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Watkins Glen goalkeeper Conner Novinsky, right, makes a save on a Newark shot.

WGHS lacrosse team preps with scrimmage

WATKINS GLEN, March 21, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team scrimmaged Newark High School's team Thursday at home in preparation for the start of the regular season.

Watkins Coach Nils Watson said he was pleased with his team's performance -- it was outplaying Newark -- and said the squad is improved with the addition of more experienced players than it has had in the past.

The first official game is scheduled for March 27 at Mynderse Academy in Seneca Falls. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dylan Markley (10, left) prepares to unleash a shot that resulted in a goal.

Center program focus: Open Wheel Madness

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, March 20, 2019 -- Auto racing in the early part of the 20th century was much like the automobile itself: new, exciting, and very dangerous. It captured the imagination of almost everyone. Drivers were brave, daring, talented, and considered quite foolhardy. The dusty ovals and the wickedly fast board tracks made heroes of some and widows of others. It was an era of racing quite unlike any other.

It was truly “Open Wheel Madness,” and the International Motor Racing Research Center will relive it with a Center Conversations program at the IMRRC on Saturday, March 23.

Speakers include:

-- Herb Anastor, who was a sportswriter and columnist at "The Vineland Times Journal/The Daily Journal" from 1970-1991, a contributing editor at "Stock Car Racing" and "Open Wheel" magazines for 20 years, and has been a feature writer at "Area Auto Racing News" since 1978. In 2016, he appeared on Ray Evernham's "AmeriCarna" TV show for a half-hour segment on board track racing.

-- Stephen Bubb, who has been involved in all factions of racing, including pit crew, results writer, corner flagman, assistant starter and track announcer over the span of many decades. His column "Bubb's Bits" continues to run in "Area Auto Racing News." He is currently the head librarian at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing in York Springs, PA.

Center Conversations are open to the public and free to attend. Light refreshments are served after the presentations.

Photo in text: Cars on hand at the IMRRC in conjunction with the March 23 program. (Photo provided)

The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team poses after returning home from the NYSPHSAA Final Four in Troy.

Watkins girls welcomed home from States

WATKINS GLEN, March 17, 2019 -- Scores of family, friends and admirers were waiting for the Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team upon its return home Sunday morning from its second-place finish in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Final Four at Hudson Valley Community College.

The girls, though tired and disappointed by their title-game loss, smiled and posed for photos and accepted congratulations for a phenomenal season. Cambridge defeated the Senecas, 57-43, in the championship game Saturday night.

"This is a great team," Coach Alicia Learn told the crowd. "We had lots of great times."

The team stayed overnight in Troy after the game, departing for home around 7 a.m. Sunday and arriving -- accompanied by Watkins Glen and Hector fire trucks and sirens -- at the WGHS Field House at around 11:15.

Photos in text:

Top: From left, team standouts Danielle Leszyk, Hannah Morse and Taylor Kelly pose with the State Tournament Finalist plaque they brought back from Troy.
Bottom: Coach Alicia Learn addresses the crowd in the Field House.

Well-wishers who greeted the team upon its arrival outside filed into the Field House for speeches and photos.

Watkins Glen Schools Superintendent Greg Kelahan congratulates the Senecas during Sunday's gathering in the WGHS Field House gym.

Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon inbounds the ball as Cambridge's Fiona Mooney leaps.

Glen girls fall in finale, 57-43

TROY, March 17, 2019 -- The disappointment was etched on their faces, and in the tears falling down the cheeks of a few of them.

The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team walked off the court Saturday night without the prize they had coveted -- the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class C championship.

That went instead to Cambridge -- located about an hour from the tournament site: Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. The seore was 57-43, which belied how close the game was through three quarters. As in many close games, late fouls to try and stem the tide worked in favor of the team being fouled. Cambridge converted 6 of 10 such shots in the closing 1:12 to ice the game and the title.

Any number of bad things can turn the tide: fouls called early against one of your key players, cold shooting, a hot team with a propensity for disupting their opponents' rhythm, and uneven crowd support. That's why home-court is an advantage.

In this case, Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly was whistled in the first 16 seconds, and was pulled with 2:16 left in the first period when she was called for a second foul. She didn't return until the second half.

The cold shooting came, oddly enough, upon her return. She could no longer find the range (after hitting two 3-pointers in the first period), and Danielle Leszyk likewise was struggling to find the cylinder after scoring all 11 of her points in the first half, including three 3-pointers. Drives up the lane were met with heavy traffic and the long, long arms of Cambridge's Phillips sisters, Lilly and Sophie.

Even so, somehow -- largely thanks to its own defense -- Watkins Glen (down 32-31 at halftime) stayed close, closing a 40-35 deficit with 3:11 left in the third quarter down to 41-39 at the end of the period.

Cambridge -- a very hot team with 22 straight wins and only one loss all season -- extended the lead to 44-39 at 5:36 of the fourth quarter and then to 50-39 two minutes later on a two-pointer, a free throw and a 3-pointer. Kelly scored and converted a free throw at 1:54 to cut the deficit to eight points, 50-42, but any thoughts of a miracle comeback like the one that carried the Senecas to the title two years earlier (overcoming a 16-point deficit in the final period) evaporated as Cambridge scored, as it had all night, on a layup. The Indians were proficient on the offensive board, and it cost the Senecas repeatedly.

From there, the foul shots granted Cambridge widened the gap to the final 14-point spread.

Leszyk and Adrienna Solomon led Watkins scorers with 11 points each, while Kelly registered 10 points, Morse 9, and Kelsey Kernan 2. The team was 3-for-4 from the foul line. Cambridge converted 12 of 19 free throws as two Watkins players -- Kernan and Solomon -- fouled out while Kelly and Morse each had four fouls.

As for the crowd, Watkins Glen attracted a sizable contingent that drove the three-and-a-half hours to cheer on their team, but Cambridge had twice as many fans, filling the bleachers across the gym from Watkins Glen's. It looked a bit like Santa Anna's trooops as they massed to attack the Alamo. The noise level at times was as unnerving as when Santa Anna's troops played "No Quarter' before attacking.

But it was the Cambridge players themselves who got it done -- a defensive minded squad with the Phillips twins reaching very high to swat away several shots, forcing the Senecas to a long-ball attack that just wasn't working on this night -- at least after intermission. Watkins finished with six 3-pointers, all in the first half.

Notes:

--Leszyk and Morse were named to the All-Tournament team, which included Cambridge's Phillips sisters and Millbrook's Erin Fox. Solomon received a Sportsmanship Award.

--The Senecas were staying the night in a Marriott hotel, and returning by bus this morning (Sunday), with arrival home expected about noon.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse drives to the basket in traffic.
Second: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk prepares to shoot. She made the basket.
Third: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly shoots.
Fourth: The Senecas' Adrienna Solomon goes to the hoop.
Bottom: Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn addresses her players during a timeout.

Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann, left, defends against Cambridge's Lilly Phillips.

Left: A shot attempt by Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan is blocked by Cambridge's Sophie Phillips. Right: Kernan looks to pass the ball.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse passes the ball as she nears the basket.

Left: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk drives toward the basket. Right: The Senecas' Adrienna Solomon shoots from the corner.

Left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly goes high on a jump shot. Right: The Senecas' Hannah Morse hugs teammate Danielle Leszyk after both were named to the All-Tournament team.

From left: Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon, Abby Gibson and Mattie Yontz watch as the game's final minute winds down.

Left: Watkins' Adrienna Solomon launches a shot. Right: The Senecas' Hannah Morse at the free-throw line, with teammate Jena Slater in the background.

Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn accepts the NYSPHSAA Class C Finalist plaque. Players in the background are, from left, Ali LaMoreaux, Hannah Morse and Mattie Yontz.

Coaches Harold Chaffee (right), Ralph Diliberto and Alicia Learn congratulate and encourage their players after the game for their remarkable season.

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Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan takes the ball to the basket for two points.

Watkins girls top Millbrook

Win 53-42, advance to title game against Cambridge

TROY, March 15, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team built an early 10-point lead, saw it disappear, and then pulled away from defending state Class C champion Millbrook to post a 53-42 victory Friday afternoon in a semifinal of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association state championships at Hudson Valley Community College.

Seniors Taylor Kelly and Danielle Leszyk scored 18 and 17 points, respectively, as the Senecas set up a state championship game -- its second in three years -- Saturday night against Section 2's Cambridge, which defeated Maple Grove in the other Class C semifinal, 75-43.

"It's a really cool feeling,' said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "It's great for these girls; the experience is awesome."

As for the Senecas' possible path to victory in the final: "Defense wins games," said Learn, "so we have to step up our defense and do our thing."

About the semifinal: "We knew we had to key in on number 21" -- Millbrook's Erin Fox, a 6-foot junior who was the Class C Player of the Year as a sophomore, when she led her team to the state title. "She's a great player," said Learn, "and she scored, but that's what she's supposed to do." Fox scored 28 points -- two-thirds of her team's total.

"Our girls stepped up," said Learn, "and we kept No. 1 (senior Sam McKenna) contained." And stepping up big was Leszyk "on offense, and she played great defense. The girls didn't want to go home. We've come this far ... they wanted to keep going. Now we have one more game."

The Senecas (21-4) had some early concern when Kelly was whistled twice by officials, but Learn said "we saw what the refs were doing, so we adjusted." Nobody on the team ended up with more than three fouls.

Hannah Morse, the senior point guard who directed the offense and assisted on nearly a dozen baskets while scoring 4 points, was enthusiastic afterward.

"I did my best; I did my best," she said. "We knew 21 would score; she's so good. I give her total respect; she played a great game. Our game plan was we knew she was going to score. We just had to try and limit it, and it worked. I'm pumped."

The Watkins Glen statistics were as follows:

Taylor Kelly: 18 points, 2 rebounds
Danielle Leszyk: 17 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists
Hannah Morse: 4 points, 7 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals
Adrienna Solomon: 4 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks
Kelsey Kernan: 8 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals
Jena Slater: 2 points, 6 rebounds

The team was 9-for-11 from the foul line. Millbrook was 8-for-ll from the line.

The Senecas broke in front on a Kelly 3-pointer mere seconds into the game, and built the lead to 7-2 on two Kelly 2-pointers. The lead grew to 15-7 by the end of the first quarter on a Morse foul shot, another Kelly basket (and free throw), and then two baskets by Leszyk driving the lane.

The lead grew to 17-7 early in the second period on a Kernan 2-pointer off a Morse feed, but then Millbrook went on a run, scoring the next 12 points and taking the lead 19-17. Leszyk ended the drought with a 3-pointer, and Slater added a basket with 20 seconds left in the half to send the Senecas to the locker room with a 22-19 lead.

Millbrook quickly tied the game in the third quarter on a 3-pointer before Leszyk scored to put Watkins ahead again 24-22. The lead seesawed over to Millbrook as it built a 29-26 lead, but a 3-pointer by Kelly evened things up, and another 3-pointer by Kelly and one by Leszyk put the Senecas up by six points, 35-29 -- and they never trailed again.

Two baskets by Kernan held Millbrook at bay, and Watkins entered the fourth quarter up 39-33.

A 3-pointer by Leszyk gave the Senecas a nine-point bulge, 42-33, and she followed that with a floater for 2 points and a 44-34 edge. Millbrook climbed within six points, 44-38, but the lead grew back to 10, at 48-38, on two free throws by Kelly and a basket by Solomon with 1:52 remaining.

After that, Morse sank three of four free throws and Kernan converted two foul shots while Millport managed two baskets.

And there is this:

When e’er the scribes
record this day,
Four words will rise
to mark the play.

Four words will rise.
A stopless force.
Four words will rise:
"It starts with Morse."

You take one Morse
Mix in TK.
Add D and Drie
and Kelsey K.

Add Jena, Aislinn
And Coach Learn
With manic defense:
No concern.

The wins keep coming:
Final Four
It’s down to this:
They need one more.

If they can conquer
One more foe
They’ll be atop
Class C once more.

If they can win
Just one game more
They’ll be forever
Watkins lore.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins' Taylor Kelly, left, and Danielle Leszyk are congratulated after the win.
Middle: Watkins Coach Alicia Learn is interviewed after the game.
Bottom: Learn addresses her team during a timeout.

The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team poses after its semifinal victory Friday.

Left: The Senecas prepare to enter the court before the game. Right: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse at the free-throw line late in the game.

Left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann lines up a shot. Right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk drives past a Millbrook defender.

Left: The Senecas' Adrienna Solomon shoots. Right: And so does Watkins' Taylor Kelly.

Left: Watkins' Kelsey Kernan at the free-throw line late in the game. Right: Kelsey Kernan with her sister Katlyn, who was on the Senecas' state title team two years ago.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse passes the ball past three Millbrook defenders.

From left: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson, Hannah Morse and Mattie Yontz after the game.

Watkins Glen's Jena Slater (foregound) dives for a loose ball.

Left: Watkins' Danielle Leszyk receives congratulations. Right: From left, the Senecas' Ali LaMoreaux, Adrienna Solomon and Jena Slater.

Watkins Coach Alicia Learn high-fives players along the bench after the win was secure.

The Watkins coaches and players applaud Watkins fans across the court after the game.

Lexi is Athlete of the Week at Brockport; also named NCGA East Rookie of Year

BROCKPORT, March 12, 2019 -- Watkins Glen High School 2018 graduate Alexis Castellaneta has been honored as Athlete of the Week at SUNY Brockport after being named to the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association All-Championship team as well as earning designation as the NCGA East Region's Rookie of the Year.

Lexi, a multiple-year Section IV diving champion in high school, is concentrating on gymnastics at Brockport -- a sport she pursued on the club level while diving for WGHS. She was a USAIGC (United States Association of Independent Gymnastics Clubs) World AA champion in 2013 and a USAIGC World Beam and Floor champion in 2014.

A daughter of Niki and Tony Castellaneta and currently seeking a nursing degree, the 4-9 Lexi was among nine members of Brockport gymnastics named to the NCGA All-Championship team following the NCGA East Regional Competition on March 10 in Cortland -- a tournament won by Brockport as it qualified for the NCGA National Championship tourney on March 23 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The NCGA selects the All-Championship team -- 10 athletes from each region on each event -- based on the top five finishers in each regional tournament plus the top five highest season average scores going into the tournament.

Lexi tied as the top Floor competitor at regionals with a 9.900, a personal-best score. She was second in the Beam event with a 9.750. She helped her Golden Eagles team to its highest ever all-around East Regional team score.

Photo in text: Lexi Castellaneta (Photo provided)

The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team poses after winning the regional title.

Now ... on to the Final Four

Watkins girls top Cooperstown, 60-49; semifinal Friday

BINGHAMTON, March 11, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team advanced to its second Final Four in three years Sunday by defeating Cooperstown 60-49 in a regional title game at the Binghamton Arena.

The Senecas, led by Taylor Kelly's 20 points and 17 by Hannah Morse, will face last year's Class C champion, Millbrook, in a semifinal at Hudson Valley Community College at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

The last time the Senecas reached the Final Four -- two seasons ago -- they won the state title with a comeback victory (from 16 points down with 6:30 to play) in the championship game.

Watkins Glen, after a first-period Sunday in which coach Alicia Learn said her players were "settling in" -- hitting just one of a dozen shots and trailing 7-6 -- sank five of its first six shots in the second quarter on the way to a 21-12 advantage in that period and a 27-19 halftime lead.

The third period was more of the same as the Senecas outscored the Hawkeyes 19-10 to build a 46-29 lead. And they scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to extend the advantage to 24 points -- 53-29 -- before the momentum turned as Cooperstown started pressuring Watkins the full length of the court, forcing several turnovers and running off 15 straight points in an 18-1 run that cut the Senecas' edge to seven points, 54-47, with 49 seconds left to play.

"We got a little rattled," said Morse after the game. "We needed a cooling down period," provided by a couple of time-outs. "But it turned out okay," she added.

"The game was a little sloppy," said Learn in a post-game interview. "We have some things we have to work on" over the next three days, before the Senecas leave for the Final Four on Thursday. Once there, she said, she hopes to find a gym for some more practice.

As for the Cooperstown comeback, she said the Hawkeyes "were here for a reason" -- that reason being a Section III championship. With the lead down not lower than seven points, "I knew we weren't going to lose," she added, "but it was getting too sloppy."

Her team "played with heart, they didn't give up. They didn't get down on themselves," she said, noting that the Senecas' strengths were"attacking the basket" -- which they did frequently -- "and I think our defense was pretty good," although the Senecas encountered some foul trouble. Kelsey Kernan fouled out in the final minute, and Adrienna Solomon, Danielle Leszyk and Morse each finished with four fouls.

Statistics for Watkins Glen included:

Taylor Kelly: 20 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal.
Hannah Morse: 17 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals, 1 block.
Danielle Leszyk: 9 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals.
Adrienna Solomon: 7 points, 7 rebounds.
Kelsey Kernan: 2 rebounds, 2 steals.
Jena Slater: 4 points, 1 rebound.
Aislinn Klemann: 3 points, 2 rebounds.

Notes:

--Watkins Glen (now 20-4) hit five 3-pointers -- including two by Morse and one each by Kelly, Leszyk and Klemann. Cooperstown hit three 3's.

--The Senecas converted 15 of 23 free throws, including 6 of 8 in the final 43 seconds as Cooperstown fouled in the hope of rebounding misses and scoring more points. The Watkins edge in those 43 seconds was 6-2.

Next up: A New York State Class C semifinal versus Millbrook at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 15 at Hudson Valley Community College. The winner advances to the title game, scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse shoots under pressure.
Middle: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly drives to the basket.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk prepares to launch a free throw.

Left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann prepares to shoot a 3-pointer. Right: The Senecas' Adrienna Solomon battles for a rebound.

Left: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan shoots from under the basket. Right: The Senecas' Hannah Morse eyes the basket from the foul line.

Left: Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon shoots. Right: The Senecas' Jena Slater.

Left: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk sends a shot on its way. Right: The Senecas' Aislinn Klemann at the free-throw line.

Watkins Glen's Jena Slater sends a bounce pass to teammate Taylor Kelly (24) as Kelly moves across the court toward the corner.

Left: Watkins Glen coach Alicia Learn. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly drives to the basket after stealing the ball and racing upcourt.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse takes off with the ball after stealing it from Cooperstown's Kate Trosset (12).

The Vedder and Scott team in the O-M Elementary Basketball League. (Photo provided)

O-M Elementary Basketball: Week 5

The following are the results from Week 5 of the Odessa-Montour Elementary Basketball League at the school.

Thank you to our sponsors, Bucket Bar and Grill, Montour Moose Lodge, Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, and Watkins Supply as well as all of our volunteers for their help in making our Saturday morning youth basketball program a success in 2019.

Results this week:

Bucket Bar and Grill 26, Watkins Supply 13

Bucket Bar and Grill (3-3): Elijah Gaylor 7 points, Gianna Gaylor 5 points, Alannah Rounds 4 points, Hunter Mowry 2 points, Zach Smith 2 points, Reese Rounds 2 points, Leah Antes 2 points, Logan Antes 2 points

Watkins Supply (0-6): Hannah Alberstman 4 points, Lilly Bond 2 points, Kevin Switzer 2 points, Ryan Crippen 2 points, Carson Bates 2 points, Blake Thomas 1 point

Montour Moose 22, Vedder and Scott 16

Montour Moose (4-2): Aaron Sutton 8 points, Everly Zinger 4 points, Mason Smith 4 points, Mia Pickering 2 points, Caleb Brown 2 points, Adriana Bergen 2 points

Vedder and Scott (5-1): Moe Zinger 6 points, Jeremy Updyke 5 points, Max Sgrecci 2 points, Ella Kramer 2 points, Jaden Jarrell 1 point

Photo in text: The Watkins Supply team. (Photo provided)

Left: The Bucket Bar & Grill team. Right: The Montour Moose team. (Photos provided)

The Strikers U10 girls indoor soccer team poses after win. (Photo provided)

Strikers U10 girls team wins tournament

ADDISON, March 7, 2019 -- The Strikers U10 girls indoor soccer team won a tournament held March 3rd at the Addison High School in Addison, NY.

The team played three regular games -- against Dansville, Addison and Hornell -- and then beat Wayland-Cohocton in the semifinals. The team went on to beat Alfred-Almond in the final game 1-0 with the game-winning goal scored by Natalie VanSkiver in the closing minutes.

Strikers U12 girls team wins tournament

BATH, March 7, 2019 -- The Strikers U12 girls indoor soccer team won a tournament held March 3rd at the Haverling High School in Bath, NY.

The Strikers played three regular games -- against two Arkport teams and Penn Yan. The team went on to beat Bath in the final game 2-1 in sudden-death overtime.

The Strikers' Skye Honrath scored the game-tying goal and Madison Tuttle scored the game-winning goal with two minutes remaining to win the championship.

Photo: The Strikers U12 girls team poses after winning Bath tourney. (Photo provided)

The Strikers U14 girls team poses after winning a Warsaw tourney. (Photo provided)

Strikers U14 girls team wins tournament

WARSAW, March 7, 2019 -- -- The Strikers U14 girls indoor soccer team won a tournament held March 2nd at the Warsaw High School in Warsaw, NY.

The team played three regular games -- against Warsaw, Belfast, and Letchworth -- and then defeated Alleghany in the semifinals. The Strikers went on to beat Warsaw in the final game 3-1. The Strikers' Skye Honrath and Carly Arnold scored the goals to win the championship

Hannah Morse, Taylor Kelly: the Schuyler Winter MVPs

They top The Odessa File's Schuyler All-Star Team

SCHUYLER COUNTY, March 4, 2019 -- In a season marked by stunning athletic successes at both the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour High Schools, the choice of The Odessa File Winter Sports MVPs boiled down to this:

The WGHS tandem of Hannah Morse and Taylor Kelly -- two seniors who have played basketball together since Modified days -- were the standouts on a standout team that earned the school its fourth Section IV girls title in five seasons.

Others contended for the MVP honor: Dylan Houseknecht, O-M wrestler extraordinaire who won the New York State Division II title at 285 pounds; Jackie Vincent, who led the O-M bowling team to the State Qualifier; and Isaac McIlroy and Joe Chedzoy, who led the WGHS boys basketball team to the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School championship.

For various reasons -- the MVP tag, to our thinking, connotes both outstanding performance and value of such a nature that an athlete's team has been lifted by him or her to unexpected heights -- the weight here falls to the two remarkable seniors: Morse and Kelly, or TK.

Morse is the floor general, the player who brings the ball upcourt, organizes the offense, looks for a weakness in the opposition and often drives around or through traffic, drawing defenders and opening up teammates for pinpoint passes and, often, resultant easy baskets. Her stat line is generally full of assists and steals, in addition to points and rebounds. (Her most memorable drive, of course, came two seasons ago on the final play of the Class C state championship game, when she raced around three defenders and put up a soft title-winning shot that dropped through the cylinder as time expired.) She has succeeded at other sports, as well: tennis and, more notably, soccer, where she set school single-season and career goal-scoring records. But this season, she reaffirmed her outstanding basketball and leadership skills.

TK is a gifted athlete -- seemingly good at whatever sport she tries. She was an excellent setter a couple of years ago on the volleyball team before shifting to soccer, where she was a steady goal-scorer. She is tall, and intuitive, and quick -- and aligned with whatever Morse is doing on the basketball court, often fielding a pass from the general and laying it in. She is particularly adept at driving to the hoop -- although her barrage of 3-pointers in the recent Section IV title win over Unatego was eye-popping: a school-record-tying seven of them, including six in the first half alone. She had four in the first quarter, and five in the first 9:30. She shifted gears in the second half -- driving to the hoop and either scoring, drawing fouls or passing the ball: basically creating mayhem, a commodity that has been a staple of the Senecas' success.

The going now for the girls basketball team gets that much harder as it faces other sectional winners. First on the schedule is Section III's Cooperstown, Sunday at the Binghamton Arena.

We wish Hannah and Taylor and the rest of the Seneca basketball roster all the best.

Photos in text: Taylor Kelly (top) and Hannah Morse in the Section IV, Class C title game.

*****

Winter 2018-19
Schuyler All-Stars


First Team
Taylor Kelly -- WG basketball -- Co-MVP
Hannah Morse -- WG basketball -- Co-MVP

Dylan Houseknecht -- OM wrestling
Danielle Leszyk -- WG basketball
Olivia Grover -- OM basketball
Jackie Vincent -- OM bowling
Brett Walters -- OM swimming
Nate Wickham -- WG swimming
Joe Chedzoy -- WG basketball
Isaac McIlroy -- WG basketball
Gabe Planty -- WG track
H Nathaniel Rose -- WG bowling

Second Team
Kennedey Heichel -- OM basketball
Lexi Saunders -- OM basketball
Sara Gardner -- OM basketball
Zach Elliott -- OM basketball
Andrew Hartford -- OM wrestling
Collin Haag -- OM wrestling
Wyatt Brower -- WG bowling
Wrett Brower -- WG bowling
Nikole VanDyke -- WG bowling
Owen Scholtisek -- WG basketball
Mitchell Pike -- WG basketball
Adrienna Solomon -- WG basketball
Kelsey Kernan -- WG basketball
Kaylana Rekczis -- WG track
Allie Gibson -- WG track
Haley Dean -- WG track
Johnny Niedermaier -- OM swimming
Kai Sutterby -- WG track
Breanna Carl -- WG track

Third Team
Paden Grover -- OM basketball
Devon Mahaney -- OM basketball
Grace Vondracek -- OM basketball
Pixie Kinner -- OM bowling
Jana Arias -- OM bowling
Taryn Hoyt -- OM bowling
Eric Rumsey -- OM bowling
Micah Brewster -- OM swimming
Bailey Hornbrook -- OM swimming
Caleb Thomas -- OM swimming
Jill Cantieni -- WG track
Collin Baker -- WG basketball
Hayley Cornish -- WG bowling
Casen Weeden -- WG bowling
Josh Bravo -- WG wrestling
Josiah Lynch -- OM wrestling

Honorable Mention: Aislinn Klemann (WG basketball), Jena Slater (WG basketball), Jolynn Minnier (OM basketball), Kara Reese (OM basketball), Jacob DeJong (WG basketball), Lance Majors (WG track), Cierra Barber (WG track), Scott Brubaker (WG swimming), Georgio Fazzary (WG swimming), Cale Sutterby (WG track), Derrick Lewis (OM basketball), Tyler Carson (OM swimming), Jacob Mayette (OM swimming), Josh Beckley (OM wrestling), Justin Ruocco (OM swimming), Matt Irwin (WG bowling), Alex Pesco (WG bowling), RJ Bannon (WG bowling), Nancy Jackson (OM bowling), Makenzie Kellogg (WG bowling), Austin Hoyt (OM bowling).

The Watkins Glen 7th through 9th grade winners of the Kamas-Galloway Basketball Tournament pose with their title trophy. Front from left: Bryce Cady, David Kelly, Jacob Yontz, Gavin Smith and Joe Sutterby. Back from left: Coach John Fazzary, Mitchell Pike, Adam Pastore, Owen Scholtisek, Travon Jones, Jake Powers, Cameron Holland and Coach David Waite. (Photo provided)

WG boys win 7th-9th grade hoops tourney

ELMIRA, March 4, 2019 -- A Watkins Glen High School team of 7th through 9th graders won the annual Kamas-Galloway Boys Basketball Tournament held over the last week in Elmira by the Southern New York Basketball Officials Chapter.

The team won all three games it played, beating Corning in the championship game 56-35. Owen Scholtisek was named to the All-Tourney team, with Travon Jones named the tournament MVP.

"All our kids played well and contributed to our success," said one of the coaches. "The WG defense once again came through, helping to seal our wins."

O-M girls modified basketball team members, shown with coaches Jack McCauley, left, and Marc Kimmerly, included, from left; Gina Gavich (7th grade), Keyonna Grant (7th), Emma Landon (8th), Reagan Reese (8th), Leah June (7th) and Victoria Brewster (8th). (Photo provided)

O-M girls modified team finishes unbeaten

ODESSA, March 4, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour girls modified basketball team finished the season with a perfect 12-0 record.

The team, with three 7th graders and three 8th graders, had two close games the entire season, easily posting wins in the other 10.

"All of the girls made strong contributions to their wins this season," said one observer, "whether scoring, rebounding, assisting or forcing turnovers by the other team. They were a selfless team and, oh, so fun to watch."

The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team poses after winning the Section IV, Class C championship.

Glen girls win Section IV title

Top No. 1 Unatego 53-42; 4th championship in 5 years

CORTLAND, March 3, 2019 --The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team built an 18-point lead in the second quarter and then held off a determined and top-seeded Unatego Saturday to win its fourth Section IV championship in five years, 53-42, in the Class C title game at SUNY Cortland.

The Senecas advance now to play Section III's Cooperstown (19-5) next Sunday in an intersectional contest at the Binghamton Arena.

Seneca senior Taylor Kelly led the way Saturday with 25 points, including a school-record-tying seven 3-pointers, six of them in the first half. She had her first one 15 seconds into the game, four in the first period, and five just 9:30 into the game. She said afterward that she did not learn of the record until after the game, long after she had abandoned the 3-ball for drives to the basket.

Her record tied that of alums Amy Chaffee-Hildreth and Amanda Crans. Chaffee was in the stands Saturday, and said afterward that she was hoping that TK would set a new mark.

But there was more than Kelly, as impressive as her shooting was. The Senecas never trailed, and built an 18-point lead at 29-11 before Unatego showed its mettle by scoring the last nine points of the first half and first two points of the second half to cut the Watkins advantage to 29-22.

After that, one Seneca after another seemed to rise to the occasion when needed, with a basket, an assist or a rebound. Kelsey Kernan, for instance, had 13 points; Hannah Morse had 8 points and 8 assists. The statistics show the distribution of achievement.

Taylor Kelly: 25 points, seven 3-pointers, 5 rebounds, 1 steal.
Danielle Leszyk: 4 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal.
Adrienna Solomon: 3 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block.
Kelsey Kernan: 13 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 1 block.
Hannah Morse: 8 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 steal.
Aislinn Klemann: 2 rebounds.

The 19-4 and second-seeded Senecas never trailed, with Kelly launching them in front early and the various members of the squad rising to meet the challenge as Unatego -- led by Meghan Perry's 21 points -- closed in. There were layups by Kernan, a timely 3-ball by Leszyk that expanded a 6-point lead to 9 points; and so on.

The closest Unatego got was five points, at 39-34 with 2:17 left in the third quarter, at 45-40 with 5:04 left in the fourth quarter, and 47-42 with 3:39 remaining. After that, a Kernan layup and free throw at 3:13 made it 50-42, and free throws down stretch by Solomon, Leszyk and Morse closed out the scoring.

But the key, said both Morse and Coach Alicia Learn, was defense.

"We had to really lock down" on defense," said Morse. "They're a good shooting team."

But she was also shaking her head about Kelly's performance. After TK had hit all those first-half baskets, she told Morse this: "I'm usually not good at this part of the game. I'm usually good at taking it to the basket."

"And I," said Morse, "was like, 'Well, take it to the basket now that they know you can shoot.'" Which is what Kelly did.

Those six 3-pointers in the first half, Morse added, "have got to be a record."

The girls, said Coach Learn, were excellent on defense and "played together as a team." She said Kelly's 3-point barrage wasn't part of the game plan, "but I liked it. She really got hot."

Up next, Learn noted, is the Binghamton Arena and the Cooperstown team, which defeated the Senecas in intersectionals after the first and second sectional titles achieved by Watkins Glen during Learn's coaching run. The year after that, Watkins won its section again, but Cooperstown didn't win in Section III. That was the year -- two seasons ago -- when the Senecas won the state championship.

Last year brought the only bump in Watkins Glen's sectional-crown run as the Senecas fell to Bainbridge-Guilford in the Section IV final.

Learn's feeling as her team points toward the showdown with Cooperstown? She was enjoying the moment. Looking across the lobby where she was being interviewed, and where players had gathered to meet with family and friends, Learn smiled.

"I'm proud of them," she said.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly unleashes a shot in traffic.
Second: The Senecas' Adrienna Solomon swats away an attempted Unatego shot.
Third: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse prepares to pass the ball.
Bottom: The medal presented to each member of the winning team.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse passes the ball around a Unatego defender.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jena Slater looks to pass. Right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk drives past a Unatego defender on her way to the basket.

Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon, left, and Kelsey Kernan congratulate each other after the Senecas won the Section IV, Class C title.

From left: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan at the free-throw line, Danielle Leszyk shoots, and Kernan follows through on a shot.

Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly and the crowd behind her follow the flight of a 3-point shot.

Left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann follows through on a shot. Right: The Senecas' Hannah Morse drives to the hoop.

Left: Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon (20) reaches in vain for a rebound. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly races to the hoop.

Planty places 20th at NYS Indoor Meet

OCEAN BREEZE, March 3, 2019 -- Watkins Glen High School junior Gabe Planty completed his Indoor Track season Saturday with a 20th-place finish in the 1600 Meter Run at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Staten Island.

Planty posted a time of 4:30.65, less than three seconds out of the top 10. The 10th-place time was 4:27.83. The winning time was 4:10.51.

Planty had qualified for States the week before by winning the 1600 at the Section IV State Qualifier at Cornell University, where his time was 4:28.39.

O-M Elementary Basketball: Week 5

The following are the results from Week 5 of the Odessa-Montour Elementary Basketball League at the school.

Montour Moose 30, Bucket Bar and Grill 11

Montour Moose (3-2): Aaron Sutton 18 points, Mason Smith 6 points, Brianna Tuttle 4 points, Everly Zinger 2 points

Bucket Bar and Grill (2-3): Kaylinn Berry 4 points, Zach Smith 3 points, Emma Lewis 2 points, Logan Antes 2 points

Vedder and Scott 27, Watkins Supply 18

Vedder and Scott (5-0): Moe Zinger 12 points, Max Sgrecci 7 points, Hunter Jarrell 4 points, Jason Landon 2 points, Jack Sangprakarn 1 point, Jack Bond 1 point

Watkins Supply (0-5): Jayden Clark 8 points, Jayden Bailor 7 points, Blake Thomas 2 points, Ryan Crippen 1 point

Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk rises for a shot against Newfield.

Glen girls reach final, 57-29

Will play for title Saturday; TK scores 19, Morse 15

CORTLAND, Feb. 27, 2019 -- For the fifth straight year, the Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team has reached the sectional finals.

The 18-4, No. 2-seeded Senecas pulled away from No. 3 Newfield (18-3) with a 15-3 second period Tuesday night and outscored the Trojans 31-17 in the second half to post a 57-29 Section IV, Class C semifinal victory at SUNY Cortland.

Watkins Glen will play for the title at the same locale at 1 p.m. Saturday against the No. 1 seed, Unatego, which defeated No. 4 Bainbridge-Guilford in Tuesday's other semifinal, 36-26.

The Senecas -- in their previous four visits to the final -- won the first three before losing last year to Bainbridge-Guilford. Two years ago, Watkins went on to win the state championship.

Taylor Kelly led Watkins Glen with 19 points Tuesday, while Hannah Morse scored 15 and Danielle Leszyk 13 in a surprisingly easy victory. The Senecas had defeated the Trojans 44-38 earlier in the season -- at the Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Tournament at WGHS after Christmas.

Morse triggered the Watkins onslaught Tuesday, scoring eight of her points in the second period on slicing drives and, for good measure, a 3-ball. The Senecas seemed to increase their defensive pressure at the same time, stealing the ball several times and turning the Newfield offense into a series of off-the-mark shots.

Morse totaled 9 steals in the game, to go with 9 assists and 5 rebounds.

The Watkins Glen statistics:

Taylor Kelly: 19 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 blocks.
Hannah Morse: 15 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists, 9 steals.
Danielle Leszyk: 13 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block.
Adrienna Solomon: 4 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block.
Kelsey Kernan: 4 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist.
Jena Slater: 2 points.
Kathleen Clifford: 1 assist.
Ali LaMoreaux: 1 rebound.
Aislinn Klemann: 2 rebounds.

Watkins was 5-for-12 from the foul line, compared to Newfield's 10-for-17. The Senecas connected on six 3-pointers, including four by Leszyk. Newfield had nobody in double figures, and hit just one 3-pointer.

"We have very good defenders," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn, and they "did a nice job on 00 and 3" -- twins Kelly and Katie Movavec, who the Trojans "feed off of."

She said she had foreseen her team winning -- "you have to think like that" -- although "I thought it would be closer."

With the Unatego-Bainbridge game just getting underway after the Watkins-Newfield contest in the SUNY Cortland gym, she was asked her preference of opponent in the final. She was succinct. "I want to play the best team," she said. She then took to the stands to watch the second game -- to get a better idea of Saturday's opponent.

Which, as it turned out, will be Unatego.

Photos in text: From top: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, Taylor Kelly and Kelsey Kernan go to the basket.

Left: Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon is grabbed as she attempts a shot. Right: The Senecas' Jena Slater shoots.

Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann prepares to shoot from the corner.

Left: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk attempts a shot in traffic. Right: The Senecas' Hannah Morse, right, fights for the ball.

Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly eyes the basket as she moves past a Newfield defender.

Senior Dylan Houseknecht is greeted by students lining the hallway to honor his New York State wrestling championship, achieved Saturday at 285 pounds.

Students line hallways to honor Dylan

ODESSA, Feb. 2S7, 2019 -- Odessa-Montour High School senior Dylan Houseknecht was honored by students in the school district Tuesday who lined the hallways of their schools to greet him as he made his way among them, his state wrestling championship medals displayed on his chest.

Houseknecht won the 285-pound, Division 2 New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship Saturday in Albany with an overtime victory in the title bout.

Houseknecht first visited B.C. Cate Elementary School in Montour Falls Tuesday afternoon, and then walked the halls in the Hanlon Elementary School and the High School, getting hand slaps, an occasional hug, and numerous paper signs and notes prepared by students in his honor.

Finally, students from 9th through 12th grades gathered in the school cafeteria, where cupcakes and punch were available and a monitor displayed his championship-bout victory over Newark Valley's Trentyn Rupert. It was the first state wrestling championship ever by an O-M athlete.

Houseknecht, surrounded by classmates in the cafeteria, summed up the celebration this way:

"It's awesome," he said.

Photo in text: Dylan Houseknecht is greeted by Hanlon Elementary School students during Tuesday's celebration of his state wrestling championship.

Athlete of the Week: O-M's Houseknecht

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 24, 2019 -- This week we honor as our Odessa File Athlete of the Week a state champion.

Odessa-Montour senior Dylan Houseknecht brought home the Division 2 championship in the 285-pound weight class from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Wrestling Championships, held in Albany. It capped a year that also saw him win the Section IV, Division 2 crown.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen runner Gabe Planty; O-M basketball's Sara Gardner and Olivia Grover; Watkins Glen basketball's Hannah Morse, Taylor Kelly and Isaac McIlroy.

Honorable Mention: Another 15 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Odessa-Montour state wrestling champion Dylan Houseknecht with coaches Bill Lindsley (left) and Dan Batchelder. (Photo provided)

Houseknecht wins NY State title in OT

ALBANY, Feb. 24, 2019 -- Odessa-Montour senior Dylan Houseknecht won the Division II championship in the 285-pound weight class Saturday night at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Wrestling Tournament.

He is the first O-M wrestler to win a state title. The only other Odessa athlete to place at the state tournament was Troy Monks, who was 4th in 1985 at 98 pounds.

Houseknecht, the Section IV, Division II champion and No. 2 seed, defeated top-seeded Trentyn Rupert of Newark Valley in overtime. He had defeated Rupert eariler this month in the Section IV Tournament finale.

"It's unbelievable," Houseknecht said after winning the title, considering "the dedication and heart you gotta have. I feel like I pushed myself to the max. We big guys aren't in the best shape," and when going to overtime as he did against Rupert "we're winded and tired. You just have to overcome and win."

Houseknecht, who won two bouts by pins Friday, reached the final earlier Saturday by defeating No. 3 seed Craig Sawyer of Hoosick Falls 3-0. Rupert had defeated No. 4 seed Stephen Taylor of Tioga by a pin in the other semifinal.

The event was held at Albany's Times Union Center.

Photo in text: Dylan Houseknecht on the podium. (Photo provided)

Photos from the title match:

Odessa-Montour's Dylan Houseknecht, top, picks up two points on a second-period reversal. (Photo by Bettelynn Bravo)

Left: Houseknecht puts a final move on Trentyn Rupert in the overtime round to win.
Right: Houseknecht, left, and Rupert talk after the match. (Photos by Bettelynn Bravo)

WG's Planty wins 1600, advances to States

ITHACA, Feb. 24, 2019 -- Watkins Glen High School junior Gabe Planty won the 1600 Meter race Saturday at the Section IV Indoor Track and Field State Qualifier, advancing to the State Championships at the Ocean Breeze Complex on Staten Island next Saturday, March 2.

The top two finishers in each individual event at the Qualifier -- held at Cornell University -- earned a spot at States. Planty finished first in a time of 4:28.39.

Watkins Glen had five athletes invited to the Qualifier. Their results:

--Kaylana Rekczis placed 4th in the 1500 Meter Race Walk with a personal record of 8:45.46.
--Haley Dean placed 15th in the 300 Meters with a personal best of 47.79 seconds.
--Lance Majors placed 20th at 300 Meters with a time of 44.59 seconds, and was 23rd at 600 Meters in 1:42.19.
--Breanna Carl placed 17th in the 1500 Meter Run with a time of 6:06.69.

Meanwhile: The two Dundee High School athletes training this year with the Watkins Glen indoor track squad -- Matt Wood and Lily Hall -- competed Friday night in the Section V State Qualifier at RIT.

Wood placed 9th overall in the 1600 Meter Run with a time of 4:48.97. Hall placed 10th in the Triple Jump with a personal best of 35' 3.25". She also placed 8th in the Long Jump with a leap of 16' 2".

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen athletes competing at the State Qualifier were, from left, Breanna Carl, Kaylana Rekczis, Haley Dean, Gabe Planty and Lance Majors.
Bottom: Dundee athletes Matt Wood and Lily Hall. (Photos provided)

From left: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy, Jacob DeJong and Mitchell Pike shoot.

Watkins Glen boys fall to Lansing, 56-51

LANSING, Feb. 24, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team rallied from a 16-point third-quarter deficit to within three points of Lansing Saturday night before falling to the Bobcats 56-51 in a quarterfinal of the Section IV, Class C Tournament in the Lansing gym.

The Senecas, who finished their season 15-6 and with Interscholastic Athletic Conference division and Large School titles, showed their character with a comeback that followed a disastrous first half in which a 5-0 lead devolved into a 31-18 deficit.

"We just made too many mistakes," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "And you can't do that against a good team like Lansing. We started out pretty tentative" while Lansing -- which had lost to the Senecas earlier in the season -- was aggressive on defense and offense, hitting five 3-pointers before intermission.

"But I'm proud of them showing who they are -- how they've been all season," said Fazzary. "And it was a terrific season, by a young team that accomplished a lot." The Senecas will be losing two starters --Joe Chedzoy and Collin Baker -- to graduation.

"Losing to Lansing is nothing to be ashamed of," the coach added. "They're an experienced team that has been here before. It's unfortunate we couldn't get it done, but we have a lot to be proud of.

"And the fans at the game," he added. "were terrific. That was our loudest crowd this year" -- about equal to the size of the Lansing contingent.

Isaac McIlroy scored 27 points in the losing effort -- including 19 in the second half. Among his points were 8 in 10 attempts from the free-throw line.

Other points came from Joe Chedzoy (13), Jacob DeJong (5), Mitchell Pike (4) and Owen Scholtisek (2). Pike led the team in rebounds with 12, while Scholtisek grabbed 6, McIlroy 4, and Chedzoy and Adam Pastore 3 each. Chedzoy led in assists with 3.

Garrett Bell led Lansing with 16 points, while Luke Winslow scored 12. The team converted 4 of 11 free throws.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy (top) and Adam Pastore shoot.

From left: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek at the foul line; Mitchell Pike eyes the basket; and Isaac McIlroy sends a jump shot on its way.

Watkins cheerleaders perform at the Sectional meet. (Photos by George Rutledge)

Glen cheerleaders place 5th at sectionals

ENDICOTT, Feb. 24, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen varsity cheerleading squad placed fifth Saturday in the Co-Ed Division at the Sectional Championships at Union-Endicott High School, receiving its highest score of the season for pyramid and dance.

Only the 1st-place team in each division advanced to the State Championship.

Photo: The Watkins Glen varsity cheerleaders compete at the Sectional Championships. (Photo by George Rutledge)

O-M Elementary Basketball: Week 4

The following are the results from Week 4 of the Odessa-Montour Elementary Basketball League at the school.

Bucket Bar and Grill 30, Watkins Supply 11

Bucket (2-2): Hunter Mowry 18 points, Leah Antes 4 points, Gianna Gaylor 4 points, Elijah Gaylor 2 points, Alannha Rounds 1 point, Zach Smith 1 point

Watkins Supply (0-4): Jayden Clark 5 points, Hannah Albertsman 2 points, Jacob Carnes 2 points, Carson Bates 1 point, Ryan Crippen 1 point

Vedder and Scott 33, Montour Moose 19

Vedder and Scott (4-0): Moe Zinger 14 points, Max Sgrecci 6 points, Jaden Jarrell 6 points, Ella Kramer 6 points, Jason Landon 1 point

Montour Moose (2-2): Aaron Sutton 9 points, Everly Zinger 4 points, Caleb Brown 2 points, Mason Smith 2 points, Vanessa Wood 1 point, Mia Pickering 1 point

O-M girls fall in quarterfinal to Unatego

UNATEGO, Feb. 23, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team's season ended Friday night with a 51-43 loss to No. 1 seed Unatego in a Section IV, Class C quarterfinal in the Unatego gym.

The (14-7) Indians, seeded No. 9, trailed 12-10 after one quarter, 25-17 at halftime and 36-32 after three periods.

"Twenty-fve turnovers were very costly," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, who noted that his team pulled within two points "twice in the second half and had some chances to tie, but their defensive pressure got to us.

"They killed us on the boards in the fourth quarter, too. I think we got tired toward the end."

O-M was led by Sara Gardner's 18 points -- all in the second half. Olivia Grover scored 16 points, Kennedey Heichel 5, Lexi Saunders 2, and Grace Vondracek 2 (with 8 rebounds).

"Sara caught fire and hit three 3's in the third quarter to spark our rally," said Gavich. Gardner totaled five 3-pointers in the game.

"Unatego," Gavich added, "is a quality team, and we gave a great effort in a tough spot a long way from home. They executed better than us, and that was the difference.

"I'm very proud of our effort. This group has given a lot to the basketball program." The team has six seniors, who Gavich said "will be sorely missed."

Photo in text: O-M's Sara Gardner (File photo)

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse encounters heavy traffic on a drive to the basket.

Watkins girls reach semifinals

Top Delhi 61-35; TK nets 21; Newfield next opponent

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 23, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team -- led by Taylor Kelly's 21 points -- reached the Section IV, Class C semifinals Friday night with a 61-35 victory over Delaware Academy of Delhi in a quarterfinal game in the WGHS Field House.

The victory for the 17-4 and No. 2 seeded Senecas -- they were ahead at the outset 10-0 and were never seriously challenged by the 10th seeded Bulldogs -- puts then in the semis against Newfield, which defeated Moravia 55-40 in a quarterfinal Friday night. The game will be played Tuesday at SUNY Cortland at a time to be announced.

Watkins faced No. 3 seeded Newfield in late December -- handing the 19-2 Trojans their first loss of the season. The 44-38 victory by the Senecas came in the championship game of the Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Tournament in the WGHS Field House.

This marks the fifth straight year in Coach Alicia Learn's six-year tenure as varsity coach that the Senecas have reached the semis. They reached the finals the past four years, winning the first three times and claiming the state Class C championship two years ago.

"It was good," Learn said succinctly of her team's performance Friday, and then added. "We weren't in rhythm early the game, but we found it."

Delaware Academy worked hard, but had trouble finding the net. The Bulldogs posed a challenge in two major regards.

"They were physical," said Watkins point guard Hannah Morse. "And tall." The Bulldogs held their own on the boards, but lost two of their players to fouls. The Senecas converted 10 of 16 free throws, while Delhi converted 6 of 9.

The Senecas, after building the 10-0 lead, led by 15 at halftime, 30-15, and 47-26 entering the fourth quarter.

The Watkins Glen statistics:

Taylor Kelly: 21 points (with three 3-pointers), 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block.
Hannah Morse: 7 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, 6 steals, 1 block.
Adrienna Solomon: 10 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals.
Danielle Leszyk: 8 points (with two 3-pointers), 1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 steal.
Kelsey Kernan: 8 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist.
Aislinn Klemann: 6 points (on two 3-pointers), 2 rebounds.
Abby Gibson: 1 point, 1 assist.
Mattie Yontz: 1 steal.
Ali LaMoreaux: 1 rebound.
Kathleen Clifford: 1 rebound, 2 blocks.

Photo in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly drives to the hoop.
Bottom: The Senecas' Adrienna Solomon is fouled as she attempts a shot.

Left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann launches a shot from 3-point range. Right: The Senecas' Kelsey Kernan, left, attempts a shot in traffic.

Left: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk moves past a Delaware Academy defender.
Right:
The Senecas' Hannah Morse drives to the hoop.

Watkins Glen's Ali LaMoreaux prepares to shoot from the corner in second-half action.

Left: Watkins' Jena Slater passes the ball. Right: The Senecas' Kelsey Kernan shoots.

From left: Watkins Glen's Mattie Yontz, Abby Gibson and Danielle Leszyk shoot.

Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek takes the ball to the basket in second-half action.

Watkins Glen boys top Tioga in opener

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 22, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team opened Section IV, Class C Tournament play Thursday night with a 57-45 victory over Tioga in the WGHS Field House.

The victory propelled the No. 6 seeded Senecas (15-5) into a quarterfinal game Saturday night at No. 3 Lansing (14-5), which defeated No. 14 Oxford Wednesday night. Tioga (11-10) was seeded 11th.

Isaac McIlroy led the Seneca attack with 19 points, while Joe Chedzoy scored 15. Other points came from Owen Scholtisek (8), Adam Pastore (6), Mitchell Pike (5), Collin Baker (2) and Travon Jones (2). The team was 5-for-7 from the foul line.

McIlroy stole the ball 7 times -- leading to several easy baskets -- and led in rebounds with 5. Scholtisek, Pastore and Baker each had 4 rebounds. McIlroy and Scholtisek each registered 4 assists, while Chedzoy and Pike had 3 apiece.

Tioga was led by Lucas Klossner's 23 points -- 18 of which came on a half-dozen 3-pointers, including five in the first half. The Tigers converted 4 of 5 free throws.

Watkins and Tioga traded the lead in the first quarter, the final lead change coming as Chedzoy hit a rainbow 3 at the buzzer to put Watkins ahead 16-15. The Senecas never trailed again, building a 33-26 halftime advantage and leading 45-35 entering the fourth period. Tioga climbed to within five points, 47-42, with 3:21 remaining before the Senecas pulled away with the next six points and -- after a Tioga 3-pointer -- the final four of the game.

"We survived and advanced," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "I thought we weren't very good on defense in the first half. Tioga had a lot of open shots on the perimeter, and penetrated a lot to the basket. We did settle down in the second half, though."

The winner of Saturday's game at Lansing will advance to the semifinals, set for Wednesday at SUNY Cortland at a time to be determined.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy rises above the opposition for a shot.
Bottom: The Senecas' Mitchell Pike shoots a long-range jumper.

Left: Watkins' Joe Chedzoy shoots. Right: The Senecas' Collin Baker eyes the basket.

Left: Watkins' Travon Jones turns upcourt. Right: Seneca fans: Carlie and Abby.

Left: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek draws a crowd on a drive toward the basket.
Right:
The Senecas' Adam Pastore shoots.

O-M girls, trailing 33-14 at halftime,
rally to top Greene in Section IV opener

GREENE, Feb. 20, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team overcame a 33-14 halftime deficit Tuesday night, rallying to defeat Greene 52-44 in a Section IV, Class C opening-round game in the Greene High School gym.

The 9th-seeded Indians, 14-6, advance now to play the No. 1 seed, Unatego, at 6 p.m. Friday in the Unatego gym. Eighth-seeded Greene finished the season at 13-7.

O-M broke in front 6-0, but Greene answered with the last 15 points of the first quarter for a 15-6 lead -- and then outcored the Indians 18-8 in the second period for a 33-14 halftime advantage. An O-M buzzer beater by Kennedey Heichel was a sign of things to come.

Odessa outscored Greene 14-7 in the third quarter, cutting the deficit to 40-28 -- and then caught up with a run in the fourth quarter that put the Indians ahead by one, 41-40. Olivia Grover had seven points in that streak, while Lexi Saunders and Sara Gardner each hit a 3-pointer.

Greene hit a pair of free throws to regain the lead 42-41, but Saunders hit another 3-pointer that put Odessa ahead for good, 44-42, with 2:36 to go. Kara Reese hit a shot with 1:40 left to make it 46-42 before Greene sank two more free throws to cut the O-M lead to 46-44 with 50 seconds remaining.

O-M missed a shot, but "Grace (Vondracek) got a huge offensive rebound and we forced them to foul," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. Heichel hit two free throws with 21.4 seconds left to make it 48-44, and then Gardner and Heichel sank two more foul shots each in the final seconds to provide the final 8-point margin.

"It was an absolutely unbelievable comeback," said Gavich. "We talked about playing with pride at halftime and seeing if we could get it within single digits and then we’d have a chance. Our defensive intensity allowed us to make the comeback. We held them without a field goal in the fourtb quarter and got the momentum rolling our way."

Gardner led O-M scorers with 14 points, and had 3 assists. Saunders registered 12 points, while Grover scored 11 with 8 rebounds and 5 blocks. Heichel scored 9 points and dished out 6 assists, while Reese notched 5 points and Jolynn Minnier 1 point.

The Indians connected on eight 3-pointers -- with three each by Gardner and Saunders. Odessa was 12-for-16 from the foul line, while Greene went 10-for-19.

"It was our first postseason win since 2011," said Gavich. "And it was the biggest comeback in my 18 seasons as head coach. Hopefully the momentum carries over to Friday."

Photos in text: O-M's Sara Gardner (top) and Lexi Saunders (File photos)

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse drives to the basket. Right: The Senecas' Ali LaMoreaux, left, attempts a contested shot.

Watkins girls race past Springs in opener

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 20, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team raced out to a 23-0 first-quarter lead and cruised from there to a 57-24 victory Tuesday night over Union Springs in a Section IV, Class C opening-round game in the WGHS Field House.

Taylor Kelly led Watkins scorers with 14 points, while Hannah Morse and Danielle Leszyk registered 10 points each.

"They played well. They played together," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn, whose team is seeded No. 2 and will play at home again Friday night against Delaware Academy, which defeated Southern Cayuga Tuesday night.

Union Springs, seeded 15th, finished the season at 8-12.

The statistics for the 16-4 Senecas were as follows:

Taylor Kelly: 14 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist.
Danielle Leszyk: 10 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 3 steals.
Hannah Morse: 10 points, 5 assists, 8 steals.
Aislinn Klemann: 7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists.
Adrienna Solomon: 4 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals.
Kelsey Kernan: 4 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist.
Jena Slater: 4 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist.
Abby Gibson: 2 points, 1 assist.
Kathleen Clifford: 2 points, 3 rebounds.
Ali LaMoreaux: 1 rebound, 2 assists, 2 steals.

The top six seeds in Class C are still alive. No. 1 Unatego, No. 2 Watkins Glen, No. 3 Newfield, No. 4 Bainbridge-Guilford, No. 5 Newark Valley and No. 6 Moravia. Unatego had a bye Tuesday, while the other five won.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk drives past a Union Springs defender.
Bottom: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly (24) shoots with a Union Springs hand in her face.

Left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann is fouled as she attempts a shot. Right: The Senecas' Jena Slater sends a shot on its way.

Left: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan prepares to shoot. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly shoots in traffic.

From left: Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon, Kathleen Clifford and Abby Gibson.

Athletes of Week: Planty, Rekczis, McIlroy

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 18, 2019 -- This week we honor two track athletes and a basketball player as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Watkins Glen track's Gabe Planty and Kaylana Rekczis earn nods for claiming Division 2 titles in the 1000 Meters (Planty) and 1500 Meter Racewalk (Rekczis) at the Section IV Indoor Track and Field Championships at Ithaca College.

Watkins' Isaac McIlroy earns the honor, too, for his 23-point performance that led the Senecas to the IAC Large School Basketball Championship over Whltney Point.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen swimmer Nate Wickham; Odessa-Montour swimmers Brett Walters and Johnny Niedermaier; Watkins Glen track's Allie Gibson, Kai Sutterby, Jill Cantieni and Haley Dean; Watkins Glen basketball's Joe Chedzoy; and O-M basketball's Olivia Grover, Lexi Saunders and Grace Vondracek.

Honorable Mention: Another 11 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Odessa-Montour's Brett Walters competes in the 100 Free, where he finished fourth.

O-M 4th, Watkins 5th at Section 4 meet

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 17, 2019 -- Waverly won the team title Saturday night at the Section IV, Class C Swimming Championships at the Watkins Glen High School pool.

The Wolverines amassed 452 points, well ahead of runnerup Southern Cayuga's 329. Susquehanna Valley was third with 308 points, followed by Odessa-Montour (224), Watkins Glen (197), Lansing (191), Dryden (178) and Greene (138).

Among O-M individual podium finishers were:

--Brett Walters, 3rd in the 100 Back (1:03.48) and 4th in the 100 Free (56.16);
--Johnny Niedermaier, 3rd in the 200 IM (2:24.68) and 5th in the 100 Fly (1:04.83). Both times were personal bests;
--Caleb Thomas, 4th in the 100 Breaststroke (1:17.19);
--Micah Brewster, 8th in both the 200 Free (2:13.10) and 500 Free (6:44.05).

For Watkins Glen, individual podium finishes included:

--Nate Wickham, 2nd in the 100 Free (53.27) and 3rd in the 50 Free (23.82).
--Georgio Fazzary, 3rd in the Diving.
--Gabe Santos, 4th in the Diving.

Consolation finals -- where the 9th through 16th place qualifiers compete -- saw O-M and Watkins finishes as follows:

200 Free: Clint Craven (WG) 9th; Noah Hollenbeck (OM) 13th; Owen Bingham (WG) 15th.
200 IM: Scott Brubaker (WG) 11th; Tyler Carson (OM) 12th.
50 Free: Caleb Thomas (OM) 14th; Georgio Fazzary (WG) 16th.
100 Fly: Dan Ely (WG) 15th.
100 Free: Justin Ruocco (OM) 10th; Collin Gaylord (WG) 14th; Steven Gublo (WG) 15th.
500 Free: Clint Craven (WG) 10th; Owen Bingham (WG) 13th; Justin Andrews (OM) 14th; Noah Hollenbeck (OM) 15th.
100 Back: Justin Ruocco (OM) 10th; Steven Gublo (WG) 13th; Tyler Carson (OM) 14th.
100 Breaststroke: Scott Brubaker (WG) 10th; Ben Swinnerton (WG) 11th.

In the relay races:

--Watkins Glen was 8th in the 200 Medley Relay, 3rd in the 200 Free Relay, and 6th in the 400 Free Relay.

--O-M was third in the 200 Medley Relay, 4th in the 200 Free Relay, and 4th in the 400 Free Relay.

"We had a great season this year, and the team performed very well today," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "A fourth-place finish overall with only eight swimmers competing is a great accomplishment. All eight made the top 16 in individual events, and we had a top 8 finisher in all but one event today.

"Our season record of 9-3 is our best dual-meet record in many years. We had four IAC All-Stars on the team: Brett Walters, Johnny Niedermaier, Micah Brewster and Caleb Thomas. It was a very succcessful season and I am extremely proud of the entire team."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham celebrates after finishing third in the 50 Free. He later finished second in the 100 Free.

Middle: Odessa-Montour's Caleb Thoms en route to 4th place in the 100 Breaststroke.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Ben Swinnerton on the way to 11th place in the 100 Breast.

Left: O-M's Tyler Carson dives at start of the 200 IM, where he placed 12th. Right: Watkins Glen's Georgio Fazzary on the podium after finishing third in the Diving.

Watkins Glen's Scott Brubaker competes in the 200 Individual Medley. He placed 11th.

Left: O-M's Johnny Niedermaier hits the water at start of the 200 IM, where he placed 3rd. Right: O-M's Brett Walters, left, and Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham on the podium after the 100 Yard Freestyle race.

The Watkins Glen 4x200 Relay team, which set a school record at sectionals. From left: Jill Cantieni, Kai Sutterby, Allie Gibson and Haley Dean. (Photo provided)

Watkins' Planty, Rekczis win section titles

ITHACA, Feb. 16, 2019 -- Two members of the Watkins Glen High School Indoor Track team won individual titles Friday at the the Section IV, Division II Meet at Ithaca College.

Junior Gabe Planty took first in the 1000 Meter Run, while Kaylana Rekczis won the 1500 Meter Racewalk.

Allison Gibson was second in the High Jump and 5th in the Long Jump. The girls 4x200 relay team broke the school record, and there were six personal bests recorded by WGHS athletes at the meet.

Meanwhile, the Dundee athletes training this year with WGHS competed in the Section V Class D championships at RIT. Matt Wood won the 1600 Meters and was second in the 3200, while Lily Hall placed second in the Triple Jump and third in the Long Jump. Their State Qualifier is Feb. 22 at RIT.

Results are as follows:

55 Meters:
Allison Gibson -- 10th in 8.12 seconds
Haley Dean -- 17th in 8.39 seconds (PR)
Nick Wilston -- 16th in 7.49 seconds
Cale Sutterby -- 21st in 8.09 seconds (PR)

1000 Meters:
Kai Sutterby -- 7th in 3:33.91
Gabe Planty -- 1st in 2:41.56

1500 Meter Racewalk:
Kaylana Rekczis -- 1st in 8:51.04 (PR)

600 Meters:
Lawrence Majors -- 7th in 1:36.92 (PR)

1500 Meters:
Breanna Carl -- 8th in 5:49.63

1600 Meters:
Sam Thorsland -- 8th in 5:13.48 (PR)
Dylan Nguyen -- 22nd in 6:08.29

300 Meters:
Haley Dean -- 13th in 48.63 seconds
Lawrence Majors -- 14th in 43.23 (PR)

4x200 Relay:
Allison Gibson, Haley Dean, Jill Cantieni, Kai Sutterby -- 7th in 2:03.46 School Record

Weight Throw:
Jill Cantieni -- 14th with a 17' 4" throw
Thalia Marquz -- 15th with a 11' 7" throw

Shot Put:
Jill Cantieni -- 17th  with a 21' 9" throw
Cierra Barber -- 19th with a 20' 9" throw

Long Jump:
Allison Gibson -- 5th with a 15' 0" jump
Brianna Hayes -- 9th with a 13' 8" jump (PR)
Nick Wilston -- 10th with a 17' 9.25 jump

High Jump:
Allison Gibson -- 2nd with a 4' 8" jump

Next up: The State Qualifier at Barton Hall, Cornell University, Saturday, February 23rd starting at 9 a.m.

Photos in text:

Top: From left: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty, Lawrence Majors, Nick Wilston and Sam Thorsland.
Bottom: The Senecas' Kaylana Rekczis, first in the Racewalk. (Photos provided)

O-M Elementary Basketball: Week 3

The following are the results from Week 3 of the Odessa-Montour Elementary Basketball League at the school.

Montour Moose 29, Watkins Supply 11

Montour Moose (2-1): Aaron Sutton 10 points, Mason Smith 6 points, Everly Zinger 4 points, Adriana Bergen 4 points, Caleb Brown 3 points, Brianna Tuttle 2 points.

Watkins Supply (0-3): Jayden Bailor 6 points, Jayden Clark 3 points, Lilly Bond 2 points.

Vedder and Scott 24, Bucket Bar and Grill 19

Vedder and Scott (3-0): Moe Zinger 9 points, Max Sgrecci 8 points, Jaden Jarrell 3 points, Hunter Jarrell 2 points. Jeremy Updyke 2 points.

Bucket Bar and Grill (1-2): Hunter Mowry 6 points, Gianna Gaylor 4 points, Kaylinn Berry 4 points, Zach Smith 2 points, Leah Antes 2 points, Reese Rounds 1 point.

O-M girls end season at State Qualifier

WAVERLY, Feb. 15, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity bowling team finished its season with a 7th-place showing among eight Small School teams Friday in the Section IV State Qualifier at the Valley Bowling Center.

Maine-Endwell took first place with a 8273 pinfall and advanced to the State Tournament in Syracuse. Windsor was second with 7866, followed by Union Springs (7502), Hancock (7474), Susquehanna Valley (7456), Unadilla Valley (6924), O-M (6386) and Candor (6160).

Union-Endicott was first among Large Schools and also advanced. In addition, a slate of All-Stars earned berths at the State tourney.

Jackie Vincent led O-M with a 9-game total (three games at last week's Class Sectional and six games Friday) of 1567. Her three-games series were last week's 603 and Friday's 524 and 440. That last score, said O-M Coach Tom Srtong, was misleading because Vincent left about 10 single 10 pins. "She was burying it in the pocket and it just wasn't carrying," he said.

The Watkins boys varsity basketball team poses after winning the IAC Large Schools title.

Glen boys top Whitney Pt.,
win IAC Large Schools title

Overcome 13-2 deficit in 62-56 victory; McIlroy nets 23

DRYDEN, Feb. 15, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team overcame early 8-0 and 13-2 deficits Thursday night to post a 62-56 victory over Whitney Point in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large Schools championship game.

Isaac McIlroy led the comeback with a 23-point performance. Joe Chedzoy scored 15, while Mitchell Pike added 9 points, Owen Scholtisek 7, Jacob DeJong 6, and Adam Pastore 2. The Senecas (14-5) were 8-for-13 from the foul line.

Noah Bolson led Whitney Point(12-8) with 18 points, while Aaron Austenfeld scored 10. The team converted 8 of 11 free throws.

"This was a great win," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, who added that while McIlroy "was unconscious, hitting from 25 feet out," the rest of the team stepped up too.

He pointed to Pike, who hit a couple of baskets early that kept the Senecas within range and seemed to loosen them up after a shaky start. And he praised DeJong, who came off the bench and contributed heavily on defense, shutting down the Eagles' big man, Austenfeld.

With strong starting performances from McIlroy, Chedzoy and Scholtisek, and limited but effective minutes from other players, "I thought everybody picked up their game and did good things," said Fazzary. "It was a nice team win. I'm super-proud of them."

The game at the outset looked like a disaster for the Senecas, who were getting outhustled and outshot by the Eagles. But when the score reached 13-2, Watkins started turning it around, first with those Pike baskets and then with some from McIlroy and Chedzoy.

The Senecas were down 22-13 when they scored the final basket of the first quarter, and then seemingly flipped a switch and netted the first 12 points of the second period, roaring in front 27-22. The Watkins advantage was still five points at intermission, 35-30, as Whitney Point hit a buzzer beater.

By halftime, McIlroy had 10 points, Pike and Chedzoy 9 each, Scholtisek 5 and DeJong 2.

Watkins Glen led all the way after intermission, but it wasn't easy. Whitney Point closed to within one point, 37-36, but the Senecas scored the next five points to go up 42-36, and then expanded the lead to 10 points, 48-38, entering the fourth quarter.

The lead grew to 14, at 59-45, with 2:55 remaining, but the Eagles started whittling away -- hitting three 3-pointers to pull within five points, 59-54, with 35.8 seconds left. Watkins didn't help its own cause, missing three straight one-and-one front ends along the way.

But McIlroy sank two free throws with 34.3 seconds left, and another with 22.4 remaining to give the Senecas a safe 62-54 lead. Whitney Point cut it to six with another basket with 7.8 seconds to play.

Watkins then inbounded the ball, and McIlroy, racing down the court, stopped near the key with a second left and hurled the ball straight up, leaping on Chedzoy as time expired.

The victory came the night after the Watkins boys junior varsity also won an IAC Large Schools title.

"It was," said Fazzary, "just sweet to complete the double."

Next up for the Senecas: a first-round Section IV, Class C game at home at 6 p.m. Wednesday against Tioga.

"The kids are pumped," said Fazzary. "They're excited about what's ahead. I hope the community turns out in force to support them."

Photos in text:

From top: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy, Joe Chedzoy, Mitchell Pike and Jacob DeJong.

Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek cuts between two Whitney Point defenders on his way to a basket in the fourth quarter.

Watkins Glen's Jacob DeJong (30) is upended. A Whitney Point player was charged with a foul on the collision.

Left: Watkins Glen's Collin Baker goes up for a shot in traffic. Right: The Senecas' Owen Scholtisek drives to the basket.

Left: Watkins Glen's Adam Pastore takes aim. Right: The Senecas' Joe Chedzoy drives past a Whitney Point defender.

Watkins Glen had a number of fans, like these, scattered throughout the TC3 stands.

From left: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy and Mitchell Pike shoot; and McIlroy leaps on teammate Joe Chedzoy to celebrate the victory.

Watkins Glen boys and girls open sectionals at home, but O-M girls will be on the road

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 14, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity basketball teams have drawn first-round home games in next week's Secction IV, Class C Tournament, while the Odessa-Montour girls will be on the road.

The Watkins boys (13-5), seeded No. 6, will play at home on Wednesday, Feb. 20, against the 11th seed, Tioga (11-9), at 6 p.m. The winner will advance to play Saturday, Feb. 23, against the winner of a Wednesday game between No. 3 Lansing (13-5) and No. 14 Oxford (7-12).

The Watkins girls (15-4), seeded No. 2, will play at home at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, against the No. 15 seed, Union Springs (8-11). The winner will advance to play on Friday, Feb. 22, against the winner of a Tuesday game between No. 7 Southern Cayuga (14-4) and No. 10 Delaware Academy (13-6).

The O-M girls (13-6), seeded No. 9, will play No. 8 seed Greene (13-6) on Tuesday (Feb. 19) at 6 p.m. at Greene. The winner will play at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, against No. 1 Unatego (17-1) at Unatego.

Watkins Glen's Max Evans drives to the basket against Lansing in second-half action.

Glen boys win JV title in OT

Top Lansing 49-48 in Large School championship

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 14, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys junior varsity basketball team forced an overtime with a last-minute basket and then held off Lansing in the closing seconds for a 49-48 victory Wednesday night in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School JV championship game in the WGHS Field House.

The game, close throughout, saw Lansing (17-2) build a five-point edge in the first period before the Senecas took a five-point lead of its own, at 18-13. Lansing closed to within two points, 20-18, at the half -- a margin that held at the end of three periods, 35-33.

Watkins Glen (18-1) was up by four, 39-35, with 6:26 left in the fourth quarter, and 41-37 with 5:22 to go. Lansing broke in front after that, scoring the next seven points for a 44-41 edge with 3:10 remaining, but the Senecas rallied, tying it on a Max Evans basket with 34.8 seconds left.

Lansing had two shots in the closing half minute, missing both, and a last-second court-long heave by the Senecas missed the mark by a couple of feet.

Lansing struck first in overtime, 46-44, but the Senecas tied it again 46-all with 1:46 on the clock. A key play followed when Bryce Kelly saved the ball from going out of bounds, flipping it back to Evans, who put in a left-handed hook from under the basket with 17.2 seconds to go. He followed that with a free throw for a 49-46 lead.

Lansing got two of the points back with free throws with 22.1 seconds remaining, and got possession back at 17.5 when Watkins missed the front end of a one-and-one. But Lansing failed to get off a shot, losing the ball out of bounds when Seamus Mooney pressured a Bobcat ball-carrier.

Just 3.1 seconds were left on the clock, and Watkins inbounded and ran out the clock.

Cameron Holland led Watkins Glen with 17 points, while Evans scored 11, Avery Jordan 10, Kelly 5, Mooney 4 and Jacob Yontz 2. The team converted 11 of 16 free throws.

"What a win," said Watkins Glen Coach Jim Scott. "Cameron played the best game he's played all year. He played with poise, and did a great job -- on offense and defense. And Seamus did a great job on defense, too.

"We bent, but didn't break. It was exciting."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Jordan Avery is fouled as he goes to the hoop.
Bottom: The Senecas' Seamus Mooney sends a shot on its way.

Left: Watkins' Cameron Holland attempts a tough shot in traffic. Right: The Senecas' Bryce Kelly reaches for the ball -- saving it from going out of bounds and flipping it back to teammate Max Evans for what turned into a 3-point play that put Watkins ahead 49-46.

The Watkins Glen junior varsity squad poses after winning the IAC Large School title.

Chedzoy, McIlroy make IAC 1st Team

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 14, 2019 -- Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy and Isaac McIlroy have been named to the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School South Division 1st Team among All-Stars selected by coaches.

The Senecas' Mitchell Pike earned a 2nd Team berth.

Odessa-Montour's Zach Ellliott earned All-Star 2nd Team honors in the Small School South Division.

Odessa-Montour's Johnny Niedermaier on the way to 4th place in the 100 Fly.

Section IV prelims set swim finals at WG

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 14, 2019 -- The Section IV, Class C Swim Championship Prelims were held Wednesday at Watkins Glen High School, setting the stage for Saturday's finals at the same locale.

Reaching Saturday's individual finals (top 8) from Odessa-Montour:

--Micah Brewster, 6th in the 200 Free and 8th in the 500 Free
--Johnny Niedermaier, 2nd in the 200 IM and 4th in the 100 Fly
--Brett Walters, 3rd in the 100 Free and 4th in the 100 Back
--Caleb Thomas, 4th in the 100 Breaststroke

Reaching the individual finals (top 8) from Watkins Glen:

--Nate Wickham, 4th in the 50 Free and 4th in the 100 Free

Reaching the consolation finals (9th through 16th) from O-M:

--Tyler Carson, 16th in the 200 IM and 14th in the 100 Back
--Caleb Thomas, 13th in the 50 Free
--Justin Ruocco, 13th in the 100 Free and 10th in the 100 Back
--Justin Andrews, 16th in the 500 Free

Reaching the consolation finals (9th through 16th) from Watkins Glen:

--Clint Craven, 11th in the 200 Free and 12th in the 500 Free
--Owen Bingham, 16th in the 200 Free and 15th in the 500 Free
--Scott Brubaker, 10th in the 200 IM and 11th in the 100 Breaststroke
--Colby Thurston, 13th in the 100 Fly
--Dan Ely, 16th in the 100 Fly
--Steven Gublo, 16th in the 100 Free and 13th in the 100 Back
--Ben Swinnerton, 12th in the 100 Breaststroke
--Gabe Santos, 15th in the 100 Breaststroke

In the relays, O-M was 4th in the 200 Medley Relay, 7th in the 200 Free Relay, and 3rd in the 400 Free Relay. Watkins Glen was 8th in the 200 Medley Relay, 5th in the 200 Free Relay and 6th in the 400 Free Relay.

The sectional diving competition will be held Friday at Watkins.

Photos in text:

Top:
Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham races in the 100 Free, where he placed 4th.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Steven Gublo dives at start of the 100 Backstroke.

Left: O-M's Micah Brewster competes in the 500 Free. Right: O-M's Caleb Thomas en route to 4th place in the 100 Breaststroke.

Watkins Glen's Ben Swinnerton dives at the start of the 100 Yard Breaststroke.

IAC girls: WG has 3, O-M 2 on 1st Team

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 13, 2019 -- Three members of the Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team have earned Interscholastic Athletic Conference 1st Team All-Star berths from the Large School South Division, while two members of the Odessa-Montour squad are on the Small School South Division's 1st Team.

Large School South Division: Seniors Hannah Morse, Taylor Kelly and Danielle Leszyk were picked from Watkins Glen for the 1st Team. Earning Honorable Mention was junior Adrienna Solomon.

The Division MVP was Waverly senior Alex Tomasso. Also selected from Waverly-- the division champion -- were senior Wendi Hammond (1st Team), sophomore Sidney Tomasso (2nd Team), junior Paige Lewis (2nd Team), and Lauren Newman (Honorable Mention).

Small School South Division: Seniors Olivia Grover and Kennedey Heichel were 1st Team selections. Junior Sara Gardner was named to the 2nd Team, while Lexi Saunders earned Honorable Mention.

Sophomore Katie Moravec of Newfield was the division MVP. Other Newfield players honored were sophomores Kelly Moravec and Jenna Goodwin, both on the 1st Team.

Watkins Glen girls fall to Ithaca, 53-38

ITHACA, Feb. 12, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team saw its season mark slip to 15-4 Monday night when the Senecas dropped a 53-38 decision to Ithaca in a non-conference game in the Ithaca High School gym.

Ithaca raced out to an 18-5 first-quarter lead, and was up 30-14 at halftime and 41-25 entering the fourth quarter.

Hannah Morse led Watkins with 15 points. Other points came from Taylor Kelly (7), Danielle Leszyk (5), Kelsey Kernan (4), Aislinn Klemann (3), Adrienna Solomon (2) and Jena Slater (2). The team was 2-for-8 from the free-throw line.

Ithaca, which had three players in double figures, converted 8 of 15 free throws

Odessa girls top Tioga; Grover nets 23

TIOGA CENTER, Feb. 12, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team closed its regular season with a 58-43 victory Monday night over Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Tioga gym.

The Indians, 13-6, were led by Olivia Grover's 23 points and 12 rebounds. Other statistics:

Grace Vondracek: 14 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals.
Lexi Saunders: 12 points, 6 steals.
Kara Reese: 6 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals.
Kennedey Heichel: 2 points, 7 assists.
Jolynn Minnier: 1 point.

O-M led 12-11 after one quarter, 31-22 at halftime, and built a 16-point lead, 40-24, early in the third quarter after a first-half buzzer beater by Heichel and nine Grover points in a 9-2 run to open the second half.

Tioga closed to within 46-38 entering the fourth quarter, and "chipped away and cut it to 46-43 early in the fourth," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "Grace hit a huge 3 to stop that run, and we shut them out over the final 5:30 of the game.

"Grace and Lexi," he added, "stepped up for us with double figures, and that's a good sign heading into the post-season."

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour won its 11th straight game and finished with a 14-5 record by defeating Tioga 52-25. Hannah Nolan scored 13 points for O-M, while Autumn Garrison scored 12 and Mallory Rhodes 10.

Photo in text: O-M's Olivia Grover (File photo)

Athletes of the Week: 3 from Odessa

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 11, 2019 -- This week we honor three athletes from Odessa-Montour High School as our Odessa File Athletes of the Week: a wrestler, a swimmer and a bowler.

Senior Dylan Houseknecht earns the nod for prevailing at the Section IV, Division 2 Wrestling Championships in the 285-pound weight class -- defeating, in the finals, a nemesis from Newark Valley who had won sectionals three times.

Junior Brett Walters is honored here for his three wins -- in the 100 Free, 100 Back and 400 Free Relay -- at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Swimming Championships as his team placed second.

Senior Jackie Vincent has also earned honors here for her 603 series in the Section IV, Class D Bowling Tournament, which carried her team to second place and a spot in next weekend's State Qualifier. She earned medals for second highest game and series.

Double Honorable: O-M basketball's Olivia Grover; Watkins Glen basketball's Taylor Kelly and Hannah Morse; Watkins Glen bowler Wrett Brower; and Watkins Glen swimmer Nate Wickham.

Honorable Mention: Another 29 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

O-M senior Dylan Houseknecht nears victory against Newark Valley's Trentyn Rupert. (Photo by Bettelynn Bravo)

Houseknecht wins Sectional title at 285

WINDSOR, Feb. 10, 2019 -- Odessa-Montour senior Dylan Houseknecht defeated three-time sectional champion Trentyn Rupert of Newark Valley Saturday in the finals to win the 285-pound title at the Section IV, Division 2 tournament at Windsor High School.

Houseknecht, who pinned Rupert with 19 seconds remaining, was named the meet's outstanding wrestler. He advances with the 14 other weight-class champions (and wildcard selections yet to be announced) to the Feb. 22-23 state meet in Albany.

Tioga took the team title Saturday, its third in a row, with 218 points. Windsor was second with 162.5, and Norwich third with 158.5.

They were followed by Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton/Harpursville (140.5), Walton/Delhi (111), Owego (106.5), Spencer-Van Etten/Candor (86.5), Chenango Valley (74), Newark Valley (72), Oneonta (69), Waverly (68), Greene/Oxford (59), Dryden (59), Susquehanna Valley (56.5), Groton (50), Sidney (50), Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen (48), Whitney Point (43.5), Maine-Endwell (30.5), Unatego/Unadilla Valley (29), Edison (29), Moravia (26), Deposit-Hancock (22), Marathon (7), and Southern Cayuga (3).

Among other O-M/Watkins Glen wrestlers, Collin Haag placed sixth at 145 pounds; and Josh Bravo was fifth at 220 pounds.

Photo in text: O-M/Watkins Glen's Dylan Houseknecht is declared the winner. (Photo by Bettelynn Bravo)

OM/WG's Josh Bravo pins his opponent in the match for 5th place at 220 pounds. (Photo by Bettelynn Bravo)

Left: OM/WG's Andrew Hartford upends an opponent. Right: Collin Haag, top, battles Sidney's David Gannon at 145 pounds in the 5th-6th Place match. (Photos by Bettelynn Bravo)

OM/WG's Dylan Houseknecht stands atop the podium after winning at 285 pounds. (Photo by Bettelynn Bravo)

Members of the O-M team, posing after Saturday's tourney.. Back from left: Pixie Kinner, Dezirae Minnier and Jackie Vincent. Front from left: Sarah Barr, Courtney Davis, Jana Arias and Hannah Barr. Not pictured: Taryn Hoyt. (Photo provided)

O-M girls advance to bowling qualifier

VESTAL, Feb. 10, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity bowling team -- led by Jackie Vincent's 603 series -- finished second Saturday at the Section IV, Class D Tournament at Midway Lanes and thus advanced to next weekend's sectional State Qualifier at the Valley Bowling Center in Waverly.

Vincent rolled games of 187-211-205 as O-M posted a three-game total of 2372, second only to Hancock's 2432. The three-game scores count with next weekend's six-game slate to determine who advances to the March 8-10 New York State Public High School Athletic Association State Tournament in Syracuse.

Next week's top teams in Small and Large School Divisions advance, along with All-Star squads based on the top five individual scorers not on the advancing teams.

Vincent earned two medals: one for the tournament's second highest series, and one for second highest game.

In addition to Vincent's series, O-M scores Saturday included: Taryn Hoyt 472, Jana Arias 451, Pixie Kinner 448, and Dezirae Minnier 398.

Teams finishing behind Hancock and O-M were: Unadilla Valley (2322), Bainbridge-Guilford (2310), Elmira Notre Dame (2252), Oxford (2057), Candor (2004), Deposit (1921), Tioga (1889), Afton/Harpursville (1869), and Marathon (1365 with three bowlers).

Photo in text: O-M's Jackie Vincent, with her two medals. (Photo provided)

Left: O-M's Brett Walters receives his first-place medal for the 100 Free. Runnerup Nate Wickham of Watkins Glen is at left. Right: Walters on the 100 Back podium. (Provided)

IACs: O-M swimmers 2nd; Walters wins 3

WAVERLY, Feb. 10, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team placed second Saturday in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Swimming Championships at Waverly High School.

The Indians finished with 294 points, behind only Southern Cayuga's 454.5. Lansing was third with 254 points, followed by Dryden (251), Waverly (233) and Watkins Glen (226.5).

O-M was led by Junior Brett Walters, who captured two individual IAC titles and one relay title. Walters won the 100 Free in a personal best (PR) of 53.65 and the 100 Back in a PR of 1:02.97. He also anchored the first-place 400 Free Relay squad. Other members of that relay were Micah Brewster, Bailey Hornbrook and Justin Ruocco.

The 200 Medley Relay team of Walters, Caleb Thomas, Johnny Niedermaier and Bailey Hornbrook took second in 1:53.36, less than one second behind first place.

Junior Micah Brewster earned a bronze medal in the 200 Free with a PR of 2:08.68 and took 4th place in the 500 with a PR of 6:07.11.

Junior Caleb Thomas earned a bronze in the 100 Breast in a PR of 1:16.47. He also took 6th in the 50 Free with a PR of 26.53.

Also earning top 8 finishes for O-M:

--Junior Bailey Hornbrook, 5th in the 50 Free and 6th in the 200 Free in a PR of 2:09.20.
--Senior Johnny Niedermaier, 4th in the 200 IM with a PR of 2:30.36 and 5th in the 100 Fly with a PR of 1:08.34.
--Freshman Justin Ruocco, 6th in the 100 Backstroke in a PR of 1:10 and 7th in the 100 Free with a PR of 1:00.84.
--Senior Tyler Carson, 8th in the 100 Backstroke in a season best of 1:11.75. He also took 9th in the 100 Breast.

Top 16 (scoring) positions for O-M:

--Junior Justin Andrews, 13th in the 200 Free (PR of 2:33.31) and 10th in the 500 Free (PR of 7:09.20).
--Junior Noah Hollenbeck, 14th in the 200 Free and 12th in the 500 Free.

"Overall, I couldn't be more pleased with the performance of the O-M team today," said Coach Terri Brace. "They absolutely killed it in the water today. This is the time of the season when all of the hard work they have put in pays off. It’s so satisfying to see them swim so well. Now we set our sights on the Class C sectional meet, with prelims Wednesday at Watkins Glen, and finals set for Saturday."

Photo in text: O-M's winning 400 Free Relay squad on the podium with their medals. Clockwise from bottom: Brett Walters, Justin Ruocco, Bailey Hornbrook (partially blocked) and Micah Brewster. (Photo provided)

Watkins cheerleaders 3rd at IAC meet

NEWARK VALLEY, Feb. 10, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity cheerleaders placed third among three teams Saturday in the Co-Ed Division at the annual Interscholastic Athletic Conference Cheerleading Competition at Newark Valley High School.

Dryden took first place in the division. Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Shutts said she was told the top three teams in each division advance, which sends Watkins on to Sectionals on Feb. 23.

Bowling: Watkins girls 7th in Class C

VESTAL, Feb. 10, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity bowling team ended its season with a seventh-place finish Saturday at the Section IV, Class C tournament at Midway Lanes.

Windsor won the team title with a 2584 total, advancing along with runnerup Susquehanna Valley (2543) to next week's state qualifier in Waverly. Union Springs/Port Byron was third (2503), followed by Waverly (2429), Chenango Valley (2216), Sidney (2174), Watkins Glen (2155), Lansing (2132), Chenango Forks (2024), Greene (1906) and Edison (1132 with three bowlers).

Nikole VanDyke led Watkins Glen with a 509 series, while Makenzie Kellogg posted a 443, Hayley Cornish 439, Alyiah Clink-Bentley 435, and Brooke Usher 329.

O-M Elementary Basketball: Week 2

The following are the results from Week 2 of the Odessa-Montour Elementary Basketball League at the school.

Vedder and Scott 18, Watkins Supply 4

Vedder and Scott (2-0): Ella Kramer 7 points, Moe Zinger 6 points, Jack Bond 2 points, Max Sgrecci 2 points, Jaden Jarrell 1 point

Watkins Supply (0-2):  Jacob Carnes 4 points

Montour Moose 26, Bucket Bar and Grill 15

Montour Moose (1-1): Aaron Sutton 13 points, Everly Zinger 12 points, Brianna Tuttle 1 point

Bucket Bar and Grill (1-1): Hunter Mowry 5 points, Zach Smith 4 points, Gianna Gaylor 2 points, Elijah Gaylor 2 points, Leah Antes 2 points

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Playoffs

The following are the results of the Walter "Red" Matthews Memorial Playoffs in the final week of Watkins Glen Youth Basketball, held at Watkins Glen High School on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Walter "Red" Matthews Memorial Play-Off Finals

3rd-4th Grade Results

Maguire's 14, Famous Brands 10 (Maguire's is the Play-Off Champion)

Maguire's: Bryce Bockelkamp 8, Olivia Kelley 6.
Famous Brands: Jude Santos 4, Nolan Reynolds 2, Brooklyn Thompson 2, Leon Lagramada 2.

Consolation Game

Curly's 27, Sporting Goods 14

Curly's: Cayden Lagramada 15, Jax Decker 10, Amy Field 2.
Sporting Goods: Jaydon Scholtisek 4, Logan Bills 4, Natalie VanSkiver 4, Isabella Duncan 2.

5th-6th Grade Results

VanSkiver Motors 26, Capt. Bill's 22. (VanSkiver's is the League and Play-Off Champion for 2019)

VanSkiver's: Lukas Hoffman 8, Caleb Bresett 8, Isaiah Sissel 6, Rachel Vickio 2,Brennian Elliott 2.
Capt. Bill's: Christopher Simiele 12, Nick Ritter 4, Joshua Nyre 4, Levi Murphy 2.

Consolation Game

WG Supply 30, Seneca Lodge 20

WG Supply: Brady Bockelkamp 14, Tyler Smith 10, Amos Diliberto 4, and Addison Coolican 2
Seneca Lodge: Nick D'Alleva 14, Dominic Gould 4, Molly Coolican 2

Photos in text:

Top:
The Maguire's team, the 3rd and 4th Grade Playoff Champion.
Bottom: The VanSkiver team, the 5th and 6th Grade League and Playoff Champion. (Photos by Don Romeo)

The Curly's Family Restaurant team (above) was the 3rd and 4th Grade league champion. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: O-M's McKennah Lott launches a shot. Right: The Indians' Olivia Grover eyes the basket in traffic.

O-M girls top Edison; Grover nets 21

ODESSA, Feb. 9, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team improved its season mark to 12-6 Friday night with a 54-32 victory over Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Olivia Grover led the Indians with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Alexis Saunders scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, while Sara Gardner scored 7 points, McKennah Lott 6, Jolynn Minnier 5 (with 8 rebounds), Kennedey Heichel 2, Kara Reese 2, and Grace Vondracek 2.

Odessa led 15-8 after one period, 24-16 at halftime, and 41-24 entering the fourth quarter.

"It was a good win on Senior Night for a group of girls who have put a lot of time into our program and are great ambassadors for our school," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "They are a lot of fun to be around, and do things the right way."

The Indians close out the regular season Monday at Tioga.

Senior Night: Odessa's six seniors were honored. They are Olivia Grover, Kennedey Heichel, Lexi Saunders, McKennah Lott, Hunter Daugherty and Lauren Hess.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Edison 31-18 for its 10th straight win. Hannah Nolan and Autumn Garrison each scored 8 points as the Indians improved to 13-5.

Photo in text: O-M's Lexi Saunders shoots in second-half action.

From left: O-M's Grace Vondracek, Cheianne Webster and Sara Gardner shoot.

Left: O-M's Kara Reese puts up a shot. Right: The Indians' Jolynn Minnier looks to shoot.

The seniors on the O-M girls varsity basketball team were honored Friday in a Senior Night ceremony. From left: Olivia Grover, Lexi Saunders, Kennedey Heichel, McKennah Lott, Lauren Hess and Hunter Daugherty.

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Autumn Garrison drives to the hoop. Right: Odessa-Montour's Hannah Nolan eyes the basket.

Glen boys place 5th in Class C bowling

VESTAL, Feb. 9, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity bowling team ended its season with a fifth-place finish Friday in the Section IV, Class C tournament at Midway Lanes.

"It was the end of an era today," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "Seniors Casen Weeden, Wrett Brower and Wyatt Brower have been on the team since 7th grade, while seniors Alex Pesco and H. Nathaniel Rose since the 8th grade.

"Although over the years they have been part of winning a championship, winning individual medals, and setting school records, they will be remembered best for their sportsmanship and originality from their throwback satin jackets to their loud team pants.

"They ended their high school careers the same way they started them so many years ago, by laughing and having fun while entertaining those around them who were fortunate enough to have experienced the show."

Sidney won the team title with a 2944 total, with Newark Valley second (2771), Windsor third (2757), Union Springs/Port Byron fourth (2743), and Watkins Glen fifth (2671). They were followed by Waverly, Greene, Susquehanna Valley, Chenango Forks, Lansing, Chenango Valley, Edison and Oneonta.

Wrett Brower led the Senecas with a 639 series that included a 266 game -- which earned him a medal for the second highest game in the Class C tourney. Rose posted a 570 series that included a pair of 203 games, while Wyatt Brower rolled a 521 and Weeden a 484.

The Class A champion was Corning, while Maine-Endwell won the Class B tournament and Hancock the Class D.

Photo in text: The Watkins Glen boys varsity bowling team. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy, left, and Collin Baker take aim at the basket.

Watkins boys rout Union Springs, 50-27

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 9, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team improved to 13-5 Friday night with a 50-27 victory over Union Springs in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas, down 6-3 early in the first quarter, reeled off the next 22 points to turn the game into a rout. They led 30-9 at halftime, and 48-14 after three quarters -- against a team that had entered the game with an 11-7 record.

"Our defense was really good tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, who added that Union Springs seemed "kind of shell-shocked." The Seneca offense was "also clicking," he noted, with nine 3-pointers.

"We really hustled, and got some momentum back after losing the Notre Dame game," the coach said. The Senecas' 8-game winning streak had ended Tuesday night in the Crusaders' gym, 48-43.

Isaac McIlroy led Watkins scorers with 13 points, while Mitchell Pike scored 12 (all on 3-pointers), Joe Chedzoy 8, Collin Baker 6, Dylan Morse 5, Regan Scholtisek 3, Owen Scholtisek 2, and Jacob DeJong 1. The team was 3-for-4 from the foul line.

Baker led in rebounds with 9, while McIlroy, Adam Pastore and Travon Jones each grabbed 5. Owen Scholtisek led in assists with 7, while Chedzoy had 5 steals, and Baker blocked 3 shots.

The team will play for the IAC Large Schools Championship Thursday night at Tompkins Cortland Community College against either Whitney Point or Lansing.

Senior Night: The team's four seniors were honored in a ceremony before the varsity game. They are Regan Scholtisek, Joe Chedzoy, Matthew Herold and Collin Baker.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 17-1 with a 56-46 victory over Union Springs. Jordan Avery led the team with 19 points, while Max Evans scored 12, Seamus Mooney 8, Bryce Kelly 7, Jacob Yontz 6, and Cameron Holland 4.

The Senecas play Lansing at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Field House for the IAC Junior Varsity Championship.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Jacob DeJong is fouled on a drive to the basket.
Bottom: The Senecas' seniors were honored in a Senior Night ceremony before the varsity game. From left: Joe Chedzoy, Matthew Herold, Collin Baker and Regan Scholtisek.

From left: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy, Mitchell Pike and Owen Scholtisek.

Watkins Glen's senior cheerleaders were honored at a Senior Night ceremony during halftime of the boys varsity basketball game. From left: Karrisa Stutzman, Joslynnann Simpson, Sierra Cornish and Jordyn Barrett.

Watkins Glen seniors on the school's Indoor Track team were honored in a Senior Night ceremony during halftime of the boys junior varsity basketball game. From left: Kai Sutterby, Allie Gibson and Cierra Barber. Also honored, but absent due to illness, was Jillian Cantieni.

And in the JV game:

Watkins Glen's Max Evans, left, and Seamus Mooney drive to the basket.

Bowling: O-M boys' season ends at Vestal

VESTAL, Feb. 9, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity bowling team's season came to an end Friday when the Indians placed ninth out of 10 teams competing in the Section IV, Class D tournament at Midway Lanes.

The Senecas posted a three-game total of 2027, led by Eric Rumsey's 541 series. Austin Hoyt rolled a 434, and Wesley Wade a 385.

Hancock won the Class D title with a 2912 total, while Tioga was second with 2819. They were followed by Unadilla Valley, Groton, Elmira Notre Dame, Bainbridge-Guilford, Deposit, Afton/Harpursville, O-M and Marathon.

Strikers U12 girls team wins tournament

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NAPLES, NY, Feb. 6, 2019 -- The Strikers U12 girls indoor soccer team won a tournament held Sunday, Feb. 3. at Naples High School. This was the first indoor championship win for the team.

The Strikers played three regular games -- against Addison, Naples, and Avoca. They made it into the playoffs, where they beat Bath in the semifinals. The team went on to beat Avoca in the final game 2-1 in sudden-death overtime.

The Strikers' Jen Gublo scored the game-tying goal and then Skye Honrath scored the game-winner in overtime. Goalie Natalee Oliver recorded three shutouts during the tournament.

Photo in text: Strikers U12 Girls team with coach Ben King. (Photo provided)

From left: Watkins Glen's Jena Slater, Danielle Leszyk and Hannah Morse.

Glen girls top ND, 63-39; TK scores 28

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 6, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by Taylor Kelly's 28 points -- ended a two-game losing skid Tuesday night with a 63-39 victory over Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas, now 15-3, led 13-11 after one quarter, 33-20 at halftime, and 52-29 entering the fourth quarter.

The Watkins Glen statistics:

Taylor Kelly: 28 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 blocks.
Danielle Leszyk: 8 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals.
Adrienna Solomon: 2 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists.
Kelsey Kernan: 9 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 steal.
Jena Slater: 4 rebounds, 1 steal.
Kathleen Clifford: 1 block.
Ali LaMoreaux: 4 points, 1 steal.
Hannah Morse: 12 points, 3 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals, 1 block.
Aislinn Klemann: 2 rebounds.

Senior Night: The team's five seniors were honored in a Senior Night ceremony before the game. They are Hannah Morse, Taylor Kelly, Danielle Leszyk, Kathleen Clifford and Jena Slater.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen wrapped up its season with a 13-5 record by defeating Notre Dame 27-22. Abby Gibson led the Senecas with 12 points, while Jenna Solomon scored 5, Carly Arnold 4, and Mattie Yontz 4.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly eyes the basket early in the game.

Left: Watkins Glen's Kathleen Clifford looks to shoot in traffic. Right: The Senecas' Kelsey Kernan at the free throw line.

The Senecas' five seniors were honored before their game at a Senior Night ceremony. From left: Danielle Leszyk, Hannah Morse, Taylor Kelly, Jena Slater and Kathleen Clifford.

And in the JV game:

:

Left: Watkins Glen's Bailey Beaumont, foreground, maneuvers with the ball near the basket. Right: The Senecas' Mattie Yontz drives to the hoop.

Watkins boys lose to Notre Dame, 48-43

SOUTHPORT, Feb. 6, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team's 8-game winning streak ended Tuesday night with a 48-43 loss to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Notre Dame gym.

The Senecas, now 12-5, will close out the regular season Friday night at home on Senior Night against Union Springs. "We need to get our momenturm back," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, as the Senecas head into the IAC Large Schools Championship game tentatively scheduled for Feb. 14 at Tompkins Cortland Community College.

Notre Dame led 12-11 after one period and 26-21 at halftime before the Senecas rallied to take the lead 34-32 entering the fourth period. Watkins extended the advantage to five points and had a couple of chances to add to the lead, but "we left the door open," said Fazzary. "It was close down the stretch," but "a couple of big 3's" by the Crusaders proved key, and Watkins -- down by three -- was forced to foul late, with Notre Dame converting two free throws for the final five-point spread.

Mitchell Pike led Watkins with 11 points, while Joe Chedzoy scored 10, Isaac McIlroy 9, Collin Baker 5, Owen Scholtisek 4, and Travon Jones 4. Baker and Chedzoy led in rebounds with 8 each, while Scholtisek registered 6 assists and 3 steals.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Notre Dame 52-36. Max Evans led the Senecas with 24 points, while Jordan Avery scored 10, Seamus Mooney 8, Bryce Kelly 4, and Cameron Holland, Jacob Powers and Tanner Dunham 2 each.

Left: O-M's Olivia Grover looks to shoot. Right: Odessa's Lexi Saunders drives.

Odessa-Montour girls fall to Newfield

ODESSA, Feb. 6, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team saw its record slip to 11-6 Tuesday night with a 49-40 loss to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Newfield (15-1) led 15-8 after one quarter, 26-19 at halftime, and 37-34 entering the fourth quarter after O-M rallied from a 12-point third-quarter deficit. The Indians closed to within two points, 40-38, before Newfield pulled away down the stretch.

Down by those dozen points "and in a ton of foul trouble," the Indians "could've been blown right off the floor," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "But we showed a lot of heart and got it back to three after three and had a ton of chances in the fourth quarter, but just couldn't get it over the top.

"We battled and battled," he added. "One of these days we will bust the door down and break through in one of these tight games."

Sara Gardner led O-M in scoring with 14 points. Olivia Grover scored 12, Kennedey Heichel 7, Grace Vondracek 5, and Kara Reese 2.

The Indians return to action Friday at home against Edison.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Newfield 52-33 for its ninth straight win. The Indians (12-5 after an 0-3 start) were led by Hannah Nolan's 17 points. Mallory Rhodes added 11 points, while Taylor Cain and Autumn Garrison scored 8 apiece, Jessica Carnes 4, and Ida Sidle and Camille Sgrecci 2 each.

Photos in text: O-M's Kennedey Heichel (top) drives past Newfield defender Kelly Moravaec; Odessa's Jolynn Minnier (bottom) fights for a rebound.

Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese, left, and Sara Gardner drive to the basket against Newfield.

Student spectators at the Odessa-Montour vs. Newfield game pose along the end line.

O-M boys end season with 55-44 defeat

NEWFIELD, Feb. 6, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team ended its season Tuesday night with a 55-44 loss to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Newfield gym.

The Indians (4-15) trailed 12-11 after one period, 27-18 at halftime, and 44-26 entering the fourth quarter. They outscored Newfield 18-11 down the stretch.

Devon Mahaney led Odessa with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Jared Rumsey scored 10 points, Paden Grover 7, Preston Harris 5, Derrick Lewis 3, and Deshawn Johnson 2. Grover grabbed 10 rebounds, Harris dished out 6 assists, and Rumsey had 4 steals. The team was 3-for-10 from the foul line, while Newfield was 11-for-20..

"Newfield is a really strong team," said O-M Coach Matt Johnston. "We dug ourselves a hole and tried to fight back, but just came up short.

"I appreciate all the hard work from the kids this season. They never quit, and got better as the season progressed. This was a group of great kids and I enjoyed my time with them. Tomorrow is the start for next season. We have to put the work in to be able to compete with the likes of Newfield and the rest of the tough teams in the IAC."

Watkins Glen's Scott Brubaker competes in the 200 Individual Medley. He placed second.

Watkins swimmers defeat Greene, 99-60

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 6, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team posted its second victory of the season Tuesday when it defeated Greene 99-60 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The Senecas got first-place finishes in the following:

50 Free: Nate Wickham (24.83)
Diving: Georgio Fazzary (175.30 points)
100 Fly: Colby Thurston (1:49.28)
100 Free: Nate Wickham (56.34)
200 Free Relay: Nate Wickham, Georgio Fazzary, Scott Brubaker, Clint Craven (1:56.48)
100 Breaststroke: Scott Brubaker (1:26.24)
400 Free Relay: Clint Craven, Scott Brubaker, Ben Swinnerton, Nate Wickham (4:35.09)

Senior Night: The Senecas' two seniors, Nate Wickham and Clint Craven, were honored in a Senior Night ceremony during the meet.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Georgio Fazzary en route to first place in the diving.

Watkins Glen's Steven Gublo dives at start of the 200 Medley Relay. He swam the backstroke leg of the race.

Left: Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham dives at start of the 50 Free, which he won. Right: Wickham, left, and Clint Craven -- the team's two seniors -- were honored during a Senior Night ceremnoy at the meet.

O-M swimmers fall to Southern Cayuga

AURORA, Feb. 5, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team saw its season record slip to 9-3 Monday with a 60-34 loss to Southern Cayuga in a regular season-ending, Interscholastic Athletic Conference road meet.

"We were hoping we could contend against Southern Cayuga, who we beat at the O-M pool earlier in the season," said O-M Coach Terri Brace, "but the team has been hit hard by illness, and we were short two swimmers today, bringing the roster down to seven."

Odessa took just one first place, Caleb Thomas winning the 100 Breaststroke in 1:20.44. Bailey Hornbrook was second in the same event with a 1:20.77.

O-M also took second place in the following:

200 Medley Relay: Tyler Carson, Caleb Thomas, Johnny Niedermaier, Justin Ruocco
200 IM: Johnny Niedermaier
50 Free: Brett Walters
100 Fly: Johnny Niedermaier
100 Free: Brett Walters
500 Free: Micah Brewster
200 Free Relay: Hornbrook, Niedermaier, Brewster and Walters

Left: O-M seniors (from left) Jackie Vincent, Dezirae Minnier and Pixie Kinner were honored in a Senior Night ceremony. Right: O-M's Austin Hoyt reacts to a strike.

Bowling: O-M boys top Candor; girls lose

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 5, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity bowling team defeated Candor 4-0 Monday in a makeup match ending the regular season, while the O-M girls fell to Candor 3-1.

The matches at Harborside Lanes concluded with the three O-M seniors -- all girls -- honored in a Senior Night ceremony. They are Jackie Vincent, Pixie Kinner and Dezirae Minnier.

Boys: Odessa won all three games by a combined 2063-1797. Austin Hoyt led the way with a 529 series, while Eric Rumsey posted a 501 and Dominick Elliott a 447.

Girls: O-M dropped the first two games and total pinfall, 2166-2082. Vincent led Odessa with a 528 series that included a 213 game, while Jana Arias posted a 462 and Kinner a 383. Vincent finished with the fourth highest league average, 173.96, earning her an All-IAC All-Star 1st Team berth.

Next up: The O-M boys will compete in Class D Sectionals at Vestal Friday afternoon, while the girls will compete at the same locale Saturday morning.

Photo in text: O-M's Jana Arias, right, is congratulated by teammates Jackie Vincent and Pixie Kinner following a strike.

Left: O-M's Eric Rumsey. Right: The Indians' Pixie Kinner directs her ball to move left.

Athletes of the Week: Vincent, Chedzoy

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 4, 2019 -- This week we honor a bowler and a basketball player as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

The bowler is Odessa-Montour's Jackie Vincent, who topped the rest of the field in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference girls championship at the Valley Bowling Center in Waverly with a 566 series, leading her team to a fourth-place finish.

The basketball player is Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy, who scored 18 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and held Newark Valley's high-scoring Kyle Coffin to single digits as the Senecas routed NV and clinched the IAC Large School South Division title.

Double Honorable: Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen wrestlers Dylan Houseknecht and Josh Bravo; Watkins Glen basketball's Isaac McIlroy and Mitchell Pike; Watkins Glen bowlers H Nathaniel Rose and Wyatt Brower; and O-M basketball's Lexi Saunders and Olivia Grover.

Honorable Mention: Another 21 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Playoffs

The following are the results of the Walter "Red" Matthews Memorial Playoffs in the seventh week of Watkins Glen Youth Basketball, held at Watkins Glen High School on Saturday, Feb. 2. Championship games will be played on Saturday, Feb. 9.

3rd-4th Grade Results

#4 Famous Brands 16, #1 Curly's 15.

Famous Brands: Leon Lagramada 10, Jude Santos 6.
Curly's: Cayden Lagramada 9, Jax Decker 4, Xander Featherman 2.

#2 Maguire's 32, #3 Sporting Goods 12.

Maguire's: Isaak Willett 12, Olivia Kelley 12, Aden Rekczis 4, Della Diliiberto 4.
Sporting Goods: Jaydon Scholtisek 10, Jace Murphy 2.

Championship Game: 8:30 a.m. -- Famous Brands vs. Maguire's (North Court)
Consolation Game: 8:30 a.m. -- Curly's vs. Sporting Goods (South Court)

5th-6th Grade Results

#1 VanSkiver's 22, #4 Seneca Lodge 14.

VanSkiver's: Lukas Hoffman 6, Isaiah Sissel 4, Caleb Bresett 4, Rachel Vickio 4, Luke Welton 2, Brennian Elliott 2.
Seneca Lodge: Nick D'Alleva 14.

#2 Capt. Bill's 30, #3 WG Supply 18.

Capt. Bill's: Christopher Simiele 18, Levi Murphy 6, Nick Ritter 4, Natalie Oliver 2.
WG Supply: Tyler Smith 8, Brady Bockelkamp 8, Amos Diliberto 2.

Championship Game: 9:45 a.m. -- VanSkiver's vs. Capt. Bill's (North Court)
Consolation Game: 9:45 a.m. -- WG Supply vs. Seneca Lodge (South Court)

IAC Bowling: Glen boys 4th, girls 5th; Odessa girls 4th as Vincent finishes No. 1

WAVERLY, Feb. 3, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys finished fourth Saturday at the annual Interscholastic Athletic Conference Bowling Championships at the Valley Bowling Center -- while in the girls' tourney, Odessa-Montour placed 4th and Watkins 5th.

O-M's Jackie Vincent topped the female field, rolling a 155-187-224=566 series. Runnerup Keri Jesmer of Union Springs/Port Byron posted a 551. Vincent received a 1st Place medallion.

Boys: Tioga took the title with a 2901 total, followed by Union Springs/Port Byron (2810), Newark Valley (2796) and Watkins Glen (2791). Odessa-Montour placed 11th among the 12 teams with a 1921 total.

Watkins' H Nathaniel Rose registered the day's fifth highest series, a 635 fashioned on games of 249-206-180. Wyatt Brower posted the day's 11th highest game, a 257 as part of a 598 series. Casen Weeden rolled a 545, Wrett Brower a 541, and Alex Pesco a 481.

Eric Rumsey led Odessa-Montour with a 475 series, while Dominick Elliott posted a 427 and Austin Hoyt a 397.

Girls: Union Springs/Port Byron won the team title with a 2507 total, followed by Waverly (2366), Elmira Notre Dame (2346), Odessa-Montour (2270) and Watkins Glen (2177) among 12 competing schools.

In addition to Vincent's 566, Odessa-Montour got a 452 from Taryn Hoyt, who rolled a career best 212 and placed 19th among female bowlers for the day, earning a ribbon. Jana Arias posted a 446, Pixie Kinner a 442, and Sara Barr a 364.

Hayley Cornish led Watkins Glen with a 482 series, while Nikole VanDyke rolled a 468, Makenzie Kellogg 425, Brooke Usher 413, and Alyiah Clink-Bentley 410. Cornish's series was the day's 14th best, and VanDyke's the 16th best.

Photo in text: O-M's Jackie Vincent with her 1st Place medal. (Photo provided)

Odessa-Montour's Devon Mahaney takes the ball to the hoop against Tioga.

O-M boys lose to Tioga in makeup game

ODESSA, Feb. 3, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team saw its record slip to 4-14 Saturday afternoon when the Indians dropped a 52-41 decision to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference makeup game in the O-M gym.

O-M fell behind 7-0 and 12-2, and trailed 17-8 after one period and 28-16 at halftime. The Indians rallied in the third period, outscoring the Tigers 13-7 and pulling within six points, 35-29.

They got as close as four points, 38-34, midway through the fourth quarter before Tioga surged, outscoring the Indians 14-7 down the stretch.

Paden Grover led O-M scorers with 14 points, and grabbed 10 rebounds. Devon Mahaney scored 12 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had five assists. Derrick Lewis added 12 points, including three 3-pointers, while Jared Rumsey scored 3 points. The team was 1-for-2 from the foul line.

Lucas Klossner led Tioga scorers with 19 points, while Pierce Hendershot registered 18 points. The team was 7-for-12 from the foul line.

"We had a hard time taking care of the ball," said O-M Coach Matt Johnston. "We just kept hurting ourselves. We hung around all game and had the lead cut to four points, but then a turnover and a 3 from Tioga, and the game was over.

"This has been a tough year for us. We worked our butts off to be in games and have a chance to win, only to turn the ball over. That has been our Achilles heel all year."

The Indians played again without injured standout Zach Elliott. "It's never easy having your best player out of the lineup," said Johnston. "He is a total difference maker for our team."

O-M returns to action Tuesday at Newfield.

Junior Varsity: Tioga defeated Odessa-Montour, 51-33. Dominic Scott led the Indians in scoring with 14 points, while Anthony Robinson scored 7.

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Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Paden Grover goes up for a shot in traffic.
Bottom: O-M's Jared Rumsey prepares to launch a jump shot.

Left: O-M's Preston Harris (4) and Tioga's Derrick Barto hit the floor while chasing a loose ball. Right: Senior O-M cheerleaders Isabel Foote, left, and Maria Scata were honored before Saturday's varsity basketball game in the conclusion of Senior Night ceremonies that saw other senior cheerleaders honored Friday night.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Deshawn Johnson takes the ball to the basket. Right: The Indians' Derrick Lewis twists to launch a shot.

Student spectators pose during the Odessa-Montour varsity basketball game against Tioga.

Left: O-M's Ryan Griswold drives past a Tioga defender. Right: And in the JV game, Odessa's Dominic Scott goes up for a shot in heavy traffic.

OM/WG's Collin Haag (top) on his way to 4th place at 145 pounds at the Sectional qualifier. (Photo by Bettelynn Bravo)

Six OM/WG wrestlers advance in Div. II

OWEGO, Feb. 3, 2019 -- A half-dozen Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen varsity wrestlers qualified at Saturday's Section IV, Division II Qualifier at Owego Free Academy for next weekend's Division II Championships in Windsor.

To qualify, a wrestler needed to finish in the top eight of his weight class.

The highest OM/WG finish Saturday was a second place by Dylan Houseknecht at 285 pounds. He built a 4-0 lead in the title match against Trentyn Rupert of Newark Valley, but was pinned with 30 seconds left in the match.

Other podium (top six) finishes were delivered for OM/WG by Josh Bravo (3rd place at 220 pounds), Collin Haag (4th place at 145), and Andrew Hartford (6th place at 126).

Also qualifying were Josh Beckley at 170 pounds and Josiah Lynch at 132.

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Photo at right: OM/WG's Dylan Houseknecht on the podium. (Bettelynn Bravo photo)

OM/WG's Josh Bravo (top) en route to a 3rd-place finish at 220. (Bettelynn Bravo photo)

Watkins cheerleaders 3rd at Canaseraga

CANASERAGA, Feb. 3, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity cheerleading squad placed third in the Co-Ed Division Saturday at the Canaseraga Cheer Challenge.

The Watkins Glen modified squad placed second in the Modified Co-Ed Division.

"Both teams showed improved performances since their last competition," said Coach Alicia Shutts.

The two teams will travel next weekend to Newark Valley for the IAC Championships.

Performance times for that event have not yet been determined.

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Photo at right:

Watkins Glen varsity cheerleaders compete at Canaseraga. (Photo provided)

O-M Elementary Basketball: Week 1

The following are the results from Week 1 of the Odessa-Montour Elementary Basketball League at the school.

Vedder and Scott 14, Montour Moose Lodge 10

Vedder and Scott (1-0): Max Sgrecci 5 points, Ella Kramer 2 points, Jack Bond 2 points, Jaden Jarell 2 points, Jeremy Updyke 2 points, Jason Landon 1 point

Montour Moose (0-1): Mason Smith 3 points, Aaron Sutton 2 points, Mia Pickering 2 points, Adrianna Bergen 2 points, Brianna Tuttle 1 point

Bucket Bar and Grill 20, Watkins Supply 14

Bucket Bar and Grill (1-0): Hunter Mowry 11 points, Elijah Gaylor 3 points, Emma Lewis 2 points, Logan Antes 2 points, Leah Antes 1 point, Zach Smith 1 point

Watkins Supply (0-1): Jayden Bailor 8 points, Jacob Carnes 3 points, Blake Thomas 2 points, Hannah Albertsman 1 point

Glen girls fall to Newark Valley, 49-44

NEWARK VALLEY, Feb. 2, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team sustained its second straight loss Friday night, dropping a 49-44 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the NV gym.

The Senecas, who lost to Waverly earlier in the week and stand now at 14-3, trailed 11-7 after one period, 25-18 at halftime and 41-28 entering the fourth quarter. Watkins rallied with a 16-8 fourth quarter, but fell short.

Taylor Kelly and Danielle Leszyk led the Senecas in scoring with 12 points each, while Kelsey Kernan added 10. The Watkins statistics:

Taylor Kelly: 12 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals.
Danielle Leszyk: 12 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal.
Adrienna Solomon: 6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 steals.
Kelsey Kernan: 10 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist.
Hannah Morse: 4 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals.
Aislinn Klemann: 2 rebounds.

Junior Varsity: Newark Valley defeated Watkins Glen 67-31 as the Senecas slipped to 11-5. Mattie Yontz led the Senecas with 13 points, while Abby Gibson and Carly Arnold scored 7 each and Bailey Beaumont 4.

Watkins' Isaac McIlroy drives to the basket as NV's Donavin Anderson-Beebe defends.

Watkins boys rout NV, win division title

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 2, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team clinched the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School South Division title Friday night when it won its 8th straight game, a 64-33 rout of Newark Valley in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas (12-4), who will play either Whitney Point or Lansing for the IAC Large School championship in a game tentatvely scheduled for Feb. 14 at Tompkins Cortland Community College, got double-digit scoring from three players: Joe Chedzoy (18 points), Isaac McIlroy (15) and Mitchell Pike (11).

Other points came from Jacob DeJong (7), Collin Baker (7), Owen Scholtisek (3), Travon Jones (2), and Dylan Morse (1). The team converted 7 of 11 free throws.

Newark Valley -- which Watkins defeated earlier in the season on a buzzer-beater by McIlroy -- was led by Kyle Coffin's 11 points. The Cardinals converted 7 of 8 free throws.

Baker led Watkins Glen in rebounds with 11, while Chedzoy grabbed 8, McIlroy 6 and Jones 4. Chedzoy led in assists with 6, while Scholtisek and McIlroy each registered 3 steals. Baker also blocked 2 shots.

"Chedzoy was terrific tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "He held Coffin to 7 points while he was in there. Coffin is the same kid who scored 55 against Dryden, 40 against Waverly and 38 or 39 against Trumansburg. And he scored 23 against us the first time we played them.

"But it wasn't just Joe. The team did a good job, holding Newark Valley to just 20 points through three quarters. If we continue playing like that, we could be tough" as the post-season arrives.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Notre Dame -- on the Crusaders' Senior Night.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen -- which has clinched the IAC Large School South Division title and will play at home at a date to be announced, likely against Lansing -- defeated Newark Valley 51-36. Max Evans led the Senecas (15-1) with 19 points, while Jordan Avery scored 16, Seamus Mooney 8, Cameron Holland 4, and Bryce Kelly 4.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy shoots (top); the Senecas' Jacob DeJong launches a shot.

From left: Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse, Regan Scholtisek and Mitchell Pike.

From left: Watkins Glen's Matthew Herold drives to the hoop; Collin Baker launches a free throw, and Travon Jones passes the ball around an NV defender.

Odessa-Montour girls top Candor, 52-26

CANDOR, Feb. 2, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team improved to 11-5 with a 52-26 victory over Candor Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Candor gym.

Alexis Saunders and Olivia Grover led Odessa with 17 points each. Saunders also grabbed 6 rebounds and registered 5 steals. Grover grabbed 12 rebounds and registered 3 blocks and 3 steals.

Other points came from Kennedey Heichel (5), Sara Gardner (4), Jolynn Minnier (4, with 7 rebounds), Kara Reese (3), and Hunter Daugherty (2).

Odessa trailed 9-5 after one quarter, but a 20-4 second period lifted it to a 25-13 halftime lead. The advantage was 39-17 entering the fourth quarter.

"Lexi had 8 points in the second quarter and helped us get the lid off after that poor first quarter," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "and Olivia was solid around the basket.

"We played great defensively all night long and forced 32 turnovers. In the second and third quarters our defense created a lot of offense for us, and that was the key in the game. It was as solid a team defensive effort as we have had all season."

Odessa returns to action Tuesday at home against Newfield.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour (11-5) defeated Candor 36-27. Hannah Nolan led O-M with 13 points and 9 steals. Mallory Rhodes added 11 points.

Odessa-Montour's Devon Mahaney moves toward the basket in traffic.

O-M boys fall to Candor on Senior Night

ODESSA, Feb. 2, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 4-13 Friday night when the Indians dropped a 52-44 decision to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The loss came on Senior Night, when the team's lone senior, Zach Elliott, was honored in a pre-game ceremony. The O-M senior cheerleaders were also honored. They are exchange student Manuela Buffo, Hailey Ferguson, Emma Lodge, Katarina Minichello, Madison Morrissey, Nadia Simpson, Maria Scata and Isabel Foote.

O-M led at the end of one period, 17-16, but trailed 34-30 at halftime and 40-35 entering the fourth quarter. Candor outscored the Indians 12-9 down the stretch.

Devon Mahaney led O-M scorers with 9 points, while Jared Rumsey, Derrick Lewis and Paden Grover registered 8 each. Other points came from Preston Harris (4), Deshawn Johnson (3), Ryan Griswold (2), and Zach Elliott (2). Elliott, though injured, played a few seconds at the game's outset, scoring on a set play that allowed him an uncontested layup off a pass from the tipoff -- an evident tribute by both teams upon the occasion of his final home basketball game.

O-M converted just 3-of-14 free throws. Candor, led by Shawn Watson's 9 points, converted just 4-of-16 free throws.

"It was a game of runs tonight," said O-M Coach Matt Johnston. "With both teams coming off two days off due to weather, there were spurts of good basketball. There were also spots where neither team could score, and the game got sloppy. Their pressure hurt us in the second half. We turned the ball over way too many times at the end. We had the lead down to four late in the fourth quarter, only to have a turnover, and then they scored. We have two games left, so I am just looking for the kids to leave everything they have on the floor."

Odessa returns to action today (Saturday) at home against Tioga in a makeup game. The junior varsity contest starts at 2 p.m., with the varsity to follow.

Junior Varsity: Candor defeated Odessa-Montour 67-34.

Photo in text: O-M's Preston Harris drives to the basket against Candor.

O-M's lone senior on the boys basketball team was honored along with the O-M senior cheerleaders. From left: Hailey Ferguson, Maria Scata, Manuela Buffo, Nadia Simpson, Zach Elliott, Emma Lodge, Katarina Minichello and Madison Morrissey. Not present but due to be honored Saturday: Isabel Foote.

Left: O-M's Deshawn Johnson prepares to shoot. Center: Odessa's Paden Grover goes high for a shot. Right: Odessa's Derrick Lewis launches a jump shot.

And in the JV game:

Left: Odessa-Montour's Dominik Fazzary eyes the basket. Right: Odessa's Dominic Scott drives to the basket.

Bowling: Watkins girls win, boys lose

NEWARK VALLEY, Feb. 2, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity bowling team posted a 4-0 victory Friday over Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match.

The Watkins Glen boys, meanwhile, fell 4-0, losing two of the three games by a total of five pins.

Girls: Nikole VanDyke led the Senecas with a 544 series as they won all three games by a combined score of 2164-1806. Alyiah Clink-Bentley rolled a 430 and Makenzie Kellogg a 411 for Watkins.

Boys: The Senecas lost by scores of 918-870, 839-835 and 840-839, for a 2597-2544 total. H Nathaniel Rose led Watkins with a 581 series, while RJ Bannon posted a 560, Wrett Brower 498, and Wyatt Brower 454.

The Senecas compete today (Saturday) in the IAC Championships at the Valley Bowling Center in Waverly.

Strikers U10 girls soccer team wins tourney

CLIFTON SPRINGS, Jan. 30, 2019 -- The Strikers U10 girls indoor soccer team won a tournament held Jan. 26 at Midlakes High School in Clifton Springs.

The Strikers played four games -- against PalMac, Midlakes, Livonia and Marion. The tourney was decided in the Strikers' final game, where they needed to beat Marion in order to become champions over Livonia.

The Strikers' Michaela Wheaton scored the game's lone goal -- the 1-0 victory giving her team the championship.

Photo in text: The Strikers U10 team poses at the tournament. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen girls fall to Waverly again

WAVERLY, Jan. 30, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team fell to unbeaten Waverly for the second time this season Tuesday night, dropping a 64-38 Interscholastic Athletic Conference decision in the Waverly gym.

The Senecas, now 14-2, trailed 12-10 after one quarter and 31-23 at halftime before the Wolverines pulled away with a 17-4 third quarter. Waverly outscored Watkins 16-11 down the stretch.

Aislinn Klemann led Watkins in scoring with 9 points on three 3-pointers, while Kelsey Kernan scored 8 points, Taylor Kelly 7, Adrienna Solomon 6, Hannah Morse 6, and Danielle Leszyk 2. The team was 0-for-2 from the foul line.

Solomon led the Senecas in rebounds with 8, while Kernan grabbed 6. Kelly and Morse had 3 assists each. Kelly also blocked 2 shots.

Alex Tomasso led Waverly with 18 points, while Wendi Hammond scored 17. The team was 19-for-26 from the foul line.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Waverly 31-25 to improve to 11-4. Mattie Yontz scored 12 points for the Senecas, while Bailey Beaumont scored 7, Abby Gibson 6 and Julya Slater 5.

Left: Watkins Glen's Collin Baker (31) takes the ball to the hoop. Right: The Senecas' Dylan Morse goes up for a shot.

Watkins boys win 7th straight, clinch tie

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 30, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team won its seventh straight game Tuesday night, defeating Waverly 69-40 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The win put the Senecas two games ahead of IAC Large School South Division rival Notre Dame and clinched at least a tie with the Crusaders for the division title.

Watkins Glen led 14-7 after one quarter, 36-14 at halftime, and 49-33 entering the final period.

The Senecas, 11-4, got double-digit scoring from Isaac McIlroy (15 points), Joe Chedzoy (14) and Mitchell Pike (14). Owen Scholtisek added 9 points, Collin Baker 6, Dylan Morse 3, Travon Jones 2, Regan Scholtisek 2, Adam Pastore 2, and Jacob DeJong 2. The team was 6-for-8 from the foul line.

Dylan Ward led Waverly with 19 points. The Wolverines were 3-for-8 from the foul line.

Baker led Watkins in rebounds with 9, while Owen Scholtisek grabbed 5. Scholtisek led in assists with 6, and tied with Chedzoy and McIlroy for most steals, 2.

Coach John Fazzary, obviously pleased with the score, the winning streak and the strong position in the division, nonetheless pointed to his team's failure to curb Waverly's repeated offensive rebounds ("20 to 25 of them," he said) and the Senecas' numerous turnovers ("14 or 15").

"We did some good things on offense," he said. "We had some good play in stretches. But our defense was poor at times."

The team, he noted, would be working on rebounding, turnovers and defense before it hosts Newark Valley Friday in the Field House.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 14-1 with a 70-55 victory over Waverly. Max Evans led the team with 20 points, while Jordan Avery scored 19, Cameron Holland 11, Bryce Kelly 10, Seamus Mooney 8, and Jacob Yontz 2.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy drives to the basket.
Bottom: The Senecas' Owen Scholtisek moves past a Waverly defender

Left: Watkins Glen's Jacob DeJong shoots. Right: The Senecas' Travon Jones fires as a Waverly defender moves in.

Left: Watkins Glen's Mitchell Pike prepares to shoot. Right: The Senecas' Joe Chedzoy has a defender's hand in his face as he launches a shot.

Watkins Glen bowlers lose to Waverly

WAVERLY, Jan. 30, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity boys and girls bowling teams fell Tuesday to Waverly in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at the Valley Bowling Center.

Boys: Watkins Glen lost 3-1. The Senecas won the first game, 953-946, but dropped the second and third games and total pinfall, 2956-2840. H Nathaniel Rose led Watkins with a 226-228-171=625 series. Wrett Brower posted a 569 series (with a 224 game), RJ Bannon 561 (with a 245), Wyatt Brower 525 (with a 221), and Casen Weeden 505 (with a 202). Derek Canfield led Waverly with a 709 series.

Girls: Watkins Glen fell 4-0, losing all three games by a combined 2573-2305. Brooke Usher led the Senecas with a 461 series, while Alyiah Clink-Bentley rolled a 460, and Nancy Jackson and Nikole VanDyke 458 each.

OM/WG wrestlers fall to Horseheads

HORSEHEADS, Jan. 30, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen varsity wrestling team dropped a 69-15 decision Tuesday night to Horseheads in a non-league match in the Horseheads High School gym.

Wins for OM/WG were posted by Joshua Beckley at 182 pounds (a 7-0 decision over Allan Walker), and by Josh Bravo (220) and Dylan Houseknecht (285) by forfeit.

Photo in text: OM/WG's Joshua Beckley (top) on the way to victory at 182 pounds. (Photo by Bettelynn Bravo)

Athletes of the Week: Planty, Gardner

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 28, 2019 -- This week we honor Watkins Glen runner Gabe Planty and Odessa-Montour basketball player Sara Gardner as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Planty broke his own school record with a state qualifying time of 4:26.8 in the indoor Mile run at the Ocean Breeze Invitational on Staten Island, while Gardner poured in 21 points as her O-M squad improved to 10-5 with a 49-35 victory over Spencer-Van Etten.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen track's Jill Cantieni; O-M wrestlers Dylan Houseknecht, Collin Haag and Josiah Lynch; Watkins Glen basketball's Taylor Kelly, Danielle Leszyk, Isaac McIlroy, Joe Chedzoy and Owen Scholtisek; O-M basketball's Olivia Grover; Watkins Glen bowlers Wyatt Brower, H Nathaniel Rose and Nikole VanDyke; and O-M bowlers Jackie Vincent and Jana Arias.

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

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 6

The following are the results of the sixth week of Watkins Glen Youth Basketball, held at Watkins Glen High School. It was the final week of league play. Playoffs start next weekend.

3rd-4th Grades

Curly's 28, Sporting Goods 10

Curly's: Cayden Lagramada 16, Jax Decker 12.
Sporting Goods: Logan Bills 6, Jayden Scholtisek 2, Isabella Duncan 2.

Maguire's 24, Famous Brands 4

Maguire's: Olivia Kelley 10, Bryce Bockelkamp 8, Isaak Willett 4, Emma Cady 2.
Famous Brands: Leon Lagramada 4.

Final League Standings:

Curly's Family Restaurant 4-2: League Champions*
Maguire's 4-2
Watkins Sporting Goods 3-3
Famous Brands 1-5

*Tie was broken by total points of match-up of both teams during season: Curly's 42, Maguire's 36.

5th-6th Grade Results

VanSkiver's 31, Capt. Bill's 22

VanSkiver's: Lukas Hoffman 9, Isaiah Sissel 8, Rachel Vickio 6, Caleb Bresett 4, Anna Franzese 4.
Capt. Bill's: Christopher Simiele 16, Joshua Nyre 4, Caelyn Baker 2.

WG Supply 25, Seneca Lodge 20

WG Supply: Tyler Smith 15, Amos Diliberto 4, Brady Bockelkamp 2, Addison Coolican 2, Ryan Baudendistle 2.
Seneca Lodge: Nick D'Alleva 14, Dominic Gould 2, Grace Underdown 2, and Molly Coolican 2.

Final League Standings:

VanSkiver Motors 6-0: League Champions
Capt Bill's 4-2
Watkins Glen Supply 1-5
Seneca Lodge 1-5

Play-Off Schedule
Walter "Red" Matthews Memorial Play-Offs: 2019

3rd-4th Grades

8:30 a.m.
#1 Curly's Family Restaurant vs #4 Famous Brands (North Court)
#2 Maguire's vs #3 Watkins Sporting Goods (South Court)

5th-6th Grades

9:45 a.m.
#1VanSkiver Motors vs #4 Seneca Lodge (North Court)
#2 Capt. Bill's vs Watkins Glen Supply (South Court)

Odessa swimmers win 'C' title at Beecher

ELMIRA, Jan. 27, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team won the Class C title for the second straight year Saturday at the annual John Beecher Invitational swim meet at the Ernie Davis Academy natatorium.

The Indians, with 290 points, placed ahead of runnerup Susquehanna Valley (249), with Lansing in third place (215).

"The entire team swam very well and most set new personal records in their events," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "This invitational is our favorite to attend. It's a high-energy meet and a great pool. I'm very proud of the team and the way they swam today."

Posting personal records for O-M were:

--Brett Walters in the 200 Free (2:04.75) and 100 Free (54.89)
--Johnny Niedermaier in the 200 IM (2:36.90) and 100 Fly (1:09.05)
--Caleb Thomas in the 50 Free (27.85) and 100 Breaststroke (1:17.92)
--Justin Ruocco in the 100 Free (1:01.53) and 100 Back (1:12.25)
--Justin Andrews in the 200 Free (2:36.41) and 500 Free (7:15.68)
--Noah Hollenbeck in the 200 Free (2:37.55).

Photo in text: The O-M boys swim team after winning the Class C Title at the Beecher Invitational. (Photo provided)

Planty sets school mark in indoor Mile

STATEN ISLAND, NY, Jan. 27, 2019 -- Watkins Glen High School junior Gabe Planty established a new school indoor record in the One Mile Run Saturday at the Ocean Breeze Invitational on Staten Island.

"Gabe came to this meet to compete against some tougher competition," said Coach Rod Weeden. "That is what he got. Even though he placed sixth in his heat, his time of 4:26.8 set a new school indoor record and gave him an automatic qualifying time" for the state championship meet. He had held the old school mark of 4:32.2, as well.

The rest of the Watkins Glen team went to the Rochester Institute of Technology Saturday with Coach Kelly Stermer to compete in an invitational meet there. In that meet:

--Matt Wood of Dundee, who is training with the WGHS team, crushed his 3200 personal best with a 10:10.17, dropping 15 seconds off his time.

--Lily Hall, also a Dundee athlete training with WGHS, set a personal best in the Long Jump of 16' 5.5". She also went 34' 1.75" in the Triple Jump.

Among Watkins Glen athletes:

--Allison Gibson ran an 8.31 in the 55 Meter Dash.
--Kai Sutterby ran a 3:37.73 in the 1000 Meters.
--Kaylana Rekczis posted a 9:28.72 in the 1500 Meter Race Walk.
--Haley Dean ran a 2:00.18 in the 600 Meters.
--Lawrence Majors ran a PR of 1:38.39 in the 600 Meters.
--Breanna Carl ran a 5:59.79 in the 1500 Meters.
--Sam Thorsland posted a 5:27.05 in the 1600 Meters.
--Cal Sutterby ran 47.76 in the 300 Meters.
--Cierra Barber threw the Shot 22' 4".
--Allison Gibson went 14' 5.25" in the Long Jump.
--Jill Cantieni set a new school record in the Weight Throw at 17' 11.5".

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Photos in text:

Top: Gabe Planty with Coach Rod Weeden. (Photos provided)
Bottom: Dundee's Lily Hall competed in the Long Jump and Triple Jump.

Left: Watkins Glen race walker Kaylana Rekczis. Right: From left, Haley Dean, Matt Wood and Lance Majors. (Photos provided)

OM/WG's Josiah Lynch has the upper hand on the way to third place at 132 pounds. (Photo by Bettelynn Bravo)

6 from OM/WG place at IAC Wrestling

WAVERLY, Jan. 27, 2019 -- Six members of the Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen varsity wrestling team placed in the top six of their respective weight classes Saturday at the annual Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championships at Waverly High School.

Two of them -- Dylan Houseknecht (285) pounds and Collin Haag (145 pounds) -- finished in second place. Josiah Lynch placed thrid at 132 pounds.

Haag had a bye and then won two matches before falling in the First Place Match to Ethan Stotler of Waverly (a fall in 1:56). Houseknecht had a bye and then won twice before losing to Trentyn Rupert of Newark Valley (a fall in 2:00).

Lynch, in the 132-pound weight class, had a bye, and then won three of four matches, the last a 7-0 decision over Nash Vincent of Marathon.

Both Andrew Hartford (126 pounds) and Josh Bravo (220) placed fifth. Hartford went 4-2, winning the 5th Place Match over Groton's Jeter Neff. Bravo (220 pounds) went 3-2, winning the 5th Place Match over Camdon White of Moravia, a fall in 45 seconds.

Joshua Beckley placed sixth at 170 pounds, going 3-3 and losing the 5th Place Match 8-2 to Jaden Howell of Groton.

Photos in text:

Top: OM/WG's Josh Bravo on the way to fifth place at 220. (Photos by Bettelynn Bravo)
Bottom: OM/WG's Dylan Houseknecht on the podium with his second-place medal.

Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen's Andrew Hartford, top, en route to fifth place at 126. (Photo by Bettelynn Bravo)

Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk, left and Jena Slater drive to the hoop.

Watkins Glen girls top Edison, 58-25

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 26, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team -- led by Taylor Kelly's 18 points and 17 by Danielle Leszyk -- defeated Edison 58-25 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas, playing without point guard Hannah Morse -- one of many Watkins Glen students down with the flu -- also got 12 points from Adrienna Solomon. The win lifted the team's season mark to 14-1.

Watkins Glen led 14-6 after one period, 24-12 at halftime, and 46-21 entering the fourth period. The team converted 14 of 24 free throws.

Individual statistics:

Taylor Kelly: 18 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals.
Danielle Leszyk: 17 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals.
Adrienna Solomon: 12 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals.
Kelsey Kernan: 5 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals.
Jena Slater: 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal.
Kathleen Clifford: 2 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block.
Ali LaMoreaux: 2 points, 3 rebounds.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Edison 37-15. The Senecas' Mattie Yontz scored 11 points, Carly Arnold 10, Bailey Beaumont 7, Jenna Solomon 4, Savannah Ayers 3, and Julya Slater 2.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly drives to the basket.

Left: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan (12) reaches for a rebound. Right: The Senecas' Adrienna Solomon goes up for a shot in traffic.

And in the JV game:

From left: Watkins Glen's Julya Slater, Carly Arnold and Jenna Solomon.

Watkins boys defeat TAE, move to 10-4

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Jan. 26, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team won its sixth straight game Friday night, defeating Edison 55-37 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Edison gym.

The Senecas, now 10-4, were led by Isaac McIlroy's 16 points. They also got double-digit scoring from Joe Chedzoy (13 points) and Owen Scholtisek (10), along with 8 points each from Mitchell Pike and Collin Baker.

Baker led the team in rebounds with 8, while McIlroy grabbed 6 and Jacob DeJong 5. Scholtisek led in assists (5) and steals (4), while Pike and Baker each blocked two shots.

"I'm glad we won," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, "but we weren't real sharp tonight" -- a situation he attributed to a long break (nine days) between games, and illness that thinned his roster by two players.

"We had a couple of good stretches," he said, "but we got sloppy with the ball, too." The Senecas had 15 turnovers.

They return to action Tuesday at home against Waverly, and the coach said "we have some work to do" to get ready for the Wolverines.

Odessa-Montour's Kennedey Heichel (3) fights for possession of the ball.

Odessa girls top S-VE, 49-35; now 10-5

ODESSA, Jan. 26, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Sara Gardner's career-high 21 points -- defeated Spencer-Van Etten 49-35 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The victory lifted the Indians' season mark to 10-5.

Gardner, who hit four 3-pointers, was joined in double figures by Olivia Grover, who scored 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Other points came from Kennedey Heichel (6, with 6 assists and 5 steals), Jolynn Minnier (6, with 10 rebounds), and Lexi Saunders (5).

Odessa was up 15-14 after one period, 28-23 at halftime and 38-31 entering the fourth quarter. They outscored the Panthers 11-4 down the stretch.

"This was probably the most physical game of the season," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "and it was good to see Sara step up and put the ball in the basket in that type of game. Jolynn gave us a great spark off the bench and was a real force on the boards.

"We took their best shot early and clamped down on defense in the fourth quarter to put them away."

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour handed S-VE its first league loss, 45-38, to improve to 10-5 after an 0-3 start. Autumn Garrison led the Indians with 16 points, while Hannah Nolan and Mallory Rhodes each scored 11. Odessa is 7-3 in league play and still two games back of S-VE in the standings.

Photo in text: O-M's Sara Gardner looks to shoot. She scored 21 points.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Olivia Grover, Lexi Saunders and Jolynn Minnier.

And in the JV game:

O-M's Camille Sgrecci, left, and Hannah Nolan battle an S-VE player for the ball.

Odessa-Montour's Mackenzie Cannon, left, and Mallory Rhodes.

O-M's Autumn Garrison takes aim at the basket as two S-VE defenders approach.

Odessa boys fall to Spencer-Van Etten

SPENCER, Jan. 26, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 4-12 Friday night with a 56-34 Interscholastic Athletic Conference loss to Spencer-Van Etten in the S-VE gym.

The Indians, with team leader Zach Elliott out with an injury, trailed 21-5 after one period and 33-14 at halftime.

Preston Harris led the team with 8 points, while Jared Rumsey scored 7, Deshawn Johnson 5, Devon Mahaney 5, Paden Grover 4, Derrick Lewis 3, and Cayden Confer 2.

The team returns to action Tuesday at home against Tioga.

Junior Varsity: Spencer-Van Etten defeated Odessa-Montour.

The Watkins Glen boys varsity bowling team honored six seniors Friday. From left: Casen Weeden, Dylan Markley, Wyatt Brower, Alex Pesco, H Nathaniel Rose, Wrett Brower.

Bowling: Watkins boys top O-M; girls tie

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 26 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity bowling team -- led by a 601 series by Wyatt Brower and a 598 by H Nathaniel Rose -- defeated Odessa-Montour 4-0 Friday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes.

The Senecas won all three games by a combined 2643-1922. Wrett Brower rolled a 490, Alex Pesco 478, Dylan Markley 451, and Casen Weeden 434.

Odessa-Montour was led by Austin Hoyt's 448, followed closely by Dominick Elliott's 447 and Eric Rumsey's 446.

"Wyatt is bowling very well down the stretch," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower, "and H. Rose has been solid all year."

Girls: Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour tied 2-2, with the Senecas winning the second and third games but losing the first game and total pinfall, 2210-2206.

Nikole VanDyke led Watkins Glen with a 596 series that included 236 and 220 games. Haley Cornish added a 487, and Makenzie Kellogg a 408.

Jackie Vincent led O-M with a 529 series, while Jana Arias was a pin back at 528. Pixie Kinner added a 427.

"Nikole had another great day, and Hayley finished well," said Coach Brower. "I have been the bowling coach here for over a decade now and today, when (senior) Hannah St. Julien got a strike, the cheers were the loudest that I have experienced here. Everyone in the building cheered. That's what it's all about."

Senior Night: Watkins Glen seniors were honored in a pre-match ceremony. The senior boys are Wyatt Brower, Wrett Brower, Dylan Markley, H Nathaniel Rose, Alex Pesco and Casen Weeden. The senior girls are Nancy Jackson, Nikole VanDyke and Hannah St. Julien.

Photos in text:

Top: The three seniors on the Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team were honored Friday. From left: Nancy Jackson, Hannah St. Julien and Nikole VanDyke.
Bottom: O-M's Jackie Vincent registers a spare.

Watkins Glen's Scott Brubaker competes in the 100 Individual Medley.

Watkins swimmers fall to So. Cayuga

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 26, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team dropped a 95-59 decision Friday to Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The Senecas got first-place finishes from:

--Nate Wickham in the 50 Free. He tied Southern Cayuga's JD Rejman at 24.82.

--Georgio Fazzary, who totaled 170.70 points in the Diving.

--Nate Wickham in the 100 Fly (1:13.10).

--Steven Gublo in the 100 Back (1:19.30).

--Ben Swinnerton in the 100 Breast (1:28.99).

*****

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham hits the water at start of the 50 Yard Freestyle.

Bottom: The Senecas' Georgio Fazzary dives. He placed first.

Odessa-Montour's Caleb Thomas on the way to second place in the 100 Breaststroke.

Odessa swimmers fall to Waverly

ODESSA, Jan. 26, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team fell 73-21 to Waverly Friday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

O-M, which failed to win a race, got second-place finishes from:

--The 200 Medley Relay team of Tyler Carson, Caleb Thomas, Johnny Niedermaier and Brett Walters.
--Brett Walters in the 200 Individual Medley.
--Micah Brewster in the 500 Free.
--The 200 Free Relay team of Walters, Justin Ruocco, Niedermaier and Brewster.
--Thomas in the 100 Breast.

*****

Photo at right: The team's two seniors, Johnny Niedermaier (left) and Tyler Carson, were honored in a Senior Night ceremony.

Athletes of the Week: Planty, Walters

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 20, 2019 -- This week we honor a runner and a swimmer as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

The runner is Watkins Glen High School's Gabe Planty, who won the Small Schools division 3200 Meter race at the Hurley Indoor Track and Field Invitational at Ithaca College. He easily outraced the field with a time of 9:56.

The swimmer is Odessa-Montour's Brett Walters, who posted eight wins in eight tries over two meets -- both team victories as the Indians improved to 9-1. In addition to four relays, he captured the 100 Free and 100 Back in one meet, and the 500 Free and 100 Back in the other. He has won this year at least once in every individual event offered.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen track's Allie Gibson; O-M basketball's Olivia Grover; Watkins Glen bowling's Wyatt Brower and Nikole VanDyke; O-M swimmer Bailey Hornbrook; Watkins Glen basketball's Owen Scholtisek, Isaac McIlroy, Joe Chedzoy, Hannah Morse, Taylor Kelly, Adrienna Solomon and Danielle Leszyk; and Watkins Glen swimmer Nate Wickham.

Honorable Mention: Another 41 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 5

The following are the results of the fifth week of Watkins Glen Youth Basketball, held at Watkins Glen High School.

3rd-4th Grade Results

Sporting Goods 27, Famous Brands 20

Sporting Goods -- Jayden Scholtisek 23, Isabella Duncan 4.
Famous Brands -- Nolan Reynolds 6, Leon Lagramada 6, Nicolai Holmes 4, Brooklyn Thompson 2, Grace Weed 2.

Curly's 30, Maguire's 16

Curly's -- Cayden Lagramada 14, Zander Featherman 10, Amy Field 4, Paige Ells 2.
Maguire's -- Bryce Bockelkamp 10, Austen Karius 2, Serephina Sissel 2, Aleah Ventra 2.

Standings:
Watkins Sporting Goods 3-2
Maguire's 3-2
Curly's Family Restaurant 3-2
Famous Brands 1-4

5th-6th Grade Results

VanSkiver's 28, WG Supply 12

VanSkiver's -- Caleb Bresett 10, Isaiah Sissel 6, Rachel Vickio 6, Olivia VanSkiver 4, Luke Welton 2.
WG Supply -- Brady Bockelkamp 8, Tyler Smith 4.

Capt. Bill's 24, Seneca Lodge 18

Capt. Bill's -- Joshua Nyre 10, Natalie Oliver 6, Levi Murphy 4, Caelyn Baker 4.
Seneca Lodge -- Nick D'Alleva 18.

Standings:
VanSkiver Motors 5-0
Capt. Bill's 4-1
Seneca Lodge 1-4
Watkins Glen Supply 0-5

Watkins' Thalia Marquez prepares to launch the Weight Throw ball. (Photo provided)

Personal, school marks set at Hurley meet

ITHACA, Jan. 19, 2019 -- Personal and school records were set Friday as the Watkins Glen High School Indoor Track Team competed at the Hurley Indoor Track and Field Invitational at Ithaca College..

Watkins Glen athletes and those from Dundee training with WGHS posted 12 personal records (PRs) at the meet -- which was divided into large and small school competitions. Watkins Glen and Dundee competed in the small schools competition.

Highlights of the night included:

--Gabe Planty winning the small school 3200 meter race.
--Lily Hall (Dundee) winning the Triple Jump with a personal best.
--Allison Gibson setting a new school indoor record in the Long Jump.
--Jill Cantieni and Thalia Marquez making history as the first girls from Watkins Glen to throw the Indoor weight throw, setting the first marks in this relatively new event. (This event requires the young ladies to propel a 20-pound ball attached to a short pivoting handle as far as they can. As you can imagine, it also requires a lot of safety precautions.)

Results, by event:

55 Meters Boys: 17th Nick Wilston 7.55 seconds; 27th Cal Sutterby 8.51
55 Meters Girls: 9th Allison Gibson 8.09 seconds (PR); 13th Lily Hall (Dundee) 8.18; 19th Haley Dean 8.53
300 Meters Boys: 20th Lance Majors 45.32 (PR); 22nd Duncan Weber 48.87 (PR)
300 Meters Girls: 8th Haley Dean 48.86
600 Meters Boys: 4th Matt Wood (Dundee) 1:31.7 (PR); 12th Lance Majors 1:39.59
1000 Meters Girls: 4th Kai Sutterby 3:29.65 (PR)
1500 Meters Girls: 12th Breanna Carl 6:03.52 (running with a cast on her arm)
1600 Meters Boys: 9th Sam Thorsland 5:14.87 (PR); 24th Dylan Nguyen 6:12.88
3200 Meters Boys: 1st Gabe Planty 9:56; 3rd Matt Wood (Dundee) 10:44
Long Jump Boys: 9th Nick Wilston 18’ 4.5 “ (PR)
Long Jump Girls: 4th Allison Gibson 15’ 2” (PR and New School Record); 14th Brianna Hayes 12’11.5” (PR)
Triple Jump Girls: 1st Lily Hall (Dundee) 34’10.5” (PR)
High Jump Girls: 2nd Allison Gibson 4’6”
Shot Put Girls: 20th Jill Cantieni 22’ 2.25”; 23rd Cierra Barber 20’10.25”
Weight Throw Girls: 14th Jill Cantieni 17’0.25” (PR and Sets School Mark); 16th Thalia Marquez 13’10.5” (PR)

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty, left, and Dundee's Matt Wood on the way to a 1-3 finish in the 3200 Meter Run.
Bottom: Dundee's Lily Hall, left, and Watkins Glen's Cal Sutterby and Haley Dean at the Hurley Invitational. (Photos provided)

Odessa-Montour's Olivia Grover is fouled as she drives to the basket against Moravia.

Comeback falls short; O-M loses 49-44

ODESSA, Jan. 19, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team led early, fell behind by nine points in the fourth quarter, and rallied to within two before falling to Moravia 49-44 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians, now 9-5, broke away to early 9-0 and 13-2 leads, but Moravia (10-2) closed to within 14-10 by the end of the first quarter.

Odessa built its lead back up, scoring the first four points of the second quarter on the way to a 24-14 lead -- but Moravia responded with 10 straight points to tie the game before a Sara Gardner buzzer beater gave the Indians a 26-24 edge at intermission.

The third quarter was tight throughout, with several lead changes -- and ended 36-36.

The fourth quarter saw Moravia score the first six points on a pair of 3-pointers in the first 1:09. The Devils built their lead to nine points, 46-37, with 3:06 remaining, and led by the same score after O-M missed a pair of free throws with 2:11 left.

But the Indians' Olivia Grover grabbed the rebound on the second miss and scored to cut the Moravia lead to 46-39, and then scored again off a Grace Vondracek pass at 1:24 to trim the deficit to five points. Then, at 1:01, Odessa's Kara Reese hit a rainbow 3 from the corner to bring the Indians within two points, 46-44.

O-M got no closer, though, and was forced to foul Moravia twice in the closing 16 seconds, with the Devils sinking three of their four free throws.

"We gave an outstanding effort tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "but we just couldn't close it out.

"Our execution in the fourth quarter wasn't very good. We had too many turnovers and rushed shots, and that run by Moravia in the first four minutes really was the difference in the game.

"Give Moravia credit," he added. "They've been there before and they know how to close out a game."

Grover led Odessa in scoring with 17 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked 5 shots. Gardner scored 10 points, Reese 8 (with 6 rebounds), Kennedey Heichel 5 (with 5 assists), and Vondracek 4 (with 6 rebounds). The team hit five 3-pointers, and converted 13 of 20 free throws.

Moravia was led by Grace Wasileski and Sierra Lyon, who each scored 12 points. The team hit nine 3-pointers, and converted 6 of 9 free throws.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour improved to 9-5 by running past Moravia 51-19. The Indians were led by Mallory Rhodes' 14 points, and 12 by Hannah Nolan. Jessica Carnes added 7 points, and Ida Sidle 6. The Indians started fast, building a 23-2 first-quarter lead on the way to a 37-7 first half, and coasted from there.

Photos in text:

From top: O-M's Sara Gardner shoots in traffic; the Indians' Kennedey Heichel drives past a Moravia defender; O-M's Kara Reese eyes the basket.

Left: O-M's Grace Vondracek prepares to shoot. Right: The Indians' Jolynn Minnier maneuvers for a shot.

Left: O-M's Lexi Saunders attempts a shot in heavy traffic. Right: The Indians' Kara Reese sends a 3-pointer on its way.

And in the JV game:

Odessa-Montour's Ida Sidle sends a pass across the court against Moravia.

Left: O-M's Hannah Nolan drives to the basket. Right: The Indians' Mallory Rhodes maneuvers for a shot.

Odessa's Autumn Garrison sends a shot on its way.

Left: O-M's Camille Sgrecci shoots. Right: The Indians' Mackenzie Cannon drives past a Moravia defender.

Watkins Glen bowlers top Notre Dame

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 19, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams registered 4-0 victories Friday over Elmira Notre Dame in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Boys: Wyatt Brower rolled a 183-205-225=613 series to lead the Senecas to a sweep of all three games by a combined total of 2718-2312. H Nathaniel Rose added a 579 series (with a 229), RJ Bannon a 521, Wrett Brower and Dylan Markley 473 each, and Casen Weeden 461.

Girls: Nikole VanDyke posted a 557 series (with 200 and 202 games) to lead the girls to a sweep by a combined 2299-2212. Hayley Cornish added a 503 series, Nancy Jackson 451, and Alyiah Clink-Bentley 422.

"It was Wyatt's day today for the boys team," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower, "and Nikole had another great day for the girls."

Bowling: O-M girls top Tioga; boys lose

WAVERLY, Jan. 18, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity bowling team posted a 4-0 victory Thursday over Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at the Valley Bowling Center.

Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 517 series that included a 202 game, while Jana Arias posted a career-high 507, and Pixie Kinner a 496. O-M won all three games by a combined total of 2304-1848.

Boys: O-M fell 4-0 to Tioga, losing all three games by a combined 3055-2218. Eric Rumsey led the Indians with a 552 series that included a 227 game, while Austin Hoyt posted a career-best 511.

Odessa-Montour returns to action next Friday, Jan. 25, against Watkins Glen at Harborside Lanes in Watkins.

OM/WG's Andrew Hartford, right, takes down his opponent en route to a win at 126.

O-M/WG wrestlers defeat Marathon

ODESSA, Jan. 18, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen varsity wrestling team improved its Interscholastic Athletic Conference mark to 2-2 and its overall record to 10-13 Thursday night with a 30-21 victory over Marathon in O-M's Jack Davis Gym.

O-M/WG won competitive matches at:

126 pounds: Andrew Hartford won 8-3.
138 pounds: Josiah Lynch won by a pin in 46 seconds.
145 pounds: Collin Haag overcame an early 0-5 deficit to win 13-9.
220 pounds: Josh Bravo won by a pin in 27 seconds.

It lost competitive matches at:

160 pounds: Tristian Harrington lost by a pin in 1:41.
182 pounds: Joshua Beckley lost a 2-1 decision.

O-M also won by forfeit at 120 and 285 pounds.

The Indians return to action Saturday at the IAC Championships in Waverly.

Senior Night: OM/WG's four seniors were honored in a pre-match ceremony. They are Josh Bravo, Collin Haag, Andrew Hartford and Dylan Houseknecht.

Photo in text: OM/WG's Collin Haag, right, on the way to victory at 145 pounds.

Seniors on the OM/WG wrestling team were honored at Senior Night ceremony. From left: Dylan Houseknecht, Andrew Hartford, Collin Haag and Josh Bravo.

Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen's Josiah Lynch nears victory in his bout at 138 pounds.

OM/WG's Joshua Beckler, top, battles at 182 pounds. He lost a 2-1 decision.

O-M swimmers top Dryden, 102-67

DRYDEN, Jan. 18, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team improved its season mark to 9-1 Thursday with a 102-67 victory over Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Dryden pool.

First-place finishes for O-M:

200 Medley Relay: Tyler Carson, Caleb Thomas, Johnny Niedermaier and Brett Walters 2:06.30
200 Free: Micah Brewster 2:22.36
200 IM: Bailey Hornbrook 2:30.73 (season best)
50 Free: Jake Mayette 25.57
100 Free: Brett Walters 56.29
500 Free: Micah Brewster 6:17.94 (season best)
200 Free Relay: Mayette, Niedermaier, Brewster, Hornbrook 1:46.04
100 Back: Brett Walters 1:06.87 (season best)
400 Free Relay: Brewster, Hornbrook, Mayette and Walters 4:14.19

Second-place finishes for O-M:

Johnny Niedermaier in the 200 Free (2:24.75) and 100 Fly (1:20.50)
Bailey Hornbrook in the 100 Free (1:00.29)
Jake Mayette in the 100 Breast (1:18.47)

"The O-M boys continue to impress with their aggressive swimming and versatility," said Coach Terri Brace. "Brett Walters validated his position as the ultimate utility swimmer tonight. With his win in the 100 Freestyle, he has now taken first place in a dual meet in every individual event offered. This is a remarkable accomplishment.

"Tyler Carson also swam an excellent 100 Fly, dropping 12 seconds off his best time. Also posting best times tonight were Noah Hollenbeck in the 50 Free and 100 Breast, Justin Andrews in the 200 and 500 Free, and rookie Justin Ruocco in the 100 Free and 100 Back.

"As a coach it is very satisfying to see things fall into place as they have, and to watch the team perform so well both individually and as a team. I couldn’t be more pleased with the entire team."

Watkins Glen bowlers defeat Marathon

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 18, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls bowling teams posted victories Thursday over Marathon in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Boys: Wrett Brower rolled a 554 series (with a 212) to lead the Senecas to a three-game sweep, 2494-1708. Wyatt Brower registered a 508, H Nathaniel Rose 506 (with a 219) and R.J. Bannon 479.

Girls: Nikole VanDyke led the Senecas with a 521 series (with a 206) as Watkins won all three games by a total of 2226-1542. Nancy Jackson rolled a 443, Hayley Cornish 434 and Alyiah Clink-Bentley 430.

Left: O-M's Zach Elliott passes the ball. Right: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy drives toward the basket.

Watkins boys top O-M, 52-38

3 Senecas in double figures; Watkins JV wins, 56-37

ODESSA, Jan. 17, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team took an early lead and held it throughout the game as it defeated Odessa-Montour 52-38 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference battle in a packed O-M gym.

The Senecas got double-digit scoring from Owen Scholtisek (13 points), Isaac McIlroy (11) and Joe Chedzoy (10) as they won their fifth straight game, improving their season mark to 9-4. Odessa's record slipped to 4-10.

Watkins Glen built an early 8-0 lead, and after Odessa had scored six points on a pair of Devon Mahaney 3-pointers, the Senecas scored six of their own on the way to a 17-11 first-quarter lead bolstered at the buzzer by a McIlroy 3-pointer.

Odessa pulled as close as three points, 21-18, in the second period, but trailed at halftime 25-19. O-M came within two points at 25-23 in the third quarter, but were outscored 12-3 in the remainder of that period, and trailed 37-26 entering the fourth quarter. The Senecas then outscored the Indians 15-12 down the stretch.

Other points for Watkins Glen came from Mitchell Pike (8), Jacob DeJong (6), Regan Scholtisek (3), and Travon Jones (1). The team was 11-for-20 from the foul line.

McIloy led in rebounds with 5 and assists with 4. Owen Scholtisek and Chedzoy had 3 steals each, and DeJong blocked 2 shots.

Odessa was led by Zach Elliott's 11 points. Also scoring were Deshawn Johnson (8 points), Devon Mahaney (6), Preston Harris (4), Paden Grover (3), Cayden Confer (2), Derrick Lewis (2), Jared Rumsey (1), and Ryan Griswold (1). The team converted 15 of 21 free throws.

Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary praised the play of DeJong and Owen Scholtisek, and the job the defense did in holding O-M under 40 points.

"The game was a typical one of these, where emotions come into play," he said.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 12-1 by defeating Odessa-Montour 56-37.

Jordan Avery led the Senecas with 16 points, while Max Evans scored 14, Bryce Kelly 10, Seamus Mooney 8, Tim Clifford 4, Cameron Holland 2, and Jacob Powers 2. The team was 6-for-11 from the foul line.

Cameron Elliott led Odessa with 14 points, while Dominic Scott scored 12, Anthony Robinson 4, Veer Patel 3, Keith June 2, and Dominik Fazzary 2. The team converted 6 of 14 free throws.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek drives to the basket.
Bottom: The Senecas' Isaac McIlroy prepares to shoot.

Left: O-M's Devon Mahaney shoots. Right: The Indians' Paden Grover drives.

From left: Watkins Glen's Jacob DeJong and Mitchell Pike, and O-M's Derrick Lewis.

From left: O-M's Deshawn Johnson and Watkins Glen's Adam Pastore and Travon Jones.

Left: O-M's Cayden Confer scores. Right: The Indians' Ryan Griswold shoots.

The crowd was a full one at Wednesday night's game. Here, a part of the student section.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins' Max Evans takes the ball to the hoop. Right: O-M's Cameron Elliott shoots.

Left: O-M's Dominic Scott shoots. Right: Watkins' Seamus Mooney takes aim.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jordan Avery eyes the hoop. Right: O-M's Phoenix Parmenter (5) makes a move toward the basket.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse drives toward the basket as Odessa-Montour's Sara Gardner (25) and Olivia Grover defend.

Watkins girls top O-M, 53-36

Solomon, TK net double doubles; O-M's JV wins

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 16, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team improved its record to 13-1 Tuesday night when it pulled away from Odessa-Montour, 53-36, in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game played before a near-capacity crowd in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas, who had lost to O-M each of the past two seasons -- including in Watkins' state championship year -- got 14 points and 11 rebounds from Adrienna Solomon and 12 points and 10 rebounds from Taylor Kelly to hold off the Indians.

Sara Gardner led Odessa with 12 points on four 3-pointers.

Odessa (9-4) led just once in the game, at 2-0. Watkins Glen scored the next seven points on the way to a 17-9 first-quarter edge and a 24-9 lead early in the second quarter. But O-M went on a 15-2 run to close out the first half, pulling to within two points, 26-24, at intermission.

Watkins Glen pulled away again, building a 13-point lead, 39-26, with 1:41 left in the third quarter. Odessa rallied again, scoring seven straight points to cut the deficit to six points, 39-33, but the Senecas took control from there. They outscored O-M 14-3 down the stretch.

"We dug too deep a hole early again," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We had good looks early and couldn't put the ball in the hole. We made a nice run in the second quarter to get back in it, but dug the hole again to start the third and didn't have enough left to make another run.

"Hannah Morse created a ton of havoc on the defensive end of the floor, especially in the second half. She really disrupted us. We have to regroup and get ready for Moravia on Friday. That's a must win for the division."

Watkins Glen statistics:

Taylor Kelly: 12 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals.
Danielle Leszyk: 10 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal.
Hannah Morse: 8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 8 assists.
Adrienna Solomon: 14 points, 11 rebounds.
Kelsey Kernan: 5 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals.
Aislinn Klemann: 3 points, 1 rebound.
Jena Slater: 1 point, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block.
Kathleen Clifford: 1 block.

The team was 9-for-14 from the foul line.

Available Odessa-Montour statistics:

Sara Gardner: 12 points on four 3's.
Olivia Grover: 9 points.
Kennedey Heichel: 8 points,
Kara Reese: 4 points.
Lexi Saunders: 3 points.

The team was 7-for-14 from the foul line.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour got double-digit scoring from three players as the Indians defeated Watkins Glen 48-39. The win lifted the Indians' seaason mark to 8-5 after an 0-3 start.

Autumn Garrison led the Indians in scoring with 17 points, while Hannah Nolan registered 12 points, Mallory Rhodes 10, Taylor Cain 5 and Mackenzie Cannon 4.

Watkins Glen, now 9-4, was led by Carly Arnold's 11 points, with 10 from Bailey Beaumont, 9 from Mattie Yontz, 5 from Abby Gibson, 2 from Jenna Solomon and 2 from Kelsey DeMillo.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Grace Vondracek, right, grabs a rebound as Watkins' Kelsey Kernan contends.
2nd: Odessa's Kennedey Heichel moves the ball upcourt, pressured by Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse.
3rd: Watkins Glen's Jena Slater, right, tries to control the ball under pressure.
4th: O-M's Kara Reese tries to drive past Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly.
Bottom: In the JV game, O-M's Mallory Rhodes has her eye on the basket.

Left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann turns after grabbing a rebound. O-M's Grace Vondracek is defending. Right: Sixth grader Addy Coolican sang the National Anthem.

Left: O-M's Olivia Grover drives to the hoop. Right: Watkins' Danielle Leszyk shoots.

Left: Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon is fouled as she drives to the hoop. Right: O-M's Olivia Grover, left, and Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan battle for possession of the ball.

From left: O-M's Sara Gardner, Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan and Watkins' Taylor Kelly.

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Hannah Nolan eyes the basket as Watkins Glen's Jenna Solomon defends. Right: Odessa's Mackenzie Cannon sends a shot on its way.

Leftt: Watkins Glen's Bailey Beaumont drives to the basket. Right: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson shoots in traffic.

From left: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold and Mattie Yontz; and O-M's Autumn Garrison.

O-M swimmers defeat Greene, 57-34

ODESSA, Jan. 16, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team improved its season mark to 8-1 Tuesday by defeating Greene 57-34 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Bailey Hornbrook and Brett Walters posted four victories each and Caleb Thomas won three times for the Indians, who captured 9 of the 11 events.

The meet, by events:

200 Medley Relay: OM, Brett Walters, Caleb Thomas, Jacob Mayette, Micah Brewster 2:03.82
200 Free: OM, Justin Ruocco 2:28.31
200 IM: Greene, Luke DeJager 2:36.57
50 Free: OM, Bailey Hornbrook 26.23
100 Fly: OM, Bailey Hornbrook 1:10.40
100 Free: Greene, Trent DeHaan 59.60
500 Free: OM, Brett Walters 6:10.55
200 Free Relay: OM, Johnny Niedermaier, Caleb Thomas, Jacob Mayette, Bailey Hornbrook 1:50.72
100 Back: OM, Brett Walters 1:11.71
100 Breast: OM, Caleb Thomas 1:22.10
400 Free Relay: OM, Bailey Hornbrook, Justin Ruocco, Justin Andrews, Brett Walters 4:29.40

"Over the last few meets the team has been experimenting with swimming some different events, and the results have been very impressive," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "The boys demonstrated their versatility in the pool, which is something we have been working on in practice all season. Up next: we travel to Dryden on Thursday, and then compete in the John Beecher Invitational on Saturday."

Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham hits the water on the final leg of the 400 Free Relay.

Watkins swimmers top Lansing, 101-76

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 16, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team won its first meet in two years Tuesday, defeating Lansing 101-76 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The rebuilding Senecas got wins from:

-- Nate Wickham in the 50 Free (25.08), the 100 Free (56.91), and the 400 Free Relay (with Daine Butler, Clint Craven and Scott Brubaker) (4:19.01)

-- Georgio Fazzary in the Diving (160.85) and the 200 Free Relay (with Ben Swinnerton, Colby Thurston and Dan Ely) (1:53.91).

Posting second-place finishes were:

-- The 200 Medley Relay team of Steven Gublo, Swinnerton, Ely and Fazzary.
-- Craven in the 200 Free.
-- Gabe Santos in the Diving.
-- James Jensen in the 500 Free.
-- Ely in the 100 Back.
-- Brubaker in the 100 Breast

Posting third-place finishes were:

--The 200 Medley Relay team of Jensen, Santos, Owen Bingham and Thurston.
-- Bingham in the 200 Free and the 100 Fly.
-- Butler in the 200 IM and the 100 Free.
-- Thurston in the Diving.
-- Craven in the 500 Free.
-- The 200 Free Relay team of Butler, Craven, Brubaker and Wickham.
-- Swinnerton in the 100 Breaststroke.
-- The 400 Free Relay team of Jensen, Bingham, Ely and Gublo.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's James Jensen dives at the start of the 500 Free.
Bottom: The Senecas' Georgio Fazzary on the way to first place in the diving.

Watkins Glen's Daniel Ely competes in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

O-M bowlers fall to Union Springs/PB

AUBURN, Jan. 15, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams dropped 4-0 decisions Monday to Union Springs/Port Byron in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Starlite Lanes.

The boys lost all three games by a combined total of 2582-1876. Eric Rumsey led O-M with a 563 series that included a 226 game.

The girls lost their three games by a 2624-2175 margin. Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 556 series that included a 216 game. Pixie Kinner added a 452 series, and Dezirae Minnier a 421.

O-M returns to action Thursday against Tioga at the Valley Bowling Center in Waverly.

Athlete of the Week: O-M's Houseknecht

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 14, 2019 -- This week we honor as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week a standout wrestler from Odessa-Montour High School.

He is senior Dylan Houseknecht, who went 4-0 to capture the 285-pound title at the annual Robert Bradshaw Invitational wrestling tournament at Canandaigua Academy -- an event that drew athletes from 24 schools.

Double Honorable: O-M swimmer Brett Walters; O-M basketball's Olivia Grover, Lexi Saunders, Sara Gardner, Zach Elliott and Devon Mahaney; Watkins Glen swimmer Nate Wickham; Watkins Glen basketball's Joe Chedzoy, Owen Scholtisek and Isaac McIlroy; Watkins Glen bowler H Nathaniel Rose; and Watkins Glen indoor track's Haley Dean, Kaylana Rekczis and Cal Sutterby.

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

WG indoor track marks set at open meet

ITHACA, Jan. 14, 2019 -- Several Watkins Glen High School indoor track records were set Sunday at a Finger Lakes Running Club open track meet held at Cornell University.

The meet was open to runners of all ages and offered an opportunity for some of WGHS's athletes to set new records or establish records for events no one in the school had run before.

Among the results:

--Haley Dean ran the 60 Meter Dash in 8.9 seconds, establishing a new school record. She also ran the 400 Meters in 1:10.7, bettering the old school record set by Abby Stamp of 1:11.4 seconds.

--Cal Sutterby established a new school record at 60 Meters of 9.0 seconds.

--Maddy Hansen ran the 60 Meters in 9.8 seconds.

--Thalia Marquez ran the 60 Meters in 10.9 seconds.

--Kaylana Rekczis established a new school record in the 1 Mile Race Walk of 10:13.

--Nick Bonsignore ran the 1 Mile in 6:46, Elliott Holland ran the 1 Mile in 5:49, and Max Evans ran the 1 Mile in 5:15.

--Max Evans also ran the 400 Meters in 57.5 seconds.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen runners Haley Dean (a junior) and Cal Sutterby (a sophomore) at the open meet. (Photo provided)

O-M's Dylan Houseknecht, center, on the podium after winning 285-pound title.
(Photo provided)

Houseknecht wins Bradshaw tourney title

CANANDAIGUA, Jan. 13, 2019 -- Odessa-Montour High School senior Dylan Houseknecht won the 285-pound title Saturday at the annual Robert Bradshaw Invitational wrestling tournament at Canandaigua Academy.

Houseknecht won the title by winning all four of his competitive matches, pinning Anthony Oca of Webster Thomas High School in 4:54 in the championship match. The third- through eighth-place finishers were from Tioga, Irondequoit, South Seneca, Penfield, Pioneer and Geneva High Schools.

Houseknecht is now 27-0 this season.

The tournament also included wrestlers from Chenango Forks, Victor, Hilton, Horseheads, Honeoye Falls-Lima, Alexander, Palmyra Macedon, Waterloo, Port Byron, Sayre, Marcus Whitman-Penn Yan, Dundee, Brighton, McQuaid Jesuit, Ithaca, and Canandaigua Academy.

Other wrestlers from the O-M/Watkins Glen team who participated in the tournament, but did not place, included Andrew Hartford, Josiah Lynch, Collin Haag and Joshua Beckley.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Dylan Houseknecht has the advantage on his way to victory in the 285-pound championship match at the Bradshaw Invitational.
Bottom: Odessa's Josiah Lynch, right, competes at the invitational. (Photos provided)

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 4

The following are the results of the fourth week of Watkins Glen Youth Basketball, held at Watkins Glen High School.

3rd-4th Grade Results

Curly's 19, Famous Brands 16

Curly's: Jax Decker 12, Zander Featherman 4, Amy Field 2, Cayden Lagramada 1.
Famous Brands: Nolan Reynolds 4, Jude Santos 4, Brooklyn Thompson 4, Leon Lagramada 4.

Maguire's 24, Sporting Goods 13

Maguire's: Isaak Willett 8, Olivia Kelley 6, Aden Rekczis 4, Bryce Brockelkamp 2, Emma Cady 2, Della Diliberto 2.
Sporting Goods: Logan Bills 8, Jayden Scholtisek 5.

Standings:
Maguire's 3-1
Watkins Sporting Goods 2-2
Curly's Family Restaurant 2-2
Famous Brands 1-3

5th-6th Grade Results:

Capt. Bill's 30, WG Supply 20

Capt. Bill's: Christopher Simiele 16, Joshua Nyre 10, Nick Ritter 2, Cadlyn Baker 2.
WG Supply: Brady Bockelkamp 12, Addison Coolican 6, Tyler Smith 2.

VanSkiver's 41, Seneca Lodge 14

VanSkiver's: Caleb Bresett 13, Olivia VanSkiver 6, Isaiah Sissel 6, Rachel Vickio 6, Brennian Elliott 6, Lukas Hoffman 4.
Seneca Lodge: Nick D'Alleva 14.

Standings:
VanSkiver Motors 4-0
Capt. Bill's 3-1
Seneca Lodge 1-3
Watkins Glen Supply 0-4

Odessa-Montour's Derrick Lewis (left photo) and Devon Mahaney shoot.

O-M boys fall to Marathon's 3-point blitz

ODESSA, Jan. 12, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team built an 11-point lead midway through the third quarter Friday night before visiting Marathon unleashed a flurry of 3-pointers to overtake the Indians and send them to a 64-53 defeat in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Marathon, which had trouble finding the range in the first half as O-M rolled to a 28-19 lead, connected on nine of its 10 three-pointers after intermission -- four in the third quarter and five in the final period. The Olympians overcame a 32-21 Odessa lead to take charge 44-39 entering the fourth quarter, and outscored the Indians 20-14 down the stretch.

"It was a tale of two halves," said O-M Coach Matt Johnston. "Our defense played really well in the first half and made them shoot a majority of their shots under duress. The second half they caught fire. They made nine 3's and basically could not miss. We did our best to keep it close, but those shots were huge momenturn builders for them."

Devon Mahaney led the Odessa offense with 20 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and registered 4 assists, 3 steals and a block. Zach Elliott scored 18 points and had 10 rebounds and 3 assists.

"This was by far the best game of Devon's varsity career," said Johnston. "He was aggressive on both ends of the floor and was looking to take the ball to the rim. He was outrebounding others and had some nice passes for assists."

Other points came from Paden Grover (7), Derrick Lewis (6) and Preston Harris (2). The Indians (now 4-9) converted 10 of 21 free throws.

"I think that this is something we can really build upon," said Johnston. "We just need to catch a break in one of these games. The kids all work so hard. They have no quit in them."

Diego Castellot led Marathon (8-3) with 22 points, including three 3-pointers. Mason O'Donnell scored 15 points (with two 3-pointers), and La'Zhay Reinford scored 14 points (with four 3-pointers). The team was 6-for-15 from the foul line.

O-M returns to action Wednesday at home against Watkins Glen. The junior varsity game starts at 6 p.m., with the varsity to follow.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour fell to Marathon, 52-27. Cameron Elliott led the Indians in scoring with 9 points while Arden Heichel added 5.

Photos in text: O-M's Zach Elliott (top) and Paden Grover shoot.

O-M's Deshawn Johnson races down the court with two Marathon players in pursuit.

And in the JV game:

Left: Odessa-Montour's Cameron Elliott shoots a free throw. Right: The Indians' Dominic Scott goes up for a shot in traffic.

O-M girls defeat Marathon, 53-49

MARATHON, Jan. 12, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Olivia Grover's 21 points and 13 rebounds -- defeated Marathon 53-49 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Marathon gym.

O-M (9-3) trailed 10-8 after one period, was ahead 21-16 at halftime, and led 38-36 entering the fourth quarter.

Odessa extended its lead to 10 points, 52-42, but Marathon scored seven straight points to cut the Indians' lead to three, 52-49. A foul shot by Lexi Saunders "finished them off," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich.

Scoring in addition to Grover, who had 18 points in the second half, were Saunders (10 points and 5 steals), Sara Gardner (8 points), Kennedey Heichel (6), Kara Reese (4), and Grace Vondracek (4). The team converted 7 of 15 free throws.

Marathon was 25-for-37 from the foul line.

"It's a tough place to play," said Gavich. "We survived and now can focus on a big one that should be fun on Tuesday" -- a game on the road against Watkins Glen.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour (7-5) defeated Marathon 39-36. Autumn Garrison led the Indians with 14 points, while Hannah Nolan scored 9.

Mackenzie Cannon converted two free throws with 8 seconds left to put O-M ahead 37-36, and then Taylor Cain hit two more to ice the victory in the closing seconds.

Photo in text: O-M's Olivia Grover (File photo)

Bowling: Odessa girls win; boys lose

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 12, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity bowling team rolled to an easy victory over shorthanded Edison 4-0 Friday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes.

The O-M boys, meanwhile, fell to Edison 4-0.

Girls: Jackie Vincent led the girls to 2112-1140 victory (Edison had just three bowlers to Odessa's five) by posting a 570 series that included a 205 game. Jana Arias added a 450.

Boys: Odessa lost all three games by a combined score of 2048-1868. Austin Hoyt led the Indians with a 451 series, while Eric Rumsey rolled a 444.

Photo in text: O-M's Jackie Vincent reacts to a strike, joining fellow bowlers Jana Arias and Pixie Kinner with strikes in the same frame.

Left: O-M's Jana Arias (facing camera) is congratulated after a strike. Right: Odessa's Zach Landon uses some body English as his ball nears the pins.

Watkins Glen boys top T-burg, 59-48

TRUMANSBURG, Jan. 12, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team improved its season mark to 8-4 Friday night with a 59-48 victory over Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

The Senecas blitzed the Raiders with 25 first-quarter points en route to a 38-20 halftime advantage and a 50-32 lead entering the fourth period.

Joe Chedzoy led Watkins scorers with 18 points, and grabbed 13 rebounds. He also had 4 assists and 3 steals.

Other points came from Isaac McIlroy (13, with 3 assists and 2 steals), Collin Baker (8, with 10 rebounds), Mitchell Pike (8, with 2 steals), Owen Scholtisek (4, with 9 assists and 3 steals), Adam Pastore (4), Travon Jones (2), and Jacob DeJong (2).

Zeb Whitford led Trumansburg (3-7) with 12 points.

"The first quarter we played was a thing of beauty," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "It was the best quarter we've played all season. We moved the ball well and had a lot of transition baskets." After that quarter, he added, "we played solid, leading by 18 to 20 most of the way. It was a good win on the road."

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Odessa-Montour.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen (11-1) defeated Trumansburg 46-35. Max Evans scored 10 points, while Seamus Mooney had 9, Jordan Avery 8, Cameron Holland 7, Bryce Kelly 6, Tim Clifford 5, and Jacob Yontz 1.

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

Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold, right, tries to tie up a Trumansburg ball-carrier.

Watkins girls JV team routs T-burg

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 12, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls junior varsity basketball team rolled to a 40-14 victory Friday night over Trumansburg in a game played in the WGHS Field House.

There was no varsity game. Watkins' next girls varsity contest will be Tuesday at home against Odessa-Montour. O-M has won that showdown the past two seasons.

Bailey Beaumont led the Watkins JV with 9 points and 10 rebounds. Other points came from Jenna Solomon (6, with 7 rebounds), Abby Gibson (5), Mattie Yontz (5), Carly Arnold (5), Kaylee Franklin (4), Kelsey DeMillo (3) and Julya Slater (3).

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Photo at right:

Watkins Glen's Bailey Beaumont turns toward the basket. She led the team with 9 points and 10 rebounds.

 

From left: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson, Jenna Solomon and Mattie Yontz shoot.

O-M's Bailey Hornbrook hits the water in the 100 Breaststroke, which he won.

O-M swimmers defeat Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 11, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team improved its season mark to 7-1 Thursday by defeating Watkins Glen 102-67 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

Brett Walters led O-M with four wins, while Nate Wickham registered three wins for Watkins Glen.

The winners, race by race:

200 Medley Relay: OM 2:13.20 (Micah Brewster, Bailey Hornbrook, Brett Walters, Noah Hollenbeck.
200 Free: OM Jacob Mayette (2:12.02)
200 IM: OM Johnny Niedermaier (2:40.47)
50 Free: WG Nate Wickham (25.02)
Diving (exhibition): WG Georgio Fazzary (143.75)
100 Fly: OM Brett Walters (1:11.13)
100 Free: WG Nate Wickham (56.37)
500 Free: OM Brett Walters (6:12.93)
200 Free Relay: WG 1:56.18 (Daine Butler, Clint Craven, Scott Brubaker, Nate Wickham)
100 Back: OM Justin Ruocco (1:19.81)
100 Breaststroke: OM Bailey Hornbrook (1:22.68)
400 Free Relay: OM 4:23.88 (Brett Walters, Caleb Thomas, Justin Ruocco, Jacob Mayette)

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins' Scott Brubaker competes in the 200 IM, where he finished third.
Bottom: O-M's Brett Walters en route to victory in the 100 Fly.

Odessa's Johnny Niedermaier on the way to victory in the 200 Yard Individual Medley.

Watkins Glen's Gabe Santos, left, and Georgio Fazzary execute exhibition dives.

Left: Watkins Glen's James Jensen competes in the 100 Fly. Right: The Senecas' Ben Swinnerton competes in the 100 Breaststroke.

Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham dives at the start of the 100 Yard Freestyle, which he won.

OM/WG wrestlers defeat Edison, 40-30

ElMIRA HEIGHTS, Jan. 10, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team posted a 40-30 victory Wednesday night over Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Edison gym.

OM/WG got competitive wins from:

--Josh Bravo (220 pounds), who pinned Jonathon Shirley in 56 seconds.
--Andrew Hartford (126), who pinned Tyler Goff in 1:07.
--Josiah Lynch (132), who defeated Michael Brown 10-0.

It secured forfeit wins at 285, 152, 160 and 170 pounds.

Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek drives to the basket as Addison players give chase.

Watkins boys upend unbeaten Addison

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 10, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team improved its record to 7-4 Wednesday night by defeating prevously unbeaten Addison 60-49 in a non-league game in the WGHS Field House.

Four players hit double digits and a fifth tallied 9 points for the Senecas, who avenged a 58-51 loss to Addison earlier in the season.

Isaac McIlroy, Mitchell Pike and Joe Chedzoy each scored 12 points, while Owen Scholtisek had 11 and Collin Baker 9. Other points came from Travon Jones and Jacob DeJong (2 each).

Baker led in rebounds with 11, while Chedzoy grabbed 8 and McIlroy 6. Scholtisek and Chedzoy led in assists with 6 each and steals with 3 apiece. One shortcoming: the team converted just 10 of 23 free throws.

Addison was led by Daniel Ames's 23 points. The Knights were 11-for-18 from the foul line.

"We did some good things," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "We passed the ball well, especially bounce passes, and moved the ball great against their zone. Our defense was pretty good, too; we kept them in the 40s. Our effort was good, and our mental focus was good."

Part of that focus, he said, could be attributed to the incentive presented by Addison's 10-0 record coming in, and its ranking: 15th in the state in Class C.

Watkins Glen, trailing 15-14 after one quarter, led 30-27 at halftime and pulled away with a 15-5 third-quarter. The Senecas built their advantage to 16 points, 53-37, before Addison closed to within eight points, 56-48, with 2:15 to play. But that's as close as it could get.

The Senecas return to action Friday night at Trumansburg.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen avenged its lone loss by defeating Addison 65-41. The 10-1 Senecas were led by Jordan Avery's 18 points, while Bryce Kelly scored 11, Max Evans 10, Tim Clifford 8, Cameron Holland 6, Seamus Mooney 4, Jacob Yontz 4, and Silas Farrell 4.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy drives to the hoop in traffic.
Bottom: The Senecas' Jacob DeJong puts up a shot.

Watkins Glen's Collin Baker, right, battles two Addison players for a rebound.

From left: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy, Mitchell Pike and Travon Jones shoot.

These were among the many students who filled the portable bleachers at the south end of the Field House gymnasium.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Max Evans tries to stop the ball from going out of bounds.
Right: The Senecas' Tim Clifford shoots.

From left: Watkins Glen's Cameron Holland, Bryce Kelly and Jacob Yontz shoot.

Left: O-M's Grace Vondracek drives to the basket. Right: Odessa's Olivia Grover battles for possession of the ball.

O-M girls rout Groton, 62-32; now 8-3

ODESSA, Jan. 9, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team got double-digit scoring from three players Tuesday night in a 62-32 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory over Groton in the O-M gym.

Alexis Saunders scored a career-high 17 points, while Sara Gardner tallied 16. Olivia Grover -- honored before the game for reaching 1,000 career points earlier this season -- registered 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks.

Also scoring for Odessa were Kara Reese (6 points), Hannah Chapman (4), Grace Vondracek (2, with 8 rebounds and 6 steals), Jolynn Minnier (2), and Kennedey Heichel (1 with 10 assists).

The team converted just 5 of 13 free throws. "We've got to be better there," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich.

The Indians jumped in front 15-3, but then saw Groton score seven points to close to within five points, at 15-10. After that it was all O-M, with Saunders scoring the next seven points in a 13-0 run. The score was 35-12 at halftime.

"We really played with a lot of intensity tonight and did a lot of things well," said Gavich. "It was nice to be home after five straight on the road, and we had a great crowd behind us as well."

The Indians return to action at Marathon on Friday.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Groton 50-29. Hannah Nolan led O-M in scoring with 19 points, while Mallory Rhodes tallied 15. Other points came from Mackenzie Cannon (4), Taylor Cain (4), Jessica Carnes (2), Ida Sidle (2), Hailey Albertsman (2), and Eliza Starkweather (2).

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Kennedey Heichel drives to the basket.
Bottom: O-M's Sara Gardner prepares to shoot in traffic.

Odessa-Montour's McKennah Lott passes the ball to teammate Kara Reese (11).

Left: O-M's Lexi Saunders attempts a shot. Right: Odessa's Jolynn Minnier tries to drive past a Groton defender.

Left: O-M's Kara Reese looks to pass. Right: Odessa's Olivia Grover (shown with Coach Greg Gavich) was honored before the game with the presentation of a ball signifying her 1,000 career points, a plateau she reached earlier this season.

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Mallory Rhodes looks to shoot. Right: Hannah Nolan drives to the hoop.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Ida Sidle (13), Taylor Cain (25) and Mackenzie Cannon (3).

OMWG's Collin Haag, top, nears victory in his 152-pound bout.

OM/WG wrestlers fall to CV on tie-break

ODESSA, Jan. 9, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen varsity wrestling team tied Chenango Valley 42-42 Tuesday night in a non-league meet in the Jack Davis gym -- and lost on the eighth item in a list of tie-breakers in the high school rule book.

OM/WG got competitive victories from Joshua Beckley (a pin in 4:35 at 195 pounds) and Collin Haag (a pin in 45 seconds at 152 pounds). It got forfeit wins at 182, 220, 285, 120 and 126 pounds.

It lost competitive matches at 132 pounds, where Andrew Hartford was pinned in 3:07, and at 138 pounds, where Josiah Lynch was pinned in 54 seconds. It lost by forfeit at 99, 106, 145, 160 and 170 pounds.

The 42-42 tie required a tie-breaker, which the referee found in a list in the NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations) Wrestling Rules Book for 2018-2019.

A long list of tie-breakers was followed down through seven in the list (including such things as most major decisions and most matches won) without determining a winner -- until the eighth, where the team with the greater number of first points held sway. Chenango Valley had five to OM/WG's two.

Odessa-Watkins returns to action tonight (Wednesday) at Edison.

Photo in text: OM/WG's Joshua Beckley on the way to victory at 195 pounds.

Odessa-Montour's Andrew Hartford battles at 132 pounds. He lost by a pin.

Bowling: O-M girls win 3-1; boys lose

GROTON, Jan. 9, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity bowling team posted a 3-1 victory over Groton Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Corona Lanes. The O-M boys fell 4-0.

Girls: O-M, led by Jackie Vincent's 441 series, eked out the victory, edging Groton 1797-1788, winning the first and second games (the latter 604-603) and total pinfall. Pixie Kinner added a 374 total, Jana Arias a 372, and Dezirae Minnier a 322.

Boys: Odessa lost all three games by a total of 2339-1850. Eric Rumsey led O-M with a 531 series, while Dominic Elliott rolled a 437.

The Indians return to action Friday at home against Edison.

Odessa-Montour's Jacob Mayette surfaces after diving in the 200 Freestyle Relay.

Odessa swimmers defeat Lansing, 61-33

ODESSA, Jan. 9, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team cruised to a 61-33 victory Tuesday over Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

The O-M winners by race:

200 Medley Relay: OM 2:07.10 (Bailey Hornbrook, Caleb Thomas, Jacob Mayette, Brett Walters)
200 IM: OM Jacob Mayette (2:40.25)
50 Free: OM Brett Walters (25.06)
100 Fly: OM Brett Walters (1:09.08)
500 Free: OM Micah Brewster (6:35.77)
200 Free Relay: OM 1:54.46 (Jacob Mayette, Noah Hollenbeck, Caleb Thomas, Micah Brewster)
400 Free Relay: OM 4:32.06 (Micah Brewster, Johnny Niedermaier, Noah Hollenbeck, Tyler Carson)

Placing second were Brewster in the 200 Free, Hornbrook in the 200 IM and the 100 Back, Niedermaier in the 50 Free, Justin Ruocco in the 100 Free, and Thomas in the 100 Breaststroke.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Micah Brewster on the way to victory in the 500 Free.

Left: O-M's Justin Ruocco en route to second place in the 100 Free. Right: Odessa's Brett Walters hits the water at start of the 100 Fly, which he won.

Odessa-Montour's Bailey Hornbrook competes in the 100 Backstroke. He placed second.



Watkins Glen's Scott Brubaker competes in the 200 Yard Individual Medley.

Watkins Glen swimmers fall to Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 9, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team dropped a 133-49 decision Tuesday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The Senecas got a first-place finish from Nate Wickham in the 100 Free (55.87), and second-place finishes from:

-- Scott Brubaker in the 200 Yard Individual Medley (2:55.27)
-- Georgio Fazzary in the Diving (141.25)
-- Steven Gublo in the 100 Back (1:24.71)
-- The 200 Free Relay team of Wickham, Brubaker, Ben Swinnerton and Clint Craven (157.97)
-- The 400 Free Relay team of Wickham, Gublo, Brubaker and Craven (4:31.34)

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Ben Swinnerton competes in the 200 Medley Relay.

Watkins Glen's Collin Gaylord (left) and James Jensen compete in the 200 Medley Relay.

Odessa boys lose to Groton, slip to 4-8

GROTON, Jan. 9, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 4-8 Tuesday night when the Indians dropped a 59-46 decision to Groton in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Groton gym.

"We came out flat and never could get anything going tonight," said O-M Coach Matt Johnston.

Groton led 17-8 after one period, 31-16 at halftime and 44-27 entering the fourth period.

Zach Elliott led O-M in scoring with 13 points, while Derrick Lewis scored 11 (including three 3-pointers), Devon Mahaney 10, Paden Grover 7, and Preston Harris 5. The team converted five of 12 free throws.

Groton was led by Kalib Manning's 26 points. The team was 13-for-16 at the foul line.

"Usually our offense is predicated on how well we play defensively," said Johnston. "We really struggled in all aspects of the game. I tip my hat to Groton. They shot the ball well and forced us to take poor shots. We are not going to give up just because we lost. We have to come back tomorrow and get ready for our next opponent. We are a much better team than what we showed tonight. I truly believe that."

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

Left: Watkins Glen's Hayley Cornish applies some body English as her ball hits the pins. Right: The Senecas' H Nathaniel Rose on the way to a 622 series.

Watkins Glen bowlers defeat Lansing

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 9, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories Tuesday over Lansing in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Boys: H Nathaniel Rose rolled a 213-203-206=622 series to lead the Senecas to a three-game sweep, 2697-2365. Wyatt Brower added a 594 series (with a 204 game) while Wrett Brower posted a 517, R.J. Bannon 493, and Matt Irwin 444.

Girls: Nikole VanDyke registered a 511 series to lead Watkins to a 2278-1779 win. Nancy Jackson rolled a 479 series, Hayley Cornish 476, and Makenzie Kellogg 441.

The Senecas return to action Thursday at Newark Valley.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Nikole VanDyke, right, is congratulated by teammate Makenzie Kellogg after registering a strike.

Athletes of the Week: Six wrestlers

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 7, 2019 -- This week we honor as Odessa File Athletes of the Week a group of wrestlers who led the Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen varsity to the first-ever title for the host school at the O-M Duals, which started in 2008.

The team needed every one of their competitive victories, as the squad went 4-0 with a pair of razor-thin wins.

They are Andrew Hartford, Josiah Lynch, Collin Haag, Dylan Houseknecht, Josh Bravo and Joshua Beckley. They accounted for all of the team's competitive victories, of most import, perhaps, those in 34-30 and 30-28 wins.

Double Honorable: O-M basketball's Zach Elliott, Preston Harris, Paden Grover, Devon Mahaney, Olivia Grover and Sara Gardner; Watkins Glen basketball's Isaac McIlroy, Taylor Kelly and Hannah Morse; Watkins swimmer Nate Wickham; Watkins Glen track's Allie Gibson, Kaylana Rekczis and Sam Thorsland; and Watkins Glen bowlers Nikole VanDyke and H Nathaniel Rose.

Honorable Mention: Another 29 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Watkins boys top Dryden, advance to 6-4

DRYDEN, Jan. 6, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team won its second game in two nights Saturday, defeating Dryden 53-43 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Dryden gym.

The victory -- which followed a 45-42 victory Friday night over Candor -- lifted the Senecas' season mark to 6-4 heading into a non-league game Wednesday at home against Addison (9-0). Watkins' divisional record is 5-2, tied atop the Large Schools South with Waverly.

Isaac McIlroy led the team in scoring with 19 points, while Mitchell Pike scored 14, Owen Scholtisek 6, Collin Baker 6, Joe Chedzoy 4, Travon Jones 2, and Jacob DeJong 2. Chedzoy led in rebounds with 8, while DeJong and Baker grabbed 6 each and Scholtisek 5. Chedzoy led in assists with 5, while he and McIlroy had 3 steals apiece.

Watkins Glen led 12-10 after one quarter, 26-21 at halftime, and 39-27 entering the fourth period.

"We did lots of things better" than on Friday night, said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, noting that his team turned the ball over less (11 times compared to 17) and rebounded better. "And we made our free throws, especially down the stretch when we needed them."

The Senecas converted 13 of 15 free throws, including 10 of 11 in the fourth quarter.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 9-1 with a 54-29 victory over Dryden. Max Evans scored 17 points, Seamus Mooney 14, Jordan Avery 9, Cameron Holland 6, Bryce Kelly 5, and Silas Farrell 3.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy (File photo)

OM-WG wins O-M Duals wrestling meet

ODESSA, Jan. 6, 2019 -- The combined Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen High School wrestling team placed first with a 4-0 record Saturday at the annual O-M Duals wrestling meet in the O-M gym.

The victory marked Odessa's first at the Duals, which it has hosted since 2008.

Second place went to Whitney Point (3-1), followed by Thomas Edison (2-2), Dundee (1-3) and Cortland (0-4).

OM/WG defeated Edison 34-30, Cortland 36-18, Dundee 48-18, and Whitney Point 30-28.

Going 4-0 for Odessa/Watkins Glen were Josiah Lynch (132), Collin Haag (145), and Dylan Houseknecht (285). Going 3-1 were Andrew Hartford (126), and Josh Bravo (220).

Most Outstanding Wrestler honors were presented in each weight class. O-M's Hartford and Houseknecht won at their respective weight classes, while Haag and Lynch tied at theirs.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Andrew Hartford (top) battles an Edison wrestler.
Middle: Odessa's Josiah Lynch on the way to victory over a Cortland wrestler.
Bottom: Members of the Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen wrestling team pose after winning the O-M Duals. (Photos by Bettelynn Bravo)

Odessa-Montour's Bailey Hornbrook competes in the 100 Yard Freestyle.

Shenendehowa wins Invitational at Glen

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 6, 2019 -- The Shenendehowa High School boys varsity swim team took the team title Saturday at the two-day inaugural Invitational at the Glen swim meet, topping nine other schools.

Shenendehowa totaled 559.5 points, well ahead of runnerup Ithaca (438.5). They were followed by Corning (355), Chenango Valley (262), Horseheads (260), New Paltz (241), Johnson City (86), Odessa-Montour (40), Elmira (29) and Watkins Glen (13).

A number of pool records were set by visiting swimmers, including in the 200 Free, 200 IM, 50 Free, 100 Fly, 100 Free, 100 Breaststroke, and 400 Free Relay.

Finals finishes for Schuyler County swimmers included:

--18th by OM's Brett Walters in the 200 Free (2:07.60)
--10th by WG's Nate Wickham in the 50 Free (24.38)
--14th by OM's Jacob Mayette in the 50 Free (25.59)
--17th by Bailey Hornbrook in the 50 Free (25.86)
--19th by Georgio Fazzary in the Diving (249.90)
--21st by OM's Jacob Mayette in the 100 Fly (1:06.31)
--14th by OM's Brett Walters in the 100 Free (55.72)
--15th by WG's Nate Wickham in the 100 Free (57.17)
--22nd by OM's Bailey Hornbrook in the 100 Free (58.95)
--20th by OM's Micah Brewser in the 500 Free (6:23.82)
--23rd by OM's Johnny Niedermaier in the 100 Back (1:20.90)
--19th by OM's Noah Hollenbeck in the 100 Breaststroke (1:20.04)

Photos in text:

Top:
Odessa-Montour's Jacob Mayette dives at start of the 100 Yard Butterfly.
Bottom: Watkins' Ben Swinnerton dives at start of the second leg in the 200 Free Relay.

Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham glides after hitting the water at start of the 100 Free.

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 3

The following are the results of the third week of Watkins Glen Youth Basketball, held at Watkins Glen High School.

3rd-4th Grade Results

Maguire's 20, Curly's 12

Maguire's -- Bryce Bockelkamp 8, Olivia Kelley 6, Aden Rekczis 4, Isaak Willett 2.
Curly's -- Jax Decker 8, Cayden Lagramada 2, Amy Field 2.

Famous Brands 26, Sporting Goods 8

Famous Brands -- Nolan Reynolds 8, Leon Lagramada 8, Brooklyn Thompson 4, Bradley Edminister 2, Grace Weed 2, Nicolai Holmes 2.
Sporting Goods -- Natalie Van Skiver 4, Logan Bills 2, Jace Murphy 2.

Standings:

--Watkins Sporting Goods: 2-1
--Maguire's: 2-1
--Curly's Family Restaurant: 1-2
--Famous Brands: 1-2

5th-6th Grade Results:

Van Skiver Motors 28, Capt. Bills 11

Van Skiver's -- Caleb Bresett 9, Rachel Vickio 5, Lukas Hoffman 4, Brennian Elliott 4, Luke Welton 2, Isaiah Sissel 2, Anna Franzese 2.
Capt. Bill's -- Christopher Simiele 11.

Seneca Lodge 34, WG Supply 33

Seneca Lodge --
Nick D'Alleva 34.
WG Supply --
Tyler Smith 10, Brady Bockelkamp 10, Ryan Berry 6, Addison Coolican 5, Zade Gomez Fitzsimmons 2.

Standings:

--Van Skiver Motors: 3-0
--Capt. Bill's: 2-1
--Seneca Lodge: 1-2
--Watkins Glen Supply: 0-3

Watkins track team competes at Quinney

CORTLAND, Jan. 5, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School Indoor Track team competed Friday in The Quinney Track and Field Invitational at SUNY Cortland.

Among the competitors were those from the Interscholastic Athletic Conference, in addition to MAC and STAC athletes. Results below reflect IAC placement (except in the case of Dundee athletes training this year with WGHS. Their times and distances are provided as "unattached.")

55 Meters Boys -- IAC 12th Nick Wilston 7.56 5; 18th Cale Sutterby 8.47.
55 Meters Girls -- IAC 5th Allison Gibson 8.17; 12th Haley Dean 8.43 PR
55 Meters Girls -- Unattached, Lily Hall (Dundee) 8.21
300 Meters Girls -- IAC 7th Haley Dean 47.88. PR
300 Meter Boys -- Unattached, Matt Wood (Dundee) 42.99. PR
1500 Meters Girls -- IAC 7th Breanna Carl 6:01.96
1500 Meter Race Walk -- IAC 1st Kaylana Reckzis 9:17.24
1600 Meters Boys -- IAC 2nd Sam Thorsland 5:24.24; 13th Lance Majors 5:58 (Coaches corrected the places and times for this event, as Milesplit posted incorrect results in this race. Lance and Sam’s times were mixed up)
3200 Meters Boys -- Unattached, Matt Wood (Dundee) 10:29.39. Fastest time of day of any IAC, MAC or STAC
High Jump Girls -- IAC 2nd Allison Gibson 4’ 6”
Long Jump Girls -- IAC 5th Allison Gibson 13' 9.5”; 7th Briana Hayes 12’ 2.5”
Long Jump Girls -- Unattached, Lily Hall (Dundee) 15’ 7” Tied PR
Long Jump Boys -- IAC 4th Nick Wilston 17’ 3”
Triple Jump Girls -- Unattached, Lily Hall (Dundee) 33’ 8”
Shot Put Girls -- IAC 7th Cierra Barber 21’ 6” PR; 15th Thalia Marques 16’ 11” PR

Photos in text:

Top: From left, Watkins Glen's Haley Dean and Cale Sutterby, and Dundee's Lily Hall.
Bottom: Watkins Glen race walker Kaylana Rekczis. (Photos provided)

Watkins girls top Candor, move to 11-1

CANDOR, Jan. 5, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team got double-digit scoring from three players Friday night on the way to a 51-40 victory over Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Candor gym.

Taylor Kelly had a game-high 18 points for the Senecas, who also got 12 points each from Hannah Morse and Adrienna Solomon.

Watkins Glen led 20-6 after one period, 27-16 at halftime, and 37-26 entering the fourth quarter. Each team scored 14 points down the stretch.

Watkins Glen statistics:

--Taylor Kelly: 18 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 2 blocks
--Danielle Leszyk: 6 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 assists, 1 block
--Hannah Morse: 12 points, 2 rebounds, 6 steals, 10 assists
--Adrienna Solomon: 12 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block
--Ali LaMoreaux: 2 rebounds
--Kelsey Kernan: 1 rebound, 1 assist
--Aislinn Klemann: 3 points, 1 steal
--Jena Slater: 3 rebounds

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Candor 35-30. Abby Gibson scored 11 points for the Senecas, while Bailey Beaumont scored 9, Mattie Yontz 6, and Jenna Solomon 6.

Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy, left, drives toward the basket in traffic.

Watkins Glen boys edge Candor, 45-42

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 5, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team led by 12 points late in the third period before turning back stubborn Candor 45-42 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

Candor never led in the game, forging ties twice -- at 39-39 with 2:50 left in the game, and at 42-42 with 1:07 remaining.

Watkins Glen (5-4) got its winning points on free throws -- three from Owen Scholtisek. He converted one of two attempts with 32.9 seconds left to give the Senecas a 43-42 lead, and then two more with 4.2 seconds left.

Candor (6-6) tried a last-second shot from the corner that caromed off the far side of the cylinder.

"I feel like Houdini," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "We were Houdini tonight. I'm happy we won, but we pulled a rabbit out of the hat."

Scholtisek led Watkins scorers with 12 points, while Isaac McIlroy scored 10, Joe Chedzoy 8, Mitchell Pike 7, Collin Baker 5, and Dylan Morse 3. Chedzoy grabbed 9 rebounds, and Baker and Jacob DeJong grabbed 7 each. Scholtisek led in assists with 3 and steals with 2. Travon Jones, seeing his first action after recovering from knee surgery, had 2 assists.

The team was 14-for-26 from the foul line, hit 31% of its shots from the field, and had 17 turnovers -- "all things we have to get better at," said Fazzary.

Candor was led by Daniel Thomas's 10 points. It converted just 6 of 15 free throws.

The Senecas scored first and led throughout the first quarter, building a 13-5 lead. The advantage was 12 points twice in the second period before Watkins reached halftime ahead 25-17.

The Senecas built the edge to 12 points again with 1:31 left in the third period, 36-24, but then Candor chipped away, hitting some outside shots and gaining momentum. The Indians scored seven straight points to tie the game at 39-39 with 2:50 left, and tied it again at 42-42 at 1:07 -- setting the stage for Scholtisek's free throws.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen (now 8-1) defeated Candor 58-52 behind 24 points by Max Evans. Seamus Mooney scored 12, Cameron Holland 9, Bryce Kelly 9, Jacob Yontz 3, and Jordan Avery 1.

Photos in text:

From top: Watkins' Owen Scholtisek and Joe Chedzoy drive to the hoop; some of the fans in the stands.

From left: Watkins' Travon Jones passes, and Jacob DeJong and Collin Baker shoot.

And in the JV game:

:

Left: Watkins' Max Evans drives to the basket. Right: WG's Seamus Mooney (2) passes.

Odessa-Montour boys defeat TAE, 57-40

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Jan. 5, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team got double-digit scoring from four players Friday night in a 57-40 victory over Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Edison gym.

Zach Elliott led O-M with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Preston Harris had his first varsity double-double with 11 points and 10 assists. Paden Grover scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Devon Mahaney scored 12 points with 7 rebounds. Derrick Lewis added 4 points.

Odessa (4-7) led 17-7 after one period, 31-15 at halftime, and 38-30 entering the fourth quarter before outscoring the Spartans 19-10 down the stretch.

"We came out of the gate and executed on the offensive end," said O-M Coach Matt Johnston. "We also played hard on the defensive end in holding them to just 15 points in the first half. They came out in the second half and hit three consecutive 3-pointers. We were able to regroup to pull away at the end. I told the kids that I was proud of the way we bent but didn't break."

The Indians return to action Tuesday at Groton.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Edison, 44-40.

Odessa-Montour's Micah Brewster competes in the 200 Free. He advanced in the 500 Free.

Invitational in the Glen opens at WGHS

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 5, 2019 -- Ten schools from around the state competed Friday in the first day of the inaugural two-day Invitational in the Glen swim meet in the Watkins Glen High School pool.

Swimmers from Corning, Shenendehowa, Ithaca, New Platz, Chenango Valley, Horseheads, Johnson City, Union-Endiott, Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen vied for positions in the finals, scheduled for 2 p.m. today (Saturday). The top 24 individuals in each event advanced.

The meet's diving competition will be held at 9 a.m.

Individuals advancing Friday from Schuyler County schools were:

--Brett Walters, OM, 18th in the 200 Free in 2:06.27, and 14th in the 100 Free in 55.32.
--Nate Wickham, WG, 9th in the 50 Free in 24.85, and 15th in the 100 Free in 56.63.
--Jacob Mayette, OM, 14th in the 50 Free in 25.29, and 23rd in the 100 Fly in 1:06.22.
--Bailey Hornbrook, OM, 17th in the 50 Free in 26.14, and 21st in the 100 Free in 58.54.
--Micah Brewster, OM, 21st in the 500 Free in 6:32.81.
--Johnny Niedermaier, OM, 24th in the 100 Back in 1:16.16.
--Noah Hollenbeck, OM, 22nd in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:20.37.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham, who advanced in the 50 Free and 100 Free.

Bowling: Glen girls top Tioga; boys lose

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 5, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity bowling team -- led by a pair of 200 games by Nikole VanDyke -- defeated Tioga 4-0 Friday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes.

The Watkins Glen boys, meanwhile, fell to Tioga 3-1.

Girls: VanDyke rolled a 560 series on games of 160-200-200 to lead the Senecas to victory in all three games by a total pinfall of 2184-1927. Hayley Cornish added a 455 (wih a final-game 200), Nancy Jackson a 401, and Makenzie Kellogg a 387.

"Hayley Cornish bowled a great third game," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower, "but it was Nikole VanDyke's day today. She is getting stronger as the season progresses."

Boys: Watkins Glen won the first game, but dropped the next two and total pinfall, 2708-2635. H Nathaniel Rose led the Senecas with a 564 series, while Wrett Brower posted a 506, Casen Weeden a 501, and Wyatt Brower a 473.

"It was an exciting but heartbreaking match," said Coach Brower. "Momentum swung in Tioga's favor in the 10th frame of the second game, and they didn't look back."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Nikole VanDyke, right, receives congratulations from teammate Hayley Cornish after registering a strike in the first game.

Odessa-Montour's Brett Walters on the way to second place in the 200 Individual Medley.

O-M swimmers edge Southern Cayuga

ODESSA, Jan. 4, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team improved its record to 5-1 Thursday with a 49-45 victory over Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

The Indians secured the victory with a second-place finish in the final event, the 400 Free Relay, after posting victories in the following:

200 Medley Relay: Tyler Carson, Caleb Thomas, Jacob Mayette and Brett Walters (2:00.01).
200 Free: Bailey Hornbrook (2:10.42)
100 Back: Tyler Carson (1:14.02)
100 Breast: Caleb Thomas (1:23.67)

Second-place finishes were posted for O-M by:

--The 200 Medley Relay team of Justin Ruocco, Noah Hollenbeck, Johnny Niedermaier and Justin Andrews (2:16.73).
--Brett Walters in the 200 Individual Medley (2:31.24) and the 100 Breaststroke (1:22.68).
--Jacob Mayette in the 50 Yard Freestyle (25.52) and the 100 Fly (1:08.03).
--Bailey Hornbrook in the 100 Yard Freestyle (59.87).
--Micah Brewster in the 500 Yard Freestyle (6:53.64).
--The 200 Free Relay team of Mayette, Hornbrook, Brewster and Walters (1:44.12).
--The 400 Free Relay team of Niedermaier, Ruocco, Brewster and Hornbrook (4:24.99).

"What a great team effort by the entire team tonight!" said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "The meet was very close throughout, but we never lost the lead. We took a surprising 1-2 in the Medley Relay, which gave us a big advantage early on.

"With Bailey Hornbrook taking first in the 200 Free (dropping 9 seconds off his personal record) and Micah Brewster in third, we were up by 10 points.

"Southern Cayuga gradually gained on us by taking first in the next five events. It was tied up after they took 1-3 in the 200 Free Relay, but Tyler Carson and Johnny Niedermaier took 1-3 in the Backstroke, which put us up by 2 points. Then Caleb Thomas and Brett Walters took 1-2 in the Breaststroke, which pulled us ahead by 8 points. At that point, we only needed a second place in the 400 Free Relay to win the meet.

"We knew this meet would be close, and the team really wanted the win. They have worked really hard over the break, which was evidenced by the way they swam tonight. They were confident and focused, and swam as a team. They got the job done, and I am very proud of them!"

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Tyler Carson (top) beats a Southern Cayuga swimmer to the wall to win the 100 Yard Backstroke.
Middle: O-M's Caleb Thomas on the way to victory in the 100 Breaststroke.
Bottom :
The Indians' Jacob Mayette dives at start of the 50 Free. He placed second.

O-M, WG wrestlers fall to Dryden, 54-21

DRYDEN, Jan. 4, 2019 -- The combined Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen High School wrestling team dropped a 54-21 decision Thursday to Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Dryden gym.

Victories for OM/WG were posted by:

--Andrew Hartford at 126 pounds (an 11-4 decision)
--Collin Haag at 145 pounds (a pin in 1:19)
--Josh Bravo at 220 pounds (by forfeit)
--Dylan Houseknecht at 285 pounds (by forfeit)

OM/WG lost four matches by forfeit and five matches by pins.

Photo in text: O-M's Collin Haag, left, squares off at 145 pounds. He won his match. (Photo by Bettelynn Bravo)

Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham en route to victory in the 50 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins swimmers fall to Dryden, 84-75

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 4, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team dropped an 84-75 decision Thursday to Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The Senecas got victories in the following events:

200 Medley Relay: Steven Gublo, Ben Swinnerton, Dan Ely, Georgio Fazzary, 2:34.61.
50 Yard Freestyle: Nate Wickham, 24.35.
Diving: Georgio Fazzary, 166.10 points.
100 Yard Freestyle: Nate Wickham, 58.21.

Second-place finishes were posted by:

--Clint Craven in the 200 Yard Freestyle (2:44.12).
--Scott Brubaker in the 200 Individual Medley (2:52.63) and the 100 Yard Breaststroke (1:27.90).
--Owen Bingham in the 500 Yard Freestyle (7:47.77).
--The 200 Free Relay team of Ben Swinnerton, Scott Brubaker, Clint Craven and Nate Wickham (1:59.80).
--Steven Gublo in the 100 Yard Backstroke (1:22.75).
--The 400 Free Relay team of Nate Wickham, Clint Craven, Owen Bingham and Scott Brubaker (4:41.83).

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Georgio Fazzary on the way to victory in the diving.

Watkins Glen bowlers defeat Edison

ELMIRA, Jan. 4, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories Thursday over Edison in Interscholastic Athletic Conference road matches.

Boys: H Nathaniel Rose rolled a 205-233-207=645 series to lead the Senecas to a three-game sweep by a total pinfall of 2669-2263. Wrett Brower registered a 549 series, Wyatt Brower 502, Dylan Markley 490, Casen Weeden 481, and RJ Bannon 442.

"H Rose had another great day," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "He is having a great season. His hard work is paying off."

Girls: Nancy Jackson posted a 496 series to lead Watkins to a three-game sweep, 2256-1182. Nikole Vandyke added a 483, Hayley Cornish 473, Alyiah Clink-Bentley 428, and Makenzie Kellogg 376.

Left: O-M's Zach Rounds and Austin Hoyt confer between frames. Right: Odessa's Dezirae Minnier reacts as her spare attempt misses left.

Bowling: O-M girls win, boys fall to NV

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 4, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity bowling team posted a 4-0 victory Thursday over Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes.

The O-M boys, meanwhile, fell to the Cardinals, 3-1.

Girls: Pixie Kinner led Odessa with a 495 series as the Indians won all three games by a combined score of 2033-1490. Jackie Vincent registered a 424, while Jana Arias rolled a 404.

Boys: Odessa-Montour won the first game, 770-752, but lost the next two and total pinfall, 2489-2003. Eric Rumsey led the Indians with a 185-185-197=567 series, while Austin Hoyt posted a 449.

O-M returns to action Tuesday at Groton.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Pixie Kinner employs some body English as her ball crashes into the pins.

O-M girls defeat Dryden, improve to 7-3

DRYDEN, Jan. 3, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team got double-digit scoring from four players Wednesday night in a 67-38 victory over Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Dryden High School gym.

Sara Gardner led O-M (now 7-3) in points with 18, while Olivia Grover scored 17, Lexi Saunders 11, and Kara Reese 10.

The Indians were up 19-8 after one quarter, 30-18 at halftime and 44-27 entering the final period. They then outscored the Lions 23-11 down the stretch.

"It was good to see us shoot the ball well tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "Lexi got us going with 7 in the first quarter, and we were pretty sharp on the offensive end most of the night."

Odessa-Montour statistics:

--Sara Gardner: 18 points
--Olivia Grover: 17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks
--Lexi Saunders: 11 points
--Kara Reese: 10 points, 5 steals
--Kennedey Heichel: 8 points, 8 assists, 5 steals
--Jolynn Minnier: 2 points, 6 rebounds
--Grace Vondracek: 1 point, 4 steals, 7 rebounds

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Dryden 42-31 to improve to 5-5. Mallory Rhodes and Autumn Garrison led O-M in scoring with 10 points each.

Athletes of the Week: Morse and Kelly

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 31, 2018 -- This week we honor as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week two Watkins Glen basketball players who won MVP awards as their team captured two tournament titles -- the Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Tournament at home, and the More Than a Game Hoops for the Hospital Holiday Classic in Syracuse.

The two are Hannah Morse, MVP in the tournament in Watkins Glen, and Taylor Kelly, MVP in the MTAG tourney.

In the four games, Morse directed the Watkins offense while scoring 37 points, grabbing 24 rebounds, stealing the ball 11 times, blocking 4 shots, and dishing out 46 assists.

Kelly scored a team-high 62 points, grabbed 17 rebounds, stole the ball 9 times, and had 2 assists.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball's Danielle Leszyk; Watkins Glen runners Gabe Planty and Kai Sutterby; O-M wrestlers Dylan Houseknecht, Collin Haag, Andrew Hartford and Joshua Beckley; and O-M basketball's Zach Elliott and Olivia Grover.

Honorable Mention: Another 15 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, left, and Taylor Kelly. (File photos)

Glen girls win MTAG tournament, 50-30

SYRACUSE, Dec. 31, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team won the championship of the More Than A Game Foundation's Hoops for the Hospital Holiday Classic Sunday by defeating Oswego 50-30 in the title game at Onondaga Community College.

Taylor Kelly led the Senecas (10-1) in scoring with 21 points, and was named the tourney MVP. Danielle Leszyk, who scored 12 points on four 3-pointers, was named to the All-Tournament team.

Watkins Glen raced out to a 14-2 first-quarter lead, and was ahead 30-17 at halftime and 38-30 entering the fourth quarter. The Senecas then outscored Oswego 12-0 down the stretch. The Senecas converted all eight of their free-throws -- four each by Kelly and Kelsey Kernan.

Watkins Glen statistics:

--Taylor Kelly: 21 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals
--Danielle Leszyk: 12 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist
--Hannah Morse: 5 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 9 assists
--Kelsey Kernan: 10 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
--Adrienna Solomon: 2 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block
--Ali LaMoreaux: 2 rebounds
--Aislinn Klemann: 1 rebound
--Jena Slater: 1 steal

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost 38-33 to fall to 8-3 on the season. Bailey Beaumont led the Senecas with 16 points, while Carly Arnold scored 7 points and Jenna Solomon 6 points.

Photos in text:

Top: The Watkins Glen varsity players and coaches after their tournament victory.
Bottom: MVP Taylor Kelly (left) and All-Tourney pick Danielle Leszyk pose with tournament organizer Anthony Richmond. (Photos by Steve Klemann)

Watkins girls top Hannibal, move to 9-1

HANNIBAL, NY, Dec. 30, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team -- led by Hannah Morse's 15 points and 14 assists -- defeated Hannibal 57-41 Saturday at Hannibal High School in the opening round of the More Than A Game Foundation's Hoops for the Hospital Holiday Classic.

The win sends the Senecas (9-1) into the finals of their bracket today (Sunday) at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena against Oswego, which won its semifinal game Friday against Fulton.

Watkins Glen, down 11-10 after one quarter and 22-18 at halftime, outscored Hannibal 16-9 in the third period for a 34-31 lead entering the final quarter. The Senecas topped Hannibal 23-10 down the stretch.

Watkins Glen statistics:

Hannah Morse: 15 points, 14 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocks.
Danielle Leszyk: 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals.
Taylor Kelly: 6 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist.
Adrienna Solomon: 6 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 block.
Jena Slater: 10 points, 3 rebounds, 1 block.
Kelsey Kernan: 3 points, 4 rebounds.
Aislinn Klemann: 5 points.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 8-2 with a 54-17 victory over Hannibal. Mattie Yontz led the Senecas with 17 points, while Bailey Beaumont scored 8 points and Abby Gibson 7.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse (File photo)

OM-WG wrestlers go 3-2 at Cody Duals

BINGHAMTON, Dec. 30, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team, which has several Watkins Glen High School wrestlers with it this season, won three of five matches Saturday at the Mark Cody Duals at Binghamton High School.

O-M defeated Seton Catholic 36-24, Unadilla Valley-Unatego 42-29, and Whitney Point 31-30. It lost to Vestal 65-18, and to Sidney 70-15.

Odessa's Dylan Houseknecht, wrestling at 285 pounds, posted a 5-0 record, three wins competitively and two by forfeit -- and is now 16-0 this season. Teammates Andrew Hartford (126 pounds), Collin Haag (145) and Joshua Beckley (170) were each 4-1. Hartford and Beckley had one forfeit win each, and Haag had two.

Haag reached a milestone, posting his 100th career victory.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Dylan Houseknecht looks up on the way to a victory. (Photo by Lisa Frost)

O-M boys win consolation game, 61-32

ADDISON, Dec. 30, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team improved its record to 3-7 Saturday when it defeated Campbell-Savona 61-32 in the consolation game of the Addison Christmas Tournament.

Zach Elliott led the Indians with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 steals -- and was named to the All-Tournament Team. O-M led 12-9 after one period, 28-15 at halftime and 47-27 entering the fourth quarter.

Paden Grover scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for Odessa, which also got points from Preston Harris (10), Derrick Lewis (9, on three 3-pointers), Devon Mahaney (7), Jared Rumsey (4), and Deshawn Johnson (2). The team was 6-for-11 from the foul line.

"Everyone played a lot of minutes tonight," said O-M Coach Matt Johnston, "so this win was a team effort. We pressured Campbell most of the game and were able to force a number of turnovers." O-M registered 18 steals.

"This was a nice bounce-back game for us. Having lost a few games in a row, I really think the kids needed this for their morale."

The Indians return to action Friday at Edison.

Photo in text: O-M's Zach Elliott (File photo)

Planty wins 1600 at Winter Classic meet

CORTLAND, Dec. 30, 2018 -- Watkins Glen High School junior Gabe Planty placed first Saturday in the 1600 Meter race at the Winter Classic indoor track meet held at SUNY Cortland.

Planty finished first with a time of 4:33.16. Second place went to Dundee's Matt Wood (who is training this season with WGHS) in 4:51.98. Watkins' Sam Thorsland was 8th in 5:26.61.

Other Watkins Glen (and Dundee) finishes:

1500 Meters: Kaylana Rekczis, 6th place, 6:38.35

55 Meters:
--Lily Hall (Dundee), 3rd place, 8.15 PR
--Haley Dean, 5th place, 8.48
--Madison Hansen, 18th place, 9.19
--Cale Sutterby, 22nd, 8.43

1000 Meters:
--Kai Sutterby, 3rd place, 3:35.19
--Matt Wood (Dundee), 2nd place, 2:51.22

55 Meter Hurdles: Victoria Bantin 11.12

600 Meters: Lawrence Majors, 8th place, 1:42.97

300 Meters:
--Haley Dean, 6th place, 48.50
--Madison Hansen, 18th place, 54.30
--Lawrence Majors, 18th place, 54.10

Shot Put: Thalia Marquez, 21st place, 15' 9" PR

Long Jump: Lily Hall (Dundee), 3rd place, 5' 6.50"

Left: Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse passes the ball to teammate Collin Baker (31). Right: The Senecas' Owen Scholtisek (5) is fouled as he attempts a shot.

Glen boys fall to unbeaten S-VE, 60-51

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 29, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team edged ahead of unbeaten Spencer-Van Etten 38-36 early in the fourth quarter Friday night before the Panthers pulled away, handing the Senecas a 60-51 defeat in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The 4-4 Senecas fell behind 10-2 at the game's outset, but battled back -- staying within striking range with 15-10 and 27-23 first-quarter and halftime deficits. S-VE was ahead 36-35 entering the fourth period.

After Watkins Glen pulled ahead by two, Spencer reeled off the next six points for a 42-38 advantage. The Senecas fought back again, pulling within a point at 44-43, but S-VE scored the next six points for a 50-43 lead with 2:19 remaining. The Senecas could get no closer than five points after that, with the Panthers extending that to nine points on four free throws in the closing 27 seconds.

"Three things led to our demise," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "One was offensive rebounds. I bet they had about 20 second and third chances. Another was free throws, particularly when we needed them at the end. And third, we got careless with the ball -- on turnovers and 50-50 balls" -- balls that the Senecas had a chance to grab, especially when applying the press. "Spencer outworked us on those."

Mitchell Pike led the Senecas in scoring with 14 points, while Isaac McIlroy registered 11, Joe Chedzoy 10, Collin Baker and Owen Scholtisek 6 each, and Adam Pastore and Jacob DeJong 2 each. McIlroy led in assists with 6 and steals with 3 while Chedzoy led in rebounds with 9. The team converted 17 of 25 free throws.

S-VE was led by Noah Mack's 21 points. The Panthers sank 10 of 15 free throws.

Watkins Glen returns to action next Friday at home against Candor.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 7-1 with a 61-31 victory over S-VE. Bryce Kelly scored 16 points with 5 rebounds and 3 steals, while Max Evans scored 15 points with 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists.

Other points came from Jacob Yontz (9), Jordan Avery (8, with 5 rebounds and 2 assists), Cameron Holland (7, with 4 assists), Silas Farrell (3, with 3 rebounds), Seamus Mooney (2, with 5 steals and 2 assists), and Tanner Dunham (1).

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy is fouled as he shoots (top); Isaac McIlroy drives past an S-VE defender (bottom).

From left: The Senecas' Jacob DeJong (3), Mitchell Pike and Collin Baker.

O-M boys lose in Addison tourney opener

ADDISON, Dec. 29, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team dropped a 40-33 non-league decision to host Addison Friday in the opening round of the Addison Christmas Tournament.

The Indians (2-7) "struggled all night on the offensive end," said Coach Matt Johnston. "We just did not move the ball well nor execute our offense to give us a chance to win."

But defense "has been such a bright spot for us all season," he added. "Deshawn Johnson, Jared Rumsey and Ryan Griswold did a fantastic job on Daniel Ames from Addison. He is averaging over 23 points per game, and those three held him to only 10 with no more than three in a quarter. They worked extremely hard to not let him touch the ball. You could see the frustration in his face."

Derrick Lewis, who led O-M with 10 points that included three 3-pointers, "is starting to find his range." said Johnston, who also praised Zach Elliott's 13 rebounds. "Those were some bright spots we can build on going into our game" today (Saturday) -- a consolation matchup against Campbell-Savona at 5:30 p.m. at Addison High School.

Odessa-Montour's Olivia Grover (20) prepares to shoot. She scored a game-high 22 points.

O-M girls top Bath in consolation game

BATH, Dec. 29, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Olivia Grover's 22-point, 10-rebound, 3-block performance -- defeated Bath 47-35 Friday afternoon in the consolation game of the fifth annual Coaches Vs. Cancer Holiday Tournament in the Bath Haverling High School gym.

The victory, which followed a loss by O-M to Penn Yan in the tourney opener Thursday, lifted the Indians' season mark to 6-3.

O-M took an early 7-3 lead before Bath tied the game 11-11 by the end of the first quarter. The Indians pulled ahead again, building a 23-18 halftime edge. They then outscored Bath 11-8 in the third quarter for a 34-26 lead entering the final quarter, and posted a 13-9 advantage down the stretch.

O-M Coach Greg Gavich said a stretch in the third quarter "was the best we’ve played offensively all season. We executed our stuff very well the whole second half and made open shots. Hopefully the pattern can carry over and we can eliminate the foul trouble" -- which included fourth fouls for Kennedey Heichel and Grover at the 2:28 and 1:50 marks, respectively, in the third quarter.

Scoring in addition to Grover were Sara Gardner (10 points, including two 3-pointers), Heichel (6, with 5 assists and 4 steals), Kara Reese (5), Alexis Saunders (3), and Grace Vondracek (1, with 6 rebounds).

Junior Varsity:

Odessa-Montour defeated Wellsville 40-27 in the JV consolation game. Mallory Rhodes led the Indians with 13 points, while Hannah Nolan scored 11 points, Autumn Garrison 8, and Mackenzie Cannon 4. The team was 4-for-10 from the foul line. Wellsville converted 7 of 17 free throws.

O-M led 10-9 after one period, 19-16 at halftime, and 30-21 entering the fourth quarter.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Sara Gardner glides toward the basket.
Bottom: O-M's Kennedey Heichel drives through traffic to the hoop.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek tries to grab a loose ball. Right: The Indians' Kara Reese (11) sends a shot on its way.

Left: O-M's Lexi Saunders shoots in traffic. Right: The Indians' Jolynn Minnier, left, is fouled as she grabs a rebound.

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Mallory Rhodes looks to shoot. Right: The Indians' Autumn Garrison.

Left: O-M's Mackenzie Cannon. Right: The Indians' Hannah Nolan shoots between two Wellsville defenders.

Watkins' Hannah Morse is fouled by Newfield's Katie Moravec as she drives to the basket.

Watkins Glen girls pull away from Newfield, win tourney

Top previously unbeaten Trojans 44-38; Glen JV wins

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 28, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team overcame a cold-shooting fourth quarter to edge Newfield, 44-38, Thursday night in the championship game of the Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Basketball Tournament at the WGHS Field House.

The 8-1 Senecas raced out to an early 9-2 lead and led 18-12 after one quarter, but the previously unbeaten (and now 9-1) Trojans rallied and made the game close throughout, leading by a point briefly in the third quarter. But their shooting was even colder than Watkins Glen's in the fourth quarter. The Trojans didn't score in that period until 1:56 remained in the game, and didn't score again after that.

Watkins Glen, after its early six-point first-quarter lead, saw Newfield close to within two points, 22-20, before the Senecas' Aislinn Klemann buried a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 25-20 halftime advantage.

Newfield caught up quickly in the third quarter, tying the game at 27-27 and 29-29 before Watkins moved ahead again. The Trojans then caught the Senecas once more, edging ahead, 35-34, but Watkins answered with a basket 18 seconds later and never relinquishhed the lead.

The Senecas led 38-36 entering the fourth quarter, and the score didn't change until Adrienna Solomon sank a layup aith 4:46 remaining. Newfield pulled to within 40-38 with its lone fourth-quarter basket -- a layup at 1:56 -- but Watkins closed out the win with a Taylor Kelly layup off a Solomon feed with 1:00 left, and then its final two points on free throws by Danielle Leszyk and Hannah Morse.

Kelly led the Senecas in scoring with 13 points, while Leszyk scored 9 (including two 3-pointers), Solomon 8, and Morse 7. The team was 8-for-13 from the foul line.

Newfield -- a team with one senior, one junior and the rest sophomores -- was led by twins Katie and Kelly Moravec, who scored 13 and 10 points, respectively. The Trojans were 11-for-17 from the foul line.

Watkins Glen statistics:

--Taylor Kelly: 13 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals
--Danielle Leszyk: 9 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals
--Hannah Morse: 7 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals, 8 assists, 1 block
--Adrienna Solomon: 8 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block
--Kelsey Kernan: 4 points, 8 rebounds, 1 steal.
--Aislinn Klemann: 3 points

All Tournament picks: Watkins's Kelly was named to the All-Tournament team, with Morse receiving the MVP trophy. Newfield's Katie Moravec was also named All-Tourney.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly goes high for a shot.
Middle: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk drives to the basket.
Bottom: Watkins' Adrienna Solomon (20) moves around Newfield's Maura Wood-Ellis.

Left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann shoots just before time expired in the first half. She sank the 3-pointer. Right: The Senecas' Kelsey Kernan eyes the loose ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jena Slater attempts a shot. It was deflected. Right: The Senecas' Hannah Morse drives to the basket.

From left: Watkins Glen's Ali LaMoreaux, Danielle Leszyk and Kelsey Kernan shoot.

Left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly prepares to shoot. Right: The Senecas' Adrienna Solomon sends a shot on its way.

The Watkins Glen players and coaches pose with the championship plaque after winning the Melissa B. Wilson Tournament title. Holding individual trophies were Hannah Morse (3) as MVP and Taylor Kelly (next to Morse) for making the All-Tournament team.

JV Game: Watkins Glen 30, Notre Dame 22

Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold saves the ball from going out of bounds in the JV game.

Watkins Glen Junior Varsity wins tourney title, 30-22

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 28, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls junior varsity basketball team won the Melissa Wilson Memorial Basketball Tournament title Thursday by defeating Notre Dame 30-22 in the WGHS Field House..

After a slow start that found the Senecas trailing at halftime 9-8, Watkins scored 13 third-quarter points to forge a 21-15 lead, and outscored the Crusaders 9-7 down the stretch to improve its season mark to 7-2.

Mattie Yontz scored 9 points for the Senecas, grabbed 7 rebounds, and registered 3 assists, 2 steals and a block. Carly Arnold had 8 points along with 16 rebounds and 2 assists. Other points came from Abby Gibson (6), Bailey Beaumont (5) and Jenna Solomon (2).

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Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Jenna Solomon looks up toward the basket as a Notre Dame player pressures her.

From left: Watkins Glen's Bailey Beaumont, Mattie Yontz and Abby Gibson.

The Watkins Glen JV team poses with its championship trophy. Front from left: Kelsey DeMillo, Mattie Yontz, Abby Gibson, Jenna Solomon and Savannah Ayers. Back from left: Carly Arnold, Julya Slater, Kaylee Franklin, Nicole Chiacchiarini, Bailey Beaumont and Coach Scott Morse.

O-M girls fall to Penn Yan in Bath tourney

BATH, Dec 28, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team saw its record slip to 5-3 Thursday when it dropped a 46-42 decision to Penn Yan in the opening round of the Bath Coaches Versus Cancer HolidayTournament.

Penn Yan (3-4) led 10-8 after one period, 22-16 at halftime, and 35-32 enering the fourth quarter.

"We dug another hole in the first half with our inability to put the ball in the basket," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, whose team trailed by as many as nine before intermission. "We tied the game on three different occasions, but were never able to take the lead, and we had great looks all night long. Until we start putting the ball in the basket, we aren't going to beat good teams."

Olivia Grover led O-M with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sara Gardner also scored 14, including 11 in the third period. Alexis Saunders scored 8 points, Grace Vondracek 4, and Kara Reese 2. The team was 2-for-7 from the foul line. In contrast, Penn Yan converted 14 of 25 free throws.

The Indians will face Bath today (Friday) in the consolation game. Penn Yan will play Wellsville for the title.

Junior Varsity: O-M lost 40-37. Mallory Rhodes scored 12 points, and Autumn Garrison scored 10.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse prepares to shoot in traffic. She was fouled on the play.

Watkins girls top U-E in tourney opener

Face Newfield in finale tonight; Glen JV advances, too

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 27, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team raced out to a 22-2 lead Wednesday night en route to a 63-39 victory over Union-Endicott in the opening round of the annual Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Basketball Tournament in the WGHS Field House.

The victory propels the 7-1 Senecas to the title game tonight (Thursday) against Newfield, which behind Katie Moravec's 23 points defeated Elmira Notre Dame 54-45 in the other tourney opener.

The Watkins Glen junior varsity, meanwhile, defeated Trumansburg 38-19 to advance to today's 4:30 p.m. championship game against Notre Dame, which defeated Newfield 33-30.

Consolation games will be played at both levels, the JV contest at 3 p.m. and the varsity at 6 p.m.

Varsity: Watkins Glen 63, Union Endicott 39

Taylor Kelly led the Senecas with 22 points, while Kelsey Kernan scored 11, Hannah Morse and Adrienna Solomon 10 each, and Danielle Leszyk 7. Morse had a busy night distributing the ball, amassing 15 assists.

Watkins Glen dominated early, racing to a 22-2 lead and to a 28-6 advantage entering the second quarter. U-E fought back in the second quarter, outscoring the Senecas 12-4 to pull within 14 points, 32-18, at halftime

But that's as close as the Tigers got. Watkins pulled away to a 48-27 lead by the end of the third quarter, and coasted from there.

Watkins Glen statistics:

--Taylor Kelly: 22 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals
--Danielle Leszyk: 7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist
--Hannah Morse: 10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, 15 assists, 1 block.
--Adrienna Solomon: 10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal.
--Ali LaMoreaux: 1 rebound.
--Kelsey Kernan: 11 points, 2 rebounds.
--Aislinn Klemann: 3 points, 2 rebounds.
--Jena Slater: 2 rebounds, 1 assist.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen 38, Trumansburg 19

Abby Gibson led the 6-2 Senecas with 13 points as they advanced to the title game. Also scoring: Carly Arnold and Mattie Yontz with 6 points each, Jenna Solomon with 5 points, Bailey Beaumont with 4 points, and Kelsey DeMillo and Savannah Ayers with 2 each.

Watkins Glen led 9-0 after one period, 25-6 at halftime and 34-10 entering the fourth quarter.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk drives to the basket.
Bottom: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly prepares to pass the ball.

In the varsity game:

Left: The Senecas' Adrienna Solomon drives past a U-E defender. Right: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan shoots for two of her 11 points.

Left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann moves the ball. Right: The Senecas' Kathleen Clifford, right, fights for possession of the ball.

Visiting during Christmas break from East Stroudsburg University, where she plays basketball, was Amanda Pike, who led WGHS to a state title two years ago. Here she talks with PK-12 Principal Kai D'Alleva.

Watkins Glen 6th grader Addy Coolican sang the National Anthem, to great applause.

In the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson drives to the basket. Right: The Senecas' Julya Slater tries in vain to save the ball from going out of bounds.

From left: Watkins Glen's Jenna Solomon, Kelsey DeMillo and Mattie Yontz.

Left: Watkins' Savannah Ayers shoots. Right: The Senecas' Carly Arnold grabs a loose ball and passes it to teammate Mattie Yontz (24).

Athletes of the Week: Planty, Grover

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 23, 2018 -- This week we honor a runner and a basketball player as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Watkins Glen High School junior Gabe Planty earns one of the nods for his victory in the Division Two 1000 Meter Run at the Section IV Classic Invitational at SUNY Cortland.

Odessa-Montour senior Olivia Grover repeats for a 19-point, 15-rebound performance in a victory over Union Springs that propelled her past 1,000 points for her career.

Double Honorable: WGHS basketball's Hannah Morse, Taylor Kelly, Danielle Leszyk and Joe Chedzoy; O-M basketball's Zach Elliott and Paden Grover; Watkins bowler H Nathaniel Rose; and Watkins track's Breanna Carl and Kaylana Rekczis.

Honorable Mention: Another 30 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 2

The following are the results of the second week of Watkins Glen Youth Basketball, held at Watkins Glen High School.

3rd-4th Grade Results

Maguire's 18, Famous Brands 14

Maguire's: Isaak Willett 8, Bryce Bockelkamp 8, Olivia Kelley 2.
Famous Brands: Leon Lagramada 10, Jude Santos 2, Nolan Reynolds 2.

Sporting Goods 30, Curly's Family Restaurant 12.

Sporting Goods: Jayden Scholtisek 16, Logan Bills 8, Isabella Duncan 4, Jace Murphy 2.
Curly's: Cayden Lagramada 8, Jax Decker 2, Zander Featherman 2.

Standings:

Sporting Goods: 2-0
Curly's Family Restaurant: 1-1
Maguire's: 1-1
Famous Brands: 0-2

5th-6th Grade Results

Van Skiver Motors 24, WG Supply 22

Van Skiver's: Caleb Bresett 10, Lukas Hoffman 4, Rachel Vickio 4, Brennian Elliott 4, Isaiah Sissel 2.
WG Supply: Ryan Berry 8, Brady Bockelkamp 4, Ryan Baudendistle 4, Addison Coolican 2, Amos Diliberto 2, Zade Gomez Fitzsimmons 2.

Capt. Bill's 34, Seneca Lodge 16

Capt. Bill's: Christopher Simiele 20, Joshua Nyre 8, Caelyn Baker 4, Natalie Oliver 2.
Seneca Lodge: Nick D'Alleva 16.

Standings:

Van Skiver Motors: 2-0
Capt. Bill's: 2-0
Seneca Lodge: 0-2
WG Supply: 0-2

Planty wins 1000 Meters at Cortland meet

CORTLAND, Dec. 22, 2018 -- Watkins Glen High School junior Gabe Planty finished first Friday night in the Division Two 1000 Meter Run at the Section IV Classic Invitational track meet at SUNY Cortland.

Planty finished in 2:43.57, ahead of runnerup Matt Wood of Dundee, who is training with the WGHS team this season along with Dundee's Lily Hall. Wood -- who won the 1600 with a personal-best of 4:48.20, finished the 1000 Meters in a personal best of 2:50.15. There were 23 competitors in the Division Two 1000 Meter race, compared to 21 in the Division One (Large School) race.

There were other Top 10 performances by Watkins athletes in Division 2 events:

Boys 3200: Sam Thorsland 6th in 11:23.38
Girls 1500: Breanna Carl 4th in 5:43.76
Girls 1000: Kai Sutterby 5th in 3:33.25
Girls 1500 Race Walk: Kaylana Rekczis 2nd in 9:44.91
Girls 300 Meters: Haley Dean 8th in 48.03
55 Meter Hurdles: Victoria Bantin 8th in 11.14
Girls Long Jump: Lily Hall (Dundee) 3rd at 15' 5.50"
Girls Long Jump: Allison Gibson 6th at 14' 7.75"
Girls Triple Jump: Lily Hall (Dundee) 2nd at 32' 11.75"

In addition:

Boys 600: Lance Majors 11th in 1:41.72
Boys 300: Lance Majors 14th in 45.53 (PR)
Girls 55: Lily Hall (Dundee) 11th in 8.21
Girls 55: Allison Gibson 12th in 8.25
Girls Shot Put: Jill Cantieni 12th at 24' 0" (PR)
Girls Shot Put: Cierra Barber 15th at 21' 4"

Photo in text: Watkins' Gabe Planty, left, and Dundee's Matt Wood. (Photo provided)

Watkins girls top Whitney Point, 55-51

WHITNEY POINT, Dec. 22, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team improved its record to 6-1 Friday night with a 55-51 victory over Whitney Point in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

The Senecas led 13-12 after one period, 28-26 at halftime, and 39-36 entering the fourth quarter.

Watkins had three players in double figures: Hannah Morse with 16 points, Danielle Leszyk (12) and Taylor Kelly (11). The team was 5-for 9 from the foul line.

Whitney Point was led by Amy Stevens' 31 poiints. The team was 16-for-22 from the line.

Watkins Glen statistics:

Hannah Morse: 16 points, 7 steals, 5 assists, 1 rebound.
Danielle Leszyk: 13 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals.
Taylor Kelly: 11 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist, 1 block.
Adrienna Solomon: 8 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block.
Kelsey Kernan: 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist.
Aislinn Klemann: 3 points.
Jena Slater: 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Whitney Point, 35-30, to slip to 5-2. Mattie Yontz led the Senecas in scoring with 11 points, and had 5 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocks. Carly Arnold had 4 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 assists, while Abby Gibson registered 8 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 5 steals and 2 blocks.

Coming Up: The Senecas return to action Wednesday with the Melissa Wilson Memorial Tournament in the WGHS Field House.

Watkins will play Union Endicott at 7:30 p.m., following a game between Newfield and Notre Dame at 6 p.m. JV contests pit Newfield against Notre Dame at 3 p.m., and Trumansburg against Watkins Glen at 4:30. (The Trumansburg varsity had been scheduled to compete in the tourney, but bowed out this week, with the U-E varsity stepping in.)

Consolation and championship games will follow on Thursday.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse (File photo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek drives past a Whitney Point defender. Right: The Senecas' Isaac McIlroy puts up a shot that tied the game just before halftime.

Watkins boys fall to Whitney Point

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 22, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 4-3 Friday night when the Senecas dropped a 59-47 decision to Whitney Point in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

"They killed us on the offensive boards," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "We probably gave them 20 second-chance points. We did not do a good job there. But give Whitney Point credit. They played pretty well."

Watkins Glen trailed 9-2 in the first three minutes, but was down just 11-9 after one period. The Senecas took a four-point lead at 20-16 after scroing eight straight points in the second period, and finished the half deadlocked 27-27.

Whitney Point (4-3), with three straight Watkins turnovers in the third quarter, pulled ahead by four, 42-38, entering the fourth quarter, and outscored the Senecas 17-9 down the stretch.

Joe Chedzoy led Watkins Glen scorers with 19 points, while Isaac McIlroy scored 12, Adam Pastore 6, Mitchell Pike 5, Collin Baker 4, and Owen Scholtisek 1. The team was 9-for-14 from the free-throw line.

Tanner Kallfelz led Whitney Point with 18 points. The team was 5-for-10 on free throws.

Chedzoy led Watkins Glen in rebounds with 9, while McIlroy grabbed 5 and Pike 4. Scholtisek led in assists with 5, while McIlroy had 4. Both McIlroy and Chedzoy registered 3 steals apiece.

The Senecas return to action next Friday at home against Spencer-Van Etten.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 6-1 with a 54-27 victory over Whitney Point. Max Evans led the Senecas with 27 points, while Jordan Avery scored 13, Cameron Holland 6, Seamus Mooney 4, Jacob Yontz 2, and Tim Clifford 2.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy drives to the basket.
Bottom: The Senecas' Mitchell Pike prepares to send a shot on its way.

Left: Watkins Glen's Collin Baker shoots. Right: The Senecas' Adam Pastore takes aim.

And in the JV game:

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Watkins Glen's Jordan Avery (left) and Cameron Holland shoot.

Watkins Glen bowlers top Newark Valley

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 22, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories Friday over Newark Valley in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Boys: The Senecas won all three games by a combined 2584-2466, with RJ Bannon leading the way with a 536 series. Other scores: H Nathaniel Rose 527, Wyatt Brower 526, Wrett Brower 523, Matt Irwin 452, and Casen Weeden 405.

"It was the first time RJ was the high man," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower, "and it won't be the last. Once he learns how to make the little adjustments, he will be one of the best around. It's only his second year."

Girls: Watkins won all three games by a combined 2190-1606. Nikole Vandyke led the Senecas with a 547 series, while Makenzie Kellogg posted a 433, Hayley Cornish a 431, Nancy Jackson a 418, and Ava Cowan a 357.

"We are starting to get to where we need to be," said Coach Brower. "Nikole has been bowling great. She beat all our boys today ... and they are pretty good."

Photo in text: Watkins' Wyatt Brower reacts after leaving a pin standing on his first ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's R.J. Bannon. Right: The Senecas' Nikole Vandyke.

Left: Watkins Glen's Hayley Cornish watches a spare attempt just miss. Right: The Senecas' Wrett Brower.

Left: O-M's Devon Mahaney drives. Right: The Indians' Preston Harris follows through.

O-M boys lose to Union Springs, 51-46

ODESSA, Dec. 22, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team's season mark slipped to 2-6 Friday night with a 51-46 loss to Union Springs in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Odessa led 11-8 after one period, but Union Springs poured in 21 second-quarter points for a 29-22 halftime lead. The Indians, down 40-33 entering the fourth quarter, pulled within four points at 46-42 with three minutes left, but a Springs 3-pointer ended the comeback.

Zach Elliott led O-M with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. Paden Grover had a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Other points came from Devon Mahaney (7), Derrick Lewis (5), Preston Harris (4), Deshawn Johnson (2) and Ryan Griswold (1). The team was 7-for-12 from the foul line.

Union Springs was led by Zach Nickerson's 14 points. The Wolves converted 7 of 10 free throws.

"We started the game playing well defensively," said O-M Coach Matt Johnston. "In the second quarter we had some turnovers that led to easy buckets for Union Springs.

"We have had a tendency to get ourselves behind, and have to fight hard to get back in the game. Then we go on a run and get within a few points, and the other team ends up making a big shot to extend their lead. There were some really good moments for us, but just not enough to help us win."

The Indians return to action next Friday at 7:15 p.m. against the host team in the Addison Christmas Tournament.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Zach Elliott drives to the basket in traffic.

Bottom: The Indians' Paden Grover shoots.

Part of the O-M crowd at the varsity game poses during a break in second-half action.

O-M tops Springs; Grover reaches 1,000

UNION SPRINGS, Dec. 21, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team lifted its record to 5-2 Thursday night when it defeated Union Springs 47-25 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game that saw the Indians' Olivia Grover score her 1,000th career point.

Grover led the Indians with a double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds, reaching the 1,000-point plateau with a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter.

Other points for Odessa came from Sara Gardner (10), Kennedey Heichel (7, with 5 assists and 5 steals), Jolynn Minnier (5, with 7 rebounds), Kara Reese (2, with 3 assists), Lexi Saunders (2), and Grace Vondracek (2).

O-M led 10-6 after one period, 18-9 at the half, and 27-16 entering the fourth quarter.

"Our offensive struggles continued for three quarters," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "but we got it rolling a bit in the fourth, and hopefully that continues."

Grover's 1,000th point was "a great accomplishment for a very talented player," added Gavich. "Olivia showed her versatility in making a 3 to put her over the top. She is the 10th O-M girl to teach 1,000, and the fourth in my tenure as coach." The other three were Rebecca Ayes, Michelle Melanson and Gillian Clark.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour (3-4) lost to unbeaten Union Springs, 47-26. Hannah Nolan led the Indians with 8 points.

Photo in text: Olivia Grover (File photo)

Odessa-Montour's Jackie Vincent, left with a solid 10-pin, prepares to attempt a spare.

Odessa bowlers roll past Marathon

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 21, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories Thursday over Marathon in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Boys: O-M defeated an undermanned Marathon squad, which was minus one bowler absent due to illness. The Indians won all three games by a combined 1759-1313, with Eric Rumsey leading the way with a 480 series. Dominick Elliott added a 410.

Girls: Odessa won all three games by a combined 2020-1356. Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 558 series that included a 210 game. Pixie Kinner added a 434, and Jana Arias a 393.

O-M returns to action Jan. 3 at home against Newark Valley.

Photo in text: O-M's Eric Rumsey leans right as his ball crashes into the pins.

Left: O-M's Pixie Kinner follows through. Right: Odessa's Jana Arias slumps as she is left to face an 8-10 split.

Unbeaten volleyball team

The 7th Grade volleyball team at Watkins Glen High School went undefeated this season with a 12-0 record. Team members above include:

Back row from left: Alyson Gibson, Taegan Denmark, Brayona Oden, Lacie Denmark, Lilly Ameigh, Keira Sulkey, Kaela Zigas, and Coach Krysti Westervelt. Middle row, from left: Alannah Klemann and Malina Butler. Front: Sarah Jones. (Photo provided)

Watkins girls top Notre Dame; now 5-1

SOUTHPORT, Dec. 20, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team -- led by double-digit scoring from Taylor Kelly and Hannah Morse -- defeated Elmira Notre Dame 52-29 Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Notre Dame gym.

The victory lifted the Senecas' season mark to 5-1, while Notre Dame fell to 2-3.

Watkins Glen statistics:

Taylor Kelly: 14 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists, 2 blocks.
Hannah Morse: 13 points, 3 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 assists.
Danielle Leszyk: 6 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 3 steals.
Adrienna Solomon: 5 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists.
Ali LaMoreaux: 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal.
Kelsey Kernan: 8 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block.
Aislinn Klemann: 2 points, 1 steal.
Kathleen Clifford: 1 rebound.
Jena Slater: 2 points, 1 rebound.

The Senecas return to action Friday at Whitney Point.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Notre Dame 46-27 to improve to 5-1. Carly Arnold led the Senecas with 16 points, 15 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Abby Gibson scored 11 points with 3 assists, 5 steals and one block, while Bailey Beaumont scored 8 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and blocked a shot, and Mattie Yontz scored 7 points with 5 rebounds, 5 assists and a steal.

Odessa-Montour's Collin Haag gains the advantage on the way to victory at 145 pounds.

Odessa-Montour wrestlers fall to Groton

ODESSA, Dec. 20, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team -- with forfeits in five weight classes -- dropped a 48-30 decision to Groton Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in O-M's Jack Davis Gym.

O-M got victories at:

195 pounds: Joshua Beckley over Austin Batzer, a pin in 0:41.
220 pounds: Josh Bravo, by forfeit.
285 pounds: Dylan Houseknecht over Demetry Brooks, a pin in 0:53.
132 pounds: Andrew Hartford over Darian Mitchell, 10-4.
138 pounds: Josiah Lynch over Nick Radley, a pin in 3:17.
145 pounds: Collin Haag over Anthony Rotunda, 6-5.

Both Lynch and Haag came from behind to win. Lynch, down 6-4 in the second period, turned the tables on Groton's Radley, pinning him. And Haag, down 5-4 entering the third period, pulled off a reverse in the final minute for his 6-5 victory.

Odessa lost by forfeit at 99, 113, 152, 160 and 182 pounds. Other losses for O-M came at 170 pounds (Tristian Harrington by a pin), 120 pounds (Kadin Burnham by a pin), and 126 pounds (Thomas Rumpff by a pin).

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Kadin Burnham has the upper hand early in his 120-pound bout.
Bottom: Odessa's Josiah Lynch, right, on the way to victory at 138 pounds.

Left: Odessa's Joshua Beckley, top, pinned his opponent in 41 seconds. Right: O-M's Andrew Hartford, foreground, puts his opponent on the mat at 132 pounds.

O-M's Dylan Houseknecht en route to pinning his opponent at 285 pounds.

Rose's 665 leads Glen boys to 2-2 tie

AUBURN, Dec. 20, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity bowling team -- with five scores over 500 and H Nathaniel Rose rolling a 665 series -- forged a 2-2 tie Wednesday with Union Springs-Port Byron in a match at Starlite Lanes.

The Seneca girls, meanwhile, fell 4-0 to USPB.

Boys: Rose posted a 257-204-204 as Watkins Glen won the first and third games, losing the second game and total pinfall, 2941-2897. Wrett Brower rolled a 576 series (including a 221 game), while Wyatt Brower registered a 559 (with a 203), RJ Bannon a 531, Matt Irwin a 516, and Casen Weeden a 493.

"After Union Springs-Port Byron rolled that monster second game (a 1082)," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower, "our senior leadership took over. H, Wrett, Wyatt and Casen didn't get rattled and they came back and won the third game.

"H had another great day today; he made the correct adjustment when he needed to. Well done.

"The older guys," he added, "are helping the younger guys. Matt and RJ listen, and bowled great."

Girls: Watkins Glen lost all three games by a combined 2401-1904. Nikole Vandyke led the Senecas with a 508 series, while Nancy Jackson posted a 428.

Watkins boys top ND, improve to 4-2

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 19, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team -- led by Joe Chedzoy's 20 points -- defeated Elmira Notre Dame 59-39 Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House. The Seneas are now 4-2.

"There was quite a bit of good in the game," said Watkins Coach John Fazzary. "Chedzoy had an all-around pretty good game, scoring 20 and holding their top scorer (Kyreese Fisher, averaging in the 20s) to 12 points. Our team defense was pretty good, too, and we ran the floor pretty well on transition.

"There were a few hiccups that we have to take are of," he added. "We were up by 18 at the half, and Notre Dame got within 6 in the third quarter. We were only 11-for-23 on free throws, and we made a few silly mistakes.

"But any time you beat a team like Notre Dame by 20, you're doing something right."

Scoring in addition to Chedzoy were Isaac McIlroy (13 points), Mitchell Pike (11), Collin Baker (8) and Owen Scholtisek (7). Baker led in rebounds with 9, while McIlroy, Chedzoy, Scholtisek and Pike had 6 each. Scholtisek led in assists with 5, and he, Chedzoy and McIlroy each had 3 steals.

The team returns to action Friday at home against Whitney Point.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Notre Dame 49-18. Jordan Avery led the Senecas with 13 points, while Seamus Mooney scored 10, Max Evans 9, Cameron Holland 8, Tim Clifford 5, and Silas Farrell and Tanner Dunham 2 each.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy (top) and Collin Baker shoot.

Left: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek, left, knocks the ball away from a Notre Dame player for one of his three steals. Right: The Senecas' Mitchell Pike shoots.

O-M girls lose to Newfield, slip to 4-2

NEWFIELD, Dec. 19, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team's record fell to 4-2 Tuesday night when the Indians dropped a 51-39 decision to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Newfield gym.

Newfield led 15-12 after one quarter, 23-22 at halftime, and 37-35 through three periods.

"We scored the first basket of the fourth quarter and then collapsed," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich.

Olivia Grover led O-M in scoring with 11 points, while Kennedey Heichel scored 10, Sara Gardner 9, Grace Vondracek 7, and Jolynn Minnier 2.

Katie Moravec led Newfield (7-0) with 27 points.

"We got outrebounded by 15, turned it over 22 times, and scored 4 points in the fourth quarter," said Gavich. "That's not going to get it done."

O-M returns to action Thursday at Union Springs.

Junior Varsity: O-M (3-3) defeated Newfield 45-22. Hannah Nolan led the Indians with 15 points, while Autumn Garrison, Taylor Cain and Mallory Rhodes scored 7 each.

O-M's Zach Elliott, left, and Ryan Griswold put up shots against Newfield.

Odessa boys fall to Newfield, drop to 2-5

ODESSA, Dec. 19, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 2-5 Tuesday night when the Indians lost 55-37 to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Newfield built an early lead, going up 18-5 in the first quarter. The Trojans led 30-18 at halftime, and 43-27 afer three quarters.

Odessa had closed to within nine points, 36-27, in the third quarter, but Newfield answered with a 13-0 run that put the game out of reach.

Zach Elliott led O-M with 15 points, while Devon Mahaney scored 8, Paden Grover 6, Deshawn Johnson 4, and Jared Rumsey and Ryan Griswold 2 each. The team was 3-for-5 from the foul line.

Newfield was led by LaRon Boykin's 20 points. Daejahd Leckey added 13 points, and Jalen Hardison 11. The team was 2-for-4 from the foul line.

"Boykin just outhustled our players on the offensive glass," said O-M Coach Matt Johnston. "When you play a team like Newfield, you have to limit their opportunities on the offensive end, and we did the opposite of that. We will get back after it tomorrow and work harder to keep ourselves in ballgames. Defense will be the key to our success, and we just did not execute on that end of the floor."

The Indians return to action Friday at home against Union Springs.

Junior Varsity: Newfield defeated Odessa-Montour.

Photo in text: Odessa's Paden Grover takes the ball to the basket.

Left: O-M's Devon Mahaney looks toward the hoop. Right: O-M's Deshawn Johnson.

O-M swimmers fall to Waverly; 1st loss

WAVERLY, Dec. 19, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team sustained its first defeat of the season Tuesday when it dropped a 107-62 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Waverly pool.

"Waverly is a very strong team this year," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "We all knew it was going to be a tough meet, but after a full week of practicing hard without a meet, I was looking forward to seeing how the team would perform. They did not disappoint, with many season-best times and PRs (personal records) posted, including all three relays."

The Indians (4-1) had a lone victory -- by Jacob Mayette in the 100 Fly (1:04.56). Second-place finishes were posted by Brett Walters in the 100 Free (57.69), Tyler Carson in the 100 Back (1:15.72), and Caleb Thomas in the 100 Breaststroke (1:23.09).

Odessa-Montour bowlers fall to Waverly

WAVERLY, Dec. 19, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams dropped 4-0 decisions Tuesday to Waverly in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at the Valley Bowling Center.

Boys: O-M dropped all three games by a combined 2950-2051. Eric Rumsey led the Indians with a 573 series that included a 207 game. Dominick Elliott rolled a career-high 536 that included his first 200 game -- a 202.

Girls: Odessa lost all three games by a combined 2506-2210. Pixie Kinner led the Indians with a 581 series that included a 205 game, while Jackie Vincent posted a 522 and Jana Arias a 398.

Odessa returns to action Thursday at home against Moravia.

Watkins swimmers fall to S. Cayuga

AURORA, Dec. 18, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team dropped a 65-28 decision Monday to Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Southern Cayuga pool.

First-place finishes were posted for Watkins Glen by Daine Butler in the 50 Free (27.65) and Nate Wickham in the 100 Fly (1:23.11), and by the 200 Free Relay squad. The names of those swimmers were not available.

Second-place finishes for the Senecas came from Butler in the 100 Free (1:05.72), Scott Brubaker in the 200 Free (2:30.97), and the 200 Medley Relay squad of Brubaker, Butler, Wickham and Clint Craven (2:15.30).

Athletes of Week: Grover and McIlroy

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 17, 2018 -- This week we honor as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week two basketball players: a girl from Odessa-Montour who helped her team to two victories during the week, and a boy from Watkins Glen who capped off his week with a game-winning basket.

The girl is Olivia Grover, a senior who broke open a tight game against Candor with four straight baskets en route to 18 points. She scored 13 third-quarter points as O-M turned a 22-20 deficit into a 36-27 advantage. That followed a win over Tioga in which she scored 9 points with 10 rebounds.

The boy is Isaac McIlroy, who scored 26 points in a gut-wrenching overtime loss to Waverly, and scored 13, with four assists, as the Senecas defeated Newark Valley. In that game, McIlroy went the length of the floor and delivered a game-winner from six feet with a second left. The final: 61-59.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball's Joe Chedzoy, Collin Baker, Taylor Kelly and Hannah Morse; O-M basketball's Zach Elliott, Devon Mahaney and Sara Gardner; Watkins track's Kaylana Rekczis and Breanna Carl; and O-M swimmers Tyler Carson and Brett Walters.

Honorable Mention: Another 30 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 1

The following are the results of the first week of Watkins Glen Youth Basketball, held at Watkins Glen High School.

3rd-4th Grade

Sporting Goods 24, Maguire's 20

Sporting Goods -- Jaydon Scholtisek 10, Logan Bills 6, Isabella Duncan 6, Natalie VanSkiver 2.
Maguire's -- Isaak Willett 12, Aden Rekczis 4, Bryce Bockelkamp 2, Olivia Kelley 2.

Curly's Family Restaurant 6, Famous Brands 4

Curly's -- Cayden Lagramada 6.
Famous Brands -- Bradley Edminister 2, Brooklyn Thompson 2.

Standings:
Curly's Family Restaurant1-0
Watkins Sporting Goods1-0
Famous Brands 0-1
Maguire's 0-1

5th-6th Grade:

Capt. Bill's 20, WG Supply 14.
Capt. Bill's -- Christopher Simiele 14, Nick Ritter 2, Joshua Nyre 2, Levi Murphy 2.
WG Supply -- Brady Bockelkamp 6, Ryan Berry 6, Tyler Smith 2.

Van Skiver Motors 32, Seneca Lodge 7
Van Skiver's -- Caleb Bresett 10, Brennian Ellioitt 6, Lukus Hoffman 4, Olivia Van Skiver 2, Luke Welton 4, Rachel Vickio 4, Isaiah Sissel 2.
Seneca Lodge -- Nick D'Alleva 7.

Standings:
Captain Bill's 1-0
VanSkiver Motors1-0
WG Supply 0-1
Seneca Lodge 0-1

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse drives to the hoop. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly takes aim over a Newark Valley defender.

Glen girls defeat Newark Valley; now 4-1

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 16, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team -- led by Taylor Kelly's 15 points -- defeated Newark Valley 51-35 Saturday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas, now 4-1, were deadlocked at 17-17 when they scored eight straight points to take control, and were never seriously challenged after that.

Kelly scored 10 of her team's 14 third-quarter points as the Senecas increased a 23-17 first-half lead to 37-25 entering the fourth period. They then outscored NV 14-10 down the sretch.

Watkins had opened a 7-1 lead early as Hannah Morse scored five of her 10 points and dished out one of her five assists. But the Cardinals rallied to within 13-10 by the end of the period, and then forged the 17-17 tie. Watkins Glen took control at tht point.

Mackenna Nechwedowici led Newark Valley with 20 points. The Cardinals were 10-for-14 from the foul line, compared to Watkins Glen's 3-for-5.

The Senecas' statistics:

Taylor Kelly: 15 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist.
Danielle Leszyk: 8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists.
Hannah Morse: 10 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, 5 assists.
Adrienna Solomon: 6 points, 10 rebounds, 1 steal.
Kelsey Kernan: 8 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists.
Aislinn Klemann: 2 rebounds.
Kathleen Clifford: 2 points.
Jena Slater: 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Newark Valley, 40-25, to fall to 4-1. Mattie Yontz scored 11 points for the Senecas, while Carly Arnold scored 10, Bailey Beaumont 2, and Julya Slater 2.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon, left, shoots in traffic.
Bottom: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk, left, forces an over-and-back call against NV.

From left: Watkins Glen's Jena Slater, Kelsey Kernan and Ali LaMoreaux shoot.

Left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann passes the ball. Right: The Senecas' Kathleen Clifford shoots.

And in the JV game:

Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold moves the ball as two Newark Valley players give chase.

Watkins Glen's Mattie Yontz, left, and Jenna Solomon (1) put up shots.

Watkins boys edge Newark Valley, 61-59

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 16, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team -- up by 14 points after three quarters -- barely defeated Newark Valley 61-59 Saturday on a last-second-floater by Isaac Mcilroy in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the NV gym.

"We escaped," saaid Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "We went from in-control to unraveling" as the Cardinals applied a fourth-quarter press that carried them from a 49-35 deficit after three periods to a temporary 1-point lead with two minutes to play.

NV, down by two points near the end, tied the game with 7.8 seconds remaining before McIlroy took an inbounds pass on the left, crossed over and delviered 6-footer with one second left.

The shot saved Watkins from an overtime that would have been played without Joe Chedzoy, who fouled out in the waning seconds. "It wouldn't have set up well for us," said Fazzary.

The 3-2 Senecas were led in scoring by Chedzoy with 17. He also led in rebounds with 9 and steals with 3, and had 3 assists.

Other points came from McIlroy (13, with 4 assists), Collin Baker (12, with 8 rebounds), Mitchell Pike (8), Owen Scholtisek (4, with 7 rebounds), Jacob DeJong (4, with 2 blocks), and Regan Scholtisek (3). The team was 9-for-13 from the foul line.

Newark Valley (0-4) was led by Kyle Coffin's 23 points. The Cardinals converted 10 of 14 free throws.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 4-1 with a 53-42 victory over Newark Valley. Max Evans led the Senecas with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 steals. Tim Clifford scored 10 points with 11 rebounds and 2 steals. Other points came from Cameron Holland (7, with 3 steals), Bryce Kelly (7), Jordan Avery (6, with 5 rebounds), and Seamus Mooeny (5, with 4 assists).

From left: Watkins Glen High School's Breanna Carl, Haley Dean, Jill Cantieni and Kai Sutterby. (Photo provided)

Glen track team competes at Cortland

CORTLAND, Dec. 16, 2018 -- Members of the Watkins Glen High School Indoor Track Team competed Saturday in the Finger Lakes Invitational at SUNY Cortland.

Among the finishes:

Boys 55 Meters: Nick Wilston 14th in 7.59 among 30 runners.
Girls 55 Meters: Haley Dean 19th in 8.53 among 27 runners.
Girls 1000 Meters: Kai Sutterby 12th in 3:32.11 among 23 runners.
Girls Race Walk: Kaylana Rekczis 3rd in 9:24.28 among 10 competitors.
Boys 600 Meters: Lawrence Majors 8th in 1:39.17 among 27 runners.
Girls 55 Meter Hurdles: Victoria Bantin 8th in 10.99 among 19 runners.
Boys 1600 Meters: Sam Thorsland 15th in 5:24.19 among 28 runners.
Girls 1500 Meters: Breanna Carl 6th in 5:42.73 among 24 runners.
Boys 300 Meters: Lawrence Majors 19th in 45.74 among 29 runners.
Girls 300 Meters: Haley Dean 9th in 47.99 among 21 runners.
Boys Long Jump: Nick Wilston 10th at 17' 1/4" in a field of 19.
Girls Shot Put: Jill Cantieni 15th at 20' 2" in a field of 25.
Boys Shot Put: Gabe Planty 14th at 25' 5.25" in a field of 22.
Girls 4x400 Relay: WG (Breanna Carl, Kai Sutterby, Haley Dean, Jill Cantieni) 7th in 5:02.06 in a field of 10.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Victoria Bantin, left, and Kaylana Rekczis.
Bottom: The Senecas' Cierra Barber. (Photos provided)

Browers honored with Stephens Award

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 14, 2018 -- Watkins Glen High School seniors Wyatt and Wrett Brower have been named two of the three winners of this year's Joel Stephens 5C Award.

The honor, presented Thursday night by the Elmira Kiwanis Club during a dinner at the Holiday Inn-Elmira Riverview, also went to Corning senior Adam Zingler. The award is presented to football players from outside Chemung County, taking into consideration qualities beyond performance on the football field, particularly character.

Stephens was an Elmira Notre Dame football, baseball and basketball standout who died in 1998 of colon cancer at the age of 22. He played professional baseball in the Baltimore Orioles farm system after high school.

Longtime Elmira Notre Dame football coach Mike D'Aloisio, author of a book about Stephens, helps choose the recipients along with Stephens' parents, Ron and Joyce Stephens, who were present at Thursday's event.

Said D'Aloisio of Zingler and the Brower brothers: "They have a strong commitment to their faith, to their school, to their team, to the coaches. They always had a positive impact. They're positive role models to others."

Photo in text: Notre Dame Coach Mike D'Aloisio is flanked by Wrett Brower, left, and Wyatt Brower, who are holding their Stephens Awards. (Photo provided)

O-M girls rally to defeat Candor, 42-35

ODESSA, Dec. 15, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team rallied Friday night from an early 19-8 deficit to defeat Candor 42-35 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Odessa, 4-1, was led by Olivia Grover's 18 points, 13 of which came in a third quarrter in which her team pulled away from a 22-20 halftime deficit to a 36-27 advantage. She also totaled 12 rebounds and 6 blocks.

Sara Gardner added 13 points, while Kennedey Heichel had 7 points and 7 assists, Grace Vondracek 3 points, and Kara Reese 1. The team converted 7 of 17 free throws.

Searra Allen led Candor with 14 points, while Braelyn Hornick scored 9. The team was 3-for-8 from the foul line.

"Olivia had 15 points in the second half," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "It was good to get her going on offense and that really helped in that third quarter. Sara kept us in it in the first half (with 11 points) while we struggled.

"Our defensive intensity was very good over those final three quarters and that made the difference. Kara Reese, Jolynn Minnier and McKennah Lott gave us great energy off the bench on that end, and that made a big difference."

O-M built an early 8-3 lead, only to see Candor (1-4) score 16 straight points for a 19-8 lead in the second quarter. But Odessa scored the next nine points and trailed by just two points at intermission.

Odessa took control early in the third quarter, with Grover scoring four straight baskets inside to increase the lead from 27-22 to 35-22. Candor got no closer than five points after that -- and that came with one minute remaining in the game. A basket by Vondracek off an inbounds pass was the final nail in the Candor loss.

Odessa returns to action Tuesday at Newfield, which is 6-0.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Candor 30-17. Mallory Rhodes led the team with 14 points, while Hannah Nolan scored 6, Mackenzie Cannon 3, Autumn Garrison 3, and Ida Sidle 2.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Kennedey Heichel (3) drives to the basket.
Bottom: Odessa's Olivia Grover scores two of her 18 points.

Left: O-M's Kara Reese passes the ball around a Candor defender. Right: Odessa's Jolynn Minnier eyes the basket.

Left: O-M's Lexi Saunders maneuvers with the ball. Right: Odessa's Sara Gardner sends a shot on its way.

Students pose along the sideline. (Happy 14th birthday, No. 14: Victoria Brewster, top left)

And in the JV game:

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Left: Odessa's Autumn Garrison drives to the hoop. Right: O-M's Jessica Carnes (32) prepares to shoot.

Left: Odessa's Mallory Rhodes puts up a shot. Right: O-M's Hannah Nolan reaches for the ball to save it from going out of bounds.

Odessa-Montour boys top Candor, 55-44

CANDOR, Dec. 15, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team broke a four-game losing streak with a 55-44 victory Friday night over Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Candor gym.

Odessa, up 13-8 after one quarter, trailed 28-24 at halftime -- but pulled away with 15-8 and 16-8 third and fourth quarters. The win lifted their record to 2-4 overall.

Zach Elliott led the team in scoring with 17 points, while Devon Mahaney scored 15, Jared Rumsey 9, Preston Harris 6, Paden Grover 5, and Derrick Lewis 3. The team was 17-for-23 from the free-throw line.

"We played with great intensity for most of the game tonight," said O-M Coach Matt Johnston. "We had a couple guys who really stepped up for us to help us get the win.

"Zach Elliott was huge on the board and from the foul line. He ended with 17 points and 15 rebounds, making all seven free throws he attempted in the fourth quarter. Devon Mahaney had some big buckets to keep us in the lead. He also had 10 rebounds to go along with his 15 points. Jared Rumsey gave us huge minutes off the bench.

"Our defense really stepped up big as well, holding them to eight points in three of the four quarters."

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

O-M's Jana Arias, left, and Jackie Vincent share a laugh during Friday's match.

Bowling: O-M girls win 4-0, boys lose

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 15, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity bowling team posted a 4-0 victory Friday over Groton in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes.

The Odessa boys, meanwhile, fell 4-0 to Groton.

Girls: O-M won all three games by a combined score of 2011-1480. Pixie Kinner led Odessa with a 475 series, while Jackie Vincent posted a 443 and Jana Arias a 377.

Boys: Odessa lost all three games by a combined score of 2440-1635. Eric Rumsey led the Indians with a 437 series.

Odessa-Montour returns to action Tuesday at Waverly.

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Photo at right: Odessa-Montour's Eric Rumsey attempts to convert a spare.

Bowling: Glen boys, girls post 4-0 wins

LANSING, Dec. 15, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams swept Lansing by 4-0 scores Friday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference road matches.

Boys: Watkins Glen won all three games by a combined score of 2655-2276. The Senecas were led by Wyatt Brower's 586 series, which included a 248 game. Wrett Brower added a 576 series with 206 and 213 games, while H Nathaniel Rose posted a 548 and Casen Weeden a 514.

Girls: The Senecas won all three games by a combined score of 2041-1837. Nancy Jackson led the team with a 449 series, while Hayley Cornish rolled a 440, Alyiah Clink-Bentley a 417, and Makenzie Kellogg a 400.

O-M's Josiah Lynch, top, on the way to a win at 138 pounds. (Photo by Lisa Frost)

Odessa wrestlers drop 36-35 decision

MORAVIA, Dec. 13, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team fell just short Wednesday on the road, losing 36-35 to Moravia in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Moravia gym.

A penalty point assessed against O-M cost it the match.

O-M got wins from Andrew Hartford at 132 pounds (17-6), Josiah Lynch at 138 pounds (12-9), Collin Haag at 145 pounds (15-0 tech fall), Josh Bravo at 220 pounds (by forfeit), Dylan Houseknecht at 285 pounds (by forfeit), Kadin Burnham at 113 pounds (a pin in 1:03), and Emma Bradshaw at 126 pounds (by forfeit). Those wins totaled 36 points.

Moravia, like O-M, won three bouts by forfeit. It won its other three by pin, for its 36-point total.

The penalty assessed against Odessa was for thrown headgear, designated as unsportsmanlike conduct. It removed one point from the team total, in essence giving Moravia the match.

If the score had ended in a tie, O-M would have been the winner on a tie-breaker -- most match wins. O-M had seven to Moravia's six.

Photo in text: O-M's Andrew Hartford, left, on the way to victory at 132 pounds. (Photo by Lisa Frost)

Left: O-M's Kennedey Heichel passes the ball past a Tioga defender. Right: Odessa's Lexi Saunders, left sends a shot high over outstretched arms.

Odessa girls defeat Tioga, improve to 3-1

ODESSA, Dec. 12, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team built a 20-2 first-half lead and coasted to a 48-25 victory Tuesday night over Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Odessa led 6-0 after one period, 20-2 at intermission, and 37-8 entering the fourth quarter.

Alexis Saunders registered 11 points, 5 steals and 3 blocks for the Indians, while Sara Gardner scored 11 points, Olivia Grover 9 (with 10 rebounds), Grace Vondracek 9 (with 6 steals and 8 rebounds), Kennedey Heichel 6 (with 6 assists), and Hunter Daugherty 2.

"We played hard on the defensive end for three quarters and that pulled us through some cold shooting spots," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We did get into a better flow at times on the offensive end of the floor as the game went on, though."

The Indians return to action Friday at home against Candor.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Tioga 45-21 for its first win of the season. Hannah Nolan led the Indians with 14 points.

Photo in text: O-M's Olivia Grover goes to the basket.

Left: O-M's Hunter Daugherty looks to pass the ball. Right: Odessa's Jolynn Minnier.

Odessa-Montour's McKennah Lott, left, and Grace Vondracek (30) drive toward the hoop.

Left: O-M's Kara Reese brings the ball upcourt. Right: Odessa's Sara Gardner shoots.

Left: O-M junior varsity players Autumn Garrison, center, and Ida Sidle, right, with O-M athlete Lillian Betts, who is rehabbing from an injury. Right: JV player Hannah Nolan, whose 14 points helped O-M to victory.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to Tioga, 58-46

TIOGA CENTER, Dec. 12, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 1-4 Tuesday night when the Indians dropped a 58-46 decision to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Tioga gym.

Devon Mahaney and Zach Elliott each scored 10 points for O-M, while Derrick Lewis registered 9 points, Paden Grover 8, Preston Harris 5, and Deshawn Johnson 4. The team was 5-for-9 from the foul line.

Tioga was led by Sam Taylor's 19 points, while Pierce Hendershot scored 13 and Lucas Klossner 12. The team was 4-for-8 from the foul line.

"We had a strategy coming in to limit the touches of Klossner and Hendershot," said O-M Coach Matt Johnston. "They are two of the best shooters around. Unfortunately for us, Taylor had a big game for them and we could not get our shots to fall. We missed too many shots close to the rim that could have kept us in the ballgame."

The Indians return to action Friday at Candor.

Left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly drives to the basket. Right: The Senecas' Adrienna Solomon (20) and Jena Slater (13) fight Waverly's Wendi Hammond for a rebound.

Watkins Glen girls fall to Waverly, 60-48

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 12, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team sustained its first loss of the season Tuesday night, dropping a 60-48 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas, 3-1, were down 17-12 after one period and 25-22 at halftime before the Wolverines pulled away with a 19-12 third quarter that gave them a 44-34 lead entering the final quarter. Waverly outscored Watkins 16-14 down the stretch.

Taylor Kelly led Watkins scorers with 18 points, while Danielle Leszyk had 12, and Hannah Morse 10. The team converted 5 of 8 free throws.

Alex Tomasso led Waverly with 19 points, while Sidney Tomasso scored 17, and Paige Lewis 8. The team was 17-for-27 from the foul line.

Watkins Glen statistics:

Taylor Kelly: 18 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist.
Danielle Leszyk: 12 points, 2 steals, 1 assist.
Hannah Morse: 10 points, 2 steals, 8 assists
Adrienna Solomon: 4 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist.
Ali LaMoreaux: 2 rebounds
Kelsey Kernan: 2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists.
Aislinn Klemann: 2 rebounds.

The Senecas return to action Saturday afternoon at home against Newark Valley.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Waverly 45-35 to improve to 4-0. Abby Gibson led the Senecas with 17 points (and 4 steals), while Mattie Yontz scored 12 (with 6 rebounds and 5 blocks), Bailey Beaumont 9 (with 12 rebounds), Carly Arnold 5, and Jenna Solomon 2.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse shoots in traffic.

Taking shots: From left, Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan, Danielle Leszyk and Adrienna Solomon in first-half action against Waverly.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Mattie Yontz shoots. Right: The Senecas' Abby Gibson drives to the basket for two points after stealing the ball.

Watkins Glen boys lose to Waverly in OT

WAVERLY, Dec. 12, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 2-2 Tuesday night when the Senecas dropped a 63-62 decision in overtime to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic conference game in the Waverly gym.

The Senecas led by six points with a minute left in overtime, but Waverly's Ryan Lambert drained a 3-pointer and Scott Woodring -- who scored 39 points -- sank two sets of free throws, the last with 15 seconds left to give Waverly the lead.

Watkins failed to get off a good shot before the buzzer, launching what Coach John Fazzary called "a long heave-ho" that failed to hit the mark.

"When you get a lead on the road against a good team, you gotta finish it off," said Fazzary.

Isaac McIlroy led Watkins with 26 points, while Michell Pike scored 13, Collin Baker 12, Joe Chedzoy 8, and Owen Scholtisek 3. The team converted 4 of 10 free throws, while Waverly converted 11 of 16.

Scholtisek led the Senecas in assists with 9, while McIlroy and Pike each had 5 rebounds, and Baker had 3 blocks.

The Senecas return to action Saturday at Newark Valley.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen rallied from a 16-point deficit (42-26) at the start of the fourth quarter to defeat Waverly 52-46. "We put on the press and the kids were everywhere," said Coach Jim Scott. "What a comeback."

Max Evans led the Senecas with 21 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, and had 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Tim Clifford scored 10 points with 9 rebounds and 2 blocks. Bryce Kelly scored 10 points, Seamus Mooney 4 (with 3 steals and 5 assists), Jordan Avery 3 (with 7 rebounds), and Cameron Holland 2 (with 2 steals and 3 assists).

Odessa's Pixie Kinner applies some body English on a shot that resulted in a strike.

Bowling: O-M girls top Tioga, boys lose

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 12, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity bowling team -- led by Jackie Vincent's 560 series -- defeated Tioga 4-0 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes.

The Odessa-Montour boys, meanwhile, fell to Tioga 4-0.

Girls: Vincent had a high game of 220 as Odessa won all three games by a combined 2238-1875. Pixie Kinner added a 496 (with a 221), while Jana Arias rolled a 427.

Boys: O-M lost all three games by a combined score of 2563-1759. Eric Rumsey led the Indians with a 459 series.

Odessa returns to action Friday at home against Groton.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Jackie Vincent watches as her ball hits the pins.

Bowling: Glen boys top ND; girls lose

ELMIRA, Dec. 12, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity bowling team defeated Elmira Notre Dame 3-1 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Rossi Lanes.

The Watkins Glen girls team, meanwhile, dropped a 3-1 decision to Notre Dame.

Boys: The Senecas won the first two games and total pinfall, 2566-2415. H Nathaniel Rose led the Senecas with a 548 series that included a 212 game, while Casen Weeden posted a 531, Wyatt Brower a 504, RJ Bannon a 494, and Wrett Brower a 489.

Girls: The Senecas won the first game, but then dropped the next two and total pinfall, 2215-2128. Nikole Vandyke led the Senecas with a 507 series, while Hayley Cornish posted a 452, Nancy Jackson a 406, Makenzie Kellogg a 387, and Alyiah Clink-Bentley a 360.

Watkins Glen returns to action Friday at Lansing.

O-M swimmers top Greene, move to 4-0

GREENE, Dec. 11, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team improved its record to 4-0 Monday with a 90-58 victory over Greene in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Greene pool.

Tyler Carson won the 100 Back and was on two winning relay squads while Brett Walters won the 50 Free and 100 Breaststroke to lead the Indians.

First place finishes for O-M:

200 Medley Relay: Tyler Carson, Caleb Thomas, Jake Mayette, Johnny Niedermaier 2:06.85
200 Free: Bailey Hornbrook 2:19.11
50 Free: Brett Walters 25.61
100 Fly: Jake Mayette 1:09.80
100 Back: Tyler Carson 1:18.59
100 Breaststroke: Brett Walters 1:21.23
400 Free Relay: Johnny Niedermaier, Tyler Carson, Micah Brewster, Bailey Hornbrook 4:26.43

Second-place finishes:

--Micah Brewster in the 200 Free (2:22.16) and 500 Free (6:44.19)
--Jake Mayette in the 200 IM (2:41.02)
--Bailey Hornbrook in the 100 Free (59.55)
--Justin Ruocco in the 100 Back (1:23.67)
--Caleb Thomas in the 100 Breaststroke (1:27.78)

Athletes of Week: Houseknecht, Hartford

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 10, 2018 -- Two Odessa-Montour High School wrestlers are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

They are: Dylan Houseknecht, who went 9-0 at 285 pounds, and Andrew Hartford, who was 8-1 at 126 and 132 pounds at the Arkport-Canaseraga Holiday Duals. Each reached the career century mark. Houseknecht now has 100 career victories, while Hartford is at 101.

Double Honorable: O-M wrestlers Collin Haag and Josiah Lynch; Watkins Glen runner Gabe Planty; Watkins Glen basketball players Adrienna Solomon, Taylor Kelly, Hannah Morse, Kelsey Kernan and Danielle Leszyk; O-M basketball's Paden Grover; Watkins Glen bowlers H Nathaniel Rose, Wrett Brower and Casen Weeden; O-M swimmers Micah Brewster and Brett Walters; and O-M bowler Eric Rumsey.

Honorable Mention: Another 27 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at each of the two school covered.

O-M wrestlers go 2-7 at Ark-Can Duals

ARKPORT, Dec. 9, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team won two of nine matches Friday and Saturday as it opened its season at the Arkport-Canaseraga Holiday Dual Wrestling Tournament. One O-M wrestler, Dylan Houseknecht, was unbeaten at 285 pounds.

Houseknecht amassed a 9-0 mark, defeating six opponents by pins, and winning three matches by forfeit. His pins were in 2:24, :14, :28, :38, 1:07 and :59.

Teammate Andrew Hartford went 8-1 at 126 pounds, as did Collin Haag at 145. Josiah Lynch was 6-2 in the 132 and 138 weight classes.

Both Houseknecht and Hartford reached the 100-win career milestone. Houseknecht has 100 victories, and Hartford 101.

O-M defeated Alfred Almond 37-36 and Dundee 42-18. It lost to Arkport (54-30), Avon-Geneseo (44-30), Bath-Haverling (39-30), Caledonia-Mumford (51-30), Dansville-Keshequa (54-30), East Rochester (42-33) and Wellsville (42-24).

The Indians return to action Wednesday at Moravia.

Photo in text: Dylan Houseknecht (File photo)

Morse named to All-State soccer team

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 3, 2018 -- Watkins Glen High School's Hannah Morse has been named to the New York State Sportwriters Association's All-State Class C Third Team in soccer following a record-setting season by the senior.

Morse set a single-season school record of 33 goals, adding to her school career mark, which concluded at 73. Her team won the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small Schools South Division title.

Elsewhere in the area: Two players from Elmira Notre Dame made All-State in Class C --Laurel Vargas, repeating from last year on the First Team; and Ellie Mustico, on the Fourth Team.

Photo in text: Hannah Morse (File photo)

Watkins Glen boys fall to Addison, 58-51

ADDISON, Dec. 9, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team sustained its first loss of the season Saturday night, dropping a 58-51 decision to Addison in a non-league game in the Addison gym.

The Senecas got off to an 8-0 start, but after an Addison time-out, the home team scored the next 10 points to take the lead. It was Addison 13-12 after one period, and even at 25-25 at halftime.

"It was a game of runs," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, whose team fell behind by about 10 points twice in the second half before pulling within a point or two. "It was a one-point game with a few minutes to go," he said, but the Senecas "missed some free throws and made some poor decisions down the stretch. It was a learning experience."

Watkins Glen, now 2-1, was led by Collin Baker's 17 points. Other points came from Isaac McIlroy (15), Mitchell Pike (11), Joe Chedzoy (5), and Jacob DeJong (3).The team was 7-for-17 from the foul line.

Chedzoy led in rebounds with 9, while Baker grabbed 6 and Owen Scholtisek and Pike had 4 each. Scholtisek led in assists with 6, while Chedzoy had 4. McIlroy registered 6 steals.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Waverly (2-0).

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen fell to 2-1 with a 49-42 loss to Addison. Jordan Avery led the Senecas with 12 points, while Seamus Mooney scored 10, Bryce Kelly 7, Jacob Yontz 6, Tim Clifford 5, and Silas Farrell 2.

Planty 3rd in 3200 at Bomber Invitational

ITHACA, Dec. 9, 2018 -- Watkins Glen High School junior Gabe Planty placed third Saturday in the 3200 Meter Run at the Bomber High School Invitational indoor track and field meet at Ithaca College, posting a time of 9:53.72.

His finish -- behind only runners from Lancaster and Corning -- was the highest finish by a WGHS athlete for the day. More than 60 Indoor Track teams from all over the state were on hand for the meet, which also saw the following WGHS finishes. (PR means personal record.)

55 Meter Boys: Nick Wilston 7.49 (60th) and Lawrence Majors 7.92 (69th)
55 Meter Girls: Haley Dean 8.48 (46th) and Jill Cantieni 8.83 (54th)
300 Meter Boys: Cale Sutterby 49.4 PR (63rd)
300 Meter Girls: Haley Dean 49.04 PR (38th)
600 Meter Boys: Lawrence Majors 1:43.82 PR (48th)
1000 Meter Girls: Kai Sutterby 3:31.75 PR (14th) and Breanna Carl 3:46.2 (25th)
1600 Meter Boys: Sam Thorsland 5:29.78 (47th)
Long Jump Boys: Nick Wilston 17'3"
Shot Put Girls: Thalia Marques 11' 9.5" and Jill Cantieni 20' 2"

Dundee Athletes (training with WGHS):

3200 Meter Boys: Matthew Wood 10:31.45 PR (19th)
600 Meter Boys: Matthew Wood 1:34.86 (21st)
Long Jump Girls: Lily Hall 15' 6.25" (9th)
Triple Jump Girls: Lily Hall 32' 7.5" (11th)

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Haley Dean prepares for the start of one of her races.

Bottom: The Senecas' Sam Thorsland, left, and Lawrence Majors. (Photos provided)

Left: From left, WGHS athletes Kai Sutterby, Jill Cantieni and Thalia Marques. Right: WGHS track coach Kelly Sterner with Matthew Wood, one of the Dundee athletes training with the Watkins team. (Photos provided)

From left: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek, Mitchell Pike and Jacob DeJong.

Watkins boys roll past TAE, move to 2-0

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 8, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High school boys varsity basketball team rode a fast-break offense and strong defense to a 62-33 victory Friday night over Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas, now 2-0, were led by Isaac McIlroy's 20 points and Joe Chedzoy's 18. Other points came from Mitchell PIke (7), Collin Baker (7), Owen Scholtisek (6), Regan Scholtisek (2) and Jacob DeJong (2).

"Our defense was pretty good," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, whose team held the Spartans to 11 first-half points. "And I like how we ran in transition. We have a few things to work on, but it was a good night."

The Senecas led 16-7 after one period, 31-11 at halftime, and 50-20 entering the fourth quarter.

Baker led the team in rebounds with 10, while DeJong had 8 and Chedzoy 7. McIlroy led in assists with 6, while Chedzoy and Owen Scholtisek had 5 each. McIlroy led in steals with 4.

The Senecas return to action tonight (Saturday) at Addison.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 2-0 with a 61-23 win over Edison. Tim Clifford led Watkins scorers with 18 points, and had 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Seamus Mooney scored 16 points with 6 assists and 4 steals, while Bryce Kelly scored 11 points, Jacob Yontz 6, Jordan Avery 6 and Silas Farrell 4. Yontz had 5 steals, and Avery had 5 assists.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy drives to the basket.

Watkins Glen's Collin Baker (left) and Joe Chedzoy shoot against Edison.

The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team huddles during a time-out at the Edison game. (Photo provided)

Watkins girls rout Edison, improve to 3-0

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Dec. 8, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- with five players in double figures -- ran past Edison 81-19 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Edison gym.

The Senecas, who led 31-3 after one quarter and 50-3 at halftime, got 16 points each from Hannah Morse and Kelsey Kernan, 15 points from Adrienna Solomon, 14 from Taylor Kelly, and 11 from Danielle Leszyk. Also scoring were Ali LaMoreaux (4 points), Aislinn Klemann (3) and Kathleen Clifford (2). The team was 11-for-15 from the foul line.

The statistics, with team highs in bold:

Adrienna Solomon: 15 points, 18 rebounds, 5 steals, 7 assists.
Taylor Kelly: 14 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 3 assists.
Danielle Leszyk: 11 points, 2 steals, 1 assist.
Hannah Morse: 16 points, 1 rebound, 4 steals, 7 assists.
Kelsey Kernan: 16 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist.
Ali LaMoreaux: 4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist.
Aislinn Klemann: 3 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists.
Kathleen Clifford: 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Edison 51-18 to improve to 3-0. Mattie Yontz scored 19 points with 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 assist. Abby Gibson scored 8 points with 1 rebound and 2 assists. Bailey Beaumont scored 8 points with 11 rebounds and 2 steals.

Photo in text: Watkins' Hannah Morse takes aim on a free throw. (Photo provided)

Left: O-M's Zach Elliott shoots. Right: The Indians' Deshawn Johnson drives to the hoop.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to S-VE, 44-25

ODESSA, Dec. 8, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team saw its record slip to 1-3 Friday night when the Indians dropped a 44-25 decision to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

"Points were hard to come by with Spencer playing a stingy man-to-man defense," said Odessa Coach Matt Johnston. "They made us take shots that we didn't want to take, and the score was a result of how hard they play defensively.

"I thought we did a pretty decent job on them defensively and holding them to 44 points, but we couldn't get anything going on the offensive end. We made an eight-point run in the fourth quarter that started to change the momentum a little bit, and then two turnovers from us and two baskets by them ended our run. They are very well coached and very disciplined on both ends of the floor."

S-VE took a 15-8 lead through one quarter, and was up 26-14 at halftime and 37-16 through three periods.

Paden Grover led Odessa in scoring with 10 points, while Zach Elliott added 7 points, Devon Mahaney and Derrick Lewis 3 each, and Preston Harris and Deshawn Johnson 1 each.

Junior Varsity: Spencer-Van Etten defeated Odessa-Montour.

Photo in text: O-M's Paden Grover attempts a shot in traffic.

Left: O-M's Preston Harris shoots. Right: O-M's Jared Rumsey goes up for a shot.

O-M's Lexi Saunders (left) and Olivia Grover go to the hoop. (Photos by Tyler Saunders)

O-M girls defeat Spencer-Van Etten

SPENCER, Dec. 8, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team improved its season mark to 2-1 Friday night with a 41-25 victory over Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the S-VE gym.

Olivia Grover led the Indians with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 steals. Kennedey Heichel added 10 points and 4 assists. Other points came from Alexis Saunders (9, with 5 rebounds), Sara Gardner (6), Kara Reese (2), and Jolynn Minnier (1).

O-M led 6-0 after one quarter, 21-5 at halftime, and 31-12 through three quarters.

"It was a real ragged game on the offensive end," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We could never get into any kind of a flow. But our defense was very good and allowed us to overcome our offensive deficiencies tonight."

The Indians return to action at home next week against Tioga and Candor.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Spencer-Van Etten 48-29. Hannah Nolan led the Indians with 8 points.

Photo in text: O-M's Kennedey Heichel goes up for a shot. (Photo by Tyler Saunders)

Watkins Glen's Wrett Brower, left front, and his brother Wyatt (obscured) consult with their father, Coach Ward Brower, during Friday's match.

Bowling: Glen boys win 3-1; girls lose

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 8, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity bowling team -- led by Wrett Brower's 593 series -- defeated Waverly 3-1 Friday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes.

The Watkins Glen girls, meanwhile, fell 3-1 in a tight match.

Boys: Brower's 593 was fashioned on games of 186-172-235. Casen Weeden added a 575 (with a 210 game), Alex Pesco a 530, Wyatt Brower a 503, Matt Irwin a 501, and H Nathaniel Rose a 492.

The Senecas lost the first game, but won the second and third games and total pinfall, 2762-2547.

"It was a team effort today," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower, "with everyone stepping up at different times when they needed to."

Girls: Watkins Glen lost the first two games, won the third, and lost total pinfall by just 9 pins, 2178-2169.

Nikole Vandyke led the Senecas with a 515 series, while Hayley Cornish rolled a 506, Nancy Jackson a 393, Makenzie Kellogg a 387, and Alyiah Clink-Bentley a 338.

"Our girls battled the entire match," said Coach Brower. "They may have lost 3-1, but only nine pins separated the two teams at the end of three games."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Makenzie Kellogg reacts after sending her ball too far right in an attempt to convert a split.

Bottom: The Senecas' Casen Weeden reacts to a shot.

Odessa-Montour's Bailey Hornbrook competes in the 200 IM. He placed second.

Odessa swimmers edge Dryden, 49-44

ODESSA, Dec. 6, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team improved its season mark to 3-0 Thursday when it rallied to defeat Dryden 49-44 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

The Indians got four victories from Micah Brewster and three from Brett Walters as they rallied from five points down at the meet's midpoint to overtake the Purple Lions.

Consecutive wins by Brewster in the 500 Free and by the 200 Free Relay squad of Brewster, Walters, Johnny Niedermaier and Bailey Hornbrook put the Indians up by a point, and they held on from there, pulling away with a one-three finish in the final event, the 400 Free.

The races O-M won:

200 Free: Micah Brewster (2:20.72)
50 Free: Brett Walters (25.38)
500 Free: Micah Brewster (6:44.13)
200 Free Relay: Brett Walters, Johnny Niedermaier, Micah Brewster, Bailey Hornbrook (1:49.16)
400 Free Relay: Hornbrook, Brewster, Niedermaier, Walters (4:07.32).

Individual second-place finishes were posted for O-M by:

--Bailey Hornbrook in the 200 Individual Medley and 100 Free.
--Brett Walters in the 100 Back.
--Caleb Thomas in the 100 Breaststroke.

"Tonight's meet was very close throughout," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "We maintained a one-point lead going into the last event, the 400 Free Relay. Whoever won the relay would win the meet. The relay was very close, with O-M in the lead most of the way, until anchor Brett Walters dove in and stretched the lead to six seconds to win the meet."

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Brett Walters dives at start of the 50 Free, which he won.
Bottom: O-M's Micah Brewster checks his time after the 200 Free, which he won.

Odessa-Montour's Johnny Niedermaier dives at start of the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Left: O-M's Tyler Carson dives at start of the 100 Backstroke. Right: The Indians' Caleb Thomas competes in the 100 Breaststroke. He placed second.

Bowling: O-M boys win 3-1, girls lose

OWEGO, Dec. 6, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity bowling team -- led by Eric Rumsey's 616 series -- defeated Candor 3-1 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Owego Bowl.

Rumsey rolled games of 199-179-238 as Odessa won the first and third games and total pinfall, 2120-2018. Dominick Elliott added a 416 series.

The O-M girls fell 4-0 to Candor, losing all three games by a total pinfall of 2251-1942. Jackie Vincent led Odessa with a 536 series that included a 222 game.

O-M will return to action Tuesday at home against Tioga.

Left: Watkins Glen's Hayley Cornish uses some body English on a spare. Right: The Senecas' Nancy Jackson reacts after a strike.

Bowling: Watkins boys win 4-0, girls lose

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 6, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity bowling team -- led by H Nathaniel Rose's 667 series -- posted a 4-0 victory Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match against Union Springs-Port Byron at Harborside Lanes.

Rose posted games of 191-243-233 as the Senecas won all three games by a combined 2630-2323. Casen Weeden registered a 527 for Watkins, while Wrett Brower rolled a 527 and Matt Irwin a 466.

"We bowled well today," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "Casen and Wrett were solid, but H Rose is bowling outstanding, especially for this early in the season. Wyatt (Brower) got cleared to bowl from a wrist injury from football, so it will be nice to have him back. We should be firing on all cylinders again soon."

The Watkins girls, meanwhile, fell 4-0, losing all three games by a combined 2459-2148. Nikole Vandyke and Nancy Jackson led the Senecas with a 497 and 496, respectively, while Hayley Cornish posted a 454.

"That was a real good team that we bowled today," said Coach Brower. "They are going to be tough to beat later in the season. We have our work cut out for us, but our girls are up to it."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's H Nathaniel Rose reacts as his ball reaches the pins.

Fazzary absence was a Section IV action

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 5, 2018 -- The absence Tuesday night of Coach John Fazzary from the Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball game was the result of disciplinary action imposed for one game by Section IV officials.

WGHS Communications Director Rod Weeden said Wednesday that a parental complaint was issued regarding violation of the seven-day rule -- in which basketball practices can’t be held for seven consecutive days -- and that it, along with another related violation (alumni practicing with the team), was passed along to Section IV.

That communication with the section occurred last Friday, and word came down the same day from Section IV Coordinator Ben Nelson that a one-game reprimand -- one-game suspension -- would be imposed. Official word came through in an email Monday.

“You have to know the rules,” said Weeden, who noted that there are a lot of them, and new ones each year. “But this is a hard way to learn them.”

He said the team and Fazzary “took it professionally,” and that a pleasant byproduct was a resultant team unification -- an outstanding game by the basketball squad as it defeated Lansing Tuesday night in its season opener. “They played hard for the coach” in his absence, Weeden said.

Any further violations, he noted, would likely be dealt with more severely by Section IV.
But for now, “a rule was broken, and his hand was slapped,” said Weeden. “I think it’s over and done with. Now let’s move on.”

Fazzary, who told Weeden he hadn’t missed a game before in his many years as head coach, will be back on the bench for Friday’s home game against Edison.

Photo in text: Coach John Fazzary (File photo)

Watkins Glen boys top Lansing, 56-48

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 4, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team opened its season with a victory Tuesday night, defeating Lansing 56-48 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

Joe Chedzoy led the Senecas with 18 points, while Owen Scholtisek scored 10, Mitchell Pike 9, Jacob DeJong 9, Collin Baker 6, Isaac McIlroy 2, and Regan Scholtisek 2.

Chedzoy led the team with 8 rebounds and 3 steals, while Owen Scholtisek led in assists with 5.

Watkins Glen, down 8-2 early, rallied to take the lead 12-11 at the end of the first period, and was up 27-18 at halftime and 42-31 entering the fourth period.

Assistant Coach Jim Scott, filling in for missing head coach John Fazzary (whose absence, a school official would only say, was "a personnel matter"), praised the play of Chedzoy and Owen Scholtisek "at both ends of the court," and the play of DeJong and Regan Scholtisek off the bench.

"The guys did really well," said Scott, who noted that Fazzary is expected back for the next game.

The Senecas return to action Friday at home against Edison.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Lansing 59-40. Max Evans led the Senecas with 29 points, while Cameron Holland scored 14, Jordan Avery 13, and Tim Clifford 3.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek eyes the basket in first-half action.

Bottom: The Senecas' Jacob DeJong puts up a shot.

Left: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy drives toward the basket. Right: The Senecas' Mitchell Pike sends a shot on its way.

Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy (left photo) and Collin Baker (right) shoot.

Watkins Glen girls roll past Lansing

LANSING, Dec. 4, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team improved to 2-0 Tuesday night when it ran past Lansing 69-17 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Lansing gym.

The Senecas had four players in double figures: Taylor Kelly with 14 points, Hannah Morse with 13, Adrienna Solomon with 11, and Danielle Leszyk with 10. Jena Slater, Kelsey Kernan and Kathleen Clifford added 6 points each, and Aislinn Klemann had 3.

Watkins Glen was ahead 23-3 after one period, and 37-9 at halftime.

The team's statistics included:

Taylor Kelly: 14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists.
Danielle Leszyk: 10 points, 7 steals, 2 blocks, 1 assist.
Hannah Morse: 13 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists.
Adrienna Solomon: 11 points, 4 steals, 2 blocks, 4 assists.
Ali LaMoreaux: 5 rebounds, 1 block, 1 assist.
Jena Slater: 6 points, 2 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 assists.
Kelsey Kernan: 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal.
Kathleen Clifford: 6 points, 5 rebounds.
Aislinn Klemann: 3 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 1 assist.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen (2-0) defeated Lansing 51-13.

Odessa's Preston Harris goes up for a shot against Southern Cayuga in heavy traffic.

Odessa boys fall to Southern Cayuga

ODESSA, Dec. 4, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 1-2 Tuesday night when the Indians fell to Southern Cayuga 56-48 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Odessa led 23-16 with 1:30 remaining in the first half, but SC scored the last five points before intermission and then outscored the Indians 18-6 in the third period to build a 10-point lead, 39-29, entering the fourth quarter. Odessa outscored the Chiefs 19-17 in the final period, but it wasn't enough.

Paden Grover led O-M with 15 points, while Zach Elliott scored 13, Devon Mahaney 9, Preston Harris 5, Derrick Lewis 4, and Ryan Griswold 2. The team was 8-for-15 from the foul line.

Southern Cayuga had three players in double figures. It converted 12 of 24 free throws.

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

Left: O-M's Paden Grover shoots. Right: Odessa's Derrick Lewis (15) puts up a shot.

O-M girls lose to Southern Cayuga

AURORA, Dec. 4, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team's record slipped to 1-1 Tuesday night when the Indians dropped a 56-51 decision to Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the SC gym.

Odessa led after one period, 13-8, and 29-20 at halftime. But Southern Cayuga rallied to take the lead 40-39 entering the fourth quarter, and outscored the Indians 16-12 down the stretch.

"A lot of intangibles worked against us tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We were plagued by foul trouble, especially in the second half, and couldn't quite overcome things that were out of our control. It's better that that happens now than later in the year."

Sara Gardner led O-M with 13 points, while Kennedey Heichel scored 12, Grace Vondracek 9, Kara Reese 6, Olivia Grover 6, and Jolynn Minnier 5.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Southern Cayuga, 41-26. Mackenzie Cannon led O-M with 8 points.

Odessa-Montour's Bailey Hornbrook on the way to victory in the 200 Individual Medley.

O-M swimmers defeat Watkins Glen

ODESSA, Dec. 4, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team got four wins each from Brett Walters, Bailey Hornbrook and Johnny Niedermaier Tuesday as the Indians improved to 2-0 with a 57-36 victory over Watkins Glen in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Walters won the 200 Free (2:14.92) and 100 Fly (1:11.76), Hornbrook the 200 IM (2:43.59) and 100 Free (1:02.35), and Niedermaier the 50 Free (27.22) and 100 Back (1:18.25), and each was on the winning 200 Medley Relay and 200 Free Relay teams. Micah Brewster added a win in the 500 Free (6:37.72) and was on the winning 200 Free Relay squad. Tyler Carson was on the winning 200 Medley Relay team.

"The O-M boys had some great swims tonight, with a number of them posting best times," said Odessa Coach Terri Brace. "On Thursday we host Dryden and are hoping to pick up our third win."

Second-place finishes for O-M:

--Caleb Thomas in the 50 Free (30.09) and 100 Breast (1:30.08)
--Justin Ruocco in the 100 Free (1:12.34)
--The 200 Free Relay team of Tyler Carson, Caleb Thomas, Justin Andrews and Justin Ruocco 2:08.98
--The 400 Free Relay team of Micah Brewster, Justin Andrews, Noah Hollenbeck and Justin Ruocco (4:59.63)

Watkins Glen got wins from Daine Butler in the 100 Breaststroke, and from the team of Scott Brubaker, Clint Craven, Daine Butler and Nate Wickham in the 400 Free Relay.

Second places were posted by Watkins Glen in the:

200 Medley Relay: Steven Gublo, Daine Butler, Scott Brubaker, Nate Wickham
200 Free: Nate Wickham (2:22.27)
200 IM: Daine Butler (2:53)
100 Fly: Scott Brubaker (1:35.45)
500 Free: Nate Wickham (7:13.23)
100 Back: Steven Gublo (1:30.50)

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Brett Walters en route to victory in the 200 Yard Freestyle.
Middle: Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham competes in the 200 Yard Freestyle.
Bottom: Odessa-Montour's Caleb Thomas dives at start of the 50 Free.

Watkins Glen's Scott Brubaker dives at start of a leg of the 400 Freestyle Relay.

Odessa-Montour's Johnny Niedermaier competes in the 100 Yard Backstroke.

Bowling: O-M boys, girls fall to Lansing

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 4, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams lost Tuesday to Lansing in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

The boys lost 4-0, dropping all three games by a combined 2025-1651. Eric Rumsey led the Indians with a 434 series, while Colton Chapman rolled a 425.

The girls lost 3-1, dropping the first and third games and total pinfall, 2110-2041. Pixie Kinner led O-M with a 549 series that included a 201 game, while Jackie Vincent posted a 493 series.

The Indians return to action Thursday against Candor at Owego Bowl.

Photo in text: O-M's Pixie Kinner employs some body English as the ball nears the pin for a spare.

Left: O-M's Jana Arias reacts to an errant spare attempt. Right: Odessa's Jackie Vincent.

Bowling: Watkins girls win, boys fall

GROTON, Dec. 4, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team defeated Groton 4-0 Tuesday while the Watkins boys fell 4-0 in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Corona Lanes.

The girls won all three games and total pinfall, 2241-1705. Hayley Cornish led the Senecas with a 542 series that included a 200 game, while Nikole Vandyke posted a 457 and Alyiah Clink-Bentley a 421.

The Watkins boys lost all three games and total pinfall, 2444-2207. H Nathaniel Rose led the Senecas with a 568 series that included a 216 game, while Wrett Brower posted a 464 and Casen Weeden a 418.

Athletes of the Week: Hornbrook, Walters

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 3, 2018 -- We start the winter sports season by honoring two Odessa-Montour swimmers as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Bailey Hornbrook and Brett Walters each won four events as O-M opened its swim season with a victory over Lansing.

Hornbrook won the 50 Free and 100 Free and Walters the 200 IM and 100 Backstroke, while each was on the winning 200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay squads.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball's Taylor Kelly, Danielle Lezyk and Hannah Morse; O-M basketball's Paden Grover, Zach Elliott, Devon Mahaney, Sara Gardner, Olivia Grover and Lexi Saunders; O-M swimmers Johnny Niedermaier and Micah Brewster, O-M bowlers Jackie Vincent and Pixie Kinner; Watkins Glen racewalker Kaylana Rekczis, and Watkins Glen bowlers H Nathaniel Rose and Casen Weeden.

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

Rekczis sets new school mark in race walk

CORTLAND, Dec. 1, 2018 -- Watkins Glen High School athlete Kaylana Rekczis set a new school record Saturday in the 1500 Meter Race Walk at an indoor track meet at SUNY Cortland, the first meet of the season.

Rekczis finished the race walk with a time of 8:14.45, improving on the previous record of 8:26.43 held by Laura Flood.

The WGHS team was competing along with two Dundee track athletes who train with them.

Odessa boys fall to Avoca, 68-63; now 1-1

ODESSA, Nov. 30, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team rallied from a 12-point first-quarter deficit, but couldn't catch Avoca down the stretch, dropping a 68-63 decision to the Tigers in a non-league game Friday night in the O-M gym.

The Indians, 1-1, were led by Paden Grover's 22 points, along with 14 by Zach Elliott and 13 by Devon Mahaney. Other points came from Preston Harris (8), Derrick Lewis (4) and Ryan Griswold (2). The team was 8-for-16 from the foul line.

Avoca was led by Nathan Nunn's 32 points, which included 8 three-pointers. La'Dre Stanford added 24 points, with 6 threes. The Tigers were 6-for-10 from the foul line.

It was those threes that held off O-M down the stretch, as the Indians, behind 22-10 after one period and 40-31 at halftime, pulled within four points on three occasions -- only to see Avoca drain another long-range jumper.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Avoca 46-45 to even its record at 1-1. Dominick Scott led the Indians with 12 points.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Derrick Lewis prepares to put up a shot under pressure from Avoca's La'Dre Stanford. He sank the basket.

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Bottom: Odessa-Montour's Paden Grover works his way past an Avoca defender.

Left: O-M's Zach Elliott is fouled as he drives to the hoop. Right: The Indians' Devon Mahaney puts up a shot.

Left: Members of the O-M cheerleading squad, which was on hand to support the basketball team. Right: O-M's Jared Rumsey goes up for a shot.

Watkins girls open with 51-18 victory

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 30, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team raced out to a 32-4 lead on the way Friday night to a 51-18 season-opening victory over Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

Taylor Kelly led the Senecas with 19 points, while Danielle Leszyk scored 13. Adrienna Solomon and Kathleen Clifford led in rebounds with 7 each. Hannah Morse, with 6 points, led in assists with 8 and steals with 7.

Watkins Glen led 19-4 after one period, 34-8 at halftime and 42-12 entering the fourth quarter.

The statistics:

Taylor Kelly: 19 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist.
Danielle Leszyk: 13 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist.
Hannah Morse: 6 points, 3 rebounds, 7 steals, 1 block, 8 assists.
Adrienna Solomon: 4 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 blocks, 1 assist.
Ali LaMoreaux: 5 points, 5 rebounds.
Jena Slater: 2 points, 2 rebounds, 5 steals, 1 assist.
Kelsey Kernan: 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist.
Kathleen Clifford: 7 rebounds.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Dryden 37-10. Carly Arnold led the Senecas with 19 points, while Abby Gibson scored 11.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon, center, and Taylor Kelly battle a Dryden player for possession of the ball.

Bottom: The Senecas' Hannah Morse looks to pass as she leans after stopping a loose ball from going out of bounds.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jena Slater sends a shot on its way. Right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk, left, shoots in traffic.

And in the JV game:

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Left: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold takes aim on a free throw. Right: The Senecas' Abby Gibson drives to the basket.

Bowling: Watkins boys win, girls split

OWEGO, Nov. 30, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity bowling team opened its season with a win Friday, defeating Candor 4-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Owego Bowl.

H Nathaniel Rose led the Senecas with a 584 series that included a 215 game, while Casen Weeden rolled a 579 series that included a 237 game. RJ Bannon added a 506 series (with a 203), Wrett Brower a 483 (with a final-game 208), and Matt Irwin a 423.

Watkins won all three games by a combined 2575-1918.

Girls: Watkins Glen tied Candor 2-2, winning the first and third games but losing the second game and total pinfall, 1949-1907.

Nancy Jackson led the Senecas with a 462 series, while Nikole Vandyke added a 439 and Makenzie Kellogg a 372.

O-M's Jackie Vincent employs some body English as she converts a spare.

Bowling: O-M boys lose; girls split 2-2

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 30, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity bowling team tied Elmira Notre Dame 2-2 Friday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes.

Pixie Kinner led the Indians with a 588 series on games of 165-212-211, while Jackie Vincent posted a 561 series.

O-M won the second and third games, but lost the first game and total pinfall, 2217-2169.

Boys: Odessa-Montour dropped a 4-0 decision, dropping all three games by a combined 2359-1779.

Eric Rumsey led the Indians with a 482 series, while Colton Chapman added a 402.

Odessa-Montour returns to action Tuesday at home against Lansing.

Photo in text: O-M's Eric Rumsey.

Left: O-M's Lily Halpin reacts to a strike. Right: The Indians' Austin Hoyt.

Players from both teams scrambled for the ball in first-half action.

Odessa girls race past Addison, 63-27

ODESSA, Nov. 29, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity baskettball team got double-digit scoring from three players Thursday night in a season-opening non-league victory over Addison, 63-27, in the O-M gym.

Sara Gardner registered 15 points, Olivia Grover 13 (with 8 rebounds and 6 steals) and Lexi Saunders 11 (with 6 steals) as the Indians dominated, pulling away with a 13-1 second quarter and cruising from there. O-M forced 37 Addison turnovers.

Odessa also got points from McKennah Lott and Kara Reese (5 each); Kennedey Heichel (4, with 5 steals and 5 assists); Jolynn Minnier and Grace Vondracek (4 each); and Hunter Daugherty (2). The team was 7-for-20 from the foul line.

The Indians raced out to an early 10-3 lead, saw Addison pull within three, and then ran away to a 30-11 halftime lead. They then outscored the Knights 12-8 and 21-8 in the final two periods.

"Our quickness and defense made a lot of things happen for us tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We were able to force turnovers and create scoring opportunities in transition for ourselves.

"Our ball movement was very good as well: We had 27 field goals and 20 assists.

"But there's plenty to work on and we have a tough one Tuesday at Southern Cayuga, which now counts in the standings."

Junior Varsity: Addison defeated Odessa-Montour 37-26. Hannah Nolan led the Indians with 8 points, while Brittany Cain scored 7 and Autumn Garrison 6.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Kara Reese, right, is fouled as she attempts a shot.
Bottom: Odessa's Kennedey Heichel drives past an Addison defender.

Left: O-M's McKennah Lott moves past an Addison player. Right: The Indians' Olivia Grover drives to the basket.

Left: O-M's Jolynn Minnier works in traffic. Right: Odessa's Sara Gardner shoots.

Left: O-M's Lexi Saunders shoots. Right: The Indians' Grace Vondracek drives.

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Hannah Nolan sends up a shot. Right: Odessa's Mallory Rhodes passes.

O-M swimmers start with win at Lansing

LANSING, Nov. 28, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team opened its season with a victory Wedanesday, winning nine of 11 events on the way to a 101-55 decision over Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Lansing pool.

"We have a smaller team this year with 11 guys on the roster," said O-M Coach Terri Brace, "but they have been working hard in preseason and it showed tonight."

Brett Walters and Bailey Hornbrook each posted four wins, while Johnny Niedermaier and Micah Brewster had three each.

First-place finishes for Odessa came from:

200 Medley Relay: Johnny Neidermaier, Caleb Thomas, Brett Walters, Bailey Hornbrook
200 IM: Brett Walters
50 Free: Bailey Hornbrook
100 Fly: Johnny Niedermaier
100 Free: Bailey Hornbrook
500 Free: Micah Brewster
200 Free Relay: Caleb Thomas, Tyler Carson, Noah Hollenbeck, Micah Brewster
100 Back: Brett Walters
400 Free Relay: Micah Brewster, Bailey Hornbrook, Johnny Niedermaier, Brett Walters

O-M boys open season with win at Tburg

TRUMANSBURG, Nov. 27, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team started its season on a winning note Tuesday, defeating Trumansburg 38-29 in an Interscholastic Ahtletic Conference game in the Tburg gym.

Devon Mahaney led the Indians with 13 points and 7 rebounds, while Zach Elliott added 8 points and 12 rebounds. Other points came from Paden Grover (5), Preston Harris (3), Jared Rumsey (3), Deshawn Johnson (2), Derrick Lewis (2), and Ryan Griswold (2). The team was 8-for-13 from the foul line.

"We did a really nice job defensively through three quarters in holding them to 12 points," said O-M Coach Matt Johnston. "Tburg can be an explosive offense as we saw with them scoring 17 in the fourth quarter.

"Offensively we missed some easy shots, but we will get better at those as the season moves on. I was very pleased with the minutes our bench gave us tonight. Ryan Griswold came off the bench and did some really nice things when a couple of starters got into foul trouble. All in all, this was a good way to start the season."

Odessa returns to action Friday at home against Avoca with the JV game starting at 6 p.m., followed by the varsity contest.

Junior Varsity: Trumansburg defeated Odessa-Montour.

Bowling: O-M girls win, boys fall to TAE

ELMIRA, Nov. 27, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity bowling team -- led by Jackie Vincent's 609 series -- posted a 4-0 victory Tuesday over Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Rossi Lanes.

The Odessa girls fashioned scores of 715-674-686=2075 to defeat an Edison squad that registered a 1551 with just four bowlers. Vincent rolled a 241-173-195. Jana Arias added a 415 series, and Pixie Kinner a 407.

The O-M boys fell 4-0 to Edison, outsored 2147-1821. Eric Rumsey led the Indians with a 571 series, while Colton Chapman notched a 411.

Odessa returns to action Friday at home against Notre Dame.

Planty finishes 16th at Nike Regional

WAPPINGERS FALLS, Nov. 24, 2018 -- Watkins Glen High School junior Gabe Planty finished 16th overall Saturday in a field of 242 runners at the Nike Cross Country Regional Championships at Bowdoin Park, falling short in his attempt to advance to the Nike National race in Oregon.

The top two teams -- Fayetteville-Manlius and Burnt Hills -- qualified along with the top five individuals not on those two teams. Those five runners came from the top nine finishers.

Planty posted a time of 16:31.4. The winning time was registered by Parker Stokes of Maine-Endwell, with a 15:51.

Planty was the third fastest junior, which his coach, John Fazzary, noted bodes well for him when he seeks a berth in the national race next year.

The 15th annual national is set for Dec. 1 in Portland, featuring team and individual qualifiers from eight regional championships.

Saturday's race was held at the same site, Bowdoin Park, where last week's Federation Meet was canceled because of poor conditions following a storm.

Photo in text: Gabe Planty at the Nike Regional meet. (Photo provided)

3 from Seneca Indians compete in Classic

JOHNSON CITY, Nov. 20, 2018 -- Three senior players -- Dylan Houseknecht and twin brothers Wyatt and Wrett Brower -- represented the Seneca Indians varsity football team on the West squad Tuesday night in the annual Ernie Davis Classic East West game. East won the contest, 22-6.

The Seneca Indians are a combined team of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour athletes. Houseknecht attends Odessa, while the Brower brothers attend WGHS.

Some facts about the trio:

-- Each has been a three-year starter, a captain for the last two seasons, and a High Honor student.

-- Houseknecht is 6'1" and 330 pounds. On defense he has played 3 technique and nose. On offense he has played guard and tackle. He was All Conference and Second Team All-State as a junior. He is successful too in wrestling, competing in the 285-pound weight class.

-- Wyatt Brower is 5'8" and 195 pounds (down from 240 pounds last year). He has played inside linebacker, is fast, and likes to hit. He was the team's second leading tackler with 67 tackles. On offense he has played right guard for the past three seasons. He holds state, national, and world records in powerlifting.

-- Wrett Brower is 5'11" and 235 pounds. He has been a coach on the field on both sides of the ball. A linebacker, he called the defense, and was the team's leading tackler with 79 1/2 tackles. On offense, he has started at right tackle for the past three years. Like his brother, he holds state, national, and world records in powerlifting.

-- Wrett earned the starting strongside inside linebacker position out of 10 inside linebackers who showed up to play for the West squad, while Houseknecht earned the start at nose guard. Wyatt saw plenty of action at inside linebacker, stuffing a 4th-and-goal on the one-yard line to give the ball back to the West offense. In the estimation of one coach: "All three played great and made plays all night."

Photos in text:

Top: From left, Wyatt Brower, Dylan Houseknecht and Wrett Brower.
Bottom: Wrett's helmet. It has become customary for Ernie Davis Classic competitors to share helmet stickers with players from other schools. (Photos provided)

O-M bowling teams open with victories

CORTLAND, Nov. 20, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams opened the season with 4-0 victories Tuesday over Marathon in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at CortLanes.

The O-M girls posted a 1796 total to outpoint Marathon, which totaled 979 while one bowler short of the full complement of five. Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 461 series, while Jana Arias rolled a 381.

The O-M boys defeated Marathon 1768-1560 on margins of 612-466, 577-571 and 579-523. Eric Rumsey led the Indians with a 475 total, while Colton Chapman posted a 369.

Odessa returns to action next Tuesday against Edison at Rossi Lanes.

Members and coaches of the Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team pose at the School Board meeting after receiving certificates honoring their Section IV, Class C title.

School district honors girls swim team

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 20, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen School District honored members and coaches of the school's Section IV, Class C champion girls varsity swim team Monday night during a meeting of the Board of Education in the school library.

Coach Nikki Chaffee and Assistant Coaches Jason Westervelt and Steve Klemann called each member of the team to the front of the room individually to receive an Outstanding Athletic Achievement Award.

The team members are Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Annika Wickham, Jena Slater, Grace Wickham, Jillian Cantieni, Allison Gibson, Isabella Fazzary, Madeline Parker, Malina Butler, Alannah Klemann, Julya Slater, Madeline Williams, Madeleine Kilcoyne, Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez, Eleanor Clarkson and Faye Mooney.

After the presentation, the team gathered on the far side of the library for a team photo (above).

Photos in text:

Top: Swim team member Malina Butler receives her certificate from Assistant Coach Jason Westervelt.
Bottom: Swim team member Sarah Swinnerton receives her certificate from Coach Westervelt.

Members of the WGHS girls varsity swim team pose at their banquet Saturday. (Photo provided)

WGHS girls swim team awards presented

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 18, 2018 -- Awards were distributed Saturday as the Section IV, Class C champion Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team held a team banquet at the school.

The team's Most Valuable Swimmer award went to Allie Gibson, who registered three wins at the sectional tournament, held Nov. 3 in the WGHS pool.

The Sportsmanship Award went to Faye Mooney, and the Hardest Worker (Rudy Award) went to Jillian Cantieni and Sarah Swinnerton.

The team won the sectional title with a score of 513 points, far ahead of runnerup Lansing's 263.

Photo in text: WGHS team awards went to, from left: Allie Gibson (Most Valuable swimmer), Faye Mooney (Sportsmanship), and Jullian Cantieni and Sarah Swinnerton (Hardest Workers). (Photo provided)

Pike scores 20 as East Stroudsburg wins

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa., Nov. 11, 2018 -- Watkins Glen High School alum Amanda Pike scored 20 points Sunday to lead East Stroudsburg University's women's basketball team to its first victory of the season, 74-67 over Bowie State. It is now 1-1.

Pike went 3-for-3 on 3-pointers in the first half as her Warriors built a 36-26 lead, and finished with 6-for-10 shooting from beyond the arc and 7-for-13 overall. She also had one rebound and one steal while playing 27 minutes.

The day before, Pike -- a sophomore -- scored 14 points in 27 minutes as East Stroudsburg lost 90-79 to Wheeling Jesuit University. She was 5-for-15 in that game, including 4-for-13 on 3-pointers, and grabbed 5 rebounds.

Pike, who saw limited action as a freshman, led WGHS to the New York State Class C state title in 2016, earning designation as the state's Class C Player of the Year.

Photo in text: Amanda Pike (Photo provided)

The entire Strikers D1, D2 and D3 roster. Front: Lilly Ameigh. First row, from left: Michaela Wheaton, Gillian D'Alleva, Brooklynn Thompson, Kendra Fish, Jen Gublo, Skye Honrath, Olivia VanSkiver, Brianna Tuttle, Grace Weed, Isabella Llewelyn and Abigail Grady. Second row from left: Anna Franzese, Madison Tuttle, Natalie Oliver, Erin Snow, Ava Kelly, Jacqueline Mace, Maisie Robertson and Ava Cowan. Third row from left: Desiree Groves, Sasha Honrath and Georgia Michel. Missing: Olivia King, Zade Gomez Fitzsimmons, Emily Melveney, Kaylee Yaw and Alexis Gillis. Coaches: Eric VanSkiver, Ben King and Paul Honrath. Missing: Emily Smith-Cowan. (Photo provided)

Strikers wins Broome County soccer title

BINGHAMTON, Nov. 11, 2018 -- The Schuyler Strikers U13 Girls team won the Broome County Soccer League Division One championship this fall.

The team, which finished the season with a record of 7-1-0, had won the Division Two title last spring.

"As a young team," said one coach, "these girls have worked exceptionally hard to achieve this and we are continuously amazed by all their accomplishments with both outdoor and indoor soccer."

The Strikers had 28 girls this fall with teams in Divisions One, Two and Three in the U13 age group. "The D2 and D3 girls also played extremely well this season," said the coach, "improving their technical skills and game awareness and teamwork. These girls are very talented and have a lot of passion for the game. They are exciting to watch and a lot of fun to coach."

The Strikers are currently preparing for the indoor season, where they will compete in several tournaments.

Photo in text: Front: Goalie Lilly Ameigh. First row from left: Ava Kelly, Erin Snow, Olivia VanSkiver, Jen Gublo, Skye Honrath and Brianna Tuttle. Second row, from left: Kendra Fish, Sasha Honrath, Georgia Michel, Maisie Robertson and Ava Cowan. Missing: Olivia King and Jacqueline Mace. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen junior Gabe Planty walks past a sign showing the Class C race results. (Photo provided)

Planty finishes 3rd in Class C at States

SUNKEN MEADOW STATE PARK, LONG ISLAND, Nov. 10, 2018 -- Watkins Glen junior Gabe Planty placed third Saturday in the Boys Class C race at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Cross Country Championships.

Planty, the Section IV, Class C champion, posted a time of 16:28.7, finishing behind race winner Matthew Rizzo of Section I's Bronxville (16:22.2) and runnerup Sean Gardner of Croton Harmon (16:25.2). A total of 131 runners competed in the race.

By virtue of his finish, Planty qualified for next Saturday's Federation Meet -- featuring a mix of public, private and Catholic school athletes -- at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls. His race starts at 1 p.m.

Watkins cross country Coach John Fazzary said the State Championship race was run in 40-45 degree temperatures with winds gusting to 25 or 30 mph, but "not a lot of the course is out in the open." Much of it was run through woods, although the final portion was in the open, into the wind.

Planty "was closing at the end," said Fazzary. "The second-place runner kept looking over his shoulder, but Gabe just ran out of real estate. But he certainly did well; had a good race."

When the times recorded by runners in all classes were merged, Planty had the 26th fastest, but Fazzary said that of all runners his age or younger only six had better times -- which bodes well for next year, perhaps enhancing his chances then of making the national competition.

Photo in text: Gabe Planty, left, during Saturday's race. (Photo provided)

IAC girls soccer All-Stars announced

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 9, 2018 -- The Interscholastic Athletic Conference has announced its girls varsity soccer All-Stars for the Small Schools South Division. It includes the following:

Odessa-Montour

1st Team: McKennah Lott, Olivia Grover, Alexis Saunders, Kennedey Heichel.
2nd Team: Hunter Daugherty, Hannah Bruno, Grace Vondracek, Autumn Garrison.

Watkins Glen

1st Team: Hannah Morse (MVP), Taylor Kelly, Cierra Barber, Danielle Leszyk, Haley Dean, Carly Arnold.
2nd Team: Abby Gibson, Genevieve Osborne.

"Tribe" A Team All-Stars: From left, Ben Heichel, Thomas Snow and Ryan Willett. (Photo provided)

Schuyler Youth Football All-Stars named

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 9, 2018 -- Several Schuyler Youth Football League players have been selected as Southern Tier Youth Football Conference West Division All-Stars.

From the Schuyler "Tribe" A team: Ben Heichel, Thomas Snow and Ryan Willett.

From the Schuyler "Tribe" B team: Connor Foggie and Dana Guild.

From the Schuyler "Tribe" C team: Aiden Moran and Isaak Willett.

The A, B and C All-Star games were played Nov. 4 at Susquehanna Valley.

Photo in text: "Tribe" B Team All-Stars Connor Foggie (left) and Dana Guild. (Photo provided)

Members of the C Team All-Stars included, from left, the Tribe's Aiden Moran and Isaak Willett and Candor/SVE's Chase Weaver. (Photo provided)

Hannah Morse, Allie Gibson are our Schuyler Fall MVPs

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 7, 2018 -- There were two standout high school teams this fall in Schuyler County -- both at Watkins Glen. One was the girls varsity soccer team, and the other the girls varsity swim team.

The soccer team had a strong lineup, led by senior Hannah Morse, who set a school single-season scoring record of 33 goals. Her career total: a school record 73 goals, far beyond anyone else in the program's history.

She was always fun to watch -- not just because she scored and had a bunch of assists, to boot. It was because of her quickness, her acceleration, her nimble footwork. A goal or an assist always seemed an instant away.

She had a sterling group of teammates: very productive, on both offense and defense. Names like Danielle Leszyk, Cierra Barber, Taylor Kelly, Haley Dean, Carly Arnold, Genevieve Osborn, Aislinn Klemann.

Together, they defied the doubters who thought the loss of nine seniors the year before would spell failure. Instead, they won their last half-dozen regular-season games and captured an IAC division title.

Morse, also a standout basketball player who two seasons ago sank a buzzer-beating state championship basket, is tough. A few bumps and bruises in either sport haven't seemed to faze her; and when other soccer teams would put extra defenders on her this year or played a particularly physical game, she would adjust her determination upward. She scored five goals in one game, four in another, and 24 others along the way, breaking the old school mark of 27.

"She's special," said one longtime coach upon observing her soccer skills for the first time.

Indeed, she is.

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And the swim team -- well, it also had a strong lineup. Peighton Cervoni, Amanda Wilbur, Jillian Cantieni, Sarah Swinnerton, Faye Mooney, Malina Butler, Thalia Marquez ... and the sprinter extraordinaire, senior Allison (Allie) Gibson.

The team dropped just one dual meet all season, and then achieved its goal of winning a second straight Section IV, Class C championship. And these Senecas did it handily, practically doubling the points earned by runner-up Lansing.

There was plenty of glory to go around at the sectional meet, but one name popped up repeatedly as a winner, as it had all year: Allie Gibson. She won the 50 Yard Freestyle, although clearly disappointed that she had failed to reach the state qualifying time she had hoped was within reach.

That didn't seem to affect her subsequent performances, though, for she won the 100 Free and then anchored the winning 200 Free Relay team with a final, fast 24.92 that carried the squad to victory by 3/100s of a second.

And she does it all quietly, for that is how she is: quiet. But once she hits that water ...

"She's very powerful," said Watkins Glen Assistant Coach Steve Klemann. "She holds a lot of energy inside" that seems to burst out in the pool. "When she hits the water, she goes into a different mode," he said. "She has a fighting spirit. She's a true champion, very determined -- and yet most of all a team player. She's always focused on the team.

"Any college that doesn't pick her up is nuts. At the end of the day, she's a warrior."

"She's an awesome kid," added Coach Nikki Chaffee. "She's worked very hard, and is always positive. She's a great leader."

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They are two remarkable young women who led their teams to successful seasons. They are team players who were capable of excelling time and again. And all the while they did so without fanfare -- with focus and determination that marks those who scale exceptional heights.

For a lot of reasons -- skill, success and leadership among them -- each has earned The Odessa File's Schuyler Fall MVP award.

Photos in text: Hannah Morse (top) and Allie Gibson.

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2018 Odessa File Autumn All-Stars

First Team

Hannah Morse -- WG soccer -- co-MVP
Allie Gibson -- WG swimming -- co-MVP
Gabe Planty -- WG cross country
Danielle Leszyk -- WG soccer
Cierra Barber -- WG soccer
Taylor Kelly -- WG soccer
Kennedey Heichel -- OM soccer
Lexi Saunders -- OM soccer
Tori Reese -- OM swimming
Peighton Cervoni -- WG swimming
Sarah Swinnerton -- WG swimming
Amanda Wilbur -- WG swimming
Jillian Cantieni -- WG swimming
Joe Chedzoy -- Seneca Indians football
Zach Elliott -- Seneca Indians football

Second Team

Hannah Bruno -- OM soccer
McKennah Lott -- OM soccer
Grace Vondracek -- OM soccer
Olivia Grover -- OM soccer
Autumn Garrison -- OM soccer
Hunter Daugherty -- OM soccer
Preston Harris -- OM soccer
Paden Grover -- OM soccer
Deshawn Johnson -- OM soccer
Haley Dean -- WG soccer
Carly Arnold -- WG soccer
Avery Watson -- WG soccer
Nate Wickham -- WG soccer
Casen Weeden -- Seneca Indians football
Derrick Lewis -- Seneca Indians football
Dylan Houseknecht -- Seneca Indians football
Wyatt Brower -- Seneca Indians football
Wrett Brower -- Seneca Indians foottball
Gabe Arcangeli -- Seneca Indians football
Josh Bravo -- Seneca Indians football
Kathryn Losey -- WG volleyball
Kelsey Kernan -- WG volleyball
Adrienna Solomon -- WG volleyball
Madeleine Kilcoyne -- WG swimming
Faye Mooney -- WG swimming
Malina Butler -- WG swimming
Thalia Marquez -- WG swimming
Kara Reese -- OM swimming
Max Evans -- WG cross country
Breanna Carl -- WG cross country
Kai Sutterby -- WG cross country

Third Team

Claudia Parker -- WG volleyball
Carlie Baker -- WG volleyball
Dominik Scott -- OM soccer
Devon Mahaney -- OM soccer
Johnny Niedermaier -- OM soccer
Justin Andrews -- OM soccer
Ida Sidle -- OM soccer
Isabella Fazzary -- WG swimming
Annika Wickham -- WG swimming
Ellie Clarkson -- WG swimming
Jena Slater -- WG diving
Isabel Foote -- OM volleyball
Hannah Chapman -- OM volleyball
Jacy Knapp -- OM volleyball
Megan Adams -- OM swimming
Katie Adams -- OM swimming
Madison Moss -- OM swimming
Josiah Wysocki -- WG soccer
Isaac McIlroy -- WG soccer
Aydin Zahradnik -- WG soccer
Genevieve Osborne -- WG soccer
Aislinn Klemann -- WG soccer
Abby Gibson -- WG soccer
Abby Congdon -- WG soccer
Travon Jones -- Seneca Indians football
Owen Scholtisek -- Seneca Indians football
Collin Baker -- Seneca Indians football
Hunter Holley -- Seneca Indians football
Makenzie Kellogg -- WG cross country
Steven Gublo -- WG cross country
Hannah Nolan -- OM soccer

Athletes of the Week: WG's Planty, Gibson

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 5, 2018 -- This week we honor as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week two post-season standouts at Watkins Glen High School.

Gabe Planty gets one nod for winning the Section IV, Class C cross-country championship at Chenango Valley State Park and advancing to next weekend's State Meet.

Allie Gibson earns the other nod for her three victories at the Section IV, Class C Swimming Championships -- in the 50 Free, 100 Free and 200 Free Relay.

Double Honorable: The Watkins Glen swim team's Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Jillian Cantieni, Amanda Wilbur and Jena Slater; and Odessa-Montour swimmer Tori Reese.

Honorable Mention: Another 12 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Exceptional Seniors

The annual Interscholastic Athletic Conference Exceptional Seniors soccer game was played Saturday at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Schuyler players included the first five pictured on the left in the front row -- from left, Hannah Morse (Watkins Glen), Kennedey Heichel (Odessa-Montour), Hannah Bruno (OM), Taylor Kelly (WG) and Danielle Leszyk (WG) -- and, second from right, McKennah Lott (OM). Four others are pictured in the back row, on the left. From left they are Cierra Barber (WG), Lexi Saunders (OM), Olivia Grover (OM) and Hunter Daugherty (OM). (Photo by Sheila Barber)



The Section IV, Class C champion Watkins Glen Senecas celebrate on the podium.
Glen girls win sectional title

Gibson captures 50 and 100; Cervoni takes Backstroke

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 3, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team capped a successful season with a resounding victory Saturday at the Section IV, Class C Tournament in the WGHS pool.

The Senecas totaled 513 points, well ahead of runnerup Lansing's 263. Elmira Notre Dame, with just six swimmers, was third with 251 points, followed by Dryden (206), Southern Cayuga (203), Susquehanna Valley (196), Odessa-Montour (164), Whitney Point (108), Greene (80), and Sidney (15).

Watkins Glen's Allie Gibson won the 50 Free (25.61) and the 100 Free (56.20), and was on the winning 200 Free Relay team with Peighton Cervoni, Jillian Cantieni and Amanda Wilbur (1:46.34). She was also on the second-place 200 Medley Relay team.

Cervoni, second to Gibson in the 100, won the 100 Backstroke in 1:02.11. She was also on the second-place Medley Relay squad as well as the winning 200 Free Relay team.

Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese, in finishing third in the 100 Fly, set a school record of 1:05.05, breaking the old mark of 1:05.90 held by Jen Mosher.

Outstanding performer at the meet was Notre Dame's Catherine Craig, who won two individual events (the 200 IM in a state-qualifying time of 2:07.74 and the 100 Breaststroke with a meet record and state-qualifying 1:05.00) as well as racing on two winning relay squads (the Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay).

Other individual swim winners included Lansing's Grace Kadlecik in the 200 Free (a state qualifying 1:56.09) and the 100 Fly (1:00.56); and Notre Dame's Caroline Rogers in the 500 Free (5:29.41). Watkins Glen's Jena Slater won the Diving title with 336.35 points.

In the day's earlier tournaments, Ithaca won the Class A title, and Chenango Valley won the Class B title.

Watkins Glen finishes in the various races were as follows:

200 Medley Relay: WG 2nd (Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur, Allie Gibson) 1:54.14.
200 Free: Jillian Cantieni 2nd (2:08.29); Thalia Marquez 4th (2:11.57); Isabella Fazzary 7th (2:16.15); Annika Wickham 8th (2:20.06).
200 IM: Amanda Wilbur 4th (2:25.09); Sarah Swinnerton 5th (2:27.37); Madeleine Kilcoyne 7th (2:36.16); Madeline Williams 13th (2:44.98).
50 Free: Allie Gibson 1st (25.61); Ellie Clarkson 7th (28.08); Alanna Klemann 14th (30.29).
100 Fly: Amanda Wilbur 2nd (1:04.03); Madeleine Kilcoyne 6th (1:07.95); Malina Butler 8th (1:16.04).
100 Free: Allie Gibson 1st (56.20); Peighton Cervoni 2nd (57.53); Faye Mooney 6th (1:01.01).
500 Free: Jillian Cantieni 2nd (5:47.83); Thalia Marquez 4th (5:52.87); Annika Wickham 9th (6:18.93); Ellie Clarkson 11th (6:30.54).
200 Free Relay: WG 1st (Peighton Cervoni, Jillian Cantieni, Amanda Wilbur, Allie Gibson) 1:46.34.
100 Back: Peighton Cervoni 1st (1:02.11); Malina Butler 4th (1:10.56); Isabella Fazzary 7th (1:12.40); Madeline Parker 9th (1:14.61).
100 Breaststroke: Sarah Swinnerton 2nd (1:11.19); Faye Mooney 4th (1:14.30); Madeline Williams 10th (1:26.02); Alannah Klemann 15th (1:35.35).
400 Free Relay: WGHS 3rd (names not available) 4:04.82.

Odessa-Montour finishes in the various races were as follows:

200 Medley Relay: OM 6th (Megan Adams, Tori Reese, Katie Adams, Kara Reese) 2:10.70.
200 Free: Megan Adams 16th (2:35.18).
200 IM: Kara Reese 8th (2:38.96); Madison Moss 12th (2:44.90); Katie Adams 16th (2:54.18).
100 Fly: Tori Reese 3rd (1:05.05); Katie Adams 11th (1:19.16).
500 Free: Madison Moss 15th (6:42.99).
200 Free Relay: OM 8th (Emilee Chaffinch, Reagan Reese, Annaleise Beckley, Julia Paulisczak) 2:13.29.
100 Back: Kara Reese 5th (1:11.85); Megan Adams 11th (1:15.99); Emilee Chaffinch 15th (1:25.68).
100 Breaststroke: Tori Reese 3rd (1:13.01); Delaney Paulisczak 12th (1:33.06); Reagan Reese 16th (1:36.24).
400 Free Relay: OM 4th (Madison Moss, Megan Adams, Kara Reese, Tori Reese) 4:17.79.

Photos in text:

Top: The Watkins Glen 200 Free Relay team, which won by 3/100s of a second over Southern Cayuga. From left: Peighton Cervoni, Amanda Wilbur, Jillian Cantieni and Allie Gibson.
Second: Notre Dame's Catherine Craig, right, the meet's Outstanding Performer, hugs Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur after winning the 200 Individual Medley. Wilbur placed fourth.
Third: Watkins Glen's Allie Gibson reacts after discovering her 200 Free Relay team, which she anchored, had won by 3/100s of a second.
Fourth: A spectator records the approach of swimmers about to compete in the 100 Breaststroke final.
Fifth: On the podium after the 100 Back: winner Peighton Cervoni, center, with teammates Malina Butler (left, 4th place) and Isabella Fazzary (7th place).
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Alannah Klemann competes in the 100 Breaststroke. She placed 15th. (Photo by Craig Parker)

Left: Watkins Glen's Julya Slater prepares to dive. She placed second. Right: O-M's Kara Reese competes in the 200 IM, where she placed 8th. (Both photos by Craig Parker)

Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni on the way to second place in the 100 Free. (Photo by Craig Parker)

Left: Watkins Glen's Sarah Swinnerton on the way to 2nd place in the 100 Breaststroke. Right: Odessa-Montour's Katie Adams competes in the 100 Fly. She placed 11th.

Watkins Glen's Malina Butler competes in the 100 Fly, where she placed 8th. (Photo by Craig Parker)

Left: O-M's Tori Reese on the way to third place in the 100 Breaststroke. (Photo by Craig Parker) Right: Notre Dame's Catherine Craig holds her Outstanding Performer trophy, donated to the meet by the Watkins Glen Varsity Club.

Watkins Glen's Jillian Cantieni on the way to second place in the 500 Free. (Photo by Craig Parker)

Left: O-M's Reagan Reese competes in the 100 Breaststroke. She placed 16th. Right: Watkins Glen's Faye Mooney on the way to 4th place in the 100 Breaststroke.

Watkins' Madeline Parker on the way to 9th place in the 100 Back. (Craig Parker photo)

Left: O-M's Megan Adams competes in the 200 Free, where she placed 16th. Right: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur poses before the meet.

Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni dives at start of the 100 Backstroke, which she won.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jena Slater dives on the way to her sectional title. Right: Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni, left, and Allie Gibson hug after Gibson won the 100 Free, with Cervoni second.

Watkins Glen's Madeline Williams competes in the 200 IM, where she placed 13th.

Left: Watkins coach Nikki Chaffee took an unscheduled swim after the meet, courtesy of her celebrating team. Right; O-M's Tori Reese with the new entry on the record board at Odessa after she set the school 100 Fly record at the sectional meet at WGHS.

Watkins Glen's Ellie Clarkson competes in the 500 Free, where she placed 11th.

Left: Watkins Glen's Madeleine Kilcoyne on the way to seventh place in the 200 IM. Right: O-M's Madison Moss competes in the 200 IM, where she placed 12th. (Both photos by Craig Parker)

Watkins Glen's Thalia Marquez dives at start of the 500 Free final. She placed 4th.

Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold (11) kicks the ball away from the Senecas' net as goalkeeper Cierra Barber (center) tries to stop a Marathon scoring threat.

Morse nets 5, sets single-season record

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 9, 2018 -- Senior Hannah Morse took no time tying the Watkins Glen High School girls soccer single-season scoring record Tuesday against Marathon in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS athletic field. And then she scored four more times as the Senecas won 5-1.

Morse, who entered the game with 26 goals this season -- one behind the school record of 27 set by Megan Mathews in 2004 -- scored her first of five goals just 48 seconds into the game after stealing the ball from a Marathon defender and drilling the ball from the right side into the left corner of the net. That tied the record.

Then, at 33:05 -- just 6:55 into the game -- she broke the mark with her second goal, sending a rebound of a Taylor Kelly shot high into the net. Then came a penalty kick at 8:27 after Morse was knocked down in front of the net. That shot found the right corner and gave Watkins a 3-0 lead.

She made it 4-0 at 5:36 on a breakaway, and entered intermission with 30 goals this season and 70 for her career.

But there was one more -- a second-half score that lifted her totals to 31 for the year and 71 for her career. And there are still more games ahead: Wednesday at Moravia, Saturday against Groton at Tompkins Cortland Community College for the IAC championship (6 p.m. start), and then sectionals.

"I was nervous," Hannah admitted after setting the mark. "But now I can concentrate on the IAC and Sectionals. Not that I wasn't already ..."

Kelly had two assists on the day, and Watkins goalkeeper Cierra Barber was busy, registering 23 saves as the Senecas improved to 9-5.

"It was another big win for the team tonight at home, where we have played really well on the new field," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Congratulations to Hannah Morse for breaking the single-season goal scoring record for Watkins Glen. She had a monster game tonight, exploding for all five goals.

"Hannah, Taylor Kelly, Danielle Leszyk and Haley Dean have become a very effective offensive attack, with Danielle doing so much of the work, making things happen. Cierra had another great night in goal, making some great saves to keep us in front. The defense is playing well now and being aggressive as we head into our final regular-season game tomorrow in Moravia. Then we play Groton on Saturday in the Conference Championship.

"I can’t say enough how proud I am of this team and how much they have improved throughout the season. They are talented soccer players but even better people, and I am lucky to coach them all."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, right, watches as her shot enters the Marathon net for her second goal of the game. It gave her the school single-season scoring record.

Middle: The Senecas' Haley Dean (10) watches as her shot is stopped by the Marathon goalkeeper.

Bottom left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, left, and Taylor Kelly celebrate Morse's record-setting goal.

Bottom right: Watkins Glen's Abby Congdon meets the ball at midfield in first-half action.

Left: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk settles the ball. Right: The Senecas' Aislinn Klemann moves the ball upfield.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, right, sends the ball past the keeper for her fourth goal.


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