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Pike scores 20 as East Stroudsburg wins

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa., Nov. 11, 2018 -- Watkins Glen High School alum Amanda Pike scored 20 points Sunday to lead East Stroudsburg University's women's basketball team to its first victory of the season, 74-67 over Bowie State. It is now 1-1.

Pike went 3-for-3 on 3-pointers in the first half as her Warriors built a 36-26 lead, and finished with 6-for-10 shooting from beyond the arc and 7-for-13 overall. She also had one rebound and one steal while playing 27 minutes.

The day before, Pike -- a sophomore -- scored 14 points in 27 minutes as East Stroudsburg lost 90-79 to Wheeling Jesuit University. She was 5-for-15 in that game, including 4-for-13 on 3-pointers, and grabbed 5 rebounds.

Pike, who saw limited action as a freshman, led WGHS to the New York State Class C state title in 2016, earning designation as the state's Class C Player of the Year.

Photo in text: Amanda Pike (Photo provided)

The entire Strikers D1, D2 and D3 roster. Front: Lilly Ameigh. First row, from left: Michaela Wheaton, Gillian D'Alleva, Brooklynn Thompson, Kendra Fish, Jen Gublo, Skye Honrath, Olivia VanSkiver, Brianna Tuttle, Grace Weed, Isabella Llewelyn and Abigail Grady. Second row from left: Anna Franzese, Madison Tuttle, Natalie Oliver, Erin Snow, Ava Kelly, Jacqueline Mace, Maisie Robertson and Ava Cowan. Third row from left: Desiree Groves, Sasha Honrath and Georgia Michel. Missing: Olivia King, Zade Gomez Fitzsimmons, Emily Melveney, Kaylee Yaw and Alexis Gillis. Coaches: Eric VanSkiver, Ben King and Paul Honrath. Missing: Emily Smith-Cowan. (Photo provided)

Strikers wins Broome County soccer title

BINGHAMTON, Nov. 11, 2018 -- The Schuyler Strikers U13 Girls team won the Broome County Soccer League Division One championship this fall.

The team, which finished the season with a record of 7-1-0, had won the Division Two title last spring.

"As a young team," said one coach, "these girls have worked exceptionally hard to achieve this and we are continuously amazed by all their accomplishments with both outdoor and indoor soccer."

The Strikers had 28 girls this fall with teams in Divisions One, Two and Three in the U13 age group. "The D2 and D3 girls also played extremely well this season," said the coach, "improving their technical skills and game awareness and teamwork. These girls are very talented and have a lot of passion for the game. They are exciting to watch and a lot of fun to coach."

The Strikers are currently preparing for the indoor season, where they will compete in several tournaments.

Photo in text: Front: Goalie Lilly Ameigh. First row from left: Ava Kelly, Erin Snow, Olivia VanSkiver, Jen Gublo, Skye Honrath and Brianna Tuttle. Second row, from left: Kendra Fish, Sasha Honrath, Georgia Michel, Maisie Robertson and Ava Cowan. Missing: Olivia King and Jacqueline Mace. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen junior Gabe Planty walks past a sign showing the Class C race results. (Photo provided)

Planty finishes 3rd in Class C at States

SUNKEN MEADOW STATE PARK, LONG ISLAND, Nov. 10, 2018 -- Watkins Glen junior Gabe Planty placed third Saturday in the Boys Class C race at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Cross Country Championships.

Planty, the Section IV, Class C champion, posted a time of 16:28.7, finishing behind race winner Matthew Rizzo of Section I's Bronxville (16:22.2) and runnerup Sean Gardner of Croton Harmon (16:25.2). A total of 131 runners competed in the race.

By virtue of his finish, Planty qualified for next Saturday's Federation Meet -- featuring a mix of public, private and Catholic school athletes -- at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls. His race starts at 1 p.m.

Watkins cross country Coach John Fazzary said the State Championship race was run in 40-45 degree temperatures with winds gusting to 25 or 30 mph, but "not a lot of the course is out in the open." Much of it was run through woods, although the final portion was in the open, into the wind.

Planty "was closing at the end," said Fazzary. "The second-place runner kept looking over his shoulder, but Gabe just ran out of real estate. But he certainly did well; had a good race."

When the times recorded by runners in all classes were merged, Planty had the 26th fastest, but Fazzary said that of all runners his age or younger only six had better times -- which bodes well for next year, perhaps enhancing his chances then of making the national competition.

Photo in text: Gabe Planty, left, during Saturday's race. (Photo provided)

IAC girls soccer All-Stars announced

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 9, 2018 -- The Interscholastic Athletic Conference has announced its girls varsity soccer All-Stars for the Small Schools South Division. It includes the following:

Odessa-Montour

1st Team: McKennah Lott, Olivia Grover, Alexis Saunders, Kennedey Heichel.
2nd Team: Hunter Daugherty, Hannah Bruno, Grace Vondracek, Autumn Garrison.

Watkins Glen

1st Team: Hannah Morse (MVP), Taylor Kelly, Cierra Barber, Danielle Leszyk, Haley Dean, Carly Arnold.
2nd Team: Abby Gibson, Genevieve Osborne.

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"Tribe" A Team All-Stars: From left, Ben Heichel, Thomas Snow and Ryan Willett. (Photo provided)

Schuyler Youth Football All-Stars named

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 9, 2018 -- Several Schuyler Youth Football League players have been selected as Southern Tier Youth Football Conference West Division All-Stars.

From the Schuyler "Tribe" A team: Ben Heichel, Thomas Snow and Ryan Willett.

From the Schuyler "Tribe" B team: Connor Foggie and Dana Guild.

From the Schuyler "Tribe" C team: Aiden Moran and Isaak Willett.

The A, B and C All-Star games were played Nov. 4 at Susquehanna Valley.

Photo in text: "Tribe" B Team All-Stars Connor Foggie (left) and Dana Guild. (Photo provided)

Members of the C Team All-Stars included, from left, the Tribe's Aiden Moran and Isaak Willett and Candor/SVE's Chase Weaver. (Photo provided)

Hannah Morse, Allie Gibson are our Schuyler Fall MVPs

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 7, 2018 -- There were two standout high school teams this fall in Schuyler County -- both at Watkins Glen. One was the girls varsity soccer team, and the other the girls varsity swim team.

The soccer team had a strong lineup, led by senior Hannah Morse, who set a school single-season scoring record of 33 goals. Her career total: a school record 73 goals, far beyond anyone else in the program's history.

She was always fun to watch -- not just because she scored and had a bunch of assists, to boot. It was because of her quickness, her acceleration, her nimble footwork. A goal or an assist always seemed an instant away.

She had a sterling group of teammates: very productive, on both offense and defense. Names like Danielle Leszyk, Cierra Barber, Taylor Kelly, Haley Dean, Carly Arnold, Genevieve Osborn, Aislinn Klemann.

Together, they defied the doubters who thought the loss of nine seniors the year before would spell failure. Instead, they won their last half-dozen regular-season games and captured an IAC division title.

Morse, also a standout basketball player who two seasons ago sank a buzzer-beating state championship basket, is tough. A few bumps and bruises in either sport haven't seemed to faze her; and when other soccer teams would put extra defenders on her this year or played a particularly physical game, she would adjust her determination upward. She scored five goals in one game, four in another, and 24 others along the way, breaking the old school mark of 27.

"She's special," said one longtime coach upon observing her soccer skills for the first time.

Indeed, she is.

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And the swim team -- well, it also had a strong lineup. Peighton Cervoni, Amanda Wilbur, Jillian Cantieni, Sarah Swinnerton, Faye Mooney, Malina Butler, Thalia Marquez ... and the sprinter extraordinaire, senior Allison (Allie) Gibson.

The team dropped just one dual meet all season, and then achieved its goal of winning a second straight Section IV, Class C championship. And these Senecas did it handily, practically doubling the points earned by runner-up Lansing.

There was plenty of glory to go around at the sectional meet, but one name popped up repeatedly as a winner, as it had all year: Allie Gibson. She won the 50 Yard Freestyle, although clearly disappointed that she had failed to reach the state qualifying time she had hoped was within reach.

That didn't seem to affect her subsequent performances, though, for she won the 100 Free and then anchored the winning 200 Free Relay team with a final, fast 24.92 that carried the squad to victory by 3/100s of a second.

And she does it all quietly, for that is how she is: quiet. But once she hits that water ...

"She's very powerful," said Watkins Glen Assistant Coach Steve Klemann. "She holds a lot of energy inside" that seems to burst out in the pool. "When she hits the water, she goes into a different mode," he said. "She has a fighting spirit. She's a true champion, very determined -- and yet most of all a team player. She's always focused on the team.

"Any college that doesn't pick her up is nuts. At the end of the day, she's a warrior."

"She's an awesome kid," added Coach Nikki Chaffee. "She's worked very hard, and is always positive. She's a great leader."

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They are two remarkable young women who led their teams to successful seasons. They are team players who were capable of excelling time and again. And all the while they did so without fanfare -- with focus and determination that marks those who scale exceptional heights.

For a lot of reasons -- skill, success and leadership among them -- each has earned The Odessa File's Schuyler Fall MVP award.

Photos in text: Hannah Morse (top) and Allie Gibson.

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2018 Odessa File Autumn All-Stars

First Team

Hannah Morse -- WG soccer -- co-MVP
Allie Gibson -- WG swimming -- co-MVP
Gabe Planty -- WG cross country
Danielle Leszyk -- WG soccer
Cierra Barber -- WG soccer
Taylor Kelly -- WG soccer
Kennedey Heichel -- OM soccer
Lexi Saunders -- OM soccer
Tori Reese -- OM swimming
Peighton Cervoni -- WG swimming
Sarah Swinnerton -- WG swimming
Amanda Wilbur -- WG swimming
Jillian Cantieni -- WG swimming
Joe Chedzoy -- Seneca Indians football
Zach Elliott -- Seneca Indians football

Second Team

Hannah Bruno -- OM soccer
McKennah Lott -- OM soccer
Grace Vondracek -- OM soccer
Olivia Grover -- OM soccer
Autumn Garrison -- OM soccer
Hunter Daugherty -- OM soccer
Preston Harris -- OM soccer
Paden Grover -- OM soccer
Deshawn Johnson -- OM soccer
Haley Dean -- WG soccer
Carly Arnold -- WG soccer
Avery Watson -- WG soccer
Nate Wickham -- WG soccer
Casen Weeden -- Seneca Indians football
Derrick Lewis -- Seneca Indians football
Dylan Houseknecht -- Seneca Indians football
Wyatt Brower -- Seneca Indians football
Wrett Brower -- Seneca Indians foottball
Gabe Arcangeli -- Seneca Indians football
Josh Bravo -- Seneca Indians football
Kathryn Losey -- WG volleyball
Kelsey Kernan -- WG volleyball
Adrienna Solomon -- WG volleyball
Madeleine Kilcoyne -- WG swimming
Faye Mooney -- WG swimming
Malina Butler -- WG swimming
Thalia Marquez -- WG swimming
Kara Reese -- OM swimming
Max Evans -- WG cross country
Breanna Carl -- WG cross country
Kai Sutterby -- WG cross country

Third Team

Claudia Parker -- WG volleyball
Carlie Baker -- WG volleyball
Dominik Scott -- OM soccer
Devon Mahaney -- OM soccer
Johnny Niedermaier -- OM soccer
Justin Andrews -- OM soccer
Ida Sidle -- OM soccer
Isabella Fazzary -- WG swimming
Annika Wickham -- WG swimming
Ellie Clarkson -- WG swimming
Jena Slater -- WG diving
Isabel Foote -- OM volleyball
Hannah Chapman -- OM volleyball
Jacy Knapp -- OM volleyball
Megan Adams -- OM swimming
Katie Adams -- OM swimming
Madison Moss -- OM swimming
Josiah Wysocki -- WG soccer
Isaac McIlroy -- WG soccer
Aydin Zahradnik -- WG soccer
Genevieve Osborne -- WG soccer
Aislinn Klemann -- WG soccer
Abby Gibson -- WG soccer
Abby Congdon -- WG soccer
Travon Jones -- Seneca Indians football
Owen Scholtisek -- Seneca Indians football
Collin Baker -- Seneca Indians football
Hunter Holley -- Seneca Indians football
Makenzie Kellogg -- WG cross country
Steven Gublo -- WG cross country
Hannah Nolan -- OM soccer

Athletes of the Week: WG's Planty, Gibson

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 5, 2018 -- This week we honor as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week two post-season standouts at Watkins Glen High School.

Gabe Planty gets one nod for winning the Section IV, Class C cross-country championship at Chenango Valley State Park and advancing to next weekend's State Meet.

Allie Gibson earns the other nod for her three victories at the Section IV, Class C Swimming Championships -- in the 50 Free, 100 Free and 200 Free Relay.

Double Honorable: The Watkins Glen swim team's Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Jillian Cantieni, Amanda Wilbur and Jena Slater; and Odessa-Montour swimmer Tori Reese.

Honorable Mention: Another 12 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Exceptional Seniors

The annual Interscholastic Athletic Conference Exceptional Seniors soccer game was played Saturday at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Schuyler players included the first five pictured on the left in the front row -- from left, Hannah Morse (Watkins Glen), Kennedey Heichel (Odessa-Montour), Hannah Bruno (OM), Taylor Kelly (WG) and Danielle Leszyk (WG) -- and, second from right, McKennah Lott (OM). Four others are pictured in the back row, on the left. From left they are Cierra Barber (WG), Lexi Saunders (OM), Olivia Grover (OM) and Hunter Daugherty (OM). (Photo by Sheila Barber)



The Section IV, Class C champion Watkins Glen Senecas celebrate on the podium.
Glen girls win sectional title

Gibson captures 50 and 100; Cervoni takes Backstroke

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 3, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team capped a successful season with a resounding victory Saturday at the Section IV, Class C Tournament in the WGHS pool.

The Senecas totaled 513 points, well ahead of runnerup Lansing's 263. Elmira Notre Dame, with just six swimmers, was third with 251 points, followed by Dryden (206), Southern Cayuga (203), Susquehanna Valley (196), Odessa-Montour (164), Whitney Point (108), Greene (80), and Sidney (15).

Watkins Glen's Allie Gibson won the 50 Free (25.61) and the 100 Free (56.20), and was on the winning 200 Free Relay team with Peighton Cervoni, Jillian Cantieni and Amanda Wilbur (1:46.34). She was also on the second-place 200 Medley Relay team.

Cervoni, second to Gibson in the 100, won the 100 Backstroke in 1:02.11. She was also on the second-place Medley Relay squad as well as the winning 200 Free Relay team.

Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese, in finishing third in the 100 Fly, set a school record of 1:05.05, breaking the old mark of 1:05.90 held by Jen Mosher.

Outstanding performer at the meet was Notre Dame's Catherine Craig, who won two individual events (the 200 IM in a state-qualifying time of 2:07.74 and the 100 Breaststroke with a meet record and state-qualifying 1:05.00) as well as racing on two winning relay squads (the Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay).

Other individual swim winners included Lansing's Grace Kadlecik in the 200 Free (a state qualifying 1:56.09) and the 100 Fly (1:00.56); and Notre Dame's Caroline Rogers in the 500 Free (5:29.41). Watkins Glen's Jena Slater won the Diving title with 336.35 points.

In the day's earlier tournaments, Ithaca won the Class A title, and Chenango Valley won the Class B title.

Watkins Glen finishes in the various races were as follows:

200 Medley Relay: WG 2nd (Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur, Allie Gibson) 1:54.14.
200 Free: Jillian Cantieni 2nd (2:08.29); Thalia Marquez 4th (2:11.57); Isabella Fazzary 7th (2:16.15); Annika Wickham 8th (2:20.06).
200 IM: Amanda Wilbur 4th (2:25.09); Sarah Swinnerton 5th (2:27.37); Madeleine Kilcoyne 7th (2:36.16); Madeline Williams 13th (2:44.98).
50 Free: Allie Gibson 1st (25.61); Ellie Clarkson 7th (28.08); Alanna Klemann 14th (30.29).
100 Fly: Amanda Wilbur 2nd (1:04.03); Madeleine Kilcoyne 6th (1:07.95); Malina Butler 8th (1:16.04).
100 Free: Allie Gibson 1st (56.20); Peighton Cervoni 2nd (57.53); Faye Mooney 6th (1:01.01).
500 Free: Jillian Cantieni 2nd (5:47.83); Thalia Marquez 4th (5:52.87); Annika Wickham 9th (6:18.93); Ellie Clarkson 11th (6:30.54).
200 Free Relay: WG 1st (Peighton Cervoni, Jillian Cantieni, Amanda Wilbur, Allie Gibson) 1:46.34.
100 Back: Peighton Cervoni 1st (1:02.11); Malina Butler 4th (1:10.56); Isabella Fazzary 7th (1:12.40); Madeline Parker 9th (1:14.61).
100 Breaststroke: Sarah Swinnerton 2nd (1:11.19); Faye Mooney 4th (1:14.30); Madeline Williams 10th (1:26.02); Alannah Klemann 15th (1:35.35).
400 Free Relay: WGHS 3rd (names not available) 4:04.82.

Odessa-Montour finishes in the various races were as follows:

200 Medley Relay: OM 6th (Megan Adams, Tori Reese, Katie Adams, Kara Reese) 2:10.70.
200 Free: Megan Adams 16th (2:35.18).
200 IM: Kara Reese 8th (2:38.96); Madison Moss 12th (2:44.90); Katie Adams 16th (2:54.18).
100 Fly: Tori Reese 3rd (1:05.05); Katie Adams 11th (1:19.16).
500 Free: Madison Moss 15th (6:42.99).
200 Free Relay: OM 8th (Emilee Chaffinch, Reagan Reese, Annaleise Beckley, Julia Paulisczak) 2:13.29.
100 Back: Kara Reese 5th (1:11.85); Megan Adams 11th (1:15.99); Emilee Chaffinch 15th (1:25.68).
100 Breaststroke: Tori Reese 3rd (1:13.01); Delaney Paulisczak 12th (1:33.06); Reagan Reese 16th (1:36.24).
400 Free Relay: OM 4th (Madison Moss, Megan Adams, Kara Reese, Tori Reese) 4:17.79.

Photos in text:

Top: The Watkins Glen 200 Free Relay team, which won by 3/100s of a second over Southern Cayuga. From left: Peighton Cervoni, Amanda Wilbur, Jillian Cantieni and Allie Gibson.
Second: Notre Dame's Catherine Craig, right, the meet's Outstanding Performer, hugs Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur after winning the 200 Individual Medley. Wilbur placed fourth.
Third: Watkins Glen's Allie Gibson reacts after discovering her 200 Free Relay team, which she anchored, had won by 3/100s of a second.
Fourth: A spectator records the approach of swimmers about to compete in the 100 Breaststroke final.
Fifth: On the podium after the 100 Back: winner Peighton Cervoni, center, with teammates Malina Butler (left, 4th place) and Isabella Fazzary (7th place).
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Alannah Klemann competes in the 100 Breaststroke. She placed 15th. (Photo by Craig Parker)

Left: Watkins Glen's Julya Slater prepares to dive. She placed second. Right: O-M's Kara Reese competes in the 200 IM, where she placed 8th. (Both photos by Craig Parker)

Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni on the way to second place in the 100 Free. (Photo by Craig Parker)

Left: Watkins Glen's Sarah Swinnerton on the way to 2nd place in the 100 Breaststroke. Right: Odessa-Montour's Katie Adams competes in the 100 Fly. She placed 11th.

Watkins Glen's Malina Butler competes in the 100 Fly, where she placed 8th. (Photo by Craig Parker)

Left: O-M's Tori Reese on the way to third place in the 100 Breaststroke. (Photo by Craig Parker) Right: Notre Dame's Catherine Craig holds her Outstanding Performer trophy, donated to the meet by the Watkins Glen Varsity Club.

Watkins Glen's Jillian Cantieni on the way to second place in the 500 Free. (Photo by Craig Parker)

Left: O-M's Reagan Reese competes in the 100 Breaststroke. She placed 16th. Right: Watkins Glen's Faye Mooney on the way to 4th place in the 100 Breaststroke.

Watkins' Madeline Parker on the way to 9th place in the 100 Back. (Craig Parker photo)

Left: O-M's Megan Adams competes in the 200 Free, where she placed 16th. Right: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur poses before the meet.

Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni dives at start of the 100 Backstroke, which she won.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jena Slater dives on the way to her sectional title. Right: Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni, left, and Allie Gibson hug after Gibson won the 100 Free, with Cervoni second.

Watkins Glen's Madeline Williams competes in the 200 IM, where she placed 13th.

Left: Watkins coach Nikki Chaffee took an unscheduled swim after the meet, courtesy of her celebrating team. Right; O-M's Tori Reese with the new entry on the record board at Odessa after she set the school 100 Fly record at the sectional meet at WGHS.

Watkins Glen's Ellie Clarkson competes in the 500 Free, where she placed 11th.

Left: Watkins Glen's Madeleine Kilcoyne on the way to seventh place in the 200 IM. Right: O-M's Madison Moss competes in the 200 IM, where she placed 12th. (Both photos by Craig Parker)

Watkins Glen's Thalia Marquez dives at start of the 500 Free final. She placed 4th.

Planty wins Sectionals, advances to States

CHENANGO VALLEY, Nov. 1, 2018 -- Watkins Glen High School's Gabe Planty finished first among 96 runners in the Section IV, Class C Cross Country Championships Thursday at the Chenango Valley State Park, advancing to the State Meet.

His time of 16:30 on the 3.1-mile course sent him to the Saturday, Nov. 10 States at Sunken Meadows State Park on Long Island. The winning team Thursday and the next five best times qualified for States. Watkins Glen placed fifth.

Windsor won the team title with 87 points, followed by Chenango Forks (96), Newark Valley (111), Waverly (111), Watkins Glen (118), Oneonta (152), Lansing (166), Chenango Valley (169), Dryden (185), Candor (204), and Norwich (223).

Planty was the only Watkins runner to advance. Teammate Max Evans was 10th in 18:31, with Steven Gublo 28th in 19:18, Lawrence Majors 39th in 19:43, Ben Swinnerton 40th in 19:46, and Elliott Holland 61st in 21:18.

Girls: Watkins Glen placed fourth among seven squads. The team title went to Lansing (36 points), followed by Waverly (54), Newark Valley (55), Watkins Glen (115), Chenango Valley (131), Candor (159) and Oneonta (160).

Breanna Carl led the Senecas by finishing 10th in 21:22. Kat Sutterby was 11th in 21:47, Makenzie Kellogg 15th in 22:21, Sierra Morris 52nd in 28:04, and Maya Somerville 58th in 30:19. Threre were 61 runners.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty on the way to victory Thurday at Sectionals. (Photo by Madison Hansen)

From left: Watkins Glen's Breanna Carl, Max Evans and Kai Sutterby at Sectionals. (Photos provided)

O-M's Tori Reese on the way to fifth place in the 100 Fly. (Photo by Craig Parker)

Glen excels at swim Prelims

Gibson is top seed in 50, 100, Cervoni in the Backstroke

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 31, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team put itself in a strong position Wednesday at the Section IV Class C Swimming Championship Prelims heading into the finals at the WGHS pool on Saturday.

Allison Gibson took the top seed in the 50 Free and 100 Free with personal bests of 25.14 and 56.08, Peighton Cervoni was first in the 100 Back in 1:01.94, and the Watkins 200 Free Relay team of Cervoni, Amanda Wilbur, Jillian Cantieni and Gibson won in 1:48.82.

The top finishers in each individual race advanced to the finals Saturday, with the 9th through 16th place in the consolation finals, where competitors can finish no higher overall thatn 9th. The top eight finishers in each relay also advanced.

Finalists from Watkins Glen in addition to those event winners above included:

200 Medley Relay: Malina Butler, Sarah Swinnerton, Madeleine Kilcoyne, Thalia Marquez, 2nd in 2:04.24.
200 Free: Jillian Cantieni 2nd in 2:08.26; Thalia Marquez 4th in 2:11.79; Isabella Fazzary 7th in 2:15.47; Annika Wickham 8th in 2:20.63.
200 Individual Medley: Amanda Wilbur 3rd in 2:24.47; Sarah Swinnerton 5th in 2:27.38; Madeleine Kilcoyne 6th in 2:34.12.
50 Free: Ellie Clarkson 7th in 28.54.
100 Fly: Amanda Wilbur 2nd in 1:03.87; Madeleine Kilcoyne 3rd in 1:07.04; Malina Butler 8th in 1:14.50.
100 Free: Peighton Cervoni 2nd in 57.04; Faye Mooney 6th in 1:01.48.
500 Free: Jillian Cantieni 2nd in 5:51.11; Thalia Marquez 3rd in 5:53.36.
100 Back: Malina Butler 5th in 1:12.17; Isabella Fazzary 6th in 1:12.76.
100 Breaststroke: Sarah Swinnerton 2nd in 1:11.50; Faye Mooney 4th in 1:14.66.
400 Free Relay: Thalia Marquez, Faye Mooney, Jillian Cantieni, Sarah Swinnerton 3rd in 4:14.23.

Odessa-Montour finalists included:

200 Medley Relay: Megan Adams, Tori Reese, Katie Adams, Kara Reese, 6th in 2:13.17.
200 Individual Medley: Kara Reese 8th in 2:38.01.
100 Fly: Tori Reese 5th in 1:07.51.
200 Free Relay: Emilee Chaffinch, Reagan Reese, Annaleise Beckley, Julia Paulisczak 8th in 2:15.60.
100 Back: Kara Reese 4th in 1:12.14.
100 Breasatstroke: Tori Reese 3rd in 1:14.08.
400 Free Relay: Madison Moss, Megan Adams, Kara Reese, Tori Reese 4th in 4:26.27.

Finishing first in other races:

200 Medley Relay: Elmira Notre Dame (Allie O'Brien, Catherine Craig, Caroline Rogers, Alexandra Welliver) 1:58.79.
200 Free: Grace Kadlecik, Lansing, 1:58.02.
200 Individual Medley: Catherine Craig, Notre Dame, 2:13.43.
100 Fly: Grace Kadlecik, Lansing, 1:01.63.
500 Free: Caroline Rogers, Notre Dame, 5:42.25.
100 Breaststroke: Catherine Craig, Notre Dame, 1:07.40.
400 Free Relay: Southern Cayuga (Taylor Green, Molly Rejman, Brooke Green, Emma VanAmburgh) 4:00.12.

Consolation finalists from Watkins Glen included Madeline Williams in the 200 IM and 100 Breast, Alannah Klemann in the 50 Free and 100 Breast, Annika Wickham and Ellie Clarkson in the 500 Free, and Madeline Parker in the 100 Back.

Consolation finalists from O-M included Megan Adams in the 200 Free and 100 Back, Madison Moss in the 200 IM and 500 Free, Katie Adams in the 200 IM and 100 Fly, Emilee Chaffinch in the 100 Back, Delaney Paulisczak in the 100 Breast, and Reagan Reese in the 100 Breast.

The three swim-class finals -- A, B and C -- will be run separately at WGHS on Saturday. Diving competition will be held there on Friday.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins' Peighton Cervoni on the way to 1st place in the 100 Back.
2nd: Watkins Glen's Allie Gibson reacts at seeing her time, a personal best, in the 50 Free.
3rd: Watkins' Amanda Wilbur en route to 3rd in the 200 IM. (Photo by Craig Parker)
4th: Watkins Glen's Sarah Swinnerton on the way to 2nd place in the 100 Breaststroke.
5th: Watkins Glen's Annika Wickham reacts after 200 Free. She qualified for the finals.
Bottom: Odessa-Montour's Emilee Chaffinch competes in the 100 Backstroke.

Odessa-Montour's Katie Adams dives at start of a leg in the 200 Medley Relay.

Left: Notre Dame's Catherine Craig shakes hands with Lansing's Mackenzie Stark after winning the 200 IM. She also won the 100 Breaststroke. Right: Watkins Glen's Faye Mooney reacts after finishing sixth and making the finals in the 100 Free.

Watkins Glen's Isabella Fazzary dives at start of the 100 Back. (Photo by Craig Parker)

Left: O-M's Delaney Paulisczak hits the water in the 50 Free. Right: Watkins Glen's Jill Cantieni hits the water at start of the 500 Free, where she placed second.

Watkins Glen's Grace Wickham competes in the 100 Fly. (Photo by Craig Parker)

Left: Watkins' Allie Gibson on way to winning the 100 Free. (Photo by Craig Parker)
Right: The Senecas' Thalia Marquez, left, shakes hands with Lansing's Grace Kadlecik after Kadlecik won the 200 Free.



Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese dives at start of the 100 Backstroke, where he placed 4th.

Watkins' Madeline Parker competes in the 200 Free Relay. (Photo by Craig Parker)

Watkins Glen's Madeleine Kilcoyne competes in the 200 IM. She placed sixth.

Rutledge leads Alfred State to 2nd in ACAA

ALFRED, Oct. 29, 2018 -- Watkins Glen High School graduate Shawn Rutledge led his school's cross-country team to a second-place finish at the 2018 American Collegiate Athletic Association Championships held Saturday at the SUNY Delhi Golf Course.

Rutledge, a 2017 WGHS graduate who was a key member of the Senecas' State Championship-winning cross-country team in his senior year, finished fourrh on the 8K course n 29:17.3 (5:51 per mile). He earned First Team All-ACAA honors.

Delhi won the team title, with nine of the top 10 runners. Matthew Connolly, an Elmira Notre Dame graduate, was 11th.

Photo in text: Shawn Rutledge (Alfred State photo)

Athlete of the Week: WG's Gabe Planty

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Oct. 28, 2018 -- This week we honor as the Odessa File Athlete of the Week a cross-country runner who dominated at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championships.

He is Watkins Glen High School's Gabe Planty, who claimed the individual title by covering the 3.1-mile course at Marathon in 17:12, finishing first among 89 runners. Next up is the Sectional meet Thursday at Chenango Valley State Park, and a possible State Meet berth.

Double Honorable: Odessa-Montour swimmer Tori Reese; Watkins Glen swimmers Amanda Wilbur, Allie Gibson, Sarah Swinnerton, Jill Cantieni, Peighton Cervoni and Jena Slater; and Watkins Glen runners Breanna Carl, Kai Sutterby and Max Evans.

Honorable Mention: Another eight athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese, back, and Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni compete in the 100 Yard Breaststroke, won by Reese with Cervoni a close second.

Waverly edges Glen for IAC swim title

Several Senecas earn All-Star honors; Sectionals next

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 27, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team surged with a victory in the final race -- the 400 Freestyle Relay -- but fell short of Waverly, 364-354, in the battle Saturday for the team title at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Swim Championships at Watkins Glen High School.

The 400 Free Relay squad of Amanda Wilbur, Sarah Swinnerton, Jillian Cantieni and Allie Gibson posted a time of 4:03.39, a second and a half ahead of runnerup Southern Cayuga's 4:04.89. The victory earned each member of the relay squad IAC All-Star status.

All-Star berths went to those finishing in the top three of individual events, and any winning relay team. Also qualifying as All-Stars for Watkins were Peighton Cervoni, second in the 100 Breaststroke, and Jena Slater, who won the diving title with a total of 329.35 points. Gibson also qualified as an All-Star by finishing second (by five hundredths of a second) in the 200 Free.

O-M's Tori Reese earned an All-Star berth for her victory in the 100 Breaststroke. She posted a time of 1:15.81, edging Watkins' Cervoni (1:16.13).

In addition to Waverly's 364 points and Watkins Glen's 354, team totals included: Elmira Notre Dame 271, Lansing 263, Southern Cayuga 226, Dryden 224, Odessa-Montour 153, and Whitney Point 93.

Notre Dame claimed five event titles, winning the 200 Medley Relay, the 200 Individual Medley (Caroline Rogers), the 100 Butterfly (Catherine Craig), the 500 Free (Craig again), and the 100 Backstroke (Allie O'Brien). Craig, Rogers and O'Brien were on the winning Medley Relay with Alexandra Welliver.

Lansing had three of the other wins, and Southern Cayuga had one:

200 Free: Lansing's Mackenzie Stark (2:07.35)
50 Free: Lansing's Grace Kadlecik (24.44, a new pool record)
100 Free: Lansing's Grace Kadlecik (54.05)
200 Free Relay: Southern Cayuga (Taylor Green, Molly Rejman, Brooke Green, Emma VanAmburg (1:48.21).

Other individual podium finishes for O-M and Watkins Glen included:

200 Free: Faye Mooney (WG), 8th in 2:20.89.
200 IM: Peighton Cervoni (WG), 4th in 2:29.69.
50 Free: Jillian Cantieni (WG), 7th in 28.01.
100 Fly: Tori Reese (OM), 5th in 1:09.18.
100 Free: Amanda Wilbur (WG), 4th in 1:00.96; Sarah Swinnerton (WG), 6th in 1:02.57; Thalia Marquez (WG), 7th in 1:03.13.
500 Free: Sarah Swinnerton (WG), 6th in 6:07.03.
100 Back: Kara Reese (OM), 4th in 1:12.99; Madeleine Kilcoyne (WG), 5th in 1:13.03.
100 Breast: Amanda Wilbur (WG), 6th in 1:21.86.

The meet marked the debut of a new podium, purchased through an online fund-raising effort organized by swim parents, and constructed by them. It measuares 32 feet in length, and is 3 feet deep. A curtain backdrop adds to the flavor of award ceremonies.

Next comes the Section IV, Class C Tournament, also at Watkins Glen this next week. Swim preliminaries are Wednesday, and the finals on Saturday.

Photos in text:

Top: The Watkins Glen winning 400 Free Relay team poses for a picture. Clockwise from front left: Amanda Wilbur, Jill Cantieni, Sarah Swinnerton and Allie Gibson.

Second: Watkins Glen swimmer Faye Mooney played the National Anthem on the violin.

Third: Watkins Glen's Jena Slater on the way to first place in the diving competition.

Bottom: Elmira Notre Dame's Catherine Craig, who had three wins: in the 100 Fly, the 500 Free, and the 200 Medley Relay.

Odessa-Montour's Megan Adams, left, and Watkins Glen's Annika Wickham dive at start of the 100 Yard Freestyle. Wickham placed 13th and Adams 14th among 28 competitors.

Left: O-M's Katie Adams dives at start of the 200 IM. Right: O-M's Tori Reese holds the first-place medallion on the podium after winning the 100 Breaststroke.

Watkins Glen's Isabella Fazzary competes in the 200 Yard Freestyle. She placed 9th.

Left: O-M's Reagan Reese prepares for the 100 Breaststroke. Right: Watkins Glen's Madeleine Kilcoyne hits the water at start of the 50 Free. She placed 9th.

Left: O-M's Emilee Chaffinch competes in the 200 Free. Right: Watkins Glen's Sarah Swinnerton swims a leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Watkins Glen's Madeleine Kilcoyne at start of the 100 Backstroke. She placed 5th.

Left: Watkins Glen's Alannah Klemann competes in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.
Right: The Senecas' Madeline Williams competes in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Seneca Indians fall to Sus Valley, 56-6

BINGHAMTON, Oct. 27, 2018 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team lost its Section IV, Class C semifinal playoff game Saturday, falling to unbeaten Susquehanna Valley 56-6 on Binghamton's Alumni Field.

With the loss, the Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour High School student athletes -- fell to 4-5 on the season. Coach Trevor Holland said he and the players hope to find an opponent for a 10th game.

Susquehanna Valley, 9-0, has outscored its opponents 461-66. It will meet Waverly (7-2, and a 20-5 victor over Newark Valley earlier in the day) in the Class C final Saturday.

The Seneca Indians were trailing 6-0 after one period before Sus Valley pulled away for a 35-0 halftime lead. The score was 49-0 after three quarters and 56-0 late in the game, when Joe Chedzoy scored his team's only touchdown on an 8-yard run.

Gains were hard to come by for the Seneca Indians. Chedzoy gained 31 yards on 15 carries, Zach Elliott 28 yards on 14 carries, and Casen Weeden 30 yards on eight carries.

"We started out red hot," said Holland. "We got on them, but things got out of hand."

Cameron Holland takes aim at a bench press record during Saturday's powerlifting meet.

Local lifters set records at Watkins meet

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 27, 2018 -- A number of local lifters set records Saturday at a World Natural Powerlifting Federation "World Tournament of Champions 2018" held in the Watkins Glen High School Field House.

All records are set and broken by age and weight category. The "Full power' designation is a competitor in the squat, bench press and deadlift. The designation "Iron Man" or "Iron Woman" is a competitor in the bench press and dead lift. Only two competed in just the dead lift. All the weight totals are in pounds, not kilos.

1. Full power: Jeremey Brown squat 405, bench press 400 world record, dead lift 625.
2. Full power: Dom Fazzary squat 200 world record, bench 105 world record, dead lift 275 world record.
3. Full power: Wyatt Brower squat 365 world record; he declined bench and deadlift due to torn ligaments in his wrist.
4. Full power: Travon Jones squat 160 world record, bench press 170 pounds world record; he declined dead lift because his meniscus has been compromised.
5. Iron Man: Wrett Brower 205 bench world record, 405 dead lift world record.
6. Iron Man: Cam Holland 150 bench world record, 315 dead lift world record.
7. Iron Man: Boyd Barber 170 bench world record, 340 dead lift world record.
8. Iron Man: Matt Irwin 135 bench, and 260 deadlift.
9. Iron Women: Emma Bradshaw 85 bench world record, 250 dead lift world record.
10. Sheila Klemann 260 dead lift world record.
11. Sarah Horton 240 dead lift world record.

Said weight coach Ralph Diliberto: "Over the past few years our Seneca lifters have exemplified integrity and grit; this didn't happen by osmosis. Their parents and guardians set the mark that they have followed. It has been both a pleasure and privilege to assist them along the way. I would also like to thank coaches Ward Brower and Trevor Holland for all the help they have given to make today a success."

Photo in text: Wrett Brower on his way to a deadlift record.

Schuyler competitors Sarah Horton (left) and Emma Bradshaw set marks in the deadlift.

Travon Jones lifts successfully in the bench press. He was one of several local competitors.

IAC Meet: Glen boys 2nd; Planty is 1st

MARATHON, Oct. 26, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team's string of five straight Interscholastic Athletic Conference championships ended Friday when the Senecas placed second to Trumansburg at this year's IAC Meet at Marathon.

Watkins' Gabe Planty finished first in the race ahead of 88 other runners, posting a time of 17:12. Teammate Max Evans was 6th in 18:16. By finishing in the top seven, both earned IAC First Team All-Star status.

Tburg finished with 67 points to Watkins Glen's 91. Then came Waverly (92), Newark Valley (110), Southern Cayuga (139), Edison (207), Groton (237), Lansing (238), Dryden (245), Marathon (258), Notre Dame (262), Moravia (269), Spencer-Van Etten/Candor (285), and Tioga (316).

Finishing 17th for Watkins Glen was Steven Gublo (19:03), with Lance Majors 31st in 19:47, Ben Swinnerton 36th in 20:11, and Elliott Holland 57th in 21:16.

"I was hopeful we could pull off some magic and extend our streak," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, "but Trumansburg has a little too much."

Girls Varsity: Watkins Glen had an incomplete team of four runners, when five are needed for a team score. Notre Dame won the team title with 50 points. Rounding out the top three were Newark Valley (61) and Waverly (73).

Marissa Silba of Newark Valley won the race in 20:08 in a field of 68 runners. Watkins Glen was led by Breanna Carl's 21:03, good for 7th place. She was followed by Kai Sutterby (11th in 21:28), Makenzie Kellogg (15th in 21:56) and Sierra Morris (58th in 27:33).

Carl made the IAC All-Star First Team (the top seven runners) and Sutterby made Second Team (the next seven runners). Sutterby also rcceived two other awards: the Brad Sanford Scholar-Athlete Award and an IAC Sportsmanship Award presented to just one boy and one girl in the entire league.

Girls Modified: Watkins Glen's Madison Hansen was ninth among 37 runners in 11:23. The winning time was set by Tburg's Eleanor Asbrand (10:33).

Boys Modified: The winning time of 9:31 was set by SVEC's Jonathan Garrison. Watkins Glen was led by Nick Bonsignore's 10:25. He was followed by Dylan Nguyen (12th in 10:36), Johnny VanScoyk (29th in 11:24) and Teagan Lampman-Roisen (46th in 13:01) in a field of 55 runners.

Next: The Section IV tournament will be held Thursday at Chenango Valley State Park.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty, left, and Max Evans.
Bottom left: The Senecas' Breanna Carl.
Bottom right: Watkins' Kai Sutterby (Photos by Aran Holland)

Left: Watkins Glen's Ben Swinnerton. Right: The Senecas' Elliott Holland. (Photos by Aran Holland)

Odessa-Montour Sports Hall to induct 4

Special to The Odessa File

ODESSA, Oct. 25, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019 will be inducted on Friday, November 30. This year’s inductees are Doug Cooper (Class of 1974), Kelly Legare (Class of 1984), Tom Lewis (Class of 1993), and Katie Taber (Class of 2006).

Doug Cooper was a three-sport letter winner at O-M in football, swimming, and baseball. As a guard and defensive lineman, Cooper helped pave the way for the success on the gridiron of fellow O-M Hall of Fame running backs Dan Rock and Jeff Castor, earning all-IAC honors in 1973. Cooper was also an all-IAC selection as an outfielder in baseball, where he hit over .300 in his career, and was a key contributor as the 1974 boys swim team earned an IAC title. He went on to play football and baseball at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Kelly Legare was one of the best pitchers in O-M history, helping lead the Indians to the IAC Small School championship in 1982, 1983 and 1984. He was the winning pitcher in two of those IAC championship games, and posted an 8-3 record with a 1.65 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 72 innings in 1984. Legare was also a standout on the football field, playing wide receiver and defensive back on the 1983 team that posted a 7-2 record.

Tom Lewis lettered in football, basketball, and baseball in his career at O-M. He was an all-Section IV selection as a quarterback/wide receiver in helping the 1993 squad to a 6-3 record, and was an all-IAC selection in basketball as a key member of the Hall of Fame 1993-94 team that went 21-3 and captured the Section IV Class D championship. Lewis also lettered in baseball as a pitcher and infielder.

Katie Taber was a three-sport all-star in soccer, basketball, and track, and was a two-time Odessa File O-M Athlete of the Year. She graduated as O-M’s all-time leading goal scorer in soccer, and was a three-time letter-winner in basketball. On the track, Katie set the IAC record in the Pentathlon and still holds the school record in the High Jump as well as having set new school standards in three other events.  She qualified for the NYSPHSAA Championships three times in the Pentathlon, placing fifth in Division 2 in 2005.

There will be a dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria followed by a short ceremony. The honorees will also be recognized at halftime of the boys varsity basketball game vs. Avoca. The O-M Sports Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Odessa-Montour Sports Boosters.

Tribe 'A' team falls in conference finale

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 23, 2018 -- The Schuyler Youth Football "A" team's season ended Sunday in the Conference Championship, an 8-6 loss to Spencer-Van Etten/Candor on the Watkins Glen High School Alumni Field.

The defensive battle, marked by several turnovers, saw one touchdown by each team, the difference a points-after kick by SVE/C.

Thomas Snow scored the lone touchdown for The Tribe, while Ben Heichel sacked the SVE/C quarterback four times.

All-Stars: A total of seven Tribe players from the A, B and C teams were selected to play for the West in league All-Star games on Sunday, Nov. 4 at Susquehanna Valley.

They are Isaak Willett and Aiden Moran from the Tribe C squad, Connor Foggie and Dana Guild from the B team, and Ryan Willett, Thomas Snow and Ben Heichel from the A team.

Photo in text: The Tribe's Ben Heichel, right (58), tackles an SVE/C ball-carrier. (Photo provided)

Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese swims the backstroke portion of the 200 Medley Relay.

O-M swimmers defeat Whitney Point

ODESSA, Oct. 22, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team posted a 59-22 victory Monday over Whitney Point in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Wins were posted for Odessa as follows:

200 Medley Relay: Tori Reese, Kara Reese, Katie Adams, Megan Adams 2:23.87.
200 Free: Megan Adams 2:34.69.
200 Individual Medley: Kara Reese 2:46.21.
50 Free: Julia Paulisczak 33.33.
100 Fly: Tori Reese 1:18.33.
500 Free: Madison Moss 6:40.60.
200 Free Relay: Emilee Chaffinch, Reagan Reese, Annaleise Beckley, Julia Paulisczak 2:17.65.
100 Back: Kara Reese 1:16.26.
100 Breaststroke: Tori Reese 1:22.89.
400 Free Relay: Madison Moss, Megan Adams, Kara Reese, Tori Reese 4:46.88.

The Indians return to action Saturday at the IAC Championships at Watkins Glen High School.

Photos in text:

Top:
Katie Adams swims the third leg of the 200 Medley Relay.
Bottom: Taylor Cain swims the first leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Left: O-M's Madison Moss competes in the 200 IM. Right: The Indians' Kara Reese swims the second leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Odessa-Montour's Megan Adams hits the water on final leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Athlete of the Week: Travon Jones

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Oct. 21, 2018 -- This week we honor as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week a football player who helped propel the Seneca Indians to a 27-12 victory over Dryden and into the Section IV, Class C playoffs.

He is freshman Travon Jones, who stopped two Dryden drives with interceptions (one at the Seneca Indians' 18-yard line) and another with a fourth-and-goal tackle inside the 1-yard line -- a well-timed hit that upended the receiver, leaving him inches short of a touchdown. Take away those plays, and you might have a much different game.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen runners Gabe Planty and Breanna Carl; Seneca Indian football's Zach Elliott and Joe Chedzoy; and Odessa-Montour soccer's Autumn Garrison.

Honorable Mention: Another 18 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Left: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty on his way to fourth place. Right: The Senecas' Makenzie Kellogg, who finished 15th in the girls' unseeded race. (Photos provided)

XC: Glen girls 6th at Marathon; boys 7th

MARATHON, Oct. 20, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity cross country squad placed seventh among 14 teams in the seeded race Saturday at the annual Marathon Invitational -- a precursor to next weekend's IAC Championships at the same site.

Gabe Planty led Watkins Glen, finishing 4th in 17:08. Teammate Max Evans was 29th in 19:18, followed by Steven Gublo (41st in 19:35), Lawrence Majors (52nd in 19:53), Ben Swinnerton (71st in 20:39), Elliott Holland (91st in 22:13), and Wolfgang Gates (100th in 25:03). Delhi won the team title with 86 points; the Senecas totaled 187 points. The individual winner was Maine-Endwell's Parker Stokes (16:25).

Varsity Girls: The Watkins Glen girls placed 6th among 13 teams in the Varsity Unseeded race, totaling 147 points.

Breanna Carl led the way with a 3rd-place finish in 21:49, while Kai Sutterrby was 5th in 22:20, Makenzie Kellogg 15th in 23:26, Sierra Morris 81st in 28:33, and Maya Somerville 104th in 35:11. There were 109 runners, led by Deposit-Hancock's Kelsey Young in 20:54. Lafayette won with 71 points.

Boys Modified: Watkins Glen had three runners -- Nicholas Bonsignore (22nd in 10:46), Johnny VanSkoyk (42nd in 11:35), and Teagan Lampman-Roisen (68th in 12:39). There were 98 runners, led by Oneonta's Brandon Gordon (9:33).

Girls Modified: Watkins Glen had one runner -- Madison Hansen, who finished 12th among 75 runners in 11:32. First place went to Ellie Lees of Delhi (10:19).

Photo in text: Breanna Carl, right, placed third. Kai Sutterby, left, was fifth. (Provided)

The Seneca Indians' Travon Jones (21) prepares to intercept his second pass of the game.

Seneca Indians top Dryden, reach semis

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 19, 2018 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team -- fueled by three Zach Elliott touchdowns and two Travon Jones interceptions -- defeated Dryden 27-12 Friday night in a Section IV divisional game on the Watkins Glen High School Alumni Field.

The win lifted the Seneca Indians -- a combined team of WGHS and Odessa-Montour athletes -- to a 4-4 season mark and propelled them into a Section IV, Class C tournament semifinal against unbeaten Susquehanna Valley. That game is set for 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at Binghamton's Alumni Stadium.

WG/OM struck early as Elliott ran 39 yards for a touchdown with 9:27 left in the first quarter. A Jared Rumsey point-after kick made it 7-0.

Dryden pulled within a point with 10.9 seconds remaining in the first period on a 79-yard run off a sweep around right end. A two-point pass fell incomplete.

The Seneca Indians increased their lead to 14-6 with 7:37 left in the second quarter, this time on an Elliott 9-yard run and another Rumsey PAT.

Dryden, after taking over on downs on their own 26, scored quickly -- on a first-down, 74-yard TD run off a sweep to the left. Once again, a two-point pass attempt fell incomplete.

WG/OM made it 21-12 with 1:09 left before halftime when Elliott scored from six yards out and Rumsey converted another kick.

Dryden threatened in the final minute of the first half, a long pass taking the Lions to the WG/OM 5-yard line -- a saving tackle by Owen Scholtisek preventing them from reaching the end zone. The Seneca Indians' defense stiffened from there, keeping Dryden out of the end zone as the buzzer sounded.

Joe Chedzoy scored the final WG/OM touchdown, a 3-yard run with 3:21 left in the third quarter. A two-point pass attempt was incomplete.

The Seneca Indians played ball control for much of the second half, limiting Dryden opportunities. The Lions lost the ball on downs twice, and once on Travon Jones's second interception, which came on the WG/OM 20 and ended Dryden's last threat. He also picked off a Lions pass in the second period, and had a key tackle -- bringing down a receiver inside the 1-yard line on a Dryden fourth-down play, forcing a turnover on downs.

Elliott finished with 195 yards rushing on 25 carries, while Chedzoy gained 110 yards on 22 carries and Casen Weeden 91 yards on 14 carries. Quarterback Derrick Lewis had 51 passing yards. The team's total yardage was 442.

"Our preparation for this game was really good," said Seneca Indians Coach Trevor Holland, noting that his team's focus was on Dryden's Garet Marsh, who had both of the Lions' long TDs but was effectively neutralized in the second half.

And the preparation paid off in "the prize at the end of the day," said Holland. "We couldn't win our division, but we're going to Sectionals."

Photos in text: From top: The Seneca Indians' Joe Chedzoy picks up some yardage; teammate Casen Weeden gains some of his 91 yards; and quarterback Derrick Lewis is hit as he passes.

WG/OM's Zach Elliott, left, on his way to his first touchdown, covering 39 yards.

Left: The Seneca Indians' Travon Jones (21) prepares to intercept the ball in second-period action. Right: Jones is congratulated by Coach Trevor Holland after the interception, Jones's first of two in the game. Teammate Owen Scholtisek is at left.

The Seneca Indians' Jared Rumsey kicks one of his three extra points.

Left: WG/OM's Joe Chedzoy carries the ball near the sideline after catching a swing pass. Right: The Seneca Indinas' Owen Scholtisek tackles Dryden's Ashton Hodgson, bringing him down on the WG/OM 5-yard line at the end of a long pass play.

A Dryden player leaps in vain for the ball as it sails over him on a 2-point pass attempt.

Seneca Indian seniors were honored in a pregame Senior Night ceremony. From left: Joe Chedzoy, Joe Aracangeli, Wrett Brower, Wyatt Brower, Collin Baker, Josh Bravo, Zach Elliott, Dylan Houseknecht, Casen Weeden and Billy Cook.

And from photographer George Rutledge:

Left: Seneca Indians cheerleaders performed. Right: WG/OM's Travon Jones upends a Dryden player who caught the ball on fourth-and-goal and ended up short of the end zone.

The Seneca Indians' Zach Elliott signals after crossing the goal line for his second TD.

O-M volleyball team drops finale to TAE

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Oct. 19, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team ended its season with a loss Friday, falling 3-0 to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Edison gym.

Game scores were 9-25, 16-25 and 12-25.

Statistics for O-M included:

Hannah Chapman: 3 service points, 1 ace, 1 assist, 1 kill, 1 block, 3 digs.
Isabel Foote: 4 service points, 1 ace, 2 assists, 2 kills, 3 digs.
Jacy Knapp: 2 service points, 1 assist, 6 digs.
Jolynn Minnier: 2 service points, 5 digs.
Rhys Stermer: 1 service point, 1 ace, 3 digs.
Sara Gardner: 1 service point, 4 digs.
Pixie Kinner: 3 digs.
Marisa Alton: 1 kill, 1 dig.
Karlee Dudgeon: 3 digs.
Hailey Ferguson: 2 digs.
Lauren Hess: 1 dig.
Jadyn Lauper: 2 digs.
Cheianne Webster: 5 digs.

Watkns Glen's Claudia Parker reaches out to volley. Teammates Adrienna Solomon (6) and Katie Losey (7) are in the background.

Volleyball finale: Glen loses to Candor

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 18, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team ended its season on a losing note Thursday, falling to Candor 3-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS Field House.

Games scores were 20-25, 17-25 and 7-25.

Watkins Glen statistics from Thursday's match included:

Katie Losey: 1 service point, 3 kills, 3 digs.
Adrienna Solomon: 2 kills, 1 block.
Kelsey Kernan: 5 service points, 2 aces, 4 digs, 1 kill, 11 assists.
Claudia Parker: 2 service points, 1 ace, 4 digs, 2 kills.
Mattie Yontz: 1 dig.
Carlie Baker: 3 service points, 1 ace, 3 digs, 2 kills, 1 block.
Kelsey DeMillo: 1 service point, 1 dig.
Olivia Stephani: 5 digs, 2 kills.

The Senecas finished the season with four victories.

Senior Night: The team's two seniors, Claudia Parker and Katie Losey, were honored at a Senior Night ceremony preceding the match.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Carlie Baker, left, wins a battle at the net.

From left: Watkins Glen's Ali LaMoreaux, Adrienna Solomon and Kelsey DeMillo.

Left: Watkins Glen's Katie Losey catches up to the ball. Right: The Senecas' Kelsey Kernan handles the ball near the net.

Left: The Senecas pose after the game, which marked the end of their season. Right: Watkins Glen's Olivia Stephani goes high to meet the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Claudia Parker meets the ball. Right: Parker, left, and Katie Losey were the team's lone seniors, honored during a ceremony before Thursday's match.

And from photographer Craig Parker:

Watkins Glen's Claudia Parker (left photo) and Adrienna Solomon go high to volley.

Left: Watkins' Ali LaMoreaux awaits the ball. Right: The Senecas' Kelsey Kernan (3).

The Seneca Indians' Jacob Menzi (1) races down the sideline on a long touchdown run.

Seneca Indians modified team wins finale

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 18, 2018 -- The Seneca Indians modified football team finished its season with a victory Thursday, defeating Moravia 44-19 in a game on the Watkins Glen High School Alumni Field.

The win lifted the Seneca Indians' season mark to 3-3. They were competitive in every game, leading each one at halftime.

They led this one at halftime, too, building an early 31-0 lead before reaching intermission ahead 31-6. After Moravia scored early in the third period on a long run, the Seneca Indians -- a combined team of WGHS and Odessa-Montour athletes -- responded with their own TD strike.

Each team scored once more down the stretch.

Photo in text: Seneca Indian tacklers force a Moravia ball-carrier out of bounds at the one-yard line. Moravia later scored.

Left: The Seneca Indians' Damyan Metris brings down a Moravia ball-carrier in the open field. Right: WG/OM's Tyler Nelson picks up some yardage.

The Seneca Indians' Christopher Stevens catches a pass for a first-half gain.

Left: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Cierra Barber hauls in the ball. Right: The Senecas' Carly Arnold, right, eyes the ball. (Photos by Sheila Barber)

Watkins girls fall in sectional opener, 3-0

DELHI, Oct. 17, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team's season ended Wednesday with a 3-0 loss to Delaware Academy in a Section 4, Class C Tournament opening-round game on the road.

The game, interrupted by a storm and played on a muddy field, saw Cierra Barber busy in goal for the Senecas, registering 15 saves.

"It wasn’t the ending we were hoping for after the long trip to Delhi," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, "but I’m proud of the girls and the season we had. We struggled as a team to get going today. It was difficult for us to get our fast attack going on the muddy, slick field. We had some opportunities, but just couldn’t put the ball in the net. We fought hard throughout and that’s all I ever ask of the girls.

"They did well this season, finishing 10-5 in the regular season and winning the Small Schools South Division.

"Hannah Morse had a record-setting season with 33 goals and finished with a career 73. She was really outstanding all season, as was Cierra Barber in the net. Cierra played great and came up huge in some big games for us. Danielle Leszyk was terrific in the midfield and Taylor Kelly and Haley Dean combined for 26 goals up front as well. My young defensive players were thrown into the role of replacing long-time defenders who graduated, and they improved throughout the season.

"It was truly a pleasure coaching this team, and I can’t thank them enough for making every day a pleasure to be with them!"

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Haley Dean, right, contends for possession of the ball. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

Odessa falls to Seton in OT shootout

BINGHAMTON, Oct. 17, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team played 110 minutes before falling to Binghamton Seton Catholic in a penalty-kick shootout Wednesday in the opening round of the Section 4, Class C Tournament.

The game, on the outdoor turf field at the Greater Binghamton Sports Complex, saw a 2-2 deadlock through regulation, and then two scoreless 10-minute overtime periods designed to be played to completion. Then came two 5-minute Golden Goal, or Sudden Death, overtimes -- without any goals.

That led to the shootout, with each team getting five shots. Seton connected on four of their kicks, to three by the Indians. Those three came from Lexi Saunders, Autumn Garrison and Olivia Grover.

Seton Catholic built a 2-0 lead in the first half before O-M scored about 50 seconds before intermission when a crossing pass by Saunders caromed into the net off a Seton player for an own goal. Garrison then evened the score with a goal early in the second half, setting the stage for the overtimes and shootout.

O-M outshot Seton 7-5, while Seton had an 11-4 advantage in corner kicks. Grace Vondracek made three saves in goal for the Indians.

"The team did a good job fighting back," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster, whose squad finished the season with a 7-7-2 record. Seton Catholic advances with a 7-7-1 mark.

From left: Watkins' Kelsey Kernan, Mattie Yontz and Carlie Baker in action against S-VE.

Glen volleyball team defeats S-VE, 3-0

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 17, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team posted its fourth win of the season Wednesday, topping Spencer-Van Etten 3-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS Field House.

Game scores were 25-10, 25-20 and 25-19.

"Tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Dawn Baker, "was a perfect example of working together as a team, communicating and staying positive."

The Watkins Glen statistics included:

Katie Losey: 17 service points, 6 aces, 4 kills, 2 digs.
Adrienna Solomon: 6 service points, 4 aces, 2 kills, 2 digs.
Kelsey Kernan: 10 service points, 5 aces, 18 assists.
Claudia Parker: 8 service points, 6 aces, 8 kills, 1 dig.
Mattie Yontz: 1 dig.
Carlie Baker: 2 service points, 2 kills, 1 block.
Ali LaMoreaux: 1 dig.
Olivia Stephani: 2 service points, 1 ace, 2 kills, 1 block, 1 dig.

The first game proved an easy one for the Senecas, but S-VE stuck with them in the second game until it was 20-20. But after the Senecas won the service, Claudia Parker closed out the game with four service points, including two aces.

The third game was back and forth, with Watkins pulling away at the end.

The Senecas conclude their season Thursday at home with Senior Night.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Spencer-Van Etten, 2-1. Game scores were 25-22, 22-25 and 25-12. Robin Zimba registered 13 service points for the Senecas while Jenna Solomon had 9, Kaylee Franklin 5, and Bailey Beaumont 5. Beaumont had 2 kills, and Zimba and Solomon 1 each.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Claudia Parker meets an incoming S-VE serve.
Bottom: From left, Watkins Glen's Kelsey DeMillo, Olivia Stephani and Ali LaMoreaux.

Left: Watkins Glen's Katie Losey sends the ball over the net. Right: The Senecas' Adrienna Solomon meets an incoming volley.

O-M volleyball team loses to Tioga, 3-0

TIOGA CENTER, Oct. 17, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Tioga Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Tioga gym.

Game scores were 20-25, 15-25 and 10-25.

Odessa concludes its season Friday on the road against Edison.

O-M boys fall in Section IV opener, 4-2

NEW BERLIN, Oct. 16, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team's season ended Tuesday with a 4-2 loss to Unadilla Valley in the opening round of the Section 4, Class C Soccer Tournament.

The Indians, down 4-0 at halftime, got second-half goals from Johnny Niedermaier on a penalty kick and from Phoenix Parmenter on a shot from 10 yards out.

"It took us an entire half to wake up and get going," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens. "We dominated the second half, but unfortunately we dug ourselves too big a hole."

O-M outshot UV 12-9, while each team had two corner kicks. Dominik Scott made three saves in goal for the Indians.

"It was a difficult way to end the season because once we finally started playing well, we truly were the better team out on that field," said Stephens. "I'm very proud of the way these guys came together and proved a lot of doubters wrong this year. I look forward to working hard in the off-season with them to continue a trend of success in the future."

Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese competes in the 100 Yard Backstroke race.

Odessa swim team loses to Waverly

ODESSA, Oct. 17, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team dropped a 58-33 decision Tuesday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Individual wins for O-M were posted by Tori Reese in the 100 Breaststroke and Kara Reese in the 100 Back.

The Indians return to action Thursday when they face Waverly again, this time on the road.

Photo in text: O-M's Katie Adams swims the Butterfly leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Left: O-M's Emilee Chaffinch prepares to dive on final leg of the 400 Free Relay. Right: The Indians' Madison Moss on the way to third place in the 200 Individual Medley.

Odessa-Montour's Megan Adams glides toward the surface in the 100 Yard Backstroke.

Left: O-M's Taylor Cain swims the first leg of the 200 Medley Relay. Right: The Indians' Tori Reese competes in the 200 Medley Relay.

O-M's Reagan Reese hits the water at the start of the 50 Yard Freestyle race.

O-M, WG sectional openers have begun

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Oct. 17, 2018 -- The Section IV, Class C boys and girls soccer tournaments are under way.

The Odessa-Montour boys lost Tuesday on the road to Unadilla Valley, 4-2

The O-M girls, the No. 11 seed, will play Binghamton Seton Catholic at 3:30 p.m. today (Wednesday, Oct. 17) on the outdoor turf field at the Greater Binghamton Sports Complex, 1500 Airport Road, Binghamton. (This was changed from the original site, the BC United Soccer Complex in Endicott.)

The Watkins Glen girls, the No. 9 seed, will travel to Delhi today (Wednesday) for a 3:30 p.m. game against Delaware Academy.

Athlete of the Week: WG's Hannah Morse

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Oct. 14, 2018 -- This week we honor as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week a young woman who established a remarkable record -- completed on the new artificial turf of the Watkins Glen High School Alumni Field.

She is senior Hannah Morse, who entered the week with 26 goals -- one short of the WGHS single-season goal-scoring record set in 2004 by Megan Matthews -- and left it with the old record far behind. Morse scored five goals in one game on the new turf and two in another to finish the week with 33 goals -- and added to her school career mark, now at 73. The fact that her team fell to state-ranked Groton in the IAC Small Schools title game does not diminish a bit from Hannah's historic achievement.

Double Honorable: It was a good week for points, with two each going to O-M swimmer Tori Reese; Watkins Glen swimmers Amanda Wilbur, Peighton Cervoni, Allie Gibson, Sarah Swinnerton and Jillian Cantieni; Seneca Indian football's Joe Chedzoy, Zach Elliott and Casen Weeden; O-M soccer's Kennedey Heichel and Grace Vondracek; Watkins Glen soccer's Taylor Kelly, Haley Dean and Danielle Leszyk; and Watkins Glen runners Gabe Planty and Max Evans. Add to those the following: two points for each member of the Seneca Indians football's offensive and defensive lines -- "The Big Uglies," as their coaches call them.

Honorable Mention: Another 22 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen High School senior Hannah Morse.

Five players scored touchdowns for the Tribe "A" team. Two of them were Brady Cannon, left, and Ryan Willett, right. (Photos provided)

Tribe 'A' team advances; 'C' team falls

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Oct. 14, 2018 -- The Schuyler Youth Football "A" team won its Western Division opening-round game Sunday, defeating Apalachin 31-0.

The Tribe "C" team was defeated in its first-rounder, dropping a 42-19 decision to Maine-Endwell on the road.

The Tribe "A" team, which is unbeaten, got touchdowns from Daniel Lewis, Ryan Willett, Bradley Gillis, Brady Cannon and Thomas Snow. Kaiden Karius caught an extra-point pass from Lewis. The Tribe defense was dominant, shutting down the Apalachin offense.

The Tribe "C" team, which finished the season at 6-2, scored three times -- twice on touchdowns by Isaak Willett, and once on a touchdown by Kole Ector. Isaac Rumsey caught an extra-point pass from Willett.

The "C" team's Nicolai Holmes sacked the M-E quarterback three times, causing two fumbles.

Photo in text: The Tribe "C" team's Isaak Willett (11) scored two Tribe TDs. (Photo provided)

Left: O-M's Cheianne Webster, left, and Jacy Knapp reach for a volley. Right: The Indians' Isabel Foote meets an incoming Candor shot.

O-M volleyball team loses to Candor, 3-0

ODESSA, Oct. 15, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision Monday to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Games scores were 9-25, 8-25 and 10-25.

The Indians return to action Wednesday at Tioga.

Junior Varsity: Candor defeated O-M, 3-0.

Senior Night:

It was Senior Night, with six of the O-M squad honored in their final season: Lauren Hess, Pixie Kinner, Jacy Knapp, Jadyn Lauper, Hailey Ferguson and Isabel Foote.

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Photo at right: O-M's Hannah Chapman returns a Candor volley.

The Odessa-Montour volleyball team's seniors were honored Monday. From left: Pixie Kinner, Isabel Foote, Jacy Knapp, Hailey Ferguson, Jadyn Lauper and Lauren Hess.

Glen volleyball team falls to Newfield

NEWFIELD, Oct. 15, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team won the first game but then dropped the next three Monday in a 3-1 Interscholastic Athletic Conference road loss to Newfield.

Game scores were 25-20, 15-25, 20-25 and 18-25.

"The girls struggled to find their groove tonight, which is disappointing after coming off a game against Tioga where they played really well together," said Watkins Glen Coach Dawn Baker. "Tonight was just an off-night for them. With two more games this week (Wednesday and Thursday), I hope to end the season with them showing our home crowd once again the strong team they are."

Watkins Glen statistics Monday included:

Katie Losey: 6 service points, 2 aces, 8 digs, 8 kills.
Claudia Parker: 5 service points, 1 ace, 12 digs, 4 kills, 1 assist.
Carlie Baker: 9 service points, 1 ace, 1 dig, 5 kills, 2 blocks, 1 assist.
Kelsey Kernan: 7 service points, 3 aces, 4 kills, 20 assists.
Mattie Yontz: 5 service points, 2 aces, 1 dig, 1 kill, 2 blocks.
Adrienna Solomon: 3 service points, 1 ace, 7 digs, 4 kills, 2 blocks.

The Senecas host Spencer-Van Etten on Wednesday and Candor on Thursday.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Newfield 3-0. Game scores were 25-23, 25-20 and 25-18. Ava VanDusen had 15 service points, Cassidy Ploucha 7, Kaila Hammond 4, and Colby Thurston 3.

Glen girls modified soccer team falls to NV

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 15, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls modified soccer team closed its season on a losing note Monday, falling to Newark Valley 2-0 in a game on the WGHS soccer field.

The Senecas, who finished the season 3-5-2, got 18 saves from goalkeeper Lilly Ameigh and two from Brenna Pierce.

"Our girls played tough on a mud bowl and held a strong NV team to two goals," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "All in all, I was very pleased the way our team developed through the season. These are a great bunch of kids that I have had the privilege to coach. I wish to thank all the parents and guardians for their support, Coach Charlene Watson for her dedication to the team, and Steven Cinelli for cheering our girls on."

Odessa-Montour swimmers Emilee Chaffinch, left, and Megan Adams dive at start of the fourth heat of the 200 Yard Freestyle Saturday at the Thomas Natatorium.

O-M swimmers win EFA Class C title

ELMIRA, Oct. 13, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team captured the Class C title Saturday at the annual Dr. Jack Thomas Swimming Invitational at the Ernie Davis Academy's Thomas Natatorium.

Schools from around the region were participating. Results included:

Class A: Ithaca 325.5, Horseheads 266.5, Chenango Valley 258, Greece 192, Owego Free Academy 134, and Vestal 68.

Class B: Maine-Endwell 383, Corning 305, Chenango Forks 210, Lansing 156, Elmira 97, Dryden 95, and Union-Endicott 89.

Class C: Odessa-Montour 254, Southern Cayuga 250, Elmira Notre Dame 220, Susquehanna Valley 215, Johnson City 142, and Sidney 21. Watkins Glen did not compete.

The top finishes for O-M were posted by Tori Reese -- 11th in the 100 Fly in 1:07.35, and 9th in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:15.99. Kara Reese was 17th in the 100 Back in 1:13.49, and 26th (among 58 swimmers) in the 100 Free. Katie Adams was 26th in the 100 Fly (among 50 swimmers) in 1:21.70.

Photo in text: The O-M 200 Medley Relay "A" squad before their race, with Tori Reese (left) and Megan Adams at rear, Kara Reese in the middle, and Katie Adams in front.

Glen girls fall in Small Schools title game

DRYDEN, Oct. 13, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team's hopes for an Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small Schools title were dashed Saturday when the Senecas fell to Small School North Division champion Groton, 6-1, in a game at Tompkins Cortland Community College.

The Senecas, winners of the IAC Small School South Division, saw their record fall to 10-6 as Groton pulled away in the second half after a 1-0 first half. The loss ended a six-game winning streak for Watkins Glen.

Groton, state-ranked and unbeaten, managed to keep Watkins Glen's scoring leader, Hannah Morse, from adding to her 33-goal total, a single-season record at WGHS. She holds the school career record with 71 goals.

The lone goal for the Senecas came from Haley Dean, assisted by Carly Arnold. It was Dean's 10th goal of the year. Watkins Glen goalkeeper Cierra Barber registered 13 saves.

"It just wasn’t our night tonight against a very good Groton team," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Congratulations to them for a terrific season and a well-earned championship!

"We came out with focus and intensity for most of the first half, but gave up a goal with 30 seconds to go and it really energized the Groton team. Haley Dean was able to score on a pass from Carly Arnold that made it 3-1, but Groton scored again quickly to expand the lead again. We were never able to get much going throughout the night, but fought hard.

"It wasn’t the outcome we wanted, but I couldn’t be more proud of the Watkins Glen girls and the season they have had. This team improved every day and the girls always approached each day with a smile and positivity. A coach couldn’t ask for more and I am truly lucky to have had the privilege of coaching them.

"Now we will regroup and get ready for the post-season with a long trip to Delhi on Wednesday" for the first round of the Section IV, Class C tournament. The No. 9-seeded Senecas will play No. 8 Delaware Academy.

Photo in text: Members of the WGHS soccer team pose before leaving for the game. (Photo from the WGHS website)

The Seneca Indians' Jared Rumsey eyes the football, fumbled by Moravia. He recovered it.

Seneca Indians run past Moravia, 51-6

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 13, 2018 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team improved its record to 3-4 Saturday night when it amassed 560 yards of total offense in a 51-6 rout of Moravia in a Section IV game on the Watkins Glen High School Alumni Field.

The Seneca Indians, a combined team of Odessa-Montour and WGHS athletes, got touchdowns from five different players as they celebrated Watkins' Homecoming before a large crowd on hand to view the first varsity football game on the school's new artificial turf.

The Homecoming King and Queen were announced at halftime. They are Nate Wickham and Claudia Parker. Other members of the King's court were Jacob Asbury, Wyatt Brower and H. Nathaniel Rose (who could not attend and sent a large cardboard-backed photo of himself, which was carried by Queen candidate Grace Wickham). Other Queen candidates were Jillian Kilcoyne and Kathryn Losey.

The Seneca Indians struck early, on a 48-yard jaunt by Joe Chedzoy less than two minutes into the game. By the time they were done, they had outgained Moravia, 560 yards to 117, with two touchdowns each by Chedzoy (one on a pass from Derrick Lewis), Zach Elliott and Casen Weeden, and one each by Owen Scholtisek and Jared Rumsey.

Elliott led the ground game with 187 yards, while Chedzoy gained 142, Scholtisek 78, Weeden 43, Travon Jones 18, and Rumsey 15. Jones and Derrick Lewis each snagged an interception, and Rumsey, Gage Arcangeli and Dominick Fazzary rccovered Moravia fumbles. Lewis threw for 63 yards, all in the first half.

The Seneca Indians led 19-0 after one period, 38-0 at halftime, and 45-0 after three quarters. Moravia scored its lone touchdown with 6:21 left to play.

"This was a great win," said Watkins Glen Coach Trevor Holland. "Now we have to beat Dryden" when the two teams meet Friday night at Watkins Glen. "The winner goes to Sectionals" to play Susquehanna Valley.

Parade: The annual Homecoming parade was held Saturday afternoon, running down Decatur Street from Lafayette Park and ending at the high school.

There, a ribbon was cut to signify the opening of the new artifical-turf field, and a tailgate party was held, with free food. Football players from youth leagues through varsity posed in the center of the field, and spectators were invited to walk on the new turf. One woman, apparently finding it comfortable, was seen lying down on it, resting.

The float competition was won by the Seniors, with the Freshmen second, Sophomores third and Juniors fourth.

Photos in text:

Top: The Seneca Indians' Casen Weeden scores the first of his two touchdowns.

Middle left: The Seneca Indians' Owen Scholtisek (10) and Travon Jones celebrate a touchdown by Scholtisek.

Middle Right: Homecoming's king and queen, Nathaniel Wickham and Claudia Parker.

Bottom: An artistic rendering of a play in which the Seneca Indians' Owen Scholtisek, left, broke up a Moravia pass play, swatting the ball to the ground.

The Seneca Indians' Zach Elliott, center, surges ahead in traffic. He gained 187 yards.

Left: Queen candidate Grace Wickham carries with her King candidate H. Nathaniel Rose, who couldn't actually be present because of a prior obligation -- but provided an alternative. Right: Moravia's Joe Shoemaker grabs and slows the Seneca Indians' Casen Weeden, who was brought down a couple of yards later.

Left: The Seneca Indians' Derrick Lewis passes. Center: A throw intended for Owen Scholtisek (10) descends before falling incomplete. Right: Joe Chedzoy hauls in a touchdown pass from Lewis that increased the Seneca Indians' lead to 19-0.

And this from photographer George Rutledge:

The Seneca Indians' Travon Jones brings down a Moravia runner in the open field.

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Earlier in the day, a parade, a ribbon-cutting and a tailgate party were held:

Members of the Class of 2024 announce themselves as part of the Homecoming Parade.

Left: Members of the Watkins Glen girls swim team set up games for the tailgate party. Right: A long line waited for food. Here, the football team's Collin Baker has his.

Grace Wickham, president of the Watkins Glen High School's Varsity Club, cuts a ceremonial ribbon marking the opening of the WGHS artificial turf athletic field. With her from left were football players Wrett Brower, Joe Chedzoy and Dylan Houseknecht.

Members of the Seneca Indians' varsity football team were introduced at the tailgate party. Here, Zach Elliott is welcomed by parallel lines of younger football players.

Football players from the youth leagues through varsity gathered during the tailgate party in the center of the new artificial turf athletic field.

Odessa-Montour's Kennedey Heichel (3) sends the ball toward the net and watches it go in for what proved to be the game-winning goal.

O-M girls ride 2 Heichel goals to victory

ODESSA, Oct. 12, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team -- led by two Kennedey Heichel goals -- defeated Union Springs-Port Byron 2-1 Friday night in a game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The win, in a tuneup for next week's Section IV, Class C tournament, lifted the Indians' regular-season mark to 7-6-2.

Heichel scored her first goal at 19:27 of the first half as she wrestled the ball away from two defenders, turned and drilled the ball from the right into the left corner of the net.

Her second goal, breaking a 1-1 tie, came at 11:40 of the second half, when she found the near corner from a slight angle to the left after receiving a pass from Lexi Saunders.

USPB almost tied the game with less than 10 seconds in the game, but O-M goalkeeper Grace Vondracek, faced with a breakaway, got a hand on the shot and deflected it just wide of the far goalpost.

O-M outshot USPB 9-5, and had a 13-5 advantage in corner kicks. Vondracek made four saves in goal for O-M, while Union Springs' Morgan Lupo registered seven.

"Both goalkeepers played an outstanding game," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster. "And each player on my team played great. They stepped up and played hard."

Odessa returns to action Wednesday in the opening round of sectionals when it plays Binghamton Seton Catholic at 3:30 p.m. at the BC United Soccer Complex in Endicott.

Photo in text: O-M's McKennah Lott sends the ball upfield.

Left: O-M's Hannah Bruno meets the ball. Right: In the bleachers on a chilly night.

From left: O-M's Hunter Daugherty inbounds the ball; the Indians' Lillian Betts, injured and therefore on the bench; and O-M's Autumn Garrison meets the ball.

O-M's Kennedey Heichel, right, watches as her first-half goal soars past the Union Springs-Port Byron goalkeeper, Morgan Lupo, on its way to the far corner of the net.

Glen girls modified soccer team tops ND

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 12, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls modified soccer team improved its record to 3-4-2 Friday with a 2-1 victory over Elmira Notre Dame in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

Brynn Smith and Maisie Robertson scored for the Senecas, while Smith and Cloey Wratten had assists. Lilly Ameigh registered five saves, the only goal by ND coming on a penalty kick.

"The girls played a great game, coming together as one unit," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto.

The Senecas return to action at home Monday against Newark Valley.

Ribbon-cutting set at new athletic field

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 9, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen Central School District will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of improved athletic facilities at approximately 3:20 p.m. on Saturday, October 13 on the football field.

Major improvements include artificial turf on the stadium field, improved drainage, new fencing and a new scoreboard. Additional improvements include more lighting for pedestrians, a new tennis court area with five courts available and new fencing. Work is still in progress at the softball and baseball fields, as well as the track.

The ceremony will be part of the district’s Homecoming festivities and will follow the Homecoming parade. The parade is set to begin at 3 p.m. at Lafayette Park.

Following the ribbon cutting, a tailgate party will be held at the school and will include games, as well as food at no charge.

The first home varsity football game will be played Saturday evening on the new field. The game against Moravia will begin at 7 p.m. Crowning of the Homecoming Queen and King will be held at halftime.

Left: Swimmers warm up before the meet. Right: O-M's lone senior, Tori Reese, who was honored during the meet at a Senior Night ceremony.

Watkins swimmers top Odessa-Montour

ODESSA, Oct. 11, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team defeated Odessa-Montour 54-39 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Event winners were as follows:

200 Medley Relay: WG, Amanda Wilbur, Peighton Cervoni, Allie Gibson, Sarah Swinnerton 2:10.90.
200 Freestyle: WG, Amanda Wilbur 2:12.74.
200 Individual Medley: WG, Allie Gibson 2:37.32.
50 Freestyle: WG, Annika Wickham 31.01.
100 Fly: OM, Tori Reese 1:07.52.
100 Freestyle: WG, Jillian Cantieni 1:01.06.
500 Freestyle: OM, Madison Moss 6:28.
200 Free Relay: WG, Jillian Cantieni, Malina Butler, Maddy Kilcoyne, Thalia Marquez 1:56.76.
100 Back: WG, Malina Butler 1:12.83.
100 Breaststroke: WG, Sarah Swinnerton 1:16.65.
400 Free Relay: OM, Kara Reese, Emilee Chaffinch, Madison Moss, Megan Adams 4:40.51.

Individual second-place finishes for Watkins Glen were posted by Maddy Kilcoyne in the 200 Free, Peighton Cervoni in the 100 Fly, Thalia Marquez in the 100 Free, and Faye Mooney in the 500 Free.

Individual second-place finishes for O-M were posted by Kara Reese in the 200 IM and 100 Back, Taylor Cain in the 50 Free, and Tori Reese in the 100 Breaststroke.

Photos in text:

Top: A sign honored the O-M team's lone senior, Tori Reese, on Senior Night.
Botttom: A member of the Odessa modified swim team, Lillian Halpin.

Glen girls modified soccer team falls, 6-2

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 11, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls modified soccer team's record slipped to 2-4-2 Thursday when the Senecas dropped a 6-2 decision to Waverly.

Goals for Watkins Glen came from Brynn Smith and Ava Cowen, with assists by Brenna Pierce and Cloey Wratten. Lilly Ameigh registered 20 saves in goal for the Senecas.

"I couldn't ask our girls for more," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "They played hard, and they never lost heart."

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

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse sends a shot on goal. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

Glen girls top Moravia for 6th win in row

MORAVIA, Oct. 10, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team -- led by three Taylor Kelly goals and two each by Hannah Morse and Haley Dean -- won its sixth straight game Wednesday, defeating Moravia 8-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference contest on the Moravia athletic field.

The Senecas, now 10-5, take their winning streak into their IAC title game Saturday at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Game time is 6 p.m.

Morse's two goals added to the single-season scoring record she set Tuesday, when she scored five goals against Marathon to surpass the 27 goals scored by Megan Matthews in 2004. Morse now has 33 goals. She also had three assists Wednesday, bringing her season total to 17.

Scoring in addition to Kelly, Morse and Dean was Danielle Leszyk, who also registered an assist as she continued her strong midfield play. Cierra Barber made 14 saves in goal for the Senecas, bringing her season total to 166.

To date, the following players have scored goals this season for the Senecas:

--Hannah Morse, 33 goals and 18 assists.
--Taylor Kelly, 16 goals and 3 assists.
--Danielle Leszyk, 7 goals and 10 assists.
--Haley Dean, 9 goals and 1 assist.
--Aislinn Klemann, 4 goals.
--Abby Congdon, 3 goals and 1 assist.
--Abby Gibson, 2 goals and 1 assist.
--Cierra Barber, 2 goals.
--Nancy Jackson, 1 goal.

"In our final regular-season game we came out a little slow and tired, but picked it up toward the end of the first half and exploded offensively in the second half," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "The front line of Hannah Morse, Taylor Kelly, Danielle Leszyk and Haley Dean continues to put scoring opportunities together with great movement, passing and hustle.

"Our defense did a great job of starting attacks from the defensive end with Carly Arnold sending some great balls out to the midfield and forwards. We are a little banged up with injuries to some key players, but hopefully we can get everyone healthy for Saturday’s championship game."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Haley Dean sends the ball past a diving Moravia goalkeeper. (Photos by Sheila Barber)
Bottom: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk unleashes a left-footed shot on goal.

Left: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold sends the ball upfield. Right: The Senecas' goalkeeper, Cierra Barber, registers one of her 14 saves. (Photos by Sheila Barber)

Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly, left, sends a shot that found the Moravia net for one of her three goals. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

Watkins Glen's Katie Losey reaches low for a volley in Wednesday's second game.

Glen volleyball team falls to Tioga, 3-1

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 10, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team played Tioga tough for two games Wednesday before falling to the Tigers 3-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS Field House.

Game scores were 22-25, 25-23, 10-25 and 15-25.

Tioga, which has lost just once this season (to Candor), trailed 19-11 in the first game before rallying to win.

Watkins Glen gained the advantage again in the second game, 18-9. Then -- after Tioga had tied it 19-19 -- the Senecas held on, breaking a 23-23 deadlock for the victory.

However, the third and fourth games went Tioga's way.

"The girls battled hard," said Watkins Glen Coach Dawn Baker. "Everyone played well together, and I'm very proud of how hard they played against a very strong program."

The Watkins Glen statistics included the following (corrected):

Katie Losey: 9 service points, 1 ace, 4 kills, 10 digs.
Adrienna Solomon: 1 service point, 2 kills, 4 digs, 1 block, 1 assist.
Kelsey Kernan: 5 service points, 2 kills, 15 assists.
Claudia Parker: 4 service points, 9 digs, 3 kills.
Mattie Yontz: 2 service points, 1 ace, 3 digs.
Carlie Baker: 3 service points, 3 aces, 6 kills, 7 blocks.
Ali LaMoreaux: 1 service point, 1 ace, 5 digs.
Kelsey DeMillo: 3 digs.
Olivia Stephani: 1 kill, 1 block.

The Senecas return to action Monday at Newfield.

Photo in text: The Senecas' Kelsey Kernan (facing on left) and Mattie Yontz (4) watch as teammate Carlie Baker goes high for a volley.

Watkins' Claudia Parker (left photo) and Adrienna Solomon (right) volley against Tioga.

Left: The ball soars up and over the net after a saving slide and return by Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan (3). Right: The Senecas' Mattie Yontz serves.

Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold (11) kicks the ball away from the Senecas' net as goalkeeper Cierra Barber (center) tries to stop a Marathon scoring threat.

Morse nets 5, sets single-season record

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 9, 2018 -- Senior Hannah Morse took no time tying the Watkins Glen High School girls soccer single-season scoring record Tuesday against Marathon in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS athletic field. And then she scored four more times as the Senecas won 5-1.

Morse, who entered the game with 26 goals this season -- one behind the school record of 27 set by Megan Mathews in 2004 -- scored her first of five goals just 48 seconds into the game after stealing the ball from a Marathon defender and drilling the ball from the right side into the left corner of the net. That tied the record.

Then, at 33:05 -- just 6:55 into the game -- she broke the mark with her second goal, sending a rebound of a Taylor Kelly shot high into the net. Then came a penalty kick at 8:27 after Morse was knocked down in front of the net. That shot found the right corner and gave Watkins a 3-0 lead.

She made it 4-0 at 5:36 on a breakaway, and entered intermission with 30 goals this season and 70 for her career.

But there was one more -- a second-half score that lifted her totals to 31 for the year and 71 for her career. And there are still more games ahead: Wednesday at Moravia, Saturday against Groton at Tompkins Cortland Community College for the IAC championship (6 p.m. start), and then sectionals.

"I was nervous," Hannah admitted after setting the mark. "But now I can concentrate on the IAC and Sectionals. Not that I wasn't already ..."

Kelly had two assists on the day, and Watkins goalkeeper Cierra Barber was busy, registering 23 saves as the Senecas improved to 9-5.

"It was another big win for the team tonight at home, where we have played really well on the new field," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Congratulations to Hannah Morse for breaking the single-season goal scoring record for Watkins Glen. She had a monster game tonight, exploding for all five goals.

"Hannah, Taylor Kelly, Danielle Leszyk and Haley Dean have become a very effective offensive attack, with Danielle doing so much of the work, making things happen. Cierra had another great night in goal, making some great saves to keep us in front. The defense is playing well now and being aggressive as we head into our final regular-season game tomorrow in Moravia. Then we play Groton on Saturday in the Conference Championship.

"I can’t say enough how proud I am of this team and how much they have improved throughout the season. They are talented soccer players but even better people, and I am lucky to coach them all."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, right, watches as her shot enters the Marathon net for her second goal of the game. It gave her the school single-season scoring record.

Middle: The Senecas' Haley Dean (10) watches as her shot is stopped by the Marathon goalkeeper.

Bottom left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, left, and Taylor Kelly celebrate Morse's record-setting goal.

Bottom right: Watkins Glen's Abby Congdon meets the ball at midfield in first-half action.

Left: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk settles the ball. Right: The Senecas' Aislinn Klemann moves the ball upfield.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, right, sends the ball past the keeper for her fourth goal.

Watkins Glen's Allie Gibson on the way to first place in the 50 Yard Freestyle.

Glen swimmers defeat Waverly, 99-79

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 9, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team -- at a meet that honored its six seniors -- defeated Waverly 99-79 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference competition in the WGHS pool.

Honored in a ceremony midway through the meet were seniors Jillian Cantieni, Isabella Fazzary, Allie Gibson, Jena Slater, Annika Wickham, and Grace Wickham.

Gibson recorded three wins in the meet, while Cantieni, Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton and Amanda Wilbur had two each.

First-place finishes were posted by Watkins Glen in the following events:

--200 Medley Relay: Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur, Allie Gibson 2:00.84.
--200 Free: Jillian Cantieni 2:13.20.
--200 Individual Medley: Amanda Wilbur 2:29.39.
--50 Free: Allie Gibson 26.64.
--Diving: Jena Slater 186.10.
--100 Free: Allie Gibson 58.59.
--500 Free: Jillian Cantieni 5:59.42.
--100 Back: Peighton Cervoni 1:06.89.
--100 Breaststroke: Sarah Swinnerton 1:15.88.

Second-place finishes were registered by Swinnerton in the 200 Individual Medley, Julya Slater in the Diving, Wilbur in the 100 Fly, Cervoni in the 100 Free, and the 200 Free Relay squad of Maddy Kilcoyne, Ellie Clarkson, Thalia Marquez and Cantieni.

Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Jena Slater dives on the way to first place. Her sister Julya, who placed second, watches in the background.

Left: Watkins Glen's Maddy Williams competes in the 200 IM. Right: The Senecas' Julya Slater on the way to second place in the diving competition.

Watkins Glen's Ellie Clarkson glides toward the surface after diving at start of the 50 Free.

The six seniors on the Watkins Glen varsity swim team were honored at Tuesday's meet. From left: Grace Wickham, Annika Wickham, Jena Slater, Allie Gibson, Isabella Fazzary and Jillian Cantieni.

O-M swimmers top Elmira Notre Dame

ODESSA, Oct. 9, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team posted a victory Tuesday, defeating Elmira Notre Dame 51-41 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Victories for Odessa came from:

--Tori Reese in the 200 Individual Medley (2:35.61) and the 100 Breaststroke (1:17.48).
--Madison Moss in the 500 Free (6:57.04).
--Kara Reese in the 100 Back (1:16.46).

Second-place finishes for O-M came from Megan Adams in the 200 Free and 100 Back, Kara Reese in the 50 Free, Katie Adams in the 100 Fly, and three relay teams.

The Indians return to action Thursday at home against Watkins Glen.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese after Tuesday's meet.

Left: O-M's McKennah Lott meets the ball. Right: The Indians' Camille Sgrecci, left, chases down the ball as an SVEC player bumps her.

Odessa-Montour girls tie S-VE/Candor

ODESSA, Oct. 9, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team fought Spencer-Van Etten/Candor to a 1-1 overtime tie Tuesday night in a game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

"We were badly outplayed in the first half," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster, "but the second half was a different story. The girls competed and fought hard."

Odessa (6-6-2) and SVEC each had seven shots on goal, while O-M had an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks. The Indians' Grace Vondracek had six saves in goal, as did SVEC's Savannah Tuttle.

Odessa's lone goal came from Autumn Garrison, tying the game in the second half after SVEC had taken a 1-0 first-half lead.

O-M missed a scoring opportunity with an open net in the closing minutes of the second 10-minute overtime, and SVEC missed one in the closing seconds, taking a free kick from 25 yards out with six seconds left that was blocked before it could reach the goalkeeper.

O-M returns to action at 7 p.m. Friday at home against Union Springs-Port Byron.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Autumn Garrison, left, battles an SVEC player for possession of the ball.

Left: O-M's Hannah Bruno. Right: The Indians' Olivia Grover, left, sends the ball flying.

Left: O-M's Lexi Saunders kicks the ball upfield. Right: The Indians' Ida Sidle (8) battles an SVEC player for the ball.

Watkins boys 2nd at Divisional Meet

NEWARK VALLEY, Oct. 9, 2018 -- Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty finished first and Max Evans third Tuesday at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Divisional Meet at Newark Valley High School, but it wasn't enough for a team win. The Senecas placed second with 57 points, behind NV's 53.

Planty finished the 3.1-mile course in 17:30, while Evans completed it in 18:13. Steven Gublo was eighth in 19:40, while Ben Swinnerton was 22nd in 21:49, Lance Majors 23rd in 21:50, and Elliott Holland 30th in 22:49.

Waverly was third in the competition with 68 points, followed by Edison (112), Spencer-Van Etten/Candor (116), Elmira Notre Dame (127) and Tioga (142).

Girls Varsity: Watkins Glen placed fourth with 110 points, finishing behind Waverly (45), Notre Dame (50) and Newark Valley (56), and ahead of Edison (123) and SVEC (127).

Kai Sutterby led the Senecas by finishing 6th in 22:21. Breanna Carl was 11th in 23:21, Makenzie Kellogg 20th in 24:36, Maya Somerville 40th in 37:25, and Sierra Morris 41st in 37:34.

Modified Girls: Madison Hansen, Watkins Glen's only runner, finished fifth in 11:25. The race was won by Michaela Clymer of Waverly in 10:28.

Modified Boys: Nick Bonsignore led the Senecas with a fourth-place finish in 9:54. Dylan Nguyen was fifth in 9:58, Johnny VanScoyk 17th in 11:12, and Teagan Lampman-Roisen 19th in 11:53. The winner was Jonathan Garrison of SVEC in 9:07.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty, left, and Max Evans finished first and third.
Bottom: The Senecas' Kai Sutterby placed sixth. (Both photos by Aran Holland)

Girls Modified Soccer: Watkins, O-M tie

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 9, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour girls modified soccer teams fought to a 3-3 overtime tie Tuesday in a game on the WGHS soccer field.

Hannah Nolan scored all three of the O-M goals, bringing her season total to 24. Odessa is now 5-1-2.

Scoring for Watkins were Sasha Honrath on a penalty kick, Maisie Robertson and Brynn Smith. Lilly Ameigh registered 22 saves for the Senecas, "playing magnificently in the net," said her coach, Ralph Diliberto, who added: "Both teams showed up to play. It was an exciting game. All of the young ladies played with heart."

Watkins Glen, now 2-3-2, returns to action Thursday at home against Waverly.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Brayona Oden, left, battles O-M's Hannah Nolan for possession of the ball.

Athletes of the Week: Morse and Kelly

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Oct. 7, 2018 -- This week we honor as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week two soccer players -- teammates on the Watkins Glen High School girls soccer team who each scored six goals in three games as the Senecas clinched a division title.

Hannah Morse (who now has 26 goals, just one shy of the school's single-season record) and Taylor Kelly were offensive dynamos as the Senecas defeated Odessa-Montour, Newfield and Tioga and qualified to play Groton for the IAC Small Schools title.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen soccer's Cierra Barber and Danielle Leszyk; O-M soccer's Devon Mahaney, Preston Harris, Hannah Bruno, Lexi Saunders, Kennedey Heichel and Hannah Nolan; Watkins Glen swimmers Allie Gibson, Peighton Cervoni, Amanda Wilbur, Maddy Kilcoyne, Sarah Swinnerton and Jillian Cantieni; and Watkins Glen runner Gabe Planty.

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

The Tribe "B" team's Jax Decker scored two touchdowns. (Photo provided)

Tribe 'A' and 'C' teams finish with wins

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Oct. 8, 2018 -- The Schuyler Youth Football's "A" and "C" Tribe teams posted victories Sunday in the final week of the regular season. The "B" team lost.

The Tribe "A" team finished with a 7-0 record by defeating Tioga 33-14 in a game on the new Watkins Glen High School artificial turf field. Bradley Gillis scored two touchdowns, while Ryan Willett (on a pass from Daniel Lewis), Lukas Bower and Thomas Snow each scored once.

The "A" team is the top seed in the playoffs, and will host Apalachin at Watkins Glen at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Tribe "B" team dropped its finale Sunday, falling to Tioga 32-18. Jax Decker scored twice and Daniel Coston once. Turning in strong defensive performances were Dana Guild and Lucas Hoffman. The team will play a consolation game Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on the WGHS athletic field.

Longtime area coach Bob Lee was honored during a halftime ceremony for his 50 years in coaching, starting in 1968 at St. Mary's Parish Center, where he coached youth basketball.

The Tribe "C" team finished 6-1 with a 31-6 victory over Tioga. Jeremy Updyke and Isaak Willett each scored two touchdowns, and Ethan Dupay one.

The team will play Maine-Endwell Blue at M-E in the first round of the playoffs at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

Photo in text: The Tribe's Nicolai Holmes (39) waits for a Tioga runner as the ball is handed off in the "C" game. (Photo provided)

Left: Bob Lee holds a plaque honoring him for 50 years in coaching. Right: Bradley Gillis runs for one of his two touchdowns in the "A" game. (Photos provided)

Glen runners compete at Brewster Bear

BREWSTER, NY, Oct. 6, 2018 -- Watkins Glen High School's Gabe Planty finished fourth among 141 runners in a varsity race Saturday at the annual Brewster Bear Invitational.

Planty posted a time of 15:32 on the three-mile course to lead the Senecas to 14th place among 21 teams.

Max Evans was next for Watkins, finishing 31st in 17:00. He was followed by teammates Steven Gublo (78th in 18:15), Ben Swinnerton (96th in 19:18), Lance Majors (118th in 20:20) and Elliott Holland (124th in 20:43).

Girls: Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby led the Senecas by finishing 16th among 71 runners in 20:32. She was followed by teammates Breanna Carl (20th in 20:36), Sierra Morris (70th in 29:44) and Maya Somerville (71st in 30:21).

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at the IAC Divisional Meet at Newark Valley.

Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse prepares to send the ball into the Newfield net.

Watkins boys win finale; seniors honored

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 5, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team got two goals from Peter Sandritter and one each from Avery Watson and Dylan Morse Friday to close the season with a 4-1 victory over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the new WGHS athletic field.

The game marked the finale for a dozen Senecas, honored in a pregame ceremony. They are Jacob Asbury, Clint Craven, Ramel Fulcher, Jonathon Hatch, Matthew Herold, Shawn Joslyn, Dylan Markley, Walker Richtmyer, Regan Scholtisek, Avery Watson, Nate Wickham and Aydin Zahradnik.

The Senecas, who finished the season with four wins, took a 1-0 lead at 28:15 of the first half when Watson sent a shot from the right into the far corner of the Newfield net. Sandritter made it 2-0 just 7.8 seconds before intermission when he sent a long arcing shot from the right sideline over the head of the Newfield netminder.

Sandritter struck again at 16:14 of the second half when a shot by Morse was stopped with a glove save, but the ball bounced to the right side as Sandritter came sweeping in to deposit it in the goal. And then Morse closed the scoring at 13:55 off a crossing pass by Isaac McIlroy.

Nate Wickham made six saves in goal for the Senecas, losing his shutout with 5:10 remaining when Newfield found the left corner of the net from a blast in front.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy moves the ball upfield.
Bottom: The Senecas' Peter Sandritter (8), who scored two goals.

Watkins Glen's Avery Watson has some trouble getting to the ball in front of the Newfield net. He ended up on the ground, but there were no whistles. Later, he scored a goal.

From left: Watkins Glen's Aydin Zahradnik and Dylan Markley; and the Newfield keeper reaching in vain for the ball on Peter Sandritter's first goal.

The 12 seniors on the team were honored in a pregame Senior Night ceremony. Front from left: Nate Wickham, Walker Richtmyer, Aydin Zahradnik, Dylan Markley and Avery Watson. Back from left: Shawn Joslyn, Jacob Asbury, Ramel Fulcher, Clint Craven, Jonathon Hatch, Matthew Herold and Regan Scholtisek.

Seneca Indians fall to Tioga, 42-0

TIOGA CENTER, Oct. 5, 2018 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team ran into a buzz saw Friday night, falling to Tioga 42-0 in a Section IV non-divisional football game on a muddy Tioga football field.

"Regardless of how poor the field conditions," said Seneca Indians Coach Trevor Holland, "we couldn't muster up anything."

The team, in fact, had just 138 total yards on offense, with Joe Chedzoy and Zach Elliott gaining 57 and 30, respectively, on 12 rushes apiece. Owen Scholtisek was next with 25 yards on four carries. The limited aerial game gained just 12 yards.

Tioga "is a very physical team," said Holland, "and they brought everything" to an offense that stresses runs and options. "They played a flawless game, fast to the ball and fast to the tackle."

On defense, Derrick Lewis led in tackles with 9, while Wyatt Brower had 8, Josh Bravo 7, Dylan Houseknecht and Scholtisek 5 each, and Chedzoy and Ben Mathews 4 each.

The Seneca Indians (2-4) return to action with a Homecoming game at 7 p.m. next Saturday, Oct. 13 against Moravia. Then comes a game against Dryden, the winner of which will advance to postseason play as the second seed in Division III.

Photos in text:

Top: The Seneca Indians' Travon Jones returns a kickoff.
Bottom: Seneca Indians quarterback Derrick Lewis rolls out to pass. It fell incomplete. (Both photos by David Franzese)

Odessa-Montour's Preston Harris passes the ball upfield. He scored O-M's lone goal.

Odessa boys fall to Trumansburg, 4-1

ODESSA, Oct. 5, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team dropped a 4-1 decision Friday night to Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The Indians' lone senior, Johnny Niedermaier, was honored during a halftime Senior Night ceremony.

Trumansburg got three goals from Conor Baird and one from Owen Leiter. The Indians' only score came at 25:39 of the second half, with O-M down 2-0, on a 30-yard direct kick by Preston Harris that curled left and past the Tburg goaltender.

Trumansburg outshot Odessa 16-3, while each team had three corner kicks. Dominik Scott registered 12 saves for the Indians.

"The guys played pretty well," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens. "It was close until the final 20 minutes," when the Raiders pulled away with their final two goals.

Odessa returns to action Friday against Moravia, and then will compete in sectionals.

Modified Girls: Odessa-Montour defeated Waverly 6-4 on the road to improve to 5-1-1. Hannah Nolan led the way with four goals.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Johnny Niedermaier prepares to send the ball upfield as a Trumansburg player approaches.
Bottom: O-M goalkeeper Dominik Scott reaches toward an incoming kick. He deflected the shot wide of the goal.

Left: O-M's Deshawn Johnson sends the ball flying. Right: The Indians' Devon Mahaney meets the ball near midfield.

Left: Johnny Niedermaier as he was honored during a halftime Senior Night ceremony. Right: O-M's Paden Grover, left, steers the play away from the Indians' goal.

Some of the many Odessa-Montour students on hand to support the boys team.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Ethan King passes the ball. Right: The Indians' Justin Andrews, right, fights for control of the ball.

O-M held its annual bonfire after the boys game. The fire had been postponed by the weather during Homecoming week.

Watkins Glen's Nancy Jackson, left, starts turning as her shot sails past the Tioga keeper for the Senecas' final goal.

Watkins girls win, clinch division title

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 4, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team clinched the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small School South Division title Thursday when it defeated Tioga 5-1 in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

The Senecas, now 8-5, will play Groton for the Small Schools title a week from Saturday at Tompkins Cortland Community College. After that, Watkins will compete in the sectional tournament.

Watkins jumped in front with four goals in the first 20 minutes -- two each by Hannah Morse (giving her 26 for the season) and Taylor Kelly. Nancy Jackson added the final goal a few minutes before halftime. Morse also had an assist, as did Abby Congdon.

Tioga scored its lone goal in the second half. Watkins goalkeeper Cierra Barber finished with 10 saves.

"I couldn't be more proud of the girls and how far we have come this season," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Graduating nine players last year, there was an expectation the team would struggle, but the girls worked so hard and improved every day, and we are playing really well right now. We have two more regular-season games -- against Marathon Tuesday and Moravia Wednesday -- and then we play in the IAC championship on Oct. 13 at a time that has not been determined."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Genevieve Osborn meets the incoming ball.

Watkins Glen goalkeeper Cierra Barber stops a Tioga shot. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

Left: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk. Right: The Senecas' Briana Hayes.

Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann (left) and Abby Congdon (right) move the ball.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morsse leaps in response to one of her two goals. She now has 26 for the season. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

O-M's Lexi Saunders, right, sends a shot on its way. It resulted in her second goal.

O-M girls blank Newfield on Senior Night

ODESSA, Oct. 4, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team evened its record at 6-6-1 and qualified for sectionals Thursday with a 6-0 victory over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

It was Senior Night -- with eight members of the team honored during halftime: Kennedey Heichel, Olivia Grover, McKennah Lott, Hunter Daugherty, Nadia Simpson, Hannah Bruno, Lexi Saunders and McKenzie Barrett.

The Indians opened the scoring with a goal by Grover on a penalty kick. Bruno followed that with a goal at 23:16 on a blast from the right side, and Saunders then scored twice -- at 4:42 and 4:14, the latter off a nice pass from Heichel on the left wing. Barrett made it 5-0 just two seconds before halftime on a penalty kick. Heichel added the final goal at 4:02 of the second half.

Lott and Heichel were each credited with an assist.

Odessa-Montour outshot Newfield 10-4, and had a 9-2 advantage in corner kicks. Grace Vondracek made three saves in goal for O-M, while Hunter Daugherty had one -- securing the shutout late in the game by punching out a shot headed for the lower right corner.

The Indians return to action Tuesday at home against Candor/Spencer-Van Etten. Game time is 5:30 p.m. They will then play a tuneup game the following Friday at home against Union Springs-Port Byron.

Photo in text: O-M's Olivia Grover, right, closes in on the ball.

McKenzie Barrett's penalty kick enters the net (left), and she (10) is then congratulated.

Left: O-M's Kennedey Heichel sends the ball flying. Right: The Indians' Hannah Bruno, right, is congratulated by teammate Nadia Simpson after scoring a goal.

The O-M team's seniors were honored during a halftime ceremony. From left, the seniors are McKenzie Barrett, Nadia Simpson, Lexi Saunders, Hannah Bruno, Kennedey Heichel, Hunter Daugherty, Olivia Grover and McKennah Lott.

Left: O-M's Camille Sgrecci settles the ball. Right: The Indians' Autumn Garrison, foreground, prepares to pass the ball.

Odessa-Montour's McKennah Lott sends a shot on goal. The Newfield goalie caught it.

Watkins Glen's Jillian Cantieni on the way to victory in the 200 Individual Medley.

Watkins Glen swimmers defeat Dryden

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 4, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team posted an 89-76 victory Thursday over Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

Victories for Watkins Glen were posted in the following:

200 Medley Relay: Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur, Maddy Kilcoyne 2:04.73.
200 Free: Allie Gibson 2:10.92.
200 Individual Medley: Jillian Cantieni 2:45.23.
50 Free: Allie Gibson 27.13.
100 Fly: Maddy Kilcoyne 1:08.93.
100 Free: Peighton Cervoni 59.31.
500 Free: Thalia Marquez 6:17.67.
100 Back: Amanda Wilbur 1:09.81.

Second-place finishes were registered by Isabella Fazzary in the 200 Free, Maddy Kilcoyne in the 50 Free, Faye Mooney in the 100 Free, and the 400 Free Relay team of Fazzary, Jillian Cantieni, Thalia Marquez and Mooney.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at home against Waverly.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Allie Gibson dives at start of the 200 Free, which she won.
Bottom: The Senecas' Sarah Swinnerton swims the second leg of the 200 Medley Relay, which her squad won.

Watkins Glen's Malina Butler glides underwater at start of the 200 Freestyle race.

Left: Watkins Glen's Maddy Kilcoyne checks the scoreboard after completing the 50 Free. Right: The Senecas' Grace Wickham swims the first leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Watkins Glen's Isabella Fazzary competes in the 200 Freestyle. She finished second.

O-M's Sara Gardner reaches low to volley against Spencer-Van Etten.

O-M volleyball team falls to S-VE, 3-1

ODESSA, Oct. 4, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team won the first game but lost the next three Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference loss to Spencer-Van Etten in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 25-20, 11-25, 21-25 and 27-29.

Statistics for Odessa-Montour included the following:

Isabel Foote: 10 service points, 1 ace, 4 assists, 2 digs.

Hannah Chapman: 8 service points, 3 aces, 2 kills, 8 blocks, 3 digs.

Karlee Dudgeon: 8 digs.

Sara Gardner: 6 service points, 1 ace, 9 digs.

Pixie Kinner: 2 service points, 6 digs.

Jacy Knapp: 5 service points, 8 digs.

Jolynn Minnier: 1 service point, 1 kill, 5 blocks, 3 digs.

Rhys Stermer: 4 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 5 blocks, 4 digs.

Cheianne Webster: 1 kill, 1 dig

The Indians return to action Wednesday at Waverly. The JV contest starts at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity at about 6:30 p.m.

Junior Varsity: S-VE defeated Odessa-Montour, 2-1. Game scores were 20-25, 25-17 and 20-25.

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Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Hannah Chapman volleys against S-VE.

Bottom: The Indians' Cheianne Webster meets the ball.

Left: O-M's Karlee Dudgeon volleys after chasing down the ball at the rear of the court. Right: The Indians' Jacy Knapp goes high to serve to Spencer-Van Etten.

Odessa-Montour's Isabel Foote (left) and Jolynn Minnier volley in Thursday's match.

Odessa-Montour's Deshawn Johnson inbounds the ball in first-half action Wednesday.

O-M boys rally to defeat Watkins, 2-1

WATKINS GLEN, Oct.3, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team came from behind with two second-half goals to defeat Watkins Glen 2-1 Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the new WGHS athletic field.

"Once we finally turned it on, I was happy with the way we played," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens, whose team is now 5-6-1 heading into a game Friday night at home against Trumansburg. It will be Senior Night.

"This was a must win, if we hope to play in Sectionals," said Stephens, who explained that his team needs one win in its two remaining regular-season games. After Trumansburg, which defeated O-M earlier in the season, the Indians close on the road against Moravia.

Watkins Glen opened the scoring at 26:02 of the first half on a goal by Clint Craven, assisted by Isaac McIlroy.

Odessa tied it at 25:21 of the second half, when Brett Walters headed in a corner kick by Preston Harris, who earned an assist.

The deciding goal came at 17:16, when Devon Mahaney grabbed a loose ball, maneuvered a couple of paces to the right and unloaded a blast that carried into the net about 35 yards away, over the reach of Watkins goalkeeper Nate Wickham and just under the crossbar.

"Devon had one just like that against Newfield," said Stephens. "He's got probably the biggest foot on the team, and has learned how that distance is within his range. It was the kind of shot that's a nightmare for keepers."

Watkins Glen outshot O-M 10-8, and had a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks. Dominik Scott had nine saves in goal for Odessa, while Wickham had six for the Senecas.

Watkins Glen returns to action at home Friday afternoon against Newfield.

Photos in text:

Top: The numbers 4 -- O-M's Preston Harris and Watkins Glen's Josiah Wysocki -- battle for possession of the ball.

Bottom: Teammates congratulate O-M's Devon Mahaney (facing camera) after his goal put the Indians ahead.

Left: O-M's Brett Walters meets an incoming corner kick with his head. Right: Walters' header finds the net for the Indians' first goal.

Watkins Glen's Avery Watson sends a direct kick on its way in second-half action.

Watkins Glen's Aydin Zahradnik (2) takes aim on a wide-open O-M net in the first half ...

... but the ball struck the crossbar and caromed up and across to the right, clear of the net.

From left: O-M's Brock Sgrecci, and Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy and Dylan Morse.

O-M's Johnny Niedermaier takes a swing at the bouncing ball (left), sends it just wide of the Watkins Glen net (center), and reacts afterward.

Left: Watkins Glen's Clint Craven meets the ball. Right: O-M's Devon Mahaney, left, and Watkins Glen's Peter Sandritter battle for the ball.

Watkins Glen's Haley Dean (10) sends the ball into the Newfield net, the game's first goal.

Glen girls top Newfield; seniors honored

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 2, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team improved its record to 7-5 Tuesday with a 10-3 victory over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS athletic field.

Hannah Morse and Taylor Kelly each scored three goals, while Aislinn Klemann, Haley Dean, Abby Congdon and Cierra Barber scored one apiece as the Senecas rolled to their second win in two days. Morse also had two assists, as did Danielle Leszyk. Barber had two saves in goal, and Natalie Edmister had one.

"It's always tricky to play back to back games, but the girls came out with a lot of energy tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "I really like the way we are playing at every position right now. With another game Thursday afteroon, we have to be ready to go once again. You always hope to be playing well down the stretch, and I am very pleased with the team right now."

Morse's three goals gave her 24 for the season -- equalling her total last season. She has 16 assists.

Thursday's game is another home contest -- against Tioga. Starting time is 4:30 p.m.

Senior Night: The team's five seniors -- Hannah Morse, Taylor Kelly, Danielle Leszyk, Cierra Barber and Nancy Jackson -- were honored at a halftime ceremony.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Cierra Barber, center, leaps with joy after scoring a goal.
Bottom: The Senecas' Aislinn Klemann inbounds the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Abby Congdon, right, battles a Newfield player as the ball bounces nearby. Moments later, Congdon scored a goal from the right into the net's near side. Right: The Senecas' Hannah Morse greets the ball in front of a Newfield defender.

Left: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold follows the ball. Right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk inbounds the ball.

Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson sends the ball flying upfield in first-half action.

The Watkins Glen seniors were honored during a halftime ceremony. From left: Cierra Barber, Hannah Morse, Taylor Kelly, Danielle Leszyk and Nancy Jackson.

Odessa-Montour girls defeat Tioga, 6-1

TIOGA CENTER, Oct. 2, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team improved to 5-6-1 Tuesday with a 6-1 victory over Tioga in a game called at halftime because of inclement weather.

Lexi Saunders and Hannah Bruno scored two goals each, while Kennedey Heichel and Ida Sidle scored one apiece. Heichel and Bruno each had two assists, and Saunders one.

Heichel's assists brought her career total to 25, adding to a school record she set recently -- when she broke Whitney Ayers' career mark of 22.

O-M outshot Tioga 10-2, while corner kicks were even at 2-2.

"We passed the ball well," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster. "We were not shooting deep. We were on top of their keeper."

The Indians return to action Thursday night (7 p.m.) at home against Newfield. It will be Senior Night.

Glen volleyball team falls to Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 2, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team sustained a 3-0 loss Tuesday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS Field House.

Game scores were 17-25, 16-25 and 23-25.

The Senecas played come-from-behind for most of the match, although they had a small lead (17-15) in the final game before Waverly rallied to finish things off.

Junior Paige Lewis led Waverly -- which had lost its past two matches to Edison and Candor -- with 10 service points, three aces, four kills and seven digs.

Statistics for Watkins Glen:

Katie Losey: 5 service points, 2 aces, 3 digs, 3 kills.
Adrienna Solomon: 7 service points, 3 aces, 3 digs, 1 kill, 1 block.
Kelsey Kernan: 4 service points, 1 ace, 1 dig, 2 kills.
Carlie Baker: 1 service point, 1 dig, 1 kill, 5 blocks.
Claudia Parker: 3 service points, 3 digs, 6 kills.
Mattie Yontz: 3 service points, 4 digs.
Kelsey DeMillo: 5 service points, 4 digs.
Olivia Stephani: 1 kill, 3 blocks.

Junior Varsity: Waverly defeated Watkins Glen 2-0, by scores of 25-19 and 25-19.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Katie Losey concentrates as she meets an incoming volley.

Left: Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon awaits the ball. Right: The Senecas' Carlie Baker blocks the ball at the net. She had five blocks.

Left: Watkins Glen's Kelsey DeMillo. Right: The Senecas' Kelsey Kernan.

Watkins Glen's Claudia Parker goes low to handle an incoming Waverly volley.

Watkins swimmers top Southern Cayuga

AURORA, Oct. 2, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team defeated Southern Cayuga 57-37 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the SC pool.

Wins for Watkins Glen were posted in the following:

200 Medley Relay: Malina Butler, Sarah Swinnerton, Maddy Kilcoyne, Peighton Cervoni 2:05.25.
200 Individual Medley: Maddy Kilcoyne 2:43.51
100 Fly: Amanda Wilbur 1:06.66
100 Free: Allie Gibson 58.84
500 Free: Peighton Cervoni 5:59.58
100 Breaststroke: Faye Mooney 1:22.10
400 Free Relay: Peighton Cervoni, Jillian Cantieni, Amanda Wilbur, Allie Gibson 4:04.23

Odessa-Montour swimmers fall to Lansing

LANSING, Oct. 2, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity swim team dropped a 95-66 decision Tuesday to Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Lansing pool.

Individual first-place finishes for O-M were posted by:

--Kara Reese in the 200 Free (2:24.44)
--Katie Adams in the 100 Breaststroke (1:35.52)

The Indians return to action Thursday at home against Whitney Point.

The Tribe's Isaak Willett breaks away for one of his three touchdowns in the "C" game.

All 3 Tribe football teams post victories

OWEGO, Oct. 2, 2018 -- Each of the Schuyler County Youth Football teams -- the "A," "B" and "C" squads -- won Sunday against Owego in road games.

The "A" team won 33-16 to improve to 6-0. Brady Cannon had two touchdowns -- on runs of 45 and 51 yards -- while Ryan Willett caught a TD pass from Daniel Lewis, Lewis scored on a keeper, and Thomas Snow scored on a run off tackle.

The "B" team won 25-6 to improve to 3-3. Touchdowns came from Donovan Wratten, Jax Decker on a 37-yard run, Lucas Hoffman on a 40-yard run, and Daniel Coston.

The "C" team won 20-19, coming from behind to improve to 5-1. Isaak Willett scored three touchdowns, the last one with less than two minutes to play and Owego up 19-13. The subsequent extra point made the difference.

The Tribe teams finish their regular season Sunday against Tioga at the new Watkins Glen High School artifical-turf field. Game times are 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., with a Lifetime Achievement tribute to Bob Lee and a "appreciation" tribute to the Jaynes family at halftime of the "B" game (around 2:15 or 2:30 p.m.). Lee has spent 50 years in coaching, and the Jaynes family has provided the league with use of their property this year.

Photo in text: Donovan Wratten (2) on the way to the "B" team's first touchdown.

Ben Heichel (58) kicks an extra point after the Tribe's first touchdown in the "A" game.

O-M goalkeeper Grace Vondracek dives in vain as ball kicked by Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk finds the corner of the net for the game's first goal.

Watkins girls blank O-M on new field

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 1, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team finally got a home game with the opening Monday of the new artificial turf at Alumni Field, and they celebrated with a 3-0 victory over Odessa-Montour that put the Senecas in control in their drive for a divisional title.

Watkins, with goals by Danielle Leszyk, Taylor Kelly and Hannah Morse in the first half and a 15-save shutout by goalkeeper Cierra Barber, raised their record to 6-5 as they remained unbeaten in Interscholastic Athletic Conference division play. They are positioned ahead of O-M, Newfield and Tioga with games against Newfield and Tioga remaining. This was the second win by the Senecas over Odessa this season.

Odessa had the early advantage in Monday's game, pressing the action into the Watkins end of the field and testing Barber time and again. But the Indians kept coming up empty.

Then Leszyk got the ball about 20 yards out, pulled off a delay move around an O-M defender and unleashed a left-footed laser than snuck just inside the left goalpost at 15:15 -- past O-M goalkeeper Grace Vondracek, who dove in vain for the ball.

Kelly made it it 2-0 at 4:45 when she put the ball in while camped near the right goalpost as the ball pinballed around off a corner kick.

And Morse scored the final goal at 1:21 when she and Vondracek arrived at the ball at the same moment -- and the ball jumped high on the turf and deflected past the keeper. Morse jumped on it and tapped it into the open net for her 21st goal of the season.

Leszyk, in addition to her goal, registered assists on both of the others.

"The girls played a terrific game tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Odessa-Montour is a very good team and the task tonight was to try and match their energy, which I thought the team did really well. We moved the ball and played outstanding defense. Cierra Barber had a big game with some terrific saves to keep us in front.

"We have to be ready as there is a quick turnaround with Newfield coming tomorrow (4:30 p.m.) for our Senior Night. I'm really proud of the girls and the work ethic they have brought to the team this season."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Genevieve Osborn, right, tries to separate O-M's Hannah Bruno from the ball.

Middle: Watkins Glen players celebrate after Danielle Leszyk's goal. From left: Aislinn Klemann, Taylor Kelly, Leszyk and Hannah Morse.

Bottom: O-M's Kennedey Heichel, right, moves the ball as Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold (11) approaches.

Watkins Glen goalkeeper Cierra Barber stops a shot by O-M's Lexi Saunders (1).

Left: O-M's Lydia Lynch. Right: O-M's McKennah Lott, right, and Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly battle for possession of the ball.

From left: O-M's Autumn Garrison settles the ball; O-M goalkeeper Grace Vondracek stops a shot by Watkins' Taylor Kelly; and Watkins' Hannah Morse moves the ball upfield.

Left: O-M's Olivia Grover (6) battles Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann. Right: O-M's Lydia Lynch, left, and Regan Bishop pose along the sideline of Watkins' new field.

O-M's Hunter Daugherty, left, sends a shot as Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson approaches.

Odessa-Montour boys top Newfield, 7-0

NEWFIELD, Oct. 1, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team improved its season mark to 4-6-1 Monday with a 7-0 victory over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newfield athletic field.

"The guys are finally playing like they're capable of," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens.

Preston Harris scored three goals for the Indians, while Deshawn Johnson scored twice and Justin Andrews and Devon Mahaney once each. Mahaney had two assists, and Harris and Johnson one apiece.

O-M outshot Newfield 15-3, and had a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. Dominik Scott had three saves in goal for the Indians, while the Newfield netminder had eight.

Odessa returns to action at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Watkins Glen.

Watkins Glen's Ramel Fulcher, foreground, passes the ball under pressure.

WG boys fall to Tburg in 1st home game

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 1, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team finally had a home game with the opening Monday of their school's new artificial-turf field, but Trumansburg spoiled it by defeating the Senecas 3-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference night game.

The lone Watkins goal came on a penalty kick by Aydin Zahradnik with 19:11 remaining in the second half.

Trumansburg had the early advantage, forcing play in the Watkins Glen half of the field through much of the first half -- and scoring at 15:25 off a corner kick.

The second half saw much of the play in the middle of the field, but the Raiders made it 2-0 at 27:49 on a blast from the right that found the left corner of the Watkins Glen net.

After Watkins scored on the penalty kick, Trumansburg responded less than a minute later, at 18:17, on another shot to the left corner of the goal.

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at home against Odessa-Montour. Game time is 7 p.m.

Photo in text: The ball hits the back of the Trumansburg net on a penalty kick by Watkins Glen's Aydin Zahradnik in the second half.

Left: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Nate Wickham goes high to grab a loose ball as a Trumansburg player passes by. Nearby is teammate Dylan Markley. Right: The Senecas' Isaac McIlroy meets the ball.

The ball enters the Watkins Glen net off a corner kick for the game's first goal.

Athletes of the Week: WG swim quintet

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 30, 2018 -- This week we honor as Odessa File Athletes of the Week five consistent winners on the Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team.

Allie Gibson, Amanda Wilbur, Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton and Jillian Cantieni have had an excellent season so far, and each was again among the winners this past week as the Senecas defeated Lansing and Whitney Point.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen runner Gabe Planty; Watkins Glen soccer's Haley Dean; Seneca Indian football's Casen Weeden, Collin Baker and Derrick Lewis; Odessa-Montour soccer's Dominik Scott; and O-M swimmer Tori Reese.

Honorable Mention: Another 30 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.

McQuaid: Mixed results for Glen runners

ROCHESTER, Sept. 29, 2018 -- Watkins Glen High School's Gabe Planty placed third among 163 runners and his team was 13th among 20 schools in a Seeded Varsity A race for small schools Saturday at the annual McQuaid Invitational.

The race, at the Genesee Valley Park, was one of many large- and small-school races at the varsity and junior-high level throughout the morning.

Boys Varsity: Beaver River, which won the race with 118 points, is ranked No. 1 among the state's Class D schools. Watkins Glen had 332 points.

Planty finished the 3-mile course in 15:42 in a race won by Josh Lewis of North East, Pa. in 15:12. Other Watkins runners were: Max Evans, 33rd in 16:50; Steven Gublo, 92nd in 18:19; Ben Swinnerton, 107th in 18:47; Lance Majors, 117th in 19:04 (the second fastest 7th grader in the race); Elliott Holland, 134th in 19:55; and Wolfgang Gates, 157th in 22:31.

Girls Varsity: This was the Unseeded Varsity A-2 race for small schools, won by Catie Eisenhut of Lansing in 18:18. Lansing won the team title, too, with Waverly second and Trumansburg third. Watkins Glen did not have enough finishers for a team score.

Kai Sutterby led Watkins runners with a 42nd-place finish among 365 runners. She posted a time of 20:35. Makenzie Kellogg was next fot the Senecas, finishing 79th in 21:18, while Breanna Carl was 118th in 22:06.

Girls Junior High: This race was for small and medium schools. Watkins Glen's lone entrant, Madison Hansen, finished 111th among 288 runners in 12:51 on the 1.62-mile course.

Boys Junior High: This race was for small and medium schools. Watkins didn't have enough runners for a team score. The Senecas were led by Nick Bonsignore, 78th among 325 runners in 11:02 on the 1.62-mile course. Next for Watkins was Dylan Nguyen, 102nd in 11:21, followed by Johnny VanScoyk, 187th in 12:24, and Teagan Lampman-Roisen, 264th in 13:59.

Watkins Glen returns to action Tuesday at Newark Valley, and then competes Saturday at the Brewster Bear Invitational in southeastern New York.

Photo in text: Watkins' Gabe Planty at the McQuaid Invitational. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Watkins Glen senior Cierra Barber (6) sends a shot that found the net -- her first varsity goal. She normally plays goalkeeper. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

Watkins girls top Dundee; Dean nets 3

DUNDEE, Sept. 28, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team -- led by three Haley Dean goals -- improved its season mark to 5-5 Friday with a 6-1 victory over Dundee in a non-league game on the Dundee athletic field.

In addition to Dean's goals, Abby Gibson, Danielle Leszyk and Cierra Barber registered one apiece. Hannah Morse had two assists.

"The girls played well tonight with solid passing and much improved spacing," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Haley Dean exploded for three goals with tremendous hustle cleaning up misses and being in the right place. Her hard work has paid off as she is playing really well right now. Cierra scored the first goal of her varsity career in addition to making three saves in goal" -- her normal position. "Every girl on the team played really well, and hopefully we can keep going and finish the season strong."

The Senecas return to action Monday at home against Odessa-Montour. Game time is 4:30 p.m. The contest will mark the first on the school's new artificial-turf field.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse fights for possession of the ball. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

Left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann (5). Right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk (Photos by Sheila Barber)

Honeoye Falls-Lima starts its final drive on its own 20-yard line with 1:14 left in the game.

Homecoming gone awry

Seneca Indians, up by 12 with 3:06 left, lose to Honeoye

ODESSA, Sept. 28, 2018 -- It was one of the more painful endings to a Schuyler County football game.

The Seneca Indians, in control most of the game and up 19-7 after scoring a touchdown with 3:06 remaining, couldn't stop a subsequent aerial attack by Honeoye Falls-Lima and dropped a 20-19 decision Friday on Homecoming Night on Odessa-Montour High School's Charles Martin Field.

In those final three minutes, the Seneca Indians allowed a touchdown pass and extra point with 2:52 to play -- making the score 19-14 -- and then another TD pass with just three seconds remaining as Honeoye concluded an 80-yard drive in the final 1:14.

The deciding blow came on a play from the 15-yard line, a pass to the right sideline that was caught and lateraled to a trailing player who carried it into the end zone, setting off an HFL celebration and leaving the large turnout of Seneca Indian fans stunned.

The game ended on the ensuing kickoff, when a Seneca Indians ball carrier was smothered by a barrage of Honeoye defenders near midfield.

The Seneca Indians, a team composed of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high school athletes, led 6-0 on a 35-yard TD run by Casen Weeden just six minutes into the game.

Honeoye Falls-Lima took the lead 7-6 at 1:16 of the first period on a 3-yard TD run and extra-point kick, but WG/OM regained the lead at 5:20 of the second quarter on a 17-yard TD pass to Collin Baker that he almost caught and then, after it was deflected high, did haul in with a twisting, falling catch.

That lead held through the third quarter and most of the fourth, and then Weeden scored his second TD of the game on a 6-yard run with 3:06 to play. Jared Rumsey added the point-after kick, and the game seemed secure at 19-7.

But it wasn't.

After the kickoff return, Honeoye started on the Seneca Indians' 47, and promptly completed a pass on the left sideline to the 30. The next play was a completion over the middle, caught inside the 5-yard line and carried across the goal line at 2:52. A point-after kick trimmed the WG/OM lead to 19-14.

The Seneca Indians received the ensuing kickoff, returning it to their own 39-yard line. Joe Chedzoy gained a yard, then Zach Elliott gained four. On third down, Elliott was held without a gain, and the team punted. It was a good one, and HFL started on its own 20 with 1:14 remaining on the clock.

A pass interference call on WG/OM put the ball on the 35, and then a pass was completed along the right sideline, the receiver stepping out of bounds to stop the clock at 1:04.

The next pass was overthrown, and then on 3rd down and 1 yard to go with 59 seconds left, Honeoye completed a short pass near midfield for a first down. After the Seneca Indians called a time-out with 49 seconds left (HFL had no time-outs left), a short pass was followed by an incompletion, and it was third down at the 48.

Then came a pass completion to the 15-yard line, the Honeoye players hustling to the line to spike the ball with 10 seconds to play. What followed was the sideline pass to the receiver who lateraled to an accelerating teammate -- who ran cleanly into the end zone. A two-point conversion attempt failed.

Then came the final kickoff, and the game's end.

Photos in text:

Top: Dylan Houseknecht (79) reacts as Casen Weeden (33) rushes toward the Seneca Indians' first touchdown.
Second: A Honeoye Falls-Lima receiver catches a TD pass with 2:52 to play
Third: Homecoming Queen Hannah Bruno and King Johnny Niedermaier.
Bottom: The Seneca Indians' Matt Irwin brings down an HFL ball-carrier.

Anatomy of a touchdown. From left: The Seneca Indians' Collin Baker has the ball knocked clear (left) in the end zone, and after it caromed high, he twisted toward it and caught it while falling to the ground. That gave WG/OM a 12-7 lead.

Jared Rumsey kicks off for the Seneca Indians at the start of the second half.

The Seneca Indians' Joe Chedzoy (25) picks up yardage on a sweep around right end.

Left: The Seneca Indians' Derrick Lewis (14) intercepts a Honeoye pass near the sideline. Right: William Yeater and Isabel Foote were part of the Homecoming Court. (Photo on right by Doug Yeater)

Left: There were fans aplenty at Friday night's game. Right: Cheerleaders in action. (Photo on right by George Rutledge)

The female members of the Homecoming Court: From left, Olivia Grover, Nadia Simpson, Isabel Foote, Hannah Bruno and Kennedey Heichel.

Left: O-M's Sara Gardner gets in the ring with what represented a Honeoye Falls-Lima cougar as part of the Junior Class float -- which won the float competition. The O-M students held a parade along Odessa's residential streets in the late afternoon. Right: Cousins Johnny Niedermaier and Kennedey Heichel strike a pose.

The Seneca Indians enter the football field carrying flags in honor of military service personnel from Schuyler County. (Photo by George Rutledge)

Watkins swimmers defeat Whitney Point

WHITNEY POINT, Sept. 29, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team posted a 46-28 victory Friday over Whitney Point in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Whitney Point pool.

First-place finishes were registered by the Senecas in the following:

200 Medley Relay: Jillian Cantieni, Peighton Cervoni, Annika Wickham, Sarah Swinnerton 2:12.97.
200 Free: Faye Mooney 2:26.05.
200 Individual Medley: Ellie Clarkson 3:01.64.
100 Fly: Malina Butler 1:25.60.
500 Free: Sarah Swinnerton 6:12.22.
200 Free Relay: Cantieni, Clarkson, Swinnerton, Butler 2:00.80.
100 Back: Thalia Marquez 1:24.17.
100 Breast: Alannah Klemann 1:38.39.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Southern Cayuga.

Odessa-Montour boys tie Notre Dame

SOUTHPORT, Sept. 27, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team tied Elmira Notre Dame 0-0 Thursday night in an overtime Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the ND athletic field.

"This was by far the best we've played all year," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens. "We played lights out. We really needed that for sectional (tournament) points."

The Indians, now 3-6-1, were outshot 25-4 and had just one corner kick to ND's eight. The O-M goalkeeper, Dominik Scott, was "unreal," said Stephens, with 20 saves. Several other shots hit the crossbar or posts.

Notre Dame "outpossessed us," said Stephens, "but the guys hustled and hustled. It was hard work versus technicality. And it was the first time in nine years that we haven't lost to Notre Dame. I'm very, very happy."

Odessa-Montour returns to action Monday at Newfield.

Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan volleys in the first game against Edison on Thursday.

Volleyball: Watkins Glen falls to Edison

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 27, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team fell 3-1 Thursday to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS Field House.

Game scores were 15-25, 25-19, 18-25 and 24-26.

Watkins Glen statistics included:

Katie Losey: 7 service points, 11 digs, 6 kills.
Adrienna Solomon: 7 service points, 3 aces, 1 dig, 5 kills.
Kelsey Kernan: 7 service points, 2 aces, 2 kills, 23 assists.
Claudia Parker: 3 service points, 2 aces, 8 digs, 5 kills.
Mattie Yontz: 4 service points, 4 aces, 8 digs.
Carlie Baker: 4 kills, 1 block, 1 assist.
Kelsey DeMillo: 9 service points, 3 aces, 2 digs.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at home against Waverly.

Junior Varsity: Edison defeated Watkins Glen 2-1. Games scores were 10-25, 25-16 and 15-25. Melanie Wysocki registered 8 service points and a kill, while Robin Zimba had 8 service points and Ava VanDusen had 4.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Carlie Baker, left, sends the ball over the net.

Left: Watkins Glen's Claudia Parker volleys. Right: The Senecas' Katie Losey serves.

Watkins Glen's Mattie Yontz volleys against Edison.

Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon goes low for a volley in Thursday's opening game.

And from photographer Craig Parker:

Left: Watkins Glen's Olivia Stephani. Right: The Senecas' setter, Kelsey Kernan.

Watkins Glen's Mattie Yontz leans low to volley during an exchange with Edison.

Odessa-Montour's Jacy Knapp goes low to return a Newark Valley volley.

O-M volleyball team loses to NV, 3-1

ODESSA, Sept. 27, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision Thursday to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 23-25, 25-15, 9-25 and 11-25.

Statistics for Odessa-Montour included:

Isabel Foote: 4 service points, 1 ace, 1 assist, 13 digs.
Sara Gardner: 3 service points, 10 digs.
Jacy Knapp: 3 service points, 1 ace, 19 digs.
Cheianne Webster: 3 service points, 1 ace, 9 digs.
Hannah Chapman: 2 service points, 2 aces, 3 digs.
Rhys Stermer: 2 service points, 1 kill, 1 dig.
Jolynn Minnier: 3 blocks, 10 digs.
Jadyn Lauper: 2 digs.
Pixie Kinner: 1 service point, 8 digs.
Karlee Dudgeon: 16 digs.

Jazmine Chase led Newark Valley with 21 service points, while Maddy Hartenstein had 11.

The Indians return to action Thursday at home against Spencer-Van Etten.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Newark Valley 2-1. Game scores were 25-15, 23-25 and 25-13.

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Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Jolynn Minnier sends the ball over the net.

Bottom: O-M's Jadyn Lauper volleys.

Left: O-M's Cheianne Webster. Right: Odessa-Montour's Rhys Stermer.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Hannah Chapman, Isabel Foote and Karlee Dudgeon.

Watkins Glen boys fall to SVEC, 4-1

CANDOR, Sept. 27, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team dropped a 4-1 decision Thursday to Spencer-Van Etten/Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Candor athletic field.

Avery Watson scored the lone Watkins Glen goal, assisted by Isaac McIlroy.

The Senecas return to action Monday night at home against Trumansburg.

Odessa swim team loses to Dryden

DRYDEN, Sept. 27, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team dropped a 101-67 decision Thursday to Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Dryden pool.

First-places were posted for O-M by Tori Reese in the 200 Individual Medley (2:33.52) and the 100 Fly (1:09.88), and by the 200 Freestyle Relay team of Tori Reese, Kara Reese, Julia Paulisczak and Emilee Chaffinch (2:08.46).

O-M returns to action Tuesday at Lansing.

From left: O-M's Sara Gardner, Watkins Glen's Katie Losey and O-M's Jolynn Minnier.

Volleyball: Watkins Glen tops O-M, 3-0

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 26, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team swept past Odessa-Montour 3-0 Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS Field House.

Game scores were 25-19, 25-12 and 25-15.

The first game featured several long volleys before the Senecas prevailed. The second and third games proved easier for Watkins, which had lost to Odessa in an early-season matchup, 3-2.

The service game proved key Wednesday, with strong serving early by Kelsey Kernan and Adrienna Solomon, and late by Kelsey DeMillo and Katie Losey. The Senecas rang up 19 aces.

"The girls did awesome tonight working together as a team," said Watkins Glen Coach Dawn Baker. "I'm so proud of the work they have put in and the improvement that has been made."

Watkins Glen statistics included:

Adrienna Solomon: 11 service points, 6 aces, 3 kills.
Kelsey DeMillo: 10 service points, 6 aces.
Kelsey Kernan: 9 service points, 4 aces, 12 assists, 1 kill.
Katie Losey: 5 service points, 6 kills.
Jordyn Barrett: 2 service points.
Claudia Parker: 1 service point, 1 ace, 4 kills.
Mattie Yontz: 1 service point, 1 ace.
Carlie Baker: 1 service point, 1 ace, 1 assist, 1 block.
Olivia Stephani: 1 kill, 1 assist.

O-M statistics included:

Isabel Foote: 7 service points, 3 aces, 1 assist, 5 digs.
Jacy Knapp: 3 service points, 1 ace, 11 digs.
Rhys Stermer: 3 service points, 2 aces, 1 kill, 1 block, 6 digs.
Jolynn Minnier: 2 service points, 2 blocks, 2 digs.
Cheianne Webster: 1 assist, 3 digs.
Sara Gardner: 1 service point, 5 digs.
Hannah Chapman: 2 service points, 2 digs.
Karlee Dudgeon: 9 digs.
Jadyn Lauper: 2 digs.

Watkins Glen returns to action Thursday, Sept. 27 at home against Edison. Odessa hosts Newark Valley on Thursday.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Watkins Glen 25-9, 25-22, 10-25. For Watkins Glen, Cassidy Ploucha registered 10 service points, while Ava VanDusen had eight.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Carlie Baker volleys.
Bottom: The Senecas' Kelsey Kernan meets an incoming volley.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Isabel Foote, Rhys Stermer and Cheianne Webster.

From left: Watkins Glen's Olivia Stephani and Claudia Parker volley.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Hannah Chapman. Right: Watkins' Kelsey DeMillo serves.

From left: Watkins Glen's Katie Losey, Mattie Yontz and Ali LaMoreaux.

And from photographer Craig Parker:

Left: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan battles at the net. Right: The Senecas' Carlie Baker.

Watkins girls modified team blanks ND

SOUTHPORT, Sept. 26, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls modified soccer team won its second straight game Wednesday, defeating Elmira Notre Dame 2-0 on the ND athletic field.

Goals for Watkins came from Brynn Smith, assisted by Sasha Honrath, and from Honrath unassisted. Lilly Ameigh registered three saves in goal for the Senecas.

"Our young ladies played well, passed with purpose and never let up," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto.

The Senecas (2-3-1) return to action on Thursday, Oct. 4 at home against Waverly.

XC: Watkins boys top 3 teams at Lansing

LANSING, Sept. 25, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross-country team -- led by a 1-2 finish by Gabe Planty and Max Evans -- defeated Lansing, Dryden and Moravia Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road meet.

Planty finished in 17:29, and Evans in 18:01. Other Watkins runners: Steven Gublo 6th in 18:55, Ben Swinnerton 11th in 20:27, Elliott Holland 15th in 20:59, Lawrence Majors 16th in 21:02, and Wolfgang Gates 25th in 24:28. There were 38 runners.

Varsity Girls: Watkins Glen was second among three teams with 46 points, finishing behind Lansing (21) and ahead of Moravia (65). Breanna Carl was 5th in 21:50, Kai Sutterby 6th in 21:58, Makenzie Kellogg 9th in 22:39, Sierra Morris 17th in 31:49, and Maya Somerville 18th in 32:25. There were 20 runners.

Modified Boys: Nicholas Bonsignore finished 5th in 10:30, Dylan Nguyen 6th in 10:44, Johnny VanScoyk 10th in 11:28, and Teagan Lampman-Roisen 18th in 14:30.

Modified Girls: Madison Hansen finished 6th in 12:53.

The Senecas return to action Saturday at the McQuaid Invitational in Rochester's Genesee Valley Park.

Watkins Glen's Allie Gibson dives at start of the 50 Free, and finishes with a victory.

Watkins swimmers top Lansing, 101-69

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 25, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team posted a 101-69 victory Tuesday over Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

Wins by Watkins Glen came in the following:

200 Medley Relay: Malina Butler, Sarah Swinnerton, Maddy Kilcoyne, Thalia Marquez 2:09.99.
50 Free: Allie Gibson 26.50
100 Fly: Amanda Wilbur 1:05.02
200 Free Relay: Peighton Cervoni, Amanda Wilbur, Jillian Cantieni, Allie Gibson 1:51.99
100 Back: Peighton Cervoni 1:08.51
100 Breast: Sarah Swinnerton 1:18.64

The Senecas also got second-place finishes in the following:

200 Medley Relay: Ellie Clarkson, Faye Mooney, Maddy Williams, Alannah Klemann
200 Free: Jillian Cantieni
200 IM: Amanda Wilbur
100 Fly: Maddy Kilcoyne
100 Free: Peighton Cervoni
500 Free: Jillian Cantieni
100 Breast: Faye Mooney

The Senecas return to action Thursday at Whitney Point.

Modified: Lansing defeated Watkins Glen, 67-56.

Photos in text:

Top: Maddy Kilcoyne in the 200 Medley Relay, which her squad won.
Bottom: Malina Butler starts the backstroke leg of the 200 Medley Relay, which her squad won.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur en route to second place in the 200 Individual Medley.

Watkins' Thalia Marquez on the final leg of the 200 Medley Relay, which her team won.

Watkins Glen's Jillian Cantieni on the way to second place in the 200 Free.

Watkins Glen boys fall to Notre Dame

SOUTHPORT, Sept. 25, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team dropped a 3-1 decision to Elmira Notre Dame Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the ND athletic field.

Ramel Fulcher scored the lone goal for Watkins Glen, assisted by Isaac McIlroy.

The Senecas return to action Thursday at Candor. Game time is 5;30 p.m.

A shot by O-M's Cody Austin (12) goes wide as NV keeper Steve Cowulich dives for it.

Odessa boys lose to Newark Valley, 5-0

ODESSA, Sept. 25, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 3-6 Tuesday night when the Indians were blanked by Newark Valley, 5-0, in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

Newark Valley scored twice in the first half -- on goals at 26:10 by Nathan Sokol and at 13:55 by Dan Cowulich.

They made it 3-0 at 33:56 of the second half, when Cowuluch scored again on a blast from directly in front of the net, and 4-0 at 26:46 on a goal by Bill Knight from the left. The final goal came at 1:13, by Derek Kalpokas.

The Indians kept up the attack throughout, but the NV defense proved too much. "It didn't feel like a 5-0 game," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens. "I'm happy with the way the guys played. They worked hard the whole time."

Newark Valley outshot Odessa 10-8, while the Indians had a 5-4 edge in corner kicks. Dominik Scott registered five saves in goal for O-M, while Steve Cowulich made eight saves for NV.

Odessa returns to action Thursday night at Elmira Notre Dame. Game time is 7 p.m.

Photo in text: O-M's Devon Mahaney, right, and an NV player meet the ball.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Dylan VonNeida moves between two Newark Valley defenders. Right: Odessa's Brock Sgrecci settles an incoming ball.

Left: O-M's Michael Benway, right, battles for possession of the ball. Right: The Indians' Johnny Niedermaier sends the ball into Newark Valley territory.

Odessa goalkeeper Dominik Scott dives to cover a loose ball in first-half action.

O-M swimmers fall to Southern Cayuga

AURORA, Sept. 25, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team dropped a 58-35 decision Tuesday to Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the SC pool.

Wins for O-M were posted by:

--Madison Moss in the 200 Free (2:30.65)
--Tori Reese in the 200 Individual Medley (2:38.38)
--Tori Reese in the 100 Breaststroke (1:20.35)

Individual second-place finishes were posted for O-M by Kara Reese in the 200 IM, Katie Adams in the 100 Fly, and Megan Adams in the 500 Free.

The Indians return to action Thursday at Dryden.

The Tribe "B" team's Connor Foggie (17) and Bryce Bockelkamp (87) close in on a Spencer-Van Etten/Candor ball-carrier. (Photo provided)

Tribe 'A' team wins, improves to 5-0

ODESSA, Sept. 25, 2018 -- The Schuyler County Youth Football Tribe "A" team continued unbeaten Sunday, defeating Spencer-Van Etten/Candor 26-12 in a game on Odessa-Montour High School's Charles Martin Field.

The victory lifted the Tribe to 5-0. The team sits alone in first place in its division.

Touchdowns came from Daniel Lewis on a quarterback keeper, Brady Cannon on a 27-yard run, Cannon again on a pass from Lewis, and Thomas Snow, who picked up a loose ball and ran it in from 28 yards out.

Ryan Willett gained 175 yards rushing, and the defense, in the words of one coach, "played fantastic against a very tough SVE/C Eagles."

The Tribe "B" team lost 21-7 as its record slipped to 2-3. The team's lone touchdown came on a Lucas Hoffman 32-yard run.

The Tribe "C" team lost its first game of the season, falling 19-0. Several Tribe offensive efforts "were shut down by the Eagles' tough defense, and others by penalties," said one coach.

The day at O-M featured a fund-raiser for Abby Webster of the Spencer area, who lost her legs in a mowing accident. The Tribe and other schools and businesss are donating money. Even the head referee of the games, Myron Sitzman, donated his earnings for the day.

Photos in text: Ryan Willett gains some of his 175 yards; and the fundraiser for Abby Webster. (Photos provided)

Left: The Tribe "C" team's Elijah Gaylord (21) excelled on defense. Right: Referee Myron Sitzman. (Photos provided)

Watkins volleyball team falls to Candor

CANDOR, Sept. 24, 2018 -- The Watkins Gleh High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision Monday to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Candor gym.

Game scores were 16-25, 9-25 and 13-25.

Watkins Glen statistics included:

Katie Losey: 2 service points, 2 kills.
Adrienna Solomon: 1 service point, 1 ace.
Kelsey Kernan: 6 service points, 1 kill, 3 assists.
Carlie Baker: 1 kill, 2 blocks.
Olivia Stephani: 1 service point, 1 ace, 1 kill, 2 blocks.

The Senecas return to action Thursday at home against Edison.

Odessa's Jacy Knapp goes low for a volley in Monday's match against Edison.

O-M volleyball team falls to Edison, 3-0

ODESSA, Sept. 24, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team fell in straight sets Monday to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 16-25, 25-27 and 18-25.

Odessa-Montour statistics included:

Jacy Knapp: 7 service points, 1 ace, 1 assist, 8 digs.
Jolynn Minnier: 5 service points, 4 aces, 1 kill, 1 block, 6 digs.
Isabel Foote: 4 service points, 2 aces, 2 digs.
Hannah Chapman: 3 service points, 2 aces, 1 kill, 2 digs.
Rhys Stermer: 3 service points, 2 aces, 4 digs.
Karlee Dudgeon: 2 service points, 1 ace, 7 digs.
Sara Gardner: 2 service points, 11 digs.
Jadyn Lauper: 2 service points, 2 digs.

The Indians return to action Wednesday at Watkins Glen.

Junior Varsity: Edison defeated Odessa-Montour 3-0. Game scores were 14-25, 12-25 and 7-25.

Photo in text: O-M's Karlee Dudgeon volleys against Edison

Left: O-M's Pixie Kinner meets an incoming volley. Right: The Indians' Rhys Stermer.

O-M's Hailey Ferguson, left, battles an Edison player at the net.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Jolynn Minnier, Sara Gardner and Isabel Foote.

Odessa-Montour's Hannah Chapman eyes the ball before sending it over the net.

O-M's Lexi Saunders moves in on the Notre Dame goal, but shot the ball wide right.

Odessa-Montour girls fall to ND, 2-0

ODESSA, Sept. 24, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team saw its record slip to 4-5-1 Monday night when the Indians dropped a 2-0 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

"It was a hard-fought game, as I expected," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster. "We created some opportunities, but couldn't find the back of the net."

O-M had four shots go just wide of the Notre Dame goal. Another shot went over the crossbar.

Notre Dame had six shots on goal to O-M's three, and had a 3-0 edge in corner kicks. Odessa goalkeeper Grace Vondracek made four saves, while Notre Dame's Ana Milazzo made three.

The Crusaders scored once in each half, the first time just 7:35 into the game -- Peyton Maloney sending the ball into the near corner of the net. Her shot came from amid a cluster of players in front of the goal following a corner kick. The second goal -- a blast by Hope Gray from a sharp angle to the right that found the far left corner of the net -- came at 30:22 of the second half.

Brewster noted the strong defensive job that Hannah Bruno did defending against Notre Dame sharpshooter Laurel Vargas, who was held scoreless.

Odessa returns to action next Monday at Watkins Glen. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Modified: The Odessa-Montour girls modified soccer team defeated Notre Dame earlier in the day, 6-0.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M goalkeeper Grace Vondracek falls on the ball and barely avoids a collison with an onrushing Notre Dame player.

Bottom: Odessa's Olivia Grover moves the ball while holding off an ND player.

Left: O-M's Hannah Bruno heads the ball. Right: Odessa's Autumn Garrison, right, battles Notre Dame's Laurel Vargas for possession of the ball.

O-M's McKennah Lott, right, moves the ball against an ND defender.

From left: O-M's Camille Sgrecci, Hunter Daugherty and Nadia Simpson.

Left: O-M's Lydia Lynch (21) turns toward the ball. Right: Odessa goalkeeper Grace Vondracek goes high to grab an incoming Notre Dame shot.

Watkins girls lose to Waverly, fall to 4-5

WAVERLY, Sept. 24, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 4-5 Monday when the Senecas were blanked 8-0 by Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly athletic field.

Natalie Edmister made 14 saves in goal for the Senecas, while Cierra Barber made two.

"Tonight we just ran into a very good team and got outplayed," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Hopefully we can learn from this one and get back on track down the stretch of the season."

The Senecas return to action Friday at Dundee. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, left, moves the ball. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

Left: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson, right. Right: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly battles for possession of the ball. (Photos by Sheila Barber)

Glen girls modified soccer team wins 8-1

NEWFIELD, Sept. 24, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls modified soccer team posted its first victory of the season Monday when it defeated Newfield 8-1 in a game on the Newfield athletic field.

Brynn Smith scored three goals for the Senecas, while Sasha Honrath scored two, and Brayona Oden, Maisie Robertson and Ava Cowen one each. Assists came from Honrath (2), Robertson (1), Cowen (1) and Brenna Pierce (1). Lilly Ameigh registered nine saves in goal for Watkins

"Over the last few games, our ladies have improved considerably," said Coach Ralph Diliberto. "They brought the same intensity this afternoon as they did on Friday evening" -- in a 1-1 overtime tie against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor.

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Elmira Notre Dame.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Brynn Smith, left, maneuvers with the ball. She scored three goals. (Photo by Judson Smith)

Athletes of the Week: 2 football standouts

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 23, 2018 -- This week we honor two football running backs as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Seneca Indians Joe Chedzoy (a Watkins Glen High School student) and Zach Elliott (Odessa-Montour) led their squad to a 46-12 victory over Edison -- each scoring three touchdowns along the way, and together gaining more than 300 yards on the ground. Chedzoy gained 160 yards on 12 carries, and Elliott 142 yards on 20 carries as the Seneca Indians evened their season record at 2-2.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen soccer standouts Hannah Morse and Avery Watson; O-M soccer's Preston Harris; the Seneca Indians' Collin Baker, Dylan Houseknecht, Casen Weeden and Owen Scholtisek; Watkins Glen runner Gabe Planty; and Watkins Glen swimmers Allie Gibson, Peighton Cervoni, Amanda Wilbur and Sarah Swinnerton.

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

Left: Seneca Indians quarterback Derrick Lewis prepares to pass. Right: The pass is caught by Collin Baker for a 25-yard gain to the 2-yard line.

Seneca Indians race past Edison, 46-12

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Sept. 22, 2018 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team scored three touchdowns in the first six minutes Saturday en route to a 46-12 victory over Edison in a Section IV,, Division III game on the Edison athletic field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined squad of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour athletes -- improved to 2-2 heading into Homecoming Friday at O-M against Honeoye Falls-Lima in a non-league tilt.

Joe Chedzoy and Zach Elliott each scored three touchdowns for WG/OM, while Owen Scholtisek scored one. The Seneca Indians had 379 total yards, while Edison had 150.

Chedzoy gained 160 yards on 12 carries, while Elliott gained 142 on 20 carries. Scholtisek gained 29 yards on five carries.

Collin Baker and Casen Weeden led the defense with 7 tackles each, while Wrett Brower had 5, and Cayden Confer, Hunter Holley, Gage Arcangeli and Chedzoy 4 each.

WG/OM struck for a TD on the first play from scrimmage, Chedzoy racing around right end on a 58-yard romp at 11:44. The point-after kick by Jared Rumsey made it 7-0.

The second TD came at 7:28 on a 2-yard run by Scholtisek after a 25-yard pass play from quarterback Derrick Lewis to Baker. Another point-after kick made the score 14-0.

After Chedzoy recovered an Edison fumble on the TAE 36-yard line, he raced moments later, virtually untouched, to the end zone on a 29-yard run at 6:02. The point-after kick was blocked.

The Seneca Indians scored again on the first play of the second quarter, a 1-yard run by Zach Elliott at 11:57. Casen Weeden carried the ball across for a 2-point conversion that made it 28-0.

WG/OM imcreased the lead to 34-0 at 4:22 on a 6-yard Elliott run, but the point-after kick misfired.

Edison got on the board with 1:28 before halftime on a 27-yard TD pass to Hunter Farley. A 2-point pass attempt was intercepted by Scholtisek. The halftime score: 34-6.

An Elliott 2-yard TD at 4:05 of the third quarter was followed by a 64-yard TD run by Edison. Point-after attempts failed in both cases. WG/OM closed out the scoring in the fourth quarter with Chedzoy's third TD on a 9-yard run with 11:20 remaining.

Photos in text:

Top: The Seneca Indians' Zach Elliott brings down an Edison ball carrier.
Middle: WG/OM's Joe Chedzoy sheds a would-be tackler on the way to his first of three touchdowns, on the first play from scrimmage.
Bottom: The Seneca Indians' Owen Scholtisek (10) breaks up an Edison pass play.

Left: The Seneca Indians' Cameron Holland (8) knocks away an incoming Edison pass. Right: Joe Chedzoy can't quite reach a WG/OM pass in the flat. It fell incomplete.

WG/OM's Jared Rumsey sends the ball on its way for an extra point following a Seneca Indians touchdown. Zach Elliott (11) keeps an Edison player at bay in the foreground.

Seneca Indians fans lined the fence on the north side of the field. Included were students from both the Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen high schools.

Watkins Glen swimmers winning top-eight individual ribbons included, from left: Allie Gibson (50 Free and 100 Free), Peighton Cervoni (50 Free and 100 Back), and Sarah Swinnerton (100 Breast). Other top-eight finishers for Watkins: Jena Slater (Diving) and Amanda Wilbur (100 Fly).

Ithaca wins inaugural Glen Invitational

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 22, 2018 -- Ithaca High School won the inaugural Invitational in the Glen swim meet Saturday -- an event that saw state tournament qualifications in four events.

Ithaca finished with 420 points, outscoring runnerup Fairport (374) and Chenango Valley (372). Other schools competing included Horseheads, Corning, Hilton, Watkins Glen, Elmira Notre Dame and Owego.

State qualifying standards were met by Elise Nishii-Kim of Ithaca in the 200 Free (1:55.60) and 500 Free (5:11.30); Kailee Payne of Owego Free Academy in Diving (490 points); and Paige Lettera of Chenango Valley in the 100 Fly (59.73).

Among Watkins Glen finishes were the following:

200 Medley Relay: WG "A" team 5th in 2:02.01 (Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur, Allie Gibson); "B" team 15th in 2:14.80 (Maddy Kilcoyne, Faye Mooney, Malina Butler, Isabella Fazzary).
200 Free: Jillian Cantieni 13th in 2:15.88.
200 IM: Amanda Wilbur 13th in 2:33.78; Sarah Swinnerton 14th in 2:38.91.
50 Free: Allie Gibson 5th in 26.84; Peighton Cervoni 6th in 26.86.
Diving: Jena Slater 7th with 335.75 points.
100 Fly: Amanda Wilbur 8th in 1:08.83; Maddy Kilcoyne 12th in 1:09.94.
100 Free: Allie Gibson 6th in 58.33.
500 Free: Jillian Cantieni 14th in 6:08.15.
200 Free Relay: WG 6th in 1:50.87 (Peighton Cervoni, Maddy Kilcoyne, Jillian Cantieni, Allie Gibson); "B" team 14th in 2:01.33 (Ellie Clarkson, Faye Mooney, Thalia Marquez, Annika Wickham).
100 Back: Peighton Cervoni 8th in 1:07.49.
100 Breaststroke: Sarah Swinnerton 7th in 1:16.81; Faye Mooney 12th in 1:20.35.
400 Free Relay: WG "A" team 8th in 4:20.41 (Jillian Cantieni, Malina Butler, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur); "B" team 16th in 4:48.60 (Alannah Klemann, Annika Wickham, Maddy Williams, Thalia Marquez).

Photos in text: From top: Watkins' Peighton Cervoni in the 100 Back; Annika Wickham awaiting her leg of the 200 Free Relay; and Jillian Cantieni preparing to dive in the 200 Free Relay.

Left: Watkins' Alannah Klemann enters the water on the first leg of the 400 Free Relay. Right: The Senecas' Maddy Kilcoyne competes in the 100 Yard Backstroke.

Left: Watkins' Jena Slater competes in the Diving. Right: Glen swimmers take a selfie.

Left: Watkins Glen's Ellie Clarkson dives at start of the 200 Free Relay. Right: The Senecas' Faye Mooney competes in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.

Her teammates encourage Sarah Swinnerton as she competes in the 100 Breaststroke final.

XC teams finish well back at Pratt meet

KINGS PARK, NY, Sept. 22, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity cross country teams competed Saturday in the Bob Pratt Invitational at Sunken Meadow State Park on Long Island.

The boys squad finished 19th among 36 teams, while the girls placed 22nd among 30 teams.

Boys: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty finished third in his race (there were two) and third overall by posting a 16:39 on the 3.1-mile course -- one that Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary said was "one of the more difficult I've seen -- rolling, twisting, with sand and a little bit of road. It's a sample of what the State Meet will be like" when it is held there later this year.

Watkins Glen's Max Evans was 45th in his race in 18:47, while Steven Gublo was 107th in 19:56, Ben Swinnerton 170th in 21:25, and Elliott Holland 200th in 22:57. There were 249 runners.

Girls: Kai Sutterby led the Senecas with a 60th-place finish in 23:34. Breanna Carl was 63rd in 23:44, Makenzie Kellogg 69th in 23:52, Maya Somerville 208th in 34:43, and Sierra Morris 211th in 35:08.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Lansing, and then compete Saturday in the annual McQuaid Invitational in Rochester.

Photo in text: Watkins' Gabe Planty, left, in Saturday's race. (Photo by Amy Planty)

Watkins Glen boys fall to Newark Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, Sept. 22, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team fell 3-0 to Newark Valley Friday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the NV athletic field.

"It was not a great game for the Senecas," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson, who noted "multiple starters missing or suffering from minor injuries."

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Notre Dame. Game time is 6 p.m.

Odessa-Montour's Devon Mahaney (3) sends the ball flying toward a teammate upfield.

Odessa boys top Waverly; Harris nets 3

ODESSA, Sept. 21, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team -- led by three Preston Harris goals -- defeated Waverly 5-2 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

Harris scored a pair of first-half goals as the Indians forged a 2-2 halftime tie, and then netted his third at 16:49 of the second half on a laser shot from the right that snuck in the right corner, past a lunging Waverly keeper.

Deshawn Johnson gave O-M some breathing room with a goal at 12:22, and Devon Mahaney netted the final score at 11:12. In addition to his goal, Johnson had two assists.

Odessa kept the play down in the Waverly end of the field for most of the final 10 minutes, as the Indians improved their season mark to 3-5.

"We played like we are capable of playing," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens. "That was the best we've played all year."

O-M outshot Waverly 17-8, and had a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. Dominik Scott made five saves in goal for the Indians. The Waverly keeper had 13 saves.

Odessa returns to action Tuesday night at home against Newark Valley.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Johnny Niedermaier sends a shot toward the Waverly goal.
Bottom: The Indians' Paden Grover kicks the ball far upfield.

Left: O-M's Brock Sgrecci, left, and a Waverly player meet an incoming ball. Right: Odessa goalkeeper Dominik Scott goes high to grab a Waverly shot.

Among the spectators were three members of the O-M girls modified soccer team -- from left, Hannah Nolan, Victoria Brewster and Keyonna Grant.

O-M's Preston Harris, right, sends a shot on net that went in -- his third goal of the night.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur churns through the water in the 200 Individual Medley.

Invitational at the Glen starts at WGHS

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 21, 2018 -- The inaugural Invitational at the Glen swim meet featuring large and small schools from around the region got underway Friday afternoon with preliminaries in the Watkins Glen High School pool.

The top 24 swimmers in each individual event advanced to Saturday's finals, to be held at the same locale starting at 2 p.m. A diving competition is scheduled for 9 a.m.

Swimmers from Ithaca, Corning, Horseheads, Elmira Notre Dame, Odessa-Montour, Watkins Glen, Chenango Valley, Hilton, Owego and Fairport are competing. The top 16 finishers in each event Saturday earn points, with one champion crowned per event.

In addition to the many finals relay qualifiers, individual swimmers from Schuyler County schools advanced as follows:

200 Free: Jillian Cantieni (WG) 13th in 2:16.09; Thalia Marquez (WG) 21st in 2:22.99.
200 IM: Amanda Wilbur (WG) 11th in 2:31.17; Tori Reese (OM) 14th in 2:35.46; Sarah Swinnerton (WG) 15th in 2:38.79; Maddy Williams (WG) 23rd in 3:04.92.
50 Free: Allie Gibson (WG) 4th in 26.57; Peighton Cervoni (WG) 6th in 26.78.
100 Fly: Amanda Wilbur (WG) 6th in 1:06.19; Maddy Kilcoyne (WG) 11th in 1:08.20; Tori Reese (OM) 16th in 1:11.95.
100 Free: Allie Gibson (WG) 6th in 59.14.
500 Free: Jillian Cantieni (WG) 16th in 6:09.26; Thalia Marquez 19th in 6:27.61; Madison Moss (OM) 24th in 6:51.81.
100 Back: Peighton Cervoni (WG) 8th in 1:06.63; Maddy Kilcoyne 21st in 1:14.86.
100 Breaststroke: Sarah Swinnerton (WG) 8th in 1:17.05; Faye Mooney (WG) 11th in 1:21.10; Madison Moss (OM) 24th in 1:29.31.

In the relays, top-eight finishes included:

Watkins Glen -- fifth in the 200 Medley Relay -- Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur, Allie Gibson (2:01.39).

Watkins Glen -- sixth in the 200 Free Relay -- Peighton Cervoni, Maddy Kilcoyne, Jillian Cantieni, Allie Gibson (1:50.05).

Watkins Glen -- eighth in the 400 Free Relay -- Jillian Cantieni, Malina Butler, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur (4:17.44).

In the relays, top nine through 16 finishes included:

Watkins Glen "B" squad -- 14th in the 200 Medley Relay -- Maddy Kilcoyne, Faye Mooney, Malina Butler, Isabella Fazzary (2:16.16).

Watkins Glen "B" squad -- 14th in the 200 Free Relay -- Ellie Clarkson, Faye Mooney, Thalia Marquez, Annika Wickham (2:05.47)

Odessa-Montour -- 16th in the 200 Free Relay -- Kara Reese, Megan Adams, Katie Adams, Emilee Chaffinch (2:06.87).

Watkins Glen "B" Squad -- 16th in the 400 Free Relay -- Alannah Klemann, Annika Wickham, Maddy Williams, Thalia Marquez (4:47.38)

Photos in text: From top: Watkins Glen's Allie Gibson dives at start of the 50 Free; Watkins' Sarah Swinnerton eompetes in the 200 IM; and Odessa-Montour's Megan Adams competes in the 200 Free.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jillian Cantieni competes in the 200 Free. Right: O-M's Julia Paulisczak at the end of the 50 Free.

Left: Watkins Glen's Alannah Klemann dives at start of the 50 Free. Right: Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni hits the water at start of the 50 Free.

Left: Watkins Glen's Annika Wickham swims the 200 Free. Right: Watkins' Thalia Marquez shouts out encouragement to a teammate.

Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese competes in the 200 Yard Individual Medley.

Watkins Glen goalkeeper Cierra Barber tries in vain to stop an SVEC penalty kick from finding the net. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

Glen girls fall to SVEC; Morse scores 3

CANDOR, Sept. 21, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team saw its record slip to 4-4 Friday when it dropped an 8-6 decision to Spencer-Van Etten/Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Candor High School field.

The Senecas were led by Hannah Morse, who scored three goals (giving her 20 this season) and registered three assists. Danielle Leszyk, Aislinn Klemann and Haley Dean each scored a goal for Watkins, while goalkeeper Cierra Barber posted four saves.

"The girls played really well tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "We got caught behind their fast forwards a few times in the first half which, in addition to giving up two penalty kicks, put us down 7-3 at the half.

"I couldn't be more proud of my girls, who showed tremendous grit and heart in fighting back to within 7-6 with minutes to go. Natalie Edmister and Gen Osborne played a terrific second half defensively, while Hannah Morse continued to play well at the forward spot with another big game.

"Danielle Leszyk, Aislinn Klemann and Haley Dean played really well in the midfield today as well. We didn't get the win, but I was really pleased with the effort in the second half."

The Senecas return to action Monday at Waverly.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold (11) settles an incoming pass.
Bottom: The Senecas' Hannah Morse, left, contends for possession of the ball. (Both photos by Sheila Barber)

Glen volleyball team falls to S-VE, 3-0

SPENCER, Sept. 21, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team fell in straight sets Friday to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the S-VE gym.

Game scores were 24-26, 17-25 and 21-25.

Statistics for Watkins Glen included:

Katie Losey: 2 service points, 1 ace, 7 kills.
Kelsey Kernan: 8 service points, 4 aces, 1 kill.
Claudia Parker: 2 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill.
Mattie Yontz: 6 service points, 2 aces.
Carlie Baker: 2 service points, 3 kills, 2 blocks.
Kelsey DeMillo: 10 service points, 3 aces, 1 kill.
Olivia Stephani: 3 kills.

Watkins Glen returns to action Monday at Candor.

Glen modified soccer game ends in tie

CANDOR, Sept. 21, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls modified soccer team battled Spencer-Van Etten/Candor to a 1-1 overtime tie Friday in a game on the Candor athletic field.

The Senecas, outnumbered in roster size 28-12, got their lone goal from Brynn Smith, scoring unassisted. Lilly Ameigh registered 17 saves in goal in a performance Coach Ralph Diliberto termed "fabulous."

"I can't say enough about these young ladies," Diliberto said of his team. "We are improving with every game. Everyone on this team came with their 'A' game. I am really proud of how far they have come."

Watkins Glen returns to action Monday at Newfield.

O-M girls battle Newark Valley to 0-0 tie

NEWARK VALLEY, Sept. 20, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team posted a 0-0 tie Thursday against Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the NV athletic field.

"This was a good tie," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster, whose team is 4-4-1. "Newark Valley is a solid team; they already beat Notre Dame and played Waverly" tough in a 1-0 loss. "Both teams had chances to score, but nothing went in."

Newark Valley outshot O-M 8-7, and had a 6-3 edge in corner kicks. Grace Vondracek made eight saves in goal for the Indians.

"This was a solid team effort," said Brewster, "from the goalkeeper all the way to the forwards. They all played hard. They passed the ball well, and played a lot in the middle" of the field.

The Indians return to action Monday at home againsat Notre Dame.

Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese swims the first leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

O-M swimmers bow to Southern Cayuga

ODESSA, Sept. 20, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team dropped a 59-34 decision Thursday to Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Wins for Odessa-Montour were posted by:

--Tori Reese in the 200 Yard Individual Medley (2:33.27).
--Tori Reese in the 100 Yard Breaststroke (1:19.55)

Individual second-place finishes for O-M came from:

--Kara Reese in the 200 Free.
--Katie Adams in the 100 Fly.
--Reagan Reese in the 100 Free.
--Madison Moss in the 500 Free.

O-M also had runnerup finishes in all three of the relay events.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Katie Adams swims the butterfly leg of the 200 Medley Relay.
Bottom: O-M's Taylor Cain swims the backstroke leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

O-M's Emilee Chafffinch dives at start of the final leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Left: O-M's Madison Moss hits the water in the 200 Individual Medley. Right: The O-M modified team was also swimming. Here, Lily Halpin dives at start of the IM.

Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese dives at start of the second leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Odessa-Montour's Isabel Foote volleys during Indians' match against Tioga.

O-M volleyball team loses to Tioga, 3-0

ODESSA, Sept. 20, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team lost in straight sets Thursday to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 15-25, 17-25 and 16-25.

The Indians return to action Monday at home against Edison. The JV contest starts at 5 p.m., and the varsity at 6:30 p.m.

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Photo at right: Odessa-Montour's Jolynn Minnier rises to block the ball at the net.

Odessa-Montour's Cheianne Webster, left, and Pixie Kinner volley in Thursday's match.

Odessa-Montour's Rhys Stermer, left, and Hannah Chapman volley against Tioga.

Watkins swim team defeats Waverly

WAVERLY, Sept. 20, 2018 -- Watkins Glen High School's girls varsity swim team won eight of 12 events Thursday as it defeated Waverly 97-84 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Waverly pool.

First-place finishes were posted for Watkins Glen in the following:

200 Medley Relay: Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur and Allie Gibson 2:01.11.
200 Free: Jillian Cantieni 2:15.13.
200 IM: Amanda Wilbur 2:31.26.
50 Free: Allie Gibson 26.30.
Diving: Jena Slater 189.35.
100 Free: Allie Gibson 57.48.
100 Back: Peighton Cervoni 1:06.88.
100 Breaststroke: Sarah Swinnerton 1:16.27.

Second-place finishes were posted for Watkins Glen by Amanda Wilbur in the 100 Fly (1:06.14), Peighton Cervoni in the 100 Free (58.57), Jillian Cantieni in the 500 Free (6:08.24), Faye Mooney in the 100 Breaststroke (1:21,17), and the 200 Free Relay team of Madeleine Kilcoyne, Malina Butler, Sarah Swinnerton and Jillian Cantieni (1:56.64).

Watkins Glen boys blank Waverly, 5-0

WAVERLY, Sept. 19, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team -- led by four Avery Watson goals -- won its third game of the season Wednesday, shutting out Waverly 5-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly athletic field.

Isaac McIlroy scored the Senecas' other goal, while Aydin Zahradnik had two assists. Nate Wickham made eight saves in goal for Watkins Glen.

The Senecas return to action Friday at Newark Valley. Game time is 5:30 p.m.

Glen girls top Tioga 10-4; Morse nets 3

TIOGA CENTER, Sept. 19, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team raised its record to 4-3 Wednesday with a 10-4 victory over Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Tioga athletic field.

Hannah Morse scored three goals (bringing her season total to 17) and registered two assists to lead the Senecas. Other goals came from Taylor Kelly (2, plus an assist), Abby Congdon (2), Danielle Leszyk, Aislinn Klemann and Haley Dean. Brianna Hayes had two assists.

Cierra Barber made eight saves in goal for Watkins Glen, while Natalie Edmister registered two saves.

"It was another night with a very slow start," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "We just came out flat on both offense and defense, but with six minutes to go in the half finally started to really move the ball and play better. The girls played a tremendous second half. Our transition from strong defense to excellent offense was seamless and fast, allowing us to get our scoring going."

The Senecas return to action Friday in Candor against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Cierra Barber, left, prepares to kick the ball away as a Tioga player approaches.
Bottom: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly (13) turns toward the ball. (Photos by Sheila Barber)

Left: Watkins Glen's Genevieve Osborn (17) fights for the ball. Right: Abby Gibson, left, meets the ball as a Tioga player pressures her. (Photos by Sheila Barber)

Odessa boys fall to S-VE/Candor, 8-1

CANDOR, Sept. 19, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team saw its record slip to 2-5 Wednesday when the Indians dropped an 8-1 decision to Spencer-Van Etten/Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Candor athletic field.

"We didn't play very well," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens, whose team was outshot 13-5. Corner kicks were even at 4-4.

The lone Odessa goal came from Preston Harris at the 50-minute mark. Dominik Scott registered four saves in goal for the Indians.

O-M returns to action Friday at home against Waverly. Game time is 6 p.m.

O-M volleyball team falls to Candor, 3-0

CANDOR, Sept. 19, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team lost 3-0 to Candor Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Candor gym.

Game scores waere 4-25, 14-25 and 17-25.

Odessa-Montour statistics included:

Cheianne Webster: 4 service points, 2 aces, 4 digs.
Isabel Foote: 3 service points, 1 ace, 1 assist, 1 kill, 1 dig.
Jacy Knapp: 2 service points, 1 assist, 4 digs.
Rhys Stermer: 2 assists, 1 kill, 1 block, 5 digs.

Seneca Indians modified team posts win

DRYDEN, Sept. 19, 2018 -- The Seneca Indians modified football team opened its season with a 12-8 victory Tuesday over Dryden in a game on the Dryden football field.

Both touchdowns were scored by Tyler Nelson. Ball control was a key, as the team ate up the clock at the end with a five-minute drive. A strong defense forced and recovered a fumble, and led to an interception by Damyan Metris on the last play of the first half.

"This was a great first game for us," said Coach Josh Cole. "Both sides of the ball played well. Our offensive line was opening holes and keeping the ball moving and in our possession The defense played a stellar game against a very well-coached team."

The Seneca Indians -- a combined squad of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour athletes -- return to action at 10 a.m. Saturday on O-M's Charles Martin Field against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor.

Watkins Glen's Katie Losey goes high to smash the ball over the net in Game Two.

Watkins volleyball team sweeps Newfield

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 18, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team posted a 3-0 victory Tuesday over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS gym.

Game scores were 26-24, 25-16 and 25-20.

"The girls are really starting to learn to play as a team," said Watkins Glen Coach Dawn Baker. "It's exciting to watch their growth. We continue to improve with each game, striving to be better. I'm proud of them tonight. Newfield has some strong hitters who challenged our girls, but our girls didn't let it get to them. They continued to push forward and were determined to come out with the win."

Watkins Glen statistics:

Kelsey Kernan: 3 service points, 1 ace, 2 kills, 14 assists.
Katie Losey: 13 service points, 4 aces, 5 kills, 2 assists.
Adrienna Solomon: 14 service points, 9 aces, 4 kills.
Carlie Baker: 4 service points, 2 aces, 5 kills, 4 blocks.
Claudia Parker: 3 service points, 1 kill.
Mattie Yontz: 3 service points, 1 block.
Jordyn Barrett: 2 service points.

Newfield statistics:

Kelly Moravec: 2 aces, 4 assists, 4 kills.
Katie Moravec: 3 aces, 3 assists, 1 block.
Marissa Hackett: 2 blocks.
Lucaya Clary: 1 ace, 3 kills.

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

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Newfield 2-1. Game scores were 22-25, 25-20 and 25-11. Melanie Wysocki had 6 service points and 3 kills; Ava VanDusen had 4 service points and 1 kill; Jenna Solomon had 4 service points and 3 kills; Jade Scaptura had 4 service points; and Maddy Jones had 4 service points.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Carlie Baker sends a hard shot over the net.
Bottom: The Senecas' Kelsey DeMillo volleys.

Left: Watkins Glen's Ali LaMoreaux and Olivia Stephani. Right: The Senecas' Jordyn Barrett meets the ball.

From left: Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon, Kelsey Kernan and Mattie Yontz.

Watkins Glen's Claudia Parker, right, smashes the ball over the net in the first game.

And from photographer Craig Parker:

Left: Watkins Glen's Carlie Baker volleys. Right: The Senecas' Kelsey Kernan (3) sets the ball for a possible kill.

Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon, left, and Mattie Yontz send the ball over the net.

A shot by O-M's Hannah Nolan (13) gets past Watkins goalkeeper Lilly Ameigh for the first score of the game. It came in the second quarter.

O-M girls modified team tops WG, 3-0

ODESSA, Sept. 18, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls modified soccer team opened its season with a 3-0 victory over Watkins Glen Tuesday afternoon in a game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

Odessa's Hannah Nolan scored all of the goals, two in the second quarter and one in the third. She was assisted on the first goal by Victoria Brewster.

Lilly Ameigh made nine saves in goal for Watkins Glen in a game that saw the 0-3 Senecas stay close and repeatedly challenge for the ball.

"Odessa-Montour played a nice game," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "My hat is off to them. Our ladies never quit, kept their heads in the whole game, and played with grit. We improved in a lot of areas."

Watkins Glen returns to action Friday at Spencer against a combined Candor-Spencer Van Etten team. Odessa-Montour is scheduled to play Thursday at Newark Valley.

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Photo on right:

Odessa-Montour's Hannah Nolan, left, and Watkins Glen's Sasha Honrath battle for possession of the ball.

 

Left: O-M's Brittany Cain meets the ball. Right: O-M's Victoria Brewster veers to the right with the ball as Watkins Glen's Cloey Wratten approaches.

Left: O-M's Raven Lott inbounds the ball. Right: Watkins' Brynn Smith settles the ball.

From left: Watkins' Kara Sheesley, and O-M's Keyonna Grant and Sarah Rivera.

Left: Watkins Glen's Lois Hosley, left, and O-M's Jana Arias. Right: Watkins Glen's Maisie Robertson and O-M's Lilly Michal.

The "A" team's Brady Cannon fights off tacklers to find the end zone. (Photo provided)

All 3 Tribe football teams top Apalachin

APALACHIN, Sept. 18, 2018 -- Schuyler Youth Football's A, B and C Tribe teams registered victories Sunday on the road against Apalachin.

The "A" team went to 4-0 with a 34-14 victory. Touchdowns were scored by Ryan Willett on a 30-yard run, Kaiden Karius on a pass from Daniel Lewis and on a handoff, Brady Cannon on a run, and Bradley Gillis on a 2-yard run set up by a 60-yard Willett jaunt.

The "B" team improved to 2-2 with a 20-18 victory. Touchdowns came from Jax Decker, Donovan Wratten and Lucas Hoffman. Connor Foggie scored the crucial extra points after two of the TDs. Hoffman and Ronny Wilson IV played big on defense.

The "C" team advanced to 4-0 with a 28-15 victory. Isaak Willett scored three touchdowns and three extra points, gaining more than 200 yards. Big defensive plays were turned in by Joshua Daugherty and Leon Lagramada, who stripped an Apalachin runner and returned the ball 51 yards for the final Tribe TD. He then added the extra point.

The Tribe teams return to action Sunday at Odessa-Montour against SVE-Candor. Game times are 11:30 a.m. (C), 1:30 p.m. (B) and 3:30 p.m. (A).

Photo in text: The "B" team's Jax Decker shakes off a tackler on the way to a TD. (Photo provided)

The Tribe "C" team's Ethan Dupay breaks away for a long run. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen boys defeat Newfield, 2-0

NEWFIELD, Sept. 17, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team posted its second win of the season Monday when it shut out Newfield 2-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newfield athletic field.

Aydin Zahradnik and Dylan Morse scored for Watkins Glen, each assisted by Isaac McIlory. Nate Wickham made four saves in goal for the Senecas.

Watkins Glen returns to action at Waverly Wednesday. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Watkins' Jena Slater on the way to second place among five divers at Monday's meet.

Glen swimmers top ND, bow to Ithaca

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 17, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team defeated Elmira Notre Dame 115-53 and lost to Ithaca 123-63 Monday afternoon in a tri-meet in the WGHS pool.

Ithaca also defeated Notre Dame, 136-43, in a meet that is among the new features brought recently to Watkins by Jason Westervelt, long the head of an Owego Free Academy swim program known for its successful meets. Coming this weekend: an invitational in the WGHS pool involving several schools.

Watkins Glen claimed a single first-place Monday as Allie Gibson won the 50 Free in 26.37.

The meet, with top Watkins Glen finishers by race:

200 Medley Relay: Watkins Glen 2nd: Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur, Allie Gibson 2:01.37.
200 Free: WG 3rd Jillian Cantieni 2:15.45 and 4th Isabella Fazzary 2:21.52.
200 IM: WG 4th Amanda Wilbur 2:32.82.
50 Free: WG 1st Allie Gibson 26.37 and 4th Peighton Cervoni 27.05.
Diving: WG 2nd Jena Slater 195.20.
100 Fly: WG 4th Amanda Wilbur 1:07.96.
100 Free: WG 3rd Allie Gibson 57.46 and 4th Peighton Cervoni 59.47.
500 Free: WG 3rd Jillian Cantieni 6:04.57 and 4th Thalia Marquez 6:18.78.
200 Free Relay: WG 2nd: Allie Gibson, Amanda Wilbur, Peighton Cervoni, Jillian Cantieni 1:50.77.
100 Back: WG 4th Malina Butler 1:15.32.
100 Breaststroke: WG 3rd Sarah Swinnerton 1:17.57 and 4th Faye Mooney 1:22.08.
400 Free Relay: WG 3rd: Maddy Kilcoyne, Faye Mooney, Thalia Marquez, Jillian Cantieni 4:28.95.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Allie Gibson is congratulated by Coach Nichole Chaffee after Gibson won the 50 Free.
Bottom: The Senecas' Peighton Cervoni launches into the backstroke at start of the 200 Medley Relay.

Watkins Glen's Jillian Cantieni competes in the 200 Free, where she placed third.

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur hits the water in the 200 Medley Relay. Right: The Senecas' Sarah Swinnerton swims the breaststroke leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Odessa boys fall to Trumansburg, 6-0

TRUMANSBURG, Sept. 17, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team gave up four goals in the first 10 minutes Monday en route to a 6-0 loss to Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the T-burg soccer field.

The Indians, despite the poor start, "played our best game of the season," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens. "After that initial shellshock," he said, they adjusted and played a strong game, "working hard and with movement."

Trumansburg outshot Odessa 17-5, and had a 2-0 edge in corner kicks. Dominik Scott had seven saves in goal for the Indians, while Johnny Niedermaier registered four.

Odessa returns to action Wednesday at Candor against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Soccer showdown produces 2 winners

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 16, 2018 -- It was a week of showdowns -- where Watkins Glen High School bested Odessa-Montour in swimming, girls soccer and boys soccer.

It was also a week when one of those showdowns was a classic -- where the leading scorers on opposing girls soccer teams, each wearing uniform No. 1, produced all of the goals in a 4-3 game won by Watkins Glen on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

In a week of numerous outstanding individual performances, that battle stood out and earned both of those two young women -- Hannah Morse of WGHS with four goals and Alexis Saunders of Odessa-Montour with three -- the nod as Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Thank you, Hannah and Lexi, for the show. You earned the award.

Double Honorable: Seneca Indians football's Joe Chedzoy, Zach Elliott and Wyatt Brower; Watkins Glen runner Gabe Planty; Watkins Glen soccer's Nate Wickham and Cierra Barber; O-M soccer's Kennedey Heichel and Autumn Garrison; O-M swimmers Tori Reese and Kara Reese; and Watkins Glen swimmers Allie Gibson, Jillian Cantieni, Peighton Cervoni, Amanda Wilbur and Sarah Swinnerton.

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

Photo in text: Lexi Saunders, left, and Hannah Morse.

Left: Watkins' Kai Sutterby. Right: The Senecas' Max Evans. (Photos by Amy Planty)

Glen's Planty 2nd at E. Syracuse-Minoa

EAST SYRACUSE, Sept. 15, 2018 -- Watkins Glen High School's Gabe Planty finished in second place among 146 runners Saturday at a 5K cross country race at East Syracuse-Minoa High School.

Planty finished the 3.1-mile course in 17:03 as his team placed 14th among 29 teams competing. Watkins' Max Evans finished 31st in 18:24, Steven Gublo 72nd in 19:48, Ben Swinnerton 122nd in 21:07, and Elliott Holland 143rd in 22:22.

Girls Varsity: Senior Kai Sutterby led Watkins Glen to 16th place among 23 teams with a 33rd place finish in 22:47. Breanna Carl was 57th in 24:03, Makenzie Kellogg 65th in 24:21, Sierra Morris 170th in 35:33, and Maya Somerville 177th in 40:06. There were 180 runners.

Girls Modified: Watkins Glen's Madison Hanson was 34th among 163 runners in a time of 10:31.

Boys Modified: Watkins Glen was 11th out of 14 teams, led by Lawence Majors, who was 21st in 8:32. Nick Bonsignore was 64th in 9:19.3, Dylan Nguyen 65th in 9:19.5, Johnny VanScoyk 118th in 10:08, and Teagan Lampman-Roisen 168th in 11:42.

Photo in text: Watkins' Gabe Planty en route to second place. (Photo by Amy Planty)

Left: Watkins' Steven Gublo. Right: Senecas' Ben Swinnerton. (Photos by Amy Planty)

Watkins Glen's Peter Sandritter, right, moves the ball past a Dryden player.

Dryden tops Glen, wins O-M Tourney

ODESSA, Sept. 15, 2018 -- The Dryden High School boys varsity soccer team posted a 5-1 victory Saturday over Watkins Glen in the championship game of the Odessa-Montour Tournament on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

Watkins Glen -- which had defeated Odessa-Montour 1-0 in the opening round Friday night -- scored its lone goal at 13:20 of the first half, when Josiah Wysocki found the Dryden net on a penalty kick to bring the Senecas within a goal at 2-1.

But Dryden -- a 7-2 winner over Bradford in an opening-round contest Friday -- pulled away for the win and the title.

Watkins goalkeeper Nate Wickham registered 21 saves.

Consolation: Bradford (now 5-1) defeated Odessa-Montour (2-3) by an 8-1 count.

The Indians' lone goal was scored by Deshawn Johnson on a long shot from the left that caught the right post and caromed in at 31:15 of the second half, with O-M down by five goals.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Clint Craven leaps high to meet an incoming ball in first-half action against Dryden.

Watkins Glen's Tim Clifford (14) sends the ball upfield after battling for possession.

Left: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Nate Wickham goes high to meet an incoming shot.
Right: The Senecas' Avery Watson, left, fights for the ball.

O-M goalkeeper Dominik Scott prepares to corral a loose ball in the consolation game.

Left: O-M's Johnny Niedermaier moves the ball upfield. Right: O-M girls soccer player Olivia Grover was watching the O-M boys game from shade under the bleachers.

Odessa-Montour's Paden Grover focuses on the ball as he battles two Bradford players.

O-M's Devon Mahaney sends a shot toward the Watkins Glen net. It was knocked over the crossbar by Seneca goalie Nate Wickham.

Glen boys edge O-M in tourney opener

ODESSA, Sept. 14, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team rode a goal by Avery Watson and sharp goaltending by Nate Wickham to a 1-0 victory Friday night over Odessa-Montour in the opening round of the O-M Tournament on Charles Martin Field.

The victory, Watkins Glen's first of the season, propels the Senecas into the tourney title game Saturday at 5 p.m. against Dryden, which defeated Bradford in Friday's other first-round contest. O-M and Bradford will square off in the consolation game at 3 p.m.

Watson's goal came at 34:57 of the second half from about 40 yards out on a free kick, which he sent high to the left corner of the net, just over the leaping reach of O-M goalkeeper Dominik Scott.

Odessa had numerous chances, with several corner kicks and a couple of scrums in front of the Watkins net, but whenever the Watkins defense failed to shut down an attack, Wickham knocked shots away. He finished with nine saves, a couple of the sensational variety.

Photo in text: A free kick by Avery Watson barely eluded a leaping Dominik Scott.

Left: O-M's Justin Andrews heads the ball toward the Watkins goal. Right: The Andrews shot is swatted away by Seneca goalkeeper Nate Wickham.

Left: O-M's Dylan VonNeida (11) and Watkins' Clint Craven (7) go airborne as the ball arrives. Right: Odessa's Brock Sgrecci inbounds the ball.

Left: O-M's Paden Grover goes high to meet the ball. Right: Odessa's Deshawn Johnson .

Cheering on the Odessa-Montour boys were members of the O-M girls soccer team, which won earlier in the day at Newfield.

Seneca Indians fall to Waverly, 21-20

WAVERLY, Sept. 14, 2018 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team saw its record slip to 1-2 Friday night when it dropped a 21-20 decision to Waverly in a Section 4 Division III game on the Waverly football field.

And it came down to a 2-point conversion near the end.

The Seneca Indians, a combined team of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour athletes, were led by Joe Chedzoy's 236 yards and three touchdowns.

WG/OM struck first, with a second-quarter TD by Chedzoy, who was stopped short on a two-point conversion run. Waverly went up 14-6 with a pair of second-quarter scores before the Seneca Indians tied it on a 4-yard Chedzoy run and a two-point conversion run by Zach Elliott with 7:43 left to play.

Waverly went ahead 21-14 with 3:10 to go on a TD pass, and then WG/OM pulled within a point on a 69-yard run by Chedzoy around the end with 1:37 to play. But a two-point conversion run by Chedzoy was stopped short.

"We knew we were going for two," said WG/OM Coach Trevor Holland. "We could have kicked it, but our philosophy is four yards and a cloud of dust."

A subsequent onside kick went the necessary 10 yards, but a Waverly player jumped on it, and the Wolverines ran out the clock.

"We had them," said Holland. "We outplayed them in every aspect: ran more plays, gained more yards. Our game plan was just to grind them down; keep the ball out of their hands. In the first half, we ran 37 plays to their 19. It was perfect."

But Waverly eked out the win, leaving the Seneca Indians looking to their next game, at Edison on Saturday, Sept. 22. Game time is 1:30 p.m.

In addition to Chedzoy, WG/OM got a strong ground game from Elliott, who gained 79 yards on 23 carries -- many of the tough short-yardage variety. "He played extremely well," said Holland. The team also gained 31 yards through the air.

On defense, Wyatt Brower led in tackles with nine, while Elliott had six, and Travon Jones, Gage Arcangeli, Hunter Holley and Josh Bravo registered five each.

"I tell you, when we were down, we didn't fold," said Holland. "The guys did a heck of a job."

Odessa-Montour's Lydia Lynch (21) sends the ball flying in traffic.

O-M girls pull away from Newfield, 7-1

NEWFIELD, Sept. 14, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team exploded for six second-half goals Friday afternoon en route to a 7-1 victory over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newfield athletic field.

The Indians got their lone first-half goal from Lexi Saunders at 31:50, only to see Newfield tie the game at 29:00. O-M had several other chances, but misfires and two crossbar shots by Kennedey Heichel left the score deadlocked at intermission.

However, Heichel scored three goals in the second half, while Saunders notched her second goal of the day. They were joined in the scoring column by Ida Sidle and Autumn Garrison. Heichel, Saunders and Garrison had one assist each.

The Indians return to action Thursday at Newark Valley.

Photo in text: O-M's Kennedey Heichel shoots. The ball caromed off the crossbar.

Odessa-Montour's Autumn Garrison, right, reaches for the ball.

Left: O-M's Olivia Grover prepares to shoot in traffic. The shot was deflected wide. Right: The Indians' Rebecca Wolfe moves the ball upfield.

Odessa-Montour's Lexi Saunders sends a shot on its way. She scored two goals.

Watkins Glen goalkeeper Cierra Barber pounces on the ball for one of her 22 saves. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

Watkins Glen girls fall to Dryden, 8-1

DRYDEN, Sept. 14, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team saw its record slip to 3-3 Friday when the Senecas dropped an 8-1 decision to Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Dryden soccer field.

Watkins Glen's lone goal was scored by Hannah Morse, her 14th of the season. Danielle Leszyk assisted. Cierra Barber registered 22 saves in goal.

"We didn't come out with a lot of energy as a team tonight and ran into a very good Dryden team," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "We had moments of looking decent, but it was an inconsistent effort throughout. Cierra Barber had some really nice saves in the net tonight despite the final score. Hopefully we can regroup and improve as we head into next Tuesday's game at Tioga."

Photo in text: Watkins' Hannah Morse moves the ball upfield. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold (11) battles a Dryden player for possession of the ball. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

Watkins girls modified team falls, 4-1

WAVERLY, Sept. 14, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls modified soccer team's record dropped to 0-2 Friday when the Senecas fell 4-1 to Waverly in a game on the Waverly soccer field.

Brynn Smith scored Watkins Glen's only goal, unassisted. Lilly Ameigh made six saves in goal for the Senecas.

"I was very pleased the way our girls played," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "We had 16 shots on net, but only one connected. These young ladies played hard the whole game and left everything on the field!"

The Senecas return to action against Odessa-Montour at B.C. Cate Elementary School on Tuesday.

O-M swimmers top Whitney Point

WHITNEY POINT, Sept. 14, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team improved to 1-2 on the season with a 62-27 victory Thursday over Whitney Point in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the road.

O-M won most of the races, with individual victories going to Tori Reese in the 200 Free (2:24.26) and 100 Fly (1:13.84), Kara Reese in the 200 IM (2:48.71) and 100 Back (1:20.41), Megan Adams in the 500 Free (6:56.34), and Delaney Paulisczak in the 100 Breaststroke (1:36.64).

Odessa also won the 200 Medley Relay (Megan Adams, Tori Reese, Katie Adams and Kara Reese, 2:21.28), the 200 Free Relay (Kara Reese, Emilee Chaffinch, Reagan Reese and Tori Reese, 2:05.79), and the 400 Free Relay (Taylor Cain, Emilee Chaffinch, Katie Adams and Megan Adams, 5:03.18).

Odessa-Montour's Isabel Foote volleys. Teammate Rhys Stermer is in the background.

Volleyball: Odessa-Montour tops Newfield

ODESSA, Sept. 13, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team posted its second victory of the season Thursday when it defeated Newfield 3-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 25-21, 11-25, 27-25 and 26-24.

Statistics for O-M (2-3) included:

Isabel Foote: 9 service points, 2 aces, 3 assists, 7 digs.
Jacy Knapp: 7 service points, 2 aces, 1 kill, 10 digs.
Karlee Dudgeon: 6 service points, 3 aces, 16 digs.
Cheianne Webster: 5 service points, 3 aces, 6 digs.
Sara Gardner: 3 service points, 3 aces, 15 digs.
Rhys Stermer: 3 service points, 3 aces, 3 kills, 2 blocks, 5 digs.
Hannah Chapman: 2 service points, 1 ace, 1 assist, 1 block, 5 digs.
Jolynn Minnier: 1 service point, 1 ace, 1 assist, 1 block.
Hailey Ferguson: 2 blocks, 2 digs.

Junior Varsity: Newfield defeated Odessa-Montour 3-0.

Photo in text: O-M's Hannah Chapman leaps high to volley at the net.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Jacy Knapp prepares to send the ball over the net. Right: The Indians' Karlee Dudgeon serves.

Left: O-M's Rhys Stermer awaits the ball. Right: The Indians' Cheianne Webster volleys.

The first goal by Hannah Morse (#1, at right) skips past O-M goalkeeper Grace Vondracek.

Watkins girls top O-M in OT

Morse scores 4 goals to lead Senecas to 4-3 victory

ODESSA, Sept. 12, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team improved its record to 3-2 Wednesday night when it edged Odessa-Montour 4-3 in an overtime Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

"We just couldn't stop Hannah Morse," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster, referring to the four goals scored by the Watkins Glen standout. "I'm proud of the way my girls fought throughout the game, but Hannah Morse was too strong tonight."

The Watkins senior, who now has 13 goals in five games, was nearly matched by O-M's Lexi Saunders, who scored three goals. Both players wear No. 1, and together helped make this a see-saw game that was in doubt to the end.

Morse scored first at 37:45 of the first half when she beat O-M goalkeeper Grace Vondracek from directly in front.

Saunders tied it at 33:49 on a shot from the left, but Morse made it 2-1 at 25:09 when she put the ball in the left corner of the net off a pass from Danielle Leszyk.

Saunders evened it again at 2:53, again from the left on a shot over Watkins goalkeeper Cierra Barber.

Morse put the Senecas ahead 3-2 at 18:00 of the second half when she got past Vondracek and outraced an O-M defender to the net, putting the ball in the right corner. But Saunders tied it again at 7:31 on an assist from Olivia Grover, who fired the ball across the goalmouth from the right side. Grover had two assists in the game, and Hunter Daugherty had one.

Morse scored the deciding goal in the first of two 10-minute overtimes, on a shot from the right at 2:22.

Lezyk, Haley Dean and Abby Gibson each had an assist for the Senecas.

Odessa outshot Watkins Glen 11-8, and had a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. Vondracek had four saves for O-M, while Barber registered eight saves for Watkins Glen.

"That was a great game by both teams tonight!" said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Hannah Morse played really tough up front, fighting through some tough defenders to carry our scoring load tonight. She got some terrific passes from our midfield and went to work putting the ball in the net!

"Our defense played outstanding tonight and really stepped up in overtime to keep us in the lead. I'm very proud of the team as they have really come together as a unit, work very hard, and never quit.

"The O-M girls played a really good game, so hats off to them and Coach Brewster."

O-M, now 3-4, returns to action Friday at Newfield. Game time is 4:30 p.m. Watkins Glen is back in action Friday at Dryden. Game time is 5:30 p.m.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins goalie Cierra Barber (5) stops an attempt by O-M's Hannah Bruno to score.
Second: O-M's Lexi Saunders unleashes a shot. She scored three goals.
Third: O-M's Olivia Grover sends the ball upfield as Watkins' Aislinn Klemann nears.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Kayla Palmer sends the ball flying.

Left: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson, left, battles O-M's Lydia Lynch for possession of the ball. Right: Odessa's Kennedey Heichel moves the ball upfield.

From left: Watkins Glen's Haley Dean, Natalie Edmister and Taylor Kelly.

Left: O-M's McKennah Lott clears the ball from the O-M end of the field. Right: Odessa's Camille Sgrecci inbounds the ball.

Left: O-M's Ida Sidle meets the ball. Right: The Indians' Hannah Bruno shoots.

Left: Watkins' Carly Arnold sends the ball flying. Right: The Senecas' Abby Congdon.

Left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann, left, battles O-M's Dana Zimmer for the ball. Right: Watkins' Genevieve Osborn (17) and O-M's Autumn Garrison go after the ball. Just behind them: the Senecas' Carly Arnold.

From left: O-M goalkeeper Grace Vondracek knocks a shot over the crossbar for a save; Odessa's Autumn Garrison meets the ball; Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk.

Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk right, sends a kick toward the net, where goalkeeper Grace Vondracek made the save (see photo above left).

Watkins girls modified soccer team falls

NEWARK VALLEY, Sept. 12, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls modified soccer team opened its season with a loss Wednesday, falling to NewarkValley 5-0 in a game on the NV soccer field.

Newark Valley scored three goals in the first quarter and one each in the second and fourth periods.

"Other than the first quarter, our girls hung in with them and never gave up," said Coach Ralph Diliberto. "Lilly Ameigh played fabulously in the net, making 25 saves."

The Senecas return to action at Waverly on Friday.

Watkins volleyball team falls to Tioga

TIOGA CENTER, Sept. 1, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team lost in straight sets Tuesday to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Tioga gym.

Game scores were 20-25, 15-25 and 15-25. Further details were not available.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Tioga 3-0. Game scores were 11-25, 11-25 and 13-25.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur on the way to victory in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Swimming: Watkins girls top Odessa

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 11, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team opened its season on a winning note Tuesday, defeating intracounty rival Odessa-Montour 101-59 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

Allie Gibson posted four victories and Jillian Cantieni and Amanda Wilbur three apiece as the Senecas rolled to the win. O-M slipped to 0-2.

Wins came from:

200 Medley Relay: WG, Jillian Cantieni, Faye Mooney, Allie Gibson, Maddy Kilcoyne 2:14.83.
200 Yard Free: WG, Jillian Cantieni 2:19.38.
200 Yard IM: OM, Tori Reese 2:33.69.
50 Yard Free: WG Peighton Cervoni 26.89.
Diving (exhibition): Jena Slater 200.10.
100 Yard Butterfly: WG, Amanda Wilbur 1:05.89
100 Yard Free: WG, Allie Gibson 58.96.
500 Yard Free: WG, Isabella Fazzary 6:26.93
200 Freestyle Relay: WG, Allie Gibson, Annika Wickham, Amanda Wilbur, Isabella Fazzary 1:59.26.
100 Yard Back: OM, Kara Reese 1:20.47.
100 Yard Breaststroke: OM, Tori Reese 1:17.27.
400 Free Relay: WG, Peighton Cervoni, Allie Gibson, Jillian Cantieni, Amanda Wilbur 4:13.65.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Allie Gibson prepares to dive at start of the 100 Free, which she won.
Bottom: The Senecas' Peighton Cervoni hits the water at start of the 50 Free. She won.

Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese at start of the 200 yard IM. She finished third.

Left: O-M's Tori Reese on the way to first place in the 200 Yard Individual Medley.
Right: O-M's Delaney Paulisczak competes in the 100 Breaststroke.

Watkins' Sarah Swinnerton en route to posting the fastest time in the 100 Breaststroke.

Watkins Glen's Isabella Fazzary on the way to winning the 500 Yard Freestyle race.

Left: Watkins Glen diver Jena Slater. Right: O-M's Katie Adams after she
finished third in the 100 Yard Fly.

Odessa-Montour's Taryn Hoyt competes in the 100 Yard Butterfly race.

Watkins Glen's Annika Wickham dives during the 200 Yard Medley Relay.

O-M boys defeat Newfield in overtime

ODESSA, Sept. 11, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team improved its record to 2-1 with a 2-1 overtime victory Tuesday night over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The winning sudden-death goal came at 7:20 in the first overtime on an O-M corner kick that Justin Andrews stopped at the near corner of the net with his leg, and then jammed just inside the right goalpost.

The Indians had taken a 1-0 lead at 8:20 of the first half on a goal by Paden Grover. Newfield tied the game at 24:12 of the second half off a direct kick.

Odessa outshot Newfield 13-7, and had a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks. Dominik Scott made five saves in goal for the Indians, while Newfield's keeper registered 11 saves.

"Everybody's doing their job, doing the right things," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens. "We're just chugging right along, finding ways to win."

O-M returns to action Friday at 7 p.m. at home against Watkins Glen -- part of the weekend O-M Tournament.

Photo in text: O-M goalkeeper Dominik Scott goes high to knock away a Newfield shot.

Left: O-M's Paden Grover moves the ball. Right: Odessa's Devon Mahaney, left, and Dylan VonNeida, foreground, fight for the ball.

Members of the O-M girls varsity soccer team were on hand at the boys game. They play Watkins Glen Wednesday night at Charles Martin Field.

Odessa-Montour's Hannah Chapman (35) goes high for a volley at the net.

O-M volleyball team falls to Waverly

ODESSA, Sept. 11, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team fell 3-0 Tuesday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 7-25, 21-25 and 9-25.

Odessa-Montour statistics:

Jacy Knapp: 6 service points, 2 aces, 1 assist, 5 digs.
Isabel Foote: 4 service points, 2 aces, 1 dig.
Sara Gardner: 4 service points, 2 blocks, 4 digs.
Hannah Chapman: 2 service points, 1 block, 4 digs.
Rhys Stermer: 2 service points, 1 ace, 2 blocks, 3 digs.
Jolynn Minnier: 1 service point, 1 ace, 1 dig.
Cheianne Webster: 5 digs.
Karlee Dudgeon: 3 digs, 1 kill.

Junior Varsity: Waverly defeated O-M, 3-0.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Jacy Knapp volleys.

Left: O-M's Jolynn Minnier serves. Right: The Indians' Isabel Foote sets the ball.

Watkins 2nd, 3rd at lone home XC meet

WATKINS GLEN, Sept.11, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen varsity cross country team hosted its lone home meet of the season Tuesday, the boys finishing second and the girls third at the Watkins Glen State Park.

The meet featured Senior Night, and the team's lone senior, Kai Sutterby, was accordingly honored.

Varsity Boys: Trumansburg won with 41 points, followed by Watkins Glen (57), Edison (78), Notre Dame (81) and Tioga (92).

Watkins' Gabe Planty was first on the 2.8-mile course in 16:10, with teammate Max Evans second in 17:21. Steven Gublo was 16th in 19:25, Ben Swinnerton 18th in 19:40, and Elliott Holland 23rd in 21:27.

Varsity Girls: Notre Dame won with 34 points. Trumansburg was second with 36, Watkins Glen third with 59, and Edison and Tioga last with 100 points each.

The Senecas' Breanna Carl was third in 21:17, while Kai Sutterby was 10th in 21:57.4, Makenzie Kellogg 11th in 21:57.6, Sierra Morris 26th in 28:01, and Maya Somerville 29th in 29:10.

Modified (Boys and Girls racing together): Watkins Glen's Lance Majors was first in 10:41; Nick Bonsignore second in 11:06; Johnny VanScoyk sixth in 12:31; Dylan Nguyen eighth in 12:50; Madison Hansen 14th in 13:12; and Teagan Lampman-Roisen 17th in 14:38. There were 34 runners.

Photo in text: Watkns Glen's Gabe Planty, who finished first. (Photo by Aran Holland)

Watkins Glen's Breanna Carl (left) and Makenzie Kellogg. (Photos by Aran Holland)

Watkins Glen boys fall to Trumansburg

TRUMANSBURG, Sept.11, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team dropped a 5-1 decision Tuesday to Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the T-burg athletic field.

Aydin Zahradnik scored Watkins Glen's lone goal on a penalty kick.

Nate Wickham registered 35 saves in goal for the Senecas, while Bryce Kelly had two saves.

O-M girls top Southern Cayuga in OT

AURORA, Sept. 10, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team evened its mark at 3-3 Monday when it defeated Southern Cayuga 2-0 in overtime in an Interscholastic Athletic Canference game on the SC soccer field.

The game was scoreless through regulation and the first of two 10-minute overtime periods before Autumn Garrison headed the ball in near the far post on a crossing pass from Kennedey Heichel with 6:48 remaining. Hannah Bruno made it 2-0 at 5:48 with a goal off a Garrison free kick. Heichel earned an assist on the first goal, and Garrison on the second.

O-M outshot SC 7-5, and had a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks. Odessa goalkeeper Grace Vondracek and the Southern Cayuga netminder had five saves each.

The Indians return to action at home at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a division game against Watkins Glen. Other teams in the division are Tioga and Newfield.

Athletes of Week: Glen's Planty, Morse

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 9, 2018 -- This week we honor a runner and a soccer player as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty earns one nod for winning the Red Jacket Invitational cross-country boys race in 16:04, topping 122 other runners.

Watkins Glen soccer standout Hannah Morse repeats from the first week's athlete poll, this time for producing a four-goal, three-assist week as the Senecas split two games.

Double Honorable: Seneca Indians football's Zach Elliott, Wyatt Brower, Owen Scholtisek and Joe Chedzoy; Odessa-Montour soccer's Justin Andrews, Kennedey Heichel and Lexi Saunders; and Watkins Glen soccer's Taylor Kelly, Danielle Leszyk and Cierra Barber.

Honorable Mention: Another 21 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

The Tribe "A" team's Ben Heichel (58) takes down a Newark Valley player in the end zone for a safety. (Photo provided)

All 3 Tribe teams pick up wins vs. NV

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 10, 2018 -- The Schuyler Youth Football "A," "B" and "C" teams posted victories Sunday over Newark Valley in games on Odessa-Montour High School's Charles Martin Field.

The "A" team advanced to 3-0 with a 28-12 victory. The Tribe went up 16-0 at the half on a safety, a TD pass from Daniel Lewis to Alexander Holmes, a two-point Lewis-to-Ryan Willett conversion, and a 25-yard Brady Cannon touchdown run. When the Cardinals started a comeback in the second half, the Tribe responded with two more Cannon TD runs.

The Tribe "B" team improved to 1-2 with a 30-0 victory, led by two Daniel Coston touchdowns, and one each by Jax Decker and Donovan Wratten.

The "C" team won 43-0 as Isaak Willett ran for 185 yards and scored five touchdowns. Jeremy Updyke also scored, and Aidan Moran forced a safety.

The Tribe teams return to action Sunday at Apalachin.

Photos in text:

Top: The Tribe "A" team's Brady Cannon breaks free for a 25-yard touchdown run.
Bottom: The Tribe "C" team's Elijah Gaylord (21) and Jeremy Updyke (45) chase down a Newark Valley running back. (Photos provided)

Left: In the "B" game, the Tribe's Daniel Coston (6) scored two TDs. Right: In the "C" game, Isaak Willett (11) ran for five touchdowns. (Photos provided)

The Tribe cheerleaders pose in front of the Odessa-Montour bleachers. (Photo provided)

Glen's Planty places 1st at Red Jacket

SHORTSVILLE, Sept. 8, 2018 -- Watkins Glen High School cross-country standout Gabe Planty placed first Saturday in the Red Jacket Invitational, topping 122 other runners.

Planty finished the 5K race in 16:04 as the Senecas placed 7th out of 18 scoring schools. Any school with at least five runners qualifies for a team score.

Max Evans was next for Watkins, finishing 18th in 17:37, while Steven Gublo was 41st in 18:45, Ben Swinnerton 81st in 20:11, and Elliott Holland 107th in 21:47.

Penfield won the team title with 42 points, followed by Horseheads (71). Watkins Glen had 239 points.

In the girls' race, Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby was 9th in 21:20, while Breanna Carl was 17th in 21:52, and Makenzie Kellogg 36th in 23:09. There were 83 runners.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen runners (from left) Max Evans, Elliott Holland and Gabe Planty at the Red Jacket Invitational. (Photo by Amy Planty)

Watkins Glen's Breanna Carl (left) and Kai Sutterby at Red Jacket. (Photos provided)

A Derrick Lewis pass to Collin Baker is broken up by a Sus Valley defender.

Seneca Indians fall to Sus Valley, 56-22

ODESSA, Sept. 8, 2018 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team fell behind early and never seriously contended Saturday night, dropping a 56-22 decision to state-ranked Susquehanna Valley in a Section IV non-divisional game on Odessa-Montour High School's Charles Martin Field.

The Seneca Indians, a combined squad of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes, are now 1-1. Susquehanna Valley, now 2-0, was led by Jarred Freije's 141 passing yards and four touchdown throws.

After a 40-yard gain by Zach Elliott on WG/OM's first play from scrimmage, the first half was all Sus Valley's as the Sabers built a 42-0 lead by intermission. The Sabers added TDs with 6:19 left in the third period and 3:01 left in the fourth.

Elliott scored all three of the Seneca Indians' touchdowns, on runs of 10 yards or less at 1:43 in the third quarter, early in the fourth quarter, and with 3:47 remaining in the game.

"As much as we wanted to take advantage of our size and control the tempo of the game," said Seneca Indians Coach Trevor Holland, "Sus Valley executed some effective offensive series that put us behind early.

"Being down 42-0 at the half is never a great way to start, but when our team came out in the second half and kept grinding away and put 22 points on the board, that was a big positive. So now comes the tough part for us, staying focused and winning a critical division game on the road at Waverly."

Elliott led the WG/OM offense with 177 yards on 27 carries and those three TDs.

Joe Chedzoy gained 73 yards on 26 carries, and Casen Weeden 20 yards on four carries. Derrick Lewis gained 33 yards through the air.

Susquehanna Valley rolled up 443 yards of total offense, to WG/OM's 304 yards.

Wrett Brower and Owen Scholtisek led the Seneca Indians in tackles with eight each, while Elliott registered six and Chedzoy five.

WG/OM returns to action Friday at Waverly. Game time is 7 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: The Seneca Indians' Joe Chedzoy, left, tries to shed a Sus Valley tackler.
Middle: WG/OM's Zach Elliott scores the first of his three touchdowns.
Bottom: Seneca Indian Travon Jones (21) helps bring down a Sus Valley ball-carrier.

Left: Seneca Indians quarterback Derrick Lewis passes. Right: Sus Valley's Sethan King intercepts a WG/OM pass by Cameron Holland late in the game.

The Seneca Indians' cheerleaders were active in front of the bleachers during the game. (Photo by George Rutledge)

Susquehanna Valley quarterback Jarred Freije launches one of his four TD passes.

At the game: From left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly, Hannah Morse and (grad) Ryanna LaMoreaux, and O-M's Grace Vondracek, Lexi Saunders and Autumn Garrison.

WG/OM quarterback Derrick Lewis attempts a pass to Zach Elliott (left) near the goal line. It fell incomplete.

Watkins boys lose to Southern Cayuga

AURORA, Sept 8, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 0-2 Saturday when the Senecas dropped a 3-0 decision to Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

Southern Cayuga scored on a penalty kick and on two Watkins Glen own goals.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Trumansburg. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

O-M volleyball team falls to S-VE, 3-1

SPENCER, Sept. 7, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision to Spencer-Van Etten Friday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the S-VE gym.

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

Odessa-Montour statistics:

Jacy Knapp: 9 service points, 4 aces, 3 kills, 1 assist, 14 digs.
Rhys Stermer: 7 service points, 2 aces, 2 kills, 1 assist, 7 digs.
Karlee Dudgeon: 1 service point, 25 digs.
Hannah Chapman: 6 service points, 2 aces, 3 kills, 7 digs.
Isabel Foote: 5 service points, 3 aces, 7 assists, 15 digs.
Sara Gardner: 5 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 9 digs.
Jolynn Minnier: 2 service points, 3 kills, 2 digs.
Cheianne Webster: 3 service points, 1 kill, 1 assist, 8 digs.
Jadyn Lauper: 5 digs.

The Indians return to action Saturday in the Campbell-Savona Tournament.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Spencer-Van Etten, 3-0. Game scores were 20-25, 9-25 and 16-25.

Odessa-Montour's Johnny Niedermaier sends the ball flying in the Indians' game Friday night against Moravia.

O-M boys top Moravia, even mark at 1-1

ODESSA, Sept. 7, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team scored six seconds before halftime and again as time expired in the game en route to a 3-1 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory Friday night over Moravia on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

Brett Walters broke a scoreless deadlock with six seconds left in the first half on a shot directly in front of the net that found the right side. Deshawn Johnson assisted.

Justin Andrews made it 2-0 with 24:30 left in the game on a header from in close, with Johnson once again assisting.

The final goal came off a Johnny Niedermaier corner kick -- sent goalward with mere seconds left on the clock, and knocked in by a leaping Paden Grover, the ball caroming off his chest and past the reach of the Moravia keeper.

"We played pretty well, all things considered," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens. The team was without the services of forward Preston Harris, out with a broken finger. In his absence, "Deshawn did a great job distributing the ball,"said Stephens.

Andrews' goal was his second of the season -- giving him half of the Indians' four goals. He was the lone scorer in a season-opening 2-1 loss at Groton on Tuesday night. "He seems to be in the right place at the right time," said Stephens.

O-M dominated in shots on goal (13-3) and corner kicks (16-3). The coach said his team should have had more goals, especially in the first half, "when we were playing well, but just couldn't put it in the net."

The Indians return to action Tuesday at home against Newfield.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Paden Grover goes high to meet an incoming corner kick. The ball bounced from his chest into the net for the game's final goal as time expired.

Bottom: Teammates rush O-M's Brett Walters to celebrate his first-half goal.

Odessa-Montour goalkeeper Dominik Scott kicks the ball downfield.

Left: O-M's Deshawn Johnson steadies the ball as a pass arrives. Right: The Indians' Brock Sgrecci heads the ball, but his shot was blocked by the Moravia goalkeeper.

A Moravia player, left, flinches as O-M's Michael Benway sends the ball on its way.

Members of the Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team pose on the sidelines during the boys' game Friday night.

Watkins Glen girls rout Dundee, 10-2

DUNDEE, Sept. 6, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team evened its record at 2-2 Thursday when it ran past Dundee 10-2 in a non-league game on the Dundee soccer field.

Hannah Morse scored three goals and had three assists to lead the Senecas, who also got three goals from Taylor Kelley and two goals and two assists from Danielle Leszyk. Other goals came from Haley Dean and Abby Gibson.

Cierra Barber registered nine saves in goal for Watkins Glen. Dundee had the edge in corner kicks, 5-3.

"I was hopeful after a poor performance against Newark Valley that the team would play well tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "I was very pleased with how well we played right from the start. We were aggressive and focused and showed the potential this team has to be very successful. We play three times next week against very good teams, so hopefuly we can continue to improve and play well."

The first of those games is Monday at Moravia. Starting time is 4:30 p.m.

Photo in text: Hannah Morse (File photo)

Watkins Glen's Ali LaMoreaux (5) sends the ball over a Newark Valley defender.

Watkins Glen posts 1st volleyball win, 3-1

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 6, 2018 -- A resilient Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team battled to a 3-1 victory over Newark Valley Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS gym.

Game scores were 25-21, 24-26, 26-24 and 25-22.

The victory was the Senecas' first of the year after three losses. They came from behind to win two of Thursday's games, and almost overcame a 7-19 deficit in the one game they lost.

Watkins Glen, down 10-13 in the first game, took the lead at 18-17 on the way to a 4-point victory. Game Two found them down 19-7 before a stunning rally pulled them even at 24-24. But they dropped the final two points and the game.

The Senecas seemingly had Game Three under control at 13-6 before the Cardinals rallied to tie it 24-24. In this case, Watkins Glen scored the final two points for the win. Then, in the final game, the Senecas were down 14-18 when they rallied, taking the lead 21-20 on the way to a three-point win.

Watkins Glen statistics:

Katie Losey (senior): 12 service points, 5 aces, 8 kills, 1 assist
Adrienna Solomon (junior): 10 service points, 4 aces, 5 kills
Kelsey Kernan (junior): 6 service points, 1 ace, 2 kills, 24 assists
Carlie Baker (freshman): 5 service points, 1 ace, 6 kills, 5 blocks
Claudia Parker (senior): 10 service points, 3 aces, 1 kill
Mattie Yontz (sophomore): 1 service point, 2 kills
Ali LaMoreaux (junior): 7 service points, 2 aces, 1 kill
Olivia Stephani (junior): 2 service points, 1 ace, 3 kills, 1 block
Kelsey DeMillo (sophomore): 2 service points, 1 ace.

"Tonight was important -- our first game of the year at home," said Watkins Glen Coach Dawn Baker. "We are still trying to figure out positions. Most of the players are coming from JV, where positions were not set. So we have taken the time to see where everyone’s strengths are. Tonight, it clicked.

"This team worked amazing together and were hungry for a win. Newark Valley is a tough team. They made our girls work for this win. Now, we prepare for the next game" Tuesday at Tioga.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen won its first match of the season, defeating Newark Valley 3-0. Game scores were 25-23, 25-21 and 25-16. Melanie Wysocki had 13 service points for the Senecas, while Ava VanDusen had 6 points and 2 kills, and Jenna Solomon 4 points and 3 kills.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen freshman Carlie Baker prepares to volley. (Photo by Craig Parker)

Middle: The Senecas' Adrienna Solomon reaches low to return a Newark Valley volley.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Mattie Yontz volleys.

Left: Watkins Glen's Claudia Parker (right) goes high for a shot. (Photo by Craig Parker) Right: The Senecas' Katie Losey serves the ball.

Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan reaches for the ball. Teammate Mattie Yontz watches.

Odessa-Montour's Reagan Reese hits the water at start of the 50 Free. She placed second.

Odessa swimmers drop opener, 46-44

ODESSA, Sept. 6, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team opened its season on a losing note Thursday, falling to Elmira Notre Dame 46-44 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

The Indians led 41-40 entering the final event, a 400 Free Relay race. Each school fielded one relay team in that race, with Notre Dame winning in 4:49.11. O-M posted a 4:53.56.

Wins for Odessa were registered by Kara Reese in the 100 Backstroke, and by her sister Tori Reese in the 100 Breaststroke.

Second-place finishes came from Emilee Chaffinch in the 200 Free; Madison Moss in the 200 IM and 500 Free; Reagan Reese in the 50 Free; Tori Reese in the 100 Fly; Kara Reese in the 100 Free; Megan Adams in the 100 Back; and three relay teams.

The Indans return to action Tuesday at Watkins Glen.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Kara Reese competes in the 100 Free, where she finished second.
Bottom: The Indians' Madison Moss on the way to second place in the 200 IM.

Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese competes in the 100 Fly. She finished in second place.

Odessa-Montour's Katie Adams on the way to a third-place finish in the 100 Fly.

Odessa-Montour girls fall to Waverly, 6-0

WAVERLY, Sept. 6, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team saw its record slip to 2-3 Thursday as the Indians dropped a 6-0 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly soccer field.

Waverly outshot O-M 13-2, and had a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks. The Wolverines led 1-0 at the half, and then "opened it up," said Indians Coach Burton Brewster. Grace Vondracek made six saves in goal for Odessa.

Brewster praised the defensive work by Morgan Burnham on Waverly standout Gabby Picco, and said Vondracek "did a great job defending the goal on corner kicks. She punched the ball out" on three occasions, short-circuiting Waverly scoring efforts.

Odessa returns to action Monday at Southern Cayuga.

Watkins Glen boys lose to Marathon, 4-0

MARATHON, Sept 6, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team opened it season with a loss Thursday, falling to Marathon 4-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Marathon soccer field.

Nate Wickham registered 17 saves in goal for the Senecas. One of Marathon's goals came on a penalty kick; Wickham stopped another.

The Senecas had three shots on goal, and didn't have a corner kick.

They return to action Saturday at Southern Cayuga. Game time is 10 a.m.

Volleyball: Watkins falls to Waverly

WAVERLY, Sept. 5, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Waverly Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Waverly gym.

Game scores were not made available.

Individual statistics for Watkins Glen included:

Katie Losey: 2 service points, 1 assist, 3 kills.
Adrienna Solomon: 5 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill.
Kelsey Kernan: 8 service points, 5 aces, 6 assists.
Carlie Baker: 4 service points, 1 kill, 4 blocks.
Olivia Stephani: 2 kills.
Mattie Yontz: 2 service points.

O-M girls top Tioga, even mark at 2-2

ODESSA, Sept. 4, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team got goals from six different players Tuesday night in an 8-2 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory over Tioga on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The Indians, now 2-2, got scoring from Kennedey Heichel (two goals and two assists), Lexi Saunders (two goals and one assist), Ida Sidle (one goal), Grace Vondracek (one goal), Olivia Grover (one goal and one assist) and Hunter Daugherty (one goal). McKennah Lott had two assists, while Hannah Bruno had one.

Odessa outshot Tioga 21-2, and had a 2-0 edge in corner kicks. Vondracek played goal in the first half, and Lydia Lynch after intermission. The halftime score was 3-0.

"We passed the ball well," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster, whose team returns to action Thursday at Waverly. Game time is 5:15 p.m.

Watkins girls fall to Newark Valley, 7-1

NEWARK VALLEY, Sept. 4, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 1-2 Tuesday when the Senecas dropped a 7-1 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the NV soccer field.

Hannah Morse scored the lone goal for Watkins Glen. Cierra Barber made 20 saves in goal.

"We ran into a vary talented Newark Valley team tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "The girls fought hard, but were never able to put together long stretches of solid play. They never quit, and hopefully we can use this game as a learning experience going forward."

The Senecas return to action Thursday at Dundee. Game time is 7 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins' Haley Dean, right, battles for the ball. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

Left: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly (13) maneuvers the ball past a Newark Valley defender. (Photos by Sheila Barber)

Athletes of Week: Morse and Chedzoy

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 2, 2018 -- We start the new high school sports year with Odessa File Athlete of the Week honors going to a soccer player and a football standout.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse earns one nod for her 5-goal, 2-assist performance as the Senecas defeated Newfield 8-1 on the road.

And Seneca Indians running back Joe Chedzoy earns the other for his 6-touchdown, 328-yard performance in a season-opening 56-8 football victory at Groton.

Double Honorable: Odessa-Montour soccer's McKennah Lott, Hannah Bruno, Kennedey Heichel, Olivia Grover and Lexi Saunders; Watkins Glen soccer's Taylor Kelly, Danielle Leszyk and Cierra Barber; the Seneca Indians' Gage Arcangeli and Zach Elliott; Watkins Glen cross country runner Gabe Planty; O-M volleyball player Hannah Chapman; and Watkins Glen volleyball's Mattie Yontz.

Honorable Mention: Another 16 athletes earned a point apiece in the year-long poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Ronald Wilson IV (44) of the Tribe "C" team brings down a Windsor running back in the backfield. (Photo provided)

Tribe 'A' and 'C' teams win; 'B' team falls

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 3, 2018 -- The Schuyler County Youth Football Tribe teams had mixed success Sunday, with the "A" and "C" squads defeating Windsor in games on the Odessa-Montour football field. The Tribe "B" team lost.

The "A" team posted a 43-14 victory to advance to 2-0. Ryan Willett ran for two touchdowns, Alexander Holmes scored twice on TD passes from Daniel Lewis, and Bradley Gillis and Kyren Young ran for one touchdown each.

The "B" team lost 21-14, with both touchdowns coming from Jax Decker. "The line played a solid game," said one coach, "and Ronald Wilson IV dominated on defense."

The "C" team won 26-6, with Isaak Willett scoring three touchdowns -- on runs of 35, 18 and 30 yards -- and Ethan Dupay running 27 yards for another. "The defense played very strong all day," said one coach.

The Tribe teams return to action Sunday at O-M against Newark Valley. The "C" team's game starts at 11:30 a.m., while the "B" team plays at 1:30 p.m. and the "A" team at 3:30 p.m.

Photo in text: The Tribe "A" team's Ryan Willett (15) scored two touchdowns. (Photo provided)

Left: The Tribe "C" team's Jeremy Updyke (45) and Isaak Willett sack the Windsor quarterback. Right: Isaak Willett (11) scored three TDs in the "C" game. (Photos provided)

Left: Ben Heichel kicks a two-point conversion in the Tribe's "A" victory. Right: The Tribe "B" team's Jax Decker scored two touchdowns. (Photos provided)

Watkins' Hannah Morse (1) moves past a Newfield defender. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

WG girls top Newfield; Morse nets 5 goals

NEWFIELD, Sept. 1, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team -- led by five goals by Hannah Morse -- evened its record at 1-1 Friday with an 8-1 victory over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newfield athletic field.

Morse, who also had two assists, was joined in the scoring column by Taylor Kelly (two goals) and Aislinn Klemann (one goal). Danielle Leszyk added an assist. Cierra Barber registered seven saves in goal for the Senecas.

"After playing tough against Notre Dame in a loss two nights ago (1-0 in a contest halted at halftime due to inclement weather), our team came out ready to play today," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse.

"We passed the ball really well and played very good defense tonight. Senior Hannah Morse had a breakout game, and Taylor Kelly played really well in her first game of the season. Danielle Leszyk distributed the ball beautifully throughout the game as well.

"Cierra Barber had another strong game in the goal. She has only given up goals on penalty kicks so far this season, so she is playing well early.

"I’m impressed with the young players on this team who have had big shoes to fill with all the seniors who graduated last year," he added.

"They are working very hard in practice every day and have shown a lot in the first two games."

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Newark Valley.

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Photo at right: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Cierra Barber makes a save. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

Left: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk controls the ball. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly sends the ball to the corner of the net. She scored two goals. (Photos by Sheila Barber)

Left: Watkins Glen's Genevieve Osborne (17) battles for the ball. Right: The Senecas' Carly Arnold prepares to send the ball flying. (Photos by Sheila Barber)

Seneca Indians rout Groton in football season opener, 56-8

Chedzoy gains 328 yards, scores 6 TDs; Sus Valley next

GROTON, Sept. 1, 2018 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team opened its season with a resounding victory Friday night, rolling past Groton 56-8 in a Section IV non-divisional game on the Groton football field.

The Seneca Indians, a combined team of Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen High School athletes, were led by senior Joe Chedzoy, who scored six touchdowns, rushing 17 times for 328 yards.

"It was by far the best game I've seen him play," said Seneca Indians Coach Trevor Holland, who added: "He was fantastic tonight. His speed has gone to the next level. They were having trouble catching him."

Other TDs came from Casen Weeden, who gained 29 yards on 4 carries and scored once; and Matt Irwin, who gained 84 yards on 2 carries, including a 60-yard TD run that Holland said was "textbook. He ran behind (300-pound) Dylan Houseknecht. Just put his hand on his back and followed him" until he could break clear. And on his other carry, "he did the same thing, but they caught him on the one."

Zach Elliott gained 66 yards on 11 carries, and recovered a Groton fumble. Other yardage came from Travon Jones (5 runs for 18 yards), Owen Scholtisek (3 carries for 12 yards), and Cameron Holland (1 carry for 4 yards).

WG/OM gained 546 yards on 49 plays. Groton had 129 yards of total offense.

Junior defensive tackle Gage Arcangeli led the Seneca Indians in tackles with 9, while Elliott had 4 and Wyatt Brower 3. Jones had the team's lone interception.

"We didn't try to run up the score," said Holland, whose team led 30-0 at halftime. "We got a lot of players in, and ran base plays. But they kept working."

The Seneca Indians return to action on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Odessa-Montour against Susquehanna Valley.

Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty leads a group of runners in an evening race Friday at Houghton College. He finished second. (Photo by George Rutledge)

Glen boys XC team finishes 4th in opener

HOUGHTON, NY, Sept. 1, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team finished fourth among seven teams in a season-opening 4K run Friday evening at Houghton College.

Corning finished first with 21 points, followed by Penfield (50), Addison (100), Watkins Glen (101), Trumansburg (109), Fredonia (125) and Frewsburg (171).

The Senecas' Gabe Planty was second (13:01) to Corning's Bryce Derick (12:43). Max Evans was 12th in 14:14, Steven Gublo 29th in 15:27, Ben Swinnerton 34th in 16:05, and Elliott Holland 38th in 16:41. There were 48 runners.

In the girls' race, Watkins didn't have enough runners for a team score. Breanna Carl led the Senecas with an 18th-place finish in 17:29. Kai Sutterby was 24th in 17:58, and Makenzie Kellogg was 34th in 18:57. There were 51 runners, led by Corning's Lindsey Butler (15:01).

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby competes at Friday's evening race. (Photo by George Rutledge)

O-M girls fall in tourney title game, 1-0

CAMPBELL, Sept. 1, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 1-2 Friday night when the Indians dropped a 1-0 decision to Canisteo-Greenwood in the championship game of the Campbell-Savona tournament.

The Indians, who had advanced to the finale with a 4-1 overtime victory Thursday over the host team, gave up the game's lone goal in the opening minute.

"It was off the kickoff, down the middle and in," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster. "And then they didn't score again."

Canisteo-Greenwood, one of the top teams in Steuben County, outshot O-M 8-3 and had a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks. Grace Vondracek made 7 saves in goal for the Indians, while the C-G keeper, Gretchen Hendrickson, made 3 saves.

Canisteo-Greenwood "controlled most of the first half," said Brewster. "But we fought hard in the second half, and created some chances. We just couldn't put the ball in the back of the net."

Brewster said he is "so proud of our kids. These first three games have been tough ones, but they haven't let down at all."

O-M returns to action Tuesday at home against Tioga.

All-Stars: The 12-member tournament All-Star team included O-M's Hannah Bruno, Olivia Grover, Kennedey Heichel and McKennah Lott.

New exhibit at Brick Tavern Museum honors 70 years of racing in Schuyler

Special to The Odessa File

MONTOUR FALLS, Aug. 25 -- Schuyler County’s 70-year history of car racing is spotlighted in the newest exhibit at the Schuyler County Historical Society’s Brick Tavern Museum.

Photographs, race programs and other racing memorabilia from the Society’s collections are shown in the exhibit, including photographs from the first races on Oct. 2, 1948, through the streets of Watkins Glen and rural roads of the Town of Dix.

Local artist Linda McIntyre has loaned the paintings from her “Street Years” series for display in the exhibit, which will be in place through the end of October. A short film that tells the story of how racing began in Schuyler County also is available for viewing.

Visitors are invited to enter a drawing for four free tickets to the Hilliard United States Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International Sept. 7-9. The winner will be selected on Sept. 5. The tickets were donated by WGI.

The Brick Tavern Museum and Wickham Rural Life Center, located at 108 N. Catharine St., Route 14, Montour Falls, are open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call the Historical Society at (607) 535-9741.

The Schuyler County Historical Society celebrates and honors the history of the county at the Brick Tavern Museum, Wickham Rural Life Center and Lee School. The Society is supported in part by a TAP grant administered by the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce.

Photo in text: Briggs S. Cunningham ties his shoelace on the wheel of his 1939 Bu-Merc before the start of the first Watkins Glen Grand Prix race for sports cars on Oct. 2, 1948. To Cunningham’s left is Mike Vaughn in his Lagonda Rapide. Behind Vaughn is the No. 35 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B of Frank Griswold Jr., who would win the eight-lap race. The start-finish line of the 6.6-mile race course through the streets of Watkins Glen and the rural roads of the Town of Dix was in front of the Schuyler County Court House. (Photo from the collection of the Schuyler County Historical Society)

Volleyball: O-M edges Watkins in 5 sets

ODESSA, Aug. 31, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team evened its season mark at 1-1 Thursday with a 3-2 victory over Watkins Glen in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference nail-biter in the O-M gym.

Game scores were and 10-25, 25-20, 25-19, 22-25 and 26-24.

O-M statistics:

Hannah Chapman: 10 service points, 9 aces, 2 kills, 2 digs, 1 assist.
Jacy Knapp: 8 service points, 3 aces.
Jolynn Minnier: 8 service points, 3 aces.
Rhys Stermer: 6 service points, 7 kills, 2 blocks, 1 dig, 1 assist.
Karlee Dudgeon: 5 service points, 3 aces, 5 digs.
Isabel Foote: 3 service points, 1 aces, 10 assists, 4 kills.
Sara Gardner: 3 service points, 1 ace, 1 dig.
Cheianne Webster: 3 service points, 2 kills, 1 dig, 1 assist.

O-M Coach Colleen Coolican attributed the win to her team's "dedication to working hard."

The Indians had dropped their season opener Tuesday, a 3-2 loss to Newark Valley on the road. Chapman had paced the Indians that day with 14 service points, 8 aces, 2 kills, 2 blocks, 2 digs and 2 assists. Knapp had added 7 service points, 2 aces, 4 assists and 2 digs, while Stermer had registered 8 service points, 2 aces, 3 kills, 5 digs and 1 block. The fifth game went Newark Valley's way 27-25.

Watkins Glen statistics:

Katie Losey: 12 service points, 9 aces, 3 kills.
Kelsey Kernan: 3 service points, 1 block.
Adrienna Solomon: 10 service points, 7 aces, 1 kill, 1 assist.
Mattie Yontz: 15 service points, 6 aces, 1 kill, 18 assists.
Carlie Baker: 9 kills, 3 blocks.
Olivia Stephani: 2 service points, 1 kill, 1 assist.
Ali LaMoreaux: 11 service points.
Kelsey DeMillo: 1 service point, 1 ace, 1 kill.

The Senecas had dropped their season opener Tuesday, falling to Edison in three sets.

"My girls played great," said Watkins Glen Coach Dawn Baker after Thursday's match. "We served great in the first set. We gave up a lot of serves in the sets after. We continue to improve as a team and look forward to continuing that through our season."

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour improved to 2-0 with a 2-1 win over Watkins Glen. Game scores were 25-17, 25-18 and 23-25.

Left: O-M goalkeeper Grace Vondracek prepares to send the ball flying. Right: The Indians' Nadia Simpson, who scored the game's first goal. (Photos by Mike Stamp)

O-M girls top C-S in OT, advance to final

CAMPBELL, Aug. 31, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team evened its season record at 1-1 Thursday night when it defeated host Campbell-Savona 4-1 in overtime in the opening round of the C-S Tournament.

The Indians led 1-0 on a goal by Nadia Simpson at 30:15 of the first half, assisted by Kennedey Heichel. But Campbell-Savona tied it 1-1 with 6 minutes left in regulation on a goal by Leah Robie. That led to overtime, which consists of two 10-minute periods.

The first overtime period was scoreless, and then O-M took the lead 2-1 on a goal by Heichel with 6:04 to go. She scored on a quick free kick after the C-S keeper had fielded a through ball outside the 18-yard box, which made her a field player, creating a hand-ball infraction and the free kick.

O-M's Lexi Saunders then scored two goals -- at 2:47, assisted by Heichel, and at 2:19, assisted by McKennah Lott.

Odessa outshot Campbell-Savona 9-4, and had a 3-2 edge in corner kicks. Keeper Grace Vondracek had 3 saves, while the C-S keeper had 5.

The victory propelled the Indians into the tournament title game against Canisteo-Greenwood, set for 6 p.m. tonight (Friday) at Campbell-Savona.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Camille Sgrecci, right, fights for possession of the ball.

Bottom: The Indians' Kennedey Heichel. (Photos by Mike Stamp)

Left: O-M's Hunter Daugherty (9) fights for the ball. Right: The Indians' Morgan Burnham (7). (Photos by Mike Stamp)

Left: Odessa-Montour's Hannah Bruno moves the ball upfield. Right: The Indians' Rebecca Wolfe (19). (Photos by Mike Stamp)

Watkins girls drop opener to ND, 1-0

SOUTHPORT, Aug. 29, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team opened its season on a losing note Wednesday night, dropping a storm-shortened Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game to Elmira Notre Dame, 1-0.

The contest was rained out after one half, going just long enough to make the result official. The only goal came on a penalty kick by ND's Laurel Vargas.

Watkins Glen, which saw nine players graduate last year, "played with tremendous heart and hustle today," said Coach Scott Morse, who added: "I'm really proud of them. It was a solid start and we saw some things we can definitely try to improve on as the season progresses."

Morse also cited the strong play of goalkeeper Cierra Barber, who "was really good" as she registered 13 saves.

The Senecas return to action Friday at Newfield.

Watkins volleyball team falls to TAE

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Aug. 28, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team opened its season Tuesday with an Interscholastic Athletic Conference loss on the road against Edison. Game scores were 16-25, 10-25 and 13-25.

Among the Watkins statistics:

Katie Losey: 4 service points, 5 kills, 1 assist.
Kelsey Kernan: 7 service points, 2 aces, 1 assist, 1 kill, 1 block.
Mattie Yontz: 16 assists.
Kelsey DeMillo: 5 assists.
Carlie Baker: 2 kills, 2 blocks.
Ali LaMoreaux: 4 service points, 1 ace.

Junior Varsity: Edison defeated Watkins Glen 3-0 on game scores of 16-25, 15-25 and 12-25.

"Edison is a tough team to start right out of the gate with," said Watkins Glen Coach Dawn Baker. "Their team is strong. Our team has two returning players as we graduated six seniors last year.

"This team is full of talent," added Baker about her squad. "We just need some more time to work together to get to know how each of us moves and performs. I feel this team will do very well this season with a bit more time to work out a few kinks."

O-M's Lexi Saunders prepares to deliver a corner kick. (Photo by Casey Underdown)

O-M girls open with 2-1 loss to Groton

ODESSA, Aug. 27, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team opened its season Monday night with a 2-1 Interscholastic Athletic Conference home loss to Groton.

The first half was scoreless. Coach Burton Brewster said O-M's Hannah Bruno "did a great job" defending against Groton's junior standout, Lauren Reeves.

Reeves broke through with a goal at 37:20 of the second half, and Groton's Maggie Ossit made it 2-0 at 28:07. Bruno scored O-M's lone goal at 27:30.

Groton outshot O-M 8-6, and had a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks. Grace Vondracek registered 6 saves in goal for Odessa.

"We gave them a lot of pressure," said Brewster, whose team outshot Groton 6-4 after intermission. "We had a lot of chances."

The coach also pointed to outstanding defensive work by three O-M backs -- McKennah Lott, Hunter Daugherty and Autumn Garrison.

"I'm very proud of the effort the Odessa girls put on the field tonight," he said.

The Indians return to action Thursday against Campbell at 7 p.m. in the Campbell-Savona Tournament.

Photo in text: O-M goalkeeper Grace Vondracek goes high to make a save. (Photo by Casey Underdown)

Left: The Odessa-Montour team huddles before the start of the game. Right: O-M's Hannah Bruno (20) applies some defensive pressure. (Photos by Casey Underdown)

The Tribe's Ethan Dupay breaks away for a 47-yard TD in the "C" game. (Photo provided)

Tribe 'C' and 'A' teams open with wins

JOHNSON CITY, Aug. 28, 2018 -- The Schuyler County Youth Football Association's "A" and "C" Tribe teams opened the season with victories Sunday over Johnson City on the road. The "A" team won 32-8, and the "C" team won 12-0.

"C" game: The Tribe scoring came on touchdown runs by Isaak Willett (25 yards) and Ethan Dupay (47 yards). The Tribe defense was led by Josiah Finnerty.

"It was a great first game," said a team spokesman.

"A" game: Brady Cannon led the Tribe offense with two touchdowns, while Thomas Snow and Bradley Gillis added one each. Cannon's second TD was set up by a Daniel Lewis pass to Ryan Willett.

"B" game: The Tribe lost 21-0. Connor Foggey led the Tribe in tackles while the offense -- although able to move the ball up the field -- was stymied by turnovers. Foggey and Jax Decker compiled more than 200 yards on the ground.

The Tribe teams return to action Sunday against Windsor on the Odessa-Montour football field. The "C" game is at 11:30 a.m., the "B" game at 1:30 p.m., and the "A" game at 3:30 p.m.

Photo in text: The Tribe's Isaak Willett runs for a TD in the "C" game. (Photo provided)

Left: In the "A" game, the Tribe's Ryan Willett (15) carries the ball as Daniel Lewis (11) runs interference. Right: The Tribe's Thomas Field (54) tackles the Johnson City quarterback. (Photos provided)

The Tribe "A" team's Brady Cannon is off and running to one of his two touchdowns. (Photo provided)

Left: Connor Foggey (17) led the Tribe "B" team's defense. Right: The "B" team's Jax Decker. (Photos provided)

Golf tourney raises $25,000 for 2 Arcs

Special to The Odessa File

BIG FLATS, Aug. 28, 2018 -- The Arc of Schuyler and The Arc of Chemung partnered to host a joint golf tournament fundraiser at Willowcreek Golf Club in Big Flats on Friday, August 24. This was the 18th annual tournament for The Arc of Schuyler and third annual for The Arc of Chemung.

Jessica Perkins, of Odessa, served as Honorary Chair for this year’s tournament and Dominick Franzese returned for his fifth year as tournament chair. Perkins is employed at Glen Copack, The Arc of Schuyler’s food copacking business.

“Due to the flooding in Schuyler County, The Arc of Schuyler was not able to hold its tournament as scheduled on August 17. The Arc of Chemung generously offered to work with us and host our tournaments together, making this a great event for everyone,” Perkins said in her speech to nearly 100 golfers and volunteers. “The Arc is all about community and from what I’ve learned at work that means working as a team with people of all different abilities, helping each other, and forming friendships.”

Thanks to the 23 teams who participated, and community sponsors, the event raised about $25,000 to support programs and services provided at both The Arc of Schuyler and The Arc of Chemung.

Team Howard Hanna Real Estate - Elmira Office took first place in the tournament with a score of 53. Golfers included Michael Marks, John Wolfe, Bill Marks and Pete Lowman.

Contest winners included:
--Closest to the Pin (Women’s): Laura Rorie
--Closest to the Pin (Men’s): John Wolfe
--Longest Drive (Women’s): Linda Manuel
--Longest Drive (Men’s): Dr. Jeffrey Schultz, DDS

The tournament also included a Hole-in-One putting contest sponsored by Arnot Health and an additional Hole-In-One contest with the opportunity to win a new Nissan Rogue, sponsored by Simmons Rockwell. Other top sponsors included: Relph Benefit Advisors, David Dalrymple, The Bonadio Group, Empire Access, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, and Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel.

Photos of the event and sponsor acknowledgments can be found on The Arc of Schuyler’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/arcofschuyler. For more information, visit www.arcofschuyler.org

Photos in text:

Top: Arc tournament contest winners, from left: John Wolfe, Laura Rorie, Linda Manuel, and Dr. Jeffrey Schultz, DDS.

Bottom: Tournament Honorary Chair Jessica Perkins. (Photos provided)

Seneca Indians (in blue) contain the Edison quarterback in a play during Saturday's scrimmage. (Photo by Bettelynn Bravo)

Scrimmage sets stage for grid opener

ODESSA, Aug. 26, 2018 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team prepared for this coming Friday's high school season opener with a scrimmage Saturday against Edison and Dundee on Odessa-Montour's Charles Martin Field.

The Seneca Indians, a combined squad of athletes from the O-M and Watkins Glen high schools, "played very well on both sides of the ball against each of the two teams," said Coach Trevor Holland.

"None of the teams really moved the ball past the line of scrimmage, but they were able to get by us with pass plays when our coverage broke down. Things like that can be fixed," Holland added.

The Seneca Indians open their season Friday (Aug. 31) at Groton. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Photo in text: The Seneca Indians' Joe Chedzoy grabs the Dundee quarterback as teammate Dylan Houseknecht moves in. (Photo by Bettelynn Bravo)

Left: Mason Bruce grabs the Dundee quarterback as teammate Travon Jones approaches. Right: The Seneca Indians' Collin Baker catches a 2-point conversion pass. (Photos by Bettelynn Bravo)

Members of the Seneca Powerlifting Club took home lots of hardware from Saturday's meet. (Photo provided)

Powerlifting Club sets marks at big meet

HENRIETTA, NY, July 14, 2018 -- The World Natural Powerlifting Federation's national meet Saturday in Henrietta saw lifters from the Seneca Powerlifting Club representing Watkins Glen High School set many national records.

All had first-place finishes and qualified for the World Power Lifting Meet set for the WGHS Field House on Saturday, October 27.

Records are set or broken by weight and age.

In the results that follow, Full Power means the lifter competed in squat, bench and dead lift. Iron Man or Woman means the lifter competed in a bench and dead lift. There were two Seneca lifters who competed only in the dead lift.

The results are as follows:

--Jeremey Brown: 405 lb. squat, 400 lb. bench press (Nat. record), 600 lb. deadlift

--Wyatt Brower: 365 lb. squat (Nat. record), 240 lb. bench press (Nat. record), deadlift 435 lb. (Nat. record).

--Dom Fazzary: 165 lb. squat (Nat. record), 105 lb. bench (Nat. record), 245 lb. deadlift (Nat. record).

--Travon Jones: 205 lb. squat, bench press 160 lb. (Nat. record), deadlift 260 lbs.

Iron Man:

--Wrett Brower: 200 lb. bench press (Nat. record), 405 lb. deadlift (Nat. record).

--Matt Irvin: 135 lb. bench press (Nat. record), 240 lb. deadlift (Nat. record).

--Cam Holland: 145 lb. bench press (Nat. record), 315 lb. deadlift (Nat. record).

--Boyd Barber: 135 lb. bench press (Nat. record), 320 lb. deadlift (Nat. record).

--Sean Holland: 160 lb. bench press (Nat. record). He had to do a token deadlift at a very low weight because he hurt his back in warm-up.

Iron Woman:

--Emma Bradshaw: 100 lb. bench press (Nat. record), 250 lb. deadlift (Nat. record).

Deadlift only:

--Sarah Horton: 245 lb. (Nat. record).

--Sheila Klemann: 260 lb. (Nat. record).

Coach Ralph Diliberto said that "because of her determination and rigor," the Seneca Powerlifting Club recognized Emma Bradshaw as Most Valuable Lifter of the club.

Photos in text:

From top: The Seneca Powerlifting Club's Sarah Horton; brothers Wrett (left) and Wyatt Brower; and club Most Valuable Lifter Emma Bradshaw. (Photos provided)

Left: O-M Harold Lynch Athlete of the Year Award winners Gillian Clark and Curtis Harris. Right: Meagan Terry and Alec Betts, winners of the Charles Martin Memorial Sportsmanship Awards. The honors go each year to seniors.

O-M distributes its Booster sports awards

ODESSA, June 7 -- Athletes of the Year and Sportsmanship Award winners highlighted the 51st annual Odessa-Montour Central School's Sports Boosters Awards Night Thursday in the O-M Auditorium.

The four major honors, which go each year to seniors, went to:

Harold Lynch Athlete of the Year Awards: Gillian Clark and Curtis Harris.

Charles Martin Memorial Sportsmanship Awards: Alec Betts and Meagan Terry.

The awards came at the end of a ceremony in which each of the head coaches from the year's sports outlined their seasons and presented various awards such as Most Valuable Player, Most Improved, Coach's Awards, Most Outstanding -- and, in one case, a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Among the MVPs were Preston Harris in boys track (with Jacob Zimmer earning Track MVP and Zach Elliott earning Field MVP); Olivia Grover in girls soccer; Daniel Minnier in wrestling; Meagan Terry in cheerleading; Curtis Harris in boys basketball; Billy Tague in boys swimming and tennis; Tori Reese in girls swimming; Cheyenne Barrett in volleyball; Noah Angle in football; and Kennedey Heichel in girls track (with Jaylin Rumsey earning Most Outstanding in Field, and Nadia Simpson earning Most Outstanding in Track).

In other cases there were award titles such as Player of the Year (Olivia Grover in girls basketball and Gillian Clark in golf); Most Outstanding (Jacob Zimmer in wrestling); Offensive Player of the Year (Grace Vondracek in softball); Defensive Player of the Year (Heidi Casselberry and Megan Jenkins in softball); High Average (Eric Rumsey and Jackie Vincent in bowling); Gold Glove (Caleb Thomas in baseball); and Lifetime Achievement Award (Curtis Harris in tennis).

Among other awards was the annual Jim Anagnost Memorial Award presented to a senior exhibitng perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication. The winner: Trey McCarty.

The Coach of the Year Award went to tennis coach Rich Paradisin -- and was presented by tennis players Billy Tague and Curtis Harris.

And the Boosters presented their annual Fan of the Year Award to Nikki Grover, and Booster of the Year to Becky Crout.

Photos in text:

Top: Tennis team MVP Billy Tague with Coach of the Year Rich Paradisin.
Bottom: Lydia Lynch receives the Most Improved Swimmer award from Coach Chris Betts.

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O-M's Heichel, Elliott are
our Schuyler Spring MVPs

And we unveil our Odessa File Spring All-Star teams

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 26, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls and boys varsity track-and-field teams once again had outstanding seasons, winning division titles. And in each case, they were led by a junior -- the girls by Kennedey Heichel, and the boys by Zach Elliott.

Heichel won just about any event in which she was entered -- the 100 Meter Hurdles, the 400 Meter Hurdles, the 4x100 Relay, and the Pole Vault. And in the Pole Vault, she equaled Katie Taber’s old school record of 9’ 6” and then broke it, clearing 10 feet at the IAC Championships. She also won the Section IV, Class D titles in the 400 Hurdles and Pole Vault, finishing second in the 100 Hurdles.

Elliott won repeatedly in the Shot Put and Discus, easily outdistancing the competition, culminating in stadium records in both events as he won at the IAC Championships.

He then won both events -- again handily -- at the Section IV, Class D meet, and turned toward the State Qualifier at Union-Endicott.

Both athletes bring a confidence to their tasks, and set a tone and achievement level that can only inspire teammates. Not surprisingly, both teams produced outstanding results this year -- exemplified by the number of O-M track-and-field athletes on The Odessa File All-Schuyler All-Star Teams below.

Thus, for various reasons -- consistency, achievement, inspiration and team success -- Heichel and Elliott are The Odessa File Schuyler Spring MVPs.

Photos in text: Kennedey Heichel and Zach Elliott (File photos)

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The Odessa File All-Schuyler All-Star Teams

First Team

Kennedey Heichel -- OM Track -- Co-MVP
Zach Elliott -- O-M Track -- Co-MVP
Isobel Scheffey -- WG Track
Grace Vondracek -- OM Softball
Nadia Simpson -- OM Track
Hannah Bruno -- OM Track
Hanley Elliott -- WG Golf
Gillian Clark -- OM Golf
Gabe Planty -- WG Track
Joe Chedzoy -- WG Lacrosse
Josh Updyke -- Seneca Indians Baseball
Caleb Thomas -- Seneca Indians Baseball
Curtis Harris -- OM Tennis
Patrick Bannon -- WG Golf

Second Team

Aaron Planty -- WG Track
Derrick Lewis -- Seneca Indians Baseball
Sean Kelly -- Seneca Indians Baseball
Kat Connors -- OM Softball
Lydia Lynch -- OM Softball
Megan Jenkins -- OM Softball
Heidi Casselberry -- OM Softball
Isabel Foote -- OM Softball
Jackson Dunham -- WG Lacrosse
Allison Gibson -- WG Track
Hailey Perraut -- OM Track
Preston Harris -- OM Track
Jaylin Rumsey -- OM Track
Eric Rumsey -- OM Track
Jacob Zimmer -- OM Track
Andy Hartford -- OM Track
Billy Tague -- OM Tennis
Dylan Morse -- WG Tennis
Hannah Morse -- WG Tennis
Jill Cantieni -- WG Tennis
Clint Craven -- WG Tennis
Nate Wickham -- WG Tennis
Gabi Decker -- WG Golf
Elizabeth Dawson -- OM Golf

Third Team


Michael Doane -- Seneca Indians Baseball
Austin Voorheis -- Seneca Indians Baseball
Deshawn Johnson -- OM Tennis
Dalton Cummings -- WG Lacrosse
Avery Watson -- WG Lacrosse
Catherine Rounds -- OM Golf
Georgio Fazzary -- WG Golf
Kai Sutterby -- WG Track
Meagan Terry -- OM Track
McKennah Lott -- OM Track
Morgan Burnham -- OM Track
Paden Grover -- OM Track
Trey McCarty -- OM Track
Noah Angle -- OM Track
Hannah Chapman -- OM Track
William Yeater -- OM Track
Ida Sidle -- OM Track
Casen Weeden -- WG Track
Noah Brewster -- OM Track
Lexi Saunders -- OM Track
Owen Scholtisek -- WG Track
Peter Sandritter -- WG Tennis
Max Evans -- WG Track
Haley Dean -- WG Track
Julya Slater -- WG Track
Makenna Fraboni -- WG Tennis
Megan Hazlitt -- WG Tennis

Honorable Mention:

Amber Benjamin (WG Softball); Claudia Parker (WG Softball); Madeline Parker (WG Softball); Johnny Niedermaier (Seneca Indians Baseball); Isaac McIlroy (Seneca Indians Baseball); Ben Mathews (Seneca Indians Baseball); Kaitlyn Valla (WG Lacrosse); Jacob DeJong (WG Lacrosse); Jeremiah Lynch (OM Track); Camille Sgrecci (OM Track); Alec Betts (OM Track); Hunter Daugherty (OM Track); Dylan Houseknecht (OM Track); Cameron Adams (OM Tennis); Bronwyn Stermer (OM Tennis); Jacy Knapp (OM Tennis); Rhys Stermer (OM Tennis); Sara Gardner (OM Tennis); Jena Slater (WG Track); Kelsey Kernan (WG Track); Breanna Carl (WG Track); Nick Wilston (WG Track); Sean Holland (WG Track); Elliott Holland (WG Track); Kathleen Clifford (WG Tennis); Tim Clifford (WG Tennis); Ali LaMoreaux (WG Tennis); Dezirae Minnier (OM Softball); Jolynn Minnier (OM Softball); Karlee Dudgeon (OM Softball); Emma Lodge (OM Softball); Gabby Fazzary (OM Golf); Meghan Hayes (WG Golf).

 


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