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Livy Coffey: Always challenging herself, and now bound for the Olympics in Rio
By Charlie Haeffner
It was a year in which the team reached the finals of the Section IV tournament, losing in the closing seconds when Candor's Megan Shay -- who eventually became Section IV's all-time leading scorer -- hit a jump shot. It was my first year covering Watkins Glen sports, and a memory that has stayed with me ever since.
Does Livy Coffey remember that game?
"That was a really tough loss," she said in a phone conversation I had with her Sunday. And she recalled a photo I snapped of the pivotal moment, with Shay up in the air, about to release the ball with something like 10 seconds left. "Yeah, I remember that," she said, adding after a pause: "But so much has happened since."
Livy Coffey, daughter of Maggie and Calvin -- who were visiting her this past weekend at Livy's Princeton, New Jersey home -- is about to head to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics as an alternate on the U.S. rowing team. She leaves Tuesday, out of Newark to Houston, overnight there, and then the rest of the way. (And no, she is not too concerned about the Zika virus, saying she will wear long sleeves and use plenty of bug spray.)
The "alternate" status -- the team structure was announced on June 20 -- was less than she had hoped for, especially after the showing by her quadruple sculls team at the World Rowing Championships last August at Lake Aiguebelette, France, where they won gold.
"Everybody (who competes at that level) thinks they should be selected" to occupy a seat in one of the boats at the Olympics, she said, "but at least I'll be there. I'm disappointed, but what's done is done. I'll make the most of it." And she will -- enthusiastically cheering on her teammates, for that is a Livy Coffey trait -- determined, yes, but always upbeat.
She and the rest of her teammates will miss marching in the Opening Ceremonies because the rowing competitions start the next morning, and the credo of the team is to stay focused, to avoid distractions. And the Opening Ceremonies would be a distraction.
Besides, even though she will train as if she were racing, and do everything all the other members of the team will do, "spares (alternates) were not invited to the Ceremonies."
Coffey left Watkins Glen after her freshman year to attend Phillips Academy prep school despite lobbying from members of the school and from this website. We foresaw a possible state basketball championship if she stayed -- for she would be the capstone of a very talented squad. Before leaving Watkins, in fact, the school had set up a spot along the canal for a rowing club overseen by Livy's dad, a silver medalist in pair rowing at the 1976 Olympics and a longtime designer and builder of sculls who is still making rowing machines.
I saw that as a strategic move aimed at keeping her here, but Livy has always known her own mind, and so she went. While at Phillips Academy, she continued playing ice hockey -- which she had started when she was 4 years old -- along with competing in soccer and rowing.
I watched her play hockey during her prep school days, at a state tournament game in Rochester, when I took along three of her old WGHS basketball teammates. What I most remember of that weekend was the strength of Livy's skating -- she had morphed into a strong woman from the gangly teen of her earlier days.
Rowing was the main focus after Livy went to college, where she was captain of the Harvard-Radcliffe Crew while attending Harvard University, where she earned a B.A. in Economics in 2011. It was about that time when this website selected an All-Decade Team, and placed Livy Coffey on the highest ranking of three stellar athletic squads. That called to mind the time, back when she was a high school freshman, when an area basketball coach wondered why I was so high on Livy's potential. "He's nuts," the man said of me -- long before Livy went on to college All-American status, a world title and, now, an Olympic berth. Nuts, indeed.
During our discussion, I asked Livy this: "Who is Livy Coffey?"
She laughed, and then said she wasn't sure what I was looking for.
"Well," I said, "I think that you are, at your base, very competitive. It's built into you."
"Yes," she said. "I like to work, and work hard. I like big challenges. Rowing gives me that, it's different; and it provides delayed gratification. I like to make myself better, and you can measure that in rowing."
But there will be no measurement in Rio -- at the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon from Aug. 6-13 -- unless she gets a seat in a boat, quadruple sculls or an eight being the most probable. However, even then there is another alternate, Victoria Opitz, who could be selected.
"But I wouldn't wish illness or injury on anyone," Livy said of her teammates.
"Of course not," I replied. "But I could."
My delivery, perhaps, struck her as funny, and she laughed again -- for Livy, aside from being driven and competitive and serious about that which she attempts -- has always had a smile or a laugh at the ready.
It's a hallmark -- emblematic, really, of a remarkable family that enjoys life. For apart from her silver medal-winning father and a mother who nearly made the Olympics in rowing and was a Corning Inc. exec and a veterinarian and just recently retired from an administrative role at Louisiana State University, she has three remarkable sisters -- Laurie (a former F-18 fighter pilot now teaching sailing to midshipmen at the Naval Academy), Roxanne and Claire -- each of them achievement oriented; exceptional at whatever they have tried.
I was the guest at a dinner at the Coffey home on Sugar Hill a good many years ago, not long after the passing of my wife. The Coffeys were kind enough to include me at a holiday meal, and in the course of it, as they discussed their various adventures, I started laughing.
Maggie and Cal looked at me questioningly.
"Sorry," I said, still chuckling and shaking my head, for I felt so insignificant and unaccomplished next to them. I felt like Arnold Schwarzenegger about midway through the film "Predator," when a creature of superior firepower was eliminating all of Arnold's men and seemingly toying with the hero.
So I said this:
"It's just that ... I feel like I've fallen into a nest of aliens."
There was a pause, and then familial laughter, and a knowing nod from the patriarch of the clan, Cal. It is a moment they have probably long since forgotten, but which I have remembered since.
I say they have probably forgotten because this is a family, top to bottom, of achievement. It is the norm. They expect nothing less of themselves.
But rowing in Rio or not, the Olympics will end. Then what?
"I have no idea what I'll be doing after August 23rd," Livy said, referring to the final day of the Olympics. "There are options, though: work, back to school, or maybe training." That last would possibly be with an eye toward the 2020 Games, not unusual in someone her age, which then would be 31. Rowers, she has noted, are often effective well into their 30s.
With her parents now returned home to Watkins Glen after career treks elsewhere -- with Cal still making rowing machines and Maggie now doing consulting work -- Livy expects to visit as soon as this fall. Not that she hasn't been keeping in touch from a distance -- keeping somewhat abreast of happenings here through Facebook and other Internet sources. But she has been absorbed in her training and her work: self-employment from home as a financial consultant.
"The lifestyle I have doesn't really allow for me to be sociable," she said, "although on occasion I hear from someone (from WGHS) who congratulates me on something, and it's really nice that they remember me, because I left early."
She might very well encounter some old friends on that visit -- and will benefit from further contact with remarkable parents -- a mother who can seemingly accomplish whatever she wants, and a father who, besides his significant achievements, has overcome occasional disaster: an accident several years ago, and a ruptured appendix that required emergency surgery shortly after he and Maggie moved back home to Watkins Glen on June 24.
"They're good," said Livy of their health. "They paid a surprise visit this weekend -- called the day before they came down."
When I first phoned her Sunday, she was busy with them.
"Can I call you back?" Livy asked. "I'm out walking with Mom and Dad. I can get back to you after I'm home."
"Of course," I said, and I turned my attention elsewhere. It wasn't long, though, before my phone was ringing. Her number showed on the phone screen, and I answered.
"Livy," I said.
"Hello, Charlie," she replied. And two old friends started talking.
Photos in text:
From top: Olivia Coffey; Livy rowing; Livy with her boyfriend, Michael Blomquist, and their dog Maisie. (Photos provided)
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The Arc's golf tourney offers a chance at $10,000 putting prize for one participant
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WATKINS GLEN, July 13, 2016 -- The Arc of Schuyler’s 16th Annual Golf tournament will be held at the Watkins Glen Golf Course on Friday, Aug. 19. This year’s tournament will feature a new putting contest, offering one lucky golfer a chance to putt for $10,000.
Dominick Franzese, of Watkins Glen, is serving his third year as Chair of the event. “The tournament filled quickly and that goes to show how much people enjoy this event and how strongly people feel about supporting The Arc and its mission to help people with developmental disabilities," he said.
"We’re thrilled about the addition of a putting contest that will only further enhance the tournament.”
The putting contest is sponsored by the Oswego County Mutual Insurance Company. Presenting sponsors for the tournament are Relph Benefit Advisors and The Bonadio Group, along with many local businesses and individual supporters.
Each of the 64 golfers in the tournament will receive an entry into a Putting Contest raffle. Each ticket is included in the registration price. Organizers will draw one winning name, and that golfer will get the chance to sink a putt from 50 feet. If he or she manages to sink the putt in one stroke, he or she will win a cash prize of $10,000.
Franzese is joined by this year’s Honorary Tournament Chair, Ron Glover of Montour Falls. Glover receives supports through The Arc and is an active volunteer in the Schuyler County area. He delivers brochures for the Office for the Aging and the local food pantry, assists at the Silver Spoon Cafe and the Cornell Cooperative Extension Teaching Garden, and delivers birthday cards to long-term residents at the Falls Home and the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility. He is a greeter for The Arc’s weekly shredding service ... and is looking forward to welcoming golfers and guests at the tournament.
“An Honorary Chair helps our participants and sponsors focus on what this tournament is all about -- supporting people with disabilities to achieve their goals,” Franzese said. “We are proud to honor Ron for all he has accomplished and his contributions to our community.”
The Arc offers regional businesses a chance to promote their brand through monetary sponsorship or product donation. Personal donations are also accepted and are acknowledged in the tournament souvenir journal. For more information about the tournament and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.arcofschuyler.org or call The Arc's Director of Community Relations, Holly Baker, at 607-535-6934.
Photo in text: Tournament Chair Dominick Franzese, right, with Honorary Chair Ron Glover. (Photo provided)
The Church Street Produce team poses after winning the Little League crown.
Church St. Produce wins Schuyler LL title
WATKINS GLEN, June 15 -- The Church Street Produce team won the Schuyler County Little League Majors Division title Wednesday, defeating Amerigas 5-4 in the championship game.
The key hit was a 2-run double by Church Street's Daniel Lewis in the bottom of the last inning.
Owen Scholtisek opened the game on the mound for Church Street. He was later relieved by Ben Heichel, who closed the game. Travon Jones provided some power for Amerigas with a home run.
Photo in text: Church Street's Ryan Willett slides back to first as Amerigas first baseman Caden Confer awaits the ball on a pickoff try. (Photos by TrenchCoach)
Church Street Produce's Daniel Lewis delivered the game-winning double.
The Parmenter Team Tiremasters celebrate after winning the Schuyler Little League title.
Team Parmenter wins Schuyler LL 'A' title
WATKINS GLEN, June 15 -- Parmenter Team Tiremasters built a 10-3 lead and held on for a 12-9 victory over Valicenti Advisory Services Wednesday in the championship game of the Schuyler County Little League's Minor A League.
Connor Foggie started on the mound for Parmenter, going two innings before being relieved by Gavin Lohmeyer as their team built a seven-run advantage.
Valicenti rallied to within three runs in the final inning on RBIs by Benson Patterson and Andrew Coston before Parmenter secured the victory.
Photo in text: Parmenter's Gavin Lohmeyer slides into home. (Photos by TrenchCoach)
From left: Chris Clark, Hanley Elliott, Ian Chedzoy, Maggie Bond and John Fazzary. (Photo provided)
5 from WGHS honored at ESPN dinner
ITHACA, June 12 -- Two coaches and three student-athletes from Watkins Glen High School were honored Sunday night at the annual Ithaca ESPN Night of Champions awards banquet at the Ithaca Golf Club.
The two coaches won Coach of the Year honors: John Fazzary for cross country, and Chris Clark for girls golf.
The student-athletes -- honored as Scholar Athletes of the Year in their respective sports -- were Maggie Bond (girls cross country), Ian Chedzoy (wrestling), and Hanley Elliott (girls golf).
Hazlitt places 5th in Division 2 at States
NORTH SYRACUSE, June 11 -- Watkins Glen High School junior Patrick Hazlitt closed out his 2016 track season with a Division 2 fifth-place finish in the 1600 Meter Run at Saturday's New York State Public High School Athletic Association Track and Field Championships.
The tournament, at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, saw Hazlitt finish 17th overall among Division 1 and 2 runners with his time of 4:23.83.
That was off his school-record 4:18.33 he posted at the State Qualifier a week earlier, but his second-best time ever. He broke the school record three times this season, first surpassing graduate Matt Gill's old mark of 4:29.15 by running a 4:26.61 on May 13 in a Corning meet, then registering a 4:24.4 at the Section IV Class C Tournament in Sidney, and then running a 4:18.33 at the Qualifier on June 2 in Vestal.
"It was a great season for Patrick," said Watkins Glen track coach Jessica Karius after Saturday's race.
Photo in text: Patrick Hazlitt (foreground) at Saturday's race. (Photo provided)
O-M Athletes of Year: Dunn and Elliott
ODESSA, June 9, 2016 -- Odessa-Montour High School seniors April Dunn and Bryce Elliott were named winners of the school's Harold Lynch Female and Male Athlete of the Year Awards Thursday night.
The awards were presented at the 49th annual O-M Sports Boosters Banquet. The honors are presented each year to the school's outstanding senior athletes.
Dunn had All-Star seasons in soccer and track, and was on the varsity basketball team for the first time. Her soccer team won the IAC Small Schools title. Elliott had All-Star seasons in football, basketball and track, helping the football and track teams to division titles.
Winning the Charles Martin Memorial Sportsmanship Awards Thursday were seniors Tyler Clark and Madison Lodge. Clark played soccer, basketball and golf, while Lodge was a swimmer and played basketball and softball.
Photo in text above: April Dunn and Bryce Elliott with their Athlete of the Year awards.
The awards for the night, team by team:
MVPs included, standing from left, Maggie Bond (Girls Track and Field), Parker Pangallo (Boys Golf), Hanley Elliott (Girls Golf), Patrick Hazlitt (Boys Track and Field), and Jordan Shea (Tennis); and kneeling in front, Ryan Clark (Boys Golf) and Ian Chedzoy (Wrestling). (Photo by George Rutledge)
Honors bestowed at WG Awards Night
WATKINS GLEN, June 8 -- Watkins Glen High School varsity athletes received various honors Wednesday evening as the Sports Boosters hosted a Spring Sports Awards Night in the WGHS cafeteria.
Coaches from baseball (Marc Kimmerly), boys golf (Rob Michel), girls golf (Chris Clark), lacrosse (Nils Watson), softball (Jim Scott), tennis (Scott Morse), boys track (Jessica Karius) and girls track (Alyssa Hoobler) presented honors to selected players.
The honors were presented as follows:
Boys Track and Field:
Girls Track and Field:
Photos in text:
Top: WGHS Athletes who were Ithaca ESPN Athletes of the Week. Each such designation earned the Sports Boosters Club $50. From left: Amanda Pike (twice, for volleyball and basketball), Patrick Hazlitt (cross country), Ian Chedzoy (wrestling), Brandon Gould (wrestling), and Hanley Elliott (golf). Ryan Pruitt (who won for football) was not present.
Bottom: Modified Softball coach Ralph Diliberto presented a softball signed by his team to Erich Kramer, who is leaving the post as Athletic Manager for a job outside the district.
Odessa-Montour junior Andy Fudala in competition in May.
Odessa File's Schuyler Spring MVPs: Fudala and Vondracek
SCHUYLER COUNTY, June 6 -- It has been a fascinating spring sports season at Odessa-Montour High School, with an IAC and Sectional championship boys track-and-field team, a successful girls track team, a golfer who made it to States for the third year in a row, an inaugural season of a joint O-M/WG baseball team, a consistently excellent performance from the tennis team's top player, and a resurgence in softball.
Out of that landscape, it seems fitting to spread the wealth of honors a bit. Hence we are honoring two O-M athletes as our Odessa File Schuyler Spring MVPs: track-and-field standout Andy Fudala, who led his team to those IAC and Sectional titles, and Grace Vondracek, an 8th grader who led the turnaround in the softball team's fortunes from recent doormats to competitive force.
Fudala, a junior, was a frequent multiple winner in Hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump, sprint relay and Pole Vault. Along the way, he tied the school record for the Pole Vault at 12 feet, 6 inches.
When the Indians won the Section IV, Class D title, he won the vaulting event, was second in the 110 Meter Hurdles, third in the 400 Meter Hurdles, and on the winning 4x100 Relay team.
When O-M won the IAC Small Schools title at the conference tournament, he tied the school vault mark, won the 400 Meter Hurdles, was second in the 100 Meter Hurdles, and fifth in the Long Jump.
Meanwhile, he broke his own school record in the Pentathlon as he finished third overall in the section and second among small-school pentathletes.
All of that followed a season of Fudala successes on a regular basis (four wins at one meet and three at another), the keynote in a highly successful O-M spring.
Vondracek, meanwhile, started the season slowly and got better and better with the game-by-game experience, taking the mound regularly for her team, and leading it on offense. By the end of the season she had a batting average of .527 -- which was 243 points higher than the next highest average on the team -- and an on-base percentage of .594, along with a slugging percentage of 1.164. Among her hits were three doubles, seven triples and six homers. She drove in 30 of the team's 137 runs, and scored 28 of them.
In her last week alone, she reached base in 16 of the 17 times she went to the plate, drawing six walks and going 10-for-11 with three homers and two triples while driving in 12 runs and scoring 10.
Her pitching kept improving, too, with a 3-hit shutout and a no-hitter in that final week, where in four games she struck out 49 batters and walked just seven in 28 innings.
When she was on the mound, the team -- in most games -- was competitive, winning seven of them and coming very close twice. Without her, the squad was swept in three games. This followed several O-M seasons in which one or two victories was the norm. This time, the team was a whisker away from sectionals.
Vondracek was, just as Andy Fudala was in track and field, a large component on the drive to success. And that is one important hallmark of an MVP award.
That's not to say either Fudala or Vondracek were without help. Each had substantial contributions from teammates.
But those two athletes, with their sizable achievements, clearly stood out in an MVP sense during a season of successes.
Photo in text: Grace Vondracek delivers a pitch in May.
All-Schuyler All-Star TeamFirst Team:
Andy Fudala -- Odessa-Montour (Track) -- MVP
Grace Vondracek -- Odessa-Montour (Softball) -- MVP
Gillian Clark -- Odessa-Montour (Golf)
Tyler Clark -- Odessa-Montour (Golf)
Bryce Elliott -- Odessa-Montour (Track)
Curtis Harris -- Odessa-Montour (Tennis)
Ryan Clark -- Watkins Glen (Golf)
Hanley Elliott -- Watkins Glen (Golf)
Patrick Hazlitt -- Watkins Glen (Track)
Ian Chedzoy -- Watkins Glen (Lacrosse)
Maggie Bond -- Watkins Glen (Track)
Gabe Planty -- Watkins Glen (Track)
Shawn Rutledge -- Watkins Glen (Track)
Honorable Mention: Patrick Bannon (WG Golf); Max Schimizzi (WG Golf); Gabi Decker (WG Golf); Dasia Herrmann (OM Softball); Madison Lodge (OM Softball); Megan Jenkins (OM Softball); Breeana Bentley (OM Softball); Nateah Cornish (WG softball); Katherine Meehan (WG softball); Clara Chedzoy (WG Track); Dylan Platon (WG Lacrosse); Jake Kelly (WG Lacrosse); Thomas Schmitt (WG Track); Jena Slater (WG Track); Claire McManus (WG Track); Brandon Pike (WG Track); Daniel Paradiso (WG Track); Sean Holland (WG Track); Cameron Connelly (WG Track); James Terry (OM Golf); Alec Betts (OM Track), Andy Hartford (OM Track).
Odessa-Montour's Zach Elliott prepares to throw the discus. (Photo by Pamela Rutledge)
Hazlitt sets school mark, reaches States
VESTAL, June 2, 2016 -- Watkins Glen High School junior Patrick Hazlitt placed second Thursday in the 1600 Meter Run at the Section IV State Track and Field Qualifier at Vestal High School, which sends him to the State Meet on Saturday, June 11 at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
Hazlitt (pictured at right) broke his own school record with time of 4:18.33, surpassing the 4:24.4 he posted a week earlier at the Section IV, Class C Tournament in Sidney. That 4:24.4 had bested Hazlitt's previous school mark of 4:26.61 set on May 13 in a Corning meet, which in turn had beaten the old school mark of 4:29.15 set by WGHS graduate Matt Gill.
Maine-Endwell's Dan Schaffer won the 1600 in 4:16.12.
Also for Watkins Glen:
--Shawn Rutledge placed 8th in the Steeplechase in 10:12.46
--Jimmy Randolph was 10th in the 400 Meter Hurdles in 1:01.11
Among O-M girls:
--The 4x100 Relay team was 8th in 53.87.
Among Watkins Glen girls:
Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt and Odessa-Montour's Kennedey Heichel. (Photos by Pamela Rutledge)
From left: Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge and Odessa-Montour's Hannah Bruno and Jimmy Randolph. (Photos by Pamela Rutledge)
From left: Watkins Glen runners Kai Sutterby, Maggie Bond and Gabe Planty. (Photos by Pamela Rutledge)
Left: Watkins Glen's Brooke Shaffer. Right: Odessa-Montour's Casey Underdown. (Photos by Pamela Rutledge)
From left: Watkins Glen's Jacob Carocci, O-M's Luke Eberhardt and Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy. (Photos by Pamela Rutledge)
Athletes of Week: 1 golfer, 3 tracksters
SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 29 -- A female golfer and three male track standouts are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.
The golfer is Watkins Glen High School's Hanley Elliott, who tied for first place with an 89 before losing in a playoff for the individual title at the Section IV Girls Golf Championship at Soaring Eagles Golf Course, and in the process advanced to the State Tournament on Long Island this coming weekend.
Two of the track honorees are from WGHS: Patrick Hazlitt, who won the 1600 and 3200 at the Section IV, Class C Tournament, breaking his own school record in the former; and Shawn Rutledge, who won the Class C title in the 3000 Meter Steepechase, his specialty.
The other honoree is Odessa-Montour's Andy Fudala, who won the Pole Vault at the Section IV, Class D Track Championships, and was second in the 100 Meter Hurdles, third in the 400 Meter Hurdles, and on the first-place 4x100 Relay squad.
Double Honorable: Odessa-Montour golfer Gillian Clark; O-M track's Bryce Elliott and Luke Eberhardt; and Watkins Glen golfer Ryan Clark.
Honorable Mention: Another 24 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.
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.
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
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