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Bowling: Glen girls advance

VESTAL, Feb. 12 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team finished second Friday in the Section IV, Class C Tournament at Midway Lanes and thus advanced to the state qualifier next weekend in Norwich.

The top two teams advance from each class, in this case first-place Bainbridge and Watkins Glen in Class C, Horseheads and Union-Endicott in Class A, Waverly and Windsor in Class B, and Hancock and Elmira Notre Dame in Class D.

"I am real proud of the girls," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "It was a tough oil pattern we saw today. Every team in the section had trouble with it.

"I have been telling them all year that sometimes they don't have to bowl their best, just better than the other team. They did that again today."

The Senecas were led by Dakota Evans and Liz Mason, who registered 484 and 477 series, respectively. They were followed by Destiny Weber (385), Nikole VanDyke (375) and Nancy Jackson (304).

Their team total of 2025 trailed only Bainbridge (2189) in Class C. They were followed by Tioga (2000), Newark Valley (1927), Sidney (1897), Lansing (1756) and Edison (1088).

Mason received a medal for the second highest game in Class C, a 190, while Evans received a medal for the thlrd highest series in Class C, her 484.

Photo in text: Watkins team members, from left, Nikole VanDyke, Liz Mason, Destiny Weber, Nancy Jackson and Dakota Evans. (Photo provided)

Bowling: O-M girls place 6th at sectional

VESTAL, Feb. 12 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity bowling team finished its season Friday with a 6th-place finish in the Section IV, Class D Tournament at Midway Lanes.

The Indians totaled 1772 to finish behind Hancock (2211), Elmira Notre Dame (2184), Marathon (2062), Candor (1976) and Oxford (1968), and ahead of Afton (1648).

O-M was led by Jackie Vincent's 415 series. Britney Visscher followed with a 379, Taylor Sykes with 363, and Carol Arias with 319.

The boys compete today (Saturday) at Midway Lanes.

Watkins Glen's Kameryn Sheldon, left, battles the top seed at 220 pounds, Garyn Huntley of Oxford. Sheldon lost 16-6. (Photo by Brett Chedzoy)

Gould, Chedzoy advance to semifinals

BINGHAMTON, Feb. 12 -- Watkins Glen wrestlers Brandon Gould and Ian Chedzoy advanced Friday to today's (Saturday's) semifinals at the Section IV Wrestling Championships at the Broome County Arena.

Gould, wrestling at 132 pounds, and Chedzoy (182) pinned two opponents each to reach this morning's semis. Should Gould win his match, it will mark his 200th career victory. Chedzoy is nearing his 150th career win.

They were the only two Watkns Glen or Odessa-Montour wrestlers to reach the semifinals. Five others from Watkins will be competing in the wrestleback rounds. There was no word on how many from O-M are in wrestlebacks.

Competition today begins at 10 a.m.

If Chedzoy and Gould win sectional titles, they will be the first from Watkins Glen to do so since Mike Elliot in 1993. (He also won in 1991 and ’92.) The only other Seneca wrestler to win a sectional title was Matt Marciniak (1989, ’90, ’91).

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Ian Chedzoy (top) en route to victory over Kyle Nickerson of Lansing in a quarterfinal bout in the 182-pound weight class. Chedzoy won by a pin. (Photo by Brett Chedzoy)

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould, right, battles in the 132-pound weight class on Friday. He advanced to the Saturday semifinals. (Photo by Bettelynn Bravo)

Odessa-Montour's Olivia Grover looks to shoot in traffic. She scored 20 points.

O-M girls top Marathon 53-50

ODESSA, Feb. 12 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Olivia Grover's 20 points and 11 rebounds -- closed out the regular seeason with a 53-50 victory Friday night over Marathon in a sectional tuneup in the O-M gym.

The Indians, now 12-8, led 14-12 after one quarter, 25-24 at halftime and 35-34 after three periods.

Gillian Clark joined Grover in double figures with 14 points, and grabbed 6 rebounds. Other points came from Nakiaha Robinson (9, with 5 assists and 4 steals), Kennedey Heichel (6), Alexis Saunders (3) and Alyssa Crout (1).

"We led most of the fourth quarter," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "but never by more than 5. Nakiaha hit a big 3-pointer to put us up 49-44 with 2:15 to go." Then Marathon trimmed the O-M lead to 49-47 before "Olivia, on a post move, put us up 51-47 with 34.7 seconds left."

Then, said Gavich, "Megan Contri (18 points) converted a 3-point play to cut it to 51-50 with 20 seconds left. We got it in bounds .... missed 2 free throws, but Olivia got the rebound and we got it to Gillian, who canned both shots from the line with 11.5 to play to put us up 53-50. Marathon (11-7) got a desperation 3 off in the final seconds that grazed the rim.

"We couldn't ask for a better prep game for sectionals," said Gavich, referring to the Section IV, Class C tourney that starts Wednesday with 8th seeded O-M hosting 9th seeded Sidney. "I'm really proud of how we executed down the stretch and dug down on the defensive end when we had to in the last four minutes. It was a great team effort on that end of the floor especially."

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark races toward the basket.

Left: O-M's Alyssa Crout is fouled as she attempts a shot. Right: The Indians' Nakiaha Robinson (24) drives to the hoop.

Left: Watkins Glen's Justin Kelly shoots in traffic. Right: The Senecas' Parker Pangallo sends a shot on its way. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins boys defeat Groton

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 12 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team closed its regular season with a 59-49 victory Friday night against Groton -- a tuneup for the Section IV, Class C tournament that starts Tuesday with the Senecas hosting Marathon.

That sectional opener, pitting the 6th seeded Senecas against the tourney's 11th seed, tips off at 7 p.m. in the Field House. The winner advances to play a game Friday against the winner of Tuesday's battle between No. 3 Greene and the 14th seed, Groton.

"So if we win and Groton wins, we'll be playing them again in a week," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. If his team wins the first two games, it will likely be facing the No. 2 seed, Moravia, on the Blue Devils' home court in a semifinal scheduled for Feb. 26.

The Senecas were even with Groton through one quarter Friday night, 9-9, and pulled ahead before halftime, 26-23. A big 21-12 third period put Watkins in the driver's seat, and it held off the Indians down the stretch, never letting them closer then 8 points.

Max Schimizzi led the Senecas with 11 points, 10 rebounds, 7 blocks and 2 steals. Also in double figures were Jacob Carocci (11 points) and Justin Kelley (10, with 5 rebounds and 3 assists). Other points came from Parker Pangallo (8, with 7 rebounds and 5 assists), Michael Taylor (8), Alex Gibson (6), and Connor Seeley-Ion (5 with 5 assists). The team was 4-for-7 from the foul line.

Groton was led by Canaan Bowie's 14 points. The team converted 7 of 12 free throws.

"We came out a little more engaged than at the start of recent games," said Fazzary, "so we didn't have to dig out of a hole. We executed a few things well offensively, but could've shown a better effort on defense. But all in all, it wasn't bad."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Max Schimizzi blocks a shot. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Jacob Carocci (left photo) and Michael Taylor prepare to shoot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

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Glen girls fall to Sus Valley

Second-half meltdown leads to 65-41 loss

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 11 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team led by four points at halftime against Susquehanna Valley Thursday night, but turnovers proved the Senecas' undoing as they fell to SV 65-41 in a non-league tuneup heading into the Section IV tournament.

Sus Valley led off the third period with a 12-2 run forged largely on transition baskets off of turnovers, and outscored the Senecas in the period 18-7 to build a 7-point edge, 42-35, entering the fourth quarter.

A 12-0 run at the beginning of the fourth period extended the Sus Valley lead, and SV kept going, building a 23-6 fourth-quarter advantage. The Senecas totaled 20 turnovers in the game.

Amanda Pike led Watkins in scoring with 18 points, 16 of them in the first half. Mariah Gonalez added 12 points, including 8-for-10 free-throw shooting. Other points came from Clara Chedzoy (4), Emmie Bond (4), Maggie Bond (2) and Hannah Morse (1).

Chedzoy led the team in rebounding with 6, while Gonzalez grabbed 5.

Holly Manchester led Susquehanna Valley with 23 points.

The Senecas return to action with the Section IV, Class C opener at home at 7 p.m. Wednesday against Unadilla Valley. Watkins Glen (13-6) is the fourth seed, and Unadilla Valley (9-9) is the 13th seed.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike drives past a Sus Valley defender.
Bottom: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy drives toward the basket. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez moves the ball past an SV player.

Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond, left, and Katherine Meehan shoot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Section IV basketball tourney set to go

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 11 -- Three Schuyler County basketball teams will be playing in the Section IV, Class C Basketball Tournament next week.

In the boys competition, No. 6 seed Watkins Glen (11-8) will host 11th seeded Marathon (10-10) in a 7 p.m. game on Tuesday, Feb. 16 in the Field House. The winner will advance to play the winner of a first-round game between No. 3 Greene (15-4) and No. 14 Groton (8-11). The second-round contest will take place at the home of the higher seed on Friday, Feb. 19.

In the girls tourney, No. 8 seeded Odessa-Montour (11-8) will host No. 9 Sidney (11-7) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17 in the O-M gym. The winner will play top-seeded Elmira Notre Dame (15-2) on Saturday, Feb. 20 at Notre Dame.

The No. 4 seeded Watkins Glen (13-6) girls will host No. 13 Unadilla Valley (9-9) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17 in the Field House. The winner will advance to play the winner of a first-round game between No. 5 Bainbridge-Guilford (15-4) and No. 12 Unatego (10-9). The second-round game will be played on the court of the higher seeded team on Saturday, Feb. 20.

The Watkins Glen girls junior varsity basketball team -- the IAC Large Schools champion. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls win JV crown

Top Dryden 62-23 for IAC Large School championship

DRYDEN, Feb. 10 -- The Watkins Glen girls junior varsity basketball team -- led by Ryanna LaMoreaux's 19 points -- defeated Dryden 62-23 Wednesday night to win the Interscholastic Athletic Conference JV Large School championship.

The Senecas, unbeaten in league play throughout the season and with a final record of 17-1, dominated in this game as they had in almost all of their contests.

"I am incredibly proud of the girls and the hard work and commitment to the team and each other," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse.

LaMoreaux, in addition to her 19 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and registered 2 steals. Other points came from:

Taylor Kelly: 12 points with 5 rebounds
Danielle Leszyk: 10 points
Makenna Fraboni: 7 points with 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals
Julia Reilly: 4 points
Jill Cantieni: 6 points
Jena Slater: 2 points
Jazmin Shea: 2 points

Photo at right: Watkins' Ryanna LaMoreaux drives to the hoop. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk looks to shoot. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly puts up a shot. Jazmin Shea is in the background on the left. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Makenna Fraboni shoots a free throw. Right: The Senecas' Jillian Cantieni drives past a Dryden defender. Watkins' Kathleen Clifford is at right. (Photos by Don Romeo)

The Watkins Glen JV team is greeted by members of the varsity squad as they enter the gym for the game. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Max Schimizzi, left, and Justin Kelly drive to the basket against SC.

Watkins boys top SC, 68-54

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 10 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team improved its record to 11-8 Wednesday night with a 68-54 victory over Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The game, a tuneup for next week's Section IV tournament, saw Justin Kelly lead the Senecas' offense with 20 points. He was joined in double figures by Jacob Carocci (14 points), Michael Taylor (13) and Max Schimizzi (12). Parker Pangallo added 9 points. The team was 9-for-11 from the foul line.

Schimizzi led the team in rebounds with 7, while Carocci grabbed 6, and Kelly and Taylor 4 each. Carocci dished out 5 assists, and Pangallo 4. Schimizzi and Kelly each registered 4 steals.

Noah Davis led Southern Cayuga with 12 points. SC converted 4 of 7 free throws.

"As usual, we came out lackluster for the first five or six minutes," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "We had a couple of good stretches on offense later, but defensively, we were very sloppy. We're going to have to pick up our defense, or we won't survive against better teams" in sectionals.

Watkins Glen held an 11-9 lead after one period, and was up 28-20 at halftime. The advantage was 48-36 entering the final quarter.

The Senecas return to action at home Friday night against Groton. The varsity-only evening begins at 6 p.m.

Sectional pairings and seedings will be announced soon. The tournament starts Tuesday.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Michael Taylor, top, and Parker Pangallo take aim on the basket.

WG's Kelly is IAC 1st Team All-Star

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 10 -- Watkins Glen boys basketball standout Justin Kelly has been named a First Team selection on the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large Schools South Division All-Star team.

The selections were made by division coaches.

The division MVP is Peyton Miller of Waverly. First Team selections in addition to Kelly are Hunter Bodine of Waverly, Derrick Stark of Notre Dame, Dre Bosket of Newark Valley, and Kevin Harmer of Edison.

Watkins Glen's Parker Pangallo, meanwhile, was named to the division's All-Star Second Team. The coaches did not issue any Honorable Mentions.

Watkins Modified wrestlers compete

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Feb. 10 -- The Watkins Glen High School Modified Wrestling team competed Wednesday at Cohen Middle School against Notre Dame, Lansing, Candor and host Edison.

Watkins wrestlers included Dawson Wade (who went 1-1), Gavin Schoffner (3-0), RJ Bannon (1-1), and Jonathan Krnotch (0-2).

"It was a good night," said Coach Rod Weeden. "I have noticed a lot of growth in a very short time. The kids were more controlled today, and we're able to run cradles and half Nelsons much better than before." 

O-M boys finish season in Clark finale

LANSING, Feb. 10 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team ended its season on a losing note Tuesday, falling to Lansing 58-41 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Lansing gym.

The loss left the Indians with three wins this season as Brad Clark (pictured at right) ended a 17-year run on the bench as JV and then varsity coach.

"I have mixed emotions on it ending," he said. "It was a great run. I want to thank the district for letting me coach so many great kids. But it's the right time. Now I can watch my daughter (O-M student-athlete Gillian Clark) in her last two years.

"I'm sure we'll leave the program in good hands, whoever they find," he said. "There are pieces in place for a good team. We have some good athletes here."

O-M fell behind 15-6 in the first quarter, but rallied with a 17-point second period that left the deficit at seven points, 30-23, entering the second half.

"We had a good first half," said Clark. "We were pretty competitive. But then something happened in the second half, as it has all year, and Lansing pulled away." The Bobcats outscored the Indians 17-5 in the third period.

Bryce Elliott led O-M with 10 points. Other scoring came from Chris Foote (7 points), Joel Kelly (6), Tyler Clark (5), Curtis Harris (5), Zach Elliott (4), and Noah Austin (4). The team was 5-for-13 from the foul line.

Lansing was led by Josh Miller-LaBar's 21 points.

Photo in text: Brad Clark (File photo)

WG's Pike & Gonzalez, O-M's Clark, Grover are IAC First Team All-Stars

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 10 -- Two members each of the Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball teams have been named First Team selections among Interscholastic Athletic Conference Division All-Stars.

Selections were made in a vote of coaches in each division.

WGHS standouts Amanda Pike and Mariah Gonzalez were named to the First Team in the IAC Large Schools South Division, while O-M's Gillian Clark and Olivia Grover were named to the First Team in the IAC Small Schools South Division.

Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy and Allison Teed earned Second Team status, and WG's Katherine Meehan was an Honorable Mention.

The selections in the league, division by division:

North Large School Division:
Co-MVPs: Dryden's Amy Gardner and Victoria Leyburn
1st Team: Dryden's Maggie Cole, Whitney Point's Graci Standish-Warpus, Lansing's Emma Dhimitri and Whitney Point's Sarah White.
2nd Team: Dryden's Lindsey Goodenough and Kari Daley, Lansing's Krista Taylor and Taylor Mikula, and Whitney Point's Amy Stevens.

North Small School Division:

MVP: Southern Cayuga's Emily Kopp
1st team: Moravia's Marissa Hingston, Zoe Barrington and Hannah Bennink, Southern Cayuga's Jayde Lyon, and Marathon's Cassidy Marsh.
2nd team: Marathon's Megan Contri, Southern Cayuga's Catie Kopp, Moravia's Sierra Lyon and Allie Genson, and Union Springs' Michaela Tanner.
Honorable Mention: Union Spring's Renee Park, Groton's Leah Forehand and Paige Graham, Southern Cayuga's Brianna Rosekrans, and Marathon's Ashley Bush.

South Large School Division
MVP: Waverly's Elle Nittinger
1st team: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike and Mariah Gonzalez; Notre Dame's Mia Herlan and Laurel Vargas, and Waverly's Wendi Hammond.
2nd team: Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy and Allison Teed, Notre Dame's Mary Foster and Mackenzie Maloney, and Waverly's Marissa Trudeau.
Honorable Mention: Watkins Glen's Katherine Meehan, Edison's Ashley Comstock, Newark Valley's Sierra Post, Waverly's Breanna Featherson, and Notre Dame's Maura Glovins.

South Small School Division
MVP: Newfield's Mariyah Byrd.
1st team: Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark and Olivia Grover, Newfield's Angeles James, Candor's SiarahJo Rose, and Spencer-Van Etten's Mackenzie Grube.
2nd team: Newfield's Sierra Henry, Tioga's Katelyn Stubbs and Taylor Ayres, Candor's Mikayla Short, and S-VE's Kelsey Pierce.

Grover, Clark lead O-M girls to win

LANSING, Feb. 10 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team improved to 11-8 Tuesday night by defeating Lansing 47-40 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Lansing gym.

The Indians were led by Olivia Grover's double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds and Gillian Clark's 17 points, including four 3-pointers.

Other points came from Kennedey Heichel (6), Alexis Saunders (3), Maddie Lodge (2), and Alyssa Crout (1).

Nakiaha Robinson dished out three assists while playing about 15 minutes -- her first action since sustaining a knee injury early in the season. She "really stabilized our guard play," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich.

O-M led 13-7 after one quarter, 23-16 at halftime, and 32-26 heading into the fourth period. "Lansing cut it to two points," said Gavich, "but Gillian hit two 3's and Olivia converted a 3-point play to help us finally put them away.

"This was a big win," he added. "It guarantees our first winning season since 2010-11, and a probable home game in the first round of sectionals."

Odessa returns to action when it plays Marathon at home on Friday. The JV contest starts at 6 p.m., with the varsity to follow.

Athletes: Wrestler, swimmer, cheerleaders

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 8 -- A wrestler, a swimmer and an entire squad are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

The wrestler is Watkins Glen High School's Brandon Gould, chosen by coaches as the Outstanding Wrestler at the Section IV, Class C tournament, in which he won the 132-pound title.

The swimmer is Matt Doppel, who registered four wins as the Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team defeated Odessa-Montour. Doppel set a 50 Freestyle pool record in the process.

And the squad is the WGHS varsity cheerleading team, the Grand Champion at the IAC Cheerleading Competition, held at Newark Valley High School.

Double Honorable: Odessa-Montour swimmer Billy Tague; Watkins Glen swimmers Aidan DeBolt and Lucas Wickham; Watkins Glen basketball's Parker Pangallo, Justin Kelly and Amanda Pike; Watkins Glen wrestling's Ian Chedzoy and Ethan Voorheis; O-M basketball's Gillian Clark; O-M wrestler Jeremiah Lynch; the Odessa-Montour varsity cheerleading squad; and Watkins Glen bowlers Dakota Evans, Casen Weeden and Conlin Wysocki.

Honorable Mention: Another 28 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal Odessa File All-Star teams and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Seneca Youth Basketball: Week 6

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 24, 2016 -- The Seneca Youth Basketball program held its sixth week of games Saturday in Watkins Glen. The results:

3rd-4th Grade

League Champions - Curly's Family Restaurant

Curly's (6-0) 22, Famous Brands (3-3) 7

Curly's - Alexander Holmes 8, Christopher Simiele 8, Julia Spahalski 4, Tyler Smith 2
Famous Brands - Addison Collican 4, Lillian Ameigh 3

Glen Motel (5-1) 17, Sporting Goods (1-5) 6

Glen Motel - Nicky D'Alleva 9, Thomas Field 2, Brenna Pierce 2, Brady Bockelkamp 2, Rachel Becker 2
Sporting Goods - Ryan Berry 6

Central Asphalt (2-4) 18, Mr. Chicken (2-4) 10

Central Asphalt - Branden Chiacchiarini 8, Michael Finder 6, Liam Smith 4
Mr. Chicken - Sarah Jones 6, Samuel Caslin 2, Damion Craven 2

5th-6th Grade

League Champion - Maguire's

Church Street Produce (2-4) 24, Maguire's (5-1) 14

Church St. - Cameron Holland 11, Brynn Smith 6, Ethan Day 4, Gavin Smith 4
Maguire's - Caleb Smith 8, Owen Scholtisek 4, Ian Gleason 2

Seneca Lodge (4-2) 19, Van Skiver Motors (0-6) 12

Seneca Lodge - Travon Jones 18, Jacob Pierce 1
Van Skiver's - Luke Spahalski 6, Georgio Fazzary 4, Bryce Cady 2

Watkins Glen Supply (5-1) 28, Capt. Bill's (1-5) 23

Watkins Glen Supply - Adam Pastore 14, Talon Elliot 4, David Kelly 4, Daniel Ely 2, Jason Murphy 2, Gregory Samuels 2
Capt. Bill's - Jacob Powers 13, Eric Morrisette 4, Jacob Yontz 4, Skylar Lagramada 2

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Walter "Red" Matthews Memorial Play-off Schedule 2/13/16

8:00 a.m.

3rd-4th Grade

Game 1 - Famous Brands vs. Sporting Goods
Game 2 - Mr. Chicken vs. Central Asphalt

5th-6th Grade

Game 3 - Seneca Lodge vs. Van Skiver Motors

9:15 a.m.

3rd-4th Grade

Game 4 - Glen Motel vs. Winner of Game 1
Game 5 - Curly's vs. Winner of Game 2

5th-6th Grade

Game 6 - Church Street Produce vs Capt. Bill's

10 a.m.

Game 7 - Watkins Glen Supply vs Winner of Game 3
Game 8 - Maguire's vs Winner of Game 6

Among the Watkins Glen wrestlers who qualified for the Section IV tournament were, from left: Ian Chedzoy, Charlie Wright, Ethan Voorheis, Dylan Bradley, Josh Bravo, Brandon Gould, Kurtis Edwards and Kameryn Sheldon. Not pictured: Nate Brown. (Photo provided)

9 Watkins wrestlers qualify for Sectionals

WHITNEY POINT, Feb. 6 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team saw nine of its members qualify at Saturday's Class C Duals for the overall Section IV Tournament next Friday and Saturday at the Broome County Arena in Binghamton.

Three of the nine won Class C titles Saturday: Brandon Gould at 132 pounds, Ian Chedzoy at 182 and Ethan Voorheis at 285.

Athletes needed to place in the top five at the Class C tournmaent to move on to the Arena. Qualifying from Watkins Glen were:

120 pounds: Dylan Bradley, 3rd place.
132 pounds: Brandon Gould, 1st place.
145 pounds: Charlie Wright, 5th place.
160 pounds: Nate Brown, 5th place.
170 pounds: Josh Bravo, 3rd place.
182 pounds: Ian Chedzoy, 1st place.
195 pounds: Kurtis Edwards, 2nd place.
220 pounds: Kameryn Sheldon, 2nd place.
285 pounds: Ethan Voorheis, 1st place.

Bainbridge-Guildford-Afton-Harpursville won the team title with 258 points. Walton-Delhi was second with 233.5, and Watkins Glen third at 174 among nine teams.

Photo in text: Brandon Gould, Class C champion at 132 pounds, holding the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award for Class C that he won in a vote of coaches. (Photo provided)

3 Odessa wrestlers advance to Sectionals

DEPOSIT, Feb. 6 -- Three members of the Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team qualified Saturday for next weekend's Section IV Wrestling Championships in Binghamton by placing in the top five Saturday at the Class D Tournament.

Among the qualifiers was Jeremiah Lynch, who won the 152-pound Class D title. Also advancing were DeShawn Johnson after placing fourth at 182 pounds, and Alex Repass, fourth at 220 pounds.

Photo at right: O-M's Jeremiah Lynch. (Photo provided)

Glen cheerleaders win IACs

Earn Grand Champion title; O-M 2nd in Small Schools

NEWARK VALLEY, Feb. 6 -- The Watkins Glen varsity cheerleading squad took the overall Grand Champion title Saturday at the annual Interscholastic Athletic Conference Cheerleading Competition at Newark Valley HIgh School.

The Senecas were first in the two-school Varsity Co-Ed division, but more tellingly scored more points than any other team in the day's event.

Candor was first among Small School varsity competitors, with O-M second and Spencer-Van Etten third among the six competing schools.

Newark Valley was first among varsity Large Schools, with Dryden second and Whitney Point third. They were the only three schools represented.

In the junior varsity event, Dryden took first place, with Watkins Glen second and Edison third in another three-team competition.

Photos in text:

Top: The Watkins varsity cheerleading team, champion of the IAC. (Photo provided)

Bottom: The Odessa-Montour varsity cheerleading team, which won second place among Small Schools. (Photo provided by Chris Foote)

Left: Watkins Glen's Alex Gibson passes the ball. Right: The Senecas' Michael Taylor goes high to obstruct an O-M shot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Glen boys defeat O-M, 65-35

ODESSA, Feb. 6 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team improved its season mark to 10-8 Saturday with a 65-35 victory over Odessa-Montour in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The game was close through the first half, with Watkins Glen leading at intermission 21-20. But the Senecas outscored the Indians 24-5 in a third period that saw them net five of their 10 three-pointers. And they pulled away further with a 20-10 fourth quarter.

"It looked like Odessa ran out of gas" in the second half, said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, noting that the Indians had played a game Friday night against Southern Cayuga -- a close contest in which "they played hard."

His own team played "a poor first half" Saturday, said Fazzary, mentioning in particular repeated misses on layup attempts. "But we played much better in the second half," he added.

Parker Pangallo led Watkins Glen with 18 points, while Justin Kelly scored 17, Michael Doane 8, Jacob Carocci 8, Max Schimizzi 7, Michael Taylor 5, and Alex Gibson 2. The team was 5-for-7 at the free-throw line.

Taylor led the Senecas in rebounds with 9, while Pangallo grabbed 7 and Schimizzi 6. Pangallo and Carocci each dished out 4 assists.

O-M was led by Chris Foote's 12 points. Also scoring were Tyler Clark and Bryce Elliott with 7 points each, Nick Sgrecci 6, Zach Elliott 2, and Curtis Harris 1. The Indians converted 12 of 18 free-throw attempts.

Odessa returns to action at Lansing Tuesday night. Watkins Glen will host Southern Cayuga Wednesday night.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated O-M 52-36. Alex Schimizzi led the Senecas with 17 points, while Daniel Paradiso scored 12 and Justin Lodge 8. Odessa was led by Zach Knapp's 16 points.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Justin Kelly glides to the hoop. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: O-M's Byrce Elliott looks to shoot as Watkins' Max Schimizzi defends.

Left: Watkins Glen's Parker Pangallo moves the ball as O-M's Joel Kelly defends. (Photo by Don Romeo) / Right: Odessa's Chris Foote drives toward the basket.

Odessa-Montour's Curtis Harris prepares to shoot as teammate Zach Elliott observes.

Left: O-M's Nick Sgrecci, left, and Watkins Glen's Michael Taylor battle for a rebound. Right: Odessa's Tyler Clark is fouled as he drives toward the basket.

O-M Elementary Basketball: Week 3

ODESSA, Feb. 6 -- What follows are the results from Week 3 of O-M Elementary Basketball:

Cookie's Construction (1-2) 23, Grover's Rentals (2-1) 12

Cookie's Construction: Tyler Malnoske 10 points, Owen Cassada 6 points, Gina Gavich 5 points, Lillian Halpin 2 points
Grover's Rentals: Lance Reese 10 points, Kelsey Wardwell 1 point, James Halpin 1 point

Watkins Supply (2-1) 23, The Bucket Bar and Grill (1-2) 4

Watkins Supply: Gunner Herrmann 11 points, David Patterson 8 points, Ryan Sochia 2 points, Christopher Kleist 2 points
Bucket: Kameron Collins 4 points

Glen bowlers 4th, 7th at IACs

WAVERLY, Feb. 6 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team placed fourth and the boys team seventh among the 12 competing schools Saturday at the annual Interscholastic Athletic Conference Tournament at the Valley Bowling Center.

Odessa-Montour's boys placed 10th and the O-M girls ninth.

Dakota Evans led the Watkins girls with a 189-193-225=607 series that was the third best among the female competitors. Nikole VanDyke added a 460 (17th best) and Liz Mason a 454 (19th) as the team posted a 2241 total.

Waverly took the team title with a 2702, and was followed by Tioga (2383), Notre Dame (2292) and Watkins Glen. Then came Marathon (2207), Groton (2093), Candor (2085), Lansing (1940), Odessa-Montour (1905), Newark Valley (1891), Union Springs/Port Byron (1661) and Edison (1072).

"Dakota bowled well," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "The girls are ready to make a run at the Class C title next weekend."

The Watkins Glen boys were led by Casen Weeden's 189-214-226=629 series, which was 12th best among male competitors. Conlin Wysocki added a 199-229-189=617, which was 16th best. Wrett Brower rolled a 519 and Steven Bradley a 485 as the boys posted a 2699 total.

"Casen and Conlin bowled outstanding today," said Coach Brower. "I'm looking foreward to see what the boys team (made up of 9th and 10th graders) will do against the rest of the section next week."

Waverly took the boys team title, too, with a 3126 total. The Wolverines were followed by Tioga (2955), Lansing (2933), U.S./P.B. (2929), Edison (2916), Newark Valley (2883), Watkins Glen (2699), Candor (2439), Groton (2255), Odessa-Montour (2116), Marathon (1145) and Notre Dame (720).

The Odessa boys were led by Alex Grady's 473 series. Other scores for the Indians: Cameron Bryington 440, Eric Rumsey 419, Tyler Bump 394, and Trevor Dunn 390.

The O-M girls were led by Jackie Vincent's 425. Britney Visscher added a 398, Carolyn Arias 377, Ashley Stewart 356, Taylor Sykes 349, and Grace Edger 342.

Photo in text: Clockwise from top left are Watkins Glen's Liz Mason, Nikole VanDyke, Dakota Evans, Casen Weeden and Conlin Wysocki. (Photo provided)

Left: Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy sends up a shot. Right: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez drives to the basket. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls fall to Elmira

ELMIRA, Feb. 6 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team's record slipped to 13-5 Saturday when the Senecas dropped a 56-43 decision to the Elmira Express in a non-league game in the Elmira school gym.

The Senecas trailed Elmira 15-11 after one period, 25-19 at halftime, and 36-32 entering the final quarter. The Express outscored Watkins 20-11 down the stretch.

Amanda Pike led the Senecas with 25 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Mariah Gonzalez added 11 points with 6 rebounds, 5 assists and a steal.

Other points came from Clara Chedzoy (3, with 3 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and a block), Allison Teed (2, wih 5 rebounds, 2 steals, an assist and a block), and Katherine Meehan (2 with 2 steals, a rebound and an assist).

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost for the first time this season, 69-31. Ryanna LaMoreaux led the Senecas with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Taylor Kelly added 8 points.

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

Left: Watkins Glen's Allison Teed shoots in traffic. Right: In the JV game, Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux prepares to shoot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

O-M's Zach Elliott catches the basketball in his face after a player threw the ball in Elliott's direction while saving it from going out of bounds. "It looked like an uppercut," said one observer of the impact. (Photos by Hailey Perraut)

O-M boys drop a close one

Fall to Southern Cayuga, 53-51; host Watkins today

ODESSA, Feb. 5 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team -- on Senior Night and with the crowd fired up -- finished on the short end of a see-saw battle with Southern Cayuga Friday night, 53-51, in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians, looking for their fourth victory of the season, fell behind 7-0 but battled back to tie the game 7-7 after one period. The offenses opened up in the second quarter, with O-M ahead at the halftime buzzer, 25-23.

Odessa built a 6-point lead in the third quarter, 33-27, and entered the final quarter up 36-33. Southern Cayuga tied the game 39-39 with 5:30 remaining, and went ahead at 4:58 on a two-pointer.

Odessa tied the game 10 seconds later and regained the lead at 3:55, but Southern Cayuga tied it again, 43-43, at 3:41 before going ahead again 45-43 at 2:27.

A driving layup by O-M's Zach Elliott forged yet another tie, 45-45, at 2:02, but a pair of short-range jumpers in succeeding possessions by SC put it up 49-45 with 1:12 to go -- a lead that extended to five points on a foul shot with 35.2 seconds remaining.

A driving basket by O-M's Chris Foote with 27.3 seconds to go was negated on a charging call, but a 3-pointer by Zach Elliott at the 18-second mark cut the SC lead to 50-48. SC pulled away to a 53-48 lead with a free thow with 13.1 seconds to go and two more foul shots with 4.1 seconds remaining. A Joel Kelly 3-pointer at the buzzer cut the final O-M deficit to two points.

Zach Elliott and Foote led the Indians in scoring with 12 points each, while Curtis Harris scored 8 points, Kelly 6, Bryce Elliott 5, Tyler Clark and Nick Sgrecci 3 each, and Noah Austin 2. The team struggled at the free-throw line, converting just 2 of 13 attempts.

Southern Cayuga was led by Sam Schneider's 16 points, and 10 apiece by Niel Wiemann and Nick Leonard. The team converted 8 of 18 free-throw attempts.

Odessa returns to action today (Saturday) with a home game against Watkins Glen. The JV contest starts at 3 p.m., with the varsity to follow.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Chris Foote goes up for a shot in traffic. (Photo by Hailey Perraut)
Bottom: The Indians' Noah Austin, right, positions himself for a rebound.

From left: O-M's Curtis Harris, Joel Kelly and Tyler Clark in Friday's game.

Left: O-M's Nick Sgrecci shoots. Right: The Indians' Cody Smith drives to the basket. (Both photos by Mike Stamp)

Odessa-Montour senior cheerleaders honored in a Senior Night ceremony before Friday's varsity basketball game were, from left: Henna Herrmann, McKenna Carberry, Teirra Terwillegar and Kassie Snyder.

O-M's varsity basketball seniors were honored Friday before their game against Southern Cayuga. Rear from left: Joel Kelly, Tyler Clark and Cody Smith. Foreground: Bryce Elliott. Held aloft: Chris Foote.

2 plays late in the game:

Left: O-M's Tyler Clark is fouled as he attempts a shot. Right: Odessa's Chris Foote drives to the hoop. He was called for a charge. (Both photos by Mike Stamp)

Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez (left) and Katherine Meehan drive to the basket. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls race past Edison, 56-19

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Feb. 4 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team raised its season mark to 13-4 Thursday night by defeating Edison 56-19 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Edison gym.

The Senecas led 14-2 after one period, 22-6 at halftime and 36-13 entering the fourth quarter.

Amanda Pike led Watkins Glen with 17 points and had 5 of the Senecas' 20 steals. Other points came from Emmie Bond (8, with 9 rebounds), Hanley Elliott (8, with 4 rebounds), Katherine Meehan (7), (Hannah Morse (6), Mariah Gonzalez (4, with 4 assists), Mikenna Ayers (4), and Maggie Bond (2, with 4 rebounds). Allison Teed added 6 rebounds and 3 assists, while Clara Chedzoy had 2 rebounds and an assist.

Elliott also had 3 steals, while Teed, Gonzalez, Emmie Bond, Maggie Bond and Ayers had 2 steals each, and Meehan and Morse one apiece.

There was no junior varsity game, since Edison has no JV team.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike takes off with the ball. She had a game-high 17 points and 5 steals. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond. Right: The Senecas' Chara Chedzoy moves past an Edison defender. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse is hit as she shoots. Right: The Senecas' Allison Teed looks to pass the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

O-M girls fall to Southern Cayuga

AURORA, Feb. 4 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team's record slipped to 10-8 Thursday night when the Indians dropped a 49-32 decision to Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the SC gym.

"It was a very ragged game," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "Neither team played particularly well at all. They made fewer mistakes and that was the difference."

Southern Cayuga (15-3) built a 25-16 halftime lead. Odessa cut the deficit to four points in the second half, "but we got no closer," said Gavich.

Gillian Clark led the Indians with 16 points, while Alexis Saunders and Olivia Grover scored 6 each, and Kennedey Heichel and Nikki Crout 2 apiece.

Junior Varsity: O-M defeated Southern Cayuga 50-37 for its fifth win of the season. Sara Gardner scored 23 points and McKennah Lott 14 for the Indians.

O-M's Tony Humphries dives at start of the 200 Individual Medley, which he won.

Glen swimmers top O-M

Watkins' Matt Doppel sets new 50 Free pool record

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 4 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team made it two victories in two tries this season over intracounty rival Odessa-Montour Thursday, posting a 91-76 victory over the Indians in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

Watkins defeated O-M 53-41 on Dec. 22 in the Odessa pool.

The Senecas' Matt Doppel keyed Thursday's victory by setting a new pool record of 22.23 seconds in the 50 Free, posting the time on the first leg of the 200 Free Relay, won by Watkins with a time of 1:36.36. Other members of that squad: Lucas Wickham, Aidan DeBolt and Jacob Slater.

Doppel -- honored in a pre-meet Senior Night ceremony with Wickham and Slater -- also won the 50 Free itself in 22.73, the 100 Free in 48.65, and was on the winning 200 Yard Medley Relay team (1:48.21) with Wickham, DeBolt and Slater.

DeBolt also won the 100 Fly in 1:00.29, while Wickham won the 100 Breaststroke in 1:09.37 (edging out O-M's Tony Humphries, who posted a 1:09.80), and Will Fitzsimmons won the 100 Back in 1:09.79. Slater was the lone diver in an exhibition event in which he scored 208.35 points.

O-M's Billy Tague won the 200 Free in 1:57.76, bettering a personal best of 2:00.22 posted by Watkins Glen's Dakota Cole, and topped Cole in the 500 Free as each posted a personal record. Tague swam the 500 race in 5:22.76, while Cole finished in 5:26.42.

Also winning for Odessa: Tony Humphries in the 200 Individual Medley with a time of 2:22.93, and the 400 Freestyle Relay squad of James Terry, Alec Betts, Humphries and Tague in 3:58.65.

"The O-M guys swam a great meet tonight," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "Even though they came up short in the final score, they gave it all they had, and I'm very proud of them."

Setting personal records for Odessa were:

--Kyle Frasier in the 200 IM and 100 Fly.
--Andy Fudala in the 50 Free and the 100 Breaststroke.
--Noah Brewster in the 100 Back.
--Garrett Allen in the 100 Breast.

"Now," said Brace, "we set our sights on the championship season, looking forward to the IACs next weekend and sectionals after that."

"This was a wonderful way to say goodbye to our seniors on Senior Night," said Watkins Glen coach Len DeBolt. "I will miss Matt, Jacob and Lucas very much after this season.

"Everyone swam well tonight from the top to the bottom of our roster. Matt setting a new pool record in the 50 Free was terrific. Lucas set a personal mark for the season of 1:09.37 in the 100 Breaststroke in the face of fierce competition from Tony Humphries and Andy Fudala. Dakota Cole continues to drop time and he swam well against Billy Tague, who is a competitor always. It was a solid team victory, and I'm very proud of the "Men from the Glen." It was nice to have our friends from O-M with us tonight."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Lucas Wickham on the way to victory in the 100 Breaststroke.
Second: Watkins Glen's Matt Doppel is congratulated by Coach Len DeBolt after setting a new 50 Free pool record.
Third: The Senecas' Aidan DeBolt en route to a win in the 200 Medley Relay.
Fourth: O-M's Billy Tague (foreground) and Watkins' Dakota Cole are all smiles after each set a new personal best in the 500 Free, won by Tague.

O-M's Caelan Haney competes in the 100 Yard Butterfly. He finished second.

Watkins Glen seniors honored Thursday on Senior Night were, from left: Jacob Slater, Lucas Wickham and Matt Doppel. (Photo by Amy Planty)

Odessa-Montour's Zach Elliott prepares to shoot in traffic. (Photo by Hailey Perraut)

Odessa-Montour boys fall to Newfield

ODESSA, Feb. 2 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team stayed close to Newfield through the first half Tuesday night before the Trojans pulled away, handing the Indians a 63-37 defeat in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Stephen LaBarge led Newfield with 27 points, built largely on seven 3-pointers. The Trojans were 5-for-8 from the free-throw line.

Odessa was led by Zach Elliott's 15 points. Also scoring were Chris Foote (8 points), Curtis Harris (6), Bryce Elliott (4), Joel Kelly (3), and Noah Austin (1). The Indians converted 6 of 9 free throws.

Newfield led 13-11 after one period, and was up 27-23 at halftime. Then the Trojans went on a 21-9 tear in the third quarter, and outscored O-M 15-5 down the stretch.

The Indians return to action Friday night at home against Southern Cayuga, and host Watkins Glen Saturday afternoon.

Photo in text: O-M's Chris Foote drives to the basket. (Photo by Hailey Perraut)

From left: Odessa-Montour's Noah Austin, Nick Sgrecci and Bryce Elliott.

Glen boys can't overcome early deficit

WAVERLY, Feb. 2 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 9-8 Tuesday when the Senecas dropped a 70-51 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Waverly gym.

"We dug ourselves our usual hole early," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, referring to an 18-6 first-quarter deficit. "We were just not quite ready to go. We made some mistakes, and they made us pay."

The 18-0 Wolverines increased their lead to 18 points at halftime, 35-17. "But to our credit, we didn't give up," said Fazzary. "We got it down to eight or nine points with quite a bit of time left, and made them take a time-out. But then we had a lapse, and that was it. But we kept battling."

Watkins, which outscored Waverly 18-14 in the third quarter before being outscored 21-16 in the fourth, was led in scoring by Parker Pangallo with 12 points. Justin Kelly and Jacob Carocci had 11 each, while Michael Taylor scored 8 points, Max Schimizzi 7, and Michael Doane 2.

Carocci led in rebounds with 6, while Pangallo grabbed 5. Pangallo led in assists with 6.

Jon Ward led Waverly with 25 points.

The Senecas return to action Saturday afternoon at Odessa-Montour. The JV game starts at 3 p.m., with the varsity to follow..

Junior Varsity: Waverly defeated Watkins Glen 59-33 as the Senecas' record slipped to 7-10. Dylan Markley and Dayne Hughey led the Senecas in scoring with 9 points each, whlle Alex Schimizzi scored 6 and Daniel Paradiso 5.

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse goes up for a shot. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike tries to maneuver around traffic. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Glen girls lose to Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 2 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team saw its record slip to 12-4 Tuesday night as the Senecas dropped a 40-29 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

Watkins Glen trailed 10-4 after one period, 21-8 at halftime and 30-18 after three quarters.

The Senecas were led in scoring by Mariah Gonzalez's 13 points. She also grabbed 10 rebounds and registered 3 steals and 2 blocks.

Other points came from Amanda Pike (4, with 4 rebounds and 3 steals), Hannah Morse (4, with 3 steals and 2 assists), Allison Teed (2, with 4 rebounds and a steal), Katherine Meehan (2, with 4 rebounds and 2 steals), Hanley Elliott (2, with 4 rebounds), and Clara Chedzoy (2, with 4 rebounds and 1 steal). The team was 13-for-18 from the foul line.

Waverly converted 15 of 35 free-throw attempts.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Waverly 47-26. Ryanna LaMoreaux led the Senecas in scoring with 15 points, and grabbed 10 rebounds. Taylor Kelly scored 14 points, and registered 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 4 blocks. Danielle Leszyk scored 11 points and had 5 rebounds and 4 steals.

Photo in text: Watkins' Mariah Gonzalez drives to the hoop. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen seniors honored Tuesday on Senior Night were, from left: Katherine Meehan, Allison Teed, Madison Myers and Maggie Bond. (Photo by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly launches a shot. Right: The Senecas' Ryanna LaMoreaux prepares to shoot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Odessa girls lose to Newfield, 46-27

NEWFIELD, Feb. 2 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team's record slipped to 10-7 Tuesday night when the Indians fell to division champion Newfield 46-27 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Newfield gym.

"We jumped out 7-0, but that was about it," siad O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "Their pressure got to us and we turned the ball over way too many times. They have nine seniors and we start three freshmen and a sophomore. Tonight that really showed."

Gillian Clark led the Indians in scoring with 11 points, while Olivia Grover registered 7 points and 8 rebounds. Kennedey Heichel added 6 points, Alyssa Crout 2, and Alexis Saunders 1.

Newfield is now 14-3.

Odessa returns to action Thursday at Southern Cayuga, which is tied with Moravia for the IAC North Small Schools Division lead. "So it doesn't get any easier," said Gavich.

Junior Varsity: O-M defeated Newfield for its fourth win of the season. Sara Gardner led the Indians with 24 points.

Odessa-Montour's Jackie Vincent. She led her team with a 383 series.

Bowling: O-M boys split, girls lose 3-1

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 2 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity bowling team split its final regular-season match Tuesday, tying Candor 2-2 in Interscholastic Athletic Conference action at Harborside Lanes.

O-M won the second and third games, but lost the first game and total pinfall, 2295-2274. Alex Grady led Odessa with a 511 series, while Eric Rumsey posted a 479, Trevor Dunn 472, Cameron Bryington 400, and Andrew Ink 397.

The Odessa girls, meanwhile, won the second game of their match against Candor, but lost the first and third games and total pinfall, 2005-1898. Jackie Vincent led the squad with a 383 series, with four teammates close behind. Britney Visscher rolled a 381, Taylor Sykes 375, Grace Edger 375, and Ashley Stewart 374.

O-M returns to action at Saturday's IAC Championships at the Valley Bowling Center in Waverly.

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

Watkins Glen bowlers fall to Waverly

WAVERLY, Feb. 2 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams dropped 4-0 decisions to Waverly Tuesday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at the Valley Bowling Center.

"We bowled good," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "Waverly bowled great."

The boys dropped all three games and total pinfall, 3243-2611. Waverly was led by Tim Woodcock's 744 series, and had three other bowlers over 600.

The Senecas were led by Casen Weeden's 529, which included a 222 game. Four other bowlers were over 500: Nathaniel Rose (519), Steven Bradley (511), Wyatt Brower (503) and Wrett Brower (501).

The Glen girls lost all three games and total pinfall, 2740-2181. Dakota Evans led the Senecas with a 577 series that included a 205 and a 214. Liz Mason added a 489, Nikole VanDyke 405, Destiny Weber 369, and Nancy Jackson 341.

O-M's Billy Tague on the way to victory in the 500 Free, one of his two wins.

Odessa swimmers fall to Waverly

ODESSA, Feb. 1 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team dropped a 62-32 decision to Waverly Monday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool on Senior Night.

Honored for their O-M careers in this, their final home meet, were James Terry, Tony Humphries, Jimito Williams and Caelan Haney.

Billy Tague won two races for O-M -- the 200 Free in 2:05.57 and the 500 Free with a personal record (PR) of 5:29.26.

Second-place finishes for O-M were recorded by Humphries in the 200 IM and the 100 Breast, Haney in the 100 Fly, and each relay:

--Medley Relay: Terry, Humphries, Alec Betts and Andy Fudala.
--200 Free Relay: Terry, Haney, Fudala and Tague.
--400 Free Relay: Betts, Haney, Humphries and Tague.

"Tonight," said O-M Coach Terri Brace, "we recognized our four seniors: Tony Humphries, James Terry, Jimito Williams and Caelan Haney, a student at Spencer-Van Etten who has been swimming with the team for three years, and thanks to a merger with S-VE this year, has become a full-fledged member of the team, scoring points for us and swimming on relays. Each one of these guys has brought something special to the team, and they have been a joy to work with over the years. Their swimming talents, sense of fun, and dedication to their team will be greatly missed. I wish them all the best."

PRs posted at Monday's meet:

--Kyle Frasier in the 100 Fly (1:22.89)
--Noah Brewster in the 200 Free (2:30.11) and the 500 Free (6:57.67)

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Photos in text:

Top: Odessa's Alec Betts competes in the 100 Free.

Middle: O-M's Noah Brewster on his way to a personal best in the 500 Free.

Bottom: O-M's Kyle Frasier competes in the 100 Fly, where he set a new personal best.

Odessa-Montour's Andy Fudala dives at start of the third leg of the 200 Free Relay.

Seniors honored at Monday's swim meet were, from left: Caelan Haney, Tony Humphries, James Terry and Jimito Williams.

Athletes: Gould, Chedzoy and Hazlitt

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 1 -- Two wrestlers and a runner are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Watkins Glen wrestlers Ian Chedzoy and Brandon Gould earned nods for winning titles at the annual IAC Championships -- Chedzoy's third straight at 182 pounds, and Gould's fourth straight at four different weights: 99, 113, 126 and now 132 pounds.

Watkins Glen runner Patrick Hazlitt earned the honor for taking first place among Class C and D runners in the 1600 Meter Run with a time of 4:29.86 at the Indoor Track Class Championships at Ithaca College.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen wrestlers Avery Watson and Kurtis Edwards; Odessa-Montour wrestlers Jeremiah Lynch, Shawn Minnier, DeShawn Johnson and Alex Repass; Watkins Glen bowler Nathaniel Rose; O-M basketball's Kennedey Heichel and Gillian Clark; Watkins Glen swimmer Matt Doppel; and Watkins Glen track's Joelle Slater and Claire McManus.

Honorable Mention: Another 26 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine Odessa File seasonal All-Star teams and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Seneca Youth Basketball: Week 5

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 24, 2016 -- The Seneca Youth Basketball program held its fifth week of games Saturday in Watkins Glen. The results:

3rd-4th Grade

Famous Brands (3-1-1) 24, Sporting Goods (1-4) 4

Famous Brands - Lillian Ameigh 20, Taegen Denmark 2, Lacie Denmark 2
Sporting Goods - Philip Cummings 2, Olivia VanSkiver 2

Glen Motel (4-1) 17, Mr. Chicken (2-3) 11

Glen Motel - Nicky D'Alleva 9, Thomas Field 2, Brenna Pierce 2, Brady Bockelkamp 2, Rachel Becker 2
Mr. Chicken - Sarah Jones 4, Damion Craven 4, Samuel Caslin 3

Curly's (4-0-1) 24, Central Asphalt (1-4) 8

Curly's - Christopher Simiele 14, Alexander Holmes 8, Tyler Smith 2
Central Asphalt - Branden Chiacchiarini 4, Michael Finder 2, Liam Smith 2

5th-6th Grade

Seneca Lodge (3-2) 24, Church Street Produce (1-4) 16

Seneca Lodge - Travon Jones 18, Dominic Craven 4, Jacob Pierce 2
Church Street Produce - Gavin Smith 6, Ethan Day 4, Kara Sheesley 2, Jonna Sissel 2, Brynn Smith 2

Maguire's (5-0) 34, Capt. Bill's (1-4) 29

Maguire's - Owen Scholtisek 27, Caleb Smith 6, Joseph Sutterby 1
Capt. Bill's - Eric Morrisette 12, Jenna Solomon 6, Ryan Thompson 6, Jacob Yontz 5

Watkins Glen Supply (4-1) 30, Van Skiver Motors (0-5) 24

Watkins Glen Supply - Adam Pastore 13, David Kelly 8, Daniel Ely 6, Talon Elliott 2, Jason Murphy 1

Van Skiver Motors - Luke Spahalski 10, Georgio Fazzary 8, Brandon Smith 2, Deven Searle 2, Jacob Van Der Eems 2

Watkins' Ian Chedzoy, left, on the way to victory in the 182-pound championship final.

Gould, Chedzoy win at IAC's

Newark Valley takes team title; Watkins 3rd, O-M 9th

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 30 -- Watkins Glen High School wrestlers Brandon Gould and Ian Chedzoy won weight-class titles at Saturday's Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championships in the WGHS Field House.

Newark Valley won the team title with 224.50 points, while Tioga was second at 203 and Watkins Glen third at 111. They were followed by Dryden (106), Candor (99), Spencer-Van Etten (97), Moravia (95), Marathon (94.50), Odessa-Montour (94), Groton (85), Whitney Point (69.50), Waverly (54.50), Lansing (44), and Edison (41).

Gould defeated Tioga's Max Johnson in the 132-pound final, 14-9, coming from behind after being thrown to the mat in the first period. He avoided being pinned, but was down 6-2. He battled to within 6-5 by the end of the period, moved ahead 10-7 in the second period and held off Johnson down the stretch. It was Gould's fourth IAC title -- one each in four different weight classes (99, 113, 126 and 132).

Chedzoy won his third straight IAC title at 182 -- defeating the same wrestler, Hunter Talbot of Moravia, that he faced in the final last year. Chedzoy, who topped Talbot in a 15-0 tech fall last year, won this time 8-2. He led the match from its early moments, building a 2-0 first-period edge and leading 4-2 after two periods before pulling away in the third.

Watkins Glen also got a second-place finish -- from Avery Watson at 126 pounds. Watson won two matches before falling to Hunter Hoffmier of Newark Valley in the final by a second-period pin.

Earning third place for the Senecas was Kurtis Edwards at 195 pounds.

Odessa-Montour registered four third-place finishes: by Jeremiah Lynch at 152 pounds, Shawn Minnier at 170 pounds, DeShawn Johnson at 182, and Alex Repass at 220. Another Indian, Dylan Houseknecht, finished fourth at 285.

Watkins Glen's Kameryn Sheldon finished fifth at 220 pounds, while the Senecas also had two sixth-place finishers: Dylan Bradley at 120 and Ethan Voorheis at 285.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould on the way to victory in the 132-pound championship final against Tioga's Max Johnson. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Middle: Watkins Glen's Ian Chedzoy battles Hunter Talbot of Moravia in the 182-pound championship bout, won by Chedzoy 8-2. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: Odessa-Montour's Shawn Minnier, right, on the way to victory against Lansing's Kyle Nickerson in Minnier's first bout of the day. He placed third in the tournament at 170 pounds. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould on the way to a quick pin against Candor's Brandon VanHousen in Gould's first match of the day. Gould won the 132-pound tournament title. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

Left: O-M's Alex Repass's arm is lifted as the victor in the 220-pound third-place bout. Right: Odessa's DeShawn Johnson, right, on the way to victory in the 182-pound third-place bout.

Watkins' Kameryn Sheldon looks up just before he won by a pin in the fifth-place match.

Left: O-M's Jeremiah Lynch motions after winning the third-place bout at 152 pounds. Right: O-M's Dylan Houseknecht (top) battles Tioga's Stephen Taylor in the 285-pound third-place bout. Taylor won 5-3.

Watkins Glen's Avery Watson, left, battles in the 126-pound final, won by Newark Valley's Hunter Hoffmier. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Hazlitt tops C and D runners at Class Meet

ITHACA, Jan. 29 -- Watkins Glen High School junior Patrick Hazlitt took first place among Class C and D runners in the 1600 Meter Run Friday at the Indoor Track Class Championships at Ithaca College.

Hazlitt posted a time of 4:29.86. Teammate Sam Hanley took fourth place with a time of 4:47.43.

The Senecas' Joelle Slater placed second in the 1500 Meter Racewalk in a time of 9:19.36; Brooke Shaffer was fifth in the 3000 Meter Run in 12:19.91; Mikayla Rhoads was sixth in the Shot Put with a distance of 24' 11.5"; and Claire McManus set a new school record of 14' 4" while placing eighth in the Long Jump.

The Watkins squad is back in action on Feb. 13, in the state qualifiers at Cornell.

Watkins Glen's Jacob Carocci races up the court, on the way to scoring a basket.

Glen boys fall to ND at buzzer

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 29 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team battled back from a double-digit deficit Friday night only to lose on a Notre Dame shot at the buzzer, 37-34, in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House gym.

And with that shot by Pat Brown, "Notre Dame got to celebrate on our court on our Senior Night," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "That's difficult to take."

The Senecas, now 9-7 heading into a game Tuesday night at Waverly, scored just 11 points in the first half, trailing 11-7 after one period and 18-11 at intermission.

The deficit grew to a dozen points in the third quarter before Watkins -- led by seven points each in the fourth quarter by Justin Kelly and Jacob Carocci -- "clawed and scratched and fought back," said Fazzary. Kelly tied the game at 34-34 with a pair of free throws with 35 seconds left.

The Crusaders (now 8-10) played for the final shot and got it when they passed the ball out to Brown, who hit from beyond the arc.

Carocci led the Senecas in scoring with 13 points, while Kelly registered 12, Max Schimizzi 5, Parker Pangallo 2 and Michael Taylor 2. Pangallo grabbed 5 rebounds, while Carocci, Kelly, Schimizzi and Taylor had 4 each.

Derrick Stark led the Crusaders' offense with 19 points.

Senior Night: Three varsity basketball players and six cheerleaders were honored between the junior varsity and varsity contests in a Senior Night ceremony. The players: Michael Taylor, Justin Kelly and Parker Pangallo. The cheerleaders: Tiazza Bascom, De'naja Blanchard, Noelle Johnson, Dakota Landon, Dana Paradiso and Haleigh Porter.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 7-9 with a 44-40 victory over Notre Dame. Dayne Hughey led the Senecas with 16 points, while Alex Schimizzi scored 8, Daniel Paradiso 6, Tyler Couch 6, Joe Chedzoy 4, and Justin Lodge 4.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Justin Kelly, left, is fouled as he attempts a shot.
Bottom: In the JV game, Alex Schimizzi shoots in traffic.

The Watkins Glen cheerleaders entertain at halftime of Friday night's game.

The three seniors on the Watkins Glen varsity bsaketball team were honored Friday night in their final home game. From left: Michael Taylor, Parker Pangallo and Justin Kelly.

Seniors on the Watkins Glen cheerleading squad were honored at Friday night's boys basketball game. Front from left: Haleigh Porter, Noelle Johnson and Dana Paradiso. Back, from left: De'naja Blanchard, Tiazza Bascom and Dakota Landon.

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike moves the ball up the court. Right: The Senecas' Hannah Morse, left, knocks the ball free. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Glen girls lose to ND, 42-36

SOUTHPORT, Jan. 29 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team suffered its third loss of the season -- and second to Elmira Notre Dame -- when it fell to the Crusaders 42-36 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the ND gym.

The Senecas, now 12-3, had a rough first quarter, falling behind 15-5. They rallied to cut the deficit to seven at halftime, 26-19, but trailed by 10 again, 37-27, entering the final period.

Amanda Pike led Watkins Glen scorers with 14 points while grabbing 8 rebounds and notching 4 steals, 3 assists and 2 blocks.

Other points came from Clara Chedzoy (8, with 5 rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block), Mariah Gonzalez (6, with 9 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 blocks and an assist), Allison Teed (4, with 3 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal), Katherine Meehan (2, with 3 rebounds), and Hannah Morse (2, with 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and a block). Emmie Bond grabbed 2 rebounds. The Senecas were 5-for-8 at the free-throw line.

Notre Dame was led by Laurel Vargas's 17 points, which included three 3-pointers. The Crusaders converted 7 of 15 free throws.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Notre Dame 43-24. Taylor Kelly scored 17 points for the Senecas, and grabbed 6 rebounds. Ryanna LaMoreaux added 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Danielle Leszyk scored 9 points and registered 6 steals.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez moves the ball up the court in traffic. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy shoots. Right: In the JV game, the Senecas' Makenna Fraboni drives to the basket. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

O-M boys fall to Tioga in 2 overtimes

TIOGA CENTER, Jan. 29 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team had four players score in double figures Friday night, but it wasn't enough as the Indians lost 67-64 to Tioga in double overtime in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Tioga gym.

O-M rallied from a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime, and then forced the second overtime on a flying runner by Bryce Elliott that tied the score again just before the buzzer.

Tioga's Nick Klossner scored 8 points in the second OT as the Tigers "made more plays down the stretch," said O-M Coach Brad Clark. "And our foul shooting didn't help." The Indians converted just 17 of 36 free throws in the game.

But the game "was a lot of fun," said Clark. "The fans enjoyed it, and the boys fought hard. I appreciated the effort."

Tyler Clark, Chris Foote and Bryce Elliott each scored 13 points for O-M, while Curtis Harris scored 11, Zach Elliott 8, Noah Austin 4 and Nick Sgrecci 2.

Tioga (6-10) was led by Connor Hutchinson's 27 points, including 21 in the first quarter -- a period in which Tioga built a 14-10 lead. The Tigers were up 26-22 at halftime, and 37-31 entering the fourth quarter. The team was 19-for-29 from the free-throw line.

O-M (3-12) returns to action Tuesday at home against Newfield.

Watkins Glen's Nancy Jackson prepares to deliver the ball during her second game Friday.

Bowling: Watkins boys sweep Candor

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 29 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity bowling team -- led by Nathaniel Rose's 602 series -- defeated Candor 4-0 Friday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes.

The Watkins Glen girls, meanwhile, fell to Candor 3-1.

Rose posted games of 177-222-203. Teammate Wrett Brower rolled a 550 series, Casen Weeden 524, Conlin Wysocki 522, and Steven Bradley 517 as the Senecas won all three games and total pinfall, 2756-2191.

Said Coach Ward Brower of the boys' effort: "They bowled very well today. It was a nice way to finish our home matches."

The girls were led by Dakota Evans' 501 series, which included a 231 game. Liz Mason rolled a 459, Nikole VanDyke 384, Destiny Weber 362, and Nancy Jackson 302 as the Senecas won only the second game, 722-638. They lost the first and third games and total pinfall, 2134-2008.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Wrett Brower in the middle of his delivery. Just beyond him is teammate Casen Weeden.

Bottom: The Senecas' Nathaniel Rose, who rolled a 602 series.

Odessa-Montour's Alexis Saunders, left, and Olivia Grover (20) drive toward the basket. (Both photos by Mike Stamp)

O-M girls fall to hot-shooting Tioga

ODESSA, Jan. 29 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team's record slipped to 10-6 Friday night when the Indians fell to Tioga 66-51 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians led in the first half, building a 14-9 advantage through one period and a 32-24 edge at halftime. But Tioga took the lead in the third quarter and pulled away in the fourth.

Kennedey Heichel led the Indians with a career-high 19 points that included five 3-pointers. Gillian Clark also scored 19 points (with five 3-pointers), while Olivia Grover notched 6 points, Alexis Saunders 6, and Alyssa Crout 1.

Tioga, said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "shot the ball out of their bleeping minds. They scored 20 points against Candor two games ago. They scored 2 points in an entire half against Newfield in their last game, finishing with 24 points. And everything they threw at the basket went in tonight, especially in that second half ... squared up, not squared up, swish, bank, running shots, you name it.

"I've never seen a 7-10 team shoot the ball like that. We aren't the greatest defensive team in the world, but that performance was just absolutely insane. We hit a wall in the fourth quarter and just couldn't keep up and got a little demoralized after watching every single thing they threw up at the basket go in."

Odessa returns to action Tuesday at Newfield.

Photo in text: O-M's Kennedey Heichel is fouled as she drives to the hoop. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

Left: O-M's Gillian Clark shoots. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner) / Right: The Indians' Alyssa Crout moves the ball under pressure. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

The four seniors on the Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team were honored in a Senior Night ceremony at Friday's game. From left: Danielle Fuschilo, Maddie Lodge, April Dunn and Nikki Crout. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

Watkins swimmers lose to Lansing

LANSING, Jan. 29 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team dropped a 106-71 decision Friday to Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Lansing pool.

"It's always a challenge when you're up against the reigning IAC champs," said Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt. "That said, we put up some amazing times tonight.

"Matt Doppel missed a new Lansing pool record in the 100 Free by one-hundredth of a second, Dakota Cole dropped more time from his 500 Free race and is now below 5:30. Aidan DeBolt and Lucas Wickham swam well and won individual races. It was a pretty good night."

First-place finishes for the Senecas came from:

--Matt Doppel in the 200 Individual Medley in 2:10.35.
--Aidan DeBolt in the 50 Free in 23.54.
--Matt Doppel in the 100 Free in 48.79.
--Dakota Cole in the 500 Free in 5:29.86.
--Lucas Wickham in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:10.42.
--The 400 Free Relay team (Doppel, Cole, Jacob Slater and DeBolt) in 3:52.48.

WG Modified wrestlers open season

TIOGA CENTER, Jan. 28 -- The Watkins Glen High School Modified wrestling team competed in its first meet of the season Wednesday at Tioga High School, and the Senecas "learned a lot as this was their first competition ever," said Coach Rod Weeden.

Dryden, Lansing, Spencer-Van Etten, Notre Dame and Tioga were the other competing schools.

Wrestling for Watkins Glen were Stoyan Bond (who went 0-2) and Dawson Wade (0-2) at 80-90 pounds, RJ Bannon (1-2) at 160-170 pounds, and Jonathan Kmotch (1-0) at 170-180 pounds.

"At lower weights the competition was excellent," said Weeden, adding of his wrestlers: "I will look forward to watching them grow over the season. Our next match is at home next Wednesday and it is another multi meet."

Athletes of Week: Gould, Clark, Hazlitt

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 25 -- This week we honor a basketball player, a runner and a wrestler as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

The basketball player is Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark, who scored 34 points, including a school-record eight 3-pointers, in a victory over Candor.

The runner is Watkins Glen High School's Patrick Hazlitt, who won a 1,000 Meter race against 47 opponents in a school record 2:41.53 at the Finger Lakes Invitational meet at Cortland State.

The wrestler is Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould, who set a school record for career victories by posting his 190th, breaking a tie with Matt Marciniak, and then added his 191st.

Double Honorable: O-M swimmers Billy Tague and Alec Betts, who won four races each in a victory over Dryden; Watkins Glen basketball's Mariah Gonzalez (who had two double-doubles) and Amanda Pike (who scored a total of 33 points) in a pair of wins; WG basketball's Justin Kelly (who scored a total of 31 points in a pair of wins); O-M basketball's Olivia Grover (who had a 22-point, 12-rebound game in a win over Spencer-Van Etten); and O-M bowler Alex Grady for a 646 series.

Honorable Mention: Another 36 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 of the two schools.

Seneca Youth Basketball: Week 4

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 24, 2016 -- The Seneca Youth Basketball program held its fourth week of games Saturday in Watkins Glen. The results:

3rd-4th Grade

Curly's Family Restaurant (3-0-1) 24, Mr. Chicken (2-2) 4

Curly's - Christopher Simiele 16, Alexander Holmes 4, Emmali Mathews 2, Julia Spahalski 2
Mr. Chicken - Sarah Jones 2, Sam Caslin 2

Sporting Goods (1-4) 14, Central Asphalt (1-3) 6

Sporting Goods - Philip Cummings 6, Ryan Berry 6, Olivia Van Skiver 2
Central Asphalt - Michael Purpura 4, Kaitlyn Davis 2

Glen Motel (3-1) 11, Famous Brands (2-1-1) 6

Glen Motel - Thomas Field 4, Drake Croft 2, Brady Bockelkamp 2, Rachel Becker 2, Nicky D'Alleva 1
Famous Brands - Lacie Denmark 4, Lillian Ameigh 2

5th-6th Grade

Maguire's (4-0) 25, Seneca Lodge (2-2) 21

Maguire's - Owen Scholtisek 11, Carly Arnold 6, Caleb Smith 4, Ian Gleason 2, Anthony Tomberelli 2
Seneca Lodge - Travon Jones 18, Dominic Craven 3

Watkins Glen Supply (3-1) 35, Church St. Produce (1-3) 6

W.G. Supply - Adam Pastore 18, Daniel Ely 10, David Kelly 7
Church St. Produce - Gavin Smith 2, Jonna Sissel 2, Brynn Smith 2

Capt. Bill's (1-3) 31, Van Skiver Motors (0-4) 29

Capt. Bill's - Jacob Powers 14, Carmichael Ayers 9, Jenna Solomon 6, Eric Morrisette 2
Van Skiver Motors - Georgio Fazzary 15, Abigail Gibson 6, Luke Spahalski 6, Bryce Cady 2

Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez drives to the basket. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

Glen girls top S-VE, 46-19

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 22 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team -- led by Mariah Gonzalez's double-double of 16 points and 15 rebounds --defeated Spencer-Van Etten 46-19 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

Gonzalez also had 4 steals, 3 blocks and an assist, and went 6-for-8 from the foul line as Watkins Glen improved its record to 12-2.

Also scoring in double figures for the Senecas was Amanda Pike, with 15 points. She also grabbed 7 rebounds and registered 3 steals, 2 assists and a block.

Other points came from Katherine Meehan (6, with 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals), Clara Chedzoy (4, with 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals), Allison Teed (2 with 7 rebounds and 2 assists), Hannah Morse (2), and Emmie Bond (1, with 1 assist and 1 steal). Mikenna Ayers grabbed 2 rebounds.

Watkins Glen raced out to a 16-2 lead through one quarter, and was up 28-9 at halftime and 40-17 entering the fourth period.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated S-VE 45-27. Ryanna LaMoreaux led the Senecas with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 steals. Julia Reilly added 8 points, Taylor Kelly 4 and Kathleen Clifford 4.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike races up the court. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond. (Photo by Don Romeo) / Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

Watkins Glen's Allison Teed moves past an S-VE defender. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse shoots. Right: In the JV game, the Senecas' Danielle Leszyk moves past an S-VE defender. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

O-M girls defeat Candor

Gillian Clark scores 34, sets school 3-point record

CANDOR, Jan. 22 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Gillian Clark's career-high 34 points -- defeated Candor 61-55 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Candor gym.

Clark connected on a career-high and school-record eight 3-pointers, surpassing the old record (which she shared) by one.

"She was absolutely unconscious tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "and after an 0-for on Wednesday night ... and everyone else did a great job finding her out on the perimeter."

Other points came from Olivia Grover (9 with 3 steals and 6 rebounds), Alexis Saunders (9 with 4 steals), Kennedey Heichel (5 with 4 assists), and Alyssa Crout (4 with 6 rebounds).

The game see-sawed, with the two teams tied 10-10 after one quarter, Candor ahead 26-21 at halftime, and O-M in front 40-35 entering the fourth period.

But it wasn't easy from there.

"We had a 9-point lead in the fourth quarter with 3:30 to go," said Gavich, "but then Olivia and Kennedey fouled out about a minute apart." Candor kept going to the foul line (converting 12 of 22 free throws in the fourth quarter) and cut the Odessa lead to 54-52 with 47 seconds to go

"We called time-out and inbounded it in the front court to Gillian, hoping they would foul her," said Gavich "After dribbling for about 15 seconds, they didn't, so she just stepped back and buried another three with 28 seconds to go to put us up five and pretty much clinch it."

Clark was 6-for-6 from 3-point range in the second half and "hit absolutely huge ones, one from about five feet behind the line," said Gavich, adding:

"This was another great gut check and maturity test for this bunch of youngsters."

O-M, now 10-5, returns to action next Friday, when it hosts Tioga.

Photo in text: O-M's Gillian Clark. (File photo)

Hazlitt sets new school mark in 1000

CORTLAND, Jan. 22 -- Watkins Glen High School junior Patrick Hazlitt set a new school record in the 1000 Meter Run Saturday at the Finger Lakes Invitational meet at Cortland State.

Hazlitt posted a time 2:41.53 while winning the race against 47 other runners. He broke the school record by eight seconds.

Meanwhile, WGHS senior Brooke Shaffer placed 9th in the 3000 Meter Run, dropping 10 seconds from her previous best time. She finished in 12:28.06.

Thirty schools from around the region participated in the meet.

Glen boys top S-VE, 60-51

SPENCER, Jan. 22 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team improved its mark to 9-6 Friday night with a 60-51 victory over Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the S-VE gym.

Justin Kelly led Watkins scorers with 18 points, while Parker Pangallo registered 13 points, Michael Doane 9, Michael Taylor 8, Max Schimizzi 8, Connor Seeley-Ion 2, and Jacob Carocci 2. The team was 17-for-26 from the foul line.

Taylor led the team in rebounds with 12, while Schimizzi grabbed 8. Kelly had 3 steals.

Anthony Chiusano led S-VE with 20 points, including six 3-pointers. The team converted 7 of 17 free-throw attempts.

Watkins Glen built a 13-8 first-quarter lead and was ahead 23-15 at halftime. The lead was 43-28 entering the fourth period.

"We had good balance tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "We missed five or six easy layups in the first half, so our lead could have been bigger. But then Doane hit three 3-pointers in the third period, and that gave us a little breathing room."

Spencer rallied in the fourth period, pulling within 7 points, "but we made our free throws down the stretch to seal it," the coach said.

The Senecas return to action Friday night at home against Elmira Notre Dame. It will be Senior Night, honoring the players graduating this year.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to S-VE, 53-36, slipping to 6-9. Dayne Hughey led the Senecas with 10 points, while Tyler Couch scored 9.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Justin Kelly. (File photo)

Left: O-M's Zach Elliott looks for a shot. Right: Odessa's Nick Sgrecci shoots. (Both photos by Mike Stamp)

O-M boys lose to Candor

ODESSA, Jan. 22 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team rallied after a sluggish first half but came up short Friday night, dropping a 58-52 decision to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians, now 3-11, scored 17 points in the first half as Candor, breaking a 15-15 deadlock midway through the second period, reached halftime ahead 24-17.

Candor built the lead to double digits several times in the second half, and led 55-44 with 2:22 to play. O-M closed to within five points in the closing seconds before a last-second Candor free throw established the final 6-point difference.

Tyler Clark and Bryce Elliott led Odessa with 11 points each, while Zach Elliott scored 10, Curtis Harris 9, Nick Sgrecci 8 and Joel Kelly 3. The team was 13-for-18 from the foul line.

Candor was led by Wyatt Whitmore's 22 points, including 8-for-9 from the foul line in the fourth period. Steven Kern added 13 points. The team converted 17 of 27 free throws.

Photo in text: O-M's Bryce Elliott tries to shoot in traffic. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

Left: O-M's Curtis Harris goes high for a shot. (Photo by Mike Stamp) / Right: Odessa's Tyler Clark drives. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

Bowling: O-M boys win, girls lose

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 22 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity bowling team cruised to a 4-0 victory Friday over undermanned Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes.

Alex Grady led the Indians with a career-high 646 series that featured games of 169-243-234. Eric Rumsey added a 471 and Andrew Ink a career-best 451 that included his first-ever 200 game (a 202).

O-M's total score was 2390 while Notre Dame, with just four bowlers, registered a 1662.

The O-M girls, meanwhile, lost to Notre Dame 4-0, losing all three games and total pinfall, 2195-1765. Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 445 series, while Britney Visscher rolled a 369.

O-M swims to victory over Dryden

DRYDEN, Jan. 21 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team -- led by four wins each from Billy Tague and Alec Betts -- captured 9 of 11 events Thursday as it posted a 108-58 victory over Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Dryden pool.

"We had some good swims and put up some great times," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "I'm very pleased with how we are progressing this season."

Wins for O-M came from:

--Billy Tague in the 200 Free and the 500 Free (in a PR of 5:33.61)
--Alec Betts in the 200 IM and the 100 Back
--Caelan Haney in the 100 Fly
--Andy Fudala in the 100 Breaststroke (in a PR of 1:11.25)
--The 200 Medley Relay team of Betts, Tony Humphries, Tague and Fudala
--The 200 Free Relay team of Betts, Humphries, Fudala and Tague
--The 400 Free Relay team of James Terry, Kyle Frasier, Jimito Williams & Caelan Haney

Other Personal Records:

--James Terry in the 200 Free (2:27.53)
--Kyle Frasier in the 200 IM (2:47.62) and the 100 Fly (1:23.98)
--Noah Brewster in the 100 Free (1:07.43)

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Billy Tague (File photo)

Watkins Glen's Avery Watson is in control before pinning his opponent at 132 pounds.

Glen wrestlers fall to S-VE

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 21 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team dropped a 48-32 decision Thursday night to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS Field House gym.

The Senecas got competitive wins from:

--Sean Kelly, with a 4-0 decision over Nicky Yartym at 126 pounds.
--Avery Watson, who pinned Kyle Jelliff in 52 seconds at 132 pounds.
--Brandon Gould, who pinned Teffy Mandirola in 2:31 at 145 pounds.
--Kameryn Sheldon, with a 15-0 tech fall at 220 pounds.

The Senecas also won forfeit decisions by Ian Chedzoy at 182 pounds, and Kurtis Edwards at 195.

Sustaining losses for Watkins Glen were:

--Dylan Bradley, pinned in 2:46 by Bryant Sexton at 120 pounds.
--Brandon Barber, pinned in 2:31 by Robbie Swartout at 145 pounds.
--Charlie Wright, pinned in 3:50 by Grady Alpert at 152 pounds.
--Nate Brown, pinned in 3:38 by Mark Mullen at 160 pounds.
--Josh Bravo, pinned in 59 seconds by Ira Koski at 170 pounds.
--Ethan Voorheis, pinned in 4:14 by Jacob Mein at 285 pounds.

S-VE also picked up forfeit wins at 99 and 106 pounds.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould lifts his opponent, S-VE's Tefera Mandirola, on the way to victory at 138 pounds.

Left: Watkins Glen's Kameryn Sheldon (standing) on the way to victory at 220 pounds. Right: The Senecas' Dylan Bradley, right, battles Spencer-Van Etten's Bryant Sexton.

Watkins Glen's Brandon Barber (top) battles S-VE's Robbie Swartout at 145 pounds.

Glen swimmers top Southern Cayuga

AURORA, Jan. 21 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team improved its season mark to 5-3 Thursday when it posted a 54-40 victory over Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the SC pool.

Dakota Cole set personal records in the 200 Free and 500 Free as he won both races -- the 200 in 2:01.40 and the 500 in 5:36.91.

Other wins came from Matt Doppel in the 50 Free (23.01) and 100 Free (49.37), Will Fitzsimmons in the 100 Back (1:12.98), and Lucas Wickham in the 100 Breaststroke (1:10.33). The Senecas also were first in the 200 Medley Relay, with Fitzsimmons, Wickham, Pat Bannon and Sean Holland posting a 2:10.23.

"Dakota Cole was the big story for us tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt. "Everyone swam well, but he continues to drop time in dramatic fashion. He dropped 4 seconds from his 200 time and 6 seconds in his 500 time tonight. His times will put him in the middle of some great races as we draw closer to championships in February. I was very impressed with his performance tonight."

Bowling: O-M boys win, girls lose

CORTLAND, Jan. 21 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity bowling team picked up a victory Thursday when it outscored outmanned Marathon 4-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match.

Odessa's boys, led by Alex Grady's 526 series and a 455 by Eric Rumsey, posted games of 724-668-679 for a 2071 total. Marathon had just two bowlers, and totaled 835.

The O-M girls fell 3-1, losing the first two games and total pinfall, 2015-1947. Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 456 series, while Taylor Sykes rolled a 408.

Odessa returns to action today (Friday) at home against Elmira Notre Dame.

Bowling: Watkins girls win, boys lose

AUBURN, Jan. 21 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team defeated Union Springs/Port Byron 4-0 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Starlite Lanes. The Watkins Glen boys squad, meanwhile, lost to US/PB, 4-0.

"Both of our teams were up and down today," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "We are improving, but we have to be more consistent, and that will come."

The girls were led by Liz Mason (a 569 series with a 224 game) and Dakota Evans (a 560 series with a 230 game). Nikole VanDyke added a 458 as the team won all three games and total pinfall, 2244-1777.

"Liz and Dakota bowled well today," said Brower.

The boys lost all three games and total pinfall, 2989-2599. Casen Weeden led the Senecas with a 561 series, while Wrett Brower posted a 515, Conlin Wysocki a 507, Steven Bradley a 492, and Wyatt Brower a 489.

"Casen has improved a lot," said the coach, "and is our most consistent bowler right now."

O-M girls edge S-VE, 39-35

ODESSA, Jan. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Olivia Grover's 22 points, 12 rebounds and 6 steals -- held off Spencer-Van Etten 39-35 Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Grover, who scored 14 of her points in the first half and sank a pair of key free throws in the game's closing seconds, was joined in the scoring column by Kennedey Heichel (6 points), Gillian Clark (6 points with 8 rebounds), and Alexis Saunders (5 points).

Spencer-Van Etten was led by Mackenzie Grube's 11 points, and 9 each by Kelsey Pierce and Darria Rorick.

The game, close throughout, featured a see-saw first quarter that ended with Spencer ahead 13-12. O-M pulled in front in the second period, building a 21-17 halftime advantage, and was up 30-27 entering the final period.

"We really had to dig down deep tonight and grind one out, and we did," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "I felt we showed great maturity for our age in a pressure-packed game, and made some key plays when we really needed to.

"Heichel's 3 pointer put us up 37-31 with 2:39 to go to give us some breathing room. And Olivia knocked down both free throws with 5.9 seconds left to put it out of reach at 39-35.

"I'm really proud of this bunch. They just keep fighting and getting better every day."

The Indians, now 9-5, return to action at Candor Friday night.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Spencer-Van Etten.

Photo in text: O-M's Olivia Grover prepares to shoot in traffic near the basket.

Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark (left) and Alexis Saunders drive to the basket.

In lieu of cheerleaders, a couple of male O-M basketball players watching the girls' game donned pom-poms and performed leaps when O-M players sank foul shots. On the left is Christopher Foote; on the right John Niedermaier.

Left: O'M's Maddie Lodge, left, battles for the ball as teammate Kennedey Heichel tries to free herself from a pile of bodies. Right: O-M's Kennedey Heichel is congratulated by Coach Greg Gavich after she sank a key 3-pointer late in the game.

Left: O-M's Nikki Crout. Right: The Indians' Olivia Grover shoots a free throw in the game's closing seconds. She sank two, putting the game out of reach of S-VE.

Watkins' Amanda Pike drives past two Whitney Point defenders. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen girls top Whitney Point

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 20 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team improved its record to 11-2 Wednesday night by defeating Whitney Point 53-31 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

Amanda Pike led the way with 18 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals and a block. Mariah Gonzalez posted a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds while registering 2 steals and an assist, and Emmie Bond scored 12 points while grabbing 7 rebounds and dishing out an assist.

Other points came from Allison Teed (9, with 5 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals) and Hanley Elliott (4, with 1 rebound). Clara Chedzoy grabbed 3 rebounds, and Katherine Meehan 2, while Mikenna Ayers had 1 rebound and Hannah Morse 1 steal.

The Senecas took the lead early, building a 15-7 edge through one period. They led 30-11 at halftime, and 44-20 entering the fourth quarter.

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

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Whitney Point 35-16. Ryanna LaMoreaux led the Senecas with 14 points, while Taylor Kelly scored 9 (with 5 steals), Julia Reilly 6, and Danielle Leszyk 4.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond (22) battles with Whitney Point players in pursuit of a rebound. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

Bottom: The Senecas' Mikenna Ayers sends a shot on its way. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez drives to the hoop. Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy, left, battles for the ball. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Seniors on the WGHS Indoor Track Team were honored at a Senior Night ceremony at the Field House between the junior varsity and varsity basketball contests. From left: Brooke Shaffer, Mikayla Rhoads, Bernadette Osborne and Claire McManus. (Photo by Don Romeo)

From left: Watkins Glen varsity players Hanley Elliott, Hannah Morse and Alllison Teed. (Photos at left and center by Don Romeo; photo at right by Charlie Haeffner)

And in the JV contest:

Left: Watkins Glen's Kathryn Losey drives to the basket. Right: The Senecas' Julia Reilly prepares to shoot as two Whitney Point players close in.

Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould, right, on his way to victory over O-M's Dan Minnier.

Gould sets school wins mark

Passes Marciniak's career total; eyes 200 and state title

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 19, 2016 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Brandon Gould registered his 190th career victory Tuesday night -- a new school record -- as the Senecas defeated Odessa-Montour 47-25 to secure the Schuyler County Championship Belt for the ninth time since the Battle for the Belt was instituted 10 years ago.

Gould, who hasn't lost this season, dispatched Dan Minnier in the 145-pound weight class -- up two classes from where he normally wrestles. The victory broke a tie with Matt Marciniak, who amassed his totalof 189 victories a quarter-century ago, and who was the New York State champion at 155 pounds in 1991.

"We wanted Brandon to have a match," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson of the higher weight class Tuesday, "and we were getting forfeit wins at 120, 136, 132, and 138."

The Senecas had also lost a forfeit match at 113, so the Gould-Minnier match was the first competitive one of the evening. Gould dominated, posting a tech fall by building a 20-4 advantage. As soon as he won, the announcement of the record was made, and Gould got handshakes and hugs.

A few minutes later, he commented on his record, achieved in his fifth year of varsity wrestling. "This was one of my goals when I started varsity in eighth grade," he said, and it was one "I expected this year. My next goal is 200 wins, and my goal after that is a state title."

Gould, wrestling this year at 132 pounds, was fourth in the state last year at 126. He is currently ranked 7th in his weight class in New York.

He is one of two wrestlers that Coach Watson is hoping will reach the state tournament. The other is senior Ian Chedzoy, another state-tournament veteran and fifth-ranked in the state at 182. He has lost just once this year, in an early meet and to a wrestler ranked higher.

"That's my goal," said Watson, "to have two wrestlers in States. We have such a young team, but another goal is to have five of them reach the overall Section IV wrestling tournament."

The leather and metal belt emlematic of Schuyler County supremacy has been in the possession of WGHS for almost all of the 10 years since it was introduced. It was in O-M's hands for just one season, said Watson: back in 2009.

Tuesday's match results:

99: Double forfeit
106: Double Forfeit
113: Andrew Hartford (OMSH) over (WGSH) (For.)
120: Dylan Bradley (WGSH) over (OMSH) (For.)
126: Jakob Johnson (WGSH) over (OMSH) (For.)
132: Avery Watson (WGSH) over (OMSH) (For.)
138: Brandon Barber (WGSH) over (OMSH) (For.)
145: Brandon Gould (WGSH) over Daniel Minnier (OMSH) (TF 20-4 0:00)
152: Jeremiah Lynch (OMSH) over Charlie Wright (WGSH) (Dec 6-3)
160: John Kuparinen (OMSH) over Nathaniel Brown (WGSH) (MD 9-1)
170: Shawn Minnier (OMSH) over Josh Bravo (WGSH) (Fall 2:34)
182: Ian Chedzoy (WGSH) over Deshawn Johnson (OMSH) (Fall 0:00)
195: Kurtis Edwards (WGSH) over Ashton Furney (OMSH) (Fall 1:01)
220: Kameryn Sheldon (WGSH) over Alex Repass (OMSH) (Fall 5:36)
285: Dylan Houseknecht (OMSH) over Ethan Voorheis (WGSH) (Fall 5:11)

Photos in text:

From top: Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould has control over O-M's Dan Minnier; Watkins' Ian Chedzoy, right, on the way to victory over O-M's Deshawn Johnson; the belt; and another view of Gould's record-setting win.

O-M's Shawn Minnier, right, en route to victory over Watkins' Josh Bravo at 170.

Left: O-M's Ashton Furney (head on the left) and Watkins Glen's Kurtis Edwards battle at 195 pounds. Right: O-M's Dylan Houseknecht celebrates after winning at 285.

Watkins Glen's Kameryn Sheldon, top, takes control over O-M's Alex Repass at 220.

Left: Watkins Glen's Michael Taylor leaps as he saves the ball from going out of bounds. Right: The Senecas' Max Schimizzi drives to the basket.

Glen boys hold off Edison

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 19 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team rode an 18-3 second quarter to a 55-50 victory Tuesday night over Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The victory improved the Senecas' season mark to 8-6 heading into a game Friday at Spencer-Van Etten.

It also secured a spot in the Section IV, Class C tournament, Fazzary noted, since qualification requires either wins in 40% of all games played, or in 50% of those played against Class C schools. Watkins has four games left, and the worst it could do would be to finish at exactly those percentages. It is currently 7-4 against Class C schools, with three more to play.

The Senecas had three players in double figures: Justin Kelly with 13 points, Max Schimizzi with 12, and Parker Pangallo with 10. Connor Seeley-Ion was right behind them with 9 points, while Michael Doane scored 7 and Michael Taylor 4.

Schimizzi led the team in rebounds with 8, while Pangallo and Taylor grabbed 7 each and Kelly 4. Pangallo had 7 assists, and Schimizzi 3.

Watkins Glen fell behind early before closing to within a point, 16-15, at the end of the first quarter. The Senecas then scored the first 15 points of the second quarter on the way to a 33-19 halftime advantage.

Edison closed to within six points at 37-31 before the Senecas finished the third period with seven straight points and a 44-31 lead.

Edison wouldn't fade, though, closing to within four points at 51-47 and then to within four again at 54-50 in the final minute. Kelly gave Watkins its final point at the foul line with 12.8 seconds left -- one of six free throws he sank in the fourth quarter in eight attempts.

"The second quarter was the difference maker," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "Plus we made our free throws down the stretch, which we've been doing all along."

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen fell to Edison 43-39. Dayne Hughey led the Senecas with 21 points, while Joe Chedzoy scored 14 and Alex Schimizzi 4.

Girls Basketball: The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball game at Edison Tuesday night was postponed due to sewer and water problems at that school. There was no JV game scheduled, since Edison doesn't have a girls JV team.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Parker Pangallo prepares to dribble behind his back as he eludes an Edison defender. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: The Senecas' Michael Doane goes to the hoop. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: Watkins Glen's Connor Seeley-Ion drives to the basket. Right: In the JV game, the Senecas' Dayne Hughey shoots. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

O-M boys lose to Spencer-Van Etten

SPENCER, Jan. 19 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team saw its season record dip to 3-10 Tuesday night as the Indians dropped a 52-41 decision to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the S-VE gym.

Spencer led after one quarter, 12-9, and was up 27-17 at halftime and 38-24 entering the fourth period.

Chris Foote led the Indians in scoring with 12 points, while Bryce Elliott scored 9 points, Curtis Harris 7, Joel Kelly 6, Zach Elliott 4, Noah Austin 2, and Nick Sgrecci 1. The team was just 12-for-29 from the foul line.

O-M returns to action Friday at home against Candor.

Junior Varsity: Spencer-Van Etten defeated Odessa-Montour.

Watkins Glen's Casen Weeden reacts after leaving a split. He rolled a 500 series.

Bowling: Watkins girls win, boys fall

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 19 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity bowling team defeated Newark Valley 4-0 Tuesday in an Interscholatic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes, but the WGHS boys squad lost 3-1.

The girls won three close games -- 624-616, 635-603 and 672-662 -- and total pinfall, 1931-1881. Liz Mason led the Senecas with a 477 series, while Dakota Evans posted a 437 and Nikole VanDyke a 397.

"We bowled well enough to win again," said Coach Ward Brower.

The Watkins boys won their first game, 917-819, but then lost 875-838 and 938-788. Newark Valley took total pinfall, 2632-2543. Wyatt Brower led the Senecas with a 530 series, while Steven Bradley rolled a 521, Casen Weeden 500, Conlin Wysocki 489, Nathaniel Rose 474, and Wrett Brower 437.

"We hiccupped in the last game and that was the difference," said Coach Brower.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Liz Mason sends the ball on its way.

Odessa-Montour bowlers fall to Edison

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Jan. 18 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams lost to Edison Monday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Rossi Lanes.

The O-M boys fell 4-0, losing all three games and total pinfall, 2936-2027. Alex Grady led Odessa bowlers with a 550 series, while Tyler Bump rolled a 423.

The Odessa girls lost 3-1, winning only the third game, 628-591. They lost the first two games and total pinfall, 1932-1768. Kacie Wood led Odessa with a 385 series, while Jackie Vincent rolled a 368 and Ashley Stewart a 363.

The Indians return to action Thursday against Marathon at Cortland Lanes.

Athletes: Pike, Pangallo, Kelly, Doppel

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 18 -- Three basketball players who helped their teams to a victorious week and a swimmer who set a new pool standard are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

The basketball players are Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike, Parker Pangallo and Justin Kelly. Pike scored 21 points and then 20 to lead the girls varsity basketball squad to victory twice. Pangallo scored 19 points twice while Kelly scored 14 and 28 as the boys varsity team won two times to move above .500.

The swimmer is WGHS standout Matt Doppel, who set a new Watkins pool record in the 100 Free and in the process qualified for his third event at the State Championships. He previously qualified in the 100 Backstroke and 50 Free.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen wrestlers Ian Chedzoy and Brandon Gould, Odessa-Montour swimmer Billy Tague, Watkins Glen tracksters Patrick Hazlitt and Claire McManus, Watkins Glen swimmer Aidan DeBolt, and Watkins Glen diver Jacob Slater.

Honorable Mention: Another 36 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour.

Seneca Youth Basketball: Week 3

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 17, 2016 -- The Seneca Youth Basketball program held its third week of games Saturday in Watkins Glen. The results:

3rd-4th Grade

Glen Motel 30 (2-1), Central Asphalt 0 (0-3)

Glen Motel -- Thomas Field 10, Nicky D'Alleva 10, Brenna Pierce 4, Brady Bockelkamp 4, Rachel Becker 2

Curly's 28 (2-0-1), Sporting Goods 8 (0-3)

Curly's -- Alexander Holmes 16, Christopher Simiele 10, Julia Spahalski 2
Sporting Goods -- Aiden Nichols 4, Olivia VanSkiver 2, Shyanna Cummings 2

Famous Brands 12 (2-0-1), Mr. Chicken 8 (2-1)

Famous Brands -- Madison Hansen 8, Lacie Denmark 4
Mr. Chicken -- Samuel Caslin 6, Damien Craven 2

5th-6th Grade

Seneca Lodge 24 (2-1), Capt. Bill's 23 (0-3)

Seneca Lodge -- Travon Jones 18, Jacob Pierce 4, Julya Slater 2
Capt. Bill's -- Jacob Powers 14, Eric Morrisette 6, Ryan Thompson 3

Church St. Produce 14 (1-2), Van Skiver's 10 (0-3)

Church St. -- Cameron Holland 8, Kara Sheesley 4, Gavin Smith 2
Van Skiver's -- Georgio Fazzary 6, Luke Spahalski 2, Damyan Metris 2

Maguire's 26 (3-0), Watkins Glen Supply 10 (2-1)

Maguire's -- Caleb Smith 12, Carly Arnold 6, Owen Scholtisek 2, Ian Gleason 2, Joseph Sutterby 2, Braden Pesco 2
Watkins Glen Supply -- Daniel Ely 8, Gregory Samuels 2

Odessa-Montour's Joel Kelly (left) and Curtis Harris shoot. (Photos by Charlie Haeffner)

O-M boys race past Bradford

ODESSA, Jan. 16 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team got points from every player as it routed Bradford 83-17 Saturday afternoon in a non-league game in the O-M gym.

The Indians (3-9), who defeated Bradford 78-21 last month, raced out to a 23-0 lead on the strength of a stifling press and numerous fast-break opportunities.

The score at the end of one period was 25-2. It was 43-8 at halftime and 63-12 after three quarters.

Zach Elliott led Odessa with 16 points, while Jon Andrews scored 12, Nick Sgrecci 11, Joel Kelly 11, Tyler Clark 10, Bryce Elliott 9, Curtis Harris 6, Chris Foote 4, and Cody Smith 4. The team was 3-for-5 at the foul line.

Bradford was led by Thomas Meighan's 8 points. The team was 0-for-5 on free throws.

Junior Varsity: Bradford, down 20-14 at halftime and 34-26 after three quarters, rallied to defeat O-M, 47-42. Brandon Ray led Odessa with 13 points, while Noah Austin and Noah Angle scored 11 apiece, Zach Knapp 5, and Taylor Grover 2. Nate Barber led Bradford with 16 points.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Zach Elliott prepares to shoot in traffic.

Bottom: Odessa's Jon Andrews drives to the basket. Teammate Cody Smith is in the background. (Photos by Charlie Haeffner)

From left: O-M varsity players Bryce Elliott and Chris Foote, and the JV's Brandon Ray.

Left: O-M's Nick Sgrecci is fouled as he attempts a shot. Right: Odessa's Tyler Clark.

O-M's Cody Smith moves the ball upcourt as a Bradford player gives chase.

Hazlitt 2nd in 600; McManus sets mark

ITHACA, Jan. 16 -- Watkins Glen High School's Patrick Hazlitt set a school record while placing second in the 600 Meter Run and Claire McManus bettered her own school mark in the Triple Jump Saturday at the Doug Quinney Memorial Invitational track meet at Cornell University.

Highlights:

-- Hazlitt broke the 600 Meter school record with a time of 1:23.66 while finishing in the runner-up spot.
-- Sam Hanley ran a personal best of 4:48.64 in the 1600 Meter Run, good for 10th place.
-- Brooke Shaffer ran the 3000 Meter Run for the first time, posting a time of 12:38.87 and finishing in 20th place.
-- McManus topped her old mark in the Triple Jump with a leap of 29 feet, 9.25 inches. She also took 19th place in the Long Jump with a mark of 13 feet, 6 inches.
-- Joelle Slater took 8th place in the 1500 Meter Racewalk with a time of 9:25.56.
-- Mikayla Rhoads threw the shot 25 feet, 5.5 inches, good for 15th place.
-- Bernadette Osborne took 18th overall in the Shot Put with a throw of 24 feet, 4.25 inches.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Brooke Shaffer in the 3000 Meter Run. (Photo provided)

Gould, Chedzoy shine at Hawks Duals

CORNING, Jan. 16 -- The Watkins Glen varsity wrestling team finished in last place among six teams competing Saturday at the Hawks Duals in Corning. Vestal won the event, going 5-0.

However, Outstanding Wrestler awards -- given in each weight class -- went to two Senecas: Brandon Gould at 132 pounds, and Ian Chedzoy at 182 pounds.

Watkins Glen went 0-5, losing to Corning-Painted Post 40-36, Olean 66-16, Vestal 63-22, Batavia 46-36, and Wyoming Seminary 50-3.

O-M swimmers 7th at Waverly meet

WAVERLY, Jan. 16 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity swim team placed seventh overall Saturday at the 3rd Annual Wolverine Invitational at Waverly.

Horseheads won the meet with 507 points. Maine-Endwell was second with 400, followed by Corning (327), Lansing (250), Chenango Valley (196), Waverly (166), O-M (124), and Southern Cayuga (85)..

Placing in the top 16 in scoring positions for O-M:

Billy Tague: 6th in the 200 Free in 1:57.81 and 6th in the 100 Fly in a PR of 59.21
Andy Fudala: 9th in the 100 Breast in a season-best time of 1:11.48
Alec Betts: 10th in the 200 IM in 2:24.82 and 13th in the 100 Breast in 1:14.44
James Terry: 14th in the 50 Free in 25.61 and 16th in the 100 Free in 1:00.02
Caelan Haney: 15th in the 100 Fly in 1:08.21 and 16th in the 100 Back in 1:11.33
Noah Brewster: 16th in the 500 Free in 7:05.37
200 Medley Relay: Terry, Fudala, Tague and Betts took 7th in 1:57.34
200 Free Relay: Betts, Haney, Fudala and Tague took 7th in 1:40.81
400 Free Relay: Terry, Kyle Frasier, Jimito Williams and Haney took 8th in 4:13.78

Other PRs posted were:
--Garrett Allen in the 200 Free 2:36.91
--Andy Fudala in the 50 Free 25.61
--Kyle Frasier in the 100 Fly 1:24.44
--Noah Brewster in the 100 Back 1:20.68

"The team swam well today," said O-M Coach Terri Brace, "and I was happy with their times. Swimming in Invitationals two weekends in a row is tough, but it's valuable practice for the championship meets at the end of the season. The team is sore and tired after last week (at the Elmira Invitational), and I was impressed at how they stepped up and swam. Pulling off some PRs and season bests is the icing on the cake. As the season is beginning to wind down, we will push through a few more weeks of tough practices and then begin our taper phase in preparation for the championship meets." 

O-M wrestlers go 1-6 at C-S Duals

CAMPBELL, Jan. 16 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team won one of seven matches at the annual Snowed-Out Duals held Friday and Saturday at Campbell-Savona.

The Indians defeated Jasper-Troupsburg while losing to Webster Schroeder, Horseheads, Campbell-Savona, Chenango Valley, Attica and Avoca.

Alex Repass, competing at 220 pounds, had the best record among the Indians, finishing the tournament at 5-2.

Watkins boys top NV, 68-62

NEWARK VALLEY, Jan. 15 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team -- led by Justin Kelly's 28 points -- raised its season mark to 7-6 Friday night by defeating Newark Valley 68-62 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the NV gym.

The Senecas thrived at the free-throw line, converting 21 of 24 attempts. Most of those came in the fourth quarter, with Kelly sinking 11-for-11, Max Schimizzi 3-for-4, and Parker Pangallo 2-for-3.

Pangallo finished with a total of 19 points, while Schimizzi scored 13, Connor Seeley-Ion 6, and Michael Taylor 2.

Taylor led the team in rebounds with 7, while Pangallo grabbed 6, and Kelly and Schimizzi 5 each. Pangallo led in assists with 4, while Kelly and Seeley-Ion had 3 each. Seeley-Ion had 3 steals, and Pangallo 2.

"It was a good thing we made those free throws," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, "because Newark Valley just kept coming."

The Cardinals -- who led by double digits twice in the first half before the Senecas rallied with a 19-10 third period to take the lead 46-45 -- were led by Deondre Bosket's 31 points. Teammate Thierry Solomon added 15. NV sank a dozen 3-pointers, but converted just 2 of 10 free throws.

"You have to give our kids a lot of credit," said Fazzary, "fighting back twice from those deficits and then keeping their poise in the fourth quarter, sinking the free throws and not turning the ball over when they were pressed. I tell you, Newark Valley (8-5) has a pretty good team."

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at home against Edison.

Junior Varsity: Newark Valley defeated Watkins Glen 52-42. Alex Schimizzi led Watkins with 14 points, while Tyler Couch scored 10, Daniel Paradiso 7, Dayne Hughey 6 and Justin Lodge 5.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Justin Kelly (5) in action against Newark Valley on Dec. 8 -- a game won by NV, 37-32. (File photo)

Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy (13) is fouled as she drives toward the basket.

Glen girls defeat NV, 50-21

WATKINS GLEN, Jan 15 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team -- led by Amanda Pike's 20 points -- defeated Newark Valley 50-21 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House. The win lifted the Senecas' season mark to 10-2.

Pike also grabbed 5 rebounds, and had 6 steals and 2 blocks. She connected on two 3-pointers.

Other scoring came from:

--Allison Teed (12 points with 3 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists);
--Mariah Gonzalez (5 points with 7 rebounds and 1 assist);
--Emmie Bond (5 points with 7 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist and 1 block);
--Mikenna Ayers (4 points with 5 rebounds and 1 steal);
--Clara Chedzoy (2 points with 1 rebound, 2 steals and 2 assists), and
--Hanley Elliott (2 points with 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals).

The team was 8-for-10 from the foul line, while Newark Valley was 7-for-14.

Watkins Glen broke in front, building a 12-4 first-quarter advantage as Pike scored 10 points. The Senecas reached halftime ahead 24-9, and were up 42-15 after three periods.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Newark Valley 47-21. The Senecas, up 23-2 after one period, were led by Taylor Kelly's 12 points, 11 by Ryanna LaMoreaux, and 7 by Danielle Leszyk.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike sends a shot on its way.

Left: Watkins Glen's Mikenna Ayers (left) and NV's Maddy Hartenstein battle for the ball. Right: The Senecas' Emmie Bond prepares to shoot in traffic.

Watkins Glen's Allison Teed drives to the basket against Newark Valley.

Left: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez draws a crowd as she shoots. Right: The Senecas' Hanley Elliott moves the ball upcourt.

From left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond and Mariah Gonzalez in action against Newark Valley. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike races upcourt with the ball after stealing it. (Photo by Don Romeo) / Right: The Senecas' Katherine Meehan prepares to shoot.

In the JV game:

From left: Watkins Glen's Kendra Larson, Danielle Leszyk and Katlyn Kernan. (All three photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly reaches out to direct a loose ball toward a teammate.

O-M girls top Edison, 58-31; now 8-5

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Jan. 15 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team improved to 8-5 Friday night with a 58-31 victory over Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Edison gym.

Gillian Clark led the Indians with 12 points while Sara Gardner had 10 (with three 3-pointers), Olivia Grover 9, Kennedey Heichel 6 (with 5 assists), Nikki Crout 6, Alexis Saunders 6 (with 7 rebounds), Alyssa Crout 3, Heidi Casselberry 2, Maddie Lodge 2, and Gabby Fazary 2. The team was 11-for-26 at the foul line.

Odessa led 18-8 after one period, and held Edison scoreless in the second quarter, building a 32-8 lead at halftime.

"Edison doesn't have a JV team," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "so we brought up some JV kids (Gardner, Casselberry and Fazzary), and all three scored tonight.

"We got some good balance in our scoring and played pretty well defensively in that second quarter. Alexis and Kennedey did some real good things tonight that don't show up in the boxscore -- defensively and handling the basketball for us."

The victory, Gavich noted, qualified the Indians for postseason sectional play. They return to action Wednesday at home against Spencer-Van Etten.

Watkins Glen's Liz Mason (left) and Destiny Weber apply a little body English on shots.

Bowling: Glen boys win, girls lose

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 15 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity bowling team posted a victory Friday over outmanned Elmira Notre Dame, 4-0, in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes. The Watkins Glen girls fell to ND, 3-1.

Boys: The Senecas' victory, assured since ND had only three bowlers, was led by Casen Weeden's 510 series. Steven Bradley added a 505, Conlin Wysocki 504, Wrett Brower 489, Nathaniel Rose 460, and John Reed 424. Watkins Glen's point total was 2493 to ND's 1289.

Girls: Watkins Glen won only the second game, 734-715, as Notre Dame won the first and third games and total pinfall, 2252-2152. Liz Mason led the Senecas with a 528 series, while Dakota Evans rolled a 512, Nikole VanDyke a 433, Nancy Jackson a 340, and Destiny Weber a 339.

Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Conlin Wysocki reacts to one of his shots during Friday's match.

O-M's James Terry swims the first leg of the 200 Medley Relay, which his squad won.

O-M swimmers top S. Cayuga, 59-33

ODESSA, Jan. 14 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team won nine of 11 events Thursday as it posted a 59-33 victory over Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Taking first place for Odessa-Montour:

--200 Medley Relay team of James Terry, Andy Fudala, Caelan Haney and Kyle Frasier
--200 Free Relay team of Alec Betts, Caelan Haney, Andy Fudala and Billy Tague
--Billy Tague in the 200 Free and 100 Free
--Alec Betts in the 200 IM
--Caelan Haney in the 100 Fly
--Kyle Frasier in the 500 Free and 100 Back
--Andy Fudala in the 100 Breast

Personal records were posted by Frasier in the 500 Free (6:40.42), Noah Brewster in the 500 Free (7:00.13) and Garrett Allen in the 200 Free (2:37.75)

"The guys swam really well tonight," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "I was happy with their times. Kyle Frasier and Noah Brewster pulled an 'Ironman' tonight -- swimming three events in a row -- and they managed to take 1-2 in both of the individual events! They really left it all in the pool. I was very proud of the effort the whole team put forth. With a small team and one member out sick, they all really stepped up."

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Billy Tague hits the water in the 200 Free, which he won.

Bottom: Odessa's Andy Fudala competes in the 200 Medley Relay, which his squad won.

Odessa-Montour's Alec Betts en route to victory in the 200 Individual Medley.

Watkins Glen's Aidan DeBolt on the way to winning the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Glen swimmers fall, 101-82

Doppel qualifies for 3rd event at States, sets pool mark

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 13 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team dropped a 101-82 decision Thursday to Waverly in an IAC meet in the WGHS pool, but Seneca standout Matt Doppel qualified for the third time in a week for the State Swimming Championships -- this time in the 100 Freestyle.

Doppel -- who at Saturday's EFA Invitational qualified for States in the 100 Backstroke and the 50 Free -- posted a time of 48.55 in the 100 to surpass the qualifying standard of 48.76. Thursday's effort was also a new pool record.

Doppel also won Thursday's 100 Back in 57.29, and was on the winning 200 Medley Relay squad with Lucas Wickham, Aidan DeBolt and Aaron Planty (1:49.73).

DeBolt set a new career low of 59.39 in winning the 100 Butterfly, while Jacob Slater claimed the Senecas' other first place with a new career-high total of 209.30 points in the six-dive 1 Meter competition. Slater also set a personal record in the 50 Free of 25.89, placing third.

Dakota Cole set a personal record of 5:42.27 while finishing second in the 500 Free -- a seven-second drop. And he set a personal mark of 2:05.03 in the 200 Free, placing second.

And Rong Hang Lin dropped below 30 seconds in the 50 free with a 29.91.

"It's always a tight meet with Waverly," said Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt. "We are pretty evenly matched and there were some great races tonight. We came up a little short, but obviously we are all excited after another terrific outing for Matt Doppel. He continues to swim well and rewrite our record books this year. Qualifying for the New York State Championships in three events is extraordinary. I feel fortunate to be working with a talented swimmer who will be leaving his mark here for all to see after he graduates. I'm very proud of him."

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Matt Doppel exults after setting a pool record in the 100 and setting a state-qualifying time in the event. Right: The Senecas' Jacob Slater on the way to victory in the diving competition.

Dakota Cole competes in the 500 Free, where he set a personal best while placing second.

Odessa-Montour's Zach Elliott goes high for a shot. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

Odessa boys lose to Edison

ODESSA, Jan. 14 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team dropped a 59-50 decision to Edison Thursday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians, now 2-9, had the halftime lead, 24-21, but saw Edison (6-7) pull away in the second half.

Bryce Elliott led O-M with 14 points, while Tyler Clark scored 11, Joel Kelly 8, Zach Elliott 6, Curtis Harris 6 and Nick Sgrecci 5. The team was 8-for-12 from the foul line.

Edison was led by Chris Becker's 14 points, and 11 by Josh Jurusik. The Spartans converted 14 of 23 free throws.

Edison built an 11-6 first-quarter lead, but Odessa rallied with an 18-10 second quarter to go up 24-21 at intermission. The Spartans turned the tables and outscored O-M 18-10 in the third period to re-establish a five-point lead, and went up by as many as 14 points in the final period before finishing nine ahead.

Junior Varsity: O-M registered its second victory of the season, rallying from a 22-15 halftime deficit to defeat Edison 39-37. Taylor Grover led the Indians with 14 points, while Brandon Ray scored 8, Clayton Zinger 7, and Zach Knapp 6.

Photo in text: O-M's Tyler Clark drives to the hoop. (Photos by Charlie Haeffner)

Left: O-M's Nick Sgrecci shoots. Right: The Indians' Chris Foote prepares to shoot.

Left: O-M's Bryce Elliott. Right: In the JV game, Odessa's Noah Angle drives to the hoop.

Odessa-Montour bowlers fall to Tioga

WAVERLY, Jan. 14 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams dropped 4-0 decisions to Tioga Thursday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at the Valley Lanes.

The boys lost all three games and total pinfall, 2978-2282. Eric Rumsey led the Indians with a 533 series, while Alex Grady posted a 512.

The girls dropped all three games and total pinfall, 2217-1941. Jackie Vincent led Odessa with a 464 series, while Ashley Stewart rolled a 422.

Watkins wrestlers split pair of matches

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 13 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team defeated Lansing 54-15 and lost to Tioga 58-24 Wednesday night in Interscholastic Athletic conference matches in the WGHS Field House.

In the Lansing match, Watkins got competitive victories from Avery Watson at 132 pounds (a pin in 3:45), Brandon Gould at 138 (a pin), Brandon Barber at 145 (a pin), Ian Chedzoy at 182 (a pin), and Thomas Schmitt at 195 (a pin). The Senecas also picked up forfeit wins at 152, 160, 220 and 285.

In the loss to Tioga, the Senecas got competitive wins from Brandon Gould at 132 (a pin), Ian Chedzoy at 182 (a pin), Kurtis Edwards at 195 (a pin), and Kameryn Sheldon at 220 (a pin).

Odessa wrestlers win one and lose one

GROTON, Jan. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team defeated Moravia 42-33 and lost to Groton 41-35 in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches Wednesday night at Groton High School.

O-M 42, Moravia 33: Odessa got competitive wins from Andrew Hartford at 113 pounds (a pin in 3:14), Jeremiah Lynch at 152 (a pin in 3:06), and Shawn Minnier at 170 (a pin in 18 seconds), and forfeit wins at 220, 285, 126 and 145.

Groton 41, O-M 35: Odessa got a competitive win from Deshawn Johnson at 182 (a pin in 34 seconds), and forfeit wins at 195, 220, 285, 145 and152.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike, right, races toward the basket with Odessa-Montour's Alexis Saunders in pursuit. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls defeat O-M

Pike scores 21 as Senecas improve record to 9-2

ODESSA, Jan. 13 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team, led by Amanda Pike's 21 points, defeated Odessa-Montour 49-37 Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Senecas, now 9-2, broke open a close game with an 11-point run in the second quarter, and put the game away with a 12-point run in the third quarter. Odessa's season mark is now 7-5.

Pike, who connected on three 3-pointers, also grabbed 5 rebounds and had 6 steals, 3 blocks and an assist.

The Senecas also got double-digit scoring from Allison Teed (12 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals), and from Mariah Gonzalez (10 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 assist) before she left the game with a leg injury at the end of the third period.

Other scoring came from Katherine Meehan (2 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist), Emmie Bond (2 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks), and Clara Chedzoy (2 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal).

Gillian Clark led O-M with 12 points, while Olivia Grover had 6 points, 14 rebounds and 9 blocks. Nikki Crout added 5 points, Alexis Saunders 5, Kennedey Heichel 4, Alyssa Crout 3, and Maddie Lodge 2.

Watkins Glen went in front 5-0 on a couple of Pike baskets, but O-M rallied for a 10-10 tie at the end of the first quarter. The Indians were up 13-12 in the second period when Watkins started its 11-point run, which led to a 25-16 halftime advantage.

Odessa rallied again to within a point, 27-26, before the Senecas, up 31-28, went on a 12-point roll to build a 43-28 lead. Odessa got no closer than 11 points after that.

"We made a nice run to start the third quarter," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, noting that Nikki Crout scored her 5 points in that effort. However, he added, "We let Pike loose there a bit after that, and she hurt us.

"All in all," he went on, "I felt we made a great effort and at least put a bit of a scare into them. Let's not forget that they're the defending Section IV champion, so for our rag-tag bunch to make a game of it tonight was something to be proud of. Hopefully we can take this momentum forward versus our division opponents in the next two weeks."

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated O-M 50-13. Ryanna LaMoreaux scored 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the Senecas, while Taylor Kelly scored 11 points and had 4 steals; Hannah Morse scored 7 points and had 8 assists and 3 steals; and Julia Reilly scored 4 points and grabbed 3 rebounds. Odessa was led by Sara Gardner's 8 points.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Gillian Clark prepares to shoot in traffic at the end of the third quarter. The shot went in just before the buzzer sounded. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

Middle: Watkins Glen's Allison Teed goes up for a shot. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: In the JV game, Watkins Glen's Makenna Fraboni passes. (Photo by Haeffner)

Left: O-M's Alexis Saunders (12) looks to pass the ball as Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike defends. Right: Odessa's Olivia Grover (20) encounters Watkins Glen's Allison Teed near the basket. (Photos by Charlie Haeffner)

Odessa-Montour's Kennedey Heichel (3) sends a shot on its way. (Photo by Haeffner)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins' Julia Reilly moves the ball as O-M's McKennah Lott defends. (Photo by Don Romeo) / Right: Watkins' Hannah Morse drives to the basket. (Photo by Haeffner)

Left: Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux shoots. Right: O-M's Sara Gardner saves the ball from going out of bounds. (Photos by Charlie Haeffner)

Odessa-Montour's Alex Grady sends the ball on its way. He registered a 572 series.

Odessa-Montour bowlers fall to Waverly

ODESSA, Jan. 12 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams dropped 4-0 decisions to Waverly Tuesday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Highlights included a 300 game by Waverly's Ben Cowles -- his first ever -- and the first 200 game and first 500 series by Odessa freshman Jackie Vincent.

The O-M boys dropped all three games and total pinfall 2898-2192 as Alex Grady posted a 572 series that included a 212, and Eric Rumsey rolled a 509 that included a 215.

Cowles' 300 came in the first game, and was followed by a 144 and 224 for a 668 series.

The Odessa girls lost all three games and total pinfall, 2377-2043 as Vincent registered a 528 series on games of 160-203-165. Ashley Stewart added a 428.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Jackie Vincent exults after notching her fourth strike in a row in her second game, where she rolled a 203. (Photos by Charlie Haeffner)

Left: Waverly's Ben Cowles, who rolled a 300 game. Right: O-M's Taylor Sykes looks skyward after leaving a pin on a spare attempt.

Left: O-M's Chris Foote draws a foul by Watkins Glen's Max Schimizzi on a drive to the basket. Right: Odessa's Curtis Harris shoots. (Both photos by Charlie Haeffner)

Glen boys top O-M, 58-43

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 12 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team improved its season mark to 6-6 Tuesday night by defeating Odessa-Montour 58-43 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas were led by Parker Pangallo's 19 points, which included five 3-pointers. Other scoring came from Justin Kelly (14 points), Jacob Carocci (10), Max Schimizzi (6), Connor Seeley-Ion (3), Michael Doane (3), Michael Taylor (2), and Alex Gibson (1).

Taylor led the team in rebounds with 7, while Pangallo, Carocci and Schimizzi each grabbed 5, and Kelly 4. Kelly and Pangallo registered 3 assists each, and Kelly led the team in steals with 3.

Odessa-Montour was led by Zach Elliott's 11 points. Other scoring came from Curtis Harris (7 points), Joel Kelly (6), Tyler Clark (5), Chris Foote, Nick Sgrecci and Bryce Elliott (4 each), and Jon Andrews (2).

Odessa broke in front 7-2, but Watkins Glen caught them with 2:30 to play, and pulled ahead 19-15 entering the second quarter. The Senecas then led 37-27 at halftime, and 48-31 after three periods.

"We had some good moments, and we had some not-so-good moments," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, whose squad returns to action Friday at Newark Valley. "It seems like every game we're down 5, 8 or 10 points at the start."

The first-half surge by Watkins was fueled by four Pangallo 3-pointers, 10 Kelly points, and 8 by Carocci. And free-throw shooting helped maintain the lead. The team was 16-for-23 at the foul line, compared to Odessa's 3-for-8.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen, down 27-24 at halftime, defeated Odessa-Montour 54-35. Tyler Couch led the Senecas with 13 points, while Dayne Hughey scored 10, Justin Lodge 9, and Alex Schimizzi 8. Odessa was led by Zach Knapp's 13 points. Taylor Grover added 7, and John Niedermaier 6.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Michael Taylor, left, and O-M's Zach Elliott go high for the tipoff.

Bottom: The Senecas' Jacob Carocci moves the ball. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Parker Pangallo (15) and O-M's Zach Elliott battle for a rebound. Right: Watkins' Michael Doane (33) drives as O-M's Chris Foote defends. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: O-M girls varsity basketball team members on hand for the boys game included, front from left, Danielle Fuschilo and Olivia Grover; and back row from left, Nakiaha Robinson, Gillian Clark and Kennedey Heichel. Their team faces Watkins Glen tonight (Wednesday). Right: Watkins Glen's Michael Taylor grabs a rebound. (Photos by Charlie Haeffner)

O-M's Tyler Clark (5) drives past Watkins defender Parker Pangallo. (Photo by Haeffner)

The Watkins cheerleaders perform. The O-M cheerleaders did, too. (Photo by Haeffner)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Tyler Couch goes to the hoop. Right: The Senecas' Dylan Markley moves the ball as O-M's Zach Knapp defends. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen bowlers lose to Tioga

WAVERLY, Jan. 12 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams dropped Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches to Tioga Tuesday at the Valley Bowling Center.

"We bowled good. They bowled great," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower.

The Watkins boys lost 4-0 as Tioga outscored them 3104-2510. Wrett Brower led the Senecas with a 524 series, while Conlin Wysocki posted a 509, Casen Weeden 482, Nathaniel Rose 478, Steven Bradley 465, and Wyatt Brower 447.

The Glen girls fell 3-1, winning the third game 758-747, but losing the first and third games and total pinfall, 2359-2221. Dakota Evans led the Senecas with a 584 series that included a 219 game. Nikole VanDyke posted a 481, and Liz Mason a 469.

Athletes of Week: Wrestlers, swimmer

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 11 -- Wrestling champions and a state-qualifying swimmer are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Three of the nods go to Watkins Glen wrestlers who won weight-class titles at the Mike Watson Invitational -- Brandon Gould at 132 pounds, Ian Chedzoy at 182, and Kameryn Sheldon at 220. Gould has now won Watson titles four times, and Chedzoy three. This was the first for the freshman Sheldon.

Watkins Glen swimmer Matt Doppel earns a nod, too, for his performances at the Elmira Invitational swim meet, where he won the 100 Backstroke with a state-qualifying and school record 53.33, qualified in the 50 Free with a school-record-tying 22.12 on the opening leg of the 200 Free Relay, and broke the school 100 Butterfly mark.

Double Honorable: Odessa-Montour wrestlers Alex Repass, Collin Haag and Shawn Minnier; Watkins Glen wrestler Kurtis Edwards; O-M basketball's Gillian Clark; Watkins Glen swimmers Aidan DeBolt, Dakota Cole and Lucas Wickham, and diver Jacob Slater; O-M swimmer Billy Tague; Watkins Glen track's Patrick Hazlitt, Claire McManus and Isobel Scheffey; and Watkins Glen basketball's Amanda Pike, Mariah Gonzalez and Emmie Bond.

Honorable Mention: Another 25 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal Odessa File All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools.

Seneca Youth Basketball: Week 2

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 10, 2016 -- The Seneca Youth Basketball program resumed Saturday in Watkins Glen. The results:

3rd-4th Grade

Mr. Chicken 15 (2-0), Sporting Goods 12 (0-2)

Mr Chicken -- Samuel Caslin 9, Damion Craven 6
Sporting Goods -- Ryan Berry 6, Peyton Smith 4, Philip Cummings 2

Famous Brands 14 (1-0-1), Central Asphalt 12 (0-2)

Famous Brands -- Lillian Ameigh 8, Madison Hansen 2, Isaiah Sissel 2, Lacie Denmark 2
Central Asphalt -- Liam Smith 6, Jennifer Gublo 4, Branden Chiacchiarini 2

Curly's 24 (1-0-1), Glen Motel 14 (1-1)

Curly's -- Christopher Simiele 14, Alexander Holmes 10
Glen Motel -- Brady Bockelkamp 6, Nicky D'Alleva 6, Brenna Pierce 2

5th-6th Grade

Capt. Bill's 28 (1-1), Church St. Produce 23 (0-2)

Capt. Bill's -- Jacob Powers 10, Jacob Yontz 8, Jenna Solomon 6, Eric Morrisette 4
Church St. Produce -- Cameron Holland 17, Kara Sheesley 2, Cloey Wratten 2, Jonna Sissel 2

W.G. Supply 43 (2-0), Seneca Lodge 10 (1-1)

W.G. Supply -- Adam Pastore 20, David Kelly 8, Daniel Ely 6, Bailey Beaumont 4, Talon Elliot 2, Jason Murphy 2, Gregory Samuels 1
Seneca Lodge -- Julya Slater 10

Maguire's 54 (2-0), Van Skiver's 47 (0-2)

Maguire's -- Owen Scholtisek 32, Caleb Smith 9, Joseph Sutterby 7, Anthony Tomberelli 4, Carly Arnold 2

Van Skiver's -- Georgio Fazzary 23, Luke Spahalski 19, Brandon Smith 2, Damyan Metris 2, Bryce Cady 2

Watkins Glen's Kameryn Sheldon rejoices after winning the 220-pound Watson Tourney title. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

Glen grabs 3 Watson titles

Gould, Chedzoy, Sheldon win; Vestal takes team title

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 9 -- Three Watkins Glen High School wrestlers claimed championships in their weight classes Saturday as the annual Mike Watson Wrestling Invitational drew to a close in the WGHS Field House.

Vestal was the team champion with 232.50 points in the 20-school field, while Elmira finished second (203), Horseheads third (197), Campbell-Savona-Bradford fourth (147), and Watkins Glen fifth (135.50). Odessa-Montour, which had three semifinalists, placed 12th with 73 points.

Watkins champions included Brandon Gould at 132 pounds, Ian Chedzoy at 182 and Kameryn Sheldon at 220.

Gould's title was his fourth in a row at the Watson event, each time in a different weight class (99, 113, 126 and 132). Chedzoy has now won three straight titles at 182.

And Sheldon? This was the first appearance in this tournament for the freshman, who trailed by a point in his title match before taking down his opponent, Justin Hess of Vestal, and pinning him with less than a minute to go in their match.

That set off a celebration, Sheldon raising his arms and the crowd cheering, and Vestal coach Tony Policare raising Sheldon's arm in salute to his championship. It was, noted more than one person, a remarkable show of sportsmanship.

Gould and Chedzoy took their titles more in stride, having been there before. Gould won his final match against Horseheads' Dylan Keller with a pin in 1:27, while Chedzoy won 7-3 over Tommy Mackay of Elmira, who was ranked No. 4 in the state at 182 to Chedzoy's No. 6.

Among other Schuyler County wrestlers:

--O-M's Alex Repass placed third at 220. He was pinned in 4:42 by Sheldon in a semifinal bout, but then defeated Bryan Ragusa of Campbell-Savona-Bradford for third place.

--O-M's Collin Haag lost his semifinal bout to Derek Osman of Vestal en route to a 5th-place finish with a 3-2 mark.

--O-M's Shawn Minnier lost his semifinal to Geoff Hargrave of C-S-B on the way to a 6th-place finish at 170.

--Watkins Glen's Kurtis Edwards went 4-2 in the 195-pound weight class for a 5th place finish.

Watkins Glen's Chedzoy was named by participating coaches as the Most Outstanding Wrestler for the tournament in the heavyweight division. Bryant Sexton from Spencer-Van Etten -- victor in the 120-pound weight class -- was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler for the lightweight division.

Photos in text:

Top: Vestal Coach Tony Policare hoists the arm of Kameryn Sheldon after the Watkins wrestler defeated one of Policare's wrestlers in the 220-pound final. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

Second: Watkins Glen's Ian Chedzoy lifts Elmira opponent Tommy Mackay in the 182-pound finale. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

Third: Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould takes control in a semifinal match. He later won the title match with a pin. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Fourth: Watkins Glen's Kameryn Sheldon, left, shakes hands with Vestal's Justin Hess after defeating Hess in the 220-pound final. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

Wrestling finalists are brought into the gym before the Watson Tournament championship bouts. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: O-M's Alex Repass wins the 3rd-place bout at 220. Right: O-M's Shawn Minnier heads for the mat in the 5th-place bout at 170, which he lost by decision.

Left: Nakiaha Robinson, left, and Gillian Clark -- members of the O-M girls varsity basketball team -- were on hand to help at the tournament, including videotaping Odessa wrestlers. Right: Watkins Glen's Ian Chedzoy receives his title trophy.

Glen swimmers 2nd; Doppel qualifies

ELMIRA, Jan. 9 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team placed second Saturday among Class B schools at the Elmira Invitational meet as the Senecas' Matt Doppel qualified for the New York State Swimming Championships in two events while breaking two school records and tying another.

Doppel won the 100 Backstroke, breaking his own school mark by posting a state-qualifying time of 53.33 (the old record was 53.69); broke the 100 Butterfly mark with a 55.18 (the old mark was 55.28) while finishing fourth; and qualified in the 50 Free by tying the school record of 22.12 on the opening leg of the 200 Freestyle Relay.

Meanwhile, Aidan DeBolt finished 7th in the 50 Free with a career-best 22.87, and 8th in the 100 Free with a season-best 51.75. Jacob Slater was 5th among 27 divers with a career-high 363.95 points on 11 dives, and the relay squad of Doppel, DeBolt, Lucas Wickham and Dakota Cole received medals for finishing 5th in the 200 Medley Relay and 4th in the 200 Freestyle Relay.

Personal records were set by:
--Sean Holland in the 200 Free (2:21.03)
--Dakota Cole in the 200 Free (2:06.69)
--Will Fitzsimmons in the 200 Individual Medley (2:41.31)
--Rong Lin in the 50 Free (30.21) and the 100 Breaststroke (1:39.97)
--Simon Wigmore in the 100 Free (1:06.16) and 100 Breaststroke (1:24.08)
--Connor Smith in the 100 Back (1:26.10)

"I am very happy with how we stepped up today against state-ranked competition," said Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt. "This event is always a harbinger of how a team will respond as the championship part of the season draws closer. Clearly we are capable of great things, and I'm excited for us all heading forward. I've canceled my winter-break trip to Florida as it is now clear we are going to the state championships in Buffalo this year."

Photo in text: The Watkins Glen relay squad of (from left) Dakota Cole, Aidan DeBolt, Matt Doppel and Lucas Wickham. (Photo provided)

Hazlitt 3rd in 1600; two girls set marks

ITHACA, Jan. 9 -- Watkins Glen High School runner Patrick Hazlitt placed third Saturday in the 1600 Meter Run at a Southern Tier Invitational indoor track meet that saw two other athletes set WGHS school records.

Hazlitt finished in a time of 4:33.27. The two school records came from Claire McManus, breaking her own mark in the Triple Jump with a leap of 28 feet, 10 inches, and Isobel Scheffey, breaking her school record in the 55 Meter Dash with a time of 8.037.

O-M swimmers 2nd in Class C at EFA

ELMIRA, Jan. 9 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team placed second among Class C schools Saturday at the Elmira Invitational swim meet.

The Indians were led by Billy Tague, who was 7th place in the 200 Free with a personal record (PR) of 1:56.86, and 11th in the 100 Fly with a PR of 59.97. Tony Humphries also cracked the top 12 with his 8th-place finish in the 100 Breast with a PR of 1:08.32.

The O-M 200 Free Relay team of Alec Betts, Tague, Caelan Haney and Andy Fudala made it to the podium, taking 6th place with a season-best time of 1:40.27. The 200 Medley Relay squad of James Terry, Humphries, Tague and Fudala took 8th in a season-best 1:54.59, and the 400 Free Relay team of Terry, Haney, Humphries and Betts also took 8th in a season best of 3:49.47.

"The team swam a phenomenal meet today," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "They really left it all in the pool, and every swimmer posted either a PR or season-best time in their individual events. Everyone stepped up and did their job."

Photo in text: O-M's 200 Free Relay team of (from left) Andy Fudala, Alec Betts, Caelan Haney and Billy Tague. (Photo provided)

Odessa-Montour's Jeremiah Lynch, right, at start of bout against Addison's Chris Berry. Lynch pinned Berry in 25 seconds.

Watson wrestling tournament starts

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 8 -- The annual two-day Mike Watson Invitational Wrestling Tournament began Friday at the Watkins Glen High School Field House with 20 teams competing in 15 weight classes.

The event will resume this morning (Saturday) on a day that will feature wrestlebacks, semifinals and, ultimately, the championship final in each weight class.

Schools participating include Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour, Spencer-Van Etten, Edison, Elmira, Corning, Addison, Horseheads, Whitney Point, Avoca, Binghamton, Campbell-Savona-Bradford, Dryden, Lansing, Maine-Endwell, Sayre, South Seneca, Vestal, Waverly and Wayland-Cohocton.

Note: After Friday's competition, the following had advanced to the semifinals:

--Odessa-Montour's Collin Haag at 126 pounds;
--Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould at 132 pounds;
--Odessa-Montour's Shawn Minnier at 170 pounds;
--Watkins Glen's Ian Chedzoy at 182 pounds;
--Odessa-Montour's Alex Repass at 220 pounds.
--Watkins Glen's Kameryn Sheldon, 220 pounds.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Collin Haag, top, on the way to a second-period pin of Watkins Glen's Jake Johnson.

Glen boys fall to Newfield

NEWFIELD, Jan. 8 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team shot 23% from the field Friday night on the way to a 43-31 loss to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Newfield gym.

The loss dropped the Senecas to 5-6 heading into a home game Tuesday against intracounty rival Odessa-Montour.

Watkins, down 16-6 after one quarter, 25-17 at halftime and 32-22 entering the fourth quarter, converted 11 of 47 shots from the floor.

"We couldn't throw a rock in the ocean from the shoreline," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "We had some decent looks, too. This is normally a pretty good shooting team, but you wouldn't have known that tonight."

Justin Kelly led Watkins Glen scorers with 10 points, while Max Schimizzi registered 7, Michael Taylor 6, Parker Pangallo 5, and Connor Seeley-Ion 3. The Senecas were 6-for-11 from the foul line.

Taylor led Watkins in rebounds with 11, while Schimizzi grabbed 8 and Pangallo 4. Schimizzi led in assists with 3.

Newfield was led by Cole Banfield's 16 points, and 15 by Steven LaBarge on five 3-pointers. The Trogjans converted 3 of 6 free-throw attempts.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Newfield 42-33. Tyler Couch led the Senecas with 10 points, while Dylan Markley scored 8, Daniel Paradiso 7, Dayne Hughey 7, Justin Lodge 4, Alex Schimizzi 2, Josh Updyke 2, and Joe Chedzoy 2.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Justin Kelly goes up for a shot. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: The Senecas' Max Schimizzi shoots in traffic. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Parker Pangallo moves the ball. Right: The Senecas' Michael Taylor prepares to shoot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Watkins Glen's Tyler Couch (left) and Dayne Hughey shoot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Odessa-Montour's Curtis Harris, left, and Tyler Clark prepare to shoot.

O-M boys lose to Waverly, slip to 2-7

ODESSA, Jan. 8 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team ran into buzz saw Friday night, falling to 12-0 Waverly 75-41 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

"Boy, they didn't miss much, did they?" said O-M Coach Brad Clark about Waverly, which opened the game with a 36-12 first quarter and coasted from there. "That's one of the better teams I've seen in a while."

Peyton Miller led the Wolverines with 20 points, and was joined in double figures by Hunter Bodine (15 points), Jeff Mitchell (11) and Jon Ward (11). The team converted 7 of 12 free-throw attempts.

Joel Kelly led Odessa (now 2-7) with 11 points, all in the first half, while sinking three 3-pointers. Other scoring came from Bryce Elliott (9 points), Zach Elliott (8), Curtis Harris (4), Tyler Clark (4), Chris Foote (3) and Nick Sgrecci (2). The Indians converted 4 of 14 free throws.

After its initial burst, Waverly outscored O-M 20-13 in the second period for a 56-25 halftime lead. It was ahead 65-30 entering the fourth quarter.

O-M returns to action Tuesday at Watkins Glen. The JV game starts at 5:30 p.m., with the varsity to follow.

Junior Varsity: Waverly defeated Odessa-Montour.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Nick Sgrecci is tied up by a Waverly player as he tries to shoot.

Bottom: O-M's Bryce Elliott drives to the hoop.

Left: The O-M cheerleaders in action. Right: Odessa's Chris Foote drives to the basket.

Odessa-Montour bowlers lose to Groton

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 8 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams lost Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches to Groton Friday in action at Harborside Lanes.

The girls lost 3-1, winning only the second game. Jackie Vincent rolled a 474 series to lead O-M, which was outpointed 1938-1838.

The Odessa boys lost 4-0 as Groton outscored them 2618-2123. Eric Rumsey led O-M with a 456 series, while Alex Grady rolled a 442 and Andrew Ink 394.

Tuesday's results: The O-M boys lost 4-0 to Lansing, but the girls won 4-0 behind Jackie Vincent's 433 and a 353 by Carolyn Arias. The Odessa boys were led by Alex Grady's 502 and Eric Rumsey's 462.

Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez, right, gets past Newfield defender Mariyah Byrd.

Glen girls defeat Newfield

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 7 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by Amanda Pike's 19 points, a double-double by Mariah Gonzalez and a near-double-double by Emmie Bond -- defeated Newfield 55-47 Thursday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The victory lifted the Senecas' season mark to 8-2 heading into a scrimmage Monday at South Seneca and a game Wednesday at Odessa-Montour.

The Senecas, trailing 8-2 early and down 14-10 after one period and 22-18 at halftime, overtook the Trojans with a 17-8 third quarter, and pulled away in a 20-14 final period.

In addition to her 19 points, Pike grabbed 4 rebounds and had 2 assists, 2 steals and a block Gonzalez had 10 points and 10 rebounds along with 3 assists, 3 steals and a block.

Not far behind was Emmie Bond, who scored 14 points while registering 8 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal.

Other points came from Allison Teed (4, with 3 rebounds and 2 steals), Clara Chedzoy (4, with 4 rebounds, 3 assists and a block), and Katherine Meehan (3, with 3 assists).

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Newfield 42-20. Danielle Leszyk scored 7 points for the Senecas, while Taylor Kelly and Ryanna LaMoreaux notched 6 each.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy passes the ball around a Waverly player.

Bottom: The Senecas' Amanda Pike squares off against a Newfield defender. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond puts up a shot. (Photo by Don Romeo)/ Right: The Senecas' Allison Teed looks for a shot in traffic.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Makenna Fraboni drives to the basket. Right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk sends a shot on its way. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

O-M girls lose to Waverly, slip to 7-4

WAVERLY, Jan. 7 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- playing a road game for the second straight night -- dropped a 63-41 decision Thursday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Waverly gym.

The Wolverines, now 9-2, raced out to a 19-8 first-quarter lead, and were up 33-22 at halftime before sprinting away from the Indians with a 22-7 third period and a 55-29 advantage.

"Out tank hit empty there in the third quarter, and Waverly played very well in that quarter," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "But all in all we did some good things in a tough spot, playing back-to-back nights, this time against a team playing as well as anyone in our league right now."

Alexis Saunders led O-M with 10 points, while Kennedey Heichel, Olivia Grover and Gillian Clark each scored 9. Alyssa Crout added 4 points. The team was 13-for-29 from the foul line.

Elle Nittinger led Waverly with 28 points.

Odessa returns to action Wednesday at home against Watkins Glen.

Junior Varsity: O-M fell to Waverly, 38-28. Sara Gardner led the Indians with 10 points, while Gabby Fazzary scored 9.

O-M's Alec Betts, foreground, competes in the 200 Medley Relay.

Odessa swim team falls to Lansing

ODESSA, Jan. 7 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team dropped a 62-32 decision Thursday to Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

The only first-place finish for O-M was posted by Tony Humphries in the 100 Breast in 1:11.94.

Second-place finishes for O-M:

--200 Medley Relay squad of James Terry, Billy Tague, Tony Humphries and Alec Betts in a season-best time of 1:59.00
--200 Free Relay team of James Terry, Alec Betts, Tony Humphrie, and Billy Tague
--400 Free Relay of Kyle Frasier, Garrett Allen, Jimito Williams and Caelan Haney
--Alec Betts in the 200 IM
--Billy Tague in the 50 Free and 100 Free
--Caelan Haney in the 100 Back

"Overall I was pleased with the way the guys swam tonight," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "We had some really close races and put up some good times. I am looking forward to seeing how we do at the Elmira Invitational this weekend."

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's James Terry begins to surface, left arm first, after diving in the 50 Free.

Bottom: The Indians' Billy Tague competes in the 200 Medley Relay, where his team finished second.

Odessa-Montour's Tony Humphries on the second leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Watkins Glen's Will Fitzsimmons, foreground, hits the water in the 200 Free Relay.

Watkins swim team tops Dryden 86-73

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 7 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team -- led by Matt Doppel's and Aidan DeBolt's four victories each -- defeated Dryden 86-73 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The victory lifted the Senecas' season mark to 4-2 heading into the big EFA Invitational in Elmira on Saturday.

Doppel won the 200 IM in 2:12.56 and the 100 Free in 50.13, and was on the winning 200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay squads. DeBolt won the 100 Fly in 59.97 and 100 Breast in 1:17.53, and was on the same two winning relays.

Dakota Cole posted three wins for the Senecas, winning the 500 Free in 5:57.65 and competing on the same two relays.

Other individual wins came from Aaron Planty in the 200 Free in 2:20.90, and Will Fitzsimmons in the 100 Back in 1:13.10. Lucas Wickham was on the two winning relays with Doppel, DeBolt and Cole.

Also victorious: the 200 Free Relay team of Fitzsimmons, Planty, Sean Holland and Pat Bannon; and Jacob Slater, unopposed in the diving, where he posted 171.90 points.

Setting personal records were:

--Pat Bannon in the 200 IM
--Sean Holland in the 500 Free

"Tonight was a great warm-up for the EFA Invitational," said Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt. "We will see great competition from the 16 teams there and I think we are ready. Our guys had a great night and appreciate our competition from Dryden; they are always a pleasure to see."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Matt Doppel on the way to victory in the 100 Free.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Jacob Slater on one of his six dives. He had no competition Thursday but will have plenty of opponents Saturday at the EFA Invitational.

Watkins Glen's Dakota Cole en route to victory in the 500 Free in 5:57.65.

Bowling: Glen girls win, boys lose

LANSING, Jan. 7 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity bowling team posted a 4-0 victory Thursday over Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road meet.

The Senecas were led by Dakota Evans' 476 series as they won all three games while outpointing the Bobcats 2066-1666. Other scores for Watkins included: Liz Mason 451, Nikole VanDhke 425, and Destiny Weber 374.

"We continue to bowl well enough to win, so we are happy about that," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower.

The Watkins boys, meanwhile, fell 3-1 to Lansing. Casen Weeden led the Senecas with a 518 series, while Wyatt Brower posted a 512, Wrett Brower a 506, Nathaniel Rose 502, Steven Bradley 484, and Conlin Whsocki 468. They won the second game 938-917, but lost the other two and total pinfall, 2726-2553.

"We had four bowlers over 500," said Coach Brower, "but that just wasn't good enough today."

O-M girls top Groton, improve to 7-3

GROTON, Jan. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Gillian Clark's 24 points and 12 rebounds-- defeated Groton 48-35 Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Groton gym.

Odessa, now 7-3 heading into a game tonight (Thursday) at Waverly, also got double-digit scoring from Kennedey Heichel, who notched 12 points.

Other points came from Alexis Saunders (7), Olivia Grover (4) and Alyssa Crout (1). The team was 20-for-35 from the foul line.

"Groton had 29 fouls, so it was physical, to say the least," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, adding that Clark -- in posting a career-best point total -- "really stepped up tonight and carried us when we needed it, and played like a veteran (if you can call a sophomore a veteran)."

O-M -- which is minus the services of injured starters Nakiaha Robinson and Sage Garrison -- led 13-3 after one period, 25-14 at halftime and 37-22 entering the fourth quarter before Groton "cut it to 39-32 with 2:30 to go and had us on the ropes," said Gavich. "Kennedey converted a 4-point play to put us up 43-32" en route to the victory.

Odessa-Montour's DeShawn Johnson momentarily has the upper hand against S-VE's Ira Koski at 182 pounds, but Koski won 12-2.

O-M wrestlers fall to S-VE, 59-15

ODESSA, Jan. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team dropped a 59-15 decision Wednesday night to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in O-M's Jack Davis Gym.

The only competitive wins for the Indians came from Shawn Minnier at 170 pounds (a fall in 1:38 over Billy Baker) and Collin Haag at 126 pounds (a 7-2 decision over Kyle Jelliff). The other Odessa points came on a forfeit win by Alex Repass at 220 pounds.

The matches:

120: Nick Yartym (SVES) over Andrew Hartford (OMSH) (Dec 10-5)
126: Collin Haag (OMSH) over Kyle Jelliff (SVES) (Dec 7-2)
132: Bryant Sexton (SVES) over (OMSH) (For.)
138: Tefera Mandirola (SVES) over (OMSH) (For.)
145: Grady Alpert (SVES) over Jeremiah Lynch (OMSH) (Fall 5:48)
152: Robbie Swartout (SVES) over Jacob Zimmer (OMSH) (Fall 4:26)
160: Mark Mullen (SVES) over John Kuparinen (OMSH) (MD 8-0)
170: Shawn Minnier (OMSH) over Billy Baker (SVES) (Fall 1:38)
182: Ira Koski (SVES) over Deshawn Johnson (OMSH) (MD 12-2)
195: James Poindexter (SVES) over Ashton Furney (OMSH) (Fall 0:53)
220: Alex Repass (OMSH) over (SVES) (For.)
285: Jacob Mein (SVES) over Dylan Houseknecht (OMSH) (Fall 1:10)
99: Parker Sexton (SVES) over (OMSH) (For.)
106: Owen Lawrence (SVES) over (OMSH) (For.)
113: Double Forfeit

Senior Night: Odessa-Montour's two seniors, Ashton Furney and Shawn Minnier, were honored in a pre-match ceremony.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Andrew Hartford lifts S-VE's Nick Yartym before throwing him to the mat in the 120-pound match. However, Hartford lost 10-5.

Bottom: Odessa's Jacob Zimmer (in maroon) battles S-VE's Robbie Swartout at 152 pounds. Zimmer was pinned in the third round after injuring a finger on his right hand early in the bout. It was later learned he had broken the finger, and is done for the season.

Left: O-M's Shawn Minnier lifts his opponent on the way to victory at 170 pounds. Right: Odessa's John Kuparinen, foreground center, battles at 160 pounds.

Glen wrestlers defeat Waverly, 64-21

WAVERLY, Jan. 6 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team posted a 64-21 victory over Waverly Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Waverly gym.

Only four competitive matches were held, with Watkins winning three of them: Ethan Voorheis (285 pounds) by a first-period pin, Nate Brown (160) on a first-period pin, and Dylan Bradley by an 11-1 count.

The Senecas won by forfeit at 126 (Avery Watson), 132 (Sean Kelly), 138 (Brandon Gould), 145 (Gavin Vandereems), 152 (Charlie Wright), 182 (Ian Chedzoy), 195 (Kurtis Edwards) and 220 (Kameryn Sheldon). The Senecas lost by forfeit at 99, 106 and 113.

They return to action when they host the annual Mike Watson Invitational Friday and Saturday in the WGHS Field House. Twenty teams will be on hand. Starting times are 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.

Watkins Glen's Dominick Rolston maneuvers between two Lansing defenders.

Glen boys rally, top Lansing

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 5 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team -- led by Justin Kelly's 20 points -- overcame an early 8-point deficit Tuesday night to defeat Lansing 57-50 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas, now 5-5, thrived at the free-throw line, converting 23 of 27 attempts while Lansing went 6-for-12. Kelly was 12-for-15 from the line, and Dominick Rolston 7-for-8.

Rolston totaled 11 points, as did Max Schimizzi (3-for-3 on free throws). Other points came from Michael Taylor (7, including 1-for-1), Jacob Carocci (6), and Parker Pangallo (2).

Kelly led the team in rebounds with 9, while Carocci and Schimizzi grabbed 4 each. Carocci led in steals with 3 (Schimizzi had 2), and in assists with 4.

Lansing (5-5) was led by Zach Detrick's 16 points.

Lansing built early 10-2 and 12-4 leads, and was up 12-7 entering the second period. Watkins Glen surged with a 22-12 quarter that gave the Senecas a 29-24 halftime lead, but Lansing was ahead 37-36 after three periods.

A closing 21-13 kick gave the Senecas the victory as they head into a contest Friday at Newfield.

Rolston, whose playing time has been limited by knee issues, proved "a difference maker," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "It was nice getting him back in the flow."

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost 37-32 as its record slipped to 4-6. Joe Chedzoy led the Senecas with 10 points, while Alex Schimizzi scored 8, Dayne Hughey 6, Tyler Couch 4, and Daniel Paradiso and Dylan Markley 2 each.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Michael Taylor goes to the hoop for two points.

Bottom: The Senecas' Jacob Carocci puts up a shot in first-quarter action.

Left: Watkins Glen's Parker Pangallo takes aim. Right: The Senecas' Max Schimizzi.

O-M's James Terry during the backstroke leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

O-M swimmers fall to Chenango Valley

ODESSA, Jan. 5 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team dropped a 58-36 decision to Chenango Valley Tuesday in a non-league meet held in the O-M pool.

Odessa won three individual events -- by Billy Tague in the 200 Free (a season-best of 2:01.91) and the 500 Free (a personal best of 5:43.31), and by Tony Humphries in the 200 Individual Medley (a season-best 2:23.84).

Second place finishes for O-M:

--200 Medley Relay of James Terry, Tony Humphries, Caelan Haney and Andy Fudala
--200 Free Relay of James Terry, Andy Fudala, Alec Betts and Billy Tague
--400 Free Relay of Alec Betts, Caelan Haney, Tony Humphries and Billy Tague
--Caelan Haney in the 100 Fly
--James Terry in the 100 Back
--Tony Humphries in the 100 Breast

Photo in text: O-M's Billy Tague on the way to victory in the 200 Free.

Odessa-Montour's Kyle Frasier competes in the 200 Individual Medley.

Odessa-Montour's Caelan Haney competes in the 200 Medley Relay.

Watkins' Emmie Bond (left photo) and Maggie Bond shoot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Glen girls defeat Lansing

LANSING, Jan. 5 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team got double-digit scoring from three players Tuesday night en route to a 46-34 victory over Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Lansing gym.

The Senecas (7-2) built a 13-8 first-quarter lead and were up 27-12 at halftime. The Bobcats cut their deficit by seven points in the third period, but Watkins responded with an 11-7 final period to put the game away.

Amanda Pike scored 12 points while Allison Teed and Mariah Gonzalez registered 10 each to lead the Seneca scorers. Emmie Bond added 8 points, Clara Chedzoy 4 points, and Maggie Bond 2.

Gonzalez led rebounders with 10, while Bond grabbed 6 and Pike 4. Pike led in steals with 5, while Katherine Meehan notched 2. Teed and Emmie Bond each had 3 assists.

The Senecas return to action Thursday at home against Newfield.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Lansing 50-16. Taylor Kelly scored 11 points for the Senecas, Ryanna LaMoreaux 9, Kathryn Losey 7, Kathleen Clifford 5 (with 5 rebounds), and Hannah Morse 5 (with 9 steals).

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike moves the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

From left: Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy, Mariah Gonzalez and Allison Teed. (Photos by Don Romeo)

In the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly drives to the hoop. Right: The Senecas' Kathryn Losey looks to pass the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Bowling: Watkins boys, girls both win

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 5 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams defeated Groton by 3-1 scores Tuesday afternoon in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Nathaniel Rose's 540 series led the Watkins boys, who won the first two games and total pinfall, 2607-2489. Wyatt Brower registered a 529 for the Senecas, while Steven Bradley posted a 504, Casen Weeden 493, Wrett Brower 474, and Conlin Wysocki 472.

"We bowled well enough to win, and we did more things right than wrong," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "The boys threw a lot of strikes today. We need to make our spares, and that is getting better, too."

The Watkins girls also won their first two games and total pinfall, 2052-1914. They were led by Liz Mason's 487 series, which included a 213 game. Dakota Evans rolled a 482, Nikole VanDyke 468, and Nancy Jackson 342.

"Although we slipped a little in the last game as a team, we are getting better," said Coach Brower, "and I am confident we will be ready for sectionals."

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Nathaniel Rose and Liz Mason.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to Groton

GROTON, Jan. 5 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team saw its record slip to 2-6 Tuesday night as the Indians fell 61-28 to Groton in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Groton gym.

Groton was ahead 17-13 after one period, 24-17 at halftime, and 40-21 after three quarters before outscoring O-M 21-7 down the stretch.

Chris Foote and Bryce Elliott led Odessa with 8 points apiece, while Nick Sgrecci scored 7, Tyler Clark 2, Jon Andrews 2, and Joel Kelly 1. The team was 4-for-11 from the foul line.

Groton (5-6) was led by Paul Brecht's 18 points. Tyler Banfield added 16.

Odessa returns to action Friday at home against Waverly.

Junior Varsity: Groton defeated Odessa-Montour.

Athletes of Week: Runner, 4 wrestlers

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 4 -- Four standout wrestlers and a standout runner are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Watkins Glen High School wrestlers Ian Chedzoy (182 pounds) and Brandon Gould (132) won their weight classes at the Windsor Christmas Wrestling Tournament, while Odessa-Montour wrestlers Alex Repass (220) and Shawn Minnier (170) were named the Outstanding Wrestlers at their weights in the O-M Duals at Odessa-Montour High School.

The runner, Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt, took first place in the 1600 Meter Run at a 19-school indoor meet of Section IV Small Schools at SUNY Cortland.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball's Jacob Carocci and Max Schimizzi, and Watkins race-walker Joelle Slater.

Honorable Mention: Another 11 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal Odessa File All-Stars and ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools.

Watkins Glen's Jacob Carocci (left) and Max Schimizzi shoot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

T-burg captures tourney title

Raiders top Watkins, 59-48; T-burg wins JV crown, too

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 3 -- Trumansburg rode a 17-2 third-quarter advantage to a 59-48 victory over host Watkins Glen Sunday afternoon to win the title of the Boys Holiday Basketball Tournament in the Field House.

Watkins Glen, now 4-5, held its own against T-burg (6-3) in the first half, trailing 16-15 after one quarter and leading 30-26 at halftime.

But the Raiders owned the third quarter, dominating the boards, stealing the ball and hitting their shots -- while Watkins Glen missed several shots close to the basket. The result was a 15-point turnaround and a 43-32 lead for T-burg after three periods

The Senecas closed to within six points on three occasions early in the fourth quarter, but could get no closer, and fell as many as 13 behind after Parker Pangallo -- who led Watkins in scoring with 12 points -- fouled out with 3:40 remaining.

Other Watkins points came from Jacob Carocci (10, all in the first half), Max Schimizzi (10, with 8 in the first half), Michael Doane (9), Justin Kelly (5) and Michael Taylor (2). The team was 10-for-12 from the foul line.

Taylor led the Senecas in rebounds with 10, while Carocci grabbed 4. Pangallo had 4 assists, and Taylor and Carocci 3 each. Pangallo and Schimizzi each registered 2 steals.

Trumansburg was led by Hunter Ford's 17 points, which included five 3-pointers. Trevor Rumsey added 15 points, and Austin Grunder 12.

"We played so well in the first half," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "But our Number One problem in the third quarter was in transition. We missed a lot of bunnies, and they would turn around and score."

Those "bunnies," which the coach said were shots "three feet from the basket," just wouldn't go down. "I bet we were 0-for-10 on those," he estimated.

"If you told me before the game that we would hold Grunder to 12 points, I would have thought we'd win by 10," he said. "But Ford was hitting those long shots -- five altogether and four in the second half.

"We scored just two points in the second half," he added. "That's tough to swallow."

Grunder -- who scored 27 points in the Raiders' opening-round victory Wednesday over Dundee -- was named the tournament MVP, and was joined on the All-Tourney team by Rumsey.

Other All-Tournament picks were Carocci and Schimizzi from Watkins Glen, and Bobby Strait and Andrew Clark from Dundee.

Watkins Glen returns to action Tuesday at home against Lansing. The JV game starts at 5:30 p.m.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Parker Pangallo drives past a T-burg defender; the Senecas' Michael Taylor grabs a rebound. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Junior Varsity: Trumansburg edges Watkins Glen

Trumansburg edged Watkins Glen, 40-39, to claim the title. The Seneas led 12-10 after one period and 23-16 at halftime, but T-burg rallied with a 10-7 third-quarter advantage and a 14-9 fourth quarter.

Watkins Glen led 32-28 with six minutes remaining, but a 3-pointer and a 2-pointer by Trumansburg gave the Raiders the lead at 33-32 with 4:56 to play. A basket by Tyler Couch at 4:40 put the Senecas back ahead 34-33, but T-burg responded with another 3-pointer at 3:58 to take a 36-34 lead.

The see-saw continued with a tying basket by Joe Chedzoy at 3:40, and a go-ahead free throw by Dayne Hughey with 1:24 remaining. However, the Raiders converted a layup with 40.5 seconds to play, and then stole the ball for another layup at 26.2 to take a 40-37 lead.

The Senecas managed a two-pointer with five seconds remaining, but then Trumansburg ran out the clock.

Hughey led Watkins with 15 points, while Chedzoy scored 11, Couch 7, Daniel Paradiso 4, and Alex Schimizzi 2. The team was 11-for-15 from the free-throw line.

Caleb Ladd led T-burg with 13 points. The Raiders converted 3 of 5 foul shots.

The tournament MVP award went to Trumansburg's Jake Shelley, with All-Tournament team members including T-burg's Lavar Capers, Watkins Glen's Hughey and Chedzoy, and Dundee's Wylie Hall and Robbie Clark.

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

In the JV game: Watkins' Tyler Couch (left) and Justin Lodge. (Photos by Don Romeo)

O-M's Alex Repass (left) and Shawn Minnier receive their Outstanding Wrestler awards, Repass for his performance at 220 pounds, and Minnier for his at 170. (Photos provided)

Dryden wins O-M Duals

ODESSA, Jan. 2 -- The Dryden High School varsity wrestling team was unbeaten Saturday at the annual O-M Duals in the Odessa-Montour High School gym.

Dryden went 5-0 to finish first ahead of Spencer-Van Etten (4-1), Whitney Point (3-2), Odessa-Montour (2-3), Groton (1-4) and Edison (0-5).

O-M's wins came against Groton (45-24) and Edison (54-24). The Indians lost to Whitney Point (54-30), Dryden (47-30) and S-VE (45-33).

Two O-M wrestlers were named Outstanding Wrestlers, given to one competitor in each weight class: Shawn Minnier at 170 pounds, and Alex Repass at 220.

Photo in text: O-M's Jacob Zimmer (top) on the way to victory over Edison's Carl Castilow on a fall in 4:41. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen's Parker Pangallo moves the ball through traffic. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen boys top Dundee, 62-40

Will play T-burg for tourney title this afternoon

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 3 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team -- led by Max Schimizzi's 19 points, and 16 by Jacob Carocci -- defeated Dundee 62-40 Saturday night in the second game of the three-game Boys Holiday Tournament at the Field House.

The Senecas will play Trumansburg today (Sunday) for the title, since both teams are 1-0 in the tourney while Dundee finished at 0-2. If all three teams had finished at 1-1, there would have been no champion.

The tournament, originally a four-team event, settled for three teams after Moravia was uninvited in administrative reaction to last spring's postgame celebration at the Field House after Watkins defeated Moravia in a postseason game. Fans stormed the court, and some resultant shoving left residual ill will.

With Moravia uninvited, tourney organizers were unable to find another fourth participant, leaving the event with an unofficial nickname: "The Tripod Tournament."

But a champion will be crowned -- either T-burg's 5-3 Blue Raiders or Watkins Glen's 4-4 Senecas. Dundee is now 7-3.

Schimizzi scored 14 points and Carocci 10 after intermission, when the Senecas, up 32-28 midway through the third quarter, pulled away from the Scots with a 30-12 closing push.

"Those two guys kind of sparked us," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary.

In addition to his game-high 19 points, Schimizzi led the Senecas in rebounds with 8, and had 3 assists. "He had a pretty good night," added Fazzary. "He was all over the place."

Carocci, in addition to his 16 points, had a team-high 5 assists along with 3 rebounds.

Other points came from Michael Taylor (9, along with 4 rebounds), Justin Kelly (6), Parker Pangallo (5, with 4 rebounds and 4 assists), Connor Seeley-Ion (5), and Michael Doane (2). The team was 7-for-12 at the foul line.

Dundee was led by Geordan Conyers' 14 points. It was 9-for-17 on free throws.

The Senecas jumped out to a 6-0 lead and were up 15-6 at the end of the first quarter -- the last four points the result of two feeds by Pangallo, including a no-looker to Schimizzi.

Dundee, down 27-20 at halftime, closed to within four points at 30-26 and 32-28 before Watkins Glen pulled away.

The Senecas now face, in Trumansburg, a team that handily defeated them earlier this season. In that game, played in the T-burg gym, the Blue Raiders led 39-19 at halftime en route to a 61-42 victory.

"We played a very poor first half over there," said Fazzary of that first meeting. "We gave them a ton of free points in transition." The Raiders' leading scorer, Austin Grunder, notched 19 points that night, including 17 in the first half.

But the Senecas have progressed since then, with Carocci joining the squad and making strides, and other players showing signs of growth.

So, looking ahead to this afternoon's game -- scheduled following a 3 p.m. junior varsity contest -- Fazzary has this to say:

"I'm looking forward to it."

Junior Varsity:

Watkins Glen defeated Dundee, 45-37, setting up a title match at 3 today against Trumansburg, which defeated Dundee on Wednesday.

Dayne Hughey led the Senecas with 14 points, while Joe Chedzoy scored 8, Alex Schimizzi 8, Tyler Couch 7, Justin Lodge 6, and Dylan Markley 2.

Watkins Glen, in an 11-11 deadlock late in the first quarter, was up by 10 points at halftime, 26-16, and then scored the first 12 points of the third quarter for a 38-16 advantage before Dundee responded with the final 13 points of the period to close to within 9 points, 38-29.

But the Senecas restored order, and the Scots never got closer than the final 8-point margin.

Photos in text:

From top: Watkins Glen's Justin Kelly shoots under duress; the Senecas' Jacob Carocci moves the ball upcourt; and Watkins' Connor Seeley-Ion stays a step ahead of a Dundee defender. (Top and bottom photos by Charlie Haeffner; middle photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Michael Taylor (40) runs into some defense. Right: The Senecas' Max Schimizzi takes the ball to the hoop. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

In the JV game:

Watkins Glen's Dayne Hughey (left photo) and Dylan Markley (right) shoot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Hazlitt wins 1600 at Small Schools meet

CORTLAND, Dec. 30 -- Watkins Glen High School's Patrick Hazlitt took first place Wednesday in the 1600 Meter Run at a 19-team Section IV Small Schools Indoor Track Meet at SUNY Cortland.

Hazlitt posted a time of 4:32.39 en route to the victory. WGHS teammate Sam Hanley was fourth in the same race with a personal best of 4:58.35 -- going under 5 minutes for the first time.

Also, Julian Thornton took 17th place in the 1000 Meter Run with a personal best time of 3:22.74.

Girls:

Watkins' Joelle Slater took first place in the 1500 Meter Race Walk with a time of 9:33.11 -- outstriding her opponent by .04 for the win.

Bernadette Osborne took fourth place in the Shot Put with a throw of 24 feet, 7 inches, while Mikayla Rhodes was sixth at 23 feet, 11.5 inches.

Also finishing in the top 20 for Watkins Glen:

--Cambria Weeden took seventh place in the 1500 Meter Run with a time of 5:40.5.
--Isabel Scheffey was 10th in the 300 Meter Dash in 47.4.
--Claire McManus took 12th in the Triple Jump at 27 feet, 3 inches.

And in Wednesday's basketball tourney opener:

Trumansburg's Trevor Rumsey battles for the ball as he tumbles
to the floor in Wednesday's game.

 

Tburg tops Dundee in tournament opener

The Trumansburg varsity basketball team -- led by junior Austin Grunder's 27 points -- defeated Dundee 61-39 Wednesday on the first night of the three-team Watkins Glen High School Boys Holiday Tournament in the Field House. The Blue Raiders, down 7-0 at the outset, ran off strings of 15, 13 and 12 points in building a 57-27 lead through three quarters -- after which the subs played. Next up: Watkins Glen (3-4) vs. Dundee (7-2) on Saturday (JV at 6 p.m., varsity at 7:30), and WGHS vs. Trumansburg (5-3) Sunday (JV at 3 p.m., varsity at 4:30). Junior Varsity: Trumansburg defeated Dundee 53-27.

Photo in text: Trumansburg's Austin Grunder

Among Wednesday's spectators at the Field House were
Odessa-Montour basketball players (from left) Nakiaha Robinson,
Gillian Clark, Kennedey Heichel and Sage Garrison.

Tourney winners

The Watkins Glen boys 6th Grade travel basketball team poses with coaches (from left) Trevor Holland, Joe Fazzary and John Fazzary after the squad won the Waverly Christmas Basketball Tournament held Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 28-29. The boys won all four games played over the two days, defeating Towanda, Waverly (in overtime), Canton and Athens -- the last 35-25 in the final. The players are, back row from left, Adam Pastore, Mitchell Pike, Owen Scholtisek, Luke Spahalski and Cameron Holland; and front row from left, Caleb Smith, Travon Jones, Georgio Fazzary, Jacob Yontz and Jacob Powers. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould (left photo) and Ian Chedzoy after winning their titles. (Photos provided)

Gould, Chedzoy win titles at Windsor

WINDSOR, Dec. 29 -- Watkins Glen High School's Ian Chedzoy and Brandon Gould won titles in their weight classes Tuesday at the Windsor Christmas Wrestling Tournament.

Chedzoy won at 182 pounds and Gould at 132 in the two-day tourney, which featured 28 schools from Sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 11 -- including Vestal, Tioga, Whitney Point, Sus Valley, Waverly, Chenango Forks, Spencer-Van Etten, Union-Endicott, Corning, Norwich and Lansing.

"The tournament is exceptionally tough with multiple state champions and place finishers entered," said Watkins Glen coach Nils Watson. "This tournament is a great test for the best wrestlers in New York."

Gould and Chedzoy were the only Watkins wrestlers to place in the top six in any of the 15 weight classes. The Senecas placed 16th overall among the 28 schools. Bainbridge-Guilford-Afton-Harpursville was first.

Gould (the top seed) went 4-0, defeating No. 2 seeded Kyle Mock of Huntington in the final, 5-3. Chedzoy (the No. 2 seed), was 4-0, defeating the top seed, Kevin Morgans of Liberty, 4-1 in overtime of the final.

Athletes of Week: Doppel and DeBolt

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 27 -- Two Watkins Glen swimmers earned Odessa File Athlete of the Week awards for outstanding performances in an abbreviated sports week.

The Senecas' Matt Doppel and Aidan DeBolt each registered four victories as Watkins defeated intracounty rival Odessa-Montour 53-41 in an IAC meet in the O-M pool. Doppel won the 100 Fly and 100 Back, while DeBolt took the 200 IM and 100 Free. And both were on a pair of winning relays.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen swimmer Lucas Wickham; O-M swimmer Billy Tague; and Watkins Glen basketball's Justin Kelly and Clara Chedzoy.

Honorable Mention: Another 24 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered here, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour.

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike shoots. Right: The Senecas' Allison Teed moves past a Waverly defender. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Glen girls lose, slip to 6-2

WAVERLY, Dec. 23 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team sustained its second loss of the season Wednesday night when it dropped a 49-41 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Waverly gym.

The Senecas, 6-2, were tied with the Wolverines at 14-14 after one period, but were down 25-23 at halftime and 37-31 entering the final period. Waverly then outscored them 12-10 down the stretch.

Clara Chedzoy led Watkins Glen with 11 points and 9 rebounds, and had 1 assist.

Other scoring came from:

Amanda Pike: 10 points with 4 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block;
Mariah Gonzalez: 8 points with 7 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist and 1 block;
Allison Teed: 5 points with 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal;
Emmie Bond: 4 points with 4 rebounds;
Madison Myers: 2 points with 2 rebounds and 1 assist;
Katherine Meehan: 1 point with 1 rebound and 2 assists.

The Senecas were 10-for-20 from the foul line. Waverly was 10-for-12 on free throws, including 8-for-8 by Ellie Nittinger, who led her team with 25 points.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Waverly 35-14. Hannah Morse led the Seneca scorers with 11 points, and registered 5 assists. Taylor Kelly had 9 points and 4 blocks, while Ryanna LaMoreaux had 8 rebounds and 6 blocks. Danielle Leszyk scored 5 points, and Makenna Fraboni added 4 points and 4 steals.

Photo in text: Watkins' Clara Chedzoy drives to the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez shoots. Right: The Senecas' Hanley Elliott takes aim at the basket. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond sends a shot on its way. Right: The Senecas' Madison Myers eyes the basket as she encounters a Waverly defender. (Photos by Don Romeo)

In the JV game:

Watkins Glen's Kendra Larson (left) and Julia Reilly shoot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: O-M's Gillian Clark drives toward the hoop. Right: The Indians' Alexis Saunders.

O-M girls fall to Newfield

ODESSA, Dec. 22 -- The injury-depleted Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team lost a 50-37 decision Tuesday night to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The loss dropped the Indians' season mark to 6-3 heading into the holiday break. Newfield is 8-1.

"It was a very rough game," said Odessa-Montour Coach Greg Gavich, "but I was very proud of how we played with determination, intensity, and class tonight. We struggled in the middle quarters against their pressure, and that was the difference in the game."

The Indians, down 12-9 after one period, tied the game at 14-14 before Newfield's press created repeated turnovers and a 30-10 run by the Trojans. The score was 44-24 entering the final period.

Kennedey Heichel led O-M scorers with 9 points, while Gillian Clark scored 8, Sage Garrison 7, Alexis Saunders 7, Maddie Lodge 4, and Alyssa Crout 2.

Garrison left the game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury that was to be examined. She joined Olivia Grover (a hand injury) and Nakiaha Robinson (knee) on the sidelines.

"As we hit the break," said Gavich, "I am asking Santa Claus to bring good health to this team. I've never seen anything like this in my career. Tonight was the 28th straight game we haven't had a full, healthy roster for."

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Newfield 43-17. Sara Gardner led the Indians with 22 points.

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Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Kennedey Heichel completes a drive to the basket through traffic.

Bottom: The Indians' Sage Garrison takes aim at the hoop.

Odessa boys lose to Newfield, 56-37

NEWFIELD, Dec. 22 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 2-5 Tuesday night when the Indians dropped a 56-37 decision to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Newfield gym.

O-M fell behind 12-7 in the first quarter and was down 30-9 at halftime. The score was 41-15 entering the final period.

Joel Kelly led Odessa scorers with 14 points. Other points came from Chris Foote (7), Zach Elliott (6), and Tyler Clark, Jon Andrews, Nick Sgrecci, Curtis Harris and Bryce Elliott (2 each). The team was 5-for-8 from the foul line.

"We missed 12 layups," said O-M Coach Brad Clark. "Twelve wide-open layups. We'll be working on those."

The Indians' next game is not until after the holidays.

Watkins Glen's Parker Pangallo passes to teammate Michael Taylor, right, after securing a loose ball.

Watkins boys lose to Waverly, 63-46

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 22 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team fell behind early and never seriously challenged Tuesday night as it dropped a 63-46 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The loss dropped the Senecas' season mark to 3-4 heading into their Holiday Tournament. They next play Dundee on Saturday, Jan. 2, and Trumansburg on Sunday, Jan. 3.

Waverly (7-0) raced out to a 22-6 first-quarter lead as it dominated the offensive boards, taking shot after shot.

"They killed us on the glass," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "You can't spot a team like that 16 points. They are very good."

Justin Kelly led Watkins scorers with 17 points, while Jacob Carocci added 11, Michael Taylor 6, Max Schimizzi 4, Jacob Lokken 4, and Parker Pangallo and Michael Doane 2 each. The team was 9-for-12 from the foul line.

Hunter Bodine led Waverly with 13 points. The Wolverines converted 5 of 8 free throws.

Waverly, after its early run, led 33-16 at halftime and 47-32 through three periods. It then outscored Watkins 16-14 down the stretch.

Junior Varsity: Waverly defeated Watkins Glen, 33-30. The Senecas rallied from a double-digit deficit to within the final three-point margin, and had possession of the ball at the end -- but failed to get off a shot before time expired.

Dayne Hughey led Watkins with 10 points, while Dylan Markley added 6, Joe Chedzoy 4, Alex Schimizzi 4, Justin Lodge 4, and Daniel Paradiso 2.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Michael Taylor, right, contends for the tipoff.

Bottom: The Senecas' Michael Doane prepares to put up a shot in traffic. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Justin Kelly drives toward the basket. Right: The Senecas' Jacob Carocci at the free-throw line in the first half.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Dayne Hughey elevates for a shot. Right The Senecas' Joe Chedzoy. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Odessa-Montour's Billy Tague en route to victory in the 500 Freestyle.

Glen swimmers top O-M

ODESSA, Dec. 22 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team defeated intracounty rival Odessa-Montour 53-41 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Matt Doppel and Aidan DeBolt each posted four first-place finishes, and Lucas Wickham three for the Senecas.

Watkins Glen won two of the three relays along with the 200 IM (DeBolt in 2:19.19), the 50 Free (Wickham in 26.19), the 100 Fly (Doppel in 57.34), the 100 Free (DeBolt in 55.14), the 100 Back (Doppel in 55.32), and the 100 Breast (Wickham in 1:10.57).

Doppel, DeBolt and Wickham also were on the winning 200 Medley Relay team, while Doppel and DeBolt were on the victorious 400 Free Relay.

Wins for O-M came from Billy Tague in the 200 Free (a season-best 2:02.47) and the 500 Free (a personal best of 5:46.00), and in the 200 Free Relay (Alec Betts, Caelan Haney, Andy Fudala and Tague in 1:45.93).

"It was disappointing to lose the meet," said O-M Coach Terri Brace, "but the guys had some great swims today. I'm proud of them and the effort they put forth. They really gave it their all today."

"We swam well tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt, "and found a way to work through it. It's always nice to see our friends on the hill in Odessa. Is was a fun meet and they are a great group of guys."

Photos in text: O-M's Alec Betts (top) dives at start of the 400 Free Relay; Lucas Wickham (bottom) on the way to victory in the 100 Breaststroke.

Watkins Glen's Matt Doppel surfaces after diving at start of the 100 Back, which he won.

Glen wrestlers top Whitney Point 39-36

WHITNEY POINT, Dec. 22 -- The Watkins Glen varsity bowling team edged Whitney Point 39-36 Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Whitney Point gym.

Posting wins for Watkins were Dylan Bradley (120 pounds), Brandon Gould (138), Parker Arcangeli (170), Ian Chedzoy (182), Kurtis Edwards (195), Kameryn Sheldon (220), and Ethan Voorheis (285). All but one of those matches ended in a pin. Chedzoy defeated Dylan Dunham 9-4.

"The match came down to a pin at 285," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson. "Ethan Voorheis did his job and won by a pin in the first period. This secured the win for Watkins.  It was an exciting match and our heavyweights really came through for the team." 

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Ian Chedzoy, left, on the way to winning at 182 pounds. (Photo by Bettelynn Bravo)

Bowling: Watkins girls win, boys lose

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 22 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team defeated Edison 4-0 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes.

The Senecas were led by Dakota Evans' 519 series as they compiled a 1978 total to Edison's 1479 (by a depleted roster of four bowlers). Liz Mason added a 457 for Watkins, and Nikole VanDyke a 406.

The Watkins boys lost to Edison 4-0, losing by scores of 891-866, 1028-795 and 889-878 for a total of 2808-2539.

Steven Bradley led the Senecas with a 554 series that included a 208. Wrett Brower rolled a 519, Nathaniel Rose 494, Casen Weeden 477, Wyatt Brower 475, and Conlin Wysocki 422.

Bowling: Odessa girls tie 2-2 , boys lose

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 22 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity bowling team earned a 2-2 split with Newark Valley Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match.

The girls lost the first two games, 602-552 and 567-562, before winning the third game 603-492 and total pinfall, 1717-1661.

Carolyn Arias led the Indians with a 371 series, while Grace Edger posted a 368 and Jackie Vincent a 342.

The O-M boys lost to NV, 4-0, losing total pinfall by a 2805-1945 margin. Eric Rumsey led the Indians with a 456 series, while Alex Grady rolled a 444.

The Indians return to action at Lansing on Jan. 5.

Athletes of Week: Runner, 3 wrestlers

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 21 -- Three Watkins Glen athletes -- a distance runner and two standout wrestlers -- and an Odessa-Montour wrestler are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

The Watkins wrestlers are the Senecas' Ian Chedzoy and Brandon Gould, voted the Most Outstanding Wrestlers at the Campbell-Savona-Bradford holiday tournament, where their team placed second. Each went unbeaten throughout the competition.

The runner is Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt, who placed first among 38 participants in the 1600 Meter Run at a junior-senior Indoor Track meet at SUNY Cortland.

The O-M wrestler is Alex Repass, who went 5-0 at the South Seneca Duals in the 220-pound weight class, pinning four opponents, two in the first period and two in the second.

Double Honorable: Watkins basketball players Amanda Pike, Clara Chedzoy, Allison Teed and Justin Kelly; Watkins Glen track's Joelle Slater and Claire McManus; Watkins wrestlers Thomas Schmitt and Ethan Voorheis; Watkins Glen bowler Nathaniel Rose; Odessa-Montour swimmers Billy Tague and Tony Humphries; and Watkins Glen swimmers Aidan DeBolt and Matt Doppel.

Honorable Mention: Another 40 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two high schools covered here, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour.

The Watkins Glen varsity basketball team and its coaches pose after winning the title. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins wins tourney title

Tops Dryden 39-29; Glen wins JV championship, too

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 20 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team pulled away from Dryden in the fourth quarter Sunday to post a 39-29 victory and capture the championship of the annual Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Holiday Tournament in the WGHS Field House.

The Watkins Glen junior varsity was also victorious in its finale, defeating Dryden 42-20.

Tight defense and balanced scoring marked the varsity's victory as the Senecas improved to 6-1 heading into a game Wednesday at Waverly.

Amanda Pike led all scorers with 13 points despite sitting a quarter of the game with three fouls. She also grabbed 4 rebounds and had 3 blocks and 1 steal.

Tourney MVP Allison Teed added 9 points, grabbing 5 rebounds and registering 4 assists and 4 steals.

She was joined on the All-Tournament team by Clara Chedzoy, who grabbed 10 rebounds while scoring 4 points and dishing out 2 assists.

Other points came from Madison Myers (6, with 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals); Emmie Bond (3, with 3 rebounds and 1 steal); Katherine Meehan (2, with 2 rebounds), and Mariah Gonzalez (2, with 5 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 assist). The team was 6-for-14 from the foul line.

Dryden was led by Victoria Leyburn (10 points) and Amy Gardner (9). Gardner was named to the All-Tournament team, as was Mariyah Byrd of Newfield (which defeated Arkport in the consolation game, 38-26) and Arkport's Abbi Patrick.

Watkins Glen surged early, building a 15-6 first-quarter advantage, with Pike scoring 9 of her points. Dryden cut its deficit to 6 points by halftime, 20-14, and was 5 behind entering the fourth quarter, 27-22. But after pulling within 3 points at 27-24, the Lions saw Watkins Glen pull away to the tourney title.

Junior Varsity

Watkins Glen, which had outpointed Newfield 55-7 in Saturday's semifinal, was up 30-3 against Dryden in the third period of Sunday's final. The bench players took care of matters from there. The result was a final score of 42-20 and the tourney championshiip for the Senecas.

Ryanna LaMoreaux was named the JV tourney MVP (for the second straight year), while Hannah Morse was named a member of the All-Tournament team.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike (top) and Allison Teed (2) put up shots. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins' Hanley Elliott (left) and Madison Myers move the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike (14) inbounds the ball to teammate Katherine Meehan (23). (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

From left: Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy, Madison Myers and Mariah Gonzalez shoot. (Photo on left by Don Romeo; other two by Charlie Haeffner)

Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond defends. Right: The Senecas' Allison Teed moves past a Dryden defender. (Both photos by Charlie Haeffner)

In the JV title game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux, who was named JV tourney MVP. Right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk drives to the basket. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Front-row players, from left: Jillian Cantieni, Hannah Morse, Makenna Fraboni, Jena Slater, Danielle Leszyk and Katlyn Kernan. Back-row players, from left: Kendra Larson, Jazmin Shea, Kathryn Losey, Taylor Kelly, Ryanna LaMoreaux, Julia Reilly and Cierra Barber.

The Watkins Glen junior varsity tournament champions pose after their victory. Coach Scott Morse is standing behind them. On either end are Ken and Mary Wilson, parents of Melissa B. Wilson, after whom the tournament is named. Melissa played basketball at WGHS in the mid-1990s, and later at Finger Lakes Community College. She died in an auto accident near the end of her freshman year. The tournament remembers her and honors her as a true team player. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Seneca Youth Basketball: Week 1

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 20, 2015 -- The annual Seneca Youth Basketball program got under way Saturday at the Watkins Glen High School Field House. The results:

3rd-4th Grade

Watkins Motel 22, Sporting Goods 14

Watkins Motel - Nicky D'Alleva 16, Thomas Field 4, Brenna Pierce 2
Sporting Goods - Ryan Berry 6, Allanah Klemann 4, Olivia VanSkiver 2, Peyton Smith 2

Mr. Chicken 10, Central Asphalt 6

Mr. Chicken - Damion Craven 6, Samuel Caslin 2, Sarah Jones 2
Central Asphalt - Branden Chiacchiarini 4, Michael Frinder 2

Famous Brands 6, Curly's 6

Famous Brands - Isaiah Sissel 4, Gillian Ameigh 2
Curly's - Alexander Holmes 4, Tyler Smith 2

5th-6th Grade

Seneca Lodge 27, VanSkiver's 23

Seneca Lodge - Travon Jones 25, Jacob Pierce 2
VanSkiver's - Georgio Fazzary 10, Deven Searle 6, Luke Spahalski 4, Damyan Metris 2, Bryce Cady 1

WG Supply 31, Capt. Bill's 29

WG Supply - Adam Pastore 14, Bailey Beaumont 7, Daniel Ely 6, David Kelly 2, Gregory Samuels 2
Capt. Bill's - Jacob Yontz 14, Jacob Powers 7, Eric Morrisette 4, Jenna Solomon 2, Carmichael Ayers 2

Maguire's 24, Church Street Produce 16

Maguire's - Owen Scholtisek 22, Ian Gleason 2, Carly Arnold 2
Church Street Produce - Cameron Holland 4, Ethan Day 4, Gavin Smith 4, Jonna Sissel 2, Brynn Smith 2

Hazlitt places 1st in 1600 Meter Run

CORTLAND, Dec. 19 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity indoor track team -- led by Patrick Hazlitt's first-place finish in the 1600 Meter Run -- posted a strong showing Saturday at a junior-senior indoor track meet at SUNY Cortland.

Hazlitt posted a time of 4:39.01 en route to the win. Other top 20 finishers for the Senecas included:

Boys:
--Sam Hanley, 8th place in the 1600 Meters with a personal best of 5:02.12.

Girls:
--Joelle Slater, 2nd place in the 1000 Meter Racewalk with a time of 6:09.56.
--Cambria Weeden, 14th place in the 1500 Meter Run in 5:43.90.
--Claire McManus, a new school record in the Long Jump: 13ft. 7in.
--Mikayla Rhodes, 18th place in the Shot Put at 24ft. 9in.
--Brooke Shaffer, 19th place at 1000 Meters in 3:41.62.
--Bernadette Osborne, 20th place in the Shot Put at 24ft. 8.5in.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt, right, on the way to victory in the 1600 Meter Run. (Photo by Aran Holland)

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike looks to shoot. (Photo by Don Romeo) / Right: The Senecas' Allison Teed drives to the hoop. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

Glen girls edge Newfield

Advance to final of Melissa B. Wilson Tournament

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 20 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team rebounded from its only loss of the season to defeat previously unbeaten Newfield 37-33 Saturday in the opening round of the annual Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Tournament at the WGHS Field House.

The win lifted the Senecas (5-1) into the tournament final against Dryden, set for 5:30 p.m. today (Sunday). It will be preceded by a consolation game at 4 p.m. between Newfield and Arkport, which lost to Dryden 32-28 in Saturday's other semifinal.

Amanda Pike keyed the Seneca offense and defense in a see-saw game that wasn't settled until Madison Myers calmly sank two free throws with 0.6 seconds left to give the Senecas its final 4-point edge.

Newfield, now 5-1, had a chance to take the lead as time dwindled, but turned the ball over with 8.4 seconds left as the Watkins defense stiffened. The Senecas, up 34-33, increased their edge to two-points when Allison Teed sank one of two free throws with 7.0 seconds left, and then to four points on Myers' conversions.

Pike led the Watkins scorers with 11 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and registered 9 steals and an assist. Mariah Gonzalez, who sat out more than a fourth of the game in foul trouble, scored 8 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and had a block and a steal.

Other points came from:

--Allison Teed (6, with 1 rebound and 1 assist);
--Clara Chedzoy (4, with 2 rebounds and 1 steal);
--Katherine Meehan (4, with 3 rebounds and 1 steal);
--Emmie Bond (2, with 3 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 assists);
--Madison Myers (2, with 1 rebound and 1 assist).

The Senecas sank 8 of 15 free throws, including 3 of 4 in the closing 7 seconds.

"It was nice to see the girls ready to play," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "They did a great job working together and played a hard-fought game."

Newfield was led by Angeles James' 21 points, largely built on free throws (12-of-14). Sierra Henry added 6 points. The team converted 14 of 18 free throws.

Neither team could find the range from the field early in the game, with the Senecas going 1-for-10 before going on a 4-for-7 run that lifted them to an 11-6 first-quarter edge. They were cold in the second quarter, too, going just 2-for-15 from the field for four points -- but still led at halftime 15-14.

Watkins found the range in the third period, going 5-for-10 before missing its last four shots, but Newfield stayed on the Senecas' heels -- largely thanks to seven WG turnovers. The Senecas led 26-24 entering the final quarter.

Watkins all but eliminated turnovers down the stretch in what proved a nail-biting finish. Newfield pulled ahead on a 3-pointer 15 seconds into the period, but Watkins Glen pulled in front again 20 seconds later, 28-27. They extended the lead to 30-27 on a pair of Meehan free throws, to 33-27 on a Pike 3-pointer with 5:04 remaining, and to 34-27 on a Teed free throw with 4:23 left to play.

Newfield cashed in a free throw with 3:16 left to cut the Watkins lead to five, 34-29, and trimmed it to three points, at 34-31, on a basket with 2:38 to go. A pair of Newfield free throws with 55.1 seconds left made it a one-point game, 34-33.

The Senecas missed a shot at their end of the court and Newfield rebounded, setting up the game's final moments.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Newfield 55-7, advancing to today's 2:30 p.m. final against Dryden. The consolation game between Arkport and Newfield will start at 1 p.m.

Taylor Kelly led the Senecas with 13 points, while Kathryn Losey, Danielle Leszyk, Jenna Slater and Ryanna LaMoreaux scored 6 each.

Photos in text:

From top: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez puts up a shot; Madison Myers shoots one of the two free throws she converted at game's end; Maggie Bond looks to pass. (First two photos by Charlie Haeffner, third by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond drives to the hoop. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner) / Right: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez shoots. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike is pulled to the floor in a scramble for a loose ball. Right: The Senecas' Allison Teed launches a shot. (Photo by Don Romeo)

In the JV game: Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux, left, and Kathleen Clifford shoot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

And in a special ceremony:

The Watkins Glen High School Sports Hall of Fame has a new member: 2008 graduate Jaclyn Conklin, now a Doctor of Physical Therapy in the Rochester area. She was inducted into the Hall in a ceremony at Saturday's Melissa Wilson Memorial Basketball Tournament for her outstanding multi-sport career at WGHS -- in swimming, basketball and track. She was twice The Odessa File Athlete of the Year, and many times an IAC All-Star. She also had a successful swimming career at the college level while attending Nazareth College. She was presented her induction plaque, above, by WGHS Athletic Manager Erich Kramer.

The Watkins Glen varsity wrestling team with its runner-up plaque. (Photo provided)

Watkins wrestlers 2nd at C-S-B tourney

Special to The Odessa File

CAMPBELL, Dec. 19 -- The Watkins Glen varsity wrestling team placed second in the Campbell-Savona-Bradford Holiday Wrestling Tournament, held on Friday and Saturday.

Watkins Glen defeated Canisteo, Addison. Penn Yan, Alfred-Almond, Dansville, and Dundee. The team's only loss was Friday night against C-S-B. The score ended up 36-36 and the tie-breaker came down to which team won more matches. Campbell won 7 to Watkins' 6, giving Campbell the win.

At the end of the tournament, three teams tied for first with only one loss each: C-S-B, Watkins Glen and Alfred-Almond. This tie-breaker came down to overall wins in the tournament. Alfred-Almond had 60, WG had 55, and Campbell had 40. This put WG into second place behind Alred-Almond.

"Overall it was a great weekend for the Watkins Glen team," said Coach Nils Watson. "We are so young, and to be able to finish in second was a huge accomplishment. I was very pleased with all of the performances. Even the exhibition bouts showed Watkins has great potential in the future."

Individual records for the team were outstanding. Brandon Gould (132), Ian Chedzoy (182) and Thomas Schmitt (195) each went 7-0. Ethan Voorheis (285) finished 5-0.

Freshmen on the team also did well. Kameryn Sheldon (220) was 6-1, Parker Arcangeli (170) was 5-2, Avery Watson (126) was 4-1, Dylan Bradley (120) was 4-2, and Andrew Specht (138) was 5-2.

Brandon Gould and Ian Chedzoy were selected as the Most Outstanding Wrestlers for the tournament.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen wrestlers Brandon Gould, left, and Ian Chedzoy were named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestlers. (Photo provided)

O-M boys race past Bradford, 78-21

BRADFORD, Dec. 19 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team got double-digit scoring from four players on the way to a 78-21 victory Saturday against Bradford in a non-league road game.

The Indians, now 2-4, led 23-10 after one period before going on a 16-0 second-quarter run. They followed that with a 29-3 third quarter.

Chris Foote led Odessa scorers with 17 points, while Zach Elliott registered 14 points, Curtis Harris 12, Tyler Clark 10, Joel Kelly 9, Jon Andrews 9, Bryce Elliott 5, and Nick Sgrecci 2.

The Indians return to action Tuesday at Newfield.

Junior Varsity: Bradford defeated Odessa-Montour.

O-M wrestlers compete at S. Seneca

OVID, Dec. 19 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team won one of five matches at the six-team South Seneca Falcon Duals held Saturday.

Odessa defeated Wayland-Cohocton 36-21, but lost to Hannibal 63-24, to Holley 54-22, to Letchworth 49-30, and to South Seneca 36-21.

Alex Repass, wrestling at 220 pounds, proved to be the O-M standout, registering a 5-0 record that included four falls and a forfeit win. Collin Haag (126), Shawn Minnier (182) and Jeremiah Lynch (145) each went 3-2.

The Indians will host their own meet, the annual O-M Duals, on Saturday, Jan. 2 beginning at 9 a.m.

Glen bowlers lose despite Rose's 630

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 18 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams dropped decisions Friday to Waverly in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

The Watkins boys fell 3-1, winning the second game 1018-934, but dropping the first and third games and total pinfall, 2979-2864.

Nathaniel Rose (pictured at right) led the Senecas with a 203-233-194=630 series. Steven Bradley posted a 586 that included a 223, while Wrett Brower had a 578, Casen Weeden a 533, Wyatt Brower a 521, and Conlin Wysocki a 464.

"The boys continue to improve," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "They will be a force to be reckoned with in the future." The squad members, he added "are all freshmen and sophomores."

The Watkins girls fell 4-0 as they were outpointed 2500-1887. Liz Mason led the Senecas with a 458 series, while Nikole VanDyke posted a 434 and Dakota Evans a 425.

"We have work to do," said Coach Brower.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Nathaniel Rose, who bowled a 630 series. (File photo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Parker Pangallo shoots. Right: The Senecas' Michael Taylor prepares to launch a shot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Glen boys even mark at 3-3

Top Elmira Notre Dame, 60-54; Kelly leads with 17

SOUTHPORT, Dec. 18 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team ended a three-game losing streak Friday night by posting a 60-54 victory over Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the ND gym.

The victory lifted the Senecas' season mark to 3-3 heading into a game Tuesday at home against unbeaten Waverly.

The Senecas were led by Justin Kelly's 17 points. He also dished out 6 assists and grabbed 4 rebounds.

Other points came from:

-- Michael Doane (14, all in the first half);
-- Parker Pangallo (11, along with 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks);
-- Max Schimizzi (7, along with 9 rebounds and 2 blocks);
-- Jacob Carocci (6), and
-- Michael Taylor (5, with 8 rebounds).

"I'm really happy for the kids," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "They needed this win. It will help their confidence."

The Senecas broke in front, building a 14-point lead at one point on the way to an 11-point halftime advantage, 34-23. Then Notre Dame rallied with 25 points in the third period, pulling within two points at 50-48 entering the fourth quarter.

Watkins Glen held off the Crusaders, though, outscoring them 10-6 down the stretch.

"We bent, but we didn't break," said Fazzary. "We were able to hold on. And that was nice to see."

Notre Dame was led by Gary Raupers, who scored 21 points. The Crusaders are now 3-5.

Junior Varsity: Notre Dame defeated Watkins Glen 51-29. Dayne Hughey led the Senecas (now 3-3) with 10 points, while Josh Updyke scored 5, Dylan Markley 4, Tyler Couch 4, Justin Lodge 4, and Jackson Dunham 2.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Justin Kelly maneuvers past a Notre Dame defender. (Photo by Don Romeo)

In the JV game: Watkins Glen's Dylan Markley (left) and Justin Lodge (right) shoot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

O-M girls dig early hole in loss to Tioga

TIOGA CENTER, Dec. 18 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team fell behind 15-2 in the first quarter and never recovered Friday night, falling to Tioga 59-41 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Tioga gym.

"We came out flat," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "I did not have us ready to play in any way, shape or form."

The loss dropped Odessa to 6-2 heading into a game at home Tuesday against Newfield.

Gillian Clark led the Indians with 11 points, while Sage Garrison scored 8, Olivia Grover 7, Kennedey Heichel and Alexis Saunders 6 each, Maddie Lodge 2, and Alyssa Crout 1.

"We hit six of our seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter," said Gavich, "but by then it was too little, too late."

Tioga, he added, "is a lot better than people give them credit for."

The Tigers, now 4-3, were led by Katelyn Stubbs' 17 points, and 15 by Taylor Ayres.

Watkins Glen's Matt Doppel (blue trunks) dives at start of the 100 Fly. He placed second.

WG swimmers fall to Lansing

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 17 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team fell 107-61 Thursday to Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

Lansing finished first in every event except the 500 Freestyle, where Watkins Glen's Dakota Cole won in 5:49.83. AJ Specchio was second in 5:53.64.

Other individual second-place finishes for Watkins came from Cole in the 200 Free (2:07.10), Aidan DeBolt in the 50 Free (23.81) and 100 Free (53.09), Matt Doppel in the 100 Fly (55.48) and 100 Back (1:01.58), and Lucas Wickham in the 100 Breaststroke (1:10.45). The Senecas also placed second in the three relays.

"We swam well tonight, and Lansing did a great job, too," said Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt. "They are the reigning IAC champs and it shows. They are a great standard to measure yourself by. I am happy with our performance and our boys are continuing to drop time from their races."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Aidan DeBolt, background, battles down the stretch in the 100 Free. He finished second behind Lansing's Joshua Dennis, foreground.

Bottom: The Senecas' Dakota Cole competes in the 500 Freestyle, which he won.

Watkins Glen's Aaron Planty competes in the 500 Freestyle, where he placed second.

Left: O-M's Zach Elliott drives to the hoop. Right: The Indians' Nick Sgrecci shoots. (Photos by Charlie Haeffner)

Odessa boys lose to Tioga

ODESSA, Dec. 17 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team saw its record slip to 1-4 Thursday night when the Indians dropped a 53-49 decision to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians, up 15-9 after one quarter and 26-23 at halftime, fell behind in the third quarter as the Tigers scored the first seven points of the period.

Odessa battled back to within a point, 38-37, entering the fourth period, but was outscored 15-12 down the stretch.

Bryce Elliott led the Indians with 13 points, including a couple of fourth-quarter 3-pointers that kept O-M in the game. Tyler Clark added 11 points, eight of them in the first quarter, and Zach Elliott scored 9 points, five of them in the first quarter as the Indians surged early.

Other points came from Chris Foote (8), Nick Sgrecci (4), and Joel Kelly (4). The team was 7-for-14 from the foul line.

Tioga was led by Nick Klossner's 13 points, along with 12 by Adam Zwierlein and 10 by Connor Hutchison. The Tigers converted 10 of 16 free-throw attempts.

O-M returns to action Saturday at Bradford. The JV game starts at 1 p.m.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Chris Foote is fouled as he drives toward the basket. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

Left: O-M's Tyler Clark drives to the basket. Right: the Indians' Curtis Harris shoots. (Photos by Mike Stamp)

Left: O-M's Bryce Elliott prepares to shoot. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner) / Right: The Indians' Nick Sgrecci goes high for the tipoff. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

O-M soccer players (from left) Olivia Grover, Gillian Clark and Sage Garrison are flanked before the game by ESPN Radio representatives delivering Athlete of the Week shirts to them from the fall season and $150 for the school's Booster Club. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

Odessa-Montour swimmers lose to Waverly

WAVERLY, Dec. 17 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team dropped a 109-61 decision Thursday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Waverly pool.

First-place finishes for O-M:

--Billy Tague in the 200 Free in a season-best time of 2:04.45, and in the 100 Fly with a personal record (PR) of 1:02.43
--Tony Humphries in the 100 Breast in 1:11.65

Second-place finishes:

--200 Medley Relay of Caelan Haney, Andy Fudala, Alec Betts and James Terry in 2:05.26
--200 Free Relay of Tony Humphries, Andy Fudala, James Terry and Billy Tague in a season best of 1:46.46
--400 Free Relay of Alec Betts, Caelan Haney, Tony Humphries and Billy Tague in a season best of 4:01.72
--Tony Humphries in the 200 IM in 2:26.78
--Alec Betts in the 500 Free in 6:06.23

"Although we had a few PRs and season-best times tonight," said O-M Coach Terri Brace, "overall I was disappointed with the outcome of the meet. We are a much better team than we showed tonight." 

Odessa-Montour bowlers lose to Candor

OWEGO, Dec. 16 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams dropped 4-0 decisions Wednesday to Candor in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Owego Bowl.

The O-M boys were outpointed 2103-1992, losing two games by 8 points apiece. Alex Grady led the Indians with a 518 series, while Eric Rumsey rolled a 446.

The Odessa girls lost by a total pinfall count of 2106-1774. Jackie Vincent led the team with a 458 series, while Britney Visscher posted a 376.

The Indians return to action Tuesday at Newark Valley.

Watkins Glen's Madison Myers (21) is fouled by Notre Dame's Laurel Vargas. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

Glen girls fall to ND, 35-21

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 16 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team suffered its first loss of the season Wednesday night, falling to Elmira Notre Dame 35-21 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House gym.

The Senecas, now 4-1, could not find the basket in the first half, scoring just 4 points before intermission. A tough ND defense -- led by 6-3 sophomore Mary Foster, who blocked several shots -- also forced some poor Watkins passes.

The Watkins Glen defense was solid -- especially in a second quarter in which the Crusaders managed just 3 points. Unfortunately, the Senecas scored just 2 in that same period, leaving them behind 15-4 at halftime.

Amanda Pike, scoreless in the first half, started connecting a couple of minutes into the third quarter, and the Senecas -- who had fallen behind 20-4 early in the second half, fought back to within 9 points at 28-19 with 4:44 remaining in the fourth quarter. But Notre Dame (now 5-1, its only loss coming to Newfield) pulled away from there.

"I was proud of the girls' defense tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "But we struggled with our offense. Our shots just weren't falling."

Pike led the Senecas in scoring with 10 points, while Clara Chedzoy and Mariah Gonzalez scored 4 each, Emmie Bond 2, and Madison Myers 1. The team was 3-for-4 from the foul line.

Pike led the team in rebounds with 7, and had a steal. Gonzalez grabbed 6 rebounds and had 2 blocks, a steal and an assist. Chedzoy had 5 rebounds and a steal, and Bond grabbed 4 rebounds and had 3 steals.

Laurel Vargas and Mackenzie Maloney led the Crusaders with 7 points each, while Mia Herlan and Foster scored 6 each. Their team converted 5 of 12 free throws.

Watkins Glen returns to action Saturday and Sunday when it hosts the annual Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Basketball Tournament. Tipoff time is 1 p.m. A WGHS Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held in the gym Saturday at about 5:30 p.m.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Notre Dame 48-21. Taylor Kelly led the Senecas with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Ryanna LaMoreaux scored 14 points. Hannah Morse, Julia Reilly and Danielle Leszyk each scored 6 points, while Morse added 4 steals and 8 assists.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond (top) and Clara Chedzoy shoot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left and Right: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike focuses on defense. (Photos by Charlie Haeffner)

Left: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez saves a ball from going out of bounds. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner) / Right: Watkins Glen's Allison Teed attempts to drive past an ND defender. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins' Emmie Bond, right, battles for possession of the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Odessa-Montour wrestlers win and lose

ODESSA, Dec. 16 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team defeated Candor 36-34 and lost to Marathon 39-30 Wednesday night in a three-team Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in O-M's Jack Davis Gym.

In the Candor match, Odessa got a competitive win from Jeremiah Lynch at 145 pounds (a fall at 3:28). It picked up its other 30 points on forfeits.

In the Marathon match, O-M's competitive wins came from Lynch (a fall in :20), Andrew Hartford at 113 (a 4-2 decision), and Collin Haag at 126 (an 8-5 decision). It also picked up three forfeit wins.

Watkins Glen's Wyatt Brower reacts to a split during the Senecas' match against O-M.

Watkins, Odessa bowlers split wins

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 15 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity bowling team topped Odessa-Montour 4-0 while the O-M girls varsity defeated a shorthanded Watkins Glen team 3-1 Tuesday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

The Watkins boys -- led by Conlin Wysocki's 551 series, posted a 2660 series to Odessa's 2028. Casen Weeden added a 529 for the Senecas, while Wrett Brower rolled a 521 and Wyatt Brower a 515.

Alex Grady led O-M with a 533 series, while Eric Rumsey notched a 520.

"We had four bowlers in the 500 series range, which shows improvement," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "We just need to be more consistent, and that will come."

The Odessa girls, led by Carolyn Arias' 386, registered a 1683 series to edge Watkins Glen's 1660. Jackie Vincent added a 366 for the Indians, and Grace Edger a 323.

Watkins Glen was led by Dakota Evans' 188-182-231=601 on her 17th birthday. Nikole VanDyke added a 455.

"Dakota bowled great," said Coach Brower, "and Nikole is getting better every day. We made it a close match with only four bowlers."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Wrett Brower reacts after leaving a pin on a spare attempt.

Left: O-M's Jackie Vincent after registering a strike. Right: Watkins' Dakota Evans.

O-M boys post 1st victory

CANDOR, Dec. 15 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team -- led by Bryce Elliott's 18 points, and 15 by Chris Foote -- defeated Candor 57-52 Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Candor gym.

The win was Odessa's first of the season after three losses.

"It feels good," said O-M Coach Brad Clark. "We'd been having trouble getting the ball through the hoop, but after scoring a few baskets tonight, we started playing with confidence. The boys were having fun out there."

In addition to Elliott and Foote, Odessa got 9 points from Tyler Clark, 6 from Joel Kelly and 4 from Curtis Harris. The team was 13-for-20 from the foul line.

Steven Kern led Candor with 20 points.

O-M returns to action Thurday at home against Tioga. It then visits Bradford on Saturday.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Candor 43-38.

Left: O-M's Olivia Grover drives toward the basket. Right: Odessa's Alyssa Crout.

O-M girls top Candor, 35-30

ODESSA, Dec. 15 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team improved its season mark to 6-1 Tuesday night by defeating Candor 35-30 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians led 8-7 after one period, 17-12 at halftime, and 27-23 heading into the fourth quarter.

"It was a very sloppy affair," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "They really packed in their defense and made us do some different things. Candor has had our number over the past few years and has really beaten us pretty badly, so this was a big hurdle for us to get over tonight, and it was a real gut check."

Odessa led 22-12 in the third quarter, but "we got in foul trouble and put them on the line to help them get back in the game," said Gavich.

The contest was tied 29-29 with 2:15 to play when "Kennedey Heichel hit a gigantic 3-pointer to put us ahead for good after really struggling most of the night. It was a real gutsy shot. And Alyssa Crout really gave us some good minutes off the bench."

Gillian Clark led Odessa scorers with 11 points, and grabbed 10 rebounds. Olivia Grover, Alexis Saunders and Heichel scored 6 points each, Crout 4, Heichel 3, and Sage Garrison 2. Crout added 4 steals and 5 rebounds.

Odessa is back in action Friday night at Tioga. "We haven't won there since 2004," said Gavich, "so there's another hurdle to try to clear."

Junior Varsity: Candor defeated Odessa-Montour 53-22. Sara Gardner led O-M with 12 points.

Photo in text: O-M's Gillian Clark looks for a shot. (Photos by Charlie Haeffner)

Left: O-M's Sage Garrison looks to shoot. Right: The Indians' Kennedey Heichel.

Left: O-M's Alexis Saunders shoots. Right: In the JV game, Odessa-Montour's Sara Gardner drives toward the basket. She scored a team-high 12 points.

Left: Watkins Glen's Justin Kelly drives toward the basket. Right: In the JV game, the Senecas' Joseph Chedzoy prepares to shoot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Glen boys fall, slip to 2-3

TRUMANSBURG, Dec. 15 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team sustained its third straight loss Tuesday night, dropping a 61-42 decision to Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference non-divisional game in the T-burg gym.

Trumansburg scored the first 13 points in the game and was up 15-1 before the Senecas (2-3) trimmed the deficit to 10 points by the end of the first period, 21-11.

"But I don't think we got closer than 9 points," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "In a sense, we were never really in the game."

By halftime, the deficit had grown to 20 points, 39-19, and Trumansburg (4-1) cruised from there, led by Austin Grunder's 19 points.

Parker Pangallo led Watkins Glen scorers with 16 points, while Justin Kelly registered 11, Michael Doane 7, and four other players 2 each. The team was 6-for-10 from the foul line.

Michael Taylor led the Senecas in rebounds with 8 while Doane grabbed 5, and Kelly, Pangallo and Jacob Carocci 3 apiece.

Watkins returns to action Friday at Elmira Notre Dame.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 3-2 with a 47-44 victory over Candor. Tyler Couch led the team with 12 points, while Justin Lodge scored 10, Alex Schimizzi 9, Joseph Chedzoy 7, Dayne Hughey 5, and Daniel Paradiso 4.

Photo in text: Watkins' Parker Pangallo launches a hook shot. (Photo by Don Romeo)

O-M swimmers win 2nd straight, 62-32

AURORA, Dec. 15 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team posted a 62-32 victory Tuesday over Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the SC pool.

The Indians won 9 of the 11 events for their second straight victory.

Billy Tague and Tony Humphries each posted two individual victories and one in the 200 Medley Relay (with James Terry and Andy Fudala in 2:01.69). Tague won the 50 Free in 24.79 and the 100 Free in 55.30, while Humphries captured the 500 Free in 6:11.34 and the 100 Breaststroke in 1:11.42.

Other wins came from Alec Betts in the 200 Free (2:10.95), Kyle Frasier in the 200 Individual Medley (2:53.42), James Terry in the 100 Fly (1:26.33), and the 400 Free Relay team of Betts, Frasier, Garrett Allen and Caelan Haney in 4:34.60.

Second-place finishes for O-M:
--200 Free Relay of Jimito Williams, Garrett Allen, Kyle Frasier and James Terry
--Noah Brewster in the 200 Free
--James Terry in the 200 IM
--Kyle Frasier in the 100 Fly
--Alec Betts in the 100 Back
--Andy Fudala in the 100 Breaststroke

Glen swimmers fall to Waverly, 91-85

WAVERLY, Dec. 15 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team dropped a 91-85 decision Tuesday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Waverly pool.

"We were short-handed once again tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt, referring to a small roster further depleted by injuries, "and were edged out by 6 points. I'm really proud of the boys. They did a great job and gave Waverly a tough meet. We look forward to meeting them again at home."

Watkins Glen posted victories in:

--The 200 Medley Relay in 1:50.39 (Matt Doppel, Lucas Wickham, Aidan DeBolt, Aaron Planty)
--The 200 Individual Medley (Aidan DeBolt in 2:21.92)
--The 100 Fly (Matt Doppel in 56.36)
--The 100 Free (Aidan DeBolt in 54.19)
--The 200 Free Relay in 1:38.58 (Doppel, Sean Holland, Wickham, DeBolt)
--The 100 Back (Matt Doppel in 1:01.01)

Athletes of the Week: Pike and Grover

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 13 -- Two female basketball players are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike (left) repeats for her 18-point and 21-point performances in two victories -- the latter in only 14 minutes of action. She also grabbed 8 rebounds in the two games and had 6 steals and 4 assists.

Odessa-Montour's Olivia Grover (right) gets the nod for her 17- and 18-point performances in a pair of Indians victories. She also grabbed 8 rebounds in each game.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball's Justin Kelly and Mariah Gonzalez; O-M basketball's Gillian Clark; O-M swimmers Billy Tague, Tony Humphries and James Terry; and Watkins Glen swimmers Lucas Wickham, Aidan DeBolt and Matt Doppel.

Honorable Mention: Another 41 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal athletes and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at both the Watkins and O-M high schools.

O-M wrestlers go 4-5 at Arkport Duals

ARKPORT, Dec. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team won four of its nine matches at the two-day Arkport Duals concluding Saturday.

The Indians defeated Arkport 46-41, Fillmore 54-30, Livonia 39-26, and Wayland-Cohocton 36-33.

They lost to East Rochester 42-36, Avon 57-12, Hornell 45-30, Rush-Henrietta 68-9, and Wellsville 37-33.

The Indians return to action Wednesday at home against Marathon and Candor.

Watkins tracksters compete at invitational

ITHACA, Dec. 12 -- Members of the Watkins Glen High School varsity Indoor Track team competed Saturday in the Ithaca College Bombers Invitational.

Among the Watkins Glen boys, Sam Hanley took 18th place in the 1600 Meter Run. He finished with a personal best of 5 minutes 4.25 seconds.

Also competing for Watkins Glen and among top 40 finishers were Brooke Shaffer in the High Jump, Bernadette Osborne and Mikayla Rhodes in the Shot Put, and Isobel Scheffey in the 300 Meter Dash.

More than 40 schools competed in the invitational. Next weekend 11th and 12th graders will compete at Cortland State.

Left: Watkins Glen's Madison Myers drives to the hoop. Right: The Senecas' Mikenna Ayers moves the ball upcourt. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Glen girls rout Edison, 45-13

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 11 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by Amanda Pike's 21 points -- raced past Edison 45-13 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House gym.

The victory lifted the Senecas' season mark to 4-0 heading into a game Wednesday at home against Elmira Notre Dame.

Pike was dominant in limited action, scoring her 21 points in 14 minutes of action. She also grabbed 3 rebounds and had 2 assists and a steal.

Also scoring for the Senecas were:

Katherine Meehan: 6 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal.
Madison Myers: 5 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal.
Hanley Elliott: 5 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists.
Allison Teed: 4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists.
Mariah Gonzalez: 2 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals, 2 blocks.
Emmie Bond: 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist.

In addition, Maggie Bond grabbed 6 rebounds; Clara Chedzoy had 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal; and Mikenna Ayers grabbed 3 rebounds and had 2 steals.

Edison was led by Lindsay Klotz's 12 points.

The Senecas, after building a 15-0 lead, reached halftime ahead 23-8. They then outscored the Spartans 16-0 in the third quarter to enter the final period with a 39-8 lead.

Junior Varsity: There was no game because Edison has no JV squad this year.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike encounters interference as she drives to the basket.

Bottom: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez drives past an Edison defender. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Maggie Bond passes around an Edison player. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike sends a pass on its way. (Both photos by Charlie Haeffner)

Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond looks to pass. Right: The Senecas' Hanley Elliott is fouled as she tries to shoot. (Both photos by Charlie Haeffner)

Watkins boys fall, slip to 2-2

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Dec 11 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team lost its second straight Interscholastic Athletic Conference divisional game Friday night, falling to Edison 62-49 in the Edison gym.

The Senecas, up 30-24 at halftime, allowed 30 Edison points in the third quarter to fall behind 54-40 entering the final period -- and failed to mount a comeback.

Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary said the Edison players were "hungry, diving on the floor for loose balls, pressing .... We have a lot of work to do. A lot of work."

A key component of the loss was Watkins Glen's 20 turnovers.

The loss left Watkins Glen -- which bowed to division foe Newark Valley at home Wednesday -- with a 2-2 overall mark, and an 0-2 record in division play heading into a non-divisional game Tuesday at Trumansburg.

Justin Kelly led the Senecas with 22 points, while Michael Doane and Max Schimizzi scored 9 apiece, Parker Pangallo 4, Connor Seeley-Ion 3, and Michael Taylor 2. The team was 10-for-21 from the foul line.

Pangallo led the team in rebounds with 5, and in assists with 5. Kelly had 4 rebounds, and Schimizzi and Taylor 3 each.

Edison was led by Kevin Harmer's 18 points, and 12 by Josh Jurusic. The Spartans converted 8 of 13 free-throw attempts.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Edison 50-14 to improve to 2-2. Tyler Couch led the Senecas with 14 points, while Joseph Chedzoy scored 12, Justin Lodge 11, Dayne Hughey 7, Josh Updyke 4, and Alex Schimizzi 2.

Left: O-M's Nick Sgrecci runs into some tight S-VE defense. Right: The Indians' Joel Kelly drives past an S-VE defender. (Both photos by Charlie Haeffner)

Odessa boys lose to S-VE

ODESSA, Dec. 11 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team saw its record slip to 0-3 Friday night when the Indians dropped a 68-37 decision to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians were up 6-3 early, but the Panthers took charge, scoring the next seven points and building a 15-9 first-quarter advantage. S-VE increased its lead to 18 points by halftime, 35-17, and held O-M at bay in the third period, which ended 51-34. The Panthers then enjoyed a 17-3 advantage in the final quarter.

Joel Kelly led O-M scorers with 16 points, including four 3-pointers. Tyler Clark and Curtis Harris added 8 points each, while Tyler Clark scored 5. The team was 2-for-6 from the foul line.

S-VE was led by Quinn Barry and Daniel Deppe, who scored 16 points each, and Justin Barber, who had 12. The team converted 13 of 19 free-throw attempts.

O-M returns to action Tuesday at Candor.

Photo in text: O-M's Chris Foote drives to the basket. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

Bryce Elliott (left) and his brother Zach prepare to shoot. (Photos by Charlie Haeffner)

Left: O-M's Tyler Clark drives to the basket. Right: The Indians' Curtis Harris shoots. (Both photos by Charlie Haeffner)

O-M girls win, improve to 5-1

SPENCER, Dec. 10 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team improved its season mark to 5-1 Thursday night by defeating Spencer-Van Etten 46-34 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the S-VE gym.

O-M freshman Olivia Grover led the way with 17 points and 8 rebounds as the Indians, up 11-7 after one quarter, 20-16 at halftime and 34-28 after three periods, pulled away with a 12-6 fourth quarter.

Joining Grover in double figures was Gillian Clark with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Sage Garrison added 8 points and 3 assists; Kennedey Heichel 5 points and 6 assists; Alexis Saunders 2 points; and Nakiaha Robinson 2 points in limited action upon returning from a leg injury.

S-VE's "overall quickness," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "gave us a lot of trouble and they hung around all night. We showed our youth at times in terms of decision making, but executed like a veteran team down the stretch to put them away." S-VE is now 2-2.

The 5-1 mark, Gavich added, is the first in O-M girls basketball since the 2010-11 season.

The Indians return to action Tuesday at home against Candor.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to S-VE 45-41 to fall to 2-4. Sara Gardner, who had 34 points in a game earlier this week, scored 31 this time, including seven 3-pointers. The Spencer JV squad is now 5-0.

Photo in text: O-M's Olivia Grover (File photo)

O-M's Alec Betts glides prepares to surface after diving at outset of the 100 Breaststroke.

Odessa swims past Dryden

ODESSA, Dec. 10 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team cruised to its first victory of the season Thursday over Dryden, posting a 55-34 victory in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Odessa won the first nine races -- going 1-2 in four of them -- before exhibitioning in the final two contests.

Billy Tague, Anthony Humphries and James Terry each won two individual events for the Indians, while Alec Betts won one. The team also won the first two relays.

Tague's wins came in the 200 Free in 2:05.70 and the 100 Fly in 1:04.73. Humphries won the 200 Indivdual Medley in 2:26.01 and the 500 Free in 6:19.88. Terry captured the 100 Free in 1:01.61 and the 100 Back in 1:18.33. Betts won the 50 Free in 25.57.

The two relay wins came in the 200 Medley Relay (where Caelan Haney, Fudala, Alec Betts and Terry swam a 2:02.14) and the 200 Free Relay (with Fudala, Terry, Humphries and Tague registering a 1:50.58).

Individual second-place finishes were posted by Kyle Frasier in the 200 IM, Terry in the 50 Free, and Haney in the 500 Free.

"I was really happy with the swims tonight," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "It feels good to get our first win of the season."

Photo in text: Odessa's Andy Fudala competes in the 100 Breaststroke. He was swimming exhibition, but posted the fastest time in the race.

Left: O-M's Caelan Haney competes in the 500 Free. Right: The Indians' Noah Brewster.

Bowling: Glen boys, girls fall to NV

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 10 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity bowling team lost 3-1 Thursday to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Cardinal Lanes.

Conlin Wysocki led the Senecas with a 562 series in a match that saw Watkins win just the second game, 882-831. It lost the first and third games and total pinfall, 2759-2474.

Casen Weeden added a 538 for Watkins, while Nathaniel Rose posted a 456, Steven Bradley 454, Wyatt Brower 426, and Wrett Brower 422.

"Conlin and Casen bowled well," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "The rest left too many spares on the alleys."

The Watkins girls team was limited by illness and injury to four bowlers, and lost 1767-1488. Nikole VanDyke led the Senecas with a 464 series, while Dakota Evans posted a 452.

"You can't win with four bowlers," said Coach Brower.

Watkins Glen's Aidan DeBolt dives during the 200 Medley Relay, which his squad won.

WG swimmers top S. Cayuga

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 10 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team raced past Southern Cayuga 100-54 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

Three Watkins swimmers -- Lucas Wickham, Matt Doppel and Aidan DeBolt -- posted four wins each. Meanwhile, Jacob Slater set a career-high in diving with 196.60 points.

"We had great times again tonight as we were very short-handed at meet time," said Watkins Coach Len DeBolt. "Our captains (Doppel, Wickham, Slater and DeBolt) led us well tonight And Pat Bannon really stepped up when we needed him," winning the 100 Fly in 1:17.56 and finishing second in the 500 Free.

"It was a great team effort," concluded Coach DeBolt.

Doppel won the 200 Free in 1:57.22 and the 100 Back in 55.15, and was on the winning 200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay teams.

DeBolt won the 200 Individual Medley in 2:18.08 and the 100 Free in 54.17, and was on the same two winning relays as Doppel was.

Wickham won the 50 Free in 25.51 and the 100 Breast in 1:12.11, and was on the same two winning relays as Doppel and DeBolt were.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Will Fitzsimmons competes in the 200 Medley Relay.

Left: Watkins Glen's Lucas Wickham after winning the 50 Free. Right: The Senecas' Matt Doppel on the way to victory in the 200 Free.

Odessa-Montour bowlers lose to Edison

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 10 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams dropped 4-0 decisions Thursday to Edison in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

The boys lost 2624-1792. Alex Grady led the Indians with a 379 series, while Eric Rumsey rolled a 377.

The O-M girls lost 1832-1634. Jackie Vincent led the squad with a 356 series, while Carolyn Arias posted a 344.

Next up: The Indians meet Watkins Glen on Tuesday.

Left: Watkins Glen's Parker Pangallo is fouled as he drives to the basket. Right: The Senecas' Michael Taylor goes to the hoop for two points. (Photos by Charlie Haeffner)

Glen boys fall to NV, 37-32

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 9 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team sustained its first loss of the young season Wednesday night, falling to Newark Valley 37-32 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House gym.

"We have work to do," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, noting "a lot of deficiencies" in his team's performance against an aggressive Newark Valley defense.

The Senecas, now 2-1 heading into a game Friday at Edison, found themselves down 14-6 in the second period after the 4-0 Cardinals had run off 10 straight points, but turned around and scored 11 of their own and reached halftime with an 18-17 edge.

They were aided in the comeback by seven first-half traveling calls against Newark Valley, and some cold Cardinal shooting. But NV was dominant on the offensive board, and that took its toll in the third period, when on one possession the Cardinals took seven shots, finally connecting for a 20-19 lead.

Watkins Glen scored the next four points to go up 23-20, but NV found its three-point range, sinking the final two baskets of the period from beyond the arc to go up 26-23.

After the Senecas closed to within a point at 26-25, the Cardinals had a four-shot possession, finally connecting to go up 28-25 -- and the Senecas could get no closer the rest of the way.

Justin Kelly led Watkins in scoring with 10 points. Other points came from Michael Taylor (8), Max Schimizzi (4), Connor Seeley-Ion (3), Parker Pangallo (3), Dominick Rolston (2) and Alexander Gibson (2).

Kelly led the team in rebounds with 8, and Taylor grabbed 7. Schimizzi and Rolston each had 2 assists, while Pangallo registered 2 steals. The Senecas were 9-for-14 from the foul line.

Newark Valley was led by Thierry Solomon's 11 points. The Cardinals converted 5 of 11 free-throw attempts.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Newark Valley 64-40, and in the process fell to 1-2. Joseph Chedzoy led the Senecas with 17 points, while Alex Schimizzi scored 9, Dylan Markley 4, Tyler Couch 4, Dayne Hughey 4, and Justin Lodge 2.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Justin Kelly, left, flies under the basket, preparing to shoot. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: The Senecas' Connor Seeley-Ion puts up a shot. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

Left: Watkins' Dominick Rolston, left, tries to work around two Newark Valley defenders. Right: The Senecas' Max Schimizzi goes to the hoop. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left:Watkins Glen's Alex Gibson glides toward the basket. (Photo by Doug Yeater) / Right: In the junior varsity game, the Senecas' Dayne Hughey prepares to shoot.

Bowling: Watkins boys top ND; girls lose

ELMIRA, Dec. 9 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity bowling team posted a 4-0 victory Wednesday over an outmanned Elmira Notre Dame team in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Rossi Lanes.

The Senecas, led by Wrett Brower's 551 series, outpointed the four-member ND squad by a 2458-1425 margin. Other scores for Watkins included a 524 by Conlin Wysocki, a 485 by Casen Weeden, a 450 by Wyatt Brower and a 448 by Nathaniel Rose.

"It was Wrett's turn to be the high man today," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "By the end of the season, everyone will have had their turn to be the high man, I'm sure."

The Watkins Glen girls varsity, meanwhile, lost 4-0 to Notre Dame,which outpointed the Senecas 2174-1790. Dakota Evans led Watkins with a 488 series, while Nikole VanDyke registered a 388 and Destiny Weber a 360.

"We are going through some growing pains," Coach Brower said of the girls team, "but we will continue to grow. Four out of five girls have one year of bowling experience or less."

Watkins wrestlers lose to Newark Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 9 -- The Watkins Glen varsity wrestling team dropped a 54-36 decision to Newark Valley Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the NV gym.

Wins for Watkins Glen were posted by:

--Dylan Bradley (120) over Damon Rosales by fall in 1:45;
--Jake Johnson (126) over Davis Eastman by fall in 3:59;
--Brandon Gould (132) by fall in 1:28;
--Ian Chedzoy (182) by fall over Devon Cardone in 3:46;
--Kurtis Edwards (195) by fall over Alex Woodman in 1:10;
--Kameryn Sheldon (220) over Jason Duke by fall in :30.

Despite the six victories, The Senecas gave up 30 points in forfeits in addition to losing four other bouts.

“It is going to be hard to win a dual meet when we are giving up 30 points in unfilled weight classes," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson. "Overall I was very happy with the performance of the team. We looked much better than we did against Dryden and are showing improvement with a very young team.”

Watkins Glen won all of the exhibition bouts, as well. Gavin Vandereems, Calvin Buckley, Avery Watson and Josh Bravo each won by fall in the extra matchups.

Odessa's Montour's Jackie Vincent follows through on an attempt to convert a spare.

Odessa-Montour bowlers fall to Tioga

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 8 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams lost to Tioga Tuesday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

The O-M boys lost 4-0 while the girls fell 3-1.

The boys lost all three games and total pinfall, 2640-2002. Alex Grady led the Indians with a 524 series, while Eric Rumsey posted a 441.

The Odessa girls won the third game, 694-649, but lost the first and third games and total pinfall, 1927-1818. Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 394 series, while Britney Visscher rolled a 390 and Ashley Stewart a 381.

O-M returns to action Thursday at home against Edison.

Photo in text: O-M's Alex Grady reacts after leaving a split.

Left: O-M's Olivia Grover (20) looks for a shot. Right: Odessa's Gillian Clark shoots.

O-M girls win, improve to 4-1

ODESSA, Dec. 7 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Olivia Grover's 18 points and 8 rebounds -- defeated Campbell-Savona 51-30 Monday night in a non-league game in the O-M gym.

The victory lifted the Indians' season mark to 4-1 heading into an Interscholastic Athletic Conference divisional game Thursday at Spencer-Van Etten.

Joining Grover in double figures was Gillian Clark with 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Kennedey Heichel and Sage Garrison registered 9 points and 4 assists each and Alexis Saunders 2 points. The team was 7-for-10 from the foul line.

Odessa built a 10-8 first-quarter edge before outscoring C-S 15-6 in the second quarter for a 25-14 halftime advantage. They sealed the victory going away, with a 12-6 third-quarter and a 14-10 fourth period.

Megan Lyke led Campbell-Savona with 10 points. Her team converted 3 of 6 free throws.

"We kind of gradually pulled away tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We were a little lethargic in the early going, but got some energy there in the late parts of the second and third quarters.

"It was good to get some more scoring out of our backcourt tonight, as well," he said, referring to the 18 combined points by Heichel and Garrison.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour -- led by Sara Gardner's 34 points -- posted its second victory of the season, defeating Campbell-Savona 50-29. Gardner scored 21 of the Indians' 23 points in the first quarter. Hunter Daugherty scored 9 points for O-M.

Photo in text: O-M's Kennedey Heichel is fouled as she drives through traffic toward the basket. (All photos with this article are by Charlie Haeffner)

Left: Odessa's Alexis Saunders moves the ball. Right: Sage Garrison drives to the hoop.

Left: Watkins Glen's Madison Myers. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike shoots. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls top NV, 54-21

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 7 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team improved to 3-0 Monday night when it defeated Newark Valley 54-21 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the NV gym.

Mariah Gonzalez scored 19 points and Amanda Pike 18 points as the Senecas pulled away in the middle quarters for the victory. The Senecas outscored the Cardinals 7-5 in the first period, 20-3 in the second, 18-5 in the third and 9-8 in the fourth.

"The girls started out slow but woke up in the second quarter," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "Gonzalez did a nice job under the boards offensively and defensively, while Pike had a good game hustling all over the court.

"Everyone came off the bench ready to play and did a great job. We just need to play four quarters of basketball."

Gonzalez, in addition to her points, registered 5 rebounds and an assist. Pike grabbed 5 rebounds, too, and had 5 steals and 2 assists.

Other points came from Clara Chedzoy (5, with 3 steals, 2 rebounds and an assist); Katherine Meehan (4, with 3 steals and an assist); Mikenna Ayers (2, with 2 assists and 2 steals); Madison Myers (2, with 2 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal); Hanley Elliott (2, with 2 assists, a rebound and a steal); and Emmie Bond (2, with 4 rebounds, an assist and a steal).

The Senecas return to action Friday at home against Edison.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen won 53-23. Taylor Kelly led the team with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Ryanna LaMoreaux scored 13 points and Danielle Leszyk 9. Hannah Morse registered 11 assists and 8 steals.

Photo in text: Watkins' Mariah Gonzalez prepares to shoot. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Katherine Meehan drives toward the hoop. Right: In the junior varsity game, the Senecas' Makenna Fraboni moves the ball upcourt. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Athletes of the Week: Pike and Gould

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 6 -- A basketball player and a wrestler are this week's selections as Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Watkins Glen High School basketball standout Amanda Pike earned the nod by leading her team to two victories, scoring a total of 44 points with 9 rebounds, 10 steals and 4 assists.

Watkins wrestler Brandon Gould went 5-0 at the Stephens Classic in Horseheads, earning MVP among light weight competitors, and pinned his opponent at 132 pounds in a match earlier in the week against Dryden.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen wrestlers Ian Chedzoy and Kurtis Edwards; Odessa-Montour basketball's Gillian Clark and Olivia Grover; Watkins Glen swimmers Aidan DeBolt and Matt Doppel; Watkins Glen basketball's Parker Pangallo, Justin Kelly and Michael Doane; and Watkins Glen bowler Conlin Wysocki.

Honorable Mention: Another 41 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at both WGHS and O-M.

Three Glen wrestlers excel at tourney

HORSEHEADS, Dec. 5 -- The Watkins Glen varsity wrestling team competed Saturday in the six-team Mark Stephens Classic at Horseheads Middle School, finishing with just one team win but with a trio of standout individual performances.

The tournament featured wrestlers from Horseheads, Watkins Glen, Johnson City, Warsaw, Corning and Camden. The Senecas' lone team win was against Corning.

Individually, Seneca standouts included:

-- Brandon Gould (5-0). He was voted the most outstanding wrestler in the light weights.
-- Ian Chedzoy (4-1), whose only loss was to Aaron Paddock, who was third in New York State last season. Chedzoy moved up to 195 pounds to get the match, which he lost 6-4.
-- Kurtis Edwards (3-1).

"This was a tough tournament for our younger team members -- really good competition," said Watkins Glen coach Nils Watson.

Glen 9th, 10th graders compete in track

CORTLAND, Dec. 5 -- Watkins Glen High School freshmen and sophomores competed Saturday in an open Indoor Track Meet at SUNY Cortland.

Among the highlights for the Senecas:

--Kali Bond finished in 11th place in the 1000 Meter Run in 3:51.9. She also competed in the Long Jump.
--Isobel Scheffey placed 12th in the 55 Meter Dash with a time of 8.22. She also placed 14th in the 300 Meter Dash with a time of 48.5.
--Hailey Hoose competed in the 55 Meter Dash, posting a time of 8.95

There was only one male competitor from Watkins Glen. Julian Thornton ran a time of 3:29 in the 1000 Meter Run and 6:03.75 in the 1600 Meter Run.

Film showing, talk set about Paul Newman

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 4 -- International Motor Racing Research Center Historian Bill Green will give an overview of Paul Newman’s racing career at Watkins Glen prior to the Dec. 12 screening of the new documentary, “Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman.”

The free showing, presented by the Racing Research Center, will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Glen Theater, 112 N. Franklin St.

Green and Center staff assisted with research and photographs for the documentary about racer and actor Newman.

Watkins' Amanda Pike, right, defends against a Tioga ball-carrier. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen girls top Tioga, 52-33

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 4 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by Amanda Pike's 19 points -- defeated Tioga 52-33 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House gym.

The victory lifted the Senecas' season mark to 2-0 heading into a game Monday night at Newark Valley.

Watkins Glen trailed 11-5 in the first period after Tioga ran off nine straight points, but pulled within a point at 11-10 by the second quarter. The Senecas then took control, outscoring the Tigers 20-0 in the second period to establish a 30-11 lead. They led 46-24 after three quarters.

In addition to her 19 points, Pike grabbed 3 rebounds and had 5 steals and 2 assists. Also scoring for Watkins Glen were:

Allison Teed: 8 points with 1 rebound and 1 assist.
Madison Myers: 2 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
Katherine Meehan: 4 points, 3 rebounds
Mariah Gonzalez: 5 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals
Maggie Bond: 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Hanley Elliott: 2 points, 2 rebounds
Emmie Bond: 3 points, 7 rebounds
Clara Chedzoy: 4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

"The girls played well tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "I saw a lot of hustle and teamwork. I was very pleased."

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 2-0 with a 31-23 victory over Tioga. Danielle Leszyk and Ryanna LaMoreaux led the Senecas with 10 points each, while Taylor Kelly scored 5 points, Hannah Morse 4, and Julia Reilly 2.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez is fouled as she drives the lane. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner); the Senecas' Madison Myers (21) defends. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Katherine Meehan (left) and Allison Teed shoot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen boys defeat Tioga, 68-26

TIOGA CENTER, Dec. 4 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team improved to 2-0 Friday night by defeating Tioga 68-26 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Tioga gym.

The Senecas hit 14 three-pointers -- the most that Coach John Fazzary remembers in his years at the helm of the team.

Parker Pangallo registered six of the 3-pointers, accounting for all of his 18 points, while Michael Doane connected on five of them while scoring 17 points. Other points came from Max Schimizzi (9), Justin Kelly (8, including a 3-pointer), Connor Seeley-Ion (6, on two 3-pointers), Jacob Lokken (4), Michael Taylor (4), and Alex Gibson (2). The Senecas were 6-for-10 from the free-throw line.

Watkins Glen raced to a 23-7 first-quarter lead and was up 34-11 at halftime and 49-14 entering the vourth period.

"Our defense was pretty darn good," added Fazzary, which combined with the threes propelled the Senecas in the early going. They scored nine of their 14 three-pointers in the first half.

They return to action Wednesday at home against Newark Valley.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Tioga, 43-39. Dayne Hughey and Joseph Chedzoy led the Senecas with 9 points each, while Alex Schimizzi scored 8 and Tyler Couch 7.

Odessa-Montour's Joel Kelly (left) and Tyler Clark drive toward the basket.

Odessa boys fall to Newark Valley, 73-37

ODESSA, Dec. 4 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team saw its record slip to 0-2 Friday night when the Indians dropped a 73-37 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Newark Valley raced out to a 19-9 first-quarter advantage, and led 46-20 at halftime and 58-28 entering the final period. Deondre Bosket led the Cardinals with 19 points as they connected on twelve 3-pointers. They were 4-for-11 from the foul line.

Odessa was led by Zach Elliott's 9 points. Also scoring were Chris Foote (7 points), Joel Kelly (5), Tyler Clark (4), Curtis Harris (4), Noah Angle (3), Nick Sgrecci (3), and Cody Smith (2). The Indians were 2-for-2 on free throws.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Newark Valley.

Photo in text: O-M's Bryce Elliott runs into a roadblock while driving toward the hoop.

Watkins Glen's Dakota Evans delivers the ball. She rolled a 485 series.

Bowling: Watkins girls win, boys lose

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 4 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team defeated Union Springs-Port Byron 4-0 Friday in a match at Harborside Lanes.

The Watkins boys, meanwhile, fell to Union Springs-Port Byron 3-1.

Nikole VanDyke led the Lady Senecas with a 505 series as they posted a team score of 1892 to their opponent's 1516. Dakota Evans registered a 485 series for Watkins while Abigail Donelson rolled a 323.

"Nikole is beginning to bowl like I knew she could," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "She works hard, and it is starting to pay off for her and the team."

The Watkins boys lost the first two games, won the third game 903-899, and lost total pinfall 2698-2563. Conlin Wysocki led the Senecas with a 561 series that included a 210, while Casen Weeden registered a 524, Wrett Brower 484, Nathaniel Rose 480, Steven Bradley 475, and Wyatt Brower 462.

"We will be ready for Sectionals," said Coach Brower of his boys' squad.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Nikole VanDyke sends the ball on its way.

Watkins Glen bowlers Conlin Wysocki and Destiny Weber react after successful shots.

Odessa girls top Newark Valley, 50-29

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 3 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team improved to 3-1 Thursday night when it posted a 50-29 decision over Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the NV gym.

Gillian Clark led the Indians with 16 points and 15 rebounds, while Olivia Grover scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.

Also scoring for O-M were Sage Garrison (6 points and 4 assists), Kennedey Heichel (6 points and 4 assists), Alexis Saunders (5 points and 6 rebounds), Maddie Lodge (2 points), and Alyssa Crout (1 point).

"It was a tough test on the road that was closer than the final score," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich.

"We faced some adversity and some foul trouble during the first three quarters, but regained our composure and executed well in that fourth quarter to put away a feisty team on the road."

The Indians return to action Monday night at home against Campbell-Savona.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost 51-24.

Photo in text: O-M's Gillian Clark (File photo)

Bowling: Glen boys win; girls split 2-2

CORTLAND, Dec. 3 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity bowling team, led by Conlin Wysocki's 565 series, defeated Marathon 4-0 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Cort-Lanes.

The Watkins Glen girls varsity squad, meanwhile, came from behind to split its match with Marathon, 2-2.

The boys rolled a 2427 total on games of 760-916-751 to Marathon's 1807 on games of 575-642-590. Wysocki led the Senecas in each game, with scores of 191-200-174. Other Watkins scores included: Casen Weeden 508, Nathaniel Rose 486, Steven Bradley 474, Wyatt Brower 406 and Wrett Brower 405.

"Some of the guys were up and down today," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower, "which is expected at this point in the season. But Conlin is becoming a very consistent bowler."

The Watkins girls were led by Dakota Evans' 496 total as they rolled games of 699-622-745 for a 2066, edging Marathon in total pinfall by one pin. Marathon registered a 715-717-633-2065.

"They fought back in the last game to win it by enough to split the match," said Coach Brower. "It shows that they won't quit, and we can work with that."

Liz Mason notched a 435 for the Senecas, while Nikole VanDyke posted a 391, Destiny Weber 375 and Nancy Jackson 366.

Photo in text: Conlin Wysocki (File photo)

Glen swimmers top Dryden

DRYDEN, Dec. 3 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team opened its season with a victory Thursday, defeating Dryden 106-46 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Dryden pool.

The Senecas took first place in every event. Posting four wins each for the Senecas were:

--Aidan DeBolt (in the 200 Medley Relay, 200 Free, 100 Free and 400 Free Relay)
--Matt Doppel (in the 200 Medley Relay, 100 Fly, 100 Back and 400 Free Relay)

Posting three wins each were:

--AJ Specchio (in the 200 IM, 500 Free and 200 Free Relay)
--Jacob Slater (in the 50 Free, Diving and 200 Free Relay)
--Lucas Wickham (in the 200 Medley Relay, 100 Breaststroke and 200 Free Relay)

In addition, Dakota Cole and Aaron Planty each were on two winning relays.

"Most swimmers set personal records in multiple events," said Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt. "We have been a young team for the past two seasons, and these boys are starting to come into their own. It was a great team effort and a good start on the new season."

Dryden, he added, "is a young team in the midst of rebuilding and were great sports and gracious hosts. We enjoy swimming there every year."

O-M swimmers open with loss to Lansing

LANSING, Dec. 3 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team dropped its season opener Thursday, falling to Lansing 97-69 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Lansing pool.

The lone first-place finish for the Indians came in the 200 Free Relay, where Alec Betts, Tony Humphries, Andy Fudala and James Terry finished in 1:47.48.

O-M got second-place finishes from:

--The 200 Medley Relay squad of Caelan Haney, Andy Fudala, Billy Tague and James Terry (2:00.55).
--Tony Humphries in the 200 Free (2:10.96) and the 100 Breaststroke (1:11.32).
--Alec Betts in the 200 IM (2:29.31) and the 100 Free (57.47).
--Andy Fudala in the 50 Free (26.53).
--Billy Tague in the 500 Free (5:47.67).
--The 400 Free Relay team of Alec Betts, Caelan Haney, Tony Humphries and Billy Tague (4:04.25).

"The guys swam really well tonight, and I was very happy with their times," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "We had quite a few times that they were swimming at the end of the season last year, with a few PRs for good measure. The relays also looked really strong.

"Rookies Jimito Williams and Noah Brewster really impressed me tonight," she added. "Overall we have a lot of talent this year and I am really looking forward to seeing what these guys accomplish throughout the season."

O-M bowlers fall to U. Springs-Port Byron

AUBURN, Dec. 3 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams dropped 4-0 decisions Thursday to a combined Union Springs-Port Byron team in matches at Starlight Lanes.

The boys fell 3032-2132 as Union Springs-Port Byron was led by Zach Bobbett's 725 series.

Leading Odessa were Alex Grady (pictured at right) with a 553, and Eric Rumsey with a 526.

The O-M girls lost 1779-1723 in three fairly close games: 591-571, 587-565, and 601-587. Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 396 series, while Ashley Stewart rolled a 357.

The Indians return to action Tuesday at home against Tioga.

Photo in text: O-M's Alex Grady (File photo)

Watkins Glen's Charlie Wright (on right) battles Dryden's Jake Gombas at 145 pounds. Gombas won by a pin in 4:19.

Dryden edges Glen wrestlers, 43-42

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 2 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team opened the season on a losing note Wednesday night, dropping a 43-42 decision to Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at WGHS.

"We gave up 18 points in forfeits at 99, 106 and 113," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson. "It was a close match and a few little individual mistakes hurt us as a team."

The Watkins Glen victories came at the following weights:

132 -- Brandon Gould won by a pin.
152 -- Andrew Specht won by a pin.
170 -- Calvin Buckley won by forfeit.
182 -- Ian Chedzoy won by a pin.
195 -- Casey Falls won by a pin.
220 -- Kurtis Edwards won by a pin.
285 -- Cole Saunders won by forfeit.

The Senecas compete again on Saturday at the Mark Stephens Classic at Horseheads Middle School.

Photo in text: Andrew Specht, top, on the way to victory by a pin at 152 pounds in 2:50.

O-M's Sage Garrison (left) and Alexis Saunders drive toward the basket.

O-M girls fall to Notre Dame, 58-29

ODESSA, Dec. 1 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team sustained its first loss of the season Tuesday night, dropping a 58-29 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians, down 24-8 in the second period, pulled within 10 points, at 28-18, by intermission. But the Crusaders pulled away from there, building a 43-25 advantage entering the final period, and outscoring O-M 15-4 down the stretch.

Olivia Grover led Odessa with 9 points, while Sage Garrison scored 7, Gillian Clark 6, Alexis Saunders 3, Alyssa Crout 2, and Nikki Crout 2.

"We got absolutely clobbered on the boards, and our youth really showed tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We played fairly well in the second quarter, but just couldn't sustain any momentum in the third and fell apart in the fourth quarter.

"It wasn't as bad a game as the final score indicates, but they were clearly the better team tonight."

The Indians, now 2-1, return to action Thursday night at Newark Valley.

Junior Varsity: Notre Dame defeated Odessa-Montour.

Photo in text; O-M's Olivia Grover attempts a shot in traffic. (Photos with this article are by Charlie Haeffner)

From left: O-M's Kennedey Heichel, Alyssa Crout and Gillian Clark take aim at the hoop.

Glen girls top Candor, 57-41

CANDOR, Dec. 1 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by Amanda Pike's 25 points -- opened the season with a 57-41 victory over Candor Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Candor gym.

The Senecas outscored the Indians 11-8 in the first quarter, were up 26-15 at halftime, and had a 39-29 lead entering the fourth quarter. They then outscored Candor 18-12 down the stretch.

Pike, who had five 3-pointers, 6 rebounds, 5 steals and 2 assists, was joined in double figures by Mariah Gonzalez, who notched 11 points, 7 rebounds, an assist and a steal.

Four other players scored 4 points each: Allison Teed (with 1 steal), Hanley Elliott (with 1 rebound, 2 assists and a steal), Madison Myers (with 1 assist), and Emmie Bond (with 2 rebounds and 3 assists). Katherine Meehan registered 6 rebounds, and Maggie Bond grabbed 3.

"I was very proud of the girls," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "Everyone contributed to the game and played as a team. Amanda Pike was hot tonight, shooting 5-for-5 from the 3-point line. I saw some nice things and was happy with the team's determination."

The Senecas return to action Friday night at home against Tioga.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Candor 52-33. Danielle Leszyk led the Senecas with 17 points, while Ryanna LaMoreaux scored 9, Taylor Kelly 9 and Hannah Morse 7.

Watkins Glen's Max Schimizzi (44, left) and Justin Kelly shoot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Glen boys open with a win

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 1 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team -- led by Justin Kelly's 15 points -- opened the season with a victory Tuesday night, defeating Candor 50-29 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House gym.

The Senecas raced to a 15-4 first-quarter lead and extended the advantage to 16 points at halftime, 24-8. They outscored Candor, now 0-2, by 13-11 and 13-10 margins in the final two periods.

Kelly, who also registered 4 rebounds and 4 assists, was joined in the scoring column by Michael Doane (9 points), Michael Taylor (8 points and 6 rebounds), Connor Seeley-Ion (6 points), Parker Pangallo (6 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists), and Max Schimizzi (6 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals).

"We did some good things," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, "and we did some bad things we'll have to clean up."

The Senecas return to action Friday at Tioga.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Candor 47-40. Joseph Chedzoy led the Senecas with 14 points, while Dayne Hughey scored 12, Tyler Couch 9 and Josh Updyke 6.

Photo in text: Watkins' Connor Seeley-Ion drives to the hoop. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: The Senecas' Parker Pangallo drives past a Candor player. Right: Joseph Chedzoy shoots in the junior varsity game. (Photos by Don Romeo)

O-M boys fall in opener

SOUTHPORT, Dec. 1 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team started fast but faded Tuesday night as it dropped a 54-42 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference season opener in the ND gym.

The Indians broke in front 18-13 in the first quarter, but the Crusaders overtook them in the second quarter, building a 30-25 halftime edge. Notre Dame then outscored O-M 13-4 in the third period to lead 43-29 entering the final period.

Curtis Harris scored 10 points to lead the Indians in his first varsity game. Bryce Elliott added 9 points, Joel Kelly 6, Nick Sgrecci 6, Chris Foote 5, and Tyler Clark and Zach Elliott, 2 each.

Freshman Ben Cook led Notre Dame with 14 points and was a factor off the boards. Pat Brown scored 11 points, including three 3-pointers.

"We played well in the first quarter," said O-M Coach Brad Clark. "We were going right at them. But then we had trouble putting the ball in the hole, and they pulled away. It came down to conditioning" -- an issue he said would be addressed in coming practices.

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

O-M's Alex Grady (left) and Jackie Vincent. Each led their team in scoring.

O-M bowlers roll past Marathon

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 1 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories Tuesday over Marathon in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes (formerly Johnny's Lanes).

Alex Grady led the Odessa boys as they won all three games in amassing a 1922-1686 advantage. Grady posted a 530 series.

The Odessa girls, who registered a 1987-1852 victory, were led by Jackie Vincent's 463 series and a 375 by Grace Edger.

The Indians return to action Thursday at Auburn against a combined Union Springs-Port Byron team.

Photo at right: O-M's Britney Visscher watches closely as she picks up a one-pin spare. (Photos with this article are by Charlie Haeffner)

Odessa wrestlers top Edison, 60-6

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Dec. 1 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity wrestling team opened its season on a winning note Tuesday, defeating Thomas A. Edison 60-6 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the TAE gym.

O-M got wins in the following weight classes:

145: Jeremiah Lynch, a fall in 1:55 over Tyler Weidman.
152: Daniel Minnier, a fall in 3:21 over Carl Castilow.
160: John Kuparinen, a fall in 2:56 over Corbin Barchet.
182: Shawn Minnier, a fall in 0:34 over Brandon Snyder.
195: Ashton Furney, by forfeit.
220: Alex Repass, by forfeit.
285: Dylan Houseknecht, by forfeit.
113: Daniel Hartford, a fall in 4:47 over Tyler Lewis.
126: Collin Haag, a fall in 0:49 over Logan Peters.
138: Chad Nelson, a fall in 1:15 over Keagan Mawhir.



Athlete of the Week: O-M's Grover

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 30 -- This past week we had a limited sports slate, but our Odessa File Athlete of the Week's standout performance would have garnered accolades in a crowded schedule, too.

Odessa-Montour basketball's Olivia Grover, a freshman, led the Lady Indians to the championship of their own Tip-Off Tournament by scoring a total of 42 points, grabbing 22 rebounds and registering 11 steals as O-M topped Groton and Edison for the title. She was named the tournament MVP.

Double Honorable: O-M basketball's Gillian Clark.

Honorable Mention: Another eight 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 both the Watkins Glen and O-M schools.

O-M's Olivia Grover drives to the hoop for 2 of her 26 points. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

O-M girls win tourney title

Top Edison 51-21 in finale; MVP Grover scores 26

ODESSA, Nov. 28, 2015 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Olivia Grover's 26 points -- defeated Edison 51-21 Saturday night to win the championship of the O-M Lady Indians Tip-Off Tournament in the Odessa gym.

Grover, a freshman, also grabbed 10 rebounds and registered 6 steals in earning the tourney MVP Award. She was joined on the All-Tournament squad by teammate Gillian Clark, Edison's Leigha Jones and Lindsay Klotz, Lansing's Taylor Mikula and Groton's Leah Forehand.

Lansing defeated Groton in the varsity consolation game, 39-30. Spencer-Van Etten won the JV title by defeating Groton 45-42, while Odessa-Montour defeated Lansing 36-24 in the JV consolation game.

Clark helped O-M to the varsity championship with 13 points, including three 3-pointers, and grabbed 7 rebounds. Sage Garrison added 8 points and 3 assists while Alexis Saunders and Alyssa Crout scored 2 points each. Kennedey Heichel dished out 7 assists.

O-M took control early, building a 15-4 first-quarter lead. An 18-6 second period boosted the lead to 23 points at halftime, 33-10, and a 16-7 third quarter left the Indians ahead 49-17 heading down the stretch.

"We did a great job getting out in transition offensively tonight, using our half-court defense to create scoring opportunities on the other end," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "For an early-season event, we really took great care of the basketball."

Odessa takes its 2-0 record into action Tuesday night at home against Notre Dame.

Photo in text: O-M's Sage Garrison sends up a shot. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

Left: O-M's Kennedey Heichel passes the ball. Right: The Indians' Nikki Crout, left, makes a move toward the basket. (Both photos by Mike Stamp)

Left: O-M's Alexis Saunders drives past an Edison defender. Right: The Indians' Olivia Grover prepares to shoot in traffic. (Photos by Charlie Haeffner)

From left: Odessa-Montour's April Dunn, Gillian Clark and Maddie Lodge. (Photos by Charlie Haeffner)

O-M's Kennedey Heichel moves the ball upcourt ahead of two Edison defenders. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

The O-M team, wearing Tip-Off Champion T-shirts, poses for photos after the game. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

O-M's Gillian Clark drives through traffic to the basket. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

O-M girls win, reach final

Top Groton 50-28 in Tip-Off Tourney opener; TAE next

ODESSA, Nov. 27, 2015 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Gillian Clark's 21 points and a double-double by Olivia Grover -- defeated Groton 50-28 in a season-opening Lady Indians Tip-Off Tournament semifinal Friday night in the O-M gym.

The Indians will face Edison in the final tonight (Saturday) at 7:15 p.m. The Spartans advanced with a last-second 35-34 win over Lansing, their first victory after two straight winless seasons, a streak reaching back 35 games. Leigha Jones hit the clinching 3-point shot.

The consolation game will feature Lansing against Groton at 5:30 p.m.

"Our defensive intensity was very good right out of the gate tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "and that helped us overcome the usual first-game offensive jitters, although we weren't too bad on that end, either."

In addition to her 21 points, Clark grabbed 7 rebounds. Grover scored 16 points and had 12 rebounds and 5 steals. Kennedey Heichel added 6 points, Nakiaha Robinson 5 points, and Sage Garrison 2 points and 5 assists.

O-M built a 14-2 first-quarter lead, and was up 26-10 at halftime. It then outscored Groton 15-6 in the third period for a 41-16 edge entering the final quarter.

"It was a good way to start the season," said Gavich, but he noted that Edison is improved from the past couple of years "and is coming off that thriller tongiht with some momentum."

O-M, he added, is "already banged up, so" the tourney finale "won't be easy for us." He said the Indians' playmaker, Robinson -- who sustained a leg injury late in the third period -- was "very doubtful" for tonight's final.

Junior Varsity: O-M dropped a 35-32 decision to Groton. The Indians overcame a 16-4 first-quarter deficit to take the lead briefly in the fourth period before Groton clinched the win with three free throws late in the game.

Spencer-Van Etten defeated Lansing in the other semifinal, and will face Groton for the JV crown today at 3:45 p.m. O-M meets Lansing in the JV consolation game at 2 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top:
O-M's Olivia Grover drives to the basket. She was fouled on the play.
Bottom: The Indians' Sage Garrison fires off a pass. (Photos by Charlie Haeffner)

Left: O-M's Kennedey Heichel at the free-throw line. Right: The Indians' Nakiaha Robinson drives to the basket. (Photos by Charlie Haeffner)

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Hunter Daugherty launches a shot. Right: The Indians' Sara Gardner, right, led her team with 20 points. (Photos by Charlie Haeffner)

Fall MVPs: Hazlitt, Lexi

Here is The Odessa File All-Schuyler All-Star Team

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 18 -- A fall sports season of various successes is nearing conclusion -- which means it is time for the seasonal unveiling of The Odessa File All-Schuyler All-Star team and, with it, the Schuyler Fall MVP -- or in this case the MVPs.

Both MVP honorees -- Watkins Glen High School diver Lexi Castellaneta (right) and WGHS cross-country runner Patrick Hazlitt (left) -- are still involved in an extended sports season. Castellaneta is set to compete this Friday in the New York State Swimming and Diving Championships at Ithaca College, while the Hazlitt-led Watkins boys cross-country team -- second in the state in Class C -- competes this weekend in the Federation Meet in Wappinger Falls.

Castellaneta, a sophomore, won her second straight Section IV, Class C title at a meet in which she also topped all of the other competitors there: the section's Class A divers. That victory came after an IAC title and a season in which Lexi set a pool record at Watkins Glen on three different occasions. Her efforts helped fuel the WGHS girls' swim squad to a winning season that culminated in a second-place team finish at sectionals.

Hazlitt was repeatedly at the head of the Watkins Glen cross-country pack as the Senecas coasted to IAC and Section IV, Class C titles and put in strong showings at several large meets along the way -- culminating in their second-place finish among C schools at States, which qualified them for the Federation Meet for the first time. Hazlitt was also first in the IAC race, 2nd in the Section IV race, and 11th in the State race, and was recipient of the IAC Sportsmanship Award, awarded to one boy by league coaches.

So as they head into high-level weekends, we congratulate Lexi and Patrick on great seasons and on their awards as Odessa File Schuyler Fall MVPs, and wish them luck going forward.

Meanwhile, below are the First, Second and Third All-Schuyler Fall All-Star Teams, as derived from ongoing Odessa File points awarded weekly, and from conversations with various coaches.

Odessa File All-Schuyler All-Star Teams: Fall 2015

First Team:

Patrick Hazlitt -- cross country, WGHS (MVP)
Lexi Castellaneta -- diving, WGHS (MVP)
Sage Garrison -- girls soccer, Odessa-Montour
Ian Chedzoy -- football, Watkins Glen/O-M
Ryan Pruitt -- football, Watkins Glen/O-M
Joe DeSantis -- football, Watkins Glen/O-M
Bryce Elliott -- football, Watkins Glen/O-M
Amanda Pike -- volleyball, Watkins Glen
Mariah Gonzalez -- volleyball, Watkins Glen
Maggie Bond -- cross country, Watkins Glen
Katherine Meehan -- girls swimming, Watkins Glen
Liza Carnes -- girls swimming, Watkins Glen
Shawn Rutledge -- cross country, Watkins Glen
Gabe Planty -- cross country, Watkins Glen

Second Team:

April Dunn -- girls soccer, Odessa-Montour
Gillian Clark -- girls soccer, Odessa-Montour
Hannah Bruno -- girls scoccer, Odessa-Montour
McKennah Lott -- girls soccer, Odessa-Montour
Alexis Saunders -- girls soccer, Odessa-Montour
Tori Reese -- girls swimming, Odessa-Montour
Syria Tague -- girls swimming, Odessa-Montour
Peighton Cervoni -- girls swimming, Watkins Glen
Amanda Wilbur -- girls swimming, Watkins Glen
Emma Allington -- girls swimming, Watkins Glen
Isabella Fazzary -- girls swimming, Watkins Glen
Sam Hanley -- cross country, Watkins Glen
Jacob Carocci -- cross country, Watkins Glen
Collin Povoski -- boys soccer, Odessa-Montour
Andy Fudala -- boys soccer, Odessa-Montour
Luke Eberhardt -- boys soccer, Odessa-Montour
Nateah Cornish -- volleyball, Watkins Glen
Taylor Kelly -- volleyball, Watkins Glen
Emmie Bond -- volleyball, Watkins Glen
Jordan Rappleye -- football, Watkins Glen/O-M
Jordan Shea -- football, Watkins Glen/O-M
Austin Dalrymple -- football, Watkins Glen/O-M

Third Team:

Hanley Elliott -- volleyball, Watkins Glen
Gianna Willsey-Moline -- volleyball, Watkins Glen
Emelia Paulisczak -- girls swimming, Odessa-Montour
Chris Foote -- football, Watkins Glen/O-M
Kurtis Edwards -- football, Watkins Glen/O-M
Casey Falls -- football, Watkins Glen/O-M
Shawn Minnier -- football, Watkins Glen/O-M
Alex Grady -- football, Watkins Glen/O-M
Ryan Clark -- football, Watkins Glen/O-M
Zach Elliott -- football, Watkins Glen/O-M
Isobel Scheffey -- girls soccer, Watkins Glen
Hannah Morse -- girls soccer, Watkins Glen
Kiersten Stiles -- girls soccer, Watkins Glen
Olivia Grover -- girls soccer, Odessa-Montour
Hailey Perraut -- girls soccer, Odessa-Montour
Britney Visscher -- girls soccer, Odessa-Montour
Alyssa Crout -- volleyball, Odessa-Montour
Rosie Peckham -- volleyball, Odessa-Montour
Maddie Ross -- girls swimming, Watkins Glen
Sara Gardner -- girls swimming, Watkins Glen
Daniel Paradiso -- cross country, Watkins Glen
Sean Holland -- cross country, Watkins Glen
Aaron Planty -- cross country, Watkins Glen
Brandon Pike -- cross country, Watkins Glen
Noah Angle -- boys soccer, Odessa-Montour
Joel Kelly -- boys soccer, Odessa-Montour
Brad Eslick -- boys soccer, Watkins Glen
Parker Pangallo -- boys soccer, Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen's Dominick Rolston, left, works his way around a Horseheads player. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Scrimmage in the Field House

The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team, with less than a week to go before its first game of the 2015-16 season (Dec. 1 at home against Candor), hosted Horseheads Wednesday in a scrimmage in the WGHS Field House. Some of the action was captured here in photos by Don Romeo.

Watkins Glen's Parker Pangallo, left, and Justin Kelly shoot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Glen bowlers defeat Lansing

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 24 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams opened the season with victories Tuesday, defeating Lansing at Johnny's Lanes, now known as Harborside Lanes.

The score of each Interscholastic Athletic Conference contest was 4-0.

Casen Weeden led the Watkins boys with a 201-213-160-574 series as they posted a 2726 total to Lansing's 2450. Nathaniel Rose rolled a 546 that included a 213, Wyatt Brower a 532, Conlin Wysocki 531, Wrett Brower 497, and Steven Bradley 488.

"The guys bowled great today," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "They are young, but have some experience. It was a great way to start the season."

The Watkins girls, led by Liz Mason's 501, defeated the Lady Bobcats 2021-1668. Dakota Evans' notched a 435, followed by Nikole VanDyke (384), Destiny Weber (334), Nancy Jackson (332), and Abigail Donelson (326).

"I'm very pleased with the way the girls bowled tonight," said Coach Brower. "We have some new faces, and everyone did their part. We have work to do, but we will get there."

O-M bowlers fall to Groton

GROTON, Nov. 24 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams lost their season openers Tuesday, dropping 4-0 decisions to Groton in Interscholastic Athletic Conference road matches.

The Odessa boys lost all three games on the way to a 2359-2050 defeat. Eric Rumsey led the Indians with a 554 series, while Alex Grady posted a 443.

The O-M girls dropped all three games in losing 1889-1665, but came close in the third game, falling 556-554. Jackie Vincent led the Indians wth a 371 series, while Grace Edger rolled a 353.

The Indians return to action Dec. 1 at home against Marathon.

MVPs announced at Monday's Sports Awards Night, from left: Ian Chedzoy (football), Brandon Pike (cross country), Shawn Rutledge (cross country), Matt Hulbert (soccer), Maggie Bond (partially obscured, cross country), Katherine Meehan (swimming, winner of the prestigious Kate LaMoreaux Award), Lexi Castellaneta (diving), Bernadette Osborne (soccer), Emma Allington (swimming), Megan Hazlitt (JV volleyball), Amanda Pike (varsity volleyball), and Patrick Hazlitt (cross country). (Photo by Don Romeo)

WGHS fall honors bestowed

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 23 -- Sports teams at Watkins Glen High School celebrated a fall season of successes Monday night at a Sports Awards Night in the school cafeteria.

The event, sponsored by the Watkins Sports Boosters' Club, featured the coaches of the fall sports -- football, cross country, volleyball, boys and girls soccer, and girls swimming -- outlining the season's achievements and distributing various awards.

The season was notable for:

-- A 7-2 record by the varsity football team in its first merged season with Odessa-Montour, and an unbeaten JV football team.
-- IAC and Section IV, Class C titles and a second-place finish among Class C schools at States for the boys varsity cross-country team.
-- Second-place finishes for the girls varsity swim team in the IAC and Section IV, Class C tournaments and sectional champions in Katherine Meehan (Breaststroke) and Lexi Castellaneta (Diving). Lexi also competed at States.
-- An IAC Large School South Division title for the varsity volleyball team.

The awards Monday went to:

Girls Cross Country:
MVP: Maggie Bond
Sportsmanship: Clara Chedzoy, Brooke Shaffer, Kai Sutterby, Julia Reilly, Cambria Weeden

Boys Cross Country:
MVPs: Patrick Hazlitt, Shawn Rutledge, Brandon Pike
Most Improved: Daniel Paradiso, Sean Holland, Gabe Planty
Top Newcomer: Sam Hanley
Sportsmanship: Jacob Carocci

Football:
MVP: Ian Chedzoy
Defensive Player of Year: Jordan Shea
Offensive Player of Year: Ryan Pruitt
Most Improved: Jordan Rappleye
Sportsmanship: Joe DeSantis
Coach's Appreciation Award: Brenen Murphy

Boys Soccer:
MVP: Matt Hulbert
Most Improved: Connor Seeley-Ion
Sportsmanship: Simon Wigmore and Max Schimizzi

Girls Soccer:
MVP: Bernadette Osborne
Most Improved: Makenna Fraboni
Sportsmanship: Hannah Morse and Claire McManus

Girls Swimming:
Kate LaMoreaux Award: Katherine Meehan
MVP: Emma Allington and Lexi Castellaneta
Most Improved: Allison Gibson
Sportsmanship: Madeleine Ross

JV Volleyball:
MVP: Megan Hazlitt
Most Improved: Amber Benjamin
Sportsmanship: Paige Robbins

Varsity Volleyball:
MVP: Amanda Pike
Outstanding Defensive Player: Mariah Gonzalez
Most Improved: Gianna Willsey-Moline
Sportsmanship: Nateah Cornish

Photos in text:

From top: Katherine Meehan and swim coach Andy Chouinard hug after Meehan was named winner of the Kate LaMoreaux Award; cross country runners Gabe Planty (left) and Sam Hanley; football coach Lou Condon Jr.; and cross country MVP Maggie Bond. (These photos and those below by Charlie Haeffner)

From left: Makenna Fraboni, named Most Improved Player in girls soccer; Brenen Murphy, Coach's Appreciation Award winner in football; and Joe DeSantis, winner of the Sportsmanship Award in football.

Members of the swim squad. From left: Sportsmanship honoree Madeleine Ross and teammates Isabella Fazzary, Liza Carnes and Peighton Cervoni.



Glen boys 14th at Federation

WAPPINGER FALLS, Nov. 21 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity cross-country team, seeded 16th Saturday at the Federation Meet -- a gathering of outstanding public and private school runners from around New York State -- placed 14th in what WGHS Athletic Director Rod Weeden called "a great experience" heading into next year.

The Senecas, who placed second among Class C schools at last weekend's New York State Public High School Athletic Association State Championships, returns most of its team for the 2016 season. The only senior is Brandon Pike.

Coach John Fazzary pointed out that MileSplit.com has already made Watkins Glen the preseason No. 1, although Mount Academy, which finished just behind the Senecas at States, is No. 2 and promises a dogfight. Mount Academy, in fact, finished 10th at the Federation Meet, four place ahead of the Senecas.

The meet -- featuring 27 teams -- was won by St. Anthony's with 89 points, followed by Xavier (91), Guilderland (218), Arlington (234), Maine-Endwell (236), Corning (250), Honeoye Falls/Lima (255), St. John the Baptist (277), Saratoga Springs (291), Mount Academy (303), Ithaca (318), Sachem East (329), Orchard Park (349), Watkins Glen (349, finishing behind Orchard Park on a tie-breaker), St. Joe's of Buffalo (373), and 12 other teams.

Among the 255 runners in Saturday's race, Watkins Glen's top finisher was junior Patrick Hazlitt, 68th in 17:01. He was followed by teammates Gabe Planty, 89th in 17:16; Shawn Rutledge, 99th in 17:24; Sam Hanley, 130th in 17:38; Jacob Carocci, 149th in 17:48; Daniel Paradiso, 234th in 18:39; and Brandon Pike, 242nd in 18:54.

"It was certainly a beautiful day to be outside with the kids along the Hudson River," said Weeden. "It's been a memorable year for all of us."

"It was a great season," added Fazzary. "It probably wasn't just the best cross-country season Watkins Glen has had, but the best season of any sport here. I don't see any other New York State plaques in the Watkins showcases.

"And we have a lot to build on," he added. "The kids are excited about next year."

And several of them aren't done with autumn competition yet, he added. They are planning to attend the Nike Regionals next weekend on their own. The event will be held on the same course where the Federation meet was.

Photos in text:

Top: From left, WGHS team members Shawn Rutledge, Patrick Hazlitt, Daniel Paradiso, Jacob Carocci, Sam Hanley, Brandon Pike and Gabe Planty. (Photo by Rod Weeden)

Middle: The Senecas' Patrick Hazlitt (445) in a crowd. (Photo by Pamela Rutledge)

Bottom: Watkins' Shawn Rutledge on the Federation course. (Photo by Pamela Rutledge)

From left: Watkins' Gabe Planty, Jacob Carocci, Sam Hanley. (Photos by Pam Rutledge)

Lexi Castellaneta soars on her second of five dives at the State diving tournament.

Lexi misses the cut at States

Places 26th for 2nd straight year at Ithaca College meet

ITHACA, Nov. 20 -- Watkins Glen High School sophomore Lexi Castellaneta competed Friday at Ithaca College in her second New York State Diving Championships meet in two years, and for the second straight year she barely missed advancing past the first round of five dives.

The meet, held several hours earlier this year to avoid a repeat of last year's late-night finals, saw 47 divers in action, compared to more than 50 last year. Each of the 47 had five dives before the field was cut to the 25 competitors with the most points. Those going the distance would execute six more dives apiece.

Castellaneta, who missed last year's cut by one place, was one spot short again this time as her total of 183.30 points placed her 26th. The 25th-place finisher had 186.90.

Lexi opened slowly, with a 27-point dive that left her in 42nd place. She climbed to 34th place with a 37.90-point dive in the second round, slipped a bit with a 33.35-point third dive, and then charged forward with dives of 43.80 and 41.25 points -- but not quite far enough.

"Lexi did well and I am very proud of her," said her coach, Kim Suddaby. "The competition was much tougher this year. She again missed the next round by one person, and by only three points.

"Thirteenth place going into the sixth dive was only 15 points away from (Lexi's) 26th place," said Suddaby, adding: "Considering the fact that Lexi was the only diver at States who doesn't dive year-round (note: she is also a gymnast), she did very well. She was focused and she should be proud of herself."

Photo in text: Lexi Castellaneta on her final dive.

The seven judges observed the 47 divers from a point beside the Ithaca College pool.

From left: Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy, Amanda Pike and Allison Teed shoot.

Scrimmage time

The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity and JV basketball teams scrimmaged Friday at Bath against Romulus and Bath in the Senecas' first outing of the preseason. Coach Alicia Learn said she "saw some nice things tonight as well as some things we need to work on. However, with only two weeks of practice, I thought the girls did a very nice job playing together." Another scrimmage is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday at Southern Cayuga, and the season opener will be at Candor on Dec. 1. The home opener will be on Dec. 4 against Tioga. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Odessa-Montour junior Alyssa Crout gains some yardage in the 9th annual Pixie Bowl.

O-M's soph-junior team wins Pixie Bowl

ODESSA, Nov. 16 -- The Odessa-Montour sophomore-junior team built a 23-0 first-half lead and held on for a 23-12 victory over the freshman-senior squad Monday night at the ninth annual Pixie Bowl football game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The flag-football girls game, played on a chilly but clear night, was the ninth annual such contest. It is played each year after completion of the school's varsity football season.

After the sophomore-junior squad finished the first half with a flourish -- a 10-yard touchdown run by Alyssa Crout on the final play and a point-after kick by Haily Perraut -- the seniors-freshmen rebounded with a pair of touchdowns by Ashley Kot, one from eight yards out, and another from beyond midfield. Both attempts for two-point conversions failed, however.

The second Kot TD brought a comment from student announcer Kennedey Heichel, who was providing spectators with play-by-play commentary. "It smells like comeback time," she said. But the comeback stalled there.

Coaches were teachers Linda Kramer and Jen Signor. Referees included O-M coaches Jack McCauley (football), Bill Lindsley (wrestling and softball) and Burton Brewster (soccer, basketball and track).

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Photos in text:

Top: Freshman Alexis Saunders kicks off.

Bottom: Spectators (from left) Kennedey Heichel, Nakiaha Robinson and Gillian Clark. Heichel served as the game's announcer in the second half.

Left: Senior Nikki Crout (84) awaits a pass as junior defender Dasia Herrmann moves in. Crout caught the ball. Right: Sophomore Heidi Casselberry intercepts a pass.

Left: Freshman Olivia Grover gains some yardage. Right: Senior Ashley Kot on the way to her second touchdown.

Sophomore ball-carrier Hailey Perraut, center, tries to evade defender Alexis Saunders, left, as senior Ashley Kot approaches on the right.

The Watkins Glen boys varsity crosss-country team poses with its runnerup plaque. Front, from left: Gabe Planty, Daniel Paradiso and Sean Holland. Standing, from left: Coach John Fazzary, Shawn Rutledge, Jacob Carocci, Sam Hanley, Patrick Hazlitt and Athletic Director Rod Weeden.

Watkins Glen boys XC team places 2nd at State tourney

Federation meet next; Bond wins Sportsmanship Award

WOODBURY, NY, Nov. 14, 2015 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross-country team -- with Patrick Hazlitt leading the way on a cold, blustery morning -- placed second among Class C competitors Saturday at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Cross Country Championships in Woodbury.

"Finishing this high was one of our preseason goals," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "When something comes to fruition like this ... when you put a lot of hard work in ... nothing feels better than that."

The performance, one of the top 12 among teams from all four of the day's races -- Classes A, B, C and D -- also earned the Senecas another week of competition, at next weekend's Federation Meet at Bowdoin Park in Wappinger Falls. This is the first time a full Watkins team has competed there, although the Senecas' Matt Gill, since graduated, qualified for it on an indivdual basis.

The Senecas registered a score of 89 points, second only to East Aurora's 36 and ahead of Mount Academy's 91 and Pleasantville's 95 in the 11-team, sectional-champions field. Watkins entered the race ranked third in the state by the New York State Sportswriters Association behind East Aurora and Mount Academy.

Hazlitt posted a time of 16:52 on the hilly 5,000-meter course to finish 11th in the race. Teammate Shawn Rutledge was 23rd in 17:14, Gabe Planty 28th in 17:20, Sam Hanley 44th in 17:45, Jacob Carocci 59th in 18:00, Daniel Paradiso 70th in 18:13, and Sean Holland 115th in 20:06.

Meanwhile, in the girls' race, Watkins Glen's lone entrant, Maggie Bond, finished 54th among 129 runners in a time of 21:33. She was also named the recipient of the Section IV girls Sportsmanship Award in a vote of section coaches.

Of the boys' race, Fazzary said the conditions were "brutal ... the wind was unbelievable, with strong gusts." And the course was "a bear, extremely hilly."

But the Senecas managed, despite it all, to finish higher than any Watkins team in the coach's memory. "I can't recall any team from Watkins Glen that was second in the state in any sport," he said.

Added Athletic Director Rod Weeden: "We could not be more proud of taking home the runner-up plaque. It was the first time our little school has brought home any State plaque" like that "in any sport."

Photos in text:
Top:
Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt, right, comes off one of the course's hills.
Bottom: The Senecas' Jacob Carocci. (Photos by Pamela Rutledge)

Left: The runnerup plaque won by Watkins Glen. (Photo provided by Rod Weeden)
Right:
Maggie Bond, the Senecas' lone entrant in the girls' race. (Pamela Rutledge photo)

WGHS alum Pike earns coaching honor

BROCKPORT, Nov. 11 -- Steve Pike, a 1992 graduate of Watkins Glen High School, has been named Coach of the Year in the State University of New York Athletic Conference after leading the Brockport Golden Eagles volleyball team to a 33-1 record and its first SUNYAC championship since 1994.

The title earns Brockport an automatic NCAA Tournament bid. The team travels to Clarkson this weekend for the NCAA Divison III Volleyball New York Regionals as the No. 3 seed, facing No. 6 seed Framingham State.

Update: Brockport defeated Framingham State 3-0 on game scores of 25-19, 25-21 and 25-22 before falling to tournament No. 2 seed Springfield 3-0 on game scores of 20-25, 21-25 and 23-25. Brockport's final record: 34-2.

This is Pike's third year at the helm of the Golden Eagles. His team was 10-21 in its first year and 0-9 in conference play. This year they were 9-0 against league foes. Before coaching at Brockport, he was head volleyball coach at Potsdam for 11 seasons after four years as assistant.

Pike has also been selected as an assistant coach for the USA National Camp held in Colorado in December, where he and other coaches will work with some of the nation's top 12-15 year olds.

Photo in text: Steve Pike (Photo provided)

Shutter's soccer team in NCAA tourney

Special to The Odessa File

NEWARK, Delaware, Nov. 11 -- The Wilmington University men's soccer team -- with Odessa-Montour alum Morgan Shutter as part of the team -- received a second life this week as the Wildcats were selected to participate in the NCAA Division II National Tournament, earning the sixth and final seed in the East Region.

The tension was easily noticeable inside the Pratt Student Center Monday night as the team and fans gathered to watch the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Selection Show. Having lost in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament Semifinals, the Wildcats had left the decision in the hands of the NCAA committee.

The Wildcats watched as five other teams were selected before them, but then erupted as their name was called as the sixth seed for the East Regional Tournament. The Wildcats will square off against No. 3 Adelphi in the first round, hosted by No. 2 LIU Post in Brookville, N.Y.

Update: The Wildcats and Adelphi's Panthers met Thursday, Nov.12 in a game won by Wilmington. However, the Wildcats fell in the second round to host LIU Post, 6-0.

Shutter -- a standout on the Tompkins Cortland Community College soccer team for two years before transferring to Wilmington -- has seen action in 17 games for the Wildcats this season, registering two goals and two assists.

Photo in text: Morgan Shutter (Photo provided)

Athletes of the Week: Meehan, Lexi

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 9 -- A pair of Section IV champions are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Watkins Glen senior Katherine Meehan gets one of the nods for her victory in the 100 Yard Breaststroke at the Section IV, Class C Swimming Championships at Owego Free Academy, her second such title in two years.

And Lexi Castellaneta earns the honor for her Section IV, Class C Diving victory -- a performance in which she also defeated all of the dozen Class A divers competing with the C group that evening in Elmira. Her next stop is the State meet at Ithaca College.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen runners Maggie Bond, Patrick Hazlitt, Shawn Rutledge, Gabe Planty, Jacob Carocci, Sam Hanley, Daniel Paradiso and Aaron Planty; Watkins Glen swimmers Peighton Cervoni, Emma Allington, Amanda Wilbur, Isabella Fazzary and Liza Carnes; Watkins Glen volleyball's Amanda Pike, Mariah Gonzalez and Hanley Elliott; and Odessa-Montour swimmers Syria Tague and Tori Reese.

Honorable Mention: Another 20 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at the WGHS and Odessa-Montour schools.

Center to feature 6 Syracuse Mile cars, discussion of the track, live radio show

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 9, 2015 -- Six cars representing different eras of competition at the Syracuse Mile will be on display at the International Motor Racing Research Center Saturday, Nov. 14, for a daylong program about the famed race track.

Among the cars will be a 1934 Ford and the 1980 Gary Balough "Batmobile."

In addition to the array of cars, the day will offer a live radio show broadcast, a morning roundtable for stories from drivers who have competed at the Syracuse Mile and an afternoon panel discussion by Syracuse Mile experts. Special displays are also planned.

The Nov. 14 program at the Racing Research Center is free and open to all. The Center is located at 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen.

The Syracuse Mile is one of the most historic tracks in the nation. Also known as the "Moody Mile," the one-mile dirt track at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse hosted car races starting in 1903. It is considered to be the second or third oldest race track in the country.

Since 1972, the track was the hub of the hugely popular Super DIRT Week, a five-day racing extravaganza, which had its final run at the Syracuse Mile last month. State and county officials have a $50 million plan to build an equestrian complex, a hockey facility and an RV park on the site currently occupied by the dirt track and its main grandstand.

The featured racer in the display of cars will be the "Batmobile." This modified racer is noted for winning the 1980 Super DIRT Week event after running away from the rest of the field. The car will remain on display at the Center through the end of the year. The car will be on loan from the DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame and Classic Car Museum in Weedsport, NY.

The other cars, at the Center just for the day:

-- A 1934 Ford five-window coupe that raced at Syracuse in the late 1950s, driven by Ray Preston and Red Beardsley. The car is owned by Jim Hilimire.
-- The Cliff Kotary coupe that won the 1963 New York State Fair Labor Day race. It is owned by Jeff Ackerman.
-- A 1980s Pinto-bodied Olson Eagle chassis car. It is owned by Leo Kuleszo.
-- A 1980s Gremlin-bodied Show Car chassis car, also owned by Kuleszo.
-- A current TEO-chassis dirt modified that ran in this year's final Syracuse 200. It was driven by and is owned by Brian Swarthout.

The day will begin at 9 a.m. with radio personality and track announcer Joe Marotta doing a live broadcast from the Center of his radio show "Around the Tracks."

At 10:30 a.m., drivers from all eras will share their stories in an informal roundtable setting. Participants will include:

-- Brett Hearn, winningest driver of the Syracuse 200 modified race at Super DIRT Week, with six victories. Hearn also earned six wins in the small-block race at Syracuse. His start in the final Syracuse race in October was his 38th.
-- John Birosh, who ran both small-block modifieds as well as Sprint cars on the Mile.
-- Malcolm Lane, who also ran both small-block modifieds as well as World of Outlaws Sprint cars at Syracuse. He is a six-time Empire Super Sprint Champion.
-- Dan Kapuscinski, better-known as an asphalt super modified driver, who had his first -- and last -- experience running a Sportsman modified at this year's Super DIRT Week, finishing 13th.
-- Alan Johnson, three-time winner of the Syracuse 200 and the only competitor to win the race from the last starting position.

Glenn Donnelly is scheduled to be on the afternoon panel, but because of scheduling commitments, may join the morning session. Donnelly, who founded the Driver Independent Race Tracks, DIRT, organization in the early 1970s, the major event becoming Super DIRT Week, will talk about his time promoting races at The Mile and will perhaps give details of his new Central New York Raceway Park venture which will host Super DIRT Week in 2016.

Others planned for the 1 p.m. panel discussion, moderated by Marotta, include Hearn as well as:

-- Jeff Hachmann, director, events sales and marketing for the World Racing Group/DIRT Car Northeast, who will share his memories of Syracuse, both as a young boy attending the races to his position working for the WRG and promoting the Super DIRT Car Series and Super DIRT Week for the past 10 years.
-- Dr. Gary George, author and race historian and the man behind "signs by AJ" lettering on race cars in the 1970s. George will speak on the history of the track beginning from 1903, detailing some of the most famous drivers to tackle The Mile, some of the accidents and many of the famous events that ran over the years.

The International Motor Racing Research Center is an archival and research library dedicated to the preservation and sharing of the materials of motorsports history, of all series and all tracks, worldwide. For more information about the Center and its work, visit the website www.racingarchives.org.

Photos in text:

Top: Lined up for the start of the 1924 race at the Syracuse Mile are, from the front of photo, Louis Chevrolet #3, Jimmie Murphy #12, Ralph De Palma #2, Eddie O'Donnell #9, Ira Veil #5 and Bennett Hill #7. (From the International Motor Racing Research Center's Mike Fuller Collection)

Bottom: Mario Andretti, left, and Al Unser Sr. race at the Syracuse Mile in the USAC Silver Crown 1974 Syracuse 100. Unser won the race. (Photo by Joe Cali from the International Motor Racing Research Center's Joe Cali Collection)

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