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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.

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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.

--- Watkins Glen girls basketball team scrimmages. (See below) ---

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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.

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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.

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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
Brittany 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.

O-M swimmers fall to Waverly, 87-66

WAVERLY, Oct. 29 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team closed out its regular-season schedule Tuesday with an 87-66 loss to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Waverly pool.

The Indians got first-place finishes from the following:
Emelia Paulisczak in the 500 Free -- 6:27.80
Syria Tague in the 100 Back -- 1:15.07
Tori Reese in the 100 Breast -- 1:19.60 (PR)
400 Free Relay of Maddie Lodge, Lovona Carrigan, McKenna Carberry and Emelia Paulisczak -- 5:22.81

Second-place finishes for O-M:
Emelia Paulisczak in the 200 Free -- 2:27.38
Gabby Cain in the 100 Back -- 1:29.83
McKenna Carberry in the 100 Breast -- 1:32.19
200 Medley Relay of Gabby Cain, Tori Reese, Syria Tague and Emma Raymond -- 2:21.33
200 Free Relay of Syria Tague, Emma Raymond, Emelia Paulisczak, and Tori Reese -- 2:02.48

PRs for O-M:
Emma Raymond in the 50 Free -- 30.11
Kara Reese in the 50 Free -- 35.10

O-M returns to action Saturday at the IAC Championships at Watkins Glen High School.

Center talk to focus on USRRC Series

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, Oct.r 29 -- The USRRC lasted just six seasons, but its impact on racing was enormous, and now the series' history is reported in detail for the first time in "USRRC, A record of the United States Road Racing Championship 1963-1968" by Mike Martin.

Martin of Seattle, Wash., will speak about the series and its crucial role in the development of professional road racing in America at the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen on Nov. 8. The Center Conversations talk is free and open to all.

The USRRC was the Sports Car Club of America’s first series for professional race drivers.

“Without the USRRC, there could not have been a Can-Am, the better known and fully international series for the same type of car,” said award-winning motorsports author Michael Argetsinger. “The Group 7 category, remembered today as Can-Am, pitted American engineering with the best from Europe and produced some of the most exciting race cars ever built. None of it would have evolved without the USRRC.

“The series, featuring unlimited displacement, two-seat sports cars, brought raw horsepower and speed that captured the imagination of fans, drivers and entrants alike. Scarabs, Porsche RS-61s and King Cobras dominated early years to be supplanted by iconic Chaparrals, Lola T70s and McLarens before the USRRC gave way to the Can-Am which would carry the tradition of unlimited race cars into the mid-’70s,” said Argetsinger, who is a member of the Center’s Governing Council.

John Bishop, SCCA executive director at the time, and his director of professional racing Jim Kaser were the key figures in the series’ creation.

Bishop was instrumental in the founding of the Racing Research Center.

A review in Veloce Today describes Martin’s recently published undertaking as “an enthusiastic book which documents that exciting, noisy, time, in a way reflecting the social changes that were taking place in the nation, while proving that American know-how and muscle would finally prevail, at least on the race track.”

Offering a foreword by 1965 USRRC champion George Follmer, the book has more than 400 photographs, including some by Racing Research Center historian Bill Green.

Though he didn’t see a race until an event at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash., when he was 16, Martin was a race fan long before that. Collecting information about racing and writing about racing came naturally. Still a teenager, Martin wrote his first “book” about racing – a 176-page history of the 1.5 liter Formula One years.

“I didn't think to try to get it published,” Martin says. “However, years later I discovered ‘The Formula One Record Book’ by the Formula One Register guys and realized there must be a market for this sort of thing. A seed was planted.”

Over the years Martin had his eye on a history of Formula Two racing, while helping other authors with their research. He switched gears in the 1990s to USRRC and dedicated 20 years to the project.

When not enjoying the world of racing or researching or writing about racing, Martin has had careers in banking, inventory control and electronics manufacturing.

Martin’s talk is part of the ongoing Center Conversations series.

The final talk of 2014 will be on Dec. 13 on the Carrera Panamericana. Tom Overbaugh and Paul Wendt will speak about the revival of the famous Mexican race that today takes both experienced racers and novices 2,000 miles across that nation in a week.

The Racing Research Center is an archival library dedicated to the preservation of the history of motorsports, of all series and all venues, through its collections of books, periodicals, films, photographs, fine art and other materials.

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

Photo in text: Mark Donohue scrambles from his burning Lola T70 as Mak Kronn squeezes by in his McKee Mk6 during the Watkins Glen round of the United States Road Racing Championship on June 26, 1966. Donohue was not badly injured, but his Lola was a total loss. (Photo by David Baker from the International Motor Racing Research Center’s Argetsinger Collection)

Athletes: Stillman, Kennard, Rutledge

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Oct. 27 -- A soccer player and two runners are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Odessa-Montour's Callie Stillman earns the nod for her game-tying goal late in regulation and subsequent assist on the game-winner as the Indians rallied to defeat Worcester 2-1 in an opening-round game of the Section IV Class D Soccer Tournament.

The Watkins Glen honorees are Taylor Kennard and Shawn Rutledge, who led the school's girls and boys varsity cross-country teams to championships at the IAC meet at Marathon.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen runners Kai Sutterby, Cambria Weeden, Brooke Shaffer and Patrick Hazlitt; Watkins Glen football's Jon Brown, Keith Rekczis, Ian Chedzoy and Kurtis Edwards; Watkins Glen swim team members Victoria Wixson, Emma Allington, Katherine Meehan and Lexi Castellaneta; Watkins Glen soccer's Jonas Recker; and O-M soccer players Hailie Searles and Collin Povoski.

Honorable Mention: Another 24 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 school.

Westervelt plays key role in CCC volleyball

CORNING, Oct. 27 -- The Corning Community College volleyball team -- with Watkins Glen High School graduate Kayli Westervelt playing a key role -- qualified for this year's Mid-State Athletic Conference Championship tournament, where it lost Saturday in the semifinals to Finger Lakes Community College.

Westervelt, a CCC sophomore who played on the WGHS varsity volleyball team during her high school career, ranked second on the CCC team this season behind Horseheads grad Mallory Sullivan in kills (with 171) and digs (251). Both were named All-Conference by the MSAC.

Corning went 14-13 during the season, including 3-3 in conference play.

Photo in text: CCC's Kayli Westervelt (right) and Mallory Sullivan. (Photo provided)

O-M girls fall to South Kortright, 4-1

SOUTH KORTRIGHT, Oct. 26 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team's season ended Saturday when the Indians dropped a a 4-1 decision to homestanding South Kortright in a second-round game of the Section IV, Class D Championships.

With the loss, the sixth-seeded Indians finished at 7-9-2, while No. 3-seeded South Kortright moved on to the next round.

South Kortright outshot the Indians 14-9, and had an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks. Gillian Clark made 10 saves in goal for O-M.

Odessa's lone goal came from Kennedey Heichel, who scored with 6:20 remaining in the game. Heichel had scored the team's first goal of the season, at a Campbell Tournament, and now its last.

"We pressed them a lot in the second half," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster, who moved Hailie Searles up from sweeper to center mid to add to the attack. "But we struggled to finish."

O-M, which had started the season 1-6-1, won five straight games en route to a share of the IAC Small Schools South Division title. They then won an opening-round Section IV tournament game against Worcester, 2-1, setting up Saturday's contest.

"These young players," said Brewster, "set a standard for expectations" in the future, and in the process placed six players on their division's All-Star team.

1st Team Selections: Hailie Searles and Sage Garrison.

2nd Team Selections: McKennah Lott, Brittany Visscher, Callie Stillman and April Dunn.

The Watkins Glen boys and girls IAC Championship teams. (Photo by Rod Weeden)

Glen boys, girls win IAC
cross-country championships

Sectionals are next, Thursday at Chenango Valley

MARATHON, Oct. 26 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity cross-country teams won the team titles Saturday at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championships in Marathon.

The boys posted a narrow victory over runnerup Newark Valley, while the girls cruised to victory. Next up: the Section IV Cross Country Championships on Thursday at Chenango Valley. Watkins Glen won the boys and girls Class D titles last year, and are running in Class C this year.

Boys Race:

Watkins Glen posted a total of 41 points Saturday, while Newark Valley registered 46. They were followed by Trumansburg (55), Marathon (94), Waverly (157), Edison (186), Southern Cayuga (188), Moravia (190), and Tioga (240). It was the Watkins boys' second straight IAC crown.

Garrett Butters of Notre Dame was the individual winner, finishing the 3.1-mile course in 16:59. Watkins Glen was led by Shawn Rutledge, who placed fourth in 17:28. Other Watkins Glen runners included: Patrick Hazlitt (5th in 17:36), Jacob Carocci (12th in 18:14), Gabe Planty (15th in 18:19), Brandon Pike (20th in 18:53), Daniel Paradiso (28th in 19:21), and Conlin Wysocki (47th in 21:18).

"It was a really great race," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "After two-and-a-half miles, Newark Valley was probably a little ahead, but in the last half-mile Carocci, Planty and Pike passed some guys, particularly Newark Valley guys, and that was a difference maker."

As for the quick turnaround to Thursday's Sectionals, Fazzary said: "Who knows what will happen? There's actually six or seven teams that aren't bad. But I think it will come down to Newark Valley, Oneonta and us."

Girls Race:

Watkins Glen outpaced Newark Valley 47-90, with Waverly third at 100, Trumansburg fourth at 102, Candor fifth at 103, Notre Dame sixth at 105, and Lansing seventh at 140.

Kayla Stewart of Newark Valley was the indivudual winner with a time of 20:02. Taylor Kennard led Watkins Glen with an 8th-place finish in 21:37, edging out teammate Kai Sutterby (21:37.5). Other Senecas and their times: Cambria Weeden (10th in 21:39), Brooke Shaffer (11th in 21:43), Maggie Bond (15th in 22:23), Julia Reilly (16th in 22:25), and Clara Chedzoy (32nd in 23:52).

"It was a good day," said Coach Fazzary. "It was really nice having four runners in the top 11 just six seconds apart. The girls ran smart and up to their capabilities."

Running the course the week before at the Marathon Invitational "was beneficial," he said, because "they learned not to go too fast. This course, with its hills, can bite you. They held something in reserve."

On Thursday, he said, the girls Class C Sectionals are likely to come down to a battle between Watkins Glen and Newark Valley.

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"We're going to try to do something special on Thursday," said Fazzary. "If we're Section IV champions two years in a row, that would be great. But if we pull it off, remember that it means we would have done it while moving up a class from D to C. That would be one for Watkins Glen lore."

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge, who led the Seneca boys; and Taylor Kennard, who led the Seneca girls. (Photos by Heidi Pike)

From left: Watkins Glen's Jacob Carocci, Julia Reilly and Brandon Pike.
(Photos by Heidi Pike)

From left: The Senecas' Cambria Weeden, Daniel Paradiso and Brooke Shaffer.
(Photos by Heidi Pike)

Watkins Glen's Maggie Bond and Patrick Hazlitt. (Photos by Heidi Pike)

From left: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy, Conlin Wysocki and Gabe Planty.
(Photos by Heidi Pike)

Watkins Glen's Ian Chedzoy escapes a tackle on one of his runs. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen gridders fall to Lansing

Drop 47-38 decision as Bobcats claim division title

LANSING, Oct. 25 -- The Watkins Glen varsity football team's hopes for a Section IV, Division V title and a playoff berth were shattered Friday when the Senecas -- up 16-0 in the first seven minutes -- fell to Lansing 47-38 on the Lansing athletic field.

With the win, Lansing claimed the division title and a spot in the sectional playoffs. A Watkins Glen win would have forged a three-way tie among the Senecas, Lansing and Waverly, which defeated Dryden 42-15 Friday night. By winning, Lansing stands alone atop the division at 4-0, with Waverly second at 3-1, and Watkins Glen (5-2 overall) third at 2-2. The top two teams in each division advance to the playoffs.

The Senecas will have one more game to play -- a non-playoff contest to be determined by Section IV officials. Watkins Glen Coach Lou Condon Jr. said he expects to hear who that opponent is by Monday.

Watkins Glen moved the ball at will early, building a 24-6 advantage in the second period. The Senecas scored on two Keith Rekczis 1-yard touchdown runs, and on a 6-yard dash by Jon Brown. And they added 2-point conversions each time, twice by Rekczis and once by Brown.

"We came out really hot and strong," said Condon. "Then they made some adjustments" which slowed the Senecas' attack.

Meanwhile, Lansing had a weapon that Watkins Glen found difficult to stop: sophomore running back Tim Kelley, who scored six touchdowns. He broke through the middle for 65 yards and the Bobcats' first TD, and later scored on an 80-yard kickoff return, a 3-yard run, a 9-yard run, a 30-yard run, and a 20-yard run. He gained 198 rushing yards on 21 carries.

Watkins Glen, which relinquished the lead at 27-24 after Kelly's 9-yard score, regained it at 32-27 on Brown's second TD run, this one for 10 yards just before halftime.

The third quarter saw Lansing strike first, capping a 78-yard drive with a 10-yard fake-pitch play in which quarterback Max Jordan turned after the fake and charged up the middle. A two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving the Bobcats up 33-32.

Lansing extended its lead to 40-32 early in the fourth quarter on Kelly's 30-yard run and a point-after kick, but the Senecas rebounded with a 70-yard drive that ended with Brown's third touchdown, on a 3-yard run. However, a two-point run attempt -- with Brown sweeping right -- was sniffed out by the Lansing defense, which brought Brown down well short of the goal line with 6:49 left to play. That left Watkins Glen down 40-38.

Lansing subsequently fumbled the ball -- Jordan losing it on another fake-pitch play -- and Watkins Glen took over on its own 39-yard line. But after ganiing a first down and driving to the Lansing 42, the Senecas were stopped two yards short of a first down on a 4th-and-5 play.

The Bobcats immediately drove 61 yards in four plays, with Kelly runs gaining 21, 19 and 20 yards, the latter for his final touchdown. A point-after kick gave Lansing a commanding 9-point edge with 2:54 remaining.

The Senecas, starting on their own 32, tried to rally through the air. They completed two passes to Rekczis and one to Brown before stalling at the Lansing 34-yard line. The Bobcats took over on downs and ran out the clock.

Watkins Glen gained 404 yards in the game, including 354 on the ground on 67 carries, and 50 through the air on 4-for-11 passing. Rekczis gained 141 yards on 24 carries, which put him over the 1,000-yard mark for the year -- a plateau reached last week by Brown.

Meanwhile, Brown gained 133 yards against Lansing on 37 carries, while Ian Chedzoy gained 80 on six carries.

"Overall it was a great game," said Condon. "I give the kids a lot of credit. They got down and battled back punch for punch. And I thank the parents and fans for supporting us. It was a great atmosphere and a lot of fun to be there. Unfortunately, we didn't win."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Jon Brown (7) and Lansing's Tim Kelley battle for a Watkins pass that fell incomplete late in the game. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Second: The Senecas' Keith Rekczis straight-arms a Lansing defender trying to tackle him. Rekczis went over 1,000 rushing yards for the season. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Third: Watkins QB Justin Kelly is hit as he releases the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: The Senecas' Ryan Pruitt returns a kickoff. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen running back Jon Brown leaves a Lansing defender in his wake.

Some of the many Watkins Glen fans on hand at Friday's game in Lansing.

Watkins Glen's Kurtis Edwards eyes the bouncing ball fumbled
by a teammate on a kickoff return. Edwards recovered the ball for the Senecas.

Left: Watkins Glen's Keith Rekczis reaches up and intercepts a Lansing pass intended for No. 81 on the Bobcats' first play from scrimmage. Right: The same Lansing player catches a pass late in the game. He was tackled by the Senecas' Ian Chedzoy (25).

Watkins Glen's Luke Flahive (left) watches along with Lansing players as a shot he took goes into the Lansing net for the Senecas' only goal of the game.

Glen boys lose to Lansing in Sectionals

LANSING, Oct. 25 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team's season ended Friday when the Senecas dropped a 3-1 decision to top-seeded Lansing in a Section IV, Class C Tournament game on the Lansing athletic field.

Watkins Glen, the No. 9 seed, was outshot in the contest 29-7. It fell behind 3-0 in the first half and then held the Bobcats in check after intermission.

The Senecas (9-8) climbed back to within two goals when Luke Flahive put a shot in the top right corner of the Lansing net with 4:49 left to play. Parker Pangallo earned an assist on the play.

Lansing got its goals from Alex Purcell (2) and Ben Kutler. Simon Wigmore made 10 saves in goal for the Senecas, while Lansing's Bryce Stanhope was credited with two saves.

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Photo at right: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Simon Wigmore goes high during second-half action to knock an incoming shot away from the Watkins Glen net.

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Left: Watkins Glen's Noah Wigmore (14) challenges a Lansing player during action in front of the Senecas' net. Right: Watkins Glen's James Updyke sends the ball upfield.

O-M swimmers lose a close one to SC

AURORA, Oct. 24 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team dropped a tight Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet Thursday, falling to Southern Cayuga 49-44 on the road.

"We were down by one point going into the last relay," said O-M Coach Terri Brace, "and to win the meet we had to take first and third. It was a close race for first place, but we ended up taking second and fourth.

"The girls swam with a lot of heart tonight, and never gave up. I'm really proud them. The team is young and they have a bright future together."

First-place finishes for O-M:
Emelia Paulisczak in the 200 Free -- 2:29.08
Syria Tague in the 50 Free -- 29.60
Lovona Carrigan in the 100 Fly -- 1:39.70

Second-place finishes for O-M:
200 Medley Relay of Gabby Cain, McKenna Carberry, Lovona Carrigan and Emma Raymond -- 2:31.58.
200 Free Relay of Syria Tague, Emelia Paulisczak, Emma Raymond and Tori Reese -- 1:59.61.
400 Free Relay of Syria Tague, Emelia Paulisczak, Emma Raymond and Tori Reese -- season-best time of 4:24.35.
Tori Reese in the 200 IM (2:42.58) and 100 Breast (1:21.67).
Emma Raymond in the 100 Free -- PR of 1:05.64.
Emelia Paulisczak in the 500 Free -- 6:49.83.
Syria Tague in the 100 Back -- 1:14.58.
Emma Lodge in the 100 Fly -- PR of 1:41.55.

Other PRs:
Kara Reese in the 200 IM -- 2:13.80 (out-touched for 3rd place by .30)
Lovona Carrigan in the 50 Free -- 32.34

Glen swimmers fall to Dryden, 93-90

DRYDEN, Oct. 24 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team dropped a 93-90 decision Thursday to Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Dryden pool.

Individuals first-place finishes were posted by Victoria Wixson in the 200 IM and 100 Back, Lexi Castellaneta in the Diving, Emma Allinton in the 100 Free, and Katherine Meehan in the 100 Breast. Allington, Meehan, Peighton Cervoni and Wixson won the 200 Free Relay.

Watkins Glen results:

200 Medley Relay: 2nd - Peighton Cervoni, Katherine Meehan, Victoria Wixson, Emma Allington 2:07.93
200 Freestyle: 2nd - Liza Carnes 2:20.00, 3rd - Halle Phillips 2:23.62
200 IM: 1st - Victoria Wixson 2:25.49
50 Freestyle: 2nd - Emma Allington 27.36
1 Meter Diving: 1st - Alexis Castellaneta 242.15; 2nd Hannah Pulis 173.95
100 Butterfly: 2nd - Bridgette Guild 1:17.10
100 Freestyle: 1st - Emma Allington 1:01.16,
500 Freestyle: 2nd - Madeleine Ross 6:24.53; 3rd Liza Carnes 6:24.86
200 Freestyle Relay: 1st - Emma Allington, Katherine Meehan, Peighton Cervoni, Victoria Wixson 1:51.73
100 Backstroke: 1st - Victoria Wixson 1:04.89; 2nd - Peighton Cervoni 1:16.33
100 Breaststroke: 1st - Katherine Meehan 1:15.02
400 Freestyle Relay: 3rd - Bridgette Guild, Halle Phillips, Madeleine Ross, Sara Gardner 4:21.18

"The girls fought a really tough battle tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Andrew Chouinard. "The pool was buzzing with energy. The meet came down to the 400 Freestyle Relay and the entire pool deck and bleachers were cheering so loudly it felt like an earthquake.

"You would have never known we had lost unless you looked at the scoreboard. The girls kept their chins up despite the outcome. Never before have I seen so much leadership from our captains (Halle and Victoria) and sportsmanship from the team. As always I am proud of them, and tonight even more so than usual."

Watkins Glen will host the IAC Swimming and Diving Championships on Nov. 1, Chouinard noted, adding: "I hope to see our community there to support us."

O-M's Callie Stillman sends the ball on its way (left) to the top left corner of the Worcester goal (right photo) to tie the game with 8:31 remaining in the second half.

O-M girls rally, win in OT

Dunn goal proves difference; next game at South Kortright

ODESSA, Oct. 23 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team scored late in the second half and again in the first overtime Wednesday to pull out a 2-1 victory over Worcester in the opening round of the Section IV, Class D tournament.

The No. 6-seeded Indians, now 7-8-2, will go on the road to face No. 3 seed South Kortright in a second-round contest at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Wednesday's contest, played in mid-40s temperatures cooled further by a north wind, was scoreless through the first half. Worcester (now 7-8-1), the tourney's 11th seed, took the lead with a goal by Willow Tompkins at 27:29 of the second half -- and that stood for almost 20 minutes.

Then, with 8:31 remaining in regulation, Odessa's Callie Stillman drilled a shot that found the top left corner of the Worcester net. That propelled the Indians into two 10-minute overtimes, and they scored with 1:08 left in the first OT on an April Dunn goal from the right of the goal off a crossing pass by Stillman.

The Odessa defense stiffened through the second overtime, limiting the Wolverines' chances. When time ran out, the Indians celebrated near their bench before turning their attention to Saturday.

"I'm really proud of the girls," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster, whose squad won just one of its first eight games before rallying to tie Candor for the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small Schools South Division crown. Candor won a playoff game on a shootout.

Statistics were nearly even in Wednesday's contest. Worcester had a 9-8 edge in shots on goal, and a 9-7 edge in corner kicks. Gillian Clark made eight saves in goal for O-M, while Kerrin O'Shaughnessy made six saves for Worcester.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Kennedey Heichel (3) battles a Worcester player for the ball.

Bottom: Odessa's Sage Garrison, left, and Worcester's Courtney Hogan wait for the ball to descend.

O-M's April Dunn (9, on the right) watches her shot hit the back of the Worcester net for what proved to be the game-winning goal.

O-M's Hailie Searles prepares to send a shot on goal.
It was kicked away by Worcester's Madison Wright (19).

Worcester took the lead 1-0 on this goal by Willow Tompkins (5).

Watkins Glen's Madison Gates sends a shot on goal. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen girls fall 1-0 in OT

CANDOR, Oct. 23 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team's season ended Weednesday when the Senecas dropped a 1-0 overtime decision to Candor in an opening-round game of the Section IV, Class C Tournament.

Candor, the No. 8 seed (8-7-1), scored the game's only goal in the second 10-minute overtime. The Indians advance to play Saturday afternoon at Lansing against the top-seeded Ladycats. Watkins Glen, the tourney's No. 9 seed, finishes with a 5-11-1 record.

The Senecas played "a good game," said Coach Brian Gardner, "as they have for most of the second half of the season. They controlled the ball and held Candor in their end for almost the entire game. We just needed to get one of our opportunities in.

"I couldn't be more proud of the team. They have developed into a good soccer team and pushed the competition all year. Good luck to Coach Bastian and the Candor girls."

Watkins Glen dominated in shots on goal, building a 15-4 advantage in a game that featured chilling temperatures and high winds. The Senecas also had a 2-0 edge in corner kicks. Allison Teed made three saves in goal for the Senecas.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Madison Myers (21) meets the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Justine Hulbert (4). Right: The Senecas' Isobel Scheffey (9).
(Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott (20) moves the ball. Right: The Senecas' Bernadette Osborne (15) fights a Candor player for possession of the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Glen boys top Tioga 2-1 in tourney opener

TIOGA CENTER, Oct. 22 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team advanced Tuesday to the second round of the Section IV, Class C Tournament by defeating Tioga 2-1 on the Tioga soccer field.

The Senecas took a 2-0 lead on a pair of goals by German exchange student Jonas Recker, one in the first half and one in the second, and then held off a Tioga rally down the stretch. Watkins Glen, the No. 9 seed, is now 9-7.

Tioga -- the No. 8 seed and now 8-5-1 -- outshot the Senecas 14-11. Adam Layman scored the Tigers' only goalf.

Simon Wigmore made 9 saves in goal for Watkins Glen, while Jacob Evanek made 5 saves for Tioga.

With the victory, Watkins advances to play top-seeded Lansing at 3:30 p.m. Friday on the Lansing soccer field.

Big day/night for WGHS Friday at Lansing

In addition to the boys Section IV, Class C soccer game at Lansing between the host Bobcats and Watkins Glen at 3:30 p.m. Friday, the Watkins Glen football team meets Lansing on the gridiron there in a big game with playoff implications at 7 p.m.

Odessa-Montour's Joe Rorick comes away with the ball after contending with
Charlotte Valley's Paul Clark (8).

O-M boys fall to Charlotte Valley

ODESSA, Oct. 22 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team's season ended Tuesday when the Indians dropped a 3-2 decision to Charlotte Valley in an opening-round game of the Section IV, Class D Tournament on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

O-M, the No. 5 seed in the tourney, ended the season at 7-6-2. Charlotte Valley, the No. 12 seed and now 9-7, advances to play either No. 4 South Kortright or No. 13 Roxbury.

Odessa led twice in the game. It went up 1-0 at 35:58 of the first half on a goal by Collin Povoski on a free kick from the left that found the far post and caromed into the CV net.

Shortly after a second O-M goal was waved off on an offsides penalty, Charlotte Valley struck on a header by junior Cody Wamsley at 18:13, but Odessa took the lead again at 13:15 on a penalty kick by Povoski -- his 17th goal of the season.

Wamsley tied the game for CV with 1:58 remaining before halftime from a scrum in front of the Odessa net, and scored the game winner with 22:20 left in the second half -- his third goal of the contest.

Odessa outshot CV 16-15, but CV had a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks.

"We had our opportunities," said O-M Coach Dirk Stephens, "and we were pressing to the very end. You do the best you can, and let the cards fall where they may."

Overall, he added, "I'm happy with the team. It's a good group of kids that got us back into a winning way."

Photos in text:

Top: O-M goalkeeper Andy Fudala goes up to snag an incoming Charlotte Valley corner kick.

Bottom: Charlotte Valley's Cody Wamsley tumbles over Odessa's Luke Eberhardt. The two were contending for possession of the ball when they got tangled up.

Left: O-M's Tyler Clark (5) and CV's Marvin Jester fight for the ball. Right: Odessa's Cody Daugherty rises to meet the ball.

The ball eludes Charlotte Valley goalkeeper Chris Kopf as it heads toward the far edge of the net off a free kick by O-M's Collin Povoski. It was the first of two Povoski goals.

Watkins Glen's Maddy Ross on the way to victory in the 500 Free.

Watkins Glen swimmers top O-M

ODESSA, Oct. 22 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team cruised to a 64-34 victory over Odessa-Montour Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Results from the meet:

200 Medley Relay: WG Victoria Wixson, Kathleen Swinnerton, Bridgette Guild, Emma Allington 2:12.01
200 Free: WG Emma Allington 2:12.01
200 IM: WG Victoria Wixson 2:30.16
50 Free: WG Katherine Meehan 27.75
100 Fly: WG Bridgette Guild 1:14.66
100 Free: WG Gabriella Decker 1:10.59
500 Free: WG Madeleine Ross 6:23.53
200 Free Relay: WG Hoy, Fazzary, Allington, Gardner 2:07.05
100 Back: OM Syria Tague 1:13.55 (PR)
100 Breast: WG Katherine Meehan 1:16.63
400 Free Relay: OM Reese, Lodge, Tague, Paulisczak 4:44.49

Second-place finishes for O-M:
--200 Medley Relay of Gabby Cain, Tori Reese, Syria Tague and Lovona Carrigan
--Tori Reese in the 200 IM and 100 Fly
--Gabby Cain in the 100 Back (PR of 1:26.16)
--McKenna Carberry in the 100 Breast

Lovona Carrigan also posted a PR in the 100 Breast of 1:41.97

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Syria Tague surfaces after start of the 100 Backstroke.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Halle Phillips competes in the 100 Fly. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

O-M's Lovona Carrigan competes in the 200 Medley Relay. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

O-M's Tori Reese on the way to second place in the 100 Fly.
(Photo by Susan Bleiler)

Watkins' Emma Allington on the way to victory in the 200 Free. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

Left: Watkins Glen's Bridgette Guild before start of the 100 Fly, which she won. Right: The Senecas' Victoria Wixson in the 200 Medley Relay. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

O-M's Kara Reese swims in the 500 Free.

Watkins Glen's Isabella Fazzary glides underwater at start of the 100 Free.

The six seniors on the O-M volleyball team. From left: Marisaa Ferguson, Lexi Skinner, Brooke Collins, Alexis Austin, Vicky Ayers and Heavyn Arias. (Photo provided)

O-M volleyball team drops its finale

SPENCER, Oct. 21 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team ended its season on a losing note Monday when it dropped a 3-0 decision to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the S-VE gym.

Game scores were 18-25, 18-25 and 12-25.

O-M stats:

Alexis Austin: 1 ace, 4 kills, 1 block, 1 service point
Lexi Skinner: 3 aces, 2 kills, 4 service points
Brooke Collins: 1 ace, 2 assists, 1 kill, 6 service points
Abby Chapman: 1 ace, 1 assist, 1 service point

Junior Varsity: S-VE defeated Odessa-Montour 3-0.

The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team's seniors were honored at Monday's match. From left: Gabby LaRosa, Maya Palumbo, Amanda Cherock, Megan Dupuy, Raven Fulcher, Mackenzie Swarthout, Megan McMinds and Mikayla Elliott. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen volleyball team bows to NV, 3-1

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 21 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team closed out its schedule Monday with a 3-1 loss to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Field House gym.

Game scores were 22-25, 25-21, 21-25 and 22-25.

Watkins Glen stats:

Amanda Cherock: 1 ace, 17 assists, 3 digs, 13 service points
Amanda Pike: 7 aces, 13 kills, 3 digs, 16 service points
Mikayla Elliott: 1 ace, 17 digs, 7 service points
Maya Palumbo: 3 aces, 10 digs, 5 service points

Newark Valley stats:

Madison Obregon: 4 aces, 18 assists, 15 service points
Molly Rogers: 4 aces
Megan Botzenhart: 4 aces, 5 kills
Amy Giblin: 9 kills, 1 block
Aryana Wing: 10 digs

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Newark Valley 25-18, 26-24 and 15-25.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Gianna Willsey Moline, right, sends the ball over the net. (Photo by Don Romeo)

From left: Watkins Glen's Maya Palumbo, Nateah Cornish and Amanda Cherock.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV match:

Left: Megan Hazlitt serves. Right: Mariah Gonzalez volleys. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, left, watches as the ball she kicked flies past the Notre Dame goalkeeper and into the net. Morse scored four times.

Modified Soccer: Glen girls end with win

WATKINS GLEN, Oct 21 -- The Watkins Glen girls Modified Soccer team completed its season in winning fashion Monday, defeating Elmira Notre Dame 6-1 in a game on the WGHS soccer field.

Hannah Morse led the way with four goals, including all three of her team's scores after intermission. Also scoring were Ryanna LaMoreaux and Danielle Leszyk with one goal each. Jena Slater had an assist. Katlyn Kernan made four saves in goal for the Senecas.

Watkins Glen finished with an 8-2 record, outscoring its opponents 46-16.

"Words really cannot describe my feelings for this team," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "They moved as one unit, and played the entire season with sportsmanship and class. The girls had one another's back. They considered themselves one big family -- a family that I am so proud to have coached."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Hannah Matusicky, right, gets to the ball ahead of a Notre Dame defender.

Left: Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux (4) sends the ball flying. Right: The Senecas' Adrienna Solomon prepares to kick the ball.

Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk (left) sends a shot on goal.

Athletes of Week: Povoski and Brown

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Oct. 20 -- A soccer player and a football standout are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

At Odessa-Montour, the honor goes to Collin Povoski for his three-goal performance as the boys varsity soccer team closed the regular season with a 5-1 victory over Newfield.

At Watkins Glen, the honoree is Jon Brown, who scored four touchdowns and gained 241 yards on 33 carries as the varsity football team defeated previously unbeaten Moravia 34-14 to improve to 5-1.

Double Honorable Mention: Watkins Glen football standouts Keith Rekczis and Ian Chedzoy, Watkins Glen cross-country runners Patrick Hazlitt, Shawn Rutledge and Taylor Kennard, Watkins Glen soccer player Madison Myers, the Watkins Glen swim team's Victoria Wixson and Lexi Castellaneta, O-M volleyball standout Alyssa Crout, O-M soccer's Sage Garrison, and O-M swimmer Tori Reese

Honorable Mention: Another 38 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal all-stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each school.

Watkins Glen defender Ian Chedzoy (right) wraps up a Moravia runner as teammate Justin Kelly assists. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen gridders top Moravia, improve to 5-1

Next up: A big game at Lansing on Friday

MORAVIA, Oct. 19 -- The Watkins Glen varsity football team scored all of its points in a first-half blitz Saturday that carried it to a 34-14 victory over previously unbeaten Moravia in a Section IV non-divisional game on the Moravia football field.

The victory on a cold, wet day lifted the Senecas' season mark to 5-1 heading into a key game Friday at Lansing against a division foe that has yet to lose a division game, having just dispatched tough Waverly 20-7. A win by Watkins (2-1 in Division V) over the Bobcats (3-0, while 5-1 overall) would -- assuming a Waverly (2-1) win in its division finale against Dryden (3-3, 1-2) -- create a three-way tie of 3-1 teams at the top.

How that deadlock would be broken -- how a division champion and postseason participants would be chosen -- would depend on the final week's specifics. It would -- if all three teams are tied at 3-1 -- lead Section IV officials to utilize a point system that Watkins Glen Coach Lou Condon Jr. said is complex. If Watkins wins and Waverly loses, a simpler tie-break formula would be used to determine whether Watkins or Lansing is the champ.

The top two teams in the division will reach the postseason playoff. Condon said it's his understanding that a win by the Senecas would give them a spot because their overall record would be 6-1, compared to 5-2 marks by Lansing and Waverly (assuming the Wolverines beat Dryden).

"Next week is basically the game of the year for both schools" playing in it, said Condon. "I think it's gonna be a great one."

In Saturday's contest, played on a soft field that had various players slipping, falling and fumbling, the Senecas found a formula for success in the first half: send Jon Brown to the right, and let him chew up yardage. He scored four times in the half -- on runs of 3, 6, 9 and 5 yards -- while occasionally gaining larger chunks of real estate: 19 yards on one run in the Senecas' first series, 14 on another run in the second series, and 49 in a later series. He gained 241 yards in the game on 33 carries.

Watkins mixed in runs by Keith Rekczis in the opposite direction. He gained 133 yards on 18 carries with one touchdown (a 2-yard run) and two 2-point conversions.

The Senecas gained 403 yards in the game, all on the ground on 60 carries. Moravia gained 142 yards on the ground on 26 carries, and another 110 yards on 6-of-17 passing that included a fourth-quarter interception by the Senecas' Ryan Pruitt.

Watkins Glen recorded 20 first downs to Moravia's 7, while each team was penalized three times for 25 yards.

"I want to give some big praise again to our offensive line," said Condon. "They played well, opening holes. And the defense played really well, too. You almost forget that the team we were playing had been undefeated." Moravia, a Class D school, is now 6-1 overall and 5-0 in Division VIII competition. Even with this 20-point loss, it has outscored its opponents 217-78.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Jordan Shea trips up a Moravia runner. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Middle: The Senecas' Jon Brown leaves a would-be tackler in his wake on the way to one of his four touchdowns.

Bottom: Watkins defender Keith Rekczis defends against a Moravia pass, which was jarred from the receiver's hands, falling incomplete.

Left: WENY sportscaster Jenna Cottrell, right, and her visiting sister, Alissa, were dressed for the cold, wet weather. Right: Watkins' Keith Rekczis (10) gains some yards. (Photo on right by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Jon Brown, left, tries to wrest a pass from Moravia receiver Greg Gorman.
The pass was complete. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Moravia's Dylan Richards dives in vain for a pass from quarterback Cole Johnson.

The Watkins Glen girls varsity cross-country team poses after its victory. (Photo provided)

Watkins XC teams excel at Marathon

MARATHON, Oct. 19 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity cross-country team finished first and the boys team second Saturday among Small School competitors at the annual Marathon Invitational.

The meet serves as a tuneup for those competitors who will return there next Saturday for the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championships.

Girls Race:

The Watkins Glen girls finished with 49 points, edging out Newark Valley (51) among Small Schools. South Jefferson was third with 60 points, and Candor fourth with 70. The Senecas were sxith among the 11 overall (Large School and Small School) teams in the Seeded Race, with 166 points. Elmira took the Large School crown with 32 points, while West Genesee was second with 48.

Taylor Kennard led the Senecas, finishing 27th overall among 81 runners, posting a 21:56. Cambria Weeden was 31st in 22:12, Brooke Shaffer 42nd in 22:50, Kai Sutterby 44th in 23:00, Maggie Bond 46th in 23:08, Julia Reilly 51st in 23:23, and Clara Chedzoy 56th in 23:51.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kennard, with teammate Cambria Weeden in the background. (Photo by Heidi Pike)

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From left: Watkins Glen's Brandon Pike, Conlin Wysocki and Daniel Paradiso.
(Photos by Heidi Pike)

Boys Race:

Watkins Glen finished second to Oneonta among Small Schools. The two teams were tied with 64 point apiece, but Oneonta's sixth runner came in ahead of Watkins' sixth runner, and that served as the tie-breaker. Newark Valley was third with 66 points, Delhi fourth with 95, Sus Valley fifth with 96, and Onondaga sixth with 106.

Patrick Hazlitt led the Senecas with a 17:42, good for 14th place among the 91 Large and Small School runners. Shawn Rutledge was 15th in 17:43, Jacob Carocci 48th in 18:49, Gabe Planty 51st in 18:51, Brandon Pike 65th in 19:14, Daniel Paradiso 80th in 20:05, and Conlin Wysocki 88th in 21:50.

From left: Watkins' Julia Reilly, Patrick Hazlitt and Maggie Bond. (Photos by Heidi Pike)

Left: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty (left) and Jacob Carocci. Right: The Senecas' Brooke Shaffer. (Photos by Heidi Pike)

Left: The plaque awarded to the Watkins Glen girls team. (Photo by Rod Weeden)
Right: Team member Kai Sutterby (Photo by Heidi Pike)

Watkins Glen's Madison Myers, left, sends the ball past the Newfield goalkeeper and on its way to the net for the only goal of the game.

Watkins girls win 1-0 on Myers goal

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 18 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team won its fifth game of the year Friday when it defeated Newfield 1-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS soccer field.

The game was decided by a Madison Myers goal with 9:57 left in the second half -- a shot from traffic that caught the Newfield goalkeeper out of position. Madison Gates earned an assist on the play.

The two teams had played earlier in the season with a similar result: a 1-0 victory for Watkins Glen on an overtime goal.

Overtime was avoided this time as the Senecas turned back a couple of late Newfield forays into Watkins Glen territory.

The Senecas outshot Newfield 15-2, and had an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks.

"I thought this was a good tune-up game heading into Sectionals," said Watkins Glen Coach Brian Gardner. " I thought our ball movement was some of the best we have done all year. As has been the case all year, every player on the team contributed in this win and they should feel good."

The Senecas, now 5-10-1, will face Candor in an opening-round game of the Section IV, Class C Tournament at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Candor.

Photo in text: Watkins' Makenna Fraboni goes high to meet the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey (9 at left) and Joelle Slater (8 at right) battle for the ball.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Madison Gates prepares to send the ball flying. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott (20) moves the ball upfield. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right: The Senecas' Taylor Yaw inbounds the ball.

O-M's Emma Raymond enters the water at the start of the 50 Free. She finished 14 hundredths of a second out of first place.

O-M swimmers fall to So. Cayuga

ODESSA, Oct. 18 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team dropped a 52-42 decision Friday to Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool -- a makeup from a meet postponed by inclement weather on Sept. 30.

"The meet was close throughout," said O-M Coach Terri Brace, with O-M leading 35-33 after winning the 200 Free Relay.

"But a 1-2 finish by Southern Cayuga in the Backstroke and their first-place finishes in the Breaststroke and 400 Free Relay made the deficit too much to overcome," she said, adding: "I'm really proud of how the girls swam tonight. They really left it all in the pool, but came up just a little short."

First-place finishes for O-M:
--Tori Reese in the 200 IM -- 2:42.46
--Syria Tague in the 100 Free -- 1:04.25
--200 Free Relay of Syria Tague, Emma Raymond, Emelia Paulisczak and Tori Reese 2:00.12

Second-place finishes for O-M:
--Emelia Paulisczak in the 200 Free (2:25.55) and 500 Free (6:35.29) -- both season-best times.
--Lovona Carrigan in the 100 Fly -- 1:39.28.
--Emma Raymond in the 100 Free -- 1:06.83 (PR).
--Tori Reese in the 100 Breast -- 1:21.38.
--200 Medley Relay of Gabby Cain, Tori Reese, Syria Tague and Emma Raymond in a season-best time of 2:18.33.
--400 Free Relay of Lovona Carrigan, Gabby Cain, Maddie Lodge and Emelia Paulisczak in 5:06.00.

Another PR: Kara Reese in the 200 IM with a time of 3:15.12.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Tori Reese on the way to first place in the 200 Individual Medley.

Bottom: Odessa's Kara Reese competes in the 200 Medley Relay.

Odessa-Montour's Emelia Paulisczak competes in the 200 Free. She finished second.

O-M girls Modified Soccer team wins

CAMPBELL, Oct. 18 -- The Odessa-Montour girls Modified Soccer team posted its fifth straight victory Friday, defeating Campbell-Savona 2-1 on the road.

The win lifted the Indians' season mark to 6-4 heading into a season finale Monday at home against Waverly.

Lexi Saunders scored both of the Odessa goals, with each coming in the first period. Grace Vondracek registered 8 saves in goal for the Indians.

Section IV Soccer Tourney schedule set

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Oct. 16 -- The seedings and schedules have been set for the upcoming Section IV Class C and D soccer tournaments.

In the Class C boys tourney, 9th seeded Watkins Glen (8-7) will face No. 8 Tioga (8-4-1) at Tioga on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 3:30 p.m. The winner will travel to Lansing on Friday, Oct. 24 to play the No. 1-seeded Bobcats.

In the Class C girls tourney, No. 9 Watkins Glen (4-10-1) will face No. 8 Candor (7-7-1) at Candor on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 4:30 p.m. The winner will travel to Lansing on Saturday, Oct. 25 to play the top-seeded Lady Bobcats.

In the Class D boys tourney, No. 5 Odessa-Montour (7-5-2) will play No. 12 Charlotte Valley (8-7) at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21 on O-M's Charles Martin Field. The winner will play Friday, Oct. 24 against either No. 4 South Kortright or No. 13 Roxbury. Home field on Friday will go to the higher seeded team.

In the Class D girls tourney, No. 6 Odessa-Montour (6-8-2) will play No. 11 Worcester (7-7-1) at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 on O-M's Charles Martin Field. The winner will play on Saturday, Oct. 25 against either No. 3 South Kortright or No. 14 Windham. Home field on Saturday will go to the higher seeded team.

Left: Watkins Glen's Wyatt Mosher hauls in a long touchdown pass from quarterback Sean Kelly in the third period. Right: The Senecas' Joe Chedzoy stops a Trumansburg run..

Glen Modified gridders finish with a win, 66-39 over T-burg

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 17 -- The Watkins Glen High School Modified Football team closed its season with a 66-39 victory Thursday night over Trumansburg in a game on the WGHS football field.

The victory lifted the Senecas' final season mark to 5-1, its only loss coming at the hands of Lansing.

"This was a great game," one assistant coach told the Watkins players. "This was a great game to be a part of. You won't see many games like this one."

Indeed, the scoring was prolific, especially after the Senecas had taken a 19-13 lead into halftime. Watkins outscored T-burg 21-6 in the third quarter, and 26-20 in the fourth quarter.

The final-period onslaught included a 20-yard touchdown run by Parker Arcangeli, a Sean Kelly TD pass to Dayne Hughey, a 65-yard TD run by Tyler Barrett, and a 10-yard TD run by Joe Chedzoy.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dayne Hughey prepares to catch a TD pass from quarterback Sean Kelly in the fourth period. The touchdown improved the Senecas' lead to 53-26.

Left: Watkins Glen's Tyler Barrett races to a fourth-quarter touchdown on a 65-yard run.
Right: Watkins quarterback Sean Kelly (10) tosses an extra-point pass to John Lokken (35).

Left: Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux pursues the ball. Right: The Senecas' Hannah Matusicky meets the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

WG girls Modified team tops NV, 5-1

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 17 -- The Watkins Glen girls Modified Soccer team improved its record to 7-2 Thursday when it defeated Newark Valley 5-1 in a game on the WGHS football field.

Hannah Morse scored two goals for the Senecas, while Ryanna LaMoreaux, Hannah Matusicky and Danielle Leszyk each had one. Morse also had two assists. Katlyn Kernan made 8 saves in goal for the Senecas.

Morse's goals were on a pair of breakaways, while Matusicky's goal came with less than 5
minutes to play on a direct kick 30 yards out.

"These young ladies work together so well," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "It is such a privilege and honor to coach them."

The Senecas will conclude their season Monday at home against Elmira Notre Dame. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk, right, fights a Newark Valley player for control of the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: The Senecas' Hannah Morse sends a shot on its way.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jena Slater (8). Right: The Senecas' Katlyn Kernan stops a shot in traffic. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins swimmers lose to Lansing

LANSING, Oct. 17 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team dropped a 110-73 decision Thursday to Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Lansing pool.

The only first-place finish for the Senecas came from Lexi Castellaneta in diving, where she topped Lansing's Meghan Matheny, 194.00-183.10.

Second-place finishes were posted for Watkins by Liza Carnes in the 200 Free, Victoria Wixson in the 200 IM and 100 Back, Emma Allington in the 50 Free, Bridgette Guild in the 100 Fly, and Katherine Meehan in the 100 Back. The Senecas also finished second in all three relays.

Volleyball: Watkins falls to Waverly

WAVERLY, Oct. 17 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team lost 3-0 Thursday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Waverly gym.

Game scores were 20-25, 8-25 and 21-25.

Watkins Glen stats:

Amanda Cherock: 1 ace, 14 assists, 1 block, 4 points
Amanda Pike: 3 aces, 6 kills, 1 block, 4 digs, 6 points
Gianna Willsey-Moline: 7 kills, 1 dig
Mikayla Elliott: 3 aces, 6 digs, 9 points

Waverly stats:

Hannah Place: 7 aces, 13 points, 4 kills
Erika Morales: 9 aces, 15 points, 5 kills
Sam Mennig: 8 points, 22 assists, 3 digs
Kendra Ellers: 3 points, 6 kills

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen fell to Waverly 2-0. Game scores were 15-25, 19-25.

Candor's Mikayla Short prepares to kick the ball into the net. Her goal tied the game 2-2.

O-M falls in playoff game

Shootout settles 2-2 overtime tie with Candor

ODESSA, Oct. 16 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team built a 2-0 lead Wednesday night in its IAC Small Schools South Division title playoff game on Charles Martin Field, but the lead disappeared and O-M, unable to score in overtime, succumbed to Candor in a penalty-kick shootout, 4-3.

Thus ended Odessa's hopes of a trip to Tompkins Cortland Community College Friday to face Marathon for the overall Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small Schools crown. Instead, Candor goes.

Odessa, which had reeled off five straight wins to get into the thick of the division race, took a 1-0 first-half lead Wednesday on a goal by April Dunn to the lower right corner of the Candor net at 16:08. And the lead went to 2-0 at 33:13 of the second half when Sage Garrison drilled in a laser from 40 yards out.

But Candor fought back, scoring at 20:07 on a goal by Alexis Paytak, and then tying the count at 2-2 with just 2:15 remaining in regulation on a Mikayla Short goal that developed off a free kick. The ball, accompanied by a scrum of players, moved left of the goal and then slid back across it to Short, who found the right corner from directly in front.

O-M had two forays into Candor territory in the closing two minutes of regulation, and got off a good shot, but couldn't find the net.

Then, through two 10-minute overtimes, both sides played mostly in the middle of the field -- and when time was expended, the shootout phase kicked in, with each side selecting five players, with each player attempting to score on a penalty kick, the teams alternating attempts. The team with the most goals on those kicks would win -- unless they were still deadlocked, in which case the penalty kicks would continue until one side broke the tie.

In this case, O-M went with Sage Garrison, Callie Stillman, Addi Rhodes, April Dunn and Hailie Searles, in that order. Gillian Clark was the goalkeeper, as she had been all game.

Candor went with Alexis Paytak, Taylor Horton, Emily Potter, Angela Martone and Mikayla Short. The keeper was Katie Slocum. Both teams used the same goal, on the north end of the field.

Each team made its first attempt, missed its second and made its third and fourth. On the fifth attempt, Searles' kick hit the crossbar and bounced over the net, leaving it up to Candor's Short, who drove the ball into the goal for the victory and the division crown.

Each team sent 9 shots on goal through regulation and overtme, while Candor had a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. Gillian Clark had 7 saves in goal for Odessa.

The two teams met three times during the season, each going 1-1-1. Candor is now 7-7-1, while O-M is 6-8-2 heading into a Section IV, Class D tournament opener that Coach Burton Brewster said would be played at home next Wednesday. He did not yet have further details.

Brewster said that while Wednesday's defeat "will hurt the girls for awhile, I'm proud of what they accomplished this year. They set a standard of expectation for future years. Three weeks ago they had no chance of being in a game like this, but they dug and clawed and kept playing -- and winning -- meaningful games."

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's April Dunn leaps to meet the ball. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

Middle: Odessa's Hailie Searles intercepts a shot by Candor's Alexis Paytak before it reaches goalkeeper Gillian Clark, sending the ball flying wide of the net.

Bottom: Candor goalkeeper Katie Slocum leaps toward the ball on the final O-M penalty kick. The ball hit the crossbar and bounced over the net.

Left: O-M's Gabby Fazzary maneuvers the ball past a Candor player. Right: Odessa's McKennah Lott inbounds the ball. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

Candor goalie Katie Slocum dives in vain for a shot by O-M's April Dunn which found the net inside the right post to put Odessa up 1-0.

Left: O-M's Callie Stillman (14). Right: Odessa's Hailey Perraut. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

O-M goalkeeper Gillian Clark leaps for a penalty kick that got past her in the shootout.

O-M's Addi Rhodes, left, watches as her shootout penalty kick goes in the net.

O-M's Collin Povoski sends the ball into the Newfield net for his second of three goals.

O-M boys top Newfield, 5-1

Povoski nets 3 goals; seniors honored

ODESSA, Oct. 15 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team -- led by three Collin Povoski goals -- defeated Newfield 5-1 Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

Five Odessa seniors were honored during a halftime ceremony: Cody Daugherty, Joe Rorick, Ryan Marsh, Billy Bacon and Noah Bruno.

The victory in their regular-season finale lifted the Indians' mark to 7-5-2 heading into the Section IV, Class D Tournament. The tourney schedule will be announced soon.

O-M opened the scoring on a Tyler Clark goal at 31:35 of the first half, assisted by Joel Kelly. Newfield's Spencer King knotted the score on a windblown goal 9:20 before intermission, but Povoski put the Indians ahead again at 1:56 on a corner kick that curved into the net.

Povoski added two more goals in the second half, one from directly in front of the net (assisted by Billy Tague), and the other on another curving corner kick. The final O-M goal came from Cody Daugherty, normally the team sweeper, and thus rarely in position to score. This was the first goal of his varsity career. Billy Bacon assisted.

Odessa outshot Newfield 25-6, and had a 9-5 edge in corner kicks. Dante Rynone made 13 saves in goal for the Trojans, while Andy Fudala made four and Povoski one in goal for the Indians.

Photo in text: O-M's Nick Sgrecci (20) tries to head the ball into the Newfield goal off a corner kick. The ball caromed just wide of the net.

Left: O-M's Tyler Clark controls an incoming pass. Right: The Indians' Ryan Taylor.

Left: O-M's Billy Tague maneuvers in front of the Newfield goal. Right: Odessa goalkeeper Andy Fudala sends the ball upfield.

The O-M team's five seniors were honored at halftime. From left: Cody Daugherty, Joe Rorick, Ryan Marsh, Billy Bacon and Noah Bruno.

O-M volleyball team notches 2nd win

ODESSA, Oct. 15 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team posted its 2nd victory of the season Tuesday night, coming from one game down to defeat Newark Valley 3-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 15-25, 25-19, 19-25, 25-18 and 25-16.

"It was our Senior Night," said O-M Coach Kayla Kelly, "so the girls were pumped and that made a great last home game for us. I'm very proud of the way they played tonight."

O-M stats:

Alexis Austin: 2 blocks, 5 aces, 10 service points, 8 kills, 6 digs
Vicky Ayers: 2 aces, 9 service points, 1 kill, 6 digs
Alyssa Crout: 8 assists, 10 aces, 22 service points, 1 kill, 1 dig
Lexi Skinner: 2 blocks, 2 aces, 4 service points, 1 kill, 6 digs
Brooke Collins: 2 assists, 2 aces, 7 service points, 1 kill, 6 digs
Heavyn Arias: 1 service point, 4 digs

The Newark Valley stats were not available.

Junior Varsity: Newark Valley defeated Odessa-Montour, 2-1. Game scores were 18-25, 25-13 and 23-25.

Left: Watkins Glen's Mikayla Elliott goes high for a volley. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Cherock. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Volleyball: Watkins falls to Edison, 3-1

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 15 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team fell to Edison 3-1 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS Field House.

Game scores were 25-22, 20-25, 17-25 and 13-25.

Watkins Glen stats:

Amanda Cherock: 10 assists, 5 digs, 8 service points
Amanda Pike: 9 kills, 5 digs, 5 service points
Gabby LaRosa: 3 kills, 19 digs
Megan McMinds: 12 digs, 7 service points
Mikayla Elliott: 13 kills, 5 service points

Edison stats:

McKenzie Slaven: 13 service points, 3 aces, 12 kills
Emily Lear: 10 kills
Jadziah Barchet: 5 kills
Haley Maggs: 14 assists
Makia Hall: 9 service points, 18 assists
Kirstin Rozell: 15 service points, 5 aces
Caitlin Yartym: 4 blocks

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Edison 2-1. Game scores were 21-25, 25-19, 25-21. Mariah Gonzalez had 3 aces, 15 service points, 4 kills and 5 digs. Emmie Bond had 2 aces, 5 service points, 4 kills, 6 digs and 3 assists. Paige Robbins had 1 ace, 9 service points and 3 digs.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike battles an Edison player at the net. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins swimmers lose to Waverly

WAVERLY, Oct. 15 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team fell to Waverly 97-88 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Waverly pool.

First-place finishes were posted for Watkins Glen by Victoria Wixson in the 200 IM and 100 Back, Emma Allington in the 50 Free, Lexi Castellaneta in Diving, Katherine Meehan in the 100 Breaststroke, and two relay squads.

The meet winners included:

200 Medley Relay: WG 1st: Peighton Cervoni, Katherine Meehan, Victoria Wixson, Emma Allington (2:07.21)
200 Freestyle: WAV 1st: Daylen Smith 2:07.68
200 Individual Medley: WG 1st: Victoria Wixson 2:28.68
50 Freestyle: WG 1st: Emma Allington 28.34
Diving: WG Alexis Castellaneta 216.7
100 Butterfly: WAV 1st: Kennedy Wheeler 1:07.81
100 Freestlye: WAV Daylen Smith 56.32
500 Freestyle: WAV 1st: Sage Burt 6:26.06
200 Freestyle Relay: WG 1st: Emma Allington, Victoria Wixson, Sara Gardner, Katherine Meehan 1:5295
100 Breaststroke: WG 1st: Katherine Meehan 1:15.54
100 Backstroke: WG Victoria Wixson 1:08.19
400 Freestyle Relay: WAV Daylen Smith, Kelvey Madigan, Kennedy Wheeler, Sage Burt 4:13.31

O-M's Syria Tague competes in the 100 Breaststroke. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

Odessa swimmers fall to Dryden

ODESSA, Oct. 15 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team lost to Dryden 69-25 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

The lone first-place finish for O-M came from Tori Reese in the 200 IM (2:42.27).

Second-place finishes:
--200 Medey Relay: Tori Reese, McKenna Carberry, Syria Tague, Emma Raymond 2:19.20 (PR)
--200 Free Relay: Syria Tague, Emma Raymond, Emelia Paulisczak, Tori Reese 2:03.29
--Emelia Paulisczak in the 200 Free (2:30.17) and 500 Free (6:46.64)
--Syria Tague in the 100 Back (1:16.68)
--Tori Reese in the 100 Breast (1:21.72)

Other PRs:
McKenna Carberry in the 50 Free - 33.75
Syria Tague in the 100 Fly - 1:20.75
Maddie Lodge in the 100 Free - 1:14.80
Gabby Cain in the 100 Back - 1:29.62
Kara Reese in the 500 Free - 7:40.12

Photo in text: O-M's Tori Reese on the way to a victory in the 200 IM. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

O-M's Emma Lodge competes in the 200 Individual Medley (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

Odessa's Emma Raymond swims a leg of the 200 Free Relay. Her squad finished second.
(Photo by Susan Bleiler)

Left: Watkins Glen's Justine Hulbert (4) battles for the ball. Right: The Senecas' Madison Myers (21) maneuvers around a Lansing player. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Glen girls drop 4-0 decision to Lansing

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 15 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 4-10-1 Tuesday when the Senecas dropped a 4-0 Interscholastic Athletic Conference decision to Lanssing on the WGHS soccer field.

Lansing outshot Watkins 12-3, and had a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks. Allison Teed made 8 saves in goal for the Senecas.

"I thought this was a good effort by the girls," said Watkins Glen Coach Brian Gardner. "We have shown we can play with most of the teams in the league. We just need that little extra to get us over the top."

The Senecas close the regular season Friday at Newfield.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Madison Gates heads the ball, sending it away from the Senecas' net. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen boys fall to Lansing, 6-1

LANSING, Oct. 15 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team's record slid to 8-7 Tuesday when it dropped a 6-1 decision to Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Lansing soccer field.

The Senecas' regular-season finale saw Lansing jump out to a 3-0 halftime advantage. The lone Watkins Glen goal was scored by Parker Pangallo. Simon Wigmore made 9 saves in goal for the Senecas, who were outshot 17-6.

The Lansing keeper reaches out to deflect a blast by Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse. The ball caromed from the keeper's hand and over the crossbar.

Glen girls Modified team loses in OT

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 15 -- The Watkins Glen girls Modified Soccer team fell 3-2 Tuesday to Lansing, the Bobcats' game-winner coming with just 2:15 remaining in the second of two four-minute overtime periods.

Goals for the Senecas came from Hannah Morse on an unsassisted breakway, and Danielle Leszyk on a penalty kick that knotted the score at 2-2 in the third period, barely a minute after Lansing had taken a 2-1 lead. Katlyn Kernan had 13 saves in goal for Watkins Glen.

The Senecas nearly won in the final two minutes of regulation when Morse sent a hard shot to the net, only to see Lansing's keeper reach out and deflect the ball over the crossbar.

Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto said his team "played fabulous. They left it all on the field against a terrific team. I am proud of each one of these young ladies."

The Senecas, now 6-2, return to action at home Thursday against Newark Valley. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk moves the ball upfield.

O-M girls Modified team wins 6-0

MONTOUR FALLS, Oct. 15 -- The Odessa-Montour girls Modified Soccer team rolled to its fourth straight victory Tuesday, defeating Southern Cayuga 6-0 in a game on the B.C. Cate soccer field.

Lexi Saunders scored twice for the Indians (now 5-4), while Sara Gardner, Rowan Hollenbeck, Casey Underdown and Hannah Bruno each scored once.

Grace Vondracek and Saunders served as goalkeepers, Vondracek in the first half and Saunders in the second half.

Athletes of Week: Diver, 2 soccer players

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Oct. 13 -- Three standout female competitors -- a diver and a pair of soccer teammates -- are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

At Watkins Glen High School, Lexi Castellaneta earns a nod for setting the school record in diving after thrice setting pool marks. She totaled 264.90 points in a meet against Whitney Point, breaking Ashley Fazzary's old mark by 10 points.

At Odessa-Montour, Sage Garrison and Hailie Searles are the choices this week for their contributions in a 1-0 soccer victory over Spencer-Van Etten that clinched a tie for the Indians atop the IAC Small Schools South Division, setting up a playoff with Candor this Wednesday. Garrison scored the game's only goal while Searles, on defense, repeatedly turned away S-VE scoring threats.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen volleyball's Amanda Pike, Amanda Cherock, Gabby LaRosa and Mikayla Elliott; Watkins Glen football's Jon Brown, Keith Rekczis and Justin Kelly; Watkins Glen swimmer Victoria Wixson; and Watkins Glen runner Shawn Rutledge.

Honorable Mention: Another 26 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine all-star teams and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each school.

Left: A Candor defender goes high to tip a pass from Watkins Glen quarterback Justin Kelly to Jon Brown. Right: Despite the tip, Brown hauls in the ball for a 42-yard gain.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

Glen gridders top Candor

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 12 -- The Watkins Glen varsity football team posted a 20-0 halftime lead en route to a 34-6 victory Saturday night over Candor in a Section IV, Division V game on the WGHS football field.

The victory lifted the Senecas' overall record to 4-1 and its division mark to 2-1 heading into a non-divisional road game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday against Moravia, a Class D school with a 6-0 record. Moravia has outscored its opponents 203-44. Watkins Glen has outpaced its opponents by a 197-74 margin.

Saturday night's game was a showcase for the Watkins defense, which held Candor to just five first downs and 91 total yards. The Seneca offense, meanwhile, totaled 406 yards -- rushing 55 times for 320 yards and completing 5 of 8 passes for 86 more.

Jon Brown led the way with 143 yards on 22 carries while catching three passes for 61 more. Keith Rekczis gained 92 yards on 19 carries while catching two passes for 25 yards. Ian Chedzoy ran 10 times for 62 yards, and quarterback Justin Kelly carried four times for 24 yards. Brown and Rekczis scored two touchdowns apiece, while Chedzoy scored one.

Candor managed just 76 rushing yards on 25 carries, and 15 yards on 1-for-2 passing. Watkins Glen was penalized twice for 15 yards, and Candor four times for 45 yards.

"It was another great night," said Watkins Glen Coach Lou Condon Jr. "Everybody, on defense and offense, played well. I'm very proud of them."

The Senecas scored on their second possession, driving 50 yards in four plays, with Rekczis going the final nine. A two-point conversion run failed.

Watkins Glen made it 14-0 in the second quarter, capping a 9-play drive with an 11-yard Rekczis TD run around the left end. Brown carried the ball across the line on the two-point conversion.

On its next possession, the Senecas drove 90 yards in the final 3:19 of the half, utilizing the ground game on the first six plays before turning to the pass for four of its last five plays, two to Brown and two to Rekczis. Brown scored on a flare pass to the left, scampering the last few yards to paydirt as time expired. A two-point conversion try failed.

The Senecas returned to the ground game in the second half, scoring on their second possession -- a 13 play, 64-yard drive that culminated in a 1-yard TD run by Chedzoy. A Rekczis 2-yard conversion run made it 28-0.

Candor scored its only touchdown on the ensuing kickoff -- a 75-yard return. But a two-point conversion run was stopped short.

Watkins Glen closed out the scoring in the fourth quarter, capping a 50-yard, 8-play drive with a 5-yard touchdown run by Brown. The two-point try failed.

Homecoming: The Homecoming Queen and King, announced at halftime, were LynnAnn Caslin and Luke Flahive. The winning Homecoming float was that of the seniors, titled Cream of Candor Soup.

Senior Night: The senior members of the varsity football and cheerleading teams were honored before the game. The cheerleaders are Valerie Biviano, Trista Bradley, LynnAnn Caslin, Sonja Pruitt, Micaela Simpson, Trista Teed and Brittany Tuttle. The football players are Colton Arcangeli, Jon Brown, Timothy Carnes, Bryce de la osa Cruz, Dustin Goltry, Dean Laughlin Jr., and Keith Rekczis.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Keith Rekczis hauls in a pass, one of four Seneca completions in a scoring drive at the end of the first half.

Second: Seneca defenders Jordan Shea, left, and Tim Carnes (53) close in on Candor quarterback Aidian Teribury. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: The Homecoming King and Queen -- Luke Flahive and LynnAnn Caslin -- pose after they were announced during halftime as the school's royalty. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Jon Brown tries to turn the corner, but is grabbed by a Candor defender.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen Coach Lou Condon Jr. gives instructions to QB Justin Kelly.
Right: The Senecas' Jordan Shea kicks off.

Watkins Glen running back Keith Rekzcis leans forward as he is brought down.

From left: O-M's Alexis Austin, and Watkins Glen's Amanda Cherock and Mikayla Elliott.

Glen wins its own tourney

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 12 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team went unbeaten Saturday in winning its annual eight-team volleyball tournament in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas defeated Bath Haverling 25-18 and 25-22 in the best-of-three final after sweeping two-game sets against Newfield, Spencer-Van Etten and Odessa-Montour.

Watkins Glen started slowly, trailing Newfield 18-14 in its first contest before Gabby LaRosa served out the game for a 25-18 comeback victory. Watkins then defeated Newfield 25-7 before dispatching O-M by 25-19 and 25-13 scores, and S-VE 25-13 and 25-22.

That led to the title showdown with Bath, which had won its bracket against Lansing, Dryden and Moravia.

O-M, meanwhile, managed to win just one of six games. The Indians split with S-VE, losing 21-25 and then winning 25-20 before losing twice to Newfield, 13-25 and 14-25, and twice to Watkins Glen.

Watkins Glen stats:

Amanda Cherock: 31 service points, 7 aces, 37 assists
Amanda Pike: 20 service points, 6 aces, 33 kills
Gabby LaRosa: 29 service points, 20 aces, 9 kills
Megan McMinds: 15 service points, 1 ace
Mikayla Elliott: 15 service points

Odessa-Montour stats:

Alexis Austin: 5 aces, 6 kills, 1 block, 1 dig, 14 service points
Vicky Ayers: 1 ace, 7 kills, 2 digs, 4 service points
Alyssa Crout: 2 aces, 9 assists, 1 kill, 1 dig, 6 service points
Brooke Collins: 2 aces, 3 kills, 1 dig, 1 block, 3 service points
Lexi Skinner: 2 aces, 1 kill, 1 block, 7 service points

Alexis Austin was named O-M's team MVP for the tournament.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Brooke Collins volleys in front of teammate Rosie Peckham.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike prepares to send a serve on its way.

Left: Watkins' Gianna Willsey-Moline reaches high for a volley.
Right:
The Senecas' Maya Palumbo.

Left: Watkins Glen's Megan McMinds serves. Right: O-M's Kalie Thomas volleys.

Left: O-M's Alyssa Crout sends a shot over the net. Center: Odessa's Vicky Ayers serves.
Right: O-M's Rosie Peckham eyes the ball after sending it up and over the net.

Volleyball: Glen tops O-M

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 11 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team defeated intracounty rival Odessa-Montour 3-0 Friday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS gym.

Game scores were 25-12, 25-14 and 25-22.

The contest featured both teams wearing pink, part of a fund-raiser to battle and raise awareness of breast cancer. Together, the two schools raised over $400 which will be donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation.

Watkins Glen stats:

Amanda Cherock: 2 aces, 12 assists, 1 kill, 5 service points
Amanda Pike: 1 ace, 5 kills, 1 block, 2 digs, 3 service points
Gianna Willsey-Moline: 2 digs, 12 service points
Megan Dupuy: 2 aces, 3 digs, 15 service points
Mikayla Elliott: 2 aces, 5 kills, 3 digs, 7 service points

O-M stats:

Marissa Ferguson: 2 aces, 2 kills, 4 digs, 4 service points
Brooke Collins: 3 aces, 1 kill, 4 digs, 5 service points
Henna Herrmann: 1 ace, 2 digs, 3 service points
Alyssa Crout: 2 aces, 4 assists, 1 dig, 6 service points

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated O-M 2-1. Game scores were 25-19, 25-20 and 19-25. Mariah Gonzalez led the Senecas with 11 kills, while Taylor Kelly had 10 service points, 5 aces and 5 kills.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Alexis Austin battles Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike at the net.

Bottom: Odessa's Lexi Skinner volleys.

From left: O-M's Alyssa Crout, Watkins Glen's Mikayla Elliott, and O-M's Vicky Ayers.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Cherock prepares to send a volley backward, over her head.

In the JV match: O-M's Dasia Herrmann, let, and Watkins' Taylor Kelly volley.

O-M's Kennedey Heichel (arms raised) and McKennah Lott chase the ball as it moves past the Odessa goalmouth on a Notre Dame corner kick.

Streak ends: O-M girls fall to ND

ODESSA, Oct. 11 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team's five-game winning streak ended Friday night with a 5-0 loss to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

A win or a tie in the game would have given the Indians the IAC Small Schools South Division championship. They can still win it with a victory Wednesday at home against Candor in a title playoff game, with the winner advancing to the overall Small Schools title game at Tompkins Cortland Community College on Friday. Wednesday's contest starts at 6 p.m.

Notre Dame, meanwhile, clinched the Large Schools South Division title with Friday's victory. The Crusaders, who had lost the night before to division runnerup Newark Valley, 2-1, finished with a league mark of 11-1-1.

"We knew it was a long shot," O-M Coach Burton Brewster said of the potential for a victory against Notre Dame. "We ran into a good team that played really well tonight."

The Crusaders outshot Odessa 23-1 and had a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks. O-M goalkeepers Gillian Clark and Addi Rhodes combined for 16 saves.

Notre Dame built a 3-0 halftime lead, and after Odessa held the Crusaders scoreless for almost 20 minutes of the second half, the lead jumped to 5-0 on a pair of Emma Booth goals less than four minutes apart.

Senior Night: Odessa's five seniors were honored in a halftime ceremony. They are Hailie Searles, Addi Rhodes, Nina Linton, Callie Stillman and Dana Roberts.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M goalkeeper Gillian Clark caches a hard, rising smash that came from directly in front of the net.

Bottom: Odessa's Sage Garrison sends a pass ahead toward Addi Rhodes (left).

Left: O-M's Brittany Visscher meets an incoming pass.
Right: The Indians' Nina Linton inbounds the ball.

The O-M seniors were honored at a halftime ceremony. From left: Dana Roberts, Callie Stillman, Hailie Searles, Nina Linton and Addi Rhodes.

Watkins Glen goalkeeper Allison Teed, right, meets Corning's Hailey Bicknell away from the goal. Teed kicked the ball off to the side.

Watkins Glen girls lose 4-0 to Corning

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 11 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team fell 4-0 to Corning Friday in a non-league game added to the schedule this week.

The loss leaves the Senecas with a 4-9-1 record heading into an Interscholastic Athletic Conference contest Tuesday at Lansing.

Corning outshot the Senecas 15-7, while both teams had 3 corner kicks. Allison Teed made 11 saves in goal for Watkins.

"I thought the girls played well and I thought this was a good game for them against a good opponent," said Watkins Glen Coach Brian Gardner. "This was a good tune-up to help get ready for Lansing."

Photo in text: Watkins' Isobel Scheffey (9) battles a Corning player for control of the ball.

Watkins Glen's Cierra Barber, right, keeps her eyes on the ball, as do an official and the Corning player moving the ball.

O-M swimmers fall to Greene, 52-40

ODESSA, Oct. 11-- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team dropped a 52-40 decision Friday to Greene in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

First-place finishes for O-M:
Tori Reese in the 100 Fly (a PR of 1:15.99) and in the 100 Breast (a PR of 1:20.19)
400 Free Relay of Lovona Carrigan, Gabby Cain, Maddie Lodge and Emelia Paulisczak 5:16.07

Second-place finishes for O-M:
200 Medley Relay of Tori Reese, McKenna Carberry, Syria Tague and Emma Raymond 2:15.21
200 Free Relay of Syria Tague, Emma Raymond, Emelia Paulisczak and Tori Reese 2:01.71
400 Free Relay of Emma Lodge, Karissa Rounds, Kara Reese and McKenna Carberry 5:59.66
Lovona Carrigan in the 100 Fly -- 1:34.49 (PR)
McKenna Carberry in the 100 Breast -- 1:31.35 (PR)
Syria Tague in the 100 Free -- 1:04.15 (PR)
Emelia Paulisczak in the 500 Free -- 6:47.85

Other PRs:
Emma Lodge in the 200 IM -- 3:32.02
Gabby Cain in the 50 Free -- 33.64
Emma Raymond in the 50 Free -- 30.44
Syria Tague in the 100 Back -- 1:14.82

"The team swam a great meet against Greene tonight," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "They all swam hard and put up some great times. Next week we face Dryden on Tuesday and make up a meet against Southern Cayuga on Friday, both at home."

O-M Modified girls soccer team wins 4-1

ODESSA, Oct. 11 -- The Odessa-Montour girls Modified Soccer team won its third straight game Friday, defeating Campbell-Savona 4-1 at home.

Lexi Saunders, Jackie Vincent, Sara Gardner and Grace Vondracek, the team goalkeeper, scored for the Indians as they improved to 4-4 on the season. Vondracek's goal came on a penalty kick.

Victoria Wixson dives at start of the 200 Individual Medley.

Watkins swimmers defeat S. Cayuga

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 10 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team -- led by four wins by senior Victoria Wixson -- defeated Southern Cayuga 88-59 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

Wixson won the 200 IM, the 100 Back and two relays. Senior Halle Phillips picked up wins in the 100 Fly and two relays, while Emma Allington was first in the 200 Free and in two relays. Other firsts were posted by Sarah Gardner in the 100 Free, and Lexi Castellaneta in diving.

The Senecas' three seniors -- Wixson, Phiillips and Lucy Craig -- were honored midway through the meet, the final home dual meet of their high school careers.

The winners:

200 Medley Relay: WG 1st: Victoria Wixson, Halle Phillips, Lucy Craig, Emma Allington 2:26.95
200 Freestyle: WG 1st: Emma Allington 2:16.57
200 Individual Medley: WG 1st: Victoria Wixson 2:32.20
50 Freestyle: SC 1st: Claire Rejman 26.74; WG 2nd: Emma Allington 27.34
Diving: WG 1st: Alexis Castellaneta 258.8; WG 2nd: Hanna Pulis
100 Butterfly: WG 1st: Halle Phillips 1:17.11
100 Freestlye: WG 1st: Sarah Gardner 1:04.63
500 Freestyle: SC 1st: Julia Angotti 6:20.00; WG 2nd: Madeleine Ross 6:20.24
200 Freestyle Relay: WG 1st: Victoria Wixson, Halle Phillips, Emma Allington, Sarah Gardner 1:54.29
100 Backstroke: WG 1st: Victoria Wixson 1:07.12
100 Breaststroke: SC 1st: Claire Rejman 1:13.63; WG 2nd: Katherine Meehan 1:13.66 WG
400 Freestyle Relay: SC 1st: Watherine Reynolds, Julia Angotti, Rachel Lamphier, Claire Rejman 4:19.26; WG 2nd: Halle Phillips, Madaleine Ross, Liza Carnes, Katherine Meehan 4:25.96

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Waverly, and follow that with a visit Thursday to Lansing.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen divers Hannah Pulis (varsity, top) and Ali LaMoreaux (Modified, bottom).

Watkins Glen's Halle Phillips competes in the 200 Medley Relay.

Watkins Glen's Bridgette Guild (left, before the 50 Free)
and Madeleine Ross (racing in the 200 Freestyle)

The team's three honored seniors. From left, Lucy Craig, Halle Phillips and Victoria Wixson.

Pumpkins with the names of the team's seniors were on display at the meet.

O-M swimmers race past Whitney Point

WHITNEY POINT, Oct. 10 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team rolled to a 61-19 victory Thursday over Whitney Point in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road meet.

Emelia Paulisczak (pictured at right) led the Indians with four victories -- in the 200 Free, 100 Back and two relays. Winning one individual race each and two relays were Tori Reese, Syria Tague and Maddie Lodge, while Lovona Carrigan won once individually and once in a relay.

First-place finishes for O-M:

200 Medley Relay: Tori Reese, Emelia Paulisczak, Syria Tague, Maddie Lodge 2:25.29
200 Free: Emelia Paulisczak 2:31.56
50 Free: Lovona Carrigan 33.23
100 Fly: Tori Reese - 1:17.68 (PR)
100 Free: Syria Tague - 1:05.93
500 Free: Maddie Lodge - 7:35.38 (PR)
200 Free Relay: Syria Tague, Tori Reese, Emelia Paulisczak, Maddie Lodge 2:09.60
100 Back: Emelia Paulisczak - 1:25.19
400 Free Relay: Lovona Carrigan, Gabby Cain, Kara Reese, Emma Lodge - 5:56.96

Other PRs:
Maddie Lodge in the 200 Free -- 2:45.24
Karissa Rounds in the 100 Free -- 1:40.11
Gabby Cain in the 500 Free -- 8:22.67

Photo in text: O-M's Emelia Paulisczak (File photo)

O-M's Alexis Austin smashes a winner over the net.

O-M volleyball team falls to Edison

ODESSA, Oct. 9 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team lost 3-0 Wednesday to Thomas A. Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 10-25, 9-25 and 20-25. The Indians rallied from a 9-20 deficit in the third game to pull within three points at 18-21 before the Spartans completed their victory.

O-M returns to action Friday at Watkins Glen for the annual Dig Pink match that earns funds to combat breast cancer..

Odessa-Montour stats:

Vicky Ayers: 1 ace, 1 kill, 6 digs, 7 service points
Alexis Austin: 1 ace, 2 kills, 1 dig, 3 service points
Starr Cole: 4 digs
Kalie Thomas: 2 aces, 1 assist, 1 kill, 3 digs, 5 service points

Edison stats:

Kirsten Rozell: 7 aces, 9 points
Makia Hall: 2 aces, 10 service points, 4 assists
Jadziah Barchet: 4 aces, 7 service points
Emily Lear: 5 aces, 7 service points
McKenzie Slaven: 4 aces, 8 points

Junior Varsity: Edison defeated O-M.

Photo in text: O-M's Vicky Ayers sends the ball over the net.

Left: O-M's Kalie Thomas reaches low for a volley.
Right: Odessa's Alyssa Crout tracks down an errant volley.

2nd-half surge carries S-VE past O-M

SPENCER, Oct. 9 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team scored first Wednesday against Spencer-Van Etten, but the Panthers responded with three second-half goals to send O-M to a 3-1 defeat.

The outcome -- in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Spencer soccer field -- leaves Odessa with a 6-4-2 record heading into a game Friday at Moravia. The regular seasn will end with a home game Tuesday against Newfield at which O-M's seniors will be honored.

Spencer-Van Etten, now 10-1, has already clinched the IAC Small Schools South division title, and will play the north division's Southern Cayuga for the overall IAC Small Schools crown.

After a scoreless first half, Odessa took the lead at 36:35 on a goal by Collin Povoski, assisted by Joel Kelly. But "all of sudden (S-VE) got the momentum," said O-M Coach Dirk Stephens.

Panther goals were scored by Jesse Tillotson at 28:11, Joshua Barber at 24:46, and Tillotson again at 12:50.

S-VE outshot Odessa 17-8, while the Indians had a 3-1 edge in corner kicks. O-M goalkeeper Andy Fudala registered 14 saves, while S-VE's Eugene Beavers notched 6 saves.

Watkins Glen's Jonas Recker (9) sends a shot on goal that went into the Notre Dame net for the Senecas' only score of the game. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen soccer team falls to Notre Dame, 8-1

SOUTHPORT, Oct. 9 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 8-6 Wednesday when it dropped an 8-1 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the ND soccer field.

The lone goal for the Senecas came from Jonas Recker in the first half, which ended with the Crusaders ahead 2-1.

Notre Dame (now 11-0) outshot Watkins 21-3, and had a 9-0 advantage in corner kicks. Simon Wigmore made 12 saves in goal for the Senecas.

Watkins Glen returns to action Tuesday with a game at Lansing.

Photo in text: The Senecas' Luke Flahive battles two Notre Dame players for possession of the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Issek Pierce (left photo) and Max Schimizzi (right) maneuver the ball.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

Glen volleyball team loses to Candor

CANDOR, Oct. 9 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team fell to Candor in straight games Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Candor gym.

Game scores were 16-25, 16-25 and 24-26.

Stats for Watkins Glen:

Amanda Cherock: 10 assists, 2 digs, 7 service points
Amanda Pike: 3 aces, 4 kills, 1 block, 6 service points
Gianna Willsey: 6 kills, 2 digs

Stats for Candor (now 8-6):

Kietarah Mancini: 11 service points, 5 aces, 3 kills
Alicia Updyke: 9 service points, 7 aces
Emily Weber: 15 service points, 3 aces
Nicole Hart: 13 assists
Crystal Ogden: 9 assists, 6 kills
Breanna Fields: 6 kills.

Junior Varsity: Candor defeated Watkins Glen.

Watkins Glen's Lucy Craig competes in the 100 Freestyle.

Lexi sets school diving mark

Watkins swimmers cruise past Whitney Point, 110-32

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 8 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team defeated an outmanned Whitney Point squad 110-32 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet highlighted by a new school diving record set by freshman Lexi Castellaneta.

Lexi nailed her sixth and final dive to post a score of 264.90 points, surpassing the old school record -- encompassing dives in this and school's the old pool -- by more than 10 points. The previous mark was held by Ashley Fazzary.

When asked when she realized she had a clear shot at the record, Castellaneta said she knew after her fifth dive that the sixth one, if done well, would put her over the old mark. And she did it exceedingly well.

Meanwhile, Watkins Glen ' posted victories in most of the swimming events, led by four wins each by Emma Allington and Katherine Meehan.

The various wins came in:

--The 200 Yard Medley Relay (Angel Williams, Victoria Wixson, Emma Allington and Kathleen Swinnerton) in 2:13.44;
--The 200 Free (Emma Allington) in 2:20.09;
--The 200 IM (Katherine Meehan) in 2:38.99;
--The 100 Fly (Emma Allington) in 1:12.23;
--The 100 Free (Angel Williams) in 1:19.85;
--The 500 Free (Madeleine Ross) in 6::20.30;
--The 200 Freestyle Relay (Lucy Craig, Ruthe Gardner, Kathleen Swinnerton and Peighton Cervoni) in 2:10.06.
--The 100 Back (Victoria Wixson) in 1:08.81;
--The 100 Breaststroke (Katherine Meehan) in 1:14.18;
--The 400 Freestyle Relay (Emma Allington, Sarah Gardner, Katherine Meehan, Halle Phillips) in 4:21.20.

Second-place finishes were posted by Halle Phillips in the 200 Free and the 100 Fly, Peighton Cervoni in the 200 IM and the 100 Back, Hannah Pulis in diving, Liza Carnes in the 500 Free (a half-second behind Ross), and Kathleeen Swinnerton in the 100 Breast.

The Senecas return to action Thursday at home against Southern Cayuga. The seniors on the team will be honored at that meet.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen divers Lexi Castellaneta, right, and Hannah Pulis celebrate Lexi's school record.

Middle: The Senecas' Katheirne Meehan en route to victory in the 200 IM.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Isabella Fazzary dives at start of the 500 Freestyle race.

Watkins Glen's Emma Allington on the way to victory in the 100 Fly.

Watkins Glen's Madeleine Ross hits the water at start of the 50 Free.

The Watkins Glen girls Modified Swim team also competed Tuesday in its first meet of the year. Here Maddie Suddaby executes a dive.

O-M's Sage Garrison (15) sends the ball on its way for the only goal of the game.

O-M girls clinch tie for title

Win 5th straight game as Garrison scores OT goal

ODESSA, Oct. 8 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team achieved Tuesday night what seemed unimaginable a half-dozen games ago. The Indians clinched at least a tie for the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small Schools South title by defeating Spencer-Van Etten 1-0 on a Sage Garrison overtime goal.

The win on O-M's Charles Martin Field lifted the Indians -- who were once 1-6-1 -- to a season mark of 6-6-2, including 5-5-1 in division play. Candor stayed alive in the title chase with a 1-0 victory of its own Tuesday night, giving it a final division mark of 5-6-1. O-M has one game remaining -- against Elmira Notre Dame on Senior Night, Friday at 7 p.m.

A win or a tie that night would give Odessa the division title outright, said Coach Burton Brewster, and would earn it a meeting on Oct. 18 against Small Schools North Division champion Marathon for the overall Small Schools title. A loss to Notre Dame would mean a one-game playoff between O-M and Candor for the division championship, with the winner advancing to meet Marathon.

"These girls play with heart every time," said Brewster. "They just refuse to lose."

The Indians had a couple of excellent opportunities in regulation Tuesday, but couldn't put the ball in the net until 1:04 into the first of two 10-minute overtime periods. Garrison got loose and fired a shot into the lower right corner of the S-VE net, setting off an O-M celebration. But the Indians still had to turn back the Panthers through that period and another -- which they did, the defense stifling several Spencer forays deep into Indian territory.

Hailie Searles keyed a defense that swarmed on most occasions to the ball, frustrating the S-VE attackers.

In the end, Odessa outshot Spencer 8-6, while both teams had two corner kicks. Odessa goalkeeper Gillian Clark registered six saves, as did the Spencer keeper.

"Everybody played well," Brewster said of his team. "I'm so proud of them."

Photos in text:

Top: O-M goalkeeper Gillian Clark, left, and defender Nina Linton eye an incoming shot on goal. Clark grabbed the ball safely.

Bottom: The Indians' Hailey Perraut, right, battles an S-VE player for control of the ball.

Left: O-M's Gabby Fazzary inbounds the ball. Right: The Indians' Olivia Grover moves the ball across the field.

O-M's Dana Roberts sends the ball flying up the sideline.

Left: O-M's Callie Stillman maneuvers the ball away from an S-VE player. Right: Odessa's Sage Garrison celebrates with teammate Addi Rhodes after Garrison's goal.

Left: A sign in support of O-M's Gabby Fazzary. Right: O-M's Kennedey Heichel awaits an official's signal to inbound the ball.

An S-VE player closes in on the ball as it bounces loose near the O-M goal, with keeper Gillian Clark on the ground and Nina Linton at right. O-M managed to clear the ball moments later.

From left: Watkins Glen runners Taylor Kennard, Jacob Carocci and Shawn Rutledge.
(Photos by Pam Rutledge)

Watkins runners 2nd at divisional meet

NEWARK VALLEY, Oct. 8 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity cross country teams -- each minus their leading runner -- finished second to Newark Valley Tuesday in the Interscholastic Athletic Confernce South Division tournament at Newark Valley High School.

Boys Race:

Newark Valley led with a score of 37, followed by Watkins Glen (50), Elmira Notre Dame (103), Waverly (113), Dryden (114), Edison (116), and Tioga (199).

The top runner for Watkins Glen -- whose normal pacesetter, Patrick Hazlitt, was sidelined with an injury -- was Shawn Rutledge, who finished 3rd in 17:49 on the 3.1-mile course. Other Watkins Glen competitors: Gabe Planty (9th in 18:49), Jacob Carocci (11th in 18:52), Brandon Pike (14th in 18:57), Joe Palumbo (18th in 19:21), Sean Holland (23rd in 19:52), Daniel Paradiso (28th in 20:15), Jacob Slater (31st in 20:43), Conlin Wysocki (40th in 21:54), and Julian Thornton (72nd in 25:44).

Girls Race:

Newark Valley led with 39 points, followed by Watkins Glen (51), Waverly (63) and Notre Dame (73). Dryden, Tioga, Candor and Edison all fielded incomplete teams.

With season-long leading runner Cambria Weeden sidelined by an injury, Taylor Kennard paced the Senecas with an 11th-place finish in 22:30. She was followed by Julia Reilly (12th in 22:33), Brooke Shaffer (14th in 22:46.1), Kai Sutterby (15th in 22:46.8), Maggie Bond (18th in 23:35), and Clara Chedzoy (19th in 28:53).

Both teams will return to action on Oct 18 at the Marathon Invitational, a tuneup for the IAC Championships, which are set for Oct. 25 at Marathon.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy races ahead of a Newark Valley runner.

Bottom: The Senecas' Brooke Shaffer runs along a path on the course. (Photos by Pam Rutledge)

O-M swimmers bow to Lansing, 98-57

LANSING, Oct. 8 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team fell to Lansing 98-57 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Lansing pool.

First-place finishes for O-M:
Syria Tague in the 100 Back PR of 1:16.55
Tori Reese in the 100 Breast 1:21.75
400 Free Relay of Lovona Carrigan, Gabby Cain, Emma Lodge and Kara Reese 5:52.13

Personal Records:
Kara Reese in the 200 IM - 3:19.03
McKenna Carberry in the 50 Free - 35.06 and 100 Breast - 1:34.28
Karissa Rounds in the 50 Free - 41.66
Syria Tague in the 100 Fly - 1:20.21
Tori Reese in the 100 Free - 1:05.31

Left: Watkins Glen defender Taylor Yaw meets the ball. Right: The Senecas' Madison Gates sends the ball flying past a Waverly player. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls fall to Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 8 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team saw its record slip to 4-8-1 Tuesday when it dropped a 4-0 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS soccer field.

Waverly outshot the Senecas 18-3, and had a 3-0 advantage in corner kicks. Allison Teed registered 14 saves in goal for Watkins.

"Our girls played well," said Watkins Glen Coach Brian Gardner. "I'm happy with the way we've been playing. We just ran into a powerful team."

The Senecas return to action next Tuesday at home against Lansing.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Allison Teed secures the ball while getting tangled up with a Waverly player near the Senecas' goal. (Photo by Don Romeo)

The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team seniors were honored at Tuesday's game. From left: Ashley Gardner, Alexandria Gardner, Taylor Yaw, Justine Hulbert, Madison Gates and Keziah Fraboni. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Modified Soccer: Glen girls blank ND

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 8 -- The Watkins Glen girls Modified Soccer team improved its season mark to 6-1 Tuesday when it defeated Elmira Notre Dame 3-0 in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

Hannah Morse scored two goals for the Senecas, while Jena Slater notched a goal and an assist. Katlyn Kernan registered 9 saves in goal for Watkins.

"Elmira has an excellent team," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "They kept coming at us, but our girls met the challenge. They never gave up, and Katlyn Kernan made some fabulous saves."

The Senecas are back in action next Tuesday at home against Lansing. Game time is 4 p.m.

Modified Soccer: O-M girls top S-VE

MONTOUR FALLS, Oct. 8 -- The Odessa-Montour girls Modified Soccer team improved its mark to 3-4 Tuesday when it shut out Spencer-Van Eten 3-0 in a game on the B.C. Cate Elementary School soccer field.

Jackie Vincent scored for O-M in the second period on an assist from Hannah Bruno, and Bruno scored twice in the fourth period on end-to-end runs. Grace Vondracek had 8 saves in goal for Odessa.

The victory was O-M's second in a row.

Left: O-M's Noah Bruno maneuvers the ball. Right: Odessa's Luke Eberhardt.

O-M boys edge Tioga, 3-2

ODESSA, Oct. 7 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to post a 3-2 victory Monday night over Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

Odessa, which Coach Dirk Stephens said "got off to a wickedly poor start" while playing into a stiff wind, rallied in the second half, dominating play on the way to an overall 23-13 advantage in shots on goal. The Indians also had an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks -- seven of the them coming in the second half, while the wind was at Odessa's back.

"It was definitely a tale of two halves," said Stephens, who noted that playing into the wind requires a strategy far different from playing with it behind you. "We had a lot of good opportunities," he said, but added: "Tioga has a good team. Hats off to them. They gave us a heck of a game."

The win lifted Odessa's season mark to 6-3-2 heading into a game Wednesday at Spencer-Van Etten. Tioga slipped to 6-3-1.

Adam Layman gave Tioga the lead with a goal at 30:29 of the first half. O-M's Noah Bruno tied the score at 32:18 of the second half before teammate Collin Povoski scored twice -- at 21:28 on an assist from Joel Kelly, and at 12:22 when he bent a corner kick into the Tioga net. The Tigers pulled within a goal at 11:00, when Robert Argetsinger scored off a direct kick.

Andy Fudala registered 7 saves in goal for O-M, while Tioga netminder Jacob Evanek totaled 13 saves.

Photos in text: Billy Bacon (top) and Tyler Clark (5) move the ball upfield.

Watkins volleyball team rallies for win

SPENCER, Oct. 7 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team came from two sets down to post a 3-2 victory Monday over Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the S-VE gym.

Game scores were 13-25, 6-25, 25-4, 25-22 and 26-24.

Watkins Glen stats included the following:

Amanda Cherock: 1 ace, 10 assists, 1 kill, 4 digs, 4 service points.
Gabby LaRosa: 11 aces, 1 kill, 9 digs, 16 service points.
Mikayla Elliott: 9 aces, 6 digs, 27 service points.

S-VE stats included:

Montana Dieter: 9 aces, 1 assist, 2 kills, 6 digs, 11 service points.
Arianna Megivern: 3 aces, 6 assists, 4 kills, 7 service points.
Mina Cobb: 3 aces, 7 kills, 4 blocks, 4 digs, 11 service points.
Taylor Keturi: 3 aces, 6 kills, 10 service points.
Stephanie Roe: 4 aces, 11 assists, 2 kills, 10 service points.
Casandra Powers: 7 aces, 5 kills, 1 block, 3 digs, 7 service points.

Junior Varsity: S-VE defeated Watkins Glen 3-0. Game scores were 18-25, 10-25, 18-25.

Lexi 2nd at 11-dive meet in Johnson City

JOHNSON CITY, Oct. 5 -- Watkins Glen High School diver Lexi Castellaneta placed second Saturday in a diving meet in Johnson City, the second 11-dive meet of the year.

Dual meets feature divers competing with six dives, but postseason meets require a mastery of 11 different dives -- as does the New York State Swimming and Diving Championship. So meets like this one, said WGHS Assistant Swim Coach Kim Suddaby, serve as a needed tuneup for the postseason and enhance a diver's chances of making the state tournament.

First place Saturday went to Bailey Bashom of Corning with 412 points, while Lexi posted a score of 395.65. Third place went to Marrisa Fiorentino of Susquehanna Valley. Watkins Glen's Hannah Pulis was fifth with 282.8 points.

Photo at right: Lexi Castellaneta at the Johnson City meet, where she finished second. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen's Luke Flahive sends a penalty kick on its way. It went in the S-VE net for the Senecas' only goal of the game. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen boys fall to S-VE, 2-1

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 7 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 8-5 Monday when the Senecas dropped a 2-1 decision to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS soccer field.

Luke Flahive scored the lone Watkins goal. That came in the first half, and led to a 1-1 halftime tie. Scoring for S-VE were Josh Barber and Phillip VanDeVoorde.

The Senecas had 9 shots on goal to S-VE's 7. Watkins keeper Simon Wigmore registered five saves.

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Elmira Notre Dame. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Kevin Kernan, left, battles a Spencer player for possession of the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

In white: Watkins Glen's Jonas Recker (left) and William Pastrick. (Photos by Don Romeo)

The Watkins Glen seniors were honored at the game. From left: Noah Wigmore, James Updyke, Matt Estes, William Pastrick, Justin Duane, Luke Flahive, Kevin Kernan, Max Gardner, Jon Evanitsky and Jonas Recker. (Photo by Don Romeo)

O-M's Henna Herrmann volleys against Tioga.

Odessa volleyball team bows to Tioga

ODESSA, Oct. 7 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team fell 3-0 to Tioga Monday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 11-25, 12-25 and 15-25.

O-M stats were as follows:

Alexis Austin: 1 ace, 2 kills, 3 service points
Vicky Ayers: 1 kill, 4 service points
Rosie Peckham: 1 ace, 1 kill, 2 service points
Alyssa Crout: 4 aces, 1 assist, 1 block, 5 service points

Tioga stats:

Malley Brown: 8 aces, 15 assists, 22 service points
Alyssa Mosher: 8 kills
Rachael Graham: 8 aces,14 service points
Britt Vergason: 8 kills

The Indians return to action Wednesday at home against Edison.

Junior Varsity: O-M lost to Tioga, 3-0. Game scores were 7-25, 9-25, 8-25.

Photo in text: Odessa's Alexis Austin goes high to slam a ball across the net.

Left: O-M's Rosie Peckham. Right: The Indians' Heavyn Arias sends the ball back over her head after chasing it down.

Athletes: O-M girls soccer, Glen 'O' line

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Oct. 6 -- This week we honor two groups of people as Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

At Odessa-Montour, the entire girls varsity soccer team gets the nod for a remarkable turnaround -- four straight wins and five unbeaten games after a 1-6-1 start -- that continued during the week with two victories that thrust the Indians into the thick of a division race. The team roster: Addi Rhodes, Brittany Visscher, April Dunn, Hailie Searles, Callie Stillman, Nina Linton, Sage Garrison, Olivia Grover, McKennah Lott, Dana Roberts, Gillian Clark, Megan Terry, Hailey Perraut, Kennedey Heichel, Gabby Fazzary, Catherine Rounds and Noelle Chamberlain.

And at Watkins Glen, we honor the varsity football team's offensive line after the Senecas routed Edison 52-13 to improve to 3-1. The honorees are tackles Colton Arcangeli and Thomas Schmitt, guards Dean Laughlin and Bryce de la osa Cruz, center Joe DeSantis, and tight ends Casey Falls and Jordan Shea. They have efficiently controlled the line of scrimmage and consistently opened holes for the team's talented running backs.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen football's Keith Rekczis, Jon Brown and Ian Chedzoy, Watkins Glen soccer's Allison Teed and Jonas Recker, O-M soccer's Billy Bacon, and Watkins Glen swimming's Liza Carnes.

Honorable Mention: Another 29 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal all-stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each school.

Watkins Glen defender Jordan Shea takes down an Edison ball carrier, with an assist from Jon Brown, who grabbed the runner's foot (on the right).

Glen gridders roll past TAE

Post 52-13 victory, improve to 3-1

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 5 -- The Watkins Glen varsity football team built a 38-0 first-half lead and coasted to a 52-13 victory Saturday night over Thomas A. Edison in a Section IV, Division V game on the WGHS football field.

The Senecas, now 3-1, got two touchdown runs each from Jon Brown, Keith Rekczis and Ian Chedzoy, and a touchdown reception from Rekczis off a Jordan Rappleye 5-yard pass. They also converted five 2-point conversion runs -- two each by Rekczis and Chedzoy, and one by Rappleye.

The team amassed 429 yards on the ground and five through the air, the latter on Rappleye's only pass, the TD toss to Rekczis. Brown carried 14 times for 190 yards, including 75 on one TD jaunt. Rekczis ran 12 times for 135 yards, Chedzoy four times for 73 yards, Ryan Pruitt seven times for 33 yards, and Rappleye once for four yards.

Key to the offense was the offensive line of tackles Colton Arcangeli and Thomas Schmitt, guards Dean Laughlin and Bryce de la osa Cruz, and center Joe DeSantis, along with tight ends Casey Falls and Jordan Shea.

"The offensive line played a strong game," said Watkins Glen Coach Lou Condon Jr., "and the backs reaped the benefits from it."

The Watkins defense, meanwhile, kept Edison bottled up until the fourth quarter, when the Seneca lineup was dotted with younger players.

Early in the game, Edison moved into Watkins Glen territory when it recovered a fumbled punt, but could get no farther than the 25 before turning the ball over on downs. From then through the third quarter, the Spartans, in order: turned the ball over on downs, fumbled, punted, turned the ball over on downs, and punted.

Edison finally scored on an 18-yard run with 9:07 left in the game, and converted a point-after kick. And it scored again with 1:18 left, but did not make the extra point.

The Spartans ended up with 183 rushing yards and 23 passing yards. Their quarterback, Jon Jones, accounted for 127 of the rushing yards on 19 carries.

Watkins Glen will return to action next Saturday night when it hosts Candor on Homecoming. Seniors on the team will also be honored that night.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Ian Chedzoy is airborne as he zeroes in on Edison quarterback Jon Jones. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Second: The Senecas' Zach Kelly brings down Edison QB Jon Jones. Jones was injured on the play when his head struck another player's knee, but he walked off the field under his own power.

Bottom: An Edison player reaches out to slow down Watkins ball carrier Keith Rekczis.

Watkins Glen's Kurtis Edwards recovers an Edison fumble.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins backup quarterback Jake Kelly (right) pitches to Ryan Pruitt in second-half action.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen quarterback Jordan Rappleye fires a pass (left) that is caught (right) by Keith Rekczis, who turned and went the final two feet into the end zone for a touchdown.

O-M girls win 4th in a row

Garrison goal seals comeback victory

TIOGA CENTER, Oct. 4 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team climbed into the thick of the division race Friday when the Indians came from a goal down to defeat Tioga 2-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Tioga soccer field.

Goals by Callie Stillman (left in file photo) and Sage Garrison (right in file photo), the latter with just 1:22 remaining in regulation, gave the Indians the victory -- their fourth in a row.

Now, with a season mark of 5-6-2, O-M is heading into a key game at 7 p.m. Tuesday at home against Spencer-Van Etten. O-M Coach Burton Brewster said S-VE, in losing to Watkins Glen Friday (see below), slipped a half-game behind Odessa in the division race. The Indians, he said, might still be in a tie with Candor (depending on how Candor fared Friday).

The Tioga contest, scoreless at halftime, saw the Tigers strike first with a goal at 30:23 of the second half. Twenty minutes later, with 11:00 to play, Odessa's Stillman scored off an indirect kick to tie the game.

Then Garrison scored with time winding down, the ball moving from April Dunn to Stillman, who earned an assist by flicking it over to Garrison -- who sent it past the Tioga keeper.

O-M and Tioga each had 8 shots on goal and 5 corner kicks. Gillian Clark made 7 saves in goal for the Indians, including a diving stop in the first half that Brewster termed "a big play."

Photos in text: O-M's Callie Stillman, left, and Sage Garrison (File photos)

Watkins Glen's Bernadette Osborne (15) sends the ball flying past an S-VE defender.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen girls defeat S-VE, 2-1

SPENCER, Oct. 4 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team rode second-half goals by Justine Hulbert and Isobel Scheffey to a 2-1 come-from-behind victory Friday over Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the S-VE soccer field.

Watkins Glen, now 4-7-1, outshot Spencer 14-7, while S-VE had a 5-3 edge in corner kicks. Allison Teed registered six saves in goal for the Senecas.

"This was a very emotional and big win for these ladies," said Watkins Glen Coach Brian Gardner. "This completed a week in which they played the way we coaches have known they are able to play. They never got down after trailing at halftime, and when Justine punched the goal in from outside the box, they increased the pressure -- and Isobel knocked a nice shot in to take the lead.

"Spencer really turned the pressure up after that, but our defense shut them down. The big play came with just over a minute left, when an S-VE player came in on a breakaway and Allison charged out of the net and met her at the top of the box and made a beautiful stop, coming up with the ball."

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at home against Waverly. Watkins' seniors will be honored at that game.

 

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins' Justine Hulbert (right) reaches for the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: The Senecas' Kiersten Stiles controls the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Madison Myers (in left photo) and Hanley Elliott (right photo) move the ball upfield. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins boys defeat Newark Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, Oct. 4 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team -- led by two Jonas Recker goals and one by Parker Pangallo -- defeated Newark Valley 3-1 Friday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the NV soccer field.

The victory lifted the Senecas' season mark to 8-4 heading into a contest Monday at home against Spencer-Van Etten. The Watkins seniors will be honored at that game.

The Senecas outshot Newark Valley 15-4. Simon Wigmore had 7 saves in goal for Watkins Glen. Assists were credited to Recker and Luke Flahive.

Modified Soccer: Glen girls top S-VE

SPENCER, Oct. 4 -- The Watkins Glen Modified Soccer team -- led by four goals from Hannah Morse -- improved its record to 5-1 Friday when it defeated Spencer-Van Etten 8-1 in a game at Spencer.

Scoring for the Senecas in addition to Morse were Ryanna LaMoreaux, Kaitlyn Valla, Danielle Leszyk and Jena Slater. Assists went to LaMoreaux (2) and Morse, Leszyk and Slater (1 each). Kathryn Losey had 2 saves and Kaitlyn Valla 1 save for the Senecas.

"This was an entire team effort," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto, "with a lot of support coming from the bench. I am blessed to witness the progress that these young ladies are making both on and off the playing field."

JV volleyball: Watkins defeats NV, 3-0

NEWARK VALLEY, Oct. 4 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team improved its record to 9-5 Friday when it defeated Newark Valley 3-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the NV gym.

Game scores were 25-22, 25-23 and 25-21.

Watkins Glen stats:

Mariah Gonzalez: 6 service points, 5 aces, 3 kills, 1 dig.
Megan Hazlitt: 6 service points, 3 aces, 2 kills.
Paige Robbins: 9 service points, 4 aces.

Results of the Watkins Glen varsity volleyball contest against Newark Valley was not immediately available.

O-M boys top Candor, 4-1

CANDOR, Oct. 3 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team scored four goals in the second half Thursday to defeat Candor 4-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Candor athletic field.

The Indians, now 5-3-2, got two goals from Billy Bacon and one each from Collin Povoski and James Terry to pull away for the victory. Povoski had three assists, and Bacon one.

Candor went up 1-0 a minute and a half into the game, and held the lead until 37:48 of the second half, when Povoski scored, assisted by Bacon. The score remained tied until 9:03 remained, when Bacon scored his first goal. He followed with his second goal at 6:38, and Terry made it 4-1 at 3:24.

Odessa outshot Candor 27-11. "We had some great opportunities," said Coach Dirk Stephens, who noted that his defense " played well again. And I liked our passing in the second half. We were creative with the ball."

O-M returns to action Monday at home against Tioga. Game time is 7 p.m.

Left: Watkins Glen's Raven Fulcher volleys as teammate Maya Palumbo, left, backs her up.
Right: The Senecas' Mikayla Elliott volleys. Mackenzie Swarthout (8) is behind her.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins volleyball team defeats Newfield

NEWFIELD, Oct. 3 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team defeated Newfield 3-0 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Newfield gym.

Game scores were 25-19, 25-7 and 25-12.

Watkins Glen stats:

Amanda Cherock: 2 aces, 12 assists, 1 kill, 3 blocks, 10 service points.
Amanda Pike: 6 aces, 9 kills, 1 dig, 11 service points.
Gabby LaRosa: 5 aces, 3 kills, 5 digs, 11 service points.
Mikayla Elliott: 4 aces, 2 kills, 5 digs, 10 service points.

Junior Varsity: Newfield defeated Watkins Glen, 2-1.

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Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike goes high to meet the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

O-M's Syria Tague dives at start of the 50 Freestyle race. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

Odessa swimmers fall to Waverly

ODESSA, Oct. 3 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity swim team dropped a 51-36 decision to Waverly Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

First-place finishes for O-M:

200 Free Relay: Syria Tague, Emma Raymond, Emelia Paulisczak and Tori Reese 1:59.77
400 Free Relay: Lovona Carrigan, Gabby Cain, McKenna Carberry and Emelia Paulisczak 5:20.07
100 Breaststroke: Tori Reese 1:22.69
100 Back: Syria Tague 1:16.59 (PR)

Second-place finishes:

-- Emelia Paulisczak in the 200 Free - 2:30.65
-- Syria Tague in the 50 Free - 29.43
-- Kara Reese in the 100 Back - 1:33.92
-- McKenna Carberry in the 100 Breast - 1:36.63

PR's set today:

-- Tori Reese in the 200 IM - 2:40.83
-- Kara Reese in the 200 IM - 3:22.56

Photos in text:

Top:
O-M's Lovona Carrigan competes in the 100 Fly.
Bottom: The Indians' Tori Reese races in the 200 IM. (Photos by Susan Bleiler)

O-M's Emelia Paulisczak competes in the 500 Free. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

Shutter ties TC3 record with 4 goals in game

DRYDEN, Oct. 2 -- Odessa-Montour graduate Morgan Shutter tied a school record by scoring four goals in a game Wednesday as his Tompkins Cortland Community College men's soccer team defeated visiting SUNY Adirondack 5-2 in a Region III contest.

Shutter scored three goals in a five-minute stretch of the first half that put his team ahead 4-1, and added his fourth score midway through the second half, giving him 11 goals for the season. TC3 is now 8-3 overall, and 7-2 in Region III play.

Watkins girls tie Newark Valley, 0-0

NEWARK VALLEY, Oct. 2 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team played Newark Valley to a 0-0 overtime tie Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the NV soccer field.

The tie leaves Watkins Glen with a 3-7-1 record heading into a game Friday at Spencer-Van Etten.

Newark Valley outshot the Senecas 18-10 and had a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks. Watkins goalkeeper Allison Teed registered 18 saves.

"It was a very good game against a tough opponent," said Watkins Glen Coach Brian Gardner. "Our defense of Alex Gardner, De'naja Blanchard, Ashley Gardner, Taylor Yaw and Kiersten Stiles did another great job of forcing outside shots. The entire team played great and this should give us good momentum going into Spencer on Friday."

All eyes are on the ball as it enters the Candor net off the knee of Noelle Chamberlain (18).

O-M girls top Candor 2-0
for 3rd straight victory

ODESSA, Oct. 2 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team rode goals by Addi Rhodes and Noelle Chamberlain to a 2-0 victory Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The victory was Odessa's third in a row, and its fourth straight game without a loss. The team tied Moravia a week-and-a-half ago and then defeated Watkins Glen, Newfield and now Candor. The team's season record is 4-6-2.

Rhodes scored at 17:19 of the first half on a shot from 25 yards that snuck under the crossbar. Chamberlain added her goal at 18:31 of the second half, sending the ball off her knee and high into the Candor goal on the right off a crossing ball from April Dunn.

Odessa outshot Candor 9-6, while Candor had a 3-2 edge in corner kicks. Gillian Clark made six saves in goal for O-M.

"This was a complete team effort," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster. "The girls played hard from start to finish. I'm very proud of them."

Odessa returns to action Friday at Tioga. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

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Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Brittany Visscher, left, maneuvers the ball as a Candor player challenges her.

Bottom: O-M's Noelle Chamberlain (18) is congratulated by teammates after scoring the Indians' second goal.

From left: O-M's Nina Linton, Gillian Clark and Sage Garrison. (Photos by Mike Stamp)

Left: O-M's Dana Roberts inbounds the ball. Right: Odessa's Addi Rhodes, who scored the game's first goal. (Photos by Mike Stamp)

Left: O-M's McKennah Lott (12) challenges a Candor ball-carrier. Right: Odessa's Hailey Perraut (4) tries to corral the ball.

Modified Soccer: Glen girls top NV

NEWARK VALLEY, Oct. 2 -- The Watkins Glen girls Modified Soccer team improved its mark to 4-1 Wednesday when it defeated Newark Valley 3-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

Hannah Morse scored two goals -- including the game winner -- for the Senecas, while Jena Slater scored once. Assists went to Danielle Leszyk (2) and Morse (1). Katlyn Kernan had 6 saves in goal for Watkins.

The Senecas built a 2-0 lead that lasted until five minutes remained in the game, when Newark Valley scored on a breakaway. A couple of minutes later, the Cardinals tied the game 2-2 on a penalty kick.

But Morse scored the game-winner with 54 seconds left, sending the ball into the Newark Valley net from five yards out.

"Newark Valley rose to the occasion," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "They kept persisting for the entire game. But our defense came up big. It was a great win for these young ladies."

The Senecas return to action Friday at Spencer-Van Etten.

O-M boys tie Waverly in shortened game

WAVERLY, Oct. 1 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team played Waverly to a scoreless tie Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game shortened by threatening weather.

The game was terminated due to area thunder and lightning with the score 0-0 with 27:30 remaining in the second half. The tie leaves O-M with a 4-3-2 record heading into a contest Thursday night at Candor. Waverly is 5-3-1.

"We didn't play as well as I thought we could," said O-M Coach Dirk Stephens. "We had a couple of opportunities when the ball crossed in front of the Waverly net," but too often "we didn't get the ball where we wanted."

O-M outshot Waverly 10-6, while each team had two corner kicks. Andy Fudala made six saves in goal for the Indians, while Waverly's Cameron Rogers had eight saves.

Watkins Glen's Victoria Wixson dives away from the wall at start of the 100 Backstroke.

Glen swimmers top Dryden

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 1 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team inproved its dual-meet mark to 5-1 Tuesday when it defeated Dryden 106-71 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

Liza Carnes posted two individual victories and Victoria Wixson, Katherine Meehan and Emma Allington had one individual win and two relay wins each to lead the Senecas. Also placing first: Lexi Castellaneta in diving.

"The girls did great tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Andy Chouinard. "The meet was supposed to be closer on paper, but the girls swam well and came out way ahead. Sickness has been holding us back from our potential, but you'd hardly be able to tell with all of our success this
season."

The meet winners:

200 Medley Relay: WG 1st: Peighton Cervoni, Katherine Meehan, Victoria Wixson, Emma Allington (2:04.21)
200 Freestyle: WG 1st: Liza Carnes 2:23.17
200 Individual Medley: WG 1st: Victoria Wixson 2:27.87
50 Freestyle: DRY 1st: Erin Daley 26.27
Diving: WG Alexis Castellaneta 226.85
100 Butterfly: DRY 1st: Jainyn Wood 1:08.86
100 Freestyle: WG 1st: Emma Allington 1:01.47
500 Freestyle: WG 1st: Liza Carnes 6:25.89
200 Freestyle Relay: WG 1st: Emma Allington, Victoria Wixson, Sara Gardner, Katherine Meehan 1:55.95
100 Backstroke: DRY 1st: Erin Daley 1:05.77
100 Breaststroke: WG 1st: Katherine Meehan 1:15.54
400 Freestyle Relay: DRY Allison Morrow, Cassie Miller, Erin Daley, Jainyn Wood 4:21.52

Second-place finishes were posted for the Senecas by Madeleine Ross in the 200 Free and 500 Free, by Allington in the 50 Free, by Bridgette Guild in the 100 Fly, by Hannah Pulis in diving, and by Wixson in the 100 Back.

The Senecas return to action next Tuesday at Whitney Point.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Katherine Meehan on the way to victory in the 100 Breaststroke.

Middle: The Senecas' Emma Allington en route to victory in the 100 Free.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Halle Phillips dives at start of the 400 Free Relay.

Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni competes in the 200 Free Relay.

Left: The Senecas' Liza Carnes on the way to winning the 500 Free. Right: Watkins' Sarah Gardner after competing in the 100 Free, where she finished third.

Watkins Glen's Bridgette Guild dives at start of the 100 Fly. She finished second.

Watkins Glen divers Hannah Pulis, left, and Lexi Castellaneta.

Watkins Glen's Kathleen Swinnerton competes in the 100 Breaststroke.

O-M volleyball team falls to Newfield

NEWFIELD, Oct. 1 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team lost to Newfield 3-2 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Newfield gym.

Game scores were 22-25, 25-15, 25-11, 8-25 and 21-25.

Odessa-Montour stats:

Alexis Austin: 3 aces, 10 kills, 3 blocks, 2 digs, 8 service points
Vicky Ayers: 1 ace, 18 service points
Alyssa Crout: 3 aces, 6 assists, 1 kill, 9 service points
Kalie Thomas: 5 aces, 1 assist, 1 block, 2 digs, 10 service points

Junior Varsity: O-M lost to Newfield 2-1.

Glen JV volleyball team tops H'port

HAMMONDSPORT, Oct. 1 -- The Watkins Glen junior varsity volleyball team defeated Hammondsport 3-0 Tuesday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference action in the Hammondsport gym.

A report on the varsity contest was not immediately available.

O-M volleyball team falls to Waverly

ODESSA, Sept. 30 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision Monday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 11-25, 12-25 and 17-25.

Odessa-Montour stats:

Vicky Ayers: 6 digs
Brooke Collins: 1 ace, 2 digs, 3 service points
Lexi Skinner: 1 ace, 1 kill, 2 digs, 1 service point
Kalie Thomas: 1 dig, 2 service points

Waverly stats:

Samantha Mennig: 20 assists, 4 kills, 2 digs, 9 service points
Shailei Kraft: 4 aces, 3 kills, 2 blocks, 2 digs, 9 service points
Erika Morales: 4 aces, 6 kills, 12 service points
Hannah Place: 6 aces, 4 kills, 2 digs, 7 service points

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

Left: Watkins' Madison Gates, right, sends the ball upfield. Right: The Senecas' Joelle Slater (8) tries to send a shot toward the Newfield goal. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Glen girls edge Newfield in overtime

NEWFIELD, Sept. 30 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team rode an overtime goal by Hanley Elliott to a 1-0 victory Monday over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newfield athletic field.

The victory lifted the Senecas' season mark to 3-7 heading into a game Wednesday at Newark Valley. Starting time is 4:30 p.m.

Watkins Glen outshot Newfield 16-10 and had a 6-2 edge in corner kicks. Allison Teed registered 10 saves in goal for the Senecas.

"This was a good recovery for the girls after a tough game against Waverly," said Watkins Glen Coach Brian Gardner. "Their ball movement was good and they held the ball in the offensive end of the field for most of the game and limited the Newfield offense to mostly outside shots that Allison was able to handle pretty easily. We created some pretty good opportunities to put the ball in the net, so as a whole, I am happy with the outcome. Hopefully this attitude will carry them through the next few weeks with some big games coming up."

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Photo in text: A Newfield player hits the turf as she battles with Watkins Glen's Cierra Barber for control of the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Justine Hulbert (4) greets the ball. Right: The Senecas' Mikayla Rhoads sends the ball on its way. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Garrison, Lexi are Athletes of the Week

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 29 -- A soccer player and a diver are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Odessa-Montour's Sage Garrison (left) gets the nod for her three-goal performance that brought her soccer team back from a 2-0 deficit to victory over Watkins Glen.

Watkins Glen's Lexi Castellaneta (right) repeats from last week, this time for twice setting new WGHS pool records -- first against Lansing and then against O-M. She claimed the pool record last year, and has broken it three times this season.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen runners Patrick Hazlitt and Cambria Weeden, O-M football standout R.C. Brown, Watkins Modified Soccer's Hannah Morse (for a remarkable 5-goal game), Watkins varsity soccer standouts Jonas Recker and Luke Flahive, O-M soccer's Callie Stillman and Joel Kelly, Watkins Glen swimmers Victoria Wixson, Emma Allington and Katherine Meehan, and O-M volleyball's Alyssa Crout.

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

From left: Watkins cross-country runners Cambria Weeden, Brooke Shaffer, Julia Reilly.
(Photos by Heidi Pike)

Glen runners 3rd at McQuaid

Weeden, Hazlitt lead Senecas at big invitational

ROCHESTER, Sept. 28 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity cross-country squads each finished third in their class Saturday at the large McQuaid Invitational tournament in Rochester.

The girls, in a field of 33 teams in the Varsity Unseeded A2 race (featuring a mix of large Class D schools and Class C), finished with 160 points, trailing only Akron (127) and Newfane (156). The boys, in a field of 39 teams in the same Unseeded A2 class, totaled 203 points, trailing only Jordan-Elbridge (151) and Gowanda (168).

Cambria Weeden led the Watkins girls by placing 15th overall in 19:56 on the 3-mile course. Julia Reilly was 38th in 20:39, Taylor Kennard 39th in 20:40, Brooke Shaffer 41st in 20:47, Kai Sutterby 45th in 20:56, Katrinna LaTorre 71st in 21:40, Clara Chedzoy 80th in 21:50, and Maggie Bond 132nd in 22:40. There were 312 runners in the race.

Patrick Hazlitt led the Watkins Glen boys with a 5th-place finish in 16:19. Shawn Rutledge was 13th in 16:48, Jacob Carocci 29th in 17:13, Brandon Pike 84th in 18:08, Gabe Planty 86th in 18:09, Joe Palumbo 93rd in 18:13, and Sean Holland 99th in 18:18. There were 296 runners in the race.

In the boys' junior varsity race, Daniel Paradiso finished 19th in 18:47, Jacob Slater 47th in 19:34, Conlin Wysocki 130th in 20:54, and Julian Thornton 258th in 23:47.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday in a meet at Lansing against Tioga, Whitney Point and the host Bobcats.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt. (Photo by Heidi Pike)

From left: Daniel Paradiso, Taylor Kennard and Shawn Rutledge.
(Photos by Heidi Pike)

Watkins Glen's Jacob Carocci, right, races Canastota's Adam Vanvalkenburgh to
the finish. Carocci edged Vanvalkenburgh, 17:13.0 to 17:13.4. (Photo by Heidi Pike)

Left: Watkins runners Brandon Pike, center, and Gabe Planty. Right: Kai Sutterby.
(Photos by Heidi Pike)

The Watkins Glen boys and girls squads pose after the race. (Photo by Rod Weeden)

Left: Watkins Glen's Matt Estes, right, steers the ball away from the Waverly goalkeeper.
Right: The Senecas' Jonas Recker sends a shot on goal. It missed. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins boys top Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 27 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team got goals from four different players Friday en route to a 4-1 victory over Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS soccer field.

Justin Duane, Parker Pangallo, Issek Pierce and Luke Flahive each scored a goal, while Flahive assisted on the other three. All four of the goals came in the first half, as did Waverly's.

Watkins Glen outshot the Wolverines 8-3. Simon Wigmore had three saves in goal for the Senecas, while Waverly's Cameron Rogers registered two.

The victory lifted Watkins Glen's season mark to 7-4 heading into a contest next Friday night at Newark Valley.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Luke Flahive sends a penalty kick on its way. Flahive scored on the play. (Photo by Don Romeo)

O-M ball-carrier Noah Angle gains some ground as S-VE defenders pursue him.

O-M gridders fall to S-VE

SPENCER, Sept. 27 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity football team played Spencer-Van Etten even during the early portion of Friday night's game on the S-VE football field, but an O-M fumble on the 2-yard line and a subsequent 99-yard TD run by Spencer helped turn the contest into a 34-6 loss for the Indians.

The Section IV, Division VIII contest left O-M with an 0-3 division mark and a 1-3 overall record, the victory coming when Trumansburg forfeited its season. Spencer improved to 3-1 and 3-0.

S-VE struck first in the game, moving 64 yards on eight plays, capping the drive with a 7-yard TD run. A two-point conversion attempt failed.

Odessa responded with a drive of its own, going 67 yards in 12 plays that ended with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Chris Foote to Noah Angle near the right edge of the end zone. A two-point conversion try failed, leaving the teams deadlocked, 6-6.

Spencer answered with another TD, going 75 yards in 10 plays, culminating in a 7-yard TD run and a 2-point conversion run that put the Panthers up 14-6.

O-M then drove from its own 25 to the S-VE 2-yard line, where the Indians lost the ball on a fumble. The Panthers, after a motion penalty put them back on the 1-yard line, scored on a 99-yard run that gave them a 20-6 cushion. A 2-point conversion run failed.

After that it was pretty much all Spencer, as it scored two touchdowns and a late safety that came when a bad snap sailed over the head of Foote and into the end zone. He recovered the ball but was tackled there.

Odessa, meanwhile, lost the ball twice on interceptions, punted three times, and turned the ball over once on downs. The Indians managed 11 first downs, but Spencer amassed 21 of them.

Next up for O-M is a home game against winless Groton, which will visit next Friday for a 7 p.m. contest.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M defenders Zach Pyhtila (56), Steven Bennett (75) and Shaun Minnier (55) bring down an S-VE runner.

Middle: A Spencer player goes high to intercept an Odessa-Montour pass in front of intended receiver Bryce Elliott.

Bottom: O-M running back R.C. Brown is upended by an S-VE defender.

Left: O-M's Brandon Voorhees (83)and Ian Hradisky (58) stop an S-VE runner.
Right: Odessa's Noah Angle hauls in a touchdown pass from Chris Foote for the Indians' only points of the game.

A bad snap gets past O-M quarterback Chris Foote. The play started on the O-M 22, and ended up with Foote tackled back on the 1-yard line, leading to a punt.

The ball is loose on an S-VE running play. O-M recovered.

O-M defender R.C. Brown tackles a Spencer ball-carrier.

Odessa's Chris Foote sends a punt on its way.

Watkins Glen girls blanked by Waverly

WAVERLY, Sept. 27 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team fell to Waverly 10-0 Friday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly soccer field.

The Wolverines outshot the Senecas 26-2 and had a 6-0 edge in corner kicks in a game that saw them build a 5-0 halftime lead. Allison Teed made 16 saves in goal for Watkins Glen.

"I think there must have been a big letdown after a very emotional game against Odessa," said Watkins Glen Coach Brian Gardner, "because we came out very flat. And when Waverly put a couple of quick goals in, I don't think we ever gained any momentum.

"There were a couple of nice runs developed by freshman Isobel Scheffey, but other than that we really didn't threaten the Waverly goal. On the other side of the ball, and it's hard to believe if you weren't at the game and just looked at the score, Allison Teed had an outstanding game in goal. This could have very easily been even worse, but Allison came up with a lot of good saves on some rifle shots by the Waverly shooters."

The loss leaves the Senecas' mark at 2-7 heading into a game Monday at Newfield.

Glen girls Modified Soccer team falls, 5-1

WAVERLY, Sept. 27 -- The Watkins Glen girls Modified Soccer team sustained its first loss of the season Friday, dropping a 5-1 decision to Waverly in a game on the Waverly soccer field.

Watkins Glen's lone goal was scored by Jena Slater, assisted by Danielle Leszyk. Katlyn Kernan had 7 saves in goal for the Senecas, while Kathryn Losey had 2 saves.

"I commend a great Waverly team for their efforts," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "Our girls played hard to the finish, never lost heart and kept their heads up. I am proud of each and every one of these young ladies. They played with sportsmanship and class."

Watkins Glen, now 3-1, will return to action Wednesday at Newark Valley. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

The ball -- kicked by O-M's Callie Stillman (in white) -- heads toward the Newfield net for the only goal of the game.

O-M girls top Newfield 1-0

ODESSA, Sept. 26 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team won for the second time in three nights Thursday when the Indians rode a first-half goal by Callie Stillman to a 1-0 victory over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The win lifted Odessa's season mark to 3-6-2 heading into a game next Wednesday at home against Candor.

The win also gave the Indians a 2-0-1 mark for the past week -- including a tie at Moravia last Saturday and a 3-2 victory over Watkins Glen Tuesday.

Stillman's goal came with 15:36 remaining in the first half, on a ball deflected in front of the net off the keeper, who had wandered from the goal mouth to contest an approaching attacker, Sage Garrison. Stillman pounced on the ball before the keeper or several other nearby defenders could reach it, sending it low into the goal.

After that, O-M relied on its defense to keep Newfield from any significant scoring chances.

"This was an overall sound performance," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster. "The entire team played solid defense."

If he had any quibbles, it was the fact that "Newfield pressured the ball incredibly well. If we took time with the ball, they were there to pressure. We need to play faster."

Odessa outshot Newfield 5-3, while Newfield had the edge in corner kicks, 3-1. Gillian Clark registered three saves in goal for the Indians, while the Newfield keeper had four.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Hailie Searles, left, races a Newfield player to the ball.

Bottom: The Indians' April Dunn, left, battles a Newfield player for possession of the ball.

Left: O-M's Brittany Visscher sends the ball upfield.
Right: The Indians' McKennah Lott inbounds the ball.

Left: O-M's Nina Linton. Right: The Indians' Gabby Fazzary (13).

O-M's Addi Rhodes sends the ball flying up the field.

Watkins Glen's Isabella Fazzary enters the water at start of the 500 Freestyle.

Glen swimmers defeat O-M

Lexi sets new pool record again

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 26 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team improved its dual-meet mark to 4-1 Thursday when it defeated Odessa-Montour 110-56 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The event was highlighted by a new pool record in diving set by freshman Lexi Castellaneta -- the second time she has set a diving record this week, and the third time this year. The new mark is 248.70 points, which surpasses the 246.30 Castellaneta posted Tuesday against Lansing, and the 236.5 she set last week -- which in turn bettered her first record of 215 points set last year.

The school record (encompassing competition in the old pool) is 254.65, set by Ashley Fazzary.

Standouts for Watkins also included Victoria Wixson, victorious in the 200 IM and the 100 Back, and Emma Allington, winner of the 50 and 100 Free races. Also posting individual victories were Liza Carnes in the 100 Fly, Madeleine Ross in the 500 Free, and Katherine Meehan in the 100 Breaststroke.

Emelia Paulisczak posted the only individual win for O-M, taking the 200 Free in a season-best time of 2:25.22. The 400 Freestyle Relay team of Syria Tague, Emma Raymond, Emelia Paulisczak and Tori Reese also won, with a season-best 4:30.27.

The results:

200 Medley Relay: WG 1st: Peighton Cervoni, Katherine Meehan, Madeleine Ross, Sara Gardner (2:12.17)
200 Freestyle: OM 1st: Emelia Paulisczak 2:25.22
200 Individual Medley: WG 1st: Victoria Wixson 2:30.96
50 Freestyle: WG 1st: Emma Allington 27.08.10
Diving: WG Lexi Castellaneta 248.70
100 Butterfly: WG 1st: Liza Carnes 1:20.36
100 Freestlye: WG 1st: Emma Allington 1:02.33
500 Freestyle: WG 1st: Madeleine Ross 6:24
200 Freestyle Relay: WG 1st: Emma Allington, Madeleine Ross, Bridgette Guild, Katherine Meehan 1:57.30
100 Backstroke: WG 1st: Victoria Wixson 1:07.12
100 Breaststroke: WG 1st: Katherine Meehan 1:14.78
400 Freestyle Relay: OM Syria Tague, Emma Raymond, Emelia Paulisczak, Tori Reese 4:30.27

Second-place finishes for O-M:
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Tori Reese in the 200 IM 2:43.30 (PR, personal record)
--Syria Tague in the 100 Fly 1:20.90
--Emma Raymond in the 100 Free 1:06.85 (PR)
--200 Free Relay of Emma Raymond, Emelia Paulisczak, Syria Tague and Tori Reese, season best of 1:59.27
--Tori Reese in the 100 Breast 1:22.22

Other Odessa PRs:
--Maddie Lodge in the 200 Free (2:47.01) and 500 Free (7:41.19)
--Syria Tague in the 50 Free (29.04)
--Emma Lodge in the 50 Free (35.25) and 100 Fly (1:48.34)
--Gabby Cain in the 100 Free (1:16.16) and a season best in the 100 Back (1:29.76)
--Emelia Paulisczak in the 100 Breast (1:29.80)
--McKenna Carberry in the 100 Breast (1:35.23)
--Karissa Rounds in the 50 Free (29.45) and 100 Free (1:38.67)

"The girls had a great meet," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "So many of them PR'd. I'm just so impressed with the way these girls are dropping time. They are all rapidly improving. We are looking forward to our meet next week against Southern Cayuga, which should be a close one."

Photos in text:

From top: Watkins Glen's Emma Allington on the way to first place in the 100 Free; O-M's Emma Raymond checks her time after finishing second in the 100 Free; Watkins Glen's Lexi Castellaneta on the way to a new pool diving record; the Senecas' Hannah Pulis executes a dive.

Odessa's Syria Tague competes in the 100 Fly, where she finished second.

Left: Watkins Glen's Katherine Meehan, who won the 100 Breaststroke. Right: O-M's Emelia Paulisczak after winning the 200 Freestyle.

O-M's Maddie Lodge competes in the 500 Free, where she set a personal best.

Watkins Glen's Bridgette Guild competes in the 100 Fly.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jonas Recker, right, and O-M's Luke Eberhardt battle for the ball. Right: Watkins Glen's Matt Estes goes high to head the ball. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

O-M boys edge Watkins, 2-1

ODESSA, Sept. 25 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team scored two first-half goals and made them stand up for a 2-1 victory over Watkins Glen Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The game was scoreless for more than 33 minutes until O-M's Ryan Marsh registered the first goal, at 6:23, sending the ball into the Watkins Glen goal from a cluster of players 10 yards out.

O-M scored what proved eventually to be the game-winner on a 40-yard free kick by Joel Kelly that snuck under the crossbar, just over the outstretched arm of a leaping Simon Wigmore, the Watkins goalkeeper.

Watkins Glen got its lone goal at 18:49 of the second half, when Jonas Recker -- directly in front of the O-M goal, put the ball in the net off a corner kick by Luke Flahive.

But after scoring the goal, the Senecas -- despite putting repeated pressure on for the next 10 minutes -- couldn't find a way to tie. Then play shifted largely back to midfield before O-M controlled play in the closing couple of minutes.

O-M Coach Dirk Stephens said that a key to the Indians' success was the defense that Luke Eberhardt applied on the much taller and longer legged Recker.

"Luke blanketed him," said Stephens, "and that disrupted their flow," he said. "Make no mistake: Watkins is a good team; they have good players beyond Recker. But Luke did an amazing job on him; he was a like a pit bull. Luke can run all day. He was definitely my Player of the Game."

Stephens gave credit to all of his players, though. "The whole team played extremely well. We were getting balls where we wanted, and our forwards were being aggressive. And Noah Bruno played phenomenally in the center mid area. And the defense was solid. It was a nice team effort."

O-M goalkeeper Andy Fudala turned aside six Watkins Glen shots, while his counterpart, Wigmore, registered eight saves. Odessa outshot Watkins 12-8, and had an 11-3 advantage on corner kicks.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Simon Wigmore leaps in vain for the ball as a free kick by O-M's Joel Kelly sails under the crossbar for the Indians' second goal.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Lucas Wickham turns with the ball as O-M's Jon Andrews approaches. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: O-M goalkeeper Andy Fudala reaches high for the ball. Right. The Indians' Joe Rorick (1) tries to head the ball into the net off a corner kick. The ball went wide.

Left: Watkins Glen's Luke Flahive, left, and O-M's Joel Kelly battle for the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo) / Right: O-M's Cody Daugherty sends the ball away from the Odessa net.

O-M's Alexis Austin smashes the ball past S-VE's Mina Cobb.

O-M rally falls short, 3-2

ODESSA, Sept. 25 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team rallied from two games down to force a Game Five Wednesday before falling to Spencer-Van Etten 3-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 19-25, 19-25, 25-17, 25-21 and 14-25.

"The first two games were a little sloppy," said O-M Coach Kayla Kelly, "but by the third game, my girls were really able to pull together as a team and play better than they ever have. I'm proud of how they played tonight even if we didn't win."

In that third game, the Indians, trailing 16-14, ran off 10 straight points, nine of them off the crisp serves of Alyssa Crout, to go up 24-16. After S-VE won a point, O-M closed out the game -- and the momentum carried into the fourth contest. But not the fifth, where S-VE held sway.

Odessa-Montour stats:

Lexi Skinner: 5 aces, 3 kills, 3 blocks, 4 digs and 8 service points
Alyssa Crout: 7 aces, 15 assists, 19 service points
Brooke Collins: 2 aces, 1 kill, 5 digs, 6 service points
Alexis Austin: 9 kills, 4 digs, 3 service points
Vicky Ayers: 1 ace, 2 kills, 5 service points

Spencer-Van Etten stats:

Montana Dieter: 10 aces, 1 assist, 6 kills, 18 service points
Arianna Megivern: 5 aces, 14 assists, 1 kill, 15 service points
Mina Cobb: 2 aces, 12 kills, 4 blocks, 6 service points
Stephanie Roe: 3 aces, 5 assists, 1 kill, 9 service points
Cassandra Powers: 1 ace, 4 kills, 3 blocks, 6 service points

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Brooke Collins battles at the net against S-VE's Mina Cobb.

Bottom: The Indians' Lexi Skinner awaits an incoming volley.

Odessa-Montour's Vicky Ayers (left) and Alyssa Crout serve.

A penalty kick by O-M's Sage Garrison is about to enter the right side of the Watkins Glen net as the Senecas' goalkeeper, De'naja Blanchard, dives toward it in vain. The goal proved to be the game-winner.

O-M girls rally to beat Glen

3 goals by Garrison give Indians 3-2 win

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 24 -- Three second-half goals by Odessa-Montour's Sage Garrison in a span of 4:21 led the Indians past Watkins Glen, 3-2, Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference girls varsity soccer game on the WGHS athletic field.

The battle of intracounty rivals looked to be going all Watkins Glen's way after a pair of goals by Madison Gates, one a blast from the right side, and one a corner kick that curled in low to the ground. The first Gates goal came with 18:01 left in the first half, and the second one barely a minute into the second half.

While O-M was moving the ball well, it was having trouble setting up serious scoring opportunities, but a corner kick turned the tide, with Garrison doing what Gates had done earlier in the period, curling the ball in past a number of player's crowding in front of the net.

That came at 18:04 of the second half, and Garrison followed it with a goal at 15:40 on a laser to the right side that beat the Senecas' goalkeeper, De'naja Blanchard.

At 13:43, Garrison scored again, this time on a penalty kick awarded when a foul was called on a Watkins defender deep in Seneca territory on a drive up the right side by April Dunn. Garrison sent the ball into the net on the far right side, past a diving Blanchard.

"Coming back from 2-0, that's exactly what we needed for the season," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster. "We needed not just to win, but to win like that." It would, he said, serve as a big confidence booster.

"I thought we played well early in the game," he added. "We moved the ball well, but just couldn't get the opportunities."

He didn't rest easy with the lead, as Watkins worked the ball deep into O-M territory in the eight minutes following the penalty kick. But a stop by O-M goalkeeper Gillian Clark with 5:08 remaining was the final serious chance. After that, the Odessa defense kept the Watkins offense at bay.

O-M outshot Watkins Glen 7-6, while Watkins had a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. Clark had four saves in goal for the Indians, while Allison Teed and Blanchard each had two saves for the Senecas.

"Congratulations to Coach Brewster and the Odessa girls," said Watkins Glen Coach Brian Gardner. "They played a good game. I thought we played good soccer for most of the game ... We just had two momentary lapses that allowed them the opportunities that they capitalized on."

The victory lifted the Indians' season mark to 2-6-2. Watkins Glen slipped to 2-6.

Photos in text:

Top
Watkins Glen's Madison Gates (top) sends the ball toward the O-M net for the first of her two goals. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Middle: O-M's Sage Garrison heads the ball near midfield.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Keziah Fraboni prepares to pass the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Makenna Fraboni (7), with O-M's Hailie Searles right behind her, moves the ball upfield. Right: Watkins' Hanley Elliott (30) and O-M's Dana Roberts battle for the ball.
(Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: O-M's Kennedey Heichel inbounds the ball. Right: The Indians' Callie Stillman sends the ball flying upfield.

Left: O-M's Hailie Searles, left, and Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey eye the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo) / Right: O-M's Sage Garrison celebrates her third goal.

Left: O-M goalkeeper Gillian Clark stops a scoring attempt by Watkins Glen's Madison Myers. Right: Clark goes high to snag an incoming corner kick.

Left: Watkins Glen's Justine Hulbert (4) fights O-M's April Dunn for the ball with Watkins' Bernadette Osborne in the background. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right:
The Senecas' Kiersten Stiles inbounds the ball.

Left: O-M's McKennah Lott (12) and Watkins Glen's Joelle Slater. Right: Watkins Glen's Ashley Gardner (18) and O-M's Sage Garrison fight for the ball. Watkins' Alexandria Gardner is in the background. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse (right) is congratulated by teammate Hannah Matusicky after the first of Morse's five goals.

Modified Soccer: Watkins tops Odessa

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 24 -- The Watkins Glen girls Modified Soccer team -- led by Hannah Morse's 5 goals -- improved to 3-0 Tuesday when it defeated Odessa-Montour 6-2 in a game on the WGHS soccer field.

Also scoring for the Senecas was Danielle Leszyk. One assist each went to Leszyk and Jena Slater. Katlyn Kernan made 5 saves in goal for the Senecas. Both of Odessa Montour's goals were scored by Lexi Saunders.

"Both teams moved the ball well," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "O-M. put a lot of pressure on our defense, and we responded to the call and played with intensity.

"I am proud of them all. I'd like to give particular notice to our bench -- the way they played, relieving those on the field during the course of the game."

Next for Watkins Glen: a game at Waverly on Friday.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk (33) moves the ball as O-M's Jackie Vincent approaches.

Watkins Glen's Victoria Wixson on the way to second place in the 100 Fly.

WG swimmers fall to Lansing

Lexi breaks her own pool diving record

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 24 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team came up short Tuesday against a strong Lansing team, dropping a 104-79 decision to the Bobcats in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The loss was the first in four dual meets this season for the Senecas, whose only wins came in the 100 Back -- where Victoria Wixson won in 1:05.2 -- and in diving, where Lexi Castellaneta broke the pool diving record she had set the week before.

Lexi amassed a point total of 246.30, besting the 235.80 she set the previous week. The school record (encompassing competition in the old pool) is 254.65, set by Ashley Fazzary.

Second-place finishes were plentiful for the Swimmin' Women. They came from Halle Phillips in the 200 Free, Katherine Meehan in the 200 IM and 100 Breaststroke, Emma Allington in the 50 Free and 100 Free, Wixson in the 100 Fly, and from three relay squads; Peighton Cervoni, Meehan, Wixson and Allington in the 200 Medley Relay; Cervoni, Bridgette Guild, Sara Gardner and Phillips in the 200 Free Relay; and Allington, Wixson, Phillips and Meehan in the 400 Free Relay.

Individual third-places were posted by Hannah Pulis in diving, Phillips in the 100 Bly, Gardner in the 100 Free,Madeleine Ross in the 500 Free, and Kathleen Swinnerton in the 100 Breaststroke.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Katherine Meehan en route to second place in the 100 Breaststroke, and teammate Megan Hoy diving at the start of the same race.

Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni competes in the 100 Backstroke. She placed fourth.

Left: Watkins Glen's Lexi Castellaneta, who finished first in the diving.
Right: The Senecas' Hannah Pulis, who finished third.

Watkins Glen's Madeleine Ross, en route to a third-place finish in the 500 Free.

O-M swimmers lose to Greene, 96-75

GREENE, Sept. 24 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team lost to Greene 96-75 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Greene pool.

First-place finishes for O-M:

-- Syria Tague 100 Fly - 1:20.76
-- Tori Reese 100 Breast 1:21.24 (PR)

Second-place finishes:

--200 Medley Relay of Gabby Cain, Tori Reese, Syria Tague and Emma Raymond 2:24.03
--Emelia Paulisczak in the 200 Free 2:26.88 (season best)
--Tori Reese in the 200 IM 2:46.27 (PR)
--Syria Tague in the 50 Free 29.45 (PR)
--Emma Raymond in the 500 Free 6:38.02 (PR)
--200 Free relay of Tori Reese, Syria Tague, Emma Raymond and Emelia Palisczak 2:00.46
--400 Free Relay of Emelia Paulisczak, Emma Lodge, Maddie Lodge and Kara Reese 5:28.07

Other PRs:
--Maddie Lodge in the 200 Free (2:46.27) and 500 Free (7:53.41)
--Gabby Cain in the 200 Free (2:56.41)
--Karissa Rounds in the 50 Free (41.06)
--Lovona Carrigan in the 100 Fly (1:38.55)
--Emma Lodge in the 100 Fly (1:58.28)
--McKenna Carberry in the 100 Breast (1:36.18)

"Tonight's meet was closer than the score shows," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "There were a number of very close races that didn't go our way. The girls did a great job tonight coming together as a team, and really left it all in the pool. The number of PRs shows how hard they all swam. I'm very proud of them all."

Watkins Glen's Jonas Recker sends the ball on its way for his first of three goals.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen boys top Newfield, 8-2

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 22 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team cruised to a 7-0 halftime lead Monday en route to an 8-2 victory over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS soccer field.

The Senecas' Jonas Recker jump-started the Watkins offense with three goals in the first 10 minutes of the game. Goals were later added by Luke Flahive (twice), Justin Duane, Noah Wigmore and Cody Cole.

Assists were credited to Recker (2), Lucas Wickham (2), Sam Hanley (2), Parker Pangallo and Max Gardner.

Both of Newfield's goals were scored by Spencer King.

Watkins Glen outshot Newfield 25-8. Simon Wigmore and Luke Flahive combined for 6 saves in goal for the Senecas, while Newfield goalkeeper Dante Rynone registered 16 saves.

The Senecas, now 6-3, return to action at Odessa-Montour Wednesday night. Game time is 7 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Max Gardner (12) moves the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Justin Duane. Right: The Senecas' Parker Pangallo (10)
(Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Connor Seeley-Ion (18, left) and Luke Flahive (right) move the ball.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Maya Palumbo, left, and Gabby LaRosa volley. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Glen volleyball team falls to Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 22 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team lost 3-1 Monday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Field House gym.

Game scores weere 25-20, 19-25, 17-25 and 18-25.

No statistics were provided.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Waverly, dropping the first game 23-25 and the second one 18-25 after leading early.

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Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike goes high to return a Waverly volley. (Photo by Don Romeo)

 

 

Watkins Glen's Megan McMinds (left) and Amanda Cherock.
(Photos by Don Romeo)
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And in the JV match:

Left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly. Right: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez.

Rekczis, Lexi earn Athlete of Week honors

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 22 -- This week we honor a football player and a diver as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Senior Keith Rekczis earns the nod for his three-touchdown, 242-yard performance as the Watkins Glen varsity football team came from behind to defeat Dryden. Rekczis also scored on a pair of 2-point conversions.

Watkins Glen freshman Lexi Castellaneta also gains the weekly honor for winning the diving competition at the EFA Invitational swim meet. Lexi scored 400.80 points to defeat a lineup of divers from Corning, Horseheads, Elmira, Lansing, Maine-Ednwell, Vestal, Chenango Valley, Binghamton and Johnson City. Lexi also, earlier in the week, set a pool record at WGHS in a meet won by the Senecas over Waverly.

Double Honorable Mention: O-M soccer standouts Andy Fudala and Collin Povoski; Watkins Glen runners Cambria Weeden, Patrick Hazlitt and Shawn Rutledge; Watkins Glen swimmers Victoria Wixson, Katherine Meehan and Emma Allington; Watkins Glen soccer players Justine Hulbert and Jonas Recker; and Watkins Glen football player Jon Brown.

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

Watkins swimmers top Class B at EFA

ELMIRA, Sept. 21 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team won the B Division competition Saturday at the annual EFA Invitational, and came away with a first place in diving.

The Senecas finished with 284 points, ahead of Corning's 250, Chenango Forks' 249, Dryden's 245 and Johnson City's 125.

The Senecas' Lexi Castellaneta won the diving competition with 400.80 points, despite reports earlier that she had finished second. When official results were released Saturday night, they showed her in first place. As one coach explained, an Ithaca diver who amassed more points had in fact been diving exhibition.

Horseheads won the A Division title with a dominant 458 points, followed by Maine-Endwell (266), Chenango Valley (227), Vestal (145) and Binghamton (107).

Lansing won Class C with 382 points, followed by Waverly (309), Notre Dame (209), Odessa-Montour (134) and Elmira (119)

Watkins Glen:

In addition to Castellaneta's diving title, Watkins Glen got podium finishes from Victoria Wixson (2nd in the 100 Back), Katherine Meehan (5th in the 100 Breaststroke), Emma Allington (6th in the 50 Free), the 200 Medley Relay team of Peighton Cervoni, Meehan, Wixson and Allington (5th), and the 200 Free Relay team of Sara Gardner, Meehan, Allington and Wixson (6th). Allington was also 7th in the 100 Free.

"The girls have been working so hard, with two practices a day," said Watkins Glen Coach Andy Chouinard. "Everyone achieved a season-best time. I am so proud of them."

The Senecas return to action against Lansing at home Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

"We are looking for as much local support as we can get," said Chouinard of that contest. "It will be a very close and exciting meet."

Watkins Glen's dual meet record is 3-0.

Odessa-Montour:

The only top 12 finish for O-M was in the 200 Free Relay, where Tori Reese, Syria Tague, Emelia Paulisczak and Emma Raymond took 11th place in a season-best time of 1:59.28.

"The girls had many good swims today, with many posting PRs," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "I'm very proud of them all."

O-M Personal Records:
--Gabby Cain in the 200 Free and 100 Back
--Tori Reese in the 200 IM and the 100 Breast
--Lovona Carrigan in the 50 Free and 100 Fly
--Syria Tague in the 100 Back
--McKenna Carberry in the 100 Free and 100 Breast
--Kara Reese in the 100 Free and 100 Back

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen diver Lexi Castellaneta, who finished in first place.
Next: The Senecas' Katherine Meehan (left) and Emma Allington (right). (Photos by Kim Suddaby)

TheWatkins Glen girls and boys teams with their title plaques. (Photo by Rod Weeden)

Glen runners top small school field at Owego Invitational

OWEGO, Sept. 21 -- The Watkins Glen girls and boys varsity cross-country teams finished first in Small School competition Saturday at the Owego Invitational on the Pheasant Hill Country Club's 3.1-mile course.

"It was a good day," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, whose squads will compete next weekend in the big McQuaid Invitational in Rochester.

The girls race:

The Watkins Glen girls squad posted a score of 61, defeating Newark Valley (80), Northeast Bradford (105), Candor (127) and Chenango Forks (132). Competing with incomplete teams (fewer than five runners) were Lansing, Elmira Notre Dame, Waverly, Susquehanna Community, and Troy.

Kayla Stewart of Newark Valley won the race in 20:47. Watkins Glen was led by Cambria Weeden, who finished 4th in 21:19. Other Watkins runners: Taylor Kennard (11th in 22:03), Julia Reilly (21st in 22:42), Kai Sutterby (24th in 22:48), Brooke Shaffer (27th in 23:23), Maggie Bond (28th in 23:25), Clara Chedzoy (30th in 23:26), and Katrinna LaTorre (32nd in 23:26).

The boys race:

The Watkins Glen boys team was first with 45 points, followed by Newark Valley (60), Chenango Forks (97), Susquehanna Valley (133), Chenango Valley (176), and Notre Dame (177). Posting incomplete scores were Deposit-Hancock, Waverly, Edison, Lansing and Moravia.

Ben Eisenhut of Lansing won the race in 17:19. Watkins Glen was led by Patrick Hazlitt's 17:32, good for 3rd place. Finishing 4th was Shawn Rutledge (17:52), followed by Jacob Carocci (9th in 18:37), Brandon Pike (15th in 19:09), Gabe Planty (17th in 19:13), Sean Holland (21st in 19:22), Joe Palumbo (27th in 19:42), and Jacob Slater (32nd in 19:52).

In the junior varsity girls race, Watkins Glen's Aran Holland was 39th in 28:11, running against both small and large school competitors.

In the junior varsity, small-schools race, Jared Sandritter was 5th in 20:22, Daniel Paradiso 11th in 20:51, and Conlin Wysocki 21st in 21:58.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Cambria Weeden en route to 4th place in the girls' small-school race.
Bottom: The Senecas' Patrick Hazlitt on the way to 3rd place in the boys' small-school race. (Both photos by Heidi Pike)

From left: Watkins Glen's Jacob Carocci, Gabe Planty and Brandon Pike.
(Photos by Heidi Pike)

From left: Watkins Glen's Brooke Shaffer, Taylor Kennard and Julia Reilly.
(Photos by Heidi Pike)

Left: Watkins' Aran Holland, center, runs amid a group of Elmira competitors in the JV race. Right: Watkins' Shawn Rutledge on the way to 4th place in the boys' small-school varsity race.
(Photos by Heidi Pike)

Left: O-M's Kennedey Heichel (3) pursues the ball. Right: The Indians' Hailie Searles.

Odessa-Montour girls tie Moravia

ODESSA, Sept. 21 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team played Moravia to a 1-1 deadlock Saturday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field, part of Odessa's Homecoming Week activities.

The Indians, now 1-5-2, scored first -- early in the second overtime period -- when Sage Garrison put the goal in the Moravia net off a crossing feed from April Dunn, who had moved the ball up the right sideline.

Moravia responded with a goal that came off a 40-yard free kick. The kick resulted in a flurry of activity in front of the O-M goal, with the ball finding its way into the net.

Moravia (3-3-1) outshot the Indians 10-7, and had a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks. Gillian Clark made nine saves in goal for O-M, while the Moravia keeper made six saves.

"This was probably the best soccer we've played this year," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster. "We played hard and we created a lot of chances. We just have to finish better."

Photo in text: O-M's Callie Stillman reaches high to meet the ball at midfield.

Left: O-M's Brittany Visscher (17) races toward the ball. Right: The Indians' Dana Roberts.

Glen girls fall to Notre Dame in final

SOUTHPORT, Sept. 21 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team dropped a 4-0 decision to Elmira Notre Dame Saturday night in the title game of the Notre Dame Soccer Tournament.

The Senecas fell behind 3-0 in the first half, and then battled the Crusaders nearly even after intermission.

Notre Dame outshot Watkins Glen 16-2, and had a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. Allison Teed made 10 saves in goal for the Senecas, while teammates Cierra Barber and De'naja Blanchard each registered one. The ND keeper was credited with two saves.

Justine Hulbert was selected the Watkins Glen team MVP by the Notre Dame coaches.

"I think the girls have been playing good soccer for the last couple of weeks," said Watkins Glen Coach Brian Gardner. "Notre Dame is a pretty good team and I think we played them close for most of the game. We had a couple of mistakes that gave them a breakaway late in the first half that they were able to capitilize on to go up 2-0. They scored a very nice score just before halftime to make it 3-0, and then we held them to just one goal in the second half on just two shots.

"The halftime adjustments worked really well," he added, "and I think we really shifted the momentum for awhile in the second half but just didn't make the scoring opportunities that we needed. We again had a very good effort by our defense of Taylor Yaw, Madison Gates, Alexandria Gardner and De'naja Blanchard, and freshman Kiersten Stiles really stepped in and did a great job. To hold a team like Notre Dame to two shots in 40 minutes, that takes some good teamwork by everyone."

Photo in text: The Watkins Glen squad poses with its second-place trophy. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen's Keith Rekczis gains some of his 242 yards. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen gridders edge Dryden

Last-minute TD gives Senecas 24-17 victory

DRYDEN, Sept. 20 -- The Watkins Glen varsity football team improved to 2-1 Friday night when it came from behind in the final minute to defeat Dryden 24-17 in a Section IV, Division V game on the Dryden football field.

Keith Rekczis scored all three of Watkins Glen's touchdowns -- on runs of 2, 9 and 16 yards -- and two of its three 2-point conversions as the Senecas handed Dryden its first loss in three games and tightened the race for a postseason playoff spot.

Watkins has an open date next weekend due to the decision by its scheduled foe, Trumansburg, to forfeit its season. That will lift the Senecas' mark to 3-1. But Watkins Coach Lou Condon Jr. said he's "still hoping we can find a game. We'd rather play."

Said Condon of Friday's victory: "This was such a fantastic game. I have to give another shout-out to the offensive line, because they opened so many holes. And our defense played very well, holding a team that had rushed for 250 or 300 yards last week to just 69 this time. We played so aggressively, and I have to give credit to the seniors. They are playing with emotion."

Dryden struck first in the game, converting a field goal in the second quarter to go up 3-0. Watkins Glen responded with the first of Rekczis's touchdowns and a 2-point conversion run before Dryden scored a touchdown and 2-point conversion to carry an 11-8 lead into intermission.

The Senecas scored first in the third quarter to regain the lead, 16-11, but Dryden scored another TD to go up 17-16 entering the fourth period.

"We went back and forth, back and forth," said Condon, "and then in the final two or three minutes, we got the ball and drove down the field, and Keith punched it in with 58 or 59 seconds to play. And then he added the 2-point conversion. It was just a fantasic win."

Rekczis gained 242 yards on 27 rushes, while teammate Jon Brown gained 112 yards on 24 carries and caught two passes for 40 yards. They were the only ground gainers for the Senecas, who amassed 394 total yards. Dryden was held to 69 yards on the ground on 29 carries, while gaining 173 yards through the air on 8-for-12 passing.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen runner Jon Brown, left, is slowed when a Dryden defender grabs his jersey.
Middle: The Senecas' Kurtis Edwards tackles the Dryden quarterback.
Bottom: Watkins' Ryan Pruitt shifts direction on a kickoff return. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Ian Chedzoy tackles a Dryden ball-carrier for a loss. Right: The Senecas' Jordan Rappleye goes high while defending against a Dryden pass. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Odessa falls to ND, 42-6

O-M's R.C. Brown is grabbed from behind, but eluded the would-be tackler en route to a 27-yard TD run. Along the way, he dropped the ball and then regained possession (right).

Odessa falls to ND, 42-6

ODESSA, Sept. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity football team finally got to play a game this season, and it didn't go the way they had hoped.

The Indians, who were 1-1 through two games on a forfeit victory and on a forfeit loss caused by a lack of enough players, fielded the minimum number of 16 as they took the field Friday night against Elmira Notre Dame on O-M's Charles Martin Field in a Section IV, Division VIII contest.

The outcome: Notre Dame 42, Odessa-Montour 6, in a game that saw the two teams -- Notre Dame seven times and O-M once -- score eight times without succeeding on any point-after conversion plays. All eight TDs led to two-point conversion attempts, and each time the attempt failed.

Notre Dame struck on the second play from scrimmage, Chris Whitson breaking free off a double handoff for a 73-yard scoring jaunt.

The Crusaders made it 12-0 at 6:55 of the first quarter when Cam Reid ran 36 yards to paydirt, and 18-0 when Reid scored on a 3-yard run at 4:37. Reid added another TD on a 70-yard run at 10:42 of the second quarter, leaving Notre Dame up 24-0 at halftime.

O-M got on the board at 9:25 of the third quarter when R.C. Brown broke several tackles on a run along the right side, dropped the ball and grabbed it on the bounce in full stride, and raced ahead of yet another defender to the end zone.

But Notre Dame responded with three more TDs -- on a Whitson 26-yard run at 4:05 of the third quarter, on a 4-yard run by Iman McKay at 11:00 of the fourth period, and on a Tarryl Garner interception return of 27 yards with 1:31 left to play.

Notre Dame had only a narrow 16-13 advantage in first downs, but gained 467 yards -- 420 on 35 rushes and 49 through the air on 2-for-6 passing -- to O-M's 218 yards. The Indians gained 200 yards on 42 rushes, and 18 yards on 3-for-9 passing.

Whitson led ND with 178 yards on eight carries, while Reid ran five times for 109 yards.

Brown led Odessa with 127 yards on 16 carries. Quarterback Chris Foote gained 45 yards on 17 carries, while Nick Angle rushed four times for 18 yards, Zack Elliott four times for six yards, and Noah Angle once for four yards. Foote completed two of eight passes for 16 yards, with one interception, while Elliott was 1-for-1 for two yards.

Two O-M players sustained injury during the game -- leaving open to question whether they would be cleared to play next weekend at Spencer-Van Etten. If not, Odessa might fall short of the minimum number of 16 players for the second time this season.

Before the game: The O-M team's seniors were honored. They are R.C. Brown, Ian Hradisky, Zachary Pyhtila and Trenton Randall.

At halftime: Brooke Collins was named Homecoming Queen in a ceremony in front of the bleachers. Other members of the court were Alexis Austin, Ashley Hickey, Lexi Skinner and Brianna Struble.

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Photos in text: O-M quarterback Chris Foote has trouble launching a pass; the Indians' Bryce Elliott (32) tackles ND's Cameron Reid; a quartet of O-M defenders stop the Crusaders' Tim Davis; and Brooke Collins wears the crown after being named Homecoming Queen during a halftime ceremony.

Left: Notre Dame's Tim Davis reaches for an approaching pass, but it fell incomplete.
Right: An attempted ND 2-point conversion fails as the ball sails past Joe Prunier (7).

Notre Dame's Tarryl Garner (11) prepares to intercept the ball on a pass intended for O-M receiver Zack Elliott (1). Garner caught the ball and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown.

O-M quarterback Chris Foote is sacked by a Notre Dame defender.

Watkins Glen girls edge S-VE in tourney

SOUTHPORT, Sept. 20 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team improved its season record to 2-4 and advanced to the title game of the Elmira Notre Dame Tournament Friday when it defeated Spencer-Van Etten 1-0 in an opening-round contest.

The Senecas were outshot by S-VE 12-8, and Spencer had the advantage in corner kicks, 9-4. But the Senecas, after a scoreless first half, got what turned out to be the game-winning goal from Madison Myers with eight minutes remaining in the second half. Allison Teed made eight saves in goal for Watkins.

"This was a good effort by the entire team," said Watkins Glen Coach Brian Gardner. "Defensively we forced the Spencer-Van Etten shooters to take the shots from outside, and I don't think we let them get a very good shot on goal most of the night. The combination of D'Naja Blanchard, Justine Hulbert, Alexandria Gardner, Taylor Yaw and Madison Gates did an excellent job on defense tonight."

The Senecas will face Notre Dame in the championship game at 7 tonight (Saturday). The Crusaders advanced with a 6-0 victory over Trumansburg in the other Friday contest.

Watkins Glen boys top Geneva, 4-3

GENEVA, Sept. 20 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team -- led by exchange student Jonas Recker's three goals -- defeated Geneva 4-3 Friday in a non-league victory on Geneva's soccer field.

The Senecas, now 5-3, were even at 2-2 at intermission, and pulled ahead with two second-half goals.

Scoring in additon to Recker was Josh Updyke. Alex Gibson registered an assist. Simon Wigmore had three saves in goal for the Senecas, who outshot Geneva 5-3.

Modified Soccer: Glen girls blank S-VE

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 20 -- The Watkins Glen girls Modified Soccer team improved its record to 2-0 Friday when it defeated Spencer-Van Etten 8-0 in a game at Watkins Glen.

Scoring for the Senecas were:

Ryanna LaMoreaux: 2 goals and 1 assist;
Danielle Leszyk: 2 goals and 2 assists;
Hannah Morse: 2 goals;
Hannah Matusicky: 1 goal;
Jena Slater; 1 goal.

Kathryn Losey had 1 save in goal for the Senecas.

"All of the girls executed well on defense and offense," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "I have a lot of respect and admiration for Spencer-Van Etten and their coach, John Everett, because they never gave up or lost heart, and that is huge in any athletic contest."

Odessa-Montour goalkeeper Andy Fudala grabs the ball. He had five saves.

Odessa boys defeat Waverly, 4-1

ODESSA, Sept. 19 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team -- led by a pair of Collin Povoski goals -- defeated Waverly 4-1 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The win lifted the Indians' season mark to 3-2-1 heading into a game Monday at Notre Dame.

Odessa outshot Waverly 16-8, and had a 4-0 advantage in corner kicks. Andy Fudala registered 5 saves in goal for the Indians, while a pair of Waverly netminders combined for 9 saves.

Odessa's Joel Kelly opened the scoring at 21:55 of the first half, putting a 30-yard shot just under the crossbar. Povoski followed with a goal at 20:50, with an assist from Billy Bacon.

The Indians increased their lead to 3-0 at 28:47 of the second half as Povoski sent a shot to the upper right corner of the net off a feed from Jon Andrews.

Waverly countered with a goal at 12:23 by Collum Caplan, unassisted, before O-M's Noah Bruno capped off the scoring with a header at 10:43 off a Tyler Clark corner kick.

"I thought we played well," said O-M Coach Dirk Stephens, "putting pressure on when we needed to. Our defense was stellar, as it has been all season."

Photo in text: O-M's Luke Eberhardt (3) challenges a Waverly player for possession of the ball.

O-M's Joel Kelly, right, beats a quartet of Waverly players to the ball.

Odessa's Billy Tague meets the ball in front of the Waverly net.

A shot by O-M's Collin Povoski (10) heads for the top corner of the Waverly net. It went in for Povoski's second goal of the game, and O-M's third.

Volleyball: Watkins falls to TAE, 3-1

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Sept. 19 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team saw its record slip to 2-4 Thursday when it dropped a 3-1 decision to Thomas A. Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Edison gym.

Game scores were 25-19, 19-25, 18-25 and 20-25.

Watkins Glen stats:

Amanda Cherock: 1 ace, 6 points, 12 assists and 1 dig.
Amanda Pike: 1 ace, 7 points, 8 kills and 2 blocks.
Gabby LaRosa: 2 aces, 9 points and 12 digs.
Maya Palumbo: 2 aces, 14 points and 14 digs
Nateah Cornish: 1 ace, 3 points, 6 kills and 7 digs.

Edison stats:

McKenzie Slaven: 8 aces, 18 points, 9 kills, 1 block and 4 digs.
Emily Lear: 3 aces, 10 points, 5 kills, 5 blocks and 5 digs.
Jadziah Barchet: 8 points, 4 kills and 5 digs.
Haley Maggs: 8 points and 7 assists.
Makia Hall: 13 assists and 4 kills.
Kirstin Rozell: 4 aces, 9 points, 12 kills and 4 digs.

Junior Varsity: Watkins defeated Edison 2-1. Game scores were 25-23, 21-25 and 25-20.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jonas Recker (foreground) moves the ball past a defender. Right: The Senecas' Lucas Wickham fights for control of the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen boys top Newark Valley

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 19 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team returned to the win column Thursday when it defeated Newark Valley 4-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS soccer field.

The Senecas, who had lost to Notre Dame on Tuesday, improved their mark to 4-3 heading into a game today (Friday) at Geneva. Starting time is 4:30 p.m.

Jonas Recker led the team Thursday with two goals and two assists, while Josh Updyke and Matt Estes each registered a goal. Justin Duane had an assist.

Watkins Glen led NV in shots on goal, 11-4, while the Senecas' goalkeeper, Simon Wigmore, had three saves.

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Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Justin Duane goes high to head the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Matt Estes goes high as the Newark Valley goalkeeper confronts him.
Right: The Senecas' Issek Pierce (20) moves the ball past a Newark Valley player.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

O-M volleyball team falls to Newark Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, Sept. 19 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team lost to Newark Valley 3-0 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the NV gym.

Game scores were 12-25, 13-25 and 14-25.

O-M stats:

Kalie Thomas: 3 assists, 2 aces, 3 service points, 1 dig
Alyssa Crout: 4 assists, 2 aces, 3 service points
Vicky Ayers: 1 ace, 2 service points, 1 kill
Alexis Austin: 1 service point, 3 kills

Junior Varsity: O-M defeated Newark Valley 2-1.

Odessa-Montour girls fall to Waverly

WAVERLY, Sept. 18 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team lost to Waverly 8-0 Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly soccer field.

The loss leaves the Indians with a 1-6-1 record heading into a game Saturday at home against Moravia, part of Homecoming Week activities. Game time is 1 p.m.

Waverly outshot O-M 20-1, and had an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks. Gillian Clark made 14 saves in goal for Odessa.

Watkins Glen's Victoria Wixson en route to victory in the 100 Backstroke.

Glen swimmers top Waverly

Lexi sets pool diving mark; Wixson posts 4 wins

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 17 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team -- led by freshman Lexi Castellaneta's pool record 235.60 points and four victories by Victoria Wixson -- turned back Waverly 100-86 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The win, in the Senecas' home opener, improved their season mark to 3-0 heading into the EFA Invitational Saturday.

Castellaneta, who was among Section IV's best divers as an 8th grader last year, scored solid to high marks on all of her dives, and said she knew after the third dive that she had a chance for the record. She had 107.95 points at the halfway mark of the 6-dive competition.

"I thought it would be close," she said -- although she ended up easily eclipsing the mark of 215 she set last year -- which in turn had bested the 209.15 set by Watkins Glen's Denise Horein in 2004. Lexi had 201.20 entering the last dive -- and nailed it, gaining scores of 7.5, 7.0 and 7.0 from the three judges.

Teammate Hannah Pulis, who has shown significant improvement from her inaugural diving season to this one, finished second with 158 points.

Meanwhile, Wixson -- despite feeling ill -- managed victories in the 200 Individual Medley, 100 Backstroke, 200 Medley Relay and 200 Free Relay.

Other victories came from Emma Allington (first in the 50 Free and in two relays) and Katherine Meehan (first in the 100 Breaststroke and in two relays).

The meet winners:

200 Medley Relay: WG Victoria Wixson, Katherine Meehan, Peighton Cervoni, Emma Allington (2:02.61)

200 Freestyle: WAV Daylen Smith 2:13.07

200 Individual Medley: WG Victoria Wixson 2:28.48

50 Freestyle: WG Emma Allington 27.10

Diving: WG Alexis Castellaneta 235.60 (new pool record)

100 Butterfly: WAV Kennedy Wheeler 1:08.0

100 Freestlye: WAV Daylen Smith 59.3

500 Freestyle: WAV Sage Burt 6:28.92

200 Freestyle Relay: WG Emma Allington, Victoria Wixson, Sara Gardner, Katherine Meehan 2:03.6

100 Backstroke: WG Victoria Wixson 1:05.43

100 Breaststroke: WG Katherine Meehan 1:16.00

400 Freestyle Relay: WAV Niccole Spallone, Taylor Knight, Chelle, Huddletton, Kristin Whitley 4:04.73

Photos in text: Lexi Castellaneta completing one of her dives; Emma Allington checks her time after winning the 50 Free; Katherine Meehan in the 100 Breaststroke, which she won.

Kathleen Swinnerton dives at start of the 100 Breaststroke.

O-M's Alexis Austin goes up for a shot as Watkins' Amanda Pike, left, tries to block it.

Volleyball: Glen tops O-M

ODESSA, Sept. 17 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team improved its season mark to 2-3 Tuesday when it defeated intracounty rival Odessa-Montour 3-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

The game scores were 25-17, 23-25, 25-23 and 25-12.

Odessa-Montour stats:
A
lyssa Crout: 3 aces, 7 assists, 6 service points
Lexi Skinner: 4 aces, 2 kills, 1 dig, 5 service points
Kalie Thomas: 2 aces, 3 assists, 5 service points
Brooke Collins: 1 ace, 4 kills, 3 service points
Alexis Austin: 1 ace, 2 kills, 2 blocks, 2 digs
Vicky Ayers: 1 ace, 1 kill, 6 service points

Watkins Glen stats:
Amanda Cherock: 1 ace, 13 assists, 2 kills, 1 dig, 8 service points
Amanda Pike: 1 ace, 10 kills, 2 blocks, 4 service points
Gabby LaRosa: 8 aces, 2 kills, 5 digs, 15 service points

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Odessa-Montour 3-0.

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

From left: O-M's Vicky Ayers, Watkins Glen's Maya Palumbo (Photo by Don Romeo), and Odessa's Lexi Skinner.

Left: O-M's Henna Herrmann serves. Right: Watkins Glen's Gabby LaRosa volleys.
(Photo on right by Don Romeo)

Odessa-Montour boys tie Tioga 1-1

TIOGA CENTER, Sept. 17 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team battled Tioga even through two overtime periods Tuesday en route to a 1-1 Interscholastic Athletic Conference tie on the Tioga soccer field.

The Indians (2-2-1) took a 1-0 lead on a Noah Bruno goal 1:23 before halftime. Tioga (3-1-1) evened the game at 1-1 on a Robert Argetsinger goal with 15:32 left in regulation.

Tioga outshot Odessa 28-22, and had a 13-9 edge in corner kicks. The Indians' Andy Fudala made 21 saves in goal, while Tioga's Jacob Evanek registered 16.

"Ironically, despite all the shots," said O-M Coach Dirk Stephens, "the defenses played pretty well. There were a lot of shots, but because of the defense they weren't quality shots."

Odessa returns to action Thursday at home against Waverly. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Watkins boys blanked by ND, 6-0

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 17 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team followed its GLM Tournament victory Saturday with a 6-0 loss Tuesday to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS soccer field.

The loss dropped the Senecas' season mark to 3-3 heading into a game Thursday at home against Newark Valley. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Notre Dame scored about six minutes into the game, and added three more goals by halftime.

No statistics were made available by Watkins Glen Coach Phil Watson, who also refused to talk to the media.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Luke Flahive moves in on the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

XC: Glen girls win, boys 2nd at Tburg

TRUMANSBURG, Sept. 17 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity cross-country team -- led by Cambria Weeden's second-place finish -- led a field of four schools at an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet Tuesday at Trumansburg.

The Watkins boys, meanwhile, finished second behind the host school.

The Watkins girls posted a score of 31. Trumansburg was second with 53, followed by Lansing (68) and Southern Cayuga (85).

Weeden registered a time of 16:54 on the 2.5-mile course. She was followed by Watkins runners Brooke Shaffer (4th in 17:17), Taylor Kennard (7th in 17:20), Maggie Bond (8th in 17:21), Julia Reilly (10th in 17:41), Katrina Latorre (11th in 17:42), Cameron Mushock (15th in 17:52), Clara Chedzoy (19th in 18:20), and Aran Holland (29th in 21:19).

The Trumansburg boys had a team total of 31 points, followed by Watkins Glen (35), Southern Cayuga (85) and Lansing (incomplete due to a lack of enough runners).

Patrick Hazlitt was 3rd overall and Shawn Rutledge 4th, both in 14:08. Other Watkins runners and their times: Jacob Carocci (6th in 14:32), Brandon Pike (10th in 15:68), Gabe Planty (12th in 15:10), Sean Holland (13th in 15:10), Jared Sandritter (20th in 16:10), Conlin Wysocki (22nd in 16:33), and Julian Thornton (33rd in 19:49).

Next up for Watkins Glen: the Owego Invitational Saturday at the Pheasant Hill Golf Course.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen cross-country runners Cambria Weeden and Brandon Pike. (Photos provided by Pam Rutledge)

O-M swimmers fall to Dryden, 108-56

DRYDEN, Sept. 17 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team dropped a 108-56 decision to Dryden Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Dryden pool.

O-M won just one event, the 200 Free Relay featuring Tori Reese, Syria Tague, Emelia Paulisczak and Emma Raymond. The squad posted a time of 2:04.12.

Second-place finishes:
400 Free Relay: Kara Reese, Maddie Lodge, Lovona Carrigan and Emelia Paulisczak 5:24.60
500 Free: Emelia Paulisczak in 6:42.42
100 Breast: Tori Reese in 1:22.98
100 Back: Syria Tague in 1:19.45

PRs (personal records) set by O-M:
Gabby Cain -- 200 Free 3:02.86
McKenna Carberry -- 100 Free 1:21.16 and 100 Breast 1:38.19
Lovona Carrigan -- 200 IM 3:19.37 and 100 Fly 1:43.55
Emma Lodge -- 200 IM 3:34.37 and 100 Free 1:28.74
Maddie Lodge -- 50 Free 32.76 and 500 Free 7:55.17
Emma Raymond -- 200 Free 2:27.35
Kara Reese -- 100 Free 1:28.39
Karissa Rounds -- 50 Free 42.38

"I'm pleased to see the girls continue to drop time in their events," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "Dual meets are always tough on small teams because the swimmers get very little rest between events, so the fact that they are setting PRs is very encouraging. I'm excited to see what they will do this weekend at the EFA Invitational, where they will have substantial rest between events."

The ball enters the net for Tioga's winning goal, scored with 33 seconds left in the second overtime. The shot came from Paige Hendershot, pictured just left of the official.

O-M girls fall in OT, 2-1

ODESSA, Sept. 16 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team took the lead early in overtime Monday only to see Tioga respond with two goals that sent the Indians down to defeat, 2-1, in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The loss leaves Odessa-Montour with a 1-5-1 record heading into a game at Waverly on Wednesday. The girls also play at home at 1 p.m. Saturday against Moravia as part of the O-M Homecoming Week activities.

"It was a rough one," said Odessa Coach Burton Brewster of Monday's loss. "We have some good, young kids. We will eventually be a good team."

Tioga outshot O-M 10-5, and had a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks. But Odessa fought the Tigers to a 0-0 standstill in regulation, and then took the lead midway through the first 10-minute overtime on a Sage Garrison penalty kick that found the right corner of the net.

Tioga answered quickly, though, scoring a half-minute later on a long floater by Lynzy Baker that carried over a leaping O-M keeper Gillian Clark's outstretched hand and under the crossbar.

The game remained knotted until the final minute -- the final 33 seconds, actually -- when Tioga's Paige Hendershot scored off a Brooke Albanese corner kick, the ball caroming in past Clark before she could react.

Clark had eight saves in the game, compared to the Tioga keeper's four.

The victory was Tioga's second of the season.

Photo in text: O-M's Kennedey Heichel awaits the ball. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

Left: O-M's Addi Rhodes battles Tioga's Brooke Albanese for control of the ball. (Photo by Mike Stamp) / Right: Odessa's McKennah Lott moves the ball.

O-M's Sage Garrison, right, sends the ball on its way toward the Tioga net for the first Odessa goal, on a penalty kick in the first overtime period.

O-M's Dana Roberts (left) and Hailie Searles. (Both photos by Mike Stamp)

O-M goalkeeper Gillian Clark reaches high to stop an incoming Tioga corner kick during the second half of Monday's game.

Glen Modified team opens with a win

ELMIRA, Sept. 16 -- The Watkins Glen girls Modified Soccer team defeated Elmira Notre Dame 5-1 Monday in a season-opener on the Notre Dame soccer field.

The Senecas' Hannah Morse scored 4 goals, while Ryanna LaMoreaux had 1 goal with 3 assists. Katlyn Kernan made 5 saves in goal for Watkins.

"This a focused, diligent group of young ladies that I am privileged to coach," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto.

The Senecas return to action on Friday at home against Spencer-Van Etten. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Odessa File Athletes of the Week:
2 soccer players, a swimmer, a runner

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 15 -- Four athletes from three different sports are honored this week as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

From Watkins Glen we have:

Cross-country runner Cambria Weeden, who won the girls race at Watkins Glen's only home meet of the year, topping runners from four other schools. And she led her squad at the Chenango Valley Invitational, where the Senecas finished second among Small Schools and third overall.

Soccer goalkeeper Simon Wigmore, honored for not only holding two teams to a single goal as the Senecas won the annual GLM Tournament at WGHS for the first time -- but for the moment that turned the title game in Watkins' favor: a stop, diving to his right, on a Dryden penalty kick.

From Odessa-Montour we have:

Soccer standout Collin Povoski, who scored three goals in a victory over Newfield and the game-winner in overtime against Candor, giving him five goals for the year, as the Indians rebounded from a tough loss to win twice.

Swimmer Tori Reese, an 8th grader who announced her arrival on the sports scene with multiple victories during a week in which her team split two meets. She won the 100 Fly and 100 Breaststroke in a season-opening loss to Lansing, and the 200 IM, 500 Free, 200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay in a win over Whitney Point.

Double Honorable Mention: Watkins Glen football standouts Jon Brown, Keith Rekczis and Justin Kelly; Watkins Glen boys soccer's Luke Flahive, Justin Duane and Jonas Recker; Watkins Glen JV volleyball Campbell-Savona tourney MVP Mariah Gonzalez; Odessa-Montour soccer goalkeeper Andy Fudala; O-M swimmer Emelia Paulisczak; and Watkins Glen runner Patrick Hazlitt.

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

Waverly runner Braden Rice is upended by the Watkins Glen defense.

Glen gridders hang tough,
but fall to Waverly, 38-28

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 14 -- The Watkins Glen varsity football team never led Saturday night against Waverly, but they kept nipping at the Wolverines' heels, pulling within four points midway through the fourth quarter.

In the end, Waverly proved too much, defeating the Senecas 38-28 in a Section IV, Division V game on the WGHS athletic field. Waverly is now 2-0, while Watkins slipped to 1-1.

"What a game!" said Watkins Glen Coach Lou Condon Jr. "I'm so proud of our kids. I told them they gained a ton of repect tonight, and that's what we did. We played pretty doggone well against them, against a team that is often state caliber. We opened some eyes tonight. We've worked so hard, and it shows. If it wasn't for that screen pass near the end, with no one near him ... who knows?"

Condon was referring to a 4th-and-5 play by Watkins from their own 33-yard line with less than five minutes remaining and the Senecas down 32-28. Quarterback Justin Kelly looked left, saw Keith Rekczis and threw toward him just as a Waverly defender filled the lane -- possibly forcing a slight adjustment in the throw. It sailed high, and Rekczis had to leap for it, barely touching it and then watching as it fell incomplete.

But there were, in truth, any number of plays that could be termed turning points, including several fourth-down failures. The Senecas turned the ball over on downs three times, and Waverly twice.

The game started with a Waverly drive that utilized several passes before shifting to the running game, culminating in a 3-yard TD run by quarterback Peyton Miller on a keeper, and a point-after kick.

Watkins responded with a 70-yard drive that resulted in the first of three Jon Brown touchdowns, this one from 14 yards. A two-point conversion run failed, leaving Waverly up 7-6.

The Woliverines scored the next time they had the ball, driving 58 yards, and after the ball was turned over on downs on the next three possessions, Waverly made it 19-6 with a 53-yard drive.

Watkins Glen fought back early in the third quarter, posting three first downs on the way to the Waverly 29 before Keith Rekczis broke through the line for a touchdown run that made the score 19-12. Brown added a two-point conversion run to make it 19-14.

Waverly responded with a 70-yard drive that put it up 25-14, but a point-after try was blocked by the Senecas' Ian Chedzoy. Watkins Glen counterpunched with a two-play, 75-yard drive -- the second play a 67-yard run by Brown. Rekczis added a two-point conversion run to pull the Senecas within three points at 25-22.

The Wolverines wasted no time answering, driving 54 yards, a Joe Peters sweep right carrying them to the 15, and Zach Saxon carrying it the final 10 yards. A point-after kick put Waverly back on top by 10 points, 32-22, with one quarter to play.

The Senecas didn't give up, moving the ball 65 yards in seven plays, Brown carrying it the final yard after setting it up with a 39-yard scamper in which he shed several tacklers. A two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving Watkins down four points, 32-28, with 8:48 remaniing.

Waverly ran the kickoff back 20 yards to their own 40, and then Miller ran right after faking a handoff, making it to the Watkins Glen 9-yard line. A bad snap and a couple of incompletions led to a turnover on downs, and Watkins Glen had another chance with 7:05 left to play. But after gaining one first down, the Senecas faced that 4th-and-5 at the 33 -- which led to the screen pass that fell incomplete.

After that, the Wolverines scored in four plays, all runs -- three of them by Miller, including the final one for one yard up the middle. A point-after try was blocked by Watkins' Jordan Shea.

Brown rushed 26 times for 215 yards and three touchdowns for Watkins Glen, while Rekczis carried 17 times for 114 yards and one TD.

The Senecas totaled 343 rushing yards on 48 carries, and 20 yards through the air on 2-for-5 passing by Kelly.

Waverly amassed 354 yards on the ground and another 129 through the air on 13-for-20 passing by Miller -- who himself ran for 140 yards on 11 carries. Joe Peters carried 17 times for 158 yards, and Braden Rice five times for 43 yards.

"We made them do something they didn't want to do," said Coach Condon. "Last week they passed the ball 80 percent of time. We made them run. We gave up a lot of rushing yards, but I'll take any game when we have a chance against Waverly late in the fourth quarter. Our kids were extremely hungry, played with emotion, and never gave up."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Ryan Pruitt tackles a Waverly ball-carrier. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Second: The Senecas' Jon Brown reaches the end zone as Waverly's Peyton Miller hits the ground after trying to tackle him from behind. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Third: Watkins running back Keith Rekczis is tackled after a gain. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Fourth: Watkins Glen's Justin Kelly breaks up a Waverly pass intended for receiver Shane Carpenter.
Fifth: The Senecas' Jordan Rappleye hauls in a fourth-quarter pass.

Left: TV sportcasters Mario Sacco and and Jenna Cottrell were on hand to cover the game. Right: Watkins Glen's Keith Reckczis (left) takes down a Waverly runner as Justin Kelly moves in to help.

Left: Watkins Glen Coach Lou Condon Jr. consults with quarterback Justin Kelly.
Right: The Senecas' Ian Chedzoy brings down a Waverly ball-carrier.

The Watkins Glen boys team poses with the tournament championship plaque.

Glen boys win GLM tourney

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 14 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team did something Saturday no Watkins Glen boys team had done before. It won its annual GLM tournament in the event's sixth year, defeating Dryden 1-0 in a tense battle.

The five previous tourneys had been won by Trumansburg three times, Elmira Notre Dame and Dryden, in that order.

The only goal in this contest came with 12:04 remaining in the the first half, on a penalty kick by Luke Flahive after teammate Jonas Recker had been leveled by a Dryden defender in front of the Dryden net.

The key to the contest, though, came on a previous penalty kick -- one that Watkins Glen goalkeeper Simon Wigmore stopped with a dive to his right just four and a half minutes into the game.

"It was a great save," said Watkins Glen Coach Phil Watson. "It changed the attitude of our entire team, and set the tone for the rest of the game."

A shifting wind also played to the Senecas' advantage, moving around behind them in the second half and thus adding distance to their kicks while slowing those of Dryden. "Divine providence," Watson said with a smile.

Dryden, depending on shorter passes, nonetheless threatened several times in the second half, but without getting the ball in the net. Watkins Glen had its chances, too, but came up empty after the penalty kick.

"It was one of those games," said Watson, "where the ball can't seem to find the back of the net."

The tournament is in memory of Kyle Gregory, Brennan Love and Seth Marcellus, WGHS soccer players killed in a motor vehicle accident in 2003.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Jonas Recker manuvers the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: Artistic rendition of the Penalty Kick save by Watkins goalkeeper Simon Wigmore.

Left: Watkins Glen's James Updyke races past a Dryden defender. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right: The Senecas' Justine Duane hugs coach Phil Watson at the end of the game.

Watkins Glen's Madison Gates clears the ball from the front of the goal.

Glen girls lose consolation game, 3-0

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 14 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team gave up three first-half goals by Newark Valley's Maddie Sherwood Saturday en route to a 3-0 loss in the consolation game of the annual GLM tournament on the WGHS soccer field.

Newark Valley outshot the Senecas 14-8, and had a 6-3 edge in corner kicks. Allison Teed made 11 saves in goal for Watkins Glen.

The tournament was won by Dryden, which defeated Notre Dame in the title game, 2-1.

"I thought we played well," said Watkins Glen Coach Brian Gardner of his team's two tourney losses -- to Notre Dame in the opening round and then to Newark Valley. "We had some very good opportunities, but just didn't finish. We're going to work on finishing next week."

In the Notre Dame game, the Senecas had been outshot 13-9 but had a 6-4 edge in corner kicks. Teed made eight saves in that contest.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Alexandria Gardner meets the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Yaw (24) controls the ball. Right: The Senecas' goalkeeper, Allison Teed, knocks down the ball on a corner kick.

The Watkins Glen girls varsity cross-country team after the race. (Photo by Heidi Pike)

Watkins runners 2nd among small schools at Chenango Valley invitational meet

CHENANGO VALLEY, Sept. 14 -- The Watkins Glen varsity boys and girls cross-country teams both finished second in the Small Schools division at a Chenango Valley invitational meet Saturday.

Syracuse West Hill finished first among Small Schools in both the boys and girls competition on the 3.04-mile course, a hilly test on a rainy day that Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary said made footing "precarious."

Boys competition:

Ithaca took the overall title, finishing first with 31 points to Maine-Endwell's 78, Syracuse West Hill's 126, Owego's 147, Horseheads' 159 and Watkins Glen's 162 among 19 competing schools.

Patrick Hazlitt led the Watkins runners with a 7th place overall finish in 17:00, while Shawn Rutledge was 17th in 17:31, Jacob Carocci 36th in 18:18, Brandon Pike 54th in 19:05, Gabe Planty 55th in 19:06, Sean Holland 68th in 19:29, and Jared Sandritter 95th in 20:27 among the 140 runners.

In the JV race, Conlin Wysocki was 41st in 20:24, while Julian Thornton was 131st in 25:31 among 140 runners.

Girls competition:

West Hill and Watkins were one-two among small schools, while Ithaca was first overall with 45 points. West Hill was second overall with 74 points, and Watkins Glen third with 113 points among 14 teams from competing schools.

Cambria Weeden led Watkins Glen with a 19th-place finish in 21:19. She was followed by Brooke Shaffer, 25th in 21:38; Taylor Kennard, 28th in 21:47; Julia Reilly, 33rd in 22:09; Maggie Bond, 34th in 22:15; Kai Sutterby, 37th in 22:23; and Clara Chedzoy, 44th in 22:46 among 116 runners.

In the JV competition, Aran Holland was 16th in 26:29 among 37 runners.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt negotiates a hill during the rain-soaked race. (Photo by Heidi Pike)

The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross-country team after the race. (Photo by Heidi Pike)

Glen JV wins Campbell-Savona tourney

CAMPBELL, Sept. 14 -- The Watkins Glen junior varsity volleyball team compiled a 9-1 record Saturday on the way to the championship of the annual Campbell-Savona JV tournament.

The Senecas dropped only one set -- to Odessa-Montour. Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez was named the MVP, while Taylor Kelly was on the all-tournament team.

Watkins Glen stats:
Mariah Gonzalez -- 30 service points, 17 aces, 7 kills, 2 blocks
Emmie Bond -- 15 service points, 8 aces, 2 kills
Megan Hazlitt -- 12 service points, 5 aces, 1 kill
Taylor Kelly -- 17 service points, 8 aces, 8 kills, 2 blocks
Paige Robbins -- 15 service points, 8 aces
Jazsmine Hudson -- 11 service points, 4 aces

Watkins Glen's Matt Estes (left) sends a shot toward the Groton goal.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen boys win tourney opener

Recker scores 4 goals in 7-1 victory

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 13 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team, led by Jonas Recker's four goals, defeated Groton 7-1 Friday evening to advance to the finals of the annual GLM tournament on the WGHS athletic field.

The Senecas will play the winner of the other semifinal, Dryden, in the tourney title game today (Saturday) at 3 p.m. Dryden defeated Newark Valley 2-0. The consolation game between Groton and Newark Valley will start at 1 p.m.

Watkins Glen jumped out to a 4-0 first-half lead, and added three goals after intermission.

In addition to his four goals, Recker -- an exchange student from Germany -- had an assist. Other Watkins goals came from Parker Pangallo, Luke Flahive and Brenon Murphy. Assists were registered by Pangallo, Lucas Wickham, Matt Estes, Justin Duane and Noah Wigmore.

The Senecas outshot Groton 19-3. Watkins goalkeeper Simon Wigmore had two saves.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Jonas Recker shoots for one of his four goals. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Sam Hanley (2) passes the ball. Right: The Senecas' Lucas Wickham controls the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

O-M boys edge Candor in OT, 1-0

ODESSA, Sept. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team improved its record to 2-2 Friday night when it defeated Candor 1-0 on a Collin Povoski sudden-death goal with 1:40 remaining in the second overtime.

The Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory was O-M Coach Dirk Stephens' 100th varsity coaching win at Odessa -- and his players accordingly doused him on a cold night with cold water.

"I'm shivering," he said later from his home. "But it was worth it. What a great group of kids. And what a great game."

O-M outshot Candor 26-15, and had a 5-3 edge in corner kicks. "We threw everything but the kitchen sink at them," Stephens said. "And they did the same back."

Sophomore Andy Fudala registered 15 saves in goal for Odessa while notching his second straight shutout. Candor senior Jordan Bartolis "played a heck of a game as well," said Stephens.

Povoski's goal was his fifth of the young season. Tyler Clark assisted on it.

Watkins Glen's Makenna Fraboni sends the ball flying. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen girls fall to ND in tourney opener

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 13 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team was blanked 5-0 by Elmira Notre Dame Friday in the opening round of the annual GLM tournament on the WGHS soccer field.

The Senecas, now 1-3, will play in the consolation game at 1 p.m. today (Saturday) against the loser of Friday's Dryden-Newark Valley game. No word was provided on who won that contest.

Watkins Glen's Madison Myers (21, left) and Hanley Elliott (20, right) battle Notre Dame players for possession of the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Odessa girls tie Candor, 1-1

CANDOR, Sept. 12 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team played Candor to a 1-1 overtime tie Friday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Candor soccer field.

Odessa, now 1-4-1, scored on an April Dunn first-half goal, but Candor answered with a second-half score.

Candor outshot O-M 19-6, and had a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks. Odessa goalkeeper Gillian Clark registered 18 saves.

"Our girls played their hearts out," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster. "I'm very proud of them."

Glen volleyball team falls to Candor

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 13 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team's record slipped to 1-3 Friday when it dropped a 3-1 decision to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Field House gym.

Game scores were 16-25, 25-21, 20-25 and 20-25. The Senecas are now 1-2 in IAC play.

Watkins Glen stats:
Amanda Cherock: 1 ace, 9 assists, 9 service points
Amanda Pike: 6 kills, 5 blocks, 5 digs, 7 service points
Maya Palumbo: 9 digs
Gabby LaRosa: 4 aces, 4 kills, 6 digs

Candor stats:
Kietarah Mancini: 6 aces, 9 kills, 12 service points
Breanna Fields: 4 aces, 3 blocks, 12 service points
Crystal Ogden: 9 assists, 5 kills
Kylee Edwards: 10 digs
Danielle Morse: 14 assists

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Candor 2-1. Game scores were 25-15, 11-25, 17-25.

O-M swimmers notch 1st victory

ODESSA, Sept. 12 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team evened its season mark at 1-1 Thursday when it defeated Whitney Point 55-17 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Odessa pool.

Emelia Paulisczak and Tori Reese led the way with two individual victories and two relay victories each. Other individual wins came from Emma Raymond, Lovonna Carrigan and Amy Fudala.

"The girls swam well again tonight," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "Many of them tried different events, and some posted PRs in the process. Overall I am very happy with the way they are progressing."

The results:

200 Medley Relay -- OM, Amy Fudala, Tori Reese, Lovonna Carrigan, Emelia Paulisczak 2:29.81
200 Free -- OM, Emma Raymond 2:29.31
200 IM -- OM, Tori Reese 2:52.06
50 Free -- OM, Emelia Paulisczak 30.88
100 Fly -- OM, Lovonna Carrigan 1:43.71
100 Free -- OM, Emelia Paulisczak 1:07.43
500 Free -- OM Tori Reese 7:03.68
200 Free Relay -- OM, Emelia Paulisczak, McKenna Carberry, Lovonna Carrigan, Emma Raymond 2:13.37
100 Back -- OM, Amy Fudala 1:21.75
100 Breast -- WP, Abby Pardoe 1:29.93
400 Free Relay -- OM, Tori Reese, Amy Fudala, Emma Lodge, Emma Raymond 5:11.19

PRs (personal records):
Gabby Cain -- 200 Free -- 3:05.11
Amy Fudala -- 100 Back -- 1:21.75
Lovonna Carrigan -- 100 Breast -- 1:42.20

O-M girls fall to Newfield, 2-1

NEWFIELD, Sept. 12 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team lost to Newfield 2-1 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newfield soccer field.

The loss drops the Indians' season mark to 1-4 heading into a game Saturday morning at Candor.

Newfield's Sierra Henery scored both of her team's goals, while April Dunn scored for Odessa.

Newfield outshot the Indians 10-5, and had a 7-2 edge in corner kicks. Gillian Clark registered 8 saves in goal for Odessa.

O-M boys post 1st win; Povoski scores 3

NEWFIELD, Sept. 11 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team -- led by Collin Povoski's three goals, and two by Billy Bacon -- improved its record to 1-2 Wednesday when it defeated Newfield 6-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newfield soccer field.

The Indians built a 2-0 first-half lead on goals by Bacon at 12:04 and Povoski at the 3-minute mark, with assists by James Terry and Noah Bruno, respectively.

Bacon made it 3-0 at 29:11 of the second half, assisted by Povoski. Povoski then scored his second goal at 19:00, assisted by Joel Kelly, and his third at 17:40 on a penalty kick. The final goal came from Tyler Clark at 3:43, assisted by Cody Daugherty.

O-M had a 27-3 advantage in shots on goal, and an 11-1 advantage in corner kicks. Andy Fudala made three saves in goal for the Indians, who next face Candor at home Friday night.

"We finally got some scoring going," said O-M Coach Dirk Stephens, alluding to the team's two-goal total in the first two games. Those two goals, by Povoski and Kelly, both came in the team's opener.

Watkins Glen's Gabby LaRosa meets the ball as teammate Maya Palumbo watches closely.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins volleyball team falls to S-VE

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 11 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team's record slipped to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Wednesday when the Senecas dropped a 3-1 decision to Spencer-Van Etten in an IAC match in the Field House gym.

Game scores were 25-16, 17-25, 22-25 and 17-25.

Watkins Glen stats:
Amanda Cherock: 2 aces, 11 assists, 5 digs, 8 service points
Maya Palumbo: 3 kills, 12 digs, 6 service points
Mikayla Elliott: 17 digs, 5 service points
Gabby LaRosa: 3 aces, 3 kills, 12 digs, 9 service points
Gianna Willsey-Molene: 4 kills

S-VE stats:
Mina Cobb: 3 aces, 7 kills, 2 digs, 9 service points
Stephanie Roe: 2 aces, 11 assists, 9 service points
Montana Dieter: 4 aces, 3 assists, 8 kills, 11 service points
Arianna Megivern: 2 aces, 11 assists, 6 kills, 8 service points

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated S-VE 2-1 on game scores of 20-25, 25-20 and 25-23. The Senecas came back from a 12-2 deficit in the third game to pull out the victory.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Mikayla Elliott volleys. (Photo by Don Romeo)

From left: Watkins' Gianna Willsey-Molene (10), Amanda Cherock and Amanda Pike.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins boys fall in OT, slip to 1-2

WAVERLY, Sept. 11 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team lost in overtime Wednesday, dropping a 3-2 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly soccer field.

The Senecas, now 1-2, got goals from Josh Updyke and Lucas Wickham, the latter on an assist by Parker Pangallo. The Waverly goals were by Dawson Morey, Grant Caplan and Brenton Frisbie.

Watkins Glen goalkeeper Simon Wigmore made six saves, while Waverly netminder Cameron Rogers made three saves.

The Senecas return to action when they host the annual GLM tournament this weekend. They face Groton in an opening-round contest at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Dryden and Newark Valley square off in a 3:30 p.m. game. The consolation and finals are Saturday.

The Watkins Glen girls varsity cross-country team starts the race. (Photo by Heidi Pike)

Watkins runners win lone home meet

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 10 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity cross country teams posted victories Tuesday at a five-team season-opening meet at the Watkins Glen State Park, the Senecas' only home meet of the year.

The Watkins boys registered a score of 18, well ahead of Edison's 57 and Waverly's 60. Spencer-Van Etten and Lansing failed to field a mimimum of five runners, so their scores went as incomplete.

The Watkins Glen girls, meanwhile, posted a score of 20, easily topping Waverly's 47 and Lansing's 68. The S-VE and Edison scores were incomplete due to fewer than five runners.

Said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary: "The kids have worked really hard" leading up to the season, which continues Saturday with an Invitational at Chenango Valley

Boys Race:

Ben Eisenhart of Lansing won the 2.9-mile race, run under ideal, cloudy conditions with temperatures in the mid 70s. He had a time of 16.06.

Watkins Glen took six of the next nine positions. Patrick Hazlitt was 2nd with a 16:14, while Shawn Rutledge was 3rd in 16:52, Jacob Carocci 6th in 18:01, Brandon Pike 7th in 18:08, Shawn Holland 8th in 18:09 and Gabe Planty 10th in 18:10. Other Seneca finishes: Jacob Sandritter, 13th in 19:13; Conlin Wysocki, 18th in 20:01; and Julian Thornton, 32nd in 24:01.

Girls Race:

Watkins Glen's Cambria Weeden won the race in 20:18. Senecas in the top 10 were Brooke Shaffer, 3rd in 20:50; Maggie Bond, 4th in 21:06; Julia Reilly, 5th in 21:16; and Taylor Kennard, 7th in 21:31. Other Watkins finishes: Kai Sutterby, 11th in 22:00; Clara Chedzoy, 12th in 22:08; and Aran Holland, 20th in 25:18.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt nears the end of the race. He finished second. (Photo by George Rutledge)

From left: Watkins Glen runners Cambria Weeden (who won), Brooke Shaffer and Jacob Carocci. (Two left photos by Rod Weeden; right photo by George Rutledge)

Left: Honored on Senior Night was Watkins Glen's Taylor Kennard. Right: The Senecas' Brandon Pike finishes the race. (Photos by George Rutledge)

Watkins Glen's Makenna Fraboni sends the ball on its way. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen girls lose to Geneva, 3-0

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 10 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team saw its record slip to 1-2 Tuesday when the Senecas dropped a 3-0 non-league decision to Geneva on the WGHS soccer field.

The halftime score was 2-0.

Watkins Glen outshot Geneva 14-10, but, said Watkins Glen Coach Brian Gardner, “I thought the girls came out flat today and it kind of carried through the entire game. I know we have some good talent on this team, but we just didn’t come out with the intensity we needed to control the pace of the game.”

Watkins Glen goalkeeper Allison Teed registered seven saves, while the Geneva netminder had 14 saves.

The Senecas return to action Friday when they host the annual GLM Tournament, facing Elmira Notre Dame in an opening-round game at 5:30 p.m. Dryden and Newark Valley compete at 3:30 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Madison Gates sends a shot on goal. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Justine Hulbert maneuvers around a Geneva player. Right: The Senecas' Allison Teed scoops up the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

O-M's Tori Reese on the way to first place in the 100 Fly. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

Odessa swimmers bow to Lansing

ODESSA, Sept. 10 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team opened its season with a loss Tuesday, falling to Lansing 61-32 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

O-M was led by 8th grader Tori Reese, who took first place in the 100 Fly in 1:20.39 and in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:22.40.

The 400 Free Relay of Lovona Carrigan, Maddie Lodge, Kara Reese and Emelia Paulisczak also took first place, posting a time of 5:27.33

Second-place finishes for OM:
--200 Medley Relay of Amy Fudala, McKenna Carberry, Tori Reese and Emma Raymond in 2:24.12
--Emelia Paulisczak in the 200 Free -- 2:33.13
--Emma Raymond in the 500 Free -- 6:40.83 (PR)
--400 Free Relay team of Emma Lodge, Karissa Rounds, Gabby Cain and McKenna Carberry in 8:08.52

PRs (personal records):
--Maddie Lodge in the 200 Free (2:54.00) and 100 Free (1:15.51)
--Lovona Carrigan in the 200 IM (3:21.36)
--Emma Raymond in the 500 Free and the 200 IM (3:00.87)

"I was really impressed with the way the girls swam today," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "Many of the returners from last year posted PRs, so that is a great way to start the season. We are a really young team, so we have lots of room for improvement, but the girls have been working hard and I know they will see their times drop throughout the season."

Photo in text: Odessa's Emelia Paulisczak en route to second place in the 200 Free. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

Left: O-M's McKenna Carberry competes in the 100 Breaststroke. Right: The Indians' Maddie Lodge in the 200 Free Relay. (Photos by Susan Bleiler)

Odessa's Gabby Cain competes in the 100 Backstroke. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

Watkins swimmers open with victory

WHITNEY POINT, Sept. 10 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team, led by two individual wins each by Victoria Wixson, Emma Allington and Halle Phillips, defeated Whitney Point 71-10 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference season-opening meet in the Whitney Point pool.

The Watkins finishes included the following:

200 Medley Relay: 1st: Victoria Wixson, Katherine Meehan, Liza Carnes, Emma Allington (2:06.14)
200 Freestyle: 1st: Halle Phillips 2:24.60; 2nd: Maddy Ross 2:25.12
200 Individual Medley: 1st: Victoria Wixson 2:28.65; 2nd: Katherine Meehan 2:52.87
50 Freestyle: 1st: Emma Allington 27.71; 2nd: Sara Gardner 29.96
Diving: NO DIVING
100 Butterfly: 1st: Bridgette Guild 1:24.94; 2nd: Liza Carnes 1:25.74
100 Freestlye: 1st: Emma Allington 1:01.41; 2nd: Elise Allington 1:12.06
500 Freestyle: 1st: Halle Phillips 6:42.50
200 Freestyle Relay: 1st: Peighton Cervoni, Liza Carnes, Bridgette Guild, Megan Hoy 1:08.17; 2nd: Isabella Fazzary, Angel Williams, Sara Gardner, Elise Allington 2:08.13
100 Backstroke: 1st: Victoria Wixson 1:08.17
100 Breaststroke: 1st: Katherine Meehan 1:17.42
400 Freestyle Relay: 1st: Isabella Fazzary, Angel Williams, Sara Gardner, Elise Allington

O-M girls blanked by S-VE

SPENCER, Sept. 10 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 1-3 Tuesday when the Indians dropped a 2-0 decision to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the S-VE soccer field.

Spencer-Van Etten scored both of its goals in the first half.

The Panthers outshot O-M 8-7, and had a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks.

Addi Rhodes registered three saves in goal in the first half for Odessa, while teammate Gillian Clark notched three saves in the second half.

The Indians return to action Thursday at Newfield.

O-M boys fall to S-VE in overtime

ODESSA, Sept. 9 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team saw its record slip to 0-2 Monday night when it lost 1-0 in overtime to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

After neither team scored in regulation, S-VE got the game-winner at 6:19 of the first overtime on a goal by Jesse Tillotson.

S-VE outshot Odessa 22-17, while O-M had an 8-6 edge in corner kicks. Andy Fudala made 21 saves in goal for the Indians, while S-VE's goalkeeper, Gene Beavers, registered 17.

With the victory, S-VE improved to 2-1.

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

Glen posts volleyball win over Newfield

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 9 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team improved its overall record to 1-2 and its Interscholastic Athletic Conference mark to 1-1 Monday when it swept Newfield 3-0 in an IAC match in the Field House gym.

Game scores were 25-5, 25-21 and 25-16.

Watkins Glen Stats:
Amanda Cherock: 3 aces, 15 assists, 14 service points
Amanda Pike: 6 kills
Megan McMinds: 2 aces, 16 service points
Gabby LaRosa: 4 aces, 4 kills, 8 digs
Maya Palumbo: 8 digs

Newfield Stats:
Katie McKee: 3 aces, 3 kills, 3 digs
Jordan Colburn: 2 aces, 5 digs
Alexis Baker: 2 aces, 3 kills, 2 digs
Sage Duff: 16 assists, 6 digs
Nicole Moravea: 14 assists, 3 digs

Junior Varsity: Watkins defeated Newfield 3-0. Game scores were 25-19, 25-9 and 25-15.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Maya Palumbo reaches low to return a volley. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: in the JV match, Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez volleys. Right: In the varsity match, the Senecas' Megan McMinds delivers one of her 16 service points.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

O-M volleyball team falls to Candor

ODESSA, Sept. 9 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team extended Candor to five games Monday evening before falling 3-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

With the loss, Odessa's season mark slipped to 1-2.

Stats for Odessa:
Alyssa Crout: 5 aces, 7 assists, 2 digs, 9 service points
Alexis Austin: 3 aces, 4 kills, 2 blocks, 2 digs, 9 service points
Vicky Ayers: 2 aces, 2 digs, 14 service points
Brooke Collins: 2 aces, 2 digs, 8 service points
Kalie Thomas: 2 digs, 6 service points

Stats for Candor:
Kietarah Mancini: 3 aces, 6 kills, 20 service points
Brittni Swansbrough: 7 kills
Kylee Edwards: 12 digs
Breanna Fields: 6 aces, 6 kills, 2 blocks, 14 service points
Danielle Morse: 14 assists, 17 service points
Alicia Updyke: 5 aces, 11 service points

Athletes: Rekczis, Brown and Recker

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept 8 -- Two football players and a soccer player are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week -- the inaugural choices in the new sports season.

Watkins Glen seniors Keith Rekczis and Jon Brown both earned the honor for their performances in the Senecas' 59-0 football victory over Newfield. Brown ran for 176 yards on 23 carries and scored three touchdowns, while Rekczis rushed for 151 yards on 12 carries and scored two touchdowns.

The other honoree is German exchange student Jonas Recker, who scored all three goals in the Watkins Glen boys soccer team's first victory of the year, a 3-1 decision over Candor. He also had an assist in the Senecas' first game, an overtime loss.

Double Honorable Mention: Watkins Glen football's Ryan Pruitt, Ian Chedzoy and Jordan Rappleye, along with the entire offensive line; Watkins Glen volleyball's Amanda Pike; and Odessa-Montour soccer's Ryan Marsh, Sage Garrison, McKenna Lott and Hailie Searles.

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

Starting this week: The girls swimming season; O-M's football season; and Watkins Glen's cross country season.

Watkins Glen football team races past Newfield, 59-0

NEWFIELD, Sept. 6 -- The Watkins Glen varsity football team, maintaining a strictly ground-oriented offense, ran past Newfield 59-0 Saturday afternoon in a Section IV non-divisional season opener on the Newfield football field.

The Senecas, who didn't pass once, amassed 435 yards on 46 carries as senior Jon Brown scored three touchdowns and senior Keith Rekczis scored two. The pair combined for 327 yards -- Brown going 176 on 23 carries and Rekczis 151 on 12 carries.

Sophomore Ryan Pruitt added 101 yards on three carries and a touchdown, Jordan Rappleye scored on a 2-yard run, and junior Ian Chedzoy notched a touchdown when he blocked a Newfield punt and ran it 32 yards to paydirt.

"We did very well. I was really impressed with our kids," said Watkins Glen Coach Lou Condon, noting that his squad's double-wing misdirection offense was so effective that the Senecas not only didn't need to punt once, but were never put in a fourth-down situation.

"I want to give a big shout-out to our offensive line," Condon (pictured at right) added. "You don't get 435 yards rushing without a lot of good blocks. They played very well."

Newfield registered 100 yards on the ground on 35 carries, and another 35 yards on 1-for-5 passing. The Trojans yielded one interception, by Watkins Glen's Pruitt.

The Senecas scored eight touchdowns -- two in each quarter -- starting with Chedzoy's punt-block return only about four minutes into the game. (The Senecas registered one other blocked punt in the game, by Jordan Shea.)

In order, the eight Watkins touchdowns came from:

--Chedzoy on his 32-yard blocked-punt return (with a Brown 2-point conversion run);
--Rekczis on a 31-yard run (with another 2-point conversion by Brown);
--Rappleye on a 2-yard run (with a Rappleye 2-point conversion);
--Brown on a 3-yard run (a 2-point conversion attempt failed);
--Brown on a 2-yard run (with a 2-point conversion by Rekczis);
--Brown on a 14-yard run (with a Pruitt 2-point conversion);
--Rekczis on a 7-yard run (with a Rappleye point-after kick);
--Pruitt on a 31-yard run (with the PAT attempt failing).

The Senecas scored 16 points in the first quarter, 14 in the second, 16 in the third, and 13 in the fourth.

Playing quarterback for Watkins Glen was Justin Kelly.

The Senecas return to action next Saturday, Sept. 13, when they host Waverly at 7 p.m. on the WGHS football field.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen football coach Lou Condon (File photo)

Watkins volleyball team 2nd at tourney

CAMPBELL, Sept. 6 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team placed second Saturday in the annual Campbell-Savona Volleyball Tournament, falling to Hammondsport in the finals.

The Senecas went 8-0 in the first round of play against Avoca, Campbell-Savona, Hornell and Arkport, and took two out of three games in the first round of the playoffs against Bath-Haverling to advance to the finals.

However, Hammondsport prevailed in the championship round, defeating Watkins Glen by scores of 25-20 and 25-22.

O-M goes 3-5:

The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team competed at the Campbell-Savona Tournament Saturday, winning 3 out of 8 games and failing to advance to the playoffs. Their games were against Canisteo-Greenwood, Bath-Haverling, Hammondsport and Wellsville.

Vicky Ayers was named O-M's MVP for tourney play that included a total of 11 service points, 3 kills, 2 digs and 2 aces.

Photos in text:

Top: The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team poses after the tourney.

Bottom: O-M's Vicky Ayers with the trophy designating her as her team's MVP. (Photos provided)

O-M girls top Avoca for 1st victory

CAMPBELL, Sept. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team notched its first victory of the season Saturday when it came from behind to post a 2-1 overtime victory over Avoca in the consolation game of the Campbell-Savona tournament.

Sage Garrison scored from 25 yards out with 1:04 remaining in regulation to force the overtime, where April Dunn scored the game-winner. The win lifted the Indians' mark to 1-2.

O-M outshot Avoca 11-4, while each team had 3 corner kicks. Addi Rhodes had 3 saves in goal for the Indians.

1st round: O-M dropped a tourney opening-round game on Friday to Campbell-Savona, 4-2. Garrison and Kennedey Heichel each scored a goal, while Garrison and Callie Stillman each notched an assist.

O-M outshot Campbell-Savona 10-6, while C-S had a 3-2 edge in corner kicks. Rhodes and Gillian Clark combined for 2 saves.

Honors: O-M's McKenna Lott and Hailie Searles made the All-Tournament team.

Watkins Glen girls fall to Candor, 2-1

CANDOR, Sept. 7 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 1-1 Saturday when the Senecas dropped a 2-1 decision to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Candor soccer field.

Watkins Glen outshot Candor 18-10, and had a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks, but came up short on the scoreboard. Allison Teed made 8 saves in goal for the Senecas, while the Tioga keeper made 17. The game was scoreless at halftime.

Watkins Glen's lone goal was scored by Keziah Fraboni, with an assist from Makenna Fraboni. Angela Martone scored both of Candor's goals.

"The girls again played well and pressured the ball, creating scoring opportunities," said Watkins Glen Coach Brian Gardner. "Candor played a good game and their goalie came up with some good saves at the right time. I can't take anything away from them. Allison Teed again played well in the goal, and every player on our team contributed offensively and defensively, so I can't complain about the direction we are going. We just came up one goal short on the scoreboard this time."

Jonas Recker sends the ball into the net for one of his three goals. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen boys win, even mark at 1-1

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 5 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team, behind three goals by Jonas Recker, defeated Candor 3-1 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS soccer field.

The victory evened the Senecas' record at 1-1 heading into a contest at Waverly next Wednesday.

Recker -- an exchange student from Germany -- scored once in the first half, assisted by Matt Estes, and then added two unassisted goals after intermission. Candor's lone goal was by Tim Sandgren in the second half.

Watkins Glen outshot Candor 17-7. Goalkeeper Simon Wigmore registered six saves for the Senecas, while Candor's keeper notched 14.

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Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Justin Duane, right, battles a Candor player for possession of the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Lucas Wickham (left photo) and Issek Pierce (20 in right photo) control the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

O-M volleyball team edges Newfield

ODESSA, Sept. 5 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team evened its season record at 1-1 Thursday when it posted a 3-2 victory over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

The game scores were 13-25, 25-16, 26-24, 11-25 and 25-19.

"It was a close game," said O-M Coach Kayla Kelly, "but my girls were able to pull it together to get a win."

O-M stats:

Vicky Ayers: 3 aces, 15 service points
Brooke Collins: 5 aces, 1 assist, 3 kills, 1 dig, 10 service points
Alyssa Crout: 3 aces, 3 assists, 4 service points
Marissa Ferguson: 2 aces, 7 service points
Alexis Austin: 1 ace, 3 kills, 2 service points

Left: Watkins Glen's Gabby LaRosa volleys. Right: The Senecas' setter, Amanda Cherock, meets the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen volleyball team falls 3-1

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 5 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team saw its record slip to 0-2 Thursday when it dropped a 3-1 decision to Hammondsport in a non-league match in the WGHS Field House.

Game scores were 21-25, 29-27, 20-25 and 22-25.

Watkins Glen stats:
Amanda Cherock: 5 aces, 7 assists, 14 service points
Amanda Pike:13 digs, 8 kills
Mikayla Elliott: 8 digs, 6 service points
Gabby LaRosa: 10 service points

Hammondsport stats:
Zarha Weber: 15 aces, 11 kills
Ally Binnert:18 assists, 6 kills
Tanessa Whitney: 6 aces, 16 assists, 14 kills

Next up for Watkins: The Campbell-Savona Tournament on Saturday.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Hammondsport 2-1. Game scores were 25-13, 23-25 and 25-17.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike stretches as she sends the ball over the net. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkisn Glen's Isobel Scheffey (9) sends a shot toward the Tioga goal.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen girls open with 3-0 win

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 4 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team pulled away from Tioga with three goals after intermission Wednesday to post a 3-0 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory over the Tigers on the WGHS soccer field.

Watkins goals were registered by Bernadette Osbourne, Isobel Scheffey and Madison Gates, the latter on a penalty kick. Kiersten Stiles had an assist.

Tioga outshot the Senecas 15-13, but couldn't capitalize. Said first-year Tioga Coach Jim Walsh: "We had a mental and physical letdown once they scored early in the second half."

Allison Teed made 15 saves in goal for Watkins Glen en route to the shutout, while Tioga netminder Rebekah Argetsinger registered 10 saves. The Senecas led in corner kicks, 5-4.

"This was a good effort by all our girls," said Watkins Glen Coach Brian Gardner. "We started a little slow in the first half and had some control issues, but we made some adjustments at halftime that the girls responded well to. Early in the second half we were able to step up the pressure on the ball, and this led to more scoring opportunities that we were able to capitalize on."

Watkins Glen returns to action at 10 a.m. Saturday at Candor.

Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Raevyn Saunders (11) eyes the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins' Makenna Fraboni (in head band at left) and Joelle Slater (right) meet the ball.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins goalkeeper Allison Teed grabs the ball as a Tioga player approaches.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

O-M girls fall to Newark Valley in opener

ODESSA, Sept. 4 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team opened the season on a losing note Wednesday, dropping a 4-0 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The Indians return to action Friday and Saturday in the Campbell-Savona Tournament, and then visit Spencer-Van Etten on Tuesday.

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Photo in text: O-M's Dana Roberts, left, battles a Newark Valley player for possession of the ball. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

Left: O-M's Callie Stillman moves the ball upfield. Right: O-M goalkeeper Addi Rhodes sends the ball to midfield. (Photos by Mike Stamp)

Watkins, O-M boys drop soccer openers

TIOGA CENTER, Sept. 3 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team opened its season with a loss Tuesday, dropping a 2-1 overtime decision to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Tioga soccer field.

The Senecas grabbed a 1-0 first-half lead on a goal by Matt Estes, assisted by Jonas Recker. But Tioga responded with a second-half goal to even the score, and won it in overtime on a goal by Adam Layman.

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

Also: The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team fell to Newark Valley 4-2 Tuesday in a season opener on the road. Collin Povoski and Joel Kelly scored for O-M. The Indians will host Spencer-Van Etten Monday at 7 p.m.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Cherock (left) and Mikayla Elliott in action.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

WG volleyball opens with loss to Tioga

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 3 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team opened its season on a losing not Tuesday, falling to Tioga 3-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS Field House gym.

Game scores were 19-25, 25-16, 23-25 and 11-25.

Amanda Pike paced the Senecas with 20 kills and 11 digs, while setter Amanda Cherock notched 13 assists to go with 9 service points.

Double-digit digs were also posted by Mikayla Elliott and Maya Palumbo, while Nateah Cornish supplied 9 digs and 8 service points.

Said Watkins Glen Athletic Director Rod Weeden: "I look forward to a strong season for Watkins Glen, which played one of the toughest teams in the state right out of the box."

Home Stats:
Amanda Cherock:13 assists, 2 digs, 9 service points
Amanda Pike:11 digs, 20 kills
Mikayla Elliott:12 digs, 9 service points
Maya Palumbo:11 digs
Nateah Cornish: 9 digs, 8 service points

Visitor Stats:
Mailey Bowen: 9 aces, 28 assists, 7 digs, 23 service points
Alyssa Mosher: 6 kills
Olivia Howland: 14 kills, 5 digs

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen fell 3-0 to Tioga. Game scores were 8-25, 14-25 and 15-25.

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

O-M volleyball team loses to Waverly

WAVERLY, Sept. 3 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team fell to Waverly 3-0 Tuesday in its season opener, an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match held in the Waverly gym.

Game scores were 17-25, 8-25 and 15-25.

Odessa-Montour Stats:
Alexis Austin: 1 ace, 1 service point, 2 digs
Vicky Ayers: 1 assist, 1 ace, 7 service points, 2 digs
Lexi Skinner: 1 assist, 1 ace, 2 service points, 1 dig
Brooke Collins: 2 kills
Kalie Thomas: 1 ace, 3 service points
Kassi Snyder: 1 ace, 3 service points
Starr Cole: 1 ace, 1 service point

The Indians return to action Thursday at home against Newfield.

Junior Varsity: Waverly defeated O-M, 3-0.

Members of the Watkins Glen varsity cross-country team were out running Monday.

Practice underway for Fall Sports

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Aug. 19 -- High school sports teams around New York State opened practice Monday for the upcoming fall sports season.

Athletes were busy at Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high schools, prepping for their season-opening contests, which are three weeks and less away.

Down at Watkins Glen, the boys and girls varsity soccer teams, each with about 20 players, were being put through drills and laps by their coaches. Phil Watson is the boys' coach, while Brian Gardner leads the girls' squad.

Assisting both teams are coaches Mark Stephany, Lee Wigmore and Ralph Diliberto.

The Watkins Glen football team was out on the field, with Coach Lou Condon running the players through various exercises and drills. Twenty-five young athletes were on hand for the first practice.

The varsity cross-country team was also out and about, running the sidewalks and side roads of the village, and along the edges of the WGHS athletic complex.

The Watkins girls soccer team starts its season schedule on Aug. 29 at home against Geneva. The boys' team opens at Tioga on Sept. 2. The football team's first game is Sept. 6 at Newfield, while the cross-country squad opens Sept. 9 in the Watkins Glen State Park against Spencer-Van Etten, Lansing, Waverly and Edison.

The WGHS varsity swim team opens Sept. 4 with the Harvest Relays, while the varsity volleyball team opens Sept. 2 at home against Tioga following an Aug. 28 scrimmage at home against Odessa-Montour.

At Odessa-Montour:

--The football team opens Sept. 5 at home against Trumansburg. Coach Bob Lee had 16 players on hand Monday night, but said he hoped for 21 or 22 when work conflicts ended and physical exams were completed.
--The girls swim team opens Sept. 4 with the Harvest Relays.
--The girls soccer team opens Sept. 3 at home against Newark Valley.
--The boys soccer team opens Sept. 2 at Newark Valley.
--The volleyball team opens Sept. 2 at Waverly.

Photos in text: The WGHS varsity football team runs a lap; Odessa-Montour varsity football coach Bob Lee at practice Monday evening.

Left: Watkins Glen's Madison Myers heads the ball during a soccer drill. Right: The Senecas' Lucas Wickham maneuvers the ball.

The coaching staff at the WGHS girls varsity soccer practice. Head Coach Brian Gardner, second from left, is flanked by (from left) Lee Wigmore, Mark Stephany and Ralph Diliberto.

The tournament -- and the sign signifying the cause for which it raised funds, the Defense for Devon Foundation -- was at Clute Park, near Seneca Lake's waters. (Photo by Liz Fraboni)

Inaugural Devon tourney proves a hit

WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 17 -- More than 80 young adults on a total of 21 teams competed Saturday in a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament at Clute Park in memory of Devon Shaw.

Shaw lost his battle against cancer in July 2013, just weeks after graduating from Watkins Glen High School. In the wake of his passing, a foundation was established -- the Defense for Devon Foundation -- to create an annual scholarship and to help in the fight against cancer.

Organizers held a fundraiser recently at the Montour Moose Lodge, and are planning a fundraising golf tournament for next summer. Saturday's tourney was designed, they said, "to commemorate Devon's wily spirit and athleticism."

The winners of Saturday's event -- played on Clute Park courts in pleasant weather under sunny skies -- were as follows:

Men's 19+: The Tri-fectas, a team featuring Jesse Teeter, Josh Teeter, Luke Flahive and Brady Myers.

Men's 16-18: The Hoops! We Did It Again team, featuring Storm Mackey, Foster Clark and Carter McCormick.

Women's 19+: The 4 Shades of Grey team, featuring MacKenzie Kellogg, Alison Barkee, Abby Brewer and Erin Farney.

The tournament included players from around the region -- Waverly, Bath, Addison, Campbell, Savona, Watkins Glen, Odessa, Montour Falls, Elmira, Corning, Horseheads and Seneca Falls.

Photos in text:

Top: Mark Fraboni of the Mr. Chicken team goes high on defense as Jesse Teeter of the Tri-fectas drives toward the hoop.

Bottom: The sisters Pike -- Marissa (left) and Amanda -- were competing in the tournament. (Photos by Liz Fraboni)

From left: MacKenzie Kellogg (left) and Haley Tuttle battle under the basket; Justin DeDominick glides to the basket; and Devon Shaw's mother, Diana Crane, and stepfather Jim Crane, on hand for the tournament. (Photos by Liz Fraboni)

Wendy Brooks of Beaver Dams tees off on No. 2. Her team finished third.

Tourney raises $20K for Arc of Schuyler

Special to
The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 16 -- The Arc of Schuyler raised more than $20,000 at its 14th annual golf tournament fundraiser held on Friday, August 15 at the Watkins Glen Golf Course.

The Bonadio Group and Relph Benefit Advisors returned as Presenting Sponsors of the event. Empire Access was an Ace Sponsor, and Birdie Sponsors were Garage Floor Coating of NY, Hart Hotels, and Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards. These sponsors and more than 70 other businesses, wineries, restaurants, and retail stores contributed through sponsorship or product donations.

Completing the tournament in first place was the Hill & Markes team -- Brian Bockelkamp, Jared Hammond, Chris Schoemaker and Steve Schoemaker.

The team is the first to be added to a new Arc Golf Tournament Champions plaque, created in honor of Dave and Marilyn Dalrymple. The Arc recognized the Dalrymples for the role they have played in the success of the tournament over the years and for their ongoing support. The plaque will hang at the Watkins Glen Golf Course clubhouse.

The second-place team was that of Derrick Alexander, Allan Lowman, Sean Lukasik and Travis Womer, sponsored by Garage Floor Coating of NY, and the third-place team was that of Donald and Lisa Crouch and Milt and Wendy Brooks.

Also new this year was a challenge named “Hit one for Harrison” in honor of past Board member G. Thomas Harrison. Harrison was an active volunteer serving in various Board and Committee capacities at The Arc until his death last year.

“Tom is sorely missed,” said Michael Stamp, president of The Arc of Schuyler. “He was always helpful and friendly. He was instrumental in making The Arc’s tournament a reality and we’re proud to honor his memory.”

Winners of the contests held on the course were: Mark Ramos for men’s longest drive, Marty King for men’s closest-to-the-pin, and Dana Grover for women’s longest drive and women’s closest-to-the-pin. Andrew Clark won the 50/50 raffle prize and donated half his winnings back to The Arc.

The golf tournament planning committee includes Tournament Chair Dominick Franzese, 2014 Honorary Chair Michael Larkin, Nick Anagnost of Montour Falls, Rick Carroll of Chemung Canal Trust Company, David Dalrymple of Rock Stream, Doug Hagin of E.C. Cooper, retired Arc executive director James Wilson, Arc executive director Jeannette Frank, and Arc community relations director Holly Baker.

“The committee is sincerely grateful to the generous sponsors, tournament supporters, golfers, and many volunteers who demonstrate great support of The Arc and of people with developmental disabilities through this tournament,” said Franzese. “We truly appreciate their help in making this a fun event and successful fundraiser.”

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

Photos in text:

Top: The first-place team members included, from left, Jared Hammond, Brian Bockelkamp, Chris Schoemaker, and Steve Schoemaker. (Photo provided)

Second: Rick Carroll watches the flight of his ball on the second hole.

Third: Manning the food tent were, from left, Don Stocum, Doug Hagin and Jim Wilson.

Bottom: Tournament Chair Dominick Franzese, right, and past chair David Dalrymple present the tournament's championship plaque, created in honor of Dave and Marilyn Dalrymple for the roles they have played in the success of the tournament over the years. The first-place team this year, Hill & Markes, will be added to the plaque, which will hang in the Watkins Glen Golf Course clubhouse. (Photo provided)

The race field, led by pole-sitter Jeff Gordon (24) rounds Turn 7, heading for the start of the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen. (Photo by Liz Fraboni)

Allmendinger wins crash-marred race

WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 11 -- It was a long afternoon on the Watkins Glen International racetrack Sunday for competitors in the NASCAR Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Sprint Cup race.

Red flags forced stoppage of about two hours in a race that started shortly after 1 p.m. and didn't end until 5:30. One stoppage was almost an hour and a half long, following a multi-car crash coming out of Turn 5.

In the end -- victorious with a couple of nifty passes of key challenger Marcos Ambrose and a dominant restart with two laps remaining -- was first-time Sprint Cup winner AJ Allmendinger, driving for the JTG Daugherty Racing team.

"We won," he told ESPN interviewer Dr. Jerry Punch afterward. "We won a Sprint Cup race, Jerry!"

The entire JTG Daugherty Racing team -- headed by ESPN commentator Brad Daugherty -- celebrated the victory with enthusiasm, for it was also the team's first win and all but gave their single-car squad a spot in The Chase for The Sprint Cup.

The day was marred by the absence of racer Tony Stewart and the circumstances surrounding his reason for dropping out of the race: the death of a young driver at Canandaigua Motorsports Park Saturday night -- a driver who was on foot on the track when struck by Stewart's car during a sprint race there. (See USA Today for that story). Regan Smith was given Sunday's ride in Stewart's car.

The race was led early by pole-sitter Jeff Gordon, and through much of the middle third of the race by Marcos Ambrose, who started in the second spot. Gordon dropped out after 50 laps when his car suddenly lost power.

A crash on Lap 57 damaged several cars, basically destroying that of Ryan Newman, who hit a guard rail past Turn 5 and bounced back across the track, smashing into the car driven by Michael McDowell -- who in turn hit the guardrail on the opposite side, ripping it up. Stoppage lasted for more than 80 minutes, time enough for many TV interviews of drivers on the subjects of both strategy and track safety.

Among them was Newman, who said the Watkins track is "very antiquated" and "not at all up to NASCAR's safety standards." He expressed the hope that "something will change" by the time the drivers return to The Glen next year.

The pros and cons of proper safety measures filled a good portion of the TV stoppage time, with Glen supporters noting that the track has made many improvements in recent years, always responding to NASCAR requests.

Allmendinger led for most of the remaining part of the race, although three cautions and a red flag in the final 10 laps led to some tight racing by the leader and Ambrose, with each passing the other in the final half-dozen laps.

The final restart had Allmendinger ahead, and he managed to pull away for the victory. Finishing second was Ambrose, followed by Kurt Busch, rooke Kyle Larson, Carl Edwards and Joey Logano.

Photos in text: The car of Alex Bowman is towed to the garage after being damaged in the Turn 5 multi-car crash; Jeff Gordon waves to fans on a trip around the course before the race; race winner AJ Allmendinger; and a parachutist floats down as part of the pre-race celebration. (1st, 2nd and 4th photos by Liz Fraboni)

The crowd watches as the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen cars roar past. (Photo by Liz Fraboni)

Arc to hold 14th annual golf tourney

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 6, 2014 -- The Arc of Schuyler will hold its 14th Annual Golf Tournament at the Watkins Glen Golf Course on Friday, August 15. The tournament raises funds to help provide services and supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Dominick Franzese of Watkins Glen is serving as Chair of the tournament, following Dave Dalrymple, who served in that capacity for a number of years. Franzese is an avid golfer and has served on The Arc’s golf tournament committee in the past.

“Under Dave’s leadership, The Arc of Schuyler Golf Tournament has become one of the most popular tournaments in Schuyler County and a tremendous fundraiser for an outstanding organization,” Franzese said. “I’m proud to support The Arc and honored to take on the role of their tournament chair.”

Franzese will greet golfers and volunteers alongside this year’s Honorary Tournament Chair, Michael Larkin. Larkin is supported by The Arc and a regular volunteer at the Franklin Street Gallery in downtown Watkins Glen. His job is to help keep the gallery looking great for visitors, cleaning the entrance, hanging artwork, and assisting with exhibit receptions and events. Larkin is developing his own artistic talents through classes at the Franklin Street Gallery and diligent practice.

“Someday I want to exhibit my work at the gallery,” Larkin said. “I like volunteering there, because I get to meet artists and talk to customers.” Mike also enjoys volunteering through The Arc with the Schuyler County Office for the Aging’s Meals on Wheels, Schuyler County Head Start, and other organizations.

“An Honorary Chair should help focus our participants and sponsors on what this tournament is about,” Franzese said. “Mike shows real commitment to being of service in his community and works hard to achieve his goals. The tournament committee is proud to honor him for his contributions and accomplishments.”

The Arc’s Golf Tournament is supported by dozens of local and regional sponsors, including its Presenting Sponsors: The Bonadio Group and Relph Benefit Advisors.

For more information about the tournament, visit www.arcofschuyler.org or call the Director of Community Relations, Holly Baker, at 607-535-6934.

Photo in text: The Arc of Schuyler Golf Tournament's Honorary Chair, Michael Larkin (left), and Tournament Chair Dominick Franzese. (Photo provided)

Chedzoy, Gould compete in Syacuse event

Special to The Odessa File

SYRACUSE, Aug. 4 -- Watkins Glen High School grapplers Brandon Gould and Ian Chedzoy recently competed in a series of “caged wrestling” exhibition bouts between members of the Finger Lakes Wrestling Club and the CNY Pin2Win Wrestling Club.

The matches preceded a professional MMA event in Syracuse on Saturday, August 2nd.

Caged wrestling combines Folkstyle (collegiate) and Freestyle (Olympic) rules and scoring. Both boys won their respective bouts.

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Photo at right: WGHS wrestlers Ian Chedzoy, left, and Brandon Gould in Syracuse. (Photo provided)

 

Gavich-Lovell squad wins Anagnost tourney

WATKINS GLEN, July 20 -- The Gavich-Lovell team took first place Saturday in the 10th annual Jim Anagnost Memorial Golf Tournament at the Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Members of the squad were Frank Gavich, Greg Gavich, Randy Lovell and Tom Lovell. They posted a score of 56. Second place went to the quartet of Ed Alling, Chris Wickham, Jack Wheeler and Chad Lansing with a score of 61.

Ann Tuttle won the Long Drive on Hole #4, while Nick Minichiello won it on Hole #13.

Phil Losito won the Closest to the Pin award on Hole #5, while Mike Drake won it on Hole #14.

The tournament is in memory of Jim Anagnost, a 1984 Odessa-Montour High School graduate who passed away in 2005.

Thirteen 4-person teams competed. Teams in addition to the first- and second-place squads included the following:

--John Anagnost, Basil Anagnost, Nick Anagnost, Henry Martinez.
--Beth Henderson, Matt Henderson, Sue Anagnost, Steve Anagnost.
--Mike Myers, Bryant Myers, Mike Miniciello, Nick Miniciello.
--Ann Tuttle, Michele Myers, Joanne Neumire, MacKenzie Kellogg.
--Fred Wickham, Lindsay Wickham, Jim Bauman, JB Baldwin.
--Mike Baker, Tom Halbert, Kelly Legare, Mark Lynch.
--Mike Drake, Jim Drake, Chris Slusser, Jim Bierman.
--Jack McCauley, Steve Monks, Doug Chapman, Ed Kowalski.
--Kevin Gordon, Kyle Gordon, Don Hardy, Phil Losito.
--Roger Myers, Mike Johnston, Bill Gill, Mac McCarty.
--Ed LoPresti, Tim Anderson, Dan Bradley, Phil Harrington.

The event was catered by Bleacher's Sports Bar & Grill.

Photos in text:

Top: The winning team of, from left, Greg Gavich, Frank Gavich, Randy Lovell and Tom Lovell. (Photo provided)

Middle: Nick Anagnost, left, the father of Jim Anagnost, chats with Roger Myers after they had completed their rounds of golf.

Bottom: MacKenzie Myers Kellogg, left, and Michele Myers, who teamed with Ann Tuttle and Joanne Neumire.

At the State Golf Tournament: From left, O-M's Gillian Clark and Watkins Glen's Halle Phillips and Hanley Elliott. (Photos provided)

Horseheads' Doyle places 6th at States

DELHI, June 15 -- Horseheads High School's Emily Doyle shot a 7-over-par 79 Sunday to finish with a 153 total and in 6th place in the 2014 New York State Public High School Athletic Association Girls Golf Championship on the Delhi College golf course.

Doyle, tied for the lead with a 74 after the first round of the 36-hole tournament Saturday, ended up seven shots behind the individual medalist, Lindsay May of Section III, who rallied from a 77 the first day to shoot a 3-under 69 Sunday for a 146 total. The runnerup, three strokes back of May, was first-round co-leader Chelsea Dantonio of Section VI. She shot a 74-75=149.

Doyle led a Section IV team that finished ninth in the 9-team, 81-player field. May's Section III squad took the team title with an 1134 total, five shots clear of Section XI's 1139, with Section I another four shots back at 1143.

Section IV's total was 1367. Second on the team, behind Doyle, was Watkins Glen High School's Halle Phillips, who followed a first-round 91 with a 95 and a 186 total, good for 56th place.

Other Section IV scores: Madalyn Owen (Horseheads) 95-102=197; Hanley Elliott (WGHS) 106-98=204; Capria Picco (Waverly) 109-98=207; Lexie Stoyall (Moravia) 106-101=207; Alex Tomasso (Waverly) 110-106=216; Gillian Clark (Odessa-Montour) 117-103=220; and Giovanni Lisi (Marathon) 111-119=230.

Photo in text: Horseheads High School's Emily Doyle. (File photo)

O-M names Little, Collins
as its Athletes of the Year

ODESSA, June 12 -- Odessa-Montour seniors Jordan Little and Joey Collins were named the winners Wednesday night of the school's annual Harold Lynch Athlete of the Year Awards.

The awards, presented each year to a male and female senior, were the final honors bestowed at the 46th Annual Sports Boosters Banquet. The presentation of trophies was held in the Fetter-Brown Auditorium.

Both Little and Collins are three-sport athletes -- Little in swimming, bowling and softball, and Collins in soccer, basketball and tennis.

Meanwhile, the prestigious Charles Martin Memorial Sportsmanship Awards went to Phil Humphries and Sarah Simmons, while in a vote of students, swim coach Terri Brace was named Coach of the Year.

The 8th annual Jim Anagnost Memorial Award -- given to an athlete dedicated to sports but not often recognized for his or her efforts -- went to Tiffany Kelly. Presenting the award was Jim's father, Nick Anagnost. Jim was a 1984 O-M graduate who died in 2005.

The evening was sprinkled with comments referring to the ongoing discussion over whether O-M and Watkins Glen football and girls swim teams should join forces. All of the comments suggested Odessa should resist such a move, with football Coach Bob Lee saying that sports in a small community "solidifies us, makes us one." Added Anagnost: "Don't lose what you have, because you'll never get it back."

The issue will be discussed tonight (Thursday) in the Fetter-Brown Auditorium at a meeting of the O-M School Board. On its agenda is a resolution considering "a pilot agreement with the Watkins Glen Central School District to share the Fall Football program and the Fall Swimming program."

Many other awards were presented during Wednesday's event, including the Gerard Crosley Track Award (which went to Maia Rumsey). Each varsity coach from throughout the year spoke about their seasons and called up members of their teams to receive Most Improved, Most Dedicated, Most Outstanding, Rookie of the Year and MVP honors.

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Photos in text:

Top: Jordan Little and Joey Collins pose with their Harold Lynch Award trophies, symbolic of Odessa-Montour's Athletes of the Year.

Bottom: Tiffany Kelly rises from her seat to walk to the podium and receive the Jim Anagnost Memorial Award.

Left: Gillian Clark, who received a Most Outstanding Award in basketball and Player of the Year in girls golf. Right: Dana Roberts receives her girls track MVP award.

Sarah Simmons and Phil Humphries, winners of the annual Charles Martin Memorial Sportsmanship Awards.

Left: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez delivers a pitch. Right: Watkins shortstop Taylor Kelly throws to first base after fielding a grounder. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Glen Modified Softball team wins finale

WATKINS GLEN, June 6 -- The Watkins Glen Modified Softball team closed the season with its fifth straight victory Thursday, defeating Candor 13-7 in a game on the Watkins Glen High School softball field.

Winning pitcher Mariah Gonzalez registered six strikeouts, with Katlyn Kernan handling the catching duties.

The Senecas had eight hits, including two each by Gonzalez (a double and a single) and Kathryn Losey (a double and a single). Other hits were singles by Kernan, Taylor Kelly, Alissa Lotz and Emmie Bond.

"Candor played well and didn't give up," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto, noting that they also had eight hits. "The edge we had was extra bases on our hits and stealing bases."

The Senecas, who finished with an 8-2 record, "worked hard this season," he added. "They are a diligent group of young ladies that I am very proud of."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen first baseman Emmie Bond touches the base for a putout after fielding a ground ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: The Senecas' Alissa Lotz slides home safely. Right: Watkins catcher Katlyn Kernan.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

Waverly's Jordan Raupers sends her ball toward the fourth green.

Waverly wins IAC tourney

WATKINS GLEN, June 5 -- The Waverly High School girls varsity golf team captured the team title Wednesday at the girls' Interscholastic Athletic Conference Tournament at the Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Waverly, led by medalist Capria Picco's 44 on the par-36 course, posted a total of 198 to turn back Lansing (208), Watkins Glen (211), Marathon (223) and Odessa-Montour (236).

Leading scores in addition to Picco's included:

Lexi Stoyall, Moravia, 45.
Halle Phillips, Watkins Glen, 48.
Olivia Longhouse, Lansing, 48.
Krista Taylor, Lansing, 48.
Gillian Clark, O-M, 49.
Hanley Elliott, Watkins Glen, 49.

Other Odessa-Montour scores included: Catherine Rounds, 58; Mikayla Curren, 64, and Gabby Fazzary, 65.

Photo on right: Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark tees off on the fifth hole.

Left: Watkins Glen's Halle Phillips chips on No. 4. Right: Watkins' Hanley Elliott.

Left: Watkins Glen's Cheyenne Stansfield tees off on No. 2. Right: Moravia's Lexi Stoyall chips from off the green at the fourth hole.

WGHS Most Valuable Player awards were presented (from left) to Halle Phillips (girls golf), Matt Gill (boys track), Jordan Doane and Taylor Hughey (softball), and Keith Rekczis (boys golf). Other MVPs not pictured: John Smith (baseball), Alexis Naylor (softball), Bryce de la osa Cruz (lacrosse) and Taylor Kennard (girls track). (Photo by Don Romeo)

HOF selectees, MVPs top awards night

WATKINS GLEN, June 4 -- Three new Watkins Glen High School Sports Hall of Fame members were inducted Tuesday night while WGHS spring sports MVP plaques and other honors were bestowed at the school's Sports Boosters Awards Night.

Joining the Hall of Fame were multi-sport athlete Jennifer Conklin of the Class of 2006 and soccer star Michael Beber of the Class of 1999, and -- in the Benefactor category -- Kenneth R. Depew of the Class of 1956. Conklin and Depew were present to accept their plaques, while Beber (who is in the service) was represented by his mother, Pam Taft.

Honors for the various spring sports were presented in the areas of Most Valuable Player, Most Improved and Sportsmanship.

The MVPs included John Smith (baseball), Jordan Doane, Taylor Hughey and Alexis Naylor (softball), Bryce de la osa Cruz (lacrosse), Halle Phillips (girls golf), Keith Rekczis (boys golf), Matt Gill (boys track), and Taylor Kennard (girls track).

Photo in text: Three new members of the WGHS Sports Hall were inducted. From left are Jennifer Conklin, Pam Taft (mother of inductee Michael Beber), and Kenneth Depew. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins shortstop Kathryn Losey prepares to throw to first after fielding a grounder.
Right: The Senecas' third baseman, Alissa Lotz, grabs a ground ball.

Modified Softball: Glen tops S-VE

WATKINS GLEN, June 3 -- The Watkins Glen Modified softball team -- led by a 10-strikeout performance by pitcher Mariah Gonzalez -- defeated Spencer-Van Etten 15-1 Monday in a game on the Watkins Glen High School softball field.

The Senecas, now 7-2, registered 12 hits, with two each from Emmie Bond (including a double), Alissa Lotz and Taylor Kelly. Gonzalez and Mikenna Ayers each had a double, while Amber Benjamin, Jazmin Shea, Kathryn Losey and Johanna Van Etten each had a single.

Watkins Glen scored five runs in the 2nd inning, one in the 4th, five in the 5th, one in the 6th and three in the 7th.

"I can't say enough about these young ladies," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "They play with class and sportsmanship."

The Senecas close the season Thursday at home against Candor.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez slides safely into second, popping the base up into the air.

Left: Watkins Glen catcher Katlyn Kernan grabs a pitch.
Right:
The Senecas' Amber Benjamin takes aim on the ball.

O-M Modified squad falls to Newfield

ODESSA, June 3 -- The Odessa-Montour Modified Softball team is still looking for its first win after falling to Newfield 18-13 Monday.

Isabel Foote was 2-for-3 for the Indians, while Mia Force was 1-for-3 and Summer Landon was 1-for-1.

Katarina Minichello and McKennah Lott pitched for O-M, with Alyssa Lindsley and Emma Lodge catching.

"It was definitely our best game this season," said O-M Coach Bill Lindsley. "Our defense played better and we had two double plays. Offensively, we had a few hits and were running the bases better, stealing when the opportunity presented itself."

The Indians close their season Thursday against Tioga.

O-M's Dana Roberts is
our Schuyler Spring MVP

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 31 -- After a spring season that saw her compete in several events -- the 100 Meter Dash, the Long Jump, the 200 Meter Dash, the 100 Meter Hurdles, the High Jump and the 4x400 Relay -- Odessa-Montour junior Dana Roberts has left behind a string of Track and Field victories that included an Interscholastic Athletic Conference title in the Pentathlon.

For her continued excellence, and for her value to her team as it captured a divisional title and the IAC Small Schools Track and Field Championship, she has earned designation as The Odessa File Schuyler Spring MVP.

Once the track season started, Roberts -- a soccer player in the fall and a cheerleader in the winter -- posted three wins against Spencer-Van Etten, four wins against Tioga, and three wins in a meet against Candor and Edison. She followed that with a 4th place in the Long Jump at the large Legends of the Night tournament at O-M before capturing the 200 Meter title at the IAC divisional meet.

She was 2nd in the 100 and 3rd in the Long Jump at the Union Springs Invitational, and then won the IAC Pentathlon championship. At the IAC Tournament, she was 3rd in the Long Jump, 2nd in the High Jump (but 1st among Small School competitors) and 5th in the 200 (2nd in Small Schools) to help O-M to the girls' Small School championship.

She followed that with a win in the 200 at the Section IV, Class D championships, where she was seeded fourth. She was also 3rd in the Long Jump, 5th in the 100 Meter Hurdles and 5th in the High Jump at that tournament. And, finally, she finished third at the Section IV State Qualifier in the Pentathlon.

All in all, in terms of individual performance and value to her team -- and in terms of work ethic and sheer determination -- Dana Roberts has definitively earned The Odessa File Schuyler Spring MVP Award.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Dana Roberts

Odessa File Spring 2014
All-Schuyler All-Star Team

1st Team

Dana Roberts, Odessa-Montour -- track and field (MVP)
Matt Gill, Watkins Glen High School -- track and field
Sarah Simmons, O-M -- track and field
Hailie Searles, O-M -- track and field
Halle Phillips, WGHS -- golf
Jordan Doane, WGHS -- softball

2nd Team

Patrick Hazlitt, WGHS -- track and field
Bryce Elliott, O-M -- track and field
Shawn Rutledge, WGHS -- track and field
Isobel Scheffey, WGHS -- track and field
Maia Rumsey, O-M -- track and field
April Dunn, O-M -- track and field
Taylor Kennard, O-M -- track and field
De'naja Blanchard, WGHS -- track and field
Lindsey Suddaby, WGHS -- track and field
Keith Rekczis, WGHS -- golf
Hanley Elliott, WGHS -- golf
Gillian Clark, O-M -- golf
Tyler Clark, O-M -- golf
John Smith, WGHS -- baseball
Alexis Naylor, WGHS -- softball
Taylor Hughey, WGHS -- softball

3rd Team

Maggie Bond, WGHS -- track and field
Jacob Carocci, WGHS -- track and field
Brandon Pike, WGHS -- track and field
Ryan Pruitt, WGHS -- track and field
Luke Eberhardt, O-M -- track and field
Charles Sidle, O-M -- track and field
Andy Fudala, O-M -- track and field
Justin Duane, WGHS -- lacrosse
Ian Chedzoy, WGHS -- lacrosse
Mitch Mangus, WGHS -- golf
Noah Bruno, O-M -- golf
Jared Carocci, WGHS -- baseball
Adam Tuttle, WGHS -- baseball
Brady Bond, WGHS -- baseball
Lucy Craig, WGHS -- track and field
Kevin Kernan, WGHS -- track and field
Tyler Goossen, O-M -- track and field

Honorable Mention:
WG: Clara Chedzoy, Jacob Slater, Matt Woodworth, Brendan Hunter, Thomas Schmitt, Sam Pulis, Mikayla Elliott, Nateah Cornish, Aidan DeBolt, Shannon Bailey, Alexis Gonzalez, Ryan Clark, Amanda Grinolds, Amanda Cherock, Matt Estes, Lucas Wickham, Dakota Lodge, Brennon DeMeritt. OM: Britney Visscher, Joey Collins, Curtis Harris, Callie Stillman, Ryan Marsh, Nick Sgrecci, Rosie Peckham.

Left: Watkins Glen's Halle Phillips. Right: Horseheads' Emily Doyle, the tourney medalist.

Phillips, Elliott, Clark qualify for State Golf Tournament

HORSEHEADS, May 30 -- Two Watkins Glen golfers and one from Odessa-Montour qualified Thursday for berths on the Section IV team that will compete in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Golf Championships at the Delhi College Golf Course.

Watkins Glen junior Halle Phillips fired a 44-46-90 and teammate Hanley Elliott, an 8th grader, registered a 52-53-105 at Thursday's Section IV Tournament to make the team. Odessa-Montour 8th grader Gillian Clark also made the nine-member squad with a 49-56- 105.

Medalist for Thursday's tournament, held at the par-71 Soaring Eagles Golf Course, was Horseheads High's Emily Doyle, who fashioned a 76.

Horseheads posted the best team score with a 391, while Waverly was second at 417. Next came Watkins Glen at 441, followed by Lansing (468), O-M (478), Elmira (497), and Johnson City (497). Neither Marathon nor Moravia had enough players for a complete team score.

The Top 9 individuals who advance to the state tournament June 14-15 at Delhi are:

1. Emily Doyle (HHDS) 76
2. Halle Phillips (WG) 90
3. Capria Picco (Waverly) 90
4. Madalyn Owen (HHDS) 92
5. Jordan Raupers (Waverly) 103
6. Giovanni Lisi (Marathon) 104
7. Hanley Elliott (WG) 105
8. Gillian Clark (OM) 105
9. Lexie Stoyall (Moravia) 106

Alternates: Alex Tomasso of Waverly and Hailey Tetrault or Horseheads.

O-M Coach Greg Gavich said Clark "did a nice job bouncing back from a couple of bad holes on the back 9 to keep her round alive. Tenth place was a 107, so there wasn't much room to spare."

Other O-M scores were:

Catherine Rounds 113 (50 on the front-9)
Mikayla Curren 122
Gabby Fazzary 138.

"That's not too bad for us," said Gavich, "being the first time to field a full squad at the Sectional tournament and the first time our other three players ever played an 18-hole round."

Other Watkins Glen scores were:

Gabi Decker 122
Courtney Irwin 124
Megan Hoy 129
Cheyenne Stansfield 137

"They all did great and I am very proud of all of the girls," said Watkins Glen Coach Diane Wood.

Photos in text:

Top: Waverly's Madalyn Owen reacts after missing a putt.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott tees off on a par-3 hole.

O-M's Gillian Clark, left, and Waverly's Jordan Raupers line up their putts on No. 1

Left: WG's Hanley Elliott chips. Right: O-M's Gillian Clark tees off.

Watkins Glen's Halle Phillips chips onto a green as Horseheads' Emily Doyle watches.

From left: Watkins' Matt Gill on the podium; the Senecas' Lindsey Suddaby clears the bar; and Watkins' Steeplechase runner Shawn Rutledge (rear) runs a step back of O-M's Luke Eberhardt. Rutledge finished 10th, Eberhardt 15th. (Photos by Susan Bleiler)

Gill, Roberts place 3rd at State Qualifier

BINGHAMTON, May 30 -- Watkins Glen runner Matt Gill placed 3rd Thursday in the 1600 Meter Run and Odessa-Montour's Dana Roberts did likewise in the Pentathlon at the Section IV State Qualifier Track Meet at Binghamton's Alumni Field.

Gill finished in 4:32.74. Teammate Patrick Hazlitt was 10th in the same race in 4:42.44. The event was won by Susquehanna Valley's Richard Buchanan in 4:30.23, with James Felice of Owego second in 4:30.90.

Roberts amassed 2,404 points in the Pentathlon, a group of five events: the 100 Meter Hurdles, the Long Jump, the Shot Put, the 800 Meter Run and the High Jump. The event was won by Julia Knapp of Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton with 2,948 points, while Julie Nemcek of Windsor was second with 2,645.

Meanwhile, Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge was 10th in the Steeplechase, where he posted a personal best of 10:29.41. Watkins' Kevin Kernan was 14th in the 400 Hurdles with a personal best of 1:04.21.

Among the Watkins Glen girls:

-- Lindsey Suddaby tied for 6th place in the Pole Vault with a personal record of 9 feet.
--De'naja Blanchard was 5th in a semifinal heat of the 100 Meter Hurdles in 18.04, failing to reach the final.
--Maggie Bond was 23rd in the 1500 Meter Run in 5:29.33.
--Isobel Scheffey was 18th in the 400 Meter Dash in 1:05.42.

Among O-M athletes:

--Andy Fudala was 10th in the Pentathlon with a 2,149-point total.
--Hailie Searles was 11th in the Steeplechase in 8:17.76.
--April Dunn was 13th in the Steeplechase in 8:27.13.
--Sarah Simmons was 10th in the Discus with a throw of 87' 1".
--Luke Eberhardt was 15th in the Steeplechase in 11:09.61.
--Charles Sidle was 16th in the Long Jump with a leap of 16' 10.75".
--Bryce Elliott was 10th in the Discus with a throw of 116' 9".

Photo in text: Watkiins Glen's Maggie Bond competes in the 1500 Meter Run. (Photo by Susan Bleiler).

Left: O-M's Hailie Searles clears an obstacle in the Steeplechase. Right: O-M's Dana Roberts competes in the 100 Meter Hurdles, part of the Pentathlon. (Photos by Susan Bleiler).

From left: Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey in the 400, Kevin Kernan in the 400 Hurdles, and Patrick Hazlitt in the 1600. (Photos by Pamela Rutledge)

O-M's April Dunn negotiates the water jump in the Steeplechase. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

Glen golfers finish with win over O-M; Rekczis is medalist

WATKINS GLEN, May 29 --The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team closed the season with a 239-262 victory over intracounty rival Odessa-Montour Wednesday on the Watkins Glen Golf Course, with the Senecas' Keith Rekczis claiming medalist honors and the accompanying right to don a green jacket.

By tradition, the winner of the second meeting each golf season between the two schools temporarily dons a green jacket from the closet of WGHS junior varsity basketball and varsity softball coach Jim Scott. It is presented annually by WGHS varsity basketball coach John Fazzary at the conclusion of the match.

Rekczis -- who also was medalist in this match in 2013 -- fired a 3-over-par 39 Wednesday, finishing three strokes ahead of teammate Ryan Clark's 42.

Other Watkins scores included a 44 by Parker Pangallo, a 49 by Trentin Barber, and a 65 by Randy Layton.

O-M was led by Tyler Clark's 44. Other Odessa scores came from Noah Bruno (48), James Terry (53), Phil Humphries (58), and Jeremiah Holley (59).

Watkins Glen closed the season with an 8-5 record. Odessa-Montour finished 7-6.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Keith Rekczis wears the green jacket emblematic of the low scorer in the match. At left is WGHS varsity basketball coach John Fazzary. At right is WGHS varsity golf coach Rob Michel.

Bottom: Watkins' Parker Pangallo (left) and O-M's Noah Bruno.

Athletes of Week: Roberts, Clark, Gill

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 26 -- This week three students have earned Odessa File Athlete of the Week honors -- two in track and one in golf.

The golfer is Odessa-Montour's Tyler Clark, who shot an 83 in the IAC Tournament to win the individual Small Schools title. Next up: his squad will face Watkins Glen on Wednesday, with the low individual scorer donning a Masters-like green jacket.

O-M's Dana Roberts earns the nod for continuing her stellar track season by finishing first in the 200 at the Section IV, Class D tournament after being seeded fourth. She also finished third in the Long Jump, and fifth in both the 100 Hurdles and High Jump. Next up: She competes in the Pentathlon at the State Qualifier.

Watkins Glen's Matt Gill earns the honor at his school for finishing first in the 1600 Meter Run at the Section IV, Class C meet. He competes next in the State Qualifier, set for Thursday in Binghamton.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen track's Patrick Hazlitt, Shawn Rutledge, Taylor Kennard, De'naja Blanchard, Maggie Bond, Isobel Scheffey, Kevin Kernan and Lindsey Suddaby; O-M track's Sarah Simmons, April Dunn, Brittany Visscher, Hailie Searles, Andy Fudala, Charles Sidle, Bryce Elliott and Luke Eberhardt; Watkins Modified Softball's Mariah Gonzalez; and Watkins golf's Keith Rekczis, Mitch Mangus and Ryan Clark.

Honorable Mention: Another 22 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Odessa File Athlete of the Year at each school.

Watkins Glen's Katlyn Kernan keeps her eye on the ball as she starts her swing. She connected for one of her four hits.

Gonzalez no-hits O-M, 19-0

WATKINS GLEN, May 23 -- The Watkins Glen Modified Softball team -- behind the no-hit pitching of Mariah Gonzalez -- rolled past Odessa-Montour 19-0 Thursday in a game on the WGHS softball field.

The game was ended after five innings under the "mercy rule" that terminates a contest after five innings if one team is ahead by 15 or more runs.

Gonzalez allowed just two baserunners -- one hit by a pitch in the 2nd inning and one walked in the 5th inning. She struck out 11 batters.

Her catcher, Katlyn Kernan, and first baseman Emmie Bond led the Senecas' 18-hit attack, each going 4-for-4 with a double.

Other hits came from Cierra Barber (3-for-3), Alissa Lotz (2 hits), Mikenna Ayers (2 hits), and Kathryn Losey, Jazmin Shea and Amber Benjamin (1 apiece). Losey also walked, and she and Lotz each reached base when hit by a pitch. Gonzalez reached base four times on walks.

The Senecas scored the maximum allowable five runs in the 1st inning, five in the 2nd, four in the 3rd, and five in the 4th.

Photo in text: Mariah Gonzalez delivers a pitch.

Left: O-M second baseman Isabel Foote throws to first base after charging a ground ball.
Right:
Watkins Glen second baseman Jordan Barrett fires to first for a putout.

Left: O-M pitcher Katarina Minichello winds up. Right: Watkins Glen's Alissa Lotz races to first on an infield base hit.

Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond connects for one of her four hits.

Class C: Glen boys place 10th

Matt Gill wins 1600 Meter Run

GREENE, May 23 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity track team, led by Matt Gill's victory in the 1600 Meter race, finished in 10th place Thursday at the Section IV, Class C track and field tournament at Greene High School.

The Watkins Glen girls, meanwhile, finished in 16th place.

The boys earned 19 points. Among the top performers were:

--Gill (1st at 4:30.62 in the 1600)
--Patrick Hazlitt (5th in the 1600 with a personal record (PR) of 4:40.63)
--Kevin Kernan (a PR of 1:04.23 in the 400 Hurdles)
--Jacob Carocci (11th in the 800 in 2:12.23)
--Shawn Rutledge (6th in the 3200 with a PR of 10:28.93)
--Thomas Schmitt (9th in the Shot Put with a PR of 37'2")
--The 3200 Meter Relay team of Cameron Connelly, Brandon Pike, Rutledge and Sean Holland (7th in 10:15.7)
--The 1600 Meter Relay team of Hazlitt, Noah Wigmore, Kernan and Gill (9th in 3:51.95)
--Rutledge (earlier in the week) in the Steeplechase (3rd in 10:44.72).

"I was very proud of how we competed tonight," said Coach Kim Suddaby, "and of how the team cheered on their teammates."

Watkins Glen girls:

The Senecas finished in 16th place with 5 points. Top performances included:

100 Hurdles: De’naja Blanchard 7th place 17.72 (PR)
400 Meters: Isobel Scheffey 6th place 1:06.72
3000 Meters: Taylor Kennard 7th place 11:50
Discus: Lucy Craig 11th 74’01”
Pole Vault: Lindsey Suddaby 7th place 8’6”
Steeplechase: Taylor Kennard (Monday) 5th place 8:43.13

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Matt Gill stands atop the podium after winning the 1600 Meter race. Teammate Patrick Hazlitt, who finished fifth, is on the right. (Photo provided)

O-M's Noah Bruno chips onto a green at Soaring Eagles.

O-M's Clark tops Small School field at IAC golf tournament

HORSEHEADS, May 22 -- Odessa-Montour's Tyler Clark posted the best score among Small School golfers Wednesday at the annual Interscholastic Athletic Conference Tournament on the par-71 Soaring Eagles Golf Course.

Clark (pictured at right in a file photo) fired a 40-43=83 to win by two shots over Adam Brandstandt of Marathon. His round included a birdie on the par-4 eighth hole and seven pars.

"He had a pretty consistent round overall," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "The course was in great shape, and despite the rain was pretty firm, which meant he could get some more roll out of his tee ball, which definitely helped. He definitely stepped up his game today and it was a great time to do it."

Clark is the second O-M golfer to win medalist honors in three years. Matt Kautz did it in 2012.

O-M finished tied for fifth among Small Schools with a 515 total. In addition to Clark, Odessa scores included a 95 by Noah Bruno, a 101 by James Terry, a 115 by Phil Humphries, and a 121 by Jeremiah Holley.

Marathon won the Small Schools team title with a 450 total. It was followed by Tioga (470), Union Springs (483), Moravia (508), O-M (515), Southern Cayuga (515), Spencer-Van Etten (516), Groton (635), and Candor (incomplete with just three golfers).

Clark and Bruno were named IAC School Small South Division 1st Team All-Stars. Terry and Humphries were named to the 2nd team.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Tyler Clark. (File photo)

All eyes are on the ball as a Spencer-Van Etten golfer tees off.

Watkins 3rd at IAC tourney

HORSEHEADS, May 22 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team placed third among Large Schools Wednesday at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference tournament at Soaring Eagles, with three of its golfers placing among the top eight.

Mitch Mangus, Keith Rekczis and Ryan Clark each shot an 87 on the par-71 layout. Just five players finished ahead of them, Danny Lapp of Trumansburg leading the way with a 76. Notre Dame's Zach Brand was runnerup with a 78.

Notre Dame won the team title with a 434 total. Lansing finished second at 441, and Watkins Glen third at 458. Next came Trumansburg (471), Dryden (472), Whitney Point (499), Waverly (514), and Newark Valley (599).

In addition to its trio of 87s, Watkins Glen got a 92 from Parker Pangallo and a 105 from Trentin Barber.

"Overall I was pleased," said Watkins Glen Coach Rob Michel. "Our goal was to have everyone under 100, and we came close."

Mangus and Rekczis were named IAC Large School South Division 1st Team All-Stars.

Next up: Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour will meet May 28 at the Watkins Glen Golf Course to make up a postponed match -- with the annual presentation of a green jacket awaiting the medalist.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Mitch Mangus sends a chip shot on its way during the IAC Golf Tournament.

Class D track Sectionals:
O-M girls 3rd, boys 7th

MARATHON, May 22 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity track team -- led by Dana Roberts' 1st place finish in the 200 Meter Dash -- placed third among 27 schools competing Wednesday in the Section IV, Class D track and field tournament at Marathon High School.

Roberts (at right in a file photo), seeded fourth in the 200, won it with a time of 28.04. She also was third in the Long Jump with a leap of 14'3", fifth in the 100 Hurdles in 17.62, and fifth in the High Jump with a height of 4'8".

Odessa-Montour accumulated 47 points in the competition, trailing only Seton Catholic's 76 points and Milford's 61.

Other strong showings for O-M came from:

--Sarah Simmons, third in the Discus at 88'5";
--Brittany Visscher, third in the Pole Vault at 6'6";
--Hailie Searles, fourth in the 3000 in 12:00.76;
--The 4x800 Relay team of April Dunn, Hailie Searles, Callie Stillman and Taylor Rounds, sixth with a season-best time of 11:23.8;
--Rosie Peckham, seventh in the High Jump with a personal best of 4'6";
--Searles and Dunn, third and fourth, respectively in the Steeplechase competition held Monday in Binghamton.

Odessa-Montour boys 7th

The O-M boys earned 28 points, good for 7th place and just three points out of 5th place. Edmeston won the team title with 76 points, followed by Marathon's 65.

O-M's Andy Fudala placed third in the 110 Hurdles with a personal best of 18.49, and was fourth in the Pole Vault at 9'6".

Charles Sidle was fourth in the Long Jump at 18'10", while Bryce Elliott was fourth in the Discus at 117 feet. In addition, the 4x800 Relay team of Luke Eberhardt, Ryan Marsh, Nick Sgrecci and Cody Daugherty was fourth. Eberhardt also placed third Monday in the Steeplechase competition held in Binghamton.

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

IAC 1st Team picks: Doane and Smith

WATKINS GLEN, May 21 -- Watkins Glen softball standout Jordan Doane and Watkins baseball standout John Smith have been named IAC Large School South Division First Team All-Stars in a vote of coaches.

Doane, a first baseman, led the softball team with a .478 batting average, an on-base percentage of .564, and a .696 slugging average.

Smith, a catcher, batted .314 for the baseball team with an on-base percentage of .351 and a .529 slugging average.

Second Team status went to the softball team's Alexis Naylor (who batted .362) and Taylor Hughey (.357). Honorable Mention went to Mikayla Elliott and Amanda Cherock.

Honorable Mention went to the baseball aquad's Brady Bond, Jared Carocci, Brendan Hunter and Adam Tuttle.

Modified Softball: Glen tops Newfield

NEWFIELD, May 21 -- The Watkins Glen Modified Softball team raised its season record to 5-2 Tuesday when it defeated Newfield 19-1 in a game on the Newfield softball field.

The game was ended after five innings under the "mercy rule" that terminates contests at that point if a team is ahead by 15 or more runs.

Watkins Glen scored five runs each in the 1st, 2nd and 4th innings, one run in the 3rd and three in the 5th.

Mariah Gonzalez went the distance on the mound for the Senecas, striking out 12 batters.

Watkins Glen was led on offense by Alissa Lotz, who had four hits (two of them doubles). Also delivering hits were Gonzalez (two, including a double), Emmie Bond (two with a double), Katlyn Kernan and Mikenna Ayers (two each), and Kathryn Losey, Amber Benjamin, Johanna VanEtten, Kendra Cornish and Nancy Jackson (one apiece).

Modified Softball: O-M falls to Waverly

ODESSA, May 21 -- The Odessa-Montour Modified Softball team lost Tuesday to Waverly, dropping a 19-0 decision on the O-M softball field.

The Indians managed just one hit, a double by Megan Jenkins. Waverly had nine hits.

"The girls are hitting the ball better," said O-M Coach Bill Lindsley, "but they went right back to the defense, where they were able to make putouts."

Watkins Glen's Katlyn Kernan lays down a bunt in front of the plate. She made it to first base safely for a hit, and later scored.

Modified Softball: Watkins tops O-M

ODESSA, May 20 -- The Watkins Glen Modified Softball team improved its season mark to 4-2 Monday when it defeated Odessa-Montour 23-6 in a game on the O-M softball field.

The contest was called after five innings under the "mercy rule" that terminates games at that point if a team is ahead by 15 or more runs.

Watkins Glen scored in every inning, with four runs in the 1st and 5th innings and the maximum of five runs each in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings. O-M scored four times in the 1st inning and once each in the 2nd and 3rd.

The Senecas registered 11 hits, with three by Mariah Gonzalez, two each by Brieanna Solomon and Amber Benjamin, and one apiece by Katlyn Kernan, Kathryn Losey, Alissa Lotz and Mikenna Ayers.

Odessa had two hits -- both by Emma Lodge.

Emmie Bond started on the mound for Watkins Glen and earned the victory. Gonzalez pitched the final two innings.

Watkins Glen returns to action today (Tuesday) at Newfield, and then hosts Odessa on Thursday.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen shortstop Kathryn Losey fields a grounder by O-M's Megan Jenkins (22) before throwing to first base.

Bottom: Odessa-Montour second baseman Isabel Foote prepares to throw to first base after fielding a grounder from the bat of Watkins Glen's Alissa Lotz (10).

Left: Watkins' Emmie Bond rips the ball, but pulls it foul. Right: The Senecas' third baseman, Alissa Lotz, throws home for a force out as shortstop Kathryn Losey backs up the play.

Left: O-M catcher Emma Lodge reaches high for a pitch. Right: Odessa pitcher Katarina Minichello throws to first base after fielding a ground ball.

3 from O-M advance to Qualifier

BINGHAMTON, May 20 -- Three Odessa-Montour track and field athletes qualified for the May 29 State Qualifier Track and Field Tournament in Binghamton based on results in Steeplechase and Pentathlon events Monday at Class D Sectional competition in Binghamton.

Hailie Searles finished third among girls in the Class D Steeplechase in 8:22.63, automatically advancing to the Qualifier. Similarly, Luke Eberhardt finished third in the boys' Steeplechase, advancing with a time of 11:22.27. In the Pentathlon, Andy Fudala advanced by finishing third with a 2097 point total.

The competition was part of the Section IV, Class D tournament that takes place Thursday in Greene.

Glen girls 3rd, O-M 4th in golf match

WATKINS GLEN, May 20 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team finished in third place behind Horseheads and Waverly Monday in a Section IV match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Odessa-Montour trailed all three schools as Horseheads posted a 202 total, Waverly 214, WG 223, and O-M 270.

Horseheads' Emily Doyle was medalist with a 37 that included eight pars and a bogey.

Watkins Glen was led by Halle Phillips' 44. Hanley Elliott shot a 56, Courtney Irwin 59, and Cheyenne Stansfield 64.

Gillian Clark paced O-M with a 53, while Mikayla Curren registered a 65, Catherine Rounds 75, and Gabby Fazzary 77.

Athletes of the Week: Roberts, Gill

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 19 -- Two familiar names top the list of athletes with outstanding performances this past week, and accordingly each earns Odessa File Athlete of the Week honors.

Dana Roberts is the honoree from Odessa-Montour after winning the IAC Pentathlon title and finishing second in the High Jump and fifth in the 200 at the two-day IAC Track and Field Championships at Dryden High School.

Matt Gill of Watkins Glen gets the nod for winning the 1600 Meter title at the IAC tournament and finishing second in the 3200 Meter race.

Double Honorable: O-M track and field's Sarah Simmons, Bryce Elliott and Luke Eberhardt, Watkins Glen track's Shawn Rutledge and Taylor Kennard, and Watkins Glen lacrosse's Justin Duane and Ian Chedzoy.

Honorable Mention: Another 44 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 school.

From left: O-M's Hailie Searles, Meagan Terry and Taylor Rounds.

O-M girls win Small Schools title at IAC Track tourney

Odessa boys place 4th as 2-day event concludes

DRYDEN, May 17 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity track team won its second straight league title Saturday when it captured first place among Small Schools at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships at Dryden High School.

The Indians finished with 109.50 points in the two-day tournament to outdistance runnerup Tioga, which had 91. They were followed in order by Spencer-Van Etten (65.50), Edison (53), Union Springs (51), Southern Cayuga (50), Newfield (45), Moravia (37), Candor (21), Groton (15) and Marathon (2). Elmira Notre Dame won the Large Schools crown with 172 points.

"The kids stepped up and performed," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster, whose squad also finished first during the regular season in the Small Schools South Division.

Posting two key finishes was Dana Roberts, who was second overall in the High Jump at 4'10", but first among Small School competitors. She was also fifth overall in the 200 Meters race, but second among Small School runners. Earlier in the week, she won the league Pentathlon event held at Waverly High School.

Sarah Simmons, who had finished third overall and first among Small Schools in the Discus on the meet's first day, Thursday, was fifth overall Saturday in the Shot Put at 27'8", and third among Small Schools.

The 4x400 Relay team of April Dunn, Maia Rumsey, Meagan Terry and Hailey Perraut was eighth overall but third among Small Schools. Terry posted a personal best of 1:07 while running the third leg of that race.

Hailie Searles finished eighth overall in the 3000 Meters but second among Small Schools. Other top-six Small Schools finishes were posted by Rumsey in the 200 (5th), Kailie Thomas in the Shot Put (5th), Rosie Peckham in the High Jump (6th), and Callie Stillman (5th) and Amy Fudala (6th) in the 400 Hurdles.

O-M boys place 4th in Small Schools

The Odessa-Montour boys varsity track team finished in fourth place among Small Schools Saturday at the IAC Championships at Dryden.

"I am really happy," said O-M Coach Skip Strobel. "Fourth place is great for such a young team. I am very proud of this group."

Tioga took the Small Schools title with 143 points, with Union Springs second with 120. They were followed by Marathon (58), O-M (44), Southern Cayuga (40), Newfield (39), Groton (30), Spencer-Van Etten (28), Moravia (25), Candor (15) and Edison (14).

Trumansburg won the Large Schools title with 163 points, followed by Lansing (90), Dryden (83), Newark Valley (71), Watkins Glen (49), Waverly (48), Notre Dame (41) and Whitney Point (4).

Among the O-M standouts were Andy Fudala (11th overall in the 400 Hurdles and 10th in the High Jump), Luke Eberhardt (11th in the 3200), Bryce Elliott, (4th in the Discus at 120'7", after finishing 7th Thursday in the Shot), Charles Sidle (8th overall and sixth among Small Schools in the Triple Jump after finishing 5th Thursday in the Long Jump) and Chad Sykes (6th among Small Schools in the 200).

Eberhardt was also fourth overall and first among Small School competitors on Monday in the Steeplechase held at Waverly High School.

Next up: The Class D Sectionals on Wednesday at Marathon.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Dana Roberts clears the bar in the High Jump.

Second: O-M's Sarah Simmons sends the Shot on its way. She placed 5th.

Third: The Indians' Bryce Elliott prepares to launch the Discus. He finished 4th.

Fourth: O-M's Charles Sidle in the 1600 Meter Relay.

O-M's Maia Rumsey in the 1600 Meter Relay.

From left: O-M's Andy Fudala, James Randolph and Luke Eberhardt.

Watkins runners (from left) Maggie Bond, Clara Chedzoy, Julia Reilly and Isobel Scheffey.

WG boys 5th, girls 7th at IAC

DRYDEN, May 17 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity track team finished fifth among Large Schools Saturday in the two-day Interscholastic Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships at Dryden High School.

Matt Gill led the squad by finishing second Saturday in the 3200 Meter Run in 9:52.14 after winning the 1600 Thursday. Teammate Shawn Rutledge was seventh in the 3200 and 14th in the 400 Hurdles.

Other notable performances Saturday included an 8th place by Kevin Kernan in the 400 Hurdles (1:06.07), a 12th place by Jacob Carocci in the 800 (2:11.90), and a 9th place by the 1600 Meter Relay team of Sean Holland, Kevin Kernan, Patrick Hazlitt and Matt Gill (3:56.63).

Watkins Glen girls take 7th place

The Watkins Glen girls varsity track team finished in seventh place among Large Schools Saturday at the two-day IAC Tournament.

Top individual performances Saturday were Taylor Kennard's 6th place in the 3000 in a time of 11:49.43, and Maggie Bond's 9th place in the same race in 12:16.64 (after finishing 12th on Thursday in the 1600).

Other notable performances Saturday included a 14th place by Joelle Slater in the 400 Hurdles, a 14th place by Clara Chedzoy in the 800 Meter Run, a 10th place by the 1600 Meter Relay team of Julia Reilly, Amanda Grinolds, Sam Gill and Isobel Scheffey, and a 15th place by Claire McManus in the Triple Jump.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Kevin Kernan, left, takes a handoff from Sean Holland in the 1600 Relay.
Bottom: The Senecas' Sam Gill hits her stride after taking the handoff from Amanda Grinolds in the 1600 Relay.

Left: Watkins Glen's Sam Shea clears a hurdle in the 400 Meter Hurdles. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kennard on the way to 6th place in the 3000.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jacob Carocci at start of the 800 Meter Run.
Right: The Senecas's Clara Chedzoy competes in the 800.

From left: Watkins Glen's Matt Gill, Ireland VanBrocklin and Shawn Rutledge.

From left: Watkins Glen's Lindsey Suddaby, Caitlin Connelly and Juliette Barbay.

Watkins Glen's Cheyenne Stansfield watches her tee shot on No. 7.

WG girls fall to Waverly

Top O-M; Wolverines' Raupers notches hole-in-one

WATKINS GLEN, May 16 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team defeated Odessa-Montour but lost to Waverly Thursday in a three-team Section IV match on the Watkins Glen Golf Course that was highlighted by a hole-in-one.

The ace was struck by Waverly's Jordan Raupers (right) on the par-3 fifth hole -- a high shot that landed at the front of the green, bounced once and then swept to the right and into the hole.

"It's the first hole-in-one we've ever had in our program," said Waverly Coach Pete Girolamo. "We've never even had close to one."

Girolamo said Raupers didn't see the ball go in, because she had reached down to retrieve her tee. When everyone started yelling, she realized what she had done, and got a big hug from her coach.

Raupers, a senior, is the top player on the Waverly squad, having competed last year at the State tournament. Her round Thursday was a team-best 46 on the par-36 WGGC layout as the Wolverines posted a 198 total. Teammate Alex Tomasso fired a 49.

Watkins Glen registered a 231 total, led by 8th grader Hanley Elliott's 49. Halle Phillips shot 51, while Cheyenne Stansfield notched a 62 and Megan Hoy a 69. Senior Emily Doppel, who posted a 71, was honored at a Senior Night ceremony. She is the lone senior on the team.

Odessa-Montour finished with a 251 total. The Indians were led by Gillian Clark's 51. Catherine Rounds shot a 64, Mikayla Curren a 66, and Gabby Fazzary a 70.

Photo in text: Waverly's Jordan Raupers smiles after retrieving her ball from the cup at No. 5. (Photo by Diane Wood)

From left: Watkins Glen's Emily Doppel and Hanley Elliott, and O-M's Gillian Clark.
(Photo on left provided)

Some strong showings for WG at IACs

DRYDEN, May 16 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Matt Gill finished first Thusday in the 1600 Meter Run on the first day of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships at Dryden High School.

"There was a dramatic headwind that made racing difficult," said Watkins Glen Coach Andy Chouinard. "The girls and boys teams competed very well despite this."

The top six places are awarded a ribbon and a spot on the podium. Highlights from Thursday:

100 Hurdles:
De'naja Blanchard - 17.77 (5th)

Pole Vault:
Lindsey Suddaby - 8'6 (7th)

1600 Meters:
Matt Gill - 4:33.24 (1st)
Patrick Hazlitt - 4:46.25 (6th)

4x800 Relay:
Cameron Connelly, Brandon Pike, Shawn Rutledge and Jacob Carocci 10:03.81 (6th)

The meet is scheduled to conclude this afternoon (Friday).

O-M girls lead Small Schools at IACs

DRYDEN, May 16 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity track team took the lead in the Small Schools Division Thursday in the first day of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships at Dryden High School.

The Indians were ahead of runnerup Tioga 64-52 after strong showings in several events. Among them:

--Dana Roberts was third overall in the Long Jump (15' 1.75").

--The 4x800 Relay team of Hailie Searles, April Dunn, Callie Stillman and Taylor Rounds was 6th overall at 11:39.62.

--Sarah Simmons was third overall in the Discus at 86'07".

With the 200, the 400 Hurdles, the 800, the 3000, the 4x400 Relay, the Shot Put and the High Jump ahead today, O-M Coach Burton Brewster saw the possiblity of a close race between his squad and Tioga.

Odessa-Montour Boys:

The first day of competition at the IAC Track and Field Championships saw the O-M boys post some strong finishes. Among them:

Shot Put:
Bryce Elliott, 40' 0.5" (7th)

Long Jump:
Charles Sidle, 19' 3.1" (5th)

High Jump:
Andy Fudala, 5'2" (10th)

Rekczis falls short in try for States

ITHACA, May 16 -- Watkins Glen High School junior Keith Rekczis came up short Thursday in his attempt to earn a spot in the New York State Public High School Athletic Associaton Golf Championships.

Rekczis, competing with almost four dozen golfers on Cornell University's Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, fired a 50-45--95 on the par-70 layout, finishing outside the top 20 golfers (and ties) who advanced to a final Saturday round.

The top nine finishers Saturday will qualify for the Section IV squad that will compete at States. Rekczis made that team in his sophomore year, winning the final spot through a three-player playoff.

"He practiced well on Wednesday," said Watkins Glen Coach Rob Michel, "and he was putting well today on the practice green. But when he got out there ... it was very frustrating."

Next up for Rekczis and his Watkins Glen teammates is the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Tournament at Soaring Eagles Golf Course on Wednesday.

On Wednesday: The Watkins squad, without Rekczis, defeated Candor 228-297, but fell eight strokes short of the 40-over-par 220 it needed to qualify for next week's Section IV team tournament. Mitch Mangus led the Senecas with a 38.

Watkins Modified Softball falls, 15-8

WATKINS GLEN, May 16 -- The Watkins Glen Modified Softball team lost 15-8 to Waverly Thursday in a game on the Watkins Glen High School softball field.

The Senecas amassed 19 hits, all singles, but they weren't enough. Katlyn Kernan, Emmie Bond and Kathryn Losey had three hits each, while Taylor Kelly, Mariah Gonzalez, Alissa Lotz and Brieanna Solomon had 2 apiece, and Jazmin Shea and Mikenna Ayers 1 each.

The Senecas led 6-5 in the 2nd inning, but Waverly pulled ahead 10-8 in the 4th and added five runs in the 6th.

Gonzalez went the distance on the mound for Watkins, striking out nine batters.

O-M golfers top S-VE, improve to 7-5

WATKINS GLEN, May 15 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team raised its season mark to 7-5 Wednesday when it defeated Spencer-Van Etten 249-256 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Tyler Clark led the Indians with a 43, while Noah Bruno shot 45, James Terry 51, Phil Humphries 52 and Jeremiah Holley 58.

"It wasn't our best score," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "but the wind kicked up, making things a bit trickier today."

The Indians will return to action next Wednesday in the IAC Tournament at the Soaring Eagles Golf Course.

Watkins Glen's Ian Chedzoy (12) shoots. He scored on the play. (Photo by Kent Duane)

Watkins lacrosse team posts 1st win

ELMIRA, May 14 -- The first-year Watkins Glen varsity lacrosse team -- led by Justin Duane's four goals and Ian Chedzoy's three -- registered its first victory Tuesday, defeating the Elmira Express junior varsity 7-4 in a game on the road.

The Senecas put 27 shots on goal, and won 10 of 13 face offs. Duane, in addition to his four goals, assisted on one of Chedzoy's. Also assisting on one goal each were Matt Estes and Lucas Wickham.

Left: Watkins Glen's Justin Duane (in blue) moves in on goal. Moments later, he scored.
Right: The Senecas' Austin Dalrymple works his way around an Elmira defender.
(Photos by Kent Duane)

The inaugural Watkins Glen varsity lacrosse team. (Photo by Brett Chedzoy)

 

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