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O-M softball team posts its 4th victory

SPENCER, May 3 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team -- led by Grace Vondracek's two homers and 8 RBIs -- defeated Spencer-Van Etten 20-12 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the S-VE softball field.

The victory lifted the Indians' season mark to 4-10 heading into a game Thursday at home against Waverly.

Vondracek -- who also pitched the entire game, striking out six S-VE batters -- registered four of O-M's 11 hits and scored four runs. One of her homers was a grand slam. She also drew a walk, and stole two bases.

Ashley Kot drove in three runs with a pair of hits, walked once, stole a base and scored four times.

Other hits came from Madison Lodge (two, with a run scored and an RBI), McKennah Lott (one, with three walks, four runs scored and 2 RBIs), Heidi Casselberry (one, with 2 RBIs), and Lovona Carrigan (one, with two walks, three runs scored and an RBI).

O-M jumped in front with a 9-run 1st inning, and added five runs in the 2nd, one run in the 6th and five runs in the 7th. Spencer never got closer than five runs after the 1st inning.

Photo at right: Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek (File photo)

Glen lacrosse team loses to Whitney Point

WHITNEY POINT, May 3 -- The Watkins Glen varsity lacrosse team fell to Whitney Point 22-16 Tuesday in a game on the Whitney Point athletic field.

The loss dropped the Senecas' season mark to 2-8 heading into a game today (Wednesday) at home against Elmira.

Brandon Gould scored five goals for Watkins Glen, while Ian Chedzoy had four goals (with two assists), Jackson Dunham three goals (with one assist), Joe Chedzoy one goal (with two assists), and Jake Kelly, Bradly Eslick and Dylan Platon one goal each. Seth Swinnerton had one assist.

Gould and Ian Chedzoy led the Senecas in ground balls with 13 each.

Odessa-Montour's Billy Tague volleys in his match against Union Springs.

O-M tennis team falls; Harris wins again

ODESSA, May 3 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team continued winless Tuesday, falling to Union Springs 6-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Odessa tennis courts.

The Indians' No. 1 singles player, Curtis Harris, continued unbeaten, besting Union Springs' Austin Tardibone in straight sets to move to 8-0 on the season.

1S: Curtis Harris (Odessa-Montour) d. Austin Tardibone 6-2, 6-2
2S: Ian Park (Union Springs) d. Billy Tague 6-2, 6-2
3S: Ryan Cabal (Union Springs) d. Andy Doan 6-0, 6-1
4S: Connor Coleman (Union Springs) d. Cameron Adams 6-2, 6-0
1D: Nicole Marquart & Jasmine Jackson (Union Springs) d. Noah Austin & Bronwyn Stermer 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
2D: Cassie Brown & Michela Lawrence (Union Springs) d. Carly Smith & Jordan Robinson 6-0, 6-1
3D: Danielle Haff & Sierra Clark (Union Springs) d. Christopher Perez & Eliana Monroe 6-0, 6-0

The Indians, now 0-8, return to action today (Wednesdsay) at Edison. Union Springs now has a 5-2 record.

Photo in text: O-M's Curtis Harris volleys against Union Springs.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Andy Doan, Bronwyn Stermer and Noah Austin.

Glen softball team loses doubleheader

NEWARK VALLEY, May 3 -- The Watkins Glen varsity softball team's record slid to 0-8 Tuesday when the Senecas lost twice to Newark Valley, 21-2 and 17-0, in Interscholastic Athletic Conference road games.

Watkins Glen fell behind 11-0 in the 1st inning of the opener en route to losing in five innings under the so-called "mercy rule" that terminates games after five innings when one team is ahead by 15 or more runs.

Newark Valley had 12 hits in that game, and drew 10 walks. Watkins Glen had six hits -- by Katlyn Kernan (2-for-2), Nateah Cornish (1-for-3), Katherine Meehan (1-for-2 with a run scored), Amber Benjamin (1-for-3 with an RBI), and Mikenna Ayers (1-for-2).

NV blanked the Senecas on four hits in the second game, also ended after five innings. Hits for Watkins came from Kernan (2-for-3), Meehan (1-for-3), and Claudia Parker (1-for-2).

Golf: Watkins boys defeat Edison

WATKINS GLEN, May 3 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team improved its record to 4-3 Tuesday by defeating Edison 210-291 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Ryan Clark led the Senecas with a 38 (including 16 putts), while Parker Pangallo registered a 39 (with 15 putts). Patrick Bannon added a 43, Trentin Barber 43, and Max Schimizzi 47.

Watkins Glen returns to action today (Wednesday) against Waverly at Shepard Hills Golf Course.

Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Ryan Clark (File photo)

Golf: O-M girls third in road match

WAVERLY, May 3 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity golf team placed third among three teams competing Tuesday in a match at Tomasso's golf course.

The Indians finished with a 245 total, behind Waverly's 183 and Corning's 228 on Tomasso's par-34 back-nine.

Gillian Clark led O-M with a 43, including a birdie on the par-5 10th hole. Gabby Fazary shot a 60, Catherine Rounds 66, and Dani Fuschilo 76.

The team is home today (Wednesday) at the Watkins Glen Golf Course against Horseheads and Elmira.

Photo at right: Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark (File photo)

Glen modified softball team tops O-M

ODESSA, May 3 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team improved its record to 3-2 Tuesday by defeating Odessa-Montour 21-3 in a game on the O-M softball field.

Katie Losey led the Watkins offense with a triple and two doubles, while Kelsey Kernan had two doubles and a single. Ana Caddell added a double and single, Maggie Rhoads three singles, Cierra Barber a triple, and Madeline Parker, Nancy Jackson and Rebecca Becker a single apiece.

Barber and Kernan shared pitching duties, with Parker catching.

"Our girls played brilliantly this afternoon," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto, whose team returns to action Thursday at home against Spencer-Van Etten.

Seneca Indians modified team falls to ND

SOUTHPORT, May 3 -- The Seneca Indians modified baseball team lost 16-4 to Notre Dame Tuesday in a game on the ND baseball field.

Boyd Barber had the lone hit for the Indians. Steven Gublo walked three times and Travis Hill twice.

Walker Richtmyer and Jared Rumsey shared the pitching duties.

The Seneca Indians -- a mix of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour players -- will return to action Thursday on the Watkins Glen baseball field against Spencer-Van Etten. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

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O-M's Dunn 1st at Steeplechase meet

MARATHON, May 2 -- Odessa-Montour High School senior April Dunn placed first Monday in a Steeplechase-only meet featuring athletes from six schools competing at Marathon High School.

There were no team scores kept.

Dunn ran the girls' 2000-Meter Steeple course in 8:38. O-M's Luke Eberhardt placed third in the boys' competition by covering the 3,000 meters in his race in 11:16.

Next up for O-M track team members is the Legends of the Night meet Friday, held this year at Trumansburg.

Photo: O-M's April Dunn. (Photo by George Rutledge)

... and so is Watkins Glen's Rutledge

MARATHON, May 2 -- Watkins Glen High School's Shawn Rutledge placed first in the boys race at the Steeplechase-only meet Monday at Marathon featuring competitors from six area schools.

Rutledge's winning time was 10:20.2 over the 3,000-meter course.

In the girls' 2,000-meter race, Watkins Glen's Brooke Shaffer was fourth in 9:02, while Kai Sutterby was fifth in 9:12, Julia Reilly sixth in 9:14, and Clara Chedzoy seventh in 9:27.

Next up for Watkins Glen track team members is the Legends of the Night meet Friday, held this year at Trumansburg.

Photo: Watkins' Shawn Rutledge. (Photo by George Rutledge)

Watkins Glen's Matt Doppel volleys during the No. 1 singles match Monday.

Glen tennis team tops S. Cayuga, 4-3

WATKINS GLEN, May 2 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team improved its season mark to 3-4 Monday by defeating Southern Cayuga 4-3 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the WGHS tennis courts.

The Senecas got victories in singles from Hannah Morse, who defeated Dylan Conklin 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, and from Liam Fitch, a 6-1, 6-1 victor over Catie Kopp.

Doubles victories for Watkins came from the teams of Kendra Larson-Megan Hazlitt, who won by forfeit, and Jill Cantieni-Elise Allington, who prevailed 6-3, 6-3 over Michael Redmond and Molly Murphy.

Sustaining losses were Matt Doppel, filling in for the injured Jordan Shea in No. 1 singles (6-0, 6-2); Clint Craven, who fell to Monica Groth 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) in third singles; and the duo of Marie Bucher-Makenna Fraboni, who lost 6-4, 6-2 to Oscar Montalvo and Gavin VanHorn.

"Liam Fitch has really hit his stride, and played very well in his match today," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Hannah Morse won a tough match in second singles when we really needed it, and the third doubles team of Jill Cantieni and Elise Allington continued their winning streak, improving to 5-1 as a team.

"The kids have been working hard to improve, and it shows each time we compete."

The Senecas are back in action Wednesday at home against Lansing. The seniors on the team will be honored at that match.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Liam Fitch drives the ball in his match Monday.

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse reaches to volley. Right: The Senecas' Clint Craven.

Golf: Watkins boys top Newark Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, May 2 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity golf team evened its season mark at 3-3 and lifted its division record to 3-1 Monday when it posted a 213-251 victory over Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-34 Grandview Farms Golf Course.

The team total was just three shots shy of the total needed to qualify for team sectionals. To qualify, the Senecas need a team total of 40 over par or better in one of their matches.

Ryan Clark led the squad with a 39, while Parker Pangallo recorded a 41, Patrick Bannon and Trentin Barber 44 each, and Max Schimizzi 45.

The Senecas return to action today (Tuesday) at home against Edison, and then play at Waverly on Wednesday and at Catatonk against Spencer-Van Etten on Friday.

Players from both teams vie for the ball near the Watkins Glen net in second-half action.

Glen lacrosse team falls to Dryden, 10-2

WATKINS GLEN, May 2 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team's season record slipped to 2-7 Monday when the Senecas dropped a 10-2 decision to Dryden in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

Watkins Glen stayed close through the first half with goals by Jake Kelly and Brad Eslick and a 4-2 deficit at intermission. But Dryden pulled away by scoring three unanswered goals in the third quarter and three more in the fourth quarter.

The Senecas will return to action today (Tuesday) at Whitney Point. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dylan Platon moves the ball upfield.

Watkins' Ethan Voorheis extends the ball clear of Dryden defenders after scooping it up.

Golf: O-M boys top TAE for 3rd win

WATKINS GLEN, May 2 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team improved its season mark to 3-5 Monday when it defeated Edison 258-283 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Tyler Clark led the Indians with a 37, including a birdie on the par-5 third hole. James Terry added a 45, with a birdie on the par-3 second hole. Ryan Taylor registered a 52, Trey McCarty 61, and Brandon Ray 63.

The Clark and Terry rounds marked season-low scores for each. "James recovered nicely from an 8 on #1 and Tyler continues to play very well," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "Our other guys will get better, I'm sure."

O-M returns to action Thursday at home against Candor.

No athlete of the week, but some points

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 1 -- Because of the spring break and the absence of all but a handful of high school sporting events, there is no selection this week of an Odessa File Athlete of the Week.

However, those few games that were played have resulted in some points being distributed in the ongoing poll that helps determine Odessa File seasonal All-Star teams and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year in each of the two schools covered, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour.

Odessa-Montour's Isabel Foote prepares to connect with a pitch for a single Saturday during a scrimmage against Marathon. She also had a triple.

Softball Scrimmage

ODESSA, April 30 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team hosted a scrimmage Saturday against Marathon.

While no score was kept in the game, O-M Coach Bill Lindsley said the contest was "competitive" and gave some support players for both teams a chance to perform more than they have been during the regular season. The Indians return to action at Tioga Monday.

O-M shortstop Ashley Kot prepares to field a grounder. The play resulted in a force at 2nd.

O-M softball team loses to Candor, 10-0

ODESSA, April 29 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team fell to Candor 10-0 Friday in a game shortened by rain.

The contest, which went the requisite five innings, saw O-M manage just two hits off of Candor's pitcher, Arianna Anderson, who struck out 10 batters while walking two.

Candor took the lead with a four-run 1st inning, added a single run in the 4th, and then scored five times in the 5th.

Maddie Lodge started on the mound for Odessa, going four innings. She allowed five hits, walked six batters, and struck out two. Megan Jenkins pitched the final frame, allowing three hits and striking out one batter.

O-M's hits came from Jenkins (a double) and Breeana Bentley.

Odessa, now 3-10, returns to action with a scrimmage this morning (Saturday) against Spencer-Van Etten at 11 a.m. A modified softball game between O-M and Marathon is scheduled to follow.

Photo in text: The throw arrives late to O-M catcher Nikki Crout as a Candor runner scores on a base hit in the 5th inning.

Left: O-M's Lovona Carrigan fouls off a pitch. Right: Odessa's Alyssa Crout throws the ball to the infield after fielding a Candor hit.

Left: O-M's Megan Jenkins delivers a pitch. Right: Odessa third baseman Breanna Bentley fields a grounder as shortstop Ashley Kot breaks for third in an attempt for a force-out. The runner beat the throw to the base.

Seneca Indians modified team falls

WATKINS GLEN, April 29 -- The Seneca Indians modified baseball team fell to Waverly 17-2 Thursday in a game on the Waverly baseball field.

Justin Lodge and Steven Gublo had two hits each, and Deshawn Johnson and Brett Walters one hit apiece for the Indians.

Walker Richtmyer, Jared Rumsey and Brett Walters pitched, while Boyd Barber caught.

The next game is Tuesday, May 3 at Elmira Notre Dame.

O-M softball team loses in extra inning

NEWFIELD, April 27 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team saw victory slip from its grasp Wednesday as it dropped a 12-11 extra-inning decision to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newfield softball field.

Odessa, down 7-5 after two innings, scored five runs in the 5th inning to take a 10-7 lead, and added a run in the top of the 6th for an 11-7 edge. But Newfield scored twice in the bottom of the 6th and twice in the 7th to tie the game 11-11, and won it with a run in the bottom of the 8th.

O-M outhit Newfield 14-8 while committing six errors to Newfield's four. Madison Lodge pitched for O-M, striking out five batters and walking four.

Breeana Bentley led the Indian offense with 5 RBIs, while Dasia Herrmann notched three hits. Bentley had two hits, as did Ashley Kot and Megan Jenkins. Five O-M players had one hit each: McKennah Lott, Alyssa Crout, Madison Lodge, Lavona Carrigan and Nikki Crout. Four players had a single RBI each: Herrmann, Lodge, Carrigan and Nikki Crout.

O-M, now 3-9, returns to action Friday when it hosts Candor. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Waverly rolls past Seneca Indians, 19-3

WAVERLY, April 27 -- The Seneca Indians saw their season mark slip to 2-9 Wednesday when they dropped a 19-3 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a merged team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high school varsity baseball players -- fell behind quickly, allowing three Waverly runs in the 1st inning and three more in the 2nd. The deficit widened when the Wolverines added two runs in the 3rd inning.

The Seneca Indians got on the board with a run in the 4th, but Waverly erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the inning to increase its lead to 16-1, and added two runs in the 5th inning and one in the 6th. The Seneca Indians scored their final two runs in the 7th inning.

The Wolverines amassed 17 hits, and were aided by four Indian errors.

The Seneca Indians registered seven hits in the game, three of them by Chris Foote and two each by Joel Kelly and Mitch Scata. Caleb Thomas drew two walks.

Michael Doane started on the mound for the Indians and was relieved in the 4th inning by Kelly, who in turn was relieved in the 6th by Cody Smith.

Tioga blanks Seneca Indians, 21-0

TIOGA CENTER, April 26 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team was held to three hits Tuesday on the way to a 21-0 loss to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

Tioga jumped in front with a 9-run 1st inning, and added three runs in the 2nd inning, four runs in the 3rd, three runs in the 5th, and two runs in the 6th. The Tigers amassed 16 hits, and were aided by eight Seneca Indian errors. Tioga played errorless ball.

The Seneca Indians -- a merged team of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour High School players -- are now 2-8 heading into a game today (Wednesday) at Waverly.

O-M shortstop Ashley Kot reaches in vain for a hit by Edison's Mckenzie Slaven (left).

O-M softball team no-hit by Edison

ODESSA, April 25 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team was held hitless Monday by Edison's Mckenzie Slaven as the Spartans defeated the Indians 15-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M softball field.

Slaven struck out 16 batters in her 7-inning masterpiece, struggling only with O-M's Nikki Crout, who drew two walks. Slaven also registered three hits on offense, driving in two runs.

Edison scored twice in the 1st inning and then three times in the 4th, twice in the 5th, five times in the 6th and three times in the 7th while amassing 17 hits off Odessa pitching. Among the hits was a laser-like homer over the left-field fence by Kristina Leshick. Edison's Emily Lear had three hits and drew two walks, while Hailey Burdick had three hits and 4 RBIs.

Maddie Lodge started on the mound for the Indians, and was relieved by Alyssa Crout. Each struck out one batter.

Odessa-Montour, now 3-8, returns to action Wednesday at Newfield, and hosts Candor on Friday.

Photos in text:

Top: An Edison player caught off base is tagged out by Odessa-Montour's McKennah Lott. The play went from catcher Nikki Crout to shortstop Ashley Kot to Lott.

Bottom left: Edison pitcher Mckenzie Slaven on the way to her no-hitter.

Bottom right : Odessa-Montour starter Maddie Lodge prepares to deliver a pitch.

Left: Alyssa Crout delivers a pitch for O-M. Right: Odessa's Dasia Herrmann fouls off a pitch from Edison's Mckenzie Slaven.

An Edison baserunner slides safely into second with a stolen base as the ball flies free.

Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy goes high for the ball (left) and slams it into the net as he comes down. That was the Senecas' second goal, giving them a 2-1 lead.

Glen posts 14-7 lacrosse win

WATKINS GLEN, April 25 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team got four goals each from Ian Chedzoy and Dylan Platon Monday as the Senecas won their second game of the year, 14-7 over Elmira Notre Dame.

The game, on the WGHS athletic Field, lifted the Senecas' season mark to 2-6 heading into a game next Monday at home against Dryden.

Jackson Dunham added three goals to Monday's Seneca offense, while Joe Chedzoy scored twice (with two assists) and Jake Kelly once (with one assist). The Chedzoy brothers dominated the battle for loose balls with 16 controlled by Joe (a new school record, topping 12 by Ian last season) and 14 by Ian. Goalie Brenen Murphy had 10 saves.

"There was lots of improvement all around," Coach Nils Watson told his team, which led after one period 3-1 on goals by Platon, Joe Chedzoy and Ian Chedzoy, and increased the edge to four goals by halftime, 6-2.

Photo in text: A shot by Notre Dame goes wide as Watkins Glen goalkeeper Brenen Murphy protects the net.

 Watkins Glen's Dylan Platon sends a shot on its way for the Senecas' first goal.

Seneca Indians fall to Newark Valley 5-1

NEWARK VALLEY, April 25 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team saw its record slip to 2-7 Monday when it fell 5-1 to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

The Seneca Indians -- a merged team of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour High School baseball players -- managed just two hits in the game, scoring their lone run in the 5th inning. The two hits were by Michael Doane and Joel Kelly.

Mitch Scata threw five strong innings for the Seneca Indians, allowing no earned runs on five hits. He struck out five batters and walked four.

Newark Valley scored two unearned runs in the 2nd inning. After the Seneca Indians scored in the 5th to pull within a run at 2-1, NV scored three times in the 6th.

The Indians are back in action today (Tuesday) at Tioga, and play Wednesday at Waverly and Friday at Spencer-Van Etten.

Athletes of Week: 2 in track, 1 in softball

SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 24 -- This week we honor a runner, a field athlete and a softball pitcher as Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

The pitcher is Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek, who led her team to two wins (and they barely missed another), hurling three complete games, striking out 31 batters, and allowing five hits in one game and six in another. On offense, she had two hits and 2 RBIs in one game, and four hits and 7 RBIs in another.

The runner is Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt, who set a meet record while winning the 800 Meter Run at the Quinney Invitational in Sidney. He also won the 800 and 1600 Meter races in a meet at Newark Valley.

The field athlete is O-M's Bryce Elliott, chosen Field MVP at the Ithaca Relays, and a winner earlier in the week of the Shot Put and the Discus in a key meet at Tioga.

Double Honorable: O-M track's Zach Elliott, Andy Fudala, Luke Eberhardt, Noah Brewster, Rosie Peckham, Hunter Daugherty and April Dunn; Watkins Glen track's Shawn Rutledge, Gabe Planty, Jacob Carocci and Maggie Bond; O-M tennis standout Curtis Harris; and Watkins Glen lacrosse player Ian Chedzoy.

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

From left: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty, Julia Reilly and Sean Holland. (Photos by George Rutledge)

Glen boys 5th at Quinney

Hazlitt posts meet record while winning the 800 race

SIDNEY, April 23 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity track team -- led by Patrick Hazlitt's meet record in the 800 Meter Run -- placed 5th among 24 teams Saturday at the Doug Quinney Invitational in Sidney.

Dryden took the team title with 99 points, followed by host Sidney (71), Deposit (54), Norwich (48) and Watkins Glen (42). Among other finishers were Notre Dame (39 points) and Lansing (3).

Hazlitt led the field in the 800 with a Quinney meet record of 2:01.41. Teammate Shawn Rutledge posted a second-place finish in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase in 10:25.24, while third-place finishes were registered by Jacob Carocci in the 800 (2:06.41), by Gabe Planty in the 3200 Meter Run (a personal-best 10:06.16), and by the 4x400 Relay team of Brandon Pike, Aaron Planty, Carocci and Hazlitt (3:53.56).

Also garnering points for the Senecas were Daniel Paradiso, 4th in the Steeplechase with a personal best of 11:21.03, and Sean Holland, 5th in the 1600 Meter Run (5:03.74).

Girls' Meet

The girls' competition saw the small-roster Watkins Glen team place 20th among the 24 schools, with its only points coming on a 5th place by Julia Reilly in the 2000 Meter Steeplechase. She posted a 9:16.6 in her first time ever in that event.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt (1st place, center) and Jacob Carocci (3rd place, right) on the podium for the 800 Meter race. (Photo by George Rutledge)

Watkins Glen's Jacob Carocci, left, hands off to Patrick Hazlitt in the 4x400 Relay. The Senecas placed third in the race. (Photo by George Rutledge)

Elliotts shine at Ithaca Relays; O-M 7th

ITHACA, April 22 -- The Elliott brothers, Bryce and Zach, combined to win both the Shot and Discus Relays Friday at the Ithaca Relays, leading the Odessa-Montour boys varsity track team on what Coach Skip Strobel called "a rainy but fun night."

The non-league, relay-laden meet attracted 13 schools. Odessa-Montour finished 7th, with several relays earning points. Bryce Elliott was named Field MVP of the meet.

In addition to the Elliotts' wins in the Shot and Discus events, O-M relays that placed included:

Shuttle Hurdles: 4th place, Andy Fudala, Jimmy Randolph, Luke Eberhardt and James Williams.
4x100 Relay: 6th place, Fudala, Randolph, Eberhardt and Zach Elliott.
4x1600 Relay: 5th place, Noah Brewster, Fudala, Alec Betts and Eberhardt.

Girls' Relay Meet:

The O-M girls finished 9th among the 13 schools. They were led by Rosie Peckham and Hunter Daugherty, who teamed in the High Jump Relay for a first-place tie at a combined 9' 2". The Pole Vault Relay team of Kennedey Heichel and Britney Visscher placed third, while the 4x100 Relay team (Heichel, Hannah Bruno, Nadia Simpson and Meagan Terry) finished in sixth place.

Seneca Indians outfielder Alex Grady dives in vain for a Moravia drive to right.

Rain puts contest on hold

Moravia leads Seneca Indians 15-0 in 4th inning

WATKINS GLEN, April 22 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team had a rocky start in its game against Moravia on the Watkins Glen High School baseball field Friday, falling behind 14-0 after two innings and trailing 15-0 in the bottom of the 4th.

And then the rain came, halting play at that point in the contest -- to be concluded at a future date to be arranged. Play will resume at the point at which play was suspended.

Moravia jumped out in front 4-0 in the 1st inning, and then scored 10 times in the 2nd and once in the 3rd. They registered 12 hits, and were aided by six Seneca Indians errors.

The Seneca Indians, a merged team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour players, was still looking for its first hit when play was called. Moravia pitcher Jake Langtry registered six strikeouts in his first three innings on the mound.

Photo in text: The Seneca Indians 2nd hurler of the day, Derrick Lewis, delivers a pitch.

Left: Seneca Indians third baseman Michael Doane fields a grounder. Right: The Indians' second baseman, Austin Voorheis, fires to first for a double play.

Golf: Odessa-Montour boys lose to Tioga

WATKINS GLEN, April 22 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team's record slipped to 2-5 Friday when the Indians dropped a 219-256 decision to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Tyler Clark led Odessa with a 40 that included a birdie on the par-4 sixth hole. James Terry shot 46, Ryan Taylor 50, Andy Stevenson 60, and Trey McCarty 60.

Tioga is now 3-2.

"Our scores were better today," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, noting that Terry and Taylor each shot a season low.

Glen modified lacrosse team falls to Dryden

DRYDEN, April 22 -- The Watkins Glen modified lacrosse team played a physical game against Dryden Friday, clocking more than 8 minutes in penalties, but it was a losing effort as well. Dryden won 16-2.

The Senecas had one score each by Ramel Fulcher and Dylan Markley, with assists by Markley and Nathan VanAmberg. Markley also snagged the most ground balls. Goalie Bryan Lotz had 13 saves.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Ramel Fulcher, left, faces off. (Photo provided)

Golf: Watkins boys fall to Notre Dame

HORSEHEADS, April 21 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team's record slipped to 2-3 Thursday when the Senecas dropped a 228-259 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in a match on the Mark Twain Golf Course's par-36 back-9.

Ryan Clark led Watkins with a 47, while Parker Pangallo posted a 48, Lucas Wickham 53, Trentin Barber 55, and Max Schimizzi 56. Notre Dame's Mike Stearns was medalist with a 42.

"It was a challenge for the boys," Watkins Glen Coach Rob Michel said of the slick Mark Twain greens and of the wind that kicked up in the late afternoon. "It was mostly the putting. Those greens are fast. Some of our guys handled it well, and some not as well."

The team is back in action after vacation.

Odessa-Montour's Billy Tague volleys during Thursday's match. He won 7-5, 6-3.

Watkins tennis team edges O-M, 4-3

ODESSA, April 21 -- The Watkins Glen varsity tennis team won for the second time in two days Thursday when it defeated intracounty rival Odessa-Montour 4-3 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the O-M tennis courts.

All of Odessa's wins came in singles -- with Curtis Harris, Billy Tague and Cameron Adams prevailing.

Watkins Glen's Liam Fitch took the other singles match, and the Senecas' three doubles teams -- Megan Hazlitt/Kendra Larson, Makenna Fraboni/Marie Bucher and Jill Cantieni/Elise Allington -- also posted wins.

The Senecas, who posted their first victory Wednesday against Moravia, are now 2-4. O-M fell to 0-7.

1S: Curtis Harris (Odessa-Montour) d. Jordan Shea (Watkins Glen) 6-0, 6-0
2S: Billy Tague (Odessa-Montour) d. Hannah Morse (Watkins Glen) 7-5, 6-3
3S: Liam Fitch (Watkins Glen) d. Andy Doan (Odessa-Montour) 6-1, 6-3
4S: Cameron Adams (Odessa-Montour) d. Kathleen Clifford (Watkins Glen) 7-5, 6-4
1D: Megan Hazlitt & Kendra Larson (Watkins Glen) d. Noah Austin & Bronwyn Stermer (Odessa-Montour) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
2D: Makenna Fraboni & Marie Bucher (Watkins Glen) d. Jordan Robinson & Carly Smith (Odessa-Montour) 6-0, 6-0
3D: Jill Cantieni & Elise Allington (Watkins Glen) d. Forfeit & Forfeit (Odessa-Montour) 6-0, 6-0

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Megan Hazlitt races to the ball. She and Kendra Larson won their doubles match.

Left: Watkins' Hannah Morse charges in for a shot. Right: O-M's Bronwyn Stermer.

O-M's Cameron Adams prepares to meet the incoming ball. He won his singles match.

Watkins modified softball team wins

NEWARK VALLEY, April 21 -- The Watkins Glen modified softball team improved to 2-2 Thursday by defeating Newark Valley 25-19 in a game on the NV softball field.

The Senecas -- led by Anna Caddell's 5-for-5 performance, which included a triple and a double -- amassed 15 hits. Katie Losey had three of them, including a double, while Maggie Rhoads had a double and a single. Five other players had a single apiece: Jenny Osborne, Nat Edmister, Nancy Jackson, Kelsey Kernan and Jordyn Barrett.

Kernan went the distance on the mound for Watkins Glen, striking out two batters. Losey was the catcher.

The Senecas return to action May 3 at Odessa-Montour.

Golf: Glen girls top Marathon, J. City

ENDWELL, April 20 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team placed first Wednesday among three teams in a match on the Endwell Greens Golf Course.

The Senecas posted a score of 214 to defeat Marathon (234) and Johnson City (244). Watkins Glen's Courtney Irwin was medalist with a 46. Gabi Decker tied for fifth with a 54, while Hanley Elliott registered a 56 and Alexis Atchie a 58.

"Courtney Irwin played outstanding tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Chris Clark. "She was the only golfer in tonight's field to shoot in the 40s."

Liam Fitch prepares to return a volley in his singles match. He won in straight sets.

Watkins tennis team posts its 1st victory

WATKINS GLEN, April 20 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team registered its first victory of the season Wednesday, edging Moravia 4-3 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the WGHS tennis courts.

"The team played a very competitive match today," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Our first doubles team of Kendra Larson and Megan Hazlitt came up big today with a much-needed win, while the third doubles team of Jill Cantieni and Elise Allington continue to find success.

"Clint Craven in the third singles and Liam Fitch in the fourth singles both played great as well. All the kids worked hard, and hopefully we can build on today and continue to improve."

The Larson-Hazlitt duo won their match 6-3, 6-4 over Colton Langtry and Joey Peppe, while Cantieni and Allington won 7-6 (7-1), 6-1 over Melanie Powers and Cara Carmichael.

Craven cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Moravia's Hannah Gibson, whiile Fitch defeated Gabe Ammerman 6-0, 6-2.

Losses for Watkins were sustained by Jordan Shea in the No. 1 singles match, 6-0, 6-2, by Hannah Morse in the No. 2 singles, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, and by the doubles team of Marie Bucher and Makenna Fraboni, 6-3, 6-1.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Clint Craven serves en route to his 6-0, 6-0 victory.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse volleys in her match against Moravia Wednesday.

Seneca Indians fall to Lansing, 8-1

LANSING, April 20 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team was limited to two hits Wednesday as it dropped an 8-1 decision to Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Lansing baseball field.

The Seneca Indians, who committed seven errors on defense, were held on offense to a single by Josh Updyke and a double by Alex Grady.

Updyke started on the mound for the Indians, allowing four runs on five hits and striking out six batters in three innings. Johnny Neidermaier pitched three innings in relief, allowing two earned runs on two hits.

Next up for the Indians, a merged team of Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen players: a game Friday against Moravia on the Watkins Glen baseball field. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Odessa softball team tops Groton 20-15

GROTON, April 20 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team -- led by Grace Vondracek's four hits and seven RBIs -- improved its season mark to 3-6 Wednesday by defeating Groton 20-15 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Groton softball field.

O-M built an early 8-0 advantage with three runs in each of the 1st and 3rd innings, and two runs in the 2nd. Groton rallied with six runs in the bottom of the 3rd before a 4th inning that saw nine runs score -- five by Odessa and four by Groton, leaving O-M ahead 13-10.

Odessa pulled farther ahead with four runs in the 5th inning and one in the 6th before Groton scored two runs in the bottom of the 6th to pull within six runs at 18-12. Odessa scored its 19th and 20th runs in the 7th and then held off Groton as it rallied for its final three runs.

O-M amassed 18 hits in the game, while Groton had 17. Breanna Bentley drove in four of the O-M runs.

Vondracek, in addition to her offensive show, went the distance on the mound for the Indians, striking out six batters.

Photo in text: O-M pitcher Grace Vondracek (File photo)

Watkins lacrosse team falls to Dryden

DRYDEN, April 20 -- The Watkins Glen varsity lacrosse team saw its record slip to 1-6 Wednesday with a 17-7 road loss to Dryden.

Ian Chedzoy led the Senecas' offense with four goals. Also scoring for the Senecas were Jake Kelly, Brad Eslick and Joe Chedzoy.

Assists were registered by Brandon Gould (2), Joe Chedzoy (2) and Jackson Dunham. Ian and Joe Chedzoy led Watkins with 10 ground balls each.

Watkins Glen goalies Brenen Murphy and Kaitlyn Valla had 11 and 4 saves, respectively.

Golf: Watkins boys lose to Trumansburg

TRUMANSBURG, April 20 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team fell Wednesday to Trumansburg, 218-247, in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Trumansburg Golf Course.

The loss left the Senecas with a 2-2 record heading into a match today (Thursday) againsat Elmira Notre Dame on the Mark Twain Golf Course.

Ryan Clark led Watkins Glen with a 43, while Parker Pangallo shot 45, Trentin Barber 47, Pat Bannon 54, and Max Schimizzi 58.

"We didn't adjust to their fast greens," said Watkins Glen Coach Rob Michel, who noted that those at the Mark Twain course will be slick, as well.

Golf: Odessa boys fall to Candor

CATATONK, April 20 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team sustained a 233-263 loss Wednesday to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Catatonk Golf Course par-36 front-9.

O-M's Tyler Clark was medalist with a 41. James Terry shot 50, Ryan Taylor 55, Brandon Ray 57, and Andy Stevenson 60.

Odessa-Montour is now 2-4. Candor is 2-2.

O-M tennis team loses to Trumansburg

TRUMANSBURG, April 20 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision Wednesday to Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Tburg tennis courts.

The loss dropped the Indians' record to 0-6. Trumansburg is 2-3.

1S: Curtis Harris (Odessa-Montour) d. Kelsey Kallstrom 6-4, 6-3
2S: Maybeck McCann (Trumansburg) d. Billy Tague 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
3S: Andrew Stewart (Trumansburg) d. Andy Doan 6-1 , 6-2
4S: Philip Dallas (Trumansburg) d. Cameron Adams 6-7 (13-15), 6-3, 6-0
1D: Jenna Seafuse & Mitchell Denman (Trumansburg) d. Noah Austin & Bronwyn Stermer 6-1, 6-3
2D: Jonas Puryear & Jared Everhart (Trumansburg) d. Carly Smith & Jordan Robinson 6-2, 6-0
3D: Devon DiMarco & Devon DiMarco (Trumansburg) d. Forfeit & Forfeit 6-0, 6-0

Track: O-M boys top Tioga; girls fall

TIOGA CENTER, April 19 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity track team continued unbeaten in Interscholastic Athletic Conference competition Tuesday, defeating Tioga 73-68 on the Tigers' athletic field.

But the O-M girls slipped to 3-1 when they lost to unbeaten Tioga, 78-63.

Boys: Odessa-Montour 73, Tioga 68

O-M got first-place finishes from its 4x100 and 4x800 Meter Relay teams and from:

--Andy Fudala in the 110 Meter Hurdles (15.4) and the 400 Meter Hurdles (1:00.7)
--Noah Brewster in the 1500 Meter Run (5:19.5) and the 3200 Meter Run (11:24.3)
--Luke Eberhardt in the 800 Meter Run (2:21.4)
--Bryce Elliott in the Discus (118' 7") and the Shot Put (42' 6")

Girls: Tioga 78, Odessa-Montour 63

O-M got first-place finishes from:

--4x800 Relay squad (Meagan Terry, Rachel Husted, Hailey Perraut & Casey Underdown)
--4x400 Relay squad (Nadia Simpson, Meagan Terry, Britney Visscher and Hannah Bruno in 4:31.7)
--Nadia Simpson in the 100 Meter Dash (13.1)
--April Dunn in the 1500 Meter Run (5:41.5) and the 800 Meter Run (2:46.8)
--Hannah Bruno in the 200 Meter Dash (28.4)
--Hailey Perraut in the Triple Jump (25' 1")
--Rosie Peckham in the High Jump (4' 10"), with Amy Fudala 2nd at the same height.

Seneca Indians centerfielder Caleb Thomas extends to haul in a drive to right center, preventing a run from scoring in the 6th inning.

Seneca Indians rally for 2nd win, 9-7

ODESSA, April 19 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team staged a 5-run 6th inning rally and then held off South Seneca/Romulus in the 7th inning Tuesday for a 9-7 non-league victory on the Odessa-Montour High School baseball field.

The win lifted the Seneca Indians -- a merged team of O-M and Watkins Glen players -- to a 2-5 record heading into a game today (Wednesday) at Lansing.

The visiting Falcons scored in each of the first two innings for a 2-1 lead, but the Seneca Indians scored three runs in the 4th for a 4-2 advantage.

South Seneca/Romulus rallied to take the lead in the 5th inning 5-4 as the Seneca Indians made two costly errors, but the Indians stormed back in the bottom of the 6th with their final five runs -- scoring one on a single up the middle, one on a late throw home on a fielder's choice with the bases loaded, one on a wild pitch, and two on a long double to left by Chris Foote.

The Falcons wouldn't go quietly, scoring two runs in the top of the 7th inning on a single, a stolen base, an RBI windblown pop fly to shallow center, and an RBI infield single. But they left runners on first and second on a game-ending fly ball to Foote in left field.

Cody Smith started on the mound for the Seneca Indians, and worked into the 5th inning, when he was relieved by Austin Voorheis, who finished up. Each recorded one strikeout.

The Seneca Indians registered 10 hits, including two each by Foote and Michael Doane. South Seneca/Romulus notched seven hits.

There were seven errors in the game, four by the Seneca Indians.

Photos in text: The Seneca Indians' Michael Doane slides home safely as the throw goes wide of the plate; John Neidermaier beats the throw to first on an infield hit.

The Seneca Indians' Chris Foote connects (see ball at shoulder of runner) for a double that went over the left fielder and to the fence for two key 7th inning runs.

Left: Seneca Indians shortstop Josh Updyke fires to first base after fielding a grounder. Right: The Seneca Indians' second hurler of the game, Austin Voorheis, delivers a pitch.

O-M softball team rallies, but falls short

MARATHON, April 19 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team -- down 6-2 after three innings -- rallied to within a run of Marathon Tuesday before falling 6-5 in a game on the Marathon softball field.

The Indians, who led 1-0 and 2-1 before Marathon erupted for five runs in the 3rd inning, rallied with a run in the 5th inning and two in the 6th, but could not bring the tying run across the plate. The loss dropped them to 2-6 this season.

Grace Vondracek went the distance on the mound for O-M, yielding five hits while striking out 10 batters. Megan Jenkins had two of Odessa's four hits, while teammate Ashley Kot drove in two runs.

The Indians return to action today (Wednesday) at Groton.

Watkins softball team falls to Tioga

TIOGA CENTER, April 19 -- The Watkins Glen varsity softball team was held to one hit Tuesday as it lost 17-2 to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Tioga softball field.

The loss dropped the Senecas' record to 0-6 heading into vacation break.

Tioga scored four runs in the 1st inning, three each in the 3rd and 4th innings, two in the 5th and five in the 6th. The game ended at that point under the so-called "mercy rule" terminating games after five or six innings if one team is ahead by 15 runs.

Watkins Glen scored its two runs in the 3rd inning on a walk, two hit batsmen, a throwing error and a passed ball.

The Senecas' only hit in the game was a double by Mikenna Ayers. They also drew five walks from Tioga pitcher Mariah Culver, who registered 13 strikeouts.

Golf: Odessa boys post 2nd victory

GROTON, April 19 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team improved its season mark to 2-3 Tuesday with a 264-288 victory over Groton in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Stonehedges Golf Course par-36 back 9.

Tyler Clark led Odessa with a 45, whilc James Terry registered a 54, Ryan Taylor 54, Trey McCarty 55, and Brandon Ray 56.

The wind and "fast, firm greens made things challenging today," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, whose team returns to action today (Wednesday) at Candor.

Modified lacrosse: Senecas fall to Ithaca

WATKINS GLEN, April 19 -- The Watkins Glen modified lacrosse team lost its home opener Tuesday, dropping a 15-2 decision to Ithaca on the WGHS athletic field.

The Senecas' two goals came from Dylan Markley and Ramel Fulcher. Goalie Bryan Lotz made 14 saves.

Tanner Dunham scored a third goal in the unofficial "fifth quarter" -- a period played at the end of modified games to increase playing time and give players a chance to try other positions in a real-game scenario.

Watkins Glen returns to action Friday at Dryden. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dylan Markley (46) scores a goal. (Photo provided)

Glen modified softball team wins 20-2

WATKINS GLEN, April 19 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team posted its first victory of the season Tuesday, defeating Newfield 20-2 in a game on the WGHS softball field.

Cierra Barber and Kelsey Kernan pitched for the Senecas, together striking out seven batters.

Watkins amassed 20 hits, with Barber and Katie Losey registering three apiece. Among Losey's were a double and a homer. Kernan, Madeline Parker, Jordyn Barrett and Maggie Rhoads each notched two hits. Other hits came from Ana Caddell, Rebecca Becker, Savana Ayers, Tristen Rose Morley, Maddie Williams and Jessica Peters.

The Senecas "all played with intensity," said Coach Ralph Diliberto.

Watkins Glen returns to action Thursday at Newark Valley.

Modified baseball: Seneca Indians lose

WATKINS GLEN, April 19 -- The Seneca Indians boys modified baseball team opened its season Tuesday with a 15-3 loss to Newfield in a game on the Watkins Glen High School baseball field.

The Indians -- a merged squad of Odessa-Montour and WGHS players -- registered five hits. They came from Jared Rumsey (2), Deshawn Johnson, Justin Lodge and Boyd Barber.

Pitching duties for the Seneca Indians were shared by Matt Herold, Isaac McIlroy, Jared Rumsey and Steven Gublo.

The team's next game is Thursday at Newark Valley.

All eyes are up as the ball floats above the field of play.

Glen lacrosse team posts 1st win, 9-7

WATKINS GLEN, April 18 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team registered its first victory of the season Monday, building a 6-3 halftime lead and then holding off Seton Catholic 9-7 in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

Brenen Murphy made 7 saves in goal for the Senecas, now 1-5. Dalton Cummings led Watkins Glen with three goals, while Jackson Dunham scored two goals, and Brad Eslick, Ian Chedzoy, Joe Chedzoy and Austin Dalrymple one apiece.

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Dryden.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy, left, moves the ball as a Seton defender closes in. (Photo provided)

Left: Watkins Glen's Ian Chedzoy scoops the ball. Right: The ball goes into the Seton net on a goal by Jackson Dunham (10).

Golf: Watkins boys top Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, April 18 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team improved its season mark to 2-1 Monday with a 213-233 victory over Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Parker Pangallo led the Senecas with a 40, while Ryan Clark shot a 42, Trentin Barber 43, Max Schimizzi 43, and Patrick Bannon 45.

Watkins Glen returns to action Wednesday at Trumansburg, and then visits Elmira Notre Dame on Thursday.

Spencer-Van Etten's Gabbe Sousa scores as O-M pitcher Grace Voncracek covers home.

O-M softball team posts 2nd win, 9-8

ODESSA, April 18 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity softball team overcame a 1st inning four-run deficit to defeat Spencer-Van Etten 9-8 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M softball field.

The Indians (2-5) rebounded with four runs in the bottom of the 1st and surged ahead with five runs in the 2nd inning -- and then held on as S-VE closed to within a run.

That S-VE rally came with a four-run 4th inning, but the Panthers could score no more. They finished with a total of six hits off of O-M hurler Grace Vondracek, who registered 15 strikeouts in a complete-game performance.

Alyssa Crout keyed the Odessa offense with 4 RBIs, while Vondracek drove in two runs. Vondracek and Breanna Bentley each had two hits in a 12-hit O-M attack.

Both teams played strong defensive games, O-M committing two errors and S-VE none.

Odessa returns to action with a game today (Tuesday) at Marathon, and then plays at Groton on Wednesday.

Photo in text: O-M shortstop Ashley Kot awaits the throw as a Spencer-Van Etten runner steals second base.

Golf: Glen girls 3rd in Tomasso's match

WAVERLY, April 18 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team placed third among five teams Monday in a match at Tomasso's golf course.

Waverly won with a 177 total, while Marathon shot a 199 and Watkins Glen a 204. Lansing shot 228, and Odessa-Montour 242.

Hanley Elliott led the Senecas with a 46, while Courtney Irwin registered a 48, Gabi Decker 53, and Megan Hoy 57.

"Our girls shot their best team score of the season tonight and I couldn't be happier," said Watkins Glen Coach Chris Clark.

Gillian Clark led Odessa-Montour with a 49. Catherine Rounds shot 57, Gabby Fazzary 63, and Dani Fuschilo 73.

Watkins Glen tennis team falls to Edison

WATKINS GLEN, April 18 -- The Watkins Glen varsity tennis team's record slipped to 0-4 Monday when the Senecas dropped a 6-1 decision to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Watkins tennis courts.

The lone victory for the Senecas was posted by the doubles team of Jill Cantieni and Elise Allington, 6-1, 6-3.

Singles losses were sustained by Jordan Shea, Hannah Morse, Clint Craven and Liam Fitch, and doubles losses by Kendra Larson/Megan Hazlitt and Marie Bucher/Makenna Fraboni.

"It was another tough loss," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, "but the kids are staying positive and working hard."

They return to action Wednesday at home against Moravia.

Left: Seneca Indians starting pitcher Mitch Scata. Right: The Indians' Josh Updyke is out at second as Edison turns a double play.

Seneca Indians lose to Edison, 13-2

ODESSA, April 18 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team dropped a 13-2 decision Monday to Elmira Heights Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Odessa-Montour High School baseball field.

The Indians -- a merged team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour players -- fell to 1-5 with the loss.

The Spartans, who registered 11 hits to the Seneca Indians' five, built a big lead with a 6-run 3rd inning and a 5-run 4th inning. They added their final two runs in the 6th before the Indians broke through for their two runs in the 7th -- one run coming in on a Cody Smith RBI triple. Smith subsequently scored on a Jordan Dillenbeck groundout.

Edison's offense was aided by eight Seneca Indian errors. Edison played errorless ball.

Mitch Scata started on the mound for the Indians, and held Edison at bay until the 3rd inning, when the Spartans scored six runs aided by two errors. He left in the 4th, relieved by John Neidermaier, who finished by allowing two earned runs in 3 2/3 innings of work.

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

Photo in text: Seneca Indians' third baseman Michael Doane fields a grounder. He threw the batter out.

Watkins Glen shortstop Emmie Bond prepares to flip the ball to third base after fielding a grounder. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins softball team no-hit by Edison

WATKINS GLEN, April 18 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team's record slipped to 0-5 Monday when the Senecas were held hitless by Edison in a 14-0 defeat.

The Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS softball field saw Edison freshman pitcher Bella Willsey go six innings, yielding only a hit batsman while striking out 10 Watkins batters. She was relieved in the 7th inning, when Watkins got its second baserunner, on a walk.

Edison took a 5-0 lead in the 1st inning, and scored three runs in the 2nd, one in the 3rd, four in the 4th, and one in the 7th.

Watkins Glen returns to action today (Tuesday) at Tioga.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen catcher Katlyn Kernan reaches for an incoming pitch. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge clears a hurdle in the 110 Meter Hurdles. (Photo by Pam Rutledge)

Track: WG boys win 2 as Hazlitt shines

NEWARK VALLEY, April 18 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity track team won two out of three divisional decisions Monday at a four-team meet Monday on the Newark Valley High School athletic field.

The Senecas defeated Spencer-Van Etten 69-44 and Candor 70-48, but lost to Newark Valley 77-64.

Patrick Hazlitt led the Senecas with wins in the 1600 Meter Run (4:46.8) and 800 Meter Run (2:06.4), and as part of the winning 3200 Meter Relay (with Jacob Carocci, Shawn Rutledge and Gabe Planty in 8:47.7) and the winning 1600 Meter Relay (with Brandon Pike, Carocci and Planty in 3:48.1).

Rutledge also placed first in the 3200 Meter Run (10:35.2), and Carocci won the High Jump at 5' 6".

Girls' Meets:

The Watkins Glen girls varsity track team went 0-3 at the four-team Newark Valley meet. The Senecas lost 124-17 to NV, 74-54 to S-VE, and 75-50 to Candor.

Maggie Bond posted the only victory for the Senecas, winning the 3200 Meter Run in 11:41.3.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt. (Photo by Pam Rutledge)

From left: Watkins Glen runners Maggie Bond, Clara Chedzoy and Julian Thornton. (Photos by Pam Rutledge)

O-M tennis team loses to Notre Dame

SOUTHPORT, April 18 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision Monday to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the ND tennis courts.

The Indians, 0-5, got their only win from Curtis Harris, who won the No. 1 singles match, 6-4, 6-2. Notre Dame is now 5-1.

The results:

1S: Curtis Harris (Odessa-Montour) d. Junior Coulibaly 6-4, 6-2
2S: Rocco Coulibaly (Elmira Notre Dame) d. Billy Tague 6-0, 6-2
3S: Derek Tsang (Elmira Notre Dame) d. Andy Doan 6-0, 6-0
4S: Spencer Rayne (Elmira Notre Dame) d. Jordan Robinson 6-0, 6-0
1D: Jack Kaffenbarger & Aiden Sharma (Elmira Notre Dame) d. Noah Austin & Cameron Adams 6-0, 6-0
2D: Mitch Vargas & Declan Sharma (Elmira Notre Dame) d. Bronwyn Stermer & Carly Smith 6-0, 6-0
3D: John Booth & Zack Zhou (Elmira Notre Dame) d. Forfeit & Forfeit 6-0, 6-0

Athletes of Week: 3 track standouts

SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 17 -- Three track athletes stood out in a busy sports week in Schuyler County, and thus earn this week's Odessa File Athlete of the Week honors.

Odessa-Montour's Andy Fudala and Bryce Elliott had stellar weeks, with Fudala posting a four-victory effort against Spencer-Van Etten and Notre Dame and then performing as part of a quartet that set a school record in the Shuttle Hurdles at the Campbell-Savona Relays. Elliott won the Shot Put against S-VE and ND and was second in the Discus, and was part of a winning duo in two events -- the Shot and Discus -- at Campbell.

Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge earns the nod, too. He posted a three-victory performance against Waverly -- winning the 110 Meter Hurdles and 400 Meter Hurdles and teaming for first place in the 4x800 Relay -- and then won the Steeplechase at the Campbell-Savona Relays.

Double Honorable: O-M track's Rosie Peckham, Zach Elliott, Luke Eberhardt, Jimmy Randolph and Andy Hartford; Watkins Glen track's Cameron Connelly, Patrick Hazlitt, Gabe Planty, Maggie Bond and Jena Slater; O-M golfer Tyler Clark; O-M tennis standout Curtis Harris; and Watkins Glen lacrosse players Jackson Dunham, Brandon Gould and Ian Chedzoy.

Honorable Mention: Another 42 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Odessa File Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

O-M boys top field at annual C-S Relays

CAMPBELL, April 16 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity track team took first place overall Saturday at the annual Campbell-Savona Relays, while the O-M girls finished in third place. Combined, they finished second by six points to Addison.

O-M topped the boys field with 108 points, with Addison second at 93, Campbell-Savona third at 82, Watkins Glen fourth at 74, Arkport fifth at 69, and Canisteo-Greenwood sixth at 49.

The O-M boys place winners:

4x800 Meter Relay -- 3rd place -- 9:10
4x100 Meter Relay -- 2nd place -- 47.1
Distance Medley -- 2nd place -- 13:03
Steeplechase -- 6th place, Zach Elliott
Shuttle Hurdles -- 1st place, Andy Fudala, Jimmy Randolph, Andy Hartford and Luke Eberhardt with a school record of 1:14.5.
Middle Distance Relay -- 5th place -- 4:46.4
Sprint Medley Relay -- 6th place -- 2:01.9
6400 Meter Relay -- 3rd place
4x400 Meter Relay -- 2nd place -- 3:53.5
Weightmans Relay -- 3rd place -- 58.9 (Jaylin Rumsey, Hailey Perraut, Bryce Elliott and Zach Elliott)
Discus Relay -- 1st place, Bryce and Zach Elliott
Shot Put Relay -- 1st place, Bryce and Zach Elliott
Triple Jump Relay -- 2nd place
Long Jump Relay -- 2nd place
High Jump Relay -- 2nd place
Pole Vault Relay -- 2nd place

Girls competition: Odessa-Montour third. Top finishes:

4x100 Relay Team -- 1st place -- Kennedey Heichel, Nadia Simpson, Hannah Bruno, Meagan Terry.
4x200 Relay Team -- 1st place -- Nadia Simpson, Hannah Bruno, Meagan Terry, Hunter Daugherty.
Shuttle Hurdles -- 1st place -- Hunter Daugherty, Kennedey Heichel, Amy Fudala, Britney Visscher.
High Jump Relay -- 1st place -- Rosie Peckham (4' 11", a personal record; Amy Fudala (4'8", tying personal best)
Steeplechase -- 2nd place -- April Dunn.
Shot Put Relay -- 2nd place -- Jaylin Rumsey, Hailey Perraut.
Pole Vault Relay -- 2nd place -- Kennedey Heichel, Britney Visscher.
Triple Jump Relay -- 2nd place -- Hailey Perraut, Hannah Bruno.
Discus Relay -- 3rd place -- Jaylin Rumsey, Erica Lockwood.
Long Jump Relay -- 4th place -- Meagan Terry, Nadia Simpson.
Distance Medley -- 4th place -- Rachel Husteed, Hailey Perraut, Britney Visscher, April Dunn.
Middle Distance Medley -- 5th place -- Meagan Terry, Hunter Daugherty, Amy Fudala, Rachel Husted.

Odessa-Montour returns to action Tuesday at Tioga.

Photos in text:

From top: O-M's Andy Fudala; the record-setting quartet of (from left) Fudala, Andy Hartford, Luke Eberhardt and Jimmy Randolph; O-M pole vaulter Kennedey Heichel. (Photos by George Rutledge)

The winning Discus Relay team of brothers Bryce (left) and Zach Elliott. (Photos by George Rutledge)

From left: O-M's Hailey Perraut, Watkins Glen's Brandon Pike hands off to Gabe Planty; and O-M's Noah Brewster. (Photos by George Rutledge)

Glen boys place fourth at C-S Relays

CAMPBELL, April 16 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity track team placed fourth Saturday at the annual Campbell-Savona Relays.

First places for the Senecas came from Shawn Rutledge in the Steeplechase (10:40.1) and by the Long Jump Relay team of Cameron Connelly (14' 7") and Gabe Planty (15' 7.25").

Second places were posted by:

--Daniel Paradiso in the Steeplechase (11:25.6)
--The 4x800 Relay team of Aaron Planty, Gabe Planty, Brandon Pike and Sean Holland (9:05.6).
--SMR: Aaron Planty, Casen Weeden, Tyler Couch, Sean Holland
--Middle Distance Relay: Aaron Planty, Casen Weeden, Gabe Planty, Sean Holland
--Shotput Relay: Casen Weeden (32' 8') and Brandon Pike (31' 7.25")

3rd places went to the Distance Medley Relay team of Paradiso, Couch, Rutledge and Pike (13:14.0) and the Triple Jump Relay team of Connelly (27' 1") and Holland (30' 6.25")

In the girls competition:

1st place -- Jena Slater, Sam Shea in the Pole Vault
2nd place -- Distance Medley Relay -- Maddie Ross, Brooke Shaffer, Kai Sutterby, Maggie Bond
3rd place -- 4x400 Relay -- Brooke Shaffer, Kai Sutterby, Jena Slater, Maggie Bond
6th place -- 4x200 Relay -- Jena Slater, Maddie Ross, Allison Gibson, Sam Shea

Watkins Glen returns to action Monday at Newark Valley.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Cameron Connelly, winner with Gabe Planty of the Long Jump Relay; the Senecas' Shawn Rutledge leads the pack on the way to victory in the Steeplechase. (Photos by George Rutledge)

Watkins Glen runners (from left) Maggie Bond, Kai Sutterby and Brooke Shaffer. (Photo by George Rutledge)

A first: Glen girl golfers top Horseheads

BIG FLATS, April 15 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team defeated Horseheads for the first time in the program's seven-year history Friday, edging the Blue Raiders by four strokes in a three-team match played at Willowcreek Golf Course.

The Senecas posted a score of 218 to Horseheads' 222, while Lansing registered a 299 total.

Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott was the day's medalist with a 47, while Gabi Decker shot a 55, Courtney Irwin 56, and Megan Hoy 60.

"This has been the girls' goal for a few years," said Watkins Glen Coach Chris Clark, "and tonight they pulled it off. It's nice to see our confidence grow with each match."

Watkins tennis team falls to Notre Dame

WATKINS GLEN, April 15 -- The Watkins Glen varsity tennis team's season mark slid to 0-3 Friday when the Senecas dropped a 7-0 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Watkins tennis courts.

In singles play, the Senecas' Jordan Shea fell 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 1 match, Hannah Morse lost 6-2, 6-1, Clint Craven fell 6-2, 6-2, and Liam Fitch lost 7-5, 6-2.

In doubles, Kendra Larson/Megan Hazlitt lost a 6-0, 6-2 decision, while Marie Bucher/Makenna Fraboni fell 6-0, 6-0 and Jill Cantieni/Elise Allington lost 6-0, 6-2.

The Senecas, said Coach Scott Morse, "ran into an excellent Notre Dame team. Every match is a learning opportunity, and we will keep working hard and continue to grow."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Elise Allington returns a Notre Dame volley.

Seneca Indians lose to Notre Dame

SOUTHPORT, April 15 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team took an early lead but couldn't keep pace with Elmira Notre Dame Friday in a 12-3 Interscholastic Athletic Conference loss to the Crusaders on the road.

The defeat dropped the Seneca Indians' record to 1-4 heading into a game Monday at Odessa-Montour against Edison. The Indians are a merged team composed of players from O-M and Watkins Glen High School.

The Seneca Indians struck first Friday, scoring two runs in the top of the 1st inning, but ND evened the score in the bottom half of the inning and surged ahead with four runs in the 2nd and five in the 4th. Each team scored a run in the 5th inning.

Notre Dame had 11 hits, and was aided by six Indian errors. The Crusaders' Nate Snavely, Matt Smith, Gary Raupters and Dustin Patton combined for nine hits and seven RBIs.

The Seneca Indians registered five hits, with runs scoring on an RBI single by Cody Smith and a bases loaded walk in the first inning, and on an RBI single by Chris Foote in the 5th inning. Josh Updyke reached base three times, on a single and two walks.

Left: O-M shortstop Ashley Kot fields a grounder. Right: Odessa's Grace Vondracek connects with the ball.

O-M softball team blanked by Tioga

ODESSA, April 15 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team was shut out Friday by Tioga 17-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M softball field.

The Indians, 1-5, managed just four hits off Tioga hurler Mariah Culver, who struck out 17 batters.

Culver and Sam Wood led the Tioga offense with four hits each -- part of a 23-hit assault. Sara Strong added three hits, while Britt Vergason drove in four runs.

Grace Vondracek went the distance on the mound for O-M, striking out nine batters. The Indians committed three errors behind her, while Tioga played errorless ball.

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

Photo in text: A Tioga batter is out at first base on a play that scored a teammate (foreground) from third.

Golf: O-M boys top S-VE for 1st win

WATKINS GLEN, April 15 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team notched its first victory of the season Friday when it topped Spencer-Van Etten 258-267 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Tyler Clark led the Indians (1-3) with a 41, while James Terry registered a 51, Ryan Taylor 55, Brandon Ray 55, and Trey McCarty 56. S-VE's record is now 1-1.

"The scores weren't all that great," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "It must have been too nice out. Not used to that..."

Watkins Glen catcher Madeline Parker blocks an errant pitch.

Modified softball: Glen falls to Candor

WATKINS GLEN, April 15 -- The Watkins Glen Modified Softball team's record slipped to 0-2 Friday when the Senecas lost 24-6 to Candor in a game on the Watkins Glen softball field.

Watkins Glen registered 14 hits in defeat, all singles, with four by Madeline Parker, three by Katie Losey, two by Maggie Rhoads, and one each by Cierra Barber, Kelsey Kernan, Anna Caddell, Nat Edmister and Cami McCarty.

However, "they had a hard time getting their bats to work in sequence," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto, "and there were no extra-base hits." Mistakes made on defense, he said, "we will address on Monday."

"They will find their sweet spot," he added. "I have full confidence in their talent and the commitment they have to play as a family, with the goal in mind to be a successful unit."

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at home against Newfield. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan prepares to deliver a pitch.

Glen softball team blanked by ND, 15-0

SOUTHPORT, April 15 -- The Watkins Glen varsity softball team's record slipped to 0-4 Friday when the Senecas fell to Elmira Notre Dame 15-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the ND softball field.

The Senecas managed just two hits off a pair of Notre Dame pitchers. The hits were by Bernadette Osborne (1-for-2) and Brienna Solomon (1-for-1). Notre Dame amassed 16 hits -- including four doubles and two triples -- and drew five walks.

There were no errors in the game, which was ended after five innings under the so-called "mercy rule" that takes effect when one team is ahead by 15 runs after five innings.

Watkins Glen returns to action Monday at Edison.

O-M tennis team loses to S. Cayuga

AURORA, April 15 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team dropped a 5-2 decision Friday to Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the SC tennis Courts.

Curtis Harris won the No. 1 singles match for O-M, 6-1, 6-0, while the doubles team of Noah Austin and Jordan Robinson won by forfeit. The Indians are now 0-4.

1S: Curtis Harris (Odessa-Montour) d. Emily Kopp 6-1, 6-0
2S: Dylon Conklin (Southern Cayuga) d. Billy Tague 6-3, 6-4
3S: Julia Angotti (Southern Cayuga) d. Cameron Adams 6-4 , 6-3
4S: Monica Groth (Southern Cayuga) d. Noah Austin 6-2, 6-4
1D: Noah Austin & Jordan Robinson (Odessa-Montour) d. Forfeit & Forfeit 6-0, 6-0
2D: Oscar Montalvo & Gavin VanHorn (Southern Cayuga) d. Bronwyn Stermer & Carly Smith 6-1, 6-0
3D: Michael Redmond & Molly Murphy (Southern Cayuga) d. Forfeit & Forfeit 6-0, 6-0

Left: Watkins Glen's Ian Chedzoy (12) tries to push past a Whitney Point defender. Right: The Senecas' Jordan Rappleye, right, battles for possession of the ball.

Watkins lax team falls to Whitney Point

WATKINS GLEN, April 14 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team closed within a goal of Whitney Point early in the second half Thursday, but couldn't sustain the comeback in an 8-4 loss on the WGHS athletic field.

Brandon Gould scored the first three goals for the Senecas, two in a first half that found Watkins trailing 4-2, and the third in the first minute of play in the third quarter. But Whitney Point pulled away with four second-half goals, allowing just one more Watkins score -- a goal by Ian Chedzoy.

The Senecas, still seeking their first victory of the season, return to action Monday at home against Seton Catholic.

Photo in text: A shot by Watkins Glen's Austin Dalrymple goes just wide of the net.

The Seneca Indians' Chris Foote connects for one of his two hits in the game.

Seneca Indians lose to Union Springs

WATKINS GLEN, April 14 -- A four-run first inning by Union Springs/Port Byron set the tone Thursday as the Seneca Indians fell 14-1 to the Wolves in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference baseball game on the Watkins Glen High School diamond.

The Seneca Indians, a first-year combined squad of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour athletes, are now 1-3 heading into a game at Elmira Notre Dame today (Friday).

USPB took advantage of three Seneca Indian errors in the first inning, and expanded its lead with four more runs in the 4th inning, three in the 6th and three in the 7th. The Springs attack included 12 hits, aided by seven Seneca Indian errors. USPB played errorless ball.

The Indians scored their only run in the 4th inning. The team had six hits, including two by Chris Foote.

Photo in text: Seneca Indians second baseman Sean Kelly fields a grounder. He threw to first base for the out.

Seneca Indians starter Josh Updyke prepares to deliver a pitch with a runner on third.

O-M Golf Coach Greg Gavich (back to camera) outlines the course rules to O-M, Watkins Glen and Newark Valley golfers before they teed off Thursday.

Golf: O-M boys fall to NV, 249-250

WATKINS GLEN, April 14 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team barely missed its first victory of the season Thursday, falling to Newark Valley 249-250 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Newark Valley was also playing Watkins Glen, although Watkins and O-M (now 0-3) were not pitted against one another.

Tyler Clark led the Indians with a 39, including a birdie on the par-5 3rd hole. James Terry fired a 45, Ryan Taylor 53, Trey McCarty 55 and Brandon Ray 58

NV's golfers all registered scores between 48 and 53. It was the Cardinals' first competition of the year.

O-M returns to action today (Friday) at home against Spencer-Van Etten.

Photos in text: Odessa-Montour's Tyler Clark tees off on No. 1.

Watkins Glen's Ryan Clark watches his tee shot on No. 1. He fired a 40.

Golf: Watkins boys top NV for 1st win

WATKINS GLEN, April 14 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team posted its first victory of the season Thursday when it defeated Newark Valley 208-249 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Watkins Glen Golf Course.

The Senecas (1-1) were led by sophomore Patrick Bannon, who fired a 39. Teammates Ryan Clark and Parker Pangallo each shot a 40, while Trentin Barber posted a 42 and Max Schimizzi a 47.

Newark Valley was also playing Odessa-Montour at the same time, but O-M and Watkins Glen were not pitted against one another.

The Senecas return to action Monday at home against Waverly.

Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Parker Pangallo tees off on No. 1. Odessa-Montour's James Terry watches.

O-M softball team loses to NV, 14-5

ODESSA, April 14 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team's season mark slipped to 1-4 Thursday when the Indians dropped a 14-5 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M softball field.

The Cardinals jumped in front with two runs in the 1st inning, and added three runs in the 2nd, five in the 3rd, one in the 4th, two in the 6th and one in the 7th. They managed the runs on six hits, aided by six O-M errors.

Grace Vondracek started on the mound for Odessa, going five innings and striking out eight batters. She was relieved by Breeana Bentley, who struck out one batter in two innings.

Odessa registered six hits, four of them by Megan Jenkins, who also had 4 RBIs.

The Indians return to action today (Friday) at home against Tioga.

Watkins Glen first baseman Nateah Cornish catches an infield throw for a putout. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen softball team blanked by Springs

WATKINS GLEN, April 14 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team's record slipped to 0-3 Thursday when the Senecas dropped a 17-0 decision to Union Springs in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS softball field.

Union Springs scored five runs each in the 1st and 3rd innings, three runs each in the 2nd and 4th innings, and one run in the 5th. The game was terminated after five innings under the so-called "mercy rule" that ends a game when a team leads by 15 or more runs after five innings.

The Senecas managed just three hits while Union Springs garnered 12. Watkins Glen's hits came from Nateah Cornish (2-for-3) and Bernadette Osborne (1-for-2).

Watkins Glen returns to action today (Friday) at Notre Dame.

Photo in text: A Union Springs runner heading for home is tagged by Watkins Glen catcher Katlyn Kernan -- but the ball was knocked loose, and the runner scored.

Left: Watkins Glen third baseman Katherine Meehan fires to first base after fielding a grounder. Right: Watkins Glen pitcher Claudia Parker. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Modified softball team loses

TIOGA CENTER, April 14 -- The Watkins Glen Modified softball team dropped its season opener Thursday, falling to Tioga 12-1 in a game on the Tioga softball field.

Kelsey Kernan and Amanda Wilbur pitched for the Senecas, while Madeline Parker was the catcher. Kernan struck out four batters.

Hits for Watkins came from Katie Losey (a triple), Adrianna Caddell (a double), and Jordyn Barrett, Cierra Barber, Maggie Rhoads, Madeline Parker and Amanda Wilbur (singles).

"Madeline Parker played a fabulous game behind the plate," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "Our girls played with heart and never dropped their heads. We have a lot of new girls playing positions they have never played before and are starting to catch on. We are looking forward to a nice season."

The Senecas return to action today (Friday) at home against Candor. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Shutter helps Wilmington to victory

Special to The Odessa File

NEW CASTLE, Del., April 14 -- The Division II Wilmington University Wildcats men’s soccer team left it all on the field Saturday, April 9, with a 6-0 victory over RCGC, a team hailing from neighboring New Jersey.

Odessa-Montour and Tompkins Cortland Community College alum Morgan Shutter contributed one of the six goals when he blasted a close-range shot -- hard and low to the far post -- past the opposing keeper.

Shutter is currently a junior at Wilmington University.

Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott hits an approach shot to the green on the 4th hole.

Glen girls place 1st in 4-team golf match

WATKINS GLEN, April 13 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team placed first among four teams competing Wednesday in a match at the Watkins Glen Golf Course.

The Senecas posted a score of 213 on a course that was playing long due to soft conditions. Corning was second with 242, while Odessa-Montour registered 261 and Spencer-Van Etten 290.

Watkins Glen was led by Gabi Decker's 51. Hanley Elliott and Courtney Irwin each notched a 52, while Megan Hoy shot a 58.

"I was extremely pleased," said Watkins Glen Coach Chris Clark, "to have all four of our scores below 60 for the first time this season. It is also exciting to see that in three matches this season we have had three different low scorers" in Elliott, Irwin and Decker.

Odessa-Montour was led by Gillian Clark, who concluded a round of 47 with a birdie on the par-4 9th hole. Teammate Gabby Fazzary shot a 56, while Catherine Rounds shot a 71 and Dani Fuschilo an 87.

Corning's Cecelia Neally was the day's medalist with a 45.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Courtney Irwin watches her tee shot on No. 5.

Left: Watkins Glen's Gabi Decker. Right: Odessa-Montour's Catherine Rounds on No. 2.

Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark hits an approach shot past a tree to the fifth green.

O-M softball team falls to Candor, 8-1

CANDOR, April 13 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team lost an 8-1 decision to Candor Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Candor softball field.

The loss dropped O-M's season mark to 1-3 heading into a game today (Thursday) at home against Newark Valley. The Indians will then host Tioga on Friday.

Candor managed its eight runs on five hits, taking advantage of five Odessa errors. It scored three runs in the 1st inning, single runs in the 3rd and 4th, two in the 5th, and one in the 6th.

O-M, which totaled four hits, scored its run in the 6th inning on an RBI by Megan Jenkins. Grace Vondracek went the distance on the mound for Odessa, striking out four Candor batters.

O-M tennis team loses to Newark Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, April 13 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team fell Wednesday to Newark Valley, 6-1, in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the NV tennis courts.

Curtis Harris posted the lone victory for O-M, taking the No. 1 singles match 6-1, 6-0. The Indians are now 0-3.

1S: Curtis Harris (Odessa-Montour) d. Megan Diego 6-1, 6-0
2S: Thomas Durand (Newark Valley) d. Billy Tague 6-3, 7-6 (7-1)
3S: Amy Giblin (Newark Valley) d. Andy Doan 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
4S: Palmer Perkins (Newark Valley) d. Jordan Robinson 6-0, 6-0
1D: Alyssa Sepelak & Briana Sokol (Newark Valley) d. Noah Austin & Cameron Adams 6-1, 6-1
2D: Willy Zooel & Noah Mcmullin (Newark Valley) d. Bronwyn Stermer & Carly Smith 6-0, 6-1
3D: Kaya Luciani & Maddy Byrne (Newark Valley) d. Carolyn Arias & Christopher Perez 6-0, 6-0

Glen lacrosse team drops 10-9 decision

ONEONTA, April 13 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team is still looking for its first win after falling 10-9 Wednesday to Oneonta in a game played on the Oneonta lacrosse field.

Goals for Watkins Glen were scored by Hunter Madigan, Brandon Gould, Jake Kelly, Joe Chedzoy, Ian Chedzoy, Dylan Platon (2), and Austin Dalrymple (2).

Joe Chedzoy, Avery Watson and Bradley Eslick each registered one assist.

Ian Chedzoy led the Senecas in ground balls recovered with seven.

Watkins Glen returns to action today (Thursday) when it hosts Whitney Point. Game time is 4:30 pm.

Watkins Glen's Maggie Bond hands the baton to Clara Chedzoy in the 4x800 Relay.

Watkins Glen track: Boys defeat Waverly; girls lose

WATKINS GLEN, April 12, 2016 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity track team posted its second home victory in two tries Tuesday, defeating Waverly 75-59 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet.

Patrick Hazlitt and Shawn Rutledge each posted three first-place finishes, including one together in the 4x800 Relay.

The Senecas took first, second and third places as follows:

First place: 4x800, Patrick Hazlitt, Jacob Carocci, Shawn Rutledge, Gabe Planty 9:27.5
First place: 110 Meter Hurdles, Shawn Rutledge 22.7
First place: 1600 Meter Run, Brandon Pike 5:19.27
First place: 400 Meter Hurdles, Shawn Rutledge 1:13.27
First place: 800 Meter Run, Patrick Hazlitt 2:20.67
First place: 3200 Meter Run, Patrick Hazlitt 10:13.47
First place: Triple Jump, Cameron Connelly 28' 6.75"
First place: High Jump, Jacob Carocci 5' 4"
Second place: High Jump, Thomas Schmitt 5' 0"
Second place: Triple Jump, Julian Thornton 23' 8"
Second place: 3200 Meter Run, Gabe Planty 10:24.67
Second place: 800 Meter Run, Jacob Carocci 2:23.83
Second place: 400 Meter Hurdles, Daniel Paradiso 1:19.64
Second place: 1600 Meter Run, Sean Holland 5:23.57
Second place: 400 Meter Run, Aaron Planty 59.64
Second place: Discus, Thomas Schmitt 100' 6.5"
Second place: Long Jump, Thomas Schmitt 14' 6.5"
Third place: 1600 Meter Run, Daniel Paradiso 5:27.11
Third place: 400 Meter Run, Tyler Couch 1:12.95
Third place: 800 Meter Run, Brandon Pike 2:28.27
Third place: 200 Meter Run, Aaron Planty 26.80
Third place: 3200 Meter Run, Shawn Rutledge 10:36.13
Third place: Discus, Casen Weeden 86' 4"
Third place: Shot Put, Thomas Schmitt 33' 8"
Third place: Long Jump, Julian Thornton 10' 7.5"

Girls: Waverly 114, Watkins Glen 24

The Watkins Glen girls squad, undermanned and without any sprinters, sustained its second straight home loss. But there were some bright spots for the Senecas:

First place: 1500 Meter Run, Maggie Bond, 5:17.90
First place: 3000 Meter Run, Maggie Bond, 11:35.45
First place: Pole Vault, Jena Slater, 6'0"
Second place: Shot Put, Maria Chedzoy, 23'5"
Second place: High Jump, Ali Gibson 4'4"
Third place: High Jump, Brooke Shaffer 4'0"
Third place: Long Jump, Ali Gibson 13'1"
Third place: 800 Meter Run, Clara Chedzoy, 2:54.19.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge on the way to victory in the 110 Meter Hurdles; and the Senecas' (from left) Julian Thornton, Daniel Paradiso, Brandon Pike and Tyler Couch round the bend on the north end of the track in the 1600 Meter Run. (Photo by Aran Holland)

Left: Watkins Glen's Brooke Shaffer lands in the Long Jump pit. Right: The Senecas' Daniel Paradiso chows down on some concession-stand food. (Photo by Heidi Pike)

Left: Watkins Glen's Thomas Schmitt throws the Shot, where he finished third. Right: The Senecas' Allison Gibson on the way to third place in the Long Jump.

From left: Watkins Glen's Brandon Pike hands off to Sean Holland; Patrick Hazlitt; and Gabe Planty. (All three photos by George Rutledge)

Left: Watkins Glen's Jacob Carocci hands off to Patrick Hazlitt. Right: The Senecas' Jena Slater on the way to victory in the Pole Vault.

O-M tennis team falls to Lansing, 6-1

ODESSA, April 12 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team's record slipped to 0-2 Tuesday when the Indians dropped a 6-1 decision to Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the O-M tennis courts.

The only win for the Indians came in No. 1 singles, where Curtis Harris came from behind to defeat Nick Parkes, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

1S: Curtis Harris (Odessa-Montour) d. Nick Parkes 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
2S: Zoli Csaki (Lansing) d. Billy Tague 6-0, 6-0
3S: Ryan Buchanan (Lansing) d. Andy Doan 6-0, 6-0
4S: Ethan Buchanan (Lansing) d. Christopher Perez 6-0, 6-0
1D: Chris Robinson & Max Avramis (Lansing) d. Noah Austin & Cameron Adams 6-0, 6-1
2D: Amanda Van & Jacob Williamson (Lansing) d. Bronwyn Stermer & Jordan Robinson 6-0, 6-0
3D: Anders Gartenberg & Darius Desnoes (Lansing) d. Carolyn Arias & Carly Smith 6-0, 6-0

Odessa-Montour's Zach Knapp, left, hands off to Jacob Edger in the 4x100 Relay race.

O-M track teams top S-VE

ODESSA, April 12 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity track teams improved their season marks to 3-0 Tuesday by defeating Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the O-M athletic field.

Notre Dame also competed, but in a non-scoring capacity. Any second-place finish by Odessa earned first-place points if the event was won by Notre Dame.

Boys: Odessa-Montour 100, S-VE 41

Andy Fudala led the way for the Indians, winning four events: the Pole Vault at 11' 6", equalling his personal best; the High Jump at 5' 6", also tying his best; the 110 Meter Hurdles in 17.8, and the Long Jump at 18'6".

Other wins were posted by Jimito Williams in the 400 Hurdles (1:12.7), Bryce Elliott in the Shot Put (43' 0"), and the 4x800 Relay squad of Alec Betts, Nick Sgrecci, Trevor Dunn and Luke Eberhardt (9:35.6).

Second places were registered by Zach Elliott in the 400 Meter Run (58.5), Nick Sgrecci in the 800 Meter Run (2:30.1) and the Triple Jump (33' 10"), Noah Brewster in the 3200 (11:39.5), Jacob Zimmer in the Pole Vault (9' 0") and High Jump, and Bryce Elliott in the Discus (127' 0").

Photo in text: O-M's Andy Fudala wins the Pole Vault with a leap of 11' 6".

Odessa's Amy Fudala clears a hurdle on the way to third place in the 400 Meter Hurdles.

Girls: Odessa-Montour 83.5, S-VE 52.5

Britney Visscher won the Pole Vault with a height of 6' 6". After that O-M posted several seconds, most of them earning first-place points in the absence of Notre Dame scoring.

The second-place finishes included:

Nadia Simpson in the 100 Meters (13.6), Hannah Bruno in the 200 (28.7) and the 400 (1:04.6), Rosie Peckham and Amy Fudala in the High Jump (tied at 4' 6"), Kennedey Heichel in the Pole Vault (6' 0"), and Jaylin Rumsey in the Discus (72' 8.25").

Third places went to Amy Fudala in the 100 Meter Hurdles (19.1) and the 400 Meter Hurdles (1:26.5), Nadia Simpson in the 200 (28.9), Hailey Perraut in the 3000 Meter Run, and Jaylin Rumsey in the Shot Put (23' 11.75"). In addition, the 4x400 Relay team of April Dunn, Hunter Daugherty, Britney Visscher and Hannah Bruno placed third in 5:18.6.

The track teams return to action Saturday at the Campbell-Savona Relays.

Photo at right: O-M's April Dunn competes in the 800 Meter Run at Tuesday's meet.

Other photos from the meet:

Left: O-M's Jimito Williams on the way to victory in the 400 Meter Hurdles. Right: O-M's Noah Brewster en route to second place in the 3200 Meter Run.

O-M's left-handed Bryce Elliott watches his winning Shot Put, which traveled 43 feet.

Left: O-M's Hannah Bruno on way to 2nd place in the 400. Center: O-M's Jacob Zimmer clears the bar en route to 2nd place in the High Jump. Right: Nadia Simpson.

Left: O-M's Britney Visscher in the 400 Meter Hurdles. Right: Odessa's Andy Fudala on the way to victory in the High Jump.

Golf: Glen boys open season with a loss

TIOGA CENTER, April 12 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity golf team opened its season on a losing note Tuesday, falling to Tioga 230-239 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Tioga Country Club par-35 front-9.

Ryan Clark and Max Schimizzi each fired a 46 to lead the Senecas. Parker Pangallo added a 48, Alex Gibson a 49, and Sam Hanley a 50.

Coach Rob Michel said it was cold and windy, but that the course was in good shape.

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

A Waverly runner dives safely back to first as O-M's Joel Kelly awaits a pickoff throw.

Seneca Indians fall in 7th, 5-3

ODESSA, April 11 -- The Seneca Indians' record slipped to 1-2 Monday when they dropped a 5-3 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference baseball game on the Odessa-Montour High School athletic field.

The Seneca Indians -- a first-year mix of O-M and Watkins Glen High School players -- had rallied to tie the Wolverines after falling behind 3-1. But Waverly scored twice in the 7th inning on an error to register the victory. The error was one of seven committed by the Indians in the game.

Waverly took the early lead with a run in the 1st inning on an RBI double by Brendyn Stillman. The Seneca Indians responded with a run in the bottom of the inning on a groundout by Chris Foote.

Waverly scored single runs in both the 2nd and 3rd innings to move ahead 3-1, but the Indians responded with two runs in the bottom of the 3rd on RBI singles by Foote and Alex Grady.

That led to the two-run 7th, with the Seneca Indians unable to answer in the bottom of the frame.

The Seneca Indians managed three hits -- by Foote, Grady and Cody Smith. Josh Updyke had two walks and scored two runs. Foote scored the other.

Mitch Scata started on the mound for the Indians, giving up three runs and striking out three batters in 2 2/3 innings. Michael Doane pitched the final 4 1/3 innings, striking out three batters. Together, they allowed just four hits.

The team returns to action Thursday againsat Union Springs/Port Byron on the Watkins Glen baseball field.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M catcher Chris Foote flips the ball to the plate after fielding an errant throw on a Waverly scoring play. Foote's throw was caught by pitcher Mitch Scata, who was covering home plate, but the incoming runner was safe.

Bottom: Odessa-Montour's Mitch Scata delivers a pitch.

Odessa-Montour first baseman Madison Lodge awaits a throw from catcher Nikki Crout (foreground) on a dropped third strike. Crout retrieved the ball and threw out the runner.

O-M softball team posts win

ODESSA, April 11, 2016 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team won its first game of the season Monday, defeating Newfield 7-3 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M softball field.

The game, shifted from Newfield because of a wet field there, saw the Indians' Grace Vondracek go the distance on the mound, holding Newfield to four hits while striking out 12 batters. She had 18 first-pitch strikes.

Ashley Kot and Breeana Bentley led O-M's seven-hit attack, with Kot registering three hits and Bentley driving in two runs. Megan Jenkins also had an RBI.

Odessa overcame a Newfield 1st-inning run by scoring four runs in the bottom half of the inning, and added single runs in the 3rd, 5th and 6th innings. Newfield was bedeviled by seven errors, including several in the opening frame. O-M only made one error.

The Trojans scored their second and third runs in the 4th and 5th innings.

Odessa, now 1-2, returns to action Wednesday at Candor.

Photo in text: O-M pitcher Grace Vondracek on the way to a 12-strikeout performance.

Odessa-Montour batter Ashley Kot connects in the first inning for a leadoff single.

A Waverly runner slides safely into home as the throw arrives too late for catcher Katlyn Kernan. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen softball team loses to Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, April 11 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team's record slipped to 0-2 Monday when the Senecas fell 9-1 to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS softball field.

Waverly took a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning and added four runs in the 5th and one each in the 6th and 7th. Watkins Glen, which had just two hits, scored its lone run in the 6th.

The Wolverines registered eight hits off of Watkins Glen pitcher Claudia Parker, who struck out out three batters and walked just one. Three of the hits were doubles, and two were triples.

The Watkins hits came from Katlyn Kernan and Katherine Meehan, each going 1-for-3. Meehan had the lone RBI.

The Senecas return to action today (Tuesday) at Waverly.

Photo in text:

Watkins Glen shortstop Emmie Bond fires to first base after fielding a grounder. The runner was out on the play.

Left: Watkins Glen pitcher Claudia Parker. (Photo by Don Romeo). Right: The Senecas' Mikenna Ayers connects with the ball. She was out on a grounder to first.

Watkins Glen's center fielder Bernadette Osborne stretches for an incoming ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

WG girls golf team places 3rd at Corning

CORNING, April 11 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team placed third among five teams competing Monday at the Corning Country Club.

The Senecas had a 227 score that put it behind Waverly's 214 and Horseheads' 221. Corning was fourth at 242, with Lansing fifth at 279.

Watkins Glen Coach Chris Clark said the course played long with a mix of wind and rain, with just two girls -- Emily Cunningham of Horseheads and Alex Tomasso of Waverly -- shooting under 50. Each had a 49.

Of the 32 girls competing, Watkins Glen's Courtney Irwin was third with a 52, while Hanley Elliott was sixth with a 54 and Gabriella Decker tied for 10th with a 58. Megan Hoy rounded out the team score with a 63.

"I thought given the tough conditions tonight, we handled ourselves very well," said Clark. "Overall we are a young team. I'm excited to see how much we can improve as the season moves on."

Boys golf: Odessa falls to Notre Dame

HORSEHEADS, April 11 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team dropped a 209-252 decision Monday to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Mark Twain Golf Course's par-36 front-9.

Tyler Clark led the Indians with a 38 (including a chip-in birdie on the par-3 7th hole). James Terry shot 50, Ryan Taylor 51, Trey McCarty 55, and Brandon Ray 58.

ND's Mike Stearns had the low score of the match: a 37.

The loss dropped O-M to 0-2 heading into a match at home Thursday againsat Newark Valley. Notre Dame is now 2-0.

"All in all, we had pretty good scores for us on one of the tougher courses we will play," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, who noted that Clark's score was his lowest ever at Twain.

Watkins lacrosse team falls to CV, 25-9

WATKINS GLEN April 11 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team remained winless Monday when it lost 25-9 to Chenango Valley in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

The Warriors built a 15-3 halftime lead before the Senecas rallied with a 5-4 third-quarter advantage to enter the final quarter down 19-8.

Chenango Valley scored the next five goals before Ian Chedzoy notched the final Watkins Glen goal with 2:32 remaining. CV closed the scoring with its final goal at 1:30.

Goals for Watkins came from Jackson Dunham (4), Ian Chedzoy (2, with 2 assists), Joe Chedzoy, Jake Kelly and Dylan Platon.

Brandon Gould led the Senecas with 9 ground balls recovered.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Ian Chedzoy, left, and Brandon Gould (right) battle a Chenango Valley player for possession of the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jordan Rappleye, right, battles for the ball. Right: A Chenango Valley goal is on its way to the net. The goalkeeper is Kaitlin Valla.

No Athletes of Week, but some points ...

SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 11 -- With the sports schedule last week shortened due to inclement weather, we failed to see an Athlete of the Week performance, but several athletes earned poll points.

Watkins Glen golfer Hanley Elliott earned a Double Honorable Mention, while several other 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 High Schools.

O-M tennis team drops opener, 5-2

ODESSA, April 8, 2016 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team opened its season on a losing note Friday, falling to Moravia 5-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the O-M tennis courts.

The match, played in cold, blustery conditions, saw the top two singles players post wins for Odessa. Curtis Harris won the No. 1 singles match, defeating Moravia's Garrett Stoyell, 6-2, 6-2, while Billy Tague won the No. 2 singles match 6-3, 6-1 over Lexie Stoyell.

The rest of the Indians' matches ended in defeat, with Andy Doan and Jordan Robinson falling in singles, and losses by the doubles teams of Cameron Adams/Noah Austin, Carly Smith/Bronwyn Stermer, and Carolyn Arias/Christopher Perez.

The results:

1S: Curtis Harris (Odessa-Montour) d. Garrett Stoyell 6-2, 6-2
2S: Billy Tague (Odessa-Montour) d. Lexie Stoyell 6-3, 6-1
3S: Hannah Gibson (Moravia) d. Andy Doan 6-1, 6-3
4S: Gabe Ammerman (Moravia) d. Jordan Robinson 6-1, 6-0
1D: Colton Langtry & Joey Peppe (Moravia) d. Cameron Adams & Noah Austin 6-4, 6-4
2D: Jon Ammerman & Nate Clouston (Moravia) d. Carly Smith & Bronwyn Stermer 6-0, 6-0
3D: Melanie Powers & Cara Carmicheal (Moravia) d. Carolyn Arias & Christopher Perez 6-0, 6-0

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Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Curtis Harris, who won the No. 1 singles match.

Bottom: O-M's Billy Tague, winner of the No. 2 singles match.

Tennis players from both teams wait for their turn to play on a cold afternoon at O-M.

Left: O-M players (from left) Billy Tague, Cameron Adams and Noah Austin speak through netting to their coach, Rich Paradisin. Right: O-M's Carolyn Arias serves.

Seneca Indians starting pitcher Mitch Scata throws to first baseman Joel Kelly, driving NV runner Brett Stewart back to the base.

Seneca Indians fall to Newark Valley, 1-0

ODESSA, April 7 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team battled Newark Valley on nearly even terms Thursday, coming up just short in a 1-0 Interscholastic Athletic Conference loss to the Cardinals on the Odessa-Montour baseball field.

The defeat dropped the record of the Seneca Indians -- a newly merged team of Watkins Glen High School and O-M players -- to 1-1 heading into a game Monday at O-M against Waverly.

Mitch Scata took the hard-luck loss for the Seneca Indians, holding NV to a single run on four hits in the first four innings while striking out seven batters. Josh Updyke worked the final three frames, allowing no runs on one hit while fanning five batters.

The Seneca Indians were led at the plate by Joel Kelly's two hits. Updyke tripled, and Alex Grady doubled.

Newark Valley pitcher Shawn Potter went the distance in blanking WG/OM, allowing six hits and striking out 10 batters. He also delivered what proved to be the game-winning hit, a laser line-drive triple to right center in the third inning that plated a run.

The Cardinals came close to scoring in the sixth inning, too, putting runners on second and third with nobody out on a walk, an infield single and a throwing error. But Updyke struck out the next batter, and catcher Chris Foote rifled a throw to third that caught the runner there off base. A liner to shortstop Derrick Lewis ended the threat.

The Seneca Indians came close to tying the game in the seventh when Foote walked, stole second and advanced to third on a flyout. But he was left stranded there.

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Photos in text:

Top: The Seneca Indians' Chris Foote slides safely into second with a stolen base in the seventh inning. He advanced to third on a flyout, but was stranded there.

Middle: The WG/OM third baseman, Michael Doane, snags a throw from catcher Chris Foote that caught Newark Valley's Shawn Potter off base for the second out in the sixth inning.

Bottom: The Seneca Indians' second hurler of the game, Josh Updyke, delivers a pitch in the fifth inning.

Seneca Indians second baseman Sean Kelly dives for a grounder that just eluded him.

Baseball fans and O-M students (from left) Kennedey Heichel, Hannah Bruno and Sage Garrison gathered near the backstop at Thursday's game.

Watkins golf: Girls 3rd at Tomasso's

WAVERLY, April 7 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team finished third among seven schools competing Thursday in a season-opening match at Tomasso's golf course.

Waverly won with a 182 total, while Horseheads was second with 198, followed by Watkins Glen (211), Lansing (231), Elmira (238), Spencer-Van Etten (265), and Elmira Notre Dame, which didn't have enough golfers for a team score.

Of the 37 girls competing, Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott was third with a 44. Gabby Decker placed 10th with a 52, and Courtney Irwin was 12th with a 54. Megan Hoy added a 61. First and second places when to Waverly golfers.

"I was happy for the girls to play so well in the first match of the season," said Watkins Glen Coach Chris Clark. While weather had impeded the amount of practice time this week, he added, "the girls made the best of it and shot some decent scores."

An Owego attacker sends a shot that found the net in first-half action Thursday.

Watkins lacrosse team falls to Owego

WATKINS GLEN, April 7 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team stayed close to Owego Free Academy through one quarter Thursday before the visitors pulled away, handing the Senecas an 18-3 defeat on the WGHS athletic field.

The Senecas scored late in the first period to pull within two goals, 5-3, but Owego scored eight unanswered goals in the second quarter for a 13-3 halftime lead, and cruised to the victory from there.

The game followed a 19-6 road loss by Watkins Glen on April 2 at Johnson City.

Watkins tennis team falls to NV, 4-3

NEWARK VALLEY, April 6 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team's record slipped to 0-2 Wednesday when the Senecas dropped a 4-3 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the NV tennis courts.

Watkins Glen got singles victories from Jordan Shea (6-2, 2-6, 6-3) in the No. 1 match, and from Hannah Morse (6-3, 4-6, 7-5) in the No. 2 match. It also saw Jill Cantieni and Elise Allington come from behind in doubles with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-0 win.

Losses were sustained by Clint Craven and Liam Fitch in singles, and by Kendra Larson/Megan Hazlitt and Marie Bucher/Makenna Fraboni in doubles.

The Senecas return to action Monday at Trumansburg.

Athletes of Week: 3 tracksters, 1 pitcher

SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 3 -- Three track standouts and a baseball pitcher are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

The pitcher is Mitch Scata, who led the Seneca Indians varsity baseball team -- a newly merged unit of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour players -- to a victory in its first game. He allowed four hits, struck out 10 and didn't allow an earned run in the 6-2 win over Candor.

The track standouts are Watkins Glen's Thomas Schmitt and Odessa-Montour's Andy Fudala and Nadia Simpson -- each of whom won three events in season-opening IAC meets on their home tracks.

Schmitt won the Shotput, Discus and Long Jump and was third in the 100 Meters as the Watkins Glen boys defeated Notre Dame. Fudala won the 110 Meter Hurdles, the Long Jump and the Pole Vault and was second in the High Jump as the O-M boys topped Candor and Edison. Simpson won the 100 Meters and 200 Meters, and was on the winning 4x100 Relay in addition to finishing third in the Long Jump as the O-M girls topped Candor and Edison.

Double Honorable: O-M track's Bryce Elliott, Alec Betts, Jacob Zimmer, Amy Fudala, Hannah Bruno and Jaylin Rumsey; Watkins Glen track's Gabe Planty and Shawn Rutledge; and the Seneca Indian baseball team's Josh Updyke and Joel Kelly.

Honorable Mention: Another 24 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Odessa File Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Several Glen tracksters excel at NV

NEWARK VALLEY, April 2 -- Mixed weather greeted the Watkins Glen track team and athletes from 23 other high schools Saturday at the Newark Valley Red, White, Blue and Gold Invitational track meet.

"Today we experienced real New York weather," said Watkins Glen Coach Jessica Karius, "with sunshine, sleet, snow, rain and high winds. The kids were good sports and had their strength and character tested."

Watkins girls performances included:

--A third place by Maggie Bond, Clara Chedzoy, Kai Sutterby and Brooke Shaffer in the 4x800 Relay in 11:18.48.

Watkins boys performances included:

--A third place by Gabe Planty in the 3200 Meter Run with a time of 10:14.2.
--A fourth place by Shawn Rutledge in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase in 10:45.78, and a sixth by Rutledge in the 400 Meter Hurdles in 1:10.03.
--A fifth place by Jacob Carocci in the 800 Meter Run in 2:10.4.

Photo in text: The Watkins Glen 3rd place 4x800 Relay team of, from left, Brooke Shaffer, Maggie Bond, Clara Chedzoy and Kai Sutterby. (Photo provided)

From left: Watkins Glen's Brandon Pike, Julian Thornton and Gabe Planty. (First two photos by George Rutledge; other provided)

Left: Watkins Glen's Brooke Shaffer hands the baton to Kai Sutterby in the 4x800 Relay. Their squad placed third. Right: The Senecas' Shawn Rutledge competes in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase, where he finished fourth. (Both photos by George Rutledge)

The Seneca Indians' first baseman, Joel Kelly, tags out a Candor runner on a pickoff throw from pitcher Mitch Scata, background left.

Seneca Indians win opener

Defeat Candor, 6-2; Scata tosses 4-hitter, fans 10

ODESSA, April 1 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team -- led by pitcher Mitch Scata's 4-hit, 10-strikeout performance and some late timely hitting -- defeated Candor 6-2 Friday in a season-opening Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Odessa-Montour baseball field.

The Seneca Indians, the newly merged team combining O-M and Watkins Glen High School student-athletes, failed to score until the 5th inning -- but two runs in that frame and four runs in the 6th carried them to the win.

Candor had taken the lead with a run in the 3rd inning before the Seneca Indians countered with its two runs in the 5th.

Those came after Josh Updyke reached base on one of his three hits (3-for-4) and came home on one of Joel Kelly's two hits. Kelly then scored on a single by Cody Smith.

After Candor tied the game in the top of the 6th inning, The Seneca Indians iced the game with a rally that featured a single by Alex Grady, walks to Sean Kelly and Derrick Lewis, a run on a passed ball while Caleb Thomas was batting, an RBI single by Updyke, and a 2 RBI single by Joel Kelly.

The Seneca Indians ended up with 10 hits in the contest while Scata was limiting Candor to its four, and permitting no earned runs. And he closed out matters in the top of the 7th with two strikeouts and a game-ending assist on a grounder in front of the plate. As soon as first baseman Joel Kelly caught Scata's throw to first ahead of the runner, the team celebrated.

"He's been working hard on his pitching," said Coach Marc Kimmerly of Scata. "He throws high heat when its called for, and then off-speed pitches. And (catcher) Chris Foote played well, too," among other things varying Scata's target on the inside and outside edges of the strike zone.

Foote also threw out a Candor runner attempting to steal in the fourth -- a feat followed moments later by a pickoff at first on a throw from Scata to Joel Kelly.

Kimmerly congratulated his team in the dugout after the final out, prompting cheers from the players. Afterward, he smiled as a reporter approached.

"We'll take it," he said.

The Seneca Indians will return to action Wednesday at Tioga. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

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Photos in text:

Top: Seneca Indians pitcher Mitch Scata delivers a pitch. He allowed just four hits.

Next: Second baseman Sean Kelly prepares to stop a Candor player trying to steal.

Third: The Seneca Indians' Caleb Thomas attempts a squeeze bunt that went foul.

Bottom: The Seneca Indians' Derrick Lewis (3) and Josh Updyke (rounding third) score on a 6th inning base hit by Joel Kelly.

The Seneca Indians' Josh Updyke slides safely into second with a stolen base.

The Seneca Indians' Josh Updyke connects for an RBI single.

Left: Alex Grady connects on what turned into a groundout. Right: Seneca Indians third baseman Michael Doane prepares to catch a pop fly.

The Seneca Indians' Sean Kelly connects with the ball, flying out to center field.

O-M boys golf team drops its opener

TRUMANSBURG, April 1 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team opened the season with a loss Friday, falling to Trumansburg 270-275 in a(3-for-4) n Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Trumansburg Golf Club's par-36 back-9.

Tyler Clark led O-M with a 44, while James Terry shot a 54, Trey McCarty 58, Ryan Taylor 59, and Brandon Ray 60.

"April 1st might be the earliest match we've ever played," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "and with the weather forecast it might be the last one we play for a while! Wind made things tricky, but it was nice to get out on the course and post a score."

Left: Watkins Glen pitcher Claudia Parker. Right: The Senecas' Emmie Bond. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Glen softball team no-hit by Candor, 9-0

WATKINS GLEN, April 1 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team failed to register a hit Friday as the Senecas opened their season with a 9-0 loss to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS softball field.

Candor, which registered 12 hits, scored two runs in the 1st inning, one each in the 2nd and 4th innings, and five in the 5th inning. Candor pitcher Arianna Anderson registered the no-hitter, striking out 8 batters and walking 4. Her team also made 2 errors behind her.

Watkins Glen had a half-dozen runners on walks and errors, "but we just couldn't get them across," said Coach Jim Scott. "We hit the ball hard, but Candor made good plays when I thought the ball was going through."

Watkins Glen returns to action Monday at Waverly.

Photo in text: Watkins' Katlyn Kernan slides safely into third. (Photo by Don Romeo)

O-M softball team no-hit by ND

SOUTHPORT, April 1 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team's record slipped to 0-2 Friday when the Indians were no-hit while dropping a 15-0 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the ND softball field.

Alivia Clark and Izzy Milazzo combined on the no-hitter for Notre Dame, with Clark fanning six batters in the first three innings, and Milazzo striking out three over the final three innings. The only O-M runner reached base on an error.

Clark also drove in three runs at the plate by going 2-for-3 with a double and a home run. In addition, she walked twice and scored three times. Mackenzie Mahajan was 3-for-4 with a double, triple and four runs; Mackenzie Maloney was 3-for-4 with two triples, three runs and two RBIs; and Milazzo was 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Notre Dame had 16 hits.

The game -- Notre Dame's opener -- saw the Crusaders score three times each in the 1st and 2nd innings, five times in the 3rd, three times in the 5th and once in the 6th, when the game ended on the mercy rule that kicks into effect when one team leads by 15 or more runs after five or or six innings.

Grace Vondracek started on the mound for O-M, and struck out three batters. Breanna Bentley pitched the final two innings, striking out one.

O-M softball team bows to Lansing, 10-6

LANSING, March 31 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team opened its season Thursday with a 10-6 loss to Lansing in a game on the Lansing softball field.

Lansing took the early lead with two 1st-inning runs, but O-M rallied with three runs in the 2nd and one in the 3rd for a 4-2 lead.

Lansing tied it in the bottom of the 3rd, though, and scored four runs in the 4th inning and two in the 6th inning to cement the win. The Indians finished their scoring with single runs in the 6th and 7th innings.

Each team registered four hits. Those for O-M came from Grace Vondracek (1-for-4 with a run scored), Lovona Carrigan (2-for-3 with an RBI) and Nikki Crout (1-for-3 with an RBI).

Vondracek went the distance on the mound for O-M, allowing six earned runs while striking out 12 batters and walking eight.

O-M's Bryce Elliott sends the Discus flying. He won that event, and the Shot Put.

Odessa-Montour boys, girls open track season with victories over TAE, Candor

ODESSA, March 30 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity track teams are off and running.

The boys and girls squads each posted two victories Wednesday in a three-school, season-opening meet on the O-M athletic field -- the boys topping Edison 124-17 and Candor 104-41, and the girls defeating Edison 92-42 and Candor 74-43.

Among the boys highlights:

--O-M's Andy Fudala won the 110 Meter Hurdles in 17.6, with teammates Jimmy Randolph and Andy Hartford second and third in 18.6 and 21.4, respectively.

--Fudala also won the Long Jump at 17' 7.5" and the Pole Vault, tying his personal best of 11' 6". He was second in the High Jump.

--O-M's Jacob Zimmer won the 100 Meters in 12.0, with teammate John Coates second in 12.3. Zimmer was also second in the Pole Vault, while Coates was second in the 200 Meters in 26.2.

--O-M won the 4x100 Relay in 50.3.

--O-M's Alec Betts won the 400 Meters in 1:03.3, with teammate Nick Sgrecci third in 1:04.3. Betts also won the 3200 Meters in 13:15.4, with teammate Ashton Furney second in 13:26.2.

--O-M's Jimmy Randolph won the 400 Meter Hurdles in 1:06.6, while teammate Andy Hartford was third in 1:22.1.

--O-M's Zach Elliott was third in the 800 Meters in 2:27.9, with teammate Luke Eberhardt fourth in 2:37.3.

--O-M's Bryce Elliott was first in the Shot Put at 42' 1.25", and first in the Discus at 117' 11.5". His brother Zach was second in both events, at 37' 6" in the Shot, and at 112' 0.5" in the Discus.

Among the girls highlights:

--O-M's Amy Fudala won the 100 Meter Hurdles in 19.9, with teammate Britney Visscher second in 20.5. Fudala also won the High Jump at 4' 8".

--O-M's Nadia Simpson won the 100 Meters in 13.3, just ahead of teammate Hannah Bruno's 13.6. Simpson also won the 200 Meters in 28.9.

--O-M won the 4x100 Relay with Meagan Terry, Nadia Simpson, Hunter Daugherty and Amy Fudala posting a time of 58.5.

--O-M's Hannah Bruno won the 400 Meters in 1:08.4.

--Bruno also won the Triple Jump at 26' 5", with teammate Hailey Perraut second with a personal best of 25' 6" and Casey Underdown third at 20' 8".

--O-M's Britney Visscher won the 400 Meter Hurdles in 1:25.6, while teammate Amy Fudala was second in 1:27.3. Visscher was also second in the Pole Vault.

--O-M's Meagan Terry was second in the Long Jump at 12' 8.5", with teammate Nadia Simpson third at 12' 2.5".

--O-M's Jaylin Rumsey was first in the Discus at 75' 2", and second in the Shot Put with a throw of 25' 4.5". Teammate Hailey Perraut was third in the Shot at 23' 5".

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's John Coates, right, on the way to winning his heat in the 100 Meter Run, and finishing second overall.

Second: O-M's Alec Betts, left, and Ashton Furney en route to finishing first and second, respectively, in the 3200 Meter race.

Third: Odessa's Nadia Simpson on the way to victory in the 100 Meter race.

Fourth: O-M's Amy Fudala competes in the High Jump, which she won.

Event winner Andy Fudala clears the Pole Vault bar at 11' 6", tying his personal best.

Left: O-M's Hannah Bruno en route to second place in the 100. Right: The Indians' Britney Visscher goes over the final obstacle in the 100 Meter Hurdles. She placed second.

Odessa-Montour's Hailey Perraut leaps 25 '6", good for second place in the Triple Jump.

Left: O-M's Zach Elliott throws the discus. He placed second. Right: O-M's Amy Fudala, left, with Odessa alum Maia Rumsey, who was overseeing the High Jump event.

Odessa's Jeremiah Lynch clears the Pole Vault bar. He placed third in the event.

Left: The Seneca Indians' Jordan Dillenbeck completes a rolling slide safely into third base against Dryden. Right: The Seneca Indians' Chris Foote holds up his new uniform shirt, distributed after Wednesday's scrimmage at Odessa. Uniform pants were also handed out.

Here comes baseball

The merged Watkins Glen/Odessa-Montour varsity baseball team, the Seneca Indians, kick off their season at O-M Friday against Candor. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

The team hosted Dryden Wednesday in a scrimmage on the O-M baseball field, and afterward the new team uniforms were distributed.

Left: Watkins Glen's Maggie Bond crosses the finish line in the 3000. She placed second. Right: The Senecas' Claire McManus in the Triple Jump, where she finished second.

Watkins boys top ND in track opener

WATKINS GLEN, March 29 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity track team -- led by a strong showing in the field events, including three wins by Thomas Schmitt -- defeated Elmira Notre Dame 63-55 Tuesday in a season-opening meet on the WGHS athletic field.

The Watkins Glen girls, meanwhile, fell to ND by a 105-29 margin.

Schmitt won the Shot Put (35' 5"), the Discus (93' 1.5") and the Long Jump (14' 10.5"), and placed third at 100 Meters (13.78).

Other field wins came from Cameron Connelly in the Triple Jump, and Jacob Carocci in the High Jump.

Track wins came from Brandon Pike in the 110 Meter Hurdles, Shawn Rutledge in the 400 Meter Hurdles, and Gabe Planty in the 3200 Meter Run.

Track boys: Watkins Glen 63, Notre Dame 55

110 Hurdles: 1st Brandon Pike 26.2
100 Meters: 3rd Thomas Schmitt 13.78
1600 Meters: 3rd Brandon Pike 5:25.6
400 Meters: 2nd Aaron Planty 58.7
400 Meter Hurdles: 1st Shawn Rutledge 1:11.9; 2nd Aaron Planty 1:17
800 Meters: 2nd Jacob Carocci 2:15.4
200 Meters: 3rd Aaron Planty 28.13
3200 Meters: 1st Gabe Planty 10:26.9
4x400 Relay: 2nd Shawn Rutledge, Aaron Planty, Tyler Couch, Gabe Planty, 4:26.6
Shot Put: 1st Thomas Schmitt 35' 5"; 3rd Casen Weeden 30' 4.75"
Discus: 1st Thomas Schmitt 93' 1.5"; 2nd Casen Weeden 89' 4"
Long Jump: 1st Thomas Schmitt 14' 10.5"; 2nd Cameron Connelly 12' 10.5"; 3rd Julian Thornton 12' 3.5"
Triple Jump: 1st Cameron Connelly 24' 6"; 2nd Julian Thornton 24' 3"
High Jump: 1st Jacob Carocci 5' 2"

Girls track: Notre Dame 105, Watkins Glen 29

1500 Meters: 2nd Maggie Bond 5:28.6
400 Meters: 2nd Jena Slater 1:16.6; 3rd Maddie Ross 1:31
800 Meters: 3rd Clara Chedzoy 2:53.2
3000 Meters: 2nd Maggie Bond 11:50.9
Shot Put: 2nd Clara Chedzoy 24' 11"
Long Jump: 2nd Claire McManus 13' 1"; 3rd Ali Gibson 12' 1.5"
Triple Jump: 2nd Claire McManus 28' 5"
Pole Vault: 1st Jena Slater 7' 6"
High Jump: 2nd Brooke Shaffer 4' 2"

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge on the way to victory in the 400 Meter Hurdles.
Bottom: The Senecas' Ali Gibson on the way to fourth place in the 400 Hurdles.

From the left: Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby, Clara Chedzoy and Jena Slater. (All three photos by George Rutledge)

Left: Watkins Glen's Tyler Couch. Right: The Senecas' Jacob Carocci, right, battles Notre Dame's Derek Bennett for the lead in the 800 Meter Run, won by Bennett in a close finish. (Both photos by George Rutledge)

From left: Watkins Glen's Thomas Schmitt, Brandon Pike and Julian Thornton.

Left: Watkins Glen's Brooke Shaffer in the 3000 Meter Run. Right: The Senecas' Cameron Connelly on the way to second place in the Long Jump. He also won the Triple Jump.

Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty takes the handoff from Shawn Rutledge in the 4x400 Relay.

Left: Watkins Glen's Casen Weeden. Right: The Senecas' Brooke Shaffer, left, and Clara Chedzoy ham it up for the camera between races.

Watkins tennis team falls in opener

UNION SPRINGS, March 30 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team lost its season opener Tuesday, falling to Union Springs 5-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match.

Wins were posted for the Senecas by the doubles teams of Megan Hazlitt/Kendra Larson (1-6, 6-3, 6-4) and Makenna Fraboni/Marie Bucher (6-4, 6-3).

Losses were sustained by Watkins in all four singles matches (Jordan Shea, Hannah Morse, Clint Craven and Jill Cantieni) and by the doubles team of Kathleen Clifford/Elise Allington.

The Watkins Glen varsity lacrosse squad completes a team huddle. (Photo provided)

Glen lacrosse team opens with scrimmage

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, March 25, 2016 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team started its season under cool, gray skies Friday morning with a scrimmage against the Bath Haverling JV team.

Entering its third varsity season, the Senecas have their deepest and most experienced roster yet with 27 players. Ten different players contributed goals, with two each by Jake Kelly, Joe Chedzoy, Jackson Dunham, and Bradley Eslick. Players scoring one goal each were Ian Chedzoy, Dalton Cummings, Seth Swinnerton, Dylan Platon, Avery Watson, and Hunter Madigan.

Bradley Eslick led the team with three assists, with additional assists from Jake Kelly, Dunham, Brandon Gould, and Andrew Brown. Platon led the team in ground balls with five.

Goalies Brenen Murphy, Kaitlin Valla and Conlin Wysocki had a combined total of 16 saves while giving up only five goals.

"We’re still a young and relatively inexperienced team," said head coach Nils Watson. "But the improvement in our skill and knowledge so far this season is notable. We had a lot of players contributing today on offense, and our defense has really stepped it up. Zach (Kelly), Jordan (Rappleye) and Kendale (Crout) are going to make the difference for us this year on defense."

Shutter notches assist in season opener

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NEW CASTLE, Delaware, March 25 -- The Wilmington University Wildcats men’s soccer team kicked off their spring season Wednesday evening on their home field in a match against Colchester FC, a team from “across the pond.”

Wilmington junior and Odessa-Montour alum Morgan Shutter contributed an assist in the Wildcats’ 2-1 loss to the Englishmen.

The Seneca Indians' Josh Updyke connects for a hit.

 

Play Ball: OM/WG hosts 1st scrimmage

The newly merged Watkins Glen/Odessa-Montour Seneca Indians varsity baseball team took to the O-M field in chilling temperatures Wednesday to scrimmage against Hammondsport. A moderate turnout of fans braved the cold (in the high 30s, with a brisk wind) to cheer on the new squad. Scrimmages are also set for next Tuesday at South Seneca and Wednesday at home against Dryden. The regular season begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 1 at home against Candor.

Left: OM/WG pitcher Cody Smith

The Seneca Indians baseball team gathered at Odessa-Montour for a baseball clinic featuring Trumansburg graduate Rob Herrmann (blue shirt, back row). (Photo provided)

Baseball team: Clinic and cleanup

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SCHUYLER COUNTY, March 21, 2016 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team -- with team members from both the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour High Schools -- were busy on Saturday, March 19.

1. Coach Marc Kimmerly hosted a catchers and pitchers clinic with guest speaker Rob Herrmann. Rob is a graduate of Trumansburg High School who played four years at Fredonia State and has spent the last decade playing professional baseball in various leagues and in countries that have included France, Germany and Australia.

He discussed catcher fundamentals, techniques, and philosophies. The clinic, said a team spokesman, was well received by the Seneca Indian players, and was very informative. "It was interesting to hear the successes and struggles from a former IAC baseball player," the spokesman said.

2. The Seneca Indian players also volunteered to assist at the Schuyler County Little League fields with the annual Spring Cleaning Day there. Varsity players assisted SCLL coaches, players and volunteers with field preparations and annual maintenance.

Photo in text: Seneca Indian and Little League players helped out at Spring Cleaning Day at the Schuyler County Little League fields in Watkins Glen. (Photo provided)

Some runners got off the starting line faster than others did at the Spud Run.

Spud Run: Lots of fun and lots of green

WATKINS GLEN, March 17 -- The annual Spud Run at Watkins Glen High School was held Thursday under cloudy skies and an increasingly stiff wind -- but mild weather compared to the race in some other years.

There was one race, for instance, several years back, where the snow was so heavy that runners could barely be spotted 50 yards away. And on another occasion, a 10-degree day felt like 5-below with the wind chill off the lake.

There were warm days, too -- which Thursday seemingly promised to be, but the sun disappeared behind some dark clouds, the wind kicked up, and rain threatened. Most of the inclement weather moved north around the WGHS track and Spud Run route, but a cold, light mist was falling as the last stragglers in a field of 106 runners made their way toward the finish line.

As with every year -- rain, snow or shine -- many of the participants donned green in keeping with the spirit of the day.

First across the line in 9:17 was WGHS junior Patrick Hazlitt, the school's pre-eminent runner. Cross country teammate Gabe Planty was second, 4 seconds back. The next several spots went to other cross-country veterans: Jacob Carocci, Aaron Planty, Brandon Pike and Sam Hanley ran across the line together in 10:01, while Sean Holland and Daniel Paradiso were next in 10:25.

Top adult finisher was teacher Travis Durfee in 11:21, with Athletic Director Rod Weeden finishing in 11:25. The first female to finish was cross-country veteran and WGHS senior Maggie Bond in 11:45, with teammate Brooke Shaffer next in 12:01.

The field contained a number of Watkins Glen Elementary School students, many students from the high school, and assorted adults. Awards were presented afterward, and food was available, in the Field House.

Photos in text: Patrick Hazlitt crosses the finish line first; and the storm clouds north.

Left: WGHS senior Maggie Bond completes the race. Right: WG school district staff members Kathy Crans, left, and Diana Crane near the finish line.

From left: WGHS senior Claire McManus, school Athletic Director Rod Weeden and teacher Travis Durfee at the Spud Run finish line.

The Most Valuable Players for the winter season at WGHS pose at the Sports Boosters awards night. Rear from left: Nikole VanDyke (bowling), Casen Weeden (bowling), Taylor Kelly (JV basketball), Noelle Johnson (cheerleading), Matt Doppel (swimming), Parker Pangallo (basketball), Ryanna LaMoreaux (basketball), and Dayne Hughey (JV basketball). Front from left: Mariah Gonzalez (basketball), Amanda Pike (basketball), Ian Chedzoy (wrestling), Brandon Gould (wrestling) and Patrick Hazlitt (indoor track). (Photo by Don Romeo)

Sports Night honors WG winter athletes

WATKINS GLEN, March 15 -- Winter sports season awards were distributed Tuesday night at a Sports Boosters-sponsored ceremony in the Watkins Glen High School cafeteria.

Coaches from the various sports presented reviews of the winter season, and distributed awards to their Most Valuable Players, along with Most Improved and Sportsmanship honors.

The MVP awards went to:

--Parker Pangallo in boys varsity basketball;
--Dayne Hughey in boys JV basketball;
--Amanda Pike and Mariah Gonzalez in girls varsity basketball;
--Taylor Kelly and Ryanna LaMoreaux in girls JV basketball:
--Matt Doppel in boys varsity swimming:
--Ian Chedzoy and Brandon Gould in varsity wrestling:
--Casen Weeden in boys varsity bowling:
--Liz Mason and Nikole VanDyke in girls varsity bowling;
--Patrick Hazlitt in boys varsity indoor track;
--Joelle Slater in girls varsity indoor track;
--Noelle Johnson in Navy cheerleading;
--Christina Hosley in White cheerleading.

Most Improved: Alex Schimizzi (JV basketball), Clara Chedzoy (varsity basketball), Julia Reilly (JV basketball), Rong Hang Lin (swimming), Wrett Brower (bowling), Nancy Jackson (bowling), Sam Hanley (indoor track), Brooke Shaffer (indoor track), Jordan Barrett (Navy cheerleading), and Diana LeFever (White cheerleading).

Sportsmanship: Jackson Dunham (JV basketball), Maggie Bond (varsity basketball), Kathleen Clifford (JV basketball), Lucas Wickham (swimming), Josh Bravo (wrestling), Wyatt Brower (bowling), Destiny Weber (bowling), Julian Thornton (indoor track), Cambria Weeden (indoor track), Paige Robbins (Navy cheerleading), Sierra Cornish (White cheerleading).

Humphries, Reese conclude swim season

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WEBSTER, March 13 -- Odessa-Montour High School varsity swimmers Tony Humphries and Tori Reese concluded their swim season with the Glen Gators Swim Team Sunday at the Niagara Championships at the Webster Aquatic Center.

Reese, the 19th seed in the 13-14 Girls 100 Breaststroke, finished 24th overall out of 37 competitors with a time of 1:16.01.

Humphries, the 29th seed for the 15 and over 100 Breaststroke, finished 23rd overall out of 46 competitors with a time of 1:05.41 Among the competitors in his heat was an IAC and Section 4 opponent, Lansing junior John Koch, who edged out Humphries with a time of 1:04.62.

Neither Reese nor Humphries advanced to the Sunday night finals, which featured the top 20 in each race.

Wrestlers Chedzoy, Gould are our Schuyler Winter MVPs

SCHUYLER COUNTY, March 7, 2016 -- Watkins Glen High School senior wrestlers Ian Chedzoy and Brandon Gould earned second- and third-place finishes, respectively, in their weight classes at the recently concluded New York State High School Wrestling Championships in Albany.

Gould went unbeaten throughout the season until falling in the state semifinals, and recovered to win again and claim third place at 132 pounds one year after finishing fourth at 126 pounds. He set a school record along the way, breaking Section IV Hall of Famer Matt Marciniak's WGHS win mark of 189 victories, finishing with more than 200.

Chedzoy lost to a state-ranked foe early in the season, and then went unbeaten until the championship match of the 182-pound weight class at the State tournament. He finished with the fourth highest career victory total in school history, with 155.

Chedzoy and Gould began wrestling with the Glen Grapplers Pee Wee Wrestling Club prior to kindergarten, and worked their way through the Watkins school district's Modified program, dominating the competition in their respective weight classes.

Each advanced to the State tournament for three consecutive varsity years, with this year marking their highest finishes.

Because of their remarkable records, their positions at the head of a successful WGHS wrestling program, and in no small part for their continued sportsmanship, Ian Chedzoy and Brandon Gould are The Odessa File Schuyler Winter MVPs.

Photo in text: Brandon Gould, left, and Ian Chedzoy (File photo)

Odessa File All-Schuyler All-Star Teams:
Winter 2015-2016

First Team:

Ian Chedzoy -- Watkins Glen wrestling (co-MVP)
Brandon Gould -- Watkins Glen wrestling (co-MVP)
Amanda Pike -- Watkins Glen basketball
Mariah Gonzalez -- Watkins Glen basketball
Matt Doppel -- Watkins Glen swimming
Billy Tague -- Odessa-Montour swimming
Gillian Clark -- Odessa-Montour basketball
Olivia Grover -- Odessa-Montour basketball
Patrick Hazlitt -- Watkins Glen indoor track

Second Team:

Aidan DeBolt -- Watkins Glen swimming
Lucas Wickham -- Watkins Glen swimming
Justin Kelly -- Watkins Glen basketball
Parker Pangallo -- Watkins Glen basketball
Max Schimizzi -- Watkins Glen basketball
Shawn Minnier -- Odessa-Montour wrestling
Alex Repass -- Odessa-Montour wrestling
Jeremiah Lynch -- Odessa-Montour wrestling
Kurtis Edwards -- Watkins Glen wrestling
Kameryn Sheldon -- Watkins Glen wrestling
Claire McManus -- Watkins Glen indoor track
Dakota Evans -- Watkins Glen bowling
Tony Humphries -- Odessa-Montour swimming
Clara Chedzoy -- Watkins Glen basketball
Allison Teed -- Watkins Glen basketball
Casen Weeden -- Watkins Glen bowling

Third Team: Alex Grady (O-M bowling), Eric Rumsey (O-M bowling), Kennedey Heichel (O-M basketball), Alec Betts (O-M swimming), Emmie Bond (WG basketball), Wrett Brower (WG bowling), Conlin Wysocki (WG bowling), Michael Taylor (WG basketball), Dakota Cole (O-M swimming), Liz Mason (WG bowling), Jacob Slater (WG swimming), Caelan Haney (O-M swimming), Bryce Elliott (O-M basketball), Jacob Carocci (WG basketball), Nathanial Rose (WG bowling), Wyatt Brower (WG bowling), Joelle Slater (WG indoor track), Katherine Meehan (WG basketball), Ethan Voorheis (WG wrestling), Alexis Saunders (O-M basketball), Isobel Scheffey (WG indoor track), Will Fitzsimmons (WG swimming)

The Cookie's Construction team in the O-M Elementary Basketball program. (Provided)

O-M Elementary Basketball: Final week

ODESSA, March 7 -- What follows are the results from the final week of Odessa-Montour Elementary Basketball:

Grover's Rentals (3-3-1) 21, The Bucket Bar and Grill (1-5-1) 13

Grover's: Ben Heichel 11 points, Lance Reese 6 points, Keyonna Grant 4 points
Bucket: Drew Parmenter 6 points, Gavin Lohmeyer 4 points, Kameron Collins 2 points, Riley Brookes 1 point

Watkins Supply (5-2) 24, Cookie's Construction (4-3) 14

Watkins Supply: Gunner Herrmann 8 points, David Patterson 8 points, Christopher Kleist 4 points, Ryan Sochia 2 points, Connor Fogie 2 points.
Cookie's Construction: Tyler Malnoske 5 points. Owen Cassada 4 points. Jayden Bailor 3 points. Jonah Connolly 2 points.

Photo in text: The Grover's Rental team (Photo provided)

The Watkins Supply team in the O-M Elementary Basketball program. (Provided)

The Bucket Bar & Grill team in the O-M Elementary Basketball program. (Provided)

Doppel places l6th in Backstroke at States

WILLIAMSVILLE, March 5 -- Watkins Glen High School varsity swimmer Matt Doppel finished 16th Saturday in the 100 Yard Backstroke at the New York State Swimming Championships held at Erie Community College.

Doppel posted a time of 53.85 after advancing to the B Finals (9th through 16th Prelim qualifiers) on Friday in 53.21. His seed time was 53.23.

Doppel also competed in the 100 Yard Freestyle, where he placed 36th in Friday's Prelims in 48.84. His seed time was 48.32.

Hazlitt places 19th in State at 600 meters

ITHACA, Feb. 5 -- Watkins Glen High School junior Patrick Hazlitt posted a time of 1:25.23 Saturday to finish in 19th place overall in the 600 Meter Run at the New York State Indoor Track State Championships meet at Cornell University.

Hazlitt, the only runner from Watkins Glen to qualify for the meet, "had a tremendous season, breaking a lot of school records and competing at the highest level," said his coach, Jessica Karius.

"He should be proud of what he has accomplished," she added.

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Photo at right: Patrick Hazlitt at Saturday's State Meet at Cornell. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen's Allison Teed, right, battles a Cooperstown player for possession of the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen girls fall in quarters

Lose to Cooperstown 62-44 after leading at halftime

WHITESBORO, March 5 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team found its hopes for a state Class C Final Four berth blocked for the second straight year Saturday by Cooperstown, which pulled away from the Senecas in the second half and handed Watkins a 62-44 loss.

The Senecas (17-7) played the Hawkeyes (24-1) even in the first half -- in fact leading at the end of the first period, 13-11, and at halftime, 26-25. But Coopertown, the defending state Class C champion and ranked No. 1 in the state this year, limited Watkins Glen to five points through the first six minutes of the third quarter and pulled away to a 45-36 advantage entering the fourth quarter.

And it only got worse from there for the Senecas, who fell 20 points behind before reaching a final deficit of 18 points.

Amanda Pike led Watkins Glen in scoring with 19 points, 13 of which came in the first half as she nearly kept pace with Cooperstown standout Liz Millea, who racked up 16 points before intermission on the way to a 29-point game that included four 3-pointers.

Pike finished with four 3-pointers, too, while grabbing 3 rebounds and registering 2 blocks and an assist.

Other scoring for Watkins Glen came from:

Mariah Gonzalez: 8 points, 11 rebounds and 1 steal.
Clara Chedzoy: 7 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist.
Allison Teed: 5 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals.
Katherine Meehan: 2 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists.
Emmie Bond: 2 points, 2 rebounds.
Madison Myers: 1 point, 1 rebound, 1 assist.

In addition, Hannah Morse registered 1 rebound, and Maggie Bond had 1 steal.

The game looked promising for the Senecas until the third quarter, as Pike's 13 first-half points and 8 by Mariah Gonzalez paced the Watkins offense. The Senecas built an early 9-4 lead before the Hawkeyes ran off five straight points to tie the game 9-9. Gonzalez responded with two baskets to put Watkins up 13-9. A Cooperstown basket trimmed the lead to 13-11 entering the second period.

The two teams traded the lead back and forth in the second quarter, with Cooperstown moving ahead on four different occasions, at one point up 22-18, and Watkins Glen responding by taking the lead itself four times and grabbing a 26-25 halftime advantage.

A Chedzoy basket expanded that lead to 28-25, and another 2-pointer by Chedzoy put the Senecas up 30-28 -- and that was their final lead. From a 31-31 tie, Cooperstown outscored Watkins through the remainder of the third quarter 14-5, and bettered the Senecas 17-8 down the stretch.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike moves the ball as Cooperstown's Liz Millea tumbles toward the floor.

Middle: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez drives toward the hoop.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Madison Myers at the free-throw line in first-half action. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy drives past a Cooperstown player. Teammate Mariah Gonzalez is at left. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Maggie Bond moves the ball. Right: The Senecas' Allison Teed goes up for a shot in traffic. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins' Clara Chedzoy shoots in traffic. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike moves the ball as Coach Alicia Learn (background left) watches. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Modified wrestlers wrap up their season

NEWARK VALLEY, March 5 -- The IAC Modified Wrestling Tournament was held Saturday at Newark Valley High School, marking the end of the season for Watkins Glen's wrestlers.

"It was a pretty productive day for most of our boys," said Watkins Glen Coach Rod Weeden.

The tournament, with a round-robin format giving some competitors four matches, was described by Weeden:

"Dawson Wade had a great day in the 70-79 pound class with three wins (two pins) and one loss. In the 80-89 pound class, Stoyan Bond had one win (a pin) and one loss. At the same weight class, Thomas Rumpff had three wins (two pins) and no losses. He had the quickest pin of the day for WG at 16 seconds.

"In the 130-139 weight class, Gavin Schoffner went 3-1 (two pins) with one exciting overtime match which he ended up winning. At the 160-169 pound weight class, RJ Bannon had a very tough day, going 0-3. At 170-179 pounds, Jonathan Krnotch had two wins (two pins) and one loss."

End-of-season totals for the boys are as follows:

Dawson Wade 8-8
Stoyan Bond 6-6
Thomas Rumpff 5-4
Gavin Schoffner 7-6
RJ Bannon 5-8
Jonathan Krnotch 5-7

"I look forward to seeing how much they will improve next year," said Weeden.

Photo in text: Members of the Watkins Glen Modified wrestling team. Front from left: Thomas Rumpff, Dawson Wade and Stoyan Bond. Back row from left: Jonathan Krnotch, Robert Bannon and Gavin Schoffner. (Photo provided)

6 compete at qualifier; Reese advances

ROCHESTER, Feb. 29 -- Six high school varsity swimmers from Schuyler County representing the Glen Gators Swim Team -- two from Odessa-Montour and four from Watkins Glen --participated in the Niagara Championship Qualifiers last weekend at the Hilton Aquatic Center.

Tori Reese (OM) -- Competed in the 100 Breaststroke, where she swam a 1:15.67 at Prelims, which seeded her 1st for 13-14 girls. Then she swam the 100 Breast in 1:14.74 (PR) at Finals, finishing 1st and qualifying for the Niagara Championships at Webster on March 10-13. She also swam the 50 Freestyle, finishing 19th overall with a time of 28.89, and the 100 Freestyle with a time of 1:03.97, finishing 22nd overall.

Alec Betts (OM) -- Competed in the 100 Breaststroke, where he swam a 1:11.74 at Prelims (PR) and a 1:13.88 at Finals, finishing 9th overall. Swam the 50 Freestyle in 25.26 at Prelims and in 25.72 at Finals, finishing 11th overall. Swam the 100 Freestyle in 55.28 at Prelims and in 56.77 at Finals, finishing 8th overall. Swam the 200 IM in 2:21.03 at Prelims and in 2:26.37 at Finals, finishing 7th overall.

Peighton Cervoni (WG) -- Competed in the 500 Freestyle in timed finals where she swam a 6:03.95 (PR). Swam the 100 Breaststroke in 1:24.11 at Prelims and in 1:23.03 at Finals, finishing 8th overall. Swam the 50 Freestyle in 27.95 at Prelims and in 26.93 at Finals, finishing 6th overall. Swam the 100 Freestyle in 1:00.73 at Prelims and in 1:00.05 at Finals, finishing 6th overall. Swam the 100 Backstroke in 1:08.76 at Prelims and in 1:09.98 at Finals, finishing 7th overall. Swam the 200 Freestyle in 2:23.39 at Prelims and in 2:20.51 at Finals, finishing 14th overall.

Elizabeth Kilcoyne (WG) -- Competed in the 50 Freestyle, where she finished 29th overall with a time of 28.98 (PR). Swam the 100 Freestyle, where she finished 29th overall with a time of 1:03.53 (PR). Swam the 200 Freestyle in 2:21.07 at Prelims and in 2:22.69 at Finals, finishing 14th overall.

Jillian Kilcoyne (WG) -- Competed in the 50 Freestyle, where she finished 25th with a time of 28.83 (PR). Swam the 100 Freestyle, where she finished 24th with a time of 1:03.14 (PR). Swam the 100 Fly in 1:12.28 at Prelims and in 1:10.17 at Finals (PR).

Amanda Wilbur (WG) -- Competed in the 50 Freestyle and finished 24th with a time of 29.38. Swam the 100 Freestyle with a time of 1:04.35 (PR), finishing 24th. Swam the 200 Backstroke in 2:35.10 at Prelims and in 2:30.40 (PR) at Finals, finishing 10th overall. Swam the 100 Backstroke in 1:09.64 at Prelims and in 1:09.55 (PR) at Finals, finishing 6th overall. Swam the 200 Freestyle in 2:18.17 at Prelims and in 2:18.93 at Finals, finishing 8th overall. Swam the 100 Fly in 1:12.30 at Prelims and in 1:11.59 (PR) at Finals, finishing 9th overall.

They competed against 15 teams from such locales as Fairport, Pittsford, Pensfield, Mexico, Victor, Webster, Oswego, Irondequoit and Hilton. Reese will be joined at the Niagara Championships in Webster by O-M senior Tony Humphries, who qualified at the Section IV meet.

Photos in text:

Top: Glen Gators Head Coach Sean Wixson and swimmer Tori Reese.
Bottom: From left, Gators Head Coach Sean Wixson, Amanda Wilbur, Alec Betts and Assistant Coach Chris Betts. (Photos provided)

Athletes of Week: Pike, Chedzoy, Gould

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 29 -- A basketball player and two wrestlers -- all from Watkins Glen High School -- are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

The basketball player is Amanda Pike, who led the WGHS girls varsity squad to its second straight Section IV, Class C championship with a pair of outstanding performances -- scoring 23 points in a 40-35 victory over Elmira Notre Dame, and 29 points in a 57-51 victory in the title game against Moravia.

The wrestlers are Ian Chedzoy and Brandon Gould, who finished second and third, respectively, in their weight classes at the New York State Wrestling Championships in Albany -- Chedzoy at 182 pounds, and Gould at 132 pounds.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball's Mariah Gonzalez.

Honorable Mention: Another six athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, will help The Odessa File select an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered: WGHS and Odessa-Montour.

O-M Elementary Basketball: Week 6

ODESSA, Feb. 28 -- What follows are the results from Week 6 of Odessa-Montour Elementary Basketball:

Watkins Supply (4-2) 18, Bucket Bar and Grill (1-4-1) 13

Watkins Supply: Gunner Herrmann 13 points, Christopher Kleist 5 points.
Bucket Bar and Grill: Kameron Collins 8 points, Drew Parmenter 3 points, Gavin Lohmeyer 2 points.

Cookie's Construction (4-2) 26, Grover's Rentals (2-3-1) 11

Cookie's Construction: Owen Cassada 12 points, Jonah Connolly 6 points, Christopher Seewald 4 points, Gina Gavich 2 points, Lillian Halpin 1 point, Jayden Baylor 1 point.
Grover's Rentals: Lance Reese 7 points, JT Tuttle 2 points, Keyonna Grant 1 point, Hannah Hollenbeck 1 point.

Watkins 6th graders win tourney title

HORSEHEADS, Feb. 29 -- The 6th grade Watkins Glen boys basketball team won the title over the weekend at the 23rd annual Jim McClure tournament, which featured 10 teams from around the area in a double-elimination format.

Watkins Glen beat St. Mary our Mother in the first game, then defeated Horseheads in the second game. The Senecas topped Faith Temple church from Elmira in the third game to advance to a title showdown with Faith Temple. 

The Senecas dropped a 31-30 decision for their first loss, forcing a second game against the same opponent -- and were successful in the rematch, winning 49-44 to capture the 2016 championship.

Photo in text: The Watkins Glen 6th grade boys basketball team poses after winning the McClure tourney title. (Photo provided)

The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team, the Section IV Class C champions.

Glen girls win sectional title

Top Moravia, 57-51, for 2nd straight championship

BINGHAMTON, Feb. 27 -- The fourth-seeded Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team overcame a sluggish start Saturday afternoon to defeat No. 2 Moravia 57-51 and capture its second straight Section IV, Class C title at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton.

The Senecas were led by a 29-point performance by Amanda Pike and a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds by Mariah Gonzalez, who also dished out a team-high 5 assists and registered 3 blocks and a steal. Pike, who was 8-for10 from the free-throw line, sank three 3-pointers and had 2 rebounds, 2 steals and an assist.

Other points came from:

--Katherine Meehan (7, with 1 assist)
--Allison Teed (5, with 4 rebounds and an assist)
--Emmie Bond (2, with 1 rebound)
--Madison Myers (2, with 1 rebound)
--Hannah Morse (2, with 1 steal and 1 assist)

In addition, Clara Chedzoy grabbed 5 rebounds, and had 2 assists.

"My girls played hard," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn, who noted that they are "a determined group" that "never gives up."

Of Pike, she said, "She's a great player, a team player. She's a tough girl who eats, sleeps and breathes basketball."

Now, she said, comes practice for the next game, an intersectional contest whose opponent had yet to be determined -- although it could be Cooperstown, which topped the Senecas in last year's intersectional at Oneonta.

Pike acknowledged Saturday's slow start, in which Watkins Glen found itself down 9-4 after a 7-0 run by Moravia fueled by a couple of Seneca turnovers. By the second half, she said, "we had better defense, and our shots started falling." She noted that having played at the Arena -- and won there -- last year was helpful.

And experience, hopefully, will help in the intersectional battle, too. "Our goal at the beginning of the season," Pike said, "was to go farther than last year." Although the team hit some bumps in the road during the regular season (six losses), "we got hot at the right time, I guess."

After Pike ended that 7-0 Moravia run with her second basket of the game, she added 9 points in the second period as the Senecas edged ahead 21-17 at intermission.

Gonzalez kick-started the third-quarter Seneca offense with the team's first five points, and had seven in the period as Watkins outscored Moravia and built a 39-28 lead entering the fourth quarter. Pike had 7 points in the period, too.

Pike scored another 7 points in the fourth quarter while Teed and Meehan hit crucial baskets as the Senecas kept Moravia at arm's length.

Free-throw shooting proved key, with the Senecas converting 16 of 22 attempts, including 9 of 13 in the fourth quarter, 3 of 4 by Gonzalez.

Also helpful was the Watkins bench depth after Chedzoy and Teed got into foul trouble. Both Myers and Morse gave good minutes in relief of those two starters, with each scoring a pair of points and playing tight defense.

Moravia was led in scoring by Marissa Hingston's 18 points, 12 by Hannah Bennink and 11 by Zoe Barrington. Both Hingston and Barrington fouled out in the closing minutes. The team, which finished 22-2, converted 14 of 21 free-throw attempts.

Photos in text:

From top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike sends a jump shot on its way; the Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez shoots; Watkins' Allison Teed sends a bounce pass to a teammate.

From left: Watkins Glen's Katherine Meehan at the free-throw line; Amanda Pike (facing camera) hugs Mariah Gonzalez at the end of the game; Allison Teed shoots.

Left: Watkins Glen's Madison Myers prepares to shoot a free throw. Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy (13) applies some tight defense.

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse looks to pass the ball. Right: Mariah Gonzalez takes aim on the free-throw line.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike starts upcourt after stealing the ball from Moravia.

The Watkins Glen team gathers for a cheer after winning the championship.

1991 state champions. Matt Marciniak is in the back row, third from left. (Provided)

Matt Marciniak inducted into Section HOF

BINGHAMTON, Feb. 27 -- Watkins Glen High School alum Matt Marciniak, an outstanding wrestler in the early 1990s, was inducted Saturday into the Section IV Hall of Fame during a ceremony following the Watkins Glen-Moravia girls basketball Section IV, Class C title game, won by Watkins at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.

Marciniak was the New York State wrestling champion in 1991 in the 155-pound weight class, and held, until recently, the school record for career victories.

Fourteen athletes, four coaches and one contributor were inducted Saturday. Marciniak's brother Adam accepted the award plaque for Matt, who currently lives and works in China. Matt's biography, read during the presentation, was as follows:

"Matt Marciniak's love of wrestling was brought about by his brother, Adam, an All-American wrestler, and by legendary wrestling coach Mike Watson. Matt started competing at the varsity level in 7th grade and amassed 300-plus wins over his entire wrestling career. Notably, he broke new ground for the Watkins Glen wrestling program as the first four-time IAC League Champion, a four-time Watkins Glen Invitational Champion (now the Mike Watson Memorial Tournament, where previously his brother Adam held the record with three championship performances), placing one year at the New York State Wrestling Championships, and winning a state championship the next year -- the first in any sport for Watkins Glen. Poetically, he won his state championship and simultaneously broke the state record for the most wins in a career, with a total of 189.

"Matt continued his wrestling career while attending the United States Military Academy at West Point. During his time as a cadet, he continued adding to his record: the third wrestler in West Point's history to win 106 matches, a New York State Collegiate EIWA Championship, and two trips to the NCAA Divison I Championships. After graduating from West Point, while still on active duty, he earned his way onto the Army's World Class Athlete Program and added the title of Armed Forces Wrestling Champion to his accolades. Matt is now a senior director for TE Connectivity and lives with his wife, Julia, and three daughters in Shanghai, China.

Photo in text: Adam Marciniak accepts the induction plaque on behalf of his brother Matt.

Chedzoy is 2nd, Gould 3rd

ALBANY, Feb. 27 -- Watkins Glen wrestlers Ian Chedzoy (competing at 182 pounds) and Brandon Gould (132 pounds) capped their high school wrestling careers Saturday with second- and third-place finishes, respectively, at the New York State High School Wrestling Championships in Albany.

Gould -- who won twice Friday before falling in a Saturday morning semifinal against two-time (now three-time) champion Kellen Devlin of Amherst -- secured a top-three finish by defeating Brett Frole of Babylon 6-2 in the 3rd Place Match. His loss to Devlin was his only one of the year.

Chedzoy, who won twice Friday and was then victorious in his Saturday morning semifinal, fell in the championship bout 5-2 to Jake Peru of Falconer. It was only Chedzoy's second loss of the year. He trailed 2-1 in the second period when he managed an escape to tie the score, but Peru pulled off an escape in the third period and then a takedown for the final two points of the match. Chedzoy was hampered by a bloody nose that stopped action several times.

Background: Gould and Chedzoy, both seniors, began their wrestling with the Glen Grapplers Pee Wee Wrestling Club before they were in kindergarten. The Grapplers were coached by Watkins Glen wrestling alums Ken Cummings, Nick Cocola Sr., Wally Wasson and other volunteers. In their first season of Modified wrestling in 7th grade, both Gould and Chedzoy began to show their future potential by dominating the competition in their respective weight classes. That success continued into their high school careers, with Gould becoming the winningest wrestler in the school's history (more than 200 victories), and Chedzoy becoming the fourth winningest (155 wins).

This was the third year in which both qualified for the state tournament together. Gould placed fourth last year at 126 pounds.

Photo in text: Brandon Gould, left, and Ian Chedzoy in Albany with their medals. (Photo provided)

The mats are out at the Times Union Center in Albany, site of the State Tournament. (Photo by Brett Chedzoy)

Gould, Chedzoy reach semis

ALBANY, Feb. 26, 2016 -- Watkins Glen wrestlers Brandon Gould (132 pounds) and Ian Chedzoy (182 pounds) won two matches each Friday to advance to Saturday's semifinal round of the New York State High School Wrestling Championships.

Gould, unbeaten this year and seeded No. 4 in his weight class, won his first match 7-5 in overtime against Mason Gray of Warsaw (Section 5), and then defeated Kyle Aslanian of Edgemont (Section 1) in the quarterfinals, 7-1. He will face the No. 1 seed, Kellen Devlin of Amherst, in the semifinals Saturday morning.

Chedzoy, the No. 3 seed at 182, won his first match 6-0 over Jordan Artrope of Hendrick Hudson (Section 1), and then defeated Tim Schmidt of Mattituck (Section 11) in the quarterfinals, 10-1. He will face the No. 2 seed, Aaron Paddock of Warsaw, in the semifinals. Chedzoy's only loss of the season was a 6-4 decision to Paddock in the 195-pound weight class at the Mark Stephens Duals on Dec. 12 in Horseheads.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould, left, and Ian Chedzoy after their quarterfinal victories Friday. (Photo by Brett Chedzoy)

Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould (top) on the way to victory over Mason Gray, 7-5 in OT. (Photo by Brett Chedzoy)

Modified wrestlers conclude regular season

WATKINS GLEN, Feb 25 -- The Watkins Glen Modified Wrestling team hosted four other schools in its regular-season finale Thursday.

The Watkins squad competed against wrestlers from Moravia, Waverly, Elmira Notre Dame and Edison. Among Watkins' wrestlers:

--Dawson Wade went 2-1 (2 pins and a close 8-4 loss)
--Stoyan Bond went 1-2 (won by a pin and lost 11-6 and by a pin)
--Thomas Rumpff went 2-0 (two pins)
--Gavin Schoffnerr went 0-3 (including a close 8-7 loss)
--Jonathan Krnotch went 1-1 (pinning a wrestler he lost to a few days ago)
--RJ Bannon was absent due to illness

The Watkins squad will return to action at the IAC Modified Tournament on March 5 at Newark Valley.

The Watkins Glen team celebrates at the end of its 40-35 victory over Notre Dame.

Glen girls advance to finale

Tight defense, Pike's 23 points lead Senecas past ND

SOUTHPORT, Feb. 24 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team will have a chance to repeat as the Section IV, Class C champion Saturday when it returns to the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton to face Moravia in the title game.

The Senecas (16-6), who took home the sectional crown last year for the first time in 15 years, advanced Wednesday night by scoring the last seven points to defeat top-seeded Elmira Notre Dame 40-35 in a semifinal on ND's home court. Watkins Glen was seeded fourth.

Moravia (22-1), the No. 2 seed, defeated No. 3 Newfield in Wednesday night's other semifinal, 51-38. The starting time of Saturday's Watkins-Moravia finale is 1 p.m.

The keys for Watkins Wednesday were 23 points by Amanda Pike, and a lock-down team defense that helped neutralize a slew of turnovers -- 11 by the Senecas in the second half alone, mostly on errant passes.

"We worked hard on the defensive end, really hustled," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "And we didn't get down, didn't hang our heads when things didn't go right. We worked well as a team."

Pike, who ran into foul trouble that kept her on the bench for about six minutes in the middle of the game, opened with a couple of air balls before finding the range and hitting five first-half baskets, two of them 3-pointers, for 12 points.

That kept the Senecas close to Notre Dame, which led 11-9 after one period and 21-18 at halftime.

After Pike reentered the game two-plus minutes into the third quarter, she hit a 2-pointer and a 3-pointer and two free throws as Watkins scored 13 points to take a 31-27 lead into the fourth period. Contributing to that third-quarter surge were defenders Mariah Gonzalez and Emmie Bond, who were dominating the board on Notre Dame's offensive end, holding the Crusaders to mostly single-shot possessions.

It was the defense that was keeping Watkins Glen's hopes viable, because the Senecas committed six turnovers in the third quarter, and five more in the first half of the fourth quarter.

"Yes, there were a lot of them," said Assistant Coach Scott Morse of the turnovers. "Our offense is a work in progress, but our defense was intense. That's what the girls have been working on all week: focusing on the defense."

Thanks to those early fourth-quarter miscues by Watkins, Notre Dame stormed back to take the lead 35-33 with 4:24 remaining in the game. But then the Seneca turnovers stopped, and the defense rose up -- and so did Gonzalez's offense.

After being frustrated early in the game by missed layups on twisting moves in heavy traffic, she tied the game on two free throws with 2:37 remaining, and then put the Senecas ahead 37-35 on a jumper from the side that rattled in, out and through the basket with 34 seconds remaining. Pike followed with two free throws with 21.8 seconds left, and Gonzalez sank the second of two free-throw attempts with 7.6 seconds on the clock. After that, Notre Dame managed a single errant shot at the buzzer.

Gonzalez finished with 9 points, while Allison Teed scored 5 and Clara Chedzoy 3. The team was 11-for-13 from the foul line.

Notre Dame, which relied early on the rebounding and in-close shots of 6'3" Mary Foster, was led by Mackenzie Maloney's 10 points. Freshman Laurel Vargas scored 8 points, as did senior Mia Herlan, while Foster had 7 points, all in the first quarter. Courtney Crater added 2 points. The Crusaders were 2-for-3 from the foul line.

Gonzalez led Watkins Glen in rebounds with 8, while Bond grabbed 6, Pike 4, Teed and Chedzoy 3 each, and Hanley Elliott 1.

The Senecas managed 5 steals, including one each from five different players, and three blocks -- two by Teed and one by Pike.

*****

Photos in text:

From top: Watkins Glen's Allison Teed passes the ball; Amanda Pike eyes a shot; Mariah Gonzalez shoots; and Emmie Bond lines up a shot. (Photos by Charlie Haeffner)

Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy stops and lines up a shot in first-half action.

Left: Watkins Glen's Katherine Meehan looks to pass the ball. Right: The Senecas' Hanley Elliott shoots from the corner.

Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez makes a move toward the basket.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike shoots (left) and takes aim on the free-throw line.

Watkins Glen's Allison Teed, left, and Clara Chedzoy send shots on their way.

Bond leads Modified wrestlers at meet

MORAVIA, Feb. 23 -- The Watkins Glen High School Modified wrestlers competed at Moravia Tuesday night. Other teams present were Dryden, Lansing and Candor.

Stoyan Bond led the Senecas, going 2-0 with two pins. Teammate Dawson Wade went 1-1, as did Robert Bannon. Others: Gavin Schoffner was 1-2, Thomas Rumpff 0-2, and Jonathan Krnotch 0-2.

"The boys have learned much and are improving," said Coach Rod Weeden. "A few really need to develop a sense of balance and realize how important it is to keep their center of gravity (hips) higher than their opponents. Throwing good cradles were the winning moves in most of our wins tonight."

The team returns to action at home Thursday night.

Athletes of the Week: Tague, Doppel

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 22 -- This week we honor two swimming standouts as Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Odessa-Montour's Billy Tague (pictured at right) earns the honor for his performance at the Section IV, Class C Championships, where he won the 200 Yard Freestyle title, was third in the 500 Free, and anchored the second-place 400 Free Relay team.

Watkins Glen's Matt Doppel (pictured at left) earns his nod for the same tournament, where he won the 100 Yard Freestyle and 100 Yard Backstroke titles. He moves on next to the State tournament.

Double Honorable: Odessa-Montour swimmers Tony Humphries and Caelan Haney, Watkins Glen diver Jacob Slater, Watkins Glen runner Patrick Hazlitt, Watkins Glen basketball's Jacob Carocci and Amanda Pike, and O-M basketball's Olivia Grover.

Honorable Mention: Another 17 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Photos in text: Matt Doppel (left) and Billy Tague.

Seneca Youth Basketball: The champs

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 21, 2016 -- The Seneca Youth Basketball program held its 8th and final week of games Saturday in Watkins Glen. The results:

3rd-4th Grade

Regular Season and Play Off Champions - Curly's Family Restaurant

Curly's 17, Glen Motel 8

Curly's - Christopher Simiele 9, Tyler Smith 4, Alexander Holmes 2, Emmali Matthews Glen Motel - Brenna Pierce 6, Brady Bockelkamp 2

Consolation Games

Mr. Chicken 14, Sporting Goods 5

Mr. Chicken - Samuel Caslin 8, Sarah Jones 4, Damion Craven 2
Sporting Goods - Ryan Berry 4, Alannah Klemann 1

Famous Brands 13, Central Asphalt 11

Famous Brands - Lacie Denmark 6, Taegan Denmark 2, Lillian Ameigh 2, Addison Coolican 2, Isaiah Sissel 1
Central Asphalt - Branden Chiacchiarini 5, Michael Purpura 4, Finnigan Dunham 2

5th-6th Grade

Regular Season and Play Off Champions - Maguire's

Maguire's 30, Seneca Lodge 17

Maguire's - Carly Arnold 12, Joseph Sutterby 12, Isabella Samuel 4, Anthony Tomberelli 2
Seneca Lodge - Jacob Pierce 7, Colby Thurston 6, Julya Slater 4

There were not enough players for two consolation games, so the remaining four teams were combined into two. No stats were kept for that game.

Photos in text: The Seneca Youth Basketball playoff champions: Curly's in the 3rd-4th Grade division, and Maguire's in the 5th-6th Grade division. (Photos by Don Romeo)

O-M Elementary Basketball: Week 5

ODESSA, Feb. 21 -- What follows are the results from Week 5 of O-M Elementary Basketball:

Cookie's Construction (3-2) 23, Bucket Bar and Grill (1-3-1) 20, OT

Cookies: Tyler Malnoske 13 points, Jonah Connolly 4 points, Benson Patterson 3 points, Owen Cassada 2 points, Gina Gavich 1 point
Bucket: Drew Parmenter 14 points, Kameron Collins 4 points, Aiden Summers 2 points

Watkins Supply (3-2) 28, Grover's Rentals (2-2-1) 18

Watkins Supply: Gunner Herrmann 18 points, David Patterson 6 points, Christopher Kleist 2 points, Michael Hancock 2 points
Grover's: Ben Heichel 14 points, Keyonna Grant 2 points, Lance Reese 2 points.

Glen Travel team wins Candor tourney

CANDOR, Feb. 21 -- The Watkins Glen Boys 6th Grade Travel Basketball Team won the 2016 Candor Tournament Saturday.

The team opened by defeating Lansing 37-16. Then it played Immaculate Conception out of Ithaca and beat them 55-41. In the championship game, it defeated Candor 72-52.

The team members are pictured, from left: Front row, Cameron Holland, Caleb Smith, Jacob Yontz and Travon Jones; and back row, Assistant Coach Trevor Holland, Assistant Coach Joe Fazzary, Georgio Fazzary, Owen Scholtisek, Luke Spahalski, Adam Pastore, Jacob Powers, and Head Coach John Fazzary. (Photo provided)

Hazlitt sets school mark at Open Meet

ITHACA, Feb. 21 -- Several Watkins Glen High School athletes competed Sunday at an Open Indoor Track Meet held at Cornell Unversity.

Patrick Hazlitt set a new school record in the 1500 Indoor race by posting a time of 4:11, beating a mark previously held by Matt Gill.

Aran Holland ran the 1500 in 7:13, while Brandon Pike ran the 2 Mile. And Rod Weeden posted a time of 5:45 in the 1500.

The meet was one of three run during the year by the Finger Lakes Running Club.

It is an approved meet, said Weeden, so "anyone can compete and qualify for national competition. Some runners show up for fun, but for others it is a serious event."

Photo in text: Patrick Hazlitt at Sunday's Open Meet. (Photo by Aran Holland)

O-M's Billy Tague on the way to the Section IV, Class C title in the 200 Freestyle.

Tague, Doppel win 'C' titles

O-M 4th, Watkins 5th at Section IV Swim Meet

OWEGO, Feb. 20, 2016 -- Odessa-Montour High School's Billy Tague won the 200 Yard Freestyle title and Watkins Glen's Matt Doppel captured the 100 Yard Freestyle and 100 Yard Backstroke crowns Saturday morning at the Section IV, Class C Swimming Championships held at Owego Free Academy.

Lansing won the team title with 427 points, while Chenango Forks was second with 381. They were followed by Chenango Valley (304), Odessa-Montour (259), Watkins Glen (243), Greene (216), Southern Cayuga (126), and Dryden (77).

Tague won the 200 in come-from-behind fashion, trailing Lansing's Joshua Dennis through the first 100 yards before overtaking him in the next 50 and then pulling away for the win in a time of 1:53.09, a full 3.4 seconds below his qualifying time.

Tague also was third in the 500 Freestyle in 5:22.25, anchored the second-place 400 Free Relay team that posted a 3:37.15, and was on the fourth-place 200 Medley Relay team.

Doppel won the 100 Free easily in 48.45, but was tested in the 100 Back, edging out Lansing's John Koch, 53.58 to 54.20, breaking away from a virtual dead heat on the final turn. Doppel was also on the third-place 200 Medley Relay team and sixth-place 400 Free Relay squad.

Other performances by O-M swimmers included:

--Caelan Haney, 3rd in the 100 Butterfly in a PR (personal record) of 1:02.55, and 7th in the 100 Backstroke in 1:07.29.
--Tony Humphries, 2nd in the 100 Breaststroke in a PR of 1:04.66, and 4th in the 200 Individual Medley in a PR of 2:14.59.
--Alec Betts, who was 5th in the 200 Individual Medley in 2:18.25, and 6th in the 100 Free in 55.42.
--Andy Fudala, 3rd in the 100 Breaststroke in a PR of 1:07.73, and 8th in the 50 Free in 25.83.
--James Terry, 8th in the 100 Freestyle in 57.28.
--Noah Brewster, 12th in the 100 Back (1:15.46) and 16th in the 500 Free in a PR of 6:47.87.
--Kyle Frasier, 15th in the 200 IM in a PR of 2:42.24.

Performances for Watkins Glen included:

--Dakota Cole, 6th in the 200 Freestyle in 2:01.02, and 4th in the 500 Free n 5:28.10.
--Lucas Wickham, 7th in the 50 Free in 25.09, and 5th in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:09.17.
--Will Fitzsimmons, 9th in the 100 Fly (1st in the Consolation Final) in 1:09.44, and 9th in the 100 Back in 1:06.81.
--Aaron Planty, 11th in the 50 Free in 25.37, and 11th in the 100 Free in 57.69.
--Jacob Slater, 12th in the 50 Free in 25.55.
--Sean Holland, 14th in the 500 Free in 6:21.18.
--Connor Smith, 15th in the 100 Free in 1:03.10.
--Simon Wigmore, 15th in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:25.32.
--Pat Bannon, 16th in the 200 Free in 2:20.68.

Said O-M Coach Terri Brace about her squad: "This was O-M's best finish in recent memory. Many topped their times from prelims on Wednesday, and held their positions or moved up. This team's strength and versatility was evidenced by the fact that we had at least one swimmer in the Championship Final of each event.

"Luck was also on our side today as two scratches benefitted us, moving Andy Fudala into the Championship heat of the 50 Free, and moving Noah Brewster from first alternate in the 500 Free to the Consolation Finals. This helped us pick up 3 extra points that weren't available to us without the scratches."

Her team "stepped up" in the relays too, she noted.

"The 400 Free Relay squad (Alec Betts, Caelan Haney, Tony Humphries and Billy Tague) had an amazing swim and took 2nd place (behind Chenango Forks), just edging Lansing out in a season best of 3:37.15.

"The 200 Medley Relay (James Terry, Humphries, Tague and Andy Fudala) took 4th in a season best time of 1:50.93. And the 200 Free Relay team (Betts, Terry, Haney and Fudala) took 6th in 1:40.38.

"Overall this was an unforgettable season. While our dual meet record wasn't quite what we wanted it to be, the team members all peaked at the right time, and had a wonderful championship season. I know the guys are happy with their performance, and I couldn't be more proud to be their coach."

Photos in text:

From top: Watkins Glen's Matt Doppel dives at start of the 100 Free, which he won; O-M's Tony Humphries on the way to 2nd place in the 100 Breaststroke; Watkins' Lucas Wickham hits the water at start of the 100 Breaststroke; O-M's Alec Betts in the 200 IM; and Watkins' Dakota Cole dives at start of the 200 Free.

Watkins Glen's Jacob Slater dives at start of the 50 Yard Freestyle Consolation Final.

From left: Watkins Glen's Rong Hang Lin competes in the 100 Breaststroke; Watkins' Dakota Cole marches toward the starting blocks with other 500 Free competitors; and O-M's Billy Tague, right, congratulates runnerup Joshua Dennis of Lansing after Tague won the 200 Yard Freestyle.

Odessa-Montour's Noah Brewster competes in the 500 Yard Freestyle.

Left: Watkins Glen's Aaron Planty checks the scoreboard after completing the 50 Free. Right: O-M's Andy Fudala on the way to 8th place in the 50 Free.

Watkins Glen's Sean Holland competes in the 500 Free. He placed 14th.

Members of the 2nd-place O-M 400 Free Relay team visit with members of the 3rd-place Lansing relay squad (yellow caps) after the race.

 

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