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Left: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt leads the pack. Right: Watkins' Julia Reilly, left, and Brooke Shaffer hit the water pit in the Steeplechase. (Photos by Pamela Rutledge)
Hazlitt wins twice, sets school mark at sectionals; Rutledge takes Steeplechase
SIDNEY, May 26 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity track team placed fifth among 17 schools competing Thursday in the Section IV, Class C Tournament at Sidney, grabbing three individual victories along the way.
Patrick Hazlitt (right) broke his own school record in winning the 1600 Meter Run in 4:24.4, and took first place in the 3200 in 9:54.99.
Shawn Rutledge won the 3000 Meter Steeplechase in a time of 10:36.61.
Other podium finishes for the Senecas included:
3200 Meters: 3rd place (Gabe Planty in 10:04.53)
Dryden won the team title with 112 points, followed by Trumansburg (101), Sidney (74), Chenango Forks (55), Watkins Glen (43), Notre Dame (41) and Tioga (40).
Watkins Glen Girls
The Senecas, 13th among the 17 competing schools, had the following podium finishes:
Steeplechase: 5th place. Brooke Shaffer posted a personal best of 8:23.13.
Newark Valley claimed the girls' title with 87 points, followed by Notre Dame (78), Sidney (72) and Lansing (68). Watkins Glen had 9 points.
Photos in text: Watkins' Shawn Rutledge on the way to victory in the Steeplechase; and the Senecas' Jacob Carocci en route to 4th place in the High Jump. (Photos by Pamela Rutledge)
Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark tees off during Thursday's round in this stylized photo.
Section IV girls golf championship:
Waverly's Gabby Picco sinks 2 holes-in-one, earns alternate slot
HORSEHEADS, May 26 -- Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott came within a whisker of claiming the individual title and Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark placed 8th Thursday as both qualified at the Section IV Girls Golf Championship for spots on the 9-player team that will represent the section at the State Meet.
That 36-hole tournament will be held on Long Island -- at the 18-hole Bethpage State Park Yellow Course -- on Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5.
Elliott shot an 89 on the par 71 Soaring Eagles Golf Course, one of four golfers to do so -- creating the need for a playoff to determine the individual champion. Elliott, who had sustained a triple bogey on the final hole of her round, barely lost the playoff on the par-4 No. 9, an 8-foot par putt catching the right edge and popping out.
Waverly's Capria Picco sank a 25-foot par putt for the title clincher. Others in the playoff were Alex Tomasso of Waverly and Cecelia Nealy of Corning.
Others making the state team -- berths went to the top 9 finishers -- were Emily Cunningham of Horseheads (with a 90), Alice Zhang of Johnson City (90), Gianna Picco of Waverly (91), O-M's Clark (97), and Emily Grosvenor of Horseheads (98).
Grosvenor had to win a playoff, too, as four players tied at 98. She bettered Madison Kittle of Waverly, Gabby Picco of Waverly, and Katherine Babuka of Lansing. Kittle and Picco will serve as alternates at States. Babuka said she would be going on her senior trip instead.
Gabby Picco, a 7th grader, was the incredible story of the day despite her alternate standing She had two holes-in-one -- yes, two. One came on the 105-yard, par-3 No. 15 and the other on her final hole of the day, the 130-yard, par-3 No. 4. (The field had a shotgun start, with players teeing off simultaneously on every hole.)
"Unbelievable," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich of the Picco feat. Watkins Glen Coach Chris Clark said another coach googled to see what the odds of such an accomplishment were, and came up with an answer of 1 chance in 970,000.
While the purpose of the tournament was largely to determine a state team, there was also a sectional title at stake -- claimed by Waverly with a 367 total based on its four best scores. Each team could take up to six players to Soaring Eagles, with the best four scores applied to team totals. Odessa did not have a team score, since it took just three golfers -- Clark, Gabby Fazzary and Catherine Rounds.
Horseheads was second with 399, followed by Johnson City (410), Corning (427), Watkins Glen (429), Marathon (441), Lansing (466), Elmira (498), and Spencer-Van Etten (527).
Watkins Glen's team total was fashioned on Elliott's 89, and by a 105 by Gabi Decker, a 110 by Courtney Irwin, and a 125 by Megan Hoy.
Said O-M's Gavich of Clark's round:
"It wasn't the greatest round for Gillian, but she held it together enough to make her third straight trip to the state tournament."
And of Elliott, he added this: "Hanley played a real solid round today. In the playoff, she was right off the green under a tree in two and had to punch out and around a bunker. She hit a fantastic shot, but missed the putt. Still, it was a real good round."
Photos in text:
From top: Watkins' Hanley Elliott; O-M's Gillian Clark; and Elliott (standing left) and Clark (standing right) with other members of the state-bound team. The girl who sank two holes-in-one, Gabby Picco, is in the front row, third from left. (Group photo provided)
Left: Watkins Glen's Megan Hoy. Right: O-M's Gabby Fazzary, right, reacts as her putt barely misses going in the cup.
Odessa-Montour's Catherine Rounds hits an approach shot during Thursday's tourney.
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O-M boys track team captures D title
MARATHON, May 25 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity track team won the Section IV, Class D tournament title Wednesday at Marathon.
Coach Skip Strobel said the title is just the second in school history, with the Indians totaling 74 points to finish ahead of Marathon (68) and Cherry Valley Springfield (67) in a 28-school field.
Place finishers for Odessa-Montour included:
O-M girls track team is 3rd at sectionals
MARATHON, May 25 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity track team finished behind only Seton Catholic and Southern Cayuga Wednesday at the Section IV, Class D tournament at Marathon.
The Indians totaled 45.50 points, trailing Seton's 72 and Southern Cayuga's 47 in the 28-school field. Among other IAC schools, Candor was 8th with 27 points, and Spencer-Van Etten 9th with 22.
Place finishers for O-M included:
100 Meter Hurdles: 4th place (Kennedey Heichel, 17.78)
Boys Golf IACs: O-M 5th among Small Schools, Glen 7th among Large Schools
HORSEHEADS, May 25 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team had one of its members -- Tyler Clark with an 89 -- among the top eight golfers in the Small Schools Division Wednesday at the IAC Golf Championships while the squad finished fifth among nine schools.
Watkins Glen had a golfer a stroke better -- Ryan Clark (pictured at right) with an 88 -- while finishing seventh among nine teams in the Large Schools Division as 18 IAC teams competed on the rolling Soaring Eagles Golf Course.
"A nice day on the golf course," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "The guys grinded it out today for a respectable finish."
Tioga took the Small Schools title with a 472 total, and was followed by Marathon (480), Union Springs (499), Candor (514), O-M (548), Moravia (553), Spencer-Van Etten (569), Groton (621) and Southern Cayuga (640).
Leading the way for O-M was Tyler Clark, who "recovered from a horrible start to place 8th," said Gavich. "He took a 10 on his first hole" before righting his ship on the par-72 golf course.
The Small Schools medalist was Marathon's Adam Brandstadt with a 78, three shots ahead of runnerup Sam Taylor of Tioga.
"We didn't do very well out there," said Watkins Glen Coach Rob Michel, who noted that one problem was the continued loss to injury of Parker Pangallo, normally his second best golfer. "That might have meant 15 shots," Michel noted.
The Senecas fashioned a 479 total. Ahead of them were Large School titleist Elmira Notre Dame (422), Lansing (451), Whitney Point (451), Trumansburg (454), Waverly (469), and Dryden (471). Behind them were Newark Valley (495) and Edison (595).
Ryan Clark's team-leading 88 was, like Tyler Clark's Odessa-leading round, one with a difficult start -- "something like 10 over on the first three holes," said Michel. "After that he was rock steady."
Other Watkins Glen scores included a 92 by Trentin Barber, a 93 by Pat Bannon, a 101 by Lucas Wickham, a 105 by Alex Gibson, and a 123 by Max Schimizzi.
Medalist among Large School golfers was Trumansburg's Danny Lapp with a 76. He was followed by Nick Whittaker of Lansing, who shot 78. Clark's 88 was tied for 13th best.
The tourney concluded the season, and in particular "a busy month," said Michel, culminating in a state qualifier for O-M's Tyler Clark and Watkins' Ryan Clark, a sectional competition for the Senecas, and then the IACs.
Photos in text: From the top: Watkins Glen's Ryan Clark (top), O-M's James Terry, and Odessa's Anthony Humphries.
Watkins Glen's Alex Gibson, left, comes out of the rough, while teammate Max Schimizzi blasts from a sand trap.
Glen modified track team finishes season
WATKINS GLEN, May 25 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified track athletes competed in their final invitational of the season Tuesday night at Marathon.
Top 6 place finishers for Watkins in the 15-school event were as follows:
--Brendan Sheesley placed 5th overall in the 7th Grade Shot Put.
--Briana Hayes placed first in the 7th Grade Long Jump.
From left: Watkins Glen center fielder Nat Edmister catches a fly ball; Kelsey Kernan bunts; and pitcher Amanda Wilbur throws to first base after fielding a grounder.
Glen modified softball team closes with loss
WATKINS GLEN, May 24 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team concluded its season with a 20-16 loss Tuesday to Waverly in a game on the WGHS softball field that saw 18 runs scored in the final inning.
The Senecas (6-5), entered the 7th inning tied 9-9, but Waverly scored 11 runs in the top of the inning and Watkins 7 runs in the bottom of the inning in a comeback that fell short.
Ana Caddell led the Watkins offense with 5 of its 17 hits, all singles. Katie Losey notched a double and two singles, Maggie Rhoads a triple and single, Jordyn Barrett two singles, Madeline Parker a double and single; and Kelsey Kernan, Nancy Jackson and Amanda Wilbur a single each.
"Our girls never gave up and played hard right to the finish," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "The girls had a nice season, and it was a pleasure to coach them. I wish to thank all of the parents and guardians for their support."
Photo in text: Watkins Glen shortstop Katie Losey prepares to throw to first base after knocking down an infield ground ball.
The Seneca Indians' Preston Harris slides home safely in a cloud of dust.
Seneca Indians modified team drops finale
ODESSA, May 24 -- The Seneca Indians modified baseball team closed its season on a losing note Tuesday, dropping a 22-8 decision to Waverly in a game on the Odessa-Montour High School baseball field.
The Indians -- a merged squad of O-M and Watkins Glen High School players -- thus finished the season 2-9.
The Indians registered eight hits -- two each by Walker Richtmyer, Justin Lodge and Regan Scholtisek and one each by Isaac McIlroy and Jared Rumsey.
Pitching for the Indians were Richtmyer, Scholtisek, Boyd Barber and Brett Walters. McIlroy was the catcher.
Photo above right: Boyd Barber, one of four Indian hurlers, delivers a pitch.
Left: Seneca Indians first baseman Justin Long awaits a pickoff throw. Right: Indians shortstop Josiah Wysocki prepares to throw to first after fielding a grounder.
Eberhardt 2nd at Class D Steeplechase
MARATHON, May 23 -- Odessa-Montour senior Luke Eberhardt placed second Monday at the Section IV, Class D Steeplechase held at Marathon High School.
His time was 11:04.
By virtue of placing in the top three, he has automatically qualified for the Section IV State Qualifier meet on June 2 at Vestal.
Golf: Glen boys fall short, but Clark shines
MARATHON, May 23 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team placed seventh among eight teams Monday in the Section IV, Class C tournament played on the par-70 Maple Hill Golf Course.
But the Senecas' Ryan Clark posted the second best score of the day -- a career-best 79. Other Seneca scores: Patrick Bannon 96, Trentin Barber 96, Lucas Wickham 97, and Max Schimizzi 101. Regular starter Parker Pangallo was sidelined by a back injury.
Chenango Forks took the team title, shooting a 436. Whitney Point was second with 450, followed by Lansing (451), Tioga (456), Sidney (458), Dryden (468), Watkins Glen (469), and Trumansburg (515 without injured standout Danny Lapp).
The medalist was Lansing's Nick Whittaker, with a 75. He was followed by Watkins Glen's Clark (79), Dryden's Trevor Gardner (80), Tioga's Sam Taylor (80), and Chenango Forks' Ryan Gresham (81).
The Senecas are back in action Wednesday at the IAC Golf Championships at Soaring Eagles Golf Course.
Golf: O-M girls 3rd in match at Corning
CORNING, May 23 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity golf team finished third among three teams competing Monday on the Corning Country Club's par-37 front nine.
Corning led the way with a 224 total. Elmira posted a 260, and O-M a 262.
The girls return to action Thursday in the Section IV tournament at Soaring Eagles Golf Club.
SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 22 -- Three track competitors who achieved event titles at the IAC Track and Field Championships are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.
Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge is honored for winning the 3000 Meter Steeplechase in a school-record time of 9:57.86, breaking a mark of 10:11 that had stood since 1995.
Another Watkins runner, Patrick Hazlitt, earns a nod for his victory in the 1600 Meter Run in 4:27.29, a second off of his own school record. He was also on the winning 4x800 Relay team, and finished second in the 800.
Odessa-Montour's Andy Fudala earns the other nod. He won the 400 Meter Hurdles, was second in the 110 Meter Hurdles, fifth in the Long Jump, and fourth in the Pole Vault, where he equalled the school record of 12'6".
Double Honorable: Watkins Glen track's Maggie Bond, Ryanna LaMoreaux, Brooke Shaffer, Jacob Carocci and Gabe Planty; O-M track's Bryce Elliott, Zach Elliott, Luke Eberhardt, Noah Brewster and Jimmy Randolph; O-M golfer Gillian Clark; Watkins Glen golfers Ryan Clark and Hanley Elliott; and Watkins lacrosse's Ian Chedzoy.
Honorable Mention: Another 18 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.
Watkins' Clark falls short of States
ITHACA, May 21 -- Watkins Glen golf standout Ryan Clark shot a 94 Saturday that left him short of qualifying for the team that will represent Section IV in the New York State Golf Championship.
That tournament, set for the first weekend of June, will be played on Cornell University's Robert Trent Jones golf course, site of the qualifier that started Thursday and concluded Saturday.
The low 20 scorers and ties on Thursday advanced to Saturday, where golfers with the nine best two-day scores made States. Clark had a 91 Thursday, and thus a 185 total.
Medalist was Hogan Bendert of Union-Endicott with a 78-77=155. Trumansburg's Danny Lapp shot a 78-80=158 to tie with Nick Barney of Vestal. Notre Dame's Mike Stearns made the state squad with an 81-78=159.
The ninth spot was settled with a one-hole playoff after Nick Whittaker of Lansing and Brenon Maynard of Norwich finished the 36 holes tied at 168. Maynard won the playoff.
"Ryan never gave up," said Watkins Glen golf coach Rob Michel of the junior, "but there were a couple of holes that took a little bit more from him than he could afford to give. But it was a great experience for him, and he said he feels he knows what it's about now if he gets another shot next year."
Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Ryan Clark (File photo)
Glen girls 2nd at IAC golf tournament
WAVERLY, May 20 -- The Watkins Glen girs varsity golf team finished second Friday at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference girls golf meet at Tomasso's golf course.
The Senecas totaled 436 shots in the 18-hole event, trailing only Waverly's 356. Lansing was third with 444, Marathon fourth at 448, Odessa-Montour fifth at 530, and Spencer-Van Etten sixth at 552. Four other schools -- Notre Dame, Trumansburg, Newark Valley and Union Springs -- were represented but did not have the requisite four golfers for a team score.
Hanley Elliott led Watkins Glen with a 91 on nines of 46-45, good for third place overall behind two Waverly golfers: medalist Alex Tomasso (40-43=83) and runnerup Capria Picco (42-42=84).
The fourth-place golfer was Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark, who also shot a 91 (44-47).
Other Watkins scores included the day's 10th best score, a 49-56=105 by Gabi Decker; a 59-57=116 by Courtney Irwin; a 60-64=124 by Meghan Hayes; a 67-64=131 by Megan Hoy; and a 66-70=136 by Alexis Atchie.
Other scores for Odessa-Montour included a 60-70=130 by Catherine Rounds; a 72-69=141 by Gabby Fazzary; and an 86-82=168 by Dani Fuschilo.
The tournament's Top 10 were presented medals.
"The girls were extremely excited over today's results," said Watkins Glen Coach Chris Clark. "Hanley Elliott, Gabi Decker and Meghan Hayes all put together their best overall performances of the season today."
Photos in text: The IAC tournament's top 10 golfers, each of whom received a medal; Gillian Clark follows through (left); Watkins medal recipients Hanley Elliott (right) and Gabi Decker. (Photos provided)
Runners start out on 3200 Meter Run. O-M's Noah Brewster is at left, and Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty second from right in the front. (Photo by Aran Holland)
O-M boys earn Small Schools title at IAC track tournament
TRUMANSBURG, May 20 -- The two-day Interscholastic Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships concluded Friday evening with the Odessa-Montour boys squad earning the meet's Small Schools championship.
The Indians finished with 112 points. Union Springs was second with 82, followed by Marathon (68), Tioga (66), Southern Cayuga (58), Spencer-Van Etten (42), Moravia (33), Candor (29), Groton (26), Edison (10) and Newfield (8). This marks the O-M team's first meet title since 2013.
O-M junior Andy Fudala tied the school record Friday in the Pole Vault, clearing 12' 6" while finishing fourth overall in the event. The school mark was initially set in 1976.
Fudala and teammate Jimmy Randolph, meanwhile, took first and second places, respectively, in the 400 Meter Hurdles in 59.85 and 1:00.08.
Brothers Zach and Bryce Elliott finished third and fourth, respectively, in the Discus with throws of 128' 11" and 122'.
And Noah Brewster missed the school record in the 2 Mile Run by two seconds while finishing 9th in 10:46.72.
Other finishes of note:
--Luke Eberhardt, 11th in the 200 Meter Dash in 24.53.
Photos in text:
Top: Odessa-Montour's Andy Fudala clears the Pole Vault bar. He tied the school record with a leap of 12' 6".
Second: Odessa-Montour senior Bryce Elliott sends the Discus flying. He finished fourth with a throw of 122 feet.
The Odessa-Montour girls varsity took second place in the Small Schools division, finishing behind Tioga. Union Springs was third.
Among leading performers for the Indians on Friday were:
--Jaylin Rumsey, 9th in the Shot Put at 26' 2". She had placed 9th in the Discus on Thursday.
Photo in text: O-M's Kennedey Heichel accelerates at the start of the 400 Meter Relay.
The Watkins Glen boys took second place in two events Friday. Gabe Planty posted a 9:57.96 for second in the 3200 Meter Run, while Patrick Hazlitt (who had won the 1600 on Thursday) posted a time of 2:00.82 for the runner-up spot in the 800 Meter Run.
Other finishers of note Friday for Watkins Glen included:
--Jacob Carocci, sixth in the 800 Meter Run in 2:05.58.
All individuals who placed first, second or third are considered 1st Team IAC All-Stars, while those finishing fourth, fifth and sixth are Second Team IAC All-Stars.
Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt on the way to second place in the 800.
Left: Watkins' Clara Chedzoy. Right: Watkins' Maggie Bond in the 3000 Meter Run.
Left: Odessa-Montour's Britney Visscher competes in the 400 Meter Hurdles. Right: O-M's Jaylin Rumsey launches the Shot.
Left; Odessa-Montour senior Bryce Elliott sends the Discus flying. He finished fourth with a throw of 122 feet. Right: O-M's Rachel Husted (front) competes in the 800.
From left: Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey in the 200 Meter Dash; Watkins Glen's Sean Holland (Photo by Aran Holland); and O-M's Hailey Perraut in the Triple Jump.
Left: O-M's Casey Underdown at start of the 800 Meter Run. Right: Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux goes airborne in the Triple Jump.
Left: O-M's Hannah Bruno in the 200 Meter Dash. Right: Watkins Glen's Jacob Carocci on the way to 6th place in the 800 Meter Run.
O-M's Rosie Peckham competes in the High Jump. She finished in 8th place.
Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux, left, and Notre Dame's Mia Herlan were among the High Jump competitors.
And by photographer George Rutledge:
From left: Odessa-Montour's Kennedey Heichel, Hannah Bruno and Amy Fudala.
From left: O-M's Andy Fudala, and Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty and Jacob Carocci.
Left: O-M's Noah Brewster in the 3200 Meter Run. Right: O-M's Britney Visscher, right, accelerates after receiving the baton from Meagan Terry.
Glen's Clark advances at State Qualifier
ITHACA, May 19 -- Watkins Glen golfer Ryan Clark shot a 90 Thursday, advancing to Saturday's second round of the state-qualifier golf tournament on Cornell University's par-71 Robert Trent Jones Golf Course.
Clark's 90 was the cutoff point as the top 20 golfers and ties moved on. A total of 23 advanced, among them four golfers with 90.
Of the 23, the nine with the best cumulative Thursday and Saturday scores will reach the State Tournament, representing Section IV.
Odessa-Montour's Tyler Clark missed the cut, shooting a 100. Scores were as high as 116 on a day described by Watkins Glen Coach Rob Michel as "tough out there."
Medalists were Trumansburg's Danny Lapp and Union-Endicott's Hogan Bendert. Each shot a 78. Among those advancing were Notre Dame's Mike Stearns with an 81, Trevor Gardner of Dryden with an 85, Aaron Oliver of Trumansburg with an 86, and Adam Brandstadt of Marathon with an 87.
O-M's Andy Fudala on the way to second place in the 110 Meter Hurdles.
Rutledge, Hazlitt, 3200 Relay squad win for Glen at IAC's
O-M's Elliott, Fudala earn 2nd-place finishes; tourney concludes today
TRUMANSBURG, May 20 -- Watkins Glen track standouts Shawn Rutledge and Patrick Hazlitt won individual titles Thursday at the first day of the two-day Interscholastic Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships at Trumansburg. And the Senecas' 4x800 Relay team also won.
Rutledge (in photos at right, clearing the water pit, and below left on the podium) set a school and stadium record in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase by posting a time of 9:57.86, breaking a Watkins school mark of 10:11 dating from 1995. And he did it with a sore knee -- remnant of an injury sustained in the Steeplechase at the Legends of the Night tournament on the same athletic field on May 6.
Hazlitt (right) took the lead in the 1600 Meter Run in the first half lap and pulled far ahead of the field in posting a time of 4:27.29, a new stadium record and just off the 4:26 school record he set last week at a meet in Corning. He then teamed with Aaron Planty, Jacob Carocci and Gabe Planty to win the 4x800 Relay, the squad easily outdistancing the field in 8:30.
Maggie Bond also set a school record for Watkins Glen, registering a time of 5:06.5 in the 1500 Meter Run while finishing in sixth place, good for a spot on the podium.
Among other podium finishes involving Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour athletes:
--O-M's Bryce Elliott was second in the Shot Put with a throw of 44' 8".
The tournament concludes today with many events, including the girls' 400 Meter Hurdles, 200 Meters, 800 Meters, 3000 Meters, 4x100 final, 4x400 Relay, High Jump, Shot Put and Triple Jump, and the boys' 400 Meter Hurdles, 200 Meters, 800 Meters, 3200 Meters, 4x100 final, 4x400 Relay, Pole Vault, Discus and Triple Jump.
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge goes over the water obstacle on the way to winning the 3000 Meter Steeplechase.
Middle: The Senecas' Shawn Rutledge on the podium, left, and Patrick Hazlitt (looking pensive after winning the 1600 Meter Run).
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty takes a handoff from Jacob Carocci in the 4x800, which their team went on to win. (Photo by Pamela Rutledge)
Left: O-M's April Dunn on the way to 6th place in the Steeplechase. Right: O-M's Jaylin Rumsey hurls the Discus. She placed 9th with a throw of 71' 8".
Left: Watkins Glen's Brooke Shaffer hands the baton to Kai Sutterby in the 4x800 Relay. Right: The Senecas' Isobel Scheffey, left, and Ryanna LaMoreaux, members of the Watkins Glen 4x100 Relay squad.
Left: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt on the final leg of the 4x800 Relay. Right: The Senecas' Maggie Bond competes in the 1500 Meter Run. She placed sixth.
Watkins Glen's winning 4x800 Relay squad. From left: Gabe Planty, Jacob Carocci, Aaron Planty and Patrick Hazlitt. (Photo by Amy Planty)
Left: O-M's Hannah Bruno competes in the 400 Meter Run. Right: The Indians' Bryce Elliott on the way to second place in the Shot Put.
Left: O-M's Kennedey Heichel in the 100 Meter Hurdles. Right: Watkins Glen's Brooke Shaffer with her medal for finishing third in the 2000 Meter Steeplechase.
Left: Watkins Glen's Cameron Connelly lands in the Long Jump pit. Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy, left, takes the handoff from Maggie Bond in the 4x800 Relay race. (Photo by Pamela Rutledge)
Seneca Indians modified baseball team falls
CANDOR, May 19 -- The Seneca Indians modified baseball team dropped an 11-6 decision Thursday to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Candor baseball field.
The Seneca Indians (2-8), a merged team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour players, registered seven hits, with two by Boyd Barber and one each by Josiah Wysocki, Regan Scholtisek, Justin Lodge, Jared Rumsey and Walker Richtmyer.
Matt Herold, Isaac McIlroy and Jared Rumsey pitched for the Indians, while Barber caught.
The Indians led 6-4 entering the 5th inning, but permitted seven unanswered Candor runs in the 5th and 6th, signaling defeat.
The Seneca Indians return to action Tuesday against Waverly. The game will be played at Odessa-Montour.
Golf: Watkins girls top O-M and S-VE
CATATONK, May 18 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity golf team defeated Odessa-Montour and Spencer-Van Etten Wednesday in a match on the Catatonk Golf Club's front-nine.
The Senecas posted a score of 219, while O-M shot 239 and S-VE 247.
Gabi Decker led Watkins Glen with a career-low 49, while Courtney Irwin registered a 52, Hanley Elliott 54, and Meghan Hayes 64.
"The course conditions tonight were beautiful," said Watkins Glen Coach Chris Clark, "and we had some girls really take advantage."
Gillian Clark led Odessa-Montour with a 44, including a birdie on the par-5 fourth hole. Catherine Rounds shot a career-low 49, Gabby Fazzary 67, and Dani Fuschilo 79.
Golf: Watkins girls fall to Horseheads
BIG FLATS, May 17 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team lost 203-216 when it went head-to-head with Horseheads Tuesday in a match at the Willowcreek Golf Course.
Emily Grosvenor of Horseheads was the medalist with a 44. Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott shot 50, Courtney Irwin 53, Gabi Decker 55 and Alexis Atchie 56.
"This was a great test for the girls as we prepare for sectionals on the 26th," said Watkins Glen Coach Chris Clark. "I have seen some great things in the last few matches."
Watkins Glen's Katie Losey slides home safely with the Senecas' final run.
Modified: Glen softball squad wins 20-13
WATKINS GLEN, May 17 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team jumped out in front early on the way to a 20-13 victory Tuesday over Newark Valley in a game on the WGHS softball field.
The Senecas amassed 18 hits, including three singles by Kelsey Kernan, two doubles and a single by Katie Losey, two singles and a double by Madeline Parker, three singles by Nancy Jackson, two singles by Amanda Wilbur, two singles by Jordyn Barrett, a single by Maggie Rhoads, and a single by Nat Edmister.
The Senecas scored nine runs in the first two innings to build a 9-4 advantage, and were up 14-4 after three innings. They scored another six runs in the next three innings to enter the 7th up 20-10, and then stopped Newark Valley after it had rallied for its final three runs.
Losey and Wilbur shared pitching duties for Watkins Glen. Parker and Losey shared catching duties.
"It was an exciting game," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto, "and our girls would not relent."
The victory lifted Watkins Glen to a season mark of 6-4, with a final game set for May 24 at home against Waverly.
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur delivers a pitch.
Bottom: The Senecas' center fielder, Maggie Rhoads, catches a fly ball on the run to help thwart a Newark Valley rally.
The Senecas' Kelsey Kernan had a busy day at shortstop, fielding a couple of shots to her right like the one on the left here, as well as several other grounders. "She's like a vacuum cleaner out there," said an opposing coach. She also managed to avoid injury on a bad-hop grounder that suddenly caromed high, nearly hitting her in the face (right).
Golf: Watkins Glen boys edge Lansing
WATKINS GLEN May 17 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team closed out its regular season with a 219-220 victory over Lansing Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.
The win lifted the Senecas to a final 10-4 record heading into postseason play.
Ryan Clark led the team with a 39, while Patrick Bannon registered a 41, Trentin Barber 45, Lucas Wickham 46, and Mike Taylor 48.
The seniors on the team -- Barber, Wickham, Taylor and Parker Pangallo -- were honored in a brief Senior Night ceremony.
The Seneca Indians' Jared Rumsey connects for one of his two hits.
Modified: Seneca Indians rally for win
WATKINS GLEN, May 17 -- The Seneca Indians modified baseball team rallied from a 3-2 deficit in the sixth inning Tuesday to post a 4-3 victory over Newark Valley in a game on the Watkins Glen High School baseball field.
The Seneca Indians (now 2-7) , a merged team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour players, moved ahead on a single to right field by Walker Richtmyer, which drove home runners from second and third.
Isaac McIlroy, who pitched the final four innings in relief of starter Regan Scholtisek, closed out the win by retiring the Cardinals in order in the 7th -- on a strikeout, a pop fly and another strikeout. Scholtisek allowed no runs in his three innings and struck out three batters while McIlroy fanned six batters. Boyd Barber caught.
The Seneca Indians had six hits -- the game winner by Richtmyer as well as two hits by Jared Rumsey and one each by McIlroy, Matt Herold and Steven Gublo.
The Indians return to action Thursday at Candor.
Photo in text: The Seneca Indians' Isaac McIlroy delivers a pitch.
Left: Seneca Indians' first baseman Justin Lodge camps under a pop fly, the second out in the top of the 7th inning. Right: Walker Richtmyer delivers the game-winning hit.
Watkins lacrosse team closes with a loss
ENDWELL, May 16 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team completed its season Monday with a 20-6 road loss to Maine-Endwell.
The Senecas, who finished with a 3-12 record, got four of its goals from Ian Chedzoy, and one each from Joe Chedzoy and Hunter Madigan. Ian Chedzoy also had an assist, and led the team with 8 ground balls.
Brenen Murphy made 10 saves in goal for the Senecas.
Odessa-Montour's Andy Fudala clears a hurdle on the way to a Pentathlon school record.
O-M's Andy Fudala breaks own school Pentathlon record, advances to Qualifier
ODESSA, May 16 -- Odessa-Montour track standout Andy Fudala broke his own school record in the Pentathlon Monday in a meet for area pentathletes -- the Odessa-Montour Open Pentathlon -- held on the O-M athletic field. And in the process he advanced to the Section IV State Qualifier at Vestal on June 2nd.
Fudala totaled 2,880 points in the event, which has each participating athlete compete in the Hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put and 1500 Meter Run (for men) and 800 Meter Run (for women). His old record, set last year, was 2,763 points.
Gaining provisional advancement (likely, but largely depending on performances by athletes in Pentathlon events held elsewhere) by surpassing 1,500 points were O-M's Amy Fudala (1,859 points) and Hailey Perraut (1,748). Clara Chedzoy, the lone competitor from Watkins Glen High School, also gained the provisional mark with 1,671 points.
The Pentathlon, totally separate from the IAC Track and Field Championships set for Thursday and Friday at Trumansburg, provides one avenue of advancement to the Qualifier, which in itself is a possible avenue to the State meet that follows. An athlete who reaches the Qualifier in the Pentathlon can not advance in another regimen, whereas a non-Pentathlete can advance in four different events.
In setting the school mark, Fudala won the men's Hurdles race, was second in the Shot Put, first in the Long Jump, second in the High Jump and first in the 1500.
Molly Baker of Newark Valley won the women's competition with 2,420 points. There were just four athletes in the women's field.
Competing for the boys in addition to Fudala were two athletes from Union Springs and one each from Horseheads and Newfield.
Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy goes over the High Jump bar.
Odessa-Montour's Amy Fudala clears the High Jump bar during Monday's Pentathlon.
Left: O-M's Andy Fudala launches the Shot. Right: O-M's Hailey Perraut clears a hurdle.
Odessa-Montour's Amy Fudala (left) and Watkins' Clara Chedzoy in the Hurdles race.
Odessa's Hailey Perraut leaps above the High Jump bar in one of five Pentathlon events.
Golf: Odessa boys finish with a victory
WATKINS GLEN, May 16 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team closed its regular season with a 6-8 mark Monday by defeating Southern Cayuga 241-277 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.
Tyler Clark led the Indians with a 42, while Ryan Taylor posted a 48, Trey McCarty 49, James Terry 50 and Anthony Humphries 52.
"We had three in the 40s again," said Coach Greg Gavich, who noted that the team total was a season low at home.
Since it was the final match, the team's four seniors were honored in a brief ceremony. They are Clark, Terry, Taylor and Humphries.
Golf: Watkins boys top S-VE, 230-250
CATATONK, May 16 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team improved its season mark to 9-4 Monday by defeating Spencer-Van Etten 230-250 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Catatonk Golf Course.
Patrick Bannon led the Senecas with a 41, while Parker Pangallo shot a 44, Max Schimizzi 46, Trentin Barber 48, and Lucas Wickham 51.
Watkins Glen will complete its regular season today (Tuesday) at home against Lansing. The Senecas' seniors will be honored in a brief ceremony. They are Pangallo, Barber, Wickham and Mike Taylor.
SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 15 -- A softball player and a record-setting runner are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.
The softball player is Grace Vondracek, the Odessa-Montour eighth-grade pitcher who won three of four games during the week, throwing a no-hitter and 3-hitter along the way -- striking out 49 batters and walking just 7 in 28 innings. On offense, she was 10-for-11 with three homers, two triples and 6 walks while driving in 12 runs and scoring 10.
The runner is Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt, who set a new school record of 4:26.61 in the 1600 Meter Run at an invitational at Corning -- breaking Matt Gill's record of 4:29.15 -- and won the 3200 and was on the winning 4x800 Relay at a Newark Valley meet.
Double Honorable: Watkins Glen track's Shawn Rutledge, Gabe Planty and Jacob Carocci; Odessa track's Bryce Elliott and Andy Fudala; and O-M golfer Tyler Clark.
Honorable Mention: Another 59 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.
O-M's Dasia Herrmann connects with the ball with two runners in scoring position, but hit it straight at the left fielder for an inning-ending out.
Loss ends O-M softball hopes
Indians fall to Lansing, 12-5, miss Sectional tourney
ODESSA, May 14 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team's hopes for a Section IV playoff berth went awry Saturday when the Indians, beset by faulty fielding, fell to Lansing 12-5 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M softball field.
The Indians (7-12), who started the game with some notable fielding plays in a 1-2-3 first inning, lost their defensive edge after that, dropping a couple of throws, misplaying a couple of grounders and a fly ball, and twice allowing Lansing extra bases by throwing behind the runners.
Lansing was hitting the ball consistently in the early going against O-M pitcher Grace Vondracek, and scoring steadily with the aid of Indian miscues. Vondracek found her rhythm later, notching 10 strikeouts. But Lansing put on a 6th inning surge when it garnered four runs on three solid base hits mixed with a dropped foul pop and a dropped throw. That surge essentially put the game out of reach.
O-M was hitting the ball, too, but mostly at or reasonably near Lansing players, who were playing a strong defensive game. The Indians managed just five hits, with most of the offense generated by Vondracek, who drove in four runs by going 3-for-4 with two home runs, one inside the park and one over the left-center field fence.
Her offensive show gave her a final season average of .527, with 6 homers, 7 triples, and 30 RBIs.
But the goal of a sectional berth -- suddenly within sight after four wins in the previous five games and three victories in a row -- eluded the Indians. Lansing will move on with a 10-9 record.
After holding Lansing without a run in the first inning -- a running, over the shoulder catch by centerfielder Alyssa Crout on the game's first fielding play, and a diving catch of a foul pop by catcher Nikki Crout aiding the cause -- O-M loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning, only to strand all three runners. The team left nine batters on base in the game.
Lansing scored twice in the 2nd inning, the runs crossing on well-placed ground balls between third base and shortstop in both instances. The Bobcats added three runs in the 3rd, the last two on O-M errors.
Odessa got on the board with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third when Vondracek laced a ball to left center that eluded the chasing centerfielder. With one run crossing the plate, Vondracek raced around third and home as the hurried throw sailed high.
However, Lansing answered with two runs in the 4th on a hit batsman, a double and two poor O-M throws, the latter over the catcher as a Bobcat runner slid home. Another Lansing run scored in the 5th on a misplayed fly ball and a misplayed infield grounder, giving the Bobcats an 8-2 lead.
Vondracek earned O-M another run in the bottom of the 5th when she hit a drive that cleared the fence in left-center for a homer, but Lansing struck for those aforementioned four runs in the top of the 6th.
Odessa scored a run in the 6th inning, and mounted one last challenge in the bottom of the 7th, scoring a run and putting two more runners on base before two solidly hit balls were handled flawlessly by the Lansing defense.
O-M drew 11 walks in the game, three by Lovona Carrigan, two each by Breeana Bentley, Megan Jenkins and Nikki Crout, and one each by Dasia Herrmann and Madison Lodge. Both Herrmann and Lodge each had a hit, as well. Hermann also had a stolen base, while Bentley stole two.
Vondracek yielded five earned runs on 12 hits in her complete-game pitching performance, walking one batter and hitting one. She threw 79 strikes on her 105 pitches, including 27 first-pitch strikes.
The game, preceded in the hour before its 1 p.m. start by rainfall, was played under mostly gray skies, the rain returning only lightly as the game proceeded. Fears that the contest might be rained out -- that a chance at sectionals might in fact be washed away without time remaining for a makeup contest -- were thus sidestepped. That left one observer to note the following:
"Well, at least we got to play. And at least now we know."
Photos in text:
Top: Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek delivers a pitch.
Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek connects for her first of two home runs.
Catching the ball were, from left, O-M's Dasia Herrmann, Nikki Crout and Alyssa Crout.
A sharp ground ball by Lansing flies wide of O-M third baseman Megan Jenkins on its way to left field.
O-M Track teams compete at U. Springs
UNION SPRINGS, May 14 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity track teams competed Saturday in the Union Springs Invitational.
The O-M boys took several first places in the non-scoring meet, including two by Bryce Elliott. Schools participating included Groton, Lansing, O-M, Marathon, Mynderse Academy, Newfield, Southern Cayuga, Spencer-Van Etten, Trumansburg and Union Springs.
The results for Odessa-Montour:
--4x100 Relay: 47.16
Second places: None
--Discus: Zach Elliott 119' 3"
First places: None
--100 Meter Dash: Nadia Simpson 13.65
--4x100 Relay: 53.89 (Meagan Terry, Hannah Bruno, Kennedey Heichel, Nadia Simpson)
Action resumes with the IAC Pentathlon at Odessa-Montour Monday, followed by the IAC Track and Field Championships on Thursday and Friday at Trumansburg.
Hazlitt sets school 1600 mark
Rutledge wins Steeple, Planty 3200 at Corning meet
CORNING, May 13 -- Watkins Glen High School junior Patrick Hazlitt set a school record in the 1600 Meter Run and Shawn Rutledge won the Steeplechase and Gabe Planty the 3200 Meter Run Friday as the Senecas competed at the Corning Fast Times invitational track meet.
Hazlitt posted a time of 4:26.61 in the 1600 while finishing second behind Corning's Peter Kane (4:22.53). Watkins Glen graduate Matt Gill's old school mark was 4:29.15.
Rutledge placed first in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase in a time of 10:26.60, well ahead of runnerup Trevor Prutsman of Corning (11:18.19).
Planty posted a time of 10:01.20 to lead the pack in the 3200. He was a half-minute ahead of runnerup Nathan Prisella of Corning (10:32.84).
Watkins Glen placed sixth in the meet, which featured often larger schools from around the region. Corning won the meet with 159 points, followed by Elmira (105), Horseheads (87), Chenango Forks (86), Bath Haverling (51), Watkins Glen (44), Elmira Notre Dame (21), Edison (13), Campbell-Savona (13), and Trumansburg (0).
In other events, Watkins got top-10 finishes from:
--Jacob Carocci, third in the 800 Meter Run (2:08.14)
The Watkins Glen girls placed 9th among 10 teams at the Corning Fast Times meet.
Corning won the meet with 177 points, followed by Elmira (130), Notre Dame (74), Horseheads (63), Bath Haverling (57), Trumansburg (44), Chenango Forks (28), Campbell-Savona (18), Watkins Glen (14) and Edison (6).
Watkins got top-10 finishes from:
--Brooke Shaffer, sixth in the 2000 Meter Steeplechase (8:52.51)
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins' Patrick Hazlitt competes at the Corning meet. (Photo by Aran Holland)
Golf: Watkins girls top Elmira, S-VE
HORSEHEADS, May 13 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team placed first among three teams competing Friday at the Mark Twain Golf Course.
On a day that started rainy and windy before clearing, Watkins Glen totaled 222, ahead of Elmira's 241 and Spencer-Van Etten's 287.
Courtney Irwin led the Senecas with a 49, while Hanley Elliott shot 50, Megan Hoy 60, and Alexis Atchie 63.
O-M's Tyler Clark putts on the 9th green Friday as teammate James Terry observes.
Odessa-Montour golfers lose to Waverly
WATKINS GLEN, May 13 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team's record slipped to 5-8 Friday when the Indians fell to Waverly 226-246 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.
Tyler Clark led Odessa with a 41, while Ryan Taylor shot 47, Trey McCarty 49, James Terry 50, and Anthony Humphries 59. The medalist was Waverly's Hunter Bodine with a 40.
Waverly is now 6-6.
Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Tyler Clark watches his drive on No. 9.
Left: Odessa-Montour's James Terry hits an approach shot on No. 8. Right: The Indians' Ryan Taylor tees off on No. 7.
O-M's Ashley Kot connects (left) and sends the ball deep to left field (right) for a triple.
O-M softball blanks SC, 11-0
Vondracek yields 3 hits, fans 12, drives in 5 runs
ODESSA, May 12 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team -- led by pitcher Grace Vondracek's 3-hit, 12-strikeout performance -- won its third game in as many days Thursday when it defeated Southern Cayuga 11-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M softball field.
The victory lifted the Indians' season mark to 7-11 heading in a regular-season finale Saturday at home against Lansing. Game time is 1 p.m. A win will send O-M to Sectionals.
Vondracek also led the O-M offense, going 3-for-3 with a walk, three runs scored and 5 RBIs. Among her hits were a triple and a home run.
On the mound, she threw 116 pitches, including 74 strikes, and walked two batters. She registered first-pitch strikes on 17 of the 28 batters she faced.
The three-hitter followed a no-hitter Vondracek threw against Trumansburg Wednesday. She was the winning pitcher against Watkins Glen on Tuesday, allowing one earned run.
Ashley Kot and Maddie Lodge each had two hits Thursday for Odessa -- Kot going 2-for-5 with a run scored and with 2 RBIs on a long triple to left, and Lodge going 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Other hits came from Breeana Bentley (1-for-4 with 2 RBIs), Megan Jenkins (1-for-3 with a double and a run scored), Alyssa Crout (1-for-2 with a double and a run scored), and Nikki Crout (1-for-4 with a run scored).
Odessa scored in each of the first five innings -- once each in the 1st and 3rd innings, twice each in the 2nd and 4th innings, and five times in the 5th. They amassed 11 hits while committing three errors. SC had five errors.
Photo in text: O-M's Grace Vondracek on her way to a second straight shutout victory.
O-M second baseman Breeana Bentley fields a grounder (left) and connects for a base hit.
The O-M seniors were honored in a ceremony after the game. From left: Teirra Terwillegar, Maddie Lodge, Angie Holton, Ashley Kot, Lovona Carrigan and Nikki Crout.
Future Stars: O-M boys 1st, girls 2nd
NEWFIELD, May 12 -- The Odessa-Montour 9th and 10th grade track and field athletes excelled Thursday at the Future Stars Invitational at Newfield High School, the Indians placing first in the boys competition and second in the girls competition.
Boys: O-M earned 109 points to top Trumansburg (82) and six other Interscholastic Athletic Conference teams.
First-place finishes were posted by Andy Hartford in the 110 Meter Hurdles (20.0) and the 400 Meter Hurdles (1:10.70); Jacob Zimmer in the 100 Meters (11.6) and the High Jump (5'4"); and Zach Elliott in the Shot Put (40' 2") and the Discus (110' 7"). Elliott was also second in the Triple Jump (34' 4.25").
Girls: O-M earned 114 points, second to Newark Valley (208.5) and ahead of six other schools.
First-place finishes were registered by Jaylin Rumsey in the Discus (72'); Hannah Bruno in the Triple Jump (a personal best of 31' 1"); and Kennedey Heichel in the 100 Meter Hurdles (17.8).
Second places went to Rumsey in the Shot Put (a personal best of 27' 6"); Bruno in the 100 (13.5); Hunter Daugherty in the 100 Meter Hurdles (a personal best of 18.7); and Rachel Husted in the Mile (a personal best of 5:54.7).
Watkins Glen's Ryan Clark chips toward the green on the ninth hole.
Glen tops O-M in 'Green Jacket' match
WATKINS GLEN, May 12 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team improved its season record to 8-4 Thursday by defeating Odessa-Montour 206-248 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Watkins Glen Golf Course.
O-M's Tyler Clark shot an even-par round of 36 to claim the right to don the green jacket emlematic of the medalist in this annual rivalry. The jacket was brought to the course, as it has been for several years, by Watkins Glen cross country and basketball coach John Fazzary, straight from the wardrobe of Watkins Glen basketball and softball coach Jim Scott.
Clark won the honor narrowly, as Watkins Glen's Trentin Barber closed with a one-over-par 37. Other Watkins scores included a 40 by Parker Pangallo, a 41 by Patrick Bannon, a 44 by Ryan Clark, and a 44 by Lucas Wickham.
Other scores for Odessa-Montour (now 5-7) included a 49 by James Terry, 53 by Anthony Humphries, 54 by Ryan Taylor, and 56 by Trey McCarty.
Next up for O-M is a match today (Friday) at home against Waverly. Next up for Watkins Glen is a match Monday against Spencer-Van Etten at the Catatonk Golf Club.
Both Ryan Clark from Watkins and Tyler Clark from O-M have qualified (through stroke average) for the 18-hole Medalist Tournament on Thursday, May 19 at Cornell University. The best 20 scores and ties advance to another 18 holes on Saturday, May 21, with the best nine that day advancing to the State tournament.
Photos in text:
Top: Medalist Tyler Clark in the green jacket brought to the golf course by John Fazzary (left). Tyler's coach, Greg Gavich, is at right.
Watkins Glen's Parker Pangallo (left) and O-M's James Terry tee off on No. 9.
Watkins softball team falls to S-VE, 7-0
SPENCER, May 12 -- The Watkins Glen varsity softball team remained winless Thursday as it dropped a 7-0 decision to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the S-VE softball field.
The Senecas (0-13) registered four hits -- one each by Katherine Meehan, Claudia Parker, Emmie Bond and Amber Benjamin. S-VE had six hits.
Watkins Glen is scheduled to return to action in a season finale today (Friday) at Lansing.
Glen modified softball team wins 25-5
NEWFIELD, May 12 -- The Watkins Glen modified softball team improved its season mark to 5-4 Thursday by defeating Newfield 25-5 in a game on the Newfield softball field.
Watkins Glen amassed 18 hits, with four by Nancy Jackson (all singles). Other hits came from Katie Losey (a double and 2 singles), Jordan Barrett (2 singles), Kelsey Kernan (2 doubles), Madeline Parker (2 singles), Amanda Wilbur (2 singles), Cammi McCarty (2 doubles), and Matti Yontz (a single).
Pitching for the Senecas were Losey and Wilbur. Parker and Losey shared catching duties.
The Senecas return to action at home against Newark Valley on May 17.
Seneca Indians finish with a victory
NEWFIELD, May 11 -- The Seneca Indians closed out their inaugural season as a merged squad of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour players by pulling away from Newfield late in the game Wednesday for a 12-3 Interscholastic Athletic Conference road victory.
The Indians (3-12), who had scored single runs in the 2nd, 3rd and 5th innings and entered the 6th tied 3-3, scored twice in that inning and seven times in the 7th to secure the win. They finished with 11 hits and three errors, to Newfield three hits and two errors.
Michael Doane went six innings on the mound for the Seneca Indians, striking out nine batters. Josh Updyke pitched the 7th inning.
Sean Kelly led the Indians' offense with three hits, while Updyke and Alex Grady had two hits apiece. Updyke, Grady and Mitch Scata each had 2 RBIs.
Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek delivers a pitch during Wednesday's no-hitter.
Vondracek no-hits T-burg
ODESSA, May 11 -- Odessa-Montour softball pitcher Grace Vondracek held Trumansburg hitless and registered 16 strikeouts Wednesday as the Indians cruised to a 13-0 victory over the Blue Raiders in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M softball field.
Vondracek, an 8th grader, walked two batters in a pitching performance that saw her throw 64 strikes in her 92 pitches, including 16 first-pitch strikes. The Indians committed just one error as they improved their season mark to 6-11.
Vondracek also had two of Odessa's three hits -- including a laser shot past first base and down the right field line for a triple -- and walked twice. She had a team-high 3 RBIs and scored three times.
The Indians, in fact, drew 14 walks off of two Trumansburg pitchers.
Ashley Kot walked three times, stole two bases and scored twice; Nikki Crout walked twice and scored twice; Megan Jenkins walked twice and scored once; and Heidi Casselberry walked twice. Single walks were drawn by Alyssa Crout (who had an RBI on a fielder's choice), and Lovona Carrigan, who came around to score (photo above). Also scoring were Breeana Bentley and McKennah Lott.
Odessa started fast, scoring three runs in the 1st inning, and added single runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings before erupting for five more runs in the 4th. The Indians added three runs in the 6th.
Photo in text: O-M's Lovona Carrigan slides home safely. She scored from third base on a passed ball.
O-M's Alyssa Crout hits a grounder to the right side of the T-burg infield, sending teammate Breeana Bently home from third base.
Left: Another view of O-M's Grace Vondracek on the way to her no-hitter. Right: The Indians' Breanna Bentley slides safely into third base ahead of a throw.
Odessa baserunner Nikki Crout dives safely back to first base on a pickoff attempt.
Golf: Watkins boys top TAE on Twain
HORSEHEADS, May 11 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team improved its season mark to 7-4 Wednesday by defeating Thomas A. Edison High School 224-251 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Mark Twain Golf Course.
Ryan Clark led the Senecas with a 39, while Parker Pangallo registered a 41, Patrick Bannon 43, Trentin Barber 50, and Lucas Wickham 51.
Watkins returns to action today (Thursday) against Odessa-Montour on the Watkins Glen Golf Course. The medalist will earn the right to don a green jacket. Last year's medalist was the since-graduated Keith Rekczis.
Golf: Odessa-Montour boys defeat S-VE
CATATONK, May 11 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team improved its season record to 5-6 Wednesday by defeating Spencer-Van Etten 239-248 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Catatonk Golf Course's par-36 front nine.
Glen softball team falls to Edison, 13-0
ELMIRA HEIGHTS, May 11 -- The Watkins Glen varsity softball team was held to two hits Wednesday as it fell to Edison 13-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Edison softball field.
The two hits for Watkins came from Nateah Cornish and Emmie Bond. Edison pitcher Bella Willsey struck out 12 Seneca batters.
The loss dropped the Senecas' season mark to 0-12 heading into a game today (Thursday) on the road against Spencer-Van Etten.
Glen modified softball team falls 19-10
WAVERLY, May 11 -- The Watkins Glen modified softball team dropped a 19-10 decision Wednesday to Waverly in a game on the Waverly softball field. The Senecas' season mark is now 4-4.
Hits for the Senecas came from Kelsey Kernan (three singles), Jordyn Barrett (2 singles), Maggie Rhoads (a double), Nancy Jackson (a double), Ana Caddell (a double), and Katie Losey, Madeline Parker and Amanda Wilbur (a single each).
The Senecas return to action today (Thursday) at Newfield.
Glen holds final home modified track meet
WATKINS GLEN, May 11 -- Watkins Glen hosted its final modified track and field home meet of the season Wednesday against Odessa-Montour, Waverly and Edison.
Top finishers for the Watkins Glen boys included:
--Max Evans, 1st in the 400 Meter, 1st in the 800 Meter and 2nd in the High Jump.
Top finishers for the Watkins Glen girls included:
--Bella Bond, 5th in the 55 Meter Hurdles and 1st in the Shot Put.
Seneca Indians fall to Dryden, 10-3
DRYDEN, May 10 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team dropped a 10-3 decision Tuesday to Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Dryden baseball field.
The Indians, now 2-12, registered four hits and commited six errors. Dryden had seven hits and two errors.
Dryden scored four times in the 2nd inning, five times in the 4th, and once in the 5th. The Seneca Indians -- a merged team of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour players -- scored twice in the 1st inning and once in the 7th.
The Indians conclude their season today (Wednesday) at Newfield.
It was Senior Night for the Watkins Glen varsity softball team, playing its final home game. Honored from left were Nateah Cornish, Katherine Meehan, Mikayla Rhoads, Bernadette Osborne, Emma Allington and Brionna White. (Photo by Don Romeo)
O-M softball team tops Glen
Vondracek, Kot lead Indians to 5th victory, 16-5
WATKINS GLEN, May 10 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team registered its fifth victory of the season Tuesday as it pulled away from Watkins Glen for a 16-5 victory in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Watkins softball field.
O-M's Ashley Kot registered a third of the Indians' 12 hits (going 4-for-5), drove in three runs and scored three times. Teammate Grace Vondracek was 2-for-2, walked three times, stole two bases and scored twice as O-M improved its season mark to 5-11. Vondracek also went the distance on the mound, holding the Senecas to five hits and only one earned run while striking out 11 Watkins batters and walking two.
Odessa scored first, putting one run on the board in the 1st inning off Watkins hurler Claudia Parker, and striking for five runs in the 2nd. Watkins Glen scored its first run in the bottom of the 2nd, but O-M responded with three runs over the next two innings to build a 9-1 lead.
Watkins Glen scored twice in the bottom of the 4th and once in the 5th before O-M put seven more runs on the board in the 6th inning to close out the scoring.
Hits for Odessa in addition to those by Kot and Vondracek came from Dasia Herrmann (1-for-3 with a run scored), Teirra Terwillegar (1-for-2), Megan Jenkins (1-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored), Madison Lodge (1-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and two runs), Lovona Carrigan (1-for-1 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored), and Nikki Crout (1-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored).
Watkins Glen hits came from Nateah Cornish (1-for-3), Emmie Bond (1-for-3 with a run scored), Amber Benjamin (1-for-1 with an RBI), Bernadette Osborne (1-for-1 with an RBI and a run scored), and Brienna Solomon (1-for-2 with a run scored). Katherine Meehan, who walked once and reached on an error, scored two runs. She and Bond each had a stolen base.
The Senecas return to action today (Wednesday) at Edison, while O-M hosts Trumansburg.
Photos in text:
Top:Watkins Glen first baseman Nateah Cornish reaches for a throw that is too late as O-M's Grace Vondracek reaches safely on a bunt. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Middle: O-M pitcher Grace Vondracek throws to first after fielding a ball off the bat of Watkins Glen's Katherine Meehan, right.
Bottom: O-M second baseman McKennah Lott throws to first after fielding a grounder.
Left: O-M pitcher Grace Vondracek delivers. Right: Watkins third baseman Katherine Meehan throws to first after fielding a grounder. Pitcher Claudia Parker is in foreground.
Left: Watkins Glen's Katlyn Kernan connects. (Photo by Don Romeo) Right: Watkins pitcher Claudia Parker. (Photo by Doug Yeater)
Odessa-Montour's Dasia Herrmann connects with the ball for a single to center.
From left: O-M's Heidi Casselberry and Watkins' Emma Allington catch fly balls; and Watkins shortstop Emmie Bond throws to first after forcing Casselberry at second base.
Left: Watkins Glen first baseman Nateah Cornish tags out O-M's Ashley Kot at the end of a rundown. (Photo by Don Romeo) Right: Kot, playing shortstop, throws to first after fielding a ground ball.
Watkins left fielder Mikayla Rhoads catches an O-M fly ball. (Photo by Doug Yeater)
Golf: Watkins boys top Candor, 219-234
CATATONK, May 10 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team improved its season mark to 6-4 Tuesday by defeating Candor 219-234 on the par-36 Catatonk Golf Course.
Ryan Clark led the Senecas with a 39, while Patrick Bannon registered a 43, Trentin Barber 45, Lucas Wickham 45, and Max Schimizzi 47.
Watkins Glen returns to action today (Wednesday) at the Mark Twain Golf Course against Edison.
Watkins lacrosse team tops H'heads JV
HORSEHEADS, May 10 -- The Watkins Glen varsity lacrosse team -- led by four Brad Eslick goals -- defeated the Horseheads High School Junior Varsity 14-10 Tuesday in a game on the Horseheads athletic field.
Other goals for Watkins came from Brandon Gould (2), Jackson Dunham (2), Ian Chedzoy (2), Jake Kelly, Avery Watson and Dylan Platon. Ian Chedzoy also registered four assists. Other assists came from Kelly, Dunham and Seth Swinnerton.
Gould led the team with nine ground balls, while Joe Chedzoy registered eight.
O-M boys win track title
CANDOR, May 9 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity track team concluded its march to a second straight Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small Schools South Division title Monday by defeating Newfield 106-24 as part of a multi-team meet at Candor High School.
The meet was non-scoring with the exception of O-M vs. Newfield, which served as a makeup from a meet postponed earlier this season. Other schools present included Spencer-Van Etten, Edison, Tioga and host Candor.
With the win, Odessa closed its division slate with a 5-0 mark, one win ahead of Tioga, for its sixth title in seven years. Among the performances:
Left: Watkins Glen's Trentin Barber on the 4th hole. Right: The Senecas' Max Schimizzi.
Golf: Glen boys fall short of Notre Dame
WATKINS GLEN, May 9 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity golf team finished three shots behind unbeaten Elmira Notre Dame Monday in a match the Senecas needed if they hoped to capture an Interscholastic Athletic Conference divisional title.
The Crusaders won 217-220 as Mike Stearns shot a 38 on the Watkins Glen Golf Course and Toby Wirth a 41.
Ryan Clark led Watkins Glen with a 41, while Parker Pangallo -- playing alongside Clark and with Stearns and Wirth in the same foursome -- came home with a 42. Max Schimizzi registered a 44, Trentin Barber a 45, and Patrick Bannon a 48.
The loss left the Senecas with a 5-4 overall record, and 4-2 in division play, two wins behind Notre Dame, which Coach Mike D'Aloisio noted has reeled off 67 straight regular-season victories. It hasn't lost since 2012.
Watkins Glen returns to action today (Tuesday) at Catatonk against Candor.
Photo at right:
Watkins Glen's Ryan Clark chips to the green on No. 3 during Monday's match.
Watkins Glen's Parker Pangallo, left, and Ryan Clark tee off on No. 6 Monday.
Track: Odessa girls top Newfield
CANDOR, May 9 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity track team closed its dual-meet season Monday with a 96-31 victory over Newfield, giving it a 4-1 record in Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small Schools South Division action, good for second place.
The meet featured athletes from O-M, Newfield, Candor, Edison, Tioga and Spencer-Van Etten, but the only scoring was between Odessa and Newfield to make up a meet postponed earlier in the season.
Tioga had already finished its division schedule unbeaten, including a victory over O-M.
Among Odessa's highlights Monday were first-place finishes by:
--The 4x800 Relay team of Meagan Terry, Britney Visscher, Hailey Perraut and Rachel Husted in a time of 11:42.5.
Second places were posted by Nadia Simpson in the 100 and 200; Kennedey Heichel in the 100 Meter Hurdles; Amy Fudala in the High Jump, and Britney Visscher in the Pole Vault (with a personal best of 7'6"). Heichel took third in the Pole Vault at 7'0", and Peckham placed third in the Shot Put.
Watkins starter Katie Losey delivers a pitch. She held Tioga to a run through three innings.
Glen modified softball team falls to Tioga
WATKINS GLEN, May 9 -- The Watkins Glen modified softball team's record slipped to 4-3 Monday when the Senecas dropped a 13-0 decision to Tioga in a game on the Watkins softball field.
The Senecas managed four hits -- a double and single by Ana Caddell, and a single each by Kelsey Kernan and Madeline Parker.
Katie Losey and Kernan shared pitching duties for the Seneca, with Parker catching.
"Our girls have improved since our first meeting with Tioga," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "We held them to one run until the top of the 4th. It's nice to witness the small improvements."
The Senecas' next game is at Waverly on Wednesday.
Photo in text: Watkins Glen shortstop Kelsey Kernan throws to first base after fielding a grounder as the batter races down the line.
Left: Watkins Glen right fielder Nancy Jackson prepares to catch a fly ball. Right: The Senecas' second baseman, Natalie Edmister, throws to first after fielding a grounder.
TIOGA CENTER, May 9 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team saw its season mark slip to 4-6 Monday as the Indians lost to Tioga 216-254 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Tioga Country Club's par-35 front nine.
Golf: Watkins Glen girls 3rd at Corning
CORNING, May 9 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity golf team placed third among four schools competing Monday at the Corning Country Club.
Waverly won with a 196 total, followed by Johnson City (213), Watkins Glen (227) and Corning (240).
Hanley Elliott, Gabi Decker and Courtney Irwin each shot a 55 for the Senecas, while Megan Hoy registered a 62. Overall medalist was Corning's Cecelia Neally with a 43.
"The course was great tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Chris Clark. "It was one of the nicest days we have had in a few weeks. We just didn't have our A game."
Left: Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge in the Steeplechase, followed by Daniel Paradiso. Right: The baton is handed off by the Senecas' Gabe Planty to Patrick Hazlitt. (Photos by George Rutledge)
Track: Results from Newark Valley
NEWARK VALLEY, May 9 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity track team competed Monday in a meet at Newark Valley High School against the host Cardinals along with Elmira Notre Dame and Waverly.
First-place finishes by the Senecas came in the following events:
4x800 Relay: Gabe Planty, Aaron Planty, Patrick Hazlitt and Jacob Carocci posted a time of 8:23.5, just off the school record of 8.23.18.
--Casen Weeden in the Shot Put with a throw of 34' 6" and in the 100 Meter Run with a time of 13.0;
Among results available:
--The Senecas' Brooke Shaffer was first in the 2000 Meter Steeplechase in 9:05.1, with Julia Reilly second in 9:24.9;
Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Casen Weeden, who set a personal best at 100 Meters. (Photo by George Rutledge)
Watkins lacrosse team loses to Seton
BINGHAMTON, May 9 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team dropped a 17-12 decision to Seton Catholic Monday in a road game.
The Senecas, now 2-11, got three goals each from Jake Kelly and Brandon Gould, two from Joe Chedzoy, and one each from Jackson Dunham, Dylan Platon, Ian Chedzoy and Avery Watson.
Ian Chedzoy added three assists, and led the team with six ground balls. Joe Chedzoy added an assist.
Glen softball team blanked by Waverly
WAVERLY, May 9 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team was held to one hit Monday as it dropped a 16-0 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly softball field.
The game was terminated after the Senecas batted in the 5th inning, called off under the so-called "mercy rule" that ends games after five innings if one team leads by 15 or more runs.
Waverly scored seven times in the 1st inning, once in the 2nd, twice in the 3rd, and six times in the 4th while amassing 14 hits.
The Senecas' only hit was a single by Nateah Cornish in the 1st inning. Watkins also drew nine walks, and left nine runners on base.
The Glen squad returns to action today (Tuesday) at home against Odessa-Montour. It will be Senior Night.
Athlete of the Week: WG's Gabe Planty
SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 8 -- A Watkins Glen High School track standout who is making waves in a national database is this week's Odessa File Athlete of the Week.
Eighth grader Gabe Planty earns the honor for setting a personal best time of 9:56.5 in winning Friday's 3200 Meter Run at the Legends of the Night track meet at Trumansburg -- a meet featuring athletes from around the region.
His time, it was pointed out by volunteer coach Rob Kurcoba and Athletic Director Rod Weeden, puts Planty at the top of a national database on the MileSplit website for times posted by 8th graders in the 3200.
Says Weeden: "He has a ways to go before he would be a Division One contender as they are usually running under 9 minutes, but running under 10 minutes as an 8th grader is a big deal and is going to get some attention."
Double Honorable: Another 8th grader, O-M softball pitcher/hitter Grace Vondracek; Watkins Glen track's Maggie Bond and Shawn Rutledge; Watkins Glen golfer Ryan Clark; O-M golfers Tyler Clark and Gillian Clark; O-M track's April Dunn; and Watkins Glen lacrosse players Ian Chedzoy and Brandon Gould.
Honorable Mention: Another 34 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal Odessa File All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.
Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty (File photo)
Seneca Indians lose to Edison, 14-1
ELMIRA HEIGHTS, May 7 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team slipped to 2-11 this season when it lost Saturday to Elmira Heights Edison 14-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Edison baseball field.
Edison pushed across at least one run in each inning but the 3rd, scoring 2-4-0-3-4-1, in that order. The Spartans registered 10 hits.
The Seneca Indians -- a merged team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour High School athletes -- notched five hits, three of them by Joel Kelly.
Edison played errorless ball, while the Indians committed six miscues.
O-M's Hunter Daugherty clears a hurdle in the 100 Meter Hurdles. She finished in 20.95.
T-burg hosts Legends of Night
TRUMANSBURG, May 6 -- The annual Legends of the Night invitational track and field meet was held Friday at Trumansburg -- a year off from its home at Odessa-Montour pending construction of a new O-M track.
Athletes from around the area competed -- from Odessa-Montour, Watkins Glen, Elmira Notre Dame, Tioga, South Seneca, Southern Cayuga, Newfield, Spencer-Van Etten, Mynderse, Candor, Whitney Point, Moravia, Trumansburg, Marathon, Edison, Union Springs, Romulus, Groton and Lansing.
The only place finishers (top 6) for the Lady Indians were Jaylin Rumsey, 6th in the Discus (a PR of 78'11") and in the Shot Put (25'7"), and Hannah Bruno, 5th in the 200 Meters in 28.64.
Other PRs (personal records) included:
Watkins Glen Boys:
Gabe Planty posted a PR while winning the 3200 Meter Run in 9:56.5.
This was, according to former WGHS indoor track coach Rob Kurcoba -- now a volunteer coach with the school's track program -- "the fastest 3200 time in the nation for an 8th grader!"
There were also a couple of second places, a third and a sixth:
--3200 Relay: 2nd place in 8:54.11. The team consisted of Aaron Planty, Shawn Rutledge, Sean Holland and Jacob Carocci
Watkins Glen Girls:
--Maggie Bond was 3rd in the 1500 Meter Run in 5:12.03. Kai Sutterby was 7th in 5:37.63.
--Zach Elliott was 3rd in the Discus at 123'8"
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen's Allison Gibson competes in the High Jump. She placed 7th.
Left: Watkins Glen's Cameron Connelly. Right: Odessa-Montour's Meagan Terry.
From left: O-M's Noah Brewster, O-M's Hailey Perraut, Watkins Glen's Sean Holland and O-M's Alec Betts at the Legends meet.
Watkins Glen's Brooke Shaffer hits the Steeplechase water pit along with a Tioga runner.
Left: O-M's Hannah Bruno in the 100 Meter Dash. Right: O-M's Andy Hartford.
From left: Watkins Glen's Claire McManus, Ryanna LaMoreaux and Clara Chedzoy.
Watkins' Daniel Paradiso clears an obstacle on the way to third place in the Steeplechase.
Watkins' Shawn Rutledge, left, and Jacob Carocci. (Both photos by George Rutledge)
Watkins Glen's Jake Kelly, in the air on the left, fires at the Notre Dame net. The ball went in for a goal. (Photo provided)
Glen lacrosse team loses to ND, 8-6
Goals for the Senecas came from Ian Chedzoy (2), Jordan Rappleye, Jake Kelly, Dalton Cummings and Brad Eslick. Assists were by Joe Chedzoy (2), Dalton Cummings, Dylan Platon and Rappleye.
Brandon Gould led the team in ground balls with 11. Goalie Brenen Murphy registered 12 saves.
Pike on All-State 2nd Team; Gonzalez 6th
Amanda Pike was named to the All-State Second Team while Mariah Gonzalez was named to the All-State Sixth Team.
Player of the Year in Class C was Cooperstown's Liz Millea. Newfield's Mariyah Byrd made the Second Team, as did two players from South Seneca: Mackenzie Kenyon and Kelsey Shaulis. Elmira Notre Dame's Mia Herlan was named to the Ninth Team.
Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark made Honorable Mention, as did Notre Dame's Mary Foster.
Odessa golfers edge Candor, 248-249
Tyler Clark led Odessa with a 42 that included birdies on the par-5 third and fourth holes. James Terry added a 50, while Brandon Ray shot 51, Anthony Humphries 52 and Trey McCarty 53
The Indians return to action Monday at Tioga.
A Waverly baserunner slides home safely as O-M catcher Nikki Crout dives toward her.
O-M softball team loses to Waverly, 16-6
The Wolverines built a 10-0 lead against O-M in the first three-and-a-half innings, and were up 16-1 before the Indians rallied with five runs in the bottom of the 7th. Odessa ended up with five hits, while Waverly amassed 17.
Grace Vondracek, who had two of the Odessa hits along with two runs scored and an RBI, went the distance on the mound for the Indians, striking out eight Waverly batters.
Other hits for the Indians came from Ashley Kot (1-for-4), Breeana Bentley (1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored), and Megan Jenkins (1-for-3 with a walk). Also scoring for the Indians were Grace Edger (who walked twice and had an RBI), Heidi Casselberry (who walked once), and Isabel Foote (who walked once).
O-M (4-11) returns to action Monday at home against Southern Cayuga.
Photo in text: Odessa's Megan Jenkins slides safely into second base against Waverly.
Left: O-M outfielders Alyssa Crout, left, and Dasia Herrmann converge on a fly ball. It was caught by Herrmann. Right: The Indians' McKennah Lott fields a ground ball.
Left: O-M's Grace Vondracek prepares to deliver a pitch. Right: The Indians' centerfielder, Alyssa Crout, races in to catch a fly ball.
Watkins softball team blanked by ND
The Crusaders scored in every inning, with four runs each in the 1st, 2nd and 5th innings, one run in the 3rd, and two runs in the 4th. They had 13 hits.
Watkins Glen (0-9) managed just two hits -- one each by Katherine Meehan and Mikenna Ayers.
The Senecas return to action today (Friday) at Newfield.
Odessa-Montour's Caleb Thomas slides home safely with the Indians' first run.
Seneca Indians fall to Notre Dame, 9-2
The Indians, a merged squad of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes, committed seven errors to ND's three.
Notre Dame scored once each in the 1st and 4th innings and four times in the 2nd to build a 6-0 lead. The Seneca Indians scored a run in the 5th before ND answered with three runs in the 6th. The Indians scored their final run in the 7th.
Notre Dame registered nine hits off of three Indian pitchers: Mitch Scata, who threw 3 2/3 innings; Josh Updyke, and John Neidermeier. Updyke struck out five Notre Dame batters in his 2 1/3 innings, while Scata fanned three batters.
Updyke accounted for two of his team's five hits. Other safeties came from Scata, Michael Doane and Caleb Thomas, who came around to score the Indians' first run. Joel Kelly scored the team's final run.
The Seneca Indians return to action today (Friday) to finish a game against Moravia suspended by rain earier this season with Moravia ahead 15-0.
Photo in text: Odessa-Montour starting pitcher Mitch Scata.
O-M's Derrick Lewis tags out Notre Dame's Nate Snavely, who was attempting to steal second base. He was one of two runners cut down on throws by O-M catcher Chris Foote.
Seneca Indians modified team posts 1st win
The Indians -- a merged team of WGHS and Odessa-Montour players -- scored two runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to break a 2-2 tie.
The Indians registered five hits in the game -- one each by Preston Harris, Deshawn Johnson, Justin Lodge, Regan Scholtisek and Steven Gublo.
Scholtisek pitched three innings, giving up two runs and striking out three. Boyd Barber came on in relief, pitching four shutout innings and striking out nine. Isaac McIlory was the catcher.
The team returns to action Monday at home against Tioga.
Odessa tennis team blanked by Waverly
1S: Hunter Heath (Waverly) d. Curtis Harris 6-0, 6-2
Photo in text: O-M's Cameron Adams volleys against Waverly.
Glen modified softball team tops S-VE
The Senecas amassed 16 hits, including three singles each by Maggie Rhoads and Madeline Parker; two hits each by Ana Caddell, Katie Losey, Kelsey Kernan and Amanda Wilbur, and one hit apiece by Nancy Jackson and Jordyn Barrett.
"Our defense held well against a tough Spencer-Van Etten team," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "When our bats were needed, the girls came through."
Losey and Kernan shared the pitching duties, while Parker caught.
The Senecas return to action Monday at home against Tioga. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
Glen modified track team hosts meet
The top 6 place finishers from Watkins Glen were as follows:
For the girls:
--Audriana Solomon placed 2nd in the 100 Meters
For the boys:
--Max Evans won both the 400 Meters and 800 Meters and placed 3rd in the High Jump
The next modified home meet is Wednesday, May 11.
Watkins Glen's Jake Kelly (3, left) fires the ball. It found the net, one of Kelly's two goals.
Watkins lacrosse team loses to Elmira
Honored at a halftime ceremony were seniors Ian Chedzoy, Brandon Gould, Brenen Murphy, Brad Eslick, Jordan Rappleye, Hunter Madigan and Zach Kelly.
Elmira built an 11-1 first-half lead and was up 13-1 before Watkins Glen rallied with five straight goals to pull within seven at 13-6 entering the fourth quarter. But Elmira scored four unanswered goals in the final period.
Jake Kelly and Jackson Dunham each scored two goals for the Senecas, with Brandon Gould and Ian Chedzoy adding one apiece.
Assists were registered by Ian Chedzoy (2) and Joe Chedzoy. Gould and Jake Kelly led the team with three ground balls each. Brenen Murphy had 12 saves in goal.
The Senecas (2-9) return to action Friday night at Elmira Notre Dame.
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen's Brad Eslick (14) battles an Elmira player as each eyes the ball.
Watkins' Dylan Platon, left, wheels away from an Elmira player after securing the ball.
The seven seniors on the lacrosse team were honored during a halftime ceremony. They are, from left, Ian Chedzoy, Brenen Murphy, Jordan Rappleye, Brandon Gould, Zach Kelly, Hunter Madigan and Bradley Eslick.
Golf: Watkins boys qualify for sectionals
The team's score on the par-37 layout qualified Watkins for team sectionals in the postseason. The Senecas needed a score of 20-over-par or better on a road course in order to qualify. Twenty-over in this case was 225.
Ryan Clark and Trentin Barber led the Senecas as each fired a 41. Parker Pangallo added a 45, Patrick Bannon 46, and Max Schimizzi 48.
The Senecas, who trail unbeaten Notre Dame in the division race, return to action Friday at Catatonk against Spencer-Van Etten.
Left: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott chips on the first hole. Right: Watkins' Courtney Irwin tees off on No. 1.
Golf: Glen girls 2nd; O-M's Clark medals
Horseheads won with a 210 total, while Watkins finished with 228, Odessa-Montour with 247, and Elmira with 249.
The medalist was O-M's Gillian Clark, with a 44. Other Odessa scores: Catherine Rounds 58, Gabby Fazzary 60, and exchange student Dani Fuschilo 85.
Gabi Decker led Watkins Glen with a 52, while Hanley Elliott posted a 53, Courtney Irwin 59, and senior Megan Hoy 64.
Emily Cunningham led Horseheads with a 45, while Lauren Sayers led Elmira with a 55.
"Tonight was definitely not our best match," said Watkins Glen Coach Chris Clark, "but we have some time to work on things before sectionals on the 26th. It was, however, a nice night to honor our lone senior, Megan Hoy."
A ceremony honoring Hoy preceded the golf match.
Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark, the day's medalist.
Watkins Glen's Megan Hoy, her team's lone senior, is honored Wednesday by Coach Chris Clark at a Senior Night ceremony preceding the golf match.
Odessa softball team no-hit by Tioga
The contest was ended after six inning under the so-called "mercy rule" that terminates games early when one team is ahead by 15 or more runs.
O-M led 1-0 in the 1st inning, but Tioga answered with three runs in the bottom of the 1st, and then scored in every inning, amassing 19 hits along the way. Odessa had six batters reach base on walks off of two Tioga pitchers.
Watkins Glen's Makenna Fraboni reaches to volley against Lansing in a doubles match.
Watkins tennis team falls to Lansing
The Senecas honored their seniors before the competition began. Honored at a ceremony were Bridgette Guild, Liam Fitch, Matt Doppel, Jordan Shea, Cheyenne Stansfield and exchange student Marie Bucher.
"Today we ran into an excellent team," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "We played hard and didn't quit, so I am proud of them. We will keep practicing hard as we prepare for the IAC tournament on Monday."
Sustaining singles losses for Watkins were Matt Doppel, Hannah Morse, Clint Craven and Liam Fitch. Doubles losses were sustained by the teams of Kendra Larson-Megan Hazlitt, Marie Bucher-Makenna Fraboni, and Jill Cantieni-Elise Allington.
The Senecas return to action Friday at Waverly -- a makeup from April 22. Starting time is 5:15 p.m.
Photo in text: Watkins Glen exchange student Marie Bucher returns a Lansing shot.
Watkins Glen seniors honored at Wednesday's tennis match -- the last home contest of the season -- included, from left: Bridgette Guild, Liam Fitch, Jordan Shea, Matt Doppel, Marie Bucher and Cheyenne Stansfield.
O-M softball team posts its 4th victory
The victory lifted the Indians' season mark to 4-10 heading into a game Thursday at home against Waverly.
Vondracek -- who also pitched the entire game, striking out six S-VE batters -- registered four of O-M's 11 hits and scored four runs. One of her homers was a grand slam. She also drew a walk, and stole two bases.
Ashley Kot drove in three runs with a pair of hits, walked once, stole a base and scored four times.
Other hits came from Madison Lodge (two, with a run scored and an RBI), McKennah Lott (one, with three walks, four runs scored and 2 RBIs), Heidi Casselberry (one, with 2 RBIs), and Lovona Carrigan (one, with two walks, three runs scored and an RBI).
O-M jumped in front with a 9-run 1st inning, and added five runs in the 2nd, one run in the 6th and five runs in the 7th. Spencer never got closer than five runs after the 1st inning.
Photo at right: Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek (File photo)
Glen lacrosse team loses to Whitney Point
The loss dropped the Senecas' season mark to 2-8 heading into a game today (Wednesday) at home against Elmira.
Brandon Gould scored five goals for Watkins Glen, while Ian Chedzoy had four goals (with two assists), Jackson Dunham three goals (with one assist), Joe Chedzoy one goal (with two assists), and Jake Kelly, Bradly Eslick and Dylan Platon one goal each. Seth Swinnerton had one assist.
Gould and Ian Chedzoy led the Senecas in ground balls with 13 each.
Odessa-Montour's Billy Tague volleys in his match against Union Springs.
O-M tennis team falls; Harris wins again
The Indians' No. 1 singles player, Curtis Harris, continued unbeaten, besting Union Springs' Austin Tardibone in straight sets to move to 8-0 on the season.
1S: Curtis Harris (Odessa-Montour) d. Austin Tardibone 6-2, 6-2
The Indians, now 0-8, return to action today (Wednesdsay) at Edison. Union Springs now has a 5-2 record.
Photo in text: O-M's Curtis Harris volleys against Union Springs.
From left: Odessa-Montour's Andy Doan, Bronwyn Stermer and Noah Austin.
Glen softball team loses doubleheader
Watkins Glen fell behind 11-0 in the 1st inning of the opener en route to losing in five innings under the so-called "mercy rule" that terminates games after five innings when one team is ahead by 15 or more runs.
Newark Valley had 12 hits in that game, and drew 10 walks. Watkins Glen had six hits -- by Katlyn Kernan (2-for-2), Nateah Cornish (1-for-3), Katherine Meehan (1-for-2 with a run scored), Amber Benjamin (1-for-3 with an RBI), and Mikenna Ayers (1-for-2).
NV blanked the Senecas on four hits in the second game, also ended after five innings. Hits for Watkins came from Kernan (2-for-3), Meehan (1-for-3), and Claudia Parker (1-for-2).
Golf: Watkins boys defeat Edison
Ryan Clark led the Senecas with a 38 (including 16 putts), while Parker Pangallo registered a 39 (with 15 putts). Patrick Bannon added a 43, Trentin Barber 43, and Max Schimizzi 47.
Watkins Glen returns to action today (Wednesday) against Waverly at Shepard Hills Golf Course.
Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Ryan Clark (File photo)
Golf: O-M girls third in road match
The Indians finished with a 245 total, behind Waverly's 183 and Corning's 228 on Tomasso's par-34 back-nine.
Gillian Clark led O-M with a 43, including a birdie on the par-5 10th hole. Gabby Fazary shot a 60, Catherine Rounds 66, and Dani Fuschilo 76.
The team is home today (Wednesday) at the Watkins Glen Golf Course against Horseheads and Elmira.
Photo at right: Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark (File photo)
Glen modified softball team tops O-M
ODESSA, May 3 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team improved its record to 3-2 Tuesday by defeating Odessa-Montour 21-3 in a game on the O-M softball field.
Katie Losey led the Watkins offense with a triple and two doubles, while Kelsey Kernan had two doubles and a single. Ana Caddell added a double and single, Maggie Rhoads three singles, Cierra Barber a triple, and Madeline Parker, Nancy Jackson and Rebecca Becker a single apiece.
Barber and Kernan shared pitching duties, with Parker catching.
"Our girls played brilliantly this afternoon," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto, whose team returns to action Thursday at home against Spencer-Van Etten.
Seneca Indians modified team falls to ND
SOUTHPORT, May 3 -- The Seneca Indians modified baseball team lost 16-4 to Notre Dame Tuesday in a game on the ND baseball field.
Boyd Barber had the lone hit for the Indians. Steven Gublo walked three times and Travis Hill twice.
Walker Richtmyer and Jared Rumsey shared the pitching duties.
The Seneca Indians -- a mix of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour players -- will return to action Thursday on the Watkins Glen baseball field against Spencer-Van Etten. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
O-M's Dunn 1st at Steeplechase meet
There were no team scores kept.
Dunn ran the girls' 2000-Meter Steeple course in 8:38. O-M's Luke Eberhardt placed third in the boys' competition by covering the 3,000 meters in his race in 11:16.
Next up for O-M track team members is the Legends of the Night meet Friday, held this year at Trumansburg.
Photo: O-M's April Dunn. (Photo by George Rutledge)
... and so is Watkins Glen's Rutledge
Rutledge's winning time was 10:20.2 over the 3,000-meter course.
In the girls' 2,000-meter race, Watkins Glen's Brooke Shaffer was fourth in 9:02, while Kai Sutterby was fifth in 9:12, Julia Reilly sixth in 9:14, and Clara Chedzoy seventh in 9:27.
Next up for Watkins Glen track team members is the Legends of the Night meet Friday, held this year at Trumansburg.
Photo: Watkins' Shawn Rutledge. (Photo by George Rutledge)
Watkins Glen's Matt Doppel volleys during the No. 1 singles match Monday.
Glen tennis team tops S. Cayuga, 4-3
The Senecas got victories in singles from Hannah Morse, who defeated Dylan Conklin 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, and from Liam Fitch, a 6-1, 6-1 victor over Catie Kopp.
Doubles victories for Watkins came from the teams of Kendra Larson-Megan Hazlitt, who won by forfeit, and Jill Cantieni-Elise Allington, who prevailed 6-3, 6-3 over Michael Redmond and Molly Murphy.
Sustaining losses were Matt Doppel, filling in for the injured Jordan Shea in No. 1 singles (6-0, 6-2); Clint Craven, who fell to Monica Groth 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) in third singles; and the duo of Marie Bucher-Makenna Fraboni, who lost 6-4, 6-2 to Oscar Montalvo and Gavin VanHorn.
"Liam Fitch has really hit his stride, and played very well in his match today," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Hannah Morse won a tough match in second singles when we really needed it, and the third doubles team of Jill Cantieni and Elise Allington continued their winning streak, improving to 5-1 as a team.
"The kids have been working hard to improve, and it shows each time we compete."
The Senecas are back in action Wednesday at home against Lansing. The seniors on the team will be honored at that match.
Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Liam Fitch drives the ball in his match Monday.
Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse reaches to volley. Right: The Senecas' Clint Craven.
Golf: Watkins boys top Newark Valley
The team total was just three shots shy of the total needed to qualify for team sectionals. To qualify, the Senecas need a team total of 40 over par or better in one of their matches.
Ryan Clark led the squad with a 39, while Parker Pangallo recorded a 41, Patrick Bannon and Trentin Barber 44 each, and Max Schimizzi 45.
The Senecas return to action today (Tuesday) at home against Edison, and then play at Waverly on Wednesday and at Catatonk against Spencer-Van Etten on Friday.
Players from both teams vie for the ball near the Watkins Glen net in second-half action.
Glen lacrosse team falls to Dryden, 10-2
Watkins Glen stayed close through the first half with goals by Jake Kelly and Brad Eslick and a 4-2 deficit at intermission. But Dryden pulled away by scoring three unanswered goals in the third quarter and three more in the fourth quarter.
The Senecas will return to action today (Tuesday) at Whitney Point. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dylan Platon moves the ball upfield.
Watkins' Ethan Voorheis extends the ball clear of Dryden defenders after scooping it up.
Golf: O-M boys top TAE for 3rd win
No athlete of the week, but some points
However, those few games that were played have resulted in some points being distributed in the ongoing poll that helps determine Odessa File seasonal All-Star teams and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year in each of the two schools covered, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour.
Odessa-Montour's Isabel Foote prepares to connect with a pitch for a single Saturday during a scrimmage against Marathon. She also had a triple.
ODESSA, April 30 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team hosted a scrimmage Saturday against Marathon.
While no score was kept in the game, O-M Coach Bill Lindsley said the contest was "competitive" and gave some support players for both teams a chance to perform more than they have been during the regular season. The Indians return to action at Tioga Monday.
O-M shortstop Ashley Kot prepares to field a grounder. The play resulted in a force at 2nd.
O-M softball team loses to Candor, 10-0
The contest, which went the requisite five innings, saw O-M manage just two hits off of Candor's pitcher, Arianna Anderson, who struck out 10 batters while walking two.
Candor took the lead with a four-run 1st inning, added a single run in the 4th, and then scored five times in the 5th.
Maddie Lodge started on the mound for Odessa, going four innings. She allowed five hits, walked six batters, and struck out two. Megan Jenkins pitched the final frame, allowing three hits and striking out one batter.
O-M's hits came from Jenkins (a double) and Breeana Bentley.
Odessa, now 3-10, returns to action with a scrimmage this morning (Saturday) against Spencer-Van Etten at 11 a.m. A modified softball game between O-M and Marathon is scheduled to follow.
Photo in text: The throw arrives late to O-M catcher Nikki Crout as a Candor runner scores on a base hit in the 5th inning.
Left: O-M's Lovona Carrigan fouls off a pitch. Right: Odessa's Alyssa Crout throws the ball to the infield after fielding a Candor hit.
Left: O-M's Megan Jenkins delivers a pitch. Right: Odessa third baseman Breanna Bentley fields a grounder as shortstop Ashley Kot breaks for third in an attempt for a force-out. The runner beat the throw to the base.
Seneca Indians modified team falls
Justin Lodge and Steven Gublo had two hits each, and Deshawn Johnson and Brett Walters one hit apiece for the Indians.
Walker Richtmyer, Jared Rumsey and Brett Walters pitched, while Boyd Barber caught.
The next game is Tuesday, May 3 at Elmira Notre Dame.
O-M softball team loses in extra inning
Odessa, down 7-5 after two innings, scored five runs in the 5th inning to take a 10-7 lead, and added a run in the top of the 6th for an 11-7 edge. But Newfield scored twice in the bottom of the 6th and twice in the 7th to tie the game 11-11, and won it with a run in the bottom of the 8th.
O-M outhit Newfield 14-8 while committing six errors to Newfield's four. Madison Lodge pitched for O-M, striking out five batters and walking four.
Breeana Bentley led the Indian offense with 5 RBIs, while Dasia Herrmann notched three hits. Bentley had two hits, as did Ashley Kot and Megan Jenkins. Five O-M players had one hit each: McKennah Lott, Alyssa Crout, Madison Lodge, Lavona Carrigan and Nikki Crout. Four players had a single RBI each: Herrmann, Lodge, Carrigan and Nikki Crout.
O-M, now 3-9, returns to action Friday when it hosts Candor. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
Waverly rolls past Seneca Indians, 19-3
The Seneca Indians -- a merged team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high school varsity baseball players -- fell behind quickly, allowing three Waverly runs in the 1st inning and three more in the 2nd. The deficit widened when the Wolverines added two runs in the 3rd inning.
The Seneca Indians got on the board with a run in the 4th, but Waverly erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the inning to increase its lead to 16-1, and added two runs in the 5th inning and one in the 6th. The Seneca Indians scored their final two runs in the 7th inning.
The Wolverines amassed 17 hits, and were aided by four Indian errors.
The Seneca Indians registered seven hits in the game, three of them by Chris Foote and two each by Joel Kelly and Mitch Scata. Caleb Thomas drew two walks.
Michael Doane started on the mound for the Indians and was relieved in the 4th inning by Kelly, who in turn was relieved in the 6th by Cody Smith.
Tioga blanks Seneca Indians, 21-0
Tioga jumped in front with a 9-run 1st inning, and added three runs in the 2nd inning, four runs in the 3rd, three runs in the 5th, and two runs in the 6th. The Tigers amassed 16 hits, and were aided by eight Seneca Indian errors. Tioga played errorless ball.
The Seneca Indians -- a merged team of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour High School players -- are now 2-8 heading into a game today (Wednesday) at Waverly.
O-M shortstop Ashley Kot reaches in vain for a hit by Edison's Mckenzie Slaven (left).
O-M softball team no-hit by Edison
Slaven struck out 16 batters in her 7-inning masterpiece, struggling only with O-M's Nikki Crout, who drew two walks. Slaven also registered three hits on offense, driving in two runs.
Edison scored twice in the 1st inning and then three times in the 4th, twice in the 5th, five times in the 6th and three times in the 7th while amassing 17 hits off Odessa pitching. Among the hits was a laser-like homer over the left-field fence by Kristina Leshick. Edison's Emily Lear had three hits and drew two walks, while Hailey Burdick had three hits and 4 RBIs.
Maddie Lodge started on the mound for the Indians, and was relieved by Alyssa Crout. Each struck out one batter.
Odessa-Montour, now 3-8, returns to action Wednesday at Newfield, and hosts Candor on Friday.
Photos in text:
Top: An Edison player caught off base is tagged out by Odessa-Montour's McKennah Lott. The play went from catcher Nikki Crout to shortstop Ashley Kot to Lott.
Bottom left: Edison pitcher Mckenzie Slaven on the way to her no-hitter.
Bottom right : Odessa-Montour starter Maddie Lodge prepares to deliver a pitch.
Left: Alyssa Crout delivers a pitch for O-M. Right: Odessa's Dasia Herrmann fouls off a pitch from Edison's Mckenzie Slaven.
An Edison baserunner slides safely into second with a stolen base as the ball flies free.
Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy goes high for the ball (left) and slams it into the net as he comes down. That was the Senecas' second goal, giving them a 2-1 lead.
Glen posts 14-7 lacrosse win
The game, on the WGHS athletic Field, lifted the Senecas' season mark to 2-6 heading into a game next Monday at home against Dryden.
Jackson Dunham added three goals to Monday's Seneca offense, while Joe Chedzoy scored twice (with two assists) and Jake Kelly once (with one assist). The Chedzoy brothers dominated the battle for loose balls with 16 controlled by Joe (a new school record, topping 12 by Ian last season) and 14 by Ian. Goalie Brenen Murphy had 10 saves.
"There was lots of improvement all around," Coach Nils Watson told his team, which led after one period 3-1 on goals by Platon, Joe Chedzoy and Ian Chedzoy, and increased the edge to four goals by halftime, 6-2.
Photo in text: A shot by Notre Dame goes wide as Watkins Glen goalkeeper Brenen Murphy protects the net.
Watkins Glen's Dylan Platon sends a shot on its way for the Senecas' first goal.
Seneca Indians fall to Newark Valley 5-1
The Seneca Indians -- a merged team of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour High School baseball players -- managed just two hits in the game, scoring their lone run in the 5th inning. The two hits were by Michael Doane and Joel Kelly.
Mitch Scata threw five strong innings for the Seneca Indians, allowing no earned runs on five hits. He struck out five batters and walked four.
Newark Valley scored two unearned runs in the 2nd inning. After the Seneca Indians scored in the 5th to pull within a run at 2-1, NV scored three times in the 6th.
The Indians are back in action today (Tuesday) at Tioga, and play Wednesday at Waverly and Friday at Spencer-Van Etten.
Athletes of Week: 2 in track, 1 in softball
The pitcher is Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek, who led her team to two wins (and they barely missed another), hurling three complete games, striking out 31 batters, and allowing five hits in one game and six in another. On offense, she had two hits and 2 RBIs in one game, and four hits and 7 RBIs in another.
The runner is Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt, who set a meet record while winning the 800 Meter Run at the Quinney Invitational in Sidney. He also won the 800 and 1600 Meter races in a meet at Newark Valley.
The field athlete is O-M's Bryce Elliott, chosen Field MVP at the Ithaca Relays, and a winner earlier in the week of the Shot Put and the Discus in a key meet at Tioga.
Double Honorable: O-M track's Zach Elliott, Andy Fudala, Luke Eberhardt, Noah Brewster, Rosie Peckham, Hunter Daugherty and April Dunn; Watkins Glen track's Shawn Rutledge, Gabe Planty, Jacob Carocci and Maggie Bond; O-M tennis standout Curtis Harris; and Watkins Glen lacrosse player Ian Chedzoy.
Honorable Mention: Another 43 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine Odessa File seasonal All-Star teams and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.
From left: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty, Julia Reilly and Sean Holland. (Photos by George Rutledge)
Glen boys 5th at Quinney
Play Ball: OM/WG hosts 1st scrimmage
newly merged Watkins Glen/Odessa-Montour Seneca Indians varsity baseball team took to the O-M field in chilling temperatures Wednesday to scrimmage against Hammondsport. A moderate turnout of fans braved the cold (in the high 30s, with a brisk wind) to cheer on the new squad. Scrimmages are also set for next Tuesday at South Seneca and Wednesday at home against Dryden. The regular season begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 1 at home against Candor.
Left: OM/WG pitcher Cody Smith
The Seneca Indians baseball team gathered at Odessa-Montour for a baseball clinic featuring Trumansburg graduate Rob Herrmann (blue shirt, back row). (Photo provided)
Baseball team: Clinic and cleanup
Special to The Odessa File
SCHUYLER COUNTY, March 21, 2016 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team -- with team members from both the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour High Schools -- were busy on Saturday, March 19.
1. Coach Marc Kimmerly hosted a catchers and pitchers clinic with guest speaker Rob Herrmann. Rob is a graduate of Trumansburg High School who played four years at Fredonia State and has spent the last decade playing professional baseball in various leagues and in countries that have included France, Germany and Australia.
He discussed catcher fundamentals, techniques, and philosophies. The clinic, said a team spokesman, was well received by the Seneca Indian players, and was very informative. "It was interesting to hear the successes and struggles from a former IAC baseball player," the spokesman said.
2. The Seneca Indian players also volunteered to assist at the Schuyler County Little League fields with the annual Spring Cleaning Day there. Varsity players assisted SCLL coaches, players and volunteers with field preparations and annual maintenance.
Photo in text: Seneca Indian and Little League players helped out at Spring Cleaning Day at the Schuyler County Little League fields in Watkins Glen. (Photo provided)
Some runners got off the starting line faster than others did at the Spud Run.
Spud Run: Lots of fun and lots of green
WATKINS GLEN, March 17 -- The annual Spud Run at Watkins Glen High School was held Thursday under cloudy skies and an increasingly stiff wind -- but mild weather compared to the race in some other years.
There was one race, for instance, several years back, where the snow was so heavy that runners could barely be spotted 50 yards away. And on another occasion, a 10-degree day felt like 5-below with the wind chill off the lake.
There were warm days, too -- which Thursday seemingly promised to be, but the sun disappeared behind some dark clouds, the wind kicked up, and rain threatened. Most of the inclement weather moved north around the WGHS track and Spud Run route, but a cold, light mist was falling as the last stragglers in a field of 106 runners made their way toward the finish line.
As with every year -- rain, snow or shine -- many of the participants donned green in keeping with the spirit of the day.
First across the line in 9:17 was WGHS junior Patrick Hazlitt, the school's pre-eminent runner. Cross country teammate Gabe Planty was second, 4 seconds back. The next several spots went to other cross-country veterans: Jacob Carocci, Aaron Planty, Brandon Pike and Sam Hanley ran across the line together in 10:01, while Sean Holland and Daniel Paradiso were next in 10:25.
Top adult finisher was teacher Travis Durfee in 11:21, with Athletic Director Rod Weeden finishing in 11:25. The first female to finish was cross-country veteran and WGHS senior Maggie Bond in 11:45, with teammate Brooke Shaffer next in 12:01.
The field contained a number of Watkins Glen Elementary School students, many students from the high school, and assorted adults. Awards were presented afterward, and food was available, in the Field House.
Photos in text: Patrick Hazlitt crosses the finish line first; and the storm clouds north.
Left: WGHS senior Maggie Bond completes the race. Right: WG school district staff members Kathy Crans, left, and Diana Crane near the finish line.
From left: WGHS senior Claire McManus, school Athletic Director Rod Weeden and teacher Travis Durfee at the Spud Run finish line.
The Most Valuable Players for the winter season at WGHS pose at the Sports Boosters awards night. Rear from left: Nikole VanDyke (bowling), Casen Weeden (bowling), Taylor Kelly (JV basketball), Noelle Johnson (cheerleading), Matt Doppel (swimming), Parker Pangallo (basketball), Ryanna LaMoreaux (basketball), and Dayne Hughey (JV basketball). Front from left: Mariah Gonzalez (basketball), Amanda Pike (basketball), Ian Chedzoy (wrestling), Brandon Gould (wrestling) and Patrick Hazlitt (indoor track). (Photo by Don Romeo)
Sports Night honors WG winter athletes
WATKINS GLEN, March 15 -- Winter sports season awards were distributed Tuesday night at a Sports Boosters-sponsored ceremony in the Watkins Glen High School cafeteria.
Coaches from the various sports presented reviews of the winter season, and distributed awards to their Most Valuable Players, along with Most Improved and Sportsmanship honors.
The MVP awards went to:
--Parker Pangallo in boys varsity basketball;
--Dayne Hughey in boys JV basketball;
--Amanda Pike and Mariah Gonzalez in girls varsity basketball;
--Taylor Kelly and Ryanna LaMoreaux in girls JV basketball:
--Matt Doppel in boys varsity swimming:
--Ian Chedzoy and Brandon Gould in varsity wrestling:
--Casen Weeden in boys varsity bowling:
--Liz Mason and Nikole VanDyke in girls varsity bowling;
--Patrick Hazlitt in boys varsity indoor track;
--Joelle Slater in girls varsity indoor track;
--Noelle Johnson in Navy cheerleading;
--Christina Hosley in White cheerleading.
Most Improved: Alex Schimizzi (JV basketball), Clara Chedzoy (varsity basketball), Julia Reilly (JV basketball), Rong Hang Lin (swimming), Wrett Brower (bowling), Nancy Jackson (bowling), Sam Hanley (indoor track), Brooke Shaffer (indoor track), Jordan Barrett (Navy cheerleading), and Diana LeFever (White cheerleading).
Sportsmanship: Jackson Dunham (JV basketball), Maggie Bond (varsity basketball), Kathleen Clifford (JV basketball), Lucas Wickham (swimming), Josh Bravo (wrestling), Wyatt Brower (bowling), Destiny Weber (bowling), Julian Thornton (indoor track), Cambria Weeden (indoor track), Paige Robbins (Navy cheerleading), Sierra Cornish (White cheerleading).
Humphries, Reese conclude swim season
Special to The Odessa File
WEBSTER, March 13 -- Odessa-Montour High School varsity swimmers Tony Humphries and Tori Reese concluded their swim season with the Glen Gators Swim Team Sunday at the Niagara Championships at the Webster Aquatic Center.
Reese, the 19th seed in the 13-14 Girls 100 Breaststroke, finished 24th overall out of 37 competitors with a time of 1:16.01.
Humphries, the 29th seed for the 15 and over 100 Breaststroke, finished 23rd overall out of 46 competitors with a time of 1:05.41 Among the competitors in his heat was an IAC and Section 4 opponent, Lansing junior John Koch, who edged out Humphries with a time of 1:04.62.
Neither Reese nor Humphries advanced to the Sunday night finals, which featured the top 20 in each race.
Wrestlers Chedzoy, Gould are our Schuyler Winter MVPs
SCHUYLER COUNTY, March 7, 2016 -- Watkins Glen High School senior wrestlers Ian Chedzoy and Brandon Gould earned second- and third-place finishes, respectively, in their weight classes at the recently concluded New York State High School Wrestling Championships in Albany.
Gould went unbeaten throughout the season until falling in the state semifinals, and recovered to win again and claim third place at 132 pounds one year after finishing fourth at 126 pounds. He set a school record along the way, breaking Section IV Hall of Famer Matt Marciniak's WGHS win mark of 189 victories, finishing with more than 200.
Chedzoy lost to a state-ranked foe early in the season, and then went unbeaten until the championship match of the 182-pound weight class at the State tournament. He finished with the fourth highest career victory total in school history, with 155.
Chedzoy and Gould began wrestling with the Glen Grapplers Pee Wee Wrestling Club prior to kindergarten, and worked their way through the Watkins school district's Modified program, dominating the competition in their respective weight classes.
Each advanced to the State tournament for three consecutive varsity years, with this year marking their highest finishes.
Because of their remarkable records, their positions at the head of a successful WGHS wrestling program, and in no small part for their continued sportsmanship, Ian Chedzoy and Brandon Gould are The Odessa File Schuyler Winter MVPs.
Photo in text: Brandon Gould, left, and Ian Chedzoy (File photo)
Ian Chedzoy -- Watkins Glen wrestling (co-MVP)
Brandon Gould -- Watkins Glen wrestling (co-MVP)
Amanda Pike -- Watkins Glen basketball
Mariah Gonzalez -- Watkins Glen basketball
Matt Doppel -- Watkins Glen swimming
Billy Tague -- Odessa-Montour swimming
Gillian Clark -- Odessa-Montour basketball
Olivia Grover -- Odessa-Montour basketball
Patrick Hazlitt -- Watkins Glen indoor track
Aidan DeBolt -- Watkins Glen swimming
Lucas Wickham -- Watkins Glen swimming
Justin Kelly -- Watkins Glen basketball
Parker Pangallo -- Watkins Glen basketball
Max Schimizzi -- Watkins Glen basketball
Shawn Minnier -- Odessa-Montour wrestling
Alex Repass -- Odessa-Montour wrestling
Jeremiah Lynch -- Odessa-Montour wrestling
Kurtis Edwards -- Watkins Glen wrestling
Kameryn Sheldon -- Watkins Glen wrestling
Claire McManus -- Watkins Glen indoor track
Dakota Evans -- Watkins Glen bowling
Tony Humphries -- Odessa-Montour swimming
Clara Chedzoy -- Watkins Glen basketball
Allison Teed -- Watkins Glen basketball
Casen Weeden -- Watkins Glen bowling
Third Team: Alex Grady (O-M bowling), Eric Rumsey (O-M bowling), Kennedey Heichel (O-M basketball), Alec Betts (O-M swimming), Emmie Bond (WG basketball), Wrett Brower (WG bowling), Conlin Wysocki (WG bowling), Michael Taylor (WG basketball), Dakota Cole (O-M swimming), Liz Mason (WG bowling), Jacob Slater (WG swimming), Caelan Haney (O-M swimming), Bryce Elliott (O-M basketball), Jacob Carocci (WG basketball), Nathanial Rose (WG bowling), Wyatt Brower (WG bowling), Joelle Slater (WG indoor track), Katherine Meehan (WG basketball), Ethan Voorheis (WG wrestling), Alexis Saunders (O-M basketball), Isobel Scheffey (WG indoor track), Will Fitzsimmons (WG swimming)
The Cookie's Construction team in the O-M Elementary Basketball program. (Provided)
O-M Elementary Basketball: Final week
ODESSA, March 7 -- What follows are the results from the final week of Odessa-Montour Elementary Basketball:
Grover's Rentals (3-3-1) 21, The Bucket Bar and Grill (1-5-1) 13
Grover's: Ben Heichel 11 points, Lance Reese 6 points, Keyonna Grant 4 points
Bucket: Drew Parmenter 6 points, Gavin Lohmeyer 4 points, Kameron Collins 2 points, Riley Brookes 1 point
Watkins Supply (5-2) 24, Cookie's Construction (4-3) 14
Watkins Supply: Gunner Herrmann 8 points, David Patterson 8 points, Christopher Kleist 4 points, Ryan Sochia 2 points, Connor Fogie 2 points.
Cookie's Construction: Tyler Malnoske 5 points. Owen Cassada 4 points. Jayden Bailor 3 points. Jonah Connolly 2 points.
Photo in text: The Grover's Rental team (Photo provided)
The Watkins Supply team in the O-M Elementary Basketball program. (Provided)
The Bucket Bar & Grill team in the O-M Elementary Basketball program. (Provided)
Doppel places l6th in Backstroke at States
WILLIAMSVILLE, March 5 -- Watkins Glen High School varsity swimmer Matt Doppel finished 16th Saturday in the 100 Yard Backstroke at the New York State Swimming Championships held at Erie Community College.
Doppel posted a time of 53.85 after advancing to the B Finals (9th through 16th Prelim qualifiers) on Friday in 53.21. His seed time was 53.23.
Doppel also competed in the 100 Yard Freestyle, where he placed 36th in Friday's Prelims in 48.84. His seed time was 48.32.
Hazlitt places 19th in State at 600 meters
ITHACA, Feb. 5 -- Watkins Glen High School junior Patrick Hazlitt posted a time of 1:25.23 Saturday to finish in 19th place overall in the 600 Meter Run at the New York State Indoor Track State Championships meet at Cornell University.
Hazlitt, the only runner from Watkins Glen to qualify for the meet, "had a tremendous season, breaking a lot of school records and competing at the highest level," said his coach, Jessica Karius.
"He should be proud of what he has accomplished," she added.
Photo at right: Patrick Hazlitt at Saturday's State Meet at Cornell. (Photo provided)
WHITESBORO, March 5 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team found its hopes for a state Class C Final Four berth blocked for the second straight year Saturday by Cooperstown, which pulled away from the Senecas in the second half and handed Watkins a 62-44 loss.
The Senecas (17-7) played the Hawkeyes (24-1) even in the first half -- in fact leading at the end of the first period, 13-11, and at halftime, 26-25. But Coopertown, the defending state Class C champion and ranked No. 1 in the state this year, limited Watkins Glen to five points through the first six minutes of the third quarter and pulled away to a 45-36 advantage entering the fourth quarter.
And it only got worse from there for the Senecas, who fell 20 points behind before reaching a final deficit of 18 points.
Amanda Pike led Watkins Glen in scoring with 19 points, 13 of which came in the first half as she nearly kept pace with Cooperstown standout Liz Millea, who racked up 16 points before intermission on the way to a 29-point game that included four 3-pointers.
Pike finished with four 3-pointers, too, while grabbing 3 rebounds and registering 2 blocks and an assist.
Other scoring for Watkins Glen came from:
Mariah Gonzalez: 8 points, 11 rebounds and 1 steal.
Clara Chedzoy: 7 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist.
Allison Teed: 5 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals.
Katherine Meehan: 2 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists.
Emmie Bond: 2 points, 2 rebounds.
Madison Myers: 1 point, 1 rebound, 1 assist.
In addition, Hannah Morse registered 1 rebound, and Maggie Bond had 1 steal.
The game looked promising for the Senecas until the third quarter, as Pike's 13 first-half points and 8 by Mariah Gonzalez paced the Watkins offense. The Senecas built an early 9-4 lead before the Hawkeyes ran off five straight points to tie the game 9-9. Gonzalez responded with two baskets to put Watkins up 13-9. A Cooperstown basket trimmed the lead to 13-11 entering the second period.
The two teams traded the lead back and forth in the second quarter, with Cooperstown moving ahead on four different occasions, at one point up 22-18, and Watkins Glen responding by taking the lead itself four times and grabbing a 26-25 halftime advantage.
A Chedzoy basket expanded that lead to 28-25, and another 2-pointer by Chedzoy put the Senecas up 30-28 -- and that was their final lead. From a 31-31 tie, Cooperstown outscored Watkins through the remainder of the third quarter 14-5, and bettered the Senecas 17-8 down the stretch.
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike moves the ball as Cooperstown's Liz Millea tumbles toward the floor.
Middle: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez drives toward the hoop.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Madison Myers at the free-throw line in first-half action. (Photos by Don Romeo)
Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy drives past a Cooperstown player. Teammate Mariah Gonzalez is at left. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Left: Watkins Glen's Maggie Bond moves the ball. Right: The Senecas' Allison Teed goes up for a shot in traffic. (Photos by Don Romeo)
Left: Watkins' Clara Chedzoy shoots in traffic. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike moves the ball as Coach Alicia Learn (background left) watches. (Photos by Don Romeo)
Modified wrestlers wrap up their season
NEWARK VALLEY, March 5 -- The IAC Modified Wrestling Tournament was held Saturday at Newark Valley High School, marking the end of the season for Watkins Glen's wrestlers.
"It was a pretty productive day for most of our boys," said Watkins Glen Coach Rod Weeden.
The tournament, with a round-robin format giving some competitors four matches, was described by Weeden:
"Dawson Wade had a great day in the 70-79 pound class with three wins (two pins) and one loss. In the 80-89 pound class, Stoyan Bond had one win (a pin) and one loss. At the same weight class, Thomas Rumpff had three wins (two pins) and no losses. He had the quickest pin of the day for WG at 16 seconds.
"In the 130-139 weight class, Gavin Schoffner went 3-1 (two pins) with one exciting overtime match which he ended up winning. At the 160-169 pound weight class, RJ Bannon had a very tough day, going 0-3. At 170-179 pounds, Jonathan Krnotch had two wins (two pins) and one loss."
End-of-season totals for the boys are as follows:
Dawson Wade 8-8
Stoyan Bond 6-6
Thomas Rumpff 5-4
Gavin Schoffner 7-6
RJ Bannon 5-8
Jonathan Krnotch 5-7
"I look forward to seeing how much they will improve next year," said Weeden.
Photo in text: Members of the Watkins Glen Modified wrestling team. Front from left: Thomas Rumpff, Dawson Wade and Stoyan Bond. Back row from left: Jonathan Krnotch, Robert Bannon and Gavin Schoffner. (Photo provided)
6 compete at qualifier; Reese advances
ROCHESTER, Feb. 29 -- Six high school varsity swimmers from Schuyler County representing the Glen Gators Swim Team -- two from Odessa-Montour and four from Watkins Glen --participated in the Niagara Championship Qualifiers last weekend at the Hilton Aquatic Center.
Tori Reese (OM) -- Competed in the 100 Breaststroke, where she swam a 1:15.67 at Prelims, which seeded her 1st for 13-14 girls. Then she swam the 100 Breast in 1:14.74 (PR) at Finals, finishing 1st and qualifying for the Niagara Championships at Webster on March 10-13. She also swam the 50 Freestyle, finishing 19th overall with a time of 28.89, and the 100 Freestyle with a time of 1:03.97, finishing 22nd overall.
Alec Betts (OM) -- Competed in the 100 Breaststroke, where he swam a 1:11.74 at Prelims (PR) and a 1:13.88 at Finals, finishing 9th overall. Swam the 50 Freestyle in 25.26 at Prelims and in 25.72 at Finals, finishing 11th overall. Swam the 100 Freestyle in 55.28 at Prelims and in 56.77 at Finals, finishing 8th overall. Swam the 200 IM in 2:21.03 at Prelims and in 2:26.37 at Finals, finishing 7th overall.
Peighton Cervoni (WG) -- Competed in the 500 Freestyle in timed finals where she swam a 6:03.95 (PR). Swam the 100 Breaststroke in 1:24.11 at Prelims and in 1:23.03 at Finals, finishing 8th overall. Swam the 50 Freestyle in 27.95 at Prelims and in 26.93 at Finals, finishing 6th overall. Swam the 100 Freestyle in 1:00.73 at Prelims and in 1:00.05 at Finals, finishing 6th overall. Swam the 100 Backstroke in 1:08.76 at Prelims and in 1:09.98 at Finals, finishing 7th overall. Swam the 200 Freestyle in 2:23.39 at Prelims and in 2:20.51 at Finals, finishing 14th overall.
Elizabeth Kilcoyne (WG) -- Competed in the 50 Freestyle, where she finished 29th overall with a time of 28.98 (PR). Swam the 100 Freestyle, where she finished 29th overall with a time of 1:03.53 (PR). Swam the 200 Freestyle in 2:21.07 at Prelims and in 2:22.69 at Finals, finishing 14th overall.
Jillian Kilcoyne (WG) -- Competed in the 50 Freestyle, where she finished 25th with a time of 28.83 (PR). Swam the 100 Freestyle, where she finished 24th with a time of 1:03.14 (PR). Swam the 100 Fly in 1:12.28 at Prelims and in 1:10.17 at Finals (PR).
Amanda Wilbur (WG) -- Competed in the 50 Freestyle and finished 24th with a time of 29.38. Swam the 100 Freestyle with a time of 1:04.35 (PR), finishing 24th. Swam the 200 Backstroke in 2:35.10 at Prelims and in 2:30.40 (PR) at Finals, finishing 10th overall. Swam the 100 Backstroke in 1:09.64 at Prelims and in 1:09.55 (PR) at Finals, finishing 6th overall. Swam the 200 Freestyle in 2:18.17 at Prelims and in 2:18.93 at Finals, finishing 8th overall. Swam the 100 Fly in 1:12.30 at Prelims and in 1:11.59 (PR) at Finals, finishing 9th overall.
They competed against 15 teams from such locales as Fairport, Pittsford, Pensfield, Mexico, Victor, Webster, Oswego, Irondequoit and Hilton. Reese will be joined at the Niagara Championships in Webster by O-M senior Tony Humphries, who qualified at the Section IV meet.
Photos in text:
Top: Glen Gators Head Coach Sean Wixson and swimmer Tori Reese.
Bottom: From left, Gators Head Coach Sean Wixson, Amanda Wilbur, Alec Betts and Assistant Coach Chris Betts. (Photos provided)
Athletes of Week: Pike, Chedzoy, Gould
SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 29 -- A basketball player and two wrestlers -- all from Watkins Glen High School -- are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.
The basketball player is Amanda Pike, who led the WGHS girls varsity squad to its second straight Section IV, Class C championship with a pair of outstanding performances -- scoring 23 points in a 40-35 victory over Elmira Notre Dame, and 29 points in a 57-51 victory in the title game against Moravia.
The wrestlers are Ian Chedzoy and Brandon Gould, who finished second and third, respectively, in their weight classes at the New York State Wrestling Championships in Albany -- Chedzoy at 182 pounds, and Gould at 132 pounds.
Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball's Mariah Gonzalez.
Honorable Mention: Another six athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, will help The Odessa File select an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered: WGHS and Odessa-Montour.
O-M Elementary Basketball: Week 6
ODESSA, Feb. 28 -- What follows are the results from Week 6 of Odessa-Montour Elementary Basketball:
Watkins Supply (4-2) 18, Bucket Bar and Grill (1-4-1) 13
Watkins Supply: Gunner Herrmann 13 points, Christopher Kleist 5 points.
Bucket Bar and Grill: Kameron Collins 8 points, Drew Parmenter 3 points, Gavin Lohmeyer 2 points.
Cookie's Construction (4-2) 26, Grover's Rentals (2-3-1) 11
Cookie's Construction: Owen Cassada 12 points, Jonah Connolly 6 points, Christopher Seewald 4 points, Gina Gavich 2 points, Lillian Halpin 1 point, Jayden Baylor 1 point.
Grover's Rentals: Lance Reese 7 points, JT Tuttle 2 points, Keyonna Grant 1 point, Hannah Hollenbeck 1 point.
Watkins 6th graders win tourney title
HORSEHEADS, Feb. 29 -- The 6th grade Watkins Glen boys basketball team won the title over the weekend at the 23rd annual Jim McClure tournament, which featured 10 teams from around the area in a double-elimination format.
Watkins Glen beat St. Mary our Mother in the first game, then defeated Horseheads in the second game. The Senecas topped Faith Temple church from Elmira in the third game to advance to a title showdown with Faith Temple.
The Senecas dropped a 31-30 decision for their first loss, forcing a second game against the same opponent -- and were successful in the rematch, winning 49-44 to capture the 2016 championship.
Photo in text: The Watkins Glen 6th grade boys basketball team poses after winning the McClure tourney title. (Photo provided)
BINGHAMTON, Feb. 27 -- The fourth-seeded Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team overcame a sluggish start Saturday afternoon to defeat No. 2 Moravia 57-51 and capture its second straight Section IV, Class C title at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton.
The Senecas were led by a 29-point performance by Amanda Pike and a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds by Mariah Gonzalez, who also dished out a team-high 5 assists and registered 3 blocks and a steal. Pike, who was 8-for10 from the free-throw line, sank three 3-pointers and had 2 rebounds, 2 steals and an assist.
Other points came from:
--Katherine Meehan (7, with 1 assist)
--Allison Teed (5, with 4 rebounds and an assist)
--Emmie Bond (2, with 1 rebound)
--Madison Myers (2, with 1 rebound)
--Hannah Morse (2, with 1 steal and 1 assist)
In addition, Clara Chedzoy grabbed 5 rebounds, and had 2 assists.
"My girls played hard," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn, who noted that they are "a determined group" that "never gives up."
Of Pike, she said, "She's a great player, a team player. She's a tough girl who eats, sleeps and breathes basketball."
Now, she said, comes practice for the next game, an intersectional contest whose opponent had yet to be determined -- although it could be Cooperstown, which topped the Senecas in last year's intersectional at Oneonta.
Pike acknowledged Saturday's slow start, in which Watkins Glen found itself down 9-4 after a 7-0 run by Moravia fueled by a couple of Seneca turnovers. By the second half, she said, "we had better defense, and our shots started falling." She noted that having played at the Arena -- and won there -- last year was helpful.
And experience, hopefully, will help in the intersectional battle, too. "Our goal at the beginning of the season," Pike said, "was to go farther than last year." Although the team hit some bumps in the road during the regular season (six losses), "we got hot at the right time, I guess."
After Pike ended that 7-0 Moravia run with her second basket of the game, she added 9 points in the second period as the Senecas edged ahead 21-17 at intermission.
Gonzalez kick-started the third-quarter Seneca offense with the team's first five points, and had seven in the period as Watkins outscored Moravia and built a 39-28 lead entering the fourth quarter. Pike had 7 points in the period, too.
Pike scored another 7 points in the fourth quarter while Teed and Meehan hit crucial baskets as the Senecas kept Moravia at arm's length.
Free-throw shooting proved key, with the Senecas converting 16 of 22 attempts, including 9 of 13 in the fourth quarter, 3 of 4 by Gonzalez.
Also helpful was the Watkins bench depth after Chedzoy and Teed got into foul trouble. Both Myers and Morse gave good minutes in relief of those two starters, with each scoring a pair of points and playing tight defense.
Moravia was led in scoring by Marissa Hingston's 18 points, 12 by Hannah Bennink and 11 by Zoe Barrington. Both Hingston and Barrington fouled out in the closing minutes. The team, which finished 22-2, converted 14 of 21 free-throw attempts.
Photos in text:
From top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike sends a jump shot on its way; the Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez shoots; Watkins' Allison Teed sends a bounce pass to a teammate.
From left: Watkins Glen's Katherine Meehan at the free-throw line; Amanda Pike (facing camera) hugs Mariah Gonzalez at the end of the game; Allison Teed shoots.
Left: Watkins Glen's Madison Myers prepares to shoot a free throw. Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy (13) applies some tight defense.
Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse looks to pass the ball. Right: Mariah Gonzalez takes aim on the free-throw line.
Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike starts upcourt after stealing the ball from Moravia.
The Watkins Glen team gathers for a cheer after winning the championship.
1991 state champions. Matt Marciniak is in the back row, third from left. (Provided)
Matt Marciniak inducted into Section HOF
BINGHAMTON, Feb. 27 -- Watkins Glen High School alum Matt Marciniak, an outstanding wrestler in the early 1990s, was inducted Saturday into the Section IV Hall of Fame during a ceremony following the Watkins Glen-Moravia girls basketball Section IV, Class C title game, won by Watkins at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.
Marciniak was the New York State wrestling champion in 1991 in the 155-pound weight class, and held, until recently, the school record for career victories.
Fourteen athletes, four coaches and one contributor were inducted Saturday. Marciniak's brother Adam accepted the award plaque for Matt, who currently lives and works in China. Matt's biography, read during the presentation, was as follows:
"Matt Marciniak's love of wrestling was brought about by his brother, Adam, an All-American wrestler, and by legendary wrestling coach Mike Watson. Matt started competing at the varsity level in 7th grade and amassed 300-plus wins over his entire wrestling career. Notably, he broke new ground for the Watkins Glen wrestling program as the first four-time IAC League Champion, a four-time Watkins Glen Invitational Champion (now the Mike Watson Memorial Tournament, where previously his brother Adam held the record with three championship performances), placing one year at the New York State Wrestling Championships, and winning a state championship the next year -- the first in any sport for Watkins Glen. Poetically, he won his state championship and simultaneously broke the state record for the most wins in a career, with a total of 189.
"Matt continued his wrestling career while attending the United States Military Academy at West Point. During his time as a cadet, he continued adding to his record: the third wrestler in West Point's history to win 106 matches, a New York State Collegiate EIWA Championship, and two trips to the NCAA Divison I Championships. After graduating from West Point, while still on active duty, he earned his way onto the Army's World Class Athlete Program and added the title of Armed Forces Wrestling Champion to his accolades. Matt is now a senior director for TE Connectivity and lives with his wife, Julia, and three daughters in Shanghai, China.
Photo in text: Adam Marciniak accepts the induction plaque on behalf of his brother Matt.
Chedzoy is 2nd, Gould 3rd
ALBANY, Feb. 27 -- Watkins Glen wrestlers Ian Chedzoy (competing at 182 pounds) and Brandon Gould (132 pounds) capped their high school wrestling careers Saturday with second- and third-place finishes, respectively, at the New York State High School Wrestling Championships in Albany.
Gould -- who won twice Friday before falling in a Saturday morning semifinal against two-time (now three-time) champion Kellen Devlin of Amherst -- secured a top-three finish by defeating Brett Frole of Babylon 6-2 in the 3rd Place Match. His loss to Devlin was his only one of the year.
Chedzoy, who won twice Friday and was then victorious in his Saturday morning semifinal, fell in the championship bout 5-2 to Jake Peru of Falconer. It was only Chedzoy's second loss of the year. He trailed 2-1 in the second period when he managed an escape to tie the score, but Peru pulled off an escape in the third period and then a takedown for the final two points of the match. Chedzoy was hampered by a bloody nose that stopped action several times.
Background: Gould and Chedzoy, both seniors, began their wrestling with the Glen Grapplers Pee Wee Wrestling Club before they were in kindergarten. The Grapplers were coached by Watkins Glen wrestling alums Ken Cummings, Nick Cocola Sr., Wally Wasson and other volunteers. In their first season of Modified wrestling in 7th grade, both Gould and Chedzoy began to show their future potential by dominating the competition in their respective weight classes. That success continued into their high school careers, with Gould becoming the winningest wrestler in the school's history (more than 200 victories), and Chedzoy becoming the fourth winningest (155 wins).
This was the third year in which both qualified for the state tournament together. Gould placed fourth last year at 126 pounds.
Photo in text: Brandon Gould, left, and Ian Chedzoy in Albany with their medals. (Photo provided)
The mats are out at the Times Union Center in Albany, site of the State Tournament. (Photo by Brett Chedzoy)
Gould, Chedzoy reach semis
ALBANY, Feb. 26, 2016 -- Watkins Glen wrestlers Brandon Gould (132 pounds) and Ian Chedzoy (182 pounds) won two matches each Friday to advance to Saturday's semifinal round of the New York State High School Wrestling Championships.
Gould, unbeaten this year and seeded No. 4 in his weight class, won his first match 7-5 in overtime against Mason Gray of Warsaw (Section 5), and then defeated Kyle Aslanian of Edgemont (Section 1) in the quarterfinals, 7-1. He will face the No. 1 seed, Kellen Devlin of Amherst, in the semifinals Saturday morning.
Chedzoy, the No. 3 seed at 182, won his first match 6-0 over Jordan Artrope of Hendrick Hudson (Section 1), and then defeated Tim Schmidt of Mattituck (Section 11) in the quarterfinals, 10-1. He will face the No. 2 seed, Aaron Paddock of Warsaw, in the semifinals. Chedzoy's only loss of the season was a 6-4 decision to Paddock in the 195-pound weight class at the Mark Stephens Duals on Dec. 12 in Horseheads.
Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould, left, and Ian Chedzoy after their quarterfinal victories Friday. (Photo by Brett Chedzoy)
Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould (top) on the way to victory over Mason Gray, 7-5 in OT. (Photo by Brett Chedzoy)
Modified wrestlers conclude regular season
WATKINS GLEN, Feb 25 -- The Watkins Glen Modified Wrestling team hosted four other schools in its regular-season finale Thursday.
The Watkins squad competed against wrestlers from Moravia, Waverly, Elmira Notre Dame and Edison. Among Watkins' wrestlers:
--Dawson Wade went 2-1 (2 pins and a close 8-4 loss)
--Stoyan Bond went 1-2 (won by a pin and lost 11-6 and by a pin)
--Thomas Rumpff went 2-0 (two pins)
--Gavin Schoffnerr went 0-3 (including a close 8-7 loss)
--Jonathan Krnotch went 1-1 (pinning a wrestler he lost to a few days ago)
--RJ Bannon was absent due to illness
The Watkins squad will return to action at the IAC Modified Tournament on March 5 at Newark Valley.
SOUTHPORT, Feb. 24 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team will have a chance to repeat as the Section IV, Class C champion Saturday when it returns to the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton to face Moravia in the title game.
The Senecas (16-6), who took home the sectional crown last year for the first time in 15 years, advanced Wednesday night by scoring the last seven points to defeat top-seeded Elmira Notre Dame 40-35 in a semifinal on ND's home court. Watkins Glen was seeded fourth.
Moravia (22-1), the No. 2 seed, defeated No. 3 Newfield in Wednesday night's other semifinal, 51-38. The starting time of Saturday's Watkins-Moravia finale is 1 p.m.
The keys for Watkins Wednesday were 23 points by Amanda Pike, and a lock-down team defense that helped neutralize a slew of turnovers -- 11 by the Senecas in the second half alone, mostly on errant passes.
"We worked hard on the defensive end, really hustled," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "And we didn't get down, didn't hang our heads when things didn't go right. We worked well as a team."
Pike, who ran into foul trouble that kept her on the bench for about six minutes in the middle of the game, opened with a couple of air balls before finding the range and hitting five first-half baskets, two of them 3-pointers, for 12 points.
That kept the Senecas close to Notre Dame, which led 11-9 after one period and 21-18 at halftime.
After Pike reentered the game two-plus minutes into the third quarter, she hit a 2-pointer and a 3-pointer and two free throws as Watkins scored 13 points to take a 31-27 lead into the fourth period. Contributing to that third-quarter surge were defenders Mariah Gonzalez and Emmie Bond, who were dominating the board on Notre Dame's offensive end, holding the Crusaders to mostly single-shot possessions.
It was the defense that was keeping Watkins Glen's hopes viable, because the Senecas committed six turnovers in the third quarter, and five more in the first half of the fourth quarter.
"Yes, there were a lot of them," said Assistant Coach Scott Morse of the turnovers. "Our offense is a work in progress, but our defense was intense. That's what the girls have been working on all week: focusing on the defense."
Thanks to those early fourth-quarter miscues by Watkins, Notre Dame stormed back to take the lead 35-33 with 4:24 remaining in the game. But then the Seneca turnovers stopped, and the defense rose up -- and so did Gonzalez's offense.
After being frustrated early in the game by missed layups on twisting moves in heavy traffic, she tied the game on two free throws with 2:37 remaining, and then put the Senecas ahead 37-35 on a jumper from the side that rattled in, out and through the basket with 34 seconds remaining. Pike followed with two free throws with 21.8 seconds left, and Gonzalez sank the second of two free-throw attempts with 7.6 seconds on the clock. After that, Notre Dame managed a single errant shot at the buzzer.
Gonzalez finished with 9 points, while Allison Teed scored 5 and Clara Chedzoy 3. The team was 11-for-13 from the foul line.
Notre Dame, which relied early on the rebounding and in-close shots of 6'3" Mary Foster, was led by Mackenzie Maloney's 10 points. Freshman Laurel Vargas scored 8 points, as did senior Mia Herlan, while Foster had 7 points, all in the first quarter. Courtney Crater added 2 points. The Crusaders were 2-for-3 from the foul line.
Gonzalez led Watkins Glen in rebounds with 8, while Bond grabbed 6, Pike 4, Teed and Chedzoy 3 each, and Hanley Elliott 1.
The Senecas managed 5 steals, including one each from five different players, and three blocks -- two by Teed and one by Pike.
Photos in text:
From top: Watkins Glen's Allison Teed passes the ball; Amanda Pike eyes a shot; Mariah Gonzalez shoots; and Emmie Bond lines up a shot. (Photos by Charlie Haeffner)
Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy stops and lines up a shot in first-half action.
Left: Watkins Glen's Katherine Meehan looks to pass the ball. Right: The Senecas' Hanley Elliott shoots from the corner.
Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez makes a move toward the basket.
Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike shoots (left) and takes aim on the free-throw line.
Watkins Glen's Allison Teed, left, and Clara Chedzoy send shots on their way.
Bond leads Modified wrestlers at meet
MORAVIA, Feb. 23 -- The Watkins Glen High School Modified wrestlers competed at Moravia Tuesday night. Other teams present were Dryden, Lansing and Candor.
Stoyan Bond led the Senecas, going 2-0 with two pins. Teammate Dawson Wade went 1-1, as did Robert Bannon. Others: Gavin Schoffner was 1-2, Thomas Rumpff 0-2, and Jonathan Krnotch 0-2.
"The boys have learned much and are improving," said Coach Rod Weeden. "A few really need to develop a sense of balance and realize how important it is to keep their center of gravity (hips) higher than their opponents. Throwing good cradles were the winning moves in most of our wins tonight."
The team returns to action at home Thursday night.
Athletes of the Week: Tague, Doppel
SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 22 -- This week we honor two swimming standouts as Odessa File Athletes of the Week.
Odessa-Montour's Billy Tague (pictured at right) earns the honor for his performance at the Section IV, Class C Championships, where he won the 200 Yard Freestyle title, was third in the 500 Free, and anchored the second-place 400 Free Relay team.
Watkins Glen's Matt Doppel (pictured at left) earns his nod for the same tournament, where he won the 100 Yard Freestyle and 100 Yard Backstroke titles. He moves on next to the State tournament.
Double Honorable: Odessa-Montour swimmers Tony Humphries and Caelan Haney, Watkins Glen diver Jacob Slater, Watkins Glen runner Patrick Hazlitt, Watkins Glen basketball's Jacob Carocci and Amanda Pike, and O-M basketball's Olivia Grover.
Honorable Mention: Another 17 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.
Photos in text: Matt Doppel (left) and Billy Tague.
Seneca Youth Basketball: The champs
WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 21, 2016 -- The Seneca Youth Basketball program held its 8th and final week of games Saturday in Watkins Glen. The results:
Curly's 17, Glen Motel 8
Curly's - Christopher Simiele 9, Tyler Smith 4, Alexander Holmes 2, Emmali Matthews Glen Motel - Brenna Pierce 6, Brady Bockelkamp 2
Mr. Chicken 14, Sporting Goods 5
Mr. Chicken - Samuel Caslin 8, Sarah Jones 4, Damion Craven 2
Sporting Goods - Ryan Berry 4, Alannah Klemann 1
Famous Brands 13, Central Asphalt 11
Famous Brands - Lacie Denmark 6, Taegan Denmark 2, Lillian Ameigh 2, Addison Coolican 2, Isaiah Sissel 1
Central Asphalt - Branden Chiacchiarini 5, Michael Purpura 4, Finnigan Dunham 2
Maguire's - Carly Arnold 12, Joseph Sutterby 12, Isabella Samuel 4, Anthony Tomberelli 2
Seneca Lodge - Jacob Pierce 7, Colby Thurston 6, Julya Slater 4
There were not enough players for two consolation games, so the remaining four teams were combined into two. No stats were kept for that game.
Photos in text: The Seneca Youth Basketball playoff champions: Curly's in the 3rd-4th Grade division, and Maguire's in the 5th-6th Grade division. (Photos by Don Romeo)
O-M Elementary Basketball: Week 5
ODESSA, Feb. 21 -- What follows are the results from Week 5 of O-M Elementary Basketball:
Cookie's Construction (3-2) 23, Bucket Bar and Grill (1-3-1) 20, OT
Cookies: Tyler Malnoske 13 points, Jonah Connolly 4 points, Benson Patterson 3 points, Owen Cassada 2 points, Gina Gavich 1 point
Bucket: Drew Parmenter 14 points, Kameron Collins 4 points, Aiden Summers 2 points
Watkins Supply (3-2) 28, Grover's Rentals (2-2-1) 18
Watkins Supply: Gunner Herrmann 18 points, David Patterson 6 points, Christopher Kleist 2 points, Michael Hancock 2 points
Grover's: Ben Heichel 14 points, Keyonna Grant 2 points, Lance Reese 2 points.
Glen Travel team wins Candor tourney
CANDOR, Feb. 21 -- The Watkins Glen Boys 6th Grade Travel Basketball Team won the 2016 Candor Tournament Saturday.
The team opened by defeating Lansing 37-16. Then it played Immaculate Conception out of Ithaca and beat them 55-41. In the championship game, it defeated Candor 72-52.
The team members are pictured, from left: Front row, Cameron Holland, Caleb Smith, Jacob Yontz and Travon Jones; and back row, Assistant Coach Trevor Holland, Assistant Coach Joe Fazzary, Georgio Fazzary, Owen Scholtisek, Luke Spahalski, Adam Pastore, Jacob Powers, and Head Coach John Fazzary. (Photo provided)
Hazlitt sets school mark at Open Meet
ITHACA, Feb. 21 -- Several Watkins Glen High School athletes competed Sunday at an Open Indoor Track Meet held at Cornell Unversity.
Patrick Hazlitt set a new school record in the 1500 Indoor race by posting a time of 4:11, beating a mark previously held by Matt Gill.
Aran Holland ran the 1500 in 7:13, while Brandon Pike ran the 2 Mile. And Rod Weeden posted a time of 5:45 in the 1500.
The meet was one of three run during the year by the Finger Lakes Running Club.
It is an approved meet, said Weeden, so "anyone can compete and qualify for national competition. Some runners show up for fun, but for others it is a serious event."
Photo in text: Patrick Hazlitt at Sunday's Open Meet. (Photo by Aran Holland)
OWEGO, Feb. 20, 2016 -- Odessa-Montour High School's Billy Tague won the 200 Yard Freestyle title and Watkins Glen's Matt Doppel captured the 100 Yard Freestyle and 100 Yard Backstroke crowns Saturday morning at the Section IV, Class C Swimming Championships held at Owego Free Academy.
Lansing won the team title with 427 points, while Chenango Forks was second with 381. They were followed by Chenango Valley (304), Odessa-Montour (259), Watkins Glen (243), Greene (216), Southern Cayuga (126), and Dryden (77).
Tague won the 200 in come-from-behind fashion, trailing Lansing's Joshua Dennis through the first 100 yards before overtaking him in the next 50 and then pulling away for the win in a time of 1:53.09, a full 3.4 seconds below his qualifying time.
Tague also was third in the 500 Freestyle in 5:22.25, anchored the second-place 400 Free Relay team that posted a 3:37.15, and was on the fourth-place 200 Medley Relay team.
Doppel won the 100 Free easily in 48.45, but was tested in the 100 Back, edging out Lansing's John Koch, 53.58 to 54.20, breaking away from a virtual dead heat on the final turn. Doppel was also on the third-place 200 Medley Relay team and sixth-place 400 Free Relay squad.
Other performances by O-M swimmers included:
--Caelan Haney, 3rd in the 100 Butterfly in a PR (personal record) of 1:02.55, and 7th in the 100 Backstroke in 1:07.29.
--Tony Humphries, 2nd in the 100 Breaststroke in a PR of 1:04.66, and 4th in the 200 Individual Medley in a PR of 2:14.59.
--Alec Betts, who was 5th in the 200 Individual Medley in 2:18.25, and 6th in the 100 Free in 55.42.
--Andy Fudala, 3rd in the 100 Breaststroke in a PR of 1:07.73, and 8th in the 50 Free in 25.83.
--James Terry, 8th in the 100 Freestyle in 57.28.
--Noah Brewster, 12th in the 100 Back (1:15.46) and 16th in the 500 Free in a PR of 6:47.87.
--Kyle Frasier, 15th in the 200 IM in a PR of 2:42.24.
Performances for Watkins Glen included:
--Dakota Cole, 6th in the 200 Freestyle in 2:01.02, and 4th in the 500 Free n 5:28.10.
--Lucas Wickham, 7th in the 50 Free in 25.09, and 5th in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:09.17.
--Will Fitzsimmons, 9th in the 100 Fly (1st in the Consolation Final) in 1:09.44, and 9th in the 100 Back in 1:06.81.
--Aaron Planty, 11th in the 50 Free in 25.37, and 11th in the 100 Free in 57.69.
--Jacob Slater, 12th in the 50 Free in 25.55.
--Sean Holland, 14th in the 500 Free in 6:21.18.
--Connor Smith, 15th in the 100 Free in 1:03.10.
--Simon Wigmore, 15th in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:25.32.
--Pat Bannon, 16th in the 200 Free in 2:20.68.
Said O-M Coach Terri Brace about her squad: "This was O-M's best finish in recent memory. Many topped their times from prelims on Wednesday, and held their positions or moved up. This team's strength and versatility was evidenced by the fact that we had at least one swimmer in the Championship Final of each event.
"Luck was also on our side today as two scratches benefitted us, moving Andy Fudala into the Championship heat of the 50 Free, and moving Noah Brewster from first alternate in the 500 Free to the Consolation Finals. This helped us pick up 3 extra points that weren't available to us without the scratches."
Her team "stepped up" in the relays too, she noted.
"The 400 Free Relay squad (Alec Betts, Caelan Haney, Tony Humphries and Billy Tague) had an amazing swim and took 2nd place (behind Chenango Forks), just edging Lansing out in a season best of 3:37.15.
"The 200 Medley Relay (James Terry, Humphries, Tague and Andy Fudala) took 4th in a season best time of 1:50.93. And the 200 Free Relay team (Betts, Terry, Haney and Fudala) took 6th in 1:40.38.
"Overall this was an unforgettable season. While our dual meet record wasn't quite what we wanted it to be, the team members all peaked at the right time, and had a wonderful championship season. I know the guys are happy with their performance, and I couldn't be more proud to be their coach."
Photos in text:
From top: Watkins Glen's Matt Doppel dives at start of the 100 Free, which he won; O-M's Tony Humphries on the way to 2nd place in the 100 Breaststroke; Watkins' Lucas Wickham hits the water at start of the 100 Breaststroke; O-M's Alec Betts in the 200 IM; and Watkins' Dakota Cole dives at start of the 200 Free.
Watkins Glen's Jacob Slater dives at start of the 50 Yard Freestyle Consolation Final.
From left: Watkins Glen's Rong Hang Lin competes in the 100 Breaststroke; Watkins' Dakota Cole marches toward the starting blocks with other 500 Free competitors; and O-M's Billy Tague, right, congratulates runnerup Joshua Dennis of Lansing after Tague won the 200 Yard Freestyle.
Odessa-Montour's Noah Brewster competes in the 500 Yard Freestyle.
Left: Watkins Glen's Aaron Planty checks the scoreboard after completing the 50 Free. Right: O-M's Andy Fudala on the way to 8th place in the 50 Free.
Watkins Glen's Sean Holland competes in the 500 Free. He placed 14th.
Members of the 2nd-place O-M 400 Free Relay team visit with members of the 3rd-place Lansing relay squad (yellow caps) after the race.
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Ray Dandridge is in the Baseball Hall of Fame -- one of its more obscure
members. Herewith a look at the man. Lore.
Bubba Phillips was a journeyman major league baseball player in the 1950s and 1960s -- not normally the stuff of hero worship. But he was hero to the writer of this story -- and friend. Bubba.
This is a story about an unusual -- and quite beautiful -- visit to Cooperstown in the dead of winter. It's titled "Holy Night." Holy.
Here's a little writing exercise about a childhood sports memory -- the day the Little League team for which I pitched, the Tigers, lost to the hated Yankees. Yankees.