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2 advance to Hoop Shoot state level

PENN YAN, Jan. 26 -- Watkins Glen representatives excelled Saturday at the District Elks Hoop Shoot competition in Penn Yan -- earning two first-place finishes and two second-place finishes. The two first-place finishers advance to the next level, a state competition in Elmira.

The Watkins Glen competitors - who had advanced from the local competition to the District, placed as follows in Penn Yan:

Girls:

8-9 years old:
1st place -- Carly Arnold

12-13 years old:
2nd place -- Kelsey Kernan

Boys:

8-9 years old:
2nd place -- David Kelly III

10-11 years old:
1st place -- Dylan Morse

"Watkins Glen rocked the house.," said one parent, Deborah Stayer Kelly. "This event included much larger schools (Ithaca, Horseheads, etc.) but Watkins Glen held their own. We couldn’t be more proud of their sportsmanship and skill. Each first- and second-place winner received a trophy. First-place winners also received customized Elks basketballs. All winners and their families were treated to a spaghetti lunch at the Penn Yan Elks Club.

"Dylan and Kelsey will move on to compete at the State level in Elmira.

"We would like to thank Watkins Glen Elks Lodge Hoop Director David Waite and his team of volunteers for coordinating the Elks Hoop Shoot sponsored by Watkins Glen Elks Lodge 1546, as it is a lot of hard work and planning. We are honored that this experience is offered to our district. Also a big thanks to the members of the Penn Yan Elks Lodge 1722 for their hospitality.

Photo in text: From left: Dylan Morse, Kelsey Kernan, Carly Arnold, and David Kelly III. (Photo provided)

Athletes of the Week: Flahive, Tague

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 26 -- Watkins Glen basketball player Luke Flahive and Odessa-Montour swimmer Billy Tague are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Flahive earned the honor for a pair of performances as the unbeaten Watkins boys varsity basketball squad improved to 10-0. He scored 18 points and registered 7 assists and 3 steals in a 63-27 rout of Newark Valley, and then was instrumental in a first-period assault that jump-started the Senecas in a 65-35 win over Waverly, which had entered the game with 7 straight wins. Flahive finished the contest with 13 points, 5 assists and 2 steals.

Tague earns the nod for a week in which he posted five victories and two second-place finishes as the O-M boys varsity swim team split a pair of meets. They defeated Southern Cayuga -- avenging an earlier loss -- before bowing to Lansing. Tague had the Indians' only win and two seconds in the latter meet, and four firsts against Southern Cayuga.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball's Colin Gates, Joe Palumbo and Amanda Pike; Watkins Glen track's Brooke Shaffer, Patrick Hazlitt and Joelle Slater; Watkins Glen bowler Conlin Wysocki; Watkins Glen wrestler Ian Chedzoy, Odessa-Montour swimmer Alec Betts, and O-M basketball's Cody Daugherty, Gillian Clark and Olivia Grover.

Honorable Mention: Another 30 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing Odessa File poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each school.

Watkins wrestlers compete at Duals

CHENANGO FORKS, Jan. 25 -- The Watkins Glen varsity wrestling team competed in the Section IV Duals Friday and Saturday at Chenango Forks High School -- a cross-league team tournament composed of the best sqauds from the STAC, MAC, and IAC leagues.

Twelve schools were selected to compete: Bainbridge-Guilford-Afton, Norwich, Vestal, Union-Endicott, Deposit, Newark Valley, Tioga, Johnson City, Greene, Chenango Forks, Chenango Valley, and Watkins Glen.

Watkins, unseeded, faced the 7th seeded Chenango Valley on Friday night -- and won 42-36.

The Senecas faced Union-Endicott -- a Class A school -- in the quarterfinal round Saturday morning, and lost 36-27. Since the tournament is a “one and done” event, Watkins Glen was eliminated. The team will compete again next weekend at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference tournament held at the WGHS Field House.

“This event was an achievement for the team," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson. "There are 43 teams in Section IV, and Watkins Glen made it to the top 8. We are a small, class C school that showed we can compete with the best of Section IV, both small and large schools, out of our league and division.

“I haven’t been involved in a one-loss tournament since I was about 8. It was tough for me and the team to feel the sting of being eliminated without the chance to come back for third.”

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 4

The Watkins Glen Youth Basketball program, held Saturdays in the winter at Watkins Glen High School, conducted its 4th session Saturday. The results:

3rd-4th Grades

House of Hong (4-0) 14, Famous Brands (1-3) 2
House of Hong: Jacob Yontz 14
Famous Brands: Joseph Sutterby 2

Sporting Goods (2-2) 26, Central Asphalt (1-3) 18
Sporting Goods: Bryce Cady 16, Gavin Smith 4
Central Asphalt: Jason Murphy 18

Mr. Chicken (3-1) 18, Curly's Family Restaurant (1-3) 6
Mr. Chicken: Carmichael Ayers 12, Jacob Van Der Eems 4, Aaliyah Van Der Eems 2
Curly's Family Restaurant: Brynn Smith 2, Brenna Pierce 2, Alannah Klemann 2

5th-6th Grades

Seneca Lodge (3-1) 30, Maguire's (3-1) 28
Seneca Lodge: Brendan Sheesley 16, Trayvon Jones 12, Aiden Gleason 2
Maguire's: Max Evans 27, Rebecca Becker 1

Church St. Produce (3-1) 23, Watkins Glen Supply (1-3) 15
Church St. Produce: Georgio Fazzary 9, Tim Clifford 8, Brendyn Hammond 4, Jade Scaptura 2
Watkins Glen Supply: Bailey Beaumont 5, Jordan Avery 4, Jacob Powers 4, R.J. Bannon 2

Capt. Bill's (2-2) 40, Van Skiver Motors (0-4) 28
Capt. Bill's: Cameron Holland 16, Seamus Mooney 16, Eric Morrisette 8
Van Skiver Motors: Owen Scholtisek 16, Aislinn Klemann 8, Daniel Ely 4

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Watkins Glen's Matt Estes (left) and Luke Flahive drive to the basket.
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Watkins boys rout Waverly

Win 65-35 to end Wolverines' 7-game streak

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 23 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team -- led by Colin Gates 20 points and a stifling defense -- defeated Waverly 65-35 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The victory lifted the Senecas' season mark to 10-0 and put them in the driver's seat in the IAC Large Schools South division. Division foe Waverly, which had won seven straight games, slipped to 9-4, while the division team the Wolverines beat earlier this week, Notre Dame, has three losses.

"Our defense was suffocating in the beginning of the game," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, whose squad raced out to a 25-8 first-quarter advantage and led 36-16 at halftime.

"We were just everywhere," said Fazzary. "In fact, our defesne was pretty good most of the way. We showed good effort and energy."

On offense, he said, "Gates and Luke Flahive jump-started us. Luke had three 3-pointers in the first quarter, and Gates scored 10 points. They had 19 of our first 25 points."

Flahive finished with 13 points, while Joe Palumbo notched 14. Other points came from Matt Estes (7), Keith Rekczis (5), and Dominick Rolston, Justin Kelly and Justin Duane (2 each).

Gates led the team in rebounds with 8, while Rekczis grabbed 5, and Estes and Kelly 4 each. Flahive led in assists with 5, while Palumbo had 3. Flahive and Estes had 2 steals apiece. The team was 8-for-13 from the free-throw line.

Jeff Mitchell led Waverly with 11 points. The Wolverines converted 10 of 20 free-throw attempts.

Watkins Glen returns to action next Friday at home against Spencer-Van Etten.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Waverly 44-32 to slip to 5-6. Max Schimizzi and Michael Doane each scored 9 points for the Senecas, while Alex Gibson had 5, Alex Sheesley 4, Jacob Lokken 3 and Dylan Platon 2.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Colin Gates goes airborne as he nears the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)

The Seneca Nation had plenty to cheer about. (Photo by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

JV team members, from left: Michael Doane, Alex Gibson and Max Schimizzi.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen girls fall to Waverly

WAVERLY, Jan. 23 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team sustained its second loss of the season Friday night, falling to Waverly 60-31 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Waverly gym.

The loss dropped the Senecas' season mark to 10-2 heading into a game next Friday at Spencer-Van Etten. Watkins' only other loss was at the hands of Waverly in the season's third game, a 39-34 home defeat.

Watkins Glen was in contention early in Friday's game, leading 11-10 after one period. But Waverly outscored the Senecas in subsequent quarters 16-4, 15-7 and 19-9.

Amanda Pike led Watkins scorers with 15 points, including 6-for-6 from the foul line. She also grabbed 3 rebounds and had 5 steals and 4 blocks.

Other scoring came from:

Madison Gates: 7 points with 4 rebounds, 4 steals, an assist and a block.
Madison Myers: 3 points.
Allison Teed: 2 points with 3 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block.
Mariah Gonzalez: 2 points with 3 rebounds and 1 block.
Tamijah Lawton-Stone: 2 points with 1 rebound.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Waverly, 43-33. Hannah Morse had 13 points and 5 assists for the Senecas. Emmie Bond scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds, while Ryanna LaMoreaux scored 9 points.

From left: Watkins Glen's Dakota Evans uses some body English on a shot; O-M's Frank Wood; and Watkins' Steven Bradley gives a fist pump after converting a 5-10 split.

Watkins Glen bowlers defeat Odessa

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 23 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted Interscholastic Athletic Conference victories Friday over Odessa-Montour, the boys winning 3-1 and the girls 4-0.

In the boys' match, the Senecas won the first and third games (the latter 732-728) and total pinfall, 2483-2379. Wyatt Brower led Watkins with a 541 series that included a 211 game. Other scores included a 499 by Steven Bradley, a 493 by Wrett Brower, a 463 by Conlin Wysocki and a 457 by Casen Weeden.

"We got a good win today," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "The boys started out strong, and toughed it out at the end."

Frank Wood led O-M with a 509 series, while Trenton Randall posted a 506. In additon, Alex Grady rolled a 493, Eric Rumsey a 419, and Jesse Jordan a 410.

The Watkins Glen girls, led by Lucy Craig's 514 series, swept O-M with a total pinfall advantage of 2376-1700. Dakota Evans rolled a 502 for the Senecas, while Samantha Bradley posted a 491, Liz Mason a 443, and Elizabeth Reed a 424.

"It was senior night, which was pretty emotional," said Coach Brower. "I'm really going to miss these seniors. Sam has been on the team for over half a decade, Lucy for almost half a decade, and Liz has been a pleasant surprise since joining the team last year."

O-M was led by Jackie Vincent's 384 series. Other scores included a 380 by Ashley Stewart, a 324 by Britney Visscher, and a 320 by Carolyn Arias.

Photo in text: O-M's Alex Grady sends the ball on its way.

Left: It was Senior Night with (from left) Watkins Glen's Elizabeth Reed, Samantha Bradley and Lucy Craig honored. Right: O-M's Jackie Vincent reacts to a near-strike: one pin standing.

3 Top 10 finishes ... and a new school mark

ITHACA, Jan. 23 -- Three members of the Watkins Glen Indoor Track team earned Top 10 finishes Friday in races at the Ithaca College Invitational -- with one setting a new school record..

The Senecas' Patrick Hazlitt placed second in the 1600 Meter Run, posting a time of 4:35.60.

Joelle Slater was third in the 1500 Meter Racewalk in 9:14.30.

And Brooke Shaffer was 10th in the 1500 Meter Run in 5:21.12 -- a new school record that broke her own previous school mark.

Left: O-M's Olivia Grover goes up for a shot. (Photo by Doug Yeater)
Right: In the JV game, O-M's Hailey Perraut applies some defense to a Newfield ball-carrier.

Odessa girls lose to Newfield, 61-38

ODESSA, Jan. 23 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team's record slipped to 7-5 Friday night when the Indians dropped a 61-38 decision to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Newfield, which was upset Tuesday at Spencer-Van Etten, "came out smoknig tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "and we couldn't buy a shot in the first half."

Newfield built an 18-3 first-period lead and a 32-9 halftime advantage.

" We played hard to the end and made it a little more respectable in the second half," said Gavich. "But they're the class of our division." Newfield, 9-4, leads the Small Schools South division by a game over Candor, the team Odessa hosts next Friday..

Gillian Clark led O-M with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Kennedey Heichel added 7 points, Olivia Grover 7, Addi Rhodes 5, Callie Stillman 3, Nikki Crout 1, and Maddie Lodge 1.

Junior Varsity: O-M lost to Newfield 30-23. Alexis Saunders led the Indians with 11 points.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark tries to elude a Newfield defender. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

O-M boys lose to Newfield, 54-27

NEWFIELD, Jan. 23 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team's mark slipped to 4-8 Friday night when the Indians dropped a 54-27 decision to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Newfield gym.

Newfield took the lead early, building a 17-7 lead through one quarter and a 33-13 advantage at halftime. The margin was 45-21 entering the fourth period.

Cody Daugherty led O-M with 13 points, while Joel Kelly scored 6. The team was 4-for-8 from the foul line.

Newfield was led by Dekhari Stewart's 20 points, along with 12 from Brian Barrett. The Trojans converted 9 of 12 free throws.

Junior Varsity: Newfield defeated O-M 66-43. Noah Angle led Odessa with 19 points, including five 3-pointers. Curtis Harris added 11 points.

Bowling: O-M boys defeat Newark Valley

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 22 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity bowling team defeated Newark Valley 3-1 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Johnny's Lanes.

The Indians won the first two games and total pinfall, 2450-2315. Trenton Randall led the Indians with a 532 series, while Frank Wood posted a 514, Ryan Lambert a 506, and Eric Rumsey a 477.

The O-M girls fell to Newark Valley, 4-0, as the Cardinals outscored the Indians 1977-1679. Jackie Vincent led Odessa with a 347 series, while Taylor Sykes rolled a 338, Ashley Stewart a 328, and Britney Visscher a 322.

O-M returns to action today (Friday) against Watkins Glen at Johnny's Lanes.

Odessa swimmers fall to Lansing

LANSING, Jan. 22 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team dropped a 121-45 decision to Lansing Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Lansing pool.

O-M registered just one win -- by Billy Tague in the 100 Fly in 1:07.49.

Odessa had the following second-place finishes:
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-200 Medley Relay of Alec Betts, Andy Fudala, Billy Tague and Charles Sidle - 2:00.49
--200 Free Relay of Alec Betts, James Terry, Charles Sidle and Billy Tague - 1:44.58
--Alec Betts in the 200 IM - 2:32.35
--Charles Sidle in the 50 Free - 25.99
--James Terry in the 100 Back - 1:22.33

Personal records were set by:
Kyle Frasier in the 200 Free -- 2:36.90
Charles Sidle in the 100 Free -- 59.65

Left: O-M's Hailie Searles moves past an Edison defender. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right: Odessa's Addi Rhodes is fouled as she drives for the basket.

O-M girls top TAE, 38-22

ODESSA, Jan. 21 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- with Olivia Grover posting a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds -- overcame a poor-shooting first half Wednesday night and pulled away from Thomas A. Edison for a 38-22 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory in the O-M gym.

The Indians, now 7-4, managed just 11 first-half points but entered intermission tied with the winless Spartans, now 0-11.

O-M pulled away with a 12-2 run at the start of the third quarter, and led going into the final period 23-15. The Indians then outscored Edison 15-7 the rest of the way.

Grover, in addition to her double-double, also registered 8 steals. Gillian Clark (with three 3-pointers) scored 10 points, while Addi Rhodes also scored 10. Hailie Searles added 4 points, 10 rebounds and 8 steals, while Callie Stillman scored 2 points. The team was 8-for-20 from the foul line, including 2-for-12 in the team's first-half cold streak.

Edison was led by Leigha Jones' 12 points. The Spartans converted 8 of 16 free-throw attempts.

"That third quarter got us going," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "with Olivia scoring 6 of her points and giving us, along with Hailie Searles, a ton of energy on the defensive end. Our defense definitely was the difference tonight. And it was good to get Addi going there in the fourth quarter as well. We will definitely need her scoring down the stretch."

Gavich said he is pleased with the team's record "considering the amount of adversity we've had to fight through" -- a reference to injuries to key players Nakiaha Robinson and Sage Garrison. "There were a lot of emotions tonight too with it being the last game for Kailie Thomas (a junior who has worn uniform No. 13) before she moves to Virginia."

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour topped winless Edison 39-6. Kennedey Heichel led the Indians with 12 points, including two 3-pointers. Other points came from Alexis Saunders (8), Gabby Fazzary (6), Amanda Jones (5), and Hailey Perraut and Heidi Casselberry (4 each).

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Olivia Grover prepares to shoot in traffic. She led O-M with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 8 steals. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: The Indians' Callie Stillman drives toward the basket in traffic.

Left: O-M's Kailie Thomas (13) goes high for a rebound.
Right: The Indians' Maddie Lodge (32) shoots as Edison's Makenna Albert (5) defends.

Left: O-M's Addi Rhodes shoots. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right: O-M's Brianna Struble (15) and Kailie Thomas (13) wait for a rebound with Edison's Makenna Albert (5, center). (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: O-M's Gillian Clark shoots. Right: Odessa's Kailie Thomas (obscured) and Brianna Struble (right) battle Edison's Lauren Hufnagel for a rebound.

Left: O-M's Kailie Thomas prepares to shoot. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right: Odessa's Hailie Searles goes high for a rebound.

O-M's Olivia Grover battles Edison players for possession of the ball.

Left: O-M's Kailie Thomas battles an Edison player for the ball. Right: The Indians' Olivia Grover goes up for a shot. (Both photos by Doug Yeater)

O-M's Kailie Thomas (second from left) prepares to grab a loose ball being pursued by Edison's Mallory Shumaker (left) and Makenna Albert (second from right) along with Odessa's Maddie Lodge, right.

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Kennedey Heichel (3) drives toward the hoop as Edison's Sami Goodwin defends. Right: Odessa's Gabby Fazzary prepares to launch a shot in traffic.
(Both photos by Don Romeo)

O-M's Billy Tague on the way to victory in the 200 Yard Freestyle race.

O-M swimmers defeat So. Cayuga

ODESSA, Jan. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team avenged a loss last week against Southern Cayuga by defeating the Chiefs 51-43 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Odessa pool.

The host Indians won 9 of the 11 events, including all three relays. Billy Tague and Alec Betts each won two individual events and were on two winning relays. Charles Sidle and Andy Fudala each won an individual race and were on two winning releays.

"The boys came in fighting tonight, took an early lead and never looked back," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "They all did their jobs in their races, and they did this being down two athletes, so it was a real accomplishment. I am very proud of them as individuals and as a team."

The results:

200 Free Relay: OM James Terry, Andy Fudala, Manley Gavich, Charles Sidle 2:09.42
200 Free: OM Billy Tague 2:07.29
200 IM: OM Alec Betts 2:28.90
50 Free: SC Chance Winters 25.56
100 Fly: OM Charles Sidle 1:12.21
100 Free: OM Billy Tague 56.51
500 Free: SC Ben Davis 6:22.56
200 Free Relay: OM Alec Betts, Andy Fudala, Charles Sidle Billy Tague 1:45.59
100 Back: OM Alec Betts 1:08.98 (PR)
100 Breast: OM Andy Fudala 1:15.94
400 Free Relay: OM Kyle Frasier, James Terry, Alec Betts, Billy Tague 4:02.06

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Andy Fudala competes as part of the winning 200 Medley Relay squad.
Bottom: The Indians' James Terry dives at start of the 200 Medley Relay.

O-M's Charles Sidle dives on the final leg of the 200 Medley Relay, won by Odessa.

Watkins Glen's Joe Palumbo (left) and Keith Rekczis shoot.
(Both photos by Don Romeo)

Glen boys rout Newark Valley

Improve to 9-0 with 63-27 victory at Field House

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 20 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team -- led by Luke Flahive's 18 points -- rolled past Newark Valley 63-27 Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The victory lifted the Senecas' season mark to 9-0 heading into a home game Friday against Waverly.

The Senecas led just 14-12 after one period, but outscored the Cardinals 20-8, 20-4 and 9-3 in subsequent quarters.

Flahive, in addition to his 18 points, dished out 7 assists and registered 3 steals. Other points came from Joe Palumbo (11), Keith Rekczis (11), Colin Gates (9), Matt Estes (9), Parker Pangallo (2), Dominick Rolston (2) and Justin Kelly (1). The team was 11-for-17 from the free-throw line.

Rekczis led the Senecas in rebounds with 7, while Gates grabbed 5 and Estes 4. Gates led in steals with 5, while Rekczis and Justin Duane had 4 each.

Newark Valley was led by Blake Novi's 7 points. The Cardinals converted just 1 of 9 free throws.

Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary said he was pleased with Flahive's offense, and said the team defense "was terrific. Our overall energy and effort were better tonight."

Looking ahead to Friday, he said they would need that energy. "We need to be on our game," he said, against Waverly -- a team that beat Notre Dame Tuesday night for its seventh straight victory.

Junior Varsity: Newark Valley defeated Watkins Glen (5-5), 44-39. Michael Doane led the Senecas with 14 points, while Max Schimizzi scored 12, Alex Gibson 5, Jacob Lokken 4, and Alex Sheesley 4.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Luke Flahive drives to the basket.
Bottom: The Senecas' Colin Gates maneuvers past a Newark Valley player. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Watknis Glen's Alex Gibson (left) and Jacob Lokken shoot.
(Both photos by Don Romeo)

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And from photographer Doug Yeater:

From left: Watkins Glen's Justin Kelly, Justin Duane and Matt Estes.

O-M boys fall to Edison at OT buzzer

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Jan. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team lost 62-61 to Edison Tuesday night on a 3-point overtime buzzer-beater in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Edison gym.

The Indians, now 4-7, trailed 16-12 after one period and 34-26 at halftime before battling back. They were within two points after three quarters and tied 51-51 at the end of regulation. But with a 61-59 lead as time wound down on the 4-minute extra period, Edison hit the three for the win.

Cody Daugherty led Odessa with 18 points, while Joel Kelly scored 17, including three 3-pointers in the third quarter that Coach Brad Clark said "got us back into it." Bryce Elliott added 11 points for the Indians. The team was 8-for-11 from the foul line.

Watkins Glen girls top Newark Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, Jan. 20 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team improved its record to 10-1 Tuesday night when it posted a 42-29 victory over Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the NV gym.

Allison Teed led the Senecas with 10 points, while Amanda Pike and Halle Phillips scored 9 each. Madison Gates, Madison Myers, Amanda Cherock, Maggie Bond, Katherine Meehan, Mariah Gonzalez and Madeleine Ross each scored 2 points.

Gates and Clara Chedzoy led the team in rebounds with 6 apiece, while Pike grabbed 4, and Teed and Gonzalez 3 each.

The Senecas led 17-3 after one period, 21-7 at halftime, and 30-14 after three quarters. The team was 8-for-12 from the free-throw line.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Newark Valley 33-25. Ryanna LaMoreaux led the Senecas with 13 points and 9 rebounds.

Watkins Glen's Caleb Smith (top) on the way to a 10-7 victory at 99 pounds over O-M's Andrew Hartford. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

Watkins Glen wrestlers keep The Belt

ODESSA, Jan. 20 -- The Watkins Glen varsity wrestling team defeated a depleted Odessa-Montour squad 69-6 Tuesday evening in O-M's Jack Davis Gym to retain the Schuyler County Championship Belt that goes each year to the winner of this intracounty rivalry.

The Senecas filled all but two weight classes while Odessa -- its roster depleted due to injuries and departures -- managed to fill only six classes, and lost in five of them.

The bout was preceded by the introduction of the O-M seniors in their last home meet. They are Joe Rorick, Billy Bacon, Ian Hradisky and Joe Wright.

Watkins Glen's Jon Brown registered his 100th career victory during the match with a forfeit win at 145 pounds.

The belt, brought along by the Watkins Glen team from a trophy case in its school, was returned to WGHS after the competition, for display for another year.

The results:

138: Andrew Specht (WGSH) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
145: Jon Brown (WGSH) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
152: Nicholas Cocola (WGSH) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
160: Dean Laughlin (WGSH) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
170: Josh Burge (WGSH) over Shawn Minnier (OMSH) (Fall 1:03)
182: Ian Chedzoy (WGSH) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
195: Kurtis Edwards (WGSH) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
220: Cole Saunders (WGSH) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
285: Colton Arcangeli (WGSH) over Ian Hradisky (OMSH) (Dec 5-0)
99: Caleb Smith (WGSH) over Andrew Hartford (OMSH) (Dec 10-7)
106: Double Forfeit
113: Dalton Cummings (WGSH) over Collin Haag (OMSH) (Dec 5-4)
120: Joseph Rorick (OMSH) over (WGSH) (Forfeit)
126: Brandon Gould (WGSH) over Bill Bacon (OMSH) (Fall 1:44)
132: Jakob Johnson (WGSH) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Colton Arcangeli (top) on the way to victory over Odessa-Montour's Ian Hradisky. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

Bottom: The Schuyler County Wrestling Champions belt, retained by Watkins for another year.

A Senior Night ceremony was held before the meet. Honored were O-M seniors (from left) Joe Rorick, Billy Bacon, Joe Wright and Ian Hradisky.

Left: Watkins Glen wrestler Jon Brown and his coach, Nils Watson. Brown recorded his 100th career victory Tuesday. Right: Watkins Glen's Josh Burge (in blue) nears victory against O-M's Shawn Minnier at 170 pounds.

The winning Watkins Glen varsity wrestling team, with the belt held aloft.
(Photo by Mike Stamp)

Bowling: Glen boys, girls lose to Waverly

WAVERLY, Jan. 20 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams fell to Waverly 4-0 Tuesday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at the Valley Bowling Center.

The boys were outbowled 3335-2676. Conlin Wysocki led the Senecas with a 607 series that included a 235 game. Wrett Brower added a 555 that included a 233 game, while Steven Bradley rolled a 527, Nathaniel Rose a 484, and Wyatt Brower a 483.

"I am very happy with the boys' continued improvement," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "Wrett and Steven both bowled over 500, but Conlin was outstanding with his 607 series."

The girls lost 2857-2572. Samantha Bradley led Watkins with a 577 series that included a 208 and a 203. Liz Mason added a 536, Dakota Evans a 511, Lucy Craig a 495, and Elizabeth Reed a 449.

"We bowled well," said Brower, "just not well enough."

Watkins swimmers fall to Waverly

WAVERLY, Jan. 20 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team lost to Waverly 100-80 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Waverly pool.

Aidan DeBolt and Matt Doppel each won two events for the Senecas -- DeBolt in the 200 Free (2:00.53) and the 50 Free (24.63), and Doppel in the 100 Free (49.43) and the 100 Back (1:02.68).

The results:

200yd Medley Relay: Waverly 1:58.99
200yd Freestyle: Watkins Glen 2:00.53 Aidan DeBolt
200yd Individual Medley: Waverly 2:21.15 Brandon Whitley
50yd Freestyle: Watkins Glen 24.63 Aidan DeBolt
1 meter diving: Watkins Glen 167.35 Jacob Slater
100yd Butterfly: Waverly 1:01.98 Keilen Carpenter
100yd Freestyle: Watkins Glen 49.43 Matt Doppel
500yd Freestyle: Waverly 5:51.94 Gary Moorhead
200 Freestyle Relay: Waverly 1:37.96
100yd Backstroke: Watkins Glen 1:02.68 Matt Doppel
100yd Breaststroke: Waverly 1:10.00 Josh Mastrantuono
400yd Freestyle Relay: Waverly 3:44.15

Bowling: O-M boys, girls fall to Candor

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams dropped 4-0 decisions Tuesday to Candor in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Johnny's Lanes.

The boys lost 2127-2022, falling short by 10 pins in the second game and 14 in the third game. Alex Grady led the Indians with a 440 series, while Trenton Randall rolled a 421.

The O-M girls were outscored 2197-1704. Heavyn Arias led Odessa with a 376 series, while Ashley Stewart rolled a 347.

The Indians return to action at home Thursday against Newark Valley.

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 3

The Watkins Glen Youth Basketball program, held Saturdays in the winter at Watkins Glen High School, conducted its third session Saturday. The results:

3rd-4th Grades

House of Hong (3-0) 23, Central Asphalt (1-2) 21
House of Hong: Jacob Yontz 19, Ryan Thompson 4
Central Asphalt: David Kelly 14, Jason Murphy 7

Sporting Goods (1-2) 27, Curly's Family Restaurant (1-2) 12
Sporting Goods: Carly Arnold 11, Bryce Cady 6, Gavin Smith 6, Andrew Matthews 4
Curly's Restaurant: Brynn Smith 4, Devon Searle 2, Brenna Pierce 2, Isabella Samuel 2, Alannah Klemann 2

Famous Brands (1-2) 14, Mr. Chicken (2-1) 4
Famous Brands: Joseph Sutterby 6, Jenna Solomon 4, Jonah Sissel 4
Mr. Chicken: Carmichael Ayers 2, Gregory Samuels 2

5th-6th Grades

Capt. Bill's (1-2) 33, Seneca Lodge (2-1) 30
Capt. Bill's: Seamus Mooney 15, Cameron Holland 4, Eric Morrisette 4. (Editor's Note: 10 points were unaccounted for in the Capt. Bill's totals provided.)
Seneca Lodge: Travon Jones 26, Ethan Day 2, Savannah Ayers 2

Church St. Produce (2-1) 36, Van Skiver Motors (0-3) 18
Church St. Produce: Brendyn Hammond 14, Tim Clifford 8, Georgio Fazzary 6, Tanner Dunham 4, Mattie Yontz 4
Van Skiver Motors: Owen Scholtisek 12, Daniel Ely 4, Kyra Brisbois 2

McGuire's (3-0) 27, Watkins Glen Supply (1-2) 16
McGuire's: Max Evans 27
Watkins Glen Supply: Bryce Kelly 6, Bailey Beaumont 6, Jacob Powers 4

Local Hoop Shoot winners announced

Note: Watkins Glen Elks Lodge Hoop Director David Waite reports here on the outcome of the local annual Hoop Shoot.

"We have once again completed our local hoop shoot contest for the annual Elks Hoop Shoot sponsored by Watkins Glen Elks Lodge 1546. Students from Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour School Districts competed after preliminary hoop shoots at their schools.

"The following kids placed in their respective age categories:

GIRLS:

8-9 years old:
1st - Carly Arnold (WG), 9 of 25
2nd - Jenna Solomon (WG)
3rd - Gina Gavich (OM)

10-11 years:
1st - Autumn Garrison (OM), 6 of 25 (won after 3-way tie breaker)
2nd - Aislinn Klemann (WG)
3rd - Mackenzie Cannon (OM)

12-13 years old:
1st - Kelsey Kernan (WG), 14 of 25 (after tie-breaker with Adrienna Solomon)
2nd - Adrienna Solomon (WG)
3rd - Olivia Grover (OM) (after tie-breaker with 4th place finisher).

BOYS:

8-9 years old:
1st - David Kelly III (WG), 16 of 25
2nd - Jacob Yontz (WG)
3rd - Ben Heichel (OM)

10-11 years old:
1st - Dylan Morse (WG), 19 of 25
2nd - Mitchell Pike (WG) (after tie-breaker with Adam Pastore)
3rd - Adam Pastore (WG)

12-13 years old:
1st - Dylan Markley (WG), 18 of 25
2nd - Joe Chedzoy (WG)
3rd - Preston Harris (OM) (after tie-breaker with 4th place finisher).

"All age-group winners will now go on to compete at the District level Hoop Shoot held in Penn Yan on Saturday, January 25. There are over 1 million kids who compete annually in the Elks Hoop Shoot contest. Our local winners go on to compete in District contests with subsequent winners going on to State, Regional and then the National contest held in Sprinfield, Mass., to determine a National Champion in each age category.

"The Watkins Glen Elks Lodge would like to thank the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour school districts for their continued support and assistance with the Hoop Shoot. We would also like to congratulate all the competitors on their success and wish our winners good luck in the next round of competition."

Photo in text: From left: Kelsey Kernan, Autumn Garrison, Carly Arnold, David Kelly III, Dylan Morse and Dylan Markley. (Photo provided)

Athletes: Doppel, Hazlitt, Clark

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 19 -- A swimmer, a runner and a basketball player are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week for singular performances.

At Watkins Glen, we honor swimmer Matt Doppel for setting a pool and school record in the 100 Yard Freestyle and, in the process, qualifying for the State Swimming Championships in his second event (having earlier in the season qualified in the Backstroke). And we honor Patrick Hazlitt for his stunning 1600 Meter Run victory over a large field at the Quinney Invitational at Cornell University, edging out two competitors by hundredths of a second.

And at Odessa-Montour, we honor Gillian Clark for her school-record-tying seven 3-pointers in a 23-point performance as the girls basketball team topped Spencer-Van Etten in overtime. She added 10 rebounds in the come-from-behind victory.

Double Honorable: O-M wrestlers Joe Rorick, Bill Bacon and Andrew Hartford, Watkins Glen wrestlers Brandon Gould and Josh Burge, Watkins Glen bowlers Samantha Bradley and Lucy Craig, Watkins Glen basketball players Colin Gates, Allison Teed and Amanda Pike, O-M swimmer Billy Tague, and Watkins Glen runner Joelle Slater.

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

Glen girls: Small schools tourney title

CORNING, Jan. 17 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team placed first among small schools and second overall Saturday at the 2015 Tom Sullivan Memorial High School Bowling Classic.at Crystal Lanes.

Watkins Glen's Samantha Bradley posted a 575 series and Lucy Craig a 534 -- the fourth and fifth best series among girls at the tournament -- to lead the Senecas to the small-schools crown.

Watkins battled overall winner Fairport down to the wire in the overall title match, staging a comeback that left the Senecas just nine points behind at the finish.

Watkins Glen had defeated Corning in the semifinals. The order of finish among the six competing schools: Fairport, Watkins Glen, Corning, Elmira Notre Dame, Newark Valley and Lansing.

By virtue of finishing in the top five, Bradley and Craig earned medals as part of the All-Tournament team..

"The girls were simply amazing," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "I couldn't be more proud of their effort."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower with team members (back row from left) Dakota Evans and Liz Mason, (center) Elizabeth Reed; and (front from left) Samantha Bradley and Lucy Craig. (Photo provided)

O-M's Bill Bacon forces his Corning opponent to the mat. Bacon won on a pin.

Corning captures Duals title

Hartford, Rorick, Bacon win Outstanding Wrestler awards

ODESSA, Jan. 17 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team finished fourth at its O-M Duals wrestling tournament Saturday in the Odessa gym.

Participating teams were Corning, Dryden, Groton, Whitney Point, Spencer-VanEtten and Odessa-Montour. This was a round-robin tournament.

Odessa-Montour's Bill Bacon registered his 100th career victory during the tournament.

Team ranks and win-loss records

1st: Corning 5-0
2nd: Spencer-Van Etten 4-1
3rd: Whitney Point 3-2
4th: Dryde 2-3
5th: Odessa-Montour 1-4
6th: Groton 0-5

Round 1:
Corning 50, Dryden 33
Odessa-Montour 36, Groton 24
S-VE 48, Whitney Point 35

Round 2:
Corning 57, Groton 26
S-VE 42, Dryden 32
Whitney Point 48, Odessa-Montour 30

Round 3:
Whitney Point 44, Dryden 41
S-VE 50, Groton 23
Corning 61, Odessa-Montour 24

Round 4:
Whitney Point 42, Groton 34
Dryden 31, Odessa-Montour 21
Corning 54, Spencer Van Etten 30

Round 5:
S-VE 48, Odessa-Montour 21
Corning 64, Whitney Point 22
Dryden 42, Groton 36

Most Outstanding Wrestler by weight class:

99: Andrew Hartford, Odessa-Montour
106: Bryant Sexton, Spencer-Van Etten
113: Garrett Lockwood, Groton
120: Joseph Rorick, Odessa-Montour
126: Bill Bacon, Odessa-Montour
132: Grady Alpert, Spencer-Van Etten
138: Darren Ostrander, Groton
145: Nate Grubham, Whitney Point
152: David Rowe, Corning
160: Joe Judge, Spencer-Van Etten
170: Zach Horning, Corning
182: Mike Bilby, Corning
195: Mikhail Zuddoffsky, Whitney Point
220: Chad Adam, Dryden
285: Nathan Webster, Corning

Photos in text:

From top: O-M's Joe Rorick, Collin Haag and Andrew Hartford on the way to victories over Corning wrestlers in the 120-, 113- and 99-pound weight classes, respectively..

O-M's Shawn Minnier has hold of his Corning opponent at 170 pounds. He lost 5-1.

From left: O-M wrestlers Bill Bacon, Joe Rorick and Andrew Hartford
with their Most Outstanding Wrestler awards. (Photo provided)

Members of the Montour Moose #426 Riders Club pose with the Odessa-Montour Wrestling Team after the Duals Tournament. Rider’s Club members raised $555 toward the purchase of protective covers for O-M’s 7-section wrestling mat. (Photo provided)

Left: Watkins Glen's Matt Estes prepares to score. Right: The Senecas' Colin Gates looks to pass the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins boys top Candor

Win 61-39, improve to 8-0; Newark Valley next

CANDOR, Jan. 17 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team got points from every player on the roster Saturday as it defeated Candor 61-39 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference makeup game in the Candor gym. The game had originally been scheduled for Dec. 9th.

The victory lifted the Senecas' season mark to 8-0 heading into a pair of home games this coming week -- against Newark Valley on Tuesday and against Waverly on Friday.

Colin Gates led the Watkins scorers with 12 points. Other points came from Keith Rekczis (9), Joe Palumbo (8), Dominick Rolston (7), Justin Kelly (5), Justin Duane (5), Jacob Carocci (5), Matt Estes (4), Luke Flahive (2), Parker Pangallo (2), and Michael Taylor (2). The team was 14-for-19 from the free-throw line.

Carocci led in rebounds with 7, while Kelly grabbed 6, Pangallo 5, and Palumbo 4. Flahive led in assists with 3, while Estes had 3 steals and Rekczis and Gates 2 each.

Wyatt Whitmore and Jordan Bartolis led Candor with 12 points apiece.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 5-4 by defeating Candor 40-33. Max Schimizzi led the Senecas with 19 points, while Michael Doane scored 9, Jacob Lokken 8, Connor Seeley-Ion 2, and Alex Sheesley (2).

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Michael Taylor attempts a shot while falling away from the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: The Senecas' Jacob Carocci moves the ball. Right: Watkins Glen's Dominick Rolston sends a shot on its way. (Photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Michael Doane goes up for a shot. Right: The Senecas' Max Schimizzi drives to the basket. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Hazlitt wins 1600 at Cornell track meet

ITHACA, Jan. 17 -- Watkins Glen High School's Patrick Hazlitt placed first Saturday in the 1600 Meter Run at Cornell University's Quinney Invitational.

Hazlitt posted a time of 4:39.21 in beating a field of 53 runners -- edging out runnerup Garrett Butters of Elmira Notre Dame, who finished in 4:39.25, and Elmira's Terrell Coleman, who posted a 4:39.34.

Hazlitt's win helped the Watkins Glen boys to an 8th place overall finish among 16 small schools, while a third-place finish by Joelle Slater in the 1500 Meter Racewalk helped the Seneca girls to a 9th place finish among 15 schools. Trumansburg was 1st among the Small Schools boys teams, while Sidney-Delhi-Unatego was first among the Small Schools girls.

The meet is held in memory of Doug Quinney, past Sydney coach and Section 4 track coordinator, who is credited with developing a great program for Section 4 athletes. Special awards were given to winners of his favorite events, including the 1500 Meter Racewalk and the Shuttle Hurdle Relay.

Slater's raewalk time of 9:09.71 was the best among Section IV competitors. She finished behind two West Seneca race walkers in a field of 16 athletes.

Other Watkins finishes included:

Boys:
11th place -- Jonas Recker in the Long Jump -- 17ft. 6.5in.
11th place -- Thomas Schmitt-in the Shot Put -- 35ft. 9in.
15th place -- Kevin Kernan in the 600 Meter Run -- 1:36.40

Girls:
18th place -- Brooke Shaffer in the 1000 Meter Run -- 3:32.64
19th place -- Taylor Kennard in the 1500 Meter Run -- 5:34.27
19th place -- Isobel Scheffey in the 300 Meter Dash -- 48.12

Personal bests: Several personal bests were set -- by Mikayla Rhodes in the Shot Put, Kali
Bond in the 1500 Meter Run, Emily Manzer in the 300 Meter Run, Cameron Connelly in the 1000 Meter Run, and Jonas Recker in the 55 Meter Dash.

The Senecas return to action Friday in a meet at Ithaca College. Starting time is 5 p.m.

Glen wrestlers 4th at Newark tourney

NEWARK, NY, Jan. 17 -- The Watkins Glen varsity wrestiling team placed 4th Saturday in the Jack Fischer wrestling tournament held at Newark High School with two individual champions: Brandon Gould at 126 pounds and Josh Burge at 170.

Participating teams included: Pittsford, Newark, Irondequoit, Lansing, Midlakes, Red Jacket, Wayne, Brockport, Eastridge, North Rose Wolcott, Gates Chili, South Seneca, Wilson, Manet, and Watkins Glen.

Watkins Glen finishes:
126: Brandon Gould Champion
138: Bradly Eslick 5th place
145: Austin Dalrymple 4th (5-match rule prevented him from wrestling for 3rd)
145: Jon Brown 2nd
152: Nick Cocola 3rd
152: Tim Carnes 5th
170: Josh Burge Champion
195: Kurtis Edwards 3rd
220: Dustin Goltry 5th
285: Colton Arcangeli 3rd

Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson noted that regulars Ian Chedzoy and Andrew Specht were out of Saturday's lineup. The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Odessa-Montour.

Left: O-M's Joel Kelly waits for two Watkins Glen defenders to descend so he can put up a shot. Right: Watkins Glen's Keith Rekczis (44) shoots in traffic.

Glen boys defeat O-M, 64-47

ODESSA, Jan. 16 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team improved to 7-0 Friday night when -- bolstered by a 14-0 run in the first half -- it posted a 64-47 victory over intracounty rival Odessa-Montour in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Senecas, down 8-4 early, rallied behind Colin Gates' 15 first-quarter points to build a 23-15 advantage entering the second quarter. After scoring the last seven points of the first period, they scored the first seven of the second quarter to build a 30-15 advantage. O-M scored the next five points to pull back within 10 points, 30-20, but never got any closer than that -- and at one point in the third period trailed by as many as 23.

Gates finished with 19 points to lead all scorers. Teammate Justin Kelly scored 13 points, all in the first half, while Joe Palumbo added 12. Other points for Watkins came from Keith Rekczis (7), Matt Estes (6), Justin Duane (4) and Luke Flahive (3).

Rekczis led the team in rebounds with 11, while Gates grabbed 7 and Flahive 4. Flahive led in assists with 4, while Estes and Parker Pangallo registered 2 each. Flahive and Rekczis each had 2 steals. The team was 13-for-17 from the free-throw line.

Joel Kelly led O-M with 11 points, while Mitch Scata had 10, Bryce Elliott 7, Cody Daugherty 6, Chris Foote 5, Noah Bruno 4, and Tyler Clark and Zach Pyhtila 2 each. The team converted 3 of 4 free-throw attempts.

"I don't think we played our best," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, "but give Coach (Brad) Clark and the O-M players credit. They scratched and hustled and I think played pretty well."

Coach Clark said the game "would have been interesting if we made a few more shots, but we played hard."

Watkins Glen returns to action today (Saturday) at Candor -- a makeup game. The junior varsity contest starts at 1 p.m., with the varsity to follow. O-M next plays at Edison Tuesday night.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen (4-4) had an 18-2 third-quarter run on the way to a 50-44 victory over Odessa-Montour. Max Schimizzi led the Senecas with 15 points, while Jacob Lokken scored 10, Alex Gibson 9, Michael Doane 8, Connor Seeley-Ion 6, and Alex Sheesley 2. Curtis Harris led O-M with 17 points, while, Noah Angle scored 16, Zach Elliott 7, Brandon Ray 3 and Noah Austin 1.

Photos in text:
Top:
Watkins Glen's Luke Flahive completes a drive to the basket.
Bottom: The Senecas' Colin Gates passes the ball. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins' Justin Kelly delivers the ball to the hoop. Right: The Senecas' Joe Palumbo.
(Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: O-M's Mitch Scata takes aim. Right: The Indians' Noah Bruno shoots.
(Both photos by Doug Yeater)

Left: O-M's Zach Pyhtila drives toward the hoop as Watkins' Colin Gates defends. Gates blocked the shot. Right: The Indians' Bryce Elliott prepares to shoot in traffic

Left: O-M's Chris Foote tries to shoot, an attempt that was blocked. Right: The Indians' Cody Daugherty tries in vain to save a ball from going out of bounds.

The O-M cheerleaders were in action at the game.

Left: O-M's Tyler Clark drives past Watkins' Justin Kelly. Right: Watkins' Michael Taylor, left, and O-M's Zach Pyhtila battle for the ball.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Connor Seeley-Ion (20). Right: The Senecas' Alex Gibson (25) moves the ball. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: O-M's Noah Angle (3) makes a move toward the basket. Right: The Indians' Curtis Harris puts up a shot. (Both photos by Doug Yeater)

O-M swimmers fall to Southern Cayuga

AURORA, Jan. 16 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team lost a close decision Friday, falling to Southern Cayuga 50-43 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the SC pool.

The O-M boys were down a swimmer on an already small roster, which Coach Terri Brace said "impacted not only our individual races, but also our ability to field two relays in each event. We also lost points due to two disqualifications. The boys fought hard to come back, but just couldn't pull out the win."

First-place finishes for O-M:

--200 Medley Relay of Alec Betts, Andy Fudala, Billy Tague and Charles Sidle (2:00.15)
--400 Free Relay of Kyle Frasier, James Terry, Alec Betts and Billy Tague (4:09.46)
--Billy Tague in the 200 Free (2:05.46) and the 100 Free (57.49)
--Alec Betts in the 200 IM (2:31.52)
--Charles Sidle in the 100 Fly (1:12.11)
--Andy Fudala in the 100 Breast (1:14.63)

Finishing second for O-M:

--200 free Relay of Manley Gavich, Andy Fudala, James Terry and Charles Sidle (1:53.28)
--Alec Betts in the 100 Breast (1:17.55)

Personal Records in the meet:

--Manley Gavich in the 100 Fly (1:24.13)
--James Terry in the 100 Free (1:03.65)
--Kyle Frasier in the 500 Free (7:07.28)

From left: Watkins' Amanda Pike tries to save the ball from going out of bounds; O-M's Gillian Clark shoots; and Watkins' Mariah Gonzalez shoots. (Photo on right by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls top Odessa

Teed's 17 points lead Senecas to 47-24 victory

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 15 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team pulled away with a second-quarter 18-7 run and never looked back Thursday night, defeating intracountry rival Odessa-Montour 47-24 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

Allison Teed led the Watkins scorers, registering 17 points, including 10 in the second quarter. She also grabbed 3 rebounds and had 2 steals and 2 blocks.

Also scoring for the Senecas were:

--Amanda Pike: 10 points along with 9 rebounds and 4 steals.
--Mariah Gonzalez: 8 points with 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.
--Madison Myers: 5 points, along with 3 assists, 2 steals and a rebound.
--Madison Gates: 3 points with 4 steals, 3 rebounds and a block.
--Clara Chedzoy: 2 points with a rebound.
--Maggie Bond: 2 points with a rebound and an assist

The team was 2-for-6 from the free-throw line.

"We came out slow but picked it up in the second quarter," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "The girls played hard. I was proud of how they played together and took control of the game."

The Senecas, up 7-6 after one quarter, fell behind 9-7 early in the second period. But by halftime they led 25-13, and were ahead 32-19 entering the fourth quarter.

Odessa-Montour, beset earlier this season by leg injuries to Nakiaha Robinson (season-ending) and Sage Garrison -- the team's best ball handlers -- sustained another one Thursday when Garrison went down again early in the first quarter. It appeared that the injury was a recurrence of the high ankle sprain in her left leg that had sidelined her before. She did not return to the game.

"My only comment," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "is it's one of those years where we just can't catch a break. Injuries are really killing us."

Odessa's Clark, who last game tied the school record for 3-pointers with seven, was held to one by a stingy Seneca defense. She hit a couple of 2-pointers and was 3-for-4 from the foul line. The team as a whole was 5-for-9 on free throws.

Other points for the Indians came from Callie Stillman (6 on a pair of 3-pointers), Olivia Grover (3), Hailie Searles (2), Addi Rhodes (2) and Kailie Thomas (1).

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Odessa 27-18 after building a 19-4 first-half lead. Ryanna LaMoreaux and Taylor Kelly led the Senecas -- LaMoreaux with 8 points and 6 rebounds, and Kelly with 8 points and 5 rebounds. Kennedey Heichel led O-M with 10 points.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Madison Gates, left, and O-M's Olivia Grover eye the ball.
Bottom: The Senecas' Allison Teed prepares to shoot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: O-M's Callie Stillman, left, is guarded closely by Watkins Glen's Amanda Cherock.
Right: The Indians' Addi Rhodes tries to get around Watkins' Mariah Gonzalez.

From left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike and O-M's Nikki Crout and Hailie Searles shoot.
(Photo on left by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Madison Gates passes to teammate Mariah Gonzalez after grabbing the ball in a scramble on the floor.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly puts up a shot between O-M defenders Amanda Jones (left) and Erin Kleist. Right: O-M's Kennedey Heichel moves the ball upcourt as Watkins Glen's ' Makenna Fraboni defends. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Bowling: Glen girls top ND; boys fall

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 15 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team defeated Elmira Notre Dame 4-0 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Johnny's Lanes, while the Glen boys fell to ND, 3 1/2 to 1/2.

Samantha Bradley led the girls with a 561 series as they outscored the Lady Crusaders 2429-2123. The Senecas won the first game by just three pins, 736-733, and then cruised to easy wins in the next two contests.

Other scores for Watkins included a 543 by Lucy Craig, a 519 by Dakota Evans and a 426 by Elizabeth Reed..

"We bowled well today," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "We are just about where we want to be at this point in the season."

The Watkins boys earned a half-point when they tied Notre Dame in the first game, 820-820. But they were outscored the rest of the way, dropping the second and third games and total pinfall, 2622-2322.

Nathaniel Rose led the Senecas with a 533 series, while Wyatt Brower had a 464 and Joe LaTorre a 460.

"Nathaniel had a real good day," said Coach Brower. "The other guys had some good individual games, but he and Joe LaTorre were consistently good throughout all three games."

Bowling: O-M boys, girls fall to Tioga

WAVERLY, Jan. 15 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams lost to Tioga by 4-0 scores Thursday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference road matches.

The boys lost 3036-2226 as Tioga had three bowlers top 600. Alex Grady led O-M with a 495 series, while Frank Wood posted a 470.

The Odessa girls were outscored 2429-1618. Taylor Sykes led the Indians with a 364 series, while Britney Visscher rolled a 318.

The Indians return to action Tuesday at home against Candor, and then face Watkins Glen Friday at Johnny's Lanes in Watkins Glen.

Watkins' Brandon Gould (top) on the way to victory at 132 pounds. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins wrestlers top Waverly, 58-21

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 14 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team posted a 58-21 victory Wednesday night over Waverly in a meet held in the WGHS Field House gym.

Winning for Watkins Glen:

113: Dalton Cummings win over Trent Wright fall 1:27
132: Brandon Gould of over DJ Myers fall 2:21
138: Andrew Specht over Cody Gallow fall 1:56
145: Jon Brown by fft
152: Charlie Wright fft
170: Josh Burge fft
182: Ian Chedzoy fft
195: Kurtis Edwards over Jeff Klossner 15-4
220: Dustin Goltry over Owen Maryott fall 1:17
285: Colton Arcangeli fall 5:04

Photo in text: Watkins' Dustin Goltry right, on the way to win at 220. (Photo by Don Romeo)

It was Senior Night for the WGHS wrestlers. Front row from left are seniors Dean Laughlin Jr., Nick Cocola and Jon Brown with Coach Nils Watson. Back row from left are seniors Tim Carnes, Josh Burge, Colton Arcangeli, Dustin Goltry and John Smith. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Andrew Specht (blue garb) won by a pin in the 138-pound bout.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

O-M wrestlers fall to Spencer-Van Etten

SPENCER, Jan. 14 --The Odessa Montour High School varsity wrestling team fell to Spencer-Van Etten 41-30 Wednesday night in a meet held in the S-VE gym.

The results:

99: Andrew Hartford (OMSH) over Owen Lawrence (SVES) (Fall 5:18)
106: Double Forfeit
113: Bryant Sexton (SVES) over Collin Haag (OMSH) (TF 15-0 5:03)
120: Joe Rorick (OMSH) over Kyle Jelliff (SVES) (Fall 3:10)
126: Billy Bacon (OMSH) over Christopher Miller (SVES) (Fall 5:23)
132: Grady Alpert (SVES) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
138: Billy Baker (SVES) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
145: Robbie Swartout (SVES) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
152: Mark Mullen (SVES) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
160: Joseph Judge (SVES) over John Kuparinen (OMSH) (Fall 4:27)
170: Shawn Minnier (OMSH) over James Poindexter (SVES) (Fall 1:21)
182: Ira Koski (SVES) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
195: Double Forfeit
220: Double Forfeit
285: Ian Hradisky (OMSH) over Jacob Mein (SVES) (Fall 4:57)

Photo in text: O-M's Ian Hradisky, right, en route to victory at 285. (Photo provided)

Glen swimmers win; Doppel sets marks

DRYDEN, Jan. 13 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team defeated Dryden 118-47 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Dryden pool -- with the Senecas' Matt Doppel setting a pool and school record in the 100 Yard Freestyle.

In addition, Doppel (pictured at right) qualified for the New York State Swimming Championships at season's end in his second event. He earlier this year qualified for States in the 100 Backstroke.

His time of 46.88, Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt said, is the second fastest time in the 100 Free in New York State this year.

Other wins for Watkins:

200 Medley Relay: Matt Doppel, Lucas Wickham, Liam Fitch and Adian DeBolt 1:50.90
200 Individual Medley: Liam Fitch 2:25.68
Diving: Jacob Slater 126.70 points
100 Fly: Liam Fitch 1:02.01
500 Free: Shawn Rutledge 6:09.44
100 Back: Matt Doppel 54.86
100 Breaststroke: Payton Watson 1:12.01
400 Free Relay: Liam Fitch, Daniel Becker, Payton Watson, Aidan DeBolt 4:25.91.

"Our captains, Matt Doppel and Lucas Wickham, created the lineup tonight," said Coach DeBolt, "and featured some of the swimmers who are younger and don't see as much action. They
pulled through beautifully in the win."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Matt Doppel. (Photo provided)

Left: O-M's Gillian Clark launches one of her 3-pointers. Right: The Indians' Olivia Grover drives toward the basket.

O-M girls top S-VE in OT

ODESSA, Jan. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Gillian Clark's seven 3-pointers and 23 points -- defeated Spencer-Van Etten 42-39 in overtime Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The victory lifted the Indians' season mark to 6-3 heading into a game Thursday night at Watkins Glen.

Clark's seven 3-pointers tied the school record set by Stefanie Collins. She supplemented the effort with 10 rebounds.

Other points came from Olivia Grover (8, with 10 rebounds), Sage Garrison (8, with 6 assists and 5 steals), and Addi Rhodes (3). Hailie Searlies registered 7 rebounds.

The Indians trailed most of the game, falling behind 9-6 through one period before rallying for a brief 15-11 advantage. S-VE resumed the lead by scoring the final six points of the half, going to the locker room with a 17-15 edge.

The Indians continued to trail through most of the third period, but stayed close, forging a 26-26 tie entering the fourth quarter. Then they fell behind again, and trailed 35-31 with 1:30 to go in regulation. But they tied it again with 41 seconds remaining on a Clark 3-pointer and a free-throw by Grover. And that forced overtime.

In overtime, S-VE scored first, but Clark responded with two 3-pointers to put O-M ahead by four points. With the score 41-39 and 7.7 seconds left, Garrison hit the second of two free throws to provide the final margin.

"And," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "we didn't let them get a shot off at the end to tie."

His team, he said, was "once again the cardiac kids tonight. We trailed most of the night, but kept plugging away and found a way to win. We played great defense the final 3 or 4 minutes of regulation and in overtime, and that was the big factor to let us pull it out."

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to S-VE, 34-23. Kennedey Heichel led the Indians with 13 points.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Hailie Searles moves the ball upcourt as S-VE defenders give chase.
Bottom: The Indians Sage Garrison drives past an S-VE player.

Left: O-M's Addi Rhodes goes up for a shot in traffic (This photo by Doug Yeater)
Right:
O-M's Kailie Thomas takes aim at the basket.

And in the JV game:

Left: Odessa's Kennedey Heichel drives to the hoop. Right: O-M's Alexis Saunders shoots. (Both photos by Doug Yeater)

Left: Watkins' Amanda Pike shoots. Right: The Senecas' Madison Gates drives to the hoop.
(Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls roll past TAE

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 13 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team -- led by Amanda Pike's 18 points -- defeated Thomas A. Edison 42-23 Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The victory lifted the Senecas' season mark to 8-1 heading into a game Thursday night at home against Odessa-Montour.

Pike, who hit three 3-pointers, also grabbed 5 rebounds and registered 2 steals and an assist.

Other points came from:

--Katherine Meehan (6, with 2 rebounds);
--Mariah Gonzalez (5, with 3 rebounds, 3 steals and a block);
--Tamijah Lawton-Stone (4, with 8 rebounds and a steal);
--Madison Gates (2, with 6 rebounds, 2 steals and an assist);
--Allison Teed (2, with 2 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 assists);
--Amanda Cherock (2, with 2 rebounds and 2 assists);
--Clara Chedzoy (2, with 4 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and a block);
--Madison Myers (1, with 3 rebounds and an assist).

In addition, Halle Phillips registered 2 steals and a rebound, Maggie Bond had 3 rebounds and an assist, and Madeleine Ross grabbed a rebound.

Watkins Glen led 15-8 after one period, 28-12 at halftime, and 42-16 entering the final quarter. The Senecas were 6-for-11 at the free-throw line, while Edison went 0-for-4.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Edison 42-2..

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy looks for a shot. (Photo by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Mikenna Ayers. Right: The Senecas' Emmie Bond.
(Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen boys route TAE, 77-30

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Jan. 13 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team raced out to a 28-4 first-quarter lead Tuesday night on the way to a 77-30 victory over Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Edison gym.

The Senecas, now 6-0, were led by Colin Gates, who scored 17 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and registered 4 assists and 3 steals on a night when the starters saw only limited action.

Ten players scored for Watkins, including Joe Palumbo (11 points, all in the first quarter), Dominick Rolston (10), Matt Estes (9), Parker Pangallo (9), Justin Kelly (8), Michael Taylor (4), Keith Rekczis (4), Luke Flahive (3) and Jacob Carocci (2).

Carocci led the Senecas in rebounds with 7 and assists with 6, while Kelly had 5 rebounds. Taylor notched 4 steals, while Estes had 3.

"We had a great first quarter," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "We were firing on all cylinders. It was as good a quarter as I've seen in some time."

Palumbo, Gates and Estes did all the scoring in that period, with Estes registering 6 points and the other two players notching 11 apiece.

The Senecas led 46-17 at halftime and 65-23 after three quarters, then outscored the Spartans 12-7 down the stretch.

Watkins Glen returns to action Friday at Odessa-Montour.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Edison 47-42. Jacob Lokken led the Senecas with 13 points, while Max Schimizzi scored 11, Michael Doane 10, Alex Gibson 6, and Connor Seeley-Ion 2.

Odessa boys fall to Spencer-Van Etten

SPENCER, Jan. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 4-5 Tuesday night when the Indians dropped a 58-36 decision to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the S-VE gym.

Spencer led 19-8 after one period, 38-20 at halftime, and 56-26 after three quarters.

Zach Pyhtila led the Indians with 9 points, while Bryce Elliott scored 6. The team was 8-for-14 from the free-throw line.

S-VE was led by Zach Tyson, who hit six 3-pointers on the way to 22 points.

Odessa returns to action Friday night at home against Watkins Glen.

Junior Varsity: O-M lost to Spencer 57-28, and is now 2-6. Brandon Ray led the Indians with 10 points.

Watkins Glen's Lucy Craig prepares to deliver a strike.

Bowling: Watkins boys, girls top NV

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 13 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted victories Tuesday over Newark Valley in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Johnny's Lanes.

The Watkins boys won 4-0, outscoring the Cardinals 2218-2149. They won the first game 779-776, the second game 726-719, and the third game 713-654. Wrett Brower led the Senecas with a 484 series, while Wyatt Brower was right behind with a 483. Nathaniel Rose added a 431, and Rees Avery a 421.

"Yesterday we bowl great as a team and lose all four points," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower, "and today we don't bowl so well and take all four. That's bowling."

The Glen girls won 3-1, dropping the third game by 15 pins but outscoring the Lady Cardinals overall 2429-2082. Samantha Bradley led the way with a 557 series that included a 201 game. Lucy Craig posted a 528, Elizabeth Reed a 455, and Dakota Evans a 438..

"We bowled well the first two games," said Coach Brower, "but except for Sam, we really fell off in the third game, and it was enough for Newark Valley to take the last game."

Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen's Wyatt Brower reacts to leaving two pins on the first ball during a frame in the first game.
Bottom: The Senecas' Samantha Bradley.

Left: Watkins Glen's Elizabeth Reed zeroes in on a spare. Right: Nathaniel Rose delivers.

Odessa-Montour bowlers lose to Edison

ELMIRA, Jan. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams fell Tuesday by 4-0 scores to Edison in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Rossi Lanes.

The boys, outscored by Edison 2668-2372, were led by Alex Grady's 518 series and a 506 by Frank Wood.

The girls, outpointed 2138-1661, were led by Ashley Stewart's 414 series and Britney Visscher's 377.

The Indians return to action Thursday on the road against Tioga.

O-M's Charles Sidle competes in the 200 Free.

Odessa swimmers fall to Lansing

ODESSA, Jan. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team fell to Lansing 72-22 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

The only win for Odessa came from Billy Tague in the 500 Free with a personal record (PR) of 5:54.31.

Second-place finishes for O-M:

--200 Medley Relay of Alec Betts, Andy Fudala, Charles Sidle and Billy Tague 1:59.44
--Billy Tague in the 100 Fly with a PR of 1:02.77
--Andy Fudala in the 100 Breast with a PR of 1:13.23

Charles Sidle also posted a PR in the 100 Free: 1:02.77

Lansing's Joe Koch set a new O-M pool record in the 200 Free with a time of 1:47.46, breaking the old mark of 1:48.07.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Billy Tague on the way to second place in the 100 Fly. He won the 500 Free.
Bottom: Lansing's Joe Koch after setting a new pool record in the 200 Yard Freestyle.

O-M's James Terry dives at start of the 200 Individual Medley.

O-M's Andy Fudala competes in the 50 Free.

Bowling: No competition for Glen girls

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Jan. 12 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team -- paced by a 549 series by Samantha Bradley -- registered a 4-0 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory Monday over Edison, and it was uncommonly easy. The Spartans had no bowlers.

Bradley, whose series included a 204 game, led the Senecas to a 2418 total. Lucy Craig added a 505 and Dakota Evans a 500.

"I think the girls struggled a little bit because of the lack of competition," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower, who explained that the Edison girls team members "are all in the BOCES cosmetology program. They were all competing in a BOCES hair competition."

The Watkins Glen boys, meanwhile, fell 4-0 to Edison, with the Spartans outscoring them 2996-2539. Wrett Brower led the Senecas with a 537 series that included a 226 game, while Nathaniel Rose posted a 524, Wyatt Brower a 518, Steven Bradley a 482, and Conlin Wysocki a 479.

In the first game, Watkins came up a pin short of Edison, 952-951.

"It was tough losing that first game after bowling so well," said Coach Brower, but added: "It's the best we have bowled all year for sure. The boys are just starting to realize what they can do, and the future looks good."

The entire boys team is made up of 8th and 9th graders.

Athletes: 3 wrestlers, 1 bowler honored

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 11 -- Today we honor four students as Odessa File Athletes of the Week for outstanding performances during the past week.

At Odessa-Montour, Joe Rorick earns the nod for winning the 120-pound title at the Mike Watson Invitational Wrestling Tournament at the Watkins Glen High School Field House. It was Rorick's second win at the tourney in three years. He won at 106 pounds two years ago.

At Watkins Glen, we honor wrestlers Brandon Gould (126 pounds) and Ian Chedzoy (182 pounds) for winning Watson tournament titles in their weight classes. Gould, who has now won at the tourney three times (at 99, 113 and 126 pounds), was named the event's outstanding lightweight wrestler (99-145 pounds), while Chedzoy (who won at 182 last year, too) achieved his 100th career victory.

In addition, we honor bowler Samantha Bradley, who set a new school record for a three-game series by a female -- a 672, breaking the old record of 660 that she had shared with Diana Cummings.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen swimmers Matt Doppel, Aidan DeBolt and Liam Fitch; Watkins Glen basketball's Colin Gates, Joe Palumbo, Matt Estes and Amanda Pike, Odessa-Montour basketball's Joel Kelly, Cody Daugherty and Gillian Clark, O-M wrestler Billy Bacon, Watkins Glen wrestlers Nick Cocola, Josh Burge and Dustin Goltry, Watkins Glen track's Isobel Scheffey, and O-M swimmers Anthony Humphries, Billy Tague and Charles Sidle.

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

From left: O-M's Joe Rorick and Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould and Ian Chedzoy.

Gould, Rorick, Chedzoy win Watson titles; Glen places 2nd

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 11 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team -- led by Brandon Gould and Ian Chedzoy individual titles -- finished second Saturday at the annual two-day Mike Watson Invitational Wrestling Tournament in the WGHS Field House.

Gould claimed his third straight Watson title, following those at 99 pounds two years ago and 113 pounds last year. This year he fought in the 126-pound class. Chedzoy posted his second straight Watson title, both at 182.

Odessa-Montour also had a champion as senior Joe Rorick won at 120 pounds. He won two years ago at 106 pounds.

Vestal took the tourney title with 227 points to Watkins Glen's 216.

Vestal had seven wrestlers in the finals, with two winning titles. Watkins had five wrestlers in the finals -- Gould and Chedzoy along with Josh Burge, Nick Cocola and Dustin Goltry. Burge and Cocola (each 4-1 in the tourney) lost by decisions, and Goltry (3-1) by a pin.

Gould -- named the tournament's outstanding lightweight wrestler (99 to 145 pounds) -- won his finale 9-1 over Zach Reyes of Vestal. Gould finished with a 4-0 mark in the tourney.

Chedzoy defeated Ryan Anderson of Waterloo 10-6 in his title bout. He also finished the tourney 4-0, and along the way registered the 100th victory of his career.

Rorick went 5-0, capping off his title run with an 8-1 decision over Derek Osman of Vestal.

Finishing behind Vestal and Watkins Glen in the standings were Elmira, third with 184.50 points; Horseheads, fourth with 156; Maine-Endwell, fifth with 136; and Waterloo, sixth with 111. There were 23 schools entered in the tournament, some with more than one wrestling squad.

Odessa-Montour finished 19th with 55 points earned on the strength of Rorick's win and a third-place finish by Billy Bacon at 126 pounds. His record was 4-1.

Watkins Glen had a third-place finisher in Jon Brown (4-1) at 145 pounds, where Austin Dalrymple, on the Watkins Glen B team, finished fifth at 5-2. The Senecas also had two fourth-place finishers: Andrew Specht (3-2) at 132 pounds and Colton Arcangeli (3-2) at 285.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Ian Chedzoy (right) battles Waterloo's Ryan Anderson in the 182-pound final, won by Chedzoy 10-6.
Middle: The Senecas' Josh Burge (right) fights South Seneca's Nick Wycoff in the 170-pound final, won by Wycoff 3-1.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Dustin Goltry (right) and Geneva's Stone Davis grapple for the 220-pound tourney title. Davis won with a fall at 3:21.

Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould, right, has a grip on Vestal's Zach Reyes in the 126-pound final, won by Gould 9-1.

O-M's Billy Bacon, left, grapples with Vestal's Zach Reyes in a 126-pound semifinal match won by Reyes, 10-4. Bacon finished third in the weight class. (This photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Nick Cocola (right) fights Vestal's Rob Mastronardi in the 152-pound final as his coach, Nils Watson, yells instructions in the background. Mastronardi won 4-2.

Watkins Glen's Andrew Specht (top) on his way to a 4th-place finish in the tourney.
(This photo by Don Romeo)

O-M's Joe Rorick (rear) has a firm grip on Vestal's Derek Osman on the way
to victory in the 120-pound final. Rorick won 8-1.

The Watkins Glen team poses for photos afterward.

The Watkins Glen swim team poses with its Class B first-place plaque. (Photo provided)

Glen boys win Beecher B title

O-M takes home Class C runnerup plaque

ELMIRA, Jan. 11 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team won the Class B title Saturday at the annual John Beecher Swimming and Diving Invitational.

The team, which was led by Matt Doppel's two second-place finishes -- in the 100 Yard Butterfly (56.13) and 100 Yard Backstroke (54.73) -- amassed a total of 281 points to edge Greece, which had 273. Chenango Valley was third with 225, Johnson City fourth with 183, and .Windsor fifth with 171

Jacob Slater finished 7th in the Diving with 292.50 points, while Aidan DeBolt was 9th in the 100 Free with a time of 52.97, and Lucas Wickham was 12th in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:11.90.

Watkins also had two strong relay performances -- from Doppel, Wickham, Liam Fitch and DeBolt in the 200 Medley Relay (4th in 1:47.35) and the 200 Free Relay (5th in 1:38.92).

Said Watkins Coach Len DeBolt of his team: "They worked real hard and did a great job."

The Senecas last won a team title at the Beecher meet in 2013.

Meanwhile, in Class A, Ithaca took the team title, with Maine-Endwell second, Horseheads third, Hilton fourth and Corning fifth.

Odessa-Montour

Odessa-Montour, meanwhile, was second in Class C with 285 points, trailing Addison (344) and finishing ahead of Elmira (243), Notre Dame (114), Union-Endicott (38) and Spencer-Van Etten (22).

"Today," said O-M Coach Terri Brace, "the O-M boys swim team did something that an O-M swim team hasn't done in many years. They took second place in the Class C division of the highly competitive Elmira Invitational, and brought a plaque back home to Odessa."

Billy Tague finished 11th in the 200 Free in 2:00.84, while the 200 Free Relay squad of Alec Betts, Andy Fudala, Charles Sidle and Tague finished 7th in 1:44.05, the 400 Free Relay team of Betts, Sidle, Tague and Anthony Humphries finished 7th in 3:49.63, and the 200 Medley Relay team of James Terry, Fudala, Manley Gavich and Humphries finished 11th in 2:05.85.

"The whole team really stepped up today and swam so well," said Brace. "Many posted personal records (PRs) and as a team they accumulated 285 points to take second place behind Addison's 344. Two of the relays just missed the podium by taking 7th place overall."

PRs posted at the Beecher meet:
--Billy Tague in the 200 Free and the 100 Free (54.46)
--Garrett Allen in the 200 Free (2:45.55)
--Alec Betts in the 200 IM (2:27.07) and the 500 Free (5:59.99)
--Charles Sidle in the 100 Fly (1:10.85)
--Manley Gavich in the 100 Free (1:11.10)
--Kyle Frasier in the 500 Free (7:19.87)
--Andy Fudala in the 100 Breast (1:14.01)
--Anthony Humphries in the 100 Breast (1:12.12)

"I'm so pleased with their performance," said Brace. "Individually they swam very well and improved their times, but more impressive was the way they came together as a team and supported and encouraged each other. The relays swam as cohesive units. It was great to see."

Photos in text:
Top:
The Watkins Glen relay quartet of (from left) Aidan DeBolt, Matt Doppel, Liam Fitch and Lucas Wickham. (Photo provided)
Bottom: The O-M team displays its Class C second-place plaque. (Photo provided)

Glen runners compete at S. Tier meet

ITHACA, Jan. 11 -- Several members of the Watkins Glen High School Indoor Track team competed Saturday in the Southern Tier High School Invitational at Cornell University's Barton Hall -- and one set a new school record.

Isobel Scheffey broke her own year-old school mark in the 300 Meter Run, setting a new record of 46.68. Beyond that, said Coach Jessica Karius, "numerous personal best times were achieved" by the Senecas against a field that included athletes from 47 schools.

The only top 20 finish for Watkins was delivered by Patrick Hazlitt, 14th in the 1600 Meter Run in 4:41.38.

Next up: the Quinney Invitational at Cornell next Saturday.

O-M girls rally past Tioga

ODESSA, Jan. 10 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Gillian Clark's 18 points -- defeated Tioga for the first time since 2009 Friday night, coming from behind to post a 50-47 Interscholastic Athletic Conference win in the O-M gym.

Clark, who connected on five 3-pointers, also grabbed 10 rebounds. Other points came from Callie Stillman (9 on three 3-pointers), Sage Garrison (9, with 4 assists), Addi Rhodes (6), Olivia Grover (4, with 9 rebounds), and Haile Searles (4, with 8 rebounds).

Tioga led 14-4 after one period, and was up 26-19 at halftime and 34-25 after three periods. But O-M scored 25 points in the fourth quarter to overtake the Tigers.

"What a rally," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We finally caught fire in the fourth quarter and wore them down a bit. The girls hung tough and kept playing and believing and got a great win that we really needed on our home floor in front of a nice supportive crowd and many alumni."

The rally included a 9-0 run on three straight 3-pointers -- two by Clark and one by Stillman, whose "pull-back 3 from the top of the key put us up for the first time all night," said Gavich, adding: "Sage hit one of two free throws to give us a 50-47 lead with 12 seconds left and we didn't let them get a 3-pointer off at the finish."

Taylor Ayres led Tioga with 20 points. The Tigers are now 1-7. O-M is 5-3.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Tioga 36-17. Alexis Saunders led the Indians with 8 points.

Photos in text:
Top: O-M's Gillian Clark drives past a Tioga defender.
Bottom: Odessa's Hailie Searles, right, and Callie Stillman put pressure on a Tioga ball-carrier. (Both photos by Mike Stamp)

Left: O-M's Olivia Grover (20) defends. Right: The Indians' Sage Garrison takes the ball to the basket. (Both photos by Mike Stamp)

Left: Watkins Glen's Allison Teed. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Cherock.
(Both photos by Don Romeo)

Glen girls edge ND, 32-29

SOUTHPORT, Jan. 10 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team improved its record to 7-1 Friday night when it defeated Elmira Notre Dame 32-29 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the ND gym.

The Senecas pulled in front early, building an 11-6 first-quarter advantage, and were up 19-13 at halftime. The Watkins lead shrank to three points, 23-20, entering the fourth period -- and the Crusaders caught up late in the game. But with the score tied 26-26, Watkins' Madison Gates drove to the basket for two points, and the Senecas held off the Crusaders down the stretch.

"We struggled offensively tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "The game wasn't pretty, but we pulled out a victory."

Amanda Pike led the Watkins scorers with 10 points, while Gates and Mariah Gonzalez scored 8 apiece, Madison Myers 4, and Allison Teed 2. The team was 11-for-15 from the free-throw line.

Gates and Pike each grabbed 8 rebounds, while Gonazalez had 7, Teed 4, Myers 2 and Halle Phillips 1. Four different players -- Myers, Amanda Cherock, Pike and Gonzalez -- registered a steal.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at home against Edison.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Notre Dame 34-23. Ryanna LaMoreaux scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the Senecas, while Taylor Kelly registered 10 points and 4 steals, Emmie Bond 6 points and 8 rebounds, and Hannah Morse 5 points and 3 steals.

Photo in text: Watkins' Madison Gates drives toward the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez (left) and Amanda Pike prepare to shoot in traffic.
(Both photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond shoots. Right: The Senecas' Hannah Morse passes the ball. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

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And from photographer Doug Yeater:

Left: Watkins Glen's Madison Myers passes the ball. Right: Watkins Coach Alicia Learn gives her players some late-game instructions.

Left: The Senecas' Madison Gates. Right: In the JV game, Watkins' Taylor Kelly.

O-M's Joe Rorick, top, on the way to a quarterfinal victory at 120 pounds.

Watson tournament begins

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 10 -- The annual Mike Watson Invitational Wrestling Tournament got under way Friday afternoon in the Watkins Glen High School Field House, with several local wrestlers advancing to Saturday's semifinals in the 23-school field.

On hand for the competition are wrestlers from Watkins Glen, South Seneca, Campbell-Savona, Horseheads, Elmira, Elmira Heights, Addison, Spencer-Van Etten, Southern Cayuga, Lansing, Vestal, Maine-Endwell, Owego, Corning, Odessa-Montour, Waverly, Whitney Point, Waterloo, Geneva, Sayre, Newark Valley, Avoca and Wayland-Cohocton.

Both Joe Rorick and Billy Bacon of Odessa-Montour advanced to the Saturday semis, Rorick dispatching quarterfinal foe Charlie Stevens of Southern Cayuga with a 16-1 technical fall. Bacon (right) won at 126 pounds over Waverly's D.J. Meyers with a 6-2 decision. There was no word available on whether any other O-M wrestlers advanced.

Passing through to the semifinals for Watkins Glen were Brandon Gould, Andrew Specht (who won his quarterfinal match in four overtimes), Jon Brown (145), Nick Cocola (152), Josh Burge (170), Ian Chedzoy (182), Dustin Goltry (220) and Colton Arcangeli (285)...

The semifinals are expected to begin late Saturday morning. The finals will be later in the day, after wrestlebacks.

Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould drives his quarterfinal opponent backward. Gould won the match to advance to the semifinals.
Bottom: O-M's Billy Bacon on the way to a quarterfinal victory at 126 pounds.

Bowling: O-M girls post 1st victory

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 10 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity bowling team registered its first victory of the season Friday, defeating Union Springs 3-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Johnny's Lanes.

The Indians, led by Britney Visscher's 361 and Carolyn Arias's 338, won the first two games and total pinfall, 1734-1632.

The O-M boys, meanwhile, dropped a 3-1 decision to Union Springs, losing the first and third games and total pinfall, 2640-2297. Ryan Lambert led the Indians with a 510 series, while Frank Wood rolled a 503.

O-M boys rally, but fall to Tioga 48-45

TIOGA CENTER, Jan. 10 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team, down 13 points at halftime, roared back to take the lead before falling to Tioga Friday night, 48-45, in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Tioga gym.

"We started real slow," said O-M Coach Brad Clark, "and then we fought back to take the lead midway through the fourth" quarter.

But Tioga responded to pull out the victory as Odessa's record slipped to 4-4.

Tioga led 14-8 after one quarter and 29-16 at halftime before O-M outscored the Tigers 18-9 in the third period to close to within four points, 38-34.

Tyler Clark, Joel Kelly and Bryce Elliott each scored 8 points for the Indians, while Cody Daugherty and Mitch Scata had 7 each. Zach Pyhtila added 4 points and Chris Foote 3.

The Indians return to action Tuesday at Spencer-Van Etten.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Tioga 51-32.

Left: Watkins' Joe Palumbo races upcourt. Right: The Senecas' Keith Rekczis shoots.
(Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins boys roll past ND

Top Crusaders 66-48, improve to 5-0

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 9 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team -- led by Colin Gates' 20 points and Joe Palumbo's 19 -- ran past Elmira Notre Dame 66-48 Thursday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas, now 5-0, used a ball-hawking defense, fast-break opportunities, the 3-point shooting of Palumbo and a couple of emphatic dunks by Matt Estes to subdue the Crusaders, who are now 6-2. Their only other loss was to Newfield in their season opener.

"Palumbo was absolutely fantastic," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "He jump-started us with 13 of his points in the first half, and held (Notre Dame's Darius) Garvin to 14 points in the game. Garvin's been averaging over 20.

"And Gates," Fazzary added, "spurred us on in the second half." Gates scored 16 of his points after intermission.

The Senecas, up 16-13 after one period, scored the first nine points of the second quarter on the way to a 30-20 halftime advantage. Notre Dame's sole bright spot in that period was a buzzer-beater 3-pointer by Garvin, but the Crusaders never got closer than that 10-point spread again.

Watkins Glen outscored ND 20-8 in the third period, and built a 53-28 lead before "we kind of relaxed," said Fazzary, "and made a couple of mental errors." Notre Dame closed the 25-point gap to 14 with a couple of minutes remaining, but Seneca free throws down the stretch kept the Crusaders at bay. Watkins converted 10 of 11 free throws in the game.

Scoring in additon to Gates and Palumbo (who had five 3-pointers) were Estes with 14 points, Keith Rekczis with 8, and Luke Flahive with 5. Rekczis led in rebounds with 10, while Gates and Flahive grabbed 7 each, and Palumbo and Estes four apiece. Estes had 5 steals and 2 blocks, and Flahive registered 6 assists.

The game drew a large crowd, and the Bleacher Creatures -- WGHS students seated in portable bleachers at the south end of the court -- were in fine voice. Said Fazzary: "I want to thank the Seneca Nation for its support. The fans' enthusiasm and spirit really helps the players."

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Edison.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Notre Dame 48-34 to improve to 3-3. The Senecas were led by Michael Doane's 15 points and Max Schimizzi's 13. Also scoring were Jacob Lokken (9 points), Alex Gibson (7) and Connor Seeley-Ion (4).

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Colin Gates puts up a shot in traffic, and Matt Estes throws down one of his two dunks. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

The Senecas, led by Luke Flahive, charge out of their tunnel before the game.

From left: Watkins Glen's Matt Estes shoots; Keith Rekczis watches one of his shots go in; and Colin Gates takes the ball to the hoop.

Left: Joe Palumbo takes aim. Right: The Watkins cheerleaders perform.

The student bleacher section was close to the action.

And in the JV game:

Watkins' Jacob Lokken (left) and Michael Doane shoot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

O-M swimmers edge Greene, 86-83

GREENE, Jan. 9 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team -- with multiple wins from Billy Tague, Charles Sidle and Tony Humphries -- defeated Greene 86-83 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Greene High School pool.

First-place finishes for OM:

200 Medley Relay: James Terry, Andy Fudala, Manley Gavich and Charles Sidle 2:04.73
200 Free: Billy Tague 2:03.75
200 IM: Tony Humphries 2:25.17
50 Free: Charles Sidle 25,54 PR
100 Fly: Charles Sidle 1:18.71
100 Free: Billy Tague 56.40
100 Breast: Tony Humphries 1:13.82
400 Free Relay: Alec Betts, Charles Sidle, Tony Humphries, Billy Tague in a season-best of 3:59.00

Other PRs:
Kyle Frasier in the 200 IM (3:02.11) and the 100 Fly (1:38.72)
Andy Fudala in the 50 Free (27.54) and 100 Breast (1:15.92)

"The guys swam a great meet tonight," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "With only nine guys swimming, they were able to beat a team of over 20 swimmers. The meet came down to the last relay. We needed to take first place to win. It was a close race and a very exciting finish to the meet. The guys really stepped it up in all of their races, and everyone contributed to the win."

Aidan DeBolt competes in the 500 Yard Freestyle. He finished second.

Glen swimmers fall to Waverly, 91-88

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 9 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team fell to Waverly 91-88 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The meet came down to the final event -- the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay -- with Watkins needing first- and third-place finishes. Instead, it finished first and fourth.

"It was a close one that we came out a little short on," said Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt, "but we had a lot of personal records."

Among them was a 49.36 by Matt Doppel as he won the 100 Free. The state qualifying time is not far off -- a 48.36. The 49.36, DeBolt said, was the 26th fastest time in New York State this year.

Other first places for Watkins were posted by:

--The 200 Medley Relay team of Doppel, Lucas Wickham, Liam Fitch and Aidan DeBolt, which finished in 1:50.47.
--DeBolt in the 200 Free in 2:00.30.
--Doppel in the 50 Free in 23.16.
--Jacob Slater in Diving with 167.25 points.
--The 400 Free Relay team of Aaron Planty, Fitch, DeBolt and Doppel, with a time of 3:42.74.

Second places were registered by Fitch in the 100 Fly (1:02.39), DeBolt in the 500 Free (5:27.56), the 200 Free Relay team of Wickham, Slater, Planty and Sean Holland (1:49.92), and Wickham in the 100 Breaststroke (1:09.91).

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Matt Doppel dives at start of the 100 Free, which he won; and Lucas Wickham competes in the 100 Breaststroke. He finished second.

Watkins' Will Fitzsimmons competes in the 100 Backstroke. He placed third.

Bowling: Watkins girls sweep Lansing

LANSING, Jan. 9 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team -- led by Samantha Bradley's 584 series and a 554 by Lucy Craig -- defeated Lansing 4-0 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match.

Bradley's series included a 234 game, while Craig's included a 204. Elizabeth Reed added a 446 for the Senecas, and Dakata Evans rolled a 431.

"Sam and Lucy again had strong performances," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower, adding: "You don't always have to bowl your best, just better than the other team."

The Watkins boys, meanwhile, were outscored 2812-2213 as they fell to Lansing 4-0. Wrett Brower paced the Senecas with a 541 series that included a 212. Conlin Wysocki added a 437 and Steven Bradley a 425.

"It was a big day for Wrett," said Coach Brower. "He had 12 strikes in the last two games. The boys just have to put it all together at the same time."

Bowling: O-M boys, girls fall to Groton

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 9 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams lost to Groton Thursday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Johnny's Lanes.

The boys fell 3-1 as Groton outscored them 2374-2132. Ryan Lambert led Odessa with a 525 series that included a 247 game, his personal best. Trenton Randall added a 505.

The girls lost 4-0 as they were outscored 1870-1697. Ashley Stewart led O-M with a 361 series, while Britney Visscher and Carolyn Arias each rolled a 350.

WG's Brown, Rekczis get All-State nods

WATKINS GLEN, Jan 7 -- Watkins Glen High School football running backs Jon Brown and Keith Rekczis have earned spots on the All-State Football Team announced by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

Brown, a 5 foot, 7 inch, 155-pound senior, was named to the Third Team Offense among Class C schools. Rekczis, also a senior, was named Honorable Mention. Both surpassed 1,000 yards rushing during a campaign that saw Watkins establish a 5-3 record and barely miss a spot in the Section IV playoffs.

Watkins Glen's Kurtis Edwards (top) on way to victory at 195 pounds. He won on a pin.

Watkins wrestlers top Whitney Point

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 8 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team cruised past Whitney Point 72-10 Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS small gym.

The competition was a tuneup for the Watkins wrestlers heading into the annual Mike Watson Tournament set for Friday and Saturday in WGHS Field House.

Watkins Glen got victories through pins from Dylan Bradley at 106 pounds (in 1:16), Bradley Eslick at 138 pounds (in 2:23), Kurtis Edwards at 195 (in :54), and Colton Arcangeli at 285 (in 3:16). It also won decisions at 160 (Dean Laughlin, 6-2)and 170 (Josh Burge, 10-4). In addition, it won seven times by forfeit.

Whitney Point won once by forfeit and once in a 13-1 major decision.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Josh Burge (right) en route to a 10-4 victory at 170 pounds.

Left: Watkins Glen's Colton Arcangeli (top) pinned his 285-pound opponent in 3:16.
Right: The Senecas' Dean Laughlin (right) controls his opponent on the way to win at 160.

O-M wrestlers fall to Marathon, Candor

CANDOR, Jan. 8 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team dropped two matches Wednesday, falling to Marathon 54-30 and to Candor 66-18 in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches in the Candor High School gym.

In the Marathon match, O-M got four forfeit victories and a win by Bill Bacon at 126 pounds -- a pin in 1:29.

In the Candor match, O-M got a win from Joe Rorick at 120 pounds -- a pin in 1:52 -- along with two forfeit victories.

Bowling: Bradley sets school mark; girls win

CANDOR, Jan. 7 -- Watkins Glen bowling standout Samantha Bradley set a new school record for a series by a female Tuesday, posting a 672 mark -- breaking the mark of 660 that she had previously shared with Diana Cummings.

Bradley (pictured at right) rolled games of 235, 226 and 211 as the Senecas rolled to a 3-1 victory over Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match. Watkins won the first and second games and total pinfall, 2501-2191.

Other scores for Watkins: Dakota Evans 500, Lucy Craig 495, Liz Mason 431, and Elizabeth Reed 403.

"Sam finally broke the school's high series record that she has been chasing for years," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "I don't think we will change the record board until the end of the season, though, because I don't believe we have seen her best bowling yet."

Boys: Watkins Glen fell to Candor, 3-1. The Senecas were led by Wyatt Brower's 463 and Wrett Brower's 460. Conlin Wysocki added a 402.

Left: Odessa's Joel Kelly tied the game and sent it into overtime with this shot.
Right: O-M's Chris Foote drives to the basket. (Right photo by Doug Yeater)

O-M boys rally, win in OT

Top Candor, 56-51, improve to 4-3

ODESSA, Jan. 7 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team, trailing by 9 points with 3:02 remaining in the fourth quarter, rallied to force overtime Tuesday night on the way to a 56-51 victory over Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Odessa's Joel Kelly hit a game-tying 3-pointer with 6.6 seconds left in regulation to tie the game 46-46, capping an 11-2 rally down the stretch by O-M.

Kelly hit another 3-pointer to put his team up 49-46 in overtime. Chris Foote followed with two free throws for a 51-46 lead, but Candor rallied to tie the score 51-51.

A Cody Daugherty 3-pointer with 39 seconds left put Odessa ahead again, 54-51, and Foote sank two more free throws with 28.9 seconds remaining to close out the scoring.

Daugherty led Odessa with 18 points, while Foote scored 11, Kelly 8, Tyler Clark 6, Mitch Scata 6, Bryce Elliott 5, and Nick Sgrecci 2. The team was 8-for-10 from the foul line.

Candor was led by Jordan Bartolis and Wyatt Whitmore with 13 points each. Kyle Jensen added 9 points. The team converted 7 of 16 free throws.

O-M (now 4-3) trailed 11-9 after one period and 23-21 at halftime. The two teams were tied at 28-28 when Odessa went up by a pair, but Candor scored the final 7 points of the third period to enter the fourth ahead 35-30.

Odessa pulled within two points on a Foote 3-pointer at 5:45, but Candor scored the next 7 points to build a 42-33 advantage at the 3:35 mark.They still led by 9, at 44-35, with 3:02 remaining, but a 3-pointer by Daugherty at 2:53, three free throws by Daugherty at 2:14, and a basket by Tyler Clark at 1:40 brought Odessa within a point at 44-43.

Candor scored in the paint at 1:32, but missed a subsequent free throw, leaving it ahead 46-43. Candor then failed on a 2-shot opportunity at the line with 56.4 seconds left. It grabbed a loose rebound, but turned the ball over at 17.3 seconds on a 30-second violation.

After a timeout by Odessa with 12.1 seconds to go, Kelly hit his first 3-pointer from the top of the key, sending a jubilant O-M squad into overtime ... and on to victory.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Candor 41-39. Curtis Harris and Zach Elliott led O-M with 13 points each, while Noah Angle scored 9. The team is now 2-4.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Cody Daugherty slices past two Candor defenders on his way to the basket.
Bottom: Odessa's Bryce Elliott shoots. (Bottom photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: Odessa-Montour's Mitch Scata shoots. He scored 6 points.
Right: In the JV game, Curtis Harris goes up for a shot. (Both photos by Doug Yeater)

Left: O-M's Nick Sgrecci prepares to send a shot on its way.
Right: In the JV game, Zach Elliott maneuvers past Candor's Damien Cook.
(Both photos by Doug Yeater)

Left: Watkins Glen's Madison Gates (10). Right: The Senecas' Amanda Cherock (3).
(Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls defeat Trumansburg

TRUMANSBURG, Jan. 7 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by Amanda Pike's 17 points -- improved to 6-1 Tuesday night when it defeated Trumansburg 49-37 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Tburg gym.

The Senecas built a 15-9 first-quarter advantage, led 24-18 at halftime, and then pulled away with a 15-6 third period that left them ahead 39-24 entering the fourth quarter.

"We came out a little sleepy and our defense wasn't great," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn, adding: "Once we settled down, the girls did well. The second half was a much better game. The girls were able to pick up their defense and run the plays. I was impressed with Pike's hustle and (Mariah) Gonzalez's defense."

Pike, in addition to her 17 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and registered 5 steals and a block. Other points came from:

Madison Gates (7, with 6 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 assist);
Mariah Gonzalez (7, with 4 rebounds, 3 steals and a block);
Madison Myers (6, with 1 rebound and 1 assist);
Allison Teed (4, with 2 rebounds and 2 steals);
Amanda Cherock (4, with 4 rebounds and 2 assists);
Halle Phillips (3, with 1 rebound and 2 steals); and
Maggie Bond (1).

In addition, Clara Chedzoy contributed 1 rebound and 2 assists, Katherine Meehan registered 1 rebound and 1 block, and Tamijah Lawton-Stone grabbed 2 rebounds.

The Senecas return to action Friday night at Elmira Notre Dame.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Trumansburg .41-12. Mikenna Ayers scored 8 points for the Senecas, while Emmie Bond and Taylor Kelly registered 6 apiece. Makenna Fraboni had 4 points, 5 rebounds and 5 steals.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike drives past a Trumansburg defender.
Bottom: In the JV game, the Senecas' Makenna Fraboni (10) races to the basket. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Liam Fitch en route to victory n the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Left: O-M's Kyle Frasier in the 500 Free. Right: O-M's James Terry in the 100 Fly.

Watkins swimmers defeat O-M, 100-66

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 7 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team got four wins each from Aidan DeBolt, Liam Fitch and Matt Doppel Tuesday as the Senecas posted a 100-66 victory over Odessa-Montour in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The three swimmers were each on the winning 200 Medley Relay (1:49.28) and 400 Free Relay (3:46.66) squads.

DeBolt also won the 200 Free in 2:02.24 and the 100 Free in 54.64 while Fitch captured the 200 IM in 2:25.36 and the 100 Fly in 1:07.18..Doppel took the 50 Free in 23.05 and the 500 Free in 5:17.42.

Will Fitzsimmons also registered a victory for Watkins, winning the 100 Back in 1:09.58.

Odessa-Montour, meanwhile, won the 200 Freestyle Relay, where Anthony Humphries, Charles Sidle, Alec Betts and Billy Tague posted a time of 1:46.50. Humphries also won the 100 Breaststroke in 1:12.86.

"The O-M guys had some great swims tonight, with many posting PRs," said O-M Coach Terri Brace, who listed the following personal records (and a season best):

--The 200 Medley Relay of Alec Betts, Tony Humphries, Billy Tague and Charles Sidle swam a season best time of 1:58.60.
--Billy Tague in the 200 Free (2:03.41)
--Garret Allen in the 200 Free (2:43.02) and the 500 Free (7:41.02)
--Alec Betts in the 200 IM (2:27.78)
--Andy Fudala in the 50 Free (27.98) and 100 Breast (1:16.73)
--Collin Povoski in the 100 Free (1:08.18) and 100 Breast (1:38.34)
--Kyle Frasier in the 500 Free (7:21.83) and the 200 Free (2:42.60)
--Manley Gavich in the 100 Back (1:38.34)

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Matt Doppel (top) after winning the 500 Free; and Watkins' Aidan DeBolt hitting the water at start of the 100 Free.

Odessa's Charles Sidle competes in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge in the 500 Yard Freestyle.

O-M's Billy Tague competes in the 100 Yard Freestyle, where he finished second.

Odessa girls lose to Candor, 56-35

CANDOR, Jan. 7 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team's record slipped to 4-3 Tuesday night when the Indians dropped a 56-35 decision to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Candor gym.

Odessa trailed 20-9 after one period and 27-16 at halftime. O-M trimmed the deficit to 8 points, at 31-23, with 2:52 remaining in the third period, but Candor (now 7-3) scored the last seven points in the quarter to pull away.

Olivia Grover led O-M with a career-high 12 points, along with 8 rebounds. Addi Rhodes scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Hailie Searles had 5 points and 8 rebounds. Other points came from Sage Garrison (4), Gillian Clark (4), and Callie Stillman (1).

Odessa returns to action Friday night at Tioga.

Junior Varsity: Candor defeated Odessa-Montour.

Watkins Glen JV players Max Schimizzi (left) and Jacob Lokken drive to the basket.

JV: Watkins boys top Trumansburg

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 7 -- The Watkins Glen boys junior varsity basketball team improved to 2-3 Tuesday when it defeated Trumansburg 54-34 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Watkins varsity had the night off, having played (and defeated) Trumansburg in the WGHS Holiday Tournament last weekend. That tournament contest constituted a league game originally scheduled for Tuesday.

The Watkins JV led 8-7 after one period Tuesday before surging to a 23-12 halftime advantage. The score was 35-21 entering the fourth quarter.

Max Schimizzi led the Senecas with 18 points, while Connor Seeley-Ion and Jacob Lokken scored 10 each. Other points came from: Dylan Platon (7), Alex Sheesley (4), Dayne Hughey (2), Tyler Couch (2), and Alex Gibson (1).

Odessa bowlers lose to Notre Dame

ELMIRA, Jan. 7 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams dropped 4-0 decisions Tuesday to Elmira Notre Dame in Interscholastic Athletic Conference road matches.

The O-M boys lost 2807-2009. Trenton Randall led the Indians with a 521 series

The O-M girls were outpointed 2084-1717. Britney Visscher paced the Indians with a 365 series, while Carolyn Arias rolled a 353.

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 2

The Watkins Glen Youth Basketball program, held Saturdays in the winter at Watkins Glen High School, conducted its second session Saturday. The results:

3rd-4th Grades

Central Asphalt (1-1) 22, Famous Brands (0-2) 16
Central Asphalt: David Kelly 16, Jason Murphy 4, Sarah Jones 2
Famous Brands: Jenna Solomon 12, Joseph Sutterby 4

House of Hong (2-0) 21, Curly's Family Restaurant (1-1) 16
House of Hong: Jacob Yontz 15, Ryan Thompson 6
Curly's Restaurant: Brynn Smith 6, Devon Searle 4, Brenna Pierace 4, Thomas Field 2

Mr. Chicken (2-0) 10, Sporting Goods (0-2) 6
Mr. Chicken: Carmichael Ayers 4, Jacob VanDer Eems 4, Lillian Ameigh 2
Sporting Goods: Carly Arnold 4, Bryce Cady 2

5th-6th Grades

Seneca Lodge (2-0) 34, Watkins Glen Supply (1-1) 14
Seneca Lodge: Brendan Sheesley 14, Travon Jones 12, Ethan Day 4, Kara Sheesley 2, Aiden Gleason 2.
Watkins Glen Supply: Bryce Kelly 10, Jacob Powers 2, RJ Bannon 2

McGuire's (2-0) 34, Van Skiver Motors (0-2) 26
McGuire's: Max Evans 30, Rebecca Becker 2, Colby Thurston 2
Van Skiver Motors: Owen Scholtisek 20, Aislinn Klemann 4, Daniel Ely 2

Church Street Produce (1-1) 34, Capt. Bill's (0-2) 28
Church St. : Georgio Fazzary 16, Brendyn Hammond 10, Tim Clifford 4, Mattie Yontz 4
Capt. Bill's: Seamus Mooney 20, Cameron Holland 6, Ian Gleason 2

Watkins Glen's Gates is Athlete of Week

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 5 -- This week we honor as Odessa File Athlete of the Week a basketball player who led his team to a Holiday Tournament title.

Watkins Glen High School senior Colin Gates (34 at right) earns the nod for an outstanding two-game performance in which he scored 22 and then 21 points as the Senecas defeated Tioga and Trumansburg for the tourney championship in the WGHS Field House.

Double Honorable Mention: Watkins Glen basketball's Joe Palumbo, Watkins Glen runner Patrick Hazlitt, and Odessa-Montour wrestler Joe Rorick.

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

Watkins Glen's Luke Flahive drives to the basket for two of his seven points.

Glen boys win tourney title

Top Tburg 65-45; Gates is MVP; junior varsity falls

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 5 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team rode a ball-hawking defense and the 21-point shooting of Colin Gates to a 65-45 victory Sunday night over Trumansburg to claim the championship of the annual Holiday Tournament in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas, now 4-0, raced to an early lead with a fast-break offense led by Gates, whose two-game total of 43 points earned him the tourney MVP award. Watkins was ahead 18-9 after one period and 37-20 at halftime.

Trumansburg, which scored the final four points of the second quarter, added nine more to start the third period to close to within eight points at 37-29. However, the Senecas regained the momentum, going on a 13-3 run to enter the final quarter ahead 50-32 -- and then scored the next five points. They cruised from there.

In addition to Gates, Watkins Glen got double-digit scoring from Matt Estes (14 points) and Joe Palumbo (11). Other points came from Luke Flahive (7), Michael Taylor (4), and Justin Kelly, Justin Duane, Parker Pangallo and Keith Rekczis (2 each). The Senecas were 9-for-12 from the free-throw line

Rekczis and Duane led the team in rebounds with 7 each, while Gates grabbed 5. Flahive led in assists with 7, and in steals with 3 of the team's 11.

Austin Grunder led Trumansburg with 26 points. The Raiders struggled at the foul line, converting just 8 of 27 attempts.

"We had some good play at times ... pretty darn good play," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "We did some things better tonight" than on Friday, when the Senecas defeated Tioga 73-37. "We got off to a better start. We got sloppy in the third period, though. And we have to quit fouling like that."

The Senecas' next game will be Thursday, at home against Notre Dame.

Junior Varsity:

Watkins Glen rallied from a 12-2 first-quarter deficit, but fell to Susquehanna Valley 36-35 in the tournament's JV finale.

The Senecas fought back with an 11-4 second-quarter advantage, and were up by a point, 24-23, entering the fourth period. Sus Valley pulled ahead, but Watkins stayed within a point or two until catching up at 35-35 with 1:09 left to play. But a Sus Valley free throw with 38.9 seconds remaining broke the deadlock, and proved the difference.

Max Schimizzi led Watkins Glen with 15 points, while Jacob Lokken scored 6, Michael Doane 5, Connor Seeley-Ion 4, Dylan Platon 3, and Alex Sheesley 2. The team was 4-for-9 from the free-throw line.

Sus Valley was paced by Dalton Brown (9 points) and Jarred Freije (8). The Sabers converted 14 of 25 foul shots.

Consolation Games:

Junior Varsity: Dundee defeated Tioga 50-45.
Varsity: Dundee defeated Tioga 50-43.

All-Tournament Teams:

Junior Varsity:
--Bill Sheridan (MVP) and Jarred Freije of Sus Valley.
--Max Schimizzi and Michael Doane of Watkins Glen.
--Brian Camacho of Dundee.
--Connor Hutchison of Tioga.

Varsity:
--Colin Gates (MVP) and Joe Palumbo of Watkins Glen.
--Austin Grunder and Luke Richards of Trumansburg.
--Andrew Clark of Dundee.
--Josh Kithcart of Tioga.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Colin Gates shoots in traffic. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Middle: The Senecas' Joe Palumbo drives toward the hoop. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: The Watkins Glen cheerleaders were on hand with some acrobatic routines.

Left: Watkins Glen's Matt Estes scores. Right: The Senecas' Keith Rekczis passes the ball.
(Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Dominick Rolston blocks a shot by Tburg's Mike Gorton, but was called for a foul on the play. Right: The Senecas' Justin Kelly leaps high as the Raiders' Austin Grunder drives to the basket.

The tournament champion Watkins Glen Senecas pose after their victory.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Max Schimizzi goes up for a shot.
Right:
The Senecas' Jacob Lokken (23) contends for a rebound.
(Both photos by Don Romeo)

And from Doug Yeater:

From left: Watkins Glen's Joe Palumbo shoots; Alex Gibson puts up a shot in the JV game; and Colin Gates is sandwiched.

The vociferous and animated Watkins Glen student bleacher section.

Watkins Glen wrestlers defeat Dundee

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 2 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team defeated Dundee 41-28 Friday morning in a non-league match in the WGHS Field House.

Wins for the Senecas were posted by:

106: Caleb Smith over Mike Gee fall 3:30
126: Brandon Gould by Forfeit
132: Andrew Specht 12-10 over Damon Empson
138: Jon Brown over Jake Zimmer 12-1
152: Nick Cocola by fall over Jared Jayne: 48
170: Josh Burge over Dominick Lyons by fall 1:55
182: Ian Chedzoy over Dakota Haynes 13-2
195: Casey Falls over Patrick Sipley 7-4
285: Colton Arcangeli over Lance Irwin 5-0

Watkins Glen returns to action at home Wednesday against Whitney Point at 6 p.m., and then hosts the annual Mike Watson Invitational Friday and Saturday, Jan. 9-10.

Left: Watkins' Matt Estes (35) goes high for tipoff. Center: The Senecas' Parker Pangallo shoots. Right: Watkins' Dominick Rolston (4) is fouled. (Right, left photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins, Tburg will meet for tourney title on Sunday

Senecas top Tioga 73-37; Glen JV reaches finale, too

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 3 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team -- led by Colin Gates' 22 points and a ball-hawking defense -- ran past Tioga 73-37 Friday night in the opening round of the annual Holiday Tournament at the WGHS Field House, setting up a championship game against Trumansburg on Sunday.

The Blue Raiders outlasted a stubborn Dundee team 57-53 in the other opener.

The tournament could have ended up with co-champions or no champion at all -- a situation described in a recent column here. But with the Senecas and Blue Raiders defeating Tioga and Dundee, their game Sunday -- they would have played regardless of the outcome of Friday's contests -- will be for all the tournament marbles.

The second day of basketball was scheduled for today (Saturday), but a weather forecast suggesting sleet and freezing rain prompted Watkins school officials to move the entire Saturday slate to Sunday, starting with a 1 p.m. junior varsity consolation game between Tioga and Dundee. That will be followed at 2 p.m. by the JV title game between Watkins Glen and Susquehanna Valley.

Junior Varsity: The Watkins JV squad made it to the championship game by defeating Tioga 48-36, its first victory of the season after two losses.

The Senecas pulled away from Tioga with a 17-6 third quarter run after leading 23-22 at halftime.

Max Schimizzi (pictured at right) paced the Senecas with 17 points, while Michael Doane scored 14, Alex Gibson 8, Connor Seeley-Ion 5, and Jacob Lokken and Alex Sheesley 2 each. Their opponent in the final, Sus Valley, cruised past Dundee in the other opener.

Varsity: Watkins Glen (3-0), after a sluggish start against Tioga, pulled away in the second period and kept widening the gap as every member of the team scored. The Senecas led 10-9 after one period, 33-17 at halftime, and 54-28 after three quarters.

In addition to Gates' scoring, the Senecas got 12 points from Justin Kelly, 11 from Joseph Palumbo, 8 from Justin Duane, 4 each from Luke Flahive and Matt Estes, 3 each from Michael Taylor and Jacob Carocci, and 2 each from Dominick Rolston, Parker Pangallo and Keith Rekczis. The team was 12 for 16 from the foul line.

Rekczis led the team in rebounds with 6 and steals with 5. Flahive had 5 rebounds, and Taylor 4. Palumbo had 3 steals, while Pangallo led the Senecas in assists with 3.

Tioga was led by Parker Hendershot's 14 points, and 6 by Sam Burns. The Tigers converted 8 of 20 free-throw attempts.

"It wasn't pretty," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "When you've practiced 38 days and played just two games" before this one, "you should be getting into it. Or maybe you have some rust. One thing for sure: we need to practice layups." The Senecas, he noted, "missed six or seven of them."

The Trumansburg-Dundee clash saw the once-beaten Raiders advance by pulling away in the fourth quarter of a physical game (see battle at right for ball).

Dundee had led 28-24 at halftime before falling behind 37-36 entering the final period. The Raiders built a 10-point lead, but Dundee cut it to 3 points twice in the closing minute.

Luke Richards led Tburg with 17 points, while Austin Grunder added 16. The team was 12-for-21 at the foul line. Dundee was paced by Tyler Kelly's 11 points, and 8 by Jarrett Butler. The Scotsmen were 5-for-11 on free throws.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Colin Gates eyes the basket in first-half action.
Second: In the JV game, Max Schimizzi shoots a free throw. He scored 17 points.
Third:
The Senecas' Joseph Palumbo prepares to shoot. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: Two players battle for the ball in the Trumansburg-Dundee game.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jacob Carocci shoots. Right: In the JV game, the Senecas' Michael Doane prepares to shoot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

The student bleacher section at the south end of the court was a popular spot Friday night, including (from left) basketball players Emmie Bond, Hannah Morse and Amanda Pike.

And among the students were, from left, Katherine Meehan, Brooke Shaffer, Maggie Bond and Clara Chedzoy, finding the cross-country banner hanging in the Field House of interest -- because the year 2014 had recently been added under "League Champions" and "Section Champions." Shaffer, Bond and Chedzoy were on the cross-country team. Meehan was a Section IV champion swimmer.

The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team bursts out onto the court
before the start of their game.

Hazlitt wins 1600 Meters at Cortland meet

CORTLAND, Jan. 3 -- Patrick Hazlitt led the way Friday as 9th and 10th grade members of the Watkins Glen High School Indoor Track team competed in a meet at SUNY Cortland.

Hazlitt placed first in the 1600 meters in 4:47.59 and second at 600 Meters in 1:35.90 in a meet featuring freshman and sophomore runners from more than 20 schools in Section IV.

Other Top 6 finishers for Watkins Glen included Joelle Slater, 2nd in the 1000 Meter Racewalk in 6:02.83, and Isobel Scheffey, 6th in the 55 Meter Dash in 8.22.

Rorick 3rd at Windsor, sets O-M wins mark

WINDSOR, NY, Dec. 31 -- Odessa-Montour wrestler Joe Rorick placed third Tuesday at the Windsor Christmas Tournament in which 29 schools participated.

Eight wrestlers from Odessa-Montour were among the competitors at the two-day event. Rorick was 5-1 in the 120-pound weight class. His only loss was to Tucker Amato of Indian River in a quarterfinal match.

During the tournament, Rorick recorded his 139th career victory, breaking the O-M school record of 137 wins previously held by Donnie Gunning.

O-M win-loss results:
99 lbs: Andrew Hartford 0-2
113: Collin Haag 0-2
120: Joe Rorick 5-1
126: Bill Bacon 2-2
160: John Kuparinen 0-2
170: Shawn Minnier 0-2
220: Joe Wright 1-2
285: Ian Hradisky 0-2

Photo in text: The podium for the 120-pound weight class. O-M's Joe Rorick placed third. (Photo provided)

Athlete of the Week: WG's Amanda Pike

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 28 -- This week we honor as our Odessa File Athlete of the Week a standout Watkins Glen High School basketball player whose contributions to her team were key to its victory in the annual tournament it hosts.

The honoree is Amanda Pike (right), who scored 32 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and had 6 steals as the Watkins Glen girls varsity squad defeated Newfield and Jasper-Troupsburg to claim the title at the Melissa B. Wilson Holiday Basketball Tournament at the WGHS Field House. As if that weren't enough, she also led the team past Candor earlier in the week with a performance that included 12 points, 6 steals and 3 assists.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball's Madison Gates and Mariah Gonzalez, Watkins Glen runners Taylor Kennard and Brooke Shaffer, Odessa-Montour basketball's Gillian Clark and Hailie Searles, and Watkins Glen swimmers Aidan DeBolt and Matt Doppel.

Honorable Mention: Another 16 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal all-stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each school.

The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team poses after its victory. At right standing are Ken and Mary Wilson, parents of Melissa B. Wilson, in whose memory the tournament is named. (Photo by Don Romeo)

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

Watkins girls top J-T, 47-38, for tourney title; JV also wins

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 28 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- after failing to sink a basket in the first quarter and trailing by four points at halftime -- overcame a stubborn Jasper-Troupsburg team 47-38 Saturday night to claim the title in the annual Melissa B. Wilson Holiday Tournament in the WGHS Field House.

The Watkins Glen junior varsity also won a championship, topping Jasper-Troupsburg 47-14 in the JV title game.

Varsity: The Senecas (now 5-1) started poorly, abandoning at the outset the combination of three players -- Madison Gates, Amanda Pike and Mariah Gonzalez -- who had carried the team to victory with a strong second-half performance in a 47-35 semifinal victory Friday night over Newfield.

Without Gonzalez starting, Pike was whistled twice for fouls early, and took a seat with 3:57 to go in the first period. She did not return until the second half. Meanwhile, the Watkins offense was sputtering. The Senecas missed all 15 of their first-quarter shots, and trailed 7-2 when the period ended, their lone points coming on a pair of free throws by Halle Phillips. They were fortunate that the Wildcats were misfiring on a number of close-range shots themselves.

J-T extended its lead to 15-6 in the second quarter before the Senecas started finding the range with consistency, hitting three quick baskets to pull within 17-13 at halftime.

The third period saw the trio of Pike, Gates and Gonzalez together again, and the Senecas' offense started humming with quick bounce passes and hard-nosed rebounding, as it had in the second half the night before. Watkins outscored J-T in that quarter, 16-14, and 18-7 down the stretch to claim the tourney championship.

Gonzalez led the squad in scoring with 13 points, while Pike scored 11, all after intermission, and Gates 7. Phillips added 6 first-half points, while Amanda Cherock and Katherine Meehan scored 4 points each, and Madison Myers 2.

Gonzalez led the team in rebounds with 9, while Gates and Pike grabbed 7 each, Cherock 5, Phillips 3, and Allison Teed and Meehan 2 each. Gates registered 5 assists, while Cherock had a pair. The Senecas had 7 steals, two by Gonzalez, and the other five by five different players. The team was 12-for-17 from the free-throw line, including 7-for-7 by Gonzalez.

McKenzie Prutsman led Jasper-Troupsburg with 18 points, while Hannah Miles scored 11. The Wildcats converted 9 of 12 free-throw attempts.

"This was a hard-fought battle," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "We were down early and the girls were able to fight their way out of it. They played hard and never gave up the intensity. I am very proud of them."

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen dominated Jasper-Troupsburg, cruising to a 47-14 victory.

Danielle Leszyk led the Senecas with 14 points, while Taylor Kelly scored 11, Mikenna Ayers 10, Ryanna LaMoreaux 6, Emilia Bond 4, and Hanley Elliott 2.

"The girls played a great tournament," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, pointing to improving play by several members of his team.

Consolation games: Newfield defeated Lyons in both contests, outscoring the Lions 54-28 in the varsity matchup.

All-Tournament Teams:

Varsity:
Madison Gates (WG) -- MVP
Mariah Gonzalez (WG)
McKenzie Prutsman (Jasper-Troupsburg)
Jazmin Malone (Newfield)
Taniqua Johnson (Lyons)

Junior Varsity:
Ryanna LaMoreaux (WG) -- MVP
Danielle Leszyk (WG)
Taryn Hayes (Jasper-Troupsburg)
Sage Duff (Newfield)
Kelsey Arliss (Lyons)

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Madison Gates drives to the basket.
Second: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez prepares to shoot a short-range jumper.
Third: The Watkins Glen JV team poses after its victory in the title game.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux, the JV tourney MVP. (Photos by Don Romeo)

In the JV final: From left, Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly, Danielle Leszyk and Mikenna Ayers. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Additional photos:

Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike races upcourt as a referee keeps pace.

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Cherock shoots. Right: And so does Madison Gates.
(Both photos by Doug Yeater)

Left: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez. Right: Watkins' Katherine Meehan shoots.
(Both photos by Doug Yeater)

The Senecas' Madison Myers passes the ball.
(Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: Watkins Glen's Allison Teed moves the ball. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike, right, battles Jasper-Troupsburg's McKenzie Prutsman for the ball.

Kennard 1st in 3000 at Cortland meet

CORTLAND, Dec. 28 -- Watkins Glen senior Taylor Kennard placed first Saturday in the 3000 Meter Run at a high school indoor track meet at SUNY Cortland.

Kennard finished with a time of 12:09.77, well ahead of runnerup Julianna Testone of Horseheads, who registered a 12:47.28. The meet was for juniors and seniors only.

The only other Top 6 finisher for Watkins Glen was Brooke Shaffer, who placed fifth in the 1500 Meter Run in a school record time of 5:29. Corning's Jessica Lawson was first in 4:52.50.

Left: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez makes a move to the basket.
Right: The Senecas' Madison Myers sends a shot on its way. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls top Newfield in opener; will face J-T in finale

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 27 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by Amanda Pike's 21 points and a double-double by Madison Gates -- defeated Newfield 47-35 Friday night in the opening round of the annual Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Holiday Tournament at the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas (now 4-1) will play for the tourney title at 7:30 tonight (Saturday) against Jasper-Troupsburg, a 64-34 victor over Lyons in Friday's other varsity contest.

The Watkins Glen junior varsity also advanced to a tourney final, defeating Newfield 42-13 and setting up a title contest with Jasper-Troupsburg, which defeated Lyons in the day's first JV game.

Pike, in addition to scoring 21 points, registered 5 steals while grabbing 7 rebounds and blocking a shot. She hit three 3-pointers.

Gates scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds while notching one steal, one assist and a block.

Another 6 points came from Mariah Gonzalez, who proved a second-half force as she grabbed 3 rebounds, had 3 assists and stole the ball twice.

Other points came from Madison Myers (2, with a rebound, assist and steal), Amanda Cherock (2, with 4 rebounds and 3 assists), and Maggie Bond (2).

The team was 8-for-12 from the free-throw line.

Newfield (now 4-3) was led by Sierra Henry's 11 points, and 10 by Mariyah Byrd. The Trojans converted 8 of 14 free throws.

The Senecas scored the first 6 points of the game before Newfield rallied to tie the score at 9-9. Watkins then scored the final five points of the first quarter to go up 14-9, and built an 8-point edge, 19-11, before the Trojans rallied to within three at halftime, 23-20.

With the score 27-24, Watkins surged, coinciding with the insertion into the lineup of Gonzalez -- out recently with an injury. By the 1:30 mark of the third period, the Senecas had scored 13 straight points for a 40-24 advantage. Newfield never got closer than 10 points after that.

"The girls played hard and were determined to pull out a victory," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "It will be a battle tomorrow."

Among the challenges will be keeping J-T's McKenzie Prutsman (pictured at right) in check. The senior point guard scored 21 points to lead her team past Lyons Friday night, and in the process reached the 1,000-point plateau for her career.

The Watkins Glen junior varsity built a 25-5 halftime lead over Newfield and a 36-5 lead through three periods. The Senecas were led by Ryanna LaMoreaux's 18 points. Taylor Kelly added 9 points, while Emilia Bond scored 5, Julia Reilly 5, Mikenna Ayers 3, and Hanley Elliott 2.

The JV title game is at 4:30 p.m. The varsity title game is at 7:30 p.m. Each is preceded by a consolation game between Newfield and Lyons.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike drives toward the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: Jasper-Troupsburg's McKenzie Prutsman, who reached 1,000 career points Friday.

From left: Watkins Glen's Madison Gates, Clara Chedzoy and Amanda Cherock.
(Photos on left and right by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

From left: Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux, Danielle Leszyk and Taylor Kelly.
(Photos on left and right by Don Romeo)

A holiday fun run ...

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 14 -- Most members of the Watkins Glen High School varsity cross-country team gathered early in the Christmas week for a fun holiday run through Watkins, singing holiday songs and stopping for a few pictures at some festive landmarks -- such as with the Grinch at right. They also stopped at Cargill to pose with the figures sitting there of Santa Claus, his reindeer and his sleigh. A team spokesman said the squad is looking forward to snow in January for some cross-country skiing as a team.

(Photo provided)

 

Left: Watkins Glen's Madison Myers (15) battles for possession of the ball. Right: The Senecas' Madison Gates defends against Candor's Mikayla Short.

Watkins girls defeat Candor

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 23 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team got points from nine different players Tuesday on the way to a 41-22 victory over Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House.

Amanda Pike led the Senecas with 12 points, 6 steals and 3 assists as they improved their season mark to 3-1 heading into their annual Melissa B. Wilson Holiday Tournament Friday and Saturday. Tuesday's contest was a makeup game, postponed from Dec. 9.

Watkins raced out to a 10-0 lead and was up 16-5 after one period, 28-14 at halftime and 38-16 entering the final quarter.

Also scoring for the Senecas were Madison Myers (8 points), Allison Teed (5 points, with 3 rebounds and 3 assists), Madison Gates (4 points, with 7 rebounds and 2 steals), Clara Chedzoy (4 points, with 2 steals), Halle Phillips (2 points, with 4 rebounds), Amanda Cherock (2 points, with 3 rebounds), Tamijah Lawton-Stone (2 points, with 2 rebounds), and Maggie Bond (2 points, with 4 rebounds). Katherine Meehan added 3 rebounds, and Maddy Ross registered 2.

The team was 9-for-13 from the foul line.

Candor was led by Siarahjo Rose's 8 points. The Indians converted 10 of 19 free throws.

"Tonight the girls played a great game," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "It was nice to get everyone in and have everyone contribute. The girls didn’t skip a beat. We were able to hold one of their top players to 4 points with the help of Meehan's great defense. This was a great win that will help us get ready for our tournament."

In addition to the host Senecas, tourney teams will include Jasper-Troupsburg, Lyons and Newfield.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Candor 29-22. Ryanna LaMoreaux scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Senecas, who also got scoring from Taylor Kelly (5 points with 4 rebounds), Danielle Leszyk (5 points), and Hanley Elliott (4 points).

Photo in text: Watkins' Maggie Bond drives past a Candor defender. (Photo by Don Romeo)

From left: Watkins' Clara Chedzoy, Amanda Pike and Amanda Cherock go to the hoop.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux (3) goes high for the tipoff.
Right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk drives to the basket. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Samantha Bradley registers a strike.

Watkins bowlers roll past Marathon

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 23 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories over undermanned Marathon squads Tuesday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Johnny's Lanes.

The Watkins girls were led by Samantha Bradley --who posted a 537 series that included at 210 game --as the Senecas outscored Marathon 2452-1453. Marathon had just four bowlers.

Dakota Evans rolled a 521 for Watkins, while Liz Mason posted a 475, Lucy Craig 467, and Elizabeth Reed 452.

"All the girls had at least one good game," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "It is a nice way to go into the holidays."

The Watkins boys, facing just three Marathon bowlers, cruised to a 2249-1287 advantage.The Senecas were led by a pair of 493 series -- by Steven Bradley and Nathaniel Rose. Wyatt Brower added a 462, Rees Avery 432, and Conlin Wysocki 369.

"I put our top three bowlers against theirs, head to head," said Coach Brower, "and our guys responded well. Steven, Rees and Wyatt would have taken three out of the four points themselves, so this was a good win for the boys team."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dakota Evans gestures as her ball cuts through the pins. She registered a strike on the throw.

Left: Watkins Glen's Rees Avery. Right: The Senecas' Steven Bradley notches a strike.

From left: O-M's Gillian Clark, Kennedey Heichel, Olivia Grover and Callie Stillman in action against Avoca Monday night.

O-M girls top Avoca, 40-26

ODESSA, Dec. 22 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- behind 14 points by Gillian Clark and a 15-rebound, 6-steal performance by Hailie Searles -- defeated Avoca 40-26 Monday night in a non-conference game in the O-M gym.

Clark hit four 3-pointers to pace an Odessa attack that sputtered early. The Indians -- now 4-2 -- had just 12 first-half points, but led by five points entering the third period, and by 10 points entering the fourth.

Avoca pulled within seven points at 30-23 in the final period, but the Indians converted 6 of 8 free throws and a couple of baskets down the stretch to pull away. They made 8-of-13 shots overall from the foul line.

Scoring in addition to Clark (who had 6 rebounds) were Callie Stillman (6 points and 3 assists), Searles (5 points along with the rebounds and steals), Sage Garrison (4 points), Olivia Grover (4 points), Kennedey Heichel (3 points), and Addi Rhodes and Brianna Struble (2 points each).

Rae Prestridge led Avoca with 9 points. The Tigers coverted 8 of 20 free throws.

"It certainly wasn't a thing of beauty," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "but we did what we needed to do and got some shots to fall at important spots to put them away.

"We played a fairly solid defensive game," he added, noting that an 8-0 run in the third quarter fueled by a pair of steals, two baskets from Olivia Grover and a 3-pointer by Clark "gave us the breathing room we needed. And we hit the free throws down the stretch to put them away."

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Photos in text:

Top: Odessa's Sage Garrison leaps, turns and fires the ball back onto the court before it can go out of bounds in first-half action.

Bottom: The Indians' Hailie Searles drives to the basket during second quarter.

Left: Watkins Glen's Lucas Wickham competes in the 100 Breaststroke.
Right: The Senecas' Matt Doppel on the way to winning the 100 Fly.

Watkins swims to easy win over Dryden

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 22 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team was dominant Monday as it cruised to a 108-40 victory over Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The Senecas got individual victories from:

--Shawn Rutledge in the 200 Free (2:20.68);
--Liam Fitch in the 200 IM (2:29.06);
--Aidan DeBolt in the 50 Free (24.43) and the 500 Free (5:35.42);
--Matt Doppel in the 100 Fly (56.78), and
--Lucas Wickham in the 100 Free (1:01.12).

Watkins Glen also won the three relays:

200 Medley Relay: 1:49.18, Doppel, Wickham, Fitch and DeBolt.
200 Free Relay: 1:48.32, Doppel, Fitch, Will Fitzsimmons, Aaron Planty.
400 Free Relay: 3:56.99: Doppel, AJ Specchio, Wickham, DeBolt

Individual second-places were posted by Payton Watson in the 200 Free, Specchio in the 200 IM, Jacob Slater in the 50 Free, Fitch in the 100 Fly, Planty in the 100 Free, and Dakota Cole in the 500 Free.

Photo in text: Watkins' Aidan DeBolt enters the water at start of the 500 Free, which he won.

Athletes of Week: 2 wrestlers & a swimmer

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 21 -- Two wrestlers and a swimmer are honored this week as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

At Watkins Glen, swimmer Matt Doppel gets a nod for qualifying for the New York State Swimming Championships in the 100 Backstroke. He bettered the qualifying standard of 54.82 by going 53.69, the fastest 100 Back time in the state this season. And with him, we honor Brandon Gould, the Outstanding Lightweight Wrestler at the Campbell-Savona-Bradford Duals, where he posted a 7-0 mark at 126 pounds as the Senecas won the tourney title.

At Odessa-Montour, wrestler Joe Rorick gets the nod after winning his team's Most Outstanding award by going 4-0 at the "Battle of the Valley" Duals at Cobleskill-Richmond High School.

Double Honorable: O-M swimmer Billy Tague; Watkins Glen wrestlers Colton Arcangeli, Kurtis Edwards, Josh Burge, Ian Chedzoy, Jon Brown and Nick Cocola; O-M wrestler Bill Bacon; Watkins Glen basketball's Madison Gates, Joe Palumbo, Luke Flahive and Matt Estes; Watkins Glen runner Patrick Hazlitt; Watkins Glen bowlers Samantha Bradley and Lucy Craig, Watkins Glen swimmers Aidan DeBolt and Liam Fitch, and O-M bowler Alex Grady.

Honorable Mention: Another 32 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each school.

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 1

The Watkins Glen Youth Basketball program, held Saturdays in the winter at Watkins Glen High School, conducted its first session Saturday. The results:

3rd-4th Grades

House of Hong 35, Watkins Sporting Goods 14
House of Hong: Jacob Yontz 25, Ryan Thompson 10
Watkins Sporting Goods: Carly Arnold 10, Gavin Smith 4

Curly's Family Restaurant 13, Famous Brands 8
Curly's: Deavon Searle 7, Brynn Smith 6
Famous Brands: Joseph Sutterby 6, Jenna Soloman 2

Mr. Chicken 16, Central Asphalt 13
Mr. Chicken: Carmichael Ayers 6, Jacob VanDer Eems 6, Gregory Samuels 4
Central Asphalt: David Kelly 7, Jason Murphy 4, Sarah Jones 2

5th-6th Grades

Watkins Glen Supply 24, Captain Bill's 20
Watkins Glen Supply: Bryce Kelly 12, Jacob Powers 4, Jordan Avery 2, Bailey Beaumont 2, Julya Slater 2, Emily Rhoads 2
Captain Bill's: Seamus Mooney 12, Cameron Holland 8

Seneca Lodge 28, Van Skiver Motors 18
Seneca Lodge: Brendan Sheesley 14, Travon Jones 10, Ethan Day 2, Kara Sheesley 2
Van Skiver Motors: Owen Scholtisek 10, Aislinn Klemann 4, Daniel Ely 2, Kyra Brisbois 2

McGuire's 36, Church Street Produce 27
McGuire's: Max Evans 36
Church Street Produce: Brendyn Hammond 14, Tanner Dunham 5, Mattie Yontz 4, Georgio Fazzary 2, Cloey Wratten 2

Glen wrestlers unbeaten at C-S Duals

CAMPBELL, Dec. 21 -- The Watkins Glen varsity wrestling team rebounded from its Wednesday loss to Newark Valley by going unbeaten Friday and Saturday to win the 50th annual Campbell-Savona-Bradford Holiday Dual Meet tournament in the Campbell High School gym.

Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould, one of five Watkins wrestlers to go 7-0, was named the meet's most outstanding lightweight wrestler. He is in the 126-pound weight class Also receiving awards noting their perfect records were Colton Arcangeli (285), Kurtis Edwards (195), Josh Burge and Ian Chedzoy.

Finishing at 6-1 were Jon Brown (145) and Nick Cocola (152). Dustin Goltry went 5-2 at 220, while Bradly Eslick was 4-0 at 138.

"After the loss to NV," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson, referring to a 46-24 setback in the WGHS small gym, "the coaching staff worked hard to help our guys mentally break our opponents, and boy did it show this weekend. We were relentless with our attacks, with many of the matches reaching a tech fall score and then the pin."

O-M wrestlers 3rd at 'Battle of Valley'

COBLESKILL -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team placed third Saturday in the "Battle of the Valley" Round Robin Duals Tournament at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School.

O-M senior standout Joe Rorick was named the team's Most Outstanding Wrestler after winning all four of his matches in the five-team tourney. Three of his victories were by pins, and the fourth by an 8-2 decision.

First place went to Cobleskill-Richmondville, which posted a 4-0 record. Mohonasen was second at 3-1, while O-M went 2-2. Johnstown was 1-3, and Copenhagen 0-4.

O-M lost to Mohonasen 47-29 and Cobleskill-Richmondville 57-20, and defeated Johnstown 37-30 and Copenhagen 42-22.

Photo in text: The O-M wrestling squad poses after the meet. (Photo provided)

Shutter named to NSCAA All-America team

CORTLAND, Dec. 20 -- Tompkins Cortland Community College soccer standout Morgan Shutter has been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III All-America second team for the second year in a row.

Shutter, an Odessa-Montour High School graduate, was one of 25 NSCAA All-America honorees, and one of just two repeat selections. He was also a two-time pick by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

He scored half of the TC3 goals this past season, scoring 16 times in 18 games. He also had two assists, giving him 34 points for the season and 58 for his two-year career, leaving him tied for third on TC3's list.

Left: Watkins Glen's Madison Gates puts up a shot. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Cherock.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen girls lose,
39-34, as Waverly rallies

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 20 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team sustained its first loss of the season Friday night, falling to Waverly 39-34 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House gym.

The Senecas, now 2-1, led 11-5 after one period and 21-11 at halftime, but the Lady Wolverines rallied with a 19-2 third quarter to take a 30-23 lead into the fourth period. They held off Watkins from there.

"Tonight was a tough game," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "The girls had a great first half, playing hard. However, we need to play four quarters of basketball. We got sloppy in the second half and had a lot of mental errors."

Madison Gates, she noted, "had a great game inside the post," compiling her second double-double of the season. Gates finished with 22 points and 16 rebounds.

Other points came from Amanda Pike (8, with 6 rebounds), Maggie Bond (2, with 3 rebounds) and Amanda Cherock (2, with 4 assists). Allison Teed added 3 rebounds and 2 steals.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Waverly 45-28. Ryanna LaMoreaux had 13 points and 5 blocks, while Hanley Elliott scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Danielle Leszyk added 6 points, and Emmie Bond scored 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.

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

Left: Watkins Glen's Madison Myers looks to pass the ball. Right: In the JV game, the Senecas' Ryanna LaMoreaux shoots. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Glen boys top Waverly, improve to 2-0

WAVERLY, Dec. 20 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team -- behind double-digit scoring by three players-- defeated Waverly 63-54 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Waverly gym.

The Senecas, now 2-0, got 19 points from Joe Palumbo, 15 from Luke Flahive and 14 from Matt Estes. Colin Gates added 8 points, Keith Rekczis 6, and Parker Pangallo 1.

Watkins raced in front 17-8 in the first quarter, and was up 30-17 at halftime. The lead was nine points, 37-28, entering the fourth period, and shrank to six. But Watkins Glen made some key free throws down the stretch to hold off the Wolverines. Flahive was 7-for-9 from the line in the final quarter while Rekczis went 4-for-5. Overall, the team was 17-for-22 on free throws.

Gates led the Senecas in rebounds with 9, while Estes grabbed 5, Rekczis 4, and Flahive 4. Gates also led in assists with 5. Flahive had 4 assists, and led the team in steals with 3.

"We had a good first half," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, "but in the second half we got a little careless. But give Waverly credit; they never gave up."

The Senecas return to action when they host a Holiday Tournament on Jan. 2 and 3.

Glen runners excel at Small School meet

CORTLAND, Dec. 20 -- Several members of the Watkins Glen varsity Indoor Track team had strong showings Friday at the Cortland Small Schools meet.

Topping the Senecas was Patrick Hazlitt, who finished first in the 1600 Meter Run in 4:56.31, and fifth in the 600 Meter Run in 1:34.94.

Other standouts:

Kevin Kernan, fifth in the 55 Meter Hurdles in 9.78
Joelle Slater, third in the 1000 Meter Racewalk in 6:27.78
Taylor Kennard, third in the 3000 Meter Run in 12:02.67
Brooke Shaffer, third in the 1500 Meter Run in 5:39.84
Kali Bond, sixth in the 1500 Meter Run in 6:05.39

Schools from around the region were represented at the meet, such as Trumansburg, Elmira Notre Dame, Marathon, Union Springs, Dryden, Groton, Whitney Point, Sidney-Delhi-Unatego, Chenango Valley, Harpursville-Afton, Lansing, Unadilla Valley, Newfield, Moravia and Waverly.

O-M's Tyler Clark, left, and Joel Kelly move the ball past Newfield defenders.

O-M boys fall to unbeaten Newfield

ODESSA, Dec. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team saw its record slip to 3-3 Friday night when Newfield pulled away in the middle two quarters for an 82-35 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory over the Indians in the O-M gym.

Odessa, down 11-9 after one period, was outscored 26-0 in the second quarter and 33-16 in the third as Newfield rolled to its fourth victory without a loss.

Bryce Elliott and Joel Kelly each scored 11 points for O-M, while Cody Daugherty scored 4 points, Mitch Scata 3, and Zach Pyhtila, Tyler Clark and Curtis Harris 2 each. The team was 3-for-5 from the foul line.

Newfield was led by Brian Barrett's 22 points, and 17 by Cole Banfield. The team converted 5 of 9 free throws.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Newfield 69-40. Zachary Elliott led Odessa with 11 points, while Noah Angle scored 10 and Cameron Adams added 6.

Photo in text: O-M's Curtis Harris goes up for a shot in traffic.

Left: Odessa's Bryce Elliott drives to the hoop.
Right: The Indians' Zach Pyhtila prepares to launch a free throw.

Watkins Glen bowlers lose to Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 20 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams sustained losses to Waverly Friday afternoon in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Johnny's Lanes.

The Watkins girls were beaten for the first time this season, dropping a 3-1 decision. They won the third game 796-764, but dropped the first two games and total pinfall, 2449-2282. Waverly had not lost a game all season.

Samantha Bradley led the Senecas with a 512 series, while Lucy Craig posted a 480, Liz Mason 464, Elizabeth Reed 405, and Dakota Evans 393.

The Watkins boys lost 4-0 as Waverly outscored them 2977-2053. Wyatt Brower and Casen Weeden each registered a 431 to lead the Senecas. Rees Avery added a 404.

O-M girls lose to Newfield, slip to 3-2

NEWFIELD, Dec. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team sustained its second straight loss Friday night, falling to Newfield 58-31 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Newfield gym.

The Indians surged early, building a 10-2 lead before Newfield "blitzed us in transition," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. Newfield led 20-12 by the end of that period, and 30-15 at halftime.

Addi Rhodes led Odessa scorers with 8 points, while Hailie Searles scored 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Other points came from Callie Stillman (6), Gillian Clark (5), Sage Garrison (4), and Kalie Thomas (2).

The Indians were without playmaker Nakiaha Robinson, injured in the previous game.

Newfield is now 4-1. "I would say they are the favorites to win the division," said Gavich.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Newfield 41-31 to improve to 3-2. Kennedey Heichel scored 19 points, whle Alexis Saunders had 14.

Odessa-Montour's Bill Bacon is in control on the way to victory at 120 pounds against Southern Cayuga's Charlie Stevens.

O-M wrestlers defeat S. Cayuga, TAE

ODESSA, Dec. 19 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team rolled to a pair of lopsided victories Thursday night, topping Southern Cayuga 47-12 and Edison 51-6 in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches in O-M's Jack Davis Gym.

Southern Cayuga, with just four wrestlers, lost to Edison (six wrestlers), 22-18.

In the match against Southern Cayuga, Odessa (with 10 wrestlers) got competitive wins from:

-- Bill Bacon, who posted an 18-1 technical fall over Charlie Stevens at 120 pounds; and
-- Jeremiah Holley, who pinned Dawson Barton in 1:33.

The Indians also picked up six forfeit victories. Shawn Minnier (182) and Joe Wright (220) lost by second-round pins.

Against Edison, O-M got wins from:

-- Andrew Hartford, who pinned Tyler Lewis in 3:56;
-- Joe Rorick, who pinned Jack Bates in 2:50;
-- Jeremiah Holley, who pinned Travis Wheeler in 1:32;
-- DJ Morrell, who defeated Emily Root in overtime;
-- John Kuparinen, who pinned Corbin Barchet in 1:48.

The Indians also picked up four wins by forfeit.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Joe Wright, let, battles Southern Cayuga's Dan Lukas at 220 pounds. Lukas won by a pin.

Bottom: O-M's Jeremiah Holley, left, en route to a victory against Southern Cayuga's Dawson Barton.

Watkins girls win as Craig rolls 615

UNION SPRINGS, Dec. 19 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team -- paced by Lucy Craig's 615 series -- defeated Union Springs 4-0 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match.

Craig (pictured at right) rolled games of 202-208-205 as the Senecas registered a three-game total of 2546, well ahead of Union Springs' 1402.

Samantha Bradley added a 588 (including a 213 game) for Watkins Glen, while Elizabeth Reed posted a 487, Dakota Evans 448, and Liz Mason 408.

"Lucy is starting to come into her own now," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower, "and Sam had another good outing as well. They bowl well together."

The Watkins Glen boys, meanwhile, dropped a 4-0 decision to Union Springs, which outscored the Senecas 2776-2274. Rees Avery led Watkins with a 537 series, while Casen Weeden registered a 464, Wyatt Brower 431, Nathaniel Rose 425, and Conlin Wysocki 408.

"Rees bowled very well, especially considering that he never really bowled until a few weeks ago," said Coach Brower. "He, Steven and Wyatt have now had 500 series, and other guys will definitely be following soon. What we have to do now is all bowl them at the same time."

Photo in text: Lucy Craig (File photo)

O-M swimmers fall to Waverly, 100-70

WAVERLY, Dec. 19 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team got three wins from Billy Tague Thursday, but it wasn't enough as the Indians dropped a 100-70 Interscholastic Athletic Conference decision to Waverly in the Wolverines' pool.

Tague won the 200 Free in a personal-record time of 2:04.05, and the 100 Free with a PR of 55.73. He was also on the winning 200 Free Relay team with Alex Betts, Anthony Humphries and Charles Sidle. Their time: 1:46.01.

Second-place finishes for O-M:
--Anthony Humphries in the 200 IM (season best of 2:25.59)
--Charles Sidle in the 50 Free (26.48)
--Alec Betts in the 500 Free (PR of 6:01.97) and the 100 Breast (1:20.19)
--200 Medley Relay of James Terry, Andy Fudala, Alec Betts and Charles Sidle (2:03.09)
--400 Free Relay of Kyle Frasier, James Terry, Anthony Humphries and Billy Tague (4:19.57)

Other PRs:
--James Terry in the 200 IM (2:53.06)
--Andy Fudala in the 50 Free (28.49)
--Kyle Frasier in the 200 IM (3:09.62) and 100 Fly (1:43.59)
--Garrett Allen in the 500 Free (7:56.04)

"The O-M guys swam really well tonight," said Odessa Coach Terri Brace. "There were a lot of close and exciting races and they really stepped up to the challenge. I am looking forward to watching them progress throughout the season."

Watkins swimmers lose to Lansing

LANSING, Dec. 19 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team's season mark slipped to 2-1 Thursday when it dropped a 108-67 decision to Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Lansing pool.

Watkins Glen got wins from Aidan DeBolt in the 50 Free (24.09) and Jacob Slater in Diving (168.40 points), and from the 200 Medley Relay team of Matt Doppel, Lucas Wickham, Liam Fitch and DeBolt (1:48.82).

Second-place finishes were posted by Doppel in the 100 Fly (56.11) and the 100 Back (1:01.59), DeBolt in the 100 Free (53.52), and the 200 Free Relay squad of DeBolt, Wickham, Fitch and Doppel (1:41.20).

Odessa-Montour bowlers fall to Edison

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 19 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams lost Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches to Edison Thursday at Johnny's Lanes, the boys 3-1 and the girls 4-0.

O-M's Trenton Randall led the Indians with a 569 series as they won the second game 855-798 but lost the other two games and total pinfall, 2661-2357. Joining Randall above 500 were Frank Wood (521) and Alex Grady (513).

The Odessa girls were led by Carolyn Arias, who rolled a 389 as the Indians lost total pinfall 2280-1671. Jackie Vincent posted a 314 series for O-M.

The Indians return to action after the holiday break.

Bradley's 655 leads Glen girls past NV

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 18 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team -- led by Samantha Bradley's 655 series -- defeated Newark Valley 4-0 Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match.

Bradley (pictured at right) put together games of 222, 205 and 228 as the Senecas cruised to a total pinfall advantage of 2371-2012.

Lucy Craig posted a 520 series for Watkins, while Liz Mason rolled a 408, and Dakota Evans and Elizabeth Reed each registered a 394.

"Sam continues to improve on a solid season," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "Tonight she was only five pins off her own school record for high series. I'm also very proud of Lucy's performance. Her one finger was so swollen she could hardly get it in the ball, but she refused to quit."

The Watkins Glen boys, meanwhile, fell 4-0 to Newark Valley as the Cardinals outscored them 2490-2232. Wyatt Brower led the Senecas with a 507 series (including a 210 game), while Steven Bradley rolled a 439, Conlin Wysocki a 436, and Wrett Brower a 422.

"Anyone who watches these guys can see the improvement," said Coach Brower. "They are starting to string good frames together ... and very soon they will start putting good series together."

From left: Odessa-Montour's Joel Kelly, Cody Daugherty and Mitch Scata.

O-M boys fall to ND, 73-48

ODESSA, Dec. 18 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 3-2 Wednesday night when it dropped a 73-48 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians, down 12-4 after one period and 31-23 at halftime, entered the final period trailing 53-37. Notre Dame has one loss this season, to Newfield in its opener.

Joel Kelly led O-M with 22 points, including six 3-pointers. Bryce Elliott added 15 points, all but two in the second half. Also scoring: Richard Brown (5 points), Cody Daugherty (4) and Mitch Scata (2). The team was 5-for-14 from the foul line.

Notre Dame was led by Darius Garvin's 27 points. The Crusaders were 3-for-4 from the line.

Junior Varsity: O-M fell to Notre Dame 47-37. Curtis Harris led the Indians with 11 points, while Jon Andrews scored 10 and Noah Angle 7.

Photo in text: O-M's Bryce Elliott drives to the basket in traffic.

Ian Chedzoy (in blue) on the way to victory at 182 pounds.

Watkins wrestlers lose to Newark Valley

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 18 -- The Watkins Glen varsity wrestling team fell short in its match against Newark Valley Wednesday night, dropping a 46-24 Interscholastic Athletic Conference decision in Watkins' new, small gym.

Victories for Watkins included a pin by Ian Chedzoy in 3:52 at 182 pounds, a pin by Dustin Goltry in 3:07 at 220 pounds, and decisions by Jon Brown, Nick Cocola and Kurtis Edwards. Josh Burge (170) and Colton Arcangeli (285) lost nail-biters, 8-6 and 8-7 respectively.

The Senecas return to action at 6 p.m. Friday and 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Campbell-Savona-Bradford Holiday Dual Meet in the Campbell High School gym.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dustin Goltry (in blue) on the way to a win at 220 pounds.

Watkins' Nick Cocola takes his opponent to the mat at 152 pounds. Cocola won by decision.

Odessa girls lose to ND, slip to 3-1

ELMIRA, Dec. 18 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team sustained its first loss of the season Wednesday night, falling to Notre Dame 46-23 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the ND gym.

The Indians, 3-1, were led by Nakiaha Robinson's 8 points. Other points came from Addi Rhodes (5), Hailie Searles (4), Olivia Grover (4), and Gillian Clark (2).

Notre Dame led 13-10 early in the second quarter when Robinson went down with a knee injury. By halftime, the Crusaders' lead was 21-12. "Then," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "without our top two ballhandlers (an injured Sage Garrison is still seeing limited action), we turned the ball over in the second half like it was going out of style."

The Indians return to action Friday at Newfield, and then host Avoca (varsity only) on Monday at 6 p.m.

Bowling: O-M boys top Marathon

CORTLAND, Dec. 18 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity bowling team topped outmanned Marathon for the second straight day Wednesday, winning 4-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Cortland Bowl.

Alex Grady's 542 led the Indians as they outpointed the three-person Marathon team, 1889-1311. Trenton Randall added a 380 for O-M.

The Odessa girls fell to Marathon 4-0 for the second day in a row. Marathon outscored the Indians 1900-1615. Ashley Stewart led O-M with a 345 series, while Taylor Sykes registered a 334.

Watkins Glen's Jacob Slater hits the water in the 200 Free Relay, where his squad finished 2nd.

Doppel shines as Senecas win

Qualifies for States in 100 Back; Glen improves to 2-0

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 17 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team defeated Southern Cayuga 108-57 Tuesday at home in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet highlighted by a State Qualifying time by the Senecas' Matt Doppel in the 100 Backstroke

Doppel, openly aiming for the necessary State time of 54.82, easily beat it, posting a 53.69. The mark is a new school record, breaking one earlier set by Doppel.

The victory was one of four for Doppel on the day. He also won the 200 Free in 1:56.87 and was on the winning 200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay teams.

Also posting four wins was Liam Fitch (in the 200 Individual Medley, 100 Fly and the same two relays) and Aidan DeBolt (in the 50 Free, 100 Free and the same relays).

Shawn Rutledge also posted a victory, taking the 500 Free in 6:22.75, while Lucas Wickham took the 100 Breaststroke in 1:12.47 and was on those two winning relays.

The victory was the second for the Senecas in two tries. They return to action Thursday at Lansing.

The race results:

200 Medley Relay: WG Doppel, Wickham, Fitch, DeBolt 1:50.47
200-Yard Freestyle: WG Matt Doppel 1:56.87
200-Yard IM: WG Liam Fitch 2:28.12
50-Yard Freestyle: WG Aidan DeBolt 24.19
100-Yard Butterfly: WG Liam Fitch 1:06.07
100-Yard Freestyle: WG Aidan DeBolt 53.83
500-Yard Freestyle: WG Shawn Rutledge 6:22.75
200-Yard Free Relay: SC Winters, Lauster, Hastings, Potter 1:50.10
100-Yard Backstroke: WG Matt Doppel 53.69 (School record / State Qualifying time)
100-Yard Breaststroke: WG Lucas Wickham 1:12.47
400-Yard Free Relay: WG Fitch, Doppel, Wickham, DeBolt 3:58.32

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Matt Doppel is congratulated by his coach, Len DeBolt, after qualifying for States in the 100 Backstroke.

Second: The Senecas' Lucas Wickham on the way to first place in the 100 Breaststroke.

Third: Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge en route to first place in the 500 Freestyle

Fourth: .The Senecas' Aidan DeBolt is all smiles after winning the 100 Free.

Watkins Glen's Liam Fitch competes in the 100 Fly, which he won.

Watkins boys top NV in season opener

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 17 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team -- with four players in double figures -- opened its season Tuesday night with a 58-31 victory over Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the NV gym.

The Senecas raced out to a 17-5 first-quarter lead, and were up 30-14 at halftime and 49-18 entering the final period.

Reaching double figures in scoring were Colin Gates (13 points), Matt Estes (12), Keith Rekczis (11) and Justin Kelly (11). Also scoring for Watkins were Joe Palumbo (4 points), Luke Flahive (4), Justin Duane (2) and Michael Taylor (1). Flahive also dished out 10 assists, grabbed 4 rebounds and had 4 steals. Palumbo led in rebounds with 6, while Rekczis had 5 and Gates 4.

The Senecas return to action Friday at Waverly.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Newark Valley 41-40 in overtime. Alex Gibson led the Senecas with 10 points, while Michael Doane scored 9, Max Schimizzi 8 and Jacob Lokken 8.

Left: Watkins Glen's Madison Gates moves toward the basket. Right: Madison Myers shoots. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Glen girls top Newark Valley, go to 2-0

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 17 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team raced out to a 19-4 first-quarter lead Tuesday night on the way to a 36-19 victory over Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Watkins Glen small gym.

Amanda Pike led the Senecas with 13 points as they improved their mark to 2-0 heading into a contest Friday against Waverly in the newly renovated Field House gym. The floor there had to be replaced after being flooded in the fall, and is expected to be ready for Friday's tipoff.

Watkins Glen, after its fast start against NV, led 25-12 at halftime and 36-14 after three periods. It failed to score in the final quarter.

Scoring in addition to Pike (who also had 4 rebounds, 2 steals and a block) were:

-- Katherine Meehan (6 points with 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals);
-- Madison Gates (5 points with 3 rebounds and a steal);
-- Madison Myers (3 points with 3 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal);
-- Allison Teed (3 points with 2 steals, 1 rebound and 1 block);
-- Halle Phillips, Tamijah Lawton-Stone and Clara Chedzoy (2 points each.).

Lawton-Stone also had 4 rebounds, as did Amanda Cherock. The team converted 10 of 14 free throws, including Pike's 4-for-4.

Newark Valley was led by Hannah Luszczek, who scored 8 points.

"The girls came ready to play tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "Everyone contributed and played great as a team."

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Newark Valley 33-19. Danielle Leszyk and Mikenna Ayers scored 8 points each for the Senecas, while Ryanna LaMoreaux added 7.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Katherine Meehan (top) and Clara Chedzoy (bottom) battle Newark Valley players for the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Allison Teed drives past a Newark Valley defender. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike wins the tipoff. (Photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins' Mikenna Ayers puts up a shot. Right: The Senecas' Ryanna LaMoreaux.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

Bowling: O-M boys win 1st; girls lose

WATKINS, Dec. 17 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity bowling team posted its first victory of the year Tuesday, defeating an outmanned Marathon squad 4-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Johnny's Lanes.

Alex Grady led O-M with a 572 series that included a 265 game, while Frank Wood posted a 518 that included a 225 game. The team totaled 2329 (including a 903 first game), while Marathon managed a 1313 with just three bowlers.

The Odessa girls, meanwhile, fell 4-0 to Marathon. The Indians, outpointed 1964-1500, were led by Carolyn Arias's 352 series, and a 327 by Ashley Stewart.

O-M is back in action today (Wednesday), on the road against Marathon.

Athletes of the Week: Bacon, Cocola

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 15 -- A pair of wrestlers are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week after outstanding performances at distant tournaments.

Nick Cocola earns the nod at Watkins Glen High School for his perfect 5-0 mark and his Outstanding WG Wrestler honor at an Ilion tournament against competitors from Sections II and III. He pinned all five of his opponents at 152 pounds.

Odessa-Montour's Bill Bacon earns the honor at his school after going 9-0 in the 120-pound class at the Arkport Holiday Duals. Bacon won seven competitive matches and two by forfeit. Among his wins were four pins and three technical falls.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen wrestlers Brandon Gould, Ian Chedzoy, Andrew Specht and Jon Brown; O-M wrestlers Joe Rorick and Joe Wright; Watkins Glen basketball standout Madison Gates; O-M basketball standouts Nakiaha Robinson, Hailie Searles and Bryce Elliott; Watkins Glen bowler Samantha Bradley; and Watkins Glen track's Isobel Scheffey and Patrick Hazlitt.

Honorable Mention: Another 16 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each school.

The Watkins Glen varsity wrestling team poses at Ilion. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen wrestlers do well at Ilion; Cocola gets nod as team's top performer

ILION, Dec. 14 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team excelled Saturday at a six-team meet at Central Valley Academy in Ilion, tying for second place with a 3-2 mark against teams from Sections II and III.

According to Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson, his Senecas "traveled deep into Section III for a tough dual-meet tournament hosted by Central Valley Academy in Ilion, NY. The Senecas competed against five tough teams."

Watkins opened by defeating Greenville (Section II) 66-11, and then outpointed Hannibal (Section III) 56-22. In their third competition, the Senecas topped Cobleskill-Richmondville (Section II), 43-39.

The first loss for Watkins Glen came against the host team, Central Valley (Section III), which defeated the Senecas 48-39.

Then, in their final matchup, Watkins Glen faced Hadley-Luzerene-Lake George (Section II). "The match," said Watson, "was tied at the completion with a score of 42-42. The loss for Watkins Glen came down to a criteria decision based on the total number of first points scored in each of the individual matches."

Individual performances for the Senecas included a 4-1 mark by Jon Brown at 145 pounds. . “Jon just keeps getting better each time he steps on the mat,” said Watson.

In addition, Brandon Gould (126) ended up 5-0 along with Ian Chedzoy (182), Andrew Specht (138) and Nick Cocola (152). Both Specht and Cocola pinned each of their opponents.

At the end of the tournament, each coach chose an outstanding wrestler from their squad.

“This was a tough decision for us since we had so many great individual performances,” said Watson. "The coaches could have selected any of the undefeated wrestlers or even honored more than one, but to avoid the 'everyone gets a trophy' mentality, the coaching staff chose Cocola. Nick had an outstanding day with five wins, five pins, and not one point scored on him all day.”

The Watkins Glen junior varsity team also competed on Saturday -- at the Gary Cosgrove JV tournament hosted by Thomas A. Edison High School in Elmira Heights.

The Senecas had five champions at the event: Charlie Wright (145 pounds), Austin Dalrymple (152), Tyler Berry (160), Casey Falls (182), and Cole Saunders (285).

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen wrestler Nick Cocola, selected as the team's outstanding wrestler at the Ilion tournament. (Photo provided)

Bottom: The JV team poses after the TAE tournament. (Photo provided)

O-M wrestlers tie for 8th at Arkport

ARKPORT, Dec. 14 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team won two of nine matches Friday and Saturday to finish in a tie for 8th place in the 12-team Arkport Holiday Duals wrestling tournament at Arkport High School.

Rush-Henrietta won the tourney with a 9-0 record, while Hornell was second at 8-1 and Alfred-Almond and Avon tied for third at 6-3. Then came East Rochester and Geneseo (each 4-5), Wayland-Cohocton (3-6), O-M, Arkport and Fillmore (each 2-7), and Caledonia-Mumford and Livonia (both 1-8).

O-M lost to Rush-Henrietta 70-9, Cal-Mumford 31-28, Hornell 48-22, Avon 54-33, Fillmore 37-36, Geneseo 42-36, and Wayland Cohocton 48-19. The Indians defeated Arkport 40-30 and Livonia 42-33.

Standouts for Odessa included Bill Bacon (120 pounds) and Joe Rorick (126), each of whom was unbeaten at 9-0 -- Bacon winning seven competitive matches and two by forfeit, and Rorick winning five competitive matches and four by forfeit.

Joe Wright (220) lost just once, going 8-1 with four competitive wins and four by forfeit. Also posting winning records were Ian Hradisky at 6-3 and Shawn Minnier at 5-4.

Watkins' Elizabeth Reed, left, and Samantha Bradley cringe after each left a single pin standing.

Bowling: Watkins girls win, boys lose

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 13 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team rolled to a 4-0 victory Saturday over an outmanned Union Springs team in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Johnny's Lanes.

Samantha Bradley led the Senecas with a 557 series as they posted a 2357 total to an 869 by Union Springs, which had just three bowlers. Other scores for Watkins Glen included a 473 by Liz Mason, a 459 by Dakota Evans, a 456 by Lucy Craig, and a 412 by Elizabeth Reed.

The Watkins boys fell 4-0 to Union Springs, which outscored the Senecas 2846-1909. Rees Avery and Steven Bradley led the Senecas with identical totals of 407, while Joe LaTorre posted a 380, Conlin Wysocki 367 and Casen Weeden 348.

The Senecas return to action Jan. 6 at Candor.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Casen Weeden sends the ball on its way in Saturday's match.

Glen runners compete at IC invitational

ITHACA, Dec. 13 -- Watkins Glen varsity Indoor Track athletes opened their competitive season Saturday at the Ithaca Bomber Invitational at Ithaca College, which saw high school athletes from around the region in action.

Among Top 20 finishers for Watkins Glen were:

Girls:

3000 Meter Run -- Taylor Kennard, 19th place in 12:07.54.
1500 Meter Run -- Brooke Shaffer, 13th place in 5:35.43.

Plus: While not finishing in the top 20 in the 55 Meter Dash, Isobel Scheffey set a new school record of 8.22.

Boys:

1600 Meter Run -- Patrick Hazlitt, 12th place in 4:52.99.
600 Meter Run -- Patrick Hazlitt, 17th place in 1:38.52.

Left: O-M's Nakiaha Robinson is fouled as she drives to the hoop.
Right: Odessa's Olivia Grover takes aim at the basket.

O-M girls top NV, 50-37

Indians improve to 3-0; Robinson nets 18, Searles 15

ODESSA, Dec. 12 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team rode a 17-2 first-quarter run and a 38-15 halftime lead to a 50-37 victory Friday night over Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The win lifted the Indians' season mark to 3-0 heading into a game Wednesday night at Elmira Notre Dame.

Freshman Nakiaha Robinson led Odessa with 18 points and 8 steals, while senior Hailie Searles scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Robinson keyed the first-half onslaught with 16 points as the Indians pressed, trapped and ball-hawked their way to a 27-point first quarter and a dominant lead at intermission.

Also scoring for O-M were Gillian Clark (6 points on a pair of 3-pointers), Addi Rhodes (6 points), Callie Stillman (3 points), and Olivia Grover (2 points with 5 rebounds and 4 blocks). The team was 7-for-12 from the free-throw line.

Hannah Luszczek led Newark Valley with 14 points, while Katie Jobson scored 8. The team converted 5 of 8 free throws.

"We had a really sharp first quarter," O-M Coach Greg Gavich said of his squad's early 27-12 advantage. "We wanted to come out and play well in our home opener and we did a great job of that and played pretty solid basketball for three quarters."

Newark Valley, down 50-19 in the third quarter, scored the final 18 points.

"We are ahead of where I thought we would be at this point," said Gavich, "but we still have a long way to go." The upcoming game at Notre Dame, he noted, "will be a test for us."

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour improved to 2-1 with a 37-26 victory over Newark Valley.

Photo in text: O-M's Hailie Searles puts up a shot in heavy traffic. She scored on the play.

Left: O-M's Callie Stillman passes the ball. Right: Odessa's Kailie Thomas.

From left: O-M's Nikki Crout, Gillian Clark and Addi Rhodes.

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Kennedey Heichel. Right: Odessa's Alexis Saunders drives to the hoop.

Glen girls open with victory

Top Tioga 35-18; Gates has double double

TIOGA CENTER, Dec. 12 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by Madison Gates' 12 points and 14 rebounds -- defeated Tioga 35-18 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference season opener in the Tioga gym.

The Senecas raced to an 11-3 first-quarter lead and were up 21-7 at halftime and 29-10 after three periods.

Scoring in addition to Gates were Amanda Pike (7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists), Katherine Meehan (4 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist), Halle Phillips (4 points and 1 rebound), Maggie Bond (2 points and 4 rebounds), Allison Teed (2 points and 2 rebounds), Amanda Cherock (2 points and 2 rebounds), and Clara Chedzoy (2 points and 3 rebounds).

"I was very pleased with how the girls played tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn, adding: "Gates did a great job on the boards and ended with a double double."

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost 42-30 to Tioga. Ryanna LaMoreaux had 6 points and 10 rebounds for the Senecas.

O-M boys fall to Newark Valley, 65-46

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 12 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team sustained its first loss of the season Friday when it dropped a 65-46 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the NV gym.

The defeat left Odessa with a 3-1 record heading into a game Wednesday night at home against Elmira Notre Dame.

Newark Valley led the Indians 16-8 after one period, 35-15 at halftime, and 54-36 entering the final quarter.

Bryce Elliott led O-M in scoring with 17 points. Cody Daugherty added 12 points and Joel Kelly had 8.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Newark Valley 57-29 to fall to 1-1.

Bowling: O-M boys, girls fall to Candor

OWEGO, Dec. 12 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams dropped 4-0 decisions Friday to Candor in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Owego Bowl.

The boys dropped games of 699-651, 828-673 and 810-712 as Candor won total pinfall 2337-2036. Alex Grady led O-M with a 460 series, while Trenton Randall rolled a 458.

The Odessa girls lost their games by scores of 674-477, 584-478 and 639-561 as Candor took total pinfall 1897-1516. Heavyn Arias led O-M with a 323 series, while Ashley Stewart posted a 315.

O-M returns to action Tuesday at home against Marathon.

Athletes of Week: Clark, Doppel, Gould

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 8 -- A basketball player, a wrestler and a swimmer are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

From Odessa-Montour, Gillian Clark is the pick for two outstanding performances as the girls varsity basketball team opened the season with a pair of wins. Clark's two-game total: 35 points and 16 rebounds.

From Watkins Glen, swimmer Matt Doppel and wrestler Brandon Gould get the nod, Doppel for setting an O-M pool record in the 100 Backstroke as the Senecas defeated Odessa, and Gould for going unbeaten in nine matches at a Horseheads wrestling tournament.

Double Honorable: O-M basketball's Joel Kelly, Cody Daugherty and Nakiaha Robinson, Odessa swimmer Alec Betts, Watkins Glen wrestlers Ian Chedzoy and Josh Burge, Watkins bowlers Lucy Craig and Samantha Bradley, Watkins swimmer Aidan DeBolt, and O-M wrestlers Andrew Hartford, Shawn Minnier, Billy Bacon, Joe Rorick and Jeremiah Holley.

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

Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould (top) on the way to one of his nine victories.
(Photo by Maria Jose Chacon)

Glen wrestlers 4th at H'heads tourney

HORSEHEADS, Dec. 7 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team placed fourth Friday and Saturday in the 10-team Mark Stephens Classic tournament hosted by Horseheads High School.

The tournament brought together competition from Sections 3, 4, 5, and 10. The Senecas finished with a 6-3 record and just shy of third place.

Watkins Glen match scores:

--Lost 48-22 to Camden
--Won 55-26 over Maine-Endwell
--Lost 62-24 to Warsaw
--Won 44-33 over Wayne
--Won 57-27 over Corning
--Won 45-29 over Horseheads
--Lost 45-36 to Johnson City
--Won 42-25 over Gouverneur
--Won 69-6 over Bath

Individual Records:

Brandon Gould -- 9-0 (126). Defeated three state qualifiers from 2014 NYS tournament; only one point scored on him all weekend.
Ian Chedzoy -- 8-1 (170)
Josh Burge -- 8-1 (182). Only loss was due to an injury default.
Jon Brown -- 7-2 (145).
Nick Cocola -- 7-2 (152)
Colton Arcangeli -- 7-2 (285).
Kurtis Edwards -- 7-2 (195)

"The whole team showed it is a very competitive squad this year," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson.

"At 138, Andrew Specht shared the weight class with Bradley Eslick and had some important wins for the Senecas against Horseheads, Wayne, and Corning. Caleb Smith (99) and Dustin Goltry (220) both had wins for the team and have been showing huge improvements since last season. At 160, two guys to watch this season are Dean Laughlin and Tim Carnes. Both recorded victories as they shared the weight class throughout the tournament."

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Dryden.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Ian Chedzoy en route to an 8-1 mark. (Photo by Maria Jose Chacon)

O-M girls top Groton, improve to 2-0

GROTON, Dec. 5 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Gillian Clark's 16 points and Nakiaha Robinson's 15 -- defeated Groton 44-27 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Groton gym.

The victory lifted O-M to 2-0 heading into a game at Notre Dame Tuesday. It's the first time the Indians have been 2-0 in four years.

Odessa built a 19-7 lead in the first quarter and was up 28-14 at the half.

In addition to Clark -- who had five 3-pointers and 8 rebounds -- and Robinson, who also notched 8 steals, Odessa got points from Addi Rhodes (7), Hailie Searles (4, along with 12 rebounds), and Olivia Grover (2, along with 9 rebounds). Callie Stillman had 6 assists.

"We had a great start tonight, and then were kind of sloppy in the middle quarters," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "In the final five minutes they got within 9 points, but Callie had two big assists -- on a Gillian 3-pointer and a Hailie layup -- to put them away."

Junior Varsity: O-M lost 27-24.

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

O-M boys hold off Groton

Win 64-60 to improve to 3-0

ODESSA, Dec. 5 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team -- led by 19 points each from Cody Daugherty and Joel Kelly -- held off a fourth-quarter Groton comeback Friday night to post a 64-60 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory in the O-M gym.

The win lifted Odessa's record to 3-0 heading into a game Tuesday at home against Notre Dame. O-M's first two wins came when it captured the Bradford Tip-Off Tournament championship.

Odessa, up 20-15 after one period and 36-31 at halftime, built a 54-42 advantage late in the third period before Groton rallied to pull within a single point, 58-57, with 4:29 left to play.

Odessa went ahead by three points on an R.C. Brown layup with 4:07 remaining, and the score held until Kelly added a basket with 26 seconds left to make it 62-57.

A pair of Daugherty free throws on a one-and-one with 8.2 seconds left increased the lead to seven at 64-57, and Groton answered with a 3-pointer with a couple of ticks left on the clock for the final four-point margin.

Scoring for O-M in addition to Daugherty and Kelly were Chris Foote (8 points), Brown (5), Zach Pyhtila (3), and Dillyn McCormick and Tyler Clark (2 each). The team hit on six 3-pointers, including three by Kelly and two by Daugherty. Odessa was 6-for-11 from the foul line.

Groton had three players in double figures: Tyler Banfield with 20 points, Andrew Ferris with 17, and Canaan Bowie with 11. The team hit five threes, and was 11-for-17 from the free-throw line.

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Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour opened its season with a 51-32 victory over Groton. Zach Elliott led O-M with 16 points, while Curtis Harris scored 10, Nick Sgrecci 8, and Noah Angle 6.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Cody Daugherty glides to the basket. He scored 19 points.
Bottom left: Odessa's Tyler Clark tries to shoot in traffic.
Bottom right: O-M's Mitch Scata takes aim for a shot from the corner.

Left: O-M's Bryce Elliott passes the ball. Right: Odessa's Chris Foote puts up a shot.

Watkins' Samantha Bradley uses some body English as she tries in vain to convert a split.

Bowling: Glen girls top Tioga; boys lose

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 5 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team won 4-0 for the third straight time this season Thursday, defeating Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Johnny's Lanes.

Lucy Craig led the Senecas with a 553 series (including a 210 game) as they outscored the Lady Tigers 2429-2002. Dakota Evans added a 497 series, while Samantha Bradley posted a 463, Elizabeth Reed a 450, and Liz Mason a 449.

"It was another good team effort," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "Lucy came up big today, and Dakota was solid as well. I'm very pleased with how well the team is bowling this early in the season. When they put everything together and all show up at the same time, it is going to be fun to watch."

The Watkins Glen boys, meanwhile, fell 4-0 to Tioga while being outpointed 2727-2146. Wyatt Brower led the Senecas with a 445 series, while Conlin Wysocki rolled a 432 and Joe LaTorre a 430.

"We had some good individual games," Coach Brower said of the boys team. "With maturity and consistency, they will surprise some teams as the season goes on."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Wyatt Brower delivers the ball.

Odessa-Montour bowlers fall to Waverly

WAVERLY, Dec. 5 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams dropped 4-0 decisions to Waverly Thursday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at the Valley Bowling Center.

The O-M boys were outscored by Waverly 3169-2147. Trenton Randall led the Indians with a 489 series, while Frank Wood posted a 486 and David Morrell a 433.

The Odessa girls fell 2871-1588. Ashley Stewart led the Indians with a 361, while Britney Visscher registered a 335.

The O-M squads, both winless through three matches, return to action next Wednesday at Cortland against Marathon.

From left: Watkins Glen's Katherine Meehan and Amanda Pike, and JV's Taylor Kelly.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

Glen girls prep for opener with scrimmage

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 4 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity and junior varsity basketball teams hosted a scrimmage against Hammondsport Wednesday in the new WGHS gym, located where the old pool used to be.

The scrimmage was the Senecas' last of five this preseason. The season opener will be at home against Candor next Tuesday, Dec. 9.

Watkins Glen's Madison Myers, left, and Clara Chedzoy drive to the hoop.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

Shutter named All-American for 2nd year

DRYDEN, Dec. 2 -- Odessa-Montour graduate and Tompkins Cortland Community College sophomore soccer player Morgan Shutter has, for the second straight year, been named an All-American by the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA). He was among 22 players named to the Division III All-America second team.

Shutter is the second TC3 men's soccer player to repeat as an NJCAA All-American, following Casey Burns, honored in 1998 and 1999. He is also a two-time Region III All-Region and Mid-State Athletic Conference All-Conference selection.

He led TC3 in scoring this past season with 34 points on 16 goals and 2 assists. He finished his two years at TC3 tied for third in career points (56) and third in career goals (26).

Basketball: O-M girls open with win

CAMPBELL, Dec. 2 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Gillian Clark's 19 points and 8 rebounds -- cruised to a 55-19 victory over Campbell-Savona Tuesday night in a season-opening, non-league game.

Odessa led 15-4 after one period, and 33-7 at halftime.

"It was nice to be on this end of a score like this for a change," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich."It's evidence of the work this group has put in. It's a good way to start. We were ready to go on the opening tip, which was nice to see from such a young team."

Scoring for O-M in addition to Clark were Nakiaha Robinson (13 points, 6 steals, 5 assists), Addi Rhodes (7 points, 8 rebounds), Callie Stillman (6 points, 4 assists), Hailie Searles (5 points, 7 rebounds), and Olivia Grover (5 points, 6 rebounds).

The Indians return to action Friday at Groton, and then visit Notre Dame on Tuesday.

Junior Varsity: O-M won 35-15. Alexis Saunders led Odessa with 14 points.

Watkins Glen's Aidan DeBolt on the way to victory in the 100 Free.

Swimming: Glen edges O-M

Watkins' Doppel sets pool record in 100 Backstroke

ODESSA, Dec. 2 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team -- led by four wins each by Matt Doppel and Aidan DeBolt, and a pool-record-setting victory by Doppel in the 100 Backstroke -- turned back Odessa-Montour 51-43 Tuesday in a season-opening Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Doppel posted a 55.02 in the Back, breaking the old pool mark of 56.65 held by Lansing's Ronan Corgel. Doppel also won the 100 Fly and was on the winning 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay squads.

DeBolt won the 200 Free and 100 Free and was on the same two winning relays.

O-M wins were posted by Anthony Humphries in the 200 IM, Charles Sidle in the 50 Free, and Alec Betts in the 500 Free and 100 Breaststroke -- the latter in which he came from behind to post a 1:19.31, edging out teammate Andy Fudala (1:19.45) and Watkins Glen's Payton Watson (1:19.92).

200 Medley Relay - OM James Terry, Andy Fudala, Billy Tague, Charles Sidle 2:00.18
200 Free - WG Aidan DeBolt 2:01.62.
200 IM - OM Anthony Humphries 2:28.39
50 Free - OM Charles Sidle 25.94 (PR)
100 Fly - WG Matt Doppel 56.79
100 Free - WG Aidan DeBolt 54.72
500 Free - OM Alec Betts 6:09.62 (PR)
200 Free Relay - WG Matt Doppel, Aaron Planty, Jacob Slater, Aidan DeBolt 1:47.97
100 Back - WG Matt Doppel 55.02 - New O-M Pool Record
100 Breast - OM Alec Betts 1:19.31
400 Free Relay - WG Liam Fitch, Aaron Planty, Aidan DeBolt, Matt Doppel 3:55.49

Second-place finishes for O-M:
--Billy Tague in the 200 Free (PR of 2:07.19) and 100 Free (PR of 56.78).
--Anthony Humphries in the 500 Free -- 6:17.39.
--Andy Fudala in the 100 Breast -- 1:19.45.
--200 Free Relay of Collin Povoski, Andy Fudala, Garrett Allen and Anthony Humphries.
--400 Free Relay of Anthony Humphries, Charles Sidle, Alec Betts and Billy Tague.

Other Odessa PRs:
James Terry in the 100 Fly 1:17.95

"The O-M guys swam a great meet tonight," said Odessa Coach Terri Brace. "We had a real shot at winning tonight and we just came up a little short in a few races. The meet was really exciting. We were tied 17-17 after the first half of the meet, then Watkins went 1-2 in the Fly to put them up 24-18. They extended their lead to 29-21 after the 100 Free, but O-M answered back with a 1-2 finish in the 500 Free, bringing us within two points, 30-28.

"Watkins came on strong in the 200 Free Relay and the 100 Back, then we came back with another 1-2 finish in the 100 Breast, leaving us behind 44-40. The meet would be decided by the last relay, and the O-M guys gave it all they had left, but ended up second in the race. They left it all in the pool, and I am very pleased with how they swam."

Added Coach Brace: "Congratulations to Matt Doppel for setting a new pool record in the 100 Backstroke!"

Photos in text:

From top: O-M's Alec Betts en route to victory in the 500; WG's Aaron Planty competes in the 400 Free Relay; WG's Liam Fitch competes in the 100 Fly; O-M's Charles Sidle in the 100 Fly.

(Photos with this article are by Susan Bleiler and Charlie Haeffner)

O-M's James Terry on the way to third place in the 100 Back.

Left: Watkins Glen divers Hannah Pulis, left, and Lexi Castellaneta -- who recently completed their season -- were on hand to cheer for the swimmers. Right: The finish of the 100 Breaststroke, won by Alec Betts (bottom). He edged out teammate Andy Fudala (top) and Watkins Glen's Payton Watson.

O-M's Anthony Humphries on the way to second place in the 500 Free.

O-M's Billy Tague en route to second place in the 100 Free.

Watkins Glen's Matt Doppel dives at start of the 100 Back. He won in a pool-record time.

Bowling: Glen girls top ND; boys fall

ELMIRA, Dec. 2 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team -- led by a 584 series by Samantha Bradley -- defeated Elmira Notre Dame 4-0 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match.

Bradley (pictured at right) rolled games of 226-200-158 to pace the Senecas to a 2429-2018 victory, their second in two outings. Elizabeth Reed bowled a 504 series, Dakota Evans a 488, and Lucy Craig a 449 for Watkins Glen.

"Sam had another good outing," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "She was one split away from her first 600 series of the season. She is bowling with confidence and patience."

Of the final game, a narrow 773-768 win for the Senecas, Brower said: "All the girls finished strong in the 10th frame to pull that one out. Dakota had the last four strikes and we won by five pins."

The Watkins boys, meanwhile, fell 4-0 to Notre Dame, dropping a 2603-2164 decision. Rees Avery led the Senecas with a 471 series, while Wyatt Brower posted a 446, Wrett Brower a 409, and Casen Weeden a 397.

"The boys continue to work hard and I am happy with their improvement," said Coach Brower.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Samantha Bradley. (File photo)

O-M wrestlers open with 2 victories

MORAVIA, Dec. 2 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling squad opened its season with a pair of victories Tuesday, defeating Moravia 45-33 and Groton 39-30 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference tri-meet in the Moravia gym.

"We really did well," said O-M Coach Bill Lindsley, pointing to the efforts of Andrew Hartford (two wins at 99), Collin Haag (a win against Moravia) and Jeremiah Lynch (a big win against Groton).

He also cited the two wins each by veterans Billy Bacon, Joe Rorick and Jeremiah Holley, including "a huge pin" by Holley to clinch the victory over Groton.

The results:

Odessa Montour 45, Moravia 33

138: Cody Lamphier (MCS) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
145: Jonathan. Lefever (MCS) over Jeremiah. Lynch (OMSH) (TB18-7)
152: Dalton Evener (MCS) over DJ. Morrell (OMSH) (Fall 1:11)
160: John Kuparinen (OMSH) over Alex. Lavender (MCS) (Fall 5:39)
170: Shawn Minnier (OMSH) over Nate Williams (MCS) (Fall 1:08)
182: Hunter Talbot (MCS) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
195: Joshua Campanella (MCS) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
220: Jon Smith (MCS) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
285: Ian Hradisky (OMSH) over Eric Eggleston (MCS) (Dec 3-1)
99: Andrew. Hartford (OMSH) over Casey Smith (MCS) (Fall 3:00)
106: Double Forfeit
113: Collin Haag (OMSH) over Marissa. Kuhn (MCS) (Fall 1:34)
120: Bill Bacon (OMSH) over Steven Eberhardt (MCS) (Fall 2:22)
126: Joe Rorick (OMSH) over Brady Ryan (MCS) (Fall 1:40)
132: Jeremiah Holley (OMSH) over Justin Searles (MCS) (Fall 5:12)

Odessa Montour 39, Groton 30

145: Darren Ostrander (GSH) over DJ Morrell (OMSH) (Fall 0:49)
152: Jeremiah Lynch (OMSH) over Nate Stabler (GSH) (Fall 2:10)
160: Kyle Weldon (GSH) over John Kuparinen (OMSH) (Fall 4:38)
170: Shawn Minnier (OMSH) over Daimon Shoemaker (GSH) (Fall 1:37)
182: Brock Chrismer (GSH) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
195: Double Forfeit
220: Double Forfeit
285: Ian Hradisky (OMSH) over (GSH) (Forfeit)
99: Andrew Hartford (OMSH) over Dominick Bevier (GSH) (Dec 6-4)
106: Reese Lockwood (GSH) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
113: Garrett Lockwood (GSH) over Collin Haag (OMSH) (Fall 1:44)
120: Bill Bacon (OMSH) over Lane Ostrander (GSH) (Fall 1:08)
126: Joe Rorick (OMSH) over Jacob Howell (GSH) (Fall 0:57)
132: Jeremiah Holley (OMSH) over Dione Martin (GSH) (Fall 5:33)
138: Double Forfeit

O-M's Jackie Vincent, left, celebrates a spare, while Ashley Stewart, right, gives the sign for a football field goal after placing her ball between the two pins of a split, leaving both standing.

Odessa-Montour bowlers fall to Tioga

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 2 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams lost to Tioga 4-0 Tuesday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Johnny's Lanes.

The Odessa boys fell 2585-2088. Trenton Randall led the Indians with a 470 series, while Alex Grady posted a 460.

The O-M girls lost 2019-1682. Britney Visscher led the Indians with a 353 series while Ashley Stewart rolled a 352 and Jackie Vincent a 332.

The Indians return to action Thursday at Waverly.

Photo above right: O-M's Alex Grady sends the ball on its way.

Athletes of Week: Bradley, 2 hoopsters

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 1 -- The first week of the winter high school sports season saw notable performances in boys basketball and girls bowling. Earning Odessa File Athlete of the Week honors were:

O-M basketball teammates Tyler Clark and Cody Daugherty. Clark scored 18 points in an Odessa opening-round victory in the Bradford Tip-Off Tournament, while Daugherty led the way in the title-game win with 15 points.

Watkins Glen bowler Samantha Bradley. She led her team to a season-opening 4-0 victory over Lansing with a 579 series built on games of 190-192-197.

Honorable Mention: Another 11 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that will help determine seasonal all-stars and, ultimately, an Odessa File Athlete of the Year at each school.

O-M boys take Bradford Tourney title

BRADFORD, Nov. 29 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team defeated Scio in overtime Saturday in the championship game of the Bradford Tip-Off Tournament.

The Indians, behind Cody Daugherty's 15 points, posted a 54-49 decision that followed a 51-41 season-opening, first-round victory Friday over Avoca. Tyler Clark led the Indians in the opener with 18 points

O-M was in the tourney in place of the host school's team, Coach Brad Clark said, because Bradford fielded squads only in the boys and girls Junior Varsity portions of the tourney.

In Friday's opener, Odessa pulled away from a 22-22 halftime deadlock with a third quarter led by Clark, who scored seven points in the period. Eight other O-M players scored in the game: Joel Kelly and R.C. Brown (6 points each), Daugherty (5), Mitchell Scata and Chris Foote (4 each), Chad Sykes and Bryce Elliott (3 each) and Zach Pyhtila (2).

In Saturday's game, O-M was up by 2 points in regulation with 3 seconds left when Pyhtila sank one of two free throws to increase the advantage to 3 points. Bradford's Trevor Claypool then tied the game at the buzzer with a 3-pointer from beyond the arc "with four players draped on him," said Coach Clark.

But Odessa recovered to pull away in overtime.

Joining Daugherty in double figures Saturday was Kelly with 10 points. Elliott added 9, Clark and Brown 6 apiece, Scata 4, and Pyhtila 1.

The 2-0 Indians return to action Friday at home against Groton in their first Interscholastic Athletic Conference contest of the season.

Watkins Glen's Justin Duane (left) and Keith Rekczis. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Basketball scrimmage

The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team scrimmaged Wednesday at Horseheads High School in preparation for the upcoming season. The Senecas open on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at Candor, their first of three straight road games. Their first home game will be against Tioga in the opening round of the Holiday Tournament in the WGHS Field House on Jan. 2. Don Romeo provided the accompanying photos from the scrimmage.

Watkins Glen's Luke Flahive (left) and Matt Estes. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Steven Bradley registers a strike en route to a 523 series.

Bowling: Watkins girls win, boys lose

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 26 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team opened its season on a winning note Tuesday, defeating Lansing 4-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Johnny's Lanes.

The Watkins boys, meanwhile, fell 4-0 to Lansing.

Samantha Bradley led the girls with a 190-192-197-579 series as they outpointed the Ladycats 2497-1609. Liz Mason added a 498, Elizabeth Reed 475, Lucy Craig 473, Dakota Evans 472, and Nikole VanDyke 318.

"All of the girls turned in some impressive scores for this early in the year," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower, "especially coming off a week-long senior trip. Samantha has been rock solid on this team for years, and she really shined today. It looks like they all picked up where they left off last year."

The Watkins boys, in losing 2648-2198, were led by Steven Bradley's 523. Other scores: Wyatt Brower 463, Wrett Brower 438, Nathaniel Rose 368, Casen Weeden 361, and Conlin Wysocki 340.

"I'm real happy with the way our boys bowled against not only one of the best teams in the IAC, but in all of Section IV, Class C," said Coach Brower. "Steven Bradley picked up where he left off last year as our top bowler."

The boys squad, Brower noted, is quite young -- with not one bowler above the 9th grade.

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Photos in text:

Top: The Senecas' Samantha Bradley tries to coax a 7-pin to fall, but without success.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Liz Mason stops short of the foul line on her approach, holding on to the ball. She regrouped and delivered the ball on the way to a 498 series.

Left: The Senecas' Casen Weeden reacts after notching a strike.
Right:
Dakoa Evans reacts after almost converting a 6-7-10 split.

Watkins Glen's Elizabeth Reed is left with a 4-6-7-10 split.

Odessa bowlers fall to Groton

GROTON, Nov. 26 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams lost season-opening matches Tuesday, each falling 4-0 to Groton in Interscholastic Athletic Conference road matches.

The O-M boys fell to Groton 2480-2019. Leading Odessa was Trenton Randall with a 458 series, and Alex Grady with a 456.

The Odessa girls were outpointed 1891-1538. They were led by Carolyn Arias with a 361 series, and Heavyn Arias with a 340.

From left: Watkins' Amanda Pike, Madison Gates, Allison Teed and Mariah Gonzalez.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls scrimmage at Dundee

DUNDEE, Nov. 25 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team continued preparations for the upcoming season Tuesday when it scrimmaged at Dundee High School.

The Senecas, who earlier in the pre-season scrimmaged at home against Dryden and at South Seneca, are scheduled to scrimmage Saturday at home against Southern Cayuga and at home Wednesday, Dec. 3 against Hammondsport.

The season opens at home in the new gym (where the old pool used to be) against Candor on Tuesday, December 9.

Photo above right: Watkins Glen's Halle Phillips moves the ball upcourt past a Dundee defender and teammate Mariah Gonzalez (left). (Photo by Don Romeo)

Lexi places 25th at States, barely misses 2nd round

ITHACA, Nov. 22 -- In the end, less than a point separated Watkins Glen High School freshman Lexi Castellaneta from the second round at Friday night's New York State Public High School Athletic Association Diving Championship at Ithaca College.

The event, part of a weekend of State Meet swimming and diving, proved a marathon, starting later than expected (5:37 p.m.) and delayed during the fifth round of dives when one of the girls hit her head on the board. She was carefully lifted from the water and eventually carried out on a stretcher for a medical exam.

The other divers, taken aside and encouraged by a meet official, were then provided with a warm-up period before competition resumed with the 10th diver of that fifth round. When the last of the 57 divers completed that round, the field was cut to the best 24 scores. Castellaneta was 25th with 197.85 points. The 24th spot was taken by a diver with a total of 198.40 points.

But Lexi seemed unperturbed. She merely shrugged and smiled when she spotted a reporter. And her coach, Kim Suddaby, was effusive in her praise.

"She did extremely well," said Suddaby. "She started strong, stayed focused, and just concentrated on her dives, not on where she was. She's never intimidated."

The coach said she and Lexi are already looking ahead to next year. "I'm psyched," Suddaby said. "I've told her what she's going to be working on ... which new dives. But she doesn't want to talk about it tonight. She's a little tired."

It was, by that point, past 9:30 p.m., with the second round about to start. Those divers who had survived to that point faced three dives each before a second cut to 20 divers took place. Then the final 20 would complete the competition with three more rounds. It was going to be a very late night for them.

For the record, Lexi was in 20th place after the first round, posting a score of 37.40. She slid to 35th after a second-round dive of 34 points left her with 71.40 points, and held that position with a third-round dive good for 38.75 points and a total of 110.15. She climbed back to 28th place with a fourth-round dive of 43.70 points, and made it to 25th place on a final-round dive of 44 points.

Photos in text:

Top: Lexi takes off on her fourth dive.
Bottom: Lexi (left) with her coach, Kim Suddaby (facing away from camera) and Kim's daughter Lindsey, a former Watkins Glen diver who now competes in that sport at Ithaca College.

Left: Watkins Glen School Superintendent Tom Phillips visits with Lexi and Coach Kim Suddaby during a break in Friday night's competition. Right: Lexi on her first dive.

Schuyler Fall MVP: Lexi

Freshman diver makes her mark, topping Section IV

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 11 -- She is athletically gifted. She is always focused on the task at hand. And she is usually successful.doing what she loves -- diving for the Watkins Glen High School swim team.

She has been outstanding, really -- for she has achieved pool and school records, claimed both IAC and Section IV titles, and qualified for the State Meet ... all as a WGHS freshman.

She is Alexis "Lexi" Castellaneta, and she is, quite simply, The Odessa File's Schuyler Fall MVP -- chosen for the honor from among a crop of talented athletes at WGHS and Odessa-Montour High School.

To see Lexi compete is to see a concentration ... a focus that goes well with a talent honed by a gymnastic background -- a background that has now carried her over to the diving board. In her first year of varsity diving, in 8th grade, she came on fast, working past early struggles natural in the adaptation process, winning the IAC crown and challenging for the Section IV, Class C title.

This year, in the wake of those pool and school records, she cruised to the IAC crown. Then she easily surpassed the State Qualifying point total at Sectionals, topping a field of not just Class C divers, but Class B as well. She is set next to compete in the State Meet, Nov. 21 at Ithaca College.

Beyond winning consistently, Lexi has served as a great role model for another up-and-coming diver, Watkins Glen 8th grader Hannah Pulis, and is almost maternal with divers from other teams, encouraging them when they are struggling.

Record setter, role model, champion. A pretty impressive freshman year.

Odessa File
All-Schuyler Fall All-Star Team

First Team

Lexi Castellaneta, Watkins Glen diving (Schuyler Fall MVP)
Keith Rekczis, Watkins Glen football
Jon Brown, Watkins Glen football
Ian Chedzoy, Watkins Glen football
Sage Garrison, Odessa-Montour soccer
Hailie Searles, Odessa-Montour soccer
Collin Povoski, Odessa-Montour soccer
Amanda Pike, Watkins Glen volleyball
Jonas Recker, Watkins Glen soccer
Patrick Hazlitt, Watkins Glen cross country
Shawn Rutledge, Watkins Glen cross country
Cambria Weeden, Watkins Glen cross country
Taylor Kennard, Watkins Glen cross country
Victoria Wixson, Watkins Glen swimming
Katherine Meehan, Watkins Glen swimming
Emma Allington, Watkins Glen swimming

Second Team

Emelia Paulisczak, Odessa-Montour swimming
Tori Reese, Odessa-Montour swimming
Syria Tague, Odessa-Montour swimming
Madison Gates, Watkins Glen soccer
Alyssa Crout, Odessa-Montour volleyball
Mikayla Elliott, Watkins Glen volleyball
Amanda Cherock, Watkins Glen volleyball
April Dunn, Odessa-Montour soccer
Callie Stillman, Odessa-Montour soccer
McKennah Lott, Odessa-Montour soccer
Joe Rorick, Odessa-Montour soccer
Andy Fudala, Odessa-Montour soccer
Bryce de la osa Cruz, Watkins Glen football
Colton Arcangeli, Watkins Glen football
Brooke Shaffer, Watkins Glen cross country
Kai Sutterby, Watkins Glen cross country
Justin Duane, Watkins Glen soccer
Luke Flahive, Watkins Glen soccer
Simon Wigmore, Watkins Glen soccer

Third Team

Maddy Ross, Watkins Glen swimming
Liza Carnes, Watkins Glen swimming
Bridgette Guild, Watkins Glen swimming
Peighton Cervoni, Watkins Glen swimming
Hannah Pulis, Watkins Glen diving
Gillian Clark, Odessa-Montour soccer
Britney Visscher, Odessa-Montour soccer
Billy Bacon, Odessa-Montour soccer
Joel Kelly, Odessa-Montour soccer
Cody Daugherty, Odessa-Montour soccer
Noah Bruno, Odessa-Montour soccer
Luke Eberhardt, Odessa-Montour soccer
Madison Myers, Watkins Glen soccer
Justine Hulbert, Watkins Glen soccer
Allison Teed, Watkins Glen soccer
Alexandria Gardner, Watkins Glen soccer
Bernadette Osbourne, Watkins Glen soccer
Taylor Yaw, Watkins Glen soccer
Max Gardner, Watkins Glen soccer
Maya Palumbo, Watkins Glen volleyball
Gabby LaRosa, Watkins Glen volleyball
Jordan Shea, Watkins Glen football
Jacob Carocci, Watkins Glen cross country
Maggie Bond, Watkins Glen cross country
Julia Reilly, Watkins Glen cross country

Honorable Mention

Makenna Fraboni, Watkins Glen soccer
Kiersten Stiles, Watkins Glen soccer
Isobel Scheffey, Watkins Glen soccer
Hannah Morse, Watkins Glen soccer
Lucas Wickham, Watkins Glen soccer
Parker Pangallo, Watkins Glen soccer
John Evanitsky, Watkins Glen soccer
Matt Estes, Watkins Glen soccer
James Updyke, Watkins Glen soccer
Kennedey Heichel, Odessa-Montour soccer
Addi Rhodes, Odessa-Montour soccer
Dana Roberts, Odessa-Montour soccer
Tyler Clark, Odessa-Montour soccer
Ryan Marsh, Odessa-Montour soccer
Megan McMinds, Watkins Glen volleyball
Mariah Gonzalez, Watkins Glen volleyball
Kurtis Edwards, Watkins Glen football
Jordan Rappleye, Watkins Glen football
Justin Kelly, Watkins Glen football
Dean Laughlin, Watkins Glen football
Joe DeSantis, Watkins Glen football
Thomas Schmitt, Watkins Glen football
R.C. Brown, Odessa-Montour football
Clara Chedzoy, Watkins Glen cross country
Brandon Pike, Watkins Glen cross country
Gabe Planty, Watkins Glen cross country
Sara Gardner, Watkins Glen swimming
Halle Phillips, Watkins Glen swimming
Lovona Carrigan, Odessa-Montour swimming
Emma Raymond, Odessa-Montour swimming
Alexis Austin, Odessa-Montour volleyball
Vicky Ayers, Odessa-Montour volleyball

Watkins Glen's Amanda Cherock controls the ball as a Dryden player hits the floor.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls host Dryden in scrimmage

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 15 -- The winter high school sports season is fast approaching, and among the preparations are scrimmages.

The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team hosted one such gathering Saturday morning, playing Dryden in the small, new gym at the high school -- where the old pool used to be. The main gym's floor is being replaced after the old floor was damaged by standing water from a toilet valve malfunction in an adjoining locker room.

All of the Seneca players saw action Saturday as Coach Alicia Learn readied her team for the start of the season. It has another scrimmmage Thursday at South Seneca and one on Nov. 25 at Dundee, and then returns home for a pair of scrimmages on Nov. 29 and Dec. 3 leading to the season opener on Dec. 9, a home game against Candor.

Photo in text: Watkins' Madison Myers drives past a Dryden player. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Madison Gates (left) and Allison Teed (right) take aim at the basket.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

The winning team, made up of seniors and sophomores. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Seniors/sophs win powderpuff

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 14 -- The Blue Team made up of seniors and sophomores defeated the juniors and freshmen Friday night, 33-0, in the annual Watkins Glen High School Powderpuff Football Game.

The blue team dominated on a night that featured bone-chilling temperatures. The game was played on the WGHS football field.

Photo at right: Senior LynnAnn Caslin, left, tries to stop junior Denaja Blanchard (82). (Photo by Don Romeo)

 

The juniors/freshmen, in white, prepare to run a play. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Freshman Isobel Scheffey (2) is stopped as sophomore Juliana Schwartz grabs a flag from Scheffey's belt. Right: Senior Justine Hulbert (21) rounds the corner with the ball.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

IAC Exceptional Seniors

DRYDEN, Nov. 12 -- Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour High Schools were represented at the recent Interscholastic Athletic Conference Exceptional Seniors Soccer Game at Tompkins-Cortland Community College.

In the photo are (left to right) South players Justine Hulbert (Watkins Glen), Callie Stillman (Odessa-Montour), Ashley Gardner(Watkins Glen) (who went to support but did not participate in the game), Alexandria Gardner (Watkins Glen), and Hailie Searles (Odessa-Montour). The game was won by the South 4-0. (Photo provided)

Athletes of Week: Meehan, Castellaneta

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 9 -- Two members of the Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Katherine Meehan and Lexi Castellaneta are the honorees after each won a Section IV, Class C title -- Meehan in a stirring 100 Yard Breaststroke final, and Castellaneta with a State Qualifying performance in Diving.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen swimmers Emma Allington and Victoria Wixson, and Watkins Glen cross-country runners Cambria Weeden, Taylor Kennard, Brooke Shaffer, Kai Sutterby and Maggie Bond.

Honorable Mention: Another 14 athletes -- swimmers and runners -- receive a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal all-stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at the Odessa-Montour and Watkins schools.

Stamp posts shutout as Geneseo wins title

GENESEO, Nov. 9 --

Odessa-Montour graduate Allison Stamp, a four-year member of the SUNY Geneseo women's soccer team, was the goalkeeper Saturday as her team defeated Cortland 1-0 to win the 2014 State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Women's Soccer Championship.

Stamp, a senior, registered four saves as she posted her 12th shutout of the season and earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team. The winning goal by first-year forward Leah Greene came with 59 seconds left in the game.

The win clinched Geneseo's first berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament since 2009. The tourney starts Friday, Nov. 14 at sites to be announced.

Photo in text: Allison Stamp holds the SUNYAC trophy as she poses with teammates. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen's Katherine Meehan, left, stays ahead of Lansing's Grace Ferris in the final lap of the 100 Breaststroke.

Meehan churns through the water, left, and reacts after the race with a big smile.

Meehan captures Section IV 100-Yard Breaststroke title

Lansing edges Watkins Glen for Class C team crown

OWEGO, Nov. 8 -- Watkins Glen's Katherine Meehan started fast and finished strong Saturday to win the 100-Yard Breaststroke title in a WGHS school record time at the Section IV Class C Swimming Championships at Owego Free Academy.

Lansing won the tournament team title, breaking a tie with Watkins Glen in the final event. The two teams each had 305 points after Meehan's victory in the Breaststroke, the next-to-last event of the day. But Lansing won the finale, the 400 Free Relay, to claim the crown.

The Bobcats finished with 345 points to Watkins Glen's 335, with Chenango Forks third at 318. They were followed by Waverly (269), Dryden (245), Greene (187), Southern Cayuga (164), Odessa-Montour (125), and Whitney Point (4).

Meehan, who was second in Wednesday's Section IV Prelims at Lansing High School, jumped in front early in Saturday's finale, and used strong, smooth strokes down the stretch to hold off Waverly's Grace Ferris. Meehan's winning time was 1:10.04, which Watkins Glen Coach Andy Chouinard said broke a school record dating back to to 1987. Ferris finished second in 1:10.48.

After exiting the pool, Meehan was mobbed by teammates who had gathered near the diving block, screaming their encouragement during the race. Meehan, smiling widely, soon collected her prize -- the first-place medal -- during a ceremony at the awards stand.

Her victory followed a win in the Breaststroke consolation final -- and thus a 9th-place finish overall -- by teammate Kathleen Swinnerton, who lowered her Prelim time from 1:22.04 to 1:18.89. Her time Saturday was actually better than those of two swimmers in the final, but the tourney format precludes any swimmer in the consolation final from placing higher than ninth.

Other standout performances for the Senecas included a pair of second-place finishes by Victoria Wixson -- in the 200 Individual Medley (2:20.30) and the 100 Backstroke (1:03) -- and second- and fourth-place finishes, respectively, by Emma Allington in the 50 Free (25.92) and the 100 Free (57.87).

Among other Watkins finalists, Liza Carnes and Halle Phillips finished 7th and 8th, respectively, in the 200 Free; Meehan 7th in the 200 IM; Peighton Cervoni 7th in the 50 Free; and Carnes and Maddy Ross 6th and 8th respectively in the 500 Free

Consolation finalists included Ross (11th in the 200 Free), Guild (9th in the 100 Fly and 14th in the 200 Free), Sara Gardner (11th in the 50 Free and 13th in the 100 Free), Phillips (11th in the 100 Fly), Isabella Fazzary (13th in the 500 Free), Cervoni (10th in the 100 Back), and Swinnerton (9th in the 100 Breaststroke).

Watkins also finished 3rd in the 200 Medley Relay (with a squad of Wixson, Meehan, Allington and Cervoni), 4th in the 400 Free Relay (the same four), and 6th in the 200 Free Relay (Elise Allington, Phillips, Gardner and Guild).

For Odessa-Montour:

Emelia Paulisczak moved up from her 8th-place seed to take 7th in the 500 Free with a personal record (PR) of 6:10.31. She also moved up from an 11th-place seed to take 9th in the 200 Free with a PR of 2:15.19.

Tori Reese took 7th in the 100 Breaststroke with a 1:19.21, and 13th in the 100 Fly with a time of 1:18.84.

Syria Tague moved up from her 12th-place seed in the 100 Free to take 9th with a 1:02.39, and also improved her finish in the 100 Back from 11th seed to 9th in a 1:11.74.

The 200 Medley Relay of Tori Reese, McKenna Carberry, Syria Tague and Emma Raymond took 7th with a 2:16.45; the 200 Free Relay of Raymond, Emelia Paulisczak, Reese and Tague took 7th with a 1:57.50, and the 400 Free Relay of Paulisczak, Gabby Cain, Lovona Carrigan and Maddie Lodge took 8th in 4:53.16.

"The O-M girls had a very successful season, with all of the girls improving their times and gaining valuable experience which will serve them well in the years to come," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "The team is very young, with no seniors on the roster, so the future of girls swimming at O-M looks very bright."

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Emelia Paulisczak on the way to a 7th-place finish in the 500 Free.

Second: The Class C divers, who competed Friday, but received their awards Saturday. From left are Watkins Glen's Hannah Pulis (3rd place), Lexi Castellaneta (1st place with a State Qualifying score), Meghan Matheny of Lansing (2nd) and Taylor Wahlers of Greene (4th).

Third: Watkins Glen's Emma Allington with her 2nd-place medal in the 50 Free.

Fourth: O-M's Tori Reese competes in the 100 Fly consolation race. She placed 13th.

Fifth: Odessa's Syria Tague on the way to first place in the consolation finals, giving her a 9th-place finish overall.

O-M's Emma Raymond dives at start of the 200 Free Relay.

Watkins Glen's Victoria Wixson (center) dives at start of the 100 Backstroke. She finished second to Lansing's Paige Kieper (left), who posted a 1:02.63 to Wixson's 1:03.00.

Watkins Glen's Emma Allington en route to 4th place in the 100 Free.

From left, Watkins Glen's Lucy Craig, Victoria Wixson and Halle Phillips lead the team in a cheer before the start of Saturday's competition.

Watkins Glen's Liza Carnes competes in the 200 Free. She placed 7th.

Left: Watkins Glen's Kathleen Swinnerton after winning the consolation finals of the 100 Breaststroke, giving her a 9th-place finish. Right: The Senecas' Maddy Ross competes in the 500 Free, where she finished 8th.

Watkins Glen's Sara Gardner on the way to 13th place in the 100 Free.

The Watkins Glen girls cross-country team poses behind a State Meet sign at Saturday's meet. From left are Aran Holland, Cambria Weeden, Kai Sutterby, Brooke Shaffer, Taylor Kennard, Maggie Bond, Clara Chedzoy and Julia Reilly. (Photo provided)

Glen girls 6th at State meet

CANTON, Nov. 8 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity cross-country team finished in 6th place Saturday at the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Class C race at SUNY Canton.

The Senecas, who prognosticators on two websites had foreseen placing 9th, did far better than that, led by a close bunching of five runners in a field of 127 competitors on a 3.1-mile course. There were 11 teams in the race.

Cambria Weeden led the Senecas, placing 71st with a 21:36. She was followed by teammates Taylor Kennard (72nd in 21:40), Brooke Shaffer (74th in 21:41), Kai Sutterby (81st in 21:48.7), Maggie Bond (82nd in 21:48.9), Julia Reilly (99th in 22:24), and Clara Chedzoy (112th in 23:13).

East Aurora took the team title with 51 points, just ahead of Bronxville (54). Watkins Glen was four spots back from there with 195 points. Top runner for the race: East Aurora's Sophia Tasselmyer in 19:07.

"I'm very proud of the girls," said Coach John Fazzry of their 6th-place finish. "They jumped up a few spots from what the so-called experts predicted."

Noting that the Watkins girls placed 7th last year in Class D at States, he added this: "This capped off the whole season -- the IAC championship, the Section IV crown ... Just real kudos to them."

Boys Race:

In the boys' Class C race, Watkins Glen standout Patrick Hazlitt -- who qualified at Sectionals -- finished 48th among 132 runners with a time of 17:30. East Aurora also won this race, and had the top runner in Kenny Vasbinder, who posted a time of 15:54.

Photo in text: Members of the Watkins Glen girls cross-country team create the figure 6, reflecting their finish at the state tournament. (Photo provided)

From left at States: Watkins Glen runners Taylor Kennard, Brooke Shaffer and Julia Reilly. (Photos by Gary Herzig)

Lexi Castellaneta soars during one of her 11 dives. She amassed 456.15 points, well above the State Qualifying level of 409.55.

Lexi wins Section IV title, qualifies for State Tournament

Sets WGHS record with 456.15 points; Pulis 3rd with 327.65

OWEGO, Nov. 7 -- When Watkins Glen High School freshman Lexi Castellaneta had completed her next-to-last of 11 dives at Friday's Section IV Diving Finals, she knew she was close to qualifying for States.

She had been "killing it," as her coach, Kim Suddaby, put it, and in the process has amassed 404.90 points, just 4.65 points shy of the magic number of 409.55 needed to advance to the State Swimming and Diving Championships on November 21 at Ithaca College.

"I saw her check the board, and when she saw that 404 her eyes got wide," said Suddaby. "So I told her just to breathe deeply."

For her own part, Suddaby said she hadn't been nervous until that point, but in the back of her mind was a failed dive sustained by Castellaneta during the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championships the previous weekend.

That incident -- in which Lexi slipped from the board before she could initiate the dive -- hadn't kept her from winning the IAC crown, but it had torpedoed any chance she had of making the State Qualifying score that day. She ended with a point total of 369.60.

But there was to be no slip on this day, and certainly not with the qualifying mark so tantalizingly close. Lexi, on her 11th and final dive, one with a relatively high degree of difficulty -- 2.5 -- scored 51.25 points (with three judges giving her 7.0 or better) to finish with 456.15 points, a Watkins Glen school record and far and away the best in the Section IV, C competition. Thus she added a Section IV crown to her IAC title.

Not only was she well beyond the qualifying mark, but well ahead of the 11 other divers competing in the Owego Free Academy (OFA) pool, including eight from Class B. The Class A divers were competing separately at Elmira Free Academy.

Lexi was, in fact, one of two divers at the OFA meet to qualify for States -- the other being the Class B champion, Marissa Shank of OFA, who passed the 409.55 mark with a stunning last dive that drew nothing but 8.0 and 9.0 scores from the judges, and left her at 413.95. She raised her arms in exultation after exiting the pool, smiling broadly. She was the last of the divers, and the ovation from spectators and teammates was a sustained one.

Lexi had celebrated earlier -- the order of dives had her going fourth -- by hugging and getting hugs from teammate Hannah Pulis and Coach Suddaby. Pulis had performed admirably herself, setting a personal best of 327.65 for third place in Class C behind Lexi and Lansing's Meghan Matheny, who had 358.35 points. Greene's Taylor Wahlers was fourth among the Class C divers with 255.75 points.

Pulis, with 237.25 points after eight dives, had noted Lexi's score at that point: 326.7. "So," said Hannah afterward, "I decided I wanted to reach 326 points. And I ended up with 327!"

Lexi, on that last dive, surpassed a school record for 11 dives set in 1997. The old mark was held by Ashley Fazzary at 428.55 points. Lexi had earlier in the season surpassed Fazzary's school record for a 6-dive competition, the number found at regular-season meets.

In the end Friday, Lexi was succinct in summing up all that she had accomplished.

"It was a good day," she said. "It really was."

Order of finish:

1. Lexi Castellaneta, WGHS, 456.15 points. (Class C champion)
2. Marissa Shank, Owego Free Academy, 413.95 (Class B champion)
3. Marisa Fiorentino, Susquehanna Valley HS, 363.20 (Class B)
4. Meghan Matheny, Lansing HS, 358.35 (Class C)
5. Hannah Pulis, WGHS, 327.65 (Class C)
6. Allison Goodrich, Owego Free Academy, 320.85 (Class B)
7. Rebecca Curtis, Maine-Endwell, 303.15 (Class B)
8. Paige Sampson, Maine-Endwell, 283.25 (Class B)
9. Natalie Lehr, Chenango Valley, 270.70 (Class B)
10. Taylor Wahlers, Greene HS, 255.75 (Class C)
11. Mikayla Rogers, Chenango Valley, 219.20 (Class B)
12. Samantha Hamlin, Johnson City, 190.05 (Class B)

*****

Photos in text:

From top: Lexi Castellaneta and Hannah Pulis diving, and Lexi enthusing after the meet.

Left: Lexi Castellaneta and teammate Hannah Pulis after the competition. Right: Owego Free Academy's Marissa Shank celebrates after qualifying for States with a superb final dive.

Awards Night

Outstanding Watkins Glen High School fall athletes were honored Thursday night at a Booster Club-sponsored Awards Night at the school. Pictured above are the various team MVPs. Front row from left: Mikayla Elliott (volleyball), Taylor Kennard and Cambria Weeden (cross country), Lexi Castellaneta and Victoria Wixson (swimming), Mariah Gonzalez (JV volleyball), and Madison Gates (soccer). Back row from left: Most Improved cross-country runner Gabe Planty, and MVPs Shawn Rutledge and Patrick Hazlitt (cross country), Jon Brown (football), Luke Flahive and Justin Duane (soccer), and Keith Rekczis (football). (Photo by Don Romeo)

3 Exceptional Seniors represent WGHS

Special to The Odessa File

DRYDEN, Nov. 7 -- The Interscholastic Athletic Conference's annual Boys Soccer Exceptional Seniors game was held Wednesday night, November 5, at Tompkins-Cortland Community College.

The game was an evenly-contested one that saw a scoreless first half. The South scored first in the second half, followed by two goals from the North. The North won 2-1.

Watkins Glen was represented by three players, pictured at right. From left they are Max Gardner, Justin Duane and Luke Flahive.(Photo provided)

 

 

Various Glen, O-M swimmers reach Section IV finals

LANSING, Nov. 6 -- Several members of the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour varsity swim teams earned spots in Saturday's Section IV, Class C-D finals during Wednesday's prelims at Lansing High School.

The prelims, leading to Saturday's 1 p.m. finals at Owego Free Academy, saw the following swimmers reach the finals (for the top 8 prelim finishers) and the consolation finals (for the swimmers who finished 9th through 16th). No swimmer in the consolation finals can finish higher than 9th place in the tournament.

Among those finishing first in an event were Watkins Glen's Victoria Wixson in the 100 Backstroke and Emma Allington, tied for the top spot in the 50 Free. Wixson also placed second in the 200 IM, while the Senecas' Katherine Meehan was second in the 100 Breaststroke.

The following Watkins Glen swimmers reached the finals:

200 Free: Liza Carnes (7th) and Halle Phillips (8th)
200 IM: Victoria Wixson (2nd) and Katherine Meehan (8th)
50 Free: Emma Allington (1st, tied) and Peighton Cervoni (7th)
100 Free: Emma Allington (4th)
500 Free: Maddy Ross (6th) and Liza Carnes (7th)
100 Back: Victoria Wixson (1st)
100 Breast: Katherine Meehan (2nd)

The following Odessa-Montour swimmers reached the finals:

500 Free: Emelia Paulisczak (8th)
100 Breast: Tori Reese (7th)

The following Watkins Glen swimmers reached the consolation finals:

200 Free: Maddy Ross (10th) and Bridgette Guild (15th)
50 Free: Sarah Gardner (10th)
100 Fly: Bridgette Guild (10th) and Halle Phillips (11th)
100 Free: Sarah Gardner (10th)
500 Free: Isabella Fazzary (11th)
100 Back: Peighton Cervoni (10th)
100 Breast: Kathleen Swinnerton (10th)

The following Odessa-Montour swimmers reached the consolation finals:

200 Free: Emelia Paulisczak (11th)
100 Fly: Tori Reese (12th)
100 Free: Syria Tague (12th)
100 Back: Syria Tague (11th)

In relay races, Watkins Glen finished 2nd in the 400 Free Relay and third in the 200 Medley Relay. O-M's best finish was a sixth in the 200 Medley Relay. Both schools will compete in the finals of all three relays.

Photo in text: The Watkins Glen swim team during the National Anthem that preceded the Section IV Prelims. (Photo provided)

IAC boys soccer All-Stars unveiled

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 4 -- The Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer teams have placed several players on the Interscholastic Athletic Conference division All-Star teams.

Watkins Glen:

The Senecas have five players on the IAC Large Schools South Division First Team, and three on the Second Team.

First Team: forward Jonas Recker, midfielder Luke Flahive, defenders Justin Duane and Max Gardner, and goalkeeper Simon Wigmore.

Second Team: midfielders Parker Pangallo and John Evanitsky, and defender James Updyke.

Odessa-Montour:

The Indians have three players on the IAC Small Schools South Division First Team, and five on the Second Team.

First Team: forward Collin Povoski and defenders Cody Daugherty and Joe Rorick.

Second Team: Goalkeeper Andy Fudala, forward Billy Bacon, and midfielders Noah Bruno, Luke Eberhardt and Joel Kelly.

Shutter on 2nd straight all-region team

DRYDEN, Nov. 4 -- Odessa-Montour graduate Morgan Shutter -- a standout player on the Tompkins Cortland Community College soccer team -- has been named to the National Junior College Athletic Association Region III all-region soccer squad for the second straight year.

Shutter and three teammates -- McZiggy Richards, James Demshick and Jacob Czapranski -- were among 26 players voted to the team by the coaches of Region III. Cayuga Community College and Herkimer College each had five selections. Ten schools were represented.

Shutter led TC3 with 16 goals, including five game-winners. His total constituted almost half of the team's goals as it amassed a 12-6 record, including 11-4 in Region III and 3-3 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference.

Athletes: 2 runners, swimmer, diver

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 3 -- This week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week come from the world of cross country and from swimming and diving.

The honors go to Watkins Glen cross country runners Patrick Hazlitt and Kai Sutterby, to swimmer Victoria Wixson and to diver Lexi Castellaneta.

Hazlitt qualified for the State Cross Country Championships by finishing third at Sectionals, while Sutterby led the girls varsity cross-county squad as it won Sectionals and advanced to the state tourney, set for Saturday at SUNY Canton.

Wixson won the 100 Backstroke title and Castellaneta the diving title at the IAC Championships, a precursor to Sectionals.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen swimmers Katherine Meehan and Emma Allington, and Watkins Glen cross-country runners Brooke Shaffer, Taylor Kennard, Cambria Weeden and Shawn Rutledge.

Honorable Mention: Another 20 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal all-stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each school.

Soccer All-Stars: Gates earns 1st Team nod

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 3 -- Watkins Glen soccer standout Madison Gates has been named to the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School South Division All-Star team as a First Team selection.

The All-Star squad was determined in a meeting of division coaches.

Earning Second Team honors were Watkins Glen's Justine Hulbert, Alexandria Gardner and Bernadette Osbourne.

Gates, Gardner and Hulbert were also selected to play in the IAC Exceptional Seniors Game on Nov. 5 at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Game time is 5 p.m.

Odessa-Montour's Emelia Paulisczak competes in the 200 Free. She placed ninth.

Lansing wins IAC swim;
Lexi captures diving title

Wixson wins 100 Backstroke as Watkins ties for 3rd

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 2 -- The Lansing girls varsity swim team took home the title Saturday at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships held in the Watkins Glen High School pool. Watkins Glen, which finished tied for third, had two champions: Victoria Wixson in the 100 Backstroke and Lexi Castellaneta in Diving.

Lansing amassed 410 points in taking the tourney crown. Waverly was second with 369, while Watkins Glen tied Dryden with 331. Then came Southern Cayuga (199), Odessa-Montour (159) and Whitney Point (11).

Castellaneta, a freshman, won her second straight IAC Diving crown with 369.6 points despite a failed dive -- no points on her fifth attempt when she fell from the board. She sustained a slight leg abrasion and was shaken up -- but recovered during a scheduled break and pulled away from her two competitors for the victory. Lansing's Meghan Matheny tallied 327.15 points, and Watkins Glen 8th grader Hannah Pulis registered 318.35.

Wixson, after placing second behind Lansing's Adele Ferris in the 200 Individual Medley (with a 2:22.81), won the 100 Back witth a 1:03.21, edging out Lansing's Paige Kieper (1:03.95).

Since the top three competitors in each individual event qualify for the IAC All-Star team, Castellaneta, Pulis and Wixson all made it -- along with teammates Emma Allington (3rd in the 50 Free in 26.53) and Katherine Meehan (3rd in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:14.31).

Allington also placed fourth in the 100 Free (59.32) and was on the second-place 200 Medley Relay with Meehan, Wixson and Peighton Cervoni.

Other podium (top 8) finishes for the Senecas came from Liza Carnes and Maddy Ross, 6th and 7th respectively in the 200 Free and 5th and 6th respectively in the 500 Free; Meehan, 8th in the 200 IM; Cervoni, 4th in the 50 Free; Sarah Gardner, 8th in the 50 Free; and Bridgette Guild, 6th in the 100 Fly.

Odessa-Montour failed to place anyone on the All-Star squad, but had podium finishes from Syria Tague, 6th in the 100 Free with a PR of 1:01.85 and 7th in the 100 Back with a PR of 1:11.37; and Tori Reese, 5th in the 100 Breaststroke with a PR of 1:18.82 and 8th in the 100 Fly in 1:17.12.

Not far from the podium were:

--Watkins Glen's Halle Phillips, 10th in the 200 Free and 10th in the 100 Fly;
--Watkins Glen's Guild, 11th in the 200 Free;
--O-M's Emelia Paulisczak, 9th in the 200 Free and 9th in the 500 Free with season-best times in both;
--Watkins Glen's Gardner, 11th in the 100 Free;
--Watkins Glen's Isabella Fazzary, 11th in the 500 Free;
--Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni, 9th in the 100 Back; and
--Watkins Glen's Kathleen Swinnerton, 10th in the 100 Breaststroke.

"I am very pleased with the way the girls swam," said O-M Coach Terri Brace, noting that several of her swimmers had set personal records. Setting PRs were

--Emma Raymond in the 50 Free (30.09);
--Maddie Lodge in the 200 Free (2:45.08) and the 500 Free (7:32.10);
--McKenna Carberry in the 50 Free (32.81);
--Karissa Rounds in the 50 Free (38.26) and the 100 Back (1:39.75);
--Lovona Carrigan in the 100 Free (1:12.60) and the 100 Breast (1:32.65); and
-- Kara Reese in the 500 Free (7:37.85).

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Victoria Wixson on the way to second place in the 200 IM.
Second: Watkins' Lexi Castellaneta en route to the diving title.
Third: Watkins Glen's Emma Allington awaits start of the 100 Free, where she finished fourth.
Fourth: O-M's Syria Tague competes in the 200 Medley Relay. She had two individual podium finishes.
Bottom: O-M's Emma Raymond checks her time after finishing the 100 Free. She placed 14th.

O-M's Kara Reese dives at start of the 200 Medley Relay.

Watkins Glen's Kathleen Swinnerton (left) and Megan Hoy compete in the 100 Breaststroke.

O-M's Gabby Cain swims a leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

From left: Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni, Liza Carnes and Katherine Meehan.

O-M's McKenna Carberry at start of the 50 Free.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Pulis soars during the diving competition.

Water pours off O-M's Tori Reese as she surfaces during 100 Breaststroke. She finished 5th.

Watkins Glen's Halle Phillips competes in the 100 Fly, where she finished 10th.

The Watkins Glen girls varsity cross-country team, champion of Section IV. From left: Assistant Coach David Waite, Kai Sutterby, Brooke Shaffer, Taylor Kennard, Julia Reilly, Cambria Weeden, Clara Chedzoy, Maggie Bond, Aran Holland and Coach John Fazzary.
(Photo by Rod Weeden)

Glen girls win Section IV cross-country championship

Advance to States; boys edged out by Newark Valley

CHENANGO VALLEY, Oct. 31 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity cross-country team followed up its Interscholastic Athletic conference title with victory Thursday at the Section IV, Class C Championships. The girls won in Class D last year.

Watkins Glen totaled 55 points, eight ahead of Newark Valley's 63. They were followed by Chenango Valley (102), Waverly (117), Oneonta (119), Chenango Forks (122), Lansing (152) and Windsor (167). The Senecas advance to the State Championships, in which the winning squads from each section compete at SUNY Canton on November 8th.

The IAC champion Watkins Glen boys, meanwhile, fell just short of the sectional title, finishing second behind Newark Valley. The Cardinals had 68 points to Watkins' 72, while Oneonta was third with 74. They were followed by Windsor (105), Chenango Forks (143), Susquehanna Valley (152), Chenango Valley (200), Unatego (202), Norwich (246), Lansing (262), Waverly (278), and Edison (299).

Girls Race:

Kai Sutterby led the Watkins squad with a time of 21:18, good for 8th place overall in a race won by Windsor's Kaylee Stone in 19:17. The Senecas' Brook Shaffer finished 10th overall in 21:25, while Taylor Kennard was 12th in 21:32, Cambria Weeden 13th in 21:38, Julia Reilly 20th in 22:11, Maggie Bond 24th in 22:21, and Clara Chedzoy 34th in 23:12. There were 74 runners.

"Sutterby and Shaffer really stepped up," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, "and the others did what they needed to do. It's remarkable -- two-time Sectional champions, one year in Class D and the next in Class C. I'm very proud of their accomplishments. They've been among the leaders in every invitational this season, won the IAC title, and now the Section. They've worked very hard, and it's paid off."

Boys Race:

Patrick Hazlit finished third overall in 17:01, and in the process qualified for the State Tournament on an individual basis. The top five runners outside members of the winning team advance. In this case, the winning Newark Valley squad had nobody in the top five -- so those runners with the five best times advanced. Just missing was Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge, who placed 7th in 17:12. Top runner in the race was Lansing's Ben Eisenhut in 16:45.

Following Hazlitt and Rutledge for the Senecas were Jacob Carocci (15th in 17:49), Gabe Planty (20th in 17:56), Brandon Pike (28th in 18:28), Daniel Paradiso (48th in 19:16), Conlin Wysocki (77th in 20:40), and Julian Thornton (99th in 24:11). There were 103 runners.

"The boys are a little disappointed," said Fazzary, "but they gave it all they had, and our top five surpassed their highest speed figures for the year. It just wasn't quite good enough. Give Newark Valley credit; they were better than us today, but it was close. The boys have had quite a go of it this year. They were one, two or three in every invitational, won the IAC, and were second at Sectionals. That's a pretty darn good year."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby, left, runs alongside and just ahead of Dryden's Abby Yatsko.

Bottom: The Senecas' Patrick Hazlitt, who finished third and qualified for States. (Photos by Heidi Pike)

From left: Watkins' Brooke Shaffer, Cambria Weeden, Brandon Pike and Shawn Rutledge. (Photos by Heidi Pike)

Watkins Glen's Taylor Kennard, left, and Jacob Carocci. (Photos by Heidi Pike)

Watkins Glen's Austin Dalrymple (21) dives to tackle Windsor ball-carrier Cole Thurston.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen gridders drop finale

Windsor, down 30-0, storms back for 55-36 victory

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 31 -- The Watkins Glen varsity football team started fast Thursday night in its season finale against Windsor, building a 30-0 first-quarter lead on the WGHS football field. But the visiting Black Knights rallied to overtake the Senecas and hand them a 55-36 defeat.

The Section IV crossover game -- a finale for teams that did not reach the playoffs -- saw Windsor, a Class B school, improve to 4-5. Watkins Glen, a Class C school, finished with a 5-3 season mark.

The Senecas wasted no time in getting on the board, scoring with 10:34 remaining in the first quarter on a 38-yard touchdown run by Keith Rekczis and a two-point Rekczis conversion run. They went up 14-0 at 8:12 when quarterback Jordan Rappleye ran 42 yards, moving left and then cutting to the right to the end zone. Rekczis added a 2-point run to make it 16-0.

The lead went to 22-0 at 2:47 on a 4-yard TD run by Jon Brown following a drive set up by a successful onside kick. Then, after recovering a fumble, the Senecas increased their advantage to 30-0 on a 33-yard TD pass to Jordan Shea and a 2-point run by Brown.

And that was it as far as the offense went. The only other points scored by the Senecas came in the third quarter, after Windsor had stormed back to take a 34-30 lead. Brown, on the ensuing kickoff, returned it 90 yards to paydirt and a 36-34 Watkins Glen advantage.

But Windsor -- which found its passing game in the second quarter and subsequently established a lethal running game -- responded with three more touchdowns, all by Robbie Crea, on runs of 29, 32 and 24 yards. Crea had five touchdowns, four on the ground and one receiving.

The Black Knights amassed 449 yards on the ground, including 381 by Crea on 24 carries, and 95 yards through the air. Quarterback Jake Conroy threw three TD passes.

Watkins Glen gained 202 yards on the ground on 42 carries, and 99 through the air on 4-for-11 passing. Rekczis gained 73 yards on 13 carries, while Rappleye carried six times for 71 yards, Brown 16 times for 52 yards, and Ian Chedzoy four times for 11 yards.

The sudden change in fortune for the Senecas was "caused by several things," said Watkins Glen Coach Lou Condon Jr. "It started with Windsor throwing the ball. We adjusted, but then they started running it." And where Windsor fumbled three times early in the game, turning the ball over twice, it kept a firm grip afterward. "We tried everything," said Condon, "including throwing the kitchen sink at them."

With the season concluded, Condon said he is "very proud of the kids. They had a great year, and have nothing to hang their heads about. We're continuing to move in the right direction, and will continue to work hard, evaluate the season, and build from there."

Photos in text:

Top: Windsor defender Gabe Zakrajsek intercepts a pass intended for Watkins Glen's Keith Rekczis.

Middle: Watkins defenders, including Ian Chedzoy (25), dislodge the ball from the hands of Windsor QB Jake Conroy. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: Watkins' Jordan Rappleye, right, brings down Windsor ball-carrier Jake Conroy.

Watkins Glen's Jon Brown hauls in a pass (left) and carries a kickoff return 90 yards for a touchdown (right). (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Keith Rekczis picks up some tough yardage.
Right: Windsor's Jordan Haven fails to catch a 2-point conversion pass.

A trio of Watkins Glen defenders close in on Windsor running back Robbie Crea.

Left: Nikki Crout, a junior, served as quarterback for the Underclassmen. Right: Senior Vicky Ayers, right, intercepts a pass, one of two she picked off. It was intended for Ashley Kot.

Seniors win O-M's annual Pixie Bowl

ODESSA, Oct. 31 -- The Seniors defeated a team of Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors 14-7 Thursday night in the 8th annual Odessa-Montour Pixie Bowl flag football game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The Seniors took a 14-0 lead in the first half on touchdowns by Vicky Ayers and Dana Roberts and extra-point kicks by Addi Rhodes, and then held off the Underclassmen down the stretch. The lone TD for the Underclassmen was scored by Nakiaha Robinson; Hailey Perraut made the extra point. Perraut also had an interception for the Underclassmen, while Ayers had two interceptions for the Seniors, one of which she returned for a touchdown.

During halftime, a Punt, Pass, Kick competition was conducted. Ryan Taylor and Tony Humphries tied for first place, with Joel Kelly taking third place.

Photo in text: Freshman Hailey Perraut leaps high to catch a pass as Senior defender Callie Stillman (8) moves in.

 

 

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