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Watkins Glen doubles player Jordan Shea eyes the ball.

Watkins tennis team loses, falls to 2-3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watkins lacrosse team falls to Elmira

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Golf: Glen girls 2nd to Horseheads

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Glen softball team loses to Notre Dame

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

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

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

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

The Senecas return to action Monday at Edison.

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

O-M softball team no-hit by Tioga

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

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

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

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

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

Watkins Glen baseball team loses 12-3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

O-M baseball team falls to Tioga

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

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

Joel Kelly led the O-M offense with two hits, while Jeremiah Holley, Chris Foote and Alex Grady each had one. Noah Bruno stole two bases after drawing a walk, and Cody Daugherty and Foote also registered steals.

Foote started on the mound for Odessa, going three innings. Kelly then pitched three innings, and Daugherty one.

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

O-M tennis team loses to Lansing 7-0

LANSING, April 18 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team fell to Lansing 7-0 Friday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on Lansing's tennis courts.

1st Singles: Zoli Csaki (Lansing) defeated Curtis Harris (Odessa-Montour) 6-3, 6-2
2nd Singles: Nick Parkes (Lansing) defeated Manley Gavich (Odessa-Montour) 6-0, 6-0
3rd Singles: Ryan Buchanan (Lansing) defeated Cameron Adams (Odessa-Montour) 6-0, 6-0
4th Singles: Ethan Buchanan (Lansing) defeated Sarah Norton (Odessa-Montour) 6-0, 6-0
1st Doubles: Max Avramis & Emily Schweitzer (Lansing) defeated Billy Tague & Kate Ross (Odessa-Montour) 6-0, 6-1
2nd Doubles: Matt Robinson & Skye Richardson (Lansing) defeated Alec Betts & Bronwyn Stermer (Odessa-Montour) 6-2, 6-1
3rd Doubles: Audrey Montague & Amanda Van (Lansing) defeated Ian Ross & Syria Tague (Odessa-Montour) 6-0, 6-0

Golf: Watkins boys open with victory

NEWARK VALLEY April 17 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team -- led by a 42 by Keith Rekczis -- opened its season with a 231-278 victory Thursday over Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Grandview Farms par-34 front-9.

Ryan Clark had the next-best round for the Senecas -- a 45 -- while Parker Pangallo and Trentin Barber each registered a 47 and Sam Hanley posted a 50.

Watkins Glen returns to action with five matches next week, including two make-ups. First up is a road contest Monday at Waverly, followed by a home match Tuesday against Tioga.

O-M tennis team falls to Moravia, 4-3

MORAVIA, April 17 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team dropped a close decision Thursday, losing 4-3 to Moravia in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match.

Wins for O-M came in singles. Curtis Harris defeated Garrett Stoyell 6-2, 6-3; Manley Gavich defeated Melanie Powers 6-2, 6-0; and Sarah Norton defeated Alex Allen 6-1, 6-4.

Odessa losses were sustained by Cameron Adams in singles and by Brooke Collins/Billy Tague, Kate Ross/Bronwyn Stermer and Alec Betts/Syria Tague in doubles.

O-M softball team loses to N. Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, April 17 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity softball team sustained its third loss of the season Thursday when it fell 17-2 to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newark Vally softball field.

The Cardinals jumped in front with five runs in the 1st inning and seven in the 2nd, and added five in the 4th. The Indians scored both of their runs in the 2nd inning. The contest was stopped after the O-M 5th inning under the so-called "mercy rule" that terminates games when one team is ahead by 15 or more runs after five innings.

Odessa registered six hits, all singles -- two by Megan Jenkins (2-for-3), and one each by Ashley Kot (1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI), Madison Lodge (1-for-3 with a run scored), Brianna Struble (1-for-3 with an RBI) and Breeana Bentley (1-for-2 with a run scored).

Also reaching base on walks were Addi Rhodes and Dasia Herrmann (twice). Kot, Lodge, Bentley and Herrmann each stole a base.

Struble went the distance on the mound for the Indians, striking out four batters and walking six.

O-M baseball team falls at N. Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, April 17 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity baseball team dropped a 14-2 decision to Newark Valley Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

The Indians managed just one hit -- by Cody Smith -- as their record slipped to 0-4 heading into a contest today (Friday) at Tioga.

O-M "played excellent defense," said Coach Marc Kimmerly, "but couldn't get the bats rolling."

Timmy Hornick started on the mound for the Indians, and was relieved in the 4th inning by Smith.

O-M centerfielder Addi Rhodes leaps for a fly ball,
knocks it into the air and then catches it. (Photo sequence by Doug Yeater)

O-M softball team drops a close one

ODESSA, April 16 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team rallied from a 6-run deficit Wednesday and almost overtook Candor before falling 7-6 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Odessa softball field.

Candor took the early lead, scoring twice in the 2nd inning, once in the 3rd and three times in the 5th to build a 6-0 lead. Odessa cut the deficit in half by scoring three runs in the 5th inning, but Candor scored a key run in the top of the 7th to boost its lead to four runs, 7-3.

O-M rallied again with three runs in the bottom of the 7th, but could not quite catch up. Candor finished with 10 hits and two errors, while O-M notched five hits and committed four errors.

Madison Lodge went the distance on the mound for the Indians, striking out five batters and walking three. Arianna Anderson pitched for Candor, striking out 15 batters and walking six.

Hits for O-M came from Dasia Herrmann (2-for-3 with a run scored), Nikki Crout (1-for-4 with a run scored), Ashley Kot (1-for-3 with a walk, 2 runs scored and an RBI), and Megan Jenkins (1-for-2 with 2 walks, a run scored and an RBI). Brianna Struble, who drew 2 walks, also scored a run, while Breeana Bentley and Grace Edger each had an RBI.

The Indians (now 0-2) return to action today (Thursday) at Newark Valley.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Breeana Bentley fouls off a pitch.
Bottom: The Indians' Madison Lodge went the distance on the mound.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse volleys.

Watkins tennis team loses, slips to 2-2

WATKINS GLEN, April 16 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team saw its record fall to 2-2 Wednesday when the Senecas dropped a 5-2 decision to Union Springs in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the WGHS tennis courts.

Victories for the Senecas came in doubles play, where William Pastrick and Jordan Shea defeated Nicole Marquart/Natalie Lynch 6-0, 6-1, and Keziah Fraboni and Makenna Fraboni defeated Danielle Haff/Michaela Lawrence 7-5, 5-2. The other doubles team, Kendra Larson/Paige Robbins, fell 2-6, 2-6.

In singles play, Watkins Glen's Luke Flahive, Liam Fitch and Hannah Morse lost in straight sets while Hannah Pulis fell in three, 4-6, 6-3, 4-6.

"We came into the match feeling pretty good after a nice win Tuesday," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, "but it was a tough day against a talented Union Springs team. Bright spots included the continued success of the Pastrick-Shea doubles team and the daily improvement of the sister duo of Makenna and Keziah Fraboni."

The Senecas return to action Friday at home against Trumansburg.

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

Watkins Glen's Liam Fitch (left) and Luke Flahive.

Watkins Glen's Dylan Platon (16) fires a shot on goal. (Photo by Kent Duane)

Watkins lacrosse team notches 2nd win

ELMIRA, April 16 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team notched its second win of the season Wednesday night, defeating Elmira Notre Dame 11-9 in a game at Notre Dame.

Scoring goals for the Senecas (2-6) were Matt Estes (3), Justin Duane (2), Brandon Gould (2), Lucas Wickham (2) and Ian Chedzoy (2). Assists were registered by Duane, Estes, Dylan Platon and Jake Kelly.

Chedzoy led in ground balls with 10. Goalie Bryce De La Osa Cruz registered 11 saves.

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

Left: Watkins Glen's Brandon Gould, left, and Victoria Wixson, right, battle for a ground ball. Right: The Senecas' Justin Duane (10) clears the ball. (Photos by Kent Duane)

Glen softball team falls to Union Springs

UNION SPRINGS, April 16 -- The Watkins Glen varsity softball team's record slipped to 0-2 Wednesday when the Senecas dropped a 15-1 decision to Union Springs in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

The Senecas, who registered seven hits, stayed close through four innings before Union Springs pulled away. The score was 3-1 entering the 5th, "and then the wheels came off," said Watkins Glen Coach Jim Scott.

Hits for the Senecas came from Katherine Meehan (2-for-4 with an RBI), Alexis Gonzalez (1-for-2), Nateah Cornish (1-for-3), Mikayla Rhoads (1-for-3), Bernadette Osbourne (1-for-2 with a run scored), and Allison Teed (1-for-3).

Watkins Glen returns to action Friday at home against Elmira Notre Dame.

O-M's Ryan Taylor is hit by a pitch.

O-M baseball team loses to Candor

ODESSA, April 16 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity baseball team's record slipped to 0-3 Wednesday when the Indians dropped a 20-6 decision to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M baseball field.

Candor scored twice in the 2nd inning, five times in the 3rd, and built a 13-6 lead with six more runs in the 4th. O-M failed to mount a challenge after that.

Joel Kelly was the starting pitcher for the Indians, going four innings. Cody Smith pitched the 5th inning and part of the 6th, when he was relieved by Jeremiah Holley.

Chris Foote led the Odessa offense with three hits.

The team is back in action today (Thursday) at Newark Valley.

Photo in text: O-M's Chris Foote slides home safely in the 1st inning. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

O-M shortstop Cody Daugherty throws to first to complete a double play after fielding a grounder and forcing out a Candor runner (right).

Golf: O-M girls compete at Tomasso's

WAVERLY, April 16 -- Gillian Clark led a trio of Odessa-Montour golfers with a 48 Wednesday in a Section IV competition involving several schools on the par-34 back-9 at Tomasso's golf course.

Clark teammates Catherine Rounds fired a 54, while Gabby Fazzary registered a 58.

Of those schools with the minimum number of four players required for a team score, Waverly led with a 210, while Moravia posted a 216, Johnson City 224, and Elmira 244. Medalists were Moravia's Lexie Stoyell and JC's Alice Zhang, each with a 46.

Glen baseball team loses to U. Springs

UNION SPRINGS, April 16 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity baseball team's record slipped to 0-3 Wednesday when the Senecas lost 14-4 to Union Springs in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Union Springs baseball field.

The Senecas took a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning, but Union Springs responded with six runs in the 2nd, two runs in the 4th, four runs in the 5th and two in the 6th. Watkins Glen scored its final run in the 6th.

Watkins Glen had five hits -- one each by Josh Updyke, James Updyke, Alex Sheesley, Mike Doane and Sean Kelly.

"The team played well tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Jerry Carocci, "but it's tough to overcome 9 walks and some timely hitting by Union Springs."

The Senecas are back in action Friday at home against Notre Dame. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Modified track results from WG meet

WATKINS GLEN, April 16 -- Athletes from Odessa-Montour, Spencer-Van Etten and Watkins Glen high schools competed Wednesday in a Modified track and field meet on the WGHS athletic field.

Those competitors from Watkins Glen and O-M who placed in the top three of their events were as follows:

Watkins Glen girls

Kai Sutterby – 1st 1500 M Run 5:47.7, 1st 800 M Run 2:48.4, 3rd High Jump 3’8”
Makenzie Kellogg – 2nd 1500 M Run 6:50.6
Allison Gibson – 1st Place 55 Meter Hurdles 11.6, 1st High Jump 4’2”
Monet Price – 1st 200 M Run 34.0
Haley Dean – 2nd 100 M Run 14.8, 1st 400 M Run 72.8, 1st Long Jump 11’7”
Maddie Suddaby – 2nd 200 M Run 34.4
Isabella Bond – 1st Shot Put 16’10.5”
Jena Slater- 1st Triple Jump 22’8.5”, 1st Pole Vault 5’6”

Watkins Glen boys

Casen Weeden – 2nd 100 M Run 15.0, 1st 200 M Run 30.5, 1st Shot Put 31’1”
Shawn Joslyn – 1st 400 M Run 69.8

O-M boys

James Morrell – 1st 100M Run 14.9, 2nd 200 M Run 31.0
Jacob Mayette – 3rd 100M Run 15.6
Preston Harris – 2nd 55 M Hurdles 10.6
Andy Hartford – 3rd 55M Hurdles 10.7, 1st 200 M Hurdles 33.8
Clayton Zinger – 3rd 400 M Run 76.3
Micah Brewster – 3rd 200 M Run 34.9
Sterner Rhys – 3rd Shot Put 18’5”
Grover Paden – 2nd High Jump 4’4”

O-M girls

Hunter Daugherty – 2nd place 55 M hurdles 12.0, 2nd High Jump 3’8”
Kara Reese – 3rd 55 M hurdles 12.3, 2nd 800 M Run 3:03.8
Rowan Hollenbeck – 1st 200 M Hurdles 39.7, 3rd 200 M Hurdles 36.2

Searles, Roberts lead O-M girls to win

SPENCER, April 15 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity track team got four wins each from Hailie Searles and Dana Roberts Tuesday as the Indians topped Spencer-Van Etten 94-42 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the S-VE track. Notre Dame also competed, but in a non-scoring role..

Searles won the 1500 (in 5:40.6), the 3000 (12:57) and the Triple Jump (27'10") and was on the winning 4x800 Relay squad with Hailie Perraut, April Dunn and Courtney Brown.

Roberts won the 100 Hurdles (17.0), the 400 Hurdles (1:13.2), the 200 (28.1) and the Long Jump (14'8").

Other firsts came from Dunn in the 800 (2:52.3), Hannah Bruno in the 400 (1:09.4) and Britney Visscher in the Pole Vault (6'), and by the 4x400 Relay team of Dunn, Nadia Simpson, Bruno and Meagen Terry.

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

Left: Watkins Glen's Bridgette Guild throws the discus. Right: The Senecas' Patrick Hazlitt on the way to winning the 1600 Meter Run.

Watkins track teams fall to Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, April 15 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity track teams dropped Interscholastic Athletic Conference decisions to Waverly Tuesday in a meet on the WGHS athletic complex.

The Waverly boys topped the Senecas 73-57, while the Waverly girls won 99-42.

Place finishers for the Watkins Glen girls:

De’naja Blanchard: 3rd 100 Hurdles, 2nd 100 Meter Run, 2nd Long Jump;
Claire McManus: 1st Triple Jump
Isobel Scheffey: 3rd 100 Meter Run, 3rd 400 Meter Run
Maggie Bond: 1st 1500 Meter Run (personal best of 5:21.7), 2nd 3000 Meter Run
Taylor Kennard: 1st 3000 Meter Run, 2nd in High Jump
Alexandra Joslyn: 2nd Discus
Katie Taylor: 3rd Discus
Sonja Pruitt: 2nd Shot Put
Bridgette Guild: 3rd Shot Put
Julia Reilly: 2nd Pole Vault
Samantha Shea: 3rd Pole Vault

Place finisher for the Watkins Glen boys:

Paradiso, Planty, Holland and Carocci: 1st 4x800 Relay
Ryan Pruitt: 3rd 100 Meter Run, 2nd 200 Meter, 1st Triple Jump
Patrick Hazlitt: 1st 1600 Meter Run, 1st 400 Meter Run, 3rd High Jump
Sean Holland: 3rd 1600 Meter Run, 3rd Shot Put
Aidan Debolt: 3rd 400 Meter, 2nd Discus
Kevin Kernan: 1st 400 Meter Hurdles, 3rd Long Jump
Shawn Rutledge: 3rd 400 Meter Hurdles, 1st 3200 Meter
Jacob Carocci: 1st 800 Meter, 2nd Shot Put, 2nd High Jump
Cameron Connelly: 3rd 800 Meter
Gabe Planty: 2nd 3200 Meter

The teams' five seniors were also recongnized, this being the only home meet of the track and field season. Honorees were Kevin Kernan, Noah Wigmore, Alexandra Joslyn, Sonja Pruitt and Taylor Kennard.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kennard clears the bar in the High Jump.

Middle: The Senecas' Aidan DeBolt races on the third leg of the 4x100.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge wins the 3200 Meter Race. (Photo by George Rutledge)

Left: Watkins Glen's Sean Holland competes in the Shot Put. Right: Samantha Shea vaults.

From left: Watkins Glen's De'naja Blanchard, Isobel Scheffey and Maggie Bond.

O-M boys post track win over S-VE

SPENCER, April 15 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity track team improved to 2-0 Tuesday when it defeated Spencer-Van Etten 88-53 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the S-VE track.

"We had great performances all the way around," said O-M Coach Skip Strobel. "I'm very, very happy with this group."

Odessa got three wins from Andy Fudala -- in the 110 Meter Hurdles (17.2), 400 Meter Hurdles (1:07.8) and Pole Vault (9') -- and wins from Luke Eberhardt in the 800 (2:20.4), Noah Brewster in the 3000 (12:56), and Bryce Elliott in the Shot Put (37'1.5").

The Indians return to action at home next Tuesday against Tioga.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Pulis (left) and Hannah Morse on the way to victories.

Glen tennis team edges Newark Valley

WATKINS GLEN, April 15 -- The Watkins Glen varsity tennis team improved its season mark to 2-1 Tuesday when it defeated Newark Valley 4-3 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the WGHS tennis courts.

"In a match involving two basically evenly matched teams," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, "I was very impressed with the way we were able to persevere and get the victory. There were several very close matches that could have gone either way. Liam Fitch hit some great shots today and played a tough match against a talented opponent. Hannah Pulis showed tremendous grit in fighting back for an important win. William Pastrick and Jordan Shea had to work very hard against the Newark Valley number-one doubles team but played really well in the decisive third set. This is a competitive group of young players who are improving with each practice and game."

Watkins Glen won three of the four singles matches, with Luke Flahive topping Maddie Burns 6-0, 6-0, Hannah Morse defeating Megean Diego 6-1, 6-1, and Pulis topping Amy Giblin 1-6, 6-1, 7-5. Fitch sustained a 6-7, 4-6 loss.

In doubles, Pastrick and Shea topped Tara Birkmeyer/Cayli Young 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Doubles losses were sustained by the Watkins teams of Kendra Larson/Paige Robbins (7-5, 2-6, 1-6) and Megan Hazlitt/Hannah Matusicky (0-6, 2-6).

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Liam Fitch sends a volley on its way.

Glen baseball team falls to C-S, 8-4

CAMPBELL, April 15 -- The Watkins Glen varsity baseball team slipped to 0-2 Tuesday when it dropped an 8-4 non-league decision to Campbell-Savona on the C-S baseball field.

Hits for Watkins Glen came from John Smith (2), Alex Sheesley and Josh Updyke. Justin Kelly and Smith shared pitching duties, strikeing out 13 batters while walking 6 and allowing 6 hits.

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Union Springs. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Golf: Glen girls 3rd at Willowcreek

BIG FLATS, April 15 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity golf team finished third among three teams competing Tuesday in a Section IV golf match at Willowcreek Golf Course.

Lansing took first place with a 206 total, while Horseheads was second at 211 and Watkins Glen third at 213.

Halle Phillips led the Senecas with a 47, while Hanley Elliott posted a 48, Courtney Irwin 54, Megan Hoy 64, Gabi Decker 65, and Alexis Atchie 78.

The medalist was Horseheads' Madalyn Owen with a 46. Next came Phillips and Elliott, then Lansing's Olivia Longhouse and Katherine Babuka (49 each).

The Senecas return to action at Willowcreek on Friday.

Photo in text: Watkins' Hanley Elliott follows through on a shot. (Photo by Steve Decker)

O-M golfers drop opener to N. Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, April 15 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team opened its season on a losing note Tuesday, dropping a 272-302 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Grandview Farms Golf Course par-35 front 9.

Tyler Clark led the Indians with a 47, while James Terry registered a 51, Trey McCarty 62, Noah Angle 70, and Brandon Ray 72.

"This was not only our first match, but the first time some of our guys have ever kept score for nine holes," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "so to say we are inexperienced would certainly be an understatement.

"But they're learning and enjoying the game, so I expect the scores to improve dramatically as the season progresses."

O-M's Jeremiah Holley fields a throw as a Newfield runner slides safely into second.

O-M baseball team falls to Newfield

ODESSA, April 14 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity baseball team's record slipped to 0-2 Monday when it dropped a 9-0 decision to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M baseball field.

The Indians managed just two hits -- one each by Cody Daugherty and Joel Kelly. Daugherty also registered a stolen base.

Mitchell Scata started on the mound for Odessa, completing four innings. Tim Hornick relieved in the 5th, and pitched the 6th. Cody Frederick was the winning pitcher for Newfield.

O-M returns to action Wednesday at home against Candor. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

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Above right: O-M catcher Chris Foote tags out Newfield's Logan King (19) at the plate.

O-M pitchers Mitch Scata (left) and Tim Hornick. (Photo on right by Doug Yeater)

O-M first baseman Joel Kelly catches a pickoff throw from pitcher Mitch Scata as a Newfield baserunner dives safely back to first base. Scata later picked off a runner.

Watkins softball team opens with a loss

WAVERLY, April 14 -- The Watkins Glen varsity softball team opened its season on a losing note Monday, falling to Waverly 13-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly softball field.

Waverly surged in front early, scoring three runs in the 1st inning, two in the 2nd and seven off of three Watkins Glen errors in the 3rd. The Wolverines added a run in the 6th.

The Senecas scored their lone run in the 7th inning, on a single by Katherine Meehan (the team's only hit), a walk to Amanda Cherock, a fielder's choice and an error.

Alexis Gonzalez went the distance on the mound for Watkins Glen, striking out three batters and walking just one.

Watkins returns to action Wednesday at Union Springs, and hosts Notre Dame on Friday.

Safe at Home

Odessa-Montour softball player Ashley Kot (14) slides home safely in a scrimmage Monday against the Newfield junior varsity on the O-M softball field. It was the Indians' first chance to use their field, after a season-opening road loss at Notre Dame. Odessa hosts its home opener Wednesday against Candor.

Watkins baseball team falls to Waverly

WAVERLY, April 14 -- The Watkins Glen varsity baseball team opened its season Monday with a 26-1 loss to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly baseball field.

The Senecas registered just two hits -- one each by Aaron Planty and Sean Kelly. James Updyke scored the lone Watkins Glen run.

Josh Updyke, Planty, James Updyke and Dayne Hughey shared the pitching duties, with Josh Updyke taking the loss.

Watkins returns to action today (Tuesday) with a non-league game at Campbell-Savona starting at 4:30 p.m.

O-M tennis team loses to Union Springs

UNION SPRINGS, April 14 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team fell 6-1 Monday to Union Springs in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match.

The lone victory for the Indians came from Curtis Harris, who defeated Austin Tardibone 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 1 singles match.

In other singles, Andy Doan fell 2-6, 1-6 to Ian Park, Manley Gavich lost 1-6, 2-6 to Ryan Cabal, and Cameron Adams dropped an 0-6, 0-6 decision to Connor Coleman.

In doubles, Brooke Collins/Billy Tague lost 3-6, 1-6 to Nicole Marcourt/Natalie Lynch, Kate Ross/Sarah Norton lost 1-6, 4-6 to Jasmine Jackson/Cassie Brown, and Alec Betts/Bronwyn Stermer fell 6-4, 4-6, 1-6 to Danielle Haft/Michela Lawrence.

Athletes of the Week: Fudala, Roberts

SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 12 -- Odessa-Montour track standouts Andy Fudala and Dana Roberts are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Fudala posted four victories in the Indians' season-opening victory over Newfield, and was on a school record-setting Shuttle Hurdles team at the Campbell-Savona Relays. Roberts won three times against Newfield, with a fourth event rained out, and posted a win and two seconds at Campbell.

Double Honorable: O-M track's Luke Eberhardt, Bryce Elliott, Zach Elliot and Nadia Simpson, and Watkins Glen golfer Halle Phillips.

Honorable Mention: Another 31 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools.

Photos: Dana Roberts in the Long Jump, Andy Fudala in the Hurdles vs. Newfield.

O-M boys 2nd at Campbell Relays

CAMPBELL, April 11 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity track team placed second Saturday behind Bath at the Holly Hain Memorial Relays at Campbell-Savona.

Bath finished with 144 points to O-M's 108. They were followed by Avoca (58), Addison (56), Watkins Glen (43), Jasper-Troupsburg (37), and Campbell-Savona (32).

O-M relay teams placing in the top three were:

4x800 Meters: 1st place (Nick Sgrecci, Luke Eberhardt, Justin Hickey, Zach Elliott)
4x200 Meters: 1st place (Chad Sykes, Jimmy Randolph, Brandon Voorhees, Jake Edger)
4x100 Meters: 2nd place (Chad Sykes, Jimmy Randolph, Brandon Voorhees, Jake Edger)
4x400 Meters: 2nd place (Chad Sykes, Andy Fudala, Jimmy Randolph, Nick Sgrecci)

O-M's Eberhardt also took first place in the Steeplechase, while the team of Fudala, Randolph, Sykes and Eberhardt won the Shuttle Hurdles with a school record time of 1:17.0. The old record was 1:17.68 was set by Mike Hughey, Tyler Walrath, Dominick Chapman and Chris Husted.

Also winning: Bryce Elliott and his brother Zach in the Discus Relay and Shot Put Relay.

O-M girls 3rd at Campbell-Savona Relays

CAMPBELL, April 11 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity track team finished third among seven teams Saturday at the Holly Hain Memorial Relays at Campbell-Savona.

Bath won the team competition with 122 points, followed by Addison (106), O-M (80), Watkins Glen (55), Jasper-Troupsburg (38), Campbell-Savona (37), and Avoca (20).

First-place finishes were posted by Odessa in the:

High Jump Relay: Rosie Peckham and Amy Fudala with a combined 8'6"
Pole Vault Relay: Britney Visscher and Hailie Perraut with a combined 11'
Shuttle Hurdles: Dana Roberts, Amy Fudala, Callie Stillman and Kennedey Heichel

Second-place finishes were registered by April Dunn in the Steeplechase, Dana Roberts/Meagen Terry in the Long Jump, the quartet of Terry, Heichel, Hannah Bruno and Nadia Simpson in the 4x100 and 4x200, and Terry, Roberts, Bruno and Perraut in the 4x400.

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

Watkins girls 4th at Campbell Relays

CAMPBELL, April 11 -- The shorthanded Watkins Glen High School girls varsity track team placed 4th Saturday at the Holly Hain Memorial Relays at Campbell-Savona.

The Senecas, with several girls on a school trip to New York City, placed fourth with 55 points behind Bath (122), Addison (106) and Odessa-Montour (80), and ahead of Jasper-Troupsburg, Campbell-Savona and Avoca.

The Watkins Glen 4x1600 Relay team of Clara Chedzoy, Cambria Weeden, Taylor Kennard and Maggie Bond took first place in 25:19.1.

The Discus Relay duo of Bridgette Guild and Sonja Pruitt placed second.

Third places were posted :by the 4x800 Relay team (Kali Bond, Kennard, Bond and Chedzoy), the 4x100 Relay team (Ashley Palmer, De'naja Blancard, Joelle Slater and Isobel Scheffey), the Distance Medley team (Chedzoy, Bond, Kennard and Weeden), the 4x200 Relay team (Mckala VanBrocklin, Palmer, Slater and Scheffey), the Sprint Medley team (Blanchard, Liza Carnes, Slater and Scheffey), and the Triple Jump duo of Chedzoy and Bond.

Watkins boys place 5th at C-S Relays

CAMPBELL, April 11 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity track team finished in 5th place Saturday at the annual Holly Hain Memorial Relays at Campbell-Savona.

Bath placed first with 144 points to O-M's 108. They were followed by Avoca (58), Addison (56), Watkins Glen (43), Jasper-Troupsburg (37), and Campbell-Savona (32).

Finishing first for the Senecas were the 4x1600 Relay team of Jacob Carocci, Gabe Planty, Brandon Pike and Patrick Hazlitt (21:16.5) and the Long Jump Relay team of Ryan Pruitt and Jared Sandritter.

Finishing second was the mid-distance Medley Relay team of Hazlitt, Pruitt, Pike and Cameron Connelly (4:35.3).

Watkins Glen's William Pastrick smashes a return volley. His doubles team won.

Watkins tennis team tops O-M, 6-1

WATKINS GLEN, April 10 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team evened its record at 1-1 Thursday by defeating Odessa-Montour 6-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the WGHS tennis courts.

"It was a difficult day with some pretty awful weather conditons," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, "but the kids played pretty well. The team is improving every day and I'm proud of their commitment to getting better."

The only match to go three sets was between the No. 1 players on each squad, with O-M's Curtis Harris prevailing over Watkins' Luke Flahive, 6-3, 0-6, 6-4.

"It was really fun watching that match," said Morse. "Two terrific athletes who came to play. In all, it was a good day for Watkins Glen."

Watkins Glen won all of the other matches, as follows:

--Liam Fitch over Manley Gavich, 6-4, 6-3.
--Hannah Morse over Cameron Adams, 6-0,6-0.
--Hannah Pulis over Sarah Norton 6-0, 6-0.
--William Pastrick and Jordan Shea over Brooke Collins/Billy Tague, 6-4, 6-3.
--Kendra Larson/Paige Robbins over Bronwyn Stermer/Kate Ross, 6-0, 6-1.
--Keziah Fraboni/Makenna Fraboni over Alec Betts/Syria Tague, 6-0, 6-1.

Odessa-Montour, now 0-2, returns to action at Union Springs on Monday. Watkins Glen plays Tuesday at home against Newark Valley.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Luke Flahive reaches for the ball in his No.1 singles match.
Bottom: O-M's Curtis Harris volleys in his match against Flahive. Harris won.

Left: O-M's Manley Gavich awaits the serve of Liam Fitch. Right: Watkins' Hannah Morse.

Golf: Watkins girls tie for 2nd in opener

WAVERLY, April 10 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team opened its season Thursday by going 1-1-1 in a four-team Section IV match at Tomasso's golf course in Waverly.

The Senecas tied Horseheads for second place with a 212 score, five strokes behind first-place Waverly. Lansing was fourth with a 229 on a day that was cold, windy, and capped off with rain on the last few holes..

Watkins Glen's Halle Phillips was the day's low scorer with a 44, just ahead of Horseheads' Madalyn Owen. Alex Tomasso of Waverly was third with a 46, while Corning's Emily Cunningham registered a 49 and Horseheads' Kristina Eisenhart a 50.

Other scores for the Senecas included a 54 by Hanley Elliott, a 54 by Courtney Irwin, a 60 by Megan Hoy, a 72 by Gabi Decker and an 82 by Meghan Hayes.

"Considering the girls have only played about six practice holes on a closed course, they did quite well," said Watkins Glen Coach Diane Wood.

The Senecas return to action today (Friday) at Endwell Greens in Johnson City.

O-M's Bryce Elliott competes in the Shot Put. He placed second there, and won the Discus.

O-M track opens with wins

Boys, girls top Newfield in storm-shortened meet

ODESSA, March 9 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity track teams defeated Newfield Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference division meet at O-M's Charles Martin Field that was ended early by a downpour, with lightning in the distance.

Watkins Glen also competed in the meet, but on a scrimmage basis, filling a bye in its schedule.

O-M Athletic Manager Skip Strobel said that since neither the Newfield boys nor girls could win the meet given the score at the time of the stoppage, both schools determined it was pointless to complete the event at a later date.

Thus the scores through the completed events stand -- the O-M boys defeating Newfield 82-25 and the O-M girls winning 70-34.

Andy Fudala led the Odessa boys with four wins, while Dana Roberts paced the girls with three. Nadia Simpson notched two victories.

Factoring in Watkins Glen's individual performances, Odessa boys took first place in the:

--110 Hurdles, Andy Fudala in 17.5
--100 Meters, Chad Sykes in 11.9
--1600 Meter Run, Luke Eberhardt in 5:35.2
--400 Meter Hurdles, Andy Fudala in 1:08.8
--High Jump, Andy Fudala at 5 feet
--Pole Vault, Andy Fudala and Luke Eberhardt at 7 feet
--Shot Put, Zach Elliott at 36'5"
--Discus, Bryce Elliott at 119'2"

The Odessa girls, meanwhile, took first places in:

--100 Hurdles, Dana Roberts in 17.7
--100 Meters, Nadia Simpson in 13.8
--400 Meters, Dana Roberts in 1:11.4
--800 Meters, April Dunn in 3:00.4
--200 Meters, Nadia Simpson in 30.0
--Pole Vault, Britney Visscher at 6 feet
--Long Jump, Dana Roberts at 13'10"
--Discus, Callie Stillman at 57'11"

Among the events not completed: the girls Triple Jump and Shot Put, the boys 200, the 3000 and 3200 Meters, and the 4x400 Relays.

Watkins Glen posted first places in:

--4x800 Relays, both boys and girls
--Girls 1500 Meters, Maggie Bond in 5:31.1
--4x100 Relays, both boys and girls
--Boys 800 Meters, Jacob Carocci in 2:21.4

Photos in text: O-M's Dana Roberts on the way to victory in the Long Jump, and the Indians' Andy Fudala en route to victory in the 110 Meter Hurdles.

Left: Watkins' Isobel Scheffey at start of the 100, where she finished second in 13.81, just behind Nadia Simpson's 13.80. Right: O-M's Callie Stillman in the 400 Meter Hurdles.

Left: Watkins Glen's Maggie Bond in the 1500 Meters, which she won. Right: Watkins' Liza Carnes on the way to fourth place in the Discus.

Runners take off as the gun sounds in the girls' 100 Meter Run.

Left: O-M's Charles Sidle at start of the 100. He finished fourth. Right: Watkins Glen's Kevin Kernan at start of the 4x100, won by his squad.

O-M's Nadia Simpson, left, on the way to edging Watkins' Isobel Scheffey in the 100.
(Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: O-M's Luke Eberhardt leads Watkins' Jacob Carocci in the 800, but Carocci won in 2:21.4 to Eberhardt's 2:22.6. Right: Watkins' Clara Chedzoy in the 800. She finished third.

Watkins' Samantha Shea clears a hurdle en route to 4th place in the 100 Meter Hurdles.
(Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: O-M's Brooke Collins volleys during a doubles match. Right: Odessa's Andy Doan.

O-M tennis team falls to TAE in opener

ODESSA, April 7 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity tennis team lost its season opener 7-0 to Thomas A. Edison Monday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the O-M tennis courts.

The results:

1st Singles: Michael Beach (TAE) defeated Curtis Harris (O-M), 6-3, 7-5.
2nd Singles: Joshua Gublo (TAE) defeated Andy Doan (O-M), 6-0, 6-1.
3rd Singles: Zach Root (TAE) defeated Billy Tague (O-M), 6-0, 6-0.
4th Singles: Anthony Forte (TAE) defeated Sarah Norton (O-M), 6-0, 6-0.
1st Doubles: Hunter Farley & Olivia Thresher (TAE) defeated Manley Gavich & Kate Ross (O-M), 6-1, 6-0.
2nd Doubles: Samantha Goodwin & Anthony Torres (TAE) defeated Cameron Adams & Brooke Collins (O-M), 6-3, 6-0.
3rd Doubles: Keith Beach & Mike Kolwulich (TAE) defeated Alec Betts & Bronwyn Stermer (O-M), 6-1, 6-1.

Photo in text: O-M's Curtis Harris in action Monday.

Watkins Glen tennis team opens with loss

LANSING, April 7 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team opened its season on a losing note Monday, falling to Lansing 7-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Lansing tennis courts.

In singles, Luke Flahive lost 1-6, 3-6 to Zoli Csaki, Liam Fitch fell 0-6, 0-6 to Nick Parkes, Hannah Morse lost 4-6, 0-6 to Ryan Buchanan, and Hannah Pulis dropped a 3-6, 7-6, 0-6 decision to Ethan Buchanan.

In doubles, the team of William Pastrick-Paige Robbins lost 0-6, 1-6 to Max Arramis-Chris Robinson, the team of Kendra Larson-Jordan Shea fell 2-6, 2-6 to Emily Schweitzer-Matt Robinson, and the duo of Keziah Fraboni-Makenna Fraboni lost 0-6, 0-6 to Skye Richardson-Sarah Gisler.

"In our first match re-launching our Watkins Glen tennis program," said Coach Scott Morse, "the kids played with a lot of heart against a much more experienced team. It was a great learning experience which should help them improve as the season progresses."

Watkins Glen lacrosse team blanked by M-E

ENDWELL, April 7 -- The Watkins Glen varsity lacrosse team fell to Maine-Endwell 23-0 Monday in a road contest.

M-E's Tyler Thompson scored eight goals to lead the Spartans over Watkins, which was outhsot 44-11.

Bryce De La Osa Cruz registered 15 saves tor the Senecas.

O-M baseball team opens with loss at ND

ELMIRA, April 1 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity baseball team started its season on a losing note Wednesday, falling to Elmira Notre Dame 18-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the ND baseball field.

The Indians got one hit apiece from Joel Kelly and Cody Daugherty, each of whom also stole two bases. Jeremiah Holley also registered a steal.

Mitchell Scata, Daugherty and Kelly pitched for Odessa.

O-M softball team falls to Notre Dame

ELMIRA, April 1 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team lost 22-1 to Elmira Notre Dame Wednesday in a season-opening game on the ND softball field.

The contest, terminated by the so-called "mercy rule" after five innings, saw the Crusaders score in each inning -- four times in the 1st inning, and then five, six, four and three runs. Odessa scored its run in the bottom of the 5th.

O-M got a single each from Ashley Kot and Addi Rhodes. Brianna Struble pitched three innings for the Indians, and Maddison Lodge pitched two innings.

Watkins Glen's Austin Dalrymple (center) moves the ball, with teammate Brandon Gould nearby (in the background on the right). (Photo by Kent Duane)

Glen lacrosse team wins, improves to 1-1

ELMIRA, March 31 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team lifted its record to 1-1 Monday when it defeated the Elmira Express JV team 8-5 at Marty Harrigan Field in Elmira.

Watkins' Matt Estes led the Seneca scoring with three goals, while Jordan Rappleye, Ian Chedzoy, Bradley Eslick, Brandon Gould and Lucas Wickham registered one each. Assists were recorded by Alec Clarkson and Lucas Wickham.

Justin Duane led the Senecas in ground balls with 7. Bryce De La Osa Cruz netted 6 saves at goalie.

Varsity head coach Nils Watson said that excellent effort and aggressive play is paying off for the young Senecas squad, now in its second season. “We see a huge improvement over where we were a year ago," he said. "We expect to continue improving with every game.”

The Senecas lost their season opener 9-2 last Wednesday to Oneonta. The game was played at Hartwick College. Scoring for the Senecas were Estes and Chedzoy.

Watkins returns to action today (Tuesday) at Chenango Forks before its first home game of the season Thursday against Johnson City at 4:30 p.m.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Ian Chedzoy scores a goal (top); Seneca defenders Justin Duane (10), Zach Kelly (25) and Bryce De La Osa Cruz (in goal). (Photos by Kent Duane)

Model Car Show concludes

Auto World's Koveleski reminisces in Center talk

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, March 29 -- The International Motor Racing Research Center hosted its 2nd Annual Model Car Show from Friday through Sunday (March 29).

Oscar Koveleski (right), co-creator of Auto World, the beacon for model car hobbyists of all ages in the 1960s, '70s and '80s, spoke Saturday.

Admission to the show was free. The Racing Research Center is located at 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen.

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

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

Koveleski's Saturday talk attracted an audience of almost 100 to the Watkins Glen Elementary School auditorium in the building next door to the Research Center. The talk -- an informal, entertaining presentation -- focused on Auto World, the mail-order company Koveleski co-founded in 1958, after growing up in his father's Scranton, Pa., hobby shop and model manufacturing business. Koveleski says the first catalogs, in 1959, were produced by him and his wife, Elaine, on their kitchen table and an ironing board.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos in text: Oscar Koveleski speaking Saturday; copies of Auto World publications; and one of several tabletop displays of model cars at the Center over the weekend.

Jerlando's donates $1,000 to soccer club

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

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

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

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

WGI, Cornell Racing partnership renewed

Special to The Odessa File

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watkins Glen's Colin Gates
is our Schuyler Winter MVP

All-Schuyler All-Star team unveiled

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Odessa File
All-Schuyler All-Stars

1st Team

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

2nd Team

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

3rd Team

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

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

Watkins Glen girls fall, 46-34

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

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

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

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

Other points came from:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos in text:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Training on Seneca

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

WGHS committee seeks HOF nominations

Special to The Odessa File

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

Criteria:

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

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

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

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

Winter athletes honored at WGHS

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

The Most Valuable Players were:

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

Athlete of the Week: Madison Gates

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

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

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

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

Craig averages 160 at State tourney

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Glen girls win Section 4 title

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos in text:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hazlitt places 22nd at States

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

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

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

The ecstasy turns to agony

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

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

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

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

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

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

And then came the fourth quarter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And now this.

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

He paused.

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

Another pause, then this:

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

A final pause.

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

Photos in text:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Glen boys hold off Moravia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photos in text:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watkins girls top Lansing

Post 51-46 victory, advance to Section IV final

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

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

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

But this was a full team effort.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos in text:

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

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

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

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

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

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

O-M youth basketball ends its season

Special to
The Odessa File

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

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

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

The Cookie's Construction team (above right):

Front from left: Gina Gavich, Lance Reese.

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

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

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The Watkins Supply team (right):

Front: Benson Patterson

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

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

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

Athletes of the Week: 5 from Watkins

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

This week, we honor the following:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hazlitt advances, Slater shines at Qualifier

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

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

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

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

Other finishes for Watkins Glen included:

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

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

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

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

Watkins boys rout Greene

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos in text:

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

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

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

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

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

Watkins cheerleaders win big at Horseheads

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

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

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

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

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

Gould places 4th at State Wrestling

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

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

At the State Wrestling Championships in Albany:

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

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

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

Among other Schuyler wrestlers:

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

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

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

At the State Swimming Championships at Ithaca College:

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

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

Photos in text:

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

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

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

Glen girls top Notre Dame, reach Section IV semifinals

Pike leads way with 20 points in 45-25 victory

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other scoring came from:

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

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

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

Photos in text:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shutter commits to Wilmington University

Special to The Odessa File

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

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

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

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

Photo in text: Morgan Shutter. (Photo provided)

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

O-M boys fall to SC, 61-48

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watkins boys have top seed in Class C

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

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

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

Glen girls have No. 2 seed in Class C

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

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

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

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

O-M girls' rally falls short

Indians lose Section IV opener to Schenevus, 54-52

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos in text:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Suddaby advances to Regionals in diving

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

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

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

Athletes: Bowler, 5 basketball players

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

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

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

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

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

Teeter plays key role as CCC wins title

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

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

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

Youth program crowns its champions

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

3rd-4th Grades

Championship Game:

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

Consolation Games:

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

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

5th-6th Grades

Championship Game:

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

Consolation Games:

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

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

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

O-M boys end season at bowling Qualifier

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

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

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

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

Lucy Craig tops field at Qualifier, advances to States

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watkins boys win IAC title

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos in text:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Odessa girls fall to Southern Cayuga

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JV girls lose title game, 37-34

Whitney Point tops Glen for IAC Large Schools crown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos in text:

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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