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O-M boys fall to Notre Dame, 79-30
ELMIRA, Dec. 10 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 0-2 Monday night when it dropped a 79-30 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the ND gym.
The Crusaders rushed out to a 23-6 lead in the first quarter, and led 35-20 at halftime. Then they outscored O-M 28-7 in the third quarter and 16-3 in the fourth.
Tom Agan led Notre Dame in scoring with 21 points, while Darius Garvin registered 19 and Jonas McCaig 16.
Tanner Dupuy topped Odessa scorers with 13 points, while Zach Peoples had 8.
The Indians return to action Friday at Candor.
Junior Varsity: Notre Dame defeated O-M.
Athletes: A swimmer and 3 wrestlers
SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 9 -- One swimmer and three wrestlers are our Odessa File Athletes of the Week.
In this first award week of the winter sports season, the honors at Watkins Glen High School go to swimmer Matt Doppel and wrestlers Ian Chedzoy and Brandon Gould.
Doppel posted four victories -- two individual and two in relays -- as the Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team defeated Odessa-Montour in its season opener. Doppel captured the 100 Fly and 100 Back, along with wins in the 200 Medley Relay and 200 Free Relay.
Both Chedzoy and Gould were class winners in the Larry Goodrich Memorial Wrestling Tournament at Newark Valley High School. Gould won the 113-pound title, while Chedzoy captured top honors in the 182-pound class. Both also had key roles in the Senecas' season-opening victory over Waverly.
At O-M, the honor goes to Joe Rorick, unbeaten in nine bouts at the Arkport Holiday Duals Wrestling Tournament. He fought at 120 pounds.
Double Honorable Mention: Watkins Glen bowler Lucy Craig; O-M bowler Mitch McElroy; O-M wrestlers Bill Bacon and Adam Gifford; Watkins Glen wrestlers Josh Burge, Andrew Specht, Kurtis Edwards and Colton Arcangeli; Watkins Glen basketball player Madison Gates.
Honorable Mention: Another 28 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal all-stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each school.
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4 Odessa wrestlers excel at Arkport Duals
ARKPORT, Dec. 8 -- Four Odessa-Montour wrestlers posted outstanding records Friday and Saturday at the 7th Annual Arkport Holiday Duals Tournament at Arkport High School.
Joe Rorick registered a 9-0 record at 120 pounds, while Bill Bacon and Adam Gifford were each 8-1, Bacon at 126 pounds and Gifford at 132. Joe Wright was 7-2 at 220 pounds.
No individual weight titles were at stake -- just the team title, won by Rush-Henrietta for the third straight year, with Alfred-Almond second and East Rochester third.
"We like going to the Arkport Duals to get as many opportunities to wrestle as we can," said O-M Coach Bill Lindsley. "It allows our better wrestlers to get different competition and our newer guys a chance to compete in multiple matches, which should help them learn the art of wrestling quicker."
O-M compiled a 2-7 record in the tournament, falling to Rush Henrietta (76-6), Avon (60-27), Arkport (54-29), Hornell (48-35), Geneseo (54-27), East Rochester (48-33), and Pavilion (42-33). The Indians defeated Hammondsport 48-17, and Caledonia Mumford 44-24.
Other O-M individual records included a 5-4 mark by James Shortt at 170 pounds, and 4-5 marks by John Kuparinen (152), Nickolas Angle (182), and Ashton Furney (195).
Watkins Glen's Ian Chedzoy stands atop the podium after
winning his weight class.
2 Glen wrestlers win at NV tourney
NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 8 -- A pair of Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestlers won their weight classes Saturday at the annual Larry Goodrich Memorial Tournament held at Newark Valley High School. The team placed fifth overall.
Brandon Gould (at 113 pounds) and Ian Chedzoy (at 182) posted victories among six members of the team making it to the finals.
Gould defeated Brandon Macumber by fall in the third period, while Chedzoy defeated Justin Lovejoy of Newark Valley 7-1.
Josh Burge (170), Andrew Specht (138), Kurtis Edwards (195) and Colton Arcangeli (285) each finished in 2nd place.
Also placing for Watkins Glen were Trevor Walter (4th place at 99 pounds), Caleb Smith (6th place at 99), Tim Carnes (5th place at 152), Dean Laughlin (6th place at 152), and Andrew Brown (6th place at 160).
The Senecas' Josh Burge won the Quickest Pin Award for a pin in 13 seconds.
Photo in text: Brandon Gould (Photo provided)
Watkins Glen's Lucy Craig after she recorded one of her many strikes.
Bowling: Glen girls top O-M, while O-M boys post victory
WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 6 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team defeated Odessa-Montour 4-0 Thursday while the Odessa-Montour boys prevailed over Watkins 3-1 in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Johnny's Lanes.
Lucy Craig paced the Glen girls with a 591 series built on games of 206-210-175 as the Senecas won all three games plus total pinfall, 2370-1876.
Other series for Watkins: Samantha Bradley (468, including a 203), Liz Mason (428), Erika Rhodes (410), Dakota Evans (404), and Lindsey Suddaby (395).
Leading the way for O-M was Jordan Little with a 494 series. Sarah Simmons posted a 474, Kayla Pellor a 374, Tritona Watkins a 281, Heavyn Arias a 226, and Ashley Stewart a 214.
“I was really happy for Lucy Craig," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "I told her at yesterday’s practice that she was going to bowl at least a 530 today. Nobody works harder than Lucy. Some might work as hard, but nobody works harder.”
Added Brower: “Sam Bradley showed just how much of a leader she was today by fighting through a nagging injury to bowl that second game (her 203). And I am real happy with the improvement of freshman Liz Mason. She has been working through an injury, too.”
The O-M boys won their first two games and total pinfall, 2322-2016. The Indians were paced by Mitch McElroy's 530 series, which included a 222 game. Alex Grady rolled a 517 series (with a 205), while Phil Humphries posted a 484, Hayden Moss a 405, Ryan Lambert a 381, and Frank Wood a 337.
Watkins Glen's boys were led by Steven Bradley's 453 series, with Austin LaFever just behind at 449. Tristan Zimba added a 367, Mitch Smith a 361, Casen Weeden a 347, and Randy Layton a 321.
“The Watkins boys didn’t quit and took the third game," said Brower. "We have some youth and some inexperience, but we’re learning. Tristan has never bowled before, Casen is a 7th grader who has never bowled before, and Steven Bradley has as much experience as anybody else on the team except Austin -- and Steven is in the 8th grade. Most of the team has never shaved.”
Before the match, said Brower, Watkins Glen seniors Lindsey Suddaby and Megan Daigle organized both the Watkins girls and boys teams to sing the National Anthem. Some of the Odessa-Montour bowlers joined in, he said.
“I couldn’t have been more proud," said Brower. "To me, that’s what this is supposed to be about…We have some really good kids here.”
Photos in text: O-M's Mitch McElroy exults after converting a 5-7 split; and Watkins Glen's Samantha Bradley relaxes between frames.
Left: O-M's Phil Humphries reacts after registering a strike. Right: Watkins Glen's Steven Bradley sends the ball on its way.
O-M's Kayla Pellor watches the pins fly as she converts a spare.
Watkins wrestlers defeat Waverly
WAVERLY, Dec. 5 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team opened its season on a winning note Wednesday night, defeating Waverly 45-33 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Waverly gym.
Watkins Glen 45, Waverly 33
90 -- Trevor
Walter WG lost to AJ Burkhart :35
Left: O-M's Zach Peoples (32) and Tanner Dupuy (5) battle for a rebound. Right: The Indians' Cody Daugherty sends a shot on its way.
O-M boys fall short, 37-33
ODESSA, Dec. 5 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team opened its season with a loss Wednesday night, falling to Newark Valley 37-33 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.
The Indians built an early 8-0 lead midway through the first period, but the Cardinals (now 1-2) went on a 21-6 run to build a 21-12 lead with three minutes left in the third quarter.
Odessa rallied with four baskets in the closing minutes of the period to tie the game 23-23, only to see Newark Valley build a fast four-point lead in the fourth quarter.
The Indians closed to within a point, 33-32, with a minute remaining, but the Cardinals held them off down the stretch.
"We played hard, but we didn't have enough big plays down the end," said O-M Coach Brad Clark. "We had a lot of turnovers, but you can expect that this early in the season."
Tanner Dupuy led Odessa in scoring with 11 points, while Cody Daugherty scored 8, Joe Collins 6, Zach Peoples 5, and Tyler Clark 3. The team was 5-for-9 from the free-throw line.
Josh Felicetti led Newark Valley with 12 points. The Cardinals were 5-for-10 from the line.
Junior Varsity: Newark Valley defeated O-M.
Photos in text:
Top: Odessa's Tanner Dupuy glides toward the basket. He led the team with 11 points.
Bottom: O-M's Joe Collins prepares to launch a jump shot.
Tyler Clark prepares to shoot.
O-M girls lose 2nd straight, 48-39
NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 5 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team's record slipped to 0-2 Wednesday night when it dropped a 48-39 Interscholastic Athletic Conference road decision to Newark Valley.
The Indians fell behind 12-8 in the first period, and trailed 24-11 at the half. The score after three periods was 36-21, and O-M could get no closer than eight points after that. Newark Valley is now 1-2.
Gillian Clark led Odessa with 12 points, while Hailie Searles scored 7, Nakiaha Robinson 6, Callie Stillman 5, Trisha Williams 4, Addi Rhodes 3, and Brooke Collins 2.
The Indians shot 11-for-49 from the floor and were 13-for-24 from the foul line. Clark had two 3-pointers, while Stillman and Robinson had one each.
"We just did not play well at all in the first half, especially in the second quarter," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We had too many silly unforced turnovers and mental lapses on the defensive end that a young team sometimes makes. That was the difference."
Junior Varsity: Newark Valley defeated O-M 36-32. Olivia Grover led the Indians with 10 points.
O-M's Billy Bacon (top) takes control of his 132-pound bout. He won in 22 seconds.
O-M wrestlers open with narrow loss
ODESSA, Dec. 5 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team opened its season with a loss Wednesday night, dropping a 42-36 decision to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in O-M's Jack Davis Gym.
The entire contest lasted just 20 minutes, the speed a result of multiple forfeits and one-round bouts.
The S-VE victory was determined in the final contest of the evening, at 138 pounds. While O-M's Cody Bowen took control early, he was ultimately defeated by Robby Swartout on a pin with just one second left in the first period.
Spencer-Van Etten 42, Odessa-Montour 36
-- Brian Sexton (S-VE) by forfeit
Photos in text:
Top: O-M's Ian Hradisky battles S-VE's Jonah Bowen at 285.
Bottom: Odessa's Cody Bowen left, throws S-VE's Robby Swartout to the mat, but Swartout won in 1:59.
O-M's Nick Angle (top) battles S-VE's Brian Martinez at 182 pounds. Martinez won.
Left: Watkins Glen's Victoria Goehner goes up for a shot. Right: The Senecas' Halle Phillips (21) runs into traffic on the way to the basket. (Both photos by Don Romeo)
Watkins Glen girls roll past Tioga in opener, 40-25
WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 4 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by Madison Gates' double-double of 17 points and 18 rebounds -- opened its season with a win Tuesday night, powering past Tioga 40-25 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House gym.
The Senecas, tied with the Tigers at 9-9 after one period, built an 18-11 lead by halftime. Gates scored 11 of her points before intermission.
The advantage was nine points, 29-20, entering the fourth period, before the Senecas went on a run that built their lead to 19 points, at 40-21.
"We had great play by both guards and posts," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "We had strong rebounding and great hustle."
Scoring in addition to Gates were Victoria Goehner (11 points, 2 steals and 2 assists), Madison Myers (6 points, 2 steals and 2 assists), and Halle Phillips (6 points, 3 steals and 2 assists).
The Senecas were 8-for-12 from the free-throw line, with Gates going 5-for-6. Tioga (0-1), which was led by Lynzy Baker's 8 points, was 1-for-4 from the line.
The Senecas return to action Friday at Newark Valley.
Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Tioga 26-17. Katherine Meehan led the Senecas with 11 points, while Allison Teed scored 5 points.
Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Madison Gates drives to the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Glen's Alexis Naylor prepares to pass the ball around a Tioga defender.
tipoff. Right: Justice Heiderich
(23) goes up for a shot.
Watkins boys start slow, but top Tioga
TIOGA CENTER, Dec. 4 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team sputtered out of the gate in its season opener Tuesday night at Tioga, but pulled away from the Tigers in the second half for a 56-30 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory.
"The first half was painfully bad," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary of his team's 7-for-38 shooting in the first two periods. Nonetheless, the Senecas led at intermission 20-16.
Watkins pulled away with a 21-2 third quarter, and coasted from there.
"I was pretty happy with our defense and our pressure," said Fazzary. "We forced a lot of turnovers. But we have a lot of things to work on."
The Senecas registered 20 steals, led by Matt Estes' five. Joe Palumbo and Tony Keough had three each.
Estes led the team in scoring with 13 points, while Adam Tuttle scored 10, Keith Rekczis 8, Colin Gates 8, Luke Flahive 6, Justin Kelly 4, Keough 3, Palumbo 2, and Deven Bond 2.
Gates led the team in rebounds with 6 while Keough grabbed 5, and Palumbo, Rekczis and Kelly 4 apiece.
The Senecas return to action at home Friday against Newark Valley.
Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Tioga 70-45. Jacob Carocci led the Senecas with 21 points while Parker Pangallo scored 19.
O-M's James Terry dives in at start of the 200 IM.
Watkins swimmers top O-M, 87-77
WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 4 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team opened the season Tuesday with an 87-77 victory over intracounty rival Odessa-Montour in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Watkins pool.
Matt Doppel paced the Senecas with two individual wins and two in relays. Other individual victories were posted by Mitch Mangus in the 200 Individual Medley and Patrick Hazlitt in the 500 Free. Jacob Slater was the lone competitor in the diving event.
Individual wins for O-M were posted by Chris Husted in the 200 Free, Tyler Goossen in the 50 Free and 100 Free, and Anthony Humphries in the 100 Breaststroke.
"The boys swam so well for the first meet of the season," said Watkins Glen Coach Jen Conklin. "We had some personal bests, and I can't wait to see what's to come. Some swam difficult events but did very well. We had a great start to the season with a bright outlook. We have a very young team with a lot of potential."
Tuesday's race winners:
Medley Relay: WG Matt Doppel, Mitch Mangus, Liam Fitch,
Zach Butler 2:02.23
Second- and third-place finishes for Watkins Glen:
200 Free: 2nd Aidan DeBolt
in 2:10.60 -- Personal Best
"The O-M boys team is off to a great start," said Odessa Coach Terri Brace. "They swam really well tonight and every one of the returning swimmers from last year posted PRs (personal records). The newcomers to the team all looked really good in the water. They showed a lot of promise and potential. I am really looking forward to seeing how much they develop as swimmers over the season."
Second-place finishes for O-M:
Other Odessa PRs:
Watkins Glen returns to action at Dryden on Dec. 10. Odessa hosts Lansing on Dec. 10.
Photos in text: From top: Watkins Glen's Mitch Mangus en route to victory in the 200 IM; the Senecas' Matt Doppel; and Watkins' Patrick Hazlitt, who won the 500 Free.
Left: Watkins diver Jacob Slater. Right: O-M's Darren Arnold in the 200 Medley Relay.
O-M's Chris Husted on the way to victory in the 200 Free.
Bowling: Watkins girls tie, boys fall
ELMIRA, Dec. 4 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team opened the season with a tie Tuesday, knotting 2-2 with Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Rossi Lanes.
The Watkins boys, meanwhile, fell to the Crusaders 4-0.
The girls lost the first game 713-678, won the second and third games (673-661 and 749-746), and lost total pinfall, 2120-2100.
Samantha Bradley led the Senecas with a 494 series, while Dakota Evans rolled a 443 and Erika Rhodes a 402.
The Watkins boys lost all three games and total pinfall, 2826-1866. The Senecas were led by Austin LaFever's 403 series.
"I told the kids it isn't how you start the season, it's how you finish," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "We have work to do for sure, but the season is long and we'll get there."
Watkins is back in action Thursday at home against Odessa-Montour.
Among the Most Valuable Players presented plaques at the WGHS Sports Awards Night were, front from left, Mikayla Elliott (volleyball), Nateah Cornish (JV volleyball), and Victoria Goehner (girls soccer), and back from left, Matt Gill (boys cross country), Samantha Gill (girls swimming), and Maggie Bond and Taylor Kennard (girls cross country). (Photo by Don Romeo)
Athletes honored at WGHS Awards Night
WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 3 --Awards were presented Monday night to various Watkins Glen High School athletes for their performances during the fall sports season.
The Sports Awards Night, sponsored by the Sports Booster Club and held in the school cafeteria, saw Sportsmanship, Improved, and Most Valuable honors bestowed by the fall coaches.
The fall coaches included Kelsey Wood and Kim Suddaby (swimming), Brian Gardner (girls soccer), Phil Watson (boys soccer), Lou Condon Jr. and Mike Stephens (football), Katey Cheplick (JV volleyball), Ashley Cross (varsity volleyball), and John Fazzary and David Waite (cross country).
A special honor, the Kate LaMoreaux Swim Award, was presented to diver Lindsey Suddably. The certificate she received describes the award like this: "Given to a swimmer who embodied strength of character and outstanding leadership, generating a family atmosphere by always putting the team first."
The awards for the upcoming winter sports season are tentatively set for presentation in March.
Photo in text: Lindsey Suddaby, winner of the Kate LaMoreaux Swim Award. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Left: O-M's Brooke Collins moves the ball upcourt. Right: Odessa's Hailie Searles shoots.
O-M girls open with loss to Notre Dame
ODESSA, Nov. 23 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team kicked off the Schuyler County high school winter sports season Friday night with a 53-29 loss to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.
The contest was the only one on the Schuyler sports slate. The season gets under way in earnest Tuesday with a slate of seven sporting events: basketball, bowling and swimming.
Notre Dame raced out to a 14-4 first-quarter lead, expanded it to 21 points at halftime (34-13) and entered the final period ahead 46-22.
Callie Stillman led Odessa with 7 points, while Nakiaha Robinson scored 6, Hailie Searles 5, Gillian Clark 5, Addi Rhodes 5, and Brooke Collins 1.
Sheridan Heine led Notre Dame with 19 points, including 15 in a dominant first-half performance. Arianna Bulkley added 13 points, including 11 in the first half.
Neither team had a good night at the free-throw line. Notre Dame converted 6 of 14 attempts, while O-M converted 5 of 14.
"This was a tough opener for us, to face a team that has that many quality athletes and us being so young," said Odessa Coach Greg Gavich, whose roster includes two 8th graders.
"We did some good things at times throughout the contest and have something to build on for the rest of the season. I am confident we will improve off of this and get better. A lot of positives out there tonight."
The Indians return to action with a scrimmage at home against Sayre next Friday (11 a.m.), and then travel to Newark Valley on Wednesday, Dec. 4 for a game against the Cardinals.
Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost 38-26. Olivia Grover and Kailie Thomas led the Indians in scoring with 8 points each.
Photo in text:
Top: O-M's Mikayla Curren, left, looks to pass the ball to a teammate.
Bottom: Odessa's Callie Stillman drives to the basket.
O-M's Nakiaha Robinson, left, eludes the reach of a Notre Dame defender.
Playing in the recent Interscholastic Athletic Conference Exceptional Seniors Game at Tompkins Cortland Community College were, from left: Watkins Glen players Jordan Doane and Victoria Goehner and Odessa-Montour's Mikayla Curren. (Photo provided)
Shutter earns All-Region 1st Team status
CORTLAND, Nov. 17 -- Odessa-Montour alum Morgan Shutter, who led his Tompkins Cortland Community College men's soccer team in scoring this past season, has earned National Junior College Athletic Association Region III all-region First Team honors.
Shutter, a freshman who was the Mid-State Athletic Conference Player of the Year, was one of three TC3 players named to the First Team. TC3 Coach Andy Davis was named co-coach of the year in the region.
Shutter led TC3 with 10 goals and 24 points. All-Star voting was conducted by coaches of Region III.
Gill places 38th at Federation Meet
WAPPINGERS FALLS, Nov. 16 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Matt Gill finished 38th among 248 of the best runners in the state Saturday at the New York Federation Cross Country Championships at Bowdoin Park, Wappingers Falls.
The event, which includes runners from both public and parochial schools throughout the state and does not separate runners into classes based on school sizes, saw Gill post a time of 16:42 on the 5,000-meter course.
Gill was second among Class D runners the previous week at the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Cross Country Championships at Queensbury High School.
Photos in text: Matt Gill outside the WGHS Field House, before leaving for the Federation meet; and Gill on the Federation course Saturday. (Photos provided)
Watkins' Matt Gill
SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 13 -- In a fall sports season that saw few Schuyler County teams achieve success, there were many individual standout performances.
Chief among them was the collective performance of Matt Gill, whose Watkins Glen boys varsity cross-country team captured a Section IV, Class D title at a tournament in which Gill won the Class D race. This followed a regular pattern of Gill wins throughout the season, and preceded his second-place finish in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D race in Queensbury, New York -- a race in which he set a personal best time.
As the leader of an IAC and Section IV championship team, Gill (pictured at right) proved his value time and again, something he has made a habit of doing since his freshman year. Now in his senior season, we are witnessing a high school student at the top of his game. And we should feel privileged for the opportunity to watch.
Accordingly, Matt Gill -- as he has been for the past two years, as well -- is The Odessa File Schuyler Fall MVP.
And in keeping with tradition here, we strive to honor other athletes who achieved and entertained. We do so by teams -- 1st, 2nd and 3rd, along with Honorable Mention. Placement is based mostly on points earned in an ongoing, weekly Odessa File poll, and in part on post-season impact at league and sectional tournaments.
All-Schuyler All-Star Team
Matt Gill -- cross country, Watkins Glen -- MVP
Shawn Rutledge -- cross country, Watkins Glen
Jacob Carocci -- cross country, Watkins Glen
April Dunn (OM soccer), Matt Estes (WG soccer), De'naja Blanchard (WG soccer), Cole Bliss (WG football), Ian Chedzoy (WG football), Lucas Wickham (WG soccer), Madison Gates (WG soccer), Collin Povoski (OM soccer), Addi Rhodes (OM soccer), Brandon Pike (WG cross country), Jacob Slater (WG cross country), Matt Woodworth (WG cross country), Corey Flahive (WG cross country), Tanner Dupuy (OM soccer), Callie Stillman (OM soccer), Joey Collins (OM soccer), Chris Husted (OM soccer), Justine Hulbert (WG soccer), Emily Doppel (WG swimming), Jordan Rappleye (WG football), Alexis Naylor (WG swimming), Parker Pangallo (WG soccer), Brooke Shaffer (WG volleyball), Mikayla Curren (OM soccer).
Athletes of Week: Gill, Lexi
SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 11 -- The final Odessa File fall sports Athletes of the Week are familiar Watkins Glen High School names: senior runner Matt Gill and eighth-grade diver Lexi Castellaneta.
Gill earns the nod for his second-place finish in the Class D race at the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Cross Country Championships. In the process, he broke the 16-minute mark for the first time.
Castellaneta won the Class C diving title at the Section IV Swimming Championships, which came on the heels of victory at the IAC tournament.
Double Honorable: Watkins Glen runners Taylor Kennard and Patrick Hazlitt; Watkins swimmers Victoria Wixson, Sam Gill and Emma Allington; Watkins diver Lindsey Suddaby, and Odessa-Montour swimmers Jordan Little and Maia Rumsey.
Honorable Mention: Another 15 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps to determine seasonal All-Star teams and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each school.
The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity cross-country teams posed Friday at the school's Field House before their departure for Queensbury to compete in Saturday's New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Cross Country Championships. Both squads earned the trip by winning the Class D titles at the Section IV meet Oct. 30th at Chenango Valley State Park. The boys team includes, standing from left, Shawn Rutledge, Matt Gill, Matt Woodworth, Jacob Carocci, Brandon Pike, Patrick Hazlitt and Jacob Slater. The girls team includes, seated from left, Maria Chedzoy, Julia Reilly, Maggie Bond and Taylor Kennard and, standing at right, Corey Flahive. (Photo provided)
Gill 2nd at States; team 6th
Watkins Glen girls place 7th
QUEENSBURY, NY, Nov. 10 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Matt Gill finished in second place Saturday in the Class D race at the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Cross Country Championships.
Gill (pictured in the file photo at right) completed the 5,000-meter run on the Queensbury High School course in 15:53.7, second only to the 15:46.2 posted by Greenwich's Jeremy Spiezio. It was the first time that Gill has broken the 16-minute barrier.
"Matt was happy," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "I mean, he would have liked to win, but he went in ranked third, and surpassed that. He made a good go of it."
Gill will be competing again next Saturday at Wappingers Falls in the annual New York State Federation meet, which includes athletes from paraochial as well as public schools.
The Watkins Glen boys team, which qualified for States by winning the Section IV, Class D title on Oct. 30, placed sixth Saturday among 10 squads with 142 points. Mount Academy won with 53 points, while Greenwich was second with 61.
Other Watkins competitors in the field of 120 runners included:
--Patrick Hazlitt, who finished 42nd in 17:19.6.
Watkins Glen Girls:
The Senecas' Section IV, Class D girls champions placed 7th among 10 schools, totaling 157 points. Tully won the team title with 45 points, with Maple Grove second at 76.
Leading the way for Watkins Glen was Taylor Kennard, who finished 38th in a time of 20:38.
Other Watkins times and placements in the field of 113 runners included:
--Maggie Bond, who posted a time of 21:20, good for 56th
"I'm proud of them," Fazzary said of the girls squad. "But I'm proud of the whole group, boys and girls. Just to reach States ... I hope it motivates them to get back there."
Photos in text: Matt Gill on the Queensbury course; and the girls team at States. From left, Corey Flahive, Taylor Kennard, Maggie Bond, Maria Chedzoy and Julia Reilly. (Photos by Heidi Pike)
Glen's Taylor Kennard (left) and Maria Chedzoy (back right) soon after
the race started. Right:
The Senecas' Brandon Pike (front) and Jacob Slater (left).
From left: Maggie Bond, Patrick Hazlitt and Julia Reilly at States. (Photos by Heidi Pike)
The boys team at States. From left: Matt Gill, Jacob Carocci, Patrick Hazlitt, Jacob Slater, Brandon Pike, Matt Woodworth and Shawn Rutledge. (Photo by Heidi Pike)
Watkins Glen's Emma Allington nears the surface after diving at the start of the 100 Free.
3rd, O-M 6th
Lansing takes team title; Dryden 2nd
OWEGO, Nov. 10 -- Lansing captured the team title while Watkins Glen was third and Odessa-Montour sixth Saturday at the Section IV, Class C Swimming Championships at Owego Free Academy.
The Bobcats posted a total of 453 points, easily outdistancing runnerup Dryden (357) and the Senecas (311). Chenango Forks was fourth with 223 points, followed by Waverly (196), Odessa (195), Greene (159), Whitney Point (45), Afton (14) and Southern Cayuga (3).
Watkins Glen -- which captured the diving crown Friday night when Lexi Castellaneta and Lindsey Suddaby finished 1-2 -- failed to earn any titles Saturday, but did get a pair of second-place finishes from Victoria Wixson, in the 200 IM (2:18.73) and in the 100 Back (1:01.43, a second shy of the state qualifying time and 4/10ths of a second behind winner Isabelle Corgel of Lansing).
The Senecas also took second in the 200 Medley Relay, as Wixson, Samantha Gill, Katherine Meehan and Emma Allington posted a 2:13.74.
Allington also placed third in the 50 Free in 26.41 after finishing seventh in the prelims on Wednesday, and was sixth in the 100 Free in 58.66.
Other third-place finishes came from Gill in the 100 Fly (a personal best of 1:03.44) and from Meehan in the 100 Breaststroke (1:16.52). Gill was also sixth in the 200 IM in 2:27.45.
Other championship flight finishers for the Senecas included Emily Doppel, eighth in the 200 IM and fifth in the 100 Back; and Alexis Naylor, eighth in the 500 Free.
"This was an amazing meet for the team," said Watkins Glen Coach Kelsey Wood. "Almost everyone dropped time and swam their personal bests. The girls left (Assistant Coach) Kim (Suddaby) and I speechless. There were moments watching the races where we couldn't believe what we were seeing.
"There were some tremendous swims, (like) Wixson in the IM and Backstroke. She was just shy of the state time in the Back, but I've never seen a swimmer drop so much time during a championship season. It was remarkable.
"We couldn't have asked for a better group of girls or a better season. It will be hard to top this year."
Odessa-Montour's top finishers included:
--Jordan Little, fourth in the 500 Free with a season-best of 6:01.54 and fifth in the 200 Free in a season-best 2:10.65.
--Maia Rumsey, fifth in the 50 Free in 26.47 and fifth in the 100 Free in 58.40.
--Jenelle Bleiler, fifth in the 100 Breaststroke (1:19.04).
--Taylor Rounds, seventh in the 100 Free in a PR of 58.99, and eighth in the 50 Free in 27.18.
--The 200 Free Relay squad (Bleiler, Little, Rounds and Rumsey), fourth in 1:50.63.
--The 400 Free Relay squad (Rounds, Emelia Paulisczak, Little and Rumsey), fourth in 4:02.52.
--Paulisczak, ninth in the 500 Free in a PR of 6:18.78.
" The girls all had a great year," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "Everyone on the team set PRs (personal records) throughout the season. They all worked together as a team, especially on the relays, and supported each other in their individual events.
"The 200 and 400 Free Relays posted the fastest times that Odessa-Montour has seen in many years. Seniors Jenelle Bleiler, Jordan Little, Courtney Neumire, Taylor Rounds and Maia Rumsey made a huge impact during their time on the team and will be greatly missed next year. I wish them all the best of luck as they finish up their senior year at OMCS."
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen's Sam Gill on the way to sixth place in the 200 Individual Medley.
Second: The Senecas' Bridgitte Guild looks to her left as she competes in the 100 Fly. She placed 11th.
Third: Odessa-Montour seniors Jordan Little, left, and Jenelle Bleiler.
Fourth: O-M's Maia Rumsey prepares for the start of the 50 Free, where she finished fifth. She was also fifth in the 100 Free.
Left: Watkins Glen's Emily Doppel with one of her two ribbons. Right: The Senecas' Lindsey Suddaby, left, poses with Lansing's Megan Matheny on the awards stand. Suddaby was second Friday in Class C diving, and Matheny third. Watkins' Lexi Castellaneta won.
O-M's Emelia Paulisczak competes in the 500 Free, where she finished ninth.
O-M's Taylor Rounds races in the 100 Free, where she finished
Left: O-M's Jenelle Bleiler competes in the 100 Fly. Right: Watkins Glen's Halle Phillips enters the water on the second leg of the 400 Free Relay.
Left: Watkins Glen's Katherine Meehan after finishing third in the 100 Breaststroke. Right: Watkins Glen team members were hugging at the end of the meet, the final one for seniors such as Alexis Naylor (facing camera).
Watkins' Victoria Wixson churns through the water en route to second place in the 100 Back.
Lindsey Suddaby soars high on the way to second place in Class C.
Lexi wins Class C diving title
Suddaby 2nd; Swimming Championships today
OWEGO, Nov. 9 -- Watkins Glen eighth grader Lexi Castellaneta, who started diving last year, captured the Section IV, Class C diving title Friday, turning back teammate Lindsey Suddaby.
Castellaneta totaled 348.60 points in the 11-dive competition, while Suddaby, a senior, amassed a personal best of 327.15 for second place. Third place went to Lansing diver Megan Matheny, who had 248 points.
Those were the only divers competing in Class C among a group of 11 divers, eight of whom were from Class B schools.
Why the small number?
There were young divers competing in the dual-meet season at some other Class C schools this year, but none with the required 11-dive postseason repertoire. Regular-season meets require just six dives, and the step up to the postseason's 11 is often too steep to accomplish. That -- and a significant number of senior divers last year who have moved on to college -- are two reasons for a 50% drop in Class C and B competitors from last year.
Castellaneta's point total Friday was, in fact, below that of only one Class B diver, titleist Chloe Collins, an Owego Free Academy senior who amassed 386.80 points. Suddaby's total was topped by only two Class B divers. And the number of competitors aside, the top four divers (Maine-Endwell's Sara Rostedt was runnerup in Class B with 331.35 points) posted exceptional totals.
Class A divers were competing at Elmira Free Academy.
"This is exciting," said Watkins Glen diving coach Kim Suddaby, Lindsey's mother. "The girls were so relaxed, and enjoying themselves. I'm so happy for Lexi, and this was a great way for Lindsey to finish her high school career."
When asked how Lexi had achieved so much so quickly in diving, Suddaby said it was because of the girl's gymnastics background. "In fact," she said, "since I'm a gymnastics coach and she's a gymnast, we sort of speak the same language. I might explain a dive in gymnastics terms, like 'do a layout on this one.'"
Lexi's victory capped off a season in which she was virtually unbeatable, setting two pool records in the process.
She appeared both cold and tired after Friday's meet was over. When asked by her coach how it felt to be a sectional champion, she smiled and said "Woooo!" Any more words seemed unnecessary.
Afterward, the coach was taking her divers to dinner, and then home, so they could return the next day to Owego to cheer their Watkins Glen teammates during the Section IV, Class C Swimming Championships, and to receive their medals. The swim meet was set to start at 9 a.m.
Photos in text:
Top: Lexi Castallaneta executes one of her 11 dives.
Bottom: Watkins Glen diving coach Kim Suddaby with Lexi, left, and Lindsey.
LANSING, Nov. 7 -- Starting positions for Saturday's Section IV, Class C Swimming Championships at Owego Free Academy were set Wednesday at the Class C Prelims held in the Lansing High School pool.
Two tiers of starting grids were set in individual races -- for the eight-competitor championship finals and for the eight-competitor consolation finals, where the highest possible finish is ninth.
From left: WG's Victoria Wixson, Sam Gill and Emma Allington
By event, Watkins Glen qualifiers were:
200 Medley Relay: Watkins Glen placed second, with Victoria Wixson, Katherine Meehan, Sam Gill and Emma Allington posting a 2:01.50.
200 Free: Three swimmers made the consolation finals: Halle Phillips (12th in 2:24.09), Alexis Naylor (13th in 2:26.48), and Gabriella Decker (16th in 2:33.07).
200 IM: Three Watkins swimmers made the championship finals. Victoria Wixson placed second in 2:21.58, Sam Gill fifth in 2:28.24, and Emily Doppel eighth in 2:40.40.
50 Free: Emma Allington made the championship finals, placing seventh in 26.72. Katherine Meehan made the consolation finals, finishing 11th in 27.78.
100 Fly: Sam Gill qualified for the championship finals, finishing second in 1:03.45, while Bridgette Guild and Liza Carnes made the consolation finals, finishing 11th in 1:17.70 and 14th in 1:22.19, respectively.
100 Free: Emma Allington made the championship finals, placing eighth in 59.87. Bridgette Guild is an alternate after placing 18th in 1:05.51.
500 Free: Alexis Naylor qualified for the championship finals, placing eighth in 6:25.33. Halle Phillips and Liza Carnes made the consolation finals, placing 10th in 6:26.46 and 14th in 6:30.01, respectively.
200 Free Relay: Watkins Glen's Wixson, Meehan, Gill and Allington placed fourth in 1:50.26.
100 Back: Victoria Wixson and Emily Doppel qualified for the championship finals, placing second in 1:01.53 and fifth in 1:10.08, respectively.
100 Breaststroke: Katherine Meehan made the championship finals, placing third in 1:17.33. Sara Gardner and Kalea Jones reached the consolation finals, Gardner placing 13th in 1:30.52, and Jones 15th in 1:32.45.
400 Free Relay: Watkins' Naylor, Phillips, Guild and Doppel finaished seventh in 4:26.08.
From left: O-M's Jordan Little, Maia Rumsey and Taylor Rounds
By event, Odessa-Montour qualifiers were:
200 Medley Relay: O-M was seventh, with Gabby Cain, Jenelle Bleiler, Courtney Neumire and Emelia Paulisczak posting a 2:30.49.
200 Free: Jordan Little made the championship finals, placing fifth with a season best of 2:11.96. Emelia Paulisczak made the consolation finals, finishing 10th in 2:21.26.
50 Free: Maia Rumsey and Taylor Rounds made the championship finals. Rumsey placed fourth with a PR of 26.43, while Rounds was right behind in fifth, in a PR of 26.54.
100 Fly: Jenelle Bleiler made the consolation finals, placing 10th in 1:15.61. Courtney Neurmire is an alternate after placing 18th in 1:34.58.
100 Free: Maia Rumsey and Taylor Rounds qualified for the championship finals. Rumsey was fourth in 58.43, while Rounds was sixth in a PR of 59.38.
500 Free: Jordan Little qualified for the championship finals, placing fifth in 6:04.89. Emelia Paulusczak made the consolation finals, placing 13th in 6:29.49.
200 Free Relay: O-M's Bleiler, Little, Rounds and Rumsey were third in 1:50.17.
100 Breaststroke: Jenelle Bleiler made the championship finals, placing fifth in 1:19.40.
400 Free Relay: O-M's Rounds, Paulisczak, Little and Rumsey were fourth in 4:05.63.
Athletes of Week: Cross-country teams
SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 4 -- The members of the Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity cross-country teams are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week for winning Class D titles at Thursday's Section IV Championships at Chenango Valley State Park.
Both teams are headed this coming weekend to the State Cross-Country Championships in Queensbury, New York.
The members of the boys team: Jacob Carocci, Matt Woodworth, Brandon Pike, Matt Gill, Jacob Slater, Patrick Hazlitt and Shawn Rutledge.
The members of the girls team: Julia Reilly, Corey Flahive, Taylor Kennard, Maggie Bond and Maria Chedzoy.
Double Honorable Mention: Victoria Wixson and Lexi Castellaneta, both members of the WGHS girls swim team, and Odessa-Montour swimmer Maia Rumsey. Wixson posted two second-place finishes at the IAC Championships; Castellaneta won the diving title, defeating three other competitors; and Rumsey was 2nd in the 100 Free while beating her previous best by almost two seconds. She added a fifth-place in the 100 Back..
Honorable Mention: Twelve other athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that will help determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each school.
Four members of the Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team played Saturday in the annual Interscholastic Athletic Conference Exceptional Seniors Game at Tompkins Cortland Community College. From left in the photo above, they are Tony Keough, Brennon DeMeritt, Joseph Roth and Scott Hatch. They played on the South squad, which competed against seniors from IAC northern schools. Watkins Glen posted a 10-7-1 record in the season just ended. (Photo provided)
Left: Jesse Teeter. Right: Josh Teeter.
Watkins alums at CCC
Both the men's and women's basketball teams at Corning Community College were in action Sunday, giving spectators a chance to see four Watkins Glen High School graduates play: Chelsea Lehman and Marissa Pike for the women's squad, and twins Josh and Jesse Teeter for the men's. All four played significant roles on past WGHS basketball squads. The CCC women lost 66-45 to Jamestown, while the men defeated Jamestown 86-75. (Photos by Don Romeo)
Left: Chelsea Lehman drives toward the hoop. Right: Marissa Pike takes a shot.
O-M's Maia Rumsey (center) hits the water at start of the 100 Free. She placed second.
Lansing wins IAC swim title
Lexi captures diving crown; Sectionals next
WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 3 -- The Lansing High School girls varsity swim team captured the team title Saturday afternoon at the annual Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championships in the Watkins Glen High School pool.
WGHS finished third in the seven-school field, while Odessa-Montour was fifth heading into this coming week's Section IV tournament.
Meanwhile, Watkins eighth-grader Lexi Castellaneta won the IAC diving crown in a four-diver morning competition to lead her squad to the team title.
Castellaneta, who placed third last year in her first year of diving, polled 359.20 points through the event's 11 dives, her personal best. Teammate Lindsey Suddaby was second with a personal best of 319.40 points. Lansing's Megan Methaney was third with 226.30, and Watkins seventh-grader Hannah Pulis was fourth with 203.75. Regular season meets require just seven different dives.
"I am very proud of all of our divers," said Watkins Glen diving coach Kim Suddaby. "Lindsey and Lexi both had their personal records, while it was Hannah's first 11-dive meet. They are always very positive and work hard in practice. It is also very exciting to see what great sportsmanship they have with other teams."
In the swim competition, Lansing amassed 488 points. Dryden was second with 382 points, followed by Watkins Glen (303), Waverly (284), O-M (227), Whitney Point (80), and Southern Cayuga (20).
Top finisher for Watkins Glen was Victoria Wixson, second in two individual events: the 100 Backstroke in 1:02.10, and the 100 Breaststroke in 1:15.04. The Watkins Glen 200 Medley Relay team of Wixson, Katherine Meehan, Sam Gill and Emma Allington also placed second, in 1:58.84.
Third-place finishes were posted by Allington in the 50 Free (26.59) and 100 Free (58.64), and by Gill in the 100 Fly (1:04.12).
Finishing fourth were Gill in the 200 Individual Medley (2:28.75) and Meehan in the 100 Breaststroke (1:19.18).
Other individual Top 10 finishes included:
--Emily Doppel, sixth in the 100 Back in 1:10.85 and seventh in the 200
IM in 2:39.51.
Watkins swimmers earning IAC All-Star status for finishing in the top three of an individual event were Wixson, Gill and Allington. Castellaneta and Suddaby earned All-Star berths for their diving.
"I was very impressed with the girls today," said Watkins Glen Coach Kelsey Wood. "We've really had a lot of discussion going into the meet about what times they wanted to hit and what they wanted their race to look like. Most of them reached their goals, so it is wonderful to see that. They were so driven going into this meet -- the energy that a big meet like this creates in the team is just amazing. Most of them swam their personal bests, and as a coach, to see the smiles on their faces after they reached that, that's what we coach for. It was a great night. We are definitely ready for sectionals this week!"
Odessa-Montour had some outstanding performances, too -- starting with Maia Rumsey's second-place in the 100 Free in 58.05, almost two seconds faster than her previous best. She also placed fifth in the 100 Back in 1:09.24.
Jenelle Bleiler was third in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:18.79, while teammate Jordan Little was fourth in the 500 Free in 6:01.88, and fifth in the 100 Fly in 1:10.99.
Other individual Top 10 finishes included:
--Taylor Rounds, sixth in the 50 Free in 27.21, and sixth in the 100
Free in 1:00.12.
"The O-M girls had a great meet today!" said O-M Coach Terri
Brace. "Most of the team set PRs (personal records) in at least one
event. Maia Rumsey and Jenelle Bleiler earned IAC All-Star status by placing
second in the 100 Free and third in the 100 Breast, respectively. Also
"I am so pleased with the way the girls swam today. I couldn't be happier with their performances."
PRs, the coach noted, were set by:
--Lovona Carrigan in the 200 Free.
In addition, Jordan Little set a season best in the 500 Free.
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen's Sara Gardner (far lane) dives at start of 200 IM as the crowd watches.
Second: The Senecas' Lexi Castellaneta on her way to the IAC diving title.
Third: Watkins Glen's Alexis Naylor competes in the 200 Free. She finished 10th.
Fourth: The Senecas' Katherine Meehan photographs teammates receiving medals on the podium. Many cameras were used during the award presentations.
Fifth: O-M's Jordan Little holds the ribbon she earned for finishing fourth in the 500 Free.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Ruthe Gardner dives in at the start of the 100 Free.
O-M's Courtney Neumire competes in the 100 Breaststroke.
Glen's Emma Allington on the podium after finishing third in the 50 Free.
O-M's Jenelle Bleiler on the way to third place in the 100 Breaststroke.
From left, Lansing's Megan Methaney and Watkins Glen's Lindsey Suddaby, Lexi Castellaneta and Hannah Pulis competed for the diving title, won by Lexi.
Left: Watkins Glen's Sam Gill after placing third in the 100 Fly. Right: O-M's Taylor Rounds, sixth in the 50 Free and 100 Free.
Watkins Glen divers Lindsey Suddaby (left) and Hannah Pulis.
Key moment: The freshman-junior team's Sonja Pruitt grabs the flag from De'naja Blanchard's belt just before Blanchard crosses the goal line on a final-down play..
claim narrow victory
WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 2 -- In the end, one non-scoring play stood out Friday night.
The once-annual and now resurrected Watkins Glen High School Powderpuff Football game, pitting a team of freshman and junior girls against a squad of sophomores and seniors on the WGHS athletic field, saw three touchdowns that put the freshmen-juniors -- wearing white -- ahead 12-6 in the closing minutes.
The white team had the ball with a half-dozen minutes left when a pass was intercepted at midfield by senior Jordan Doane, who returned it about 20 yards. That gave her team six downs -- the basic number in a Powderpuff, or flag football, contest -- to score a touchdown and tie the game.
The seniors-sophomores moved down inside the 10-yard line, to the seven, but were stymied on a fifth-down play, leaving only one chance to tie the game and, with a point-after conversion, to possibly go ahead. There were fewer than five minutes left on the clock.
The handoff went to the speedy De'naja Blanchard, who swept around left end and headed toward the corner of the end zone -- and lunged across. But she was ruled down just short of the goal line -- and the reason was defender Sonja Pruitt, who caught up, reached out and pulled the flag from Blanchard's belt at the one-yard line. That pull is equivalent to a tackle in a regular football game.
There seemed to be some confusion as to whether Blanchard had made it in, but referee Kelly Muir made the call in favor of Pruitt.
"Kelly wasn't sure she got it right," said chief referee Kai D'Alleva afterward, but she had. D'Alleva was shown a photo of the "tackle" and nodded his head. He would tell Muir.
The white team took over the ball, and while relinquishing it one more time near midfield, the Blue Squad had only a few seconds remaining, and did not get close to the end zone again.
The game, played on an unseasonably warm evening (a far cry from the frigid weather that greeted Odessa-Montour's similar Pixie Bowl three nights earlier), was -- as most such contests are -- played for fun. But D'Alleva found himself having to caution players against rough play, especially after a collision of several players along the sideline in the second half.
The play was spirited, and the crowd -- which appeared to be larger than that at the final varsity football game of the season (partly weather induced, for sure) -- seemed to enjoy the competition on the field.
Micaela Simpson was the standout offensively for the freshmen-juniors, scoring both of the team's touchdowns -- on a 40-yard romp after catching a Gabby LaRosa pass in the flat, and on a 2-yard run. Those scores staked the White Squad to a 12-0 lead, which held until the Blue Team scored on a 17-yard run by Blanchard around right end.with 12:55 remaining in the fourth quarter.
That led to Doane's interception, which led to Blanchard's last-gasp run around left end, which led to Pruitt's heroics.
When the clock expired, the winning squad celebrated loudly, and quickly gathered along the sideline for a team photo.
The game was the first in three years at Watkins. What had been growing into a tradition begun in 2006 was canceled two years ago by an excessively muddy athletic field, and then last year nobody took control in time to organize a renewal contest.
This time it happened, and the weather cooperated. The proceeds from the evening go to the school's Varsity Club, which sponsored the event.
Photos in text:
Top: The Blue Team's De'naja Blanchard breaks up a freshman-junior pass play. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Second: Senior Victoria Goehner, left, grabs the flag from the belt of White Team ball-carrier Mikenna Ayers. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Third: Mikayla Elliott tumbles to the ground after intercepting a Blue Team pass.
Bottom: Blue Team quarterback Brooke Shaffer prepares to pass as teammate Madison Myers defends her.
White Team's Gabby LaRosa passes the ball.
The freshman-junior team poses after posting the victory.
Watkins Glen's boys Section IV, Class D cross-country champions: from left, Jacob Carocci, Matt Woodworth, Brandon Pike, Matt Gill, Jacob Slater, Patrick Hazlitt and Shawn Rutledge. (Photo by Brett Chedzoy)
Watkins Glen boys, girls win Section 4 cross-country titles
Gill 1st; both teams advance to State Meet on Nov. 9
CHENANGO VALLEY, Nov. 1 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity cross-country squads captured the team titles Thursday at the Section IV, Class D Championships at Chenango Valley State Park.
By virtue of the victories, both squads qualified for the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Cross Country Championships, to be held Saturday, Nov. 9 at Queensbury High School in Queensbury, New York. They are the only Class D teams to advance.
"They did a great job," Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary said of both of his squads. "This was history making. We've never had both teams win in the same year. It's an incredible feat. And Matt Gill being the individual winner ... you can't get much better than that."
Gill, a senior, finished first among the 81 Class D boys on a 3.1-mile course soddened by an early rain that slowed to a drizzle just before the race began. He posted a time of 16:31.
Freshman Patrick Hazlitt -- slowed this season by a foot injury that delayed his return for several meets -- finished fourth in 17:32. "He missed a lot of training early," said Fazzary, "but he's been getting better and better the more he has run."
Freshman Shawn Rutledge finished ninth overall in 18:07, while freshman Jacob Carocci was 13th in 18:20, senior Matt Woodworth 15th in 18:35, sophomore Brandon Pike 27th in 19:24, and sophomore Jacob Slater 36th in 19:47
The Senecas finished with 40 points, well ahead of Spencer-Van Etten (79), Delhi (86), Windham-Ashland-Jewett (112), Groton (124), Marathon (126), Edmeston (157), and Afton (178).
In the girls race, Watkins Glen finished with 47 points, ten ahead of Candor's 57. Next came Delhi (84), Southern Cayuga (88), Groton (90), and Edmeston (111).
Junior Taylor Kennard led the Senecas, placing sixth overall in a time of 21:29. Sophomore Maggie Bond was 12th in 22:14, eighth-grader Julia Reilly 13th in 22:24, eighth-grader Maria Chedzoy 14th in 23:07, and senior Corey Flahive 20th in 24:24. Candor's Julia Russell led the field of 56 runners with a time of 20:37.
"Way back at the start of training, I thought we had a pretty good chance with both teams," said Fazzary. "As the season progressed, I thought the boys were a pretty good favorite going in. I was fairly confident about the girls, but I was concerned about Candor.
"It's nice to see that when you work hard, sometimes it all comes together, comes to fruition. It's a beautiful thing."
Photo in text: Watkins Glen's girls Section IV, Class D cross-country champions: from left: Julia Reilly, Corey Flahive, Taylor Kennard, Maggie Bond and Maria Chedzoy. (Photo by Brett Chedzoy)
The Watkins Glen boys and girls teams pose with cross-country coach John Fazzary, right, and assistant David Waite, left. (Photo by bus driver Skip Opdyke)
Sophomore Nikki Crout carries the ball on a run to the left that gained yardage.
Pixie Bowl: Sportsmanship, fitness, fun
ODESSA, Oct. 30 -- For the seventh consecutive year, female athletes at Odessa-Montour High School took to Charles Martin Field Tuesday night to contend in an autumnal flag football contest known as the Pixie Bowl.
The setup, as in years past, was this: seniors and freshmen were on one team, and juniors and sophomores on the other. As in each year past, Lynda Kramer coached the seniors-freshmen, and Jen Signor coached the juniors-sophomores.
Flag football is similar to the American version of tackle football -- although in this game a ball-carrier's run ends when a removable length of plastic is pulled from the runner's belt.
Going into Tuesday's contest, Kramer's squad had won in five of the six contests. At halftime this time around, her squad was ahead again 13-6 on the strength of 50- and 40-yard runs by freshman speedster Amanda Jones, and an extra-point kick by freshman Sage Garrison..
The juniors and sophomores had scored on a 45-yard run by Ashley Kot.
The game's final score was 19-6 as Kramer ran her coaching record to 6-1.
Kramer and Signor, both teachers in the O-M district, initiated the Pixie Bowl seven years ago, and credit former athletic standout Cassie Fitch for coming up with the name. It won against other names in a vote of students in Phys.Ed. classes.
Whereas in previous years both teams had plenty of players and the coaches substituted often to get everyone a chance to play, this time Kramer had the minimum number of 11 players. She wasn't sure why the drop-off occurred. Signor had more players, and substituted freely.
But equality of team size wasn't really an issue, nor for that matter was the outcome.
"It's all about sportsmanship, fitness and fun," said Kramer.
Her description seemed apt, for the players were clearly having fun, joking and patting opponents on the back. The fact that the temperature had sunk into the 30s didn't seem to faze them.
The game was overseen by Jack McCauley and a small team of referees. McCauley has served in the same capacity several times in the past.
New this year was a Punt, Pass and Kick competition at halftime pitting five male student-athletes against one another, with each throwing one pass, punting once, and kicking off once. The winner was Daniel Rounds, who boomed a long, high sideline-to-sideline kickoff in the final event to secure the title. Nick Angle finished second, and Adam Gifford third.
Photos in text: Freshman Alyssa Crout (top) picks up some yardage around left end; and freshman quarterback Sage Garrison prepares to launch a pass.
Freshman Sage Garrison, left, reaches in vain for one of sophomore Ashley Kot's belt "flags" as Kot carries the ball down the right sideline for a touchdown. The run covered 45 yards.
Left: Junior Chloe Hattingh knocks down a pass thrown by the opposing squad. Right: Junior quarterback Callie Stillman carries the ball around left end.
Junior Brianna Struble punts the ball away in the first half.
Left: Coaches Lynda Kramer, left, and Jen Signor. Right: Daniel Rounds sends his kickoff booming across the field in the Punt, Pass and Kick competition that he won.
Freshman Amanda Jones, center, carries the ball around right end on the way to her first touchdown. The scoring jaunt covered 50 yards.
Athlete of the Week: Watkins' Matt Gill
SCHUYLER COUNTY, Oct. 28 -- This week one athlete stood out from the rest, and thus earned The Odessa File Athlete of the Week award.
Watkins Glen High School senior Matt Gill continued a sterling senior season with a first-place finish at the IAC Cross Country Championships, leading his squad to the Conference title. Gill was also first at the IACs last year. Next up: Sectionals on Thursday.
Double Honorable: Watkins Glen diver Lexi Castellaneta; Watkins swimmers Victoria Wixson, Samantha Gill and Emma Allington; Watkins runners Patrick Hazlitt, Shawn Rutledge and Taylor Kennard; and Odessa-Montour swimmer Jenelle Bleiler.
Honorable Mention: Another 20 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that will help determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each school.
Searles, Hattingh earn First-Team status
ODESSA, Oct. 28 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team has placed two players on the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small Schools South Division All-Star First Team following O-M's 5-9-1 season.
Named to the All-Star squad in a vote of division coaches were defensive back Hailie Searles and forward Chloe Hattingh -- an exchange student from South Africa. Hattingh led O-M in goals with 10.
Earning Honorable Mention were O-M back Dana Roberts and midfielder Sage Garrison.
Members of the IAC champion Watkins Glen boys team. From left: Jacob Slater, Shawn Rutledge, Matt Gill, Patrick Hazlitt, Jacob Carocci, Brandon Pike and Matt Woodworth.
Watkins boys win XC title
Gill 1st again at IAC meet; girls finish 3rd
MARATHON, Oct. 27 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team won the Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship Saturday by placing first at the annual league meet in Marathon.
The Senecas' Matt Gill took first place in the race for the second straight year. The senior posted a time of 16:51 in leading the 65-runner field.
Watkins Glen finished first with 55 points, while runnerup Newark Valley had 60. Trumansburg was third with 79 points, followed by Spencer-Van Etten (111), Waverly (119), Groton (148), Marathon (167), and Edison (176). Four schools -- Moravia, Lansing, Tioga and Southern Cayuga -- didn't have enough runners to qualify as teams.
The Senecas' Patrick Hazlitt finished 7th overall in 17:58, while Shawn Rutledge was 9th in 18:15, Jacob Carocci 15th in 18:45, Matt Woodworth 23rd in 19:10, Jacob Slater 32nd in 19:44, and Brandon Pike 42nd in 20:48.
The team's showing, said Coach John Fazzary, was a big improvement over last year, "when we weren't even in the conversation. This year, I don't think anyone had us beating Newark Valley and Trumansburg."
The Watkins Glen girls, meanwhile, finished third with 82 points, behind Newark Valley (65) and Trumansburg (66). Candor was fourth with 100, Waverly fifth with 106, Groton sixth with 137, Southern Cayuga seventh with 153, Lansing eighth with 185, and Edison ninght with 199. Tioga, Marathon, Moravia and Whitney Point failed to field complete teams.
The Senecas were led by Taylor Kennard, who was 4th overall in 21:13. Maggie Bond was 12th in 21:52, followed by Maria Chedzoy (19th in 22:51), Julia Reilly (22nd in 23:05), and Corey Flahive (29th in 23:42). First place was claimed by Newark Valley's Kayla Stewart in 20:33.
The girls made large strides from last year, too, said Fazzary. "Both teams showed big improvements," he said.
The two teams are back in action Thursday at the Section IV meet at Chenango Valley State Park. The Class D boys race starts at 11 a.m., and the Class D girls race at 12 noon.
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen's Matt Gill on the way to first place in the IAC race.
Bottom: The Senecas' Maggie Bond en route to a 12th place finish. (Both photos by Heidi Pike)
Watkins Glen's Taylor Kennard (center) on the way to fourth place. (Photo by Heidi Pike)
Glen's Patrick Hazlitt. Right: The
Senecas' Maria Chedzoy.
Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge, left, and Brandon Pike.
Watkins Glen goalkeeper Tony Keough stops a shot on goal by Greene's No. 3.
Watkins Glen boys fall to Greene 3-0
GREENE, Oct. 27 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team's season ended Saturday with a 3-0 loss to Greene in the quarterfinals of the Section IV, Class C Tournament.
The contest, played on unbeaten Greene's artificial turf, left the Senecas with a final record of 10-7-1. Greene moves on to the semifinals with a 17-0 mark. It will play the No. 6 seed, Marathon, which defeated Notre Dame 1-0 Saturday.
"We played hard," said Watkins Glen Coach Phil Watson, whose squad was down 2-0 at halftime. "We had some opportunities early, and again late."
While Greene is a skilled team that distributes the ball proficiently, the biggest factor in the game -- played on a cold, blustery day -- was the synthetic turf, said Watson. It's a surface with which few teams, including Watkins Glen, have much experience.
"It's a huge advantage to the school that has it," he said, "because they get to not only play on it, but practice on it, too. It's a much faster game on artifical turf; the ball moves quickly, and skips faster. We had trouble adjusting to the pace."
The Class C title game will be played at Wright National Fields in Oneonta on Nov. 2.
Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen's Lucas Wickham, left, battles a Greene player for possession of the ball in second-half action Saturday.
Bottom: The Senecas' Brennon DeMeritt turns toward the ball in Greene territory.
Glen's Luke Flahive (23) maneuvers away from a Greene player.
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