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Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 2

These are the results of the second week of Watkins Glen Youth Basketball held at the Watkins Glen High School.

3rd-4th Grades

Famous Brands (2-0) 18, Central Asphalt (0-2) 8

FB -- Caleb Bresett 8, Ryan Berry 8, Brennon Elliott 2
CA -- Tyler Smith 4, Rachel Vickio 4

Glen Motel (2-0) 20, Curly's (0-2) 19

GM -- Christopher Simiele 14, Lucas Hoffman 4, Molly Coolican 2
Curly's -- Brady Bockekamp 10, Sam Caslin 9

Sporting Goods (2-0) 30, Mr. Chicken (0-2) 2

SG -- Nicholas D'Alleva 22, Amos Diliberto 6, Donovan Wratten 2
MC -- Natalie Oliver 2

5th-6th Grades

Seneca Lodge (2-0) 35, WG Supply (0-2) 21

SL -- Jacob Yontz 21, Sasha Honrath 6, Gregory Samuels 6, Zachery Castillo 2
WGS -- Brennen Pierce 9, David Kelly 8, Sarah Jones 4

VanSkiver Motors (1-1) 23, Maguire's (1-1) 20

VSM -- Brandon Chiacchiarini 10, Gavin Smith 9, Damyan Metris 4
M -- Bryce Cady 7, Carly Arnold 7, Jazmine Craven 4, Han Shun Liu 2

Church Street Produce (2-0) 39, Capt Bill's (0-2) 18

CSP -- Jenna Solomon 15, Deven Searles 12, Jason Murphy 12
CB -- Joseph Sutterby 8, Alexander Holmes 4, Carmichael Ayers 4, Lillian Ameigh 2

O-M's Jeremiah Lynch, left, prepares to battle Sayre's Matt Ingrassia in the final at 160.

Horseheads wins Watson tournament

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 14 -- Horseheads High School -- with four individual weight champions -- won the team title Saturday at the Mike Watson Invitational Wrestling Tournament in the Watkins Glen High School Field House.

The Raiders were first with 236 points, while Vestal was second with 204. After that came Spencer-Van Etten/Candor (174), Elmira (149), South Seneca (123), Danville, Pa. (122), Odessa-Montour (114), Dryden (104), Newark Valley (90), Addison (89), Lansing (75), Watkins Glen (74), Tioga and Whitney Point (58 each), Maine-Endwell (48), Sayre (46), Thomas Edison (29.50), and Waverly (20).

Neither Odessa-Montour nor Watkins Glen had a class champion, although O-M's Jeremiah Lynch was second at 160 pounds, falling in the final to Matt Ingrassia of Sayre, 8-4.

O-M also had two fourth-place finishers: Jacob Zimmer (4-2 at145 pounds) and Cameron Pickering (3-2 at 170 pounds). Placing fifth for O-M was Dylan Houseknecht (2-2 at 285 pounds). Finishing sixth for the Indians were Josiah Lynch (2-3 at 106 pounds) and Andrew Hartford (2-3 at 120 pounds).

Watkins Glen had two fourth-place finishers: Parker Arcangeli (3-2 at 182 pounds) and Ethan Voorheis (3-2 at 285 pounds). Placing fifth for Watkins Glen was Charlie Wright (3-2 at 152 pounds). Finishing sixth were Josh Bravo (2-3 at 195 pounds) and Kameryn Sheldon (2-3 at 220 pounds).

Danville was named winner of the sportsmanship award. MVP honors went to Wesley Woodworth of Horseheads in the lightweight classes (he won at 120 pounds) and Dylan Dunham of Whitney Point in the heavyweight classes (he won at 182).

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Jeremiah Lynch fights for the title at 160 pounds. He lost by decision.
Bottom: Odessa's Cameron Pickering competes in the 3rd Place bout at 170 pounds. He lost by decision.

Left: Watkins Glen's Ethan Voorheis (right) battles in the 3rd Place bout at 285 pounds, which he lost 4-0. Right: The Senecas' Parker Arcangeli competes in the 3rd Place bout at 182 pounds, which he lost 6-3.

Odessa-Montour's Dylan Houseknecht nears victory in the 5th Place bout at 285 pounds.

Left: Watkins Glen's Dakota Cole enters the water at start of the 500 Freestyle. Right: The Senecas' Aidan DeBolt dives in for first leg of the 200 Free Relay.

Glen swimmers 6th in B at Elmira meet

ELMIRA, Jan. 14 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team placed sixth in Class B at Saturday's annual Beecher Invitational swim meet, an event with 17 schools competing in three classes.

The B division, determined by meet organizers, included Chenango Valley, Addison, Campbell-Savona, Windsor, Elmira and Watkins Glen. Chenango Valley won the B division, Ithaca the A division, and Greece the C division.

The overall top 12 from all classes combined received awards: medals and podium recognition for the top six, and ribbons for seventh through 12th.

Individual top 15 finishes for Watkins Glen included AJ Specchio, 15th in the 200 Yard Individual Medley and 15th in the 100 Yard Backstroke; and Aidan DeBolt, 7th in the 50 Yard Freestyle and 13th in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

The Senecas' best relay finishes were 8th in the 200 Freestyle Relay (with DeBolt, Dakota Cole, Nate Wickham and Specchio) and 8th in the 400 Freestyle Relay (Specchio, Cole, Wickham and DeBolt).

Odessa-Montour's Noah Angle dives in at the start of a leg of the 200 Free Relay.

O-M swimmers 3rd in C at Elmira meet

ELMIRA, Jan. 14 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team -- led by a top-five finish by Billy Tague in the 500 Free -- placed third among Class C schools at Saturday's annual Beecher Invitational.

The meet was divided into three classes -- A, B and C schools, as determined by the meet organizers-- but the overall top 12 from all classes combined received awards: medals and podium recognition for the top six, and ribbons for seventh through 12th. Greece won Class C with 292.5 points, followed by Newark with 237.5 and O-M with 213. Also in the division were Susquehanna Valley (181 points), Johnson City (179) and Union-Endicott (28).

"Greece is a Class A school and Newark is a Class B school in Section 5," said Odessa-Montour Coach Terri Brace, "so O-M faced some pretty tough competition.

"The guys all swam really well, and posted many personal records. Individually, the top performer for O-M was Billy Tague, placing 5th in the 500 Free with a season-best time of 5:17.96. He also took 9th in the 200 Free with a season-best time of 1:56.94."

Also placing in the top 12 overall for O-M were:

--Andy Fudala, 8th in the 100 Breast with a season best of 1:07.89
--The 200 Medley Relay squad of Alec Betts, Andy Fudala, Jake Mayette and Billy Tague, 8th with a season best of 1:54.26
--The 200 Free Relay team of Betts, Fudala, Noah Angle and Tague, 10th with a season best of 1:41.85

Setting PRs (personal records) were:

--Cameron Adams in the 200 Free and 500 Free
--Jake Mayette in the 200 Free and 100 Fly
--Brett Walters in the 200 IM and 100 Fly
--Noah Angle in the 50 Free and 100 Free
--Bailey Hornbrook in the 50 Free
--Andy Fudala in the 50 Free
--Micah Brewster in the 100 Free and 100 Back
--Noah Brewster in the 500 Free and 100 Back
--Rhys Stermer in the 100 Back
--Tyler Carson in the 100 Free
--Kyle Frasier in the 100 Breast

Additionally, Alec Betts set season-best times in the 200 IM and 100 Breast.

"We always enjoy swimming in this invitational," said Brace. "The competition is fierce and the team veterans really benefit from facing the top swimmers in the area. They all rose to the occasion today in the pool, and helped the rookies acclimate to the different meet structure. With nine rookies on the team, the experience of swimming in a meet of this size is invaluable, and will serve them well as we enter the postseason in February."

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Billy Tague on the way to fifth place in the 500 Free.
Bottom: O-M's Alec Betts talks things over with Coach Terri Brace.

Evans leads WG bowlers at Corning

CORNING, Jan. 14 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team, led by a 575 series by Dakota Evans, earned Small School title honors Saturday at the Tom Sullivan Memorial Bowling Tournament in Corning.

The Senecas finished sixth overall with a 2113 total. The top four teams were Cortland, Horseheads, Elmira and Corning.

Of Evans' total, which was high among girls in the qualifying round, Coach Ward Brower said he was happy for her, adding: "She works very hard."

The Watkins Glen boys placed 10th among 10 schools with a 2432 total. The top four finishers were Corning, Elmira, Homer and Cortland, with Newark Valley (6th overall) earning the Small Schools title.

"It was a great experience for both teams," said Brower. "This tournament is the same format and oil pattern as the section tournament and state qualifying tournament, so that gives us a good idea of what we need to work on."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dakota Evans. (File photo)

Walk of Famers to be Center talk focus

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 9, 2017 -- The careers of 15 racers honored in the Watkins Glen Drivers Walk of Fame will be examined when International Motor Racing Research Center Historian Bill Green kicks off the annual Center Conversations speaker series.

Joining Green in the Saturday, Jan. 21, discussion will be fellow members of the Watkins Glen Historic Racing Committee Jim Scaptura and Rick Hughey. The spotlighted drivers represent all decades in Watkins Glen's racing history and all race series.

This first Center Conversation of 2017, sponsored in part by the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce, will begin at 1 p.m. and is open to all. The Racing Research Center is located at 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen.

A $5 donation for admission is requested to help defray costs.

The talk will be live-streamed at www.youtube.com/user/IMRRC/live or via the Center's website at www.racingarchives.org/stream/. The talk also will be archived on the Center's You Tube channel to watch in the future.

Green, Scaptura and Hughey will discuss 15 racers honored with a granite block in the Drivers Walk of Fame: Walter E. Hansgen, Sir Stirling Moss, Brian Redman, Sam Posey, Lyn St. James, Graham Hill, Roger Penske, David Saville Peck, Davy Jones, Roberto Guerrero, Sam Collier, Joakim Bonnier, John Surtees, Tommy Hoan and Bob Bucher.

The Watkins Glen Drivers Walk of Fame was established by the Historic Racing Committee, the Schuyler County Chamber of Commerce and Watkins Glen International in 1993 to honor racers who have competed on the Glen's world famous circuit since 1948. Each year, the committee, now a committee of the IMRRC, adds several new markers to the Walk of Fame.

To be considered for induction into the Walk of Fame, a driver must have driven in competition at one of the four race courses used at the Glen since 1948.

The core markers of the Drivers Walk of Fame are located in the east and west sidewalks along Franklin Street. All markers in the Walk of Fame are sponsored through private donations. Most honorees in the Drivers Walk of Fame are inducted at the annual Grand Prix Festival the first Friday after Labor Day in September.

The first person inducted into the Walk of Fame was the man whose vision it was to bring racing to Watkins Glen, Cameron Argetsinger. His block was placed in the Drivers Walk of Fame at the original racing start-finish line in front of the Schuyler County Court House in 1993.

Today, 121 men and women who raced at Watkins Glen are honored in the Walk of Fame, and the 2017 class is already being planned.

The International Motor Racing Research Center, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, is an archival and research library dedicated to the preservation and sharing of the materials of motorsports history, of all series and all tracks, worldwide.

For more information about the Center and its work, visit the website www.racingarchives.org. The IMRRC also is active on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo in text: Roberto Guerrero reveals his marker in the Watkins Glen Drivers Walk of Fame in September 2016. (Photo by Josh Ashby)

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Watkins Glen bowlers top Notre Dame

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 13 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories Friday over Elmira Notre Dame in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

The event marked Senior Night for the Senecas, who honored their two seniors, Liz Mason and Dakota Evans, each of whom has bowled for the team for five years.

Evans led the girls with a 543 series as the Senecas won all three games and total pinfall, 2323-1932. Other scores for Watkins included a 492 by Hayley Cornish, a 445 by Nikole VanDyke, and a 422 by Mason.

The Watkins boys won their three games while outpointing Notre Dame 2648-2063. Nathaniel Rose led the Senecas with a 552 series that included a 207 game, while Casen Weeden posted a 537 (with a 212), Steven Bradley a 504, and Wyatt Brower a 493 (with a 234).

"We are starting to bowl the scores that we need to be successful," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "We just have to make sure we are consistent with that at this point."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Nancy Jackson reacts after barely missing the 6 pin (on the right) on a 6-7 spare attempt.

Left: Watkins Glen seniors honored in a pre-match Senior Night ceremony were Liz Mason, left, and Dakota Evans. Right: The Senecas' John Reed.

O-M's Zach Elliott puts up a shot in second-half action against Elmira Notre Dame.

Odessa boys fall to Notre Dame, 65-38

ODESSA, Jan. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 3-9 Friday night when it dropped a 65-38 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians fell behind 15-0 and never were able to recover. They were down 19-4 after one period, 32-13 at halftime and 49-22 after three quarters. Notre Dame improved to 8-4.

The Indians were led in scoring by Zach Elliott, who registered 15 points. Other points came from Curtis Harris (8), Nick Sgrecci (6), Noah Austin (4), Brandon Ray (3) and Jon Andrews (2). The team converted 8 of 11 free throws.

Notre Dame's top scorer, with 22 points, was Gary Raupers. He was joined in double figures by Ben Cook, with 10 points. The Crusaders converted 8 of 15 free throws.

O-M returns to action Thursday at Tioga.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Notre Dame 51-40.

Hall of Fame Inductions: The Odessa-Montour Sports Hall of Fame inducted three athletes -- Mark Decker (Class of 1986), Megan Westervelt (Class of 1999), and Judy Daugherty (Class of 1994) -- as well as former superintendent Don Gooley and the 1992-93 boys basketball team at a ceremony in the high school cafeteria preceding the game.

Photo in text: O-M's Nick Sgrecci attempts a shot in traffic.

Left: O-M's Brandon Ray passes the ball. Right: The Indians' Noah Austin shoots.



O-M's Jacob Zimmer prepares to pin his opponent at 145 pounds in Friday's first round.

Watson tournament starts at WGHS

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 13 -- The 35th annual Mike Watson Invitational Wrestling Tournament -- featuring athletes from 18 schools -- got underway Friday at the Watkins Glen High School Field House.

Participating schools, in addition to host Watkins Glen, are Addison, Danville, Dryden, Elmira, Horseheads, Lansing, Maine-Endwell, Newark Valley, Odessa-Montour, Sayre, South Seneca, Spencer-Van Etten/Candor, Thomas Edison, Tioga, Vestal, Waverly and Whitney Point.

The event was won by Vestal last year, with WGHS fifth and O-M 12th. Winners last year included three wrestlers from WGHS: Brandon Gould at 132 pounds, Ian Chedzoy at 182 pounds, and Kameryn Sheldon at 220 pounds.

Gould and Chedzoy have graduated, and now attend college. Sheldon is competing again this year at Watkins Glen.

The tournament continues with wrestlebacks and semifinals today (Saturday), leading to the finals at the end of the day.

Wrestlers from Odessa-Montour who won quarterfinals Friday and advanced to the Saturday semifinals included: Josiah Lynch (106 pounds), Andrew Hartford (120), Jacob Zimmer (145), Jeremiah Lynch (160), Cameron Pickering (170), and Dylan Houseknecht (285). No word was immediately available on Watkins Glen wrestlers.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Collin Haag (facing camera) nears victory in the first round at 138 pounds.
Bottom: Odessa's Josiah Lynch battles at 106 pounds as Coach Bill Lindsley watches.

The seniors on the Watkins Glen High School wrestling team were honored in a pre-meet Senior Night ceremony Friday. From left: Charlie Wright, Cole Saunders, Casey Falls and Jordan Dillenbeck.

Left: O-M's Alex Repass wins his first-round match at 220 pounds. Right: Watkins Glen's Dylan Bradley lifts his opponent on the way to victory in the first round at 120 pounds.

Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux and other players reach for a rebound.

Watkins Glen girls run past Candor

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 12 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team raced out to a 34-2 lead in the first half against Candor on the way to a 51-31 victory Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The win lifted the Senecas' record to 10-1 heading into a game at home Monday night against Odessa-Montour -- a contest postponed from this past Tuesday.

Amanda Pike scored 29 points -- 27 in the first half -- and finished with 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block.

Also scoring for the Senecas were:

--Taylor Kelly (11 points, with 3 rebounds);
--Hannah Morse (5 points, with 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals);
--Ryanna LaMoreaux (2 points, with 7 rebounds, 5 steals and a block);
--Makenna Fraboni (2 points with 2 rebounds, an assist and a steal), and
--Julia Reilly (2 points with 1 rebound).

Emmie Bond pitched in with 4 rebounds, 3 steals and an assist, while Clara Chedzoy registered 3 steals, 2 assists, a rebound and a block, and Mikenna Ayers grabbed 3 rebounds and had an assist.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 10-1 with a 33-20 victory over Candor. Danielle Leszyk led the Senecas with 10 points and 7 steals, while Kelsey Kernan scored 6 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Jena Slater scored 7 points, and Natalie Edmister scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike drives toward the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: The Senecas' Hannah Morse slides along the floor after trying to stop the ball from going out of bounds.

Left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly (24) fights for possession of the ball. Right: The Senecas' Julia Reilly prepares to shoot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse races to the hoop. (Photo by Don Romeo). Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike wins the tipoff.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann, right, battles for possession of the ball. Right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk looks to shoot. (Photo by Don Romeo)

O-M girls fall to Notre Dame, 46-38

SOUTHPORT, Jan. 12 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team sustained its second loss of the season Thursday night when it fell to Elmira Notre Dame 46-38 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the ND gym.

The Indians, 10-2, trained 11-7 after one period and 19-18 at halftime before taking a 31-23 lead with 5:01 remaining in the third period on a run fueled by three Gillian Clark 3-pointers and a Kennedey Heichel steal and layup.

"After that," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "we struggled on the offensive end and turned the ball over. ND shot 18 free throws the rest of the way, and we didn't convert our opportunities at the line," going 6-for-16.

Notre Dame (now 8-4) outscored O-M 16-5 in the fourth quarter.

Clark led O-M scorers with 15 points, while Olivia Grover scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Nakiaha Robinson scored 6 points, Kennedey Heichel 3 and Grace Vondracek 2.

"It was a learning experience for us we will need to build off of as we move forward," said Gavich, whose team returns to action Monday night at Watkins Glen.

Watkins Glen's Rong Lin competes in the 100 Yard Breaststroke. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

Watkins swimmers fall to Waverly, 92-91

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 12 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team was edged by Waverly 92-91 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool that came down to the final event.

The Senecas, trailing 86-83 entering the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay -- after seeing an 80-73 lead evaporate when Waverly finished 1-2-3 in the 100 Yard Breaststroke -- needed to finish at least first and third to win the meet. Instead, they finished first and fourth.

Nonetheless, said Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt, "It was a great effort tonight. Everyone stepped up and did a great job." He pointed to a number of personal bests, as well as to those events that the Senecas won.

Those wins came in the:

200 Medley Relay: Will Fitzsimmons, Rong Lin, Aidan DeBolt, Tyler Leroux (2:01.51)
200 Yard Freestyle: Dakota Cole (2:03.91)
100 Yard Butterfly: Aidan DeBolt (59.87)
500 Yard Freestyle: Dakota Cole (5:46.21)
200 Freestyle Relay: AJ Specchio, Nate Wickham, Dakota Cole, Aidan DeBolt (1:43.02)
100 Yard Backstroke: AJ Specchio (1:05.31)
400 Freestyle Relay: Dakota Cole, Nate Wickham, AJ Specchio and Aidan DeBolt (3:53.37)

"After the meet," said Coach DeBolt, "I was exhausted and a little down, but my squad was laughing and carrying on as they cleaned up. I immediately realized they were happy because they left it all in the pool. The character of these young men amazes me. AJ Specchio said, 'Yeah, we lost by one point, but that's the most fun I've ever had at a swim meet.' He put it perfectly and I will leave it there. Nice job, gentlemen."

The Senecas return to action Saturday at the John Beecher Invitational at Ernie Davis Academy in Elmira.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Aidan DeBolt on the way to victory in the 100 Fly.
Middle: The Senecas' Scott Brubaker in the diving competition. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Will Fitzsimmons starts to surface after start of the 100 Back.

Watkins' Dakota Cole on the way to winning the 500 Freestyle. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

Watkins Glen's AJ Specchio (far lane) wins the 100 Backstroke by 2/100s of a second.

O-M swimmers top Southern Cayuga

AURORA, Jan. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team improved to 5-3 Thursday when it defeated Southern Cayuga 55-39 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the SC pool.

First place finishes for O-M included:

200 Medley Relay: Alec Betts, Andy Fudala, Jacob Mayette, and Billy Tague 1:56.39
200 IM: Billy Tague in a PR of 2:14.52
50 Free: Andy Fudala 26.09
100 Fly: Jacob Mayette 1:14.62
100 Free: Billy Tague 56.92
200 Free Relay: Andy Fudala, Alec Betts, Noah Angle, Billy Tague 1:45.96
100 Back: Alec Betts 1:12.61
100 Breast: Andy Fudala 1:08.89 (season best)
400 Free Relay: Jacob Mayette, Noah Brewster, Micah Brewster, Cameron Adams 4:23.50

Other personal records (PRs):

--Brett Walters in the 100 Free, finishing second with a PR of 1:01.35
--Cameron Adams in the 200 Free
--Kyle Frasier in the 100 Fly and 100 Breast
--Noah Angle in the 100 Back

"The meet was very close for the first six events," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "Billy Tague and Brett Walters helped pull us into a more comfortable lead by going 1-2 in the 100 Free. We continued to maintain a 6-to-8-point lead until Alec Betts and Noah Angle took 1-3 in the Backstroke, which put us ahead by 10 points. The two 400 Free Relay squads took 1-2 and sealed up the meet for us. Jacob Mayette picked up his first varsity individual win in the 100 Fly.

"Our record is now 5-3 as we look forward to the Elmira Invitational this weekend, where we have taken second in the Class C division the past two years."

O-M bowlers: Girls split 2-2; boys fall

WAVERLY, Jan. 12 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity bowling team won the final game and total pinfall for a 2-2 tie Thursday against Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Waverly Bowl.

Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 438 series, while Carolyn Arias registered a 437 and Taylor Sykes a 407. O-M, after losing the first two games, topped Tioga 772-591 in the third game and 2039-1992 in total pinfall.

The O-M boys lost 4-0 as Tioga rolled three games above 1100, totalling 3390 to Odessa's 2576. Alex Grady led the Indians with a 527 series, while Joe Glosenger registered a 526 , Eric Rumsey a 496 and Cameron Bryington a 495.

The Indians return to action Tuesday at home against Candor. It will be Senior Night.

Left: Watkins Glen bowler Nikole VanDyke uses some body English on one of her shots. Right: The Senecas' Nancy Jackson celebrates a second straight strike.

Watkins Glen bowlers post victories

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 12 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team posted a 4-0 victory Thursday over Marathon in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes.

The Watkins boys also won 4-0 thanks to an absence of any Marathon bowlers.

Dakota Evans led the Watkins girls with a 535 series, while Liz Mason posted a 458, Nikole VanDyke a 433, and Hayley Cornish a 419. The Senecas totaled 2184, well ahead of Marathon's 1793.

The Watkins boys were led by Steven Bradley's 496 series and Nathaniel Rose's 493. Conlin Wysocki added a 477, and Casen Weeden a 465.

The Senecas return to action today (Friday) at home against Notre Dame. It will be Senior Night.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen bowler Casen Weeden reacts after leaving a 10-pin standing.

Schuyler Strikers U10 Girls win tourney

Special to The Odessa File

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 10 -- This past Saturday, in their first tournament of the first official Schuyler Soccer Club season, the U10 Girls Schuyler Strikers team won the overall championship at the 16th Annual Newark Indoor Tournament in Newark, NY.

The girls went into the championship game in second place with 2 wins, 1 tie, and 1 loss. It was an extremely intense final game that came to an end by a breakaway goal from Jennifer Gublo off of an assist from Skye Honrath in the final seconds of the second sudden-death overtime.

This is the first tournament championship for these girls and they have come a long way from a year ago when they competed in a couple of tournaments but never placed. The team consists of: Skye Honrath, Kendra Fish, Jennifer Gublo, Kyra Yaw, Jacqueline Mace, Julia Spahalski, Kelsea Wardwell, Madaline Bryerton, Madison Tuttle, and Olivia VanSkiver. The Coaches are: Eric VanSkiver, Paul Honrath, Brian Fish, and goalie coach Heather Bilinski.

The Schuyler Strikers U12 Girls team did very well in their first-ever indoor tournament. It was a great learning experience for them and they continued to improve throughout each game. They had several goals, won a game, and missed the playoffs by a few points. The team consists of: Brynn Smith, Sasha Honrath, Ava Cowan, Lillian Ameigh, Maisie Robertson, Isabella Samuel, Sarah Schaffner, and Hailey Tuttle. The coaches are Emily Smith-Cowan and Paul Honrath.

More information about the Schuyler Soccer Club is located at www.sscstrikers.com.

Photo in text: The Schuyler Strikers girls U10 tournament champions. (Photo provided)

O-M wrestlers top Marathon, 42-36

MARATHON, Jan. 11 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team continued unbeaten in Interscholastic Athletic Conference dual meets Wednesday night, defeating Marathon 42-36 in the Marathon gym.

Competitive wins for O-M were posted by unbeaten (23-0) Cameron Pickering, a pin in 1:34 at 170 pounds; Deshawn Johnson, a pin in 21 seconds at 182 pounds; Alex Repass, a pin in 38 seconds at 220 pounds; Dylan Houseknecht (now 22-1), a pin in 11 seconds at 285 pounds; and Collin Haag, a pin in 2:48 at 132 pounds. The Indians also picked up forfeit wins at 106 and 120 pounds.

Photo in text: O-M's Dylan Houseknecht pins his opponent at 285 pounds. (Photo by Loretta Marsiglio)

Left: O-M's Noah Austin goes high for a shot. Right: Watkins Glen's Michael Doane shoots. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen boys defeat O-M, 60-43

ODESSA, Jan. 11 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team -- led by Connor Seeley-Ion's 24 points -- ran past Odessa-Montour 60-43 Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Senecas, now 2-10, raced out to a 14-0 lead, only to see O-M rally and pull within two points, 22-20, in the second period. But then Watkins took off again, building a 33-22 halftime advantage.

The Senecas kept O-M at bay in the third period, too. When the Indians pulled within eight points at 37-29, Watkins went on a 10-2 run for a 47-31 lead entering the fourth period. They then maintained a lead that reached 20 points before finishing with the 17-point victory.

"We were able to put it together for all four quarters," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, noting that thus far this year the Senecas had regularly had a bad quarter "or a bad five-minute stretch" that ruined their chances for victory.

"A lot of guys played well tonight," he added. "Connor was pretty good tonight, I must say. But collectively it was our best game all-around. The kids were really scrappy, battling, getting on the floor after loose balls. And our press bothered (O-M). It got us some steals, and took them out of their rhythm.

"I've said it before: This team has never given up. They've never quit in attitude and effort. So it was nice to get this win tonight."

Scoring in addition to Seeley-Ion (who hit four of the team's five 3-pointers) were Max Schimizzi with 16 points, Michael Doane with 9, Joseph Chedzoy with 5, Alex Gibson with 4, and Dayne Hughey with 2. The team hit 3 of 5 free throws.

Chedzoy led in rebounds with 6, while Schimizzi grabbed 5, and Seeley-Ion, Gibson and Doane 3 each.

Schimizzi led in assists with 7, while Seeley-Ion had 5 steals, Schimizzi 4 and Chedzoy 2.

Odessa (3-8) was led by Curtis Harris, who scored 16 points. Other points came from Noah Austin (10), Nick Sgrecci (7), Brandon Ray (6), and Zach Elliott (4). The team struggled at the foul line, converting 3 of 10 attempts.

Odessa returns to action Friday at home against Notre Dame. Watkins Glen's next game is Tuesday at home against Newark Valley.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen (4-8) defeated Odessa-Montour 37-30. Max Evans led the Senecas with 12 points (along with 13 rebounds and 6 steals), while Owen Scholtisek scored 11 points and Isaac McIlroy 7. O-M was led by Paden Grover's 12 points.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Max Schimizzi sends up a shot as O-M's Nick Sgrecci (20) defends. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: Odessa-Montour's Nick Sgrecci launches a shot in traffic.

Left: O-M's Curtis Harris is challenged by Watkins Glen's Max Schimizzi on the way to the hoop. Right: Odessa's Noah Austin goes strong to the basket. (Photos by Doug Yeater)

Watkins Glen's Joseph Chedzoy (15, left) and Connor Seeley-Ion (3, right) drive toward the basket. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: O-M's Curtis Harris meets defender Alex Gibson on a drive to the basket. Right: Odessa-Montour's Zach Elliott shoots as Watkins Glen's Max Schimizzi defends.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy drives toward the basket. Right: The Senecas' Max Evans prepares to shoot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: O-M's Paden Grover shoots. Right: Odessa's Preston Harris passes the ball.

Odessa boys fall to Avoca, 79-68

ODESSA, Jan. 9 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team dropped a 79-68 decision Monday evening to Avoca in a non-league contest in the O-M gym.

The Indians, down 21-13 after one quarter and 44-32 at halftime, played unbeaten Avoca -- the top-ranked Class D team in the state -- even in the second half, outscoring them by a point.

Curtis Harris led the Indians with 25 points, while Zach Elliott scored 13, Nick Sgrecci 11 (with 13 rebounds), Noah Austin 9, Brandon Ray 6, and Jon Andrews and Zachary Knapp 2 each. The team converted 13 of 19 free throws.

Avoca was led by point guard LaDre Stanford's 29 points and 21 by 6'10" center Brett Ogden. The team, which sank eight 3-pointers, converted 1 of 4 free throws.

"This is the most points that we have given up this year," said O-M Coach Mike Johnston, noting that the Indians had been holding opponents to an average in the 40s. "We have to do a better job contesting and blocking out in limiting second-chance opportunities when we play a team that has guys that can score."

The Indians return to action at home Wednesday night against Watkins Glen.

Athletes: Swimmer, wrestler, runner

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 8 -- This was a remarkable week, both of stunning wins and stunning losses by our area high school teams. It would be easy to single out as Odessa File Athletes of the Week a couple of complete teams at Odessa-Montour, as we feel almost compelled to honor a quartet at Watkins Glen High School.

But we will select someone -- one person each -- representative of those two teams at O-M, and of that quartet:

First there is Billy Tague, who won two individual events and anchored the 400 Free Relay team whose victory gave Odessa its first win over Lansing in a dual swim meet in 21 years.

And there is Dylan Houseknecht, who won the final competitive wrestling match of the evening against Watkins Glen, and who by winning gave O-M its first win over the Senecas since the 2007-08 season. And then he was among the unbeatens at the O-M Duals meet.

At Watkins Glen, Patrick Hazlitt earns the nod for both being part of the 4x400 indoor track quartet that set a new school record while finishing second in a meet at Cortland, and for winning the 600 Meters race there.

Double Honorable: The rest of the O-M swim team, where everybody, it seems, stepped up to upend Lansing; O-M wrestlers Cameron Pickering, Alex Repass, Andrew Hartford and Jeremiah Lynch, all unbeaten at the O-M Duals; Watkins Glen runners Aaron Planty, Jacob Carocci and Sam Hanley; O-M basketball's Olivia Grover and Nakiaha Robinson; Watkins Glen swimmers Aidan DeBolt, AJ Specchio and Dakota Cole; O-M bowler Jackie Vincent; and Watkins Glen bowlers Conlin Wysocki and Wrett Brower.

Honorable Mention: Another 26 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.

Bowling: O-M boys top TAE, girls lose

ELMIRA, Jan. 9 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity bowling team recorded a one-sided 4-0 win over Edison Monday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Rossi Lanes, while the O-M girls fell 3-1.

The boys, opposed by a single Edison bowler, totaled 2230. Alex Grady led the Indians with a 457 while Cameron Bryington rolled a 448, Marcus Getman a 447, Eric Rumsey a 442, and Joe Glosenger a 436.

The girls won only the third game while being outpointed by Edison 2091-1962. Kacie Wood led Odessa with a 415 series.

The Indians return to action Thursday on the road against Tioga.

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 1

These are the results of the first week of Watkins Glen Youth Basketball held at the Watkins Glen High School.

3rd-4th Grades

Watkins Sporting Goods 13, Curly's 4

WSG -- Nicholas D'Alleva 9, Donovan Wratten 2, Logan Debolt 2
Curly's -- Sam Caslin 4

Famous Brands 32, Mr. Chicken 0

FB -- Ryan Berry 14, Caleb Bresett 10, Brennon Elliott 6, Olivia VanSkiver 2

Glen Motel 22, Central Asphalt 6

GM -- Christopher Simiele 16, Lucas Hoffman 2, Molly Coolican 2, Addison Coolican 2
CA -- Aiden Nichols 4, Isaiah Sissel 2

5th-6th Grades

Maguire's 22, W.G. Supply 11

Maguire's -- Carly Arnold 12, Bryce Cady 8, Han Shun Liu 2
WGS -- David Kelly 5, Thomas Field 2, Brennan Pierce 2, Skylan Lagramada 2

Seneca Lodge 32, Captain Bill's 21

SL -- Jacob Yontz 23, Sasha Honrath 3, Bryce Miller 2, Zachery Castillo 2, Gregory Samuels 2
CB -- Joseph Sutterby 9, Carmichael Ayers 6, Alexander Holmes 6

Church St. Produce 22, VanSkiver Motors 20

CSP -- Jenna Soloman 15, Jason Murphy 6, Jonah Sissel 1
VM -- Gavin Smith 14, Brandon Chiacchiarini 6

3 Glen wrestlers place at Hornell meet

HORNELL, Jan. 7 -- Three Watkins Glen wrestlers earned place finishes Saturday at the 30th annual State Farm Classic tournament hosted by Hornell High School.

Ethan Voorheis placed third at 285 pounds, and Kameryn Sheldon was third at 220 pounds. Dylan Bradley placed fourth at 120 pounds.

Seventeen teams participated, most of them from Section 5.

Watkins relay squad sets school record

CORTLAND, Jan. 7 -- Another meet, another record.

The Watkins Glen indoor track team's 4-by-400 Relay squad of Aaron Planty, Jacob Carocci, Sam Hanley and Patrick Hazlitt set a school mark Saturday of 3:47.39 at the Quinney Invitational Small Schools meet while placing second. The record, one of several by the Senecas in various events this year, broke the old mark of 3:53.42.

Hazlitt also placed first in the 600 Meters in 1:27.38. Other top-six Watkins finishes included Hanley third (4:45.03) and Planty fifth (4:53.61) in the 1600 Meter Run; Josh Updyke fourth at 6.94 seconds at 55 Meters; Isobel Scheffey sixth at 47.52 in the 300 Meters; and Carocci third in the High Jump at 5'6".

Odessa-Montour's Jeremiah Lynch, left, takes his Dryden opponent down at 160 pounds.

Tioga wins O-M duals; host places 3rd

ODESSA, Jan. 7 -- Tioga's varsity wrestling team won the annual O-M Duals Saturday, going undefeated against five other high schools in the Odessa-Montour gym.

Dryden placed second at 4-1, with host O-M third at 3-2, followed by Groton (2-3), Whitney Point (1-4) and Edison (0-5).

Odessa defeated Edison in Round 1 by a 57-24 score, then lost to Dryden 42-38 and Tioga 43-39 before defeating Whitney Point 46-36 and Groton 48-36.

Most outstanding wrestlers by weight class included five Tioga wrestlers, five from O-M, two from Dryden, two from Groton and one from Edison. Honored from Odessa were Andrew Hartford at 120 pounds, Jeremiah Lynch at 160 Cameron Pickering at 170, Alex Repass at 220 and Dylan Houseknecht at 285. Each was unbeaten (5-0).

In addition, Jacob Zimmer (145 pounds), Dan Minnier (152) and Deshawn Johnson (182) were each 4-1.

Photo in text: O-M's Dylan Houseknecht celebrates after pinning his Dryden opponent at 285 pounds.

Odessa-Montour's Cameron Pickering, top, has control in a 170-pound match he won 16-4.

Left: O-M's Jacob Zimmer, right, on the way to an 11-10 win at 145 pounds. Right: The Indians' Collin Haag, bottom, holds off his Dryden opponent at 138 pounds.

Odessa-Montour's Alex Repass, left, takes down his Dryden opponent at 220 pounds.

Odessa-Montour's Dan Minnier, top, battles a Dryden opponent at the O-M Duals.

O-M's wrestlers honored as Most Outstanding at the Duals were, from left, Dylan Houseknecht (285 pounds), Alex Repass (220), Andrew Hartford (120), Cameron Pickering (170), and Jeremiah Lynch (160). (Photo by Loretta Marsiglio)

Watkins Glen JV girls top Edison, 30-15

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 7 -- The Watkins Glen girls junior varsity basketball team used a 21-point second-half run to overcome a poor first half and defeat Edison 30-15 Saturday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas, up 8-3 in the first half, gave up nine straight Edison points to trail 12-8 at halftime. But they outscored the Spartans 13-0 in the third quarter and tallied the first eight points of the fourth quarter to secure the victory.

Kelsey Kernan led Watkins scorers with 10 points while grabbing 11 rebounds and registering two steals. Danielle Leszyk added 7 points with 6 steals and 2 assists.

Other points came from Adrienna Solomon (4), Natalie Edmister (2, with 6 rebounds), Aislinn Klemann (2), Kathleen Clifford (2, with 4 rebounds), Cierra Barber (2) and Haley Dean (1).

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann drives past an Edison defender. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan shoots. Right: The Senecas' Natalie Edmister looks toward the basket. (Photos by Don Romeo)

O-M swimmers upset Lansing, 87-83

ITHACA, Jan. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team defeated defending IAC and Section 4 champion Lansing 87-83 Friday in the Ithaca High School pool.

"This is the first time O-M has beaten Lansing in many years, most likely since the 1990s," said O-M Coach Terri Brace, who confirmed later that it was in the 1995-96 season. She added: "Lansing was ahead 37-25 after the first four events. O-M came on strong in the 100 Fly, 100 Free and 500 Free and took the lead for the first time in the meet 56-54.

"Lansing took 1-3 in the 200 Free Relay and went ahead 64-60. After the Backstroke and Breaststroke events, Lansing was winning 79-77. Odessa needed to take at least first and third in the last relay to win the meet, and they did just that, coming out ahead 87-83. It was a really exciting meet, and the entire team stepped up. Each member of the team scored valuable points. They all did what they needed to do and swam smart races. They wanted this win and they really went after it. I couldn't be more proud of them."

First-place finishes for O-M included:

--Billy Tague in the 100 Fly and 500 Free
--Alec Betts in the 100 Free
--Andy Fudala in the 100 Breast
--400 Free Relay team of Cameron Adams, Micah Brewster, Brett Walters and Billy Tague

Second-place finishes for O-M

--Alec Betts in the 200 IM
--Andy Fudala in the 50 Free
--Noah Brewster in the 100 Back
--200 Medley Relay team of Alec Betts, Andy Fudala, Jake Mayette and Billy Tague
--200 Free Relay team of Brett Walters, Bailey Hornbrook, Kyle Frasier and Andy Fudala

Personal records (PRs) were set by:

--Cameron Adams in the 200 Free and 500 Free
--Brett Walters in the 200 IM and 100 Fly
--Kyle Frasier in the 200 IM
--Noah Angle in the 50 Free and 100 Free
--Bailey Hornbrook in the 100 Free
--Micah Brewster in the 100 Back

Photo in text: The O-M swim team poses after its victory Friday. (Photo provided)

Left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly. Right: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez, left, and Hannah Morse battle a Waverly player for the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls fall to Waverly for 1st loss

WAVERLY, Jan. 6 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team sustained its first loss of the season Friday night, dropping a 57-32 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School South divisional battle in the Waverly gym.

The Senecas fell far behind early, trailing Waverly 25-8 by the end of the first quarter. The score at halftime was 40-13, and after three quarters was 46-23.

The loss dropped the Senecas' season mark to 9-1, and leaves them behind Waverly in the standings. The Wolverines have been beaten just once, in a non-league game.

Points for Watkins Glen came from Mariah Gonzalez (10, with 11 rebounds), Clara Chedzoy (8, with 3 rebounds, a steal and a block), Emmie Bond (4), Taylor Kelly (3), Ryanna LaMoreaux (2, with 3 rebounds and 2 blocks), and Hannah Morse (2, with 6 assists, 3 rebounds and 4 steals).

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 9-1 by defeating Waverly. Danielle Leszyk led the Senecas with 15 points and 6 steals. Adrienna Solomon scored 6 points and had 5 assists; Kelsey Kernan scored 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds; Jena Slater scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds; and Kathleen Clifford scored 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.

Photo in text: Watkins' Clara Chedzoy goes airborne. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse in traffic. Right: The Senecas' Emmie Bond shoots. (Photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk. Right: The Senecas' Kelsey Kernan (20) shoots. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon, left, and Kathleen Clifford, right, battle a Waverly player for possession of the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Odessa girls top Newfield, move to 10-1

NEWFIELD, Jan. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Olivia Grover's 16 points, 14 rebounds, 5 steals, 4 assists and 4 blocks -- defeated Newfield 46-35 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Newfield gym.

The victory lifted the Indians' season mark to 10-1 heading into a game Tuesday on the road against Watkins Glen.

Scoring in addition to Grover (pictured in file photo at right) were Nakiaha Robinson (12 points and 5 steals), Gillian Clark (5 points), Sara Gardner (5 points), Sage Garrison (4 points), and Kennedey Heichel (4 points).

Odessa led 11-10 after one period and 18-13 at halftime.

"A big start to the third quarter helped us pull away," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "A 13-5 run to open the quarter gave us some breathing room."

Grover, he said, "had her best all-around game of the season and was a dominant force inside, and Nakiaha really gutted out that second half with a lot of key buckets and plays for us.

"It was definitely a grind, but a great win at another place we haven't won at forever, against a team it seems like we haven't beaten in forever."

The Indians are now 5-1 in league play. "This was a very important win in the division," Gavich said. "It sets up what should be a fun one on Tuesday" against Watkins Glen.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour won 46-37. Kara Reese led O-M with 21 points, while Hunter Daugherty scored 14.

Photo in text: O-M's Olivia Grover in a game earlier this season. (File photo)

Watkins boys lose to Waverly, 67-53

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 6 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team played even with Waverly through the first half Friday night before dropping a 67-53 decision to the Wolverines in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas, now 1-10, rallied from a 9-point second-quarter deficit to forge a 30-30 halftime tie, but a poor third quarter spelled defeat. Watkins was outscored in that period 25-10, three Waverly baskets off of three consecutive Seneca turnovers contributing to an 11-point Waverly run. That moved the score from 39-38 to 50-38 in a quarter that ended with Waverly ahead 55-40.

The Wolverines increased their lead to 20 points in the fourth period before Watkins chipped away, cutting the final deficit to 14 points.

Max Schimizzi led Watkins scorers with 16 points, while Connor Seeley-Ion scored 11, Michael Doane 8, Alex Gibson 8, and Joseph Chedzoy and Dayne Hughey 5 each. The team was 4-for-7 from the foul line.

Seeley-Ion led the team in assists with 8 and steals with 3. Schimizzi and Chedzoy each registered 5 rebounds, and Seeley-Ion had 4.

Waverly was led by Zach VanHouten and Gavin Judson, who each scored 17 points, and Jon Ward with 13. The team converted 10 of 14 free throws.

"We played very well in the first half," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "It was probably our best half this year. Unfortunately, we couldn't sustain it, although we were fighting and clawing and scrapping. But make no mistake: Waverly is a very good team."

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Odessa-Montour.

Junior Varsity: Waverly defeated Watkins Glen 64-49. Isaac McIlroy led the Senecas with 20 points, while Dylan Morse scored 9, Max Evans 7, and Owen Scholtisek 6. Watkins Glen is now 3-8.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy drives to the basket for two points.
Bottom: The Senecas' Max Schimizzi passes the ball in traffic.

From left: Watkins Glen's Michael Doane, Alex Gibson and Connor Seeley-Ion.

Bowling: O-M boys, girls defeat Groton

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted victories Friday over Groton in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

The Odessa boys won 4-0, posting a 788-798-870=2456 to Groton's 1871. Joe Glosenger led the Indians with a 562 series that included a 223 game, while Eric Rumsey rolled a 526 and Alex Grady a 509.

The O-M girls won 3-1, taking the second and third games and total pinfall, 1902 to Groton's 1832. Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 528 series that included a 210.

Odessa returns to action Monday against Edison at Rossi Lanes.

Odessa-Montour's Curtis Harris (left photo) and Brandon Ray (right) attempt shots.

Odessa boys fall to Newfield, 46-36

ODESSA, Jan. 5 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team faded down the stretch Thursday night as Newfield pulled away for a 46-36 Interscholastic Athletic Conference win over the Indians in the O-M gym.

Odessa and Newfield traded the lead often in the first half, with the Indians' biggest lead, at 19-14, coming after a run of 10 straight points. By halftime, Newfield was up 23-21.

The Trojans -- ranked No. 16 among Class D schools in the state -- led by as many as six points, 36-30, in the third quarter, which ended 36-32. Odessa pulled within two points, 36-34, with 7:25 remaining, but Newfield took advantage of several O-M turnovers to score the next nine points and build a 45-34 cushion. And it cruised from there.

Zach Elliott led Odessa scorers with 11 points while Curtis Harris scored 10, Nick Sgrecci 7, Brandon Ray 6, and Noah Austin 2. The team was 7-for-10 from the foul line, and sank three 3-pointers.

Newfield had three players in double figures, but struggled at the line, converting just 5 of 14 free throws. The Trojans sank five 3-pointers.

Odessa returns to action Monday when it hosts Avoca, ranked No. 1 among Class D schools in New York.

Photo in text: O-M's Zach Elliott attempts a shot in traffic.

Left: The O-M cheerleaders performed during halftime. Right: O-M's Nick Sgrecci, right, reaches for a rebound.

Bowling: Glen boys, girls top Lansing

LANSING, Jan. 5 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories Thursday over Lansing in Interscholastic Athletic Conference road matches.

The boys had five scores above 500 as they topped Lansing in all three games and total pinfall, 2792-2370. Wrett Brower led the way with a 587 series that included a 206, while Nathaniel Rose was right behind with a 585 series that included a 227. Conlin Wysocki posted a 569 series that included a 218, and Wyatt Brower rolled a 529 series.

"The boys wee about a handful of 10 pins and a couple of splits away from bowling a 3,000 today," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "It was another great team effort."

The Watkins girls -- led by Dakota Evans' 544 series -- won their three games and total pinfall, 2161-1462. Liz Mason rolled a 511 series, and Nikole VanDyke a 427.

Watkins Glen's Aidan DeBolt on the way to victory in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Watkins swimmers top Dryden, 110-69

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 5 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team -- led by four victories each by Aidan DeBolt, AJ Specchio and Dakota Cole -- defeated Dryden 110-69 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

DeBolt won the 50 Free in 23.69, the 100 Butterfly in 1:01. 66, and was on the winning 200 Free Relay (1:46.12) and 400 Free Relay (4:03.03) teams with Specchio and Cole.

Specchio, in addition to the relays, won the 200 Individual Medley in 2:24.48 and the 100 Backstroke in 1:06.15. Cole won the Diving with 98.20 points, and the 500 Free in 5:35.69.

Other wins for Watkins were posted by Nate Wickham in the 100 Free in 57.86, and by the 200 Medley Relay team of Collin Gaylord, Simon Wigmore, Scott Brubaker and Clint Craven (2:07.82).

Second-place finishes were registered for Watkins by Scott Brubaker in the diving, Tyler Leroux in the 200 Free, Will Fitzsimmons in the 200 IM and the 100 Back, Nate Wickham in the 50 Free, and Rong Lin in the 100 Breaststroke.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham competes in the 50 Free, where he finished second.
Bottom: The Senecas' Will Fitzsimmons en route to second place in the 100 Backstroke.

Left: Watkins Glen's Dakota Cole on his way to winning the diving event. Right: The Senecas' Pat Bannon enters the water at start of the 500 Freestyle.

Watkins' Scott Brubaker competes in the 200 Medley Relay. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

Watkins Glen's AJ Specchio in the 200 IM, which he won. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

O-M's Deshawn Johnson (top) is in control of the 182-pound bout. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

O-M wrestlers win the Belt

End 8-year drought against Watkins with 33-27 victory

ODESSA, Jan. 4 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team improved its dual-meet record to 4-0 Wednesday night with a 33-27 come-from-behind victory over Watkins Glen in the annual Battle for the Belt.

The win over Watkins was the first for O-M since the 2007-08 season, meaning the Senecas had retained possession of the leather and stainless steel emblem of Schuyler County superiority for eight straight years.

"I was concerned," said O-M Coach Bill Lindsley as the match came down to a heavyweight tussle between Odessa's Dylan Houseknecht and Watkins Glen's Ethan Voorheis. Watkins Glen was up 27-21 at that moment, and a win of any kind by Voorheis would seal the deal for the Senecas. Another six points was coming O-M's way by virtue of a yet-to-be-declared forfeit win at 106 pounds.

After one round of their 285-pound match, Houseknecht and Voorheis were tied 0-0. But in the second round, Houseknecht earned one point on an escape and then took Voorheis down for a 3-0 lead. And that led in short order to a pin by O-M's heavyweight at 3:47 -- an extension of success for him and his team in a mostly successful season.

"I knew that if Dylan got him down, got on top of him, that it would be all over," said Coach Lindsley. "It's hard to stop him at that point."

So the leather and stainless steel belt -- which denotes "Schuyler County Wrestling Champions" -- was in the possession of Odessa-Montour for only the second time since its introduction in the 2006-07 school year. Watkins Glen won it the first year, Odessa the second year, and Watkins Glen the eight years after that.

Not that Watkins relinquished it easily. The Senecas got early wins at 120 pounds (from Dylan Bradley, a 7-5 decision), 132 pounds (from Sean Kelly, an overtime decision), and 138 pounds (from Jake Johnson, a pin in 3:30) to build a 12-0 lead.

O-M got six points for a forfeit at 145 before Watkins Glen's Charlie Wright lifted the Senecas to an 18-6 advantage with a pin in 4:47 at 152 pounds.

O-M responded with wins at 160 pounds (Jeremiah Lynch with a pin in 1:55), 170 pounds (Cameron Pickering with a 13-3 major decision) and 182 pounds (Deshawn Johnson with a pin in 1:22) to take the lead at 22-18.

But back came Watkins Glen, with Josh Bravo winning by a pin at 195 in 1:30, and with Kameryn Sheldon winning 4-1 at 220 pounds. That boosted Watkins ahead 27-22, adjusted to 27-21 when O-M was penalized a point when a headgear was thrown following that match.

And so it came down to Houseknecht, who needed a win for Odessa to win. A loss even by decision would have put Watkins ahead by nine points, and made the coming 6-point forfeit -- where O-M's Josiah Lynch was unopposed at 106 -- a moot point. But Houseknecht delivered, to forge a 27-27 tie that the forfeit untied.

Odessa-Montour returns to action Saturday when it hosts its annual Odessa Duals starting at 9 a.m. in the big gym. Schools competing will be O-M, Dryden, Groton, Edison, Tioga and Whitney Point.

Odessa-Montour 33, Watkins Glen 27
120: Dylan Bradley (WG) over Andrew Hartford (OM) (Dec 7-5)
126: Double Forfeit
132: Sean Kelly (WG) over Collin Haag (OM) (SV-1 2-0)
138: Jakob Johnson (WG) over Gene Casselberry (OM) (Fall 3:30)
145: Jacob Zimmer (OM) over (WG) (For.)
152: Charlie Wright (WG) over Daniel Minnier (OM) (Fall 4:47)
160: Jeremiah Lynch (OM) over Dalton Cummings (WG) (Fall 1:55)
170: Cameron Pickering (OM) over Parker Arcangeli (WG) (MD 13-3)
182: Deshawn Johnson (OM) over Jordan Dillenbeck (WG) (Fall 1:22)
195: Josh Bravo (WG) over Jacob Cron (OM) (Fall 1:30)
220: Kameryn Sheldon (WG) over Alex Repass (OM) (Dec 4-1)
285: Dylan Houseknecht (OM) over Ethan Voorheis (WG) (Fall 3:47)
99: Double Forfeit
106: Josiah Lynch (OM) over (WG) (For.)
113: Double Forfeit
(OMSH Unsports -1.00)

Photos in text: From top: Odessa-Montour's Dylan Houseknecht takes Watkins Glen's Ethan Voorheis to the mat in the key 285-pound match; Kameryn Sheldon (right) battles Alex Repass in a bout at 220 pounds won by Sheldon 4-1 (Photo by Mike Stamp);Watkins Glen's Josh Bravo (top) on the way to victory over O-M's Jacob Cron at 195 pounds (Photo by Mike Stamp); O-M's Jeremiah Lynch (back to camera) takes Watkins' Dalton Cummings to the mat on the way to a 1:55 pin at 160 pounds; and the prized belt.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jake Johnson (top) en route to victory at 138 over O-M's Gene Casselberry. Right: O-M's Cameron Pickering is lifted by Watkins Glen's Parker Arcangeli in a 170-pound bout won by Pickering 13-3. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team poses after its victory over Watkins Glen. (Photo by Lisa Frost)

O-M girls run past Groton; now 9-1

GROTON, Jan. 4 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team got double-digit scoring from three players Wednesday night in a 61-16 Interscholastic Athletic Conference road victory over Groton that lifted O-M's season mark to 9-1.

Gillian Clark led O-M scorers with 18 points, while Olivia Grover scored 14 and grabbed 12 rebounds. Sara Gardner registered 12 points.

Other scoring came from Nakiaha Robinson (8 points with 5 steals and 5 assists), Grace Vondracek (3 points), and Kennedey Heichel, Sage Garrison and Alexis Saunders (2 each). The team was 14-for-23 from the foul line.

Odessa led 13-2 after one period and 34-4 at halftime. Groton is now 2-6.

"We were very solid on the defensive end," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "It took a little while to scrape off the rust on the offensive end of the floor from the layoff, but we got things rolling in the second quarter."

O-M returns to action at Newfield Friday in what Gavich termed "a big divisional game for us."

Junior Varsity: Groton defeated O-M 42-31. Kara Reese led Odessa with 12 points, while JoLynn Minnier scored 7 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

Watkins boys post their 1st win, 39-31

LANSING, Jan. 3 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team registered its first victory of the season Tuesday night, posting a 39-31 win over Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Lansing gym.

The Senecas, now 1-9, were led in scoring by Connor Seeley-Ion with 12 points. Max Schimizzi scored 11, Michael Doane 7, Alex Gibson 6 and Joseph Chedzoy 3. The team was 9-for-13 from the free-throw line, while Lansing was 2-for-2.

Schimizzi led the team in rebounds (9) and steals (3), and was tied with Chedzoy for the lead in assists (3). Chedzoy also grabbed 7 rebounds, while Seeley-Ion totaled 6.

The game was tied 8-8 after one period, with the Senecas up 18-15 at halftime. Lansing was ahead 24-23 entering the fourth period, and built its advantage to four points before the Senecas edged ahead by a point.

Seeley-Ion then hit a 3-pointer to put Watkins up by four points, "and we were able to make some free throws down the stretch that helped seal it," said Watkins Coach John Fazzary.

"I'm very happy for the boys," he said. "Their attitude has been great throughout. They kept on fighting. This is nice to see."

Watkins Glen returns to action Friday night at home against Waverly.

Junior Varsity: Lansing defeated Watkins Glen, 50-24. The Senecas, who were led by six points each from Isaac McIlroy and Dylan Markley, are now 3-7.

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse turns after stealing the ball. Right: The Senecas' Emmie Bond (22) tries to intercept a Lansing pass.

Watkins girls race past Lansing, 51-27

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 3 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team improved to 9-0 Tuesday night when it defeated Lansing 51-27 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas -- led by Amanda Pike's game-high 22 points -- raced out to a 20-3 first-quarter lead and coasted from there. The score was 29-10 at halftime and 42-16 entering the fourth quarter.

Scoring in addition to Pike were Ryanna LaMoreaux (10 points), Mariah Gonzalez (5), Makenna Fraboni (5), Taylor Kelly (3), and Kendra Larson, Julia Reilly and Emmie Bond (2 apiece).

Hannah Morse led in assists with 6. LaMoreaux grabbed 8 rebounds, while Gonzalez had 5, and Morse and Kelly 4 each. Pike and Fraboni had 3 steals each, while Morse and Clara Chedzoy notched 2 apiece.

The Senecas return to action Friday at Waverly.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Lansing 39-26 to improve to 8-1. Danielle Leszyk led the Senecas in scoring with 14 points, while Adrienna Solomon scored 11.

Photo in text: Watkins' Amanda Pike shoots. She scored 22 points. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux (2, left) and Mariah Gonzalez (25, right) fight for possession of the ball. (Photo on the left by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins' Taylor Kelly looks to pass. Right: The ball is loose. (Don Romeo photos)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk passes. Right: The Senecas' Haley Dean shoots. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Bowling: Watkins boys sweep, girls lose

CANDOR, Jan. 3 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity bowling team defeated Candor 4-0 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road meet, while the Watkins girls fell to Candor by the same score.

Conlin Wysocki led the boys with a 190-179-231=600 series, while Wrett Brower fired a 572 (with a 212), Steven Bradley a 557 (with a 220), and Casen Weeden a 522. The Senecas posted a 2742 series to Candor's 2228.

"The boys are right where they need to be at this point of the season," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "Conlin bowled the season high game and series today. The other boys are saying that (those marks) won't stand for very long. All of the boys are improving. They showed great team effort today."

The Watkins girls lost all three games and total pinfall, 2237-2070. Dakota Evans led the squad with a 499, while Liz Mason posted a 489 and Nikole VanDyke a 367.

Watkins Glen's Charlie Wright, left, during his bout at 152 pounds, which he lost.

Watkins wrestlers fall to Newark Valley

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 3 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team dropped a 64-12 decision Tuesday evening to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS small gym.

The Senecas' only competitive win came at 170 pounds when Calvin Buckley, trailing 4-0 early in the second period, turned the tables on NV's Joey Woodmansee, pinning him in 3:59. Watkins Glen's other six points came courtesy of an NV forfeit at 220 pounds.

The Senecas forfeited at 113, 126, 132 and 145 pounds, and lost at 120 (where Dylan Bradley was pinned in 3:59), at 138 (where Sean Kelly was pinned in 3:53), at 152 (where Charlie Wright was pinned in 3:33), at 160 (where Dalton Cummings lost 13-3), at 182 (where Parker Arcangeli was pinned in 3:18), at 195 (where Jordan Dillenbeck was pinned in 1:57), and at 285 (where Ethan Voorheis was pinned in 2:46).

Watkins Glen returns to action Wednesday evening at Odessa-Montour, when the Senecas battle O-M for possession of the Schuyler County Wrestling Champions belt that goes annually to the winning squad.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Calvin Buckley leaps on his opponent on the way to a win at 170.
Bottom: The Senecas' Parker Arcangeli temporarily has the advantage during his bout at 182 pounds, which he lost.

Odessa boys lose to Groton, 60-58

GROTON, Jan. 3 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team led by 6 points at halftime before falling to Groton 60-58 Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Groton gym.

Odessa, now 3-5, was led by Curtis Harris's 21 points, 17 of which came in the second quarter. Zach Elliott added 16 points, Nick Sgrecci 9, and Noah Austin and Brandon Ray 6 apiece.

O-M, down four points as time was waning, pulled within 2 on a putback by Sgrecci with 7 seconds remaining. After a Groton timeout, Odessa's full-court pressure caused a turnover with 5 seconds to go. After another timeout, O-M tried a 3-pointer that fell short as time expired.

"I am really proud of how hard our kids competed tonight on every possession," said O-M Coach Mike Johnston. "They went into Groton, whose team is 9-1 and No. 16 in the state in Class C, and fought hard. The next step is finding a way to win against the best competition."

Odessa returns to action Thursday at home against Newfield.

Junior Varsity: Groton defeated Odessa-Montour 40-37.

Bowling: O-M boys win 4-0, girls lose

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

The boys were led by Alex Grady's 513 series, a 470 by Joe Glosenger, and a 436 by Trevor Dunn. They topped the Crusaders, who were minus one bowler, by a 2200-1496 score.

The O-M girls lost all three games and, thus, total pinfall, 2106-1820. The Indians were led by Grace Edger's 439 and Jackie Vincent's 429.

Odessa-Montour returns to action Friday at home against Groton.

High school competition is heating up

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 2 -- Now, after a brief respite, the stretch run begins in high school sports.

This week comes the Battle of the Belt, in which Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour wrestlers battle for possession of a leather-and-metal belt that goes to the victor each year.

Watkins Glen has been dominant in the recent past, but O-M seems to be deeper and, thus, potentially more successful this year. The belt battle comes Wednesday at O-M at 6:30 p.m.

In basketball, key matchups abound. After Tuesday evening Watkins Glen-Lansing boys and girls matchups, the Glen girls travel to Waverly Friday night to face the once-beaten (by Athens, Pa.) Lady Wolverines. Both Watkins (8-0 overall) and Waverly (8-1) are currently 5-0 atop the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School South Division.

Then four days later, on Tuesday, Jan. 10, the Watkins girls host once-beaten Odessa-Montour at the WGHS Field House. O-M sits atop the IAC Small School South Division at 4-1 (and 8-1 overall).

The Watkins Glen girls are ranked No. 2 among Class C schools by the New York State Sportswriters Association, behind South Seneca. O-M is ranked No. 10 in Class C. Waverly (before its loss to Athens) was ranked No. 21 among Class B schools.

Watkins Glen indoor tracksters continue to perform at school-record levels, and more records are anticipated down the stretch as the season builds to bigger meets. While neither boys basketball team is in position for a title run, the boys swim teams are showing signs of strength in a sport that prizes "tapering" -- improving technique and times as the season races toward conference and sectional championships.

And in bowling, the Watkins Glen girls squad has been performing well as, once again, it points toward league and sectional tournaments. The Watkins boys, too, have been showing signs of strength as the season progresses.

It will all play out in the next few weeks.

Athletes of the Week: Carocci, Pickering

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 1 -- This week we honor a track-team member and a wrestler as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

The first is Watkins Glen High School's Jacob Carocci, who was part of two new school records -- in the High Jump and as a member of a winning Distance Medley Relay team -- at a track meet at Cortland.

The wrestler is Odessa-Montour's Cameron Pickering, who remained unbeaten this season at 170 pounds with four competitive victories -- three by fall and one by decision -- at the Binghamton Duals.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball players Amanda Pike, Mariah Gonzalez and Hannah Morse; O-M wrestlers Jeremiah Lynch, Dylan Houseknecht and Andrew Hartford; and Watkins Glen runners (and Carocci relay teammates) Patrick Hazlitt, Aaron Planty and Sam Hanley.

Honorable Mention: Another 10 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.

Glen Gators win 3rd straight Sprints title

Note: The following was provided to The Odessa File by Odessa-Montour student-athlete Alec Betts.

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 1, 2017 -- Local varsity swimmers from Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high schools swimming for the Glen Gators Swim Team recently participated in the 12th annual Holiday Sprints at Chenango Valley High School and won the Small Team Championship for the 3rd year in a row.

Other teams that participated were Waverly, Sidney, Chenango Valley, Chenango Forks, Horseheads, Fairport, and Maine-Endwell.

Also: Brett Walters qualified for the Niagara Championship Qualifiers by meeting the time standard in the 50 Freestyle, joining Billy Tague, Alec Betts, Tori Reese and Peighton Cervoni, who had previously qualified at past meets.

 

Glen Gators Swim Team:

Odessa-Montour Swimmers:

Billy Tague 15 & Over Age Group -- On the 3rd place 200 Freestyle Relay with varsity teammates Alec Betts, Brett Walters, Cameron Adams in a time of 1:45.26; 4th in the 50 Freestyle with a time of 24.86; 1st in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:11.46; 3rd in the 100 Freestyle with a time of 55.33; 1st in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 1:02.77; and 4th in the 100 IM with a time of 1:06.13.

Alec Betts 15 & Over Age Group -- On the 3rd place 200 Freestyle Relay with varsity teammates Billy Tague, Brett Walters, and Cameron Adams in a time of 1:45.26; 2nd place in the 100 Backstroke with a time of 1:10.37; 3rd place in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:19.48; 3rd place in the 100 Freestyle with a time of 58.26; 5th place in the 50 Butterfly with a time of 30.14; and 6th place in the 100 IM with a time of 1:07.83.

Cameron Adams 15 & Over Age Group -- On the 3rd place 200 Freestyle Relay with varsity teammates Alec Betts, Brett Walters, and Billy Tague in a time of 1:45.26; 8th place in the 50 Freestyle with a time of 28.07; and 5th place in the 100 Freestyle with a time of 1:04.79.

Brett Walters 13 & 14 Age Group -- On the 3rd place 200 Freestyle Relay with varsity teammates Alec Betts, Billy Tague, and Cameron Adams in a time of 1:45.26; 3rd place in the 50 Freestyle with a time of 28.01; 2nd place in the 50 Backstroke with a time of 34.44; 3rd place in the 100 Freestyle with a time of 1:03.08; 2nd place in the 50 Butterfly with a time of 33.06; and 2nd place in the 100 IM with a time of 1:15.87.

Tori Reese 15 & Over Age Group -- On the 5th place 200 Freestyle Relay with Watkins Glen swimmer Peighton Cervoni, Watkins Glen swimming Alumni Victoria Wixson, and Megan Cook, who goes to school at Trumansburg (which does not have a swim program); 4th place in the 50 Freestyle with a time of 27.81; 6th place in the 50 Backstroke in a time of 34.22; 4th place in the 50 Breaststroke with a time of 36.75; 7th in the 50 Butterfly with a time of 31.79; and 11th place in the 100 IM with a time of 1:14.97.

Watkins Glen Swimmers:

Peighton Cervoni 13 & 14 Age Group -- On the 5th place 200 Freestyle Relay with Odessa-Montour swimmer Tori Reese, Watkins Glen swimming Alumni Victoria Wixson, and Megan Cook, who goes to school at Trumansburg (which does not have a swim program); 1st place in the 50 Freestyle with a time of 27.04; 3rd place in the 100 Backstroke with a time of 1:13.69; 5th place in the 50 Breaststroke with a time 37.29; 1st place in the 100 Freestyle with a time of 59.97; and 4th place in the 50 Butterfly with a time of 31.68.

Photo in text: Top row from left: Head Coach Christopher Betts, Alec Betts, Billy Tague, Victoria Wixson, Peighton Cervoni, Tori Reese. Bottom row from left: Alex Walters, Brett Walters and Reagan Reese. (Photo provided)

The Trumansburg team and coaches pose after winning the tournament championship. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Tburg wins tourney title

Holds off Lansing; Glen boys fall in consolation game

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 30 -- The Trumansburg boys varsity basketball team -- led by Austin Grunder's 23 points -- held off a stubborn Lansing squad Friday night, 52-47, to win the Watkins Glen Boys Holiday Basketball Tournament championship in the WGHS Field House.

Trumansburg, favored by most observers to easily handle Lansing after the Bobcats had eked out a 27-25 win over Watkins Glen in an opening-round game, was trailing after both the first quarter, 13-12, and at halftime 25-22. But the Raiders rallied with a 16-11 third quarter that saw them go up as much as 38-30 before Lansing came back to close the period down 38-36.

Trumansburg didn't trail again, but couldn't shake the Bobcats, even with a couple of technical free throws that lifted them ahead 45-38 with 4:16 remaining. Lansing hit a 3-pointer to pull within 45-41, allowed a Tburg layup and free throw that put the Raiders' lead back at seven, 48-41 (with 3:09 to go), and then rallied again with a layup in traffic at 2:55, a reverse layup in heavier traffic at 2:25, and a pull-up jumper at 1:38 to pull within a point, 48-47.

But then Grunder was put on the foul line twice, and went 4-for-4 to boost the score to its final total, 52-47.

Grunder was named MVP of the tournament, with an All-Tournament cast that included teammate Andrew Stewart, Lansing's Eric Eastman and Karsten Zuidema, Spencer-Van Etten's Anthony Chiusano, and Watkins Glen's Connor Seeley-Ion.

Consolation Game: S-VE 38, Watkins Glen 32

Watkins Glen's record slipped to 0-9 as the Senecas played Spencer-Van Etten tough, rallying from a 21-12 deficit early in the third period to take the lead 26-24 with 7:50 remaining in the fourth quarter.

S-VE retook the lead a half-minute later, but Watkins stayed close until, after pulling within a point at 31-30 with 2:49 to play, the Senecas saw S-VE score at 2:08 on a layup (33-30), at 1:07 on a 3-pointer (36-30), and at :41 on a 2-pointer from the side (38-30). The Senecas' Connor Seeley-Ion scored the final two points with 12 seconds to go.

Seeley-Ion led the team in scoring with 8 points, while Michael Doane and Max Schimizzi scored 7 each, Joseph Chedzoy 6, and Alex Gibson 4. The team was just 2-for-6 from the foul line, compared to S-VE's 13-for-20.

That disparity, plus a dozen or more missed layups, helped dictate the outcome.

"I think we'll be working on our layups quite a bit tomorrow," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, who also noted that the squad was just 2-or-15 from 3-point range (after going 3-for-24 the previous night). Overall, the Senecas were 14-for-50 from the field against Spencer.

But Fazzary said he liked the fact that his team rallied from "an awful first half" to grab the lead. "They didn't give up," he noted.

Schimizzi led the Senecas in rebounds with 9, while Seeley-Ion grabbed 5 and Dayne Hughey 4. Seeley-Ion led in assists with 4, and in steals with 5.

Garrett Swayze led S-VE with 11 points, while Damon Baker scored 6, and Anthony Chiusano and Nikolai Klimekoski 5 each.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Lansing.

Junior Varsity: Spencer-Van Etten won the tourney title, defeating Lansing 59-42.

Watkins Glen lost to Trumansburg in the consolation game, 59-48, despite 32 points from Isaac McIlroy, who sank five 3-pointers and was 7-for-7 from the free-throw line. Max Evans added 9 points, and Dylan Markley 4.

The JV All-Tournament team consisted of Watkins Glen's McIlroy, Lansing's Langston Hopkins and Griffen Nelson, Trumansburg's Josiah Lopez, and S-VE's Ben VanGalder, with S-VE's Noah Mack the MVP.

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Photos in text:

Top: Trumansburg's Austin Grunder dunks the ball.

Second: Watkins Glen's Dayne Hughey drives past an S-VE defender.

Third: The Senecas' Joseph Chedzoy shoots.

Bottom: In the JV game, Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy drives toward the basket. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Max Schimizzi shoots. Right: The Senecas' Connor Seeley-Ion drives toward the basket. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Odessa-Montour's Cameron Pickering, right, on the way to victory at 170 pounds over a Whitney Point wrestler. (Photo by Loretta Marsiglio)

O-M wrestlers 3rd at Binghamton Duals

BINGHAMTON, Dec. 30 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling squad finished in third place among five teams Friday at the Binghamton Duals.

The Indians were 2-2, finishing behind Walton-Delhi (4-0) and Skaneateles (3-1). Binghamton Seton was fourth (1-3) while Whitney Point was fifth (0-4).

Odessa defeated Whitney Point 42-35 and Binghamton Seton 48-30 and lost to Skaneateles 51-33 and to Walton-Delhi 57-25.

The Indians' Cameron Pickering remained unbeaten this season at 170 pounds, winning all of his matches Friday, three by pin and one by decision.

Jeremiah Lynch (160 pounds) won his four matches -- two by pin, one by decision, and one by forfeit -- and Dylan Houseknecht (285 pounds) was 4-0, with two wins by pin and two by forfeit.

Photo in text: O-M's Jeremiah Lynch, top, on way to win over a Binghamton Seton wrestler at 160 pounds. (Photo by Loretta Marsiglio)

The Watkins Glen Distance Medley Relay squad, from left: Jacob Carocci, Sam Hanley, Patrick Hazlitt and Aaron Planty. (Photo by Amy Planty)

Watkins DMR, High Jump records set

CORTLAND, Dec. 28 -- The Watkins Glen High School indoor track team's Distance Medley Relay squad set a new school mark Wednesday in a meet at Cortland, while Jacob Carocci set a new school indoor High Jump mark.

The Distance Medley Relay consists of 1200 meter, 400 meter, 800 meter and 1600 meter legs. The team of Sam Hanley, Carocci, Aaron Planty and Patrick Hazlitt crushed the old indoor record by over 38 seconds while finishing first. The new school record is 11:19.92.

Meanwhile:

--Carocci set the new High Jump school record for indoors by leaping 5' 8".
--Josh Updyke placed 4th in the 55 Meter Run with a time of 6.88 seconds. Updyke also ran his first 300 Meter race in 40.31 seconds.
--Daniel Paradiso and Sam Hanley set personal records (PRs) in the 600 Meter Run with 1:42.68 and 1:35.99 times, respectively.
--Aaron Planty ran the 1600 Meters in a PR of 4:48, and Julian Thornton ran the 1000 Meters in 3:38.52.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Sam Hanley, left, after handing the baton to Jacob Carocci during the Distance Medley Relay. (Photo by Amy Planty)

Glen boys drop tourney opener, 27-25

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 30 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team saw its record slip to 0-8 Thursday night as it dropped a 27-25 decision to Lansing in an opening-round game of the Boys Holiday Tournament in the WGHS Field House.

In the other opener, Trumansburg pulled away from a 31-31 tie early in the third period to defeat Spencer-Van Etten, 64-56, behind 39 points by Austin Grunder.

Trumansburg and Lansing will meet for the tourney title at 8 tonight (Friday). Watkins Glen will meet S-VE in a consolation game scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

After failing to score for the first four-and-a-half minutes, Watkins surged to a 10-4 lead after one period, and was still up by six, 16-10, at intermission.

Lansing outscored the Senecas 9-6 in the third period to cut the deficit to 22-19, and then pulled ahead in the fourth quarter, outscoring Watkins 8-3.

Michael Doane led Watkins in scoring with 12 points while Max Schimizzi scored 5, Alex Gibson 4 and Connor Seeley-Ion and Dayne Hughey 2 each. The team was 6-for-10 from the foul line.

Alex Schimizzi led the team in rebounds with 7, while Gibson grabbed 5 and Max Schimizzi 4. Seeley-Ion and Max Schimizzi each had 3 steals.

Karsten Zuidema led Lansing scorers with 7 points. The Bobcats converted 6 of 12 free throws.

Watkins shot 8-for-36 from the field, including 3-for-24 from 3-point range. Its final 3-point effort was a hurried one with a second remaining at the end, but it failed to find the basket.

"Probably 49 times out of 50," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, "you'll win if you hold a team to 27 points. But 49 times out of 50, you'll lose if you only score 25 points."

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen fell to Lansing, 50-37, while Spencer-Van Etten defeated Trumansburg, 64-38. Lansing and S-VE will meet today (Friday) at 5 p.m. for the JV title.

Dylan Markley led the Senecas with 11 points, while Max Evans scored 10 and Isaac McIlroy 9.

Watkins Glen will play Trumansburg in the JV consolation game at 3:30 p.m. today.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Max Schimizzi shoots in traffic. (Photos by Don Romeo)
Middle: The Senecas' Alex Gibson shoots as an official reacts in the background.
Bottom: In the JV game, Watkins Glen's Max Evans drives toward the basket.

Left: Watkins Glen's Alex Schimizzi (42) fights for the ball. Right: The Senecas' Connor Seeley-Ion, right, tries to block a Lansing inbounds attempt. (Photos by Don Romeo)

The Watkins girls varsity basketball team poses after its victory. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls take tourney crown, 63-42

SYRACUSE, Dec. 29 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team, led by Amanda Pike's 27 points, defeated Skaneateles 63-42 Thursday in the championship game of their pool (Pool G) at the More Than a Game Foundation Holiday Tournament at Onondaga Community College.

The Senecas, now 8-0, built a 16-11 first-quarter lead and were up 30-20 at halftime before going on a 20-4 tear in the third quarter. Skaneateles outscored Watkins 18-13 in the fourth quarter.

The tournament featured 48 teams, boys and girls. The Watkins pool contained Skaneateles, Marcellus and Holland Patent.

Pike, in addition to her 27 points, registered 5 steals, 4 assists, 2 rebounds and a block. Other scoring came from Taylor Kelly (10 points), Hannah Morse (8), Mariah Gonzalez (5), Emmie Bond (4), Julia Reilly (4), Ryanna LaMoreaux (3), and Katlyn Kernan (2).

Gonzalez and Bond each grabbed 4 rebounds, while Kelly, Kernan, Clara Chedzoy and Reilly had 2 each. Morse had 3 steals and 3 assists, Kelly 3 steals, and Chedzoy 2 steals.

Pike earned pool MVP honors, while Gonzalez was named a tournament all-star.

"I am very proud of the girls," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "They are really coming together."

The Senecas return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at home against Lansing.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen won the JV tourney title by defeating Skaneateles 24-22. The Senecas' record is now 7-1.

Watkins Glen saw a 10-point lead disappear in the second half, but with the score tied 22-22, Danielle Leszyk hit a shot from the key with seven seconds left to give the Senecas the victory.

Leszyk led the team in scoring with 10 points, and had 4 steals. Adrienna Solomon scored 8 points, Jena Slater 3 points (with 6 rebounds), and Kelsey Kernan 3 points (with 15 rebounds).

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike (14) rounds the corner past teammate Mariah Gonzalez and a Skaneateles defender. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: The Senecas' Hannah Morse (3) drives to the hoop. (Photo by Don Romeo)

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

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Kathryn Losey prepares to shoot. Right: The Senecas' Natalie Edmister drives past a Skaneateles defender. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan (20) shoots. Right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk sends a jump shot on its way. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike. Right: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez (25). (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls top Holland Patent, 59-42

SKANEATELES, Dec. 28 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team continued unbeaten Wednesday, defeating Holland Patent 59-42 in the opening round of the Pool G competition at the More Than a Game Foundation Holiday Tournament.

Mariah Gonzalez led Watkins Glen (7-0) in scoring with 18 points, while Amanda Pike scored 16, Hannah Morse 7, Taylor Kelly 6, Clara Chedzoy 5, Makenna Fraboni 3, and Ryanna LaMoreaux and Mikenna Ayers 2 each. The team was 12-for-16 from the foul line.

Gonzalez also led in rebounds with 9 (and had 2 steals), while Morse registered 13 assists to go with 3 rebounds and 3 steals. Kelly had 8 rebounds and Pike had 3 steals.

Watkins Glen raced out to a 17-5 first-quarter lead before Holland Patent rallied to pull within six at halftime, 27-21. The Senecas then outscored their opponent 16-12 in the third period and 16-9 in the fourth.

The tournament featured 48 teams, boy and girls. The Watkins pool competitors included Holland Patent, Marcellus and Skaneateles.

The title game is set for Thursday at Onondaga Community College at 12:45 p.m. The Senecas will play Skaneateles, which defeated Marcellus on Wednesday.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Holland Patent, 29-13, in the opening round of the More Than a Game Tournament.

Danielle Leszyk led the Senecas wih 14 points, and registered 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocks. Adrienna Solomon scored 6 points with 2 steals and a block; Kelsey Kernan scored 3 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, and Kathryn Losey scored 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.

Watkins Glen plays in the title game at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Onondaga Community College against the winner of a contest Wednesday between Marcellus and Skaneateles.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse shoots in traffic. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly, right, on defense. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Makenna Fraboni at the free-throw line. Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy shoots. (Photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon (left photo) and Danielle Leszyk (right) move past Holland Patent defenders. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Alex Gibson moves the ball upcourt. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen boys fall to Sidney, 64-54

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 27 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team remained winless Tuesday night as it dropped a 64-54 decision to Sidney in a non-league game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas, now 0-7, stayed with Sidney through the first half, falling behind 32-29 on a 3-point buzzer beater from far beyond the arc. Neither team scored for the first 3:23 of the third period, but then Sidney reeled off the next 10 points for a 42-29 lead. Watkins Glen finally scored with 1:44 left in the period, but got no closer than 7 points after that.

"We should have been tied at the half," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, "but then their guy threw up a miracle 3 with two guys on him. Then we just had some poor play in the third period. We can play good in stretches, but there always seems to be a stretch where we play poorly. And tonight there was also that transition stuff."

He was referring to a string of layups by Sidney late in the game, most of them in transition. The last eight of Sidney's baskets were on layups.

Connor Seeley-Ion led Watkins Glen scorers with 19 points, and had a team-high 6 assists. Other points came from Michael Doane (12), Alex Schimizzi (12), Alex Gibson (9), and Max Schimizzi (2, along with 5 assists and a team-high 8 rebounds). The Senecas converted 4 of 6 free throws.

Sidney was led by Ethan Finch's 17 points, 13 of which came in the first half. Trevor Dutton added 15 points, and Alex Hoskins 13. The team was 3-for-7 at the foul line.

Watkins Glen returns to action when it hosts its Holiday Tournament Thursday and Friday. It will face Lansing in an 8 p.m. game the first night, after Trumansburg meets Spencer-Van Etten.

Junior Varsity: Sidney defeated Watkins Glen 59-31. Isaac McIlroy led the Senecas (now 3-4) with 21 points.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins' Connor Seeley-Ion drives past Sidney's Ethan Finch. (Don Romeo photo)
Bottom: The Senecas' Max Schimizzi (44) hits the floor on a charging foul by Sidney's Alex Hoskins.

Left: Watkins' Alex Schimizzi (42) battles for a rebound. Right: The Senecas' Michael Doane (33), Alex Schimizzi (42) and Max Schimizzi (rear) fight for possession of the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Athletes of the Week: Clark and DeBolt

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 25 -- This week we honor a basketball player and a swimmer as Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Gillian Clark earns the nod for a 29-point performance that led her O-M basketball team past Spencer-Van Etten. That followed a 17-point, 8-rebound showing in a victory over Campbell-Savona. The Indians are now 8-1.

Aidan DeBolt won four times as the Watkins Glen boys swim team defeated intracounty rival Odessa-Montour. He posted victories in the 50 Free and 100 Free and was on the winning 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay squads.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball's Amanda Pike and Mariah Gonzalez; O-M basketball's Olivia Grover and Nakiaha Robinson; Watkins Glen swimmer AJ Specchio; O-M swimmer Billy Tague; and Watkins Glen bowlers Dakota Evans and Wrett Brower.

Honorable Mention: Another 43 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determines seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

O-M Hall to induct 3 athletes, team, Gooley

Special to The Odessa File

ODESSA, Dec. 24, 2016 -- The Odessa-Montour Sports Hall of Fame will induct three athletes -- Mark Decker (Class of 1986), Megan Westervelt (Class of 1999), and Judy Daugherty (Class of 1994) -- as well as former superintendent Don Gooley and the 1992-93 boys basketball team at a ceremony Friday, January 13 in the high school cafeteria.

There will be a 5:30 p.m. dinner and a short ceremony, and then the honorees will be recognized at halftime of the boys home varsity basketball game that night against Notre Dame.

Mark Decker was a three-sport athlete at O-M in football, basketball, and track. He was an all-star linebacker on the football team and was named the Elmira Star-Gazette’s Twin Tiers Defensive Player of the Year in 1985. In basketball, Mark was a two-time all-IAC selection and helped guide the 1985-86 team to a Section IV Class C and NYSPHSAA Central Regional championship.

Megan Westervelt starred in swimming, basketball, and track. She compiled 124 first-place finishes in her four years on the girls swim team and was a member of the school record-setting 200 Yard Freestyle Relay team. In basketball, Westervelt was a three-time all-IAC pick and averaged double figures in scoring and rebounding in her junior and senior years while helping her team to IAC division titles. In track, she was a six-time varsity letter winner and set a school record in the 100 Meter Hurdles.

Judy Daugherty lettered in cross country, swimming, basketball and softball. She was an all-IAC pick in basketball and helped guide her team to an IAC overall championship in 1994 and was the Most Outstanding Player on that team. In softball, her combination of defense and speed made her a force and a three-time all-league selection.

Don Gooley was named superintendent of schools at O-M in 1986 and remained in that capacity until his retirement in 1998. He was an avid fan and supporter of high school athletics and his vision helped guide the construction of the new high school gym which opened in the fall of 1989, as well as the construction of new tennis courts.

The 1992-93 boys basketball team compiled a record of 21-3 en route to the school’s second Section IV title, defeating Marathon for the Class D championship. The team also captured the IAC South Small School division title that year. Members of the team were Ken Kleist, Scott Jones, Tom Bower, Tom Lewis, Ryan Mathews, Matt Johnston, Tom Lovell, Phil Soper, Charlie Wood, Jack Wheeler, Joe Lynch, Shane Beardsley, Deunoro Chacartegui, Drew Irmischer, Ken Woodford, Ben Wood and Andy Learn.

The Watkins Glen Senecas pose after winning the tournament. With them are Coach Alicia Learn (left), assistant Bub Chaffee, and tournament hosts Mary and Ken Wilson. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen girls win tourney title

Pull away from Newfield in 4th period; Glen JV wins, too

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 23 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team remained unbeaten Friday night as it turned back stubborn Newfield, 42-34, in the championship game of the annual Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Holiday Tournament in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas, now 6-0, were tested by a Newfield team that spread its offense and milked the clock on most of its possessions, and, through three quarters, matched Watkins nearly basket for basket. Newfield, which built an early 12-6 lead, was ahead 12-9 at the end of the first period, but saw Watkins take a 23-21 lead into intermission.

The Trojans outscored Watkins 8-6 in the third period, forging a 29-29 tie entering the fourth quarter.

Then the Senecas' Amanda Pike -- who had a team-high 14 points -- struck with a pair of 3-pointers that lifed Watkins up 35-29. Newfield never got closer than 4 points after that.

Other points came from Mariah Gonzalez (9), Hannah Morse (7), Clara Chedzoy (5), Taylor Kelly (5), and Emmie Bond (2). The team was 10-for-18 at the foul line.

Gonzalez led both teams with 18 rebounds (including several key grabs down the stretch that helped keep Newfield at bay), to go with a pair of steals. Morse, Pike and Bond each grabbed 4 rebounds, and Chedzoy and Kelly 2 each.

Morse, Pike, Gonzalez, and Kelly each had 2 steals, and Chedzoy had 1. Morse led in assists with 4.

Katie Moravec led Newfield scorers with 16 points, while Mariyah Byrd scored 9 and Kelly Moravec 5. The team was 8-for-9 at the free-throw line.

"Our girls played a well-fought game," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "I am proud of how they played at our tournament both days. It was a nice win for them."

Consolation Game: Edison rolled past Trumansburg, 51-27. The Spartans' Leigha Jones scored 33 points, including 6-for-6 from 3-point range in the third quarter.

All Tournament Team: This was different. While Katie Moravec of Newfield, Leigha Jones of Edison and Madison Mikula of Trumansburg were named by their coaches, Watkins Glen coaches named their entire team to the All-Tournament squad.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen won the tournament title by defeating Newfield 36-19. The Senecas surged to an early lead, building an 18-4 advantage, and were never challenged.

Danielle Leszyk led Watkins with 12 points and 6 steals, while Kelsey Kernan and Jena Slater each scored 6 points, and Kathleen Clifford 4 points while grabbing 8 rebounds.

"I love the Melissa B. Wilson tournament," said JV Coach Scott Morse, "because it's in honor of a girl who loved the game. I talked to the girls about it, about Melissa, and it meant something to them, too. It's a nice tournament."

Melissa Wilson played basketball at WGHS in the 1990s, from 7th through 12 grades, and was a member of the 1994-95 team that won the IAC overall girls basketball championship. She later played basketball at Finger Lakes Community College, but died in an automobile accident just before the end of her freshman year. She has been honored as a true "team player" since then with this tournament.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez grabs a rebound late in the game as Newfield's Mariyah Byrd (5) tries in vain to secure it.

Second: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly drives to the basket in first-quarter action.

Third: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, center, knocks the ball loose as teammate Emmie Bond reaches for it, too. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: In the JV game, Watkins Glen's Jena Slater, right, drives toward the basket.

Left: Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy (13) breaks up a Newfield fast break. Right: The Senecas' Hannah Morse drives to the hoop. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond, right, passes the ball. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike (14) knocks the ball away from a Newfield player. (Photo on right by Don Romeo)

And in the JV title game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan (20) tries to take the ball from a Newfield player. Teammate Kathleen Clifford (21) is at right. Right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk prepares to shoot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

The Watkins Glen junior varsity basketball team poses after winning the tournament JV crown. Coach Scott Morse is at left in the back, and tourney hosts Mary and Ken Wilson are on the right, behind the players. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Odessa-Montour's Andy Fudala on the way to victory in the 50 Yard Freestyle.

O-M swimmers fall to Lansing, 50-44

ODESSA, Dec. 23 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team dropped a 50-44 decision Friday to Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool

The Indians got first-place finishes from Alec Betts in the 200 Individual Medley (2:26.17), Billy Tague in the 500 Free (5:27.55), Andy Fudala in the 100 Breaststroke (1:11.06), and the 400 Free Relay squad of Brett Walters, Cameron Adams, Noah Angle and Kyle Frasier (4:30.25).

Second-place finishes were posted by Tague in the 200 Free, Fudala in the 50 Free, Betts in the 100 Fly, Noah Brewster in the 100 Back, the 200 Medley Relay squad (Betts, Fudala, Tague and Angle) and the 200 Free Relay squad (Brewster, Fudala, Betts and Tague).

"The guys put up a strong showing," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "There were a few close races that didn't go our way that determined the outcome of the meet. The rookies continue to improve their times and add needed depth to the team's efforts. Jake Mayette dropped a phenomenal 13 seconds in the 100 Fly today. Also impressive were our two 400 Free Relay squads who put up a good fight for first place in an exciting back and forth with Lansing to end the meet. O-M ended up finishing 1-3 in the event, with the top three squads separated by two seconds."

Personal records for O-M included:

Brett Walters in the 200 IM and 100 Fly.
Jake Mayette in the 100 Fly.
Kyle Frasier in the 100 Free and 100 Breast.
Noah Brewster in the 100 Back.
Tyler Carson in the 100 Back.

Odessa-Montour returns to action after the holiday break.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Noah Angle dives at start of the 200 Free Relay.
Bottom: The Indians' Cameron Adams competes in the 500 Free, where he placed third.

Odessa-Montour's Noah Brewster on the way to a second-place finish in the 100 Back.

Left: O-M's Billy Tague, left, and Lansing's John Koch after the 200 Free, won by Koch. Right: Odesssa's Brett Walters enters the water at the start of the 100 Yard Freestyle.

Odessa-Montour's Alec Betts en route to victory in the 200 Individual Medley.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, center, passes the ball in first-quarter action.

Watkins vs. Newfield in finale

Senecas top Edison, 63-35; Newfield beats Tburg, 51-23

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 23 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team ran past Edison 63-35 Thursday night to set up a title game against Newfield tonight (Friday) in the annual Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Holiday Basketball Tournament in the WGHS Field House.

Newfield cruised in its opener Thursday, defeating Trumansburg 51-23 behind 17 points by Katie Moravec and 14 by Mariyah Byrd.

Watkins Glen raced to a 17-0 advantage over the Spartans and led 19-3 after one quarter as it repeatedly limited Edison to a single shot, or none, while scoring itself on several fast breaks. The Senecas led 33-11 at halftime, and 50-15 entering the final period.

With the game in hand early and starters seeing limited time, the scoring for Watkins was spread around. Taylor Kelly led the team with 10 points, while Clara Chedzoy scored 8, Mikenna Ayers 8, Hannah Morse 7, Amanda Pike 7, Mariah Gonzalez 6, Julia Reilly 5, Emmie Bond 4, Ryanna LaMoreaux 4, and Katlyn Kernan 4.

Gonzalez led in rebounds with 7, LaMoreaux grabbed 5, and Kelly, Makenna Fraboni and Reilly grabbed 4 each. Chedzoy led in steals with 4, and Morse and Gonzalez in assists with 3 apiece.

The consolation game tonight between Tburg and Edison is at 7 p.m., with the championship game set to start at 8:30.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Campbell-Savona 41-13 to advance to tonight's title game against Newfield, which topped Trumansburg 48-12.

Adrienna Solomon led the Senecas with 10 points and 5 assists, while Kathleen Clifford scored 8 points, Aislinn Klemann 5 points, Natalie Edmister 5 points, and Danielle Leszyk 5 points with 6 steals and 6 assists.

The JV consolation game today between Tburg and Campbell-Savona is at 4 p.m., and the championship game is at 5:30 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux drives to the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly shoots. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez prepares to pass the ball. Right: The Senecas' Julia Reilly prepares to shoot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike shoots on a fast break in first-quarter action.

And in the JV game:

From left: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk shoots; Kathleen Clifford prepares to shoot; and Jena Slater moves the ball upcourt, with teammate Ali LaMoreaux in the background. (All three photos by Don Romeo)

Odessa boys edge Bradford, 42-41

BRADFORD, Dec. 23 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team rallied in the final minute Thursday night to overtake Bradford 42-41 in a non-league game in the Bradford gym.

The Indians were down 41-38 with under a minute to go when Curtis Harris hit a pull-up jumper to cut the Bradford lead to one point. After the O-M defense held, Noah Austin scored on a putback lay-up with 5.5 seconds remaining for a 42-41 lead.

With three seconds to go, Bradford's Nick Bailey drove, but his shot hit the front of the rim and O-M rebounded to run out the clock.

O-M, now 3-4, was led in scoring by Zach Elliott's 17 points. Harris added 13, and Austin scored 8. Brandon Ray and Nick Sgrecci notched 2 points apiece. The team was 6-for-16 from the foul line.

Bradford was led in scoring by Bailey and Thomas Collett, who scored 11 apiece. The team was 2-for-3 from the foul line.

O-M had the early lead, building a 9-2 first-quarter advantage, and was up 19-17 at halftime and 34-30 entering the final period.

The Indians return to action after the holiday break.

Odessa-Montour's Joe Glosenger leans as his ball stays right on a spare attempt.

Odessa bowlers fall to Newark Valley

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 23 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams lost to Newark Valley Thursday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

The boys lost 3-1 as they took the third game 845-804, but dropped the first game (865-804) and second game (895-867) as well as total pinfall, 2564-2516.

Joe Glosenger led the Indians with a 548 series, while Trevor Dunn posted a 513, Eric Rumsey a 501, and Alex Grady a 485.

The O-M girls lost 4-0, dropping all three games and total pinfall, 2014-1751.

Jackie Vincent led Odessa with a 433 series, while Kacie Wood notched a 379. Carolyn Arias added a 326, and Madison Randall a 323.

The Indians return to action on Jan. 3 on the road -- at Rossi Lanes against Elmira Notre Dame.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Taylor Sykes applies some body English on a spare attempt.

Watkins boys fall to Candor, 37-35

CANDOR, Dec. 23 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team saw its record slip to 0-6 Thursday night when it dropped a 37-35 decision to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Candor gym.

The Senecas were down 9-5 after one period, but rallied to tie the game 18-18 by halftime. Candor pulled ahead 29-26 in the third quarter, and Watkins scored the next seven points to go up 33-29. But Candor scored the next eight points to build a 37-33 lead before the Senecas scored their final basket with 1.9 seconds to play.

Connor Seeley-Ion and Max Schimizzi led the Senecas in scoring with 10 points each, while Alex Gibson scored 9, Joseph Chedzoy 5 and Michael Doane 1. The team was 7-for-10 from the foul line. Chedzoy led in rebounds with 6, Schimizzi in assists with 3, and Seeley-Ion in steals with 3.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at home against Sidney.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 3-3 by defeating Candor 64-55. Owen Scholtisek led the Senecas with 21 points, while Dylan Markley scored 17 and Isaac McIlroy 13.

Watkins Glen bowlers defeat Edison

HORSEHEADS, Dec. 23 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted victories Thursday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference road matches over Edison.

The girls won 3-1, losing the first game 721-619 before winning the second game, 726-660, and the third game, 776-719. They won total pinfall by a 2193-2100 margin.

Dakota Evans led the Senecas with a 546 series, while Nikole VanDyke posted a 426, Hayley Cornish a 403 and Nancy Jackson a 400.

The Watkins boys won 4-0 by forfeit, since Edison had no bowlers. Wrett Brower led the Senecas with a 574 series while Nathaniel Rose rolled a 555 and Conlin Wysocki a 514.

Watkins Glen's Charlie Wright, right, takes control in the 160-pound bout, which he won.

Watkins wrestlers top Waverly, 42-36

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 21 -- The Watkins Glen varsity wrestling team lifted its dual-meet mark to 2-0 Wednesday when it defeated Waverly 42-36 in a match marked by eight forfeits.

The Senecas won competitive matches by pins at 132, 160 and 195 pounds, and picked up forfeit wins at 138, 170, 220 and 285 pounds.

The pins were posted by Jake Johnson (132 pounds) in the first period against Waverly's Alex Gaddow; by Charlie Wright (160 pounds) in 53 seconds against Tashanda Myers; and by Josh Bravo (195 pounds) in the first period against Matt Nichols.

Competitive losses were sustained by the Senecas' Dylan Bradley, pinned in the second period at 120 pounds, and Parker Arcangeli, pinned in the first period at 182 pounds. Watkins also forfeited at 106, 113, 145 and 152.

The Senecas return to action after the holidays.

Photo in text: Watkins' Sean Kelly on the way to a winning pin in an exhibition match.

L to R: O-M's Sara Gardner, Alyssa Crout and Alexis Saunders. (Photos by Mike Stamp)

O-M girls defeat Spencer-Van Etten

ODESSA, Dec. 21 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Gillian Clark's 29 points -- defeated Spencer-Van Etten 71-34 Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians, now 8-1, ran away from the Panthers with a flurry of baskets late in the first quarter and throughout the second period, building a 44-20 halftime lead. Clark had 21 of her points in the first half, including four 3-pointers. She had five 3-pointers in the game.

O-M, challenged early by Spencer, pulled away for a 17-10 first-period lead, and then outscored the Panthers 27-10 in the second period. S-VE (2-3) failed to mount a challenge after that.

Scoring in addition to Clark were Olivia Grover (12 points and 10 rebounds), Nakiaha Robinson (7 points and 8 assists), Kennedey Heichel (7 points and 5 assists), Alexis Saunders (6 points), Sage Garrison (5 points and 5 assists), Sara Gardner (3 points), and Alyssa Crout (2 points). The team converted 16 of 22 free-throw attempts.

"We were clicking on all cylinders there in the first half, and the second quarter especially," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "Gillian had a great night, but the whole team passed it well and hit the open shots that presented themselves.

"It was a great way to go into the break for Christmas. Hopefully we can carry that momentum forward."

The Indians return to action in January with a string of four road games -- at Groton, Newfield, Watkins Glen and Notre Dame.

Note: The team is ranked #11 in the first Class C state basketball poll. Watkins Glen is ranked #2 behind South Seneca.

Junior Varsity: S-VE defeated Odessa 43-38. Grace Vondracek led the Indians with 16 points.

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Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark drives to the basket.
Bottom: The Indians' Sage Garrison shoots. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

Left: O-M's Kennedey Heichel looks to pass. Right: The Indians' Nakiaha Robinson passes the ball to Olivia Grover, left -- who failed to reach it, perhaps impeded by the grab at left.

Odessa-Montour's Olivia Grover goes up for a shot. Teammate Gillian Clark is at right, and Sara Gardner is in the background.

O-M's Brett Walters competes in the 100 Fly. He placed third. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

Watkins swimmers defeat O-M, 53-41

ODESSA, Dec. 20 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team -- led by four victories by Aidan DeBolt -- defeated Odessa-Montour 53-41 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

DeBolt won the 50 Free (23.54) and 100 Free (54.36), and was on the winning 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay squads. Also on both relays were AJ Specchio, Dakota Cole and Nate Wickham.

Other Watkins Glen wins came from Specchio in the 200 Individual Medley (2:25.31), Tyler Leroux in the 100 Fly (1:18.63), Will Fitzsimmons in the 100 Back (1:10.24), and the 200 Medley Relay squad of Fitzsimmons, Rong Lin, Leroux and Wickham.

Posting victories for O-M were Billy Tague in the 200 Free (2:02.13) and 500 Free (5:30.84), and Andy Fudala in the 100 Breaststroke (1:14.88).

"It was a fantastic team effort," said Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt. "Everyone swam beyond expectation and we were happy with our times. Every place in the lineup where I had a concern, we stepped up. (O-M's) Billy Tague and Andy Fudala are great swimmers and the best in our league in their events. We were able to work around that with a team effort."

WG 53 OM 41

200 Medley Relay: WG Fitzsimmons, Lin, Leroux, Wickham 2:04.62
200 Free: OM Billy Tague 2:02.13
200 IM: WG Alan Specchio 2:25.31
50 Free: WG Aiden DeBolt 23.54
100 Fly: WG Tyler Leroux 1:18.63
100 Free: WG Aiden DeBolt 54.36
500 Free: OM Billy Tague 5:30.84
200 Free Relay: WG Wickham, Cole, Specchio, DeBolt 1:46.38
100 Back: WG Will Fitzsimmons 1:10.24
100 Breast: OM Andy Fudala 1:14.88
400 Free Relay: WG Wickham, Cole, Specchio, DeBolt 3:56.12

"The meet didn't go as I had hoped," said O-M Coach Terri Brace, "but we did have some good swims with some season bests and PRs (personal records)."

PRs for Odessa-Montour:

--Cameron Adams in the 200 Free and 500 Free
--Bailey Hornbrook in the 50 Free
--Noah Brewster in the 100 Back

Season bests for O-M:

--Billy Tague in the 200 Free
--Alec Betts in the 200 IM

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Aidan DeBolt on the way to winning the 100 Free.
Middle: O-M's Andy Fudala competes in the 100 Breaststroke, which he won. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Rong Lin competes in the 100 Breaststroke. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

Watkins Glen's AJ Specchio in the 500 Freestyle, where he placed second.

Left: O-M's Alec Betts, foreground, competes in the 200 IM. He finished second, behind the Senecas' AJ Specchio (back). Right: Watkins' Nate Wickham starts the 50 Free.

Watkins Glen's Tyler Leroux competes in the 100 Fly. He finished first in 1:18.63.

O-M's Billy Tague en route to winning the 500 Free. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

Watkins boys lose to Edison, 46-42

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Dec. 20 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team saw its record slip to 0-5 Tuesday night when it dropped a 46-42 decision to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Edison gym.

Watkins led 11-6 after one quarter and 23-17 at halftime, but the Spartans surged with a 13-5 third period and outscored the Senecas 16-14 down the stretch.

Connor Seeley-Ion led Watkins with 14 points, 4 assists and 4 steals. Michael Doane added 12 points, Max Schimizzi 10, and Joseph Chedzoy, Dayne Hughey and Alex Gibson 2 each. Gibson had 6 rebounds and 3 assists, while Schimizzi grabbed 9 rebounds. The team was 8-for-12 from the foul line.

Nate Chorney led Edison (3-4) with 17 points. The Spartans converted 8 of 14 free throws.

Watkins Glen returns to action Thursday at Candor.

Junior Varsity: Edison defeated Watkins Glen 62-58. Leading the Senecas (2-3) was Isaac McIlroy with 22 points. Max Evans scored 14.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Connor Seeley-Ion, right, drives to the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Michael Doane maneuvers for a shot. Right: The Senecas' Alex Gibson inbounds the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

O-M boys fall to Spencer-Van Etten

SPENCER, Dec. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team dropped a 44-36 decision to Spencer-Van Etten Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the S-VE gym.

The Indians, now 2-4, were led by Curtis Harris's 12 points and 10 by Noah Austin. Zach Elliott chipped in 8 and Nick Sgrecci had 6. The team was 4-for-9 from the foul line, while S-VE was 9-for-11.

Odessa led 13-12 after one period, but S-VE had a 9-2 advantage in the second quarter to take a 21-15 halftime lead.The score was 33-24 entering the fourth quarter.

"Our kids are competing very hard," said O-M Coach Mike Johnston. "We continue to be in games with an opportunity to win down the stretch. We have to keep emphasizing the fundamentals, make our free throws, take care of the ball and make our lay-ups.

"The effort is there on defense, and we did a much better job contesting and blocking out this evening. Anytime you hold a team in the forties you have a chance to win the game, which our kids continue to do. I am proud of how hard they are working and competing, and each night we continue to get better."

Odessa-Montour returns to action Thursday at Bradford. The JV game starts at 5:45, with the varsity to follow.

Junior Varsity: Spencer-Van Etten defeated Odessa-Montour 59-21.

Bowling: O-M girls tie 2-2, boys lose

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity bowling team rallied in the third game to post a 2-2 tie against Lansing Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game at Harborside Lanes.

The Indians lost the first two games, 634-615 and 624-577 before postng a third-game victory, 642-561 that lifted them to an advantage in total pinfall, 1834-1819, and the tie.

Jackie Vincent led O-M with a 424 series, while Kacie Wood rolled a 371, Carolyn Arias 353, and Grace Edger 347.

The O-M boys, meanwhile, lost to Lansing 4-0, dropping the three games by scores of 853-823, 849-814 and 796-760. They lost total pinfall 2498-2397.

Alex Grady led Odessa with a 512 series, while Joe Glosenger posted a 506.

The Indians return to action Thursday at home against Newark Valley.

Photo in text: O-M's Grace Edger watches closely as a final pin almost falls.

O-M's Cameron Bryington, left, and Trevor Dunn use body English on a couple of shots.

O-M's Jacob Zimmer, right, controls his opponent at 145 pounds. Zimmer won with a pin.

O-M wrestlers defeat Groton, 44-36

ODESSA, Dec. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team topped Groton 44-36 Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in O-M's Jack Davis Gym.

Odessa got victories on pins by Andrew Hartford (120 pounds, in 3:11), Jacob Zimmer (145 pounds, in 3:06), and Jeremiah Lynch (160 pounds, in 3:58). Wins also came from Cameron Pickering (170 pounds, a 17-0 tech fall), and Dan Minnier (152 pounds, a 14-8 decision).

Forfeit victories came to O-M in the 106, 220 and 285 weight classes. Groton got all of its points from forfeits, at 113, 126, 132, 138, 182 and 195 pounds.

Odessa Montour 44,
Groton 36

120: Andrew Hartford (OM) over Nick Radley (G) (Fall 3:11)
126: Dione Martin (G) over (OM) (For.)
132: Reese Lockwood (G) over (OM) (For.)
138: Lane Ostrander (G) over (OM) (For.)
145: Jacob Zimmer (OM) over Jaden Howell (G) (Fall 3:06)
152: Daniel Minnier (OM) over Kyle Gombas (G) (Dec 14-8)
160: Jeremiah Lynch (OM) over Brock Chrismer (G) (Fall 2:58)
170: Cameron Pickering (OM) over Daimon Shoemaker (G) (TF 17-0 4:55)
182: Hart Sirvent (G) over (OM) (For.)
195: Matt Gombas (G) over (OM) (For.)
220: Alex Repass (OM) over (G) (For.)
285: Dylan Houseknecht (OM) over (G) (For.)
99: Double Forfeit
106: Josiah Lynch (OM) over (G) (For.)
113: Marissa Kuhn (G) over (OM) (For.)

Photos in text: O-M's Jeremiah Lynch (160 pounds) lifts his opponent (top); the Indians' Andrew Hartford (back) on his way to a victory at 120 pounds.

Left: O-M's Daniel Minnier (standing) en route to a 14-8 victory at 152 pounds. Right: Odessa's Cameron Pickering (facing camera) on his way to a tech fall win at 170.

Glen bowlers post wins against Groton

GROTON, Dec. 20 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams both won their Interscholastic Athletic Conference road matches against Groton Tuesday, the boys sweeping to a 4-0 victory while the girls prevailed 3-1.

Wrett Brower led the Watkins boys with a 567 series that included a 229 game, while Casen Weeden added a 535 (with a 224), Conlin Wysocki a 524, and Wyatt Brower a 513.

The Senecas won the first game 783-673, the second game 915-795, the third game 935-895, and total pinfall 2633-2363.

"We had strong performances from all the boys," said Coach Ward Brower.

The Watkins girls -- led by Dakota Evans' 541, Liz Mason's 459 and Nikole VanDyke's 445, won the first two games (709-633 and 733-620) before losing the third game, 770-763. They won total pinfall, 2205-2023.

"We bowled well," Coach Brower said of the girls' victory, "but not well enough to take all three games. My hat is off to Groton in that last game. They bowled well."

O-M girls defeat Campbell-Savona

CAMPBELL, Dec. 19 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team improved to 7-1 Monday night when it defeated Campbell-Savona 61-20 in a non-league road game.

Gillian Clark led the Indians with 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Nakiaha Robinson had 11 points, 5 assists and 4 steals.

Other points came from Sara Gardner (9, on three first-half 3-pointers), Olivia Grover (8, with 12 rebounds), Sage Garrison (6, with 4 assists), Kennedey Heichel (4, with 4 assists), Alyssa Crout (4, with 5 rebounds), and Alexis Saunders (2).

O-M led 19-8 after one period and 41-14 at halftime. Campbell-Savona is now 2-3.

"We really moved the ball well on offense in that first half and got a lot of good looks for everyone," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich.

The Indians return to action Wednesday at home against Spencer-Van Etten in a key divisional contest.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour won 61-19. Grace Vondracek led the Indians with 15 points, while Hannah Chapman scored 12 and Autumn Garrison 11.

Athletes of the Week: Pike and Tague

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 18 -- This week we honor a basketball player and a swimmer as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike (left) earns the honor for a 29-point, 14-rebound, 5-steal performance that led her Senecas to an IAC basketball victory over Elmira Notre Dame. In the process she passed the 1,000-point level in her high school career.

Odessa-Montour's Billy Tague (right) earns the other nod for a 4-victory performance as his swim team narrowly missed beating Waverly. He won the 200 Individual Medley with a personal-best time, won the 500 Freestyle, and was on the winning 200 Medley Relay and 200 Free Relay teams.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen wrestlers Parker Arcangeli and Ethan Voorheis; O-M basketball players Gillian Clark and Curtis Harris; Watkins Glen basketball player Mariah Gonzalez; Watkins Glen bowler Dakota Evans; Watkins Glen swimmer AJ Specchio; and O-M swimmers Andy Fudala and Alec Betts.

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.

Glen wrestlers place 6th at C-S tourney

CAMPBELL, Dec. 17 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team went 2-6 and finished 6th Saturday at the Campbell-Savona Dual Tournament, but came home with an award:

"We were selected by the officials as the Sportsmanship team," said Coach Nils Watson.

"Holes in the lineup hurt us," said Watson of the day's competition. "It cost us wins against Penn Yan and Dansville."

Parker Arcangeli and Ethan Voorheis led the Senecas, each with 7-0 records. Voorheis was undefeated at the tourney last year, as well. Dylan Bradley registered a 6-1 mark.

Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond (22) moves past a Notre Dame defender. Right: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez drives to the basket. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Glen girls defeat Notre Dame; Pike tops 1,000 career points

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 16 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team continued unbeaten Friday night as it ran away from Elmira Notre Dame, 59-38, behind 29 points, 14 rebounds and 5 steals by Amanda Pike -- including her 1,000th career point.

The Senecas, now 4-0, built a 19-10 lead through one period of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference game and then turned the game into a rout, outscoring the Crusaders 14-2 in the second period for a 33-12 advantage at intermission.

The game was stopped after Pike's first basket of the third quarter, with Coach Alicia Learn and teammates congratulating her as the 1,000-point career feat was announced to the hometown crowd. Pike then went to the stands to hug her parents.

Scoring in addition to Pike for Watkins were Mariah Gonzalez (11 points, with 8 rebounds, 4 steals, 4 assists and 2 blocks), Emmie Bond (9 points with 8 rebounds and 2 steals), Taylor Kelly (7 points, with 4 steals and 2 rebounds), Clara Chedzoy (2 points with 4 assists and 2 rebounds), and Ryanna LaMoreaux (1 point). Hannah Morse registered 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals.

The team was 15-for-23 at the foul line, including 10-for-13 by Pike.

Notre Dame was led by Mary Foster's 14 points, and 9 by Courtney Crater. The Crusaders were 8-for-14 from the foul line.

"It was a good win for us," said Coach Learn. "It's nice to have this momentum going into our tournament this week. I am very happy for Amanda Pike scoring her 1,000th point tonight."

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Notre Dame in overtime, 35-28, to improve to 3-1. Danielle Leszyk scored 13 points with 5 rebounds, 7 steals and 5 assists; Adrienna Solomon scored 8 points; Kelsey Kernan scored 5 points and grabbed 10 rebounds; Kathryn Losey scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds; and Jena Slater scored 4 points.

Photos in text:
Top:
Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike rebounds. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: JV players Amanda Wilbur, left, and Jena Slater with food purchased during the varsity game.

Amanda Pike (14) is congratulated by coaches Bub Chaffee and Ralph Diliberto (right) as teammates and Coach Alicia Learn applaud after Pike reached 1,000 points.

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, left, dribbles past a Notre Dame player. Right:Amanda Pike after game with congratulatory flowers. (Photo on right by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Jena Slater (10) fights for possession of the ball. Right: The Senecas' Adrienna Solomon drives past ND's Anna Milazzo. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Odessa girls top Tioga, improve to 6-1

TIOGA CENTER, Dec. 16 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Gillian Clark's 14 points and 8 rebounds -- defeated Tioga 46-27 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Tioga gym.

The win lifted the Indians' season mark to 6-1 (and 3-1 in IAC play), while Tioga slipped to 3-2, 2-2.

Odessa built a 14-8 lead in the first period and was up 27-10 at halftime and 35-15 through three quarters.

In addition to Clark, O-M got points from Kennedey Heichel (8, with 4 steals and 4 assists), Alexis Saunders (7, with 5 steals), Sage Garrison (6, with 4 steals), Nakiaha Robinson (6, with 3 assists), and Olivia Grover (5, with 11 rebounds). The team was 9-for-12 at the foul line.

"We really put the clamps down on them on the defensive end," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "The girls came out fired up and played with great intensity in what was a very important game for us in our division. That was the difference tonight."

The win, he noted, was O-M's first at Tioga since 2005, and constituted "a great bounce-back performance for us" following a loss in the previous game. "We got some balanced scoring and had five different players hit 3-pointers." The team had seven 3-pointers in all.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Nick Sgrecci shoots. Right: The Indians' Brandon Ray passes.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to Tioga, 59-43

ODESSA, Dec. 16 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team dug itself a deep hole and couldn't climb out of it Friday night as it dropped a 59-43 decision to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians -- unable to drive to the basket in the early going -- fell behind 19-2 in the first quarter, and were down 28-6 midway through the second period before reaching intermission behind 30-13.

Curtis Harris scored 10 of his 24 points in the third period as the Indians closed to within 14 poins, 44-30, entering the final period. Another 8 points by Harris in the final period wasn't enough, though, to bring O-M back.

"The difference tonight," said O-M Coach Mike Johnston, "was the Tioga point guard, Nick Klossner, who scored 24 points. We didn't contain him. He penetrated, drew fouls, made 3's and finished by making free throws. Everything ran though him tonight.

"Our goal is to just keep improving on both ends of the floor, stressing the fundamentals and competing on every possession. We showed that competitiveness in the second, third and fourth quarters."

In addition to Harris's 24 points, the Indians got 9 from Zach Elliott, 5 from Nick Sgrecci, 3 from Brandon Ray and 2 from Noah Austin. They converted 3 of 7 free throws.

While Tioga's Klossner matched Harris's 24 points, Scott Siberski scored 10. The Tigers converted 8 of 10 free throws.

The loss dropped the Indians' season mark to 2-3, while Tioga improved to 3-2. O-M returns to action Tuesday at Spencer-Van Etten.

Junior Varsity: Tioga defeated Odessa-Montour, 46-26.

Photo in text: O-M's Curtis Harris shoots. He scored 24 points.

Watkins boys fall to Notre Dame, 61-45

SOUTHPORT, Dec. 16 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team saw its record slip to 0-4 Friday night when it dropped a 61-45 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the ND gym.

The Senecas fell behind 14-2, but chipped away at the deficit, pulling within six points at halftime, 29-23. Notre Dame pulled away gradually in the second half, outscoring the Senecas 18-12 in the third quarter and 14-10 in the fourth.

"We're seeing a little improvement," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "We are having stretches of good basketball. We'll keep working at it."

Max Schimizzi led Watkins with 15 points and 6 rebounds, while Connor Seeley-Ion scored 13 points. Other scoring came from Michael Doane (5 points), Joe Chedzoy (4) and Dayne Hughey (4). Seeley-Ion had 4 assists and 3 steals, while Chedzoy had 4 assists and 4 rebounds.

The team returns to action Tuesday night at Edison, and then plays Thursday at Candor.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 2-2 with a 61-49 victory over Notre Dame. Isaac McIlroy led the Senecas with 19 points, while Owen Scholtisek scored 12, and Max Evans and Dylan Markley 10 apiece.

Watkins Glen's Dakota Evans prepares to deliver another strike. She rolled a 593 series.

Bowling: Watkins girls win, boys lose

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 16 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team posted a 3-1 victory Friday over Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes. The Watkins boys fell to Waverly, 4-0.

Dakota Evans led the girls with a 593 series as the Senecas lost the first game, 750-680, before winning the second game (782-706), the third game (824-800) and total pinfall, 2286-2256.

Evans amassed her score on games of 190-195-208. Liz Mason also topped 500, at 504, while Nikole VanDyke rolled a 441.

"I am real pleased with the way the girls bowled today," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "They started off dropping the first game to a very good Waverly team. A lot of teams would have quit, but Liz Mason and Dakota Evans showed great senior leadership and they took the next two games.

"Dakota bowled exceptionally well. It was probably the best birthday present she could have asked for." (Evans turned 18 on Thursday.)

The Watkins boys lost to the powerhouse Wolverines, who had six bowlers with 500 series. The Senecas lost the first two games substantially before coming close in the third, falling 831-829. Waverly won total pinfall by a 2765-2438 margin.

Watkins was led by Nathaniel Rose's 510 series, while Conlin Wysocki posted a 508 and Wrett Brower a 470.

"The boys continue to improve," said Coach Brower, "and will be ready when the postseason arrives."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Nikole VanDyke uses body English on a spare attempt.
Bottom: The Senecas' John Reed, left, and a Waverly bowler follow through.

Left: Watkins Glen's Liz Mason. Right: The Senecas' Conlin Wysocki reacts to a spare.

Bowling: Odessa boys win, girls lose

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 15 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity bowling team won a close battle 3-1 Thursday over Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Owego Bowl.

Odessa won the first game by four pins, 763-759. It lost the second game 854-777 and then rallied to win the third game 868-788 to take total pinfall by seven pins, 2408-2401.

Alex Grady led the charge with a 562 series that included a 210 game. Andrew Ink added a 482 and Eric Rumsey a 481.

The O-M girls lost 4-0 as Candor outpointed them 2442-1790. Jackie Vincent led Odessa with a 409 series, while Carolyn Arias posted a 362 and Taylor Sykes a 357.

Odessa returns to action at home Tuesday against Lansing.

Watkins wrestlers edge Whitney Point

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 14 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team opened its dual-meet season on a positive note Wednesday night, edging Whitney Point 42-41 in a match in the WGHS small gym.

Forfeits played a key role, with Watkins Glen benefitting by six of them, and Whitney Point by five as both squads dealt with thin rosters. The outcome also hinged on the final competitive match, where Watkins Glen's Parker Arcangeli gave the Senecas the extra point they needed by not getting pinned in a lopsided loss.

Arcangeli, wrestling at 195 pounds (a weight class higher than usual, in an effort by Coach Nils Watson to block a 6-point forfeit), was losing to Whitney Point's Dylan Dunham (who was on the way to his 100th career victory) by a 13-0 score after two periods. The Whitney Point coach was yelling to Dunham to pin Arcangeli -- not to register any take-downs or the match could end with a 5-point technical fall instead of a 6-point pin. With five points, the Eagles -- up 36-30 -- would end up with 41 points ... and that wouldn't be enough.

A 41-30 lead might look good on the scoreboard, but it wouldn't really be. Not on a night full of forfeits.

For his part, Watson was urging his wrestler on: "Don't get pinned!" And Arcangeli fought off one such attempt in the third period before the referee awarded Dunham four more points and a 17-0 tech fall victory ... and the die was cast. Watkins Glen won the final two matches -- as the coaches knew it would -- on forfeits at 220 and 285 pounds, climbing from 30 points on the scoreboard to 42 and the victory.

Neither team had a 99-pound wrestler, and then Watkins dropped forfeits at 106, 113, 126, 145 and 152 pounds. It won on forfeits at 120,160, 170, 182, 220 and 285 pounds.

"We had the big guys and they had the little guys," said Watson, whose squad will get plenty of action this weekend at the Campbell-Savona Duals.

The only competitive bout the Senecas won Wednesday was by Jake Johnson -- a pin in 1:26 at 132 pounds. Sean Kelly lost by a fall at 138, and Arcangeli by the tech fall at 195.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Jake Johnson (right) on the way to victory at 132 pounds.
Bottom: The Senecas' Parker Arcangeli (right) early in his bout, which he lost.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Jon Andrews shoots. Right: Odessa's Zach Elliott drives to the basket. (Photos by Mike Stamp)

Odessa boys top Candor in overtime

ODESSA, Dec. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team battled back from a 20-15 halftime deficit to post a 51-46 overtime victory Tuesday night over Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Odessa, now 2-2 overall and 1-1 in league play, was led by Noah Austin's 17 points, 13 by Curtis Harris, and 12 by Zach Elliott. Also scoring were Brandon Ray (5 points), Nick Sgrecci (2) and Jon Andrews (2). The team struggled at the foul line, converting just 12 of 27 attempts.

Candor, led by Jon Quick's 14 points and Steven Kern's 11, converted 6 of 9 free throws.

O-M trailed in the final moments of regulation when Harris drove the middle, was fouled, and sank one of two free throws to tie the game 44-44 and send it to overtime -- where the home team outscored Candor 7-2.

Odessa returns to action Friday at home against Tioga.

Junior Varsity: Candor defeated Odessa-Montour 63-39.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Curtis Harris meets traffic as he drives to the basket. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

Left: O-M's Noah Austin looks to shoot. Right: Odessa's Nick Sgrecci drives to the basket. (Photos by Mike Stamp)

Watkins boys fall to Tburg; now 0-3

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 13 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team battled back from a deep hole Tuesday night, but couldn't catch up to Trumansburg, dropping a 60-49 decision to the Raiders in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House.

Michael Doane and Connor Seeley-Ion led the Senecas back from a 52-30 third-quarter deficit, each scoring 8 fourth-quarter points. But even a 19-8 advantage in that final period couldn't bring the Senecas close enough to challenge before time expired.

Doane led the team with 22 points, including 6 of the team's 11 three-pointers. Seeley-Ion had 4 threes for his 12 points, and Dayne Hughey had one among his 11 points. Other points came from Alex Gibson (2) and Max Schimizzi (2).

Hughey led the team in rebounds with 5, and Seeley-Ion in assists with 4.

"We played pretty good for the first quarter-and-a-half," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, whose squad led 15-13 after one period, but was down 34-23 by halftime. Trumansburg then scored the first 8 points of the third period to build a 42-23 lead, and was up by 22 when the period ended.

"We fell apart there in the last half of the second quarter and in the third," said Fazzary, "but then we played pretty good again in the fourth. That's what happens when you have a young team. They have trouble sometimes putting together four good quarters."

Trumansburg was led by 27 points (including 9-for-9 from the foul line) from Austin Grunder, who Fazzary called "maybe the best player in Section IV. He makes it tough on defenses."

The Senecas return to action Friday when they visit Notre Dame.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen won its first game in three tries, defeating Trumansburg 61-35. Isaac McIlroy led the Senecas with 27 points, while Max Evans scored 11 and Owen Scholtisek scored 8.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Alex Gibson maneuvers past a Trumansburg defender.
Bottom: The Senecas' Dayne Hughey shoots in traffic.

From left: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy, Connor Seeley-Ion and Michael Doane.

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike drives toward the basket. Right: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez shoots. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls rout Trumansburg, 68-13

TRUMANSBURG, Dec. 13 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team got double-digit scoring from four players Tuesday night as it defeated Trumansburg 68-13 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Tburg gym.

The Senecas, now 3-0, were led by Amanda Pike's 14 points and 5 steals, Taylor Kelly's 14 points and 5 rebounds, Mariah Gonzalez's 13 points and 6 rebounds, and Ryanna LaMoreaux's 10 points and 8 rebounds.

Other points came from Julia Reilly (6, with 2 rebounds), Katlyn Kernan (4), Hannah Morse (3, with 9 assists and 3 steals), Emmie Bond (2, with 2 rebounds), and Clara Chedzoy (2).

Watkins Glen led 27-3 after one period, 41-5 at halftime, and 58-8 after three periods. The Senecas were 6 for 9 from the foul line.

"I was proud of how the girls came ready to play," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "They played really well as a team."

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

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 2-1 with a 59-9 victory over Trumansburg. Kelsey Kernan and Kathryn Losey each scored 9 points, while Aislinn Klemann and Ali LaMoreaux scored 8 apiece.

Photo in text: Watkins' Hannah Morse, right, passes the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins' Ryanna LaMoreaux (2, left) and Taylor Kelly (right). (Photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

In the JV game, Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk (3) and Kelsey Kernan (20) shoot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

O-M girls lose to Candor, fall to 5-1

ODESSA, Dec. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team sustained its first loss of the season Tuesday night, falling to Candor 43-42 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Candor gym.

"We were not prepared nor ready to play tonight, and we paid dearly for it," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We let them hang around and then some breaks went their way and that was that."

He termed it "a costly, costly division loss that puts the pressure on us Friday at Tioga."

Nakiaha Robinson led the team with 15 points while Gillian Clark scored 13, Olivia Grover 6, Kennedey Heichel 4, and Sara Gardner 4.

O-M is now 5-1 overall and 2-1 in league play. Candor is 4-3 and 1-2.

Odessa-Montour's Billy Tague dives at the start of a leg of the 200 Freestyle Relay.

Odessa swimmers fall short, 48-46

ODESSA, Dec. 13 -- It came down to the last race Tuesday as the Odessa-Montour varsity swim team sought its fourth straight win, and this against always tough Waverly. All the Indians needed was second place to win the meet.

But the Indians, who had provided valiant effort after valiant effort up to then, had used all of their best swimmers to get there, and so Waverly took first and second place in the 400 Free Relay to win the Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet 48-46.

"It's a little heartbreaking," said O-M Coach Terri Brace, who said she had "loaded up" in the first two relay races -- the 200 Medley Relay and 200 Free Relay -- and had won both. But with her best swimmers having been in the maximum-allowed four events, she turned to game but mostly younger swimmers who just couldn't keep pace with Waverly's final-race lineup.

The loss left the Indians' season mark a more than respectable 3-1, but a loss so tantalizingly close left some of the swimmers shaking their heads. The Indians won six of the day's 11 events, and finished second in four races.

Posting individual wins were Alec Betts in the 200 Free (2:12.82), Billy Tague in the 200 Individual Medley (2:17.83) and the 500 Free (5:34.82), and Andy Fudala in the 100 Breaststroke (1:12.29).

Also winning were those first two relay squads: Betts, Fudala, Tague and Noah Angle in the 200 Medley Relay (1:58.57), and Angle, Fudala, Betts and Tague in the 200 Free Relay (1:44.84, which barely edged Waverly's 1:45.37).

Second places were registered by Fudala in the 50 Free, Brett Walters in the 100 Fly, Noah Brewster in the 100 Back, and Betts in the 100 Breast.

"The meet was close throughout, and was tied after the 200 Free Relay and the 100 Back," said Odessa-Montour Coach Terri Brace. "O-M pulled ahead after Andy Fudala and Alec Betts finished 1-2 in the 100 Breast. To win the meet, we had to place first or second in the final relay, but Waverly finished 1-2. The O-M guys left it all in the pool. There were many personal best times, including by our Medley and 200 Free Relay. I was disappointed with the outcome of the meet, but very proud of the way O-M performed as a team. They really came together, and they fought as hard as they could."

Personal records included:

--Billy Tague in the 200 IM
--Brett Walters in the 200 IM and the 100 Fly
--Noah Angle in the 50 and 100 Free
--Kyle Frasier in the 100 Fly
--Cameron Adams in the 500 Free
--Noah Brewster in the 100 Back
--Tyler Carson in the 100 Back

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Andy Fudala on the way to victory in the 100 Breaststroke.
Middle: The Indians' Brett Walters competes in the 200 IM. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)
Bottom: Odessa's Garrett Allen nears the surface after diving in the 200 Free Relay.

O-M's Noah Brewster on way to second place in the 100 Back. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

Watkins Glen's Aidan DeBolt (top) dives at start of the 50 Freestyle, which he won.

Watkins swimmers lose to Lansing

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 13 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team dropped a 98-79 decision to Lansing Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

Watkins Glen got first-place finishes from AJ Specchio in the 200 Individual Medley (2:26.47) and the 500 Free (5:38.33), and from Aidan DeBolt in the 50 Free (23.46).

Second-place finishes were posted by Dakota Cole in the 200 Free and 500 Free, Scott Brubaker in diving, DeBolt in the 100 Free, Will Fitzsimmons in the 100 Back, and Rong Lin in the 100 Breast.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Odessa-Montour.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's AJ Specchio on the way to victory in the 200 Individual Medley.

Bottom: The Senecas' Will Fitzsimmons hits the water at start of the 200 Individual Medley, where he placed third.

Odessa bowlers fall to U.S./Port Byron

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams lost 4-0 decisions Tuesday to Union Springs/Port Byron in matches at Harborside Lanes.

The boys lost all three games and total pinfall, 2664-2408. Alex Grady led the Indians with a 519 series, while Joe Glosenger posted a 514 and Eric Rumsey a 510.

The girls lost their three games, outpointed by Union Springs/Port Byron 1909-1654. Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 374 series, while Grace Edger registered a 340, Carolyn Arias a 305, and Taylor Sykes a 298.

The Indians return to action Thursday at Owego Bowl against Candor.

Photo in text: O-M's Taylor Sykes reacts as her spare attempt wanders too far right.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Alex Grady follows through. Right: The Indians' Trevor Dunn misses a spare attempt.

Athletes: 2 from O-M, 2 from Watkins

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 11 -- This week we honor as Odessa File Athletes of the Week four students who had outstanding weeks on the court, the track and the mat: two basketball players, a runner and a wrestler.

At Odessa-Montour, one nod goes to Gillian Clark, who led her basketball team to two victories and a 5-0 season record with performances of 15 points and 9 rebounds, and 21 points and 10 rebounds. The other O-M honoree is wrestler Cameron Pickering, who went 9-0 at the Arkport Duals and won two other matches earlier as Odessa defeated Moravia and Edison.

At Watkins Glen, Patrick Hazlitt earns one of the nods for setting a new school record in the 1600 Meter Run while winning the event at the Bomber Invitational, breaking the mark he set last year. And he was part of another school record in the 4x200 Relay. The other honoree is Amanda Pike, who led her basketball team to two victories by scoring 26 and 22 points as the Senecas kicked off their season in pursuit of a third straight sectional title.

Double Honorable: O-M basketball's Olivia Grover; O-M wrestlers Dylan Houseknecht, Alex Repass, Jeremiah Lynch and John Kuparinen; Watkins Glen tracksters Jacob Carocci, Aaron Planty and Josh Updyke; O-M basketball's Zach Elliott; Watkins Glen basketball's Max Schimizzi; Watkins Glen bowler Dakota Evans; Watkins swimmer AJ Specchio; and O-M swimmers Billy Tague, Andy Fudala and Alec Betts.

Honorable Mention: Another 30 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, left, during his 160-pound bout against East Rochester's Shaun Allen. Lynch won with a 4-1 decision. (Photo provided)

O-M wrestlers post 5-4 record at Duals

ARKPORT, Dec. 11 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team held its own against teams from Section 5 during the Friday-Saturday Arkport Duals.

The Indians (Section 4) posted five wins in nine matches, defeating Arkport 42-30, Avon-Geneseo 42-39, East Rochester 39-35, Fillmore 54-6, and Wayland-Cohocton 39-21.

O-M lost to Alfred Almond 48-36, Caledonia Mumford 46-42, Hornell 60-22, and Wellsville 42-36.

Cameron Pickering (182 pounds) led the way for O-M with a 9-0 mark that included five competitive victories and four by forfeit. Dylan Houseknecht was 8-1 at 285 pounds, including five competitive wins and three by forfeit. Alex Repass was 7-2 (four competitive wins and three by forfeit at 220), Jeremiah Lynch was 7-2 (four competitive wins and three by forfeit at 160), and John Kuparinen was 7-2 (three competitive wins and four by forfeit at 182).

In addition, Josiah Lynch was 6-3 at 106 pounds; Jacob Zimmer 6-3 at 145 pounds; Daniel Minnier 5-4 at 152 pounds; Andrew Hartford 4-5 at 120 pounds; and Collin Haag 1-2 at 138 pounds.

Photo in text: O-M's Dylan Houseknecht (right) on way to win against Mike Dye of East Rochester at 285 pounds. (Photo provided)

Left: O-M's John Kuparinen (left) on way to win over East Rochester's Dan Coady-Bannister at 182 pounds. Right: O-M's Alex Repass pins East Rochester's Jacob House at 220 pounds. (Photos provided)

Local XC youths compete in Jr. Olympics

Special to The Odessa File

HOOVER, Ala., Dec. 11-- Liam Smith, 9, and Nick Bonsignore, 10, of Watkins Glen and Jaxyn Mahoney, 9, of Corning all ran Saturday in the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in Hoover, Ala.

They had qualified for the 3K race for 9- and 10-year-olds by competing successfully at the recent Region 2 Championships held at Morris Plains, NJ.

Mahoney finished 15th Saturday out of 341 runners in 11:49.85, while Smith was 151st in 13:17.04, and Bonsignore 227th in 13:47.55. The winning time was 11:06.67.

The three boys have been training with the Corning-based SOAR running club.

Left: O-M's Brandon Ray shoots. Right: The Indians' Zach Elliott drives to the basket.

O-M boys edge Northeast Bradford

ODESSA, Dec. 10 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team -- led by Zach Elliott's 21 points -- posted its first win of the season Saturday, edging Northeast Bradford 46-45 in a non-league contest in the O-M gym.

The game, tight throughout, hinged on free throws: Odessa (now 1-2) converted 19 of 27, including 14 of 18 in the fourth quarter. Elliott, who scored 9 of his points in the first half, was 8-for-9 from the foul line in the second half, including 5-for-6 in the fourth quarter.

Curtis Harris added 14 points, going 8-for-12 from the foul line, including 6-for-8 in the final period. Noah Austin, who scored five points, was 3-for-4 at the line in the fourth quarter.

Other points came from Nick Sgrecci (4) and Brandon Ray (2).

By contrast, Northeast Bradford -- a Pennsylvania team in its first game of the season -- had 9 opportunities at the free-throw line, converting 7 of them. The squad was led by David Ford, who scored 14 points.

"A key to the victory," said Odessa Coach Mike Johnston, "was we did a better job taking care of the ball, and we made free throws down the stretch."

The first half saw several lead changes. The first quarter ended in a 12-12 tie, with O-M moving ahead 21-20 shortly before intermission on an Elliott 3-pointer. Northeast Bradford had the advantage again after three periods, 32-30, leading to the final-quarter O-M free throws.

Odessa returns to action in a league game at home Tuesday against Candor.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour came from behind to defeat Northeast Bradford 52-47. Derrick Lewis led the Indians with 16 points as they overcame a 29-19 halftime deficit. Devon Roth added 14 points, and Paden Grover 11.

Photo in text: O-M's Noah Austin, right, battles for possession of the ball.

Left: O-M's Curtis Harris looks to pass. Right: O-M's Nick Sgrecci goes up for a shot.

WG school records fall at Bomber meet

ITHACA, Dec. 10 -- Three Watkins Glen High School indoor track records fell Saturday as the Senecas competed in the Bomber Invitational at Ithaca College against 48 other teams.

Patrick Hazlitt broke his own school record in the 1600 Meter Run when he placed first among 67 runners in a time of 4:24.7, improving on his old mark of 4:26.8. Teammate Sam Hanley placed 4th with a personal-best of 4:44.6.

Jacob Carocci set a new school mark in the High Jump, placing 12th with a leap of 5'4". The old school mark was 5'2". And the 4x200 Relay team of Aaron Planty, Carocci, Hazlitt and Josh Updyke set a school mark of 1:40.5 while placing 8th. The previous record of 1:44.8 was set several years ago.

In addition, Planty placed 9th in the 3200 Meter race with personal-best time of 10:21.59, and Updyke was 9th in the 55 Meters in 6.9 seconds.

"Our team set goals of trying to break records this season, and they are continuing to do so," said Watkins Glen Coach Kelly Sterner. "We are small but powerful, using our talents to succeed."

Photo in text: From left: Watkins Glen's Aaron Planty, Josh Updyke, Patrick Hazlitt and Sam Hanley at the Bomber Invitational. (Photo provided)

Left: Watkins' Michael Doane shoots. Right: The Senecas' Max Schimizzi wins the tipoff.

Watkins boys squander lead, lose 52-50

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 9 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team seemed to have Friday night's game against Tioga in hand, but an 11-point lead disappeared in the fourth quarter en route to a 52-50 Interscholastic Athletic Conference loss in the Field House gym.

"This was one of the most disappointing losses in all the games I've coached," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "I rate it right up there."

The Senecas gave up 11 three-pointers in the game, including four in the final period and two in the closing minute. Eight of them were by Lucas Klossner, accounting for all of his 24 points.

Watkins Glen led early, 10-4, was caught at 10-10, and then went on a run to open a 10-point lead in the second quarter, 21-11. Tioga closed to within four at halftime, 25-21, but a 20-13 third period lifted the Senecas up 45-34 entering the fourth period.

Tioga rallied, though, outscoring Watkins 18-5 down the stretch, overcoming a 50-46 deficit in that final minute with a pair of 3-pointers by Klossner within a few seconds of each other.

"To have control and let it slip away ..." said Fazzary, and he stopped. "Well, we just have to get better."

The loss dropped the Senecas to 0-2 heading into a home contest Tuesday night against Trumansburg. Tioga is now 2-1.

Max Schimizzi led Watkins scorers with 19 points, while Dayne Hughey scored 12, Connor Seeley-Ion 11, Michael Doane 6, and Joseph Chedzoy 2. The team was 6-for-10 from the foul line, while Tioga was 5-for-11.

Seeley-Ion led the team in assists and rebounds (6 each) and tied for the lead in steals (with Alex Gibson) with 3. Hughey had 5 rebounds, while Chedzoy had 4 assists.

Junior Varsity: Tioga defeated Watkins Glen 52-43. Owen Scholtisek and Isaac McIlroy scored 12 points each for the Senecas, while Dylan Markley scored 9.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Connor Seeley-Ion drives to the basket.
Bottom: The Senecas' Joe Chedzoy brings the ball upcourt.

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike shoots. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly puts up a shot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls top Tioga, 57-42; now 2-0

TIOGA CENTER, Dec. 9 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by Amanda Pike's 26 points -- defeated Tioga 57-42 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Tioga gym.

Watkins Glen (2-0) raced out to a 21-8 first-quarter lead, was up 30-16 at halftime, and was ahead 49-27 entering the final period.

In addition to her 26 points, Pike grabbed 4 rebounds and had 3 steals. Other points came from:

--Clara Chedzoy (8, with 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal);
--Taylor Kelly (7, with 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals);
--Ryanna LaMoreaux (6, with 2 rebounds, 2 steals and a block);
--Hannah Morse (5, with 3 rebounds and 4 assists);
--Mariah Gonzalez (3, with 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block), and
--Kendra Larson (2)

"I was proud of the girls tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "They played well. It was nice to see everyone was able to contribute tonight."

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Trumansburg.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Tioga 30-29. Danielle Leszyk scored 12 points and had 5 rebounds. Adrie Solomon had 7 points and 8 rebounds. Jena Slater scored 5 points, and Kelsey Kernan had 2 points and 13 rebounds.

Photo in text: Watkins' Mariah Gonzalez drives toward the hoop. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux, left, fights for the ball. Right: The Senecas' Hannah Morse (3) shoots. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: O-M's Olivia Grover looks to shoot. Right: The Indians' Sara Gardner drives.

O-M girls defeat NV, improve to 5-0

ODESSA, Dec. 9 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team improved to 5-0 for the first time since the 2010-11 season Friday night by defeating Newark Valley 50-34 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians were led by Gillian Clark's 15 points and 9 rebounds, and Olivia Grover's 14 points and 11 rebounds. Nakiaha Robinson added 9 points, Sara Gardner 5, Kennedey Heichel 4 (with 5 assists), and Sage Garrison 3.

And Alyssa Crout, said Coach Greg Gavich, "didn't score, but had 6 rebounds and did a lot of important little things on the defensive end that were big."

Newark Valley, afer trailing 13-2 in the first quarter and 25-14 at halftime, hung around, pulling within six points at 32-26 early in the fourth period. But O-M pulled away from there, outscoring the Cardinals 18-8 down the stretch.

"This was good for us," said Gavich. "We had to work for the entire 32 minutes and battle through some poor shooting over the first three quarters as well as some foul trouble. Once we settled down in the fourth quarter, we took some better shots and got some key baskets to finish off a scrappy team."

The Indians return to action next week with games at Candor and Tioga.

Photo in text: O-M's Nahiaha Robinson is fouled as she drives toward the basket.

Left: O-M's Sage Garrison sends a free throw on its way. Right: The Indians' Gillian Clark (44) is fouled as she shoots.

O-M's Kennedey Heichel (3) battles two diving NV players for possession of the ball.

Odessa-Montour's Grace Edger pumps her fist after converting a spare against Edison.

Bowling: Odessa boys win; girls edged

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

O-M won just the second game, 636-571, losing the first and third games and total score by just two pins, 1905-1903. Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 486 series, while Grace Edger posted a 410.

The Odessa boys won 4-0 in the absence of all but one Edison bowler. The Indians posted a 752-816-760=2328 series, led by Marcus Getman's 512 and Alex Grady's 472.

Odessa returns to action Tuesday at home against Union Springs.

Photo in text: O-M's Jackie Vincent leans as she converts a spare.

Left: O-M's Marcus Getman reacts to a strike. Right: The Indians' Carolyn Arias reacts as her ball starts to move left on a spare attempt that she missed.

Bowling: Glen girls top NV, boys fall

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 8 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team defeated Newark Valley 4-0 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match. The Watkins boys lost 3-1.

Dakota Evans rolled a 577 (including a 223) to lead the girls to 2189-1909 victory. Nikole VanDyke added a 423, Liz Mason a 422 and Nancy Jackson a 401.

The boys lost the first two games and total pinfall, 2768-2476. Conlin Wysocki led the team with a 566 (including a 204), while Nathaniel Rose rolled a 526 and Wrett Brower a 487.

Watkins Glen's AJ Specchio on the way to winning the 500 Yard Freestyle race.

Watkins swimmers top Southern Cayuga

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 8 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team posted an 81-72 victory Thursday over Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The meet, close throughout, saw the Senecas come from behind with a win in the 200 Freestyle Relay-- the fourth to last of 11 scored events -- and ice the victory with a win in the 400 Free Relay.

"We swam well against a revitalized Southern Cayuga team with some strong performances tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt. "Times continue to drop and AJ Specchio continued his streak with another four wins while Aidan DeBolt had three wins.

"Everyone did a nice job, especially our new swimmers who are working so hard to compete and contribute. I also wanted to say a special thank you to Lexi Castellaneta for working with our divers this season. Scott Brubaker dove in exhibition for the first time and successfully completed six dives. It's a privilege to work with young people like these."

Wins were posted for Watkins Glen by Specchio in the 200 Individual Medley and 500 Freestyle, and he was on the winning 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay squads (with Nate Wickham, Dakota Cole and Aidan DeBolt).

DeBolt also won the 50 Free in 24.16 and was second in the 100 Free in 53.55, just 17 hundredths of a second behind Southern Cayuga's Maximilian Fenzl. Will Fitzsimmons won the 100 Backstroke in 1:10.01.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Aidan DeBolt enters the water at start of the 100 Free.

From left: Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham and Will Fitzsimmons -- and Scott Brubaker in a diving exhibition.

Watkins Glen's Dakota Cole competes in the 100 Yard Butterfly, where he finished second.

Odessa swimmers top Dryden, 106-64

DRYDEN, Dec. 8 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team got four wins each from Billy Tague, Andy Fudala and Alec Betts while posting a 106-64 victory over Dryden Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Dryden pool. The Indians are now 3-0.

Odessa won all three relays as follows:

200 Medley Relay: Betts, Fudala, Tague and Brett Walters 2:00.71
200 Free Relay: Fudala, Noah Angle, Bailey Hornbrook and Kyle Frasier 1:55.72
400 Free Relay: Betts, Walters, Tague and Angle 4:11.79

Individual wins:

--Alec Betts in the 200 IM (2:30.68) and 500 Free (6:05.59)
--Billy Tague in the 50 Free (24.39) and 100 Fly (1:01.16)
--Andy Fudala in the 100 Free (1:00.99) and 100 Breast (1:11.67)

Second places:

--Cameron Adams in the 500 Free (PR, personal record)
--Noah Brewster in the 100 Back (PR)

Other PRs:

--Adams in the 200 Free
--Jacob Mayette in the 200 Free
--Kyle Frasier in the 200 Free
--Brett Walters in the 200 IM and 100 Fly
--Noah Angle in the 50 Free
--Bailey Hornbrook in the 100 Free
--Micah Brewster in the 100 Free

"I'm very happy with tonight's performance by the O-M guys," said Odessa Coach Terri Brace. "They are all improving and making strides toward their individual and team goals."

Photo in text: The Odessa-Montour swimmers stopped at Fire House Subs in Ithaca after their victory Thursday over Dryden. (Photo provided)

O-M wrestlers top Moravia, Edison

MORAVIA, Dec. 7 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team opened its season with a pair of victories Wednesday night, defeating Moravia 60-18 and Edison 63-12 in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at the Moravia school gym.

Odessa-Montour 60, Moravia 18

145: Jacob Zimmer (OM) over Corey Jackson (MCS) (Fall 0:42)
152: Daniel Minnier (OM) over Nick Yowan (MCS) (Fall 1:51)
160: Jeremiah Lynch (OM) over Nate Williams (MCS) (Dec 7-4)
170: Cameron Pickering (OM) over Joe Shoemaker (MCS) (Dec 15-9)
182: John Kuparinen (OM) over (MCS) (For.)
195: Deshawn Johnson (OM) over Max Fedrizzi (MCS) (Fall 1:14)
220: Alex Repass (OM) over Carson Ferris (MCS) (Fall 0:38)
285: Dylan Houseknecht (OM) over Tylor Compton (MCS) (Fall 1:12)
99: Double Forfeit
106: Josiah Lynch (OM) over (MCS) (For.)
113: Jacob Stockton (MCS) over (OM) (For.)
120: Andrew Hartford (OM) over Levi Tetreault (MCS) (Fall 3:15)
126: Nate Eberhardt (MCS) over (OM) (For.)
132: Hunter Purdy (MCS) over Rimski Lockwood (OM) (Fall 0:45)
138: Collin Haag (OM) over Carter Lucas (MCS) (Fall 0:38)

Odessa-Montour 63, Thomas A. Edison 12

138: Collin Haag (OM) over Keagan Mawhir (TAE) (Fall 2:41)
145: Jacob Zimmer (OM) over Devon Walker (TAE) (Fall 0:20)
152: Daniel Minnier (OM) over (TAE) (For.)
160: Jeremiah Lynch (OM) over (TAE) (For.)
170: Cameron Pickering (OM) over Corbin Barchet (TAE) (Fall 1:31)
182: John Kuparinen (OM) over Antonio Steinhauer (TAE) (Dec 7-1)
195: Deshawn Johnson (OM) over Brandon Snyder (TAE) (Fall 3:14)
220: Alex Repass (OM) over Gavin Morrison (TAE) (Fall 0:23)
285: Dylan Houseknecht (OM) over (TAE) (For.)
99: Double Forfeit
106: Angelo Steinhauer (TAE) over Josiah Lynch (OM) (Fall 5:42)
113: Double Forfeit
120: Andrew Hartford (OM) over (TAE) (For.)
126: Tyler Lewis (TAE) over (OM) (For.)
132: Rimski Lockwood (OM) over (TAE) (For.)

The O-M wrestlers return to action this weekend at the Arkport Duals, scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse drives to the hoop. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly looks for a shot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls open with a win, 53-35

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 6 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by Amanda Pike's 22 points -- began its season on a winning note Tuesday night, defeating Newark Valley 53-35 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas started fast, building an 18-4 first-quarter lead, and were up 30-15 at halftime and 51-23 entering the final period.

Pike, in addition to her 22 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and had 5 steals and a block. Mariah Gonzalez added 10 points, 8 rebounds and a block, while Clara Chedzoy scored 6 points, Taylor Kelly 5, Hannah Morse 4 (with 5 steals and 7 assists), Ryanna LaMoreaux 4, and Jazmin Shea 2. Emmie Bond pitched in with 3 rebounds and 2 steals. The team was 9-for-15 from the foul line.

Newark Valley scorers were led by Farrah Fiacco, with 11 points. The Cardinals converted 5 of 13 free throws.

"The girls played well," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "I was happy with some of the things that I saw tonight."

The Senecas return to action Friday at Tioga.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike goes up for a shot. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy (13, in left photo) and Ryanna LaMoreaux (right photo) prepare to shoot. (Photos by Don Romeo)



Watkins Glen boys drop opener, 63-42

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 6 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team opened its season Tuesday night with a loss, falling to Newark Valley 63-42 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the NV gym.

Newark Valley jumped out to a 21-4 first-quarter lead, and was up 36-13 at halftime. The Senecas outscored the Cardinals 18-9 in the third quarter to pull within 14 points, 45-31, but could not mount a final charge.

"I have to give our boys credit," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "They didn't give up," cutting the deficit to 11 points before Newark Valley pulled away again.

Dayne Hughey led Watkins Glen scorers with 12 points, while Alex Gibson scored 11, Michael Doane 8, Max Schimizzi 5, Joe Chedzoy 4, and Justin Lodge 2. Schimizzi and Hughey had 5 rebounds each, while Connor Seeley-Ion led in assists with 6.

Newark Valley converted 6 of 11 free-throw attempts, while Watkins Glen sank 1 of 2.

The Senecas return to action Friday at home against Tioga.

Junior Varsity: Newark Valley defeated Watkins Glen 41-37. Owen Scholtisek led the Senecas with 16 points, while Dylan Markley scored 9 and Isaac McIlroy 6.

Odessa-Montour's Nakiaha Robinson shoots in traffic against Edison.

Odessa-Montour girls top TAE, 55-19

ODESSA, Dec. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team improved to 4-0 Tuesday night when it defeated Edison 55-19 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Gillian Clark led Odessa with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Olivia Grover scored 8 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and had 4 steals.

Alexis Saunders added 7 points, Nakiaha Robinson 7, Sage Garrison 6, Sara Gardner 2, Kennedey Heichel 2, and Alyssa Crout 2.

The team shot 14-for-18 from the foul line.

Odessa took the lead early, building a 17-4 first-quarter advantage, and was up 26-11 at halftime and 45-13 after three quarters. Edison is now 1-3.

"We were pretty good defensively tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, whose team returns to action Friday at home against Newark Valley.

Junior Varsity: O-M defeated Edison 36-22. Grace Vondracek led the Indians with 15 points.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Kennedey Heichel puts on the brakes as an Edison defender closes in.

Bottom: Odessa's Gillian Clark looks for a shot in traffic.

Left: O-M's Olivia Grover looks for a shot. Right: The Indians' Alexis Saunders shoots.

Left: Odessa's Sage Garrison passes the ball. Right: O-M's Alyssa Crout, bottom right, fights for the ball in traffic.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to Edison

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Dec. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team dropped a 50-39 decision Tuesday night to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Edison gym.

"The kids are starting to compete more and more each game," said O-M Coach Mike Johnston. "We still need to work on taking care of the ball, making our layups and free throws. We held Nate Chorney to 15 points; he scored 28 and 24 in his first two outings. We continue to work at it and make it difficult defensively."

The Indians (0-2) led 21-17 at halftime, but were outscored 19-5 in the third quarter to fall behind 36-26. They then rallied to cut the deficit to six points in the fourth period before Edison (2-1) clinched its victory.

Nick Sgrecci led Odessa scorers with 13 points. Noah Austin added 11, Curtis Harris 10, Brandon Ray 3, and Zach Elliott 2. The team was 8-for-12 from the foul line.

Odessa returns to action Saturday at home against Northeast Bradford. The JV game starts at 1 p.m., followed by the varsity contest.

Odessa-Montour's Grace Edger delivers a ball during the first game against Tioga.

Odessa-Montour bowlers fall to Tioga

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams fell by identical 3-1 scores Tuesday to Tioga in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

The O-M boys won the second game, 807-787, but lost the first and third games and total pinfall, 2535-2427.

Alex Grady led the Indians with a 550 series, while Joe Glosenger rolled a 527, Trevor Dunn a 455, Cameron Bryington a 451, and Eric Rumsey a 444.

The O-M girls won the first game, 571-560, but lost the second and third games and total pinfall, 1820-1700.

Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 356 series, while Carolyn Arias posted a 351 and Grace Edger a 348.

Odessa returns to action Friday at home against Edison.

Photo in text: O-M's Joe Glosenger applies some body English as he converts a 4-9 split.

Odessa-Montour's Jackie Vincent (left) and Alex Grady in action against Tioga.

Bowling: Watkins boys, girls top ND

ELMIRA, Dec. 6 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories over Notre Dame Tuesday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference road matches.

The boys won 2552-1992 as Nathaniel Rose posted a 546 that included a 205. Casen Weeden rolled a 529, and Wrett Brower a 518.

The girls won 2272-2143 as Dakota Evans posted a 597 that included a 227. Nikole VanDyke added a 553 that included a 232, and Liz Mason rolled a 430.

"Both teams bowled very well for this early in the season," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower.

"I'm very proud of Nikole; she has worked very hard and that was a career-high game for her today. Dakota has shown great maturity already this season, and should be one of the top bowlers in the IAC this season."

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

O-M swimmers defeat Southern Cayuga

ODESSA, Dec. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team topped Southern Cayuga 59-35 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

The Indians got individual first-place finishes from Andy Fudala in the 50 Free (26.43) and 100 Breast (1:09.22), from Alec Betts in the 100 Back (1:10.78), and from Brett Walters in the 100 Free (1:04.91) -- his first varsity victory.

O-M also posted wins in the 200 Medley Relay (1:59.57 with Betts, Fudala, Billy Tague and Noah Brewster) and the 400 Free Relay (4:05.98, with Kyle Frasier, Betts, Tague and Fudala).

Second-place finishes were registered by Tague in the 500 Free (5:30.96, just 74/100ths of a second behind the SC winner, Maximilian Fenzl) and in the 200 Free (1:58.06, just 58/100ths short of Fenzl); by Betts in the 200 IM (2:30.38), by Frasier in the 100 Fly (1:27.89); by Noah Angle in the 100 Free (1:05.04); by Noah Brewster in the 100 Back (1:18.42), and by the 200 Free Relay team (1:57.65, with Angle, Walters, Brewster and Frasier).

"I was impressed with the way the team swam today," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "Southern Cayuga has good swimmers and a big team. We had some really great races against them, with the O-M guys posting some PRs (personal records) and season-best times." Those, she said, included:

--Billy Tague, season bests in both the 200 Free and 500 Free.
--Andy Fudala, season bests in the 50 Free and 100 Breast.
--Noah Angle, PRs in the 50 Free and 100 Free.
--Brett Walters, a PR in the 100 Free as he recorded his first varsity win.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Andy Fudala on the way to victory in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.
Middle: Odessa's Cameron Adams competes in the 500 Yard Freestyle.
Bottom: The Indians' Billy Tague on the way to second place in the 500 Free.

Left: O-M's Noah Angle at start of the 200 Free Relay. Right: O-M's Noah Brewster on the way to a second-place finish in the 100 Yard Backstroke.



Watkins Glen swimmers fall to Waverly

WAVERLY, Dec. 6 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity swim team lost Tuesday night at Waverly, dropping a 90-83 decision to the Wolverines in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet.

"It was a close meet tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt "and we came up a little short in the last few events. Overall I continue to see improvements. It was a great effort by all."

The Senecas were led by AJ Specchio, who posted four wins -- in the 200 IM (2:23.78), the 500 Free (5:45.03), the 200 Free Relay and the 400 Free Relay. "What an outstanding effort," said the coach.

Dakota Cole also posted a win, in the 200 Free (2:07.71). Joining Specchio on the winning relays were Nathaniel Wickham, Cole and Aidan DeBolt.

Second-place finishes were posted by DeBolt in the 50 Free and 100 Free, and by Will Fitzsimmons in the 100 Fly and 100 Back.

Bowling: Odessa boys win, girls tie

GROTON, Dec. 5 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity bowling team posted its second win in two tries Monday, defeating Groton 4-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match.

Odessa posted a 2386 series compared to Groton's 2042. Joe Glosenger led O-M with a 521, while Alex Grady posted a 515 and Trevor Dunn a 511.

The O-M girls tied Groton 2-2, winning the first and second game but losing the third game and total pinfall, 1672-1656. Jackie Vincent led the team with a 379 series. Carolyn Arias added a 332 and Kacie Wood a 322.

Odessa returns to action today (Tuesday) at home against Tioga.

Athletes of the Week: Updyke, Clark

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 4 -- Two performances stood out among several impressive ones this week, thus leading to Odessa File Athlete of the Week honors for a runner and a basketball player.

Watkins Glen's Josh Updyke earns one of the nods for setting a school record in the 55 Meter Run (breaking the old mark in the prelims and, even faster, in the finals) and for being part of a school record set by the Sprint Medley Relay squad as the WGHS varsity indoor track team started its season at an invitational at SUNY Cortland.

Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark earns the other nod for scoring 28 points and grabbing 14 rebounds as her varsity basketball team improved to 3-0 with a victory at Union Springs.

Double Honorable: O-M basketball player Olivia Grover; Watkins Glen track's Jacob Carocci, Sean Holland and Aaron Planty; O-M swimmers Billy Tague, Andy Fudala and Alec Betts; and Watkins Glen swimmers Aidan DeBolt, Dakota Cole and AJ Specchio.

Honorable Mention: Another 13 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's Aaron Planty (left) and Sean Holland. (Photos by Aran Holland)

Watkins runners start season, set marks

CORTLAND, Dec. 3 -- The Watkins Glen High School Indoor Track team competed in its first meet of the season Saturday -- the Finger Lakes Inivitational at SUNY Cortland.

The Senecas were in the Small Schools meet in the afternoon. The Large Schools meet was held in the morning.

"The team did very well for the first meet," said Watkins Glen Coach Kelly Sterner. "A lot of personal bests. A lot of exciting races."

Among them were school records in the Sprint Medley and the 55 Meters.

The Sprint Medley Relay, which includes legs of 400, 200, 200, and 800 meters, saw Jacob Carocci, Sean Holland, Joshua Updyke and Aaron Planty place 2nd with a school record time of 4:00.43. The previous record was 4:04.49 held by Josh Langley, Charles Bascom, Shane Smith, and Nick Sorensen.

Updyke also broke the school record at 55 Meters -- twice. In the preliminary race his time was a new school best of 6.93. Then in the finals, he placed 4th while breaking the school record again with a time of 6.86. The previous mark was 7.14, held by Charles Bascom and Eric Mack.

In other results:

600 Meters: Sam Hanley was 3rd in 1:37.03, and Sean Holland 4th in 1:38.12.
1600 Meters: Aaron Planty was 3rd in 4:54.24, and Daniel Paradiso 7th in 5:12.58.
Long Jump: Cameron Connelly was 13th at 15’ 3”.
1000 Meters: Chance Taylor was 20th in 3:38.75.
High Jump: Jacob Carocci was 4th at 4’8”, and Sam Hanley was 6th at 4’6”.
55 Meters: Isobel Scheffey posted a time of 8.09.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Josh Updyke races in the Sprint Medley event. (Photo by Aran Holland)

Watkins wrestlers place 9th at tourney

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 3 -- The Watkins Glen varsity wrestling team finished in 9th place Saturday at the 12-team Larry Goodrich Memorial Wrestling Tournament at Newark Valley High School.

"The team wrestled well and showed we have potential to compete with some of the best teams around," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson.

The Senecas' Ethan Voorheis finished 2nd at 285 pounds, going 1-1; Parker Arcangeli was 3rd at 182 pounds, going 3-1; and finishing fourth in their weight classes were Dylan Bradley (120 pounds, 2-2), Calvin Buckley (170 pounds, 1-2), and Casey Falls (220 pounds, 2-1).

Other competing teams included Central Valley (Section 3), Owego, Binghamton, Rush Henrietta (Section 5), Edison, Newark Valley, Deposit Hancock, Dryden, Ithaca, Moravia and Chenango Forks.

Odessa-Montour's Nick Sgrecci (20) passes the ball upcourt in second-half action.

O-M boys fall in opener to Union Springs

ODESSA, Dec. 2 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team opened its season on a losing note Friday night, dropping a 37-28 Interscholastic Athletic Conference decision to Union Springs in the O-M gym.

Odessa managed just two points in the first quarter, and trailed 16-9 at halftime. Union Springs outscored the Indians 15-9 in the third quarter to open a 13-point edge, 31-18.

Odessa rallied, though, scoring the first eight points of the fourth period to pull within five points, 31-26. But Union Springs, after calling a time-out, scored the next six points to pull away for good.

Curtis Harris led O-M with 10 points, while Noah Austin scored 9, Zach Elliott 8, and Nick Sgrecci 1. The Indians converted 4 of 10 free throws.

Union Springs (2-1) was led by Cameron Anthony's 10 points, and 9 by Kevin Cunningham. The team sank 5 of 15 free throws.

"I thought our kids did a great job defensively tonight," said O-M Coach Mike Johnston. "We held them to just around 9 points per quarter. We will keep working hard on defense and looking to improve at the offensive end fundamentally."

Photos in text: O-M's Brandon Ray (top) and Zach Elliott move the ball.

Left: O-M's Noah Austin shoots. Right: The Indians' Curtis Harris drives toward the hoop.

Watkins swimmers open with a victory

DRYDEN, Dec. 2 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team started its season with a win Friday, topping Dryden 83-71 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Dryden pool.

The Senecas had three swimmers with four wins each: Aidan DeBolt, Dakota Cole and AJ Specchio. Will Fitzsimmons posted three wins. Some of the wins, said Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt, were in exhibitions late in the meet.

"It was a good first step out of the gate for the swim season," said Coach DeBolt. "We are just beginning to learn who we are, and I see great potential in this team. I am very proud of their performance tonight."

Photo in text: The Watkins swimmers at a celebration meal in Ithaca. (Photo provided)

O-M girls top Union Springs, move to 3-0

UNION SPRINGS, Dec. 1 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Gillian Clark's 28 points and 14 rebounds -- defeated Union Springs 66-39 on the road Thursday night.

The Indians, now 3-0, also got 17 points, 15 rebounds, 5 steals and 3 blocks from Olivia Grover.

Also scoring for O-M were Sara Gardner (7 points), Nakiaha Robinson (6 points), Alexis Saunders (4 points), Sage Garrison (2 points and 5 assists), and Alyssa Crout (2 points).

Odessa took an early 14-2 lead before Unions Springs scored seven points to get back into it at 14-9 through one quarter. The Indians were up 32-23 at halftime, and then 52-32 after three quarters.

Clark scored 19 of her points in the first half, while Grover scored 14 in the third quarter. Clark was 11-for-13 at the line, while O-M overall was 18-for-23.

"All in all a good test for us on the road against an improving team," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We did face adversity there in the first half, and they exposed some things we need to work on." Union Springs is 1-1.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost 32-22. Hunter Daugherty led the Indians with 11 points.

O-M swimmers open with win at Greene

GREENE, Dec. 1 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team started its season with a victory Thursday, defeating Greene 90-53 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Greene pool.

Billy Tague, Andy Fudala and Alec Betts each posted two individual wins and two relay wins for the Indians.

First-place finishes for O-M:

200 Medley Relay: Noah Brewster, Andy Fudala, Billy Tague and Noah Angle 2:01.65
200 Free: Alec Betts 2:08.98
200 IM: Billy Tague 2:20.49
50 Free: Andy Fudala 26.55
100 Free: Alec Betts 57.06
500 Free: Billy Tague 5:37.97
200 Free Relay: Angle, Fudala, Betts and Tague 1:52.85
100 Back: Noah Brewster 1:17.90
100 Breast: Andy Fudala 1:10.98
400 Free Relay: Cameron Adams, Brett Walters, Kyle Frasier and Betts 4:23.58

Second-place finishes for O-M:

100 Fly: Brett Walters 1:25.02
100 Free: Noah Angle 1:06.15

"The guys swam really well tonight," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "They have really been putting in some hard work in practice and it was great to see them apply that hard work in a meet. They put up some really excellent times for the first meet of the season. The team consists of six returning varsity swimmers and nine rookies. I was very impressed with them all. I can't wait to see how they all progress throughout the season."

Odessa-Montour's Joe Glosenger converts a spare. He rolled a 547 series.

Bowling: Odessa girls, boys post wins

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 30 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams opened the season with victories Tuesday, the boys winning 4-0 in the absence of an opponent and the girls topping Marathon 4-0 in Interscholastic Athletic Conference action at Harborside Lanes.

The girls posted scores of 642-569-551=1762 to defeat Marathon's 534-466-517=1517. Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 448 series, while Carolyn Arias rolled a 336.

The boys had no opponent since Marathon has not yet fielded a squad. The Indians rolled a 2395 series, led by Joe Glosenger's 547 (including a 204) and Alex Grady's 533.

Odessa returns to action Monday at Groton, and is at home Tuesday against Tioga.

Photo in text: Odessa's Jackie Vincent, who led her squad with a 448 series.

Swim awards presented; Lexi earns MVP

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 29 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team presented seasonal awards Tuesday night, with the Most Valuable Player award going to diver Lexi Castellaneta.

"A great athlete and a great kid," said Swim Coach Nichole Chaffee, noting that Castellaneta earned first place in every dual-meet diving competition before winning the IAC and Sectional titles and competing at States.

Other awards:

Most Improved: Annika Wickham, who "came into her own this season," said her coach. "She loves to race and has really found her niche."

Sportsmanship: Senior Angel Williams. "She is the spirit of the team! We are going to miss her next season."

Hardest Workers (the Rudy Award): Amanda Wilbur and Isabella Fazzary. "We watched the movie about the Notre Dame football player as a team to keep working hard. Both girls never give up during practice and fight through every set. They motivate the other swimmers and are constantly pushing themselves."

Photo in text: Award winners, from left: Annika Wickham, Isabella Fazzary, Angel Williams, Amanda Wilbur and Lexi Castellaneta. (Photo provided)

Glen boys finish 4th at Nike Regionals

WAPPINGERS FALLS, Nov. 26 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team placed fourth among 27 teams Saturday at the Nike New York Regional race at Bowdoin Park.

Fayetteville-Manlius won the race with 114 points, while Liverpool was second with 145. Only those two teams -- from Class A schools -- now advance to a national competition in Portland, Oregon.

Another Class A team, Corning, was third with 174 points, while Watkins Glen, a Class C school, was fourth at 179 points.

Among other finishers was Class C Mount Academy, 9th with 250 points, and Class A Ithaca, 10th with 252.

Patrick Hazlitt led Watkins Glen, placing 18th among 218 runners in a time of 16:26. Gabe Planty was next for the Senecas, finishing 51st in 17:04, while Shawn Rutledge was 54th in 17:05, Aaron Planty 63rd in 17:12, Sam Hanley 81st in 17:24, Sean Holland 92nd in 17:28, and Jacob Carocci 137th in 18:03.

Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Sean Holland at Saturday's race. (Photo by Aran Holland)

O-M girls top Lansing for tourney title

ODESSA, Nov. 26 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team defeated Lansing 57-22 Saturday night in the championship game of the O-M Lady Indians Tip-off Tournament.

Olivia Grover led Odessa with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Gillian Clark added 14 points (all in the first half), Alexis Saunders 9 points and 6 rebounds. Nakiaha Robinson 6 points, Sage Garrison 4 points, Alyssa Crout 4 points, and Kennedey Heichel 2 points, 7 assists and 6 steals

The Lady Indians were up 18-5 after one quarter and 35-10 at the half.

"Our man-to-man pressure in the first half made the difference for us," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "This as a good way to start off, as tournament champs, but we still have a ton of room to improve."

O-M's Gillian Clark, who scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds in her team's 59-14 victory Friday night over Groton, was named the tournament MVP.

The All-Tournament Team: Kennedey Heichel (O-M), Olivia Grover (O-M), Meghan Pronti (Lansing), Maggie Ossit (Groton), and Leigha Jones (Edison).

Groton won the varsity consolation game, defeating Edison 48-38.

Junior Varsity: Lansing won the title game, defeating Odessa-Montour.

Odessa-Montour's Alexis Saunders drives toward the basket in traffic.

O-M girls rout Groton in Tip-off Tourney

ODESSA, Nov. 25 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team opened its season in lopsided fashion Friday night, defeating visiting Groton 59-14 in an opening-round game of the O-M Lady Indians Tip-off Tournament.

The victory puts the Indians in the tourney title game tonight (Saturday) at 7:15 p.m. against Lansing, which came from behind to defeat Edison 40-35. The Lady Bobcats tied Edison with a buzzer beater at the end of the third period, fell behind 35-32 with 3:03 remaining, and then scored the final eight points.

Odessa turned its game into a rout quickly, outscoring Groton 15-0 in the first period and building a 36-3 halftime lead -- Groton's only basket, a 3-pointer by Maggie Ossit, coming a minute before intermission.

Odessa led by 51-7 through three periods, and was up 59-7 before Groton scored the final seven points.

Gillian Clark led O-M with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Olivia Grover scored 12 points and registered 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Sara Gardner added 9 points, Alexis Saunders 8 points and 4 assists, Kennedey Heichel 5 points, Nakiaha Robinson 4 points, 5 assists and 8 steals, and Sage Garrison 1 point. The team was 4-for-5 from the foul line.

"Our defensive intensity was solid and really sparked us at the offensive end of the floor," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "And we did a great job moving the basketball," totaling 26 field goals and 20 assists. "It was a good way to start, but we need to keep striving to get better."

Ossit led Groton with 9 points on three 3-pointers.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Groton 30-25, and will face Lansing today (Saturday) at 3:45 p.m. Grace Vondracek led O-M with 13 points, while Kara Reese scored 7 points.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Nakiaha Robinson drives to the hoop. Bottom: Odessa's Sage Garrison shoots.

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

Left: O-M's Olivia Grover battles for a shot. Right: Kennedey Heichel prepares to pass.

The honorees, from left: Cross country coach John Fazzary, Patrick Hazlitt, Jacob Carocci, Daniel Paradiso, Gabe Planty, Shawn Rutledge, Sam Hanley, Aaron Planty, Sean Holland, Kai Sutterby and Lexi Castellaneta at Tuesday's celebration.

School celebrates its sports successes

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 22 -- All of the students in the Watkins Glen School District gathered Tuesday morning to celebrate the New York State Class C and Federation titles brought home recently by the boys varsity cross-country team.

And they congratulated two of the school's female athletes, both of whom competed on the state level, one in cross country and one in diving.

The celebration was in the school's Field House, with the youngest students camped on the gym floor and the older ones occupying most of the bleachers on either side of the facility.

The event featured speeches -- by administrators, Varsity Club president Emmie Bond, and Coach John Fazzary -- along with music (Queen's "We Are the Champions") and the introduction, one by one, of the day's honorees:

--Lexi Castellaneta, who reached States for the third straight year in diving, placing 21st; and girls cross-country runner Kai Sutterby, who finished 28th among 128 Class C competitors at States.

--Members of the boys cross country squad, including Patrick Hazlitt, Shawn Rutledge, Gabe Planty, Sam Hanley, Sean Holland, Aaron Planty, Jacob Carocci, and Daniel Paradiso.

Each lined up in front of a podium on the gym's north end, next to a paper "Red Carpet Walk of Fame" featuring five-pointed paper stars -- each star containing an honoree's name. And near the end of the celebration, which lasted about a half-hour, each honoree knelt and signed his or her name next to the star bearing his or her name.

Plans called for the full star-laden display to be hung in the hallway outside the gym.

The event was the first in memory, said several people, where all of the kids from all of the classes, including UPK, had gathered together in the Field House.

And it was to celebrate what one speaker called a "truly historic" accomplishment by the boys cross country squad -- the school's first team state title in any sport, along with its first title at the state's Federation meet, where public schools of all classes competed for a single cross-country crown along with Catholic, Parochial and Independent schools.

Photos in text: The honorees signed the Walk of Fame stars placed in front of them (top); and one of the stars, with its honoree's signature.

Left: The two girls honored, both of whom made States: Kai Sutterby (left) in cross country, and Lexi Castellaneta in diving. Right: The boys cross country team poses with coach John Fazzary, left, and assistant coach (and Athletic Director) Rod Weeden, right.

Powerlifting meet

Jeremey Brown dead-lifts 600 pounds for a new state record at a powerlifting meet held Saturday, Nov. 19 in the Watkins Glen Field House gym. The meet was a World Natural Powerlifting Federation event hosted by the Watkins Glen Powerlifting Club. Thirty-two lifters competed, 10 of them from the Watkins club. Results appear in a letter on the Forum Page. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen bowlers open; girls win, boys lose

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 22 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity bowlers started their season with mixed results against Lansing Tuesday at Harborside Lanes in Watkins Glen.

The Glen girls won their Interscholastic Athletic Conference match 4-0, with Dakota Evans' 518 series leading the way. The Senecas won 1891-1412 with game scores of 668-464, 641-484 and 582-464. Nikole VanDyke posted a 460 series for Watkins, while Liz Mason rolled a 386.

The Glen boys fell 3-1, winning the first game 775-728 before losing the second game 918-753, the third game 870-837, and total pinfall 2516-2365.

Nathaniel Rose led Watkins with a 509 series, while Conlon Wysocki registered a 474 and Casen Weeden a 468.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Liz Mason employs some body English on one of her shots.

Left: Watkins Glen's Steven Bradley (foreground) and Wyatt Brower deliver. Right: The Senecas' Casen Weeden reacts to a shot.

Schuyler Fall MVP: Hazlitt

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 20 -- It was a season of tentative starts under new coaches, and a season of fantastic successes.

High school sports in Schuyler County gives us both: hope for the future as rebuilding years occur, and amazement at the achievements of those programs that have matured.

This fall we had a volleyball team at Watkins Glen that won the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large Schools title -- a first. We had a diver at WGHS, Lexi Castellaneta, who made States -- for the third time, and along the way set Section IV records in 6-dive and 11-dive competitions.

We had a female cross country runner at WGHS, Kai Sutterby, who made States. We had some young swimmers at both Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour who were coming into their own, strongly contending at the sectional meet. We saw career scoring marks set in soccer at O-M by Sage Garrison.

And above all we saw the WGHS boys cross country team win the IAC, Section IV Class C and New York State Class C titles, and then a Federation Meet against mostly larger schools. It has been a remarkable crew, featuring Shawn Rutledge, Gabe Planty, Sam Hanley, Sean Holland, Aaron Planty and Jacob Carocci, with a strong supporting cast.

But foremost among those runners was senior Patrick Hazlitt, who was consistently the Senecas' lead runner, winning league and sectional races and finishing third among Class C runners at States, and fourth among all classes there. He then led the team to the New York Federation title, placing 12th among 246 runners.

Along the way he was honored by IAC coaches with the league's male Sportsmanship Award -- emblematic of qualities that have helped earn him honors in the past, including a spot on last year's Top Drawer 24 team of outstanding student-athlete-citizens. He also received an Odessa File Athlete of the Year award last spring.

But it's his performance this fall as the best runner on the best Class C cross country team in the state that earns him The Odessa File award as Schuyler Fall MVP.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt

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The Odessa File All Star Teams: Fall Season 2016

First Team

Patrick Hazlitt -- MVP -- WGHS cross country
Lexi Castellaneta -- WGHS diver
Sage Garrison -- OM soccer
Amanda Pike -- WGHS volleyball
Mariah Gonzalez -- WGHS volleyball
Hanley Elliott -- WGHS volleyball
Tori Reese -- OM swimming
Syria Tague -- OM swimming
Shawn Rutledge -- WGHS cross country
Gabe Planty -- WGHS cross country
Peighton Cervoni -- WGHS swimming
Kai Sutterby -- WGHS cross country

Second Team

Emmie Bond -- WGHS volleyball
Megan Hazlitt -- WGHS volleyball
Sam Hanley -- WGHS cross country
Sean Holland -- WGHS cross country
Aaron Planty -- WGHS cross country
Jacob Carocci -- WGHS cross country
Emelia Paulisczak -- OM swimming
Hailey Perraut -- OM soccer
Gillian Clark -- OM soccer
Kennedey Heichel -- OM soccer
Nick Sgrecci -- OM soccer
Andy Fudala -- OM soccer
Curtis Harris -- OM soccer
Hannah Morse -- WGHS soccer
Jillian Kilcoyne -- WGHS swimming
Amanda Wilbur -- WGHS swimming
Liza Carnes -- WGHS swimming
Isabella Fazzary -- WGHS swimming
Sarah Swinnerton -- WGHS swimming
Cambria Weeden -- WGHS cross country
Casey Falls -- WGHS, football

Third Team

Alyssa Crout -- OM volleyball
Dasia Herrmann -- OM volleyball
Zach Elliott -- OM, football
Alexis Saunders -- OM soccer
Olivia Grover -- OM soccer
Mckennah Lott -- OM soccer
Hannah Bruno -- OM soccer
Preston Harris -- OM soccer
Collin Povoski -- OM soccer
Billy Tague -- OM soccer
Jon Andrews -- OM soccer
Austin Dalrymple -- WGHS, football
Daniel Paradiso -- WGHS cross country
Isobel Scheffey -- WGHS soccer
Cierra Barber -- WGHS soccer
Elizabeth Kilcoyne -- WGHS swimming
Allie Gibson -- WGHS swimming
Jill Cantieni -- WGHS swimming
Sara Gardner -- WGHS swimming
Jena Slater -- WGHS diving
Trey McCarty -- OM soccer
Ryan Pruitt -- WGHS, football
Charles Wright -- WGHS, football
Sean Kelly -- WGHS, football
Kathryn Losey -- WGHS volleyball

The Watkins Glen team with its medals and title plaque. From left: Coach John Fazzary, Jacob Carocci, Sam Hanley, Aaron Planty, Shawn Rutledge, Sean Holland, Gabe Planty, Patrick Hazlitt and Athletic Director Rod Weeden. (Photo provided)

WG boys win Federation meet

Only 3rd Small School to do so; Nike Regionals next

WAPPINGERS FALLS, Nov. 19 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team -- which won the New York State Class C championship last week at Chenango Valley State Park -- captured the New York Federation Championship Saturday at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls.

Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary said the Senecas were only the third Small School to win the Federation meet since its inception several decades ago. "I equate it to 'Hoosiers,'" he said, referring to a film about an underdog Indiana high school basketball team that won a state title. "Just sub in running for basketball. It's a feat that's really unbelievable for a small school."

There was a mix of schools competing -- Class A, B, C and D public schools; members of the Catholic High School Athletic Association; members of the Parochial School Athletic League, and members of the Association for Independent Schools.

Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt placed 12th among the 246 runners in 16:33 to lead Watkins Glen to a team total of 145 points, nine better than runnerup Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake's 154 and 44 better than third-place Warwick Valley's 189. The schools were followed by 23 others, including Mount Academy (last week's Class C state runnerup, in 7th place Saturday with 235 points) and Ithaca (10th at 283).

State titleists competing Saturday included Burnt Hill-Ballston Lake (the Class B champion last week), Watkins Glen (Class C) and Maple Grove (Class D). Class A champ Corning was absent, but runnerup Class A Warwick Valley was on hand, finishing third.

Gabe Planty posted the second fastest time for the Senecas, placing 38th in 16:59. He was followed by teammates Shawn Rutledge (44th in 17:08), Aaron Planty (72nd in 17:25), Sam Hanley (74th in 17:26), Jacob Carocci (139th in 17:59), and Sean Holland (169th in 18:11).

"It's a pretty challenging course," said Fazzary. "After 800 or 1,000 yards, it's close to a mile uphill before coming back down. It's a tough go."

Next up is the Nike Regionals, to be held at the same site, Bowdoin Park. The top two teams there advance to a national competition in Oregon.

Fazzary said he expects the regional field to be "a little harder" than at the Federation meet, since four teams opted out of the Federation competition to rest up for regionals: Corning, considered by many to be the regional favorite, Fayetteville-Manlius, Liverpool and Saratoga.

But the coach said he thinks the Senecas have "an outside chance of making the top two" and earning that trip west.

"The boys have taken us for quite a ride," he said, adding that the Federation win was "a pretty special accomplishment." The state title and the Federation victory will, in fact, be celebrated Monday morning in a gathering of students, teachers, administrators and guests at the WGHS Field House gym at 8:30 a.m.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt (center, No. 410) runs in crowd at the Federation meet. (Photo by Geroge Rutledge)

Second: The Federation meet championship plaque. (Photo provided)

Third: The Senecas pose at the finish line. From left are Athletic Director Rod Weeden, Patrick Hazlitt, Jacob Carocci, Sean Holland, Aaron Planty, Shawn Rutledge, Gabe Planty, Sam Hanley and Coach John Fazzary. (Photo provided).

Bottom: Aaron Planty (left) and Gabe Planty hold the championship plaque. (Photo by Aran Holland)

From left: Watkins Glen's Aaron Planty and Sam Hanley (Photo by Aran Holland); and the Senecas' Shawn Rutledge and Gabe Planty (Photos by George Rutledge).

Left: O-M's Sage Garrison looks to pass the ball as Southern Cayuga defenders close in. Right: Odessa-Montour's Kennedey Heichel fires a pass during Saturday's scrimmage.

O-M girls play S. Cayuga in prep for season

ODESSA, Nov. 19 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team hosted Southern Cayuga Saturday morning in a tuneup for the upcoming season.

The Lady Indians will open their season with their own Tip-Off Tournament on Friday, Nov. 25 at 7:15 p.m. against Groton. The winner of that game will play Saturday for the tourney title against the winner of a Friday Lansing-Edison game. The junior varsity teams are also competing.

From left: O-M's Gillian Clark, Nakiaha Robinson and Sara Gardner shoot.

Watkins Glen's Lexi Castellaneta is airborne during her sixth of eight dives Friday.

Lexi finishes 21st at States

ITHACA, Nov. 18 -- Watkins Glen junior Lexi Castellaneta improved her finish from the past two years at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Diving Championships Friday at Ithaca College, placing 21st out of 41 competitors.

Castellaneta, who missed the first cut -- to 24 divers -- in 2014 and 2015 by one spot each year, made that cut this time around, but failed to advance past the second and final cut to 20 divers.

She finished with 309.75 points, almost eight points shy of the diver holding 20th place after eight dives. The first cut was after five dives, the second after eight. Then the last of the divers executed their final three dives.

Said her coach, Kim Suddaby: "Lexi reached her goal by getting past the first cut. She just missed the past two years, but broke that" this time around.

"She should be very proud because in States, for diving, it is a combination of Class A's, B's and C's. These girls are the top and are going to Division 1 schools with scholarships. What is even more amazing is that Lexi only trains three months out of the year, when ALL of the other divers train year round. Lexi is still competing in gymnastics year round.

"She didn't quite hit like she normally does," Suddaby concluded, "but I couldn't be prouder of her."

Castellaneta started slowly, but after two dives was up to 23rd place, then tied for 15th. She was 17th after four rounds, and then slid to 21st in the fifth round, after which the first cut occurred.

The sixth round, now with 24 divers, saw her slip to 23rd place before she rallied, climbing to 22nd in the 7th round and 21st again in the 8th round, her final round.

The State tourney completes a season that saw Castellaneta set Section IV marks in 6-dive and 11-dive competition and win the Section IV, Class C diving crown for the third straight year.

Photos in text:

Top: Lexi was all smiles after making the first cut at States.
Bottom: Lexi, left, poses with fellow divers, including Lansing's Meghan Matheny (second from right).

Lexi Castellaneta in three positions during one of her early dives Friday at States

Glen girls prep for season with scrimmage

BATH, Nov. 18 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- two-time defending Section IV, Class C champions -- traveled to Bath Friday for a scrimmage to help prepare for the upcoming season.

The Senecas, coached by Alicia Learn, will host another scrimmage at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23 against Southern Cayuga.

The regular season opens Dec. 6 at home against Newark Valley.

Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond looks to shoot during Friday's scrimmage against Bath. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike shoots. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly (right) drives toward the hoop. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Glen's Gonzalez earns IAC nod as MVP

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 14 -- Watkins Glen volleyball player Mariah Gonzalez (pictured at right) has been named Most Valuable Player of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large Schools South Division in a vote of division coaches.

Earning First Team division berths were two of her Seneca teammates, Amanda Pike and Hanley Elliott.

Second Team status was earned by Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond and Megan Hazlitt, while Kathryn Losey was named an Honorable Mention.

Watkins Glen Coach Michelle Simiele noted that she removed herself from the MVP voting because Gonzalez is her daughter. She says she nominated both Gonzalez and Amanda Pike, and left the vote to the other coaches, whose teams had each played Watkins Glen twice.

The Senecas won their division and then the IAC Large Schools overall title with a victory over Large Schools North Division champion Trumansburg.

Division MVP: Mariah Gonzalez, Watkins Glen.

First Team: Amanda Pike and Hanley Elliott, Watkins Glen; Lyndsey Moore and Katie Goodwin, Waverly; Molly Baker, Newark Valley; and Haley Maggs, Sami Goodwin and Ashley Comstock, Edison.

Second Team: Emmie Bond and Megan Hazlitt, Watkins Glen; Shailei Kraft, Sydney Meyers and Fallon Huck, Waverly; Hannah Williams, Newark Valley; and Bella Willsey and Rachel Becker, Edison.

Honorable Mention: Kathryn Losey, Watkins Glen; Abigail Searles, Jordan Mente and Brooke Bennett, Waverly; Ruby Kidwell and Paityn Smith, Newark Valley; and Olivia Thresher and Hailey Burdick, Edison.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez (File photo)

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Crout earns berth: Odessa-Montour senior Alyssa Crout was named to the IAC Small Schools South Division All-Star Second Team in a vote of division coaches.

Earning Honorable Mention were O-M teammates Dasia Herrmann and Paxtyn Brown.

Powerlifting tourney set at Field House

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 14 -- The Seneca Powerlifting Club will host the World Natural Powerlifting Federation (WNPF) Fall Classic on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Watkins Glen High School Field House.

Thirty lifters from all over the northeast will compete, including local world record holder Jeremey Brown, who will be among 10 local and Watkins Glen student lifters.

Long-time Watkins Glen coach and two-time New York State AAU powerlifting coach of the year Ralph Diliberto is coming out of retirement to attempt to set a New York State deadlift record.

Lifting will begin at 10 a.m. Admission is $10.

The Class C state champions. From left: Athletic Director Rod Weeden, Sam Hanley, Aaron Planty, Shawn Rutledge, Gabe Planty, Sean Holland, Jacob Carocci, Patrick Hazlitt and Coach John Fazzary. (Photo by George Rutledge)

Left: Coach John Fazzary with team member Shawn Rutledge upon arrival at the school. Right: The Senecas' Patrick Hazlitt exits the bus with the championship plaque in hand.

Glen boys win state XC title

Cruise to Class C championship; greeted home by sirens

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 12 -- "It's great," said Watkins Glen cross country runner Gabe Planty. "Awesome," added teammate Jacob Carocci.

They were reacting to their squad's Class C victory Saturday at the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Cross Country Championships at Chenango Valley State Park.

They were back at Watkins Glen High School, delivered from the Tops parking lot -- up Franklin Street and down Decatur -- by fire trucks and police cars, sirens blaring, letting the village know that one of its sports teams had brought home, for the first time, a state title.

The team was greeted at the high school Field House by a gathering of 150 fans, where applause and photos and snacks were followed by individual congratulations. Team leader Patrick Hazlitt, who finished third in Saturday's race, was asked what mood the victory created.

"Euphoria," he answered. "That's what the coach would say."

The coach, John Fazzary, who led the team to a second-place finish last year, was calm in the midst of the celebration. "It wasn't as close as expected," he said of the results, in which Watkins Glen easily won with just 21 points, while the school expected to challenge for the title, Mount Academy, had 51.

"But the boys stepped up," said Fazzary, noting that the team's tapering -- aiming for maximum effect from its training at the right moment -- "worked out well."

Hazlitt posted a time of 16:00.2 in finishing third among the Class C race's 131 runners. He was fourth overall when all of the various class races were merged.

Shawn Rutledge was next for the Senecas, in 6th place (16:31.7), while Gabe Planty was 8th (16:35.7) and Sam Hanley 12th (16:41.1). Mount Academy's top runner was in 15th place.

In addition, the Senecas' Aaron Planty was 18th in 16:45.2, Sean Holland 33rd in 17:15.7, and Jacob Carocci 40th in 17:21.7.

On the girls side: Watkins Glen's lone entrant, sophomore Kai Sutterby, placed 28th among 128 runners in a time of 20:16 on the park's 3.1-mile course.

The boys' victory completed a quest that started with last year's runnerup finish, barely ahead of Mount Academy. The winner in 2015 moved to Class B this year, and it was assumed that Mount Academy would be looking for a touch of revenge, since the Senecas had denied them the runnerup spot last year.

But after a couple of lopsided victories -- at the IAC Championships and the Section IV, Class C meet, also at Chenango Valley State Park -- Watkins registered another one Saturday.

After the Senecas and Mount Academy came Addison with 92 points. The other eight sectional titleists finished as follows: Albany Academy (123), Marcellus (130), Irvington (131), Alden (195), Saranac Lake (209), Center Moriches (238), Oyster Bay (289) and Salmon River (360).

The season isn't over, though. The Senecas still have the state's Federation meet at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls and the Nike Regionals, also at Bowdoin Park.

For now, though -- after all of the training and after the championship and after the celebration that awaited them back home -- the team's Shawn Rutledge said that one thing was on his mind.

"It's time for a nap," he said. "That's my first priority."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt, who finished third. (Photo by George Rutledge)
Second: A cake awaiting the team at the Field House.
Third: Girls team members Clara Chedzoy, left, and Kai Sutterby hold the boys' championship sign.
Bottom: A sign outside the Field House welcomed the champions home.

Left: The Senecas' Gabe Planty. Right: Kai Sutterby was the lone Watkins runner in the girls Class C race. (Both photos by George Rutledge)

Watkins Sam Hanley (front) and Aaron Planty (No. 419).
(Photo by George Rutledge)

From left: Watkins Glen's Jacob Carocci, Shawn Rutledge and Sean Holland. (All three photos by George Rutledge)

Emergency vehicles conducted a siren-blaring parade, leading the team's buses up Franklin Street, down Decatur, and to the school (above).

The team gathered in the WGHS Field House gym, where 150 fans cheered them.

And photos from Aran Holland:

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Left: Sean Holland (No. 418) and Jacob Carocci (behind him). Right: Kai Sutterby.

Left: The Senecas' Patrick Hazlitt. Right: Holding the title sign aloft.

From left: Patrick Hazlitt, Shawn Rutledge, Aaron Planty, Sam Hanley, Gabe Planty, Sean Holland and Jacob Carocci after the race.

3 honored as Athletes of the Week

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 6 -- This week we honor three state tournament-bound athletes as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week. They are:

--Watkins Glen High School cross-country runner Patrick Hazlitt, who led his team to its second straight Section IV, Class C title and a berth in the State Tournament on Nov. 12 at Chenango Valley State Park.

--Watkins Glen High School cross-country runner Kai Sutterby, who -- as the only female Seneca runner at the Section IV, Class C race -- finished in the top five to advance as an individual to States.

--Watkins Glen High school diver Lexi Castellaneta, who claimed her third straight Section IV diving title, and will be competing Nov. 18 in her third straight State Diving tournament.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen swimmers Peighton Cervoni, Jill Kilcoyne, Liza Carnes, Isabella Fazzary, Sarah Swinnerton and Amanda Wilbur; Odessa-Montour High School swimmers Tori Reese and Syria Tague; and Watkins Glen runners Gabe Planty and Shawn Rutledge.

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.

From left: The Tribe's Jax Decker in C game; Ryan Willett in B game, and Owen Scholtisek on a 51-yard touchdown run in the A game. (Photos provided)

Tribe members play in All-Star game

WINDSOR, Nov. 8 -- Several members of the Schuyler Youth Football teams -- the A, B and C Tribe squads -- competed Sunday in Windsor in the Southern Tier Youth Football League East-West All-Star Game.

C Game: Jax Decker and Logan Wheeler played in a 12-12 tie.

B Game: Ryan Willett and Ben Heichel played as their West team won 12-6.

A Game: Travon Jones, Owen Scholtisek and Cayden Confer played as their West squad won 27-26.

Coaches selected by the league for the game were Tribe head coach Jeff Fazzary and Tribe assistants Carl Willett and Don Beckley.

The Tribe A team repeated this season as champions of the league, victors in a culminating Super Bowl in Apalachin.

Left: Watkins' Lexi Castellaneta on the way to victory. Right: The Senecas' Jena Slater.

Lexi wins section diving title

Watkins finishes 2nd to Lansing in Class C swim meet

OWEGO, Nov. 5 -- Watkins Glen High School junior Lexi Castellaneta won her third straight Section IV diving title Saturday, easily topping a small field during the Section IV, Class C Swimming & Diving Championships at Owego Free Academy.

Lexi and her three competitors -- along with Class A divers -- had completed the first eight of 11 dives Friday night at the natatorium behind Elmira's Ernie Davis school. The final three dives were saved for Saturday at Owego -- unlike in the past -- to give the divers a larger crowd and the spectators an appreciation of the athletes' accomplishments.

Castellaneta finished with 501.75 points. Lansing's Meghan Matheny finished second, while Watkins Glen's Jena Slater was third with 324.30. In fourth place was Oneonta's Kylie McKee.

Next up for Lexi is the New York State Swimming and Diving Championships at Ithaca College -- her third straight annual visit to that event. She finished 25th in each of the past two seasons. Diving will be held on the first day of the meet -- Friday, Nov. 18.

Swimming Tournament:

Lansing won the Section IV, Class C swimming team title Saturday with 398 points, while Watkins Glen placed second with 366. They were followed by Oneonta (343), Elmira Notre Dame (222), Southern Cayuga (210), Odessa-Montour (140.5), Chenango Forks (137), Greene (120.5) and Whitney Point (93).

Among the event highlights: Watkins Glen's Jill Kilcoyne and Amanda Wilbur finished 3rd and 5th, respectively, in the 100 Butterfly in 1:06.25 and 107.50; Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni was 3rd in the 100 Backstroke in 1:05.48; Odessa-Montour's Syria Tague was tied for 4th in the 50 Free with a personal best of 26.94; Liza Carnes and Isabella Fazzary finished 4th and 5th, respectively, in the 500 Free in 5:51.81 and 5:51.91; and O-M's Tori Reese and Watkins Glen's Sarah Swinnerton were 4th and 5th respectively, in the 100 Yard Breaststroke in 1:14.96 and 1:17.37.

200 Medley Relay:

Watkins Glen (Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur and Elizabeth Kilcoyne) finished 4th in 2:03.73.

Odessa-Montour (Syria Tague, Emma Lodge, Tori Reese and Kara Reese) finished 6th in 2:11.60.

200 Yard Freestyle:

Watkins Glen: Liza Carnes finished 6th in 2:11.20, Jill Cantieni 7th in 2:13.28, Isabella Fazzary 10th in 2:12.97 and Annika Wickham 15th in 2:25.45.

Odessa-Montour: Emelia Paulisczak finished 13th in 2:19.38.

200 Yard Individual Medley:

Watkins Glen: Amanda Wilbur finished 7th in 2:30. 66, Jill Kilcoyne 12th in 2:40.06 and Gabi Decker 15th in 2:44.88.

Odessa-Montour: Tori Reese finished 9th in 2:30.42.

50 Yard Freestyle:

Watkins Glen: Allie Gibson finished 7th in 27.38, Jill Cantieni 8th in 27.59, Elizabeth Kilcoyne 9th in 27.34, and Sara Gardner 13th in 28.21.

Odessa-Montour: Syria Tague tied for 4th in 26.94, her first time below 27 seconds.

100 Yard Butterfly:

Watkins Glen: Jill Kilcoyne placed 3rd in 1:06.25, Amanda Wilbur 5th in 1:07.50, and Madi Kilcoyne 7th in 1:11.74.

Odessa-Montour: Lydia Lynch finished 15th in 1:37.11.

100 Yard Freestyle:

Watkins Glen: Peighton Cervoni placed 6th in 57.89, and Elizabeth Kilcoyne 11th in 1:00.59.

500 Yard Freestyle:

Watkins Glen: Liza Carnes placed 4th in 5:51.81, Isabella Fazzary 5th in 5:51.91, Gabi Decker 9th in 6:13.44, and Annika Wickham 16th in 6:38.65.

Odessa-Montour: Emelia Paulisczak finished 13th in 6:22.90.

200 Yard Freestyle Relay:

Watkins Glen (Elizabeth Kilcoyne, Jill Cantieni, Sara Gardner, Allie Gibson) finished 3rd in 1:48.27.

Odessa-Montour (Syria Tague, Tori Reese, Kara Reese, Emelia Paulisczak) finished 5th in 1:53.51.

100 Yard Backstroke:

Watkins Glen: Peighton Cervoni placed 3rd in 1:05.48, Madi Kilcoyne 13th in 1:18.58, Angel Williams 14th in 1:20.51, and Allie Gibson 15th in 1:20.55.

Odessa-Montour: Syria Tague was 6th in 1:08.62.

100 Yard Breaststroke:

Watkins Glen: Sarah Swinnerton placed 5th in 1:17.97, Sara Gardner 8th in 1:24.41, and Moeko Oshima 16th in 1:35.66.

Odessa-Montour: Tori Reese was 4th in 1:14.96. and Emma Lodge 14th in 1:28.39.

400 Yard Freestyle Relay:

Watkins Glen (Jill Kilcoyne, Amanda Wilbur, Liza Carnes, Jill Cantieni) finished 5th in 4:06.75.

Odessa-Montour (JoLynn Minnier, Lydia Lynch, Hailey Hoose, Emelia Paulisczak) finished 8th in 4:55.96.

Said Watkins Glen Coach Nichole Chaffee, "The swimmers all did well and I am very proud of them. I couldn't have asked for a better group of girls."

Photos in text:

Top: Divers from left: Runnerup Meghan Matheny (Lansing), winner Lexi Castellaneta (Watkins Glen) and third-place finisher Jena Slater (Watkins Glen) on the awards podium.

Second: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur dives at start of the 200 IM.

Third: Watkins Glen's Madi Kilcoyne in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Fourth: Odessa-Montour's Lydia Lynch in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Fifth: Watkins Glen's Sara Gardner competes in the 50 Yard Freestyle.

Sixth: Watkins Glen's Gabi Decker before the start of the meet.

Seventh: Watkins Glen's Annika Wickham before start of the 500 Yard Freestyle.

Eighth: Watkins Glen's Jill Cantieni in the 200 Yard Freestyle.

Ninth: Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese, left, and Emma Lodge pose for photos before the start of the meet.

Left: Watkins Glen's Sarah Swinnerton in the 200 Medley Relay. Right: O-M's Emelia Paulisczak in the 500 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins Glen's Jill Kilcoyne, left, and O-M's Tori Reese compete in the 200 Yard IM.

Left: Watkins Glen's Moeko Oshima. Right: The Senecas' Isabella Fazzary dives at start of the 200 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni launches from the starting block at start of the 100 Free.

Watkins Glen's Liza Carnes competes in the 200 Yard Freestyle race. She finished 6th.

Left: There were two ties in the finals of the 50 Free, at 2nd and 4th places (the latter including O-M's Syria Tague (second from left). Right: Watkins Glen's Allie Gibson at start of the 50 Free.

Odessa-Montour's Syria Tague competes in the 200 Yard Medley Relay. She later tied for 4th in the 100 Yard Freestyle, and was 6th the 100 Back.

Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty, left, and Shawn Rutledge placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively. (Photos by George Rutledge)

Glen boys win Class C title, advance to Nov. 12th States

CHENANGO VALLEY, Nov. 3 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross-country team dominated the Section IV, Class C meet Thursday at Chenango Valley State Park, posting its second straight sectional crown and advancing to the State Meet on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the same site.

The Senecas totaled 17 points, well ahead of runnerup Oneonta's 95. Then came Norwich (112), Newark Valley (124), Chenango Forks (136), Lansing (186), Chenango Valley (189), Windsor (204), Waverly (209), Dryden (233) and Susquehanna Valley (237).

Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt finished first in the race, completing the muddy 3.1-mile course in 16:39. Teammates Gabe Planty and Shawn Rutledge were second and third, respectively, in 16:48 and 16:54.

Other Seneca runners finished as follows: Aaron Planty 5th in 17:10, Sam Hanley 6th in 17:14, Sean Holland 9th in 17:34, Sam Thorsland 10th in 17:57, Jacob Carocci 11th in 18:04, Daniel Paradiso 12th in 18:11, and Max Evans 16th in 18:27. There were 101 runners.

Also advancing to States was Watkins Glen's lone female runner, Kai Sutterby, who placed 5th among 50 runners in 20:58. After runners from the winning team, Newark Valley, were removed from the individual list (since they are going to States as a team), Sutterby was the third of five runners who qualified for the Nov. 12th race.

This was the third sectional title for the Watkins boys in four years. Last year's trip to States resulted in a second-place finish, just ahead of third-place Mount Academy, a private school from Section 9. With last year's winner now in Class B, Watkins and Mount Academy are expected to vie for the state title.

"I hope we have really good news" from the Nov. 12 race, said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "It's been our goal since last year. But it's not going to be easy. It will be a real dogfight."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt, who finished first in the boys race.
Bottom: The Senecas' Kai Sutterby, who placed fifth in the girls race. (Photos by George Rutledge)

From left: Watkins Glen's Aaron Planty, Sam Hanley and Sean Holland, who finished 5th, 6th and 9th, respectively. (Photos by George Rutledge)

From left: The Senecas' Sam Thorsland, Jacob Carocci and Daniel Paradiso, who finished 10th, 11th and 12th, respectively. (Photos by George Rutledge)

Left: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez, left, battles at the net. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike smashes the ball over the net. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins volleyball season ends in semis

TIOGA CENTER, Nov. 3 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team saw its season conclude Thursday when it finished tied for third among four teams battling in the pool-play semifinals of the Section IV, Class C tournament at Tioga High School.

The top two finishers -- Tioga and Bainbridge-Guilford -- advanced to Saturday's finals at Corning East.

Tioga went unbeaten Thursday, amassing a 6-0 record as the four teams played the other three twice each. B-G built a 4-2 record, while Watkins Glen and Trumansburg -- who had battled last week for the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large Schools title, won by Watkins Glen -- finished with 1-5 marks.

"We knew the competition going in," said Watkins Glen Coach Michelle Simiele -- a reference to two losses to Tioga during the regular season and a loss to B-G in the final of a Dryden tournament. Despite Thursday's setback, though, she said that "overall I'm very pleased with the season," in which Watkins Glen was 17-2, won its second straight division title, and then won its first IAC crown.

"The girls worked hard all season," she said. "It was such a great season."

In Thursday's competition, Watkins Glen lost to Tioga 25-17 and 25-6, then split with Trumansburg, winning 25-21 before losing 25-11. That was followed by two losses to B-G, by scores of 25-14 and 25-21.

Watkins Glen statistics:

Mariah Gonzalez: 8 service points, 2 aces, 10 kills, 46 SR, 21 digs, 2 blocks.
Amanda Pike: 5 service points, 4 aces, 14 kills, 17 SR, 11 digs, 3 blocks.
Hanley Elliott: 5 service points, 3 aces, 1 kill, 21 assists, 20 digs.
Emmie Bond: 10 service points, 1 assist, 6 SR, 7 digs.
Megan Hazlitt: 5 service points, 5 SR, 3 digs.
Kathryn Losey: 14 SR 12 digs.
Kendra Larson: 1 SR, 3 digs.
Amber Benjamin: 3 SR, 1 dig.
SR: Serve Receive

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott, right, sends the ball over the net.
Bottom: The Senecas' Emmie Bond volleys. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Kendra Larson awaits the ball. Right: The Senecas' Kathryn Losey meets the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins' Sara Gardner, left, and Elizabeth Kilcoyne hit the water at the start of the 50 Free.

Swim prelims set stage for sectional finals

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 2 -- The stage was set Wednesday for Saturday's Section IV, Class C Swimming finals when prelims were held in the Watkins Glen High School pool.

Participating schools included Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour, Chenango Forks, Elmira Notre Dame, Greene, Lansing, Oneonta, Southern Cayuga and Whitney Point.

The top eight finishers in each race advanced to the finals Saturday at Owego Free Academy. The second eight finishers qualified for the consolation finals Saturday, where no competitor can finish higher than ninth.

The top eight finishers in each relay also advanced, which meant almost all of the competing schools.

Watkins Glen swimmers who advanced to the finals included:

200 Free: Liza Carnes, 3rd in 2:08.46, and Jill Cantieni, 8th in 2:13.66.
200 IM: Amanda Wilbur, 6th in 2:25.96.
50 Free: Allie Gibson, 4th in 26.78, and Jill Cantieni, 7th in 27.31.
100 Fly: Jill Kilcoyne, 2nd in 1:05.94; Amanda Wilbur, 4th in 1:06.64; and Madi Kilcoyne, 6th in 1:11.30.
100 Free: Peighton Cervoni, 6th in 57.96.
500 Free: Liza Carnes, 4th in 5:48.26, and Isabella Fazzary, 6th in 5:57.53.
100 Back: Peighton Cervoni, 2nd in 1:04.58.
100 Breaststroke: Sarah Swinnerton, 5th in 1:17.37, and Sara Gardner, 8th in 1:24.15.

Odessa-Montour swimmers who advanced to the finals included:

50 Free: Syria Tague, 8th in 27.50. (She tied with Lansing's Meghan Matheny. Tague won the finals slot in a swim-off in 27.14.)
100 Back: Syria Tague, 6th in 1:09.26.
100 Breaststroke: Tori Reese, 4th in 1:15.30.

Making the consolation finals from Watkins Glen were:

200 Free: Isabella Fazzary (9th) and Annika Wickham (16th).
200 IM: Jill Kilcoyne (12th) and Gabi Decker (14th).
50 Free: Elizabeth Kilcoyne (10th) and Sara Gardner (13th).
100 Free: Elizabeth Kilcoyne (11th).
500 Free: Gabi Decker (10th) and Annika Wickham (16th).
100 Back: Allie Gibson (11th), Madi Kilcoyne (12th) and Angel Williams (15th).
100 Breaststroke: Moeko Oshima (16th).

Making the consolation finals from Odessa-Montour were:

200 Free: Emelia Paulisczak (12th).
200 IM: Tori Reese (10th).
100 Fly: Lydia Lynch (15th).
500 Free: Emelia Paulisczak (15th).
100 Breaststroke: Emma Lodge (15th).

In the relays:

200 Medley Relay: Watkins Glen placed 4th and O-M 6th.
200 Free Relay: Watkins Glen was 2nd and O-M 7th. The Senecas challenged Oneonta (1:45.13) by posting a 1:47.46. Squad members were Elizabeth Kilcoyne, Jill Cantieni, Sara Gardner and Allie Gibson.
400 Free Relay: Watkins Glen was 5th and O-M was 8th.

Diving: The Section IV, Class A & C diving will start at 4 p.m. Friday at the Ernie Davis school (former EFA) in Elmira. After the first 8 dives, the top 8 in each class will advance at that point to the final three dives Saturday at Owego Free Academy.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese, who placed 4th in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.

Second: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur, 4th in the 100 Fly and 6th in the 200 IM.

Third: Watkins Glen's Angel Williams, who qualified for the consolation finals in the 100 Yard Backstroke.

Bottom: O-M's Julia Paulisczak dives at the start of the 50 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins Glen's Allie Gibson dives at start of the 50 Free, left, and then checks her time after completing the race. She placed fourth.

Watkins Glen's Jill Kilcoyne, who won her heat and placed second overall in the 100 Fly.

Left: Watkins Glen's Gabi Decker turns for final leg of the 200 IM. She advanced to the consolation finals. Right: O-M's JoLynn Minnier competes in the 200 IM.

O-M's Lydia Lynch on her way to 15th place and the consolation finals in the 100 Fly.

Left: O-M's Syria Tague is given some advice by her brother Billy before her swim-off for the 8th and last spot in the 50 Free finals. Right: She reacts to her subsequent victory.

Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese dives at start of the 200 Individual Medley.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike sends the ball over the net. Teammate Hanley Elliott is at left. (Photo by Don Romeo)

WG wins, moves to pool play

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 1 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team defeated Lansing 3-0 Tuesday night in a Section IV, Class C quarterfinal in the WGHS gym, advancing to the pool-play semifinals Thursday at Tioga High School.

The Senecas, who outscored Lansing 25-22, 25-14 and 25-21, will play two games each against host Tioga, Bainbridge-Guilford and Trumansburg starting at 4:30 p.m. The top two teams will advance to the final Saturday at Corning East High School. Watkins Glen is seeded No. 4 behind unbeaten Tioga, once-beaten Trumansburg and unbeaten B-G, in that order.

Watkins Glen, now 17-2, seemed to play flat Tuesday night -- the likely result, said Coach Michelle Simiele, of an emotional letdown after the Senecas' hard-fought win Friday over Trumansburg for the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large Schools title.

"We need to bring more enthusiasm to the games Thursday," said Simiele, who also noted that while the Senecas' service game was solid Tuesday, it wasn't aggressive. "We have to be aggressive to win," she said -- considering that Watkins lost to Tioga twice during the season and to Bainbridge-Guilford in the final of a Dryden tournament, and were two points away from losing to Tburg Friday before rallying for the victory.

The Senecas started strongly Tuesday, building a 10-4 lead in the first game before Lansing rallied to take the lead 16-13. Watkins moved ahead again at 19-18 and didn't trail the rest of the game.

The second game was close early, with Lansing leading 4-3 -- its only lead of the game. The Senecas were up by three at 14-11 when they took control, outscoring the Ladycats 11-3 down the stretch.

The third game was more challenging for Watkins, which was down 14-12 before reeling off six straight points, five with Hanley Elliott serving, to go up 18-14. Elliott finished the game with a team-high 17 service points.

Watkins extended its lead to 22-15 before Lansing rallied to within three points, 24-21. But the Senecas closed it out on the next point, and extended their season.

Watkins Glen statistics:

Mariah Gonzalez: 6 service points, 15 kills, 19 SR, 15 digs, 5 blocks.
Amanda Pike: 9 service points, 13 kills, 11 SR, 9 digs, 4 blocks.
Hanley Elliott: 17 service points, 3 aces, 27 assists, 2 SR, 15 digs.
Emmie Bond: 7 service points, 1 ace, 1 assist, 5 SR, 8 digs.
Kathryn Losey: 1 service point, 1 kill, 2 assists, 4 SR, 11 digs.
Megan Hazlitt: 2 service points, 2 kills, 5 SR, 4 digs.
Amber Benjamin: 1 service point, 1 assist.
Kendra Larson: 2 SR, 2 digs.
SR=Service Receive

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez sends the ball over the net.
Middle: The Senecas' Emmie Bond, foreground, fakes hitting the ball as teammate Mariah Gonzalez, next to her, sends it over the net.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Kathryn Losey, right, meets the ball. Teammate Megan Hazlitt is on the left. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond. (Photo by Don Romeo) / Right: The Senecas' Megan Hazlitt battles at the net.

Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez, left, meets an incoming serve as teammate Kathryn Losey (7) watches. In the background are teammate Kendra Larson and Coach Michelle Simiele.

From left: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott, Kendra Larson and Amanda Pike. (Center photo by Don Romeo)

Sophomore quarterback Alexis Saunders tries a run to the right in first-half action.

O-M juniors & sophomores win Pixie Bowl

ODESSA, Nov. 1 -- The team of sophomores and juniors dominated in the second half Tuesday night to defeat the senior-freshman team 26-8 in the 10th annual flag-football Pixie Bowl on Odessa-Montour High School's Charles Martin Field.

The touchdowns for the winning squad, which trailed 8-0 in the first half before pulling within two points at 8-6 shortly before intermission, were scored by McKennah Lott, Hannah Bruno and Hunter Daugherty. Lott and Hailey Perraut each kicked an extra point.

Senior Alyssa Crout scored her team's lone touchdown, as well as a two-point conversion.

A halftime punt, pass and kick competition saw a large turnout of O-M athletes. Nick Sgrecci placed first, DeShawn Johnson second and Noah Austin third.

Photo in text: Sopohomore Mckennah Lott grabs a pass from quarterback Alexis Saunders that she carried into the end zone for a touchdown.

Left: Senior quarterback Alyssa Crout throws a pass on the final play of the first half. Right: The play is broken up by junior Hailey Perraut (4), defending against the intended receiver, senior Dasia Herrmann.

Athletes of Week: 4 who had an impact

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Oct. 30 -- This week we honor four athletes -- a diver, a runner and two volleyball players -- who left an impact from their performances this past week. Each is from Watkins Glen High School.

Diver Lexi Castellaneta -- who this season set 6-dive Section IV records three times -- now has the 11-dive sectional record after a 534.45-point performance at the IAC Swimming and Diving Championships at WGHS, breaking a seven-year-old mark.

Runner Patrick Hazlitt earns a nod for his first-place finish at the IAC Cross Country Championship at Marathon, leading Watkins Glen to its fourth straight IAC team title. He was also awarded the IAC Sportsmanship Award.

The final two slots go for timely impact. Volleyball players Hanley Elliott and Megan Hazlitt earn the honors for stepping up at crucial moments with key service points (Hazlitt closing out the first game after the Senecas trailed 21-19 and Elliott closing out the fourth game after the Senecas fell behind 23-20) as Watkins Glen rallied from the edge of defeat to top Trumansburg for the IAC Large Schools volleyball title. Hazlitt also had two other timely service runs, including in the final, fifth game when the Senecas pulled away from a 9-8 lead to 16-8. She finished with 22 service points and 6 aces, to go with 16 digs. Elliott, with 12 service points and 2 aces, also registered 18 digs and an impressive 49 assists, amply setting the ball for the team's kill experts.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen runners Shawn Rutledge, Gabe Planty, Sam Hanley, Sean Holland and Kai Sutterby; Watkins Glen volleyball players Mariah Gonzalez, Amanda Pike and Emmie Bond.

Honorable Mention: Another 18 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

The Tribe"A" team poses after defeating Johnson City 19-12 in the Southern Tier Youth Football Conference Super Bowl in Apalachin. (Photo provided)

Tribe wins youth football Super Bowl

APALACHIN, Oct. 30 -- The Schuyler Youth Football "A" team successfully defended its Southern Tier Youth Football Conference title when it defeated Johnson City 19-12 Sunday in the conference Super Bowl in Apalachin.

The Tribe had reached the game for the second straight year by winning the conference's West Division, while Johnson City was the East Division champ. The Tribe completed the season unbeaten.

The game, a defensive battle, saw its first touchdown when the Tribe's Owen Scholtisek scored on a 36-yard run. Johnson City tied the game 6-6 before both teams scored again in the second half, with the Tribe adding an extra point to take a 13-12 lead.

Johnson City marched down the field to within the Tribe 5-yard line late in the game, but was stopped by the Tribe defense there, and turned the ball over on downs. Scholtisek then burst down the sideline for a 95-yard TD run with under a minute left in the game.

Johnson City got the ball back, but a pass was intercepted by the Tribe's Adam Pastore, ending the game.

Photo in text: The Tribe's Owen Scholtisek breaks free for a 95-yard TD run. (Photo provided)

Left: The Tribe's Travon Jones gains some yardage. Right: Team coaches, from left: Assistant Tony Spahalski, Assistant Shaun Cannon, Head Coach Jeff Fazzary, and Assistant Don Beckly. (Photos provided)

Left: Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni dives at the start of the 100 Yard Freestyle race. Right: Odessa-Montour's Emma Lodge competes in the 100 Free.

Lexi sets 11-dive section mark

Lansing wins IAC swim crown; Watkins 3rd; O-M 7th

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 29 -- Watkins Glen junior Lexi Castellaneta set a new Section IV 11-dive scoring record at Saturday morning's Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championship meet at WGHS -- leading the Senecas to the IAC diving title. Lansing, meanwhile, won the afternoon swim meet convincingly.

Castellaneta, scoring two 9s, two 9.5s and a 10 on her final dive -- an inward dive with a pike position -- totaled 534.45 points to edge a 2009 record of 532 set by Binghamton diver Alyssa Menz. Lexi's previous high had been 522.55 points.

Her performance and third- and fourth-place finishes by Jena Slater and Maddie Suddaby lifted the Senecas to the IAC diving crown -- but Lansing dominated much of the swimming portion of the meet.

The Lady Bobcats finished with 432 points, while Waverly totaled 311, edging out Watkins Glen (310) for second place. Southern Cayuga was fourth with 235 points, followed by Notre Dame (228), Dryden (186), Odessa-Montour (143) and Whitney Point (103).

Podium finishes (top 8) for the Senecas in the afternoon swim meet included:

-- Liza Carnes, 4th in the 200 Yard Freestyle (2:15.78) and 8th in the 500 Free (6:03.94)
-- Isabella Fazzary, 6th in the 200 Yard Free (2:16.90) and 5th in the 500 Free (6:01.33)
-- Jill Cantieni, 7th in the 200 Yard Free (2:17.83)
-- Allison Gibson, 5th in the 50 Yard Freestyle (27.08)
-- Elizabeth Kilcoyne, 7th in the 500 Yard Free (27.71) and 6th in the 100 Free (1:00.76)
-- Jill Kilcoyne, 7th in the 100 Yard Butterfly (1:08.71)
-- Amanda Wilbur, 8th in the 100 Yard Butterfly (1:09.93)
-- Peighton Cervoni, 4th in the 100 Free (59.10) and 7th in the 100 Back (1:09.72)
-- Sarah Swinnerton, 7th in the 100 Yard Breaststroke (1:20.02)

Odessa-Montour's podium finishers included:

-- Emelia Paulisczzak, 8th in the 200 Freestyle (2:19.81)
-- Tori Reese, 8th in the 200 Yard IM (2:29.57) and 6th in the 100 Breaststroke (1:17.47)
-- Syria Tague, 8th in the 50 Yard Freestyle (27.82) and 5th in the 100 Back (1:08.02)

200 Yard Medley Relay: Notre Dame won, with Lansing 2nd. Watkins Glen was 5th in 2:05.29 (Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur and Elizabeth Kilcoyne) and Odessa-Montour was 7th in 2:12.06 (Syria Tague, Emma Lodge, Tori Reese and Kara Reese).

200 Yard Freestyle Relay: Lansing won, with Waverly 2nd and Watkins Glen 3rd in 1:50.21 (Elizabeth Kilcoyne, Jill Cantieni, Allison Gibson and Sara Gardner) and O-M 6th in 1:56.82 (Tori Reese, Syria Tague, Kara Reese and Emelia Paulisczak).

400 Yard Freestyle Relay: Lansing won, with Notre Dame second. Watkins Glen was fourth in 4:11.20 (Jill Kilcoyne, Amanda Wilbur, Liza Carnes and Peighton Cervoni) and O-M 7th in 4:57.62 (Emelia Paulisczak, JoLynn Minnier, Lydia Lynch and Hailey Hoose).

In addition to winning two relays and finishing 2nd in the other, Lansing had first-place finishes in the 200 Free, 50 Free and 100 Free, and second-place finishes in the 100 Back, 50 Free and 200 IM.

Diving Meet:

Castellaneta dominated in the diving. Here is the breakdown of her scores for each of her 11 dives, with five judges' totals. The highest total possible -- and rare -- is a 10.

1st Dive: 7.5, 8, 9, 8, 9
2nd Dive: 7.5, 7.5, 9, 7.5, 7
3rd Dive: 6.5, 7, 6.5, 6.5, 7.5
4th Dive: 7.5, 8.5, 7.5, 7.5, 7.5
5th Dive: 7, 6.5, 5.5, 6.5, 7.5
6th Dive: 9, 8.5, 8.5, 9, 7.5
7th Dive: 9.5, 9, 9.5, 8.5, 9.5
8th Dive: 7.5, 8.5, 7.5, 7.5, 6.5
9th Dive: 8, 9, 8.5, 8, 9
10th Dive: 7.5, 8.5, 7.5, 7.5, 8.5
11th Dive: 10, 9.5, 9, 9, 9.5

Her final dive, the 401 B inward dive in a pike position, is one in which Lexi has high confidence. It was a good choice to finish on.

And again -- as she was on each of the three occasions in which she set Section IV records this season for six dives -- she knew on the final dive what was at stake. And as with those other three occasions ... when the scores were posted, her arms shot up in victory.

Photos in text:

Top: Lexi Castellaneta completes her final dive, which lifted her to a new sectional record.
Second: Watkins Glen's Isabella Fazzary on the way to 5th place in the 500 Free.
Third: WG's Elizabeth Kilcoyne checks the scoreboard after finishing 6th in the 100 Free.
Fourth: Odessa-Montour's Emelia Paulisczak on the way to 11th place in the 500 Free.
Fifth: The Watkins Glen divers. From left, Jena Slater, Lexi Castellaneta and Maddie Suddaby.

Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese enters the water at the start of the 200 Yard IM.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jena Slater on the way to third place in the diving. Right: The Senecas' Maddie Suddaby, fourth in the diving.

Watkins Glen's Allison Gibson glides at the start of the 50 Free. She placed fifth.

Left: Odessa-Montour's JoLynn Minnier competes in the 100 Free. Right: O-M's Syria Tague, 8th in the 50 Yard Freestyle and 5th in the 100 Backstroke.

The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross-country runners, champions of the IAC. From left: Sam Hanley, Gabe Planty, Jacob Carocci, Daniel Paradiso, Sean Holland, Aaron Planty, Patrick Hazlitt and Shawn Rutledge. (Photo by George Rutledge)

WG boys XC team wins IACs

MARATHON, Oct. 29 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross-country team won its fourth straight Interscholastic Athletic Conference title Saturday when it placed seven of its runners in the Top 10 at the IAC Championship on the Marathon Elementary School's 3.1-mile course.

Watkins Glen finished with 20 points, well ahead of runnerup Elmira Notre Dame (70). Newark Valley (114) was third, followed by Trumansburg (137), Groton (157), Waverly (184), Lansing (188), Moravia (207), Dryden (211), Spencer-Van Etten/Candor (214), and Marathon (231).

Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt finished first in 17:05. Teammate Shawn Rutledge was 2nd in 17:13, Gabe Planty 4th in 17:29, Sam Hanley 6th in 17:32, Sean Holland 7th in 17:54, Daniel Paradiso 8th in 18:14, Jacob Carocci 10th in 18:21, and Aaron Planty 17th in 18:35. There were 79 runners.

The top seven runners earned IAC All-Star First Team status. The next seven earned Second Team All-Star status.

Hazlitt also won the IAC male Sportsmanship Award, voted upon by league coaches.

Varsity Girls: Watkins Glen had two runners, with Kai Sutterby finishing 4th in 21:05 and Cambria Weeden 11th in 21:32 among 76 runners. Sutterby thus earned an IAC All-Star First Team berth, and Weeden a slot on the Second Team.

Junior Varsity Boys: Watkins Glen won its second straight JV title, sweeping the top nine spots. The Senecas finished with 15 points, while Newark Valley had 68, Notre Dame 90, Trumansburg 104, Waverly 106, Marathon 181, and Dryden 188.

The Senecas' Max Evans finished first in 18:42, followed by Sam Thorsland (2nd in 18:43), Conlin Wysocki (3rd in 19:08), William Yeater (4th in 19:21), Isaac McIlroy (5th in 19:39), Tanner Ryan (6th in 19:44), Alex Gibson (7th in 20:30), Tyler Couch (8th in 20:46), Julian Thornton (9th in 20:50), Clint Craven (18th in 21:56), and Elliott Holland (20th in 22:16). There were 56 runners in the race.

Junior High Boys: Watkins Glen's Ben Swinnerton was 3rd in 9:47 and Brady Neal 11th in 10:36 among 56 runners.

Junior High Girls: The Senecas' Julya Slater was 3rd in 14:54 and Breanna Carl 15th in 15:32. There were a total of 42 runners.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt with his IAC Sportsmanship Award.
Bottom: The Senecas' Kai Sutterby, front, with her IAC All-Star First Team award, and Cambria Weeden, who earned a Second Team berth. (Photos provided)

Watkins Glen's Jacob Carocci (left) and Gabe Planty. (Photos by George Rutledge)

From left: Watkins Glen's Sean Holland, Shawn Rutledge and Sam Hanley. (Photos by George Rutledge)

JV race: Watkins' Alex Gibson left, and William Yeater. (Photos by George Rutledge)

The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team poses after winning the IAC Large School title. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen wins IAC title

Down and almost out, Senecas roar back to beat Tburg

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 28 -- It was an improbable victory.

The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team, winner of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School South Division crown, was down 2 games to 1 and behind 23-20 Friday night as it battled previously unbeaten and IAC Large School North Division champ Trumansburg for the overall IAC Large School title.

Trumansburg had dominated the Senecas the previous year in the same title game, played at Tburg.

This time it was played in the WGHS Field House, and the vociferous Watkins student cheering section might have had something to do with the outcome, encouraging the Senecas when they were both rolling and struggling. "I have to credit the students," said Watkins Glen Coach Michelle Simiele. "The girls were thrilled to have them there, cheering."

Down 23-20 in the fourth game and facing defeat, the Senecas nevertheless found a way to prevail. They rallied -- behind the serving of Hanley Elliott -- to deny Tburg another point and win the game, 25-23, and then pulled away from the Blue Raiders in the deciding fifth game, 25-16, to earn a 3-2 victory and revenge for last year's outcome. They also came away with a confidence builder heading into Section IV tournament play. The Senecas face Lansing at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 in the WGHS Field House. Watkins Glen, 16-2, is the No. 4 seed. Lansing, 11-5, is the No. 5 seed.

Friday night's title, Coach Simiele noted, was the first volleyball IAC crown for WGHS.

"There were stretches where we made mistakes,"she said, "but overall we played very well against a very good team. Our strength training helped us in the last game; it was the only game that wasn't close."

While praising the performance of her main offensive players, Simiele also noted their defensive contributions and the play of Kathryn Losey and subs Amber Benjamin and Kendra Larson.

"It's great when kids come off the bench and play well," she said. "Everybody fulfilled their roles, did what they were supposed to do, and that's why we won. I'm proud of the time and effort they put in every day."

Watkins Glen had opened Friday with a 25-21 victory in a first game that was close throughout until the Senecas pulled away with the final six points -- Megan Hazlitt serving the final five. But they then lost the second game 25-23 after being tied at 23-all and with the serve. And in the third game, the Senecas were up by as much as six points, 17-11, before letting the Raiders back in and dropping a 26-24 decision.

Asked what she told her players after that third game, Simiele said "I told them to have fun and go down swinging."

The fourth game looked promising at first as Watkins started 3-0 on Mariah Gonzalez serves and then opened a 12-5 lead, five of the points coming off of Hazlitt serves. But Trumansburg, after calling a time out, roared back with 11 straight points as Watkins looked disorganized. But when they were down 19-14, the Senecas gathered themselves together, pulled within a point at 19-18, evened the score at 20-20 -- and then lost the next three points to fall behind 23-20.

And that's when they dug deeper, winning the next three points to pull even at 23-23, and then capturing the next two points as well, the second-to-last on a nasty Amanda Pike kill. The final four points were served by Elliott.

And that win propelled them into the decider, Game Five.

The final game started tight, with Watkins trailing by two points early but then pulling ahead 9-5 on three Pike serves. Trumansburg closed to within a point, 9-8, before losing the serve. The Senecas then notched six more points in a row with Hazlitt serving to pull ahead 16-8. The lead was again eight points at 19-11 before the Raiders registered four straight points to pull within four at 19-15.

But following a Watkins Glen timeout, the Raiders lost steam as the Senecas won four points to increase their lead to 23-15, lost a point, and then won the final two to close out the victory.

Watkins Glen statistics:

Amanda Pike: 6 service points, 5 aces, 30 kills, 1 assist, 19 SR*, 9 digs, 4 blocks.
Mariah Gonzalez: 14 service points, 3 aces, 23 kills, 53 SR, 27 digs, 2 blocks.
Hanley Elliott: 12 service points, 2 aces, 2 kills, 49 assists, 18 digs.
Emmie Bond: 14 service points, 3 aces, 4 kills, 2 assists, 2 SR, 12 digs.
Megan Hazlitt: 22 service points, 6 aces, 5 SR, 16 digs.
Kathryn Losey: 3 service points, 1 kill, 5 SR, 9 digs.
Amber Benjamin: 1 service point, 2 SR, 2 digs.
Kendra Larson: 1 SR, 2 digs.
*SR: Serve Receives

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike (6) battles a Trumansburg player at the net. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Middle: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez (12) smashes the ball.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Megan Hazlitt reaches for a volley.

Watkins' Hanley Elliott meets the ball. The match featured a number of lengthy volleys.

Left: Watkins' Kathryn Losey (7) volleys as Mariah Gonzalez (center) and Megan Hazlitt back her up. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike serves. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott sends the ball over the net. Right: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez meets the ball. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond volleys. Right: The Senecas' Kathryn Losey.

From left: Watkins Glen's Megan Hazlitt, Hanley Elliott and Emmie Bond. (Photo in the middle by Don Romeo)

The Watkins Glen players and some of their fans celebrate after the Senecas' IAC victory.

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