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Members of the Seneca Powerlifting Club took home lots of hardware from Saturday's meet. (Photo provided)

Powerlifting Club sets marks at big meet

HENRIETTA, NY, July 14, 2018 -- The World Natural Powerlifting Federation's national meet Saturday in Henrietta saw lifters from the Seneca Powerlifting Club representing Watkins Glen High School set many national records.

All had first-place finishes and qualified for the World Power Lifting Meet set for the WGHS Field House on Saturday, October 27.

Records are set or broken by weight and age.

In the results that follow, Full Power means the lifter competed in squat, bench and dead lift. Iron Man or Woman means the lifter competed in a bench and dead lift. There were two Seneca lifters who competed only in the dead lift.

The results are as follows:

--Jeremey Brown: 405 lb. squat, 400 lb. bench press (Nat. record), 600 lb. deadlift

--Wyatt Brower: 365 lb. squat (Nat. record), 240 lb. bench press (Nat. record), deadlift 435 lb. (Nat. record).

--Dom Fazzary: 165 lb. squat (Nat. record), 105 lb. bench (Nat. record), 245 lb. deadlift (Nat. record).

--Travon Jones: 205 lb. squat, bench press 160 lb. (Nat. record), deadlift 260 lbs.

Iron Man:

--Wrett Brower: 200 lb. bench press (Nat. record), 405 lb. deadlift (Nat. record).

--Matt Irvin: 135 lb. bench press (Nat. record), 240 lb. deadlift (Nat. record).

--Cam Holland: 145 lb. bench press (Nat. record), 315 lb. deadlift (Nat. record).

--Boyd Barber: 135 lb. bench press (Nat. record), 320 lb. deadlift (Nat. record).

--Sean Holland: 160 lb. bench press (Nat. record). He had to do a token deadlift at a very low weight because he hurt his back in warm-up.

Iron Woman:

--Emma Bradshaw: 100 lb. bench press (Nat. record), 250 lb. deadlift (Nat. record).

Deadlift only:

--Sarah Horton: 245 lb. (Nat. record).

--Sheila Klemann: 260 lb. (Nat. record).

Coach Ralph Diliberto said that "because of her determination and rigor," the Seneca Powerlifting Club recognized Emma Bradshaw as Most Valuable Lifter of the club.

Photos in text:

From top: The Seneca Powerlifting Club's Sarah Horton; brothers Wrett (left) and Wyatt Brower; and club Most Valuable Lifter Emma Bradshaw. (Photos provided)

The U-12 Strikers

Front: Lilly Ameigh. First row from left: Skye Honrath, Madaline Bryerton, Maria Scaptura, Olivia VanSkiver, Jacqueline Mace, Ava Cowan, and Jen Gublo. Second row from left: Maisie Robertson, Malina Butler, Georgia Michel, Kendra Fish, Olivia King, Alannah Klemann, and Sasha Honrath. Coaches in back, from left: Emily Smith-Cowan (HC), Ben King, Paul Honrath, and Eric VanSkiver. (Photo provided)

Schuyler U12 Strikers win league title

The Schuyler Strikers U12 Girls soccer team is the league champion of the Broome County Soccer Association U12 Division II. The Strikers completed their season with a perfect record of 8-0-0.

This is the first league championship for the Strikers, whose coaches said they "have all been dedicated and worked very hard to earn the title. We are extremely proud of them."

ESPN Ithaca Night of Champions award winners included four from Odessa-Montour. From left: Coach Greg Gavich (girls golf), Gillian Clark (girls golf), Jackie Vincent (girls bowling) and Coach Tom Strong (girls bowling). (Photo provided)

ESPN Ithaca honors several from Schuyler

ITHACA, June 10 -- ESPN Ithaca radio held its fifth annual Night of Champions Sunday, honoring athletes and coaches around the area for achievements in the school year just concluding. The dinner ceremony was held at the Country Club of Ithaca.

Among the honorees were several from Schuyler County's Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen High Schools. They included:

Outstanding Athletes:
Lexi Castellaneta, Watkins Glen, girls swimming and diving
Wrett Brower, Watkins Glen, boys bowling
Jackie Vincent, Odessa-Montour, girls bowling
Aaron Planty, Watkins Glen, boys indoor track & field
Gillian Clark, Odessa-Montour, girls golf
Hannah Morse, Watkins Glen, girls tennis

Outstanding Coaches:
John Fazzary, Watkins Glen, cross country
Ward Brower, Watkins Glen, boys bowling
Tom Strong, Odessa-Montour, girls bowling
Kelly Sterner, Watkins Glen, boys indoor track & field
Greg Gavich, Odessa-Montour, girls golf
Scott Morse, Watkins Glen, girls tennis

The Male Athlete of the Year was Lansing's Nick Parkes.
The Female Athlete of the Year was Spencer-Van Etten's Mackenzie Grube.

Photo in text: Honoree Lexi Castellaneta of Watkins Glen (Girls Swimming & Diving). (Photo provided)

O-M's Ellliott places 5th in State Discus

SYRACUSE, June 8 -- Odessa-Montour junior Zach Elliott earned a spot on the podium Friday when he placed fifth in Division 2 (small schools) in the Discus at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

The competition, at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, saw Elliott throw a distance of 140' 7".

"He made podium!" said O-M boys track coach Skip Strobel. "His throw was not his best, but I am very happy for him."

Elliott had qualified for the event by finishing in the top two -- and first among small school competitors -- at the Section IV qualifier at Union-Endicott's Hoover Stadium late last month. He threw the discus 148' 11" at that venue.

Watkins Glen centerfielder Abby Gibson connects with an Odessa-Montour pitch.

Modified softball: Glen tops O-M, 18-15

ODESSA, June 8 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team finished its season on a winning note Friday, defeating Odessa-Montour 18-15 in a game on the O-M softball field.

The high-scoring battle saw Watkins leading 3-2 after one inning, 7-5 after two innings, and 9-8 after three innings before Odessa-Montour rallied for four runs in the 4th for a 12-10 lead.

Watkins Glen responded with five runs in the 5th inning and added one run in the 6th and two in the 7th for an 18-12 advantage.

O-M did not go quietly, rallying for three runs in the bottom of the 7th before a force-out at third base ended the game.

Gwen Reynolds pitched for Watkins Glen, striking out five batters. Lois Hosley caught. Mackenzie Cannon pitched for O-M, striking out three batters. Madisyn Friends caught.

Watkins Glen had 11 hits, including two singles each by Madyson Simpson, Emilie Rhoads and Lois Hosley, a double apiece by Abby Gibson and Jenna Solomon, and a single each by Natalie Edmister, Ava VanDusen and Gwen Reynolds.

O-M hits included two singles each from Cannon and Raven Lott, a double and single by Haley Landon, and singles by Friends, Mackenzie Dundas and Haley Albertsman.

The victory improved Watkins Glen's record to 6-7. Odessa-Montour finished with a 1-11 mark.

"Both teams played a great game," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto, who coached his final modified game.

"I wish to thank everyone over the last eight years who have helped this modified softball team. I thank the parents and guardians for their support. A special call-out to Coach Charlene Watson, our Manager Brittney Luke and our Bat Boy Steven Cinelli. I also would like to thank all the umpires for their good will, hard work and fair play."

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Sam Sipes slides home safely ahead of a throw to Watkins Glen catcher Lois Hosley.

Middle: Watkins Glen third baseman Jenna Solomon wins the race to the bag as she forces out O-M's Sam Sipes.

Bottom: Watkins pitcher Gwen Reynolds throws out an O-M batter.

Left: Odessa-Montour pitcher Mackenzie Cannon. Right: Watkins Glen third baseman Jenna Solomon throws out an O-M batter.

Left: Watkins Glen catcher Lois Hosley chases a foul pop fly that barely eluded her. Right: Odessa-Montour's Raven Lott puts down a bunt for a base hit.

A ground ball by Watkins Glen's Emilie Rhoads threads the needle for a base hit to left field between third base and shortstop.

Left: Watkins Glen leftfielder Cammilynn McCarty awaits a fly ball. Right: McCarty, right, and Madyson Simpson encourage each other as their team rallied.

Left: O-M Harold Lynch Athlete of the Year Award winners Gillian Clark and Curtis Harris. Right: Meagan Terry and Alec Betts, winners of the Charles Martin Memorial Sportsmanship Awards. The honors go each year to seniors.

O-M distributes its Booster sports awards

ODESSA, June 7 -- Athletes of the Year and Sportsmanship Award winners highlighted the 51st annual Odessa-Montour Central School's Sports Boosters Awards Night Thursday in the O-M Auditorium.

The four major honors, which go each year to seniors, went to:

Harold Lynch Athlete of the Year Awards: Gillian Clark and Curtis Harris.

Charles Martin Memorial Sportsmanship Awards: Alec Betts and Meagan Terry.

The awards came at the end of a ceremony in which each of the head coaches from the year's sports outlined their seasons and presented various awards such as Most Valuable Player, Most Improved, Coach's Awards, Most Outstanding -- and, in one case, a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Among the MVPs were Preston Harris in boys track (with Jacob Zimmer earning Track MVP and Zach Elliott earning Field MVP); Olivia Grover in girls soccer; Daniel Minnier in wrestling; Meagan Terry in cheerleading; Curtis Harris in boys basketball; Billy Tague in boys swimming and tennis; Tori Reese in girls swimming; Cheyenne Barrett in volleyball; Noah Angle in football; and Kennedey Heichel in girls track (with Jaylin Rumsey earning Most Outstanding in Field, and Nadia Simpson earning Most Outstanding in Track).

In other cases there were award titles such as Player of the Year (Olivia Grover in girls basketball and Gillian Clark in golf); Most Outstanding (Jacob Zimmer in wrestling); Offensive Player of the Year (Grace Vondracek in softball); Defensive Player of the Year (Heidi Casselberry and Megan Jenkins in softball); High Average (Eric Rumsey and Jackie Vincent in bowling); Gold Glove (Caleb Thomas in baseball); and Lifetime Achievement Award (Curtis Harris in tennis).

Among other awards was the annual Jim Anagnost Memorial Award presented to a senior exhibitng perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication. The winner: Trey McCarty.

The Coach of the Year Award went to tennis coach Rich Paradisin -- and was presented by tennis players Billy Tague and Curtis Harris.

And the Boosters presented their annual Fan of the Year Award to Nikki Grover, and Booster of the Year to Becky Crout.

Photos in text:

Top: Tennis team MVP Billy Tague with Coach of the Year Rich Paradisin.
Bottom: Lydia Lynch receives the Most Improved Swimmer award from Coach Chris Betts.

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Glen modified softball team tops S-VE

SPENCER, June 8 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team improved its record to 5-7 Thursday with an 11-8 road victory over Spencer-Van Etten.

Gwen Reynolds pitched for the Senecas, striking out five batters. Lois Hosley caught.

Madyson Simpson and Emilie Rhoads each had a double, while Abby Gibson registered two singles, and Hosley, Cammilynn McCarty and Jenna Solomon had one each.

"Our girls came to play and they played a fabulous game," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto.

The Senecas close their season today (Friday) at Odessa-Montour.

Left: O-M shortstop Sam Sipes prepares to throw to first after the Candor batter in foreground hit a ground ball. Right: O-M second baseman Raven Lott throws to first for the third out in an inning that also saw her catch two pop flies.

O-M modified softball team falls, 11-5

ODESSA, June 7 -- The Odessa-Montour modified softball team's record slipped to 1-10 Wednesday when the Indians dropped an 11-5 decision to Candor in a game on the O-M softball field.

Odessa will end its season at home Friday against Watkins Glen.

Candor took an early 2-0 lead, and after O-M had tied it with single runs in the 1st and 2nd innings, the visitors scored five times in the 3rd for a lead they never relinquished.

Candor increased its lead to 8-2 with a run in the 5th inning before O-M scored twice in the 6th to close within four runs, 8-4. Candor responded with three runs in the 7th before Odessa scored its final run in the bottom of the frame.

Mackenzie Cannon went the distance on the mound for Odessa, with Madisyn Friends catching.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Mackenzie Cannon delivers a pitch.

The Seneca Indians' Cayden Confer slides safely into third with a stolen base.

Seneca Indians modified squad wins 13-9

ODESSA, June 7 -- The Seneca Indians modified maroon baseball team finished its season with a win Wednesday, breaking open a tie game with a 5-run 6th inning on the way to a 13-9 decision over Candor on the Odessa-Montour baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined squad of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes -- completed its season with a 12-2 record.

OM/WG took a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning, and after falling behind 4-2 in the top of the third, scored five runs in the bottom of the inning for a 7-4 lead that it extended to 8-4 with another run in the 4th.

Candor rallied with three runs in the 5th and tied the game 8-8 with a run in the 6th -- a rally stifled when leftfielder Daniel Lewis caught a flyball and doubled a Candor runner off second base to end the inning.

The Seneca Indians then broke the game open in the bottom of the 6th -- a rally that started with a lead-off single by Cameron Holland. He then stole second and third, thefts that were followed by two walks, loading the bases. A single to left by Daine Butler scored two runs, and a deep double to left center by Cayden Confer plated two more runs. Confer scored later on an error.

Candor scored once in the 7th on a sacrifice fly.

The Seneca Indians finished with 10 hits, including two each by Holland, Jared Rumsey and Adam Pastore, and one each by Butler, Confer, Lewis and Veer Patel. Candor was held to seven hits by OM/WG pitchers Pastore and Holland, who together struck out four batters and walked three.

Photo in text: The Seneca Indians' starting pitcher, Adam Pastore, delivers a pitch.

Left: The Seneca Indians centerfielder, Veer Patel, tracks down a fly ball, which he caught. Right: OM/WG's Cameron Holland slides safely into third with a stolen base.

The Seneca Indinas' Dominic Fazzary leans back as an inside pitch whistles past him.

Watkins Glen's Madyson Simpson connects for a single in the modified softball game..

Glen modified softball team falls, 16-6

WATKINS GLEN, June 6 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team's record slipped to 4-7 Tuesday when the Senecas dropped a 16-6 decision to Waverly in a game on the WGHS softball field.

Jenna Solomon pitched for the Senecas, striking out two batters, while Lois Hosley caught. Madyson Simpson and Abby Gibson registered one hit apiece.

The Senecas return to action Thursday at Spencer-Van Etten, and close out their season Friday at Odessa-Montour.

Left: Watkins Glen pitcher Jenna Solomon throws out a Waverly batter. Right: The Senecas' Abby Gibson prepares to catch a fly ball to center.

The Seneca Indians' Cayden Confer slides home safely in a close play at the plate.

Seneca Indians modified team wins, 12-5

WATKINS GLEN, June 6 -- The Seneca Indians modified maroon baseball team improved its season mark to 11-2 Tuesday when it defeated Waverly 12-5 in a game on the Watkins Glen High School baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined squad of WGHS and Odessa-Montour athletes -- never trailed against a team that had defeated them the first time the two squads met this season.

OM/WG took a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning, was tied 2-2 in the 2nd, and went ahead for good with a run in the 3rd. The Seneca Indians added two runs in the 4th, three in the 5th and then four in the 6th after Waverly had rallied with three runs in the top of the inning to pull within three, 8-5.

OM/WG amassed 14 hits to just five by Waverly, who were effectively handcuffed by the pitching of Jared Rumsey and Cayden Confer. The pair struck out a total of eight batters while walking six and hitting one. The Seneca Indians committed three errors and Waverly five.

Cameron Holland went 4-for-4 for OM/WG, with singles in the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 6th innings, and scored three runs. Six teammates also registered hits, the big blow a triple by Adam Pastore that drove in two runs in the sixth, with Pastore scoring on an overthrow.

The Seneca Indians will conclude their season Wednesday at Odessa-Montour against Candor. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

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Photos in text:

Top: Seneca Indians second baseman Daniel Lewis prepares to throw out a Waverly hitter after fielding a grounder. First baseman Jared Rumsey awaits the throw.

Bottom: OM/WG left fielder Dominic Fazzary catches a long Waverly fly ball.

Left: Seneca Indians third baseman Luke Spahalski throws out a Waverly batter after fielding a grounder. Right: OM/WG's Adam Pastore connects for a triple to right center.

The Seneca Indians' Cameron Holland slides safely into second base.

Members of the Section 4 golf team. Watkins Glen's Gabi Decker and Hanley Elliott are third and fourth from left. O-M's Gillian Clark is fourth from right. Seventh grader Bailey Shoemaker of Unadilla Valley is fifth from right. (Photo provided)

Section 4 finishes in 6th place at NYS Golf Championship; Shoemaker posts a 65

LONG ISLAND, June 2 -- The nine-member Section 4 girls golf team finished in 6th place as the two-day New York State Public High School Athletic Association Golf Championship wrapped up Sunday on the par-72 Bethpage Yellow course.

The tournament featured nine teams, led by Section 1, which had two girls finish under par, both at 1-under. The sixth-place finish was Section IV's best ever.

Seventh grader Bailey Shoemaker led the Section 4 squad by firing a second-day 65 to finish the tournament 4-under-par -- the second best total in the tournament, behind only Section 6's Melanie Green (-6). Shoemaker, who opened with a 75 on Saturday, registered seven birdies and no bogeys in her Sunday round.

Other Section IV two-day totals included: Alex Tomasso of Waverly +27; Gianna Picco of Waverly +34; Capria Picco of Waverly +38; Emily Cunningham of Horseheads +38; Sidney Tomasso of Waverly, Gillian Clark of Odessa-Montour and Hanley Elliott of Watkins Glen +42; and Gabi Decker of Watkins Glen +80.

Broken down by round, O-M's Clark shot 93-93=186; Elliott shot 91-95=186; and Decker shot 112-112=224.

"Today closed out Gillian's O-M athletic career and she goes down as one of the most accomplished athletes I've had the pleasure to coach over the past 21 years here," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "She's done everything with class and dignity over the years and has represented her teams and school in exemplary fashion."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Gabi Decker (left) and Hanley Elliott on the Bethpage greens.
Bottom: O-M's Gillian Clark tees off at Bethpage. (Photos provided)

Heichel 5th twice; Elliott 3rd in Shot Put

VESTAL, June 1 -- Odessa-Montour junior Kennedey Heichel finished fifth in the finals of the 100 Meter Hurdles and fifth in the Pole Vault Thursday in the second and final day of the Section IV Track and Field State Qualifier at Union-Endicott's Hoover Stadium.

Heichel posted a tme of 16.72 in the Hurdles final after qualifying fifth on Wednesday. She cleared 9' 6" in the Pole Vault, six inches below her seed height (and school record) of 10 feet.

Elliott threw the Shot 51' 1" for third place, just outside the cutoff for States. His seed distance had been 52' .5". He finished behind throwers frmo Oneonta and Sidney.

O-M's Nadia Simpson, meanwhile, finished fourth in the 100 in 13.16, up from a seventh-place in the prelims (13.29).

In addition:

--Odessa's Hailey Perraut was sixth in the Pentathlon with 2,020 points.
--Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty was fourth in the 1600 in 4:30.18. Brother Aaron was 13th in 4:41.76.
--Odessa's Paden Grover was 10th in the High Jump at 5' 8".

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Kennedey Heichel. (File photo)

Modified softball: Glen falls to Notre Dame

SOUTHPORT, May 31 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team's record slipped to 4-6 Thursday when the Senecas dropped a 20-3 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in a game on the ND softball field.

Hits for Watkins came from Madyson Simpson (a double and triple) and from Abby Gibson, Lois Hosley and Cammilynn McCarty (a single each). The mercy rule was applied after five innings.

The Senecas return to action Friday at Odessa-Montour.

Elliott advances; Scheffey sets new mark

VESTAL, May 31 -- Odessa-Montour High School's Zach Elliott qualified for the state Tournament in the Discus Wednesday by placing second -- and first among small school competitors -- at the Section IV Track and Field State Qualifier at Union-Endicott's Hoover Stadium.

Elliott threw the discus 148' 11", second only to Elmiran Dan Fedor's 152' 11". Fedor's distance far outstripped his seed throw of 141' 8", while Elliott's distance was short of his own seed distance of 153' 8".

Elliott competes in the Shot Put today (Thursday). Meanwhile:

--Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey broke her own school record in the 400 Meter Run with a time of 1:01.57, which gave her fifth place on the podium. She was 10th in the preliminaries of the 200 Meter Dash at 27.35. The top eight advanced to today's final.

--O-M's Kennedey Heichel was fifth in the prelims of the 100 Meter Hurdles, advancing to today's finals. She posted a time of 16.80 as the top eight advanced. She was also 15th in the 400 Hurdles at 1:15.60, well off her seed time of 1:10.97. Teammate Camille Sgrecci finished 19th in 1:16.97, just off her seed time of 1:16.60.

--O-M's Nadia Simpson was seventh in the prelims of the 100 Meter Dash in 13.29, advancing to today's final. The top eight advanced.

--The O-M 4x100 Girls Relay team placed 12th in the prelms in 53.54, thus failing to advance to the finals. The O-M boys 4x100 team placed 13th in 49.40.

--O-M's Preston Harris was 10th in the 110 Meter Hurdles prelims in 17.50. The top eight advanced.

--O-M's Andy Hartford was 14th in the Pole Vault with a leap of 10' 6".

--Watkins Glen's Aaron Planty was 15th in the 800 Meter Run in 2:04.68.

Photos in text: O-M's Zach Elliott in the Discus (File photo); and Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey on the podium after placing fifth in the 400 Meters. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen left fielder Camilynn McCarty prepares to throw the ball to the infield after a Newark Valley hit.

Modified softball: Glen tops Newark Valley

WATKINS GLEN, May 29 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team improved to 4-5 Tuesday with a 17-10 victory over Newark Valley in a game on the WGHS softball field.

The Senecas' offense was led by Madyson Simpson's two doubles. Camilynn McCarty also had a double, while Abby Gibson and Lois Hosley each registered two singles, and Jenna Solomon one.

Natalie Edmister and Gwen Reynolds pitched for Watkins Glen, striking out a total of five Newark Valley batters. Hosley was the catcher.

"Our young ladies played a nice, even game both defensively and offensively," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "I am proud of the way they played today."

The Senecas scored twice in the 1st inning, five times in the 2nd, three times in the 3rd, four times in the 4th, and three times in the 6th.

They will return to action at Elmira Notre Dame at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. They then visit Odessa-Montour on Friday.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen shortstop Ava VanDusen prepares to field a grounder.

Bottom: Watkins second baseman Madyson Simpson throws to first base.

Watkins Glen's Natalie Edmister delivers a pitch in the first inning against Newark Valley.

O-M's Heichel, Elliott are
our Schuyler Spring MVPs

And we unveil our Odessa File Spring All-Star teams

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 26, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls and boys varsity track-and-field teams once again had outstanding seasons, winning division titles. And in each case, they were led by a junior -- the girls by Kennedey Heichel, and the boys by Zach Elliott.

Heichel won just about any event in which she was entered -- the 100 Meter Hurdles, the 400 Meter Hurdles, the 4x100 Relay, and the Pole Vault. And in the Pole Vault, she equaled Katie Taber’s old school record of 9’ 6” and then broke it, clearing 10 feet at the IAC Championships. She also won the Section IV, Class D titles in the 400 Hurdles and Pole Vault, finishing second in the 100 Hurdles.

Elliott won repeatedly in the Shot Put and Discus, easily outdistancing the competition, culminating in stadium records in both events as he won at the IAC Championships.

He then won both events -- again handily -- at the Section IV, Class D meet, and turned toward the State Qualifier at Union-Endicott.

Both athletes bring a confidence to their tasks, and set a tone and achievement level that can only inspire teammates. Not surprisingly, both teams produced outstanding results this year -- exemplified by the number of O-M track-and-field athletes on The Odessa File All-Schuyler All-Star Teams below.

Thus, for various reasons -- consistency, achievement, inspiration and team success -- Heichel and Elliott are The Odessa File Schuyler Spring MVPs.

Photos in text: Kennedey Heichel and Zach Elliott (File photos)

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The Odessa File All-Schuyler All-Star Teams

First Team

Kennedey Heichel -- OM Track -- Co-MVP
Zach Elliott -- O-M Track -- Co-MVP
Isobel Scheffey -- WG Track
Grace Vondracek -- OM Softball
Nadia Simpson -- OM Track
Hannah Bruno -- OM Track
Hanley Elliott -- WG Golf
Gillian Clark -- OM Golf
Gabe Planty -- WG Track
Joe Chedzoy -- WG Lacrosse
Josh Updyke -- Seneca Indians Baseball
Caleb Thomas -- Seneca Indians Baseball
Curtis Harris -- OM Tennis
Patrick Bannon -- WG Golf

Second Team

Aaron Planty -- WG Track
Derrick Lewis -- Seneca Indians Baseball
Sean Kelly -- Seneca Indians Baseball
Kat Connors -- OM Softball
Lydia Lynch -- OM Softball
Megan Jenkins -- OM Softball
Heidi Casselberry -- OM Softball
Isabel Foote -- OM Softball
Jackson Dunham -- WG Lacrosse
Allison Gibson -- WG Track
Hailey Perraut -- OM Track
Preston Harris -- OM Track
Jaylin Rumsey -- OM Track
Eric Rumsey -- OM Track
Jacob Zimmer -- OM Track
Andy Hartford -- OM Track
Billy Tague -- OM Tennis
Dylan Morse -- WG Tennis
Hannah Morse -- WG Tennis
Jill Cantieni -- WG Tennis
Clint Craven -- WG Tennis
Nate Wickham -- WG Tennis
Gabi Decker -- WG Golf
Elizabeth Dawson -- OM Golf

Third Team


Michael Doane -- Seneca Indians Baseball
Austin Voorheis -- Seneca Indians Baseball
Deshawn Johnson -- OM Tennis
Dalton Cummings -- WG Lacrosse
Avery Watson -- WG Lacrosse
Catherine Rounds -- OM Golf
Georgio Fazzary -- WG Golf
Kai Sutterby -- WG Track
Meagan Terry -- OM Track
McKennah Lott -- OM Track
Morgan Burnham -- OM Track
Paden Grover -- OM Track
Trey McCarty -- OM Track
Noah Angle -- OM Track
Hannah Chapman -- OM Track
William Yeater -- OM Track
Ida Sidle -- OM Track
Casen Weeden -- WG Track
Noah Brewster -- OM Track
Lexi Saunders -- OM Track
Owen Scholtisek -- WG Track
Peter Sandritter -- WG Tennis
Max Evans -- WG Track
Haley Dean -- WG Track
Julya Slater -- WG Track
Makenna Fraboni -- WG Tennis
Megan Hazlitt -- WG Tennis

Honorable Mention:

Amber Benjamin (WG Softball); Claudia Parker (WG Softball); Madeline Parker (WG Softball); Johnny Niedermaier (Seneca Indians Baseball); Isaac McIlroy (Seneca Indians Baseball); Ben Mathews (Seneca Indians Baseball); Kaitlyn Valla (WG Lacrosse); Jacob DeJong (WG Lacrosse); Jeremiah Lynch (OM Track); Camille Sgrecci (OM Track); Alec Betts (OM Track); Hunter Daugherty (OM Track); Dylan Houseknecht (OM Track); Cameron Adams (OM Tennis); Bronwyn Stermer (OM Tennis); Jacy Knapp (OM Tennis); Rhys Stermer (OM Tennis); Sara Gardner (OM Tennis); Jena Slater (WG Track); Kelsey Kernan (WG Track); Breanna Carl (WG Track); Nick Wilston (WG Track); Sean Holland (WG Track); Elliott Holland (WG Track); Kathleen Clifford (WG Tennis); Tim Clifford (WG Tennis); Ali LaMoreaux (WG Tennis); Dezirae Minnier (OM Softball); Jolynn Minnier (OM Softball); Karlee Dudgeon (OM Softball); Emma Lodge (OM Softball); Gabby Fazzary (OM Golf); Meghan Hayes (WG Golf).

From left: Watkins Glen tennis players Dylan Morse, Clint Craven, Ali LaMoreaux, Hannah Morse and Jillian Cantieni. (Photo provided)

IAC Tennis: Watkins wins 3 third places; O-M's Tague takes 2nd; Harris is 3rd

CORTLAND, May 24 -- The Watkins Glen varsity tennis team saw two of its singles players and one of its doubles teams finish in third place at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championships Thursday at SUNY Cortland.

In addition, the Senecas claimed a Novice Tournament title -- won by Ali LaMoreaux. She won three matches to win the championship.

Claiming bronze medals were Dylan Morse in 3rd Singles and Clint Craven in 4th Singles. The Senecas' No. 1 doubles team of Hannah Morse and Jillian Cantieni also medaled, finishing third.

The second and third doubles teams of Makenna Fraboni-Megan Hazlitt and Tim and Kathleen Clifford "fell short in the consolation game but played well to get there," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. The consolation match determined third and fourth place finishers.

"In all," Morse added, "I could not be more proud of the entire team and how far they have come. It was a very successful season (and) with a pretty young team and some talented players returning next year, the future looks bright.

"Five years ago we relaunched the tennis program, and it's such a pleasure to see the kids find success after years of hard work and commitment."

Odessa-Montour

O-M senior Billy Tague finished second in the 2nd Singles competition, defeating Watkins Glen's Peter Sandritter in the quarterfinals and Lansing's Zoli Csaki in the semifinals before falling in the finals to Notre Dame's Derek Tsang, 6-3, 6-1.

Odessa's No. 1 Singles player, Curtis Harris, finished third. He won a quarterfinal match over Edison's Zach Root, 6-1, 6-0, before falling in the semifinals to Lansing's Nick Parkes. Harris then won the consolation match 7-6, 6-1 over Waverly's Hunter Heath.

4 Seneca Indians are on IAC First Team

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 23 -- Four members of the Seneca Indians varsity baseball team -- a combined squad of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour athletes -- have been named First Team Interscholastic Athletic Conference All-Stars.

Josh Updyke, Sean Kelly, Caleb Thomas and Derrick Lewis earned the First Team berths. In addition, Michael Doane earned a Second Team slot.

The Seneca Indians completed their season with a 7-9 record.

Watkins' Isobel Scheffey with her first-place medal after winning the 200 Meter Dash. (Photo provided)

Scheffey wins Class C 200 and 400 titles

Gabe Planty takes title in the 1600; brother Aaron finishes 2nd

SIDNEY, May 23 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Isobel Scheffey won the Section IV, Class C titles in the 200 and 400 Meter races Wednesday as schools from around the section competed at Sidney High School.

Watkins Glen sophomore Gabe Planty was also victorious, winning the 1600 Meter Run.

The top three in each event advanced automatically to the Section IV State Qualifier next week (Wednesday and Thursday) at Union-Endicott.

Boys Results:

Gabe Planty completed the 1600 in a winning time of 4:26.03, well ahead of brother Aaron Planty, second in 4:44.66.

Other Watkins boys' finishes included:

--Shawn Joslyn, 11th in the 400 Meter Run (56.66)
--Sean Holland, 14th in the 800 Meter Run (2:19.29)
--Casen Weeden, 14th in the 200 Meter Dash (25.99); 16th in the Shot Put (34' 6.75"); 7th in the Discus (108' 11")
--Owen Scholtisek, 16th in the 200 Meter Dash (26.46)
--Sam Thorsland, 10th in the 3200 Meter Run (11:21.46)
--4x400 Relay, 5th, Casen Weeden, Max Evans, Owen Scholtisek, Shawn Joslyn (3:48.70)
--Nick Wilston, 15th in the Long Jump (17' 8")
--Max Evans, 7th in the High Jump (5' 4")

Girls Results:

Scheffey ran the 400 Meters in 1:01.59 to edge Tioga's Martha Schumacher (1:01.85). She finished the 200 Meters in 27.28, ahead of Schumacher's runnerup 27.62.

Other Watkins girls' finishes included:

--Breanna Carl, 5th in the 1500 Meter Run (5:42.06); 10th at 800 Meters (2:50.39)
--Jena Slater, 9th in the 400 Meter Hurdles (1:19.81); 9th in the Pole Vault (7' 6")
--Kelsey Kernan, 11th in 400 Meter Hurdles (1:23.39); 14th in Triple Jump (28' 8.25")
--Kai Sutterby, 7th in the 800 Meter Run (2:40.43)
--Haley Dean, 13th in the 200 Meter Dash (29.79); 13th in the Long Jump (14')
--4x100 Relay, 5th, Haley Dean, Allison Gibson, Isobel Scheffey, Jena Slater (55.11)
--Allison Gibson, 8th in the Long Jump (14' 7.25"); tied for 5th in the High Jump (4' 6")

Photos in text: Gabe and Aaron Planty on the podium after finishing 1-2 in the 1600; the podium after the 4x100 Relay, with Watkins runners on the right. From left standing: Haley Dean, Isobel Scheffey, Jena Slater. Kneeling: Allison Gibson. (Photos provided)

Heichel, Elliott post Class D victories

MARATHON, May 23 -- Odessa-Montour High School track standouts Kennedey Heichel and Zach Elliott posted two victories each Wednesday at the Section IV, Class D Track and Field Championships on the Marathon High School athletic field. The O-M boys 4x100 Relay team also placed first.

Heichel won the 400 Meter Hurdles in 1:10.97 and the Pole Vault at 9' 6", while Elliott won the Shot Put (48' 5.5") and the Discus (153' 8"). The 4x100 Relay squad of Noah Angle, Preston Harris, Trey McCarty and Jacob Zimmer posted a winning time of 47.36.

The top three in each event automatically advanced to the State Qualifier next week (Wednesday and Thursday) at Union-Endicott.

Girls Results:

Odessa-Montour was second in the team standings with 69 points, behind only Delhi (148). Twenty-two schools competed.

Heichel, in addition to her two wins, placed 2nd in the 100 Meter Hurdles (16.83), and was on the 3rd-place 4x100 Relay team (53.22) with Hannah Bruno, Nadia Simpson and Hunter Daugherty.

Bruno was also 3rd in the 100 Meter Hurdles (17.68), 2nd in the Triple Jump (33' 1.25") and 6th in the Long Jump (15'), while Simpson was 3rd in the 100 Meter Dash (12.91).

The O-M 4x800 Relay team placed 2nd in 11:10.76. Its members were Hailey Perraut, Morgan Burnham, Lexi Saunders and Camille Sgrecci.

Saunders was also 9th in the 2000 Meter Steeplechase (9:10.65), and 15th in the Shot Put (24' 8.5"). Sgrecci was also 5th in the 400 Meter Hurdles (1:18.00).

Jaylin Rumsey placed 8th in the Shot Put (28' 4.25") and 6th in the Discus (77' 10").

McKennah Lott was 6th in the Pole Vault (7'), Hannah Chapman 5th in the High Jump (4' 6"), and Meagan Terry 8th in the Triple Jump (29').

Boys Results:

Odessa-Montour placed third in the team standings with 54 points, behind Unatego (103) and Cherry Valley-Springfield (60). Twenty-five schools competed.

In addition to being on the winning 4x100 team, Jacob Zimmer also was 3rd in the 100 Meter Dash in 11.46 and 4th in the Pole Vault (10' 6"), while Preston Harris was 5th in the 110 Meter Hurdles (17.19), and Noah Angle 7th in the Long Jump (17' 3.75").

Eric Rumsey was 3rd in the Discus (124'), Andy Hartford 3rd in the Pole Vault (11'), Noah Brewster 7th in the 800 Meter Run (2:12.82), Paden Grover 8th in the High Jump (5' 6"), Noah Austin 10th in the High Jump (5' 3"), Dylan Houseknecht 10th in the Shot Put (35' 8.5"), and William Yeater 9th in the 3200 Meter Run (11:29.62) and 11th in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase (12:00.58). Alec Betts was 12th in the Steeplechase (12:44.58).

Betts, Brewster, Brock Sgrecci and Yeater were 8th in the 4x800 Relay (9:23.44).

Photo in text: O-M's Kennedey Heichel (File photo)

Watkins Glen's Madyson Simpson connects with the ball, driving in a run.

Modified softball: Glen falls to Notre Dame

WATKINS GLEN, May 23 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team's record slipped to 3-5 Wednesday when the Senecas dropped a 27-10 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in a game on the WGHS softball field.

Hits came from Abby Gibson, Madyson Simpson, Ava VanDusen, Lois Hosley and Cammilynn McCarty.

Gwen Reynolds and Jenna Solomon pitched for Watkins Glen, while Hosley caught.

The Senecas will return to action at home Tuesday against Newark Valley.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Cammilynn McCarty is hit by a pitch.

Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott chips from the side of a green onto the putting surface.

O-M's Clark, Glen's Elliott and Decker qualify for NY State Golf Championship

HORSEHEADS, May 22 -- Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark and Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott and Gabi Decker qualified Tuesday at the Section IV Tournament at Soaring Eagles Golf Course for the New York State Golf Championships at Bethpage State Park on Long Island in early June.

Nine players qualified Tuesday to represent Section IV at States -- led by Unadilla Valley 7th grader Bailey Shoemaker, who shot a 1-under-par 70. O-M's Clark scored a career-best 83 as she registered the day's second best round and reached the State tournament for the fifth straight year.

Watkins' Elliott -- also a multi-year State qualifier -- shot a 93 to join Shoemaker, Clark, Horseheads' Emily Cunningham (86), Decker (99), and the Waverly quartet of Capria Picco (86), Sidney Tomasso (88), Alex Tomasso (90) and Gianna Picco (92) at Bethpage's Yellow course on June 1-3. Bethpage has five courses in its massive layout.

Decker appeared to be destined for an alternate's role, but when Waverly's Gabby Picco (92), Horseheads' Chloe Callahan (98) and O-M's Elizabeth Dawson (99) withdrew from States, Decker claimed the ninth spot and a full role at Bethpage.

Other scores for O-M included a 107 by Gabby Fazzary, a 112 by Catherine Rounds, and a 131 by Eliza Starkweather.

Other scores for Watkins Glen included a 110 by Meghan Hayes, a 137 by Sarah Swinnerton and a 156 by Eleanor Clarkson.

The Odessa team total was 401, good for third place among schools competing for the sectional crown. Waverly was first at 356, followed by Horseheads (399), O-M (401), Watkins Glen (439), Marathon (528), Corning (532), Elmira (543), Moravia (565), and Lansing (610).

"It was a great day for O-M," said Odessa-Montour Coach Greg Gavich. "Gillian had her best round of her career. She has been hitting the ball well all year. It was only a matter of time before she put it all together. The highlight of her round was a holed-out bunker shot for birdie on the difficult par-4 14th hole."

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Gillian Clark sends a tee shot on its way.
Bottom: Unadilla 7th grader Bailey Shoemaker, who shot a 70.

Left: Medalist Bailey Shoemaker tees off on a par-3. She birdied the hole. Right: Hanley Elliott watches her drive on No. 1.

From left: Watkins Glen's Gabi Decker, and O-M's Elizabeth Dawson and Gillian Clark.

Left: Waverly's Alex Tomasso chips onto a green. Right: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott.

Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark prepares to putt. She shot a career-best 83.

Modified baseball: Seneca Indians rolling

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 22 -- The Seneca Indians modified baseball team takes a 5-1 record into a 4:30 p.m. game Wednesday against Tioga on the Watkins Glen High School baseball field.

The team -- a combined squad of O-M and Watkins Glen athletes -- is coming off a game Monday in which Adam Pastore pitched a no-hitter in a 21-0 victory over Newark Valley.

The Seneca Indians' head coach is Ben Connelly. Assistant coaches are Jeff Fazzary and Trevor Holland.

Junior Stars shine at Trumansburg meet

TRUMANSBURG, May 22 -- The annual Interscholastic Athletic Conference Junior Stars track-and-field meet at Trumansburg High School Monday yielded various victories for Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen athletes.

The O-M boys team finished second overall with 83 points, behind Newark Valley's 94. Watkins Glen was 6th with 49 points. Twelve schools competed.

In the girls competition, Watkins Glen was 6th out of 12 teams with 37 points and O-M 8th with 22 points. Trumansburg won with 120 points.

Top finishes for the O-M boys included:

--Eric Rumsey, 1st Place, Discus (112' 7") and 2nd Place, Shot Put (31' 6.75").
--Preston Harris, 1st Place, 110 Meter Hurdles (17.16) and 400 Meter Hurdles (1:03.81).
--4x800 Relay team, 1st Place, Micah Brewster, Phoenix Palmenter, Brett Walters, Brock Sgrecci (10:39.25).
--Paden Grover, 1st Place, Triple Jump (36' 4") and High Jump (5' 8").

Top finishes for the O-M girls included:

--Morgan Burnham, 1st Place, 800 Meters (2:53.42).
--Camille Sgrecci, 2nd Place, 400 Meter Hurdles (1:16.31).

In addition, the girls 4x100 Relay team of Reagan Bishop, Ida Sidle, Morgan Burnham and Cheianne Webster placed third.

Top finishes for the Watkins Glen boys included:

--Max Evans, 1st Place, 400 Meters (55.44) and 3rd Place, 800 Meters (2:16.79)
--Sam Thorsland, 1st Place, 3200 Meters (11:47.31) and 5th Place, 1600 Meters (5:24.03)
--4x400 Relay team, 1st Place, Max Evans, Travon Jones, Nick Wilston, Owen Scholtisek (3:55.15)
--Owen Scholtisek, 2nd Place, 100 Meters (12.35).
--Nick Wilston, 5th Place, Long Jump (16' 11.25")

Top finishes for the Watkins Glen girls included:

--Julya Slater, 3rd Place, 1500 Meters (6:11.31) and 2nd Place, 3000 Meters (14:11.28).
--Kelsey Kernan, 4th Place, 400 Meter Hurdles (1:17.78) and 5th Place, 100 Meter Hurdles (20.91).
--Breanna Carl, 3rd Place, 800 Meters (3:02.13) and 4th Place, 1500 Meters (6:17.90).
--Haley Dean, 5th Place, 100 Meters (14.09); 5th Place, 200 Meters (29.34) and 5th Place, Long Jump (13' 2.5").

Glen modified softball team falls to Tioga

TIOGA CENTER, May 21 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team saw its record slip to 3-4 Monday when the Senecas dropped a 21-4 decision to Tioga in a game on the Tigers' softball field.

Natalie Edmister led the Watkins offense with a 3-run homer, while Madyson Simpson and Ava Barber had a single each. Jenna Solomon and Gwen Reynolds pitched for the Senecas, while Lois Hosley caught.

"We saw some great defense at times this afternoon," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto, who noted that his team would return to action Tuesday at Odessa-Montour.

The Great 'Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Controversy' to be discussed on June 9

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, May. 21, 2018 -- Don Capps, one of the foremost experts on the topic, will present "The Silver Arrows: The 1934 Eifelrennen and Neubaurer's Dilemma?" at the International Motor Racing Research Center on Saturday, June 9.

The discussion will focus on the creation tale of the Mercedes-Benz racing cars -- the "Silver Arrows" -- at the June 1934 Eifelrennen by then team manager, Alfred Neubauer. The talk will use photographs and materials directly from the Daimler-Benz archives that are contemporary to the time period.

Part of the IMRRC's ongoing Center Conversations Series, the discussion will be an open forum in which audience participation is encouraged. The talk, sponsored in part by the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce, will begin at 1 p.m. and is open to all. The Racing Research Center is located at 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen.

The talk will be live-streamed on the Center's YouTube channel or via the Center's live-stream page on the website. The talk also will be archived on the Center's YouTube channel to watch in the future.

"The legend of the Silver Arrows has been propagated for decades," Capps said. "And with all due respect to the immediate success of the cars and thoroughbred lineage that Mercedes-Benz racing has achieved, it may not be all based in fact. Essentially, we take on the legend and correct the tale."

Capps, who has been associated with motorsport activities for more than 50 years, is a member and on the board of directors of the Society of Automotive Historians. He is Chair of its International Motor Sports History Section. The retired U.S. Army Colonel also serves on the IMRRC Historians Council.

"The presentation encourages open discussion and an insider's look at the cars that truly revolutionized the sport of motor racing," Capps said, adding: "Was the story of how Mercedes-Benz achieved unparalleled success an accurate depiction of innovation, selective memory or simply a tall tale for fun? Or a combination of all of these things? That's what we will be there to discuss."

It is historical fact that the Mercedes Benz "Silver Arrows" dominated Grand Prix racing from 1934-39 and again from 1945-55.

The original W25 race car, which was partially funded by the pre-war Nazi government, debuted at the 1934 Eiifelrennen. At the time, a new formula for the class limited Grand Prix cars to 750kg. Neubauer recounted in later interviews that he demanded that the paint be striped from the car to help meet the weight requirement. The car met the weight requirement and driver Manfred von Brauchitsch won the race.

The legend was born.

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

For more information about the Center's work and its programs, visit www.racingarchives.org or call (607) 535-9044. The Center also is on Facebook at "International Motor Racing Research Center" and on Twitter at "@IMRRCatWG.

Photo in text: Alfred Neubauer directs driver Manfred von Brauchitsch (piloting a W125 Mercedes-Benz "Silver Arrow") during a pause at the 1937 Grand Prix of Germany at the Nurburgring. (Photo from the IMRRC Werner Winter Collection)

Athletes of the Week: 4 from IAC Track

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 20 -- This week we honor four athletes from track-and-field as our Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Each had outstanding performances at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference championships at Trumansburg -- with multiple overall titles (in one case) or school records (in three cases).

They are O-M's Kennedey Heichel (a school record in the Pole Vault), Nadia Simpson (a victory and school record in the 100), and Zach Elliott (wins in both the Shot and Discus), and Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey (a win in the 200 and a school record in the 400).

Double Honorable: O-M track's Jacob Zimmer, Hannah Bruno, Ida Sidle and Andy Hartford; Watkins Glen track's Gabe Planty; Watkins Glen golf's Hanley Elliott; O-M softball's Grace Vondracek; and Watkins Glen lacrosse's Joe Chedzoy, Jackson Dunham and Dalton Cummings.

Honorable Mention: Another 30 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Star teams and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Glen modified lacrosse team wins, 5-1

WATKINS GLEN, May 19 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified lacrosse team improved to 5-4-1 Saturday with a 5-1 victory over Johnson City in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

Tanner Dunham scored two goals for the Senecas, while Dawson Wade and Matt Irwin scored one each. Another Watkins goal was inadvertently scored by Johnson City.

Assists were registered by Wade, Dunham, Ethan Day and Michael Gee. Connor Novinsky had five saves in goal, while Nate VanAmburg won seven face-offs.

The Senecas return to action Monday at home against Corning B. Game time is 5 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Ethan Day (15) moves the ball up the field after a defensive stop. (Photo provided)

O-M 2nd, Watkins 3rd at IAC tournament

WAVERLY, May 18 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity golf team finished second to Waverly Friday in the 18-hole Interscholastic Athletic Conference Girls Championship on the par-69 Tomasso's Golf Club. Watkins Glen was third.

Waverly -- led by medalisat Capria Picco's 83 -- posted a 348 total. O-M followed with a 444, while Watkins Glen was third at 450, Marathon fourth at 539, and Moravia fifth at 571. Newark Valley and Lansing did not have the requisite four golfers needed for a team score.

Gillian Clark led Odessa with a 96, while Gabby Fazzary shot 111, Catherine Rounds 112 and Eliza Starkweather 125.

Waverly had the three best scores -- Capria Picco's 83, Alex Tomasso's 87 and Gabby Picco's 88. Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott was next with a 90, as was Waverly's Sidney Tomasso. They were followed by Waverly's Gianna Picco (91), O-M's Gillian Clark (96), Watkins Glen's Gabi Decker (99), Waverly's Madison Kittle (108) and O-M's Gabby Fazzary (111).

"This was the best finish in O-M history at this event," said Coach Greg Gavich. "It's a nice accomplishment for the girls to hang their hats on.

"Conditions were very tough. Pin placements were tucked on corners of greens, and the rough was high, so scores were a little on the high side today."

Next up: The Section IV state qualifier Tuesday at Soaring Eagles Golf Course.

Photo in text: O-M's golfers. From left: Gabby Fazzary, Catherine Rounds, Gillian Clark and Eliza Starkweather. (Photo provided)

The Odessa-Montour girls varsity track-and-field team. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Odessa-Montour girls win Small Schools title as IAC Track Championships end

TRUMANSBURG, May 18 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity track team captured the Small Schools title Friday as the two-day Interscholastic Athletic Conference Track & Field Championships concluded on Trumansburg High's athletic field.

The Indians totaled 131 points to finish ahead of Tioga (104) and nine other teams.

The O-M boys, meanwhile, finished second to Union Springs, which amassed 132 points to Odessa's 111.5. The next closest competitor was Candor, well behind.

In the Large School Division, Watkins Glen's girls finished eighth among eight teams despite a first-place by Isobel Scheffey on the second day in the 200. She finished in 26.69, well ahead of Whitney Point's Emily Salvemini (26.90). Scheffey had set a school record in the 400 while finishing second on Thursday.

The Watkins Glen boys, meanwhile, tied for fifth with Newark Valley. Trumansburg won the Large Schools boys title.

Small Schools competing included O-M, Edison, Spencer-Van Etten, Candor, Newfield, Tioga, Union Springs, Southern Cayuga, Groton, Moravia and Marathon.

Large Schools competing included Lansing, Newark Valley, Trumansburg, Elmira Notre Dame, Waverly, Dryden, Whitney Point and Watkins Glen.

Girls:

--Odessa's Kennedey Heichel finished the competition with four Small School first-place finishes -- in the Pole Vault (fourth overall, with a school record 10 feet), 400 Hurdles, 100 Hurdles and 4x100 Relay. On Friday, she was fourth overall in the 400 Hurdles in 1:11.62 and on the third place 4x100 Relay team with Nadia Simpson, Hannah Bruno and Ida Sidle.

--O-M's Camille Sgrecci finished fourth among Small School competitors in the 400 Hurdles, with a Personal Record (PR) of 1:16.6, about five seconds better than her previous best.

--O-M's Nadia Simpson, who won the 100 Meter Dash Thursday in a school-record 12.75, was second among Small School runners in Friday's 200 in 27.91 (and fourth overall). She was also on the Small School first-place (third overall) 4x100 Relay team with Heichel, Bruno and Sidle.

--O-M's Bruno was sixth Friday in the Triple Jump, but first among Small Schools at 32' 4.5". Teammate Hailey Perraut was third among Small Schools at 29' 7", while Meagan Terry was fourth at 29' 4". Bruno ended up with three Small School firsts, and Simpson with two (one of which, the 100, was an overall victory).

--O-M's Saunders was sixth among Small School runners in the 3000 Meters, and sixth among Small Schools in the Shot Put.

--Odessa's Jaylin Rumsey was sixth overall and third among Small Schools in the Shot Put.

--O-M's Hannah Chapman was second among Small School competitors in the High Jump, while Simpson was sixth.

--The O-M 4x400 Relay team of McKennah Lott, Morgan Burnham, Hailey Perraut and Meagan Terry was sixth among Small Schools in Friday's race.

--Watkins Glen's Haley Dean finished 12th among Large School runners in the 200 Meter Dash.

--Watkins Glen's Scheffey, in addition to winning the 200, was first among Large School runners while finishing second Thursday in the 400.

--Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby was 17th overall and 10th among Large School runners in the 800 Meter Run. Teammate Breanna Carl was 21st and 12th.

--Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan finished 13th overall and 8th among Large School runners in the 400 Meter Hurdles.

--Watkins Glen's Allison Gibson set a PR in the High Jump at 4' 8" -- which was fifth overall and fourth among Large School competitors.

Boys:

"I'm very proud of my boys the last couple of days," said O-M Coach Skip Strobel. "We set 21 personal bests but fell short of Union Springs."

O-M's Zach Elliott, who won the Shot Put on Thursday, won the Discus Friday with a throw of 142' 1". He set stadium records in both events, and was named Field MVP.

--Watkins Glen's Casen Weeden was 9th among Large School runners in the 200 Meter Dash. Teammate Owen Scholtisek was 11th. Weeden was also sixth overall and third among Large School competitors in the Discus, throwing 107' 3".

--Watkins Glen's Aaron Planty was fourth overall and third among Large Schools in the 800 Meter Run in 2:00.66. Brother Gabe, who won the 1600 on Thursday, finished 7th overall and fifth among Large Schools in the 800.

--Watkins Glen's Sam Thorsland finished 11th overall and sixth among Large Schools in the 3200.

--Watkins Glen's 4x400 Relay team of the Planty brothers, Sean Holland and Weeden finished fifth in 3:50.97.

--Watkins Glen's Nick Wilston was 10th among Large School competitors in the Triple Jump at 33' 9".

--O-M's Trey McCarty was eighth among Small School runners in the 200, while teammate Noah Angle was 11th.

--O-M's Noah Brewster was fourth Friday among Small School runners in the 3200 Meter Run.

--O-M's Preston Harris was fifth among Small School runners Friday in the 400 Meter Hurdles, finishing in 1:04.42.

--O-M's 4x100 Relay team of Andy Hartford, Jacob Zimmer, Noah Angle and Preston Harris was third overall and first among Small Schools at 47.02.

--O-M's 4x400 Relay team of Noah Brewster, Andy Hartford, Alec Betts and Noah Angle was 6th in 3:48.39.

--O-M's Andy Hartford and Jacob Zimmer finished 5th and 6th respectively and 1-2 among Small School competitors in the Pole Vault -- Hartford clearing 10' 6" and Zimmer clearing 10'.

--O-M's Paden Grover finished fourth among Small School competitors in the Triple Jump, leaping 36' 3". Noah Austin was 7th.

--Zach Elliott and Eric Rumsey finished 1-4 overall and 1-2 among Small School Discus throwers -- Elliott going 142' 1" and Rumsey 113' 4".

Next up: The Class D Steeplechase on Monday and then the Class D meet on Wednesday.

Photos in text:

From top: O-M's Zach Elliott at the Discus event, which he won; Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey nears the finish line in her 200 Meter victory; O-M's Kennedey Heichel in the 400 Meter Hurdles; O-M's Ida Sidle receives a handoff from Hannah Bruno in the 4x100 Relay; O-M's Eric Rumsey in the Discus; O-M's Alec Betts in the 4x400 Relay (Photo by Doug Yeater); and Scheffey on the podium with her first-place medal.

Left: O-M's Hailey Perraut hands off to Morgan Burnham in the 4x400 Relay. (Photo by Doug Yeater) Right: Odessa's Jake Zimmer clears the bar in the Pole Vault.

From left: Watkins Glen's Allie Gibson on the High Jump podium. Center: O-M's Hannah Bruno, left, races in the 4x100 Relay. Right: O-M's Alyssa Lindsley in the 800. (All three photos by Doug Yeater)

From left: O-M's Jaylin Rumsey in the Shot Put; Watkins Glen's Haley Dean in the 200; Odessa's Camille Sgrecci in the 400 Meter Hurdles.

Entrants in the 4x400 Relay listen as officials explain the rules. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: Watkins Glen's Breanna Carl races in the 800. Right: O-M's McKennah Lott starts the final leg of the 4x400 Relay.

Odessa-Montour's Hannah Chapman competes in the High Jump.

From left: O-M's Preston Harris in the 4x400 Relay; O-M's Autumn Shaul in the 3000; and Watkins Glen alum Patrick Hazlitt, honored as a former IAC and State champion.

Left: O-M's Lexi Saunders in the 3000. Right: The O-M 4x100 Relay team. From left are Ida Sidle, Hannah Bruno, Nadia Simpson and Kennedey Heichel.

Left: O-M's Andrew Hartford in the 400 Hurdles. Right: Watkins Glen's Casen Weeden in the 4x400 Relay.

Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby, right, awaits start of the 800 Meter Run with the other competitors.

Watkins' Bannon misses cut at Cornell

ITHACA, May 18 -- Watkins Glen High School golfer Patrick Bannon shot a 93 and missed the cut Thursday at the Section IV Medalist Tournament at the par-72 Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University.

The top 20 players -- with an 88 or lower -- advanced to Saturday's final round, where the field was to be thinned to seven players and two alternates who will represent Section IV in the State Golf Championships.

Bannon started slowly, going 7-over-par on the first two holes before notching a birdie on his third hole. That start, said his coach, WGHS's Rob Michel, likely cost him any serious chance he had to make the cut.

Watkins modified lacrosse team wins 8-6

ITHACA, May 18 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified lacrosse team evened its record at 4-4-1 Friday by defeating Ithaca 8-6 in a game on the Ithaca High School athletic field.

Nate VanAmburg and Matt Irwin each scored three goals and Dawson Wade scored twice to lead the Senecas. Assists came from Caleb Smith (4), Tanner Dunham (2), and Dawson Wade and Michael Gee (1 each). Connor Novinsky made 11 saves in goal.

VanAmburg registered seven face-off wins.

The Senecas were scheduled to return to action Saturday at home against Johnson City.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Matt Irwin (7) carries the ball toward the Ithaca goal. (Photo provided)

Seneca Indians fall in Sectionals, 1-0

WAVERLY, May 17 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team saw its season end Thursday with a 1-0 extra-inning loss to Waverly on the road in the opening round of the Section IV, Class B Tournament.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour athletes and the 11th seed in the tourney -- managed just four hilts off of Waverly pitching. The Wolverines are the 7th seed.

The game was scoreless through seven innings as OM/WG pitchers Michael Doane (the first five innings) and Derrick Lewis kept the Waverly attack bottled up. But the Wolverines broke through in the bottom of the 8th for the game-winner.

Hits for the Seneca Indians came from Sean Kelly (1-for-4), Caleb Thomas (1-for-2 with a walk), Regan Scholtisek (1-for-3) and Johnny Niedermaier (1-for-3).

Doane and Lewis allowed seven hits and struck out eight batters while walking four.

O-M softball team loses in Sectionals, 2-0

SOUTHPORT, May 17 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team's season ended Thursday with a 2-0 loss to Elmira Notre Dame in the opening round of the Section IV, Class C Tournament. The game was played at Notre Dame.

The Crusaders (seeded 6th) scored a run in the 1st inning on a Peyton Maloney RBI single, and one in the 6th on a sacrifice fly. They managed just three hits off of O-M pitcher Grace Vondracek, who struck out nine batters and didn't walk anyone.

ND's Izzy Milazzo went the distance with a 3-hitter, striking out seven batters while walking one.

Hits by O-M (which was the 11th seed) came from Vondracek (1-for-3), Isabel Foote (1-for-3) and Jolynn Minnier (1-for-2 with a double). Heidi Casselberry drew the game's lone walk.

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

Odessa-Montour's Zach Elliott on the way to winning the Shot Put title.

School records fall on opening day of competition at IAC Track Championships

TRUMANSBURG, May 17 -- Two Odessa-Montour athletes and one from Watkins Glen set school records Thursday on the opening day of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships at Trumansburg High School.

O-M's Kennedey Heichel set a new school Pole Vault record by clearing 10 feet, breaking the 9'6" mark she shared with alum Katie Taber. Heichel finished fourth overall, but first among Small School competitors. As she cleared 10 feet on her second try, girls coach Burton Brewster exclaimed "That's it," and Heichel received high-fives all around.

Small Schools competing include O-M, Edison, Spencer-Van Etten, Candor, Newfield, Tioga, Union Springs, Southern Cayuga, Groton, Moravia and Marathon.

O-M's Nadia Simpson then won the 100 Meter Dash in stirring fashion, edging out her closest competitor -- Whitney Point's Emily Salvemini -- at the wire while posting a new school record of 12.75. Salvemini finished in 12.77.

Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey, meanwhile, put on a late charge and was barely beaten to the line in the 400 Meter Run -- and in the process set a new school record for that distance of 1:02.29. Tioga's Martha Schumacher won in 1:02.12.

Meanwhile, O-M's Zach Elliott won the Shot Put with a stadium record throw of 50' 4.5". He will seek the Discus title on Friday, the meet's final day.

Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty won the 1600 Meter Run in a Tburg-track record 4:26.88, outracing his brother Aaron, who placed second in 4:29.82.

O-M's Jacob Zimmer won the 100 Meter Dash in 11.48, edging Lansing's Sam Panzer and Waverly's Dalton Loper. Each finished within two-hundredths of a second of the others. O-M's Trey McCarty was 9th overall and 4th among Small Schools.

Other finishes:

--Heichel was second in the 100 Meter Hurdles in 16.69 after qualifying for the finals with a prelim time of 16.78. She was first among Small Schools, and combined with her Pole Vault finish (1st among Small Schools) added 20 points to the O-M team score.

--Hannah Bruno finished third in the Long Jump -- and first among Small Schools -- with a leap of 15'7", and was third among Small School finishers in the 100 Meter Hurdles (18.16).

--The 4x100 Relay team of Heichel, Simpson, Bruno and Hunter Daugherty qualified for Friday's final with a time of 53.33, fourth in the Prelims.

--O-M's Jaylin Rumsey was 10th in the Discus -- and fifth among Small Schools -- with a throw of 74' 2".

--O-M's Preston Harris was fifth in the 110 Meter Hurdles in 17.56 -- third among Small School competitors.

--O-M's William Yeater was eighth in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase in 11:31.30. Teammate Alec Betts was 11th in 13:00.47.

--Watkins Glen's Julya Slater was 7th in the 2000 Meter Steeplechase in 8:45.46. O-M's Lexi Saunders was 9th (4th among Small Schools) in 8:59.42, and O-M's Camille Sgrecci was 12th in 9:21.62.

--Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby was 14th in the 1500 Meter Run in 5:40.88. Teammate Breanna Carl was 15th in 5:44.86.

--O-M's Dylan Houseknecht was 6th overall among Shot Putters.

--McKennah Lott set a personal best of 7 feet in the Pole Vault, good for fourth place among Small School competitors.

--Watkins Glen's Max Evans placed 7th in the High Jump with a leap of 5' 6". O-M's Paden Grover finished 9th at the same height.

Among Personal Records (PRs) for Watkins Glen were:

--Nick Wilston, Long Jump, 17' 9.50" (12th place)
--Isobel Scheffey, 400 Meters, 1:02.29 (New school record; 2nd place)
--Gabe Planty, 1600 Meters, 4:26.88 (New track record; 1st place)
--Aaron Planty, 1600 Meters, 4:29.32 (2nd place)
--Breanna Carl, 1500 Meters, 5:44.86
--Kelsey Kernan, 100 Meter Hurdles, 21.21
--Haley Dean, 100 Meters, 14.05
--Allison Gibson, Long Jump, 14' 6.5" (8th place)
--Owen Scholtisek, 100 Meters, 12.38
--Alex Schimizzi, 100 Meters, 13.39
--Colin Gaylord, Shot Put, 22' 7"

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Photos in text:

From top: O-M's Nadia Simpson, left, edges Whitney Point's Emily Salvemini in the 100; the Watkins Glen Planty brothers, Gabe (right) and Aaron, finished 1-2 in the 1600; O-M's Hannah Bruno competes in the 100 Meter Hurdles; Watkins' Julya Slater competes in the 2000 Meter Steeplechase; and Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey signals after setting a school record in the 400 Meter Run.

Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey (near left) on the way to a school record in the 400. Tioga's Martha Schumacher, right, finished just ahead of Scheffey.

A look at a school record:

Odessa-Montour junior Kennedey Heichel set a new school Pole Vault record with this leap of 10 feet at the IAC Track Championships. She shared the old record of 9'6".

Left: O-M's Preston Harris, right, hands off to Jacob Zimmer in the 4x100 Relay. Right: Nadia Simpson stands atop the podium with her 1st-place medal for winning the 100.

And from photographer Doug Yeater:

Girls hit the water hazard in the 2000 Meter Steeplechase. O-M's Camille Sgrecci (center) and Lexi Saunders are near the front of the pack. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

From left: Odessa-Montour's Trey McCarty; Hannah Bruno on the awards podium; and William Yeater competes in the Steeplechase. (Photos by Doug Yeater)

From left: O-M's Kennedey Heichel on the podium; Noah Brewster (8th in the 1600) and Hailey Perraut. (Photos by Doug Yeater)

Glen modified softball team falls 20-16

WATKINS GLEN, May 17 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team's record slipped to 2-3 Thursday when the Senecas dropped a 20-16 decision to Candor in a game on the WGHS softball field.

The Senecas totaled six hits, with Natalie Edmister notching a triple and single. Lois Hosley, Abby Gibson, Jenna Solomon and Cammilynn McCarty each had one single.

Gwen Reynolds and Solomon pitched for Watkins Glen.

"Our ladies made quite a comeback, which they should be happy with," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto, who also commended catcher Hosley for her work behind the plate. "She did a tremendous job," he said.

The Senecas return to action Monday at Tioga.

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

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, May 17 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team's record slipped to 5-5 Thursday with a 6-1 loss to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Edison tennis courts.

Odessa won only the No. 1 singles match, where Curtis Harris defeated TAE's Zach Root, 6-2, 6-2.

Edison is now 7-2.

Seneca Indians defeat Newfield, 10-1

NEWFIELD, May 16 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team concluded its regular season with a victory Wednesday, defeating Newfield 10-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newfield baseball field.

The Seneca Indians (7-8), a combined team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour High School athletes, were led by Caleb Thomas's 4 RBIs. He was 3-for-4 with a homer, a double and two runs scored.

The rest of OM/WG's 10 hits came from Michael Doane (2-for-3 with a double, a walk, two runs scored and 2 RBIs), Josh Updyke (1-for-1 with a walk and two runs scored), Derrick Lewis (1-for-4), Steven Gublo (1-for-1 with an RBI), Hunter Holley (1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI), and Isaac McIlroy (1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored).

Doane, Lewis, Updyke and McIlroy all pitched, allowing eight hits while striking out five batters and walking three.

The Seneca Indians scored three runs in the 1st inning, one in the 3rd, five in the 5th and one in the 6th. Newfield scored its run in the 1st inning.

The victory came the day before the opening round of the Section IV, Class B tournament -- when the Seneca Indians, seeded 11th, play the No. 7 seed, Waverly (11-8), at Waverly at 5:30 p.m.

The winner will play No. 2 Oneonta (9-5) Monday at Oneonta at 4:30 p.m. Seton Catholic (12-4) is the top seed in the tournament.

Photo in text: Caleb Thomas (File photo)

Golf: Watkins Glen boys post victory

HORSEHEADS, May 16 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team improved its season mark to 6-5 Wednesday when it defeated an incomplete Notre Dame team in a match on the par-36 Mark Twain Golf Course.

Patrick Bannon led the Senecas with a 42 as they registered a 263 team score. Georgio Fazzary shot 51, Andrew Hayes 52, and a trio of golfers 59s: Ethan Cary, Daniel Ely and Ben Swinnerton.

Notre Dame had just three golfers, two shy of the total needed for a team score. Those three shot 204.

Golf: Watkins Glen girls fall to Horseheads

BIG FLATS, May 15 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team dropped a 209-222 decision Tuesday to Horseheads in a match played on the par-36 front 9 at the Willowcreek golf course.

The Senecas were led by medalist Hanley Elliott, who shot a 42. Gabi Decker followed with a 50, while Sarah Swinnerton shot 62 and Ellie Clarkson 68.

Horseheads was led by senior Emily Cunningham's 43.

"The girls played very well on a course they haven't seen in a while, as they normally play on the Willows course at Willowcreek," said Watkins Glen Assistant Coach Steve Decker. "Hanley and Gabi drove the ball beautifully tonight on a course that demands straight drives."

Watkins Glen returns to action Friday at the IAC championhips at Tomasso's golf course in Waverly.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott during Tuesday's round. (Photo provided)

The Watkins Glen girls golf team's seniors were honored in a recent match at the Watkins Glen Golf Course. From left: Assistant Coach Steve Decker, Hanley Elliott, Meghan Hayes, Gabi Decker and Coach Chris Clark. (Photo provided)

Seniors honored

The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team's match against Waverly at the Watkins Glen Golf Course was postponed Tuesday by the weather (Waverly declined to make the trip), but the WGHS seniors on the team were honored there nonetheless on their scheduled Senior Night. From left, they are AJ Specchio, Julian Thornton and Patrick Bannon. The Senecas are scheduled to play Notre Dame at home Wednesday, and make up the Waverly match Monday. Bannon will be competing Thursday in the Medalist Tournament at Cornell University -- a qualifier to determine the Section IV golfers who will compete as a squad at States.

Players from Oneonta and Watkins Glen (Jackson Dunham) vie for possession of the ball.

Watkins Glen lacrosse team breaks into the victory column on its final try, 18-7

WATKINS GLEN, May 15 -- After 13 straight losses, the Watkins Glen varsity lacrosse team closed its season with a flourish Tuesday, dominating play for its first victory, an 18-7 decision over Oneonta in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

Joe Chedzoy, Jackson Dunham and Dalton Cummings each scored five goals while Seth Swinnerton scored two and Jacob DeJong one as the Senecas raced out to a 4-1 first-quarter lead that grew to 11-2 by halftime. It was 17-5 entering the final quarter.

Chedzoy registered five assists, while Cummings had two, and Dunham and Swinnerton one each. The five goals and five assists by Chedzoy equals 10 points, a new school record -- breaking the mark of six set three times by his brother Ian, now a college student-athlete.

The Senecas dominated Oneonta (1-12) from the start, playing a tight defense that included strong goaltending by Kaitlyn Valla (four saves) in her final game. She was among eight seniors honored in a Senior Night ceremony before the game.

In addition to Valla, the seniors are Jackson Dunham, Dalton Cummings, Seth Swinnerton, Jake Johnson, Ethan Voorheis, Gavin VanDerEems, and Conner Smith.

"The team played a great game," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson. "It is a bittersweet win. The seniors that are graduating were part of the first team we had at Watkins Glen on the modified level. I have enjoyed working with all of the seniors and wish them the best in all of their future endeavors."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy scores one of his five goals.

Left: Watkins Glen's Dalton Cummings (13) notches one of his five goals. Right: Senecas goalkeeper Kaitlyn Valla (19) chases after a loose ball.

Watkins' Jackson Dunham sends a shot toward the Oneonta net. He scored five times.

Watkins' Conner Smith (27) races upfield with the ball. He was one of 8 seniors honored.

Watkins' Seamus Mooney (1) and Jake Johnson (7) battle two Oneonta players for the ball.

Watkins Glen varsity lacrosse players honored at Senior Night included, from left: Kaitlyn Valla, Gavin VanDerEems, Jackson Dunham, Dalton Cummings, Seth Swinnerton, Jake Johnson, Conner Smith and Ethan Voorheis. (Photo provided)

Wickham-Craven duo falls at net playoffs

BINGHAMTON, May 16 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis doubles team of Nathaniel Wickham and Clint Craven fell 6-0, 6-0 Tuesday to a Susquehanna Valley squad in the opening round of the East-West Playoffs of the Section IV Tennis Tournament.

The Sus Valley team of Cody Jacobs and Mason Pottek went on to win the sectional title and a berth in the state championships.

Wickham and Craven also played a match against the losing team on the other half of the draw for a chance to compete the next day, but lost 6-4, 7-6, with a 20-point tiebreak, to Declan Houlihan and Daniel Saroka of Chenango Forks.

"I couldn't be more proud of the boys and the run they made," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, referring to the three wins at last week's sectionals that put Wickham and Craven in the playoffs. "They are both juniors, so they have a chance to make a run next year as well."

The Watkins Glen varsity, meanwhile, plays tonight (Wednesday) at Waverly and then prepares for the Interscholastic Athletic Conference tournament next Thursday at SUNY Cortland.

"I think the team has a chance to be very competitive in the IACs," said Morse.

Photo in text: From left: Clint Craven, Nathaniel Wickham and Coach Scott Morse. (Photo provided)

Baseball, softball Sectionals start Thursday

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 15 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team and the Seneca Indians varsity baseball team open Section IV tournament play Thursday.

The O-M softball squad (9-7), seeded 11th in Class C, will play 6th seeded Elmira Notre Dame (10-7) in an opening-round game on the ND softball field at 5 p.m. The winner will play third-seeded Tioga (16-2) on Tuesday, May 22 at Tioga.

Edison (16-1), the top-ranked Class C team in the state, has the tourney's top seed. Union Springs (12-3) is the No. 2 seed.

In the Class B baseball tournament, the Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high school athletes -- enter as the No. 11 seed with a 6-8 record. They will play No. 7 seed Waverly (11-8) Thursday at Waverly at 5:30 p.m.

The winner will play No. 2 Oneonta (9-5) Monday at Oneonta at 4:30 p.m. Seton Catholic (12-4) is the top seed in the tournament.

O-M softball team tops Bradford, 7-4

BRADFORD, May 14 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team improved its season mark to 9-7 Monday with a 7-4 victory over Bradford in a non-league game on the Bradford softball field.

Kat Connors went 3-for-4, scored two runs and had 4 RBIs to lead the Indians, who had 10 hits off Bradford pitching. Grace Vondracek went the distance on the mound for O-M, allowing two hits, striking out 15 batters and walking six.

Other Odessa hits came from Vondracek (2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI), Heidi Casselberry (2-for-4), Isabel Foote (1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored), Lydia Lynch (1-for-4 with a run scored), and Megan Jenkins (1-for-4 with an RBI).

Odessa, down 2-1, rallied for two runs in the 4th inning and three runs in the 5th for a 6-2 lead. Bradford answered with a pair of 6th inning runs before O-M scored once in the 7th.

Photo in text: Kat Connors (File photo)

Glen modified softball team wins, 18-5

NEWFIELD, May 14 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team improved its season mark to 2-2 Monday with an 18-5 victory over Newfield in a game on the Newfield softball field.

The Senecas had 10 hits. Ava VanDusen had three singles, while Lois Hosley and Madyson Simpson each registered a double and single. Notching a single apiece were Jenna Solomon, Natalie Edmister and Abby Gibson.

Edmister, Gwen Reynolds and Solomon pitched, striking out six batters.

"We played a flawless defense the first three innings," said Coach Ralph Diliberto, "and after three we were able to integrate the rest of the team" into the action.

The Senecas' next game is Thursday at home against Candor.

2 from O-M meet Pentathlon qualifiers

SIDNEY, May 14 -- Two Odessa-Montour athletes finished in the top four Monday in the Sidney Pentathlon Meet at Sidney High School.

Hannah Bruno finished third with 2225 points among six competitors from around Section IV, enough for a berth in the Section IV State Qualifier next week. Hailey Perraut was fourth with 2065 points, enough for a provisional (and likely) spot in the State Qualifier.

Other competitors were from Delhi, Lansing, Downsville and Andes.

The Pentathlon includes the High Jump, the 100 Meter Hurdles, the Long Jump, the Shot Put and the 800 Meter Run.

Top Athletes: 5 stood out in busy week

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 13 -- It was a week of many sporting events -- and with them many outstanding performances. Five competitors stood out as worthy of Odessa File Athlete of the Week designation.

Odessa-Montour had three of them:

--Zach Elliott, who won the Shot Put and Discus at the IAC Divisional Meet, and the same events at the Union Springs Invitational, setting a meet record in the Shot and a state-qualifying distance in the Discus.

--Softball's Grace Vondracek, who pitched a no-hitter and 2-hitter, going 3-1 with 46 strikeouts in four games pitched. She was 10-for-14 at the plate with two doubles and two triples, seven walks, 12 runs scored and 6 RBIs.

--Kennedey Heichel won four events at the IAC Divisionals. She set personal records in the 100 Meter Hurdles and 400 Meter Hurdles, won the Pole Vault, and was on the winning 4x100 Relay team.

Watkins Glen had the other two honorees:

--Nathaniel Wickham and Clint Craven, who teamed to win three doubles matches at the Section IV tennis tournament to advance to Tuesday's East/West playoffs in Binghamton.

Double Honorable: O-M track's Nadia Simpson, Hannah Bruno, Andrew Hartford and Jacob Zimmer; O-M softball's Kat Connors; Watkins Glen lacrosse's Jackson Dunham and Joe Chedzoy; and Watkins Glen golfer Patrick Bannon.

Honorable Mention: Another 50 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, male and female Athletes of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

O-M's Simpson, Elliott excel at Springs

UNION SPRINGS, May 12 -- Zach Elliott won twice and Nadia Simpson took the 100 Meter title Saturday as Odessa-Montour High School track and field athletes competed in the Union Springs Invitational.

Elliott (right) won the Discus with a state-qualifying throw of 146' 5" and set a meet record in winning the Shot Put with a heave of 49' 7.75".

Simpson won the 100 with a time of 13.19, and barely missed winning the 200, finishing a hundredth of a second back in 28.02. "She was closing fast," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster, "but ran out of track." Simpson was also third in the High Jump at 4' 4".

Also posting a win for O-M was McKennah Lott, who took the Pole Vault at 6' 6".

Hailey Perraut was third in the Triple Jump at 29' 7.5", on the fifth-place 4x400 Relay team (with Lott, Camille Sgrecci and Reagan Bishop at 4:50.64), and sixth in the Long Jump (13' 1.5").

Jaylin Rumsey was third in the Shot Put (27' 5.75") and third in the Discus (82' 8").

Josiah Lynch was third in the Pole Vault at 7' 6", Preston Harris was fourth in the 110 Meter Hurdles (18.49), Noah Austin was fifth in the High Jump at 5' 4", and Trey McCarty was sixth in the 200 Meter Dash in 25.33.

Photos in text: O-M's Zach Elliott (top) and Nadia Simpson. (File photos)



Odessa-Montour's Heidi Casselberry connects with a pitch in the first game Friday.

Odessa softball team sweeps Newfield

ODESSA, May 11 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team posted two victories Friday over Newfield in Interscholastic Athletic Conference games on the O-M softball field -- raising the Indians' record to 8-7.

In the first game, O-M won 22-0 behind pitcher Grace Vondracek's 2-hitter. She struck out 13 batters and walked three.

Odessa amassed 13 hits and drew 14 walks in an errorless contest. Hits for O-M came from:

--Isabel Foote (3-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and 3 RBIs);
--Lydia Lynch (2-for-3 with two walks and three runs scored):
--Kat Connors (2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and 3 RBIs);
--Grace Vondracek (1-for-1 with a double, four walks, four runs scored and 1 RBI);
--Heidi Casselberry (1-for-2 with two runs scored and 2 RBIs);
--Megan Jenkins (1-for-1 with three walks, one run scored and 2 RBIs);
--Emma Lodge (1-for-2 with two runs scored and 2 RBIs);
--Dezirae Minnier (1-for-2 with a double, a walk, two runs scored and 3 RBIs), and
--Karlee Dudgeon (1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI).

In the second game, Odessa won 15-0 behind the 1-hit pitching of Kat Connors, who struck out 10 batters and walked three.

Odessa registered six hits and drew 12 walks. Hits for the Indians came from:

--Kat Connors (3-for-4 with a double, a triple, two runs scored and 5 RBIs);
--Grace Vondracek (2-for-2 with a walk, a triple, three runs scored and an RBI); and
--Megan Jenkins (1-for-1 with two walks and three runs scored).

Also registering an RBI apiece were Isabel Foote, Heidi Casselberry and Emma Lodge.

Odessa-Montour is scheduled to return to action Monday at Bradford.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek delivers a pitch in the first game.
Bottom: The Indians' Karlee Dudgeon delivers a hit and an RBI in the first game.

Left: O-M's Jazmin Crout is safe at second base in a play during the first game. Right: Odessa's Kat Connors connects for a double and 3 RBIs.

Left: O-M's Dezirae Minnier is hlt by a pitch. Right: Near the Odessa dugout, from left: Lydia Lynch, Stephanie Kibbe and Dezirae Minnier.

Glen tennis duo advances at sectionals

NEWARK VALLEY, May 11 -- The Watkins Glen High School tennis doubles team of Nathaniel Wickham and Clint Craven defeated teams from Edison, Lansing, and Notre Dame Friday at the Section IV Tennis Tournament to go undefeated on the day and move on to the East/West playoff at the Binghamton Tennis Center Tuesday.

They defeated Edison's Anthony Forte and Zach Root 7-5, 6-0, Lansing's Jacob Williamson and Josh Zajac 7-5, 6-3, and Notre Dame's Pat Finnerty and Derek Tsang 3-6, 7-6, 6-2.

"It's been a very long time since players from Watkins Glen won into this level of play," said Watkins Glen tennis coach Scott Morse. "They played great today and I am so excited to see how far they can go! All the kids played great today and I'm very proud of them.  The program re-started five years ago  and it's so rewarding to see the players grow and improve to the point where they can be this competitive!"

Both Wickham and Craven have played all season in singles, Wickham from the No 1 position and Craven No. 4. But they found their doubles niche Friday.

Meanwhile, Watkins Glen team members Peter Sandritter, Dylan Morse, Hannah Morse and Jill Cantieni all competed in the sectionals.

Sandritter won his first-round match against Newark Valley's Natalie Shofkom 6-1, 6-1 before losing in the second round to Lansing's Nick Parkes 6-0, 6-0 . Dylan Morse defeated Edison player Cody Crown 6-1, 6-0 before losing in the second round to Lansing's Zoli Csaki 6-1, 6-0. Both Parkes and Csaki went undefeated on the day, moving into the East/West Playoff in Binghamton.  

The doubles team of Hannah Morse/Jill Cantieni "played a tough match against Lansing's team of Anders Gartenberg/Darius Desnoes," added Coach Morse. They lost 6-2, 6-3.

The Senecas' full team returns to action with a final regular-season match Wednesday at Waverly.

Odessa-Montour:

--The doubles team of Bronwyn Stermer and Rhys Stermer won their first-round match 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 over a Moravia duo, then lost in the second round 6-2, 6-1 to Lansing's Desnoes-Gartenberg.

--The doubles team of Deshawn Johnson and Billy Tague won 6-4, 6-3 in the first round against a Newark Valley duo, and then lost in the quarterfinals 6-2, 6-0 to Notre Dame's Finnerty and Tsang.

--Curtis Harris won his first-round match against Notre Dame's Victor Tsang 6-2, 6-1, defeated Moravia's Garrett Stoyell 3-6, 7-5, 6-1, and then lost in the semifinals to Lansing's Nick Parkes, 6-1, 6-1.

--Cameron Adams lost in the first round to Edison's Hunter Farley, 6-3, 6-3.

Photo in text: Watkins' Clint Craven, left, and Nathaniel Wickham. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen's Breanna Carl, left, and Aaron Planty. (Photos by Aran Holland)

Glen tracksters post PRs at Fast Times

CORNING, May 11 -- Several Watkins Glen High School runners set personal records Friday night at the annual Fast Times Invitational track meet in Corning. More than a dozen schools competed.

WGHS Athletic Director Rod Weeden said the following set those marks:

--Breanna Carl in the 1500 Meter Run (5:57.86).
--Isobel Scheffey in the 400 Meter Dash (1:02.90). She placed third.
--Owen Scholtisek in the 200 Meter Dash (26.03).
--The men's 4x100 Relay squad (Nick Wilston, Sean Holland, Max Evans, Owen Scholtisek, 50.36).
--Travon Jones in the 400 Meter Dash (1:03.71).
--Max Evans in the 800 Meter Run (3:07.53).
--Elliott Holland in the 200 Meter Dash (30.41).
--Julya Slater in the Steeplechase (8:38.80). She placed 7th.

Other finishes: Allison Gibson was 6th in the 100 Meter Dash (14.21), 8th in the Long Jump (13' 10.5") and 7th in the High Jump (4' 3"); Isobel Scheffey was 6th in the 200 Meter Dash (28.11); Haley Dean, Allison Gibson, Isobel Scheffey and Jena Slater were sixth in the 4x100 Relay; Gabe Planty was 4th in the 1600 Meter Run (4:28.35); Travon Jones was 8th in the High Jump (5'); Casen Weeden was 8th in the Discus (104' 2").

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Isobel Scheffey. (Photo provided)

Golf: Glen girls 3rd, O-M 4th in match

WATKINS GLEN, May 11 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team -- on Senior Night -- placed third among four teams competing in a match Friday at the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course. Odessa-Montour placed fourth.

Waverly was first with a 174 total, led by medalist Alex Tomasso's 35. Horseheads was second at 192, while Watkins posted a 205 score, and O-M a 210.

Hanley Elliott led the Senecas with a 46, while Gabi Decker shot 49, Meghan Hayes 53, and Sarah Swinnerton 57.

"It was a great night to honor our seniors, and as a team this was one of our best matches," said Watkins Glen Coach Chris Clark. "Meghan Hayes used her Senior Night to shoot her lowest score ever at Watkins Glen Golf Course." Other seniors on the team: Hanley Elliott and Gabi Decker.

For Odessa, Gillian Clark shot a 45, Catherine Rounds 53, Gabby Fazzary 55, and Eliza Starkweather 57.

Left: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Jake Johsnon stops a shot. Left: Watkins Glen's Seamus Mooney, left, passes to teammate Joe Chedzoy.

Watkins lacrosse team loses to Dryden

WATKINS GLlEN, May 11 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team remained winless Friday when it saw Dryden pull away in the second half, handing the Senecas a 14-11 defeat in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

The Senecas, -- up 6-5 in the first half before Dryden tied it 11 seconds before intermission -- yielded a flurry of goals that put them behind 11-6 early in the fourth period. They rallied, but could not push to victory.

Jackson Dunham led Watkins Glen with four goals and an assist, and Dalton Cummings scored three goals. Joe Chedzoy notched two goals and two assists, while Seth Swinnerton had a goal and two assists, and Avery Watson one goal and one assist.

Chedzoy won 22 out of 25 face-offs. Jake Johnson had nine saves in goal, while Kaitlyn Valla had one.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy secures the ball from a face-off.

Left: A Dryden player takes aim on the Watkins net just before scoring a goal. Right: The Dryden goalkeeper scoops up a loose ball and some loose dirt.

Golf: O-M girls place 2nd in 4-team match

ITHACA, May 10 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity golf team finished second behind Waverly Thursday in a four-school match on the Hillendale Golf course's par-36 front-9.

Waverly posted a 169 score behind a pair of 40s -- by Alex Tomasso and Capria Picco. Odessa registered a 212, led by Gillian Clark's 41. Catherine Rounds added a 53, Gabby Fazzary 56, and Eliza Starkweather 62.

Newark Valley was third at 254, and Corning fourth at 261.

"Our seniors played their final home match today," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "Catherine and Gillian have played since 7th grade, and Gabby since 8th. They are all very classy girls who have been a lot of fun to be around each spring, and hopefully they will continue to get enjoyment out of this great game they can play the rest of their lives."

Photo in text: O-M seniors, from left: Catherine Rounds, Gillian Clark and Gabby Fazzary. (Photo provided)

Seneca Indians lose on late Waverly rally

WAVERLY, May 10 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team saw its record slip to 6-8 Thursday with a 13-7 loss to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly baseball field.

The game -- tied 7-7 in the top of the 6th -- saw Waverly pull away with a six-run surge in the bottom of the inning.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour athletes -- led 5-2 after scoring three runs in the top of the 4th inning. But Waverly scored a run in the bottom of the 4th and four runs in the 5th to go ahead 7-5.

OMWG tied the game with two runs in the sixth before Waverly pulled away.

The Seneca Indians registered 10 hits. Caleb Thomas was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and 3 RBIs, while Josh Updyke went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, and Isaac McIlroy went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Other hits came from Sean Kelly (1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI), Derrick Lewis (1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI), and Johnny Niedermaier (1-for-2 with an RBI).

Michael Doane, McIlroy and Niedermaier pitched, striking out four while walking five.

WG modified lacrosse team tops Corning

CORNING, May 10 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified lacrosse team improved its season mark to 3-1-2 Thursday with a 10-1 victory over Corning Modified B in a game at the Corning-Painted Post Middle School.

Nate VanAmburg scored five goals for the Senecas while Matt Irwin and Dawson Wade scored two each, and Tanner Dunham one.

Deven Searles, Irwin, Dunham and Wade each had two assists, and VanAmburg one.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dawson Wade (4) prepares to shoot. He scored on the play. (Photo provided)

The umpire signals safe as Watkins Glen's Cierra Barber scores her team's only run. Covering on the play -- a passed ball -- was O-M pitcher Grace Vondracek (30).

Vondracek no-hits Watkins

Odessa surges late, posts 8-1 victory over Senecas

WATKINS GLEN, May 9 -- Odessa-Montour High School softball pitcher Grace Vondracek carried a perfect game into the 6th inning Wednesday and finished with a two-walk no-hitter as the Indians defeated intracounty rival Watkins Glen 8-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Watkins softball field.

The victory lifted O-M's season mark to 6-7 heading into a doubleheader Thursday at home against Newfield.

Vondracek fanned the first seven batters she faced, and finished with 16 strikeouts. The closest Watkins came to a hit was a line drive by Katie Losey in the 6th that Vondracek speared.

O-M scored a single run in the 2nd inning, two in the 4th, and then broke the game open with five runs in the 6th -- an uprising that started with two out. Vondracek launched it with a single, followed by Connors and Casselberry singles, an error, a single by Emma Lodge, and another error.

Watkins Glen (0-11) scored its lone run in the bottom of the 6th, on a walk to Cierra Barber, a couple of wild pitches, and then another pitch that got past the catcher and reached the backstop, Barber racing home and sliding amid a cloud of dust. The umpire signaled her safe.

Odessa-Montour amassed 16 hits, with four by Heidi Casselberry (4-for-5 with one run scored).

Other hits came from Megan Jenkins (2-for-4 with two runs scored), Vondracek (2-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and 2 RBIs), Isabel Foote (2-for-5 with an RBI), Kat Connors (2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI), Emma Lodge (1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI), Dezirae Minnier (1-for-3 with a run scored), Karlee Dudgeon (1-for-4 with a run scored), and Lydia Lynch (1-for-5, a double). Foote and Lodge each had a stolen base.

Claudia Parker went the distance on the mound for Watkins Glen, striking out one batter and walking one. Only two of O-M's eight runs were earned, four Watkins errors contributing to the loss.

Watkins Glen returns to action Thursday at Newark Valley in a season-ending doubleheader.

Senior Night: Watkins Glen's two seniors, Amber Benjamin and Kendra Cornish, were honored in a Senior Night ceremony preceding the game.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek on the way to her no-hitter.

Middle: O-M's Emma Lodge exults after driving in a run in the 6th inning.

Bottom: O-M's Vondracek after completing her no-hitter.

O-M's Heidi Casselberry, left, and Megan Jenkins connect for base hits.

O-M's Karlee Dudgeon, left, reaches first base safely ahead of a throw from shortstop Katie Losey (background) to first baseman Ciserra barber (8).

From left: O-M's Isabel Foote, and Watkins Glen's Cierra Barber and Claudia Parker.

Left: Watkins Glen's Amber Benjamin, left, tags out O-M's Isabel Foote at third. Right: Watkins second baseman Jordyn Barrett throws to first base for an out.

Left: Watkins Glen shortstop Katie Losey fires to first after catching a line drive. She was trying to double an O-M runner off of first. Right: O-M's Kat Connors in the dugout.

Watkins Glen two softball seniors, Amber Benjamin (left) and Kendra Cornish -- were honored in a Senior Night ceremony before the game.

Watkins lacrosse team falls to CV, 14-5

CHENANGO VALLEY, May 9 -- The Watkins Glen varsity lacrosse team continued winless Wednesday when it dropped a 14-5 decision to Chenango Valley on the road.

Jackson Dunham registered two goals and an assist for the Senecas, while Avery Watson, Joe Chedzoy and Dalton Cummings had one goal each. Chedzoy also had an assist.

Jake Johnson -- a newcomer in goal -- notched 14 saves for the Senecas. "He made some great saves, keeping the score closer than it could have been," said Watkins Coach Nils Watson.

Golf: Glen girls finish 3rd in 4-team match

WATKINS GLEN, May 9 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team -- despite a 40 by medalist Hanley Elliott -- placed third among four schools competing Wednesday in a match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Waverly finished first with a 178 total, with Elmira second at 224, Watkins Glen third at 232, and Corning fourth at 240.

Meghan Hayes posted a 58 for Watkins Glen, while Sarah Swinnerton shot 65 and Ellie Clarkson 69.

"Hanley Elliott continues to have an outstanding senior year," said Watkins Coach Chris Clark, "and to be a fantastic leader for our program."

Watkins returns to action Friday at home against Horseheads, Johnson City and Lansing. The team's seniors will be honored in a Senior Night ceremony preceding the match.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott tees off on the first hole. She shot a 40.

Competing for Watkins Glen in addition to Hanley Elliott were (from left) Ellie Clarkson, Meghan Hayes and Sarah Swinnerton.

Watkins tennis team loses to TAE, 5-2

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, May 9 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team's record slipped to 6-3 Wednesday when the Senecas dropped a 5-2 decision to Edison in an Intercholastic Athletic Conference match on the Edison tennis courts.

Wins for Watkins Glen were posted by Dylan Morse in the No. 3 singles match, 6-4, 6-0, and by Ali LaMoreaux and Kendra Larson in the No. 3 doubles match, 6-2, 6-3.

Losses were sustained by Tim Clifford in No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-1; by Peter Sandritter in No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-3; by Clint Craven in No. 4 singles, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4; by Hannah Morse and Jill Cantieni in No. 1 doubles, 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (8-6); and by Megan Hazlitt and Makenna Fraboni in No. 2 doubles, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.

"We had to shuffle the lineup a bit today with two players home sick," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Tim Clifford filled in at the one spot and played really well despite losing the match. Dylan Morse continues to play well in the three spot. Our first doubles team of Jill Cantieni and Hannah Morse had a match that ended at 8:53, with both teams refusing to quit and playing in the dark! It came down to a third-set tiebreak, which they lost 8-6. It was a gutty performance against a very good first doubles team for TAE.

"I'm really proud of the team this year and how hard they play. A few of them will play in sectionals Friday at Newark Valley, and then we play one more against Waverly next week, with the IAC tournament following on May 24."

Watkins modified softball team falls, 9-8

WAVERLY, May 9 -- The Watkins Glen modified softball team's record slipped to 1-2 Wednesday when the Senecas dropped a 9-8 decision to Waverly in a game on the Waverly softball field.

The Senecas, who scored one run in the 1st inning, two in the 5th and five in the 6th, "played a terrific game," said Coach Ralph Diliberto. "They never dropped their heads. I am really happy with the way they played."

Watkins Glen registered 11 hits. Madyson Simpson had a double and single, as did Cammilynn McCarty. Notching one single each were Jenna Solomon, Abby Gibson, Natalie Edmister, Lois Hosley, Ava VanDusen, Maddi Williams and Emmie Rhoads.

Edmister and Solomon pitched, striking out four batters.

The Senecas return to action Friday at Odessa-Montour.

Golf: Watkins boys defeat Trumansburg

TRUMANSBURG, May 9 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity golf team improved its season mark to 5-4 Wednesday by defeating Trumansburg 256-269 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Trumansburg golf course.

Patrick Bannon led the Senecas with a 39 on the par-36 course. Georgio Fazzary added a 44, Ethan Cary a 52, and Daniel Ely a 55.

Left: O-M's Zach Elliott starts his Shot Put approach. He won the event. Right: Odessa's Jaylin Rumsey sends the Shot on its way. She placed second.

O-M track team excels at divisional meet

ODESSA, May 8 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity track-and-field athletes posted some outstanding finishes Tuesday in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small Schools South Division meet on the O-M athletic field.

The meet was a non-scoring one, meaning team scores were not kept -- but times and distances count toward state qualifiers and state meets. Athletes competing were from O-M, Candor, Tioga, Edison, Newfield and Spencer-Van Etten.

On the girls side for O-M:

--Kennedey Heichel posted four victories, capturing the 100 Meter Hurdles in a personal-best time of 16.3, the 400 Hurdles in a personal-best time of 1:11.3; the Pole Vault at 8' 6"; and the 4x100 Relay (with Nadia Simpson, Hannah Bruno and Ida Sidle in 52.9).

--Simpson also won the 100 Meter Dash in 12.9, and the 200 with a personal record of 26.9.

--Bruno also won the Triple Jump, leaping 31' 6.5", and was second in the Long Jump at 13' 9.5".

--The 4x400 Relay team of Meagan Terry, Hailey Perraut, Morgan Burnham and McKennah Lott won, Lott beating an Edison runner to the finish line by a whisker, 4:41.6 to 4:41.7.

--Jaylin Rumsey was second in both the Shot Put (with a season best of 30' 1") and the Discus (78' 10").

--Lexi Saunders was third in the Shot Put at 26' 9.25".

On the boys side for O-M:

--Andrew Hartford won the Pole Vault with a personal best of 10 feet, and was third in the 400 Meter Hurdles in 1:07.4.

--Preston Harris won the 110 Meter Hurdles in 17.3.

--Jacob Zimmer won the 100 Meter Dash in 11.4, and was second in the Pole Vault at 10 feet.

--The 4x400 Relay team was second in 3:50.2.

--Noah Angle was second in the Long Jump at 17' 3".

--Noah Austin was third in the Triple Jump at 34' 2.5".

--Paden Grover was third in the High Jump at 5' 6".

--Zach Elliott won the Discus at 128' 5" and set a stadium record in winning the Shot Put with a throw of 50' 0.75".

--Dylan Houseknecht was second in the Shot Put at 35' 9.75".

Next up: An invitational at Union Springs on Saturday. The IAC tournament will be held on Thursday and Friday of next week.

Senior Night: The O-M seniors were honored in a Senior Night ceremony. They are Noah Angle, Noah Austin, Alec Betts, Alyssa Lindsley, Colin Marsh, Trey McCarty, Hailey Perraut, Jaylin Rumsey, Beatriz Silva, Meagan Terry and Jacob Zimmer.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Kennedey Heichel on the way to winning the Pole Vault.
Middle: Meagan Terry, left, hands the baton to Hailey Perraut for the second leg of the 4x400 Relay, won by Odessa.
Bottom: O-M's Andrew Hartford clears the bar en route to winning the Pole Vault.

Left: Odessa's Paden Grover competes in the High Jump, where he placed third.
Right: O-M's Lexi Saunders competes in the Shot Put, where she placed third.

O-M's Jacob Zimmer soars in the Pole Vault competition. He finished in second place.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Noah Brewster, William Yeater and Alec Betts.

Left: Morgan Burnham competes in the 800. She placed fourth. Right: McKennah Lott starts the final leg of the 4x400 Relay, won by Odessa-Montour.

Watkins tennis team defeats Moravia

WATKINS GLEN, May 8 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team improved to 6-2 Tuesday when it topped Moravia 6-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the WGHS tennis courts.

Moravia, which won only the No. 1 singles match, slipped to 2-7 with the loss. The results were as follows:

1st Singles: Nathaniel Wickham (WG) lost to Garrett Stoyell (M), 6-1, 6-2
2nd Singles: Peter Sandritter (WG) defeated Jared Justian (M), 6-3, 6-2.
3rd Singles: Dylan Morse (WG) defeated Brady Knutson (M), 6-0, 6-0.
4th Singles: Clint Craven (WG) won by forfeit.
1st Doubles: Jill Cantieni & Hannah Morse (WG) defeated Kaitlyn Dusseau & Gavin Dearden (M), 6-0, 6-0.
2nd Doubles: Makenna Fraboni & Megan Hazlitt (WG) defeated Trinity Dearden & Aaron Ammerman (M), 6-1, 6-2.
3rd Doubles: Kendra Larson & Elise Allington (WG) defeated Rachel Bancrosft & Lindsey Jones (M), 6-1, 6-1.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse volleys.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jill Cantieni. Right: The Senecas' Peter Sandritter.

Odessa softball team loses to Tioga

TIOGA CENTER, May 8 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team saw its record slip to 5-7 Tuesday when the Indians dropped a 12-2 decision to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Tioga softball field.

After a 1-1 opening inning, Tioga exploded for nine runs in the 2nd inning, adding single runs in the 3rd and 6th. Odessa scored its final run in the 6th inning.

Tioga registered 11 hits and played errorless ball. Odessa had six hits and committed three errors.

Grace Vondracek had two of O-M's hits, going 2-for-3 with a triple, a run scored and an RBI. Other hits came from Lydia Lynch (1-for-3 with a double and a run scored), Kat Connors (1-for-3 with an RBI), Heidi Casselberry (1-for-2), and Emma Lodge (1-for-2).

Vondracek pitched the first four innings, allowing 11 runs (but only two earned) while striking out five batters and walking five. Connors pitched the final two innings, allowing one run (unearned) on one hit while striking out one batter and walking two.

Odessa returns to action Wednesday at Watkins Glen.

A Spencer-Van Etten runner slides home safely ahead of a throw to catcher Lois Hosley.

Modified softball: Glen falls to S-VE, 11-4

WATKINS GLEN, May 8 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team's record slipped to 1-1 Tuesday when the Senecas dropped an 11-4 decision to Spencer-Van Etten in a game on the WGHS softball field.

Watkins Glen had 10 hits in the game, all singles, with two each by Natalie Edmister and Ava VanDusen, and one apiece by Jenna Solomon, Lois Hosley, Madyson Simpson, Cammilynn McCarty, Emily Rhoads and Molly Dunham.

Pitching for the Senecas were Edmister, Gwen Reynolds and Solomon, who together struck out seven batters. Hosley was the catcher.

"We loaded the bases three times and had a hard time producing," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "In the late innings we played very consistently."

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Waverly.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Madyson Simpson keeps her eye on an incoming pitch that she hit to right field for a single.

Left: Watkins Glen pitcher Natalie Edmister catches a pop-up. Right: The Senecas' first baseman, Jenna Solomon, chases a foul pop fly.

Glen softball team loses to Newfield, 12-8

NEWFIELD, May 8 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team's record slid to 0-10 Tuesday when the Senecas dropped a 12-8 decision to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newfield softball field.

Newfield built a 7-1 lead though the first four innings. Watkins Glen rallied with two runs in the 5th and two in the 6th to pull within two runs, 7-5, but Newfield responded with five runs in the bottom of the 6th for a 12-5 lead. The Senecas scored their final three runs in the 7th.

Watkins had five hits in the game, compared to Newfield's 12. Hits for the Senecas came from Madeline Parker (2-for-4 with a triple, a run scored and an RBI), Claudia Parker (2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and 2 RBIs), and Kendra Cornish (1-for-3 with 2 RBIs).

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at home against Odessa-Montour.

Notre Dame players give chase as Watkins Glen's Ethan Voorheis carries the ball upfield.

Glen lax team falls to Notre Dame, 14-10

WATKINS GLEN, May 8 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team continued winless Tuesday when it sustained a 14-10 loss to Elmira Notre Dame in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

"It was a good defensive game for the Senecas," said Watkins Coach Nils Watson. "The senior defensive trio of (Gavin) VanDerEems, (Samuel) Smith and (Ethan) Voorheis played a solid game."

In addition, he said, Joe Chedzoy was 23-for-27 on face-offs.

The Senecas played ND to a 4-4 tie in the first period, and led 5-4 on a Chedzoy goal midway through the second period. But the Crusaders scored twice in the last two minutes of the first half for a 6-5 edge going into intermission. They then outscored the Senecas 8-5 in the second half.

Jackson Dunham scored four goals for Watkins Glen, while Chedzoy had three goals and an assist. Dalton Cummings scored two goals, and Avery Watson registered a goal and three assists.

Kaitlyn Valla notched six saves in goal for the Senecas.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Avery Watson, right, tries to maneuver around a Notre Dame defender.

A Notre Dame shot on the Watkins Glen goal is on its way, but was deflected wide left.

Golf: O-M girls top Elmira, Moravia

ITHACA, May 8 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls golf team -- led by Gillian Clark's 41 -- posted a pair of wins Tuesday in a match on the Hillendale Golf Club's par-36 front-9.

The Indians (now 12-5) posted a 191 score, while Elmira registered a 230. Moravia was one golfer shy of the four needed for a team score.

Clark's score was her season low. She was joined under 50 by teammate Elizabeth Dawson, who shot a 45. Catherine Rounds added a 52, and Gabby Fazzary a 53.

Medalist was a 7th grader, Bailey Shoemaker of Unadilla Valley, who was playing solo. She fired a 2-under-par 34 that included three birdies. "She has a very impressive golf game," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich.

"We couldn't ask for a nicer day to play golf," added Gavich. "Hopefully our scores will continue to round into form as we get closer to the postseason.

The Seneca Indians' Derrick Lewis rips a pitch, but he grounded out on the play.

Seneca Indians trail early, fall to Edison

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, May 7 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team struggled early and couldn't catch up Monday as it dropped a 7-1 decision to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Edison baseball field.

A shaky first inning saw the Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour athletes -- allow three runs on a couple of bloop hits, a couple of errors and a passed ball.

OMWG settled down for the next four innings, scoring a run in the 5th to pull within two -- but then allowed four Spartan scores in the 6th.

Edison had nine hits off two Seneca Indians pitchers. Derrick Lewis went five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, striking out six and walking one. Michael Doane pitched in relief in the final inning, striking out one and walking two.

OMWG registered five hits, including a pair (2-for-3) from Josh Updyke, who also drew a walk and stole a base. Other hits came from Derrick Lewis (1-for-3), Doane (1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored), and Isaac McIlroy (1-for-3). Sean Kelly had two walks, a stolen base and an RBI.

The Seneca Indians, now 6-7 after three straight losses, return to action on Thursday at Waverly. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: The Seneca Indians' Sean Kelly slides into second with a stolen base.
Bottom: OMWG shortstop Josh Updyke applies a tag to an Edison runner who dove back safely after overrunning second base.

The Seneca Indians' Michael Doane is picked off first base in the second inning.

Left: Seneca Indians rightfielder Josiah Wysocki hauls in a fly ball. Right: A bloop single to right barely eludes the glove of second baseman Isaac McIlroy.

O-M softball team rallies to win in 8th

SPENCER, May 7 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team came from behind Monday to post an 11-6 extra-inning victory over Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the S-VE softball field.

The Indians, now 5-6, fell behind 4-2 in the 1st inning and still trailed 5-4 entering the 7th inning, when they rallied for two runs and a 6-5 lead. Spencer tied the game 6-6 in the bottom of the 7th, forcing extra innings.

O-M settled the matter in the 8th, registering five runs while holding S-VE scoreless. The Odessa 8th started with a walk to Isabel Foote, which was followed by a single by Lydia Lynch, a single by Grace Vondracek, a single by Kat Connors, a pop-out, a single by Megan Jenkins, a strikeout, and a single by Jolynn Minnier.

O-M had 11 hits, with three each by Connors (3-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI) and Grace Vondracek (3-for-4 with a walk, three runs scored and an RBI). Other hits came from Emma Lodge (2-for-5 with an RBI), Lynch (1-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI), Jenkins (1-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and 3 RBIs), and Minnier (1-for-3 with two HBP, a run scored and an RBI). Foote walked once and was hit by a pitch once, scoring twice.

Vondracek pitched all eight innings, striking out 12 batters and walking none. Daysha Rorick went the distance on the mound for S-VE, striking out 11 batters and walking four.

The Indians return to action Tuesday at Tioga, and then play Wednesday at Watkins Glen and Thursday at home against Newfield.

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

Left: Watkins Glen second baseman Jordyn Barrett prepares to fire to first after fielding a grounder. Right: The Senecas' shortstop, Katie Losey, fields a ground ball.

Glen softball team drops pair to Edison

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, May 7 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team's record slipped to 0-9 Monday when the Senecas lost a twinbill to Edison in Interscholastic Athletic Conference action on the Cohen Middle School softball field.

Each game went five innings with identical 17-0 scores.

Watkins Glen managed a single hit in each game -- by Katie Losey in the opener and by Amber Benjamin in the nightcap.

Claudia Parker went the distance on the mound in both games for Watkins Glen, striking out a total of two batters and walking three. Edison registered 14 hits in the first game and 19 in the second, while the Senecas committed four and five errors, respectively.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Newfield.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen third baseman Amber Benjamin tags out an Edison runner.

Left: Watkins Glen pitcher Claudia Parker, with first baseman Cierra Barber in the background. Right: The Senecas' Amber Benjamin sends the ball to right field for her team's only hit in the second game.

Golf: O-M girls 2nd in 4-team match

CORNING, May 7 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity golf team finished second behind Waverly in a four-school match Monday on Corning Country Club's par-37 front-9.

Waverly totaled 169 to O-M's 227, Watkins Glen's 258, and Corning's 260.

Gillian Clark led the Indians (10-5) with a 46, while Catherine Rounds shot 58, Gabby Fazzary 61, and Eliza Starkweather 62.

Watkins Glen was led by Hanley Elliott's 48. Gabi Decker shot a 57. Waverly's Capria Picco was medalist with a 40.

Golf: Watkins Glen boys fall to Tioga

TIOGA CENTER, May 7 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team's record slipped to 3-4 Monday when the Senecas lost 198-252 to unbeaten Tioga (8-0) in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Tioga Country Club.

Patrick Bannon led Watkins with a 38, while Georgio Fazzary shot 48, Ethan Cary 54, Ben Swinnerton 54, and Andrew Hayes 58.

The Senecas return to action Thursday at Trumansburg.

O-M tennis team loses to Notre Dame

SOUTHPORT, May 7 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team was blanked 7-0 Monday by Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the ND tennis courts.

No. 1 Singles: Curtis Harris (OM) lost to Jack Kaffenbarger (ND), 6-1, 6-4.
No. 2 Singles: Billy Tague (OM) lost to Derek Tsang (ND), 7-5, 6-3.
No. 3 Singles: Cameron Adams (OM) lost to Mitch Vargas (ND), 6-0, 6-0.
No. 4 Singles: Deshawn Johnson (OM) lost to Victor Tsang (ND), 6-2, 6-0.
No. 1 Doubles: Sara Gardner & Rhys Stermer (OM) lost to Andrew Finnerty & John Booth (ND), 6-4, 6-4.
No. 2 Doubles: Jonathon Myers & Jordan Robinson (OM) lost to Yoseph Tavakoli & Zack Tavakoli (ND), 6-2, 6-1.
No. 3 Doubles: Bronwyn Stermer & Hailey Hoose (OM) lost to Frank Vasallo & Eshwar Venkataswamy (ND), 6-1, 6-3.

Glen tracksters set PRs at Division meet

WAVERLY, May 7 -- A number of Watkins Glen High School track and field athletes set personal bests at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large Schools South Division non-scoring meet Monday at Waverly High School.

Those marks, said Athletic Director Rod Weeden, included the following:

"--Colin Gaylord and Alex Schimizzi broke into the 80-foot-plus group in the Discus for the first time.
--Max Evans dropped his 800 Meter time to 2:19.
--Elliott Holland dropped his 200 Meter time.
--The Planty’s (brothers Gabe and Aaron) did something unusual by becoming sprinters for the day. They both ran the 200 and 400. Aaron ran a very respectable 54.09 in the 400.
--Breanna Carl had PRs in both the 1500 and 800 (5:48.7 and 3:02.6).
--Isobel Scheffey dropped her 200 time to 28.75
--Julya Slater dropped her 1500 to 5:46.7
--Kai Sutterby dropped her time in the 1500 (5:39.40) and 800 (2:41.75) on the season.
--Haley Dean and Allison Gibson Long Jumped in the 14-foot range (14' 2" and 14' 3")."

Among notable finishes:

--Allison Gibson was third in the 100 Meter Dash (14.14) and fourth in the High Jump;
--Kai Sutterby was second in the 1500 (5:39.40);
--Isobel Scheffey was second in the 400 (1:04.98) and 200 (28.75);
--Jena Slater was third in the Pole Vault (7' 6").
--Sean Holland was third in the 1600 (5:17.60).
--Aaron and Gabe Planty finished 1-2 in the 400 (54.09 and 55.14).
--Max Evans was fourth in the 800 (2:19.26) and second in the High Jump (5' 6"):
--Aaron Planty was fourth in the 200 (26.03);
--Casen Weeden was fourth in the Shot Put (34' 11.5") and second in the Discus (107' 9").

Athlete of the Week: O-M's Zach Elliott

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 6 -- This week we honor an Odessa-Montour High School track & field athlete as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week.

Zach Elliott gets the nod for a week in which he won both the Shot Put and Discus at two different meets -- at a field meet at Lansing, and at a track-and-field meet at Newfield against Watkins Glen and Newfield.

Double Honorable: O-M track's Kennedey Heichel, Nadia Simpson, Hannah Bruno, Jaylin Rumsey, Jacob Zimmer and Preston Harris; Watkins Glen track's Kai Sutterby; Watkins golfers Pat Bannon and Hanley Elliott; O-M tennis standout Curtis Harris, and Seneca Indian baseball's Derrick Lewis, Josh Updyke and Caleb Thomas.

Honorable Mention: Another 40 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.

Seneca Indians fall to Notre Dame, 14-6

SOUTHPORT, May 5 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team lost its second game in two days to Elmira Notre Dame Saturday -- a 14-6 defeat in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the ND baseball field.

The loss dropped the Seneca Indians -- a combined squad of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour athletes -- to .500, with a 6-6 record heading into a game Monday at Edison.

Notre Dame, which edged OMWG 4-3 in a rain-shortened game Friday at O-M, struck for six runs in the 2nd inning Saturday after the Seneca Indians had scored one in the 1st. OMWG rallied with three runs in the 3rd and two in the top of the 4th to tie the game 6-6, but the Crusaders pulled away with the game's final eight runs -- three in the bottom of the 4th and five in the 5th.

The Seneca Indians totaled nine hits -- a third of them from Josh Updyke, who went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Other hits came from Sean Kelly (1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored), Caleb Thomas (1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI), Derrick Lewis (1-for-4 with an RBI), Michael Doane (1-for-4 with 2 RBIs), Josiah Wysocki (1-for-1 with a walk and a run scored), and Isaac McIlroy (1-for-3 with a run scored).

Lewis, McIlroy and Updyke each pitched two innings for OMWG, together striking out six batters and walking six.

Rain washes out Legends of the Night meet

TRUMANSBURG, May 4 -- Friday's heavy downpour delayed and then prompted cancellaion of the annual Legends of the Night high school track meet at Trumansburg.

Twenty-three schools were on hand, and a number of track and field events were underway, when the storm moved through the area at about 6 p.m., forcing everyone inside the school. An hour or so later, all of the competitors were sent home.

There was no provision for a makeup date, and continuation on Saturday was ruled out because of a number of conflicts, including SAT testing.

The Seneca Indians' Austin Voorheis connects for a 2RBI single in the 3rd inning.

Seneca Indians lose 4-3 as rain moves in

ODESSA, May 4 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team put the potential tying run on third base in the 6th inning Friday, but failed to get him home. And then a heavy rainstorm swept in, ending the game and giving Elmira Notre Dame a 4-3 victory.

The loss dropped the season record of the Seneca Indians -- a combined squad of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high school student athletes --to 6-5 heading into a game Saturday at Notre Dame. Game time is 1 p.m.

Friday's game was tied twice, with each team scoring once in the first inning and twice in the 3rd. Notre Dame scored what proved to be the winning run on a couple of OMWG miscues in the 5th inning -- the big one a pickoff throw gone awry at first base, allowing the runner to advance to third base. He later scored.

Notre Dame had seven hits and three errors to OMWG's six hits and two errors.

Hits for the Seneca Indians came from Johnny Niedermaier (2-for-3, including a leadoff triple in the 4th inning; he was left stranded), Sean Kelly (1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored), Derrick Lewis (1-for-2 with a walk), Michael Doane (1-for-3), and Austin Voorheis (1-for-3 with 2 RBIs on a bullet to right center in the 3rd).

Doane went the distance on the mound for OMWG, allowing four runs (three earned) while striking out five batters and walking one.

Photos in text:

Top: The Seneca Indians' Michael Doane, who pitched the entire game.
Bottom: OMWG's Caleb Thomas slides safely into second with a stolen base.

Senior Night: The three seniors on the team -- from left in the photo above, Josh Updyke, Andrew Ink and Michael Doane -- were honored in a pregame ceremony.

Said Seneca Indians Coach Marc Kimmerly of the three seniors:

Michael Doane (Captain)

"It was so exciting to see Michael pitch today against a good Notre Dame squad. He had one of the best outings of his varsity career. He had hitters off balance mixing fastballs and curve balls in and out of the zone. The level of confidence and trust between our catcher Derrick Lewis and Michael was phenomenal. As a coach it has been a pleasure to work with such a fine student athlete. I can't thank him enough for all the effort he has put into his baseball career and for his teammates."

Josh Updyke (Captain)

"Josh has been our catalyst for the last few years. He made one of the best diving plays at shortstop today that I have seen in a long time. Josh has been our sparkplug hitting leadoff and setting the example on defense for the past few seasons. He has helped our overall development as a program and has been a great example to others. His determination and hustle has been outstanding. He will be missed as he moves on to play in college. We wish him the best of luck."

Andrew Ink

"Andrew has been a friend to us all. His enthusiasm and energy have helped us many times in tough situations. He has also been an outstanding student and teammate. We wish him the best as he will attend Houghton College in the fall to study medicine."

The Seneca Indians' Johnny Niedermaier slides safely into third base with a triple after sending a drive to right center.

Glen lacrosse squad loses to Whitney Point

WHITNEY POINT, May 4 -- The Watkins Glen varsity lacrosse team dropped a 17-5 decision to Whitney Point Friday in a game on the Whitney Point lacrosse field.

Joe Chedzoy scored three unassisted goals for the Senecas, while Jackson Dunham and Jake DeJong each scored one goal. Avery Watson registered an assist.

Odessa-Montour third baseman Megan Jenkins fires to first base after fielding a grounder.

Tioga blanks O-M softball team, 10-0

ODESSA, May 4 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team fell behind 8-0 in the first three innings en route to a 10-0 loss Friday to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M softball field. The game was called in the 6th inning due to heavy rain.

The loss dropped O-M's season mark to 4-6 heading into a game Monday at Spencer-Van Etten.

Odessa had just one hit in the game -- a double by Grace Vondracek, who also reached base when she was hit by a pitch. Vondracek went the distance on the mound for the Indians, allowing seven earned runs on eight hits while striking out six batters and walking two.

Tioga's Madalyn Dydynski pitched the first four innings, allowing one hit while striking out three batters and walking one. Mariah Culver pitched one inning, allowing no hits and striking out one batter.

Culver and Hayley Zimmerman hit homers for the Tigers.

Senior Night: Three seniors were being honored for O-M in a sideline ceremony: Heidi Casselberry, Megan Jenkins and Kat Connors.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek connects with a Tioga pitch, sending it foul down the left field line. Moments later, she was hit by a pitch.

Bottom: O-M rightfielder Heidi Casselberry prepares to field a Tioga single.

Left: O-M's Isabel Foote prepares to throw after fielding a grounder. Right: The Indians' first baseman, Dezirae Minnier, turns toward the base after fielding a ground ball.

Seniors: Odessa-Montour's three seniors were the subject of honors on Senior Night. From left: Megan Jenkins, Kat Connors and Heidi Casselberry.

Golf: O-M girls compete at Fillmore Glen

MORAVIA, May 4 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity golf team competed Friday against Moravia and Unadilla Valley in a match on Moravia's Fillmore Glen par-35 front-9.

Gillian Clark led the Indians with a 43, while Catherine Rounds shot a 45 and Gabby Fazzary 46. The only school to qualify for a team score (four golfers) was Moravia with a 273.

"The girls played well today despite the gusty conditions," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich.

Bailey Shoemaker of Unadilla Valley was medalist with a 38.

Odessa returns to action Monday at the Corning Country Club.

Glen softball team falls to Notre Dame

WATKINS GLEN, May 4 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team's record slipped to 0-7 Friday when the Senecas dropped a 16-0 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS softball field.

Notre Dame scored five runs in the 1st inning, two in the 2nd, three in the 6th and six in the 7th while registering 17 hits. Watkins Glen had one hit -- a single by Amber Benjamin (1-for-2).

"She had a good game, made some good plays at third base," Watkins Glen Coach Jim Scott said of Benjamin. "In fact, we had some good defense, especially in the infield."

Tiyah Moffe went the distance on the mound for Notre Dame, striking out nine batters and walking none. Claudia Parker pitched for Watkins Glen, striking out two batters and walking two.

Seneca Indians rally to defeat S-VE, 5-3

SPENCER, May 2 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team tied the game in the 4th inning and scored twice in the 6th inning Wednesday to defeat Spencer-Van Etten 5-3 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the S-VE baseball field.

The win lifted the Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high school student athletes -- to a 6-4 record heading into a game Thursday at Waverly.

WGOM registered nine hits, including a 3-for-4 day from Derrick Lewis, who also had an RBI. Caleb Thomas was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI; Sean Kelly was 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI on a key sacrifice fly in the 6th; Austin Voorheis was 1-for-3; Ben Mathews was 1-for-2 with two runs scored; and Isaac McIlroy was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Voorheis pitched the first 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out six batters and walkng two. McIlroy finished up, striking out two batters.

"We showed up today against a well-rounded Spencer Van-Etten team," said Seneca Indians Coach Marc Kimmerly. "Most of our guys were emotionally and physically tired from the battle we had against Waverly (the night before). I am proud of the way we fought through adversity and stepped up to the challenge. (S-VE) Coach Kastenhuber had his players prepared, and Sherwood threw a great game. We are coming together at a very important time in the season as we look forward to competing in sectionals."

He added: "Austin Voorheis did a great job pitching today as well as Isaac McIlroy coming into close."

Watkins' Gwen Reynolds delivers a pitch. She followed Natalie Edmister on the mound.

Modified softball: Watkins tops O-M

WATKINS GLEN, May 2 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team opened its season on a winning note Wednesday, defeating Odessa-Montour 17-14 in a game on the WGHS softball field.

Natalie Edmister and Gwen Reynolds pitched for the Senecas, striking out six batters. Haley Landon and Mackenzie Cannon pitched for Odessa.

Watkins Glen had 11 hits, with:

-- a double and single by Abby Gibson (along with a couple of walks);
-- Natalie Edmister with two singles;
-- Madyson Simpson with two singles (and two walks, along with an HBP);
-- Cammilynn McCarty with a double and a 3-run homer;
-- Gwen Reynolds with a single; and
--Ava Van Dusen with a double and single.

A list of hits by Odessa-Montour was not immediately available.

Watkins Glen built a 10-6 lead in the first two innings, but O-M tied the game 10-10 in the top of the 3rd. Watkins scored once each in the 3rd and 4th, and then five times in the 5th for a 17-11 lead. O-M scored its final three runs in the 7th.

"Both teams fought a hard offensive battle," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto.

Weather permitting, Watkins Glen returns to action Thursday at Waverly.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson slides home safely in a cloud of dust on a passed ball. O-M's No. 14 was starting pitcher Haley Landon.
Bottom: The Senecas' Cammilynn McCarty starts the swing that resulted in a homer to center field.

Odessa-Montour pitchers Haley Landon, left, and Mackenzie Cannon.

Odessa-Montour's Madisyn Friends sends a drive to left-center that barely eluded Watkins Glen outfielders Cammilynn McCarty, left, and Abby Gibson.

Odessa golfers compete at Catatonk

CATATONK, May 2 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity golf team failed to field a full four-player roster Wednesday, as did Spencer-Van Etten in action at the Catatonk Golf Course's par-36 front-9.

Elmira had a full team and shot a 213, and so picked up two wins. O-M lost one, and is now 8-3.

Gillian Clark led O-M with a 46, while Catherine Rounds shot 49 and Eliza Starkweather 63.

Odessa returns to action Friday at Moravia.

Golf: Watkins boys top S-VE; now 3-3

WATKINS GLEN, May 2 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team evened its season mark at 3-3 Wednesday with a 267-289 victory over Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Patrick Bannon led the Senecas with a 42, while Georgio Fazzary posted a 48, and Ben Swinnerton a 55.

O-M tennis team defeats T-burg, 5-2

TRUMANSBURG, May 2 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team improved its record to 5-3 Wednesday with a 5-2 victory over Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the T-burg tennis courts.

O-M won all four singles matches and one of the doubles matches. The results:

1st Singles: Curtis Harris (O-M) defeated Jonas Puryear (T-burg), 6-0, 6-0.
2nd Singles: Billy Tague (O-M) defeated Jared Everhart (T-burg), 6-1, 6-3.
3rd Singles: Cameron Adams (O-M) defeated Nik DiMarco (T-burg), 6-0, 6-2.
4th Singles: Deshawn Johnson (O-M) defeated Caeyn Hoeng (T-burg), 6-4, 6-3.
1st Doubles: Kevin Emery & Kaeden Rubestein-Spiers (T-burg) defeated Sara Gardner & Bronwyn Stermer (O-M), 6-3, 6-2.
2nd Doubles: Hannah Morpurgo & Kelly Proctor (T-burg) defeated Jonathon Myers & Jordan Robinson (O-M), 6-0, 6-2.
3rd Doubles: Bronwyn Stermer & Jacy Knapp (O-M) defeated Macy Covert & Julia Wright (T-burg), 6-3, 6-0.

Watkins softball team blanked by S-VE

SPENCER, May 2 -- The Watkins Glen varsity softball team's record slipped to 0-6 Wednesday as the Senecas dropped a 7-0 decision to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the S-VE softball field.

Watkins Glen had two hits -- by Claudia Parker and Amber Benjamin. Parker went the distance on the mound for Watkins, allowing seven hits while striking out one batter and walking five. The Senecas committed six errors to S-VE's one.

Watkins Glen is scheduled to return to action Friday at home against Notre Dame.

O-M tracksters compete in Field Festival

LANSING, May 2 -- Members of the Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity track teams competed Wednessday at the Lansing Bobcats Field Festival -- featuring just field events -- while a handful of others competed in a Steeplchase competiton in Marathon.

Lansing Meet: This featured athletes from several schools, including O-M, Lansing, Southern Cayuga, Union Springs and Newfield.

O-M's Zach Elliott won the Discus with a throw of 137 feet, with teammate Eric Rumsey second at 114' 7". Elliott also won the Shot Put with a toss of 46' 9".

Odessa's Jaylin Rumsey recorded the only other victory for Odessa, winning the Shot Put at 28' 4.5" She was also second in the Discus.

Second places for O-M: Jacob Zimmer in the Pole Vault (9' 6"); Paden Grover in the High Jump (5' 8").

Third place for O-M: Andy Hartford in the Pole Vault (9'); Meagan Terry in the Long Jump (13' 4.75") and Triple Jump (30' 11.25"); Hannah Chapman in the High Jump (4'9"); Dylan Houseknecht in the Shot Put (37'4").

Steeplchase at Marathon: This was an opportunity for O-M athletes to post a qualifying time for later in the season.

O-M's William Yeater and Alec Betts finished 1-2 in the 3000 Meter race (12:30.83 and 13:27.09, respectively).

Lexi Saunders placed seventh (9:52.14) and Camille Sgrecci ninth (10:02.94) in the 2000 Meter race.

The Seneca Indians' Sean Kelly slides home ahead of a throw to the plate on the final play of the game. If the throw had arrived there first, Kelly would have been forced out.

Seneca Indians squander lead, but rally in bottom of the 7th for victory over Waverly

ODESSA, May 1 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team saw a 4-run lead vanish in the top of the 7th inning Tuesday in their Interscholastic Athletic Conference game against Waverly on the Odessa-Montour baseball field. They were down 11-9 with one last chance at breaking a three-game losing skid.

And break it they did with a 3-run rally n the bottom of the 7th to win 12-11. A leadoff walk to Isaac McIlroy and a single to right by Josh Updyke were followed by a double to right by Sean Kelly that tied the game -- McIlroy scoring easily and Updyke sneaking home at the end of the play. Then came the coup de grace, after Waverly had intentionally walked the next two batters, setting up a possible force at the plate.

The Seneca Indians' Michael Doane spoiled the strategy with a grounder to the right side of the infield that the second baseman fielded, throwing home a whisker late as the fleet Kelly slid in on his belly, touching the plate a micro-second before the ball arrived to the catcher.

OMWG -- now 5-4 -- built an early 7-1 lead with three runs in the 1st inning and four in the 4th inning. Waverly scored twice in each of the next two frames to cut the advantage to 7-5, and the Seneca Indians responded with two runs in the bottom ot the 6th for a 9-5 lead entering the 7th.

Waverly struck that inning for six runs that overtook the Seneca Indians, who suddenly faced an 11-9 deficit entering the bottom of the 7th. And that's when they rallied, scoring three times without recording an out.

OMWG finished the game with 13 hits, and committed four errors. Waverly had 10 hits, with two errors.

Caleb Thomas had a perfect day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with 2 walks, 3 runs scored and an RBI. Two hits each were recorded by Updyke (2-for-5 with a double and 2 runs scored), Kelly (2-for-5 with a double, 3 runs scored and 2 RBIs), Derrick Lewis (2-for-4 with a walk, 3 runs scored and an RBI), and Austin Voorheis (2-for-3 with a double, a walk and an RBI).

John Niedermaier went 1-for-2 with a triple, 2 walks and 3 RBIs, while Ben Mathews was 1-for-4 with an RBI. McIlroy was 0-for-3, but drew the important leadoff walk in the 7th, and came around to score.

Doane's stat line read 0-for-5, but he delivered the RBI that decided the game.

Lewis started on the mound for the Seneca Indians, going four innings and giving up one run (unearned) on three hits while striking out six batters and walking two.

Updyke, Voorheis, Thomas and Doane followed him to the mound, striking out four and walkng two.

OMWG returns to action Wednesday at Spencer-Van Etten.

Photos in text:

Top: Seneca Indians players celebrate after Sean Kelly (10) scored the game-winner.
Middle: The Seneca Indians ' Josh Updyke slides home with the run that tied the game 11-11.
Bottom: OMWG starter Derrick Lewis delivers a pitch.

The Seneca Indians' Michael Doane sends the final pitch of the game to the right side of the infield. Seconds later, teammate Sean Kelly slid home with the winning run.

The Seneca Indians' Caleb Thomas dives back safely to first base on a pickoff attempt.

Odessa-Montour catcher Lydia Lynch tags out a Newark Valley runner at the plate.

O-M softball team rallies to win in 7th

ODESSA, May 1 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team saw Newark Valley rally from a 4-0 deficit to catch up 4-4 in the top of the 7th inning Tuesday, but a 2 RBI double by Megan Jenkins in the bottom of the inning capped a rally that carried the Indians to a 6-4 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory on the O-M softball field.

The win lifted Odessa's season mark to 4-5 heading into a home game Thursday against Newfield.

Grace Vondracek went the distance on the mound for O-M, allowing seven hits while striking out 13 batters and walking two. One of the four runs was unearned.

Jenkins was the primary offensive force, going 2-for-4 with 5 RBIs. Vondracek was 3-for-3 at the plate with a walk and three runs scored.

Other hits came from Isabel Foote (2-for-4), Lydia Lynch (1-for-4 with a run scored), Kat Connors (1-for-4 with 2 runs scored), and Heidi Casselberry (1-for-2 with 2 walks).

Odessa scored two runs in each of the 1st and 3rd innings, but Newark Valley responded with single runs in the 4th and 6th and then two in the 7th to tie.

Then came the O-M rally, featuring a single and stolen base by Vondracek, a fielder's choice by Connors, a single by Casselberry, and Jenkins' double, a liner to left center.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Megan Jenkins starts the swing that resulted in a double, winning the game.
Bottom: Odessa's Grace Vondracek delivers a pitch.

Left: O-M second baseman Kat Connors fires to first base after fielding a ground ball. Right: Odessa baserunner Grace Vondracek is given a high, hard tag after stealing second.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jill Cantieni volleys as Coach Scott Morse watches. Right: The Senecas' Tim Clifford.

Watkins tennis team defeats O-M, 6-1

ODESSA, May 1 -- The Watkins Glen varsity tennis team improved its season mark to 5-2 Tuesday when the Senecas defeated Odessa-Montour 6-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the O-M tennis courts, played in the evening under the lights.

The lone victory for Odessa-Montour (now 4-3) came in the No. 1 singles match, where the Indians' Curtis Harris defeated Nate Wickham 6-2, 6-1. Other matches:

No. 2 Singles: Peter Sandritter (WG) defeated Billy Tague (OM), 6-0, 5-7, 6-0.
No. 3 Singles: Dylan Morse (WG) defeated Cameron Adams (OM), 6-1, 6-0.
No. 4 Singles: Clint Craven (WG) defeated Deshawn Johnson (OM), 6-0, 6-0.
No. 1 Doubles: Jill Cantieni & Hannah Morse (WG) defeated Rhys Stermer & Sara Gardner (OM), 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-2.
No. 2 Doubles: Megan Hazlitt & Makenna Fraboni (WG) defeated Jonathon Myers & Jordan Robinson (OM), 6-1, 6-1.
No. 3 Doubles: Tim Clifford & Kathleen Clifford (WG) defeated Bronwyn Stermer & Jacy Knapp (OM), 6-3, 6-2.

Senior Night: Odessa-Montour's eight seniors were honored in a ceremony preceding Tuesday's matches. They include Curtis Harris, Billy Tague, Cameron Adams, Bronwyn Stermer, Hailey Hoose, Jonathon Myers, Jordan Robinson and Taylor Alton.

Photo in text: O-M's Curtis Harris, a senior, won his final home match.

O-M's Rhys Stermer prepares to return a shot as Watkins' Hannah Morse waits. Morse and doubles partner Jill Cantieni defeated Stermer and Sara Gardner.

Left: O-M's Billy Tague prepares a shot. Right: Watkins' Megan Hazlitt volleys.

Odessa-Montour's Cameron Adams volleys. He was one of eight seniors honored in a Senior Night ceremony preceding Tuesday's matches.

Golf: O-M girls win a pair, drop one

WAVERLY, May 1 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity golf team -- led by Gillian Clark's 46 --defeated Elmira and Corning but fell to Waverly Tuesday in matches on the Tomasso's Golf Course par-34 back-9.

O-M -- with Gabby Fazzary shooting a career best 49 and Elizabeth Dawson posting a 49 -- totaled 197, well ahead of Elmira's 234 and Corning's 256. But Waverly, led by medalist Alex Tomasso's 35, registered a team total of 163.

Odessa returns to action Wednesday against Spencer-Van Etten on the Catatonk Golf Course.

Golf: Watkins Glen boys post 2nd win

WATKINS GLEN, May 1 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team registered its second victory of the season Tuesday, defeating Trumansburg 264-271 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Patrick Bannon led the Senecas with a 40, while Georgio Fazzary posted a 50, AJ Specchio 55, and Daniel Ely 58. Dalton Kenney led T-burg with a 41.

Golf: Watkins Glen girls finish 2nd

BIG FLATS, May 1 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity golf team placed second in a three-team match Tuesday at the Willowcreek Golf Course.

The Senecas' Hanley Elliott was medalist with a 43 as Watkins Glen posted a score of 225. Horseheads was first with a 195, while Lansing was third with a 274.

Gabi Decker added a 49 for the Senecas, while Meghan Hayes shot 55.

Watkins modified lacrosse ties Elmira

ELMIRA, May 1 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified lacrosse team (1-0-1) tied the Elmira Express 8-8 Tuesday in a game at the Broadway Middle School.

Nate VanAmburg and Matt Irwin each scored three goals for the Senecas, while Tanner Dunham scored twice. Dawson Wade had three assists.

Watkins Glen returns to action Thursday at home against Owego Free Academy. Game time is 5 p.m.

Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Dawson Wade (4) fights his way down the field with the ball. (Photo provided)

O-M girls top Marathon, Lansing, Glen

ITHACA, April 30 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity golf team posted wins over Marathon, Lansing and Watkins Glen Monday in a match at the Country Club of Ithaca.

O-M posted a 229 total, while Marathon shot 263 and Lansing 294. Watkins Glen -- which had medalisat Hanley Elliott's 43 -- was incomplete because it didn't have the requisite four golfers.

In addition to Elliott's 43, Watkins Glen got a 57 from Gabi Decker and 64 from Meghan Hayes.

"It was a tough course to play the first day back from break," said Watkins Glen Coach Chris Clark, "but the girls were excited to play in warm weather."

Gillian Clark led Odessa with a 54, while Elizabeth Dawson shot 56, Gabby Fazzary 57, and Catherine Rounds 62.

"We were a little rusty coming off of break and playing a difficult course in windy conditions, so there's definitely room to improve," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich.

The Indians return to action Tuesday at Waverly. Watkins Glen plays Tuesday at Willowcreek Golf Course in Big Flats.

Odessa-Montour's Hannah Chapman clears the High Jump bar at Newfield. She won.

Odessa-Montour track teams defeat Newfield, win division championships

NEWFIELD, April 30 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity track teams posted victories Monday over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the Newfield athletic field -- and in the process each won a Small School South Division title with a 5-0 mark.

Watkins Glen also competed, although its team score was not official since the Senecas are in the Large School South Division. Schools with O-M in the Small School South are Newfield, Tioga, Spencer-Van Etten, Candor and Edison.

It was the fourth straight title for the O-M boys and their eighth in the past nine years.

"I am very proud of them," said Coach Skip Strobel -- who pointed in particular to one race, the 1600, in which Watkins Glen's Planty brothers, Gabe and Aaron, encouraged O-M's Noah Brewster to take the lead on the last lap and then kept up pressure behind him as he registered a personal best of 4:55.7 and the victory. "It was a great display of sportmanship on their part," said Strobel of the Planty boys.

"Our next goal," said Strobel, "is the IAC Championship at the end of May. Hopefully we can round into solid shape before then."

Boys: Odessa-Montour 85, Watkins Glen 31, Newfield 16

O-M won the 3200 Meter Relay, 110 Meter Hurdles (Preston Harris in 17.30), 100 Meter Dash (Jacob Zimmer in 11.10), the 1600 Meter Run (Noah Brewster in 4:55.07), the 400 Meter Relay, the 400 Meter Dash (Alec Betts in 1:01.20), the 400 Meter Hurdles (Preston Harris in 1:09), the Triple Jump (Paden Grover at 36' 5.75"), the Long Jump (Jacob Zimmer at 16' 11.5"), the Shot Put (Zach Elliott at 47' 0.5") and the Discus (Zach Elliott at 132' 6").

Second places were posted by Andy Hartford in the 110 Meter Hurdles, Ryan Griswold in the 400 Hurdles, Noah Angle in the 800, the 4x400 Relay team, Noah Austin in the Triple Jump, Preston Harris in the Long Jump, and Dylan Houseknecht in the Shot Put.

Watkins Glen won the 1600 Meter Relay, the 800 Meter Run (Max Evans in 2:24.50) and the 3200 Meter Run (Aaron Planty in 11:36.00, with brother Gabe posting the same time and listed second). Also finishing second were Gabe Planty in the 1600, Sean Holland in the 400, Max Evans in the High Jump (with a personal best of 5' 8"), and Casen Weeden in the Discus ( a personal best of 116' 8"). Other Personal Records: Weeden in the 200 Meters (25.5), and Owen Scholtisek in the 100 Meters (12.3 )

Girls: Odessa-Montour 84.50, Watkins Glen 30.50, Newfield 17

The O-M girls, who last won the division title in 2016 but took the overall IAC Championship last year at the league meet, won handily Monday for a perfect 5-0 division mark and the title.

Posting wins for Odessa were Kennedey Heichel in the 100 Hurdles (a personal best of 16.4) and the 400 Hurdles (a season best of 1:15.2); Nadia Simpson in the 100 Meter Dash (a PR of 12.7) and the 200 Meters (28.1); Hannah Bruno in the Triple Jump (32' 2.5") and the Long Jump (15' 1.75"); Hannah Chapman in the High Jump (4' 10", tying her personal best); Jaylin Rumsey in the Shot Put (28' 11.5") and the Discus (78' 10"); the 4x800 Relay team (Lexi Saunders, Hailey Perraut, Morgan Burnham and Camille Sgrecci in 12:11), and the 4x400 Relay team (Hailey Perraut, Meagan Terry, McKennah Lott and Morgan Burnham in 5:01.1).

Seconds were posted by Heichel in the Triple Jump, Bruno in the 400, Saunders in the Shot Put and 1500; Reagan Bishop in the 200, Perraut in the 800, Leah Overhiser in the Discus, and Hunter Daugherty in the 100 Hurdles and 400 Hurdles. Burnham was third in the 800, while Ida Sidle posted a personal best of 13.7 while finishing third in the 100.

Wins for Watkins Glen came from Julya Slater in the 1500 Meter Run (5:58.05); and from Kai Sutterby in the 800 Meter Run (2:57.80) and the 3000 Meters (13:42.5). Second-place finishers included Haley Dean in the 200, Breanna Carl in the 3000, and Allie Gibson in the Long Jump and High Jump (tying her personal best of 4'6"). Gibson also tied her personal best in the 100 Meters (13.7).

Photos in text:

From the top: O-M's Kennedey Heichel on the way to winning the 100 Meter Hurdles; O-M's Preston Harris en route to victory in the 110 Meter Hurdles; and Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby, who won both the 800 and 3000.

Left: Watkins Glen's Allie Gibson on the way to third place in the 400 Meter race. Right: O-M's Hannah Bruno soars in the Long Jump, which she won..

Left: Watkins Glen's Max Evans, who won the 800. Right: O-M's Jacob Zimmer receives a handoff from Preston Harris in the 4x100 Relay, which Odessa won.

Left: O-M's Brock Sgrecci. Right: O-M's Noah Brewster finishes first in the 1600, with Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty right behind.

Left: O-M's Jacob Zimmer wins the 100 Meter Dash. Right: Odessa's Andy Hartford on the way to second place in the 110 Meter Hurdles.

Left: Shot Put competitors (from left) Dylan Houseknecht (O-M), Casen Weeden (WG) and Zach Elliott (O-M). Right: Watkins Glen's Julya Slater, who won the 1500.

From left: O-M's Lexi Saunders, Watkins Glen's Jena Slater, and O-M's Ida Sidle.

Left: O-M's Hailey Perraut. Right: Odessa's Meagan Terry lands in the Long Jump pit.

Left: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan in the 100 Meter Hurdles. Right: O-M's Camille Sgrecci competes in the Long Jump. She set a personal best of 12' 11".

Left: O-M's Paden Grover. Right: The Indians' Hunter Daugherty High Jumps.

O-M tennis team defeats S. Cayuga, 5-2

AURORA, April 30 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team defeated Southern Cayuga 5-2 Monday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the SC tennis courts.

O-M won all four singles matches, with No. 1 Curtis Harris prevailing 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 Billy Tague winning 6-4, 6-4; No. 3 Cameron Adams posting a 6-2, 6-4 decision, and No. 4 Deshawn Johnson registering a 6-2, 6-1 victory.

The Odessa-Montour No. 3 doubles team also won, with Bronwyn Stermer and Jacy Knapp posting a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 victory.

Golf: Watkins Glen boys fall to Tioga

WATKINS GLEN, April 30 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team's record slipped to 1-3 Monday when the Senecas dropped a 204-296 decision to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Patrick Bannon led the Senecas with a 46, while AJ Specchio shot 56. Tioga's Sam Taylor was medalist with a 34.

"The Senecas were outgunned," said Watkins Glen Coach Rob Michel, "but never gave up. Everyone struggled tonight with their game and the strong gusty winds."

Watkins returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Trumansburg at 3:30 p.m.

Glen softball team drops pair to Waverly

WAVERLY, April 30 -- The Watkins Glen varsity softball team's record slipped to 0-5 Monday when the Senecas lost a doubleheader to Waverly in Interscholastic Athletic Conference games on the Waverly softball field.

Watkins Glen dropped the opener 14-3, managing just one hit -- a final-inning single by Cierra Barber. Claudia Parker went the distance on the mound for the Senecas, striking out three batters and walking three.

Watkins was no-hit in the nightcap, falling 16-1 -- scoring its only run on a hit batsman and an error. Parker went the distance again, striking out four and walking two.

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Spencer-Van Etten, and then play Notre Dame at home on Thursday.

Note: No vacation Athletes of the Week

SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 30 -- Due to last week's Spring Break and relative lack of area sporting events, there is no Odessa File Athlete of the Week for that period.

However, points are being distributed for those athletes who did compete and excel -- added to the ongoing totals that help determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour High Schools.

WG, O-M athletes excel at Elmira meet

ELMIRA, April 28 -- Both Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour took a handful of athletes to compete in the Waite-Molnar track-and-field meet in Elmira Saturday, and both schools produced winners.

Odessa-Montour: Zach Elliott won the Shot Put with a heave of 48' 2" and the Discus with a throw of 141' 2". Eric Rumsey was 6th in the Discus at 114' 10", while Dylan Houseknecht was 8th in the Shot at 36' 1.5".

On the girls side, Jaylin Rumsey was third in the Shot Put at 28' 9" and fifth in the Discus at 77' 2".

Watkins Glen: Gabe Planty was the lone Seneca boy to compete, winning the 3200 Meter Run with a 9:57.55.

Among the girls, Breanna Carl was 8th in the 3000 Meter Run, and Julya Slater was 11th in the same race after being tripped on the track, getting up and finishing. Jena Slater was seventh in the Pole Vault at 7' 6".

Seneca Indians lose to Newark Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, April 28 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team's record slipped to 4-4 Saturday with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

Newark Valley scored single runs in the 3rd and 4th innings. The Cardinals registered seven hits in the game, to four by the Seneca Indians -- a combined squad of Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen High School athletes.

Sean Kelly (2-for-3) had half of OM/WG's hits, while Caleb Thomas (1-for-2) and Austin Voorheis (1-for-2) had the others. Thomas and Voorheis also each drew a walk.

Isaac McIlroy went the distance on the mound for the Seneca Indians, striking out five batters and walking one.

The Seneca Indians, after three tight losses in a row, will look for their fifth victory Tuesday at home against Waverly.

O-M throwing teams excel at Ithaca

ITHACA, April 27 -- O-M track throwers Zach Elliott, Eric Rumsey and Dylan Houseknecht competed Friday at the Ithaca Relays, with what Coach Skip Strobel called "great results."

The Discus team of Elliott and Rumsey took first place, with each throwing personal bests -- Elliott 144' 11" (the meet's second best individual throw) and Rumsey 123' 7" (fourth best overall).

The Shot Put team of Elliott and Houseknecht took second place, with Elliott throwing 47' 9" (the best individual throw of the night) and Houseknecht 36' 1".

A throw arrives late to third baseman Megan Jenkins as an Edison runner advances.

O-M softball team blanked by Edison

ODESSA, April 27 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team's game against Edison Friday turned largely on an injury -- when starting O-M pitcher Grace Vondracek re-injured an ankle first injured during the past basketball season playoffs.

The re-injury -- sustained on a slide into second base by Vondracek in the bottom of the first inning -- forced her to the dugout for a couple of innings.

With backup pitcher Kat Connors away on vacation, the mound duties were thrust into the hands of the team catcher, Lydia Lynch -- and the strong-hitting Edison squad responded with a big inning that carried the unbeaten Spartans to a 15-0, five-inning Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory on the Odessa softball field.

Vondracek -- her right ankle taped -- returned to pitch the fourth and fifth innings, holding Edison bats in check. But O-M (3-5) could mount no challenge against Edison pitcher Bella Willsey. The Indians had one hit -- by Vondracek.

Photo in text: After fielding a grounder, O-M first baseman Dezirae Minnier tosses the ball to second baseman Karlee Dudgeon, covering at first base.

Left: O-M's Grace Vondracek delivers a pitch after returning with her ankle taped in the fourth inning. She missed the second and third innings, when Edison surged.
Right: Odessa shortsop Isabel Foote throws to first base after fielding a grounder.

Left: O-M centerfielder Jolynn Minnier camps under a fly ball, which she caught.
Right: Odessa second baseman Karlee Dudgeon catches a pop fly while backpedaling onto the outfield grass.

Odessa-Montour's Lydia Lynch connects with an Edison pitch. She grounded out.

Seneca Indians fall to Tioga, slip to 4-3

TIOGA CENTER, April 26 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team lost its second straight game and saw its record slip to 4-3 Thursday when it dropped a 5-2 decision to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Tioga baseball field.

Tioga scored three times in the 2nd inning and once each in the 4th and 5th, registering eight hits along the way.

The Seneca Indians, a combined team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour High School athletes, notched four hits, scoring once in the 4th and once in the 6th.

Pierce Hendershot went the distance on the mound for Tioga, registering 16 strikeouts without a walk. His team played errorless ball.

Michael Doane went the distance on the mound for WG/OM, striking out one batter and walking two. His team made one error.

Caleb Thomas (2-for-3) had half of WG/OM's four hits, scoring twice. Sean Kelly (1-for-3 with a double) and Derrick Lewis (1-for-3) each drove in a run.

The Seneca Indians return to action Saturday at Newark Valley. Game time is 11 a.m.

O-M infielder Karlee Dudgeon flags down a ground ball. She threw to 1st for the out.

Odessa softball team tops S-VE, 5-2

ODESSA, April 23 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team ended its four-game losing streak and improved its record to 3-4 Monday by defeating Spencer-Van Etten 5-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M softball field.

Grace Vondeacek threw a 2-hitter and struck out 11 batters for the Indians while reaching base in all four of her trips to the plate. She hit a double and triple, drew a walk and was hit by a pitch. She scored two runs, the last on a triple and S-VE overthrow-- providing a 6th inning insurance run.

Other O-M hits came from Isabel Foote (2-for-4 with 2 runs scored), Lydia Lynch (1-for-2 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored), and Megan Jenkins (1-for-2 with two walks). Also reaching base on walks were Rebecca Wolfe, Dezirae Minnier and Karlee Dudgeon.

Spencer-Van Etten struck first, scoring twice in the 1st inning on two hits and two hit batsmen, but O-M tied it in the bottom of the inning on a single, a walk, a hit batter and an error.

The Indians took the lead for good in the 2nd inning, scoring a run on two hits and two walks, and made it 4-2 in the 4th when Vondracek doubled, advanced to 3rd on a passed ball and scored on another passed ball. Then came the 6th withVondracek's triple and the S-VE overthrow.

Odessa will return to action Friday at home against Edison. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photo in text: O-M's Grace Vondracek delivers a pitch. She allowed just two hits.

Left: O-M first baseman Dezirae Minnier fields a ground ball. Right: Odessa third baseman Megan Jenkins throws to first after fielding a grounder.

Left: O-M centerfielder Jolynn Minnier catches a fly ball on the run. Right: An S-VE player is safe at 1st after the throw on an infield grounder arrives a split second late.

Left: O-M's Isabel Foote slides home safely after a passed ball. Right: The Indians' Lydia Lynch watches the action as Coach Bill Lindsley writes in the scorebook.

Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek connects for a double to center field.

Athletes of the Week: A trio from track

SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 22 -- This week we honor as Odessa File Athletes of the Week three members of varsity track teams -- two from Odessa-Montour and one from Watkins Glen.

O-M junior Kennedey Heichel repeats as Athlete of the Week thanks to a four-victory outing at Candor. She won the 100 Meter Hurdles with a personal best of 16.9, the 400 Meter Hurdles, and the Pole Vault, and was on the winning 4x100 Relay team.

A nod also goes to O-M junior Nadia Simpson, who had four wins at the same meet -- in the 100 Meters, 200 Meters, High Jump and 4x100 Relay.

Watkins Glen senior Aaron Planty is the third honoree. He had four wins as the Senecas defeated Notre Dame. He won the 1600 Meters and the 3000 Meters, and was on the winning 1600 Meter Relay and 3200 Meter Relay squads.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen track's Casen Weeden, Gabe Planty, Owen Scholtisek, Max Evans, Allison Gibson, Isobel Scheffey and Kelsey Kernan; O-M track's Preston Harris, Jacob Zimmer, Noah Brewster, Trey McCarty, Zach Elliott, Paden Grover, Hannah Bruno, Lexi Saunders and Jaylin Rumsey; and Watkins Glen golf's Patrick Bannon.

Honorable Mention: Another 35 athletes were awarded a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Watkins Glen's Megan Hazlitt volleys against Southern Cayuga in a doubles match.

Glen tennis team tops Southern Cayuga

WATKINS GLEN, April 20 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team improved its season mark to 4-2 Friday by defeating Southern Cayuga 5-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the WGHS tennis courts.

The seniors on the team were honored at a Senior Night ceremony before the competition began. On hand were seniors Kendra Larson, Garrett Bower and Megan Hazlitt. Absent due to vacation were Elise Allington and Makenna Fraboni.

The day's results:

1st Singles: Nathaniel Wickham (WG) defeated Oscar Montalvo (SC), 6-3, 6-4.
2nd Singles: Michael Redmond (SC) defeated Kendra Larson (WG), 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.
3rd Singles: Dylan Morse (WG) defeated John Groth (SC), 6-1, 6-0.
4th Singles: Clint Craven (WG) defeated Primrose Kirk (SC), 6-0, 6-0.
1st Doubles: Hannah Morse & Jill Cantieni (WG) defeated Keith Wasleff & Riky Pearson (SC), 6-1, 6-0.
2nd Doubles: Ali LaMoreaux & Megan Hazlitt (WG) defeated Conrad Murphy & Owen Overhiser (SC), 6-2, 6-1.
3rd Doubles: Olivia Whitten & Dan Groth (SC) defeated Jonathan Hatch & Garrett Bower (WG), 6-4, 6-3.

"On a day when we were missing several players, the kids stepped up and played a solid match," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, who teamed with Jill Cantieni for a victory in the No. 1 doubles match.

Left: Watkins' Jill Cantieni leaps to return a shot. Right: The Senecas' Ali LaMoreaux.

Left: Some members of the Watkins Glen tennis team huddled against the chilling wind before the start of the match. Right: The Senecas' Nate Wickham.

Watkins Glen's Kendra Larson volleys in her singles match against Southern Cayuga.

Watkins Glen's Clint Craven (left) and Dylan Morse (right) both posted victories.

From left: Watkins Glen seniors Kendra Larson, Garrett Bower and Megan Hazlitt were honored in a Senior Night ceremony before the match. Absent due to vacation were Elise Allington and Makenna Fraboni.

Watkins lacrosse team falls to Seton, 18-11

BINGHAMTON, April 20 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team dropped an 18-11 decision to Seton Catholic Friday in a game at Seton.

The Senecas (0-9) got four goals each from Jackson Dunham and Joe Chedzoy, two from Avery Watson and one from Dalton Cummings. Watson registered two assists, while Dunham, Cummings and Seamus Mooney had one each.

Visiting an old teammate

Members of the Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team pose above with WGHS grad and Alfred University student and lacrosse player Ian Chedzoy, center, during a team visit to Alfred on Wednesday, April 18. The Watkins players watched as the Alfred men's lacrosse team (8-5), in its final home game of the season, defeated Houghton College. (Photo provided)

A Port Byron/Union Springs runner dives safely into second base, beating the tag by the Seneca Indians' Michael Doane.

Seneca Indians fall to Port Byron/Springs

ODESSA, April 18 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team's season mark slipped to 4-2 Wednesday with a 2-1 loss to Port Byron/Union Springs in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Odessa-Montour High School baseball field.

The Seneca Indians, a combined squad of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes, put two men in scoring position in the last inning, but could not bring them across the plate.

Pitching was strong on both sides. Michael Doane started for WG/OM and went five innings, allowing three hits and two runs while striking out four and walking three. Josh Updyke threw two scoreless innings in relief, allowing two hits and striking out three.

The Seneca Indians registered 10 hits. Updyke (with a triple), Caleb Thomas (with a double) and Sean Kelly each had two hits, while Derrick Lewis, Doane (a double), Austin Voorheis and Hunter Holley had one apiece. Thomas had the team's lone RBI. Kelly stole two bases.

Port Byron/Union Springs scored once in the 2nd inning and once in the 3rd. WG/OM scored its run in the 5th inning.

The Seneca Indians are scheduled to return to action Thursday at Notre Dame. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photo in text: The Seneca Indians' Josh Updyke delivers a pitch.

Left: Seneca Indians outfielder Sean Kelly tracks down a long drive to left:
Right: WG/OM outfielder Caleb Thomas dives in vain for a sinking drive to center.

Left: WG/OM catcher Derrick Lewis hauls in a high pop fly in foul territory. Right: The Seneca Indians' Johnny Niedermaier connects with a pitch, which resulted in a ground out.

The Seneca Indians' Sean Kelly lays down a bunt, which he beat out for a base hit.

O-M tennis team blanks Union Springs

ODESSA, April 18 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team defeated Union Springs 7-0 Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the O-M tennis courts.

The results:

1st Singles: Curtis Harris (OM) won by forfeit.
2nd Singles: Billy Tague (OM) defeated Michela Lawrence (US), 6-2, 6-0.
3rd Singles: Cameron Adams (OM) defeated Sierra Clark (US), 6-0, 6-1.
4th Singles: Deshawn Johnson (OM) defeated Madison Gannon (US), 6-4, 6-2.
1st Doubles: Sara Gardner & Rhys Stermer (OM) defeated Tom Radley & Alyson Walters (US), 6-0, 6-2
2nd Doubles: Jonathon Myers & Jordan Robinson (OM) defeated Victoria Lopez & Ryan Huber (US), 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.
3rd Doubles: Bronwyn Stermer & Jacy Knapp (OM) defeated Jenna Clark & Joey McNally (US), 6-2, 6-0.

Seniors on the Watkins Glen track team were honored before Wednesday's meet. They are, from left, Alex Schimizzi, Isobel Scheffey, Sean Holland and Aaron Planty.

Watkins track teams defeat Notre Dame

WATKINS GLEN, April 18 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity track teams posted victories Wednesday over Elmira Notre Dame in Interscholastic Athletic Conference meets on the WGHS athletic field.

It was also Senior Night. Honored were Watkins Glen seniors Aaron Planty, Alex Schimizzi, Isobel Scheffey and Sean Holland.

Boys: Watkins Glen 81, Notre Dame 28

Aaron Planty:
1st place -- 1600 Meters in 4:37.6
1st place -- 3000 Meters in 11:20.1
1st place -- 1600 Meter Relay
1st place -- 3200 Meter Relay

Casen Weeden:
1st place -- Discus, 90’ 5 1/2”
1st place -- Shot Put, 35 feet 8 1/2 inches
1st place -- 1600 Meter Relay

Gabe Planty:
2nd place -- 1600 Meters in 4:40.5
2nd place -- 3000 Meters in 11:20.2
1st place -- 1600 Meter Relay
1st place -- 3200 Meter Relay

Owen Scholtisek:
1st place -- 100 Meters in 12.5
2nd place -- 200 Meters in 26.7
1st place -- 1600 Meter Relay

Max Evans:
1st place -- High Jump 5' 2"
1st place -- 800 Meters in 2:26
1st place -- 3200 Meter Relay

Alex Schimizzi:
1st place -- 400 Meter Hurdles

Nick Wilston:
1st place -- Triple Jump 29' 11 1/2"
2nd place -- Long Jump 15' 9"

Travon Jones:
2nd place -- High Jump 5'

Girls: Watkins Glen 74, Notre Dame 53

Isobel Scheffey:
1st place -- 200 Meters in 28.9
2nd place -- 400 Meters in 1:03.5
2nd place -- 100 Meter Hurdles in 21.4

Allison Gibson:
1st place -- 100 Meters in 13.9,
2nd place -- 200 Meters in 29.3
1st place -- High Jump 4 feet

Kelsey Kernan:
1st place -- Triple Jump 27 feet
1st place -- 400 Meter Hurdles 1:24.6
3rd place -- 100 Meter Hurdles 21.6
3rd place -- Discus

Haley Dean:
1st place -- Long Jump 12' 2 1/2"
3rd place -- 200 Meters in 29 seconds

Jena Slater:
1st place -- Pole Vault 7 feet
3rd place -- Triple Jump

Kai Sutterby:
1st place -- 1500 Meters in 6:10.8
2nd place -- 800 Meters in 2:54.3
3rd place -- 3000 Meters

Julya Slater:
1st place -- 3000 Meters in 11:47.3
3rd place -- 400 Meter Hurdles
3rd place -- 1500 Meters

Breanna Carl:
2nd place -- 3000 Meters
3rd place -- 800 Meters
3rd place -- 1500 Meters

Photos in text

Top: Watkins Glen's Nick Wilston Long Jumps. He placed second, and won the Triple Jump.

Middle: The Senecas' Max Evans carries the baton on the first leg of the 4x800 Relay.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan competes in the 100 Meter Hurdles.

Left: Watkins Glen's Sean Holland competes in the Shot Put. Right: The Senecas' Breanna Carl soars in the Long Jump.

Track: O-M boys clinch division title tie

CANDOR, April 18 -- The Odessa-Montour boys track team improved to 4-0 Wednesday with victories over Edison, 111-30, and Candor, 113.5-27.5, in Interscholastic Athletic Conference competition on the Candor athletic field.

With the victories, Odessa clinched a tie for the division title. The Indians return to action a week from Monday.

Highlights from Wednesday's action:

110 Meter Hurdles: Preston Harris 1st in 17.3
100 Meters: Jacob Zimmer 1st in 11.8. Trey McCarty 3rd in 12.5
1600 Meters: Noah Brewster 1st in 5:33; Micah Brewster 2nd; Brett Walters 3rd
4x100 Relay: Harris, Noah Angle, Zimmer, McCarty 1st in 47.1
400 Meters: Alec Betts 2nd in 59.3
400 Hurdles: Harris 2nd in 62.0
800 Meters: Noah Brewster 2:27
200 Meters: McCarty 1st in 24.8; Angle 3rd in 25.1
3200 Meters: Betts 2nd
4x400 Relay: McCarty, Angle, Noah Brewster, Paden Grover 1st in 3:51.0
Long Jump: Harris 1st at 17’6”; Zimmer 3rd
Triple Jump: Elliot 1st at 33’10”; Grover 2nd; Noah Austin 3rd
Pole Vault: Zimmer 1st at 9’6”; Hartford 2nd at 9’6”; Josiah Lynch 3rd at 8’6”
High Jump: Grover 1st at 5’6”; Austin 3rd at 5’4”
Shot Put: Elliot 1st at 47'; Houseknecht 2nd at 37’
Discus: Elliott 1st at 144’; Eric Rumsey 2nd at 106’

Heichel, Simpson lead O-M to twin wins

CANDOR, April 18 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity track team -- led by four first-place finishes each by Kennedey Heichel and Nadia Simpson -- defeated Candor 103-32 and Edison 109-32 Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the Candor athletic field.

The victories lifted O-M's season mark to 4-0 and clinched a tie for the divison title -- which the team can win outright when it faces Newfield on April 30.

Heichel won the 100 Meter Hurdles (equalling her personal best of 16.9), the 400 Meter Hurdles (1:18.3), and the Pole Vault (9 feet), and was on the winning 4x100 Relay team with Simpson, Hannah Bruno and Hunter Daugherty (55.8).

Simpson also won the 100 Meters (13.7), the 200 Meters (28.5) and the High Jump (a tie with teammate Hannah Chapman at 4' 4").

Bruno also won the Long Jump at 14' 11" and the Triple Jump at 30' 4 1/4".

Lexi Saunders won the 1500 Meters in a personal-best time of 5:58.5 and was on the winning 4x800 Relay team with Hailey Perraut, Morgan Burnham and Camille Sgrecci. She was also second in the Shot Put at 25' 10".

Jaylin Rumsey won the Shot Put with a throw of 27' 8" and was second in the Discus at 71' 8.5".

Daugherty finished second in the 100 Hurdles and 400 Hurdles, and Perraut was second in both the Triple Jump and Pole Vault.

Glen tennis team falls to Notre Dame, 7-0

WATKINS GLEN, April 18 -- The Watkins Glen High school varsity tennis team saw its record slip to 3-2 Wednesday when the Senecas lost 7-0 to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the WGHS tennis courts.

The results:

1st Singles: Nathaniel Wickham (WG) lost to Jack Kaffenbarger (ND), 6-1, 6-1.
2nd Singles: Peter Sandritter (WG) lost to Derek Tsang (ND), 6-1, 6-4.
3rd Singles: Dylan Morse (WG) lost 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.
4th Singles: Clint Craven (WG) lost 6-2, 6-3.
1st Doubles: Hannah Morse & Jill Cantieni (WG) lost 6-3, 6-3
2nd Doubles: Makenna Fraboni & Kendra Larson (WG) lost 6-3, 6-2
3rd Doubles: Kathleen Clifford & Tim Clifford (WG) lost 3-6, 7-5, 11-9.

"We faced a talented, undefeated team today," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Though the score doesn't reflect it, we played pretty well and fought for each point. I am proud of the effort."

Golf: O-M girls top Watkins, S-VE

ITHACA, April 18 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity golf team improved to 3-1 Wednesday by defeating Watkins Glen and Spencer-Van Etten in matches on the Hillendale Golf Course par-36 front nine.

The Indians posted a 204 total, while Watkins Glen recorded a 268 and S-VE a 349.

Elizabeth Dawson led Odessa with a 47, while Gillian Clark shot 48, Catherine Rounds 54, and Gabby Fazzary 55.

Gabi Decker led Watkins Glen with a 58, while Jenna Van Galder led S-VE.

"We had frigid conditions, " said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "but pretty respectable numbers nonetheless."

Softball: Watkins bows to Union Springs

WATKINS GLEN, April 18 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team's record slipped to 0-3 Wednesday when the Senecas dropped a 14-3 decision to Union Springs in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS softball field.

Union Springs, which registered six hits and benefitted from 12 walks, scored once in the 1st inning, twice each in the 2nd and 3rd innings, seven times in the 5th, and twice in the 7th.

Watkins Glen scored all of its runs in the 6th inning. It had four hits in the game, coming from Jordan Barrett (1-for-3 with a run scored), Claudia Parker (1-for-3 with a run scored), Maggie Rhoads (1-for-2) and Amber Benjamin (1-for-3). Madeline Parker had 3 RBIs.

Claudia Parker went the distance on the mound for the Senecas, striking out three batters. Union Springs' Bailey Mudge fanned 12 batters.

Watkins Glen is scsheduled to play a doubleheader Thursday at Newark Valley.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen shortstop Katie Losey fires to first after cleanly fielding a Union Springs ground ball.

Left: Watkins Glen pitcher Claudia Parker throws to first base after fielding a grounder. Right: The Senecas' Cierra Barber holds on to the throw for a putout after slipping in the soft turf around first base.

Golf: Watkins Glen boys defeat Waverly

WAVERLY, April 18 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity golf team improved its season mark to 1-2 Wednesday by defeating Waverly 293-315 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Sherpard Hills par-37 course.

Pat Bannon led Watkins Glen with a 41.

The Senecas are on the road again Thursday against Notre Dame.

Watkins lacrosse team falls to Dryden, 11-3

DRYDEN, April 16 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team dropped an 11-3 decision Monday to Dryden in a game on the Dryden athletic field.

The Senecas, 0-8, got goals from Sam Smith (assisted by Avery Watson), Joe Chedzoy, and Ethan Voorheis (assisted by Jackson Dunham).

Watkins Glen returns to action Thursday at home against Penn Yan. Game time is 5 p.m.

Athletes of Week: O-M's Heichel, Elliott

SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 15 -- This week we honor two Odessa-Montour High School track and field standouts as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Kennedey Heichel earns one of the nods for a week in which she posted seven victories at two meets, along the way equalling the school record of 9'6" in the Pole Vault that she shares with alum Katie Taber.

Zach Elliott earns the honor for a week in which he won the Shot Put and Discus against Tioga -- setting a new school record in the Shot -- and then, at the Moravia Relays, exceeded the qualifying mark needed to compete in the Shot at the State Championship meet in June.

Double Honorable: Seneca Indians baseball's Josh Updyke; Watkins Glen runners Gabe Planty, Aaron Planty, Casen Weeeden, Elliott Holland and Isobel Scheffey; Watkins Glen golfer Hanley Elliott; O-M golfer Gillian Clark; O-M track's Nadia Simpson.

Honorable Mention: Another 65 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

The Seneca Indians' Hunter Holley drives the ball to the right. The liner was caught.

Seneca Indians ride big inning to win

ODESSA, April 14 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team exploded for six runs in the 4th inning Saturday on the way to a 6-4 victory over Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Odessa-Montour High School baseball field.

The Seneca Indians, a combined team of Watkins Glen High School and O-M athletes, improved to 4-1 heading into a game Monday at Waverly.

WG/OM, down 3-0 entering the bottom of the 4th, scored on an RBI single by Michael Doane, an RBI single by Hunter Holley, a 2 RBI single by Ben Mathews, and a 2 RBI triple by Josh Updyke, the last on a 1-2 pitch.

The Seneca Indians totaled seven hits, with Updyke notching two of them (2-for-3). In addition to the RBI singles by Doane, Holley and Mathews, WG/OM also got singles from Caleb Thomas and Derrick Lewis. Updyke had the team's lone stolen base. The squad didn't draw any walks, although Andrew Ink reached base when he was hit by a pitch.

Doane started on the mound for the Seneca Indians, going 3 2/3 innings and allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits while striking out four batters and walking one. Updyke pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing no runs on no hits while striking out four and walking four. Derrick Lewis pitched the final inning, allowing one run (none earned) on one hit while striking out three and walking none.

Photos in text:

Top: The Seneca Indians' Johnny Niedermaier bunts the ball, which went foul.
Bottom: WG/OM's Andrew Ink connects. He grounded out on the play.

Left: WG/OM's Derrick Lewis delivers a 7th inning pitch. Right: The Seneca Indians celebrate after the final Lansing out.

The Seneca Indians' Josh Updyke delivers a pitch with a runner on first in the 6th inning.

Moravia Relays: Watkins posts 3 firsts

MORAVIA, April 14 -- Watkins Glen High School's boys and girls track teams posted three first-place finishes and a second Saturday at the Moravia Relays.

Among the wins was a school record.

First-place finishes:

Girls Sprint Medley Relay: Isobel Scheffey, Madelyn Suddaby, Haley Dean, Julya Slater
Boys Sprint Medley Relay: Aaron Planty, Elliott Holland, Casen Weeden, Gabe Planty
Boys Distance Medley Relay: Aaron Planty, Elliott Holland, Casen Weeden, Gabe Planty

Athletic Director Rod Weeden said the Boys Sprint Medley squad posted a 3:57.44 to break the old school mark of 4:03.54 set last year by the Planty brothers, Sean Holland and Daniel Paradiso.

Second-place finish:

Girls Fresh/Soph Sprint Medley Relay:
Breanna Carl, Madelyn Suddaby, Haley Dean, Julya Slater

Third-place finish:

Girls Distance Medley Relay: Isobel Scheffey, Kai Sutterby, Breanna Carl, Julya Slater

The Senecas will return to action Tuesday at home against Notre Dame. It will be Senior Night.

Photos in text:

Top: The Boys Sprint Medley and Boys Distance Medley winning team. From left: Aaron Planty, Elliott Holland, Gabe Planty and Casen Weeden.

Bottom: The Girls winning Sprint Medley Relay team. From left: Isobel Scheffey, Haley Dean, Madelyn Suddaby and Julya Slater. (Photos provided)

O-M girls 2nd at Moravia; Heichel wins 3

MORAVIA, April 14 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity track team -- led by three first-place finishes by Kennedey Heichel -- placed second among nine teams Saturday morning at the Moravia Relays.

Heichel was on the winning Shuttle Hurdles squad with Hunter Daugherty, Meagan Terry and Camille Sgrecci; won the Triple Jump (with Terry) in her first Triple Jump outing (going 29' 2 1/2" while Terry went 28' 3 1/2"); and won the Pole Vault with McKennah Lott. Heichel cleared 9'6", equalling her personal best vault and the school record she shares with Katie Taber. Her 9'6" tied for the day's best individual performance in that event, while her individual Triple Jump was the meet's best.

O-M, adjudged the most improved team at the meet, got a second-place finish from Jaylin Rumsey and Alexis Saunders in the Shot Put; a third place from Heichel, Nadia Simpson, Terry and Daugherty in the 4x100; a third place from Simpson, Lott, Ida Sidle and Reagan Bishop in the 4x200; and a third place from Lott, Saunders, Sgrecci and Cheianne Webster in the 4x400.

The team returns to action Tuesday at Candor.

Photo in text: O-M's Kennedey Heichel competes at Moravia. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Odessa-Montour's Lexi Saunders, left, and Meagan Terry. (Photos by Doug Yeater)

Limited O-M boys squad excels at Moravia

MORAVIA, April 14 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity track team -- its numbers reduced by what Coach Skip Strobel said was "prom and other obligations" -- nonetheless found some success Saturday at the Moravia Relays.

The tournament -- held on a cold morning -- saw the following results for O-M:

6400 Meter Relay: 1st place -- Noah Brewster, William Yeater, Phoenix Parmenter and Brock Sgrecci.
Fresh/Soph Sprint Medley Relay: 4th place -- Micah Brewster, Preston Harris, Damion Rhodehouse and Brock Sgrecci.
3200 Meter Relay: 4th place -- N. Brewster, Yeater, Parmenter, Brock Sgrecci
1600 Meter Relay: 2nd place -- N Brewster, Yeater, Harris, Rhodehouse
Shot Relay: 1st place -- Zach Elliott, Dylan Houseknecht. During this relay Elliott met the qualifying mark for the State Championship meet in Cicero North Syracuse in June. The throw of 49'11" was 1" better than the qualifying mark needed. "So he is provisionally qualified for the state meet," said Coach Strobel.
Discus Relay: 1st place -- Elliott, Eric Rumsey
High Jump Relay: 5th place -- Jacob Zimmer, Sgrecci
Long Jump Relay: 5th place -- Zimmer, Harris

Odessa-Montour returns to action Tuesday at Candor.

Photo in text: O-M's Preston Harris competes at Moravia. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Odessa-Montour's William Yeater, left, and Noah Brewster. (Photos by Doug Yeater)

O-M softball team loses pair at tourney

NORTHEAST BRADFORD, Pa., Aprul 14 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team lost to Sullivan County (Laporte, Pa.) 19-2 and to host Northeast Bradford 10-5 Saturday at a three-team round-robin tournament.

Sullivan County amassed 15 hits in the opener and ended the game with a 12-run 5th inning that triggered the "mercy rule" that ends games when one team leads by 15 or more runs after five innings.

O-M managed six hits, scoring single runs in the 3rd and 5th innings. Kat Conners got two of the Indians' hits, and Isabel Foote, Grace Vondracek, Dezirae Minnier and Heidi Casselberry had one each. Conners and Minier each had an RBI.

Odessa fell victim to back-to-back NEB four-run innings in the second game, as a 2-1 lead after three innings turned into a 9-3 deficit after five innings.

O-M had seven hits (to NEB's 11), with Vondracek and Lydia Lynch each registering two. Conners, Jolynn Minnier and Karlee Dudgeon each had one hit. Lynch drove in two runs, and Dudgeon one.

Vondracek -- who shared pitching duties with Conners in the openeer -- went the distance in the NEB game, allowing 11 hits while striking out eight batters and walking two.

Photo in text: O-M's Grace Vondracek after her return from the Northeast Bradford tournament. She was photographed at the Seneca Indians baseball game at O-M.

Watkins lax team falls to Marcus Whitman

RUSHVILLE, April 14 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team's record slipped to 0-7 Saturday when the Senecas dropped a 14-5 road decision to Marcus Whitman.

Joe Chedzoy led Watkins with two goals and two assists, and won 18 of 23 face-offs. Jackson Dunham added two goals, and Avery Watson one goal and two assists. Dalton Cummings had an assist and six ground balls.

"I was really happy with our overall performance on the field today," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson. "We played a technical game and we showed great improvement. The goalies struggled a bit today, but together came up with seven saves. Despite the loss, the team was happy with our performance."

The Senecas return to action Monday at Dryden.

Golf: Watkins girls 2nd at Willowcreek

BIG FLATS, April 13 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity golf team finished second in a three-team match Friday at the Willowcreek Golf Club course.

Horseheads -- led by medalist Emily Cunningham's 41 -- finished first with a 199 total.

Watkins Glen totaled 216, with Hanley Elliott posting the day's second-best score, a 42. Lansing was third with a 319.

Gabi Decker added a 50 for the Senecas, while Meghan Hayes shot 58 and Ellie Clarkson 66.

Watkins Glen, now 4-4, returns to action Wednesday at Hillendale Golf Course against host Odessa-Montour and Spencer-Van Etten.

The Seneca Indians' Derrick Lewis connects for one of his three base hits.

Seneca Indians top Newark Valley, 7-3

ODESSA, April 12 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team broke a 3-3 tie in the 5th inning and went on to defeat Newark Valley 7-3 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Odessa-Montour baseball field.

The Seneca Indians, a combined team of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes, lifted their season mark to 3-1 heading into a game Saturday at home against Lansing at 3 p.m.

Austin Voorheis went the distance on the mound for WG/OM, permitting six hits while striking out nine batters and walking two. He threw 94 pitches, 70 of them strikes. He induced 11 groundouts.

The Seneca Indians totaled 11 hits, with Derrick Lewis (3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored) and Josh Updyke (3-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored) leading the way. Other hits came from:

Caleb Thomas: 1-for-3 with a double, a stolen base and two runs scored. He was also hit by a pitch.
Michael Doane: 1-for-4 with 2 RBIs.
Sean Kelly: 1-for-3 with an RBI, three stolen bases and a run scored. He was also hit by a pitch.
Austin Voorheis: 1-for-3 with a stolen base.
Ben Mathews: 1-for-3.

In addition, Isaac McIlroy and Thomas reached base on errors, and Johnny Niedermaier walked. McIlroy had a stolen base.

The Seneca Indians struck first, scoring two runs in the 1st inning. Newark Valley scored three runs in the 3rd before WG/OM tied it at 3-3 in the 4th and then added two runs each in the 5th and 6th innings.

WG/OM made just one error, while Newark Valley (0-3) committed four errors.

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Photos in text:

Top: Seneca Indians second baseman Isaac McIlroy leaps and pivots for a throw to first after fielding a grounder.

Bottom: WG/OM pitcher Austin Voorheis, who went the distance, allowing six hits while striking out nine batters.

Left: Seneca Indians third baseman Michael Doane throws to first. Right: WG/OM's Sean Kelly bunts the ball, which spun into foul territory.

Left: Seneca Indians shortstop Josh Updyke throws to first after fielding a grounder. Right: WG/OM's Caleb Thomas connects with the ball. He was on base three times.

Seneca Indians first baseman Johnny Niedermaier reaches down for a tag after receiving a pick-off throw from catcher Derrick Lewis. The Newark Valley runner got back safely.

Golf: Watkins boys fall to Newark Valley

WATKINS GLEN, April 12 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team opened its season on a losing note Thursday, falling to Newark Valley 252-297 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Georgio Fazzary led the Senecas with a 48, while A.J. Specchio and Ethan Cary each shot a 59. Austin Bennett led Newark Valley (2-0) with a 42, while Billy Knight shot a 47.

Watkins Glen returns to action Friday on the road against Spencer-Van Etten.

Softball: O-M falls to Notre Dame , 5-4

SOUTHPORT, April 11 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team -- after rallying to tie the score in the top of the 7th inning -- saw its record slip to 2-2 Wednesday when it dropped a 5-4 decision to Elmira Notre Dame on the ND softball field.

O-M took a 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning on a triple by Grace Vondracek, but the Crusaders scored once in the bottom of that inning, twice in the 3rd and once in the 6th to forge a 4-2 lead entering the final frame.

Odessa tied the game in the 7th -- on a leadoff double by Jolynn Minnier, a single by Isabel Foote and a double by Vondracek -- only to see Notre Dame respond with three hits in the bottom of the inning, the last a game-winning RBI single by Tiyah Moffe.

Vondracek went the distance on the mound for the Indians, striking out six batters without walking anyone. Izzy Milazzo pitched for ND.

Notre Dame totaled 11 hits, with Chloe Stemmerman notching three of them, and Milazzo, Jordyn Fargo and Peyton Maloney two each.

O-M had eight hits, with Vondracek going 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, 3 RBIs and a run scored; and Minnier going 2-for-3 with a double. Other hits came from Foote (1-for-4 with a run scored); Lydia Lynch (1-for-4 with a double and two runs scored); Kat Connors (1-for-4), and Dezirae Minnier (1-for-3).

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour pitcher Grace Vondracek (File photo)

Left: Seneca Indians third baseman Austin Voorheis throws to first base after fielding a grounder. Right: Michael Doane, who started on the mound for WG/OM, delivers a pitch.

Seneca Indians rally, defeat Candor 12-7

ODESSA, April 11 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team -- trailing 6-3 after 3 1/2 innings Wednesday --scored twice in the 4th inning and seven times in the 5th to post a 12-7 victory over Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Odessa-Montour High School baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined squad of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes -- amassed 14 hits as they improved their season mark to 2-1 entering a game Thursday at home against Newark Valley.

Caleb Thomas led the WG/OM offense Wednesday with a 3-for-4, 3 RBI day that included a double, a triple, 2 stolen bases and 2 runs scored. Other hits came from:

Josh Updyke: 2-for-3 with a walk, 4 stolen bases, 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored.
Sean Kelly: 2-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, an RBI and a run scored.
Austin Voorheis: 2-for-4 with a stolen base, an RBI and a run scored.
Derrick Lewis: 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Michael Doane: 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
Isaac McIlroy: 1-for-4 with a stolen base, an RBI and a run scored.
Johnny Niedermaier: 1-for-2 with 2 runs scored.
Regan Scholtisek: 1-for-2 with a stolen base and 2 runs scored.

Doane started on the mound for the Seneca Indians, going 2 2/3 innings and allowing three runs (none earned) on two hits. McIlroy went 2 1/3 innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits, and Lewis pitched two innings, allowing one run (earned) on one hit. Together, they struck out 10 batters and walked seven. WG/OM committed four errors to Candor's two.

The Seneca Indians, down 6-5 entering the 5th, batted around on a series of base hits and stolen bases that put them up 12-6. Candor, which totaled six hits, responded with a single run in the 7th.

In addition to Thursday's home game, The Seneca Indians are scheduled to play Lansing at home at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Photos in text:

Top: The Seneca Indians' Caleb Thomas connects for an RBI double.
Bottom: WG/OM's Johnny Niedermaier is out on a force play at second base.

The Seneca Indians' Josh Updyke connects for an RBI single. He drove in three runs.

Left: Seneca Indians second baseman Isaac McIlroy fields a grounder. Right: WG/OM's Caleb Thomas scores on a passed ball in the 5th inning.

Glen tennis team blanks Union Springs

UNION SPRINGS, April 11 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team improved its record to 3-1 Wednesday by defeating Union Springs 7-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match.

Watkins Glen won all four singles and all three doubles matches in straight sets. The results:

1st Singles: Nathaniel Wickham (WG) defeated Michela Lawrence (US), 6-1, 6-3
2nd Singles: Peter Sandritter (WG) defeated Jacquline Huber (US), 6-1, 6-0.
3rd Singles: Dylan Morse (WG) defeated Sierra Clark (US), 6-0, 6-0.
4th Singles: Clint Craven (WG) defeated Madison Gannon (US), 6-0, 6-0.
1st Doubles: Jill Cantieni & Hannah Morse (WG) defeated Sarah Lutkins & Tom Radley (US), 6-1, 6-1.
2nd Doubles: Makenna Fraboni & Megan Hazlitt (WG) defeated Nick Bower & Steve Forgham (US), 6-0, 6-0.
3rd Doubles: Tim Clifford & Kathleen Clifford (WG) defeated Alyson Walters & Victoria Lopez (US), 6-0, 6-0.

"I'm really pleased with how well the team is playing right now," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "The entire team has committed to improving each day and it shows in the matches they have been having. We still have a lot of very good teams to play in the upcoming schedule, so hopefully we can continue to work on some things and finish strong."

O-M tennis team falls to Waverly, 5-2

ODESSA, April 11 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity tennis team -- its ranks thinned by conflict with a senior trip -- fell to Waverly 5-2 Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the O-M tennis courts.

The Indians (now 2-2), playing without their No. 1 and No. 3 singles players (seniors Curtis Harris and Cameron Adams, out of town on the trip), got wins from their No. 2 singles player, Billy Tague (6-2, 6-3 over Jose Garcia), and No. 4 Deshawn Johnson (7-5, 6-2 over Kaleb Ennis).

They lost at No. 1 (Jordan Robinson) and No. 3 (Jonathon Myers), as well in all three doubles matches (Rhys Stermer & Sara Gardner, Hailey Hoose & Kaylea Simmons, and Bronwyn Stermer & Jacy Knapp). Robinson and Myers normally function as a doubles team.

Photo in text: O-M's Billy Tague on the way to victory in the No. 2 singles match.

Odessa-Montour doubles partners Rhys Stermer and Sara Gardner in action Wednesday.

Left: O-M's Preston Harris on the way to first place in the 110 Meter Hurdles. Right: The Indians' Alec Betts carries the baton in the 4x800 Relay. (Photos by Doug Yeater)

O-M boys win; Elliott sets Shot mark

TIOGA CENTER, April 10 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity track team defeated Tioga 114-27 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet at which O-M's Zach Elliott set a new school mark in the Shot Put.

Elliott threw a distance of 52' 1/2", breaking a mark of 50' 8 3/4" set in 1964 by Mike Griffin.

Coach Skip Strobel said his team had "some great performance throughout the day." They included the following:

4x800 Relay: 1st place Alec Betts, William Yeater, Paden Grover, Noah Brewster
110 Meter Hurdles: Preston Harris 1st 17.3
100 Meter Dash: Jacob Zimmer 1st 11.7; Trey McCarty 2nd 12.2
1600 Meters: Yeater 2nd; Noah Brewster 3rd
4x100 Relay: 1st Harris, Zimmer, Noah Angle, McCarty 47.7
400 Meters: 2nd Jeremiah Lynch, 3rd Betts
400 Meter Hurdles: Harris 1st 65.1; Andrew Hartford 2nd 68.0
800 Meters: 2nd Micah Brewster 3rd Brett Walters
200 Meters: 1st place tie: McCarty, Angle 25.0
3200 Meters: 1st Noah Brewster 11:19; 2nd Yeater
4x400 Relay: 1st McCarty, Grover, Jeremiah Lynch, Angle
Long Jump: Harris 1st. Angle 3rd
Triple Jump: Grover 1st; Elliot 2nd; Noah Austin 3rd
High Jump: Grover 1st 6’; Austin 2nd 5’6”; Zach Elliot 3rd 5’6”
Pole Vault: Hartford 1st 9’; 2nd Josiah Lynch; 3rd Zimmer
Shot Put: Elliott 1st 52’ 3/4”; 2nd Dylan Houseknecht
Discus: Elliott 1st 130’; Eric Rumsey 2nd 117’; Houseknecht 3rd 75’

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Paden Grover on the way to first place in the High Jump, where he cleared six feet.
Bottom: O-M's William Yeater, right, hands the baton to Noah Brewster in the 4x800 Relay. (Both photos by Doug Yeater)

Odessa-Montour's Nadia Simpson clears the High Jump bar. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

O-M girls win; Heichel 1st in 4 events

TIOGA CENTER, April 10 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity track team -- led by Kennedey Heichel's four wins -- defeated Tioga 90-50 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the Tioga athletic field.

Heichel won the 100 Meter Hurdles in a personal best of 16.9; the 400 Hurdles in 1:16.5; the Pole Vault at 9 feet; and as a member of the 4x100 Relay team (with Hunter Daugherty, Hannah Bruno and Nadia Simpson) that set a PR of 53.6.

Simpson also won the 100 (in 13.2) and the 200 (in 28.2) and was second in the High Jump, tying her personal best of 4'8".

Other firsts came from Bruno in the Triple Jump (31'1"), Jaylin Rumsey in the Shot Put (28' 4 1/2"), Lexi Saunders in the 1500 (6:13) and 3000 (14:22), Hailey Perraut in the 800 (2:57), and the 4x800 Relay team of Perraut, Morgan Burnham, Camille Sgrecci and Malia Mertenz (13:34).

Other seconds came from Meagan Terry in the 400 and Triple Jump, Burnham in the 800, Autumn Shaul in the 3000, Rumsey in the Discus, and Bruno in the Long Jump.

Photo in text: O-M's Kennedey Heichel races in the 4x100 Relay. (Doug Yeater photo)

Left: O-M's long-distance runner Lexi Saunders. Right: The Indians' Hannah Bruno, first in the Triple Jump and second in the Long Jump. (Photos by Doug Yeater)

Golf: O-M girls fall to Waverly, top Glen

WAVERLY, April 10 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity golf team split a pair of matches Tuesday, losing 156-189 to Waverly but defeating Watkins Glen 189-220 in matches on the par-34 back-9 at Tomasso'c Golf Course.

The O-M team total was a school record. Gillian Clark led the Indians with a 42, while Catherine Rounds shot a 46, Elizabeth Dawson 50 and Gabby Fazzary 51.

Waverly was led by Alex Tomasso's 35 and Sidney Tomasso's 38.

Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott led the Senecas with a 45, while Gabi Decker shot 47.

"It was a real good start for us," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "especially considering our lack of practice time on the golf course so far due to the weather."

Odessa returns to action Tuesday at the Hillendale Golf course against Watkins Glen, Waverly, Lansing and Spencer-Van Etten.

Watkins Glen tracksters fall to NV

SPENCER, April 10 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity track teams fell to Newark Valley Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the Spencer-Van Etten athletic field.

S-VE was competing at the same time against Candor. The following top finishes by the Watkins Glen squad were against NV, although some of the first-place finishes were against the larger four-school field.

Boys: Newark Valley 103, Watkins Glen 35

Casen Weeden:
First place Discus;
Second place Shot Put;
First place 4x400 Meter Relay;
Second place 200 Meter Dash

Aaron Planty:
First place 1600 Meters;
First place 4x400 Meter Relay

Gabe Planty:
First place 800 Meters:
First place 4x400 Meter Relay

Owen Scholtisek:
First place 200 Meters;
Second place 100 Meters;
First place 4x400 Meter Relay

Girls: Newark Valley 108, Watkins Glen 28

Allison Gibson:
First place 100 Meters;
Third place High Jump

Isobel Scheffey:
First place 400 Meters;
First place 200 Meters

Haley Dean:
Second place 100 Meters;
Third place 200 Meters

Jena Slater:
Tied first place Pole Vault

Madelyn Suddaby:
Third place 100 Meters

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Casen Weeden competes in the Shot Put, where he placed second.
Bottom: The Senecas' Isobel Scheffey, left, and Allie Gibson.

From left: Watkins Glen's Breanna Carl, Kai Sutterby and Gabe Planty.

Left: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan in the 400 Hurdles. Right: Allie Gibson High Jumps.

Watkins Glen's Haley Dean (left) and Isobel Scheffey at start of the 200 Meter race.

Left: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek competes in the 200 Meter race. Right: The Senecas' Travon Jones eyes the starter just before the 200.

From left: Watkins Glen's Nick Wilston, Jena Slater and Aaron Planty.

Glen softball team falls to Tioga, 26-0

TIOGA CENTER, April 10 -- The Watkins Glen varsity softball team's record slipped to 0-2 Tuesday when the Senecas dropped a 26-0 decision to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Tioga softball field.

Watkins Glen managed just two hits off Tioga pitcher Maddy Dydynski, who struck out 12 Seneca batters and walked none. The two hits came from Claudia Parker and Kathryn Losey.

Tioga, which amassed 18 hits, scored six runs in the 1st inning, nine in the 2nd, four in the 3rd and seven in the 4th. They drew seven walks off Watkins' Parker and took advantage of five Seneca errors.

Watkins Glen returns to action Wednesday with a scrimmage at home against a mixed team of Candor modified and varsity players, and then hosts Newark Valley Thursday in a double header.

O-M tennis team tops Newark Valley, 4-3

NEWARK VALLEY, April 10 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team improved to 2-1 Tuesday by defeating Newark Valley 4-3 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the NV tennis courts.

Odessa won three of the four singles matches and one doubles match.

1st Singles: Curtis Harris (OM) defeated Lindsey Diego (NV), 6-1, 6-0.
2nd Singles: Billy Tague (OM) defeated Ashley Marsh (NV), 6-1, 6-1
3rd Singles: Colby Davis (NV) defeated Cameron Adams (OM), 6-2, 6-2.
4th Singles: Deshawn Johnson (OM) defeated Natalie Shofkom (NV), 6-4, 6-3.
1st Doubles: Noah Shiel & Alexander Umiker (NV) defeated Sara Gardner & Rhys Stermer (OM), 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
2nd Doubles: Mackenna Nechwedowich & Emily Squires (NV) defeated Jonathon Myers & Jordan Robinson (OM), 6-2, 7-5.
3rd Doubles: Bronwyn Stermer & Jacy Knapp (OM) defeated Kelsey Kerns & Cymbri Jefferson (NV), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

Photo in text: O-M's Curtis Harris (File photo)

A Waverly runner slides home as the throw to O-M catcher Lydia Lynch arrives late.

O-M softball team falls to Waverly 8-0

ODESSA, April 9 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team's record slipped to 2-1 Monday when the Indians dropped an 8-0 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M softball field.

Waverly pitcher Wendi Hammond held the Indians to three hits and hit a homer to lead the Wolverines to the victory. Waverly, which had 10 hits (including three by Zoe Menning), scored two runs in the 1st inning, one (on Hammond's homer over the left field fence) in the 3rd, two in the 5th, one in the 6th, and two in the 7th

The Indians threatened in the 4th with runners on second and third after solid singles to left by Lydia Lynch (1-for-3) and Grace Vondracek (1-for-2), and a groundout by Kat Conners. But the runners were stranded there.

Conners (1-for-3) had reached second base in the 2nd inning on a single and stolen base. Vondracek also reached base when she was hit by a pitch.

Vondracek went all seven innings for O-M, allowing five earned runs while striking ot 14 batters and walking four. She threw 148 pitches, 95 of them for strikes. The Indians made four errors.

Hammond pitched a complete-game shutout, striking out 17 batters without a walk, hitting the one batter. She threw an efficient 83 pitches, 68 for strikes. The Wolverines made one error.

Odessa-Montour returns to action Wednesday at Notre Dame.

*****

Photos in text:

Top: Waverly runner Wendi Hammond scores on a pitch that got to the backstop as the throw arrives late to O-M pitcher Grace Vondracek.

Middle: O-M's Grace Vondracek delivers a pitch. She struck out 14 batters.

Bottom: Odessa-Montour's Kat Conners slides head first into second with a stolen base.

A Waverly batter is out on a hot shot that was deflected by first baseman Dezirae Minnier to second baseman Karlee Dudgeon (left), who tossed the ball to Minnier for the out.

Left: Waverly pitcher Wendi Hammond. Right: A Waverly base hit finds the hole between O-M third baseman Kat Conners and shortstop Isabel Foote.

Waverly's Wendi Hammond (21) rounds first base as a drive she hit that would have scored two runs is caught by O-M centerfielder Jolynn Minnier, left, on the run.

O-M's Lydia Lynch rips a pitch down the left field line for one of the Indians' three hits.

Watkins tennis team defeats T-burg 6-1

TRUMANSBURG, April 9 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team improved its season mark to 2-1 Monday by defeating Trumansburg 6-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the T-burg tennis courts.

"The team had another strong performance today," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "It's been a rough year with weather, but the kids are working hard and getting better every day."

The results:

1st Singles: Nathaniel Wickham (WG) defeated Jonas Puryear (T), 6-0, 3-6, 6-3.
2nd Singles: Peter Sandritter (WG) defeated Jared Everhart (T), 6-4, 6-2.
3rd Singles: Dylan Morse (WG) defeated Nik DiMarco (T), 6-0, 6-0.
4th Singles: Clint Craven (WG) defeated Caeyn Hoeng (T), 6-0, 6-0.
1st Doubles: Hannah Morse & Jill Cantieni (WG) defeated Hannah Morpurgo & Kelly Proctor (T), 6-1, 6-4.
2nd Doubles: Kevin Emery & Kaeden Rubenstein-Spiers (T) defeated Megan Hazlitt & Makenna Fraboni (WG), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5).
3rd Doubles: Kathleen Clifford & Tim Clifford (WG) defeated Macy Covert & Julia Wright (T), 6-0, 6-0.

Watkins Glen's Jake Johnson (7) battles a Whitney Point player for possession. The Senecas' Ethan Voorheis is at left, while Seth Swinnerton is partially obscured at right.

Glen lacrosse team falls to Whitney Point

WATKINS GLEN, April 9 -- The Watkins Glen HIgh school varsity lacrosse tam's record slipped to 0-4 Monday when the Senecas dropped a 17-5 decision to Whitney Point in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

Watkins Glen got two goals each from Joe Chedzoy and Jackson Dunham, and one from Dalton Cummings.

The Senecas scored one goal each in the first and second quarters, the first by Chedzoy and the second by Dunham. They scored three goals in the fourth period -- the first by Chedzoy, and the next two in order by Cummings and Dunham.

Whitney Point led 6-1 after one quarter, 11-2 at halftime, and 15-2 entering the final period.

Josh Bravo registered five saves in goal for Watkins Glen. while Kaitlyn Valla registered two saves.

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Bath.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy, left, battles for possession of the ball.

Bottom: The Senecas' Avery Watson (6) sends a shot on goal. The Whitney Point goalkeeper made a save on the play.

Watkins Glen's Jackson Dunham, left, sends a shot low into the Whitney Point goal.

Watkins' Seth Swinnerton winds up to shoot. The Senecas' Dalton Cummings is at right.

Athlete of the Week: O-M's Vondracek

SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 8 -- This week we honor an Odessa-Montour High school sophomore as Odessa File Athlete of the Week.

Grace Vondracek (right) -- an outstanding softball performer at O-M for each of the past two years -- had a remarkable week both pitching and hitting. She struck out 15 batters in the team's season opener and then 21 in the second game, both lopsided O-M wins -- allowing two total earned runs in 13 innings in 17-2 and 14-2 decisions. She was 6-for-7 at the plate with two walks (and was once hit by a pitch) with four homers, 11 RBIs, and 7 runs scored. Her batting average was .857, her on-base percentage .900, and her slugging average 2.714.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen lacrosse's Joe Chedzoy; Watkins golfer Hanley Elliott; O-M track's Kennedey Heichel, Jacob Zimmer, Nadia Simpson, Hannah Bruno, Preston Harris, Zach Elliott and Noah Angle; Watkins Glen track's Allison Gibson, Gabe Planty, Aaron Planty and Casen Weeden; O-M softball's Lydia Lynch and Isabel Foote; and Seneca Indians pitcher Isaac McIlroy.

Honorable Mention: Another 41 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

O-M tennis team falls to Lansing; now 1-1

ODESSA, April 6 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity tennis team's record slipped to 1-1 Friday when the Indians dropped a 7-0 decision to Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the O-M tennis courts.

The results:

1st Singles: Curtis Harris (OM) lost to Zoli Csaki (Lan), 6-1, 6-0.
2nd Singles: Billy Tague (OM) lost to Nick Parkes (Lan), 6-0, 6-1.
3rd Singles: Cameron Adams (OM) lost to Anders Gartenberg (Lan), 6-2, 6-0.
4th Singles: Deshawn Johnson (OM) lost to Darius Desnoes (Lan), 6-0, 6-0.
1st Doubles: Rhys Stermer & Sara Gardner (OM) lost to Josh Zajac & Jacob Williamson (Lan), 6-2, 6-1.
2nd Doubles: Jordan Robinson and Jonathon Myers (OM) lost to Emma Waldman & Julian Tornusciolo (Lan), 6-0, 6-0.
3rd Doubles: Jacy Knapp & Bronwyn Stermer (OM) lost to Alexander Rose & Kyle Romeo (Lan), 6-1, 6-1.

Photo in text: O-M's Jonathon Myers returns a Lansing volley.

Left: O-M's Cameron Adams volleys. Right: The Indians' Deshawn Johnson serves.

Left: O-M's Jacy Knapp in the 3rd Doubles match. Right: Odessa's Taylor Alton in an exhibition doubles match.

Left: O-M's Billy Tague volleys. Right: Odessa's' Sara Gardner in the 1st Doubles match.

Odessa-Montour's Heidi Casselberry slides home safely ahead of a throw to the plate.

Softball: O-M routs Groton

Vondracek fans 21, hits 2 homers in 14-2 victory

ODESSA, April 5 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team -- led by Grace Vondracek's 2-hit, 21-strikeout pitching and two homers -- improved its record to 2-0 Thursday with a 14-2 home victory over Groton.

Odessa, held scoreless in the first inning, plated runs in each of the next five innings-- with two each in the 2nd and 3rd, four in the 4th and three each in the 5th and 6th.

Vondracek, who popped out in the first inning, reached base in the 3rd when she was hit by a pitch, and then homered twice, driving in four runs. Eighty-four of her 121 pitches were strikes.

Groton, which had four strikeouts in one inning (a batter made it to first when the third-strike pitch was dropped), had baserunners through two singles, two walks and two O-M errors. One of its runs was earned.

Odessa had nine hits -- and took advantage of 13 walks and four Groton errors. In addition to those from Vondracek, hits came from:

--Isabel Foote: 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored and an RBI;
--Lydia Lynch: 1-for-4 with three runs scored;
--Heidi Casselberry: 1-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored and 2 RBIs;
--Dezirae Minnier: 1-for-2 with three walks, two runs scored and an RBI;
--Megan Jenkins: 1-for-2 with three walks and a run scored; and
--Emma Lodge: 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

Odessa will return to action today (Friday) at home against Newark Valley. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Grace Vondracek delivers a pitch.
Bottom: Odessa's Lydia Lynch slides home safely on a wild pitch.

O-M's Isabel Foote (left) and Emma Lodge drive in runs with solid singles.

Left: O-M's Lydia Lynch throws out a Groton batter on a dropped third strike. Right: Odessa's Jolynn Minnier strikes a pose in the on-deck circle.

Left: O-M shortstop Isabel Foote applies the tag a moment late on a Groton stolen base. Right: Odessa pitcher Grace Vondracek awaits her first turn at bat.

Watkins tennis team evens mark at 1-1

NEWARK VALLEY, April 5 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team improved to 1-1 with a 7-0 victory Thursday over Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the NV tennis courts

The Senecas didn't lose a set in any of the seven matches, played in sometimes wintry conditions.

The results:

1st Singles: Nate Wickham (WG) defeated Lindsey Diego (NV) 6-1, 6-3.
2nd Singles: Peter Sandritter (WG) defeated Ashley Marsh (NV) 6-0, 6-1.
3rd Singles: Dylan Morse (WG) defeated Colby Davis (NV) 6-1, 6-0.
4th Singles: Clint Craven (WG) defeated Natalie Shofkom (NV) 6-1, 6-1.
1st Doubles: Hannah Morse & Jill Cantieni (WG) defeated Alexander Umiker & Noah Shiel (NV) 6-4, 6-1.
2nd Doubles: Megan Hazlitt & Makenna Fraboni (WG) defeated Mackenna Nechwedowich & Emily Squires (NV) 6-4, 6-2.
3rd Doubles: Tim Clifford & Kathleen Clifford (WG) defeated Kelsey Kerns & Cymbri Jefferson (NV) 6-0, 6-1.

"The entire team played very well in cold, windy conditions," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "At various points throughout the match it snowed, which isn’t great tennis weather, but we put together a solid match at every position. We play at Trumansburg tomorrow (Friday), so hopefully we can continue to play well and get some warmer weather."

Watkins' Jackson Dunham (25) fires a shot (ball is on the left) for one of his two goals.

Watkins lacrosse team falls to Seton, 14-9

WATKINS GLEN, April 5 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team's record slipped to 0-3 Thursday when the Senecas dropped a 14-9 decision to Binghamton Seton in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

"We played a teerrible first half," said Watkins Coach Nils Watson, "but picked it up in the second half. By then the score was too out of reach for us."

Watkins, which scored single goals in the first and second quarters, scored four times in the third period and was down 9-6 with 2:22 left in the period. But Seton scored 29 seconds later to go up 10-6, and again 34 seconds after that for an 11-6 edge entering the fourth quarter.

Seton expanded its lead to seven, 13-6, with the first two goals of the fourth period, before the Senecas scored three of the final four goals.

Joe Chedzoy led the Watkins attack with five goals, while Jackson Dunham scored twice and Avery Watson and Dalton Cummings once apiece. Chedzoy led in loose balls controlled with 10, while Conner Smith had four, and Jake Johnson and Gavin VanDerEems three each.

Watkins Glen returns to action Monday at home against Whitney Point. Game time is 5 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy (foreground) battles for possession of the ball.
Bottom: The Senecas' goalkeeper, Kaitlyn Valla, after the game.

Left: Watkins Glen's Ethan Voorheis (30) carries the ball as a Seton player tries to slow him down. Right: The Senecas' Jacob DeJong (foreground) grabs the ball.

Watkins Glen's Seth Swinnerton (left) and Conner Smith pass the ball.

Goal: Watkins Glen's Dalton Cummings (13) cuts loose with a shot that found the net.

Watkins girls golf team loses to Waverly

WAVERLY, April 5 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity golf team's record slipped to 3-1 Thursday when the Senecas dropped a 172-211 decision to Waverly in a match on Tomasso's golf course.

The weather, said Coach Chris Clark, "was horrendous, with high winds, snow and freezing temperatures."

Waverly's Alex Tomasso was medalist with a 39, while Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott was runnerup with a 41. Meghan Hayes added a 51 for the Senecas, and Gabi Decker a 54.

The Senecas return to action today (Friday) with a match against Horseheads and Elmira on the Willow Creek golf course in Big Flats.

Left: O-M's Nadia Simpson (foreground) on the way to victory in the 100. Teammate Hannah Bruno (back left) finished second. Right: Noah Angle leaps en route to a win in the Long Jump competition.

Track: Odessa boys, girls defeat S-VE

ODESSA, Aprul 3 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys and girls track teams opened their season with victories Tuesday, defeating Spencer-Van Etten in Interscholastic Athletic Conference meets on the O-M athletic field.

The Odessa boys won 121-20, while the Odessa girls prevailed 117-16. Elmira Notre Dame also competed, but team scores were not kept for the Crusaders.

In the girls' meet, Kennedey Heichel and Nadia Simpson each posted four wins, while Hannah Bruno won twice.

Heichel, who tied the school record in the Pole Vault at an officiated scrimmage Saturday at Elmira (9' 6", equalling the mark set by Katie Taber), was well below that this time (7') because without competition, the O-M vaulters established placement and points and then stopped -- a primary reason being the wet and cold weather.

In the boys' meet, Jacob Zimmer finished first four times, and Preston Harris, Zach Elliott and Noah Angle three times.

Among the O-M boys' victories:

3200 Relay: Noah Brewster, Alec Betts, William Yeater, Paden Grover, 9:57.4.
110 Hurdles: Preston Harris, 17.7.
100 Meters: Jacob Zimmer, 11.7.
4x100 Relay: Preston Harris, Jacob Zimmer, Noah Angle, Trey McCarty, 48.2.
400 Meter Hurdles: Preston Harris, 1:06.6.
200 Meters: Jacob Zimmer, 24.8.
4x400 Relay: Noah Brewster, Noah Angle, Jeremiah Lynch, Alec Betts, 3:59.1.
Long Jump: Noah Angle, 16' 4"
Triple Jump: Zach Elliott, 32' 5.25"
High Jump: Paden Grover, 5' 1"
Shot Put: Zach Elliott, 43' 10.25"
Discus: Zach Elliott, 139' 1"
Pole Vault: Jeremiah Lynch and Jacob Zimmer, 7'

Second places: Andrew Hartford in the 110 Hurdles; Trey McCarty in the 100 Meters and 200 Meters; William Yeater in the 1600 and 3200; Jeremiah Lynch in the 400; Andrew Hartford in the 400 Hurdles; Noah Brewster in the 800; Preston Harris in the Long Jump; Zach Elliott in the High Jump; Eric Rumsey in the Discus; Dylan Houseknecht in the Shot Put.

Among the O-M girls' victories:

100 Hurdles: Kennedey Heichel, 17.1.
100 Meters: Nadia Simpson, 12.9.
4x100 Relay: Kennedey Heichel, Nadia Simpson, Hannah Bruno, Hunter Daugherty, 53.9
400 Meter Hurdles: Kennedey Heichel, 1:18.4.
200 Meters: Nadia Simpson, 28.4.
Triple Jump: Hannah Bruno, 32' 0"
High Jump: Nadia Simpson, 4' 4"
Pole Vault: Kennedey Heichel, 7'

Second places: Hunter Daugherty in the 100 Hurdles and 400 Hurdles; Hannah Bruno in the 100 Meters and Long Jump; Lexi Saunders in the 1500; Meagan Terry in the 400 and Triple Jump; Morgan Burnham in the 800; Autumn Shaul in the 3000; Hannah Chapman in the High Jump; Hailey Perraut in the Pole Vault; Jaylin Rumsey in the Shot Pot and Discus.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Jacob Zimmer races to victory in the 100 Meter Dash.
Middle: Odessa's Paden Grover clears the bar in the High Jump, which he won. (Photo by Doug Yeater)
Bottom: O-M's Kennedey Heichel bursts from the block at start of the 4x100 Relay. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: O-M's Preston Harris on the way to victory in the 110 Meter Hurdles. Right: The Indians' McKennah Lott. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Left: O-M's Zach Elliott clears the High Jump bar. Right: The Indians' Meagan Terry. (Both photos by Doug Yeater)

Left: O-M's Lexi Saunders in the 1500, where she placed second. Right: The Indians' William Yeater in the 1600, where he finished second.

Left: O-M's Josiah Lynch competes in the 100. Right: Odessa's Hannah Chapman, left, and exchange student Beatriz Silva of Brazil at the track meet.

Left: O-M's Trey McCarty on the way to second place in the 100. Right: Odessa's Jaylin Rumsey hurls the Discus. She placed second.

Left: O-M's Ida Sidle at start of the 100 Meter Dash. Right: Odessa's Hannah Chapman clears the High Jump bar. She placed second. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Track: Glen boys, girls fall to Waverly

WAVERLY, Aprul 3 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity track teams dropped decisions to Waverly Tuesday in Interscholastic Ahtletic Conference season-opening meets on the Waverly athletic field.

The Watkins Glen boys lost 98-37, while the girls lost 94-42.

Watkins Coach Travis Durfee was enthusiastic in defeat, pointing to Allison Gibson's three first-place finishes, including a 4x100 Relay win with Haley Dean, Jena Slater and Isobel Scheffey; to Emmie Bond's win in the Shot Put in her first track-and-field meet, and to Slater's Pole Vault win, in which she tied her personal best.

He also noted wins posted by brothers Gabe and Aaron Planty, including "a thrilling come-from-behind victory in the 1600 (4x400) Relay" with teammates Casen Weeden and Owen Scholtisek; and a win by Weeden in the Discus.

Girls: Wins were posted for the Senecas by:

--Allison Gibson in the 100 Meters (14.09)
--The 4x100 Relay team of Allison Gibson, Haley Dean, Jena Slater and Isobel Scheffey (57.93)
--Emmie Bond in the Shot Put (27' 3.5")
--Allison Gibson in the High Jump (4' 6")
--Jena Slater in the Pole Vault (7' 6")

Second places: Kelsey Kernan in the 100 Hurdles and 400 Hurdles; Isobel Scheffey in the 400; Allison Gibson in the 200; Julya Slater in the 3000.

Boys: Wins were posted for the Senecas by:

--Gabe Planty in the 1600 Meter Run (4:49.04)
--Aaron Planty in the 800 Meter Run (2:10.04)
--Gabe Planty in the 3200 Meter Run (10:48.21)
--The 4x400 Relay team of Owen Scholtisek, Casen Weeden, Gabe Planty and Aaron Planty (3:57.53)
--Casen Weeden in the Discus (92' 6")

Second places: Shawn Joslyn in the 400; Aaron Planty in the 3200; Casen Weeden in the Shot Put.

O-M's Grace Vondracek rips a pitch down the right field line for a homer. Teammate Lydia Lynch is at left after reaching first base on a walk.

Odessa softball team opens with a win

ODESSA, April 3 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team -- behind the pitching and hitting of sophomore Grace Vondracek -- started its season with a victory Monday, topping Southern Cayuga 17-2.

Vondracek started on the mound for the Indians, striking out 15 batters in six innings of work, walking three and hitting two batters while allowing three hits. Newcomer Kat Conners pitched the 7th inning, retiring the Chiefs in order, with one strikeout.

Vondracek led the O-M offense, going 4-for-4 with two homers, a double, a single and a walk, scoring four runs and driving in seven. Lydia Lynch was also 4-for-4 with a walk, and scored four runs.

Isabel Foote had a triple, a single and a walk for O-M while scoring three runs and driving in three. Conners had three hits, scored three runs and drove in two.

Odessa's Dezirae Minnier and Heidi Casselberry had a hit and a walk apiece, and Minnier and Emma Lodge each scored a run and drove in one. Jolynn Minnier drew two walks and scored once..

Southern Cayuga scored single runs in the 1st and 4th innings. It had two of its three hits -- both singles -- in the first inning, and a double in the 6th. It scored without a hit in the 4th.

O-M scored three times in the 3rd inning, four times in the 4th, and 10 times in the 6th. Vondracek hit both of her homers in the 5th inning.

The Indians return to action Wednesday at home against Groton. The game had been scheduled at Groton, but was moved due to field conditions.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Dezirae Minnier beats the throw back to first base after a teammate lined out.
Bottom:
Indians' catcher Lydia Lynch is handed her mask by the umpire after she chased a pitch that got past her to the backstop.

Left: O-M pitcher Kat Conners prepares to toss the ball to first bsae for the game's final out after fielding a grounder. Right: The Indians' Jolynn Minnier connects with a pitch.

Left: O-M's Grace Vondracek delivers a pitch. Right: The Indians' Heidi Casselberry sends a ball down the right field line, just foul.

Odessa-Montour's Isabel Foote races home ahead of the ball. She hit a triple, and kept on running on a Southern Cayuga error.

WGOM's Josh Updyke rips a 6th inning pitch to left center that went for a triple.

Seneca Indians top Southern Cayuga, 8-1

ODESSA, April 3 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team evened its season mark at 1-1 Monday when it defeated Southern Cayuga 8-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Odessa-Montour High School baseball field.

The Seneca Indians, a team of Watkins Glen High School and O-M athletes, notched all of its runs in the first three innings -- scoring three times in the 1st inning, three times in the 2nd and twice in the 3rd.

Stolen bases and SC errors helped fuel the attack. The Seneca Indians swiped 10 bases while Southern Cayuga was committing eight errors. In fact, just one of WGOM's eight runs was earned.

WGOM managed four hits -- one each by Josh Updyke, Sean Kelly, Derrick Lewis and Ben Matthews. Caleb Thomas and Josiah Wysocki each drew a walk. Lewis led in RBIs with three, while Kelly had one.

Isaac McIlroy went the first five innings on the mound for WGOM, holding the Chiefs scoreless on five hits while striking out nine batters and walking one. He was relieved in the 6th by Johnny Niedermaier and in the 7th by Derrick Lewis.

Southern Cayuga, which totaled eight hits, scored its lone run in the 6th inning. It actually struck out four times in the 7th against Lewis, one runner reaching base when a third strike got away from the catcher.

The Seneca Indians return to action Wednesday at home against Lansing.

Photo in text: Seneca Indians starting pitcher Isaac McIlroy.

WGOM first baseman Johnny Niedermaier, right, fakes as though a pick-off attempt has gotten past him, when in fact pitcher Isaac McIlroy still had the ball. It was a variation on the hidden-ball trick, with the pitcher holding it in this case, and racing toward first in hopes of catching the runner off-guard, and off base. It didn't work

Left: The Seneca Indians' third pitcher, Derrick Lewis, delivers. Right: WGOM third baseman Michael Doane prepares to fire to first base after fielding a grounder.

WG softball team opens with no-hit loss

SOUTHPORT, April 3 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team opened its season Monday with a 16-0, five-inning loss to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the ND softball field.

The Crusaders' Izzy Milazzo held the Senecas hitless. The only base runners for Watkins were Kathryn Losey on a walk and Kendra Cornish, hit by a pitch.

Notre Dame scored six times in the 1st inning, four times in the 2nd, twice in the 3rd and four times in the 4th. The game ended after the Senecas' 5th inning under the so-called "mercy rule" that ends a game early when one team has built a lead of 15 or more runs through five innings.

Watkins Glen is scheduled to return to action today (Tuesday) at home against Spencer-Van Etten.

Watkins Glen's No. 1 singles player, Nate Wickham, tracks down a volley.

Watkins tennis team opens with 7-0 loss

WATKINS GLEN, April 3 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team started its season on a losing note Monday, falling to Lansing 7-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the WGHS tennis courts.

"In our first match of the season," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, "we played an outstanding Lansing team. The kids fought hard and I'm proud of their effort. I think we should be very competitive as the season moves forward."

1st Singles: Nathaniel Wickham (WG) lost to Nick Parkes (Lan), 6-2, 6-0.
2nd Singles: Tim Clifford (WG) lost to Zoli Csaki (Lan), 6-0, 6-0.
3rd Singles: Dylan Morse (WG) lost to Anders Gartenberg (Lan), 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.
4th Singles: Clint Craven (WG) lost to Darius Desnoes (Lan), 6-1, 6-0.

1st Doubles: Hannah Morse & Jill Cantieni (WG) lost to Josh Zajac & Jacob Williamson (Lan), 6-3, 6-4.
2nd Doubles: Makenna Fraboni & Megan Hazlitt (WG) lost to Emma Waldman & Julian Tornusciolo (Lan), 6-3, 6-4.
3rd Doubles: Kathleen Clifford & Kendra Larson (WG) lost to Alexander Rose & Kyle Romeo (Lan), 6-2, 6-0.

Photos in text:

Top: The Senecas' No. 2 singles player, Tim Clifford, returns a serve.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's No. 2 doubles team of Megan Hazlitt, left, and Makenna Fraboni greet their opponents in a pre-match ceremony.

Watkins lacrosse team loses to Forks

CHENANGO FORKS, April 3 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team's record slipped to 0-2 Monday when the Senecas dropped a 24-1 decision to Chenango Forks on the road.

The lone goal for Watkins Glen came from Dalton Cummings, unassisted.

Joe Chedzoy had 10 face-off wins for the Senecas. Josh Bravo registered four saves in goal, while Kaitlyn Valla notched one.

Watkins Glen returns to action Thursday at home against Binghamton Seton. Game time is 5 p.m.

Athletes of Week: Golfers Elliott, Decker

SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 2 -- This week we honor as Odessa File Athletes of the Week two Watkins Glen High School golfers who led their team to a season-opening win over Horseheads, Elmira and Corning.

Hanley Elliott and Gabi Decker each fired a 42 to pace the Senecas to a 188 total and a victory by 14 strokes over runnerup Horseheads.

Double Honorable: Odessa-Montour tennis player Curtis Harris; Watkins Glen lacrosse players Joe Chedzoy and Avery Watson; and Seneca Indians catcher Derrick Lewis.

Honorable Mention: Another 10 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

The Seneca Indians' Michael Doane tags out an Edison runner trying to reach third base.

Seneca Indians fall to TAE in opener, 8-0

ODESSA, March 31 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team managed just one hit Saturday as it opened the season with an 8-0 loss to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Odessa-Montour baseball field.

The Seneca Indians, a team of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes, went hitless against Edison pitcher Nate Chorney for 6 1/3 innings before Derrick Lewis lined a single to lefl between third and short. He was promptly erased in a game-ending double play.

Edison scored in five of the seven innings, notching two runs in each of the 1st, 4th and 7th innings, and one run in both the 3rd and 6th innings. The Spartans notched 14 hits in support of Chorney, who walked just one batter -- Lewis in the first inning -- and struck out nine.

Michael Doane was the starting pitcher for the Seneca Indians, and was relieved in the 4th inning after giving up a leadoff single. Four runs were charged to him on seven hits, and four to relief pitcher Ausitn Voorheis, also on seven hits. Logan Peters and Matt Mowchan led the Edison offense with three hits apiece.

WGOM returns to action Monday at home against Southern Cayuga. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photo in text: The Seneca Indians' Derrick Lewis connects for his team's lone hit, a single in the 7th inning.

Left: WGOM pitcher Austin Voorheis turns to throw to second base for a forceout after grabbing an Edison grounder. Right: Seneca Indians shortstop Josh Updyke throws an Edison batter out at first after fielding a ground ball.

The Seneca Indians' Ben Matthews bunts the ball, but was thrown out at first base.

Clearing the bar

Odessa-Montour junior Kennedey Heichel goes airborne on the way to clearing the pole vault bar during a scrimmage Saturday in Elmira. The O-M girls and boys track teams participated as a warmup for their season opener Tuesday at home against Notre Dame, Elmira and Spencer-Van Etten. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Glen girls golf team wins season opener

BIG FLATS, March 28 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity golf team -- led by co-medalists Hanley Elliott and Gabi Decker -- defeated three other teams Wednesday in a season-opening match on the par-37 Willowcreek Golf Club course.

Elliott and Decker each registered a 42 to lead Watkins to a 188 team total. The Senecas finished ahead of Horseheads (202), Elmira (252) and Corning (268).

Sarah Swinnerton added a career-best 50 for Watkns Glen, while Meghan Hayes posted a career-best 54.

It was "a great showing for the first match of the year," said Watkins Glen Coach Chris Clark, "and a great way to start with sweeping the meet."

The team will return to action Tuesday at Endwell Greens against Johnson City, Elmira and Corning.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott watches one of her drives.
Bottom: The Senecas' Gabi Decker follows through. (Both photos provided)

A Mynderse player fires a shot on goal, where Watkins Glen's Josh Bravo (18) is defending. The shot went wide to the right.

Watkins lacrosse team falls to Mynderse

WATKINS GLEN, March 27 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team opened the season with a loss Tuesday, falling to Mynderse Academy of Seneca Falls 15-6 in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

Joe Chedzoy led the Watkins offense with three goals and an assist, and topped the Senecas in loose ground balls with 10. Avery Watson added two goals and two assists, while Dalton Cummings scored one goal and had two assists.

Josh Bravo, debuting in goal for Watkins, registered three saves.

"The team veterans set the tone for the game," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson. "Ethan Voorheis, Conner Smith and Gavin Vandereems played a good defensive game.

"New to the team this season," added Watson, "are Seamus Mooney, Sam Smith, and Jake DeJong. All showed some great potential."

The Senecas' next game is Monday at Chenango Forks.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy fires a shot that resulted in a goal.
Bottom: The Senecas' Avery Watson (6) carries the ball upfield.

Odessa-Montour's Rhys Stermer volleys in his doubles match against Moravia.

O-M tennis team tops Moravia in opener

ODESSA, March 26 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity tennis team opened the season on a winning note Monday, defeating Moravia 6-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the O-M tennis courts.

The results:

1st Singles: Curtis Harris (OM) defeated Garrett Stoyell (Mor), 7-5, 6-1.
2nd Singles: Billy Tague (OM) defeated Jared Justian (Mor), 8-3, 5-7, 6-3.
3rd Singles: Cameron Adams (OM) defeated Brady Knutson (Mor), 6-2, 6-4.
4th Singles: Deshawn Johnson (OM) defeated Linwei Chen (Mor), 6-2, 6-0.
1st Doubles: Rhys Stermer & Sara Gardner (OM) defeated Kaitlyn Dusseau & Gavin Dearden (Mor), 6-2, 7-6 (10-8).
2nd Doubles: Linwei Chen & Trinity Dearden (Mor) defeated Jordan Robinson & Jonathon Myers (OM), 6-4, 6-1.
3rd Doubles: Bronwyn Stermer & Jacy Knapp (OM) defeated Lindsey Jones & Rachel Bancroft (Mor), 6-3, 6-1.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Curtis Harris on the way to a 7-5, 6-1 victory.

Left: O-M's Deshawn Johnson volleys in his singles match. Right: Odessa's Sara Gardner serves during her doubles match.

Safe at second

In this artistically enhanced photo, The Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen Seneca Indians' Sean Kelly steals second base during a scrimmage Monday at O-M against South Seneca. The WG/OM squad also has scrimmages at Hammondsport and Trumansburg this week before opening the season Thursday at home against Edison at 4:30 p.m.

Glen's Morse named to All-Section 4 team

WATKINS GLEN, March 23, 2018 -- Watkins Glen High School basketball standout Hannah Morse has been named to the All-Section 4 Basketball Team in a vote of coaches in the Basketball Coaches Association of New York.

Morse, a junior, was the point guard on the WGHS girls varsity team that made it to the Section 4, Class C final before falling to top-seeded Bainbridge-Guilford. Watkins Glen had won three straight sectional titles, as well as the state crown in 2017.

Photo at right: Hannah Morse (File photo)

The 2018 All Section 4 team follows:

Watkins Glen: Hannah Morse
Elmira High School:
Kiara Fisher, Zaria Demember-Shazir
Binghamton: Kaziah Ross, Annie Ramil
Horseheads: Jillian Casey
Johnson City: Molly Burdick
Seton Catholic Central: Hanna Strawn, Ava McCann, Julie Hauer
Union-Endicott: Lexi Brooks
Owego Free Academy: Kaci Donovan
Susquehanna Valley: Trinasia Kennedy, Holly Manchester, Maeve Donnelly
Waverly: Elle Nittinger
Bainbridge-Guilford: Abigail Selfridge, Megan Palmatier
Southern Cayuga: Catherine Kopp
Delhi: Logan Bruce, Anna Post
Hancock: Laycee Drake

The Schuyler Strikers U12 girls team poses after winning at Letchworth. The players are: Skye Honrath, Maisie Robertson, Sasha Honrath, Lillian Ameigh, Jen Gublo, Jacquellin Mace, Madaline Bryerton, Julia Spahalski, Ava Cowan, and Olivia VanSkiver. Coaches are Paul Honrath and Eric VanSkiver. (Photo provided)

Schuyler Strikers teams close with wins

SCHUYLER COUNTY, March 26, 2018 -- The Schuyler Strikers U10 and U12 girls soccer teams finished their season with tournament wins recently.

The Schuyler Strikers U10 squad won the championship in their division at the Letchworth indoor tournament. The team was in a situation to miss the playoffs when a goal from Abigail Grady in the final minute of the last regular game gave them enough points to make it to the semifinals. In the semi-final game they played a strong Genesee Rebels team and won in overtime. They then played Westfield in the final game and beat them 2-0 to win the championship.

"All of the girls played very well and have continued to develop their skills and game play over this indoor season," said Coach Eric VanSkiver. Goals: Madison Tuttle 4, Olivia King 2, Isabella Llewelyn 1, Alexis Gillis 1, Gillian D’Alleva 1, Abigail Grady 1. Saves: Ava Kelly 27.

The U12 team won the championship in their division at the Letchworth indoor tournament. "The girls again continued to show how well their skills are developing and were able to even change strategy on their own to beat a tough Batavia team in the final 2-0 to win the Championship," said Coach VanSkiver. This was the last tournament of the season as they prepare to go back outside for the spring season.

Photo in text: U10 team members include Natalie VanSkiver, Ava Kelly, Brooklynn Thompson, Olivia King, Gillian D’Alleva, Abigail Grady, Isabella Llewellyn, Madison Tuttle, Alexis Gillis and Sidney Pike. Coaches are Johanna Tuttle, Ben King and Eric VanSkiver. (Photo provided)

Finish season at 22-4-2

SCHUYLER COUNTY, March 26, 2018 -- The Schuyler Strikers U11 boys soccer team won the championship in their division at the Naples Indoor Tournament recently.

The team also made it into the finals in all of the other tournaments they played in throughout the season -- finishing with a record of 22-4-2.

Pictured above: Patrick Croft, Max Sgrecci, Auggie Ector, Riley Yaw, Dana Spaccio, Michael Purpura, Aidan Kelly, Richie Pike. (Not pictured: coach Jeremy Peters) (Photo provided)

From left: Julia Spahalski, Madaline Bryerton, Jen Gublo, Sasha Honrath, Jacqueline Mace, Lillian Ameigh, Maisie Robertson, Olivia VanSkiver, Skye Honrath, Coach Eric VanSkiver. Not pictured: Nicole Honrath.

Schuyler Strikers U12 team wins tourney

SCHUYLER COUNTY, March 13, 2018 -- The Schuyler Strikers U12 Girls team won the championship in their division at the Warsaw Indoor Tournament on Sunday.

The girls entered the semifinals in second place and beat Newark Valley 2-1 to advance to the final. They then faced a physical top-seeded Genesee Rebels in the final and beat the Rebels 1-0 in sudden death overtime to win the championship.

"They played extremely well throughout the whole tournament," said Coach Eric VanSkiver, " and everyone on the team scored, including our goalie Lilly."

The Watkins Supply team, which finished the season with a 4-2 mark. (Photo provided)

O-M youth hoops program wraps up season

ODESSA, March 8 -- Forty-five elementary students in the Odessa-Montour School District participated in this year's O-M youth hoops program on Saturday mornings.

"Special thanks to our sponsors," said organizer Greg Gavich, referring to The Bucket Bar and Grill, Montour Moose Lodge, Vedder and Scott, and Watkins Supply.

"Also thanks to the O-M junior varsity and varsity basketball players who volunteered their time to teach the game to our youth. And special thanks to Joe Leonard, Dan Stephens, Kristine Gardner and Lynda Kramer for all of their help with the program this season."

Results for March 3:

Watkins Supply 23, Montour Moose 19

Watkins Supply (4-2): Kaleb Collins 7 points, Arron Sutton 6 points, Ella Kramer 4 points, Hunter Mowry 3 points, Zach Smith 3 points.
Montour Moose (5-1): Conner Fogie 13 points, Bri Tuttle 2 points, Lilly Bond 2 points, Ron Wilson 2 points

Vedder and Scott 23, The Bucket Bar and Grill 12

Vedder and Scott (1-5): Mike Hancock 17 points, Moe Zinger 6 points
The Bucket Bar and Grill (2-4): Kyler Erickson 7 points, Jacob Carnes 2 pionts, Hannah Albertsman 2 points, David Heichel 1 point

Photos in text:

Top: The Montour Moose team, which had a record of 5-1.
Bottom: The Vedder and Scott team, which finished 1-5. (Photos provided)

The Bucket Bar & Grill team, which finished the season 2-4. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen team wins Elmira tournament

ELMIRA, March 5 -- A team of players from Watkins Glen High School -- 8th graders and one 7th grader -- won the 2018 Elmira Officials' Basketball Tournament Sunday, winning four games over three days -- including the title game, 54-40 over Troy.

Adam Pastore was named the tournament MVP and Cameron Holland was named to the all-tournament team.

Watkins squad members, in addition to Pastore and Holland, were Travon Jones, Georgio Fazzary, Mitchell Pike, Owen Scholtisek and the lone 7th grader, Jacob Yontz. The team was coached by John Fazzary and David Waite.

2nd Place at Sayre Tourney: A Watkins Glen squad finished second Monday in the Epiphany's Boys Modified Basketball Tournament at Sayre for 7th, 8th and 9th graders.

After losing the opener of the 10-day tournanent by one point to Maine-Endwell, the Senecas won five straight games -- over Seton Catholic, Athens, Chenango Forks, Chenango Valley and Elmira -- to earn a spot in the championship game, a rematch against Maine-Endwell. But Watkins lost to M-E for the second time.

Team members were Mitchell Pike, Owen Scholtisek, Adam Pastore, Travon Jones, Jacob Dejong, Dylan Morse, Georgio Fazzary, Seamus Mooney, Max Evans and Bryce Kelly.

Photos in text:

Top: The winning Watkins team poses with its title trophy in Elmira. (Photo provided)
Bottom: The 2nd place Watkins team poses in Sayre. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux, right, prepares to shoot in traffic.

Glen girls fall in finale, 59-48

Section IV title streak ends at three as top seed prevails

CORTLAND, March 4 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team was within reach of its fourth straight Section IV, Class C championship Sunday, but Bainbridge-Guilford -- which had fallen to the Senecas in sectional play in each of the past two seasons -- pulled away in the closing minutes to hand the Senecas a 59-48 loss in the title game at SUNY Cortland.

The difference came down primarily to free throws at the end. Watkins -- which after tying the game 41-41 had fallen behind by six points, 47-41, and then rallied to within a point, 47-46 -- let B-G's Erica Selfridge loose in the key for a basket with 1:09 left, and fouled her in the process. She converted, which put Bainbridge ahead 50-46, forcing Watkins to foul in order to conserve time and, hopefully, get the ball back without further damage.

But B-G -- seeded No. 1 to Watkins Glen's No. 3 -- sank 9 of 12 free throws in the closing minute to ice the game -- ending the Senecas' Section IV title run at three, and denying them a chance to defend their 2017 state championship. Instead, Bainbridge-Guilford (21-1) moves on to Intersectional play. Watkins Glen closes with a 16-6 record.

Hannah Morse led the Senecas with 16 points, and had 4 assists and 2 rebounds. Other Watkins statistics:

Taylor Kelly: 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals.
Ryanna LaMoreaux: 9 points and 3 rebounds.
Emmie Bond: 9 points and 1 rebound.
Makenna Fraboni: 2 points and 1 steal.
Clara Chedzoy: 1 point, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block.
Danielle Leszyk: 2 assists

Watkins Glen converted 4 of 7 free throws. Bainbridge-Guilford converted 15 of 24.

The Senecas, who led at halftime 25-23 after rallying from a 17-11 second-quarter deficit, were limited on offense by strong B-G rebounding, which often held Watkins to a single shot per trip down the floor. They also had trouble containing B-G's rugged post player, Megan Palmatier, who scored 20 points, and who helped get Chedzoy and Bond in early foul trouble. Abigail Selfridge added 17 points.

By the 3:37 mark of the first period, both Bond and Chedzoy had been whistled twice, and been subbed for. And Chedzoy was nicked for her third foul 6:17 before halftime, keeping her on the sideline until the third period. But when the Senecas were down by six at 17-11, one of the subs, Fraboni, turned the tide back toward Watkins' favor with a basket from the side, triggering a 7-point run that included a basket and free throw by LaMoreaux and a driving layup by Morse.

Watkins rode that momentum to its halftime lead, but it was short-lived once the third period began. Bainbridge tied the game 13 seconds into the second half, and took the lead at 6:37, 27-25. Watkins responded with Bond and Kelly baskets to go up 29-27, and was up 31-29 after another Morse basket.

But Bainbridge then scored eight straight points, pulling ahead 37-31 with 1:40 remaining in the third quarter. The score entering the fourth period: 37-32.

B-G pushed the lead to seven points, 39-32, before Kelly and Bond baskets trimmed it to three points, 39-36; and then the same two players scored again (Bond on a 3-ball) to forge a 41-41 tie with 4:49 left to play.

Bainbridge answered with three straight baskets in the next 2:25 to go ahead 47-41 before a Kelly 3-pointer left the Senecas down by three, 47-44, at the 2:06 mark. With 1:30 remaining, Morse scored to cut the B-G lead to one, 47-46 -- before B-G's Erica Selfirdge broke free for that basket in the key and subsequent free throw with 1:09 to play.

Then came the foul shots, and the end of a season for Watkins Glen.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse drives to the basket for two of her 16 points.

Second: The Senecas' Makenna Fraboni takes aim. She sank the shot.

Third: Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy, right, swats the ball away from a B-G player.

Bottom: B-G Coach Bob Conway argues a call with an official.

From left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond shoots, Taylor Kelly takes aim, and Danielle Leszyk defends against Bainbridge-Guilford's Abigail Selfridge.

Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn, center, addresses her team during a 4th-period time-out.

Left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly drives to the hoop. Right: The Senecas' Emmie Bond prepares to shoot.

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse looks to shoot. Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy follows through on a free throw.

Planty boys compete at States; Aaron 26th

STATEN ISLAND, March 4, 2018 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Aaron Planty placed 26th Saturday among 35 competitors in the 1600 Meter Run at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Indoor Track Championships at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Staten Island.

Weather problems forced a delay in the start of the meet from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Planty posted a personal best of 4:29.55, running what Coach Kelly Sterner called "a smart race. He paced himself and had a great kick on the last lap, which helped him get his best time." His seed time had been 4:31.72.

His brother Gabe, a WGHS sophomore, ran in the Intersectional Relay -- which combined third-place runners from last week's State Qualifier in the 300, 600, 1000 and 1600. Gabe, running the 1600 leg, posted a time of 4:37.94.

The relay team ran into trouble on the first leg when its start-off runner fell. The squad ended up finishing 10th among the 11 sectional entries.

"Gabe and the boys made a valiant effort to make up time and catch up," said Sterner.

O-M's Billy Tague at site of the New York State Swim Championships. (Photo provided)

Tague places 50th at States in Breaststroke

LONG ISLAND, NY, March 2, 2018 -- Odessa-Montour High School senior Billy Tague placed 50th Friday in the 100 Yard Breaststroke at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Swimming Championships at the Nassau County Aquatic Center.

Tague, who qualified for States last week when he won the 100 Breaststroke at the Section IV, Class C Championships in Owego, posted a time of 1:04.16. He was seeded 53rd going into Friday’s race with a time posted at sectionals of 1:01.91.

"Although it wasn’t where he and I wanted to see him finish," said O-M Coach Terri Brace after Friday's race, "it doesn’t diminish the fact that he was among the top 5% of swimmers in New York State who qualified for the meet.

"It is a huge accomplishment to just get there. It has been a great experience for both of us and I’m so happy that Billy was able to cap off his impressive high school career by making this trip."

Photo in text: Billy Tague on the Jumbotron at the Nassau County Aquatic Center as he was introduced to the crowd during a parade of seniors. (Photo provided)

O-M senior Billy Tague competes in the 100 Breaststroke at States. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse reaches through Moravia defenders to launch a shot.

Glen girls top Moravia, 62-32

Will play for Section IV title Sunday against Bainbridge

CORTLAND, Feb. 28 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team dominated from the opening tipoff Wednesday night, racing to a 39-10 hafltime lead on the way to a 62-32 victory over Moravia in a Section IV, Class C semifinal at SUNY Cortland.

With the victory, the defending Class C State Champions advanced to Sunday's final against top-seeded Bainbridge-Guilford -- set for 1 p.m. at the same location. A victory would give the Senecas their fourth straight sectional title.

Bainbridge-Guilford won Wednesday's other semifinal over Greene, 49-27.

Watkins Glen, the No. 3 seed, scored 13 points before No. 2 Moravia got on the board, and held the Blue Devils to just one basket -- and eight free throws -- in the first half. Ryanna LaMoreaux had a hot hand for the Senecas, scoring 19 points (including four 3-pointers) before intermission.

Moravia sliced 12 points off the Watkins lead in the third period, climbing to within 17 points, 43-26, but the Senecas responded with the next six points to right the ship. Moravia never got closer than 21 after that.

LaMoreaux ended up with 19 points, and had 1 steal and 1 assist. Other statistics:

--Clara Chedzoy: 14 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks and 1 assist.
--Hannah Morse: 9 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 steals and 1 block.
--Taylor Kelly: 8 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks.
--Danielle Leszyk: 6 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks.
--Emmie Bond: 4 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block and 1 assist.
--Jazmin Shea: 2 points and 2 rebounds.
--Makenna Fraboni: 2 rebounds and 1 assist.
--Julia Reilly: 1 rebound and 1 assist.
--Kathleen Clifford: 1 rebound and 1 block.
--Jena Slater: 1 rebound.

Watkins Glen (16-5) used a pressing defense and dominant rebounding to put Moravia (18-3) in a deep hole quickly. A sign of the tide came when Leszyk sank a 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter -- with the buzzer sounding as the ball arced high in the air. That made it 19-4.

LaMoreaux, who had connected on a 3-pointer in the first quarter, drained three in a row in the second period as the Senecas left the Blue Devils in the rearview. After the disjointed third period, Watkins pulled away again in the final quarter, outscoring Moravia 13-5.

"We're just really coming together," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn afterward. "It's that time of the year where your team either falls apart or comes together. They're meshing quite well. They're figuring out roles and who does what and hit the right girl who's hot" -- like LaMoreaux in the first half.

Learn conceded that the team came out flat in the second half.

"It's tough," she said. " I told them we ought to come out strong, and I was thinking about maybe pressing" to regain a rhythm. "But we were all right."

As for Bainbridge, which Watkins narrowly defeated in the sectionals last year: "They're good. They've got a good post, and two good guards for sure."

So, heading into that finale with such a convincing victory as Wednesday's under her belt, is she happy?

She smiled before answering: "I tell my girls I'm happy, but I'm not satisfied. I'm never satisfied. We've gotta keep working on things."

And with that in mind, there are practices ahead before Sunday. "Yes, three days," she said, "although it sounds like we might have a snowstorm, so we might lose one day."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux shoots. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Middle: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk launches a shot a moment before time expired in the first quarter. The ball went in for three points.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond drives to the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly prepares to shoot in traffic. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Jena Slater attempts a lay-up. Right: The Senecas' Ryanna LaMoreaux shoots over a falling Moravia player.

Left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly takes aim. Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy defends. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: The game started with Watkins Glen winning the tipoff. (Photo by Don Romeo) Right: The Senecas' Emmie Bond powers to the basket.

Left: Watkins' Makenna Fraboni defends. Right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk shoots.

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse moves the ball upcourt. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy drives to the basket.


O-M swimmer Billy Tague
is our Schuyler Winter MVP

And we unveil our Odessa File Winter All-Star teams

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 26 -- In a season of impressive high school performances -- our local girls basketball teams excelled, as did Watkins Glen's indoor tracksters, Odessa-Montour's wrestlers, and Watkins Glen's male bowlers -- one young man stood out as a warrior not to be denied.

And in the wake of his achievements came exceptional performances from his teammates, as well, and a season unlike any that the team -- the O-M boys swimmers -- had had in recent memory. The squad had not just a winning season, but a high finish -- third -- at Sectionals.

We are talking specifically here about the young man at the head of a season of attainment: a senior O-M warrior named Billy Tague -- easy-going and yet focused; helpful to teammates and foes but with a killer instinct in the pool.

He surprised many by winning the 100 Yard Breaststroke at the annual John Beecher Swimming and Diving Invitational in Elmira on Jan. 20, leading his school to the C Division title. He was seeded fifth in that race with a best of 1:08.17, but swam a 1:03.86 to win.

And come Sectional Tournament time, he improved even more, to 1:01.91, forty-two hundredths of a second ahead of Oneonta's Akiva Garfield. Add to that a 200 Yard Individual Medley victory in come-from-behind fashion (in 2:07.72, an impressive 2.20 seconds faster than his qualifying time) and you have a warrior of uncommon accomplishment: a double Sectional winner and, on top of that, a state qualifier. Since nobody in the Section had reached the state qualifying time during the season in the Breaststroke, the fastest time among the Class A, B and C Tournament swimmers won the right to compete at States -- and Tague was fastest, just 71/100 of a second short of the automatic qualifying mark.

The fact that he was able to pull off the double win is testament to heart. He was wearing the bulls-eye after finishing first in the qualifiers three days earlier at Watkins Glen High School. And yet -- at a venue (Owego Free Academy) where he had won a Sectional title once before (in the 200 Free two years earlier) but had been frustrated in his junior year by a flu bug that limited him to third- and fourth-place finishes in the 500 and 200 Free -- he now held off significant challenges to grab two titles.

It was stirring -- not to mention nail-biting for his family and friends -- to behold.

Also important: his leadership. Tague and senior Alec Betts set the tone for the O-M squad, leading both vocally and through competitive example. Swimmers like Cameron Adams, Jacob Mayette and Brett Walters rose on occasion after occasion, meet after meet, and in the doing left behind achievements for future telling. In achievement comes inspiration, not only for teammates but for future O-M swimmers.

So ... for his significant victories, for his leadership, for his overt sportsmanship, and for a season well worth not only remembering but celebrating, Billy Tague is The Odessa File's Winter Sports MVP.

The Odessa File All-Schuyler 2017-18 Winter All-Stars

First Team

Billy Tague: O-M swimming: MVP
Hannah Morse: WG basketball
Taylor Kelly: WG basketball
Olivia Grover: O-M basketball
Curtis Harris: O-M basketball
Gabe Planty: WG indoor track
Isobel Scheffey: WG indoor track
Aaron Planty: WG indoor track
Jackie Vincent: O-M bowling
Wrett Brower: WG bowling

Second Team:

Dylan Houseknecht: OM wrestling
Jeremiah Lynch: OM wrestling
Nakiaha Robinson: OM basketball
Gillian Clark: OM basketball
Zach Elliott: OM basketball
Alec Betts: OM swimming
Ryanna LaMoreaux: WG basketball
Clara Chedzoy: WG basketball
Emmie Bond: WG basketball
Dayne Hughey: WG basketball
Joe Chedzoy: WG basketball
H. Nathaniel Rose: WG bowling
Steven Bradley: WG bowling
Conlin Wysocki: WG bowling
Nate Wickham: WG swimming
Allie Gibson: WG indoor track
Kameryn Sheldon: WG wrestling

Third Team:

Kennedey Heichel: OM basketball
Eric Rumsey: OM bowling
Daniel Minnier: OM wrestling
Collin Haag: OM wrestling
Andrew Hartford: OM wrestling
Jacob Zimmer: OM wrestling
Cameron Adams: OM swimming
Jacob Mayette: OM swimming
Brett Walters: OM swimming
Wyatt Brower: WG bowling
Danielle Leszyk: WG basketball
Owen Scholtisek: WG basketball
Michael Doane: WG basketball
Alex Schimizzi: WG basketball
Brandon Ray: OM basketball
Megan Hazlitt: WG indoor track
Josh Updyke: WG indoor track

Honorable Mention:

Noah Austin: OM basketball
Alexis Saunders: OM basketball
Sara Gardner: OM basketball
Grace Vondracek: OM basketball
Isaac McIlroy: WG basketball
Julia Reilly: WG basketball
Hayley Cornish: WG bowling
Nikole VanDyke: WG bowling
Casen Weeden: WG bowling
Andrew Ink: OM bowling
Dalton Cummings: WG wrestling
Josiah Lynch: OM wrestling
Breanna Carl: WG indoor track
Bailey Hornbrook: OM swimming


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