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Glen girls drop soccer opener

WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 29 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team fell in its season opener Saturday, dropping a 12-0 decision to Hornell in a non-league game on the WGHS athletic field.

Hornell, which outshot the Senecas 23-2 in the game and had a 3-0 edge in corner kicks, built a 9-0 lead in the first half. The squad was led by Annie Wilsey, who finished with five goals.

Three goalkeepers combined for 11 saves for Watkins Glen. De'naja Blanchard recorded five saves, while Cierra Barber had 4 and Makenna Fraboni had 2.

"This was a tough way to open the season," said Watkins Glen Coach Brian Gardner.

"Hornell is definitely a very good team. We will use this as a learning experience as we were able to settle down in the second half and work on some of the things we have been practicing."

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Tioga in a 4:30 p.m. game. They will then host Candor on Thursday.


Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse (1) sends the ball on its way. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: The Senecas' Claire McManus (13) fights for possession of the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)


The WGHS girls varsity swim team poses on the Seneca Harbor pier. (Photo provided)

Team conducts annual swim

The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team annually conducts a pre-season swim in Seneca Lake as a bonding exercise and a fund-raiser. Coach Andrew Chouinard reported on the continuation of that tradition on Saturday, August 29.

Today was our annual "Lake Swim" on Seneca Lake.

We start from a house less than half a mile up the east side of the lake, and swim to the Seneca Harbor pier roughly a mile away.

The swim took place from 8:00-10:00 a.m. The air temperature was in the low 60s and the water was about 70.

The canal was closed by the local sheriff until the event was over. We sent our swimmers in four "pods" donned in yellow caps for visibility. Each "pod" had a lifeguard in either a kayak or boat for extra safety.

I enjoyed watching them swim faster whenever they "thought" they swam into a fish or felt some seaweed.

We all had a lot of fun today. This tradition is a defining part of what makes the Watkins Glen Girls Swim Team the Swimmin' Wimmin'.

Thank you to the local community that supports this event and the parents that helped make this year's swim possible.

Coach Andrew Chouinard
Watkins Glen Swimming & Diving

Photo in text: Members of the Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team leap into Seneca Lake at the start of their swim. (Photo provided)

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Arc golf tourney raises $22K
Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 24 -- The Arc of Schuyler’s 15th annual golf tournament, held on Friday, August 21 at the Watkins Glen Golf Course, netted more than $22,000 to support programs and services provided to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Completing the tournament in first place was the Watkins & Nichols Team -- Bill Spencer, Rocco Scaptura, John Robinson and Josh Robinson. The team is the second to be added to a new Arc Golf Tournament Champions plaque, created in honor of Dave and Marilyn Dalrymple. The Arc recognized the Dalrymples for the role they have played in the success of the tournament over the years and for their outstanding support. The plaque hangs at the Watkins Glen Golf Course clubhouse.

The second-place team included Chris Schoemaker, Jode Schoemaker, Jared Hammond and Michael Stamp sponsored by Hill & Markes. The third-place team was Lisa and Donald Crouch and Milt and Wendy Brooks.

Winners of various contests held on the course were: Josh Robinson for men’s longest drive, Collin Scott for men’s closest-to-the-pin, and Lisa Crouch for both women’s longest drive and women’s closest-to-the-pin. Dave Reynolds won the 50/50 raffle prize and generously donated $100 back to The Arc.

The Bonadio Group and Relph Benefit Advisors returned as Presenting Sponsors of the event. Birdie Sponsors were Empire Access, Garage Floor Coating of NY, Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, and Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards. These sponsors and more than 90 other businesses, wineries, restaurants, and retail stores generously contributed through sponsorship or product donations.

The golf tournament planning committee includes Tournament Chair Dominick Franzese, 2015 Honorary Chair Susan Buchtel, Nick Anagnost, David Dalrymple, Greg Gavich, Doug Hagin, James Wilson, Arc of Schuyler Executive Director Jeannette Frank, and Holly Baker, the Arc's director of community relations.

“The committee is sincerely grateful to the generous sponsors, tournament supporters, golfers, and many volunteers who demonstrate great support of The Arc and of people with developmental disabilities through this tournament,” said Franzese. “Thanks to their generosity, this is one of the best tournaments in Watkins Glen and it supports a great cause.”

The Arc of Schuyler conducts fundraising activities to support its mission in providing supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism. To learn more about The Arc, visit

Photos in text:

Top: The first-place team of Watkins & Nichols: From left, Rocco Scaptura, Josh Robinson, John Robinson and Bill Spencer.

Middle: The second-place Hill & Markes team of (from left) Jode Schoemaker, Jared Hammond, Steve Schoemaker and Michael Stamp.

Bottom: Volunteers James Terry, right, and Tyler Clark drive the beverage cart for the Arc Golf Tournament. (Photos provided)

WGHS lists practice skeds

WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 18, 2015 -- Watkins Glen High School varsity and JV sports practices began August 17th. They are as follows:

Varsity practice schedules:

Cheerleading: 3:15-5:00 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
Cross Country: 7:30-9:30 a.m. & split groups 5:00-6:15 p.m., 6:15-7:30 p.m.
Football: Session 1 -- 9:00-11:30 a.m. (in WG)
Football: Session 2 -- 1:00-3:30 p.m. (in WG)
Boys Soccer: 7:30-9:30 a.m. (M-Sat.) & 6:30-8:30 p.m. (M-F)
Girls Soccer: 7:00-9:00 a.m. & 7:00-9:00 p.m., Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Girls Swimming: Session 1 -- 5:30- 6:45 a.m.
Girls Swimming: Session 2 -- 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Volleyball: 6:15-9:15 a.m. T-W-Th, 7:00-9:00 a.m. M, F, 10:00 a.m.-noon on Sat.

Modified practices begin August 31st.

Argetsinger Award presented
to Richard Petty at gala dinner

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 7, 2015 -- In an evening filled with tributes and taunts, Richard Petty was honored Thursday, Aug. 6, with the Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for his contributions to racing.

The dinner was held at the Corning Museum of Glass in advance of the Cheez- It 355 at The Glen NASCAR race this weekend at Watkins Glen International. The dinner was presented by NASCAR, International Speedway Corp. and WGI.

The International Motor Racing Research Center honored "The King," the winningest driver in racing and a noted philanthropist, with the award in front of a capacity crowd of race-car drivers, sponsors and industry and local dignitaries.

Introduced as "the world's best ambassador for NASCAR," Petty said he has committed himself through his entire career to acknowledging and appreciating the people who have made his achievements possible, listing fans, team members, sponsors and the people who buy sponsors' products.

"I feel like I've been really lucky," he said. "How many millions of people did it take to get me up here? You can't say thank you enough."

The award dinner was a fund-raiser for the IMRRC, an archival and research library dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of motorsports.

"It's an amazing facility, filled with one-of-a-kind things," Master of Ceremonies Dr. Jerry Punch told the crowd. "You owe it to yourself to visit. You'll be absolutely amazed at what it holds."

In a tribute to Petty, Punch interviewed current Richard Petty Motorsports drivers Aric Almirola and Sam Hornish Jr., as well as Petty's legendary crew chief Dale Inman, in a chatty session among the three.

Hornish said he was grateful for guidance and encouragement from Petty, calling him a positive role model.

Petty's long-time crew chief Inman said Petty was simply great with a car throughout his career, but he wanted the audience to know that Petty's greatness continues with his generous community work.

Ten years ago, the Petty family established Victory Junction, a summer camp for children with medical conditions or serious illnesses. In his remarks, Petty told the dinner audience that 22,000 children have attended the camp since its beginnings.

"The good Lord put us here for a reason. We just went through the racing part to get to the part He wanted us to do," Petty said.

Multi-team owner Chip Ganassi, last year's inaugural recipient of the Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports, congratulated Petty on being this year's honoree, saying, "Hell, he is everyone's racing hero. He and his Petty-blue 43 are both sports icons. They go together every bit as much as Mickey Mantle and pinstripes or Mean Joe Greene and the steel logo on his helmet."

Appropriately, IMRRC President J.C. Argetsinger explained that one of the Center's missions was to be the "Cooperstown, N.Y., of motor racing."

"We are absolutely thrilled to be honoring Richard Petty. The Pettys are the first-family of American racing," Argetsinger said, citing Lee Petty's race at Watkins Glen in 1957, followed by father and son, Lee and Richard, both racing at The Glen in 1964. In 1992, it was again father and son at The Glen: Richard and Kyle.

"It's part of the sport's history, and we're proud of our role of preserving that history," Argetsinger said.

The award memorializes the late Cameron R. Argetsinger (right), founder and organizer of the first races at Watkins Glen.

Petty's son, longtime race-car driver and TV racing analyst Kyle, as expected threw some barbs at his famous dad.

"I don't know why you're honoring him here. He's never won at Watkins Glen," said Kyle, who won that 1992 race.

Kyle also cited his father's philanthropic work and the positive impact he has had on communities and individuals.

"He's a bigger champion away from the race track than he ever was on the race track," Kyle said. "You're not only getting the greatest driver that ever sat in a race car, you're getting the greatest human being that I have known in my life."

Video shout-outs from NASCAR drivers Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson were shown, as well as a fitting tribute video to "The King" produced by NASCAR Productions especially for the evening.

WGI President Michael Printup presented a video of amusing television coverage out-takes from Petty's career, eliciting laughter and applause.

Other speakers included Indy 500 champion Bobby Rahal, chairman of the IMRRC Governing Council, and Smithfield Foods Vice President, Corporate Marketing, Bob Weber.

"Richard Petty is the single highest recognizable motorsports driver of all time and the most trusted driver," Weber said, representing one of Richard Petty Motorsports major sponsors. "It's a great connection for us."

The evening concluded with a spirited bidding war for an original painting by motorsports artist Randy Owens, depicting Petty's 200th win at Daytona International Speedway on July 4, 1984. It went for $4,500.

Also auctioned off was a surprise gift donated by Petty: one of his iconic hats preserved in a display case. Punch and Petty skillfully manipulated the bidding to also include the hat Petty was wearing, fetching $9,000 for the pair between two bidders.

A silent auction of Petty memorabilia and other high-quality donated items was also held.

The evening's proceeds benefit the IMRRC, an archival and research library dedicated to the preservation and sharing of the history of motorsports, of all series and all venues, through its collections of books, periodicals, films, photographs, fine art and other materials. The IMRRC is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

For more information about the Center's work and its programs, visit or call 607-535-9044. The Center also is on Facebook at International Motor Racing Research Center.

Photos in text:

Top: Richard Petty, left, receives the Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports from IMRRC Governing Council Chairman Bobby Rahal. (Photo by Richard Bauman)

Bottom: Cameron R. Argetsinger (Photo provided)

Roberts is The Odessa File Schuyler Spring MVP

SCHUYLER COUNTY, June 13, 2015 -- Odessa-Montour High School senior Dana Roberts -- the only track standout in Schuyler County to advance to States, where she performed exceedingly well -- is The Odessa File's choice as the Schuyler Spring MVP.

Roberts -- who earned a slot in the Pentathlon competition in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Track and Field Championships this weekend, and finished second among Division 2 competitors and eighth overall -- has been on a fast track to success all season. She has, along the way, been named Odessa File Athlete of the Week on five out of eight weeks.

Roberts is no stranger to this sort of success, dominating during the track-and-field season in her junior year, as well, when she was also named Schuyler Spring MVP.

This spring, she led her team to the IAC Small Schools South Division title, then to the IAC Small Schools championship. She won the IAC Pentathlon -- setting school records in that event and in one of its components, the Long Jump. She later won three events -- the 100 Meter Hurdles, High Jump and Long Jump -- at the Section IV, Class D Tournament, and then won the Pentathlon at the Section IV State Qualifier in Vestal, advancing to States.

Well done, Dana ... and congratulations.

All-Schuyler All-Star Team

First Team:

Dana Roberts, Odessa-Montour-- track and field, MVP
Maggie Bond, Watkins Glen -- track and field
Patrick Hazlitt, Watkins Glen -- track and field
Andy Fudala, Odessa-Montour -- track and field
Halle Phillips, Watkins Glen -- golf
Hailie Searles, Odessa-Montour -- track and field
April Dunn, Odessa-Montour -- track and field
Gillian Clark, Odessa-Montour -- golf
Keith Rekczis, Watkins Glen -- golf
Tyler Clark, Odessa-Montour -- golf

Second Team:

Bryce Elliott, Odessa-Montour -- track and field
Nadia Simpson, Odessa-Montour -- track and field
Shawn Rutledge, Watkins Glen -- track and field
Hanley Elliott, Watkins Glen -- golf
Ryan Clark, Watkins Glen -- golf
Charles Sidle, Odessa-Montour -- track and field
Luke Eberhardt, Odessa-Montour -- track and field
Ian Chedzoy, Watkins Glen -- lacrosse
Jacob Carocci, Watkins Glen -- track and field
Katherine Meehan, Watkins Glen -- softball
Curtis Harris, Odessa-Montour -- tennis

Third Team:

Taylor Kennard, Watkins Glen -- track and field
Chad Sykes, Odessa-Montour -- track and field
Kevin Kernan, Watkins Glen -- track and field
Mitch Scata, Odessa-Montour -- baseball
Chris Foote, Odessa-Montour -- baseball
Ashley Kot, Odessa-Montour -- softball
Gabe Planty, Watkins Glen -- track and field
Nateah Cornish, Watkins Glen -- softball
Alexis Gonzalez, Watkins Glen -- softball
Bryce De La Osa Cruz, Watkins Glen -- lacrosse
Matt Estes, Watkins Glen -- lacrosse
Josh Updyke, Watkins Glen -- baseball
John Smith, Watkins Glen -- baseball
Isobel Scheffey, Watkins Glen -- track and field

Honorable Mention

Jimmy Randolph (OM track), Parker Pangallo (WG golf), Ryan Pruitt (WG track), Lucas Wickham (WG lacrosse), Sean Kelly (WG baseball), Justin Kelly (WG baseball), Addi Rhodes (OM softball), Kennedey Heichel (OM track), Britney Visscher (OM track), Hailie Perraut (OM track), Hannah Bruno (OM track), Meagan Terry (OM track), Brianna Struble (OM softball), Trentin Barber (WG golf), Justin Duane (WG lacrosse), Brandon Gould (WG lacrosse), Tristan Yuhasz (WG track), Kali Bond (WG track), Zach Elliott (OM track), Amy Fudala (OM track), Rosie Peckham (OM track), Joelle Slater (WG track), Courtney Irwin (WG golf), James Terry (OM golf)

O-M sport awards presented

ODESSA, June 23 -- The annual Odessa-Montour Sports Awards Night resulted in the following awards:

Boys Soccer:
Most Dedicated – Andy Fudala
Most outstanding defensive – Cody Daugherty
Most outstanding midfield – Joel Kelly
Most outstanding offensive – Colin Povoski

Girls Soccer:
Defensive MVP – Hailie Searles
Offensive MVP – Sage Garrison
Coaches Award – Addi Rhodes

Girls Basketball:
Most outstanding player – Hailie Searles
Player of the year – Gillian Clark
Coach’s award – Callie Stillman
Coach’s award – Addi Rhodes

Boys Golf:
Player of the year – Tyler Clark
Most improved player – Trey McCarty
Golden Putter award – James Terry

Girls Golf:
Most valuable – Gillian Clark
Most improved – Gabby Fazzary

Boys Swimming:
Rookie of the year – Manley Gavich
Most improved – Alec Betts
Most valuable – Billy Tague

Girls Swimming:
Rookie of the year – Tori Reese
Most improved – Maddie Lodge
Most valuable – Emelia Paulisczak

Boys Basketball:
Most outstanding player – Cody Daugherty
Most dedicated player – Tyler Clark
Most improved player – Bryce Elliott
Best Offensive player – Joel Kelly

Rookie of the year – Megan Jenkins
Offensive player of the year – Addi Rhodes
Defensive player of the year – Nikki Crout

Boys Bowling:
Most dedicated – Trenton Randall
Most improved – Eric Rumsey
High Average – Alex Grady

Girls Bowling:
Most dedicated – Taylor Sykes
Most dedicated – Britney Visscher
High Average – Ashley Stewart

Boys track:
Field MVP – Charles Sidle
Track MVP – Chad Sykes
Rookie of the year – Zachary Elliott
MVP – Andy Fudala

Girls Track:
Co MVP – Dana Roberts
Co MVP – Hailie Searles
Coach’s Award – April Dunn
Crosley Award – Callie Stillman

Rookie of the year – Elisha Norton
Most outstanding player – Zach Pyhtila
Most outstanding player – Chris Foote
Russell Crainey Award -- RC Brown

Most improved – Manley Gavich
Most dedicated – Sarah Norton and Kate Ross
Most valuable – Curtis Harris

Rookie of the year – Alex Grady
Most improved – Cody Smith
MVP – Chris Foote

Most devoted – Alyssa Crout
Most improved – Bridgette Barrett
MVP – Alexis Austin

Rookie of the year – Andy Hartford
Most outstanding wrestler – Billy Bacon
MVP – Joe Rorick

Leadership Award – Samantha House
Team Spirit Award – McKenna Carberry
Most improved – Ashley Hickey
MVP – Dana Roberts

Anagnost Award – Brianna Struble

Sportsman of the year – Manley Gavich
Sportswoman of the year – Dana Roberts

Athlete of the year – Joe Rorick
Athlete of the year – Hailie Searles

Roberts wins Pentathlon, advances to State tourney

VESTAL, June 4 -- Odessa-Montour track standout Dana Roberts won the Pentathlon event at Thursday's Section IV State Qualifier at Vestal High School, sending her on to the state Tournament in Albany on June 12-13.

Roberts, who had virtually assured herself a State berth when she won the IAC Pentathlon with a school-record-setting performance two weeks ago, cemented her trip to Albany by topping all Section IV opponents this time around.

She won four of the Pentathlon's five events, finishing first in the High Jump (with a personal record of 5' 1.75"), the 800 Meter Run (a PR of 2:38), the Long Jump (15') and the 100 Meter Hurdles (16.22). She threw the Shot over 24 feet.

In competition involving other O-M athletes:
--Andy Fudala placed fourth in the Pentathlon.
--The 4x800 squad of Meagan Terry, Hannah Bruno, April Dunn and Callie Stillman finished in 14th place.
--The 4x100 team of Kennedey Heichel, Bruno, Terry and Nadia Simpson were disqualified by missing a baton handoff.
--Luke Eberhardt was 11th in the 400 Meter Run in 54.32.
--Bryce Elliott was 14th in the Shot Put with a throw of 41'6" and 14th in the Discus at 118'.
--April Dunn was 13th (at 8:32.40) and Hailie Searles 14th (8:46.30) in the Steeplechase.
--James Randolph was 18th in the 400 Meter Hurdles in 1:03.92.

Photos in text: O-M's Dana Roberts competes in the Pentathlon. (Photo by Pam Rutledge)

From left: O-M's Andy Fudala (in the Pentathlon), Nadia Simpson (in the 100 Meter Dash) and Luke Eberhardt (in the 400 Meter Run). (Photos by Pam Rutledge)

Hazlitt sets WG school record in the 800

VESTAL, June 4 -- Watkins Glen sophomore Patrick Hazlitt set a school record while finishing fourth Thursday in the 800 Meter Run at the Section IV State Qualifier at Vestal High School.

Hazlitt posted a time of 1:57.05 to break Charlie Bascom's school mark of 1:58.12. Teammate Jacob Carocci finished eighth with a personal record (PR) of 2:03.16.

Other performances:
--Kevin Kernan set a PR of 1:01.9 in the 400 Meter Hurdles. He finished 14th.
--Shawn Rutledge set a PR in the Steeplechase with a time of 10:14.68. He placed ninth. He was also 12th in the 3200 in 10:25.41.
--Taylor Kennard set a PR in the 3000 Meter Run by finishing 14th with a time of 11:41.17, and was 11th in the Steeplechase with an 8:21.19.
--Tristan Yuhasz was 12th in the Long Jump at 17'8"
--Maggie Bond was 11th in the 3000 Meter Run (11:32.77) and 19th in the 1500 (5:14.53).

"No athletes from Watkins Glen are advancing to the State Meet this season," said Watkins Glen Coach Jessica Karius, "but they had a great season and ended on a good note."

Photo in text: Watkins' Patrick Hazlitt takes a handoff from Gabe Planty in the 4x800 Relay, where the Senecas finished in 14th place. (Photo by Pam Rutledge)

From left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kennard, Maggie Bond and Shawn Rutledge.
(Photos by Pam Rutledge)

Watkins Glen's Halle Phillips putts on No. 8.

Glen girls win IAC golf title

Phillips leads way with 46 on Watkins course

WATKINS GLEN, June 3 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team finished first among five qualifying teams Wednesday to claim the team title at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference tournament on the Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Senior Halle Phillips shot a 10-over-par 46 to claim medalist honors and lead the Senecas to a 205 total, three strokes in front of Marathon's 208 and four ahead of Lansing's 209. Waverly finished with a 213 total and Moravia with a 247 among teams with the required minimum of four players.

Other scores for Watkins: Hanley Elliott 50, Courtney Irwin 54, and Gabi Decker 55.

Phillips won medalist designation after tying with Waverly's Alex Tomasso and Lansing's Krista Taylor at 46. "They compared holes going back from 9, and Halle won," Watkins Glen coach Diane Wood said in explaining the tie-breaker.

Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark led the three Indians on the course with a 50. Gabby Fazzary shot a 60 and Catherine Rounds a 63.

Photos in text: O-M's Gillian Clark (left) and Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott.

Watkins Glen's Courtney Irwin tees off on No. 7.

A wide throw pulls Watkins Glen's Amber Benjamin away from the bag as a Candor baserunner slides safely into third base.

Modified Softball team closes with win

WATKINS GLEN, June 3 -- The Watkins Glen Modified Softball team ended its season on a winning note Wednesday, defeating Candor 16-11 in a game on the WGHS softball field.

The victory gave Watkins a final 6-2 record.

The Senecas fell behind 5-0 in the 1st inning, but scored 14 unanswered runs to build a 14-5 lead through three innings. Candor climbed to within 14-11 before Watkins scored twice in the 6th inning and then held its opponent scoreless in the 7th.

Claudia Parker went the distance pitching for Watkins Glen, striking out five batters and going 5-for-5 at the plate with a triple. Katlyn Kernan added two hits for the Senecas, while Katie Losey, Ali Fuller, Kelsey Kernan, Madeline Parker and Amber Benjamin had one hit each.

"Our girls never gave up against a terrific Candor team," said Watkins Glen coach Ralph Diliberto. "This has been the way they played all year, taking the hits, shaking it off and moving forward. It was a privilege and pleasure for me to coach a great team of young ladies. I am very proud of them."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Katlyn Kernan is tagged out in a play at the plate.

Left: Watkins Glen pitcher Claudia Parker throws to first after fielding a grounder.
Right: The Senecas' shortstop, Katie Losey, prepares to grab a ground ball.

Left: Watkins' Kelsey Kernan fields a grounder and turns toward first base for the putout.
Right: The Senecas' second baseman, Jazmin Shea, throws out a runner at first.

And from photographer Craig Parker:

Left: Watkins Glen's Katie Losey sneaks home after a passed ball. Right: The Senecas' Claudia Parker connects with the ball.

The MVPs honored at the Spring Awards Night included: back row from left: Maggie Bond (girls track), Abigail Rundle (tennis), Keith Rekczis (boys golf), William Pastrick (tennis), Luke Flahive (tennis), and Patrick Hazlitt (boys track); and front row from left: Keziah Fraboni (tennis), Halle Phillips (girls golf), Katherine Meehan (softball) and Hanley Elliott (girls golf).

Watkins spring sports awards presented

WATKINS GLEN, June 3 -- Most Valuable Players were designated in eight spring sports Tuesday night as the Watkins Glen High School Sports Boosters held their Spring 2015 Awards Night in the school cafeteria.

Most Improved and Sportsmanshiip honors were also announced as selected by coaches.

The awards were as follows:

Baseball: MVP Justin Kelly; Most Improved Sean Kelly; Sportsmanship Michael Doane.
Softball: MVP Katherine Meehan; Most Improved Bernadette Osborne; Sportsmanship Amanda Cherock.
Lacrosse: MVP Bryce De La Osa Cruz; Most Improved Zach Kelly; Sportsmanship Brenen Murphy.
Boys Golf: MVP Keith Rekczis; Most Improved Ryan Clark; Sportsmanship Parker Pangallo.
Girls Golf: MVPs Halle Phillips and Hanley Elliott; Most Improved Gabrielle Decker; Sportsmanship Courtney Irwin.
Boys Track & Field: MVP Patrick Hazlitt; Most Improved Gabe Planty; Sportsmanship Jacob Carocci.
Girls Track & Field: MVP Maggie Bond; Most Improved Liza Carnes and Kali Bond; Sportsmanship Joelle Slater.
Tennis: MVPs Keziah Fraboni, William Pastrick, Luke Flahive and Abigail Rundle; Most Improved Liam Fitch; Sportsmanship Hannah Pulis.

Photos in text:

Top: WGHS Athletic Administrator Rod Weeden, left, was presented a plaque of appreciation at Tuesday's Awards Night, given by the school's coaches for all he has done to help their programs, including running with the cross country team, assisting at meets, and subbing in as track coach, among other things. Presenting the plaque were coaches John Fazzary (foreground) and Jim Scott (background).

Bottom: Members of the boys track team. From left: Jacob Carocci, Patrick Hazlitt, Shawn Rutledge, Sean Holland, Aidan DeBolt, Kevin Kernan and Gabe Planty. Twelve members of the boys and girls track teams have advanced to Thursday's state qualifier at Vestal. In addition to Carocci, Hazlitt, Rutledge, Holland, Kernan and Planty, they are Tristan Yuhasz, Taylor Kennard, Maggie Bond, Kali Bond, Isobel Scheffey and Joelle Slater. (This photo by George Rutledge)

A check for $500 was presented at the Awards Night to the Watkins Sports Boosters by ESPN Ithaca Radio and Ehrhart Energy -- $50 for each WGHS student named Athlete of the Week by ESPN Ithaca during the school year. Honorees included Amanda Pike (three times, once for volleyball and twice for basketball), Samantha Bradley (twice for bowling), Keith Rekczis (football), Maggie Bond (track), Halle Phillips (golf), Madison Gates (basketball), and Brandon Gould (wrestling). Pictured from left: Phillips, Bond, Gates, Ehrhart representative Storn Cook, Rekczis, and Boosters rep Val Carocci.


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