midshipmen at the Naval Academy), Roxanne and Claire -- each of them achievement oriented; exceptional at whatever they have tried.

I was the guest at a dinner at the Coffey home on Sugar Hill a good many years ago, not long after the passing of my wife. The Coffeys were kind enough to include me at a holiday meal, and in the course of it, as they discussed their various adventures, I started laughing.

Maggie and Cal looked at me questioningly.

"Sorry," I said, still chuckling and shaking my head, for I felt so insignificant and unaccomplished next to them. I felt like Arnold Schwarzenegger about midway through the film "Predator," when a creature of superior firepower was eliminating all of Arnold's men and seemingly toying with the hero.

So I said this:

"It's just that ... I feel like I've fallen into a nest of aliens."

There was a pause, and then familial laughter, and a knowing nod from the patriarch of the clan, Cal. It is a moment they have probably long since forgotten, but which I have remembered since.

I say they have probably forgotten because this is a family, top to bottom, of achievement. It is the norm. They expect nothing less of themselves.

*****

But rowing in Rio or not, the Olympics will end. Then what?

"I have no idea what I'll be doing after August 23rd," Livy said, referring to the final day of the Olympics. "There are options, though: work, back to school, or maybe training." That last would possibly be with an eye toward the 2020 Games, not unusual in someone her age, which then would be 31. Rowers, she has noted, are often effective well into their 30s.

With her parents now returned home to Watkins Glen after career treks elsewhere -- with Cal still making rowing machines and Maggie now doing consulting work -- Livy expects to visit as soon as this fall. Not that she hasn't been keeping in touch from a distance -- keeping somewhat abreast of happenings here through Facebook and other Internet sources. But she has been absorbed in her training and her work: self-employment from home as a financial consultant.

"The lifestyle I have doesn't really allow for me to be sociable," she said, "although on occasion I hear from someone (from WGHS) who congratulates me on something, and it's really nice that they remember me, because I left early."

She might very well encounter some old friends on that visit -- and will benefit from further contact with remarkable parents -- a mother who can seemingly accomplish whatever she wants, and a father who, besides his significant achievements, has overcome occasional disaster: an accident several years ago, and a ruptured appendix that required emergency surgery shortly after he and Maggie moved back home to Watkins Glen on June 24.

"They're good," said Livy of their health. "They paid a surprise visit this weekend -- called the day before they came down."

When I first phoned her Sunday, she was busy with them.

"Can I call you back?" Livy asked. "I'm out walking with Mom and Dad. I can get back to you after I'm home."

"Of course," I said, and I turned my attention elsewhere. It wasn't long, though, before my phone was ringing. Her number showed on the phone screen, and I answered.

"Livy," I said.

"Hello, Charlie," she replied. And two old friends started talking.

Photos in text:

From top: Olivia Coffey; Livy rowing; Livy with her boyfriend, Michael Blomquist, and their dog Maisie. (Photos provided)

The Arc's golf tourney offers a chance at $10,000 putting prize for one participant

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, July 13, 2016 -- The Arc of Schuyler’s 16th Annual Golf tournament will be held at the Watkins Glen Golf Course on Friday, Aug. 19. This year’s tournament will feature a new putting contest, offering one lucky golfer a chance to putt for $10,000.

Dominick Franzese, of Watkins Glen, is serving his third year as Chair of the event. “The tournament filled quickly and that goes to show how much people enjoy this event and how strongly people feel about supporting The Arc and its mission to help people with developmental disabilities," he said.

"We’re thrilled about the addition of a putting contest that will only further enhance the tournament.”

The putting contest is sponsored by the Oswego County Mutual Insurance Company. Presenting sponsors for the tournament are Relph Benefit Advisors and The Bonadio Group, along with many local businesses and individual supporters.

Each of the 64 golfers in the tournament will receive an entry into a Putting Contest raffle. Each ticket is included in the registration price. Organizers will draw one winning name, and that golfer will get the chance to sink a putt from 50 feet. If he or she manages to sink the putt in one stroke, he or she will win a cash prize of $10,000.

The contest is made possible by the tournament securing U.S. Hole In One insurance coverage.

"The contest won't increase our fund-raised dollars," said an Arc spokesperson, "but it is definitely an exciting addition to our tournament."

Franzese is joined by this year’s Honorary Tournament Chair, Ron Glover of Montour Falls. Glover receives supports through The Arc and is an active volunteer in the Schuyler County area. He delivers brochures for the Office for the Aging and the local food pantry, assists at the Silver Spoon Cafe and the Cornell Cooperative Extension Teaching Garden, and delivers birthday cards to long-term residents at the Falls Home and the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility. He is a greeter for The Arc’s weekly shredding service ... and is looking forward to welcoming golfers and guests at the tournament.

“An Honorary Chair helps our participants and sponsors focus on what this tournament is all about -- supporting people with disabilities to achieve their goals,” Franzese said. “We are proud to honor Ron for all he has accomplished and his contributions to our community.”

The Arc offers regional businesses a chance to promote their brand through monetary sponsorship or product donation. Personal donations are also accepted and are acknowledged in the tournament souvenir journal. For more information about the tournament and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.arcofschuyler.org or call The Arc's Director of Community Relations, Holly Baker, at 607-535-6934.

Photo in text: Tournament Chair Dominick Franzese, right, with Honorary Chair Ron Glover. (Photo provided)

The Church Street Produce team poses after winning the Little League crown.

Church St. Produce wins Schuyler LL title

WATKINS GLEN, June 15 -- The Church Street Produce team won the Schuyler County Little League Majors Division title Wednesday, defeating Amerigas 5-4 in the championship game.

The key hit was a 2-run double by Church Street's Daniel Lewis in the bottom of the last inning.

Owen Scholtisek opened the game on the mound for Church Street. He was later relieved by Ben Heichel, who closed the game. Travon Jones provided some power for Amerigas with a home run.

Photo in text: Church Street's Ryan Willett slides back to first as Amerigas first baseman Caden Confer awaits the ball on a pickoff try. (Photos by TrenchCoach)

Church Street Produce's Daniel Lewis delivered the game-winning double.

The Parmenter Team Tiremasters celebrate after winning the Schuyler Little League title.

Team Parmenter wins Schuyler LL 'A' title

WATKINS GLEN, June 15 -- Parmenter Team Tiremasters built a 10-3 lead and held on for a 12-9 victory over Valicenti Advisory Services Wednesday in the championship game of the Schuyler County Little League's Minor A League.

Connor Foggie started on the mound for Parmenter, going two innings before being relieved by Gavin Lohmeyer as their team built a seven-run advantage.

Valicenti rallied to within three runs in the final inning on RBIs by Benson Patterson and Andrew Coston before Parmenter secured the victory.

Photo in text: Parmenter's Gavin Lohmeyer slides into home. (Photos by TrenchCoach)

From left: Chris Clark, Hanley Elliott, Ian Chedzoy, Maggie Bond and John Fazzary. (Photo provided)

5 from WGHS honored at ESPN dinner

ITHACA, June 12 -- Two coaches and three student-athletes from Watkins Glen High School were honored Sunday night at the annual Ithaca ESPN Night of Champions awards banquet at the Ithaca Golf Club.

The two coaches won Coach of the Year honors: John Fazzary for cross country, and Chris Clark for girls golf.

The student-athletes -- honored as Scholar Athletes of the Year in their respective sports -- were Maggie Bond (girls cross country), Ian Chedzoy (wrestling), and Hanley Elliott (girls golf).

Hazlitt places 5th in Division 2 at States

NORTH SYRACUSE, June 11 -- Watkins Glen High School junior Patrick Hazlitt closed out his 2016 track season with a Division 2 fifth-place finish in the 1600 Meter Run at Saturday's New York State Public High School Athletic Association Track and Field Championships.

The tournament, at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, saw Hazlitt finish 17th overall among Division 1 and 2 runners with his time of 4:23.83.

That was off his school-record 4:18.33 he posted at the State Qualifier a week earlier, but his second-best time ever. He broke the school record three times this season, first surpassing graduate Matt Gill's old mark of 4:29.15 by running a 4:26.61 on May 13 in a Corning meet, then registering a 4:24.4 at the Section IV Class C Tournament in Sidney, and then running a 4:18.33 at the Qualifier on June 2 in Vestal.

"It was a great season for Patrick," said Watkins Glen track coach Jessica Karius after Saturday's race.

Photo in text: Patrick Hazlitt (foreground) at Saturday's race. (Photo provided)

O-M Athletes of Year: Dunn and Elliott

ODESSA, June 9, 2016 -- Odessa-Montour High School seniors April Dunn and Bryce Elliott were named winners of the school's Harold Lynch Female and Male Athlete of the Year Awards Thursday night.

The awards were presented at the 49th annual O-M Sports Boosters Banquet. The honors are presented each year to the school's outstanding senior athletes.

Dunn had All-Star seasons in soccer and track, and was on the varsity basketball team for the first time. Her soccer team won the IAC Small Schools title. Elliott had All-Star seasons in football, basketball and track, helping the football and track teams to division titles.

Winning the Charles Martin Memorial Sportsmanship Awards Thursday were seniors Tyler Clark and Madison Lodge. Clark played soccer, basketball and golf, while Lodge was a swimmer and played basketball and softball.

Photo in text above: April Dunn and Bryce Elliott with their Athlete of the Year awards.

The awards for the night, team by team:

Tennis:
MVP: Curtis Harris
Most Improved: Bronwyn Stermer, Cameron Adams, Billy Tague

Football:
MVP: Bryce Elliott
Most Outstanding: Bryce Elliott
Offense Impact Player of Year: Chris Foote
Russell Crainey Award: Shaun Minnier

Boys Track:
Most Outstanding - Field: Bryce Elliott
Most Outstanding - Track: Jimmy Randolph
Rookie of the Year - Alec Betts
Most Valuable Athlete: Andy Fudala

Girls Track:
Coach's Award: Hailey Perraut
Most Outstanding - Field: Jaylin Rumsey
Most Outstanding - Track: Nadia Simpson

Girls Soccer:
Coach's Award: April Dunn
Offensive Player of the Year: Sage Garrison
Defensive Player of the Year: McKennah Lott, Gillian Clark

Boys Soccer:
Most Outstanding - Defensive: Luke Eberhardt
Most Outstanding - Midfielder: Andy Fudala
Most Outstanding - Offensive: Collin Povoski
Mike Davis Memorial Award: Taylor Grover

Boys Swimming:
Most Valuable Swimmer: Billy Tague, Caelan Haney (from S-VE)
Most Improved Swimmer: James Terry
Coach's Award: Anthony Humphries

Girls Swimming:
Most Valuable Swimmer: Tori Reese
Coach's Award: McKenna Carberry
Most Improved Swimmer: Emma Lodge

Girls Basketball:
Coach's Award: Kennedey Heichel
Most Outstanding Player: Olivia Grover
Player of the Year: Gillian Clark

Boys Basketball:
Most Outstanding Player: Bryce Elliott
Most Improved: Chris Foote, Zach Elliott

Boys Golf:
Most Improved: Ryan Taylor
Coach's Award: James Terry
Golfer of the Year: Tyler Clark

Girls Golf:
Golfer of the Year: Gillian Clark
Most Improved: Danielle Fuschilo

Softball:
Offensive Player of the Year: Grace Vondracek
Defensive Player of the Year: Ashley Kot
Most Improved: Madison Lodge

Baseball:
Cy Young Award: Mitch Scata
Roberto Clemente Award: Alex Grady
Gold Glove Award: Caleb Thomas

Volleyball:
Most Improved: Courtney Brown
Rookie of the Year: Danielle Fuschilo
MVP: Alyssa Crout

Wrestling:
Most Improved: Jeremiah Lynch
Rookie of the Year: Deshawn Johnson
Most Outstanding Wrestler: Alex Repass

Cheerleading:
Most Improved: Isabel Foote
Leadership Award: McKenna Carberry
MVP: Meagan Terry

Boys Bowling:
Top Average Bowler: Alex Grady
Most Dedicated Bowler: Trevor Dunn
Most Improved: Cameron Bryington

Girls Bowling:
Top Average Bowler: Jackie Vincent
Most Dedicated Bowler: Carolyn Arias
Most Improved: Grace Edger

Photo in text: Charles Martin Memorial Sportsmanship Award winners Tyler Clark and Madison Lodge.

MVPs included, standing from left, Maggie Bond (Girls Track and Field), Parker Pangallo (Boys Golf), Hanley Elliott (Girls Golf), Patrick Hazlitt (Boys Track and Field), and Jordan Shea (Tennis); and kneeling in front, Ryan Clark (Boys Golf) and Ian Chedzoy (Wrestling). (Photo by George Rutledge)

Honors bestowed at WG Awards Night

WATKINS GLEN, June 8 -- Watkins Glen High School varsity athletes received various honors Wednesday evening as the Sports Boosters hosted a Spring Sports Awards Night in the WGHS cafeteria.

Coaches from baseball (Marc Kimmerly), boys golf (Rob Michel), girls golf (Chris Clark), lacrosse (Nils Watson), softball (Jim Scott), tennis (Scott Morse), boys track (Jessica Karius) and girls track (Alyssa Hoobler) presented honors to selected players.

The honors were presented as follows:

Baseball:
Sportsmanship -- Jordan Dillenbeck
Most Improved -- Michael Doane

Softball:
Sportsmanship -- Emma Allington
Most Improved -- Amber Benjamin
MVP -- Nateah Cornish and Katherine Meehan

Lacrosse:
Sportsmanship -- Brenen Murphy
Most Improved -- Gavin VenDerEems
MVP -- Ian Chedzoy

Boys Golf:
Sportsmanship -- Lucas Wickham
Most Improved -- Patrick Bannon
MVP -- Ryan Clark and Parker Pangallo

Girls Golf:
Sportsmanship -- Courtney Irwin
Most Improved -- Gabi Decker
MVP -- Hanley Elliott

Boys Track and Field:
Sportsmanship -- Brandon Pike
Most Improved -- Shawn Rutledge
MVP -- Patrick Hazlitt

Girls Track and Field:
Sportsmanship -- Kai Sutterby
Most Improved -- Brooke Shaffer
MVP -- Maggie Bond

Tennis:
Sportsmanship -- Kathleen Clifford
Most Improved -- Matt Doppel
MVP -- Jordan Shea

Photos in text:

Top: WGHS Athletes who were Ithaca ESPN Athletes of the Week. Each such designation earned the Sports Boosters Club $50. From left: Amanda Pike (twice, for volleyball and basketball), Patrick Hazlitt (cross country), Ian Chedzoy (wrestling), Brandon Gould (wrestling), and Hanley Elliott (golf). Ryan Pruitt (who won for football) was not present.

Bottom: Modified Softball coach Ralph Diliberto presented a softball signed by his team to Erich Kramer, who is leaving the post as Athletic Manager for a job outside the district.

Odessa-Montour junior Andy Fudala in competition in May.

Odessa File's Schuyler Spring MVPs: Fudala and Vondracek

SCHUYLER COUNTY, June 6 -- It has been a fascinating spring sports season at Odessa-Montour High School, with an IAC and Sectional championship boys track-and-field team, a successful girls track team, a golfer who made it to States for the third year in a row, an inaugural season of a joint O-M/WG baseball team, a consistently excellent performance from the tennis team's top player, and a resurgence in softball.

Out of that landscape, it seems fitting to spread the wealth of honors a bit. Hence we are honoring two O-M athletes as our Odessa File Schuyler Spring MVPs: track-and-field standout Andy Fudala, who led his team to those IAC and Sectional titles, and Grace Vondracek, an 8th grader who led the turnaround in the softball team's fortunes from recent doormats to competitive force.

Fudala, a junior, was a frequent multiple winner in Hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump, sprint relay and Pole Vault. Along the way, he tied the school record for the Pole Vault at 12 feet, 6 inches.

When the Indians won the Section IV, Class D title, he won the vaulting event, was second in the 110 Meter Hurdles, third in the 400 Meter Hurdles, and on the winning 4x100 Relay team.

When O-M won the IAC Small Schools title at the conference tournament, he tied the school vault mark, won the 400 Meter Hurdles, was second in the 100 Meter Hurdles, and fifth in the Long Jump.

Meanwhile, he broke his own school record in the Pentathlon as he finished third overall in the section and second among small-school pentathletes.

All of that followed a season of Fudala successes on a regular basis (four wins at one meet and three at another), the keynote in a highly successful O-M spring.

Vondracek, meanwhile, started the season slowly and got better and better with the game-by-game experience, taking the mound regularly for her team, and leading it on offense. By the end of the season she had a batting average of .527 -- which was 243 points higher than the next highest average on the team -- and an on-base percentage of .594, along with a slugging percentage of 1.164. Among her hits were three doubles, seven triples and six homers. She drove in 30 of the team's 137 runs, and scored 28 of them.

In her last week alone, she reached base in 16 of the 17 times she went to the plate, drawing six walks and going 10-for-11 with three homers and two triples while driving in 12 runs and scoring 10.

Her pitching kept improving, too, with a 3-hit shutout and a no-hitter in that final week, where in four games she struck out 49 batters and walked just seven in 28 innings.

When she was on the mound, the team -- in most games -- was competitive, winning seven of them and coming very close twice. Without her, the squad was swept in three games. This followed several O-M seasons in which one or two victories was the norm. This time, the team was a whisker away from sectionals.

Vondracek was, just as Andy Fudala was in track and field, a large component on the drive to success. And that is one important hallmark of an MVP award.

That's not to say either Fudala or Vondracek were without help. Each had substantial contributions from teammates.

But those two athletes, with their sizable achievements, clearly stood out in an MVP sense during a season of successes.

Photo in text: Grace Vondracek delivers a pitch in May.

All-Schuyler All-Star Team

First Team:

Andy Fudala -- Odessa-Montour (Track) -- MVP
Grace Vondracek -- Odessa-Montour (Softball) -- MVP
Gillian Clark -- Odessa-Montour (Golf)
Tyler Clark -- Odessa-Montour (Golf)
Bryce Elliott -- Odessa-Montour (Track)
Curtis Harris -- Odessa-Montour (Tennis)
Ryan Clark -- Watkins Glen (Golf)
Hanley Elliott -- Watkins Glen (Golf)
Patrick Hazlitt -- Watkins Glen (Track)
Ian Chedzoy -- Watkins Glen (Lacrosse)
Maggie Bond -- Watkins Glen (Track)
Gabe Planty -- Watkins Glen (Track)
Shawn Rutledge -- Watkins Glen (Track)

Second Team:

Luke Eberhardt -- Odessa-Montour (Track)
April Dunn -- Odessa-Montour (Track)
Zach Elliott -- Odessa-Montour (Track)
Nadia Simpson -- Odessa-Montour (Track)
Hannah Bruno -- Odessa-Montour (Track)
Britney Visscher -- Odessa-Montour (Track)
Rosie Peckham -- Odessa-Montour (Track)
Amy Fudala -- Odessa-Montour (Track)
Jaylin Rumsey -- Odessa-Montour (Track)
Jimmy Randolph -- Odessa-Montour (Track)
Jacob Carocci -- Watkins Glen (Track)
Brooke Shaffer -- Watkins Glen (Track)
Jackson Dunham -- Watkins Glen (Lacrosse)
Joe Chedzoy -- Watkins Glen (Lacrosse)
Parker Pangallo -- Watkins Glen (Golf)

Third Team:

Chris Foote -- Odessa-Montour (Baseball)
Joel Kelly -- Odessa-Montour (Baseball)
Mitch Scata -- Odessa-Montour (Baseball)
Josh Updyke -- Watkins Glen (Baseball)
Hailey Perraut -- Odessa-Montour (Track)
Kennedey Heichel -- Odessa-Montour (Track)
Jacob Zimmer -- Odessa-Montour (Track)
Noah Brewster -- Odessa-Montour (Track)
Meagan Terry -- Odessa-Montour (Track)
Aaron Planty -- Watkins Glen (Track)
Ryanna LaMoreaux -- Watkins Glen (Track)
Kai Sutterby -- Watkins Glen (Track)
Brandon Gould -- Watkins Glen (Lacrosse)
Courtney Irwin -- Watkins Glen (Golf)
Trentin Barber -- Watkins Glen (Golf)
Ashley Kot -- Odessa-Montour (Softball)

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