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O-M's Olivia Grover looks to shoot over a Dryden defender after driving to the basket.

Odessa-Montour girls defeat Dryden

ODESSA, Jan. 18 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Olivia Grover's double-double -- defeated Dryden 45-26 Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Grover scored 13 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Indians -- who lost in their last outing to Notre Dame -- pulled away from the Lions with an 11-0 second period and a 17-7 third quarter.

Other points came from Gillian Clark (10), Nakiaha Robinson (9, with 4 assists and 5 steals), Sara Gardner (6), Kennedey Heichel (3, with 4 assists), Grace Vondracek (2), and Heidi Casselberry (2). The Indians (now 11-2) struggled at the foul line, going 6-for-17.

Dryden, now 5-4, was 5-for-14 at the foul line.

"We were pretty solid defensively tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "which was totally needed since we struggled to put the ball in the basket again, especially in that first half. We had a pretty good stretch offensively in the third quarter, and 28 points in the second half was a much better performance."

Odessa returns to action Friday at Tioga.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour rolled past Dryden 44-17. Jolynn Minnier scored 12 points for the Indians, while Kara Reese scored 11, Autumn Garrison 7, Hannah Chapman 6, Jessica Carnes 4, Ida Sidle 2, and Taylor Cain 2. The Indians led 10-4 after one period, 26-10 at halftime, and 42-12 entering the fourth quarter. The team was 6-for-11 from the foul line. Dryden converted 4 of 12 free throws.

Photo in text: O-M's Nakiaha Robinson drives to the hoop, drawing a foul.

O-M's Kennedey Heichel sends a shot on its way, and pays for it with some tight defense.

Left: O-M's Gillian Clark drives to the basket. Right: The Indians' Alexis Saunders moves past a Dryden defender.

Left: O-M's McKennah Lott moves the ball. Right: The Indians' Sara Gardner shoots.

Odessa-Montour's Heidi Casselberry (32, left) and Grace Vondracek (right) shoot.

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Autumn Garrison drives to the basket. Right: The Indians' Kara Reese encounters traffic.

Left: O-M's Jessica Carnes prepares to shoot. Right: O-M's Ida Sidle (13) shoots.

Watkins Glen wrestlers fall to Moravia

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 18 -- The undermanned Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team fell to Moriava 60-12 Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at WGHS.

The Watkins team, with only four wrestlers, honored its two seniors -- Alexis Shea and Dalton Cummings -- in a Senior Night ceremony before the match. Shea was sidelined by an injury, leaving the team with three active wrestlers, two of whom won.

Dawson Wade was victorious at 113 pounds, pinning his opponent in 3:42 in the night's opening match, giving the Senecas a brief 6-0 lead. By the time another Watkins wrestler took to the mat, Moravia had racked up eight forfeit victories -- at 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160 and 170 pounds -- for a 48-6 lead.

The Senecas' Cummings lost by a pin in 3:26 at 182 pounds, and another forfeit at 195 pounds gave Moravia its final points. Watkins Glen's Kameryn Sheldon then won the 220-pound bout with a pin in 1:32.

The Senecas return to action at the IAC Wrestling Championships Saturday at Newark Valley High School.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Kameryn Sheldon lifts his opponent on the way to victoryat 220.
Bottom: Injured Seneca wrestler Alexis Shea sings the National Anthem before the match.

Left: Glen wrestler Dalton Cummings (right) battles in the 182-pound bout, which he lost. Right: The Senecas' Dawson Wade (red headpiece) on the way to winning at 113 pounds.

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Watkins Glen's Nikole VanDyke reacts after failing to convert a spare.

Bowling: Watkins Glen boys top Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 16 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity bowling team -- with five bowlers at 500 or better -- defeated Waverly 3-1 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes.

The Senecas won the first and third games and total pinfall, 2776-2611. Wrett Brower led the way with a 583 series that included 204 and 216 games.

Next came Conlin Wysocki with a 554 that included a 204; H. Nathaniel Rose with a 533 that included games of 209 and 201; Wyatt Brower with a 531, and Steven Bradley with a 500 that included a 212. In addition, John Reed rolled a 495.

Girls: Watkins Glen fell to Waverly, 4-0, by a margin of 2337-2151. Hayley Cornish led the Senecas with a 459 series. Other scores: Nikole VanDyke 445, Nancy Jackson 429, Alyiah Clink-Bentley 418, Makenzie Kellogg 386, and Kendra Cornish 349.

Watkins Glen returns to action Thursday at Union Springs.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's H. Nathaniel Rose sends the pins scattering for a strike.

From left: Watkins Glen's Wyatt Brower, Makenzie Kellogg and Conlin Wysocki.

Odessa-Montour bowlers defeat Candor

OWEGO, Jan. 16 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams topped Candor in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches Tuesday at Owego Bowl.

Boys: O-M won 4-0, outscoring Candor 2067-1316. Eric Rumsey led Odessa with a 472 series, while Colton Chapman posted a 453 and Andrew Ink a 447.

Girls: O-M won the second and third games and total pinfall, 2056-2029 for a 3-1 victory. Jackie Vincent rolled a 583 that included a 235 and a 217. Pixie Kinner posted a 400.

The Indians return to action Thursday at Groton.

Athletes of the Week: 3 who excelled

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 15 -- This week we honor a wrestler and two basketball players as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

The wrestler is Odessa-Montour's Dylan Houseknecht, who won the 285-pound weight class at the annual Mike Watson Invitational Tournament at Watkins Glen High School with an exciting triple-overtime victory in the title bout to remain unbeaten this year.

The basketball players are Watkins Glen's Dayne Hughey and Taylor Kelly. Hughey had two huge games off the boards, grabbing 15 and then 17 rebounds (while scoring a total of 17 points), as the boys team won twice to improve to 6-4. Kelly scored 41 points (16 and then 25), grabbed a dozen rebounds and blocked three shots as the girls team split two games and finished the week 10-2.

Double Honorable: O-M swimmers Billy Tague and Alec Betts; Watkins Glen bowlers Steven Bradley, H. Nathaniel Rose and Wrett Brower; O-M bowler Eric Rumsey; O-M basketball player Gillian Clark; Watkins Glen basketball's Ryanna LaMoreaux and Hannah Morse; and O-M wrestler Jeremiah Lynch.

Honorable Mention: Another 33 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.

Odessa-Montour's Jeremiah Lynch (top) on the way to winning the third-place bout.

O-M's Houseknecht wins Watson at 285

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 14 -- Odessa-Montour junior Dylan Houseknecht remained unbeaten this season when he claimed the 285-pound championship of the annual Mike Watson Invitational Wrestling Tournament at the Watkins Glen High School Field House.

Houseknecht, 21-0 this season and 2-0 at the tourney (including one forfeit), defeated South Seneca's Quinton Mundell 1-0 in triple overtime in the title match, earning the key point on an escape.

The match was scoreless through the three regulation two-minute periods, and again in a sudden-death one-minute overtime. Then came two mandatory 30-second periods, with the escape coming in the first of the two periods. Houseknecht then held Mundell off the scoreboard the rest of the way.

Houseknecht came to O-M his freshman year after attending South Seneca, where Mundell was among his friends. So "it was a grudge match," O-M Coach Bill Lindsley said, smiling.

The O-M victory at 285 was the only one posted in any weight class by wrestlers from Odessa and Watkins Glen. The closest anybody else from those schools came to a title was a second-place by Kameryn Sheldon of Watkins Glen at 220 pounds. He went 1-1, losing the finale to Dylan Dunham of Whitney Point by a pin in 1:58.

Odessa's Jeremiah Lynch finished third at 160 pounds, going 3-1 and defeating Maine-Endwell's Roman Jellick by a pin in 1:54 in the third-place bout. In the same weight class, O-M's Daniel Minnier placed fifth, going 4-2.

Other finishes:

--O-M's Jacob Zimmer went 4-2 while placing fourth at 152 pounds.
--O-M's Colin Haag placed 5th at 138 pounds, going 2-2.
--Watkins Glen's Dawson Wade was 2-2 while placing fourth at 113 pounds.
--O-M's Andrew Hartford was fifth at 126 pounds, going 3-2.
--Watkins Glen's Dalton Cummings was fifth at 182 pounds, going 2-2.

Danville, Pennsylvania High School won the team title with 238.50 points. Spencer-Van Etten/Candor was second at 194.50, followed by Vestal (177) and Chenango Valley (133). O-M was 9th with 91.50 points, and Watkins Glen finished with 32 points. Sixteen teams were originally listed, but the weather reduced the number to 14 the first day and 12 the second.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Dylan Houseknecht, right, sends South Seneca's Quinton Mundell to the mat.
Bottom: Houseknecht on the podium. He won at 285 pounds.

On the podium: From left, O-M's Dan Minnier and Jeremiah Lynch, fifth and third respectively at 160 pounds, and Kameryn Sheldon of WGHS, second at 220 pounds.

O-M boys lose to Notre Dame, 68-40

SOUTHPORT, Jan. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team fell far behind early and never got close Friday night as it dropped a 68-40 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the ND gym.

The Indians, in losing their third straight game after winning four in a row, slipped to 4-8 on the season heading into a game Friday at home against Tioga.

The Indians were plagued by Notre Dame's press and, in particular, its 3-point shooting. The Crusaders connected on 13 of them, four each by Gary Raupers (22 points) and Cole Clark (19 points).

Notre Dame (7-5) opened a 40-11 halftime lead and cruised from there.

Curtis Harris led Odessa-Montour with 13 points.

Odessa-Montour girls fall to ND, 52-24

ODESSA, Jan. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team fell behind early and never found an offensive rhythm Friday night, dropping a 52-24 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Two nights after an emotional victory over intracountry rival Watkins Glen before a loud capacity crowd, the Indians appeared listless in a quieter gym that was less than half full.

They led 2-0, but quickly fell behind 8-2 and then 20-4 as Notre Dame's 6'3" Mary Foster took control, affecting O-M shot selections and dominating on rebounds. By halftime, she had 12 of her game-high 16 points. She finished with 15 rebounds, while teammate Kahlia Rivera had a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Notre Dame Coach Mike D'Aloisio put it in perspective. "We played well," he said, "and they were obviously a little on the down side after Wednesday night. I understand that."

The score at halftime was 28-12, and O-M cut the deficit to 13 points, 28-15, with a 3-pointer by Gillian Clark in the opening moments of the third period. But any hope of a comeback was quickly ended as the Crusaders scored nine straight points for a 37-15 lead midway through the quarter, which ended 42-20.

Notre Dame pulled farther ahead in the closing period, outscoring O-M 10-4 as the Indians subbed in bench players with 3:15 remaining.

"I'm dumbfounded," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, noting that to say his team was "flat" would be "the understatement of the century."

Clark led O-M in scoring with 11 points, while Sara Gardner scored 4, Nakiaha Robinson 3, Kennedey Heichel 2, Grace Vondracek 2, Olivia Grover (in early foul trouble) 1, and Heidi Casselberry 1. The team was 8-for-16 from the foul line.

Nore Dame had four players in double figures. In addition to Foster and Rivera, Maddy Watts scored 13 points, and Courtney Crater 10. The team was 12-for-17 from the foul line.

The loss leaves Odessa -- ranked 6th among Class C schools in New York State in the latest poll --with a 10-2 record, while Notre Dame is 8-4.

O-M returns to action Wednesday at home against Dryden.

Junior Varsity: There was no game, since Notre Dame has no JV squad.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Nakiaha Robinson tries to shoot in heavy traffic.
Bottom: The Indians' Gillian Clark looks to shoot.

From left: O-M's Kennedey Heichel, Olivia Grover and Sara Gardner at Friday's game.

Left: O-M's Grace Vondracek tries to save a ball from going out of bounds. Right: The Indians' McKennah Lott drives to the basket.

Odessa-Montour's Daniel Minnier (top) takes control on the way to victory in an early bout against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor's Evan Barrett.

Watson Tournament begins at Field House

WATKINS GLEN, Jan 13 -- The first day of the annual two-day Mike Watson Invitational Wrestling Tournament was held Friday at the Watkins Glen High School Field House, with concluding rounds scheduled for Saturday.

The second-day, in a bow to the weather, was due to start at 1:30 p.m. instead of the previously planned 9:30 a.m. WGHS Athletic Director Rod Weeden said the finals should start no later than 6 p.m.

Thirteen teams are on hand, three fewer than expected due to weather concerns.

Among those reaching the semifinals were: Odessa-Montour's Andrew Hartford at 126 pounds; O-M's Collin Haag at 138; O-M's Jeremiah Lynch at 160; Watkins Glen's Dalton Cummings at 182; Watkins Glen's Kameryn Sheldon at 220; and O-M's Dylan Houseknecht at 285.

Photo: At the Field House.

Tourney champions

A new Schuyler Strikers U10 girls soccer team poses after winning a weekend tournament recently in Newark, NY. The local travel team has players from both the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour school districts. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen girls defeat Candor, 65-42

CANDOR, Jan. 11 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team -- led by Taylor Kelly's 25 points -- defeated Candor 65-42 Thursday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Candor gym.

The Senecas (10-2) were ahead 13-11 after one period, 31-26 at halftime, and 46-35 entering the final period. They outscored the Indians 19-7 down the stretch.

Kelly, who had four 3-pointers, also grabbed a team-high 6 rebounds, blocked 3 shots and had a steal.

Other statistics:

Ryanna LaMoreaux: 14 points (two 3-pointers), 2 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 blocks, 3 assists.
Hannah Morse: 3 points, 11 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals.
Clara Chedzoy: 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist.
Danielle Leszyk: 8 points (two 3-pointers), 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist.
Emmie Bond: 11 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal.
Jazmin Shea: 2 points.
Makenna Fraboni: 3 rebounds, 1 steal.
Jena Slater: 1 rebound.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 10-2 by defeating Candor 44-24. Aislinn Klemann led the team in scoring with 15 points. Adrie Solomon scored 7 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and registered 5 assists. Mattie Yontz scored 7 points, and Ali LaMoreaux scored 5 points.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly (File photo)

The Seneca Nation Bleacher Creatures were on hand to cheer on their team -- here as Collin Baker shoots a free throw.

Watkins boys top Candor, improve to 6-4

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 11 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team -- with three players scoring in double figures -- pulled away in the second half for a 47-36 victory over Candor Thursday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House gym.

Michael Doane led the Senecas in scoring with 14 points, 11 in the first half. Dayne Hughey, playing through an illness, scored 10 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. Alex Schimizzi scored 10 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and had 3 steals.

Other points came from Joe Chedzoy (5, with 5 rebounds), Isaac McIlroy (3), Owen Scholtisek (3), and Collin Baker (2). The team was 9-for-15 from the foul line.

Steven Kern led Candor (2-9) with 10 points. The team was 7-for-10 from the foul line.

"I think we were a little jet-lagged from Tuesday," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, referring to a comeback win over Odessa-Montour. "That one was pretty emotional."

He praised the play of Hughey, Doane and Schimizzi, but said "we made some decisions that weren't that great. We have to work on that. They could have bitten us, because the game was just two points entering the fourth" period. Watkins Glen led 36-34 at that point.

But the Senecas dominated the final period, outscoring Candor 11-2. A pair of 3-pointers fueled the offense down the stretch.

Watkins Glen returns to action Tuesday at Newark Valley.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 8-2 by handing Candor its second loss of the season, 55-50. Adam Pastore led the Senecas with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Other points came from Aidan DiGregorio (11), Dylan Morse (10), Travon Jones (6), Jordan Avery (6) and Matthew Herold (2).

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Dayne Hughey looks for a shot as Candor defenders go high. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: The Senecas' Alex Schimizzi looks to pass after grabbing a rebound.

Left: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy. Right: The Senecas' Owen Scholtisek goes to the hoop. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy sends a shot on its way. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right: Watkins student Maddie Suddaby executes a flip during a break in the game.

Some of the Seneca Nation Bleacher Creatures -- WGHS students -- strike a pose.

And in the JV game:

Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse (11, left) and Seamus Mooney (21, right) go to the basket. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Adam Pastore prepares to shoot. Right: The Senecas' Travon Jones goes high for a shot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: O-M's Jackie Vincent. Right: Odessa-Montour's Andrew Ink responds after a strike.

Bowling: O-M boys, girls fall to Tioga

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 11 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams lost Thursday to Tioga in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Boys: The O-M boys fell 4-0, losing all three games by a total pinfall of 2404-2151. Eric Rumsey led the Indians with a 538 series, while Andrew Ink rolled a 436.

Girls: The Odessa girls lost 3-1, dropping the first two games and total pinfall, 2127-2072. They won the third game, 697-665. Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 455 series, while Jana Arias posted a 414 and Ashley Stewart a 405.

O-M returns to action today (Friday) at home against Union Springs.

Odessa-Montour's Billy Tague on the way to first place in the 100 Yard Freestyle.

Odessa swimmers defeat Dryden, 58-35

ODESSA, Jan. 11 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team won its fifth straight dual meet and improved its record to 6-2 Thursday by defeating Dryden 58-35 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

The Indians won all 11 events, with Billy Tague and Alec Betts winning four races each, and Jake Mayette, Brett Walters and Cameron Adams winning three races each.

First-place finishes for O-M:

200 Medley Relay: Alec Betts, Billy Tague, Jake Mayette and Bailey Hornbrook 1:55.76
200 Free: Cameron Adams 2:10.10
200 IM: Alec Betts 2:25.29
50 Free: Billy Tague 23.88
100 Fly: Jake Mayette 1:07.75
100 Free: Billy Tague 52.66
500 Free: Cameron Adams 6:01.99
200 Free Relay: Brett Walters, Johnny Niedermaier, Bailey Hornbrook, Cameron Adams 1:50.45
100 Back: Brett Walters 1:11.80
100 Breast: Alec Betts 1:14.52
400 Free Relay: Billy Tague, Jake Mayette, Brett Walters, Alec Betts 3:58.25

"We had some really great races and the guys are stepping up," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "Micah Brewster had a phenomenal swim in the 500, dropping 25 seconds to take second place. And Liam Mayette dropped 8 seconds in the 100 Fly."

O-M returns to action Saturday at the Owego Invitational.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Brett Walters dives at start of the 200 Free Relay.
Bottom: Odessa's Micah Brewster on the way to second place in the 500 Free.

Left: O-M's Jacob Mayette dives at start of the 100 Fly, which he won. Right: Odessa's Alec Betts on the way to first place in the 100 Breaststroke.

Watkins swimmers fall to S. Cayuga

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 11-- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team dropped an 86-35 decision Thursday to Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The undermanned Senecas, with five swimmers, managed a first place in the 100 Yard Freestyle, where Nate Wickham finished in 59.41, and won two other events in which Southern Cayuga opted to swim exhibition. Wickham also was second in the 50 Free, posting a 24.41.

Jacob Asbury swam a personal best in the 200 Free (2:40.9), finishing third. And Scott Brubaker set a personal best in the 100 Breaststroke of 1:29.91

The Senecas return to action next Thursday at home against Lansing.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Jacob Asbury on the way to third place in the 200 Free.

Watkins Glen bowlers sweep Marathon

CORTLAND, Jan. 11 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories Thursday over undermanned Marathon in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at the Cort-Lanes bowling center.

Boys: Steven Bradley rolled a 206-182-227=615 series as the Senecas faced a two-person Marathon team. Other scores: Conlin Wysocki 538, John Reed 473, Matt Irwin 383, and Devon Cummings 365.

Girls: Kendra Cornish posted a 483 as the Watkins girls defeated a four-person Marathon team. Other scores: Nancy Jackson 480, Hayley Cornish 469, Nikole VanDyke 404, and Makenzie Kellogg 388.

O-M's Nakiaha Robinson, center, races upcourt with Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, left, and Clara Chedzoy in pursuit.

O-M girls top Watkins Glen

Overcome 6-point halftime deficit in 57-46 victory

ODESSA, Jan. 10 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team got 22 points from Gillian Clark, 19 from Olivia Grover and 12 from Nakiaha Robinson as the Indians defeated defending state champion Watkins Glen 57-46 Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in a nearly packed -- and very loud -- O-M gym.

The 10-1 Indians were down 27-21 at halftime but came out of the locker room fired up, scoring the first 11 points of the third period on a Clark jumper, a Robinson 3-pointer, and three straight Grover baskets to take a 32-27 lead. Watkins Glen caught O-M at 33-33 before the Indians scored the last eight points of the period -- on a basket by Clark and then 3-pointers by Sara Gardner and Clark again -- for a 41-33 advantage entering the final quarter.

Watkins Glen got as close as five points with 1:48 to play, but another Clark 3-pointer and 6-for-6 free-throw shooting by Robinson and Grover kept the Senecas from getting any closer.

In addition to those from Clark, Grover and Robinson, O-M points came from Gardner (3) and Kennedey Heichel (1). Grover led in rebounds with 12, while Clark grabbed 11 and Grace Vondracek 7. Robinson and Heichel led in assists with 4 each, and Grover in blocks with 5. The team was 16-for-25 from the foul line.

Taylor Kelly led Watkins Glen (now 9-2) with 16 points, while Ryanna LaMoreaux scored 15, including three first-half 3-pointers. Other points came from Danielle Leszyk (6), Hannah Morse (4), Emmie Bond (3), and Clara Chedzoy (2).

Bond led in rebounds with 8, while Morse grabbed 7, Kelly 6, LaMoreaux 5 and Chedzoy 3. Morse led in assists with 5. The team was 9-for-13 from the foul line.

"What an atmosphere and what a game," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We talked all week about having fun and embracing the moment and the atmosphere, and I think we did that.

"Watkins Glen gave us a major blow in the second quarter (outscoring O-M 15-10 and scoring the last 6 points before intermisson), but we regrouped and didn't panic and played our best quarter of the season in the third (outscoring Watkins 20-6).

"Rebounding on the defensive end was key for us and we got Olivia going inside, which freed up our outside shooters a little more. And we knocked down our free throws down the stretch, which always helps.

"It's a big win for us, but we've got to get back up for Notre Dame Friday night and the rest of our schedule that is still in front of us."

The bleachers in the O-M gym were nearly full, and the student sections on the west side were exceedingly enthusiastic -- and the din impressive. (Employment between games of a drum by O-M students was quickly ended by school officials.)

And the crowd didn't hesitate to let officials know what they thought of various calls. This was especially true in the junior varsity game, prompting one referee to shake his head during a timeout and say "There's 600 referees in here."

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Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 9-2 with a 44-37 victory over Odessa-Montour in a game marked by a very involved crowd and frenetic play. By the end of the game, three players had been carried off the court (with leg injuries), three players had fouled out, 25 fouls had been called on O-M and 27 on Watkins Glen, and at least one spectator (and reportedly two) had been escorted from the gym.

Watkins led 5-0 before O-M caught up, and then the Senecas surged ahead to a 14-8 first-quarter lead. Odessa went ahead briefly in the second period, 19-17, but Watkins led 24-22 at halftime. The third quarter was tight, with O-M up 30-29 before the Senecas regained the lead and were up by two, 33-31, entering the fourth period.

The score was tied twice, at 35-35 and then 37-37 with 3:23 left, but a basket by Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan and a rainbow 3-pointer by Aislinn Klemann (a "big-time shot," her coach, Scott Morse, said afterward) gave Watkins the advantage. Amanda Wilbur added two free throws with 13 seconds left for the final seven-point difference.

Kernan and Adrie Solomon led Watkins with 12 points each, while Natalie Edmister scored 11 and Klemann, Wilbur and Mattie Yontz 3 apiece. The team converted 10 of 22 free-throw attempts.

Kara Reese led Odessa-Montour with 16 points, while Autumn Garrison scored 10, Mallory Rhodes 5, Jolynn Minnier 4, and Jessica Carnes 2.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Olivia Grover takes the ball to the hoop.

Second: O-M's Gillian Clark sends up a hook shot for two of her 22 points.

Third: Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux goes to the basket as O-M's Alexis Saunders defends. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: In the JV game, Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan looks to pass after grabbing a rebound. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Odessa-Montour's Kennedey Heichel, left, moves the ball against two defenders.

Left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly shoots from the corner. Right: The Senecas' Hannah Morse shoots in traffic. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Two of the O-M Indians' faithful: Johnny Niedermaier, left, and Alec Betts. Right: Odessa's Grace Vondracek drives to the basket as Watkins' Clara Chedzoy defends.

O-M teammates (from left) Alexis Saunders, Kennedey Heichel and Nakiaha Robinson pose before the start of the game.

Left: Watkins' Emmie Bond looks to pass the ball. Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy drives to the basket as O-M's Olivia Grover, right, defends. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Autumn Garrison attempts a shot. Right: Odessa's Jolynn Minnier shoots.

Left: Watkins Glen's Adrie Solomon tries a shot. Right: The Senecas' Natalie Edmister shoots. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: O-M's Tassia Garrison, top, battles Watkins Glen's Ali LaMoreaux for the ball. Right: Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese drives to the basket.

Odessa wrestlers defeat Groton, 40-24

GROTON, Jan. 10 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity wrestling team defeated Groton 40-24 Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in Groton's gym.

Wins for Odessa were posted by:

--Jeremiah Lynch over Kole Krause at 160 pounds, by pin in 3:41.
--Daniel Minnier over Brock Chrismer at 182 pounds, by pin in 1:19.
--Dylan Houseknecht over Chris Hickox at 285 pounds, by pin in 0:50. Houseknecht remains undefeated for the season at 19-0.
--Josiah Lynch at 120 pounds by forfeit.
--Andrew Hartford over Nick Radley at 132 pounds, by pin in 5:32.
--Collin Haag over Anthony Rotunda at 138 pounds, 10-1.
--Jacob Zimmer over Kyle Gombas at 152 pounds, by pin in 0:55.

Odessa-Montour (5-0 in the IAC's Division 2) is back in action Friday and Saturday at the annual Watson Tournament at Watkins Glen High School.

Photo in text: O-M's Collin Haag, top, on way to win at 138 pounds. (Photo provided)

Members of Seneca Nation -- WGHS studets -- occupied bleachers at the end of the court.

Watkins Glen boys top O-M

Overcome 9-point first-half deficit in 45-37 victory

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 9 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team turned up the defensive heat in the second half Tuesday night, holding Odessa-Montour to 10 points after intermission and posting a 45-37 victory over the Indians in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House gym.

On a night that was a throwback to the high energy level and loud fan noise of years past, the Senecas applied a full-court pressing defense in the second half that turned the momentum of the game back in their favor, as it had been in the game's early going.

The Senecas (now 5-4) had in fact led 10-0 at the outset as O-M (4-7) missed its first seven shots, and the gap would likely have been larger had not Odessa blocked four first-quarter Watkins Glen shots. But the early momentum then swung to O-M, which charged back to within 14-11 by the end of the quarter and then ahead with a 16-7 sercond period that gave the Indians a 27-21 lead at intermission.

A key shot for Watkins Glen, as it turned out, was a 3-point buzzer beater by Dylan Markley from the left wing just before halftime.

"They had us on the ropes, down nine," said Watkins Glen Caoch John Fazzary, "but Dylan's 3-pointer made the nine a six. It made things more manageable going into the second half."

The Senecas came out pressing the Indians hard in the third quarter -- something that Fazzary said was the game plan, only not followed with any consistency in the first half. "We started getting in their face, disrupting them," he said.

At the same time, Watkins Glen got hot, hitting seven baskets (including two 3-pointers) in the first 5:08 of the quarter while holding O-M to one basket and two free throws. A 13-point run put the Senecas up 38-31 with 2:52 left in the third -- and then the Senecas went cold, too. No further points were scored by either team until the fourth period.

In that closing stanza, O-M scored the first six points to pull within a point, 38-37 with 4:12 to play -- but the Indians wouldn't score again. Two baskets and a free throw by Joe Chedzoy and a basket by Owen Scholtisek iced the victory.

Chedzoy led the Senecas with 17 points and had 6 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists. Dayne Hughey scored 7 points and grabbed 15 rebounds --"was an animal under the basket," said Fazzary.

Other points came from Michael Doane (7), Markley (6, with 3 assists), Alex Schimizzi (4), and Scholtisek (4, with 3 steals). The team was 4-for-5 from the foul line.

Curtis Harris led O-M with 14 points, while Zach Elliott scored 10, Noah Austin 5, Brandon Ray 3, Derrick Lewis 3, and Noah Angle 2. The team was 4-for-7 from the foul line.

"I can't say enough about Chedzoy," said Fazzary. "He had those 17 points, and did a pretty good job on Harris" despite sitting out part of the second quarter in foul trouble. "And I can't say enough about Hughey on the glass, and he blocked a couple of shots. And Markley did a nice job off the bench. Overall, we did a good job defensively."

The coach also pointed to the Seneca Nation -- the loud and encouraging Watkins Glen students in bleachers at the south end of the court, many wearing face paint. They also used to be known as the Bleacher Creatures.

"Thank you, students," said Fazzary, "for reviving the Seneca Nation, for bringing it back from the dead. It's how it used to be."

The Senecas return to action Thursday at home against Candor. Odessa-Montour next plays Friday night at Elmira Notre Dame.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 7-2 with a 50-40 victory over Odessa-Montour (5-6). Jordan Avery led the Senecas with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.

Other points came from Aidan DiGregorio (11), Dylan Morse (9), Travon Jones (9), and Adam Pastore (5).

Ben Matthews and Deshawn Johnson each scored 10 points for O-M. Other points came from Preston Harris (8), Dominic Scott (6) and Ryan Griswold (6).

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Dayne Hughey drives to the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Second: The Senecas' Owen Scholtisek is challenged at the basket by O-M's Zach Elliott. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Third: O-M's Curtis Harris shoots.
Bottotm: Odessa-Montour senior Hailey Perraut, who serves as scorekeeper for the O-M boys basketball games, talks with School Superintendents Chris Wood (O-M, center) and Greg Kelahan (Watkins).

O-M students gathered on the west side of the Field House gym for the game.

Left: O-M's Noah Angle, right, passes the ball past Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek. Right: The Indians' Zach Elliott takes the ball to the hoop, over Watkins' Michael Doane.

An Odessa-Montour flag-carrying Indian was on hand along with O-M cheerleaders.

Left: O-M's Derrick Lewis makes a move to the basket. Right: O-M's Noah Austin has the ball, but Watkins Glen players surround him.

From left: O-M's Paden Grover, Watkins Glen student spectator Maddie Suddaby, and Odessa's Brandon Ray during Tuesday night's game.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Jordan Avery (24). Right: The Senecas' Travon Jones (12). (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: O-M's Preston Harris drives to the basket. Right: O-M's Deshawn Johnson shoots.

O-M swimmers defeat Greene, 106-55

GREENE, Jan. 9 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team improved its season mark to 5-2 Tuesday by defeating Greene 106-55 in a non-league meet in the Greene pool.

First-place finishes:

200 Medley Relay: Alec Betts, Billy Tague, Jake Mayette and Brett Walters 1:55.88
200 IM:  Billy Tague 2:13.84
100 Fly: Jake Mayette 1:05.43 (PR)
500 Free: Alec Betts 5:42.13 (PR)
100 Back: Alec Betts 1:07.36 (PR)
100 Breast: Billy Tague 1:08.28
400 Free Relay: Betts, Walters, Jake Mayette and Tague 3:53.46

Second-place finishes:

200 Medley Relay: Tyler Carson, Caleb Thomas, Liam Mayette and Johnny Niedermaier 
200 Free: Jake Mayette 2:26.11 (PR)
50 Free: Brett Walters 26.02
100 Fly: Cameron Adams 1:16.31
100 Free: Brett  Walters 58.69
200 Free Relay: Micah Brewster, Johnny Niedermaier, Liam Mayette and Cameron Adams 1:55.53
100 Breast: Caleb Thomas 1:28.08

Other personal records:

Johnny Niedermaier in the 50 Free 28.27
Mike Benway in the 500 Free 7:44.33
Caleb Thomas in the 50 Free 32.31 (relay leadoff)
Cameron Adams in the 100 Free 59.57 (Relay leadoff)

"We had a number of great swims tonight, and also three DQs, which isn’t good," said Odessa-Montour Coach Terri Brace. "We still have a lot of work to do on the technical aspects before we are ready for the post-season. We have a busy week, with Dryden at home on Thursday and the Owego Invitational on Saturday. The Invitational will be an excellent chance to face some top-notch competition. I’m excited to see how the team does."

Left: Watkins Glen's Makenzie Kellogg reacts after dropping her ball on the backswing while attempting to convert a spare. Right: The Senecas' Steven Bradley strikes.

Watkins Glen bowlers sweep Groton

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 8 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories Monday over Groton in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

H. Nathaniel Rose posted a 186-228-207=621 series to lead the Watkins boys to their win.

Steven Bradley added a 576 (including a 221) and Wrett Brower a 574 (including a 205), while Conlin Wysocki registered a 510 series (with a 213) and Wyatt Brower a 503.

Watkins Glen took all three games by wide margins, and total pinfall by a 2842-2044 margin.

The Senecas' girls squad won all three games by a 2058-1775 total, led by Nikole VanDyke'e 492 series (including a 199).

Kendra Cornish was next with a 401, followed by Alyiah Clink-Bentley's 383, Hayley Cornish's 376, Nancy Jackon's 344 and Makenzie Kellogg's 342.

Watkins Glen will return to action Thursday against Marathon at Cort-Lanes.

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Photo in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Wyatt Brower reacts after registering a strike.

Bottom: The Senecas' Hayley Cornish celebrates a strike.

Left: Watkins Glen's Kendra Cornish reacts after missing a spare conversion. Right: The Senecas' Nikole VanDyke leaves a split.

Watkins Glen's H. Nathaniel Rose pumps his fist as he converts a spare.

Odessa-Montour bowlers fall to TAE

ELMIRA, Jan. 8 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams dropped 4-0 decisions to Edison Monday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Rossi Lanes.

Boys: Despite a career-high 218-195-215=628 series by Eric Rumsey, the Indians dropped all three games by a combined 2446-2142. Andrew Ink added a 492 for O-M.

Girls: Pixie Kinner rolled a 438 and Jana Arias a 420 as the Indians lost all three games by a total pinfall of 2360-1968.

Odessa returns to action at home Thursday against Tioga.

Athletes of the Week: O-M's Tague, Betts

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 7 -- This week -- following a schedule abbreviated by a holiday and cold weather -- we honor two Odessa-Montour swimmers as Odessa File Athletes of the Week as much for their most recent exploits as for a season full of such exploits.

The honorees are Billy Tague and Alec Betts -- each of whom posted four wins as the Indians defeated a vastly undermanned (five swimmers) Watkins Glen squad. But their performance points up the supremacy the two have exhibited throughout the season as O-M has built a 4-2 record, one of those losses being a narrow one. Tague has amassed 20 wins, including 12 individual ones, while Betts has racked up 18 wins, including 10 individual ones.

Double Honorable: O-M basketball's Zach Elliott, Curtis Harris, Nakiaha Robinson, Olivia Grover and Gillian Clark; Watkins Glen basketball's Dayne Hughey, Taylor Kelly and Hannah Morse; and Watkins Glen swimming's Nate Wickham.

Honorable Mention: Another 20 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Star teams and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 2

The following was provided by Watkins Glen Youth Basketball at the conclusion of its second weekend of competition in the Watkins Glen High School Field House.

3rd-4th Grades

Watkins Motel 12, Maguire's 8
Watkins Motel: Levi J. Murphy 8, Jude Santos 4
Maguire's: Logan DeBolt 2, Zander Featherman 2, Logan Bills 2, Isaak Willett 2

Church Street Produce 12, Famous Brands 10
Church St. Produce: Jax Decker 8, Jayden Scholtisek 4
Famous Brands: Rachel Vickio 6, Amos Diliberto 2, Lucas Hoffman 2

Watkins Sporting Goods 26, Curly's Family Restaurant 17
Sporting Goods: Caleb Bresett 20, Michael Purpura 2, Anna Franzese 2, Grace Underdown 2
Curly's: Donovan Wratten 13, Bryce Bockelkamp 4

Standings:
Watkins Motel 2-0
Church Street Produce 2-0
Famous Brands 1-1
Watkins Sporting Goods 1-1
Maguire's 0-2
Curly's Family Restaurant 0-2

5th-6th Grades

Seneca Lodge 28, Capt. Bill's 20
Seneca Lodge: Alexander Holmes 12, Brenna Pierce 10, Sarah Jones 6
Capt. Bill's: Brandon Chiacchiarini 14, Isaiah Sissel 4, Christopher Simiele 2

Van Skiver Motors 22, Watkins Glen Supply 17
Van Skiver's: Ryan Willett 10, Ryan Berry 10, Lillian Duncan 2
WG Supply: Nick D'Alleva 9, Nicole Chiacchiarini 4, Finnigan Dunham 4

Standings:
Van Skiver Motors 2-0
Seneca Lodge 1-1
Capt. Bill's 1-1
Watkins Glen Supply 0-2

Odessa-Montour's Alexis Saunders saves a ball from going out of bounds.

Odessa girls overtake Newfield, 48-39

ODESSA, Jan. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team improved its season mark to 9-1 Saturday with a 48-39 victory over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians, ranked No. 6 among Class C teams in the state, missed their first seven shots and were down 9-0 and 11-3 before rallying to within a point, 12-11, at the end of the first quarter.

Newfield (3-7) surged again in the second period, building a 19-12 advantage, but O-M pulled even at 21-21 and then ahead on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Sara Gardner for a 24-21 halftime edge.

The Trojans pulled ahead again 25-24 by scoring the first four points of the third quarter, but then went cold. Between a heightened Odessa defense and a couple of shots that rimmed in and out, Newfield fell behind 34-25 by the end of the quarter.

After Newfield closed to within six points with three minutes to play and again at the 2:21 mark, Odessa salted the game away with free throws. Nakiaha Robinson was 6-for-6 from the foul line in the final 1:03 to keep the Trojans at arm's length.

"We rebounded the ball better in the second half, which made the difference," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "It wasn't a very sharp game on the offensive end of the floor, but it's a win, which is better than the alternative."

Robinson led the Indians in scoring with 17 points, while Olivia Grover scored 9, Gillian Clark 8, Kennedey Heichel 8, Alexis Saunders 3, and Gardner 3. The team was 13-for-21 from the free-throw line.

Ninth grader Katie Moravec led Newfield with 18 points, while her twin sister Kelly scored 13 points. The team was 7-for-10 from the foul line.

Odessa returns to action Wednesday at home against the No. 7-ranked team in the state, Watkins Glen.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Newfield 62-30. The Indians had three players in double figures: Kara Reese with 18 points, Autumn Garrison with 16, and Jolynn Minnier with 13. Also scoring: Ida Sidle with 6 points, Mallory Rhodes with 5, and Hannah Chapman with 4.

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Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Olivia Grover shoots over a Newfield defender.

Middle: O-M's Nakiaha Robinson drives to the basket for two of her team-high 17 points.

Bottom: The Indians' Kennedey Heichel, right, battles for a rebound.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek, Sara Gardner and Gillian Clark shoot.

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Ida Sidle grabs a rebound. Right: The Indians' Autumn Garrison shoots

Left: O-M's Jolynn Minnier looks to shoot. Right: The Indians' Kara Reese drives.

Odessa boys lose to Newfield, 70-53

NEWFIELD, Jan. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team saw its four-game winning streak end Saturday with a 70-53 loss to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Newfield gym.

The Indians, 4-6, fell behind the unbeaten, No. 2-ranked Class D team in the state early, 21-12 after one quarter. The score was 39-25 at halftime, and 61-40 entering the fourth period.

Zach Elliott led O-M with 20 points,, while Curtis Harris scored 14, Noah Austin 8, Paden Grover 6, Brandon Ray 3, and Derrick Lewis 2. The team was 8-for-16 from the foul line.

Newfield had five players in double figures and another with 9 points. The Trojans converted 10 of 13 free throws.

O-M returns to action Tuesday at Watkins Glen.

Watkins Glen's Scott Brubaker competes in the 200 Yard Individual Medley.

O-M swimmers cruise past Watkins Glen

ODESSA, Jan. 4 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team -- led by four wins each by Billy Tague and Alec Betts -- defeated undermanned Watkins Glen 62-19 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Watkins Glen, with just five swimmers, got first-place finishes from Nate Wickham in both the 50 Free and 100 Free.

"The O-M boys had some excellent swims tonight," said Odessa Coach Terri Brace. "Many posted personal records (PRs). Liam Mayette was a standout today by dropping an impressive 51 seconds off his best time in the 500 Freestyle, then going on to set a new PR in the 100 Free as the lead-off in the 400 Free Relay."

200 Medley Relay: OM Alec Betts, Billy Tague, Jacob Mayette, Brett Walters 1:55.34
200 Free: OM Cameron Adams 2:09.33
200 IM: OM Billy Tague 2:11.04
50 Free: WG Nate Wickham 24.44
100 Fly: OM Billy Tague 1:00.06
100 Free: WG Nate Wickham 57.16
500 Free: OM Jacob Mayette 6:44.74
200 Free Relay: OM Alec Betts, Brett Walters, Jacob Mayette, Billy Tague 1:44.02
100 Back: OM Alec Betts 1:12.85
100 Breast: OM Alec Betts 1:20.34
400 Free Relay: OM Cameron Adams, Caleb Thomas, Micah Brewster, Justin Andrews 4:46.35

PRs for O-M:

--Cameron Adams in the 200 Free and 100 Free
--Billy Tague in the 200 IM
--Michael Benway in the 50 Free
--Caleb Thomas in the 50 Free
--Justin Andrews in the 50 Free
--Noah Hollenbeck in the 50 Free and 100 Free
--Johnny Neidermaier in the 50 Free
--Liam Mayette in the 100 Free and 500 Free

Photos in text: O-M's Billy Tague (top) on the way to winning the 200 IM; and O-M's Cameron Adams dives at start of the 100 Fly.

O-M's Jacob Mayette glides at start of the 500 Yard Freestyle, which he won.

Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham, foreground, and O-M's Johnny Niedermaier dive at start of the 500 Yard Freestyle, which Wickham won.

Left: Watkins Glen's Alexis Shea, facing camera, on the way to winning at 120 pounds. Right: The Senecas' Dalton Cummings is lifted during his match at 182, which he won.

Watkins Glen wrestlers fall to Edison

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 4 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team dropped a 36-15 decision Thursday night to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at WGHS.

The Senecas, with just three wrestlers, got wins from:

--Alexis Shea, who pinned Edison's Michael Brown in 1:59 at 120 pounds.
--Dalton Cummings, who won by decision, 3-2, over Antonio Steinhauer at 182 pounds.
--Kameryn Sheldon, who won by forfeit at 220 pounds.

Edison posted forfeit wins at six weights: 113, 126, 145, 152, 160 and 195.

Sheldon also fought and won an exhibition match, 5-2, against TAE's Brandon Snyder, who had posted a forfeit victory at 195 pounds.

Left: O-M's Curtis Harris drives past a Groton defender. Right: O-M's Brandon Ray.

O-M boys top Groton, win 4th straight

ODESSA, Jan. 3 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team won its 4th game in a row Tuesday night, defeating Groton 67-58 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Odessa, 4-5, built a 22-7 first-quarter lead, and was up 43-22 at halftime. It led by 20 points with less than six minutes to play before Groton rallied to within 10 points, and then to the final 9-point differential on a 3-pointer after both teams had installed their bench players in the final minute.

Curtis Harris led O-M with 17 points, while Noah Austin and Zach Elliott scored 13 each and Brandon Ray 12. Ray hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter and another in the second period. Other points came from Noah Angle (5), Paden Grover (4) and Derrick Lewis (3). The team was 6-for-11 from the foul line.

Elliott led the team in rebounds with 19, while Austin grabbed 10. Harris led the team in assists with 5.

Scott Salch led Groton with 21 points. The team was 13-for-15 from the foul line.

"We are on a nice run of games recently," said O-M Coach Matt Johnston. "The road doesn't get any easier for us as we face the undefeated Newfield boys on Friday. The kids have done some really nice things, and we are working hard every day to keep improving. I am just really proud of the direction we are going right now as a team. We can't have any letdowns. We are gaining momentum and some confidence."

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Groton 47-32 to improve to 5-4. O-M trailed 11-9 after one quarter but then took control, leading 20-14 at halftime and 35-16 entering the fourth period. Ben Matthews led O-M scorers with 15 points, while Deshawn Johnson scored 13 and Jared Rumsey 9.

Photo in text: O-M's Noah Austin takes the ball to the hoop against Groton.

Left: O-M's Zach Elliott drives to the basket. Right; Odessa-Montour's Derrick Lewis shoots a free throw.

Left: O-M's Noah Angle. Right: Spectators Johnny Niedermaier and Lexi Castellaneta.

Odessa girls top Groton, improve to 8-1

GROTON, Jan. 3 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team got double-digit scoring from four players Tuesday night on the way to a 64-40 victory over Groton in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Groton gym.

Gillian Clark led the O-M scorers with 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Olivia Grover scored 14 points with 8 rebounds. Sara Gardner scored 11 points, Alexis Saunders 10, Nakiaha Robnson 6 (with 5 assists), Kennedey Heichel 2 (with 5 assists), Grace Vondracek 2, and Heidi Casselberry 2.

Odessa (8-1) led 24-7 after one period and 38-20 at halftime.

"The first day back to school and a long bus ride on top of that is a challenge," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "but we came out sharp and focused and played really well in that first quarter."

The Indians return to action Thursday at home against Newfield.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Groton 51-27 to lift its record to 6-3. Jolynn Minnier led the Indians with 14 points.

Glen girls defeat Lansing, 58-22; now 9-1

LANSING, Jan 3 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by Taylor Kelly's 14 points -- rolled to a 58-22 victory over Lansing Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Lansing gym.

The Senecas, now 9-1, led 26-4 after one period, 34-11 at halftime, and 50-17 entering the fourth quarter.

Scoring in addition to Kelly were Julia Reilly (9 points), Hannah Morse (8), Makenna Fraboni (7), Ryanna LaMoreaux (5), Clara Chedzoy (4), Jena Slater (4), Danielle Leszyk (3), Jazmin Shea (2), and Kathleen Clifford (2). The team was 9-for-15 from the free-throw line.

Shea led in rebounds with 8, while Clifford grabbed 5, LaMoreaux 5, Slater 4, Leszyk 3, and Morse, Chedzoy and Fraboni 2 each. Morse led in assists with 6, while Leszyk had 3, and Fraboni 2. Morse, Leszlyk and Fraboni had 3 steals apiece, and Reilly 2.

The Senecas return to action Friday at home against Waverly

Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek (5) makes a move between two Lansing players. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen boys fall to Lansing, 55-39

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 3 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 4-4 Tuesday night when the Senecas dropped a 55-39 decision to Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House gym.

"We were totally thumped," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "We were outworked, outhustled, outmuscled and outplayed. Our lack of aggression was pretty obvious. Now we have to go back to the drawing board and see how we respond."

Lansing built a 16-9 lead in the first quarter and was up 33-16 at halftime.

"There was a point in the third quarter when we actually trimmed the lead some," said Fazzary. "Lansing had gone cold, and it was a chancc to get back in the game. But we missed a bunch of chippies near the basket and we missed free throws. We failed to capitalize."

The score at the end of that period was 40-27, and the Bobcats outscored Watkins Glen 15-12 down the stretch.

Dayne Hughey led the Senecas with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Other points came from Owen Scholtisek (6), Dylan Markley (5), Joe Chedzoy (5), Isaac McIlroy (4), and Michael Doane (2).

Chedzoy led in assists with 4, while McIlroy and Scholtisek had 3 each. Chedzoy, McIlroy and Scholtisek had 2 steals each. The team was 8-for-14 from the foul line.

Griffen Nelson led Lansing with 14 points. The Bobcats converted 4 of 5 free-throw attempts.

Watkins Glen returns to action Friday at Waverly.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Lansing 49-42 to improve to 6-2. Jordan Avery and Adam Pastore each scored 18 points for the Senecas, and Pastore led in rebounds with 10. Other points came from Aidan DiGregorio (5), Dylan Morse (3), Georgio Fazzary (3), Seamus Mooney (1) and Cameron Holland (1).

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dayne Hughey shoots. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Dylan Markley. Right: The Senecas' Joe Chedzoy. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse drives to the hoop. Right: The Senecas' Travon Jones. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Bowling: Watkins boys, girls top Candor

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 3 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted victories Tuesday over Candor in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

The Watkins boys won 4-0 as they outscored Candor 2548-1756. Steven Bradley led the Senecas with a 561 series that featured a 202. H. Nathaniel Rose rolled a 551 (with a 203), Conlin Wysocki a 521 (with a 215), Wrett Brower 473, and Wyatt Brower 442.

The Watkins girls won the first two games and total pinfall, 1934-1777, for a 3-1 victory. Alyiah Clink-Bentley led the Senecas with a 470 series, while Kendra Cornish posted a 420, Brooke Usher 379, Nancy Jackson 364, and Makenzie Kellogg 301.

The Senecas return to action Friday at home against Lansing.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Steven Bradley watches as the last pin falls for a strike.

Watkins Glen swimmers fall to Waverly

WAVERLY, Jan. 3 -- The undermanned Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team dropped a 115-35 decision Tuesday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Waverly pool.

The Senecas' Nathaniel Wickham won the 50 Yard Freestyle with a season-best 24.97.

Other Watkins swimmers set a number of personal bests: Peter Sandritter in the 50 Free in 30.57; Jaccob Asbury in the 100 Free in 1:09.22; Scott Brubaker in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:32.12. And the 200 Medley Relay team of James Jensen, Brubaker, Wickham and Asbury posted a season-best 2:28.04, a drop of 6 seconds.

Athlete of the Week: Curtis Harris

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 1, 2018 -- This week we honor an Odessa-Montour High School basketball player as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week.

The honor goes to senior Curtis Harris, who led his team to the championship of the Addison Christmas Tournament with two outstanding games, capped off by a 26-point, 12-rebound performance in the Indians' 64-63 title-game victory.

Double Honorable: O-M basketball players Brandon Ray, Zach Elliott, Noah Austin, Olivia Grover and Gillian Clark; Watkins Glen basketball players Isaac McIlroy, Joe Chedzoy, Dayne Hughey and Hannah Morse; and O-M wrestlers Dylan Houseknecht, Collin Haag and Jacob Zimmer.

Honorable Mention: Another 16 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.

The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team poses after its Addison Christmas Tournament victory. (Photo provided by Michel Ray)

O-M boys win Addison tourney, 64-63

ADDISON, Dec. 30 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team -- led by Curtis Harris's 26 points and 12 rebounds -- edged host Addison Saturday night 64-63 in the championship game of the Addison Christmas Tournament.

But Harris had plenty of company. "This was an all-around team effort," said O-M Coach Matt Johnston, "and the kids just played as hard as they could from the opening tipoff to the last buzzer."

Among the other O-M players:

--Noah Austin scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
--Brandon Ray scored 16 points (including four 3-pointers) and grabbed 7 rebounds.
--Zach Elliott scored 7 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
--Derrick Lewis scored 2 points.
--The team was 6-for-18 from the foul line.

Harris was named the tournament MVP, and Elliott was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Danny Ames led Addison with 36 points. His team was 10-for-13 from the foul line.

Odessa built a 22-13 first-quarter lead -- opening with a 20-2 run before Addison responded with an 11-2 run of its own. The O-M lead was 34-30 at halftime and 10 points, 46-36, entering the fourth quarter. The Indians increased it to 15 ... and then held off Addison down the stretch. Coach Johnston explained it this way:

"We were up 15 with four minutes to go in the 4th quarter and they went on a run, making three or four 3-pointers to cut the lead to 7. They fouled us a couple times, but we missed the front end of one-and-ones and were up 4 with 10 seconds to go. We missed the front end of another one-and-one and they came down and hit a 3 at the buzzer, so it was a 4-point game until the last shot. We led the entire game. We were up 9 after the first quarter, 4 at the half, 10 after three quarters and won by a point

"I'm so happy for them winning this title because of all the hard work they put in to make themselves better," added Johnston, whose team dropped its first five games before winning the last three. "We've got a great group of kids here and we need to continue to improve every day."

O-M will return to action Tuesday at home against Groton. The JV game starts at 6 p.m., with the varsity game to follow.

Photo in text: O-M's Curtis Harris (File photo)

The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team poses after winning the Holiday Tournament at the Field House. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Watkins Glen boys win holiday tournament crown

Top S-VE, 42-39; Glen JV also captures championship

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 30 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team won the championship of its own Holiday Tourament Saturday night, defeating Spencer-Van Etten 42-39 in the Field House.

The Senecas, now 4-3, led throughout, building a 12-6 first-quarter advantage and a 24-18 halftime edge. Each team scored 14 points in the third period, setting up a fourth quarter that saw Watkins Glen convert just 4 of 13 free throws and fail to make a field goal.

But Spencer was struggling with its own shots. It got within two points near the end, and had a last-second shot, but it was hurried and missed the mark.

Isaac McIlroy led Watkins scorers with 10 points, while Dayne Hughey scored 9, Owen Scholtisek 9, Joe Chedzoy 7, Michael Doane 5, and Alex Schimizzi 2. Overall, the team converted 9 of 19 free throws.

Hughey led the team in rebounds with 13. Scholtisek led in assists with 3, and McIlroy led in steals with 3.

"We missed a lot of chippies in the first half," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "Otherwise we could've been up by double digits. But in the second half, Spencer missed a lot of shots, too, or they would've gone ahead of us."

Now, with the title in hand, Fazzary said his team will be "practicing our free throws and layups" as they head toward a game Tuesday at home against Lansing.

Consolation Game: Lansing defeated Trumansburg, 65-52.

All-Tournament Team: The MVP was Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy. Other honorees were Watkins Glen's Dayne Hughey, Trumansburg's Dalton Kenney, Lansing's Joe Miller-LaBar, and S-VE's Zach Sherwood and Nathan Mack.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek prepares to launch a shot in traffic; and the Senecas' Dayne Hughey attempts a shot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Alex Schimizzi takes the ball to the hoop in first-quarter action.

Left: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy goes high for a jump shot. (Photo by Don Romeo) Right: The Senecas' Michael Doane shoots from the corner.

Junior Varsity Title Game: Watkins Glen 43, Lansing 35

The Senecas took a 12-6 first-period lead and were up 24-11 at halftime. Lansing rallied late in the game, but could not overcome its early deficit.

Adam Pastore led Watkins Glen scorers with 16 points, while Dylan Morse scored 12, Aidan DiGregorio 9, Jordan Avery 4, and Travon Jones 2. Pastore also led in rebounds with 9, while Avery grabbed 7.

The victory lifted the Senecas' season mark to 5-2.

Consolation Game: Trumansburg defeated Spencer-Van Etten, 37-30.

All Tournament Team: The MVP was Watkins Glen's Adam Pastore. Other honorees included Watkins Glen's Aidan Digregorio, Lansing's Ben Vincent and Gabe Santiago, Trumansburg's Elijah Black, and S-VE's Matthew Merrick.

Photo in text: The Watkins Glen JV team poses after winning the tournament title. (Photo by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

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Left: Watkins Glen's Jordan Avery wins the tipoff. Right: The Senecas' Dylan Morse glides toward the basket.

Left: Watkins Glen's Adam Pastore drives to the hoop. Right: The Senecas' Aidan Digregorio defends. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Matthews joins WG Sports Hall of Fame

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 30 -- The fourth and final 2017 inductee in the Watkins Glen High School Sports Hall of Fame was honored Saturday at halftime of the junior varsity title game at the Boys Holiday Basketball Tournament in the WGHS Field House.

Megan Matthews Thrasher, a 2005 Watkins Glen graduate, was presented an induction plaque by Athletic Director Rod Weeden the night after three other inductees were honored during the tourney's opening round. They were benefactors Ron and Caroline Simpson and late athletic standout Delivan "Augie" Gates, a 1952 graduate.

Matthews' honor had been delayed a night because she was arriving Friday from her home in California, where she works as a nurse at a hospital in Modesto.

In her high school days, she excelled at soccer, basketball and track and field. Normally a soccer defender, she was moved to offense in her senior year and responded by scoring a school-record one-season total of 27 goals. In track, her name is still on the WGHS records board for the 400 Meter Run, 400 Meter Hurdles, 4x100 Relay and 4x400 Relay.

She attended Daemon College -- where she played soccer and basketball -- and then Elmira College for a Masters degree in Hospital Administration and Trocaire College of Nursing in Bufffalo. She then entered the nursing field, working in the Buffalo area before moving to California, where she lives with her husband and works as a Surgical ICU nurse.

Photo in text: Megan Matthews Thrasher receives her Hall of Fame induction plaque from WGHS Athletic Director Rod Weeden.

O-M wrestlers place 4th at Binghamton

BINGHAMTON, Dec. 30 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team won two of five matches and placed 4th among six teams competing Saturday at the Patriot Duals at Binghamton High School.

O-M wrestlers Collin Haag (138 pounds), Jacob Zimmer (160) and Dylan Houseknecht (285) were all undefeated at the tournament. Houseknecht has an 18-0 record this season.

Odessa defeated Binghamton Seton 45-21 and Watkins Glen 60-5. It lost to Vestal 54-30, Unadilla Valley-Unatego 48-36, and Whitney Point 47-36.

O-M's Dan Minnier (170), Jeremiah Lynch (182) and Andrew Hartford (132) compiled 4-1 records. Josiah Lynch (120) was 3-2.

Consolation: O-M girls top Bath in OT

BATH, Dec. 29 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 47-43 overtime victory over Bath Friday in the consolation game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament.

Odessa, now 7-1, was ranked sixth in the latest Class C poll by the New York State Sportswriters. Bath, 6-3, was ranked 22nd in Class B. Subsequently, both lost in the tournament's opening round, O-M falling to Wellsville 52-39.

Gillian Clark had 15 points and 12 rebounds Friday for the Indians, while Olivia Grover scored 13 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked 3 shots. Nakiaha Robinson registered 11 points and 4 assists, while Sara Gardner and Grace Vondracek scored 4 points each.

Jadyn Abrams scored 19 points for Bath, including her 1,500th career point.

Bath led 10-8 after one quarter, and O-M was up 23-21 at halftime. Odessa was up 36-32 after three periods, and the score was tied 41-41 at the end of regulation.

"We had a great look at the buzzer at the end of regulation for the win," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "but it didn't go down. But we didn't let it bother us in the overtime."

Vondracek opened the OT scoring with "a spectacular cross-over drive to the basket," Gavich said. "Abrams tied it with two free throws, then Gillian hit a 3-pointer with 49 seconds left to give us the lead for good." Clark then made a free throw with 16.9 seconds for the final 4-point difference.

"It wasn't the prettiest game and we really had to grind and gut this one out at both ends," added Gavich. "Jadyn Abrams is as good a player as we will see all season, and Lexi Saunders and Grace held her to 4 points in the second half and OT, which was huge.

"This was a high-quality tournament and we played two very good teams. Hopefully it will pay off for us at the end of the season."

Clark was named to the all-tournament team.

The Indians return to action Tuesday at Groton. The JV game starts at 5:30 p.m., with the varsity to follow.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost in the tournament title game to Penn Yan, 61-33. Autumn Garrison led the Indians with 15 points and was named to the all-tournament team. O-M is now 5-3.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark (File photo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy (34) runs into heavy traffic on a drive to the basket. Right: The Senecas' Collin Baker shoots. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins boys open tourney with victory

Will face S-VE in title game tonight; Glen JV also wins

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 29 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team evened its season mark at 3-3 Friday night by defeating Trumansburg 54-21 in the opening round of the Holiday Tournament at the WGHS Field House.

The win sends the Senecas into the title game at 8 tonight (Saturday) against Spencer-Van Etten, which defeated Lansing in a see-saw semifinal, 52-46.

The Senecas got points from nine different players as they broke the game open with a 21-4 second quarter that gave them a 29-9 halftime advantage. They then outscored winless Tburg 14-8 and 11-4 in the final two periods.

Isaac McIlroy and Alex Schimizzi led Watkins in scoring with 10 points each, while Dayne Hughey scored 8, Joe Chedzoy 7, Michael Doane 6, Dylan Markley 5, Collin Baker 4, Regan Scholtisek 2, and Owen Scholtisek 2.

Hughey led the team in rebounds with 7, while Owen Scholtisek grabbed 6, Chedzoy 5 and Markley 5. McIlroy led in assists with 4 and steals with 2, while Hughey blocked 2 shots.

S-VE 52, Lansing 46: Spencer led 17-12 after one quarter and 27-23 at halftime, but fell behind as Lansing went on a 20-9 tear in the third quarter for a 43-36 advantage entering the final period. But then S-V turned it around with a 16-3 finishing kick.

Lansing will play Trumansburg in the varsity consolation game at 6:30 p.m.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen advanced to the final with a 45-36 victory over Trumansburg. Aidan DeGregorio and Adam Pastore scored 13 points each for the Senecas, while Travon Jones registered 5 points, Jordan Avery 4, Dylan Morse 3, Bryce Kelly 3, Matthew Herold 2, and Georgio Fazzary 2.

The Senecas will face Lansing in the JV title game , scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Lansing defeated Spencer-Van Etten in the other semifinal, 54-29. The JV consolation game between S-VE and T-burg will start at 3:30 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Dayne Hughey prepares to send a shot on its way.
Bottom: The Senecas' Owen Scholtisek cuts through traffic. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Collin Baker (left) and Michael Doane go up for shots. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Alex Schimizzi drives around a T-burg player. Right: The Senecas' Joe Chedzoy moves to the basket.

Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy glides in for a shot. At right are Dylan Markley (10) and Alex Schimizzi (42). (Photo by Douglas Yeater)

Watkins Glen's Alex Schimizzi (42) vies for a rebound. (Photo by Douglas Yeater)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Aidan DiGregorio (20) looks to pass. Right: The Senecas' Jordan Avery is challenged. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Travon Jones maneuvers past a T-burg defender. (Photo by Don Romeo) / Right: The Senecas' Bryce Kelly passes the ball.

Watkins' Adam Pastore shoots as T-burg defenders close in. (Photo by David Franzese)

O-M boys top C-S in tourney opener

ADDISON, Dec. 29 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team won its second straight game Friday, topping Campbell-Savona 67-35 on the opening day of the Addison Christmas Tournament.

The Indians jumped out to a 9-0 lead and were up 26-14 at the end of the first quarter -- "the best offensive quarter we have had so far this season," said Coach Matt Johnston. "The scary part is that we missed a number of short shots that could have had us in the high 30s after one."

O-M was held to seven points in the second quarter, but "we put a lot of pressure on them and outscored them 21-2 in the third quarer," said Johnson. "I was really proud of our defensive effort for most of the game. Brandon Ray was very impressive on both ends of the floor for us."

Ray scored 14 points, including four 3-pointers, "dove on the floor for loose balls and had a handful of rebounds on both ends," Johnston said.

Curtis Harris led the Indians in scoring with 16 points while playing three quarters. Zach Elliott scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, and Noah Austin registered 9 points and 9 rebounds.

"This was the best all-around team effort we have had," added Johnston. "We need to be just as good if not better when we play against an impressive lineup of shooters from Addison in the championship. They have four or five guys who can make it from anywhere on the floor, and they are the most unselfish team I have seen to date."

The varsity title game is set for 7:15 p.m.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour won its opener by defeating Campbell Savona 56-43. The Indians will play Addison in the JV title game today (Saturday) at 2:15 p.m.

Watkins Glen adds 4 to Sports Hall of Fame

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 29 -- Four people -- two benefactors and two athletes -- are being added to the Watkins Glen High School Sports Hall of Fame.

Three were inducted during the opening night of the boys' Holiday Tournament at the Field House on Friday: Caroline and Ron Simpson as benefactors, and Delivan "Augie" Gates for his athletic achievements.

To be inducted tonight: Megan Matthews, who was arriving from California Friday. "We are giving her an extra day to recoup from her travel," said Athletic Director Rod Weeden during Friday's inductions. Matthews competed in soccer, basketball and track at WGHS.

The Simpsons are well known for their contributions across the years to the school's Sports Boosters. They are often seen workng the concession stand, and Ron is a familiar sight hawking 50-50 tickets at basketball games. Both are also involved in other civic endeavors, including helping the Boy Scouts.

"They continue to do these things for little to no recognition," Weeden said in presenting a plaque to the Simpsons.

Gates, a 1952 Watkins Glen graduate, played basketball and football in high school, and football and lacrosse at Hobart College, which is inducting him into its sports Hall of Fame in the fall.

"As a junior at Waktins," Weeden said, "he was part of the 1951 Regional Championship basketball team that played at Barton Hall at Cornell. In those days that was as far as you could achieve at the state level."

Gates, who lived in Vestal, died in October. He was represented at Friday's on-court plaque presentation by his widow Helen and son Dan. Also present in the stands were three grandchildren.

Photos in text:

Top: Caroline and Ron Simpson receive a Hall of Fame plaque from Watkins Glen Athletic Director Rod Weeden.

Middle: Hall of Fame inductee Delivan "Augie" Gates.

Bottom: Athletic Director Rod Weeden, left, with two Gates representatives: Augie's son Dan and widow Helen.

Glen girls lose tourney title game, 61-29

SYRACUSE, Dec. 28 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team sustained its first loss of the season Thursday night, dropping a 61-29 decision to South Jefferson in the title game of the Hoops for the Hospital tournament at Onondaga Community College.

The Class C Senecas, now 8-1, fell behind 9-0 to the unbeaten Class B Spartans (6-0), and trailed 15-9 after one quarter. South Jefferson pulled away with another 10-point run in the second period, and led 25-11 at intermission.

South Jefferson -- which has held opponents this year to an average of 30.6 points per game -- opened the third quarter on a 7-point run, and coasted from there. The Spartans closed the period with a 43-19 lead, and then outscored Watkins Glen 18-10 down the stretch.

Four South Jefferson players scored in double figures, led by Jackie Piddock's 14 points. The team was 9-for-17 from the foul line.

Hannah Morse and Taylor Kelly led Watkins in scoring with 8 points each. Other points came from Ryanna LaMoreaux (6), Julia Reilly (4), Makenna Fraboni (2), and Clara Chedzoy (1). The team was 9-for-19 from the foul line.

Morse and Chedzoy led the Senecas in rebounds with 5 apiece, while Danielle Leszyk grabbed 3. Morse led in assists with 4, while Kelly led in steals with 3.

Watkins Glen, which had reached the title game by defeating Bishop Grimes in the tourney's opening round on Wednesday, returns to action Jan. 2 at Lansing.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen won the tournament title, 42-31.

Natalie Edmister led the Senecas with 14 points, and grabbed 7 rebounds. Kelsey Kernan had 9 points and 11 rebounds, while Amanda Wilbur scored 5 points.

Photo in text: The Watkins Glen girls junior varsity basketball team poses after winning the Hoops for the Hospital tournament JV title. (Photo provided)

A photo of the unbeaten WG 7th graders

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 28 -- This photo of the Watkins Glen High School 7th grade volleyball team was sent along by the squad's coach, Bridgette Searles, after the girls finished the season unbeaten in 12 matches.

"It was these girls' first time playing volleyball," Searles wrote, "but by the end of the season many were serving overhand and were setting up for spikes ... and they won 12 straight!"

Watkins girls top Bishop Grimes, 54-43

SYRACUSE, Dec. 27 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team defeated host Bishop Grimes 54-43 Wednesday in the opening round of the Hoops for the Hospital Tournament.

The Senecas, now 8-0, thus advanced to Thursday's final at Onondaga Community College's SRC Center at 8 p.m.

Hannah Morse led the Senecas with 18 points while grabbing 3 rebounds and registering 8 assists and 5 steals.

Also in double figures: Ryanna LaMoreaux with 16 points to go with 5 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and a block.

Other points came from Danielle Leszyk (9, with 3 rebounds and an assist), Makenna Fraboni (5, with 4 rebounds), Clara Chedzoy (4, with 2 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal), and Taylor Kelly (2, with 6 rebounds).

Watkins Glen led 19-13 after one period, 38-26 at halftime, and 47-36 entering the fourth period.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 7-1 with a 57-38 victory over Bishop Grimes. Adrie Solomon led the Senecas with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Also scoring were Natalie Edmister (9 points and 7 rebounds), Amanda Wilbur (8 points), Kelsey Kernan (7), and Aislinn Klemann (6). They will play Thursday in the JV title game at Onondaga Community College's Allyn Hall at 6 p.m.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn addresses her team during a break in the action; and the scoreboard at the end of the game. (Photos provided)

O-M girls sustain their first loss, 52-39

BATH, Dec. 27 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team's season mark slipped to 6-1 Wednesday when the Indians dropped a 52-39 decision to Wellsville in the opening round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament at Bath.

Wellsville (5-2) raced out to a 13-3 first-quarter lead and the Indians "never really recovered from the sluggish, poor start," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. The deficit was 13 points, 27-14, at halftime, and eight points, 36-28, entering the final period.

"We did cut it to four in the third quarter," said Gavich, "but we just didn't have it today. Wellsville is a solid team and thoroughly outplayed us in all aspects of the game."

Olivia Grover led O-M with 17 points, while Gillian Clark scored 13, Sara Gardner 4, McKennah Lott 2, Lexi Saunders 2, and Nakiaha Robinson 1.

Jordyn Pettit scored 28 points for Wellsville. "We couldn't stop her," said Gavich.

O-M will play in the consolation game against Bath at 3:45 p.m. Friday.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Wellsville 36-30. Jolynn Minnier led the Indians with 11 points. O-M will play for the JV title against Penn Yan at 2 p.m. Friday.

Glen runners compete in Winter Classic

CORTLAND, Dec. 27 -- Four members of the Watkins Glen High School varsity indoor track team competed Wednesday at the Winter Classic at SUNY Cortland's Lusk Field House.

Twelve teams were on hand. The Watkins Glen participation was limited by the holidays.

The Watkins Glen results:

--Josh Updyke placed 4th in the 55 Meter Dash with a season-best 7.01.
--Allie Gibson placed 4th in the 55 Meter Dash in 8.05.
--Megan Hazlitt placed 4th in the 600 Meter Run in 2:01.48.
--Max Evans placed 8th in the 600 Meters in 1:44.94 and 9th in the 1000 Meters in 3:14.79.

Athletes of the Week: 2 hoop standouts

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 25 -- This week we honor as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week two basketball players -- one from Watkins Glen High School and one from Odessa-Montour.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse gets one of the nods for a week in which she led her team to three victories, including two in the Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Holiday Tournament -- where she was named MVP.

O-M's Curtis Harris gets the other one for two outstanding games, one in which he led his team to its first victory by scoring 21 points, and the other in which he scored 20 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had 5 steals and 5 assists in a losing cause.

Double Honorable: O-M basketball's Zach Elliott, Olivia Grover, Gillian Clark and Nakiaha Robinson; Watkins Glen basketball's Dayne Hughey, Isaac McIlroy, Clara Chedzoy and Taylor Kelly; and O-M swimmers Billy Tague and Alec Betts.

Honorable Mention: Another 20 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.

The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team poses after winning the Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Holiday Tournament. With them are members of the Wilson family. Melissa Wilson was a basketball player during her WGHS days and at Finger Lakes Community College before dying in an auto accident during her freshman year. Had she lived, she would have been 41 this Dec. 26th. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen girls capture holiday tournament crown

Defeat Newfield, 42-15; Morse named MVP

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 24 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team played three listless quarters before pouring it on in the fourth period Saturday night to defeat Newfield 42-15 for the championship of the annual Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Holiday Tournament in the WGHS Field House.

The effort by the Senecas, now 7-0, was personified by standout guard Hannah Morse, who struggled early, picking up three fouls in less than nine minutes and sitting most of the second quarter.

But after a third quarter in which Newfield dominated on the offensive boards and fought the Senecas to a 10-10 deadlock for the period, Morse took over the game, spearheading a 17-2 fourth quarter that ran the score from 25-13 to the final 42-15.

Morse finished with a game-high 12 points, including six in the fourth quarter. Other points came from Taylor Kelly (9), Danielle Leszyk (9 on three 3-pointers), Clara Chedzoy (7), Ryanna LaMoreaux (3), and Emmie Bond (2). The team was 9-for-18 from the foul line.

Other statistics:

--LaMoreaux led the team in rebounds with 5, and had 2 steals and a block.
--Morse led in steals and assists (5 each) and had 2 rebounds.
--Chedzoy had 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals.
--Bond had 2 rebounds and a steal.
--Kelly had 4 rebounds and 2 steals.
--Leszyk grabbed 2 rebounds and had 2 steals.

Newfield was led by Katie Maravec's 7 points. The team was 1-for-5 from the foul line.

Awards:

--Morse was named the Tournament MVP.
--Chedzoy was named a tournament All-Star.
--Other All Stars included Newfield's Katie Maravec and Vestal's Sarah Harding.
--Leszyk received the tournament's 3-point Shooter trophy.

Watkins Glen returns to action Wednesday in the Hoops for the Hospital Tournament at Bishop Grimes High School. The JV plays at 1:30 p.m., followed by the varsity.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk sends a shot on its way. She scored 9 points on three 3-pointers, and earned the tournament 3-Point Shooter Award.
Bottom: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly goes up for a shot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse moves the ball upcourt through traffic. Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy eyes the basket. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond takes the ball to the basket. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly puts up a shot.

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, left, is fouled as she tries to shoot. Right: The Senecas' Ryanna LaMoreaux (2) blocks a shot attempt by Newfield's Katie Moravec.

Glen JV dominates consolation game, 58-28

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 24 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls junior varsity basketball team jumped out to a 28-7 first-quarter lead Saturday against Newfield and went on to a 58-28 victory in the JV consolation game of the Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Holiday Tournament in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas (5-2) connected on eight 3-pointers, all in the first half as they built a 39-13 advantage by intermission -- a far cry from their 37-34 loss Friday to Vestal in the tourney's opening round. In that game, Watkins had trailed 17-5 at halftime.

Kelsey Kernan led the Senecas in scoring with 11 points, while Aislin Klemann scored 9 points on three 3-pointers, Adrie Solomon 9 points (including one 3-pointer), Amanda Wilbur 9 points, Ali LaMoreaux 8 points (with two 3-pointers), Abby Gibson 6 points (on two 3-pointers), Kelsey DeMillo 4 points, and Natalie Edmister 2 points. The team was 4-for-4 from the foul line.

Newfield was led by Adrianna Royce's 18 points. The team was 8-for-22 from the foul line.

In the championship game, Vestal cruised to a 48-12 victory over Union Springs.

The varsity consolation and championship games were to follow, the title tilt featuring Watkins Glen against Newfield.

Note: The Watkins Glen JV will return to action at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27 at the Hoops for the Hospital Tournament at Bishop Grimes High School. The Watkins varsity game will follow that one.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Demillo (12) grabs a rebound. Teammate Ali LaMoreaux is on the left.

Bottom: The Senecas' Amanda Wlbur scores on a layup after grabbing an offensive rebound in first-half action.

Left: Watkins Glen's Adrie Solomon (3) charges upcourt. Right: Referee Tom Sweet of Horseheads dances with Watkins Glen scorekeeper Maria Chedzoy to the song "Dancing Queen" between the third and fourth quarters of the JV consolation game. Sweet, of Horseheads, says he has danced a couple of times before while officiating games at Watkins Glen, one of the few places, he said, that plays music at games.

Left: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson during a break in the JV action. Right: Alec Betts and Danielle Leszyk were among the JV spectators. Danielle played later in the varsity title game.

Left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann takes aim at the basket. She scored 9 points in the JV consolation game on three 3-pointers. Right: Dancing was evidently contagious at the JV tournament. Here (from left) Allie Gibson, Jena Slater and Aubrey Klemann dance the "Hokey Pokey."

Left: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan, left, and Natalie Edmister battle a Newfield player for possession of the ball. Right: The Senecas' Ali LaMoreaux follows through on a shot.

O-M boys topple Edison for 1st victory

ODESSA, Dec. 23 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team broke into the win column on its sixth try Friday night, defeating Edison 57-46 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians, 1-5, built a 14-9 first-quarter edge and were up 30-21 at intermission. They then outscored the Spartans 14-3 in the third period for a 44-24 lead entering the fourth quarter.

That lead held through the first half of the final period before Edison rallied for the final 11-point difference.

Curtis Harris led O-M with 21 points, while Zach Elliott scored 16 points and grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds. Other points came from Noah Austin (11), Paden Grover (4), Devon Roth (4) and Noah Angle (1). The Indians converted 13 of 23 free throws.

Edison was led by Jack Shaw's 17 points. The Spartans converted just 6 of 18 free throws.

"We played our best game defensively against, in my opinion, the best pure scorer in Section 4, Nate Chorney," said O-M Coach Matt Johnston, whose squad held Chorney to 2 points. "Our kids worked hard preparing for this game. We needed to get our first win to start building some confidence. I was really proud of the effort put forth, but more so I'm happy for these kids."

Odessa-Montour returns to action Dec. 29 and 30 in the Addison Christmas Tournament. Its opponent Friday will be Campbell-Savona in both the JV (1 p.m.) and varsity (5:45 p.m.) contests.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour won its third straight game, 39-30 over Edison.

Photo in text: Odessa's Curtis Harris drives to the basket for two of his 21 points.

Left: O-M's Devon Roth is fouled as he attempts a shot. Right: Odessa's Zach Elliott.

And in the JV game:

Left: Odessa-Montour's Deshawn Johnson shoots. Right: The Indians' Ryan Griswold drives to the hoop.

Left: Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux prepares to shoot. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy eyes the basket.

Watkins Glen girls roll past Vestal, 49-22

Tournament final today; Senecas will face Newfield

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 23 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team advanced to today's final of the Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Holiday Tournament by running past Vestal 49-22 Friday night in the WGHS Field House.

The victory sets up a title game between the Senecas (6-0) and Newfield today at 6:45 p.m. Newfield easily dispatched Union Springs in the other opening-round contest.

Taylor Kelly led the Senecas in scoring with 17 points to go with 2 steals and a block. Hannah Morse scored 11 points with 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals, and Ryanna LaMoreaux scored 10 points with 12 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 assists.

Other points came Clara Chedzoy (5, with 4 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal), Danielle Leszyk (3, with a steal and a block), and Julia Reilly (3, along with a steal). The team was 7-for-12 from the foul line.

Vestal was led by Sara Harding's 14 points. Her team was also 7-for-12 from the foul line.

Watkins Glen built a 12-7 lead in the first period and was up 21-10 at halftime. The Senecas outscored Vestal 17-5 in the third quarter and coasted from there.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse drives past a Vestal defender. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Today's tournament schedule:

1:00 p.m.: JV consolation game, Watkins Glen vs. Newfield
2:45 p.m.: JV championship game, Vestal vs. Union Springs
5:00 p.m.: Varsity consolation game, Vestal vs. Union Springs
6:45 p.m.: Varsity championship game, Watkins Glen vs. Newfield

Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond drives to the basket. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly sends up a shot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

In the Watkins Glen JV game, Abby Gibson runs upcourt after stealing the ball.

Tourney JVs: Watkins girls fall to Vestal

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 23 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls junior varsity basketball team staged a second-half rally Friday but fell short of Vestal, 37-34, in the opening round of the Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Holiday Tournament in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas struggled in the first half, falling behind 17-5 by intermission. But they came back with a 20-point third period (including four 3-pointers) to take a 25-24 lead entering the final quarter. However, Vestal regained the lead and held off Watkins down the stretch.

Aislinn Klemann led the Senecas with 13 points, while Adrie Solomon and Ali LaMoreaux scored 8 points each, Amanda Wilbur 3, and Kelsey Kernan 2.

Watkins Glen will play Newfield at 1 p.m. today (Saturday) in the JV consolation game. Newfield lost to Union Springs 25-11 in the other operning-round contest.

Union Springs and Vestal will meet for the tourney JV title at 2:45 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan (center, facing camera) battles for possession of the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann moves the ball past a Vestal defender. Right: The Senecas' Ali LaMoreaux takes aim at the basket. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Bowling: Glen boys top TAE; girls tie

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 23 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity bowling team topped Edison 4-0 Friday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes.

The boys won all three games by a combined total of 2467-2109. Casen Weeden led the Senecas with a 539 series that included a 224 game. H. Nathaniel Rose added a 505, Wrett Brower 493, Steven Bradley 473, and Wyatt Brower 448.

The Watkins girls tied 2-2, winning the first and third games and losing the second game and total pinfall, 2123-2080. Nikole VanDyke led the Senecas with a 448 series, while Nancy Jackson posted a 440, Kendra Cornish 396, Hayley Cornish 386, and Makenzie Kellogg 381.

The Senecas return to action Jan. 2 at home against Candor.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Casen Weeden reacts after registering a strike.

Watkins Glen's Jacob Asbury competes in the 100 Yard Freestyle at Friday's meet.

Watkins swimmers fall to Dryden, 80-41

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 23 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team dropped an 80-41 decision Friday to Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The Senecas, with only five active swimmers, got first-place finishes from Nate Wickham in the 500 Free (6:30.78) and 50 Free (25.26), and from Scott Brubaker in the 100 Breaststroke (1:34.11).

The Senecas return to action Jan. 2 at Waverly.

Photo in text: Watkins' Scott Brubaker competes in the 100 Breaststroke, which he won.

Bowling: O-M girls top NV; boys lose

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 22 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity bowling team defeated Newark Valley 4-0 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match.

O-M outscored the Cardinals 1823-1574 in sweeping all three games. Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 404 series, while Ashley Stewart rolled a 385.

The Odessa boys dropped a 4-0 decision, losing all three games and total pinfall, 2514-1977. Eric Rumsey led O-M with a 515 series, while Andrew Ink posted a 477.

The Indians return to action on Jan. 5 at Groton.

Volleyball: WG 7th graders finish unbeaten

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 22 -- The Watkins Glen 7th Grade volleyball team concluded its season unbeaten Thursday, defeating Newfield 2-1 in its finale in the WGHS Field House.

"Congratulations to the 7th Grade girls on winning 12 of 12 games this season," said their coach, Bridgette Searles.

Scores were 25-10, 25-11 and 15-25.

Top performers for Watkins Glen were:

Dallas Johnson: 14 service points
Isabella Samuel: 7 points and 4 kills
Carly Arnold: 5 points
Jenna Solomon: 1 kill.

O-M's Josiah Lynch, left, on the way to a win over Watkins' Alexis Shea at 120 pounds.

O-M wrestlers top Watkins, keep the belt

ODESSA, Dec. 21 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity wrestling team retained possession of the Schuyler County Wrestling Champions belt Wednesday evening by defeating intracountry rival Watkins Glen 48-12 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in O-M's Jack Davis Gym.

The belt goes each year to the winner of this battle. After its introduction in the 2006-07 school year, the belt resided with Watkins Glen for nine of the first 10 years, including eight in a row from 2008-09 through 2015-16. Then O-M won it last year, and now twice in a row.

The evening also served as Senior Night for Odessa-Montour's two seniors, Daniel Minnier and Jeremiah Lynch, veterans of the squad. A ceremony honoring them was held before the meet began.

With Watkins Glen's participation level down this year, the O-M victory was assured on the basis of forfeits alone. Odessa claimed victory by such means at 132 pounds and at 145, 152, 160, 170, and 182. That constituted 36 points.

The Indians got the other 12 by winning (by falls) two of the evening's three bouts.

In one, Odessa's Dylan Houseknecht defeated Watkins Glen's Ethan Voorheis at 285 pounds in 4:43, while in the other, O-M's Josiah Lynch defeated Alexis Shea at 120 pounds in 1:05.

Watkins Glen got six points on a forfeit win at 220 pounds, and won six points at 113 pounds, where Dawson Wade pinned O-M's Thomas Rumpff in 1:03.

Odessa-Montour returns to action on Dec. 30 at the Binghamton Duals. Watkins Glen is back in action at home on Jan. 4 against Edison.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Dawson Wade, right, brings O-M's Thomas Rumpff to the mat in the 113-pound bout. Wade won by a fall in 1:03.
Middle: O-M's Dylan Houseknecht, left, battles Watkins Glen's Ethan Voorheis at 285 pounds. Houseknecht won by a fall in 4:43.
Bottom: The belt that goes each year to the winning school in the Odessa-Montour vs. Watkins Glen showdown.

The Odessa-Montour team and coaches pose with the Schuyler County Champions belt, which goes to the winner each year of the O-M vs. Watkins Glen wrestling battle.

Watkins Glen's Peter Sandritter dives at start of the 50 Yard Freestyle race.

Watkins Glen swimmers fall to Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 21 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team dropped a 93-36 decision Wednesday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

While the Senecas were up against a much larger squad and failed to win any of the events, they continued to progress.

Peter Sandritter had personal bests in both the 50 Free (31.66) and 100 Yard Free (1:11.29).  

Jacob Asbury also got a personal best in the 500 Yard Freestyle with a time of 8:24.03. He dropped three seconds from his previous best.

The 200 Freestyle Relay team of Sandritter, Asbury, Scott Brubaker and Nate Wickham also set a new season best with a time of 2:02.87. 

Second places were posted by Wickham in the 50 Free and the 100 Free, Scott Brubaker in diving, James Jensen in the 100 Back, and the squad of Sandritter, Asbury, Brubaker and Wickham in the 200 Free Relay.

The Senecas return to action Friday at home against Dryden.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham on the way to second place in the 50 Free.
Bottom: The Senecas' Jacob Asbury competes in the 200 Free.

Odessa-Montour's Billy Tague on the way to winning the 200 Individual Medley.

Odessa swimmers defeat Lansing, 56-37

ODESSA, Dec. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team -- led by four Billy Tague wins and three by Alec Betts -- defeated Lansing 56-37 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

"The guys swam a good meet tonight," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "They've been getting pretty beat up in practice and a few were out sick, so I was really happy with their performance. They got the job done."

Event winners:

200 Medley Relay: OM Alec Betts, Billy Tague, Jake Mayette, Bailey Hornbrook 1:56.28
200 Free: OM Cameron Adams 2:09.75 (PR)
200 IM: OM Billy Tague 2:13.58
50 Free: LANS Wesley Van 25.51
100 Fly: LANS Sean Ross 1:05.23
100 Free: LANS Wesley Van 55.83
500 Free: OM Billy Tague 5:27.04
200 Free Relay: OM Alec Betts, Jacob Mayette, Bailey Hornbrook, Billy Tague 1:43.11
100 Back: LANS Xander Tavares 1:16.83
100 Breast: OM Alec Betts 1:18.37
400 Free Relay: LANS Sean Ross, Aiden Burt, John Lawrence, Wesley Van 4:17.57

Second place finishes for OM:

--Alec Betts in the 200 Free (2:17.40)
--Bailey Hornbrook in the 50 Free (26.37) and 100 Free (59.24) (both PRs)
--Jacob Mayette in the 100 Fly (1:10.10)
--Cameron Adams in the 500 Free (5:57.47) (PR)
--Micah Brewster in the 100 Back (1:19.24)
--400 Free Relay of Liam Mayette, Micah Brewster, Noah Hollenbeck, and Cameron Adams (4:42.41)

Other PR: Liam Mayette in the 100 Free 1:09.88

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Jacob Mayette competes in the 100 Fly, where he finished second.
Middle: The Indians' Alec Betts on the way to winning the 100 Breaststroke.
Bottom: O-M's Bailey Hornbrook en route to second place in the 100 Free.

Odessa-Montour girls rally, defeat S-VE

SPENCER, Dec. 20 -- The Odessa-Motour girls varsity basketball team overcame a first-half deficit Tuesday night to defeat Spencer-Van Etten 58-41 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference showdown of unbeaten teams.

The Indians, now 6-0, got double-digit scoring from three players: Olivia Grover, with 17 points and 12 rebounds; Gillian Clark, with 17 points and 10 boards, and Nakiaha Robinson, with 16 points and 8 rebounds along with 4 assists. Other points came from Grace Vondracek (6) and Kennedey Heichel (2).

O-M was down 15-11 after one period and 31-29 at halftime, but "we clamped down defensively in the third quarter and shut them out," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, whose team led 42-31 entering the fourth period.

"This was by far the best defense we've played all season," he said. "We really dug down and got stops with our man-to-man after playing mostly zone in the first half," when S-VE connected for five 3-pointers.

Offensively, "we went inside in the second half and used our size to our advantage," he added. "This was a good win for us and a big one in our division with S-VE at 4-0 coming in."

Odessa-Montour returns to action Thursday night at home against Dryden.

Junior Varsity: Odesssa-Montour lost 44-29 to S-VE. Kara Reese led the Indians with 16 points.

Watkins girls rout Edison, move to 5-0

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 20 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team roared out to a 21-1 first-quarter lead and coasted from there to defeat Edison 51-14 Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The victory lifted the Senecas' season mark to 5-0 heading into the Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Tournament they host Friday and Saturday.

Ryanna LaMoreaux led Watkins in scoring with 11 points. Other points came from Taylor Kelly (9), Julia Reilly (6), Makenna Fraboni (6), Emmie Bond (5), Hannah Morse (5), Danielle Leszyk (3), Kathleen Clifford (2), Jena Slater (2), and Clara Chedzoy (2).

LaMoreaux led in rebounds with 4, while Chedzoy, Morse, Reilly, Slater and Jazmin Shea grabbed 3 apiece, and Bond and Clifford 2 each. Morse led in assists with 6, while Chedzoy and Leszyk had 3 apiece. Chedzoy, Leszyk and Morse each had 3 steals, and Fraboni had 2.

The Senecas led 27-6 at halftime and 44-8 entering the fourth quarter. The team was 4 for 9 from the foul line. Edison was 4-for-11.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 4-1 by defeating Edison 50-12. Abby Gibson led the Senecas with 11 points, while Kelsey Kernan scored 8, Adrie Solomon 7, Amanda Wilbur 6, and Natalie Edmister 6.

Photo in text: Watkins' Ryanna LaMoreaux drives to the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)

From left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, Kathleen Clifford and Taylor Kelly eye the hoop. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy shoots. Right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk drives past an Edison defender. (Photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

From left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann, Kelsey Kernan and Ali LaMoreaux. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen boys top TAE, move to 2-3

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Dec. 20 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team improved its season mark to 2-3 Tuesday night by defeating Edison 79-71 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Edison gym.

Dayne Hughey led the Senecas in scoring with 21 points, while Michael Doane scored 17 and Isaac McIlroy 15. Other points came from Joe Chedzoy (8), Owen Scholtisek (7), Alex Schimizzi (6), Dylan Markley (3) and Collin Baker (2).

Hughey led the team in rebounds with 9, while McIlroy grabbed 8. Chedzoy and McIlroy led in assists with 6 each, while Chedzoy led in steals with 3. Scholtisek and McIlroy had 2 steals apiece. The Senecas converted 16 of 25 free throws.

Nate Chorney led Edison with 35 points. His team was 16-for-21 from the foul line.

Watkins Glen trailed 16-15 after one quarter, was up 31-30 at halftime, and was behind 52-51 entering the fourth quarter. The Senecas surged down the stretch, outscoring the Spartans 28-19.

"Isaac really played well for us," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "In addition to his points and rebounds, he was instrumental in breaking the press. And Dayne did well. We did a good job of finding him and getting him the ball.

"It was a good all-around effort, a good win. We're getting a little momentum."

The Senecas return to action when they host a holiday tournament at the Field House on Dec. 29-30.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 3-2 with a 43-17 victory over Edison. Travon Jones led the Senecas with 10 points, while Jordan Avery scored 8, Cameron Holland 6, Adam Pastore 6, Dylan Morse 5, Aidan DiGregorio 4, and Seamus Mooney 4.

Left: O-M's Zach Elliott takes aim. Right: The Indians' Curtis Harris goes up for a shot.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to S-VE, 59-46

ODESSA, Dec. 20 - The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 0-5 Tuesday night when the Indians dropped a 59-46 Interscholastic Athletic Conference decision to Spencer-Van Etten in a game in the O-M gym.

Odessa led S-VE 14-12 in the second quarter before S-VE went on a 7-0 run to grab the lead, which it never relinquished. The Panthers were up by 6 at the half, 26-20.

The third quarter was almost evenly played, with O-M trailing by 7 entering the final period, 38-31. The Indians never got any closer as S-VE outscored them 21-15 down the stretch.

Curtis Harris led O-M with 20 points, 10 rebounds, 5 steals and 5 assists. Brandon Ray scored 8 points, Noah Austin and Derrick Lewis 5 each, and Zach Elliott and Devon Roth 4 apiece. The Indians were 4-for-8 from the foul line.

Nathan Mack led S-VE with 14 points, while Zach Sherwood scored 12 and Noah Mack 10. The Panthers were 14-for-19 from the foul line.

"I really thought coming into this game that we had a good game plan to put a lot of points on the board," said O-M Coach Matt Johnston. "Our shooting was not where we needed it to be in order to get the win, though."

Odesssa returns to action Friday at home against Edison.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated S-VE 39-29. Jared Rumsey led the Indians with 14 points, while Preston Harris scored 10.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Noah Austin takes the ball to the hoop.

Left: O-M's Paden Grover maneuvers around an S-VE player. Right: The Indians' Brandon Ray shoots.

Bowling: O-M girls top Lansing; boys lose

ITHACA, Dec. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity bowling team defeated Lansing 4-0 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Cornell University's Helen Newman Lanes.

The Indians were led by Jackie Vincent, who rolled a 525 series that included a 235 game. Ashley Stewart added a 425 series.

Boys: Odessa-Montour fell to Lansing 4-0 as the Bobcats outscored the Indians 2565-2040. Eric Rumsey led O-M with a 476 series, while Andrew Ink rolled a 472.

The Indians return to action Thursday at Newark Valley.

Volleyball: WG 7th, 8th Grade teams win

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 19 -- The Watkins Glen High School 7th and 8th Grade volleyball teams defeated Moravia in matches Monday in the WGHS Field House.

The 8th Grade team won 2-1, by scores of 25-22, 22-25 and 25-22.

The 7th Grade team won 3-0 by scores of 25-12, 25-7 and 25-17. It was the squad's 11th straight victory.

High scorers in the 7th Grade game were:

Dallas Johnson: 11 service points.
Jenna Solomon: 6 points.
Brynn Smith: 5 points.
Aubrey Kellogg and Ava Barber: 4 points each.
Carly Arnold: 1 kill.

Athletes of the Week: 2 hoop standouts

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 18 -- This week we honor two female basketball players as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Watkins Glen High School's Taylor Kelly gets one of the nods for standout performances in two victories that lifted the Senecas to 4-0. She scored 18 points and had 6 rebounds and 8 steals in one game, and 13 points and 5 steals in the other.

Odessa-Montour's Olivia Grover earned the other nod (and a repeat appearance as Athlete of the Week) for two strong performances. She scored 15 points (with 8 rebounds) in one game, and 16 points in the other as the Indians improved to 5-0.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen wrestlers Kameryn Sheldon and Ethan Voorheis; Watkins Glen basketball players Dayne Hughey, Hannah Morse and Ryanna LaMoreaux; Odessa-Montour basketball players Nakiaha Robinson, Heidi Casselberry and Gillian Clark; Watkins Glen runners Gabe Planty and Aaron Planty; Watkins Glen bowlers Wrett Brower and H. Nathaniel Rose; Watkins Glen swimmer Nate Wickham; and O-M swimmers Billy Tague, Alec Betts and Jacob Mayette.

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.

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 1

The following was provided by Watkins Glen Youth Basketball at the conclusion of its first weekend of competition in the Watkins Glen High School Field House.

3rd-4th Grades

Watkins Motel 14, Sporting Goods 12
Watkins Motel: Levi Murphy 10, Jude Santos 2, Brooklyn Thompson 2
Sporting Goods: Caleb Bresett 8, Michael Purpura 4

Church St. Produce 8, Maguire's 6
Maguire's: Logan Bills 2, Isaak Willett 2, Luka VanScoyk 2
Church St. Produce: Jayden Scholtisek 8

Famous Brands 26, Curly's 5
Famous Brands: Lucas Hoffman 10, Rachel Vickio 8, Amos Diliberto 6, Natalie Oliver 2
Curly's: Donovan Wratten 5

5th-6th Grades

Capt. Bill's 18, WG Supply 8
Capt. Bill's: Christopher Simiele 10, Brandon Chiacchiarini 6, Addison Coolican 2
WG Supply: Nick D'Alleva 6, Nicole Chiacchiarini 2

Van Skiver's 26, Seneca Lodge 16
Van Skiver's: Ryan Willett 16, Lance Majors 2, Ryan Berry 2, Brennian Elliott 2, Olivia VanSkiver 2, Lillian Ameigh 2
Seneca Lodge: Brenna Pierce 8, Brady Bockelkamp 4, Tyler Smith 2, Molly Coolican 2

2 Watkins wrestlers win tourney titles

CAMPBELL, Dec. 17 -- Two Watkins Glen High School wrestlers finished unbeaten in their respective weight classes at the Campbell-Savona Duals wrestling tournament this past weekend, taking home championship medals from the event.

Kameryn Sheldon won at 220 pounds, and Ethan Voorheis at 285 pounds. Each went 7-0, Sheldon with three competitive wins and four by forfeit, and Voorheis with two competitive wins and five by forfeit.

The WGHS varsity wrestling team returns to action Wednesday at Odessa-Montour.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Kameryn Sheldon, left, and Ethan Voorheis. (Photo provided)

Volleyball: WG 7th graders top Edison

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Dec. 17 -- The Watkins Glen High School 7th Grade volleyball team defeated Edison Saturday 3-0 in a match in the Edison gym -- the team's 10th straight victory.

High scorers for Watkins:

Maia Kamakawiwoole: 14 service points
Dallas Johnson: 8 points
Kendall Gascon: 7 points
Jenna Solomon/Kayla Wood/Ava Barber: 5 points each

Odessa girls top Tioga, improve to 5-0

ODESSA, Dec. 16 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Olivia Grover's 15 points and 8 rebounds -- defeated Tioga 49-39 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians, now 5-0, led throughout the game. They had a 15-9 lead after one period, a 29-16 edge at halftime, and a 40-22 lead entering the final period.

"We were not very good in the fourth quarter," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich -- a period in which his squad was outscored 17-9.

Scoring in additon to Grover were Nakiaha Robinson (10 points), Heidi Casselberry (9 points with 6 rebounds), Gillian Clark (7 points), Kennedey Heichel (5), Grace Vondracek (2) and Sara Gardner (1).

"Heidi gave us some great energy and big baskets off the bench in the second quarter to help us stretch the lead out a little bit," said Gavich. "But we've got to do a lot better job rebounding and taking care of the ball."

The Indians were also plagued by fouls, with three different players whistled four times each, and two others whistled three times apiece. But nobody fouled out as Gavich rotated his top eight players frequently.

Next up is a game Tuesday at Spencer-Van Etten -- one Gavich termed "huge" because Spencer is also unbeaten.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Tioga 50-39 to improve to 4-1. Jolynn Minnier led the Indians with 14 points, 13 of them as O-M held off the Tigers in a tight first half. Kara Reese finished with 11 points, Hannah Chapman 11, and Mallory Rhodes 10.

The Indians led 26-25 at halftime, but pulled away with a 12-2 third quarter led by five points from Rhodes and four from Reese. Chapman scored six points in the final period and Rhodes five as the Indians cemented the victory.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Nakiaha Robinson goes airborne for a shot, surrounded by Tioga defenders.
Bottom: O-M's Olivia Grover looks for a shot in traffic.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Heidi Casselberry shoots. Right: O-M's Gillian Clark.

Left: O-M's Grace Vondracek. Center: O-M's Sara Gardner. Right: In the JV game, Odessa's Kara Reese drives around a Tioga defender.

Left: O-M's Alexis Saunders shoots over a Tioga player. Right: O-M's Kennedey Heichel.

And in the JV game:

Odessa-Montour's Autumn Garrison (11) shoots as Tioga defenders close in.

From left: O-M's Hannah Chapman (14), Mallory Rhodes (20) and Jolynn Minnier (44).

Watkins girls top Notre Dame, 48-33

SOUTHPORT, Dec. 16 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team improved to 4-0 Friday night with a 48-33 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory over Elmira Notre Dame in the ND gym.

Ryanna LaMoreaux led the Watkins offense with 14 points, while Taylor Kelly scored 13, Clara Chedzoy and Emmie Bond 6 each, Hannah Morse 4, Danielle Leszyk 3, and Makenna Fraboni 2.

Chedzoy and Bond led the Senecas with 10 rebounds each, while LaMoreaux and Morse grabbed 4 apiece. Morse led in steals with 8 and assists with 7. Kelly was second in steals with 5, while Chedzoy had 4. LaMoreaux had 2 blocks , and Chedzoy 1.

Watkins Glen led 14-12 after one period, 22-16 at halftime, and 33-22 entering the fourth quarter. The team was 0-for-1 from the foul line.

Mary Foster led Notre Dame with 14 points. The Crusaders were 8-for-15 from the foul line.

Junior Varsity: There was no JV game, since Notre Dame did not field such a team this season.

Left: In the varsity game, Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy soars. Right: In the JV contest, the Senecas' Adam Pastore nears the hoop. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins boys fall to Notre Dame, 42-40

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 16 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team let a 10-point halftime lead get away Friday night in a 42-40 Interscholastic Athletic Conference loss to Elmira Notre Dame in the Field House gym.

The Senecas (1-3) built a 12-10 first-quarter lead and were up 25-15 at intermission -- a lead that Coach John Fazzary said "could have been 16, or 18, or 20 if we could have made some layups."

The lead disappeared in the third quarter as "we got a little bit sloppy," said Fazzary. "We turned it over some, and gave them a little momentum. Even so, we were up by one with about 1:30 left, and going to the line for a one-and-one. But we missed. Then Notre Dame came down and got a bucket inside" to take the lead.

"We had a couple of chances" after that, he said, "but we didn't really get a good shot off in the last minute. But I'm proud of our effort. Notre Dame was averaging 68 points a game, and we held them to 42. If we can play this kind of defense night in and night out, we will win some games. We've got to learn from what we've done, and sharpen some things."

Dayne Hughey led Watkins with 14 points and 12 rebounds, along with 3 blocks. Michael Doane scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Alex Schimizzi added 6 points, Joe Chedzoy 4, and Owen Scholtisek 4.

Chedzoy led the team in assists with 7, and had 4 rebounds. Scholtisek had 3 assists and 2 steals, while Schimizzi had 2 blocks.

The team returns to action Tuesday at Edison.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen fell to 2-2 with a 50-29 loss to Notre Dame. Adam Pastore led the Senecas with 13 points, while Cameron Holland scored 6 points, Jordan Avery 5, Georgio Fazzary 3, and Bryce Kelly 2.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dayne Hughey prepares to shoot over a Notre Dame player. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek (5) drives to the hoop in the varsity game. Right: In the JV game, the Senecas' Travon Jones nears the basket. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Plantys nab 3rd, 4th places at IC tourney

ITHACA, Dec. 16 -- Watkins Glen High School runners Gabe and Aaron Planty finished near the top in races Friday at the 607 Invitational -- a track meet at the Ithaca College Athletics and Events Center where Small and Large Schools competed together.

Gabe Planty placed 3rd (among 48 runners) in the 1600 Meters in 4:35.29, while his brother Aaron was 4th (among 60 runners) in the 100 Meters in 2:42.57.

The Senecas' Max Evans was 10th in the High Jump at 5'4", and 13th in the 600 Meter Run (among 56 runners) in 1:36.05, while Josh Updyke was 13th and Tristan Yuhasz 19th (among 81 runners) in the 55 Meter Dash.

On the girls' side, Isobel Scheffey was 19th (among 79 runners) in the 55 Meter Dash, and 10th (among 64 runners) in the 300 Meters at 47.10.

Photo in text: Gabe Planty at Friday's meet. (Photo by Aran Holland)

Odessa-Montour's Madison Randall, left, and Jesse Jordan during Friday's action.

Bowling: O-M boys top Candor, girls lose

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 16 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity bowling team defeated Candor 3-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match Friday at Harborside Lanes. The O-M girls lost.

Boys: Odessa-Montour won the first and third games and total pinfall, 1794-1677. The Indians were led by Jesse Jordan's 386, while Colton Chapman rolled a 379.

Girls: O-M lost 3-1, capturing the second game but losing the first and third games and total pinfall, 1868-1809. Kacie Wood led the squad with a 408 series, while Madison Randall rolled a 392.

O-M returns to action Tuesday on the road against Lansing.

Bowling: Glen boys, girls fall to Waverly

WAVERLY, Dec. 15 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams dropped Interscholastic Athletic Conference decisions Thursday to Waverly at the Waverly Bowling Center.

Boys: Watkins Glen lost 4-0, outpointed by the Wolverines 3318-2922.

Wrett Brower led the Senecas with a 599 series on games of 184-189-226. H. Nathaniel Rose was next with a 587 that included a 222 game, and Steven Bradley registered a 577 that included a 212.

Conlin Wysocki posted a 571 series with a 211 game, Wyatt Brower rolled a 564 series with a 228, and Casen Weeden notched a 532.

Girls: Watkins Glen lost 3-1. The Senecas won the first game, 817-783, but dropped the next two games and total pinfall, 2425-2318.

Nikole VanDyke led the Senecas with a 541 series, while Hayley Cornish posted a 506, Nancy Jackson a 437, Kendra Cornish a 412, and Makenzie Kellogg a 403.

Planty boys, Holland earn All-State slots

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 13 -- Watkins Glen High School cross country runners Gabe Planty and brother Aaron Planty have each been named to the Class C All-State 3rd Team announced by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

Both were key members of the Class C state runnerup boys team this past fall, as well as members of the WGHS state championship team the year before.

Also honored was another Watkins runner who has played a key role in the Senecas' success: veteran Sean Holland, named to the All-State 5th Team.

The Sportswriters Association named five All-State teams and Honorable Mentions.

Odessa wrestlers edge Edison, 36-34

ODESSA, Dec. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team defeated Edison 36-34 Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in O-M's Jack Davis Gym.

Wins for Odessa came in the following weight classes:

285: Dylan Houseknecht over Simone Hapeman (fall 0:28)
120: Josiah Lynch over Michael Brown (fall 3:22)
138: Andrew Hartford by forfeit
145: Collin Haag over Mike Condon (fall 1:53)
170: Daniel Minnier over Alex Alverson (fall 1:05)
182: Jeremiah Lynch over Jonathon Shirley (fall 0:16)

The Indians return to action at home against Watkins Glen on Dec. 20.

Watkins Glen girls roll to 3rd win, 64-16

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 13 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team got double-digit scoring from three players Tuesday night as the Senecas defeated Trumansburg 64-16 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House gym.

Watkins (3-0) was led in scoring by Taylor Kelly, who totaled 18 points to go with 6 rebounds, 8 steals and an assist.

Hannah Morse scored 14 points while registering 6 steals, 7 assists and a rebound. Ryanna LaMoreaux also notched 14 points, with 2 rebounds, a steal and 2 assists.

Other points came from Emmie Bond (6, with 3 rebounds and 4 steals), Danielle Leszyk (6, wih 2 rebounds), Julia Reilly (4, with 3 rebounds, 2 steals and an assist), and Clara Chedzoy (2, with 2 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists).

Jena Slater grabbed 4 rebounds and had 4 steals and an assist for the Senecas, while Katlyn Kernan grabbed 2 rebounds, and Makenna Fraboni and Kathleen Clifford had 1 rebound each.

The Senecas took control about midway through the first period, with Morse and LaMoreaux each scoring 8 points in that quarter. Watkins led 32-5 when Tburg rallied late in the second period to cut the halftime score to 32-12.

Watkins Glen outscored the Raiders in the third quarter, 28-0, to enter the final period ahead 60-12.

The Senecas return to action Friday night at Elmira Notre Dame.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 3-1 with a 48-25 victory over Trumansburg. Aislinn Klemann led the Senecas with 13 points, while Kelsey Kernan and Adrie Solomon scored 7 each, Amanda Wilbur 6, Abby Gibson 5, Ali LaMoreaux 4, and Kaylee Franklin, Kelsey DeMillo and Natalie Edmister 2 each.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse runs into traffic as she nears the basket.

Bottom: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy is fouled as she tries to shoot.

From left: Watkins' Emmie Bond, Julia Reilly and Taylor Kelly take aim at the basket.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Ali LaMoreaux shoots. Teammate Amanda Wilbur is in the foreground. Right: The Senecas' Aislinn Klemann (5) moves the ball.

Watkins Glen boys post their first win

TRUMANSBURG, Dec. 13 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team registered its first victory of the season Tuesday night when it defeated Trumansburg 58-38 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Tburg gym.

The Senecas were led in scoring by 8th grader Owen Scholtisek, who notched 14 points. Joe Chedzoy and Dayne Hughey added 13 each, while Dylan Markley, Collin Baker and Alex Schimizzi scored 6 each. The team was 16-for-25 from the foul line.

Trumansburg was led by Isaiah Black and Zeb Whitford, who scored 8 points apiece. The Raiders were 2-for-3 from the foul line.

Hughey led Watkins in rebounds with 6, while Scholtisek and Schimizzi had 5 each, and Michael Doane 4. Scholtisek had 5 steals and Chedzoy 3, while Chedzoy had 4 assists and Scholtisek 3.

"We're moving forward, getting a little better each game," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "We had some hustle baskets, and it was nice to get three guys in double figures."

One of them, Scholtisek, "played a nice game," Fazzary added. "He handled the ball well on offense, and played a good game defensively."

The Senecas return to action Friday at home against Notre Dame.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 2-1 with a 49-46 victory over Trumansburg. Adam Pastore led the Senecas with 21 points, while Travon Jones scored 13, Dylan Morse 5, Jordan Avery 4, and Aidan DiGregorio, Seamus Mooney and Cameron Holland 2 each.

Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek (left) and Gillian Clark (44) put up shots.

Odessa girls hold off Candor, 61-56

ODESSA, Dec. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team improved to 4-0 Tuesday night by defeating Candor 61-56 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Gillian Clark led the Odessa offense with 22 points, while Olivia Grover scored 16 and Nakiaha Robinson 15. Grace Vondracek added 6 points, and Alexis Saunders 2. The team made 19 of 31 free throws.

Shaylin Heidl led Candor (4-2) with 20 points, while Searra Allen and Braelyn Hornick scored 14 each. The team converted 15 of 20 free throws.

"Candor outplayed us all night long," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We were lucky to get out of here with a win."

O-M led 21-15 after one quarter, and 29-26 at halftime. Candor moved ahead a couple of times in the third period, but Odessa finished up 44-41 entering the final period.

O-M never trailed in the fourth quarter, but couldn't shake Candor, which was within four points with a half-minute to play. But another Candor basket was offset by two Clark free throws and one by Robinson in the closing moments for the final five-point spread.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Candor 45-22. Jolynn Minnier and Autumn Garrison scored 11 points each, while Kara Reese had 10.

Photo in text: O-M's Nakiaha Robinson (24) battles for a rebound.

Left: O-M's Olivia Grover shoots. Right: Odessa's Kennedey Heichel passes the ball.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to Candor

CANDOR, Dec. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team dropped to 0-3 Tuesday night when it fell to Candor 61-53 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Candor gym.

"It was a tale of two halves," said O-M Coach Matt Johnston. "We outplayed them in the first half and they outplayed us in the second half. The unfortuante part for us was the point differential in the third quarter."

O-M, which led by eight points at halftime, was outscored in the third quarter 25-7, falling behind by 10 points.

"It was just too much for us to overcome," Johnston added.

Curtis Harris led O-M with 16 points, while Zach Elliott scored 15, Noah Austin 10, Devon Roth 6, Derrick Lewis 5, and Paden Grover 1. The team was 9-for-22 from the foul line, compared to Candor's 14-for-17.

Odessa returns to action Thursday night at Tioga. The JV game starts at 5:30 p.m.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Candor, 69-28.

Odessa-Montour's Alec Betts dives at start of the 100 Yard Backstroke, which he won.

Odessa-Montour swimmers top Watkins

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team cruised to victory Tuesday over undermanned Watkins Glen 109-34 in a meet in the WGHS pool.

Alec Betts, Billy Tague and Jake Mayette posted four wins each to lead the Indians (now 2-2). All three were on the winning 200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay teams, and each had two individual victories.

Watkins Glen got wins from Nate Wickham in both the 50 Free (25.06) and the 100 Free (58.15). The team had only five active swimmers.

Odessa-Montour victories:

200 Medley Relay: Alec Betts, Billy Tague, Jake Mayette, Brett Walters 1:56.89
200 Free: Jake Mayette 2:29.71
200 IM: Alec Betts 2:32.29
100 Fly: Jake Mayette 1:08.74
500 Free: Billy Tague 5:18.39
200 Free Relay: Johnny Niedermaier, Micah Brewster, Bailey Hornbrook, Cameron Adams 1:53.06
100 Back: Alec Betts 1:11.68
100 Breast: Billy Tague 1:09.94
400 Free Relay: Alec Betts, Brett Walters, Jake Mayette, Billy Tague 4:04.36

"The boys swam really well, with many trying out new events," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "The rookies are all improving quickly and gaining confidence in the pool. I’m very pleased with how the team is coming together."

Watkins Glen Athletic Director Rod Weeden praised Wickham and noted that Scott Brubaker had a personal best in the 200 Individual Medley, dropping 5 seconds; and placed second in the 100 Breaststroke with another PR.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham (foreground) and O-M's Brett Walters battle in the 100 Free, won by Wickham by the narrowest of margins, 58.15 to 58.16.

Second: O-M's Billy Tague after winning the 100 Yard Breaststroke.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Scott Brubaker, on the way to second place in the 100 Breast.

Bowling: Glen boys top ND; girls lose

ELMIRA, Dec. 12 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity bowling team defeated Elmira Notre Dame 4-0 Monday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Rossi Lanes. The Watkins girls fell to Notre Dame, 4-0.

Boys: Watkins Glen had five boys, and almost a sixth, top 500, led by Wrett Brower's 567, a series that included 207 and 200 games.

H. Nathaniel Rose registered a 549, followed by Wyatt Brower's 547, Steven Bradley's 538, Conlin Wysocki's 506, and Casen Weeden's 499.

The team won the first game 855-706, the second game 1006-822, and the third game 935-706. They won total pinfall 2796-2234.

Girls: Watkins Glen lost all three games, with Notre Dame outpointing the Senecas 2112-1783.

Hayley Cornish led the Senecas with a 396 series, while Kendra Cornish posted a 395, Nancy Jackson a 383, and Makenzie Kellogg a 352.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Wrett Brower (File photo)

Glen 7th grade volleyball team tops S-VE

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 12 -- The Watkins Glen High School 7th Grade volleyball team defeated Spencer-Van Etten 2-1 Monday in a match at WGHS.

Scores were 25-13, 25-16 and 21-25.

Dallas Johnson led the Senecas with 13 service points, while Brynn Smith notched 9 and Ava Barber and Izzy Samuel 6 apiece. Jenna Solomon had 2 kills, and Faye Mooney and Brynn Smith 1 each.

Athletes of the Week: Hoop teammates

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 11 -- This week we honor two teammates on the unbeaten Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Nakiaha Robinson and Olivia Grover had two strong games each during the week, Robinson scoring 16 points with 8 steals and 6 assists in the first contest and then 20 points with 7 rebounds and 6 steals in the second. Grover registered 19 points and 8 boards in the first game, and 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals in the second.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen runners Isobel Scheffey, Allie Gibson, Gabe Planty and Aaron Planty; O-M basketball's Gillian Clark and Curtis Harris; Watkins Glen basketball's Hannah Morse, Ryanna LaMoreaux and Emmie Bond; O-M swimmers Alec Betts and Billy Tague; Watkins Glen bowler Steven Bradley, and O-M bowler Jackie Vincent.

Honorable Mention: Another 38 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.

Scheffey, Gibson set school track marks

ITHACA, Dec. 10 -- Two Watkins Glen High School runners set school records Saturday at the 29-team Ithaca College Bomber High School Invitational at IC's Edward and Shari Glazer Arena.

Allison Gibson (right) set a new school mark of 8.02 seconds in the 55 Meter Dash, and Isobel Scheffey (left) set a new mark of 46.54 seconds at 300 Meters. Gibson, 26th out of 63 runners, and Scheffey, 22nd out of 61 runners, were "so excited about their new records," said Coach Kelly Sterner.

Gibson's time broke Scheffey's old 55 Meter school record of 8.37. Scheffey broke her own school record of 46.68 in the 300.

Gabe Planty, meanwhile, finished 3rd (4:35.49) and Aaron Planty 6th (4:40.40) among 53 runners in the 1600 Meter Run as Watkins Glen's track-and-field squad placed 19th out of 32 teams.

"It was great to see some big-time drops from our last meet," said Sterner, noting that "we had several athletes compete in new events and did a great job. We are looking forward to going back to Ithaca on Friday to compete at the 607 Invitational. It is a beautiful facility. Our kids love to compete there."

Photos in text: Isobel Scheffey (left in file photo) and Allie Gibson (photo provided).

O-M girls top Newark Valley, 63-50

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 9 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team improved to 3-0 Friday night with a 63-50 victory over Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the NV gym.

Nakiaha Robinson led the Indians with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 steals. Gillian Clark, just recovered from an injury, scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in her season debut. Olivia Grover scored 13 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and had 5 steals.

Other points came from Alexis Saunders (8), Sara Gardner (3), Grace Vondracek (2), and Kennedey Heichel (1).

"We got off to a good start," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "but got into some foul trouble again and they didn't go away." Newark Valley, he said, is "a young team on the rise, and they showed it tonight."

Saunders, he said, "hit a big 3 for us late in the third, and Grace capped an 11-4 run to close the third quarter for us. We then used our pressure to pull away in the fourth."

O-M returns to action Tuesday at home against Candor, and plays Tioga at home Friday.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Newark Valley 61-35. Hannah Chapman scored 10 points for the Indians, and Kara Reese scored 9.

Photo in text: O-M's Nakiaha Robinson (File photo)

Watkins Glen girls defeat Tioga, 51-28

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 9 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team cruised to a 51-28 victory Friday night over Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House gym.

The defending Class C state championship Senecas, now 2-0, built a 25-2 lead midway through the second period. The Tigers rallied at that point with nine straight points, and trailed at halftime 27-11. Watkins Glen was ahead 40-22 entering the fourth period.

Ryanna LaMoreaux and Danielle Leszyk led the Senecas in scoring with 9 points each, while Emmie Bond scored 8, Hannah Morse 7, Julia Reilly 6, Taylor Kelly 4, and Clara Chedzoy, Makenna Fraboni, Kathleen Clifford and Jena Slater 2 each.

Bond led the team in rebounds with 11, while Chedzoy grabbed 7, LaMoreaux and Leszyk 4 each, and Fraboni 3.

Morse registered 8 assists, while Kelly and Fraboni each had 3 steals, and Chedzoy 2. The team was 8-for-12 from the foul line, including Morse's 7-for-8.

"I am very proud of my girls and how they played tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "They did a great job on the boards tonight and played as a team."

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 2-1 with a 55-29 victory over Tioga.

Kelsey Kernan and Aislinn Klemann each scored 11 points, while Amanda Wilbur and Natalie Edmister scored 8 points each, Adrie Solomon 7, Ali LaMoreaux 6, and Abby Gibson and Kelsey DeMillo 2 each.

The Senecas built a 10-3 lead through one period, and were up 25-17 at halftime and 39-24 entering the fourth quarter.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk saves the ball from going out of bounds.
Bottom: The Senecas' Ryanna LaMoreaux, left, is fouled as she goes up for a shot.

From left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond, Taylor Kelly and Julia Reilly.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse (3, left) and Clara Chedzoy (13, right) take aim at the hoop.

And in the JV game:

From left: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson, Amanda Wilbur and Adrie Solomon.

Watkins Glen boys lose to Tioga, 61-49

TIOGA CENTER, Dec. 9 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team saw its record slip to 0-2 Friday night when the Senecas dropped a 61-49 decision to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Tioga gym.

"We showed marked improvement from the first game," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, referring to a season-opening loss Tuesday to Newark Valley. "Tioga is a good team, and we played them tough. I think we're on the right path."

The Senecas, down 13-11 after one quarter, trailed 32-25 at halftime and 40-31 entering the fourth quarter.

Dayne Hughey led the Senecas in scoring with 13 points, while Michael Doane scored 10, Owen Scholtisek 7, Joe Chedzoy 6, Alex Schimizzi 6, Collin Baker 5, and Dylan Markley 2. Hughey led the team in rebounds with 9 while Chedzoy grabbed 5. Scholtisek had 5 assists, and Chedzoy 3. Both Scholtisek and Doane had 2 steals.

Demario Chambers led Tioga with 20 points. The Tigers converted 7 of 12 free throws, while Watkins Glen converted 3 of 10.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Trumansburg.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen evened its record at 1-1 with a 51-31 win over Tioga. Dylan Morse scored 12 points for the Senecas, Jordan Avery 11, Travon Jones 9, Adam Pastore 9, Seamus Mooney 6, and Aidan DiGregorio and Georgio Fazzary 2 each.

Odessa boys fall to Newark Valley, 68-64

ODESSA, Dec. 9 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team fell behind with 6:52 to play and never caught up in dropping a 68-64 decision Friday night to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians, 0-2, were led by Curtis Harris's 21 points, all but five of them in the first half. Zach Elliott scored 12 points, as did Brandon Ray, while Devon Roth and Noah Austin scored 7 points apiece and Paden Grover 5. Quartus Steika led the Cardinals with 31 points, including three 3-pointers.

The Indians were 7-for-16 at the foul line, compared to NV's 10-for-17.

Newark Valley built an 18-10 first-quarter lead before Odessa rallied with a 22-point second period that put it up 32-28 at halftime.

"We pulled ahead in the third quarter by seven points," said O-M Coach Matt Johnston, "but NV went on a 9-0 run to regain the lead."

The score entering the fourth quarter was Newark Valley 53, O-M 51.

O-M took the lead 54-53 at 7:24 of the final period, but NV notched a free throw to tie and then a 3-pointer at 6:52 to go ahead for good, 57-54. Odessa closed to within 57-56 at 6:07, but Newark Valley scored two baskets in the next two minutes to boost its advantage to five points, 61-56.

Odessa got no closer than four points after that.

"The kids played hard and did not give up," said Johnston. "A couple of bounces our way and it could have been a different outcome. I give credit to coach Stratton and his Cardinals for fighting back for the victory."

O-M returns to action Tuesday at Candor. The JV game starts at 5:30 p.m.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Newark Valley, 49-44.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Zach Elliott twists around for a shot.
Bottom: O-M's Curtis Harris drives past a defender on his way to the basket.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Paden Grover is fouled as he tries to shoot. Right: The Indians' Noah Austin goes up for shot.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Devon Roth, Brandon Ray and Derrick Lewis.

Odessa-Montour's Jackie Vincent uses some body English as she tries to convert a spare.

Bowling: O-M girls top Edison; boys fall

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 9 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity bowling team defeated Edison 3-1 Friday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes.

The O-M boys fell 3-1 to Edison.

Girls: Jackie Vincent led Odessa with a 490 series, while Madison Randall registered a 426 and Pixie Kinner a 394.

Odessa won the first game 678-631, dropped the second game 728-695, and then won the third game 708-679 and total pinfall by a 2081-2038 margin.

Boys: Odessa-Montour dropped the first game 691-644 and the second game 746-616 before winning the third game 725-631. The Indians lost total pinfall, 2078-1985.

Andrew Ink led O-M with a 517 series that included a high game of 191, while Eric Rumsey added a 414.

Odessa returns to action at home Tuesday against Union Springs.

Photo in text: O-M's Pixie Kinner watches her ball as it nears a pin for a spare.

Left: O-M's Eric Rumsey takes aim on some pins. Right: Odessa's Andrew Ink reacts with evident frustration after leaving a split.

Watkins Glen bowlers top Newark Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 8 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted victories Thursday over Newark Valley in Interscholastic Athletic Conference road matches.

Boys: Watkins Glen lost the first game, but won the next two plus total pinfall, 2491-2414, for a 3-1 victory. Steven Bradley led the Senecas with a 569 series that included a 221, while Wyatt Brower rolled a 540 series that included a 214.

Other scores for Watkins: Conlin Wysocki 480, Wrett Brower 461, Casen Weeden 422, and H. Nathaniel Rose 415.

Girls: Watkins Glen won 4-0, sweeping all three games by a total pinfall margin of 1900-1465. Kendra Cornish led the way with a 436 series that included a 204.

Other scores for Watkins: Hayley Cornish 373, Nancy Jackson 369, Makenzie Kellogg 368, and Alyiah Clink-Bentley 354.

The Senecas return to action Monday against Elmira Notre Dame at Rossi Lanes.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Steven Bradley (File photo)

Glen swimmers fall to Lansing, 75-35

LANSING, Dec. 8 -- The undermanned Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team fell 75-35 Thursday to Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Lansing pool.

Among the Watkins performances:

--Nathaniel Wickham won the 50 Free in 25.24 and was second in the 100 Free (dropping 3 seconds for a season-best of 57.61).
--Scott Brubaker won the 100 Breaststroke (1:38.82).
--The 200 Free Relay team won (Ramel Fulcher, Jacob Asbury, Scott Brubaker and Nathaniel Wickham).
--Jacob Asbury took 2nd in the 200 Free with a PR of 2:57.06 (dropping his best time by 15 seconds).

Said WGHS Athletic Director Rod Weeden: "The Tuff man award for the night would have to go to Scott Brubaker for competing in four very tough events (200 IM, 500 Free, 200 Free Relay and 100 Breast).

"This is a great group of kids," added Weeden. "It has been a pleasure to be there for them while their regular coach (Megan Hoy) is finishing up her finals for the week at college."

The Senecas compete again Tuesday at home against Odessa-Montour at 4:30 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Scott Brubaker during Thursday's meet. (Photo provided)

O-M swimmers fall to Waverly, 100-70

WAVERLY, Dec. 8 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team dropped a 100-70 decision Thursday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Waverly pool.

The four victories for Odessa-Montour were posted by:

--Alec Betts in the 200 Free (a PR of 2:04.86) and the 100 Breaststroke (1:17.07).
--Billy Tague in the 200 IM (2:12.29) and the 100 Fly (59.40).

Second-place finishes for O-M:

--Jake Mayette in the 50 Free (26.25)
--Brett Walters in the 100 Free (58.17) and 100 Back (a PR of 1:08.30)
--200 Medley Relay of Micah Brewster, Tyler Carson, Bailey Hornbrook and Brett Walters
--200 Free Relay of Jake Mayette, Bailey Hornbrook, Alec Betts and Billy Tague
--400 Free Relay of Jake Mayette, Brett Walters, Alec Betts and Billy Tague

Other PRs (personal records):

--Cameron Adams in the 200 Free (2:10.88) and 500 Free (6:01.61)
--Liam Mayette in the 200 IM (3:10.15) and 500 Free (7:36.38)
--Johnny Niedermaier in the 50 Free (29.15) and 100 Back (1:21.28)
--Micah Brewster in the 500 Free (6:59.65) and 100 Back (1:19.92)
--Justin Andrews in the 50 Free (35.02) and 100 Free (1:21.75)
--Brett Walters in the 100 Back (1:08.30)
--Jake Mayette in the 100 Fly (1:06.11)
--Noah Hollenbeck in the 100 Breast (1:53.17)

"It was a tough meet," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "Waverly has a large, experienced team. The O-M guys swam well, evidenced by the number of PRs, but it just wasn’t enough to overcome Waverly’s depth."

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Alec Betts (File photo)

Bowling: O-M girls top ND, boys lose

ELMIRA, Dec. 7 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity bowling team posted a 3-1 victory Wednesday over Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Rossi Lanes. The O-M boys fell to ND, 4-0.

The Odessa girls won the first two games, 693-656 and 683-548, as well as total pinfall, 1971-1837.

Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 510 series, while Jana Arias rolled a 378 and Pixie Kinner a 367.

The O-M boys dropped all three games as Notre Dame built an overall 2299-1938 margin. Eric Rumsey and Andrew Ink led the Indians, each posting a 476.

The Indians return to action Friday at home against Edison.

Odessa-Montour's Dylan Houseknecht prepares to pin his opponent at 285 pounds. (Photo by Lisa Frost)

Odessa wrestlers edge Moravia, 37-36

ODESSA, Dec. 7 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity wrestling team defeated Moravia 37-36 Wednesday night in a match in O-M's Jack Davis gym.

The match came down to a tie-break one-point awarded to O-M for the most matches won, including forfeits, 7-6.

The two teams had each earned 36 points -- O-M six each for the four pins, six points for a forfeit win, and six points for two decisions (3 points each). Moravia earned 18 points on three pins, and 18 points on three forfeit wins.

126 pounds: Jacob Stockton (MCS) over (OM), Forfeit
132: Nate Eberhardt (MCS) over Andrew Hartford (OM), Fall 3:20
138: Collin Haag (OM) over Casey Smith (MCS), Decision 10-5
145: Josiah Letts (MCS) over Riley Kuparinen (OM), Fall 0:38
152: Corey Jackson (MCS) over Joshua Beckley (OM), Fall 1:24
160: Daniel Minnier (OM) over Tryston Morris (MCS), Fall 0:36
170: Jeremiah Lynch (OM) over Joe Shoemaker (MCS), Fall 135
182: Nate Williams (MCS) over (OM), Forfeit
195: Samuel Clugstone (OM) over Caleb Warner (MCS), Fall 1:54
220: Jake Langtry (MCS) over (OM), Forfeit
285: Dylan Houseknecht (OM) over Trent Rutan (MCS), Fall 0:37
99: Double Forfeit
106: Double Forfeit
113: Thomas Rumpff (OM) over (MCS), Forfeit
120: Josiah Lynch (OM) over Ed Sisson (MCS), Decision 7-0
(OM received 1.00 point tie-breaking criterion D for most number of matches won, including forfeits)

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Josiah Lynch gains an advantage at 120 pounds. (Photo by Lisa Frost)

Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy (15) moves the ball upcourt past two NV defenders.

Watkins boys fall to NV in opener, 53-36

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 6 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team opened its season on a losing note Tuesday night, dropping a 53-36 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House gym.

The Senecas were up 7-4 when Newark Valley took charge, outscoring the Senecas from that point until halftime, 21-4, for a 25-11 lead at intermission. The Cardinals increased the lead to as many as 27 points, 41-14, before closing the third quarter with a 46-26 advantage.

Michael Doane led the Watkins Glen offense with 18 points, including five 3-pointers. He scored 12 of those points in the third period, including three 3's.

Other points came from Dayne Hughey (8), Collin Baker (5), Owen Scholtisek (3) and Joe Chedzoy (2). Scholtisek led the team in assists (7) and steals (3). Hughey led the squad in rebounds (7).

Kyle Coffin led Newark Valley with 19 points. The Cardinals were 3-for-4 from the foul line, while Watkins converted 5 of 10 free throws.

"We have a lot of work to do," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary.

The Senecas return to action Friday at Tioga.

Junior Varsity: Newark Valley defeated Watkins Glen in triple overtime, 61-58.

Watkins Glen's Travon Jones forced the first extra session with a 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation that knotted the score 39-39. Both teams scored 7 points in the first overtime and 3 points in the second overtime (NV on a basket in the closing seconds) before the Cardinals claimed the win.

Aidan DiGregorio led Watkins Glen with 13 points, while four teammates also scored in double figures: Travon Jones (12), Jordan Avery (11), Dylan Morse (10) and Adam Pastore (10). The other 2 points came from Seamus Mooney.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek finds heavy traffic as he drives toward the basket.
Bottom: The Senecas' Michael Doane shoots. He scored 18 points.

Watkins Glen's Collin Baker (31, left) and Dayne Hughey (right) take the ball to the hoop.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Aidan DiGregorio shoots. Right: The Senecas' Travon Jones sends a shot on its way at the buzzer in the fourth quarter. It went in, tying the game and forcing overtime.

Watkins girls open with win at NV, 52-39

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 6 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team opened its season with a win Tuesday night, defeating Newark Valley 52-39 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the NV gym.

Ryanna LaMoreaux led the Senecas' offense with 14 points while registering 3 rebounds, 2 blocks, an assist and a steal. Other scoring came from:

--Taylor Kelly: 10 points, along with 7 rebounds and 2 steals.
--Clara Chedzoy: 9 points, with 10 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists.
--Emmie Bond: 7 points, with 10 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists.
--Danielle Leszyk: 7 points, with 3 rebounds, a steal and an assist.
--Hannah Morse: 5 points, with 2 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal.

Watkins Glen led 14-10 after one period, 21-17 at halftime, and 39-28 after three quarters.

The Senecas return to action Friday at home against Tioga.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Newark Valley, 49-39. Kelsey Kernan scored 10 points for the Senecas while registering 5 rebounds, a steal, a block and an assist. Aislinn Klemann scored 9 points and had 3 rebounds, 3 steals and an assist. Adrie Solomon scored 6 points and had 5 rebounds, 2 blocks and 3 assists.

Odessa-Montour bowlers fall to Tioga

WAVERLY, Dec. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams fell to Tioga Tuesday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at the Valley Bowling Center.

The O-M boys fell 4-0, dropping total pinfall 3301-1925 on games of 1092-642, 1137-662 and 1072-621.

Eric Rumsey led Odessa with a 513 series, while Jesse Jordan posted a 477.

The O-M girls fell 3-1, winning the first game 765-757 before losing 705-647 and 742-715 and dropping total pinfall, 2206-2127.

Jackie Vincent led Odessa with a 576 series that included a 216 game. Jana Arias added a 439 series.

Watkins Glen's Wrett Brower urges his ball to break to the left as it approaches the pins.

Watkins bowlers defeat Notre Dame

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 6 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories Tuesday over Elmira Notre Dame in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Boys: Casen Weeden led the Senecas with a 575 series that included a 221 game. H. Nathaniel Rose added a 534, Wrett Brower a 504, Steven Bradley a 501, Conlin Wysocki a 449, and Wyatt Brower a 417.

Watkins Glen won 857-738, 865-707 and 862-797 for a 2584-2242 pinfall advantage.

Girls: Hayley Cornish led the Senecas with a 497 series. Others scores: Kendra Cornish 448, Alyiah Clink-Bentley 415, Nancy Jackson 405, and Makenzie Kellogg 375.

Watkins Glen won 726-708, 681-634 and 733-677 for a total pinfall edge of 2140-2019.

The Senecas return to action Thursday at Newark Valley.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Hayley Cornish receives congratulations after a strike.

Left: Watkins Glen's Conlin Wysocki takes a moment after leaving two pins standing. Right: The Senecas' Nancy Jackson (facing camera) receives congratulations from teammate Kendra Cornish after registering a strike.

O-M swimmers defeat Dryden, 100-66

DRYDEN, Dec. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team evened its season record at 1-1 Tuesday when it defeated Dryden 100-66 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Dryden pool.

O-M posted victories in all but one event. Wins were registered by:

200 Medley Relay: Alec Betts, Billy Tague, Jake Mayette, Brett Walters 1:56.11
200 Free: Billy Tague 2:00.10
200 IM: Alec Betts 2:28.67
50 Free: Brett Walters 25.42 (PR: personal record)
100 Fly: Billy Tague 59.66
100 Free: Brett Walters 57.75 (PR)
500 Free: Cameron Adams 6:05.76 (PR)
200 Free Relay: Bailey Hornbrook, Caleb Thomas, Johnny Niedermaier, Cameron Adams 1:56.01
100 Breast: Alec Betts 1:14.86
400 Free Relay: Billy Tague, Jake Mayette, Brett Walters, Alec Betts 3:48.97

Second-place finishers:

Cameron Adams in the 200 free (PR)
Bailey Hornbrook in the 200 IM
Jake Mayette in the 50 Free and the 100 Fly
Tyler Carson in the 100 Back

"We put up some excellent times for this early in the season," said O-M Coach Terri Brace, "with many trying new events. We are looking forward to our meet this Thursday against defending IAC Champion Waverly."

Additional PRs:

Noah Hollenbeck in the 200 Free
Johnny Niedermaier in the 50 Free
Tyler Carson in the 100 Free
Caleb Thomas in the 100 Breast

Watkins Glen's James Jensen swims the backstroke as he competes in Tuesday's meet.

Watkins swimmers fall to S. Cayuga

AURORA, Dec. 6 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team, with just four of its seven members eligible for the first meet of the season, fell to Southern Cayuga Tuesday 48-21 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the SC pool.

Watkins Glen had "a few standout performances," according to Athletic Director Rod Weeden, filling in for the day for Coach Megan Hoy, who was busy taking final exams at college. Nathaniel Wickham won both the 50 Free and 100 Free, while Scott Brubaker won the 100 Breaststroke.

The Senecas return to action at 5 p.m. Thursday at Lansing.

Photo in text: Members of the WGHS swim team: From left: Peter Sandritter, Ramel Fulcher, Nathaniel Wickham, Jacob Asbury, James Jensen and Scott Brubaker. (Photo provided)

Odessa girls rout Edison, improve to 2-0

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Dec. 5 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team improved to 2-0 Monday night with a 74-28 victory over Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Edison gym.

The Indians got double-digit scoring from three players:

--Olivia Grover, with 19 points and 8 rebounds.
--Nakiaha Robinson, with 16 points, 8 steals and 6 assists.
--Kennedey Heichel, with 12 points and 5 assists.

Other scoring came from Sara Gardner (7 points), Heidi Casselberry (7 points and 7 rebounds), Alexis Saunders (6 points), Grace Vondracek (3 points), Hunter Daugherty (2 points), and Hannah Bruno (2 points).

"We showed up ready to play and took care of business in the first half," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, whose team led 26-2 after one period and 44-5 at halftime. With the loss, Edison fell to 1-2.

The Indians return to action Friday at Newark Valley.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lifted its record to 2-0 with a 60-15 victory over Edison. Kara Reese and Taylor Cain scored 14 points apiece for the Indians, while Autumn Garrison scored 10 points.

Photo in text: O-M's Olivia Grover, left, and Nakiaha Robinson (File photo)

Watkins modified volleyball teams win

ODESSA, Dec. 5 -- The Watkins Glen modified 7th and 8th grade volleyball teams posted victories over Odessa-Montour Monday in games in the O-M gym.

The Watkins Glen 8th grade squad won a close battle, 2-1. Game scores were 25-19, 14-25 and 26-24.

The Watkins Glen 7th grade won 3-0. Game scores were 25-13, 25-2 and 25-14. Dallas Johnson led the Senecas with 25 service points.

Athletes of Week: Glen bowler, wrestler

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 4 -- This week we honor a bowler and a wrestler as our Odessa File Athletes of the Week. Both are from Watkins Glen High School.

The bowler is Conlin Wysocki, who led his team to victory with a 645 series against Lansing, including a 253 game.

The wrestler is Dalton Cummings, one of three Watkins wrestlers competing in the Larry Goodricch Memorial Tournament. Cummings won his weight division, 182 pounds.

Double Honorable: O-M basketball's Curtis Harris, Zach Elliott, Olivia Grover, Sara Gardner, Nakiaha Robinson and Alexis Saunders; O-M swimming's Billy Tague; and Watkins Glen bowling's H. Nathaniel Rose.

Honorable Mention: Another 11 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.

3 Glen wrestlers excel at Newark Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 4 -- A trio of Watkins Glen High School wrestlers competed at the Larry Goodrich Memorial Tournament in Newark Valley Saturday, placing 8th as a team. Each of the three Senecas made the finals.

Central Valley Academy, with a much larger contingent of wrestlers, took the team tournament with 266.5 points, ahead of runnerup Rush-Henrietta's 229.5. They were followed by Newark Valley (195.5), Peru (182.5), Owego Free Academy (166), Dryden (127), Deposit-Hancock (92), Watkins Glen (66), Binghamton (59.5), Ithaca (53) and Thomas A. Edison (39). Several other schools were represented, but in a non-scoring capacity.

The Senecas' Dalton Cummings took 1st place at 182 pounds for his first tournament championship, defeating Joey Woodmansee of Newark Valley, 1-0, in the final. Watkins Glen's Ethan Voorheis took 2nd place at 285 pounds and Kameryn Sheldon 2nd place at 220 pounds.

Watkins Glen Coach Dominick Scolaro said he was very proud of his wrestlers.

The Senecas will be back in action Thursday at Lansing.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dalton Cummings (Photo provided)

Odessa boys open season with road loss

UNION SPRINGS, Dec. 2 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team opened its season on a losing note Friday night, dropping a 64-51 decision to Union Springs in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the road.

O-M's Curtis Harris led all scorers with 21 points, while Zach Elliott had 12 points and 16 rebounds.

"I thought the kids did a pretty good job on the boards in our first game," said O-M Coach Matt Johnston. "We just were not able to get our shots to fall when it mattered.

"Union Springs is a very balanced, hard-working team with a lot of talent. They made key shots when they needed it. We cut the lead to five with 4:45 left in the 4th, but they converted on two huge 3-point plays to seal the victory."

Odessa returns to action at home Friday against Newark Valley.

Bowling: Watkins boys, girls post wins

ITHACA, Dec. 2 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories Friday over Lansing in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Cornell Lanes.

Boys: Conlin Wysocki rolled a 645 series on games of 253-193-199 to lead the Senecas to their second sweep in two days (after defeating Odessa-Montour on Thursday). Watkins posted scores of 937-975-938 to outpoint Lansing 2850-2456.

H. Nathaniel Rose registered a 205-191-202=598 for the Senecas, while Wyatt Brower rolled a 534 (including a 230), Wrett Brower a 525, Steven Bradley a 516, and Casen Weeden a 504.

"The boys bowled great today," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower, "but Sock's 645 was one of the best series that I can remember."

Girls: Hayley Cornish registered a 482 series as Watkins Glen posted a 1969-1783 victory over the Bobcats, the Senecas' second sweep in two days. Kendra Cornish added a 409, while Alyiah Clink-Bentley had a 389, Nancy Jackson 348, and Makenzie Kellogg 337.

"Hayley led the girls to victory today," said Brower, adding: "It's been a good week for the girls."

Watkins Glen returns to action Tuesday at home against Notre Dame.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Conlin Wysocki (File photo)

Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann moves the ball past a Lansing defender.

Glen JV squad opens with 44-11 victory

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 2 -- The Watkins Glen girls junior varsity basketball team began its season with a win Friday night, defeating Lansing 44-11 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House gym.

Adrie Solomon and Aislinn Klemann led the Senecas with 8 points each, while Kelsey Kernan and Ali LaMoreaux scored six apiece, Mattie Yontz and Natalie Edmister 4 each, and Amanda Wilbur, Abby Gibson, Kaylee Franklin and Kelsey DeMillo 2 apiece.

Wilbur led the team with 8 rebounds, while Yontz had 7, Gibson 6, Edmister and LaMoreaux 5 each, and Kernan 4. Gibson added 5 steals.

"I thought the girls played well for the first game of the season," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Hopefully we can continue to improve as the season progresses."

The game was added to the schedule when it was learned that Notre Dame has no JV team this year, and that its varsity was hosting the Lansing varsity Friday -- leaving the Lansing JV team without a match that night. Watkins Glen had room on its schedule for the extra game, and offered it to Lansing, which accepted.

Watkins Glen returns to action Tuesday at Newark Valley.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Adrie Solomon drives to the hoop in first-half action.

Odessa-Montour's Nakiaha Robinson (left) and Grace Vondracek drive to the basket.

Odessa-Montour opens with 63-36 victory

ODESSA, Dec. 1 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team pulled away from Union Springs in the second quarter Thursday night on the way to a 63-36 Interscholastic Athletic Conference season-opening victory in the O-M gym.

Olivia Grover led the O-M offense with 17 points, while Sara Gardner hit four 3-pointers on the way to 14 points. Also in double figures were Nakiaha Robinson and Alexis Saunders with 13 points each. Scorng 2 points apiece were Kennedey Heichel, Grace Vondracek and Heidi Casselberry.

Grover led the Indians in rebounds with 10, and in assists with 7. Robinson led in steals with 7, and had 6 assists. Heichel stole the ball 5 times, and had 4 assists. Saunders grabbed 6 rebounds and registered 3 blocks.

"We had to battle through a little foul trouble there in the first half," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "but everyone stepped up and did what we had to do, and back-to-back threes by Lexi and Sara at the end of the first half were really big."

Grover found foul trouble early, picking up two fouls in the first two minutes, and a third early in the second quarter. After sitting for part of that period, she returned with a big second half, notching 13 points after intermission. Robinson also had two first-period fouls, but avoided further trouble.

Odessa built an early 8-1 edge before Union Springs rallied to within a point, 9-8. But it was all Indians after that as they outscored the Wolves 21-5 in the second period, closing out the half with a long 3-pointer at the buzzer by Gardner.

The second half was more of the same, with O-M outscoring Union Springs 20-9 in the third quarter before the Wolives responded with a 14-11 advantage in the fourth.

Odessa converted 4 of 8 free throws, while Union Springs sank 9 of 21.

O-M returns to action Monday at Edison. The JV game starts at 5:30 p.m.

Junior Varsity:

Odessa-Montour started its season on a winning note, employing a pressing defense as it defeated Union Springs 48-14. The Indians raced in front 17-3 in the first quarter, and were up 26-5 at halftime and 41-9 after three periods.

Eleven O-M players scored, led by Autumn Garrison and Mallory Rhodes with 9 points each. Jolynn Minnier scored 8 points, and Kara Reese added 6 points.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Olivia Grover eyes the basket as she drives through traffic.
Bottom: O-M's Sara Gardner sends a shot on its way. She scored 14 points.

Left: O-M's Kennedey Heichel takes aim at the hoop. Right: A battle for the ball involving O-M's Nakiaha Robinson (24) took place near the Odessa basket.

Left: O-M's Heidi Casselberry passes the ball. Right: The Indians' Olivia Grover shoots a free throw as teammate Hunter Daugherty watches.

And in the JV game:

Left: Odessa-Montour's Haley Landon is fouled as she shoots. Right: The Indians' Kara Reese drives toward the hoop.

Watkins Glen's Nikole VanDyke watches as her ball smashes the pins for a strike.

Bowling: Glen boys, girls defeat Odessa

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 1 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories Thursday over Odessa-Montour in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Boys: Watkins Glen won the three games by scores of 832-663, 754-699 and 740-656, and total pinfall by 2326-2018.

H. Nathaniel Rose led the Senecas with a 476 series, while Steven Bradley posted a 469, Wrett Brower a 467, Casen Weeden a 453, Conlin Wysocki a 448, and John Reed a 400.

Eric Rumsey led Odessa-Montour with a 558 series that included a 202. Andrew Ink was the only other O-M bowler over 400, with a 464 series.

Girls: Watkins Glen won the first game by 12 pins, 677-665, and followed that with 678-624 and 684-662 wins for a total pinfall advantage of 2039-1951.

Nikole VanDyke led the Senecas with a 483 series, while Hayley Cornish posted a 422. Other scores: Nancy Jackson 411, Alyiah Clink-Bentley 387, Makenzie Kellogg 330, and Kendra Cornish 320.

Odessa-Montour was led by Jackie Vincent's 448, while Pixie Kinner rolled a 413. Kacie Wood was third with a 367, Ashley Stewart fourth at 351, and Madison Randall fifth at 347.

Watkins Glen returns to action today (Friday) at Cornell Lanes against Lansing. O-M returns to action Tuesday at Tioga.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Casen Weeden watches as his ball scrambles pins for a strike.
Bottom: The Senecas' Makenzie Kellogg reacts after registering a strike.

Left: Watkins Glen's Steven Bradley. Right: Odessa-Montour's Jackie Vincent is congratulated after posting a strike.

Left: O-M's Andrew Ink watches as his spare attempt misses. Right: Odessa's Eric Rumsey registers a strike.

Bowling: Odessa-Montour boys, girls win

CORTLAND, Nov. 29 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted easy 4-0 victories Wednesday over undermanned Marathon in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Cortland Lanes.

The Marathon boys team had just three bowlers while the Marathon girls had four. Odessa fielded full squads with five scoring competitors in each game.

The O-M boys totaled 1708 pins to Marathon's 977. Eric Rumsey led the Indians with a 495 series.

The Odessa girls posted a 1985 total to Marathon's 1536. Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 445 series, while Jana Arias rolled a 381 and Pixie Kinner a 379.

O-M returns to action Thursday at Harborside Lanes in Watkins Glen against the Senecas of Watkins Glen High School.

Odessa-Montour's Caleb Thomas surfaces on the first leg of the 200 Yard Free Relay.

O-M swimmers open season with a loss

ODESSA, Nov. 28 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team started its season on a losing note Tuesday, falling to Southern Cayuga 50-44 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

"The O-M boys swim team lost a heartbreaker tonight," said Coach Terri Brace, explaining that it was "mainly attributed to a disqualification in the first relay in which we had touched the wall first. The boys fought back hard throughout the meet, but Southern Cayuga’s depth showed as they picked up those valuable third-place points. We took first in five of eight individual events, but swim meets aren’t always determined by first-place finishes.

"Overall," she added, "the boys swam very well for the first meet of the year. Our five rookies got their jitters out and showed a lot of potential while our veteran swimmers stepped up where they needed to."

First-place finishes were posted by:

--Cameron Adams in the 200 Yard Freestyle in 2:12.48
--Billy Tague in the 200 Individual Medley in 2:12.03
--Jacob Mayette in the 50 Yard Freestyle in 25.94
--Alec Betts in the 100 Yard Freestyle in 57.21
--Billy Tague in the 100 Yard Breaststroke in 1:08.17

Second places were posted by Jacob Mayette in the 100 Fly, Cameron Adams in the 500 Free, Alec Betts in the 100 Back, and two relay teams.

The Indians return to action Tuesday at Dryden.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Billy Tague on the way to winning the 100 Yard Breaststroke.
Bottom: The Indians' Jacob Mayette en route to a second-place finish in the 100 Fly.

Left: O-M's Michael Benway dives at start of the 50 Yard Freestyle. Right: The Indians' Cameron Adams on the way to second place in the 500 Free.

Odessa-Montour's Alec Betts dives at start of the 100 Yard Freestyle, which he won.

Odessa-Montour's Tyler Carson dives at start of the 100 Yard Backstroke. He placed third.

Bowling: WG boys, girls open with wins

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 28 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams opened their season with Interscholastic Athletic Conference victories Tuesday over Union Springs/Port Byron at Harborside Lanes.

The boys won 3-1, while the girls won 4-0.

Boys: Nathaniel Rose led the Senecas with a 560 series that included a 236. Other 500 series were posted by Casen Weeden (522) and Steven Bradley (502). Conlin Wysocki added a 491, Wyatt Brower a 466, and Wrett Brower a 446.

Watkins Glen lost the first game 810-798, then won the next two -- 877-795 and 866-770 -- and total pinfall, 2541-2375.

"I'm very pleased with the way they fought back after losing the first game," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower.

Girls: The Senecas were led by Hayley Cornish's 431 series. She was followed by Nikole VanDyke (422), Alyiah Clink-Bentley (418), Kendra Cornish (413), and Makenzie Kellogg and Nancy Jackson (370 each).

Watkins Glen won 681-585, 749-489 and 652-535, for a total pinfall edge of 2082-1609.

"I was very pleased with the way the girls bowled today," said Coach Brower. "Hayley, Nikole and Kendra provide the foundation for what could be a good season. Alyiah is a nice surprise; she started her varsity career very nicely."

Photo in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Nancy Jackson reacts to a strike.
Bottom: The Senecas' Wrett Brower eyes the pins.

From left: Watkins Glen's Conlin Wysocki, Hayley Cornish and Wyatt Brower.

Left: The Senecas' Kendra Cornish reacts to a split. Right: WG's Casen Weeden delivers.

Athlete of the Week: WG's Gabe Planty

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 27 -- For the first week of winter sports competition, we honor as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week a Watkins Glen High School runner who won twice and helped set a school record.

The honor goes to Gabe Planty, who won the 1600 Meter Run at the Small Schools Invitational at SUNY Cortland, and who was on the winning and school-record-setting Sprint Medley Relay at the same meet.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen runners Aaron Planty, Josh Updyke, Sean Holland and Isobel Scheffey; and Odessa-Montour bowlers Jackie Vincent and Eric Rumsey.

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

Watkins 7th grade volleyball team wins 3-0

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 27 -- The Watkins Glen 7th grade volleyball team defeated Newfield Monday in straight sets.

Game scores were 25-22, 25-13 and 25-22.

Dallas Johnson registered 13 service ponts and Ava Barber 10 for the Senecas.

Indoor track opens: Gabe Planty wins 2

CORTLAND, Nov. 25 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity indoor track team opened its season Saturday at the Small Schools Invitational at SUNY Cortland.

The Senecas, with 17 members (up from last year), "placed very well in several events," said Coach Kelly Sterner, who added: "I am very excited about our season."

Top finishers for Watkins Glen:

Sprint Medley Relay Boys: 1st place with new school record of 3:55.50 (Aaron Planty, Sean Holland, Josh Updyke, Gabe Planty).
Sprint Medley Relay Girls: 6th Place in 5:17.63 (Isobel Scheffey, Cierra Barber, Allison Gibson, Breanna Carl.
1600 Meters: Gabe Planty 1st in 4:49.98; Aaron Planty 2nd in 4:51.32; Sean Holland 4th in 5:11.00.
1000 Meters: Breanna Carl 6th in 4:01.27.
600 Meters: Sean Holland 9th in 1:43.08.
55 Meters: Josh Updyke 3rd in 6.99; Allison Gibson 4th in 8:13.
300 Meters: Isobel Scheffey 2nd in 47.30.
High Jump: Max Evans 4th at 5'4".
Long Jump: Allison Gibson 6th at 13'10".50.

Photo in text: Senecas in action Saturday included (visible 2nd, 3rd and 4th from left) Gabe Planty, Aaron Planty and Sean Holland. (Photo by Aran Holland)

O-M girls open with a win; boys tie

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 21 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity bowling team -- led by Jackie Vincent's 537 series -- opened the season with a 3-1 victory Tuesday over Groton in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes.

The O-M boys, meanwhile, posted a 2-2 tie in their opener.

The Odessa girls dropped the first game, 600-587, but won the next two, 647-566 and 749-542, and took total pinfall, 1983-1708. In addition to Vincent, whose series included a 211 in the third game, the Indians got a pair of 372 series from Pixie Kinner and Kacie Wood and a 364 from Ashley Stewart.

The O-M boys won their first game 696-670, and despite losing the second (620-614) and third (684-670), won total pinfall by six pins, 1980-1974.

Eric Rumsey led the Indians with a 517 series, while Andrew Ink posted a 454 series and Jesse Jordan a 403.

The Indians return to action next Wednesday at Cortland Lanes against Marathon, and then face Watkins Glen the next day at Harborside Lanes.

*****

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Andrew Ink reacts after registering a strike.

Bottom: The Indians' Jackie Vincent, who led her team with a 537 series.

Left: O-M's Eric Rumsey. Right: The Indians' Ashley Stewart converts a spare.

Records set at Field House powerlifting

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 19, 2017 -- Watkins Glen High School hosted the second annual powerlifting meet under the auspices of the World Natural Powerlifting Federation Saturday in the Field House.

Lifting was done in the squat, bench press and dead lift.

These are the results of the meet:

1. Jeremey Brown: 385-pound bench press, 600-pound dead lift.
2. Emma Bradshaw: 200-pound dead lift, a state record.
3. Ian Rossi: 275-pound bench press, 450-pound dead lift.
4. Sarah Horton: 225-pound dead lift.
5. Matt Erwin: 100-pound bench press, 205 dead lift; dead lift was a state record.
6. Silas Ferrell: 120-pound bench press, 225 dead lift, both state records.
7. Chris Clark: 160-pound bench press, 310 dead lift; bench was a state record.
8. Melanie Beaver: 205-pound squat, 140-pound bench press, 280-pound dead lift; all were state records.
9. Wyatt Brower: 350-pound squat, 260-pound bench press, 450-pound dead lift, all state records.
10. Wrett Brower: 205-pound bench press, 405-pound dead lift, both state records.
11. Ethan Day: 100-pound bench press, 260-pound dead lift; dead lift was a state record.
12. Diana Groll: 65-pound bench press, 110-pound dead lift; both were state records.
13. Cam Holland: 115-pound bench press, 260-pound dead lift, 150-pound squat; dead lift was state record.
14. Sheila Klemann: 115-pound bench press, 250-pound dead lift. Both were state records.
15. Travon Jones: 115-pound bench press, 205 dead lift, 160-pound squat. His squat was a state record.

Records are set or broken by age and weight category.

Photo in text: Local powerlifting participants and their awards. (Photo provided)

The top 10 finishers at the State Diving tournament, with WG's Lexi Castellaneta at left.

Lexi places 10th at States

ITHACA, Nov. 17, 2017 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Lexi Castellaneta made her fourth and final trip to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Diving Championships her best yet, finishing in 10th place Friday among 50 competing divers from all classes of schools throughout the state.

Lexi, a four-time Section IV diving champion, amassed 459.40 points, rising from 19th place after the first round and 20th after the second round to meet her goal of a Top 10 finish.

"We're very happy," said the WGHS diving coach, Kim Suddaby, after the Top 10 finishers received medals in a ceremony at the podium next to the pool in the Ithaca College Athletics and Events Center. "I couldn't be any happier. The Top 10 was our goal, and she hit her dives."

Castellaneta agreed. "It was great," she said. "I wasn't nervous, actually. I just had to think about it as a normal meet."

The champion was a Newburgh Free Academy diver, Danielle Scarano, who won by a single point over Queensbury High's Megan Cook. Scarano nailed the final dive of the final round, amassing 60 points on it, one of only a handful of dives that totaled that high all day.

Castellaneta started in the middle of the pack on her first two dives, but then made a move up the leader board with a string of dives well received by the seven judges. By the time the field of 50 was cut to 24 after five dives, she was in 9th place.

When the field was cut to 20 finalists for the final three of 11 dives, she was 8th.

In her three previous visits to States, Lexi had placed 25th, 25th and 21st, missing the first cut twice and then the second cut -- to 20 finalists -- on her third try. "I kept missing the cuts by one spot," she said after Friday's meet, shaking her head at the memory.

She had a cheering section on hand -- including some friends from school, the WGHS Athletic Director, Rod Weeden, and the current and former Watkins Glen School Superintendents, Greg Kelahan and Tom Phillips.

The Ithaca College Diving Coach, Chris Griffin, gave Lexi a big hug afterward, acknowledging that he would love to have her competing at IC next year. Also on hand was Coach Suddaby's daughter Lindsey, a senior and diver at IC.

The difference between 10th place and 7th place was small, with the No. 7 finisher, Amanda McGraw of Section 9's Warwick High, amassing 465.10 points to Lexi's 459.40. In between were divers from Section 11 and 5. The sixth place finisher had 470.05 points, and the fifth place finisher 473.50.

The top four were Scarano with 495.80 points, Cook with 494.80, Brighton's Hannah Butler with 484.45, and Jennifer Bell of Pelham with 478.25.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Lexi Castellaneta launches herself on one of her 11 dives.

Middle:
Lexi Castellaneta and her diving coach, Kim Suddaby, pose after the meet for a picture snapped by WGHS Girls Head Coach Nichole Chaffee.

Third: Lexi holds up two medals she received Friday: one on the left for reaching the States, and one on the right for finishing 10th.

Bottom: Ithaca College diving coach Chris Griffin holds Lexi aloft as he congratulates her after the tournament.

From left: Lexi's last dive, WGHS alum and Ithaca College diver Lindsey Suddaby, and Lexi twists and turns on one of her 11 dives.

The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross-country team with their runner-up plaque. They were runner-up two years ago, and won the Class C title last year. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen boys XC team finishes 2nd at State tourney

ONTARIO CENTER, NY, Nov. 11 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross-country team placed second among Class C schools Saturday on a cold, muddy day at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association State Championships at Wayne High School.

The Senecas finished with 67 points, trailing private school Mount Academy from Section 9, which totaled 50 points. Newfane (Section 6) was third among the 11 sectional champions vying for the title -- won last year by Watkins Glen.

Watkins Coach John Fazzary said his team, projected to finish second, "certainly has nothing to hang our heads about. We didn't run our best race, but it's pretty good to be second."

He wasn't happy with Mount Academy's presence, though, maintaining that as a private school "it shouldn't be in the pubic school race. I like to think we're still the public school champion."

Aaron Planty led the Senecas with an 11th place finish (in 17:30 on the 5K course) among 130 runners. His brother Gabe was 13th in 17:31. Sean Holland finished 21st in 17:40, while Max Evans was 40th in 17:58, Sam Thorsland 70th in 18:50, Tanner Ryan 91st in 19:09, and Conlin Wysocki 119th in 20:27.

In the girls' race, Watkins Glen's lone qualifier, Kai Sutterby, placed 41st among 131 runners in 22:18.

Conditions, said Fazzary, included "frozen mud with ruts all over the place," with some portions of the course "just muddy. They were tough conditions, but everyone had to deal with it."

He was still awaiting word on whether his team had qualified to run in next weekend's Federation Meet at Wappingers Falls -- an event the Senecas won last year.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins' Gabe Planty negotiates a turn in Saturday's race. (Photo by Aran Holland)

Bottom: A sign at the course tells the story of the top four finishers. (Photo provided)

From left: Watkins Glen's Aaron Planty and Kai Sutterby at Saturday's meet (Both photos by Aran Holland); and team member Conlin Wysocki with a shirt he won for being chosen for the male Sportsmanship Award by Section IV coaches at the sectional meet, an honor announced Saturday. (Photo provided)

WG soccer's Hannah Morse is our Schuyler Fall MVP

We also unveil our All-Schuyler All-Star teams

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 6, 2017 -- The most intriguing team in Schuyler County this fall was the Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team, which started the season against three tough foes -- and lost each game on the way to an 0-7 start.

One player on that team, encountered at another sporting event at that desultory point in the season, made it clear that such a record was simply not acceptable, and promised better. The look on her face -- that of determination -- showed she was very serious about it.

And led by that girl -- junior Hannah Morse -- the team rebounded, winning 7 of the final 10 games to earn a sectional tournament berth, where they won one game before falling.
Along the way they got offensive output from a number of players, but chiefly from Morse, who finished the season with 24 goals and 9 assists. She was the go-to goal scorer in many moments as the Senecas won five straight games after that seven-loss start.

She had offensive support from such players as Isobel Scheffey, Danielle Leszyk (who, equally determined, was playing with a hip injury), Makenna Fraboni and Ryanna LaMoreaux, and defensive support from an ever improving backfield and a goalkeeper (Cierra Barber) who made a run at the state record for saves.

But the most influential member of the team, and the chief reason for its turnaround, was Hannah Morse, who led the charge that turned a horrible season into a good one with plenty to savor, and much to be proud of.

Her leadership was reminiscent of the sophomore point guard who helped lead the WGHS girls basketball team to the state title game last year, and then scored the championship-winning basket.

Her name, too, was Hannah Morse. Same girl, same leader, same drive to win.

But even without that pedigree, that experience, that history of delivering, she would be what she has now become for her soccer achievements: the Odessa File's Schuyler Fall MVP.

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Odessa File All-Schuyler Fall All-Star Teams

First Team

Hannah Morse -- WG soccer -- MVP
Cierra Barber -- WG -- soccer
Amanda Wilbur -- WG -- swimming
Peighton Cervoni -- WG -- swimming
Lexi Castellaneta -- WG -- diving
Zach Elliott -- OM -- Seneca Indians football
Joe Chedzoy -- WG -- Seneca Indians football
Gabe Planty -- WG -- cross country
Aaron Planty -- WG -- cross country
Kai Sutterby -- WG -- cross country
Alexis Saunders -- OM -- soccer
Curtis Harris -- OM -- soccer
Tori Reese -- OM -- swimming
Hanley Elliott -- WG -- volleyball
Megan Hazlitt -- WG -- volleyball

Second Team

Isobel Scheffey -- WG -- soccer
Clara Chedzoy -- WG -- soccer
Danielle Leszyk -- WG -- soccer
Allison Gibson -- WG -- swimming
Jill Cantieni -- WG -- swimming
Isabella Fazzary -- WG -- swimming
Sarah Swinnerton -- WG -- swimming
Liza Carnes -- WG -- swimming
Sean Holland -- WG -- cross country
Max Evans -- WG -- cross country
Taylor Grover -- OM -- soccer
Trey McCarty -- OM -- soccer
Hailey Perraut -- OM -- soccer
Kennedey Heichel -- OM -- soccer
Lillian Betts -- OM -- soccer
Emmie Bond -- WG -- volleyball
Kelsey Kernan -- WG -- volleyball
Katie Losey -- WG -- volleyball
Josh Updyke -- WG -- soccer

Third Team

Jena Slater -- WG -- diving
Kara Reese -- OM -- swimming
Hailey Hoose -- OM -- swimming
Dan Minnier -- OM -- soccer
Johnny Niedermaier -- OM -- soccer
Noah Austin -- OM -- soccer
Preston Harris -- OM -- soccer
Deshawn Johnson -- OM -- soccer
Sam Thorsland -- WG -- cross country
McKennah Lott -- OM -- soccer
Olivia Grover -- OM -- soccer
Hannah Bruno -- OM -- soccer
Elizabeth Kilcoyne -- WG -- swimming
Tristan Yuhasz -- WG -- soccer
Simon Wigmore -- WG -- soccer
Ryanna LaMoreaux -- WG -- soccer
Makenna Fraboni -- WG -- soccer
Wyatt Brower -- WG -- Seneca Indians football
Wrett Brower -- WG -- Seneca Indians football
Casen Weeden -- WG -- Seneca Indians football
Jazmin Shea -- WG -- volleyball

Honorable Mention: Makenzie Kellogg (WG cross country), Conlin Wysocki (WG cross country), Izzy Foote (OM volleyball), Cheyenne Barrett (OM volleyball), Grace Vondracek (OM soccer), Hunter Daugherty (OM soccer), Gillian Clark (OM soccer), Autumn Garrison (OM soccer), Lydia Lynch (OM swimming), Nate Wickham (WG soccer), Dylan Houseknecht (OM, Seneca Indians football), Gage Arcangeli (WG, Seneca Indians football), Derrick Lewis (OM, Seneca Indians football), Dayne Hughey (WG, Seneca Indians football), Alec Betts (OM soccer), Taylor Kelly (WG soccer), Kiersten Stiles (WG soccer), Katlyn Kernan (WG soccer), Hannah Matusicky (WG soccer), Julia Reilly (WG soccer), Jake Johnson (WG soccer), Amber Benjamin (WG volleyball), Gabi Decker (WG swimming), Jillian Kilcoyne (WG swimming), Madeleine Kilcoyne (WG swimming), Faye Mooney (WG swimming).

The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team celebrates its victory at the Class C Sectionals.

Watkins girls win Sectionals

Castellaneta, Wilbur capture Class C championships

OWEGO, Nov. 4 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team rolled to a convincing Section IV, Class C title Saturday at Owego Free Academy -- The Senecas' first such crown in well over a decade.

The Senecas amassed 473 points, far ahead of runnerup Lansing's 382. Oneonta was third at 304.5, Southern Cayuga fourth at 227, and Dryden fifth at 204.5. They were followed by Odessa-Montour (104), Whitney Point (95), Greene (92), Elmira Notre Dame (82), and Sidney (18).

Two Watkins Glen swimmers came away with individual sectional titles: Lexi Castellaneta in the diving and Amanda Wilbur in the 200 Yard Individual Medley

Odessa-Montour had no titles, but Tori Reese posted two second-place finishes, in the 200 IM and the 100 Breaststroke..

Castellaneta totaled 448.25 diving points from a tough-grading set of officials, with Lansing's Meghan Matheny second with 403.45. They were followed by Oneonta's Kylie McKee (356.50) and Watkins Glen's Jena Slater (349.15), Maria Brubaker (268.8) and Maddie Suddaby (262.55).

Wilbur won the IM in a time of 2:26.45, although the victory wasn't recognized as such until after the podium presentation had been conducted and the first-place medal presented to Notre Dame's Caroline Rogers, who posted a time of 2:21.16. Officials later said the medals had been awarded erroneously, and called participants back to the end of the natatorium near the podium.

There, it was explained to swimmers that Notre Dame had erred in putting Rogers in the 200 Medley Relay -- where Notre Dame finished first -- because she had competed in the other two relays (the 200 Yard and 400 Yard Free Relays) at Wednesday's Prelims at Watkins Glen High School. By moving her to the Medley Relays, an official and coaches later explained, they in essence entered her in a fifth event when only four are allowed per individual. Accordingly, the Notre Dame Medley Relay win was vacated, as was Rogers' IM win, and she was not permitted to compete in the 500 Free.

Despite that setback, Notre Dame did have the day's outstanding performer, selected in a vote of coaches: Catherine Craig, winner of the 200 Free and 100 Butterfly.

Wilbur, obviously upset at the turn of events that took the first-place IM medal from her friend Rogers -- even though it benefitted Wilbur -- said she hoped to give the first-place medal to Rogers. Still reeling from the shock, Wilbur placed fourth in the 100 Fly in a time (1:05.63, close to her best) that observers thought might have been even better under less emotional circumstances.

Wilbur also was on two relays -- the second-place 200 Medley Relay squad with Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton and Allison Gibson, and the fourth-place 400 Free Relay squad with Liza Carnes, Elizabeth Kilcoyne and Jill Cantieni.

The Watkins girls, in fact, all seemed to step up on the biggest day of the season. "It was what we were pointing for all year long," said Coach Nichole Chaffee. "You've gotta give it to the girls. They worked hard, week after week. They set goals at the beginning of the season, and one was to win Sectionals."

Even so, she added, "I'm amazed at their performance today." She smiled, then added: "I have no complaints."

Among those stepping up included Peighton Cervoni, who finished third in the 50 Yard Freestyle and fifth in the 100 Free; Allie Gibson, fifth in the 50 Free and sixth in the 100 Free; Isabella Fazzary, fifth in the 200 Free and fourth in the 500 Free; Liza Carnes, third in the 200 IM and fourth in the 100 Back; Jill Cantieni, third in the 500 Free; and Sarah Swinnerton, third in the 100 Breaststroke.

Odessa-Montour had a rough day, with Hailey Hoose disqualified after swallowing and choking on water in the 200 Free, forcing her to end her race prematurely; and Kara Reese suffering from a stiff neck that forced her withdrawal from anything involving the backstroke. She somehow competed in other races, but "it hurt," she said.

Kara's sister Tori had the team's most success, with her runnerup finishes in the 200 IM (moving up from third after the Notre Dame disqualification) and the 100 Breaststroke.

The breakdown of Watkins Glen and O-M swimmers who finished in the top eight in each individual race and the top six in each relay follows:

200 Medley Relay: Watkins Glen 2nd (2:00.14, Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur, Allie Gibson); Odessa-Montour 5th (2:14.42, Megan Adams, Tori Reese, Lydia Lynch, Hailey Hoose).
200 Free: WG Isabella Fazzary 5th (2:11.56); WG Elizabeth Kilcoyne 8th (2:15.24).
200 Individual Medley: WG Amanda Wilbur 1st (2:26.45); OM Tori Reese 2nd (2:28.40); WG Liza Carnes 3rd (2:33.82); WG Gabi Decker 6th (2:38.95).
50 Free: WG Peighton Cervoni 3rd (26.17); WG Allie Gibson 5th (26.46).
Diving: WG Lexi Castellaneta 1st (488.25); WG Jena Slater 4th (349.15); WG Maria Brubaker 5th (268.80); WG Maddie Suddaby 6th (262.55).
100 Fly: WG Amanda Wilbur 4th (1:05.63); WG Madeleine Kilcoyne 5th (1:05.77); WG Jillian Kilcoyne 6th (1:07.89).
100 Free: WG Peighton Cernoni 5th (57.35); WG Allie Gibson 6th (58.17).
200 Free Relay: Watkins Glen 3rd (1:46.92, Peighton Cervoni, Elizabeth Kilcoyne, Jill Cantieni, Allie Gibson); OM 6th (2:06.66, Kara Reese, Tori Reese, Taylor Cain, Lydia Lynch).
100 Back: WG Liza Carnes 4th (1:07.38); WG Madeleine Kilcoyne 8th (1:11.25).
100 Breaststroke: OM Tori Reese 2nd (1:14.13); WG Sarah Swinnerton 3rd (1:15.70); WG Faye Mooney 5th (1:20.37).
400 Free Relay: Watkins Glen 4th (3:58.87, Liza Carnes, Elizabeth Kilcoyne, Jill Cantieni, Amanda Wilbur).

Watkins Glen athletic officials seemed uncertain about just how many years it had been since the Swimmin' Wimmin had won the team title, but a tentative consensus seemed to be that the last time was 2003. Kate LaMoreaux, officiating at Saturday's tourney, coached WGHS teams that won the title with regularity in the 1990s through her retirement in 2002. She said she thought there might have been one title -- in 2003 -- after she left the helm ... but none since.

Fittingly, the celebration by the Senecas -- and by their parents and siblings in the stands -- when team scores were announced was loud and well-earned ... the product of hard work, determination and plenty of talent.

Next up: The New York State tournament at Ithaca College, where Lexi Castellaneta will compete in the diving, as she has in recent years past.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Isabella Fazzary dives at start of the 200 Free. She placed fifth.
Second: Watkins Glen's Lexi Castellaneta on the way to winning the diving crown.
Third: Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese en route to second place in the 100 Breaststroke.
Fourth: Watkins Glen's Liza Carnes after completing the 100 Back. She placed fourth.
Fifth: Odessa-Montour's Lydia Lynch competes in the 100 Fly.
Sixth: Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni on the way to third place in the 50 Free.
Seventh: Watkins Glen's Allie Gibson dives at start of the 50 Free.
Eighth: Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni, left, and Allie Gibson on the awards podium.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur on the way to first place in the 200 IM.

Watkins Glen's Madeleine Kilcoyne surfaces in 100 Yard Backstroke.

Left: Watkins Glen's Gabi Decker holds the team trophy plaque aloft. Right: The Senecas' Elizabeth Kilcoyne competes in the 200 Yard Freestyle. She placed eighth.

The Watkins Glen divers and their coach. From left: Lexi Castellaneta, Maddie Suddaby, Kim Suddaby, Jena Slater and Maria Brubaker.

Left: Watkins Glen's Kathleen Clifford competes in the 100 Yard Breaststroke. Right: The Senecas' Sarah Swinnerton, left, and Faye Mooney on the podium after finishing third and fifth, respectively, in the 100 Breaststroke.

Watkins Glen's Madeline Williams competes in the 200 Yard Individual Medley.

Odessa-Montour's Megan Adams competes in the 500 Yard Freestyle.

Left: Watkins Glen's 200 Medley Relay team, which finished second. From left: Allie Gibson, Amanda Wilbur, Sarah Swinnerton and Peighton Cervoni. Right: Notre Dame's Catherine Craig, named the meet's Outstanding Performer.

Watkins Glen's Jill Cantieni dives at the start of her leg of the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay. She finished third in the 500 Yard Freestyle.

Left: Watkins Glen's Maddie Suddaby in the diving competition. Right: The Senecas' Faye Mooney dives at start of the 100 Free.

Watkins Glen swim team members cheer upon the announcement of their championship.

Members of the Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team and other runners who qualified for the State Cross Country Championships. (Photo by Aran Holland)

Watkins boys win 3rd straight Section IV cross-country title

Sutterby places 4th in girls race, returns to States

CHENANGO VALLEY, Nov. 3 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross-country team captured its third Section IV, Class C championship in a row Thursday, easily defeating nine foes and advancing to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet on Nov. 11 at Wayne High School, east of Rochester.

The title, achieved on a 3.1-mile course at the Chenango Valley State Park, was the fourth in five years for the Senecas, who went on last year to win the state title. They have won sectional championships in Class C in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and in Class D in 2013.

Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty finished first in the race in 16:53, followed by his brother Aaron (2nd in 17:14), Sean Holland (3rd in 17:28) and Max Evans (5th in 17:47) as the Senecas totaled 21 points, well ahead of runnerup Oneonta's 83.

Other team totals: Windsor 100, Chenango Forks 102, Dryden 148, Chenango Valley 166, Waverly 169, Susquehanna Valley 187, Norwich 199 and Newark Valley 214.

Other Watkins Glen runners included Sam Thorsland, 10th in 18:11; Conlin Wysocki, 16th in 18:51; Tanner Ryan, 18th in 18:55; Clint Craven, 21st in 19:00; Steven Gublo, 40th in 19:45, and Ben Swinnerton, 47th in 20:20. There were 78 runners.

"We have a few things to iron out for the State Meet," Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary said. "I'm happy we won. We accomplished another one of our goals -- first the IAC title and then sectionals. It's what we trained for."

Girls Race: Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby placed 4th among 43 runners in 21:08, and thus qualified for the State Tournament -- where last year she placed 28th among 128 runners. The members of Thursday's winning team (Newark Valley) and the next five fastest finishers advanced. The Senecas' Makenzie Kellogg was 24th in 23:56.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty on the way to first place at sectionals. (Photo by Aran Holland)

Left: Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby, center, finished 4th. Right: WG's Makenzie Kellogg. (Both photos by Amy Planty)

From left: Watkins Glen's Aaron Planty, Sean Holland and Max Evans. (Photos by Aran Holland)

The competitors in the boys Class C race head down a slope. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen's Jill Cantieni, left, and Gabi Decker hit the water at start of the 500 Free.

Prelims at WGHS set lineups for Saturday Sectionals; Reese tops Breaststroke field

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 2 -- The annual Section IV, Class C Swimming and Diving Championshps are upon us, and accordingly on Wednesday preliminary races set the seedings for Saturdays' title showdowns.

That event will be held in the morning at Owego Free Academy. Wednesday's Prelims were held in the Watkins Glen High School pool. Diving will be held without prelims, starting with eight dives on Friday and followed by the final three Saturday at OFA.

The top eight finishers in each race Wednesday qualified for the championship finals, while the ninth through 16th finishers qualified for the consolation finals. Nobody in the consolation finals can finish Saturday any higher than ninth.

Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese was the only Schuyler swimmer to claim the top seed in a race, placing first in the 100 Yard Breaststroke in 1:15.02, edging out Dryden's Allison Morrow (1:15.10), with Watkins Glen's Sarah Swinnerton third (1:17.52).

Schuyler swimmers qualifying for the championship finals included:

200 Yard Freestyle: Isabella Fazzary (WG), 5th in 2:12.18, and Elizabeth Kilcoyne (WG), 8th in 2:15.59.

200 Individual Medley: Amanda Wilbur (WG), 2nd in 2:26.63; Tori Reese (OM), 3rd in 2:26.91; Liza Carnes (WG), 4th in 2:37.53; and Gabi Decker (WG), 7th in 2:40.57.

50 Yard Freestyle: Peighton Cervoni (WG), 3rd in 26.17, and Allison Gibson (WG), 4th in 26.18.

100 Yard Fly: Amanda Wilbur (WG), 4th in 1:05.59; Jillian Kilcoyne (WG), 5th in 1:07.28; and Madeleine Kilcoyne (WG), 6th in 1:07.41.

100 Yard Freestyle: Allison Gibson (WG), 4th in 56.76, and Peighton Cervoni (WG), 6th in 57.39.

500 Yard Freestyle: Jillian Cantieni (WG), 4th in 5:54.24, and Isabella Fazzary (WG), 5th in 5:56.18.

100 Yard Backstroke: Liza Carnes (WG), 4th in 1:08.22, and Madeleine Kilcoyne (WG), 8th in 1:10.77.

100 Yard Breaststroke: Tori Reese (OM), 1st in 1:15.02; Sarah Swinnerton (WG), 3rd in 1:17.52; and Faye Mooney (WG), 6th in 1:21.44.

In relay competition, where the top eight squads advanced:

200 Medley Relay: Watkins Glen (Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur and Allison Gibson) placed 2nd in 2:01.18. Odessa-Montour (Kara Reese, Tori Reese, Lydia Lynch and Hailey Hoose) placed 6th in 2:15.80.

200 Free Relay: Watkins Glen (Cervoni, Elizabeth Kilcoyne, Jillian Cantieni and Gibson) placed 2nd in 1:47.93. Odessa-Montour (Kara Reese, Lynch, Hoose and Tori Reese) finished 6th in 2:00.83.

400 Free Relay: Watkins Glen (Liza Carnes, Elizabeth Kilcoyne, Cantieni and Wilbur) placed 4th in 4:04.14. Odessa-Montour failed to qualify in the top eight.

Earning spots in the Consolation Finals:

200 Yard Freestyle: Hailey Hoose (OM), 11th in 2:23.99, and Sarah Swinnerton (WG), 12th in 2:26.02.

200 Individual Medley: Madeline Williams (WG), 11th in 2:50.54.

50 Yard Freestyle: Annika Wickham (WG), 14th in 29.63, and Kara Reese (OM), 16th in 29.78.

100 Yard Fly: Lydia Lynch (OM), 13th in 1:20.76, and Madeline Parker (WG), 16th in 1:24.70.

100 Yard Freestyle: Elizabeth Kilcoyne, 10th in 1:01.02; Hailey Hoose (OM), 13th in 1:04.06; and Faye Mooney (WG), 16th in 1:06.56.

500 Yard Freestyle: Gabi Decker (WG), 9th in 6:16.58; Annika Wickham (WG), 11th in 6:29.73; and Megan Adams (OM), 16th in 6:50.05.

100 Yard Backstroke: Jillian Kilcoyne (WG), 11th in 1:14.94; Kara Reese (OM), 12th in 1:16.57; and Megan Adams (OM), 15th in 1:19.75.

100 Yard Breaststroke: Madeline Williams (WG), 11th in 1:30.10, and Kathleen Clifford (WG), 13th in 1:33.22.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Allie Gibson dives at start of the 50 Free. She placed fourth.

Second: Watkins Glen's Isabella Fazzary competes in the 500 Free. She placed fifth.

Third and Fourth: Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese swims the backstroke portion of the 200 IM, and dives during a relay.

Fifth: Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni in the 50 Free. She finished third.

Sixth: O-M's Hailey Hoose competes in the 100 Free. She placed 13th.

Bottom: O-M's Megan Adams competes in the 500 Free, where she placed 16th.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur competes in the 200 IM, where she placed second.

Left: Watkins Glen's Liza Carnes in the 200 IM, where she placed fourth; Right: The Senecas' Sarah Swinnerton in the 100 Breaststroke, where she placed third.

Left: O-M's Lydia Lynch dives at start of the 50 Free. Right: O-M's Emilee Chaffinch hits the water at start of the 400 Free Relay.

Watkins Glen's Annika Wickham dives at start of the 500 Free. She placed 11th.



5 on O-M girls soccer squad make 1st Team

ODESSA, Nov. 1 -- Five members of the Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team have been named to berths on the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small Schools South Division 1st Team All-Star squad.

Earning 1st Team status were Alexis Saunders, Kennedey Heichel, Hailey Perraut, Hannah Bruno and McKennah Lott.

Named to the 2nd Team were Olivia Grover, Hunter Daugherty and Gillian Clark.

Both Perraut and Clark were selected for the Exceptional Seniors Game this Saturday at Tompkins Cortland Community College at 1:30 p.m.

Watkins volleyball team falls in sectionals

TIOGA CENTER, Nov. 1 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team's season ended Tuesday with a 3-0 loss to top-seeded and unbeaten Tioga in the second round of the Section IV, Class C tournament in the Tioga gym.

Games scores were 9-25, 10-25 and 16-25. The Senecas finished the season 10-9.

Tioga Coach Des Ford was quoted as saying the match was the best one her team had played in "quite a while, and it's a good time to pick up our play" heading into the round-robin portion of the tourney.

Tioga will host Trumansburg (17-0), Edison (12-6) and Lansing (12-6) Thursday in the round-robin semifinals. The top two advance to the Class C finals Saturday in Corning.

O-M sophomore Kara Reese (24) picks up some yardage late in the Pixie Bowl.

Pixie Bowl: O-M sophs, juniors win 26-8

ODESSA, Oct. 31-- The sophomores and juniors beat the seniors and freshmen 26-8 Monday night in the 11th annual Odessa-Montour High School Pixie Bowl flag-football game on O-M's Charles Martin FIeld.

The sophomores and juniors struck early, building a 20-0 first-half lead on touchdown passes by Alexis Saunders to Sara Gardner and Lydia Lynch and a TD reception by Saunders from Grace Vondracek. Kennedey Heichel ran for another score on a pitch from Gardner in the second half for a 26-0 lead.

The seniors and freshmen were shut out until 1:02 was left in the game, when Morgan Burnham caught a pass in the end zone for six points. Reese Kleist then rushed for a two-point conversion.

The game, with perennial Pixie Bowl coaches Lynda Kramer and Jen Signor, was officiated by Jack McCauley, Josh Cole and Skip McCarty.

The senior-freshmen combo has won more often than not, although the grades were mixed differently in two Pixie Bowls, and one year the game was 7 vs. 7 football.

Lineups Monday included:

Seniors: Heidi Casselberry, Erin Kleist and Meagan Terry.

Freshmen: Morgan Burnham, Jessica Carnes, Lillian Betts, Hali Daugherty, Autumn Garrison, Reese Kleist, Mallory Rhodes, Ida Sidle, Samantha Sipes and Dana Zimmer.

Juniors: Hannah Bruno, Hunter Daugherty, Emma Lodge, McKennah Lott, Alexis Saunders, Nadia Simpson and Kennedey Heichel.

Sophomores: Karlee Dudgeon, Sara Gardner, Tassia Garrison, Lydia Lynch, JoLynn Minnier, Kara Reese and Grace Vondracek.

Photos in text:

Top: Junior Kennedey Heichel is met by senior Heidi Casselberry along the sideline.

Middle: Sophomore receiver Lydia Lynch tries to track down a pass, but it fell beyond her reach. She later caught a touchdown pass.

Bottom left: Junior quarterback Alexis Saunders fires a pass.

Bottom right: Freshmen Autumn Garrison, left, and Lillian Betts pose before the game.

Left: Junior Hannah Bruno gains some yardage. Right: Sophomore Grace Vondracek.

Left: Sophomore Sara Gardner juggles and then hauls in a touchdown pass. Right: Freshman Morgan Burnham prepares to catch a pass for her team's lone touchdown.

Left: Sophomore Karlee Dudgeon, left, breaks up a pass to freshman Autumn Garrison (32). Right: Freshman Lillian Betts goes high to intercept a pass intended for sophomore Lydia Lynch (22).

Junior McKennah Lott kicks off after one of her team's four Pixie Bowl touchdowns.

Watkins wins sectional volleyball opener

NEWARK VALLEY, Oct. 31 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team defeated Newark Valley 3-1 Monday in the opening round of the Section IV, Class C tournament in the NV gym.

Games scores were 27-25, 17-25, 25-17 and 25-18. With the win, the Senecas advance to the second round today (Tuesday) at Tioga.

Watkins Glen statistics included:

Megan Hazlitt: 13 service points, 3 aces, 8 kills, 5 digs, 1 assist.
Hanley Elliott: 12 service points, 7 aces, 2 kills, 10 digs, 13 assists.
Emmie Bond: 15 service points, 11 aces, 6 kills, 5 digs.
Katie Losey: 6 service points, 1 ace, 11 digs, 1 assist.
Kelsey Kernan: 12 service points, 4 aces, 3 digs, 2 assists.
Adrienna Solomon: 4 service points, 3 aces, 4 kills, 3 digs.
Amber Benjamin: 2 service points, 3 digs.

Athlete of the Week: Lexi Castellaneta

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Oct. 30 -- This week we honor a diver as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week.

She is Watkins Glen High School senior Lexi Castellaneta, who led her team to its sixth straight IAC diving title while coming oh-so-close to her own Section IV diving record of 534 points -- amassing 533.50.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen swimmer Amanda Wilbur; Watkins Glen diver Jena Slater; Odessa-Montour swimmer Tori Reese; and Watkins Glen cross-country's Gabe Planty, Aaron Planty, Sean Holland and Kai Sutterby.

Honorable Mention: Another 14 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.

Morse named to IAC divisional 1st Team

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 30 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team landed one player on the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School South Division All-Star First Team, and two on the Second Team.

Hannah Morse, who finished the season with 24 goals, was named to the First Team. Teammates Isobel Scheffey (who played offense) and Clara Chedzoy (defense) were named to the Second Team.

The IAC champion Watkins Glen boys varsity cross-country team. From left: Coach John Fazzary, Aaron Planty, Clint Craven, Max Evans, Sean Holland, Sam Thorsland, Gabe Planty, Conlin Wysocki and Athletic Director Rod Weeden. (Photo by Amy Planty)

XC: Glen boys win 5th straight IAC title

MARATHON, Oct. 28 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team cruised to an easy victory Saturday at the annual Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship at Marathon Elementary School -- the Senecas' fifth title in a row.

The Senecas posted a score of 27 points, with Waverly second at 136, followed by Trumansburg (138), Dryden (139) and Edison (168).

Watkins' Gabe Planty led his team with a second-place finish in 17:13, behind only Trumansburg's Evan Whittaker (16:59). Aaron Planty was 4th in 17:44, Sean Holland 7th in 17:48, Max Evans 8th in 18:09.4, Sam Thorsland 9th in 18:09.8, Conlin Wysocki 16th in 19:10, and Clint Craven 23rd in 19:39. There were 83 runners and 12 teams.

Both Gabe and Aaron Planty and Holland earned IAC First Team status by finishing in the top seven. Evans and Thorsland earned Second Team status by finishing in the next seven.

"It was a good day," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, adding that his team has "a few things to iron out as we move forward" to the Section IV meet Thursday at Chenango Valley State Park and, hopefully, to States after that. Watkins Glen, the defending state champion in Class C, has won three of the last four sectional titles.

Varsity Girls: Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby placed 5th in 21:25 in a race featuring 64 runners. Makenzie Kellogg was 12th in 22:16. Sutterby earned 1st Team IAC status by finishing in the top seven. Kellogg earned 2nd Team status. Lansing won the team title.

Junior Varsity Boys: Watkins Glen finished first for the second straight year, and for the second straight year won with a perfect score of 15. Tanner Ryan won in 19:06, and was followed by Steven Gublo in second (19:42), Ben Swinnerton in third (20:05), Elliott Holland fourth (20:44), and Julian Thornton fifth (20:47).

Junior High Girls: Julya Slater was 3rd in 11:01, while Brianna Carl was 12th in 11:22 among a field of 42 runners.

Junior High Boys: Watkins Glen's Gabe Santos was 14th in 10:14 and Jonah Sissel was 30th in 10:51 among a field of 64 runners.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty on the way to second place. (Photos by Aran Holland)
Bottom: The Senecas' Kai Sutterby, who finished fifth in the varsity girls race.

From left: Watkins Glen's Sean Holland, Aaron Planty and Tanner Ryan. (Photos by Aran Holland)

The Junior Varsity champions from Watkins Glen. From left: Julian Thornton, Elliott Holland, Ben Swinnerton, Steven Gublo and Tanner Ryan. (Photo by Amy Planty)

Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese competes in the 100 Yard Butterfly, where she placed 6th. She later finished 3rd in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.

Lansing wins IAC; WGHS rules diving

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 28 -- Lansing captured the team title Saturday at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Swimming Championships at the Watkins Glen High School pool, while WGHS won the team diving title for the sixth straight year.

Lansing posted a score of 387 to edge Waverly (379) for the team swimming crown, with Watkins Glen third at 319. They were followed by Dryden (233), Southern Cayuga (198), Notre Dame (197), Odessa-Montour (135) and Whitney Point (100).

Lexi Castellaneta almost topped her own Section IV 11-dive record of 534 points, finishing with 533.50 to lead the Senecas to the team diving title. Lansing's Meghan Matheney was second among the seven divers with 404.65 points, while Watkins Glen's Jena Slater was third with 345.15. Waverly's Paige Miller was fourth (308.40), followed by Watkins Glen's Maria Brubaker (289) and Madelyn Suddaby (287.35), and Waverly's Megan Marrone (217.55).

Castellaneta finished strong, earning a couple of 9.5s and a 10 on her final dive, but fell just short of her own Section IV standard. Suddaby earned a 9.5 from one of the judges on one of her dives, while Brubaker earned a 9 on one of hers.

All-Stars: Both Castellaneta and Slater earned IAC All-Star status, which goes to the top three finishers in individual events and to members of winning relay teams. Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur also earned an IAC All-Star berth for finishing third in the 100 Individual Medley, as did Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese for her third-place finish in the 100 Breaststroke.

The day's big individual winner was Notre Dame's Catherine Craig, who won both the 200 Yard Individual Medley (2:12.77) and the 500 Yard Freestyle (5:17.99).

Among top-eight individual and top-four relay finishes for Watkins and O-M swimmers:

200 Medley Relay: Watkins Glen 2nd in 2:02.62 (Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur and Allison Gibson).
200 Yard Freestyle: Jillian Cantieni (WG) 4th in 2:14.80, Elizabeth Kilcoyne (WG) 5th in 2:17.26, and Allison Gibson (WG) 7th in 2:19.09.
200 Yard Individual Medley: Amanda Wilbur (WG) 3rd in 2:30.53 and Kara Reese (OM) 8th in 2:44.54.
50 Yard Freestyle: Allison Gibson (WG) 6th in 26.91 and Peighton Cervoni (WG) 7th in 27.04.
100 Yard Butterfly: Amanda Wilbur (WG) 5th in 1:07.69, Tori Reese (OM) 6th in 1:08.63, and Madeleine Kilcoyne (WG) 7th in 1:10.28.
100 Yard Freestyle: Peighton Cervoni (WG) 4th in 59.43, Elizabeth Kilcoyne (WG) 7th in 1:02.62), and Hailey Hoose (OM) 8th in 1:04.23.
200 Free Relay: Watkins Glen was 4th in 1:50.50 (Peighton Cervoni, Elizabeth Kilcoyne, Jill Cantieni and Allison Gibson).
100 Yard Backstroke: Liza Carnes (WG) 7th in 1:11.93.
100 Yard Breaststroke: Tori Reese (OM) 3rd in 1:14.23 and Sarah Swinnerton (WG) 7th in 1:20.29.
400 Free Relay: Watkins Glen was 4th in 4:11.49 (Liza Carnes, Elizabeth Kilcoyne, Jill Cantieni and Amanda Wilbur.)

Next up: The Section IV, Class C Prelims on Wednesday at WGHS, followed by Section IV diving on Friday and Saturday at Owego Free Academy, and the Section IV, Class C Swimming Championships Saturday at OFA.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur on the way to third place in the 200 IM.
Second: Watkins Glen's Madeline Williams competes in the 200 IM.
Third: The Senecas' Isabella Fazzary competes in the 500 Yard Freestyle.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Gabi Decker hits the water in the 100 Fly.

Left: O-M teammates Hailey Hoose, left, and Lydia Lynch. Right: Watkins Glen's Elizabeth Kilcoyne at start of the 100 Yard Freestyle.

Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese competes in the 200 Individual Medley. She finished 8th.

Watkins Glen's Liza Carnes begins to surface during a lap of the 100 Yard Backstroke.

Left: Watkins Glen's Lexi Castellaneta on the way to winning the diving competition. Right: O-M's Emilee Chaffinch, left, and Megan Adams before start of the 100 Backstroke, in which they both competed.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jill Cantieni, left, and Allie Gibson dive at start of the 200 Free. Right: Notre Dame's Catherine Craig with one of her two first-place medals.

IAC All-Stars from Schuyler County include, from left, Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur, Jena Slater and Lexi Castellaneta, and Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese.

From left: Watkins Glen's Annika Wickham, Sarah Swinnerton and Peighton Cervoni.

Watkins Glen's Madeleine Kilcoyne, foreground, and Jillian Kilcoyne dive at start of the 100 Yard Backstroke.

The Seneca Indians' Zach Elliott straight-arms a Waverly defender on a second-half run.

Seneca Indians finish with a loss, 34-6

WAVERLY, Oct. 27 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team gave up a touchdown on the game's first play from scrimmage Friday night and went on to drop its seventh straight game, 34-6 to Waverly in a Section IV game on the Waverly athletic field.

The Seneca Indians, a combined squad of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour athletes, seemed poised to rally in the third quarter down 20-6 and driving, but a 4th-and-2 in Waverly territory was stopped, and WGOM didn't threaten again.

That first play from scrimmage was a 63-yard pass play down the right sideline from Gavin Judson to Matt Van Houten, who evaded two tacklers after catching the ball around the 20 and carried it into the end zone.

The Wolverines struck again after blocking a punt and taking over on the Seneca Indians 1-yard line. That too took one play in which to score, at 4:34 of the first quarter. Both times Waverly added a point-after kick.

The score grew to 20-0 at 11:16 of the second period when Waverly, after taking over on downs at the Seneca Indians 33-yard line, scored on the first play on a run up the middle. The extra-point attempt failed.

WGOM scored with 12 seconds left in the first half after Joe Chedzoy broke loose on a 43-yard jaunt off an inside reverse, taking the ball to the 10. The Seneca Indians scored on the next play, a pass from Derrick Lewis to Zach Elliott over the middle. A two-point conversion attempt failed.

Neither team scored in the third quarter, and then Waverly added two touchdowns in the fourth -- on a 60-yard pass play and on an 18-yard run. The point-after kick was good both times.

The Seneca Indians amassed 251 total yards, with Joe Chedzoy gaining 157 of them. Zach Elliott totaled 79 yards.

The game was an add-on after the regular season for two teams that failed to reach divisional playoffs. Waverly, a Class B school, finished with a 3-6 record. The Seneca Indians closed with a 2-7 mark.

Said WGOM Coach Trevor Holland: "I would like to thank all the players who finished out our season, committing to helping each other grow as players and as young men. It's not easy to persevere when winning continues to elude us. Thanks to my coaching staff for all of their time and behind-the-scenes efforts that helped our program operate. Thanks to the community members who continued to cheer on the players and support the program positively even when the losses started to accumulate. I believe in my heart that we are headed in the right direction. We learn from our past, and now it is time to plan and prepare for the 2018 season. I look forward to having everyone at the games next season!"

Photos in text:

Top: The Seneca Indians' Casen Weeden, left, gains some hard-earned yardage.
Middle: WGOM's Zach Elliott, left, eyes an incoming pass that he caught for a TD.
Bottom: Waverly wide receiver Ethan Lloyd just missses a touchdown catch.

Waverly defenders close in on WGOM's Joe Chedzoy near the end of his 43-yard run.

Left: Waverly's Dalton Loper (70) blocks a punt by the Seneca Indians' Derrick Lewis. The ball ended up on the WGOM 1-yard line, and Waverly then scored. Right: WGOM's Lewis completes a pass to Joe Chedzoy.

3 from O-M named to boys soccer 1st Team

ODESSA, Oct. 26 -- Three members of the Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team have been named to the First Team on the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small Schools South Division All-Star Team.

Earning spots on the First Team are Curtis Harris (the Indians' chief offensive threat), Taylor Grover (a defensive standout) and Trey McCarty (the O-M goalkeeper).

Second Team honorees from O-M are Dan Minnier, Noah Austin and Johnny Niedermaier.

Watkins volleyball team draws 9th seed

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 26 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team has been seeded 9th and opens play on Monday, Oct. 30 in the Section IV, Class C Tournament.

The Senecas, 9-8 this season, will face No. 8-seeded Newark Valley at 5 p.m. in the Newark Valley High School gym. The Cardinals are 10-7.

The winner will advance to play the No. 1 seed, Tioga, on Tuesday, Oct. 31 in the Tioga school gym.

Seneca Indians to play Waverly on Oct. 27

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Oct. 23 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team, which has a 2-6 record this season, will play a ninth game on Friday, Oct. 27 at Waverly. Game time is 7 p.m.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour athletes -- won their first two games before dropping the next six. They lost the last two games, to Lansing and Dryden, by identical 34-14 scores.

The Week 9 game, an optional one, is provided for squads that failed to make their divisional playoffs. The Seneca Indians are a Class C team in Section IV, Division IV. Waverly, a Class B team, is in Section IV, Division III. The Wolverines are also 2-6.

Athlete of Week: O-M's Taylor Grover

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Oct. 22 -- This week we honor an Odessa-Montour soccer player as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week.

The honoree is Taylor Grover, who scored three goals against Spencer-Van Etten in a Section IV, Class C tournament opening-round game won by O-M 8-0. Then, in a subsequent loss to Lansing, he took over goaltending duties when the regular keeper went out with an injury, and after a substitute recently up from modified tried his hand in goal without much luck. Grover spent the middle part of the game -- the last 6:03 of the first half and the first 17:35 of the second half -- in goal, stabilizing matters by holding Lansing scoreless before the original keeper could return.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen runners Gabe Planty and Kai Sutterby; Watkins Glen swimmers Peighton Cervoni and Liza Carnes; Watkins Glen volleyball player Hanley Elliott, O-M swimmer Hailey Hoose; and Watkins Glen soccer players Hannah Morse and Isobel Scheffey.

Honorable Mention: Another 31 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.

A Lansing shot gets past O-M goalkeeper Trey McCarty for the Bobcats' third goal.

O-M boys fall to Lansing in sectionals

ITHACA, Oct. 22 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team's season ended Saturday when the Indians dropped a 7-0 decision to Lansing in a Section IV, Class C tournament game at Ithaca College.

"We knew they were a very good team going in," said O-M Coach Dirk Stephens, who was completing his 16th and final season as Odessa head coach. "Lansing is a very good passing team, and playing on that surface (artificial turf) accentuated it more. They're a good team from top to bottom."

Lansing pressed deep into the O-M end of the field repeatedly in the first 30 minutes, finding the net for the first time at 36:11, and then again at 29:15, 16:15, 14:07 and 12:48 for a 5-0 halftime advantage.

"We were a little better containing them in the second half," said Stephens. In fact, Lansing was held at bay until 11:24 remained in the game, and added the final goal at 9:30.

Lansing outshot the Indians 18-5, while each team had six corner kicks. Lansing goalkeeper Jack Yahn made five saves, while three O-M goalies totaled 10 saves: Trey McCarty, who left with an injury in the first half before returning midway through the second half; Dominic Smith, recently called up from the modified squad; and defensive stalwart Taylor Grover.

McCarty, said Stephens, made "some beautiful saves" in the first half "when we were struggling early." Overall, he said, "I'm proud of the kids. The seniors have been good leaders." He was pleased that the team made sectionals, although Lansing was "too much for us."

Of his coaching career, he said "it's been a lot of fun. But it's time for someone willing to work" with the players in the off-season, developing their skills far beyond the confines of the regular season. Meanwhile, he will be concentrating on his retail furniture business, which has been expanding in recent years.

Lansing (15-2) now moves on to the next round, against the winner of a Greene-Unadilla Valley game.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Deshawn Johnson, foreground, battles for possession of the ball.
Bottom: Odessa goalkeeper Trey McCarty stops a Lansing attack.

Left: O-M's Paden Grover goes high to meet the ball. Right: The Indians' Taylor Grover (15) and Curtis Harris are beaten to an incoming direct kick.

O-M's Johnny Niedermaier clears the ball from in front of the Indians' net.

Left: O-M's Alec Betts stops a Lansing pass. Right: Odessa goalkeeper Taylor Grover leaps to haul in a Lansing shot.

From left: O-M's Johnny Niedermaier, Curtis Harris and Noah Austin.

The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross-country team at Marathon. (Photo by Amy Planty)

XC: Watkins Glen boys finish 3rd overall, 1st among small schools at Marathon meet

MARATHON, Oct. 22 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team placed third overall and first among small schools Saturday at the annual Marathon Invitational.

The Senecas finished behind Class A schools Ithaca (67 points) and Owego (90) by totaling 113 points in a seeded race featuring 13 teams and 105 runners.

Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty finished 5th overall in 16:57, while teammate Max Evans was in 24th place at 17:42. Other Watkins runners and their finishes: Aaron Planty 31st in 17:54, Sam Thorsland 32nd in 17:56, Sean Holland 34th in 18:01, Conlin Wysocki 72nd in 19:28, and Tanner Ryan 87th in 20:03.

Girls Varsity: In the unseeded race, Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby placed 4th among 115 runners in 21:14, while teammate Makenzie Kellogg was 12th in 22:28.

More Boys Varsity: In the unseeded race, the Senecas had five entrants among 184 runners: Clint Craven, 61st in 19:48; Ben Swinnerton, 66th in 19:54.4; Steven Gublo, 67th in 19:54.7; Julian Thornton, 135th in 22:05; and Elliott Holland, 146th in 22:29.

Boys Modified: Watkins Glen's Gabe Santos finished 26th among 134 runners in 10:03, while Jonah Sissel was 32nd in 10:11.

Girls Modified: The Senecas' Julya Slater finished 8th among 85 runners in 10:47, while Brianna Carl finished 14th in 11:04.

The Senecas return to action Saturday in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference championships, also at Marathon. The varsity boys are seeking their fifth consecutive league title.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty on the way to 5th place. (Photos provided)
Bottom: Seneca Modified runners, from left, Brianna Carl, Gabe Santos and Julya Slater.

From left: Watkins Glen's Tanner Ryan, Aaron Planty and Sean Holland on the cross-country course at the Marathon Elementary School. (Photos by Aran Holland)

Seneca Indians quarterback Cameron Holland (18) hands off to Travon Jones on a play that resulted in a touchdown. (Photo by David Franzese)

Modified Football: Seneca Indians edge Spencer-Van Etten, finish season at 5-0

SPENCER, Oct. 22 -- The Seneca Indians modified football team completed its season unbeaten Saturday when it defeated Spencer-Van Etten 30-28 in a game on the S-VE football field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour athletes -- concluded the season 5-0 after building a 22-6 first-half lead and then holding off the resurgent Panthers.

"When it mattered most," said Seneca Indians Coach Josh Cole, "our defense stepped up and got some huge stops, including a stop on fourth down to force a turnover on downs late in the game with the Panthers threatening."

Owen Scholtisek scored three touchdowns for the Seneca Indians -- two rushing and one on a pass from Cameron Holland -- and Travon Jones scored one on the ground. Jared Rumsey added three extra-point kicks.

"The coaching staff," said Cole, "would like to send out a thank-you to all of the parents for doing a very good job all season getting kids to and from practice and being at the games for support. We would also like to thank anyone who volunteered to be on the chain crew at home games as well as the O-M and Watkins Glen schools for providing clock operators and proctors for our home games. We would also like to thank The Odessa File for the coverage of our season. Also David Franzese for taking photos at all of the games."

Photo in text: The Seneca Indians' Owen Scholtisek heads for the end zone and one of his three touchdowns. (Photo by David Franzese)

Watkins girls fall to Unadilla Valley, 5-1

UNADILLA, Oct. 21 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team's season ended Friday with a 5-1 loss to Unadilla Valley in a Section IV, Class C second-round tournament game on the road.

The Senecas, who started the season 0-7, finished 7-10, Unadilla Valley, 13-2, advances to play in a tourney semifinal.

Isobel Scheffey scored the Senecas' lone goal. Cierra Barber made 17 saves in goal, bringing her season total to 372.

Coach Scott Morse said his team "struggled to match the energy and hustle that the talented Unadilla Valley team played with."

Watkins Glen had opportunities, Morse said, but "it wasn't our day." Nonetheless, he said he was "incredibly proud of the hard work, commitment and dedication the girls brought to this season. We lost several games early, and the girls could have given up on the season, but they worked hard to improve and fought their way into sectionals.

"It was a true pleasure working with these young ladies every day."

The Seneca Indians' Zach Elliott covers the ball after a Dryden punt got away from him.

Seneca Indians lose to Dryden

DRYDEN, Oct. 20 -- The Seneca Indians vaasity football team dropped its sixth straight game Friday night, falling to Dyrden 34-14 in a Section IV, Division IV game on the Dryden athletic field.

The Seneca Indians, a combined team of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour athletes, fell to 2-6 with the loss. Dryden improved to 4-4.

The Purple Lions struck early after recovering the ball on the WGOM 40-yard-line after a short opening kickoff was mishandled. The drive, helped along by a first down gained when the Seneca Indians were called offsides on a 4th-and-5, ended with a 12-yard touchdown pass with 5:01 left in the first quarter. A two-point pass made it 8-0.

The Lions got the ball back quickly -- on the Seneca Indians 43-yard-line -- thanks to a WGOM fumble. Moments later, at the 4:00 mark, Dryden scored on a 33-yard run up the middle. The two-point conversion failed when the snap went over the quarterback's head.

The Seneca Indians responded with a touchdown early in the second period -- on a 13-yard run by Zach Elliott that concluded a drive starting on their own 28-yard-line. They failed on the two-point conversion attempt. They then got the ball back on a Dryden fumble at the end of a long pass play on the WGOM 15-yard-line, and moved upfield again, only to stall on the Dryden 25 and turn the ball over on downs.

The Lions moved up the field again, scoring on a 7-yard run up the middle with 50.6 seconds remaining before halftime. A two-point pass attempt was incomplete, and the Lions entered intermission ahead 20-6.

Dryden increased its lead to 26-6 on a 4-yard run at 8:46 of the third quarter, the conclusion of a 55-yard drive highlighted by a 31-yard pass completion that was tipped by a Seneca Indians defender before it was hauled in. The two-point conversion attempt failed.

The Lions scored their final touchdown with 4:42 remaining in the third period on a 36-yard pass down the right sideline, and added two points on a pass up the middle.

The Seneca Indians scored their final touchdown with 12.4 seconds left in the third quarter on a short run by Casen Weeden, and added two points on a run by Elliott.

Neither team mounted a serious threat in the fourth period.

Coach Trevor Holland termed the game "a night of football filled with missed opportunities and injuries to players like I have never seen before. But our team's determination to never stop grinding until the final play is a testament to their willingness to leave everything they've got on the field. 

"Many of our 19-player roster saw playing time for the entire game, never once coming out.  Although we lost 34-14, those young men on the field gave everything they had to their team. Things like that go unseen by most people at the game and have no point value. But ask any coach about what they look for in all of their players, and most if not all would say perseverance. The Seneca Indians showed perseverance until the final play of the game.

"As a head coach, I couldn't be more proud of how our players kept grinding! Great job, gentlemen."

The Seneca Indians finished with 332 yards of total offense. Elliott led with 147 yards rushing, one TD and a two-point conversion. Weeden gained 59 yards and scored a touchdown. Noah Angle gained 41 yards, and Joe Chedzoy 26. Quarterback Derrick Lewis gained 53 yards through the air.

Photos in text:

Top: A Dryden receiver hauls in a pass without breaking stride on the way to a second-half touchdown.

Second: Seneca Indians defender Derrick Lewis tips a Dryden pass that then found its way into the hands of the receiver, left, for a large gain.

Third: The Seneca Indians' Casen Weeden is stood up by Dryden defenders just short of the goal line on a failed two-point conversion attempt.

Bottom: WGOM running back Zach Elliott breaks through the left side for a large gain. He rushed for 147 yards.

Left: The Seneca Indians' Noah Angle hauls in a Derrick Lewis pass in the first half. Right: A pass from Lewis barely eludes WGOM receiver Dayne Hughey.

A Dryden defender tips a pass intended for the Seneca Indians' Dayne Hughey (88). It deflected out of Hughey's reach.

The O-M seniors honored at Friday's Senior Night ceremony included, from left, Taylor Alton, Sara Eberhardt, Bronwyn Stermer, Cheyenne Barrett and Hannah Rose.

O-M volleyball team falls to NV, 3-0

ODESSA, Oct. 21 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team concluded its season Friday with a 3-0 loss to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 16-25, 17-25 and 11-25.

Odessa-Montour statistics included:

Taylor Alton: 9 service points, 4 aces, 3 digs.
Cheyenne Barrett: 4 service points, 1 kill, 2 digs.
Izzy Foote: 4 service points, 3 aces, 3 assists, 2 kills, 4 digs.
Rhys Stermer: 2 service points, 1 ace, 3 kills, 2 digs.

Senior Night: The team's five seniors were honored at a Senior Night ceremony. They are Taylor Alton, Cheyenne Barrett, Bronwyn Stermer, Hannah Rose and Sara Eberhardt.

Junior Varsity: Newark Valley defeated Odessa-Montour, 2-1. Game scores were 23-25, 18-25 and 25-22.

Watkins Glen honored its volleyball seniors at a Senior Night ceremony Friday. From left: Kendra Larson, Amber Benjamin, Emmie Bond, Hanley Elliott, Megan Hazlitt, Jazmin Shea and exchange student Arnaz Bhoruche.

Glen volleyball team loses to TAE, 3-2

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 21 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team ended its regular season Friday with a 3-2 loss to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Field House gym.

Full details were not available, but according to an unofficial report, the Spartans won the first game 25-21 and the last one 25-18.

No individual statistics were provided to the media.

Senior Night: Six volleyball players were honored in a Senior Night ceremony. They are Emmie Bond, Hanley Elliott, Megan Hazlitt, Amber Benjamin, Jazmin Shea and exchange student Arnaz Bhoruche from India.

Next up: The Senecas, now 9-8, will play in sectionals. The tournament schedule will be announced soon.

Junior Varsity: Edison defeated Watkins Glen, 2-1.

Watkins Glen's Allie Gibson, left, and Notre Dame's Catherine Craig shake hands after the 100 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins swimmers defeat Notre Dame

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 20 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team -- on the day it honored its seniors -- defeated Elmira Notre Dame 95-59 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The Senecas got first-place finishes in the following:

200 Medley Relay: Peighton Cervoni, Allie Gibson, Jillian Kilcoyne, Jill Cantieni (2:09.11)
200 Yard Individual Medley: Liza Carnes (2:43.66)
50 Yard Freestyle: Peighton Cervoni (26.89)
Diving: Lexi Castellaneta (263.10 points)
100 Yard Butterfly: Amanda Wilbur (1:07.63)
100 Yard Freestyle: Elizabeth Kilcoyne (1:00.39)
100 Yard Backstroke: Liza Carnes (1:13.25)

Individual second-places were posted for Watkins Glen by Jillian Kilcoyne in the 200 Free, Gabi Decker in the 200 IM, Allie Gibson in the 50 Free and 100 Free, Jena Slater in Diving, Madeline Kilcoyne in the 100 Fly, Jill Cantieni in the 500 Free, and Sarah Swinnerton in the 100 Breaststroke.

Senior Night: Gabi Decker, Lexi Castellaneta, Liza Carnes and Elizabeth Kilcoyne were honored during a ceremony midway through the meet. Kilcoyne is a junior, but will graduate early.

Next up for the Senecas: The IAC Championships on Oct. 28 at Watkins Glen. The diving competition will begin at 9 a.m., and the swimming at 1 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: A Senior Night ceremony at Thursday's meet honored, from left, Watkins Glen's Elizabeth Kilcoyne, Lexi Castellaneta, Liza Carnes and Gabi Decker.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur on the way to victory in the 100 Breaststroke.

Left: Watkins Glen's Maria Brubaker competes in the diving. Right: The Senecas' Gabi Decker at start of the 100 Freestyle.

Watkins Glen senior Liza Carnes dives at the start of the 100 Backstroke. (Photo by Kathleen Swinnerton)

Each honoree at Senior Night received a lollipop bouquet. From left: Gabi Decker, Lexi Castellaneta, Liza Carnes and Elizabeth Kilcoyne. (Photo by Kathleen Swinnerton)

Odessa-Montour's Taylor Cain swims a leg of the 400 Freestyle Relay.

O-M swimmers fall to Waverly, 54-34

ODESSA, Oct. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team finished its dual-meet schedule with a 54-34 loss Thursday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

First places were registered for O-M by Kara Reese in the 100 Backstroke, Tori Reese in the 100 Breaststroke, and the 400 Free Relay team of Emilee Chaffinch, Taylor Cain, Julia Paulisczak and Megan Adams.

The Indians' next meet is the IAC Championships on Oct. 28 at Watkins Glen High School. Swimming starts at 1 p.m.

Senior Night: The team's lone senior, Hailey Hoose, was honored during a ceremony midway through the meet.

Photo in text: O-M's Tori Reese swims the 100 Breaststroke.

Left: O-M's Taryn Hoyt competes in the 100 Breaststroke. Right: The lone senior on the Odessa-Montour team, Hailey Hoose, was honored at Senior Night.

Odessa-Montour's Taylor Grover sends the ball toward the net. He scored three goals.

O-M boys blank SVEC 8-0, advance

ODESSA, Oct. 19 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team opened Section IV, Class C tournament play Wednesday with an 8-0 victory over Spencer-Van Etten/Candor on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The Indians (8-7 and the 6th seed in the tournament) thus advance to play No. 3 seed Lansing (12-2) in a game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Ithaca College. SVEC was the 11th seed.

"This was a darn nice way to finish a career on the home field," said O-M Coach Dirk Stephens, who is stepping down at season's end after 16 years as the varsity coach.

Curtis Harris opened the scoring at 35:49 of the first half when he headed in a corner kick from his brother Preston. The next three goals were registered by Taylor Grover -- at 21:08 (assisted by Devon Roth), at 11:53 (assisted by Curtis Harris), and at 8:35 (assisted by Deshawn Johnson).

Second-half scores were registered by Johnny Niedermaier on a penalty kick at 33:05, by Johnson on a penalty kick at 31:18, by Brett Walters at 26:59 (assisted by Roth), and by Phoenix Parmenter at 16:29 (assisted by Preston Harris).

O-M outshot SVEC 17-6, and had an 11-6 edge in corner kicks. Trey McCarty made 6 saves in goal for the Indians while SVEC's Jacob Wentworth registered 9 saves.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Dan Minnier, left, contends for possession of the ball.
Bottom: The Indians' Deshawn Johnson, right, maneuvers past an SVEC player.

O-M's Curtis Harris, right, heads the ball toward the goal. It went in for game's first score.

A direct kick by an SVEC player veers left. It went wide of the goal.

O-M's Paden Grover (top left) and Noah Austin (right) leap to meet the ball.

Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan volleys near the net in the second game.

Glen volleyball team blanks O-M, 3-0

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 19 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team rolled to a 3-0 victory Wednesday over Odessa-Montour in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Field House gym.

Games scores were 25-15, 25-10 and 25-9.

The Senecas' service game was too much for the Indians, as several Watkins Glen players went on service runs.

Kelsey Kernan served the last five points in both the first and second games, while Megan Hazlitt ran off eight straight service points in the second game and six straight in the third game, and Jazmin Shea had seven in a row late in the third game.

Watkins Glen statistics included:

Hanley Elliott: 8 service points, 4 aces, 19 assists, 2 kills
Megan Hazlitt: 15 service points, 13 aces, 8 kills
Jazmin Shea: 7 service points, 6 aces, 2 kills
Emmie Bond: 2 service points, 2 aces, 1 assist, 5 kills
Amber Benjamin: 2 service points, 2 assists, 2 kills
Katie Losey: 7 kills
Kelsey Kernan: 10 service points, 3 aces, 1 kill.

Watkins Glen will wrap up its regular season Friday at home against Edison. O-M will conclude its schedule Friday at home against Newark Valley. It will be Senior Night at both schools.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Odessa-Montour 2-1, by game scores of 16-25, 25-18 and 25-17. Kelsey DeMillo had 8 service points while Claudia Parker had 7 service points, 3 aces and 1 kill. Adrienna Solomon had 7 service points, 2 aces and 5 kills.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond smashes the ball over the net.
Bottom: Odessa-Montour's Jacy Knapp reaches low for a volley.

From left: Watkins Glen's Amber Benjamin and Megan Hazlitt, and O-M's Izzy Foote.

Left: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott serves. Right: The Senecas' Katie Losey volleys.

From left: O-M's Taylor Alton, Watkins Glen's Jazmin Shea, and O-M's Rhys Stermer.

Watkins girls win sectional opener, 5-2

BAINBRIDGE, Oct. 18 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team opened Section IV, Class C tournament play Tuesday with a 5-2 road victory over Bainbridge-Guilford.

Hannah Morse and Isobel Scheffey each scored two goals and had one assist, and Julia Reilly scored a goal, as the Senecas advanced to face the No. 2 seed, Unadilla Valley (12-2), on the road Friday. Game time will be 3:30 p.m.

Watkins Glen, now 7-9 after an 0-7 start this season -- and the No. 10 seed in the tournament (B-G was No. 7) -- once again got solid goaltending from Cierra Barber, who registered 15 saves, lifting her season total to 355. Some of her saves, said Coach Scott Morse, were "really outstanding" in "key moments of the game." The Bainbridge-Guilford keeper had 17 saves.

"I could not be more proud of our girls and their hard work, grit and tenacity," said Coach Morse. "They never believed they were an underdog and showed up confident and ready to play. That was our best start of the season, scoring four first-half goals and playing terrific defense."

In addition to Barber's play, Morse pointed to that of Katlyn Kernan, who "also had an excellent game, making great defensive plays throughout the afternoon.

"Our forward combination of Hannah Morse and Isobel Scheffey," he added, "had another terrific performance up front with some outstanding passing and scoring attacks. When our midfield controls the game and passes really well like they did today, the offense really clicks.

"We will get back to work tomorrow and prepare for a very talented Unadilla Valley team Friday."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey (File photo)

O-M's Hailey Hoose shakes hands with a Whitney Point swimmer after the Medley Relay.

O-M swimmers post 2nd win of season

ODESSA, Oct 18 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team took the early lead and cruised to a 55-39 victory Tuesday over Whitney Point in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

The Indians' second win of the season was fueled by victories in seven events, with Hailey Hoose and Kara Reese registering four wins each, including two relays. Tori Reese was also part of the relay wins, and captured the 100 Breaststroke, as well.

Victories for the Indians came as follows:

200 Medley Relay: Kara Reese, Tori Reese, Lydia Lynch and Hailey Hoose (2:19.85)
200 Freestyle: Hailey Hoose (2:26.99)
200 Individual Medley: Kara Reese (2:48.76)
100 Freestyle: Hailey Hoose (1:07.59)
200 Free Relay: Kara Reese, Lydia Lynch, Hailey Hoose, Tori Reese (2:06.44)
100 Backstroke: Kara Reese (1:18.71)
100 Breaststroke: Tori Reese (1:23.50)

Second-place finishes were posted by Taylor Cain in the 50 Free and 100 Free, Tori Reese in the 100 Fly, Megan Adams in the 500 Free, Emilee Chaffinch in the 100 Back, and the 400 Free Relay team of Chaffinch, Cain, Julia Paulisczak and Adams.

Modified: The O-M modified swim team finished its season 7-0, posting a 46-18 win over Whitney Point. Individual first-places were posted by Katie Adams in the 100 IM, Paiton Bailey in the 50 Free, Madison Moss in the 50 Fly and 50 Back, and Delaney Paulisczak in the 50 Breaststroke.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese on the way to victory in the 200 IM.
Bottom: O-M's Tori Reese dives at start of the second leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

O-M's Lydia Lynch prepares to dive at start of the third leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Left: O-M's Kara Reese warms up before start of the 200 Medley Relay. Right: The Indians' Megan Adams dives at start of the 500 Freestyle. She placed second.

Odessa-Montour's Emilee Chaffinch hits the water at start of the 100 Backstroke.

Odessa-Montour's Katie Adams on the way to victory in the 100 IM in the modified meet.

Modified soccer: Glen girls finish 7-1-2

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 18 -- The Watkins Glen girls modified soccer team was scheduled to play a season-ending game Wednesday against Spencer-Van Etten, but S-VE canceled on Tuesday -- ending the Watkins Glen season a day early.

Accordingly, Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto has issued some "final reflections."

"I am tremendously proud of the way that our young ladies performed this season," he said. "They always kept their heads up and played with dignity. These young ladies scored 50 goals this season, led by Abby Gibson with 17. Natalie Edmister registered 57 saves. They had a positive winning season, 7-1-2.

"I would like to thank all the parents-guardians for their support; Coach Charlene Watson, who helped guide this team to a fabulous season; and Steven Cinelli for all the time he spent cheering our girls to victory."

The Seneca Indians' Cameron Holland prepares to throw a pass (left) that teammate Adam Pastore catches for a touchdown (right). (Photos by David Franzese)

Modified: Seneca Indians top Moravia

ODESSA, Oct. 18 -- The Seneca Indians modified football team improved to 4-0 Tuesday night with a 29-19 victory over Moravia in a game on Odessa-Montour High School's Charles Martin Field.

"This game was a great team win for us," said Coach Josh Cole. "Our normal starters took the backup roles for the second half and supported our younger Seneca Indians, who got to gain some valuable game experience. Our coaching staff is extremely proud of every member of this team."

The final game of the season is at Spencer-Van Etten at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Offensive Statistics:

Total yards -- 289
Rushing -- 27 carries, 274 yards, 3 TDs
Passing -- 1-for-2, 15 yards, 1TD, 1 INT

Rushing:
--Owen Scholtisek -- 4 carries, 143 yards, 1 TD
--Travon Jones -- 3 carries, 79 yards, 1 TD
--Jared Rumsey -- 6 carries, 35 yards, 1 TD
--Dawson Wade -- 5 carries, 23 yards

Passing:
--Cameron Holland -- 1-for-2, 15 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
--Adam Pastore -- 1 reception, 15 yards, 1 TD
--Jake Menzi -- added an extra-point run
--Jared Rumsey -- added 2 extra-point kicks

Defensive Statistics:

--Dominick Fazzary -- 3.5 tackles
--Jake Menzi -- 3.5 tackles
--Owen Scholtisek -- 3 tackles
--Travon Jones -- 2.5 tackles
--Gavin Degraw -- 2.5 tackles
--Ethan Day, Nate Murphy, DJ Johnson, Silas Farrell -- 2 tackles each
--Jared Rumsey, Daniel Ely, Casey Keyes, Josh Bohlin, Chris Gray, Dawson Wade -- 1 tackle each
--Greg Samuels Jr. -- forced fumble
--Gavin Doan -- fumble recovery  
--Cayden Confer -- 1 sack, forced fumble
--Adam Pastore -- 1 sack
--Cameron Holland -- INT

Photo in text: The Seneca Indians' Owen Scholtisek carries the ball. He gained 143 yards rushing. (Photo by David Franzese)

O-M volleyball team falls to Edison, 3-1

ODESSA, Oct. 17 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision Monday to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 25-23, 8-25, 25-27 and 15-25.

Odessa-Montour statistics included:

Rhys Stermer: 8 service points, 2 aces, 1 kill, 9 digs.
Izzy Foote: 6 service points, 2 aces, 1 assist, 1 kill, 3 digs.
Taylor Alton: 3 service points, 2 digs.
Cheyenne Barrett: 3 service points, 1 assist, 6 digs.
Jacy Knapp: 2 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 3 digs.
Pixie Kinner: 7 service points, 1 dig.
Sara Eberhardt: 3 service points, 1 block.
Hannah Rose: 1 service point, 1 ace, 1 dig.

The Indians return to action Wednesday at Watkins Glen.

Junior Varsity: Edison defeated Odessa-Montour, 3-0. Game scores were 20-25, 14-25 and 21-25.

Glen volleyball team loses to Candor, 3-1

CANDOR, Oct. 17 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision Monday to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Candor gym.

Game scores were 20-25, 15-25, 25-21 and 20-25.

Watkins Glen statistics included the following:

Hanley Elliott: 6 service points, 1 ace, 6 assists, 3 kills, 2 blocks, 1 dig.
Megan Hazlitt: 8 service points, 5 aces, 1 assist, 2 kills, 4 blocks, 1 dig.
Emmie Bond: 3 aces, 1 assist, 3 kills, 1 dig.
Amber Benjamin: 2 aces.
Kelsey Kernan: 7 service points.
Katie Losey: 7 service points, 4 kills, 1 block, 3 digs.
Jazmin Shea: 1 ace, 2 assists, 1 kill.

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at home against Odessa-Montour.

Junior Varsity: Candor defeated Watkins Glen, 3-0.

Athlete of the Week: Hanley Elliott

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Oct. 16 -- This week we honor a volleyball player as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week.

She is Hanley Elliott, who led her Watkins Glen High School team to two victories in two tries during the week, including one in which the Senecas were down 2-0 before rallying to win. She had 22 service points and 20 aces in the two matches, along with 25 assists and 8 kills.

Double Honorable: Odessa-Montour swimmer Tori Reese; Watkins Glen diver Lexi Castellaneta; Watkins Glen swimmer Peighton Cervoni; Watkins Glen volleyball's Megan Hazlitt and Katie Losey; Watkins Glen runners Gabe Planty, Aaron Planty and Kai Sutterby; Watkins Glen soccer players Hannah Morse and Jake Johnson; and Seneca Indian football's Zach Elliott.

Honorable Mention: Another 27 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.

Photo at right: WG volleyball's Hanley Elliott (File photo)

The Tribe's Jax Decker runs 65 yards for a touchdown -- his first of two.

Tribe 'C' team falls in playoffs, 28-19; Tribe 'A' team loses to Vestal, 33-0

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 16 -- The Schuyler Youth Football “C” team’s season ended Sunday in the first round of the playoffs as The Tribe dropped a 28-19 decision to Chenango Forks in a game on the Watkins Glen High School athletic field.

The Tribe, which ended the season 6-2, never led in this contest, but stayed close until near the end.

Later that day, the Tribe "A" team's season also ended in a 33-0 loss on the road to Vestal. The Tribe finished 6-2.

"C" Game:

Chenango Forks scored first on 40-yard run up the middle with 3:57 left in the first quarter, and added a 2-point conversion (from six yards out) to lead 8-0.

The Tribe responded on the next play, a first-and-10 that Jax Decker took around right end for a 65-yard TD scamper. An extra-point pass attempt fell incomplete. The score was 8-6.

Chenango Forks increased its lead to 15-6 at 3:22 of the second quarter on a 13-yard TD run on a double reverse, and added an extra point on a 3-yard run.

The Tribe answered again with another Decker 65-yard TD run around right end, but an extra-point run attempt failed. The score was 15-12.

Chenango Forks scored again -- on a 62-yard TD run with 1:28 left in the half -- and added an extra-point run to make the score 22-12.

The Tribe pulled close in the third period on a 14-yard run up the middle by Isaak Willett, who plowed through multiple defenders to reach the end zone. A one-point run by Willett brought The Tribe within three points, 22-19.

But Chenango Forks scored again at the 8:58 mark of the fourth quarter on a 17-yard TD run to make it 28-19.

Defenses clamped down after that, and the game ended on that score.

Chenango Forks thus advanced to the next round of the playoffs.

"A" Game:

The Golden Bears of Vestal played a well-balanced game on both sides of the ball, winning 33-0.

The Tribe A Team struggled to put together any sustained drives offensively. Defensively, missed tackles allowed the Bears to keep moving down the field and score.

Noted one team official: "The A Team had a very successful regular season, posting a 6-1 record overall and making it to the playoffs for a third consecutive year."

No other details of the game were available, but we have a couple of photos at the bottom of this article.

Photos in text:

Top: The Tribe's Isaak Willett encounters three defenders but made his way through them on a 14-yard touchdown run.

Bottom: Caydin Lagramada gains some yardage on a run to the right.

Left: The Tribe's David Heichel (81) puts pressure on the Chenango Forks quarterback, whose pass was almost intercepted. Right: Three Tribe tacklers -- Bryce Brewer (left), Dominic Lewis (foreground) and Jax Decker -- bring down a Chenango Forks ball-carrier.

And in the "A" game:

Left: The Tribe's Ryan Willett carries the ball. Right: The Tribe's Alexander Holmes (24) tries to shed a tackler. (Photos provided)

The Seneca Indians' Zach Elliott bulls his way past four Lansing players to a touchdown.

Seneca Indians fall to Lansing

Loss at WG Homecoming leaves team with 2-5 record

WATKINS GLEN, Oc.t 15 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team struck first Saturday night against Lansing, but the lead was short-lived and the game went downhill from there in a 34-14 loss to the Bobcats in a Section IV, Division IV game on the Watkins Glen High School athletic field.

The Seneca Indians, a combined team of WGHS and Odessa-Montour athletes, are now 2-5 after a 2-0 start. Their eighth game of the season comes Friday at Dryden. Game time is 7 p.m.

Homecoming:

Saturday's game marked Watkins Glen's Homecoming, which included a parade of floats, fire trucks and marching players from Lafayette Park to the school, where a tailgate party with music and plenty of food had the crowd anticipating the night's contest with optimism.

The game also was Senior Night -- the final home game of the regular season, where the team's seniors and the seniors on the WGHS cheerleading squad were honored. Players honored were Noah Angle, Dayne Hughey, Alex Schimizzi and Elisha Norton. Cheerleaders honored were Makenzi Bellows, Alexa Clymo, Brandy Cornish, Paige Robbins and Alexis Shea.

And come halftime, it was time for the crowning of this year's Homecoming King and Queen -- Simon Wigmore and Clara Chedzoy -- selected in a vote of students. Other Queen candidates were Emmie Bond, Amber Benjamin and Jazmin Shea. Other King candidates were Jared Prien, Tanner Ryan and Dayne Hughey.

The game:

The Seneca Indians scored first on a touchdown by Zach Elliott on the first play of the second quarter, a 6-yard run on fourth down. Casen Weeden added a 2-point conversion run.

But the 8-0 lead was countered by Lansing 18 seconds later, after a 27-yard kickoff return to the Seneca Indians 48-yard line and on the first play from scrimmage, a 48-yard TD run. The Bobcats added a point-after kick to pull within a point, 8-7.

Lansing struck again on a 60-yard TD run with 9:15 remaining in the period, and added another PAT to lead 14-8. That score held until intermission.

The Bobcats struck fast in the third period, scoring on a 57-yard pass play at the 10:18 mark. With another PAT, they led 21-8.

Lansing increased its lead to 27-8 with 50 seconds left in the third period on an 18-yard touchdown run, but missed the extra point. It added another seven points at 6:42 of the fourth quarter on a 70-yard scamper off a fumble recovery. The score was 34-8.

The Seneca Indians got their final score with 1:55 remaining on a 2-yard run by Elliott, but a 2-point pass attempt fell incomplete.

Seneca Indians Coach Trevor Holland, while wishing his team had won, saw the entire day as a winning one.

"A Homecoming football game is a time-honored tradition when a community comes together to support student-athletes and cheer them on to victory," he said. "Unfortunately, the Seneca Indians came up short, losing 34-14.  However, the community held up their end of the deal in a huge way!

"All I can say is, if you weren't there to see it, you missed it.  The show of support from everyone in attendance today is greatly appreciated from the entire Seneca Indians players and coaching staff.  You truly made it an event to remember, and build upon."

Holland said the team will likely play a ninth game this season after the Dryden game. And he said he hoped it might be a home contest.

The Seneca Indians finished Saturday with slightly more total yards from scrimmage than Lansing: 273-269. Lansing is now 5-2 overall and 4-1 in division play. The Seneca Indians are 2-5, 1-4.

Elliott finished with 79 yards rushing and two touchdowns, while Casen Weeden gained 54 yards and ran for a 2-point conversion. Noah Angle gained 52 yards on the ground, and Derrick Lewis totaled 87 yards through the air.

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Photos in text:

Top: Seneca Indians defender Noah Angle breaks up a Lansing pass play.

Second: The WGHS Homecoming King and Queen, Simon Wigmore and Clara Chedzoy.

Third: A pass intended for the Seneca Indians' Josh Bravo eludes his reach.

Bottom: Seneca Indians quarterback Derrick Lewis is sacked.

Left: The Seneca Indians' Casen Weeden runs for 26 yards. Right: Fifth Grader Addy Coolican sang the National Anthem, earning huge applause from the fans.

The Homecoming Court consisted of, from left, Tanner Ryan, Emmie Bond, Dayne Hughey, Jazmin Shea, Simon Wigmore, Clara Chedzoy, Jared Prien and Amber Benjamin.

Left: The Seneca Indians' Dayne Hughey shakes off a tackler and gains some yards. Right: WGHS school administrator Kristine Somerville was preparing hamburgers at the tailgate party in the school parking lot before the game.

Seneca Indians punter Derrick Lewis barely gets the ball past a Lansing defender.

Left: WGHS students Allie Gibson, left, and Kathleen Clifford at the tailgate party. Right: The Seneca Indians' Josh Bravo is greeted by Schuyler Youth Football players during introductions of varsity players at the tailgate party.

The senior class float in the Homecoming parade. It won the float competition.

Seneca Indians quarterback Derrick Lewis, right, dishes the ball to rusher Noah Angle.

The WGHS senior cheerleaders were honored before the game. From left were: Alexis Shea, Brandy Cornish, Paige Robbins, Alexa Clymo and Makenzi Bellows.

Senior members of the Seneca Indians football team were honored in pregame ceremonies. From left: Noah Angle, Dayne Hughey, Elisha Norton and Alex Schimizzi.

The Seneca Indians' Zach Elliott (11) carries the ball in a crowd at Saturday's game.

Watkins girls open sectionals at B-G

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 14 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team will open Section IV, Class C Tournament play on Tuesday -- on the road at Bainbridge-Guilford.

The Senecas, who won six of their last eight regular-season games to qualify with a 6-9 record, are the No. 10 seed. Bainbridge-Guilford is the 7th seed.

Game time is 3:30 p.m.

Section IV, Class C Boys Sectionals: The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team is seeded 6th and will host Spencer-Van Etten/Candor on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. in an opening-round contest.

Glen volleyball team rallies to win, 3-2

SPENCER Oct. 14 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team overcame a 2-0 deficit Friday to defeat Spencer-Van Etten 3-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the S-VE gym.

Game scores were 23-25, 22-25, 25-18, 25-19 and 25-20.

Watkins Glen statistics included:
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Hanley Elliott: 14 service points, 13 aces, 15 assists, 8 kills.
Megan Hazlitt: 5 service points, 2 aces, 6 kills, 1 block.
Emmie Bond: 12 service points, 12 aces, 2 kills.
Katie Losey: 9 service points, 7 aces, 7 kills, 1 block.
Kelsey Kernan: 5 service points, 5 aces, 1 kill.
Jazmin Shea: 1 service point, 3 assists.

The Senecas return to action Monday at Candor.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated S-VE, 2-0, by game scores of 25-21 and 25-12. Carlie Baker had 11 service points and 1 kill, Mattie Yontz had 8 service points, Adrienna Solomon had 4 service points and 2 kills, and Ali LaMoreaux had 4 service points and 1 kill.

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

TIOGA CENTER, Oct. 14 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team remained winless Friday when it dropped a 3-0 decision to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Tioga gym.

Game scores wee 25-7, 25-4 and 25-6.

Jayden Lauper had 8 digs for the Indians, while Rhys Stermer had 5, Izzy Foote 3, and Cheyenne Barrett, Taylor Alton and Jacy Knapp 2 each.

O-M will return to action Monday at home against Edison.

Junior Varsity: Tioga defeated Odessa-Montour, 3-0.

The Seneca Indians' Cameron Holland prepares to repel a Newfield defender. (Photo by David Franzese)

Modified Football: Seneca Indians win

NEWFIELD, Oct. 13 -- The Seneca Indians modified football team improved its record to 3-0 Thursday by defeating Newfield 46-38 in a game on the Newfield athletic field.

The Seneca Indians, a combined team of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour athletes, amassed 367 total yards, including 350 on the ground. Rushing leaders included:

Jared Rumsey: 19 carries, 69 yards, 2 TDs
Owen Scholtisek: 9 carries, 124 yards, 2 TDs
Travon Jones: 12 carries, 109 yards, 1 TD; also had 2 receptions for 17 yards and a TD
Dawson Wade: 3 carries, 71 yards
Cameron Holland: 2-2 passing, 17 yards, 1 TD

Rumsey also added 5 extra-point kicks, worth 2 points apiece in modified football.

Defensive Leaders:

Adam Pastore: 3 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 sack
Owen Scholtisek: 5.5 tackles
Dawson Wade: 5 tackles
Cayden Confer: 4 tackles
Travon Jones: 3 tackles

Photos in text:

Top: The Seneca Indians' Travon Jones gains some yardage. (Photos by David Franzese)

Bottom: WG/OM running back Owen Scholtisek gains some of his 124 rushing yards.

Watkins Glen's Jill Cantieni on the way to victory in the 500 Yard Freestyle race.

Glen swimmers defeat Odessa-Montour

WATKINS GLEN Oct. 13 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team defeated Odessa-Montour 94-57 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

Odessa-Montour victories came from:

--Tori Reese in the 200 Yard Individual Medley in 2:27.73.
--Kara Reese in the 100 Yard Backstroke in 1:22.30.
--Tori Reese in the 100 Yard Breaststroke in 1:17.77.
--The 400 Free Relay team of Emilee Chaffinch, Taylor Cain, Julia Paulisczak and Megan Adams in 5:14.49.

Victories for Watkins Glen came from:

--The 200 Medley Relay team of Amanda Wilbur, Peighton Cervoni, Jill Kilcoyne and Isabella Fazzary in 2:12.60.
--Allie Gibson in the 200 Yard Freestyle in 2:13.84.
--Elizabeth Kilcoyne in the 50 Yard Freestyle in 28.17.
--Liza Carnes in the 100 Yard Fly in 1:16.53.
--Peighton Cervoni in the 100 Yard Freestyle in 58.67.
--Jill Cantieni in the 500 Yard Freestyle in 6:00.77.
--The 200 Free Relay team of Kathleen Clifford, Maddy Kilcoyne, Ellizabeth Kilcoyne and Amanda Wilbur in 1:58.04.

In addition, Watkins Glen's Lexi Castellaneta posted a season-best total of 294.75 points in exhibition diving. Jena Slater was second with 196.65, while Maria Brubaker was third and Maddie Suddaby fourth. Odessa-Montour has no divers.

Watkins Glen returns to action at home next Thursday, Oct. 19 against Notre Dame. It will be the final dual meet of the season for the Senecas, and Senior Night. Odessa-Montour is at home Tuesday against Whitney Point, and then home against Waverly on Thursday, Senior Night.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Elizabeth Kilcoyne enters the water at start of the 50 Yard Freestyle, which she won.

Middle: Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni en route to victory in the 100 Free.

Bottom: Odessa-Montour's Megan Adams on the first leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Odessa-Montour's Lydia Lynch competes in the 100 Yard Butterfly. She placed third.

Watkins Glen's Allie Gibson on the way to victory in the 200 Yard Freestyle.

Left: Watkins Glen's Sarah Swinnerton. Right: The Senecas' Isabella Fazzary prepares to dive as members of her family watch.

Left: Modified swimmers were also on hand competing Thursday, including O-M's Reagan Reese. Right: Watkins Glen's Jena Slater compete in the diving.

Watkins Glen's Liza Carnes en route to victory in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese enters the water on the second leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Left: Watkins Glen diver Lexi Castellaneta, who placed first. Right: O-M's Hailey Hoose, foreground, and Watkins Glen's Gabi Decker, battling for second place in the 200. Hoose edged out Decker by less than a second.

Watkins' Amanda Wilbur competes in the 200 Individual Medley. She placed second.

Left: Watkins Glen's Annika Wickham at the start of the 200 Free. Right: Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese competes in the 50 Free. She placed third.

Seniors on the Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team were honored at halftime. From left: Tristan Yuhasz, Jake Johnson, Simon Wigmore, Garrett Bower and Josh Updyke.

Watkins boys finish with shutout victory

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 13 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team ended its season with a 4-0 victory Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS athletic field.

Jake Johnson and Dylan Morse each scored two goals to propel the Senecas to their second victory. Watkins Glen led 2-0 at halftime.

Simon Wigmore had 19 saves in goal for Watkins Glen.

Senior Night: The Senecas' five seniors were honored during a halftime ceremony. They are Garrett Bower, Jake Johnson, Tristan Yuhasz, Simon Wigmore and Josh Updyke.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Jonathan Hatch sends a shot on goal. It was stopped by the Groton goalkeeper.

Left: Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team members Clara Chedzoy, left, and Danielle Leszyk were in the stands at the boys game. Right: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Simon Wigmore swats a Groton shot away.

Left: Watkins goalkeeper Simon Wigmore grabs the ball in traffic. Right: The Senecas' Jake Johnson, right, battles for possession of the ball.

From the left: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan, Jazmin Shea and Hanley Elliott.

Watkins volleyball team sweeps Newfield

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 12 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team rode strong serving by several players and 10 kills by Megan Hazlitt to a 3-0 victory Wednesday over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Field House gym.

Game scores were 25-18, 25-10 and 25-17.

The Senecas' service game started slowly, but Jazmin Shea notched six service points by the end of the first game. Game two saw Katie Losey notch 11 straight points to pull Watkins from a 6-9 deficit to a 17-9 lead, and then Kelsey Kernan served the final seven winners, helping move Watkins from an 18-10 lead to a 25-10 win.

Hanley Elliott registered 7 service points in the third game as the Senecas pulled away after being down 13-12, and Emmie Bond won the final three service points to close out the match.

--Kernan finished with 11 service points and 6 aces, along with a kill.
--Hazlitt had 8 service points and 4 aces to go with her 10 kills.
--Losey amassed 14 service points and 7 aces, along with 4 kills.
--Elliott finished with 8 service points and 7 aces, as well as 10 assists.
--Shea had 6 service points and 2 aces.
--Bond finished with the 3 match-ending service points.

The Senecas return to action Friday at Spencer-Van Etten.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Newfield, 2-1 on game scores of 25-23, 25-22 and 23-25. Adrienna Solomon had 8 service points and 4 kills, Mattie Yontz had 7 service points, Carlie Baker had 6 service points and Claudia Parker had 5 service points.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Megan Hazlitt, right, battles at the net. She won.

Left: Watkins Glen's Katie Losey blocks a shot. Right: The Senecas' Emmie Bond volleys as teammate Jazmin Shea watches.

Watkins' Kendra Larson attempts to keep the volley alive after a low, hard Newfield shot.

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

CANDOR, Oct. 12 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision Wednesday to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Candor gym.

Game scores were 25-6, 25-13 and 25-14.

Odessa statistics included:

Izzy Foote: 7 digs.
Taylor Alton: 1 service point and 3 digs.
Rhys Stermer: 1 service point and 1 dig.
Cheyenne Barrett: 2 service points and 3 digs.
Jacy Knapp: 3 service points, 1 ace and 3 digs.
Pixie Kinner: 2 service points and 4 digs.

Odessa-Montour will return to action Friday at Tioga.

Junior Varsity: Candor defeated Odessa-Montour, 3-0.

Watkins girls top Tioga, reach sectionals

TIOGA CENTER, Oct. 11 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team defeated Tioga 6-3 Tuesday night to improve to 6-9 and earn a spot in the Section IV, Class C tournament.

The Senecas, who needed to win 40% of their games, managed to do so despite an 0-7 start.

On this night, they got two goals and an assist from Hannah Morse (who now has 22 goals), a goal and an assist from Isobel Scheffey, and goals from Ryanna LaMoreaux, Makenna Fraboni and Taylor Kelly. Cierra Barber made 15 saves in goal, bringing her season total to 340.

"We definitely looked a little rusty coming off a bit of a break," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, whose team hadn't played in five days. "We had moments of excellent passing and movement without the ball. The girls had to adjust to playing on an incredibly narrow field, which we struggled a little with, but once we figured out how to move in that space we looked really good.

"I’m incredibly proud of the team and the commitment they made to win six of the last eight games to get into the post-season. Now we will get back to work and see what we can do!"

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse (File photo)

XC: Watkins boys claim division title

NEWARK VALLEY, Oct. 11 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team cruised to victory Tuesday in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference South Division meet at Newark Valley.

The Senecas had 19 points, well ahead of runnerup Spencer-Van Etten/Candor's 86. Edison finished with 94, as did Waverly, while Newark Valley had 104 and Tioga 124. Notre Dame did not field a complete team.

Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty finished first on the 3.1-mile course in 17:22.1, while brother Aaron Planty was second in 17:22.3. Sean Holland was fourth in 17:57, Max Evans seventh in 19:01, Sam Thorsland eighth in 19:02, and Conlin Wysocki 10th in 19:32.

Other finishes included: Tanner Ryan 13th in 19:42, Daniel Paradiso 18th in 20:17, Clint Craven 21st in 20:40, Steven Gublo 23rd in 21:10, Ben Swinnerton 24th in 21:15, Julian Thornton 33rd in 22:02, and Elliott Holland 43rd in 22:51. There were 59 runners in the race.

Girls Varsity: Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby placed first among 45 runners in a time of 21:14. The only other Seneca runner, Makenzie Kellogg, was 13th in 23:10.

Modified Boys: Watkins Glen's Gabe Santos was 11th among 33 runners in 10:09. Jonah Sissel was 16th in 10:48.

Modified Girls: The Senecas' Julya Slater was third among 19 runners in 11:02, while Brianna Carl was sixth in 11:26.

The Senecas return to action on Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Marathon Invitational.

Photo in text: Aaron Planty, left, and Gabe Planty. (Photo by Aran Holland)

From left: Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby, Sean Holland and Daniel Paradiso. (Photos by Aran Holland)

Odessa-Montour's Megan Adams dives at the start of the 200 Yard Freestyle.

O-M swimmers lose to Notre Dame

ODESSA, Oct. 11 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team dropped a 52-39 decision Tuesday to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Wins for Odessa came in the 200 Free Relay (where Kara Reese, Tori Reese, Lydia Lynch and Hailey Hoose posted a 2:00.17), and in the 100 Breaststroke (where Tori Reese finished in 1:20.69).

Second-place finishes were registered for O-M by Tori Reese in the 200 IM, Lydia Lynch in the 50 Free and 100 Fly, Hailey Hoose in the 100 Free, Emilee Chaffinch in the 100 Back, and Kara Reese in the 100 Breast.

The Indians return to action Thursday at Watkins Glen. Starting time is 4:30 p.m.

Photo in text: O-M's Tori Reese competes in the 200 Yard Medley Relay.

Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese swims the backstroke leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Watkins swimmers edge Waverly, 95-91

WAVERLY, Oct. 11 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team avenged an earlier loss to Waverly by defeating the Wolverines Tuesday 95-91 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet that came down to the final race.

Watkins won that relay, earning the eight points that came with it to hold off Waverly. The relay team, consisting of Liza Carnes, Amanda Wilbur, Jillian Cantieni and Elizabeth Kilcoyne, finished in 4:09.86, a full 10 seconds ahead of the Wolverines.

Of note, too, was a new pool record set by the Senecas' Lexi Castellaneta in the diving competition. She posted a total of 254.45 points, breaking her old mark of 241.7. Teammate Jena Slater was second with 195.30 points.

Other wins came for Watkins Glen in the:

200 Yard Freestyle: Jillian Cantieni 2:13.35
200 Yard Individual Medley: Amanda Wilbur 2:31.24
100 Yard Freestyle: Peighton Cervoni 59.76
500 Yard Freestyle: Isabella Fazzary 6:03.21
200 Freestyle Relay: Allison Gibson, Elizabeth Kilcoyne, Jillian Cantieni, Peighton Cervoni 1:49.41

Second-place finishes were posted by Elizabeth Kilcoyne in the 200 Free and 100 Free, and Amanda Wilbur in the 100 Fly.

Photo in text: Diver Lexi Castellaneta (File photo)

Odessa-Montour senior Taylor Grover sends the ball flying upfield against Newark Valley.

Odessa boys lose 2-1 to Newark Valley

ODESSA, Oct. 11 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision Tuesday to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The Indians, now 8-7, got a first-half goal from Taylor Grover on a penalty kick after the Cardinals' Dan Cowulich had scored two goals.

In the second half, said O-M Coach Dirk Stephens, "we put pressure on," barely missing on a couple of shots.

The two teams were evenly matched, he noted, with each getting 7 shots on goal. O-M had a 2-0 edge in corner kicks.

Trey McCarty made 5 saves in goal for the Indians, while Steve Cowulich made 6 for the Cardinals.

O-M will close out the regular season Thursday at Southern Cayuga, a tune-up for upcoming sectional tournament play.

Senior Night: The Indians honored the six seniors on the squad. They are Noah Austin, Alec Betts, Taylor Grover, Curtis Harris, Trey McCarty and Dan Minnier. Also in his final season is Coach Dirk Stephens, who has coached soccer at O-M for 18 years, including 16 as the varsity coach.

Photo in text: O-M's Noah Austin meets the ball.

The O-M seniors and their coach -- Dirk Stephens, in his final season -- were honored at Senior Night ceremonies. From left: Coach Stephens, Noah Austin, Taylor Grover, Curtis Harris, Trey McCarty, Alec Betts and Dan Minnier.

Watkins Glen goalkeeper Simon Wigmore (in green) stops a point-blank shot by #12.

Watkins Glen boys fall to SVEC, 4-1

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 11 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team fell to Spencer-Van Etten/Candor Tuesday 4-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS athletic field.

The Senecas, down 4-0 at halftime, got a second-half score from Jake Johnson on a penalty kick.

Watkins Glen had 11 shots on goal. Seneca goalkeeper Simon Wigmore made 18 saves.

The Senecas will complete their season Thursday at home against Groton, at which time the seniors on the squad will be honored. Game time is 5:30 p.m.

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Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Dylan Markley (13) fights for possession of the ball.

Watkins Glen's Josiah Wysocki sends the ball upfield in first-half action Tuesday.

From left: O-M's Dana Zimmer, Watkins Glen's Abby Congdon and O-M's Jade Madill converge on the ball.

Modified soccer: Watkins and O-M tie

MONTOUR FALLS, Oct. 11 -- The Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour girls modified soccer teams played to a 1-1 double-overtime tie Tuesday in a game on the B.C. Cate Elementary School soccer field.

Scoring for the Senecas (now 7-1-2) was Jena Solomon, a minute into the first overtme. A minute later, a goal by Odessa's Victoria Bantin evened the score.

Natalie Edmister registered 10 saves for Watkins, said Seneca Coach Ralph Diliberto, who noted that "both teams executed well and never gave up during the contest."

Watkins Glen completes its schedule on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at home against Spencer-Van Etten. O-M plays Monday at Marathon, and finishes Oct. 18 at Moravia.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Natalie Edmister makes a save on a shot by Odessa-Montour's Mackenzie Cannon. Kyra Brisbois is at right.

Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann (second from right) sends a shot on the O-M goal.

Athlete of Week: O-M's Alexis Saunders

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Oct. 9 -- This week we honor a soccer player as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week.

Odessa-Montour's Alexis Saunders earns the honor for her seven goals in her team's final two games of the season, both shutout victories. Saunders finished with 17 goals for the season.

Double Honorable: O-M swimmers Tori Reese and Kara Reese; Watkins Glen volleyball's Hanley Elliott, Emmie Bond, Megan Hazlitt and Amber Benjamin; O-M soccer's Kennedey Heichel and Curtis Harris; Watkins Glen runners Gabe Planty and Aaron Planty; Watkins Glen swimmers Allison Gibson, Peighton Cervoni and Amanda Wilbur; and Seneca Indian football players Joe Chedzoy and Zach Elliott.

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

Photo at right: O-M's Alexis Saunders

Daniel Lewis, left, gains yardage on a quarterback keeper in the A game. (Photo provided)

Tribe A and C teams win; playoffs next

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 9 -- The Schuyler County Youth Football "A" and "C" teams both posted victories Saturday over Owego, lifting each to a final regular-season record of 6-1.

The A team defeated Owego 32-0 and advances now to the playoffs as the No. 2 seed. The Tribe will face Vestal at Vestal at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Touchdowns came from Brady Cannon (two), Ryan Willett, Thomas Snow and Dean Blake. Extra points were scored by John Gillis (on a pass from Daniel Lewis) and Thomas Fields.

The B team sustained a 44-0 loss, and ended its season with an 0-7 record.

The C team defeated Owego 33-6 to finish the regular season 6-1, and advances to the playoffs as the No. 1 seed. The Tribe will host Chenango Forks at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Touchdowns were scored by Jax Decker (two), Johnny Sisana, Isaak Willett, and Cayden Lagramada.

Photo in text: The Tribe's Isaak Willett carries the ball in the C game. (Photo provided)

Seneca Indians lose 4th in row, 68-56 to Whitney Point

WHITNEY POINT, Oct. 7 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team had lots of offense Friday night, but very little defense.

The result was a 68-56 loss at the hands of Whitney Point, which celebrated its Homecoming with an offensive show that featured a quarterback -- Andrew Davis -- who sliced and diced the Seneca Indians with his feet and his arm.

The loss in the Section IV, Division IV game left the combined Watkins Glen/Odessa-Montour High School team with a 2-4 record after a promising 2-0 start. Whitney Point is also 2-4.

This was a see-saw affair in which WG/OM took an early lead and held it for most of the first half. But then came nine lead changes, the last when the Seneca Indians, leading 56-54, gave up a 2-yard scoring pass and 2-point conversion with 5:27 left in the game to fall behind 62-56.

WG/OM fumbled the ball away on its next possession, got it back on an interception by Noah Angle, but couldn't find any more offense, failing to convert a 4th-and-3 and turning the ball over on downs on its own 13. Whitney Point cashed in at 1:51 on a Davis pass to Travis Miner, who shed a tackle and fell across the goal line to make it 68-56. A two-point conversion try failed.

The Seneca Indians had one more possession, but a quarterback sack, two incompletions and a pass completion that was short of a first down ended it.

The bottom line was this: Whitney Point scored 10 touchdowns and four 2-point conversions, while WG/OM scored eight touchdowns with four 2-point conversions.

And there was this: Defense was almost non-existent. The points alone -- 124 of them -- attest to that.

The halftime score was 38-34 in favor of Whitney Point, which had trailed until pushing ahead 32-28 with 2:23 left before intermission. Two more TDs were scored before the half -- on a 23-yard Derrick Lewis-to-Dayne Hughey pass over the middle that put WG/OM ahead 34-32 at 1:17, and on a 49-yard Davis-to-Hunter Reynolds pass with 19.6 seconds left.

The second half, by comparison, was almost pedestrian, with several possessions failing to yield points. But even so, there were 52 points scored in the second half, 30 of them by Whitney Point.

Touchdowns for WG/OM came from, in this order:

--Zach Elliott on a 45-yard run on the team's second play from scrimmage.
--Elliott on a 35-yard run.
--Joe Chedzoy on a 19-yard run.
--Elliott on a 72-yard run that included a nifty cut to the right to evade a tackler.
--Dayne Hughey on a 23-yard pass from Derrick Lewis.
--Noah Angle on a 75-yard kickoff return to open the third quarter.
--Chedzoy on a 25-yard run.
--Chedzoy on a 26-yard run.

But Whitney Point's Davis was more than a match. He connected for eight touchdown passes, and scored another himself. Four of his TD passes were to Hunter Reynolds.

"If the fans on Friday night wanted to see a football game with lots of scoring, they got what they paid for," said Seneca Indians Coach Trevor Holland. "Although games like those are exciting to watch, as a coach you want your defense to be able to slow up the other team's offense at some point during the game. Neither team could really do that."

WG/OM amassed 498 yards of total offense. Some other totals:

Zach Elliott: 227 yards rushing, 3 touchdowns, 3 tackles.
Joe Chedzoy: 200 yards rushing, 3 touchdowns, 4 tackles.
Casen Weeden: 35 yards rushing, 3 tackles.
Derrick Lewis: Threw for 36 yards and one touchdown.
Dayne Hughey: A touchdown reception and 7 tackles.
Noah Angle: Touchdown on a kickoff return, 1 interception, 7 tackles.
Wyatt Brower: 4 tackles.

The Seneca Indians return to action Saturday, Oct. 14 at home (Watkins Glen) against Lansing. Game time is 7 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: The Seneca Indians' Dayne Hughey (88) hauls in a touchdown pass.

Middle: WG/OM's Zach Elliott breaks into the secondary on the way to a 72-yard touchdown.

Bottom: Whitney Point's quarterback Andrew Davis gains some ground.

Left: The Seneca Indians' Noah Angle goes high to intercept a pass in the end zone. Right: WG/OM's Joe Chedzoy rounds the corner on the way to a touchdown.

O-M boys fall to Trumansburg, 6-0

TRUMANSBURG, Oct. 7 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team played a strong first half Friday in their Interscholastic Athletic Conference game at Trumansburg, but then "the wheels came off," says Coach Dirk Stephens.

The Indians, down 1-0 at intermission, gave up five second-half goals in a 6-0 loss to the division-winning Blue Raiders on the Trumansburg athletic field.

"We played well in the first half," said Stephens, "but in the second half we didn't do it. They caught us on some counter attacks, and finished them. They're a good team."

Trumansburg outshot O-M, 17-12, while the Indians (7-6) had a 5-3 edge in corner kicks.

Odessa returns to action Tuesday at home against Newark Valley at 7 p.m. It will be Senior Night.

Watkins swimmers top Dryden, 100-80

DRYDEN, Oct. 7 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team posted a 100-80 victory Friday over Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Dryden pool.

Victories for Watkins Glen were registered in:

200 Medley Relay: Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur, Allison Gibson 2:06.23.
200 Individual Medley: Peighton Cervoni 2:36.69.
50 Freestyle: Allison Gibson 26.90.
Diving: Jena Slater 187.25.
500 Freestyle: Liza Carnes 6:23.73.
200 Free Relay: Gibson, Kilcoyne, Cantieni, Cervoni 1:50.51.
100 Backstroke: Amanda Wilbur 1:09.96.

Second-place finishes were posted by Isabella Fazzary in the 200 Free and the 100 Back, Elizabeth Kilcoyne in the 50 Free, Maria Brubaker in Diving, Amanda Wilbur in the 100 Fly, and Peighton Cervoni in the 100 Free.

Watkins volleyball team tops Dryden

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 6 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team rode a strong service game to a 3-0 victory Thursday over Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Field House gym.

Games scores were 25-10, 25-13 and 25-14.

The Senecas got off to a fast start in the first game as Hanley Elliott served them to a 6-0 lead; she later closed it out by serving the final five points. In between, Emmie Bond served a string of six straight team winners.

In the second game, Ellliott again successfully served six points, as did Kelsey Kernan. The 25th point came on a serve by Amber Benjamin.

The Senecas closed out the third game after falling behind 10-9. With Bond serving, the Watkins lead grew from 14-13 to 18-13, and then Benjamin finished off the match, serving on the Senecas' final six points.

Elliott finished with 18 service winners and 7 aces, while Bond serves triggered 11 Seneca winners; she had 5 aces. Kernan was successful on 7 serves, with one ace, and Benjamin serves led to seven points. Megan Hazlitt dominated at the net with a half-dozen kills and a couple of blocks, and Katie Losey notched five kills.

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at home against Newfield.

Junior Varsity: Dryden defeated Watkins Glen, 3-0.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Megan Hazlitt blocks a Dryden shot. The Senecas wore pink tops, emblematic of the theme of the match, where raffles earned funds to help fund research in the fight against breast cancer.

Bottom: The Senecas' Kelsey Kernan sends the ball over the net.

Left: Watkins Glen's Kendra Larson, left, and Katie Losey await an incoming volley. Right: The Senecas' Jazmin Shea sets the ball, passing it to a teammate.

From left: Watkins Glen's Amber Benjamin, Hanley Elliott and Emmie Bond.

O-M swimmers post their 1st victory

WHITNEY POINT, Oct. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team won its first meet of the season Thursday by defeating Whitney Point 54-39 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Whitney Point pool.

The Indians got four wins each from sisters Tori and Kara Reese, and three from Hailey Hoose.

The O-M victories included:

200 Medley Relay: Kara Reese, Tori Reese, Lydia Lynch, Hailey Hoose, 2:21.11
200 Individual Medley: Kara Reese 2:48.89
100 Yard Freestyle: Hailey Hoose 1:07.35
500 Yard Freestyle: Tori Reese, 6:14.66
200 Free Relay: Kara Reese, Lydia Lynch, Hailey Hoose, Tori Reese 2:04
100 Backstroke: Kara Reese 1:19.83
100 Breaststroke: Tori Reese, 1:20.71

Odessa returns to action Tuesday at home against Notre Dame.

Watkins Glen girls fall to Waverly, 10-2

WAVERLY, Oct. 6 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team lost its second game in three days Thursday when it dropped a 10-2 decision to unbeaten Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly soccer field.

The Senecas, now 5-9, got goals from Haley Dean and Isobel Scheffey on a night that saw goalkeeper Cierra Barber make 32 saves. Watkins had just one corner kick, compared to 10 by the Wolverines. The Senecas had nine shots on goal.

"It was a rough night playing the undefeated Waverly team," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "I’ve been pleased with the way we are playing, but we struggled to get going tonight. Despite the final score, Cierra Barber really played well once again. It was great to see Haley Dean show a lot of aggression attacking the net following a direct kick and scoring on the rebound!"

Thursday's saves brought Barber's season total to 325. The state record is 399, set by Watkins Glen's Julie Miller in 2000.

The Senecas return to action for their regular-season finale Tuesday at Tioga.

O-M's Hailey Perraut sends a corner kick in the direction of the Newfield net.

Odessa-Montour girls blank Newfield

ODESSA, Oct. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team -- led by four Alexis Saunders goals -- closed out its schedule Thursday night with a 5-0 victory over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The Indians, 5-9, built a 5-0 lead by halftime and coasted from there. Scoring in addition to Saunders was Kennedey Heichel.

Saunders opened the scoring at at 33:16, assisted by Olivia Grover. Heichel assisted on the next two goals, at 32:50 and 26:03. Heichel scored at 16:54, assisted by Hailey Perraut, and Saunders scored unassisted at 2:43 on a blast from 20 yards that found the top right corner of the net. That gave Saunders 17 goals for the season.

Odessa outshot Newfield 12-4, and had a 10-2 advantage in corner kicks. Grace Vondracek had two saves in goal for O-M, while Hunter Daugherty had two. Newfield's keeper, Autumn Hunsinger, had seven saves.

Senior Night: The team's seniors were honored in their finale: Gabby Fazzary, Catherine Rounds, Meagan Terry, Hailey Perraut, Gillian Clark and the team manager, exchange student Beatriz Silva.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Ida Sidle (22) and Autumn Garrison (11) close in on the Newfield net, but the goalkeeper, Autumn Hunsinger, managed to avoid trouble.

Bottom: Odessa's Alexis Saunders, right, prepares to send a shot on goal that resulted in her fourth score of the night.

Left: O-M's Catherine Rounds, left, fights for possession of the ball. Right: The Indians' McKennah Lott passes the ball upfield.

Left: O-M's Grace Vondracek heads the ball. Right: The Indians' Hannah Bruno.

Left: O-M goalkeeper Hunter Daugherty sends the ball flying. Right: The Indians' Gabby Fazzary meets the ball.

The O-M team's seniors were honored during a halftime ceremony. From left: Hailey Perraut, Meagan Terry, Catherine Rounds, Gabby Fazzary, Beatriz Silva and Gillian Clark.

O-M volleyball team loses to Newfield

ODESSA, Oct. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision Thursday to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 22-25, 20-25 and 16-25.

Odessa-Montour statistics included:

Izzy Foote: 8 service points, 2 aces, 1 kill, 11 digs.
Rhys Stermer: 2 service points, 2 kills, 13 digs.
Cheyenne Barrett: 3 service points, 2 aces, 1 kill, 7 digs.
Taylor Alton: 4 service points, 5 digs.
Jacy Knapp: 3 service points, 1 ace, 1 assist, 6 digs.
Jayden Lauper: 1 kill, 4 digs.
Sara Eberhardt: 1 service point, 1 kill, 3 digs.
Pixie Kinner: 1 service point, 1 ace, 1 dig.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Newfield, 2-1.

Modified Soccer: Glen girls top Waverly

WAVERLY, Oct. 6 -- The Watkins Glen girls modified soccer team improved to 7-1-1 Thursday with an 8-1 victory over Waverly in a game on the Waverly soccer field.

Abby Gibson scored four goals for the Senecas, while Carly Arnold scored twice, and Aislinn Klemann and Abby Congdon once apiece. Congdon registered two assists, and Cloey Wratten, Abbey Morseman and Kayla Palmer one each. Kara Sheesley had four saves in goal.

"It truly has been a blessing to watch these young ladies grow through the season," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday against Odessa-Montour at the B.C. Cate Elementary School field. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jake Johnson (7) gets to the ball first. Right: The Senecas' Nate Wickham moves the ball upfield.

Watkins boys fall to Newark Valley, 4-2

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 5 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team built a 2-0 lead Wednesday over Newark Valley with 27 minutes left to play, only to see the Cardinals score four goals in a 10-minute period to hand the Senecas a 4-2 defeat.

The loss in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS athletic field left the Senecas with a 1-13 record heading into the final two games of the season. Newark Valley is now 7-3.

Watkins Glen got on the board first with a first-half goal by Tristan Yuhasz, assisted by Dylan Markley. And it increased the lead to 2-0 at 27:12 of the second half on an arcing shot by Josiah Wysocki that glanced off the hands of a leaping NV goalkeeper and under the crossbar.

But thoughts of a victory soon wafted away as Newark Valley scored four times -- at 26:22, 25:39, 19:52 and 16:14. Two of the goals came from the foot of sharpshooter Dan Cowulich, who has 16 goals this season. The other two were by Nathan Sokol and Noah Shiel.

Simon Wigmore made 17 saves in goal for the Senecas, who failed to muster any corner kicks.

Watkins Glen returns to action Tuesday at home against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor. The season finale is the following Thursday, Oct. 12, at home against Groton. The team's seniors will be honored at that game.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Simon Wigmore leaps in vain for a Newark Valley shot that found the right corner of the net for the Cardinals' final goal.

Left: A quartet of Watkins defenders try to block a Newark Valley direct kick that soared over them but left of the goal. From left: Jonathan Hatch, Josiah Wysocki, Jake Johnson and Avery Watson. Right: Seneca defender Ramel Fulcher sends the ball flying.

O-M boys lose to S-VE/Candor, 7-2

SPENCER, Oct. 5 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 7-5 Wednesday when the Indians dropped a 7-2 decision to Spencer-Van Etten/Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the S-VE soccer field.

"We had a tough first half," said O-M Coach Dirk Stephens, in reference to the 5-0 deficit his team faced by intermission.

The two Odessa goals came from Noah Austin and Curtis Harris.

The Indians return to action Friday at Trumansburg. Game time is 7 p.m.

Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly blocks a kick by a Notre Dame player. Seneca teammate Katlyn Kernan is at center.

Watkins girls fall to ND, 3-2

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 4 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls gave as good as they got. But in the end Tuesday, they fell one goal shy of Elmira Notre Dame, the third-ranked Class C team in New York State.

The final was 3-2 in a back-and-forth game on the WGHS soccer field that saw ND lead three times, and saw Watkins Glen tie the game twice. The decider was a goal by the Crusaders' Laurel Vargas, who blasted the ball home after one-touch settling an inbounds pass.

Thus ended the resurgent Senecas' five-game winning streak, which followed a season-opening seven-game losing streak.

I'm incredibly proud of the team and the way they played tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "We fought very hard against an exceptional Notre Dame team. We were right there throughout the game, and a few bounces here or there and we get the win.

"I really like the way the girls are playing right now and I am still very confident we will make post-season sectionals.

"Cierra Barber had another strong game in the goal with 30 saves. Hannah Morse also played tough, drawing multiple defenders and managing to score early in the second half to tie the game. Clara Chedzoy continues to do anything we ask her to do and plays all over the field. She has been really good all season."

Notre Dame opened the scoring with a goal at the 16-minute mark of the first half. The Senecas tied it in the second half on Morse's 20th goal of the season, but Notre Dame responded with its second goal and a 2-1 lead.

The Senecas tied it again on a direct-kick goal by Ryanna LaMoreaux. But Vargas put the Crusaders ahead for good with her blast. The Senecas had several opportunities down the stretch -- as did Notre Dame -- but the two teams' goalkeepers held sway the rest of the way.

The Senecas (5-8) return to action Thursday at Waverly at 4:30 p.m., and close the regular season on Oct. 10 at Tioga in a 7 p.m. game.

Senior Night: The team's nine seniors were honored during halftime. They are Clara Chedzoy, Makenna Fraboni, Katlyn Kernan, Julia Reilly, Kiersten Stiles, Ryanna LaMoreaux, Isobel Scheffey, Meghan Hayes and Hannah Matusicky.

"Congratulations to our seniors on their commitment to the program and everything they bring to the team," said Coach Morse. "They are very good soccer players but even better people, and I am proud to have had the opportunity to coach them." 

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, left, maneuvers past a Notre Dame defender.
Middle: The Senecas' Hannah Matusicky meets the incoming ball.
Bottom: Watkins goalkeeper Cierra Barber reacts to an incoming shot. She swatted it to the right, clear of the goal.

Left: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk (3) battles a Notre Dame player for possession of the ball. Right: The Senecas' Makenna Fraboni kicks the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Kiersten Stiles (5) moves in on the ball near the Senecas' net.
Right:
The Senecas' Ryanna LaMoreaux prepares to send the upfield.

The Watkins Glen team's nine seniors were honored at halftime. From left: Julia Reilly, Kiersten Stiles, Meghan Hayes, Hannah Matusicky, Makenna Fraboni, Isobel Scheffey, Katlyn Kernan, Clara Chedzoy and Ryanna LaMoreaux.

Left: O-M's Olivia Grover, right, is congratulated by teammate Kennedey Heichel after scoring a goal. Right: Heichel moves the ball upfield. (Both photos by Mike Stamp)

Odessa-Montour girls blank Tioga, 5-0

ODESSA, Oct. 4 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team -- led by three Alexis Saunders goals -- posted its fourth victory of the season Tuesday when it shut out Tioga 5-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The Indians (4-9) also got goals from Olivia Grover (assisted by Saunders) and Catherine Rounds (assisted by Kennedey Heichel).

Two of Saunders' goals came in the first half, at 28:36 (unassisted) and at 11:48 (assisted by Autumn Garrison). Her third goal came on another assist by Heichel.

Odessa had 10 shots on goal, while its goalkeeper, Grace Vondracek, made six saves. Tioga goalkeeper Kylie Zimmerman had five saves.

The Indians return to action for their regular-season finale Thursday at home against Newfield. Game time is 7 p.m.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour goalkeeper Grace Vondracek knocks away a Tioga shot. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

Left: O-M's Hannah Bruno moves the ball. Right: The Indians' Camille Sgrecci (18). (Both photos by Mike Stamp)

O-M's Morgan Burnham (left) and Catherine Rounds. (Both photos by Mike Stamp)

Odessa-Montour's McKennah Lott, left, and Nadia Simpson move the ball. (Both photos by Mike Stamp)

Watkins volleyball team loses to Tioga

TIOGA CENTER, Oct. 4 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team fell 3-0 Tuesday to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Tioga gym.

Game scores were 25-13, 25-17 and 25-18.

The Senecas return to action Thursday at home against Dryden.

From left: O-M volleyball's Jacy Knapp, Sara Eberhardt and Hannah Rose.

O-M volleyball team falls to Waverly

ODESSA, Oct. 4 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision Tuesday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 25-7, 25-6 and 25-7.

Rhys Stermer led the Indians in digs with 10. Taylor Alton and Cheyenne Barrett had 2 service points each, and Jacy Knapp had 4 digs and 2 assists.

The Indians return to action Thursday at home against Newfield.

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

Watkins Glen's Annika Wickham dives at the start of the 500 Yard Freestyle.

Glen swimmers defeat S. Cayuga, 97-70

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 4 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team -- led by four Allison Gibson victories -- cruised to a 97-70 win Tuesday over Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

Watkins Glen posted victories in the:

200 Medley Relay: Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur and Allison Gibson (2:03.63).
50 Yard Freestyle: Allison Gibson (26.82)
100 Yard Butterfly: Amanda Wilbur (1:07.01)
100 Yard Freestyle: Allison Gibson (1:00.24)
500 Yard Freestyle: Isabella Fazzary (6:06.36)
200 Free Relay: Peighton Cervoni, Madeleine Kilcoyne, Jill Cantieni and Allison Gibson (1:52.84)

Watkins Glen also got a first place in diving from Lexi Castellaneta, but Southern Cayuga had no divers, and so the event was designated exhibition.

Second places were registered for Watkins by Jill Cantieni in the 200 Free, Amanda Wilbur in the 200 IM, Peighton Cervoni in the 50 Free, Liza Carnes in the 100 Fly, and Sarah Swinnerton in the 100 Breaststroke.

The Senecas return to action Friday at Dryden.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Elizabeth Kilcoyne (facing camera) shakes hands with an opponent after finishing third in the 100 Yard Freestyle.

Bottom: The Senecas' Amanda Wilbur en route to victory in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Watkins Glen's Allison Gibson on the way to victory in the 100 Yard Freestyle.

Left: Watkins Glen's Maria Brubaker in the diving competition. Right: The Senecas' Liza Carnes races to second place in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Watkins XC boys top Lansing, TAE

LANSING, Oct. 4 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team outpointed Lansing and Edison Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet at Lansing.

Watkins Glen totaled 18 points, while Lansing had 45 and Edison 63.

The Senecas' Gabe and Aaron Planty crossed the finish line together for first and second places in 17:33.9, while Sean Holland was fourth in 18:25, Max Evans fifth in 18:32.6, and Sam Thorsland sixth in 18:32.8. There were 29 runners.

Other Seneca finishes: Conlin Wysocki 13th in 19:37, Tanner Ryan 14th in 19:47, Clint Craven 15th in 19:56, Ben Swinnerton 16th in 19:57, Steven Gublo 17th in 20:08, Elliott Holland 22nd in 22:11, and Julian Thornton 24th in 22:48.

Watkins had two runners in the girls varsity race: Kai Sutterby (4th in 22:03) and Makenzie Kellogg (8th in 22:54). There wee 21 runners.

Julya Slater was 2nd in the girls modified race (10:40) and Brianna Carl was 3rd (10:42) among 19 runners. Jonah Sissel was 3rd (9:52) and Gabe Santos was 4th (9:56) in the boys modified race among 21 runners.

Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese dives at start of the backstroke leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

O-M swimmers lose to Lansing, 56-35

ODESSA, Oct. 4 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team dropped a 56-35 decision Tuesday to Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

First-place finishes for O-M were posted by:

--Tori Reese in the 200 Yard Individual Medley, 2:29.86
--Kara Reese in the 100 Yard Backstroke, 1:18.43
--Tori Reese in the 100 Yard Breaststroke, 1:17.86

Individual second places were registered for O-M by Emilee Chaffinch in the 200 Free and 100 Back, and by Taryn Hoyt in the 100 Breast.

Odessa returns to action Thursday at Whitney Point.

Photo in text: O-M's Hailey Hoose competes in the 200 Medley Relay, where O-M placed second.

O-M's Tori Reese competes in the 200 Medley Relay. She later won two individual events.

Odessa-Montour's Lydia Lynch swims the butterfly leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Glen girls modified team tops ND, 3-0

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 4 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls modified soccer team improved its record to 6-1-1 Tuesday by defeating Elmira Notre Dame in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

Abby Gibson scored two goals for the Senecas, while Abby Congdon scored the other. Brynn Smith registered an assist. Natalie Edmister registered six saves in goal for Watkins Glen.

"Our girls were unyielding, and their determination never wavered this afternoon," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto.

The Senecas return to action at Waverly on Thursday. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

O-M's Preston Harris (4) sends a shot toward the Newfield goal. It barely missed left.

Odessa-Montour boys edge Newfield, 2-1

ODESSA, Oct. 3 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team rode a pair of goals by Curtis Harris to a 2-1 victory Monday night over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The Indians, now 7-4, scored both of their goals in the first half. Harris first scored at 26:00, assisted by his brother Preston, and then scored unassisted at 15:14.

The Indians yielded a goal by Newfield's Alex Borgella at 26:38 of the second half. But the O-M defense tightened and held off the Trojans the rest of the way.

O-M outshot Newfield 12-9, and had a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks. Odessa goaltender Trey McCarty registered 8 saves, while Newfield's Nolan Ruocco and Jacob Wright had a total of 10.

Odessa returns to action Wednesday on the road against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Deshawn Johnson goes high to meet the ball.

Odessa-Montour's Taylor Grover sends the ball flying upfield against Newfield.

Left: O-M's Dan Minnier (18) races a Newfield player to the ball. Right: Sarah Strobel, a 5th grader, served as a ball girl at Monday's game.

O-M girls varsity soccer players on hand to cheer on the the Odessa boys included, from left, Lillian Betts, Olivia Grover and Hannah Bruno.

Left: O-M's Johnny Niedermaier (2) fights for possession of the ball. Right: The Indians' Curtis Harris controls the ball.

Watkins Glen boys fall to Notre Dame

SOUTHPORT, Oct. 3 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 1-12 Monday when the Senecas lost 8-0 to Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on ND's athletic field.

Simon Wigmore made 29 saves for Watkins Glen. The Senecas had one shot on goal.

Watkins Glen returns to action Wednesday at home againat Newark Valley. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Athletes of the Week: 2 soccer teammates

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Oct. 2 -- This week we honor two soccer players as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week. Both are members of the Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team, which as of this writing has won five games in a row after an 0-7 start.

They are Hannah Morse, who scored seven goals and added two assists as the Senecas won three times during the week, and goalkeeper Cierra Barber, who posted 53 saves in the three games, bringing her season total to 263. Morse has scored 19 goals this season.

Double Honorable: Seneca Indians football's Zach Elliott, Joe Chedzoy and Wyatt Brower; Watkins Glen swimming's Peighton Cervoni and Lexi Castellaneta; Watkins Glen runners Gabe and Aaron Planty; Watkins Glen soccer's Isobel Scheffey; Odessa-Montour soccer's Curtis Harris; Watkins Glen volleyball's Megan Hazlitt; and O-M swimmer Tori Reese.

Honorable Mention: Another 37 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.

The Tribe cheerleaders pose during Saturday's trip to Tioga. (Photo provided)

Tribe 'C' team wins, improves to 5-1

TIOGA CENTER, Oct. 1 -- The Schuyler County Youth Football "C" Team lifted its record to 5-1 Saturday with a 43-12 victory over Tioga in a road game.

The Tribe "A" team lost to Tioga 32-13 for its first defeat of the season in six games, while the Tribe "B" team fell to Tioga 26-8 and is now 0-6.

The C team got five touchdowns from Jax Decker, and one each by Isaak Willett and Bryce Brewer. One of Decker's TDs was on a pass from Willett.

One of the coaches also lauded Decker's defensive play, including solo tackles and quarterback sacks.

In the A game, Ryan Willett and John Gillis scored touchdowns, but the offense had four fumbles, losing three of them.

In the B game, Nick D'Alleva scored the Tribe's lone touchdown, and Brady Bockelkamp added the extra point with a reception in the end zone from Galvin Lohmeyer. Defensive standouts included JT Tuttle and William Beckley.

The Tribe teams return to action Saturday at home in their final regular-season games, hosting Owego. The C game is at 3:30 p.m., the B team at 5:30 p.m., and the A game at 7:30 p.m.

Photo in text: The C team's Jax Decker on the way to one of his five touchdowns. (Photo provided)

Left: The B team's JT Tuttle, left, and William Beckley. Right: The A team's Ryan Willett. (Photos provided)

The Watkins Glen girls team was fired up before the meet, and then won in Class B.

Glen swimmers take 'B' title in Elmira

ELMIRA, Oct. 1 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team captured the Class B title Saturday at the annual Dr. Jack Thomas Girls Swimming and Diving Invitational at Ernie Davis Academy in Elmira.

Top finisher for the Senecas in the 17-school field was Peighton Cervoni, who finished fourth overall in the 100 Yard Freestyle and sixth in the 50 Free.

Other results were not immediately available, but team scores were.

In Class A, Horseheads won with 279 points, followed by Chenango Valley (261.5) and Ithaca (246). Also in that division: Maine-Endwell and Greece.

In Class B, Watkins Glen won with 310 points, just ahead of Vestal (307). Other teams in that division: Chenango Forks, Elmira, Corning and Dryden.

In Class C, Lansing won with 244 points, with Southern Cayuga second at 228. Other schools in the division: Odessa-Montour, Johnson City, Susquehanna Valley and Elmira Notre Dame.

Among Watkins Glen and O-M top 20 finishes:

200 Medley Relay: The Watkins Glen team (Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur and Allison Gibson) was 8th among 29 entrants. The O-M team (Kara Reese, Tori Reese, Lydia Lynch and Hailey Hoose) was 14th.
200 Free: Watkins Glen's Isabella Fazzary was 18th (among 53).
200 Individual Medley: O-M's Tori Reese was 19th (among 50).
50 Yard Freestyle: Watkins' Peighton Cervoni was 6th (among 58). Teammate Allison Gibson was 10th.
100 Fly: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur was 12th (among 45). Teammate Madeleine Kilcoyne was 19th.
100 Yard Freestyle: Watkins' Peighton Cervoni was 4th (among 57). Teammate Allison Gibson was 12th, and teammate Jill Cantieni was 20th.
200 Free Relay: The Watkins Glen team (Elizabeth Kilcoyne, Allison Gibson, Jill Cantieni and Peighton Cervoni) was 7th among 30 entrants. O-M (Kara Reese, Lydia Lynch, Megan Adams and Tori Reese) was 14th.
100 Breaststroke: O-M's Tori Reese was 9th (among 54). Watkins Glen's Sarah Swinnnerton was 16th.
400 Free Relay: The Watkins Glen team (Liza Carnes, Jill Cantieni, Elizabeth Kilcoyne and Amanda Wilbur) was 10th among 29 entrants. O-M (Hailey Hoose, Taryn Hoyt, Taylor Cain and Julia Paulisczak) was 16th.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Isabella Fazzary competes in the 200 Yard Freestyle.
Bottom: From left, Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni, Jill Cantieni and Allison Gibson (Photo by Kathleen Swinnerton)

Left: O-M's Kara Reese glides underwater at start of the 200 Medley Relay. Right: Tori Reese hits the water on the start of her breaststroke leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Odessa-Montour's Emilee Chaffinch competes in the 200 Yard Freestyle.

Left: O-M's Hailey Hoose at the start of the meet. Right: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur competes in the 200 Yard Medley Relay.

Odessa-Montour's Lydia Lynch swims the Butterfly leg of the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay.

Left: Watkins' Annika Wickham awaits start of the 100 Yard Backstroke. (Photo by Kathleen Swinnerton) / Right: The Senecas' Ali Gibson hits the water on final leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Left: The Watkins Glen team on the podium after winning the Class B title. (Photo provided) / Right: The Senecas' Sarah Swinnerton competes in the 100 Yard Breaststroke. (Photo by Kathleen Swinnerton)

Watkins' Gabi Decker dives at start of the 500 Freestyle. (Photo by Kathleen Swinnerton)

The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team after finishing third at the McQuaid Invitational. (Photo provided)

XC: Watkins boys place 3rd at McQuaid

ROCHESTER, Oct. 1 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team finished in third place in their division Saturday in the annual McQuaid Invitational at Genesee Valley Park in Rochester.

The Senecas finished with 128 points, behind two Pennsyvania teams, Elks County Catholic (85 points) and Montrose (111). There were 20 teams competing.

Gabe Planty led Watkins Glen's runners with a 15:40 on the three-mile course, good for 7th place among the 163 runners in the Small School Seeded division. His brother Aaron was 8th in 15:46. Both, said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, "ran pretty well, about 20 seconds faster than last year."

After that, Watkins runners finished as follows: Sean Holland 26th in 16:24, Max Evans 39th in 16:43, Sam Thorsland 59th in 17:12, Tanner Ryan 75th in 17:34, Conlin Wysocki 90th in 17:50, Steven Gublo 114th in 18:26, and Clint Craven 121st in 18:36.

In the girls' varsity race, Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby placed 13th in 19:58 and teammate Makenzie Kellogg 50th in 20:56 in the 264-runner field. Both won medals.

In the Junior Varsity race for Small Schools, Watkins Glen's Ben Swinnerton finished 36th in 19:16, Julian Thornton 124th in 20:28, and Elliott Holland 147th in 20:45. There were 377 runners in that race.

In modified competition, the Senecas' Julya Slater and Brianna Carl each won a medal by placing 27th (in 11:18) and 35th (in 11:32), respectively, in a race with 325 competitors. In the boys' modified, Watkins' Gabe Santos placed 51st in 10:25 and Jonah Sissel 52nd in 10:27 among 331 runners.

The Senecas are back in action Tuesday at Lansing.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty, left, finished 7th, while brother Aaron (right) was 8th. (Photo by Aran Holland)
Bottom: The Senecas' Kai Sutterby, who finished 13th among 264 runners. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: Watkins Glen's Sean Holland rounds a bend in the course. (Photo by Aran Holland) Right: Watkins Modified runners Gabe Santos, left, and Jonah Sissel. (Photo provided)

From left: Watkins Glen's Makenzie Kellogg and Tanner Ryan (both photos by George Rutledge), and Conlin Wysocki (Photo by Doug Yeater)

From left: Watkins Glen's Modified runners Brianna Carl and Julya Slater, and varsity runner Aaron Planty. (Photos by Doug Yeater)

Odessa-Montour's Curtis Harris races to the ball ahead of the opposition.

O-M boys top SVEC in double overtime

ODESSA, Oct. 1 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team improved its record to 6-4 Saturday by defeating Spencer-Van Etten/Candor 1-0 in double overtime in an Interscholasic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The game-winning goal was scored by Curtis Harris at 3:21 of the second overtime.

The game, played in wet and windy conditions, saw Odessa outshoot SVEC 15-6, and with a 12-2 advantage in corner kicks.

O-M goalkeeper Trey McCarty registered six saves, while SVEC netminder Jacob Wentworth had 14.

Odessa returns to action Monday at home against Newfield. Game time is 7 p.m.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Johnny Niedermaier (2) fights for control of the ball.

Seneca Indians fall to Salamanca, 34-28

SALAMANCA, Sept. 30 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team took the lead by a point in the fourth quarter Friday night, but a late scoring drive gave Salamanca the victory 34-28 in a non-league game on Salamanca's athletic field.

The Seneca Indians (2-3), a combined team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high school athletes, were led by Zach Elliott's 195 rushing yards and three touchdowns, and by Joe Chedzoy's 136 yards and one TD.

The first quarter ended 6-6, and WG/OM held the halftime lead, 18-13. Salamanca scored the lone third-quarter touchdown to go ahead 20-18. Then, with 11:02 remaining, Chedzoy scored, and a two-point conversion gave the Seneca Indians a 26-20 advantage.

Salamanca responded with a touchdown at 8:44, taking the lead 27-26.

With 3:02 left in the game, WG/OM's Wyatt Brower made a defensive tackle in the end zone for a safety, lifting the Seneca Indians ahead, 28-27. Salamanca then free-kicked to WG/OM, but got the ball back with 3:02 to play and mounted a nine-play drive that culminated in a touchdown with 36 seconds remaining.

The Seneca Indians got off two pass plays that fell incomplete, and a third was intercepted with three seconds to go.

"It was a very exciting game," said Seneca Indians Coach Trevor Holland.

WG/OM returns to action Friday night at Whitney Point, and then plays Lansing at home on Oct. 13 and Dryden away on Oct. 20.

Photo in text: The Seneca Indians' Zach Elliott (File photo)

Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly unleashes a shot on goal. It was blocked.

Glen girls win 5th straight

Edge NV, 3-2; Morse scores 2 goals; Barber has 27 saves

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 30 -- The resurgent Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team rode two Hannah Morse goals, one by Isobel Scheffey and the goalkeeping of Cierra Barber to a 3-2 victory Friday over Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS soccer field.

The victory was the fifth in a row for the Senecas after an 0-7 start, and was something they needed if they hope to reach post-season Section IV tournament play.

But it did not come easily. Newark Valley was repeatedly in the Watkins end of the field, putting pressure on the defense and launching no fewer than 11 corner kicks -- scoring on one of them.

Barber registered 27 saves, including one in the final 20 seconds off a direct kick that landed amid a scrum immediately in front of the goal. The ball bounced loose to Barber's right, but she smothered it and kicked it safely upfield as the final few seconds ticked away.

"I can’t say enough how pleased I am with the way the girls have rebounded from a rough start to the season," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "We struggled early but are playing terrific soccer right now.

"There are still things we need to continue to work on (too many corner kicks for our opponents) and improve, but the girls have worked so hard and never quit believing they could be a winning team. We have to keep winning to have a chance to make sectionals, but I like the way we are playing right now."

Newark Valley had the advantage early, beating the Senecas to the ball repeatedly and applying pressure in the Senecas' end of the field, but it was Watkins that scored first -- on a Morse goal at 25:47. She got the ball 15 yards out and left of the net, tried to turn right, was blocked, turned left and cut loose with a shot to the near side.

Morse then made it 2-0 at 7:08 from in close off a feed from Scheffey, again finding the near (left) corner. The play was set up by a long direct kick from Danielle Leszyk.

Newark Valley finally got the ball past Barber with 1:53 remaining in the half on a breakaway that caught the defense up the field. A clean through pass to an NV attacker left Barber vulnerable on a shot from the right that found the back of the net.

The final Watkins Glen goal came at 15:58 in the second half, when Scheffey scored on a penalty kick, placing the ball high on the left.

But the Cardinals came back, scoring at 11:51 off a corner kick, the ball sneaking into the near side of the Watkins net. And the Cardinals continued their pressure, mounting one last charge in the closing minute -- setting up the direct kick that led to the scrum from which Barber emerged with the ball.

Newark Valley had an 11-4 advantage in corner kicks, while their goalkeeper made 14 saves, barely half of the number Barber registered.

Watkins Glen is back in action Tuesday at home against Notre Dame. It will be the Senecas' final home game, and thus Senior Night. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins goalkeeper Cierra Barber grabs the ball as a corner kick arrives.
Middle: The Senecas' Hannah Matusicky, left, battles for possession of the ball.
Bottom: Watkins Glen defender Clara Chedzoy greets the ball. Teammate Kiersten Stiles is at right.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, left, sends a shot on its way. It found the left corner of the net for her first of two goals.

Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk, right, launches a shot on goal. It was stopped by a leaping Newark Valley goalkeeper, who knocked it over the crossbar.

Left: Watkins Glen's Makenna Fraboni. Right: The Senecas' Katlyn Kernan, with teammate Ryanna LaMoreaux in the background.

Left: Watkins goalkeeper Cierra Barber dives for the ball. Right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk meets the ball from an incoming kick.

The Senecas' Isobel Scheffey (9) unleashes a penalty kick that found the net for her team's third and final goal.

Odessa-Montour's Lillian Betts, left, sends the ball flying. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

Odessa-Montour girls fall to SVEC, 2-0

ODESSA, Sept. 30 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 3-9 Friday when the Indians dropped a 2-0 decision to Spencer-Van Etten/Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

Odessa was outshot 9-6 by SVEC, which had a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks. Goalkeeper Grace Vondracek made seven saves for the Indians, while SVEC's Jeanetta Hayes registered six saves.

The two goals came in the second half -- by SVEC's Searra Allen and Madelynn Pastor.

O-M returns to action Tuesday at home against Tioga. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photo in text: O-M's Casey Underdown, left, fights for possession of the ball. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

Left: Gabby Fazzary kicks the ball in the pouring rain. Right: Later, a rainbow crossed the sky above O-M goalkeeper Grace Vondracek. (Photos by Mike Stamp)

Left: O-M's Kennedey Heichel. Right: The Indians' Ida Sidle. (Photos by Mike Stamp)

Left: O-M's Hailey Perraut sends the ball upfield. Right: Odessa goalkeeper Grace Vondracek grabs a loose ball. (Photos by Mike Stamp)

Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold sends the ball flying upfield in third-period action.

Modified Soccer: Glen girls win 1-0

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 30 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls modified soccer team improved its record to 5-1-1 Friday by defeating Newark Valley 1-0 in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

The lone goal came from Brynn Smith, unassisted. Natalie Edmister made 13 saves in goal, "and our defense came through -- namely Kyra Brisbois, Kara Sheesley, Jasmine Searles and Kayla Palmer, our sweeper," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "The whole team played with heart."

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

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Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann settles the ball as it arrives in the modified game.

Lexi places 2nd at Elmira Invitational

ELMIRA, Sept. 30 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Lexi Castellaneta finished in second place Friday night among 27 divers at the annual Elmira Invitational swim meet at Ernie Davis Academy.

Lexi -- who had already qualified for States at an earlier meet -- posted a state-qualifying total this time of 499.6 points, including one reverse dive in which three of the five judges gave her a perfect 10. One of those three judges said he had never given out a 10 before in his 35 years of officiating.

Teammate Jena Slater took 10th place with a personal best of 357.3 points, nearly 18 points better than her previous mark, while Madelyn Suddaby was 17th with a season-best of 304 points.

"The girls looked really good," said Watkins Glen diving coach Kim Suddaby. "Their dives were very clean. I'm very proud of them."

The invitational continues today (Saturday) with the swimming portion of the meet.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen divers (from left) Maddie Suddaby, Lexi Castellaneta and Jena Slater at the Elmira Invitational. (Photo provided)

O-M volleyball team falls to S-VE, 3-0

SPENCER, Sept. 30 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision Friday to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the S-VE gym.

Game scores were 9-25, 19-25 and 15-25.

Statistics for Odessa-Montour included:

Izzy Foote: 5 service points, 1 ace, 4 digs.
Cheyenne Barrett: 3 service points, 1 ace, 3 digs.
Taylor Alton: 2 service points, 3 digs.
Jacy Knapp: 2 service points, 3 digs.
Rhys Stermer: 1 service point, 3 digs.
Hannah Rose: 1 service point, 4 digs.
Pixie Kinner: 3 digs.
Sara Eberhardt: 1 kill, 1 dig.
Hailey Ferguson: 1 dig.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated S-VE, 2-1. Game scores were 25-18, 25-21 and 18-25.

Watkins Glen's Katie Losey (7) battles a Newark Valley player at the net.

Watkins volleyball team tops NV, 3-0

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 29 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team defeated Newark Valley in straight sets, 3-0, Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Field House gym.

Game scores were 25-16, 25-21 and 25-16.

The victory was the Senecas' second in two nights. They defeated Waverly in five sets Wednesday evening.

Watkins Glen statistics against Newark Valley included:

Hanley Elliott: 7 assists, 1 kill, 3 service points
Megan Hazlitt: 3 aces, 7 kills, 3 blocks, 4 service points
Amber Benjamin: 1 assist, 5 service points
Katie Losey: 2 kills, 5 service points
Kelsey Kernan: 4 aces, 2 kills, 11 service points

"Two games in two days made the girls start the game a bit slow tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Dawn Baker. "But coming off a great win last night against Waverly, they were ready to work hard. That they did. I'm very proud of them."

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Tioga.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Megan Hazlitt goes high to volley at the net.

From left: Watkins Glen's Amber Benjamin, Hanley Elliott and Kelsey Kernan.

Watkins Glen's Jazmin Shea (right) prepares to smash the ball over the net.

Watkins Glen boys fall to S-VE/Candor

SPENCER, Sept. 29 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team dropped a 4-2 decision Thursday to Spencer-Van Etten/Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

The Senecas, 1-11, got goals from Jake Johnson (assisted by Nate Wickham) and Tristan Yuhasz.

Watkins Glen had 14 shots on goal and three corner kicks. Seneca goalkeeper Simon Wigmore registered 21 saves.

The Senecas return to acton Monday at Elmira Notre Dame. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

A laser-like kick by a Notre Dame player flies past O-M goalkeeper Trey McCarty before he has time to react.

Odessa-Montour boys lose to ND, 5-1

ODESSA, Sept. 29 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 5-4 Thursday night when the Indians dropped a 5-1 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

O-M got its lone goal at 19:30 of the first half when Curtis Harris found the ND net, pulling the Indians within a goal, 2-1. But the Crusaders added a goal before intermission and two in the second half. Connor Simpson led ND with three goals.

Notre Dame had a 4-3 edge in corner kicks, and an 18-5 advantage in shots on goal. Trey McCarty registered 13 saves for the Indians, while ND's Caleb Colucci made four.

Odessa returns to action Saturday at home against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor. Game time is 11 a.m.

Photo in text: O-M's Johnny Niedermaier prepares to send the ball upfield.

 

Left: O-M's Devon Roth controls the ball. Right: The Indians' Paden Grover goes high in attempt to meet the ball.

O-M's Taylor Grover, left, kicks an incoming corner kick away from the Odessa net.

Watkins Glen's Kathleen Clifford dives at the start of the 100 Yard Breaststroke race.

Watkins swimmers top Whitney Point

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 29 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team posted an 87-53 victory Thursday over Whitney Point in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The Senecas got wins in the following:

200 Medley Relay: Jill Kilcoyne, Faye Mooney, Liza Carnes, Elizabeth Kilcoyne 2:18.29
200 Free: Liza Carnes 2:21.86
200 Individual Medley: Jill Cantieni 2:44.84
50 Free: Amanda Wilbur 29.20
Diving: Lexi Castellaneta 280.35 (Exhibition; Whitney Point had no divers)
500 Free: Peighton Cervoni 6:02.16
100 Breaststroke: Peighton Cervoni 1:20.88

Other firsts, but listed as exhibitions to keep the score closer, came from:

--Gabi Decker in the 100 Butterfly (1:20.30)
--Jill Cantieni in the 100 Yard Freestyle
--Isabella Fazzary in the 100 Yard Backstroke (1:15.91)
--The 400 Free Relay team of Cervoni, Ali Gibson, Elizabeth Kilcoyne & Wilbur 4:14.07

The Senecas return to action this weekend in the Dr. Jack Davis Invitational at Ernie Davis Academy in Elmira. Diving is tonight (Friday), with swimming on Saturday starting at 10:15 a.m.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni on the way to winning the 500 Yard Freestyle.
Bottom: The Senecas' Isabella Fazzary en route to finishing first in the 100 Backstroke.

Watkins Glen's Jill Cantieni competes in the 100 Yard Freestyle, where she finished first.

Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese on the way to victory in the 200 Yard Individual Medley.

O-M swimmers lose to Dryden, 54-36

ODESSA, Sept. 29 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team dropped a 54-36 decision Thursday to Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Individual first-place finishes were posted for the Indians by:

--Hailey Hoose in the 100 Free (1:08.43)
--Tori Reese in the 200 Yard Individual Medley.
--Tori Reese in the 100 Breaststroke (1:17.42)

Also finishing first was the 200 Free Relay team of Kara Reese, Lydia Lynch, Hailey Hoose and Tori Reese.

Odessa-Montour returns to action Saturday at the Elmira Invitational.

Photo in text: O-M's Hailey Hoose competes in the 50 Free. She later won the 100 Free.

Odessa-Montour's Lydia Lynch competes in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

O-M's Emilee Chaffinch dives at start of the 200 Yard Freestyle race Thursday.

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

Modified Football: Seneca Indians win

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 29 -- The Seneca Indians modified football team improved its record to 2-0 Thursday with a 46-29 victory over Whitney Point in a game on the Watkins Glen High School athletic field.

Owen Scholtisek gained 163 yards on seven carries for four rushing touchdowns and caught two passes for 85 yards and another TD as the Seneca Indians attack, said one coach, "was anchored by a dominant performance from the offensive line, a group that includes Silas Farrell, DJ Johnson, Damon Williams, Daniel Ely, Cadin Knapp, Adam Pastore and Ethan Day."

Travon Jones ran 11 times for 76 yards and scored one touchdown, and Jared Rumsey gained 51 yards on 11 carries. The passing attack saw Cameron Holland complete 2-of-4 passes for 69 yards and Dominick Fazzary 1-of-1 for 38 yards and a TD. Pastore had a key first-down reception of 22 yards.

The Seneca Indians gained 292 yards on the ground on 33 carries for five TDs, and scored another on 3-for-5 passing that gained 107 yards. Total offense: 399 yards.

On defense, Scholtisek registered six tackles from his linebacker position, while Rumsey posted two tackles for losses and Fazzary notched a sack. Holland also intercepted a pass in the secondary in the first half.

Photo in text: The Seneca Indians' Owen Scholtisek (24). Teammate Jared Rumsey (32) is at left. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen celebrates a goal by Hannah Matusicky -- her first of the season. From left are the Senecas' Taylor Kelly, Hannah Morse, Isobel Scheffey (9), Matusicky and Makenna Fraboni.

Glen girls defeat O-M, 5-2

Morse scores 3 goals as Senecas win their 4th straight

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 28 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team overcame a sluggish start to win its fourth straight game Wednesday night, topping Odessa-Montour 5-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference contest on the WGHS athletic field.

The win lifted the Senecas' season mark to 4-7 after an 0-7 start. The loss was the third in a row for Odessa-Montour, which is now 3-8.

Hannah Morse led the Watkins offense with three goals and an assist, while Isobel Scheffey and Hannah Matusicky registered one goal each. Julia Reilly and Taylor Kelly each had an assist.

Odessa-Montour got goals from Alexis Saunders and Hailey Perraut.

O-M seemed to have the advantage early in the game, beating Watkins players to the ball repeatedly and putting pressure on Seneca goalkeeper Cierra Barber during several forays into the Watkins end of the field.

Nonetheless, the Senecas scored first, at 19:01 of the first half, when Scheffey stayed on the ball after her initial shot was blocked by an Indians defender, finally punching it into the left corner from in close.

O-M responded with a goal at 14:28 when Alexis Saunders slammed home a shot over Barber on a rebound.

Morse scored her first goal at 9:12 when she took the ball nearly the length of the field, passing a defender deep in O-M territory and getting a shot off from the right that found an opening on the near side. She added a second goal with 25.5 seconds remaining before halftime on a shot from directly in front that beat O-M goalkeeper Grace Vondracek to the right.

Odessa-Montour cut the deficit to 3-2 at 28:58 of the second half when Perraut scored, sending a shot from a sharp angle to the left across and into the far side of the net.

But Matusicky scored at 27:56, taking an inbounds pass and sending a high, arcing shot over Vondracek and under the crossbar for her first goal of the season.

Morse closed the scoring at 17:26, this time from the right off a pinpoint feed from Reilly, who earned an assist on the play.

"I really liked the way we played tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "The defense was good picking up their fast forwards. Clara Chedzoy, Kiersten Stiles and Katlyn Kernan have been critical pieces in our improved play defensively. Cierra Barber was terrific in goal once again (with 13 saves).

"After a bit of a slow start, our midfield did well controlling the game and distributing to our forwards. Hannah Matusicky, Julia Reilly and Makenna Fraboni stepped up big tonight, playing multiple positions with a lot of aggression. Up front, Isobel Scheffey and Hannah Morse continue their stellar play, putting a lot of pressure on the opposing defenders with their ability to pass and attack.

"The whole team has worked tremendously hard this season to come together as a unit, and our improved play reflects that."

The Senecas return to action Friday at home against Newark Valley. Game time is 4:30 p.m. Odessa-Montour is back in action Friday at home against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor. Game time is 5 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse sends a shot on goal that got past O-M goalkeeper Grace Vondracek on the right, one of Morse's three goals.
Second: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk, left, and O-M's Hailey Perraut.
Third: The Senecas' Brianna Hayes, left, moves the ball as O-M's Autumn Garrison nears.
Bottom: Watkins' Ryanna LaMoreaux is challenged by O-M's Hannah Bruno.

Odessa-Montour's Hailey Perraut, left, sends the ball into the Watkins Glen net, bringing her team within a goal at 3-2 in the second half.

Left: Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey (9) scores her team's first goal. Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy meets the ball.

Odessa-Montour's Alexis Saunders, right, scores off a rebound, sending the ball past Watkins Glen goalkeeper Cierra Barber.

Left: Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey, left, and O-M's Meagan Terry. Right: The Senecas' Kiersten Stiles sends the ball upfield.

Odessa-Montour's Lillian Betts, right, appears ready to score, but Watkins Glen defender Kiersten Stiles (5) blocked the ball, sending it wide of the net. At left is netminder Cierra Barber. No. 22 is Watkins' Katlyn Kernan.

Left: O-M's Lillian Betts moves the ball as Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy defends. Right: Odessa's Hunter Daugherty meets the ball.

Modified soccer: Watkins girls tie ND, 1-1

SOUTHPORT, Sept. 28 -- The Watkins Glen girls modified soccer team battled Elmira Notre Dame to a 1-1 double-overtime tie Wednesday in a game on the ND athletic field.

Aislinn Klemann scored the Senecas' lone goal, unassisted. Natalie Edmister registered two saves in goal for Watkins.

"Both teams played a hard-fought battle in 90-degree heat," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "Our ladies played with heart and class, and never gave up."

The Senecas, now 4-1-1, return to action Friday at home against Newark Valley. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Watkins volleyball team edges Waverly

WAVERLY, Sept. 28 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team won a back-and-forth 3-2 decision over Waverly Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Waverly gym.

Game scores were 25-20, 22-25, 25-23, 19-25 and 25-22.

Junior Varsity: Waverly defeated Watkins Glen.

Athletes of Week: Hannah Morse, Lexi

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 25 -- A soccer player and a diver are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

The soccer player is Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, who led her team to its first two victories of the year, scoring four goals in one game and registering a goal and four assists in the other.

The diver is Watkins Glen's Lexi Castellaneta, who placed first among 24 Class A, B and C divers at the Owego Invitational swim meet. She came within seven points of her own sectional scoring record in the process.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen runner Gabe Planty; Seneca Indians football player Zach Elliott (O-M); Watkins Glen swimmers Peighton Cervoni and Amanda Wilbur; Watkins Glen soccer's Danielle Leszyk, Isobel Scheffey and Cierra Barber; Watkins Glen volleyball's Kelsey Kernan; O-M soccer's Curtis Harris and Alexis Saunders; Watkins Glen soccer's Josh Updyke, and O-M swimmer Tori Reese.

Honorable Mention: Another 41 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.

XC: Watkins tops ND, TAE and SVE/C

HORSEHEADS, Sept. 27 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team defeated Elmira Notre Dame, Edison and Spencer-Van Etten/Candor Tuesday in a meet on the hills behind the Elmira College Domes.

Watkins Glen finished with 15 points, while TAE had 58 and SVEC 61. Notre Dame did not field a complete team.

The Senecas were led by Gabe Planty, who finished 2nd in 19:02.70, and his brother Aaron, who was 3rd in 19:02.90. Other Watkins finishes: Max Evans 4th (19:46.10), Sean Holland 5th (19:46.70), Sam Thorsland 6th (19:47.80), Tanner Ryan 10th (21:00.30), and Conlin Wysocki 11th (21:08.80). In addition, Clint Craven ran a 21:27.90, Steven Gublo a 21:47.50, Ben Swinnerton a 21:50.20, and Elliott Holland a 24:02.30.

Varsity Girls: The Senecas' two entrants, Kai Sutterby (24:06) and Makenzie Kellogg (24:21), were 5th and 7th, respectively.

Modified Boys: Gabe Santos was 1st (10:30.40), and Jonah Sissel finished 4th (11:20.80).

Modified Girls: Julya Slater was 1st, and Brianna Carl was 3rd.

The Senecas are in action again Saturday at the large McQuaid Invitational in Rochester, running in the Seeded Small School division, which they have won the past two times. But Coach John Fazzary says his team is an underdog this time around, facing several teams capable of taking home the trophy that Watkins has displayed in its trophy case for two years.

A Trumansburg player sends a shot on goal (left) that is stopped by Watkins goalkeeper Simon Wigmore (right) in first-half action.

Watkins Glen boys fall to Trumansburg

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 27 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team saw its record slip to 1-9 Tuesday when the Senecas dropped a 6-1 decision to Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS athletic field.

Watkins Glen opened the scoring on a goal at 28:43,by Tristan Yuhasz, who sent a blast from the right wing into the back of the net.

But Trumansburg responded with five first-half goals -- at 27:04 on a penalty kick that found the right corner of the net; at 26:01 on a direct kick from 20 yards; at 22:32 as a Raider pounced on a loose ball near the left goalpost; at 16:48 on another penalty kick, this one to the left corner of the net; and at 1:09 from close in front of the goal.

The Blue Raiders added one goal in the second half. Simon Wigmore registered 11 saves in goal for the Senecas.

Watkins Glen returns to action at Spencer-Van Etten/Candor at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse, right, contends for possession of the ball.

Watkins Glen's Tristan Yuhasz (16) is congratulated by teammate Josh Updyke (4) after Yuhasz scored in the first half.

O-M boys lose 4-1 at Newark Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, Sept. 26 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 5-3 Tuesday when the Indians dropped a 4-1 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the NV athletic field.

"It seemed like we were a step behind where we needed to be," said O-M Coach Dirk Stephens.

O-M's Curtis Harris notched the game's first goal, assisted by his brother Preston, but then "things went bad," said Stephens, as his squad gave the Cardinals "numerous opportunities." The result was four unanswered NV goals.

Odessa returns to action Thursday night when it hosts Notre Dame at 7 p.m.

Watkins swimmers lose to Lansing

LANSING, Sept. 26 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team fell 95-90 Tuesday to Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Lansing pool.

Posting wins for Watkins Glen were:

--Lexi Castellaneta, who won the diving with 253.60 points.
--Amanda Wilbur, first in the 100 Butterfly in 1:07.78.
--Sarah Swinnerton, first in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:23.16.
--The 400 Free Relay team of Elizabeth Kilcoyne, Jill Cantieni, Liza Carnes and Wilbur, first in 4:12.67.

Individual second-place finishes for the Senecas came from Wilbur in the 100 Individual Medley, and from Peighton Cervoni in the 50 Free and 100 Free,

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

O-M swimmers fall to Southern Cayuga

AURORA, Sept. 26 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team dropped a 59-32 decision Tuesday to Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the SC pool.

The Indians return to action Thursday at home against Dryden. Starting time is 4:30 p.m.

Watkins Glen's Makenna Fraboni (11) receives congratulations from teammates Hannah Morse (1) and Isobel Scheffey after Fraboni scored a second-half goal.

Watkins Glen girls defeat Newfield, 7-0

NEWFIELD, Sept. 26 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team won its third straight game Monday afternoon, topping Newfield 7-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference contest on the Newfield athletic field.

The Senecas, now 3-7, got two goals each from Danielle Leszyk and Hannah Morse, and one apiece from Isabel Scheffey, Makenna Fraboni and Ryanna LaMoreaux. Assists were registered by Morse, Leszyk, Fraboni, Kiersten Stiles and Hannah Matusicky.

Cierra Barber made 13 saves in goal in posting the shutout. She now has 223 on the season.

"It was another total team effort today as we turned solid defense into stellar offense with excellent possession and passing," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "We are beginning to play to the level I believe we can with several tough games ahead this week. I'm proud of the girls' effort and pleased with the results we are getting."

The Senecas opened the scoring less than two-and-a-half minutes into the game when Scheffey secured a loose ball near the net on the left, turned and put the ball into the far front corner from a sharp angle.

Leszyk made the score 2-0 at 20:04 when she settled a pass on the right wing and sent a laser into the near side of the net. And LaMoreaux scored 1:50 before halftime, heading the ball in after it rebounded off the hands of the Newfield goalkeeper.

Watkins Glen scored three more times in the first 10 minutes of the second half, with Fraboni putting the ball in the left side of the net at 33:10, Leszyk drilling the ball in the left corner from 20 yards out on the right, and Morse scoring from in front. Morse later added her second goal, the game's last.

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at home against Odessa-Montour. Game time is 7 p.m. They then host Newark Valley Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux, left, heads the ball in first-half action in front of the Newfield net. The ball went over the crossbar, but LaMoreaux scored a goal later.

Middle: The Senecas' Hannah Morse maneuvers around a Newfield defender.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Katlyn Kernan, left, squares off against a Newfield player moving the ball upfield..

Watkins' Danielle Leszyk (3) launches a shot on goal that found the net, her second goal.

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Matusicky sends a shot on goal. Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy sends the ball upfield.

From left: Watkins goalkeeper Cierra Barber reaches in vain for a shot that went wide of the goal; the Senecas' Isobel Scheffey reaches high to pass; and Watkins' Meghan Hayes meets the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Genevieve Osborne (17) battles a Newfield player for possession of the ball. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly inbounds the ball.

O-M volleyball team falls to NV, 3-0

NEWARK VALLEY, Sept. 26 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team continued winless Monday when it dropped a 3-0 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the NV gym.

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

Odessa-Montour statistics included:

Pixie Kinner: 5 service points, 2 aces, 1 dig.
Hannah Rose: 3 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 1 dig.
Cheyenne Barrett: 3 service points, 4 digs.
Izzy Foote: 2 service points, 1 kill, 4 digs.
Taylor Alton: 2 service points, 2 digs.
Rhys Stermer: 5 digs.
Jacy Knapp: 1 service point, 4 digs.
Sara Eberhardt: 1 service point, 1 ace, 1 assist, 1 dig.

The Indians return to action Friday at Spencer-Van Etten.

Junior Varsity: Newark Valley defeated Odessa-Montour, 3-0

Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann (11) moves the ball upfield in the Modified game.

Modified: Glen girls rout Newfield, 15-2

NEWFIELD, Sept. 26 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls modified soccer team rolled to a 15-2 victory Monday over Newfield in a game at the Newfield athletic complex.

The victory lifted the Senecas' season mark to 4-1 heading into a game Wednesday at Elmira Notre Dame. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Scoring for the Senecas:

--Abby Gibson (3 goals);
--Abby Congdon, Melanie Wysocki, Jenna Solomon and Isabella Samuals (2 goals each);
--Natalie Edmister, Carly Arnold, Brynn Smith and Kayla Palmer (1 goal each).

Assists were registered by Aislinn Klemann (2), and by Abby Congdon, Jenna Solomon and Isabella Samuals (1 each). Kara Sheesley and Carly Arnold served as goalkeepers, with 2 saves apiece.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Melanie Wysocki (6) sends a high shot toward the goal. It went in for one of her two goals.

Left: Watkins Glen's Abby Congdon (14) sends a shot toward the Newfield goal. It bounced off the left goalpost. Right: The Senecas' Jenna Solomon passes the ball.

Odessa-Montour girls lose to ND, 6-0

SOUTHPORT, Sept. 26 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 3-7 Monday night when the Indians dropped a 6-0 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the ND athletic field.

The Crusaders built a 4-0 halftime lead on two goals by Laurel Vargas and one each by Jillian Perrault and Camell Vanderman. Vargas and Vanderman each scored again in the second half.

Odessa-Montour had two shots on goal, while Notre Dame had 10. The Crusaders had an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks. Gillian Clark made one save in goal for O-M, while Grace Vondracek made three.

The Indians return to action Wednesday at Watkins Glen. Game time is 7 p.m.

Watkins volleyball team loses to TAE

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Sept. 26 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision to Edison Monday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Edison gym.

Games scores were 25-18, 19-25, 24-26 and 19-25.

"The girls played a phenomenal game against a really talented team," said Watkins Glen Coach Dawn Baker. "We were right there the whole time. Inaccurate passing is what got us in trouble. We will continue to work hard and improve."

Watkins Glen statistics included the following:

Hanley Elliott: 3 assists, 10 service points.
Megan Hazlitt: 1 ace, 5 kills, 4 blocks, 7 service points.
Jazmin Shea: 1 ace, 1 assist, 1 kill, 6 service points.
Emmie Bond: 4 aces, 6 kills, 1 block, 6 service points.
Amber Benjamin: 1 kill.
Katie Losey: 4 kills, 2 blocks, 5 service points.
Kelsey Kernan: 1 kill, 3 service points.

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Waverly.

Junior Varsity: Edison defeated Watkins Glen, 3-0.

Tribe 'A' and 'C' teams win; 'B' team falls

ODESSA, Sept. 25 -- The Schuyler Youth Football "A" team remained unbeaten Saturday, while the "C" team won for the fourth time and the "B" team lost again in games against Candor on Odessa-Montour High School's Charles Martin Field.

The Tribe's "A" squad defeated Candor 36-13 to improve its record to 5-0. Quarterback Daniel Lewis scored two touchdowns, and Ryan Willett, John Gillis and Thomas Snow scored one apiece. Ben Heichel led an offensive line that opened continuous holes for the Tribe running game.

The "C" team prevailed 33-18, lifting its record to 4-1. Jax Decker led the offense with three touchdowns, one on an interception return, while Isaak Willett scored twice. Decker and Willett also had what one coach called "a great game on defense."

The "B" team's record slipped to 0-5 as Candor won 27-0. One coach pointed to the strong defensive play of the Tribe's Daniel Coston.

The Tribe teams return to action Saturday at Tioga. Game times are 3:30 p.m. (C team), 5:30 (B) and 7:30 (A).

Photo in text: The "C" team's Jax Decker runs for one of his three TDs. (Photo provided)

Left: In the "B" game, Tribe defenders bring down a Candor ball-carrier. Right: The "A" team's Thomas Snow carries the ball to the end zone. (Photos provided)

The Seneca Indians' Joe Chedzoy gains some yardage against Newark Valley.

Newark Valley routs Seneca Indians, 42-6

NEWARK VALLEY, Sept. 24 -- There wasn't much in the way of a highlight reel Saturday for the Seneca Indians as they dropped a 42-6 decision to unbeaten Newark Valley in a Section IV, Division IV game on the NV athletic field.

The Seneca Indians, a combined team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high school athletes, fell to 2-2 with the loss heading into a game Friday night at Salamanca. That game is a replacement for one against Binghamton Seton Catholic, which failed to field a team this season.

Newark Valley struck fast Saturday, scoring on its first play from scrimmage -- a 63 yard run around left end. It added a second touchdown on its second possession, on a 37-yard touchdown pass.

The third touchdown came with 2:20 left in the second quarter, on a 48-yard pass down the right sideline. Newark Valley -- as it did all day -- registered a point-after kick with each touchdown. The halftime score: 21-0.

The Cardinals made it 28-0 with 8:08 left in the third period, on a 36-yard touchdown run, before WGOM got on the board with 18.2 seconds remaining in the period on a 17-yard run by Zach Elliott around left end -- his 11th TD of the season. The Seneca Indians were stopped on a two-point conversion run.

NV scored again at 10:34 of the final quarter on a 47-yard quarterback run, and completed the scoring at 7:49, on the third play after recovering a Seneca Indians fumble on the WGOM 42. The touchdown came on a 25-yard pass up the middle.

Elliott led the Seneca Indians offense with 108 yards on 26 carries. Joe Chedzoy gained 80 yards on 20 carries.

Photos in text:

Top: Newark Valley's Caden Bennett hauls in a 48-yard TD pass in the second quarter.
Bottom: The ball pops loose after a near-interception of a Seneca Indians pass.

Left: The Seneca Indians' Zach Elliott rushes for his team's lone touchdown.
Right: WGOM's Ben Mathews gains some yardage on a second-half run.

Left: Seneca Indians quarterback Derrick Lewis passes. Right: WGOM's Noah Angle brings down Newark Valley's Hunter Hoffmier.

Watkins Glen's Madeleine Kilcoyne competes in the 100 Yard Backstroke.

Watkins swimmers 7th at Owego meet

OWEGO, Sept. 24 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team finished seventh among 11 Class A, B and C schools Saturday at the Owego Invitational in the Owego Free Academy pool.

Watkins Glen (Class C) amassed 124 points, although the diving results from Friday night failed to list any Watkins Glen competitors, including the event winner, Lexi Castellaneta. Ithaca High School won the Invitational with 387 points, followed by Chenango Valley (352), Horseheads (344), Owego (319), Hilton (185), Corning (157), Watkins Glen (124), Notre Dame (114), Norwich (96), Greece (27), and Lansing (16).

Watkins Glen placed 5th in the 200 Yard Medley Relay, as Peighton Cervoni, Sara Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur and Ali Gibson posted a time of 2:03.53.

The Senecas were 7th in the 400 Freestyle Relay as Liza Carnes, Amanda Wilbur, Elizabeth Kilcoyne and Jill Cantieni registered a 4:14.71.

Individual top 16 performances for the Senecas came from:

--Isabella Fazzary, 15th in the 200 Free in 2:17.07, and 11th in the 500 Free in 6:02.89
--Jill Cantieni, 16th in the 200 Free in 2:17.55, and 16th in the 50 Free in 28.37
--Amanda Wilbur, 10th in the 200 Yard Individual Medley in 2:28.53, and 8th in the 100 Yard Butterfly in 1:06.95
--Peighton Cervoni, 4th in the 50 Free in 26.30, and 3rd in the 100 Free in 57.77
--Ali Gibson, 8th in the 50 Free in 27.08
--Lexi Castellaneta, 1st in the Diving on Friday with 527.50 points
--Jena Slater, 11th in the Diving with 331.55 points
--Maddie Suddaby, 16th in the Diving with 281.25 points
--Jill Kilcoyne, 16th in the 100 Yard Butterfly in 1:10.51
--Gabi Decker, 16th in the 500 Yard Freestyle in 6:27.14

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Jill Cantieni dives at start of the 200 Free. She finished 16th.
Bottom: The Senecas' Peighton Cervoni was happy with her third-place finish in the 100 Free, where she established her season-best time.


Watkins Glen's Madeline Williams competes in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Left: Watkins Glen's Isabella Fazzary, left, and Amanda Wilbur. Right: The Senecas' Gabi Decker competes in the 500 Yard Freestyle, where she placed 16th.

Watkins Glen's Annika Wickham swims in the 200 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins Glen's Liza Carnes, foreground, and Jillian Kilcoyne compete in the 100 Back.



Members of the Watkins Glen cross-country team pose after the boys won at Owego.

XC: Glen boys win Owego Invitational

OWEGO, Sept. 24 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team took first place overall among small and large schools Saturday at the Owego Invitational, held on the 3.1-mile Pheasant Hill Golf Course.

Watkins totaled 63 points, followed by Union-Endicott (81), Owego Free Academy (90), Horseheads (104), Elmira (171), Maine-Endwell (195), Northeast Bradford (231), Vestal (239), and a dozen other teams.

Maine-Endwell's Parker Stokes took first place in 16:33, while Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty was second in 17:03. Other Watkins runners: Aaron Planty 10th in 17:39, Sean Holland 11th in 17:45, Max Evans 18th in 18:05, Sam Thorsland 22nd in 18:10, Tanner Ryan 49th in 19:15, and Steven Gublo 64th in 19:46. There were 146 runners.

"All in all, it was a pretty good day," said Watkins Coach John Fazzary, "when you can win the combined title against large and small schools. We've got to keep trying to build and get healthy." The team is without two of its runners -- Daniel Paradiso and Isaac McIlroy -- due to injuries.

"We'll just cross our fingers and hope we get them back" later in the season, said Fazzary.

Meanwhile, the team travels to Rochester next Saturday for the annual McQuaid Invitational, where the Senecas are two-time defending champions in the Seeded Small School division.

Girls Varsity: Elmira won the race, in which 123 runners competed. Watkins Glen had two entrants: Kai Sutterby, who finished 27th in 22:12, and Makenzie Kellogg, 38th in 22:54.

Junior Varsity Boys: On a shorter course (4300 meters as opposed to 5000), Watkins Glen finished fifth among 12 complete teams. Union-Endicott won with 30 points, followed by OFA (35), Horseheads (109), Vestal (130), and Watkins Glen (169).

Conlin Wysocki led the Senecas by finishing 16th in 16:52. Other Watkins runners: Clint Craven 25th in 17:04, Ben Swinnerton 38th in 17:46, Julian Thornton 69th in 18:27, and Elliott Holland 91st in 19:10. There were 154 runners.

Boys Modified: Among 212 runners, Watkins Glen's Gabe Santos was 31st in 10:03, and Jonah Sissel was 34th in 10:09.

Girls Modified: Among 118 runners, Watkins' Julya Slater was 10th in 10:51, and Brianna Carl was 23rd in 11:23.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty on the way to second place at Owego.
Bottom: The Senecas' Kai Sutterby en route to 27th place. (Both photos by Amy Planty)

Watkins Glen's Tanner Ryan, left, and Aaron Planty compete in the Owego Invitational. (Both photos by Aran Holland)

Watkins Glen boys fall to Seward, 7-0

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 24 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 1-8 Saturday when the Senecas dropped a 7-0 decision to Seward High School in a non-league game on the WGHS athletic field.

"Not much more to say," said Watkins Coach Nils Watson after reporting the score.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at home against Trumansburg. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Watkins Glen High School's Lexi Castellaneta, right, as the top eight divers at the meet lined up. She placed first. (Photo provided)

Lexi wins at Owego, qualifies for States

OWEGO, Sept. 23 -- Watkins Glen High School diver Lexi Castellaneta topped a field of 24 regional divers from Class A, B and C schools Friday night at the Owego Invitational swim meet, qualifying for the New York Public High School Athletic Association State Diving Championships in the process.

Castellaneta amassed a total of 527.50 points on 11 dives, just shy of her own sectional record of 534. On her final dive, an inward pike, she scored a couple of perfect 10s.

The top four divers qualified for States. Castellaneta, a senior, has been to States each of the past three years.

Watkins Glen's Jena Slater placed 11th with a total of 331.55 points, seven points away from her personal best, while teammate Madelyn Suddaby was 16th with a total of 281.25 points.

The Owego Invitational continues today with the swimming portion of the tournament.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Lexi Castellaneta, left, and teammate Maddie Suddaby at the Owego Invitational. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen goalkeeper Simon Wigmore dives toward the ball on a Newfield penalty kick. The shot misfired, going just outside the left goalpost.

Watkins boys blank Newfield for 1st win

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 23 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team rode goals by Tristan Yuhasz and Josh Updyke and the goalkeeping of Simon Wigmore to a 2-0 victory Thursday over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS athletic field.

The victory was the Senecas' first of the season after seven losses. Coach Nils Watson said the win was the result of lots of hard work, and that despite the season record, the program is on its way up after just one victory over the past two years.

"That work paid off in today's game," he said.

The Senecas got their first goal at 35:09 of the first half when Yuhasz sent a blast past the Newfield goalkeeper, who had come out of the net to try to send the ball flying before Yuhasz could get to it.

The second goal came at 28:51 of the second half, with Updyke scoring on a scrum in the Newfield goal mouth.

Newfield was awarded a penalty kick late in the game, but the shooter pulled it just outside the left goalpost. And Wigmore, who totaled nine saves, turned aside a Newfield attack by swatting the ball away from just under the crossbar during a gathering of players directly in front of the net.

"That was the save of the game," said a Watkins Glen assistant coach.

The Senecas return to action today (Saturday) at home at 2 p.m. against Seward High School.

Modified: Watkins Glen continued unbeaten by defeating Newfield 1-0 on a goal in the final minute of play. The Senecas (4-0-1) return to action Tuesday at home against Trumansburg.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Simon Wigmore swats away a Newfield shot before it can enter the net under the crossbar. Teammate Nake Wickham turns to see.

Bottom: The Senecas' Dylan Morse beats two Newfield players to the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Ramel Fulcher (10) heads toward the ground after contact with Newfield's No. 19. A foul was called against Newfield on the play. Right: The Senecas' Nate Wickham sends the ball upfield.

Left: Watkins Glen's Josiah Wysocki (2) battles for the ball. Right: The Senecas' Jake Johnson eyes the ball while fighting a Newfield player for position.

As his shot heads toward the net, Watkins Glen's Tristan Yuhasz leaps to avoid the Newfield goalkeeper. The ball went in for the Senecas' first goal of the game.

Watkins girls top Dundee for 2nd victory

DUNDEE, Sept. 23 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team -- with goals from six different players -- defeated Dundee 8-2 Friday in a non-league game on the Dundee soccer field.

The Senecas (2-7), who registered their first win of the season Thursday, got two goals each from Danielle Leszyk and Isobel Scheffey, and one apiece from Hannah Morse, Taylor Kelly, Julia Reilly and Makenna Fraboni. Morse also had four assists, while Scheffey and Kiersten Stiles had one assist each.

Goalkeeper Cierra Barber registered 8 saves, bringing her season total to 210. The Dundee keeper was kept much busier, notching 25 saves.

"It was another total team effort tonight with everyone contributing with great passing and team scoring," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "I really like where our team is at right now heading into a critical stretch with three important games next week."

The Senecas face Newfield on the road Monday, and then host Odessa-Montour on Wednesday and Newark Valley on Friday.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Makenna Fraboni moves the ball upfield. Teammate Hannah Morse is in the background at right. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

Left: Watkins Glen's Katlyn Kernan. Right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk. (Both photos by Sheila Barber)

Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk, right, watches as her shot moves past the SVEC goalie and toward the far corner of the net for the Senecas' first goal of the game.

Glen girls win 1st; Morse scores 4 goals

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 22 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team finally broke into the win column Thursday, defeating Spencer-Van Etten/Candor 5-3 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS soccer field.

Hannah Morse led the offense with four goals, and assisted on the other one, netted by Danielle Leszyk. Leszyk also assisted on one of Morse's goals, as did Isobel Scheffey and Hannah Matusicky.

Cierra Barber registered 24 saves in goal for the Senecsa, bringing her season total to 202 through eight games. Watkins Glen is 1-7 heading into a contest today (Friday) at Dundee. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Ari Blaasch, Ava Bruehwiler and Jen Hopkins each scored for SVE/Candor, whose goalkeeper, Jeanetta Hays, had 25 saves.

"The girls played an excellent game today," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "We lost to this team a week ago, and today our defense showed up and played really well. Clara Chedzoy was asked to do a lot tonight and really delivered. Katlyn Kernan and Kiersten Stiles did a good job of communicating and shutting down runs in the back as well.

"As she has much of this season, Cierra Barber made some outstanding saves to keep us in the lead. Makenna Fraboni and Danielle Leszyk were difference makers in the midfield as they were really aggressive and started our runs with great passing.

"Up front Hannah Morse had a monster performance. She, along with forward Isobel Scheffey, worked an excellent passing game that, combined with their speed, gave Spencer/Candor a lot of trouble.

"It's nice to see the girls play to the level I know they can. I think that in the second half of the season, the hard work the team has been putting in will really show, as we can put some wins together."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, who scored four goals.
Bottom: The Senecas' goalkeeper, Cierra Barber, goes high for the ball. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

Left: Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey, right, pursues the ball. (Photo by Sheila Barber) Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy inbounds the ball.

O-M girls blanked by Newark Valley

ODESSA, Sept. 22 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 3-6 Thursday when the Indians dropped a 3-0 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

Newark Valley, which led 1-0 at halftime, got all three of its goals from Maddy Sherwood, each unassisted.

Each team had five shots on goal. O-M keeper Gillian Clark registered two saves, while NV's Taylor Kalpokas had five saves.

Odessa-Montour returns to action Monday at Elmira Notre Dame. Game time is 7 p.m.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Hailey Perraut, right, fights for possession of the ball.

Left: O-M's Grace Vondracek sends the ball upfield. Right: O-M exchange student Beatriz Silva of Brazil, who practices with the soccer team.

Left: O-M's Hunter Daugherty keeps her eye on the ball. Right: The Indians' Lillian Betts attempts a shot on goal.

Watkins volleyball team tops O-M, 3-0

ODESSA, Sept. 22 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team won its third match in the last four tries Thursday by defeating Odessa-Montour 3-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 25-12, 25-23 and 25-15.

Watkins Glen dominated in the first game and was up 20-11 in the second game before Odessa mounted a challenge, winning 10 of 11 points to tie the game at 21. But Watkins regrouped to go up 24-21, saw O-M cut the lead to a point, 24-23, and then closed out the game on a well-placed Katie Losey floater near the right sideline.

The Indians took the lead in the third game, 6-1, with Izzy Foote serving five straight points, but Watkins rallied to tie the game at 10-10. Odessa moved ahead again, 13-11, but then -- with the Senecas' Kelsey Kernan serving -- Watkins Glen raced to a 19-13 lead.

Odessa didn't get within five points after that, and Watkins won the final five points, the last four of them with Hanley Elliott serving. The winning point was sealed with a Jazmin Shea kill.

Foote and Pixie Kinner led O-M with 6 service points and 3 aces apiece. Cheyenne Barrett led the team in digs with 5.

Kelsey Kernan led Watkins with 13 service points, while Hanley Elliott had 8. Megan Hazlitt had 5 points and 4 kills. Jazmin Shea had 5 points and 5 assists. Katie Losey had 5 service points.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Odessa-Montour, 2-1.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amber Benjamin returns an O-M volley.

Bottom: Odessa-Montour's Pixie Kinner prepares to serve the ball. She had six service points and three aces.

From left: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott, O-M's Izzy Foote, and WG's Kelsey Kernan.

Watkins modified soccer team wins, 3-0

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 22 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls modified soccer team improved its record to 3-1 Thursday by defeating Candor 3-0 in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

Abby Gibson scored two goals for the Senecas, while Jenna Solomon scored one. Assists were registered by Abby Congdon and Carly Arnold.

"The whole team played a stellar game, including the bench," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "This was the third shutout from Natalie Edmister, who played fabulously in the net. She had eight key saves."

The Senecas return to action Monday at Newfield. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

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Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold.

O-M's Michael Benway prepares to shoot as Watkins goalkeeper Simon Wigmore waits. The ball went barely wide left.

O-M boys top Glen; Harris nets 4 goals

ODESSA, Sept. 21 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team improved its record to 5-2 Wednesday night by defeating Watkins Glen 5-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The Indians' Curtis Harris scored four of his team's goals, with the other registered by Deshawn Johnson. Josh Updyke scored both of Watkins Glen's goals, each coming in the second half.

Harris started the scoring at 29:13 of the first half, with Johnson making it 2-0 at 21:32. Harris scored all three of his team's goals in the second half, at 31:48, 28:20 and 7:55. Updyke scored his goals at the 16:02 and 2:47 marks.

Assists for O-M came from Preston Harris on the first two goals, by John Niedermaier on the third goal, and by Johnson on the fourth.

Odessa outshot Watkins (0-7) by a 21-6 margin, and had a 10-1 advantage in corner kicks. Trey McCarty made 4 saves for Odessa; Simon Wigmore registered 16 for Watkins Glen.

"I'm very pleased," said O-M Coach Dirk Stephens, pointing to the defensive play of Devon Roth, Taylor Grover, Noah Austin, John Niedermaier and Dan Minnier. And he said Deshawn Johnson did "a great job at center mid. These guys are fun to watch."

Odessa returns to action at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Newark Valley. Watkins Glen is back in action Friday at home against Newfield. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Deshawn Johnson, left, and Watkins Glen's Avery Watson battle for possession of the ball.

Bottom: Watkins Glen defender Nate Wickham stops a shot on goal by Odessa-Montour's Curtis Harris.

Left: O-M's Noah Austin, left, and Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse. Right: Watkins goalkeeper Simon Wigmore knocks a shot away from the net.

Left: O-M's Dan Minnier moves the ball upfield. Right: O-M soccer players Lillian Betts, left, and Olivia Grover were among the spectators.

Watkins Glen's Josh Updyke sends a shot on net. It went in for one of his two goals.

O-M girls win; Saunders scores 4 goals

TIOGA CENTER, Sept. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team -- behind four goals by Alexis Saunders -- improved its record to 3-5 Tuesday by defeating Tioga 6-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Tioga athletic field.

Saunders scored her first two goals in the first half as the Indians built a 4-2 lead. Other first-half goals came from Autumn Garrison and Lillian Betts. Kennedey Heichel registered three assists, and Olivia Grover had one.

Odessa outshot Tioga 19-5. Goalkeeper Gillian Clark posted three saves.

The Indians return to action Thursday at home against Newark Valley. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Watkins Glen's Sara Swinnerton dives at start of the 100 Breaststroke. She finished first.

Glen swimmers defeat Notre Dame, 86-61

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 20 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team cruised to victory Tuesday over Elmira Notre Dame, posting an 86-61 victory in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

Amanda Wilbur and Peighton Cervoni each notched three wins to lead the Senecas. Wilbur won the 500 Free in 6:00.12 and the 200 Yard Individual Medley in 2:33.35 while Cervoni won the 50 Free in 27.14 and the 100 Free in 59.91. Both were also on the winning 200 Medley Relay squad with Sara Swinnerton and Ali Gibson.

Other wins were posted by Swinnerton in the 100 Breaststroke (though she was exhibitioned, giving the race points to Notre Dame after the meet had already been decided), and by Lexi Castellaneta in the Diving, where she posted a score of 292.30 points.

Notre Dame's Catherine Craig won two individual events, taking the 200 Yard Freestyle in 2:03.42 and the 100 Yard Butterfly in 1:03.92.

Second places for Watkins Glen were posted by Jill Cantieni in the 200 Free, Liza Carnes in the 200 IM, Ali Gibson in the 50 Free, Jena Slater in the Diving, Jill Kilcoyne in the 100 Fly, and Isabella Fazzary in the 500 Free.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Jillian Kilcoyne at start of the 100 Back. She posted the fastest time.
Bottom: The Senecas' Lexi Castellaneta on the way to winning the Diving competition.

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur before start of the 500 Free, which she won. Right: The Senecas' Peighton Cervoni, left, shakes hands with a Notre Dame swimmer after Cervoni won the 100 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins Glen's Isabella Fazzary on the way to second place in the 500 Yard Freestyle.

Left: Notre Dame's Catherine Craig after winning the 100 Fly. She also won the 200 Free. Right: Watkins Glen's Maddie Suddaby on the way to third place in the Diving event.

All eyes are on Watkins Glen's Jazmin Shea as she meets an incoming volley.

Watkins volleyball team falls to Candor

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 20 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team had Candor on the ropes in Tuesday's first game of their Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Field House gym, leading 24-19.

But then Candor rallied, tying the game with five straight points before topping the Senecas, 28-26. After that, Watkins Glen failed to mount a serious challenge, falling 3-0.

Game scores were 26-28, 15-25 and 21-25.

The Senecas fell behind 9-2 in the second game, and after climbing to within 9-5, lost four straight points and never got closer than eight points. Watkins was down 17-11 in the third game, finally rallying to within two points, 22-20, before Candor pulled away 25-21.

Statistics:

Hanley Elliott: 5 service points, 4 assists, 1 ace, 2 kills.
Megan Hazlitt: 5 service points, 1 assist, 2 kills, 2 blocks.
Emmie Bond: 5 service points, 2 aces, 5 kills, 1 block.
Jazmin Shea: 3 service points, 2 aces, 4 assists.
Katie Losey: 5 service points, 2 aces, 2 assists.
Kelsey Kernan: 7 service points.

"The team played very well in the first set," said Watkins Glen Coach Dawn Baker. "They got a bit down on themselves during the second set, and it affected their performances. I just remind them of what they are capable of doing and that it will reflect in the scores if they play with their hearts and minds. Candor is a great team and we were right there most of the time with them."

Watkins Glen returns to action Thursday at Odessa-Montour.

Junior Varsity: Candor defeated Watkins Glen 3-0.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Megan Hazlitt prepares to send the ball over the net.

Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond gets the ball over the net. Right: The Senecas' Kelsey Kernan serves.

Left: Watkins Glen's Katie Losey volleys. Right: The Senecas' Hanley Elliott, left, tries to block a Candor volley.

XC: Watkins Glen posts wins at Edison

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Sept. 20 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team had the top five finishers as it raced to victory Tuesday over host Edison and Newark Valley in an Interescholastic Athletic Conference meet at Cohen Middle School.

Aaron Planty finished first and Gabe Planty second, although they crossed the finish line together. Which one placed first was determined by "rocks, scissors, paper." Third place went to Sean Holland, fourth to Max Evans and fifth to Sam Thorsland. Tanner Ryan finished eighth, Steven Gublo 10th, Conlin Wysocki 12th, Ben Swinnerton 14th, Clint Craven 18th, Elliiott Holland 21st, and Julian Thornton 26th.

In the girls' race, Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby finished fourth, and Makenzie Kellogg 9th.

In Modified races, Watkins Glen's Julya Slater finished first and Brianna Carl third in the girls' race, and Gabe Santos second and Jonah Sissel 10th in the boys' race.

The Senecas -- still ranked No. 1 in the New York State Sportswriters Assocation Class C rankings -- return to action Saturday at the Owego Invitational.

Note: Watkins Glen runner Isaac McIlroy went "on the shelf" for an estimated four weeks with a lower leg stress fracture, said Coach John Fazzary. Already out of action is Daniel Paradiso.

"It's not good," said the coach. "Those are what should be two of our top seven. We're hanging on a thread." The coach said he is hopeful that the two are back in time for the postseason.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Planty brothers, Gabe (right) and Aaron.
Bottom: The Senecas' Kai Sutterby. (Both photos by Aran Holland)

O-M's Malia Mertens sends a shot on goal. It struck the far post and bounced away.

Modified soccer: Glen girls top O-M, 3-0

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 20 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls Modfied Soccer team scored a trio of second-half goals to pull away from Odessa-Montour 3-0 Tuesday in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

The Watkins goals came from Abby Gibson (unassisted), Kayla Palmer (on a penalty kick), and Aislinn Klemann (from 20 yards out, unassisted). Natalie Edmister registered six saves in goal for the Senecas.

"Our girls endured a hard-fought battle against a tough Odessa-Montour team," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Dililberto. "I am proud of their resolve."

The Senecas, now 2-1, return to action Thursday at home against Candor. Game time is 4:30 p.m. Odessa-Montour, now 1-1, is back in action Thursday at home against Newark Valley. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann, left, and O-M's Emma Landon battle for possession of the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson settles the ball as it arrives. Right: The Senecas' Carly Arnold sends the ball upfield.

Left: O-M's Raven Lott, left, boots the ball upfield as Watkins' Brynn Smith closes in. Right: WG's Melanie Wysocki kicks the ball, but it is blocked by O-M's Emma Landon.

O-M's Victoria Brewster, right, sends the ball toward the Watkins Glen net as Seneca defender Jasmine Searles approaches.

O-M volleyball team falls to Edison

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Sept. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision Tuesday to Thomas A. Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Edison gym.

Game scores were 15-25, 14-25 and 23-25.

Individual statistics for O-M included:

Cheyenne Barrett: 5 service points, 2 aces, 4 digs.
Jacy Knapp: 2 service points, 1 ace, 1 dig.
Taylor Alton: 4 service points, 1 ace, 2 digs.
Izzy Foote: 4 service points, 4 digs.
Jayden Lauper: 1 service point.
Rhys Stermer: 8 service points, 3 aces.
Pixie Kinner: 1 service point.

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

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Edison 3-0.

O-M swimmers lose to Waverly, 98-57

WAVERLY, Sept. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team dropped a 98-57 decision Tuesday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Waverly pool.

First places for O-M were posted by Tori Reese in the 200 Yard Individual Medley (2:33.20) and in the 100 Yard Breaststroke (1:18.47).

The Indians return to action Tuesday at Southern Cayuga.

A penalty kick by Trumansburg finds the corner of the net beyond a diving Odessa-Montour netminder Trey McCarty in the first half Monday.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to Tburg, 3-0

ODESSA, Sept. 19 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 4-2 Monday night when the Indians dropped a 3-0 decision to Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The Blue Raiders, 5-1, outshot Odessa 10-7, while each team had 3 corner kicks. Trey McCarty registered 7 saves in goal for O-M, the same number as Tburg's Richard Prosser.

Trumansburg scored its first goal at 10:38 of the first half on a penalty kick, its second with 57 seconds left before intermission, and its third at 32:37 of the second half.

"We played well," said O-M Coach Dirk Stephens. "We had a couple of little breakdowns, and Trumansburg took advantage of them. We'll work on fixing those.

"I told the kids not to hang their heads. They played hard, and I was pleased with the effort."

Odessa-Montour returns to action Wednesday at home against Watkins Glen. The game will start at 7 p.m.

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Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Curtis Harris, left, maneuvers around a Trumansburg player.

Bottom: The Indians' Dan Minnier, left, battles a Trumansburg player for possession of the ball.

Left: O-M's Paden Grover (10) meets the ball. Right: The Indians' Johnny Niedermaier sends the ball upfield.

Left: A Waverly shot eludes Watkins Glen goalkeeper Cierra Barber, but she made 37 saves. Right: The Senecas' Hannah Morse heads the ball upfield.

Watkins Glen girls lose to Waverly, 8-2

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 19 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team lost its seventh straight game Monday against a strong Waverly squad, falling 8-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS soccer field.

Isobel Scheffey and Danielle Leszyk scored the Seneca goals. Senior Elle Nittinger led Waverly with three goals, including the 50th of her career. Kayla Kromelbein scored twice, and three other players once each.

Cierra Barber registered 37 saves in goal for Watkins Glen. Waverly's Zoe Mennig made six saves.

"Waverly is an outstanding team, but we played hard and with a lot of heart," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse.

The Senecas return to action Thursday at home against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey controls the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk. Right: The Senecas' Nancy Jackson. (Both photos by Sheila Barber)

Left: Watkins Glen's Julia Reilly moves the ball upfield. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly. (Both photos by Sheila Barber)

Watkins girls Modified team wins, 10-0

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 19 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls Modified soccer team evened its record at 1-1 Monday with a 10-0 victory over Waverly in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

Scoring for the Senecas were Aislinn Klemann and Brynn Smith with two goals each, and Jenna Solomon, Abby Gibson, Abby Congdon, Carly Arnold, Kayla Palmer and Isabella Samuals with one apiece. Congdon had two assists, and Solomon, Kayla Wood and Sarah Joslyn one each. Goalkeeper Kara Sheesley registered three saves.

"Our spacing, passing and ball handling has improved nicely," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto.

The Senecas return to action today (Tuesday) at home against Odessa-Montour. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Seneca Indians Modified team tops Groton

ODESSA, Sept. 19 -- The Seneca Indians Modified Football team opened its regular season with a 24-14 victory Monday over Groton in a game on Odessa-Montour High School's Charles Martin Field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes -- were led by quarterback Cameron Holland (6-for-9 for 126 yards and a touchdown) and Owen Scholtisek (who carried 11 times for 81 yards and two touchdowns and caught three passes for 69 yards and another TD).

Travon Jones carried eight times for 72 yards and caught two passes for 27 yards. Adam Pastore had a key first-down reception of 30 yards.

The team amassed 161 yards on the ground on 26 rushes, and 287 yards in total offense. Scholtisek led the defense with 12 tackles, while Dawson Wade had 4.5 tackles and three other players had three tackles each.

The Seneca Indians return to action Saturday at Lansing. Game time is 10 a.m.

Athlete of Week: Runner Aaron Planty

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 18 -- This week we honor a Watkins Glen High School cross-country runner as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week.

He is Aaron Planty (right), who placed first as his team held -- and won -- its lone home meet of the year, and then finished fourth overall (and first among his teammates) as the Senecas won the Division 3 Pre State tournament at Wayne High School.

Double Honorable: Odessa-Montour soccer's Curtis Harris, Alexis Saunders and Lillian Betts; Seneca Indians football's Joe Chedzoy, Zach Elliott and Sean Kelly; O-M swimmer Tori Reese; Watkins Glen soccer's Hannah Morse and Cierra Barber; Watkins Glen runner Gabe Planty; and Watkins Glen volleyball's Megan Hazlitt, Emmie Bond and Hanley Elliott.

Honorable Mention: Another 36 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Star teams and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Photo in text: Aaron Planty (Photo by Aran Holland)

In the "B" game, Gavin Lohmeyer (45) runs for a touchdown. Providing blocks were Christopher Simiele (15) and Nick D'Alleva. (Photo provided)

Tribe football: 'A' and 'C' teams win

SPENCER, Sept. 18 -- The Schuyler County Youth Football "A" and "C" teams posted victories Saturday over Spencer-Van Etten.

The "A" team edged S-VE 27-24 to improve to 4-0. Ryan Willett had touchdown runs of 65 and 35 yards, and completed a halfback pass to Jonathan Gillis for a 30-yard TD. Daniel Lewis scored a touchdown, as well, on a quarterback keeper.

The "C" team lifted its record to 3-1 with 31-0 victory. Touchdowns were scored by Isaak Willett, Jax Decker, Aden Rekczis, Bryce Brewer and Cayden Lagramada.

The "B" team lost 49-40 as its record slipped to 0-4. Gavin Lohmeyer scored two touchdowns for the Tribe. One Schuyler coach said the offensive line "has really stepped up, and the running backs have had a lot more success." Another pointed to "a great day on defense" for Nick D'Alleva and Daniel Coston.

The Tribe teams return to action Saturday on the Odessa-Montour football field against Candor. Game times are 3:30 p.m. (C), 5:30 (B) and 7:30 (A).

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Photos in text:

Top: The Tribe's Ryan Willett (12) runs for a touchdown in the "A" game.
Bottom: In the "C" game, the Tribe's Nicolai Holmes levels an S-VE ball-carrier. (Photos provided)

The Watkins boys cross country team gathered after its victory. (Photo by Amy Planty)

XC: Watkins boys win Pre State meet

ONTARIO CENTER, NY, Sept. 17 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross-country team -- led by Aaron Planty -- finished first Saturday at the Division 3 Boys Pre State Cross County Race held at Wayne High School.

Planty placed fourth in a field of 155 runners as the Senecas totaled 71 points to lead a field of 20 teams, including some state-ranked. Watkins -- the defending state champion -- is ranked No. 1 among Class C schools in New York.

East Aurora was second Saturday with 83 points, followed by Albany Academy (128), Addison (142), Sauquoit Valley (151), Port Byron (176) and 14 other schools.

Planty finished the 5K course in 16:58.58. Ryan Guerci of Nanuet led the field with a time of 16:10.91. East Aurora and Albany Academy runners were second and third, respectively.

Aaron's brother Gabe Planty was 7th overall in l7;:07.73. Other Watkins finishes: Sean Holland 25th in 18:00.43, Max Evans 27th in 18:09.60, Sam Thorsland 29th in 18:12.16, Isaac McIlroy 49th in 18:56.80, and Conlin Wysocki 109th in 20:56.87.

"This was a big win for Watkins Glen over some pretty great teams who are also state ranked," said Senecas Coach John Fazzary.

"Today our team was led to victory by Aaron Planty, who had a powerful finish. Gabe Planty and Sean Holland continued to do their jobs by holding great positions. But our fourth and fifth runners (Max Evans and Sam Thorsland) really stepped up today by pouring it on in the last mile to outrun two from East Aurora. Issac McIlroy, our sixth runner, had a beautiful sprint in the last 100 meters to pass another East Aurora competitor. Conlin Wysocki was our seventh for the team today. The coaches are very proud of the effort put in by the athletes on a very hot and humid day."

On the girls side, Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby medaled in the Division 3 girls race by taking 24th with a time of 22:12.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday on the road against Edison and Elmira Notre Dame.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Aaron Planty led the Senecas with a fourth-place finish.
Bottom: The Senecas' Gabe Planty placed seventh. (Photos by Aran Holland)

Left: Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby. Right: The Senecas' Sean Holland, who placed 25th. (Photos by Aran Holland)

Odessa-Montour's Alec Betts, on ground at right, watches as his shot gets past Watkins Glen goalkeeper Simon Wigmore for a goal.

O-M boys top Glen in consolation game

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 17 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team improved its record to 4-1 Saturday by defeating Watkins Glen 5-1 in the consolation game of the annual GLM Memorial Tournament on the Watkins Glen High School athletic field.

Curtis Harris scored three goals and had one assist for the Indians, who led 2-0 at halftime on two Harris goals -- one assisted by Deshawn Johnson and one by Preston Harris.

Alec Betts made it 3-0 at 35:25 of the second half, assisted by Curtis Harris, who earned a hat trick with his third goal, unassisted, at 31:14. Dylan Morse scored Watkins Glen's lone goal at 28:09, assisted by Jake Johnson, before O-M's Brett Walters made it 5-1 at 4:15, assited by Taylor Grover.

Odessa outshot the Senecas 16-6, although the Senecas had a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. O-M's Trey McCarty made five saves in goal, while Simon Wigmore registered 18 saves for Watkins Glen.

"The kids bounced back nicely," said O-M Coach Dirk Stephens, referring to his team's opening-round 3-2 loss to Dryden the day before.

Odessa-Montour returns to action Monday at home against Trumansburg. Game time is 7 p.m. Watkins Glen (0-6) is back in action Wednesday at Odessa-Montour. Game time is 7 p.m.

Note: Greene defeated Dryden in the tournament final, 4-2.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Josh Updyke tries to head the ball into the O-M net. The ball went wide of the goal.

Left: O-M's Curtis Harris (12) watches as his shot goes into the Watkins net for a goal. Right: Watkins Glen's Avery Watson (12) and O-M's Deshawn Johnson await the ball.

The S-VE/Candor goalkeeper knocks away a shot by Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse (1).

Watkins girls lose consolation game, 5-2

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 17 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 0-6 Saturday when the Senecas fell to Spencer-Van Ettten/Candor 5-2 in the consolation game of the annual GLM Memorial Tournament at WGHS.

Both of Watkins Glen's goals came from Hannah Morse, with Isobel Scheffey assisting on one of them.

Cierra Barber made 25 saves in goal. S-VE/Candor's Paedyn Whitmore registered 16 saves.

The tournament is in memory of Kyle Gregory, Brennan Love and Seth Marcellus, who were killed in a motor vehicle accident on May 4, 2003 while driving to play in a travel league soccer game. The GLM Memorial Soccer Foundation is devoted to supporting soccer in Schuyler County.

"It's always a pleasure to play in this tournament and take time to remember the boys," said Watkins Coach Scott Morse. "It’s very special to me and all the girls to be part of it every year

"We had nice offensive runs early with some quality passing and movement, but wore down a bit as the game progressed. We do some good things throughout the game but are still looking to put it together for 80 minutes.

"Cierra Barber had another good game in the goal and Hannah Morse continues to find the net up front as she and Isobel Scheffey work the passing game. We didn’t get the win, but I continue to be pleased with many of the things we are doing this year. "

Note: Immaculate Heart of Watertown won the tournament final, defeating Dryden 2-1.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Cierra Barber makes one of her 25 saves. Teammate Clara Chedzoy is at left.
Bottom: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk, right. (Both photos by Sheila Barber)

Left: Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy sends a shot toward the goal. It went over the crossbar. Right: The Senecas' Hannah Matusicky.

Left: Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey moves the ball. (Photo by Sheila Barber)
Right:
The Senecas' Makenna Fraboni (11) passes the ball.

Odessa-Montour girls defeat Newfield, 7-1

NEWFIELD, Sept. 16 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team -- scoreless in five straight games -- erupted for seven goals Friday in a 7-1 Interscholastic Athletic Conference road victory over Newfield.

The 2-5 Indians got two goals each from Alexis Saunders and freshman Lilli Betts, and one each from Kennedey Heichel, Camille Sgrecci and Gabby Fazzary. Heichel and Sgrecci also had an assist apiece.

"Today was a total team effort," said O-M Coach Marc Kimmerly, noting that the Indians unleashed 20 shots on goal. "The girls came in focused and ready to play. The coaching staff is very proud of their effort and will to win. "

Odessa returns to action Tuesday at Tioga. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

The Seneca Indians' Joe Chedzoy is brought down as an official studies the play.

Seneca Indians lose to Oneonta, 40-14

ODESSA, Sept.16 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team's record slipped to 2-1 Friday night when it dropped a 40-14 decision to Oneonta in a Section IV, Division IV game on Odessa-Montour High School's Charles Martin Field.

The Seneca Indians, a combined team of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes, fell to 1-1 in division play. Oneonta, 2-1 overall, is 1-0 in division play.

It was Homecoming at Odessa-Montour, with a postgame dance. Named Homecoming King and Queen at halftime were Jeremiah Lynch and Nakiaha Robinson. On hand to present each with a crown were last year's winners, Kyle Frasier and Sage Garrison.

The game proved something of a mismatch as the Seneca Indians had trouble tackling as well as penetrating the Oneonta defense. They also had trouble holding on to the ball, fumbling it away three times at crucial junctures.

Oneonta struck first, scoring on a 19-yard end zone pass to Graham Wooden with 7:56 remaining in the first quarter. A point-after kick made it 7-0.

The Seneca Indians responded with a touchdown by Zach Elliott from one yard out at 4:48 of the same period. A two-point conversion run failed, however. The touchdown was Elliott's 10th of the season.

Oneonta then scored the next 27 points, building a 34-6 lead with 9:08 left in the game. The Yellow Jackets did it with a mix of counter plays and passes, the former effective against the WGOM defense, and the latter opportunistic, seemingly coming every time the Seneca Indians were threatening a comeback.

WGOM scored its second touchdown with just 1:43 remaining, on a pass over the middle from Sean Kelly to Dayne Hughey in the end zone. Elliott bulled across for a 2-point conversion and a 34-14 score.

Oneonta took over again when an onside kick left it on the 50. It took just three plays for the Jackets to score: runs of 32, 13 and 5 yards. A point-after attempt was blocked by Elliott.

Joe Chedzoy was the Seneca Indians' workhorse, carrying 26 times for 238 yards, including a 66-yard jaunt in the first quarter that set up his team's first touchdown. Zach Elliott gained 85 yards, and Derrick Lewis 53.

"We knew going into tonight's game that the Yellow Jackets would utilize their spread offense to find the openings in a defense, and they found ours very effectively," said Seneca Indians Coach Trevor Holland. "Their style of offense relies on speed and quickness to exploit the gaps, and they were very successful.

"Offensively, it comes down to ball control. Five fumbles makes it really hard to sustain momentum, especially at the beginning of the second half when we were poised to score within the 20-yard line and we gave the ball away on a fumble. It was a night of could haves, while struggling to produce a series on either side of the ball with sustainability.

"That game is done, so tomorrow we begin preparation for our first road game of the season at Newark Valley. We will bounce back from this, that's what great teams do, and we will set our sites on putting together a tough road win against the Cardinals."

The Seneca Indians return to action Saturday at Newark Valley. Game time is 1:30 p.m.

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Photos in text:

Top: The Seneca Indians' Sean Kelly (10) nearly intercepts an Oneonta pass in the first half, breaking up what would have been a big ground-gainer.

Second: Homecoming Queen Nakiaha Robinson is crowned by the previous year's queen, Sage Garrison.

Third: The Seneca Indians' Kameryn Sheldon, right, battles an Oneonta player.

Bottom: WG/OM's Zach Elliott breaks free on a long run. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

An Oneonta player fumbles on his way across the goal line as he is tackled by the Seneca Indians' Gage Arcangeli, but the Yellow Jackets recovered in the end zone for a touchdown.

Left: The Seneca Indians' Wyatt Brower (66) slows down an Oneonta runner. Right: Oneonta completed this pass on the right sideline for a first down.

Left: Seneca Indians defender Joe Chedzoy drives an Oneonta ball-carrier out of bounds. Right: WG/OM's Zach Elliott punts the ball away. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: Among the spectators: All dressed up for Homecoming. Right: The Seneca Indians' Gage Arcangeli is tackled on a kickoff return.

Odessa-Montour's Taylor Grover sends a shot toward the Dryden net.

O-M boys fall to Dryden in tourney

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 16 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team sustained its first loss of the season Friday when it dropped a 3-2 decision to Dryden in the opening round of the four-team GLM Memorial Tournament on the Watkins Glen High School athletic field.

The Indians will play host Watkins Glen in the consolation game at 1 p.m. today (Saturday). Watkins Glen lost to Greene 8-0 in the other semifinal.

Dryden took a quick lead on O-M, scoring on a Stephen Rochetta goal at 39:01 of the first half. The Indians tied it on a Curtis Harris goal at 34:50, but Dryden went ahead 2-1 on another Rochetta goal at 32:18.

Odessa tied the game again at 31:39 of the second half on a goal by Deshawn Johnson, assisted by Alec Betts, but Dryden scored what proved to be the game winner at 20:00 on a goal by Felix Abel-Ferretti.

Dryden outshot Odessa 20-12, and had a 6-3 edge in corner kicks.

Trey McCarty made 17 saves in goal for the Indians, while Dryden's netminder, Alex Ortiz, registered 10 saves.

Photo in text: O-M's Curtis Harris goes high to meet the ball.

Left: O-M goalkeeper Trey McCarty sends the ball upfield. Right: The Indians' Michael Benway (1) maneuvers past a Dryden defender.

Left: O-M's Preston Harris (4) races a Dryden player to the ball. Right: The Indians' Deshawn Johnson.

Watkins girls lose to Watertown school

WATKINS GLEN, Sept.16 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 0-5 Friday when it dropped a 6-0 decision to Immaculate Heart of Watertown in the opening round of the GLM Memorial Tournament at WGHS.

Watkins goalkeeper Cierra Barber made a remarkable 34 saves in the game.

"We all love the GLM Tournament and were really focused coming in," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, "but struggled to get much going against a very talented team tonight.

"Cierra Barber had a terrific game with some outstanding play in the net. We will be back ready to go tomorrow!"

The Senecas will play in the tournament consolation game at 1 p.m. against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor. I.H. Watertown will play Dryden for the title at 3 p.m.

Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond smashes the ball over the net. Right: The Senecas' Megan Hazlitt volleys.

Watkins volleyball team tops S-VE, 3-0

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 15 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team won its second match in three days Thursday when it defeated Spencer-Van Etten 3-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Field House gym.

Game scores were 25-17, 25-12 and 25-15.

Statistics for Watkins Glen included:

Megan Hazlitt: 8 service points, 7 kills and 3 blocks.
Hanley Elliott: 6 assists, 3 kills, and 1 ace.
Emmie Bond: 4 service points, 3 aces and 5 kills.
Kelsey Kernan: 1 service point and 2 kills.

Also contributing significantly were Katie Losey and Jazmin Shea as the Senecas, tied at 8-8 in the second game, pulled away from S-VE, dominating the rest of the way.

"It was a great evening for our Lady Senecas," said Watkins Glen Coach Dawn Baker.

They return to action Tuesday at home against Candor.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost 3-0 to Spencer-Van Etten.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Katie Losey prepares to send the ball over the net.

Left: Watkins' Kelsey Kernan at the net. Right: The Senecas' Hanley Elliott sets the ball.

Watkins Glen's Jazmin Shea handles an incoming Spencer-Van Etten volley.

Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond tracks down an S-VE volley. Right: Hanley Elliott catches up to the ball.

Watkins Glen's Megan Hazlitt awaits the ball at the net in the first game Thursday.

From left: Watkins Glen's Katie Losey, Jazmin Shea and Kelsey Kernan.

Watkins boys lose to Newark Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, Sept. 15 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 0-4 Thursday when the Senecas dropped a 3-2 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road contest.

Goals for Watkins Glen came from Jake Johnson, assisted by Josh Updyke, and by Tristan Yuhasz, also assisted by Updyke.

Nate Wickham and Simon Wigmore each had 12 saves in goal for the Senecas.

Watkins Glen returns to action today (Friday) at home when it plays Greene at 5:45 p.m. in the opening round of the annual GLM Tournament. Odessa-Montour plays Dryden in the first game, at 3:30 p.m. Consolation and title games are Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m.

O-M volleyball team falls 3-0 to Tioga

ODESSA, Sept. 15 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Tioga Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 8-25, 10-25 and 15-25.

"The team played hard, but were unable to pull off a win," said Odessa Coach Colleen Coolican.

Statistics for O-M included:

Hannah Rose: 1 service point, 4 digs.
Cheyenne Barrett: 3 service points, 2 aces, 1 dig.
Rhys Stermer: 1 service point, 3 digs.
Jacy Knapp: 1 service point, 4 digs.
Taylor Alton: 1 service point, 5 digs.
Sara Eberhardt: 2 digs.
Izzy Foote: 2 service points, 2 aces, 5 digs.
Jayden Lauper: 1 service point 2 digs.
Bronwyn Stermer: 1 service point, 4 digs. 1 block.

Odessa returns to action Tuesday at Edison.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost 3-0.

O-M swim team loses to Dryden, 94-62

DRYDEN, Sept. 15 -- The Odessa-Montour swim team's record slipped to 0-3 Thursday when the Indians dropped a 94-62 decision to Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Dryden pool.

First-place finishes for O-M came from:

--Kara Reese in the 200 Yard Freestyle in 2:34.91.
--Megan Adams in the 500 Yard Freestyle in 7:07.51.
--Tori Reese in the 100 Yard Breaststroke in 1:15.37.

The Indians return to action Tuesday at Waverly.

Modified: O-M defeated Dryden 57-50.

O-M girls lose to S-VE/Candor, 5-0

CANDOR, Sept. 14 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team saw its record slip to 1-5 Wednesday when the Indians dropped a 5-0 decision to Spencer-Van Etten/Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Candor athletic field.

Odessa, now scoreless in five games after a season-opening 3-1 victory, "played a better game tonight even though we lost 5-0," said Coach Marc Kimmerly. "We were much more in control of our movements and made some smart decisions. Our trapping is getting better. We made three or four give-and-go plays as well as a few through balls to our forwards that opened up their defense. We also improved on our shots on net with eight.

"Candor was using a counter attack approach and their girls were hitting holes at top speeds, which really challenged our defense. McKennah Lott, Hannah Bruno, Gabby Fazzary and Megan Terry worked extremely hard  to stop them, but they were relentless.  Olivia Grover, Alexis Saunders and Kennedey Heichel made some really nice plays" on offense, "but couldn't find the back of the net."

The Indians return to action Friday at Newfield.

Glen girls fall to Newark Valley, 3-2

NEWARK VALLEY, Sept. 14 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 0-4 Wednesday when the Senecas dropped a 3-2 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the NV soccer field.

Hannah Morse scored both Watkins Glen goals, with assists from Isobel Scheffey and Makenna Fraboni. Cierra Barber registered 21 saves in goal.

"We played a hard-fought game and just fell short," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "The team continues to improve every day, and they played their most complete game of the year. Area thunder and lightning delayed the start of the game well over an hour, and some persistent rain made it a slippery field to play on. The girls never quit. You never want to lose, but I'm pleased with their work ethic and the progress they have made this season."

WG girls modified soccer team falls to NV

NEWARK VALLEY, Sept. 14 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls modified soccer team opened its regular season with a 6-0 road loss Wednesday to Newark Valley in a game marked by a thunder-and-lightning delay of 90 minutes.

"We saw a lot of good things tonight," said Watkins Coach Ralph Diliberto of his team's effort, "but there are several areas that we have to work on. Our girls had some great runs; unfortunately, they were unable to strike the ball into the net."

Natalie Edmister registered 10 saves in goal for the Senecas.

Watkins Glen returns to action Monday at home against Waverly. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

O-M boys edge Newfield, improve to 3-0

NEWFIELD, Sept. 12 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team continued unbeaten Tuesday, defeating Newfield 2-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newfield athletic field.

The victory lifted the Indians' season mark to 3-0 heading into a game against Dryden at 3:30 p.m. Friday as part of the GLM Tournament at Watkins Glen High School.

O-M took a 2-0 lead in the first half on goals by Curtis Harris at 24:20, assisted by Preston Harris, and by Dan Minnier at 7:50, assisted by Deshawn Johnson. Newfield scored at 29:12 of the second half.

Odessa outshot Newfield 16-9, and had a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks. O-M goalie Trey McCarty registered 5 saves, while Newfield's Cole Buran had 14.

Watkins' Jillian Kilcoyne on the first leg of the 200 Medley Relay, which her squad won.

Watkins swimmers top Odessa, 58-31

ODESSA, Sept. 12 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team posted its first victory of the young season Tuesday, defeating Odessa-Montour 58-31 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Victories for Watkins Glen were posted by:

--Jillian Cantieni in the 200 Free (2:18.79)
--Madeleine Kilcoyne in the 50 Free (29.65)
--Amanda Wilbur in the 100 Fly (1:09.29)
--Elizabeth Kilcoyne in the 100 Free (1:02.93)
--Isabella Fazzary in the 500 Free (6:21.58)
--Peighton Cervoni in the 100 Back (1:09.14)
--Jillian Kilcoyne, Madeline Williams, Madeleine Kilcoyne, Elizabeth Kilcoyne in the 200 Medley Relay (2:16.41)
--Wilbur, Liza Carnes, Cantieni, Allison Gibson in the 200 Relay (1:56.35)

Wins for Odessa-Montour were posted by:

--Tori Reese in the 200 Individual Medley (2:33.77) and in the 100 Breast (1:18.85)

The O-M swimmers (0-2) return to action Thursday at Dryden. Watkins Glen (1-2) is back in action Tuesday at home against Notre Dame.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Jill Cantieni on the way to victory in the 200.
Bottom: The Senecas' Isabella Fazzary competes in the 200 Medley Relay.

Left: O-M's Kara Reese. Right: Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese in the 200 Medley Relay.

Left: O-M's Lydia Lynch competes in the 200 Medley Relay. Right: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur, who won the 100 Yard Butterfly.

The start of the boys race at the Watkins Glen State Park. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

XC: Watkins boys win lone home meet

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 12 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team, in its only home meet of the year Tuesday, defeated Dryden, Groton and Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference contest on the Watkins Glen State Park 2.8-mile course.

Watkins Glen -- led by Aaron Planty and Gabe Planty, who finished 1-2 with times of 17:15.7 and 17:15.9, respectively -- totaled 26 points to Dryden's 61, Groton's 84 and Tioga's 100.

Other finishes for the Watkins boys: Sean Holland 6th in 17:59.4; Max Evans 7th in 17:59.6; Tanner Ryan 10th in 19:25.9; Sam Thorsland 11th in 19:26.2; Isaac McIlroy, 12th in 19:26.4; Conlin Wysocki 13th in 19:40.3; Clint Craven 18th in 20:23.4; Ben Swinnerton 19th in 20:24.5; Steven Gublo 20th in 20:28.2; Elliott Holland 26th in 21:40.7; and Julian Thornton 32nd in 23:52.1

In the girls' race, Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby placed first in 21:06.6, and Makenzie Kellogg third in 23:10.1. Watkins had just those two runners, and thus no full team score. The team winner was Dryden, with Tioga second. Groton also failed to field a full team.

In Modified competition on a 1.5-mile course, Gabriel Santos of Watkins Glen finished first among the boys in 10:47.8, with teammate Jonah Sissel third in 11:12.9.

The Senecas' Julya Slater finished first among the girls in 11:50.9, with teammate Brianna Carl second in 11:59.6.

There were no complete teams and thus no team scoring in the Modified race.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Aaron Planty, left, and brother Gabe finished 1-2. (Photo by George Rutledge)

Bottom left: The Senecas' Kai Sutterby, left, on the way to winning the girls race. (Photo by George Rutledge)

Bottom right: Watkins Glen's Makenzie Kellogg (Photo by Doug Yeater)

The start of the girls race, with Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby (left) out front early. She won the race. (Photo by Aran Holland)

From left: Watkins Glen team members Daniel Paradiso, Sean Holland and Conlin Wysocki. (Photo on right by Doug Yeater)

Winners of the Modified cross country races: Gabriel Santos and Julya Slater.

The WGHS cross country seniors were honored in a pre-race ceremony. From left: Conlin Wysocki, Julian Thornton, Daniel Paradiso, Sean Holland, Aaron Planty, and Tanner Ryan. (Photo provided by Rod Weeden)

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

ODESSA, Sept. 12 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Candor Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 21-25, 12-25 and 13-25.

Odessa played Candor tough in the first game, falling behind early before rallying to an 8-8 tie, and then falling behind by six points, 8-14, before rallying again to pull even at 16-16. Candor built a six-point lead after that, 24-18, before O-M rallied again to within three points before losing.

The second and third games were not as competitive, with Candor pulling away gradually in the second game and then building an early 10-1 lead in the third.

Odessa-Montour statistics included:

Hannah Rose: 3 service points, 1 ace, 1 dig.
Cheyenne Barrett: 4 service points, 8 digs.
Rhys Stermer: 2 service points, 1 ace, 4 digs, 1 assist.
Jacy Knapp: 4 service points, 1 ace.
Taylor Alton: 4 service points, 5 digs.
Sara Eberhardt: 2 digs.
Izzy Foote: 3 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 1 dig.
Sumer Landon: 1 service point, 1 dig.

Odessa returns to action Thursday at home against Tioga. The JV contest starts at 5 p.m., with the varsity to follow.

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Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost 3-0, by game scores of 20-25, 22-25 and 8-25.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Sumer Landon, left, and Izzy Foote wait for the ball to descend.

Bottom: Odessa-Montour's Jacy Knapp serves the ball against Candor.

O-M's Cheyenne Barrett (left) and Taylor Alton (right) serve the ball against Candor.

Left: O-M's Rhys Stermer returns a volley. Right: Odessa's Izzy Foote sets the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Josh Updyke goes high in an attempt to redirect the ball. Right: The Senecas' Avery Watson controls the ball.

Watkins boys lose to Notre Dame, 8-1

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 12 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 0-3 Tuesday when the Senecas lost 8-1 to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS athletic field.

The Senecas fell behind 7-1 in the first half, their lone goal coming from Josh Updyke, assisted by Tristan Yuhasz.

Simon Wigmore made 10 saves in goal for Watkins Glen in the first half. Nate Wickham made 11 saves for the Senecas in the second half.

The Senecas return to action Thursday at Newark Valley, and then host the annual GLM Tournament Friday and Saturday. They will play Greene in the opening round at 5:45 p.m. Friday. Other teams in the tourney are Odessa-Montour and Dryden, which meet Friday at 3:30 p.m.

The tournament consolation game is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, while the title game is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins goalkeeper Nate Wickham knocks an incoming shot over the net.

Watkins Glen's Simon Wigmore attempts to get off a shot on the Notre Dame goal.

Watkins volleyball team tops Newfield

NEWFIELD, Sept. 13 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team came from behind Tuesday to defeat Newfield 3-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Newfield gym.

Game scores were 25-14, 20-25, 20-25, 25-6 and 25-13.

"They got down, they let it get in their heads," said WGHS Coach Dawn Baker. "I told them to play hard and do what they do in practice and to have fun out there. They can't let a little bump get to them. It affects how they perform. I simply said they were not playing to their potential and it was time to turn it back on. And that is what they did."

Katie Losey, Emmie Bond and Jazmin Shea each registered 10 service points. Hanley Elliott had six service points and two blocks, and Megan Hazlitt had 6 service points.

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

Odessa-Montour's Alexis Saunders (1) moves upfield past a Southern Cayuga defender.

O-M girls fall 1-0 to Southern Cayuga

ODESSA, Sept. 12 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team threatened to score several times Monday night, but in the end it was Southern Cayuga that produced the lone goal in handing the Lady Indians a 1-0 Interscholastic Athletic Conference defeat on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The game winner came with 6:43 remaining in the second half, on a shot from the right that got past Odessa goalkeeper Gillian Clark. It came after a couple of shots by O-M that barely misfired -- one that went wide at the 10-minute mark, and another that went high at the 9-minute mark.

And there were other opportunities, but the Indians came up empty, extending their losing streak to four games after a season-opening win. They have failed to score in all four games.

There were plenty of kudos to hand around for some nifty defensive work by the Indians, as well as some aggressive play to the ball. Specific plays by Olivia Grover, Alexis Saunders, Kennedey Heichel, Hannah Bruno. Hailey Perraut, McKennah Lott and Hunter Daugherty stood out. And Clark was solid in goal.

"The girls came out hustling," said O-M Coach Marc Kimmerly, "controlling the game in the first half. We had a few scoring opportunities, but we just couldn't put one past the keeper. We played with intensity and drive, but had difficulty scoring.

"Overall we improved tonight with much better passing on the ground, and we improved our possession percentage. We also had a couple of opportunities on crosses and through balls, but we couldn't convert them into goals."

The Indians return to action Wednesday on the road against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor. The game, at Candor, begins at 4:30 p.m.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Hailey Perraut sends the ball upfield.
Middle: The Indians' Olivia Grover gets to the ball first.
Bottom: Odessa's Autumn Garrison meets the ball.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Hannah Bruno passes. Right: The Indians' McKennah Lott controls the ball.

O-M's Kennedey Heichel, left, sends the ball flying in Southern Cayuga's end of the field.

From left: O-M's Grace Vondracek, Lillian Betts and Catherine Rounds.

The ball was loose for a few moments in front of the Southern Cayuga net.

Watkins Glen girls lose to Lansing, 5-0

LANSING, Sept. 12 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 0-3 Monday night when the Senecas dropped a 5-0 decision to Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on Lansing's soccer field.

Kassie Riemer led Lansing with three goals, while the Lady Bobcats netminder, Lena Gisler, registered five saves. Cierra Barber made 16 saves in goal for Watkins Glen.

"We struggled to get things going as a team tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "We had moments, but overall didn't play our best game. The girls recognize the things we need to do to improve and are a dedicated and hard-working team. Despite our 0-3 start to the season, I think we are going to be able to turn things around."

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Newark Valley. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Athletes of the Week: Elliott, Gabe Planty

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 10 -- This week we honor a football player and a runner as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Odessa-Montour student Zach Elliott is honored for the second straight week, this time for his five-touchdown performance in a victory by the Seneca Indians (O-M and Watkins Glen) football team over Spencer-Van Etten/Candor. He rushed for 232 yards.

Watkins Glen student Gabe Planty gets the other nod for his first-place finish in a field of 219 runners as the WGHS boys varsity cross-country team -- the defending Class C state champion --won its season-opening race at the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill meet.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen runner Aaron Planty, O-M soccer player Curtis Harris, and the Seneca Indians' Joe Chedzoy, Casen Weeden and the offensive line: Dayne Hughey, Dylan Houseknecht, Gage Arcangeli, Kameryn Sheldon, Colin Baker, Wyatt Brower, Wrett Brower and Josh Bravo.

Honorable Mention: Another 18 athletes get 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.

Jax Decker carries the ball in the "C" game against Maine-Endwell. He scored three TDs.

Youth Football: 'A' and 'C' teams win

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 11 -- The Schuyler Youth Football teams had mixed results in games Sunday at Maine-Endwell. One Tribe team won big, one won a close game, and one lost.

The Tribe's A team improved to 3-0 with a 33-6 victory. Brady Cannon scored three touchdowns, and John Gillis scored one while turning in what one coach called "an exceptional defensive game." Quarterback Daniel Lewis connected with Bryce Cady for an 18-yard TD pass.

The Tribe B team's record slipped to 0-3 as the team dropped a 42-32 decision to M-E. Nick D'Alleva scored two touchdowns, while Brenna Pierce scored on a 48-yard TD romp.

The Tribe's C team improved its mark to 2-1 with a 32-26 victory over M-E. Jax Decker scored three touchdowns while gaining 170 rushing yards. Isaak Willett also scored a touchdown, as did Aden Rekczis, who also had a 52-yard interception return to set up Willett's TD.

The Tribe teams return to action Saturday at Spencer-Van Etten. Game times are 3:30 p.m. (C team), 5:30 p.m. (B) and 7:30 p.m. (A).

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Photos in text:

Top: The Tribe's John Gillis (5) ran for a touchdown and played a strong defensive game for the "A" team against Maine-Endwell.

Bottom: In the "B" game, Nick D'Alleva (6) rushes for one of his two touchdowns. (Photos provided)

The Seneca Indians' Casen Weeden powers forward for some of his 53 rushing yards. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Seneca Indians post 2nd win

Rally in 2nd half for 36-14 victory; Elliott scores 5 TDs

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 9 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team relied on a second-half surge to claim victory for the second straight game Saturday night, dominating late to defeat Spencer-Van Etten/Candor 36-14 in a Section IV, Division IV game on the Watkins Glen High School athletic field.

Zach Elliott bulldozed for all five of the WGOM touchdowns, gaining 232 yards rushing on 24 carries in addition to returning a fumble more than 40 yards before being hauled down on the 9-yard line. That set up his third TD, the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

Joe Chedzoy added 84 rushing yards on 15 carries, and broke up a first-half SVEC pass play that had "touchdown" written all over it. Casen Weeden gained 53 yards on 7 carries, including what Coach Trevor Holland described as "some big ones where we needed three yards, and he gained six."

Holland also pointed once again, as he did the first game, to "The Big Uglies," the pet name for the offensive line of Dayne Hughey, Dylan Houseknecht, Gage Arcangeli, Kameryn Sheldon, Colin Baker, Wyatt Brower, Wrett Brower and Josh Bravo. "I don't think any of them goes less than 220 pounds," said Holland. "Their work is key. They're a special bunch of guys."

Their motto is "We Wear Them Down," and "that's what we did to the Eagles tonight," added Holland. "These guys have bought into conditioning, and they're as fresh in the fourth quarter as in the first."

Two areas of concern are the team's tackling -- poor efforts in that area led to both of the SVEC touchdowns -- and fumbles. "We coughed it up several times," the coach noted, "and we lost it twice. We'll have to work on that."

The Seneca Indians scored first, on a 2-yard Elliott run at the 7:56 mark of the first quarter, and added two points on an Elliott run. SVE/Candor responded with a 30-yard TD run at 5:20 of the first period, but misfired on a two-point pass attempt. The Eagles then went ahead at 2:40 of the first quarter on a 69-yard run and two-point conversion pass.

Neither team scored in the second quarter, but WGOM tied the game in the third period on a 34-yard run by Elliott before failing on the two-point conversion. The Seneca Indians then went ahead at 10:50 of the fourth quarter on a 2-yard Elliott run, and added two points on an Elliott conversion run.

They scored twice more, on an Ellliott 47-yard run at 8:50 and a Weeden two-point run, and on an Elliott 11-yard run with 42 seconds left. A two-point conversion run failed.

The win earned the Seneca Indians the now-coveted shovel that goes to the winner of this new rivalry, in place of the old Bucket that Watkins and O-M used to fight over and the Jug for which S-VE and Candor used to contend.

Next up for the Seneca Indians is Oneonta, a group of "big-sized guys," in the words of Holland, who will visit Friday night on O-M's Charles Martin Field. The game will mark O-M's Homecoming.

"Hopefully we can put two halves together," said Holland. "The kids have adjusted well in both games after slow starts, but we can't keep doing that."

He said the victory Saturday night, as well as the one in the opener against Greene the previous week, are "a credit to the kids. They have proved they can play the game. But we don't want to be a second-half team all season."

Photos in text:

Top: The Seneca Indians' Joe Chedzoy (25) breaks up an SVEC pass play.
Second: WGOM's Noah Angle intercepts a SVEC pass.
Third: Ball-carrier Zach Elliott on his way to a 34-yard touchdown. Dayne Hughey (88) provided some key blocking.
Bottom: The shovel that goes to the winner of this rivalry game. SVEC won it in its inaugural season last year. Insignia of the Armed Forces are affixed to it.

The Seneca Indians' Zach Elliott reaches out with the ball across the goal line. He was ruled down a half-yard short of the line, but carried it in on the next play for the game's first TD. Also pictured are Josh Bravo (18), Wyatt Brower (66) and Dylan Houseknecht (79). (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: WGOM's Sean Kelly breaks up an SVEC pass play near the goal line. Right: The Seneca Indians' Joe Chedzoy meets a Spencer-Van Etten defender. (Both photos by Doug Yeater)

Players scramble for the ball after the Seneca Indians fumbled it. SVEC recovered it.

Left: Coach Trevor Holland addresses the team after the game. Right: The Seneca Indians' Alex Schimizzi kicks off.

Left: Seneca Indians quarterback Derrick Lewis carries the ball. (Photo by Doug Yeater) Right: WGOM running back Zach Elliott crosses the goal line for one of his five TDs. He handed the ball to an official a second later.

An honor guard from American Legion Post 676 in Odessa raised the flag before the game.

Members of the Seneca Indians pose with the shovel that goes to the winner of this contest each year.

Members of the WGHS boys and girls cross country squads pose at the team tent. (Photo by Amy Planty)

Glen boys XC team shines at VVS meet

VERONA, NY, Sept. 9 -- The defending boys New York State Class C cross country championship team is off an running.

The Watkins Glen High School boys squad, coming off its title year and ranked No. 1 in preseason polls issued by Tully Runners and Mile Split, won its season-opening race Saturday morning at the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill invitational meet.

The Senecas, led by the Planty brothers, topped a field of 16 teams. They finished with 54 points, ahead of Cicero North Syracuse (61), Jamesville Dewitt (86) and 13 other teams. Watkins' Gabe Planty finished first among the 219 runners in a time of 17:01, while Aaron Planty was second in 17:12. Also in the top 10 was Sean Holland, 7th in 17:42.

Other Watkins runners: Max Evans 18th in 18:09, Sam Thorsland 26th in 18:33, Isaac McIlroy 33rd in 19:02, Tanner Ryan 46th in 19:28, Steven Gublo 67th in 20:14, Clint Craven 71st in 20:21, Conlin Wysocki 92nd in 21:02, Ben Swinnerton 95th in 21:09, Elliott Holland 143rd in 22:43, and Julian Thornton 154th in 23:29.

There were four races, each with large and small schools selected at random from a field of 70 teams. In merged results, Watkins was fourth behind Fayetteville-Manlius, Baldwinsville and Beaver River.

"It was a pretty good start," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "Obviously the Planty's finishing 1-2 was a pretty good thing. But we still have to figure some things out."

One setback: Daniel Paradiso is out with a leg injury, although he might be back in October. Fazzary said Paradiso is important, slotted as he is for the fourth or fifth position.

Watkins had just two girls competing Saturday, with Kai Sutterby finishing 13th in 22:08 in a race wih 148 other competitors. Mackenzie Kellogg was 36th in 23:45.

Next up: the Senecas' lone home meet, Tuesday at 5 p.m. against Dryden, Groton and Tioga on the Watkins Glen State Park course. Seniors will be honored before the start of the meet.

Photos in text:

Top: Gabe Planty, left, and Aaron Planty on the course Saturday. They finished 1-2. (Photo by Amy Planty)

Middle left: Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby. (Photo by Aran Holland)

Middle right: Watkins Glen's Sean Holland, who placed seventh. (Photo by Amy Planty)

Bottom: The seniors on the boys cross country team are, from left, Conlin Wysocki, Tanner Ryan, Daniel Paradiso, Aaron Planty, Sean Holland and Julian Thornton. (Photo by Amy Planty)

Watkins Glen's Lexi Castellaneta soars on the way to victory in the diving competition.

Glen swimmers lose to Waverly, 96-90

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 8 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team dropped its second match in two tries Thursday, falling to Waverly 96-90 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The Senecas, who dropped a non-league decision last week to Horseheads, got wins against Waverly from:

-- Jill Cantieni in the 200 Freestyle in 2:17.66
--Amanda Wilbur in the 200 Individual Medley in 2:34.08
--Lexi Castellaneta in the Diving with 266.90 points
--Peighton Cervoni in the 100 Free in 58.23
--The 200 Free Relay team of Cantieni, Elizabeth Kilcoyne, Cervoni and Ali Gibson
--The 400 Free Relay team with the same quartet as in the 200 Relay: Cantieni, Kilcoyne, Cervoni and Gibson.

Second places were posted for the Senecas by the 200 Medley Relay team (Cervoni, Sara Swinnerton, Wilbur and Gibson), Jena Slater in the Diving, Kilcoyne in the 100, Wilbur in the 100 Fly, Isabella Fazzary in the 500 Free, and Swinnerton in the 100 Breaststroke.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur dives at start of the 200 IM, which she won.
Bottom: The Senecas' Peighton Cervoni after she won the 100 Free.

Left: Watkins' Sara Swinnerton competes in the 100 Breaststroke. She placed second. Right: The Senecas' Jena Slater competes in the diving, where she finished second.

Watkins Glen's Jill Cantieni dives at start of the 200 Freestyle, which she won.

Watkins Glen's Isabella Fazzary on the way to second place in the 500 Yard Freestyle.

The Senecas' Allison Gibson competes in the 50 Free, where she finished fourth.

Waverly's third goal sails into the net beyond the reach of O-M goalie Gillian Clark.

O-M girls blanked by Waverly, 10-0

ODESSA, Sept. 8 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 1-3 Thursday when the Indians, down 3-0 at halftime, dropped a 10-0 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

"The Odessa Lady Indians lost to an exceptional Waverly team under the lights," said O-M Coach Marc Kimmerly. "We competed in the first half by challenging Waverly defensively, but we could not contain their exceptional attack. Waverly is a well-coached club, obvious by the way they stayed composed and delivered accurate passes to each other.

"They picked us apart little by little in the midfield by winning the balls out of the air.  Offensively their shots were accurate and had velocity. We are proud of our girls for continuing to play with heart and not giving up. We are going to continue to work hard and prepare for next week."

Waverly, 4-0, was led by three goals each from sophomore Melina Ortiz and senior Elle Nittinger. The Wolverines outshot Odessa, 27-2, and had an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks.

O-M returns to action at home Monday against Southern Cayuga. Game time is 7 p.m.

Photo in text: O-M's Grace Vondracek meets the ball.

Left: O-M's Hannah Bruno (20) contends for the ball. Right:O-M's Autumn Garrison moves the ball. (Both photos by Mike Stamp)

Odessa-Montour's Olivia Grover, left, and McKannah Lott control the ball. (Both photos by Mike Stamp)

Left: O-M's Hailey Perraut (4). Right: Odessa's Meagan Terry inbounds the ball.

Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese at the start of the 200 Yard Medley Relay.

O-M swimmers open with loss to ND

ODESSA, Sept. 8 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team opened its season on a losing note Thursday, falling to Elmira Notre Dame 50-32 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Wins for Odessa were posted by Megan Adams in the 200 Yard Freestyle (2:38.65) and by Tori Reese in the 100 Yard Breaststroke (1:20.91).

Second places were registered by Reese in the 200 Individual Medley, by Kara Reese in the 100 Yard Butterfly, and by Hailey Hoose in both the 50 and 100 Yard Freestyle.

Notre Dame was led by four first-place finishes each by Catherine Craig (the 500 Free, 100 Back and two relays) and Caroline Rogers (the 200 IM, 100 Free and two relays).

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

Photo in text: O-M's Hailey Hoose on the way to second place in the 50 Free.

Odessa-Montour's Lydia Lynch competes in the 200 Yard Medley Relay.

O-M's Tori Reese en route to second place in the 200 IM. She won the 100 Breaststroke.

Odessa-Montour's Megan Adams on the way to victory in the 200 Yard Freestyle.

O-M boys blank Groton, improve to 2-0

ODESSA, Sept. 7 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team topped Groton 3-0 Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

Odessa, now 2-0, got two first-half goals from Curtis Harris, the first at 39:36, assisted by Alec Betts, and the second at 10:07, assisted by Preston Harris and Ryan Griswald.

Preston Harris scored the final goal at 6:39 of the second half, unassisted.

Odessa outshot Groton 12-4, and had a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. O-M's goalkeeper, Trey McCarty, registered four saves, while Groton netminder Tyler Zinzola had nine saves.

Odessa returns to action Tuesday at Newfield. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Watkins volleyball team falls to Tioga

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 7 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team lost 3-0 Wednesday to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Field House gym.

Games scores were 16-25, 24-26 and 18-25.

The Senecas mounted a comeback in the second game led by senior Emmie Bond's 13 consecutive service points.

"I'm very proud of how the girls performed tonight against a top-notch team," said Watkins Glen Coach Dawn Baker. "Not only did Emmie Bond have a strong evening, but seniors Hanley Elliott and Megan Hazlitt also had some great plays. Our entire team played well, and we look forward to improving with each practice."

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Newfield.

Junior Varsity: Tioga defeated Watkins Glen 3-0.

O-M volleyball team loses to Waverly

WAVERLY, Sept. 7 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team's record slipped to 0-2 Wednesday when the Indians dropped a 3-0 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match.

Game scores were 13-25, 14-25 and 8-25.

Individual statistics included:

Rhys Stermer -- 3 points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 1 dig
Jacy Knapp -- 5 points, 1 ace
Izzy Foote -- 3 points, 1 ace
Pixie Kinner -- 1 point, 1 ace

Odessa returns to action Friday at Newfield. The JV contest starts at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity match.

Junior Varsity: Waverly defeated O-M, 2-0.

Watkins Glen boys fall to Lansing

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 7 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team dropped an 8-0 decision to Lansing Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game at WGHS.

The Senecas, 0-2, return to action Tuesday at home against Notre Dame. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

They then travel to Newark Valley on Thursday, Sept. 14 before hosting the annual GLM tournament on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15-16. Other teams in the tournament are Dryden, Odessa-Montour and Greene.

The Tribe "B" team's Christopher Simiele runs for a 45-yard touchdown. (Photo provided)

Tribe's 'A' team wins, improves to 2-0

ODESSA, Sept. 5 -- The Schuyler County Youth Football "A" team improved to 2-0 Saturday when it defeated Johnson City 33-6 in a game on Odessa-Montour High School's Charles Martin Field.

The Tribe, which fell behind early 6-0, got two rushing touchdowns apiece from Ryan Willett and Thomas Snow, one from Luke Bower, and a Daniel Lewis-to-John Gillis TD pass. The A team is now 2-0.

The Tribe's "B" and "C" teams lost, however.

The B team (now 0-2) fell to Johnson City 20-7, and the C team (1-1) lost to JC 24-0. The lone score for the B team came on a 45-yard run by Christopher Simiele.

The Tribe teams return to action Sunday at Maine-Endwell. The C, B and A games begin at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., respectively.

Photos in text:

Top: The Tribe "A" team's Ryan Willett on the way to a 27-yard touchdown.
Bottom: The Tribe "C" team's Caydin Lagramada gains some yardage. (Photos provided)

In the "A" game, the Tribe's John Gillis (5) and Daniel Lewis (17) react after stopping Johnson City on a third-and-long play. (Photo provided)

Athletes of the Week: Elliott, Harris

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 3 -- Following the inaugural week of the high school sports season, we honor a football player and a soccer standout as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Zach Elliott, an Odessa-Montour student and a member of the Seneca Indians football team -- made up of Watkins Glen and O-M players -- earns a nod for his four-touchdown, 193-yard performance as the squad won 32-22 over Greene in the season opener.

Curtis Harris, meanwhile, earns the other nod for his three-goal, one-assist showing as the O-M boys varsity soccer team opened with a victory over Moravia.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen soccer players Hannah Morse, Cierra Barber and Josh Updyke; O-M soccer players Deshawn Johnson and Alexis Saunders; Seneca Indians football player Joe Chedzoy; and Watkins Glen swimmers Lexi Castellaneta and Amanda Wilbur.

Honorable Mention: Another 31 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Star teams and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Odessa-Montour girls lose to Groton, 7-0

GROTON, Sept. 5 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 1-2 Tuesday when the Indians fell to Groton 7-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

"We played a tough game against a very physical and experienced Groton team in the rain," said Odessa Coach Marc Kimmerly. "Groton took control early in the game by sending the ball through our defense as well as over the top to complete long runs to their wing players. Groton players kept their composure and stayed onsides before streaking through and getting fast-break opportunities.

"Overall our girls responded well in the second half, stepping up and challenging much more aggressively. McKennah Lott led by example on defense with her nonstop pressure and her ability to communicate with the back line. Olivia Grover and Kennedey Heichel had some fluid passing moments in transition, but we just couldn't seem to break them down."

O-M returns to action Thursday at home against Waverly. Game time is 7 p.m.

Seneca Indian defenders, left, prepare to rush the passer. (Photo by Daphne Holland)

Seneca Indians rally to win

Overcome 10-point deficit, top Greene in opener 32-22

ODESSA, Sept. 2 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team started its season on a winning note Friday night, coming from 10 points down to defeat Greene 32-22 in a Section IV non-divisional game on Odessa-Montour High School's Charles Martin Field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined squad of O-M and Watkins Glen players -- equalled their win total of 2016 with the victory.

"We've been reminded of last year," said WGOM Coach Trevor Holland. "But that was then. This was a great morale victory."

The Seneca Indians scored first, driving down the field after receiving the kickoff and reaching paydirt on the 14th play -- a 4-yard run by Zach Elliott, his first of four touchdowns. The 2-point conversion attempt failed.

Greene responded with a touchdown and extra point with 2:16 left in the period before WGOM took the lead 12-7 at 3:09 of the second quarter on a 25-yard Elliott TD run. Greene answered with a touchdown and 2-point conversion to go up 15-12 at 1:06 before intermission.

Greene padded its lead to 10 points, 22-12, at 8:39 of the third period, "and that could have been the tipping point," said Holland. "If they scored again and went up 30-12, it might have been too much to overcome. But they didn't. "

The Seneca Indians pulled within two points, 22-20, with 4:37 remaining in the third quarter on an Elliott 1-yard run and 2-point conversion run by Casen Weeden, and then took the lead 26-22 with 8:44 left in the fourth period on another Elliott TD, this one from 4 yards out.

"There was still a lot of time," said Holland, but just 16 seconds later, "Zach (Elliott) annihilated their quarterback, who fumbled, and Joe (Chedzoy) did a scoop and score for our final touchdown (a 34-yard return). I'll tell you, the fans went crazy."

The coach pointed to the offensive line, mostly juniors, as a key element in the win. The line consists of Dayne Hughey (a senior) at left end, Dylan Houseknecht at left tackle, Kameryn Sheldon at left guard, Collin Baker at center, Wyatt Brower at right guard, Wrett Brower at right tackle, and Josh Bravo at right end.

"That line is in great shape," said Holland. "We just wore Greene down. We gassed them."

He also pointed to the running backs, notably Elliott, who led the squad in rushing with 193 yards. He and Chedzoy (114 yards) did most of the running, with Weeden (24 yards) contributing some key gainers.

On defense, said Holland, "Sean Kelly, at corner, made some big plays; Ben Matthews, at linebacker, made some great tackles, and Joe (Chedzoy) had a huge interception with about two minutes left."

After that, the Seneca Indians ran out the clock. A 25-yard run by Elliott "put the dagger in them. And then we took a knee."

Greene, which is a Division VI (Class D) squad, "is fast," said Holland. "They like to play the dive option. But our size took a toll."

If there was one thing that bothered the coach, it was ball protection. The Seneca Indians lost two fumbles amid several drops.

"I know what we're working on Monday: holding the ball," he said.

Next up for WGOM is a Division IV (Class C) game at Watkins Glen High School at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor (a 34-0 winner over Groton Friday).

Photos in text:

Top: Representatives from both teams enter the field before the contest.
Bottom: The scoreboard shows the final tally. (Photos by Daphne Holland)

The Watkins Glen team during the National Anthem. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

Watkins girls fall to Notre Dame, 7-2

SOUTHPORT, Sept. 2 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 0-2 Friday when the Senecas dropped a 7-2 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

Hannah Morse scored both of Watkins Glen's goals, unassisted on the first one and assisted by Isobel Scheffey on the second one.

Cierra Barber made 30 saves in goal for the Senecas.

Notre Dame was led by Camille VanderMeer's three goals, and two by Laurel Vargas.

"Despite the final score," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, "I think the girls played a good game against an incredibly talented Notre Dame team.

"We continue to improve in our defensive play and are moving the ball much better. The combination of Scheffey and Morse up front is looking really good as they both bring a lot of speed to the game.

"It was a busy day in goal for Cierra Barber, but she made some outstanding saves against some terrific Notre Dame players. Next week we should have the whole team back and healthy, and I’m excited to see us continue to improve."

The Senecas return to action Sept. 11 at Lansing. Game time is 7 p.m.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse maneuvers with the ball as teammate Danielle Leszyk follows the play.

Bottom left: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Cierra Barber making one of her 30 saves.

Bottom right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk (3) contends for the ball (Photos by Sheila Barber)

Left: The Senecas' Isobel Scheffey controls the ball. Right: Watkins Glen's Hannah Matusicky moves the ball upfield. (Photos by Sheila Barber)

O-M girls lose in tourney final, 4-0

CAMPBELL, Sept. 2 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 1-1 Friday when the Indians fell to Alfred-Almond 4-0 in the title game of the Campbell-Savona Tournament.

"Alfred-Almond came out strong in the first half of the game, controlling the tempo and pace," said O-M Coach Marc Kimmerly, whose squad had reached the championship contest by defeating the host school on Thursday.

"Alfred-Almond took advantage of its ability to dictate the passing lanes and forced us to react to their movements instead of us controlling ours. We look to improve on our possession percentage and increase our scoring opportunities in the upcoming games."

Four O-M players made the All-Tournament team: Alexis Saunders, who scored three goals in the first game; McKennah Lott (Defense), Gillian Clark (Keeper), and Grace Vondracek (Hustle and Physicality).

Odessa returns to action Tuesday at Groton. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Watkins swimmers fall to Horseheads

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 2 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team dropped a 96-84 decision Friday to Horseheads in a season-opening non-league meet in the WGHS pool.

Posting wins for the Senecas were:

--Lexi Castellaneta, who totaled 275.95 points in the diving competition. Horseheads' Chloe Person was second with 238.70.
--Amanda Wilbur, first in the 100 Yard Butterfly in 1:08.22.
--Sara Swinnerton, first in the 100 Yard Breaststroke in 1:23.82

Watkins' Peighton Cervoni finished second in the 100 Free in 58.54, and second in the 100 Backstroke in 1:13.59.

The Senecas return to action Thursday at home against Waverly at 4:30 p.m.

O-M boys blank Moravia in opener

MORAVIA, Sept. 1 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team -- led by three Curtis Harris goals and two by Deshawn Johnson -- opened the season with a 6-0 victory Thursday over Moravia in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

Harris opened the scoring at 35:00 of the first half unassisted, and scored again 27.8 seconds before halftime, assisted by Johnny Niedermaier.

Johnson scored the first of his two goals at 28:24 of the second half, assisted by Curtis Harris, and his second at 27:09, assisted by Preston Harris. Paden Grover scored at 2:43, assisted by Dan Minnier, and Curtis Harris closed out the scoring at 1:40, unassisted.

O-M's Trey McCarty registered four saves in goal for the Indians in posting the shutout, while Moravia's Ethan Manning had 23. Odessa had 15 corner kicks to two by Moravia.

The Indians return to action Wednesday, home against Groton at 7 p.m.

Left: O-M's Hailey Perraut sends the ball past a Campbell-Savona player. Right: The Indians' Autumn Garrison controls the ball. (Photos by Mike Stamp)

O-M girls open with win at C-S tourney

CAMPBELL, Sept. 1 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team opened its season with a 3-1 victory over host Campbell-Savona in the opening round Thursday of the two-day, four-team C-S Tournament.

The final is set for today (Friday) at 6 p.m. against Alfred-Almond, winner of its first-round game Thursday against Canisteo-Greenwood.

Alexis Saunders scored all three of O-M's goals -- one unassisted, and the other two assisted by McKennah Lott and Hunter Daugherty.

The defense played an "excellent" game, said Coach Marc Kimmerly, who pointed to the performances of Lott, Daugherty, Meagan Terry and Gabby Fazzary.

Senior captain Gillian Clark, he added, "played a solid game" in goal, "making 8 saves while leading her team vocally and displaying excellent leadership."

Senior captain Hailey Perraut, Kimmerly noted, "held down the midfield position by distributing the ball to the forwards as well as getting back on defense when pressure increased."

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Alexis Saunders moves past a Campbell-Savona defender. Saunders scored three goals.

Bottom: Odessa-Montour goalkeeper Gillian Clark kicks the ball upfield. (Photos by Mike Stamp)

Left: O-M's Casey Underdown (19) races upfield. Right: The Indians' Catherine Rounds (5) fights for the ball. (Photos by Mike Stamp)

Left: O-M's Olivia Grover moves past a Campbell-Savona defender. Right: The Indians' Hannah Bruno sends the ball flying in traffic. (Photos by Mike Stamp)

O-M volleyball team falls to S-VE, 3-0

ODESSA, Sept. 1 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team opened its season with a loss Thursday, dropping a 3-0 decision to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 18-25, 12-25 and 16-25.

"The team worked hard, but could not pull in off in the end," said Coach Colleen Coolican. "We are looking forward to our next match on Wednesday," when the Indians travel to Waverly.

Individual statistics for O-M included:

Hannah Rose: 7 service points, 2 aces, 2 digs.
Cheyenne Barrett: 5 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 3 digs.
Rhys Stermer: 3 service points, 2 kills.
Bronwyn Stermer: 4 kills, 1 dig.
Jacy Knapp: 1 service point, 3 digs.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated S-VE, 3-0.

Watkins boys fall to Union Springs, 4-3

WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 30 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team opened its regular season with a loss Wednesday, dropping a 4-3 decision to Union Springs in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

Josh Updyke scored twice for the Senecas, once unassisted and once with an assist from Avery Watson. Regan Scholtisek also scored for Watkins, assisted by Updyke.

Coach Nils Watson also pointed to strong play from Senecas Peter Sandritter, Ramel Fulcher and Josiah Wysocki.

Watkins Glen returns to action Sept. 6 at home against Lansing. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Glen volleyball team drops opener, 3-0

WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 29 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team opened its season with a loss Tuesday, falling to Waverly 3-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS gym.

Game scores were 20-25, 23-25 and 11-25.

The Senecas return to action Thursday at Newark Valley. The junior varsity contest starts at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity.

Junior Varsity: Waverly defeated Watkins Glen 3-0.

Left: Watkins Glen's Kiersten Stiles sends the ball flying. Right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk approaches the ball on a corner kick. (Photos by Sheila Barber)

Watkins girls drop soccer opener, 5-2

WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 28, 2017 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team opened its season on a losing note Monday, falling to Trumansburg 5-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game at WGHS.

Goals for the Senecas came from Hannah Morse and Danielle Leszyk, who also had an assist. Goalkeeper Cierra Barber registered 15 saves for Watkins.

Taylor Miller scored two goals for Trumansburg, while Marley Bunn, Kelly Proctor and Jenna Seafuse scored one each. Maddie Mikula made seven saves in goal for the Blue Raiders.

“It was a competitive game against a very talented and well-coached Trumansburg team,” said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. “We had a strong first half, fighting back with goals from Hannah and Danielle. The girls communicated well, passed the ball well and looked good going into halftime down 3-2. In the second half, however, we faded. Trumansburg adjusted their offense and scored two quick goals.

“I’m proud of the progress we have made so far and how committed the girls are to improving.”

The Senecas return to action Friday at Elmira Notre Dame. Game time is 10 a.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Katlyn Kernan battles a Trumansbug player for the ball. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

Left: Watkins Glen's Makenna Fraboni. Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy fights for control of the ball. (Photos by Sheila Barber)

Isaak Willett (22) carries the ball in the C game, won by the Tribe 24-6. (Photo provided)

2 Tribe squads win, one loses in openers

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Aug. 29 -- The Schuyler County Tribe youth football squads opened their season Sunday at Watkins Glen High School, with the C and A teams posting victories over Chenango Valley and the B team losing to CV.

The C squad won 24-6, starting the game with a 44-yard touchdown run by Isaak Willett and a 2-point conversion by Jax Decker. That 8-0 lead held until the second half, when Decker scored a touchdown on a 68-yard reverse. Willett added a 2-point conversion. Decker then added a 9-yard TD run and 2-point conversion.

The B team fell 12-6, its lone score coming on a 37-yard run by Christopher Simiele. The Tribe defense was led by Gavin Lohmeyer, who stopped CV several times behind the line of scrimmage, and by a Simiele interception and 30-yard return. The Tribe "stalled out at the end of regulation with the score tied 6-6," according to a coach. It then failed to score within four plays from the 10-yard line, while CV did score to win.

The A team won 35-19. Touchdown runs included ones from Brady Cannon (37 yards up the middle), Thomas Snow (18 yards), and Daniel Lewis (a 2-yard QB keeper set up by a 56-yard Ryan Willett run). Lewis also connected with Bryce Cady on a 3-yard TD pass set up by a Willett 61-yard run. Willett gained 158 yards, while Cannon gained 123 yards.

The teams return to action Saturday at Odessa-Montour High School against Johnson City. Game times are 3:30 p.m. (C), 5:30 (B) and 7:30 (A).

Photos in text: The Tribe's Christopher Simiele gains yardage in the B game (top); and so does Ryan Willett in the A game (bottom). (Photos provided)

Left: Gavin Lohmeyer (45) grabs the CV quarterback in the B game. Right: The Tribe's Jax Decker in the C game, where he scored two TDs. (Photos provided)

Mario Andretti Day proclaimed in Glen

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 27, 2017 -- Thursday, Aug. 31, will be Mario Andretti Day in the Village of Watkins Glen -- the day he is honored at the Corning Museum of Glass with the annual Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports.

Andretti, considered by many to be the greatest driver in the history of racing, has a special place in the hearts of village residents and fans of The Glen, officials said.

At their regular meeting on Aug. 21, the village board of trustees enacted a proclamation honoring Andretti of Nazareth, PA.

“Mario Andretti spent many years racing at the Watkins Glen Race Track and getting to know many of the Watkins Glen local residents,” the board’s proclamation states.

“Mario Andretti has been considered one of Watkins Glen’s ‘Home Town Drivers’ for many years,” it continues.

The proclamation declares Aug. 31 as Mario Andretti Day and also recognizes Andretti as an honorary citizen of the village.

Mayor Sam Schimizzi will present the proclamation to Andretti on Thursday evening before Andretti receives the Argetsinger Award from the International Motor Racing Research Center.

The IMRRC, located at 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, is a motorsports archival and research library. The annual award honors Cameron Argetsinger, founder and organizer of the first races in Watkins Glen.

The sold-out dinner at the Corning Museum of Glass is presented by Watkins Glen International, NASCAR, International Speedway Corp. and IMSA and is supported by Sahlen’s.

Andretti debuted at The Glen in the 1968 United States Grand Prix for Formula One. He was the fastest qualifier, but left the race early with a failed clutch, according to IMRRC Historian Bill Green.

Andretti’s most well-known appearance at The Glen was in 1978, when he came to town as the Formula One World Champion, only the second American to earn that crown. He was fastest qualifier for the race and led the first two laps. But he had to retire after only 27 laps with engine trouble, Green said.

Andretti raced in six different series at The Glen in a career that spanned five decades.

Photo in text: Mario Andretti (Photo provided)

Sahlen's signs on as a sponsor for Aug. 31 Cameron R. Argetsinger Award dinner

Gathering at Corning Museum of Glass will honor Mario Andretti

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 19, 2017 -- Sahlen's, familiar to race fans in the Northeast, is the latest industry leader to join the International Motor Racing Research Center's Cameron R. Argetsinger Award dinner honoring Mario Andretti.

A family-owned producer of quality meat products since 1869 in Buffalo, N.Y., Sahlen's has signed on as sponsor of the reception at the Aug. 31 event at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, N.Y.

"We at Sahlen's are proud to support the IMRRC dinner honoring America's iconic racing legend. Mario Andretti and his accomplishments are known worldwide, and we're honored to be part of this gala evening," Joe Sahlen, company president, said.

Sahlen's also was a platinum sponsor of the 2016 Argetsinger Award dinner, at which Roger Penske was honored.

Sahlen's has been the corporate sponsor since 2003 of the annual Six Hours of Watkins Glen IMSA race in June.

"As a longtime sponsor, competitor and race fan from Western New York, The Glen has been my 'home' track for over four decades," added Sahlen, who, as a driver, has raced in four different classes of Grand-Am/IMSA competition, DP, GT, GS and ST. "To have an entity such as the IMRRC in Watkins Glen is a tremendous resource for people to appreciate the history of motorsports."

The IMRRC, a research and archival library focused on the history of all types of racing and all race tracks worldwide, is presenting Andretti with its annual Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports.

Andretti is considered by many to be the greatest driver in the history of the sport, posting victories at virtually every level of racing in a career that spanned five decades.

NASCAR, the International Speedway Corp., Watkins Glen International and IMSA are the presenting sponsors for the sold-out gala dinner. It precedes the Verizon IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen weekend at WGI.

The award memorializes Cameron R. Argetsinger, founder and organizer of the first races at Watkins Glen almost 70 years ago. It was established to honor a person who is recognized universally for having advanced and improved the sport, who brings prestige to motorsports and who demonstrates commitment to the future of racing.

Chip Ganassi was the inaugural award recipient, and Richard Petty was the 2015 honoree.

The dinner serves as a key fundraiser for the Racing Research Center. The IMRRC, opened in 1999, is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.

Other event supporters are Corning Incorporated, Bosch, Firestone, Honda, Chip Ganassi Racing, Team Penske, Sports Car Club of America, Smithfield Foods, AmeriCarna, WELK Vintage Motorsports, Williams Auto Group, the Hilliard Corp., Elmira Savings Bank, Welliver, Corning Automotive Glass Solutions, Lotus WNY, Glenora Wine Cellars, Larry Kessler, Bob Newman and Archie Urciuoli.

ND grad Craig wins 13 Jr. Olympics events

ROCHESTER, Michigan, July 31, 2017 -- Elmira Notre Dame High School graduate Molly Craig -- a member of the 2017 Odessa File-sponsored Top Drawer 24 team of outstanding high school student-athlete-citizens in our region -- won nine of the 10 individual swim events in which she was entered at the AAU Junior Olympics at the Oakland University pool.

On top of that, she was on the winning squad in each of the four relays in her age group -- 15- to 18-year-olds.

Craig, who is entering Williams College to pursue a career in Biomedical Science and to swim, placed first over the past weekend in the following individual races (in order): The 1500 Freestyle, the 200 Free, the 100 Butterfly, the 400 Individual Medley, the 200 IM, the 400 Free, the 200 Back, the 200 Fly and the 100 Free. She finished second in the 50 Free in a time of 28.81, behind a winning time of 28.46.

She was also on the winning 200 Medley and 400 Medley Relay teams, and the winning 200 Free and 400 Free Relay teams.

Craig was a member of the United Southern Tier Aquatics team, which finished second in the girls' competition and third overall (when the girls and boys scores were combined). There were 20 girls teams, and 25 boys teams.

Craig finished her high school career with numerous Section IV, Class C records and area pool records. She was actively recruited by many NCAA swim programs.

Craig's sister, Catherine, a junior at Notre Dame and an outstanding swimmer in her own right, won the 200 Breaststroke and 100 Breaststroke at the Junior Olympics while finishing second in the 400 IM and the 200 IM (both times behind Molly). She placed third in the 400 Free and 1500 Free, fourth in the 100 Fly and 200 Fly, fifth in the 100 Back, and sixth in the 100 Free. Catherine was also on three of the winning relay squads with her sister: the 200 Medley and 400 Medley, and the 200 Free.

Watkins Glen High School's Amanda Wilbur, who is just entering the ninth grade, competed in the 13-14-year-old girls' swim events. She was on the third-place 400 Free Relay team, and in individual races placed 13th in the 200 Backstroke and 16th in the 200 IM, along with 17th in the 100 Back, and 19th in both the 200 Free and 100 Fly. She was 27th among 58 competitors in the 100 Free.

In order to compete at the AAU Junior Olympics, competitors had to qualify in their age group by placing first, second or third in their chosen events at approved AAU District Swimming Championship meets. Each could race in a maximum of 10 events not counting relays. The Junior Olympics spanned four days, Thursday through Sunday, July 27-30.

Tourney champs

The Schuyler County 11- and 12-year-old Little League players (pictured above) participated in the Penn Yan Youth Baseball Tournament on July 7 and 8. The team won all three games to take the tourney title. The other teams in attendance were Penn Yan, Dundee and Prattsburgh. (Photo provided)

Left: Athlete of the Year honorees Sage Garrison and Andy Fudala. Right: Sportsmanship Award recipients Dasia Herrmann and Nick Sgrecci. (Photos provided)

O-M Athletes of Year: Garrison, Fudala

ODESSA, June 14 -- Sage Garrison and Andy Fudala were named the Odessa-Montour High School Athletes of the Year Monday evening at the annual Sports Awards Banquet at O-M.

Garrison was a three-sport standout in basketball, track and soccer (where she established new career marks for goals and points). Fudala was a three-sport standout in soccer, swimming (a Section IV champion in the Breaststroke), and track (where he set new school Pole Vault and Pentathlon records).

The Harold Lynch Athlete of the Year honor goes each year to male and female seniors.

The prestigious Charles Martin Memorial Sportsmanship Award, meanwhile, went to Dasia Herrmann and Nick Sgrecci. The latter also won the Gerald Crosley Track Award.

Bill Lindsley, coach of the wrestling and softball squads, received the O-M Coach of the Year Award.

Other special honors: Jon Andrews won the Jim Anagnost Memorial Award; Isabel Foote won the Leon B. Williams Jr. Memorial Cheerleading award; Kara Harris was named Booster of the Year, and Alberta Donahue was named Fan of the Year.

MVP and Outstanding Athlete Awards, along with Most Improved and assorted other honors, were also presented in the year's many various sports.

Photo in text: O-M Coach of the Year Bill Lindsley (Photo provided)

Fudala 8th in Hurdles, 21st in Pole Vault

ENDICOTT, June 10 -- Odessa-Montour High School senior Andy Fudala -- who qualified for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Track and Field Championships in two events -- placed 8th in one and 21st in the other.

Fudala was 8th among Division 2 competitors in the 110 Meter Hurdles Saturday, the second of two days of events at Union-Endicott High School. He posted a time of 16.06 after qualifying for the finals Friday with a time of 15.72.

He finished 21st in the Pole Vault on Friday, clearing the bar at 12 feet, 6 inches, well below his season best (and school record) of 14 feet.

Hazlitt, Fudala are the File's 2017 Schuyler Spring MVPs

SCHUYLER COUNTY, June 5 -- This spring the sports achievements of note in our county have come largely from track and field -- and accordingly, The Odessa File Schuyler Spring MVPs come from that sport.

Two standouts -- one from Watkins Glen High School and one from Odessa-Montour -- garnered most of the headlines because they were continually winning and often setting records in the process.

They are Patrick Hazlitt of WGHS and Andy Fudala of O-M, two young men who achieved success in the same sport, but on different paths.

Hazlitt, who was also our Schuyler Fall MVP for leading his school’s cross country team to State and Federation titles, excelled this spring as a mid-distance runner, specializing in the 400 and 800 Meter Runs while also winning early in the season at 3200 Meters. He has made States this year for the third time, competing in the 800 (for which he set a school record) after visits to States in Cross Country and Indoor Track.

Fudala won with regularity in the 110 Meter Hurdles and the Pole Vault, and excelled in the Long Jump and 400 Meter Hurdles. And he won the IAC Pentathlon, breaking his own school record in the process. He set a school record and then broke it in the Pole Vault, and qualified for States in both the 110 Meter Hurdles and Pole Vault.

The bottom line is this: Each has excelled in extraordinary ways in track and field, setting school standards of impressive scope -- and each has earned the Spring MVP honor.

Photos in text: Andy Fudala in the 110 Meter Hurdles, and Patrick Hazlitt in the 800.

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Odessa File All-Schuyler Spring All-Stars

First Team:

Patrick Hazlitt -- WG track & field -- MVP
Andy Fudala -- OM track & field -- MVP
Zach Elliott -- OM track & field
Grace Vondracek -- OM softball
Shawn Rutledge -- WG track & field
Joe Chedzoy -- WG lacrosse
Hanley Elliott -- WG golf
Ryan Clark -- WG golf
Gillian Clark -- OM golf
Nadia Simpson -- OM track & field
Gabe Planty -- WG track & field
Josh Updyke -- Seneca Indians baseball

Second Team:

Aaron Planty -- WG track & field
Katlyn Kernan -- WG softball
Dylan Morse -- WG tennis
Kennedey Heichel -- OM track & field
Jaylin Rumsey -- OM track & field
Breeana Bentley -- OM softball
Heidi Casselberry -- OM softball
Jackson Dunham -- WG lacrosse
Dalton Cummings -- WG lacrosse
Curtis Harris -- OM tennis
Sam Hanley -- WG golf
Hannah Bruno -- OM track & field
Gabi Decker -- WG golf
Sean Kelly -- Seneca Indians baseball

Third Team:

Nick Sgrecci -- OM track & field
Casen Weeden -- WG track & field
Dasia Herrmann -- OM softball
Dylan Platon -- WG lacrosse
Jake Kelly -- WG lacrosse
Alec Betts -- OM track & field
Haley Dean -- WG track & field
Noah Brewster -- OM track & field
Jacob Zimmer -- OM track & field
Caleb Thomas -- Seneca Indians baseball
Jacob Carocci -- WG golf
Kai Sutterby -- WG track & field
Allison Gibson -- WG track & field
Hailey Perraut -- OM track & field
Paden Grover -- OM track & field
Jeremiah Lynch -- OM track & field
Trevor Dunn -- OM track & field
Casey Underdown -- OM track & field
Derrick Lewis -- Seneca Indians baseball
Isobel Scheffey -- WG track & field
Jena Slater -- WG track & field
Julya Slater -- WG track & field
Cierra Barber -- WG softball
Kathryn Losey -- WG softball
Megan Jenkins -- OM softball
Brienna Solomon -- WG softball

Honorable Mention:

Avery Watson (WG lacrosse), Johnny Neidermaier (Seneca Indians baseball), Isabel Foote (OM softball), Lydia Lynch (OM softball), Alyssa Crout (OM softball), Sage Garrison (OM track), Alex Grady (Seneca Indians baseball), Eric Rumsey (OM track & field), Andy Hartford (OM track & field), Austin Voorheis (Seneca Indians baseball), Catherine Rounds (OM golf), Daniel Paradiso (WG track & field), Sean Holland (WG track & field), Max Schimizzi (WG golf), Cameron Connelly (WG track & field), Nate Wickham (WG tennis), Isaac McIlroy (Seneca Indians baseball), Michael Doane (Seneca Indians baseball), Claudia Parker (WG softball), Kelsey Kernan (WG softball), Courtney Irwin (WG golf), Kaitlyn Valla (WG lacrosse), Ali LaMoreaux (WG tennis), Tim Clifford (WG tennis), Alex Gibson (WG golf), Patrick Bannon (WG golf).

 

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