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WGI, Cornell Racing partnership renewed

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, March 26 -- Watkins Glen International has announced a renewed partnership with Cornell Racing.

The deal provides Cornell Racing with access to the historic WGI road course, allowing the organization to practice and test its Formula SAE Team custom car in preparation for various competitions throughout the year.

“Watkins Glen International is pleased to team up with these talented students and professors to help enhance an already renowned program.” said WGI President Michael Printup.

In 1986, Professor Albert R. George became faculty advisor to a dozen mechanical engineering students researching and designing a racecar from scratch. Also known as Cornell’s Formula SAE team, Cornell Racing has grown to an average of 60 undergraduate and graduate students, with members participating from nearly every school within the University. Since its inception, Cornell Racing has competed at FSAE Michigan, where they have claimed an unmatched nine world championships.

“It's amazing to get to drive at Watkins Glen, where you're surrounded by other enthusiastic racers in a beautiful paddock with the sound of engines roaring around the circuit in the background,” said Connor Archard, a senior electrical engineer major and Cornell Formula SAE team leader. “The facilities really allow us to stretch our legs and get our car up to competition speeds, which is invaluable for preparing our drivers to race and to represent Cornell Racing. I'm always excited for weekends in the spring when we get to head over to The Glen.”

As part of the relationship, Cornell Racing will feature the WGI logo on its 2015 Formula SAE car, which will appear at competitions and promotional events throughout the year. The 2015 car, ARG15, will feature an improved aerodynamic package which will, by increasing downforce, create a large boost in performance.

Model Car Show set at Center

Auto World's Koveleski speaks Saturday

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, March 24 -- The International Motor Racing Research Center is hosting its 2nd Annual Model Car Show Friday through Sunday, March 27-29.

Oscar Koveleski, co-creator of Auto World, the beacon for model car hobbyists of all ages in the 1960s, '70s and '80s, will speak at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 28.

Admission to the show and to the talk is free. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Racing Research Center is located at 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen.

Upwards of 30 exhibitors are expected, with some exhibits changing each day.

A new feature this year is People's Choice Awards, organized by Keystone Cards of Sayre, Pa. Owner Rich Chernosky is moving the awards and his annual Model Car Concours d'Elegance from the September Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival to the Racing Research Center's spring show.

Koveleski's Saturday talk will focus on Auto World, the mail-order company he co-founded in 1958, after growing up in his father's Scranton, Pa., hobby shop and model manufacturing business. Koveleski says the first catalogs, in 1959, were produced by him and his wife, Elaine, on their kitchen table and an ironing board.

The annual Auto World catalogs are vividly and fondly remembered by subscribers.

"They were filled from cover to cover with slot cars and go-fast parts, as well as model cars, supplies, and full-length articles on everything from tuning slot cars to detailing plastic models," Kurt Ernst wrote for Hemmings Daily last year. "The 30th edition of the catalog, issued in 1978, featured stories on how to build an HO-scale replica of Watkins Glen and how to craft HO-scale car bodies out of heavy-duty aluminum foil, ideal for those seeking added rubbing-is-racing realism."

Until the last catalog was published in 1991, Koveleski was the go-to guy on slot cars, model cars and radio-controlled cars as he promoted events all over the United States and internationally. That is, when he wasn't earning victories in racing series such as Can-Am.

Koveleski's talk is presented as part of the Racing Research Center's Center Conversations series.

Upcoming talks include Martin Rudow speaking on April 18 about racing in the Pacific Northwest. He is author of "Long Straights and Hairpin Turns, The History of Northwest Sports Car Racing" and publisher of Vintage Drift magazine for SOVREN, the Pacific Northwest's largest and most active vintage racing club.

On Sept. 12, Koveleski returns with acclaimed motorsports reporter Pete Lyons and Jack Deren to headline a daylong program celebrating Can-Am racing. Deren was chief mechanic for Koveleski's Team Auto World McLaren.

The Racing Research Center is an archival library dedicated to the preservation and sharing of the history of motorsports, of all series and all venues, through its collections of books, periodicals, films, photographs, fine art and other materials.

For more information about the Center's work and its programs, visit www.racingarchives.org or call (607) 535-9044.

Jerlando's donates $1,000 to soccer club

ODESSA, March 19 -- Jerlando's Restaurant in Watkins Glen teamed with the Odessa Boys Travel Soccer Club in February to raise funds for the club -- to help with the costs of registration, uniforms and new equipment for training.

The result of that fundraising -- whereby Jerlando's donated a percentage of its Monday night dining room sales -- was $1,000, presented to the club Wednesday by Jerlando's owner Bill Tague.

The club participates in the U-16 and U-19 divisions at The Fields in Lansing with full rosters coached by volunteers Kirk, Kyle and Dan Stephens.

Photo in text: Jerlando's owner Bill Tague, left at wall, hands the $1,000 check to coach Dirk Stephens. (Photo provided)

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Watkins Glen's Colin Gates
is our Schuyler Winter MVP

All-Schuyler All-Star team unveiled

WATKINS GLEN, March 16 -- In a season of many outstanding performances by athletes at the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high schools, the selection of an Odessa File Schuyler Winter MVP came down to picking someone with passion and impact.

And that meant Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball standout Colin Gates.

With Gates in the lineup, the Senecas were seemingly unbeatable. When he was on the bench -- as in foul trouble -- the team would, when facing serious competition, find its path to success more difficult.

A player who wears his heart -- which is to say his passion to win -- on his sleeve, Gates was the catalyst of many Seneca offensive bursts in a season that saw Watkins Glen fashion a 17-2 record. The team won its division, won the IAC Large Schools crown, and made it to the Section IV, Class C title game, where it led by a dozen points before a nightmarish fourth quarter that saw Newfield grab the championship.

Even in defeat, and foul trouble, Gates excelled in that last game, scoring 12 points and grabbing 6 rebounds. And in a brief return to the lineup between his fourth and fifth fouls, he scored a basket that seemed to give the Senecas hope, boosting their lead from three points to five, 44-39. Alas, Newfield surged and went on to win.

The season was far more than that quarter, though. It was one of both dominating performances by the Senecas and tough, hard-fought wins, and Gates was at the forefront of many of them. He averaged 14 points per game, scoring 20 or more five times, and 19 on another occasion. He was also part of a potent 1-2 rebounding duo (with Keith Rekczis), and was, like the rest of the team, skilled in steals.

He brought heart to the hardwood, and an energy that melded with that of his teammates into a potent force -- one that earned the Senecas a large and enthusiastic fan base, deservedly so.

The Odessa File
All-Schuyler All-Stars

1st Team

Colin Gates -- WGHS Basketball -- MVP
Samantha Bradley -- WGHS Bowling
Lucy Craig -- WGHS Bowling
Brandon Gould -- WGHS Wrestling
Ian Chedzoy -- WGHS Wrestling
Joe Rorick -- OM Wrestling
Patrick Hazlitt -- WGHS Track
Amanda Pike -- WGHS Basketball
Madison Gates -- WGHS Basketball
Matt Doppel -- WGHS Swimming
Gillian Clark -- OM Basketball
Joel Kelly -- OM Basketball

2nd Team

Matt Estes -- WGHS Basketball
Luke Flahive
-- WGHS Basketball
Joe Palumbo -- WGHS Basketball
Keith Rekczis -- WGHS Basketball
Cody Daugherty -- OM Basketball
Billy Tague -- OM Swimming
Mariah Gonzalez -- WGHS Basketball
Allison Teed -- WGHS Basketball
Josh Burge -- WGHS Wrestling
Nick Cocola -- WGHS Wrestling
Dakota Evans -- WGHS Bowling
Aidan DeBolt -- WGHS Swimming
Joelle Slater -- WGHS Track
Billy Bacon -- OM Wrestling
Hailie Searles -- OM Basketball
Olivia Grover -- OM Basketball

3rd Team

Amanda Cherock -- WGHS Basketball
Madison Myers -- WGHS Basketball
Katherine Meehan -- WGHS Basketball
Justin Kelly -- WGHS Basketball
Justin Duane -- WGHS Basketball
Addi Rhodes -- OM Basketball
Callie Stillman -- OM Basketball
Bryce Elliott -- OM Basketball
Tyler Clark -- OM Basketball
Alec Betts -- OM Swimming
Charles Sidle -- OM Swimming
Anthony Humphries -- OM Swimming
Taylor Kennard -- WGHS Track
Brooke Shaffer -- WGHS Track
Isobel Scheffey -- WGHS Track
Colton Arcangeli -- WGHS Wrestling
Jon Brown -- WGHS Wrestling
Elizabeth Reed -- WGHS Bowling
Liz Mason -- WGHS Bowling
Wyatt Brower -- WGHS Bowling
Liam Fitch -- WGHS Swimming
Lucas Wickham -- WGHS Swimming
Jacob Slater -- WGHS Swimming
Alex Grady -- OM Bowling
Trenton Randall -- OM Bowling

Left: Watkins Glen's Allison Teed (2) reaches for a rebound. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez (25) maneuvers in traffic.

Watkins Glen girls fall, 46-34

Senecas fade in 4th quarter, finish with 17-5 mark

ONEONTA, March 14 -- Fourth-quarter turnovers and cold shooting spelled defeat Saturday for the the Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team as it dropped a 46-34 decision to Cooperstown in a New York State Public High School Athletic Association regional game in the SUNY Oneonta gym.

The Section 4 champion Senecas stayed close to the Section 3 champion Hawkeyes through three periods, trailing by just a point, 28-27, entering the fourth quarter. But a series of Watkins Glen turnovers -- including three in a 44-second span with less than 4 minutes to play -- along with ice-cold Seneca shooting in the closing minutes, enabled Cooperstown to pull away.

Amanda Pike led Watkins Glen (17-5) with 14 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals and 4 blocks, while Madison Gates scored 10 points with 9 rebounds, 2 steals and an assist.

Other points came from:

Allison Teed: 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals and an assist.
Amanda Cherock: 3 points and 1 rebound.
Katherine Meehan: 2 points and 6 rebounds.
Mariah Gonzalez: 2 points and 2 rebounds.
Madison Myers: 1 point and 4 rebounds.

"We played hard," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn, but in the second half "Cooperstown's defense picked up a bit. We didn't give up, but our offense wasn't there.

"But it was a great season. Not too many teams get this far, so we have to hold our heads up high."

Watkins Glen fell behind early, trailing 10-3 before mounting a 7-0 run that pulled it even with Cooperstown at 10-10 entering the second quarter.

The Senecas played the Hawkeyes even in the next few minutes, pulling ahead 17-15 -- but then Cooperstown (now 23-1) went on a 9-2 run to build a 24-19 lead at halftime.

The Hawkeyes built the lead to 7 points, at 26-19, before the Senecas rallied again, outscoring Cooperstown 8-2 to pull within a point , 28-27, as the fourth quarter loomed -- and the Watkins faithful could almost taste the trip to the state semifinals that would go to the winner.

But Cooperstown scored the first 5 points of the final period to go up 33-27, and then increased its defensive pressure, forcing a half-dozen Watkins Glen turnovers in the period, most of which led to points.

The 5-point lead grew to 8 at 38-30 with a 3-point play off a turnover, and grew to 10 points and then 12, at 42-30, off a pair of rapid-fire turnovers. Another free throw at 2:49 gave the Hawkeyes a 13-point advantage, 43-30.

The Senecas managed just four more points, all on free throws, as Cooperstown successfully wound down the clock to 0:00.

Watkins Glen was 13-for-20 from the free-throw line, and had just one 3-pointer, by Cherock. Cooperstown was 10-for-23 at the line, and had two 3-pointers, both by Liz Millea, who had a game-high 21 points.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Madison Gates drives to the basket.

Middle: The Senecas' Amanda Pike (right) maneuvers past a Cooperstown defender with help from teammate Allison Teed. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: Watkins' Allison Teed launches a shot. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Madison Gates grabs a rebound (Photo by Don Romeo). Center: The Senecas' Amanda Pike goes up for a shot. Right: Watkins' Madison Myers shoots.

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Cherock, left, looks to shoot. Right: Cherock (foreground) grabs a rebound as teammate Amanda Pike reaches for it, too.

Watkins Glen's Madison Gates (obscured on the left), Amanda Cherock (3) and Amanda Pike (right) swarm to the ball as it's held by a Cooperstown player. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Allison Teed cuts through traffic.
Right: The Senecas' Katherine Meehan shoots.

At the free-throw line: From left, Watkins Glen's Madison Myers, Allison Teed and Mariah Gonzalez.

Left: Watkins Glen's Katherine Meehan drives past a Cooperstown defender.
Right: The Senecas' Allison Teed passes the ball to teammate Amanda Pike (14).

Training on Seneca

A total of 10 boats from Cornell University's competitive rowing program took to the waters off the southern shore of Seneca Lake late Thursday afternoon for some team training -- a move from their normal routine of rowing in the canal they normally use in Ithaca. The canal has too much ice on it. The boats were populated by both male and female crews. (Photo by Don Romeo)

WGHS committee seeks HOF nominations

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, March 13 -- The Watkins Glen Central School District Hall of Fame selection committee is seeking nominations of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the district’s athletic program as athlete, coach or benefactor. Nominations will be accepted until the end of March.

Criteria:

Athlete – Individuals who have made significant and extraordinary contributions to Watkins Glen Athletics and have exemplified good character, sportsmanship and leadership. Nominees must have been a Varsity athlete and out of high school for at least four years.
Coach – Individuals who have made significant and extraordinary contributions to Watkins Glen Athletic programs. Nominees must have been a Varsity coach and must be retired from the sport for which he/she is nominated.
Benefactor – Individuals who have contributed time and interest in the overall athletic program at Watkins Glen.

A selection committee comprised of coaches, school board representatives, administration and community members will review the nominations. Winners will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in June.

For more information or to nominate an individual, go to www.wgcsd.org and find the Hall of Fame section under the Athletics tab.

WGHS winter sports Most Valuable Players gathered after the ceremony.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

Winter athletes honored at WGHS

WATKINS GLEN, March 13 -- Standout members of Watkins Glen High School winter sports teams were honored Thursday night in a ceremony at the school sponsored by the WGHS Sports Boosters.

The Most Valuable Players were:

Boys Varsity Basketball: The starting lineup of Colin Gates, Luke Flahive, Joe Palumbo, Keith Rekczis and Matt Estes.
Boys JV Basketball: Max Schimizzi.
Girls Varsity Basketball: Amanda Pike and Madison Gates.
Girls JV Basketball: Ryanna LaMoreaux.
Boys Varsity Swimming: Matt Doppel and Aidan DeBolt.
Varsity Wrestling: Brandon Gould.
Boys Varsity Bowling: The entire team.
Girls Varsity Bowling: Samantha Bradley and Lucy Craig.
Girls Varsity Indoor Track: Joelle Slater
Boys Varsity Indoor Track: Patrick Hazlitt.
Varsity Cheerleading: Micaela Simpson
JV Cheerleading: Cheyenne Stansfield.

Athlete of the Week: Madison Gates

SCHUYLER COUNTY, March 9 -- This week we honor as Odessa File Athlete of the Week a basketball player who stepped up big in the semifinal and championship games of the Section IV, Class C girls tournament.

Watkins Glen's Madison Gates (right) earns the honor for a near double-double (9 points and 9 rebounds) in a semifinal victory over Lansing, and 14 points and 6 rebounds as the Senecas defeated top-seeded Bainbridge-Guilford for the sectional title. Eight of her points against B-G came in the pivotal fourth quarter.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball's Amanda Pike, Amanda Cherock, Allison Teed, Mariah Gonzalez, Madison Myers, Tamijah Lawton-Stone, Colin Gates and Matt Estes; Watkins Glen bowler Lucy Craig, and Watkins Glen runner Patrick Hazlitt.

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

Craig averages 160 at State tourney

SYRACUSE, March 8 -- Watkins Glen High School bowler Lucy Craig rolled a six-game total of 962 Sunday at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Bowling Championships at the AMF Strike 'N' Spare Lanes in Syracuse.

"I couldn't be more proud of Lucy," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "She competed against the best competition in the entire state. There are no class divisions at this level.

"To average 160 for the day on this oil pattern, under this pressure, says a great deal about what kind of special athlete she is."

Craig's games were 143-163-155-209-158-134. Her Section IV all-star team placed 7th among the 11 sectional squads.

"This ends her high school career," Brower added, "and in the fall she will be starting her college career at Mount Aloysius College. Not only is she a great bowler, but an even better person. We will miss her."

Photo in text: Lucy Craig at the State Bowling Championships. (Photo provided)

The Section 4, Class C girls basketball champions: the Watkins Glen Senecas.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen girls win Section 4 title

Top Bainbridge-Guilford, 43-37; face Cooperstown next

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BINGHAMTON, March 7 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team relied on a deep bench as it overcame foul trouble and pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 43-37 victory Saturday over top-seeded Bainbridge-Guilford in the championship game of the Section IV, Class C tournament.

The title was the first claimed by a Watkins girls basketball squad since the 1999-2000 team that included current coach Alicia Learn when she was a junior. Next up is a regional contest at 3 p.m. Saturday at SUNY Oneonta against Section 3 champion Cooperstown.

Saturday's win was earned largely on defense, although Madison Gates stepped up with 14 points for the Senecas, mostly on drives through traffic to the basket. Eight of those points came in the fourth period as the Senecas extended a 2-point lead to 9 points and then held off B-G down the stretch despite some late free-throw difficulties on one-and-ones. Overall, though, the team was 13-for-18 at the line

Also scoring for the Senecas (now 17-4) were Allison Teed (8 points), Mariah Gonzalez (8), Amanda Pike (7), Madison Myers (4), and Tamijah Lawton-Stone (2).

Gates led the squad in rebounds with 6, while Gonzalez and Amanda Cherock had 5 each, and Teed and Pike 3 apiece. Teed and Gonzalez each had 2 steals, and Cherock and Lawton-Stone 1 each. Both Gates and Cherock registered a block.

Fouls forced Coach Learn to substitute early and often, and the bench players were equally as strong on defense as the starters. Pike was tagged with her second foul with 2:36 to go in the first period, and by game's end Gonzalez, Teed and Lawton-Stone each had four fouls, Gates three, Pike and Cherock two each, and Myers one.

Not that Bainbridge-Guilford fared much better under an onslaught of officials' whistles. Like Watkins, it was called for 20 fouls, and it accordingly lost one of its key players in the fourth period. B-G was struggling at the line, going 7-for-18.

The Senecas led at the end of each quarter -- 13-9 after one period, 22-19 at halftime, and 32-29 through three periods.

With Watkins Glen ahead by two points, 34-32, Gates scored with 4:50 remaining to double the lead to to four points, and then Pike scored off a feed from Cherock at 3:44 to increase the advantage to six, 38-32. After a steal by Lawton-Stone, Gates scored again on a drive to the hoop at 2:50 to make the score 40-32.

After a B-G free throw at 2:01, Gates countered with a pair from the line for a 42-33 advantage. Bainbridge converted a one-and-one at 52 seconds to climb within seven points at 42-35, and scored in the paint with 35 seconds left to trim the deficit to five, 42-37. Pike finished off the scoring with a free throw with two seconds left, and the celebration began.

The girls were presented Section IV championship medals by Watkins Glen School Superintendent Tom Phillips, and Learn was handed a championship plaque. Then came the requisite championship team photo on the court, with media flocking in front of the team, snapping away.

In interviews following the game, both Learn and Gates touched on the camaraderie of the team -- how they play well together, and get along well off the court.

Asked if she thought at the beginning of the season that the team would be the sectional champion, Gates said "No way. I was going to be happy if we had a better record than last year. I never imagined we'd go 17-4." But as the season developed, the team learned to trust and count on one another -- to become a unified squad.

Said Learn: "I think team chemistry is a huge part of basketball -- team chemistry, playing together, mental toughness."

That has spelled success, which now takes the squad east to Oneonta next weekend. And her thoughts on that? Learn smiled and replied: "I like to take things one step at a time."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins' Madison Gates makes a move toward the hoop. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

Second: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez looks to shoot. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Third: Watkins Glen School Superintendent Tom Phillips presents the Section IV title plaque to Senecas coach Alicia Learn. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Fourth: Watkins coach Alicia Learn outlines a play during a time-out. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Maggie Bond prepares to pass the ball. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike races upcourt. (Both photos by Charlie Haeffner)

Left: Watkins Glen's Allison Teed goes up for a shot. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)
Right: The Senecas' Amanda Cherock moves the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins' Tamijah Lawton-Stone makes a move toward the basket. Right: The Senecas' Madison Myers prepares to shoot in the lane. (Both photos by Charlie Haeffner)

Hazlitt places 22nd at States

ITHACA, March 7 -- Watkins Glen High School sophomore Patrick Hazlitt -- his school's only runner to advance to the New York State Indoor Track Championships held at Cornell University on Saturday -- finished 22nd in his race, the 1600 Meter Run.

"He had a great season and I'm excited to see what he does in the future," said Watkins Glen Coach Jessica Karius. His time in the race was 4:37.78.

Photo in text: Patrick Hazlitt, left, strides in the 1600 Meter Run. (Photo provided)

The ecstasy turns to agony

Watkins boys fall in final to Newfield, 53-48, with disastrous 4th quarter

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BINGHAMTON, March 7 -- After the Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team dominated Newfield with a 14-0 third-quarter blitz that gave the Senecas a 12-point lead in the Section 4, Class C championship game Saturday, the Seneca players and their fans "were pumped," in the words of Watkins Coach John Fazzary.

A quarter later, those players and fans, and the coach, were all deflated, wondering how the final period could have gone so wrong that the Senecas ended up on the short end of a 53-48 score -- a classic meltdown caused in no small part by an intense Newfield defense that harried the Watkins players into mistake after mistake.

"Give Newfield credit," said Fazzary. "They certainly got after us. But we made bad decisions. I don't think 'unraveled' is too strong a word."

The entire first half was a tightly fought contest, going back and forth in short bursts, with Newfield outscoring the Senecas 14-13 in each of the first two quarters. Then, stunningly, came a third quarter in which Newfield missed 15 shots from the field and a couple of free-throw tries as Watkins Glen went from a 28-26 deficit to a 40-28 lead.

Matt Estes scored 10 of his team-high 18 points in that period as the Senecas seemingly could do no wrong. The fans were loudly ecstatic in the cavernous stands of the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, and the players were excited, waving their arms to encourage the crowd further. One dampening factor: Watkins Glen's Colin Gates had been whistled for his third and fourth fouls within a minute of each other, and he was pulled with 2:33 left in the period.

And then came the fourth quarter.

Newfield's Devin Cooper scored in the first 17 seconds on a basket and free throw, but Watkins floor captain Luke Flahive answered with a pair of free throws another 17 seconds later. Score: Watkins 42-31.

Cooper hit another basket for the Trojans 15 seconds after that, and then Newfield stole the ball and scored with 6:50 remaining to cut the Watkins lead to 42-35. Another steal and breakaway basket at 6:20 cut the lead to five points, 42-37, and yet another steal seconds later led to another Newfield basket at 5:54. The score: Watkins Glen 42, Newfield 39.

Fazzary re-inserted Gates, and he scored a half-minute later, boosting the Senecas' lead to five points, 44-39. But Newfield, after another steal, scored on a 3-point play in the lane with 4:24 remaining to pull within two at 44-42.

Watkins turned the ball over at 4:05 when a wide pass to Estes in the corner pulled him out of bounds, and Newfield responded with a 3-point bomb at 3:53 to take the lead, 45-44.

Gates fouled out at 3:23, and Newfield converted a pair of free throws to increase its lead to three points, 47-44. Watkins' Keith Rekczis was fouled at 2:58, and sank two free throws to pull the Senecas within a point, 47-46.

Newfield answered with a free throw at 2:30 for a 48-46 edge. Two Watkins Glen turnovers and one Newfield turnover later, the Trojans struck again with a 3-pointer that boosted their lead to five points, 51-46.

Rekczis gave the Watkins faithful hope when he stole the ball and was fouled, and sank both free throws to pull the Senecas within three at 51-48.

But Watkins had to foul with 14.6 seconds left, and the Trojans' Brian Barrett sank both ends of a one-and-one for the final 53-48 spread.

The Trojans had outscored Watkins in the final quarter by a 25-8 margin.

Scoring in addition to Estes were Gates (12 points), Flahive (7), Rekczis (6), Joe Palumbo (3 before leaving in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury), and Justin Duane (2). The team didn't make it to the free-throw line until the fourth quarter, when it went 6-for-6.

Rekczis led the team in rebounds with 7, while Gates grabbed 6. Flahive led in assists with 5, while Palumbo, Estes, Gates and Duane each had 2.

Cooper led Newfield with 20 points, while Barrett scored 10 and Cole Barfield 8. The team was 12-for-17 from the free-throw line.

"How many turnovers did we have in the fourth quarter?" asked Fazzary, who said there were so many that his scorekeeper couldn't keep up with them. "I'm guessing there were 10."

At the end of the third quarter, he said, "I was thinking 'just 8 more minutes to a sectional title,'" something that has eluded him and several predecessors, dating back to the last such title in the 1950s.

"All we had to do was take some time off the clock, have some good possessions. I don't know if we saw the finish line too early, but once we started turning the ball over a little bit, it was like a feeding frenzy for Newfield. The Newfield crowd got louder, and the intensity of their players increased. It didn't help that Palumbo got hurt, nor that Estes got called on a travel" on a play in which he dunked the ball.

"That," said Fazzary, "might have gotten things going back the right way." Instead, nothing worked. He called a couple of time-outs, "but we couldn't stop the bleeding."

Thus, the championship that was seemingly in Watkins' hands went to Newfield.

"It's just heartbreaking," Fazzary added. "But on the positive side, we provided the community with plenty of excitement this season. We won our own tournament, we won our division, we won the IAC Large Schools championship, and we beat some state-ranked teams" on the way to a 17-2 record.

Not that Fazzary isn't feeling a little snake-bitten by his Section IV tourney experiences.

--His team back in 2001-02 lost a quarterfinal game to Southern Cayuga in overtime after leading by 2 points with 3.8 seconds remaining and one of his players at the foul line.

--His 2002-03 team -- in a year in which semifinals and finals were both played at the Arena -- lost in a semifinal to Seton Catholic.

--His "Wild Bunch" team in 2005-06 made it to the finals, but in Class B after a change in classifications bumped the Senecas up from Class C. They lost to Seton Catholic.

--His '09 team lost in a semifinal after one of his key players, Mark Fraboni, was injured late in the previous game, leaving the team vulnerable on offense.

--His 2013 team came close, but a missed layup late in the game sealed a defeat at the hands of Moravia.

And now this.

"I look back at some of the things that have happened to us, and I just scratch my head," said Fazzary. "I've had teams plenty good enough to win it, but for one reason or another ...

He paused.

"The thing is, as the coach I know how much goes into gettng a team to this point. It takes 7 or 8 years of work, through youth ball and junior varsity and then coming together as a varsity team...

Another pause, then this:

"Be sure to say I thanked the Seneca Nation, the students and the community, for their support. They were great all year. They were great today."

A final pause.

"We had them right where we wanted them," he said, "but we couldn't get it done."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Matt Estes goes to the hoop. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

Second: The Senecas' Luke Flahive prepares to shoot. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Third: The Senecas' Keith Rekczis looks for a shot. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

Fourth: Watkins' Justin Duane races past a Newfield defender. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Fifth: Watkins Coach John Fazzary reacts to a call. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary (center, kneeling) outlines a play for his players.
(Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: Watkins Glen's Colin Gates prepares to shoot. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)
Right: The Senecas' Matt Estes goes high for a shot. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: The Senecas' Joe Palumbo makes a move in traffic. Right: Watkins' Justin Kelly.
(Both photos by Charlie Haeffner)

From left: Watkins Glen's Luke Flahive, Joe Palumbo and Matt Estes.
(Left and center photos by Don Romeo; photo on right by Doug Yeater)

Glen boys hold off Moravia

Top Devils 51-46 to reach Section IV final vs. Newfield

WATKINS GLEN, March 5 -- The Watkins Glen boys have another date with Newfield, this time in Saturday's 3:30 p.m. final at the Broome County Arena to determine the Section IV, Class C champion.

The 17-1 Senecas, who handed Newfield its only loss of the season on Feb. 10 at the WGHS Field House, 49-35, advanced to the final Wednesday night by defeating Moravia 51-46 before a packed Field House. Newfield advanced by defeating Elmira Notre Dame in the other semfinal, 63-58, at Newfield.

Joe Palumbo and Matt Estes led Watkins Glen in scoring with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Other points came from Luke Flahive (8), Colin Gates (8), Keith Rekczis (4) and Justin Duane (2).

Gates led in rebounds with 11, while Rekczis and Estes grabbed 6 each, and Palumbo and Flahive 4 apiece. Estes led in assists with 4, while Gates and Flahive had 3 each and Palumbo 2. Three players -- Palumbo, Estes and Gates -- had two steals apiece.

The Senecas trailed 7-6 at the end of the first quarter, but were up 25-20 at halftime. The lead was 6 points, at 39-33, with 1:50 left in the third quarter when Gates sent the crowd into a frenzy by sinking a putback while falling backwards and hitting the floor hard. Thirty-seven seconds later, Flahive scored on a give-and-go breakaway with Estes' assist. That put the lead at 10 points, 43-33, entering the fourth period.

But Moravia did not back down. The Blue Devils cut the lead to 6 points, 43-37, by the 6:30 mark on a pair of free throws and a short-range basket, and then to 5 points at 45-40 with 4:43 remaining. A 3-pointer at 3:39 brought Moravia within a pair at 45-43.

An Estes basket at 2:03 restored the lead to 4 points and then, with less than a minute and a half to play, Moravia appeared confused by a Watkins defensive change to a 2-3 zone from man-to man -- and ran down all but 8 seconds off the shot clock before their coach called a timeout. When play resumed, the Devils were faced with a 1-3-1 zone, and failed to get a shot off in time, turning the ball over on a clock violation.

A Gates free throw at 36.3 seconds gave Watkins Glen a 48-43 lead, but Moravia hit a 3-pointer at 24.7 seconds to close to within two points again, 48-46. But those were the last points for the Devils.

Estes hit both ends of a 1-and-1 with 23.5 seconds remaining, and Palumbo converted a free throw with 5.9 seconds left to complete the scoring.

"There were a few times I thought 'All right, here we go,'" said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "We'd have a little run and get 6 points ahead, and then boom, they'd come back. Then we got ahead by 10, and a minute later it was down to 3. Moravia kept battling. They're a good program.

"But give our kids a lot of credit, too. They made enough big plays to win."

He pointed in particular to the one-and-one that Estes converted with time winding down, "and we had some big 3's from Joe."

As for Saturday's rematch with Newfield, Fazzary said it "will be a good game. Newfield will be tough."

If the Senecas prevail, he noted, "it will be the first sectional title" for the Watkins Glen boys basketball team "in 60-plus years, going back to the early '50s."

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Keith Rekczis (44) vies for a rebound.

Middle: The Senecas' Joe Palumbo prepares to shoot a free throw.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Colin Gates saves the ball from going out of bounds. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: The Watkins Glen cheeerleaders performed for the fans. Right: The Senecas' Justin Duane puts up a shot.

Left: Watkins Glen's Keith Rekczis drives to the basket. Right: The Senecas' Colin Gates goes high for a rebound. (Photo on right by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Allison Teed is fouled as she attempts a shot. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Cherock drives to the basket. (Both photos by Doug Yeater)

Watkins girls top Lansing

Post 51-46 victory, advance to Section IV final

WATKINS GLEN, March 5 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team pulled away in the fourth quarter Wednesday night to defeat Lansing 51-46 and advance to Saturday's final of the Section IV, Class C Tournament.

The Senecas, now 16-4 and seeded No. 2, will play the No. 1 seed, Bainbridge-Guilford (18-2), which advanced Thursday with a 55-38 win over No. 4 Newfield. Game time Saturday is 1 p.m.

Amanda Pike led Watkins Glen scorers with 15 points, including 12 in a first half that saw the Senecas reach intermission with a 24-21 lead. She also had 4 rebounds in the game, along with an assist and a steal.

But this was a full team effort.

Madison Gates, despite sitting out the third quarter with foul trouble, scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.

Madison Myers (pictured at right) and Amanda Cherock played key roles in the second half, with Myers scoring all of her 10 points after intermission, and Cherock scoring 5 of her 8 points in the fourth quarter.

Allison Teed added 5 points (all in the second half), grabbed 5 rebounds, dished out 4 assists and had 2 steals, and Mariah Gonzalez scored 4 points and had 2 rebounds and a steal.

Teed's defense drew praise from Coach Alicia Learn, who also singled out Myers for "stepping up big at just the right time."

The Senecas and Bobcats were tied 36-36 entering the fourth quarter -- but Watkins Glen went on a 10-0 run to pull ahead 46-36. The points came from Cherock (on a drive to the hoop and an accompanying foul shot), Myers (on a drive to the basket), Myers again on 3-pointer, and a basket by Gates.

Watkins still had a 10-point lead at 50-40 with 1:34 to play, but missed 5 of 6 free throws, including the front end of 1-and-1's twice. That allowed Lansing to creep closer. But a Myers steal with 14 seconds remaining sealed the Bobcats' fate.

"We played hard, and we played together," said Learn. "We ran our plays, and used the clock. We played as a team."

As for Saturday's game, "the girls are pumped," said Learn. "And I'm just as pumped.".

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike shoots in traffic (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: The Senecas' Madison Myers sends a shot on its way.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike (left) and Amanda Cherock shoot.
(Photo on left by Doug Yeater)

Left: Watkins Glen's Madison Gates (10) takes a charge. Right: The Senecas' Allison Teed fights for a rebound, but it was knocked out of bounds by the player on the left

Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez, left, and Madison Gates move the ball.
(Both photos by Don Romeo)

From left: Watkins Glen's Madison Myers, Allison Teed and Amanda Cherock pose after the victory over Lansing.

The Mastermind Entertainment team. Front from left: Gunner Herrmann, Zach Rounds. Back from left: Coach Olivia Grover, Kameron Collins, Aiden Summers, Victoria Brewster, Reagan Reese, Coach Kennedey Heichel. (Photo provided)

O-M youth basketball ends its season

Special to
The Odessa File

ODESSA, March 3 -- The annual Odessa-Montour 3rd and 4th grade youth basketball program completed its annual season on Saturday.

Thirty-five students participated on eight Saturday mornings, learning about the rules and skills and playing games each week.

O-M Youth Hoops officials said they "would like to thank our sponsors, Watkins Supply, Mastermind Entertainment, Sunset View Creamery, and Cookie's Construction for their support as well as the volunteers who helped with coaching, keeping score, and organizing events."

The Cookie's Construction team (above right):

Front from left: Gina Gavich, Lance Reese.

Middle from left: Kylie Christianson, Christopher Seewald, Drew Parmenter, Ben Heichel.

Back from left: Coaches Nakiaha Robinson, Gillian Clark. (Photo provided)

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The Watkins Supply team (right):

Front: Benson Patterson

Middle from left: Cal Arcangeli, Wes Wade, Adrionna Personius.

Back from left: Coach Sage Garrison, Jonah Conolly, David Patterson, Brady Cannon, Coach Tyler Clark. (Photo provided)

The Sunset View Creamery team. Front from left: Daniel Lewis, Riley Brooks. Back from left: Coach Callie Stillman, Emma Landon, Hannah Nolan, Aiden Vogel, Nathan Smith, Peyton Bailey, Coach Addi Rhodes. (Photo provided)

Athletes of the Week: 5 from Watkins

SCHUYLER COUNTY, March 2 -- The postseason success of Watkins Glen High School athletes continued this past week -- leading to more Odessa File Athlete of the Week honors for WGHS.

This week, we honor the following:

Patrick Hazlitt, who set a new school record in the 1600 Meter Run at the Section IV Track Qualifier and in the process advanced to Saturday's State Track Meet at Cornell.

Brandon Gould, who went 4-2 at the State Wrestling Championships, placing fourth in the 126-pound weight class.

Luke Flahive and Colin Gates, who led the Watkins boys varsity basketball team to victory over Greene in a Section IV quarterfinal by scoring 24 and 20 points, respectively.

Amanda Pike, who led the Watkins girls varsity basketball team to victory over Notre Dame in a Section IV quarterfinal by scoring 20 points.

Double Honorable: Odessa-Montour basketball's Gillian Clark; Watkins Glen track's Joelle Slater and Isobel Scheffey; and Watkins Glen basketball's Allison Teed, Madison Gates, Mariah Gonzalez, Matt Estes, Joe Palumbo and Keith Rekczis.

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

Left: Watkins Glen's Kevin Kernan in the 600 Meter Run. Right: The Senecas' Isobel Scheffey in the 300 Meter Run. (Both photos by Brooke Shaffer)

Hazlitt advances, Slater shines at Qualifier

ITHACA, Feb. 28 -- Watkins Glen High School track standout Patrick Hazlitt advanced Saturday to the Indoor Track State Championships by meeting the qualifying time while placing third in the 1600 Meter Run.at the Section IV State Qualifier at Cornell University.

Hazlitt posted a time of 4:26.82, good for third place and a new school record -- besting Watkins Glen grad Matt Gill's mark of 4:28.1

The State Championship meet will be held next Saturday, also at Cornell.

Meanwhile, Watkins Glen's Joelle Slater excelled at the Qualifier, finishing third in the 1500 Meter racewalk with a personal best of 8:42.44, but did not advance. Only the top two qualified for States.

Other finishes for Watkins Glen included:

300 Meter Dash: 12th place Isobel Scheffey 46.84. Scheffey also set a school record of 8.08 in the 55 Meter Dash.
3000 Meters: 12th place Taylor Kennard 12:04.62.
Shot Put: 13th place Tom Schmitt 35 feet 5 inches.
600 Meter Dash: 15th place Kevin Kernan 1:33.38. He also ran 9.84 in the 55 Hurdles.
Long Jump: 15th place Jonas Recker 16 feet 10 inches.
Shot Put: 17th place Mikayla Rhodes 24 feet 3.25 inches.
1500 Meter Run: 23rd place Kali Bond 5:50.3.
1600 Meter Run: 24th place Sam Hanley 5:09.7.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt and Joelle Slater. (Photo provided)

Left: Watkins Glen's Jonas Recker in the Long Jump. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kennard in the 3000 Meter Run. (Both photos by Brooke Shaffer)

Left: Watkins Glen's Colin Gates goes high for a shot. Right: The Senecas' Matt Estes reacts to the ball. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins boys rout Greene

Win 70-30, reach Class C semifinal vs. Moravia

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 28 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team -- led by Luke Flahive's 24 points, 20 points by Colin Gates, and a defense that produced 20 steals -- ran past Greene 70-30 Saturday night in the WGHS Field House to advance to the semifinals of the Section IV, Class C Tournament.

The Senecas, 16-1 and the top seed in Class C, will face Moravia at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Field House. Moravia, the No. 4 seed, defeated No. 5 Sidney 66-40 Saturday to improve to 16-4.

The Senecas started slowly, trailing Greene 8-5 before taking control with a 19-0 run that put them ahead of the Trojans 24-8 early in the second period. Watkins' halftime lead was 31-17, and then the Senecas ran away by outscoring Greene 17-6 in the third quarter and 22-7 in the fourth.

Scoring in addition to Flahive (who had 16 points in the first half) and Gates were Justin Kelly (7 points), Joe Palumbo (6), Matt Estes (5), Keith Rekczis (5), Justin Duane (2), and Michael Taylor (1). The Senecas were 13-for-20 from the free-throw line.

The 20 steals came from five different players. Estes stole the ball 6 times, Rekczis and Palumbo 4 times each, and Gates and Flahive 3 times each. Estes also led the team in assists with 6, while Duane and Palumbo had 3 each, Flahive 2 and Gates 1.

Gates led in rebounds with 8, while Rekczis grabbed 5, Flahive and Duane 3 each, and Palumbo, Kelly and Parker Pangallo 2 apiece.

"Another stat worth noting," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, "was that we took 4 charges. That's absolutely fantastic. In fact, the defense overall was fantastic. Greene never got to double digits in any quarter -- scoring 8, 9, 6 and 7.

"Palumbo did a terrific job on their little guard," he added, referring to Jordan Harrington, "and Flahive did a great job on (Luke) Erickson, holding him to one point. He stayed ahead of him, stopping Erickson from doing any of his quick slashing. And Gates was his usual solid self."

Come Wednesday, Fazzary added, "we're gonna need that good defense. Moravia presents quite a challenge. They shoot the ball well, and are a very good team."

The coach said he hopes the students and community turn out in force to support the Senecas -- to create an intense and loud atmosphere. "Moravia has never played at the Field House," he said, "so they're gonna get introduced to the Seneca Nation."

The winner will advance to the Broome County Arena for the championship game next Saturday, March 7.

In the other half of the Class C bracket, No. 2 Newfield (18-1) defeated No. 7 Unadilla Valley 57-34 Saturday night to set up a semifinal contest Wednesday night against No. 3 Notre Dame, a 63-50 winner over No. 6 Trumansburg.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Keith Rekczis looks for a shot.
Bottom: The Senecas' Luke Flahive drives to the hoop. (Photo by Liz Fraboni)

Seneca Nation fans lean as a Greene player attempts a free throw.

Watkins' Colin Gates, center, battles for a rebound.

Shooting: From left, Watkins Glen's Matt Estes, Joe Palumbo and Justin Kelly.

Watkins cheerleaders compete at Horsesheads on way to the Grand Champion award.
(Photo provided)

Watkins cheerleaders win big at Horseheads

HORSEHEADS, March 1st -- The Watkins Glen High School cheerleaders won big Saturday at the Raiders Express Cheerleading Competition held at the Horseheads Middle School.

The Glen junior varsity squad won first place in its division. The varsity squad won first place in the Coed Division, a specialty award of best choreography of the day, and the Grand Champion trophy. Team member Micaela Simpson finished off the day with the title of Jump Off champion.

Odessa- Montour placed first in the Small Squad division while Dryden High School took first in the Large Squad division.

Up next: The state tournament at the Rochester Institute of Technology on Saturday, March 7.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen cheerleaders pose with their trophies. (Photo provided)

Gould places 4th at State Wrestling

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 28 -- Watkins Glen wrestler Brandon Gould finished in 4th place Saturday in the 126-pound weight class at the New York State High School Wrestling Championships in Albany.

Gould was among five high school athletes -- four wrestlers and a swimmer -- from Schuyler County schools who competed this weekend in state tournaments.

At the State Wrestling Championships in Albany:

Gould (pictured second from left on the podium) won his opening match Friday by fall over Brendon Merchant of Section 2's Cobleskill-Richmondville, but fell in the quarterfinals to Nick Gaiser of Section 5's Alexander, 10-0.

Gaiser proved difficult once again in Gould's final match. After winning in wrestlebacks against Austin Ryan of Section 4's Unatego, 6-1; Tanner Cook of Section 3's Central Valley Academy, 3-2, and Brad Bihler of Section 6's Maple Grove, 10-4, Gould lost to Gaiser in the third-place bout, 7-1.

That ended a season in which, among may dual-meet victories, Gould won his weight class at the Mike Watson and Interscholastic Athletic Conference tournaments and at the Section IV, Class C tourney. He was third at the Section IV tournament in Binghamton, and received an At Large bid to States.

Among other Schuyler wrestlers:

-- Odessa-Montour's Joe Rorick won his opening match at 120 pounds, 8-0 over Roland Lapoint of Section 7's Northern Adirondack High School, before losing in the quarterfinals 16-1 to Matteo DeVincenzo of Section 11's Port Jefferson. He then fell in his first wrestleback bout, losing to Logan Robinson of Section 4's Walton 2-1. Two losses meant elimination.

-- Watkins Glen's Josh Burge (170 pounds) lost his opening .match to Brett Lewis of Section 3's Morrisville-Eaton on a fall in 3:15, and then lost in the opening round of wrestlebacks, 7-4 to Tyler Green of Section 2's Schuylerville.

-- Watkins Glen's Ian Chedzoy (182 pounds) lost his opening match to to Jake Kubala of Section 6's Newfane, 3-1 in sudden-death overtime, before winning in the opening wrestleback round 4-2 over Peter Jones of Section 1's Irvington. Chedzoy lost again, however, in his next bout, falling to Geno Brancati of Section 2's Hudson Falls, 10-3.

At the State Swimming Championships at Ithaca College:

Watkins Glen junior Matt Doppel (pictured at right at the State Meet site) failed to advance to the finals in the 100 Backstroke, finishing 25th in a field of 42 competitors with a time of 54.18, just 3/100ths of a second short of the 24th-place swimmer. The top 24 advanced.

Said Watkins Glen swim coach Len DeBolt: "Matt's goal was to make it to the state championship meet this year, and he achieved that goal. I'm happy for him and I know he will be back next year. He had a great season."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould stands second from left on the podium after placing 4th in the 126-pound weight class at the New York State Wrestling Championshps in Albany.

Bottom: Watkins Glen swimmer Matt Doppel at the site of the New York State Swimming Championships at Ithaca College. (Photos provided)

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike launches a shot. Right: The Senecas' Madison Gates drives past a Notre Dame defender. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Glen girls top Notre Dame, reach Section IV semifinals

Pike leads way with 20 points in 45-25 victory

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 28 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by Amanda Pike's 20 points and a stingy team defense -- defeated Elmira Notre Dame 45-25 Friday night in the WGHS Field House to advance to the Section IV, Class C tournament semifinals.

The Senecas, 15-4, will play at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Field House against Lansing.

The Senecas, up by just two points at halftime and by six points entering the fourth quarter, outscored Notre Dame 19-5 down the stretch, shutting down the Crusaders' offense with dominant rebounding and a series of steals. Watkins had 12 steals in the game.

Both teams started slowly, and were tied 7-7 after one period. Then Pike surged, scoring 9 second-period points to lead the Senecas to a 17-15 halftime edge. Watkins added four more points to its lead in the third period, and then -- sparked by 7 Allison Teed fourth-quarter points -- pulled away.

In addition to her 20 points (which included two 3-pointers), Pike grabbed 4 rebounds and registered 2 steals and an assist. She was 6-for-6 at the free-throw line.

Teed scored 9 points, with 3 steals and an assist.She converted 5 of 6 free throw attempts, all in the fourth quarter. The team was 15-for-20 from the line.

Other scoring came from:

--Mariah Gonzalez: 5 points with 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.
--Madison Gates: 5 points with 6 rebounds, 4 steals and an assist.
--Madison Myers: 6 points on a pair of 3's.

Also contributing were Halle Phillips with an assist and Katherine Meehan with a steal. And Amanda Cherock contributed a rebound and some effective defense despite playing with a fever.

Mia Herland led Notre Dame with 10 points. The Crusaders were 3-for-3 from the foul line.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez looks for a shot.

Bottom: The Senecas' Allison Teed races upcourt on a breakaway. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Students in the bleachers at the south end of the court lean into a play.
(Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: Watkins' Amanda Cherock drives past an ND player. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right: The Senecas' Madison Myers.

From left: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez, Allison Teed and Amanda Cherock.
(Photo on left by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen players line up for an inbounds play. From left: Madison Gates, Katherine Meehan, Amanda Pike and Amanda Cherock. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: Watkins Glen's Katherine Meehan drives toward the hoop. (Photo by Doug Yeater)
Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike contends for the tipoff. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Madison Gates shoots in traffic.
Right: The Senecas' Allison Teed drives to the basket.

Shutter commits to Wilmington University

Special to The Odessa File

DRYDEN, Feb. 27 -- Odessa-Montour High School alum and Tompkins Cortland Community College sophomore Morgan Shutter -- a two-time NJCAA soccer All-American and 2014 NSCAA All-American -- has committed to Division II Wilimington (Delaware) University for his final two years of eligibility.

Shutter led the TC3 Panthers soccer team in scoring for the past two seasons and in 2014 put his name in the record book in a 5-2 win over SUNY Adirondack by tying the record for goals in a game when he found the back of the net four times in the first 34 minutes of play. Shutter will take to the field as a Wildcat at Wilmington this coming fall.

Said Shutter: "I'm excited and anxious for this big opportunity. Signing to play for Wilmimgton University on a soccer scholarship is definitely a major accomplishment in my life, and I look forward to improving my level of play, working hard and striving to be part of a championship caliber team in the NCAA."

Shutter follows in the footsteps of his elder brother, Matthew, who was a defensive player at Division II Dominican College.

Photo in text: Morgan Shutter. (Photo provided)

From left: O-M's Chris Foote is fouled by SC's Justin Schneider on a drive to the basket; the Indians' Zach Pyhtila shoots; and O-M's Tyler Clark waits for SC's Zac Barreto to fly by before shooting a layup.

O-M boys fall to SC, 61-48

POPLAR RIDGE, Feb. 26 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team's season ended Wednesday night when the Indians fell 61-48 to Southern Cayuga in the opening round of the Section IV, Class D Tournament.

The Indians finished with a 7-12 record, while Southern Cayuga improved to 8-10 heading into a quarterfinal meeting Saturday with the winner of Wednesday's game between top-rated Delhi and 16th seeded Jefferson.

The O-M game, in the Southern Cayuga gym, saw the 8th seeded, homestanding Chiefs take an early 10-point lead at 23-13 before No. 9 Odessa bounced back with a 13-2 run that put the Indians ahead briefly, 26-25, late in the second period.

However, SC scored the final three points of the first half to lead 28-26, and then went on a 12-3 run to open the third quarter for a 40-29 lead midway through the period. After O-M's Bryce Elliott scored on a layup and foul shot to cut the O-M deficit to eight points, 40-32, the Chiefs ran off the final eight points of the period for a 16-point advantage, 48-32, entering the fourth quarter.

Matters got worse for Odessa as Southern Cayuga scored 11 of the first 14 points in the final period, building a 59-35 lead. Only then did O-M's offense start clicking again. The Indians outscored SC 13-2 down the stretch to make the final deficit 13 points.

Odessa had no answer for SC's 6-foot-7 senior Justin Schneider, who scored 29 points and dominated the boards during his team's hot streaks. He was joined in double figures by Zac Barreto, who registered 15 points. The Chiefs converted just 5 of 14 free-throw attempts.

O-M was led in scoring by Joel Kelly's 12 points. Other points came from Elliott (10), Cody Daugherty (8), Tyler Clark (6), Noah Bruno (6), Chris Foote (2), Zach Pyhtila (2) and Nick Sgrecci (2). The team was 6-for-12 from the foul line.

Photo in text: O-M's Bryce Elliott takes the ball to the hoop. He scored on the play.

O-M's Nick Sgrecci (22) battles SC's Justin Schneider for a rebound.

O-M's Joel Kelly (left) and Tyler Clark shoot.

Left: O-M's Cody Daugherty drives past SC's Sam Nolan.
Right:
The Indians' Mitch Scata.

Watkins boys have top seed in Class C

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 20 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team has earned the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Section IV, Class C Tournament.

The Senecas (15-1) have a first-round bye, and home court until the finals, assuming they get that far. Their first game is set for Saturday, Feb. 28 at home against the No. 8 seed, Greene (10-8), which defeated Lansing Wednesday night.

The No. 2 seed in Class C is Newfield (16-1), while the third and fourth seeds are Elmira Notre Dame (13-4) and Moravia (15-3).

Glen girls have No. 2 seed in Class C

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 20 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team (14-4) has earned the No. 2 seed in the Section IV, Class C Tournament that starts Tuesday. The Senecas have a first-round bye, and home court until the finals, should they get that far..

They will play their first game on Friday, Feb. 27 in the Field House against Elmira Notre Dame (11-7 and seeded 7th), which Tuesday night defeated the No. 10 seed, Unadilla Valley, 41-37.

The top seeded team is Bainbridge-Guilford (15-2), while the third and fourth seeds go to Lansing (13-5) and Newfield (14-4).

Left: O-M's Addi Rhodes shoots. Right: The Indians' Hailie Searles battles for a rebound.
(Photo on the right by Mike Stamp)

O-M girls' rally falls short

Indians lose Section IV opener to Schenevus, 54-52

ODESSA, Feb 24 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team dug a first-half hole that it couldn't quite escape Tuesday as the Indians rallied from a 15-point deficit only to lose to Schenevus 54-52 in an opening-round game of the Section IV, Class D Tournament.

The contest, in the O-M gym, saw the Indians miss shot after shot in a first half in which they scored just 12 points, leaving them down 22-12 at halftime. The deficit grew to 15 points, at 30-15, midway through the third period.

"We didn't rebound very well, and that hurt us in the first half," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, noting that his team started sluggishly. "We looked like the team with the two-hour bus ride," an allusion to the trip Schenevus made to reach Odessa.

His team "clawed and fought" to get back in the game after intermission -- but couldn't regain the lead, which it had last held at 8-7. "We dug the hole too far," Gavich said. "Every time we got within one or two or three points, they scored again."

Odessa's rally brought the Indians within six points entering the fourth period, down 38-32. The Indians climbed to within three on a 3-pointer by Gillian Clark early in the period, then fell back by eight points, 46-38, at 6:08.

A free throw by Hailie Searles, a 3-pointer by Addi Rhodes, two more points on a drivinig layup by Rhodes, a jumper by Sage Garrison and and a layup by Garrison off a precision pass from Callie Stillman pulled the Indians within a point at 49-48 with 2:53 to play.

A basket by Schenevus restored the lead to three points, but O-M's Olivia Grover cut it to one point again, 51-50, with a full-court drive to the basket at 1:32 that included a nifty move that faked a defender out of position.

Schenevus scored again at 1:05 to go up 53-50, and O-M missed three shots on its next possession, turning the ball over when the last shot bounced out of bounds. Schenevus missed a one-and-one opportunity at 16.2 seconds, and O-M's Clark was fouled at 7.8 seconds when she attempted a 3-pointer. She missed the first of three free throws, then hit the next two to bring the Indians back within a point, down 53-52.

Schenevus went to the line again on a quick foul at 6.3 seconds, and made the first of two free throws. The second shot missed, and the ball went out of bounds off a Schenevus player during the battle for the rebound. Odessa had one last chance with 4.7 seconds left.

The ball was inbounded to Garrison, who got past some tight midcourt defense and pulled up for a mid-range jumper -- but the ball caromed off the rim as time expired.

"It's disappointing," Gavich said of the loss. "But these seniors (Searles, Rhodes, Stillman and Brianna Struble) have gotten us back on track with commitment, dedication and attitude. They are very classy individuals. When the younger girls win in the future, these seniors will have had a lot to do with it" by the example they left behind.

Clark, a 9th grader, led the Indians in scoring with 17 points, including two 3-pointers. Eighth grader Grover added 14 points, and Garrison, a sophomore, scored 10. Other points came from Searles (6) and Rhodes (5). The team was 15-for-26 at the free-throw line.

Schenevus was led by Alyssa Turner's 18 points. Megan Walke scored 15, Mary Hernanadez 12 and Danielle Tefft 8. The team converted 13 of 28 free-throw attempts.

Photos in text:

From top: O-M's Olivia Grover drives to the basket; the Indians' Addi Rhodes races upcourt; and O-M's Sage Garrison (left) and Megan Walke of Schenevus try to reach the ball. (Bottom photo by Mike Stamp)

Left: O-M's Hailie Searles. Right: The Indians' Gillian Clark at the free-throw line.

O-M's Callie Stillman looks to pass after grabbing the ball at midcourt.

Left: O-M's Alexis Saunders prepares to pass the ball.
Right: The Indians' Gillian Clark tries to drive past a Schenevus defender

Left: Students Alec Betts (with flag) and Manley Gavich (partially obscured) cheer on the Indians. Right: O-M's Sage Garrison is bumped off stride by Schenevus defender Danielle Ost, who was whistled for a foul. (Photo on right by Mike Stamp)

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Left: O-M's Kennedey Heichel. Right: The Indians' Gillian Clark.

Lynda Kramer (left) and Mary Crippen catch the ball as it bounces out of bounds at the scorer's table. O-M's Alexis Saunders is in the foreground.

Suddaby advances to Regionals in diving

ITHACA, Feb. 23 -- Ithaca College freshman Lindsey Suddaby -- a Watkins Glen High School graduate -- placed 8th in 3-meter diving at the Feb. 18-21 Empire 8 Swimming and Diving Championships in Webster, qualifying for the NCAA Regionals in Buffalo. She was also 10th in 1-meter diving.

Ithaca won the Empire 8 tournament championship, amassing 891 points to runnerup Stevens' 852. Hartwick was third with 515 in the 13-team field. Suddaby (pictured at right), a diver for Watkins Glen in her high school days, established a personal best in the 3-meter event of 425.4 points

Academically, she made the Dean's List in the Fall Semester at IC with a 4.0 grade-point average in the Speech Pathology program.

Athletes: Bowler, 5 basketball players

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 23 -- Once again this week, we honor a half-dozen Watkins Glen High school students as Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Lucy Craig earns a nod for her All-Star bowling at the Section IV State Qualifier in Binghamton, where she topped the entire tournament field with a 182 average on difficult lanes. Accordingly, she advanced to the State tournament in Syracuse.

And the starting five of the WGHS boys varsity basketball team earn the honor for their stunning comeback to capture the IAC Large School Championship in a win over previously unbeaten Whitney Point. The five, each of whom contributed largely to the victory, are Luke Flahive, Colin Gates, Joe Palumbo, Keith Rekczis and Matt Estes.

Double Honorable: Odessa-Montour basketball's Gillian Clark, Watkins Glen basketball's Amanda Pike and Madison Gates, and Watkins Glen bowler Samantha Bradley.

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

Teeter plays key role as CCC wins title

CORNING, Feb. 23 -- Watkins Glen High School graduate Jesse Teeter played a key role Saturday as his Corning Community College men's basketball team won its first Mid-State Athletic Conference championship in 20 years with an 82-75 win over Finger Lakes Community College in the conference final at CCC.

Teeter scored 8 points, registered 4 steals and dished out a season-high 13 assists as Corning improved to 21-7 overall and 13-1 in MSAC play. Issachar Small led the Red Barons with 29 points.

Corning advances now to the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 3 Tournament in Canandaigua. Pairings were to be announced today.

Youth program crowns its champions

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 23, 2015 -- The Watkins Glen Youth Basketball program, held in the winter at Watkins Glen High School, concluded with its playoff finals Saturday. House of Hong (3rd-4th grades) and Seneca Lodge (5th-6th grades) won the titles.

3rd-4th Grades

Championship Game:

House of Hong 28, Mr. Chicken 22
House of Hong: Jacob Yontz 18, Finnegan Dunham 4, Ryan Thompson 2, Haley Tuttle 2, Giuseppe La Face 2
Mr. Chicken: Carmichael Ayers 8, Gregory Samuels 6, Jacob Van Der Eeems 4, Lillian Ameigh 4

Consolation Games:

Famous Brands 16, Curly's Family Restaurant 6
Famous Brands: Jonah Sissel 10, Jenna Solomon 4, Lamashyaa Lee 2
Curly's Family Restaurant: Isabella Samuel 4, Devon Searle 2

Central Asphalt 22, Sporting Goods 14
Central Asphalt: David Kelly 14, Jason Murphy 4, Sarah Jones 4
Sporting Goods: Gavin Smith 6, Carly Arnold 6, Bryce Cady 2

5th-6th Grades

Championship Game:

Seneca Lodge 31, Church Street Produce 21
Seneca Lodge: Travon Jones 21, Brendan Sheesley 8, Ethan Day 2
Church Street Produce: Georgio Fazzary 12, Tim Clifford 7, Tanner Dunham 2

Consolation Games:

Watkins Glen Supply 34, Maguire's 12
Watkins Glen Suppply: Bryce Kelly 16 Jordan Avery 10, R.J. Bannon 6, Emily Rhoads 2
Maguire's: Rebecca Becker 4, Silas Farrell 2, Andrew Hayes 2, Kaylynn Burke 2, Elisabeth Scholtisek 2

Van Skiver Motors 38, Capt. Bill's 34
Van Skiver Motors: Owen Scholtisek 22, Daniel Ely 8, Aislinn Klemann 6, Stoyan Bond 2
Capt. Bill's: Seamus Mooney 20, Cameron Holland 10, Eric Morrisette 2, Ian Gleason 2

Photos in text: The House of Hong team (top) and the Seneca Lodge team, both playoff champions of the Watkins Glen Youth Basketball program. (Photos provided)

O-M boys end season at bowling Qualifier

BINGHAMTON, Feb. 22 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity bowling team competed Saturday in the Section IV State Qualifying Tournament at Laurel Lanes in Binghamton, finishing 11th out of the 11 teams present.

The Indians, who had advanced to the Qualifier with a strong showing at the previous weekend's Section IV, Class D Tournament, amassed a six-game pinfall of 4014 in their season-ender.

First place went to Corning, whose 5523 pinfall sends it to the State Tournament in Syracuse in a couple of weeks. The runnerup was Waverly with 5275, while Union-Endicott was third with 5012.

Alex Grady led O-M in the first three-game set with a 505 series, with Trenton Randall second at 462. Ryan Lambert led the Indians in the second three-game set with a 436, while Eric Rumsey rolled a 433.

Lucy Craig tops field at Qualifier, advances to States

BINGHAMTON, Feb. 21 -- Watkins Glen High School bowler Lucy Craig rolled the highest six-game series at the Section IV New York State Qualifying Tournament Friday at Laurel Lanes, and thus advanced as an All-Star to the State Tournament in Syracuse in two weeks.

Horseheads advanced by claiming the team title, besting second-place Watkins Glen, 4888-4641.

Craig (on the right in the photo at right) rolled games of 164, 180, 187, 180, 182 and 203 for a 1096 total, tops in the tournament. She finished atop the list of six All-Stars, ahead of Genevieve Burnett of Tioga (1063), Erin Page of Johnson City (1032), Alaena Sullivan of Chenango Valley (1032), Kalei Fenn of Newark Valley (1031) and Marina Mazzarella of Sidney (1031). Emily Loucks of Oneonta (1031) is an alternate. Mackenzie Bonyak of Horseheads had the third highest score, 1042, but qualified as a member of the winning team instead of as an All-Star.

"For Lucy to be the top bowler in all of Section IV and to lead the All Star team to the state tournament is a huge accomplishment," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "The entire team is proud of her."

Other scores for Watkins Glen: Samantha Bradley rolled a 992, Elizabeth Reed 881, Dakota Evans 860, and Liz Mason 812. Craig's final game, her 203, was the only Watkins game to surpass 200.

"It was a pretty tough oil pattern today" on the lanes, said Brower. "It was what will be seen at the state tournament.

"I am very proud of our girls," he added. "We led everyone after the first two games, and trailed Horseheads by 31 after the third game."

Because the two teams were the leaders, "we bowled them head to head in the afternoon." At the end, he said, Horseheads "knew they had beaten a great team."

Photo in text: The Sectin IV All-Star team, with Watkins Glen's Lucy Craig on the right. (Photo provided by Michelle Evans)

The IAC Large School champions pose after their victory over Whitney Point.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins boys win IAC title

Rally from 10-point deficit to beat Whitney Point 59-50

DRYDEN, Feb. 19 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team, down 36-26 at halftime, regained its defensive prowess in the second half Thursday night to overtake previously unbeaten Whitney Point, 59-50, in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School championship game at Tompkins Cortland Community College.

"What a game," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "That was high-level basketball, right there."

Fazzary said he was wondering at halftime whether his team (now 15-1) could stop Whitney Point, which had made a high percentage of its first-half shots, both long- and short-range. But the Senecas, who in their recent win over state-ranked Newfield had allowed just 35 points the entire game, reverted to that earlier defensive form, holding Whitney Point (now 17-1) to just 14 second-half points. Watkins Glen, meanwhile, scored 33 points after intermission.

Keith Rekczis led the Senecas with 19 points, including 8 in the fourth quarter. Colin Gates registered a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Gates, who missed a portion of the second quarter after picking up two fouls, "was an animal on the glass" in the second half, Fazzary said, time and again preventing Whitney Point from getting second shots.

Other points came from Matt Estes (12), Joe Palumbo (9 on three 3-pointers), and Luke Flahive (8, including 6 in the fourth quarter). The team was 6-for-8 from the foul line.

Gates and Palumbo led the team in assists with 4 each, while Estes and Flahive had 3 apiece, and Rekczis 2. Estes also registered 2 steals and had 3 rebounds, while Rekczis had 3 boards.

Whitney Point was led by Gabe Shrauger's 19 points, and 10 by Sean Kelly. The Eagles converted 3 of 4 free throws.

The game, which seesawed early, saw Watkins ahead 26-24 with 3:31 remaining in the second quarter. That's when Whitney Point went on a 12-0 run, ending the half up 10 points.

Watkins scored the first four points of the second half, which Fazzary said was key. "If Whitney Point had come out and scored four or six points and put us down 14 or 16, I'm not sure we could have come back," he said.

As it was, the Senecas fell back by 10 points again, 42-32, before going on an 11-0 run to take the lead briefly, 43-42, with 31 seconds left in the period. The Eagles answered with a buzzer-beater bucket to enter the fourth quarter up 44-43.

That 11-0 run, Fazzary noted, got the crowd into the game. "The closer we got, the louder they got," he said, "and you could feel the momentum turning."

The Senecas regained the lead 46-44 on a 3-pointer by Rekczis with 6:36 to go, and after Whitney Point tied the game 46-46 at 6:29, Rekczis added another 3-pointer at 6:03 for a 49-46 Watkins advantage.

After the Senecas missed two layup opportunities, Flahive drove to the hoop for two points and a 51-46 lead with 4:00 to go.

Whitney Point answered with a basket at 3:40 to pull within three points at 51-48, and scored again at 2:48 to cut the Watkins lead to one point. But the Eagles failed to score again.

Watkins stretched the lead to three points on a soft jumper by Estes at 2:13, and to six points on a Flahive layup and foul shot at 1:13. A Rekczis layup at 39.1 seconds -- after he pump-faked a hard-charging Whitney Point player who flew by him -- and a free throw by Flahive with 6 seconds left completed the scoring. At the buzzer, some of the Watkins Glen fans stormed the court to celebrate with the players.

"Rekczis hit some big threes" down the stretch, said Fazzary, "and Luke had a couple of big baskets. You know, Keith played unbelievably, and he had to guard Shrauger -- until he got his fourth foul" in the third quarter. Then Gates took over on Shrauger.

The coach also pointed to the play of Palumbo, whose job it was to guard Zach Marsh, an 18-point-per-game player held Thursday to just 3 points. "Joe got into his head," said Fazzary. "He stuck to him like glue. Every time Marsh turned around, there was Joe in his face."

Overall, Fazzary said, "everybody played pretty well. To be down 10 against a team of that caliber and outscore them 33-14 in the second half, hold them to 8 and 6 points in the third and fourth quarters ... I couldn't be more proud.

"You know, I think Whitney Point looked a little tired late in the game. But our guys were so pumped up with coming back, and getting the crowd behind them, I think adrenaline carried us."

With the Section IV, Class C tournament ahead -- and Watkins tentatively set for a first-round bye and a quarterfinal game at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 against the winner of a Feb. 25 game between Greene and Lansing -- Fazzary said he is hoping for continued crowd support.

"I want to thank the fans for turning out in droves" for Thursday's game, he said. "The kind of vocal support they provided inspired the boys." The combination of enthusiastic basketball fans and appreciative basketball players "is a great team," he said.

Photos in text:

From the top: Watkins Glen's Luke Flahive shoots in traffic; the Senecas' Justin Duane moves the ball (Photo by Don Romeo); Watkins' Keith Rekczis puts up a shot; the Senecas' Matt Estes glides toward the hoop.

Left: Watkins Glen's Keith Rekczis looks for a shot. Right: The Senecas' Matt Estes receives an alley-oop pass, which he put through the hoop. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins' Joe Palumbo (10) bounces a pass to teammate Colin Gates after stealing the ball.

Left: Watkins' Joe Palumbo sends a 3-pointer on its way.
Right: The Senecas' Colin Gates drives to the basket.

Left: Some of the many Watkins Glen fans on hand. Right: WENY-TV sportscaster Jenna Cottrell was on hand to report on the game.

Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary outlines a play for his team during a timeout.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Colin Gates saves the ball from going out of bounds. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right:
After the game, the Senecas' Luke Flahive hugs Assistant Coach David Waite.

O-M boys fade at end, lose to S. Cayuga

AURORA, Feb. 19 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team stayed close to Southern Cayuga Wednesday night until the fourth quarter, when SC pulled away to hand the Indians a 59-43 Interscholastic Athletic Conference road loss.

The defeat dropped the Indians' season mark to 7-11 heading into the Section IV tournament. O-M Coach Brad Clark said that his team will open the tourney against the team it just played -- at Southern Cayuga on Wednesday.

Odessa trailed 13-11 after one period, 24-22 at halftime, and 36-32 heading into the fourth quarter -- when Southern Cayuga pulled away with a 23-11 finishing kick.

Tyler Clark led the Indians with 11 points, while Cody Daugherty scored 9, Bryce Elliott 8, Joel Kelly 5, Mitch Scata 4, and Chris Foote, Zach Pyhtila, and Nick Sgrecci 2 each.

Six-foot-seven Justin Schneider led SC with 23 points. "We didn't do a very good job on him," said Coach Clark.

Odessa girls fall to Southern Cayuga

AURORA, Feb. 19 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team closed its regular season with a loss Wednesday night, dropping a 62-39 decision to Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

"Considering we were playing short-handed versus a veteran team on the road, our first half performance was very good," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "Their experience and strength inside hurt us in the third quarter and wore us down a bit."

Southern Cayuga led 13-12 after one period and 24-21 at the half. A 22-8 third-quarter burst "put it pretty much out of reach," Gavich said.

Gillian Clark led Odessa with 20 points (including four 3-pointers) and 6 rebounds. Sage Garrison (in her first action since a mid-January injury, but with limited minutes) scored 5 points and had 3 assists. Other points came from Callie Stillman (5), Olivia Grover (4), Addi Rhodes (3), and Alexis Saunders (2).

Adrianne Torea led Southern Cayuga (12-6) with 18 points.

O-M, playing without Hailie Searles and Kennedey Heichel (who were out of town), is now 8-10 heading into Sectionals. It will be the Indians' first appearance in the postseason tourney in four years.

Photo in text: O-M's Gillian Clark scored 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. (File photo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk sends a shot on its way.
Right: The Senecas' Hannah Morse (13) dives after a loose ball.

JV girls lose title game, 37-34

Whitney Point tops Glen for IAC Large Schools crown

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 19 -- In the end, it was a matter of too many turnovers and not enough free-throw conversions.

Those two ingredients cost the Watkins Glen High School girls Junior Varsity basketball team Wednesday night as it lost in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large Schools championship game to Whitney Point, 37-34, in the WGHS Field House.

"We played with heart," Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse said of his team, which nearly overcame an 8-point fourth-quarter deficit. The Senecas, down 31-23 with 4:25 remaining, pulled to within a point at 35-34 with 49.2 seconds remaining. A basket by Whitney Point with 21 seconds left put the Eagles back up by three points.

Watkins managed two more shots, both misses, and failed to convert three free throws, leaving the final deficit intact at three points.

Ryanna LaMoreaux led the Senecas with 13 points, while Taylor Kelly scored 10 points, Hannah Morse 6, Danielle Leszyk 4, and Hanley Elliott 1. The team converted 8 of 18 free throws, including just 3 of 10 in the fourth quarter.

Taylor Ferro led Whitney Point with 11 points, with teammate Sierra Hand scoring 9. The Eagles were 5-for-12 from the foul line.

"We just had too many turnovers," Coach Morse said in explaining a chief cause of the loss. Indeed, the Whitney Point press led to more than a dozen Watkins turnovers before the Senecas could move the ball across the half-court line. And roughly half of those led to easy Whitney Point baskets.

The Eagles had a problem of their own, turning the ball over on several travel violations. But they built enough of a cushion in the final period to withstand the Watkins Glen rally and claim the Large Schools crown.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux (3) goes high for the tipoff. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: The Senecas' Julia Reilly moves the ball upcourt.

Left: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott tries to stop the ball from going out of bounds.
Right:
The Senecas' Makenna Fraboni looks to pass the ball.

From left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, Hanley Elliott and Emmie Bond shoot.
(Photos center and right by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly drives toward the basket (left) and goes high (right) to stop a pass from going out of bounds. (Photo on right by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike shoots. Right: The Senecas' Allison Teed.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

Glen girls fall to Corning

CORNING, Feb. 18 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team ended its regular season with a narrow loss Tuesday night, dropping a 42-40 non-league decision to Corning on the road.

The Senecas, now 14-4, led at halftime 19-14, but entered the final period trailing 29-27. Each team scored 13 points down the stretach.

Amanda Pike and Madison Gates combined for 30 points for Watkins, Pike scoring 16 while grabbing 7 rebounds and registering 2 steals. Gates had 14 points, 5 rebounds and an assist.

Other points for the Senecas came from Mariah Gonzalez (4, with 10 rebounds and 2 assists), Amanda Cherock (4, with 1 rebound and 1 assist), and Madison Myers (2). The team was 8-for-11 from the foul line, with all of the attempts by Gates.

Olivia LeBaron led Corning with 19 points. The Hawks were 5-for-17 from the free-throw line.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez drives past a Corning defender. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins' Madison Gates prepares to shoot. Right: The Senecas' Madison Myers.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

O-M's Clark named to All-Star 1st Team

ODESSA, Feb. 8 -- Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball standout Gillian Clark has been named to the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small.School South Division All-Star 1st Team.

MVP of the division is Mariyah Byrd (Sophomore, Newfield)

1st Team -- Sierra Henry (Jr, Newfield), Mikayla Short (Jr., Candor), Gillian Clark (Freshman, O-M), Dallia Rorick (Sr., S-VE), Rachel Barnhart (Sr., Candor)

2nd Team -- Megan Holman (Sr., S-VE), Siarahjo Rose (Soph., Candor), Danielle Barto (Sr., Tioga), Ashley Tyskewicz (Sr., Newfield), Hailie Searles (Sr., O-M), Katelyn Stubbs (Jr., Tioga)

All-Academic -- Hailie Searles and Callie Stillman

O-M team members Searles, Stillman and Addi Rhodes will play in the Exceptional Seniors Game (March 9 at O-M).

6 share Athlete of the Week award

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 16 -- Six Watkins Glen students are being honored as Odessa File Athletes of the Week for outstanding performances in a week that saw many exceptional efforts.

The honors go to:

Samantha Bradley for leading the girls varsity bowling team to a Section IV, Class C championship. She rolled a 594 series that included a 235 game.

Aidan DeBolt and Matt Doppel for claiming individual titles at the Section IV, Class C Swimming Championships -- DeBolt in the 50 Free and Doppel in the 100 Back.

Patrick Hazlitt and Joelle Slater for winning individual titles at the Section IV, Class C-D Indoor Track Championships at Cornell -- Hazlitt in the 1600 Meter Run and Slater in the 1500 Meter RaceWalk.

Joe Palumbo for a pair of outstanding performances as the boys varsity basketball team defeated previously unbeaten Newfield and then apparently secured the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Section IV, Class C Tournament with a win over Lansing. Palumbo had a double-double against Newfield, and a team-leading 18 points against the Bobcats.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen bowlers Lucy Craig, Liz Mason, Elizabeth Reed and Dakota Evans; Watkins Glen swimmers Lucas Wickhan, Liam Fitch and Jacob Slater; Odessa-Montour swimmers Billy Tague and Charles Sidle; Watkins Glen wrestlers Ian Chedzoy and Josh Burge; O-M wrestler Joe Rorick; Watkins Glen runners Taylor Kennard, Brooke Shaffer and Kevin Kernan; the members of the Watkins Glen cheerleading squad; Watkins Glen basketball's Amanda Pike, Mariah Gonzalez, Luke Flahive, Justin Duane, Colin Gates and Keith Rekczis; O-M bowlers Eric Rumsey and Alex Grady; and O-M basketball's Joel Kelly and Gillian Clark.

Honorable Mention: Another 23 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Star selections and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at both the Watkins Glen and O-M schools.

Left: O-M's Colin Haag battles Lansing's Daniel Koll. Right: Odessa's Joe Rorick.

Some photos from O-M's Sectional bouts

BINGHAMTON, Feb. 16 -- Odessa-Montour teacher and wrestling fan Lisa Frost has provided these photos from the Section IV Wrestling Championships in Binghamton on Saturday.

The Indians' Joe Rorick fared best, making it to the title bout at 120 pounds before losing to Lansing's Jimmy Overhiser.

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Photo at right:

Odessa-Montour's Billy Bacon has the advantage against Delhi's Mike Bryden at 126 pounds.

Left: O-M's Joe Wright, left, battles an Owego wrestler. Right: Odessa 8th grader Andrew Hartford (right) competes in his first Section IV Championships tourney.

O-M's Kelly earns IAC First-Team slot

OSDESSA, Feb. 16 -- Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball standout Joel Kelly has been named to the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small Schools South Division All-Star First Team in a vote of division coaches.

Kelly averaged more than 12 points a game and had seven games with 15 or more points.

Second Team All-Star recognition went to O-M's Cody Daugherty, Bryce Elliott and Tyler Clark.

Watkins Youth Basketball: The Playoffs

The Watkins Glen Youth Basketball program, held in the winter at Watkins Glen High School, conducted its first round of postseason playoffs Saturday.
The results:
House of Hong and Mr. Chicken will play for the 3rd-4th grade title on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 8:30 a.m. Seneca Lodge and Church Street Produce will play for the 5th-6th grade title the same day at 9:30 a.m.

3rd-4th Grades

Sporting Goods 12, Curly's Family Restaurant 8
Sporting Goods: Bryce Cady 8, Carly Arnold 4
Curly's Family Restaurant:Thomas Field 4, Devon Searle 2, Brenna Pierce 2

Mr. Chicken 19, Sporting Goods 9
Mr. Chicken: Carmichael Ayers 15, Gregory Samuels 2, Jacob Van Der Eems 2
Sporting Goods: Carly Arnold 5, Bryce Cady 4

Central Asphalt 22, Famous Brands 16
Central Asphalt: David Kelly 12, Jason Murphy 8, Sarah Jones 2
Famous Brands: Jenna Solomon 8, Jonah Sissel 6, Joseph Sutterby 2

House of Hong 25, Central Asphalt 14
House of Hong: Jacob Yontz 17, Haley Tuttle 6, Ryan Thompson 2
Central Asphalt: Jason Murphy 8, David Kelly 4, Sarah Jones 2

5th-6th Grades

Watkins Glen Supply 32, Capt. Bill's 30
Watkins Glen Supply: Jordan Avery 13, Bryce Kelly 10, R.J. Bannon 4, Jacob Powers 3, Julya Slater 2
Capt. Bill's: Seamus Mooney 30

Church Street Produce 30, Watkins Glen Supply 21
Church Street Produce: Georgio Fazzary 14, Tim Clifford 6, Mattie Yontz 4, Brendyn Hammond 2, Tanner Dunham 2, Ashley Youmans 2
Watkins Glen Supply: Bryce Kelly 10, Jacob Powers 4, Jordan Avery 2, R.J. Banner 2, Julya Slater 2, Bailey Beaumont 1

Seneca Lodge 28, Van Skiver Motors 27
Seneca Lodge: Travon Jones 22, Savannah Ayers 4, Ethan Day 2
Van Skiver Motors: Owen Scholtisek 27

Seneca Lodge 38, Maguire's 8
Seneca Lodge: Savannah Ayers 12, Travon Jones 10, Kara Sheesley 10, Ethan Day 6
Maguire's: Rebecca Becker 6, Brandon Smith 2

The Section IV, Class C champion Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team. (Photo provided)

Glen girls win Sectional title

Bradley leads the way with a 594; Qualifier next

VESTAL, Feb. 15 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team, fresh off an IAC bowling title last weekend, won the Section IV, Class C championship Saturday, defeating a seven-team field at Midway Lanes in Vestal.

Senior Samantha Bradley paced the Senecas with a 594 series that included a 235 score in the third game, when Watkins surged with its best performance of the day, a 922 total. The first two games were 886 and 785.

Lucy Craig rolled a 536 series that included a 210 game, Liz Mason a 502 series, Dakota Evans a 491 with a 203 game, and Elizabeth Reed a 470. In the final game, no Seneca scored lower than 169.

The Senecas'. total pinfall of 2593 was more than 150 better than runnerup Newark Valley, which posted a 2439. Bainbridge-Guilford was third with 2316, followed by Edison (2206), Tioga (1993), Sidney (1911) and Lansing (1729).

Bradley's series was the 6th best overall among Section IV tournaments, and second best among Class C.competitors.

"The girls bowled with confidence today," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "After they stumbled a little in the second game, I told them that the championship was theirs if they wanted it, but that they would have to go get it. They did."

Craig's 210 game earned her the gold medal for high game in the Class C tourney , even though Bradley rolled a 235. "High series awards take precedence over high single-game awards," said Brower. "By Section rule, a bowler cannot receive both. That is why Samantha's 235 was not among the top three for single game. She had already received a medal for her series." Evans' 203 game earned her a third-place award.

Meanwhile, Bradley and Craig will be competing as individuals as well as in the team competition at next week's State Qualifier, to be held at Laurel Bowl in Binghamton. They qualified as individuals by finishing among the top 30 season averages in all of Section IV -- Bradley third with a 189.5 average, and Craig 25th with a 172 average. The team advanced by winning Saturday's tournament. Second-place Newark Valley also moved on.

Class D: Odessa-Montour ended its season by placing 6th in the eight-team Section IV, Class D tournament at Midway Lanes. Candor won the D title with a 2349 series, 10 pins better than runnerup Hancock. Odessa posted a 1721 total, with Ashley Stewart leading the way with a 413 series. Other scores: Taylor Sykes 353, Britney Visscher 330, Jackie Vincent 320, and Carolyn Arias 305.

Photo in text: The Watkins Glen squad, winnes of the Class C title. Front from left: Samantha Bradley and Lucy Craig. Middle from left: Liz Mason, Elizabeth Reed and Dakota Evans. Standing in the back: Coach Ward Brower. (Photo provided)

Odessa-Montour's Billy Tague on the way to fourth place in the 200 Yard Freestyle.

DeBolt, Doppel win titles

Watkins Glen 4th in Section IV, Class C swimming; O-M places 5th

OWEGO, Feb. 15 -- Watkins Glen High School swimmers Aidan DeBolt and Matt Doppel won individual championships Saturday while their team finished fourth at the Section IV, Class C Swimming Championships at Owego Free Academy.

DeBolt captured the 50 Yard Freestyle in a personal-best time of 23.31, while Doppel was first in the 100 Backstroke in a state-qualifying time of 53.69. Doppel qualified for States earlier in the season in both the 100 Back and the 100 Yard Freestyle -- an event in which he placed second Saturday to Waverly's Josh Mastrantuono.

Lansing won the team title, posting a score of 431 to outpoint runnerup Chenango Forks (373.5). Third place went to Waverly (305 points), while Watkins Glen took fourth with 293 and O-M fifth with 201. Then came Greene (198.5), Southern Cayuga (101) and Spencer-Van Etten (22).

DeBolt won the 50 Free despite having a poor turn in which he said he "started it too soon," and ended up pushing off the wall with his toes instead of the entire bottom of his feet. When asked how he made up for the error, he just shrugged, as if to say "I'm not sure." When he finished ahead of everone else and saw his time, he pumped his fist in celebration.

Doppel, despite a slightly better seed time than Mastrantuono in the 100, finished second by more than a second, posting a 49.64 while teammate DeBolt was third in 51.73. But Doppel dominated the 100 Back, registering a fast 53.69.

Other top-eight (Championship Final) finishes for Watkins included a second place by Lucas Wickham in the 100 Yard Breaststroke (in 1:08.45); a second place by the 200 Medley Relay team of Doppel, Wickham, Liam Fitch and DeBolt (in 1:46.03); seventh-places by Fitch in the 200 IM (in 2:24.94) and the 100 Yard Butterfly (in 1:04.51); an 8th place by A.J. Specchio in the 500 Yard Freestyle (5:49.07); a seventh place by Will Fitzsimmons in the 100 Back (1:07.28); a sixth place by the 200 Free Relay squad of Wickham, Aaron Planty, Jacob Slater and Shawn Rutledge (1:46.85); and a fourth place by the 400 Free Relay squad of DeBolt, Fitch, Wickham and Doppel (3:42.07).

Slater (pictured at right) also placed thilrd the day before in the diving competition, amassing 271.40 points. The event was won by Chenango Forks' Chris Roberts (329.75 points), followed by Chenango Forks' Jason Sefcovic (306.25). Fourth place went to Chenango Forks' Brad Harper (192.10), and fifth to Waverly's Devin Pierce (119.90).

Top-eight finishes for Odessa-Montour came from Billy Tague, fourth in the 200 Free (2:00.31) and seventh in the 100 Free (54.96); Charles Sidle, fourth in the 50 Free (24.31) and eighth in the 100 Fly (1:05.74); Anthony Humphries, 4th in the 100 Breaststroke (1:09.91); Andy Fudala, 6th in the 100 Breaststroke (1:11.46); the 200 Medley Relay team of Humphries, Fudala, Manley Gavich and Kyle Frasier (sixth in 2:06.11); the 200 Free Relay squad of Fudala, James Terry, Sidle and Tague (fourth in 1:41.63); and the 400 Free Relay team of Terry, Humphries, Sidle and Tague (fifth in 3:51.93).

Personal Records (PRs) for O-M were set by:
--Billy Tague in the 200 Free
--Anthony Humphries in the 200 IM and the 100 Breast
--James Terry in the 50 Free
--Kyle Frasier in the 200 IM
--Charles Sidle in the 50 Free and the 100 Fly
--Andy Fudala in the 100 Breast

"The O-M guys again had a phenomenal meet today," said their coach, Terri Brace. "After the great times posted at IACs last weekend I wasn't sure what to expect, but they rose to the occasion and everyone who swam posted at least one PR. I could not be happier with this season. This was a great group of guys. They all worked hard, came together as a team, and supported each other constantly, whether it was during a hard practice or at a meet. They were truly a family, and I am so proud of them. Seniors Charles Sidle and Manley Gavich will be greatly missed next year, but with such a young team, the future looks bright for O-M swimming."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Aidan DeBolt celebrates after winning the 50 Yard Freestyle title.

Second: O-M's Charles Sidle hits the water at the start of the 100 Yard Butterfly. He finished 8th, cutting more than three seconds off his seed time.

Third: Watkins Glen's Jacob Slater on the podium. He placed third in the diving event.

Fourth: Swim official Kate LaMoreaux at Saturday's meet. (This photo by George Rutledge)

Watkins' Matt Doppel dives at start of the 200 Medley Relay. He later won the 100 Back.

Watkins Glen's A.J. Specchio competes in the 200 Yard Individual Medley. He placed 9th.

Left: O-M's Kyle Frasier dives at start of the 200 IM. He placed 14th. Right Watkins' Lucas Wickham competes in the 100 Yard Breaststroke, where he finished 2nd.

O-M's Anthony Humphries competes in the 200 Yard Medley Relay.

Left: Watkins Glen's second-place 200 Medley Relay team, consisting of (from left) Aidan DeBolt, Matt Doppel, Liam Fitch and Lucas Wickham. Right: Members Kyle Frasier, left, and Andy Fudala of O-M's sixth-place 200 Medley Relay team. Other members were Anthony Humphries (visible on right) and Manley Gavich. (Photo on right by George Rutledge)

Watkins Glen's Liam Fitch in the 100 Yard Butterfly. He finished 7th.

O-M's Andy Fudala glides underwater at start of the 100 Yard Breaststroke. He placed 6th.

Watkins' Aaron Planty dives at start of the 200 Yard Freestyle. He finished 16th.

No Section IV titles for Schuyler County wrestlers

BINGHAMTON, Feb. 15 -- Five Watkins Glen High School wrestlers and one from Odessa-Montour reached the semifinals of the Section IV Wrestling Championships held Friday and Saturday at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, but none of them brought home a title.

Watkins Glen's Josh Burge (170 pounds) and Ian Chedzoy (182) lost by decisions in the Championship Finals, while O-M's Joe Rorick (120) was pinned in his final. Burge lost 5-2 to Sidney's Nicholas Jump, Chedzoy dropped a 3-1 decision to Ryan Marszal of Unatego, and Rorick was pinned in 3:54 by Lansing's Jimmy Overhiser.

The other three Schuyler semifinalists -- Watkins wrestlers Brandon Gould (126), Nick Cocola (152) and Colton Arcangeli (285) -- did not reach the finals. Gould was pinned in 5:56 in the semis by Ian Lupole of Susquehanna Valley, Cocola lost an 11-1 major decision to Frank Garcia of Norwich, and Arcangeli was pinned in 5:56 by Sidney's Austin Dean.

Watkins Glen was fifth in the Division II team standings with 104 points, trailing first-place Norwich (159.5), Unatego (126.5), Deposit-Hancock (119.5), and Bainbridge-Guilford-Afton-Harpursville (115.5). Odessa-Montour was 26th among the 30 schools with 27.5 points.

Hazlitt, Slater win Sectional crowns; several from Glen advance to Qualifier

ITHACA, Feb. 15 -- Several members of the Watkins Glen High School Indoor Track team advanced at Saturday's Section IV, Class C/D Championships to next weekend's State Qualifier at Cornell University -- and two of them did it with first-place finishes.

Patrick Hazillit won the 1600 Meter Run in 4:38.43, while Joelle Slater captured the title in the 1500 Meter RaceWalk in 8:57.68.

With the top six finisheres in each event advancing, Watkins also will be represented at the Qualifier by Taylor Kennard, third in the 3000 Meter Run in 11:58.60; Brooke Shaffer, fourth in the 1500 Meter Run in 5:30.70; Kevin Kernan, fifth in the 55 Meter Hurdles in 10.12; Sam Hanley, sixth in the 1600 Meter Run in 5:06.91; and Mikayla Rhodes, sixth in the Shot Put with a throw of 25 feet, 5.75 inches.

A couple of school records were also set -- by Isobel Scheffey, who broke her own record in the 55 Meter Dash with a time of 8.18 seconds; and Claire McManus, who broke her own record in the Triple Jump with a leap of 28 feet, 8 inches.

Personal bests were also achieved by:

--Emily Manzer in the 300 Meter Dash in 1:01.9
--Kali Bond, 5:37.23 in the 1500 Meter Run
--Cameron Connelly in the 1000 Meter Run in 3:28.33
--Hailey Hoose in the 55 Meter Dash in 8.74

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt and Joelle Slater celebrate their victories.
Bottom left: The Senecas' Claire McManus in the Triple Jump. She broke her own school record.
Bottom right: Watkins' Brooke Shaffer in the 1500 Meter Run, where she placed fourth. (Photos provided)

The Watkins Glen cheerleaders pose after winning the Moravia tournament. (Photo provided)

Watkins cheerleaders win at Moravia

MORAVIA, Feb. 15 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity and junior varsity cheerleading squads won titles Saturday at the Moravia Cheerleading Competition in the Moravia High School gym.

Both the varsity and JV took first place in the Large School Division. The varsity also had high score for the day, and team member Ryan Pruitt was champion of the Jump Off.

The Odessa-Montour varsity cheerleaders, meanwhile, were second in the Small School Division behind Groton.

Photo in text: The Watkins cheerleaders perform while judges observe. (Photo provided)

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike shoots. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right: The Senecas' Madison Gates blocks a Lansing shot

Glen girls top Lansing, 51-43

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 14 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team -- led by Amanda Pike's 23 points and Mariah Gonzalez's 17 points and 10 rebounds -- defeated Lansing 51-43 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS gym.

The Seneca rode a 15-0 second-half surge to the victory, which improved their season mark to 14-3 heading into a contest Tuesday at Corning.

Lansing controlled Friday's game early, building a 15-7 first-quarter lead, but the Senecas outscored the Bobcats 16-2 in the second period for a 23-17 halftime advantage.

Lansing rallied with three 3-pointers early in the third quarter that helped them forge a 29-29 tie, but Watkins Glen went on its 15-point spree to take a 44-29 lead into the final minutes. After Watkins' Pike and Madison Gates fouled out with less than three minutes remaining, Lansing pulled within seven points, but could get no closer.

Pike, in addition to her 23 points (which included three 3-pointers), registered 4 steals, 2 assists, a rebound and a block. Gonzalez, who also had an assist and a steal, notched 11 of her points at the foul line on 14 attempts. The team as a whole was 18-for-28 from the line.

Other points came from: Madison Gates (3, with 4 rebounds and 4 blocks); Allison Teed (3); Madison Myers (3), and Tamijah Lawton Stone (2).

Lansing was led by Shea McCartney, who scored 20 points, and Maura McCartney, who scored 18. Each had four 3-pointers.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Lansing, 40-20. Ryanna LaMoreaux led the Senecas with 14 points and 6 rebounds, while Emmie Bond scored 9 points, and Taylor Kelly 5 points with 8 rebounds.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Madison Gates (10) battles for the ball.
Bottom: The Senecas' Tamijah Lawton-Stone puts up a shot. (Photo by Don Romeo)

It was Senior Night Friday, with the four seniors on the Watkins Glen varsity basketball team honored. From left: Madison Gates, Amanda Cherock, Coach Alicia Learn, Halle Phillips and Tamijah Lawton-Stone. (Photo by Don Romeo)

From left: Watkins Glen's Madison Myers, Halle Phillips and Mariah Gonzalez.
(Center photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn outlines a play for her team during a timeout.
(Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: Watkins Glen's Allison Teed drives toward the basket. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Cherock tries to move around Lansing's Nicki Mix. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Seniors on the Watkins Glen High School Indoor Track team were honored on Senior Night Frdiay at the girls varsity basketball game. From left: Taylor Kennard, Jonas Recker, Alexandra Joslyn, Kevin Kernan and Amber Bradley. (Photo by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse drives to the hoop. Right: The Senecas' Ryanna LaMoreaux goes up for a shot in traffic. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Bowling: O-M boys advance to Qualifier

VESTAL, Feb. 14 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity bowling team placed second Friday at the Section IV, Class D Bowling Tourrnament at Midway Lanes, thus advancing to next weekend's State Qualifier at Laurel Lanes in Binghamton.

The top two teams in each Sectional class tournament move on to the Qualifier.

Elmira Notre Dame took first place with a 2957 total, with O-M second at 2239. Other schools in the tourney were Afton, Deposit, Hancock and Marathon.

Eric Rumsey led the Indians with a 527 series, while Alex Grady rolled a 512 and Trenton Randall a 439.

Class C Tournament: Watkins Glen placed 7th, ending its season. Nathaniel Rose led the Senecas with a 512 series, while Steven Bradley rolled a 505, Conlin Wysocki 501, and Wyatt Brower 476.

"I'm happy with the way we finished the season," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "All the guys ended with at least one game they can be proud of. We have a great base on which to build the future of the program. I'm looking forward to next season."

Brower also congratulated the O-M squad for advancing in Class D to the State Qualifier, saying: "Good luck next week, guys."

Glen boys top Lansing, 64-55

IAC title game next: top seed in Sectionals seems likely

LANSING, Feb. 14 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team improved to 14-1 and likely clinched the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Section IV, Class C tournament by defeating Lansing 64-55 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Lansing gym.

The Senecas were led in scoring by Joe Palumbo, who notched 18 points while grabbing 4 rebounds and dishing out 3 assists. Matt Estes added 17 points (with 4 rebounds) and Colin Gates 16 points (with 3 rebounds and 2 steals).

Other points came from Justin Duane (6, along with 5 rebounds), Luke Flahive (5, along with 7 rebounds and 7 assists), and Justin Kelly (2).

The Senecas led 13-11 after one period before opening up a 34-21 halftime lead that grew to 23 points in the third quarter. Lansing rallied, though, cutting the Watkins advantage to as few as 7 points, but could get no closer.

Watkins Coach John Fazzary, noting that his squad was coming off an emotional victory Tuesday over Newfield, said Friday's defensive effort was "poor," and that his squad's offensive passes were "subpar. There wasn't the same intensity and desire that we saw against Newfield."

He gave Lansing credit, though, for fighting back from a large deficit on what was the Bobcats' Senior Night. They were led by Josh Miller-Labar's 20 points in a game in which they were without their usual leading scorer, Zach Detrick.

Watkins Glen looks ahead now to the IAC Large Schools championship game, set for 8 p.m. Thursday at Tompkins Cortland Community College against Whitney Point. Fazzary said he hopes the Senecas' fans turn out in force to cheer them on, just as they did in the Newfield contest.

After that comes the Section IV, Class C Tournament, with Fazzary "almost certain" that his squad will get the No. 1 seed and thus home-court advantage up until the tourney final, set for the Broome County arena. If there are fewer than 16 teams in the tournament, he said, the top seed earns a first-round bye.

Junior Varsity: Lansing defeated Watkins Glen, 45-42. Max Schimizzi led the Senecas with 15 points, while Jacob Lokken scored 11 and Connor Seeley-Ion 7.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Joe Palumbo. (File photo)

Brown signs Mansfield letter of intent

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 13 -- A ceremony was held in the Watkins Glen High School library Thursday at which WGHS senior Jon Brown signed a letter of intent to play football in the fall as part of Mansfield University's sprint football program.

Brown was the leading ground gainer on the 5-3 Watkins Glen football team last fall, amassing more than 1,200 yards rushing. He will likely see playing time in the backfield and defensive secondary at Mansfield.

Brown signed while his mother, Tammy, sat at his side, and with his high school football coach, Lou Condon Jr., also present. Observing were Brown's varsity wrestling coach, Nils Watson, and the high school principal, Kai D'Alleva.

Mansfield, said Brown, "offers everything I want. It's got the academics, the football, and it's close to home, so it works out all around."

Photo in text: Present at the signing were, from left, WGHS varsity wrestling coach Nils Watson, Tammy Brown, Jon Brown, WGHS football coach Lou Condon Jr., and WGHS principal Kai D'Alleva. (Photo provided)

O-M girls defeat Edison, improve to 8-9

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Feb. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Gillian Clark's 15 points -- defeated Edison 45-22 Thursday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Edison gym.

The victory lifted the Indians' season mark to 8-9 heading into a contest tonight (Friday) at home against Southern Cayuga.

O-M was up 17-10 after one period, 11 of its points coming from Clark. The halftime score was 20-15, and "it was really anybody's ball game" at that point, said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, who added that his squad "came out and clamped down on the defensive end in the second half and got the job done."

Clark, in addition to her 15 points, grabbed 6 rebounds. Edison, said Gavich "went box-and-one on Gillian after that first quarter. In the second half we got scoring we needed from our other players."

Callie Stillman scored 9 points for Odessa, while Olivia Grover registered 8 (all in the second half) along with 7 rebounds. Kennedey Heichel added 6 points, Hailie Searles 4 (with 12 rebounds), and Addi Rhodes 3.

Junior Varsity: Edison defeated Odessa-Montour, 38-35. Alexis Saunders led the Indians with 14 points.

Left: O-M's Joel Kelly takes aim on a 3-pointer.
Right: The Indians' Bryce Elliott drives to the hoop.

O-M boys roll past Edison

Top Spartans 58-41, improve to 7-10

ODESSA, Feb. 12 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team -- led by Joel Kelly's 15 points and Tyler Clark's 14 -- defeated Edison 58-41 Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The victory lifted the Indians' season mark to 7-10 heading into a makeup game Friday at Southern Cayuga.

Also scoring for Odessa were Cody Daugherty (9 points), Bryce Elliott (8), Mitch Scata (7), Chris Foote (3) and Chad Sykes (2). The team hit five 3-pointers (three by Kelly), and was 15-for-20 from the free-throw line..

Edison was led by Kobie Punchard with 15 points. The Spartans converted 13 of 24 free-throw attempts.

Odessa and Edison traded the lead back and forth in the first quarter, with the Indians coming out ahead 13-12. They then pulled ahead by as many as 10 points in the second period, and reached halftime up 29-20.

After the Spartans scored the first five points of the third quarter to pull within four points at 29-25, Odessa went on a 14-4 run to enter the final period ahead by 15 points, 43-28. The Indians cruised from there.

Junior Varsity: Edison rode an 11-0 run in the third period to a 43-37 victory over Odessa-Montour.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Tyler Clark, right, races toward the basket with Edison's Kevin Harmer in pursuit.
Bottom: The Odessa cheerleaders perform for the home crowd.

Left: O-M's Cody Daugherty shoots. Right: The Indians' Noah Bruno moves the ball.

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And 4 from Doug Yeater:

O-M's Bryce Elliott (left) and Joel Kelly take the ball to the hoop.
(Both photos by Doug Yeater)

Odessa's Tyler Clark, left, and Mitch Scata shoot. (Both photos by Doug Yeater)

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Senior Night

Honored in a Senior Night ceremony were five O-M basketball players and four O-M cheerleaders. They are:

O-M seniors Richard Brown, left, and Cody Daugherty

From left: Seniors Zach Pyhtila, Chad Sykes and Noah Bruno

From left: Senior cheerleaders Samantha House, Tela Wittig,
Dana Roberts and Ashley Hickey

O-M swimmers advance at prelims

WAVERLY, Feb. 12 -- Eight Odessa-Montour swimmers advanced Wednesday in various preliminary, qualifying races to Saturday's finals of the Section IV, Class C Swimming Championships at Owego Free Academy..

Qualifying for the Championship Finals were:

--The 200 Medley Relay team of Anthony Humphries, Andy Fudala, Manley Gavich and Kyle Frasier, 6th in 2:08.34;
--The 200 Free Relay team of James Terry, Andy Fudala, Charles Sidle and Billy Tague, 4th in 1:43.25;
--The 400 Free Relay squad of James Terry, Anthony Humphries, Charles Sidle and Billy Tague, 5th in 3:53.43;
--Billy Tague, 4th in the 200 Free (2:01.76) and 6th in the 100 Free (54.57);
--Charles Sidle, 4th in the 50 Free (24.31) and 8th in the 100 Fly (1:08.87 PR);
--Alec Betts, 4th in the 200 IM (2:20.04 PR) and 7th in the 500 Free (5:47.40);
--Anthony Humphries, 7th in the 200 IM (2:24.19) and 4th in the 100 Breast (1:11.08 PR);
--Andy Fudala, 5th in the 100 Breaststroke (1:11.90 PR)

Qualifying for the Consolation Finals:

--James Terry, 10th in the 50 Free (25.94 PR) and 14th in the 100 Free (59.34);
--Andy Fudala, 15th in the 50 Free (26.77);
--Manley Gavich, 13th in the 100 Fly (1:17.36)

In addition, Kyle Frasier is the first alternate in the 200 IM (3:00.81 PR) and will be able to swim the event on Saturday if someone in the race is unable to compete. Frasier also swam a personal record in the 500 Free -- 6:57.62. Also swimming a PR was Collin Povoski in the 100 Free (1:07.80) and Manley Gavich in the 100 Back (1:23.21).

Saturday's Championship Finals pit swimmers who finished in the top eight in prelims. The Consolation Finals involve those swimmers placing ninth through 16th in prelims, with no chance to finish higher than ninth.

11 Glen swimmers advance at prelims

WAVERLY, Feb. 13 -- Eleven of 17 swimmers from Watkins Glen High School made the cut Wednesday to Saturday's Championship and Consolation Finals of the Section IV, Class C Championship meet in Owego.

Preliminaries were held at Waverly High School.

"For a young team with no seniors and only three juniors," said Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt, "we are well placed for this postseason, and our future looks even brighter. The Seneca boys swam past my expectations Wednesday, and we look forward to the finals in Owego on Saturday. Then it’s back to work to get Matt Doppel ready for the New York State Championships at Ithaca College."

Preliminary results for Watkins Glen swimmers follow. Swimmers who placed in the top eight will swim in the Championship Finals on Saturday. Those 9th through 16th will swim in the Consolation Finals.

200 Medley Relay: 2nd, Matt Doppel, Lucas Wickham, Liam Fitch, Aidan DeBolt in 1:49.97
200 Freestyle: 13th Aaron Planty 2:14.30, 19th Sean Holland 2:22., 21st Payton Watson 2:24.32, 26th Chase Richtmyer 2:42.32
200 IM: 9th Liam Fitch 2:27.11, 10th A.J. Specchio 2:36.56
50 Free: 1st Aidan DeBolt 23.58, 12th Aaron Planty 26.07, 19th Ezra Evans 27.31, 22nd Jacob Slater 28.01; Exhib. Simon Wigmore 31.25
100 Butterfly: 6th Liam Fitch 1:03.68, 9th Shawn Rutledge 1:12.40, 16th Dakota Cole 1:23.11, 20th Chase Richtmyer 1:46.35
100 Freestyle: 1st Matt Doppel 49.25, 5th Aidan DeBolt 53.18, 16th Will Fitzsimmons1:00.36, 24th Ezra Evans 1:05.64; Exhib. Pat Bannon 1:10.78
500 Freestyle: 9th A.J. Specchio 5:50.35, 11th Dakota Cole 6:02.02, 17th Shawn Rutledge 6:09.99, 19th Sean Holland 6:32.36
200 Free Relay: 6th Lucas Wickham, Aaron Planty, Jacob Slater, Shawn Rutledge in 1:48.38
100 Backstroke: 1st Matt Doppel 56.00, 6th Will Fitzsimmons1:06.26, 23rd Daniel Becker 1:38.84
100 Breaststroke: 2nd Lucas Wickham 1:10.25, 9th Payton Watson 1:17.20; Exhib. Simon Wigmore 1:27.01
400 Freestyle Relay: 4th Matt Doppel, Lucas Wickham, Liam Fitch, Aidan DeBolt in 3:44.80

The students from the Seneca Nation bleachers at the south end of the gym carry Luke Flahive aloft after storming the court upon completion of the game.

Watkins boys top Newfield

Defense, balanced scoring carry Senecas to 49-35 win; Trojans now 15-1

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 10 -- A stifling defense, balanced scoring and a very large and very loud home crowd combined Tuesday night to help carry the Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team to a 49-35 victory over previously unbeaten and state-ranked Newfield in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas, now 13-1, raced out to 10-0 and 13-1 leads, and Newfield (now 15-1) never got closer than 6 points after that.

Keith Rekczis led Watkins in scoring with 12 points, while Joe Palumbo scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Other points came from Luke Flahive and Matt Estes (8 each), Colin Gates (6), and Justin Duane (5).

The Senecas were dominant on the boards, regularly holding Newfield to single shots, and often getting two or three shots on the offensive end. In addition to Palumbo's 10 rebounds, Rekczis grabbed 6, Gates 4, Flahive 3, Duane 2, and Estes 1.

Flahive led the team in assists with 6, while Gates had 2. .Rekczis had 2 steals, while Flahive, Palumbo and Gates had one each. Rekczis and Estes each had a block -- Estes swatting away what looked like a sure-fire Newfield layup in the fourth quarter.

That play, and a steal and breakaway layup by Rekczis, stunted a Newfield comeback. The Trojans thrice climbed within 6 points of the Senecas, only to have Watkins respond each time with a key play that kept the momentum from shifting.

The energy and decibel level of the gym played a palpable role, seemingly sparking the Senecas to a frenetic pace that didn't dim the entire game. In allowing just 35 points, they limited Newfield to about half of its season average.

"Kudos to the Seneca Nation -- to the fans and parents and community for the great support," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "We really appreciate it. It helped make this a special night that we'll all remember for the rest of our lives."

The crowd, which filled the stands and lined much of the overhead track -- normally off-limits to spectators but needed Tuesday to accommodate the overflow -- was a sixth man throughout the contest, many of the fans waving "terrible towels" (actually white washcloths) and screaming in delight at favorable play after favorable play.

"I've seen large crowds here," said Fazzary, "but never like that on the track."

The evening was also impassioned by a Senior Night ceremony that saw the Senecas' six seniors honored: Flahive, Estes, Gates, Duane, Palumbo and Rekczis. Special attention was paid to Flahive, who received Syracuse University basketball tickets from 5th and 6th grade players who said they are inspired by the way he has comported himself in the wake of his father Paul's tragic death last year.

All of the seniors also received specially designed t-shirts, each with the player's name on the back and a drawing of a mustache on the front -- in honor of Paul Flahive's mustache. In fact, that particular trademark was also honored with the distribution of stick-on mustaches to scores of fans.

And for added inspiration, there was 5th grader Gaetano Williams, who introduced the lineups in the junior varsity contest and offered other prepared commentary -- utilizing braille. "He doesn't use his blindness as an excuse," said teacher and announcer Trevor Holland. "He's making it his story." That story , Holland said, could involve career work for Gaetano like that Tuesday night, for "he's expressed an interest in radio and in sports announcing."

With the crowd roaring them on and inspiration in the air, the Senecas scored the first five baskets of the game to go up 10-0, increased the lead to 12 at 13-1, and led after one period 13-5. The second period saw them hold the Trojans at bay, outscoring them 12-10 for a 25-15 halftime advantage.

Newfield climbed to within seven points in the third quarter only to see Estes score on a beautiful alley-oop play, and then climbed to within six points only to see Palumbo hit a buzzer-beater to send the Senecas into the fourth period ahead by eight, 35-27.

Newfield got within six points again twice in the first three minutes of the final quarter, but Rekczis' steal and layup, followed by a basket by Flahive, gave the Senecas a 10-point edge midway though the period. Newfield scored the next basket, but with 1:40 left to play, the Trojans had to start fouling -- and Watkins responded, hitting 6 of 8 free throws down the stretch. The Senecas converted 9 of 11 free throws in the game.

Newfield, which was led in scoring by Brian Barrett's 10 points, converted 3 of 8 free throws.

The victory was key in that it might give Watkns Glen an opportunity to secure the top seed in the upcoming Section IV, Class C tournament -- provided it beats Lansing Friday night on the road. Though Lansing has struggled this season, Friday will be the Bobcats' Senior Night, when emotions might run high for them, as they did Tuesday night for the Senecas

Fazzary said he still had to figure some seeding math to determine if a win at .Lansing would secure a No. 1 seed ahead of Newfield -- and home-floor advantage -- in Sectionals, but one thing is sure: a loss Friday would kill the chance for that top seed, just as a loss Tuesday would have..(Newfield was, in the last New York Sportswriters Association state rankings, listed as the No 6 team in Class C, while Watkins Glen was No. 15.)

"I told our players they can't take anything for granted, to be ready for a tough game at Lansing," Fazzary said. Beyond that -- in a distance that Fazzary can't focus on yet -- is the possibility of a rematch with Newfield in the Section IV tournament that starts Feb. 25.

"My concern right now is the No. 1 seed," he said. "If it ultimately comes down to Newfield again, so be it.

"Right now, we're going to enjoy this one a little bit, and then go back to work."

Junior Varsity: Newfield defeated Watkins Glen, 46-40. Max Schimizzi led the Senecas with 12 points, while Michael Doane scored 11, Connor Seeley-Ion 6, Jacob Lokken 4, Alex Sheesley 4, and Alex Gibson 3.

Photos in text:

From top: Watkns Glen's Colin Gates, right, goes high to prevent a basket by Newfield's Brian Barrett; Seneca Nation fans made it difficult for Newfield to shoot free throws; the Senecas, led by Luke Flahive, enter the court for pregame warmups; Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary greets Luke Flahive after the Senecas bolted to a 10-0 lead; Flahive drives to the hoop; the Senecas' Matt Estes glides to the basket. (Second, third and sixth photos by Don Romeo; fifth photo by Doug Yeater)

Watkins Glen's Joe Palumbo tries to save the ball from going out of bounds (left) and maneuvers with the ball (right). (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's six basketball seniors were honored Tuesday night. From left: Luke Flahive, Joe Palumbo, Keith Rekczis, Colin Gates, Matt Estes and Justin Duane. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's nine senior cheerleaders were honored during Tuesday's Senior Night ceremony. From left: Trista Teed, Micaela Simpson, Abigail Rundle, Megan Dupuy, Kaylee Reilly, LynnAnn Caslin, Trista Bradley, Valerie Biviano and Sonja Pruitt. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Mustaches honoring Paul Flahive were adorning scores of faces. Right: Watkins alum Chris Duane with a photo sign featuring his younger brother Justin, a senior on the Watkins basketball team.

Watkins Glen's Matt Estes, right, picks up his third foul while preventing a Newfield basket in the first quarter of Tuesday's game.

The Watkins Glen cheerleaders perform during a timeout.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Alex Gibson looks to pass. Right: The Senecas' Max Schimizzi drives past a Newfield defender. (Photo on the right by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls fall to Newfield in OT

NEWFIELD, Feb. 11 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team's record slipped to 13-3 Tuesday night when the Senecas fell to Newfield 55-47 in overtime in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Newfield gym.

Watkins, up 13-7 after one quarter, trailed 22-17 at intermission. The Senecas still trailed by three points, 34-31, entering the fourth quarter, but outscored Newfield 13-10 to force overtime. But the Trojans pulled away for the win.

Mariah Gonzalez led the Senecas with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Amanda Pike added 8 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks.

Other scoring came from:

Amanda Cherock: 6 points with 3 rebounds and 3 assists.
Katherine Meehan: 6 points with 4 rebounds.
Madison Gates: 5 points with 2 steals and a block.
Allison Teed: 4 points with 2 rebounds.
Halle Phillips: 1 point with 2 rebounds and 2 assists.

The team was 12-for-17 from the free-throw line.

Newfield was led by Mariyah Byrd's 27 points. Her team was 19-for-28 from the foul line.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Newfield, 53-15. Taylor Kelly led the Senecas in scoring with 13 points, while Ryanna LaMoreaux scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds, Hannah Morse had 8 points and 5 assists, and Hanley Elliott scored 6 points.

Odessa-Montour's Addi Rhodes, left, and Hailie Searles, right. (Photos by Mike Stamp)

Odessa-Montour girls lose to Waverly

ODESSA, Feb. 11 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team's record slipped to 7-9 Tuesday night when the Indians dropped a 71-32 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Gillian Clark led Odessa with 15 points on five 3-pointers. Other scoring came from Callie Stillman (6 points), Hailie Searles (4), Kennedey Heichel (3), Olivia Grover (2) and Addi Rhodes (2).

The Indians return to action Thursday at Edison.

Photo in text: From left, O-M seniors Hailie Searles, Callie Stillman, Brianna Struble and Addi Rhodes were honored at a Senior Night ceremony. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

Left: O-M's Gillian Clark tries to drive by a Waverly player. Right: The Senecas' Callie Stillman looks to pass. (Both photos by Doug Yeater)

Left: O-M's Olivia Grover moves the ball upcourt. Right: The Indians' Kennedey Heichel.
(Both photos by Mike Stamp)

O-M boys rally, but fall to Waverly

WAVERLY, Feb. 11 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team saw its season mark slip to 6-10 Tuesday when the Indians lost 63-50 to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Waverly gym.

Odessa, down 15-4 after one period, 35-17 at halftime and 52-32 entering the fourth quarter, outscored the Wolverines 18-11 down the stretch, but the rally came up short.

Joel Kelly led the Indians with 21 points -- on seven 3-pointers, all in the second half. Bryce Elliott added 12 points, Chris Foote 5, Cody Daugherty 4, Tyler Clark 4, Mitch Scata 2, and Zach Pyhtila 2.

"We had a pretty decent second half," said O-M Coach Brad Clark, whose team returns to action tonight (Wednesday) at home on Senior Night. The Indians will host Edison.

Athletes: Bradley, Doppel, Gould, Rorick

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 8 -- A bowler, a swimmer and two wrestlers are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

From Watkins Glen High School, we honor Samantha Bradley, Matt Doppel and Brandon Gould. From Odessa-Montour High School, we honor Joe Rorick.

Bradley set school high-game and high-series records to lead the Watkins girls varsity bowling team to the IAC Tournament title. Doppel posted two victories, in the 100 Free and 100 Back, at the IAC Swimming Championships. Gould won the 126-pound title at the Section IV, Class C Wrestling Tournament. And Rorick won the 120-pound title at the Section IV, Class D Wrestling Tournament.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen bowlers Lucy Craig and Dakota Evans; Watkins Glen wrestlers Nick Cocola, Josh Burge, Ian Chedzoy, Kurtis Edwards and Colton Arcangeli; Watkins Glen swimmers Aidan DeBolt, Lucas Wickham, Liam Fitch and Jacob Slater; O-M swimmers Billy Tague, Charles Sidle, Alec Betts and Anthony Humphries; Watkins Glen Indoor Track's Joelle Slater, Claire McManus, Patrick Hazlitt and Taylor Kennard; Watkins Glen basketball player Matt Estes, and O-M basketball player Joel Kelly.

Honorable Mention: Another 45 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each school.

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 6

The Watkins Glen Youth Basketball program, held Saturdays in the winter at Watkins Glen High School, conducted its 6th and final regular-season session Saturday. The postseason playoffs will be conducted over the next two weekends. Saturday's results:

3rd-4th Grades

House of Hong* (6-0) 23, Sporting Goods (3-3) 10
House of Hong: Jacob Yontz 19, Ryan Thompson 2, Guiseppe LaFace 2
Sporting Goods: Bryce Cady 8, Gavin Smith 2

Central Asphalt (3-3) 22, Mr. Chicken (3-3) 18
Central Asphalt: David Kelly 16, Jason Murphy 4, Rachel Becker 2
Mr. Chicken: Gregory Samuels 8, Carmichael Ayers 4, Lillian Ameigh 4, and Jacob Van Der Eems 2

Famous Brands (2-4) 34, Curly's Family Restaurant (1-5) 4
Famous Brands: Joseph Sutterby 10, Jenna Solomon 10, Jonah Sissel 8, Winnie Chen 6
Curly's Family Restaurant: Brynn Smith 2, Isabella Samuel 2

5th-6th Grades

Van Skiver Motors (1-5) 29, Seneca Lodge (3-3) 22
Van Skiver Motors: Owen Scholtisek 23, Aislinn Klemann 4, Stoyan Bond 2
Seneca Lodge: Brendan Sheesley 11, Ethan Day 5, Travon Jones 4, Savannah Ayers 2

Watkins Glen Supply (3-3) 35, Capt. Bill's (2-4) 28
Watkins Glen Supply: Bryce Kelly 10, Bailey Beaumont 8, Jacob Powers 7, R.J. Bannon 6, Julya Slater 2, Emily Rhoads 2
Capt. Bill's: Cameron Holland 16, Emily Youmans 6, Eric Morrisette 4, Ian Gleason 2.

Church Street Produce* (5-1) 24, Maguire's (4-2) 6
Church Street Produce: Tim Clifford 8, Georgio Fazzary 4, Brendyn Hammond 4, Tanner Dunham 4, Mattie Yontz 2, Cloey Wratten 2
Maguire's: Rebecca Becker 4, Andrew Hayes 2

(* denotes regular-season league champion)

Photos in text: The regular-season league champion House of Hong (grades 3-4, top) and Church Street Produce (grades 5-6) teams. The league playoffs will be held over the next two weekends. (Photos provided)

Glen girls win IAC bowling crown in record fashion

WAVERLY, Feb. 8 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team -- led by Samantha Bradley's tournament-leading and school-record 682 series -- took first place Saturday at the annual Interscholastic Athletic Conference Bowling Championships at the Valley Bowling Center.

In fact, the Watkins girls set several school records.

Bradley had a tournament-leading 256 game -- a new school record.

The team posted a total of 2,961 -- also a school record and enough to turn back powerhouse Waverly, second with 2,796. Third place went to Edison (2,449), which was followed by Candor (2,328), Newark Valley (2,258), Notre Dame (2,186), Tioga (2,098), Groton (1,975), Lansing (1,936) and Odessa-Montour (1,645).

In amassing the 2,961, the Watkins girls also set a team single-game school record of 1,030. In that one, Bradley rolled her 256, while Dakota Evans registered an impressive 246, Lucy Craig a 194, Liz Mason a 171, and Elizabeth Reed a 163.

Bradley, who earlier this season had set a new school series record of 672, topped it this time with games of 256-193-233=682.

She was ably aided by teammates Evans (a 624 series that included a 246 game), Lucy Craig (a 619 series that included a 242 game), Reed (a 544 series that included a 224 game), and Mason (a 492 series with a high of 180).

The Watkins girls had five of the tournament's top six games, with Bradley finishing 1st, Evans 3rd, Craig 4th and Reed 7th overall.

Among season awards, Bradley made the IAC First Team All-Star squad while tying for first for season-high average with a mark of 187. Craig was named to the All-Star Second Team.

"I was very proud of all the girls," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "They have worked hard all season. And I am particularly happy for our seniors" -- Bradley, Craig and Reed.

"Their performance may have surprised some teams, but it didn't surprise me. It was what I have been waiting for all season, and it happened at the right time."

Boys Tournament

Waverly topped the boys competition with a 3,207 pinfall, followed by Union Springs (2,987), Tioga (2,950), Lansing (2,926), Notre Dame (2,910), Edison (2,889), Newark Valley (2,843), Groton (2,691), Watkins Glen (2,535), Odessa-Montour (2,428), and Candor (2,193).

Conlin Wysocki led the Senecas with a 568 series that included a 223 game. Steven Bradley rolled a 562, Wrett Brower 501, Rees Avery 471, and Wyatt Brower 433.

"The boys bowled very well," said Coach Brower. "More than one coach complimented them, and one even said that they are going to be 'scary' in the next couple of years." All members of the team are either 8th or 9th graders.

Photo in text: The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team, along with Coach Ward Brower, display the IAC championship plaque that they won. Front left kneeling is Samantha Bradley, next to Lucy Craig. Standing, from left, are Nikole VanDyke, Elizabeth Reed, Coach Brower, Liz Mason and Dakota Evans. (Photo provided)

Lansing wins IAC swim title

Watkins Glen finishes 3rd, O-M 4th; Doppel wins twice

WAVERLY, Feb. 8 -- Lansing placed first Saturday at the annual Interscholastic Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championship meet in the Waverly High School pool.

The Bobcats amassed 457 points, outdistancing runnerup Waverly (391 points) and Watkins Glen (356). Odessa-Montour placed fourth with 255 points, while Dryden was fifth with 84 and Spencer-Van Etten sixth with 20.

Watkins Glen's Matt Doppel (at right in file photo) won two events, while Jacob Slater repeated as the IAC boys diving champion. Doppel went 49.32 to win the 100 Free and 55.70 to capture the 100 Backstroke. Slater totaled 281.11 points in 11 dives to maintain his diving crown.

Other finishes for Watkins:

200 Medley Relay: Matt Doppel, Lucas Wickham, Liam Fitch, Aidan DeBolt, 2nd in 1:46.69, a season best
Aidan DeBolt: 2nd in the 50 Free in 23.92 and 3rd in the 200 Free in 1:57.30
Lucas Wickham: 2nd in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:09.27
Liam Fitch: 4th in the 100 Butterfly in 1:02.36
400 Freestyle Relay: DeBolt, Fitch, Wickham and Doppel, 3rd in 3:37.97

Personal Best WG times:
Shawn Rutledge -- 200 Free in 2:11.62
Aaron Planty -- 200 Free in 2:13.27 and 100 Free in 58.63
Dakota Cole -- 500 Free in 6:02.06
A.J. Specchio -- 500 Free in 5:54.18
Chase Richtmyer -- 500 Free in 7:23.12
Payton Watson -- 100 Breaststroke in 1:15.37
Simon Wigmore -- 100 Breaststroke in 1:27.01

"It was a great team effort," said Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt, "and everyone dropped time and pulled together. I'm very proud of all of them; they really came together as a team today. Our next competition will be Wednesday when we are back at Waverly for sectional prelims. Sectional finals will be Saturday in Owego."

O-M Results -- Top 16 (scoring positions):

200 Free Relay: Alec Betts, James Terry, Charles Sidle and Billy Tague, 3rd (season best of 1:40.11)
200 Medley Relay: Tony Humphries, Andy Fudala, Manley Gavich and James Terry, 4th (2:01.39)
400 Free Relay: Alec Betts, Tony Humphries, Charles Sidle and Billy Tague, 4th (season best of 3:44.43)
Billy Tague: 3rd in the 100 Free (54.39 - PR) and 5th in the 200 Free (2:02.15)
Charles Sidle: 4th in the 50 Free (24.29 - PR) and 6th in the 100 Fly (1:10.23 - PR)
Alec Betts: 5th in the 200 IM (2:21.70 - PR) and 5th in the 500 Free (5:43.12 - PR)
Tony Humphries: 5th in the 100 Breast (1:11.50 - PR) and 6th in the 200 IM (2:22.91 - PR)
Andy Fudala: 6th in the 100 Breaststroke (1:12.03 - PR) and 10th in the 50 Free (26.38)
James Terry: 7th in the 100 Free (58.10) and 12th in the 100 Back (1:14.45)
Manley Gavich: 10th in the 100 Fly (1:15.32 - PR) and 16th in the 500 Free (7:28.72)
Kyle Frasier: 13th in the 500 Free (6:59.84 - PR)

Other PRs:
Kyle Frasier in the 200 Free (2:35.50)
Garrett Allen in the 200 Free (2:45.15) and the 500 Free 7:36.99)

"The O-M guys had a phenomenal meet today," said O-M Coach Terri Brace, "with most of the team posting personal best times (PRs) and moving up from their seed positions. I am so proud of all of them. I couldn't be happier with today's results."

Photos in text:

Top: From left, the Watkins Glen relay team of Matt Doppel, Liam Fitch, Aidan DeBolt and Lucas Wickham, which placed 2nd in the 200 Medley Relay and third in the 400 Free Relay. (Photo by George Rutledge)

Next 3 photos: In descending order, Watkins Glen's Jacob Slater, and O-M's Billy Tague and Charles Sidle. (File photos)

12 Watkins wrestlers advance to finals

WHITNEY POINT, Feb. 8 -- Watkins Glen High School wrestlers placed second overall Saturday at the Section IV, Class C Tournament at Whitney Point High School. Twelve members of the Watkins squad qualified for the Section IV finals next weekend in Binghamton.

The top five wrestlers in each weight class advanced.

Among Class C winners Saturday was Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould (pictured at right), who defeated Austin Ryan of Unatego 9-4 in the 126-pound title bout.

Finishing second but qualifying for next weekend were the Senecas' Nick Cocola (152 pounds), Josh Burge (170), Ian Chedzoy (182), Kurtis Edwards (195) and Colton Arcangeli (285). Cocola and Chedzoy lost in Saturday's finals by decisions, while the others were pinned.

Qualifying by placing third were Watkins Glen's Caleb Smith (99 pounds) and Dylan Bradley (106), while finishing fourth and qualifying were Andrew Specht (138), Dean Laughlin (160), and Dustin Goltry (220). Jon Brown advanced with a fifth-place finish at 145.

Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton/Harpursville finished atop the team standings with 199 points, while Watkins Glen was second with 183. Finishing third was Tioga (151), followed by Greene (134.5), Unatego (133.5), Moravia (97), Whitney Point (90.5), Lansing (87), Sidney (78), and Edison (17).

"Many of our wrestlers saw their toughest competition in the section at the Class C tournament," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson. "Ian is ranked number two in Section IV, and he ran into the number one ranked wrestler, Ryan Marszal from Unatego, in the finals. They will probably meet up again next week. Both Nick and Josh also ran into opponents that they will probably face next week as well.

"Overall the team did a great job," Watson added. "Class C is a tough division, and to be sending 12 to the (Binghamton) arena is great."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould (File photo)

7 O-M wrestlers advance to finals

DEPOSIT, Feb. 8 -- Odessa-Montour wrestlers finished 7th among 11 schools competing Saturday in the Section IV, Class D Tournament at Deposit High School, and in the process all seven competing O-M wrestlers qualified for next weekend's Section IV finals in Binghamton.

The top five wrestlers in each weight class advanced.

Joe Rorick won the lone weight title for the Indians, taking the championship bout at 120 pounds on a forfeit by Walton's Logan Robinson. Advancing in third place were Bill Bacon at 126 pounds and Ian Hradisky at 285; advancing in fourth were Collin Haag at 113 pounds and Shawn Minnier at 170; and advancing in fifth were Andrew Hartford at 99 pounds and Joe Wright at 220.

Deposit/Hancock took the team title with 240.5 points, with Walton second at 153. O-M totaled 92.5 points.

Photo in text: O-M's Shawn Minnier (right) on the way to a 4th place finish at Saturday's Section IV, Class D tournament. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen's Matt Estes swats a would-be shot away as Edison's orange-clad
Kobie Punchard drives to the basket.

Glen boys clinch division title

Top Edison, 59-29, to claim IAC Large Schools South crown

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 7 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team clinched the title in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large Schools South Division Friday night when it raced past Edison 59-29 in a game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas, now 12-1, will play in the IAC Large Schools championship game on Feb. 19 at Tompkins Cortland Community College at 8 p.m. The opponent will be unbeaten Whitney Point, ranked 11th in Class B in the New York State Sportswriters Association's latest poll.

But first comes a showdown Tuesday night with unbeaten Newfield, ranked 7th among Class C schools in the state. That game will be the Senecas' final regular-season home game, with seniors being honored. They include Luke Flahive, Joe Palumbo, Justin Duane, Colin Gates, Matt Estes and Keith Rekczis.

"It's a big game Tuesday," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "I'd like to see the community and school really come out and support the team."

That contest will be followed by a contest Friday at Lansing, completing the regular-season schedule.

In the Edison game, Watkins raced out to an 18-2 lead in the first quarter, was ahead 40-10 at halftime, and cruised from there.

Estes led the Senecas in scoring with 14 points, while Gates scored 13 and Justin Kelly 10. Other points came from Rekczis (8), Duane (6), Flahive (5), and Parker Pangallo (3) The team was 5-for-12 at the free-throw line.

Rekczis and Kelly each grabbed 7 rebounds, while Flahive led the team in assists with 7. Palumbo and Michael Taylor each registered 2 steals.

Chris Becker led Edison with 13 points. The Spartans converted 5 of 9 free throws.

Junior Varsity: Edison defeated Watkins Glen 35-30. Max Schimizzi led the Senecas with 14 points, while Michael Doane scored 8, Connor Seeley-Ion 4, and Jacob Lokken 4.

Retro Night: It was the annual Retro Night, where players wear uniforms of a past year's design, including warmups. Edison got in the spirit of the evening by wearing headbands in the game, while the Spartans' coach, Lenny Smith -- who played basketball in his undergraduate days at Elmira College -- wore a colorful EC uniform from those years.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Luke Flahive (10) drives to the hoop. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: Edison Coach Lenny Smith in his retro Elmira College garb.

Left: Watkins Glen's Justin Kelly puts up a shot. Right: The Senecas' Colin Gates drives past an Edison defender. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

The Watkins Glen cheerleaders were on hand to perform.

Watkins Glen's Keith Rekczis puts the ball up in pregame practice (left)
and in the game, against three Edison players.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Connor Seeley-Ion (20) drives to the hoop. Right: The Senecas' Max Schimizzi goes up for a shot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

S-VE's Quinn Barry launches the game's final shot -- a 3-point buzzer beater.

O-M boys lose at the buzzer

Fall to Spencer-Van Etten, 53-50

ODESSA, Feb. 7 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team, after seeing a 10-point third-quarter lead disappear, battled Spencer-Van Etten to the wire Friday night before losing 53-50 on a 3-point buzzer-beater in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Three baskets were scored in a frenetic final 17 seconds -- first by S-VE's Quinn Barry to put the Panthers ahead 50-48, then by O-M's Cody Daugherty to even the score again, and finally by Barry, who raced upcourt and launched a long, high 3-pointer that swished through the net as the buzzer sounded.

The Panthers responded by mobbing Barry -- who scored the team's final seven points after going scoreless before that. He broke a 46-46 deadlock with 3:12 to play by driving the entire length of the court off a steal. Then came his heroics in the game's final seconds.

"That shot," said S-VE Coach Jeremy Kastenhuber of the 3-pointer, "is the kind you dream of when you're a kid practicing in your driveway.

"What a game," he added. "Nobody wanted to lose."

Both teams are now 6-9. S-VE started the season 1-7.

Joel Kelly led Odessa with 18 points on six 3-pointers. Also scoring were Daugherty with 8 points, Bryce Elliott with 8, Chris Foote with 7, Zach Pyhtila with 5, and Tyler Clark with 4. The team was 7-for-11 from the foul line.

Spencer's top scorer was Chris Dhuy with 13 points. Brandon Morgan added 11 and Jason VanOrman 10 along with Barry's 7. The Panthers converted 10 of 13 free throws.

Odessa built a 20-12 lead in the first period, and was up 30-25 at halftime. After pulling ahead by 10 points, 39-29, midway through the third quarter, the Indians saw S-VE surge to within 3 points, 41-38, entering the fourth period.

After S-VE climbed within a point, 41-40, a Kelly 3-pointer gave O-M a 44-40 advantage, but the Panthers caught up at 46-46. After Barry scored his first basket for Spencer, Daugherty drove for a basket at 1:15 to tie the game again, 48-48, setting the stage for the wild finish.

Junior Varsity: Spencer-Van Etten defeated Odessa-Montour, 54-45.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Joel Kelly sends a shot on its way from 3-point range. He sank six shots from that distance.

Bottom: The Indians' Bryce Elliott drives past an S-VE defender on his way to the basket.

O-M's Cody Daugherty (left) and Chris Foote drive to the hoop.
(Both photos by Doug Yeater)

Going up for shots: O-M's Tyler Clark (left) and Chris Foote.

Left: An S-VE player's foot meets a Cody Daugherty pass. The ball was kicked out of bounds. Right: The Indians' Zach Pyhtila shoots.

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Zach Elliott shoots. Right: The Indians' Noah Angle maneuvers in traffic.
(Both photos by Doug Yeater)

Watkins girls top TAE, 50-15

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Feb. 7 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team improved its season record to 13-2 Friday night when it defeated Thomas A. Edison 50-15 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Edison gym.

Amanda Pike led the Senecas in scoring with 13 points, while Madison Gates scored 12, Mariah Gonzalez 9, Halle Phillips 8, and four other players 2 each: Allison Teed, Maggie Bond, Katherine Meehan and Tamijah Lawton-Stone.

Gonzalez led the squad in rebounds with 8, while Gates grabbed 7, and Meehan, Lawton-Stone and Madeleine Ross 3 each. Lawton-Stone led in steals with 4, while Pike registered 3 and Teed, Gates, Gonzalez and Amanda Cherock each had 2.

Watkins Glen led 19-1 after one quarter, 27-4 at halftime and 45-9 entering the fourth quarter. The team was 8-for-10 from the free-throw line.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen, which had clinched a division title with its victory Tuesday over Notre Dame, defeated Edison 50-13.

O-M girls fall to Spencer-Van Etten, 53-31

SPENCER, Feb. 7 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team saw its record slip to 7-8 Friday night when the Inidans dropped a 53-31 decision to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the S-VE gym.

Odessa was behind 20-13 after one period, 29-20 at halftime, and 39-28 after three quarters.

Callie Stillman led the Indians with a season-high 13 points, while Addi Rhodes scored 8 points, Gillian Clark 7, Olivia Grover 2, and Kennedey Heichel 1.

S-VE, said Odessa Coach Greg Gavich, "played really well and rose to the occasion on a fund-raiser night for a few coaches and teachers there who have cancer and are ill, so kudos to them. They shot the ball very well, especially in the first quarter, when we were able to hit some shots, but not enough to keep up."

The Indians return to action Tuesday at home against Waverly. The seniors on the squad will be honored in a ceremony that night.

Watkins track squad sets some bests

ITHACA, Feb. 7 -- The Watkins Glen varsity Indoor Track team completed its regular season schedule Friday with a His and Hers invitational meet at Ithaca College -- and came away with several personal records and a school record.

Among Top 10 finishers for the Senecas:
--Taylor Kennard, 8th place in the 3000 Meter Run in 11:59.69
--Patrick Hazlitt 5th place in the 1600 Meter Run in 4:36.49
--Joelle Slater, 2nd place in the 1500 Meter race walk with a personal record (PR) of 8:59.52

Top 20 finishers for WG:
--Sprint Medley Relay team of Hailey Hoose, Claire McManus, Isobel Scheffey and Amber Bradley in 5:39.68
--Brooke Shaffer in the 1500 in 5:30.70
--Kevin Kernan in the 55 Meter Hurdles in 9.60, also a PR
--Tom Schmitt in the Shot Put, 32'10"
--Isobel Scheffey in the 300 Meter Run in 47.7

PRs were also set by:
--Claire McManus in the Triple Jump, with a new school record of 27 feet 8 inches
--Gianna Willsey-Moline in the 600
--Amber Bradley in the 600
--Alex Joslyn in the Shot Put

Next up, on Saturday, Feb 14th: The Class Championships at Cornell University.

O-M boys top Candor, 41-38

ODESSA, Feb. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team improved its season mark to 6-8 Thursday night when it held off Candor 41-38 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference makeup game in the Candor gym.

O-M was up 10-6 after one quarter, but the score was deadlocked 18-18 at halftime. Then Odessa pulled ahead with an 11-8 third quarter, leading to a 12-12 final period.

Cody Daugherty and Tyler Clark led O-M with 10 points apiece, while Mitch Scata scored 7 points, Joel Kelly 6, Chris Foote 5, and Bryce Elliott 3. The team was 6-for-11 from the free-throw line.

Wyatt Whitmore led Candor with 15 points.

Odessa is back in action tonight (Friday) at home against Spencer-Van Etten.

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Left: O-M's Gillian Clark goes up for a shot. She scored on the play. Right: Odessa's Kennedey Heichel launches a shot from 3-point range. It went in.

O-M girls fall to Candor

ODESSA, Feb. 5 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team's record slipped to 7-7 Wednesday night when the Indians dropped a 55-30 Interscholastic Athletic Conference decision to Candor in the O-M gym.

Eighth grader Olivia Grover led O-M with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Gillian Clark scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Other points came from Callie Stillman (4), Kennedey Heichel (3) and Brianna Struble (1). The team was 8-for-17 from the free-throw line.

Candor was led by Mikayla Short's 18 points. Also in double figures were Siarahjo Rose with 11 points, and Marisa Becken with 10. The squad converted 5 of 15 free-throw attempts.

Odessa led in the early minutes, 4-2, before Candor closed the first quarter on a 12-2 run that gave it a 14-6 advantage. It led 27-15 at halftime, and 42-22 entering the fourth period.

"We continue to struggle to put the ball in the basket," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "Our effort was there, but the execution needs to be better. As crazy as it may seem for February, because of injuries we are still adjusting to new roles on the floor."

He added: "It was a big game from Olivia, which was a plus. It's the best she's played all season."

The Indians return to action Friday at Spencer-Van Etten.

Junior Varsity: Candor defeated O-M 32-9. Heidi Casselberry scored 6 points for Odessa, while Alexis Saunders scored 3 points. O-M was not granted any free-throw attempts, while Candor went 9-for-23.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Callie Stillman, right, battles for possession of the ball.

Bottom: O-M's Olivia Grover looks for a shot. She scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Left: O-M's Addi Rhodes encounters traffic as she drives toward the hoop. Right: Odessa's Hailie Searles is sandwiched as she reaches for a loose ball.

From the left: O-M's Brianna Struble, Callie Stillman, Olivia Grover and, in the JV game, Alexis Saunders as she drove to the basket.

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Gabby Fazzary looks for a shot.
Right: Odessa's Heidi Casselberry (14) goes after a rebound.

Watkins Glen's Keith Rekczis (left) and Colin Gates shoot. (Both photos by Doug Yeater)

Glen boys fall to ND in OT

Record slips to 11-1; next foe is Edison

SOUTHPORT, Feb. 4 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team's unbeaten streak came to an end Tuesday night when the Senecas fell to Elmira Notre Dame 62-59 in overtime in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the ND gym.

The Senecas, who saw a 21-5 lead evaporate as the Crusaders clawed and hustled their way back into the game, ultimately lost on a long 3-pointer by ND's Joe Prunier at the OT buzzer.

On the way to that point, the Senecas "hurt ourselves," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, including missing several free throws down the stretch. In the fourth quarter and overtime, Watkins was just 3-for-8 from the foul line, and two of those misses were the front end of 1-and-1 opportunities.

"And we gave them a ton of offensive rebounds," said Fazzary. "But give Notre Dame credit. We had them on the ropes in the first quarter, and they fought back. We got a little sloppy on defense and they made us pay. They kept scrapping and hustling. I'll tell you, they outhustled us in the second half. They got all of the 50-50 loose balls."

Darius Garvin led Notre Dame with 31 points, including a two-pointer on a basket late in the second half that tied the game 54-54. The Senecas had one more chance to score before time expired, but missed a shot at the buzzer.

In overtime, the score was tied 59-59 and Watkins Glen had possession with 11 seconds remaining. But Notre Dame stole the ball as the clock ticked down, and Prunier crossed the half-court line and heaved up a shot that went through the hoop cleanly. "It was nothing but net," said Fazzary, who noted that Prunier hadn't been a factor until the fourth quarter, when he scored 8 points. He finished with 11.

Matt Estes led Watkins Glen with 19 points, while Colin Gates scored 15, Keith Rekczis 9, Luke Flahive 9, Joe Palumbo 5, and Justin Duane 2. The team was 6-for-12 from the free-throw line.

Rekczis led the squad in rebounds with 11, while Duane grabbed 5 and Estes and Gates 4 each. Flahive, Rekczis and Estes each notched 4 assists, while Flahive led in steals with 4.

The Senecas are back in action Friday at home against Edison.

Junior Varsity: Notre Dame defeated Watkins Glen 35-29. Max Schimizzi led the Senecas with 10 points, while Alex Gibson scored 8, Jacob Lokken 7 and Michael Doane 4.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Luke Flahive soars to the hoop in traffic.
Bottom: In the JV game, Watkins' Michael Doane shoots. (Both photos by Doug Yeater)

Left: O-M's Cody Daugherty makes a move to the basket. Right: The Indians' Zach Pyhtila (21) battles for a rebound.

O-M boys defeat Tioga, 80-67

ODESSA, Feb. 4 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team improved its record to 5-8 Tuesday night by defeating Tioga 80-67 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym that saw five Indians score in double figures.

Joel Kelly led the offensive show with 21 points that included three 3-pointers. Other points came from Cody Daugherty (17), Tyler Clark (16), Chris Foote (13), Bryce Elliott (11) and Mitch Scata (2). The squad was 18-for-24 from the foul line.

"That's balance," said O-M Coach Brad Clark of the five double-figure scorers. "We've been looking for that all year. We looked good tonight."

Tioga had four players in double figures: Zach Hutchinson (13), Parker Hendershot (12), Josh Kithcart (12) and Dylan Babcock (11). Tioga (4-10) converted 11 of 19 free throws.

The score see-sawed back and forth until the third period, when Odessa outscored the Tigers 22-15 to enter the final period ahead 55-49. From that point, the O-M lead gradually grew, topping out at 15 points before the final 13-point margin was reached.

Odessa returns to action Thursday night at Candor in a makeup game from last week.

Junior Varsity: Tioga defeated O-M 52-35. Curtis Harris led the Indians with 14 points, while Zachary Elliott scored 8, Brandon Ray 7, Noah Angle 4 and Noah Austin 2.

Photo in text: O-M's Tyler Clark looks to shoot in first-half action.

From left: O-M varsity players Joel Kelly and Chris Foote, and the JV's Curtis Harris.

Watkins Glen's Madison Gates (left) and Amanda Pike drive toward the basket.
(Both photos by Don Romeo)

Glen girls top Notre Dame, move to 12-2

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 4 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team lifted its season mark to 12-2 Tuesday night when it defeated Elmira Notre Dame 28-16 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas -- up 7-2 after one period, 12-6 at halftime and 20-16 entering the fourth quarter -- got 8 points each from Allison Teed (all on free throws) and Amanda Pike, and 7 points from Madison Gates. Other points came from Mariah Gonzalez (3) and Amanda Cherock (2).

Gonzalez led the team in rebounds with 11, while Gates grabbed 9, Pike 7, and Teed and Cherock 3 each. Teed had 4 steals, and Gonzalez and Pike 2 apiece.

The Senecas were 12-for-24 from the free-throw line, while Notre Dame was 3-for-6.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Notre Dame 55-32. Among the performances:
-- Hanley Elliott scored 10 points for the Senecas with 5 rebounds and 4 steals.
-- Taylor Kelly scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
-- Hannah Morse had 11 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals.
-- Danielle Leszyk had 7 points and 3 rebounds.
-- Ryanna LaMoreaux scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez comes up with the ball, ready to shoot. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins' Hannah Morse drives to the hoop. Right: The Senecas' Ryanna LaMoreaux.
(Both photos by Don Romeo)

Odessa girls lose to Tioga, 48-41

TIOGA CENTER, Feb. 4 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team's record slipped to 7-6 Tuesday night when the Indians dropped a 48-41 Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game to Tioga.

Odessa never led, falling behind 7-0 and trailing 10-4 after one quarter, 21-11 at halftime and 35-19 entering the fourth quarter.

The Indians rallied in the the final period, outscoring the Tigers (now 3-12) by a 22-13 margin, but it was "too little too late," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. The first three periods, he said, "were the worst three quarters we've played all season. We were 4-for-22 from the field in the first half, totally out of sync on offense ... and didn't play exceptionally great on defense either."

Addi Rhodes led O-M with 13 points, while Kennedey Heichel scored 10, Gillian Clark 6, Olivia Grover 4, Hailie Searles 4, Callie Stillman 2, and Maddie Lodge 2.

Searles led the team with 18 rebounds, while Grover grabbed 8.

Odessa returns to action tonight (Wednesday) at home against Candor, a makeup from last week.

O-M's Billy Tague (foreground) on the way to winning the 100 Fly race.

Odessa swimmers lose to Waverly

ODESSA, Feb. 4 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team fell to Waverly 62-32 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

O-M wins came from Billy Tague in the 200 Free (2:04.53) and the 100 Fly (1:03.80) -- the latter in come-from-behind fashion.

Second-place finishes for OM:
--Charles Sidle in the 50 Free (25.77) and the 100 Free (59.92)
--Alec Betts in the 500 Free (5:57.61)
--Anthony Humphries in the 100 Breast (1:12.95)
--200 Medley Relay of Alec Betts, Andy Fudala, Billy Tague and Charles Sidle
--200 Free Relay of Anthony Humphries, Andy Fudala, Collin Povoski and James Terry
--400 Free Relay of Alec Betts, Anthony Humphries, Charles Sidle and Billy Tague

"Tonight," O-M Coach Terri Brace noted, "we honored our two seniors, Charles Sidle -- who has been on the varsity team for three years, and has been a key contributor over the years in the freestyle sprints and butterfly -- and first-year swimmer Manley Gavich, who has developed quickly into a great contributor on the team. I have enjoyed working with them both and they will be greatly missed on the team next year."

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Alec Betts enters the water at start of the 500 Free, where he finished second.
Bottom: The Odessa team's two seniors -- Charles Sidle, left, and Manley Gavich -- were honored at a Senior Night ceremony.

O-M's James Terry competes in the 100 Backstroke.

Bowling: Watkins boys, girls top Groton

GROTON, Feb. 4 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted Interscholastic Athletic Conference victories Tuesday on the road against Groton.

The girls -- led by Samantha Bradley's 521 series -- won 4-0, outscoring Groton 2322-1791. Lucy Craig rolled a 503 for the Senecas, while Elizabeth Reed posted a 453 and Dakota Evans a 447.

"Groton is always a tough place to bowl," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower, "but we bowled well enough to win. The girls are ready for the post-season."

The boys -- led by Conlin Wysocki's 507 series, won 3-1, taking the second and third games and total pinfall, 2383-2354. Steven Bradley rolled a 503 for the Senecas, while Rees Avery posted a a 495, Wyatt Brower a 434, and Wrett Brower a 429.

"The boys," said Coach Brower, "have greatly improved. Today Conlin, Steve and Rees bowled well. Hopefully it will all come together this weekend at the IAC Championship in Waverly."

Bowling: O-M girls, boys fall to Lansing

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

The Odessa boys fell 2695-2290. Alex Grady led the Indians with a 546 series, while Frank Wood rolled a 495, Trenton Randall 439, Eric Rumsey 417, Ryan Lambert 393, and Jerry Jordan 331.

The girls fell 1942-1650. Carolyn Arias led the Indians with a 374 series, while Ashley Stewart rolled a 330, Britney Visscher 327, Jackie Vincent 299, Heavyn Arias 286, and Taylor Sykes 276.

Lambert, Wood, Randall, Jordan and Heavyn Arias were honored in a Senior Night ceremony.

From left: Brandon Gould, Ian Chedzoy, Colton Arcangeli and Amanda Pike.

Athletes: Wrestlers, basketball player

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 2 -- Three Watkins Glen High School wrestlers who won Interscholastic Athletic Conference weight-class crowns and a standout basketball player are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

The trio of wrestlers stepped up big at the IAC Championships at the WGHS Field House: the Senecas' Brandon Gould, who won at 126 pounds for his third straight IAC title (after winning the past two years at 99 and 113 pounds); Ian Chedzoy, who won for the second straight year at 182 pounds; and Colton Arcangeli, who took the 285-pound crown.

The basketball player is Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike, who scored 25 of her team's 42 points in a victory over Spencer-Van Etten. She also grabbed 5 rebounds and had 3 assists, 2 blocks and a steal.

Double Honorable: O-M swimmer Billy Tague; Watkins Glen basketball's Matt Estes; Watkins wrestlers Josh Burge, Nick Cocola and Kurtis Edwards; and O-M wrestler Joe Rorick.

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

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 5

The Watkins Glen Youth Basketball program, held Saturdays in the winter at Watkins Glen High School, conducted its 5th session Saturday. The results:

3rd-4th Grades

Sporting Goods (3-2) 10, Famous Brands (1-4) 2
Sporting Goods: Gavin Smith 6, Bryce Cady 2, Carly Arnold 2
Famous Brands: Winnie Chen 2

Central Asphalt (2-3) 26, Curly's Family Restaurant (1-4) 6
Central Asphalt: Jason Murphy 12, David Kelly 12, Sarah Jones 2
Curly's Family Restaurant: Brynn Smith 4, Alannah Klemann 2

House of Hong (5-0) 31, Mr. Chicken (3-2) 12
House of Hong: Jacob Yontz 23, Ryan Thompson 6, Finnegan Dunham 2
Mr. Chicken: Aaliyah Van Der Eems 4, Jacob Van Der Eems 2, Gregory Samuels 2, Lillian Ameigh 2, Carmichael Ayers 2

5th-6th Grades

Church Street Produce (4-1) 31, Seneca Lodge (3-2) 27
Church Street Produce: Tim Clifford 15, Brendyn Hammond 8, Georgio Fazzary 4, Tanner Dunham 4
Seneca Lodge: Brendan Sheesley 16, Trayvon Jones 9, Aiden Gleason 2

Maguire's (4-1) 34, Capt. Bill's (2-3) 30
Maguire's: Max Evans 32, Silas Fanell 2
Capt. Bill's: Seamus Mooney 14, Cameron Holland 10, Eric Morrisette 6

Watkins Glen Supply (2-3) 22, Van Skiver Motors (0-5) 20
Watkins Glen Supply: Bryce Kelly 12, Julya Slater 6, Bailey Beaumont 2, Emily Rhoads 2
Van Skiver Motors: Owen Scholtisek 6, Jacob Pierce 4, Daniel Ely 4, Stoyan Bond 2, Aislinn Klemann 2, Kyra Bribois 2.

Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould (left) on the way to victory in the 126-pound title match.

Gould, Chedzoy, Arcangeli win IAC tournament titles

Newark Valley takes team championship; Watkins 2nd

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 31 -- Watkins Glen saw three of its wrestlers claim weight-class championships Saturday at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championships at the WGHS Field House, while Newark Valley outdistanced the Senecas for the team title.

Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould (at 126 pounds), Ian Chedzoy (182) and Colton Arcangeli (285) won individual crowns. It was Gould's third straight IAC title (after winning at 99 and 113 pounds the past two years) and Chedzoy's second straight (both at 182). Arcangeli claimed his first title.

Newark Valley finished first with 210.5 points, whiile Wakins Glen was runnerup with 186.5. Third place went to Tioga (150.5), followed by Waverly (113.5), Candor (106.5), Moravia (98.5), Lansing (83), Marathon (82), Odessa-Montour (73.5), Dryden (71), Groton (69), Spencer-Van Etten (65), Whitney Point (55), Edison (49), and Southern Cayuga (22).

In addition to its three individual titles, Watkins Glen saw three of its wrestlers finish second: Nick Cocola at 152 pounds, Josh Burge at 170, and Kurtis Edwards at 195. Cocola lost in his title match, 4-0, to Candor's Freedom Boda, while Burge fell 7-5 to Newark Valley's David Crow, and Edwards 9-3 to Candor's Devin Hills.

In addition, the Senecas' Jon Brown placed 4th at 145 pounds, Caleb Smith 5th at 99 pounds, Andrew Specht 5th at 132, and Dustin Goltry 5th at 220.

Odessa-Montour had one wrestler, Joe Rorick, reach the finals. He finished second at 120 pounds, falling 16-6 in the finale to Lansing's Jimmy Overhiser. Billy Bacon finished 3rd at 126 pounds, Ian Hradisky 3rd at 285, Shawn Minnier 4th at 170, and Andrew Hartford 6th at 99.

Gould earned his title at 126 pounds by going 3-0, defeating Tioga's Colin Benesh (18-3), Waverly's DJ Meyers (a technical fall, 22-6), and Newark Valley's Gianno Silba (6-3).

Chedzoy won at 182 by going 4-0, defeating Tioga's Matt Jump (a pin in 1:46), Whitney Point's Hunter Jordan (a pin in 31 seconds), Edison's Javeon King (a pin in 2:49), and Moravia's Hunter Talbot (a 15-0 tech fall).

Arcangeli was 2-0 at 285, defeating O-M's Ian Hradisky, 7-0, before pinning Whitney Point's Thomas Knapp in 3:32.

Weight-class champions included:

99: Newark Valley's Benny Baker.
106: S-VE's Bryant Sexton.
113: Groton's Garrett Lockwood.
120: Lansing's Jimmy Overhiser.
126: Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould.
132: Newark Valley's Cole Ford.
138: Tioga's Jesse Manuel.
145: Marathon's Shaunte Searcy.
152: Candor's Freedom Boda.
160: Newark Valley's Vinnie Darpino.
170: Newark Valley's David Crow.
182: Watkins Glen's Ian Chedzoy.
195: Candor's Devin Hills.
220: Dryden's Chad Adams.
285: Watkins Glen's Colton Arcangeli.

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Photos in text:

From top: Watkins Glen's Colton Arcangeli (top) nears victory in the 285-pound finale; the Senecas' Kurtis Edwards (right) in his 195-pound title bout against Candor's Devin Hills, won by Hills 9-3; Watkins' Ian Chedzoy (left) upends his foe in the 182-pound finale, won by Chedzoy; and O-M's Joe Rorick battles Lansing's Jimmy Overhiser in the 120-pound title bout, which Overhiser won.

Left: Watkins Glen's Nick Cocola (foreground) battles Candor's Freedom Boda in the 152-pound final, won 4-0 by Boda. Right: The Senecas' Josh Burge (top) battles Newark Valley's David Crow for the 170-pound championship. Crow won 7-5.

O-M swimmers fall to Chenango Valley

CHENANGO VALLEY, Jan. 31 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team came close before falling to Chenango Valley 82-75 Saturday in a non-league meet in the CV pool.

Billy Tague led the Indians with three victories, as part of the winning 400 Free Relay (with Alec Betts, Anthony Humphries and Charles Sidle) and coming from behind to capture the 200 Free and 100 Fly. He was also on the second-place 200 Free Relay squad.

Another first went to Humphries in the 100 Breaststroke, where he and teammate Andy Fudala finished 1-2.

"It was a really close meet," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "We had some great swims and some great races, like Alec Betts swimming a great 500 Free, battling for second place, and dropping eight and a half seconds in the process. But we had two disqualifications that would have been second-place finishes. The boys fought hard to overcome the loss of those points. I knew it was going to be a close meet, and we just can't have DQs like that and expect to win. There was no wiggle room in this meet."

First-place for OM:
--Billy Tague in the 200 Free (2:01.95) and 100 Fly (1:03.71)
--Anthony Humphries in the 100 Breast (1:13.01)
--400 Free Relay of Alec Betts, Anthony Humphries, Charles Sidle and Billy Tague (4:04.02)

Second-place for O-M:
--200 Medley Relay of Alec Betts, Andy Fudala, Manley Gavich and Collin Povoski 2:11.41
--200 Free Relay of James Terry, Anthony Humphries, Charles Sidle and Billy Tague 1:46.46
--Anthony Humphries in the 200 IM 2:26.48
--Andy Fudala in the 50 Free 27.63 and 100 Breast 1:15.78
--Charles Sidle in the 100 Free 1:00.50
--Alec Betts in the 500 Free 5:51.36 PR (personal record)
--Manley Gavich in the 100 Back 1:32.26

PRs were also posted by Collin Povoski in the 100 Free (1:07.87) and the 100 Back (1:34.7.2)

Watkins Glen's Keith Rekczis (44, left) and Justin Kelly (5, right) in action Friday night.
(Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins boys top S-VE

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 30 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team improved its season mark to 11-0 Friday night when it routed Spencer-Van Etten 64-24 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas raced to a 25-6 first-quarter lead and cruised from there, building a 41-13 halftime lead and a 52-20 advantage entering the fourth quarter.

Matt Estes led Watkins with 18 points. Other points came from Joe Palumbo (9), Keith Rekczis (9), Justin Kelly (8), Colin Gates (8), Jacob Carocci (4), and Luke Flahive, Justin Duane, Parker Pangallo and Michael Taylor (2 apiece). The team was 8-for-12 from the foul line.

Flahive led the team in assists (13) and steals (7), while Kelly led in rebounds with 8. Rekczis added 5 rebounds and 3 steals, while Carocci grabbed 5 rebounds, and Gates 4.

Chris Dhuy led S-VE (now 4-9) with 10 points.

"We played a pretty good first quarter," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "We pressed them and got some turnovers and easy baskets. Then we substituted early."

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

Junior Varsity: Spencer-Van Etten defeated Watkins Glen 55-38. The Senecas (5-7) were led by Michael Doane's 15 points. Max Schimizzi added 11, Jacob Lokken 4, Connor Seeley-Ion 3, Dylan Platon 3, and Alex Gibson 2.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Joe Palumbo drives past an S-VE defender.
Bottom: The Senecas' Colin Gates approaches the basket. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Michael Taylor (40) takes the ball to the hoop. Right: The Senecas' Colin Gates brings the ball upcourt. Teammate Keith Rekczis is in the background.
(Both photos by Doug Yeater)

And in the JV game:

Watkins Glen's Max Schimizzi (left) and Michael Doane (right) shoot againsat S-VE.
(Both photos by Don Romeo)

Glen girls defeat S-VE, improve to 11-2

SPENCER, Jan. 30 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team, led by Amanda Pike's 25 points, defeated Spencer-Van Etten 42-32 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the S-VE gym.

The victory lifted the Senecas' season mark to 11-2 heading into a home game Tuesday against Elmira Notre Dame.

Pike hit five 3-pointers against S-VE, grabbed 5 rebounds, and registered 3 assists, 2 blocks and 1 steal. She was 4-for-4 at the free-throw line.

Other Watkins Glen statistics:

--Madison Gates: 7 points, 4 rebounds and 1 steal.
--Mariah Gonzalez: 5 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block.
--Madison Myers: 3 points, 3 assists and 2 steals.
--Allison Teed: 2 points, 3 assists and 2 steals.
--Amanda Cherock: 2 rebounds and 1 steal.
--Clara Chedzoy: 1 steal.
--Maggie Bond: 2 rebounds.
--Katherine Meehan: 2 rebounds and 1 steal.
--Tamijah Lawton-Stone: 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal.

The Senecas built a 10-2 lead through one quarter, and were up 22-6 at halftime. Spencer rallied with a 15-4 third-quarter run that cut Watkins' advantage to 26-21 entering the fourh period. The Senecas then outscored the Panthers 16-11 down the stretch.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated S-VE, 43-32. Taylor Kelly led the Senecas with 16 points, and grabbed 6 rebounds. Ryanna LaMoreaux had 12 points and 9 rebounds, while Emmie Bond had 7 points and 5 rebounds.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike (File photo)

2 advance to Hoop Shoot state level

PENN YAN, Jan. 26 -- Watkins Glen representatives excelled Saturday at the District Elks Hoop Shoot competition in Penn Yan -- earning two first-place finishes and two second-place finishes. The two first-place finishers advance to the next level, a state competition in Elmira.

The Watkins Glen competitors - who had advanced from the local competition to the District, placed as follows in Penn Yan:

Girls:

8-9 years old:
1st place -- Carly Arnold

12-13 years old:
2nd place -- Kelsey Kernan

Boys:

8-9 years old:
2nd place -- David Kelly III

10-11 years old:
1st place -- Dylan Morse

"Watkins Glen rocked the house.," said one parent, Deborah Stayer Kelly. "This event included much larger schools (Ithaca, Horseheads, etc.) but Watkins Glen held their own. We couldn’t be more proud of their sportsmanship and skill. Each first- and second-place winner received a trophy. First-place winners also received customized Elks basketballs. All winners and their families were treated to a spaghetti lunch at the Penn Yan Elks Club.

"Dylan and Carly will move on to compete at the State level in Elmira.

"We would like to thank Watkins Glen Elks Lodge Hoop Director David Waite and his team of volunteers for coordinating the Elks Hoop Shoot sponsored by Watkins Glen Elks Lodge 1546, as it is a lot of hard work and planning. We are honored that this experience is offered to our district. Also a big thanks to the members of the Penn Yan Elks Lodge 1722 for their hospitality.

Photo in text: From left: Dylan Morse, Kelsey Kernan, Carly Arnold, and David Kelly III. (Photo provided)

Athletes of the Week: Flahive, Tague

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 26 -- Watkins Glen basketball player Luke Flahive and Odessa-Montour swimmer Billy Tague are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Flahive earned the honor for a pair of performances as the unbeaten Watkins boys varsity basketball squad improved to 10-0. He scored 18 points and registered 7 assists and 3 steals in a 63-27 rout of Newark Valley, and then was instrumental in a first-period assault that jump-started the Senecas in a 65-35 win over Waverly, which had entered the game with 7 straight wins. Flahive finished the contest with 13 points, 5 assists and 2 steals.

Tague earns the nod for a week in which he posted five victories and two second-place finishes as the O-M boys varsity swim team split a pair of meets. They defeated Southern Cayuga -- avenging an earlier loss -- before bowing to Lansing. Tague had the Indians' only win and two seconds in the latter meet, and four firsts against Southern Cayuga.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball's Colin Gates, Joe Palumbo and Amanda Pike; Watkins Glen track's Brooke Shaffer, Patrick Hazlitt and Joelle Slater; Watkins Glen bowler Conlin Wysocki; Watkins Glen wrestler Ian Chedzoy, Odessa-Montour swimmer Alec Betts, and O-M basketball's Cody Daugherty, Gillian Clark and Olivia Grover.

Honorable Mention: Another 30 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing Odessa File poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each school.

Watkins wrestlers compete at Duals

CHENANGO FORKS, Jan. 25 -- The Watkins Glen varsity wrestling team competed in the Section IV Duals Friday and Saturday at Chenango Forks High School -- a cross-league team tournament composed of the best sqauds from the STAC, MAC, and IAC leagues.

Twelve schools were selected to compete: Bainbridge-Guilford-Afton, Norwich, Vestal, Union-Endicott, Deposit, Newark Valley, Tioga, Johnson City, Greene, Chenango Forks, Chenango Valley, and Watkins Glen.

Watkins, unseeded, faced the 7th seeded Chenango Valley on Friday night -- and won 42-36.

The Senecas faced Union-Endicott -- a Class A school -- in the quarterfinal round Saturday morning, and lost 36-27. Since the tournament is a “one and done” event, Watkins Glen was eliminated. The team will compete again next weekend at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference tournament held at the WGHS Field House.

“This event was an achievement for the team," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson. "There are 43 teams in Section IV, and Watkins Glen made it to the top 8. We are a small, class C school that showed we can compete with the best of Section IV, both small and large schools, out of our league and division.

“I haven’t been involved in a one-loss tournament since I was about 8. It was tough for me and the team to feel the sting of being eliminated without the chance to come back for third.”

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 4

The Watkins Glen Youth Basketball program, held Saturdays in the winter at Watkins Glen High School, conducted its 4th session Saturday. The results:

3rd-4th Grades

House of Hong (4-0) 14, Famous Brands (1-3) 2
House of Hong: Jacob Yontz 14
Famous Brands: Joseph Sutterby 2

Sporting Goods (2-2) 26, Central Asphalt (1-3) 18
Sporting Goods: Bryce Cady 16, Gavin Smith 4
Central Asphalt: Jason Murphy 18

Mr. Chicken (3-1) 18, Curly's Family Restaurant (1-3) 6
Mr. Chicken: Carmichael Ayers 12, Jacob Van Der Eems 4, Aaliyah Van Der Eems 2
Curly's Family Restaurant: Brynn Smith 2, Brenna Pierce 2, Alannah Klemann 2

5th-6th Grades

Seneca Lodge (3-1) 30, Maguire's (3-1) 28
Seneca Lodge: Brendan Sheesley 16, Trayvon Jones 12, Aiden Gleason 2
Maguire's: Max Evans 27, Rebecca Becker 1

Church St. Produce (3-1) 23, Watkins Glen Supply (1-3) 15
Church St. Produce: Georgio Fazzary 9, Tim Clifford 8, Brendyn Hammond 4, Jade Scaptura 2
Watkins Glen Supply: Bailey Beaumont 5, Jordan Avery 4, Jacob Powers 4, R.J. Bannon 2

Capt. Bill's (2-2) 40, Van Skiver Motors (0-4) 28
Capt. Bill's: Cameron Holland 16, Seamus Mooney 16, Eric Morrisette 8
Van Skiver Motors: Owen Scholtisek 16, Aislinn Klemann 8, Daniel Ely 4

Watkins Glen's Matt Estes (left) and Luke Flahive drive to the basket.
(Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins boys rout Waverly

Win 65-35 to end Wolverines' 7-game streak

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 23 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team -- led by Colin Gates 20 points and a stifling defense -- defeated Waverly 65-35 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The victory lifted the Senecas' season mark to 10-0 and put them in the driver's seat in the IAC Large Schools South division. Division foe Waverly, which had won seven straight games, slipped to 9-4, while the division team the Wolverines beat earlier this week, Notre Dame, has three losses.

"Our defense was suffocating in the beginning of the game," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, whose squad raced out to a 25-8 first-quarter advantage and led 36-16 at halftime.

"We were just everywhere," said Fazzary. "In fact, our defesne was pretty good most of the way. We showed good effort and energy."

On offense, he said, "Gates and Luke Flahive jump-started us. Luke had three 3-pointers in the first quarter, and Gates scored 10 points. They had 19 of our first 25 points."

Flahive finished with 13 points, while Joe Palumbo notched 14. Other points came from Matt Estes (7), Keith Rekczis (5), and Dominick Rolston, Justin Kelly and Justin Duane (2 each).

Gates led the team in rebounds with 8, while Rekczis grabbed 5, and Estes and Kelly 4 each. Flahive led in assists with 5, while Palumbo had 3. Flahive and Estes had 2 steals apiece. The team was 8-for-13 from the free-throw line.

Jeff Mitchell led Waverly with 11 points. The Wolverines converted 10 of 20 free-throw attempts.

Watkins Glen returns to action next Friday at home against Spencer-Van Etten.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Waverly 44-32 to slip to 5-6. Max Schimizzi and Michael Doane each scored 9 points for the Senecas, while Alex Gibson had 5, Alex Sheesley 4, Jacob Lokken 3 and Dylan Platon 2.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Colin Gates goes airborne as he nears the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)

The Seneca Nation had plenty to cheer about. (Photo by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

JV team members, from left: Michael Doane, Alex Gibson and Max Schimizzi.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen girls fall to Waverly

WAVERLY, Jan. 23 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team sustained its second loss of the season Friday night, falling to Waverly 60-31 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Waverly gym.

The loss dropped the Senecas' season mark to 10-2 heading into a game next Friday at Spencer-Van Etten. Watkins' only other loss was at the hands of Waverly in the season's third game, a 39-34 home defeat.

Watkins Glen was in contention early in Friday's game, leading 11-10 after one period. But Waverly outscored the Senecas in subsequent quarters 16-4, 15-7 and 19-9.

Amanda Pike led Watkins scorers with 15 points, including 6-for-6 from the foul line. She also grabbed 3 rebounds and had 5 steals and 4 blocks.

Other scoring came from:

Madison Gates: 7 points with 4 rebounds, 4 steals, an assist and a block.
Madison Myers: 3 points.
Allison Teed: 2 points with 3 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block.
Mariah Gonzalez: 2 points with 3 rebounds and 1 block.
Tamijah Lawton-Stone: 2 points with 1 rebound.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Waverly, 43-33. Hannah Morse had 13 points and 5 assists for the Senecas. Emmie Bond scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds, while Ryanna LaMoreaux scored 9 points.

From left: Watkins Glen's Dakota Evans uses some body English on a shot; O-M's Frank Wood; and Watkins' Steven Bradley gives a fist pump after converting a 5-10 split.

Watkins Glen bowlers defeat Odessa

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 23 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted Interscholastic Athletic Conference victories Friday over Odessa-Montour, the boys winning 3-1 and the girls 4-0.

In the boys' match, the Senecas won the first and third games (the latter 732-728) and total pinfall, 2483-2379. Wyatt Brower led Watkins with a 541 series that included a 211 game. Other scores included a 499 by Steven Bradley, a 493 by Wrett Brower, a 463 by Conlin Wysocki and a 457 by Casen Weeden.

"We got a good win today," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "The boys started out strong, and toughed it out at the end."

Frank Wood led O-M with a 509 series, while Trenton Randall posted a 506. In additon, Alex Grady rolled a 493, Eric Rumsey a 419, and Jesse Jordan a 410.

The Watkins Glen girls, led by Lucy Craig's 514 series, swept O-M with a total pinfall advantage of 2376-1700. Dakota Evans rolled a 502 for the Senecas, while Samantha Bradley posted a 491, Liz Mason a 443, and Elizabeth Reed a 424.

"It was senior night, which was pretty emotional," said Coach Brower. "I'm really going to miss these seniors. Sam has been on the team for over half a decade, Lucy for almost half a decade, and Liz has been a pleasant surprise since joining the team last year."

O-M was led by Jackie Vincent's 384 series. Other scores included a 380 by Ashley Stewart, a 324 by Britney Visscher, and a 320 by Carolyn Arias.

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

Left: It was Senior Night with (from left) Watkins Glen's Elizabeth Reed, Samantha Bradley and Lucy Craig honored. Right: O-M's Jackie Vincent reacts to a near-strike: one pin standing.

3 Top 10 finishes ... and a new school mark

ITHACA, Jan. 23 -- Three members of the Watkins Glen Indoor Track team earned Top 10 finishes Friday in races at the Ithaca College Invitational -- with one setting a new school record..

The Senecas' Patrick Hazlitt placed second in the 1600 Meter Run, posting a time of 4:35.60.

Joelle Slater was third in the 1500 Meter Racewalk in 9:14.30.

And Brooke Shaffer was 10th in the 1500 Meter Run in 5:21.12 -- a new school record that broke her own previous school mark.

Left: O-M's Olivia Grover goes up for a shot. (Photo by Doug Yeater)
Right: In the JV game, O-M's Hailey Perraut applies some defense to a Newfield ball-carrier.

Odessa girls lose to Newfield, 61-38

ODESSA, Jan. 23 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team's record slipped to 7-5 Friday night when the Indians dropped a 61-38 decision to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Newfield, which was upset Tuesday at Spencer-Van Etten, "came out smoknig tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "and we couldn't buy a shot in the first half."

Newfield built an 18-3 first-period lead and a 32-9 halftime advantage.

" We played hard to the end and made it a little more respectable in the second half," said Gavich. "But they're the class of our division." Newfield, 9-4, leads the Small Schools South division by a game over Candor, the team Odessa hosts next Friday..

Gillian Clark led O-M with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Kennedey Heichel added 7 points, Olivia Grover 7, Addi Rhodes 5, Callie Stillman 3, Nikki Crout 1, and Maddie Lodge 1.

Junior Varsity: O-M lost to Newfield 30-23. Alexis Saunders led the Indians with 11 points.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark tries to elude a Newfield defender. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

O-M boys lose to Newfield, 54-27

NEWFIELD, Jan. 23 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team's mark slipped to 4-8 Friday night when the Indians dropped a 54-27 decision to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Newfield gym.

Newfield took the lead early, building a 17-7 lead through one quarter and a 33-13 advantage at halftime. The margin was 45-21 entering the fourth period.

Cody Daugherty led O-M with 13 points, while Joel Kelly scored 6. The team was 4-for-8 from the foul line.

Newfield was led by Dekhari Stewart's 20 points, along with 12 from Brian Barrett. The Trojans converted 9 of 12 free throws.

Junior Varsity: Newfield defeated O-M 66-43. Noah Angle led Odessa with 19 points, including five 3-pointers. Curtis Harris added 11 points.

Bowling: O-M boys defeat Newark Valley

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 22 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity bowling team defeated Newark Valley 3-1 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Johnny's Lanes.

The Indians won the first two games and total pinfall, 2450-2315. Trenton Randall led the Indians with a 532 series, while Frank Wood posted a 514, Ryan Lambert a 506, and Eric Rumsey a 477.

The O-M girls fell to Newark Valley, 4-0, as the Cardinals outscored the Indians 1977-1679. Jackie Vincent led Odessa with a 347 series, while Taylor Sykes rolled a 338, Ashley Stewart a 328, and Britney Visscher a 322.

O-M returns to action today (Friday) against Watkins Glen at Johnny's Lanes.

Odessa swimmers fall to Lansing

LANSING, Jan. 22 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team dropped a 121-45 decision to Lansing Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Lansing pool.

O-M registered just one win -- by Billy Tague in the 100 Fly in 1:07.49.

Odessa had the following second-place finishes:
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-200 Medley Relay of Alec Betts, Andy Fudala, Billy Tague and Charles Sidle - 2:00.49
--200 Free Relay of Alec Betts, James Terry, Charles Sidle and Billy Tague - 1:44.58
--Alec Betts in the 200 IM - 2:32.35
--Charles Sidle in the 50 Free - 25.99
--James Terry in the 100 Back - 1:22.33

Personal records were set by:
Kyle Frasier in the 200 Free -- 2:36.90
Charles Sidle in the 100 Free -- 59.65

Left: O-M's Hailie Searles moves past an Edison defender. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right: Odessa's Addi Rhodes is fouled as she drives for the basket.

O-M girls top TAE, 38-22

ODESSA, Jan. 21 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- with Olivia Grover posting a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds -- overcame a poor-shooting first half Wednesday night and pulled away from Thomas A. Edison for a 38-22 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory in the O-M gym.

The Indians, now 7-4, managed just 11 first-half points but entered intermission tied with the winless Spartans, now 0-11.

O-M pulled away with a 12-2 run at the start of the third quarter, and led going into the final period 23-15. The Indians then outscored Edison 15-7 the rest of the way.

Grover, in addition to her double-double, also registered 8 steals. Gillian Clark (with three 3-pointers) scored 10 points, while Addi Rhodes also scored 10. Hailie Searles added 4 points, 10 rebounds and 8 steals, while Callie Stillman scored 2 points. The team was 8-for-20 from the foul line, including 2-for-12 in the team's first-half cold streak.

Edison was led by Leigha Jones' 12 points. The Spartans converted 8 of 16 free-throw attempts.

"That third quarter got us going," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "with Olivia scoring 6 of her points and giving us, along with Hailie Searles, a ton of energy on the defensive end. Our defense definitely was the difference tonight. And it was good to get Addi going there in the fourth quarter as well. We will definitely need her scoring down the stretch."

Gavich said he is pleased with the team's record "considering the amount of adversity we've had to fight through" -- a reference to injuries to key players Nakiaha Robinson and Sage Garrison. "There were a lot of emotions tonight too with it being the last game for Kailie Thomas (a junior who has worn uniform No. 13) before she moves to Virginia."

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour topped winless Edison 39-6. Kennedey Heichel led the Indians with 12 points, including two 3-pointers. Other points came from Alexis Saunders (8), Gabby Fazzary (6), Amanda Jones (5), and Hailey Perraut and Heidi Casselberry (4 each).

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Olivia Grover prepares to shoot in traffic. She led O-M with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 8 steals. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: The Indians' Callie Stillman drives toward the basket in traffic.

Left: O-M's Kailie Thomas (13) goes high for a rebound.
Right: The Indians' Maddie Lodge (32) shoots as Edison's Makenna Albert (5) defends.

Left: O-M's Addi Rhodes shoots. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right: O-M's Brianna Struble (15) and Kailie Thomas (13) wait for a rebound with Edison's Makenna Albert (5, center). (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: O-M's Gillian Clark shoots. Right: Odessa's Kailie Thomas (obscured) and Brianna Struble (right) battle Edison's Lauren Hufnagel for a rebound.

Left: O-M's Kailie Thomas prepares to shoot. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right: Odessa's Hailie Searles goes high for a rebound.

O-M's Olivia Grover battles Edison players for possession of the ball.

Left: O-M's Kailie Thomas battles an Edison player for the ball. Right: The Indians' Olivia Grover goes up for a shot. (Both photos by Doug Yeater)

O-M's Kailie Thomas (second from left) prepares to grab a loose ball being pursued by Edison's Mallory Shumaker (left) and Makenna Albert (second from right) along with Odessa's Maddie Lodge, right.

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Kennedey Heichel (3) drives toward the hoop as Edison's Sami Goodwin defends. Right: Odessa's Gabby Fazzary prepares to launch a shot in traffic.
(Both photos by Don Romeo)

O-M's Billy Tague on the way to victory in the 200 Yard Freestyle race.

O-M swimmers defeat So. Cayuga

ODESSA, Jan. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team avenged a loss last week against Southern Cayuga by defeating the Chiefs 51-43 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Odessa pool.

The host Indians won 9 of the 11 events, including all three relays. Billy Tague and Alec Betts each won two individual events and were on two winning relays. Charles Sidle and Andy Fudala each won an individual race and were on two winning releays.

"The boys came in fighting tonight, took an early lead and never looked back," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "They all did their jobs in their races, and they did this being down two athletes, so it was a real accomplishment. I am very proud of them as individuals and as a team."

The results:

200 Free Relay: OM James Terry, Andy Fudala, Manley Gavich, Charles Sidle 2:09.42
200 Free: OM Billy Tague 2:07.29
200 IM: OM Alec Betts 2:28.90
50 Free: SC Chance Winters 25.56
100 Fly: OM Charles Sidle 1:12.21
100 Free: OM Billy Tague 56.51
500 Free: SC Ben Davis 6:22.56
200 Free Relay: OM Alec Betts, Andy Fudala, Charles Sidle Billy Tague 1:45.59
100 Back: OM Alec Betts 1:08.98 (PR)
100 Breast: OM Andy Fudala 1:15.94
400 Free Relay: OM Kyle Frasier, James Terry, Alec Betts, Billy Tague 4:02.06

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Andy Fudala competes as part of the winning 200 Medley Relay squad.
Bottom: The Indians' James Terry dives at start of the 200 Medley Relay.

O-M's Charles Sidle dives on the final leg of the 200 Medley Relay, won by Odessa.

Watkins Glen's Joe Palumbo (left) and Keith Rekczis shoot.
(Both photos by Don Romeo)

Glen boys rout Newark Valley

Improve to 9-0 with 63-27 victory at Field House

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 20 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team -- led by Luke Flahive's 18 points -- rolled past Newark Valley 63-27 Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The victory lifted the Senecas' season mark to 9-0 heading into a home game Friday against Waverly.

The Senecas led just 14-12 after one period, but outscored the Cardinals 20-8, 20-4 and 9-3 in subsequent quarters.

Flahive, in addition to his 18 points, dished out 7 assists and registered 3 steals. Other points came from Joe Palumbo (11), Keith Rekczis (11), Colin Gates (9), Matt Estes (9), Parker Pangallo (2), Dominick Rolston (2) and Justin Kelly (1). The team was 11-for-17 from the free-throw line.

Rekczis led the Senecas in rebounds with 7, while Gates grabbed 5 and Estes 4. Gates led in steals with 5, while Rekczis and Justin Duane had 4 each.

Newark Valley was led by Blake Novi's 7 points. The Cardinals converted just 1 of 9 free throws.

Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary said he was pleased with Flahive's offense, and said the team defense "was terrific. Our overall energy and effort were better tonight."

Looking ahead to Friday, he said they would need that energy. "We need to be on our game," he said, against Waverly -- a team that beat Notre Dame Tuesday night for its seventh straight victory.

Junior Varsity: Newark Valley defeated Watkins Glen (5-5), 44-39. Michael Doane led the Senecas with 14 points, while Max Schimizzi scored 12, Alex Gibson 5, Jacob Lokken 4, and Alex Sheesley 4.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Luke Flahive drives to the basket.
Bottom: The Senecas' Colin Gates maneuvers past a Newark Valley player. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Watknis Glen's Alex Gibson (left) and Jacob Lokken shoot.
(Both photos by Don Romeo)

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And from photographer Doug Yeater:

From left: Watkins Glen's Justin Kelly, Justin Duane and Matt Estes.

O-M boys fall to Edison at OT buzzer

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Jan. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team lost 62-61 to Edison Tuesday night on a 3-point overtime buzzer-beater in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Edison gym.

The Indians, now 4-7, trailed 16-12 after one period and 34-26 at halftime before battling back. They were within two points after three quarters and tied 51-51 at the end of regulation. But with a 61-59 lead as time wound down on the 4-minute extra period, Edison hit the three for the win.

Cody Daugherty led Odessa with 18 points, while Joel Kelly scored 17, including three 3-pointers in the third quarter that Coach Brad Clark said "got us back into it." Bryce Elliott added 11 points for the Indians. The team was 8-for-11 from the foul line.

Watkins Glen girls top Newark Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, Jan. 20 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team improved its record to 10-1 Tuesday night when it posted a 42-29 victory over Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the NV gym.

Allison Teed led the Senecas with 10 points, while Amanda Pike and Halle Phillips scored 9 each. Madison Gates, Madison Myers, Amanda Cherock, Maggie Bond, Katherine Meehan, Mariah Gonzalez and Madeleine Ross each scored 2 points.

Gates and Clara Chedzoy led the team in rebounds with 6 apiece, while Pike grabbed 4, and Teed and Gonzalez 3 each.

The Senecas led 17-3 after one period, 21-7 at halftime, and 30-14 after three quarters. The team was 8-for-12 from the free-throw line.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Newark Valley 33-25. Ryanna LaMoreaux led the Senecas with 13 points and 9 rebounds.

Watkins Glen's Caleb Smith (top) on the way to a 10-7 victory at 99 pounds over O-M's Andrew Hartford. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

Watkins Glen wrestlers keep The Belt

ODESSA, Jan. 20 -- The Watkins Glen varsity wrestling team defeated a depleted Odessa-Montour squad 69-6 Tuesday evening in O-M's Jack Davis Gym to retain the Schuyler County Championship Belt that goes each year to the winner of this intracounty rivalry.

The Senecas filled all but two weight classes while Odessa -- its roster depleted due to injuries and departures -- managed to fill only six classes, and lost in five of them.

The bout was preceded by the introduction of the O-M seniors in their last home meet. They are Joe Rorick, Billy Bacon, Ian Hradisky and Joe Wright.

Watkins Glen's Jon Brown registered his 100th career victory during the match with a forfeit win at 145 pounds.

The belt, brought along by the Watkins Glen team from a trophy case in its school, was returned to WGHS after the competition, for display for another year.

The results:

138: Andrew Specht (WGSH) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
145: Jon Brown (WGSH) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
152: Nicholas Cocola (WGSH) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
160: Dean Laughlin (WGSH) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
170: Josh Burge (WGSH) over Shawn Minnier (OMSH) (Fall 1:03)
182: Ian Chedzoy (WGSH) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
195: Kurtis Edwards (WGSH) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
220: Cole Saunders (WGSH) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
285: Colton Arcangeli (WGSH) over Ian Hradisky (OMSH) (Dec 5-0)
99: Caleb Smith (WGSH) over Andrew Hartford (OMSH) (Dec 10-7)
106: Double Forfeit
113: Dalton Cummings (WGSH) over Collin Haag (OMSH) (Dec 5-4)
120: Joseph Rorick (OMSH) over (WGSH) (Forfeit)
126: Brandon Gould (WGSH) over Bill Bacon (OMSH) (Fall 1:44)
132: Jakob Johnson (WGSH) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Colton Arcangeli (top) on the way to victory over Odessa-Montour's Ian Hradisky. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

Bottom: The Schuyler County Wrestling Champions belt, retained by Watkins for another year.

A Senior Night ceremony was held before the meet. Honored were O-M seniors (from left) Joe Rorick, Billy Bacon, Joe Wright and Ian Hradisky.

Left: Watkins Glen wrestler Jon Brown and his coach, Nils Watson. Brown recorded his 100th career victory Tuesday. Right: Watkins Glen's Josh Burge (in blue) nears victory against O-M's Shawn Minnier at 170 pounds.

The winning Watkins Glen varsity wrestling team, with the belt held aloft.
(Photo by Mike Stamp)

Bowling: Glen boys, girls lose to Waverly

WAVERLY, Jan. 20 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams fell to Waverly 4-0 Tuesday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at the Valley Bowling Center.

The boys were outbowled 3335-2676. Conlin Wysocki led the Senecas with a 607 series that included a 235 game. Wrett Brower added a 555 that included a 233 game, while Steven Bradley rolled a 527, Nathaniel Rose a 484, and Wyatt Brower a 483.

"I am very happy with the boys' continued improvement," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "Wrett and Steven both bowled over 500, but Conlin was outstanding with his 607 series."

The girls lost 2857-2572. Samantha Bradley led Watkins with a 577 series that included a 208 and a 203. Liz Mason added a 536, Dakota Evans a 511, Lucy Craig a 495, and Elizabeth Reed a 449.

"We bowled well," said Brower, "just not well enough."

Watkins swimmers fall to Waverly

WAVERLY, Jan. 20 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team lost to Waverly 100-80 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Waverly pool.

Aidan DeBolt and Matt Doppel each won two events for the Senecas -- DeBolt in the 200 Free (2:00.53) and the 50 Free (24.63), and Doppel in the 100 Free (49.43) and the 100 Back (1:02.68).

The results:

200yd Medley Relay: Waverly 1:58.99
200yd Freestyle: Watkins Glen 2:00.53 Aidan DeBolt
200yd Individual Medley: Waverly 2:21.15 Brandon Whitley
50yd Freestyle: Watkins Glen 24.63 Aidan DeBolt
1 meter diving: Watkins Glen 167.35 Jacob Slater
100yd Butterfly: Waverly 1:01.98 Keilen Carpenter
100yd Freestyle: Watkins Glen 49.43 Matt Doppel
500yd Freestyle: Waverly 5:51.94 Gary Moorhead
200 Freestyle Relay: Waverly 1:37.96
100yd Backstroke: Watkins Glen 1:02.68 Matt Doppel
100yd Breaststroke: Waverly 1:10.00 Josh Mastrantuono
400yd Freestyle Relay: Waverly 3:44.15

Bowling: O-M boys, girls fall to Candor

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams dropped 4-0 decisions Tuesday to Candor in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Johnny's Lanes.

The boys lost 2127-2022, falling short by 10 pins in the second game and 14 in the third game. Alex Grady led the Indians with a 440 series, while Trenton Randall rolled a 421.

The O-M girls were outscored 2197-1704. Heavyn Arias led Odessa with a 376 series, while Ashley Stewart rolled a 347.

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

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 3

The Watkins Glen Youth Basketball program, held Saturdays in the winter at Watkins Glen High School, conducted its third session Saturday. The results:

3rd-4th Grades

House of Hong (3-0) 23, Central Asphalt (1-2) 21
House of Hong: Jacob Yontz 19, Ryan Thompson 4
Central Asphalt: David Kelly 14, Jason Murphy 7

Sporting Goods (1-2) 27, Curly's Family Restaurant (1-2) 12
Sporting Goods: Carly Arnold 11, Bryce Cady 6, Gavin Smith 6, Andrew Matthews 4
Curly's Restaurant: Brynn Smith 4, Devon Searle 2, Brenna Pierce 2, Isabella Samuel 2, Alannah Klemann 2

Famous Brands (1-2) 14, Mr. Chicken (2-1) 4
Famous Brands: Joseph Sutterby 6, Jenna Solomon 4, Jonah Sissel 4
Mr. Chicken: Carmichael Ayers 2, Gregory Samuels 2

5th-6th Grades

Capt. Bill's (1-2) 33, Seneca Lodge (2-1) 30
Capt. Bill's: Seamus Mooney 15, Cameron Holland 4, Eric Morrisette 4. (Editor's Note: 10 points were unaccounted for in the Capt. Bill's totals provided.)
Seneca Lodge: Travon Jones 26, Ethan Day 2, Savannah Ayers 2

Church St. Produce (2-1) 36, Van Skiver Motors (0-3) 18
Church St. Produce: Brendyn Hammond 14, Tim Clifford 8, Georgio Fazzary 6, Tanner Dunham 4, Mattie Yontz 4
Van Skiver Motors: Owen Scholtisek 12, Daniel Ely 4, Kyra Brisbois 2

McGuire's (3-0) 27, Watkins Glen Supply (1-2) 16
McGuire's: Max Evans 27
Watkins Glen Supply: Bryce Kelly 6, Bailey Beaumont 6, Jacob Powers 4

Local Hoop Shoot winners announced

Note: Watkins Glen Elks Lodge Hoop Director David Waite reports here on the outcome of the local annual Hoop Shoot.

"We have once again completed our local hoop shoot contest for the annual Elks Hoop Shoot sponsored by Watkins Glen Elks Lodge 1546. Students from Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour School Districts competed after preliminary hoop shoots at their schools.

"The following kids placed in their respective age categories:

GIRLS:

8-9 years old:
1st - Carly Arnold (WG), 9 of 25
2nd - Jenna Solomon (WG)
3rd - Gina Gavich (OM)

10-11 years:
1st - Autumn Garrison (OM), 6 of 25 (won after 3-way tie breaker)
2nd - Aislinn Klemann (WG)
3rd - Mackenzie Cannon (OM)

12-13 years old:
1st - Kelsey Kernan (WG), 14 of 25 (after tie-breaker with Adrienna Solomon)
2nd - Adrienna Solomon (WG)
3rd - Olivia Grover (OM) (after tie-breaker with 4th place finisher).

BOYS:

8-9 years old:
1st - David Kelly III (WG), 16 of 25
2nd - Jacob Yontz (WG)
3rd - Ben Heichel (OM)

10-11 years old:
1st - Dylan Morse (WG), 19 of 25
2nd - Mitchell Pike (WG) (after tie-breaker with Adam Pastore)
3rd - Adam Pastore (WG)

12-13 years old:
1st - Dylan Markley (WG), 18 of 25
2nd - Joe Chedzoy (WG)
3rd - Preston Harris (OM) (after tie-breaker with 4th place finisher).

"All age-group winners will now go on to compete at the District level Hoop Shoot held in Penn Yan on Saturday, January 25. There are over 1 million kids who compete annually in the Elks Hoop Shoot contest. Our local winners go on to compete in District contests with subsequent winners going on to State, Regional and then the National contest held in Sprinfield, Mass., to determine a National Champion in each age category.

"The Watkins Glen Elks Lodge would like to thank the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour school districts for their continued support and assistance with the Hoop Shoot. We would also like to congratulate all the competitors on their success and wish our winners good luck in the next round of competition."

Photo in text: From left: Kelsey Kernan, Autumn Garrison, Carly Arnold, David Kelly III, Dylan Morse and Dylan Markley. (Photo provided)

Athletes: Doppel, Hazlitt, Clark

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 19 -- A swimmer, a runner and a basketball player are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week for singular performances.

At Watkins Glen, we honor swimmer Matt Doppel for setting a pool and school record in the 100 Yard Freestyle and, in the process, qualifying for the State Swimming Championships in his second event (having earlier in the season qualified in the Backstroke). And we honor Patrick Hazlitt for his stunning 1600 Meter Run victory over a large field at the Quinney Invitational at Cornell University, edging out two competitors by hundredths of a second.

And at Odessa-Montour, we honor Gillian Clark for her school-record-tying seven 3-pointers in a 23-point performance as the girls basketball team topped Spencer-Van Etten in overtime. She added 10 rebounds in the come-from-behind victory.

Double Honorable: O-M wrestlers Joe Rorick, Bill Bacon and Andrew Hartford, Watkins Glen wrestlers Brandon Gould and Josh Burge, Watkins Glen bowlers Samantha Bradley and Lucy Craig, Watkins Glen basketball players Colin Gates, Allison Teed and Amanda Pike, O-M swimmer Billy Tague, and Watkins Glen runner Joelle Slater.

Honorable Mention: Another 35 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each school.

Glen girls: Small schools tourney title

CORNING, Jan. 17 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team placed first among small schools and second overall Saturday at the 2015 Tom Sullivan Memorial High School Bowling Classic.at Crystal Lanes.

Watkins Glen's Samantha Bradley posted a 575 series and Lucy Craig a 534 -- the fourth and fifth best series among girls at the tournament -- to lead the Senecas to the small-schools crown.

Watkins battled overall winner Fairport down to the wire in the overall title match, staging a comeback that left the Senecas just nine points behind at the finish.

Watkins Glen had defeated Corning in the semifinals. The order of finish among the six competing schools: Fairport, Watkins Glen, Corning, Elmira Notre Dame, Newark Valley and Lansing.

By virtue of finishing in the top five, Bradley and Craig earned medals as part of the All-Tournament team..

"The girls were simply amazing," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "I couldn't be more proud of their effort."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower with team members (back row from left) Dakota Evans and Liz Mason, (center) Elizabeth Reed; and (front from left) Samantha Bradley and Lucy Craig. (Photo provided)

O-M's Bill Bacon forces his Corning opponent to the mat. Bacon won on a pin.

Corning captures Duals title

Hartford, Rorick, Bacon win Outstanding Wrestler awards

ODESSA, Jan. 17 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team finished fourth at its O-M Duals wrestling tournament Saturday in the Odessa gym.

Participating teams were Corning, Dryden, Groton, Whitney Point, Spencer-VanEtten and Odessa-Montour. This was a round-robin tournament.

Odessa-Montour's Bill Bacon registered his 100th career victory during the tournament.

Team ranks and win-loss records

1st: Corning 5-0
2nd: Spencer-Van Etten 4-1
3rd: Whitney Point 3-2
4th: Dryde 2-3
5th: Odessa-Montour 1-4
6th: Groton 0-5

Round 1:
Corning 50, Dryden 33
Odessa-Montour 36, Groton 24
S-VE 48, Whitney Point 35

Round 2:
Corning 57, Groton 26
S-VE 42, Dryden 32
Whitney Point 48, Odessa-Montour 30

Round 3:
Whitney Point 44, Dryden 41
S-VE 50, Groton 23
Corning 61, Odessa-Montour 24

Round 4:
Whitney Point 42, Groton 34
Dryden 31, Odessa-Montour 21
Corning 54, Spencer Van Etten 30

Round 5:
S-VE 48, Odessa-Montour 21
Corning 64, Whitney Point 22
Dryden 42, Groton 36

Most Outstanding Wrestler by weight class:

99: Andrew Hartford, Odessa-Montour
106: Bryant Sexton, Spencer-Van Etten
113: Garrett Lockwood, Groton
120: Joseph Rorick, Odessa-Montour
126: Bill Bacon, Odessa-Montour
132: Grady Alpert, Spencer-Van Etten
138: Darren Ostrander, Groton
145: Nate Grubham, Whitney Point
152: David Rowe, Corning
160: Joe Judge, Spencer-Van Etten
170: Zach Horning, Corning
182: Mike Bilby, Corning
195: Mikhail Zuddoffsky, Whitney Point
220: Chad Adam, Dryden
285: Nathan Webster, Corning

Photos in text:

From top: O-M's Joe Rorick, Collin Haag and Andrew Hartford on the way to victories over Corning wrestlers in the 120-, 113- and 99-pound weight classes, respectively..

O-M's Shawn Minnier has hold of his Corning opponent at 170 pounds. He lost 5-1.

From left: O-M wrestlers Bill Bacon, Joe Rorick and Andrew Hartford
with their Most Outstanding Wrestler awards. (Photo provided)

Members of the Montour Moose #426 Riders Club pose with the Odessa-Montour Wrestling Team after the Duals Tournament. Rider’s Club members raised $555 toward the purchase of protective covers for O-M’s 7-section wrestling mat. (Photo provided)

Left: Watkins Glen's Matt Estes prepares to score. Right: The Senecas' Colin Gates looks to pass the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins boys top Candor

Win 61-39, improve to 8-0; Newark Valley next

CANDOR, Jan. 17 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team got points from every player on the roster Saturday as it defeated Candor 61-39 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference makeup game in the Candor gym. The game had originally been scheduled for Dec. 9th.

The victory lifted the Senecas' season mark to 8-0 heading into a pair of home games this coming week -- against Newark Valley on Tuesday and against Waverly on Friday.

Colin Gates led the Watkins scorers with 12 points. Other points came from Keith Rekczis (9), Joe Palumbo (8), Dominick Rolston (7), Justin Kelly (5), Justin Duane (5), Jacob Carocci (5), Matt Estes (4), Luke Flahive (2), Parker Pangallo (2), and Michael Taylor (2). The team was 14-for-19 from the free-throw line.

Carocci led in rebounds with 7, while Kelly grabbed 6, Pangallo 5, and Palumbo 4. Flahive led in assists with 3, while Estes had 3 steals and Rekczis and Gates 2 each.

Wyatt Whitmore and Jordan Bartolis led Candor with 12 points apiece.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 5-4 by defeating Candor 40-33. Max Schimizzi led the Senecas with 19 points, while Michael Doane scored 9, Jacob Lokken 8, Connor Seeley-Ion 2, and Alex Sheesley (2).

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Michael Taylor attempts a shot while falling away from the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: The Senecas' Jacob Carocci moves the ball. Right: Watkins Glen's Dominick Rolston sends a shot on its way. (Photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Michael Doane goes up for a shot. Right: The Senecas' Max Schimizzi drives to the basket. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Hazlitt wins 1600 at Cornell track meet

ITHACA, Jan. 17 -- Watkins Glen High School's Patrick Hazlitt placed first Saturday in the 1600 Meter Run at Cornell University's Quinney Invitational.

Hazlitt posted a time of 4:39.21 in beating a field of 53 runners -- edging out runnerup Garrett Butters of Elmira Notre Dame, who finished in 4:39.25, and Elmira's Terrell Coleman, who posted a 4:39.34.

Hazlitt's win helped the Watkins Glen boys to an 8th place overall finish among 16 small schools, while a third-place finish by Joelle Slater in the 1500 Meter Racewalk helped the Seneca girls to a 9th place finish among 15 schools. Trumansburg was 1st among the Small Schools boys teams, while Sidney-Delhi-Unatego was first among the Small Schools girls.

The meet is held in memory of Doug Quinney, past Sydney coach and Section 4 track coordinator, who is credited with developing a great program for Section 4 athletes. Special awards were given to winners of his favorite events, including the 1500 Meter Racewalk and the Shuttle Hurdle Relay.

Slater's raewalk time of 9:09.71 was the best among Section IV competitors. She finished behind two West Seneca race walkers in a field of 16 athletes.

Other Watkins finishes included:

Boys:
11th place -- Jonas Recker in the Long Jump -- 17ft. 6.5in.
11th place -- Thomas Schmitt-in the Shot Put -- 35ft. 9in.
15th place -- Kevin Kernan in the 600 Meter Run -- 1:36.40

Girls:
18th place -- Brooke Shaffer in the 1000 Meter Run -- 3:32.64
19th place -- Taylor Kennard in the 1500 Meter Run -- 5:34.27
19th place -- Isobel Scheffey in the 300 Meter Dash -- 48.12

Personal bests: Several personal bests were set -- by Mikayla Rhodes in the Shot Put, Kali
Bond in the 1500 Meter Run, Emily Manzer in the 300 Meter Run, Cameron Connelly in the 1000 Meter Run, and Jonas Recker in the 55 Meter Dash.

The Senecas return to action Friday in a meet at Ithaca College. Starting time is 5 p.m.

Glen wrestlers 4th at Newark tourney

NEWARK, NY, Jan. 17 -- The Watkins Glen varsity wrestiling team placed 4th Saturday in the Jack Fischer wrestling tournament held at Newark High School with two individual champions: Brandon Gould at 126 pounds and Josh Burge at 170.

Participating teams included: Pittsford, Newark, Irondequoit, Lansing, Midlakes, Red Jacket, Wayne, Brockport, Eastridge, North Rose Wolcott, Gates Chili, South Seneca, Wilson, Manet, and Watkins Glen.

Watkins Glen finishes:
126: Brandon Gould Champion
138: Bradly Eslick 5th place
145: Austin Dalrymple 4th (5-match rule prevented him from wrestling for 3rd)
145: Jon Brown 2nd
152: Nick Cocola 3rd
152: Tim Carnes 5th
170: Josh Burge Champion
195: Kurtis Edwards 3rd
220: Dustin Goltry 5th
285: Colton Arcangeli 3rd

Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson noted that regulars Ian Chedzoy and Andrew Specht were out of Saturday's lineup. The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Odessa-Montour.

Left: O-M's Joel Kelly waits for two Watkins Glen defenders to descend so he can put up a shot. Right: Watkins Glen's Keith Rekczis (44) shoots in traffic.

Glen boys defeat O-M, 64-47

ODESSA, Jan. 16 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team improved to 7-0 Friday night when -- bolstered by a 14-0 run in the first half -- it posted a 64-47 victory over intracounty rival Odessa-Montour in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Senecas, down 8-4 early, rallied behind Colin Gates' 15 first-quarter points to build a 23-15 advantage entering the second quarter. After scoring the last seven points of the first period, they scored the first seven of the second quarter to build a 30-15 advantage. O-M scored the next five points to pull back within 10 points, 30-20, but never got any closer than that -- and at one point in the third period trailed by as many as 23.

Gates finished with 19 points to lead all scorers. Teammate Justin Kelly scored 13 points, all in the first half, while Joe Palumbo added 12. Other points for Watkins came from Keith Rekczis (7), Matt Estes (6), Justin Duane (4) and Luke Flahive (3).

Rekczis led the team in rebounds with 11, while Gates grabbed 7 and Flahive 4. Flahive led in assists with 4, while Estes and Parker Pangallo registered 2 each. Flahive and Rekczis each had 2 steals. The team was 13-for-17 from the free-throw line.

Joel Kelly led O-M with 11 points, while Mitch Scata had 10, Bryce Elliott 7, Cody Daugherty 6, Chris Foote 5, Noah Bruno 4, and Tyler Clark and Zach Pyhtila 2 each. The team converted 3 of 4 free-throw attempts.

"I don't think we played our best," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, "but give Coach (Brad) Clark and the O-M players credit. They scratched and hustled and I think played pretty well."

Coach Clark said the game "would have been interesting if we made a few more shots, but we played hard."

Watkins Glen returns to action today (Saturday) at Candor -- a makeup game. The junior varsity contest starts at 1 p.m., with the varsity to follow. O-M next plays at Edison Tuesday night.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen (4-4) had an 18-2 third-quarter run on the way to a 50-44 victory over Odessa-Montour. Max Schimizzi led the Senecas with 15 points, while Jacob Lokken scored 10, Alex Gibson 9, Michael Doane 8, Connor Seeley-Ion 6, and Alex Sheesley 2. Curtis Harris led O-M with 17 points, while, Noah Angle scored 16, Zach Elliott 7, Brandon Ray 3 and Noah Austin 1.

Photos in text:
Top:
Watkins Glen's Luke Flahive completes a drive to the basket.
Bottom: The Senecas' Colin Gates passes the ball. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins' Justin Kelly delivers the ball to the hoop. Right: The Senecas' Joe Palumbo.
(Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: O-M's Mitch Scata takes aim. Right: The Indians' Noah Bruno shoots.
(Both photos by Doug Yeater)

Left: O-M's Zach Pyhtila drives toward the hoop as Watkins' Colin Gates defends. Gates blocked the shot. Right: The Indians' Bryce Elliott prepares to shoot in traffic

Left: O-M's Chris Foote tries to shoot, an attempt that was blocked. Right: The Indians' Cody Daugherty tries in vain to save a ball from going out of bounds.

The O-M cheerleaders were in action at the game.

Left: O-M's Tyler Clark drives past Watkins' Justin Kelly. Right: Watkins' Michael Taylor, left, and O-M's Zach Pyhtila battle for the ball.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Connor Seeley-Ion (20). Right: The Senecas' Alex Gibson (25) moves the ball. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: O-M's Noah Angle (3) makes a move toward the basket. Right: The Indians' Curtis Harris puts up a shot. (Both photos by Doug Yeater)

O-M swimmers fall to Southern Cayuga

AURORA, Jan. 16 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team lost a close decision Friday, falling to Southern Cayuga 50-43 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the SC pool.

The O-M boys were down a swimmer on an already small roster, which Coach Terri Brace said "impacted not only our individual races, but also our ability to field two relays in each event. We also lost points due to two disqualifications. The boys fought hard to come back, but just couldn't pull out the win."

First-place finishes for O-M:

--200 Medley Relay of Alec Betts, Andy Fudala, Billy Tague and Charles Sidle (2:00.15)
--400 Free Relay of Kyle Frasier, James Terry, Alec Betts and Billy Tague (4:09.46)
--Billy Tague in the 200 Free (2:05.46) and the 100 Free (57.49)
--Alec Betts in the 200 IM (2:31.52)
--Charles Sidle in the 100 Fly (1:12.11)
--Andy Fudala in the 100 Breast (1:14.63)

Finishing second for O-M:

--200 free Relay of Manley Gavich, Andy Fudala, James Terry and Charles Sidle (1:53.28)
--Alec Betts in the 100 Breast (1:17.55)

Personal Records in the meet:

--Manley Gavich in the 100 Fly (1:24.13)
--James Terry in the 100 Free (1:03.65)
--Kyle Frasier in the 500 Free (7:07.28)

From left: Watkins' Amanda Pike tries to save the ball from going out of bounds; O-M's Gillian Clark shoots; and Watkins' Mariah Gonzalez shoots. (Photo on right by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls top Odessa

Teed's 17 points lead Senecas to 47-24 victory

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 15 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team pulled away with a second-quarter 18-7 run and never looked back Thursday night, defeating intracountry rival Odessa-Montour 47-24 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

Allison Teed led the Watkins scorers, registering 17 points, including 10 in the second quarter. She also grabbed 3 rebounds and had 2 steals and 2 blocks.

Also scoring for the Senecas were:

--Amanda Pike: 10 points along with 9 rebounds and 4 steals.
--Mariah Gonzalez: 8 points with 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.
--Madison Myers: 5 points, along with 3 assists, 2 steals and a rebound.
--Madison Gates: 3 points with 4 steals, 3 rebounds and a block.
--Clara Chedzoy: 2 points with a rebound.
--Maggie Bond: 2 points with a rebound and an assist

The team was 2-for-6 from the free-throw line.

"We came out slow but picked it up in the second quarter," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "The girls played hard. I was proud of how they played together and took control of the game."

The Senecas, up 7-6 after one quarter, fell behind 9-7 early in the second period. But by halftime they led 25-13, and were ahead 32-19 entering the fourth quarter.

Odessa-Montour, beset earlier this season by leg injuries to Nakiaha Robinson (season-ending) and Sage Garrison -- the team's best ball handlers -- sustained another one Thursday when Garrison went down again early in the first quarter. It appeared that the injury was a recurrence of the high ankle sprain in her left leg that had sidelined her before. She did not return to the game.

"My only comment," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "is it's one of those years where we just can't catch a break. Injuries are really killing us."

Odessa's Clark, who last game tied the school record for 3-pointers with seven, was held to one by a stingy Seneca defense. She hit a couple of 2-pointers and was 3-for-4 from the foul line. The team as a whole was 5-for-9 on free throws.

Other points for the Indians came from Callie Stillman (6 on a pair of 3-pointers), Olivia Grover (3), Hailie Searles (2), Addi Rhodes (2) and Kailie Thomas (1).

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Odessa 27-18 after building a 19-4 first-half lead. Ryanna LaMoreaux and Taylor Kelly led the Senecas -- LaMoreaux with 8 points and 6 rebounds, and Kelly with 8 points and 5 rebounds. Kennedey Heichel led O-M with 10 points.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Madison Gates, left, and O-M's Olivia Grover eye the ball.
Bottom: The Senecas' Allison Teed prepares to shoot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: O-M's Callie Stillman, left, is guarded closely by Watkins Glen's Amanda Cherock.
Right: The Indians' Addi Rhodes tries to get around Watkins' Mariah Gonzalez.

From left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike and O-M's Nikki Crout and Hailie Searles shoot.
(Photo on left by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Madison Gates passes to teammate Mariah Gonzalez after grabbing the ball in a scramble on the floor.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly puts up a shot between O-M defenders Amanda Jones (left) and Erin Kleist. Right: O-M's Kennedey Heichel moves the ball upcourt as Watkins Glen's ' Makenna Fraboni defends. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Bowling: Glen girls top ND; boys fall

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 15 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team defeated Elmira Notre Dame 4-0 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Johnny's Lanes, while the Glen boys fell to ND, 3 1/2 to 1/2.

Samantha Bradley led the girls with a 561 series as they outscored the Lady Crusaders 2429-2123. The Senecas won the first game by just three pins, 736-733, and then cruised to easy wins in the next two contests.

Other scores for Watkins included a 543 by Lucy Craig, a 519 by Dakota Evans and a 426 by Elizabeth Reed..

"We bowled well today," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "We are just about where we want to be at this point in the season."

The Watkins boys earned a half-point when they tied Notre Dame in the first game, 820-820. But they were outscored the rest of the way, dropping the second and third games and total pinfall, 2622-2322.

Nathaniel Rose led the Senecas with a 533 series, while Wyatt Brower had a 464 and Joe LaTorre a 460.

"Nathaniel had a real good day," said Coach Brower. "The other guys had some good individual games, but he and Joe LaTorre were consistently good throughout all three games."

Bowling: O-M boys, girls fall to Tioga

WAVERLY, Jan. 15 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams lost to Tioga by 4-0 scores Thursday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference road matches.

The boys lost 3036-2226 as Tioga had three bowlers top 600. Alex Grady led O-M with a 495 series, while Frank Wood posted a 470.

The Odessa girls were outscored 2429-1618. Taylor Sykes led the Indians with a 364 series, while Britney Visscher rolled a 318.

The Indians return to action Tuesday at home against Candor, and then face Watkins Glen Friday at Johnny's Lanes in Watkins Glen.

Watkins' Brandon Gould (top) on the way to victory at 132 pounds. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins wrestlers top Waverly, 58-21

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 14 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team posted a 58-21 victory Wednesday night over Waverly in a meet held in the WGHS Field House gym.

Winning for Watkins Glen:

113: Dalton Cummings win over Trent Wright fall 1:27
132: Brandon Gould of over DJ Myers fall 2:21
138: Andrew Specht over Cody Gallow fall 1:56
145: Jon Brown by fft
152: Charlie Wright fft
170: Josh Burge fft
182: Ian Chedzoy fft
195: Kurtis Edwards over Jeff Klossner 15-4
220: Dustin Goltry over Owen Maryott fall 1:17
285: Colton Arcangeli fall 5:04

Photo in text: Watkins' Dustin Goltry right, on the way to win at 220. (Photo by Don Romeo)

It was Senior Night for the WGHS wrestlers. Front row from left are seniors Dean Laughlin Jr., Nick Cocola and Jon Brown with Coach Nils Watson. Back row from left are seniors Tim Carnes, Josh Burge, Colton Arcangeli, Dustin Goltry and John Smith. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Andrew Specht (blue garb) won by a pin in the 138-pound bout.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

O-M wrestlers fall to Spencer-Van Etten

SPENCER, Jan. 14 --The Odessa Montour High School varsity wrestling team fell to Spencer-Van Etten 41-30 Wednesday night in a meet held in the S-VE gym.

The results:

99: Andrew Hartford (OMSH) over Owen Lawrence (SVES) (Fall 5:18)
106: Double Forfeit
113: Bryant Sexton (SVES) over Collin Haag (OMSH) (TF 15-0 5:03)
120: Joe Rorick (OMSH) over Kyle Jelliff (SVES) (Fall 3:10)
126: Billy Bacon (OMSH) over Christopher Miller (SVES) (Fall 5:23)
132: Grady Alpert (SVES) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
138: Billy Baker (SVES) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
145: Robbie Swartout (SVES) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
152: Mark Mullen (SVES) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
160: Joseph Judge (SVES) over John Kuparinen (OMSH) (Fall 4:27)
170: Shawn Minnier (OMSH) over James Poindexter (SVES) (Fall 1:21)
182: Ira Koski (SVES) over (OMSH) (Forfeit)
195: Double Forfeit
220: Double Forfeit
285: Ian Hradisky (OMSH) over Jacob Mein (SVES) (Fall 4:57)

Photo in text: O-M's Ian Hradisky, right, en route to victory at 285. (Photo provided)

Glen swimmers win; Doppel sets marks

DRYDEN, Jan. 13 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team defeated Dryden 118-47 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Dryden pool -- with the Senecas' Matt Doppel setting a pool and school record in the 100 Yard Freestyle.

In addition, Doppel (pictured at right) qualified for the New York State Swimming Championships at season's end in his second event. He earlier this year qualified for States in the 100 Backstroke.

His time of 46.88, Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt said, is the second fastest time in the 100 Free in New York State this year.

Other wins for Watkins:

200 Medley Relay: Matt Doppel, Lucas Wickham, Liam Fitch and Adian DeBolt 1:50.90
200 Individual Medley: Liam Fitch 2:25.68
Diving: Jacob Slater 126.70 points
100 Fly: Liam Fitch 1:02.01
500 Free: Shawn Rutledge 6:09.44
100 Back: Matt Doppel 54.86
100 Breaststroke: Payton Watson 1:12.01
400 Free Relay: Liam Fitch, Daniel Becker, Payton Watson, Aidan DeBolt 4:25.91.

"Our captains, Matt Doppel and Lucas Wickham, created the lineup tonight," said Coach DeBolt, "and featured some of the swimmers who are younger and don't see as much action. They
pulled through beautifully in the win."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Matt Doppel. (Photo provided)

Left: O-M's Gillian Clark launches one of her 3-pointers. Right: The Indians' Olivia Grover drives toward the basket.

O-M girls top S-VE in OT

ODESSA, Jan. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Gillian Clark's seven 3-pointers and 23 points -- defeated Spencer-Van Etten 42-39 in overtime Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The victory lifted the Indians' season mark to 6-3 heading into a game Thursday night at Watkins Glen.

Clark's seven 3-pointers tied the school record set by Stefanie Collins. She supplemented the effort with 10 rebounds.

Other points came from Olivia Grover (8, with 10 rebounds), Sage Garrison (8, with 6 assists and 5 steals), and Addi Rhodes (3). Hailie Searlies registered 7 rebounds.

The Indians trailed most of the game, falling behind 9-6 through one period before rallying for a brief 15-11 advantage. S-VE resumed the lead by scoring the final six points of the half, going to the locker room with a 17-15 edge.

The Indians continued to trail through most of the third period, but stayed close, forging a 26-26 tie entering the fourth quarter. Then they fell behind again, and trailed 35-31 with 1:30 to go in regulation. But they tied it again with 41 seconds remaining on a Clark 3-pointer and a free-throw by Grover. And that forced overtime.

In overtime, S-VE scored first, but Clark responded with two 3-pointers to put O-M ahead by four points. With the score 41-39 and 7.7 seconds left, Garrison hit the second of two free throws to provide the final margin.

"And," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "we didn't let them get a shot off at the end to tie."

His team, he said, was "once again the cardiac kids tonight. We trailed most of the night, but kept plugging away and found a way to win. We played great defense the final 3 or 4 minutes of regulation and in overtime, and that was the big factor to let us pull it out."

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to S-VE, 34-23. Kennedey Heichel led the Indians with 13 points.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Hailie Searles moves the ball upcourt as S-VE defenders give chase.
Bottom: The Indians Sage Garrison drives past an S-VE player.

Left: O-M's Addi Rhodes goes up for a shot in traffic (This photo by Doug Yeater)
Right:
O-M's Kailie Thomas takes aim at the basket.

And in the JV game:

Left: Odessa's Kennedey Heichel drives to the hoop. Right: O-M's Alexis Saunders shoots. (Both photos by Doug Yeater)

Left: Watkins' Amanda Pike shoots. Right: The Senecas' Madison Gates drives to the hoop.
(Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls roll past TAE

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 13 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team -- led by Amanda Pike's 18 points -- defeated Thomas A. Edison 42-23 Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The victory lifted the Senecas' season mark to 8-1 heading into a game Thursday night at home against Odessa-Montour.

Pike, who hit three 3-pointers, also grabbed 5 rebounds and registered 2 steals and an assist.

Other points came from:

--Katherine Meehan (6, with 2 rebounds);
--Mariah Gonzalez (5, with 3 rebounds, 3 steals and a block);
--Tamijah Lawton-Stone (4, with 8 rebounds and a steal);
--Madison Gates (2, with 6 rebounds, 2 steals and an assist);
--Allison Teed (2, with 2 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 assists);
--Amanda Cherock (2, with 2 rebounds and 2 assists);
--Clara Chedzoy (2, with 4 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and a block);
--Madison Myers (1, with 3 rebounds and an assist).

In addition, Halle Phillips registered 2 steals and a rebound, Maggie Bond had 3 rebounds and an assist, and Madeleine Ross grabbed a rebound.

Watkins Glen led 15-8 after one period, 28-12 at halftime, and 42-16 entering the final quarter. The Senecas were 6-for-11 at the free-throw line, while Edison went 0-for-4.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Edison 42-2..

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy looks for a shot. (Photo by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Mikenna Ayers. Right: The Senecas' Emmie Bond.
(Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen boys route TAE, 77-30

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Jan. 13 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team raced out to a 28-4 first-quarter lead Tuesday night on the way to a 77-30 victory over Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Edison gym.

The Senecas, now 6-0, were led by Colin Gates, who scored 17 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and registered 4 assists and 3 steals on a night when the starters saw only limited action.

Ten players scored for Watkins, including Joe Palumbo (11 points, all in the first quarter), Dominick Rolston (10), Matt Estes (9), Parker Pangallo (9), Justin Kelly (8), Michael Taylor (4), Keith Rekczis (4), Luke Flahive (3) and Jacob Carocci (2).

Carocci led the Senecas in rebounds with 7 and assists with 6, while Kelly had 5 rebounds. Taylor notched 4 steals, while Estes had 3.

"We had a great first quarter," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "We were firing on all cylinders. It was as good a quarter as I've seen in some time."

Palumbo, Gates and Estes did all the scoring in that period, with Estes registering 6 points and the other two players notching 11 apiece.

The Senecas led 46-17 at halftime and 65-23 after three quarters, then outscored the Spartans 12-7 down the stretch.

Watkins Glen returns to action Friday at Odessa-Montour.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Edison 47-42. Jacob Lokken led the Senecas with 13 points, while Max Schimizzi scored 11, Michael Doane 10, Alex Gibson 6, and Connor Seeley-Ion 2.

Odessa boys fall to Spencer-Van Etten

SPENCER, Jan. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 4-5 Tuesday night when the Indians dropped a 58-36 decision to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the S-VE gym.

Spencer led 19-8 after one period, 38-20 at halftime, and 56-26 after three quarters.

Zach Pyhtila led the Indians with 9 points, while Bryce Elliott scored 6. The team was 8-for-14 from the free-throw line.

S-VE was led by Zach Tyson, who hit six 3-pointers on the way to 22 points.

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

Junior Varsity: O-M lost to Spencer 57-28, and is now 2-6. Brandon Ray led the Indians with 10 points.

Watkins Glen's Lucy Craig prepares to deliver a strike.

Bowling: Watkins boys, girls top NV

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 13 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted victories Tuesday over Newark Valley in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Johnny's Lanes.

The Watkins boys won 4-0, outscoring the Cardinals 2218-2149. They won the first game 779-776, the second game 726-719, and the third game 713-654. Wrett Brower led the Senecas with a 484 series, while Wyatt Brower was right behind with a 483. Nathaniel Rose added a 431, and Rees Avery a 421.

"Yesterday we bowl great as a team and lose all four points," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower, "and today we don't bowl so well and take all four. That's bowling."

The Glen girls won 3-1, dropping the third game by 15 pins but outscoring the Lady Cardinals overall 2429-2082. Samantha Bradley led the way with a 557 series that included a 201 game. Lucy Craig posted a 528, Elizabeth Reed a 455, and Dakota Evans a 438..

"We bowled well the first two games," said Coach Brower, "but except for Sam, we really fell off in the third game, and it was enough for Newark Valley to take the last game."

Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen's Wyatt Brower reacts to leaving two pins on the first ball during a frame in the first game.
Bottom: The Senecas' Samantha Bradley.

Left: Watkins Glen's Elizabeth Reed zeroes in on a spare. Right: Nathaniel Rose delivers.

Odessa-Montour bowlers lose to Edison

ELMIRA, Jan. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams fell Tuesday by 4-0 scores to Edison in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Rossi Lanes.

The boys, outscored by Edison 2668-2372, were led by Alex Grady's 518 series and a 506 by Frank Wood.

The girls, outpointed 2138-1661, were led by Ashley Stewart's 414 series and Britney Visscher's 377.

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

O-M's Charles Sidle competes in the 200 Free.

Odessa swimmers fall to Lansing

ODESSA, Jan. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team fell to Lansing 72-22 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

The only win for Odessa came from Billy Tague in the 500 Free with a personal record (PR) of 5:54.31.

Second-place finishes for O-M:

--200 Medley Relay of Alec Betts, Andy Fudala, Charles Sidle and Billy Tague 1:59.44
--Billy Tague in the 100 Fly with a PR of 1:02.77
--Andy Fudala in the 100 Breast with a PR of 1:13.23

Charles Sidle also posted a PR in the 100 Free: 1:02.77

Lansing's Joe Koch set a new O-M pool record in the 200 Free with a time of 1:47.46, breaking the old mark of 1:48.07.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Billy Tague on the way to second place in the 100 Fly. He won the 500 Free.
Bottom: Lansing's Joe Koch after setting a new pool record in the 200 Yard Freestyle.

O-M's James Terry dives at start of the 200 Individual Medley.

O-M's Andy Fudala competes in the 50 Free.

Bowling: No competition for Glen girls

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Jan. 12 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team -- paced by a 549 series by Samantha Bradley -- registered a 4-0 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory Monday over Edison, and it was uncommonly easy. The Spartans had no bowlers.

Bradley, whose series included a 204 game, led the Senecas to a 2418 total. Lucy Craig added a 505 and Dakota Evans a 500.

"I think the girls struggled a little bit because of the lack of competition," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower, who explained that the Edison girls team members "are all in the BOCES cosmetology program. They were all competing in a BOCES hair competition."

The Watkins Glen boys, meanwhile, fell 4-0 to Edison, with the Spartans outscoring them 2996-2539. Wrett Brower led the Senecas with a 537 series that included a 226 game, while Nathaniel Rose posted a 524, Wyatt Brower a 518, Steven Bradley a 482, and Conlin Wysocki a 479.

In the first game, Watkins came up a pin short of Edison, 952-951.

"It was tough losing that first game after bowling so well," said Coach Brower, but added: "It's the best we have bowled all year for sure. The boys are just starting to realize what they can do, and the future looks good."

The entire boys team is made up of 8th and 9th graders.

Athletes: 3 wrestlers, 1 bowler honored

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 11 -- Today we honor four students as Odessa File Athletes of the Week for outstanding performances during the past week.

At Odessa-Montour, Joe Rorick earns the nod for winning the 120-pound title at the Mike Watson Invitational Wrestling Tournament at the Watkins Glen High School Field House. It was Rorick's second win at the tourney in three years. He won at 106 pounds two years ago.

At Watkins Glen, we honor wrestlers Brandon Gould (126 pounds) and Ian Chedzoy (182 pounds) for winning Watson tournament titles in their weight classes. Gould, who has now won at the tourney three times (at 99, 113 and 126 pounds), was named the event's outstanding lightweight wrestler (99-145 pounds), while Chedzoy (who won at 182 last year, too) achieved his 100th career victory.

In addition, we honor bowler Samantha Bradley, who set a new school record for a three-game series by a female -- a 672, breaking the old record of 660 that she had shared with Diana Cummings.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen swimmers Matt Doppel, Aidan DeBolt and Liam Fitch; Watkins Glen basketball's Colin Gates, Joe Palumbo, Matt Estes and Amanda Pike, Odessa-Montour basketball's Joel Kelly, Cody Daugherty and Gillian Clark, O-M wrestler Billy Bacon, Watkins Glen wrestlers Nick Cocola, Josh Burge and Dustin Goltry, Watkins Glen track's Isobel Scheffey, and O-M swimmers Anthony Humphries, Billy Tague and Charles Sidle.

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

From left: O-M's Joe Rorick and Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould and Ian Chedzoy.

Gould, Rorick, Chedzoy win Watson titles; Glen places 2nd

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 11 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team -- led by Brandon Gould and Ian Chedzoy individual titles -- finished second Saturday at the annual two-day Mike Watson Invitational Wrestling Tournament in the WGHS Field House.

Gould claimed his third straight Watson title, following those at 99 pounds two years ago and 113 pounds last year. This year he fought in the 126-pound class. Chedzoy posted his second straight Watson title, both at 182.

Odessa-Montour also had a champion as senior Joe Rorick won at 120 pounds. He won two years ago at 106 pounds.

Vestal took the tourney title with 227 points to Watkins Glen's 216.

Vestal had seven wrestlers in the finals, with two winning titles. Watkins had five wrestlers in the finals -- Gould and Chedzoy along with Josh Burge, Nick Cocola and Dustin Goltry. Burge and Cocola (each 4-1 in the tourney) lost by decisions, and Goltry (3-1) by a pin.

Gould -- named the tournament's outstanding lightweight wrestler (99 to 145 pounds) -- won his finale 9-1 over Zach Reyes of Vestal. Gould finished with a 4-0 mark in the tourney.

Chedzoy defeated Ryan Anderson of Waterloo 10-6 in his title bout. He also finished the tourney 4-0, and along the way registered the 100th victory of his career.

Rorick went 5-0, capping off his title run with an 8-1 decision over Derek Osman of Vestal.

Finishing behind Vestal and Watkins Glen in the standings were Elmira, third with 184.50 points; Horseheads, fourth with 156; Maine-Endwell, fifth with 136; and Waterloo, sixth with 111. There were 23 schools entered in the tournament, some with more than one wrestling squad.

Odessa-Montour finished 19th with 55 points earned on the strength of Rorick's win and a third-place finish by Billy Bacon at 126 pounds. His record was 4-1.

Watkins Glen had a third-place finisher in Jon Brown (4-1) at 145 pounds, where Austin Dalrymple, on the Watkins Glen B team, finished fifth at 5-2. The Senecas also had two fourth-place finishers: Andrew Specht (3-2) at 132 pounds and Colton Arcangeli (3-2) at 285.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Ian Chedzoy (right) battles Waterloo's Ryan Anderson in the 182-pound final, won by Chedzoy 10-6.
Middle: The Senecas' Josh Burge (right) fights South Seneca's Nick Wycoff in the 170-pound final, won by Wycoff 3-1.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Dustin Goltry (right) and Geneva's Stone Davis grapple for the 220-pound tourney title. Davis won with a fall at 3:21.

Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould, right, has a grip on Vestal's Zach Reyes in the 126-pound final, won by Gould 9-1.

O-M's Billy Bacon, left, grapples with Vestal's Zach Reyes in a 126-pound semifinal match won by Reyes, 10-4. Bacon finished third in the weight class. (This photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Nick Cocola (right) fights Vestal's Rob Mastronardi in the 152-pound final as his coach, Nils Watson, yells instructions in the background. Mastronardi won 4-2.

Watkins Glen's Andrew Specht (top) on his way to a 4th-place finish in the tourney.
(This photo by Don Romeo)

O-M's Joe Rorick (rear) has a firm grip on Vestal's Derek Osman on the way
to victory in the 120-pound final. Rorick won 8-1.

The Watkins Glen team poses for photos afterward.

The Watkins Glen swim team poses with its Class B first-place plaque. (Photo provided)

Glen boys win Beecher B title

O-M takes home Class C runnerup plaque

ELMIRA, Jan. 11 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team won the Class B title Saturday at the annual John Beecher Swimming and Diving Invitational.

The team, which was led by Matt Doppel's two second-place finishes -- in the 100 Yard Butterfly (56.13) and 100 Yard Backstroke (54.73) -- amassed a total of 281 points to edge Greece, which had 273. Chenango Valley was third with 225, Johnson City fourth with 183, and .Windsor fifth with 171

Jacob Slater finished 7th in the Diving with 292.50 points, while Aidan DeBolt was 9th in the 100 Free with a time of 52.97, and Lucas Wickham was 12th in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:11.90.

Watkins also had two strong relay performances -- from Doppel, Wickham, Liam Fitch and DeBolt in the 200 Medley Relay (4th in 1:47.35) and the 200 Free Relay (5th in 1:38.92).

Said Watkins Coach Len DeBolt of his team: "They worked real hard and did a great job."

The Senecas last won a team title at the Beecher meet in 2013.

Meanwhile, in Class A, Ithaca took the team title, with Maine-Endwell second, Horseheads third, Hilton fourth and Corning fifth.

Odessa-Montour

Odessa-Montour, meanwhile, was second in Class C with 285 points, trailing Addison (344) and finishing ahead of Elmira (243), Notre Dame (114), Union-Endicott (38) and Spencer-Van Etten (22).

"Today," said O-M Coach Terri Brace, "the O-M boys swim team did something that an O-M swim team hasn't done in many years. They took second place in the Class C division of the highly competitive Elmira Invitational, and brought a plaque back home to Odessa."

Billy Tague finished 11th in the 200 Free in 2:00.84, while the 200 Free Relay squad of Alec Betts, Andy Fudala, Charles Sidle and Tague finished 7th in 1:44.05, the 400 Free Relay team of Betts, Sidle, Tague and Anthony Humphries finished 7th in 3:49.63, and the 200 Medley Relay team of James Terry, Fudala, Manley Gavich and Humphries finished 11th in 2:05.85.

"The whole team really stepped up today and swam so well," said Brace. "Many posted personal records (PRs) and as a team they accumulated 285 points to take second place behind Addison's 344. Two of the relays just missed the podium by taking 7th place overall."

PRs posted at the Beecher meet:
--Billy Tague in the 200 Free and the 100 Free (54.46)
--Garrett Allen in the 200 Free (2:45.55)
--Alec Betts in the 200 IM (2:27.07) and the 500 Free (5:59.99)
--Charles Sidle in the 100 Fly (1:10.85)
--Manley Gavich in the 100 Free (1:11.10)
--Kyle Frasier in the 500 Free (7:19.87)
--Andy Fudala in the 100 Breast (1:14.01)
--Anthony Humphries in the 100 Breast (1:12.12)

"I'm so pleased with their performance," said Brace. "Individually they swam very well and improved their times, but more impressive was the way they came together as a team and supported and encouraged each other. The relays swam as cohesive units. It was great to see."

Photos in text:
Top:
The Watkins Glen relay quartet of (from left) Aidan DeBolt, Matt Doppel, Liam Fitch and Lucas Wickham. (Photo provided)
Bottom: The O-M team displays its Class C second-place plaque. (Photo provided)

Glen runners compete at S. Tier meet

ITHACA, Jan. 11 -- Several members of the Watkins Glen High School Indoor Track team competed Saturday in the Southern Tier High School Invitational at Cornell University's Barton Hall -- and one set a new school record.

Isobel Scheffey broke her own year-old school mark in the 300 Meter Run, setting a new record of 46.68. Beyond that, said Coach Jessica Karius, "numerous personal best times were achieved" by the Senecas against a field that included athletes from 47 schools.

The only top 20 finish for Watkins was delivered by Patrick Hazlitt, 14th in the 1600 Meter Run in 4:41.38.

Next up: the Quinney Invitational at Cornell next Saturday.

O-M girls rally past Tioga

ODESSA, Jan. 10 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Gillian Clark's 18 points -- defeated Tioga for the first time since 2009 Friday night, coming from behind to post a 50-47 Interscholastic Athletic Conference win in the O-M gym.

Clark, who connected on five 3-pointers, also grabbed 10 rebounds. Other points came from Callie Stillman (9 on three 3-pointers), Sage Garrison (9, with 4 assists), Addi Rhodes (6), Olivia Grover (4, with 9 rebounds), and Haile Searles (4, with 8 rebounds).

Tioga led 14-4 after one period, and was up 26-19 at halftime and 34-25 after three periods. But O-M scored 25 points in the fourth quarter to overtake the Tigers.

"What a rally," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We finally caught fire in the fourth quarter and wore them down a bit. The girls hung tough and kept playing and believing and got a great win that we really needed on our home floor in front of a nice supportive crowd and many alumni."

The rally included a 9-0 run on three straight 3-pointers -- two by Clark and one by Stillman, whose "pull-back 3 from the top of the key put us up for the first time all night," said Gavich, adding: "Sage hit one of two free throws to give us a 50-47 lead with 12 seconds left and we didn't let them get a 3-pointer off at the finish."

Taylor Ayres led Tioga with 20 points. The Tigers are now 1-7. O-M is 5-3.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Tioga 36-17. Alexis Saunders led the Indians with 8 points.

Photos in text:
Top: O-M's Gillian Clark drives past a Tioga defender.
Bottom: Odessa's Hailie Searles, right, and Callie Stillman put pressure on a Tioga ball-carrier. (Both photos by Mike Stamp)

Left: O-M's Olivia Grover (20) defends. Right: The Indians' Sage Garrison takes the ball to the basket. (Both photos by Mike Stamp)

Left: Watkins Glen's Allison Teed. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Cherock.
(Both photos by Don Romeo)

Glen girls edge ND, 32-29

SOUTHPORT, Jan. 10 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team improved its record to 7-1 Friday night when it defeated Elmira Notre Dame 32-29 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the ND gym.

The Senecas pulled in front early, building an 11-6 first-quarter advantage, and were up 19-13 at halftime. The Watkins lead shrank to three points, 23-20, entering the fourth period -- and the Crusaders caught up late in the game. But with the score tied 26-26, Watkins' Madison Gates drove to the basket for two points, and the Senecas held off the Crusaders down the stretch.

"We struggled offensively tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "The game wasn't pretty, but we pulled out a victory."

Amanda Pike led the Watkins scorers with 10 points, while Gates and Mariah Gonzalez scored 8 apiece, Madison Myers 4, and Allison Teed 2. The team was 11-for-15 from the free-throw line.

Gates and Pike each grabbed 8 rebounds, while Gonazalez had 7, Teed 4, Myers 2 and Halle Phillips 1. Four different players -- Myers, Amanda Cherock, Pike and Gonzalez -- registered a steal.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at home against Edison.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Notre Dame 34-23. Ryanna LaMoreaux scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the Senecas, while Taylor Kelly registered 10 points and 4 steals, Emmie Bond 6 points and 8 rebounds, and Hannah Morse 5 points and 3 steals.

Photo in text: Watkins' Madison Gates drives toward the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez (left) and Amanda Pike prepare to shoot in traffic.
(Both photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond shoots. Right: The Senecas' Hannah Morse passes the ball. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

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And from photographer Doug Yeater:

Left: Watkins Glen's Madison Myers passes the ball. Right: Watkins Coach Alicia Learn gives her players some late-game instructions.

Left: The Senecas' Madison Gates. Right: In the JV game, Watkins' Taylor Kelly.

O-M's Joe Rorick, top, on the way to a quarterfinal victory at 120 pounds.

Watson tournament begins

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 10 -- The annual Mike Watson Invitational Wrestling Tournament got under way Friday afternoon in the Watkins Glen High School Field House, with several local wrestlers advancing to Saturday's semifinals in the 23-school field.

On hand for the competition are wrestlers from Watkins Glen, South Seneca, Campbell-Savona, Horseheads, Elmira, Elmira Heights, Addison, Spencer-Van Etten, Southern Cayuga, Lansing, Vestal, Maine-Endwell, Owego, Corning, Odessa-Montour, Waverly, Whitney Point, Waterloo, Geneva, Sayre, Newark Valley, Avoca and Wayland-Cohocton.

Both Joe Rorick and Billy Bacon of Odessa-Montour advanced to the Saturday semis, Rorick dispatching quarterfinal foe Charlie Stevens of Southern Cayuga with a 16-1 technical fall. Bacon (right) won at 126 pounds over Waverly's D.J. Meyers with a 6-2 decision. There was no word available on whether any other O-M wrestlers advanced.

Passing through to the semifinals for Watkins Glen were Brandon Gould, Andrew Specht (who won his quarterfinal match in four overtimes), Jon Brown (145), Nick Cocola (152), Josh Burge (170), Ian Chedzoy (182), Dustin Goltry (220) and Colton Arcangeli (285)...

The semifinals are expected to begin late Saturday morning. The finals will be later in the day, after wrestlebacks.

Photos in text:
Top: Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould drives his quarterfinal opponent backward. Gould won the match to advance to the semifinals.
Bottom: O-M's Billy Bacon on the way to a quarterfinal victory at 126 pounds.

Bowling: O-M girls post 1st victory

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 10 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity bowling team registered its first victory of the season Friday, defeating Union Springs 3-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Johnny's Lanes.

The Indians, led by Britney Visscher's 361 and Carolyn Arias's 338, won the first two games and total pinfall, 1734-1632.

The O-M boys, meanwhile, dropped a 3-1 decision to Union Springs, losing the first and third games and total pinfall, 2640-2297. Ryan Lambert led the Indians with a 510 series, while Frank Wood rolled a 503.

O-M boys rally, but fall to Tioga 48-45

TIOGA CENTER, Jan. 10 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team, down 13 points at halftime, roared back to take the lead before falling to Tioga Friday night, 48-45, in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Tioga gym.

"We started real slow," said O-M Coach Brad Clark, "and then we fought back to take the lead midway through the fourth" quarter.

But Tioga responded to pull out the victory as Odessa's record slipped to 4-4.

Tioga led 14-8 after one quarter and 29-16 at halftime before O-M outscored the Tigers 18-9 in the third period to close to within four points, 38-34.

Tyler Clark, Joel Kelly and Bryce Elliott each scored 8 points for the Indians, while Cody Daugherty and Mitch Scata had 7 each. Zach Pyhtila added 4 points and Chris Foote 3.

The Indians return to action Tuesday at Spencer-Van Etten.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Tioga 51-32.

Left: Watkins' Joe Palumbo races upcourt. Right: The Senecas' Keith Rekczis shoots.
(Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins boys roll past ND

Top Crusaders 66-48, improve to 5-0

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 9 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team -- led by Colin Gates' 20 points and Joe Palumbo's 19 -- ran past Elmira Notre Dame 66-48 Thursday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas, now 5-0, used a ball-hawking defense, fast-break opportunities, the 3-point shooting of Palumbo and a couple of emphatic dunks by Matt Estes to subdue the Crusaders, who are now 6-2. Their only other loss was to Newfield in their season opener.

"Palumbo was absolutely fantastic," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "He jump-started us with 13 of his points in the first half, and held (Notre Dame's Darius) Garvin to 14 points in the game. Garvin's been averaging over 20.

"And Gates," Fazzary added, "spurred us on in the second half." Gates scored 16 of his points after intermission.

The Senecas, up 16-13 after one period, scored the first nine points of the second quarter on the way to a 30-20 halftime advantage. Notre Dame's sole bright spot in that period was a buzzer-beater 3-pointer by Garvin, but the Crusaders never got closer than that 10-point spread again.

Watkins Glen outscored ND 20-8 in the third period, and built a 53-28 lead before "we kind of relaxed," said Fazzary, "and made a couple of mental errors." Notre Dame closed the 25-point gap to 14 with a couple of minutes remaining, but Seneca free throws down the stretch kept the Crusaders at bay. Watkins converted 10 of 11 free throws in the game.

Scoring in additon to Gates and Palumbo (who had five 3-pointers) were Estes with 14 points, Keith Rekczis with 8, and Luke Flahive with 5. Rekczis led in rebounds with 10, while Gates and Flahive grabbed 7 each, and Palumbo and Estes four apiece. Estes had 5 steals and 2 blocks, and Flahive registered 6 assists.

The game drew a large crowd, and the Bleacher Creatures -- WGHS students seated in portable bleachers at the south end of the court -- were in fine voice. Said Fazzary: "I want to thank the Seneca Nation for its support. The fans' enthusiasm and spirit really helps the players."

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Edison.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Notre Dame 48-34 to improve to 3-3. The Senecas were led by Michael Doane's 15 points and Max Schimizzi's 13. Also scoring were Jacob Lokken (9 points), Alex Gibson (7) and Connor Seeley-Ion (4).

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Colin Gates puts up a shot in traffic, and Matt Estes throws down one of his two dunks. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

The Senecas, led by Luke Flahive, charge out of their tunnel before the game.

From left: Watkins Glen's Matt Estes shoots; Keith Rekczis watches one of his shots go in; and Colin Gates takes the ball to the hoop.

Left: Joe Palumbo takes aim. Right: The Watkins cheerleaders perform.

The student bleacher section was close to the action.

And in the JV game:

Watkins' Jacob Lokken (left) and Michael Doane shoot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

O-M swimmers edge Greene, 86-83

GREENE, Jan. 9 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team -- with multiple wins from Billy Tague, Charles Sidle and Tony Humphries -- defeated Greene 86-83 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Greene High School pool.

First-place finishes for OM:

200 Medley Relay: James Terry, Andy Fudala, Manley Gavich and Charles Sidle 2:04.73
200 Free: Billy Tague 2:03.75
200 IM: Tony Humphries 2:25.17
50 Free: Charles Sidle 25,54 PR
100 Fly: Charles Sidle 1:18.71
100 Free: Billy Tague 56.40
100 Breast: Tony Humphries 1:13.82
400 Free Relay: Alec Betts, Charles Sidle, Tony Humphries, Billy Tague in a season-best of 3:59.00

Other PRs:
Kyle Frasier in the 200 IM (3:02.11) and the 100 Fly (1:38.72)
Andy Fudala in the 50 Free (27.54) and 100 Breast (1:15.92)

"The guys swam a great meet tonight," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "With only nine guys swimming, they were able to beat a team of over 20 swimmers. The meet came down to the last relay. We needed to take first place to win. It was a close race and a very exciting finish to the meet. The guys really stepped it up in all of their races, and everyone contributed to the win."

Aidan DeBolt competes in the 500 Yard Freestyle. He finished second.

Glen swimmers fall to Waverly, 91-88

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 9 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team fell to Waverly 91-88 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The meet came down to the final event -- the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay -- with Watkins needing first- and third-place finishes. Instead, it finished first and fourth.

"It was a close one that we came out a little short on," said Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt, "but we had a lot of personal records."

Among them was a 49.36 by Matt Doppel as he won the 100 Free. The state qualifying time is not far off -- a 48.36. The 49.36, DeBolt said, was the 26th fastest time in New York State this year.

Other first places for Watkins were posted by:

--The 200 Medley Relay team of Doppel, Lucas Wickham, Liam Fitch and Aidan DeBolt, which finished in 1:50.47.
--DeBolt in the 200 Free in 2:00.30.
--Doppel in the 50 Free in 23.16.
--Jacob Slater in Diving with 167.25 points.
--The 400 Free Relay team of Aaron Planty, Fitch, DeBolt and Doppel, with a time of 3:42.74.

Second places were registered by Fitch in the 100 Fly (1:02.39), DeBolt in the 500 Free (5:27.56), the 200 Free Relay team of Wickham, Slater, Planty and Sean Holland (1:49.92), and Wickham in the 100 Breaststroke (1:09.91).

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Matt Doppel dives at start of the 100 Free, which he won; and Lucas Wickham competes in the 100 Breaststroke. He finished second.

Watkins' Will Fitzsimmons competes in the 100 Backstroke. He placed third.

Bowling: Watkins girls sweep Lansing

LANSING, Jan. 9 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team -- led by Samantha Bradley's 584 series and a 554 by Lucy Craig -- defeated Lansing 4-0 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match.

Bradley's series included a 234 game, while Craig's included a 204. Elizabeth Reed added a 446 for the Senecas, and Dakata Evans rolled a 431.

"Sam and Lucy again had strong performances," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower, adding: "You don't always have to bowl your best, just better than the other team."

The Watkins boys, meanwhile, were outscored 2812-2213 as they fell to Lansing 4-0. Wrett Brower paced the Senecas with a 541 series that included a 212. Conlin Wysocki added a 437 and Steven Bradley a 425.

"It was a big day for Wrett," said Coach Brower. "He had 12 strikes in the last two games. The boys just have to put it all together at the same time."

Bowling: O-M boys, girls fall to Groton

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 9 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams lost to Groton Thursday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Johnny's Lanes.

The boys fell 3-1 as Groton outscored them 2374-2132. Ryan Lambert led Odessa with a 525 series that included a 247 game, his personal best. Trenton Randall added a 505.

The girls lost 4-0 as they were outscored 1870-1697. Ashley Stewart led O-M with a 361 series, while Britney Visscher and Carolyn Arias each rolled a 350.

WG's Brown, Rekczis get All-State nods

WATKINS GLEN, Jan 7 -- Watkins Glen High School football running backs Jon Brown and Keith Rekczis have earned spots on the All-State Football Team announced by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

Brown, a 5 foot, 7 inch, 155-pound senior, was named to the Third Team Offense among Class C schools. Rekczis, also a senior, was named Honorable Mention. Both surpassed 1,000 yards rushing during a campaign that saw Watkins establish a 5-3 record and barely miss a spot in the Section IV playoffs.

Watkins Glen's Kurtis Edwards (top) on way to victory at 195 pounds. He won on a pin.

Watkins wrestlers top Whitney Point

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 8 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team cruised past Whitney Point 72-10 Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS small gym.

The competition was a tuneup for the Watkins wrestlers heading into the annual Mike Watson Tournament set for Friday and Saturday in WGHS Field House.

Watkins Glen got victories through pins from Dylan Bradley at 106 pounds (in 1:16), Bradley Eslick at 138 pounds (in 2:23), Kurtis Edwards at 195 (in :54), and Colton Arcangeli at 285 (in 3:16). It also won decisions at 160 (Dean Laughlin, 6-2)and 170 (Josh Burge, 10-4). In addition, it won seven times by forfeit.

Whitney Point won once by forfeit and once in a 13-1 major decision.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Josh Burge (right) en route to a 10-4 victory at 170 pounds.

Left: Watkins Glen's Colton Arcangeli (top) pinned his 285-pound opponent in 3:16.
Right: The Senecas' Dean Laughlin (right) controls his opponent on the way to win at 160.

O-M wrestlers fall to Marathon, Candor

CANDOR, Jan. 8 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team dropped two matches Wednesday, falling to Marathon 54-30 and to Candor 66-18 in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches in the Candor High School gym.

In the Marathon match, O-M got four forfeit victories and a win by Bill Bacon at 126 pounds -- a pin in 1:29.

In the Candor match, O-M got a win from Joe Rorick at 120 pounds -- a pin in 1:52 -- along with two forfeit victories.

Bowling: Bradley sets school mark; girls win

CANDOR, Jan. 7 -- Watkins Glen bowling standout Samantha Bradley set a new school record for a series by a female Tuesday, posting a 672 mark -- breaking the mark of 660 that she had previously shared with Diana Cummings.

Bradley (pictured at right) rolled games of 235, 226 and 211 as the Senecas rolled to a 3-1 victory over Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match. Watkins won the first and second games and total pinfall, 2501-2191.

Other scores for Watkins: Dakota Evans 500, Lucy Craig 495, Liz Mason 431, and Elizabeth Reed 403.

"Sam finally broke the school's high series record that she has been chasing for years," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "I don't think we will change the record board until the end of the season, though, because I don't believe we have seen her best bowling yet."

Boys: Watkins Glen fell to Candor, 3-1. The Senecas were led by Wyatt Brower's 463 and Wrett Brower's 460. Conlin Wysocki added a 402.

Left: Odessa's Joel Kelly tied the game and sent it into overtime with this shot.
Right: O-M's Chris Foote drives to the basket. (Right photo by Doug Yeater)

O-M boys rally, win in OT

Top Candor, 56-51, improve to 4-3

ODESSA, Jan. 7 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team, trailing by 9 points with 3:02 remaining in the fourth quarter, rallied to force overtime Tuesday night on the way to a 56-51 victory over Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Odessa's Joel Kelly hit a game-tying 3-pointer with 6.6 seconds left in regulation to tie the game 46-46, capping an 11-2 rally down the stretch by O-M.

Kelly hit another 3-pointer to put his team up 49-46 in overtime. Chris Foote followed with two free throws for a 51-46 lead, but Candor rallied to tie the score 51-51.

A Cody Daugherty 3-pointer with 39 seconds left put Odessa ahead again, 54-51, and Foote sank two more free throws with 28.9 seconds remaining to close out the scoring.

Daugherty led Odessa with 18 points, while Foote scored 11, Kelly 8, Tyler Clark 6, Mitch Scata 6, Bryce Elliott 5, and Nick Sgrecci 2. The team was 8-for-10 from the foul line.

Candor was led by Jordan Bartolis and Wyatt Whitmore with 13 points each. Kyle Jensen added 9 points. The team converted 7 of 16 free throws.

O-M (now 4-3) trailed 11-9 after one period and 23-21 at halftime. The two teams were tied at 28-28 when Odessa went up by a pair, but Candor scored the final 7 points of the third period to enter the fourth ahead 35-30.

Odessa pulled within two points on a Foote 3-pointer at 5:45, but Candor scored the next 7 points to build a 42-33 advantage at the 3:35 mark.They still led by 9, at 44-35, with 3:02 remaining, but a 3-pointer by Daugherty at 2:53, three free throws by Daugherty at 2:14, and a basket by Tyler Clark at 1:40 brought Odessa within a point at 44-43.

Candor scored in the paint at 1:32, but missed a subsequent free throw, leaving it ahead 46-43. Candor then failed on a 2-shot opportunity at the line with 56.4 seconds left. It grabbed a loose rebound, but turned the ball over at 17.3 seconds on a 30-second violation.

After a timeout by Odessa with 12.1 seconds to go, Kelly hit his first 3-pointer from the top of the key, sending a jubilant O-M squad into overtime ... and on to victory.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Candor 41-39. Curtis Harris and Zach Elliott led O-M with 13 points each, while Noah Angle scored 9. The team is now 2-4.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Cody Daugherty slices past two Candor defenders on his way to the basket.
Bottom: Odessa's Bryce Elliott shoots. (Bottom photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: Odessa-Montour's Mitch Scata shoots. He scored 6 points.
Right: In the JV game, Curtis Harris goes up for a shot. (Both photos by Doug Yeater)

Left: O-M's Nick Sgrecci prepares to send a shot on its way.
Right: In the JV game, Zach Elliott maneuvers past Candor's Damien Cook.
(Both photos by Doug Yeater)

Left: Watkins Glen's Madison Gates (10). Right: The Senecas' Amanda Cherock (3).
(Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls defeat Trumansburg

TRUMANSBURG, Jan. 7 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by Amanda Pike's 17 points -- improved to 6-1 Tuesday night when it defeated Trumansburg 49-37 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Tburg gym.

The Senecas built a 15-9 first-quarter advantage, led 24-18 at halftime, and then pulled away with a 15-6 third period that left them ahead 39-24 entering the fourth quarter.

"We came out a little sleepy and our defense wasn't great," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn, adding: "Once we settled down, the girls did well. The second half was a much better game. The girls were able to pick up their defense and run the plays. I was impressed with Pike's hustle and (Mariah) Gonzalez's defense."

Pike, in addition to her 17 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and registered 5 steals and a block. Other points came from:

Madison Gates (7, with 6 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 assist);
Mariah Gonzalez (7, with 4 rebounds, 3 steals and a block);
Madison Myers (6, with 1 rebound and 1 assist);
Allison Teed (4, with 2 rebounds and 2 steals);
Amanda Cherock (4, with 4 rebounds and 2 assists);
Halle Phillips (3, with 1 rebound and 2 steals); and
Maggie Bond (1).

In addition, Clara Chedzoy contributed 1 rebound and 2 assists, Katherine Meehan registered 1 rebound and 1 block, and Tamijah Lawton-Stone grabbed 2 rebounds.

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

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Trumansburg .41-12. Mikenna Ayers scored 8 points for the Senecas, while Emmie Bond and Taylor Kelly registered 6 apiece. Makenna Fraboni had 4 points, 5 rebounds and 5 steals.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike drives past a Trumansburg defender.
Bottom: In the JV game, the Senecas' Makenna Fraboni (10) races to the basket. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Liam Fitch en route to victory n the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Left: O-M's Kyle Frasier in the 500 Free. Right: O-M's James Terry in the 100 Fly.

Watkins swimmers defeat O-M, 100-66

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 7 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team got four wins each from Aidan DeBolt, Liam Fitch and Matt Doppel Tuesday as the Senecas posted a 100-66 victory over Odessa-Montour in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The three swimmers were each on the winning 200 Medley Relay (1:49.28) and 400 Free Relay (3:46.66) squads.

DeBolt also won the 200 Free in 2:02.24 and the 100 Free in 54.64 while Fitch captured the 200 IM in 2:25.36 and the 100 Fly in 1:07.18..Doppel took the 50 Free in 23.05 and the 500 Free in 5:17.42.

Will Fitzsimmons also registered a victory for Watkins, winning the 100 Back in 1:09.58.

Odessa-Montour, meanwhile, won the 200 Freestyle Relay, where Anthony Humphries, Charles Sidle, Alec Betts and Billy Tague posted a time of 1:46.50. Humphries also won the 100 Breaststroke in 1:12.86.

"The O-M guys had some great swims tonight, with many posting PRs," said O-M Coach Terri Brace, who listed the following personal records (and a season best):

--The 200 Medley Relay of Alec Betts, Tony Humphries, Billy Tague and Charles Sidle swam a season best time of 1:58.60.
--Billy Tague in the 200 Free (2:03.41)
--Garret Allen in the 200 Free (2:43.02) and the 500 Free (7:41.02)
--Alec Betts in the 200 IM (2:27.78)
--Andy Fudala in the 50 Free (27.98) and 100 Breast (1:16.73)
--Collin Povoski in the 100 Free (1:08.18) and 100 Breast (1:38.34)
--Kyle Frasier in the 500 Free (7:21.83) and the 200 Free (2:42.60)
--Manley Gavich in the 100 Back (1:38.34)

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Matt Doppel (top) after winning the 500 Free; and Watkins' Aidan DeBolt hitting the water at start of the 100 Free.

Odessa's Charles Sidle competes in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge in the 500 Yard Freestyle.

O-M's Billy Tague competes in the 100 Yard Freestyle, where he finished second.

Odessa girls lose to Candor, 56-35

CANDOR, Jan. 7 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team's record slipped to 4-3 Tuesday night when the Indians dropped a 56-35 decision to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Candor gym.

Odessa trailed 20-9 after one period and 27-16 at halftime. O-M trimmed the deficit to 8 points, at 31-23, with 2:52 remaining in the third period, but Candor (now 7-3) scored the last seven points in the quarter to pull away.

Olivia Grover led O-M with a career-high 12 points, along with 8 rebounds. Addi Rhodes scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Hailie Searles had 5 points and 8 rebounds. Other points came from Sage Garrison (4), Gillian Clark (4), and Callie Stillman (1).

Odessa returns to action Friday night at Tioga.

Junior Varsity: Candor defeated Odessa-Montour.

Watkins Glen JV players Max Schimizzi (left) and Jacob Lokken drive to the basket.

JV: Watkins boys top Trumansburg

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 7 -- The Watkins Glen boys junior varsity basketball team improved to 2-3 Tuesday when it defeated Trumansburg 54-34 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Watkins varsity had the night off, having played (and defeated) Trumansburg in the WGHS Holiday Tournament last weekend. That tournament contest constituted a league game originally scheduled for Tuesday.

The Watkins JV led 8-7 after one period Tuesday before surging to a 23-12 halftime advantage. The score was 35-21 entering the fourth quarter.

Max Schimizzi led the Senecas with 18 points, while Connor Seeley-Ion and Jacob Lokken scored 10 each. Other points came from: Dylan Platon (7), Alex Sheesley (4), Dayne Hughey (2), Tyler Couch (2), and Alex Gibson (1).

Odessa bowlers lose to Notre Dame

ELMIRA, Jan. 7 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams dropped 4-0 decisions Tuesday to Elmira Notre Dame in Interscholastic Athletic Conference road matches.

The O-M boys lost 2807-2009. Trenton Randall led the Indians with a 521 series

The O-M girls were outpointed 2084-1717. Britney Visscher paced the Indians with a 365 series, while Carolyn Arias rolled a 353.

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 2

The Watkins Glen Youth Basketball program, held Saturdays in the winter at Watkins Glen High School, conducted its second session Saturday. The results:

3rd-4th Grades

Central Asphalt (1-1) 22, Famous Brands (0-2) 16
Central Asphalt: David Kelly 16, Jason Murphy 4, Sarah Jones 2
Famous Brands: Jenna Solomon 12, Joseph Sutterby 4

House of Hong (2-0) 21, Curly's Family Restaurant (1-1) 16
House of Hong: Jacob Yontz 15, Ryan Thompson 6
Curly's Restaurant: Brynn Smith 6, Devon Searle 4, Brenna Pierace 4, Thomas Field 2

Mr. Chicken (2-0) 10, Sporting Goods (0-2) 6
Mr. Chicken: Carmichael Ayers 4, Jacob VanDer Eems 4, Lillian Ameigh 2
Sporting Goods: Carly Arnold 4, Bryce Cady 2

5th-6th Grades

Seneca Lodge (2-0) 34, Watkins Glen Supply (1-1) 14
Seneca Lodge: Brendan Sheesley 14, Travon Jones 12, Ethan Day 4, Kara Sheesley 2, Aiden Gleason 2.
Watkins Glen Supply: Bryce Kelly 10, Jacob Powers 2, RJ Bannon 2

McGuire's (2-0) 34, Van Skiver Motors (0-2) 26
McGuire's: Max Evans 30, Rebecca Becker 2, Colby Thurston 2
Van Skiver Motors: Owen Scholtisek 20, Aislinn Klemann 4, Daniel Ely 2

Church Street Produce (1-1) 34, Capt. Bill's (0-2) 28
Church St. : Georgio Fazzary 16, Brendyn Hammond 10, Tim Clifford 4, Mattie Yontz 4
Capt. Bill's: Seamus Mooney 20, Cameron Holland 6, Ian Gleason 2

Watkins Glen's Gates is Athlete of Week

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 5 -- This week we honor as Odessa File Athlete of the Week a basketball player who led his team to a Holiday Tournament title.

Watkins Glen High School senior Colin Gates (34 at right) earns the nod for an outstanding two-game performance in which he scored 22 and then 21 points as the Senecas defeated Tioga and Trumansburg for the tourney championship in the WGHS Field House.

Double Honorable Mention: Watkins Glen basketball's Joe Palumbo, Watkins Glen runner Patrick Hazlitt, and Odessa-Montour wrestler Joe Rorick.

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

Watkins Glen's Luke Flahive drives to the basket for two of his seven points.

Glen boys win tourney title

Top Tburg 65-45; Gates is MVP; junior varsity falls

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 5 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team rode a ball-hawking defense and the 21-point shooting of Colin Gates to a 65-45 victory Sunday night over Trumansburg to claim the championship of the annual Holiday Tournament in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas, now 4-0, raced to an early lead with a fast-break offense led by Gates, whose two-game total of 43 points earned him the tourney MVP award. Watkins was ahead 18-9 after one period and 37-20 at halftime.

Trumansburg, which scored the final four points of the second quarter, added nine more to start the third period to close to within eight points at 37-29. However, the Senecas regained the momentum, going on a 13-3 run to enter the final quarter ahead 50-32 -- and then scored the next five points. They cruised from there.

In addition to Gates, Watkins Glen got double-digit scoring from Matt Estes (14 points) and Joe Palumbo (11). Other points came from Luke Flahive (7), Michael Taylor (4), and Justin Kelly, Justin Duane, Parker Pangallo and Keith Rekczis (2 each). The Senecas were 9-for-12 from the free-throw line

Rekczis and Duane led the team in rebounds with 7 each, while Gates grabbed 5. Flahive led in assists with 7, and in steals with 3 of the team's 11.

Austin Grunder led Trumansburg with 26 points. The Raiders struggled at the foul line, converting just 8 of 27 attempts.

"We had some good play at times ... pretty darn good play," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "We did some things better tonight" than on Friday, when the Senecas defeated Tioga 73-37. "We got off to a better start. We got sloppy in the third period, though. And we have to quit fouling like that."

The Senecas' next game will be Thursday, at home against Notre Dame.

Junior Varsity:

Watkins Glen rallied from a 12-2 first-quarter deficit, but fell to Susquehanna Valley 36-35 in the tournament's JV finale.

The Senecas fought back with an 11-4 second-quarter advantage, and were up by a point, 24-23, entering the fourth period. Sus Valley pulled ahead, but Watkins stayed within a point or two until catching up at 35-35 with 1:09 left to play. But a Sus Valley free throw with 38.9 seconds remaining broke the deadlock, and proved the difference.

Max Schimizzi led Watkins Glen with 15 points, while Jacob Lokken scored 6, Michael Doane 5, Connor Seeley-Ion 4, Dylan Platon 3, and Alex Sheesley 2. The team was 4-for-9 from the free-throw line.

Sus Valley was paced by Dalton Brown (9 points) and Jarred Freije (8). The Sabers converted 14 of 25 foul shots.

Consolation Games:

Junior Varsity: Dundee defeated Tioga 50-45.
Varsity: Dundee defeated Tioga 50-43.

All-Tournament Teams:

Junior Varsity:
--Bill Sheridan (MVP) and Jarred Freije of Sus Valley.
--Max Schimizzi and Michael Doane of Watkins Glen.
--Brian Camacho of Dundee.
--Connor Hutchison of Tioga.

Varsity:
--Colin Gates (MVP) and Joe Palumbo of Watkins Glen.
--Austin Grunder and Luke Richards of Trumansburg.
--Andrew Clark of Dundee.
--Josh Kithcart of Tioga.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Colin Gates shoots in traffic. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Middle: The Senecas' Joe Palumbo drives toward the hoop. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: The Watkins Glen cheerleaders were on hand with some acrobatic routines.

Left: Watkins Glen's Matt Estes scores. Right: The Senecas' Keith Rekczis passes the ball.
(Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Dominick Rolston blocks a shot by Tburg's Mike Gorton, but was called for a foul on the play. Right: The Senecas' Justin Kelly leaps high as the Raiders' Austin Grunder drives to the basket.

The tournament champion Watkins Glen Senecas pose after their victory.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Max Schimizzi goes up for a shot.
Right:
The Senecas' Jacob Lokken (23) contends for a rebound.
(Both photos by Don Romeo)

And from Doug Yeater:

From left: Watkins Glen's Joe Palumbo shoots; Alex Gibson puts up a shot in the JV game; and Colin Gates is sandwiched.

The vociferous and animated Watkins Glen student bleacher section.

Watkins Glen wrestlers defeat Dundee

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 2 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team defeated Dundee 41-28 Friday morning in a non-league match in the WGHS Field House.

Wins for the Senecas were posted by:

106: Caleb Smith over Mike Gee fall 3:30
126: Brandon Gould by Forfeit
132: Andrew Specht 12-10 over Damon Empson
138: Jon Brown over Jake Zimmer 12-1
152: Nick Cocola by fall over Jared Jayne: 48
170: Josh Burge over Dominick Lyons by fall 1:55
182: Ian Chedzoy over Dakota Haynes 13-2
195: Casey Falls over Patrick Sipley 7-4
285: Colton Arcangeli over Lance Irwin 5-0

Watkins Glen returns to action at home Wednesday against Whitney Point at 6 p.m., and then hosts the annual Mike Watson Invitational Friday and Saturday, Jan. 9-10.

Left: Watkins' Matt Estes (35) goes high for tipoff. Center: The Senecas' Parker Pangallo shoots. Right: Watkins' Dominick Rolston (4) is fouled. (Right, left photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins, Tburg will meet for tourney title on Sunday

Senecas top Tioga 73-37; Glen JV reaches finale, too

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 3 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team -- led by Colin Gates' 22 points and a ball-hawking defense -- ran past Tioga 73-37 Friday night in the opening round of the annual Holiday Tournament at the WGHS Field House, setting up a championship game against Trumansburg on Sunday.

The Blue Raiders outlasted a stubborn Dundee team 57-53 in the other opener.

The tournament could have ended up with co-champions or no champion at all -- a situation described in a recent column here. But with the Senecas and Blue Raiders defeating Tioga and Dundee, their game Sunday -- they would have played regardless of the outcome of Friday's contests -- will be for all the tournament marbles.

The second day of basketball was scheduled for today (Saturday), but a weather forecast suggesting sleet and freezing rain prompted Watkins school officials to move the entire Saturday slate to Sunday, starting with a 1 p.m. junior varsity consolation game between Tioga and Dundee. That will be followed at 2 p.m. by the JV title game between Watkins Glen and Susquehanna Valley.

Junior Varsity: The Watkins JV squad made it to the championship game by defeating Tioga 48-36, its first victory of the season after two losses.

The Senecas pulled away from Tioga with a 17-6 third quarter run after leading 23-22 at halftime.

Max Schimizzi (pictured at right) paced the Senecas with 17 points, while Michael Doane scored 14, Alex Gibson 8, Connor Seeley-Ion 5, and Jacob Lokken and Alex Sheesley 2 each. Their opponent in the final, Sus Valley, cruised past Dundee in the other opener.

Varsity: Watkins Glen (3-0), after a sluggish start against Tioga, pulled away in the second period and kept widening the gap as every member of the team scored. The Senecas led 10-9 after one period, 33-17 at halftime, and 54-28 after three quarters.

In addition to Gates' scoring, the Senecas got 12 points from Justin Kelly, 11 from Joseph Palumbo, 8 from Justin Duane, 4 each from Luke Flahive and Matt Estes, 3 each from Michael Taylor and Jacob Carocci, and 2 each from Dominick Rolston, Parker Pangallo and Keith Rekczis. The team was 12 for 16 from the foul line.

Rekczis led the team in rebounds with 6 and steals with 5. Flahive had 5 rebounds, and Taylor 4. Palumbo had 3 steals, while Pangallo led the Senecas in assists with 3.

Tioga was led by Parker Hendershot's 14 points, and 6 by Sam Burns. The Tigers converted 8 of 20 free-throw attempts.

"It wasn't pretty," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "When you've practiced 38 days and played just two games" before this one, "you should be getting into it. Or maybe you have some rust. One thing for sure: we need to practice layups." The Senecas, he noted, "missed six or seven of them."

The Trumansburg-Dundee clash saw the once-beaten Raiders advance by pulling away in the fourth quarter of a physical game (see battle at right for ball).

Dundee had led 28-24 at halftime before falling behind 37-36 entering the final period. The Raiders built a 10-point lead, but Dundee cut it to 3 points twice in the closing minute.

Luke Richards led Tburg with 17 points, while Austin Grunder added 16. The team was 12-for-21 at the foul line. Dundee was paced by Tyler Kelly's 11 points, and 8 by Jarrett Butler. The Scotsmen were 5-for-11 on free throws.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Colin Gates eyes the basket in first-half action.
Second: In the JV game, Max Schimizzi shoots a free throw. He scored 17 points.
Third:
The Senecas' Joseph Palumbo prepares to shoot. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: Two players battle for the ball in the Trumansburg-Dundee game.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jacob Carocci shoots. Right: In the JV game, the Senecas' Michael Doane prepares to shoot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

The student bleacher section at the south end of the court was a popular spot Friday night, including (from left) basketball players Emmie Bond, Hannah Morse and Amanda Pike.

And among the students were, from left, Katherine Meehan, Brooke Shaffer, Maggie Bond and Clara Chedzoy, finding the cross-country banner hanging in the Field House of interest -- because the year 2014 had recently been added under "League Champions" and "Section Champions." Shaffer, Bond and Chedzoy were on the cross-country team. Meehan was a Section IV champion swimmer.

The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team bursts out onto the court
before the start of their game.

Hazlitt wins 1600 Meters at Cortland meet

CORTLAND, Jan. 3 -- Patrick Hazlitt led the way Friday as 9th and 10th grade members of the Watkins Glen High School Indoor Track team competed in a meet at SUNY Cortland.

Hazlitt placed first in the 1600 meters in 4:47.59 and second at 600 Meters in 1:35.90 in a meet featuring freshman and sophomore runners from more than 20 schools in Section IV.

Other Top 6 finishers for Watkins Glen included Joelle Slater, 2nd in the 1000 Meter Racewalk in 6:02.83, and Isobel Scheffey, 6th in the 55 Meter Dash in 8.22.

Rorick 3rd at Windsor, sets O-M wins mark

WINDSOR, NY, Dec. 31 -- Odessa-Montour wrestler Joe Rorick placed third Tuesday at the Windsor Christmas Tournament in which 29 schools participated.

Eight wrestlers from Odessa-Montour were among the competitors at the two-day event. Rorick was 5-1 in the 120-pound weight class. His only loss was to Tucker Amato of Indian River in a quarterfinal match.

During the tournament, Rorick recorded his 139th career victory, breaking the O-M school record of 137 wins previously held by Donnie Gunning.

O-M win-loss results:
99 lbs: Andrew Hartford 0-2
113: Collin Haag 0-2
120: Joe Rorick 5-1
126: Bill Bacon 2-2
160: John Kuparinen 0-2
170: Shawn Minnier 0-2
220: Joe Wright 1-2
285: Ian Hradisky 0-2

Photo in text: The podium for the 120-pound weight class. O-M's Joe Rorick placed third. (Photo provided)

Athlete of the Week: WG's Amanda Pike

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 28 -- This week we honor as our Odessa File Athlete of the Week a standout Watkins Glen High School basketball player whose contributions to her team were key to its victory in the annual tournament it hosts.

The honoree is Amanda Pike (right), who scored 32 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and had 6 steals as the Watkins Glen girls varsity squad defeated Newfield and Jasper-Troupsburg to claim the title at the Melissa B. Wilson Holiday Basketball Tournament at the WGHS Field House. As if that weren't enough, she also led the team past Candor earlier in the week with a performance that included 12 points, 6 steals and 3 assists.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball's Madison Gates and Mariah Gonzalez, Watkins Glen runners Taylor Kennard and Brooke Shaffer, Odessa-Montour basketball's Gillian Clark and Hailie Searles, and Watkins Glen swimmers Aidan DeBolt and Matt Doppel.

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

The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team poses after its victory. At right standing are Ken and Mary Wilson, parents of Melissa B. Wilson, in whose memory the tournament is named. (Photo by Don Romeo)

From left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike, Halle Phillips and Amanda Cherock.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls top J-T, 47-38, for tourney title; JV also wins

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 28 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- after failing to sink a basket in the first quarter and trailing by four points at halftime -- overcame a stubborn Jasper-Troupsburg team 47-38 Saturday night to claim the title in the annual Melissa B. Wilson Holiday Tournament in the WGHS Field House.

The Watkins Glen junior varsity also won a championship, topping Jasper-Troupsburg 47-14 in the JV title game.

Varsity: The Senecas (now 5-1) started poorly, abandoning at the outset the combination of three players -- Madison Gates, Amanda Pike and Mariah Gonzalez -- who had carried the team to victory with a strong second-half performance in a 47-35 semifinal victory Friday night over Newfield.

Without Gonzalez starting, Pike was whistled twice for fouls early, and took a seat with 3:57 to go in the first period. She did not return until the second half. Meanwhile, the Watkins offense was sputtering. The Senecas missed all 15 of their first-quarter shots, and trailed 7-2 when the period ended, their lone points coming on a pair of free throws by Halle Phillips. They were fortunate that the Wildcats were misfiring on a number of close-range shots themselves.

J-T extended its lead to 15-6 in the second quarter before the Senecas started finding the range with consistency, hitting three quick baskets to pull within 17-13 at halftime.

The third period saw the trio of Pike, Gates and Gonzalez together again, and the Senecas' offense started humming with quick bounce passes and hard-nosed rebounding, as it had in the second half the night before. Watkins outscored J-T in that quarter, 16-14, and 18-7 down the stretch to claim the tourney championship.

Gonzalez led the squad in scoring with 13 points, while Pike scored 11, all after intermission, and Gates 7. Phillips added 6 first-half points, while Amanda Cherock and Katherine Meehan scored 4 points each, and Madison Myers 2.

Gonzalez led the team in rebounds with 9, while Gates and Pike grabbed 7 each, Cherock 5, Phillips 3, and Allison Teed and Meehan 2 each. Gates registered 5 assists, while Cherock had a pair. The Senecas had 7 steals, two by Gonzalez, and the other five by five different players. The team was 12-for-17 from the free-throw line, including 7-for-7 by Gonzalez.

McKenzie Prutsman led Jasper-Troupsburg with 18 points, while Hannah Miles scored 11. The Wildcats converted 9 of 12 free-throw attempts.

"This was a hard-fought battle," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "We were down early and the girls were able to fight their way out of it. They played hard and never gave up the intensity. I am very proud of them."

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen dominated Jasper-Troupsburg, cruising to a 47-14 victory.

Danielle Leszyk led the Senecas with 14 points, while Taylor Kelly scored 11, Mikenna Ayers 10, Ryanna LaMoreaux 6, Emilia Bond 4, and Hanley Elliott 2.

"The girls played a great tournament," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, pointing to improving play by several members of his team.

Consolation games: Newfield defeated Lyons in both contests, outscoring the Lions 54-28 in the varsity matchup.

All-Tournament Teams:

Varsity:
Madison Gates (WG) -- MVP
Mariah Gonzalez (WG)
McKenzie Prutsman (Jasper-Troupsburg)
Jazmin Malone (Newfield)
Taniqua Johnson (Lyons)

Junior Varsity:
Ryanna LaMoreaux (WG) -- MVP
Danielle Leszyk (WG)
Taryn Hayes (Jasper-Troupsburg)
Sage Duff (Newfield)
Kelsey Arliss (Lyons)

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Madison Gates drives to the basket.
Second: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez prepares to shoot a short-range jumper.
Third: The Watkins Glen JV team poses after its victory in the title game.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux, the JV tourney MVP. (Photos by Don Romeo)

In the JV final: From left, Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly, Danielle Leszyk and Mikenna Ayers. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Additional photos:

Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike races upcourt as a referee keeps pace.

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Cherock shoots. Right: And so does Madison Gates.
(Both photos by Doug Yeater)

Left: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez. Right: Watkins' Katherine Meehan shoots.
(Both photos by Doug Yeater)

The Senecas' Madison Myers passes the ball.
(Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: Watkins Glen's Allison Teed moves the ball. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike, right, battles Jasper-Troupsburg's McKenzie Prutsman for the ball.

Kennard 1st in 3000 at Cortland meet

CORTLAND, Dec. 28 -- Watkins Glen senior Taylor Kennard placed first Saturday in the 3000 Meter Run at a high school indoor track meet at SUNY Cortland.

Kennard finished with a time of 12:09.77, well ahead of runnerup Julianna Testone of Horseheads, who registered a 12:47.28. The meet was for juniors and seniors only.

The only other Top 6 finisher for Watkins Glen was Brooke Shaffer, who placed fifth in the 1500 Meter Run in a school record time of 5:29. Corning's Jessica Lawson was first in 4:52.50.

Left: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez makes a move to the basket.
Right: The Senecas' Madison Myers sends a shot on its way. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls top Newfield in opener; will face J-T in finale

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 27 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by Amanda Pike's 21 points and a double-double by Madison Gates -- defeated Newfield 47-35 Friday night in the opening round of the annual Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Holiday Tournament at the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas (now 4-1) will play for the tourney title at 7:30 tonight (Saturday) against Jasper-Troupsburg, a 64-34 victor over Lyons in Friday's other varsity contest.

The Watkins Glen junior varsity also advanced to a tourney final, defeating Newfield 42-13 and setting up a title contest with Jasper-Troupsburg, which defeated Lyons in the day's first JV game.

Pike, in addition to scoring 21 points, registered 5 steals while grabbing 7 rebounds and blocking a shot. She hit three 3-pointers.

Gates scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds while notching one steal, one assist and a block.

Another 6 points came from Mariah Gonzalez, who proved a second-half force as she grabbed 3 rebounds, had 3 assists and stole the ball twice.

Other points came from Madison Myers (2, with a rebound, assist and steal), Amanda Cherock (2, with 4 rebounds and 3 assists), and Maggie Bond (2).

The team was 8-for-12 from the free-throw line.

Newfield (now 4-3) was led by Sierra Henry's 11 points, and 10 by Mariyah Byrd. The Trojans converted 8 of 14 free throws.

The Senecas scored the first 6 points of the game before Newfield rallied to tie the score at 9-9. Watkins then scored the final five points of the first quarter to go up 14-9, and built an 8-point edge, 19-11, before the Trojans rallied to within three at halftime, 23-20.

With the score 27-24, Watkins surged, coinciding with the insertion into the lineup of Gonzalez -- out recently with an injury. By the 1:30 mark of the third period, the Senecas had scored 13 straight points for a 40-24 advantage. Newfield never got closer than 10 points after that.

"The girls played hard and were determined to pull out a victory," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "It will be a battle tomorrow."

Among the challenges will be keeping J-T's McKenzie Prutsman (pictured at right) in check. The senior point guard scored 21 points to lead her team past Lyons Friday night, and in the process reached the 1,000-point plateau for her career.

The Watkins Glen junior varsity built a 25-5 halftime lead over Newfield and a 36-5 lead through three periods. The Senecas were led by Ryanna LaMoreaux's 18 points. Taylor Kelly added 9 points, while Emilia Bond scored 5, Julia Reilly 5, Mikenna Ayers 3, and Hanley Elliott 2.

The JV title game is at 4:30 p.m. The varsity title game is at 7:30 p.m. Each is preceded by a consolation game between Newfield and Lyons.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike drives toward the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: Jasper-Troupsburg's McKenzie Prutsman, who reached 1,000 career points Friday.

From left: Watkins Glen's Madison Gates, Clara Chedzoy and Amanda Cherock.
(Photos on left and right by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

From left: Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux, Danielle Leszyk and Taylor Kelly.
(Photos on left and right by Don Romeo)

A holiday fun run ...

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 14 -- Most members of the Watkins Glen High School varsity cross-country team gathered early in the Christmas week for a fun holiday run through Watkins, singing holiday songs and stopping for a few pictures at some festive landmarks -- such as with the Grinch at right. They also stopped at Cargill to pose with the figures sitting there of Santa Claus, his reindeer and his sleigh. A team spokesman said the squad is looking forward to snow in January for some cross-country skiing as a team.

(Photo provided)

 

Left: Watkins Glen's Madison Myers (15) battles for possession of the ball. Right: The Senecas' Madison Gates defends against Candor's Mikayla Short.

Watkins girls defeat Candor

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 23 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team got points from nine different players Tuesday on the way to a 41-22 victory over Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House.

Amanda Pike led the Senecas with 12 points, 6 steals and 3 assists as they improved their season mark to 3-1 heading into their annual Melissa B. Wilson Holiday Tournament Friday and Saturday. Tuesday's contest was a makeup game, postponed from Dec. 9.

Watkins raced out to a 10-0 lead and was up 16-5 after one period, 28-14 at halftime and 38-16 entering the final quarter.

Also scoring for the Senecas were Madison Myers (8 points), Allison Teed (5 points, with 3 rebounds and 3 assists), Madison Gates (4 points, with 7 rebounds and 2 steals), Clara Chedzoy (4 points, with 2 steals), Halle Phillips (2 points, with 4 rebounds), Amanda Cherock (2 points, with 3 rebounds), Tamijah Lawton-Stone (2 points, with 2 rebounds), and Maggie Bond (2 points, with 4 rebounds). Katherine Meehan added 3 rebounds, and Maddy Ross registered 2.

The team was 9-for-13 from the foul line.

Candor was led by Siarahjo Rose's 8 points. The Indians converted 10 of 19 free throws.

"Tonight the girls played a great game," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "It was nice to get everyone in and have everyone contribute. The girls didn’t skip a beat. We were able to hold one of their top players to 4 points with the help of Meehan's great defense. This was a great win that will help us get ready for our tournament."

In addition to the host Senecas, tourney teams will include Jasper-Troupsburg, Lyons and Newfield.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Candor 29-22. Ryanna LaMoreaux scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Senecas, who also got scoring from Taylor Kelly (5 points with 4 rebounds), Danielle Leszyk (5 points), and Hanley Elliott (4 points).

Photo in text: Watkins' Maggie Bond drives past a Candor defender. (Photo by Don Romeo)

From left: Watkins' Clara Chedzoy, Amanda Pike and Amanda Cherock go to the hoop.
(Photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux (3) goes high for the tipoff.
Right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk drives to the basket. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Samantha Bradley registers a strike.

Watkins bowlers roll past Marathon

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 23 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories over undermanned Marathon squads Tuesday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Johnny's Lanes.

The Watkins girls were led by Samantha Bradley --who posted a 537 series that included at 210 game --as the Senecas outscored Marathon 2452-1453. Marathon had just four bowlers.

Dakota Evans rolled a 521 for Watkins, while Liz Mason posted a 475, Lucy Craig 467, and Elizabeth Reed 452.

"All the girls had at least one good game," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "It is a nice way to go into the holidays."

The Watkins boys, facing just three Marathon bowlers, cruised to a 2249-1287 advantage.The Senecas were led by a pair of 493 series -- by Steven Bradley and Nathaniel Rose. Wyatt Brower added a 462, Rees Avery 432, and Conlin Wysocki 369.

"I put our top three bowlers against theirs, head to head," said Coach Brower, "and our guys responded well. Steven, Rees and Wyatt would have taken three out of the four points themselves, so this was a good win for the boys team."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dakota Evans gestures as her ball cuts through the pins. She registered a strike on the throw.

Left: Watkins Glen's Rees Avery. Right: The Senecas' Steven Bradley notches a strike.

From left: O-M's Gillian Clark, Kennedey Heichel, Olivia Grover and Callie Stillman in action against Avoca Monday night.

O-M girls top Avoca, 40-26

ODESSA, Dec. 22 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- behind 14 points by Gillian Clark and a 15-rebound, 6-steal performance by Hailie Searles -- defeated Avoca 40-26 Monday night in a non-conference game in the O-M gym.

Clark hit four 3-pointers to pace an Odessa attack that sputtered early. The Indians -- now 4-2 -- had just 12 first-half points, but led by five points entering the third period, and by 10 points entering the fourth.

Avoca pulled within seven points at 30-23 in the final period, but the Indians converted 6 of 8 free throws and a couple of baskets down the stretch to pull away. They made 8-of-13 shots overall from the foul line.

Scoring in addition to Clark (who had 6 rebounds) were Callie Stillman (6 points and 3 assists), Searles (5 points along with the rebounds and steals), Sage Garrison (4 points), Olivia Grover (4 points), Kennedey Heichel (3 points), and Addi Rhodes and Brianna Struble (2 points each).

Rae Prestridge led Avoca with 9 points. The Tigers coverted 8 of 20 free throws.

"It certainly wasn't a thing of beauty," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "but we did what we needed to do and got some shots to fall at important spots to put them away.

"We played a fairly solid defensive game," he added, noting that an 8-0 run in the third quarter fueled by a pair of steals, two baskets from Olivia Grover and a 3-pointer by Clark "gave us the breathing room we needed. And we hit the free throws down the stretch to put them away."

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Photos in text:

Top: Odessa's Sage Garrison leaps, turns and fires the ball back onto the court before it can go out of bounds in first-half action.

Bottom: The Indians' Hailie Searles drives to the basket during second quarter.

Left: Watkins Glen's Lucas Wickham competes in the 100 Breaststroke.
Right: The Senecas' Matt Doppel on the way to winning the 100 Fly.

Watkins swims to easy win over Dryden

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 22 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team was dominant Monday as it cruised to a 108-40 victory over Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The Senecas got individual victories from:

--Shawn Rutledge in the 200 Free (2:20.68);
--Liam Fitch in the 200 IM (2:29.06);
--Aidan DeBolt in the 50 Free (24.43) and the 500 Free (5:35.42);
--Matt Doppel in the 100 Fly (56.78), and
--Lucas Wickham in the 100 Free (1:01.12).

Watkins Glen also won the three relays:

200 Medley Relay: 1:49.18, Doppel, Wickham, Fitch and DeBolt.
200 Free Relay: 1:48.32, Doppel, Fitch, Will Fitzsimmons, Aaron Planty.
400 Free Relay: 3:56.99: Doppel, AJ Specchio, Wickham, DeBolt

Individual second-places were posted by Payton Watson in the 200 Free, Specchio in the 200 IM, Jacob Slater in the 50 Free, Fitch in the 100 Fly, Planty in the 100 Free, and Dakota Cole in the 500 Free.

Photo in text: Watkins' Aidan DeBolt enters the water at start of the 500 Free, which he won.

Athletes of Week: 2 wrestlers & a swimmer

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 21 -- Two wrestlers and a swimmer are honored this week as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

At Watkins Glen, swimmer Matt Doppel gets a nod for qualifying for the New York State Swimming Championships in the 100 Backstroke. He bettered the qualifying standard of 54.82 by going 53.69, the fastest 100 Back time in the state this season. And with him, we honor Brandon Gould, the Outstanding Lightweight Wrestler at the Campbell-Savona-Bradford Duals, where he posted a 7-0 mark at 126 pounds as the Senecas won the tourney title.

At Odessa-Montour, wrestler Joe Rorick gets the nod after winning his team's Most Outstanding award by going 4-0 at the "Battle of the Valley" Duals at Cobleskill-Richmond High School.

Double Honorable: O-M swimmer Billy Tague; Watkins Glen wrestlers Colton Arcangeli, Kurtis Edwards, Josh Burge, Ian Chedzoy, Jon Brown and Nick Cocola; O-M wrestler Bill Bacon; Watkins Glen basketball's Madison Gates, Joe Palumbo, Luke Flahive and Matt Estes; Watkins Glen runner Patrick Hazlitt; Watkins Glen bowlers Samantha Bradley and Lucy Craig, Watkins Glen swimmers Aidan DeBolt and Liam Fitch, and O-M bowler Alex Grady.

Honorable Mention: Another 32 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each school.

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 1

The Watkins Glen Youth Basketball program, held Saturdays in the winter at Watkins Glen High School, conducted its first session Saturday. The results:

3rd-4th Grades

House of Hong 35, Watkins Sporting Goods 14
House of Hong: Jacob Yontz 25, Ryan Thompson 10
Watkins Sporting Goods: Carly Arnold 10, Gavin Smith 4

Curly's Family Restaurant 13, Famous Brands 8
Curly's: Deavon Searle 7, Brynn Smith 6
Famous Brands: Joseph Sutterby 6, Jenna Soloman 2

Mr. Chicken 16, Central Asphalt 13
Mr. Chicken: Carmichael Ayers 6, Jacob VanDer Eems 6, Gregory Samuels 4
Central Asphalt: David Kelly 7, Jason Murphy 4, Sarah Jones 2

5th-6th Grades

Watkins Glen Supply 24, Captain Bill's 20
Watkins Glen Supply: Bryce Kelly 12, Jacob Powers 4, Jordan Avery 2, Bailey Beaumont 2, Julya Slater 2, Emily Rhoads 2
Captain Bill's: Seamus Mooney 12, Cameron Holland 8

Seneca Lodge 28, Van Skiver Motors 18
Seneca Lodge: Brendan Sheesley 14, Travon Jones 10, Ethan Day 2, Kara Sheesley 2
Van Skiver Motors: Owen Scholtisek 10, Aislinn Klemann 4, Daniel Ely 2, Kyra Brisbois 2

McGuire's 36, Church Street Produce 27
McGuire's: Max Evans 36
Church Street Produce: Brendyn Hammond 14, Tanner Dunham 5, Mattie Yontz 4, Georgio Fazzary 2, Cloey Wratten 2

Glen wrestlers unbeaten at C-S Duals

CAMPBELL, Dec. 21 -- The Watkins Glen varsity wrestling team rebounded from its Wednesday loss to Newark Valley by going unbeaten Friday and Saturday to win the 50th annual Campbell-Savona-Bradford Holiday Dual Meet tournament in the Campbell High School gym.

Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould, one of five Watkins wrestlers to go 7-0, was named the meet's most outstanding lightweight wrestler. He is in the 126-pound weight class Also receiving awards noting their perfect records were Colton Arcangeli (285), Kurtis Edwards (195), Josh Burge and Ian Chedzoy.

Finishing at 6-1 were Jon Brown (145) and Nick Cocola (152). Dustin Goltry went 5-2 at 220, while Bradly Eslick was 4-0 at 138.

"After the loss to NV," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson, referring to a 46-24 setback in the WGHS small gym, "the coaching staff worked hard to help our guys mentally break our opponents, and boy did it show this weekend. We were relentless with our attacks, with many of the matches reaching a tech fall score and then the pin."

O-M wrestlers 3rd at 'Battle of Valley'

COBLESKILL -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team placed third Saturday in the "Battle of the Valley" Round Robin Duals Tournament at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School.

O-M senior standout Joe Rorick was named the team's Most Outstanding Wrestler after winning all four of his matches in the five-team tourney. Three of his victories were by pins, and the fourth by an 8-2 decision.

First place went to Cobleskill-Richmondville, which posted a 4-0 record. Mohonasen was second at 3-1, while O-M went 2-2. Johnstown was 1-3, and Copenhagen 0-4.

O-M lost to Mohonasen 47-29 and Cobleskill-Richmondville 57-20, and defeated Johnstown 37-30 and Copenhagen 42-22.

Photo in text: The O-M wrestling squad poses after the meet. (Photo provided)

Shutter named to NSCAA All-America team

CORTLAND, Dec. 20 -- Tompkins Cortland Community College soccer standout Morgan Shutter has been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III All-America second team for the second year in a row.

Shutter, an Odessa-Montour High School graduate, was one of 25 NSCAA All-America honorees, and one of just two repeat selections. He was also a two-time pick by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

He scored half of the TC3 goals this past season, scoring 16 times in 18 games. He also had two assists, giving him 34 points for the season and 58 for his two-year career, leaving him tied for third on TC3's list.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Glen boys top Waverly, improve to 2-0

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

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

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

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

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

The Senecas return to action when they host a Holiday Tournament on Jan. 2 and 3.

Glen runners excel at Small School meet

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

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

Other standouts:

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

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

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

O-M boys fall to unbeaten Newfield

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watkins Glen bowlers lose to Waverly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

O-M wrestlers defeat S. Cayuga, TAE

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

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

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

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

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

Against Edison, O-M got wins from:

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

The Indians also picked up four wins by forfeit.

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Photos in text:

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

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

Watkins girls win as Craig rolls 615

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo in text: Lucy Craig (File photo)

O-M swimmers fall to Waverly, 100-70

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

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

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

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

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

Watkins swimmers lose to Lansing

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

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

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

Odessa-Montour bowlers fall to Edison

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

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

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

The Indians return to action after the holiday break.

Bradley's 655 leads Glen girls past NV

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

O-M boys fall to ND, 73-48

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watkins wrestlers lose to Newark Valley

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

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

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

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

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

Odessa girls lose to ND, slip to 3-1

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

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

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

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

Bowling: O-M boys top Marathon

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

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

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

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

Doppel shines as Senecas win

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The race results:

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

Photos in text:

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

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

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

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

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

Watkins boys top NV in season opener

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

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

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

The Senecas return to action Friday at Waverly.

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

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

Glen girls top Newark Valley, go to 2-0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And in the JV game:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Athletes of the Week: Bacon, Cocola

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos in text:

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

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

O-M wrestlers tie for 8th at Arkport

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bowling: Watkins girls win, boys lose

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

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

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

The Senecas return to action Jan. 6 at Candor.

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

Glen runners compete at IC invitational

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

Among Top 20 finishers for Watkins Glen were:

Girls:

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

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

Boys:

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

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

O-M girls top NV, 50-37

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And in the JV game:

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

Glen girls open with victory

Top Tioga 35-18; Gates has double double

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bowling: O-M boys, girls fall to Candor

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

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

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

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

Athletes of Week: Clark, Doppel, Gould

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

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

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

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

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

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

Glen wrestlers 4th at H'heads tourney

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

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

Watkins Glen match scores:

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

Individual Records:

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

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

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

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Dryden.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Junior Varsity: O-M lost 27-24.

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

O-M boys hold off Groton

Win 64-60 to improve to 3-0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photos in text:

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

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

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

Bowling: Glen girls top Tioga; boys lose

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

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

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

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

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

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

Odessa-Montour bowlers fall to Waverly

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

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

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

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

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

Glen girls prep for opener with scrimmage

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

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

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

Shutter named All-American for 2nd year

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

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

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

Basketball: O-M girls open with win

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swimming: Glen edges O-M

Watkins' Doppel sets pool record in 100 Backstroke

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos in text:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bowling: Glen girls top ND; boys fall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

O-M wrestlers open with 2 victories

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

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

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

The results:

Odessa Montour 45, Moravia 33

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

Odessa Montour 39, Groton 30

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

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

Odessa-Montour bowlers fall to Tioga

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

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

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

The Indians return to action Thursday at Waverly.

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

Athletes of Week: Bradley, 2 hoopsters

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

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

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

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

O-M boys take Bradford Tourney title

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

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

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

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

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

But Odessa recovered to pull away in overtime.

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

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

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

Basketball scrimmage

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

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

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

Bowling: Watkins girls win, boys lose

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photos in text:

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

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

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

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

Odessa bowlers fall to Groton

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

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

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

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

Watkins girls scrimmage at Dundee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos in text:

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

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

Schuyler Fall MVP: Lexi

Freshman diver makes her mark, topping Section IV

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Odessa File
All-Schuyler Fall All-Star Team

First Team

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

Second Team

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

Third Team

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

Honorable Mention

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

 

 

Check out the features below

Baseball essay: Out of the Mist of Lore

Ray Dandridge is in the Baseball Hall of Fame -- one of its more obscure members. Herewith a look at the man. Lore.

A childhood hero

Bubba Phillips was a journeyman major league baseball player in the 1950s and 1960s -- not normally the stuff of hero worship. But he was hero to the writer of this story -- and friend. Bubba.

A night of beauty

This is a story about an unusual -- and quite beautiful -- visit to Cooperstown in the dead of winter. It's titled "Holy Night." Holy.

A childhood tale: "Damn Yankees"

Here's a little writing exercise about a childhood sports memory -- the day the Little League team for which I pitched, the Tigers, lost to the hated Yankees. Yankees.



 

 

 

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