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O-M girls win; Saunders scores 4 goals
TIOGA CENTER, Sept. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team -- behind four goals by Alexis Saunders -- improved its record to 3-5 Tuesday by defeating Tioga 6-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Tioga athletic field.
Saunders scored her first two goals in the first half as the Indians built a 4-2 lead. Other first-half goals came from Autumn Garrison and Lillian Betts. Kennedey Heichel registered three assists, and Olivia Grover had one.
Odessa outshot Tioga 19-5. Goalkeeper Gillian Clark posted three saves.
The Indians return to action Thursday at home against Newark Valley. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
Watkins Glen's Sara Swinnerton dives at start of the 100 Breaststroke. She finished first.
Glen swimmers defeat Notre Dame, 86-61
WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 20 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team cruised to victory Tuesday over Elmira Notre Dame, posting an 86-61 victory in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.
Amanda Wilbur and Peighton Cervoni each notched three wins to lead the Senecas. Wilbur won the 500 Free in 6:00.12 and the 200 Yard Individual Medley in 2:33.35 while Cervoni won the 50 Free in 27.14 and the 100 Free in 59.91. Both were also on the winning 200 Medley Relay squad with Sara Swinnerton and Ali Gibson.
Other wins were posted by Swinnerton in the 100 Breaststroke (though she was exhibitioned, giving the race points to Notre Dame after the meet had already been decided), and by Lexi Castellaneta in the Diving, where she posted a score of 292.30 points.
Notre Dame's Catherine Craig won two individual events, taking the 200 Yard Freestyle in 2:03.42 and the 100 Yard Butterfly in 1:03.92.
Second places for Watkins Glen were posted by Jill Cantieni in the 200 Free, Liza Carnes in the 200 IM, Ali Gibson in the 50 Free, Jena Slater in the Diving, Jill Kilcoyne in the 100 Fly, and Isabella Fazzary in the 500 Free.
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen's Jillian Kilcoyne at start of the 100 Back. She posted the fastest time.
Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur before start of the 500 Free, which she won. Right: The Senecas' Peighton Cervoni, left, shakes hands with a Notre Dame swimmer after Cervoni won the 100 Yard Freestyle.
Watkins Glen's Isabella Fazzary on the way to second place in the 500 Yard Freestyle.
Left: Notre Dame's Catherine Craig after winning the 100 Fly. She also won the 200 Free. Right: Watkins Glen's Maddie Suddaby on the way to third place in the Diving event.
All eyes are on Watkins Glen's Jazmin Shea as she meets an incoming volley.
Watkins volleyball team falls to Candor
WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 20 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team had Candor on the ropes in Tuesday's first game of their Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Field House gym, leading 24-19.
But then Candor rallied, tying the game with five straight points before topping the Senecas, 28-26. After that, Watkins Glen failed to mount a serious challenge, falling 3-0.
Game scores were 26-28, 15-25 and 21-25.
The Senecas fell behind 9-2 in the second game, and after climbing to within 9-5, lost four straight points and never got closer than eight points. Watkins was down 17-11 in the third game, finally rallying to within two points, 22-20, before Candor pulled away 25-21.
Watkins Glen returns to action Thursday at Odessa-Montour.
Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Megan Hazlitt prepares to send the ball over the net.
Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond gets the ball over the net. Right: The Senecas' Kelsey Kernan serves.
Left: Watkins Glen's Katie Losey volleys. Right: The Senecas' Hanley Elliott, left, tries to block a Candor volley.
XC: Watkins Glen posts wins at Edison
ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Sept. 20 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team had the top five finishers as it raced to victory Tuesday over host Edison and Newark Valley in an Interescholastic Athletic Conference meet at Cohen Middle School.
Aaron Planty finished first and Gabe Planty second, although they crossed the finish line together. Which one placed first was determined by "rocks, scissors, paper." Third place went to Sean Holland, fourth to Max Evans and fifth to Sam Thorsland. Tanner Ryan finished eighth, Steven Gublo 10th, Conlin Wysocki 12th, Ben Swinnerton 14th, Clint Craven 18th, Elliiott Holland 21st, and Julian Thornton 26th.
In the girls' race, Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby finished fourth, and Makenzie Kellogg 9th.
In Modified races, Watkins Glen's Julya Slater finished first and Brianna Carl third in the girls' race, and Gabe Santos second and Jonah Sissel 10th in the boys' race.
The Senecas -- still ranked No. 1 in the New York State Sportswriters Assocation Class C rankings -- return to action Saturday at the Owego Invitational.
Note: Watkins Glen runner Isaac McIlroy went "on the shelf" for an estimated four weeks with a lower leg stress fracture, said Coach John Fazzary. Already out of action is Daniel Paradiso.
"It's not good," said the coach. "Those are what should be two of our top seven. We're hanging on a thread." The coach said he is hopeful that the two are back in time for the postseason.
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen's Planty brothers, Gabe (right) and Aaron.
O-M's Malia Mertens sends a shot on goal. It struck the far post and bounced away.
Modified soccer: Glen girls top O-M, 3-0
WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 20 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls Modfied Soccer team scored a trio of second-half goals to pull away from Odessa-Montour 3-0 Tuesday in a game on the WGHS athletic field.
The Watkins goals came from Abby Gibson (unassisted), Kayla Palmer (on a penalty kick), and Aislinn Klemann (from 20 yards out, unassisted). Natalie Edmister registered six saves in goal for the Senecas.
"Our girls endured a hard-fought battle against a tough Odessa-Montour team," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Dililberto. "I am proud of their resolve."
The Senecas, now 2-1, return to action Thursday at home against Candor. Game time is 4:30 p.m. Odessa-Montour, now 1-1, is back in action Thursday at home against Newark Valley. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann, left, and O-M's Emma Landon battle for possession of the ball.
Left: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson settles the ball as it arrives. Right: The Senecas' Carly Arnold sends the ball upfield.
Left: O-M's Raven Lott, left, boots the ball upfield as Watkins' Brynn Smith closes in. Right: WG's Melanie Wysocki kicks the ball, but it is blocked by O-M's Emma Landon.
O-M's Victoria Brewster, right, sends the ball toward the Watkins Glen net as Seneca defender Jasmine Searles approaches.
O-M volleyball team falls to Edison
ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Sept. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision Tuesday to Thomas A. Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Edison gym.
Game scores were 15-25, 14-25 and 23-25.
Individual statistics for O-M included:
Cheyenne Barrett: 5 service points, 2 aces, 4 digs.
The Indians return to action Thursday at home against Watkins Glen.
Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Edison 3-0. Game scores were 25-12, 25-21 and 25-14.
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A penalty kick by Trumansburg finds the corner of the net beyond a diving Odessa-Montour netminder Trey McCarty in the first half Monday.
Odessa-Montour boys fall to Tburg, 3-0
ODESSA, Sept. 19 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 4-2 Monday night when the Indians dropped a 3-0 decision to Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.
The Blue Raiders, 5-1, outshot Odessa 10-7, while each team had 3 corner kicks. Trey McCarty registered 7 saves in goal for O-M, the same number as Tburg's Richard Prosser.
Trumansburg scored its first goal at 10:38 of the first half on a penalty kick, its second with 57 seconds left before intermission, and its third at 32:37 of the second half.
"We played well," said O-M Coach Dirk Stephens. "We had a couple of little breakdowns, and Trumansburg took advantage of them. We'll work on fixing those.
"I told the kids not to hang their heads. They played hard, and I was pleased with the effort."
Odessa-Montour returns to action Wednesday at home against Watkins Glen. The game will start at 7 p.m.
Photos in text:
Top: Odessa-Montour's Curtis Harris, left, maneuvers around a Trumansburg player.
Left: O-M's Paden Grover (10) meets the ball. Right: The Indians' Johnny Niedermaier sends the ball upfield.
Left: A Waverly shot eludes Watkins Glen goalkeeper Cierra Barber, but she made 37 saves. Right: The Senecas' Hannah Morse heads the ball upfield.
Watkins Glen girls lose to Waverly, 8-2
WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 19 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team lost its seventh straight game Monday against a strong Waverly squad, falling 8-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS soccer field.
Isobel Scheffey and Danielle Leszyk scored the Seneca goals. Senior Elle Nittinger led Waverly with three goals, including the 50th of her career. Kayla Kromelbein scored twice, and three other players once each.
Cierra Barber registered 37 saves in goal for Watkins Glen. Waverly's Zoe Mennig made six saves.
"Waverly is an outstanding team, but we played hard and with a lot of heart," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse.
The Senecas return to action Thursday at home against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey controls the ball.
Left: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk. Right: The Senecas' Nancy Jackson. (Both photos by Sheila Barber)
Left: Watkins Glen's Julia Reilly moves the ball upfield. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly. (Both photos by Sheila Barber)
Watkins girls Modified team wins, 10-0
WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 19 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls Modified soccer team evened its record at 1-1 Monday with a 10-0 victory over Waverly in a game on the WGHS athletic field.
Scoring for the Senecas were Aislinn Klemann and Brynn Smith with two goals each, and Jenna Solomon, Abby Gibson, Abby Congdon, Carly Arnold, Kayla Palmer and Isabella Samuals with one apiece. Congdon had two assists, and Solomon, Kayla Wood and Sarah Joslyn one each. Goalkeeper Kara Sheesley registered three saves.
"Our spacing, passing and ball handling has improved nicely," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto.
The Senecas return to action today (Tuesday) at home against Odessa-Montour. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
Seneca Indians Modified team tops Groton
ODESSA, Sept. 19 -- The Seneca Indians Modified Football team opened its regular season with a 24-14 victory Monday over Groton in a game on Odessa-Montour High School's Charles Martin Field.
The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes -- were led by quarterback Cameron Holland (6-for-9 for 126 yards and a touchdown) and Owen Scholtisek (who carried 11 times for 81 yards and two touchdowns and caught three passes for 69 yards and another TD).
Travon Jones carried eight times for 72 yards and caught two passes for 27 yards. Adam Pastore had a key first-down reception of 30 yards.
The team amassed 161 yards on the ground on 26 rushes, and 287 yards in total offense. Scholtisek led the defense with 12 tackles, while Dawson Wade had 4.5 tackles and three other players had three tackles each.
The Seneca Indians return to action Saturday at Lansing. Game time is 10 a.m.
Athlete of Week: Runner Aaron Planty
SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 18 -- This week we honor a Watkins Glen High School cross-country runner as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week.
He is Aaron Planty (right), who placed first as his team held -- and won -- its lone home meet of the year, and then finished fourth overall (and first among his teammates) as the Senecas won the Division 3 Pre State tournament at Wayne High School.
Double Honorable: Odessa-Montour soccer's Curtis Harris, Alexis Saunders and Lillian Betts; Seneca Indians football's Joe Chedzoy, Zach Elliott and Sean Kelly; O-M swimmer Tori Reese; Watkins Glen soccer's Hannah Morse and Cierra Barber; Watkins Glen runner Gabe Planty; and Watkins Glen volleyball's Megan Hazlitt, Emmie Bond and Hanley Elliott.
Honorable Mention: Another 36 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Star teams and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.
Photo in text: Aaron Planty (Photo by Aran Holland)
In the "B" game, Gavin Lohmeyer (45) runs for a touchdown. Providing blocks were Christopher Simiele (15) and Nick D'Alleva. (Photo provided)
Tribe football: 'A' and 'C' teams win
SPENCER, Sept. 18 -- The Schuyler County Youth Football "A" and "C" teams posted victories Saturday over Spencer-Van Etten.
The "A" team edged S-VE 27-24 to improve to 4-0. Ryan Willett had touchdown runs of 65 and 35 yards, and completed a halfback pass to Jonathan Gillis for a 30-yard TD. Daniel Lewis scored a touchdown, as well, on a quarterback keeper.
The "C" team lifted its record to 3-1 with 31-0 victory. Touchdowns were scored by Isaak Willett, Jax Decker, Aden Rekczis, Bryce Brewer and Cayden Lagramada.
The "B" team lost 49-40 as its record slipped to 0-4. Gavin Lohmeyer scored two touchdowns for the Tribe. One Schuyler coach said the offensive line "has really stepped up, and the running backs have had a lot more success." Another pointed to "a great day on defense" for Nick D'Alleva and Daniel Coston.
The Tribe teams return to action Saturday on the Odessa-Montour football field against Candor. Game times are 3:30 p.m. (C), 5:30 (B) and 7:30 (A).
Photos in text:
Top: The Tribe's Ryan Willett (12) runs for a touchdown in the "A" game.
The Watkins boys cross country team gathered after its victory. (Photo by Amy Planty)
XC: Watkins boys win Pre State meet
ONTARIO CENTER, NY, Sept. 17 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross-country team -- led by Aaron Planty -- finished first Saturday at the Division 3 Boys Pre State Cross County Race held at Wayne High School.
Planty placed fourth in a field of 155 runners as the Senecas totaled 71 points to lead a field of 20 teams, including some state-ranked. Watkins -- the defending state champion -- is ranked No. 1 among Class C schools in New York.
East Aurora was second Saturday with 83 points, followed by Albany Academy (128), Addison (142), Sauquoit Valley (151), Port Byron (176) and 14 other schools.
Planty finished the 5K course in 16:58.58. Ryan Guerci of Nanuet led the field with a time of 16:10.91. East Aurora and Albany Academy runners were second and third, respectively.
Aaron's brother Gabe Planty was 7th overall in l7;:07.73. Other Watkins finishes: Sean Holland 25th in 18:00.43, Max Evans 27th in 18:09.60, Sam Thorsland 29th in 18:12.16, Isaac McIlroy 49th in 18:56.80, and Conlin Wysocki 109th in 20:56.87.
"This was a big win for Watkins Glen over some pretty great teams who are also state ranked," said Senecas Coach John Fazzary.
"Today our team was led to victory by Aaron Planty, who had a powerful finish. Gabe Planty and Sean Holland continued to do their jobs by holding great positions. But our fourth and fifth runners (Max Evans and Sam Thorsland) really stepped up today by pouring it on in the last mile to outrun two from East Aurora. Issac McIlroy, our sixth runner, had a beautiful sprint in the last 100 meters to pass another East Aurora competitor. Conlin Wysocki was our seventh for the team today. The coaches are very proud of the effort put in by the athletes on a very hot and humid day."
On the girls side, Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby medaled in the Division 3 girls race by taking 24th with a time of 22:12.
The Senecas return to action Tuesday on the road against Edison and Elmira Notre Dame.
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen's Aaron Planty led the Senecas with a fourth-place finish.
Left: Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby. Right: The Senecas' Sean Holland, who placed 25th. (Photos by Aran Holland)
Odessa-Montour's Alec Betts, on ground at right, watches as his shot gets past Watkins Glen goalkeeper Simon Wigmore for a goal.
O-M boys top Glen in consolation game
WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 17 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team improved its record to 4-1 Saturday by defeating Watkins Glen 5-1 in the consolation game of the annual GLM Memorial Tournament on the Watkins Glen High School athletic field.
Curtis Harris scored three goals and had one assist for the Indians, who led 2-0 at halftime on two Harris goals -- one assisted by Deshawn Johnson and one by Preston Harris.
Alec Betts made it 3-0 at 35:25 of the second half, assisted by Curtis Harris, who earned a hat trick with his third goal, unassisted, at 31:14. Dylan Morse scored Watkins Glen's lone goal at 28:09, assisted by Jake Johnson, before O-M's Brett Walters made it 5-1 at 4:15, assited by Taylor Grover.
Odessa outshot the Senecas 16-6, although the Senecas had a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. O-M's Trey McCarty made five saves in goal, while Simon Wigmore registered 18 saves for Watkins Glen.
"The kids bounced back nicely," said O-M Coach Dirk Stephens, referring to his team's opening-round 3-2 loss to Dryden the day before.
Odessa-Montour returns to action Monday at home against Trumansburg. Game time is 7 p.m. Watkins Glen (0-6) is back in action Wednesday at Odessa-Montour. Game time is 7 p.m.
Note: Greene defeated Dryden in the tournament final, 4-2.
Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Josh Updyke tries to head the ball into the O-M net. The ball went wide of the goal.
Left: O-M's Curtis Harris (12) watches as his shot goes into the Watkins net for a goal. Right: Watkins Glen's Avery Watson (12) and O-M's Deshawn Johnson await the ball.
The S-VE/Candor goalkeeper knocks away a shot by Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse (1).
Watkins girls lose consolation game, 5-2
WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 17 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 0-6 Saturday when the Senecas fell to Spencer-Van Ettten/Candor 5-2 in the consolation game of the annual GLM Memorial Tournament at WGHS.
Both of Watkins Glen's goals came from Hannah Morse, with Isobel Scheffey assisting on one of them.
Cierra Barber made 25 saves in goal. S-VE/Candor's Paedyn Whitmore registered 16 saves.
The tournament is in memory of Kyle Gregory, Brennan Love and Seth Marcellus, who were killed in a motor vehicle accident on May 4, 2003 while driving to play in a travel league soccer game. The GLM Memorial Soccer Foundation is devoted to supporting soccer in Schuyler County.
"It's always a pleasure to play in this tournament and take time to remember the boys," said Watkins Coach Scott Morse. "It’s very special to me and all the girls to be part of it every year
"We had nice offensive runs early with some quality passing and movement, but wore down a bit as the game progressed. We do some good things throughout the game but are still looking to put it together for 80 minutes.
"Cierra Barber had another good game in the goal and Hannah Morse continues to find the net up front as she and Isobel Scheffey work the passing game. We didn’t get the win, but I continue to be pleased with many of the things we are doing this year. "
Note: Immaculate Heart of Watertown won the tournament final, defeating Dryden 2-1.
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Cierra Barber makes one of her 25 saves. Teammate Clara Chedzoy is at left.
Left: Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy sends a shot toward the goal. It went over the crossbar. Right: The Senecas' Hannah Matusicky.
Left: Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey moves the ball. (Photo by Sheila Barber)
Odessa-Montour girls defeat Newfield, 7-1
NEWFIELD, Sept. 16 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team -- scoreless in five straight games -- erupted for seven goals Friday in a 7-1 Interscholastic Athletic Conference road victory over Newfield.
The 2-5 Indians got two goals each from Alexis Saunders and freshman Lilli Betts, and one each from Kennedey Heichel, Camille Sgrecci and Gabby Fazzary. Heichel and Sgrecci also had an assist apiece.
"Today was a total team effort," said O-M Coach Marc Kimmerly, noting that the Indians unleashed 20 shots on goal. "The girls came in focused and ready to play. The coaching staff is very proud of their effort and will to win. "
Odessa returns to action Tuesday at Tioga. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
The Seneca Indians' Joe Chedzoy is brought down as an official studies the play.
Seneca Indians lose to Oneonta, 40-14
ODESSA, Sept.16 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team's record slipped to 2-1 Friday night when it dropped a 40-14 decision to Oneonta in a Section IV, Division IV game on Odessa-Montour High School's Charles Martin Field.
The Seneca Indians, a combined team of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes, fell to 1-1 in division play. Oneonta, 2-1 overall, is 1-0 in division play.
It was Homecoming at Odessa-Montour, with a postgame dance. Named Homecoming King and Queen at halftime were Jeremiah Lynch and Nakiaha Robinson. On hand to present each with a crown were last year's winners, Kyle Frasier and Sage Garrison.
The game proved something of a mismatch as the Seneca Indians had trouble tackling as well as penetrating the Oneonta defense. They also had trouble holding on to the ball, fumbling it away three times at crucial junctures.
Oneonta struck first, scoring on a 19-yard end zone pass to Graham Wooden with 7:56 remaining in the first quarter. A point-after kick made it 7-0.
The Seneca Indians responded with a touchdown by Zach Elliott from one yard out at 4:48 of the same period. A two-point conversion run failed, however. The touchdown was Elliott's 10th of the season.
Oneonta then scored the next 27 points, building a 34-6 lead with 9:08 left in the game. The Yellow Jackets did it with a mix of counter plays and passes, the former effective against the WGOM defense, and the latter opportunistic, seemingly coming every time the Seneca Indians were threatening a comeback.
WGOM scored its second touchdown with just 1:43 remaining, on a pass over the middle from Sean Kelly to Dayne Hughey in the end zone. Elliott bulled across for a 2-point conversion and a 34-14 score.
Oneonta took over again when an onside kick left it on the 50. It took just three plays for the Jackets to score: runs of 32, 13 and 5 yards. A point-after attempt was blocked by Elliott.
Joe Chedzoy was the Seneca Indians' workhorse, carrying 26 times for 238 yards, including a 66-yard jaunt in the first quarter that set up his team's first touchdown. Zach Elliott gained 85 yards, and Derrick Lewis 53.
"We knew going into tonight's game that the Yellow Jackets would utilize their spread offense to find the openings in a defense, and they found ours very effectively," said Seneca Indians Coach Trevor Holland. "Their style of offense relies on speed and quickness to exploit the gaps, and they were very successful.
"Offensively, it comes down to ball control. Five fumbles makes it really hard to sustain momentum, especially at the beginning of the second half when we were poised to score within the 20-yard line and we gave the ball away on a fumble. It was a night of could haves, while struggling to produce a series on either side of the ball with sustainability.
The Seneca Indians return to action Saturday at Newark Valley. Game time is 1:30 p.m.
Photos in text:
Top: The Seneca Indians' Sean Kelly (10) nearly intercepts an Oneonta pass in the first half, breaking up what would have been a big ground-gainer.
Second: Homecoming Queen Nakiaha Robinson is crowned by the previous year's queen, Sage Garrison.
Third: The Seneca Indians' Kameryn Sheldon, right, battles an Oneonta player.
Bottom: WG/OM's Zach Elliott breaks free on a long run. (Photo by Doug Yeater)
An Oneonta player fumbles on his way across the goal line as he is tackled by the Seneca Indians' Gage Arcangeli, but the Yellow Jackets recovered in the end zone for a touchdown.
Left: The Seneca Indians' Wyatt Brower (66) slows down an Oneonta runner. Right: Oneonta completed this pass on the right sideline for a first down.
Left: Seneca Indians defender Joe Chedzoy drives an Oneonta ball-carrier out of bounds. Right: WG/OM's Zach Elliott punts the ball away. (Photo by Doug Yeater)
Left: Among the spectators: All dressed up for Homecoming. Right: The Seneca Indians' Gage Arcangeli is tackled on a kickoff return.
Odessa-Montour's Taylor Grover sends a shot toward the Dryden net.
O-M boys fall to Dryden in tourney
WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 16 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team sustained its first loss of the season Friday when it dropped a 3-2 decision to Dryden in the opening round of the four-team GLM Memorial Tournament on the Watkins Glen High School athletic field.
The Indians will play host Watkins Glen in the consolation game at 1 p.m. today (Saturday). Watkins Glen lost to Greene 8-0 in the other semifinal.
Dryden took a quick lead on O-M, scoring on a Stephen Rochetta goal at 39:01 of the first half. The Indians tied it on a Curtis Harris goal at 34:50, but Dryden went ahead 2-1 on another Rochetta goal at 32:18.
Odessa tied the game again at 31:39 of the second half on a goal by Deshawn Johnson, assisted by Alec Betts, but Dryden scored what proved to be the game winner at 20:00 on a goal by Felix Abel-Ferretti.
Dryden outshot Odessa 20-12, and had a 6-3 edge in corner kicks.
Trey McCarty made 17 saves in goal for the Indians, while Dryden's netminder, Alex Ortiz, registered 10 saves.
Photo in text: O-M's Curtis Harris goes high to meet the ball.
Left: O-M goalkeeper Trey McCarty sends the ball upfield. Right: The Indians' Peter Sandritter (1) maneuvers past a Dryden defender.
Left: O-M's Preston Harris (4) races a Dryden player to the ball. Right: The Indians' Deshawn Johnson.
Watkins girls lose to Watertown school
WATKINS GLEN, Sept.16 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 0-5 Friday when it dropped a 6-0 decision to Immaculate Heart of Watertown in the opening round of the GLM Memorial Tournament at WGHS.
Watkins goalkeeper Cierra Barber made a remarkable 34 saves in the game.
"We all love the GLM Tournament and were really focused coming in," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, "but struggled to get much going against a very talented team tonight.
"Cierra Barber had a terrific game with some outstanding play in the net. We will be back ready to go tomorrow!"
The Senecas will play in the tournament consolation game at 1 p.m. against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor. I.H. Watertown will play Dryden for the title at 3 p.m.
Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond smashes the ball over the net. Right: The Senecas' Megan Hazlitt volleys.
Watkins volleyball team tops S-VE, 3-0
WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 15 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team won its second match in three days Thursday when it defeated Spencer-Van Etten 3-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Field House gym.
Game scores were 25-17, 25-12 and 25-15.
Statistics for Watkins Glen included:
Megan Hazlitt: 8 service points, 7 kills and 3 blocks.
Also contributing significantly were Katie Losey and Jazmin Shea as the Senecas, tied at 8-8 in the second game, pulled away from S-VE, dominating the rest of the way.
"It was a great evening for our Lady Senecas," said Watkins Glen Coach Dawn Baker.
They return to action Tuesday at home against Candor.
Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost 3-0 to Spencer-Van Etten.
Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Katie Losey prepares to send the ball over the net.
Left: Watkins' Kelsey Kernan at the net. Right: The Senecas' Hanley Elliott sets the ball.
Watkins Glen's Jazmin Shea handles an incoming Spencer-Van Etten volley.
Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond tracks down an S-VE volley. Right: Hanley Elliott catches up to the ball.
Watkins Glen's Megan Hazlitt awaits the ball at the net in the first game Thursday.
From left: Watkins Glen's Katie Losey, Jazmin Shea and Kelsey Kernan.
Watkins boys lose to Newark Valley
NEWARK VALLEY, Sept. 15 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 0-4 Thursday when the Senecas dropped a 3-2 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road contest.
Goals for Watkins Glen came from Jake Johnson, assisted by Josh Updyke, and by Tristan Yuhasz, also assisted by Updyke.
Nate Wickham and Simon Wigmore each had 12 saves in goal for the Senecas.
Watkins Glen returns to action today (Friday) at home when it plays Greene at 5:45 p.m. in the opening round of the annual GLM Tournament. Odessa-Montour plays Dryden in the first game, at 3:30 p.m. Consolation and title games are Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m.
O-M volleyball team falls 3-0 to Tioga
ODESSA, Sept. 15 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Tioga Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.
Game scores were 8-25, 10-25 and 15-25.
"The team played hard, but were unable to pull off a win," said Odessa Coach Colleen Coolican.
Statistics for O-M included:
Hannah Rose: 1 service point, 4 digs.
Odessa returns to action Tuesday at Edison.
Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost 3-0.
O-M swim team loses to Dryden, 94-62
DRYDEN, Sept. 15 -- The Odessa-Montour swim team's record slipped to 0-3 Thursday when the Indians dropped a 94-62 decision to Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Dryden pool.
First-place finishes for O-M came from:
--Kara Reese in the 200 Yard Freestyle in 2:34.91.
The Indians return to action Tuesday at Waverly.
Modified: O-M defeated Dryden 57-50.
O-M girls lose to S-VE/Candor, 5-0
CANDOR, Sept. 14 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team saw its record slip to 1-5 Wednesday when the Indians dropped a 5-0 decision to Spencer-Van Etten/Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Candor athletic field.
Odessa, now scoreless in five games after a season-opening 3-1 victory, "played a better game tonight even though we lost 5-0," said Coach Marc Kimmerly. "We were much more in control of our movements and made some smart decisions. Our trapping is getting better. We made three or four give-and-go plays as well as a few through balls to our forwards that opened up their defense. We also improved on our shots on net with eight.
The Indians return to action Friday at Newfield.
Glen girls fall to Newark Valley, 3-2
NEWARK VALLEY, Sept. 14 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 0-4 Wednesday when the Senecas dropped a 3-2 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the NV soccer field.
Hannah Morse scored both Watkins Glen goals, with assists from Isobel Scheffey and Makenna Fraboni. Cierra Barber registered 21 saves in goal.
"We played a hard-fought game and just fell short," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "The team continues to improve every day, and they played their most complete game of the year. Area thunder and lightning delayed the start of the game well over an hour, and some persistent rain made it a slippery field to play on. The girls never quit. You never want to lose, but I'm pleased with their work ethic and the progress they have made this season."
WG girls modified soccer team falls to NV
NEWARK VALLEY, Sept. 14 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls modified soccer team opened its regular season with a 6-0 road loss Wednesday to Newark Valley in a game marked by a thunder-and-lightning delay of 90 minutes.
"We saw a lot of good things tonight," said Watkins Coach Ralph Diliberto of his team's effort, "but there are several areas that we have to work on. Our girls had some great runs; unfortunately, they were unable to strike the ball into the net."
Natalie Edmister registered 10 saves in goal for the Senecas.
Watkins Glen returns to action Monday at home against Waverly. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
O-M boys edge Newfield, improve to 3-0
NEWFIELD, Sept. 12 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team continued unbeaten Tuesday, defeating Newfield 2-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newfield athletic field.
The victory lifted the Indians' season mark to 3-0 heading into a game against Dryden at 3:30 p.m. Friday as part of the GLM Tournament at Watkins Glen High School.
O-M took a 2-0 lead in the first half on goals by Curtis Harris at 24:20, assisted by Preston Harris, and by Dan Minnier at 7:50, assisted by Deshawn Johnson. Newfield scored at 29:12 of the second half.
Odessa outshot Newfield 16-9, and had a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks. O-M goalie Trey McCarty registered 5 saves, while Newfield's Cole Buran had 14.
Watkins' Jillian Kilcoyne on the first leg of the 200 Medley Relay, which her squad won.
Watkins swimmers top Odessa, 58-31
ODESSA, Sept. 12 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team posted its first victory of the young season Tuesday, defeating Odessa-Montour 58-31 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.
Victories for Watkins Glen were posted by:
--Jillian Cantieni in the 200 Free (2:18.79)
Wins for Odessa-Montour were posted by:
--Tori Reese in the 200 Individual Medley (2:33.77) and in the 100 Breast (1:18.85)
The O-M swimmers (0-2) return to action Thursday at Dryden. Watkins Glen (1-2) is back in action Tuesday at home against Notre Dame.
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen's Jill Cantieni on the way to victory in the 200.
Left: O-M's Kara Reese. Right: Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese in the 200 Medley Relay.
Left: O-M's Lydia Lynch competes in the 200 Medley Relay. Right: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur, who won the 100 Yard Butterfly.
The start of the boys race at the Watkins Glen State Park. (Photo by Doug Yeater)
XC: Watkins boys win lone home meet
WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 12 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team, in its only home meet of the year Tuesday, defeated Dryden, Groton and Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference contest on the Watkins Glen State Park 2.8-mile course.
Watkins Glen -- led by Aaron Planty and Gabe Planty, who finished 1-2 with times of 17:15.7 and 17:15.9, respectively -- totaled 26 points to Dryden's 61, Groton's 84 and Tioga's 100.
Other finishes for the Watkins boys: Sean Holland 6th in 17:59.4; Max Evans 7th in 17:59.6; Tanner Ryan 10th in 19:25.9; Sam Thorsland 11th in 19:26.2; Isaac McIlroy, 12th in 19:26.4; Conlin Wysocki 13th in 19:40.3; Clint Craven 18th in 20:23.4; Ben Swinnerton 19th in 20:24.5; Steven Gublo 20th in 20:28.2; Elliott Holland 26th in 21:40.7; and Julian Thornton 32nd in 23:52.1
In the girls' race, Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby placed first in 21:06.6, and Makenzie Kellogg third in 23:10.1. Watkins had just those two runners, and thus no full team score. The team winner was Dryden, with Tioga second. Groton also failed to field a full team.
In Modified competition on a 1.5-mile course, Gabriel Santos of Watkins Glen finished first among the boys in 10:47.8, with teammate Jonah Sissel third in 11:12.9.
The Senecas' Julya Slater finished first among the girls in 11:50.9, with teammate Brianna Carl second in 11:59.6.
There were no complete teams and thus no team scoring in the Modified race.
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen's Aaron Planty, left, and brother Gabe finished 1-2. (Photo by George Rutledge)
Bottom left: The Senecas' Kai Sutterby, left, on the way to winning the girls race. (Photo by George Rutledge)
Bottom right: Watkins Glen's Makenzie Kellogg (Photo by Doug Yeater)
The start of the girls race, with Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby (left) out front early. She won the race. (Photo by Aran Holland)
From left: Watkins Glen team members Daniel Paradiso, Sean Holland and Conlin Wysocki. (Photo on right by Doug Yeater)
Winners of the Modified cross country races: Gabriel Santos and Julya Slater.
The WGHS cross country seniors were honored in a pre-race ceremony. From left: Conlin Wysocki, Julian Thornton, Daniel Paradiso, Sean Holland, Aaron Planty, and Tanner Ryan. (Photo provided by Rod Weeden)
O-M volleyball team falls to Candor, 3-0
ODESSA, Sept. 12 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Candor Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.
Game scores were 21-25, 12-25 and 13-25.
Odessa played Candor tough in the first game, falling behind early before rallying to an 8-8 tie, and then falling behind by six points, 8-14, before rallying again to pull even at 16-16. Candor built a six-point lead after that, 24-18, before O-M rallied again to within three points before losing.
The second and third games were not as competitive, with Candor pulling away gradually in the second game and then building an early 10-1 lead in the third.
Odessa-Montour statistics included:
Hannah Rose: 3 service points, 1 ace, 1 dig.
Odessa returns to action Thursday at home against Tioga. The JV contest starts at 5 p.m., with the varsity to follow.
Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost 3-0, by game scores of 20-25, 22-25 and 8-25.
Photos in text:
Top: O-M's Sumer Landon, left, and Izzy Foote wait for the ball to descend.
Bottom: Odessa-Montour's Jacy Knapp serves the ball against Candor.
O-M's Cheyenne Barrett (left) and Taylor Alton (right) serve the ball against Candor.
Left: O-M's Rhys Stermer returns a volley. Right: Odessa's Izzy Foote sets the ball.
Left: Watkins Glen's Josh Updyke goes high in an attempt to redirect the ball. Right: The Senecas' Avery Watson controls the ball.
Watkins boys lose to Notre Dame, 8-1
WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 12 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 0-3 Tuesday when the Senecas lost 8-1 to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS athletic field.
The Senecas fell behind 7-1 in the first half, their lone goal coming from Josh Updyke, assisted by Tristan Yuhasz.
Simon Wigmore made 10 saves in goal for Watkins Glen in the first half. Nate Wickham made 11 saves for the Senecas in the second half.
The Senecas return to action Thursday at Newark Valley, and then host the annual GLM Tournament Friday and Saturday. They will play Greene in the opening round at 5:45 p.m. Friday. Other teams in the tourney are Odessa-Montour and Dryden, which meet Friday at 3:30 p.m.
The tournament consolation game is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, while the title game is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Photo in text: Watkins goalkeeper Nate Wickham knocks an incoming shot over the net.
Watkins Glen's Simon Wigmore attempts to get off a shot on the Notre Dame goal.
Watkins volleyball team tops Newfield
NEWFIELD, Sept. 13 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team came from behind Tuesday to defeat Newfield 3-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Newfield gym.
Game scores were 25-14, 20-25, 20-25, 25-6 and 25-13.
"They got down, they let it get in their heads," said WGHS Coach Dawn Baker. "I told them to play hard and do what they do in practice and to have fun out there. They can't let a little bump get to them. It affects how they perform. I simply said they were not playing to their potential and it was time to turn it back on. And that is what they did."
Katie Losey, Emmie Bond and Jazmin Shea each registered 10 service points. Hanley Elliott had six service points and two blocks, and Megan Hazlitt had 6 service points.
The Senecas return to action Thursday at home against Spencer-Van Etten.
Odessa-Montour's Alexis Saunders (1) moves upfield past a Southern Cayuga defender.
O-M girls fall 1-0 to Southern Cayuga
ODESSA, Sept. 12 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team threatened to score several times Monday night, but in the end it was Southern Cayuga that produced the lone goal in handing the Lady Indians a 1-0 Interscholastic Athletic Conference defeat on O-M's Charles Martin Field.
The game winner came with 6:43 remaining in the second half, on a shot from the right that got past Odessa goalkeeper Gillian Clark. It came after a couple of shots by O-M that barely misfired -- one that went wide at the 10-minute mark, and another that went high at the 9-minute mark.
And there were other opportunities, but the Indians came up empty, extending their losing streak to four games after a season-opening win. They have failed to score in all four games.
There were plenty of kudos to hand around for some nifty defensive work by the Indians, as well as some aggressive play to the ball. Specific plays by Olivia Grover, Alexis Saunders, Kennedey Heichel, Hannah Bruno. Hailey Perraut, McKennah Lott and Hunter Daugherty stood out. And Clark was solid in goal.
"The girls came out hustling," said O-M Coach Marc Kimmerly, "controlling the game in the first half. We had a few scoring opportunities, but we just couldn't put one past the keeper. We played with intensity and drive, but had difficulty scoring.
"Overall we improved tonight with much better passing on the ground, and we improved our possession percentage. We also had a couple of opportunities on crosses and through balls, but we couldn't convert them into goals."
The Indians return to action Wednesday on the road against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor. The game, at Candor, begins at 4:30 p.m.
Photos in text:
Top: O-M's Hailey Perraut sends the ball upfield.
Left: Odessa-Montour's Hannah Bruno passes. Right: The Indians' McKennah Lott controls the ball.
O-M's Kennedey Heichel, left, sends the ball flying in Southern Cayuga's end of the field.
From left: O-M's Grace Vondracek, Lillian Betts and Catherine Rounds.
The ball was loose for a few moments in front of the Southern Cayuga net.
Watkins Glen girls lose to Lansing, 5-0
LANSING, Sept. 12 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 0-3 Monday night when the Senecas dropped a 5-0 decision to Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on Lansing's soccer field.
Kassie Riemer led Lansing with three goals, while the Lady Bobcats netminder, Lena Gisler, registered five saves. Cierra Barber made 16 saves in goal for Watkins Glen.
"We struggled to get things going as a team tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "We had moments, but overall didn't play our best game. The girls recognize the things we need to do to improve and are a dedicated and hard-working team. Despite our 0-3 start to the season, I think we are going to be able to turn things around."
The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Newark Valley. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
Athletes of the Week: Elliott, Gabe Planty
SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 10 -- This week we honor a football player and a runner as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.
Odessa-Montour student Zach Elliott is honored for the second straight week, this time for his five-touchdown performance in a victory by the Seneca Indians (O-M and Watkins Glen) football team over Spencer-Van Etten/Candor. He rushed for 232 yards.
Watkins Glen student Gabe Planty gets the other nod for his first-place finish in a field of 219 runners as the WGHS boys varsity cross-country team -- the defending Class C state champion --won its season-opening race at the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill meet.
Double Honorable: Watkins Glen runner Aaron Planty, O-M soccer player Curtis Harris, and the Seneca Indians' Joe Chedzoy, Casen Weeden and the offensive line: Dayne Hughey, Dylan Houseknecht, Gage Arcangeli, Kameryn Sheldon, Colin Baker, Wyatt Brower, Wrett Brower and Josh Bravo.
Honorable Mention: Another 18 athletes get a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.
Jax Decker carries the ball in the "C" game against Maine-Endwell. He scored three TDs.
Youth Football: 'A' and 'C' teams win
SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 11 -- The Schuyler Youth Football teams had mixed results in games Sunday at Maine-Endwell. One Tribe team won big, one won a close game, and one lost.
The Tribe's A team improved to 3-0 with a 33-6 victory. Brady Cannon scored three touchdowns, and John Gillis scored one while turning in what one coach called "an exceptional defensive game." Quarterback Daniel Lewis connected with Bryce Cady for an 18-yard TD pass.
The Tribe B team's record slipped to 0-3 as the team dropped a 42-32 decision to M-E. Nick D'Alleva scored two touchdowns, while Brenna Pierce scored on a 48-yard TD romp.
The Tribe's C team improved its mark to 2-1 with a 32-26 victory over M-E. Jax Decker scored three touchdowns while gaining 170 rushing yards. Isaak Willett also scored a touchdown, as did Aden Rekczis, who also had a 52-yard interception return to set up Willett's TD.
The Tribe teams return to action Saturday at Spencer-Van Etten. Game times are 3:30 p.m. (C team), 5:30 p.m. (B) and 7:30 p.m. (A).
Photos in text:
Top: The Tribe's John Gillis (5) ran for a touchdown and played a strong defensive game for the "A" team against Maine-Endwell.
Bottom: In the "B" game, Nick D'Alleva (6) rushes for one of his two touchdowns. (Photos provided)
The Seneca Indians' Casen Weeden powers forward for some of his 53 rushing yards. (Photo by Doug Yeater)
Seneca Indians post 2nd win
Rally in 2nd half for 36-14 victory; Elliott scores 5 TDs
WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 9 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team relied on a second-half surge to claim victory for the second straight game Saturday night, dominating late to defeat Spencer-Van Etten/Candor 36-14 in a Section IV, Division IV game on the Watkins Glen High School athletic field.
Zach Elliott bulldozed for all five of the WGOM touchdowns, gaining 232 yards rushing on 24 carries in addition to returning a fumble more than 40 yards before being hauled down on the 9-yard line. That set up his third TD, the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
Joe Chedzoy added 84 rushing yards on 15 carries, and broke up a first-half SVEC pass play that had "touchdown" written all over it. Casen Weeden gained 53 yards on 7 carries, including what Coach Trevor Holland described as "some big ones where we needed three yards, and he gained six."
Holland also pointed once again, as he did the first game, to "The Big Uglies," the pet name for the offensive line of Dayne Hughey, Dylan Houseknecht, Gage Arcangeli, Kameryn Sheldon, Colin Baker, Wyatt Brower, Wrett Brower and Josh Bravo. "I don't think any of them goes less than 220 pounds," said Holland. "Their work is key. They're a special bunch of guys."
Their motto is "We Wear Them Down," and "that's what we did to the Eagles tonight," added Holland. "These guys have bought into conditioning, and they're as fresh in the fourth quarter as in the first."
Two areas of concern are the team's tackling -- poor efforts in that area led to both of the SVEC touchdowns -- and fumbles. "We coughed it up several times," the coach noted, "and we lost it twice. We'll have to work on that."
The Seneca Indians scored first, on a 2-yard Elliott run at the 7:56 mark of the first quarter, and added two points on an Elliott run. SVE/Candor responded with a 30-yard TD run at 5:20 of the first period, but misfired on a two-point pass attempt. The Eagles then went ahead at 2:40 of the first quarter on a 69-yard run and two-point conversion pass.
Neither team scored in the second quarter, but WGOM tied the game in the third period on a 34-yard run by Elliott before failing on the two-point conversion. The Seneca Indians then went ahead at 10:50 of the fourth quarter on a 2-yard Elliott run, and added two points on an Elliott conversion run.
They scored twice more, on an Ellliott 47-yard run at 8:50 and a Weeden two-point run, and on an Elliott 11-yard run with 42 seconds left. A two-point conversion run failed.
The win earned the Seneca Indians the now-coveted shovel that goes to the winner of this new rivalry, in place of the old Bucket that Watkins and O-M used to fight over and the Jug for which S-VE and Candor used to contend.
Next up for the Seneca Indians is Oneonta, a group of "big-sized guys," in the words of Holland, who will visit Friday night on O-M's Charles Martin Field. The game will mark O-M's Homecoming.
"Hopefully we can put two halves together," said Holland. "The kids have adjusted well in both games after slow starts, but we can't keep doing that."
He said the victory Saturday night, as well as the one in the opener against Greene the previous week, are "a credit to the kids. They have proved they can play the game. But we don't want to be a second-half team all season."
Photos in text:
Top: The Seneca Indians' Joe Chedzoy (25) breaks up an SVEC pass play.
The Seneca Indians' Zach Elliott reaches out with the ball across the goal line. He was ruled down a half-yard short of the line, but carried it in on the next play for the game's first TD. Also pictured are Josh Bravo (18), Wyatt Brower (66) and Dylan Houseknecht (79). (Photo by Doug Yeater)
Left: WGOM's Sean Kelly breaks up an SVEC pass play near the goal line. Right: The Seneca Indians' Joe Chedzoy meets a Spencer-Van Etten defender. (Both photos by Doug Yeater)
Players scramble for the ball after the Seneca Indians fumbled it. SVEC recovered it.
Left: Coach Trevor Holland addresses the team after the game. Right: The Seneca Indians' Alex Schimizzi kicks off.
Left: Seneca Indians quarterback Derrick Lewis carries the ball. (Photo by Doug Yeater) Right: WGOM running back Zach Elliott crosses the goal line for one of his five TDs. He handed the ball to an official a second later.
An honor guard from American Legion Post 676 in Odessa raised the flag before the game.
Members of the Seneca Indians pose with the shovel that goes to the winner of this contest each year.
Members of the WGHS boys and girls cross country squads pose at the team tent. (Photo by Amy Planty)
Glen boys XC team shines at VVS meet
VERONA, NY, Sept. 9 -- The defending boys New York State Class C cross country championship team is off an running.
The Watkins Glen High School boys squad, coming off its title year and ranked No. 1 in preseason polls issued by Tully Runners and Mile Split, won its season-opening race Saturday morning at the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill invitational meet.
The Senecas, led by the Planty brothers, topped a field of 16 teams. They finished with 54 points, ahead of Cicero North Syracuse (61), Jamesville Dewitt (86) and 13 other teams. Watkins' Gabe Planty finished first among the 219 runners in a time of 17:01, while Aaron Planty was second in 17:12. Also in the top 10 was Sean Holland, 7th in 17:42.
Other Watkins runners: Max Evans 18th in 18:09, Sam Thorsland 26th in 18:33, Isaac McIlroy 33rd in 19:02, Tanner Ryan 46th in 19:28, Steven Gublo 67th in 20:14, Clint Craven 71st in 20:21, Conlin Wysocki 92nd in 21:02, Ben Swinnerton 95th in 21:09, Elliott Holland 143rd in 22:43, and Julian Thornton 154th in 23:29.
There were four races, each with large and small schools selected at random from a field of 70 teams. In merged results, Watkins was fourth behind Fayetteville-Manlius, Baldwinsville and Beaver River.
"It was a pretty good start," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "Obviously the Planty's finishing 1-2 was a pretty good thing. But we still have to figure some things out."
One setback: Daniel Paradiso is out with a leg injury, although he might be back in October. Fazzary said Paradiso is important, slotted as he is for the fourth or fifth position.
Watkins had just two girls competing Saturday, with Kai Sutterby finishing 13th in 22:08 in a race wih 148 other competitors. Mackenzie Kellogg was 36th in 23:45.
Next up: the Senecas' lone home meet, Tuesday at 5 p.m. against Dryden, Groton and Tioga on the Watkins Glen State Park course. Seniors will be honored before the start of the meet.
Photos in text:
Top: Gabe Planty, left, and Aaron Planty on the course Saturday. They finished 1-2. (Photo by Amy Planty)
Watkins Glen's Lexi Castellaneta soars on the way to victory in the diving competition.
Glen swimmers lose to Waverly, 96-90
WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 8 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team dropped its second match in two tries Thursday, falling to Waverly 96-90 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.
The Senecas, who dropped a non-league decision last week to Horseheads, got wins against Waverly from:
-- Jill Cantieni in the 200 Freestyle in 2:17.66
Second places were posted for the Senecas by the 200 Medley Relay team (Cervoni, Sara Swinnerton, Wilbur and Gibson), Jena Slater in the Diving, Kilcoyne in the 100, Wilbur in the 100 Fly, Isabella Fazzary in the 500 Free, and Swinnerton in the 100 Breaststroke.
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur dives at start of the 200 IM, which she won.
Left: Watkins' Sara Swinnerton competes in the 100 Breaststroke. She placed second. Right: The Senecas' Jena Slater competes in the diving, where she finished second.
Watkins Glen's Jill Cantieni dives at start of the 200 Freestyle, which she won.
Watkins Glen's Isabella Fazzary on the way to second place in the 500 Yard Freestyle.
The Senecas' Allison Gibson competes in the 50 Free, where she finished fourth.
Waverly's third goal sails into the net beyond the reach of O-M goalie Gillian Clark.
O-M girls blanked by Waverly, 10-0
ODESSA, Sept. 8 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 1-3 Thursday when the Indians, down 3-0 at halftime, dropped a 10-0 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.
"The Odessa Lady Indians lost to an exceptional Waverly team under the lights," said O-M Coach Marc Kimmerly. "We competed in the first half by challenging Waverly defensively, but we could not contain their exceptional attack. Waverly is a well-coached club, obvious by the way they stayed composed and delivered accurate passes to each other.
"They picked us apart little by little in the midfield by winning the balls out of the air. Offensively their shots were accurate and had velocity. We are proud of our girls for continuing to play with heart and not giving up. We are going to continue to work hard and prepare for next week."
Waverly, 4-0, was led by three goals each from sophomore Melina Ortiz and senior Elle Nittinger. The Wolverines outshot Odessa, 27-2, and had an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks.
O-M returns to action at home Monday against Southern Cayuga. Game time is 7 p.m.
Photo in text: O-M's Grace Vondracek meets the ball.
Left: O-M's Hannah Bruno (20) contends for the ball. Right:O-M's Autumn Garrison moves the ball. (Both photos by Mike Stamp)
Odessa-Montour's Olivia Grover, left, and McKannah Lott control the ball. (Both photos by Mike Stamp)
Left: O-M's Hailey Perraut (4). Right: Odessa's Meagan Terry inbounds the ball.
Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese at the start of the 200 Yard Medley Relay.
O-M swimmers open with loss to ND
ODESSA, Sept. 8 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team opened its season on a losing note Thursday, falling to Elmira Notre Dame 50-32 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.
Wins for Odessa were posted by Megan Adams in the 200 Yard Freestyle (2:38.65) and by Tori Reese in the 100 Yard Breaststroke (1:20.91).
Second places were registered by Reese in the 200 Individual Medley, by Kara Reese in the 100 Yard Butterfly, and by Hailey Hoose in both the 50 and 100 Yard Freestyle.
Notre Dame was led by four first-place finishes each by Catherine Craig (the 500 Free, 100 Back and two relays) and Caroline Rogers (the 200 IM, 100 Free and two relays).
The Indians return to action at home Tuesday against Watkins Glen.
Photo in text: O-M's Hailey Hoose on the way to second place in the 50 Free.
Odessa-Montour's Lydia Lynch competes in the 200 Yard Medley Relay.
O-M's Tori Reese en route to second place in the 200 IM. She won the 100 Breaststroke.
Odessa-Montour's Megan Adams on the way to victory in the 200 Yard Freestyle.
O-M boys blank Groton, improve to 2-0
ODESSA, Sept. 7 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team topped Groton 3-0 Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.
Odessa, now 2-0, got two first-half goals from Curtis Harris, the first at 39:36, assisted by Alec Betts, and the second at 10:07, assisted by Preston Harris and Ryan Griswald.
Preston Harris scored the final goal at 6:39 of the second half, unassisted.
Odessa outshot Groton 12-4, and had a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. O-M's goalkeeper, Trey McCarty, registered four saves, while Groton netminder Tyler Zinzola had nine saves.
Odessa returns to action Tuesday at Newfield. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
Watkins volleyball team falls to Tioga
WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 7 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team lost 3-0 Wednesday to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Field House gym.
Games scores were 16-25, 24-26 and 18-25.
The Senecas mounted a comeback in the second game led by senior Emmie Bond's 13 consecutive service points.
"I'm very proud of how the girls performed tonight against a top-notch team," said Watkins Glen Coach Dawn Baker. "Not only did Emmie Bond have a strong evening, but seniors Hanley Elliott and Megan Hazlitt also had some great plays. Our entire team played well, and we look forward to improving with each practice."
The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Newfield.
Junior Varsity: Tioga defeated Watkins Glen 3-0.
O-M volleyball team loses to Waverly
WAVERLY, Sept. 7 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team's record slipped to 0-2 Wednesday when the Indians dropped a 3-0 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match.
Game scores were 13-25, 14-25 and 8-25.
Individual statistics included:
Rhys Stermer -- 3 points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 1 dig
Odessa returns to action Friday at Newfield. The JV contest starts at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity match.
Junior Varsity: Waverly defeated O-M, 2-0.
Watkins Glen boys fall to Lansing
WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 7 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team dropped an 8-0 decision to Lansing Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game at WGHS.
The Senecas, 0-2, return to action Tuesday at home against Notre Dame. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
They then travel to Newark Valley on Thursday, Sept. 14 before hosting the annual GLM tournament on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15-16. Other teams in the tournament are Dryden, Odessa-Montour and Greene.
The Tribe "B" team's Christopher Simiele runs for a 45-yard touchdown. (Photo provided)
Tribe's 'A' team wins, improves to 2-0
ODESSA, Sept. 5 -- The Schuyler County Youth Football "A" team improved to 2-0 Saturday when it defeated Johnson City 33-6 in a game on Odessa-Montour High School's Charles Martin Field.
The Tribe, which fell behind early 6-0, got two rushing touchdowns apiece from Ryan Willett and Thomas Snow, one from Luke Bower, and a Daniel Lewis-to-John Gillis TD pass. The A team is now 2-0.
The Tribe's "B" and "C" teams lost, however.
The B team (now 0-2) fell to Johnson City 20-7, and the C team (1-1) lost to JC 24-0. The lone score for the B team came on a 45-yard run by Christopher Simiele.
The Tribe teams return to action Sunday at Maine-Endwell. The C, B and A games begin at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., respectively.
Photos in text:
Top: The Tribe "A" team's Ryan Willett on the way to a 27-yard touchdown.
In the "A" game, the Tribe's John Gillis (5) and Daniel Lewis (17) react after stopping Johnson City on a third-and-long play. (Photo provided)
Athletes of the Week: Elliott, Harris
SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 3 -- Following the inaugural week of the high school sports season, we honor a football player and a soccer standout as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.
Zach Elliott, an Odessa-Montour student and a member of the Seneca Indians football team -- made up of Watkins Glen and O-M players -- earns a nod for his four-touchdown, 193-yard performance as the squad won 32-22 over Greene in the season opener.
Curtis Harris, meanwhile, earns the other nod for his three-goal, one-assist showing as the O-M boys varsity soccer team opened with a victory over Moravia.
Double Honorable: Watkins Glen soccer players Hannah Morse, Cierra Barber and Josh Updyke; O-M soccer players Deshawn Johnson and Alexis Saunders; Seneca Indians football player Joe Chedzoy; and Watkins Glen swimmers Lexi Castellaneta and Amanda Wilbur.
Honorable Mention: Another 31 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Star teams and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.
Odessa-Montour girls lose to Groton, 7-0
GROTON, Sept. 5 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 1-2 Tuesday when the Indians fell to Groton 7-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.
"We played a tough game against a very physical and experienced Groton team in the rain," said Odessa Coach Marc Kimmerly. "Groton took control early in the game by sending the ball through our defense as well as over the top to complete long runs to their wing players. Groton players kept their composure and stayed onsides before streaking through and getting fast-break opportunities.
"Overall our girls responded well in the second half, stepping up and challenging much more aggressively. McKennah Lott led by example on defense with her nonstop pressure and her ability to communicate with the back line. Olivia Grover and Kennedey Heichel had some fluid passing moments in transition, but we just couldn't seem to break them down."
O-M returns to action Thursday at home against Waverly. Game time is 7 p.m.
Seneca Indian defenders, left, prepare to rush the passer. (Photo by Daphne Holland)
Seneca Indians rally to win
Overcome 10-point deficit, top Greene in opener 32-22
ODESSA, Sept. 2 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team started its season on a winning note Friday night, coming from 10 points down to defeat Greene 32-22 in a Section IV non-divisional game on Odessa-Montour High School's Charles Martin Field.
The Seneca Indians -- a combined squad of O-M and Watkins Glen players -- equalled their win total of 2016 with the victory.
"We've been reminded of last year," said WGOM Coach Trevor Holland. "But that was then. This was a great morale victory."
The Seneca Indians scored first, driving down the field after receiving the kickoff and reaching paydirt on the 14th play -- a 4-yard run by Zach Elliott, his first of four touchdowns. The 2-point conversion attempt failed.
Greene responded with a touchdown and extra point with 2:16 left in the period before WGOM took the lead 12-7 at 3:09 of the second quarter on a 25-yard Elliott TD run. Greene answered with a touchdown and 2-point conversion to go up 15-12 at 1:06 before intermission.
Greene padded its lead to 10 points, 22-12, at 8:39 of the third period, "and that could have been the tipping point," said Holland. "If they scored again and went up 30-12, it might have been too much to overcome. But they didn't. "
The Seneca Indians pulled within two points, 22-20, with 4:37 remaining in the third quarter on an Elliott 1-yard run and 2-point conversion run by Casen Weeden, and then took the lead 26-22 with 8:44 left in the fourth period on another Elliott TD, this one from 4 yards out.
"There was still a lot of time," said Holland, but just 16 seconds later, "Zach (Elliott) annihilated their quarterback, who fumbled, and Joe (Chedzoy) did a scoop and score for our final touchdown (a 34-yard return). I'll tell you, the fans went crazy."
The coach pointed to the offensive line, mostly juniors, as a key element in the win. The line consists of Dayne Hughey (a senior) at left end, Dylan Houseknecht at left tackle, Kameryn Sheldon at left guard, Collin Baker at center, Wyatt Brower at right guard, Wrett Brower at right tackle, and Josh Bravo at right end.
"That line is in great shape," said Holland. "We just wore Greene down. We gassed them."
He also pointed to the running backs, notably Elliott, who led the squad in rushing with 193 yards. He and Chedzoy (114 yards) did most of the running, with Weeden (24 yards) contributing some key gainers.
On defense, said Holland, "Sean Kelly, at corner, made some big plays; Ben Matthews, at linebacker, made some great tackles, and Joe (Chedzoy) had a huge interception with about two minutes left."
After that, the Seneca Indians ran out the clock. A 25-yard run by Elliott "put the dagger in them. And then we took a knee."
Greene, which is a Division VI (Class D) squad, "is fast," said Holland. "They like to play the dive option. But our size took a toll."
If there was one thing that bothered the coach, it was ball protection. The Seneca Indians lost two fumbles amid several drops.
"I know what we're working on Monday: holding the ball," he said.
Next up for WGOM is a Division IV (Class C) game at Watkins Glen High School at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor (a 34-0 winner over Groton Friday).
Photos in text:
Top: Representatives from both teams enter the field before the contest.
The Watkins Glen team during the National Anthem. (Photo by Sheila Barber)
Watkins girls fall to Notre Dame, 7-2
SOUTHPORT, Sept. 2 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 0-2 Friday when the Senecas dropped a 7-2 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.
Hannah Morse scored both of Watkins Glen's goals, unassisted on the first one and assisted by Isobel Scheffey on the second one.
Cierra Barber made 30 saves in goal for the Senecas.
Notre Dame was led by Camille VanderMeer's three goals, and two by Laurel Vargas.
"Despite the final score," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, "I think the girls played a good game against an incredibly talented Notre Dame team.
"We continue to improve in our defensive play and are moving the ball much better. The combination of Scheffey and Morse up front is looking really good as they both bring a lot of speed to the game.
"It was a busy day in goal for Cierra Barber, but she made some outstanding saves against some terrific Notre Dame players. Next week we should have the whole team back and healthy, and I’m excited to see us continue to improve."
The Senecas return to action Sept. 11 at Lansing. Game time is 7 p.m.
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse maneuvers with the ball as teammate Danielle Leszyk follows the play.
Bottom left: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Cierra Barber making one of her 30 saves.
Bottom right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk (3) contends for the ball (Photos by Sheila Barber)
Left: The Senecas' Isobel Scheffey controls the ball. Right: Watkins Glen's Hannah Matusicky moves the ball upfield. (Photos by Sheila Barber)
O-M girls lose in tourney final, 4-0
CAMPBELL, Sept. 2 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 1-1 Friday when the Indians fell to Alfred-Almond 4-0 in the title game of the Campbell-Savona Tournament.
"Alfred-Almond came out strong in the first half of the game, controlling the tempo and pace," said O-M Coach Marc Kimmerly, whose squad had reached the championship contest by defeating the host school on Thursday.
"Alfred-Almond took advantage of its ability to dictate the passing lanes and forced us to react to their movements instead of us controlling ours. We look to improve on our possession percentage and increase our scoring opportunities in the upcoming games."
Four O-M players made the All-Tournament team: Alexis Saunders, who scored three goals in the first game; McKennah Lott (Defense), Gillian Clark (Keeper), and Grace Vondracek (Hustle and Physicality).
Odessa returns to action Tuesday at Groton. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
Watkins swimmers fall to Horseheads
WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 2 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team dropped a 96-84 decision Friday to Horseheads in a season-opening non-league meet in the WGHS pool.
Posting wins for the Senecas were:
--Lexi Castellaneta, who totaled 275.95 points in the diving competition. Horseheads' Chloe Person was second with 238.70.
Watkins' Peighton Cervoni finished second in the 100 Free in 58.54, and second in the 100 Backstroke in 1:13.59.
The Senecas return to action Thursday at home against Waverly at 4:30 p.m.
O-M boys blank Moravia in opener
MORAVIA, Sept. 1 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team -- led by three Curtis Harris goals and two by Deshawn Johnson -- opened the season with a 6-0 victory Thursday over Moravia in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.
Harris opened the scoring at 35:00 of the first half unassisted, and scored again 27.8 seconds before halftime, assisted by Johnny Niedermaier.
Johnson scored the first of his two goals at 28:24 of the second half, assisted by Curtis Harris, and his second at 27:09, assisted by Preston Harris. Paden Grover scored at 2:43, assisted by Dan Minnier, and Curtis Harris closed out the scoring at 1:40, unassisted.
O-M's Trey McCarty registered four saves in goal for the Indians in posting the shutout, while Moravia's Ethan Manning had 23. Odessa had 15 corner kicks to two by Moravia.
The Indians return to action Wednesday, home against Groton at 7 p.m.
Left: O-M's Hailey Perraut sends the ball past a Campbell-Savona player. Right: The Indians' Autumn Garrison controls the ball. (Photos by Mike Stamp)
O-M girls open with win at C-S tourney
CAMPBELL, Sept. 1 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team opened its season with a 3-1 victory over host Campbell-Savona in the opening round Thursday of the two-day, four-team C-S Tournament.
The final is set for today (Friday) at 6 p.m. against Alfred-Almond, winner of its first-round game Thursday against Canisteo-Greenwood.
Alexis Saunders scored all three of O-M's goals -- one unassisted, and the other two assisted by McKennah Lott and Hunter Daugherty.
The defense played an "excellent" game, said Coach Marc Kimmerly, who pointed to the performances of Lott, Daugherty, Meagan Terry and Gabby Fazzary.
Senior captain Gillian Clark, he added, "played a solid game" in goal, "making 8 saves while leading her team vocally and displaying excellent leadership."
Senior captain Hailey Perraut, Kimmerly noted, "held down the midfield position by distributing the ball to the forwards as well as getting back on defense when pressure increased."
Photos in text:
Top: O-M's Alexis Saunders moves past a Campbell-Savona defender. Saunders scored three goals.
Left: O-M's Casey Underdown (19) races upfield. Right: The Indians' Catherine Rounds (5) fights for the ball. (Photos by Mike Stamp)
Left: O-M's Olivia Grover moves past a Campbell-Savona defender. Right: The Indians' Hannah Bruno sends the ball flying in traffic. (Photos by Mike Stamp)
O-M volleyball team falls to S-VE, 3-0
ODESSA, Sept. 1 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team opened its season with a loss Thursday, dropping a 3-0 decision to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.
Game scores were 18-25, 12-25 and 16-25.
"The team worked hard, but could not pull in off in the end," said Coach Colleen Coolican. "We are looking forward to our next match on Wednesday," when the Indians travel to Waverly.
Individual statistics for O-M included:
Hannah Rose: 7 service points, 2 aces, 2 digs.
Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated S-VE, 3-0.
Watkins boys fall to Union Springs, 4-3
WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 30 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team opened its regular season with a loss Wednesday, dropping a 4-3 decision to Union Springs in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.
Josh Updyke scored twice for the Senecas, once unassisted and once with an assist from Avery Watson. Regan Scholtisek also scored for Watkins, assisted by Updyke.
Coach Nils Watson also pointed to strong play from Senecas Peter Sandritter, Ramel Fulcher and Josiah Wysocki.
Watkins Glen returns to action Sept. 6 at home against Lansing. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
Glen volleyball team drops opener, 3-0
WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 29 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team opened its season with a loss Tuesday, falling to Waverly 3-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS gym.
Game scores were 20-25, 23-25 and 11-25.
The Senecas return to action Thursday at Newark Valley. The junior varsity contest starts at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity.
Junior Varsity: Waverly defeated Watkins Glen 3-0.
Left: Watkins Glen's Kiersten Stiles sends the ball flying. Right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk approaches the ball on a corner kick. (Photos by Sheila Barber)
Watkins girls drop soccer opener, 5-2
WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 28, 2017 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team opened its season on a losing note Monday, falling to Trumansburg 5-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game at WGHS.
Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Katlyn Kernan battles a Trumansbug player for the ball. (Photo by Sheila Barber)
Left: Watkins Glen's Makenna Fraboni. Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy fights for control of the ball. (Photos by Sheila Barber)
Isaak Willett (22) carries the ball in the C game, won by the Tribe 24-6. (Photo provided)
2 Tribe squads win, one loses in openers
SCHUYLER COUNTY, Aug. 29 -- The Schuyler County Tribe youth football squads opened their season Sunday at Watkins Glen High School, with the C and A teams posting victories over Chenango Valley and the B team losing to CV.
The C squad won 24-6, starting the game with a 44-yard touchdown run by Isaak Willett and a 2-point conversion by Jax Decker. That 8-0 lead held until the second half, when Decker scored a touchdown on a 68-yard reverse. Willett added a 2-point conversion. Decker then added a 9-yard TD run and 2-point conversion.
The B team fell 12-6, its lone score coming on a 37-yard run by Christopher Simiele. The Tribe defense was led by Gavin Lohmeyer, who stopped CV several times behind the line of scrimmage, and by a Simiele interception and 30-yard return. The Tribe "stalled out at the end of regulation with the score tied 6-6," according to a coach. It then failed to score within four plays from the 10-yard line, while CV did score to win.
The A team won 35-19. Touchdown runs included ones from Brady Cannon (37 yards up the middle), Thomas Snow (18 yards), and Daniel Lewis (a 2-yard QB keeper set up by a 56-yard Ryan Willett run). Lewis also connected with Bryce Cady on a 3-yard TD pass set up by a Willett 61-yard run. Willett gained 158 yards, while Cannon gained 123 yards.
The teams return to action Saturday at Odessa-Montour High School against Johnson City. Game times are 3:30 p.m. (C), 5:30 (B) and 7:30 (A).
Photos in text: The Tribe's Christopher Simiele gains yardage in the B game (top); and so does Ryan Willett in the A game (bottom). (Photos provided)
Left: Gavin Lohmeyer (45) grabs the CV quarterback in the B game. Right: The Tribe's Jax Decker in the C game, where he scored two TDs. (Photos provided)
Mario Andretti Day proclaimed in Glen
Special to The Odessa File
WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 27, 2017 -- Thursday, Aug. 31, will be Mario Andretti Day in the Village of Watkins Glen -- the day he is honored at the Corning Museum of Glass with the annual Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports.
Andretti, considered by many to be the greatest driver in the history of racing, has a special place in the hearts of village residents and fans of The Glen, officials said.
At their regular meeting on Aug. 21, the village board of trustees enacted a proclamation honoring Andretti of Nazareth, PA.
“Mario Andretti spent many years racing at the Watkins Glen Race Track and getting to know many of the Watkins Glen local residents,” the board’s proclamation states.
“Mario Andretti has been considered one of Watkins Glen’s ‘Home Town Drivers’ for many years,” it continues.
The proclamation declares Aug. 31 as Mario Andretti Day and also recognizes Andretti as an honorary citizen of the village.
Mayor Sam Schimizzi will present the proclamation to Andretti on Thursday evening before Andretti receives the Argetsinger Award from the International Motor Racing Research Center.
The IMRRC, located at 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, is a motorsports archival and research library. The annual award honors Cameron Argetsinger, founder and organizer of the first races in Watkins Glen.
The sold-out dinner at the Corning Museum of Glass is presented by Watkins Glen International, NASCAR, International Speedway Corp. and IMSA and is supported by Sahlen’s.
Andretti debuted at The Glen in the 1968 United States Grand Prix for Formula One. He was the fastest qualifier, but left the race early with a failed clutch, according to IMRRC Historian Bill Green.
Andretti’s most well-known appearance at The Glen was in 1978, when he came to town as the Formula One World Champion, only the second American to earn that crown. He was fastest qualifier for the race and led the first two laps. But he had to retire after only 27 laps with engine trouble, Green said.
Andretti raced in six different series at The Glen in a career that spanned five decades.
Photo in text: Mario Andretti (Photo provided)
Sahlen's signs on as a sponsor for Aug. 31 Cameron R. Argetsinger Award dinner
Gathering at Corning Museum of Glass will honor Mario Andretti
Special to The Odessa File
WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 19, 2017 -- Sahlen's, familiar to race fans in the Northeast, is the latest industry leader to join the International Motor Racing Research Center's Cameron R. Argetsinger Award dinner honoring Mario Andretti.
A family-owned producer of quality meat products since 1869 in Buffalo, N.Y., Sahlen's has signed on as sponsor of the reception at the Aug. 31 event at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, N.Y.
"We at Sahlen's are proud to support the IMRRC dinner honoring America's iconic racing legend. Mario Andretti and his accomplishments are known worldwide, and we're honored to be part of this gala evening," Joe Sahlen, company president, said.
Sahlen's also was a platinum sponsor of the 2016 Argetsinger Award dinner, at which Roger Penske was honored.
Sahlen's has been the corporate sponsor since 2003 of the annual Six Hours of Watkins Glen IMSA race in June.
"As a longtime sponsor, competitor and race fan from Western New York, The Glen has been my 'home' track for over four decades," added Sahlen, who, as a driver, has raced in four different classes of Grand-Am/IMSA competition, DP, GT, GS and ST. "To have an entity such as the IMRRC in Watkins Glen is a tremendous resource for people to appreciate the history of motorsports."
The IMRRC, a research and archival library focused on the history of all types of racing and all race tracks worldwide, is presenting Andretti with its annual Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports.
Andretti is considered by many to be the greatest driver in the history of the sport, posting victories at virtually every level of racing in a career that spanned five decades.
NASCAR, the International Speedway Corp., Watkins Glen International and IMSA are the presenting sponsors for the sold-out gala dinner. It precedes the Verizon IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen weekend at WGI.
The award memorializes Cameron R. Argetsinger, founder and organizer of the first races at Watkins Glen almost 70 years ago. It was established to honor a person who is recognized universally for having advanced and improved the sport, who brings prestige to motorsports and who demonstrates commitment to the future of racing.
Chip Ganassi was the inaugural award recipient, and Richard Petty was the 2015 honoree.
The dinner serves as a key fundraiser for the Racing Research Center. The IMRRC, opened in 1999, is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.
Other event supporters are Corning Incorporated, Bosch, Firestone, Honda, Chip Ganassi Racing, Team Penske, Sports Car Club of America, Smithfield Foods, AmeriCarna, WELK Vintage Motorsports, Williams Auto Group, the Hilliard Corp., Elmira Savings Bank, Welliver, Corning Automotive Glass Solutions, Lotus WNY, Glenora Wine Cellars, Larry Kessler, Bob Newman and Archie Urciuoli.
ND grad Craig wins 13 Jr. Olympics events
ROCHESTER, Michigan, July 31, 2017 -- Elmira Notre Dame High School graduate Molly Craig -- a member of the 2017 Odessa File-sponsored Top Drawer 24 team of outstanding high school student-athlete-citizens in our region -- won nine of the 10 individual swim events in which she was entered at the AAU Junior Olympics at the Oakland University pool.
On top of that, she was on the winning squad in each of the four relays in her age group -- 15- to 18-year-olds.
Craig, who is entering Williams College to pursue a career in Biomedical Science and to swim, placed first over the past weekend in the following individual races (in order): The 1500 Freestyle, the 200 Free, the 100 Butterfly, the 400 Individual Medley, the 200 IM, the 400 Free, the 200 Back, the 200 Fly and the 100 Free. She finished second in the 50 Free in a time of 28.81, behind a winning time of 28.46.
She was also on the winning 200 Medley and 400 Medley Relay teams, and the winning 200 Free and 400 Free Relay teams.
Craig was a member of the United Southern Tier Aquatics team, which finished second in the girls' competition and third overall (when the girls and boys scores were combined). There were 20 girls teams, and 25 boys teams.
Craig finished her high school career with numerous Section IV, Class C records and area pool records. She was actively recruited by many NCAA swim programs.
Craig's sister, Catherine, a junior at Notre Dame and an outstanding swimmer in her own right, won the 200 Breaststroke and 100 Breaststroke at the Junior Olympics while finishing second in the 400 IM and the 200 IM (both times behind Molly). She placed third in the 400 Free and 1500 Free, fourth in the 100 Fly and 200 Fly, fifth in the 100 Back, and sixth in the 100 Free. Catherine was also on three of the winning relay squads with her sister: the 200 Medley and 400 Medley, and the 200 Free.
Watkins Glen High School's Amanda Wilbur, who is just entering the ninth grade, competed in the 13-14-year-old girls' swim events. She was on the third-place 400 Free Relay team, and in individual races placed 13th in the 200 Backstroke and 16th in the 200 IM, along with 17th in the 100 Back, and 19th in both the 200 Free and 100 Fly. She was 27th among 58 competitors in the 100 Free.
In order to compete at the AAU Junior Olympics, competitors had to qualify in their age group by placing first, second or third in their chosen events at approved AAU District Swimming Championship meets. Each could race in a maximum of 10 events not counting relays. The Junior Olympics spanned four days, Thursday through Sunday, July 27-30.
The Schuyler County 11- and 12-year-old Little League players (pictured above) participated in the Penn Yan Youth Baseball Tournament on July 7 and 8. The team won all three games to take the tourney title. The other teams in attendance were Penn Yan, Dundee and Prattsburgh. (Photo provided)
Left: Athlete of the Year honorees Sage Garrison and Andy Fudala. Right: Sportsmanship Award recipients Dasia Herrmann and Nick Sgrecci. (Photos provided)
O-M Athletes of Year: Garrison, Fudala
ODESSA, June 14 -- Sage Garrison and Andy Fudala were named the Odessa-Montour High School Athletes of the Year Monday evening at the annual Sports Awards Banquet at O-M.
Garrison was a three-sport standout in basketball, track and soccer (where she established new career marks for goals and points). Fudala was a three-sport standout in soccer, swimming (a Section IV champion in the Breaststroke), and track (where he set new school Pole Vault and Pentathlon records).
The Harold Lynch Athlete of the Year honor goes each year to male and female seniors.
The prestigious Charles Martin Memorial Sportsmanship Award, meanwhile, went to Dasia Herrmann and Nick Sgrecci. The latter also won the Gerald Crosley Track Award.
Bill Lindsley, coach of the wrestling and softball squads, received the O-M Coach of the Year Award.
Other special honors: Jon Andrews won the Jim Anagnost Memorial Award; Isabel Foote won the Leon B. Williams Jr. Memorial Cheerleading award; Kara Harris was named Booster of the Year, and Alberta Donahue was named Fan of the Year.
MVP and Outstanding Athlete Awards, along with Most Improved and assorted other honors, were also presented in the year's many various sports.
Photo in text: O-M Coach of the Year Bill Lindsley (Photo provided)
Fudala 8th in Hurdles, 21st in Pole Vault
ENDICOTT, June 10 -- Odessa-Montour High School senior Andy Fudala -- who qualified for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Track and Field Championships in two events -- placed 8th in one and 21st in the other.
Fudala was 8th among Division 2 competitors in the 110 Meter Hurdles Saturday, the second of two days of events at Union-Endicott High School. He posted a time of 16.06 after qualifying for the finals Friday with a time of 15.72.
He finished 21st in the Pole Vault on Friday, clearing the bar at 12 feet, 6 inches, well below his season best (and school record) of 14 feet.
Hazlitt, Fudala are the File's 2017 Schuyler Spring MVPs
SCHUYLER COUNTY, June 5 -- This spring the sports achievements of note in our county have come largely from track and field -- and accordingly, The Odessa File Schuyler Spring MVPs come from that sport.
Photos in text: Andy Fudala in the 110 Meter Hurdles, and Patrick Hazlitt in the 800.
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