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Left: Watkins Glen's Madison Gates puts up a shot. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Cherock.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen girls lose,
39-34, as Waverly rallies

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 20 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team sustained its first loss of the season Friday night, falling to Waverly 39-34 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House gym.

The Senecas, now 2-1, led 11-5 after one period and 21-11 at halftime, but the Lady Wolverines rallied with a 19-2 third quarter to take a 30-23 lead into the fourth period. They held off Watkins from there.

"Tonight was a tough game," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "The girls had a great first half, playing hard. However, we need to play four quarters of basketball. We got sloppy in the second half and had a lot of mental errors."

Madison Gates, she noted, "had a great game inside the post," compiling her second double-double of the season. Gates finished with 22 points and 16 rebounds.

Other points came from Amanda Pike (8, with 6 rebounds), Maggie Bond (2, with 3 rebounds) and Amanda Cherock (2, with 4 assists). Allison Teed added 3 rebounds and 2 steals.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Waverly 45-28. Ryanna LaMoreaux had 13 points and 5 blocks, while Hanley Elliott scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Danielle Leszyk added 6 points, and Emmie Bond scored 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike prepares to shoot. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Madison Myers looks to pass the ball. Right: In the JV game, the Senecas' Ryanna LaMoreaux shoots. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Glen boys top Waverly, improve to 2-0

WAVERLY, Dec. 20 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team -- behind double-digit scoring by three players-- defeated Waverly 63-54 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Waverly gym.

The Senecas, now 2-0, got 19 points from Joe Palumbo, 15 from Luke Flahive and 14 from Matt Estes. Colin Gates added 8 points, Keith Rekczis 6, and Parker Pangallo 1.

Watkins raced in front 17-8 in the first quarter, and was up 30-17 at halftime. The lead was nine points, 37-28, entering the fourth period, and shrank to six. But Watkins Glen made some key free throws down the stretch to hold off the Wolverines. Flahive was 7-for-9 from the line in the final quarter while Rekczis went 4-for-5. Overall, the team was 17-for-22 on free throws.

Gates led the Senecas in rebounds with 9, while Estes grabbed 5, Rekczis 4, and Flahive 4. Gates also led in assists with 5. Flahive had 4 assists, and led the team in steals with 3.

"We had a good first half," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, "but in the second half we got a little careless. But give Waverly credit; they never gave up."

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CORTLAND, Dec. 20 -- Several members of the Watkins Glen varsity Indoor Track team had strong showings Friday at the Cortland Small Schools meet.

Topping the Senecas was Patrick Hazlitt, who finished first in the 1600 Meter Run in 4:56.31, and fifth in the 600 Meter Run in 1:34.94.

Other standouts:

Kevin Kernan, fifth in the 55 Meter Hurdles in 9.78
Joelle Slater, third in the 1000 Meter Racewalk in 6:27.78
Taylor Kennard, third in the 3000 Meter Run in 12:02.67
Brooke Shaffer, third in the 1500 Meter Run in 5:39.84
Kali Bond, sixth in the 1500 Meter Run in 6:05.39

Schools from around the region were represented at the meet, such as Trumansburg, Elmira Notre Dame, Marathon, Union Springs, Dryden, Groton, Whitney Point, Sidney-Delhi-Unatego, Chenango Valley, Harpursville-Afton, Lansing, Unadilla Valley, Newfield, Moravia and Waverly.

O-M's Tyler Clark, left, and Joel Kelly move the ball past Newfield defenders.

O-M boys fall to unbeaten Newfield

ODESSA, Dec. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team saw its record slip to 3-3 Friday night when Newfield pulled away in the middle two quarters for an 82-35 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory over the Indians in the O-M gym.

Odessa, down 11-9 after one period, was outscored 26-0 in the second quarter and 33-16 in the third as Newfield rolled to its fourth victory without a loss.

Bryce Elliott and Joel Kelly each scored 11 points for O-M, while Cody Daugherty scored 4 points, Mitch Scata 3, and Zach Pyhtila, Tyler Clark and Curtis Harris 2 each. The team was 3-for-5 from the foul line.

Newfield was led by Brian Barrett's 22 points, and 17 by Cole Banfield. The team converted 5 of 9 free throws.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Newfield 69-40. Zachary Elliott led Odessa with 11 points, while Noah Angle scored 10 and Cameron Adams added 6.

Photo in text: O-M's Curtis Harris goes up for a shot in traffic.

Left: Odessa's Bryce Elliott drives to the hoop.
Right: The Indians' Zach Pyhtila prepares to launch a free throw.

Watkins Glen bowlers lose to Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 20 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams sustained losses to Waverly Friday afternoon in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Johnny's Lanes.

The Watkins girls were beaten for the first time this season, dropping a 3-1 decision. They won the third game 796-764, but dropped the first two games and total pinfall, 2449-2282. Waverly had not lost a game all season.

Samantha Bradley led the Senecas with a 512 series, while Lucy Craig posted a 480, Liz Mason 464, Elizabeth Reed 405, and Dakota Evans 393.

The Watkins boys lost 4-0 as Waverly outscored them 2977-2053. Wyatt Brower and Casen Weeden each registered a 431 to lead the Senecas. Rees Avery added a 404.

O-M girls lose to Newfield, slip to 3-2

NEWFIELD, Dec. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team sustained its second straight loss Friday night, falling to Newfield 58-31 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Newfield gym.

The Indians surged early, building a 10-2 lead before Newfield "blitzed us in transition," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. Newfield led 20-12 by the end of that period, and 30-15 at halftime.

Addi Rhodes led Odessa scorers with 8 points, while Hailie Searles scored 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Other points came from Callie Stillman (6), Gillian Clark (5), Sage Garrison (4), and Kalie Thomas (2).

The Indians were without playmaker Nakiaha Robinson, injured in the previous game.

Newfield is now 4-1. "I would say they are the favorites to win the division," said Gavich.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Newfield 41-31 to improve to 3-2. Kennedey Heichel scored 19 points, whle Alexis Saunders had 14.

Odessa-Montour's Bill Bacon is in control on the way to victory at 120 pounds against Southern Cayuga's Charlie Stevens.

O-M wrestlers defeat S. Cayuga, TAE

ODESSA, Dec. 19 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team rolled to a pair of lopsided victories Thursday night, topping Southern Cayuga 47-12 and Edison 51-6 in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches in O-M's Jack Davis Gym.

Southern Cayuga, with just four wrestlers, lost to Edison (six wrestlers), 22-18.

In the match against Southern Cayuga, Odessa (with 10 wrestlers) got competitive wins from:

-- Bill Bacon, who posted an 18-1 technical fall over Charlie Stevens at 120 pounds; and
-- Jeremiah Holley, who pinned Dawson Barton in 1:33.

The Indians also picked up six forfeit victories. Shawn Minnier (182) and Joe Wright (220) lost by second-round pins.

Against Edison, O-M got wins from:

-- Andrew Hartford, who pinned Tyler Lewis in 3:56;
-- Joe Rorick, who pinned Jack Bates in 2:50;
-- Jeremiah Holley, who pinned Travis Wheeler in 1:32;
-- DJ Morrell, who defeated Emily Root in overtime;
-- John Kuparinen, who pinned Corbin Barchet in 1:48.

The Indians also picked up four wins by forfeit.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Joe Wright, let, battles Southern Cayuga's Dan Lukas at 220 pounds. Lukas won by a pin.

Bottom: O-M's Jeremiah Holley, left, en route to a victory against Southern Cayuga's Dawson Barton.

Watkins girls win as Craig rolls 615

UNION SPRINGS, Dec. 19 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team -- paced by Lucy Craig's 615 series -- defeated Union Springs 4-0 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match.

Craig (pictured at right) rolled games of 202-208-205 as the Senecas registered a three-game total of 2546, well ahead of Union Springs' 1402.

Samantha Bradley added a 588 (including a 213 game) for Watkins Glen, while Elizabeth Reed posted a 487, Dakota Evans 448, and Liz Mason 408.

"Lucy is starting to come into her own now," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower, "and Sam had another good outing as well. They bowl well together."

The Watkins Glen boys, meanwhile, dropped a 4-0 decision to Union Springs, which outscored the Senecas 2776-2274. Rees Avery led Watkins with a 537 series, while Casen Weeden registered a 464, Wyatt Brower 431, Nathaniel Rose 425, and Conlin Wysocki 408.

"Rees bowled very well, especially considering that he never really bowled until a few weeks ago," said Coach Brower. "He, Steven and Wyatt have now had 500 series, and other guys will definitely be following soon. What we have to do now is all bowl them at the same time."

Photo in text: Lucy Craig (File photo)

O-M swimmers fall to Waverly, 100-70

WAVERLY, Dec. 19 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team got three wins from Billy Tague Thursday, but it wasn't enough as the Indians dropped a 100-70 Interscholastic Athletic Conference decision to Waverly in the Wolverines' pool.

Tague won the 200 Free in a personal-record time of 2:04.05, and the 100 Free with a PR of 55.73. He was also on the winning 200 Free Relay team with Alex Betts, Anthony Humphries and Charles Sidle. Their time: 1:46.01.

Second-place finishes for O-M:
--Anthony Humphries in the 200 IM (season best of 2:25.59)
--Charles Sidle in the 50 Free (26.48)
--Alec Betts in the 500 Free (PR of 6:01.97) and the 100 Breast (1:20.19)
--200 Medley Relay of James Terry, Andy Fudala, Alec Betts and Charles Sidle (2:03.09)
--400 Free Relay of Kyle Frasier, James Terry, Anthony Humphries and Billy Tague (4:19.57)

Other PRs:
--James Terry in the 200 IM (2:53.06)
--Andy Fudala in the 50 Free (28.49)
--Kyle Frasier in the 200 IM (3:09.62) and 100 Fly (1:43.59)
--Garrett Allen in the 500 Free (7:56.04)

"The O-M guys swam really well tonight," said Odessa Coach Terri Brace. "There were a lot of close and exciting races and they really stepped up to the challenge. I am looking forward to watching them progress throughout the season."

Watkins swimmers lose to Lansing

LANSING, Dec. 19 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team's season mark slipped to 2-1 Thursday when it dropped a 108-67 decision to Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Lansing pool.

Watkins Glen got wins from Aidan DeBolt in the 50 Free (24.09) and Jacob Slater in Diving (168.40 points), and from the 200 Medley Relay team of Matt Doppel, Lucas Wickham, Liam Fitch and DeBolt (1:48.82).

Second-place finishes were posted by Doppel in the 100 Fly (56.11) and the 100 Back (1:01.59), DeBolt in the 100 Free (53.52), and the 200 Free Relay squad of DeBolt, Wickham, Fitch and Doppel (1:41.20).

Odessa-Montour bowlers fall to Edison

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 19 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams lost Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches to Edison Thursday at Johnny's Lanes, the boys 3-1 and the girls 4-0.

O-M's Trenton Randall led the Indians with a 569 series as they won the second game 855-798 but lost the other two games and total pinfall, 2661-2357. Joining Randall above 500 were Frank Wood (521) and Alex Grady (513).

The Odessa girls were led by Carolyn Arias, who rolled a 389 as the Indians lost total pinfall 2280-1671. Jackie Vincent posted a 314 series for O-M.

The Indians return to action after the holiday break.

Bradley's 655 leads Glen girls past NV

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 18 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team -- led by Samantha Bradley's 655 series -- defeated Newark Valley 4-0 Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match.

Bradley (pictured at right) put together games of 222, 205 and 228 as the Senecas cruised to a total pinfall advantage of 2371-2012.

Lucy Craig posted a 520 series for Watkins, while Liz Mason rolled a 408, and Dakota Evans and Elizabeth Reed each registered a 394.

"Sam continues to improve on a solid season," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "Tonight she was only five pins off her own school record for high series. I'm also very proud of Lucy's performance. Her one finger was so swollen she could hardly get it in the ball, but she refused to quit."

The Watkins Glen boys, meanwhile, fell 4-0 to Newark Valley as the Cardinals outscored them 2490-2232. Wyatt Brower led the Senecas with a 507 series (including a 210 game), while Steven Bradley rolled a 439, Conlin Wysocki a 436, and Wrett Brower a 422.

"Anyone who watches these guys can see the improvement," said Coach Brower. "They are starting to string good frames together ... and very soon they will start putting good series together."

From left: Odessa-Montour's Joel Kelly, Cody Daugherty and Mitch Scata.

O-M boys fall to ND, 73-48

ODESSA, Dec. 18 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 3-2 Wednesday night when it dropped a 73-48 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians, down 12-4 after one period and 31-23 at halftime, entered the final period trailing 53-37. Notre Dame has one loss this season, to Newfield in its opener.

Joel Kelly led O-M with 22 points, including six 3-pointers. Bryce Elliott added 15 points, all but two in the second half. Also scoring: Richard Brown (5 points), Cody Daugherty (4) and Mitch Scata (2). The team was 5-for-14 from the foul line.

Notre Dame was led by Darius Garvin's 27 points. The Crusaders were 3-for-4 from the line.

Junior Varsity: O-M fell to Notre Dame 47-37. Curtis Harris led the Indians with 11 points, while Jon Andrews scored 10 and Noah Angle 7.

Photo in text: O-M's Bryce Elliott drives to the basket in traffic.

Ian Chedzoy (in blue) on the way to victory at 182 pounds.

Watkins wrestlers lose to Newark Valley

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 18 -- The Watkins Glen varsity wrestling team fell short in its match against Newark Valley Wednesday night, dropping a 46-24 Interscholastic Athletic Conference decision in Watkins' new, small gym.

Victories for Watkins included a pin by Ian Chedzoy in 3:52 at 182 pounds, a pin by Dustin Goltry in 3:07 at 220 pounds, and decisions by Jon Brown, Nick Cocola and Kurtis Edwards. Josh Burge (170) and Colton Arcangeli (285) lost nail-biters, 8-6 and 8-7 respectively.

The Senecas return to action at 6 p.m. Friday and 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Campbell-Savona-Bradford Holiday Dual Meet in the Campbell High School gym.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dustin Goltry (in blue) on the way to a win at 220 pounds.

Watkins' Nick Cocola takes his opponent to the mat at 152 pounds. Cocola won by decision.

Odessa girls lose to ND, slip to 3-1

ELMIRA, Dec. 18 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team sustained its first loss of the season Wednesday night, falling to Notre Dame 46-23 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the ND gym.

The Indians, 3-1, were led by Nakiaha Robinson's 8 points. Other points came from Addi Rhodes (5), Hailie Searles (4), Olivia Grover (4), and Gillian Clark (2).

Notre Dame led 13-10 early in the second quarter when Robinson went down with a knee injury. By halftime, the Crusaders' lead was 21-12. "Then," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "without our top two ballhandlers (an injured Sage Garrison is still seeing limited action), we turned the ball over in the second half like it was going out of style."

The Indians return to action Friday at Newfield, and then host Avoca (varsity only) on Monday at 6 p.m.

Bowling: O-M boys top Marathon

CORTLAND, Dec. 18 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity bowling team topped outmanned Marathon for the second straight day Wednesday, winning 4-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Cortland Bowl.

Alex Grady's 542 led the Indians as they outpointed the three-person Marathon team, 1889-1311. Trenton Randall added a 380 for O-M.

The Odessa girls fell to Marathon 4-0 for the second day in a row. Marathon outscored the Indians 1900-1615. Ashley Stewart led O-M with a 345 series, while Taylor Sykes registered a 334.

Watkins Glen's Jacob Slater hits the water in the 200 Free Relay, where his squad finished 2nd.

Doppel shines as Senecas win

Qualifies for States in 100 Back; Glen improves to 2-0

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 17 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team defeated Southern Cayuga 108-57 Tuesday at home in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet highlighted by a State Qualifying time by the Senecas' Matt Doppel in the 100 Backstroke

Doppel, openly aiming for the necessary State time of 54.82, easily beat it, posting a 53.69. The mark is a new school record, breaking one earlier set by Doppel.

The victory was one of four for Doppel on the day. He also won the 200 Free in 1:56.87 and was on the winning 200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay teams.

Also posting four wins was Liam Fitch (in the 200 Individual Medley, 100 Fly and the same two relays) and Aidan DeBolt (in the 50 Free, 100 Free and the same relays).

Shawn Rutledge also posted a victory, taking the 500 Free in 6:22.75, while Lucas Wickham took the 100 Breaststroke in 1:12.47 and was on those two winning relays.

The victory was the second for the Senecas in two tries. They return to action Thursday at Lansing.

The race results:

200 Medley Relay: WG Doppel, Wickham, Fitch, DeBolt 1:50.47
200-Yard Freestyle: WG Matt Doppel 1:56.87
200-Yard IM: WG Liam Fitch 2:28.12
50-Yard Freestyle: WG Aidan DeBolt 24.19
100-Yard Butterfly: WG Liam Fitch 1:06.07
100-Yard Freestyle: WG Aidan DeBolt 53.83
500-Yard Freestyle: WG Shawn Rutledge 6:22.75
200-Yard Free Relay: SC Winters, Lauster, Hastings, Potter 1:50.10
100-Yard Backstroke: WG Matt Doppel 53.69 (School record / State Qualifying time)
100-Yard Breaststroke: WG Lucas Wickham 1:12.47
400-Yard Free Relay: WG Fitch, Doppel, Wickham, DeBolt 3:58.32

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Matt Doppel is congratulated by his coach, Len DeBolt, after qualifying for States in the 100 Backstroke.

Second: The Senecas' Lucas Wickham on the way to first place in the 100 Breaststroke.

Third: Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge en route to first place in the 500 Freestyle

Fourth: .The Senecas' Aidan DeBolt is all smiles after winning the 100 Free.

Watkins Glen's Liam Fitch competes in the 100 Fly, which he won.

Watkins boys top NV in season opener

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 17 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team -- with four players in double figures -- opened its season Tuesday night with a 58-31 victory over Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the NV gym.

The Senecas raced out to a 17-5 first-quarter lead, and were up 30-14 at halftime and 49-18 entering the final period.

Reaching double figures in scoring were Colin Gates (13 points), Matt Estes (12), Keith Rekczis (11) and Justin Kelly (11). Also scoring for Watkins were Joe Palumbo (4 points), Luke Flahive (4), Justin Duane (2) and Michael Taylor (1). Flahive also dished out 10 assists, grabbed 4 rebounds and had 4 steals. Palumbo led in rebounds with 6, while Rekczis had 5 and Gates 4.

The Senecas return to action Friday at Waverly.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Newark Valley 41-40 in overtime. Alex Gibson led the Senecas with 10 points, while Michael Doane scored 9, Max Schimizzi 8 and Jacob Lokken 8.

Left: Watkins Glen's Madison Gates moves toward the basket. Right: Madison Myers shoots. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Glen girls top Newark Valley, go to 2-0

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 17 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team raced out to a 19-4 first-quarter lead Tuesday night on the way to a 36-19 victory over Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Watkins Glen small gym.

Amanda Pike led the Senecas with 13 points as they improved their mark to 2-0 heading into a contest Friday against Waverly in the newly renovated Field House gym. The floor there had to be replaced after being flooded in the fall, and is expected to be ready for Friday's tipoff.

Watkins Glen, after its fast start against NV, led 25-12 at halftime and 36-14 after three periods. It failed to score in the final quarter.

Scoring in addition to Pike (who also had 4 rebounds, 2 steals and a block) were:

-- Katherine Meehan (6 points with 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals);
-- Madison Gates (5 points with 3 rebounds and a steal);
-- Madison Myers (3 points with 3 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal);
-- Allison Teed (3 points with 2 steals, 1 rebound and 1 block);
-- Halle Phillips, Tamijah Lawton-Stone and Clara Chedzoy (2 points each.).

Lawton-Stone also had 4 rebounds, as did Amanda Cherock. The team converted 10 of 14 free throws, including Pike's 4-for-4.

Newark Valley was led by Hannah Luszczek, who scored 8 points.

"The girls came ready to play tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "Everyone contributed and played great as a team."

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Newark Valley 33-19. Danielle Leszyk and Mikenna Ayers scored 8 points each for the Senecas, while Ryanna LaMoreaux added 7.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Katherine Meehan (top) and Clara Chedzoy (bottom) battle Newark Valley players for the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Allison Teed drives past a Newark Valley defender. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike wins the tipoff. (Photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins' Mikenna Ayers puts up a shot. Right: The Senecas' Ryanna LaMoreaux.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

Bowling: O-M boys win 1st; girls lose

WATKINS, Dec. 17 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity bowling team posted its first victory of the year Tuesday, defeating an outmanned Marathon squad 4-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Johnny's Lanes.

Alex Grady led O-M with a 572 series that included a 265 game, while Frank Wood posted a 518 that included a 225 game. The team totaled 2329 (including a 903 first game), while Marathon managed a 1313 with just three bowlers.

The Odessa girls, meanwhile, fell 4-0 to Marathon. The Indians, outpointed 1964-1500, were led by Carolyn Arias's 352 series, and a 327 by Ashley Stewart.

O-M is back in action today (Wednesday), on the road against Marathon.

Athletes of the Week: Bacon, Cocola

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 15 -- A pair of wrestlers are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week after outstanding performances at distant tournaments.

Nick Cocola earns the nod at Watkins Glen High School for his perfect 5-0 mark and his Outstanding WG Wrestler honor at an Ilion tournament against competitors from Sections II and III. He pinned all five of his opponents at 152 pounds.

Odessa-Montour's Bill Bacon earns the honor at his school after going 9-0 in the 120-pound class at the Arkport Holiday Duals. Bacon won seven competitive matches and two by forfeit. Among his wins were four pins and three technical falls.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen wrestlers Brandon Gould, Ian Chedzoy, Andrew Specht and Jon Brown; O-M wrestlers Joe Rorick and Joe Wright; Watkins Glen basketball standout Madison Gates; O-M basketball standouts Nakiaha Robinson, Hailie Searles and Bryce Elliott; Watkins Glen bowler Samantha Bradley; and Watkins Glen track's Isobel Scheffey and Patrick Hazlitt.

Honorable Mention: Another 16 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each school.

The Watkins Glen varsity wrestling team poses at Ilion. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen wrestlers do well at Ilion; Cocola gets nod as team's top performer

ILION, Dec. 14 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team excelled Saturday at a six-team meet at Central Valley Academy in Ilion, tying for second place with a 3-2 mark against teams from Sections II and III.

According to Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson, his Senecas "traveled deep into Section III for a tough dual-meet tournament hosted by Central Valley Academy in Ilion, NY. The Senecas competed against five tough teams."

Watkins opened by defeating Greenville (Section II) 66-11, and then outpointed Hannibal (Section III) 56-22. In their third competition, the Senecas topped Cobleskill-Richmondville (Section II), 43-39.

The first loss for Watkins Glen came against the host team, Central Valley (Section III), which defeated the Senecas 48-39.

Then, in their final matchup, Watkins Glen faced Hadley-Luzerene-Lake George (Section II). "The match," said Watson, "was tied at the completion with a score of 42-42. The loss for Watkins Glen came down to a criteria decision based on the total number of first points scored in each of the individual matches."

Individual performances for the Senecas included a 4-1 mark by Jon Brown at 145 pounds. . “Jon just keeps getting better each time he steps on the mat,” said Watson.

In addition, Brandon Gould (126) ended up 5-0 along with Ian Chedzoy (182), Andrew Specht (138) and Nick Cocola (152). Both Specht and Cocola pinned each of their opponents.

At the end of the tournament, each coach chose an outstanding wrestler from their squad.

“This was a tough decision for us since we had so many great individual performances,” said Watson. "The coaches could have selected any of the undefeated wrestlers or even honored more than one, but to avoid the 'everyone gets a trophy' mentality, the coaching staff chose Cocola. Nick had an outstanding day with five wins, five pins, and not one point scored on him all day.”

The Watkins Glen junior varsity team also competed on Saturday -- at the Gary Cosgrove JV tournament hosted by Thomas A. Edison High School in Elmira Heights.

The Senecas had five champions at the event: Charlie Wright (145 pounds), Austin Dalrymple (152), Tyler Berry (160), Casey Falls (182), and Cole Saunders (285).

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen wrestler Nick Cocola, selected as the team's outstanding wrestler at the Ilion tournament. (Photo provided)

Bottom: The JV team poses after the TAE tournament. (Photo provided)

O-M wrestlers tie for 8th at Arkport

ARKPORT, Dec. 14 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team won two of nine matches Friday and Saturday to finish in a tie for 8th place in the 12-team Arkport Holiday Duals wrestling tournament at Arkport High School.

Rush-Henrietta won the tourney with a 9-0 record, while Hornell was second at 8-1 and Alfred-Almond and Avon tied for third at 6-3. Then came East Rochester and Geneseo (each 4-5), Wayland-Cohocton (3-6), O-M, Arkport and Fillmore (each 2-7), and Caledonia-Mumford and Livonia (both 1-8).

O-M lost to Rush-Henrietta 70-9, Cal-Mumford 31-28, Hornell 48-22, Avon 54-33, Fillmore 37-36, Geneseo 42-36, and Wayland Cohocton 48-19. The Indians defeated Arkport 40-30 and Livonia 42-33.

Standouts for Odessa included Bill Bacon (120 pounds) and Joe Rorick (126), each of whom was unbeaten at 9-0 -- Bacon winning seven competitive matches and two by forfeit, and Rorick winning five competitive matches and four by forfeit.

Joe Wright (220) lost just once, going 8-1 with four competitive wins and four by forfeit. Also posting winning records were Ian Hradisky at 6-3 and Shawn Minnier at 5-4.

Watkins' Elizabeth Reed, left, and Samantha Bradley cringe after each left a single pin standing.

Bowling: Watkins girls win, boys lose

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 13 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team rolled to a 4-0 victory Saturday over an outmanned Union Springs team in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Johnny's Lanes.

Samantha Bradley led the Senecas with a 557 series as they posted a 2357 total to an 869 by Union Springs, which had just three bowlers. Other scores for Watkins Glen included a 473 by Liz Mason, a 459 by Dakota Evans, a 456 by Lucy Craig, and a 412 by Elizabeth Reed.

The Watkins boys fell 4-0 to Union Springs, which outscored the Senecas 2846-1909. Rees Avery and Steven Bradley led the Senecas with identical totals of 407, while Joe LaTorre posted a 380, Conlin Wysocki 367 and Casen Weeden 348.

The Senecas return to action Jan. 6 at Candor.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Casen Weeden sends the ball on its way in Saturday's match.

Glen runners compete at IC invitational

ITHACA, Dec. 13 -- Watkins Glen varsity Indoor Track athletes opened their competitive season Saturday at the Ithaca Bomber Invitational at Ithaca College, which saw high school athletes from around the region in action.

Among Top 20 finishers for Watkins Glen were:

Girls:

3000 Meter Run -- Taylor Kennard, 19th place in 12:07.54.
1500 Meter Run -- Brooke Shaffer, 13th place in 5:35.43.

Plus: While not finishing in the top 20 in the 55 Meter Dash, Isobel Scheffey set a new school record of 8.22.

Boys:

1600 Meter Run -- Patrick Hazlitt, 12th place in 4:52.99.
600 Meter Run -- Patrick Hazlitt, 17th place in 1:38.52.

Left: O-M's Nakiaha Robinson is fouled as she drives to the hoop.
Right: Odessa's Olivia Grover takes aim at the basket.

O-M girls top NV, 50-37

Indians improve to 3-0; Robinson nets 18, Searles 15

ODESSA, Dec. 12 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team rode a 17-2 first-quarter run and a 38-15 halftime lead to a 50-37 victory Friday night over Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The win lifted the Indians' season mark to 3-0 heading into a game Wednesday night at Elmira Notre Dame.

Freshman Nakiaha Robinson led Odessa with 18 points and 8 steals, while senior Hailie Searles scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Robinson keyed the first-half onslaught with 16 points as the Indians pressed, trapped and ball-hawked their way to a 27-point first quarter and a dominant lead at intermission.

Also scoring for O-M were Gillian Clark (6 points on a pair of 3-pointers), Addi Rhodes (6 points), Callie Stillman (3 points), and Olivia Grover (2 points with 5 rebounds and 4 blocks). The team was 7-for-12 from the free-throw line.

Hannah Luszczek led Newark Valley with 14 points, while Katie Jobson scored 8. The team converted 5 of 8 free throws.

"We had a really sharp first quarter," O-M Coach Greg Gavich said of his squad's early 27-12 advantage. "We wanted to come out and play well in our home opener and we did a great job of that and played pretty solid basketball for three quarters."

Newark Valley, down 50-19 in the third quarter, scored the final 18 points.

"We are ahead of where I thought we would be at this point," said Gavich, "but we still have a long way to go." The upcoming game at Notre Dame, he noted, "will be a test for us."

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour improved to 2-1 with a 37-26 victory over Newark Valley.

Photo in text: O-M's Hailie Searles puts up a shot in heavy traffic. She scored on the play.

Left: O-M's Callie Stillman passes the ball. Right: Odessa's Kailie Thomas.

From left: O-M's Nikki Crout, Gillian Clark and Addi Rhodes.

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Kennedey Heichel. Right: Odessa's Alexis Saunders drives to the hoop.

Glen girls open with victory

Top Tioga 35-18; Gates has double double

TIOGA CENTER, Dec. 12 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by Madison Gates' 12 points and 14 rebounds -- defeated Tioga 35-18 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference season opener in the Tioga gym.

The Senecas raced to an 11-3 first-quarter lead and were up 21-7 at halftime and 29-10 after three periods.

Scoring in addition to Gates were Amanda Pike (7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists), Katherine Meehan (4 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist), Halle Phillips (4 points and 1 rebound), Maggie Bond (2 points and 4 rebounds), Allison Teed (2 points and 2 rebounds), Amanda Cherock (2 points and 2 rebounds), and Clara Chedzoy (2 points and 3 rebounds).

"I was very pleased with how the girls played tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn, adding: "Gates did a great job on the boards and ended with a double double."

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost 42-30 to Tioga. Ryanna LaMoreaux had 6 points and 10 rebounds for the Senecas.

O-M boys fall to Newark Valley, 65-46

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 12 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team sustained its first loss of the season Friday when it dropped a 65-46 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the NV gym.

The defeat left Odessa with a 3-1 record heading into a game Wednesday night at home against Elmira Notre Dame.

Newark Valley led the Indians 16-8 after one period, 35-15 at halftime, and 54-36 entering the final quarter.

Bryce Elliott led O-M in scoring with 17 points. Cody Daugherty added 12 points and Joel Kelly had 8.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Newark Valley 57-29 to fall to 1-1.

Bowling: O-M boys, girls fall to Candor

OWEGO, Dec. 12 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams dropped 4-0 decisions Friday to Candor in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Owego Bowl.

The boys dropped games of 699-651, 828-673 and 810-712 as Candor won total pinfall 2337-2036. Alex Grady led O-M with a 460 series, while Trenton Randall rolled a 458.

The Odessa girls lost their games by scores of 674-477, 584-478 and 639-561 as Candor took total pinfall 1897-1516. Heavyn Arias led O-M with a 323 series, while Ashley Stewart posted a 315.

O-M returns to action Tuesday at home against Marathon.

Athletes of Week: Clark, Doppel, Gould

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 8 -- A basketball player, a wrestler and a swimmer are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

From Odessa-Montour, Gillian Clark is the pick for two outstanding performances as the girls varsity basketball team opened the season with a pair of wins. Clark's two-game total: 35 points and 16 rebounds.

From Watkins Glen, swimmer Matt Doppel and wrestler Brandon Gould get the nod, Doppel for setting an O-M pool record in the 100 Backstroke as the Senecas defeated Odessa, and Gould for going unbeaten in nine matches at a Horseheads wrestling tournament.

Double Honorable: O-M basketball's Joel Kelly, Cody Daugherty and Nakiaha Robinson, Odessa swimmer Alec Betts, Watkins Glen wrestlers Ian Chedzoy and Josh Burge, Watkins bowlers Lucy Craig and Samantha Bradley, Watkins swimmer Aidan DeBolt, and O-M wrestlers Andrew Hartford, Shawn Minnier, Billy Bacon, Joe Rorick and Jeremiah Holley.

Honorable Mention: Another 25 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each school.

Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould (top) on the way to one of his nine victories.
(Photo by Maria Jose Chacon)

Glen wrestlers 4th at H'heads tourney

HORSEHEADS, Dec. 7 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team placed fourth Friday and Saturday in the 10-team Mark Stephens Classic tournament hosted by Horseheads High School.

The tournament brought together competition from Sections 3, 4, 5, and 10. The Senecas finished with a 6-3 record and just shy of third place.

Watkins Glen match scores:

--Lost 48-22 to Camden
--Won 55-26 over Maine-Endwell
--Lost 62-24 to Warsaw
--Won 44-33 over Wayne
--Won 57-27 over Corning
--Won 45-29 over Horseheads
--Lost 45-36 to Johnson City
--Won 42-25 over Gouverneur
--Won 69-6 over Bath

Individual Records:

Brandon Gould -- 9-0 (126). Defeated three state qualifiers from 2014 NYS tournament; only one point scored on him all weekend.
Ian Chedzoy -- 8-1 (170)
Josh Burge -- 8-1 (182). Only loss was due to an injury default.
Jon Brown -- 7-2 (145).
Nick Cocola -- 7-2 (152)
Colton Arcangeli -- 7-2 (285).
Kurtis Edwards -- 7-2 (195)

"The whole team showed it is a very competitive squad this year," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson.

"At 138, Andrew Specht shared the weight class with Bradley Eslick and had some important wins for the Senecas against Horseheads, Wayne, and Corning. Caleb Smith (99) and Dustin Goltry (220) both had wins for the team and have been showing huge improvements since last season. At 160, two guys to watch this season are Dean Laughlin and Tim Carnes. Both recorded victories as they shared the weight class throughout the tournament."

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Dryden.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Ian Chedzoy en route to an 8-1 mark. (Photo by Maria Jose Chacon)

O-M girls top Groton, improve to 2-0

GROTON, Dec. 5 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Gillian Clark's 16 points and Nakiaha Robinson's 15 -- defeated Groton 44-27 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Groton gym.

The victory lifted O-M to 2-0 heading into a game at Notre Dame Tuesday. It's the first time the Indians have been 2-0 in four years.

Odessa built a 19-7 lead in the first quarter and was up 28-14 at the half.

In addition to Clark -- who had five 3-pointers and 8 rebounds -- and Robinson, who also notched 8 steals, Odessa got points from Addi Rhodes (7), Hailie Searles (4, along with 12 rebounds), and Olivia Grover (2, along with 9 rebounds). Callie Stillman had 6 assists.

"We had a great start tonight, and then were kind of sloppy in the middle quarters," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "In the final five minutes they got within 9 points, but Callie had two big assists -- on a Gillian 3-pointer and a Hailie layup -- to put them away."

Junior Varsity: O-M lost 27-24.

Left: Odessa's Joel Kelly moves the ball upcourt. Right: O-M's Zach Pyhtila shoots.

O-M boys hold off Groton

Win 64-60 to improve to 3-0

ODESSA, Dec. 5 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team -- led by 19 points each from Cody Daugherty and Joel Kelly -- held off a fourth-quarter Groton comeback Friday night to post a 64-60 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory in the O-M gym.

The win lifted Odessa's record to 3-0 heading into a game Tuesday at home against Notre Dame. O-M's first two wins came when it captured the Bradford Tip-Off Tournament championship.

Odessa, up 20-15 after one period and 36-31 at halftime, built a 54-42 advantage late in the third period before Groton rallied to pull within a single point, 58-57, with 4:29 left to play.

Odessa went ahead by three points on an R.C. Brown layup with 4:07 remaining, and the score held until Kelly added a basket with 26 seconds left to make it 62-57.

A pair of Daugherty free throws on a one-and-one with 8.2 seconds left increased the lead to seven at 64-57, and Groton answered with a 3-pointer with a couple of ticks left on the clock for the final four-point margin.

Scoring for O-M in addition to Daugherty and Kelly were Chris Foote (8 points), Brown (5), Zach Pyhtila (3), and Dillyn McCormick and Tyler Clark (2 each). The team hit on six 3-pointers, including three by Kelly and two by Daugherty. Odessa was 6-for-11 from the foul line.

Groton had three players in double figures: Tyler Banfield with 20 points, Andrew Ferris with 17, and Canaan Bowie with 11. The team hit five threes, and was 11-for-17 from the free-throw line.

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Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour opened its season with a 51-32 victory over Groton. Zach Elliott led O-M with 16 points, while Curtis Harris scored 10, Nick Sgrecci 8, and Noah Angle 6.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Cody Daugherty glides to the basket. He scored 19 points.
Bottom left: Odessa's Tyler Clark tries to shoot in traffic.
Bottom right: O-M's Mitch Scata takes aim for a shot from the corner.

Left: O-M's Bryce Elliott passes the ball. Right: Odessa's Chris Foote puts up a shot.

Watkins' Samantha Bradley uses some body English as she tries in vain to convert a split.

Bowling: Glen girls top Tioga; boys lose

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 5 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team won 4-0 for the third straight time this season Thursday, defeating Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Johnny's Lanes.

Lucy Craig led the Senecas with a 553 series (including a 210 game) as they outscored the Lady Tigers 2429-2002. Dakota Evans added a 497 series, while Samantha Bradley posted a 463, Elizabeth Reed a 450, and Liz Mason a 449.

"It was another good team effort," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "Lucy came up big today, and Dakota was solid as well. I'm very pleased with how well the team is bowling this early in the season. When they put everything together and all show up at the same time, it is going to be fun to watch."

The Watkins Glen boys, meanwhile, fell 4-0 to Tioga while being outpointed 2727-2146. Wyatt Brower led the Senecas with a 445 series, while Conlin Wysocki rolled a 432 and Joe LaTorre a 430.

"We had some good individual games," Coach Brower said of the boys team. "With maturity and consistency, they will surprise some teams as the season goes on."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Wyatt Brower delivers the ball.

Odessa-Montour bowlers fall to Waverly

WAVERLY, Dec. 5 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams dropped 4-0 decisions to Waverly Thursday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at the Valley Bowling Center.

The O-M boys were outscored by Waverly 3169-2147. Trenton Randall led the Indians with a 489 series, while Frank Wood posted a 486 and David Morrell a 433.

The Odessa girls fell 2871-1588. Ashley Stewart led the Indians with a 361, while Britney Visscher registered a 335.

The O-M squads, both winless through three matches, return to action next Wednesday at Cortland against Marathon.

From left: Watkins Glen's Katherine Meehan and Amanda Pike, and JV's Taylor Kelly.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

Glen girls prep for opener with scrimmage

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 4 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity and junior varsity basketball teams hosted a scrimmage against Hammondsport Wednesday in the new WGHS gym, located where the old pool used to be.

The scrimmage was the Senecas' last of five this preseason. The season opener will be at home against Candor next Tuesday, Dec. 9.

Watkins Glen's Madison Myers, left, and Clara Chedzoy drive to the hoop.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

Shutter named All-American for 2nd year

DRYDEN, Dec. 2 -- Odessa-Montour graduate and Tompkins Cortland Community College sophomore soccer player Morgan Shutter has, for the second straight year, been named an All-American by the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA). He was among 22 players named to the Division III All-America second team.

Shutter is the second TC3 men's soccer player to repeat as an NJCAA All-American, following Casey Burns, honored in 1998 and 1999. He is also a two-time Region III All-Region and Mid-State Athletic Conference All-Conference selection.

He led TC3 in scoring this past season with 34 points on 16 goals and 2 assists. He finished his two years at TC3 tied for third in career points (56) and third in career goals (26).

Basketball: O-M girls open with win

CAMPBELL, Dec. 2 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Gillian Clark's 19 points and 8 rebounds -- cruised to a 55-19 victory over Campbell-Savona Tuesday night in a season-opening, non-league game.

Odessa led 15-4 after one period, and 33-7 at halftime.

"It was nice to be on this end of a score like this for a change," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich."It's evidence of the work this group has put in. It's a good way to start. We were ready to go on the opening tip, which was nice to see from such a young team."

Scoring for O-M in addition to Clark were Nakiaha Robinson (13 points, 6 steals, 5 assists), Addi Rhodes (7 points, 8 rebounds), Callie Stillman (6 points, 4 assists), Hailie Searles (5 points, 7 rebounds), and Olivia Grover (5 points, 6 rebounds).

The Indians return to action Friday at Groton, and then visit Notre Dame on Tuesday.

Junior Varsity: O-M won 35-15. Alexis Saunders led Odessa with 14 points.

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

Swimming: Glen edges O-M

Watkins' Doppel sets pool record in 100 Backstroke

ODESSA, Dec. 2 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team -- led by four wins each by Matt Doppel and Aidan DeBolt, and a pool-record-setting victory by Doppel in the 100 Backstroke -- turned back Odessa-Montour 51-43 Tuesday in a season-opening Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Doppel posted a 55.02 in the Back, breaking the old pool mark of 56.65 held by Lansing's Ronan Corgel. Doppel also won the 100 Fly and was on the winning 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay squads.

DeBolt won the 200 Free and 100 Free and was on the same two winning relays.

O-M wins were posted by Anthony Humphries in the 200 IM, Charles Sidle in the 50 Free, and Alec Betts in the 500 Free and 100 Breaststroke -- the latter in which he came from behind to post a 1:19.31, edging out teammate Andy Fudala (1:19.45) and Watkins Glen's Payton Watson (1:19.92).

200 Medley Relay - OM James Terry, Andy Fudala, Billy Tague, Charles Sidle 2:00.18
200 Free - WG Aidan DeBolt 2:01.62.
200 IM - OM Anthony Humphries 2:28.39
50 Free - OM Charles Sidle 25.94 (PR)
100 Fly - WG Matt Doppel 56.79
100 Free - WG Aidan DeBolt 54.72
500 Free - OM Alec Betts 6:09.62 (PR)
200 Free Relay - WG Matt Doppel, Aaron Planty, Jacob Slater, Aidan DeBolt 1:47.97
100 Back - WG Matt Doppel 55.02 - New O-M Pool Record
100 Breast - OM Alec Betts 1:19.31
400 Free Relay - WG Liam Fitch, Aaron Planty, Aidan DeBolt, Matt Doppel 3:55.49

Second-place finishes for O-M:
--Billy Tague in the 200 Free (PR of 2:07.19) and 100 Free (PR of 56.78).
--Anthony Humphries in the 500 Free -- 6:17.39.
--Andy Fudala in the 100 Breast -- 1:19.45.
--200 Free Relay of Collin Povoski, Andy Fudala, Garrett Allen and Anthony Humphries.
--400 Free Relay of Anthony Humphries, Charles Sidle, Alec Betts and Billy Tague.

Other Odessa PRs:
James Terry in the 100 Fly 1:17.95

"The O-M guys swam a great meet tonight," said Odessa Coach Terri Brace. "We had a real shot at winning tonight and we just came up a little short in a few races. The meet was really exciting. We were tied 17-17 after the first half of the meet, then Watkins went 1-2 in the Fly to put them up 24-18. They extended their lead to 29-21 after the 100 Free, but O-M answered back with a 1-2 finish in the 500 Free, bringing us within two points, 30-28.

"Watkins came on strong in the 200 Free Relay and the 100 Back, then we came back with another 1-2 finish in the 100 Breast, leaving us behind 44-40. The meet would be decided by the last relay, and the O-M guys gave it all they had left, but ended up second in the race. They left it all in the pool, and I am very pleased with how they swam."

Added Coach Brace: "Congratulations to Matt Doppel for setting a new pool record in the 100 Backstroke!"

Photos in text:

From top: O-M's Alec Betts en route to victory in the 500; WG's Aaron Planty competes in the 400 Free Relay; WG's Liam Fitch competes in the 100 Fly; O-M's Charles Sidle in the 100 Fly.

(Photos with this article are by Susan Bleiler and Charlie Haeffner)

O-M's James Terry on the way to third place in the 100 Back.

Left: Watkins Glen divers Hannah Pulis, left, and Lexi Castellaneta -- who recently completed their season -- were on hand to cheer for the swimmers. Right: The finish of the 100 Breaststroke, won by Alec Betts (bottom). He edged out teammate Andy Fudala (top) and Watkins Glen's Payton Watson.

O-M's Anthony Humphries on the way to second place in the 500 Free.

O-M's Billy Tague en route to second place in the 100 Free.

Watkins Glen's Matt Doppel dives at start of the 100 Back. He won in a pool-record time.

Bowling: Glen girls top ND; boys fall

ELMIRA, Dec. 2 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team -- led by a 584 series by Samantha Bradley -- defeated Elmira Notre Dame 4-0 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match.

Bradley (pictured at right) rolled games of 226-200-158 to pace the Senecas to a 2429-2018 victory, their second in two outings. Elizabeth Reed bowled a 504 series, Dakota Evans a 488, and Lucy Craig a 449 for Watkins Glen.

"Sam had another good outing," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "She was one split away from her first 600 series of the season. She is bowling with confidence and patience."

Of the final game, a narrow 773-768 win for the Senecas, Brower said: "All the girls finished strong in the 10th frame to pull that one out. Dakota had the last four strikes and we won by five pins."

The Watkins boys, meanwhile, fell 4-0 to Notre Dame, dropping a 2603-2164 decision. Rees Avery led the Senecas with a 471 series, while Wyatt Brower posted a 446, Wrett Brower a 409, and Casen Weeden a 397.

"The boys continue to work hard and I am happy with their improvement," said Coach Brower.

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

O-M wrestlers open with 2 victories

MORAVIA, Dec. 2 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling squad opened its season with a pair of victories Tuesday, defeating Moravia 45-33 and Groton 39-30 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference tri-meet in the Moravia gym.

"We really did well," said O-M Coach Bill Lindsley, pointing to the efforts of Andrew Hartford (two wins at 99), Collin Haag (a win against Moravia) and Jeremiah Lynch (a big win against Groton).

He also cited the two wins each by veterans Billy Bacon, Joe Rorick and Jeremiah Holley, including "a huge pin" by Holley to clinch the victory over Groton.

The results:

Odessa Montour 45, Moravia 33

138: Cody Lamphier (MCS) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
145: Jonathan. Lefever (MCS) over Jeremiah. Lynch (OMSH) (TB18-7)
152: Dalton Evener (MCS) over DJ. Morrell (OMSH) (Fall 1:11)
160: John Kuparinen (OMSH) over Alex. Lavender (MCS) (Fall 5:39)
170: Shawn Minnier (OMSH) over Nate Williams (MCS) (Fall 1:08)
182: Hunter Talbot (MCS) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
195: Joshua Campanella (MCS) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
220: Jon Smith (MCS) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
285: Ian Hradisky (OMSH) over Eric Eggleston (MCS) (Dec 3-1)
99: Andrew. Hartford (OMSH) over Casey Smith (MCS) (Fall 3:00)
106: Double Forfeit
113: Collin Haag (OMSH) over Marissa. Kuhn (MCS) (Fall 1:34)
120: Bill Bacon (OMSH) over Steven Eberhardt (MCS) (Fall 2:22)
126: Joe Rorick (OMSH) over Brady Ryan (MCS) (Fall 1:40)
132: Jeremiah Holley (OMSH) over Justin Searles (MCS) (Fall 5:12)

Odessa Montour 39, Groton 30

145: Darren Ostrander (GSH) over DJ Morrell (OMSH) (Fall 0:49)
152: Jeremiah Lynch (OMSH) over Nate Stabler (GSH) (Fall 2:10)
160: Kyle Weldon (GSH) over John Kuparinen (OMSH) (Fall 4:38)
170: Shawn Minnier (OMSH) over Daimon Shoemaker (GSH) (Fall 1:37)
182: Brock Chrismer (GSH) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
195: Double Forfeit
220: Double Forfeit
285: Ian Hradisky (OMSH) over (GSH) (Forfeit)
99: Andrew Hartford (OMSH) over Dominick Bevier (GSH) (Dec 6-4)
106: Reese Lockwood (GSH) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
113: Garrett Lockwood (GSH) over Collin Haag (OMSH) (Fall 1:44)
120: Bill Bacon (OMSH) over Lane Ostrander (GSH) (Fall 1:08)
126: Joe Rorick (OMSH) over Jacob Howell (GSH) (Fall 0:57)
132: Jeremiah Holley (OMSH) over Dione Martin (GSH) (Fall 5:33)
138: Double Forfeit

O-M's Jackie Vincent, left, celebrates a spare, while Ashley Stewart, right, gives the sign for a football field goal after placing her ball between the two pins of a split, leaving both standing.

Odessa-Montour bowlers fall to Tioga

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 2 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams lost to Tioga 4-0 Tuesday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Johnny's Lanes.

The Odessa boys fell 2585-2088. Trenton Randall led the Indians with a 470 series, while Alex Grady posted a 460.

The O-M girls lost 2019-1682. Britney Visscher led the Indians with a 353 series while Ashley Stewart rolled a 352 and Jackie Vincent a 332.

The Indians return to action Thursday at Waverly.

Photo above right: O-M's Alex Grady sends the ball on its way.

Athletes of Week: Bradley, 2 hoopsters

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 1 -- The first week of the winter high school sports season saw notable performances in boys basketball and girls bowling. Earning Odessa File Athlete of the Week honors were:

O-M basketball teammates Tyler Clark and Cody Daugherty. Clark scored 18 points in an Odessa opening-round victory in the Bradford Tip-Off Tournament, while Daugherty led the way in the title-game win with 15 points.

Watkins Glen bowler Samantha Bradley. She led her team to a season-opening 4-0 victory over Lansing with a 579 series built on games of 190-192-197.

Honorable Mention: Another 11 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that will help determine seasonal all-stars and, ultimately, an Odessa File Athlete of the Year at each school.

O-M boys take Bradford Tourney title

BRADFORD, Nov. 29 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team defeated Scio in overtime Saturday in the championship game of the Bradford Tip-Off Tournament.

The Indians, behind Cody Daugherty's 15 points, posted a 54-49 decision that followed a 51-41 season-opening, first-round victory Friday over Avoca. Tyler Clark led the Indians in the opener with 18 points

O-M was in the tourney in place of the host school's team, Coach Brad Clark said, because Bradford fielded squads only in the boys and girls Junior Varsity portions of the tourney.

In Friday's opener, Odessa pulled away from a 22-22 halftime deadlock with a third quarter led by Clark, who scored seven points in the period. Eight other O-M players scored in the game: Joel Kelly and R.C. Brown (6 points each), Daugherty (5), Mitchell Scata and Chris Foote (4 each), Chad Sykes and Bryce Elliott (3 each) and Zach Pyhtila (2).

In Saturday's game, O-M was up by 2 points in regulation with 3 seconds left when Pyhtila sank one of two free throws to increase the advantage to 3 points. Bradford's Trevor Claypool then tied the game at the buzzer with a 3-pointer from beyond the arc "with four players draped on him," said Coach Clark.

But Odessa recovered to pull away in overtime.

Joining Daugherty in double figures Saturday was Kelly with 10 points. Elliott added 9, Clark and Brown 6 apiece, Scata 4, and Pyhtila 1.

The 2-0 Indians return to action Friday at home against Groton in their first Interscholastic Athletic Conference contest of the season.

Watkins Glen's Justin Duane (left) and Keith Rekczis. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Basketball scrimmage

The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team scrimmaged Wednesday at Horseheads High School in preparation for the upcoming season. The Senecas open on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at Candor, their first of three straight road games. Their first home game will be against Tioga in the opening round of the Holiday Tournament in the WGHS Field House on Jan. 2. Don Romeo provided the accompanying photos from the scrimmage.

Watkins Glen's Luke Flahive (left) and Matt Estes. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Steven Bradley registers a strike en route to a 523 series.

Bowling: Watkins girls win, boys lose

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 26 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team opened its season on a winning note Tuesday, defeating Lansing 4-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Johnny's Lanes.

The Watkins boys, meanwhile, fell 4-0 to Lansing.

Samantha Bradley led the girls with a 190-192-197-579 series as they outpointed the Ladycats 2497-1609. Liz Mason added a 498, Elizabeth Reed 475, Lucy Craig 473, Dakota Evans 472, and Nikole VanDyke 318.

"All of the girls turned in some impressive scores for this early in the year," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower, "especially coming off a week-long senior trip. Samantha has been rock solid on this team for years, and she really shined today. It looks like they all picked up where they left off last year."

The Watkins boys, in losing 2648-2198, were led by Steven Bradley's 523. Other scores: Wyatt Brower 463, Wrett Brower 438, Nathaniel Rose 368, Casen Weeden 361, and Conlin Wysocki 340.

"I'm real happy with the way our boys bowled against not only one of the best teams in the IAC, but in all of Section IV, Class C," said Coach Brower. "Steven Bradley picked up where he left off last year as our top bowler."

The boys squad, Brower noted, is quite young -- with not one bowler above the 9th grade.

*****

Photos in text:

Top: The Senecas' Samantha Bradley tries to coax a 7-pin to fall, but without success.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Liz Mason stops short of the foul line on her approach, holding on to the ball. She regrouped and delivered the ball on the way to a 498 series.

Left: The Senecas' Casen Weeden reacts after notching a strike.
Right:
Dakoa Evans reacts after almost converting a 6-7-10 split.

Watkins Glen's Elizabeth Reed is left with a 4-6-7-10 split.

Odessa bowlers fall to Groton

GROTON, Nov. 26 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams lost season-opening matches Tuesday, each falling 4-0 to Groton in Interscholastic Athletic Conference road matches.

The O-M boys fell to Groton 2480-2019. Leading Odessa was Trenton Randall with a 458 series, and Alex Grady with a 456.

The Odessa girls were outpointed 1891-1538. They were led by Carolyn Arias with a 361 series, and Heavyn Arias with a 340.

From left: Watkins' Amanda Pike, Madison Gates, Allison Teed and Mariah Gonzalez.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls scrimmage at Dundee

DUNDEE, Nov. 25 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team continued preparations for the upcoming season Tuesday when it scrimmaged at Dundee High School.

The Senecas, who earlier in the pre-season scrimmaged at home against Dryden and at South Seneca, are scheduled to scrimmage Saturday at home against Southern Cayuga and at home Wednesday, Dec. 3 against Hammondsport.

The season opens at home in the new gym (where the old pool used to be) against Candor on Tuesday, December 9.

Photo above right: Watkins Glen's Halle Phillips moves the ball upcourt past a Dundee defender and teammate Mariah Gonzalez (left). (Photo by Don Romeo)

Lexi places 25th at States, barely misses 2nd round

ITHACA, Nov. 22 -- In the end, less than a point separated Watkins Glen High School freshman Lexi Castellaneta from the second round at Friday night's New York State Public High School Athletic Association Diving Championship at Ithaca College.

The event, part of a weekend of State Meet swimming and diving, proved a marathon, starting later than expected (5:37 p.m.) and delayed during the fifth round of dives when one of the girls hit her head on the board. She was carefully lifted from the water and eventually carried out on a stretcher for a medical exam.

The other divers, taken aside and encouraged by a meet official, were then provided with a warm-up period before competition resumed with the 10th diver of that fifth round. When the last of the 57 divers completed that round, the field was cut to the best 24 scores. Castellaneta was 25th with 197.85 points. The 24th spot was taken by a diver with a total of 198.40 points.

But Lexi seemed unperturbed. She merely shrugged and smiled when she spotted a reporter. And her coach, Kim Suddaby, was effusive in her praise.

"She did extremely well," said Suddaby. "She started strong, stayed focused, and just concentrated on her dives, not on where she was. She's never intimidated."

The coach said she and Lexi are already looking ahead to next year. "I'm psyched," Suddaby said. "I've told her what she's going to be working on ... which new dives. But she doesn't want to talk about it tonight. She's a little tired."

It was, by that point, past 9:30 p.m., with the second round about to start. Those divers who had survived to that point faced three dives each before a second cut to 20 divers took place. Then the final 20 would complete the competition with three more rounds. It was going to be a very late night for them.

For the record, Lexi was in 20th place after the first round, posting a score of 37.40. She slid to 35th after a second-round dive of 34 points left her with 71.40 points, and held that position with a third-round dive good for 38.75 points and a total of 110.15. She climbed back to 28th place with a fourth-round dive of 43.70 points, and made it to 25th place on a final-round dive of 44 points.

Photos in text:

Top: Lexi takes off on her fourth dive.
Bottom: Lexi (left) with her coach, Kim Suddaby (facing away from camera) and Kim's daughter Lindsey, a former Watkins Glen diver who now competes in that sport at Ithaca College.

Left: Watkins Glen School Superintendent Tom Phillips visits with Lexi and Coach Kim Suddaby during a break in Friday night's competition. Right: Lexi on her first dive.

Schuyler Fall MVP: Lexi

Freshman diver makes her mark, topping Section IV

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 11 -- She is athletically gifted. She is always focused on the task at hand. And she is usually successful.doing what she loves -- diving for the Watkins Glen High School swim team.

She has been outstanding, really -- for she has achieved pool and school records, claimed both IAC and Section IV titles, and qualified for the State Meet ... all as a WGHS freshman.

She is Alexis "Lexi" Castellaneta, and she is, quite simply, The Odessa File's Schuyler Fall MVP -- chosen for the honor from among a crop of talented athletes at WGHS and Odessa-Montour High School.

To see Lexi compete is to see a concentration ... a focus that goes well with a talent honed by a gymnastic background -- a background that has now carried her over to the diving board. In her first year of varsity diving, in 8th grade, she came on fast, working past early struggles natural in the adaptation process, winning the IAC crown and challenging for the Section IV, Class C title.

This year, in the wake of those pool and school records, she cruised to the IAC crown. Then she easily surpassed the State Qualifying point total at Sectionals, topping a field of not just Class C divers, but Class B as well. She is set next to compete in the State Meet, Nov. 21 at Ithaca College.

Beyond winning consistently, Lexi has served as a great role model for another up-and-coming diver, Watkins Glen 8th grader Hannah Pulis, and is almost maternal with divers from other teams, encouraging them when they are struggling.

Record setter, role model, champion. A pretty impressive freshman year.

Odessa File
All-Schuyler Fall All-Star Team

First Team

Lexi Castellaneta, Watkins Glen diving (Schuyler Fall MVP)
Keith Rekczis, Watkins Glen football
Jon Brown, Watkins Glen football
Ian Chedzoy, Watkins Glen football
Sage Garrison, Odessa-Montour soccer
Hailie Searles, Odessa-Montour soccer
Collin Povoski, Odessa-Montour soccer
Amanda Pike, Watkins Glen volleyball
Jonas Recker, Watkins Glen soccer
Patrick Hazlitt, Watkins Glen cross country
Shawn Rutledge, Watkins Glen cross country
Cambria Weeden, Watkins Glen cross country
Taylor Kennard, Watkins Glen cross country
Victoria Wixson, Watkins Glen swimming
Katherine Meehan, Watkins Glen swimming
Emma Allington, Watkins Glen swimming

Second Team

Emelia Paulisczak, Odessa-Montour swimming
Tori Reese, Odessa-Montour swimming
Syria Tague, Odessa-Montour swimming
Madison Gates, Watkins Glen soccer
Alyssa Crout, Odessa-Montour volleyball
Mikayla Elliott, Watkins Glen volleyball
Amanda Cherock, Watkins Glen volleyball
April Dunn, Odessa-Montour soccer
Callie Stillman, Odessa-Montour soccer
McKennah Lott, Odessa-Montour soccer
Joe Rorick, Odessa-Montour soccer
Andy Fudala, Odessa-Montour soccer
Bryce de la osa Cruz, Watkins Glen football
Colton Arcangeli, Watkins Glen football
Brooke Shaffer, Watkins Glen cross country
Kai Sutterby, Watkins Glen cross country
Justin Duane, Watkins Glen soccer
Luke Flahive, Watkins Glen soccer
Simon Wigmore, Watkins Glen soccer

Third Team

Maddy Ross, Watkins Glen swimming
Liza Carnes, Watkins Glen swimming
Bridgette Guild, Watkins Glen swimming
Peighton Cervoni, Watkins Glen swimming
Hannah Pulis, Watkins Glen diving
Gillian Clark, Odessa-Montour soccer
Britney Visscher, Odessa-Montour soccer
Billy Bacon, Odessa-Montour soccer
Joel Kelly, Odessa-Montour soccer
Cody Daugherty, Odessa-Montour soccer
Noah Bruno, Odessa-Montour soccer
Luke Eberhardt, Odessa-Montour soccer
Madison Myers, Watkins Glen soccer
Justine Hulbert, Watkins Glen soccer
Allison Teed, Watkins Glen soccer
Alexandria Gardner, Watkins Glen soccer
Bernadette Osbourne, Watkins Glen soccer
Taylor Yaw, Watkins Glen soccer
Max Gardner, Watkins Glen soccer
Maya Palumbo, Watkins Glen volleyball
Gabby LaRosa, Watkins Glen volleyball
Jordan Shea, Watkins Glen football
Jacob Carocci, Watkins Glen cross country
Maggie Bond, Watkins Glen cross country
Julia Reilly, Watkins Glen cross country

Honorable Mention

Makenna Fraboni, Watkins Glen soccer
Kiersten Stiles, Watkins Glen soccer
Isobel Scheffey, Watkins Glen soccer
Hannah Morse, Watkins Glen soccer
Lucas Wickham, Watkins Glen soccer
Parker Pangallo, Watkins Glen soccer
John Evanitsky, Watkins Glen soccer
Matt Estes, Watkins Glen soccer
James Updyke, Watkins Glen soccer
Kennedey Heichel, Odessa-Montour soccer
Addi Rhodes, Odessa-Montour soccer
Dana Roberts, Odessa-Montour soccer
Tyler Clark, Odessa-Montour soccer
Ryan Marsh, Odessa-Montour soccer
Megan McMinds, Watkins Glen volleyball
Mariah Gonzalez, Watkins Glen volleyball
Kurtis Edwards, Watkins Glen football
Jordan Rappleye, Watkins Glen football
Justin Kelly, Watkins Glen football
Dean Laughlin, Watkins Glen football
Joe DeSantis, Watkins Glen football
Thomas Schmitt, Watkins Glen football
R.C. Brown, Odessa-Montour football
Clara Chedzoy, Watkins Glen cross country
Brandon Pike, Watkins Glen cross country
Gabe Planty, Watkins Glen cross country
Sara Gardner, Watkins Glen swimming
Halle Phillips, Watkins Glen swimming
Lovona Carrigan, Odessa-Montour swimming
Emma Raymond, Odessa-Montour swimming
Alexis Austin, Odessa-Montour volleyball
Vicky Ayers, Odessa-Montour volleyball

Watkins Glen's Amanda Cherock controls the ball as a Dryden player hits the floor.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls host Dryden in scrimmage

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 15 -- The winter high school sports season is fast approaching, and among the preparations are scrimmages.

The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team hosted one such gathering Saturday morning, playing Dryden in the small, new gym at the high school -- where the old pool used to be. The main gym's floor is being replaced after the old floor was damaged by standing water from a toilet valve malfunction in an adjoining locker room.

All of the Seneca players saw action Saturday as Coach Alicia Learn readied her team for the start of the season. It has another scrimmmage Thursday at South Seneca and one on Nov. 25 at Dundee, and then returns home for a pair of scrimmages on Nov. 29 and Dec. 3 leading to the season opener on Dec. 9, a home game against Candor.

Photo in text: Watkins' Madison Myers drives past a Dryden player. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Madison Gates (left) and Allison Teed (right) take aim at the basket.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

The winning team, made up of seniors and sophomores. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Seniors/sophs win powderpuff

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 14 -- The Blue Team made up of seniors and sophomores defeated the juniors and freshmen Friday night, 33-0, in the annual Watkins Glen High School Powderpuff Football Game.

The blue team dominated on a night that featured bone-chilling temperatures. The game was played on the WGHS football field.

Photo at right: Senior LynnAnn Caslin, left, tries to stop junior Denaja Blanchard (82). (Photo by Don Romeo)

 

The juniors/freshmen, in white, prepare to run a play. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Freshman Isobel Scheffey (2) is stopped as sophomore Juliana Schwartz grabs a flag from Scheffey's belt. Right: Senior Justine Hulbert (21) rounds the corner with the ball.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

IAC Exceptional Seniors

DRYDEN, Nov. 12 -- Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour High Schools were represented at the recent Interscholastic Athletic Conference Exceptional Seniors Soccer Game at Tompkins-Cortland Community College.

In the photo are (left to right) South players Justine Hulbert (Watkins Glen), Callie Stillman (Odessa-Montour), Ashley Gardner(Watkins Glen) (who went to support but did not participate in the game), Alexandria Gardner (Watkins Glen), and Hailie Searles (Odessa-Montour). The game was won by the South 4-0. (Photo provided)

Athletes of Week: Meehan, Castellaneta

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 9 -- Two members of the Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Katherine Meehan and Lexi Castellaneta are the honorees after each won a Section IV, Class C title -- Meehan in a stirring 100 Yard Breaststroke final, and Castellaneta with a State Qualifying performance in Diving.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen swimmers Emma Allington and Victoria Wixson, and Watkins Glen cross-country runners Cambria Weeden, Taylor Kennard, Brooke Shaffer, Kai Sutterby and Maggie Bond.

Honorable Mention: Another 14 athletes -- swimmers and runners -- receive a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal all-stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at the Odessa-Montour and Watkins schools.

Stamp posts shutout as Geneseo wins title

GENESEO, Nov. 9 --

Odessa-Montour graduate Allison Stamp, a four-year member of the SUNY Geneseo women's soccer team, was the goalkeeper Saturday as her team defeated Cortland 1-0 to win the 2014 State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Women's Soccer Championship.

Stamp, a senior, registered four saves as she posted her 12th shutout of the season and earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team. The winning goal by first-year forward Leah Greene came with 59 seconds left in the game.

The win clinched Geneseo's first berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament since 2009. The tourney starts Friday, Nov. 14 at sites to be announced.

Photo in text: Allison Stamp holds the SUNYAC trophy as she poses with teammates. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen's Katherine Meehan, left, stays ahead of Lansing's Grace Ferris in the final lap of the 100 Breaststroke.

Meehan churns through the water, left, and reacts after the race with a big smile.

Meehan captures Section IV 100-Yard Breaststroke title

Lansing edges Watkins Glen for Class C team crown

OWEGO, Nov. 8 -- Watkins Glen's Katherine Meehan started fast and finished strong Saturday to win the 100-Yard Breaststroke title in a WGHS school record time at the Section IV Class C Swimming Championships at Owego Free Academy.

Lansing won the tournament team title, breaking a tie with Watkins Glen in the final event. The two teams each had 305 points after Meehan's victory in the Breaststroke, the next-to-last event of the day. But Lansing won the finale, the 400 Free Relay, to claim the crown.

The Bobcats finished with 345 points to Watkins Glen's 335, with Chenango Forks third at 318. They were followed by Waverly (269), Dryden (245), Greene (187), Southern Cayuga (164), Odessa-Montour (125), and Whitney Point (4).

Meehan, who was second in Wednesday's Section IV Prelims at Lansing High School, jumped in front early in Saturday's finale, and used strong, smooth strokes down the stretch to hold off Waverly's Grace Ferris. Meehan's winning time was 1:10.04, which Watkins Glen Coach Andy Chouinard said broke a school record dating back to to 1987. Ferris finished second in 1:10.48.

After exiting the pool, Meehan was mobbed by teammates who had gathered near the diving block, screaming their encouragement during the race. Meehan, smiling widely, soon collected her prize -- the first-place medal -- during a ceremony at the awards stand.

Her victory followed a win in the Breaststroke consolation final -- and thus a 9th-place finish overall -- by teammate Kathleen Swinnerton, who lowered her Prelim time from 1:22.04 to 1:18.89. Her time Saturday was actually better than those of two swimmers in the final, but the tourney format precludes any swimmer in the consolation final from placing higher than ninth.

Other standout performances for the Senecas included a pair of second-place finishes by Victoria Wixson -- in the 200 Individual Medley (2:20.30) and the 100 Backstroke (1:03) -- and second- and fourth-place finishes, respectively, by Emma Allington in the 50 Free (25.92) and the 100 Free (57.87).

Among other Watkins finalists, Liza Carnes and Halle Phillips finished 7th and 8th, respectively, in the 200 Free; Meehan 7th in the 200 IM; Peighton Cervoni 7th in the 50 Free; and Carnes and Maddy Ross 6th and 8th respectively in the 500 Free

Consolation finalists included Ross (11th in the 200 Free), Guild (9th in the 100 Fly and 14th in the 200 Free), Sara Gardner (11th in the 50 Free and 13th in the 100 Free), Phillips (11th in the 100 Fly), Isabella Fazzary (13th in the 500 Free), Cervoni (10th in the 100 Back), and Swinnerton (9th in the 100 Breaststroke).

Watkins also finished 3rd in the 200 Medley Relay (with a squad of Wixson, Meehan, Allington and Cervoni), 4th in the 400 Free Relay (the same four), and 6th in the 200 Free Relay (Elise Allington, Phillips, Gardner and Guild).

For Odessa-Montour:

Emelia Paulisczak moved up from her 8th-place seed to take 7th in the 500 Free with a personal record (PR) of 6:10.31. She also moved up from an 11th-place seed to take 9th in the 200 Free with a PR of 2:15.19.

Tori Reese took 7th in the 100 Breaststroke with a 1:19.21, and 13th in the 100 Fly with a time of 1:18.84.

Syria Tague moved up from her 12th-place seed in the 100 Free to take 9th with a 1:02.39, and also improved her finish in the 100 Back from 11th seed to 9th in a 1:11.74.

The 200 Medley Relay of Tori Reese, McKenna Carberry, Syria Tague and Emma Raymond took 7th with a 2:16.45; the 200 Free Relay of Raymond, Emelia Paulisczak, Reese and Tague took 7th with a 1:57.50, and the 400 Free Relay of Paulisczak, Gabby Cain, Lovona Carrigan and Maddie Lodge took 8th in 4:53.16.

"The O-M girls had a very successful season, with all of the girls improving their times and gaining valuable experience which will serve them well in the years to come," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "The team is very young, with no seniors on the roster, so the future of girls swimming at O-M looks very bright."

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Emelia Paulisczak on the way to a 7th-place finish in the 500 Free.

Second: The Class C divers, who competed Friday, but received their awards Saturday. From left are Watkins Glen's Hannah Pulis (3rd place), Lexi Castellaneta (1st place with a State Qualifying score), Meghan Matheny of Lansing (2nd) and Taylor Wahlers of Greene (4th).

Third: Watkins Glen's Emma Allington with her 2nd-place medal in the 50 Free.

Fourth: O-M's Tori Reese competes in the 100 Fly consolation race. She placed 13th.

Fifth: Odessa's Syria Tague on the way to first place in the consolation finals, giving her a 9th-place finish overall.

O-M's Emma Raymond dives at start of the 200 Free Relay.

Watkins Glen's Victoria Wixson (center) dives at start of the 100 Backstroke. She finished second to Lansing's Paige Kieper (left), who posted a 1:02.63 to Wixson's 1:03.00.

Watkins Glen's Emma Allington en route to 4th place in the 100 Free.

From left, Watkins Glen's Lucy Craig, Victoria Wixson and Halle Phillips lead the team in a cheer before the start of Saturday's competition.

Watkins Glen's Liza Carnes competes in the 200 Free. She placed 7th.

Left: Watkins Glen's Kathleen Swinnerton after winning the consolation finals of the 100 Breaststroke, giving her a 9th-place finish. Right: The Senecas' Maddy Ross competes in the 500 Free, where she finished 8th.

Watkins Glen's Sara Gardner on the way to 13th place in the 100 Free.

The Watkins Glen girls cross-country team poses behind a State Meet sign at Saturday's meet. From left are Aran Holland, Cambria Weeden, Kai Sutterby, Brooke Shaffer, Taylor Kennard, Maggie Bond, Clara Chedzoy and Julia Reilly. (Photo provided)

Glen girls 6th at State meet

CANTON, Nov. 8 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity cross-country team finished in 6th place Saturday at the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Class C race at SUNY Canton.

The Senecas, who prognosticators on two websites had foreseen placing 9th, did far better than that, led by a close bunching of five runners in a field of 127 competitors on a 3.1-mile course. There were 11 teams in the race.

Cambria Weeden led the Senecas, placing 71st with a 21:36. She was followed by teammates Taylor Kennard (72nd in 21:40), Brooke Shaffer (74th in 21:41), Kai Sutterby (81st in 21:48.7), Maggie Bond (82nd in 21:48.9), Julia Reilly (99th in 22:24), and Clara Chedzoy (112th in 23:13).

East Aurora took the team title with 51 points, just ahead of Bronxville (54). Watkins Glen was four spots back from there with 195 points. Top runner for the race: East Aurora's Sophia Tasselmyer in 19:07.

"I'm very proud of the girls," said Coach John Fazzry of their 6th-place finish. "They jumped up a few spots from what the so-called experts predicted."

Noting that the Watkins girls placed 7th last year in Class D at States, he added this: "This capped off the whole season -- the IAC championship, the Section IV crown ... Just real kudos to them."

Boys Race:

In the boys' Class C race, Watkins Glen standout Patrick Hazlitt -- who qualified at Sectionals -- finished 48th among 132 runners with a time of 17:30. East Aurora also won this race, and had the top runner in Kenny Vasbinder, who posted a time of 15:54.

Photo in text: Members of the Watkins Glen girls cross-country team create the figure 6, reflecting their finish at the state tournament. (Photo provided)

From left at States: Watkins Glen runners Taylor Kennard, Brooke Shaffer and Julia Reilly. (Photos by Gary Herzig)

Lexi Castellaneta soars during one of her 11 dives. She amassed 456.15 points, well above the State Qualifying level of 409.55.

Lexi wins Section IV title, qualifies for State Tournament

Sets WGHS record with 456.15 points; Pulis 3rd with 327.65

OWEGO, Nov. 7 -- When Watkins Glen High School freshman Lexi Castellaneta had completed her next-to-last of 11 dives at Friday's Section IV Diving Finals, she knew she was close to qualifying for States.

She had been "killing it," as her coach, Kim Suddaby, put it, and in the process has amassed 404.90 points, just 4.65 points shy of the magic number of 409.55 needed to advance to the State Swimming and Diving Championships on November 21 at Ithaca College.

"I saw her check the board, and when she saw that 404 her eyes got wide," said Suddaby. "So I told her just to breathe deeply."

For her own part, Suddaby said she hadn't been nervous until that point, but in the back of her mind was a failed dive sustained by Castellaneta during the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championships the previous weekend.

That incident -- in which Lexi slipped from the board before she could initiate the dive -- hadn't kept her from winning the IAC crown, but it had torpedoed any chance she had of making the State Qualifying score that day. She ended with a point total of 369.60.

But there was to be no slip on this day, and certainly not with the qualifying mark so tantalizingly close. Lexi, on her 11th and final dive, one with a relatively high degree of difficulty -- 2.5 -- scored 51.25 points (with three judges giving her 7.0 or better) to finish with 456.15 points, a Watkins Glen school record and far and away the best in the Section IV, C competition. Thus she added a Section IV crown to her IAC title.

Not only was she well beyond the qualifying mark, but well ahead of the 11 other divers competing in the Owego Free Academy (OFA) pool, including eight from Class B. The Class A divers were competing separately at Elmira Free Academy.

Lexi was, in fact, one of two divers at the OFA meet to qualify for States -- the other being the Class B champion, Marissa Shank of OFA, who passed the 409.55 mark with a stunning last dive that drew nothing but 8.0 and 9.0 scores from the judges, and left her at 413.95. She raised her arms in exultation after exiting the pool, smiling broadly. She was the last of the divers, and the ovation from spectators and teammates was a sustained one.

Lexi had celebrated earlier -- the order of dives had her going fourth -- by hugging and getting hugs from teammate Hannah Pulis and Coach Suddaby. Pulis had performed admirably herself, setting a personal best of 327.65 for third place in Class C behind Lexi and Lansing's Meghan Matheny, who had 358.35 points. Greene's Taylor Wahlers was fourth among the Class C divers with 255.75 points.

Pulis, with 237.25 points after eight dives, had noted Lexi's score at that point: 326.7. "So," said Hannah afterward, "I decided I wanted to reach 326 points. And I ended up with 327!"

Lexi, on that last dive, surpassed a school record for 11 dives set in 1997. The old mark was held by Ashley Fazzary at 428.55 points. Lexi had earlier in the season surpassed Fazzary's school record for a 6-dive competition, the number found at regular-season meets.

In the end Friday, Lexi was succinct in summing up all that she had accomplished.

"It was a good day," she said. "It really was."

Order of finish:

1. Lexi Castellaneta, WGHS, 456.15 points. (Class C champion)
2. Marissa Shank, Owego Free Academy, 413.95 (Class B champion)
3. Marisa Fiorentino, Susquehanna Valley HS, 363.20 (Class B)
4. Meghan Matheny, Lansing HS, 358.35 (Class C)
5. Hannah Pulis, WGHS, 327.65 (Class C)
6. Allison Goodrich, Owego Free Academy, 320.85 (Class B)
7. Rebecca Curtis, Maine-Endwell, 303.15 (Class B)
8. Paige Sampson, Maine-Endwell, 283.25 (Class B)
9. Natalie Lehr, Chenango Valley, 270.70 (Class B)
10. Taylor Wahlers, Greene HS, 255.75 (Class C)
11. Mikayla Rogers, Chenango Valley, 219.20 (Class B)
12. Samantha Hamlin, Johnson City, 190.05 (Class B)

*****

Photos in text:

From top: Lexi Castellaneta and Hannah Pulis diving, and Lexi enthusing after the meet.

Left: Lexi Castellaneta and teammate Hannah Pulis after the competition. Right: Owego Free Academy's Marissa Shank celebrates after qualifying for States with a superb final dive.

Awards Night

Outstanding Watkins Glen High School fall athletes were honored Thursday night at a Booster Club-sponsored Awards Night at the school. Pictured above are the various team MVPs. Front row from left: Mikayla Elliott (volleyball), Taylor Kennard and Cambria Weeden (cross country), Lexi Castellaneta and Victoria Wixson (swimming), Mariah Gonzalez (JV volleyball), and Madison Gates (soccer). Back row from left: Most Improved cross-country runner Gabe Planty, and MVPs Shawn Rutledge and Patrick Hazlitt (cross country), Jon Brown (football), Luke Flahive and Justin Duane (soccer), and Keith Rekczis (football). (Photo by Don Romeo)

3 Exceptional Seniors represent WGHS

Special to The Odessa File

DRYDEN, Nov. 7 -- The Interscholastic Athletic Conference's annual Boys Soccer Exceptional Seniors game was held Wednesday night, November 5, at Tompkins-Cortland Community College.

The game was an evenly-contested one that saw a scoreless first half. The South scored first in the second half, followed by two goals from the North. The North won 2-1.

Watkins Glen was represented by three players, pictured at right. From left they are Max Gardner, Justin Duane and Luke Flahive.(Photo provided)

 

 

Various Glen, O-M swimmers reach Section IV finals

LANSING, Nov. 6 -- Several members of the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour varsity swim teams earned spots in Saturday's Section IV, Class C-D finals during Wednesday's prelims at Lansing High School.

The prelims, leading to Saturday's 1 p.m. finals at Owego Free Academy, saw the following swimmers reach the finals (for the top 8 prelim finishers) and the consolation finals (for the swimmers who finished 9th through 16th). No swimmer in the consolation finals can finish higher than 9th place in the tournament.

Among those finishing first in an event were Watkins Glen's Victoria Wixson in the 100 Backstroke and Emma Allington, tied for the top spot in the 50 Free. Wixson also placed second in the 200 IM, while the Senecas' Katherine Meehan was second in the 100 Breaststroke.

The following Watkins Glen swimmers reached the finals:

200 Free: Liza Carnes (7th) and Halle Phillips (8th)
200 IM: Victoria Wixson (2nd) and Katherine Meehan (8th)
50 Free: Emma Allington (1st, tied) and Peighton Cervoni (7th)
100 Free: Emma Allington (4th)
500 Free: Maddy Ross (6th) and Liza Carnes (7th)
100 Back: Victoria Wixson (1st)
100 Breast: Katherine Meehan (2nd)

The following Odessa-Montour swimmers reached the finals:

500 Free: Emelia Paulisczak (8th)
100 Breast: Tori Reese (7th)

The following Watkins Glen swimmers reached the consolation finals:

200 Free: Maddy Ross (10th) and Bridgette Guild (15th)
50 Free: Sarah Gardner (10th)
100 Fly: Bridgette Guild (10th) and Halle Phillips (11th)
100 Free: Sarah Gardner (10th)
500 Free: Isabella Fazzary (11th)
100 Back: Peighton Cervoni (10th)
100 Breast: Kathleen Swinnerton (10th)

The following Odessa-Montour swimmers reached the consolation finals:

200 Free: Emelia Paulisczak (11th)
100 Fly: Tori Reese (12th)
100 Free: Syria Tague (12th)
100 Back: Syria Tague (11th)

In relay races, Watkins Glen finished 2nd in the 400 Free Relay and third in the 200 Medley Relay. O-M's best finish was a sixth in the 200 Medley Relay. Both schools will compete in the finals of all three relays.

Photo in text: The Watkins Glen swim team during the National Anthem that preceded the Section IV Prelims. (Photo provided)

IAC boys soccer All-Stars unveiled

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 4 -- The Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer teams have placed several players on the Interscholastic Athletic Conference division All-Star teams.

Watkins Glen:

The Senecas have five players on the IAC Large Schools South Division First Team, and three on the Second Team.

First Team: forward Jonas Recker, midfielder Luke Flahive, defenders Justin Duane and Max Gardner, and goalkeeper Simon Wigmore.

Second Team: midfielders Parker Pangallo and John Evanitsky, and defender James Updyke.

Odessa-Montour:

The Indians have three players on the IAC Small Schools South Division First Team, and five on the Second Team.

First Team: forward Collin Povoski and defenders Cody Daugherty and Joe Rorick.

Second Team: Goalkeeper Andy Fudala, forward Billy Bacon, and midfielders Noah Bruno, Luke Eberhardt and Joel Kelly.

Shutter on 2nd straight all-region team

DRYDEN, Nov. 4 -- Odessa-Montour graduate Morgan Shutter -- a standout player on the Tompkins Cortland Community College soccer team -- has been named to the National Junior College Athletic Association Region III all-region soccer squad for the second straight year.

Shutter and three teammates -- McZiggy Richards, James Demshick and Jacob Czapranski -- were among 26 players voted to the team by the coaches of Region III. Cayuga Community College and Herkimer College each had five selections. Ten schools were represented.

Shutter led TC3 with 16 goals, including five game-winners. His total constituted almost half of the team's goals as it amassed a 12-6 record, including 11-4 in Region III and 3-3 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference.

Athletes: 2 runners, swimmer, diver

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 3 -- This week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week come from the world of cross country and from swimming and diving.

The honors go to Watkins Glen cross country runners Patrick Hazlitt and Kai Sutterby, to swimmer Victoria Wixson and to diver Lexi Castellaneta.

Hazlitt qualified for the State Cross Country Championships by finishing third at Sectionals, while Sutterby led the girls varsity cross-county squad as it won Sectionals and advanced to the state tourney, set for Saturday at SUNY Canton.

Wixson won the 100 Backstroke title and Castellaneta the diving title at the IAC Championships, a precursor to Sectionals.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen swimmers Katherine Meehan and Emma Allington, and Watkins Glen cross-country runners Brooke Shaffer, Taylor Kennard, Cambria Weeden and Shawn Rutledge.

Honorable Mention: Another 20 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal all-stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each school.

Soccer All-Stars: Gates earns 1st Team nod

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 3 -- Watkins Glen soccer standout Madison Gates has been named to the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School South Division All-Star team as a First Team selection.

The All-Star squad was determined in a meeting of division coaches.

Earning Second Team honors were Watkins Glen's Justine Hulbert, Alexandria Gardner and Bernadette Osbourne.

Gates, Gardner and Hulbert were also selected to play in the IAC Exceptional Seniors Game on Nov. 5 at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Game time is 5 p.m.

Odessa-Montour's Emelia Paulisczak competes in the 200 Free. She placed ninth.

Lansing wins IAC swim;
Lexi captures diving title

Wixson wins 100 Backstroke as Watkins ties for 3rd

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 2 -- The Lansing girls varsity swim team took home the title Saturday at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships held in the Watkins Glen High School pool. Watkins Glen, which finished tied for third, had two champions: Victoria Wixson in the 100 Backstroke and Lexi Castellaneta in Diving.

Lansing amassed 410 points in taking the tourney crown. Waverly was second with 369, while Watkins Glen tied Dryden with 331. Then came Southern Cayuga (199), Odessa-Montour (159) and Whitney Point (11).

Castellaneta, a freshman, won her second straight IAC Diving crown with 369.6 points despite a failed dive -- no points on her fifth attempt when she fell from the board. She sustained a slight leg abrasion and was shaken up -- but recovered during a scheduled break and pulled away from her two competitors for the victory. Lansing's Meghan Matheny tallied 327.15 points, and Watkins Glen 8th grader Hannah Pulis registered 318.35.

Wixson, after placing second behind Lansing's Adele Ferris in the 200 Individual Medley (with a 2:22.81), won the 100 Back witth a 1:03.21, edging out Lansing's Paige Kieper (1:03.95).

Since the top three competitors in each individual event qualify for the IAC All-Star team, Castellaneta, Pulis and Wixson all made it -- along with teammates Emma Allington (3rd in the 50 Free in 26.53) and Katherine Meehan (3rd in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:14.31).

Allington also placed fourth in the 100 Free (59.32) and was on the second-place 200 Medley Relay with Meehan, Wixson and Peighton Cervoni.

Other podium (top 8) finishes for the Senecas came from Liza Carnes and Maddy Ross, 6th and 7th respectively in the 200 Free and 5th and 6th respectively in the 500 Free; Meehan, 8th in the 200 IM; Cervoni, 4th in the 50 Free; Sarah Gardner, 8th in the 50 Free; and Bridgette Guild, 6th in the 100 Fly.

Odessa-Montour failed to place anyone on the All-Star squad, but had podium finishes from Syria Tague, 6th in the 100 Free with a PR of 1:01.85 and 7th in the 100 Back with a PR of 1:11.37; and Tori Reese, 5th in the 100 Breaststroke with a PR of 1:18.82 and 8th in the 100 Fly in 1:17.12.

Not far from the podium were:

--Watkins Glen's Halle Phillips, 10th in the 200 Free and 10th in the 100 Fly;
--Watkins Glen's Guild, 11th in the 200 Free;
--O-M's Emelia Paulisczak, 9th in the 200 Free and 9th in the 500 Free with season-best times in both;
--Watkins Glen's Gardner, 11th in the 100 Free;
--Watkins Glen's Isabella Fazzary, 11th in the 500 Free;
--Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni, 9th in the 100 Back; and
--Watkins Glen's Kathleen Swinnerton, 10th in the 100 Breaststroke.

"I am very pleased with the way the girls swam," said O-M Coach Terri Brace, noting that several of her swimmers had set personal records. Setting PRs were

--Emma Raymond in the 50 Free (30.09);
--Maddie Lodge in the 200 Free (2:45.08) and the 500 Free (7:32.10);
--McKenna Carberry in the 50 Free (32.81);
--Karissa Rounds in the 50 Free (38.26) and the 100 Back (1:39.75);
--Lovona Carrigan in the 100 Free (1:12.60) and the 100 Breast (1:32.65); and
-- Kara Reese in the 500 Free (7:37.85).

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Victoria Wixson on the way to second place in the 200 IM.
Second: Watkins' Lexi Castellaneta en route to the diving title.
Third: Watkins Glen's Emma Allington awaits start of the 100 Free, where she finished fourth.
Fourth: O-M's Syria Tague competes in the 200 Medley Relay. She had two individual podium finishes.
Bottom: O-M's Emma Raymond checks her time after finishing the 100 Free. She placed 14th.

O-M's Kara Reese dives at start of the 200 Medley Relay.

Watkins Glen's Kathleen Swinnerton (left) and Megan Hoy compete in the 100 Breaststroke.

O-M's Gabby Cain swims a leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

From left: Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni, Liza Carnes and Katherine Meehan.

O-M's McKenna Carberry at start of the 50 Free.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Pulis soars during the diving competition.

Water pours off O-M's Tori Reese as she surfaces during 100 Breaststroke. She finished 5th.

Watkins Glen's Halle Phillips competes in the 100 Fly, where she finished 10th.

The Watkins Glen girls varsity cross-country team, champion of Section IV. From left: Assistant Coach David Waite, Kai Sutterby, Brooke Shaffer, Taylor Kennard, Julia Reilly, Cambria Weeden, Clara Chedzoy, Maggie Bond, Aran Holland and Coach John Fazzary.
(Photo by Rod Weeden)

Glen girls win Section IV cross-country championship

Advance to States; boys edged out by Newark Valley

CHENANGO VALLEY, Oct. 31 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity cross-country team followed up its Interscholastic Athletic conference title with victory Thursday at the Section IV, Class C Championships. The girls won in Class D last year.

Watkins Glen totaled 55 points, eight ahead of Newark Valley's 63. They were followed by Chenango Valley (102), Waverly (117), Oneonta (119), Chenango Forks (122), Lansing (152) and Windsor (167). The Senecas advance to the State Championships, in which the winning squads from each section compete at SUNY Canton on November 8th.

The IAC champion Watkins Glen boys, meanwhile, fell just short of the sectional title, finishing second behind Newark Valley. The Cardinals had 68 points to Watkins' 72, while Oneonta was third with 74. They were followed by Windsor (105), Chenango Forks (143), Susquehanna Valley (152), Chenango Valley (200), Unatego (202), Norwich (246), Lansing (262), Waverly (278), and Edison (299).

Girls Race:

Kai Sutterby led the Watkins squad with a time of 21:18, good for 8th place overall in a race won by Windsor's Kaylee Stone in 19:17. The Senecas' Brook Shaffer finished 10th overall in 21:25, while Taylor Kennard was 12th in 21:32, Cambria Weeden 13th in 21:38, Julia Reilly 20th in 22:11, Maggie Bond 24th in 22:21, and Clara Chedzoy 34th in 23:12. There were 74 runners.

"Sutterby and Shaffer really stepped up," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, "and the others did what they needed to do. It's remarkable -- two-time Sectional champions, one year in Class D and the next in Class C. I'm very proud of their accomplishments. They've been among the leaders in every invitational this season, won the IAC title, and now the Section. They've worked very hard, and it's paid off."

Boys Race:

Patrick Hazlit finished third overall in 17:01, and in the process qualified for the State Tournament on an individual basis. The top five runners outside members of the winning team advance. In this case, the winning Newark Valley squad had nobody in the top five -- so those runners with the five best times advanced. Just missing was Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge, who placed 7th in 17:12. Top runner in the race was Lansing's Ben Eisenhut in 16:45.

Following Hazlitt and Rutledge for the Senecas were Jacob Carocci (15th in 17:49), Gabe Planty (20th in 17:56), Brandon Pike (28th in 18:28), Daniel Paradiso (48th in 19:16), Conlin Wysocki (77th in 20:40), and Julian Thornton (99th in 24:11). There were 103 runners.

"The boys are a little disappointed," said Fazzary, "but they gave it all they had, and our top five surpassed their highest speed figures for the year. It just wasn't quite good enough. Give Newark Valley credit; they were better than us today, but it was close. The boys have had quite a go of it this year. They were one, two or three in every invitational, won the IAC, and were second at Sectionals. That's a pretty darn good year."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby, left, runs alongside and just ahead of Dryden's Abby Yatsko.

Bottom: The Senecas' Patrick Hazlitt, who finished third and qualified for States. (Photos by Heidi Pike)

From left: Watkins' Brooke Shaffer, Cambria Weeden, Brandon Pike and Shawn Rutledge. (Photos by Heidi Pike)

Watkins Glen's Taylor Kennard, left, and Jacob Carocci. (Photos by Heidi Pike)

Watkins Glen's Austin Dalrymple (21) dives to tackle Windsor ball-carrier Cole Thurston.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen gridders drop finale

Windsor, down 30-0, storms back for 55-36 victory

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 31 -- The Watkins Glen varsity football team started fast Thursday night in its season finale against Windsor, building a 30-0 first-quarter lead on the WGHS football field. But the visiting Black Knights rallied to overtake the Senecas and hand them a 55-36 defeat.

The Section IV crossover game -- a finale for teams that did not reach the playoffs -- saw Windsor, a Class B school, improve to 4-5. Watkins Glen, a Class C school, finished with a 5-3 season mark.

The Senecas wasted no time in getting on the board, scoring with 10:34 remaining in the first quarter on a 38-yard touchdown run by Keith Rekczis and a two-point Rekczis conversion run. They went up 14-0 at 8:12 when quarterback Jordan Rappleye ran 42 yards, moving left and then cutting to the right to the end zone. Rekczis added a 2-point run to make it 16-0.

The lead went to 22-0 at 2:47 on a 4-yard TD run by Jon Brown following a drive set up by a successful onside kick. Then, after recovering a fumble, the Senecas increased their advantage to 30-0 on a 33-yard TD pass to Jordan Shea and a 2-point run by Brown.

And that was it as far as the offense went. The only other points scored by the Senecas came in the third quarter, after Windsor had stormed back to take a 34-30 lead. Brown, on the ensuing kickoff, returned it 90 yards to paydirt and a 36-34 Watkins Glen advantage.

But Windsor -- which found its passing game in the second quarter and subsequently established a lethal running game -- responded with three more touchdowns, all by Robbie Crea, on runs of 29, 32 and 24 yards. Crea had five touchdowns, four on the ground and one receiving.

The Black Knights amassed 449 yards on the ground, including 381 by Crea on 24 carries, and 95 yards through the air. Quarterback Jake Conroy threw three TD passes.

Watkins Glen gained 202 yards on the ground on 42 carries, and 99 through the air on 4-for-11 passing. Rekczis gained 73 yards on 13 carries, while Rappleye carried six times for 71 yards, Brown 16 times for 52 yards, and Ian Chedzoy four times for 11 yards.

The sudden change in fortune for the Senecas was "caused by several things," said Watkins Glen Coach Lou Condon Jr. "It started with Windsor throwing the ball. We adjusted, but then they started running it." And where Windsor fumbled three times early in the game, turning the ball over twice, it kept a firm grip afterward. "We tried everything," said Condon, "including throwing the kitchen sink at them."

With the season concluded, Condon said he is "very proud of the kids. They had a great year, and have nothing to hang their heads about. We're continuing to move in the right direction, and will continue to work hard, evaluate the season, and build from there."

Photos in text:

Top: Windsor defender Gabe Zakrajsek intercepts a pass intended for Watkins Glen's Keith Rekczis.

Middle: Watkins defenders, including Ian Chedzoy (25), dislodge the ball from the hands of Windsor QB Jake Conroy. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: Watkins' Jordan Rappleye, right, brings down Windsor ball-carrier Jake Conroy.

Watkins Glen's Jon Brown hauls in a pass (left) and carries a kickoff return 90 yards for a touchdown (right). (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Keith Rekczis picks up some tough yardage.
Right: Windsor's Jordan Haven fails to catch a 2-point conversion pass.

A trio of Watkins Glen defenders close in on Windsor running back Robbie Crea.

Left: Nikki Crout, a junior, served as quarterback for the Underclassmen. Right: Senior Vicky Ayers, right, intercepts a pass, one of two she picked off. It was intended for Ashley Kot.

Seniors win O-M's annual Pixie Bowl

ODESSA, Oct. 31 -- The Seniors defeated a team of Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors 14-7 Thursday night in the 8th annual Odessa-Montour Pixie Bowl flag football game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The Seniors took a 14-0 lead in the first half on touchdowns by Vicky Ayers and Dana Roberts and extra-point kicks by Addi Rhodes, and then held off the Underclassmen down the stretch. The lone TD for the Underclassmen was scored by Nakiaha Robinson; Hailey Perraut made the extra point. Perraut also had an interception for the Underclassmen, while Ayers had two interceptions for the Seniors, one of which she returned for a touchdown.

During halftime, a Punt, Pass, Kick competition was conducted. Ryan Taylor and Tony Humphries tied for first place, with Joel Kelly taking third place.

Photo in text: Freshman Hailey Perraut leaps high to catch a pass as Senior defender Callie Stillman (8) moves in.

 

 

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