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O-M girls win Small Schools title at IAC Championships

TRUMANSBURG, May 22 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity track team won the Small Schools title Friday at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships in Trumansburg -- the third such title in a row for the Indians.

O-M amassed 103 points to outscore Tioga (87), Union Springs (67), Southern Cayuga (62), Spencer-Van Etten (50.5), Newfield (47.5), Moravia (44), Candor (39), Marathon (35), Edison (12), and Groton (7).

The O-M boys, meanwhile, finished second to Tioga by 11 points (122-111). They were followed by Marathon (89), Southern Cayuga (61), Union Springs (60), Spencer-Van Etten (38), Newfield (25), Groton (24), Moravia (13), Edison (6), and Candor (5).

Notre Dame won the Girls Large Schools title easily, registering 152 points to Newark Valley's 106.66. They were followed by Waverly (78), Trumansburg (72), Lansing (69), Dryden (34.33), Whitney Point (31), and Watkins Glen (14).

The standout for the Odessa-Montour girls was Dana Roberts, who on Thursday won the Long Jump and was second in the 100 Meter Hurdles, and on Friday was second in the High Jump (at 4'10") and 10th in the 400 Hurdles. But in the scoring to determine Small Schools points -- based on the performances of Small School competitors only -- she was first in the High Jump and fourth in the 400 Hurdles. In fact, among Small School competitors, she, Amy Fudala (4'8") and Rosie Peckham (4'6") swept the High Jump's top three spots for O-M.

O-M's Hailie Searles was 13th overall in the 3000 Meter Run in 12:30.58, but fifth among Small School participants. And Nadia Simpson, though eighth overall in the 200, was the only Small School runner to make the finals in that event, and so was first in Small School points.

The O-M 4x100 Relay team also earned points, finishing 8th overall but third among Small Schools. It featured Kennedey Heichel, Nadia Simpson, Hannah Bruno and Meagan Terry in the semifinal, and Heichel, Britney Visscher, Amy Fudala and Terry in the finals.

Watkins Glen was led by Maggie Bond's personal-best 11:20.67 in the 3000 Meter Run, about 30 seconds faster than her winning time in the same event the previous weekend, at the Groton Invitational. Teammate Taylor Kennard finished 6th in 11:45.34.

Among O-M boys, Charles Sidle followed up a fifth-place overall finish in Thursday's Long Jump with a fifth in Friday's Triple Jump (37' 8.25"), while Andy Fudala placed fifth in the Pole Vault (second among Small Schools) with a personal best of 11'6". Fudala was also fourth in the 400 Hurdles (and second among Small Schools) in 1:02.71.

Bryce Elliott excelled in the Discus, finishing second overall with a throw of 124' while his brother Zach was 9th at 97'9". Luke Eberhardt was ninth overall in the 3200 at 10:58.55 (but first among Small Schools), and Chad Sykes 8th in the 200 at 24.77, but third best among Small School runners.

The O-M 4x100 team (Sykes, James Randolph, Sidle and Brandon Voorhees) was third in 47.55, and first among Small Schools.

"It was a fantastic meet for the O-M boys," said O-M boys coach Skip Strobel. "We ran out of our minds today and yesterday and gave Tioga a run for their money." And in the process set "several personal records."

While no team standings were available for the Boys Large Schools, the Watkins Glen team was highlighted Friday by a couple of individual second-place finishes and a third.

Patrick Hazlitt was second in the 800 at 1:58.25, barely missing the school record held by Charles Bascom at 1:58.12. Teammate Jacob Carocci was 8th in the same event in 2:05.44.

Shawn Rutledge took second in the 3200, posting a 10:09.02, while teammate Gabe Planty was fifth in the same event in 10:14.70.

And Watkins Glen's Kevin Kernan was third in the 400 Meter Hurdles in 1:02.20.

Photos in text: From the top, O-M's Dana Roberts competes in the 400 Meter Hurdles; Watkins' Isobel Scheffey at start of the 4x400; Watkins Glen's Kevin Kernan en route to third place in the 400 Meter Hurdles;

O-M's Andy Fudala clears 11'6", his personal best.

Left: Watkins Glen's Maggie Bond on the way to fourth place in the 3000 with a personal best of 11:20.67. Right: O-M's Zach Elliott sends the Discus on its way. He placed 9th.

From left: O-M's Nick Sgrecci at the Triple Jump, Watkins' Taylor Kennard in the 3000, and O-M's Hailie Searles in the 3000.

The runners take off at start of the 800 Meters race. Watkins Glen's Jacob Carocci is second from left, and Patrick Hazlitt is on the right.

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Thursday's overall results included the following:

Watkins Glen Boys:

3200 Relay: 2nd place, Sean Holland, Shawn Rutledge, Patrick Hazlitt and Jacob Carocci in 8:44.87.
1600 Meter Run: 4th place, Patrick Hazlitt 4:39.1
High Jump: 5th place, Tristan Yuhasz 5'4"; 6th place, Jacob Carocci 5'2"

Watkins Glen Girls:

1500 Meter Run: 5th place, Maggie Bond breaking her previous school record with a time of 5:08.45.
3200 Relay: 6th place, Clara Chedzoy, Kali Bond, Taylor Kennard, Joelle Slater 11:16.94

O-M Boys:

110 Meter Hurdles: 5th place, Andy Fudala 17.45
100 Meter Dash: 5th place, Chad Sykes 12.02
Long Jump: 4th place, Charles Sidle 19' 2.75"; 5th place, Chad Sykes 19'1" (Photo of Sidle at right)

O-M Girls:

100 Meter Hurdles: 2nd place, Dana Roberts 17.15
Long Jump: 1st place, Dana Roberts 15' 10.5"

Thursday photos:

Left: Watkins Glen's Maggie Bond on the way to a school record in the 1500 Meter Run. Right: Watkins Glen's Tristan Yuhasz en route to eighth place in the Long Jump.

O-M's Dana Roberts, center, early in the100 Meter Hurdles. She finished second.to Tioga's Malley Bowen, left. Kimberly White of Marathon, right, was third.

Watkins Glen's Kali Bond edges out Newark Valley's Marissa Silba to take first place in the first heat of the 1500 Meter Run. Bond, who finished 14th overall, set a new personal best of 5:29.45.

Left: M's Chad Sykes nears the finish line in a semifinal heat of the 100 Meters. He made the finals, where he placed fifth. Right: O-M's April Dunn competes in the 1500.

O-M's Andy Fudala, left, and Watkins Glen's Kevin Kernan, right, compete in the 110 Meter Hurdles. Fudala finished fifth, and Kernan seventh.

Left: O-M's Nadia Simpson competes in the 100 Meter Run. Right: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kennard (on the ground) and Isobel Scheffey take flight after the day's events ended.

Left: Trumansburg's Olivia Colon on the way to third place in the 100 Meter Run.
Right: O-M's Kennedey Heichel relaxes during a break in the action.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jazmin Shea is safe in a play at the plate. Right: The Senecas' Claudia Parker connects for a triple, driving in two runs. (Photos by Craig Parker)

Modified Softball: Watkins tops O-M

WATKINS GLEN, May 21 -- The Watkins Glen Modified Softball team improved its mark to 4-2 Thursday when it defeated Odessa-Montour 18-3 in a game on the Watkins softball field.

Claudia Parker went the distance pitching for the Senecas, striking out 12 Odessa batters. Hits for Watkins Glen came from Jazmin Shea (4 of them), Cierra Barber (3), Parker (a triple and a double), Amber Benjamin (2), Kelsey Kernan (2), and Katie Losey, Ali Fuller and Kayla Smith (1 each).

"It was a great team effort," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto, "with excellent support coming from the bench -- namely Ali Fuller, Kayla Smith and Adrie Solomon."

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Glen, O-M post 5th-place finishes

HORSEHEADS, May 21 -- The Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour varsity golf teams finished in the middle of the pack Wednesday at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Golf Tournament at the Soaring Eagles course.

Trumansburg took the Large Schools title -- its fourth in five years -- while Tioga was best among Small School competitors.

Large Schools

Watkins Glen finished fifth among Large Schools, posting a 477 total that was led by Ryan Clark's 82 on the par-71 layout. "Ryan did a nice job," said Watkins Glen Coach Rob Michel.

But the other team members struggled in the chill of the morning, made worse by a cold wind. "You could see your breath out there" when the golfers were transported to their starting tees, said Michel.

Keith Rekczis recorded a 91, while Parker Pangallo had a 95, Trentin Barber 100, and Sam Hanley and Jonas Recker each a 109.

Trumansburg took the title with a 422 total led by medalist Danny Lapp's 78. Notre Dame was second at 450, led by Zach Brand's 79, while Dryden was third at 465. Then came Whitney Point (476), Watkins Glen (477), Lansing (486), Waverly (498), Newark Valley (561), and Edison (603).

Clark's 82 was the fourth best round among Large School golfers, following only Lapp's 78, Brand's 79 and an 80 by Lansing's Nic Whitaker.

Small Schools

Odessa-Montour finished fifth in the Small Schools competition, while Tioga took the title with a 465 total. Marathon was the runnerup at 499, followed by Moravia (520), Union Springs (537), O-M (542), Candor (543), Spencer-Van Etten (563), Groton (673), and Southern Cayuga (not enough players for a complete score).

Tyler Clark led Odessa with a 93, which was sixth among Small School golfers. Teammate James Terry finished at 102, Trey McCarty at 108, Noah Angle at 116, and Taylor Grover at 123.

"It was tough out there with the wind and the cold conditions," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "The course was in great shape, though ... and for most of our young lineup, this was their first 18-hole round in their careers.

"It would've been nice to have some better weather to cap off the season, but all in all it's been a good one and we've got some younger kids introduced to the game who seem to really enjoy playing."

Awards: O-M's Tyler Clark was named the IAC Small School South Division MVP. He had the lowest stroke average in division matches this year. O-M's James Terry was named to the all-division First Team as well.

Photos from top: O-M's Tyler Clark, and Watkins Glen's Sam Hanley and Jonas Recker.

Notre Dame's Zach Brand tees off on No. 10.

O-M's Catherine Rounds sends her ball from the edge of the pond toward the 9th green.

Golf: Girls close the regular season

WATKINS GLEN, May 21 -- The Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour girls varsity golf teams closed the regular season Wednesday by going head to head in a match at the Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Odessa-Montour's golfers -- one shy of the four needed for a team score -- posted the following: Gillian Clark, a season-low 44 on the par-36 layout; Gabby Fazzary 66, and Catherine Rounds 66.

Watkins Glen senior Halle Phillips -- honored in a Senior Night ceremony -- led Watkins Glen with a 45, while Hanley Elliott registered a 53. Other Watkins Glen scores: Courtney Irwin 53, Gabi Decker 64, and Meghan Hayes 71. Notre Dame had a lone golfer competing: Natalie Farr, who shot a 63.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Halle Phillips chips to the green on No. 4.

From left: O-M's Gillian Clark; Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott and Gabi Decker.

Left: Watkins' Courtney Irwin tees off on No. 5. Right: The Senecas' Hanley Elliott.

Golf: Glen girls top Lansing, set mark

WATKINS GLEN, May 19 -- Days after setting a new team record of 196 strokes, the Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team lowered the mark to 188 Monday as it defeated Lansing 188-223 in a match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Halle Phillips led the effort with a 44, while Hanley Elliott registered a 45. Courtney Irwin equaled her career best of 49, while Gabi Decker set a new career best with a 50.

The Senecas had posted the 196 Friday while defeating Johnson City and Elmira on the Endwell Greens Golf Course.

"They are playing their best at the right time," said Watkins Glen coach Diane Wood, referring to the upcoming Section 4 tournament, which serves as a state qualifier. "The course conditions were difficult, but obviously they didn't let that get to them."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Halle Phillips watches her drive on No. 6.

Pentathlon: O-M's Roberts wins, sets 2 school records

WAVERLY, May 19 -- Odessa-Montour track standout Dana Roberts won the Interscholastic Athletic Conference girls Pentathlon at Waverly High School Monday, setting a new school record with 2,836 points.

She also set a new school mark in the Long Jump, one of the Pentathlon's five component events.

Roberts' point total surpassed the O-M mark of 2,686 points amassed in 2005 by Katie Taber (who is Katie Vann now, and was there Monday rooting on Roberts), and her Long Jump of 5.05 meters -- about 16' 6.5" -- exceeded a 1991 school mark of 16' 1" set by Christy Edwards.

"Dana was remarkable," said O-M coach Burton Brewster, who noted that the performance puts her in "an extremely good position" to advance to the State tournament under a complex system that employs state standards (which Roberts met in both the Pentathlon and the 100 Meter Hurdles) and performances at the upcoming State Qualifier.

Roberts posted a 16.04 in the 100 Meter Hurdles, five-hundredths of a second off of Taber's school mark; leaped 1.49 meters (about 4'11") in the High Jump; threw 8.14 meters (about 26' 8.5") in the Shot Put; and finished the 800 Meter Run in 2:43.27. Her point total beat all competitors, Small School and Large School.

The victory was nothing new to Roberts, a senior. She also won the Pentathlon last year, though without any records that time.

Meanwhile, O-M senior Callie Stillman tried her hand at the Pentathlon for the first time, and finished 11th with 1,413 points. She ran the 100 Meter Hurdles in a personal best of 20.42; cleared 4'1" in the High Jump; threw the shot over 19 feet; soared 11'10" in the Long Jump, and ran the 800 in 3:05.81.

In the boys' Pentathlon, O-M's Andy Fudala finished second overall. No totals were available.

Steeplechase

Odessa-Montour's April Dunn placed first in the 2000 Meter Steeplechase among Small School competitors, posting a time of 8:24. Teammate Hailie Searles finished third.

The points amassed by O-M in the event -- 16 -- are added to the totals earned in the IAC meet coming up Thursday and Friday, when the Track and Field Championships are held at Trumansburg. That gives the Indians an early 8-point edge on Tioga, which earned 8 points Monday. Tioga is considered a key competitor at the IAC meet.

In the boys' Steeplechase Monday, O-M's Luke Eberhardt placed second among Small School entrants, while Zach Elliott was fifth.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Dana Roberts clears a hurdle on the way to victory in the Pentathlon.
Middle: Odessa's Callie Stillman competes in the Shot Put portion of the Pentathlon.
Bottom: Hailie Searles, front left, and April Dunn (behind her) compete in the Steeplechase. Dunn finished first, and Searles third. (Photos by Pam Rutledge)

O-M's Andy Fudala on the way to 2nd place in the Pentathlon.
(Photo by Pam Rutledge)

Golf Sectionals: Watkins finishes 6th

MARATHON, May 19 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team placed sixth Monday among the seven teams that qualified for the Section 4, Class C tournament, held at the Maple Hill Golf Course.

Keith Rekczis led the Senecas with an 82 on the par-70 layout, which was the sixth best round of the day. Medalist honors went to Trumansburg's Danny Lapp, whose 69 led his team to the championship.

Ryan Clark posted an 87 for Watkins Glen, while Parker Pangallo registered 94, Sam Hanley 95, and Trentin Barber 97.

Trumansburg finished with a 409 score, followed by Chenango Forks (422), Sidney (439), Seton Catholic (440), Tioga (444), Watkins Glen (455), and Lansing (464).

The Senecas are back in action Wednesday at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Soaring Eagles Golf Course.

From left: Watkins Glen's Joelle Slater competes in the Pentathlon; and the Senecas' Shawn Rutledge and Taylor Kennard in the Steeplechase. (Photos by Pam Rutledge)

IAC Steeple: Rutledge 3rd, Kennard 4th

WAVERLY, May 19 -- Watkins Glen track standouts Shawn Rutledge and Taylor Kennard posted third- and fourth-place finishes, respectively, among Large School competitors Monday at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Steeplechase competition at Waverly High School.

The event, which serves as a lead-in to the IAC Track and Field Championships on Thursday and Friday at Trumansburg, also saw the Senecas' Kali Bond finish in 8th place.

Pentathlon: Watkins Glen's Joelle Slater placed 9th in the competition, which included the Long Jump, High Jump, 100 Meter Hurdles, Shot Put and 800 Meter Run. The Senecas' Sam Shea finished in 12th place.

Athlete of Week: Watkins' Maggie Bond

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 18 -- A Watkins Glen track standout is this week's Odessa File Athlete of the Week.

Maggie Bond earns the honor for winning the 1500 and 3000 Meter races at the Groton Invitational, a track meet with competition from 17 other schools. She was the only Schuyler County athlete to post a victory there, let alone two wins. She ran the 1500 in 5:09.56 and the 3000 in 11:50.55.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen track's Isobel Scheffey, Ryan Pruitt, Patrick Hazlitt, Jacob Carocci and Shawn Rutledge; Odessa-Montour track's Charles Sidle, Andy Fudala, Jimmy Randolph and Nadia Simpson; O-M baseball's Mitchell Scata; Watkins Glen golfers Keith Rekczis, Ryan Clark, Parker Pangallo, Trentin Barber, Hanley Elliott and Halle Phillips.

Honorable Mention: Another 31 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour schools.

Watkns Glen's Ryan Pruitt crosses the finish line in the 100 Meter Run.

Bond wins twice at Groton

Captures titles at 1500, 3000 Meters

GROTON, May 17 -- Watkins Glen track standout Maggie Bond won the 1500 and 3000 Meter Runs Saturday at the 18-school Groton Invitational track meet on the Groton High School athletic field.

Bond ran the 1500 in 5:09.56, finishing more than eight seconds ahead of the runnerup. She covered the 3000 meters in 11:50.55, six seconds ahead of the runnerup. She also placed 10th in the Triple Jump.

The meet was non-scored, meaning there were no team scores. Athletes at the meet came from Candor, Groton, Lansing, Marathon, Moravia, McKee/Staten Island, Mynderse, Newfield, Odessa-Montour, Oxford, Southern Cayuga, South Seneca, Spencer-Van Etten, Trumansburg, Tioga, Union Springs, Watkins Glen and Whitney Point.

Among other Watkins Glen athletes:

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Girls:
-- Isabel Scheffey took fourth place in the 200 Meter Dash (28.48) and sixth in the 100 Meter Dash (14.03)
-- Kali Bond took fourth place in the 800 Meter Run at 2:35.03
-- The 4x800 Meter Relay team took 5th place in 11:42.73: Kali Bond, Aran Holland, Clara Chedzoy and Joelle Slater

Boys:
-- Ryan Pruitt placed fifth in the 100 Meter Dash (12.37) and sixth in the 200 (25.06)
-- Gabe Planty was third in the 1600 Meter Run in 4:55.63
-- Sean Holland was fifth in the 1600 in 5:03.04
-- Jacob Slater was sixth in the Pole Vault at 10 feet
-- Patrick Hazlitt was second in the 800 Meter Run in 1:59.48
-- Jacob Carocci was third in the 800 in 2:04.91
-- Shawn Rutledge was second in the 3200 Meter Run.in 10:40.94
-- Daniel Paradiso was sixth in the 3200 in 11:48.21
-- Tristan Yuhasz was tied for second in the High Jump
-- The 4x800 Relay team was sixth: Rutledge, Holland, Paradiso, Julian Thornton in 9:59.81
-- The 4x400 Relay team was third: Planty, Hazlitt, Carocci, Aidan DeBolt in 3:49.11

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Maggie Bond on the way to victory in the 1500 Meter Run.
Bottom: Watkins' Jacob Carocci clears the High Jump bar. (Photo by George Rutledge)

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O-M's Andy Fudala in the 110 Meter Hurdles. He placed third.

Odessa-Montour

GROTON, May 17 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls had a number of podium (top 6) finishes at the Groton Invitational. They included:

Boys:

4x100 Relay: 3rd in 48.95: Zach Knapp, Jimmy Randolph, Charles Sidle, Bryce Elliott
4x800 Relay: 4th in 9:35.18: Nick Sgrecci, Elliott, Noah Brewster, Trevor Dunn
4x400 Relay: 6th in 3:53.72: Andy Fudala, Zach Elliott, Jimmy Randolph, Charles Sidle
110 Meter Hurdles: Andy Fudala third in 17.07
110 Meter Hurdles: Jimmy Randolph sixth in 18.27
400 Meter Hurdles: Jimmy Randolph sixth in 1:07.88
3200 Meter Run: Noah Brewster fifth in 11:47.02
Discus: Bryce Elliott second at 126'5"
Long Jump: Charles Sidle 3rd at 19'2"
Triple Jump: Charles Sidle 4th at 38'
High Jump: Andy Fudala 6th at 5'4"

Girls:

4x100 Relay: 5th place in 55.33: Hannah Bruno, Meagan Terry, Nadia Simpson, Kennedey Heichel.
4x800 Relay: 3rd place in 11:11.74: April Dunn, Hailie Perraut, Meagan Terry, Hannah Bruno
100 Meter Dash: Nadia Simpson 3rd in 13.49
200 Meter Dash: Nadia Simpson 3rd in 28.24
400 Meter Run: Dana Roberts 5th in 1:05.03
3000 Meter Run: Hailie Searles 5th in 13:37.81
Pole Vault: Britney Visscher tied for 4th at 6'6"

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Jimmy Randolph clears the first hurdle in the 400 Meter Hurdles. He placed sixth.
Bottom: Odessa's Hailie Searles in the 3000 Meter Run, where she placed fifth. (Photo by George Rutledge)

O-M's Nadia Simpson, right, on way to third place in the 100 Meter Dash,
won by Olivia Colon of Trumansburg, left.

O-M hurdlers Callie Stillman (left) and Kennedey Heichel. (Photos by George Rutledge)

From left: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt, O-M's Britney Visscher, WG's Shawn Rutledge.
(Photos on left and right by George Rutledge)

Left: O-M's Hailie Perraut competes in the 800. She placed 13th. Right: Watkins Glen's Jacob Slater pole vaults. He cleared 10 feet on this attempt. (Photo on left by George Rutledge)

O-M's Tom Doan sends the Discus on its way.

From left: Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey, Watkins Coach Rod Weeden on the way to victory in the Coaches' Mile, and WG's Gabe Planty in the 1600. He placed third.
(Photo on left by George Rutledge)

Watkins Glen's Halle Phillips, right, attempts a long birdie putt. The hole is at far left.
(Photo provided)

Golf: Watkins girls win match with 196

ENDWELL, May 16 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team posted its best-ever score Friday as it defeated Johnson City and Elmira in a match on the Endwell Greens Golf Course.

The Senecas -- led by Hanley Elliott and Halle Phillips, each of whom shot a 45 -- posted a 196 score, whle JC registered a 211 and Elmira 220.

Watkins Glen's Courtney Irwin notched her career-best, a 49, while Gabi Decker had a career-low 57 and Meghan Hayes a career-best 59.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott sends an eagle putt on its way. She scored a birdie on the hole. (Photo provided)

Golf: O-M boys win, finish at 4-9

KING FERRY, May 16 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team finished the regular season with a win Friday, posting a 249 score to defeat Southern Cayuga, which did not have enough players for a team score.

James Terry led the Indians with a 42 on the par-36 King Ferry Golf Course. Tyler Clark shot a 43, Noah Angle 48, Trey McCarty 55, and Taylor Grover 61.

"It was our lowest team score of the year as well as Noah's first below 50," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, whose squad finished with a 4-9 record.

Next up: The Interscholastic Athletic Conference tournament Wednesday at Soaring Eagles Golf Course.

Watkins Glen third baseman Amber Benjamin tags out a Waverly baserunner trying to advance on a ground out. The runner was thrown out by first baseman Kelsey Kernan.

Glen Modified softball team falls, 11-4

WATKINS GLEN, May 15 -- The Watkins Glen Modified softball team dug itself a 10-0 hole and couldn't climb out of it Thursday as it dropped an 11-4 decision to Waverly in a game on the Watkins softball field.

The Senecas, who rallied with four runs in the 5th inning, put a runner on third in the 6th inning and the leadoff batter on base in the 7th, but couldin't capitalize on either opportunity. The loss, Watkins Glen's second to Waverly this season, dropped the Senecas' overall mark to 3-2.

Claudia Parker went the distance on the mound for Watkins Glen, striking out 12 Waverly batters.

The Senecas registered nine hits, and they came from eight different players. Amber Benjamin had two of them, including a double, while Katlyn Kernan, Jordyn Barrett, Katie Losey, Jazmin Shea, Madeline Parker, Claudia Parker (a double), and Kelsey Kernan had one each.

"This was a marked improvement from our first game" against Waverly, said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto, referring to a season-opening 17-2 loss.

"I was pleased the way the girls played today. They never gave up."

The Senecas will return to action next Thursday at home against Odessa-Montour.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen catcher Katlyn Kernan tags out a Waverly runner at the plate.

Bottom: The Senecas' Claudia Parker connects with the ball for a double to right field.

Watkins Glen's Katie Losey slides home safely, scoring from third on a Waverly passed ball.

Clark fails to advance at Medalist tourney

ITHACA, May 15 -- Odessa-Montour golfer Tyler Clark, the lone representative from either O-M or Watkins Glen High School in the Section 4 Medalist Tournament, shot a 100 Thursday in the 18-hole first round on the par-71 Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University, and thus failed to make the cut

Clark's score put him in 40th place, well behind a trio of leaders, including Trumansburg's Danny Lapp, who shot 76. The top 20 golfers and ties continued on to Saturday's second round. The cutoff score for advancement was 86. The golfers with the top nine total scores after two days will make the state tournament.

"It was a tough task for Tyler to play such a difficult golf course having never seen it before today," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "But it was still an underrated achievement just to qualify to play in this event." In order to qualify, a golfer needed a 5-over-par stroke average for the high school season.

In addition to Lapp, those advancing to Saturday included Elmira Notre Dame's Zach Brand (79) and Mike Stearns (82).

Photo in text: O-M golfer Tyler Clark (File photo)

Young lacrosse players gather for a photo. Group was represented by players from every team in the Watkins lacrosse program: K-2, 3/4, 5/6, Modified and Varsity. (Photo by Kelly McCarthy)

Modified lacrosse team tops Dryden

WATKINS GLEN, May 15 -- The Watkins Glen Modified lacrosse team improved its record to 3-7 Thursday when it defeated Dryden 8-3 in a game on the Watkins Glen athletic field.

Goalie Kaitlyn Valla registered 8 saves for the Senecas, who got two goals each from Jackson Dunham and Seth Swinnerton, and one goal each from Joe Chedzoy, Tyler Couch, Wyatt Mosher and Dalton Cummings.

Assists were posted by Mosher (2), Cummings, Dunham and Reese Tague.

The Senecas play their final game today (Friday) at Horseheads. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Jackson Dunham prepares to pass the ball to a teammate as a Dryden defender approaches. (Photo by Chip Dunham)

O-M softball team closes with a loss

TRUMANSBURG, May 15 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team concluded its season without a victory , falling Wednesday to Trumansburg 19-6 in a non-league game on the T-burg softball field.

The Blue Raiders scored in every inning, clinching the game with a 12-run outburst in the 3rd frame. Odessa scored twice in the 1st inning, once in the 3rd and three times in the 4th.

The Indians registered five hits, two by Addi Rhodes. Megan Jenkins, Maddie Lodge, Lovona Carrigan and Rhodes each drove in a run. O-M had five stolen bases -- one each by Ashley Kot, Brianna Struble, Nikki Crout, Rhodes and Jenkins.

Watkins Glen's Allison Teed is safe in a play at third base. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins softball rally falls short, 12-8

WATKINS GLEN, May 14 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team rallied late in its game Wednesday against Spencer-Van Etten -- scoring five 7th-inning runs -- but fell 12-8 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference season-ender on the WGHS softball field.

The loss left the Senecas with a 1-12 mark with no games left on the schedule. Coach Jim Scott said it appeared a game called off Monday against Lansing would not be made up.

Watkins Glen dug itself a hole in the first inning, allowing four runs fueled by three errors. The team committed five miscues in the game, compared to none by S-VE.

Spencer added single runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings, and two runs each in the 4th, 6th and 7th innings. Watkins scored two runs in the 1st inning and one in the 5th leading to the last-inning rally.

Watkins Glen registered eight hits in the game, with Katherine Meehan going 2-for-4 to finish the season with a batting average above .400. She was hitting .410 going into the game.

Other hits came from Alexis Gonzalez (2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI), Amanda Cherock (1-for-2 with two runs and an RBI), Nateah Cornish (1-for-3 with 2 RBIs), Mikenna Ayers (1-for-2 with a run scored), and Emmie Bond (1-for-3 with an RBI).

Senior celebration: The two seniors on the Watkins Glen team, Alexis Gonzalez and Amanda Cherock, were honored in a pregame ceremony.

Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen's Alexis Gonzalez is safe in a play at the plate.
Bottom: The Senecas' seniors, Alexis Gonzalez (left) and Amanda Cherock, were honored in a pregame ceremony. (Photos by Don Romeo)

From left: Watkins Glen's Mikayla Rhoads, Katherine Meehan and Mikenna Ayers.
(Center photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's James Updyke tracks down a fly ball to left, and catches it.

Watkins baseball team blanked by S-VE

WATKINS GLEN, May 14 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity baseball team closed its season on a losing note Wednesday, falling to Spencer-Van Etten 8-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS baseball field.

The loss left the Senecas with a final record of 2-12.

John Smith went the distance on the mound for the Senecas, allowing just four hits. But a combination of early walks, hit batsmen and a couple of errors provided S-VE with a 6-0 lead after three innings. The Panthers scored their final two runs in the 7th inning.

Watkins Glen managed just one hit, by Aaron Planty, in a contest in which both teams -- at S-VE's urging -- used wooden bats instead of the now-common metal ones. S-VE hosts a wooden-bat tournament each year.

Senior Night: The three seniors on the Watkins squad -- Jared Carocci, John Smith and James Updyke -- were honored in a pregame ceremony.

Photo in text: Watkins' Michael Doane waits for a throw as an S-VE runner steals second.

Watkins Glen's Aaron Planty slides safely into third, knocking the base away.

O-M golfers lose to Waverly, 237-261

WAVERLY, May 14 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team's record slipped to 3-9 Wednesday when the Indians dropped a 237-261 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Shepard Hills Golf Course's par-37 front 9.

Tyler Clark led Odessa with a 44, while James Terry shot a 45, Noah Angle 55, Trey McCarty 56, and Taylor Grover 61.

Waverly improved to 8-5 on the season.

Golf: Watkins boys qualify for Sectionals

CATATONK, May 13 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team -- led by a 38 by senior Keith Rekczis -- qualified for the Section IV team tournament for the first time in three years Tuesday when it defeated Candor 214-270 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 Catatonk Golf Course.

The Senecas, who narrowly missed Sectionals the past two years, needed an aggregate score of 40 above par or better on an opponents' course in order to qualify. That meant a 220 at Catatonk, their final stop this regular season.

With Rekczis leading the charge, they accomplished that with room to spare. Ryan Clark contributed a 41, while Trentin Barber and Parker Pangallo each recorded a 42. Exchange student Jonas Recker fired a 51.

"Three holes in, a north front came through and the wind picked up to gusts of 25 miles an hour or so," said Watkins Glen Coach Rob Michel. "But the team seemed to handle it pretty well; they kept their composure.

"They made Sectionals their goal, and they accomplished it."

Watkins Glen closed the regular season at 10-4. It travels to Marathon Monday for the all-day Sectionals, played on the Maple Hill Golf Course. Two days later comes the IAC Tournament at the Soaring Eagles Golf Course in Horseheads.

Photo in text: WGHS golfer Keith Rekczis (File photo)

Left: O-M's Andy Fudala en route to fourth place in the Long Jump. Right: Odessa's Nadia Simpson on the way to first place in the 100 Meter Run. (Photos by Pam Rutledge)

O-M 9th, 10th graders compete at Newfield

NEWFIELD, May 13 -- Athletes from Odessa-Montour High School's 9th and 10th grades placed in several events Tuesday at the Newfield Junior Stars track meet.

Among the O-M girls:

--Nadia Simpson won the 100 Meter Dash in 13.4, and finished third in the 200.
--Meagan Terry was fourth in the 400 Meter Run in 1:09.2.
--Britney Visscher finished in the top six (the final result wasn't available) in the 400 Hurdles.
--The 4x100 Relay team of Simpson, Terry, Kennedey Heichel and Hannah Bruno placed 3rd.

Among the O-M boys:

--Andy Fudala finished first in the 100 Meter Hurdles and fourth in the Long Jump..
--Zach Elliott was first in the Shot Put, second in the Discus and second in the 800, and on the fourth-place 4x400 Relay team with Nick Sgrecci, Bryce Kot and Zach Knapp
--Sgrecci was fourth in the 800.
--Trevor Dunn was fifth in the 3200.

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Photo at right: O-M's Kennedey Heichel. (Photo by Pam Rutledge)

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... and so do those from Watkins Glen

NEWFIELD, May 13 -- Athletes from Watkins Glen High School's 9th and 10th grades placed in several events Tuesday at the Newfield Junior Stars track meet.

Among the Watkins Glen boys:

--Tristan Yuhasz placed first in the High Jump and the Long Jump.
--Shawn Rutledge was first in the 1600.
--Ryan Pruitt was first in the 100 Meter Dash and third in the Long Jump.
--Gabe Planty finished first in the 800 Meter Run, and second in the 1600.
--Sean Holland was third in the 800 Meter Run.
--Aidan Debolt was fourth in the 400 Meter Run.

Among the Watkins Glen girls:

--Isobel Scheffey placed second in both the 200 Meter Dash and the 100 Meter Dash.
--Kali Bond was second in the 800 Meter Run and fourth at 1500 Meters.
--Joelle Slater placed second in the 400 Meter Hurdles.
--Liza Carnes was third in the Discus.
--The 4x100 Relay Team of Scheffey, Sam Shea, Clara Chedzoy and Slater took fifth place.
--The 4x400 Relay Team of Chedzoy, Aran Holland, Katherine Taylor and Carnes was 6th.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Ryan Pruitt on the way to third place in the Long Jump. (Photo by Pam Rutledge)

From left: Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey, Clara Chedzoy and Joelle Slater.
(Photos by Pam Rutledge)

Watkins baseball team falls to Tioga

TIOGA CENTER, May 13 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity baseball team dropped a 21-3 decision Tuesday to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Tioga baseball field.

Tioga, up 3-1, erupted for 11 runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning, and followed that with seven runs over the final three frames. The Tigers amassed 15 hits.

Watkins Glen scored single runs in the 3rd, 4th and 5th innings. The Senecas registered five hits, including two by Josh Updyke and one each by Michael Doane, Sean Kelly and Aaron Planty.

The Senecas return to action today (Wednesday) at home against Spencer-Van Etten.

Glen Modified Softball team wins 23-21

CANDOR, May 13 -- The Watkins Glen Modified Softball team totaled 22 hits Tuesday as it outlasted Candor 23-21 in a game played on the Candor softball field.

The victory raised the Senecas' season mark to 3-1 heading into a home game Thursday against Waverly.

Hits for Watkins came from Katlyn Kernan (5 of them), Katie Losey (3), Amber Benjamin (3, with a triple), Cierra Barber (2, with a double), Nancy Jackson (2, with a double), Claudia Parker (2), and Jordyn Barrett, Jazmin Shea, Madeline Parker, Kelsey Kernan and Maggie Rhoads (1 each).

Claudia Parker pitched for the Senecas, striking out 6 batters.

"Our girls endured against an excellent, persistent Candor team that kept coming back in the latter innings," said Watkins Glen coach Ralph Diliberto.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Jordyn Barrett fields a grounder. (Photo by Craig Parker)

O-M's Mitchell Scata delivers a pitch. The Groton batter bunted, but was thrown out at first.

Storm intrudes, leaves O-M finale a tie

ODESSA, May 12 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity baseball team's season finale againt Groton ended in a 2-2 tie Monday when the Interscholastic Athletic Conference game -- interrupted by a lightning storm and then a downpour that left the field unplayable -- was terminated in the 6th inning.

Mitchell Scata pitched for O-M and delivered what Coach Marc Kimmerly called "an outstanding effort."

The Odessa squad also celebrated Senior Night, honoring seniors Tim Hornick, Noah Bruno, Cody Daugherty and Zach Pyhtila.

Photo in text: O-M's Chris Foote connects with the ball, flying out to left field.

Watkins lacrosse team closes with a loss

BINGHAMTON, May 12 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team completed its second year of varsity play Monday with a 17-4 loss to Seton Catholic in a game on the Seton lacrosse field.

The Senecas, who finished with a 4-13 record after a 2014 inaugural one-win season, scored once in each quarter, with unassisted goals by Lucas Wickham, Justin Duane, Matt Estes and Brandon Gould.

Bryce De La Osa Cruz made a season-high 25 saves in goal for Watkins Glen, which won 5 of 23 face-offs.

O-M seniors were honored before the softball game. From left: Brianna Struble, Autumn Taylor, Addi Rhodes and Jamee Wade.

Softball: O-M drops rain-shortened game

ODESSA, May 12 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team fell to Groton 9-1 Monday on the O-M softball field in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game cut short by a storm after five innings.

Odessa managed just two hits -- one by Megan Jenkins (1-for-2 with a run scored) and Maddie Lodge (1-for-2 with an RBI). The Indians also drew four walks, two by Brianna Struble.

Groton scored in all but one frame, turning a 4-1 lead into a 9-1 advantage with a five-run 5th inning. Struble pitched the first four innings for Odessa, while Lodge relieved in the 5th.

The seniors on the O-M squad were honored before the game: Struble, Addi Rhodes, Autumn Taylor and Jamee Wade.

Photo in text: O-M third baseman Megan Jenkins prepares to catch a pop fly.

Glen golfers win twice, improve to 9-4

WATKINS GLEN, May 12 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team defeated Edison and Spencer-Van Etten Monday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

The victories lifted the Senecas to a 9-4 record heading into their final regular-season match today (Tuesday) against Candor on the Catatonk golf course. Watkins needs an aggregate score of 40 above par or better to qualify as a team for Sectionals

The Senecas -- with all but one score rounded up through a formula utilized when play was stopped early due to a storm -- finished with a 206 total to S-VE's 269 and Edison's 275.

Parker Pangallo and Trentin Barber each registered a 39 for the Senecas, while Ryan Clark scored a 41 and Jonas Recker a 43. Keith Rekczis, the only one of the group to complete nine holes, shot a 44.

Odessa golfers top Spencer-Van Etten

WATKINS GLEN, May 12 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team recorded its third win of the season Monday when it defeated Spencer-Van Etten 265-269 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Tyler Clark led the Indians with a 38 that included birdies on the par-5 third and fourth holes. James Terry added a 45, while Noah Angle shot 55, Taylor Grover 62, and Trey McCarty 65.

The win lifted O-M's season mark to 3-8, while S-VE slipped to 3-7.

"It was nice for the guys to get a win after a long drought without a team victory," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "And it was another solid round for Tyler heading into Sectionals on Thursday."

PRs abound at Modified track meet

NEWARK VALLEY, May 12 -- The Watkins Glen Modified Track and Field team, competing Monday in a quad meet with Notre Dame, Waverly and Newark Valley at NV, produced many personal records (PRs). It was the last regular-season meet for the Senecas.

Elliott Holland produced a PR in the 100 Meter Dash with a 17.7. Shawn Joslyn had another in the 400 Meter Run, placing first in 61.8 seconds. Casen Weeden won the Discus with a PR of
97'5"and the Shot Put with a 32' 5" throw. He also placed third in the 200 Meter Run with a PR of 29.5 seconds.

On the girls' side, Isabella Bond had a PR in the 100 Meter Dash of 16.4 seconds. Haley Dean placed fourth in the 400 Meter Run in 1:18.3. Makenzie Kellogg had a PR in the 800 Meter Run with a time of 3:10.2.

Tangalean Kio had a PR in the Shot with a 16'11" toss. Madelyn Suddaby place third with a PR in the 100 Meter Run of 15.9 seconds. She also had a PR in the Long Jump with 11' 10". Allison Gibson placed first in the 200 Meter Hurdles with a PR of 37.6 seconds. She won the High Jump with 4'2" and had a PR in the Long Jump with 12' 5.25". Katrina LaTorre took second in the 400 Meter run in 77.2 seconds. Jena Slater won the Pole Vault with a PR of 6' and placed second in the Triple Jump at 23' 5.25". Kai Sutterby won both the 1500 Meter Run in a time of 5:38.7
and the 400 Meter Run in a time of 76.9 seconds.

Athletes: Hazlitt, Bond, Clark, Scata

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 10 -- Two Watkins Glen High School runners, along with a golfer and baseball player from Odessa-Montour, are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

At Watkins, Patrick Hazlitt and Maggie Bond get nods -- Hazlitt for winning the 800 Meter Run at the 9-school Fast Times Invitational in Elmira, and Bond for setting a school record in the 1500 at the same meet.

At O-M, the honors go to Tyler Clark for a sterling week of golf in which he qualified for the annual Medalist Tournament at Cornell, and to Mitchell Scata for a 12-strikeout pitching performance that carried the Indians baseball team to a come-from-behind victory over Spencer-Van Etten.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen track's De'naja Blanchard and Ryan Pruitt; Watkins Glen lacrosse standouts Ian Chedzoy, Lucas Wickham and Justin Duane; Watkins Glen softball player Katherine Meehan; Watkins Glen golfer Hanley Elliott, and O-M baseball players Noah Bruno and Cody Daugherty.

Honorable Mention: Another 36 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools.

Hazlitt wins Fast Times 800

Bond sets school mark in the 1500

ELMIRA, May 19 -- Watkins Glen track standout Patrick Hazlitt won the 800 Meter Run at the 9-school Fast Times Invitational meet Friday at Ernie Davis Academy.

Hazlitt posted a time of 1:59.28 to top runners from Elmira, Corning, Notre Dame, Horseheads, Edison, Lansing, Campbell-Savona and Dryden. Horseheads' John Sepelak was second in 2:00.35 while Watkins' Jacob Carocci was sixth in 2:05.65. Carocci was also fifth in the High Jump at 5'4".

The Senecas' Shawn Rutledge placed fourth in the 3000-Meter Steeplechase in 10:39.51 and 7th in the 400 Meter Hurdles in 1:12.67.

In the girls' competition, Watkins' Maggie Bond set a school record in the 1500 by posting a time of 5:08.97 while finishing fifth. Her coach, Jessica Karius, said her time was "over one second" faster than the old mark.

The Senecas' De'naja Blanchard was third in the 100 Meter Hurdles in 17.12, Isobel Scheffey was eighth in the 200 Meter Dash in 29.60, Joelle Slater was fifth in the 400 Meter Hurdles in 1:18.55, and the 3200 Meter Relay team of Maggie Bond, Kali Bond, Clara Chedzoy and Taylor Kennard was second in 11:54.99.

O-M boys fall, but Tyler Clark shines

WATKINS GLEN, May 9 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team dropped to 2-8 on the season Friday when the Indians lost a 229-254 decision to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Tyler Clark (pictured at right) led the Indians with a career-low 37, including a birdie on the par-5 third hole. James Terry had a season-low 44, while Noah Angle shot a 55, Trey McCarty 59, and Taylor Grover 59. Tioga is now 9-2.

The golfers had "great conditions for scoring today and Tyler took advantage," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "He needed a 38 to get into the Section 4 medalist tournament next Thursday at Cornell, so that was a big effort from him today."

Odessa Girls:

The Indians' Gillian Clark shot a 46 on the Watkins Glen Golf Course, while Gabby Fazzary registered a 60 and Catherine Rounds 61 in competition with golfers from Elmira and Johnson City. Elmira was the only school with a team score (a minimum of four golfers), posting a 237.

Photo in text: O-M golfer Tyler Clark (File photo)

A Newfield runner is safe at home as Watkins catcher John Smith applies the tag late.

Glen baseball team falls 16-4

WATKINS GLEN, May 9 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity baseball team's season mark slipped to 2-11 Friday when the Senecas dropped a 16-4 decision to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS baseball field.

Watkins Glen started strongly, scoring three 1st inning runs to equal Newfield's opening output, but the Trojans broke the game open in the 3rd inning with a 12-run spree. Newfield scored its final run in the 4th inning, while the Senecas' final run came in the 5th.

Michael Doane started on the mound for Watkins, and was relieved in the 3rd by Josh Updyke, who pitched the rest of the way.

The Senecas, who had 4 errors to Newfield's 3, registered 7 hits to Newfield's 12. Notching hits for Watkins were Josh Updyke (2), Sean Kelly (2), and Tyrone Smith, Casey Falls and Aaron Planty (1 each).

Watkins Glen returns to action Tuesday at Tioga.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Michael Doane delivers a pitch.

A Newfield runner slides safely into third ahead of the throw to third baseman James Updyke. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Watkins Glen's Ian Chedzoy, right, moves upfield after winning a face-off.

Watkins lax team loses in home finale

WATKINS GLEN, May 9 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team closed out its home schedule Friday, losing to Chenango Valley 14-7 in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

The Senecas, still looking for their fifth win, fell behind 2-0 in the first period and were down 6-4 at halftime and 9-5 after three periods. They pulled within three goals twice in the fourth quarter -- at 9-6 and 10-7 -- but Chenango Valley scored its final four goals in a brief 1:12 stretch to put the game away.

Ian Chedzoy and Austin Dalrymple each scored two goals for Watkins Glen, while Alec Clarkson, Brandon Gould and Lucas Wickham scored one apiece.

Justin Duane registered four assists -- on the Clarkson, Gould and Dalrymple goals. Jake Kelly assisted on Wickham's goal.

Bryce De La Osa Cruz registered 8 saves in goal for Watkins Glen, which won 10 of 23 face-offs.

The season finale for the Senecas comes Monday at Binghamton Seton Catholic.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould turns sharply to the left while moving the ball upfield.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Dylan Platon (16) is shoved in action near the Chenango Valley net. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Golf: Watkins boys lose to ND, 194-245

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, May 9 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team -- minus standout Keith Rekczis, sidelined by a wrist injury -- fell to unbeaten Elmira Notre Dame 194-245 Friday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Mark Twain Golf Course.

Trentin Barber led the Senecas with a 43, while Ryan Clark and Sam Hanley each fired a 48. Parker Pangallo added a 49, and Alex Gibson 57.

Watkins Glen is back in action Monday at home against Edison and Spencer-Van Etten, then plays Candor Tuesday at the Catatonk golf course. That will be the Senecas' final chance to qualify as a team for the Section IV tournament. They need a cumulative 40 over par (215) or better.

O-M baseball team loses to Waverly

WAVERLY, May 9 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity baseball team fell 19-4 Friday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly baseball field.

The Indians (1-12) registered seven hits -- two each by Alex Grady and Noah Bruno, and one apiece by Cody Daugherty, Chris Foote and Zach Pyhtila (a double). The Indians stole six bases -- two by Pyhtila and one each by Daugherty, Foote, Bruno and Mitch Scata.

O-M returns to action Monday, hosting Groton. It will be Odessa's final home game, at which the team's seniors will be honored.

Odessa softball team drops 9-1 decision

WAVERLY, May 9 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team is still seeking its first victory following a 9-1 loss Friday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic conference game on the Waverly softball field.

The Indians recorded four hits -- a single each by Ashley Kot (1-for-3 with an RBI), Nikki Crout (1-for-3), Breeana Bentley (1-for-3), and Lovona Carrigan (1-for-3 with a run scored).

Waverly totaled 10 hits as it scored three runs in each of the 1st, 3rd and 6th innings. O-M's run came in the 5th inning.

Maddie Lodge went the distance on the mound for Odessa, striking out five batters and walking three.

Watkins Glen's Austin Dalrymple moves the ball upfield as a Seton player closes in .

Glen lax team falls to Seton

WATKINS GLEN, May 8 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team fell to Seton Catholic 19-2 Thursday in a physical contest on the WGHS athletic field.

The game, peppered with penalties for rough play and language infractions, saw Seton pepper Watkins goalie Brenen Murphy with 37 shots, 18 of which he turned away.

The Saints built an 8-1 lead in the first period, and were up 13-1 at halftime. They added four more goals in the third quarter and two in the final period.

Watkins Glen's goals were both scored by Lucas Wickham -- in the first period unassisted and with 10 seconds left in the game on a pass nearly the length of the field from defenseman Zach Kelly, who earned an assist on the play.

The more experienced Seton team dominated on face-offs, winning 17 of 25.

The Senecas return to action today at home against Chenango Valley -- a contest rescheduled from March 27.

Photos in text:

Top: A Seton player fires from close range as Watkins Glen goalkeeper Brenen Murphy defends. The ball went in the net.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Ian Chedzoy, right, battles a Seton player.for possession of the ball. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: Watkins Glen's Travis Beaumont moves the ball past a Seton defender. Right: The Senecas' Brandon Gould (15) fights for the ball as it pops up (visible below his right shoulder). (Both photos by Doug Yeater)

Lucas Wickham (21) follows through on a shot that got by the Seton defender at right and past the Saints' goalkeeper.

Golf: Watkins Glen boys lose, slip to 7-3

ITHACA, May 8 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team fell to Lansing 226-251 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match played on the Cornell University golf course's par-36 front-9.

Ryan Clark led the Senecas with a 42 that included two birdies, while Keith Rekczis shot a 48, Trentin Barber 51, Parker Pangallo 55, and Alex Gibson 55.

The loss dropped Watkins Glen's season mark to 7-3, while Lansing improved to 8-4.

The Senecas return to action today (Friday) on the road against Elmira Notre Dame.

Watkins Modified softball team wins

SPENCER, May 8 -- The Watkins Glen Modified softball team improved its record to 2-1 Thursday when it posted a 29-15 victory over Spencer-Van Etten in a game on the S-VE softball field.

Claudia Parker went the distance on the mound for the Senecas, striking out nine batters. Hits for Watkins came from Katlyn Kernan (4-for-6), Jordyn Barrett (4-for-5 with a double), Katie Losey (5-for-6 with a homer) Jazmin Shea (4-for-6 with a homer), Madeline Parker (3-for-4), Amber Benjamin (4-for-5), Cierra Barber (3-for-4), Claudia Parker (2-for-5), and Kelsey Kernan (3-for-5).

"It was a great team effort," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto.

The Senecas return to action on May 12 at Candor.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Claudia Parker connects with the ball for a home run. (Photo by Craig Parker)

Left: Cody Daugherty is congratulated after his game-winning hit.
Right:
O-M's Mitchell Scata delivers a pitch.

O-M rallies for 1st victory

Scata fans 12 as Indians defeat S-VE, 4-3

ODESSA, May 7 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity baseball team came from behind in the bottom of the 7th inning Wednesday to win its first game of the season, a 4-3 Interscholastic Athletic Conference decision over Spencer-Van Etten on the O-M baseball field.

Cody Daugherty delivered the game-winning hit, a single to right field that drove in Noah Bruno, setting off a celebration by the Indians, who had sustained 11 straight losses.

Mitchell Scata went the distance on the mound for O-M, striking out 12 batters and walking two while allowing just three hits -- all in a 3-run 1st inning that saw S-VE capitalize on one of Odessa's two errors.

The Indians fought back with two runs in the bottom of the 1st on a 2-run single by Zach Pyhtila that drove in Joel Kelly and Chris Foote, who had reached base on errors.

The score remained 3-2 until the bottom of the 7th, when Scata reached base on an infield hit with one out, promptly stole second, and scored on a single to right by Noah Bruno.

Bruno then stole second, setting the stage for Daugherty to deliver, and he did with a single down the right-field line. The throw home was a moment late as Bruno scampered across the plate with the winning run.

Odessa managed just five hits in the game, but made them count -- with RBIs on Pyhtila's 1st-inning safety and on Bruno's and Daugherty's 7th-inning singles. In addition to Scata's infield safety in the 7th, Ryan Taylor also had a hit -- a single in the 2nd inning. He stole second base, but was stranded. Daugherty reached base on a walk in the 5th inning and stole second, but he too was left on base.

"Today's outing was a total team effort grounded by Scata's determination on the mound," said O-M Coach Marc Kimmerly. "We competed offensively and defensively against a well-coached Spencer team. Determination, focus and spirit were elements that helped us achieve our goal today."

O-M returns to action Friday at Waverly.

Photos in text: O-M's Noah Bruno scores the winning run; and second baseman Cody Smith throws out an S-VE batter after fielding a grounder.

O-M's Mitch Scata starts the 7th inning rally with an infield hit. He stole second and scored the tying run on a single by Noah Bruno.

Watkins baseball team loses to Edison

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, May 7 -- The Watkins Glen varsity baseball team got a strong pitching performance from John Smith but couldn't mount an offense Wednesday while dropping a 6-1 decision to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

Smith went the distance for the Senecas, allowing four hits while striking out nine batters.

"John pitched a great game tonight against a very tough opponent," said Watkins Glen Coach Jerry Carocci. "A couple of untimely errors and leaving nine runners on base hurt us."

The Senecas had just three hits -- one apiece by Smith, Josh Updyke and Alex Sheesley. The team committed four errors.

Edison scored three runs in the 3rd inning, two in the 5th and one in the 6th. Watkins Glen scored its run in the 5th.

The Senecas return to action Friday at home against Newfield.

Elliott leads Glen golfers to pair of wins

LANSING, May 7 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team posted two victories Wednesday, fashioning a 216 total to defeat Lansing and Waverly in a match on the Cedar View course in Lansing.

The Senecas were led by Hanley Elliott, who was medalist with a 44. Teammate Halle Phillips posted a 48, while Courtney Irwin shot a 57, Gabi Decker 67, and Meghan Hayes 73.

Lansing, now 12-7-0, finished five strokes back of Watkins with a 221 total, while Waverly, now 13-8-0, notched a 227.

The win lifted the Senecas' season mark to 8-5-1 heading into a match May 12 at Tomasso's in Waverly.

From left: O-M pitcher Brianna Struble, left fielder Dasia Herrmann about to catch a fly ball, and first baseman Maddie Lodge catching a pop fly in foul territory.

Odessa softball team falls to S-VE

ODESSA, May 7 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team continued winless Wednesday with a 20-0, five-inning loss to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M softball field.

Spencer, which amassed 18 hits, scored seven runs in the 1st inning to set the tone of a game ended under the so-called "mercy rule" that terminates contests when a team is ahead by 15 or more runs after five innings. Seven of the Panthers' hits were for extra bases, including one homer.

Odessa managed just two hits -- one each by Addi Rhodes(1-for-2) and Megan Jenkins (1-for-2). The Indians also drew three walks -- one apiece by Brianna Struble, Breanna Bentley and Dasia Herrmann.

Struble and Maddie Lodge pitched for O-M.

Photo in text: O-M third baseman Megan Jenkins fields a throw from catcher Nikki Crout (foreground) on a pickoff attempt.

Watkins softball team loses to TAE

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, May 7 -- The Watkins Glen varsity softball team fell to Edison 19-4 Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

The Senecas, now 1-11, scored twice in the top of the 1st inning, but Edison dominated after that, responding with four 1st-inning runs and then pulling away. The game was ended under the "mercy rule" after six innings when Edison's lead grew to the requisite 15 runs.

The Senecas, who scored their final two runs in the 6th inning, registered seven hits -- with Katherine Meehan gong 4-for-4 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. Nateah Cornish was 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Emmie Bond 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Watkins Glen returns to action Monday at home against Lansing

O-M golf team loses to Candor

CATATONK, May 7 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team dropped a 245-274 decision Wednesday to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 front-9 at the Catatonk Golf Course.

Tyler Clark led O-M with a 44, while James Terry shot a 53, Trey McCarty 54, Noah Angle 60, and Taylor Grover 63.

Odessa returns to action Friday at home against Tioga.

Golf: O-M boys lose a close one to TAE

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, May 6 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team lost to Edison 262-266 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Mark Twain Golf Course's par-36 front 9.

Tyler Clark led the Indians with a 40, which included a birdie on the par-5 third hole. James Terry notched a 47, Taylor Grover 57, Noah Angle 60, and Trey McCarty 62.

Odessa, now 2-6, is back in action today (Wednesday) at Candor.

Glen track teams compete at Waverly

WAVERLY, May 6 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity track teams competed Tuesday in a nonscoring meet at Waverly High School that included teams from Waverly , Newark Valley and Elmira Notre Dame.

Among individual performances for the Senecas were the following.

Boys:
100 Meter Dash: 1st place - Ryan Pruitt, 2.45
1600 Meter Run: 1st place - Patrick Hazlitt, 4:47.03
400 Hurdles: 1st place - Kevin Kernan, 1:05.52; 2nd place - Shawn Rutledge, 1:11.01
Triple Jump: 1st place - Jacob Slater, 34' 2"
200 Meter Run: 1st place - Ryan Pruitt, 25.28
3200 Meter Run: 2nd place - Shawn Rutledge, 10:35.22
Pole Vault: 2nd place - Jacob Slater, 9'6"
Long Jump: 2nd place - Ryan Pruitt, 17' 7.5" 3rd place - Jacob Slater, 16' 11.25"
Discus: 3rd place - Tom Schmitt, 95'5"

Girls:
Pole Vault: 2nd place - Julia Reilly, 7 feet
1500 Meter Run: 3rd place - Maggie Bond, 5:18.74

Left: O-M's Brianna Struble hauls in a late throw at first base off a third strike passed ball.
Right: O-M shortstop Ashley Kot fires to first after fielding a grounder. The batter was out.

O-M softball team no-hit by Tioga's Samantha Wood

ODESSA, May 5 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team failed to register a hit Monday as Tioga junior standout Samantha Wood handcuffed the Indians en route to the seventh perfect game of her career, a 20-0 five-inning Interscholastic Athletic Conference win on the O-M softball field.

Wood, who struck out seven and didn't allow a baserunner, was aided by a second-inning infield play in which second baseman Taylor Ayers backhanded a hard grounder by Brianna Struble, turned and and threw her out at first. The Tigers played errorless ball.

Tioga jumped on the Indians with a 12-run first inning highlighted by a pair of laser-like home runs over the left centerfield fence by freshman Mariah Culver, who finished the game with three homers and six RBIs.

Tioga amassed 23 hits in the game, including four each by Dani Barto, Katelynn Stubbs and Paige Hendershot. The Tigers, in addition to their 12 first-inning runs, scored two in the 2nd, five in the 3rd and one in the 5th.

The game was called early under the "mercy rule" that terminates contests when a team is ahead by 15 or more runs after five innings.

Maddie Lodge and Breeana Bentley pitched for Odessa-Montour. The Indians committed three errors.

O-M returns to action Wednesday at home against Spencer-Van Etten.

Photos in text:

Top: Tioga's Sam Wood delivers a pitch.

Left: Tioga freshman Mariah Culver rounds third base after her first homer.

Bottom right: O-M shortstop Ashley Kot hauls in a pop fly in the outfield.

Golf: Watkins boys defeat Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, May 5 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team improved to 7-2 Monday when it defeated Waverly 218-227 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Ryan Clark led the Senecas with a 41, while Keith Rekczis shot a 42, Parker Pangallo 44, Trentin Barber 45, and Alex Gibson 46.

The low score for Waverly (now 4-5) was a 43 posted by Connor Joseph.

A Tioga runner slides safely into third base as O-M's Zach Pyhtila waits for the throw.

Baseball: Tioga tops O-M, clinches title

ODESSA, May 5 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity baseball team, still seeking its first win, fell to Tioga 7-1 Monday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M baseball field -- a contest in which Tioga clinched the IAC Small Schools South Division.

Tioga (9-1) took the early lead with a run in the 1st inning, and after Odessa tied the game in the bottom of the inning, the Tigers responded with two runs in the 2nd to go ahead for good. They added four more runs later.

The Indians managed six hits off Tioga hurlers Pete Simmons and Jesse Manuel, who combined for 16 strikeouts without yielding a walk.

"The Indians played their most competitive game of the season," said O-M Coach Marc Kimmerly, "executing fundamentally sound defensive plays." He also praised the pitching tandem of Tim Hornick and Mitch Scata for showing "excellent effort and concentration."

Odessa returns to action Wednesday at home against Spencer-Van Etten.

Photo in text: O-M starter Tim Hornick delivers a pitch.

Glen softball team loses to Notre Dame

ELMIRA, May 5 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team's record slipped to 1-10 Monday when the Senecas dropped a 14-1 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the ND softball field.

Despite the score, Watkins Coach Jim Scott was proud of his players. "It was one of our better games," he said, noting that Notre Dame is a state-ranked team. "We had nine hits, but just couldn't put them together for more runs." One opportunity missed was a bases-loaded situation in the 6th inning that failed to produce a run. The Senecas' lone run came in the 7th.

Notre Dame scored 11 runs in the first three innings, then nothing more until the 6th, when the Crusaders scored three times. Notre Dame amassed 20 hits in the contest.

Watkins Glen's nine hits came from eight players. Amanda Cherock was 2-for-3, while Katherine Meethan, Alexis Gonzalez, Nateah Cornish, Mikayla Rhoads, Bernadette Osborne, Mikenna Ayers and Emmie Bond each had one hit. Meehan and Bond each had a double, and Meehan drove in the team's only run.

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Edison.

O-M girls notch 6 wins at divisional meet

SPENCER, May 5 -- Members of the Odessa-Montour girls varsity track team registered six wins Monday in the non-scored Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small Schools South Division meet on the Spencer-Van Etten athletic field.

Posting wins for the Indians were Nadia Simpson in the 100 Meter and 200 Meter Dashes, Dana Roberts in the 100 Meter Hurdles and 400 Meter Hurdles, the 4x400 Relay team (April Dunn, Meagan Terry, Hailie Searles and Kennedey Heichel), and the 4x800 Relay team (Hannah Bruno, Dunn, Searles and Hailie Perraut).

Watkins Glen baseball team falls to ND

ELMIRA, May 5 -- The Watkins Glen varsity baseball team saw its mark slip to 2-9 Monday when the Senecas fell 19-4 to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the ND baseball field.

Notre Dame, after scoring single runs in the 1st and 2nd innings, struck for five runs each in the 3rd and 4th frames to build a 12-0 advantage before Watkins Glen scored all four of its runs in the 5th. The Crusaders then added seven runs in the final two innings.

The Senecas registered four hits to Notre Dame's 16. Sean Kelly had two of them, and John Smith and Michael Doane one apiece.

"We just didn't have the bats to keep pace with ND tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Jerry Carocci.

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Edison.

Odessa golfers lose to Notre Dame

WATKINS GLEN, May 5 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team slipped to 2-5 on the season Monday when it fell to Elmira Notre Dame 208-295 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Tyler Clark led O-M with a 41, which included a chip-in birdie on the par-3 No. 5. James Terry registered a 53, while Trey McCarty shot 62, Noah Angle 65, and Jesse Jordan 74.

Zach Brand and Mike Stearns each shot a 38 for Notre Dame, which is 10-0.

Athletes of the Week: Hazlitt, Elliott

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 3 -- Two standouts who earned titles at the Odessa-Montour Legends of the Night Invitational track meet are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt earns the nod after his stirring, come-from-behind victory in the 1600 Meter Run at the Legends meet -- an afternoon-evening competition that featured athletes from 18 schools. He also posted two victories at a meet earlier in the week.

O-M's Bryce Elliott gets the other weekly honor. He placed first at the Legends in the Discus -- with a personal best throw -- and was third in the Shot Put. He also won the Shot and Discus earlier in the week at a meet where his team clinched an IAC division title.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen lacrosse players Ian Chedzoy, Matt Estes and Alec Clarkson; O-M track's Dana Roberts, Hailie Searles, Andy Fudala, Charles Sidle, Chad Sykes, and Nadia Simpson; Watkins Glen track's Maggie Bond, Isobel Scheffey and Kevin Kernan; Watkins Glen golfer Keith Rekczis; and O-M golfer Tyler Clark.

Honorable Mention: Another 39 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools.

O-M's Jimmy Randolph on the way to fifth place in the 110 Meter Hurdles.

Hazlitt, Elliott: Legends titles

18 schools compete at annual O-M invitational

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ODESSA, May 2 -- Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt, trailing coming out of the final turn, found a strong finishing kick Friday that carried him past Lansing's Ben Eisenhut to first place in the 1600 Meter Run at the Legends of the Night Invitational track meet on the Odessa-Montour High School athletic field.

Hazlitt finished with a time 4:38.43 in a race that saw him lead for the first three laps, fall behind Eisenhut on the final one, and then shoot ahead on the final straighaway. Eisenhut's time was 4:42.09.

That was a prime highlight for Schuyler County fans at a meet featuring 18 schools -- and dominated on the boys side by Horseheads and Tioga (which tied atop the standings with 87 points) and Trumansburg (which had 81). South Seneca was fourth with 36, while Watkins Glen was eighth with 26 and O-M was tied for 11th at 18.

Elmira Notre Dame dominated among the girls, registering 139 points to easily outdistance runnerup Newark Valley, which had 81.33. Watkins Glen was ninth with 18 points, while host O-M was tied for 14th in the 18-school field with just one point -- a result of many of its athletes opting instead to attend the school prom.

Hazlitt wasn't the only local champion. O-M's Bryce Elliott grabbed the title in the Discus with a personal-best throw of 134'1" while finishing third in the Shot Put at 42' 4.5". He said his next goal in the Discus is the school mark of 155'8" held by alum Dakota Simpson, who was present at the meet to cheer him on.

Other top-eight finishes for Watkins and O-M athletes included:

Men:

400 Meter Relay: 5th, WG (Kevin Kernan, Thomas Schmitt, Aidan DeBolt, Ryan Pruitt)
3200 Meter Relay: 8th, WG (Sean Holland, Daniel Paradiso, Shawn Rutledge, Gabe Planty)
110 Meter Hurdles: 5th, OM (Jimmy Randolph); 6th, WG (Kevin Kernan)
100 Meter Dash: 5th, WG (Ryan Pruitt)
1600 Meter Run: 7th, OM (Luke Eberhardt); 8th, WG (Gabe Planty)
400 Meter Hurdles: 7th, WG (Kevin Kernan)
800 Meter Run: 4th, WG (Jacob Carocci)
3200 Meter Run: 5th, WG (Shawn Rutledge)
1600 Meter Relay: 8th, WG (Aidan DeBolt, Gabe Planty, Jacob Carocci, Patrick Hazlitt)
Long Jump: 4th, WG (Ryan Pruitt)
Shot Put: 7th, OM (Zach Elliott)
Pole Vault: 6th, WG (Jacob Slater)

Women:

400 Meter Relay: 6th, OM (Hannah Bruno, Kennedey Heichel, Nadia Simpson, Meagan Terry)
100 Meter Hurdles: 3rd, WG (De'naja Blanchard)
100 Meter Dash: 7th, WG (Isobel Scheffey)
1500 Meter Run: 3rd, WG (Maggie Bond)
400 Meter Run: 8th, OM (Hannah Bruno)
200 Meter Dash: 4th, WG (Isobel Scheffey)
3000 Meter Run: 5th, WG (Taylor Kennard); 8th, WG (Maggie Bond)
Triple Jump: 8th, WG (Claire McManus)

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt on the way to victory in the 1600 Meter Run.
Second: O-M's Bryce Elliott prepares to throw the Discus. He won the event. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)
Third: O-M's Luke Eberhardt competes in the 1600, where he finished 7th.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey at start of a 100 Meter Dash heat.

Left: Watkins' Jacob Slater en route to 6th place in the Pole Vault. Right: Watkins' Joelle Slater hands off to Taylor Kennard in the 4x800 Relay. (Both photos by Doug Yeater)

Left: Watkins' De'naja Blanchard on the way to third place in the 100 Meter Hurdles.
Right: O-M's Rosie Peckham clears the High Jump bar. (Both photos by Doug Yeater)

O-M's Meagan Terry soars in the Long Jump. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

Left: Watkins' Maggie Bond on the podium after finishing third in the 1500 Meter Run.
Right: Watkins Glen's Jacob Carocci on the way to fourth place in the 800 Meter Run.
(Both photos by Doug Yeater)

Watkins tennis team loses to S. Cayuga

AURORA, May 2 -- The Watkins Glen varsity tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision Friday to Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match thatconcluded the Senecas' regular season.

The only win for the Senecas (3-7) was posted by the doubles team of sisters Makenna and Keziah Fraboni, who won by a 6-0, 6-0 forfeit. The other doubles teams of William Pastrick-Jordan Shea and Megan Hazlitt-Kendra Larson lost in straight sets.

Also losing in straight sets were Watkins Glen's four singles players: Luke Flahive, Liam Fitch, Hannah Morse and Hannah Pulis.

"Our last match was a tough one," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "In the end, I am very proud of the season the team had. It is always difficult restarting a program that has not been around for a while. We managed to win three matches and played well in several others. The kids approached the season with a terrific attitude, played their best, and were a pleasure to work with every day. I think the future is bright for tennis in Watkins Glen."

Golf: Watkins boys win, improve to 6-2

WATKINS GLEN, May 2 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team -- led by a 41 by Keith Rekczis -- defeated Newark Valley 234-268 Friday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Other Watkins Glen scores included a 44 by Ryan Clark, 49 by Sam Hanley, 50 by Parker Pangallo and 50 by exchange student Jonas Recker.

The Senecas, now 6-2, return to action Monday at home against Waverly.

Watkins Glen's Brad Eslick (14, partially obscured) sends the ball behind the Notre Dame keeper for a goal in first-half action. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Glen laxers top ND again

Clarkson, Estes score 3 goals each; WG posts 4th win

WATKINS GLEN, May 1 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team won its fourth game of the season Thursday, pulling away from Elmira Notre Dame in the second half for an 11-7 victory on the WGHS athletic field.

Matt Estes scored three goals and had four assists and Alec Clarkson scored three goals to lead the Senecas' attack, while Brandon Gould, Brad Eslick, Austin Dalrymple, Lucas Wickham and Justin Duane each scored once. Wickham had two assists and Ian Chedzoy one.

The win was Watkins Glen's second over Notre Dame this season. The Senecas posted an 11-9 victory over the Crusaders on April 15.

The game was deadlocked after one period, 3-3, and was tied 5-5 at halftime. The Senecas took the lead for good with the first three goals of the third period. Notre Dame cut its deficit to two goals, 8-6, with 1:51 remaining in the third period, but never got closer than that.

Watkins Glen scored three fourth-quarter goals -- by Estes at 9:34, Wickham at 6:32 and Duane at 4:32, while Notre Dame managed just one goal, at 8:07 while the Senecas were short-handed.

Watkins Glen won a majority of the faceoffs, 13 of 22, while goalkeeper Bryce De La Osa Cruz recorded 10 saves.

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Senior Recognition:

The seven seniors on the Watkins squad were honored at the game: Victoria Wixson, Justin Duane, Alec Clarkson, Matt Estes, Travis Beaumont, Ethan Clark and Bryce De La Osa Cruz.

Said Coach Nils Watson: "This season has been one of great progress for the WG lacrosse program. Each game we have achieved team goals and had individual success. The seven seniors on the team have made major contributions. These seniors took a chance when they came out, and have led the way in establishment of a WG lacrosse program. I wish all of them the best and thank them for their effort, true dedication, and support of WG lacrosse."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Lucas Wickham scores.
Middle: The Senecas' Brandon Gould goes high for a shot on goal, which was blocked.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Matt Estes, left, moves in to dislodge the ball from a Notre Dame player..

Players look up and reach for a ball that flew high.

Watkins Glen's Justin Duane, right, battles for possession of the ball.
(Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: Watkins Glen's Alec Clarkson (7) scores ...
Right: ...on a pass from Ian Chedzoy (12).

Golf: Glen girls top Waverly, Elmira

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, May 1 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team improved to 6-4-1 on the season Thursday when it defeated Waverly and Elmira in a match on the Mark Twain Golf Course.

Watkins Glen golfers posted a score of 228. Waverly (12-7-0) registered a 236, while Elmira (0-13-0) totaled 258.

The Senecas' Halle Phillips led all golfers with a 51, while teammate Hanley Elliott notched a 53. Other scores for Watkins Glen: Courtney Irwin 58, Gabi Decker 66, Megan Hoy 68, and Alexis Atchie 81.

"The conditions were tough," said Watkins Glen Coach Diane Wood. "Mark Twain is always a tough course to play, as indicated by the high scores."

O-M softball team falls to Candor, 6-1

CANDOR, May 1 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team dropped a 6-1 decision to Candor Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Candor softball field.

O-M registered just three hits. They came from Brianna Struble (1-for-3), Nikki Crout (1-for-2 with a walk), and Maddie Lodge (1-for-3 with an RBI). Addi Rhodes, who reached base twice on walks, scored the team's only run.

Lodge and Struble pitched for Odessa, allowing seven hits between them. Candor scored single runs in the 1st and 6th innings, and two runs each in the 2nd and 4th. O-M scored its run in the 7th inning.

Odessa baseball team loses to Candor

CANDOR, May 1 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity baseball team's record slipped to 0-10 Thursday with a 14-2 loss to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Candor baseball field.

O-M registered six hits -- including two by Zach Pyhtila (one of them a triple) and one each by Jeremiah Holley, Joel Kelly, Chris Foote and Alex Grady. Foote, who stole four bases, scored one of the Odessa runs. Kelly scored the other.

Odessa Coach Marc Kimmerly said that his team is improving offensively "since the slow start and cold weather earlier in the season."

Tim Hornick started on the mound for O-M, going four innings, while Cody Smith relieved. Each registered two strikeouts.

O-M tennis team blanked by Waverly

WAVERLY, May 1 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team fell 7-0 to Waverly Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Waverly tennis courts.

In singles matches, O-M's Curtis Harris, Andy Doan, Cameron Adams and Sarah Norton each fell in straight sets. The Odessa doubles teams of Billy Tague-Manley Gavich, Brooke Collins-Kate Ross and Alec Betts-Bronwyn Stermer also lost in straight sets.

Watkins golfers top O-M; Rekczis dons green jacket

WATKINS GLEN, April 30 -- The Watkins Glen varsity golf team -- led by Keith Rekczis' 41 -- defeated Odessa-Montour 221-265 Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Rekczis, as low scorer, earned the chance to don the green jacket that is emblematic of the medalist of this intracounty rivalry. It was his third straight year as medalist, and thus his third annual photo opportunity with his coach, Rob Michel, and the man who brings the jacket to the course each year for this match: Watkins Glen cross country and basketball coach John Fazzary.

The jacket comes from the closet of Watkins Glen basketball and softball coach Jim Scott, and goes back to the closet each year after this match. It has echoes of the green jacket won each year at The Masters golf tournament, although the winner there retains possesion of it.

Past winners besides Rekczis have included Watkins Glen's Ben Stamp, Ethan Roth and Ernie Brennan, and O-M's Matt Kautz.

Other scores for Watkins Glen: Ryan Clark 44, Trentin Barber 44, Parker Pangallo 46, and Alex Gibson 46.

Tyler Clark (pictured at right) led O-M with a 44, while James Terry registered a 46, Trey McCarty 57, Noah Angle 59, and Brandon Ray 60.

The victory lifted Watkins Glen's season mark to 5-2, while O-M slipped to 2-4.

Girls: Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark shot a 46 in a match against Elmira Notre Dame on the Watkins Glen course, while teammates Catherine Rounds and Gabby Fazzary notched a 65 and a 73, respectively. O-M did not have the requisite four golfers to record a team score, and neither did Notre Dame, which had just one golfer, Natalie Farr, who fired a 54.

Photos in text:

Top: From left: John Fazzary, medalist Keith Rekczis and Watkins golf coach Rob Michel.
Bottom: Tyler Clark, who led O-M with a 44.

From left: Watkins Glen's Nateah Cornish, Amanda Cherock and Katherine Meehan.
(Photo on right by Don Romeo)

Watkins softball team loses, slips to 1-9

WATKINS GLEN, April 30 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team dropped a 22-1 decision Wednesday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS softball field.

The Senecas, now 1-9 this season, trailed 9-1 entering the 7th inning. Waverly scored 13 runs in that final frame on 12 hits and a couple of Watkins Glen errors.

Waverly ended the game with 24 hits while committing no errors. Watkins Glen had three hits and five errors.

Hits for the Senecas came from Katherine Meehan (1-for-3), Amanda Cherock (1-for-3), and Alexis Gonzalez (1-for-3 with an RBI). The lone Watkins run was scored by Emmie Bond, who had reached base on a walk.

Watkins Glen returns to action Monday at Notre Dame.

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Photo at right: Watkins Glen centerfielder Emmie Bond tracks down a Waverly fly ball, which she caught. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Searles wins Steeple, sets O-M record

TRUMANSBURG, Aprils 30 -- Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen High School runners competed Wednesday in a non-scored but official Steeplechase race on the new Trumansburg high school track -- and an O-M runner came away with first place and a school record.

Hailie Searles led the pack of a dozen girls at the open invitational, posting a time of 8:01.6 that easily surpassed her own record set two years ago of 8:10.11.

"Hailie has been stepping up her game in practice and at meets," said O-M boys track coach and athletic manager Skip Strobel. "She is a very driven individual this season."

Second place among the girls went to Watkins Glen's Taylor Kennard in a time of 8:36.1. O-M's April Dunn was fourth, and Watkins Glen's Kali Bond, Joelle Slater and Liza Carnes were 6th, 7th and 12th, respectively.

Among the dozen boys competing, Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge placed second in 10:37.3, and O-M's Zach Elliott and Nick Sgrecci finished in the middle of the pack.

The boys Steeplechase covers 3000 meters, and the girls Steeplechase 2000 meters.

Photo in text: O-M's Hailie Searles clears a hurdle on the way to victory in the Steeplechase. (Photo provided)

Left: Watkins' Taylor Kennard, who finished second in the girls' 2000-meter Steeplechase.
Right: Watkins' Shawn Rutledge, left, enroute to a second-place finish in the boys' 3000-meter Steeplechase. (Both photos by Pam Rutledge)

Watkins Glen's James Updyke dives back safely to first base on a pickoff attempt.

Glen baseball team falls to Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, April 30 -- The Watkins Glen varsity baseball team started strong Wednesday, but the momentum quickly turned as the Senecas dropped a 17-2 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS baseball field.

After Waverly scored twice to open the game, the Senecas evened the score 2-2 in the bottom of the 1st inning and threatened to take the lead by loading the bases in the 2nd inning with nobody out. But a double play ball that forced the lead runner at the plate, and a subsequent ground out, third to first, ended the threat without a run scoring.

After that the game was all Waverly's, starting with a run in the 3rd inning. The Wolverines then added four runs in the 4th inning, six in the 5th, and two each in the 6th and 7th.

John Smith started on the mound for the Senecas. He was relieved by Justin Kelly, who was followed by Josh Updyke and Aaron Planty.

Watkins Glen had six hits in the game -- one each by Josh Updyke, Smith, Jared Carocci, Planty, Michael Doane and Sean Kelly.

The Senecas return to action Monday at Elmira Notre Dame.

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Photos in text:

Top: The Waverly first baseman stretches for a throw from the catcher that completed a 5-2-3 bases-loaded double play. Out at first was Watkins Glen's John Smith.

Bottom: Watkins Glen first baseman Jared Carocci juggles the ball after fielding a grounder, but recovered in time for the putout at first. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Bottom: The Senecas' Justin Kelly slides safely into second with a stolen base. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

O-M baseball team drops 8-2 decision

NEWFIELD, April 30 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity baseball team fell to Newfield 8-2 Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newfield baseball field.

The Indians, now 0-9, registered four hits -- one each by Zach Pyhtila, Joel Kelly, Tim Hornick and Jeremiah Holley. Cody Daugherty and Holley each had a stolen base, and each scored a run.

Chris Foote started on the mound for Odessa, going three innings before being relieved by Kelly, who also went three innings. Daugherty pitched the final frame.

The Indians return to action today (Thursday) at Candor.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse volleys in her singles match.

Glen tennis team falls; seniors honored

WATKINS GLEN, April 30 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team's record slipped to 3-6 Wednesday when the Senecas dropped a 5-2 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the WGHS tennis courts.

The match was preceded by a Senior Night ceremony, this being the team's final home meet of the season. Honored were Luke Flahive, Keziah Fraboni, William Pastrick and Abigail Rundle.

Coach Scott Morse praised each of them for their leadership -- for coming out for the team for the first time this year and thus helping to "ensure the future of the program. They stepped up and led the way" for the team's younger players.

Posting wins for the Senecas were the doubles teams of Pastrick-Jordan Shea (6-1, 6-0) and Fraboni and her sister Makenna (6-3, 7-5). Losing in straight sets was the doubles team of Rundle and Kendra Larson.

Watkins Glen lost all four singles matches, with Flahive, Liam Fitch, Hannah Morse and Hannah Pulis falling in straight sets.

The Senecas return to action Friday at Southern Cayuga.

The Watkins Glen tennis team's seniors were honored before the match. From left: Abigail Rundle, William Pastrick, Keziah Fraboni and Luke Flahive.

O-M Modified baseball team tops Candor

ODESSA, April 30 -- The Odessa-Montour Modifield baseball team improved its mark to 2-0 Wednesday when it overcame an early 6-0 deficit to defeat Candor 12-8 in a game on the O-M baseball field.

Odessa, down six runs in the 1st inning, rallied with three runs in the 2nd inning and one in the 3rd to climb within two runs, 6-4. After Candor scored twice in the 4th to increase its lead to 8-4, Odessa answered with six runs in the bottom of the inning and added two more in the 6th.

The game was called at that point because it was 7 p.m., and no inning can start after 7.

O-M had 11 hits in the game. Derrick Lewis had three of them, while Hunter Holley and Ben Matthews had two each and Andrew Ink, John Niedermeier, Gage Arcangeli and Brett Walters one apiece. The team had 25 stolen bases -- including five by Walters, four each by Matthews and Lewis, and three each by Holly, Niedermeier and Arcangeli.

Ink, Matthews and Caleb Thomas pitched for Odessa, allowing just four hits among them. Thomas pitched a nearly flawless final three innings, allowing no runs and no hits while striking out four batters and hitting one.

Odessa-Montour's Britney Visscher clears the pole vault bar.

O-M track teams win titles

Top TAE, Candor to clinch division crowns

CANDOR, April 29 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity track teams captured Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small Schools South Division crowns Tuesday by defeating Candor and Edison in O-M's final division meet of the season.

It was held on Candor's athletic field

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Boys:
Odessa-Montour over Candor 109.5-29.5
Odessa-Montour over Edison 123-15

The O-M boys completed a sweep of their five division meets. There were, on Tuesday, some "great all-around performances," said Coach Skip Strobel. "The boys won every event on the track and in the field. Winning the division was a goal they set for themselves at the beginning of the season, and I am very proud of their accomplishment."

First-place finishes:

4x800 Relay: Nick Sgrecci, Ryan Marsh, Noah Brewster, Bryce Kot
110 Hurdles: Andy Fudala with personal best of 16.4; 2nd Jimmy Randolph
100 Meters: Chad Sykes; 3rd Zack Knapp
1600 Meters: Luke Eberhardt; 3rd Trevor Dunn
4x100 Relay: Sykes, Randolph, Charles Sidle, Voorhees
400 Meters: Ryan Marsh; 3rd Zach Elliott
400 Hurdles: Fudala ; 2nd Randolph
800 Meters: Eberhardt; 2nd Sgrecci
200 Meters: Sykes; 2nd Sidle
3200 Meters: Brewster
4x400 Relay: Sykes, R. Marsh, Sgrecci, Eberhardt
Long Jump: Sidle; 3rd Kot
Triple Jump: Sidle; 3rd Sgrecci
High Jump: Fudala
Pole Vault: Fudala; 2nd Eberhardt
Shot Put: Bryce Elliott
Discus: Bryce Elliott; 3rd Zach Elliott

Girls:
Odessa-Montour over Candor 88-47
Odessa-Montour over Edison 116-14

The O-M girls also finished 5-0 in division competition, earning their second straight IAC Small Schools South Division crown. "I'm very proud of them," said Coach Burton Brewster. "We discussed it early in the season -- as something they could do if they worked hard."

Odessa was led Tuesday by Dana Roberts, who won the 100 Hurdles in a personal best of 16.2, the 400 Meters in 1:08, and the Long Jump at 14'4", and was on the winning 4x400 Relay team.

Other individual firsts were posted by:

April Dunn in the 800 Meters;
Nadia Simpson in the 100 (13.3) and 200 (28.7);
Amy Fudala in the High Jump (4'6");
Hailie Searles in the 1500 Meters.

Relay firsts included:

4x100: Amy Fudala, Kennedy Heichel, Britney Visscher and Nadia Simpson;
4x400: Dana Roberts, April Dunn, Hannah Bruno, Meagan Terry;
4x800: Hailie Searles, Meagan Terry, Hannah Bruno, Hailie Perraut.

Second-place fininshes included:

Kennedy Heichel in the 100 Hurdles;
Britney Visscher in the Pole Vault at 6'6";
Hailie Perraut in the Shot Put;
Hailie Searles in the Triple Jump;
Rosie Peckham in the High Jump;
Jaylin Rumsey in the Discus;
Courtney Brown in the 3000 Meters.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Andy Fudala en route to victory and a personal-best time in the 100m Hurdles.
Second: Odessa's Charles Sidle receives the baton from Jimmy Randolph in the 4x100 Relay.
Third: O-M's Chad Sykes at start of the 100 Meters, which he won.
Fourth: Odessa's Dana Roberts on the way to victory in the 100 Meter Hurdles.
Bottom: The Indians' Meagan Terry receives the baton from Hailie Perraut in the 4x800 Relay, won by Odessa-Montour.

O-M's Amy Fudala clears the High Jump bar. She won the event.

O-M's Luke Eberhardt and Nick Sgrecci compete in the 800,
won by Eberhardt. Sgrecci finished second.

From left: O-M's Rosie Peckham, Hailie Searles and Luke Eberhardt.
(Right and left photos by Taylor Rounds)

Watkins Glen third baseman Alex Sheesley prepares to tag an incoming Candor runner after receiving a strong throw from left fielder James Updyke.

Glen baseball team posts 15-14 victory

CANDOR, April 29 -- The Watkins Glen varsity baseball team improved to 2-7 on the season Tuesday when it held off Candor in the final inning for a 15-14 Interscholastic Athletic Conference win on the Candor baseball field.

The Senecas and Indians entered the final frame deadlocked at 10-10. Watkins scored five times in the top of the inning, while Candor netted four runs in the bottom of the 7th.

"It was a back-and-forth game," said Watkins Glen Coach Jerry Carocci, "but the guys made the big plays when we needed them."

The error-laced contest -- Candor committed seven errors to Watkins Glen's five -- also saw 21 hits, 13 of them by the Senecas.

The Watkins Glen offense included three hits by John Smith (with 3 RBIs), two hits and 2 RBIs each by Jared Carocci and James Updyke, two hits by Sean Kelly -- and a home run over the left field fence by Justin Kelly. Also registering a hit each were Josh Updyke, Michael Doane and Alex Sheesley.

Doane started on the mound for Watkins, going five innings. Justin Kelly pitched the final two innings and picked up the victory.

Watkins Glen scored one run in the 1st inning, four runs in both the 3rd and 5th innings, one in the 6th and five in the 7th. Candor, which had eight hits, scored in every inning but the 6th.

The Senecas return to action today (Wednesday) at home against Waverly.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen second baseman Sean Kelly throws to first after fielding a grounder.
Bottom: Watkins Glen starter Michael Doane delivers a pitch.

His Watkins Glen teammates congratulate Justin Kelly (5) after he hit a home run over the left field fence..

Golf: Odessa boys defeat Groton

WATKINS GLEN, April 29 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team improved its season mark to 2-3 Tuesday by defeating Groton 251-347 on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Tyler Clark led Odessa with a 40, while Trey McCarty and James Terry each recorded a 50, Noah Angle 53 and Brandon Ray 58.

O-M returns to action today (Wednesday) against Watkins Glen.

Watkins Glen's Alec Clarkson (right) drives toward the Whitney Point goal.
(Photo by Kent Duane)

Chedzoy leads Glen lacrosse to victory

WATKINS GLEN, April 29 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team -- led by five Ian Chedzoy goals -- posted its third victory of the season Tuesday when it defeated Whitney Point 12-10 in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

The Senecas led at the end of every period: 4-3 after one, 8-6 at halftime, and 10-9 following the third quarter.

Watkins struck first on an Alec Clarkson unassisted goal just :38 into the game. Other first-quarter goals came from Brandon Gould (assisted by Justin Duane), Brad Eslick and Chedzoy, who went on to score four more times in the contest. He also had an assist on one of Matt Estes' two goals. Duane and Lucas Wickham also scored a goal apiece.

The Senecas won 13 of 26 face-offs. Bryce De La Osa Cruz registered 11 saves in goal for Watkins.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Lucas Wickham winds up for a shot on goal. He scored on the play. (Photo by Kent Duane)

Watkins Glen's Jordan Rappleye (4) leaps clear of a Whitney Point player as the ball bounces upfield. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: Watkins Glen's Dylan Platon carries the ball past a couple of Whitney Point defenders. Right: The Senecas' Ian Chedzoy (foreground). (Both photos by Doug Yeater)

Watkins tennis team loses, slips to 3-5

ELMIRA, April 29 -- The Watkins Glen varsity tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision Tuesday to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the ND tennis courts.

Luke Flahive posted the lone win for the Senecas (now 3-5), topping Spencer Rayne 6-4, 6-4 in the No. 1 singles match.

Dropping singles matches were Watkins' Liam Fitch, Hannah Morse and Hannah Pulis in straight sets. Dropping doubles matches were the Senecas' William Pastrick-Jordan Shea, Paige Robbins-Hannah Matusicky, and Makenna Fraboni-Keziah Fraboni, also all in straight sets.

Track: Watkins boys win, girls lose

ELMIRA, April 29 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity track team defeated Elmira Notre Dame 78-41 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the ND athletic field. The Watkins Glen girls, meanwhile, fell to Notre Dame 116-16.

Boys: Watkins Glen 78, Notre Dame 41

First-place finishes for the Senecas were posted by:

Kevin Kernan in the 110 Meter Hurdles in 19.2;
Kevin Kernan in the 400 Hurdles in 1:07.1;
Ryan Pruitt in the 100 Meters in 11.8;
Ryan Pruitt in the 200 Meters in 25.5;
Patrick Hazlitt in the 400 Meters in 55 seconds;
Patrick Hazlitt in the 800 Meters in 2:14.3;
Thomas Schmitt in the Discus at 94'10";
Jacob Slater in the Long Jump at 16'7";
Jacob Slater in the Triple Jump at 33'10.25";
Jacob Carocci in the High Jump at 4'8"

Second places were registered by Slater in the 400 Hurdles, Carocci in the 800, Schmitt in the Shot Put, Kernan in the Long Jump, Pruitt in the Triple Jump, and Hazlitt in the 3200.

Girls: Notre Dame 116, Watkins Glen 16

The Watkins girls had no first-place finishes. Second-place finishes were posted by Claire McManus in the Long Jump, Maggie Bond in the Triple Jump, and Taylor Kennard in the High Jump.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Kevin Kernan on the way to one of his two victories. (Photo by Pam Rutledge)

Left: Watkins Glen's Joelle Slater clears a hurdle. Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy hands the relay baton to Isobel Scheffey. (Both photos by Pam Rutledge)

Glen softball team blanked by Candor

CANDOR, April 29 -- The Watkins Glen varsity softball team's record slid to 1-8 Tuesday when the Senecas lost to Candor 15-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Candor softball field.

The contest was called after six innings under the "mercy rule" that terminates games when a team leads by 15 or more runs after five innings.

The Senecas managed just four hits -- by Katherine Meehan (1-for-3), Alexis Gonzalez (1-for-3) and Nateah Cornish (2-for-4) -- and committed five errors. Four of those miscues came in the 1st inning, when Candor scored eight runs. Candor finished the game with 18 hits.

Watkins Glen returns to action today (Wednesday) at home against Waverly.

O-M Modified baseball team tops Glen

ODESSA, April 29 -- The Odessa-Montour Modified baseball team opened its season Tuesday with an 8-3 victory over Watkins Glen in a game on the O-M baseball field.

Pitchers John Niedermaier and Caleb Thomas combined for a 1-hitter, with Niedermaier going the first four innings and allowing three runs (none earned) while striking out 10 batters and walking seven. Thomas pitched the final three innings, allowing no runs and no hits while striking out seven batters and walking none.

Hits for O-M came from Thomas (3-for-3 with a double and 2 RBIs), Hunter Holly (3-for-4), Ben Matthews (2-for-4 with an RBI), Andrew Ink (1-for-3), Niedermaier (1-for-3), and Clayton Rice (1-for-2). The Indians also stole 8 bases.

Odessa returns to action today (Wednesday) at home against Candor.

Glen Modified softball team tops O-M

ODESSA, April 29 -- The Watkins Glen Modified softball team defeated Odessa-Montour 17-2 Tuesday in a game on the Odessa softball field.

Watkins Glen pitcher Claudia Parker struck out 14 batters on the way to the victory.

The Senecas' offense included three hits each by Katlyn Kernan and Katie Losey, a 2-run homer by Jazmin Shea, two hits each by Jordyn Barrett and Kelsey Kernan, and one hit apiece by Amber Benjamin and Madeline Parker.

"The girls left it all on the field," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto.

Golf: Watkins Glen girls top Elmira

WATKINS GLEN, April 27 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team -- led by medalist Hanley Elliott's career-best 44 -- defeated Elmira 218-254 Monday in a cold, windy match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Other scores for the Senecas included: Halle Phillips 47, Courtney Irwin 57, Alexis Atchie 70, Gabi Decker 73, and Meghan Hayes 78.

"My goal for the team," said Watkins Glen Coach Diane Wood, "is to get another girl in the 50s, and then we will be more competitive with the other teams. All of the girls can do it. Hopefully warmer weather will come."

Left: Watkins' Bernadette Osborne fields a ball in left field. Right: The Senecas' shortstop, Amanda Cherock, pursues a pop fly that fell in safely. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Glen softball team falls to Newark Valley

WATKINS GLEN, April 28 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team's record slipped to 1-7 Monday when the Senecas dropped an 18-3 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS softball field.

The contest was ended after five innings under the so-called "mercy rule" that terminates games when a team is ahead by 15 or more runs after five innings.

The Cardinals scored in every inning -- two runs in the 1st, seven in the 2nd, five in the 3rd, and two each in the 4th and 5th. They amassed 20 hits..

Watkins Glen scored twice in the 2nd inning and once in the 5th. The Senecas had five hits, with Nateah Cornish going 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI, Mikenna Ayers 1-for-2 with an RBI, and Emmie Bond 2-for-2 with an RBI.

Alexis Gonzalez went the distance on the mound for Watkins Glen, striking out four batters and walking none.

Watkins returns to action today (Tuesday) at Candor.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen second baseman Mikenna Ayers tags out a Newark Valley baserunner. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins first baseman Allison Teed moves in on a pop fly as the hitter races up the first-base line. Teed caught the ball. Right: The Senecas' Emmie Bond fields a hit to center.

Golf: O-M boys lose to S-VE, 244-272

CATATONK, April 27 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team lost to Spencer-Van Etten 244-272 Monday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Catatonk Golf Course's par-36 front-9.

O-M's Tyler Clark was the day's medalist with a 43, while James Terry registered a 52, Taylor Grover 55, Trey McCarty 59 and Brandon Ray 63.

The loss dropped O-M's season mark to 1-3, while S-VE improved to 3-1.

"It wasn't our best effort," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "but we had some good shots and holes today. It's part of the learning process."

The Indians return to action at home today (Tuesday) against Groton.

Golf: Watkins Glen boys top TAE

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, April 27 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team registered a victory Monday over Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Mark Twain Golf Course.

The Senecas registered a 248 total on a cold, windy day -- one made more difficult by a couple of glass-slick greens that bedeviled the golfers. Edison had just four golfers -- one shy of the number needed for a team score.

Ryan Clark led Watkins Glen with a 46, while Parker Pangallo notched a 47, Keith Rekczis 48, Trentin Barber 51, and Sam Hanley 56.

The Senecas return to action Wednesday against Odessa-Montour on the Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Watkins tennis team tops Moravia, 5-2

MORAVIA, April 27 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team improved its season mark to 3-4 Monday by defeating Moravia 5-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Moravia tennis courts.

"It was a great team effort today for an important win," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "I'm proud of the team as they continue to improve."

Wins were posted for Watkins Glen in singles by Liam Fitch (6-1, 6-1), Hannah Morse (6-3, 6-1) and Hannah Pulis (6-3,, 6-0), and in doubles by William Pastrick-Jordan Shea in three sets and Makenna Fraboni-Keziah Fraboni in straight sets.

Watkins Glen shortstop Justin Kelly, left, and second baseman Sean Kelly converge on a soft infield pop fly. Sean Kelly caught the ball.

Watkins baseball team falls to NV, 10-1

WATKINS GLEN, April 27 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity baseball team's record fell to 1-7 Monday when the Senecas lost 10-1 to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS baseball field.

The Cardinals scored twice in the 1st inning, once in the 2nd, three times in the 3rd, once in the 4th, twice in the 6th and once in the 7th. Watkins Glen scored its run in the 7th.

Josh Updyke started on the mound for the Senecas, with Aaron Planty relieving in the 4th.

Watkins Glen had three hits, with Josh Updyke going 2-for-4 with a double, and James Updyke going 1-for-3.

The Senecas are back in action today (Tuesday) at Candor.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen catcher John Smith zeroes in on a foul pop fly. He made the catch.

O-M tennis team loses to Tburg, 6-1

ODESSA, April 27 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team fell to Trumansburg 6-1 Monday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the O-M tennis courts.

The lone win for Odessa came from Curtis Harris, who won his No. 1 singles match, defeating Kelsey Kallstrom, 6-4, 6-2.

Singles losses were sustained by O-M's Andy Doan, Manley Gavich and Cameron Adams, while the teams of Brooke Collins-Billy Tague, Kate Ross-Sarah Norton and Bronwyn Stermer-Alec Betts fell in doubles.

Odessa baseball team loses to Edison

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, April 27 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity baseball team's record slipped to 0-8 Monday when the Indians dropped a 21-2 decision to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

Odessa had three hits -- one each by Alex Grady, Noah Bruno and Tim Hornick.

The Indians return to action Wednesday at Newfield.

O-M softball team falls to TAE, 16-1

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, April 27 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team's record slipped to 0-8 Monday when the Indians dropped a 16-1 decision to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

Edison opened with a 5-run 1st inning, and added three runs in the 2nd, seven runs in the 3rd and one run in the 4th. Odessa scored in the 5th -- after which the game was terminated under the so-called "mercy rule" that ends games when one team is ahead by 15 or more runs after five innings.

Odessa registered three hits -- one each by Ashley Kot (1-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base), Brianna Struble (1-for-3) and Breeana Bentley (1-for-2). Maddie Lodge, who drew one of the team's three walks, scored O-M's lone run.

Glen Modified lacrosse team tops Dryden

DRYDEN, April 27 -- The Watkins Glen High School Modified lacrosse team -- led by Jackson Dunham's five goals -- posted a 7-4 victory Monday over Dryden on the Dryden athletic field. The win lifted the Senecas' season mark to 2-3.

Joining Dunham in the scoring column were Tanner Ryan and Joe Chedzoy with one goal each. Dylan Markley registered two assists and Seth Swinnerton one.

Goalie Kaitlyn Valla had four saves, while Chedzoy won 8 of 12 face-offs.

Athletes of Week: Roberts, Harris, Bond

SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 27 -- This week we honor two high school track standouts and a tennis player as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Dana Roberts repeats from Odessa-Montour after winning four times in a key track meet against Tioga (in the 100 Hurdles, 400 Hurdles, 200 and Long Jump), and excelling at the Moravia Relays.

Curtis Harris earns the honor for a tennis week that saw him win three straight outings in the No. 1 Odessa-Montour singles slot -- against Newark Valley, Southern Cayuga and Notre Dame.

Maggie Bond gets the nod from Watkins Glen for a win in the 1500 Meter Run against Newark Valley and a 1st and three other top-6 finishes at the Moravia Relays.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen lacrosse's Ian Chedzoy; O-M track's Andy Fudala, Jimmy Randolph, Chad Sykes, Luke Eberhardt, Nick Sgrecci, Charles Sidle, April Dunn and Hailie Searles; Watkins Glen track's Claire McManus and Patrick Hazlitt; O-M softball standout Ashley Kot; Watkins Glen softball pitcher Alexis Gonzalez; Watkins Glen baseball's Justin Kelly; and Watkins Glen golfer Keith Rekczis.

Honorable Mention: Another 27 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal athletes and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools.

Watkins Glen's Justin Duane shoots on goal. He scored twice. (Photo by Kent Duane)

Glen lacrosse team loses to Dryden

DRYDEN, April 25 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team dropped a 14-4 decision Saturday to Dryden in a game on the Dryden High School lacrosse field.

The Seneccas were held scoreless through three periods, trailing 11-0 going into the fourth period. They took 13 of their 24 shots in the final quarter, notching goals, in order, by Lucas Wickham (assisted by Dylan Platon), Brad Eslick (on a feed from Justin Duane), and two by Duane (assisted by Alec Clarkson and Andrew Brown).

Watkins Glen won 9 of 18 face-offs, and Ian Chedzoy led the team in controlled ground balls with 12. Bryce De La Osa Cruz registered 11 saves in goal.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen ball-carrier Dylan Platon evades a Dryden defender. (Photo by Kent Duane)

O-M girls 2nd, boys 4th at Moravia Relays

MORAVIA, April 25 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity track team placed second Saturday at the Moravia Blue Devil Relays on the Moravia High School athletic field, while the O-M boys were fourth in the 13-school field.

Trumansburg won the girls' title with 82 points to O-M's 62. Lansing was third with 60. Tioga won the boys' title with 81 points, while Weedsport was second with 55, followed by Southern Cayuga (47) and O-M (44).

Both the Watkins Glen boys and girls squads finished in 11th place.

Among the O-M boys' achievements were two school records -- in the Shuttle Hurdles (Andy Fudala, Jimmy Randolph, Chad Sykes and Luke Eberhardt breaking their own mark) and the Distance Medley Relay (Nick Sgrecci, Sykes, Fudala and Eberhardt finishing in 12:05.49, ahead of the old mark of 12:11.52 held by Sam Capozzi, Phil Smith, Martin Eccelston and Joe Markley).

The O-M girls won the 400 Meter Relay and the High Jump Relay (Dana Roberts and Rosie Peckham each cleared 4'6"), and were third in the 800, 1600 and 3200 Meter Relays. Britney Visscher was 6th in the Pole Vault, as were Hailie Perraut and Meagan Terry in the Long Jump Relay (with a combined 23' 5.5").

Watkins Glen's boys took second place in the3200 Relay (Jacob Carocci, Patrick Hazlitt, Daniel Paradiso and Gabe Planty), 2nd place in the Sprint Medley Relay (400x200x200x800, Carocci, Sean Holland, Ryan Pruitt and Hazlitt), 5th place in the Long Jump Relay (Kevin Kernan and Hazlitt), and 6th in the 400 Relay (Holland, Kernan, Planty and Paradiso).

The Watkins girls took first in the Triple Jump Relay (with Claire McManus and Maggie Bond combining for 55' 11"), fourth place in the Distance Medley Relay (Clara Chedzoy, Isobel Scheffey, Joelle Slater and Bond), fifth in the Sprint Medley Relay (McManus, Chedzoy, Bond and Scheffey), and sixth in the 3200 Relay (Scheffey, Samantha Shea, Chedzoy and Bond).

O-M shortstop Ashley Kot, center, tags out Watkins' Allison Teed in a play at third base.

Glen posts 1st softball win

Gonzalez handcuffs Odessa-Montour in 7-2 victory

ODESSA, April 25 -- The Watkins Glen varsity softball team rode a 5-run 1st inning and the 3-hit pitching of Alexis Gonzalez to a 7-2 victory Friday over Odessa-Montour in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M softball field.

The victory was the first for the Senecas after losses in each of their first six games. O-M is still seeking its first win after seven games.

Gonzalez struck out seven batters and walked two en route to the victory. She was also 2-for-4 at the plate with a double, a run scored and an RBI.

The Senecas had 10 hits, with Mikenna Ayers going 2-for-4 with an RBI, Amanda Cherock 1-for-4 with a run scored, Nateah Cornish 1-for 4 with a run scored and 2 RBIs, Mikayla Rhoads 1-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, Bernadette Osborne 1-for-2 with a run scored, Allison Teed 1-for-4 with an RBI, and Emmie Bond 1-for-4.

O-M's hits came from Ashley Kot (2-for-3 with two runs scored and three stolen bases) and Brianna Struble (1-for-2 with a walk and two stolen bases).

Watkins Glen took the commanding 5-run lead with a flurry of base hits in the first inning, and made it hold up. The Senecas added one run in the 3rd and another in the 7th. Odessa scored its runs in the 3rd and 6th innings.

Watkins Glen returns to action Monday at home against Newark Valley. Odessa's next game is at Edison on Monday.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Alexis Gonzalez delivers a pitch.

Bottom: The Senecas' shortstop, Amanda Cherock, fires to first after fielding a grounder. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: The Senecas' catcher, Nateah Cornish, catches a pop fly. Right: Watkins' Mikayla Rhoads makes contact with the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo).

O-M third baseman Megan Jenkins reaches in vain for a hard grounder off the bat of Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond.

O-M's Ashley Kot slides safely into third base as Watkins' Katherine Meehan
awaits a throw from the catcher.

Left: O-M catcher Nikki Crout fires to first base after fielding a bunt. Right. Watkins Glen's Mikenna Ayers hits the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen batter Amanda Cherock keeps her eye on the ball.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins shortstop John Smith awaits a throw as O-M's Mitchell Scata steals second base.

16-run inning carries Watkins to 21-14 victory over Odessa

ODESSA, April 25 -- The Watkins Glen varsity baseball team -- down 12-5 -- erupted for 16 runs in the 6th inning Friday en route to a 21-14 victory over Odessa-Montour in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M baseball field.

The contest was called by umpires after six innings due to fading daylight. The victory was the first for the Senecas after an 0-6 start. Odessa is now 0-7.

The 6th inning rally featured 11 Watkins Glen hits (10 singles and a double), five walks and two O-M errors. John Smith, Michael Doane and Justin Kelly each had two hits in the inning. Sean Kelly reached base three times, on a hit and two errors.

Joel Kelly started on the mound for Odessa, and was relieved by Cody Smith and Cody Daugherty. Hits for O-M came from Daugherty, Jeremiah Holley, Kelly, Chris Foote, Alex Grady, Mitch Scata, Ryan Taylor and Noah Bruno.

The Indians took an 8-0 lead in the 1st inning, capitalizing on four Watkins Glen errors and four walks.

The Senecas fought back with three runs in the 2nd inning and two in the 3rd to cut the deficit to 8-5, only to see O-M respond with a run in the bottom of the 3rd and three runs in the 5th for a 12-5 advantage.

Then came the fateful 6th, which put Watkins up 21-12. O-M closed out the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the 6th.

John Smith and Justin Kelly pitched for the Senecas, with Kelly earning the victory.

Watkins Glen amassed 15 hits. Justin Kelly finished with three for the Senecas, while Smith, Jared Carocci and Doane had two each. Other hits came from Josh Updyke, James Updyke, Aaron Planty, Alex Sheesley, Dayne Hughey and Sean Kelly.

"I'm proud of the way the kids fought back from 8-0 and 12-5 deficits," said Watkins Glen Coach Jerry Carocci. "It was a typical hard-fought Odessa-Watkins game, and neither team gave up."

The Senecas return to action Monday at home against Newark Valley. Odessa plays at Edison on Monday.

Photos in text:

Top: A sinking line drive to right barely eludes the reach of Watkins' Aaron Planty.

Middle: Watkins Glen batter Justin Kelly dances out of the way of a pitch.

Bottom: Odessa-Montour third baseman Zach Pyhtila scoops up a ground ball.

Left: O-M catcher Chris Foote hauls in a windblown pop fly.
Right: Watkins 1st baseman Jared Carocci prepares to catch a pop-up.

Left: O-M's Cody Smith delivers a pitch. Right: Watkins pitcher Justin Kelly throws to first after fielding a high bouncing grounder by O-M's Joel Kelly. It was the final play.

O-M tennis team falls to Notre Dame

ODESSA, April 25 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team dropped a 5-2 decision Friday to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the O-M tennis courts.

Odessa got victories from its No. 1 and No. 2 singles players, with Curtis Harris defeating Spencer Rayne 6-1, 6-1 and Andy Doan defeating Vincent Fazzary 7-5, 6-3.

Singles losses were sustained by O-M's Cameron Adams and Kate Ross in straight sets, while the doubles teams of Manley Gavich-Billy Tague, Bronwyn Stermer-Syria Tague and Alec Betts-Cynthia Perez also fell in straight sets.

Watkins tennis team loses to Edison

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, April 25 -- The Watkins Glen varsity tennis team's record slid to 2-4 Friday when the Senecas dropped a 7-0 decision to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Cohen Middle School tennis courts.

Watkins' Luke Flahive, Liam Fitch, Hannah Morse and Hannah Pulis lost in straight sets, as did the doubles teams of Megan Hazlitt-Kendra Larson and Makenna Fraboni-Keziah Fraboni. The doubles squad of William Pastrick-Jordan Shea lost in three sets.

Watkins golfers lose to ND, 207-213

WATKINS GLEN, April 25 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team's record slipped to 3-2 Friday when the Senecas dropped a 206-213 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Despite the loss, Watkins Glen coach Rob Michel said the Senecas' outing was "encouraging. It was our lowest score in a long time."

Keith Rekczis and Parker Pangallo led Watkins, each shooting a 40, while Ryan Clark registered a 43, and Trentin Barber and Sam Hanley each fired a 45.

Notre Dame's Mike Stearns was the medialist with an even-par 36. Teammate Zach Brand fired a 38.

Tioga softball pitchers no-hit Watkins

TIOGA CENTER, April 24 -- The Watkins Glen varsity softball team was handcuffed without a hit Thursday by two Tioga pitchers as the Tigers blanked the Senecas 24-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Tioga softball field.

Samantha Wood pitched the first two innings and freshman Mariah Culver the final three in fashioning the no-hitter. The only base runners for Watkins (0-6) were Amanda Cherock (on a walk) and Mikayla Rhoads (hit by a pitch).

Tioga amassed 23 hits in the game, scoring seven runs in the 1st inning, four in the 2nd, two in the 3rd and 11 in the 4th. The game was called after Watkins Glen batted in the 5th -- terminated under the so-called "mercy rule" that ends games when a team is ahead by 15 or more runs after five innings.

Watkins Glen returns to action today (Friday) at Odessa-Montour.

O-M baseball team falls to S-VE, 9-5

SPENCER, April 24 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity baseball team's record slipped to 0-6 Thursday when the Indians dropped a 9-5 decision to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the S-VE baseball field.

Mitchell Scata went the distance on the mound for Odessa, striking out five batters and walking two in what Coach Marc Kimmerly called "an outstanding effort."

Chris Foote led the O-M offense with a double and two singles, while Alex Grady and Ryan Taylor each had two hits.

The Indians return to action today (Friday) when they host Watkins Glen at 4:30 p.m.

O-M softball team loses to S-VE, 13-4

SPENCER, April 24 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team was held to three hits Thursday as it dropped a 13-4 Interscholastic Athletic Conference decision to Spencer-Van Etten on the S-VE softball field.

Odessa scored two runs in the top of the 1st inning, but Spencer responded with eight runs in the bottom of the frame. Both teams scored a run in the 4th, and then S-VE added two runs each in the 5th and 6th before the Indians scored their final run in the 7th.

Hits for Odessa came from Ashley Kot (1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored), Addi Rhodes (1-for-3 with a double, a walk and an RBI), and Breeana Bentley (1-for-2).

The Indians return to action today (Friday) when they host Watkins Glen at 4:30 p.m.

Watkins Glen's Ian Chedzoy, left, breaks away from a couple of Owego defenders.
(Photo by Doug Yeater)

Glen lax falls to Owego, 15-5

WATKINS GLEN, April 23 -- Owego Free Academy scored eight straight second-half goals Wednesday to pull away from Watkins Glen High School in a varsity lacrosse game on the WGHS athletic field.

The Senecas, down 7-3 at halftime, pulled within three goals when Ian Chedzoy scored early in the third quarter. But OFA scored four goals to close the third period and four more in the fourth before the Senecas found the net again.

Chedzoy scored two goals, as did Matt Estes, with Lucas Wickham adding the final one. Assists were registered by Brad Eslick and Chedzoy.

The Senecas are scheduled to play again today (Thursday) at Seton Catholic.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Austin Dalrymple races past some Owego defenders. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Tuesday's Game: Dryden 17, Watkins Glen 3

Watkins Glen's varsity lacrosse team dropped a 17-3 decision to Dryden in another home game Tuesday.

Ian Chedzoy scored two goals for the Senecas, while Justin Duane scored the other.

Watkins' Matt Estes, left, and Brandon Gould (15) take shots on goal against Owego.

And from the Dryden game:

Watkins Glen's Dakota Cole (left photo) and Travis Beaumont carry the ball.
(Both photos by Kent Duane)

Watkins Glen's Jordan Rappleye (4) and goalie Bryce De La Osa Cruz defend as a Dryden player nears the net. (Photo by Kent Duane)

Golf: Watkins boys edge Trumansburg

WATKINS GLEN, April 23 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team -- led by a 40 from Keith Rekczis -- defeated Trumansburg 225-227 Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Ryan Clark and Trentin Barber each fired a 42 for the Senecas, while Parker Pangallo registered a 50 and Sam Hanley a 51.

The Senecas, now 3-1, return to action today (Thursday) at Candor. They then host Elmira Notre Dame on Friday.

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Photo on right: Watkins Glen's Keith Rekczis leaves the 9th green after completing his round. He shot a 4-over-par 40.

 

Golf: O-M boys top Candor, 269-307

WATKINS GLEN, April 23 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team posted its first victory of the season Wednesday when it defeated Candor 269-307 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

The Indians, 1-2, were led by Tyler Clark's 42. James Terry added a 47, while Brandon Ray shot a 59, Trey McCarty 60, and Noah Angle 61. Candor (0-3) was led by Will Stouffer's 51.

O-M returns to action today (Thursday) at home against Notre Dame.

Photos in text: O-M's Tyler Clark (left) and James Terry after their rounds.

O-M softball team bows to So. Cayuga

AURORA, April 23 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team fell to Southern Cayuga 20-5 Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

Odessa took an early lead with four runs in the 1st inning, and was ahead 5-3 after scoring a run in the top of the 3rd. But Southern Cayuga scored eight times in the bottom of the 3rd, and three times in each of the 4th, 5th and 6th innings.

Southern Cayuga amassed 18 hits and had no errors, while O-M had eight hits and two errors. Brianna Struble and Madison Lodge pitched for the Indians, striking out seven batters and walking nine.

Hits for the Indians came from Ashley Kot (3-for-4 with a run scored), Addi Rhodes (2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and 3 RBIs), Megan Jenkins (2-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base), and Breanna Bentley (1-for-3). Nikki Crout also scored a run.

O-M returns to action Friday when it hosts Watkins Glen.

O-M Rosie Peckham competes in the High Jump, where she placed second.

O-M track teams top Tioga

Close in on IAC divisional titles

ODESSA, April 22 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity track teams topped Tioga Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference divisional meet on the O-M athletic field

Both Odessa squads are 3-0 heading into a final IAC Small Schools South meet next Tuesday against Candor and Edison. If the O-M boys or girls -- or both -- win that meet, they will clinch the division.

Girls Meet: O-M 85, Tioga 56

The O-M girls topped the Tigers 85-56. Leading the way were Dana Roberts and April Dunn.

Roberts won the 100 Meter Hurdles in 16.4, the 400 Meter Hurdles (1:12.9), the Long Jump (15'2") and the 200 Meter Run (27.3).

Dunn captured the 1500 Meter Run (5:35.9) and the 800 (2:43.3), and was on the winning 4x800 Relay squad.

Hailie Searles won the 3000 Meter Run with a season-best effort of 12:29.1, and was on the winning 4x800 squad with Dunn, Courtney Brown and Hailie Perraut. She was also second in the Triple Jump at 27'7", and third in the 1500.

Hannah Bruno took first place in the 400 (1:07.2), and was second in the 100.

Nadia Simpson won the 100 in 13.4, was second in the 200 in 27.8, and on the winning 4x100 Relay team with Kennedey Heichel, Amy Fudala and Britney Visscher (57.6). Heichel was also third in the 100 Hurdles with a personal-best 19.0, while Fudala was tied for second in the High Jump with Rosie Peckham, and Visscher was third in the Pole Vault.

Meagen Terry was second in the 400. Perraut, in addition to her win in the 4x800 Relay, was second in the Shot Put and third in the 800 in 2:57. Third place in the Shot Put went to Jaylin Rumsey.

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Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Dana Roberts on the way to victory in the 100 Meter Hurdles. She also won the 200, the Long Jump and the Triple Jump.

Bottom: O-M's Nadia Simpson at the start of the 100 Meter Dash, which she won..

Left: O-M's Britney Visscher competes in the Pole Vault. Right: The Indians' Kennedy Heichel on the way to a personal best in the 100 Meter Hurdles.

O-M's April Dunn, right, on the way to winning the 1500 Meter race. Teammate Hailie Searles, left, finished third.

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O-M's Andy Fudala, center, and two Tioga runners compete in the 110 Meter Hurdles. Fudala placed third in the event, and later won the 400 Meter Hurdles.

Boys Meet: O-M 72.5, Tioga 68.5

The O-M boys won a tight meet, one that O-M Coach Skip Strobel knew would come down to the wire. "I am so proud," he said after the win. "What an incredible meet for the boys team. We had every single kid achieve a personal best during the meet.

"This was one of the best coaching moments in my career. We truly pulled one out of a hat today. We spent Monday's practice watching the movie "Miracle" and had some pizza and talked about how to approach the meet. It was a theme throughout the meet and was pretty exciting to pull it off. Truly there were so many incredible performances."

Leading the way were Chad Sykes, Luke Eberhardt and Charles Sidle, each of whom posted two individual wins. Also finishing first were Andy Fudala, Nick Sgrecci and Bryce Elliott.

Following are those who finished in the top three in their events:

4x800: 1st Nick Sgrecci, Zach Elliott, Ryan Marsh, Luke Eberhardt
110 Hurdles: 3rd Andy Fudala (17.1)
100 Meters: 1st Chad Sykes (11.7), 2nd Charles Sidle (12.2)
1600 Meters: 1st Luke Eberhardt (5:04.9), 3rd Ryan Marsh
400 Meters: 2nd Chad Sykes
400 Hurdles: 1st Andy Fudala (1:03.0)
800 Meters: 1st Nick Sgrecci (2:22.8), 2nd Luke Eberhardt (2:23.1), 3rd Zach Elliott (2:23.8)
200 Meters: 1st Chad Sykes (25.1)
3200 Meters: 1st Luke Eberhardt (12:00.2), 2nd Brewster
Long Jump: 1st Charles Sidle (18' 1/2")
Triple Jump: 1st Charles Sidle (37' 8")
High Jump: 2nd Andy Fudala; Ryan Marsh tied for 3rd
Pole Vault: 2nd Andy Fudala
Shot Put: 3rd Bryce Elliott
Discus: 1st Bryce Elliott (129'5")

Senior Night: The meet featured a Senior Night ceremony, this being the final dual meet of the season on the O-M field. Honored were Dana Roberts, Hailie Searles, Callie Stillman, Marissa Ferguson, Thomas Doan, Ryan Marsh, Charles Sidle and Chad Sykes.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Luke Eberhardt, left, crosses the finish line a fraction ahead of Tioga's John Polo Rankin in the 1600 Meter Run.

Middle: The Indians' Charles Sidle at the start of the 100. He finished second in the race, and later won the Long Jump and Triple Jump.

Bottom: O-M's Chad Sykes at start of the 400, where he finished second. He won the 100 and 200 Meter runs.

O-M's Zach Knapp, right, hands the baton to Jimmy Randolph in the 4x100 Relay.

Watkins baseball team loses to N. Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, April 22 -- The Watkins Glen varsity baseball team fell to Newark Valley 11-4 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the NV baseball field.

The Senecas, now 0-6, took an early lead with three runs in the 1st inning, but Newark Valley tied the game in the bottom of the 1st and moved ahead 4-3 in the 3rd inning.

Watkins Glen tied the game 4-4 in the top of the 4th, but the Cardinals prevailed by scoring three runs in the bottom of the 4th and two each in the 5th and 6th.

Newark Valley had 12 hits and committed three errors. The Senecas registered five hits and committed no errors.

Five Senecas had one hit each: Sean Kelly, John Smith, Tyrone Smith, James Updyke and Dayne Hughey. Michael Doane and James Updyke pitched.

"Michael had another good outing, pitching five innings," said Watkins Glen Coach Jerry Carocci. "And for the first time that I can remember we played errorless baseball."

The Senecas return to action Thursday at Tioga.

Glen Modified softball team opens with loss

WAVERLY, April 22 -- The Watkins Glen Modified softball team began its season on a losing note Tuesday, falling to Waverly 17-2 in a game on the Waverly softball field.

Watkins Glen got three hits from Jordyn Barrett and one each from Katey Losey and Cierra Barber.

Claudia Parker pitched, striking out four batters. Madeline Parker was the catcher.

"The girls made some mistakes we have to work on," said Watkins Glen coach Ralph Diliberto. "However, I saw a lot of good things they did. They have a lot of heart and I am proud of every last one of them."

Odessa-Montour's Billy Tague, left, sends a shot over the net in his doubles match. His playing partner was Cameron Adams.

O-M tennis team loses to S. Cayuga

ODESSA, April 22 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team lost 6-1 Tuesday to Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the O-M tennis courts.

The only O-M victory came from Curtis Harris in No. 1 singles, where he defeated Conor Hastings 6-1, 6-4.

In other singles, Odessa's Andy Doan fell to Ross Shurtleff 6-0, 6-1; Manley Gavich lost to Connor Lauster 6-0, 6-0; and Sarah Norton fell to Julia Angotti, 6-1, 6-0.

In doubles, O-M's Billy Tague and Cameron Adams lost 6-0, 6-1 to Justin Schneider/Emily Kopp; Kate Ross and Bronwyn Stermer fell 6-1, 6-1 to Monica Groth/Chance Winters; and Alec Betts and Syria Tague lost 6-0, 6-0 to Molly Murphy/Adam Denney.

Photo in text: O-M's Andy Doan reaches high for a volley in his singles match.

Golf: Watkins Glen boys fall to Tioga

WATKINS GLEN, April 22 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team's record slipped to 2-1 Tuesday when the Senecas dropped a 226-237 decision to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at the Watkins Glen Golf Course. Tioga is 4-0.

Keith Rekczis led the Senecas with a 42 on the par-36 layout, while Parker Pangallo posted a 44. Other scores: Ryan Clark 50, Sam Hanley 50, and Trentin Barber 51.

"We're not clicking on all cylinders yet," said Watkins Glen Coach Rob Michel.

The Indians return to action today (Wednesday) at home against Trumansburg.

Watkins softball team falls short at NV

NEWARK VALLEY, April 22 -- The Watkins Glen varsity softball team dropped a 12-3 decision Tuesday to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the NV softball field.

The Senecas, 0-5, had a 2-1 lead after scoring twice in the top of the 3rd inning, but the Cardinals scored twice in the bottom of the 3rd and added five runs in the 4th, three in the 5th and one in the 6th for a 12-2 advantage. Watkins scored its final run in the 7th.

Newark Valley had 15 hits and one error. Watkins Glen had nine hits and four errors.

Hits for the Senecas came from Katherine Meehan (2-for-4 with two runs scored), Alexis Gonzalez (2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI), Nateah Cornish (1-for-4 with an RBI), Mikayla Rhoads (1-for-4 with an RBI), Allison Teed (1-for-1 with two walks), Mikenna Ayers (1-for-3), and Emmie Bond (1-for-3).

The Senecas return to action Thursday at Tioga, and then play Friday at Odessa-Montour.

Glen track teams fall to Newark Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, April 22 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity track teams lost Tuesday to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the NV athletic field. Other participants, but not scoring against Watkins, were Candor and Spencer-Van Etten.

The Watkins girls lost 108-33. Top-three finishers for the Senecas included:

--Maggie Bond, 1st place 1500 Meters, 5:17.9
--Bridgette Guild, 1st place Discus, 62'8"; Alex Joslyn 3rd place
--Claire McManus, 3rd place Triple Jump
--Sam Shea, 1st place Pole Vault, 6'6"; Julia Reilly 3rd place
--Sonja Pruitt, 3rd place Shot Put
--Taylor Kennard, 3rd place 3000 Meter Run
--De'naja Blanchard, 3rd place 200 Meter Dash
--Kali Bond, 3rd place 800 Meter Run
--Joelle Slater, 2nd place 400 Meter Hurdles, 1:26.8
--Isobel Scheffey, 2nd place 100 Meter Dash, 13.3
--De'naja Blanchard, 1st place 100 Meter Hurdles, 17.9

The Watkins boys fell 95-46. Top-three finishers for the Senecas included:

--Tristan Yuhasz, 1st place in the 110 Meter Hurdles, 20.8
--Ryan Pruitt, 1st in the 100 Meter Dash, 12.3; Aidan DeBolt 3rd, 12.9
--Patrick Hazlitt, 1st in the 1600 Meter Run, 4:50.8; Gabe Planty 3rd, 4:56
--Jacob Carocci, 1st in the 800 Meter Run, 2:11.7
--Aidan DeBolt, 2nd place 400 Meter Dash, 1:01.5
--Shawn Rutledge, 3rd place 400 Meter Hurdles, 1:16
--Shawn Rutledge, 3rd place 3200 Meter Run, 10:52
--Aidan DeBolt, 3rd place Discus, 75 feet
--Ryan Pruitt, 1st place Triple Jump, 34' 7 1/2"
--Jacob Carocci, 1st place High jump, 5' 10"
--Tristan Yuhasz, 2nd place High Jump, 4'10"

Photo in text: Runners await start of the 1500 Meter Run. Watkins runners (in dark blue) included, from left, Taylor Kennard, Maggie Bond and Kali Bond. (Photo by Rod Weeden)

Rainbow over Seneca Lake frames golfers Hanley Elliott of Watkins Glen (right) with Natalie Farr of Notre Dame and Delaney Sweeney of Waverly. (Photo by Diane Wood)

Golf: Watkins girls top Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, April 21 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team defeated Waverly 205-223 Monday in a match on the Watkins Glen Golf Course. Odessa-Montour competed, but did not field a full team of four golfers.

Halle Phillips led the Senecas (now 3-4-1) with a 45 on the par-36 layout, while Hanley Elliott fired a 47. Courtney Irwin added a 53, Megan Hoy 60, Alexis Atchie 65, Gabi Decker 68, and Meghan Hayes 68.

O-M was led by Gillian Clark's 45, which included an eagle-2 on the par-4 No. 6 -- her first ever. Watkins Glen Coach Diane Wood said Clark "drove her ball to the green and putted in for a 2 -- on a par 4!"

Catherine Rounds added a 57 for Odessa, while Gabby Fazzary posted a 59.

Waverly (now 11-4) was led by Alex Tomasso's 52 and Madison Kittle's 53.

Photo in text: O-M's Gillian Clark tees off as Watkins Glen's Halle Phillips watches. (Photo by Diane Wood)

Left: Watkins Glen catcher Nateah Cornish catches a foul pop fly. Right: The Senecas' third baseman, Katherine Meehan, throws to first after fielding a grounder down the line.

Glen softball team falls to TAE, 11-4

WATKINS GLEN, April 21 -- The Watkins Glen varsity softball team fell to Edison 11-4 Monday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS softball field.

The Senecas, now 0-4, fell behind 8-0 in the first two-and-a-half innings before responding with three runs in the 3rd frame. Edison added a run in the 4th and two runs in the 7th, while Watkins scored its final run in the 7th.

Edison amassed 19 hits and committed no errors. The Senecas had 8 hits and 2 errors.

Alexis Gonzalez went the distance on the mound for Watkins, striking out one batter and walking two.

Hits for Watkins came from Gonzalez (2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored), Nateah Cornish (2-for-3 with 3 RBI), Katherine Meehan (1-for-2 with a run scored), Amanda Cherock (1-for-3 with a double and a run scored), Mikayla Rhoads (1-for-4), and Allison Teed (1-for-4).

"We're plugging," said Watkins Glen Coach Jim Scott. "We're getting better."

The Senecas return to action today (Tuesday) at Newark Valley.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen second baseman Mikenna Ayers tosses to first baseman Allison Teed after fielding a grounder.

Watkins baseball team loses to Edison

WATKINS GLEN, April 21 -- The Watkins Glen varsity baseball team's record slipped to 0-5 Monday when the Senecas dropped a 16-1 decision to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS baseball field.

Jared Carocci was 2-for-2 for the Senecas with the team's lone RBI.

John Smith and Aaron Planty pitched for Watkins, while Justin Kelly and Mike Doane shared the catching duties.

The Senecas return to action today (Tuesday) at Newark Valley.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen second baseman Josh Updyke awaits a throw from the catcher as an Edison player slides into second with a stolen base. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Watkins Glen pitchers John Smith (left) and Aaron Planty. (Both photos by Doug Yeater)

Golf: Watkins boys defeat Waverly

WAVERLY, Aril 21 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team defeated Waverly Monday 237-239 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-37 Shepard Hills golf course.

Keith Rekczis and Ryan Clark each shot 45 to lead the Senecas to their second victory without a loss. Trentin Barber added a 49, Parker Pangallo 50, and Sam Hanley 50.

"We got it done, but it wasn't pretty," said Watkins Glen Coach Rob Michel of the match, played in windy conditions that threatened but failed to deliver a storm.

The Senecas return to action today (Tuesday) at home against Tioga, and then host Trumansburg on Wednesday.

O-M's Andy Doan returns a Newark Valley shot.

O-M tennis team falls to Newark Valley

ODESSA, April 21 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team lost 6-1 Monday to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the O-M tennis courts.

Odessa's lone win came when No. 1 singles player Curtis Harris defeated Micah Gorsline 6-1, 6-1. The rest of the matches went two sets as well, as follows:

O-M's Andy Doan lost 6-1, 6-3 to Palmer Perkins;
O-M's Manley Gavich lost 6-2 6-0 to Megan Diego;
O-M's Sarah Norton lost 6-1, 6-0 to Amy Giblin;
O-M's Billy Tague/Cameron Adams lost 6-3, 6-0 to Tara Birkmeyer/Cayli Young;
O-M's Kate Ross/Bronwyn Stermer lost 6-1, 6-0 to Alyssa Sepelak/Briana Sokol;
O-M's Alec Betts/Syria Tague lost 6-0, 6-0 to Thomas Durand/Kaya Luciani.

Photo on right: O-M's Curtis Harris volleys in Monday's match. He won 6-1, 6-1.

Athletes of the Week: Searles, Roberts

SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 20 -- A pair of Odessa-Montour track standouts are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Hailie Searles gets the nod for four wins in a meet at Spencer-Van Etten -- in the 1500, 3000, Triple Jump and 4x800 Relay.

Dana Roberts earns the other nod for four wins at the same meet -- in the 100 Meter Hurdles, 400 Meter Hurdles, 200, and Long Jump.

Double Honorable: O-M golfer Tyler Clark, O-M trackster Andy Fudala, Watkins Glen golfer Keith Rekczis, Watkins Glen lacrosse goalie Bryce De La Osa Cruz, and Watkins Glen track's Patrick Hazlitt, Shawn Rutledge, Maggie Bond and Taylor Kennard.

Honorable Mention: Another 40 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools

Amanda Pike drives to the basket (left) and shoots a free throw. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Tournament play

Watkins Glen High School basketball standout Amanda Pike competed Saturday in an AAU basketball tournament in Vestal and Johnson City with her Stars team. The squad won its three games -- by scores of 57-22, 57-5 and 63-48.

Watkins competes in NV track meet

NEWARK VALLEY, April 19 -- Several Watkins Glen runners placed in events Saturday at the annual Red, White and Blue Invitational track meet at Newark Valley High School.

Finishing 4th were: Taylor Kennard in the 2000 Steeplechase in 8:31.58; Tristan Yuhasz in the High Jump at 5'8", and Shawn Rutledge in the 3000 Steeplechase in 11:00.01.

Finishing 6th: the 4x800 Relay team of Rutledge, Jacob Carocci, Sean Holland and Patrick Hazlitt in 9:03.47.

Watkins Glen doubles player Jordan Shea eyes the ball.

Watkins tennis team loses, falls to 2-3

WATKINS GLEN, April 18 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team lost 6-1 Friday to Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the WGHS tennis courts.

The lone victory for the Senecas was posted by Luke Flahive, who won the No. 1 singles match over Kelsey Kallstrom, 6-3, 7-6.

In other singles, Liam Fitch and Hannah Pulis fell in straight sets while Hannah Morse lost a three-set match.

In doubles play, Watkins Glen's William Pastrick/Jordan Shea, Hannah Matusicky/Paige Robbins and Payton Watson/Elise Allington all lost in two sets.

"It was another difficult day on the courts for our team," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "One bright spot was Luke Flahive winning in straight sets against a very athletic opponent. And Hannah Morse played well again, fighting to a third set before losing. Most days I am putting a team of beginners on the court against more experienced players. I am proud of the fact that they don't back down and they keep their spirits up in matches that aren't always close."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Hannah Pulis returns a volley.

Left: The Senecas' Hannah Matusicky tracks down a Trumansburg shot.
Right:
Doubles partners (and sisters) Keziah (left) and Makenna Fraboni. They won a match Wednesday against Union Springs, and played an exhibition match Friday.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, left, and Luke Flahive.

Left: Watkins Glen second baseman Mikenna Ayers applies a tag to a Notre Dame runner.
Right: The Senecas' shortstop, Amanda Cherock, fires to first. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Glen softball team loses to Notre Dame

WATKINS GLEN, April 18 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team saw its record slip to 0-3 Friday when the Senecas dropped a 16-1 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS softball field.

The contest was called after five innings under the so-called "mercy rule" that terminates games after five innings if one team is ahead by 15 or more runs.

The Crusaders scored six runs in the 1st inning and three runs each in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings. The game-ending 16th run came in the 5th. They had 15 hits, including three doubles and three triples.

Watkins Glen scored its run in the 4th inning. The Senecas had four hits in the game -- one single each by Katherine Meehan (1-for-3), Alexis Gonzalez (1-for-2), Nateah Cornish (1-for-2) and Brienna Solomon (1-for-1).

The Senecas return to action Monday at Edison.

Photo at right: Watkins third baseman Katherine Meehan fires to first after fielding a grounder. Pitcher Alexis Gonzalez kneels to clear the way for the throw. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen first baseman Allison Teed grabs a pop fly in foul territory.
(Photo by Doug Yeater)

Members of the Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team pose in a cart after their match.
(Photo by Steve Decker)

Golf: Glen girls 2nd to Horseheads

BIG FLATS, April 18 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity golf team finished second in a three-team meet Friday at Willowbrook Golf Course.

The Senecas posted a total of 214, eight strokes behind Horseheads' 206. Elmira was third at 245.

Halle Phillips led Watkins with a 47, while Hanley Elliott registered a 49. Other scores: Courtney Irwin 56, Megan Hoy 62, Gabi Decker 69, Meghan Hayes 62 and Alexis Atchie 62.

Medalist was Madalyn Owen of Horseheads, who fired a 45. Phillips and Elliott had the next best scores, followed by Emily Cunningham of Corning (50) and Kristina Eisenhart of Horseheads (51).

Photos in text: Watkins' Halle Phillips (left) and Hanley Elliott. (Photos by Steve Decker)

O-M golf team loses to Tioga, 216-262

NICHOLS, April 18 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team dropped a 216-262 decision Friday to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Tioga Country Club's par-35 front-9.

Tyler Clark led the Indians with a 39, while James Terry fired a 45, Noah Angle 54, Trey McCarty 57, and Brandon Ray 67.

Noah Schumacher led five Tioga scorers in the 40s with a 40.

The 39 was Clark's "first sub-40 round of his career," said Coach Greg Gavich. "He was the medalist for the day." As for the team, "All in all, it was a vast improvement across the board from our first time out on Tuesday."

O-M, which hosts Candor on Wednesday at the Watkins Glen Golf Course, is now 0-2. Tioga is 2-0.

Watkins Glen goalkeeper Bryce De La Osa Cruz makes one of his 22 saves.

Watkins lacrosse team falls to Elmira

WATKINS GLEN, April 18 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team lost 16-3 Friday to Elmira in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

The Senecas limited Elmira to two goals in each of the second and fourth quarters, but found the first and third periods more difficult. The Express scored six goals in each of those periods.

Goals for Watkins Glen were scored by Ian Chedzoy in the first period, Brandon Gould in the third, and Justin Duane in the fourth. Assists went to Jake Kelly and Jordan Rappleye.

Bryce De La Osa Cruz made 22 saves in goal for the Senecas, who were outshot 37-13 by Elmira.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Jake Kelly (3) tries to maneuver around an Elmira defender.

Watkins Glen's Justin Duane, left, prepares to take possession of the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Matt Estes prepares to shoot. The ball went high, over the net.
Right: The Senecas' Ian Chedzoy, right, battles for the ball. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

O-M softball team no-hit by Tioga

TIOGA CENTER, April 18 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team came up empty Friday, failing to register a hit in a 26-0 loss to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Tioga softball field.

Junior Sam Wood went the first four innings on the mound for Tioga, with freshman Mariah Culver pitching the 5th. Between them, they struck out 12 batters and walked one -- Brianna Struble. Madison Lodge went the distance on the mound for O-M.

Tioga scored four runs in the 1st inning, 10 in the 2nd, and six each in the 3rd and 4th. The contest was ended after Odessa batted in the 5th, the result of the so-called "mercy rule" that terminates games after five innings if one team is ahead by 15 or more runs.

Watkins Glen's John Smith sends a pitch soaring to left center ...

... and slides safely into third base at the end of the play. (Bottom photo by Doug Yeater)

Watkins Glen baseball team loses 12-3

WATKINS GLEN, April 18 -- The Watkins Glen varsity baseball team was ahead after four innings Friday before Elmira Notre Dame pulled away with 11 runs in the final three innings for a 12-3 victory over the Senecas in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS baseball field.

After three scoreless innings, the Crusaders posted a run in the top of the 4th. Watkins Glen responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning, but Notre Dame scored four times in the 5th to go ahead 5-2.

The Senecas cut the deficit to 5-3 with a run in the bottom of the 5th, but after a scoreless 6th, the Crusaders scored seven runs in the 7th to clinch the victory.

Notre Dame registered nine hits while Watkins Glen had four -- one each by Justin Kelly, Josh Updyke, Alex Sheesley and John Smith (a triple).

Michael Doane started on the mound for the Senecas, and was relieved by Kelly, who pitched the 6th and 7th.

"We had some defensive miscues that changed the tone of the game in the late innings," said Watkins Glen Coach Jerry Carocci, "but the guys kept their heads in the game and didn't give up."

The Senecas return to action Monday at Edison. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen pitchers Michael Doane (top) and Justin Kelly. (Top photo by Doug Yeater)

O-M baseball team falls to Tioga

TIOGA CENTER, April 18 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity baseball team lost 30-5 Friday to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

The Indians, now 0-5, scored all of their runs in the 5th inning.

Joel Kelly led the O-M offense with two hits, while Jeremiah Holley, Chris Foote and Alex Grady each had one. Noah Bruno stole two bases after drawing a walk, and Cody Daugherty and Foote also registered steals.

Foote started on the mound for Odessa, going three innings. Kelly then pitched three innings, and Daugherty one.

The Indians return to action Monday at Spencer-Van Etten.

O-M tennis team loses to Lansing 7-0

LANSING, April 18 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team fell to Lansing 7-0 Friday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on Lansing's tennis courts.

1st Singles: Zoli Csaki (Lansing) defeated Curtis Harris (Odessa-Montour) 6-3, 6-2
2nd Singles: Nick Parkes (Lansing) defeated Manley Gavich (Odessa-Montour) 6-0, 6-0
3rd Singles: Ryan Buchanan (Lansing) defeated Cameron Adams (Odessa-Montour) 6-0, 6-0
4th Singles: Ethan Buchanan (Lansing) defeated Sarah Norton (Odessa-Montour) 6-0, 6-0
1st Doubles: Max Avramis & Emily Schweitzer (Lansing) defeated Billy Tague & Kate Ross (Odessa-Montour) 6-0, 6-1
2nd Doubles: Matt Robinson & Skye Richardson (Lansing) defeated Alec Betts & Bronwyn Stermer (Odessa-Montour) 6-2, 6-1
3rd Doubles: Audrey Montague & Amanda Van (Lansing) defeated Ian Ross & Syria Tague (Odessa-Montour) 6-0, 6-0

Golf: Watkins boys open with victory

NEWARK VALLEY April 17 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team -- led by a 42 by Keith Rekczis -- opened its season with a 231-278 victory Thursday over Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Grandview Farms par-34 front-9.

Ryan Clark had the next-best round for the Senecas -- a 45 -- while Parker Pangallo and Trentin Barber each registered a 47 and Sam Hanley posted a 50.

Watkins Glen returns to action with five matches next week, including two make-ups. First up is a road contest Monday at Waverly, followed by a home match Tuesday against Tioga.

O-M tennis team falls to Moravia, 4-3

MORAVIA, April 17 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team dropped a close decision Thursday, losing 4-3 to Moravia in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match.

Wins for O-M came in singles. Curtis Harris defeated Garrett Stoyell 6-2, 6-3; Manley Gavich defeated Melanie Powers 6-2, 6-0; and Sarah Norton defeated Alex Allen 6-1, 6-4.

Odessa losses were sustained by Cameron Adams in singles and by Brooke Collins/Billy Tague, Kate Ross/Bronwyn Stermer and Alec Betts/Syria Tague in doubles.

O-M softball team loses to N. Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, April 17 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity softball team sustained its third loss of the season Thursday when it fell 17-2 to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newark Vally softball field.

The Cardinals jumped in front with five runs in the 1st inning and seven in the 2nd, and added five in the 4th. The Indians scored both of their runs in the 2nd inning. The contest was stopped after the O-M 5th inning under the so-called "mercy rule" that terminates games when one team is ahead by 15 or more runs after five innings.

Odessa registered six hits, all singles -- two by Megan Jenkins (2-for-3), and one each by Ashley Kot (1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI), Madison Lodge (1-for-3 with a run scored), Brianna Struble (1-for-3 with an RBI) and Breeana Bentley (1-for-2 with a run scored).

Also reaching base on walks were Addi Rhodes and Dasia Herrmann (twice). Kot, Lodge, Bentley and Herrmann each stole a base.

Struble went the distance on the mound for the Indians, striking out four batters and walking six.

O-M baseball team falls at N. Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, April 17 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity baseball team dropped a 14-2 decision to Newark Valley Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

The Indians managed just one hit -- by Cody Smith -- as their record slipped to 0-4 heading into a contest today (Friday) at Tioga.

O-M "played excellent defense," said Coach Marc Kimmerly, "but couldn't get the bats rolling."

Timmy Hornick started on the mound for the Indians, and was relieved in the 4th inning by Smith.

O-M centerfielder Addi Rhodes leaps for a fly ball,
knocks it into the air and then catches it. (Photo sequence by Doug Yeater)

O-M softball team drops a close one

ODESSA, April 16 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team rallied from a 6-run deficit Wednesday and almost overtook Candor before falling 7-6 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Odessa softball field.

Candor took the early lead, scoring twice in the 2nd inning, once in the 3rd and three times in the 5th to build a 6-0 lead. Odessa cut the deficit in half by scoring three runs in the 5th inning, but Candor scored a key run in the top of the 7th to boost its lead to four runs, 7-3.

O-M rallied again with three runs in the bottom of the 7th, but could not quite catch up. Candor finished with 10 hits and two errors, while O-M notched five hits and committed four errors.

Madison Lodge went the distance on the mound for the Indians, striking out five batters and walking three. Arianna Anderson pitched for Candor, striking out 15 batters and walking six.

Hits for O-M came from Dasia Herrmann (2-for-3 with a run scored), Nikki Crout (1-for-4 with a run scored), Ashley Kot (1-for-3 with a walk, 2 runs scored and an RBI), and Megan Jenkins (1-for-2 with 2 walks, a run scored and an RBI). Brianna Struble, who drew 2 walks, also scored a run, while Breeana Bentley and Grace Edger each had an RBI.

The Indians (now 0-2) return to action today (Thursday) at Newark Valley.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Breeana Bentley fouls off a pitch.
Bottom: The Indians' Madison Lodge went the distance on the mound.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse volleys.

Watkins tennis team loses, slips to 2-2

WATKINS GLEN, April 16 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team saw its record fall to 2-2 Wednesday when the Senecas dropped a 5-2 decision to Union Springs in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the WGHS tennis courts.

Victories for the Senecas came in doubles play, where William Pastrick and Jordan Shea defeated Nicole Marquart/Natalie Lynch 6-0, 6-1, and Keziah Fraboni and Makenna Fraboni defeated Danielle Haff/Michaela Lawrence 7-5, 5-2. The other doubles team, Kendra Larson/Paige Robbins, fell 2-6, 2-6.

In singles play, Watkins Glen's Luke Flahive, Liam Fitch and Hannah Morse lost in straight sets while Hannah Pulis fell in three, 4-6, 6-3, 4-6.

"We came into the match feeling pretty good after a nice win Tuesday," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, "but it was a tough day against a talented Union Springs team. Bright spots included the continued success of the Pastrick-Shea doubles team and the daily improvement of the sister duo of Makenna and Keziah Fraboni."

The Senecas return to action Friday at home against Trumansburg.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Hannah Pulis returns a Union Springs volley.

Watkins Glen's Liam Fitch (left) and Luke Flahive.

Watkins Glen's Dylan Platon (16) fires a shot on goal. (Photo by Kent Duane)

Watkins lacrosse team notches 2nd win

ELMIRA, April 16 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team notched its second win of the season Wednesday night, defeating Elmira Notre Dame 11-9 in a game at Notre Dame.

Scoring goals for the Senecas (2-6) were Matt Estes (3), Justin Duane (2), Brandon Gould (2), Lucas Wickham (2) and Ian Chedzoy (2). Assists were registered by Duane, Estes, Dylan Platon and Jake Kelly.

Chedzoy led in ground balls with 10. Goalie Bryce De La Osa Cruz registered 11 saves.

The Senecas return to action Friday at home against Elmira. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Left: Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould, left, and Victoria Wixson, right, battle for a ground ball. Right: The Senecas' Justin Duane (10) clears the ball. (Photos by Kent Duane)

Glen softball team falls to Union Springs

UNION SPRINGS, April 16 -- The Watkins Glen varsity softball team's record slipped to 0-2 Wednesday when the Senecas dropped a 15-1 decision to Union Springs in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

The Senecas, who registered seven hits, stayed close through four innings before Union Springs pulled away. The score was 3-1 entering the 5th, "and then the wheels came off," said Watkins Glen Coach Jim Scott.

Hits for the Senecas came from Katherine Meehan (2-for-4 with an RBI), Alexis Gonzalez (1-for-2), Nateah Cornish (1-for-3), Mikayla Rhoads (1-for-3), Bernadette Osbourne (1-for-2 with a run scored), and Allison Teed (1-for-3).

Watkins Glen returns to action Friday at home against Elmira Notre Dame.

O-M's Ryan Taylor is hit by a pitch.

O-M baseball team loses to Candor

ODESSA, April 16 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity baseball team's record slipped to 0-3 Wednesday when the Indians dropped a 20-6 decision to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M baseball field.

Candor scored twice in the 2nd inning, five times in the 3rd, and built a 13-6 lead with six more runs in the 4th. O-M failed to mount a challenge after that.

Joel Kelly was the starting pitcher for the Indians, going four innings. Cody Smith pitched the 5th inning and part of the 6th, when he was relieved by Jeremiah Holley.

Chris Foote led the Odessa offense with three hits.

The team is back in action today (Thursday) at Newark Valley.

Photo in text: O-M's Chris Foote slides home safely in the 1st inning. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

O-M shortstop Cody Daugherty throws to first to complete a double play after fielding a grounder and forcing out a Candor runner (right).

Golf: O-M girls compete at Tomasso's

WAVERLY, April 16 -- Gillian Clark led a trio of Odessa-Montour golfers with a 48 Wednesday in a Section IV competition involving several schools on the par-34 back-9 at Tomasso's golf course.

Clark teammates Catherine Rounds fired a 54, while Gabby Fazzary registered a 58.

Of those schools with the minimum number of four players required for a team score, Waverly led with a 210, while Moravia posted a 216, Johnson City 224, and Elmira 244. Medalists were Moravia's Lexie Stoyell and JC's Alice Zhang, each with a 46.

Glen baseball team loses to U. Springs

UNION SPRINGS, April 16 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity baseball team's record slipped to 0-3 Wednesday when the Senecas lost 14-4 to Union Springs in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Union Springs baseball field.

The Senecas took a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning, but Union Springs responded with six runs in the 2nd, two runs in the 4th, four runs in the 5th and two in the 6th. Watkins Glen scored its final run in the 6th.

Watkins Glen had five hits -- one each by Josh Updyke, James Updyke, Alex Sheesley, Mike Doane and Sean Kelly.

"The team played well tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Jerry Carocci, "but it's tough to overcome 9 walks and some timely hitting by Union Springs."

The Senecas are back in action Friday at home against Notre Dame. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Modified track results from WG meet

WATKINS GLEN, April 16 -- Athletes from Odessa-Montour, Spencer-Van Etten and Watkins Glen high schools competed Wednesday in a Modified track and field meet on the WGHS athletic field.

Those competitors from Watkins Glen and O-M who placed in the top three of their events were as follows:

Watkins Glen girls

Kai Sutterby – 1st 1500 M Run 5:47.7, 1st 800 M Run 2:48.4, 3rd High Jump 3’8”
Makenzie Kellogg – 2nd 1500 M Run 6:50.6
Allison Gibson – 1st Place 55 Meter Hurdles 11.6, 1st High Jump 4’2”
Monet Price – 1st 200 M Run 34.0
Haley Dean – 2nd 100 M Run 14.8, 1st 400 M Run 72.8, 1st Long Jump 11’7”
Maddie Suddaby – 2nd 200 M Run 34.4
Isabella Bond – 1st Shot Put 16’10.5”
Jena Slater- 1st Triple Jump 22’8.5”, 1st Pole Vault 5’6”

Watkins Glen boys

Casen Weeden – 2nd 100 M Run 15.0, 1st 200 M Run 30.5, 1st Shot Put 31’1”
Shawn Joslyn – 1st 400 M Run 69.8

O-M boys

James Morrell – 1st 100M Run 14.9, 2nd 200 M Run 31.0
Jacob Mayette – 3rd 100M Run 15.6
Preston Harris – 2nd 55 M Hurdles 10.6
Andy Hartford – 3rd 55M Hurdles 10.7, 1st 200 M Hurdles 33.8
Clayton Zinger – 3rd 400 M Run 76.3
Micah Brewster – 3rd 200 M Run 34.9
Sterner Rhys – 3rd Shot Put 18’5”
Grover Paden – 2nd High Jump 4’4”

O-M girls

Hunter Daugherty – 2nd place 55 M hurdles 12.0, 2nd High Jump 3’8”
Kara Reese – 3rd 55 M hurdles 12.3, 2nd 800 M Run 3:03.8
Rowan Hollenbeck – 1st 200 M Hurdles 39.7, 3rd 200 M Hurdles 36.2

Searles, Roberts lead O-M girls to win

SPENCER, April 15 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity track team got four wins each from Hailie Searles and Dana Roberts Tuesday as the Indians topped Spencer-Van Etten 94-42 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the S-VE track. Notre Dame also competed, but in a non-scoring role..

Searles won the 1500 (in 5:40.6), the 3000 (12:57) and the Triple Jump (27'10") and was on the winning 4x800 Relay squad with Hailie Perraut, April Dunn and Courtney Brown.

Roberts won the 100 Hurdles (17.0), the 400 Hurdles (1:13.2), the 200 (28.1) and the Long Jump (14'8").

Other firsts came from Dunn in the 800 (2:52.3), Hannah Bruno in the 400 (1:09.4) and Britney Visscher in the Pole Vault (6'), and by the 4x400 Relay team of Dunn, Nadia Simpson, Bruno and Meagen Terry.

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

Left: Watkins Glen's Bridgette Guild throws the discus. Right: The Senecas' Patrick Hazlitt on the way to winning the 1600 Meter Run.

Watkins track teams fall to Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, April 15 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity track teams dropped Interscholastic Athletic Conference decisions to Waverly Tuesday in a meet on the WGHS athletic complex.

The Waverly boys topped the Senecas 73-57, while the Waverly girls won 99-42.

Place finishers for the Watkins Glen girls:

De’naja Blanchard: 3rd 100 Hurdles, 2nd 100 Meter Run, 2nd Long Jump;
Claire McManus: 1st Triple Jump
Isobel Scheffey: 3rd 100 Meter Run, 3rd 400 Meter Run
Maggie Bond: 1st 1500 Meter Run (personal best of 5:21.7), 2nd 3000 Meter Run
Taylor Kennard: 1st 3000 Meter Run, 2nd in High Jump
Alexandra Joslyn: 2nd Discus
Katie Taylor: 3rd Discus
Sonja Pruitt: 2nd Shot Put
Bridgette Guild: 3rd Shot Put
Julia Reilly: 2nd Pole Vault
Samantha Shea: 3rd Pole Vault

Place finisher for the Watkins Glen boys:

Paradiso, Planty, Holland and Carocci: 1st 4x800 Relay
Ryan Pruitt: 3rd 100 Meter Run, 2nd 200 Meter, 1st Triple Jump
Patrick Hazlitt: 1st 1600 Meter Run, 1st 400 Meter Run, 3rd High Jump
Sean Holland: 3rd 1600 Meter Run, 3rd Shot Put
Aidan Debolt: 3rd 400 Meter, 2nd Discus
Kevin Kernan: 1st 400 Meter Hurdles, 3rd Long Jump
Shawn Rutledge: 3rd 400 Meter Hurdles, 1st 3200 Meter
Jacob Carocci: 1st 800 Meter, 2nd Shot Put, 2nd High Jump
Cameron Connelly: 3rd 800 Meter
Gabe Planty: 2nd 3200 Meter

The teams' five seniors were also recongnized, this being the only home meet of the track and field season. Honorees were Kevin Kernan, Noah Wigmore, Alexandra Joslyn, Sonja Pruitt and Taylor Kennard.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kennard clears the bar in the High Jump.

Middle: The Senecas' Aidan DeBolt races on the third leg of the 4x100.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge wins the 3200 Meter Race. (Photo by George Rutledge)

Left: Watkins Glen's Sean Holland competes in the Shot Put. Right: Samantha Shea vaults.

From left: Watkins Glen's De'naja Blanchard, Isobel Scheffey and Maggie Bond.

O-M boys post track win over S-VE

SPENCER, April 15 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity track team improved to 2-0 Tuesday when it defeated Spencer-Van Etten 88-53 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the S-VE track.

"We had great performances all the way around," said O-M Coach Skip Strobel. "I'm very, very happy with this group."

Odessa got three wins from Andy Fudala -- in the 110 Meter Hurdles (17.2), 400 Meter Hurdles (1:07.8) and Pole Vault (9') -- and wins from Luke Eberhardt in the 800 (2:20.4), Noah Brewster in the 3000 (12:56), and Bryce Elliott in the Shot Put (37'1.5").

The Indians return to action at home next Tuesday against Tioga.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Pulis (left) and Hannah Morse on the way to victories.

Glen tennis team edges Newark Valley

WATKINS GLEN, April 15 -- The Watkins Glen varsity tennis team improved its season mark to 2-1 Tuesday when it defeated Newark Valley 4-3 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the WGHS tennis courts.

"In a match involving two basically evenly matched teams," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, "I was very impressed with the way we were able to persevere and get the victory. There were several very close matches that could have gone either way. Liam Fitch hit some great shots today and played a tough match against a talented opponent. Hannah Pulis showed tremendous grit in fighting back for an important win. William Pastrick and Jordan Shea had to work very hard against the Newark Valley number-one doubles team but played really well in the decisive third set. This is a competitive group of young players who are improving with each practice and game."

Watkins Glen won three of the four singles matches, with Luke Flahive topping Maddie Burns 6-0, 6-0, Hannah Morse defeating Megean Diego 6-1, 6-1, and Pulis topping Amy Giblin 1-6, 6-1, 7-5. Fitch sustained a 6-7, 4-6 loss.

In doubles, Pastrick and Shea topped Tara Birkmeyer/Cayli Young 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Doubles losses were sustained by the Watkins teams of Kendra Larson/Paige Robbins (7-5, 2-6, 1-6) and Megan Hazlitt/Hannah Matusicky (0-6, 2-6).

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Liam Fitch sends a volley on its way.

Glen baseball team falls to C-S, 8-4

CAMPBELL, April 15 -- The Watkins Glen varsity baseball team slipped to 0-2 Tuesday when it dropped an 8-4 non-league decision to Campbell-Savona on the C-S baseball field.

Hits for Watkins Glen came from John Smith (2), Alex Sheesley and Josh Updyke. Justin Kelly and Smith shared pitching duties, strikeing out 13 batters while walking 6 and allowing 6 hits.

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Union Springs. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Golf: Glen girls 3rd at Willowcreek

BIG FLATS, April 15 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity golf team finished third among three teams competing Tuesday in a Section IV golf match at Willowcreek Golf Course.

Lansing took first place with a 206 total, while Horseheads was second at 211 and Watkins Glen third at 213.

Halle Phillips led the Senecas with a 47, while Hanley Elliott posted a 48, Courtney Irwin 54, Megan Hoy 64, Gabi Decker 65, and Alexis Atchie 78.

The medalist was Horseheads' Madalyn Owen with a 46. Next came Phillips and Elliott, then Lansing's Olivia Longhouse and Katherine Babuka (49 each).

The Senecas return to action at Willowcreek on Friday.

Photo in text: Watkins' Hanley Elliott follows through on a shot. (Photo by Steve Decker)

O-M golfers drop opener to N. Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, April 15 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team opened its season on a losing note Tuesday, dropping a 272-302 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Grandview Farms Golf Course par-35 front 9.

Tyler Clark led the Indians with a 47, while James Terry registered a 51, Trey McCarty 62, Noah Angle 70, and Brandon Ray 72.

"This was not only our first match, but the first time some of our guys have ever kept score for nine holes," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "so to say we are inexperienced would certainly be an understatement.

"But they're learning and enjoying the game, so I expect the scores to improve dramatically as the season progresses."

O-M's Jeremiah Holley fields a throw as a Newfield runner slides safely into second.

O-M baseball team falls to Newfield

ODESSA, April 14 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity baseball team's record slipped to 0-2 Monday when it dropped a 9-0 decision to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M baseball field.

The Indians managed just two hits -- one each by Cody Daugherty and Joel Kelly. Daugherty also registered a stolen base.

Mitchell Scata started on the mound for Odessa, completing four innings. Tim Hornick relieved in the 5th, and pitched the 6th. Cody Frederick was the winning pitcher for Newfield.

O-M returns to action Wednesday at home against Candor. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

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Above right: O-M catcher Chris Foote tags out Newfield's Logan King (19) at the plate.

O-M pitchers Mitch Scata (left) and Tim Hornick. (Photo on right by Doug Yeater)

O-M first baseman Joel Kelly catches a pickoff throw from pitcher Mitch Scata as a Newfield baserunner dives safely back to first base. Scata later picked off a runner.

Watkins softball team opens with a loss

WAVERLY, April 14 -- The Watkins Glen varsity softball team opened its season on a losing note Monday, falling to Waverly 13-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly softball field.

Waverly surged in front early, scoring three runs in the 1st inning, two in the 2nd and seven off of three Watkins Glen errors in the 3rd. The Wolverines added a run in the 6th.

The Senecas scored their lone run in the 7th inning, on a single by Katherine Meehan (the team's only hit), a walk to Amanda Cherock, a fielder's choice and an error.

Alexis Gonzalez went the distance on the mound for Watkins Glen, striking out three batters and walking just one.

Watkins returns to action Wednesday at Union Springs, and hosts Notre Dame on Friday.

Safe at Home

Odessa-Montour softball player Ashley Kot (14) slides home safely in a scrimmage Monday against the Newfield junior varsity on the O-M softball field. It was the Indians' first chance to use their field, after a season-opening road loss at Notre Dame. Odessa hosts its home opener Wednesday against Candor.

Watkins baseball team falls to Waverly

WAVERLY, April 14 -- The Watkins Glen varsity baseball team opened its season Monday with a 26-1 loss to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly baseball field.

The Senecas registered just two hits -- one each by Aaron Planty and Sean Kelly. James Updyke scored the lone Watkins Glen run.

Josh Updyke, Planty, James Updyke and Dayne Hughey shared the pitching duties, with Josh Updyke taking the loss.

Watkins returns to action today (Tuesday) with a non-league game at Campbell-Savona starting at 4:30 p.m.

O-M tennis team loses to Union Springs

UNION SPRINGS, April 14 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team fell 6-1 Monday to Union Springs in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match.

The lone victory for the Indians came from Curtis Harris, who defeated Austin Tardibone 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 1 singles match.

In other singles, Andy Doan fell 2-6, 1-6 to Ian Park, Manley Gavich lost 1-6, 2-6 to Ryan Cabal, and Cameron Adams dropped an 0-6, 0-6 decision to Connor Coleman.

In doubles, Brooke Collins/Billy Tague lost 3-6, 1-6 to Nicole Marcourt/Natalie Lynch, Kate Ross/Sarah Norton lost 1-6, 4-6 to Jasmine Jackson/Cassie Brown, and Alec Betts/Bronwyn Stermer fell 6-4, 4-6, 1-6 to Danielle Haft/Michela Lawrence.

Athletes of the Week: Fudala, Roberts

SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 12 -- Odessa-Montour track standouts Andy Fudala and Dana Roberts are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Fudala posted four victories in the Indians' season-opening victory over Newfield, and was on a school record-setting Shuttle Hurdles team at the Campbell-Savona Relays. Roberts won three times against Newfield, with a fourth event rained out, and posted a win and two seconds at Campbell.

Double Honorable: O-M track's Luke Eberhardt, Bryce Elliott, Zach Elliot and Nadia Simpson, and Watkins Glen golfer Halle Phillips.

Honorable Mention: Another 31 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools.

Photos: Dana Roberts in the Long Jump, Andy Fudala in the Hurdles vs. Newfield.

O-M boys 2nd at Campbell Relays

CAMPBELL, April 11 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity track team placed second Saturday behind Bath at the Holly Hain Memorial Relays at Campbell-Savona.

Bath finished with 144 points to O-M's 108. They were followed by Avoca (58), Addison (56), Watkins Glen (43), Jasper-Troupsburg (37), and Campbell-Savona (32).

O-M relay teams placing in the top three were:

4x800 Meters: 1st place (Nick Sgrecci, Luke Eberhardt, Justin Hickey, Zach Elliott)
4x200 Meters: 1st place (Chad Sykes, Jimmy Randolph, Brandon Voorhees, Jake Edger)
4x100 Meters: 2nd place (Chad Sykes, Jimmy Randolph, Brandon Voorhees, Jake Edger)
4x400 Meters: 2nd place (Chad Sykes, Andy Fudala, Jimmy Randolph, Nick Sgrecci)

O-M's Eberhardt also took first place in the Steeplechase, while the team of Fudala, Randolph, Sykes and Eberhardt won the Shuttle Hurdles with a school record time of 1:17.0. The old record was 1:17.68 was set by Mike Hughey, Tyler Walrath, Dominick Chapman and Chris Husted.

Also winning: Bryce Elliott and his brother Zach in the Discus Relay and Shot Put Relay.

O-M girls 3rd at Campbell-Savona Relays

CAMPBELL, April 11 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity track team finished third among seven teams Saturday at the Holly Hain Memorial Relays at Campbell-Savona.

Bath won the team competition with 122 points, followed by Addison (106), O-M (80), Watkins Glen (55), Jasper-Troupsburg (38), Campbell-Savona (37), and Avoca (20).

First-place finishes were posted by Odessa in the:

High Jump Relay: Rosie Peckham and Amy Fudala with a combined 8'6"
Pole Vault Relay: Britney Visscher and Hailie Perraut with a combined 11'
Shuttle Hurdles: Dana Roberts, Amy Fudala, Callie Stillman and Kennedey Heichel

Second-place finishes were registered by April Dunn in the Steeplechase, Dana Roberts/Meagen Terry in the Long Jump, the quartet of Terry, Heichel, Hannah Bruno and Nadia Simpson in the 4x100 and 4x200, and Terry, Roberts, Bruno and Perraut in the 4x400.

The Indians return to action Tuesday at Spencer-Van Etten.

Watkins girls 4th at Campbell Relays

CAMPBELL, April 11 -- The shorthanded Watkins Glen High School girls varsity track team placed 4th Saturday at the Holly Hain Memorial Relays at Campbell-Savona.

The Senecas, with several girls on a school trip to New York City, placed fourth with 55 points behind Bath (122), Addison (106) and Odessa-Montour (80), and ahead of Jasper-Troupsburg, Campbell-Savona and Avoca.

The Watkins Glen 4x1600 Relay team of Clara Chedzoy, Cambria Weeden, Taylor Kennard and Maggie Bond took first place in 25:19.1.

The Discus Relay duo of Bridgette Guild and Sonja Pruitt placed second.

Third places were posted :by the 4x800 Relay team (Kali Bond, Kennard, Bond and Chedzoy), the 4x100 Relay team (Ashley Palmer, De'naja Blancard, Joelle Slater and Isobel Scheffey), the Distance Medley team (Chedzoy, Bond, Kennard and Weeden), the 4x200 Relay team (Mckala VanBrocklin, Palmer, Slater and Scheffey), the Sprint Medley team (Blanchard, Liza Carnes, Slater and Scheffey), and the Triple Jump duo of Chedzoy and Bond.

Watkins boys place 5th at C-S Relays

CAMPBELL, April 11 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity track team finished in 5th place Saturday at the annual Holly Hain Memorial Relays at Campbell-Savona.

Bath placed first with 144 points to O-M's 108. They were followed by Avoca (58), Addison (56), Watkins Glen (43), Jasper-Troupsburg (37), and Campbell-Savona (32).

Finishing first for the Senecas were the 4x1600 Relay team of Jacob Carocci, Gabe Planty, Brandon Pike and Patrick Hazlitt (21:16.5) and the Long Jump Relay team of Ryan Pruitt and Jared Sandritter.

Finishing second was the mid-distance Medley Relay team of Hazlitt, Pruitt, Pike and Cameron Connelly (4:35.3).

Watkins Glen's William Pastrick smashes a return volley. His doubles team won.

Watkins tennis team tops O-M, 6-1

WATKINS GLEN, April 10 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team evened its record at 1-1 Thursday by defeating Odessa-Montour 6-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the WGHS tennis courts.

"It was a difficult day with some pretty awful weather conditons," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, "but the kids played pretty well. The team is improving every day and I'm proud of their commitment to getting better."

The only match to go three sets was between the No. 1 players on each squad, with O-M's Curtis Harris prevailing over Watkins' Luke Flahive, 6-3, 0-6, 6-4.

"It was really fun watching that match," said Morse. "Two terrific athletes who came to play. In all, it was a good day for Watkins Glen."

Watkins Glen won all of the other matches, as follows:

--Liam Fitch over Manley Gavich, 6-4, 6-3.
--Hannah Morse over Cameron Adams, 6-0,6-0.
--Hannah Pulis over Sarah Norton 6-0, 6-0.
--William Pastrick and Jordan Shea over Brooke Collins/Billy Tague, 6-4, 6-3.
--Kendra Larson/Paige Robbins over Bronwyn Stermer/Kate Ross, 6-0, 6-1.
--Keziah Fraboni/Makenna Fraboni over Alec Betts/Syria Tague, 6-0, 6-1.

Odessa-Montour, now 0-2, returns to action at Union Springs on Monday. Watkins Glen plays Tuesday at home against Newark Valley.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Luke Flahive reaches for the ball in his No.1 singles match.
Bottom: O-M's Curtis Harris volleys in his match against Flahive. Harris won.

Left: O-M's Manley Gavich awaits the serve of Liam Fitch. Right: Watkins' Hannah Morse.

Golf: Watkins girls tie for 2nd in opener

WAVERLY, April 10 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team opened its season Thursday by going 1-1-1 in a four-team Section IV match at Tomasso's golf course in Waverly.

The Senecas tied Horseheads for second place with a 212 score, five strokes behind first-place Waverly. Lansing was fourth with a 229 on a day that was cold, windy, and capped off with rain on the last few holes..

Watkins Glen's Halle Phillips was the day's low scorer with a 44, just ahead of Horseheads' Madalyn Owen. Alex Tomasso of Waverly was third with a 46, while Corning's Emily Cunningham registered a 49 and Horseheads' Kristina Eisenhart a 50.

Other scores for the Senecas included a 54 by Hanley Elliott, a 54 by Courtney Irwin, a 60 by Megan Hoy, a 72 by Gabi Decker and an 82 by Meghan Hayes.

"Considering the girls have only played about six practice holes on a closed course, they did quite well," said Watkins Glen Coach Diane Wood.

The Senecas return to action today (Friday) at Endwell Greens in Johnson City.

O-M's Zach Elliott competes in the Shot Put, which he won.

O-M track opens with wins

Boys, girls top Newfield in storm-shortened meet

ODESSA, March 9 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity track teams defeated Newfield Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference division meet at O-M's Charles Martin Field that was ended early by a downpour, with lightning in the distance.

Watkins Glen also competed in the meet, but on a scrimmage basis, filling a bye in its schedule.

O-M Athletic Manager Skip Strobel said that since neither the Newfield boys nor girls could win the meet given the score at the time of the stoppage, both schools determined it was pointless to complete the event at a later date.

Thus the scores through the completed events stand -- the O-M boys defeating Newfield 82-25 and the O-M girls winning 70-34.

Andy Fudala led the Odessa boys with four wins, while Dana Roberts paced the girls with three. Nadia Simpson notched two victories.

Factoring in Watkins Glen's individual performances, Odessa boys took first place in the:

--110 Hurdles, Andy Fudala in 17.5
--100 Meters, Chad Sykes in 11.9
--1600 Meter Run, Luke Eberhardt in 5:35.2
--400 Meter Hurdles, Andy Fudala in 1:08.8
--High Jump, Andy Fudala at 5 feet
--Pole Vault, Andy Fudala and Luke Eberhardt at 7 feet
--Shot Put, Zach Elliott at 36'5"
--Discus, Bryce Elliott at 119'2"

The Odessa girls, meanwhile, took first places in:

--100 Hurdles, Dana Roberts in 17.7
--100 Meters, Nadia Simpson in 13.8
--400 Meters, Dana Roberts in 1:11.4
--800 Meters, April Dunn in 3:00.4
--200 Meters, Nadia Simpson in 30.0
--Pole Vault, Britney Visscher at 6 feet
--Long Jump, Dana Roberts at 13'10"
--Discus, Callie Stillman at 57'11"

Among the events not completed: the girls Triple Jump and Shot Put, the boys 200, the 3000 and 3200 Meters, and the 4x400 Relays.

Watkins Glen posted first places in:

--4x800 Relays, both boys and girls
--Girls 1500 Meters, Maggie Bond in 5:31.1
--4x100 Relays, both boys and girls
--Boys 800 Meters, Jacob Carocci in 2:21.4

Photos in text: O-M's Dana Roberts on the way to victory in the Long Jump, and the Indians' Andy Fudala en route to victory in the 110 Meter Hurdles.

Left: Watkins' Isobel Scheffey at start of the 100, where she finished second in 13.81, just behind Nadia Simpson's 13.80. Right: O-M's Callie Stillman in the 400 Meter Hurdles.

Left: Watkins Glen's Maggie Bond in the 1500 Meters, which she won. Right: Watkins' Liza Carnes on the way to fourth place in the Discus.

Runners take off as the gun sounds in the girls' 100 Meter Run.

Left: O-M's Charles Sidle at start of the 100. He finished fourth. Right: Watkins Glen's Kevin Kernan at start of the 4x100, won by his squad.

O-M's Nadia Simpson, left, on the way to edging Watkins' Isobel Scheffey in the 100.
(Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: O-M's Luke Eberhardt leads Watkins' Jacob Carocci in the 800, but Carocci won in 2:21.4 to Eberhardt's 2:22.6. Right: Watkins' Clara Chedzoy in the 800. She finished third.

Watkins' Samantha Shea clears a hurdle en route to 4th place in the 100 Meter Hurdles.
(Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: O-M's Brooke Collins volleys during a doubles match. Right: Odessa's Andy Doan.

O-M tennis team falls to TAE in opener

ODESSA, April 7 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity tennis team lost its season opener 7-0 to Thomas A. Edison Monday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the O-M tennis courts.

The results:

1st Singles: Michael Beach (TAE) defeated Curtis Harris (O-M), 6-3, 7-5.
2nd Singles: Joshua Gublo (TAE) defeated Andy Doan (O-M), 6-0, 6-1.
3rd Singles: Zach Root (TAE) defeated Billy Tague (O-M), 6-0, 6-0.
4th Singles: Anthony Forte (TAE) defeated Sarah Norton (O-M), 6-0, 6-0.
1st Doubles: Hunter Farley & Olivia Thresher (TAE) defeated Manley Gavich & Kate Ross (O-M), 6-1, 6-0.
2nd Doubles: Samantha Goodwin & Anthony Torres (TAE) defeated Cameron Adams & Brooke Collins (O-M), 6-3, 6-0.
3rd Doubles: Keith Beach & Mike Kolwulich (TAE) defeated Alec Betts & Bronwyn Stermer (O-M), 6-1, 6-1.

Photo in text: O-M's Curtis Harris in action Monday.

Watkins Glen tennis team opens with loss

LANSING, April 7 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team opened its season on a losing note Monday, falling to Lansing 7-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Lansing tennis courts.

In singles, Luke Flahive lost 1-6, 3-6 to Zoli Csaki, Liam Fitch fell 0-6, 0-6 to Nick Parkes, Hannah Morse lost 4-6, 0-6 to Ryan Buchanan, and Hannah Pulis dropped a 3-6, 7-6, 0-6 decision to Ethan Buchanan.

In doubles, the team of William Pastrick-Paige Robbins lost 0-6, 1-6 to Max Arramis-Chris Robinson, the team of Kendra Larson-Jordan Shea fell 2-6, 2-6 to Emily Schweitzer-Matt Robinson, and the duo of Keziah Fraboni-Makenna Fraboni lost 0-6, 0-6 to Skye Richardson-Sarah Gisler.

"In our first match re-launching our Watkins Glen tennis program," said Coach Scott Morse, "the kids played with a lot of heart against a much more experienced team. It was a great learning experience which should help them improve as the season progresses."

Watkins Glen lacrosse team blanked by M-E

ENDWELL, April 7 -- The Watkins Glen varsity lacrosse team fell to Maine-Endwell 23-0 Monday in a road contest.

M-E's Tyler Thompson scored eight goals to lead the Spartans over Watkins, which was outhsot 44-11.

Bryce De La Osa Cruz registered 15 saves tor the Senecas.

O-M baseball team opens with loss at ND

ELMIRA, April 1 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity baseball team started its season on a losing note Wednesday, falling to Elmira Notre Dame 18-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the ND baseball field.

The Indians got one hit apiece from Joel Kelly and Cody Daugherty, each of whom also stole two bases. Jeremiah Holley also registered a steal.

Mitchell Scata, Daugherty and Kelly pitched for Odessa.

O-M softball team falls to Notre Dame

ELMIRA, April 1 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team lost 22-1 to Elmira Notre Dame Wednesday in a season-opening game on the ND softball field.

The contest, terminated by the so-called "mercy rule" after five innings, saw the Crusaders score in each inning -- four times in the 1st inning, and then five, six, four and three runs. Odessa scored its run in the bottom of the 5th.

O-M got a single each from Ashley Kot and Addi Rhodes. Brianna Struble pitched three innings for the Indians, and Maddison Lodge pitched two innings.

Watkins Glen's Austin Dalrymple (center) moves the ball, with teammate Brandon Gould nearby (in the background on the right). (Photo by Kent Duane)

Glen lacrosse team wins, improves to 1-1

ELMIRA, March 31 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team lifted its record to 1-1 Monday when it defeated the Elmira Express JV team 8-5 at Marty Harrigan Field in Elmira.

Watkins' Matt Estes led the Seneca scoring with three goals, while Jordan Rappleye, Ian Chedzoy, Bradley Eslick, Brandon Gould and Lucas Wickham registered one each. Assists were recorded by Alec Clarkson and Lucas Wickham.

Justin Duane led the Senecas in ground balls with 7. Bryce De La Osa Cruz netted 6 saves at goalie.

Varsity head coach Nils Watson said that excellent effort and aggressive play is paying off for the young Senecas squad, now in its second season. “We see a huge improvement over where we were a year ago," he said. "We expect to continue improving with every game.”

The Senecas lost their season opener 9-2 last Wednesday to Oneonta. The game was played at Hartwick College. Scoring for the Senecas were Estes and Chedzoy.

Watkins returns to action today (Tuesday) at Chenango Forks before its first home game of the season Thursday against Johnson City at 4:30 p.m.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Ian Chedzoy scores a goal (top); Seneca defenders Justin Duane (10), Zach Kelly (25) and Bryce De La Osa Cruz (in goal). (Photos by Kent Duane)

Model Car Show concludes

Auto World's Koveleski reminisces in Center talk

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, March 29 -- The International Motor Racing Research Center hosted its 2nd Annual Model Car Show from Friday through Sunday (March 29).

Oscar Koveleski (right), co-creator of Auto World, the beacon for model car hobbyists of all ages in the 1960s, '70s and '80s, spoke Saturday.

Admission to the show was free. The Racing Research Center is located at 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen.

Upwards of 30 exhibitors participated, with some exhibits changing each day.

A new feature this year was People's Choice Awards, organized by Keystone Cards of Sayre, Pa. Owner Rich Chernosky moved the awards and his annual Model Car Concours d'Elegance from the September Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival to the Racing Research Center's spring show.

Koveleski's Saturday talk attracted an audience of almost 100 to the Watkins Glen Elementary School auditorium in the building next door to the Research Center. The talk -- an informal, entertaining presentation -- focused on Auto World, the mail-order company Koveleski co-founded in 1958, after growing up in his father's Scranton, Pa., hobby shop and model manufacturing business. Koveleski says the first catalogs, in 1959, were produced by him and his wife, Elaine, on their kitchen table and an ironing board.

The annual Auto World catalogs are vividly and fondly remembered by subscribers.

"They were filled from cover to cover with slot cars and go-fast parts, as well as model cars, supplies, and full-length articles on everything from tuning slot cars to detailing plastic models," Kurt Ernst wrote for Hemmings Daily last year. "The 30th edition of the catalog, issued in 1978, featured stories on how to build an HO-scale replica of Watkins Glen and how to craft HO-scale car bodies out of heavy-duty aluminum foil, ideal for those seeking added rubbing-is-racing realism."

Until the last catalog was published in 1991, Koveleski was the go-to guy on slot cars, model cars and radio-controlled cars as he promoted events all over the United States and internationally. That is, when he wasn't earning victories in racing series such as Can-Am.

Koveleski's talk was presented as part of the Racing Research Center's Center Conversations series.

Upcoming talks include Martin Rudow speaking on April 18 about racing in the Pacific Northwest. He is author of "Long Straights and Hairpin Turns, The History of Northwest Sports Car Racing" and publisher of Vintage Drift magazine for SOVREN, the Pacific Northwest's largest and most active vintage racing club.

On Sept. 12, Koveleski returns with acclaimed motorsports reporter Pete Lyons and Jack Deren to headline a daylong program celebrating Can-Am racing. Deren was chief mechanic for Koveleski's Team Auto World McLaren.

The Racing Research Center is an archival library dedicated to the preservation and sharing of the history of motorsports, of all series and all venues, through its collections of books, periodicals, films, photographs, fine art and other materials.

For more information about the Center's work and its programs, visit www.racingarchives.org or call (607) 535-9044.

Photos in text: Oscar Koveleski speaking Saturday; copies of Auto World publications; and one of several tabletop displays of model cars at the Center over the weekend.

Jerlando's donates $1,000 to soccer club

ODESSA, March 19 -- Jerlando's Restaurant in Watkins Glen teamed with the Odessa Boys Travel Soccer Club in February to raise funds for the club -- to help with the costs of registration, uniforms and new equipment for training.

The result of that fundraising -- whereby Jerlando's donated a percentage of its Monday night dining room sales -- was $1,000, presented to the club Wednesday by Jerlando's owner Bill Tague.

The club participates in the U-16 and U-19 divisions at The Fields in Lansing with full rosters coached by volunteers Kirk, Kyle and Dan Stephens.

Photo in text: Jerlando's owner Bill Tague, left at wall, hands the $1,000 check to coach Dirk Stephens. (Photo provided)

WGI, Cornell Racing partnership renewed

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, March 26 -- Watkins Glen International has announced a renewed partnership with Cornell Racing.

The deal provides Cornell Racing with access to the historic WGI road course, allowing the organization to practice and test its Formula SAE Team custom car in preparation for various competitions throughout the year.

“Watkins Glen International is pleased to team up with these talented students and professors to help enhance an already renowned program.” said WGI President Michael Printup.

In 1986, Professor Albert R. George became faculty advisor to a dozen mechanical engineering students researching and designing a racecar from scratch. Also known as Cornell’s Formula SAE team, Cornell Racing has grown to an average of 60 undergraduate and graduate students, with members participating from nearly every school within the University. Since its inception, Cornell Racing has competed at FSAE Michigan, where they have claimed an unmatched nine world championships.

“It's amazing to get to drive at Watkins Glen, where you're surrounded by other enthusiastic racers in a beautiful paddock with the sound of engines roaring around the circuit in the background,” said Connor Archard, a senior electrical engineer major and Cornell Formula SAE team leader. “The facilities really allow us to stretch our legs and get our car up to competition speeds, which is invaluable for preparing our drivers to race and to represent Cornell Racing. I'm always excited for weekends in the spring when we get to head over to The Glen.”

As part of the relationship, Cornell Racing will feature the WGI logo on its 2015 Formula SAE car, which will appear at competitions and promotional events throughout the year. The 2015 car, ARG15, will feature an improved aerodynamic package which will, by increasing downforce, create a large boost in performance.

Watkins Glen's Colin Gates
is our Schuyler Winter MVP

All-Schuyler All-Star team unveiled

WATKINS GLEN, March 16 -- In a season of many outstanding performances by athletes at the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high schools, the selection of an Odessa File Schuyler Winter MVP came down to picking someone with passion and impact.

And that meant Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball standout Colin Gates.

With Gates in the lineup, the Senecas were seemingly unbeatable. When he was on the bench -- as in foul trouble -- the team would, when facing serious competition, find its path to success more difficult.

A player who wears his heart -- which is to say his passion to win -- on his sleeve, Gates was the catalyst of many Seneca offensive bursts in a season that saw Watkins Glen fashion a 17-2 record. The team won its division, won the IAC Large Schools crown, and made it to the Section IV, Class C title game, where it led by a dozen points before a nightmarish fourth quarter that saw Newfield grab the championship.

Even in defeat, and foul trouble, Gates excelled in that last game, scoring 12 points and grabbing 6 rebounds. And in a brief return to the lineup between his fourth and fifth fouls, he scored a basket that seemed to give the Senecas hope, boosting their lead from three points to five, 44-39. Alas, Newfield surged and went on to win.

The season was far more than that quarter, though. It was one of both dominating performances by the Senecas and tough, hard-fought wins, and Gates was at the forefront of many of them. He averaged 14 points per game, scoring 20 or more five times, and 19 on another occasion. He was also part of a potent 1-2 rebounding duo (with Keith Rekczis), and was, like the rest of the team, skilled in steals.

He brought heart to the hardwood, and an energy that melded with that of his teammates into a potent force -- one that earned the Senecas a large and enthusiastic fan base, deservedly so.

The Odessa File
All-Schuyler All-Stars

1st Team

Colin Gates -- WGHS Basketball -- MVP
Samantha Bradley -- WGHS Bowling
Lucy Craig -- WGHS Bowling
Brandon Gould -- WGHS Wrestling
Ian Chedzoy -- WGHS Wrestling
Joe Rorick -- OM Wrestling
Patrick Hazlitt -- WGHS Track
Amanda Pike -- WGHS Basketball
Madison Gates -- WGHS Basketball
Matt Doppel -- WGHS Swimming
Gillian Clark -- OM Basketball
Joel Kelly -- OM Basketball

2nd Team

Matt Estes -- WGHS Basketball
Luke Flahive
-- WGHS Basketball
Joe Palumbo -- WGHS Basketball
Keith Rekczis -- WGHS Basketball
Cody Daugherty -- OM Basketball
Billy Tague -- OM Swimming
Mariah Gonzalez -- WGHS Basketball
Allison Teed -- WGHS Basketball
Josh Burge -- WGHS Wrestling
Nick Cocola -- WGHS Wrestling
Dakota Evans -- WGHS Bowling
Aidan DeBolt -- WGHS Swimming
Joelle Slater -- WGHS Track
Billy Bacon -- OM Wrestling
Hailie Searles -- OM Basketball
Olivia Grover -- OM Basketball

3rd Team

Amanda Cherock -- WGHS Basketball
Madison Myers -- WGHS Basketball
Katherine Meehan -- WGHS Basketball
Justin Kelly -- WGHS Basketball
Justin Duane -- WGHS Basketball
Addi Rhodes -- OM Basketball
Callie Stillman -- OM Basketball
Bryce Elliott -- OM Basketball
Tyler Clark -- OM Basketball
Alec Betts -- OM Swimming
Charles Sidle -- OM Swimming
Anthony Humphries -- OM Swimming
Taylor Kennard -- WGHS Track
Brooke Shaffer -- WGHS Track
Isobel Scheffey -- WGHS Track
Colton Arcangeli -- WGHS Wrestling
Jon Brown -- WGHS Wrestling
Elizabeth Reed -- WGHS Bowling
Liz Mason -- WGHS Bowling
Wyatt Brower -- WGHS Bowling
Liam Fitch -- WGHS Swimming
Lucas Wickham -- WGHS Swimming
Jacob Slater -- WGHS Swimming
Alex Grady -- OM Bowling
Trenton Randall -- OM Bowling

Left: Watkins Glen's Allison Teed (2) reaches for a rebound. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez (25) maneuvers in traffic.

Watkins Glen girls fall, 46-34

Senecas fade in 4th quarter, finish with 17-5 mark

ONEONTA, March 14 -- Fourth-quarter turnovers and cold shooting spelled defeat Saturday for the the Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team as it dropped a 46-34 decision to Cooperstown in a New York State Public High School Athletic Association regional game in the SUNY Oneonta gym.

The Section 4 champion Senecas stayed close to the Section 3 champion Hawkeyes through three periods, trailing by just a point, 28-27, entering the fourth quarter. But a series of Watkins Glen turnovers -- including three in a 44-second span with less than 4 minutes to play -- along with ice-cold Seneca shooting in the closing minutes, enabled Cooperstown to pull away.

Amanda Pike led Watkins Glen (17-5) with 14 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals and 4 blocks, while Madison Gates scored 10 points with 9 rebounds, 2 steals and an assist.

Other points came from:

Allison Teed: 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals and an assist.
Amanda Cherock: 3 points and 1 rebound.
Katherine Meehan: 2 points and 6 rebounds.
Mariah Gonzalez: 2 points and 2 rebounds.
Madison Myers: 1 point and 4 rebounds.

"We played hard," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn, but in the second half "Cooperstown's defense picked up a bit. We didn't give up, but our offense wasn't there.

"But it was a great season. Not too many teams get this far, so we have to hold our heads up high."

Watkins Glen fell behind early, trailing 10-3 before mounting a 7-0 run that pulled it even with Cooperstown at 10-10 entering the second quarter.

The Senecas played the Hawkeyes even in the next few minutes, pulling ahead 17-15 -- but then Cooperstown (now 23-1) went on a 9-2 run to build a 24-19 lead at halftime.

The Hawkeyes built the lead to 7 points, at 26-19, before the Senecas rallied again, outscoring Cooperstown 8-2 to pull within a point , 28-27, as the fourth quarter loomed -- and the Watkins faithful could almost taste the trip to the state semifinals that would go to the winner.

But Cooperstown scored the first 5 points of the final period to go up 33-27, and then increased its defensive pressure, forcing a half-dozen Watkins Glen turnovers in the period, most of which led to points.

The 5-point lead grew to 8 at 38-30 with a 3-point play off a turnover, and grew to 10 points and then 12, at 42-30, off a pair of rapid-fire turnovers. Another free throw at 2:49 gave the Hawkeyes a 13-point advantage, 43-30.

The Senecas managed just four more points, all on free throws, as Cooperstown successfully wound down the clock to 0:00.

Watkins Glen was 13-for-20 from the free-throw line, and had just one 3-pointer, by Cherock. Cooperstown was 10-for-23 at the line, and had two 3-pointers, both by Liz Millea, who had a game-high 21 points.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Madison Gates drives to the basket.

Middle: The Senecas' Amanda Pike (right) maneuvers past a Cooperstown defender with help from teammate Allison Teed. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: Watkins' Allison Teed launches a shot. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Madison Gates grabs a rebound (Photo by Don Romeo). Center: The Senecas' Amanda Pike goes up for a shot. Right: Watkins' Madison Myers shoots.

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Cherock, left, looks to shoot. Right: Cherock (foreground) grabs a rebound as teammate Amanda Pike reaches for it, too.

Watkins Glen's Madison Gates (obscured on the left), Amanda Cherock (3) and Amanda Pike (right) swarm to the ball as it's held by a Cooperstown player. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Allison Teed cuts through traffic.
Right: The Senecas' Katherine Meehan shoots.

At the free-throw line: From left, Watkins Glen's Madison Myers, Allison Teed and Mariah Gonzalez.

Left: Watkins Glen's Katherine Meehan drives past a Cooperstown defender.
Right: The Senecas' Allison Teed passes the ball to teammate Amanda Pike (14).

Training on Seneca

A total of 10 boats from Cornell University's competitive rowing program took to the waters off the southern shore of Seneca Lake late Thursday afternoon for some team training -- a move from their normal routine of rowing in the canal they normally use in Ithaca. The canal has too much ice on it. The boats were populated by both male and female crews. (Photo by Don Romeo)

WGHS committee seeks HOF nominations

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, March 13 -- The Watkins Glen Central School District Hall of Fame selection committee is seeking nominations of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the district’s athletic program as athlete, coach or benefactor. Nominations will be accepted until the end of March.

Criteria:

Athlete – Individuals who have made significant and extraordinary contributions to Watkins Glen Athletics and have exemplified good character, sportsmanship and leadership. Nominees must have been a Varsity athlete and out of high school for at least four years.
Coach – Individuals who have made significant and extraordinary contributions to Watkins Glen Athletic programs. Nominees must have been a Varsity coach and must be retired from the sport for which he/she is nominated.
Benefactor – Individuals who have contributed time and interest in the overall athletic program at Watkins Glen.

A selection committee comprised of coaches, school board representatives, administration and community members will review the nominations. Winners will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in June.

For more information or to nominate an individual, go to www.wgcsd.org and find the Hall of Fame section under the Athletics tab.

WGHS winter sports Most Valuable Players gathered after the ceremony.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

Winter athletes honored at WGHS

WATKINS GLEN, March 13 -- Standout members of Watkins Glen High School winter sports teams were honored Thursday night in a ceremony at the school sponsored by the WGHS Sports Boosters.

The Most Valuable Players were:

Boys Varsity Basketball: The starting lineup of Colin Gates, Luke Flahive, Joe Palumbo, Keith Rekczis and Matt Estes.
Boys JV Basketball: Max Schimizzi.
Girls Varsity Basketball: Amanda Pike and Madison Gates.
Girls JV Basketball: Ryanna LaMoreaux.
Boys Varsity Swimming: Matt Doppel and Aidan DeBolt.
Varsity Wrestling: Brandon Gould.
Boys Varsity Bowling: The entire team.
Girls Varsity Bowling: Samantha Bradley and Lucy Craig.
Girls Varsity Indoor Track: Joelle Slater
Boys Varsity Indoor Track: Patrick Hazlitt.
Varsity Cheerleading: Micaela Simpson
JV Cheerleading: Cheyenne Stansfield.

Athlete of the Week: Madison Gates

SCHUYLER COUNTY, March 9 -- This week we honor as Odessa File Athlete of the Week a basketball player who stepped up big in the semifinal and championship games of the Section IV, Class C girls tournament.

Watkins Glen's Madison Gates (right) earns the honor for a near double-double (9 points and 9 rebounds) in a semifinal victory over Lansing, and 14 points and 6 rebounds as the Senecas defeated top-seeded Bainbridge-Guilford for the sectional title. Eight of her points against B-G came in the pivotal fourth quarter.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball's Amanda Pike, Amanda Cherock, Allison Teed, Mariah Gonzalez, Madison Myers, Tamijah Lawton-Stone, Colin Gates and Matt Estes; Watkins Glen bowler Lucy Craig, and Watkins Glen runner Patrick Hazlitt.

Honorable Mention: Another half-dozen athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at both the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour High Schools.

Craig averages 160 at State tourney

SYRACUSE, March 8 -- Watkins Glen High School bowler Lucy Craig rolled a six-game total of 962 Sunday at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Bowling Championships at the AMF Strike 'N' Spare Lanes in Syracuse.

"I couldn't be more proud of Lucy," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "She competed against the best competition in the entire state. There are no class divisions at this level.

"To average 160 for the day on this oil pattern, under this pressure, says a great deal about what kind of special athlete she is."

Craig's games were 143-163-155-209-158-134. Her Section IV all-star team placed 7th among the 11 sectional squads.

"This ends her high school career," Brower added, "and in the fall she will be starting her college career at Mount Aloysius College. Not only is she a great bowler, but an even better person. We will miss her."

Photo in text: Lucy Craig at the State Bowling Championships. (Photo provided)

The Section 4, Class C girls basketball champions: the Watkins Glen Senecas.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen girls win Section 4 title

Top Bainbridge-Guilford, 43-37; face Cooperstown next

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BINGHAMTON, March 7 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team relied on a deep bench as it overcame foul trouble and pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 43-37 victory Saturday over top-seeded Bainbridge-Guilford in the championship game of the Section IV, Class C tournament.

The title was the first claimed by a Watkins girls basketball squad since the 1999-2000 team that included current coach Alicia Learn when she was a junior. Next up is a regional contest at 3 p.m. Saturday at SUNY Oneonta against Section 3 champion Cooperstown.

Saturday's win was earned largely on defense, although Madison Gates stepped up with 14 points for the Senecas, mostly on drives through traffic to the basket. Eight of those points came in the fourth period as the Senecas extended a 2-point lead to 9 points and then held off B-G down the stretch despite some late free-throw difficulties on one-and-ones. Overall, though, the team was 13-for-18 at the line

Also scoring for the Senecas (now 17-4) were Allison Teed (8 points), Mariah Gonzalez (8), Amanda Pike (7), Madison Myers (4), and Tamijah Lawton-Stone (2).

Gates led the squad in rebounds with 6, while Gonzalez and Amanda Cherock had 5 each, and Teed and Pike 3 apiece. Teed and Gonzalez each had 2 steals, and Cherock and Lawton-Stone 1 each. Both Gates and Cherock registered a block.

Fouls forced Coach Learn to substitute early and often, and the bench players were equally as strong on defense as the starters. Pike was tagged with her second foul with 2:36 to go in the first period, and by game's end Gonzalez, Teed and Lawton-Stone each had four fouls, Gates three, Pike and Cherock two each, and Myers one.

Not that Bainbridge-Guilford fared much better under an onslaught of officials' whistles. Like Watkins, it was called for 20 fouls, and it accordingly lost one of its key players in the fourth period. B-G was struggling at the line, going 7-for-18.

The Senecas led at the end of each quarter -- 13-9 after one period, 22-19 at halftime, and 32-29 through three periods.

With Watkins Glen ahead by two points, 34-32, Gates scored with 4:50 remaining to double the lead to to four points, and then Pike scored off a feed from Cherock at 3:44 to increase the advantage to six, 38-32. After a steal by Lawton-Stone, Gates scored again on a drive to the hoop at 2:50 to make the score 40-32.

After a B-G free throw at 2:01, Gates countered with a pair from the line for a 42-33 advantage. Bainbridge converted a one-and-one at 52 seconds to climb within seven points at 42-35, and scored in the paint with 35 seconds left to trim the deficit to five, 42-37. Pike finished off the scoring with a free throw with two seconds left, and the celebration began.

The girls were presented Section IV championship medals by Watkins Glen School Superintendent Tom Phillips, and Learn was handed a championship plaque. Then came the requisite championship team photo on the court, with media flocking in front of the team, snapping away.

In interviews following the game, both Learn and Gates touched on the camaraderie of the team -- how they play well together, and get along well off the court.

Asked if she thought at the beginning of the season that the team would be the sectional champion, Gates said "No way. I was going to be happy if we had a better record than last year. I never imagined we'd go 17-4." But as the season developed, the team learned to trust and count on one another -- to become a unified squad.

Said Learn: "I think team chemistry is a huge part of basketball -- team chemistry, playing together, mental toughness."

That has spelled success, which now takes the squad east to Oneonta next weekend. And her thoughts on that? Learn smiled and replied: "I like to take things one step at a time."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins' Madison Gates makes a move toward the hoop. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

Second: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez looks to shoot. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Third: Watkins Glen School Superintendent Tom Phillips presents the Section IV title plaque to Senecas coach Alicia Learn. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Fourth: Watkins coach Alicia Learn outlines a play during a time-out. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Maggie Bond prepares to pass the ball. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike races upcourt. (Both photos by Charlie Haeffner)

Left: Watkins Glen's Allison Teed goes up for a shot. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)
Right: The Senecas' Amanda Cherock moves the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins' Tamijah Lawton-Stone makes a move toward the basket. Right: The Senecas' Madison Myers prepares to shoot in the lane. (Both photos by Charlie Haeffner)

Hazlitt places 22nd at States

ITHACA, March 7 -- Watkins Glen High School sophomore Patrick Hazlitt -- his school's only runner to advance to the New York State Indoor Track Championships held at Cornell University on Saturday -- finished 22nd in his race, the 1600 Meter Run.

"He had a great season and I'm excited to see what he does in the future," said Watkins Glen Coach Jessica Karius. His time in the race was 4:37.78.

Photo in text: Patrick Hazlitt, left, strides in the 1600 Meter Run. (Photo provided)

The ecstasy turns to agony

Watkins boys fall in final to Newfield, 53-48, with disastrous 4th quarter

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BINGHAMTON, March 7 -- After the Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team dominated Newfield with a 14-0 third-quarter blitz that gave the Senecas a 12-point lead in the Section 4, Class C championship game Saturday, the Seneca players and their fans "were pumped," in the words of Watkins Coach John Fazzary.

A quarter later, those players and fans, and the coach, were all deflated, wondering how the final period could have gone so wrong that the Senecas ended up on the short end of a 53-48 score -- a classic meltdown caused in no small part by an intense Newfield defense that harried the Watkins players into mistake after mistake.

"Give Newfield credit," said Fazzary. "They certainly got after us. But we made bad decisions. I don't think 'unraveled' is too strong a word."

The entire first half was a tightly fought contest, going back and forth in short bursts, with Newfield outscoring the Senecas 14-13 in each of the first two quarters. Then, stunningly, came a third quarter in which Newfield missed 15 shots from the field and a couple of free-throw tries as Watkins Glen went from a 28-26 deficit to a 40-28 lead.

Matt Estes scored 10 of his team-high 18 points in that period as the Senecas seemingly could do no wrong. The fans were loudly ecstatic in the cavernous stands of the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, and the players were excited, waving their arms to encourage the crowd further. One dampening factor: Watkins Glen's Colin Gates had been whistled for his third and fourth fouls within a minute of each other, and he was pulled with 2:33 left in the period.

And then came the fourth quarter.

Newfield's Devin Cooper scored in the first 17 seconds on a basket and free throw, but Watkins floor captain Luke Flahive answered with a pair of free throws another 17 seconds later. Score: Watkins 42-31.

Cooper hit another basket for the Trojans 15 seconds after that, and then Newfield stole the ball and scored with 6:50 remaining to cut the Watkins lead to 42-35. Another steal and breakaway basket at 6:20 cut the lead to five points, 42-37, and yet another steal seconds later led to another Newfield basket at 5:54. The score: Watkins Glen 42, Newfield 39.

Fazzary re-inserted Gates, and he scored a half-minute later, boosting the Senecas' lead to five points, 44-39. But Newfield, after another steal, scored on a 3-point play in the lane with 4:24 remaining to pull within two at 44-42.

Watkins turned the ball over at 4:05 when a wide pass to Estes in the corner pulled him out of bounds, and Newfield responded with a 3-point bomb at 3:53 to take the lead, 45-44.

Gates fouled out at 3:23, and Newfield converted a pair of free throws to increase its lead to three points, 47-44. Watkins' Keith Rekczis was fouled at 2:58, and sank two free throws to pull the Senecas within a point, 47-46.

Newfield answered with a free throw at 2:30 for a 48-46 edge. Two Watkins Glen turnovers and one Newfield turnover later, the Trojans struck again with a 3-pointer that boosted their lead to five points, 51-46.

Rekczis gave the Watkins faithful hope when he stole the ball and was fouled, and sank both free throws to pull the Senecas within three at 51-48.

But Watkins had to foul with 14.6 seconds left, and the Trojans' Brian Barrett sank both ends of a one-and-one for the final 53-48 spread.

The Trojans had outscored Watkins in the final quarter by a 25-8 margin.

Scoring in addition to Estes were Gates (12 points), Flahive (7), Rekczis (6), Joe Palumbo (3 before leaving in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury), and Justin Duane (2). The team didn't make it to the free-throw line until the fourth quarter, when it went 6-for-6.

Rekczis led the team in rebounds with 7, while Gates grabbed 6. Flahive led in assists with 5, while Palumbo, Estes, Gates and Duane each had 2.

Cooper led Newfield with 20 points, while Barrett scored 10 and Cole Barfield 8. The team was 12-for-17 from the free-throw line.

"How many turnovers did we have in the fourth quarter?" asked Fazzary, who said there were so many that his scorekeeper couldn't keep up with them. "I'm guessing there were 10."

At the end of the third quarter, he said, "I was thinking 'just 8 more minutes to a sectional title,'" something that has eluded him and several predecessors, dating back to the last such title in the 1950s.

"All we had to do was take some time off the clock, have some good possessions. I don't know if we saw the finish line too early, but once we started turning the ball over a little bit, it was like a feeding frenzy for Newfield. The Newfield crowd got louder, and the intensity of their players increased. It didn't help that Palumbo got hurt, nor that Estes got called on a travel" on a play in which he dunked the ball.

"That," said Fazzary, "might have gotten things going back the right way." Instead, nothing worked. He called a couple of time-outs, "but we couldn't stop the bleeding."

Thus, the championship that was seemingly in Watkins' hands went to Newfield.

"It's just heartbreaking," Fazzary added. "But on the positive side, we provided the community with plenty of excitement this season. We won our own tournament, we won our division, we won the IAC Large Schools championship, and we beat some state-ranked teams" on the way to a 17-2 record.

Not that Fazzary isn't feeling a little snake-bitten by his Section IV tourney experiences.

--His team back in 2001-02 lost a quarterfinal game to Southern Cayuga in overtime after leading by 2 points with 3.8 seconds remaining and one of his players at the foul line.

--His 2002-03 team -- in a year in which semifinals and finals were both played at the Arena -- lost in a semifinal to Seton Catholic.

--His "Wild Bunch" team in 2005-06 made it to the finals, but in Class B after a change in classifications bumped the Senecas up from Class C. They lost to Seton Catholic.

--His '09 team lost in a semifinal after one of his key players, Mark Fraboni, was injured late in the previous game, leaving the team vulnerable on offense.

--His 2013 team came close, but a missed layup late in the game sealed a defeat at the hands of Moravia.

And now this.

"I look back at some of the things that have happened to us, and I just scratch my head," said Fazzary. "I've had teams plenty good enough to win it, but for one reason or another ...

He paused.

"The thing is, as the coach I know how much goes into gettng a team to this point. It takes 7 or 8 years of work, through youth ball and junior varsity and then coming together as a varsity team...

Another pause, then this:

"Be sure to say I thanked the Seneca Nation, the students and the community, for their support. They were great all year. They were great today."

A final pause.

"We had them right where we wanted them," he said, "but we couldn't get it done."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Matt Estes goes to the hoop. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

Second: The Senecas' Luke Flahive prepares to shoot. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Third: The Senecas' Keith Rekczis looks for a shot. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

Fourth: Watkins' Justin Duane races past a Newfield defender. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Fifth: Watkins Coach John Fazzary reacts to a call. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary (center, kneeling) outlines a play for his players.
(Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: Watkins Glen's Colin Gates prepares to shoot. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)
Right: The Senecas' Matt Estes goes high for a shot. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: The Senecas' Joe Palumbo makes a move in traffic. Right: Watkins' Justin Kelly.
(Both photos by Charlie Haeffner)

From left: Watkins Glen's Luke Flahive, Joe Palumbo and Matt Estes.
(Left and center photos by Don Romeo; photo on right by Doug Yeater)

Glen boys hold off Moravia

Top Devils 51-46 to reach Section IV final vs. Newfield

WATKINS GLEN, March 5 -- The Watkins Glen boys have another date with Newfield, this time in Saturday's 3:30 p.m. final at the Broome County Arena to determine the Section IV, Class C champion.

The 17-1 Senecas, who handed Newfield its only loss of the season on Feb. 10 at the WGHS Field House, 49-35, advanced to the final Wednesday night by defeating Moravia 51-46 before a packed Field House. Newfield advanced by defeating Elmira Notre Dame in the other semfinal, 63-58, at Newfield.

Joe Palumbo and Matt Estes led Watkins Glen in scoring with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Other points came from Luke Flahive (8), Colin Gates (8), Keith Rekczis (4) and Justin Duane (2).

Gates led in rebounds with 11, while Rekczis and Estes grabbed 6 each, and Palumbo and Flahive 4 apiece. Estes led in assists with 4, while Gates and Flahive had 3 each and Palumbo 2. Three players -- Palumbo, Estes and Gates -- had two steals apiece.

The Senecas trailed 7-6 at the end of the first quarter, but were up 25-20 at halftime. The lead was 6 points, at 39-33, with 1:50 left in the third quarter when Gates sent the crowd into a frenzy by sinking a putback while falling backwards and hitting the floor hard. Thirty-seven seconds later, Flahive scored on a give-and-go breakaway with Estes' assist. That put the lead at 10 points, 43-33, entering the fourth period.

But Moravia did not back down. The Blue Devils cut the lead to 6 points, 43-37, by the 6:30 mark on a pair of free throws and a short-range basket, and then to 5 points at 45-40 with 4:43 remaining. A 3-pointer at 3:39 brought Moravia within a pair at 45-43.

An Estes basket at 2:03 restored the lead to 4 points and then, with less than a minute and a half to play, Moravia appeared confused by a Watkins defensive change to a 2-3 zone from man-to man -- and ran down all but 8 seconds off the shot clock before their coach called a timeout. When play resumed, the Devils were faced with a 1-3-1 zone, and failed to get a shot off in time, turning the ball over on a clock violation.

A Gates free throw at 36.3 seconds gave Watkins Glen a 48-43 lead, but Moravia hit a 3-pointer at 24.7 seconds to close to within two points again, 48-46. But those were the last points for the Devils.

Estes hit both ends of a 1-and-1 with 23.5 seconds remaining, and Palumbo converted a free throw with 5.9 seconds left to complete the scoring.

"There were a few times I thought 'All right, here we go,'" said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "We'd have a little run and get 6 points ahead, and then boom, they'd come back. Then we got ahead by 10, and a minute later it was down to 3. Moravia kept battling. They're a good program.

"But give our kids a lot of credit, too. They made enough big plays to win."

He pointed in particular to the one-and-one that Estes converted with time winding down, "and we had some big 3's from Joe."

As for Saturday's rematch with Newfield, Fazzary said it "will be a good game. Newfield will be tough."

If the Senecas prevail, he noted, "it will be the first sectional title" for the Watkins Glen boys basketball team "in 60-plus years, going back to the early '50s."

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Keith Rekczis (44) vies for a rebound.

Middle: The Senecas' Joe Palumbo prepares to shoot a free throw.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Colin Gates saves the ball from going out of bounds. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: The Watkins Glen cheeerleaders performed for the fans. Right: The Senecas' Justin Duane puts up a shot.

Left: Watkins Glen's Keith Rekczis drives to the basket. Right: The Senecas' Colin Gates goes high for a rebound. (Photo on right by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Allison Teed is fouled as she attempts a shot. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Cherock drives to the basket. (Both photos by Doug Yeater)

Watkins girls top Lansing

Post 51-46 victory, advance to Section IV final

WATKINS GLEN, March 5 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team pulled away in the fourth quarter Wednesday night to defeat Lansing 51-46 and advance to Saturday's final of the Section IV, Class C Tournament.

The Senecas, now 16-4 and seeded No. 2, will play the No. 1 seed, Bainbridge-Guilford (18-2), which advanced Thursday with a 55-38 win over No. 4 Newfield. Game time Saturday is 1 p.m.

Amanda Pike led Watkins Glen scorers with 15 points, including 12 in a first half that saw the Senecas reach intermission with a 24-21 lead. She also had 4 rebounds in the game, along with an assist and a steal.

But this was a full team effort.

Madison Gates, despite sitting out the third quarter with foul trouble, scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.

Madison Myers (pictured at right) and Amanda Cherock played key roles in the second half, with Myers scoring all of her 10 points after intermission, and Cherock scoring 5 of her 8 points in the fourth quarter.

Allison Teed added 5 points (all in the second half), grabbed 5 rebounds, dished out 4 assists and had 2 steals, and Mariah Gonzalez scored 4 points and had 2 rebounds and a steal.

Teed's defense drew praise from Coach Alicia Learn, who also singled out Myers for "stepping up big at just the right time."

The Senecas and Bobcats were tied 36-36 entering the fourth quarter -- but Watkins Glen went on a 10-0 run to pull ahead 46-36. The points came from Cherock (on a drive to the hoop and an accompanying foul shot), Myers (on a drive to the basket), Myers again on 3-pointer, and a basket by Gates.

Watkins still had a 10-point lead at 50-40 with 1:34 to play, but missed 5 of 6 free throws, including the front end of 1-and-1's twice. That allowed Lansing to creep closer. But a Myers steal with 14 seconds remaining sealed the Bobcats' fate.

"We played hard, and we played together," said Learn. "We ran our plays, and used the clock. We played as a team."

As for Saturday's game, "the girls are pumped," said Learn. "And I'm just as pumped.".

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike shoots in traffic (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: The Senecas' Madison Myers sends a shot on its way.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike (left) and Amanda Cherock shoot.
(Photo on left by Doug Yeater)

Left: Watkins Glen's Madison Gates (10) takes a charge. Right: The Senecas' Allison Teed fights for a rebound, but it was knocked out of bounds by the player on the left

Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez, left, and Madison Gates move the ball.
(Both photos by Don Romeo)

From left: Watkins Glen's Madison Myers, Allison Teed and Amanda Cherock pose after the victory over Lansing.

The Mastermind Entertainment team. Front from left: Gunner Herrmann, Zach Rounds. Back from left: Coach Olivia Grover, Kameron Collins, Aiden Summers, Victoria Brewster, Reagan Reese, Coach Kennedey Heichel. (Photo provided)

O-M youth basketball ends its season

Special to
The Odessa File

ODESSA, March 3 -- The annual Odessa-Montour 3rd and 4th grade youth basketball program completed its annual season on Saturday.

Thirty-five students participated on eight Saturday mornings, learning about the rules and skills and playing games each week.

O-M Youth Hoops officials said they "would like to thank our sponsors, Watkins Supply, Mastermind Entertainment, Sunset View Creamery, and Cookie's Construction for their support as well as the volunteers who helped with coaching, keeping score, and organizing events."

The Cookie's Construction team (above right):

Front from left: Gina Gavich, Lance Reese.

Middle from left: Kylie Christianson, Christopher Seewald, Drew Parmenter, Ben Heichel.

Back from left: Coaches Nakiaha Robinson, Gillian Clark. (Photo provided)

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The Watkins Supply team (right):

Front: Benson Patterson

Middle from left: Cal Arcangeli, Wes Wade, Adrionna Personius.

Back from left: Coach Sage Garrison, Jonah Conolly, David Patterson, Brady Cannon, Coach Tyler Clark. (Photo provided)

The Sunset View Creamery team. Front from left: Daniel Lewis, Riley Brooks. Back from left: Coach Callie Stillman, Emma Landon, Hannah Nolan, Aiden Vogel, Nathan Smith, Peyton Bailey, Coach Addi Rhodes. (Photo provided)

Athletes of the Week: 5 from Watkins

SCHUYLER COUNTY, March 2 -- The postseason success of Watkins Glen High School athletes continued this past week -- leading to more Odessa File Athlete of the Week honors for WGHS.

This week, we honor the following:

Patrick Hazlitt, who set a new school record in the 1600 Meter Run at the Section IV Track Qualifier and in the process advanced to Saturday's State Track Meet at Cornell.

Brandon Gould, who went 4-2 at the State Wrestling Championships, placing fourth in the 126-pound weight class.

Luke Flahive and Colin Gates, who led the Watkins boys varsity basketball team to victory over Greene in a Section IV quarterfinal by scoring 24 and 20 points, respectively.

Amanda Pike, who led the Watkins girls varsity basketball team to victory over Notre Dame in a Section IV quarterfinal by scoring 20 points.

Double Honorable: Odessa-Montour basketball's Gillian Clark; Watkins Glen track's Joelle Slater and Isobel Scheffey; and Watkins Glen basketball's Allison Teed, Madison Gates, Mariah Gonzalez, Matt Estes, Joe Palumbo and Keith Rekczis.

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

Left: Watkins Glen's Kevin Kernan in the 600 Meter Run. Right: The Senecas' Isobel Scheffey in the 300 Meter Run. (Both photos by Brooke Shaffer)

Hazlitt advances, Slater shines at Qualifier

ITHACA, Feb. 28 -- Watkins Glen High School track standout Patrick Hazlitt advanced Saturday to the Indoor Track State Championships by meeting the qualifying time while placing third in the 1600 Meter Run.at the Section IV State Qualifier at Cornell University.

Hazlitt posted a time of 4:26.82, good for third place and a new school record -- besting Watkins Glen grad Matt Gill's mark of 4:28.1

The State Championship meet will be held next Saturday, also at Cornell.

Meanwhile, Watkins Glen's Joelle Slater excelled at the Qualifier, finishing third in the 1500 Meter racewalk with a personal best of 8:42.44, but did not advance. Only the top two qualified for States.

Other finishes for Watkins Glen included:

300 Meter Dash: 12th place Isobel Scheffey 46.84. Scheffey also set a school record of 8.08 in the 55 Meter Dash.
3000 Meters: 12th place Taylor Kennard 12:04.62.
Shot Put: 13th place Tom Schmitt 35 feet 5 inches.
600 Meter Dash: 15th place Kevin Kernan 1:33.38. He also ran 9.84 in the 55 Hurdles.
Long Jump: 15th place Jonas Recker 16 feet 10 inches.
Shot Put: 17th place Mikayla Rhodes 24 feet 3.25 inches.
1500 Meter Run: 23rd place Kali Bond 5:50.3.
1600 Meter Run: 24th place Sam Hanley 5:09.7.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt and Joelle Slater. (Photo provided)

Left: Watkins Glen's Jonas Recker in the Long Jump. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kennard in the 3000 Meter Run. (Both photos by Brooke Shaffer)

Left: Watkins Glen's Colin Gates goes high for a shot. Right: The Senecas' Matt Estes reacts to the ball. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins boys rout Greene

Win 70-30, reach Class C semifinal vs. Moravia

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 28 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team -- led by Luke Flahive's 24 points, 20 points by Colin Gates, and a defense that produced 20 steals -- ran past Greene 70-30 Saturday night in the WGHS Field House to advance to the semifinals of the Section IV, Class C Tournament.

The Senecas, 16-1 and the top seed in Class C, will face Moravia at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Field House. Moravia, the No. 4 seed, defeated No. 5 Sidney 66-40 Saturday to improve to 16-4.

The Senecas started slowly, trailing Greene 8-5 before taking control with a 19-0 run that put them ahead of the Trojans 24-8 early in the second period. Watkins' halftime lead was 31-17, and then the Senecas ran away by outscoring Greene 17-6 in the third quarter and 22-7 in the fourth.

Scoring in addition to Flahive (who had 16 points in the first half) and Gates were Justin Kelly (7 points), Joe Palumbo (6), Matt Estes (5), Keith Rekczis (5), Justin Duane (2), and Michael Taylor (1). The Senecas were 13-for-20 from the free-throw line.

The 20 steals came from five different players. Estes stole the ball 6 times, Rekczis and Palumbo 4 times each, and Gates and Flahive 3 times each. Estes also led the team in assists with 6, while Duane and Palumbo had 3 each, Flahive 2 and Gates 1.

Gates led in rebounds with 8, while Rekczis grabbed 5, Flahive and Duane 3 each, and Palumbo, Kelly and Parker Pangallo 2 apiece.

"Another stat worth noting," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, "was that we took 4 charges. That's absolutely fantastic. In fact, the defense overall was fantastic. Greene never got to double digits in any quarter -- scoring 8, 9, 6 and 7.

"Palumbo did a terrific job on their little guard," he added, referring to Jordan Harrington, "and Flahive did a great job on (Luke) Erickson, holding him to one point. He stayed ahead of him, stopping Erickson from doing any of his quick slashing. And Gates was his usual solid self."

Come Wednesday, Fazzary added, "we're gonna need that good defense. Moravia presents quite a challenge. They shoot the ball well, and are a very good team."

The coach said he hopes the students and community turn out in force to support the Senecas -- to create an intense and loud atmosphere. "Moravia has never played at the Field House," he said, "so they're gonna get introduced to the Seneca Nation."

The winner will advance to the Broome County Arena for the championship game next Saturday, March 7.

In the other half of the Class C bracket, No. 2 Newfield (18-1) defeated No. 7 Unadilla Valley 57-34 Saturday night to set up a semifinal contest Wednesday night against No. 3 Notre Dame, a 63-50 winner over No. 6 Trumansburg.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Keith Rekczis looks for a shot.
Bottom: The Senecas' Luke Flahive drives to the hoop. (Photo by Liz Fraboni)

Seneca Nation fans lean as a Greene player attempts a free throw.

Watkins' Colin Gates, center, battles for a rebound.

Shooting: From left, Watkins Glen's Matt Estes, Joe Palumbo and Justin Kelly.

Watkins cheerleaders compete at Horsesheads on way to the Grand Champion award.
(Photo provided)

Watkins cheerleaders win big at Horseheads

HORSEHEADS, March 1st -- The Watkins Glen High School cheerleaders won big Saturday at the Raiders Express Cheerleading Competition held at the Horseheads Middle School.

The Glen junior varsity squad won first place in its division. The varsity squad won first place in the Coed Division, a specialty award of best choreography of the day, and the Grand Champion trophy. Team member Micaela Simpson finished off the day with the title of Jump Off champion.

Odessa- Montour placed first in the Small Squad division while Dryden High School took first in the Large Squad division.

Up next: The state tournament at the Rochester Institute of Technology on Saturday, March 7.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen cheerleaders pose with their trophies. (Photo provided)

Gould places 4th at State Wrestling

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 28 -- Watkins Glen wrestler Brandon Gould finished in 4th place Saturday in the 126-pound weight class at the New York State High School Wrestling Championships in Albany.

Gould was among five high school athletes -- four wrestlers and a swimmer -- from Schuyler County schools who competed this weekend in state tournaments.

At the State Wrestling Championships in Albany:

Gould (pictured second from left on the podium) won his opening match Friday by fall over Brendon Merchant of Section 2's Cobleskill-Richmondville, but fell in the quarterfinals to Nick Gaiser of Section 5's Alexander, 10-0.

Gaiser proved difficult once again in Gould's final match. After winning in wrestlebacks against Austin Ryan of Section 4's Unatego, 6-1; Tanner Cook of Section 3's Central Valley Academy, 3-2, and Brad Bihler of Section 6's Maple Grove, 10-4, Gould lost to Gaiser in the third-place bout, 7-1.

That ended a season in which, among may dual-meet victories, Gould won his weight class at the Mike Watson and Interscholastic Athletic Conference tournaments and at the Section IV, Class C tourney. He was third at the Section IV tournament in Binghamton, and received an At Large bid to States.

Among other Schuyler wrestlers:

-- Odessa-Montour's Joe Rorick won his opening match at 120 pounds, 8-0 over Roland Lapoint of Section 7's Northern Adirondack High School, before losing in the quarterfinals 16-1 to Matteo DeVincenzo of Section 11's Port Jefferson. He then fell in his first wrestleback bout, losing to Logan Robinson of Section 4's Walton 2-1. Two losses meant elimination.

-- Watkins Glen's Josh Burge (170 pounds) lost his opening .match to Brett Lewis of Section 3's Morrisville-Eaton on a fall in 3:15, and then lost in the opening round of wrestlebacks, 7-4 to Tyler Green of Section 2's Schuylerville.

-- Watkins Glen's Ian Chedzoy (182 pounds) lost his opening match to to Jake Kubala of Section 6's Newfane, 3-1 in sudden-death overtime, before winning in the opening wrestleback round 4-2 over Peter Jones of Section 1's Irvington. Chedzoy lost again, however, in his next bout, falling to Geno Brancati of Section 2's Hudson Falls, 10-3.

At the State Swimming Championships at Ithaca College:

Watkins Glen junior Matt Doppel (pictured at right at the State Meet site) failed to advance to the finals in the 100 Backstroke, finishing 25th in a field of 42 competitors with a time of 54.18, just 3/100ths of a second short of the 24th-place swimmer. The top 24 advanced.

Said Watkins Glen swim coach Len DeBolt: "Matt's goal was to make it to the state championship meet this year, and he achieved that goal. I'm happy for him and I know he will be back next year. He had a great season."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould stands second from left on the podium after placing 4th in the 126-pound weight class at the New York State Wrestling Championshps in Albany.

Bottom: Watkins Glen swimmer Matt Doppel at the site of the New York State Swimming Championships at Ithaca College. (Photos provided)

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike launches a shot. Right: The Senecas' Madison Gates drives past a Notre Dame defender. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Glen girls top Notre Dame, reach Section IV semifinals

Pike leads way with 20 points in 45-25 victory

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 28 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by Amanda Pike's 20 points and a stingy team defense -- defeated Elmira Notre Dame 45-25 Friday night in the WGHS Field House to advance to the Section IV, Class C tournament semifinals.

The Senecas, 15-4, will play at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Field House against Lansing.

The Senecas, up by just two points at halftime and by six points entering the fourth quarter, outscored Notre Dame 19-5 down the stretch, shutting down the Crusaders' offense with dominant rebounding and a series of steals. Watkins had 12 steals in the game.

Both teams started slowly, and were tied 7-7 after one period. Then Pike surged, scoring 9 second-period points to lead the Senecas to a 17-15 halftime edge. Watkins added four more points to its lead in the third period, and then -- sparked by 7 Allison Teed fourth-quarter points -- pulled away.

In addition to her 20 points (which included two 3-pointers), Pike grabbed 4 rebounds and registered 2 steals and an assist. She was 6-for-6 at the free-throw line.

Teed scored 9 points, with 3 steals and an assist.She converted 5 of 6 free throw attempts, all in the fourth quarter. The team was 15-for-20 from the line.

Other scoring came from:

--Mariah Gonzalez: 5 points with 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.
--Madison Gates: 5 points with 6 rebounds, 4 steals and an assist.
--Madison Myers: 6 points on a pair of 3's.

Also contributing were Halle Phillips with an assist and Katherine Meehan with a steal. And Amanda Cherock contributed a rebound and some effective defense despite playing with a fever.

Mia Herland led Notre Dame with 10 points. The Crusaders were 3-for-3 from the foul line.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez looks for a shot.

Bottom: The Senecas' Allison Teed races upcourt on a breakaway. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Students in the bleachers at the south end of the court lean into a play.
(Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: Watkins' Amanda Cherock drives past an ND player. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right: The Senecas' Madison Myers.

From left: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez, Allison Teed and Amanda Cherock.
(Photo on left by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen players line up for an inbounds play. From left: Madison Gates, Katherine Meehan, Amanda Pike and Amanda Cherock. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: Watkins Glen's Katherine Meehan drives toward the hoop. (Photo by Doug Yeater)
Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike contends for the tipoff. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Madison Gates shoots in traffic.
Right: The Senecas' Allison Teed drives to the basket.

Shutter commits to Wilmington University

Special to The Odessa File

DRYDEN, Feb. 27 -- Odessa-Montour High School alum and Tompkins Cortland Community College sophomore Morgan Shutter -- a two-time NJCAA soccer All-American and 2014 NSCAA All-American -- has committed to Division II Wilimington (Delaware) University for his final two years of eligibility.

Shutter led the TC3 Panthers soccer team in scoring for the past two seasons and in 2014 put his name in the record book in a 5-2 win over SUNY Adirondack by tying the record for goals in a game when he found the back of the net four times in the first 34 minutes of play. Shutter will take to the field as a Wildcat at Wilmington this coming fall.

Said Shutter: "I'm excited and anxious for this big opportunity. Signing to play for Wilmimgton University on a soccer scholarship is definitely a major accomplishment in my life, and I look forward to improving my level of play, working hard and striving to be part of a championship caliber team in the NCAA."

Shutter follows in the footsteps of his elder brother, Matthew, who was a defensive player at Division II Dominican College.

Photo in text: Morgan Shutter. (Photo provided)

From left: O-M's Chris Foote is fouled by SC's Justin Schneider on a drive to the basket; the Indians' Zach Pyhtila shoots; and O-M's Tyler Clark waits for SC's Zac Barreto to fly by before shooting a layup.

O-M boys fall to SC, 61-48

POPLAR RIDGE, Feb. 26 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team's season ended Wednesday night when the Indians fell 61-48 to Southern Cayuga in the opening round of the Section IV, Class D Tournament.

The Indians finished with a 7-12 record, while Southern Cayuga improved to 8-10 heading into a quarterfinal meeting Saturday with the winner of Wednesday's game between top-rated Delhi and 16th seeded Jefferson.

The O-M game, in the Southern Cayuga gym, saw the 8th seeded, homestanding Chiefs take an early 10-point lead at 23-13 before No. 9 Odessa bounced back with a 13-2 run that put the Indians ahead briefly, 26-25, late in the second period.

However, SC scored the final three points of the first half to lead 28-26, and then went on a 12-3 run to open the third quarter for a 40-29 lead midway through the period. After O-M's Bryce Elliott scored on a layup and foul shot to cut the O-M deficit to eight points, 40-32, the Chiefs ran off the final eight points of the period for a 16-point advantage, 48-32, entering the fourth quarter.

Matters got worse for Odessa as Southern Cayuga scored 11 of the first 14 points in the final period, building a 59-35 lead. Only then did O-M's offense start clicking again. The Indians outscored SC 13-2 down the stretch to make the final deficit 13 points.

Odessa had no answer for SC's 6-foot-7 senior Justin Schneider, who scored 29 points and dominated the boards during his team's hot streaks. He was joined in double figures by Zac Barreto, who registered 15 points. The Chiefs converted just 5 of 14 free-throw attempts.

O-M was led in scoring by Joel Kelly's 12 points. Other points came from Elliott (10), Cody Daugherty (8), Tyler Clark (6), Noah Bruno (6), Chris Foote (2), Zach Pyhtila (2) and Nick Sgrecci (2). The team was 6-for-12 from the foul line.

Photo in text: O-M's Bryce Elliott takes the ball to the hoop. He scored on the play.

O-M's Nick Sgrecci (22) battles SC's Justin Schneider for a rebound.

O-M's Joel Kelly (left) and Tyler Clark shoot.

Left: O-M's Cody Daugherty drives past SC's Sam Nolan.
Right:
The Indians' Mitch Scata.

Watkins boys have top seed in Class C

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 20 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team has earned the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Section IV, Class C Tournament.

The Senecas (15-1) have a first-round bye, and home court until the finals, assuming they get that far. Their first game is set for Saturday, Feb. 28 at home against the No. 8 seed, Greene (10-8), which defeated Lansing Wednesday night.

The No. 2 seed in Class C is Newfield (16-1), while the third and fourth seeds are Elmira Notre Dame (13-4) and Moravia (15-3).

Glen girls have No. 2 seed in Class C

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 20 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team (14-4) has earned the No. 2 seed in the Section IV, Class C Tournament that starts Tuesday. The Senecas have a first-round bye, and home court until the finals, should they get that far..

They will play their first game on Friday, Feb. 27 in the Field House against Elmira Notre Dame (11-7 and seeded 7th), which Tuesday night defeated the No. 10 seed, Unadilla Valley, 41-37.

The top seeded team is Bainbridge-Guilford (15-2), while the third and fourth seeds go to Lansing (13-5) and Newfield (14-4).

Left: O-M's Addi Rhodes shoots. Right: The Indians' Hailie Searles battles for a rebound.
(Photo on the right by Mike Stamp)

O-M girls' rally falls short

Indians lose Section IV opener to Schenevus, 54-52

ODESSA, Feb 24 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team dug a first-half hole that it couldn't quite escape Tuesday as the Indians rallied from a 15-point deficit only to lose to Schenevus 54-52 in an opening-round game of the Section IV, Class D Tournament.

The contest, in the O-M gym, saw the Indians miss shot after shot in a first half in which they scored just 12 points, leaving them down 22-12 at halftime. The deficit grew to 15 points, at 30-15, midway through the third period.

"We didn't rebound very well, and that hurt us in the first half," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, noting that his team started sluggishly. "We looked like the team with the two-hour bus ride," an allusion to the trip Schenevus made to reach Odessa.

His team "clawed and fought" to get back in the game after intermission -- but couldn't regain the lead, which it had last held at 8-7. "We dug the hole too far," Gavich said. "Every time we got within one or two or three points, they scored again."

Odessa's rally brought the Indians within six points entering the fourth period, down 38-32. The Indians climbed to within three on a 3-pointer by Gillian Clark early in the period, then fell back by eight points, 46-38, at 6:08.

A free throw by Hailie Searles, a 3-pointer by Addi Rhodes, two more points on a drivinig layup by Rhodes, a jumper by Sage Garrison and and a layup by Garrison off a precision pass from Callie Stillman pulled the Indians within a point at 49-48 with 2:53 to play.

A basket by Schenevus restored the lead to three points, but O-M's Olivia Grover cut it to one point again, 51-50, with a full-court drive to the basket at 1:32 that included a nifty move that faked a defender out of position.

Schenevus scored again at 1:05 to go up 53-50, and O-M missed three shots on its next possession, turning the ball over when the last shot bounced out of bounds. Schenevus missed a one-and-one opportunity at 16.2 seconds, and O-M's Clark was fouled at 7.8 seconds when she attempted a 3-pointer. She missed the first of three free throws, then hit the next two to bring the Indians back within a point, down 53-52.

Schenevus went to the line again on a quick foul at 6.3 seconds, and made the first of two free throws. The second shot missed, and the ball went out of bounds off a Schenevus player during the battle for the rebound. Odessa had one last chance with 4.7 seconds left.

The ball was inbounded to Garrison, who got past some tight midcourt defense and pulled up for a mid-range jumper -- but the ball caromed off the rim as time expired.

"It's disappointing," Gavich said of the loss. "But these seniors (Searles, Rhodes, Stillman and Brianna Struble) have gotten us back on track with commitment, dedication and attitude. They are very classy individuals. When the younger girls win in the future, these seniors will have had a lot to do with it" by the example they left behind.

Clark, a 9th grader, led the Indians in scoring with 17 points, including two 3-pointers. Eighth grader Grover added 14 points, and Garrison, a sophomore, scored 10. Other points came from Searles (6) and Rhodes (5). The team was 15-for-26 at the free-throw line.

Schenevus was led by Alyssa Turner's 18 points. Megan Walke scored 15, Mary Hernanadez 12 and Danielle Tefft 8. The team converted 13 of 28 free-throw attempts.

Photos in text:

From top: O-M's Olivia Grover drives to the basket; the Indians' Addi Rhodes races upcourt; and O-M's Sage Garrison (left) and Megan Walke of Schenevus try to reach the ball. (Bottom photo by Mike Stamp)

Left: O-M's Hailie Searles. Right: The Indians' Gillian Clark at the free-throw line.

O-M's Callie Stillman looks to pass after grabbing the ball at midcourt.

Left: O-M's Alexis Saunders prepares to pass the ball.
Right: The Indians' Gillian Clark tries to drive past a Schenevus defender

Left: Students Alec Betts (with flag) and Manley Gavich (partially obscured) cheer on the Indians. Right: O-M's Sage Garrison is bumped off stride by Schenevus defender Danielle Ost, who was whistled for a foul. (Photo on right by Mike Stamp)

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Left: O-M's Kennedey Heichel. Right: The Indians' Gillian Clark.

Lynda Kramer (left) and Mary Crippen catch the ball as it bounces out of bounds at the scorer's table. O-M's Alexis Saunders is in the foreground.

Suddaby advances to Regionals in diving

ITHACA, Feb. 23 -- Ithaca College freshman Lindsey Suddaby -- a Watkins Glen High School graduate -- placed 8th in 3-meter diving at the Feb. 18-21 Empire 8 Swimming and Diving Championships in Webster, qualifying for the NCAA Regionals in Buffalo. She was also 10th in 1-meter diving.

Ithaca won the Empire 8 tournament championship, amassing 891 points to runnerup Stevens' 852. Hartwick was third with 515 in the 13-team field. Suddaby (pictured at right), a diver for Watkins Glen in her high school days, established a personal best in the 3-meter event of 425.4 points

Academically, she made the Dean's List in the Fall Semester at IC with a 4.0 grade-point average in the Speech Pathology program.

Athletes: Bowler, 5 basketball players

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 23 -- Once again this week, we honor a half-dozen Watkins Glen High school students as Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Lucy Craig earns a nod for her All-Star bowling at the Section IV State Qualifier in Binghamton, where she topped the entire tournament field with a 182 average on difficult lanes. Accordingly, she advanced to the State tournament in Syracuse.

And the starting five of the WGHS boys varsity basketball team earn the honor for their stunning comeback to capture the IAC Large School Championship in a win over previously unbeaten Whitney Point. The five, each of whom contributed largely to the victory, are Luke Flahive, Colin Gates, Joe Palumbo, Keith Rekczis and Matt Estes.

Double Honorable: Odessa-Montour basketball's Gillian Clark, Watkins Glen basketball's Amanda Pike and Madison Gates, and Watkins Glen bowler Samantha Bradley.

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

Teeter plays key role as CCC wins title

CORNING, Feb. 23 -- Watkins Glen High School graduate Jesse Teeter played a key role Saturday as his Corning Community College men's basketball team won its first Mid-State Athletic Conference championship in 20 years with an 82-75 win over Finger Lakes Community College in the conference final at CCC.

Teeter scored 8 points, registered 4 steals and dished out a season-high 13 assists as Corning improved to 21-7 overall and 13-1 in MSAC play. Issachar Small led the Red Barons with 29 points.

Corning advances now to the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 3 Tournament in Canandaigua. Pairings were to be announced today.

Youth program crowns its champions

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 23, 2015 -- The Watkins Glen Youth Basketball program, held in the winter at Watkins Glen High School, concluded with its playoff finals Saturday. House of Hong (3rd-4th grades) and Seneca Lodge (5th-6th grades) won the titles.

3rd-4th Grades

Championship Game:

House of Hong 28, Mr. Chicken 22
House of Hong: Jacob Yontz 18, Finnegan Dunham 4, Ryan Thompson 2, Haley Tuttle 2, Giuseppe La Face 2
Mr. Chicken: Carmichael Ayers 8, Gregory Samuels 6, Jacob Van Der Eeems 4, Lillian Ameigh 4

Consolation Games:

Famous Brands 16, Curly's Family Restaurant 6
Famous Brands: Jonah Sissel 10, Jenna Solomon 4, Lamashyaa Lee 2
Curly's Family Restaurant: Isabella Samuel 4, Devon Searle 2

Central Asphalt 22, Sporting Goods 14
Central Asphalt: David Kelly 14, Jason Murphy 4, Sarah Jones 4
Sporting Goods: Gavin Smith 6, Carly Arnold 6, Bryce Cady 2

5th-6th Grades

Championship Game:

Seneca Lodge 31, Church Street Produce 21
Seneca Lodge: Travon Jones 21, Brendan Sheesley 8, Ethan Day 2
Church Street Produce: Georgio Fazzary 12, Tim Clifford 7, Tanner Dunham 2

Consolation Games:

Watkins Glen Supply 34, Maguire's 12
Watkins Glen Suppply: Bryce Kelly 16 Jordan Avery 10, R.J. Bannon 6, Emily Rhoads 2
Maguire's: Rebecca Becker 4, Silas Farrell 2, Andrew Hayes 2, Kaylynn Burke 2, Elisabeth Scholtisek 2

Van Skiver Motors 38, Capt. Bill's 34
Van Skiver Motors: Owen Scholtisek 22, Daniel Ely 8, Aislinn Klemann 6, Stoyan Bond 2
Capt. Bill's: Seamus Mooney 20, Cameron Holland 10, Eric Morrisette 2, Ian Gleason 2

Photos in text: The House of Hong team (top) and the Seneca Lodge team, both playoff champions of the Watkins Glen Youth Basketball program. (Photos provided)

O-M boys end season at bowling Qualifier

BINGHAMTON, Feb. 22 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity bowling team competed Saturday in the Section IV State Qualifying Tournament at Laurel Lanes in Binghamton, finishing 11th out of the 11 teams present.

The Indians, who had advanced to the Qualifier with a strong showing at the previous weekend's Section IV, Class D Tournament, amassed a six-game pinfall of 4014 in their season-ender.

First place went to Corning, whose 5523 pinfall sends it to the State Tournament in Syracuse in a couple of weeks. The runnerup was Waverly with 5275, while Union-Endicott was third with 5012.

Alex Grady led O-M in the first three-game set with a 505 series, with Trenton Randall second at 462. Ryan Lambert led the Indians in the second three-game set with a 436, while Eric Rumsey rolled a 433.

Lucy Craig tops field at Qualifier, advances to States

BINGHAMTON, Feb. 21 -- Watkins Glen High School bowler Lucy Craig rolled the highest six-game series at the Section IV New York State Qualifying Tournament Friday at Laurel Lanes, and thus advanced as an All-Star to the State Tournament in Syracuse in two weeks.

Horseheads advanced by claiming the team title, besting second-place Watkins Glen, 4888-4641.

Craig (on the right in the photo at right) rolled games of 164, 180, 187, 180, 182 and 203 for a 1096 total, tops in the tournament. She finished atop the list of six All-Stars, ahead of Genevieve Burnett of Tioga (1063), Erin Page of Johnson City (1032), Alaena Sullivan of Chenango Valley (1032), Kalei Fenn of Newark Valley (1031) and Marina Mazzarella of Sidney (1031). Emily Loucks of Oneonta (1031) is an alternate. Mackenzie Bonyak of Horseheads had the third highest score, 1042, but qualified as a member of the winning team instead of as an All-Star.

"For Lucy to be the top bowler in all of Section IV and to lead the All Star team to the state tournament is a huge accomplishment," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "The entire team is proud of her."

Other scores for Watkins Glen: Samantha Bradley rolled a 992, Elizabeth Reed 881, Dakota Evans 860, and Liz Mason 812. Craig's final game, her 203, was the only Watkins game to surpass 200.

"It was a pretty tough oil pattern today" on the lanes, said Brower. "It was what will be seen at the state tournament.

"I am very proud of our girls," he added. "We led everyone after the first two games, and trailed Horseheads by 31 after the third game."

Because the two teams were the leaders, "we bowled them head to head in the afternoon." At the end, he said, Horseheads "knew they had beaten a great team."

Photo in text: The Sectin IV All-Star team, with Watkins Glen's Lucy Craig on the right. (Photo provided by Michelle Evans)

The IAC Large School champions pose after their victory over Whitney Point.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins boys win IAC title

Rally from 10-point deficit to beat Whitney Point 59-50

DRYDEN, Feb. 19 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team, down 36-26 at halftime, regained its defensive prowess in the second half Thursday night to overtake previously unbeaten Whitney Point, 59-50, in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School championship game at Tompkins Cortland Community College.

"What a game," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "That was high-level basketball, right there."

Fazzary said he was wondering at halftime whether his team (now 15-1) could stop Whitney Point, which had made a high percentage of its first-half shots, both long- and short-range. But the Senecas, who in their recent win over state-ranked Newfield had allowed just 35 points the entire game, reverted to that earlier defensive form, holding Whitney Point (now 17-1) to just 14 second-half points. Watkins Glen, meanwhile, scored 33 points after intermission.

Keith Rekczis led the Senecas with 19 points, including 8 in the fourth quarter. Colin Gates registered a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Gates, who missed a portion of the second quarter after picking up two fouls, "was an animal on the glass" in the second half, Fazzary said, time and again preventing Whitney Point from getting second shots.

Other points came from Matt Estes (12), Joe Palumbo (9 on three 3-pointers), and Luke Flahive (8, including 6 in the fourth quarter). The team was 6-for-8 from the foul line.

Gates and Palumbo led the team in assists with 4 each, while Estes and Flahive had 3 apiece, and Rekczis 2. Estes also registered 2 steals and had 3 rebounds, while Rekczis had 3 boards.

Whitney Point was led by Gabe Shrauger's 19 points, and 10 by Sean Kelly. The Eagles converted 3 of 4 free throws.

The game, which seesawed early, saw Watkins ahead 26-24 with 3:31 remaining in the second quarter. That's when Whitney Point went on a 12-0 run, ending the half up 10 points.

Watkins scored the first four points of the second half, which Fazzary said was key. "If Whitney Point had come out and scored four or six points and put us down 14 or 16, I'm not sure we could have come back," he said.

As it was, the Senecas fell back by 10 points again, 42-32, before going on an 11-0 run to take the lead briefly, 43-42, with 31 seconds left in the period. The Eagles answered with a buzzer-beater bucket to enter the fourth quarter up 44-43.

That 11-0 run, Fazzary noted, got the crowd into the game. "The closer we got, the louder they got," he said, "and you could feel the momentum turning."

The Senecas regained the lead 46-44 on a 3-pointer by Rekczis with 6:36 to go, and after Whitney Point tied the game 46-46 at 6:29, Rekczis added another 3-pointer at 6:03 for a 49-46 Watkins advantage.

After the Senecas missed two layup opportunities, Flahive drove to the hoop for two points and a 51-46 lead with 4:00 to go.

Whitney Point answered with a basket at 3:40 to pull within three points at 51-48, and scored again at 2:48 to cut the Watkins lead to one point. But the Eagles failed to score again.

Watkins stretched the lead to three points on a soft jumper by Estes at 2:13, and to six points on a Flahive layup and foul shot at 1:13. A Rekczis layup at 39.1 seconds -- after he pump-faked a hard-charging Whitney Point player who flew by him -- and a free throw by Flahive with 6 seconds left completed the scoring. At the buzzer, some of the Watkins Glen fans stormed the court to celebrate with the players.

"Rekczis hit some big threes" down the stretch, said Fazzary, "and Luke had a couple of big baskets. You know, Keith played unbelievably, and he had to guard Shrauger -- until he got his fourth foul" in the third quarter. Then Gates took over on Shrauger.

The coach also pointed to the play of Palumbo, whose job it was to guard Zach Marsh, an 18-point-per-game player held Thursday to just 3 points. "Joe got into his head," said Fazzary. "He stuck to him like glue. Every time Marsh turned around, there was Joe in his face."

Overall, Fazzary said, "everybody played pretty well. To be down 10 against a team of that caliber and outscore them 33-14 in the second half, hold them to 8 and 6 points in the third and fourth quarters ... I couldn't be more proud.

"You know, I think Whitney Point looked a little tired late in the game. But our guys were so pumped up with coming back, and getting the crowd behind them, I think adrenaline carried us."

With the Section IV, Class C tournament ahead -- and Watkins tentatively set for a first-round bye and a quarterfinal game at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 against the winner of a Feb. 25 game between Greene and Lansing -- Fazzary said he is hoping for continued crowd support.

"I want to thank the fans for turning out in droves" for Thursday's game, he said. "The kind of vocal support they provided inspired the boys." The combination of enthusiastic basketball fans and appreciative basketball players "is a great team," he said.

Photos in text:

From the top: Watkins Glen's Luke Flahive shoots in traffic; the Senecas' Justin Duane moves the ball (Photo by Don Romeo); Watkins' Keith Rekczis puts up a shot; the Senecas' Matt Estes glides toward the hoop.

Left: Watkins Glen's Keith Rekczis looks for a shot. Right: The Senecas' Matt Estes receives an alley-oop pass, which he put through the hoop. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins' Joe Palumbo (10) bounces a pass to teammate Colin Gates after stealing the ball.

Left: Watkins' Joe Palumbo sends a 3-pointer on its way.
Right: The Senecas' Colin Gates drives to the basket.

Left: Some of the many Watkins Glen fans on hand. Right: WENY-TV sportscaster Jenna Cottrell was on hand to report on the game.

Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary outlines a play for his team during a timeout.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Colin Gates saves the ball from going out of bounds. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right:
After the game, the Senecas' Luke Flahive hugs Assistant Coach David Waite.

O-M boys fade at end, lose to S. Cayuga

AURORA, Feb. 19 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team stayed close to Southern Cayuga Wednesday night until the fourth quarter, when SC pulled away to hand the Indians a 59-43 Interscholastic Athletic Conference road loss.

The defeat dropped the Indians' season mark to 7-11 heading into the Section IV tournament. O-M Coach Brad Clark said that his team will open the tourney against the team it just played -- at Southern Cayuga on Wednesday.

Odessa trailed 13-11 after one period, 24-22 at halftime, and 36-32 heading into the fourth quarter -- when Southern Cayuga pulled away with a 23-11 finishing kick.

Tyler Clark led the Indians with 11 points, while Cody Daugherty scored 9, Bryce Elliott 8, Joel Kelly 5, Mitch Scata 4, and Chris Foote, Zach Pyhtila, and Nick Sgrecci 2 each.

Six-foot-seven Justin Schneider led SC with 23 points. "We didn't do a very good job on him," said Coach Clark.

Odessa girls fall to Southern Cayuga

AURORA, Feb. 19 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team closed its regular season with a loss Wednesday night, dropping a 62-39 decision to Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

"Considering we were playing short-handed versus a veteran team on the road, our first half performance was very good," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "Their experience and strength inside hurt us in the third quarter and wore us down a bit."

Southern Cayuga led 13-12 after one period and 24-21 at the half. A 22-8 third-quarter burst "put it pretty much out of reach," Gavich said.

Gillian Clark led Odessa with 20 points (including four 3-pointers) and 6 rebounds. Sage Garrison (in her first action since a mid-January injury, but with limited minutes) scored 5 points and had 3 assists. Other points came from Callie Stillman (5), Olivia Grover (4), Addi Rhodes (3), and Alexis Saunders (2).

Adrianne Torea led Southern Cayuga (12-6) with 18 points.

O-M, playing without Hailie Searles and Kennedey Heichel (who were out of town), is now 8-10 heading into Sectionals. It will be the Indians' first appearance in the postseason tourney in four years.

Photo in text: O-M's Gillian Clark scored 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. (File photo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk sends a shot on its way.
Right: The Senecas' Hannah Morse (13) dives after a loose ball.

JV girls lose title game, 37-34

Whitney Point tops Glen for IAC Large Schools crown

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 19 -- In the end, it was a matter of too many turnovers and not enough free-throw conversions.

Those two ingredients cost the Watkins Glen High School girls Junior Varsity basketball team Wednesday night as it lost in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large Schools championship game to Whitney Point, 37-34, in the WGHS Field House.

"We played with heart," Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse said of his team, which nearly overcame an 8-point fourth-quarter deficit. The Senecas, down 31-23 with 4:25 remaining, pulled to within a point at 35-34 with 49.2 seconds remaining. A basket by Whitney Point with 21 seconds left put the Eagles back up by three points.

Watkins managed two more shots, both misses, and failed to convert three free throws, leaving the final deficit intact at three points.

Ryanna LaMoreaux led the Senecas with 13 points, while Taylor Kelly scored 10 points, Hannah Morse 6, Danielle Leszyk 4, and Hanley Elliott 1. The team converted 8 of 18 free throws, including just 3 of 10 in the fourth quarter.

Taylor Ferro led Whitney Point with 11 points, with teammate Sierra Hand scoring 9. The Eagles were 5-for-12 from the foul line.

"We just had too many turnovers," Coach Morse said in explaining a chief cause of the loss. Indeed, the Whitney Point press led to more than a dozen Watkins turnovers before the Senecas could move the ball across the half-court line. And roughly half of those led to easy Whitney Point baskets.

The Eagles had a problem of their own, turning the ball over on several travel violations. But they built enough of a cushion in the final period to withstand the Watkins Glen rally and claim the Large Schools crown.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux (3) goes high for the tipoff. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: The Senecas' Julia Reilly moves the ball upcourt.

Left: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott tries to stop the ball from going out of bounds.
Right:
The Senecas' Makenna Fraboni looks to pass the ball.

From left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, Hanley Elliott and Emmie Bond shoot.
(Photos center and right by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly drives toward the basket (left) and goes high (right) to stop a pass from going out of bounds. (Photo on right by Don Romeo)

 

 

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