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Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse drives to the hoop. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly looks for a shot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls open with a win, 53-35

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 6 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by Amanda Pike's 22 points -- began its season on a winning note Tuesday night, defeating Newark Valley 53-35 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas started fast, building an 18-4 first-quarter lead, and were up 30-15 at halftime and 51-23 entering the final period.

Pike, in addition to her 22 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and had 5 steals and a block. Mariah Gonzalez added 10 points, 8 rebounds and a block, while Clara Chedzoy scored 6 points, Taylor Kelly 5, Hannah Morse 4 (with 5 steals and 7 assists), Ryanna LaMoreaux 4, and Jazmin Shea 2. Emmie Bond pitched in with 3 rebounds and 2 steals. The team was 9-for-15 from the foul line.

Newark Valley scorers were led by Farrah Fiacco, with 11 points. The Cardinals converted 5 of 13 free throws.

"The girls played well," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "I was happy with some of the things that I saw tonight."

The Senecas return to action Friday at Tioga.

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

Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy (13, in left photo) and Ryanna LaMoreaux (right photo) prepare to shoot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen boys drop opener, 63-42

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 6 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team opened its season Tuesday night with a loss, falling to Newark Valley 63-42 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the NV gym.

Newark Valley jumped out to a 21-4 first-quarter lead, and was up 36-13 at halftime. The Senecas outscored the Cardinals 18-9 in the third quarter to pull within 14 points, 45-31, but could not mount a final charge.

"I have to give our boys credit," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "They didn't give up," cutting the deficit to 11 points before Newark Valley pulled away again.

Dayne Hughey led Watkins Glen scorers with 12 points, while Alex Gibson scored 11, Michael Doane 8, Max Schimizzi 5, Joe Chedzoy 4, and Justin Lodge 2. Schimizzi and Hughey had 5 rebounds each, while Connor Seeley-Ion led in assists with 6.

Newark Valley converted 6 of 11 free-throw attempts, while Watkins Glen sank 1 of 2.

The Senecas return to action Friday at home against Tioga.

Junior Varsity: Newark Valley defeated Watkins Glen 41-37. Owen Scholtisek led the Senecas with 16 points, while Dylan Markley scored 9 and Isaac McIlroy 6.

Odessa-Montour's Nakiaha Robinson shoots in traffic against Edison.

Odessa-Montour girls top TAE, 55-19

ODESSA, Dec. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team improved to 4-0 Tuesday night when it defeated Edison 55-19 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Gillian Clark led Odessa with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Olivia Grover scored 8 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and had 4 steals.

Alexis Saunders added 7 points, Nakiaha Robinson 7, Sage Garrison 6, Sara Gardner 2, Kennedey Heichel 2, and Alyssa Crout 2.

The team shot 14-for-18 from the foul line.

Odessa took the lead early, building a 17-4 first-quarter advantage, and was up 26-11 at halftime and 45-13 after three quarters. Edison is now 1-3.

"We were pretty good defensively tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, whose team returns to action Friday at home against Newark Valley.

Junior Varsity: O-M defeated Edison 36-22. Grace Vondracek led the Indians with 15 points.


Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Kennedey Heichel puts on the brakes as an Edison defender closes in.

Bottom: Odessa's Gillian Clark looks for a shot in traffic.

Left: O-M's Olivia Grover looks for a shot. Right: The Indians' Alexis Saunders shoots.

Left: Odessa's Sage Garrison passes the ball. Right: O-M's Alyssa Crout, bottom right, fights for the ball in traffic.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to Edison

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Dec. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team dropped a 50-39 decision Tuesday night to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Edison gym.

"The kids are starting to compete more and more each game," said O-M Coach Mike Johnston. "We still need to work on taking care of the ball, making our layups and free throws. We held Nate Chorney to 15 points; he scored 28 and 24 in his first two outings. We continue to work at it and make it difficult defensively."

The Indians (0-2) led 21-17 at halftime, but were outscored 19-5 in the third quarter to fall behind 36-26. They then rallied to cut the deficit to six points in the fourth period before Edison (2-1) clinched its victory.

Nick Sgrecci led Odessa scorers with 13 points. Noah Austin added 11, Curtis Harris 10, Brandon Ray 3, and Zach Elliott 2. The team was 8-for-12 from the foul line.

Odessa returns to action Saturday at home against Northeast Bradford. The JV game starts at 1 p.m., followed by the varsity contest.

Odessa-Montour's Grace Edger delivers a ball during the first game against Tioga.

Odessa-Montour bowlers fall to Tioga

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams fell by identical 3-1 scores Tuesday to Tioga in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

The O-M boys won the second game, 807-787, but lost the first and third games and total pinfall, 2535-2427.

Alex Grady led the Indians with a 550 series, while Joe Glosenger rolled a 527, Trevor Dunn a 455, Cameron Bryington a 451, and Eric Rumsey a 444.

The O-M girls won the first game, 571-560, but lost the second and third games and total pinfall, 1820-1700.

Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 356 series, while Carolyn Arias posted a 351 and Grace Edger a 348.

Odessa returns to action Friday at home against Edison.

Photo in text: O-M's Joe Glosenger applies some body English as he converts a 4-9 split.

Odessa-Montour's Jackie Vincent (left) and Alex Grady in action against Tioga.

Bowling: Watkins boys, girls top ND

ELMIRA, Dec. 6 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories over Notre Dame Tuesday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference road matches.

The boys won 2552-1992 as Nathaniel Rose posted a 546 that included a 205. Casen Weeden rolled a 529, and Wrett Brower a 518.

The girls won 2272-2143 as Dakota Evans posted a 597 that included a 227. Nikole VanDyke added a 553 that included a 232, and Liz Mason rolled a 430.

"Both teams bowled very well for this early in the season," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower.

"I'm very proud of Nikole; she has worked very hard and that was a career-high game for her today. Dakota has shown great maturity already this season, and should be one of the top bowlers in the IAC this season."

Odessa-Montour's Alec Betts at start of the 100 Yard Backstroke, which he won.

O-M swimmers defeat Southern Cayuga

ODESSA, Dec. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team topped Southern Cayuga 59-35 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

The Indians got individual first-place finishes from Andy Fudala in the 50 Free (26.43) and 100 Breast (1:09.22), from Alec Betts in the 100 Back (1:10.78), and from Brett Walters in the 100 Free (1:04.91) -- his first varsity victory.

O-M also posted wins in the 200 Medley Relay (1:59.57 with Betts, Fudala, Billy Tague and Noah Brewster) and the 400 Free Relay (4:05.98, with Kyle Frasier, Betts, Tague and Fudala).

Second-place finishes were registered by Tague in the 500 Free (5:30.96, just 74/100ths of a second behind the SC winner, Maximilian Fenzl) and in the 200 Free (1:58.06, just 58/100ths short of Fenzl); by Betts in the 200 IM (2:30.38), by Frasier in the 100 Fly (1:27.89); by Noah Angle in the 100 Free (1:05.04); by Noah Brewster in the 100 Back (1:18.42), and by the 200 Free Relay team (1:57.65, with Angle, Walters, Brewster and Frasier).

"I was impressed with the way the team swam today," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "Southern Cayuga has good swimmers and a big team. We had some really great races against them, with the O-M guys posting some PRs (personal records) and season-best times." Those, she said, included:

--Billy Tague, season bests in both the 200 Free and 500 Free.
--Andy Fudala, season bests in the 50 Free and 100 Breast.
--Noah Angle, PRs in the 50 Free and 100 Free.
--Brett Walters, a PR in the 100 Free as he recorded his first varsity win.


Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Andy Fudala on the way to victory in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.
Middle: Odessa's Cameron Adams competes in the 500 Yard Freestyle.
Bottom: The Indians' Billy Tague on the way to second place in the 500 Free.

Left: O-M's Noah Angle at start of the 200 Free Relay. Right: O-M's Noah Brewster on the way to a second-place finish in the 100 Yard Backstroke.

Watkins Glen swimmers fall to Waverly

WAVERLY, Dec. 6 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity swim team lost Tuesday night at Waverly, dropping a 90-83 decision to the Wolverines in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet.

"It was a close meet tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt "and we came up a little short in the last few events. Overall I continue to see improvements. It was a great effort by all."

The Senecas were led by AJ Specchio, who posted four wins -- in the 200 IM (2:23.78), the 500 Free (5:45.03), the 200 Free Relay and the 400 Free Relay. "What an outstanding effort," said the coach.

Dakota Cole also posted a win, in the 200 Free (2:07.71). Joining Specchio on the winning relays were Nathaniel Wickham, Cole and Aidan DeBolt.

Second-place finishes were posted by DeBolt in the 50 Free and 100 Free, and by Will Fitzsimmons in the 100 Fly and 100 Back.

Author to tell story of the Ford GT40

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 1 -- On June 19, 1966, the Ford GT40 Mk. II swept the podium at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, considered by many to be the greatest American triumph in international motorsports.

That accomplishment of 50 years ago, sealed by a follow-up victory in 1967, still fascinates racing fans. Award-winning journalist and author Preston Lerner will tell the intriguing story of the GT40 on Dec. 10 at the International Motor Racing Research Center.

Lerner, author of "Ford GT: How Ford Silenced the Critics, Humbled Ferrari and Conquered Le Mans," will speak at 1 p.m. at the Racing Research Center at 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

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Bowling: Odessa boys win, girls tie

GROTON, Dec. 5 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity bowling team posted its second win in two tries Monday, defeating Groton 4-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match.

Odessa posted a 2386 series compared to Groton's 2042. Joe Glosenger led O-M with a 521, while Alex Grady posted a 515 and Trevor Dunn a 511.

The O-M girls tied Groton 2-2, winning the first and second game but losing the third game and total pinfall, 1672-1656. Jackie Vincent led the team with a 379 series. Carolyn Arias added a 332 and Kacie Wood a 322.

Odessa returns to action today (Tuesday) at home against Tioga.

Athletes of the Week: Updyke, Clark

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 4 -- Two performances stood out among several impressive ones this week, thus leading to Odessa File Athlete of the Week honors for a runner and a basketball player.

Watkins Glen's Josh Updyke earns one of the nods for setting a school record in the 55 Meter Run (breaking the old mark in the prelims and, even faster, in the finals) and for being part of a school record set by the Sprint Medley Relay squad as the WGHS varsity indoor track team started its season at an invitational at SUNY Cortland.

Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark earns the other nod for scoring 28 points and grabbing 14 rebounds as her varsity basketball team improved to 3-0 with a victory at Union Springs.

Double Honorable: O-M basketball player Olivia Grover; Watkins Glen track's Jacob Carocci, Sean Holland and Aaron Planty; O-M swimmers Billy Tague, Andy Fudala and Alec Betts; and Watkins Glen swimmers Aidan DeBolt, Dakota Cole and AJ Specchio.

Honorable Mention: Another 13 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's Aaron Planty (left) and Sean Holland. (Photos by Aran Holland)

Watkins runners start season, set marks

CORTLAND, Dec. 3 -- The Watkins Glen High School Indoor Track team competed in its first meet of the season Saturday -- the Finger Lakes Inivitational at SUNY Cortland.

The Senecas were in the Small Schools meet in the afternoon. The Large Schools meet was held in the morning.

"The team did very well for the first meet," said Watkins Glen Coach Kelly Sterner. "A lot of personal bests. A lot of exciting races."

Among them were school records in the Sprint Medley and the 55 Meters.

The Sprint Medley Relay, which includes legs of 400, 200, 200, and 800 meters, saw Jacob Carocci, Sean Holland, Joshua Updyke and Aaron Planty place 2nd with a school record time of 4:00.43. The previous record was 4:04.49 held by Josh Langley, Charles Bascom, Shane Smith, and Nick Sorensen.

Updyke also broke the school record at 55 Meters -- twice. In the preliminary race his time was a new school best of 6.93. Then in the finals, he placed 4th while breaking the school record again with a time of 6.86. The previous mark was 7.14, held by Charles Bascom and Eric Mack.

In other results:

600 Meters: Sam Hanley was 3rd in 1:37.03, and Sean Holland 4th in 1:38.12.
1600 Meters: Aaron Planty was 3rd in 4:54.24, and Daniel Paradiso 7th in 5:12.58.
Long Jump: Cameron Connelly was 13th at 15’ 3”.
1000 Meters: Chance Taylor was 20th in 3:38.75.
High Jump: Jacob Carocci was 4th at 4’8”, and Sam Hanley was 6th at 4’6”.
55 Meters: Isobel Scheffey posted a time of 8.09.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Josh Updyke races in the Sprint Medley event. (Photo by Aran Holland)

Watkins wrestlers place 9th at tourney

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 3 -- The Watkins Glen varsity wrestling team finished in 9th place Saturday at the 12-team Larry Goodrich Memorial Wrestling Tournament at Newark Valley High School.

"The team wrestled well and showed we have potential to compete with some of the best teams around," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson.

The Senecas' Ethan Voorheis finished 2nd at 285 pounds, going 1-1; Parker Arcangeli was 3rd at 182 pounds, going 3-1; and finishing fourth in their weight classes were Dylan Bradley (120 pounds, 2-2), Calvin Buckley (170 pounds, 1-2), and Casey Falls (220 pounds, 2-1).

Other competing teams included Central Valley (Section 3), Owego, Binghamton, Rush Henrietta (Section 5), Edison, Newark Valley, Deposit Hancock, Dryden, Ithaca, Moravia and Chenango Forks.

Odessa-Montour's Nick Sgrecci (20) passes the ball upcourt in second-half action.

O-M boys fall in opener to Union Springs

ODESSA, Dec. 2 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team opened its season on a losing note Friday night, dropping a 37-28 Interscholastic Athletic Conference decision to Union Springs in the O-M gym.

Odessa managed just two points in the first quarter, and trailed 16-9 at halftime. Union Springs outscored the Indians 15-9 in the third quarter to open a 13-point edge, 31-18.

Odessa rallied, though, scoring the first eight points of the fourth period to pull within five points, 31-26. But Union Springs, after calling a time-out, scored the next six points to pull away for good.

Curtis Harris led O-M with 10 points, while Noah Austin scored 9, Zach Elliott 8, and Nick Sgrecci 1. The Indians converted 4 of 10 free throws.

Union Springs (2-1) was led by Cameron Anthony's 10 points, and 9 by Kevin Cunningham. The team sank 5 of 15 free throws.

"I thought our kids did a great job defensively tonight," said O-M Coach Mike Johnston. "We held them to just around 9 points per quarter. We will keep working hard on defense and looking to improve at the offensive end fundamentally."

Photos in text: O-M's Brandon Ray (top) and Zach Elliott move the ball.

Left: O-M's Noah Austin shoots. Right: The Indians' Curtis Harris drives toward the hoop.

Watkins swimmers open with a victory

DRYDEN, Dec. 2 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team started its season with a win Friday, topping Dryden 83-71 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Dryden pool.

The Senecas had three swimmers with four wins each: Aidan DeBolt, Dakota Cole and AJ Specchio. Will Fitzsimmons posted three wins. Some of the wins, said Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt, were in exhibitions late in the meet.

"It was a good first step out of the gate for the swim season," said Coach DeBolt. "We are just beginning to learn who we are, and I see great potential in this team. I am very proud of their performance tonight."

Photo in text: The Watkins swimmers at a celebration meal in Ithaca. (Photo provided)

O-M girls top Union Springs, move to 3-0

UNION SPRINGS, Dec. 1 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Gillian Clark's 28 points and 14 rebounds -- defeated Union Springs 66-39 on the road Thursday night.

The Indians, now 3-0, also got 17 points, 15 rebounds, 5 steals and 3 blocks from Olivia Grover.

Also scoring for O-M were Sara Gardner (7 points), Nakiaha Robinson (6 points), Alexis Saunders (4 points), Sage Garrison (2 points and 5 assists), and Alyssa Crout (2 points).

Odessa took an early 14-2 lead before Unions Springs scored seven points to get back into it at 14-9 through one quarter. The Indians were up 32-23 at halftime, and then 52-32 after three quarters.

Clark scored 19 of her points in the first half, while Grover scored 14 in the third quarter. Clark was 11-for-13 at the line, while O-M overall was 18-for-23.

"All in all a good test for us on the road against an improving team," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We did face adversity there in the first half, and they exposed some things we need to work on." Union Springs is 1-1.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost 32-22. Hunter Daugherty led the Indians with 11 points.

O-M swimmers open with win at Greene

GREENE, Dec. 1 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team started its season with a victory Thursday, defeating Greene 90-53 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Greene pool.

Billy Tague, Andy Fudala and Alec Betts each posted two individual wins and two relay wins for the Indians.

First-place finishes for O-M:

200 Medley Relay: Noah Brewster, Andy Fudala, Billy Tague and Noah Angle 2:01.65
200 Free: Alec Betts 2:08.98
200 IM: Billy Tague 2:20.49
50 Free: Andy Fudala 26.55
100 Free: Alec Betts 57.06
500 Free: Billy Tague 5:37.97
200 Free Relay: Angle, Fudala, Betts and Tague 1:52.85
100 Back: Noah Brewster 1:17.90
100 Breast: Andy Fudala 1:10.98
400 Free Relay: Cameron Adams, Brett Walters, Kyle Frasier and Betts 4:23.58

Second-place finishes for O-M:

100 Fly: Brett Walters 1:25.02
100 Free: Noah Angle 1:06.15

"The guys swam really well tonight," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "They have really been putting in some hard work in practice and it was great to see them apply that hard work in a meet. They put up some really excellent times for the first meet of the season. The team consists of six returning varsity swimmers and nine rookies. I was very impressed with them all. I can't wait to see how they all progress throughout the season."

Odessa-Montour's Joe Glosenger converts a spare. He rolled a 547 series.

Bowling: Odessa girls, boys post wins

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 30 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams opened the season with victories Tuesday, the boys winning 4-0 in the absence of an opponent and the girls topping Marathon 4-0 in Interscholastic Athletic Conference action at Harborside Lanes.

The girls posted scores of 642-569-551=1762 to defeat Marathon's 534-466-517=1517. Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 448 series, while Carolyn Arias rolled a 336.

The boys had no opponent since Marathon has not yet fielded a squad. The Indians rolled a 2395 series, led by Joe Glosenger's 547 (including a 204) and Alex Grady's 533.

Odessa returns to action Monday at Groton, and is at home Tuesday against Tioga.

Photo in text: Odessa's Jackie Vincent, who led her squad with a 448 series.

Swim awards presented; Lexi earns MVP

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 29 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team presented seasonal awards Tuesday night, with the Most Valuable Player award going to diver Lexi Castellaneta.

"A great athlete and a great kid," said Swim Coach Nichole Chaffee, noting that Castellaneta earned first place in every dual-meet diving competition before winning the IAC and Sectional titles and competing at States.

Other awards:

Most Improved: Annika Wickham, who "came into her own this season," said her coach. "She loves to race and has really found her niche."

Sportsmanship: Senior Angel Williams. "She is the spirit of the team! We are going to miss her next season."

Hardest Workers (the Rudy Award): Amanda Wilbur and Isabella Fazzary. "We watched the movie about the Notre Dame football player as a team to keep working hard. Both girls never give up during practice and fight through every set. They motivate the other swimmers and are constantly pushing themselves."

Photo in text: Award winners, from left: Annika Wickham, Isabella Fazzary, Angel Williams, Amanda Wilbur and Lexi Castellaneta. (Photo provided)

Glen boys finish 4th at Nike Regionals

WAPPINGERS FALLS, Nov. 26 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team placed fourth among 27 teams Saturday at the Nike New York Regional race at Bowdoin Park.

Fayetteville-Manlius won the race with 114 points, while Liverpool was second with 145. Only those two teams -- from Class A schools -- now advance to a national competition in Portland, Oregon.

Another Class A team, Corning, was third with 174 points, while Watkins Glen, a Class C school, was fourth at 179 points.

Among other finishers was Class C Mount Academy, 9th with 250 points, and Class A Ithaca, 10th with 252.

Patrick Hazlitt led Watkins Glen, placing 18th among 218 runners in a time of 16:26. Gabe Planty was next for the Senecas, finishing 51st in 17:04, while Shawn Rutledge was 54th in 17:05, Aaron Planty 63rd in 17:12, Sam Hanley 81st in 17:24, Sean Holland 92nd in 17:28, and Jacob Carocci 137th in 18:03.

Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Sean Holland at Saturday's race. (Photo by Aran Holland)

O-M girls top Lansing for tourney title

ODESSA, Nov. 26 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team defeated Lansing 57-22 Saturday night in the championship game of the O-M Lady Indians Tip-off Tournament.

Olivia Grover led Odessa with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Gillian Clark added 14 points (all in the first half), Alexis Saunders 9 points and 6 rebounds. Nakiaha Robinson 6 points, Sage Garrison 4 points, Alyssa Crout 4 points, and Kennedey Heichel 2 points, 7 assists and 6 steals

The Lady Indians were up 18-5 after one quarter and 35-10 at the half.

"Our man-to-man pressure in the first half made the difference for us," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "This as a good way to start off, as tournament champs, but we still have a ton of room to improve."

O-M's Gillian Clark, who scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds in her team's 59-14 victory Friday night over Groton, was named the tournament MVP.

The All-Tournament Team: Kennedey Heichel (O-M), Olivia Grover (O-M), Meghan Pronti (Lansing), Maggie Ossit (Groton), and Leigha Jones (Edison).

Groton won the varsity consolation game, defeating Edison 48-38.

Junior Varsity: Lansing won the title game, defeating Odessa-Montour.

Odessa-Montour's Alexis Saunders drives toward the basket in traffic.

O-M girls rout Groton in Tip-off Tourney

ODESSA, Nov. 25 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team opened its season in lopsided fashion Friday night, defeating visiting Groton 59-14 in an opening-round game of the O-M Lady Indians Tip-off Tournament.

The victory puts the Indians in the tourney title game tonight (Saturday) at 7:15 p.m. against Lansing, which came from behind to defeat Edison 40-35. The Lady Bobcats tied Edison with a buzzer beater at the end of the third period, fell behind 35-32 with 3:03 remaining, and then scored the final eight points.

Odessa turned its game into a rout quickly, outscoring Groton 15-0 in the first period and building a 36-3 halftime lead -- Groton's only basket, a 3-pointer by Maggie Ossit, coming a minute before intermission.

Odessa led by 51-7 through three periods, and was up 59-7 before Groton scored the final seven points.

Gillian Clark led O-M with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Olivia Grover scored 12 points and registered 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Sara Gardner added 9 points, Alexis Saunders 8 points and 4 assists, Kennedey Heichel 5 points, Nakiaha Robinson 4 points, 5 assists and 8 steals, and Sage Garrison 1 point. The team was 4-for-5 from the foul line.

"Our defensive intensity was solid and really sparked us at the offensive end of the floor," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "And we did a great job moving the basketball," totaling 26 field goals and 20 assists. "It was a good way to start, but we need to keep striving to get better."

Ossit led Groton with 9 points on three 3-pointers.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Groton 30-25, and will face Lansing today (Saturday) at 3:45 p.m. Grace Vondracek led O-M with 13 points, while Kara Reese scored 7 points.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Nakiaha Robinson drives to the hoop. Bottom: Odessa's Sage Garrison shoots.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark, Sara Gardner and Angelika Friis shoot.

Left: O-M's Olivia Grover battles for a shot. Right: Kennedey Heichel prepares to pass.

The honorees, from left: Cross country coach John Fazzary, Patrick Hazlitt, Jacob Carocci, Daniel Paradiso, Gabe Planty, Shawn Rutledge, Sam Hanley, Aaron Planty, Sean Holland, Kai Sutterby and Lexi Castellaneta at Tuesday's celebration.

School celebrates its sports successes

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 22 -- All of the students in the Watkins Glen School District gathered Tuesday morning to celebrate the New York State Class C and Federation titles brought home recently by the boys varsity cross-country team.

And they congratulated two of the school's female athletes, both of whom competed on the state level, one in cross country and one in diving.

The celebration was in the school's Field House, with the youngest students camped on the gym floor and the older ones occupying most of the bleachers on either side of the facility.

The event featured speeches -- by administrators, Varsity Club president Emmie Bond, and Coach John Fazzary -- along with music (Queen's "We Are the Champions") and the introduction, one by one, of the day's honorees:

--Lexi Castellaneta, who reached States for the third straight year in diving, placing 21st; and girls cross-country runner Kai Sutterby, who finished 28th among 128 Class C competitors at States.

--Members of the boys cross country squad, including Patrick Hazlitt, Shawn Rutledge, Gabe Planty, Sam Hanley, Sean Holland, Aaron Planty, Jacob Carocci, and Daniel Paradiso.

Each lined up in front of a podium on the gym's north end, next to a paper "Red Carpet Walk of Fame" featuring five-pointed paper stars -- each star containing an honoree's name. And near the end of the celebration, which lasted about a half-hour, each honoree knelt and signed his or her name next to the star bearing his or her name.

Plans called for the full star-laden display to be hung in the hallway outside the gym.

The event was the first in memory, said several people, where all of the kids from all of the classes, including UPK, had gathered together in the Field House.

And it was to celebrate what one speaker called a "truly historic" accomplishment by the boys cross country squad -- the school's first team state title in any sport, along with its first title at the state's Federation meet, where public schools of all classes competed for a single cross-country crown along with Catholic, Parochial and Independent schools.

Photos in text: The honorees signed the Walk of Fame stars placed in front of them (top); and one of the stars, with its honoree's signature.

Left: The two girls honored, both of whom made States: Kai Sutterby (left) in cross country, and Lexi Castellaneta in diving. Right: The boys cross country team poses with coach John Fazzary, left, and assistant coach (and Athletic Director) Rod Weeden, right.

Powerlifting meet

Jeremey Brown dead-lifts 600 pounds for a new state record at a powerlifting meet held Saturday, Nov. 19 in the Watkins Glen Field House gym. The meet was a World Natural Powerlifting Federation event hosted by the Watkins Glen Powerlifting Club. Thirty-two lifters competed, 10 of them from the Watkins club. Results appear in a letter on the Forum Page. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen bowlers open; girls win, boys lose

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 22 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity bowlers started their season with mixed results against Lansing Tuesday at Harborside Lanes in Watkins Glen.

The Glen girls won their Interscholastic Athletic Conference match 4-0, with Dakota Evans' 518 series leading the way. The Senecas won 1891-1412 with game scores of 668-464, 641-484 and 582-464. Nikole VanDyke posted a 460 series for Watkins, while Liz Mason rolled a 386.

The Glen boys fell 3-1, winning the first game 775-728 before losing the second game 918-753, the third game 870-837, and total pinfall 2516-2365.

Nathaniel Rose led Watkins with a 509 series, while Conlon Wysocki registered a 474 and Casen Weeden a 468.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Liz Mason employs some body English on one of her shots.

Left: Watkins Glen's Steven Bradley (foreground) and Wyatt Brower deliver. Right: The Senecas' Casen Weeden reacts to a shot.

Schuyler Fall MVP: Hazlitt

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 20 -- It was a season of tentative starts under new coaches, and a season of fantastic successes.

High school sports in Schuyler County gives us both: hope for the future as rebuilding years occur, and amazement at the achievements of those programs that have matured.

This fall we had a volleyball team at Watkins Glen that won the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large Schools title -- a first. We had a diver at WGHS, Lexi Castellaneta, who made States -- for the third time, and along the way set Section IV records in 6-dive and 11-dive competitions.

We had a female cross country runner at WGHS, Kai Sutterby, who made States. We had some young swimmers at both Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour who were coming into their own, strongly contending at the sectional meet. We saw career scoring marks set in soccer at O-M by Sage Garrison.

And above all we saw the WGHS boys cross country team win the IAC, Section IV Class C and New York State Class C titles, and then a Federation Meet against mostly larger schools. It has been a remarkable crew, featuring Shawn Rutledge, Gabe Planty, Sam Hanley, Sean Holland, Aaron Planty and Jacob Carocci, with a strong supporting cast.

But foremost among those runners was senior Patrick Hazlitt, who was consistently the Senecas' lead runner, winning league and sectional races and finishing third among Class C runners at States, and fourth among all classes there. He then led the team to the New York Federation title, placing 12th among 246 runners.

Along the way he was honored by IAC coaches with the league's male Sportsmanship Award -- emblematic of qualities that have helped earn him honors in the past, including a spot on last year's Top Drawer 24 team of outstanding student-athlete-citizens. He also received an Odessa File Athlete of the Year award last spring.

But it's his performance this fall as the best runner on the best Class C cross country team in the state that earns him The Odessa File award as Schuyler Fall MVP.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt


The Odessa File All Star Teams: Fall Season 2016

First Team

Patrick Hazlitt -- MVP -- WGHS cross country
Lexi Castellaneta -- WGHS diver
Sage Garrison -- OM soccer
Amanda Pike -- WGHS volleyball
Mariah Gonzalez -- WGHS volleyball
Hanley Elliott -- WGHS volleyball
Tori Reese -- OM swimming
Syria Tague -- OM swimming
Shawn Rutledge -- WGHS cross country
Gabe Planty -- WGHS cross country
Peighton Cervoni -- WGHS swimming
Kai Sutterby -- WGHS cross country

Second Team

Emmie Bond -- WGHS volleyball
Megan Hazlitt -- WGHS volleyball
Sam Hanley -- WGHS cross country
Sean Holland -- WGHS cross country
Aaron Planty -- WGHS cross country
Jacob Carocci -- WGHS cross country
Emelia Paulisczak -- OM swimming
Hailey Perraut -- OM soccer
Gillian Clark -- OM soccer
Kennedey Heichel -- OM soccer
Nick Sgrecci -- OM soccer
Andy Fudala -- OM soccer
Curtis Harris -- OM soccer
Hannah Morse -- WGHS soccer
Jillian Kilcoyne -- WGHS swimming
Amanda Wilbur -- WGHS swimming
Liza Carnes -- WGHS swimming
Isabella Fazzary -- WGHS swimming
Sarah Swinnerton -- WGHS swimming
Cambria Weeden -- WGHS cross country
Casey Falls -- WGHS, football

Third Team

Alyssa Crout -- OM volleyball
Dasia Herrmann -- OM volleyball
Zach Elliott -- OM, football
Alexis Saunders -- OM soccer
Olivia Grover -- OM soccer
Mckennah Lott -- OM soccer
Hannah Bruno -- OM soccer
Preston Harris -- OM soccer
Collin Povoski -- OM soccer
Billy Tague -- OM soccer
Jon Andrews -- OM soccer
Austin Dalrymple -- WGHS, football
Daniel Paradiso -- WGHS cross country
Isobel Scheffey -- WGHS soccer
Cierra Barber -- WGHS soccer
Elizabeth Kilcoyne -- WGHS swimming
Allie Gibson -- WGHS swimming
Jill Cantieni -- WGHS swimming
Sara Gardner -- WGHS swimming
Jena Slater -- WGHS diving
Trey McCarty -- OM soccer
Ryan Pruitt -- WGHS, football
Charles Wright -- WGHS, football
Sean Kelly -- WGHS, football
Kathryn Losey -- WGHS volleyball

The Watkins Glen team with its medals and title plaque. From left: Coach John Fazzary, Jacob Carocci, Sam Hanley, Aaron Planty, Shawn Rutledge, Sean Holland, Gabe Planty, Patrick Hazlitt and Athletic Director Rod Weeden. (Photo provided)

WG boys win Federation meet

Only 3rd Small School to do so; Nike Regionals next

WAPPINGERS FALLS, Nov. 19 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team -- which won the New York State Class C championship last week at Chenango Valley State Park -- captured the New York Federation Championship Saturday at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls.

Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary said the Senecas were only the third Small School to win the Federation meet since its inception several decades ago. "I equate it to 'Hoosiers,'" he said, referring to a film about an underdog Indiana high school basketball team that won a state title. "Just sub in running for basketball. It's a feat that's really unbelievable for a small school."

There was a mix of schools competing -- Class A, B, C and D public schools; members of the Catholic High School Athletic Association; members of the Parochial School Athletic League, and members of the Association for Independent Schools.

Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt placed 12th among the 246 runners in 16:33 to lead Watkins Glen to a team total of 145 points, nine better than runnerup Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake's 154 and 44 better than third-place Warwick Valley's 189. The schools were followed by 23 others, including Mount Academy (last week's Class C state runnerup, in 7th place Saturday with 235 points) and Ithaca (10th at 283).

State titleists competing Saturday included Burnt Hill-Ballston Lake (the Class B champion last week), Watkins Glen (Class C) and Maple Grove (Class D). Class A champ Corning was absent, but runnerup Class A Warwick Valley was on hand, finishing third.

Gabe Planty posted the second fastest time for the Senecas, placing 38th in 16:59. He was followed by teammates Shawn Rutledge (44th in 17:08), Aaron Planty (72nd in 17:25), Sam Hanley (74th in 17:26), Jacob Carocci (139th in 17:59), and Sean Holland (169th in 18:11).

"It's a pretty challenging course," said Fazzary. "After 800 or 1,000 yards, it's close to a mile uphill before coming back down. It's a tough go."

Next up is the Nike Regionals, to be held at the same site, Bowdoin Park. The top two teams there advance to a national competition in Oregon.

Fazzary said he expects the regional field to be "a little harder" than at the Federation meet, since four teams opted out of the Federation competition to rest up for regionals: Corning, considered by many to be the regional favorite, Fayetteville-Manlius, Liverpool and Saratoga.

But the coach said he thinks the Senecas have "an outside chance of making the top two" and earning that trip west.

"The boys have taken us for quite a ride," he said, adding that the Federation win was "a pretty special accomplishment." The state title and the Federation victory will, in fact, be celebrated Monday morning in a gathering of students, teachers, administrators and guests at the WGHS Field House gym at 8:30 a.m.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt (center, No. 410) runs in crowd at the Federation meet. (Photo by Geroge Rutledge)

Second: The Federation meet championship plaque. (Photo provided)

Third: The Senecas pose at the finish line. From left are Athletic Director Rod Weeden, Patrick Hazlitt, Jacob Carocci, Sean Holland, Aaron Planty, Shawn Rutledge, Gabe Planty, Sam Hanley and Coach John Fazzary. (Photo provided).

Bottom: Aaron Planty (left) and Gabe Planty hold the championship plaque. (Photo by Aran Holland)

From left: Watkins Glen's Aaron Planty and Sam Hanley (Photo by Aran Holland); and the Senecas' Shawn Rutledge and Gabe Planty (Photos by George Rutledge).

Left: O-M's Sage Garrison looks to pass the ball as Southern Cayuga defenders close in. Right: Odessa-Montour's Kennedey Heichel fires a pass during Saturday's scrimmage.

O-M girls play S. Cayuga in prep for season

ODESSA, Nov. 19 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team hosted Southern Cayuga Saturday morning in a tuneup for the upcoming season.

The Lady Indians will open their season with their own Tip-Off Tournament on Friday, Nov. 25 at 7:15 p.m. against Groton. The winner of that game will play Saturday for the tourney title against the winner of a Friday Lansing-Edison game. The junior varsity teams are also competing.

From left: O-M's Gillian Clark, Nakiaha Robinson and Sara Gardner shoot.

Watkins Glen's Lexi Castellaneta is airborne during her sixth of eight dives Friday.

Lexi finishes 21st at States

ITHACA, Nov. 18 -- Watkins Glen junior Lexi Castellaneta improved her finish from the past two years at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Diving Championships Friday at Ithaca College, placing 21st out of 41 competitors.

Castellaneta, who missed the first cut -- to 24 divers -- in 2014 and 2015 by one spot each year, made that cut this time around, but failed to advance past the second and final cut to 20 divers.

She finished with 309.75 points, almost eight points shy of the diver holding 20th place after eight dives. The first cut was after five dives, the second after eight. Then the last of the divers executed their final three dives.

Said her coach, Kim Suddaby: "Lexi reached her goal by getting past the first cut. She just missed the past two years, but broke that" this time around.

"She should be very proud because in States, for diving, it is a combination of Class A's, B's and C's. These girls are the top and are going to Division 1 schools with scholarships. What is even more amazing is that Lexi only trains three months out of the year, when ALL of the other divers train year round. Lexi is still competing in gymnastics year round.

"She didn't quite hit like she normally does," Suddaby concluded, "but I couldn't be prouder of her."

Castellaneta started slowly, but after two dives was up to 23rd place, then tied for 15th. She was 17th after four rounds, and then slid to 21st in the fifth round, after which the first cut occurred.

The sixth round, now with 24 divers, saw her slip to 23rd place before she rallied, climbing to 22nd in the 7th round and 21st again in the 8th round, her final round.

The State tourney completes a season that saw Castellaneta set Section IV marks in 6-dive and 11-dive competition and win the Section IV, Class C diving crown for the third straight year.

Photos in text:

Top: Lexi was all smiles after making the first cut at States.
Bottom: Lexi, left, poses with fellow divers, including Lansing's Meghan Matheny (second from right).

Lexi Castellaneta in three positions during one of her early dives Friday at States

Glen girls prep for season with scrimmage

BATH, Nov. 18 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- two-time defending Section IV, Class C champions -- traveled to Bath Friday for a scrimmage to help prepare for the upcoming season.

The Senecas, coached by Alicia Learn, will host another scrimmage at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23 against Southern Cayuga.

The regular season opens Dec. 6 at home against Newark Valley.

Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond looks to shoot during Friday's scrimmage against Bath. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike shoots. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly (right) drives toward the hoop. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Glen's Gonzalez earns IAC nod as MVP

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 14 -- Watkins Glen volleyball player Mariah Gonzalez (pictured at right) has been named Most Valuable Player of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large Schools South Division in a vote of division coaches.

Earning First Team division berths were two of her Seneca teammates, Amanda Pike and Hanley Elliott.

Second Team status was earned by Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond and Megan Hazlitt, while Kathryn Losey was named an Honorable Mention.

Watkins Glen Coach Michelle Simiele noted that she removed herself from the MVP voting because Gonzalez is her daughter. She says she nominated both Gonzalez and Amanda Pike, and left the vote to the other coaches, whose teams had each played Watkins Glen twice.

The Senecas won their division and then the IAC Large Schools overall title with a victory over Large Schools North Division champion Trumansburg.

Division MVP: Mariah Gonzalez, Watkins Glen.

First Team: Amanda Pike and Hanley Elliott, Watkins Glen; Lyndsey Moore and Katie Goodwin, Waverly; Molly Baker, Newark Valley; and Haley Maggs, Sami Goodwin and Ashley Comstock, Edison.

Second Team: Emmie Bond and Megan Hazlitt, Watkins Glen; Shailei Kraft, Sydney Meyers and Fallon Huck, Waverly; Hannah Williams, Newark Valley; and Bella Willsey and Rachel Becker, Edison.

Honorable Mention: Kathryn Losey, Watkins Glen; Abigail Searles, Jordan Mente and Brooke Bennett, Waverly; Ruby Kidwell and Paityn Smith, Newark Valley; and Olivia Thresher and Hailey Burdick, Edison.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez (File photo)


Crout earns berth: Odessa-Montour senior Alyssa Crout was named to the IAC Small Schools South Division All-Star Second Team in a vote of division coaches.

Earning Honorable Mention were O-M teammates Dasia Herrmann and Paxtyn Brown.

Powerlifting tourney set at Field House

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 14 -- The Seneca Powerlifting Club will host the World Natural Powerlifting Federation (WNPF) Fall Classic on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Watkins Glen High School Field House.

Thirty lifters from all over the northeast will compete, including local world record holder Jeremey Brown, who will be among 10 local and Watkins Glen student lifters.

Long-time Watkins Glen coach and two-time New York State AAU powerlifting coach of the year Ralph Diliberto is coming out of retirement to attempt to set a New York State deadlift record.

Lifting will begin at 10 a.m. Admission is $10.

The Class C state champions. From left: Athletic Director Rod Weeden, Sam Hanley, Aaron Planty, Shawn Rutledge, Gabe Planty, Sean Holland, Jacob Carocci, Patrick Hazlitt and Coach John Fazzary. (Photo by George Rutledge)

Left: Coach John Fazzary with team member Shawn Rutledge upon arrival at the school. Right: The Senecas' Patrick Hazlitt exits the bus with the championship plaque in hand.

Glen boys win state XC title

Cruise to Class C championship; greeted home by sirens

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 12 -- "It's great," said Watkins Glen cross country runner Gabe Planty. "Awesome," added teammate Jacob Carocci.

They were reacting to their squad's Class C victory Saturday at the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Cross Country Championships at Chenango Valley State Park.

They were back at Watkins Glen High School, delivered from the Tops parking lot -- up Franklin Street and down Decatur -- by fire trucks and police cars, sirens blaring, letting the village know that one of its sports teams had brought home, for the first time, a state title.

The team was greeted at the high school Field House by a gathering of 150 fans, where applause and photos and snacks were followed by individual congratulations. Team leader Patrick Hazlitt, who finished third in Saturday's race, was asked what mood the victory created.

"Euphoria," he answered. "That's what the coach would say."

The coach, John Fazzary, who led the team to a second-place finish last year, was calm in the midst of the celebration. "It wasn't as close as expected," he said of the results, in which Watkins Glen easily won with just 21 points, while the school expected to challenge for the title, Mount Academy, had 51.

"But the boys stepped up," said Fazzary, noting that the team's tapering -- aiming for maximum effect from its training at the right moment -- "worked out well."

Hazlitt posted a time of 16:00.2 in finishing third among the Class C race's 131 runners. He was fourth overall when all of the various class races were merged.

Shawn Rutledge was next for the Senecas, in 6th place (16:31.7), while Gabe Planty was 8th (16:35.7) and Sam Hanley 12th (16:41.1). Mount Academy's top runner was in 15th place.

In addition, the Senecas' Aaron Planty was 18th in 16:45.2, Sean Holland 33rd in 17:15.7, and Jacob Carocci 40th in 17:21.7.

On the girls side: Watkins Glen's lone entrant, sophomore Kai Sutterby, placed 28th among 128 runners in a time of 20:16 on the park's 3.1-mile course.

The boys' victory completed a quest that started with last year's runnerup finish, barely ahead of Mount Academy. The winner in 2015 moved to Class B this year, and it was assumed that Mount Academy would be looking for a touch of revenge, since the Senecas had denied them the runnerup spot last year.

But after a couple of lopsided victories -- at the IAC Championships and the Section IV, Class C meet, also at Chenango Valley State Park -- Watkins registered another one Saturday.

After the Senecas and Mount Academy came Addison with 92 points. The other eight sectional titleists finished as follows: Albany Academy (123), Marcellus (130), Irvington (131), Alden (195), Saranac Lake (209), Center Moriches (238), Oyster Bay (289) and Salmon River (360).

The season isn't over, though. The Senecas still have the state's Federation meet at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls and the Nike Regionals, also at Bowdoin Park.

For now, though -- after all of the training and after the championship and after the celebration that awaited them back home -- the team's Shawn Rutledge said that one thing was on his mind.

"It's time for a nap," he said. "That's my first priority."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt, who finished third. (Photo by George Rutledge)
Second: A cake awaiting the team at the Field House.
Third: Girls team members Clara Chedzoy, left, and Kai Sutterby hold the boys' championship sign.
Bottom: A sign outside the Field House welcomed the champions home.

Left: The Senecas' Gabe Planty. Right: Kai Sutterby was the lone Watkins runner in the girls Class C race. (Both photos by George Rutledge)

Watkins Sam Hanley (front) and Aaron Planty (No. 419).
(Photo by George Rutledge)

From left: Watkins Glen's Jacob Carocci, Shawn Rutledge and Sean Holland. (All three photos by George Rutledge)

Emergency vehicles conducted a siren-blaring parade, leading the team's buses up Franklin Street, down Decatur, and to the school (above).

The team gathered in the WGHS Field House gym, where 150 fans cheered them.

And photos from Aran Holland:


Left: Sean Holland (No. 418) and Jacob Carocci (behind him). Right: Kai Sutterby.

Left: The Senecas' Patrick Hazlitt. Right: Holding the title sign aloft.

From left: Patrick Hazlitt, Shawn Rutledge, Aaron Planty, Sam Hanley, Gabe Planty, Sean Holland and Jacob Carocci after the race.

3 honored as Athletes of the Week

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 6 -- This week we honor three state tournament-bound athletes as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week. They are:

--Watkins Glen High School cross-country runner Patrick Hazlitt, who led his team to its second straight Section IV, Class C title and a berth in the State Tournament on Nov. 12 at Chenango Valley State Park.

--Watkins Glen High School cross-country runner Kai Sutterby, who -- as the only female Seneca runner at the Section IV, Class C race -- finished in the top five to advance as an individual to States.

--Watkins Glen High school diver Lexi Castellaneta, who claimed her third straight Section IV diving title, and will be competing Nov. 18 in her third straight State Diving tournament.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen swimmers Peighton Cervoni, Jill Kilcoyne, Liza Carnes, Isabella Fazzary, Sarah Swinnerton and Amanda Wilbur; Odessa-Montour High School swimmers Tori Reese and Syria Tague; and Watkins Glen runners Gabe Planty and Shawn Rutledge.

Honorable Mention: Another 14 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.

From left: The Tribe's Jax Decker in C game; Ryan Willett in B game, and Owen Scholtisek on a 51-yard touchdown run in the A game. (Photos provided)

Tribe members play in All-Star game

WINDSOR, Nov. 8 -- Several members of the Schuyler Youth Football teams -- the A, B and C Tribe squads -- competed Sunday in Windsor in the Southern Tier Youth Football League East-West All-Star Game.

C Game: Jax Decker and Logan Wheeler played in a 12-12 tie.

B Game: Ryan Willett and Ben Heichel played as their West team won 12-6.

A Game: Travon Jones, Owen Scholtisek and Cayden Confer played as their West squad won 27-26.

Coaches selected by the league for the game were Tribe head coach Jeff Fazzary and Tribe assistants Carl Willett and Don Beckley.

The Tribe A team repeated this season as champions of the league, victors in a culminating Super Bowl in Apalachin.

Left: Watkins' Lexi Castellaneta on the way to victory. Right: The Senecas' Jena Slater.

Lexi wins section diving title

Watkins finishes 2nd to Lansing in Class C swim meet

OWEGO, Nov. 5 -- Watkins Glen High School junior Lexi Castellaneta won her third straight Section IV diving title Saturday, easily topping a small field during the Section IV, Class C Swimming & Diving Championships at Owego Free Academy.

Lexi and her three competitors -- along with Class A divers -- had completed the first eight of 11 dives Friday night at the natatorium behind Elmira's Ernie Davis school. The final three dives were saved for Saturday at Owego -- unlike in the past -- to give the divers a larger crowd and the spectators an appreciation of the athletes' accomplishments.

Castellaneta finished with 501.75 points. Lansing's Meghan Matheny finished second, while Watkins Glen's Jena Slater was third with 324.30. In fourth place was Oneonta's Kylie McKee.

Next up for Lexi is the New York State Swimming and Diving Championships at Ithaca College -- her third straight annual visit to that event. She finished 25th in each of the past two seasons. Diving will be held on the first day of the meet -- Friday, Nov. 18.

Swimming Tournament:

Lansing won the Section IV, Class C swimming team title Saturday with 398 points, while Watkins Glen placed second with 366. They were followed by Oneonta (343), Elmira Notre Dame (222), Southern Cayuga (210), Odessa-Montour (140.5), Chenango Forks (137), Greene (120.5) and Whitney Point (93).

Among the event highlights: Watkins Glen's Jill Kilcoyne and Amanda Wilbur finished 3rd and 5th, respectively, in the 100 Butterfly in 1:06.25 and 107.50; Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni was 3rd in the 100 Backstroke in 1:05.48; Odessa-Montour's Syria Tague was tied for 4th in the 50 Free with a personal best of 26.94; Liza Carnes and Isabella Fazzary finished 4th and 5th, respectively, in the 500 Free in 5:51.81 and 5:51.91; and O-M's Tori Reese and Watkins Glen's Sarah Swinnerton were 4th and 5th respectively, in the 100 Yard Breaststroke in 1:14.96 and 1:17.37.

200 Medley Relay:

Watkins Glen (Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur and Elizabeth Kilcoyne) finished 4th in 2:03.73.

Odessa-Montour (Syria Tague, Emma Lodge, Tori Reese and Kara Reese) finished 6th in 2:11.60.

200 Yard Freestyle:

Watkins Glen: Liza Carnes finished 6th in 2:11.20, Jill Cantieni 7th in 2:13.28, Isabella Fazzary 10th in 2:12.97 and Annika Wickham 15th in 2:25.45.

Odessa-Montour: Emelia Paulisczak finished 13th in 2:19.38.

200 Yard Individual Medley:

Watkins Glen: Amanda Wilbur finished 7th in 2:30. 66, Jill Kilcoyne 12th in 2:40.06 and Gabi Decker 15th in 2:44.88.

Odessa-Montour: Tori Reese finished 9th in 2:30.42.

50 Yard Freestyle:

Watkins Glen: Allie Gibson finished 7th in 27.38, Jill Cantieni 8th in 27.59, Elizabeth Kilcoyne 9th in 27.34, and Sara Gardner 13th in 28.21.

Odessa-Montour: Syria Tague tied for 4th in 26.94, her first time below 27 seconds.

100 Yard Butterfly:

Watkins Glen: Jill Kilcoyne placed 3rd in 1:06.25, Amanda Wilbur 5th in 1:07.50, and Madi Kilcoyne 7th in 1:11.74.

Odessa-Montour: Lydia Lynch finished 15th in 1:37.11.

100 Yard Freestyle:

Watkins Glen: Peighton Cervoni placed 6th in 57.89, and Elizabeth Kilcoyne 11th in 1:00.59.

500 Yard Freestyle:

Watkins Glen: Liza Carnes placed 4th in 5:51.81, Isabella Fazzary 5th in 5:51.91, Gabi Decker 9th in 6:13.44, and Annika Wickham 16th in 6:38.65.

Odessa-Montour: Emelia Paulisczak finished 13th in 6:22.90.

200 Yard Freestyle Relay:

Watkins Glen (Elizabeth Kilcoyne, Jill Cantieni, Sara Gardner, Allie Gibson) finished 3rd in 1:48.27.

Odessa-Montour (Syria Tague, Tori Reese, Kara Reese, Emelia Paulisczak) finished 5th in 1:53.51.

100 Yard Backstroke:

Watkins Glen: Peighton Cervoni placed 3rd in 1:05.48, Madi Kilcoyne 13th in 1:18.58, Angel Williams 14th in 1:20.51, and Allie Gibson 15th in 1:20.55.

Odessa-Montour: Syria Tague was 6th in 1:08.62.

100 Yard Breaststroke:

Watkins Glen: Sarah Swinnerton placed 5th in 1:17.97, Sara Gardner 8th in 1:24.41, and Moeko Oshima 16th in 1:35.66.

Odessa-Montour: Tori Reese was 4th in 1:14.96. and Emma Lodge 14th in 1:28.39.

400 Yard Freestyle Relay:

Watkins Glen (Jill Kilcoyne, Amanda Wilbur, Liza Carnes, Jill Cantieni) finished 5th in 4:06.75.

Odessa-Montour (JoLynn Minnier, Lydia Lynch, Hailey Hoose, Emelia Paulisczak) finished 8th in 4:55.96.

Said Watkins Glen Coach Nichole Chaffee, "The swimmers all did well and I am very proud of them. I couldn't have asked for a better group of girls."

Photos in text:

Top: Divers from left: Runnerup Meghan Matheny (Lansing), winner Lexi Castellaneta (Watkins Glen) and third-place finisher Jena Slater (Watkins Glen) on the awards podium.

Second: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur dives at start of the 200 IM.

Third: Watkins Glen's Madi Kilcoyne in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Fourth: Odessa-Montour's Lydia Lynch in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Fifth: Watkins Glen's Sara Gardner competes in the 50 Yard Freestyle.

Sixth: Watkins Glen's Gabi Decker before the start of the meet.

Seventh: Watkins Glen's Annika Wickham before start of the 500 Yard Freestyle.

Eighth: Watkins Glen's Jill Cantieni in the 200 Yard Freestyle.

Ninth: Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese, left, and Emma Lodge pose for photos before the start of the meet.

Left: Watkins Glen's Sarah Swinnerton in the 200 Medley Relay. Right: O-M's Emelia Paulisczak in the 500 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins Glen's Jill Kilcoyne, left, and O-M's Tori Reese compete in the 200 Yard IM.

Left: Watkins Glen's Moeko Oshima. Right: The Senecas' Isabella Fazzary dives at start of the 200 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni launches from the starting block at start of the 100 Free.

Watkins Glen's Liza Carnes competes in the 200 Yard Freestyle race. She finished 6th.

Left: There were two ties in the finals of the 50 Free, at 2nd and 4th places (the latter including O-M's Syria Tague (second from left). Right: Watkins Glen's Allie Gibson at start of the 50 Free.

Odessa-Montour's Syria Tague competes in the 200 Yard Medley Relay. She later tied for 4th in the 100 Yard Freestyle, and was 6th the 100 Back.

Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty, left, and Shawn Rutledge placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively. (Photos by George Rutledge)

Glen boys win Class C title, advance to Nov. 12th States

CHENANGO VALLEY, Nov. 3 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross-country team dominated the Section IV, Class C meet Thursday at Chenango Valley State Park, posting its second straight sectional crown and advancing to the State Meet on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the same site.

The Senecas totaled 17 points, well ahead of runnerup Oneonta's 95. Then came Norwich (112), Newark Valley (124), Chenango Forks (136), Lansing (186), Chenango Valley (189), Windsor (204), Waverly (209), Dryden (233) and Susquehanna Valley (237).

Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt finished first in the race, completing the muddy 3.1-mile course in 16:39. Teammates Gabe Planty and Shawn Rutledge were second and third, respectively, in 16:48 and 16:54.

Other Seneca runners finished as follows: Aaron Planty 5th in 17:10, Sam Hanley 6th in 17:14, Sean Holland 9th in 17:34, Sam Thorsland 10th in 17:57, Jacob Carocci 11th in 18:04, Daniel Paradiso 12th in 18:11, and Max Evans 16th in 18:27. There were 101 runners.

Also advancing to States was Watkins Glen's lone female runner, Kai Sutterby, who placed 5th among 50 runners in 20:58. After runners from the winning team, Newark Valley, were removed from the individual list (since they are going to States as a team), Sutterby was the third of five runners who qualified for the Nov. 12th race.

This was the third sectional title for the Watkins boys in four years. Last year's trip to States resulted in a second-place finish, just ahead of third-place Mount Academy, a private school from Section 9. With last year's winner now in Class B, Watkins and Mount Academy are expected to vie for the state title.

"I hope we have really good news" from the Nov. 12 race, said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "It's been our goal since last year. But it's not going to be easy. It will be a real dogfight."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt, who finished first in the boys race.
Bottom: The Senecas' Kai Sutterby, who placed fifth in the girls race. (Photos by George Rutledge)

From left: Watkins Glen's Aaron Planty, Sam Hanley and Sean Holland, who finished 5th, 6th and 9th, respectively. (Photos by George Rutledge)

From left: The Senecas' Sam Thorsland, Jacob Carocci and Daniel Paradiso, who finished 10th, 11th and 12th, respectively. (Photos by George Rutledge)

Left: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez, left, battles at the net. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike smashes the ball over the net. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins volleyball season ends in semis

TIOGA CENTER, Nov. 3 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team saw its season conclude Thursday when it finished tied for third among four teams battling in the pool-play semifinals of the Section IV, Class C tournament at Tioga High School.

The top two finishers -- Tioga and Bainbridge-Guilford -- advanced to Saturday's finals at Corning East.

Tioga went unbeaten Thursday, amassing a 6-0 record as the four teams played the other three twice each. B-G built a 4-2 record, while Watkins Glen and Trumansburg -- who had battled last week for the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large Schools title, won by Watkins Glen -- finished with 1-5 marks.

"We knew the competition going in," said Watkins Glen Coach Michelle Simiele -- a reference to two losses to Tioga during the regular season and a loss to B-G in the final of a Dryden tournament. Despite Thursday's setback, though, she said that "overall I'm very pleased with the season," in which Watkins Glen was 17-2, won its second straight division title, and then won its first IAC crown.

"The girls worked hard all season," she said. "It was such a great season."

In Thursday's competition, Watkins Glen lost to Tioga 25-17 and 25-6, then split with Trumansburg, winning 25-21 before losing 25-11. That was followed by two losses to B-G, by scores of 25-14 and 25-21.

Watkins Glen statistics:

Mariah Gonzalez: 8 service points, 2 aces, 10 kills, 46 SR, 21 digs, 2 blocks.
Amanda Pike: 5 service points, 4 aces, 14 kills, 17 SR, 11 digs, 3 blocks.
Hanley Elliott: 5 service points, 3 aces, 1 kill, 21 assists, 20 digs.
Emmie Bond: 10 service points, 1 assist, 6 SR, 7 digs.
Megan Hazlitt: 5 service points, 5 SR, 3 digs.
Kathryn Losey: 14 SR 12 digs.
Kendra Larson: 1 SR, 3 digs.
Amber Benjamin: 3 SR, 1 dig.
SR: Serve Receive

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott, right, sends the ball over the net.
Bottom: The Senecas' Emmie Bond volleys. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Kendra Larson awaits the ball. Right: The Senecas' Kathryn Losey meets the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins' Sara Gardner, left, and Elizabeth Kilcoyne hit the water at the start of the 50 Free.

Swim prelims set stage for sectional finals

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 2 -- The stage was set Wednesday for Saturday's Section IV, Class C Swimming finals when prelims were held in the Watkins Glen High School pool.

Participating schools included Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour, Chenango Forks, Elmira Notre Dame, Greene, Lansing, Oneonta, Southern Cayuga and Whitney Point.

The top eight finishers in each race advanced to the finals Saturday at Owego Free Academy. The second eight finishers qualified for the consolation finals Saturday, where no competitor can finish higher than ninth.

The top eight finishers in each relay also advanced, which meant almost all of the competing schools.

Watkins Glen swimmers who advanced to the finals included:

200 Free: Liza Carnes, 3rd in 2:08.46, and Jill Cantieni, 8th in 2:13.66.
200 IM: Amanda Wilbur, 6th in 2:25.96.
50 Free: Allie Gibson, 4th in 26.78, and Jill Cantieni, 7th in 27.31.
100 Fly: Jill Kilcoyne, 2nd in 1:05.94; Amanda Wilbur, 4th in 1:06.64; and Madi Kilcoyne, 6th in 1:11.30.
100 Free: Peighton Cervoni, 6th in 57.96.
500 Free: Liza Carnes, 4th in 5:48.26, and Isabella Fazzary, 6th in 5:57.53.
100 Back: Peighton Cervoni, 2nd in 1:04.58.
100 Breaststroke: Sarah Swinnerton, 5th in 1:17.37, and Sara Gardner, 8th in 1:24.15.

Odessa-Montour swimmers who advanced to the finals included:

50 Free: Syria Tague, 8th in 27.50. (She tied with Lansing's Meghan Matheny. Tague won the finals slot in a swim-off in 27.14.)
100 Back: Syria Tague, 6th in 1:09.26.
100 Breaststroke: Tori Reese, 4th in 1:15.30.

Making the consolation finals from Watkins Glen were:

200 Free: Isabella Fazzary (9th) and Annika Wickham (16th).
200 IM: Jill Kilcoyne (12th) and Gabi Decker (14th).
50 Free: Elizabeth Kilcoyne (10th) and Sara Gardner (13th).
100 Free: Elizabeth Kilcoyne (11th).
500 Free: Gabi Decker (10th) and Annika Wickham (16th).
100 Back: Allie Gibson (11th), Madi Kilcoyne (12th) and Angel Williams (15th).
100 Breaststroke: Moeko Oshima (16th).

Making the consolation finals from Odessa-Montour were:

200 Free: Emelia Paulisczak (12th).
200 IM: Tori Reese (10th).
100 Fly: Lydia Lynch (15th).
500 Free: Emelia Paulisczak (15th).
100 Breaststroke: Emma Lodge (15th).

In the relays:

200 Medley Relay: Watkins Glen placed 4th and O-M 6th.
200 Free Relay: Watkins Glen was 2nd and O-M 7th. The Senecas challenged Oneonta (1:45.13) by posting a 1:47.46. Squad members were Elizabeth Kilcoyne, Jill Cantieni, Sara Gardner and Allie Gibson.
400 Free Relay: Watkins Glen was 5th and O-M was 8th.

Diving: The Section IV, Class A & C diving will start at 4 p.m. Friday at the Ernie Davis school (former EFA) in Elmira. After the first 8 dives, the top 8 in each class will advance at that point to the final three dives Saturday at Owego Free Academy.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese, who placed 4th in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.

Second: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur, 4th in the 100 Fly and 6th in the 200 IM.

Third: Watkins Glen's Angel Williams, who qualified for the consolation finals in the 100 Yard Backstroke.

Bottom: O-M's Julia Paulisczak dives at the start of the 50 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins Glen's Allie Gibson dives at start of the 50 Free, left, and then checks her time after completing the race. She placed fourth.

Watkins Glen's Jill Kilcoyne, who won her heat and placed second overall in the 100 Fly.

Left: Watkins Glen's Gabi Decker turns for final leg of the 200 IM. She advanced to the consolation finals. Right: O-M's JoLynn Minnier competes in the 200 IM.

O-M's Lydia Lynch on her way to 15th place and the consolation finals in the 100 Fly.

Left: O-M's Syria Tague is given some advice by her brother Billy before her swim-off for the 8th and last spot in the 50 Free finals. Right: She reacts to her subsequent victory.

Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese dives at start of the 200 Individual Medley.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike sends the ball over the net. Teammate Hanley Elliott is at left. (Photo by Don Romeo)

WG wins, moves to pool play

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 1 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team defeated Lansing 3-0 Tuesday night in a Section IV, Class C quarterfinal in the WGHS gym, advancing to the pool-play semifinals Thursday at Tioga High School.

The Senecas, who outscored Lansing 25-22, 25-14 and 25-21, will play two games each against host Tioga, Bainbridge-Guilford and Trumansburg starting at 4:30 p.m. The top two teams will advance to the final Saturday at Corning East High School. Watkins Glen is seeded No. 4 behind unbeaten Tioga, once-beaten Trumansburg and unbeaten B-G, in that order.

Watkins Glen, now 17-2, seemed to play flat Tuesday night -- the likely result, said Coach Michelle Simiele, of an emotional letdown after the Senecas' hard-fought win Friday over Trumansburg for the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large Schools title.

"We need to bring more enthusiasm to the games Thursday," said Simiele, who also noted that while the Senecas' service game was solid Tuesday, it wasn't aggressive. "We have to be aggressive to win," she said -- considering that Watkins lost to Tioga twice during the season and to Bainbridge-Guilford in the final of a Dryden tournament, and were two points away from losing to Tburg Friday before rallying for the victory.

The Senecas started strongly Tuesday, building a 10-4 lead in the first game before Lansing rallied to take the lead 16-13. Watkins moved ahead again at 19-18 and didn't trail the rest of the game.

The second game was close early, with Lansing leading 4-3 -- its only lead of the game. The Senecas were up by three at 14-11 when they took control, outscoring the Ladycats 11-3 down the stretch.

The third game was more challenging for Watkins, which was down 14-12 before reeling off six straight points, five with Hanley Elliott serving, to go up 18-14. Elliott finished the game with a team-high 17 service points.

Watkins extended its lead to 22-15 before Lansing rallied to within three points, 24-21. But the Senecas closed it out on the next point, and extended their season.

Watkins Glen statistics:

Mariah Gonzalez: 6 service points, 15 kills, 19 SR, 15 digs, 5 blocks.
Amanda Pike: 9 service points, 13 kills, 11 SR, 9 digs, 4 blocks.
Hanley Elliott: 17 service points, 3 aces, 27 assists, 2 SR, 15 digs.
Emmie Bond: 7 service points, 1 ace, 1 assist, 5 SR, 8 digs.
Kathryn Losey: 1 service point, 1 kill, 2 assists, 4 SR, 11 digs.
Megan Hazlitt: 2 service points, 2 kills, 5 SR, 4 digs.
Amber Benjamin: 1 service point, 1 assist.
Kendra Larson: 2 SR, 2 digs.
SR=Service Receive

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez sends the ball over the net.
Middle: The Senecas' Emmie Bond, foreground, fakes hitting the ball as teammate Mariah Gonzalez, next to her, sends it over the net.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Kathryn Losey, right, meets the ball. Teammate Megan Hazlitt is on the left. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond. (Photo by Don Romeo) / Right: The Senecas' Megan Hazlitt battles at the net.

Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez, left, meets an incoming serve as teammate Kathryn Losey (7) watches. In the background are teammate Kendra Larson and Coach Michelle Simiele.

From left: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott, Kendra Larson and Amanda Pike. (Center photo by Don Romeo)

Sophomore quarterback Alexis Saunders tries a run to the right in first-half action.

O-M juniors & sophomores win Pixie Bowl

ODESSA, Nov. 1 -- The team of sophomores and juniors dominated in the second half Tuesday night to defeat the senior-freshman team 26-8 in the 10th annual flag-football Pixie Bowl on Odessa-Montour High School's Charles Martin Field.

The touchdowns for the winning squad, which trailed 8-0 in the first half before pulling within two points at 8-6 shortly before intermission, were scored by McKennah Lott, Hannah Bruno and Hunter Daugherty. Lott and Hailey Perraut each kicked an extra point.

Senior Alyssa Crout scored her team's lone touchdown, as well as a two-point conversion.

A halftime punt, pass and kick competition saw a large turnout of O-M athletes. Nick Sgrecci placed first, DeShawn Johnson second and Noah Austin third.

Photo in text: Sopohomore Mckennah Lott grabs a pass from quarterback Alexis Saunders that she carried into the end zone for a touchdown.

Left: Senior quarterback Alyssa Crout throws a pass on the final play of the first half. Right: The play is broken up by junior Hailey Perraut (4), defending against the intended receiver, senior Dasia Herrmann.

Athletes of Week: 4 who had an impact

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Oct. 30 -- This week we honor four athletes -- a diver, a runner and two volleyball players -- who left an impact from their performances this past week. Each is from Watkins Glen High School.

Diver Lexi Castellaneta -- who this season set 6-dive Section IV records three times -- now has the 11-dive sectional record after a 534.45-point performance at the IAC Swimming and Diving Championships at WGHS, breaking a seven-year-old mark.

Runner Patrick Hazlitt earns a nod for his first-place finish at the IAC Cross Country Championship at Marathon, leading Watkins Glen to its fourth straight IAC team title. He was also awarded the IAC Sportsmanship Award.

The final two slots go for timely impact. Volleyball players Hanley Elliott and Megan Hazlitt earn the honors for stepping up at crucial moments with key service points (Hazlitt closing out the first game after the Senecas trailed 21-19 and Elliott closing out the fourth game after the Senecas fell behind 23-20) as Watkins Glen rallied from the edge of defeat to top Trumansburg for the IAC Large Schools volleyball title. Hazlitt also had two other timely service runs, including in the final, fifth game when the Senecas pulled away from a 9-8 lead to 16-8. She finished with 22 service points and 6 aces, to go with 16 digs. Elliott, with 12 service points and 2 aces, also registered 18 digs and an impressive 49 assists, amply setting the ball for the team's kill experts.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen runners Shawn Rutledge, Gabe Planty, Sam Hanley, Sean Holland and Kai Sutterby; Watkins Glen volleyball players Mariah Gonzalez, Amanda Pike and Emmie Bond.

Honorable Mention: Another 18 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"A" team poses after defeating Johnson City 19-12 in the Southern Tier Youth Football Conference Super Bowl in Apalachin. (Photo provided)

Tribe wins youth football Super Bowl

APALACHIN, Oct. 30 -- The Schuyler Youth Football "A" team successfully defended its Southern Tier Youth Football Conference title when it defeated Johnson City 19-12 Sunday in the conference Super Bowl in Apalachin.

The Tribe had reached the game for the second straight year by winning the conference's West Division, while Johnson City was the East Division champ. The Tribe completed the season unbeaten.

The game, a defensive battle, saw its first touchdown when the Tribe's Owen Scholtisek scored on a 36-yard run. Johnson City tied the game 6-6 before both teams scored again in the second half, with the Tribe adding an extra point to take a 13-12 lead.

Johnson City marched down the field to within the Tribe 5-yard line late in the game, but was stopped by the Tribe defense there, and turned the ball over on downs. Scholtisek then burst down the sideline for a 95-yard TD run with under a minute left in the game.

Johnson City got the ball back, but a pass was intercepted by the Tribe's Adam Pastore, ending the game.

Photo in text: The Tribe's Owen Scholtisek breaks free for a 95-yard TD run. (Photo provided)

Left: The Tribe's Travon Jones gains some yardage. Right: Team coaches, from left: Assistant Tony Spahalski, Assistant Shaun Cannon, Head Coach Jeff Fazzary, and Assistant Don Beckly. (Photos provided)

Left: Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni dives at the start of the 100 Yard Freestyle race. Right: Odessa-Montour's Emma Lodge competes in the 100 Free.

Lexi sets 11-dive section mark

Lansing wins IAC swim crown; Watkins 3rd; O-M 7th

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 29 -- Watkins Glen junior Lexi Castellaneta set a new Section IV 11-dive scoring record at Saturday morning's Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championship meet at WGHS -- leading the Senecas to the IAC diving title. Lansing, meanwhile, won the afternoon swim meet convincingly.

Castellaneta, scoring two 9s, two 9.5s and a 10 on her final dive -- an inward dive with a pike position -- totaled 534.45 points to edge a 2009 record of 532 set by Binghamton diver Alyssa Menz. Lexi's previous high had been 522.55 points.

Her performance and third- and fourth-place finishes by Jena Slater and Maddie Suddaby lifted the Senecas to the IAC diving crown -- but Lansing dominated much of the swimming portion of the meet.

The Lady Bobcats finished with 432 points, while Waverly totaled 311, edging out Watkins Glen (310) for second place. Southern Cayuga was fourth with 235 points, followed by Notre Dame (228), Dryden (186), Odessa-Montour (143) and Whitney Point (103).

Podium finishes (top 8) for the Senecas in the afternoon swim meet included:

-- Liza Carnes, 4th in the 200 Yard Freestyle (2:15.78) and 8th in the 500 Free (6:03.94)
-- Isabella Fazzary, 6th in the 200 Yard Free (2:16.90) and 5th in the 500 Free (6:01.33)
-- Jill Cantieni, 7th in the 200 Yard Free (2:17.83)
-- Allison Gibson, 5th in the 50 Yard Freestyle (27.08)
-- Elizabeth Kilcoyne, 7th in the 500 Yard Free (27.71) and 6th in the 100 Free (1:00.76)
-- Jill Kilcoyne, 7th in the 100 Yard Butterfly (1:08.71)
-- Amanda Wilbur, 8th in the 100 Yard Butterfly (1:09.93)
-- Peighton Cervoni, 4th in the 100 Free (59.10) and 7th in the 100 Back (1:09.72)
-- Sarah Swinnerton, 7th in the 100 Yard Breaststroke (1:20.02)

Odessa-Montour's podium finishers included:

-- Emelia Paulisczzak, 8th in the 200 Freestyle (2:19.81)
-- Tori Reese, 8th in the 200 Yard IM (2:29.57) and 6th in the 100 Breaststroke (1:17.47)
-- Syria Tague, 8th in the 50 Yard Freestyle (27.82) and 5th in the 100 Back (1:08.02)

200 Yard Medley Relay: Notre Dame won, with Lansing 2nd. Watkins Glen was 5th in 2:05.29 (Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur and Elizabeth Kilcoyne) and Odessa-Montour was 7th in 2:12.06 (Syria Tague, Emma Lodge, Tori Reese and Kara Reese).

200 Yard Freestyle Relay: Lansing won, with Waverly 2nd and Watkins Glen 3rd in 1:50.21 (Elizabeth Kilcoyne, Jill Cantieni, Allison Gibson and Sara Gardner) and O-M 6th in 1:56.82 (Tori Reese, Syria Tague, Kara Reese and Emelia Paulisczak).

400 Yard Freestyle Relay: Lansing won, with Notre Dame second. Watkins Glen was fourth in 4:11.20 (Jill Kilcoyne, Amanda Wilbur, Liza Carnes and Peighton Cervoni) and O-M 7th in 4:57.62 (Emelia Paulisczak, JoLynn Minnier, Lydia Lynch and Hailey Hoose).

In addition to winning two relays and finishing 2nd in the other, Lansing had first-place finishes in the 200 Free, 50 Free and 100 Free, and second-place finishes in the 100 Back, 50 Free and 200 IM.

Diving Meet:

Castellaneta dominated in the diving. Here is the breakdown of her scores for each of her 11 dives, with five judges' totals. The highest total possible -- and rare -- is a 10.

1st Dive: 7.5, 8, 9, 8, 9
2nd Dive: 7.5, 7.5, 9, 7.5, 7
3rd Dive: 6.5, 7, 6.5, 6.5, 7.5
4th Dive: 7.5, 8.5, 7.5, 7.5, 7.5
5th Dive: 7, 6.5, 5.5, 6.5, 7.5
6th Dive: 9, 8.5, 8.5, 9, 7.5
7th Dive: 9.5, 9, 9.5, 8.5, 9.5
8th Dive: 7.5, 8.5, 7.5, 7.5, 6.5
9th Dive: 8, 9, 8.5, 8, 9
10th Dive: 7.5, 8.5, 7.5, 7.5, 8.5
11th Dive: 10, 9.5, 9, 9, 9.5

Her final dive, the 401 B inward dive in a pike position, is one in which Lexi has high confidence. It was a good choice to finish on.

And again -- as she was on each of the three occasions in which she set Section IV records this season for six dives -- she knew on the final dive what was at stake. And as with those other three occasions ... when the scores were posted, her arms shot up in victory.

Photos in text:

Top: Lexi Castellaneta completes her final dive, which lifted her to a new sectional record.
Second: Watkins Glen's Isabella Fazzary on the way to 5th place in the 500 Free.
Third: WG's Elizabeth Kilcoyne checks the scoreboard after finishing 6th in the 100 Free.
Fourth: Odessa-Montour's Emelia Paulisczak on the way to 11th place in the 500 Free.
Fifth: The Watkins Glen divers. From left, Jena Slater, Lexi Castellaneta and Maddie Suddaby.

Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese enters the water at the start of the 200 Yard IM.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jena Slater on the way to third place in the diving. Right: The Senecas' Maddie Suddaby, fourth in the diving.

Watkins Glen's Allison Gibson glides at the start of the 50 Free. She placed fifth.

Left: Odessa-Montour's JoLynn Minnier competes in the 100 Free. Right: O-M's Syria Tague, 8th in the 50 Yard Freestyle and 5th in the 100 Backstroke.

The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross-country runners, champions of the IAC. From left: Sam Hanley, Gabe Planty, Jacob Carocci, Daniel Paradiso, Sean Holland, Aaron Planty, Patrick Hazlitt and Shawn Rutledge. (Photo by George Rutledge)

WG boys XC team wins IACs

MARATHON, Oct. 29 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross-country team won its fourth straight Interscholastic Athletic Conference title Saturday when it placed seven of its runners in the Top 10 at the IAC Championship on the Marathon Elementary School's 3.1-mile course.

Watkins Glen finished with 20 points, well ahead of runnerup Elmira Notre Dame (70). Newark Valley (114) was third, followed by Trumansburg (137), Groton (157), Waverly (184), Lansing (188), Moravia (207), Dryden (211), Spencer-Van Etten/Candor (214), and Marathon (231).

Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt finished first in 17:05. Teammate Shawn Rutledge was 2nd in 17:13, Gabe Planty 4th in 17:29, Sam Hanley 6th in 17:32, Sean Holland 7th in 17:54, Daniel Paradiso 8th in 18:14, Jacob Carocci 10th in 18:21, and Aaron Planty 17th in 18:35. There were 79 runners.

The top seven runners earned IAC All-Star First Team status. The next seven earned Second Team All-Star status.

Hazlitt also won the IAC male Sportsmanship Award, voted upon by league coaches.

Varsity Girls: Watkins Glen had two runners, with Kai Sutterby finishing 4th in 21:05 and Cambria Weeden 11th in 21:32 among 76 runners. Sutterby thus earned an IAC All-Star First Team berth, and Weeden a slot on the Second Team.

Junior Varsity Boys: Watkins Glen won its second straight JV title, sweeping the top nine spots. The Senecas finished with 15 points, while Newark Valley had 68, Notre Dame 90, Trumansburg 104, Waverly 106, Marathon 181, and Dryden 188.

The Senecas' Max Evans finished first in 18:42, followed by Sam Thorsland (2nd in 18:43), Conlin Wysocki (3rd in 19:08), William Yeater (4th in 19:21), Isaac McIlroy (5th in 19:39), Tanner Ryan (6th in 19:44), Alex Gibson (7th in 20:30), Tyler Couch (8th in 20:46), Julian Thornton (9th in 20:50), Clint Craven (18th in 21:56), and Elliott Holland (20th in 22:16). There were 56 runners in the race.

Junior High Boys: Watkins Glen's Ben Swinnerton was 3rd in 9:47 and Brady Neal 11th in 10:36 among 56 runners.

Junior High Girls: The Senecas' Julya Slater was 3rd in 14:54 and Breanna Carl 15th in 15:32. There were a total of 42 runners.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt with his IAC Sportsmanship Award.
Bottom: The Senecas' Kai Sutterby, front, with her IAC All-Star First Team award, and Cambria Weeden, who earned a Second Team berth. (Photos provided)

Watkins Glen's Jacob Carocci (left) and Gabe Planty. (Photos by George Rutledge)

From left: Watkins Glen's Sean Holland, Shawn Rutledge and Sam Hanley. (Photos by George Rutledge)

JV race: Watkins' Alex Gibson left, and William Yeater. (Photos by George Rutledge)

The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team poses after winning the IAC Large School title. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen wins IAC title

Down and almost out, Senecas roar back to beat Tburg

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 28 -- It was an improbable victory.

The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team, winner of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School South Division crown, was down 2 games to 1 and behind 23-20 Friday night as it battled previously unbeaten and IAC Large School North Division champ Trumansburg for the overall IAC Large School title.

Trumansburg had dominated the Senecas the previous year in the same title game, played at Tburg.

This time it was played in the WGHS Field House, and the vociferous Watkins student cheering section might have had something to do with the outcome, encouraging the Senecas when they were both rolling and struggling. "I have to credit the students," said Watkins Glen Coach Michelle Simiele. "The girls were thrilled to have them there, cheering."

Down 23-20 in the fourth game and facing defeat, the Senecas nevertheless found a way to prevail. They rallied -- behind the serving of Hanley Elliott -- to deny Tburg another point and win the game, 25-23, and then pulled away from the Blue Raiders in the deciding fifth game, 25-16, to earn a 3-2 victory and revenge for last year's outcome. They also came away with a confidence builder heading into Section IV tournament play. The Senecas face Lansing at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 in the WGHS Field House. Watkins Glen, 16-2, is the No. 4 seed. Lansing, 11-5, is the No. 5 seed.

Friday night's title, Coach Simiele noted, was the first volleyball IAC crown for WGHS.

"There were stretches where we made mistakes,"she said, "but overall we played very well against a very good team. Our strength training helped us in the last game; it was the only game that wasn't close."

While praising the performance of her main offensive players, Simiele also noted their defensive contributions and the play of Kathryn Losey and subs Amber Benjamin and Kendra Larson.

"It's great when kids come off the bench and play well," she said. "Everybody fulfilled their roles, did what they were supposed to do, and that's why we won. I'm proud of the time and effort they put in every day."

Watkins Glen had opened Friday with a 25-21 victory in a first game that was close throughout until the Senecas pulled away with the final six points -- Megan Hazlitt serving the final five. But they then lost the second game 25-23 after being tied at 23-all and with the serve. And in the third game, the Senecas were up by as much as six points, 17-11, before letting the Raiders back in and dropping a 26-24 decision.

Asked what she told her players after that third game, Simiele said "I told them to have fun and go down swinging."

The fourth game looked promising at first as Watkins started 3-0 on Mariah Gonzalez serves and then opened a 12-5 lead, five of the points coming off of Hazlitt serves. But Trumansburg, after calling a time out, roared back with 11 straight points as Watkins looked disorganized. But when they were down 19-14, the Senecas gathered themselves together, pulled within a point at 19-18, evened the score at 20-20 -- and then lost the next three points to fall behind 23-20.

And that's when they dug deeper, winning the next three points to pull even at 23-23, and then capturing the next two points as well, the second-to-last on a nasty Amanda Pike kill. The final four points were served by Elliott.

And that win propelled them into the decider, Game Five.

The final game started tight, with Watkins trailing by two points early but then pulling ahead 9-5 on three Pike serves. Trumansburg closed to within a point, 9-8, before losing the serve. The Senecas then notched six more points in a row with Hazlitt serving to pull ahead 16-8. The lead was again eight points at 19-11 before the Raiders registered four straight points to pull within four at 19-15.

But following a Watkins Glen timeout, the Raiders lost steam as the Senecas won four points to increase their lead to 23-15, lost a point, and then won the final two to close out the victory.

Watkins Glen statistics:

Amanda Pike: 6 service points, 5 aces, 30 kills, 1 assist, 19 SR*, 9 digs, 4 blocks.
Mariah Gonzalez: 14 service points, 3 aces, 23 kills, 53 SR, 27 digs, 2 blocks.
Hanley Elliott: 12 service points, 2 aces, 2 kills, 49 assists, 18 digs.
Emmie Bond: 14 service points, 3 aces, 4 kills, 2 assists, 2 SR, 12 digs.
Megan Hazlitt: 22 service points, 6 aces, 5 SR, 16 digs.
Kathryn Losey: 3 service points, 1 kill, 5 SR, 9 digs.
Amber Benjamin: 1 service point, 2 SR, 2 digs.
Kendra Larson: 1 SR, 2 digs.
*SR: Serve Receives

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike (6) battles a Trumansburg player at the net. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Middle: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez (12) smashes the ball.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Megan Hazlitt reaches for a volley.

Watkins' Hanley Elliott meets the ball. The match featured a number of lengthy volleys.

Left: Watkins' Kathryn Losey (7) volleys as Mariah Gonzalez (center) and Megan Hazlitt back her up. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike serves. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott sends the ball over the net. Right: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez meets the ball. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond volleys. Right: The Senecas' Kathryn Losey.

From left: Watkins Glen's Megan Hazlitt, Hanley Elliott and Emmie Bond. (Photo in the middle by Don Romeo)

The Watkins Glen players and some of their fans celebrate after the Senecas' IAC victory.

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