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Seventh and eighth graders at Watkins Glen High School take a lap around the soccer field.

With sports out, informal activities take hold

ODESSA, Oct. 15, 2020 -- At Watkins Glen High School, dozens of students are taking part in after-school conditioning programs that involve sports -- soccer, swimming and cross country -- whose organized, competitive schedules were put on hold this fall by the Interscholastic Athletic Conference and Section 4.

At Odessa-Montour High School, an informal after-school gathering twice a week on the athletic field offers a chance for interested students to exercise while playing soccer.

In both cases, safety regulations are part of the operation, with masks mandatory.

At Odessa, the activity is overseen by O-M teacher and coach Burton Brewster, who said at this past Wednesday's gathering that it is open to soccer and non-soccer players seeking exercise, but that just seven to 10 students have been there for each of the first five sessions.

At WGHS, nearly two dozen seventh and eighth graders were running, doing calisthenics and learning soccer techniques Thursday under the eye of instructor and coach Ralph Diliberto. They meet twice a week, with a third day being considered. Older athletes participate in soccer some days, as well, in separate sessions under the guidance of teacher/coach Scott Morse. Beyond that, 10 swimmers were in the school pool Thursday, while eight runners were up on the State Park's cross country trails.

Photo in text: Five of the 10 students at O-M's sports activity Wednesday posed. From left: Gina Gavich, Hannah Nolan, Autumn Garrison, Lillian Betts and Tori Brewster.

WGI is back on NASCAR schedule in 2021

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 30, 2020 -- NASCAR will return to Watkins Glen International and New York State for the Go Bowling at The Glen on August 8, the sanctioning body announced as it released the schedule for the 2021 Cup Series today.

WGI's schedule for 2020 was upended by the coronavirus pandemic, with the Go Bowling at the Glen race moved to Florida as the Go Bowling 235 at The Daytona Road Course.

“We are beyond excited and ready to welcome NASCAR back to Watkins Glen International and the beautiful Finger Lakes Region,” WGI President Michael Printup said. “Our dedicated team has worked hard over the past few months in making sure the competitors, teams and fans can safely enjoy our world-class facility for the future. I know our fans can’t wait for NASCAR to make its return to The Glen in what has become a summer tradition for over 30 years.”

Schedules for the NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series 2021 seasons will be announced in the near future. In addition, start times and television network information for Cup Series races will be also announced at a later date.

Two-time defending Go Bowling at The Glen winner and NASCAR Most Popular Driver, Chase Elliott, will look to join four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon (1997-99) and Mark Martin (1993-95) as the only drivers to win three-straight Cup Series races at the 2.45-mile road course.

The full 2021 NASCAR Cup Series schedule can be found at nascar.com. Additionally, for more information on the Go Bowling at The Glen event weekend, visit TheGlen.com.

Photo in text: WGI President Michael Printup (File photo)

Athletes of the Week: Glen Gators Elites

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 21, 2020 -- With interscholastic athletics on hold until the new year, this website’s habit of selecting Athletes of the Week is also on hold.

Except ... except that the Glen Gators Elite Squad’s achievement -- swimming the entire length of Seneca Lake in segments over the past three weeks, culminating in completion Saturday -- begs further acknowledgment.

So this week, we honor as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week those nine Elite Squad individuals: Faye Mooney, Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez, Liam Smith, Georgia Michel, Madison Moss, Malina Butler, Megan Adams and Alannah Klemann.

They did a fantastic job. They showed us that determination and imagination can lead us to grand achievements, even in the midst of a pandemic.

Now, if it only inspires others to pursue alternative forms of athletics -- say intramurals. If the high school athletes compete, The Odessa File editor will try to be there, camera in hand.

Photo in text: The nine swimmers emerge from the water near the Watkins Glen Kayak Launch at the end of the final leg of their journey.

The Glen Gators Elite swimmers rise after reaching their Kayak Launch destination.

Glen Gators Elite Group swims final leg, reaches Seneca Lake's southern shoreline

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 19, 2020 -- Nine members of the Glen Gators Elite Squad completed the final leg -- about three miles -- of their Seneca Swim Challenge Saturday morning, a segmented journey that saw them swim the length of Seneca Lake from Geneva to Watkins Glen.

“This was a huge accomplishment,” said Gators Coach Jason Westervelt, noting that he wasn’t sure if the nine swimmers -- eight girls and one boy -- “realized how far it was” when they started out. “To my knowledge, this was the first time a team ever swam the entire length” of the lake, he added.

The idea for the journey came from Westervelt, who said it worked out so well that it might become an annual event. When asked its genesis, he paused, smiled, and said. “Why not, I guess.”

The nine, who concluded their swim at the Kayak Launch at the southeastern edge of Seneca Lake, adjacent to Clute Park, are Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez, Faye Mooney, Malina Butler, Liam Smith, Megan Adams, Alannah Klemann, Maddie Moss and Georgia Michel. Wilbur joined the group on the second leg after recovering from an appendectomy.

The group started the swim on Aug. 28, and then followed that periodically with a half-dozen more segments, ranging from three to six miles.

The water temperature Saturday was 66 degrees, and the air temperature when the day's swim started was 52. It warmed to the high 50s as the morning progressed, although a cold north wind made things a little more uncomfortable.

Waiting for the Gators at the Kayak Launch were family members toting binoculars and cameras. After the swimmers reached their destination, standing in the shallow water off the shore, they were handed hooded sweatshirts, one by one, with “Seneca Swim 2020” on the front and “40 Miles. No Pool. No Problem.” on the back. Each was also given a celebratory Glen Gators medallion by Westervelt.

All said they were chilled, and thus glad to get the sweatshirts and to leave the windy shoreline for a gathering in the parking lot at the rear of the Glen Harbor Marina. There, they presented various of their adult swim mentors with thank-you gifts, including one to Coach Westervelt: a sign that read “Coach,” signed by each girl, with “Gators Conquered Seneca 2020” written on the bottom edge.

“We worked with Mother Nature the best we could,” Westervelt said in a speech to the swimmers’ families, with the team standing alongside him. He pointed out the two seniors -- Wilbur and Adams -- and said: “I’m glad we could give this to them” in a senior year where the pandemic has postponed the high school girls swim season until spring.

What the nine did, he said, “was show you can accomplish just about anything despite the pandemic.”

He noted that one of the team members, Malina Butler, made the swim with a leg injury that prevented her from kicking. So she "pulled 90% of it, just using her arms."

“This was just amazing,” Westervelt said of the overall journey, telling the group: “It’s something you’ll be able to tell your kids and grandkids about, all the way through.”

What comes next is a matter of conjecture. Westervelt said he was planning to seek use of the Watkins Glen High School pool for swim training, taking his request to the School Board this coming week.

Photos in text:

Top: Swimmer Amanda Wilbur presents Coach Jason Westervelt with a gift from the Gators Elite group.
Second: The swimmers gather on a dock to retrieve some clothing from a boat.
Third: The present to Coach Westervelt: a sign autographed by the swimmers.
Fourth: From left, Gators Faye Mooney, Amanda Wilbur and Thalia Marquez, three of last year's Odessa File WGHS Athletes of the Year. The fourth, former teammate Peighton Cervoni, is now a freshman at SUNY Geneseo.
Bottom: Gator Maddie Moss dons a sweatshirt at the conclusion of the swim.

Burdett Fire Department Rescue Boat personnel keep an eye on the swimmers.

Left: Georgia Michel, flanked by parents Rob and Gina. Right: Swimmer Liam Smith.

The Glen Gators Elite Group nears the end of its Seneca Lake journey.

Left: Gator Faye Mooney exults at the end of the trek. Right: Alannah Klemann with her father Steve.

Left: Coach Westervelt with swimmer Malina Butler. Right: Gator Megan Adams.

The Glen Gators Elite Squad gathered after the swim to celebrate. From left: Faye Mooney, Alannah Klemann, Liam Smith, Thalia Marquez, Amanda Wilbur, Georgia Michel, Malina Butler, Megan Adams and Maddie Moss, with Coach Westervelt at right.

Section IV vote makes it final: no fall sports

SIDNEY, Sept. 15, 2020 -- The superintendents of school districts in Section IV made official Tuesday what the section's various leagues made clear last week, voting 59-10 to move all fall sports to the spring because of the risks of the ongoing pandemic.

The leagues voted independently last week to postpone the sports, with the Interscholastic Athletic Conference voting 12-7 Friday to do so. Those moves had followed one by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association to move football, volleyball and cheerleading -- sports deemed a "higher risk" than others amid the pandemic -- to the spring.

"After much League and Section IV discussions," the Section IV Athletic Association said in a statement, "in the interest of student health and safety and with financial concerns due to New York State aid to education cuts, Section IV member schools have voted 59 Yes, 10 No, and 1 abstention to postpone" fall sports until a start date of March 1, 2021.

In addition to football, volleyball and cheerleading, sports affected include cross country, boys and girls soccer, and girls swimming.

IAC votes to move all fall sports to spring

ITHACA, Sept. 12, 2020 -- The Interscholastic Athletic Conference voted 12-7 Friday to postpone all fall sports until spring.

The move follows a decision by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association to move football, volleyball and cheerleading -- sports deemed a "higher risk" than others amid the coronavirus pandemic -- to the spring.

Sports affected by the IAC vote are boys and girls soccer, girls swimming, and cross country. The move is expected to become cemented when Section IV weighs in with a vote of the superintendents of member school districts this coming week.

That outcome is expected because of reports that not only the IAC, but the STAC, MAC and other conferences, have opted to move the sports -- although official announcements have not yet been released.

Watkins Glen Athletic Director Rod Weeden said the IAC vote, and word circulating from other conferences, makes the postponement of fall sports "all but certain" pending the Section IV vote. And Odessa-Montour Athletic Manager Greg Gavich placed the odds at 98% likely that there will be no sports this fall.

Right now, Gavich explained, the NYSPHSAA "has set the winter sports season date as November 30. We hope to be able to meet that starting date, but that remains to be seen. The new fall season start date is March 1. A lot will transpire between now and then, so I have no idea what sports we will be offering during that season. Spring start is now April 19."

One Watkins coach, girls soccer's Scott Morse, weighed in like this: "It's heartbreaking, honestly. The kids will be devastated. I wish we hadn't had sign-ups as it gave them false hope ... I fear it will be a difficult couple of months for many kids. Athletics gives so many of them a purpose and a focus. It keeps them engaged in school and out of trouble. Mentally and emotionally, so many rely on sports. It's just very sad."

Weeden echoed that, saying he was opposed to the postponement for a number of reasons -- one being the fear that spring sports might not work out ... that "we could have done this much now. We don't know what tomorrow will bring. Tomorrow is not promised."

More than 100 students had signed up at Watkins Glen for soccer, girls swimming and cross country, "and now I feel like I'm disappointing them," said Weeden.

He said while some in the IAC voted for postponement "for safety reasons," he believed other votes were based on finances, as districts around the state face fiscal difficulties.

O-M School Superintendent Chris Wood said his school voted in favor of the postponement in order to give the district "more time coming back to see what happens with the infection rate and to get a better look at our budget numbers." He said the consensus among area schools was "Section IV was going to do this anyway, so why wait?"

Said Watkins Glen School Superintendent Greg Kelahan: "I will respect the IAC's vote and decision. We voted 'no' because we believe our facilities, our coaches, and our athletes are prepared to safely operate. I understand that every school has different things to consider and contend with that may have led to a different conclusion. It is certainly disappointing, but if anything, this year has taught us how to adapt and adjust to changing conditions. We will make the best of it and prepare for the upcoming seasons."

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Top: Watkins Glen Athletic Director Rod Weeden.
Bottom: WGHS girls soccer coach Scott Morse (File photos)

NYSPHSAA moves football, volleyball, cheerleading to March 1: 'Fall Season II'

ALBANY, Sept. 11, 2020 -- The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has decided to postpone football, volleyball and cheerleading -- all deemed sports with "higher risk" amid the pandemic -- to March 1, dubbing it "Fall Sports Season II."

None of the three sports were being planned this fall at either the Watkins Glen or Odessa-Montour school districts. The Watkins Glen School Board had, with the concurrence of O-M, opted to cancel football, a sport shared by the two schools with a team called the Seneca Indians. Watkins had also canceled cheerleading, while volleyball had remained in limbo across the state.

The move by the NYSPHSAA came as districts around New York await a decision on whether any fall sports will be held. Discussions in various sections have been ongoing, with Section VIII being the first to postpone all sports until January.

"Fall Sports Season II" can open with practices on March 1, said the NYSPHSAA, which recommended that the season end on May 1, although individual sections can adopt their own closing date.

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Watkins Glen School Board backs sports as Section IV schools weigh a fall start

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 9, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen School Board at a meeting Tuesday night reaffirmed -- in unanimous consensus -- its continued support of an interscholastic athletics program this fall. It is awaiting direction from Section IV.

The Section’s Executive Committee is expected by Monday to relay a vote by school districts within its boundaries as to their preference: to move forward with fall sports on Sept. 21, or to delay until January, when all three seasons would be packed into the final five-plus months of school.

The Watkins School Board, said Superintendent Greg Kelahan, “is committed to moving forward if allowed by the state and Section IV.” That would include both varsity and modified levels of the three permitted sports: soccer, cross country and girls swimming.

When asked if the district might seek independently to pursue competition should Section IV opt out of fall sports -- such as against schools in the old Lakes Region league (Dundee, South Seneca, Romulus and Trumansburg) that folded in the 1970s -- Kelahan said “I’m not opposed to any kind of conversation, and I believe that’s true of the Board and the community.”

One problem with the Lakes Region idea, said Watkins Glen Athletic Director Rod Weeden, is a ruling from the state that might preclude such out-of-section contests until Oct. 19. In any event, he said, it’s unclear what the Section might say in the next few days, and what the result might be if districts within the section are evenly split on playing this fall or waiting until January.

One thing clear, he said, is a requirement that masks be worn in soccer, impeding the breathing of forwards who are constantly moving. Substitutions would be more frequent, he said, but that might be easier than in the past because of an influx of players who would otherwise have played football -- which was put on hold by the state and, in any event, was jettisoned by the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour districts this fall.

Weeden said he and the Board would like to see the fall season start on Sept. 21. He said youth sports conducted during the summer “went fairly well,” and that high school sports might do the same. Only by starting, he said, can the schools see if fall sports and, by extension, winter sports can be held safely and effectively.

“There are a lot of decisions to be made” in the coming days, he said.

Photo in text: Watkns Glen School Superintendent Greg Kelahan (File photo)

WGI to host Victory Laps, raising funds for R.A.C.E. Foundation; tickets online

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 3, 2020 -- Fans will get the opportunity to drive three laps at The Glen in 2020 as Watkins Glen International hosts Victory Laps, presented by Stoner Car Care, from September 25-27.

The laps will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $25 per vehicle as attendees can experience the twists and turns of the full 3.45-mile Grand Prix road course for three paced laps from the driver’s seat of their own vehicles behind an official WGI pace vehicle.

“We knew we wanted to find some way to provide our fans and the community an unforgettable experience at WGI in 2020,” Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup said. “The idea of the Victory Laps is a great way for everyone to still enjoy the ‘Best NASCAR Track’ while being safe, socially distant and raising money for a good cause.”

A portion of the proceeds will benefit WGI’s R.A.C.E. (Racing and Community Enrichment) Foundation, which supports local community organizations of the Southern Tier as well has healthcare heroes of the Upstate New York area during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tickets are available for advance purchase online only at TheGlen.com/RACE.

‘Stoner Car Care has enjoyed a long, successful history with Watkins Glen, both in racing our car and sponsorship at the track,” Stoner, Inc. President Rob Ecklin Jr. said. “We are pleased to be part of Victory Laps weekend in support of R.A.C.E. Foundation.”

About the R.A.C.E. Foundation

The mission of R.A.C.E. is to meet the needs of local underserved populations with a focus on youth-oriented support. A donor-advised fund of the NASCAR Foundation, R.A.C.E. uses a backing of a close-knit community to foster meaningful fundraising efforts, while leaning on support from the international racing family. More information on the Foundation is available at www.TheGlen.com/RACE.

Letter to governor, Section VIII decision cast doubt on start date of sports seasons

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Aug. 27, 2020 -- The future of high school sports in New York State took a turn toward uncertainty Wednesday when the New York State Council of School Superintendents asked in a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo that he delay athletics, while Section VIII put its sports on hold until January.

"Superintendents have put their plans out to the public and the vast majority are set for some level of in-person learning starting in a couple of weeks," the letter to Cuomo said. "Authorizing school athletics could jeopardize successful resumption of in-person learning for students." Instead, it suggested a delay, with three sports seasons packed into early 2021, from January to June.

Reactions from the Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen school superintendents reflected that uncertainty.

"We were all surprised by it," said Watkins Glen's Greg Kelahan about the letter, the "we" referring to his network of superintendents stretching from this region to Central New York, where he served before coming here. "That doesn't mean we're supporting it or not supporting it. But it would have been nice" if they had all been contacted about it before it was sent to the Governor.

"I'm of the belief," he added, "that interscholastic athletics are an important part of public education. I have to question how this will be a meaningful experience if athletes can't play games, but only practice" -- the situation with the highly popular sport of football.

Beyond that, there is the challenge of bringing "our facilities up to speed. We haven't used the pool all summer" because of the pandemic, and while the school has an artificial turf field for soccer, scheduling might call for some games on grass. "As you know, this has been a rough summer on lawns.

"I hate these last-minute dictates from on high. But we will adapt and adjust. We should put that on T-shirts: 'Adapt and adjust.'"

Despite the request by the State Council of School Superintendents, he said, "I don't believe the governor will go back on his directive. But we need some guidance soon."

The entire situation is "frustrating," he said. "I feel for the kids. They've been on a rollercoaster. A lot of them are driven by their athletic pursuits. Take that away and it's a hit to a child's confidence," and will affect performance in class. "And that drive extends to music and art and technology."

Odessa-Montour Superintendent Chris Wood said he understands the motivation of the State Council in seeking the postponement. It's because "there are still a lot of unknowns, a lot of questions."

For instance, he said, if -- as he's heard -- attendance at inside events will be limited to 50% of capacity, what happens at the O-M pool, where capacity is 84? That means 42 allowed, which might easily be taken up by the size of the two competing teams, and exceeded when coaches, timers and scorekeepers are added in. "What do we do then?" he said. "Do we ask some of the swimmers to leave, and what do we do with them?"

That's just one of many unanswered questions, he noted, since the state has offered no guidance to go with the decision to allow sports.

"The state issued a 145-page guidance document to open school," he said. "But there have been no pages -- zero -- on sports. We need to see requirements and plans. They have to put something in writing. Don't just say the school district should have sports."

And finances will play a role, especially if 20% of state aid is withdrawn throughout the school year, as feared. "If it's only 10%," he said, "that will loosen up some funds for athletics." But 20% creates serious financial issues.

Wood said the Governor's announcement last week reopening sports is not mandatory. For example, over in Section VIII, which governs Nassau County athletics, the county's council of school superintendents voted 7-0 in emergency session Wednesday to postpone sports until 2021, with three sports seasons played between January and June.

"It's the prudent thing to do -- wait until January," said Pat Pizzarelli, executive director for Sectiion VIII. "We know this will be a very unpopular decison, but it is the only one we can make at this time. We're unanimous in our feeling that we're just not ready. It's just not time to allow kids to play sports. My first and foremost concern is the safety of our student-athletes."

And according to an article in Newsday, a New York State Public High School Athletic Association meeting Tuesday of section directors held discussion of a possible sports delay, "and a number of section leaders were considerig it, according to several participants. Section I, III, IV and IX were said to be considering it."

Back at O-M, Wood said his district was neither committing to sports nor postponing them.

"I can't commit without more guidance," he said. "Our official position is we need more information."

Photos in text: Watkins Glen Superintendent Greg Kelahan (top) and O-M Superintendent Chris Wood. (File photos)

WGI updates its schedule for rest of 2020

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, August 11, 2020 -- As a result of the ongoing pandemic and its impact on the state of New York, Watkins Glen International has announced that the events of the Hilliard U.S. Vintage Grand Prix, September 10-13, will continue without fans.

The GT World Challenge America and Ferrari Challenge North America race weekends have been postponed until the 2021 season.

Ticketholders to the three racing events will automatically receive a credit for the full amount of their purchase, plus an additional 20% of the total amount paid in their WGI account the week of August 17. The credit can be applied to a future event in 2020 or 2021 at a NASCAR-owned track or towards the purchase of tickets at Watkins Glen International for 2021.

For more ticket holder options and information, visit www.theglen.com/assistance-svra. If a refund is preferred, requests are due September 10, 2020. The Glen team will be in touch as soon as possible regarding requests, but it may take up to 60 days from the original form submission date to process.

CMOG trophy awaits winner at Daytona

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., August 11, 2020 -- The winner of this Sunday’s (Aug. 16) historic first NASCAR Cup Series race on the world famous trioval/road course at Daytona International Speedway -- the Go Bowling 235 At The Daytona Road Course -- will win a special, one-of-a-kind trophy, produced by The Corning Museum of Glass.

The Go Bowling 235 At The Daytona Road Course is one of three events (along with NASCAR Xfinity Series race and ARCA Menards Series) to be held on the tri-oval/infield road course that are realigned races that were originally scheduled to be held at Watkins Glen International. The Gander Trucks event is realigned from Iowa Speedway.

Located just 20 minutes away from Watkins Glen International (NY), The Corning Museum of Glass has created the work of art especially for the anticipated inaugural premier series event on the heralded road course. While this will be the NASCAR Cup Series’ first visit on the trioval/road course, the iconic layout has been the home of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, North America’s premier sports car race, since 1962.

Traditional glassmaking methods were used on the 18” tall/4.5” wide prize, incorporating a blown glass cup that plays on the history of NASCAR (which began in 1948), “The World Center of Racing” Daytona International Speedway (opened in 1959), and Daytona Beach, the “Birthplace of Speed,” which dates back to 1903 when automotive competition began on the sands of the beach.

“Thinking about the history of the track and long-held traditions, I was reminded that historically, trophies used to be cups and have evolved into sculptural forms,” said Eric Meek, Sr. Manager of Hot Glass Programs at The Corning Museum of Glass. “We took this trophy back to a more traditional shape. Daytona is the most historical track, and in thinking about a trophy design for a race held in this storied location, I was transported back to the golden age of speed. I wanted to design something that felt like a bit of a throwback -- like it belonged in the era of streamline racers and the quest to go faster.”

The Corning Museum of Glass has partnered with Watkins Glen International to design a trophy for its NASCAR Cup Series races since 2012.

“Typically we have created a trophy that embodies Watkins Glen International and the celebrated region in which it resides,” added Meek. “It’s a design that The Corning Museum of Glass has perfected each year, made especially for the drivers who claim victory in Watkins Glen. It’s always exciting to be a part of something that so many people love, and we’re thrilled to continue the tradition this year at Daytona.”

A limited number of fans will get to see who takes home the glass piece in the Go Bowling 235 At The DAYTONA Road Course, which starts at 3 p.m. ET (NBC). The day will feature a doubleheader with the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, which gets the day started at 12 Noon (FS1).

NYSPHSAA delays high school sports start date, cancels fall championships

COVID-19 task force also presents plans if further delays are necessary

Special to The Odessa File

LATHAM, NY, July 16, 2020 -- The Officers of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) have voted to delay the official start date of the Fall 2020 sports season, cancel the Fall 2020 Regional and State Championships and prepare to implement a condensed season schedule in January 2021 if high school sports remain prohibited throughout 2020 due to COVID-19.

This decision comes at the recommendation of the NYSPHSAA COVID-19 Task Force when they convened as a working group for the third time Thursday morning.

“As the state considers reopening, it is unrealistic to believe athletic seasons can start on August 24th as originally scheduled,” said Paul Harrica, NYSPHSAA President. “The priority will continue to be on the educational process and a return to learning in the safest way possible.”

The NYSPHSAA Officers’ decision includes:
--Delay Fall sports start date until Monday, September 21st
--Cancel Fall Regional and State Championship events
--Waive seven-day practice rule
--Maintain current practice requirements
--Encourage geographic scheduling for games & contests
--Schools would have the option, if permitted by state officials, to offer off-season conditioning workouts.

“We recognize this is challenging for everyone, but the decisions made at the State level are based upon data and statewide infection rates all in an effort to stop the spread of COVID and reopen responsibly,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director. “At this time, Department of Health guidance presented on July 13th prohibits interscholastic athletics across the state. The Association will continue to follow state guidance and will work collectively with State officials to ensure high school athletics will start up responsibly in the future. As an association, we must be willing to be flexible and continue to explore all options with students’ safety as our main focus.”

With regional differences, schools and areas will be impacted differently by the COVID-19 crisis. At the discretion of the NYSPHSAA Officers and authorization from state officials, if the Fall sports seasons are further interrupted or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis (i.e. state official guidance, school closings, cancellation of high-risk sports, etc.), then a condensed seasons plan will be implemented.

The Condensed Season plan would entail the following, with the stipulated dates being tentative.

Season I (Winter Sports)
Dates: Jan. 4-Mar. 13 (Week 27-36; 10 Weeks) Note: tentative dates.
Sports: basketball (girls & boys), bowling (girls & boys), gymnastics, ice hockey (girls & boys), indoor track & field (girls & boys), skiing (girls & boys), swimming (boys), *wrestling, *competitive cheer.

* Because of the high-risk nature of wrestling and competitive cheer, those two sports may have to be moved to Season II or season III.

Season II (Fall Sports)
Dates: Mar. 1-May 8 (Week 35-44; 10 Weeks) Note: tentative dates
Sports: football, cross country (girls & boys), field hockey, soccer (girls & boys), swimming (girls), volleyball (girls & boys), Unified bowling.

Note: Weather will have an impact upon outdoor sports in some parts of the state in March and potentially early April. Girls Tennis moved to Season III.

Season III (Spring Sports)
Dates: Apr. 5-Jun. 12 (Week 40-49; 10 Weeks) Note: tentative dates
Sports: baseball, softball, golf (girls & boys), lacrosse (girls & boys), tennis (girls & boys), outdoor track & field (girls & boys), Unified basketball.

The NYSPHSAA Officers have the ability to adjust seasons with the authority granted within the NYSPHSAA Constitution which states: “Article IV, 2: A committee of officers in consultation with the staff shall have the authority to act on all matters not provided for in this constitution and bylaws, and on such emergency business as may arise between regular meetings of the Executive Committee.”.

A full report, including meeting minutes, will be released later this week. The next meeting of the COVID-19 Task

About the NYSPHSAA:
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association is a non-profit, voluntary, educational service organization composed of public, parochial, and private schools dedicated to providing equitable and safe competition for the students of its member schools. The organization conducts 32 championship events and governs the rules and regulations of high school athletics in New York State. Membership is open to secondary schools providing interschool athletic activities for boys and girls in grades 7-12.

Odessa-Montour's Preston Harris, left, and Paden Grover. (File photos)

Grover, Harris, Vondracek named O-M Athletes of the Year as awards bestowed

ODESSA, June 16, 2020 -- Odessa-Montour High School seniors Paden Grover, Preston Harris and Grace Vondracek were named Athletes of the Year Tuesday night during a Zoom presentation emceed by Athletic Manager Greg Gavich from the school.

Vondracek, a standout in soccer, basketball and softball, and Grover and Harris, standouts in soccer, basketball and track, were named recipients of the annual Harold Lynch Athlete of the Year Awards.

Winners of the prestigious Charles Martin Sportsmanship Award were seniors Sara Gardner and Derrick Lewis, while senior Cheianne Webster won the James Anagnost Memorial Award presented each year to an athlete who loves sports and is a great teammate.

Section IV Character Counts awards went to Kara Reese, JoLynn Minnier, Caleb Thomas and Brett Walters.

Coaches in the various fall and winter sports also appeared from their homes, revealing their teams' honors. They were:

Girls Soccer: Coach Burton Brewster named:
--Defensive Player of the Year: Camille Sgrecci
--Offensive Player of the Year: Hannah Nolan
--Coach's Award: Autumn Garrison
--MVP: Grace Vondracek.

Girls Basketball: Coach Greg Gavich named:
--Coach's Award: JoLynn Minnier
--Most Outstanding Player: Grace Vondracek
--Most Determined Player: Kara Reese
--Player of the Year: Sara Gardner.

Wrestling: Coach Bill Lindsley named:
--Rookie of the Year: Brandon Davis
--Most Improved: Dominick Fazzary
--Most Outstanding Wrestler: Josh Beckley

Boys Swimming: Coach Terri Brace named:
--Rookie of the Year: Brock Sgrecci
--Most Improved: Micah Brewster
--Coach's Award: Caleb Thomas
--MVP: Brett Walters.

Football: Coach Trevor Holland named:
--Russell Crainey Award: Jared Rumsey
--OM Indian Football Award: Dominick Fazzary
--MVP: Derrick Lewis and Gage Arcangeli

Cheerleading: Coach Trina Shepherd named:
--Most Improved: Destiny Daugherty
--Leon B. Williams Jr. Award: Marisa Alton
--MVP: Shania Austin

Girls Swimming: Coach Chris Betts named:
--Most Improved: Sarah Barr
--Coach's Award: Madison Moss
--MVP: Kara Reese

Volleyball: Coach Denise Day named:
--Most Improved: Marisa Alton
--Most Dedicated: Cheianne Webster
--MVP: Hannah Chapman

Boys Basketball: Coach Dan Stephens named:
--Player of the Year: Paden Grover.
--Coach's Award: Derrick Lewis
--Most Outstanding: Preston Harris

Boys Soccer: Coach Katie Taber named:
--Most Outstanding-Offensive: Preston Harris
--Most Outstanding-Defensive: Paden Grover
--Mike Davis Memorial Award for dedication: Brock Sgrecci

Boys Bowling: Coach Tom Strong named:
--Top Average: Eric Rumsey
--Most Dedicated: Wes Wade
--Most Improved: Austin Hoyt

Girls Bowling: Coach Tom Strong named:
--Top Average: Jana Arias
--Most Dedicated: Courtney Davis
--Most Improved: Hannah Barr

Photo in text: Female Athlete of the Year Grace Vondracek (File photo)

Watkins Glen High School senior Gabe Planty on the final stretch of his 3200 Meter run.

Planty sets new WGHS 3200 Meter record

ODESSA, May 16, 2020 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Gabe Planty set a new school record at 3200 Meters -- 2 miles -- Saturday morning in a run on the Odessa-Montour High School track.

Planty -- running only against the clock (no other competitors) and overseen and timed by WGHS Athletic Director Rod Weeden and a Trumansburg track coach, Neil DeRaiche -- set a time of 9:34.89, bettering a mark set several years ago by Matt Gill, who ran a 9:42.46 as part of an outstanding WGHS career.

Planty, paced in his race by two running friends from Corning, Jacob Drew and Dan Gahagan, also holds the school indoor 3200 mark of 9:21, a time he had hoped to eclipse outdoors.

"But I fell off quite a bit in the second mile," he said. Still, his time far surpassed his previous 3200 outdoor best of 9:44, set in his freshman year.

Planty, who has signed to run cross country and track at Syracuse University, said he will begin training under the SU program in a couple of weeks. Before that, he said, "I wanted to see what I still had."

And what did you have? he was asked.

He smiled, and answered succinctly. "9:34.89."

Planty has done most of his running recently on the Catharine Valley Trail -- "There aren't many people out there," he said -- in the absence of the WGHS track, which has been closed. He said he wants to try another distance next weekend. He first indicated a 5K run, and then said a 1,500 Meters race was appealing.

Drew, in taking turns pacing Planty with Gahagan, said during one break that MileSplit and other running organizations have been encouraging efforts like Planty's in the absence this spring of high school track meets.

Weeden further explained in a subsequent email.

"MileSplit has offered a way for track athletes to compete by submitting videos of their performance in a virtual meet called the MileSplit Virtual Classic," he wrote. "The meet is open for about 6 weeks. Student athletes have to submit video evidence to be placed on a national leader board. Once MileSplit reviews the video and approves it, it is an official record for that student athlete. Having an official or coach present to verify the run, throw or jump helps with the verification process.

"This opportunity was sent out to all WG athletes by me about a month ago. Students were told they could submit on their own or ask for help completing this submission. Gabe reached out that he was interested. I told Gabe we could not publicize this as it could bring people out and we could inadvertently violate the social distancing requirements. We also needed to find an open track, as our local track is closed. In order to make this an official record, I requested to be present and I also asked a second outside coach to come in to verify the time as correct on a second watch. I believe this will help with the Mile Split verification and support any issues with a record possibly being contested."

Hence the presence of DeRaiche. Also on hand, calling out splits, was Jeff Naylor of Elmira, a former Notre Dame cross county coach and Planty family friend who has helped Planty in his training for years.

Drew and Gahagan, noted Naylor and Planty, are emblematic of the running fraternity -- always willing to help their fellow runners.

"They're pretty tight," Planty's mother, Amy -- who was on hand to watch -- said of runners in general.

"It's a great sport," Naylor added. "Other runners love to help out."

Photos in text:

Top: Planty at the finish line, with his mother Amy and WGHS Athletic Director Rod Weeden visible in the background.

Second: Race pacer Jacob Drew, center, prepares to change places with Dan Gahagan. Both are friends of Planty's.

Third: Former Elmira Notre Dame cross country coach Jeff Naylor, a Planty friend on hand for the run.

Bottom; Naylor congratulates Planty after the record was set.

Left: Gabe Planty, left, paced by Jacob Drew. Right: Planty with his mother, Amy.

Red Cross Swim Program canceled

To the Editor, May 2020:

The Red Cross Summer Swim Program at Watkins Glen High School will not take place this summer because the school is closed, and because it would be impossible to maintain social distancing during instruction.

We share your disappointment!

It is essential that families continue safe swimming practices this summer. Remember to designate an adult to be the “watcher” for a 20-minute shift and alternate with other adults to avoid for fatigue and distraction. Wear lifejackets when boating and when swimming in unusual or unguarded areas.

We will continue our fundraising efforts so we are able to provide instruction in 2021!

Kate LaMoreaux and Nikki Chaffee
Program Directors

Left: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy. Right: Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek.

Here, in an abbreviated school year,
are The Odessa File Athletes of the Year

SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 20, 2020 -- This has been a very different school year, obviously -- one which, in its shortened form, eliminated a full season of high school sports.

So now, when it's time to name the Athletes of the Year at the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour High Schools, as The Odessa File does every year with sponsorship by the E.C. Cooper Inc. Insurance Agency, the approach being taken is a little different, as well.

In two cases, there is little to distinguish between the performances of leading Athlete of the Year contenders through the first two of what normally would be three seasons.

So we are declaring co-winners in both instances-- a doubling of the honor, if you will.

In another case, we are declaring a single winner based on those first two seasons with an understanding that her best sport was yet to come in the spring. She has excelled in that sport for the past four years at O-M, and there was no reason to believe she would experience any dropoff.

And in one case, the award is going to four girls who were teammates on a squad that proved for the third straight year to be the best among Section IV Class C schools. Each of the four earned a First Team berth on The Odessa File's All-Schuyler All-Star team last fall.

The winners:

Watkins Glen Male Athletes of the Year: Gabe Planty and Isaac McIlroy.

Planty won The Odessa File Fall MVP Award for his cross country exploits, and in truth McIlroy could conceivably have tied for that honor after an impressive soccer season. The fact that Planty led his team to a sectional title swayed that decision.

Then the two of them did share the Winter Sports MVP award, Planty for his record-setting Indoor Track achievements, and McIlroy for leading the boys basketball team to the Section IV final.

Both had been looking forward to successful spring seasons, Planty in track and McIlroy in baseball.

Odessa-Montour Male Athletes of the Year: Paden Grover and Preston Harris.

Grover made Second Team on The Odessa File Fall All-Schuyler team for his soccer season, while Harris was First Team for the same sport.

The two flipped the script in the winter in basketball, with Grover earning a First Team berth and Harris Second Team.

Both would have competed in Track & Field, where each was impressive last year and were expected to be again this year.

Watkins Glen Female Athletes of the Year: The swimming quartet of senior Peighton Cervoni, junior Amanda Wilbur, freshman Faye Mooney and 8th Grader Thalia Marquez.

They, along with some talented teammates, were unstoppable on their way to the squad's third straight Section IV, Class C championship. The four, in fact, shared a pair of sectional titles in relay races.

Congratulations, girls, and thanks (from a journalistic fan) for all of the exciting postseason achievements.

Odessa-Montour Female Athlete of the Year: Grace Vondracek.

She was an Odessa File First Team All Star in soccer and a Second Team pick in basketball.

What was snatched away was an opportunity to excel once again at softball, where she is a talented pitcher and amazing hitter. Last year, for instance, she hit .700 and reached double digits in home runs, along with driving in more than 30 runs. She has been an All-Schuyler First Team pick in softball for four years, and was the Schuyler Spring MVP once.

Now, she earns what she has come close to winning in the past: the Athlete of the Year honor.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's (from left) Amanda Wilbur, Faye Mooney, Thalia Marquez and Peighton Cervoni.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Preston Harris. Right: Odessa-Montour's Paden Grover.

McIlroy earns All-State 4th Team berth

SYRACUSE, April 16, 2020 -- Watkins Glen High School basketball standout Isaac McIlroy has been named to the All-State Class C 4th Team after leading the WGHS boys varsity basketball team to the Section 4 final.

The McIlroy selection was announced by the New York State Sportwriters Association as it released its All-State listings for Classes B, C and D.

Meanwhile, three Newfield players earned Class C All-State honors: Josh Wood (2nd Team), LeRon Boykin (6th Team), and DaeJahd Leckey (7th Team).

In Class B, Waverly's Scott Woodring earned a 1st Team berth, while Whitney Point's Tanner Kalifelz was on the 9th Team.

Photo at right: Watkins Glen High School's Isaac McIlroy.


EFA's Senko, O-M's Westervelt honored with 2020 Lifetime Achievement Awards

SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 8, 2020 -- Longtime high school coaches Dick Senko and Scott Westervelt are being honored this year with The Top Drawer 24 program's annual Lifetime Achievement Awards for their devotion to high school athletes and athletics.

The Lifetime award, presented annually at the Top Drawer 24 celebration honoring outstanding high school student-athlete-citizens at the Watkins Glen State Park pavilion, will be pressented at next year's ceremony instead since the one slated for June 1st has been canceled due to the ongoing pandemic.

Dick Senko amassed a 193-81-2 record as football coach at Elmira Free Academy, the sixth highest victory total ever among coaches in Section IV. He guided EFA to 18 league or division championships, and amassed a 23-5-1 record against Elmira Southside in the Erie Bell games that were a large part of the fabric of Elmira sports before the two schools merged.

Senko's teams went to 13 sectional finals and won 7 sectional titles after those playoffs began in 1981. After the state playoffs started in 1991, he took EFA to 5 state quarterfinal games and one state semifinal. He was selected as Metro Elmira Coach of the Decade for the 1980s and named the Elmira Star-Gazette's All-Twin Tiers Coach of the Year in 1995 -- the first year the award was handed out -- and again in 2000 and 2001. He often attributed his success to his loyal assistant coaching staff of Dana Carpenter and George Batrowny. Dick currently resides in Palm Coast, FL with his wife Eileen.

Scott Westervelt was a longtime Odessa-Montour teacher (1970-2003) and coach (a school-record 85 sports teams, including swimming, baseball and football) who served as O-M's Aquatic Director for 25 years, the Physical Education Department chairman for 19 years and the Athletic Director for three years. He is also a 17-year high school swim official.

Recently retired as an influential member of the O-M School Board (11 years), his coaching career included starting O-M's girls swim team in 1972 and coaching it for 24 years; and coaching the boys swim team for 30 years, with back-to-back undefeated teams, 7 Interscholastic Athletic conference championships and 5 sectional titles.

Westervelt, who lives outside Odessa, also coached O-M varsity baseball for 24 years, winning 5 division titles and 5 league championships.

Photos in text: Dick Senko (top, provided), and Scott Westervelt (bottom, file photo)

Area hoop officials honor sportsmanship

ELMIRA, March 22, 2020 -- The Southern New York Basketball Officials Association has named Jack Shaw of Thomas A. Edison High School and Jillian Casey of Horseheads High as winners of the group's annual sportsmanship award.

The Association presents the awards each year to one boy and one girl from among area varsity basketball players.

The honorees were among four male nominees and seven female honorees considered by the officials -- players who, the officials said, "played fair, by the rules, and were also good winners as well as good losers. We, as officials, believe this is one of the most valuable characteristics a student-athlete can possess. All of these young men and women should be proud that they were recognized for this honor."

Among the nominees were one girl each from the Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen high schools.

The male nominees were:

Brody Nemier of Elmira Notre Dame
Zack Odum of Elmira High
Jack Shaw of Edison
Sam Taylor of Tioga

The female nominees were:

Jillian Casey of Horseheads
Kiara Fisher of Elmira High
Sara Gardner of Odessa-Montour
Morgan Gentile of Elmira High
Kelsey Kernan of Watkins Glen
Giovanna Rossi of Tioga
Gretchen Sowle of Waverly

The Co-MVPs:

Left: Watkins Glen High School senior Gabe Planty, Section IV champion in the 3200 Meter Run and the school record holder at several distances. Right: Senior Isaac McIlroy, leader of the IAC Large School champion and Section IV, Class C finalist WGHS boys basketball team.

Our All-Schuyler All-Stars

The Odessa File choices for the 2019-20 Winter season

Here are the selections for the First, Second and Third Team All-Stars covering all of the 2019-20 winter sports at the Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen high schools.

First Team

Isaac McIlroy: WG basketball: co-MVP
Gabe Planty: WG Indoor Track: co-MVP
Owen Scholtisek: WG basketball
Max Evans: WG basketball
Sara Gardner: OM basketball
Kara Reese: OM basketball
Paden Grover: OM basketball
Brett Walters: OM swimming
Jacob Mayette: OM swimming
R.J. Bannon: WG bowling

Second Team

JoLynn Minnier: OM basketball
Grace Vondracek: OM basketball
Preston Harris: OM basketball
Adam Pastore: WG basketball
Mitchell Pike, WG basketball
Jana Arias: OM bowling
Matt Irwin: WG bowling
Caleb Smith: WG bowling
Brock Sgrecci: OM swimming
Caleb Thomas: OM swimming
Micah Brewster: OM swimming
Adrienna Solomon: WG basketball
Aislinn Klemann: WG basketball
Boyd Barber: WG Indoor Track
Joshua Beckley: OM/WG wrestling

Third Team

Jon Spencer: OM swimming
Nick DeLong: OM swimming
Daine Butler: WG swimming
Jordan Avery: WG swimming
Liam Smith: WG swimming
Jacob DeJong: WG basketball
Kelsey Kernan: WG basketball
Abby Gibson: WG basketball
Jenna Solomon: WG basketball
Devon Mahaney: OM basketball
Autumn Garrison: OM basketball
Nick Wilston: WG Indoor Track
Madelyn Suddaby: WG Indoor Track
Breanna Carl: WG Indoor Track
Sam Thorsland: WG Indoor Track
Colin Gaylord: WG Indoor Track
Eric Rumsey: OM bowling
Hannah Barr: OM bowling
Alyiah Clink-Bentley: WG bowling
Dominick Fazzary: OM/WG wrestling
Brandon Davis: OM/WG wrestling
Tristan Harrington: OM/WG wrestling

Gators represented at Niagara District meet

Special to The Odessa File

ITHACA, March 9, 2020 -- Three members of the Glen Gators Swim Team competed over the weekend at the Niagara District LSC 12 and Under Championships at Ithaca College.

Kendra Fish, Lane Roy and Liam Smith qualified for and competed at the championships (Golds), held at IC from Friday through Sunday.

The Niagara District involves all of New York State west of and including Onondaga, Oswego, Cortland and Broome counties.

The three had multiple personal best performances, with both Fish and Smith qualifying to represent Gators at finals.

“These kids have come a long way in the past year," said Gators Coach Jason Westervelt. "This is a very difficult meet to qualify for, especially in multiple events -- which all these athletes did. We are very proud of their accomplishments.”

Photo in text: From left, Lane Roy, Kendra Fish and Liam Smith. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek eyes the basket in traffic. He was fouled on the play.

Watkins boys fall in final

Can't overcome 19-point deficit; lose 63-60 to Newfield

CORTLAND, March 7, 2020 -- That elusive boys basketball sectional title will have to wait another year.

The No.1-seeded Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team -- seeking the school's first boys basketball sectional title since 1951 -- fell behind early and never quite caught up Saturday, dropping a 63-60 decision to No. 3 Newfield in the Section IV, Class C championship game at SUNY Cortland.

The Senecas never led, falling behind 9-2 in the first three minutes, 16-4 after five minutes and 21-6 after one quarter. The deficit was 13 at halftime, 34-21, and 19 points, 45-26, with 3:02 left in the third period.

The Senecas trimmed it to 12 points, 47-35, by the end of that quarter, and then continued to rally -- a basket by Isaac McIlroy and two by Max Evans cutting the Newfield lead to six points, 47-41, at 5:06, and a foul shot by Owen Scholtisek and a basket and free throw by Jacob DeJong bringing the Senecas within two points, 47-45, at 4:44.

The Cortland gym, equally full of Newfield and Watkins faithful, was rocking, and deafening.

But 11 seconds later Newfield hit a 3-pointer to rebuild its advantage to five, 50-45, After two free throws by Scholtisek and a 3-pointer and follow-up 2-pointer by Newfield, the score was 55-47 with 3:38 to play.

McIlroy made a basket, only to see Newfield hit another 3-pointer, making it 58-49 with 2:27 remaining. Pastore then hit two free throws at 2:14 and sank a basket off a steal at 2:04 to make it 58-53.

Newfield hit another 3-pointer at 1:14 to lift its lead to eight points, 61-53, before McIlroy scored on a breakaway off a steal at 42.1 seconds. Newfield missed the front end of a one-and-one before Pastore scored with 22 seconds left to pull the Senecas within four points, 61-57. Newfield connected on both ends of a one-and-one at 12.3 to make it 63-57 before Pastore sank a 3-pointer as time expired. 63-60.

Evans led the Senecas in scoring with 17 points, while McIlroy scored 15, Pastore 15, Scholtisek 10, and Jacob DeJong 3. The team converted 11 of 17 free throws.

Scholtisek and Pastore led in rebounds with 6 apiece, while McIlroy grabbed 5, DeJong 4 and Evans 3. McIlroy led in steals with 6, while Scholtisek registered 4 and Evans 3. McIlroy also led in assists with 3, while Scholtisek and Pastore had 2 each.

Newfield was led by Joshua Wood's 23 points, 14 by Jacob Humble, and 12 by LaRon Boykin. The Trojans, who also converted 11 of 17 free throws, connected on eight 3-pointers in the game -- three each by Wood and Humble.

"It was disappointing," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "I thought in the first quarter we were a little tense, while Newfield came out firing on all cylinders." That quarter -- 21-6 in favor of Newfield -- "was our undoing," said Fazzary, adding:

"Offensively, we just weren't moving the ball. It was individuals trying to make plays. We were a little bit better in the second quarter -- and in fact outscored them in the second, third and fourth quarters.

"We were behind by 13 at the half, and then got it down to 10 early in the third quarter, but then we had sort of a lull, and were suddenly down by 19, and I'm thinking we might get blown out. But give the guys credit. They could have rolled over, but they showed their heart and courage and tenacity."

When the Senecas were rallying, pulling to within a possession of Newfield, "the kids were pumped up, and the crowd was roaring," said Fazzary. "I thought Newfield was looking a little shaky. And we had a couple of opportunities, but just didn't convert. We couldn't get that next basket. And then Newfield hit those 3s." The Trojans connected on four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.

"We had a chance, and momentum," said Fazzary, "but we just didn't finish the deal, unfortunately."

This is the fourth time a Fazzary-coached team has reached the sectional final, and each time they've lost. "I feel like it's some kind of a curse or something," he said. "But we'll keep trying."

Nobody, he added, "should be hanging their heads. Newfield is ranked No. 7 in the state for a reason. Besides, we had a great season -- met a number of goals" that included the Senecas winning their Holiday Tournament, their division and the IAC Large School title.

With just one senior -- McIlroy -- the team will have a solid, experienced nucleus next year. Or as Fazzary put it: "We'll be back."

He also expressed thanks to the Watkins Glen fans, who turned out in force and volume Saturday.

"We were feeding off of them in the third and fourth periods," he said. "They were our 6th Man. They spurred us on, and we deeply appreciated it."

Photos in text: From top: Watkins Glen's Adam Pastore attempts to shoot in traffic; the Senecas' Isaac McIlroy puts up a shot; Watkins' Jacob DeJong drives to the hoop; the Senecas' Max Evans battles Newfield's Jacob Humble for the ball; and among the many spectators were former WGHS basketball standouts Danielle Leszyk, left, and Hannah Morse.

From left: Watkins Glen's Jacob DeJong, Isaac McIlroy and Mitchell Pike shoot.

Left: Watkins Glen's Max Evans tries a twisting shot. He was fouled. Right: The Senecas' Adam Pastore drives toward the basket.

Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek puts up a shot as a Newfield defender arrives too late.

Planty 18th, Wood 29th at NY State meet

STATEN ISLAND, March 8, 2020 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Gabe Planty placed 18th Saturday among 33 runners in the 3200 Meter Run at the New York State Indoor Track Championships at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex.

Planty -- the Section IV champion at 3200 Meters -- posted a time of 9:34.86. The winner was a Warwick Valley runner, who posted a time of 9:13.20.

Dundee High School senior Matt Wood -- who has been part of the Watkins Glen team this season -- finished 29th in the 1600 Meter Run among 32 runners. Wood, the Section IV champion at that distance, posted a time of 4:39.42. The winning time was 4:14.40.

"It was a bittersweet event for the two seniors, who both had an awesome indoor season filled with lots of great memories and many broken records," said WGHS Athletic Director and Coach Rod Weeden. "The results were not what we hoped for the boys today, but they both leave with their heads held high, knowing they competed at such a high level and looking forward to their future competitive events."

Photo in text: From left: Matt Wood, coaches Rod Weeden and Kelly Sterner, and Gabe Planty at the NYS Indoor Track Championships. (Photo provided)

Odessa-Montour Elementary Basketball's Bucket Bar and Grill team. (Photo provided)

O-M Elementary Basketball: Week 6

ODESSA, Feb. 29, 2020 -- The following are the results of the sixth and final week of the Odessa-Montour Elementary Basketball competition at the high school.

Watkins Supply 11, Parmenter Automotive 10
Watkins Supply (4-2): Blake Thomas 4 points, Reese Rounds 3 points, Carson Bates 2 points, Riah Spang 1 point, Hunter Jarrell 1 point, Kevin Switzer 1 point
Parmenter's (2-4): Brianna Tuttle 4 points, Jeremy Updyke 4 points, Ryan Crippen 2 points

Vedder-Scott & Zinger 22, Bucket Bar and Grill 13
Vedder-Scott & Zinger (5-1): Leah Antes 10 points, Jackson Bond 4 points, Damion Cady 3 points, Elijah Gaylor 3 points, Jack Sangprakarn 2 points
Bucket Bar and Grill (1-5): Mason Smith 9 points, Lilly Bond 4 points

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

Left: The Parmenter Automotive basketball team. Right: The Vedder-Scott & Zinger team. (Photos provided)

Watkins Glen's Jacob DeJong attempts a shot as Greene's Nate Barry challenges him.

Watkins Glen boys reach final

Top Greene, 63-52; will play Newfield for title Saturday

CORTLAND, March 4 ,2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team -- led by Adam Pastore's 21 points -- defeated Greene 63-52 Tuesday night and advanced to Saturday's Section IV, Class C Tournament championship game.

The top-seeded Senecas will play No. 3 Newfield, which defeated No. 2 Delaware Academy 66-54 in a Tuesday semifinal preceding the Watkins Glen-Greene game. The contests were played at SUNY Cortland, site of Saturday's title game, which will start at 2 p.m.

The winner Saturday will advance to play the winner of Section 3's Cooperstown-Weedsport final. That intersectional contest will be played the following Saturday at Onondaga Community College.

Watkins Glen never trailed against Greene, which the Senecas had defeated earlier in the season 70-42. This time the Senecas jumped out to 7-0 and 10-3 leads. The advantage at the end of the first quarter was 17-8, and at halftime 37-22 as the Senecas rode a wave of seven 3-pointers to their 15-point bulge.

Greene did not go quietly, rallying to outscore the Senecas 19-15 in the third period to trim the advantage to 11, at 52-41, and got it down to 10 points in the fourth period -- but could get no closer.

Scoring in addition to Pastore for Watkins Glen were Max Evans (15 points), Isaac McIlroy (12), Owen Scholtisek (10), Bryce Kelly (3), and Dylan Morse (2). The team converted 11 of 15 free throws. Greene converted 14 of 21.

Pastore led the Senecas in rebounds with 9, while Scholtisek grabbed 5, Evans 4, and McIlroy and Jacob DeJong 3 each. McIlroy led in assists with 7 of the team's 18, while Scholtisek and Pastore had 3 each and Evans 2. DeJong led in steals with 2.

"I thought we played a pretty solid first half," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, "and Bryce's 3-pointer right at the end gave us momentum, putting us up by 15. That was a pretty big basket. Then in the third quarter we were all right early, building the lead to 20 points (46-26)."

Then Greene shifted its game to the inside, driving hard to the hoop and drawing fouls.

"They started chipping away," said Fazzary, "but they never got it below 10. We kept a double-digit lead. Altogether, I thought we had a pretty good effort. Greene is a good team" -- and one, he said, with two starters back in the lineup after sitting out the two teams' last meeting due to injuries.

"Pastore," Fazzary added, "played a heck of a game. Twenty-one and nine, along with three assists. He was huge. But the other guys played well, too. If we can duplicate this, then we'll be right there Saturday. Newfield is battle-tested, but I think we match up pretty well with them."

And then he brought history into it.

"We're trying to do something" -- win a boys sectional basketball championship -- "that hasn't been done (at Watkins Glen) in almost 70 years," he said. And it, would, accordingly, be a first for him, though he has coached sectional winners and a state champion in cross country.

Saturday will tell the tale.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Adam Pastore drives to the basket for two of his 21 points.
Middle: The Senecas' Max Evans sends a shot over a couple of Greene defenders.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Bryce Kelly launches a shot just before halftime that gave the Senecas' three points and a 15-point lead at intermission.

Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek drives past a Greene defender as another one moves in.

Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy, left, and Dylan Morse put up shots.

These were among the WGHS students on hand to cheer for the Watkins boys team.

Left: Watkins Glen's Mitchell Pike shoots from the corner. Right: The Senecas' Max Evans drives to the basket.

Top Athletes: WG boys basketball team

SCHUYLER COUNTY, March 2, 2020 -- This week we honor as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week the entire Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team for its strong play as it advanced to the Section IV, Class C semifinal at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at SUNY Cortland.

To be specific, we're talking Isaac McIlroy, Owen Scholtisek, Max Evans, Adam Pastore, Jacob DeJong, Seamus Mooney, Travon Jones, Cameron Holland, Dylan Morse, Jacob Powers, Mitchell Pike, Alex Kranyk, Bryce Kelly, Silas Farrell, and Joseph Sutterby.

It takes an exceptional team -- exceptional from the starters through the bench players -- to produce what these guys have produced. Good luck this week!

Double Honorable: O-M basketball's Sara Gardner, Kara Reese, Grace Vondracek, JoLynn Minnier, Autumn Garrison and Hannah Nolan.

Honorable Mention: A point to each of the other members of the O-M girls varsity basketball squad, and to each member of the Watkins Glen girls basketball team. All points are applied to the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

16 Gators compete, excel at district qualifier

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WATKINS GLEN, March 2, 2020 -- Sixteen members of the Glen Gators Swim Team spent Feb. 28-March 1 competing at the 2020 Niagara District Championship Qualifier (Silvers) at Maine-Endwell High School.

The Silvers team included: Caleb Reynolds, Cara Reynolds, Lane Roy, Liam Smith, Emily Melveney, Aubree Klemann, Evan Clarkson, Vinnie Ocasio, Kendra Fish, Maddie Moss, Alannah Klemann, Faye Mooney, Malina Butler, Thalia Marquez, Georgia Michel, and Sam Michel.

The weekend included personal-best performances, multiple event winners, championship finalists, and consolation finalists.

“I am very proud of all their performances. These young men and women have worked diligently to achieve their goals. In the process they have become positive role models who inspire those around them,” said Gators Coach Jason Westervelt.

Liam Smith, Kendra Fish, Lane Roy, Thalia Marquez, Alannah Klemann, and Faye Mooney have all qualified to compete at the 2020 Niagara District Championships (Golds) this March.

Photo: Glen Gator competitors in the meet at Maine-Endwell. (Photo provided)

Left: O-M's Grace Vondracek drives toward the basket as Newfield's Kelly Moravec defends. Right: Odessa's Hannah Nolan eyes the basket.

Odessa girls fall to Newfield

Trojans prevail 55-36, advance to Section IV semifinal

NEWFIELD, March 1, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team -- beset early by turnovers -- fell victim to a late 3-point blitz by Newfield's Kelly Moravec as the top-seeded and state-ranked Trojans defeated O-M 55-36 Saturday night in a Section IV, Class C quarterfinal game in the Newfield gym.

Newfield, 20-1, now advances to a Wednesday semifinal at SUNY Cortland. No. 8-seeded Odessa-Montour ends the season with a 14-8 record.

Odessa had a horrible start Saturday, throwing the ball away three times and yielding seven points in the first minute. That led to an 11-turnover first quarter and a 21-10 deficit entering the second-period.

O-M trimmed its turnovers to four in the second period, and was within 10 points before Newfield's Jenna Goodwin hit a 3-pointer in the final minute to give the Trojans a 35-22 advantage at halftime.

The Indians rallied in the third period, holding Newfield scoreless for more than five-and-a-half minutes and climbing within four points, 35-31, on a Sara Gardner 3-pointer with 2:28 remaining in the quarter. But Moravec started her streak of five 3-pointers without a miss at 2:16, and added her second one before the period ended. Newfield's lead entering the fourth quarter was 41-34.

After a Newfield breakaway 2-pointer made it 43-34 at 7:24, Moravec hit 3-pointers at 6:27, 5:34 and 3:37 to put the game out of the Indians' reach, 52-34. She added a 2-pointer at 1:07 to complete a 25-point night.

"We turned the ball over too many times in the first half and dug that hole," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "But we talked at halftime about making a run and we sure started that third quarter well. When we cut it to four after Sara's 3, I thought we had them on the ropes -- and then 00 (Moravec's number) caught fire. Those were bombs; not a lot you can do about that."

Moravec's twin sister Katie joined her in double figures with 11 points, while Newfield's Jenna Goodwin scored 10 and Maura Wood-Ellis 9. The team converted 9 of 18 free throws.

Odessa-Montour was led in scoring by Gardner's 10 points. Also scoring were Kara Reese (8 points), JoLynn Minnier (6), Autumn Garrison (5), Hannah Nolan (4) and Grace Vondracek (3). Minnier led the team in rebounds with 9. The team converted 5 of 10 free throws.

"This was a very memorable season and one of my favorite teams I've coached," said Gavich. "We matched last year's win total and advanced in sectional play again and I don't think many people thought we had any chance of doing that after graduating three starters, two who started for four years. These kids played together and for each other every night and there will be some very big shoes to fill next year."

Photos in text: Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese (top) and Sara Gardner (bottom) drive toward the basket in traffic.

Left: O-M's JoLynn Minnier battles for a rebound. Right: Minnier prepares to shoot.

Left: O-M's Autumn Garrison shoots. Right: Garrison maneuvers for a shot in traffic.

Left: O-M's Kara Reese moves past Newfield's Jenna Goodwin. Right: Odessa's Hannah Nolan looks to pass the ball.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Mallory Rhodes, Grace Vondracek and Sara Gardner shoot.

O-M Elementary Basketball: Week 5

ODESSA, Feb. 29, 2020 -- The following are the results of the fifth week of the Odessa-Montour Elementary Basketball competition at the high school.

Vedder-Scott & Zinger 15, Watkins Supply 13
Vedder-Scott & Zinger (4-1): Jackson Bond 4 points, Elijah Gaylor 3 points, Damion Cady 2 points, Logan Antes 2 points, Leah Antes 2 points, Jack Sangprakarn 2 points
Watkins Supply (3-2): Blake Thomas 4 points, Carson Bates 4 points, Cole Switzer 3 points, Reese Rounds 2 points.

Parmenter Automotive 35, Bucket Bar and Grill 7
Parmenter's (2-3): Brianna Tuttle 16 points, Jeremy Updyke 13 points, Ryan Crippen 6 points.
Bucket (1-4): Lilly Bond 6 points, Nicholas June 1 point.

Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek cuts between two Union Springs defenders on his way to the basket in second-half action.

Watkins boys reach semifinals

Top Union Springs, 66-38; will play Greene on Tuesday

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 29, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team cruised into the semifinal round of the Section IV, Class C Tournament Friday night with a 66-38 victory over Union Springs in the WGHS Field House.

The victory sends the No. 1-seeded Senecas (20-2) to SUNY Cortland on Tuesday to face No. 4 seed Greene, a 61-50 winner Friday night against No. 12 seed Groton (11-11). The Watkins Glen-Greene game will start at 8:30 p.m. The other semifinal will pit No. 2 Delhi against No. 3 Newfield (both 20-2).

Watkins Glen got double-digit scoring from three players Friday, with Max Evans scoring 16 points, Owen Scholtisek 15 and Adam Pastore 14. Other points came from Jacob DeJong (8), Isaac McIlroy (7), Travon Jones (4), and Bryce Kelly (2). The team converted 7 of 13 free throws.

Union Springs was led by Hunter Martin's 10 points. The team was 0-for-1 from the foul line.

Evans and Pastore led Watkins Glen in rebounds with 7 each, while Pike grabbed 6, McIlroy and DeJong 5 apiece, Scholtisek 4, Dylan Morse 3, and Jones and Kelly 1 each. Evans led in steals with 3, while McIlroy and DeJong had 2 each.

The Senecas amassed 20 assists with what Coach John Fazzary called "great interior passing. We made the extra pass for easier baskets. It was the beauty of our offense." McIlroy led with 5, while Scholtisek and Pastore had 4 each, Pike 3, DeJong 2, and Cameron Holland and Dylan Morse 1 each.

The Senecas broke in front early, building a 15-9 first-quarter edge. The outcome seemed a foregone conclusion by halftime, with Watkins up 30-16 and in control. The advantage grew in the third period as the Senecas outscored Union Springs 17-11 to enter the fourth quarter ahead 47-27.

"Our team defense was really good," said Fazzary. "Union Springs was averaging 63 points a game, and we held them to 38. Max did a super job on Jose Reyes, who was averaging 18 points a game. When Max left, Reyes had nothing through three and a half quarters. After he left, Reyes -- who is really quick and very athletic -- hit three 3-pointers."

Great defense. A balanced, unselfish offense.

"This is how we have to play moving forward," said Fazzary. And that starts with Greene, who the Senecas defeated in the Watkins holiday tournament 70-42. Greene is now 15-6.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Adam Pastore shoots in traffic.
Bottom: The Senecas' Max Evans is fouled as he drives toward the basket.

Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy, left, and Travon Jones eye the basket.

Left: Watkins' Jacob DeJong shoots. Right: The Senecas' Adam Pastore at the foul line.

Left: Watkins Glen's Bryce Kelly shoots. Right: The Senecas' Mitchell Pike takes aim.

Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy passes the ball for one of his team's 20 assists.

McIlroy, Scholtisek earn 1st Team status

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 29, 2020 -- Watkins Glen High School basketball standouts Isaac McIlroy and Owen Scholtisek have been named to the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School South Division All-Star First Team in a vote of division coaches.

McIlroy, a senior, and Scholtisek, a sophomore, led the Senecas to the division title and to the IAC Large School championship.

Earning All-Star Second Team status were Watkins Glen's Max Evans, Adam Pastore and Mitchell Pike.

The division MVP award went to Waverly's Scott Woodring.

Gibson sets season-bests at SUNYAC meet

CORTLAND, Feb. 28, 2020 -- Watkins Glen High School graduate Allie Gibson, a freshman at SUNY Cortland, had a good weekend as her school placed second at the 2020 SUNYAC Swimming Championships held Feb. 19-22 at the Burt Flickinger Athletic Center in Buffalo.

SUNY Geneseo won the tourney with 964.5 points, with Cortland second at 500.5 and SUNY Oswego third at 492.50. Other SUNY schools competing included Brockport, Fredonia, New Paltz, Oneonta and Potsdam.

Gibson, a sectional champion sprinter in high school, was seeded 16th in the 50 Free among 40 swimmers. She placed 14th in the Prelims with a season best of 25.59, and 14th in the Finals in 25.64. Her time was the second fastest by a freshman in the race.

Seeded 24th in the 200 Free, she placed 21st with a season best of 2:09.4; and seeded 16th in the 100 Free, she placed 15th in the Prelims in 56.41 and 15th in the Finals with a season-best of 56.18.

Photo in text: Allie Gibson (Photo provided)

Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese, left, drives toward the basket as Watkins Glen defenders Carly Arnold (23) and Drie Solomon close in.

O-M girls top Watkins, 40-30

Advance to Section IV, Class C 2nd round at Newfield

ODESSA, Feb. 27, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team advanced to the second round of the Section IV, Class C Tournament Wednesday night by pulling away from Watkins Glen in the second half en route to a 40-30 victory before a standing-room-only crowd in the O-M gym.

The Indians' Sara Gardner scored 11 points and Kara Reese 10 points as the No. 8-seeded Indians improved to 14-7 and earned a trip Saturday night to a second-round contest against No. 1 seed Newfield in the Newfield High School gym. Game time is 6 p.m.

Other points for O-M came from Grace Vondracek (9), Hannah Nolan (4), Autumn Garrison (3), and JoLynn Minnier (3). The team converted 16 of 28 free throws, including 13 of 18 in the fourth quarter. In fact, all of the Indians' scoring in that period was on foul shots, including the last eight in a row.

Minnier led the team in rebounds with 11, while Vondracek grabbed 7. Reese led in steals with 5.

Watkins Glen was led by Kelsey Kernan and Aislinn Klemann, who each scored 7 points. Other points came from Abby Gibson (5), Drie Solomon (5), Jenna Solomon (5) and Natalie Edmister (1). The team converted 8 of 18 free throws.

Kernan led the Senecas in rebounds with 8, while Drie Solomon grabbed 6 and Jenna Solomon 4. Kernan and Drie Solomon led in steals with 3 apiece, and Drie Solomon had 2 blocks.

"Thirteen for 18 at the foul line in the fourth quarter," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "That turned out to be the difference.

"This game," he added, "was exactly what I expected it to be: two very good defensive teams that were going to compete for every loose ball and every rebound. There were no easy baskets to be had in this game.

"I couldn't be prouder of this team for their guts and determination. To knock off Watkins Glen with the pedigree they have in the postseason and still having girls who were in a state championship game last year says a lot about the character of our squad."

As for the upcoming game?

"We have nothing to lose Saturday at Newfield," he said. Newfield has lost just once this season.

Wednesday's game saw O-M take an early 4-2 lead, fall behind 7-4 and end the first period down 7-6. Odessa built a 13-8 lead in the seocnd period before Watkins rallied, taking a 16-15 lead into the intermission on a Klemann 3-pointer.

O-M took back the lead in the first 10 seconds of the third period on a Vondracek basket, and never trailed again. The Indians' lead grew to eight after back-to-back Reese baskets at the 2:50 and 1:40 marks, and they entered the fourth quarter ahead by six, 27-21.

Watkins Glen got no closer than five points after that, and soon found itself down by eight, 10 and then 12 points as the Indians found the range time and again at the foul line. In that period, Reese sank 3 of 4 free throws, Minnier 3 of 4, and Gardner 5 of 6.

With the loss, the No.9-seeded Senecas ended the season with a 9-11 record.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Hannah Nolan glides toward the basket for two points.
Middle: Odessa's Sara Gardner attempts a shot under the arm of Watkins' Drie Solomon.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann moves the ball away from O-M's Sara Gardner.

Left: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson sends a shot on its way. Right: Watkins' Drie Solomon.

Left: O-M's Autumn Garrison shoots a 3-pointer. Right: Watkins' Drie Solomon looks to pass as O-M's Grace Vondracek defends.

O-M's Grace Vondracek dives for a loose ball as Watkins' Kelsey Kernan scoops it up.

Left: O-M's JoLynn Minnier grabs a rebound clear of Watkins' Aislinn Klemann.
Right: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan is fouled as she drives toward the basket.

Left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann shoots from long range. Right: O-M's Kara Reese sends up a shot for two of her 10 points.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jenna Solomon shoots in traffic. Right: Watkins' Carly Arnold.

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur shoots. Right: O-M players celebrate their victory.

Watkins' Isaac McIlroy, left, and Alex Kranyk prepare to launch shots against Sidney.

Glen boys win tourney opener

Top Sidney 52-32 as McIlroy nets 23; Union Springs next

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 26, 2020 -- The top-seeded Watkins Glen High school boys varsity basketball team rode a 23-point Isaac McIlroy performance to a 52-32 victory Tuesday night over No. 16 Sidney in the opening round of the Section IV, Class C Tournament, held in the WGHS Field House.

With the win, the Senecas (19-2) advanced to a game at home Friday against No. 8 seed Union Springs, which defeated No. 9 Deposit/Hancock Tuesday night. Game time will be 6 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and students ages 11 and up, and $4 for senior citizens. Children 10 or under are admitted free.

The Senecas fell behind Sidney early, 6-0, but scored the next 11 points and built a 33-11 halftime lead. They were up 44-18 entering the fourth period.

Scoring in addition to McIlroy were Owen Scholtisek (8 points), Adam Pastore (5), Max Evans (4), Alex Kranyk (3), Jacob DeJong (3), Cameron Holland (2), Dylan Morse (2), and Travon Jones (2). The team converted 8 of 9 free throws.

McIlroy led in rebounds with 7, while Pastore and Bryce Kelly grabbed 4 each, and Morse and DeJong 3 apiece. DeJong led in assists with 3, and McIlroy in steals with 4.

Devon Johnson and John Palmatier led Sidney with 8 points each. The team (which finished the season at 9-12) converted 6 of 9 free throws.

"We just weren't that sharp," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "We had a poor first quarter, a super second quarter, and then we weren't that sharp in the third quarter until Isaac hit three 3-pointers. And the fourth" -- with bench players on the court -- "was pretty poor.

"Overall, for the game, we had 16 turnovers, and they weren't even pressing us that much. We just kept throwing the ball away.

"Don't get me wrong. I'm excited that we made it to the next round. But we need to value the ball more."

*****

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek is fouled as he drives to the basket.

Second: The Senecas' Jacob DeJong draws a foul on a shot under the basket.

Bottom: Watkns Glen's Cameron Holland goes up for a jump shot over Sidney's Devon Chabot.

From left: Watkins Glen's Travon Jones, Mitchell Pike and Adam Pastore take aim.

Left: Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse shoots. Right: The Senecas' Max Evans is fouled as he attempts a shot under the hoop.

Athletes of the Week: 6 who stood out

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 23, 2020 -- This week we honor as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week a half-dozen local high school competitors who had a remarkable weekend.

Two are from the Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team, which won its second straight Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School championship with a nail-biting victory in overtime over Whitney Point. They are Owen Scholtisek and Max Evans, who together scored 26 points and spearheaded a remarkable, resilient team effort that overcame deficit after deficit.

The other four are from the Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team -- the quartet who won the day's first race at the Section IV, Class C Championships, the 200 Medley Relay, rising above their seeding to top Lansing by more than two seconds. That set the tone for a strong third-place finish overall among eight schools, behind Windsor and Southern Cayuga, and narrowly ahead of Lansing. The four honorees are Brett Walters, Jacob Mayette, Micah Brewster and Caleb Thomas.

Double Honorable: O-M swimmers Jon Spencer and Brock Sgrecci; Watkins Glen basketball's Isaac McIlroy, Adam Pastore and Mitchell Pike; and O-M basketball's Sara Gardner, Kara Reese and Grace Vondracek.

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

Odessa-Montour's Brett Walters checks the scoreboard after swimming the final leg of the 400 Free Relay, where O-M placed second.

O-M places 3rd at sectionals

Watkins is 6th; Indians' 200 Medley Relay team wins

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 23, 3030 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team placed a strong third Saturday at the Section IV, Class C Swimming Championships in the Watkins Gln High School pool.

Windsor took the team title with 414 points. Southern Cayuga was second with 341, followed by Odessa-Montour at 297. Then came Lansing (287), Susquehanna Valley (252), Watkins Glen (188 points), Greene (167) and Dryden (28).

The O-M 200 Yard Medley Relay team started the day with a win, taking the race in a time of 1:49.01, two-and-a-half seconds ahead of Lansing. The squad members were Brett Walters, Caleb Thomas, Jacob Mayette, and Micah Brewster.

The Indians' 400 Free Relay team also placed high, finishing second in 3:40.24. Its members were Mayette, Jon Spencer, Brewster and Walters. And its 200 Free Relay team of Caleb Thomas, Justin Ruocco, Nick DeLong and Brock Sgrecci placed third in 1:43.47.

Among the top-eight finshers for O-M were the following:

--Jacob Mayette placed 3rd in the 200 Yard Individual Medley (2:23.13), and 3rd in the 100 Yard Butterfly (1:01.21).

--Brett Walters placed 3rd in the 50 Yard Freestyle (23.89) and 4th in the 100 Yard Freestyle (53.25).

--Micah Brewster was 8th in the 200 Free, in a time of 2:14.40, and 7th in the 500 Free in 6:02.46..

--Jon Spencer finished 6th in the 200 Individual Medley in 2:34.62.

--Brock Sgrecci was 4th in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:11.65.

--Caleb Thomas was 6th in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:12.35.

--Nick DeLong was 6th in the 100 Backstroke in 1:09.17.

Top-eight finishers for Watkins Glen included the following:

--Liam Smith was 7th in the 200 Individual Medley in 2:35.28, and 8th in the 500 Free in 6:15.52.

--Jordan Avery was 7th in the 50 Yard Freestyle in 25.35, and 8th in the 100 Back in 1:10.89.

--Daine Butler was 7th in the 100 Yard Freestyle in 56.51 and 8th in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:13.38.

--Colby Thurston (in competition Thursday) was 4th in Diving with 255.50 points.

--The 200 Yard Freestyle Relay team of Jordan Avery, Scott Brubaker, Ben Swinnerton and Daine Butler was fifth in 1:46.86.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's winning 200 Medley Relay team. From left: Caleb Thomas, Brett Walters, Micah Brewster and Jacob Mayette.

Middle: Odesssa's Jacob Mayette on the way to 3rd place in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Bottom: Watkins Glen Coach Jason Westervelt gives a pre-race talk to Liam Smith just before the finals of the 500 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins Glen's Scott Brubaker competes in the consolation finals of the 100 Butterfly.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jordan Avery checks the scoreboard after swimming the 50 Freestyle.
Right: Odessa-Montour's Micah Brewster dives at the start of the 200 Freestyle finals.

Watkins Glen's Daine Butler dives at the start of the finals of the 100 Yard Freestyle.

Odessa-Montour's Jon Spencer on the way to 6th place in the 200 Individual Medley.

Odessa-Montour's Brock Sgrecci, left, and Watkins Glen's Daine Butler hit the water at the start of the 100 Yard Breaststroke final.

O-M Elementary Basketball: Week 4

ODESSA, Feb. 22, 2020 -- The following are the results of the fourth week of the Odessa-Montour Elementary Basketball competition at the high school.

Watkins Supply 26, The Bucket Bar and Grill 19
Watkins Supply (3-1): Blake Thomas 15 points, Hunter Jarrell 6 points, Jaymes Rickchard 2 points, Kevin Switzer 2 points, Reese Rounds 1 point.
Bucket (1-3): Lilli Bond 8 points, Jason Landon 6 points, David Heichel 4 points, Andrew Kinnetz 1 point

Parmenter Automotive 17, Vedder-Scott & Zinger 10
Parmenter Auto (1-3): Brianna Tuttle 13 points, Jeremy Updyke 4 points.
Vedder-Scott & Zinger (3-1): Damion Cady 4 points, Jack Sangprakarn 4 points, Jackson Bond 1 point, Jackson Dort 1 point

The IAC Large School champion Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team poses after its victory. The Senecas have now won the last two Large School titles.

Watkins tops Whitney Point, 49-46 in OT, to win IAC title

Senecas claim 2nd straight Large School crown at TC3

DRYDEN, Feb. 22, 2020 -- It was an improbable victory. One that seemed destined to elude them. But the Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team is a resilient bunch.

And with that resilience, the Senecas fought back time and again Friday night to defeat Whitney Point 49-46 in overtime in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School Championship game at Tompkins Cortland Community College.

The statistics show that Watkins Glen was led by Owen Scholtisek's 14 points, and that Max Evans scored 12 points, Isaac McIlroy 8, Adam Pastore 7, Mitchell Pike 6, and Jacob DeJong 2. The statistics show that the Senecas did so-so at the free thow line, converting 9 of 16 attempts, including 5 of 10 in the fourth quarter and overtime.

They show that Scholtisek and Pike led the team in rebounds with 6 each, and that Evans and DeJong grabbed 4 apiece. They show that Evans led in steals with 4, and Scholtisek in assists with 3.

But they don't reveal the ebb and flow of this game -- how the Senecas, down 14-9 early, climbed within a point at 14-13 by the end of the first quarter and held the lead 22-19 at halftime before encountering several deficits in the second half.

"Oh my gosh, it was like a rollercoaster," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "Were you on the edge of your seat? I think a lot of people were on the edge of their seats. These boys are resilient; they have heart. They just keep fighting and never give up. And that should come in handy" as the Senecas open Section IV, Class C Tournament play. Their tourney opener is Tuesday evening at home against No. 16 Sidney. The Senecas are seeded No. 1.

Friday's third period started badly, with Whitney Point hitting two baskets for five points in the first minute and then another basket at 4:37 to take a 26-22 lead. Watkins caught up at 28-28 on an Evans breakaway layup and an Evans 3-pointer, but fell behind again by six points on a pair of Whtiney 3's, one a buzzer-beater that gave the Eagles a 34-28 lead entering the fourth quarter.

A Scholtisek basket and a Pike 3-pointer pulled the Senecas within a point, 34-33, with 7:18 left to play, and Watkins caught Whitney again at 35-35 on a pair of Scholtisek free throws at 6:01.

The Eagles went ahead of the Senecas again at 4:29, only to see Watkins knot the score at 37-37 on a Scholtisek basket at 1:56 -- and then Whitney Point took the lead again at 1:37 on a pair of free throws, 39-37.

Each team turned the ball over on fouls in the next 20 seconds, and Watkins missed a couple of shots, Whitney Point rebounding -- only to see Watkins' McIlroy steal the ball ... which led to a feed underneath the basket to Evans, who put it through the cyclinder with 9 seconds left. The score was deadlocked again, 39-39.

After Whtiney Point inbounded the ball and moved it upcourt, McIlroy stole it again and sent a pass upcourt to a racing Scholtisek, who -- not sure if he had enough time, -- sent up a floater instead of trying another step for a layup. The ball rolled off the basket as time expired, sending the game to overtime.

"Yeah, I was disappoinited," said Scholtisek, who bent over at the end line after the miss, shaking his head before McIlroy came over to give him an encouraging hug. "But I knew we still had to go at them."

The Senecas huddled before the extra 4-minute period, and Fazzary said they were upbeat and ready for the challenge.

Nonetheless, Watkins missed its first two shots while Whitney Point made two and sank a free throw to go up 44-39 with 2:42 remaining. Scholtisek answered with a basket at 2:31 that timmed the deficit to 44-41, and Pike hit a 3-pointer to tie the game again, 44-44, with 1:28 remaining.

Whitney Point, deep in its end, turned the ball over on a key call at 1:10 -- a charge drawn by Evans, who ended up with the Eagles' ball-carrier landing on top of him. And it was Evans, with 44.4 seconds to play, who sank a basket to put Watkins Glen ahead 46-44.

Moments later, a Whitney Point player inbounding the ball stepped over the boundary endline, turning the ball over to the Senecas -- who capitalized at 32.3 on a pair of McIlroy free throws. Eight seconds later, Whitney Point was sent to the free-throw line on a foul called against Watkins as two of its players trapped an Eagles player at midcourt. Whitney converted both free throws to pull within two points, 48-46.

Three seconds later, Scholtisek missed a pair of free throws, and Whitney Point, with the rebound, moved upcourt and positioned for a 3-pointer, which was launched with a few seconds left, going seemingly in the basket -- and then out, and into the waiting hands of McIlroy, who was promptly fouled with 1.5 seconds left. He missed the first free throw, but made the second to put the Watkins lead at 49-46.

Whitney, needing to travel the full court, attempted a long inbounds pass, but the intended Eagle receiver failed to catch the ball as McIlroy went high to knock it away, with time expiring a moment later.

Fazzary said that Scholtisek, in addition to his points and rebounds, "guarded their best player and held him to 11 points. He was outstanding. And Evans did a real nice job; he was everywhere defensively. And the team defense was pretty good, to hold them to 39 points in regulation. If you have good defense, you're gonna win a lot of games.

"For these guys to be two-time division and IAC champions -- they're creating their own legacy And they're young. Who knows? They might do it again next year.

"It's been like a storybook: going into Waverly twice to win the division title, and then being behind here. I'm very proud of how they responded. Now I hope we can keep it going, and maybe do what no boys team at Watkins Glen has done since 1951" -- win a sectional title.

"It won't be easy," said Fazzary. "But these boys seem to find a way."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek sends a floater toward the basket on the final play of regulation. The ball failed to drop, sending the game to overtime.

Second: The Senecas' Isaac McIlroy goes high to knock away a long inbounds pass by Whitney Point on the final play of the game.

Third: Watkins Glen's Max Evans scores the basket that put Watkins Glen ahead 46-44. The Senecas led the rest of the way.

Fourth: The Senecas' Bryce Kelly (23) and Mitchell Pike leap high to celebrate the victory after the final buzzer sounded.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Adam Pastore drives past a Whitney Point defender.

A Whitney Point player is called for a charging foul as he lands on Watkins' Max Evans.

Left: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy encounters heavy traffic as he launches a shot.
Right:
The Senecas' Adam Pastore takes aim on the free-throw line.

Watkins Glen's Travon Jones (20) moves the ball upcourt in first-half action.

Members of a Watkins Glen student cheering section pose during halftime.

Left: Watkins Glen's Mitchell Pike goes up for a shot. Right: The Senecas' Owen Scholtisek cuts between two players on his way to the basket. He was fouled on the play.

The Senecas' Jacob DeJong takes aim as players on the Watkins Glen bench watch.

Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese drives to the basket in second-half action against Moravia.

Odessa-Montour girls edge Moravia

ODESSA, Feb. 21, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team improved to 13-7 Thursday night with a 47-46 victory over Moravia in a game in the O-M gym.

Sara Gardner scored 14 points (including four 3-pointers) and Kara Reese 12 points (including 8 in the fourth quarter) as the Indians tuned up for next week's Section IV, Class C Tournament. Odessa opens at home Wednesday at 6 p.m. against Watkins Glen.

"We couldn't ask for a better tune-up game for sectionals," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We had to clamp down defensively in those final minutes and we did. We could have done a better job on offense down the stretch, perhaps, but we didn't let it impact us on the defensive end, which was a great sign."

The two teams tied 11-11 in the first quarter, and Odessa was on top 20-19 at halftime and 34-33 entering the fourth quarter. Its biggest lead, at 30-25 and 38-33, was five points.

Scoring in additon to Gardner and Reese were Grace Vondracek (8 points), JoLynn Minnier (4), Autumn Garrison (4), Hannah Nolan (4), and Mallory Rhodes (1). The team converted 2 of 8 free throws.

Minnier led in rebounds with 10, while Vondracek grabbed 8. Vondracek led in steals with 5, while Reese led in assists with 4.

Moravia' Kate Baylor was the game-high scorer with 20 points. The Blue Devils converted 6 of 12 free throws.

Photo in text: O-M's Sara Gardner drives to the hoop in traffic.

Left: O-M's Autumn Garrison passes the ball. Right: Odessa's Hannah Nolan shoots.

Left: O-M's Grace Vondracek. Right: O-M's JoLynn Minnier (44) reaches for a rebound.

O-M's Brock Sgrecci (blue trunks) was among the competitors in the 100 Breaststroke. He qualified for the finals, placing fifth.

Section IV Swimming Prelims set the table for Saturday's finals at Watkins Glen pool

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 20, 2020 -- The finals and consolation finals for the Section IV Class C Boys Swimming Championships were set Wednesday at the sectional prelims, held in the Watkins Glen High School pool.

The Class C Swimming Championships will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the WGHS pool. The Class A and B competitions will follow there throughout the day.

Wednesday's prelims saw several WGHS and Odessa-Montour High School swimmers advance to the finals, where the top eight in each event vie for the victory. The 9th-place through 16th-place swimmers in each event meet in the consolation finals. No swimmer in the consolation finals can place higher than 9th.

The following Watkins Glen swimmers reached the finals:

--Jordan Avery was 8th in the 50 Free (25.43) and 7th in the 100 Back (1:10.28).

--Liam Smith placed 6th in the 200 Individual Medley (2:32.76) and 8th in the 500 Yard Freestyle (6:03.11).

--Daine Butler placed 8th in the 100 Free (57.62) and tied for 7th in the 100 Breaststroke (1:13.00).

The following Odessa-Montour swimmers reached the finals:

--Brett Walters was tied for 1st in the 500 Free in 23.79 and 4th in the 100 Free (54.22).

--Jacob Mayette was 2nd in the 200 Individual Medley (2:24.14) and 3rd in the 100 Fly (1:05.14).

--Micah Brewster placed 8th in the 200 Free (2:05.52) and 6th in the 500 Free (5:50.90).

--Jon Spencer was 7th in the 200 Individual Medley (2:32.86)

--Nick DeLong was 8th in the 100 Back (1:10.35).

--Caleb Thomas was 4th in the 100 Breaststroke (1:11.51).

--Brock Sgrecci was 5th in the 100 Breaststroke (1:11.71).

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Relay squads from both schools also advanced to the finals in the 200 Medley Relay, 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay.

Photos in text:

From top: O-M's Micah Brewster dives at start of the 500 Free; Watkins' Daine Butler competes in the 100 Breaststroke; O-M's Caleb Thomas competes in the 100 Breaststroke.

Left: Watkins Glen swim coach Jason Westervelt talks with Liam Smith after Smith completed the 500 Free, where he qualified for the finals. Right: O-M's Caleb Reynolds dives at start of the 500 Free.

Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy glides to the basket for two of his 18 points.

Watkins boys top Waverly, 60-50, win IAC division title

WAVERLY, Feb. 19, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team -- led by 18 points each from Isaac McIlroy and Adam Pastore -- defeated Waverly Tuesday night in the Wolverines' jam-packed gym, 60-50, in a playoff for the championship of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School South Division.

The victory sends the Senecas into the IAC Large School title game at 7:45 p.m. Friday at Tompkins Cortland Community College against Large School North Division champion Whitney Point, which defeated Watkins Glen 54-50 earlier this season.

Watkins Glen won the IAC Large School title last year, defeating Whitney Point in the championship game after Whitney Point had -- just like this year -- defeated the Senecas earlier in the season. "I'm hoping it plays out like it did last year," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, who called Tuesday night's win -- on the road and in a loud, nearly deafening gym -- "one of the top five or six wins of my tenure here."

Watkins Glen (17-2 and ranked No. 8 among Class C schools in the state) and Waverly (now 15-5) had tied atop the division, each with two IAC losses. They had met twice before, splitting their games, each winning on the opponent's home court. Last time they met, in Waverly, the Senecas had held the Wolverines standout, Scott Woodring, to 19 points.

This time -- while Woodring got a large share of rebounds -- he was held to 15 points.

"Jake DeJong did a super job on Scotty," said Fazzary. "It had to be one of his lowest point totals of the season."

He also had praise for Pastore. "Adam played really well; he was fantastic. When we were down early, he helped keep us going." And McIlroy and Owen Scholtisek, he said, "played a solid game; did well directing the offense. And between them they scored 28 points."

In addition to McIlroy and Pastore, Watkins got points from Scholtisek (10), DeJong (8) and Mitchell Pike (6). The team converted 9 of 17 free throws. Waverly connected on just 4 of 9.

DeJong led the Senecas in rebounds with 9, while McIlroy grabbed 4, and Scholtisek, Pastore and Max Evans 3 each. McIlroy led in assists with 5, while DeJong had 4 and Scholtisek 3. McIlroy led in steals with 4, while Scholtisek and Pastore had 2 each.

The Senecas, down 9-4 early, responded to a timeout with a rally that gave them a 16-14 lead after one quarter. They then dominated the second period 14-8 for a 30-22 halftime lead. It was that close only because Waverly hit a long buzzer-beater as the half expired.

Watkins kept Waverly at arm's length throughout the third period, outscoring the Wolverines 14-13 and entering the fourth quarter with a 44-35 advantage. Waverly managed to trim the lead to six points, 44-38, at the beginning of the period, but got no closer until the final minute of play, when it had trimmed a 13-point Watkins advantage (53-40 with 4:45 to play) down to five points, 55-50 -- aided by several missed free throws by the Senecas.

But then Watkins connected on five subsequent free throws-- one by McIlroy, two by Scholtisek and two by DeJong -- as Waverly was forced to foul to conserve time on the dwindling clock. The Wolverines, meanwhile, failed to score again.

"This was a huge win," said Fazzary. "To beat them on their home court twice -- it shows the character of our kids."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Adam Pastore drives to the basket in traffic for two of his 18 points.
Middle: The Senecas' Owen Scholtisek drives to the hoop.
Bottom: Watkins' Jacob DeJong goes high for a shot over Waverly's Scott Woodring.

Left:The Senecas' Bryce Kelly prepares to launch a shot. Right: The Senecas' Adam Pastore passes the ball.

Left: Among the Watkins fans on hand were, from left, former WGHS basketball players Taylor Kelly and Hannah Morse, and current player Aislinn Klemann. Right: The Senecas' Mitchell Pike prepares to send a jump shot on its way.

IAC Girls All-Stars: Gardner on 1st Team

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 17, 2020 -- Odessa-Montour High School senior Sara Gardner has been named to the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small School South Division All-Star First Team in a vote of coaches.

Gardner, O-M's long-range sharpshooter, was joined on the first team by Newfield's Kelly Moravec and Jenna Goodwin, Candor's Braelyn Hornick and Tioga's Olivia Ayres. Newfield's Katie Moravec was named the division MVP.

Named to the Second Team from O-M were Grace Vondracek and Kara Reese. Other selections were Jennah Kareem of Candor, Chloe Bellis of Tioga and Maura Wood-Ellis of Newfield.

Honorable Mention went to JoLynn Minnier of O-M, along with Tara Perkins and Sophia Dutra of Spencer-Van Etten, and Eve Wood and Giovanna Rossi of Tioga.

Large School South Division: Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon was named to the division's All-Star Second Team.

The Senecas' Kelsey Kernan and Aislinn Klemann each earned Honorable Mention.

The division MVP was Sidney Tomasso of Waverly. First Team members included Waverly's Kennedy Westbrook, Notre Dame's Kahlia Rivera, and Newark Valley's Mackenna Nechwedowich, Hannah Ferguson and Grace Gardner.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Sara Gardner (File photo)

O-M grad Reese posts 5 NEAC Meet wins

COBLESKILL, Feb. 17, 2020 -- Odessa-Montour High School 2019 graduate Tori Reese registered five wins in the past weekend's North Eastern Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships hosted by SUNY Cobleskill, where Reese is a freshman.

Reese won the 50 Free in 26.68, and was on four winning relay squads: the 200 Free Relay (1:50.19), the 400 Medley Relay (4:39.39), the 200 Medley Relay (2:04.33), and the 800 Free Relay (9:11.79). She also placed second in the 100 Breaststroke (1:12.93).

Cobleskill placed second in the meet, which included swimmers from Wells College, Cedar Crest College, Cazenovia College and Gallaudet University.

Photo in text: Tori Reese (Photo provided)

Athlete of the Week: Glen's Gabe Planty

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 16, 2020 -- This week we honor a distance runner as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week.

He is Watkins Glen High School senior Gabe Planty, who won the 3200 Meter Run at the Section IV State Qualifier at Cornell University with a time of 9:39.5, thus qualifying to compete in the State Tournament at the Ocean Breeze Complex on Staten Island on March 7th.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball's Owen Scholtisek; Odessa-Montour basketball's Paden Grover; and Watkins Glen bowlers Matt Irwin and R.J. Bannon.

Honorable Mention: Another 28 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Watkins Glen team member Matt Wood (of Dundee High School) with coaches Rod Weeden and Kelly Sterner after he qualified for States. (Photo provided)

Planty, Wood reach States

ITHACA, Feb. 16, 2020 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Gabe Planty and Matt Wood -- a Dundee High School senior who competes on the WGHS Indoor Track squad -- advanced to the State Meet Saturday by winning distance races at the Section IV State Qualifier held at Cornell University.

Planty claimed the sectional championship in the 3200 Meter Race with a time of 9:39.5, while Wood won the 1600 Meter title with a personal best and Dundee school record of 4:32.64

Watkins Glen's Sam Thorsland placed 18th in that 1600 race with a new PR -- his first time under the 5-minute mark at 4:57.28.

Among other Watkins team competitors:

--Lily Hall (a Dundee student) was 5th in the Triple Jump at 35' 1.25" and 11th in the Long Jump at 14' 8".
--Ryleigh Clark (a Spencer-Van Etten student who trains with WGHS) was 6th in the Triple Jump at 33' 8.25" and 10th in the Long Jump at 14' 8.75".
--Madelyn Suddaby was 14th in the Triple Jump at 30' 3".
--Boyd Barber was 15th in the Weight Throw at 33' 6".
--Breanna Carl was 9th in the 1500 Meter Race Walk with a time of 9:25.3.
--Nick Wilston was 7th in the Long Jump at 18' 7.25" and 8th in the Triple Jump (39' 7").

"It was a great indoor season for the kids," said Watkins Glen Athletic Director Rod Weeden. "This is the most competitors Watkins Glen has taken to the Qualifier meet in many years. For two of them, the season will extend another three weeks until the State Meet at the Ocean Breeze Complex on Staten Island on March 7."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen senior Gabe Planty with school Athletic Director and Coach Rod Weeden. (Photo provided)

From left: Matt Wood and Gabe Planty, with teammate Sam Thorsland. (Photo provided)

O-M swimmers 4th, WG 5th at IAC tourney

WAVERLY, Feb. 16, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team placed 4th Saturday at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Swimming Championships in the Waverly High School pool.

The Indians totaled 304 points. Waverly won with 503, followed by Southern Cayuga with 389, and Lansing with 317. After O-M came Watkins Glen (168) and Dryden (96).

"The O-M boys had a great meet today, with most everyone posting personal best times," said Coach Terri Brace.

Making the podium for O-M were:

200 Medley Relay Team: 4th place, Justin Ruocco, Caleb Thomas, Jon Spencer and Nick DeLong (2:01.45)
200 Free Relay Team: 3rd place, Jake Mayette, Nick DeLong, Micah Brewster and Brett Walters (1:39.58)
400 Free Relay Team: 2nd place, Mayette, Spencer, Brewster and Walters (3:40.15)
Jake Mayette: 3rd in the 100 Fly (1:01.39) and 6th in the 50 Free (24.81)
Brett Walters: 4th in the 100 Back (1:03.96) and 6th in the 200 IM (2:22.17)
Micah Brewster: 7th in the 500 Free (6:05.97) and 8th in the 200 Free (2:07.73)
Nick DeLong: 7th in the 100 Back (1:09.79)
Caleb Reynolds: 8th in the 100 Back (1:10.24)
Caleb Thomas: 3rd in the 100 Breaststroke (1:10.60)
Brock Sgrecci: 4th in the 100 Breaststroke (1:12.00)

Watkins Glen girls fall to Ithaca, 55-27

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 16, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team's record slipped to 9-10 Saturday with a 55-27 loss to Ithaca in a non-league game in the WGHS Field House.

Watkins Glen trailed 19-12 after one period, and pulled within three points, 23-20, before reaching intermission down 25-20.

Ithaca took control in the third quarter, its tight defense and frequent transition baskets dominant as the Bombers outscored Watkins Glen 23-2 to take a 48-22 lead into the fourth quarter.

Amanda Wilbur led Watkins Glen with 7 points, while Abby Gibson scored 6. Other points came from Kelsey Kernan (5), Ali LaMoreaux (2), Carly Arnold (2), Natalie Edmister (2), Jenna Solomon (2), and Drie Solomon (1). The team converted 7 of 14 free throws.

Georgia Haverlock led Ithaca with 29 points. The team converted 12 of 13 free throws.

Ahead for the Senecas: the upcoming Section IV, Class C Tournament.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur attempts a twisting jump shot.

Left: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibsn drives to the basket. Right: The Senecas' Mattie Yontz passes the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan prepares to shoot. Right: The Senecas' Carly Arnold passes the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jenna Solomon launches a first-period last-second shot.
Right: The Senecas' Aislinn Klemann encounters traffic as she drives to the basket.

Left: Watkins Glen's Natalie Edmister (25) attempts a shot in traffic. Right: The Senecas' Drie Solomon shoots from the corner.

O-M boys place 8th in Class D bowling

VESTAL, Feb. 16, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity bowling team completed its season Saturday with an 8th place finish at the Section IV, Class D Tournament at Midway Lanes in Vestal.

Hancock placed first among the 10 competing schools with a 3006 total, followed by Unadilla Valley (2830), Bainbridge-Guilford (2657), Tioga (2621), Elmira Notre Dame (2431), Candor (2341), Deposit (2328), Odessa-Montour (2181), Groton (2170), and Marathon (1262).

Eric Rumsey led O-M with a 495 series, while Wes Wade posted a 456, Austin Hoyt 419, Dominick Elliott 408, and Zach Rounds 403.

Beckley places 8th at Section IV meet

BINGHAMTON, Feb. 16, 2020 -- Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen High School wrestler Joshua Beckley placed 8th Saturday at 182 pounds in the Section IV Division 2 Wrestling Tournament at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.

Beckley, seeded 8th, won his first match 10-2 against the 9th seed from Owego Free Academy. He lost by a pin in the quarterfinals to the top seed from Windsor, and then dropped a 4-3 decision to a wrestler from Marathon in the wrestlebacks.

He finished the year with a 30-12 won-lost record.

Photo: Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen's Joshua Beckley at the arena in Binghamton. (Photo provided)

Bowling: WG girls, boys 10th in Class C

VESTAL, Feb. 16, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls and boys varsity bowling teams placed 10th among 13 schools this weekend in the Section IV, Class C Bowling Championships at Midway Lanes in Vestal.

Girls (Friday): The top team, Greene-Oxford, posted a score of 2631, with Union Springs/Port Byron second at 2609. They were followed by Windsor (2535), Waverly (2525), Susquehanna Valley (2470), Sidney (2367), Chenango Valley (2215), Edison (2129), Afton-Harpursville (2103), Watkins Glen (1915) and Chenango Forks (1804).

Watkins Glen was led by Alyiah Clink-Bentley's 486 series, while Makenzie Kellogg posted a 408, Brooke Usher a 360, and Ava Cowan a 354.

Boys (Saturday): The top team, Susquehanna Valley, rolled a 2902, with Union Springs/Port Byron second at 2856. They were followed by Waverly (2799), Sidney (2797), Newark Valley (2781), Lansing (2725), Greene-Oxford (2675), Dryden (2623), Chenango Valley (2533), Watkns Glen (2413) and Afton-Harpursville (2297).

R.J. Bannon led the Senecas with a 573 series that included a 217 game. Matt Irwin added a 563 that included a 204, while Caleb Smith posted a 505.

O-M Elementary Basketball: Week 3

ODESSA, Feb. 15, 2020 -- The following are the results of the third week of the Odessa-Montour Elementary Basketball competition at the high school.

Watkins Supply 17, Parmenter's Automotive 15
Watkins Supply (2-1): Blake Thomas 12 points, Hunter Jarrell 5 points
Parmenter's (0-3): Jeremy Updyke 7 points, Brianna Tuttle 5 points, Ryan Hufford 2 points, Shelby Crout 1 point

Vedder, Scott and Zinger 14, Bucket Bar and Grill 11
Vedder, Scott and Zinger (3-0): Leah Antes 7 points, Jackson Dort 3 points, Damion Cady 2 points,  Jack Sangprakarn 1 point, Logan Antes 1 point
Bucket (1-2): David Heichel 6 points, Mason Smith 4 points, Jason Landon 1 point

Seneca Lodge won the 5th-6th Grade league and playoff titles. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Titles

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 15, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen Youth Basketball "Red" Matthews Memorial Playoffs concluded Saturday with the crowning of the 3rd-4th Grade and 5th-6th Grade playoff champions.

The 3rd-4th Grade title went to Maguire's, while the 5th-6th Grade championship was won by the regular-season league champion Seneca Lodge. Famous Brands received the trophy as the 3rd-4th Grade regular-season league champion.

The Finals of the Walter "Red" Matthews Memorial Play-offs:

3rd-4th Grade Results:

Championship Game

Maguire's 24, Famous Brands 6.
Maguire's: Nick Force Jr. 10, Kane Peters 8, Isaak Willett 4, Ethan Crane 2.
Famous Brands: Nicolai Holmes 4, Ricky Bitter 2.

Consolation Game

Curly's 14, Sporting Goods 8.
Curly's: Grayson Robertson 8, Zack Brusso 4, Samantha Austic 2.
Sporting Goods: Luke Palmer 4, Emmitt Presutti 2, Drew Popovich 2.

5th-6th Grade Results:

Championship Game

Seneca Lodge 32, W.G. Supply 18.
Seneca Lodge: Caleb Bresett 18, Emma Cady 12, Levi Murphy 2.
W.G. Supply: Jade Santos 10, Carter Presutti 6, Zander Featherman 2.

Consolation Game

VanSkiver Motors 36, Capt. Bill's 10.
VanSkiver's: Jadon Scholtisek 22, James Sorce 10. Natalie VanSkiver 4.
Capt. Bill's: Logan Bill's 6, Juliet Asperschlayer 2, Isabella Duncan 2.

Photo in text: The Famous Brands 3rd-4th Grade team, regular-season league champion. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Maguire's won the 3rd-4th Grade playoff championship. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bowling: O-M girls place 5th in Class D

VESTAL, Feb. 15, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity bowling team finished fifth among 10 schools Friday at the Section IV, Class D Bowling Tournament at Midway Lanes in Vestal.

Hancock took the team title with a 2654 total, while Unadilla Valley was second with 2518. Both automatically advanced to the upcoming State Qualifier.

Third place went to Candor (2429), followed by Bainbridge-Guilford (2402), Odessa-Montour (2202), Tioga (1937), Deposit (1894), Elmira Notre Dame (1887), Groton (1853), and Marathon (1478).

Jana Arias led O-M with a 162-179-178=519 series. Hannah Barr added a 486, Courtney Davis a 455, and Taryn Hoyt a 396.

The boys tournament was schedued for Saturday morning at Midway Lanes.

Watkins' Ali LaMoreaux (2) inbounds the ball as Kelsey Kernan (3) awaits the throw.

Watkins Glen girls fall to Waverly, 62-40

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 14, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team's record slipped to 9-9 Thursday night when the Senecas dropped a 62-40 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

Watkins Glen, down 12-2 after one period, oustcored Waverly 14-10 in the second quarter to enter intermission down 22-16. But Waverly scored the first 10 points of the third period on the way to a 46-25 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Aislinn Klemann led Watkins Glen scorers with 8 points, while Drie Solomon scored 7, Ali LaMoreaux 6, Amanda Wilbur 6, Kelsey Kernan 6, Abby Gibson 2, Mattie Yontz 2, Natalie Edmister 2, and Carly Arnold 1. The team converted 9 of 14 free throws.

Kernan led the team in rebounds with 9, while Arnold grabbed 7, Klemann 5, Wilbur 5, and Jenna Solomon 3.

Sidney Tomasso led Waverly with 15 points, while Paige Lewis scored 14, and Morgan Adams 11. The team converted 12 of 18 free throws.

Watkins Glen returns to action Saturday afternoon at home against Ithaca.

Senior Night: The team's four seniors were honored in a pregame Senior Night ceremony. They are Drie Solomon, Ali LaMoreaux, Kelsey Kernan and exchange student Kajsa Rolfes.

Junior Varsity: Waverly defeated Watkins Glen.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur (21) takes the ball to the hoop.
Bottom: The Senecas' four seniors were honored before the game. From left: Kelsey Kernan, Kajsa Rolfes, Ali LaMoreaux and Drie Solomon. (Photo provided)

Left: Watkins Glen's Drie Solomon, left, looks to pass the ball. Right: The Senecas' Abby Gibson prepares to launch a shot.

Watkins Glen's Natalie Edmister (25, left) and Aislinn Klemann (15, right) shoot.

Left: Watkins Glen's Ali LaMoreaux (2) maneuvers through traffic. Right: The Senecas' Carly Arnold (23) passes the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jenna Solomon looks for a shot. Right: The Senecas' Kelsey Kernan drives past a Waverly defender.

Left and center: Watkins Glen's Mattie Yontz and Savannah Ayers. Right: Former standout Watkins player Amanda Pike, on hand Thursday night to watch.

The O-M team's four seniors were honored at halftime. From left: Ben Mathews, Derrick Lewis, Preston Harris and Paden Grover.

O-M boys lose to Lansing on tip-in, 49-47

ODESSA, Feb. 14, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team ended its season with a loss Thursday night, falling to Lansing 49-47 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Lansing's winning basket came on a tip-in off a deflected shot with four seconds remaining. O-M Coach Dan Stephens said his team had the ball in the closing half-minute until turning it over with 10 seconds left, resulting in a Lansing fast break.

O-M's Paden Grover "chased it down and blocked the shot," said Stephens, "but unfortunately another guy was standing where the ball shot off to and tipped it in, and time expired shortly after."

O-M led Lansing 12-11 after one period, and then outscored the Bobcats 14-4 early in the second period to build a 26-15 lead. But Lansing rallied with the final nine points of the half to trail 26-24 at intermission -- setting the tone for a tight finish.

Grover led the Indians with 14 points and 15 rebounds, while Ben Mathews scored 13 with 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Other points came from Derrick Lewis (11 with 2 rebounds and 5 steals), Preston Harris (5 with 4 rebounds and 4 assists), and Jared Rumsey (4 with 4 rebounds).

"I'm proud of how they finished the season fighting," said Stephens of his team. "I'm going to miss these seniors. They are a great group of young men who are some of the hardest workers I've ever coached."

Senior Night: The team's four seniors were honored at halftime in a Senior Night ceremony. They are Paden Grover, Preston Harris, Derrick Lewis and Ben Mathews. The Cheerleading squad's four seniors were also honored: Destiny Daugherty, Shania Austin, Marisa Alton and Karlee Dudgeon.

Photo in text: O-M's Paden Grover shoots in traffic.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Ben Mathews, Derrick Lewis and Devon Mahaney.

Left: O-M's Preston Harris drives past a Lansing defender. Right: Odessa's Jared Rumsey takes aim from the free-throw line.

O-M's senior cheerleaders were honored at a Senior Night ceremony at halftime of the boys' basketball game. From left: Marisa Alton, Shania Austin, Destiny Daughterty and Karlee Dudgeon.

Watkins Glen girls top Notre Dame, 50-42

SOUTHPORT, Feb. 12, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team improved to 9-8 Tuesday night with a 50-42 victory over Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Notre Dame gym.

The Senecas trailed 15-10 after one quarter and 23-20 at halftime, but pulled ahead 39-33 with a 19-10 third quarter, and outscored the Crusaders 11-7 down the stretch.

Aislinn Klemann led Watkins Glen with 17 points, while Kelsey Kernan scored 14, Carly Arnold 9, Drie Solomon 7, Jenna Solomon 2, and Amanda Wilbur 1. The team converted 9 of 17 free throws.

Drie Solomon led in rebounds with 9, while Kernan grabbed 8, Klemann 7, Arnold 5, and Natalie Edmister 3. Drie Solomon led in steals with 3, and Abby Gibson in assists with 5.

The Senecas return to action Thursday at home against Waverly.

Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek drives to the basket in traffic. He scored 9 points.

Watkins Glen boys top Notre Dame 48-33, force division-title playoff with Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 12, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team tied Waverly atop the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large Schools South Division Tuesday night by defeating Elmira Notre Dame 48-33 in the WGHS Field House -- setting up a one-game playoff for the division crown.

That will be played next Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Waverly. The announced start time is 7 p.m.

Both Watkins (now 16-2) and Waverly concluded the regular season with two IAC losses each. They faced each other twice, with each winning once. The division winner will advance to the IAC Large School championship game on Friday, Feb. 21 at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Watkins Glen won that crown last year.

In its win over Notre Dame, Watkins Glen struggled with turnovers (it had 16 of them) but still led 8-5 after one quarter, 18-16 at halftime, and 34-25 entering the fourth quarter. The Senecas then outscored Notre Dame 14-8 down the stretch.

The Senecas were led in scoring by a trio of players. Owen Scholtisek, Mitchell Pike and Adam Pastore each scored 9 points, while Max Evans and Isaac McIlroy scored 7 apiece, Jacob DeJong 6, and Bryce Kelly 1. The team converted 9 of 13 free throws.

DeJong led in rebounds with 11, while Evans grabbed 7, Pastore 6, Scholtisek 4, and Dylan Morse 4. Evans led in steals with 5, and Scholtisek in assists with 4.

Notre Dame was led by Joseph Sheehan's 15 points. The Crusaders converted 6 of 11 free throws.

"Sometimes you don't play your best game but find a way to win," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, describing his team's performance. "I'm happy we got through and now have a chance to play for the division."

While his team played "pretty good" on defense, he said, "our offense wasn't sharp, to say the least. We're going to need to play much, much better to contend with Waverly Tuesday night."

Senior Night: The team's lone senior, Isaac McIlroy, was honored at a pregame Senior Night ceremony. Also honored were cheerleaders Pierce McKenzie, Karlee Meier, Raiana Labonte, Brittany Luke, Andrea Heskell and Bethany Rutledge.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen completed its season at 9-9 with a 48-45 victory over Notre Dame. Luke Spahalski led the Senecas with 14 points, while Jacob Yontz scored 11, Joseph Sutterby 9, Jacob Powers 6, and David Kelly 6.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Jacob DeJong, right, is fouled as he goes up for a shot.
Bottom left: Watkins' Isaac McIlroy as he was honored at a Senior Night ceremony.
Bottom right: The Senecas' Bryce Kelly takes aim from the free-throw line.

Left: Watkins Glen's Adam Pastore attempts a shot. Right: The Senecas' Max Evans drives to the basket.

The six WGHS senior cheerleaders were honored at a Senior Night ceremony. From left: Bethany Rutledge, Karlee Meier, Pierce McKenzie, Brittany Luke, Raiana Labonte and Andrea Heskell.

Odessa-Montour girls fall to Newfield

NEWFIELD, Feb. 12, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team saw its record slip to 12-7 Tuesday night when the Indians dropped a 54-30 decision to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Newfield gym.

Hannah Nolan led the Indians with 9 points, while Sara Gardner scored 5, Autumn Garrison 5, Kara Reese 4, Cheianne Webster 3, JoLynn Minnier 2, and Mallory Rhodes 2.

O-M returns to action at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at home against Moravia, and then will compete in Sectionals.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour (14-5) closed its season with a 51-38 victory over Newfield. Tori Brewster led the Indians with 20 points, while Mackenzie Cannon scored 14.

Left: O-M's Ben Mathews takes aim. Right: Odessa's Derrick Lewis drives to the hoop.

Odessa-Montour boys lose to Newfield

ODESSA, Feb. 12, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team dropped a 66-42 decision to Newfield Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Newfield led 15-9 after one period, 31-20 at halftime, and 46-29 entering the fourth quarter.

Paden Grover led O-M with 18 points, while Devon Mahaney scored 13, Jared Rumsey 6, Preston Harris 3, and Derrick Lewis 2.

The Indians return to action Thursday at home against Lansing.

The varsity-only evening starts at 6 p.m. The O-M seniors will be honored at a Senior Night ceremony.

Junior Varsity: Newfield defeated Odessa-Montour, 51-32. Daniel Lewis led the Indians with 13 points.

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Photo at right: Odessa-Montour's Preston Harris takes the ball to the basket.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Paden Grover looks to shoot. Right: O-M's Jared Rumsey drives to the basket.

Glen boys win; can tie for division title

NEWARK VALLEY, Feb. 11, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team rolled past Newark Valley 73-50 Monday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game, setting up a chance to tie for the IAC Large School South Division title tonight (Tuesday).

The Senecas, now 15-2, can tie Waverly atop the division -- each with two IAC losses -- with a victory on Senior Night against Elmira Notre Dame in the WGHS Field House. If they win, the Senecas are scheduled to play Waverly in a one-game division playoff next Tuesday at Waverly. Watkins and Waverly have split their two meetings this season, each winning on the road.

Watkins Glen led NV 22-13 after one period, 44-24 at halftime, and 62-37 entering the fourth period.

Owen Scholtisek led the Senecas with 18 points, 7 assists and 3 steals. Other points came from Adam Pastore (12, with 6 rebounds and 2 steals), Isaac McIlroy (10, with 2 assists), Mitchell Pike (7, with 4 rebounds), Jacob DeJong (7, with 5 rebounds and 2 steals), Bryce Kelly (5), Dylan Morse (5), Seamus Mooney (3), Max Evans (3), and Alex Kranyk (3). The team converted 13 of 19 free throws.

Raidyn Ford led Newark Valley with 13 points. The Cardinals converted 9 of 15 free throws.

"We had some good moments on offense," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "We made a lot of nice passes. And Owen played really well. But our defense, usually our strong point, was not our strength tonight."

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen (8-9) defeated Newark Valley, 50-41. Jacob Yontz scored 13 points for the Senecas, while Jacob Powers added 12 points, Joseph Sutterby 12, and Luke Spahalski 5.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek (File photo)

O-M's Autumn Garrison looks for a shot in traffic. She was fouled a moment later.

Odessa girls hold off Candor, 48-43

ODESSA, Feb. 11, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team saw a fourth-quarter 12-point lead shrink to one point Monday night before turning back Candor 48-43 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

O-M, now 12-6, had three players who scored in double figures: Sara Gardner with 15 points, Kara Reese with 12, and JoLynn Minnier with 11. Other points came from Autumn Garrison (5), Mallory Rhodes (3) and Hannah Nolan (2). The team converted 9 of 21 free throws.

Minnier led in rebounds with 14, while Reese grabbed 8 rebounds and registered 6 steals and 5 assists. Nolan stole the ball five times.

Braelyn Hornick led Candor with 17 points, while Jennah Kareem added 13. The team converted 7 of 13 free throws.

Odessa built a 16-12 lead through one period, and was up 30-20 at halftime and 39-28 entering the fourth quarter. The advantage was 12 points, 42-30, with 5:40 remaining in the game, but then Candor surged with a 13-2 run that pulled it within a point, 44-43, with 1:07 left.

Candor stole the ball twice in the next 22 seconds, but both times was subsequently called for traveling, putting the ball back in O-M's hands. Then Odessa's Reese scored on a drive and layup in traffic from the left side with 32 seconds remaining, and Gardner sealed the victory with a breakaway layup from the right with 18.1 seconds to go.

"It just felt like there was a lid on the basket there in the fourth quarter," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "and Candor is so athletic with Hornick and Kareem off that state championship volleyball team.

"We very easily could have folded in that final minute, but what a play by Kara for that bucket that put us up three. Then we talked about getting one more stop and we did, and got Sara free for that fastbreak layup to ice it.

"I can't say enough about these seniors and this team. What an absolute pleasure it has been to coach them. They have been fully invested in this team from Day 1 and genuinely care for each other and want each other to be successful. Those are wonderful traits to see in young people."

Those seniors were honored in a pregame Senior Night ceremony. They are Sara Gardner, Kara Reese, Grace Vondracek, JoLynn Minnier, Cheianne Webster, Hannah Chapman and Tassia Garrison.

Odessa returns to action tonight (Tuesday) at Newfield.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Candor 39-11. Brittany Cain led O-M with 13 points, while Tori Brewster scored 9, Camille Sgrecci 8, Reagan Reese 4, Mackenzie Cannon 3, and Haley Albertsman 2.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Hannah Nolan drives to the basket.
Bottom: Odessa's JoLynn Minnier looks for a shot. She was fouled on the play.

Odessa-Montour's Sara Gardner puts up a scoop shot for two points.

Left: O-M's Kara Reese drives to the basket for two key points late in the fourth quarter. Right: Odessa-Montour's Jessica Carnes sends a free throw on its way.

O-M's Grace Vondracek, left, and Mallory Rhodes drive past Candor defenders.

Odessa-Montour's seven seniors were honored in a Senior Night ceremony. From left: JoLynn Minnier, Sara Gardner, Cheianne Webster, Hannah Chapman, Kara Reese, Tassia Garrison and Grace Vondracek.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to Candor

CANDOR, Feb. 11, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team dropped a 61-40 decision to Candor Monday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Candor gym.

Odessa, now 3-15, was roster depleted, with half of its 10 players out with injury or illness.

"The five who played worked so hard," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens, "and I'm incredibly proud of them."

Devon Mahaney led O-M with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Other points came from Preston Harris (10, with 5 rebounds and 4 assists), Paden Grover (8, with 11 rebounds), Jared Rumsey (6, with 5 rebounds and 4 assists), and Derrick Lewis (2, with 5 rebounds).

Junior Varsity: Candor defeated Odessa-Montour.

Athletes of the Week: McIlroy, Gardner

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 10, 2020 -- This week we honor two basketball players as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

One is Odessa-Montour High School senior Sara Gardner, who scored 25 points as the Indians defeated Tioga, 60-53, to improve their record to 11-6. Her performance included seven 3-pointers.

The other honoree is Watkins Glen High School senior Isaac McIlroy, who scored 23 points as the Senecas improved to 14-2 by defeating Waverly 48-43 in a key IAC divisional game.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball's Owen Scholtisek and Kelsey Kernan; O-M basketball's Kara Reese and Paden Grover; Watkins Glen Indoor Track's Boyd Barber and Collin Gaylord; Watkins Glen bowler Matt Irwin; and OM/WG wrestler Joshua Beckley.

Honorable Mention: Another 22 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.

Barber reclaims weight-throw record

ITHACA, Feb. 10, 2020 -- Collin Gaylord set a new Watkins Glen High School weight-throw record Sunday at an Indoor Meet at Cornell University, only to have the old record-holder, Boyd Barber, reclaim it 15 minutes later.

Gaylord, a WGHS senior, registered a throw of 33' 9.75" -- topping the old mark set earlier this year by Barber.

But Barber, a junior, answered with a throw of 36' 7.5" for the new school record a quarter of an hour later.

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Photo at right: Watkins Glen High School indoor track's Boyd Barber, left, and Collin Gaylord. (Photo provided)

Watkins cheerleaders win Co-Ed Division

NEWARK VALLEY, Feb. 9, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen Varsity Competitive Cheerleading squad placed 1st Saturday in the Co-Ed Division at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championships at Newark Valley High School.

The Watkins squad placed 2nd overall in the IAC, and was awarded the Spirit Award.

In the process, the team secured a spot at the Section IV Championships, to be held at Union-Endicott on February 22.

Photo in text: The Watkins Glen squad with its trophies. Front, from left: Pierce McKenzie, Bethany Rutledge, Raiana Labonte, Andrue Mathews, Brittany Luke, and Andrea Heskell. Standing, from left: Coach Alicia Shutts, Katherine Larson, Karlee Meier, Cammi McCarty, Jack Muir, Ray Rider, Heidi Gardner, and Sarah Joslyn. (Photo provided)

Watkins girls lose to Newark Valley, 41-33

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 9, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team dropped a 41-33 decision to Newark Valley Saturday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas (now 8-8) fell behind 13-5 in the first quarter, and trailed 20-14 at halftime. They pulled within three points at 22-19 with 6:27 left in the third quarter, but Newark Valley went on a 15-2 run to build a 37-21 lead early in the fourth quarter. Watkins Glen scored the final seven points to trim the deficit from 15 points to eight.

Kelsey Kernan and Drie Solomon led the Senecas in scoring with 9 points each. Kernan led in rebounds with 8, while Drie Solomon grabbed 7, Abby Gibson 6, and Jenna Solomon 5. The team registered seven steals.

Other points came from Aislinn Klemann (6), Jenna Solomon (4), Gibson (3), and Carly Arnold (2). The team converted 11 of 18 free throws.

Newark Valley was led by Brianna Beebe's 16 points, and 13 by Makana Gardner. The team converted 5 of 18 free throws.

Junior Varsity: Newark Valley defeated Watkins Glen 46-18.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan looks to shoot. She scored on the play.

Left: Watkins Glen's Mattie Yontz looks for a shot. Right: The Senecas' Drie Solomon puts up a reverse layup.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jenna Solomon maneuvers for a shot. Right: The Senecas' Carly Arnold sends a shot on its way.

Left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann shoots. Right: The Senecas' Abby Gibson is fouled.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Lillian Ameigh shoots. Right: The Senecas' Molly Coolican launches a shot from the free-throw line.

And between games:

The multi-school WGHS Indoor Track team's seniors were honored at a Senior Night ceremony. From left: Collin Gaylord, Melina Everetts, Haley Dean, Ryleigh Clark, Gabe Planty, Madelyn Suddaby and Matthew Wood. Not present: Sam Thorsland. Everett and Wood are Dundee High School students, and Clark attends Spencer-Van Etten.

O-M girls place third at IAC Bowling

WAVERLY, Feb. 9, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity bowling team placed third Saturday at the IAC Bowling Championships at the Valley Bowling Center.

Union Springs/Port Byron finished first with a total pinfall of 2752, while Waverly was second at 2467 and O-M third at 2214. Watkins Glen was eighth at 1980.

Hannah Barr led Odessa with a 527 series -- the day's 8th best series -- while Jana Arias posted a 438, Taryn Hoyt a 430, Sarah Barr a 424, and Courtney Davis a 395.

Arias was named to the IAC All-Star Second Team for her standout season.

Boys: Eric Rumsey led O-M with a 546 series that included a 221 game as the Indians finished 10th. Wes Wade added a 536 (with a 210 game), while Austin Hoyt rolled a 509, Dominic Elliott a 472, and Zac Rounds a 360.

Waverly won the boys competition with a 2942, while Lansing was second at 2859. Watkins Glen's boys placed 9th with a 2528 total, while O-M was one place behind Watkins, at 2413.

Photos in text:

Left: O-M's Jana Arias with her IAC All-Star Second Team certificate. (Photo provided)
Right: O-M's Sarah Barr with IAC Most Improved Bowler certificate. (Photo provided)

Left: OM/WG's Joe Sweet (top) on the way to sixth place at 285 pounds. Right: Joshua Beckley, who placed fourth at 182 pounds. (Photos by Annaleise Beckley)

Beckley advances to Section IV tourney

WALTON, Feb. 9, 2020 -- Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen high school wrestler Joshua Beckley advanced to the Section IV, Division 2 tournament Saturday by finishing fourth at 182 pounds in the Division 2 Qualifier A at Walton High School.

The top five in each weight class moved on to the main tournament, to be held next Saturday at the Broome County Arena in Binghamton.

Three members of the OM/WG team placed sixth -- Kadin Burnham at 120 pounds, Tristan Harrington at 220 and Joe Sweet at 285 -- and thus are alternates should a wrestler in the top five not be able to participate.

Photo in text: OM/WG's Kadin Burnham on the way to sixth place at 120 pounds. (Photo by Annaleise Beckley)

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Playoffs

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 8, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen Youth Basketball "Red" Matthews Memorial Playoffs began Saturday.

First Round

3rd-4th Grade Results:

Maguire's 27, Sporting Goods 22.
Maguire's: Nick Sorce Jr. 13, Kane Peters 8, Ethan Crane 6.
Sporting Goods: Lean Lagramada 18, Emmitt Presutti 2, Drew Popovich 2.

Famous Brands 23, Curly's 20.
Famous Brands: Dominic Lewis 14, Ricky Bitter 7, Tavis McKeon 2.
Curly's: Nicolai Holmes 10, Zack Brusso 4, Grayson Robertson 4, Samantha Austic 2.

Play-off championship to be held 2/15/20 at 8:30 a.m.

5th-6th Grade Results:

Seneca Lodge 23, Capt. Bill's 10.
Seneca Lodge: Caleb Bresett 18, Bryce Bockelkamp 4, Jax Decker 1.
Capt. Bill's: Grace Underdown 4, Caydin Lagramada 2, Bradley Edminister 2, Juliet Asperschlager 2.

W.G. Supply 20, VanSkiver Motors 12.
W.G. Supply: Jade Santos 10, Zander Featherman 6, Carter Presutti 2, Enric Lin 2.
VanSkiver Motors: Kristofer Burke 6, Gabe Majors 2, James Sorce 2, Joshus Powers 2.

Play-off championship to be held 2/15/20 at 9:45 a.m.

O-M Elementary Basketball: Week 2

ODESSA, Feb. 8, 2020 -- The following are the results of the second week of the Odessa-Montour Elementary Basketball competition at the high school.

Vedder-Scott & Zinger 20, Watkins Supply 16
Vedder-Scott & Zinger (2-0): Leah Antes 12 points, Damion Cady 4 points, Jackson Bond 2 points, Jack Sangprakarn 2 points
Watkins Supply (1-1): Blake Thomas 8 points, Hunter Jarrell 5 points, Kevin Switzer 2 points, Cole Switzer 1 point

Bucket Bar and Grill 13, Parmenter Automotive 12
Bucket (1-1): Lilli Bond 8 points, Mason Smith 4 points, Andrew Kinnetz 1 point
Parmenter's (0-2): Jeremy Updyke 8 points, Ryan Crippen 4 points

O-M swimmers fall to Lansing, 86-84

LANSING, Feb. 7, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team dropped an 86-84 Interscholastic Athletic Conference road decision to Lansing Thursday in a meet that came down to the last relay.

"We needed to take first and second in the last relay to secure the win," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "Unfortunately, we ended up going 1-3, and coming up two points short.

"I was very pleased with the effort the team put forth tonight. They really swam their hearts out and came up just a little short."

First-place finishes for O-M came in the following:

200 Medley Relay: Nick DeLong, Caleb Thomas, Jake Mayette, Brett Walters 1:56.82
200 Individual Medley: Brett Walters 2:25.87
100 Breaststroke: Brock Sgrecci 1:14.39
400 Free Relay: Jake Mayette, Micah Brewster, Jon Spencer, Noah Hollenbeck 4:01.63

Second-place finishes:

200 Free: Micah Brewster 2:14.14
50 Free: Jake Mayette 25.20
100 Fly: Jake Mayette 1:04.70
100 Free: Brett Walters 54.95
200 Free Relay: Caleb Thomas, Jon Spencer, Brock Sgrecci, Micah Brewster 1:44.80
100 Back: Nick DeLong 1:11.32

Watkins Glen boys defeat Waverly, 48-43

WAVERLY, Feb. 5, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team avenged a loss to Waverly a week and a half earlier by defeating the Wolverines Tuesday night, 48-43, in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Waverly gym.

The victory brings the Senecas even with Waverly in the loss column in the IAC Large School South Division -- each with two. Waverly has one more division game, against Edison, while Watkins Glen plays Newark Valley and Notre Dame. If both win those remaining division games, a playoff for the division title will be held at Waverly.

Isaac McIlroy led the Watkins offense Tuesday night, scoring 23 points. Other points came from Owen Scholtisek (8), Adam Pastore (8), Max Evans (4), Jacob DeJong (3) and Mitchell Pike (2).

Scholtisek led in rebounds with 5, while McIlroy, DeJong and Pike grabbed 4 each. Scholtisek also led in assists with 5, and was tied with McIlroy and DeJong in steals with 3 apiece.

Waverly led after one quarter, 14-10, but the Senecas pulled ahead by intermission, 26-25. It was still a one-point game, 36-35, entering the fourth period.

"It was tight throughout," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "I don't think either team led by more than six points. It was one of those that could have gone either way, and came down to us making a couple of steals and converting layups near the end."

He praised the defense of DeJong, who held the Wolverines' Scott Woodring to 19 points, well below his average. And he said Scholtisek and McIlroy played all-around strong games.

The Senecas return to action Friday at Newark Valley.

Junior Varsity: Waverly defeated Watkins Glen, 62-40. The Indians, now 7-9, were led by Joseph Sutterby's 18 points and 9 rebounds. Luke Spahalski added 7 points, and Jacob Powers 5.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy (File photo)

O-M's Sara Gardner cuts between two Tioga defenders on the way to the basket.

Odessa-Montour girls top Tioga, 60-53

ODESSA, Feb. 5, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team overcame a 19-8 first-quarter deficit to defeat Tioga 60-53 Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Sara Gardner led the Indians (now 11-6) with 25 points that included seven 3-pointers. Kara Reese added 13 points with 7 assists, 5 steals and 7 rebounds.

Also scoring were Autumn Garrison (11 points with 6 rebounds), Grace Vondracek (9 points with 8 rebounds and 4 assists), and Hannah Nolan (2 points). JoLynn Minnier grabbed 8 rebounds. The team converted 11 of 25 free throws.

Tioga (6-11) was led by Liv Ayres's 22 points. The team converted 8 of 18 free throws.

"We held Ayres scoreless in the fourth quarter and that was huge," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "Kara had the primary responsibility, and we did force some turnovers. It helped to go 9-for-12 from the line in the second half after that abysmal 2-for-13 in the first half.

"This was a character win for us," he added. "This team has a lot of guts and made the plays in the fourth quarter in the clutch."

O-M, after trailing by 11 in the first period, climbed even at 23-23 before entering halfime down 26-23. Then, in a see-saw third quarter, O-M went ahead by four at 37-33, only to see Tioga score the final eight points of the period to reach the fourth quarter up 41-37.

Tioga extended the lead to six, at 43-37, but Gardner took over, scoring 11 points on three 3's and a 2. Reese added six points as the Indians went ahead 44-43 and then pulled away for the victory.

They return to action Friday at home against Candor.

Junior Varsity: Tioga defeated Odessa-Montour, 30-27. Tori Brewster led the Indians with 13 points, while Brittany Cain scored 8, Reagan Reese 4, and Mackenzie Cannon 2.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek races past a Tioga defender.
Bottom: The Indians' Autumn Garrison goes airborne for a shot.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese drives to the hoop. Right: The Indians' JoLynn Minnier looks for a shot.

Left: O-M's Mallory Rhodes launches a shot. Right: The Indians' Hannah Nolan shoots.

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Camille Sgrecci races upcourt. Right: The Indians' Mackenzie Cannon.

Left: O-M's Tori Brewster shoots. Right: The Indians' Brittany Cain launches a shot.

O-M boys fall to Tioga in overtime, 50-43

TIOGA CENTER, Feb. 5, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 3-14 Tuesday night when the Indians dropped a 50-43 overtime decision to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on Tioga's court.

Odessa had defeated Tioga 52-21 in the second week of the season. The Indians had the advantage in this one heading into the fourth quarter after a 12-5 run in the third period had given them a 35-26 lead.

A 12-6 Tioga run cut the O-M edge to three points, 41-38. Two Tiger free throws with 1:33 left cut the O-M lead to one point, 41-40, and another free throw tied it 41-41 with 45 seconds left. And that was the score going into overtime, where Tioga (now 4-13) outscored the Indians 9-2.

Paden Grover led O-M with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Derrick Lewis scored 9 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished out 4 assists.

Also scoring were Devon Mahaney (8 points with 9 rebounds), Preston Harris (6 points with 4 rebounds and 4 assists), Ben Matthews (3 points), Jared Rumsey (2 points with 5 assists), and Cayden Confer (2 points with 6 rebounds).

O-M returns to action Friday at Candor.

Watkins Glen bowlers fall to Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 5, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams each lost 4-0 Tuesday to Waverly in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Boys: Watkins Glen lost all three games by a combined 2684-2499. Matt Irwin led the Senecas with a 580 series that included a 205 game. R.J. Bannon posted a 519, Caleb Smith a 487, Mykal Cody a 458, and Michael Cook a 455.

Girls: The Senecas lost all three games by a combined 2133-2019. Ava Cowan led Watkins with a 516 series, while Alyiah Clink-Bentley rolled a 412, Brooke Usher a 393, Makenzie Kellogg a 355, and Aubrey Kellogg a 341.

The Senecas return to action Saturday at the IAC Championships at the Valley Bowling Center in Waverly.

Odessa-Montour's Derrick Lewis shoots from long range late in the game.

O-M boys fall to Edison; Grover nets 29

ODESSA, Feb. 4, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team led early and stayed close until the final minutes Monday night as it dropped a 58-49 decision to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference makeup game in the O-M gym.

O-M senior Paden Grover's 29 points -- 14 before intermission and 15 after -- kept the Indians in contention. They led 16-7 after one period and 23-22 at halftime, but fell behind by eight points, 37-29 in the third period before rallying to tie the game in the fourth quarter and go ahead 46-45 with 5:17 left in the game.

But Edison's Noah Jeronimo hit a 3-pointer at 4:54 to put the Spartans up 48-46, and Odessa failed to catch up again. The Indians pulled within a point at 50-49 on a Grover basket and a Derrick Lewis free throw, the latter at 3:06. But all the points after that were scored by Edison on a basket and six free throws.

Scoring for Odessa in addition to Grover were Ben Mathews (7 points), Preston Harris (6), Cameron Elliott (3), Jared Rumsey (2), Devon Mahaney (1) and Lewis (1). The team converted 5 of 11 free throws.

Edison was led by Jack Shaw's 26 points. Jeronimo added 9. The Spartans converted 10 of 19 free throws.

Odessa-Montour (3-13) returns to action tonight (Tuesday) at Tioga.

Junior Varsity: Edison defeated winless Odessa-Montour, 48-44. The Indians, down 9 points with 1:30 to play, pulled within three points and saw a potential tying 3-pointer deflected by an Edison defender. The Spartans sank a subsequent free throw with seconds left to conclude the scoring.

Keith June led the Indians with 20 points, while Bryce Edminster registered 11, Daniel Lewis 8, Arden Heichel 3, and Ashton Sutton 2.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Paden Grover scores two of his 29 points.
Bottom: The Indians' Devon Mahaney hits the floor after saving the ball from going out of bounds.

Left: O-M's Ben Mathews shoots. Right: Some of the fans in the stands.

Left: O-M's Preston Harris moves the ball upcourt. Right: The Indians' Devon Mahaney looks for a shot as Edison's Macklin Hallinan defends.

Left: O-M's Cayden Confer shoots. Right: The Indians' Jared Rumsey takes the ball
to the hoop.

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Bryce Edminster shoots. Right: O-M's Ashton Sutton drives to the basket.

Athletes of the Week: Reese and McIlroy

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 2, 2020 -- This week we honor as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week two basketball players.

One is Odessa-Montour High School senior Kara Reese (right), who put together two strong games as her team improved to 10-6. In the two contests, she totaled 26 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and stole the ball 11 times -- plus had several assists -- as O-M topped Watkins Glen and Spencer-Van Etten.

The other honoree is Watkins Glen High School senior Isaac McIlroy (left), who led his team to wins over Odessa-Montour and Edison as the Senecas improved to 13-2. He scored a total of 31 points, stole the ball 8 times and had a half-dozen rebounds and assists.

Double Honorable: O-M basketball's Sara Gardner and Grace Vondracek; Watkins Glen swimmer Liam Smith; and Watkins Glen bowlers Matt Irwin and R.J. Bannon.

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

Photos in text: Isaac McIlroy and Kara Reese in action earlier this season.

Glen Gators take combined title at STSL Winter Championships at Watkins pool

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 2, 2020 -- The Glen Gators youth swim team took first place in the combined team scoring Sunday at the 2020 Southern Tier Swim League Winter Championships held Saturday and Sunday in the Watkins Glen High School pool.

The Glen Gators had a combined score -- the boys' and girls' team scores together-- of 1,605, well ahead of runner-up Thrashers Swimming (1,269). The Glen Gators girls were first with 964 points, and the Glen Gators boys were second with 641 points (finishing behind only the Cpp River Hawks, who totaled 772).

Other teams included the Waverly Area Aquatic Club, the Union Aquatic Club, the Chemung Sailfish Swim Team, Swim Ithaca, the Vortex-Vestal Area Swim Team, and the Chenango Valley Swim Club.

Wood is 1st in 3200; Hall 4th in Long Jump

CORTLAND, Feb. 2, 2020 -- Dundee High School's Matt Wood took first place Saturday in the 3200 Meter Run at the Section IV Indoor track meet at SUNY Cortland.

Wood, whose school has joined with Watkins Glen High School in indoor compettiion, posted a time of 10:15. The other Dundee standout on the team, Lily Hall, was fourth in the Long Jump at 15' 11.25" and sixth in the Triple Jump at 33' 3.5".

Ryleigh Clark, a Spencer-Van Etten High School student training with the Watkins/Dundee squad, placed fifth among females in the Long Jump with a personal record of 15' 9" and fourth in the Triple Jump at 33' 7".

Watkins Glen competitors included:

--Breanna Carl: Was 6th in the 1500 Meter race walk in a PR time of 9:29.58.
--Haley Dean: Ran the 55 Meters in 8.39 seconds and had a PR in the Long Jump at 14' 3.75".
--Madelyn Suddaby: Leaped 14' 3.5" in the Long Jump and 29' 9.75" in the Triple Jump.
--Boyd Barber: Set a personal reccord in the Shot Put at 34' 1 '.
--Nick Wilston: Went 38' 10" in the Triple Jump.
--Joel Trinkle: Ran the 600 Meters in 2:03.49.
--Cal Sutterby: Ran the 55 Meters in 7.9 seconds.
--Colin Gaylord: Ran the 55 Meters in 7.87 seconds.

Photo in text: Clockwise from left: Ryleigh Clark, Matt Wood (lying down), Joel Trinkle, Lily Hall, Skylar Lagramada, Breanna Carl and Boyd Barber. (Photo provided)

O-M Elementary Basketball: Week 1

ODESSA, Feb. 2, 2020 -- The following are the results of the opening week of the Odessa-Montour Elementary Basketball competition at the high school.

Watkins Supply 17, Bucket Bar and Grill 5
Watkins Supply (1-0): Blake Thomas 11 points, Hunter Jarrell 5 points, Carson Bates 1 point.
Bucket (0-1): Lily Bond 4 points, Nicholas June 1 point.

Vedder, Scott and Zinger 8, Parmenter Automotive 7
Vedder, Scott and Zinger (1-0): Elijah Gaylor 4 points, Jackson Bond 4 points.
Parmenter (0-1): Ryan Crippen 3 points, Brianna Tuttle 2 points, Jeremy Updyke 2 points.

The Watkins Glen High School varsity competitive cheerleading squad. (Photo provided)

Cheerleaders 3rd at Canaseraga

The Watkins Glen High School varsity cheerleading squad competed Saturday at the Canaseraga Cheer Challenge, placing third in the Co-Ed Varsity Division. The team will travel next Saturday (Feb. 8) to Newark Valley High School to compete for the Co-Ed Division title at the IAC Championships. The squad will take the mat at 12:30 p.m.

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 6

3rd-4th Grade Results:

Famous Brands 24, Maguire's 22.
Famous Brands: Dominic Lewis 17, Ricky Bitter 5, Nicolai Holmes 2.
Maguire's: Nick Sorce Jr. 14, Kane Peters 4, Ethan Crane 4.

Sporting Goods 16, Curly's 6.
Sporting Goods: Lean Lagramada 8, Drew Popovich 6, Luke Palmer 2.
Curly's: Grayson Robertson 6.

Final Standings

Famous Brands -- 5-1 (League Champions)
Maguire's -- 4-2
Watkins Sporting Goods -- 2-4
Curly's Family Restaurant -- 1-5

Red Matthews Memorial Play-Offs begin next weekend, February 8 at 8:30 a.m.

5th-6th Grade Results:

Seneca Lodge 32, W.G. Supply15.
Seneca Lodge: Caleb Bresett 10, Jax Decker 10, Bryce Bockelkamp 6, Isabella Yaw 4,Ryan Hallenbeck 2.
W.G. Supply: Jade Santos 6, Zander Featherman 4, Nolan Reynolds 3, Dominic Gould 2.

VanSkiver Motors 33, Capt. Bill's 21.
VanSkiver's: Jadon Scholtisek 21, James Sorce 8, Joshua Powers 2, Kristofer Burke 2.
Capt. Bill's: Isabella Duncan 10, Logan Bills 9, Bradley Edminster 2.

Final Standings

Seneca Lodge -- 6-0 (League Champions)
Watkins Glen Supply -- 3-3
VanSkiver Motors -- 2-4
Capt. Bill's -- 1-5

Red Matthews Memorial Play-Offs begin Saturday, February 8 .

Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy drives to the basket against Edison. He scored 17 points.

Watkins Glen boys defeat Edison, 56-34

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 1, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team -- led by Isaac McIlroy's 17 points -- defeated Edison 56-34 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas (13-2) built a 16-9 first-quarter lead and were up 27-15 at halftime and 47-20 entering the fourth period.

In addition to McIlroy, Watkins got points from Adam Pastore (8), Cameron Holland (7), Max Evans (5), Dylan Morse (5), Mitchell Pike (5), Seamus Mooney (4), Bryce Kelly (3), and Owen Scholtisek (2). The team converted 5 of 9 free throws.

Scholtisek led the team in assists with 5. McIlroy had 4 steals, and Scholtisek 3. McIlroy, Pastore and Kelly led in rebounds with 5 each.

Brett Eichenlaub led Edison with 10 points. The Spartans converted 8 of 16 free throws.

"We played very well in the third quarter," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, "but we turned the ball over too much" -- including 10 times in the second half.

"I thought Owen did a good job defending against their best player" -- Jack Shaw, who scored just four points. "And Isaac had a nice game both scoring and distributing.

"But we're going to have to be much sharper Tuesday," he said -- the night the Senecas visit Waverly.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 7-8 by defeating Edison 50-27. Jacob Yontz led the Senecas with 11 points, while Joseph Sutterby scored 10, Jacob Powers 8, Luke Spahalski 6, David Kelly 6 (with 10 rebounds), Gavin Smith 4 (with 10 rebounds and 6 steals), Jonah Sissel 3, and Ross Pentz 2.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse shoots over an Edison defender.
Bottom: The Senecas' Adam Pastore, right, steals the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jacob DeJong is fouled as he nears the basket. Right: The Senecas' Cameron Holland looks to shoot.

Left: Watkins Glen's Adam Pastore takes the ball to the basket. Right: The Senecas' Bryce Kelly shoots from 3-point range.

Watkins Glen's Seamus Mooney (left) and Mitchell Pike shoot.

Left: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek drives in traffic. Right: The Senecas' Max Evans is fouled as he looks for a shot.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Luke Spahalski shoots. Right: The Senecas' Jacob Yontz drives.

O-M girls defeat S-VE; Reese nets 18

SPENCER, Feb. 1, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team -- led by Kara Reese's 18 points, 6 rebounds and 7 steals -- defeated Spencer-Van Etten 50-31 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the S-VE gym.

The Indians, now 10-6, built an 8-2 first-quarter lead and were up 27-6 at halftime and 37-18 entering the fourth period.

"We had absolutely zero letdown after Wednesday night's game," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, referring to his team's victory over Watkins Glen. That, he added, "is a great sign of maturity."

He said his team "completely shut down" S-VE in the first half, "and got our offense on track in that second quarter," when Reese scored nine points.

In addition to Reese, O-M got points from Sara Gardner (10), JoLynn Minnier (6, with 10 rebounds), Autumn Garrison (6), Grace Vondracek (5, with 8 rebounds and 5 steals), Mallory Rhodes (3), and Jessica Carnes (2). The team converted 14 of 17 free throws.

The Indians return to action Tuesday at home against Tioga.

Junior Varsity: S-VE defeated Odessa-Montour, 46-29. The Indians (12-4) were led by Mackenzie Cannon and Hannah Nolan, who each scored 12 points.

Left: O-M's Cayden Confer looks for a shot. Right: The Indians' Jared Rumsey shoots.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to SVE, 57-49

ODESSA, Feb. 1, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team led by 14 points early in the second quarter Friday night before Spencer-Van Etten rallied to defeat the Indians 57-49 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

O-M (now 3-12) built a 16-7 first-quarter lead and was up 22-8 before S-VE (now 6-9) found its range. By halftime, the Panthers had pulled within eight points, 28-20.

S-VE caught up to the Indians with a 19-10 third period, leading 39-38 entering the fourth quarter. Odessa caught up at 42-42, but Spencer went on a 10-2 run to take command, 52-44. with five minutes left. O-M got no closer than six points after that.

Paden Grover led O-M in scoring with 14 points, while Devon Mahaney registered 11. Other points came from Preston Harris (8), Ben Mathews (4), Jared Rumsey (4), Cayden Confer (4) and Derrick Lewis (4).

Spencer-Van Etten was led by Matthew Merrick's 22 points. Also in double figures were James Sutherlin (13 points), Matthew Byrne (11), and Markus Brock (10).

Odessa-Montour returns to action Monday at home against Edison.

Junior Varsity: S-VE defeated O-M in overtime, 56-51.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Paden Grover shoots over an S-VE defender.

Left: O-M's Preston Harris drives to the hoop. Right: The Indians' Derrick Lewis shoots.

Left: O-M's Ben Mathews shoots a free throw. Right: The Indians'
Devon Mahaney grabs a rebound.

Odessa-Montour's Brett Walters on the way to victory in the 100 Yard Freestyle.

O-M swimmers fall to S. Cayuga, 53-41

ODESSA, Jan. 31, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team dropped a 53-41 decision Thursday to Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

O-M got first-place finishes in the:

200 Yard Freestyle: Micah Brewster, 2:11.37.
100 Yard Butterfly: Jacob Mayette, 1:05.61.
100 Yard Freestyle: Brett Walters, 55.76.
100 Yard Breaststroke: Brock Sgrecci, 1:13.90.

Second-place finishes were posted by:

--The 200 Medley Relay team of Walters, Sgrecci, Mayette and Caleb Thomas.
--Mayette in the 200 Individual Medley.
--Sgrecci in the 100 Free.
--Brewster in the 500 Free.
--The 200 Free Relay team of Sgrecci, Caleb Reynolds, Brewster and Thomas.
--The 400 Free Relay team of Mayette, Brewster, Jon Spencer and Walters.

Senior Night: O-M's six seniors were honored in a Senior Night ceremony. They are Jacob Mayette, Justin Andrews, Micah Brewster, Noah Hollenbeck, Brett Walters and Caleb Thomas.

Photo in text: O-M's Brock Sgrecci dives at start of the 100 Free. He placed second.

Odessa-Montour's Micah Brewster on the way to second place in the 500 Yard Freestyle.

Odessa-Montour's Jon Spencer competes in the 100 Yard Butterfly. He placed third.

The O-M team's seniors werre honored at a Senior Night ceremony during the meet. From left: Justin Andrews, Caleb Thomas, Micah Brewster, Brett Walters, Jacob Mayette and Noah Hollenbeck.

Watkins Glen's Lane Roy dives at the start of the third leg of the 200 Yard Medley Relay.

Watkins swimmers defeat Dryden, 93-55

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 31, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team posted a 93-55 victory Thursday over Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

Watkins Glen got first-place finishes in the:

200 Yard Freestyle: Liam Smith, 2:13.53.
200 Yard Individual Medley: Ben Swinnerton, 2:40.62.
Diving: Colby Thurston, 144.95 points.
100 Yard Butterfly: Scott Brubaker, 1:26.04.
100 Yard Freestyle: Daine Butler, 1:01.27.
500 Yard Freestyle: Liam Smith, 6:00.71.
100 Yard Backstroke: Colby Thurston, 1:23.17.
400 Yard Freestyle Relay: Brubaker, Owen Bingham, Butler, Smith, 4:24.95.

Second-place finishes for Watkins were posted by:

--The 200 Medley Relay team of Thurston, Swinnerton, Lane Roy and Bingham.
--Bingham in the 200 IM.
--Butler in the 50 Free.
--Roy in the 100 Fly.
--Brubaker in the 500 Free.
--The 200 Free Relay team of Butler, Gaetano Williams, Brubaker and Smith.
--Swinnerton in the 100 Breaststroke.

Modified: Watkins Glen posted a 66-34 victory over Dryden.

Senior Night: The lone senior on the Watkins Glen team, Scott Brubaker, was honored in a Senior Night ceremony.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Owen Bingham dives on the final leg of the 200 Medley Relay.
Bottom: The Senecas' Ben Swinnerton on the way to victory in the 200 Yard IM.

Left: The Watkins Glen team's lone senior, Scott Brubaker, was honored at a Senior Night ceremony during the meet. Right: Brubaker on the way to victory in the 100 Yard Butterfly. (Both photos by Susan Bleiler)

Watkins Glen's Colby Thurston dives at the backstroke start of the 200 Medley Relay.

Bowling: O-M boys, girls defeat Edison

ELMIRA, Jan. 31, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams concluded the regular season Thursday with 4-0 victories over Edison in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Rossi Lanes.

Boys: O-M, facing an Edison squad that had just two bowlers, won all three games by a combined 2130-760. Zach Rounds led the Indians with a 442 series, followed by Wes Wade (438), Dominick Elliott (426), Eric Rumsey (419) and Austin Hoyt (405).

Girls: Odessa won 4-0, taking all three games by a combined 1897-1714. Jana Arias led the Indians with a 483 series, while Hannah Barr rolled a 380.

The Indians return to action on Feb. 8 in the IAC Championships at the Valley Bowling Center in Waverly at 1 p.m.

Bowling: Watkins boys lose; girls win

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 31, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity bowling team won and the boys lost Thursday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches against Newark Valley at Harborside Lanes.

Girls: Watkins Glen defeated a short-handed (three-bowler) NV squad 4-0, winning the three games by a combined 1789-1312. Makenzie Kellogg led the Senecas with a 412 series, while Ava Cowan posted a 387 and Alyiah Clink-Bentley a 369.

Boys: Watkins Glen fell 3-1, losing the first and third games and total pinfall, 2749-2556. R.J. Bannon led the Senecas with a 549 series that included a 205 game, while Matt Irwin rolled a 544, Caleb Smith a 513, and Michael Cook a 475.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Alyiah Clink-Bentley applies a little body English as she converts a spare.

O-M's Grace Vondracek drives to the basket. Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson is at right.

O-M girls pull away, top Watkins 44-36

ODESSA, Jan. 30, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team rode a 17-0 scoring streak to a 44-36 victory over intracounty rival Watkins Glen Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Odessa-Montour, now 9-6, trailed Watkins Glen 29-24 midway through the third period. They pulled within a point, 29-28, by the end of the period, and then scored the first 13 points of the fourth quarter to build a 41-29 lead with just 44 seconds to play.

Watkins, which had led 15-13 after one period and trailed 22-20 at halftime, finally scored its first points of the fourth period with 40.7 seconds remaining on a basket by Jenna Solomon -- who scored again six seconds later. Aislinn Klemann hit a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left to close out the Watkins scoring.

O-M was making some free throws, meanwhile, as the Senecas were forced to foul to conserve time. The Indians converted 5 of 12 free throws in the final minute.

Sara Gardner led O-M scorers with 14 points, including three 3-pointers, while Grace Vondracek added 10 points, Kara Reese 8, Autumn Garrison 7, and JoLynn Minnier 5. The team converted 12 of 29 free throws.

Vondracek led in rebounds with 12, while Minnier grabbed 10 and Reese 7. Vondracek led in steals with 5, while Reese had 4. Reese led in assists with 4.

Watkins Glen (now 8-7) was led in scoring by Kelsey Kernan's 11 points. Other points came from Aislinn Klemann (7), Abby Gibson (5), Carly Arnold (5), Jenna Solomon (4), Drie Solomon (3), and Mattie Yontz (1). The team converted 3 of 10 free throws.

Drie Solomon led the Senecas in rebounds with 10, while Jenna Solomon grabbed 8, Kernan 6, and Arnold 5. Drie Solomon led in assists with 5, and Arnold in steals with 2.

"We played solid defensively," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "and it didn't hurt that they went a little cold shooting, too." Watkins Glen "certainly shot it great in that first quarter. After that the game turned into what I expected it to be -- more of a defensive battle."

The game, Gavich added, "was what a rivalry game is all about and why they are special. Both teams played their hearts out all night long and had great support from their fans" in a gym that was packed with spectators.

"I'm very proud of my team for how hard they played and how each one of them made a key play or two in a very important spot in that fourth quarter. All five starters hit a field goal in the quarter, which was what we needed at the most important time of the game."

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Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese drives to the basket.

Middle: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson looks to pass the ball as O-M's JoLynn Minnier defends.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann takes aim from 3-point range.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jenna Solomon tries to work the ball past O-M defender Autumn Garrison. Right: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold launches a shot.

Left: Watkins Glen's Drie Solomon grabs the ball. Right: O-M's JoLynn Minnier shoots.

Left: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan shoots as O-M's Jessica Carnes (32) defends.
Right: O-M's Sara Gardner shoots as Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan defends.

Odessa-Montour's Tori Brewster drives to the basket. She scored 11 points.

Junior Varsity: O-M cruises past Watkins

ODESSA, Jan. 30, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls junior varsity basketball team improved to 12-3 Wednesday evening by defeating Watkins Glen 45-28 in a game in the O-M gym.

Odessa-Montour raced out to a 14-2 first-quarter lead, and was up 28-8 at halftime and 43-17 entering the fourth quarter.

Hannah Nolan led O-M in scoring with 14 points, while Tori Brewster scored 11, Brittany Cain 9, Mackenzie Cannon 7, and Camille Sgrecci 4. The team converted 3 of 6 free throws.

Addy Coolican led Watkins Glen in scoring with 12 points, while Brenna Pierce scored 7, Molly Coolican 5, Cassidy Ploucha 2, and Cloey Wratten 2. The team converted 2 of 4 free throws.

Photo at right: Odessa-Montour's Hannah Nolan prepares to shoot in traffic as Watkins Glen's Brenna Pierce defends.
Photo at left: O-M's Mackenzie Cannon shoots in traffic.

Left: Watkins Glen's Brenna Pierce. Right: The Senecas' Addy Coolican looks to shoot.

Left: O-M's Brittany Cain shoots. Right: Odessa's Camille Sgrecci maneuvers with the ball near the basket.

The OM/WG bench cheers on Brandon Davis as he nears victory at 113 pounds.

OM/WG wrestlers edge Ithaca, 42-39

ODESSA, Jan. 29, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen high school varsity wrestling team came from behind Tuesday evening to defeat Ithaca 42-39 in a non-league match in O-M's Jack Davis Gym.

OM/WG, down 24-12, got a key win at 113 pounds from Brandon Davis, who went from almost pinned to victory with a fall in 1:32 against Ithaca's Chris Biloski.

Up to that point, OM/WG had lost its three competitive matches and one by forfeit, and won two matches by forfeit. After the Davis win, teammates Kadin Burnham (120 pounds) and Mark Waterman (126) won with pins to put their squad up 30-24.

Ithaca tied it 30-30 with a win by fall at 132, but then OM/WG won by forfeit at 138 and got a victory from Dominick Fazzary, who pinned Cole Simkin-Boyer at 145 pounds in 1:51, giving OM/WG a 42-30 advantage.

Ithaca pulled with six points with a forfeit win at 152, but came up short when their 160-pound match produced only a 3-point victory as Owen Levine topped OM/WG's Braiden Ventra, 5-1.

Photo in text: OM/WG's Morgan Burnham reaches to soften her fall in the 106-pound bout. She was pinned in 4:32.

OMWG/s Zach Burrows, left, battles at 170 pounds. Burrows, honored before the match on Senior Night as the team's lone senior, was pinned in 5:32.

O-M's Preston Harris drives toward the basket as Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy, left, and Owen Scholtisek defend. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins boys race past Odessa, 80-36

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 29, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team improved to 12-2 Tuesday night with an 80-36 victory over Odessa-Montour in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas raced out to a 28-9 first-quarter lead, were up 48-14 at halftime, and led 67-26 entering the fourth period.

Watkins had four players in double figures: Max Evans (14), Isaac McIlroy (14), Adam Pastore (13) and Bryce Kelly (11).

Other points came from Jacob DeJong (7), Cameron Holland (7), Seamus Mooney (5), Alex Kranyk (4), Owen Scholtisek (3), and Silas Farrell (2). The team converted 8 of 15 free throws.

Mooney led in rebounds with 5, while Dylan Morse and Evans had 4 each. McIlroy led in assists with 5, while Morse registered 4. And McIlroy and Morse each had 4 steals, with Evans notching 3.

O-M's top scorer was Devon Mahaney with 7 points. Other points for the Indians (now 3-11) came from Ben Mathews (6), Paden Grover (5), Cayden Confer (5), Deshawn Johnson (4), Derrick Lewis (3), Preston Harris (2), Michael Benway (2), and Jared Rumsey (2). The team converted 6 of 19 free throws.

"We got out in transition -- back to our running ways, like earlier in the season," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "We moved the ball well, and got a lot of quality shots. And our defense was good, allowing just 14 first-half points."

Watkins Glen returns to action Friday night at home against Edison. O-M plays Friday at home against Spencer-Van Etten.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 6-8 by defeating winless Odessa-Montour 41-30. Jacob Powers led the Senecas in scoring with 16 points, while Joseph Sutterby added 9, Jacob Yontz 7, and David Kelly 6.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Adam Pastore attempts a shot as O-M's Jared Rumsey (12) defends. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: O-M's Cayden Confer draws a foul as he drives to the basket in traffic.

Watkins Glen's Seamus Mooney (left) and Max Evans drive to the hoop. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Bryce Kelly eyes the basket. Right: Odessa-Montour's Michael Benway (10) shoots. The shot went in.

Left: O-M's Ben Mathews cuts toward the basket. Right: O-M's Devon Mahaney.

Left: Watkins Glen's Silas Farrell goes up for a shot. Right: The Senecas' Alex Kranyk passes the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot Director David Waite at halftime with Watkins Glen student Rachel Vickio, who in competition in Penn Yan won the Female 12-13 years old competition, advancing to the state's Western Regionals in Elmira. If she wins there, she will advance to States. Right: O-M's Derrick Lewis prepares to shoot.

Student sections -- O-M's here -- were enthusiastic in supporting their teams.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Jacob Powers shoots. Right: O-M's Jonathan Gillis takes the ball to the basket. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Odessa-Montour bowlers fall to Groton

GROTON, Jan. 29, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams lost Tuesday to Groton in Interscholastic Athletic Conference road matches.

Boys: O-M fell 4-0, losing all three games by a combined 2263-1781. Austin Hoyt led the Indians with a 432 series.

Girls: Odessa lost 3-1, dropping the first two games and total pinfall, 1861-1773. Sarah Barr led the Indians with a 404 series, while Hannah Barr posted a 391.

O-M concludes its regular season Thursday at Rossi Lanes against Edison.

Left: Watkins' Ava Cowan, right, is congratulated by teammate Maisie Robertson after bowling a strike. Right: The Senecas' Matt Irwin reacts to leaving a 7-pin on his first ball.

Bowling: Glen boys, girls lose to USPB

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 29, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams lost Tuesday to Union Springs/Port Byron in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Boys: Watkins Glen lost 3-1, dropping the first and third games and total pinfall, 2332-2240. Matt Irwin led the Senecas with a 549 series that included a 211 game. R.J. Bannon added a 492, and Mykal Cody a 403.

Girls: Watkins Glen lost all three games by a combined total of 2801-1867. Ava Cowan led the Senecas with a 393 series, while Makenzie Kellogg posted a 391, and Maisie Robertson a 363.

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

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's R.J. Bannon reacts to the daunting task of facing a split. He knocked down the two pins on the left on his second ball.

Watkins Glen girls fall to Horseheads

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 28, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team's record slipped to 8-6 Monday evening when the Senecas dropped a 60-27 decision to Horseheads in a non-league game in the WGHS Field House.

Watkins Glen trailed after one period 9-8, and was behind 26-16 at halftime and 42-23 entering the final quarter.

Jenna Solomon led the Senecas in scoring with 9 points, while Ali LaMoreaux and Drie Solomon scored 4 each, Aislinn Klemann 3, Natalie Edmister 2, Amanda Wilbur 2, Kelsey Kernan 2, and Mattie Yontz 1. The team was 5-for-10 from the free-throw line.

Watkins Glen returns to action Wednesday night at Odessa-Montour.

Watkins Glen bowlers lose to US/PB

AUBURN, Jan. 28, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams dropped 4-0 decisions Monday to Union Springs/Port Byron in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Starlite Lanes.

Boys: USPB won all three games while outscoring Watkins Glen, 2770-2490. R.J. Bannon led the Senecas with a 566 series that included a 211 game. Matt Irwin added a 548 that included a 200 game, while Caleb Smith posted a 500 and Mykal Cody a 475.

Girls: Watkins Glen lost all three games by a total of 2724-1751. Ava Cowan led the Senecas with a 390 series, while Makenzie Kellogg registered a 358, Brooke Usher 346, Aubrey Kellogg 330, and Maisie Robertson 327.

The Senecas return to action today (Tuesday) at home against the same foe, US/PB.

Athlete of Week: Odessa's Harrington

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 26, 2020 -- This week we honor as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week a member of the Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen high school varsity wrestling team.

He is Odessa-Montour High School freshman Tristan Harrington, who posted a 5-0 record in the 220-pound class at the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Duals tournament. Four of his victories were by pin (in 20 seconds, 48 seconds, 1:02 and 2:52), and one by a 5-3 decision.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen Indoor Track's Gabe Planty and Madelyn Suddaby; Watkins Glen basketball's Owen Scholtisek; Odessa-Montour wrestlers Kaden LaBar and Joshua Beckley; and O-M basketball's Paden Grover and Grace Vondracek.

Honorable Mention: Another 18 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Watkins Glen's Mitchell Pike, right, fights three Waverly players for a loose ball.

Watkins Glen boys fall to Waverly, 53-48

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 26, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team sustained its second defeat of the season Saturday night -- a 53-48 loss to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The loss dropped the Senecas' season mark to 11-2, while Waverly improved to the same record. Both teams have lost to Whitney Point, while Waverly dropped its season opener to Union-Endicott.

Watkins and Waverly meet again on Feb. 4 at Waverly.

Watkins Glen never led in Saturday night's game, falling behind for good after forging a 7-7 tie in the first quarter. Waverly ran off eight fast points and led at the end of the period, 15-9.

The Senecas saw the deficit deepen to 12 points at halftime, 26-14, and were still down by 11 points, 37-26, entering the fourth quarter.

Watkins closed to within eight points, 42-34, with 3:57 remaining, but the Wolverines scored the next eight points to expand their advantage to 50-34 with 2:47 left to play.

Then Adam Pastore sank a free throw for Watkins, Max Evans put in a layup and a subsequent foul shot, and Pastore made two free throws to bring the Senecas within 10 points, 50-40, with 1:52 left.

After a Waverly free throw made it 51-40, Mitchell Pike sank a basket for Watkins at 1:09, and Owen Scholtisek connected on a 3-pointer with 45 seconds remaining to cut the Wolverines' lead to six points, 51-45.

Waverly converted another free throw at 34.7 seconds before Pike hit a 3-pointer for the Senecas at 21.8 to cut the deficit to four points, 52-48. Waverly missed two free throws with 14 seconds left, but the Wolverines' standout senior, Scott Woodring, rebounded the second miss, was fouled and converted the first of two free throws for the game's final point.

Woodring scored 25 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for Waverly, which converted 11 of 21 free throws.

Watkins Glen's leading scorer was Owen Scholtisek with 17 points. Pike added 11 and Pastore 10, while Evans scored 6, Jacob DeJong 2, and Isaac McIlroy 2. The team was 9-for-17 from the free-throw line.

Scholtisek led in steals with 7, and assists with 3. DeJong led in rebounds with 6, while Pastore and Pike had 4 each.

"We missed too many layups," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, "and we only made 9 of 17 free throws. That's giving away points. You can't do that against a good team like Waverly."

Fazzary said he had thought that if the Senecas held Woodring -- a 6' 7" powerhouse -- to 20 or 25 points, "then we'd have a good chance. I just didn't expect their 8th grade point guard, Joey Tomasso, to score 15 points, but he did."

Despite the loss, Fazzary said he was proud of his team. "They could've gotten blown out by 20 points, but they didn't quit. They showed a lot of fight and a lot of heart. We just ran out of time and time-outs. Kudos to them for making it a game right to the end."

Watkins Glen returns to action Tuesday at home against Odessa-Montour.

Junior Varsity: Waverly defeated Watkins Glen, 66-25. The Senecas (5-8) were led by David Kelly's 6 points, with 5 from Joseph Sutterby and 4 from Jacob Yontz.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek drives to the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: The Senecas' Max Evans looks to shoot.

Left: Watkins Glen's Mitchell Pike shoots. Right: Some of the fans wore face paint.

Left: Watkins Glen Alex Kranyk puts up a reverse layup. Right: The Senecas' Max Evans prepares to shoot. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy drives to the hoop. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right: The Senecas' Dylan Morse moves past a Waverly defender.

From left: Watkins' Adam Pastore and Jacob DeJong, and Waverly's Scott Woodring (with DeJong on defense).

A panoramic view of the Field House just before the start of Saturday night's game.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Joseph Sutterby prepares to shoot. Right: The Senecas' Bryce Cady drives toward the basket. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

WG's Planty sets school Indoor Mile mark

STATEN ISLAND, Jan. 26, 2020 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Gabe Planty set a new school Indoor record in the Mile Run Friday during a meet at the Ocean Breeze Complex, site of the State Meet in March.

Planty broke his own Mile record by running a 4:23.91, placing third in his heat and 11th overall.

Other WGHS/Dundee track athletes competed Friday at the Trent Jackson Invitational at RIT. Among them:

--Lily Hall from Dundee placed 7th in the Triple Jump at 34' 9.75".
--Ryleigh Clark, a Spencer-Van Etten student who travels with WG/Dundee, placed 8th in the Triple Jump at 34' 9" -- a personal record for her and an SVE school record.
--Colin Gaylord competed in what WGHS Athletic Director Rod Weeden called "a rare offering of the Boys 1500 Meter Race Walk" and established a new school mark at 11:28.51, placing 8th.
--Nick Wilston went 19' 4" in the Long Jump.
--Boyd Barber threw the Shot 33' 10.5" and threw the weight (25-pound hammer) 28' 9".
--Breanna Carl "tried the racewalk," Weeden said, posting a 10:23.53.
--Matt Wood of Dundee, who Weeden said "was under the weather," ran the 2 Mile in 10:30.11.

"I'm proud of all the kids for trying new things or wanting to find and compete against other quality programs outside our section," said Weeden.

Photo in text: Gabe Planty after his Mile run. (Photo provided)

Left: Watkins Glen/Dundee's Breanna Carl and Colin Gaylord. Right: Watkins Glen/Dundee's Matt Wood. (Photos provided)

OM/WG wrestlers go 3-2 at VVS Duals

VERONA, NY, Jan. 26, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen high school varsity wrestling team posted a 3-2 record Friday at the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Duals Tournament at the VVS High School.

West Genesee High School placed first in the six-team tourney. OM/WG's two losses were to West Genesee and to Canajoharie-Fort Plain (the latter by one point). Other teams were Chittenango, Oneida and VVS.

OM/WG's Tristan Harrington (at 220 pounds) won all five of his matches, four by pin and one by a 5-3 decision.

Kaden LaBar (at 152 pounds) and Joshua Beckley (at 182 pounds) posted 4-1 records, while Brandon Davis (at 113), Josiah Lynch (at 138), Dominick Fazzary (at 145), Zach Burrows (at 160) and Braiden Ventra (at 170) were each 3-2. Morgan Burnham (106) went 2-3, while Mark Waterman (132) was 2-2.

Photos in text:

Top: WG/OM's Josiah Lynch on the way to a 3-2 record at the VVS Duals at 138 pounds.
Bottom:
WG/OM's Dominick Fazzary en route to a 3-2 mark at 145. (Photos provided)

O-M swimmers set PRs at Beecher meet

ELMIRA, Jan. 26, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team finished behind Campbell-Savona Saturday in the Class C competition at the John Beecher Invitational at the natatorium behind Ernie Davis Academy.

"The team swam very well today," said O-M Coach Terri Brace, "with all swimmers posting personal best or season best times. It was tough going into a long invitational back to back with an away meet Friday night, so considering that, I am even more impressed with the times the boys put up today.

"In the combined results (including all classes)," she added, "the 200 Medley Relay of Caleb Reynolds, Brock Sgrecci, Jon Spencer and Caleb Thomas took 13th (2:06.51). The 200 Free Relay of Jake Mayette, Justin Roucco, Micah Brewster and Brett Walters took 10th (1:41.44), and the same relay team took 9th in the 400 Free Relay (3:51.42).

"Individually, Brett Walters took 12th overall in the 100 Back in a season best of 1:03.31."

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 5

3rd-4th Grade Results:

Famous Brands 2, Sporting Goods 0
(Famous Brands won by forfeit)
Curly's 2, Maguire's 0
(Curly's won by forfeit)

Standings:

Maguire's 4-1
Famous Brands 4-1
Watkins Sporting Goods 1-4
Curly's Family Restaurant 1-4

5th-6th Grade Results:

W.G. Supply 10, VanSkiver's 2.
W.G. Supply: Jade Santos 6, Nolan Reynolds 4.
VanSkiver's: Gabe Majors 2.

Seneca Lodge 25, Capt. Bill's 18.
Seneca Lodge: Jax Decker 15, Ryan Hallenbeck 4, Caleb Bresett 2, Levi Murphy 2, Isabella Yaw 2.
Capt. Bill's: Cayden Lagramada 12, Grace Underdown 4, Isabella Duncan 2.

Standings:

Seneca Lodge 5-0
Watkins Glen Supply 3-2
VanSkiver Motors 1-4
Capt. Bill's 1-4

Suddaby sets WGHS Triple Jump mark

Special to The Odessa File

CORTLAND, Jan. 25, 2020 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Madelyn Suddaby set a school record in the Indoor Triple Jump Friday night at the Hurley Invitational Track meet at SUNY Cortland.

Suddaby set the mark with a leap of 30' 9.5", which put her second in the event. The old mark was held by Claire McManus.

Suddaby also set a personal record in the Long Jump, placing 6th with a jump of 14' 3.25", and set a PR in the 55 Meter Dash at 8.53 seconds.

Other results for Watkins Glen competitors:

--Nick Wilston placed 4th in the Long Jump at 19' 4" and 5th in the 55 Meters with a PR of 7.05 seconds.
--Sam Thorsland placed 3rd with a 5:02.38 in the 1600 Meter run.
--Johnny VanScoyk ran a 6:09.85 in the 1600 Meter run.
--Skylar Lagramada ran a PR of 45.78 in the 300 Meter run.
--Haley Dean ran an 8.62 in the 55 Meter Dash.
--Kelsey DeMillo ran a PR of 12.86 seconds in the 55 Meter Hurdles.
--Colin Gaylord ran a 7.87 in the 55 Meter Dash.

Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Madelyn Suddaby with WG track coach Kelly Sterner at the Hurley Invitational. (Photo provided)

Odessa-Montour's Derrick Lewis (left) and Cayden Confer take the ball to the hoop.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to Moravia

ODESSA, Jan. 25, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team saw its record slip to 3-10 Friday night with a 79-52 loss to Moravia in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Moravia (now 7-5) built a 13-9 first-quarter lead, was up 37-28 at halftime, and then went on a 13-3 run in the first 2:33 of the third quarter to build a 19-point lead, 50-31. O-M never got close after that.

Paden Grover led the Indians with 18 points, while Preston Harris scored 7, Ben Mathews 6, Jared Rumsey 6, Cayden Confer 5, Devon Mahaney 3, Derrick Lewis 3, Deshawn Johnson 2, and Anthony Robinson 2. The team converted 4 of 12 free throws.

Grover led the team in rebounds with 11, while Mahaney and Confer grabbed 4 each, Harris 3, and Johnson 2. Harris led in assists with 3, while he and Lewis led in steals with 3 each. The Indians committed 20 turnovers.

Gavin Stayton led Moravia with 25 points. The Devils converted 6 of 13 free throws.

O-M returns to action Tuesday at Watkins Glen.

Junior Varsity: Moravia defeated Odessa-Montour, 51-25.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Paden Grover goes up for two of his 18 points.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Deshawn Johnson shoots. Right: The Indians' Devon Mahaney drives to the basket.

Left: O-M's Preston Harris moves past a Moravia defender. Right: The Indians' Jared Rumsey shoots.

And in the JV game:

Odessa-Montour's Keith June (left) and Daniel Lewis prepare to shoot.

Odessa-Montour girls lose to Moravia

MORAVIA, Jan. 25, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team's record slipped to 8-6 Friday night when the Indians dropped a 38-34 decision to Moravia in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Moravia gym.

The Indians trailed 9-8 after one period, 20-13 at halftime, and 33-29 entering the fourth quarter.

It was "an ugly, ugly basketball game on all accounts," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "The only thing we did well was shoot free throws (12-for-15). We got outhustled most of the night and made way too many mental mistakes."

It was "a very disappointing performance on all accounts," he concluded.

Grace Vondracek led O-M with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Sara Gardner scored 10 points, Kara Reese 8, Autumn Garrison 1, and Mallory Rhodes 1.

The Indians return to action Wednesday at home against Watkins Glen.

Junior Varsity: Moravia defeated Odessa-Montour 29-24. Hannah Nolan led the Indians with 12 points.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jordan Avery checks the scoreboard after swimming the 50 Free. Right: The Senecas' Ben Swinnerton on the way to second place in the 200 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins Glen swimmers fall to S. Cayuga

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 25, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team dropped a 113-55 decision Friday to Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

Watkins Glen got a 1-2 finish in the 200 Yard Freestyle, with Liam Smith winning in 2:16.06, and Ben Swinnerton second in 2:23.06.

The Senecas also got second-place finishes from Scott Brubaker in the 100 Fly (1:24.11), Liam Smith in the 500 Free (6:12.51), Jordan Avery in the 100 Back (1:12.36), Daine Butler in the 100 Breaststroke (1:19.37), and from the 200 Free Relay team of Avery, Owen Bingham, Swinnerton and Butler (1:51.79).

The Senecas return to action Monday at Greene.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Liam Smith dives at start of the 200 Free, which he won.

Odessa-Montour swimmers lose to Waverly

WAVERLY, Jan. 25, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team dropped a 130-40 decision Friday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Waverly pool.

Waverly won each event. Second-place finishes for O-M came from:

--The 200 Medley Relay team of Justin Ruocco, Caleb Thomas, Brett Walters and Jon Spencer (1:59.86).
--Brett Walters in the 100 Free (56.91).
--Brock Sgrecci in the 100 Breaststroke (1:15.06).

"Despite the outcome of the meet, the O-M boys swam very well and posted a number of best times," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. They came from:

--Noah Hollenbeck in the 200 Free and 100 Free.
--Jon Spencer in the 200 IM and 100 Fly.
--Ben Campbell in the 200 IM.
--Justin Ruocco in the 100 Fly.
--Brock Sgrecci in the 100 Free and 100 Breaststroke.

The Indians return to action Thursday at home against Southern Cayuga.

Watkins Glen's Ava Cowan directs her ball as she converts a spare in the first game.

Bowling: Watkins boys top ND; girls lose

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 24, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity bowling team defeated Elmira Notre Dame 3-1 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes. The Watkins Glen girls lost 3-1.

Boys: R.J. Bannon rolled a 574 series that included 214 and 204 games as the Senecas won the last two games and total pinfall, 2364-2322. The score of the final game: 759-754.

Other scores for Watkins Glen included a 485 by Mykal Cody, a 476 by Matt Irwin, and a 458 by Caleb Smith.

Girls: Watkins Glen lost the first and third games and total pinfall, 1905-1838. Makenzie Kellogg led the Senecas with a 446 series, while Alyiah Clink-Bentley posted a 394, Ava Cowan a 341, and Maisie Robertson a 311.

The Seneca bowling teams return to action Monday against Union Springs/Port Byron at Starlite Lanes in Auburn.

Senior Night: The Watkins Glen teams' lone senior, Makenzie Kellogg, was honored in a pre-match Senior Night ceremony.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Makenzie Kellogg reacts to a split.

From left: Watkins Glen's Caleb Smith, Matt Irwin and R.J. Bannon.

Bowling: O-M girls, boys top Marathon

CORTLAND, Jan. 24, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories Thursday over Marathon in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Cort-Lanes.

Boys: O-M, led by Eric Rumsey's 511 -- took all three games over Marathon (which was one bowler shy of the requisite five) by a combined total of 2115-1508. Other scores for Odessa included a 432 by Austin Hoyt and a 415 by Wes Wade.

Girls: Odessa, led by Jana Arias's 430 -- won all three games against a Marathon squad that was one bowler short of the requiste five, 1921-1485. Hannah Barr was second for Odessa-Montour with a 404.

The O-M squads return to action Tuesday at Groton.

OM/WG wrestlers fall to Marathon

MARATHON, Jan. 23, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen high school varsity wrestling team dropped a 46-26 decision Wednesday to Marathon in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Marathon gym.

Competitive wins for OM/WG came from:

-- Brandon Davis (an 11-5 decision at 120 pounds);
-- Gabe Williams (a pin in 3:47 at 126 pounds);
-- Josiah Lynch (a pin in 1:25 at 138 pounds), and
-- Dominick Fazzary (a pin in 3:01 at 145 pounds).

It also won by forfeit at 106 pounds.

OM/WG returns to action Saturday at the VVS Duals in the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill main gym.

Athlete of the Week: WG's Gabe Planty

SCHUYLER COUNTY Jan. 20, 2020 -- This week we honor as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week a runner of remarkable achievement.

The honor goes to Watkins Glen High School senior Gabe Planty, who set three Indoor Track school records -- at 2 miles and in the race's 3000 and 3200 Meter splits -- while placing fourth in the 2 Mile Run at the New Balance Games at the Armory in Manhattan. In doing so, he qualified for the State meet at 3200 meters, and for the New Balance Nationals the week after States.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball's Owen Scholtisek, Mitchell Pike and Isaac McIlroy; Odessa-Montour basketball's Grace Vondracek, Sara Gardner and Autumn Garrison; WG/OM wrestler Joshua Beckley; Watkins Glen bowler Austin Hoyt; O-M bowler Jana Arias; and O-M swimmers Brett Walters and Brock Sgrecci.

Honorable Mention: Another 28 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.

OM/WG's Beckley 2nd at IAC Wrestling

WAVERLY, Jan. 19, 2020 -- Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen high school wrestler Joshua Beckley placed second in the 182-pound weight class Saturday at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Wrestling Tournament at Waverly High School.

Beckley went 2-1 in securing the runnerup spot, the highest finish among the nine OM/WG wrestlers competing. Both Morgan Burnham (1-3) and Dominick Fazzary (2-2) placed fourth in the 106 and 138 weight classes, respectively.

Brandon Davis (2-2) was fifth at 113 pounds, while Tristian Harrington (1-2) was fifth at 220 pounds.

The OM/WG team placed 10th among the 12 competing teams. Tioga placed first.

Photo: OM/WG's Joshua Beckley battles in the 182-pound final. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen boys top Addison, 56-36

ADDISON, Jan. 19, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team improved to 11-1 Saturday with a 56-36 victory over Addison in a non-league road game.

The Senecas led 15-8 after one quarter, 32-18 at halftime, and 48-29 entering the fourth quarter.

Mitchell Pike led Watkins in scoring with 18 points that included four 3-pointers. Owen Scholtisek scored 16 points -- all in the first half -- and grabbed 10 rebounds. He also connected on four 3-pointers.

Other points came from Isaac McIlroy (6), Dylan Morse (5), Max Evans (4), Alex Kranyk (3), Jacob DeJong (2), and Cameron Holland (2). The team converted 5 of 9 free throws.

Addison was led by John Stierly's 10 points. The team sank just 1 of 10 free throws.

"Owen sparked us early -- got us going," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. Scholtisek's points included a 3-pointer from well beyond midcourt that beat the halftime buzzer. Mitchell Pike, Fazzary added, fueled the offense with 11 points in the third quarter, including three 3-pointers.

Plus, he said, "our defense was pretty solid."

The victory sends the Senecas into a showdown next Saturday night at home against Waverly (10-1), whose only loss was a non-leaguer to Union-Endicott in the season opener. The Senecas' lone loss was a league setback to Whitney Point, putting them a game back of Waverly in the IAC with two games against the Wolverines ahead (Saturday and Feb. 4).

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 5-7 with a 38-35 victory over Addison. Jacob Powers led the Senecas with 12 points, while Jacob Yontz scored 7, Joseph Sutterby 6, and Bryce Cady 5.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek. (File photo)

O-M girls 3rd at IAC Big House bowling

WAVERLY, Jan. 19, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity bowling team -- led by Jana Arias's 585 series -- placed third overall and first among Small Schools Saturday at an IAC Midseason Big House Bowling Tournament at the Valley Bowling Center.

Union Springs/Port Byron won with a 2648 pinfall, followed by Waverly (2501), O-M (2201), Candor (2131), Notre Dame (2009), Groton (1983), Edison (1888), Watkins Glen (1845), and Tioga (1736). Lansing, Marathon, Newark Valley and Dryden had incomplete teams (less than five bowlers).

Arias rolled games of 151-199-235=585. Sarah Barr added a 516, while Taryn Hoyt posted a 387, Courtney Davis a 365, and Hannah Barr a 348.

Watkins Glen was led by Makenzie Kellogg's 412, while Brooke Usher posted a 388, Alyiah Clink-Bentley a 381, Ava Cowan a 340, and Maisie Robertson a 324.

Boys: Odessa-Montour placed 7th and Watkins Glen 11th among 13 schools in the IAC Midseason Bowling Tournament.

Tioga won with a 2948 total, followed by Waverly (2802). O-M totaled 2476, and Watkins Glen 2225.

Austin Hoyt led O-M with a 608 series built on games of 234-193-181. Wes Wade posted a 545 that included a 225, while Eric Rumsey rolled a 481.

Caleb Smith led Watkins Glen with a 516 series that included a 204, while R.J. Bannon and Matt Irwin each posted a 468 and Mykal Cody a 461.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Jana Arias (File photo)

WG/Dundee's Wood sets mark in 2 Mile

ITHACA, Jan. 19, 2020 -- Watkins Glen/Dundee distance runner Matt Wood posted a Dundee school record 10:06 in the High School Varsity 2 Mile race Saturday at the Section IV Indoor Track meet at Ithaca College.

"This is a different race than the open 2 Mile held Friday that required runners to be under a 10:00 time in order to be invited into the race," said Watkins Glen Athletic Director Rod Weeden.

"Matt came in with a 10:10 two-mile seed time with the hope of getting a personal best and possibly breaking the 10-minute barrier. He didn't quite make the latter, but did get a personal best, running against six heats with 180 entrants. His 10:06 set a new Dundee Indoor record."

Photo in text: Dundee's Matt Wood (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 4

3rd-4th Grade Results:

Maguire's 23, Sporting Goods 16.
Maguire's -- Nick Sorce Jr. 17, John Tremblay 4, Ethan Crane 2.
Sporting Goods -- Lean Lagramada 16.

Famous Brands 20, Curly's 2.
Famous Brands -- Dominic Lewis 14, Nicolai Holmes 2, Ricky Bitter 2, Tavis McKeon 2.
Curly"s -- Grayson Robertson 2.

Standings:

Maguire's 4-0
Famous Brands 3-1
Watkins Sporting Goods 1-3
Curly's Family Restaurant 0-4

5th-6th Grade Results:

Capt. Bill's 24, W.G. Supply 22.
Capt. Bill's -- Cayden Lagramada 18, Grace Underdown 4, Logan Bills 2.
W.G. Supply -- Dominic Gould 10, Jade Santos 4, Zander Featherman 4, Brooklyn Thompson 4.

Seneca Lodge 34, VanSkiver Motors 12.
Seneca Lodge -- Caleb Bresett 14, Bryce Bockelkamp 8, Levi Murphy 4, Ryan Hallenbeck 4, Jax Decker 2, Emma Cady 2.
VanSkiver Motors -- Jason Scholtisek 8, James Sorce 4.

Standings:

Seneca Lodge 4-0
Watkins Glen Supply 2-2
VanSkiver Motors 1-3
Capt. Bill's 1-3

The Armory in Manhattan, site of the New Balance Games. (Photo provided)

Planty sets 3 school marks in Armory race

MANHATTAN, NY, Jan. 18, 2020 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Gabe Planty placed fourth Friday night in the 2 Mile Run at the New Balance Games at the Armory in Manhattan, setting school marks at that distance and in recorded splits at 3000 meters and 3200 meters.

"Gabe just reset all three Watkins Glen records in one swoop," said Athletic Director Rod Weeden. "Gabe set a new 2 Mile record for indoor as no one has set one before, and he broke his own 3200 Meter record by over 20 seconds and broke the 3000 Meter record previously held by Matt Gill."

Planty, said Weeden, "has now qualified for the State meet with an Auto time in the 3200, and qualified for the New Balance Nationals the week after States with these times."

Weeden said Planty had the option of going to the New Balance meet or a sectional class meet rescheduled from last weekend to this weekend. With the sudden conflict and previous commitments to the Armory meet, "we gave our top track athletes a choice, and two of our seniors (Planty and Dundee's Matt Wood, who competes Saturday) wanted to come to the Armory to compete. I brought the two kids to the Armory while Coach Kelly Sterner took the rest of the team to Ithaca" for the sectional meet.

"For Gabe, I would say this was the right choice. He is so happy with his time. He's walking on Cloud 9 tonight."

Photo in text: Gabe Planty with WGHS Athletic Director Rod Weeden. (Photo provided)

WG/Dundee's Hall wins Triple Jump

ITHACA, Jan. 18, 2020 -- Watkins Glen/Dundee high school indoor track standout Lily Hall placed first Friday in the Triple Jump at the Section IV Division 2 Sectionals at Ithaca College, and second in the Long Jump.

Hall leaped 34' 3.25" in the Triple Jump, and posted a 16' 2" in the Long Jump.

Watkins Glen's Sam Thorsland set a personal-best in the 1600 Meter Run, barely missing his goal of a sub-5 minute race this season. He placed sixth in 5:01.29.

Ryleigh Clark, a Spencer-Van Etten athlete who practices with the Watkins/Dundee squad, was second to Hall in the Triple Jump at 33' 6". She was also fifth in the Long Jump at 14' 7.25".

Among other Watkins athletes:

Girls:
--Madelyn Suddaby ran the 55 Meters in 8.71, while Haley Dean posted an 8.74.
--Madelyn Suddaby leaped 13' 8.25" in the Long Jump, and 29' 1.75" in the Triple Jump.
--Breanna Carl ran the 1000 Meters in 4:00.03.
--Kelsey DeMillo posted a 13.16 in the 55 Meter Hurdles, and a 57.02 in the 300.
--Melina Everetts leaped 6 feet in the Pole Vault.

Boys:
--Colin Gaylord ran the 55 Meters in 7.83, while Cale Sutterby ran it in 7.98.
--Colin Gaylord posted a 46.70 in the 300, and went 27' 5.25" in the Weight Throw.
--Joel Trinkle ran the 600 Meters in 1:56.82.
--Skylar Lagramada ran a 46.13 in the 300.
--Boyd Barber posted a toss of 33' 3" in the Shot Put, and broke his own school record in the Weight Toss at 32' 5.25".
--Nick Wilston was fourth in the Long Jump at 19' 3.75", and sixth in the Triple Jump at 38' 10.5".

Left: O-M's Sara Gardner takes aim. Right: O-M's Hannah Chapman grabs a rebound.

Odessa girls defeat Marathon, 54-34

ODESSA, Jan. 18, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team -- led by Grace Vondracek's 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 steals -- improved its season mark to 8-5 when it rolled past Marathon 54-34 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Vondracek scored her team's first 10 points, and 12 in the first quarter, as the Indians built a 21-14 lead. They increased the advantage to 31-18 at halftime, and led 40-26 entering the fourth quarter.

"We got off to a great start," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, who noted that in addition to Vondracek's opening salvo, "Autumn Garrison had 10 points in the first half, and Kara Reese did an outstanding job on Brooke Tillotson, who averages about 20 points per game." Most of Tillotson's 13 points, he said, "came off of steals."

The Indians "opened in some junk defense, but went man-to-man in the second quarter and played great defensively, which was the key to not letting them get back in the game. Fourteen-for-20 from the foul line helped, too."

Marathon "is in second place in the North Small Division, and they've had some pretty good wins, so this was a great effort for us to win this convincingly tonight."

In addition to Vondracek's output, points for the Indians came from Garrison (14, with 6 rebounds), Sara Gardner (11, with 4 assists), Reese (10), Mallory Rhodes (2), and JoLynn Minnier (2, with 9 rebounds).

The Indians, winners of three in a row, return to action next Friday at Moravia.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Marathon 43-23 to improve to 11-2. Mackenzie Cannon scored 12 points, while Hannah Nolan and Brittany Cain scored 10 each, and Tori Brewster 8.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese drives toward the basket.
Bottom: The Indians' Mallory Rhodes shoots under pressure.

From left: O-M's JoLynn Minnier, Cheianne Webster and Grace Vondracek.

Odessa-Montour's players on defense in fourth-quarter action against Marathon.

And in the JV game:

Odessa-Montour's Tori Brewster, left, and Hannah Nolan drive to the basket.

Odessa-Montour's Brittany Cain, left, and Mackenzie Cannon shoot from long range.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to Marathon

MARATHON, Jan. 18, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team saw its record slip to 3-9 Friday night when the Indians dropped a 68-49 decision to Marathon in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Marathon gym.

"I'm very proud of how the whole team played on both ends of the floor," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens. "Marathon is a top-tier team in the league and the score didn't indicate how close the game seemed."

Paden Grover led O-M scorers with 10 points, while Preston Harris scored 8, Jared Rumsey 6, Cameron Elliott 6, Devon Mahaney 4, Phoenix Parmenter 3, Derrick Lewis 3, Michael Benway 3, Ben Mathews 2, Deshawn Johsnon 2, and Cayden Confer 2.

Left: Watkins Glen's Max Evans shoots. Right: The Senecas' Cameron Holland moves the ball in traffic. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen boys defeat Trumansburg

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 18, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team improved to 10-1 Friday night with a 65-38 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory over Trumansburg in the WGHS Field House.

"We were not sharp tonight," Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary said, noting that the 1-7 Blue Raiders forced 20 Seneca turnovers.

"I can't remember the last time we had that many turnovers," said Fazzary. "We had a lot of sloppy play."

Watkins Glen built a 14-10 first-quarter lead, and was up 35-19 at halftime and 56-25 entering the fourth period.

Adam Pastore led the Senecas in scoring with 15 points, while Owen Scholtisek reached double figures with 11.

Other points came from Isaac McIlroy (9), Mitchell Pike (8), Jacob DeJong (5), Max Evans (4), Bryce Kelly (4), Alex Kranyk (3), Seamus Mooney (2), Cameron Holland (2) and Silas Farrell (2).

The team was 2-for-7 from the foul line.

Mooney led in rebounds with 7, while Pastore and DeJong grabbed 4 each, and Dylan Morse 3. McIlroy led in assists with 5, while Scholtisek notched 4. Pike and Mooney had 2 steals apiece.

Lucas Taves led Trumansburg with 15 points. The Raiders converted 6 of 13 free throws.

The Senecas return to action today (Saturday) at Addison. The JV game has been moved from 5:45 to 1:30 p.m., with the varsity to follow.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Trumansburg 50-36 to improve to 4-7. Joseph Sutterby led the Senecas with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Jacob Yontz added 13 points, and Bryce Cady scored 9, Luke Spahalski 5, Cadin Knapp 3, and Gavin Smith 2.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy, left, and Seamus Mooney fight a Trumansburg player for possession of the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom left and right: The Senecas' Mitchell Pike (left) and Owen Scholtisek shoot from long range.

Left: Watkins Glen's Adam Pastore drives to the hoop. Right: The Senecas' Jacob DeJong shoots. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Joseph Sutterby shoots. Right: The Senecas' Bryce Cady (13) is fouled as he attempts a shot. (Photo on left by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Makenzie Kellogg, left, and R.J. Bannon react to strikes.

Bowling: Watkins Glen sweeps Dryden

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 17, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories Thursday over Dryden in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Boys: Watkins Glen was led by Matt Irwin's 593 series which included a 249 game. The Senecas won all three games by a combined 2531-2422, with margins of 42, 37 and 30 pins. R.J. Bannon posted a 577 (with 205 and 202 games), while Mykal Cody rolled a 504 and Caleb Smith a 481.

"The boys are improving nicely," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "Since we graduated boys that were on the team for a long time last year, I've spoken to this team about giving themselves time to improve, and they're getting better each day. They got better today. There are no seniors on this team, so if they keep working hard, they can have their time."

Girls: Watkins Glen was competing against a single bowler. The Senecas were led by Ava Cowan's 404 series, with Makenzie Kellog posting a 371 and Alyiah Clink-Bentley a 351.

The Senecas are scheduled to return to action Saturday at an IAC Big House tournament at the Valley Bowling Center in Waverly.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Matt Irwin reacts to a strike.

Odessa-Montour's Caleb Thomas dives on final leg of the 200 Yard Medley Relay.

Odessa-Montour swimmers top Dryden

ODESSA, Jan. 17, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team cruised to a 57-29 victory Thursday over Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

The Indians took first place in all but the 400 Free Relay.

The wins went to:

200 Medley Relay: Nick DeLong, Brock Sgrecci, Brett Walters, Caleb Thomas 2:05.84.
200 Freestyle: Micah Brewster 2:17.88.
200 Individual Medley: Brett Walters 2:28.98.
50 Freestyle: Caleb Thomas 28.68.
100 Butterfly: Jon Spencer 1:18.02.
100 Freestyle: Brett Walters 58.31.
500 Freestyle: Nick DeLong 6:28.44.
200 Free Relay: Micah Brewster, Brock Sgrecci, Justin Ruocco, Brett Walters 1:49.87.
100 Backstroke: Nick DeLong 1:13.52.
100 Breaststroke: Brock Sgrecci 1:16.22.

The Indians return to action on Friday, Jan. 24 at Waverly.

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Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Brett Walters en route to victory in the 200 Individual Medley.
Bottom: The Indians' Brock Sgrecci swims a leg of the 200 Yard Medley Relay.

Odessa-Montour's Micah Brewster on the way to victory in the 200 Yard Freestyle.

O-M's Nick DeLong dives on the Backstroke leg of the 200 Yard Medley Relay.

Odessa-Montour's Justin Ruocco dives at start of the 200 Yard Individual Medley.

Bowling: O-M boys, girls fall to Candor

OWEGO, Jan. 17, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams each lost 4-0 Thursday to Candor in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Owego Bowl.

Boys: O-M lost all three games by a combined 2255-2190 -- losing by 24 pins, 7 pins and 34 pins. Dominic Elliott led Odessa with a 512 series that included a 224 game. Austin Hoyt added a 505, and Eric Rumsey a 475.

Girls: O-M lost all three games by a combined 2194-1870. Sarah Barr led Odessa with a 438 series, while Jana Arias posted a 420. Candor's Mya Marsh rolled an even 600.

Odessa-Montour returns to action at noon Saturday in an IAC Big House tournament at the Valley Bowling Center in Waverly.

Watkins Glen boys edge Candor, 53-49

CANDOR, Jan. 15, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team improved to 9-1 Tuesday night with a 53-49 victory over Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

"We led by double digits for most of the first three quarters," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, "but Candor kept chipping away." The Watkins lead -- 18-11 after one quarter, 33-22 at halftime and 45-36 entering the fourth quarter -- was reduced to 2 points with 38 seconds left.

But Watkins Glen -- which had struggled at the free-throw line -- made a couple of foul shots and grabbed a couple of offensive rebounds to turn back Candor.

"We bent, but we didn't break," said Fazzary, who noted that in the abosence of Max Evans (ill) and Travon Jones (injured, but returning to practice this week), and with a lineup that for much of the game featured four sophomores and one senior to Candors' four seniors and one sophomore, "to come out with a win was pretty good. Candor (5-6) is a solid team, so this was a good win."

Isaac McIlroy led Watkins with 19 points, while Adam Pastore scored 11, Owen Scholtisek 7, Cameron Holland 6, Mitchell Pike 6, Bryce Kelly 2 and Dylan Morse 2. The team converted just 4 of 13 free throws.

Candor, which was led by Kolden Foster's 27 points, converted 3 of 6 free throws.

Watkins Glen returns to action Friday at home against Trumansburg and then visits Addison Saturday night.

"I'm excited we got the win," said Fazzary. "Now we have to take care of business on Friday and Saturday."

Junior Varsity: Candor defeated Watkins Glen 52-45. The Senecas (3-7) were led by Jacob Powers' 16 points, and 13 by Joseph Sutterby. Jacob Yontz added 8 points.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy (File photo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Ali LaMoreaux races toward the basket. Right: The Senecas' Aislinn Klemann prepares to pass the ball in traffic. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen girls defeat Candor, 44-21

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 15, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team got points from nine players Tuesday night in a 44-21 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory over Candor in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas (now 8-5) trailed only once, at 2-0, before posting a 16-3 first-quarter lead fueled by four 3-point baskets -- two by Aislinn Klemann, one by Drie Solomon and one by Abby Gibson. They led 27-10 at halftime and 42-14 entering the fourth quarter.

Gibson led the team in scoring with 10 points, while Kelsey Kernan scored 8, Amanda Wilbur 6, Klemann 6, Jenna Solomon 5, Carly Arnold 4, Drie Solomon 3, Mattie Yontz 1, and Natalie Edmister 1. The team converted 7 of 10 free throws.

Jenna Solomon led in rebounds with 7, while Arnold, Drie Solomon and Klemann grabbed 4 apiece, Edmister 3, and Kajsa Rolfes, Gibson and Yontz 2 each. Kernan led in steals with 5, while Gibson, Yontz and Klemann had 2 apiece.

Junior Varsity: Candor defeated Watkins Glen, 28-20. Lillian Ameigh and Kara Sheesley led the Senecas with 6 points each.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson drives to the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Kajsa Rolfes passes the ball. Right: The Senecas' Kelsey Kernan scores. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Drie Solomon shoots. Right: The Senecas wait to take the court. Showing clearly from left: Kelsey Kernan, Amanda Wilbur, Mattie Yontz, Aislinn Klemann and Ali LaMoreaux.

Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold, left, and Aislinn Klemann shoot.

The Senecas' Jenna Solomon (in white) battles for the ball, which was knocked out of bounds by a Candor player.

Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan heads toward the basket for two of her eight points.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur drives to the basket for two of her six points.

And in the JV game:

:

Left: Watkins Glen's Addy Coolican shoots. Right: The Senecas' Kara Sheesley prepares to pass the ball to a teammate. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Odessa-Montour girls top TAE, 59-35

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Jan. 15, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team improved its record to 7-5 Tuesday night with a 59-35 Interscholastic Athletic Conference road victory over Edison.

The Indians, down 11-6 after one quarter, led 21-13 at halftime and 43-26 entering the fourth period.

Sara Gardner led O-M in scoring with 16 points, including five 3-pointers (four of them in the second half). Grace Vondracek scored 14 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and registered 5 steals. Autumn Garrison scored a season-high 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. JoLynn Minnier scored 7 points while notching 12 rebounds. Other points came from Kara Reese (3), Jessica Carnes (2), Hannah Chapman (2) and Mallory Rhodes (1).

"Edison is playing people tough and they gave us all we could handle when we got off to that slow start," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We picked it up in the second quarter on the defensivve end and on the boards, and that got us going. Then we caught fire in the third period to take command."

The Indians return to action Friday at home against Marathon.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Edison 43-33 to improve to 10-2. Mackenzie Cannon led the team with 12 points, while Brittany Cain scored 10, Hannah Nolan 9 and Tori Brewster 8.

Left: Watkins Glen's Alyiah Clink-Bentley signals that she left one pin standing.
Right:
The Senecas' Matt Irwin smiles after registering a strike.

Bowling: O-M, Watkins split matches

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 15, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High school girls varsity bowling team defeated Watkins Glen 4-0 Tuesday while the Watkins boys topped O-M 3-1 in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Girls: O-M's Jana Arias, using a new ball, rolled a 200-179-212=591 series to lead the Indians past Watkins. Sarah Barr added a 402 as Odessa won all three games by a combined 2027-1843. Watkins Glen was led by Alyiah Clink-Bentley's 434, with Mackenzie Kellogg adding a 398.

Boys: Watkins Glen won the first and third games and total pinfall, 2297-1980 to defeat Odessa 3-1. The Senecas were led by R.J. Bannon's 512 and Caleb Smith's 506, with Matt Irwin adding a 446. O-M was led by Austin Hoyt's 474, with Dominic Elliott posting a 473 and Eric Rumsey a 426.

O-M returns to action Thursday at Owego Bowl against Candor. Watkins Glen hosts Dryden on Thursday.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Jana Arias, seated, congratulates teammate Courtney Davis after Davis converted a spare.

Bottom: Odessa-Montour's two seniors, Jon Sanders, left, and Eric Rumsey, were honored as part of O-M's Senior Night.

Left: O-M's Jana Arias converts a spare. Right: Watkins Glen's Makenzie Kellogg watches as her ball scrambles some pins.

Odessa-Montour swimmers edge Greene

GREENE, Jan. 15, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team -- illness and injury reducing its ranks -- edged Greene 76-75 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Greene pool.

First-place finishes for O-M were turned in by:

--Brett Walters in the 50 Free (25.56) and the 100 Free (57.16)
--Justin Roucco in the 100 Back (1:10.87)
--Brock Sgrecci in the 100 Breast (1:15.58)
--The 200 Free Relay team of Caleb Thomas, Brock Sgrecci, Noah Hollenbeck and Jon Spencer (1:59.97)

Second-place for O-M:

--Jon Spencer in the 200 IM (2:44.54)
--Caleb Thomas in the 50 Free (27.97) and 100 Breast (1:19.02)
--Caleb Reynolds in the 500 Free (6:38.16)
--Nick DeLong in the 100 Back (1:11.83)
--The 200 Medley Relay team of Roucco, Thomas, Walters and DeLong (2:01.64)
--The 400 Free Relay team of Hollenbeck, Evan Underdown, Ben Campbell and DeLong (4:45.52)

"We were down a few swimmers due to illness and injury, and a number of disqualifications almost cost us the meet," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "There were also some great swims, and a number of personal records posted. Overall the team is coming along very well, and I expect to see some great performances this weekend at the Elmira Invitational as we defend our Class C title from last year."

OMWG's Tristian Harrington nears victory at 220 pounds. (Photo provided)

OM/WG wrestlers top Chenango Valley

BINGHAMTON, Jan. 15, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen high school varsity wrestling team defeated Chenango Valley 42-29 Tuesday night in a match in the Chenango Valley gym.

OM/WG got competitive victories at 170 pounds, where Braiden Ventra pinned his opponent in 1:21; at 195, where Joshua Beckley pinned his opponent in 0:29; and at 220, where Tristan Harrington pinned his opponent in 5:35.

OM/WG picked up forfetit victories at 126, 132, 145 and 182 pounds.

Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen returns to action Saturday at the IAC Championships at Waverly.

Photo in text: OM/WG's Braiden Ventra after winning at 170 pounds. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen's Liam Smith competes in the 200 Yard Individual Medley. He placed fifth.

Glen swimmers fall to Corning, Greene

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 14, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team hosted squads from the Corning and Greene high schools at a tri-meet Monday, falling to Greene 87-80 and to Corning, 138-42.

Corning also defeated Greene, 137-42.

Top individual finishes for Watkins Glen in the various races were posted by:

--Scott Brubaker, second in the 200 Free in 2:23.11.
--Liam Smith, fifth in the 200 IM in 2:47.34.
--Jordan Avery, sixth in the 50 Free in 27.06.
--Colby Thurston, second in the Diving with 141.65 points.
--Scott Brubaker, fifth in the 100 Fly in 1:22.66.
--Daine Butler, third in the 100 Free in 1:01.79.
--Liam Smith, fourth in the 500 Free in 6:30.29.
--Jordan Avery, third in the 100 Back in 1:16.09.
--Daine Butler, first in the 100 Breast in 1:18.50.

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

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Ben Swinnerton dives at the start of the 200 IM.

Bottom: The Senecas' Colby Thurston hits the water at the start of the 200 Yard Freestyle race.

Watkins Glen's Scott Brubaker en route to second place in the 200 Yard Freestyle.

Wood leads WG/Dundee runners in meet

CORTLAND, Jan. 12, 2020 -- Several members of the combined Watkins Glen/Dundee High School varsity indoor track team competed Saturday at SUNY Cortland in the One and Done meet.

--Matt Wood won the 3200 Meter Run with a 10:28.8.
--Lily Hall took 2nd in the Long Jump, breaking her own Dundee school record with a 16' 7.75" jump. 
--Sam Thorsland took 5th place in the 1600 Meter Run with a personal best of 5:05.19.
--Nick Wilston placed 3rd in the Long Jump with a 19' 2" leap. 
--Cale Sutterby posted an 8' 6" pole vault.
--Nate Murphy ran 300 Meters in 46.77 seconds.
--Johnny VanScoyk ran 1600 Meters in 6:15.03.
--Maya Somerville registered a 26' 10.5 " Triple Jump.
--Boyd Barber posted a 31' 9.5" throw in the Shot Put.
--Skylar Lagramada ran the 55 Meter Dash in 7.87 seconds.
--Colin Gaylord ran the 55 Meters in 7.9 seconds.
--Madelyn Suddaby ran the 55 Meters in 8.75 seconds.

Photo in text: Members of the Watkins Glen/Dundee High School indoor track team pose at Cortland. (Photo provided)

OM/WG wrestlers compete at Canandaigua

CANANDAIGUA, Jan. 12, 2020 -- Seven members of the Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen high school varsity wrestling team competed Friday and Saturday at the Bradshaw Invitational at Canandaigua Academy.

Competing for OM/WG were Doninick Fazzary at 138 pounds; Kaden LaBar at 152; Zach Burrows at 160; Braiden Ventra at 170; Paiton Bailey at 182; Joshua Beckley at 182; and Tristan Harrington at 220.

A total of 24 schools were represented, including Horseheads, Ithaca, South Seneca and Tioga.

Top finisher for OM/WG was Ventra, sixth in the 170-pound weight class with a 3-3 record. The only other team member to win a bout was Harrington, who went 1-2 at 220.

Photo in text: OM/WG's Braiden Ventra (top) on the way to 6th place at 170 pounds at the Bradshaw Invitational. (Photo by Annaleise Beckley)

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 3

3rd-4th Grade Results:

Famous Brands 12, Sporting Goods 8.
Famous Brands -- Dominic Lewis 8, Nickolai Holmes 4.
Sporting Goods -- Lean Lagramada 8.

Maguire's 27, Curly's 8.
Maguire's -- Nick Sorce Jr. 11, Isaak Willett 10, Kane Peters 4, Ethan Crane 2.
Curly's -- Zack Brusso 6, Kelsey Miller 2.

Standings:

Maguire's 3-0
Famous Brands 2-1
Watkins Sporting Goods 1-2
Curly's Family Restaurant 0-3

5th-6th Grade Results:

VanSkiver Motors 26, Capt. Bill's 22.
VanSkiver's -- Jason Scholtisek 16, James Sorce 6, Kristofer Burke 2, and Natalie VanSkiver 2.
Capt. Bill's -- Grace Underdown 10, Caydin Lagramada 6, Logan Bills 4, and Isabella Duncan 2.

Seneca Lodge 30, W.G. Supply 10.
Seneca Lodge --
Caleb J. Bresett 8, Emma Cady 8, Jax Decker 6, Levi Murphy 4, Ryan Hallenbeck 2, Bryce Bockelkamp 2.
W.G. Supply --
Dominic Gould 6, Jade Santos 2, Brooklyn Thompson 2.

Standings:

Seneca Lodge 3-0
Watkins Glen Supply 2-1
VanSkiver Motors 1-2
Capt. Bill's 0-3

O-M girls top Groton, improve to 6-5

GROTON, Jan. 11, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team-- led by Sara Gardner's 18 points and Kara Reese's 16 points and 6 steals -- defeated Groton 55-39 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Groton gym.

Odessa-Montour, now 6-5, led 16-15 after one quarter, 32-20 at halftime, and 46-29 entering the fourth period.

"We really clamped down defensively in those middle two quarters, and that was the difference," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "It's always good to get a road win."

Scoring in addition to Gardner and Reese were Autumn Garrison (7 points and 8 rebounds), Grace Vondracek (5 points and 7 rebounds), JoLynn Minnier (5 points and 17 rebounds), Cheianne Webster (2 points), and Taylor Cain and Jessica Carnes (1 point each).

Odessa returns to action Tuesday at Edison.

Junior Varsity: Groton defeated Odessa-Montour (now 9-2), 43-21. Mackenzie Cannon led O-M with 15 points. The Indians were without standout Hannah Nolan due to illness.

Left: O-M's Cayden Confer (34) puts the ball in the hoop. Right: Odessa's Devon Mahaney sends a shot on its way.

O-M boys fall as Groton rallies, 60-47

ODESSA, Jan. 11, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team -- despite building a 28-13 lead midway through the second period Friday night -- fell to Groton 60-47 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Groton (5-5), held at bay early by Odessa, outscored the home team 19-3 to take a 32-31 lead with 4:18 left in the third period. The lead swung back in O-M's favor, 35-32, before Groton pulled ahead for good. Groton led 39-35 entering the fourth quarter, and outscored Odessa 21-12 down the stretch.

Preston Harris led O-M with 11 points, while Cayden Confer scored 9, Ben Mathews 8, Paden Grover 8, Jared Rumsey 5, Deshawn Johnson 3, and Derrick Lewis 3. The team converted 7 of 17 free throws.

Groton was led by Kalib Manning's 13 points, and 11 by James Lucey. The team converted 8 of 14 free throws.

O-M (now 3-8) returns to action Tuesday at home against Edison.

Junior Varsity: Groton (6-4) defeated Odessa-Montour (0-10) by a 70-25 margin.

Photo in text: O-M's Paden Grover takes the ball to the basket for two points.

Left: O-M's Preston Harris drives past a Groton defender. Right: Odessa-Montour's Ben Mathews scores two of his eight points.

From left: O-M's Phoenix Parmenter, Jared Rumsey and Derrick Lewis shoot.

Bowling: O-M boys, girls post 4-0 wins

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 11, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams each swept Edison 4-0 Friday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference makeup matches at Harborside Lanes.

Boys: O-M defeated an undermanned (three-person) Edison squad by a 2150-1130 margin. Eric Rumsey led the Indians with a 525 series, while Austin Hoyt posted a 472.

Girls: Odessa won all three games by a combined 2118-1856. Jana Arias led the way with a 506 series, while Hannah Barr rolled a 415.

Odessa-Montour returns to action Tuesday against Watkins Glen at Harborside Lanes. It will be O-M's Senior Night.

Watkins Glen girls top Edison, 46-41

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Jan. 10, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team improved to 7-5 Thursday night when it rallied in the fourth quarter for a 46-41 victory over Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

The Senecas led 14-13 after one quarter, but the game was tied 23-23 at halftime and Edison had pulled ahead 34-31 entering the fourth quarter. But Watkins Glen outscored the Spartans 15-7 down the stretch for the victory.

Eight players scored for the Senecas, led by 8 points each from Abby Gibson and Drie Solomon, and 7 from Aislinn Klemann. Jenna Solomon and Amanda Wilbur added 6 points apiece, while Natalie Edmister and Kelsey Kernan scored 4 each, and Carly Arnold 3. The team converted 6 of 10 free throws.

Drie Solomon led in rebounds with 7, while Kernan grabbed 6, and Klemann and Jenna Solomon 4 each. Gibson and Drie Solomon led in steals with 3 each, while Klemann, Jenna Solomon and Kernan had 2 each. Jenna Solomon had 4 assists, and Drie Solomon 3.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at home against Candor.

Odessa-Montour's Brock Sgrecci en route to victory in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.

O-M swimmers defeat Watkins, 58-34

ODESSA, Jan. 10, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team defeated intracounty rival Watkins Glen 58-34 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Odessa won 10 of the 11 races, as follows:

200 Medley Relay: Nick DeLong, Brock Sgrecci, Caleb Reynolds, Evan Underdown, 2:10.71.
200 Free: Micah Brewster, 2:18.54.
200 IM: Jacob Mayette, 2:34.15.
100 Fly: Brett Walters, 1:07.39.
100 Free: Micah Brewster, 1:02.18.
500 Free: Nick DeLong, 6:39.68.
200 Free Relay: Jacob Mayette, Ben Campbell, Caleb Thomas, Micah Brewster, 1:52.74.
100 Back: Brett Walters, 1:11.40.
100 Breaststroke: Brock Sgrecci, 1:16.82.
400 Free Relay: Micah Brewster, Nick DeLong, Caleb Reynolds, Jon Spencer, 1:16.82.

Watkins Glen won the 50 Free (Daine Butler in 28.32), and got second-place finishes in the 200 Medley Relay, the 200 IM (Scott Brubaker), the 100 Free (Butler), the 200 Free Relay, the 100 Back (Jordan Avery), the 100 Breast (Brubaker) and the 400 Free Relay.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Daine Butler dives at start of the 50 Yard Freestyle, which he won. Bottom: Odessa-Montour's Caleb Thomas before surfacing at start of the 100 Free.

Watkins Glen's Jordan Avery competes in the 100 Yard Backstroke. He finished second.

Watkins Glen's Scott Brubaker, left, and O-M's Caleb Reynolds compete in the 200 IM.

Bowling: O-M girls top Tioga; boys lose

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 10, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity bowling team defeated Tioga 4-0 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes. The O-M boys lost 4-0 to Tioga.

Girls: Odessa-Montour won all three games by a combined 1994-1757. Jana Arias led the Indians with a 525 series, while Sarah Barr posted a 404.

Boys: O-M lost all three games by a combined total of 2523-2184. Austin Hoyt led the Indians with a 503, while Eric Rumsey rolled a 457 and Wes Wade a 456.

Odessa returns to action today (Friday) at home against Edison in an IAC makeup match.

Bowling: Watkins girls tie, boys fall 4-0

LANSING, Jan 10, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity bowling team tied Lansing 2-2 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at the Helen Newman Bowling Lanes. The Watkins Glen boys fell to Lansing 4-0.

Girls: Watkins Glen won the first two games, but dropped the third game and total pinfall, 1813-1803. Alyiah Clink-Bentley led the Senecas with a 431 series, while Ava Cowan rolled a 377, Makenzie Kellogg 362, and Brooke Usher 345.

Boys: The Senecas lost all three games by a combined total of 2603-2411. Caleb Smith led Watkins with a 516 series, while Matt Irwin rolled a 515 that included a 217 game. R.J. Bannon added a 499, and Mykal Cody a 460.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday against Odessa-Montour at Harborside Lanes.

OMWG's Tristian Harrington, right, battles Edison's Eric Harris at 220. Harris won by pin.

OM/WG wrestlers top Edison, 60-18

ODESSA, Jan. 9, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen high school varsity wrestling team posted a 60-18 victory over undermanned Edison Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in O-M's Jack Davis Gym.

OM/WG had just one competitive victory -- by Joe Sweet, who posted a pin in 1:45 at 285 pounds -- but picked up nine forfeit victories. They came at 106, 113, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 179 and 182 pounds.

OM/WG lost bouts at 220 pounds (Tristan Harrington, pinned in 0:54) and 126 (Gabe Williams, pinned in 1:57).

In three exhibittion matches afterward, OM/WG won each by a pin -- by Morgan Burnham at 106, by Harrington and by Sweet.

The OM/WG team returns to action Friday and Saturday at the two-day Bradshaw Invitational in Canandaigua.

Photo in text: OM/WG's Joe Sweet lifts Edison's Spencer Meriwether on the way to a victory at 285 pounds. Sweet pinned Meriwether in 1:45.

OMWG's Gabe Williams, left, battles Edison's Angelo Steinhauer at 126 pounds. Williams lost by a pin in 1:57.

OM/WG wrestler Morgan Burnham, left, on the way to victory at 106 pounds. She won by a pin in an exhibition match against Edison's Kaleb Bower.

Watkins boys upended by Whitney Point

WHITNEY POINT, Jan. 8, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team sustained its first loss of the season Tuesday night, falling to 4-3 Whitney Point 54-50 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

"I think it started with our team not respecting our opponent," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, whose squad is now 8-1. "I thought we'd learned our lesson with Edison" -- which seriously challenged the Senecas in an earlier game -- "but apparently not."

Whitney Point built a 12-8 first-quarter lead, and was up 27-19 at halftime. The Senecas rallied to tie the game 38-38 entering the final quarter, but were outscored 16-12 down the stretch.

"We were nothing like the team that played the first eight games," said Fazzary. "Our mental focus wasn't there. We didn't run our offense very well, and our defense was not a strength tonight. They have two guys we needed to contain, and we didn't. They scored 34 points between them. It's pretty disappointing.

"I give the kids credit for coming back, though," he added. "We were down 10 or 12, and managed to go ahead by one point, but just couldn't sustain it."

Owen Scholtisek led the Senecas with 14 points, while Max Evans scored 12, Adam Pastore 10, Dylan Morse 5, Isaac McIlroy 5, Mitchell Pike 3, and Jacob DeJong 1. The team was 8-for-10 from the foul line. Scholtisek and Pastore led in rebounds with 5 each.

Next up, next Tuesday: on the road against Candor, a team that Fazzary says "is physically and mentally tough. It should be interesting."

Junior Varsity: Whitney Point defeated Watkins Glen (3-6), 58-36. Joseph Sutterby led the Senecas with 9 points, while Jacob Yontz and Cadin Knapp scored 7 each.

Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese drives to the basket past a Union Springs defender.

O-M girls lose to Union Springs, 46-23

ODESSA, Jan. 8, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team's record slipped to 5-5 Tuesday night when the Indians dropped a 46-23 decision to Union Springs in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

JoLynn Minnier led Odessa with 10 points and 16 rebounds. Sara Gardner scored 6 points, Grace Vondracek 4, Kara Reese 2, and Jessica Carnes 1. Renee Park led Union Springs with 17 points.

"We were never in it right out of the gate offensively," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We played pretty good defense and drew four charges, but had way, way too many turnovers and missed shots to be competitive against a quality team."

Union Springs is now 6-2 and in first place in the IAC North Small Division.

O-M returns to action Friday at Groton.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour improved to 9-1 with a 42-25 victory over Union Springs. Hannah Nolan led the Indians with 12 points, while Mackenzie Cannon scored 9, Brittany Cain 7, Reagan Reese 4, Camille Sgrecci 4, Tori Brewster 4, and Haley Albertsman 2. The team converted 8 of 10 free throws.

Photo in text: O-M's JoLynn Minnier looks for a shot in heavy traffic. She managed to shed the defender above her and sink a shot while falling down.

Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek, left, and Mallory Rhodes prepare to shoot.

Left: O-M's Sara Gardner (left) is fouled as she drives to the basket. Right: The Indians' Jessica Carnes grabs the ball.

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Mackenzie Cannon passes the ball. Right: Odessa's Camille Sgrecci shoots.

Left: O-M's Hannah Nolan shoots. Right: The Indians' Tori Brewster drives to the basket.

O-M boys lose to Union Springs, 68-51

UNION SPRINGS, Jan. 8, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team dropped a 68-51 decision Tuesday night to Union Springs in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Union Springs gym.

Union Springs, said O-M Coach Dan Stephens, "is a very athletic team and they caught fire in the second half from 3-point range. However, it was a single-digit game until the very end, when we had to foul.The guys may have played one of their best games. Union Springs just made some big shots down the stretch."

Paden Grover led O-M scorers with 19 points. Devon Mahaney added 11, Derrick Lewis 8, Jared Rumsey 6, Ben Mathews 5, and Cayden Confer 2.

O-M (now 3-7) returns to action Friday at home against Groton.

O-M's Jacob Mayette dives at start of the 200 Yard Individual Medley. He placed second

O-M swimmers fall to Lansing, 51-43

ODESSA, Jan. 8, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity boys swim team dropped a 51-43 decision Tuesday to Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Odessa got victories as follows:

100 Free: Brett Walters, 56.53.
200 Free Relay: Jacob Mayette, Justin Ruocco, Micah Brewster, Brett Walters, 1:45.43.
100 Breaststroke: Brock Sgrecci, 1:15.45.

Individual second-place finishes were posted by Walters in the 200 Free, Mayette in the 200 IM, Ruocco in the 50 Free, Brewster in the 500 Free, and Nick DeLong in the 100 Back.

"It was a tough meet where a number of close races didn't go our way," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "The team put up a great fight, and there were a few personal records set."

O-M returns to action Thursday at home against Watkins Glen.

Photo in text: O-M's Brett Walters competes in the 200 Free, where he finished second.

Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann moves the ball past a Whitney Point defender. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen girls defeat Whitney Point

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 8, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team improved its record to 6-5 Tuesday night with a 32-21 victory over Whitney Point in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas led 8-3 after one period and 22-11 at halftime. They were up 27-19 entering the fourth quarter.

Drie Solomon led the Senecas with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 6 steals. Other points came from Aislinn Klemann (7, with 5 rebounds and 2 steals), Jenna Solomon (6, with 7 rebounds and 4 steals), Abby Gibson (4, with 3 rebounds and 2 steals), Natalie Edmister (2, with 2 rebounds), Mattie Yontz (2, with 4 rebounds, a steal and a block), and Amanda Wilbur (1). Ali LaMoreaux registered 3 steals and a block, and Carly Arnold had a rebound, assist and steal.

The Senecas return to action Thursday at Edison.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Whitney Point, 48-30.

Photo in text: Watkins' Drie Solomon (20) led the Senecas with 10 points and 8 rebounds. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson (11) goes up for a shot. Right: The Senecas' Carly Arnold drives past a Whitney Point defender. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Natalie Edmister looks for a shot. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Wilbur (21) battles a Whitney Point defender. (Both phtoos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Lilly Ameigh drives to the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right: The Senecas' Julia Spahalski moves past a Whitney Point defender.

Bowling: O-M boys, girls top Marathon

WATKINS GLEN, Jan 8, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories Tuesday over shorthanded Marathon in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Boys: Odessa-Montour outpointed Marathon (which had four bowlers instead of five) by a 1967-1435 margin. Eric Rumsey led the Indians with a 448 total, with Austin Hoyt right behind at 447.

Girls: O-M outscored Marathon (which had four bowlers) by a 1919-1315 margin. Jana Arias led the Indians with a 491 series, while Sara Barr rolled a 379.

O-M returns to action Thursday at home against Tioga, and then competes Friday at home against Edison in a makeup match.

Photo in text: O-M's Austin Hoyt strides back after recording a strike.

Watkins Glen's Liam Smith competes in the 200 Yard Individual Medley.

Watkins Glen swimmers fall to Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 8, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team dropped an 84-68 decision Tuesday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

Waverly dominated early, and swam exhibition the last few races. Top performances for the Senecas included a 6:26.52 by Lian Smith in the 500 Freestyle, and a 1:19.49 by Daine Butler in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.

The Senecas return to action Thursday at Odessa-Montour.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Ben Swinnerton competes in the 200 Yard Freestyle.

Bowling: Watkins Glen boys, girls lose

ELMIRA, Jan 8, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams dropped 3-1 decisions Tuesday to Elmira Notre Dame in Interscholastic Athletic Conference road matches.

Boys: The Watkins boys won the second game but dropped the first, third and total pinfall, 2306-2270. Caleb Smith led the Senecas with a 550 series, while R.J. Bannon posted a 531 and Matt Irwin a 489.

Girls: The Senecas won the third game, but lost the first two and total pinfall, 1823-1773. Makenzie Kellogg led Watkins with a 446 total, while Alyiah Clink-Bentley posted a 371 and Ava Cowan a 346.

Athletes of Week: Glen basketball team

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 5, 2020 -- This week we honor -- as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week -- the Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team, winner of eight games without a loss and now the champions of the Holiday Tournament they hosted on Jan. 3-4 in the Field House.

Led by senior Isaac McIlroy (the tourney MVP), these quick and effective defenders -- like marauding mosquitoes hell bent on thievery -- have reduced good teams to much less. The Senecas have struggled with only one opponent so far, winning that game by eight points. The other games they have won by no fewer than 20 points -- one by 20, one by 28, and five by anywhere from 32 to 58 points. The average winning margin for the eight contests is almost 32 points.

Given the level of achievement -- reminiscent of the WGHS Wild Bunch who went through the regular season unbeaten back in 2006 -- this bunch should seemingly be generating extended enthusiasm. The absence of the sizable crowds of those 13 years ago, and even of Bleacher Creatures at the south end of the gym, would be a head-scratcher if not for the open disapproval the school district has shown toward excessive excitement.

Too bad. A wet blanket can be stultifying.

This group of athletes -- McIlroy’s Marauders, if you will, a wild bunch of Artful Dodgers adept at disrupting the opposition and stealing the ball; doing the pickpocket bidding of Coach John Fazzary’s Fagin -- are a show worth seeing and cheering. Their names should be gaining household traction: Isaac McIlroy, Owen Scholtisek, Max Evans, Mitchell Pike, Adam Pastore, Jacob DeJong, Dylan Morse, Bryce Kelly, Alex Kranyk, Seamus Mooney, Travon Jones, Cameron Holland, and Silas Farrell.

Here’s a tip of the hat to them. To carry the Oliver Twist theme further, as Oliver said to Mr. Bumble: “Please sir, I want some more.”

Next up: Whitney Point, on the road Tuesday night.

Double Honorable: Odessa-Montour basketball’s Sara Gardner, Grace Vondracek, JoLynn Minnier and Preston Harris; O-M wrestler Dominick Fazzary; and Watkins Glen runner Gabe Planty.

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

WG/OM's Joe Sweet, on top, prepares to pin his Edison opponent at 285 pounds.

OM/WG wrestlers 2nd at O-M Duals

ODESSA, Jan. 5, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen high school varsity wrestling team placed second with a 4-1 mark Saturday at the annual O-M Duals.

Spencer-Van Etten/Candor was first at 5-0, followed by O-M (4-1), Whitney Point (3-2), Cortland (2-3), Dundee (1-4) and Edison (0-5).

Trophies were awarded to the first- and second-place teams.

Most successful of the OM/WG wrestlers was Dominick Fazzary, who won four matches with pins, and a fifth on a forfeit, at 145 pounds. Trisian Harrington won three of his five at 220, while Braiden Ventra won two competitvely and two by forfeit at 170. Morgan Burnham (106) and Brandon Davis (113) won all of their matches by forfeit.

OM/WG defeated Cortland 54-21, Dundee 48-27, Edison 66-18, and Whitney Point 42-30. It lost to SVE/C, 45-39.

OM/WG returns to action Wednesday at home against Edison.

Photo in text: The OM/WG team poses after the O-M Duals. (Photo provided)

The referee signals a pin as O-M's Mark Waterman defeats an Edison opponent at 132.

The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team poses after its tourney win.

Glen cruises to tourney title

Tops Greene, 70-42; McIlroy nets 19, and is named MVP

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 5, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team made it look easy Saturday night, rolling past Greene 70-42 in the championship game of the Holiday Tournament at the WGHS Field House.

Isaac McIlroy scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to lead the Senecas, who are 8-0 heading into a road game Tuesday against Whitney Point.

Also in double figures Saturday were Mitchell Pike with 16 points and Adam Pastore with 14. Other points came from Max Evans (6), Jacob DeJong (5), Alex Kranyk (4), Cameron Holland (2), Bryce Kelly (2), Dylan Morse (1) and Silas Farrell (1). The team struggled at the foul line, converting 7 of 18 attempts. But it was hitting from long distance, sinking 11 three-point shots -- five by McIlroy and four by Pike.

DeJong also grabbed 5 rebounds, while Pastore and Pike notched 4 each. Pastore had 3 steals, and Owen Scholtisek and Morse 2 apiece. Morse led in assists with 4, while Scholtisek had 3, and Pastore and McIlroy 2 each.

Greene was led by Alec Frair's 8 points. The Trojans were just 3-for-13 at the free-throw line.

The Senecas raced out to a 15-9 first-quarter lead, and were up 37-19 at halftime and 54-30 entering the fourth period.

"Isaac got us going with some long threes, but our defense was the key," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "We held their two go-to scorers, Nathan Barry and Nathan Parker, to 12 points combined. Max and Adam did a great job on those two. And Mitchell gave us a great boost when he got hot, and we started rolling.

"Greene is a good team," added Fazzary. "They were 5-2 coming in to this game, but we beat them pretty good. I'm happy for our kids."

All-tournament team: Isaac McIlroy was MVP, and Adam Pastore was named to the All-Tournament team.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen won the title, defeating Groton. See below.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Adam Pastore reaches past a Greene player for a shot.
Bottom: The Senecas' Isaac McIlroy prepares to shoot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek cuts through traffic to the basket. Right: The Senecas' Jacob DeJong eyes the basket from 3-point range.

Left: Watkins Glen's Max Evans is fouled. (Photo by Don Romeo) Right: The Senecas' Mitchell Pike shoots.

A cheering section at the Watkins Glen-Greene game at the WGHS Field House.

Left: Members of the All-Tournament team. From left: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy (the MVP) and Adam Pastore, and Greene's Nathan Barry and Trenton Rapp. (Photo by Don Romeo) Right: Watkins Glen's Bryce Kelly shoots.

The Watkins Glen High School boys junior varsity basketball team poses after title win.

Watkins wins tournament JV title, 51-40

WATKINS GLEN, Jan 5, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys junior varsity basketball team won the championship Saturday of the Holiday Tournament in the WGHS Field House, defeating Groton 51-40.

The Senecas (now 3-5) led 8-2 early, only to see Groton tie the game 10-10 entering the second period. Watkins surged ahead again, 20-13, before Groton rallied to tie it, 20-20. Then the Senecas pulled away to a 30-20 lead before Groton pulled within three at 30-27.

That was as close as Groton got the rest of the way. Watkins Glen went on a 14-2 run for a 44-29 lead, its biggest advantage of the game. Its lead was 11 or more the rest of the way.

Jacob Yontz and Jacob Powers led the Senecas with 11 points each, while Luke Spahalski registered 9 points, Joseph Sutterby 8, Bryce Cady 6, and David Kelly 6. The team converted 11 of 16 free throws, including 5 of 7 in the fourth quarter.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Joseph Sutterby goes high for a shot.

Left: Watkins Glen's Luke Spahalski moves the ball upcourt. Right: The Senecas' Jacob Powers drives toward the basket.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jacob Yontz (3) moves past a Groton defender. Right: The Senecas' Bryce Cady shoots.

Watkins Invitational holds diving, finals

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 5, 2020 -- The two-day Watkins Glen Invitational in the Glen boys swimming meet concluded Saturday with the diving competition and swim finals.

Larger schools from outside Schuyler County dominated -- such as Corning, Chenango Valley and Ithaca, along with Shenendehowa and Horseheads.

No swimmer from Watkins Glen or Odessa-Montour finished in the top -- or "A" -- finals, which featured the top eight qualifiers from prelims on Friday. There were also "B" and "C" finals featuring the 9th through 16th and 17th through 24th qualifiers.

O-M's Brett Walters was the lone Schuyler County swimmer in a "B" finals, placing 14th overall in the 100 Yard Freestyle in 55.31.

The O-M 200 Free Relay team of Walters, Justin Ruocco, Micah Brewster and Jacob Mayette were 14th in 1:41.58, while its 400 Free Relay team of Mayette, Ruocco, Brewster and Walters was 12th in 3:50.33.

Corning won the diving competition, with Nick Jubilee scoring 478.5 points. Gavin Fanning of Maine-Endwell was second with 459.60. There were no Watkins Glen or O-M divers in the 22-person field.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Brett Walters competes in the 100 Yard Freestyle.

Planty wins 1600 at Section IV Classic

ITHACA, Jan. 5, 2020 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Gabe Planty placed first Saturday in the 1600 Meter Run at the Section IV Classic Indoor Track Meet at Cornell University.

Planty posted a time of 4:28.23 in topping the field. Other Top 6 finishes for the Watkins Glen/Dundee squad included:

--Matt Wood, third in the 1600 with a personal best of 4:43.15.
--Lily Hall, 5th in the Long Jump at 15' 7".
--Lily Hall, 6th in the Triple Jump at 33' 0.5"
--NIck Wilston, 5th in the Long Jump with a PR of 20' 3.5"
--NIck Wilston, 5th in the Triple Jump at 39' 11"
--Cale Sutterby, tied for 5th in the Pole Vault at 8'.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Ben Mathews, Cayden Confer and Derrick Lewis.

O-M boys defeat Trumansburg, 46-41

ODESSA, Jan. 4, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team improved to 3-6 Friday night with a 46-41 victory over Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians were led by Preston Harris's 16 points. Other scoring came from Paden Grover (10 points), Cayden Confer (8, all in the key 4th quarter), Devon Mahaney (8), and Deshawn Johnson (4). The team converted 7 of 16 free throws.

Trumansburg was led by Lucas Taves' 19 points.

Odessa led 10-8 after one period and 20-17 at halftime after building a 20-11 advantage. The game was tight throughout the third quarter, which ended with O-M up 29-27, and stayed tight through most of the final period.

O-M pulled away down the stretch, from a 37-34 edge with 2:09 left to play, to an 8-point advantage twice (at 42-34 and 44-36. The lead was seven points until a final Tburg basket with 2.1 seconds to play.

The Indians return to action Tuesday at Union Springs.

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Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Preston Harris drives to the basket.

Bottom: O-M alums Tori Reese, left, and Olivia Grover were on hand to watch the game.

Left: O-M's Deshawn Johnson drives through traffic to the basket. Right: The Indians' Paden Grover works past a Trumansburg defender on his way to the hoop.

Watkins Glen boys top Wellsville, advance to tournament title game against Greene

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 4, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team -- led by Adam Pastore's 20 points and 9 rebounds -- defeated Wellsville 56-36 Friday night in the opening round of the annual Boys Holiday Tournament at the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas will play Greene for the tournament title at 7:30 tonight (Saturday). Greene defeated Groton in the other semifinal.

Watkins Glen (7-0) fell behind 9-4 early, but then went on a 19-2 run and led at halftime, 27-13. The lead was 42-25 entering the fourth quarter.

In addition to Pastore, Watkins got points from Owen Scholtisek (11, with 8 assists), Jacob DeJong (8, with 6 rebounds), Max Evans (6), Mitchell Pike (6), and Isaac McIlroy (5, with 6 steals). The team was 6-for-9 from the foul line.

Wellsville was led by Maxwell Juslaniec, who scored 23 points. The team converted 13 of 20 foul shots.

"We're going to have to play better tomorrow night," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "We must have missed 7, 8 or 9 layups, and we fouled too much. Greene's a big team, so we need to rebound well and play better offensively."

The varsity consolation game, pitting Groton against Wellsville, tips off at 6 p.m.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 2-5 with a 32-30 victory over Wellsville in the tournament's opening round. The Senecas will play Groton for the JV title at 4:30 p.m. today, after the 3 p.m. consolation game between Wellsville and Greene.

Jacob Powers led the Senecas with 9 points, while Gavin Smith scored 7, Joseph Sutterby 6, Jacob Yontz 6, and David Kelly 4.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins' Isaac McIlroy takes the ball to the hoop. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: The Senecas' Owen Scholtisek goes past a Wellsville defender. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left:Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse goes high for a shot. Right: The Senecas' Mitchell Pike prepares to shoot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Max Evans is fouled. Right: The Senecas' Adam Pastore puts up a shot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Jacob DeJong passes the ball behind his back. It went to Max Evans, who scored, was fouled, and sank a free throw. Right: The Senecas' Cameron Holland.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins' Jacob Yontz drives with the ball. Right: The Senecas' Joseph Sutterby.

Odessa'Montour's BrettWalters dives at the start of the 200 Yard Freestyle race.

Prelims set stage for swim meet finale

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 4, 2020 -- The second annual Invitational in the Glen boys high school swim meet began Friday with preliminary races setting the stage for today's (Saturday's) finals.

Teams from around the region and state are competing, including the host Watkins Glen Senecas, Odessa-Montour, Chenango Valley, Corning, Ithaca, Shenendehowa, Horseheads, Maine-Endwell, Fairport, Johnson City, Susquehanna Valley, Lansing and Elmira.

The top eight finishers in each race Friday advanced to the A finals, with the next eight in the B finals, and the eight after that in the C finals.

The following swimmers from O-M placed in the top 16:

--Brett Walters, 12th in the 100 Free (54.63).
--O-M's 200 Free Relay team, 14th in 1:42.12 (Brett Walters, Justin Ruocco, Micah Brewster and Jacob Mayette).
--O-M's 400 Free Relay team, 11th in 3:52.79 (Jacob Mayette, Justin Ruocco, Micah Brewster and Brett Walters).

Diving will take place this morning, with the swimming finals in the afternoon.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Justin Andrews competes in the 200 Yard Freestyle.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Lane Roy competes in the 200 Yard Medley Relay.

Watkins Glen boys host hoop tournament

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 3, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen Boys Basketball Holiday Tournament for varsity and JV teams begins today (Friday) in the WGHS Field House.

JV teams will play at 3 and 4:30 p.m., while the varsity games are at 6 and 7:30. Greene and Groton start things off, with the WGHS junior varsity facing Wellsville at 4:30.

Greene and Groton varsity squads will square off at 6, with Watkins Glen facing Wellsville at 7:30.

Consolation and title games will be played Saturday with the same starting times.

Left: O-M's Grace Vondracek drives past a Dryden defender. Right: The Indians' JoLynn Minnier puts up a shot in traffic.

O-M girls rout Dryden; Gardner nets 26

ODESSA, Jan. 3, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team -- led by Sara Gardner's 26 points and Grace Vondracek's career-high 21 -- ended a four-game losing streak Thursday night with a 71-26 victory over Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Gardner, who scored 17 points in the first half as O-M built a 40-11 lead, hit six 3-pointers in the game. Vondracek, in addition to her 21 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and registered 5 steals.

Other points came from JoLynn Minnier (a career-high 13, with 18 rebounds), Mallory Rhodes (4), Autumn Garrison (4), Taylor Cain (2), and Tassia Garrison (1). The team was 8-for-17 from the foul line.

"We played very well tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We shot the ball well and were very active on the defensive end. The girls were very hungry for a win. It's been a while, and they went out and took care of business."

Dryden (1-6) was led by Lauren Gulini's 14 points. The team converted 2 of 6 free throws.

Odessa (5-4) returns to action Tuesday at home against Union Springs, which is in first place in the IAC North Small School division -- "a tough, young team that's gotten a lot better very quickly," said Gavich.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour improved to 8-1 with a 45-23 victory over Dryden. The Indians, who were ahead 23-6 at halftime, were led by Hannah Nolan's 16 points and Mackenze Cannon's 13. Tori Brewster added 9 points, Brittany Cain 3, Katie Adams 2, and Camille Sgrecci 2. The team was 3-for-11 from the foul line, while Dryden was 3-for-6.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Sara Gardner drives to the basket for two of her 26 points.
Bottom: The Indians' Mallory Rhodes brings the ball upcourt.

Left: O-M's Taylor Cain has her eyes on the basket. Right: The Indians' Tassia Garrison.

Left: O-M's Hannah Chapman launches a shot. Right: The Indians' Autumn Garrison.

Odessa-Montour's Cheianne Webster passes the ball in traffic.

And in the JV game:

Odessa-Montour's Camille Sgrecci launches a shot over a Dryden defender.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Reagan Reese, Brittany Cain and Hannah Nolan.

Odessa-Montour's Mackenzie Cannon (left) and Tori Brewster send shots on their way.

Athlete of the Week: O-M's Paden Grover

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 30, 2019 -- This week we honor a member of the Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week.

He is senior Paden Grover, who in the two-day Addison Holiday Tournament scored 42 points (30 in one game) and grabbed 25 rebounds as O-M split a pair of games, finishing as the tourney runnerup.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball's Aislinn Klemann, Drie Solomon, Max Evans and Owen Scholtisek; O-M basketball's Sara Gardner; Watkins Glen track's Gabe Planty, and OM/WG wrestling's Joshua Beckley.

Honorable Mention: Another 18 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.

Left: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson prepares to shoot. Right: The Senecas' Aislinn Klemann, named a tourney All-Star, poses with head coach Alicia Learn and assistant Bub Chaffee. (Photos provided)

Watkins girls fall to Onondaga in final

SYRACUSE, Dec. 30, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team's record slipped to 5-5 Sunday when the Senecas dropped a 51-42 decision to Onondaga High School in a Class C title game at the Hoops for Hospital Holiday Classic at Onondaga Community College.

Watkins Glen led 15-14 after one period, but trailed 32-25 at halftime and 39-34 entering the fourth period.

Aislinn Klemann led the Senecas in scoring with 14 points, giving her 25 for the two-day tourney and a spot on the All-Tournament team. Among her baskets were four 3-pointers.

Other points came from Kelsey Kernan (9), Carly Arnold (9), Abby Gibson (5), Jenna Solomon (3) and Drie Solomon (2). The team was 2-for-8 from the foul line.

Kernan led in rebounds with 8, while Jenna Solomon grabbed 5, Natalie Edmister 4, Drie Solomon 4, and Klemann 3. Arnold led in steals with 2, and Drie Solomon and Kernan in assists with 3 each.

The Senecas return to action Jan. 7 at home against Whitney Point.

Note: The 70-team Hoops for Hospital boys and girls Classic, with various brackets, raises funds for the Golisano Children's Hospital, Upstate Cancer Center, and Golisano Hospital of Rochester each year. It is organized by the More Than A Game Foundation.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Drie Solomon launches a free throw. (Photo provided)

The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team poses at the Hoops for Hospital Classic. (Photo provided)

O-M boys fall to Addison in tourney final

ADDISON, Dec. 29, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team dropped a 60-56 decision Saturday night to Addison in the title game of the Addison Holiday Tournament.

The Indians, now 2-6, led at halftime "but came out sluggish in the second half," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens. "However, the guys played hard and showed composure the whole time."

Paden Grover led the Indians with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Preston Harris scored 9 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and had 7 steals. Other points came from Ben Mathews (7), Devon Mahaney (6), Derrick Lewis (6), Deshawn Johnson (5, with 6 rebounds), Jared Rumsey (4), Cayden Confer (4), and Cameron Elliott (3).

The Indians return to action Friday at home against Trumansburg.

Left: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek drives. Right: The Senecas' Max Evans soars. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins boys race past Newark Valley

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 29, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team improved to 6-0 Saturday with a 67-35 victory over Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference makeup game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas led 13-11 after one period and 31-22 at halftime, and then pulled away with a 20-3 third period. They led 51-25 entering the fourth quarter.

"We played much better defense in the second half than in the first," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, who pointed to the play of Max Evans ("He was everywhere") and Owen Scholtisek, each of whom scored 16 points.

Other points came from Jacob DeJong (7), Mitchell Pike (6), Dylan Morse (5), Cameron Holland (4), Adam Pastore (4), Isaac McIlroy (4), Seamus Mooney (2), Alex Kranyk (2), and Silas Farrell (1). The team was 15-for-22 from the foul line.

DeJong led in rebounds with 9, while Evans grabbed 7. Morse had 4 assists, while Pike and Evans had 3 each. Evans, McIlroy and Scholtisek each had 2 steals.

"It was a good team effort," said Fazzary, "but it will be getting tougher" starting with the Watkins Glen Boys Holiday Basketball Tournament on Jan. 3 and 4 in the Field House. The Senecas will open at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Wellsville, who Fazzary said "has a real good player." And the other two teams in the tourney, Greene and Groton, "are both pretty good."

Junior Varsity: Newark Valley defeated Watkins Glen, 47-42. The Senecas (1-5) were led by Bryce Cady's 13 points, 12 by Joseph Sutterby, and 11 by Jacob Powers. Gavin Smith added 4 points, while Jacob Yontz scored 2.

Photos in text:

Top:
Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse goes up for a shot. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: The Senecas' Owen Scholtisek is fouled as he shoots.

Left: Watkins Glen's Mitchell Pike drives to the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right: The Senecas' Isaac McIlroy prepares to pass the ball to an open teammate.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jacob DeJong prepares to shoot over a Newark Valley defender. Right: Among the fans on hand: WGHS grad and Corning Community College basketball standout Hannah Morse.

Left: Watkins Glen's Cameron Holland drives to the hoop for two points. Right: The Senecas' Mitchell Pike attempts a shot under the basket.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Jacob Yontz (3) moves the ball (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right: The Senecas' Joseph Sutterby drives to the basket.

O-M girls lose tourney consolation game

BATH, Dec. 29, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team's record slipped to 4-4 Saturday evening when the Indians dropped a 48-32 decision to Penn Yan in the consolation game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Christmas Tournament at Bath Haverling High School.

"We really left a lot on the floor last night (in an overtme first-round loss to Bath) and didn't have much left in the tank tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich.

Penn Yan (6-3) built a 23-10 halftime lead. O-M trimmed the deficit to seven points in the third quarter, but got no closer.

Grace Vondracek led Odessa scorers with 11 points, and grabbed 6 rebounds. Sara Gardner (an All-Tournament pick) scored 10 points, Kara Reese 3, Autumn Garrison 3, Taylor Cain 3, and Mallory Rhodes 2.

The Indians return to action Jan. 2 at home against Dryden.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour (7-1) won the tourney title, defeating Penn Yan in the final, 37-31. Hannah Nolan scored 14 points and was named the MVP. Mackenzie Cannon scored 11 points and was named to the All-Tournament team.

WG girls top Phoenix in tourney opener

NEDROW, NY,, Dec. 29, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team improved to 5-4 on the season Saturday with a 49-42 victory over Phoenix in the opening round of the 10th annual Hoops for Hospital Holiday Classic at Onondaga High School.

The Senecas, in their third game in three days, took a 12-6 first-quarter lead and were up 24-13 at halftime. The lead entering the fourth quarter was 37-25.

Aislinn Klemann led Watkins in scoring with 11 points that included three 3-pointers. Other points came from Kelsey Kernan (8), Natalie Edmister (7), Mattie Yontz (6), Abby Gibson (5), Drie Solomon (5), Ali LaMoreaux (5) and Jenna Solomon (2). The team was 5-for-13 from the foul line.

Kernan and Edmister each grabbed 6 rebounds, while Yontz and Gibson registered 5 each, Jenna Solomon 4, Amanda Wilbur 3, and Drie Solomon 3.

Phoenix stayed close on free-throw shooting, converting 17 of 29 attempts.

The Senecas play for the tourney's Group 5 (Class C) title today (Sunday) against Onondaga High School at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena.

The 70-team event, with various brackets, raises funds for the Golisano Children's Hospital, Upstate Cancer Center, and Golisano Hospital of Rochester each year. It is organized by the More Than A Game Foundation.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann passes the ball. (Photo provided)

Planty wins 1000 Meter Run at Cortland

CORTLAND, Dec. 29, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen/Dryden high school Indoor Track team competed Saturday at the Winter Classic at SUNY Cortland. A small roster (various members were on holiday vacation) posted the following Top 6 finishes.

--Gabe Planty won the 1000 Meter Run in 2:41.33.
--Matt Wood placed third in the 1000 Meters in 2:47.62
--Boyd Barber placed sixth in the Shot Put with a throw of 33' 1".
--Ryleigh Clark, practicing with the WG/Dundee squad from Spencer-Van Etten, placed second in the Triple Jump (33' 1.5"), third in the Long Jump (15' 8"), and sixth in the 55 Meter Dash (8.14 seconds).

The squad returns to action at Cornell University next Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

OM/WG wrestlers go 2-3 at Cody Duals

BINGHAMTON, Dec. 29, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team won two of five matches Saturday at the Mark Cody Duals in Binghamton.

The squad defeated Binghamton Seton Catholic, 36-28, and Maine-Endwell, 46-28. It lost to Vestal, 66-12; Sidney, 42-31, and Whitney Point, 42-36.

OM/WG's Joshua Beckley won three times, twice at 182 pounds and once at 195, by decision once and by pin twice. Tristan Harrington won twice at 220 pounds, by major decision and by pin.

Single wins were posted by Braiden Ventra at 170 (a 10-3 decision), Dominick Fazzary at 145 (a pin in 3:08), Joe Sweet at 285 (a pin in 1:03), Brandon Davis at 113 (a 5-4 decision), and Jaden Smith at 138 (a major decision).

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 2

3rd-4th Grade Results:

Sporting Goods 16, Curly's 4.
Sporting Goods: Lean Lagramada 10, Konnor Madorsky 2, Emmitt Presutti 2, Ava Stackhouse 2.
Curly's: Zack Brusso 2, Grayson Robertson 2.

Maguire's 20, Famous Brands 16.
Maguire's: Nick Sorce Jr. 10, Kane Peters 6, Ethan Crane 2, John Tremblay 2.
Famous Brands: Dominic Lewis 12, Nicolai Holmes 4.

Standings:

Maguire's 2-0
Watkins Sporting Goods 1-1
Curly's Family Restaurant 1-1
Famous Brands 0-2

5th-6th Grade Results:

Watkins Glen Supply 38, VanSkiver Motors 26.
WG Supply: Dominic Gould 14, Nolan Reynolds 10, Zander Featherman 8, Brooklyn Thompson 6.
VanSkiver's: James Sora 20, Natalie VanSkiver 4, Kali Madorsky 2.

Seneca Lodge 24, Capt. Bill's 14.
Seneca Lodge: Jax Decker 10, Caleb J. Bresett 6, Emma Cady 4, Bryce Bockelkamp 2, Trinity Depree 2.
Capt. Bill's: Cayden Lagramada 6, Grace Underdown 4, Logan Bills 4.

Standings:

Seneca Lodge 2-0
Watkins Glen Supply 2-0
VanSkiver Motors 0-2
Capt. Bill's 0-2

O-M girls fall to Bath in tourney opener

BATH, Dec. 28, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team lost 53-49 in overtime Friday to Bath in the opening round of the two-day Coaches vs. Cancer Christmas Tournament at Bath Haverling High School.

The Indians (now 4-3) will face Penn Yan at 5:30 p.m. today (Saturday) in the tourney consolation game. Wellsville and Bath (6-2) will meet in the title game.

Odessa led 20-15 after one period, and 27-25 at halftime. The game was tied 38-38 entering the fourth period. Bath scored first in the overtime and led the rest of the way.

"We were 5-for-15 at the foul line," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "and 2-for-8 in the fourth quarter and overtime while they were 7-for-10. There's the difference in the game."

Kara Reese led O-M scorers with 17 points, all in the first half, while Sara Gardner scored 16. JoLynn Minnier added 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Grace Vondracek had 4 points and 8 rebounds, Autumn Garrison 4 points and 5 rebounds, Mallory Rhodes 2 points, and Jessica Carnes 1 point.

"That's probably as well as we have played all season," said Gavich. "Bath is a quality team and they showed that tonight and had an answer for everything we threw at them. We made a lot of great plays; we just needed to make one or two more, but it wasn't meant to be. The kids gave everything they had, and I can't ask for any more than that. It was a really well played, entertaining game for the folks in the stands."

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Bath 38-24 to advance to the JV title game today (Saturday) at 3:45 p.m. against Penn Yan. Hannah Nolan led the Indians with 23 points.

Left: Watkins Glen's Drie Solomon drives toward the basket againsat the Moravec twins, Katie (3) and Kelly (00). Right: The Senecas' Natalie Edmister shoots. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Newfield girls rally to edge Watkins Glen in Wilson Tournament title game, 40-38

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 28, 2019 -- The Newfield High School girls varsity basketball team overcame a 9-point third-quarter deficit and held off Watkins Glen down the stretch to claim the championship of the annual Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Holiday Tournament at the WGHS Field House, 40-38.

"It was exciting, but not in a pretty way," said Newfield Coach Brandon Steinorth, whose squad is now 8-0. "We had to work for it, but I think that's a good thing."

The game was one of shifting fortunes, with Newfield taking a 10-5 lead in the first quarter, only to see Watkins Glen (now 4-4) rally for a 20-16 halftime advantage. The Senecas extended the lead to nine points, 29-20, with 3:30 remaining in the third quarter.

But Newfield went on a run, outscoring the Senecas 15-2. They took the lead with 5:45 remaining in the game, 30-29, before the Senecas regained it 31-30 on a layup by Amanda Wilbur at 4:21. The Trojans knotted the game with a free throw at 3:28, and took the lead 33-31 with 2:01 remaining, adding two more points with 39.5 seconds left in the game.

Watkins' Abby Gibson sank a floater and a foul shot to cut the deficit to one point, 35-34, with 32.4 seconds to go. Then two Newfield foul shots at 30.6 seconds made it 37-34.

Both sides missed a pair of free throws, Watkins Glen at 24.3 seconds, and Newfield at 23 seconds. Then Watkins Glen's Drie Solomon sank a shot with 15 seconds left (37-36), Newfield's Maura Wood-Ellis sank two free throws at 12.8 seconds (39-36), and Watkins' Jenna Solomon sank a layup with 6 seconds to go (39-38).

Newfield sank a free throw with 5.8 seconds to go -- but missed the second, and Drie Solomon rebounded for the Senecas and raced upcourt, launching a half-court shot just before time expired. It was off the mark, though, a somewhat anticlimactic finish to a highly charged game.

"It was kind of helter skelter out there," said Newfield's Coach Steinorth, whose team missed a raft of layups -- almost all of them contested by Watkins' tenacious defense. When asked how many his players missed, he smiled ruefully. "I won't know until I look at the video, but it was between 12 and 30."

Drie Solomon led the Senecas in scoring with 8 points, while Gibson registered 7, Carly Arnold 6, Aislinn Klemann 5, Kelsey Kernan 4, Natalie Edmister 3, Jenna Solomon 3, and Amanda Wilbur 2. The team was 4-for-11 from the foul line.

Drie Solomon led in rebounds with 10, while Edmister grabbed 7, Jenna Solomon 6, and Gibson and Kernan 3 each. Drie Solomon also led in assists (5) and steals (5).

Katie Moravec led Newfield with 16 points, while her sister Kelly scored 11, Jenna Goodwin 9, and Maura Wood-Ellis 4. The team converted 17 of 30 free throws.

All-Tourney: Watkins Glen's Drie Solomon was named to the All-Tournament Team, while Newfield's Katie Moravec was named tourney MVP.

Varsity Consolation Game: Homer defeated Clyde-Savannah 66-45.

Junior Varsity: Homer defeated Edison 37-25 to claim the tourney JV crown. Watkins Glen (2-6) won the consolation game, defeating Newfield 36-34.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold, right, and Newfield's Kelly Moravec chase a loose ball.

Second: The Senecas' Mattie Yontz, right, and Newfield's Kelly Moravec fight for a rebound, secured by Yontz.

Third: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur puts up a shot in the fourth quarter.

Bottom: The Senecas' Abby Gibson, left, moves the ball against some tight defense. (Photo by Don Romeo)

The Newfield team poses with members of the Wilson family. The tournament is in memory of Melissa Wilson, who died in an auto accident after a 1990s high school career that included playing basketball in the 7th through 12th grades. (Photo by Don Romeo)

The Watkins Glen team poses after finishing second in the Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Holiday Tournament. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins' Carly Arnold (foreground) battles for the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo) Right: The Senecas' Jenna Solomon goes up for a shot.

From left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann and Kelsey Kernan shoot; and the Senecas' Drie Solomon launches the game's final shot.

Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson, left, and Natalie Edmister put up shots against Newfield.

And in the JV game:

Watkins Glen's Lilly Ameigh, left photo, and Molly Coolican drive to the basket.

O-M boys top C-S in tourney semi, 73-58

ADDISON, Dec. 28, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team -- behind Paden Grover's 30 points and 15 rebounds -- defeated Campbell-Savona 73-58 Friday night in the opening round of the Addison Holiday Turnament in the Addison High School gym.

The Indians, now 2-5, trailed by three points at halftime before overtaking C-S and pulling away for the victory.

"Campbell is a very good shooting team," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens, "and Deshawn Johnson and Ben Mathews shut down their shooters completely in the second half."

Scoring in additon to Grover were Jared Rumsey (11 points and 5 rebounds), Cayden Confer (8 points and 11 rebounds), Johnson (6 points and 9 rebounds), Cameron Elliott (6 points), Preston Harris (5 points and 7 steals), Devon Mahaney (5 points and 6 rebounds), and Derrick Lewis (2 points).

O-M will play Addison in the tournament final, scheduled for tonight (Saturday) at 7:15 p.m.

Watkins girls top Clyde-Savannah, 60-45, advance to tourney final against Newfield

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 27, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team got double-digit scoring from four players Thursday night en route to a 60-45 non-league victory over Clyde-Savannah in the opening round of the annual Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Holiday Tournament in the WGHS Field House.

The victory sends the Senecas into the title game tonight (Friday) against Newfield, which advanced Thursday with a 63-44 win over Homer. Newfield is now 7-0. Watkins Glen is 4-3.

Aislinn Klemann led Watkins in scoring with 13 points, including four 3-pointers, while Abby Gibson (two 3's) and Kelsey Kernan each registered 12 points. Carly Arnold joined them in double figures with 10 points, including one 3-pointer.

Other points came from Drie Solomon (6), Natalie Edmister (4), Jenna Solomon (2), and Mattie Yontz (1). The team was 3-for-12 from the foul line.

Kernan and Jenna Solomon led in rebounds with 9 each, while Drie Solomon grabbed 6, Klemann 5, Arnold 4, and Yontz 3.

The Senecas struggled in the first half thanks to foul trouble, leading at intermission 17-16. Watkins was called for 15 first-half fouls to Clyde-Savannah's 5. But the Senecas pulled away with a 17-7 third period that saw Klemann hit a pair of 3-pointers, and Gibson hit one. They then outscored C-S 16-12 down the stretch.

Clyde-Savannah was led by Tayler Sharp's 19 points, and 18 by Jaida Larsen. They converted 19 of 39 free throws.

The championship game is schedued for a 7 p.m. tipoff.

In the other semifinal: Newfield raced out to a 30-4 lead on Homer, which it had defeated by a single point in the season opener. Homer got no closer than 16 after that. Newfield's Moravec twins, Kelly and Katie, scored 19 and 20 points, respectively, while Jenna Goodwin added 15.

In the Junior Varsity contests: Homer defeated Newfield and will play Elimra Heights Edison for the tourney JV crown. Edison defeated Watkins Glen 31-23. The Senecas were led by Lilly Ameigh's 8 points, and 7 by Breanna Pierce.

The Watkins Glen-Newfield consolation JV game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. today, with the title game to immediately follow.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Drie Solomon prepares to shoot.

Middle: The Senecas' Carly Arnold drives toward the hoop.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan battles a Clyde-Savannah player for the tipoff. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Mattie Yontz (10) shoots in heavy traffic. Right: The Senecas' Aislinn Klemann drives with the ball. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan shoots. Right: The Senecas' Jenna Solomon takes the ball to the basket.

Left: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson shoots. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Wilbur moves past a Clyde-Savannah defender.

Left: Watkins Glen's Natalie Edmister drives to the basket. Right: The Senecas' Drie Solomon fights for a rebound. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn displays one of the Christmas presents her team gave her before their game. Right: The Senecas' Aislinn Klemann unleashes a shot.

Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson (left photo) and Carly Arnold drive to the basket. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Awaiting the Senecas:

Newfield's Moravec twins, Katie (3) and Kelly (00), combined for 39 points in the Trojans' win over Homer.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins' Brenna Pierce shoots. Right: The Senecas' Lilly Ameigh launches a shot.

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Holiday basketball tournaments on tap

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 27, 2019 -- Holiday basketball tournaments abound.

The annual Melissa B. Wilson Memorial girls basketball tournament is being held in the Watkins Glen High School Field House. It started Thursday, Dec. 26 and concludes tonight (Friday, Dec. 27.)

Varsity competition features the host Senecas along with Homer, Newfield and Clyde-Savannah. JV games feature WGHS, Homer, Newfield and Edison.

On Thursday, JV games were scheduled for 1 and 3 p.m., with WGHS playing Edison at 3 p.m. Varsity games were scheduled for 5 and 7 p.m., with WGHS facing Clyde-Savannah at 7 p.m.

Junior varsity and varsity consolation and championship games are today (Friday) at 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m.

In the JV portion of the tournament, Edison and Homer will play for the title after victories Thursday. In the varsity portion of the tournament, Newfield and Watkins Glen will play for the championship.

The price of admission: $5 per day or $8 for both days for adults, and $2 for students/senior citizens each day.

WGHS Boys: The Watkins Glen boys will host their tournament after the new Year, on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 3-4. Both the JV and varsity competition features Watkins Glen, Greene, Groton and Wellsville.

Games each day are scheduled (JV for the first two games) at 3:00, 4:30, 6 and 7:30 p.m. The WGHS JV will play Wellsville on Jan. 3 at 4:30 p.m., while the varsity plays Wellsville at 7:30 p.m.

Junior varsity and varsity consolations and title games will be played Saturday.

The price of admission: $5 per day or $8 for both days for adults, and $3 per day or $5 both days for students.

O-M teams: The Odessa-Montour boys and girls junior varsity and varsity basketball teams will be competing in holiday tournaments today (Friday) and Saturday, Dec. 27 and 28.

The O-M boys will be playing at Addison High School in a tournament featuring Addison and Campbell-Savona. The girls will be playing at Bath Haverling in a Coaches vs. Cancer Christmas Tournament featuring Penn Yan, Wellsville and Bath.

Odessa-Montour girls fall to Candor

CANDOR, Dec. 24, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team -- leading 22-10 through one quarter -- fell to Candor 50-47 Monday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Candor gym.

O-M, now 4-2 after losing two straight, had a 10-point lead, 32-22, at the half, but was outscored 14-2 in the third quarter to fall behind 36-34.

"We gave up two turnovers that turned into layups for Candor right at the end of the first half, and that momentum really carried over into that disastrous third quarter," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich.

O-M was down 43-38 with 3:10 left, and trimmed the deficit to a point, 45-44, on a 3-pointer by Sara Gardner and a basket by Kara Reese -- and then took the lead 47-46 with a pair of Gardner free throws with 53.8 seconds remaining.

"We defended the next possession well," said Gavich, "and forced an airball, which went right to Braelyn Hornick for them for a layup and the lead for good.

"We turned it over way too much tonight, and that cost us the game."

Gardner led Odessa with 14 points, while Reese scored 11, Jessica Carnes 8, Autumn Garrison 6, JoLynn Minnier 4, Taylor Cain 2, and Mallory Rhodes 2.

Jenna Kareem led Candor with 25 points.

The Indians return to action at the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament Friday and Saturday at Bath Haverling High School.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Candor 46-21 to improve to 5-1. Mackenzie Cannon led O-M with 19 points, including five 3-pointers. Hannah Nolan added 15 points.

Athlete of the Week: WG's Nick Wilston

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 23, 2019 -- This week we honor a track-and-field competitor as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week.

He is Watkins Glen High School's Nick Wilston, who placed first in the Triple Jump at the Quinney Invitational Indoor Track Meet at SUNY Cortland with a school record of 40' 6.5" and second in the Long Jump with a leap of 19' 7.5".

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball's Isaac McIlroy, Max Evans and Aislinn Klemann; Odessa-Montour basketball's Grace Vondracek and JoLynn Minnier; and Watkins Glen bowler Matt Irwin.

Honorable Mention: Another 33 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 1

3rd-4th Grade Results:

Curly's 14, Famous Brands 12
Curly's -- Zack Brusso 6, Austin Karius 6, Samantha Austic 2
Famous Brands -- Dominic Lewis 12

Maguire's 20, Watkins Sporting Goods 14
Maguire's -- Isaak Willett 10, Nick Sorce Jr. 8, Kane Peters 2
Sporting Goods -- Lean Lagramada 14

Standings:

Curly's Family Restaurant 1-0
Maguire's 1-0
Famous Brands 0-1
Watkins Sporting Goods 0-1

5th-6th Grade Results:

Seneca Lodge 19, VanSkiver Motors 14
Seneca Lodge -- Jax Decker 9, Ryan Hallenbeck 4, Bryce Bockelkamp 4, Emma Cady 2
VanSkiver's -- James Sora 6, Jason Scholtisek 4, Kali Madorsky 2, Natalie VanSkiver 2

W.G. Supply 16, Capt. Bill's 12
W.G. Supply -- Jade Santos 6, Dominic Gould 2, Carter Presutti 2, Nolan Reynolds 2, Zander Featherman 2, Brooklyn Thompson 2.
Capt. Bill's -- Cayden Lagramada 6, Bradley Edminister 4, Logan Bills 2.

Standings:

Seneca Lodge 1-0
Watkins Glen Supply 1-0
VanSkiver Motors 0-1
Capt. Bill's 0-1

Watkins Glen's Max Evans drives to the basket for two of his game-high 16 points.

Watkins boys cruise past Addison, 67-31

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 22, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team improved to 5-0 Saturday night with a 67-31 victory over Addison in a non-league game in the WGHS Field House.

"Our defense was terrific for the most part," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, "not allowing double-digit scoring by Addison in any quarter.

"The defense, along with our rebounding and transition play, won the game. Of our 67 points, I bet you 40 were off our steals, rebounds, and transition offense."

The Senecas led 9-0 on the way to a first-quarter 21-8 advantage, and were up 36-17 at halftime. The score entering the fourth quarter was 44-24, and from there Watkins outscored the Knights 23-7.

Max Evans led Watkins Glen scorers with 16 points (14 in the first half), while Isaac McIlroy scored 12 points, Cameron Holland 9, Dylan Morse 9, Seamus Mooney 8, Alex Kranyk 7, Owen Scholtisek 4, and Bryce Kelly 2. The team converted 3 of 4 free throws.

Evans led in rebounds with 10, while Mooney grabbed 7 and Scholtisek 4. Mitchell Pike and Morse led in assists with 3 each, while Mooney led in steals with 4. Scholtisek, McIlroy and Evans registered 3 steals apiece.

John Stierly led Addison with 8 points. The team was 6-for-11 from the foul line.

The Senecas return to action Saturday afternoon, Dec. 28, with a makeup game against Newark Valley at the Field House.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen won its first game of the season, defeating Addison 34-27. The Senecas (now 1-4) were led by Jacob Yontz and Jacob Powers, each with 8 points. Other points came from Joseph Sutterby (6), Gavin Smith (6), Bryce Cady (4) and David Kelly (2).

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins' Owen Scholtisek works his way through Addison defenders for a shot.
Bottom: The Senecas applied a tight defense on Addison. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy drives to the basket. Right: The Senecas' Mitchell Pike shoots. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Bryce Kelly shoots. Right: The Senecas' Seamus Mooney prepares to put up a shot for two of his eight points.

Left: Some of the students on hand to cheer on the Senecas. Right: WGHS grads Jena Slater (left, who is playing basketball at Clarks Summit University), and Lexi Castellaneta (a gymnast at Brockport State) were on hand at Saturday night's game.

Left: Watkins Glen's Cameron Holland launches a shot. Right: The Senecas' Owen Scholtisek is tied up by an Addison player. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse glides to the basket in first-half action against Addison.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Jacob Yontz takes aim. Right: The Senecas' Jacob Powers drives to the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Quinney meet: 2 school records for locals

CORTLAND, Dec. 22, 2019 -- Members of the combined Watkins Glen/Dundee Indoor Track team competed Saturday at the Quinney Invitational at SUNY Cortland.

Two of its members came home with new school records.

Top 6 place finishers included:

Boys:

--Matt Wood -- had a PR (personal record) in the 3200 Meter Run in 10:09.61, placing 1st and setting a new combined WG/Dundee record and Dundee record. He also placed 2nd in the 1600 Meters with a 4:51.7.

--Nick Wilston -- had a PR in the Triple Jump, setting a new Combined Team record and WG record with his 1st-place jump of 40' 6.5". He also placed 2nd in the Long Jump with a 19' 7.5" leap.

--Gabe Planty -- placed 3rd in the 600 Meter Run with a time of 1:30.54.

--Sam Thorsland -- placed 4th in the 1000 Meter Run with a time of 2:57.78.

--Boyd Barber -- placed 4th in the Shot Put at 33' 4".

--Johnny VanScoyk -- placed 6th in the 3200 Meter Run with a time of 11:45.08.

Girls

--Madelyn Suddaby -- Placed 4th in the Triple Jump with a 27' 1/2" jump.

--Breanna Carl -- Placed 5th in the 1000 Meter Run at 3:51.39.

--Ryliegh Clark (SVE, training with WG/Dundee) -- Placed 1st in the Triple Jump at 32' 5". She also placed 2nd in the Long Jump at 15' 1" and 5th in the 55 Meter Dash with a time of 8.11.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to Newfield

NEWFIELD, Dec. 21, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 1-5 Friday night when the Indians dropped an 84-33 decision to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Newfield gym.

"Newfield is a very good team," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens, "but our guys just looked sluggish tonight. We had five guys sick with various illnesses and it showed in our effort. I'm hopeful that with some rest and practice time we will be ready for our tournament in Addison next weekend."

Preston Harris led O-M scorers with 10 points, while Deshawn Johnson and Derrick Lewis notched 5 apiece, Jared Rumsey 4, Cameron Elliott 3, and Paden Grover, Cayden Confer and Devon Mahaney 2 each.

Odessa girls lose to Newfield, 52-36

ODESSA, Dec. 21, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team sustained its first loss of the season Friday night, falling to unbeaten Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Odessa (4-1) trailed Newfield 15-9 after one quarter, 24-14 at halftime, and 38-24 entering the fourth period.

"We did everything well tonight except put the ball in the basket," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We must have missed 10 layups. If we convert on those, then it's a ball game."

Grace Vondracek led Odessa scorers with 11 points, and grabbed 8 rebounds. JoLynn Minnier scored 8 points and registered 16 rebounds. Sara Gardner added 8 points, Kara Reese 6, and Autumn Garrison 3.

"JoLynn was an absolute beast on the boards and on helpside defense," said Gavich, "and the entire effort by the team was outstanding. Our execution with the ball just wasn't good enough."

Newfield (5-0) was led by Jenna Goodwin's 17 points. Kelly Moravec added 12 points, and Katie Moravec 11.

O-M returns to action Monday at Candor.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour (4-1) built a 30-4 lead and cruised past Newfield, 51-21. Hannah Nolan led the Indians with 21 points, while Tori Brewster notched 11 points, and Mackenzie Cannon 10.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's JoLynn Minnier is fouled as she attempts a shot near the hoop.
Bottom: O-M's Grace Vondracek prepares to shoot.

Left: O-M's Autumn Garrison drives to the basket in traffic. Right: Odessa's Kara Reese maneuvers around a Newfield defender.

Left: Odessa-Montou's Mallory Rhodes sends a shot on its way. Right: The Indians' Sara Gardner shoots.

And in the JV game:

Left: Odessa-Montour's Hannah Nolan maneuvers toward the basket. Right: The Indians' Mackenzie Cannon shoots from 3-point range.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Camille Sgrecci prepares to shoot. Right: The Indians' Tori Brewster moves the ball upcourt.

Watkins boys roll past Notre Dame, 67-32

SOUTHPORT, Dec. 21, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team improved to 4-0 Friday night with a 67-32 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory over Elmira Notre Dame in the ND gym.

The Senecas led 26-9 after one period, 43-15 at halftime, and 57-22 entering the fourth quarter.

Isaac McIlroy led Watkins with 20 points, while Mitch Pike scored 12, Owen Scholtisek 8, Max Evans 7, Jacob DeJong 5, Alex Kranyk and Bryce Kelly 4 each, Dylan Morse 3, and Seamus Mooney and Cameron Holland 2 apiece. The team was 3-for-8 from the foul line.

McIlroy, Evans and DeJong grabbed 7 rebounds each, while Holland had 6. Scholtisek led in assists with 6, and McIlroy in steals with 3. Pike and Kelly each registered 2 blocks.

Joseph Sheehan led Notre Dame with 12 points. The Crusaders were 7-for-17 from the foul line.

"We came out of the gate blazing," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, whose team hit six 3-pointers in the first quarter, three more in the second period, and 10 overall. McIlroy had four of them, and Pike three.

The Senecas return to action tonight (Saturday) at home against Addison.

Junior Varsity: Notre Dame defeated Watkins Glen, 49-35. The Senecas (0-4) were led by Jacob Yontz, who scored 11 points. David Kelly added 8 points, Jacob Powers 6, Gavin Smith 5, Joseph Sutterby 4, and Bryce Cady 2.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy (File photo)

Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann shoots from beyond the 3-point arc.

Watkins Glen girls fall to ND, 52-46

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 21, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team rallied from an early 10-1 deficit Friday night to lead 36-35 entering the final quarter, but dropped a 52-46 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas, down 15-8 after one period and 23-18 at halftime, outscored the Crusaders 18-12 in the third quarter, but were outscored down the stretch 17-10 as their season record evened at 3-3.

Aislinn Klemann led Watkins scorers with 11 points that included three 3-pointers. Abby Gibson added 9 points, Carly Arnold 7, Drie Solomon and Kelsey Kernan 6 each, Ali LaMoreaux 3, and Mattie Yontz and Jenna Solomon 2 apiece. The team was 9-for-12 from the foul line.

Drie Solomon led in rebounds with 10 and assists with 4. Kernan grabbed 6 rebounds, Jenna Solomon 5, and Arnold 4.

Notre Dame was led by Taylor Van Dine's 14 points. The Crusaders converted 12 of 21 free throws.

Watkins Glen returns to action on Dec. 26-27 when it hosts the annual Melissa Wilson Memorial Tournament in the Field House. Other teams will include Homer, Newfield and Clyde-Savannah.

Junior Varsity: Notre Dame defeated Watkins Glen, 38-11. The Senecas are now 1-5.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan (12) and Carly Arnold battle Notre Dame players for control of a rebound.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold, right, and Ali LaMoreaux fight a Notre Dame player for possession of a loose ball. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Drie Solomon passes the ball. Right: The Senecas' Abby Gibson drives past a Notre Dame defender.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Brenna Pierce (22). Right: The Senecas' Molly Coolican (1).

Watkins girls fall to Newark Valley, 71-34

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 20, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team's record slipped to 3-2 Thursday night when the Senecas dropped a 71-34 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the NV gym.

The Cardinals (5-0) raced out to a 27-13 lead in the first quarter, and led Watkins 33-20 at halftime and 52-30 entering the final period.

Aislinn Klemann led Watkins Glen with 12 points, while Drie Solomon scored 9. Other points came from Kelsey Kernan (5), Carly Arnold (5), Ali LaMoreaux (2), and Abby Gibson (1).

Arnold led the team in rebounds with 6, while Klemann grabbed 5. The team converted 3 of 6 free throws.

The Senecas return to action tonight (Friday) at home against Elmira Notre Dame.

Junior Varsity: Newark Valley defeated Watkins Glen, 54-20. The Senecas are 1-4.

Watkins swimmers defeat Dryden, 91-60

DRYDEN, Dec. 20, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team posted its first victory of the season Thursday, defeating Dryden 91-60 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Dryden pool.

Wins for Watkins Glen (now 1-3) came in the following races:

200 Medley Relay: Jordan Avery, Daine Butler, Scott Brubaker, Lane Roy (3:18.47).
200 Individual Medley: Liam Smith (2:42.60).
50 Free: Jordan Avery (29.23).
Diving: Colby Thurston (112.5)
100 Fly: Scott Brubaker (1:21.53).
100 Free: Daine Butler (1:01.80).
500 Free: Liam Smith (6:59.97).
100 Back: Lane Roy (1:26.00).

Individual second-place finishes were posted by: Owen Bingham in the 200 Free and 500 Free; Colby Thurston in the 50 Free; and Jordan Avery in the 100 Back.

The Senecas will return to action after the holiday break, on Jan. 3.

Bowling: Watkins girls top NV; boys lose

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 20, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity bowling team posted a 3-1 victory Thursday over Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Cardinal Lanes. The Watkins boys team fell to NV, 4-0.

Girls: Watkins Glen lost the first game, 580-576, but won the second and third games and total pinfall, 1806-1630. Alyiah Clink-Bentley led the Senecas with a 449 series, while Makenzie Kellogg posted a 367 and Ava Cowan a 366.

Boys: Watkins lost all three games by a combined 2781-2168. Matt Irwin led the Senecas with a 549 series that included a 222 game, while Caleb Smith posted a 501 and R.J. Bannon a 493.

The Senecas return to action on Jan. 7 on the road against Elmira Notre Dame.

Odessa-Montour's Preston Harris prepares to send a shot on its way in traffic.

O-M boys fall to Candor, 66-38; now 1-4

ODESSA, Dec. 19, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 1-4 Wednesday night with a 66-38 Interscholastic Athletic Conference loss to Candor in the O-M gym.

Odessa fell behind early, trailing 18-8 after one quarter, and never got closer than six points, at 18-12. Candor went on a 16-2 run at that point, building a 34-14 lead on the way to a halftime advantage of 34-19.

Candor outscored O-M 12-10 in the third period, and then 20-9 in the final quarter.

Derrick Lewis led Odessa-Montour with 8 points, while Paden Grover scored 6, Preston Harris 6, Cayden Confer 5, Devon Mahaney 5, Deshawn Johnson 5, and Cameron Elliott 3. The team was 1-for-10 from the foul line.

Candor was led by Alexander Doucett's 17 points, and 14 each by Kolden Foster and Daniel Thomas. The team converted 6 of 14 free throws.

O-M returns to action Friday at Newfield.

Photo in text: O-M's Derrick Lewis makes a move to the basket against Candor.

Left: Odessa's Deshawn Johnson drives to the hoop. Right: O-M's Ben Mathews drives.

Left: O-M's Cayden Confer at the free-throw line. Right: O-M's Devon Mahaney shoots.

Left: Some of the fans at the game. Right: O-M's Paden Grover prepares to shoot.

OM/WG wrestlers lose to Groton, 42-39

GROTON, Dec. 19, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity wrestling team dropped a 42-39 decision Wednesday evening to Groton in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Groton gym.

Odessa got competitive wins from:

--Kadin Burnham, a pin in 3:17 at 120 pounds.
--Dominick Fazzary, a 9-2 decision at 145 pounds.
--Braiden Ventra, a pin in 5:04 at 182 pounds.
--Tristan Harrington, a pin in 4:17 at 220 pounds.

O-M also claimed forfeit victories at 106, 170 and 195 pounds.

The Indians return to action Saturday, Dec. 28 at the Mark Cody Duals at Binghamton High School.

O-M swimmers fall to Southern Cayuga

AURORA, Dec. 19, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team dropped a 54-40 decision Wednesday to Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the SC pool.

Victories for O-M came in the following races:

100 Yard Freestyle: Brett Walters (56.88).
400 Freestyle Relay: Jacob Mayette, Micah Brewster, Justin Ruocco, Evan Underdown (4:20.76).

Individual second-place finishes for Odessa were posted by Jon Spencer in the 200 IM, Caleb Thomas in the 50 Free, Jacob Mayette in the 100 Fly, Justin Ruocco in the 100 Back, and Brock Sgrecci in the 100 Breaststroke.

The Indians return to action Jan. 7 at Lansing.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Jared Rumsey, Cameron Elliott and Devon Mahaney.

O-M boys fall to Bradford, slip to 1-3

ODESSA, Dec. 17, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team -- beset by turnovers and fouls -- dropped a 67-55 decision Monday night to Bradford in a non-league game in the O-M gym.

"We dug ourselves a big hole early, and never recovered," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens, whose team started with man-to-man defense but switched to zone because "the Man D didn't show up tonight." Pressure by Bradford forced numerous O-M turnovers in the first half.

Full-court pressure by Odessa late in the game "was semi-successful," said Stephens, whose squad got no closer than seven points down the stretch.

Bradford (4-2) led 18-13 after one period, and 30-25 at halftime, three points of its lead trimmed on a long buzzer beater by O-M's Cameron Elliott. But after the Indians closed to within four points twice in the third quarter, Bradford surged ahead by 12 points, 46-24, entering the final period.

Free throws played a crucial role. O-M (now 1-3) was called for fouls 26 times to Bradford's 15. Bradford converted 29 of 35 foul shots, while O-M converted just 8 of 16.

Bradford's Blai Crespo led all scorers with 25 points, mostly on floaters from the side and from free throws. Jordan Sutryk scored 19 points.

Odessa's top scorer was Preston Harris, with 12 points. Other points came from Paden Grover (10), Derrick Lewis (9), Devon Mahaney (8), Cameron Elliott (6), Cayden Confer (5), Deshawn Johnson (2), Ben Mathews (2), and Jared Rumsey (1).

The Indians return to action tonight (Tuesday) at home against Candor.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Preston Harris prepares to shoot in traffic.
Bottom: The Indians' Cayden Confer takes the ball to the hoop.

Left: O-M's Paden Grover finds his shot attempt obstructed. Right: The Indians' Deshawn Johnson drives to the basket in traffic.

Left: O-M's Ben Mathews grabs a rebound as Bradford players close in. Right: The Indians' Derrick Lewis shoots.

Bowling: Watkins Glen falls to Waverly

WAVERLY, Dec. 17, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams both lost to Waverly 4-0 Monday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at the Valley Bowling Center.

Boys: Watkins Glen lost the three games by a combined 3216-2269. Matt Irwin led the Senecas with a 591 series that included games of 215 and 214. R.J. Bannon was next with a 526 that included a 204. Waverly was led by Zach Vanderpool's 724.

Girls: Watkins Glen lost the three games by a combined 2624-1909. Alyiah Clink-Bentley led the Senecas with a 441 series. Ava Cowan was next with a 377, while Makenzie Kellogg notched a 369 and Brooke Usher a 358.

Athletes of the Week: Gardner, McIlroy

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 15, 2019 -- This week we honor two basketball players as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

One is senior Sara Gardner, who scored 39 points across two games -- including a career high of 27 in one of them -- as the Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team won twice, improving to 4-0.

The other is senior Isaac McIlroy, who rose to the occasion when his unbeaten Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team was seriously challenged for the first time this season. He scored 22 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and registered 4 assists and 3 steals in a 74-66 victory over Edison.

Double Honorable: O-M basketball's Kara Reese, JoLynn Minnier and Grace Vondracek; Watkins Glen basketball's Owen Scholtisek; Watkins Glen track's Nick Wilston and Boyd Barber; and Watkins Glen bowling's R.J. Bannon.

Honorable Mention: Another 32 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Watkins Glen/Dundee Indoor Track team members, clockwise from left: Joel Trinkle, Ryleigh Clark, Lily Hall, Haley Dean, Madelyn Suddaby, Kelsey DeMillo, Nick Wilston, Cal Sutterby and Matt Wood. (Photo provided)

Glen/Dundee tracksters set marks at IC

ITHACA, Dec. 15, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen/Dundee high school Indoor Track team competed Saturday at the Ithaca Bomber Invitational, and came home with some school records.

Finishing in the top six in various events:

--Lily Hall placed 5th in the Long Jump with a Dundee and combined WG/Dundee school record of 16' 4".

--Matt Wood placed 6th in the 600 Meter Run for a Dundee record of 1:30.9.

--Nick Wilston placed 7th in the Triple Jump, setting a Watkins Glen and combined WG/Dundee record of 40' 7".

--Boyd Barber threw the 25-pound hammer 29' 2" for a Watkins Glen and combined WG/Dundee record.

--Ryleigh Clark -- practicing with the WG/Dundee team from Spencer-Van Etten -- placed 6th in the Triple Jump at 33' 10" and ran the 55 Meters in 7.95 seconds. All of her events are setting S-VE school records, since this is a new sport for her school.

Photo in text: Dundee student-athletes Matt Wood and Lily Hall, part of the Watkins Glen/Dundee Indoor Track team. (Photo provided)

OM/WG wrestlers place 8th at Arkport

ARKPORT, Dec. 15, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen high school varsity wrestling team finished 8th among 12 competing schools Saturday at the annual Ark-Can Holiday Duals at Arkport High School.

OM/WG, which has just four returning wrestlers this year and 12 new team members, went 3-6 in the competition. Rush Henrietta was first at 9-0, followed by Bolivar Richburg (8-1), Hornell (7-2), Avon Geneseo (6-3), Perry (6-3), Wellsville (5-4), Dansville Keshequa (4-5), OM/WG (3-6), Haverling (3-6), Caledonia Mumford (2-7), Alfred Almond (1-8), and Arkport Canaseraga (0-9).

OM/WG's wins came against Alfred-Almond, 48-36; Caledonia Mumford, 45-36; and Arkport Canaseraga, 60-24.

Flu leads to basketball game postponement

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 15, 2019 -- The scheduled Watkins Glen High School boys varsity and junior varsity home basketball games Saturday night against Waverly were postponed earlier in the day.

WGHS Athletic Director Rod Weeden said that the Waverly coach came down with the flu "and was begging to have the games postponed."

No makeup date has been announced.

Watkins' Planty named to All-State 1st Team

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 14, 2019 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Gabe Planty has been named to the Class C All-State Cross Country First Team by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

The honor caps a season in which Planty won numerous cross country races, qualified for States, and was named The Odessa File's Schuyler Fall MVP, an award that goes to one athlete from among all high school athletes in the county.

Odessa-Montour's Ryan Griswold, left, and Deshawn Johnson drive to the basket.

O-M boys rout Tioga, 52-21, for 1st win

ODESSA, Dec. 14, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team shook off the disappointment of two early-season losses by running past Tioga 52-21 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

"We shifted up our defense," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens, "going from a zone to an in-your-face man-to man. It took a lot of hard work" at practices since a 70-53 loss to Spencer-Van Etten on Tuesday. The Indians had dropped their season opener the previous Friday, falling to Southern Cayuga, 69-55.

"I challenged them -- told them we couldn't keep giving up a lot of baskets. I couldn't be happier with the result. I haven't seen a defense like that by an Odessa team ... well, ever."

Tioga only sank five baskets in the game -- none from 3-point range. More than half of its points came at the free-throw line, where the Tigers were 11-for-21. Odessa only got four foul shots, making one.

"This was a team win, a team effort," said Stephens. "I'm very proud of them."

The scoring was spread out for O-M, with Paden Grover, Devon Mahaney and Jared Rumsey each netting 8 points. Cayden Confer and Cameron Elliott scored 6 apiece, Preston Harris 5, and Dominik Scott 3. Four others had 2 points each.

Odessa took control early, building a 13-4 first-quarter advantage on constant ball-hawking that threw Tioga off balance. The lead grew to 25-11 at halftime, and to 39-14 entering the fourth period.

The Indians return to action Monday at home against Bradford. They will play another home game Tuesday against Candor.

Junior Varsity: Tioga defeated Odessa-Montour (0-3) by a 56-43 margin.

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Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Paden Grover goes airborne as he nears the basket.
Bottom: The Indians' Cayden Confer fights through two Tioga defenders for a shot.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Devon Mahaney, Derrick Lewis and Preston Harris.

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Bryce Edminster (in white) battles for a rebound. Right: The Indians' Daniel Lewis puts up a shot. He was fouled on the play.

WG 8th grade volleyball team goes unbeaten

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 13, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen 8th grade volleyball team completed a perfect 10-0 season Thursday.

Five of the players were on a 7th grade team last year that also went 10-0.

Pictured in the top row, from left: Coach Krysti Westervelt, Abi Miller, Alyson Gibson, Brayona Oden and Brooke Koseba. Bottom row, from left: Malina Butler, Sasha Honrath, Maddy Hansen and Sarah Jones. Not pictured: Keira Sulkey.

The five who played on unbeaten squads both years are Gibson, Oden, Butler, Jones and Sulkey.

O-M girls top Addison, 46-38; now 4-0

ADDISON, Dec. 13, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team improved its record to 4-0 Thursday night with a 46-38 non-league road victory over Addison.

Kara Reese led O-M with 14 points -- all in the second half. Odessa led 12-11 after one period, but was down 21-18 at halftime and 33-32 after three periods.

"Kara hit a pair of 3-pointers to start the fourth quarter to give us the lead for good," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We really needed her stepping up and scoring for us in the second half, and she came through in the clutch."

Other points came from Sara Gardner (12), JoLynn Minnier (7, with 6 rebounds), Grace Vondracek (5, with 18 rebounds), Autumn Garrison (4), and Mallory Rhodes and Ida Sidle (2 each).

"We got into a lot of foul trouble in the first half and lost our composure a bit after taking a 12-5 lead in the first quarter," said Gavich. "They played very hard and gave us a real good test in a hostile environment. I was proud of us regaining our composure and doing what we needed to in that fourth quarter to put them away on their home floor."

O-M returns to action Tuesday at Candor.

Junior Varsity: O-M defeated Addison 34-33 to improve to 3-1. Hannah Nolan led the Indians with 18 points, including a coast-to-coast layup with 8 seconds left to give O-M the final, winning lead. Brittany Cain added 9 points, and Tori Brewster scored 7.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese (File photo)

Bowling: O-M, Watkins each win and lose

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 13, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity bowling team defeated Odessa-Montour 4-0 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes. At the same time, the O-M girls defeated Watkins Glen 3-1.

Boys: Watkins Glen won the three games by a combined 2351-2108 margin, led by R.J. Bannon's 593 series (on games of 134-246-213). Caleb Smith added a 476, Matt Irwin a 428, Corbin Groves a 418, and Michael Cook a 400. Odessa was led by Austin Hoyt's 451. He was followed by Eric Rumsey (440), Dom Elliott (414) and Wes Wade (402).

Girls: Odessa-Montour lost the first game 632-621, but won the second game 605-600 and the third 596-565 to take total pinfall, 1822-1797. Jana Arias led the Indians with a 423 series, while Taryn Hoyt added a 378. Alyiah Clink-Bentley led Watkins with a 403, while Makenzie Kellogg posted a 375.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Alyiah Clink-Bentley reacts to a strike.

From left: O-M's Courtney Davis and Watkins Glen's Makenzie Kellogg apply some body English to their shots, while Watkins' R.J. Bannon ponders how one pin stayed up.

WG girls fall to Waverly, 49-29, slip to 3-1

WAVERLY, Dec. 13 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team sustained its first loss of the season Thursday night, droppng a 49-29 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Waverly gym.

The Senecas led 9-7 after one period, but Waverly pulled away with an 18-6 second quarter for a 25-15 halftime advantage. The Wolverines then outscored Watkins 9-6 and 15-8 in the final two periods.

Kelsey Kernan led Watkins Glen with 8 points, while Jenna Solomon scored 5. Mattie Yontz, Drie Solomon, Carly Arnold, Abby Gibson and Natalie Edmister each added 3 points, while Ali LaMoreaux scored 1. The team was 4-for-8 from the foul line. Drie Solomon led in rebounds with 6, while Jenna Solomon and LaMoreaux each had 4.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Newark Valley.

Junior Varsity: Waverly defeated Watkins Glen 42-21. The Senecas are now 1-3.

Odessa-Montour's Brett Walters competes in the 500 Free, where he finished second.

O-M swimmers fall to Waverly, 63-31

ODESSA, Dec. 13, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team's record slipped to 3-1 Thursday when the Indians dropped a 63-31 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

O-M won the day's first race, the 200 Yard Medley Relay, with Brett Walters, Caleb Thomas, Jake Mayette and Bailey Hornbrook posting a time of 1:56.13. But Waverly won every race up that.

Second-place finishes were registered for O-M by Micah Brewster in the 200 Free, Hornbrook in the 200 IM, Mayette in the 50 Free and 100 Fly, Walters in the 500 Free, Brock Sgrecci in the 100 Breaststroke, and by the 400 Free Relay team of Mayette, Brewster, Justin Ruocco and Walters.

The Indians return to action Thursday at Southern Cayuga.

Photo in text: O-M's Caleb Thomas hits the water at start of the 100 Breaststroke.

Odessa-Montour's Micah Brewster glides toward the surface after diving in the 500 Free.

Odessa-Montour's Brock Sgrecci competes in the 100 Breaststroke. He placed second.

Odessa-Montour's Justin Ruocco competes in the 100 Yard Backstroke. He placed third.

WG swimmers fall to Southern Cayuga

AURORA, Dec. 13, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team dropped a 58-36 decision Thursday to Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the SC pool.

Watkins Glen got wins from Liam Smith in the 200 Individual Medley (2:48.37) and Ben Swinnerton in the 500 Free (6:57.53).

Second-place finishes were posted for the Senecas by Daine Butler in the 100 Free and 100 Breaststroke, Smith in the 500 Free, Scott Brubaker in the 100 Fly and 200 Free, Swinnerton in the 200 IM, and Jordan Avery in the 100 Back.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at home against Greene.

OM/WG's Kaden LaBar is in control on the way to an 18-8 victory at 152 pounds.

OM/WG wrestlers fall to Moravia, 42-37

ODESSA, Dec. 12, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen high school varsity wrestling team dropped a 42-37 decision to Moravia Wednesday evening in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in O-M's Jack Davis Gym.

OM/WG got competitive victories from Joshua Beckley (a pin in 3:50 at 182 pounds), Kadin Burnham (a pin in :40 at 120), Josiah Lynch (a pin in :35 at 138), Kaden LaBar (an 18-8 major decision at 152), and Braiden Ventra (a 5-2 decision at 170). They also picked up two forfeit wins, at 106 and 132 pounds.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen's Josiah Lynch (obscured) takes down his Moravia opponent at 138 pounds. Lynch won by a pin in 35 seconds.

OM/WG's Kadin Burnham, right, takes control on the way to a win at 120 pounds.

Bowling: Watkins Glen girls win, boys fall

LANSING, Dec. 12, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity bowling team posted a victory Wednesday over an undermanned Dryden squad in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match, while the Watkins boys lost.

Girls: Watkins Glen won 4-0 over a Dryden team with just one bowler. The Senecas rolled a 1788 total, led by Alyiah Clink-Bentley's 399. Ava Cowan added a 367, Brooke Usher a 362, and Makenzie Kellogg a 355.

Boys: The Senecas lost 4-0, dropping the three games by a 2370-2015 margin. R.J. Bannon led Watkins with a 512 series, while Caleb Smith posted a 418, and Matt Irwin a 416.

O-M girls top S-VE; Gardner nets 27

ODESSA, Dec. 11, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team -- led by Sara Gardner's career-high 27 points -- improved to 3-0 Tuesday night by defeating Spencer-Van Etten 41-26 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Gardner also set a career high by sinking seven 3-pointers in 10 attempts. Grace Vondracek added 9 points while grabbing 10 rebounds and stealing the ball 8 times. Other points came from Kara Reese (2, with 4 steals), Autumn Garrison (2, with 5 rebounds), and Jessica Carnes (1). JoLynn Minnier registered 8 rebounds.

Odessa led 10-8 after one quarter, and 22-13 at halftime. "We scored five points to start the third period on our first two possessions," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, who said those points came on a Gardner 3-pointer and a driving layup by Vondracek.

"Then we let our defense go to work the rest of the way while we went a little cold." Odessa led 29-18 entering the fourth quarter.

"Our defensive effort tonight was again outstanding," said Gavich, "and was the difference in the game. And we did execute offensively well in spurts in the second half, as well as doing a good job freeing up and finding Sara since she had the hot hand tonight. She doesn't get those looks without some pretty good efforts from the entire team."

The Indians return to action Thursday at Addison.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Spencer-Van Etten 43-36 in overtime.

Photos in text: O-M's Sara Gardner drives to the basket (top); the Indians' Grace Vondracek races past an S-VE defender.

Left: O-M's Kara Reese looks to pass the ball. Right: The Indians' Autumn Garrison.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Jessica Carnes looks for a shot. Right: The Indians' JoLynn Minnier drives to the basket.

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Camille Sgrecci shoots. Right: The Indians' Tori Brewster drives around a Spencer-Van Etten defender.

Odessa boys fall to Spencer, slip to 0-2

SPENCER, Dec. 11, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team sustained its second loss in two games Tuesday night when it dropped a 70-53 decision to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the S-VE gym.

"I thought our guys played with great intensity the whole game," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens, "but we just couldn't find the bottom of the basket most of the game."

Paden Grover led the Indians with 17 points, while Jared Rumsey scored 11, Preston Harris 8, Deshawn Johnson 6, Devon Mahaney 6, and Cameron Elliott 5.

O-M returns to action Friday night at home against Tioga.

Left: Watkins' Natalie Edmister shoots. Right: The Senecas' Carly Arnold moves the ball. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls top Edison, improve to 3-0

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 11, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team -- behind tenacious defense and a 3-point barrage -- pulled away from Edison for a 60-35 victory Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas sank 11 baskets from beyond the arc -- five of them by Carly Arnold for her team-high 15 points. Aislinn Klemann connected on three of them on the way to 13 points, while Drie Solomon sank two and Ali LaMoreaux one.

Watkins also got double-digit scoring from Kelsey Kernan (11 points). Other points came from Drie Solomon (8), Jenna Solomon (6), LaMoreaux and Natalie Edmister (3 each), and Abby Gibson (1). The team was 3-for-7 from the foul line.

The Senecas built a 14-9 lead in the first period, only to see Edison score the final five points of the quarter to tie it up. But Watkins pulled away with a 19-7 second quarter, and after a 9-9 third period, dominated down the stretch, 18-5.

Watkins Glen returns to action Thursday at Waverly.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 1-2 with a 37-30 victory over Edison. Lillian Ameigh and Brenna Pierce each scored 10 points for the Senecas, while Cloey Wratten added 8 points, Nicole Chiacchiarini 3, Molly Coolican 3, Cassidy Ploucha 2, and Addy Coolican 1.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan drives to the basket in traffic.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jenna Solomon (30) passes the ball to her sister Drie (20). Right: The Senecas' Abby Gibson shoots.

Left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann (15) shoots. Right: The Senecas' Drie Solomon (20) fights for possession of the ball. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Lilly Ameigh at the free-throw line. Right: The Senecas' Julia Spahalski moves the ball upcourt.

Watkins Glen boys hold off Edison, 74-66

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Dec. 11, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team improved to 3-0 Tuesday night with a 74-66 victory over Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

The Senecas led 16-11 after one period and 28-24 at halftime. They then outscored the Spartans 24-20 in the third quarter for a 52-44 lead entering the final period, and matched Edison's 22 points down the stretch.

The Senecas, who won their first two games in blowout style, "just weren't sharp" against Edison, said Coach John Fazzary. "They never let us get out of range. We didn't do a good job defensively, and weren't as sharp offensively as we were in the first two games."

Isaac McIlroy led Watkins with 22 points, while Owen Scholtisek scored 17 (including three 3's in a four-minute stretch in the second half), Max Evans 12, Mitchell Pike 10, Jacob DeJong 9, and Cameron Holland and Dylan Morse 2 each. The team was 11-for-22 from the foul line.

DeJong led in rebounds with 12, while McIlroy grabbed 6 and Evans 5. McIlroy and Scholtisek each notched 4 assists, while McIlroy had 3 steals and Evans 2.

Edison was led by Jack Shaw's 21 points (19 in the second half, including five 3's) and 18 by Xander Burch. The Spartans sank 13 of 25 free throws.

Watkins Glen returns to action Saturday night at home against Waverly.

Junior Varsity: Edison defeated Watkins Glen 53-45. Jacob Yontz led the Senecas with 17 points, while Joseph Sutterby scored 11, Jacob Powers 9, Bryce Cady 3, Ryan Thompson 3, and Gavin Smith 2.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Max Evans drives to the basket.
Bottom: The Senecas' Owen Scholtisek takes aim. (Both photos by David Franzese)

Odessa-Montour's Jana Arias turns away after her first ball left a tricky spare attempt.

Odessa-Montour bowlers fall to Candor

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 11, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams lost Tuesday to Candor in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Boys: Odessa fell 3-1, winning the first game but losing the next two and total pinfall, 2524-2174. Dominick Elliott led O-M with a 460 series, while Eric Rumsey posted a 453 and Austin Hoyt a 446.

Girls: Odessa lost 4-0, droppng the three games by a 2052-1873 margin. Jana Arias led O-M with a 496 series, while Taryn Hoyt posted a 392.

The Indians return to action Thursday at Harborside Lanes against Watkins Glen.

Photo in text: O-M's Dom Elliott urges his ball to move to the right.

O-M swimmers defeat Dryden, 103-44

DRYDEN, Dec. 11, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team improved its record to 3-0 Tuesday with a 103-44 victory over Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Confenence meet in the Dryden pool.

The Indians took first place in all but one event. Their wins included the following:

200 Medley Relay: Brett Walters, Brock Sgrecci, Jake Mayette and Caleb Thomas (1:58.61).
200 Free: Micah Brewster (2:19.46).
200 IM: Jake Mayette (3:37.33).
50 Free: Caleb Thomas (27.57).
100 Fly: Jake Mayette (1:11.92)
100 Free: Brett Walters (56.65).
500 Free: Micah Brewster (6:31.24).
100 Back: Brett Walters (1:13.97).
100 Breast: Brock Sgrecci (1:17.48).
400 Free Relay: Jake Mayette, Micah Brewster, Justin Ruocco, Brett Walters (4:15.89).

"The team continues to perform well in dual meets," said Coach Terri Brace, "with most improving their times."

The Indians return to action Thursday at home against defending Section 4 Class C champion Waverly.

Athlete of the Week: O-M's Vondracek

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 8, 2019 -- This week we honor an Odessa-Montour High School basketball player as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week.

Honoree Grace Vondracek keyed an energetic, aggressive O-M girls varsity team as it won its first two games of the season. In the two games combined, she had 24 points, 23 rebounds, 13 steals and 4 blocks.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball's Isaac McIlroy, Jacob DeJong and Max Evans; O-M basketball's Kara Reese, Sara Gardner, JoLynn Minnier and Preston Harris; and O-M swimming's Micah Brewster, Jacob Mayette and Brett Walters.

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

Glen girls 3rd, O-M girls 4th at IAC meet

WAVERLY, Dec. 8, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity bowling team finished third among 13 teams Saturday at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Kickoff Tournament at the Valley Bowling Center, while Odessa-Montour was fourth.

The Watkins Glen boys, meanwhile, placed 7th and the O-M boys 11th among the 13 competing schools.

Girls: Union Springs/Port Byron took first place with a 2535 pinfall, with Waverly second at 2337, Watkins Glen third at 2014, and O-M fourth at 1950. They were followed by Candor (1940), Groton (1938), Edison (1776), Tioga (1663), Lansing (1642), Elmira Notre Dame (1555), Newark Valley (1188), Marathon (950), and Dryden (365).

Jana Arias led Odessa-Montour with a 441 series, while Courtney Davis posted a 410.

Boys: Waverly took the team title with a 2976 pinfall. Groton was second (2652), followed by Lansing (2629), Tioga (2621), Newark Valley (2468), Union Springs/Port Byron (2428), Watkins Glen (2380), Elmira Notre Dame (2316), Dryden (2234), Candor (2216), Odessa-Montour (2160), Edison (2126), and Marathon (1810).

Eric Rumsey led O-M with a 490 series, while Dom Elliott posted a 473, and Austin Hoyt notched a 439.

Left: Watkins Glen's Natalie Edmister is fouled as she drives to the basket. Right: The Senecas' Aislinn Klemann shoots from beyond the three-point arc.

Watkins Glen girls defeat Lansing, 47-21

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 7, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team improved to 2-0 Friday night when it defeated Lansing 47-21 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas built a 14-5 lead in the first quarter, led 27-13 at halftime, and entered the fourth period ahead 40-15.

Abby Gibson, Drie Solomon and Aislinn Klemann led Watkins scorers with 8 points each, while Carly Arnold scored 7, Natalie Edmister 7, Kelsey Kernan 5, Mattie Yontz 2, and Ali LaMoreaux 2.

LaMoreaux and Arnold led the team in rebounds with 6 apiece, while Kernan grabbed 5 and Drie and Jenna Solomon each notched 3. Gibson led in steals with 5, while Kernan had 3, and Gibson led in assists with 3. The team blocked five shots -- one each by LaMoreaux, Drie Solomon, Amanda Wilbur, Edmister and Jenna Solomon.

The team was 4-for-9 from the free-throw line. Lansing (0-2) was 6-for-16.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at home against Edison.

Junior Varsity: Lansing scored the final seven points to pull away for a 28-19 victory over Watkins Glen. Lilly Ameigh led the Senecas with 9 points, while Addy Coolican and Kara Sheesley had 4 each, and Nicole Chiacchiarini had 2. The team was 7-for-20 from the foul line. Lansing's Sydney Burke scored 18 points.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Drie Solomon drives to the hoop.

Left: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold shoots. Right: The Senecas' Kelsey Kernan, right, fights for control of the ball.

From photographer Don Romeo:

Left: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson drives to the basket. Right: The Senecas' Kelsey Kernan, left, and Ali LaMoreaux fight a Lansing player for control of the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann (15) defends. Right: The Senecas' Jenna Solomon (30) passes the ball to her sister Drie.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Lilly Ameigh shoots. Right: The Senecas' Nicole Chiacchiarini goes up for a reobund.

Watkins Glen boys rout Lansing, 74-37

LANSING, Dec. 7, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team raised its record to 2-0 Friday night with a 74-37 victory over Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Lansing gym.

Isaac McIlroy led the Senecas with 25 points, while Jacob DeJong scored 20. Other points came from Owen Scholtisek (7), Mitchell Pike (6), Max Evans (5), Travon Jones (3), and Cameron Holland, Dylan Morse, Alex Kranyk and Bryce Kelly (2 each).

Scholtisek led in assists with 7, and Evans and Jones in rebounds with 4 each. The team had 12 steals.

"I was happy with our defensive intensity," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, whose team got "a lot of layups in transition. The team defense was pretty darn good."

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Edison.

Junior Varsity: Lansing defeated Watkins Glen (0-2), 51-33. Jacob Yontz led the Senecas with 15 points, while Ryan Thompson scored 7, Jacob Powers 5, David Kelly 4, and Gavin Smith 2.

Left: O-M's Mallory Rhodes shoots. Right: Odessa's JoLynn Minnier puts up a shot.

Odessa-Montour girls defeat S. Cayuga

ODESSA, Dec. 7, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team improved to 2-0 Friday night with a 47-37 victory over Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Kara Reese led O-M scorers with 14 points, and stole the ball 5 times. Sara Gardner scored 12 points and had 6 assists, while Grace Vondracek had 10 points, 11 rebounds and 6 steals. JoLynn Minnier led the team in rebounds with 15, and scored 6 points. Autumn Garrison and Jessica Carnes each scored 2 points, and Taylor Cain had 1.

"It wasn't our sharpest effort tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "but this team hustles and gives 100% effort all the time, and that effort carried us through tonight. We hadn't beaten SC since 2010, so it was good to get a win against these guys."

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

Junior Varsity; Odessa-Montour improved to 2-0 with a 48-35 win over Southern Cayuga. Hannah Nolan led the Indians with 22 points. Tori Brewster added 9 points, Brittany Cain 7, Camille Sgrecci 6, and Reagan Reese 4.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese is fouled as she drives to the basket.

Left: Odessa's Grace Vondracek drives to the hoop. Right: O-M's Sara Gardner shoots.

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Hannah Nolan drives to the basket in traffic. Right: The Indians' Brittany Cain shoots over a Southern Cayuga defender.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to S. Cayuga

AURORA, Dec. 7, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team dropped its season opener Friday night, falling to Southern Cayuga 69-55 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the SC gym.

The Indians were up five points at halftime, but "Southern Cayuga got some great shots to fall, and we went cold," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens.

Preston Harris led the Indians in scoring with 22 points, while Paden Grover registered 16, Jared Rumsey 5, Ben Matthews 4, Deshawn Johnson 4, Devon Mahaney 3, and Derrick Lewis 2.

"The guys played hard all the way to the end," said Stephens, "and I'm excited to see what we can do the rest of the season. "

The team returns to action Tuesday at Spencer-Van Etten.

Junior Varsity: Southern Cayuga defeated Odessa-Montour 54-40. Bryce Edminster led the Indians with 11 points.

Odessa-Montour's Micah Brewster on the way to victory in the 200 Yard Freestyle.

O-M swimmers defeat Greene, 54-39

ODESSA, Dec. 7, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team raised its record to 2-0 Friday with a 54-39 victory over Greene in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

"The O-M boys swam a great meet tonight," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "Greene has some excellent freestylers, but we were able to overome them with our stroke specialists. We led thoughout the entire meet, but after the 200 Freestyle Relay Greene was within five points. We secured the win by going 1-2 in the Breaststroke (rookie Brock Sgrecci and Caleb Thomas, respectively) and Backstroke (Brett Walters and Justin Ruocco)."

First-place finishes were posted for Odessa in the:

200 Medley Relay: Brett Walters, Caleb Thomas, Jacob Mayette, Bailey Hornbrook (1:57.95).
200 Freestyle: Micah Brewster (2:13.34).
200 Individual Medley: Jacob Mayette (2:39.38).
50 Freestyle: Brett Walters (24.59).
100 Fly: Jacob Mayette (1:10.28).
100 Back: Brett Watlers (1:07.58).
100 Breaststroke: Brock Sgrecci (1:18.35).

Odessa-Montour returns to action Tuesday at Dryden.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Caleb Thomas hits the water at the start of the 50 Yard Freestyle.
Bottom: Odessa's Brett Walters checks his time after winning the 50 Free.

Odessa-Montour's Noah Hollenbeck dives at start of the 200 Meter Freestyle.

Left: The Senecas' Matt Irwin. Right: Watkins Glen's R.J. Bannon reacts to a spare.

Watkins Glen bowlers open with victories

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 6, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams started the season on a winning note Thursday, defeating Lansing in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Boys: Watkins Glen won 3-1, taking the first and second games and total pinfall, 2399-2169. Caleb Smith led the way with a 552 series that included a 234 game. R.J. Bannon added a 544, while Matt Irwin posted a 508, and Mykal Cody a 450.

"The boys team lost a lot of guys to graduation," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower, "so it is nice to see R.J., Matt and Caleb stepping into leadership roles."

Girls: Watkins Glen won 4-0, taking the three games by a 1789-1535 margin. Makenzie Kellogg led the Senecas with a 426 series, while Alyiah Clink-Bentley posted a 382, Maisie Robertson a 363, and Ava Cowan a 302.

"It was nice to start out the season with wins by both teams," said Coach Brower.

The Senecas return to action at 1 p.m. Saturday at the IAC Kickoff Tournament at the Valley Bowling Center in Waverly.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Makenzie Kellogg reacts to a strike.

Left: The Senecas' Brooke Usher reacts to a spare attempt. Right: Watkins Glen's Ava Cowan celebrates a strike.

Bowling: O-M girls edge Tioga; boys lose

WAVERLY, Dec. 6, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity bowling team defeated Tioga 3-1 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at the Valley Bowling Center in Waverly that came down to the final frame.

Tioga won the opening game 659-601 before O-M rebounded to take the second one 668-605. Odessa's Angel Burlew registered a strike and spare as the final bowler to give the Indians a 626-625 win in the third game, and a total pinfall victory of 1895-1889.

Jana Arias led O-M in total pinfall with a 423, while Courtney Davis posted a 400 and Taryn Hoyt a 388.

Boys: Tioga defeated Odessa-Montour 4-0, winning the three games by a 2554-2365 margin. Austin Hoyt led O-M with a 515 series, while Dom Elliott registered a 511, and Eric Rumsey a 510.

Next: O-M competes Saturday in the IAC Kickoff Tournament at the Valley Bowling Center in Waverly at 1 p.m.

Watkins Glen's Daine Butler (front) dives at start of the 200 Yard Individual Medley.

Watkins Glen swimmers fall to Lansing

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 6, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team's record slipped to 0-2 Thursday when the Senecas dropped a 96-61 decision to Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

Lansing won 10 of the 12 events, Watkins Glen earning first-place points in just the 100 Yard Breaststroke (Daine Butler won in 1:20.65) and Diving (Colby Thurston with 148.45 points).

Second-place finishes were posted for the Senecas in the:

200 Medley Relay: Lane Roy, Liam Smith, Daine Butler, Ben Swinnerton (2:23.47).
200 Yard Freestyle: Scott Brubaker in 2:25.97.
50 Yard Freestyle: Jordan Avery in 29.93.
500 Yard Freestyle: Scott Brubaker in 6:49.86.
200 Free Relay: Daine Butler, Ben Swinnerton, Liam Smith, Scott Brubaker (2:00.26).
100 Yard Breaststroke: Ben Swinnerton in 1:23.56.

The Senecas return to action next Thursday at Southern Cayuga.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Owen Bingham competes in the 200 Yard Freestyle.
Bottom: The Senecas' Gaetano Williams competes in the 200 Yard Medley Relay.

Watkins Glen's Jordan Avery swims the first leg of the 200 Yard Medley Relay.

The Senecas' Anthony Cummings dives at the start of the 50 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins Glen's Liam Smith swims the Butterfly leg of the 200 Yard Individual Medley.

The Senecas' Scott Brubaker dives at start of the 200 Yard Freestyle. He placed second.

Watkins Glen's Ben Swinnerton competes in the 50 Yard Freestyle race.

O-M/Watkins wrestlers defeat Lansing

LANSING, Dec. 5, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen high school varsity wrestling team opened its season with a victory Wednesday evening, defeating Lansing 42-30 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Lansing gym.

OM/WG benefitted from five forfeit victories, good for 30 points. They also won with pins at 138 and 195 pounds.

The results by weight class were as follows:

145: Anthony McMillen (LSH) over Dominick Fazzary (OMWG) (Fall 0:36)
152: Gabe Stevens (LSH) over Kaden LaBar (OMWG) (Fall 4:43)
160: Double Forfeit
170: Jermaine Fisher (LSH) over Zach Burrows (OMWG) (Fall 0:46)
182: Braiden Ventra (OMWG) over (LSH) (For.)
195: Joshua Beckley (OMWG) over Caleb Georgia (LSH) (Fall 3:10)
220: Tristan Harrington (OMWG) over (LSH) (For.)
285: Joe Sweet (OMWG) over (LSH) (For.)
99: Double Forfeit
106: Morgan Burnham (OMWG) over (LSH) (For.)
113: Double Forfeit
120: Owen Emmick (LSH) over Kadin Burnham (OMWG) (Fall 2:45)
126: Gabe Williams (OMWG) over (LSH) (For.)
132: Jack Emmick (LSH) over Mark Waterman (OMWG) (Fall 1:15)
138: Josiah Lynch (OMWG) over Dillon Tyler (LSH) (Fall 0:13)

The OM/WG squad returns to action next Wednesday at home against Moravia. Starting time is 6:30 p.m.

Watkins Glen's Travon Jones, left, and Mitchell Pike shoot against Dryden.

Glen boys rout Dryden in opener, 81-23

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 4, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team opened its season with an 81-23 romp over Dryden Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas hit three quick 3-pointers to set the tone on the way to a 16-0 lead and a 29-5 advantage after one quarter.

A second wave of five different Watkins players picked up where the first wave left off, outscoring Dryden 21-5 in the second period. The first and second waves shared time in the third quarerr, which ended with the Senecas up 66-15.

"We came out of the gate blazing," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "I'm happy with the way we ran the floor; we got a lot of points in transition. Hopefully this is the style we will play. We have depth, but we need to keep improving."

Max Evans, part of the second wave, led Watkins with 18 points. Also in double digits were Adam Pastore (12 points), Owen Scholtisek (12) and Isaac McIlroy (10). Other points came from Travon Jones (8), Bryce Kelly (5), Dylan Morse (5), Alex Kranyk (4), Silas Farrell (3), Mitchell Pike (3), and Cameron Holland (1). The team was 3-for-8 from the foul line.

The Senecas stole the ball 18 times, with Morse's four steals leading the way. Jones led in rebounds (6) and assists (6). Kelly had 4 rebounds and a block, while McIlroy had 5 assists. Registering a block each were Pastore and Jacob DeJong.

Watkins Glen returns to action Friday at Lansing.

Junior Varsity: Dryden, trailing 11-0 after one period and down 16-8 entering the fourth quarter, outscored Watkins Glen 10-0 down the stretch to defeat the Senecas 18-16. Jacob Yontz led Watkins Glen with 11 points.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Max Evans drives to the basket. He scored 18 points.
Bottom: The Senecas' Seamus Mooney sends a pass to a teammate.

Left: Watkins Glen's Bryce Kelly sends a shot on its way. Right: The Senecas' Adam Pastore launches a shot. (Photo on right by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek shoots. Right: The Senecas' Dylan Morse
(11) eyes the ball. He registered four steals. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Cameron Holland drives to the basket. Right: The Senecas' Isaac McIlroy sends a shot on its way.

Watkins girls roll past Dryden, 43-14

DRYDEN, Dec. 4, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team opened its season Tuesday night with a 43-14 victory over Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Dryden gym.

The Senecas got points from 10 players, building leads of 10-2 after one quarter, 19-4 at halftime and 30-10 through three periods.

Leading with seven points each were Adrienna Solomon, Carly Arnold and Natalie Edmister. Other points came from Ali LaMoreaux (2), Mattie Yontz (3), Abby Gibson (4), Kelsey Kernan (4), Amanda Wilbur (3), Jenna Solomon (4), and Savannah Ayers (2). The team was 4-for-19 from the foul line.

Photo at right: Watkins' Aislinn Klemann, right, prepares to shoot. (Photo provided)

Odessa-Montour's Jacob Mayette en route to victory in the 50 Yard Freestyle.

O-M swimmers open with win over WG

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 4, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team started its season with a victory Tuesday, defeating Watkins Glen 104-55 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

O-M's Jacob Mayette and Micah Brewster each registered four victories, while the Indians' Brett Walters and Caleb Thomas notched three apiece. O-M won 10 of the 11 events.

Victories by event were as follows:

200 Medley Relay: OM, Brett Walters, Caleb Thomas, Jacob Mayette, Bailey Hornbrook, 1:56.59.
200 Free: OM, Micah Brewster, 2:22.37.
200 IM: OM, Brett Walters, 2:39.80.
50 Free: OM, Jacob Mayette, 25.66.
100 Fly: OM, Jacob Mayette, 1:07.70.
100 Free: WG, Daine Butler, 1:02.11.
500 Free: OM, Micah Brewster, 6:34.05.
200 Free Relay: OM, Caleb Thomas, Justin Ruocco, Jon Spencer, Micah Brewster, 1:50.03.
100 Back: OM, Justin Ruocco, 1:12.71.
100 Breast: OM, Caleb Thomas, 1:19.58.
400 Free Relay: OM, Brett Walters, Jacob Mayette, Bailey Hornbrook, Micah Brewster, 4:06.96.

"I was very happy with the team's performance tonight," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "We have a solid group of returning swimmers and six rookies to round out the roster. We still have a ton of work to do and the team has been working hard. This team has a lot of potential and I'm excited to see what they do this year."

Photo in text: O-M's Brett Walters competes in the 200 IM, which he won.

Watkins Glen's Daine Butler dives on the final leg of the 200 Yard Medley Relay.

Left: Watkins Glen's Ben Swinnerton competes in the 200 IM. Right: O-M's Micah Brewster dives at start of the 200 Yard Freestyle, which he won.

Watkins Glen's Scott Brubaker swims the Butterfly leg of the 200 Individual Medley.

Odessa-Montour's Bailey Hornbrook swims the Butterfly leg of the 200 IM.

Odessa-Montour girls top Tioga, 59-42

TIOGA CENTER, Dec. 4, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team opened the season Tuesday night with a 59-42 victory over Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Tioga gym.

Sara Gardner led the Indians in scoring with16 points and had 5 assists, while Grace Vondracek registered 14 points, 12 rebounds, 7 steals and 4 blocks.

Jessica Carnes added 10 points and 5 rebounds, while Kara Reese scored 9 points and stole the ball 5 times. JoLynn Minnier had a team-high 15 rebounds while scoring 6 points, while Ida Sidle and Autumn Garrison scored 2 points apiece.

Odessa led 15-11 after one quarter, 33-21 at halftime, and 44-33 entering the fourth period.

"We created a lot of offense with our pressure defense tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "It's a good way to start, but we will need to stay hungry and keep working to get better as the season goes along."

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Tioga 46-14. Hannah Nolan led the Indians with 15 points, while Tori Brewster and Brittany Cain scored 8 each.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Jana Arias. Right: Odessa's Austin Hoyt reacts to a strike.

Odessa-Montour bowlers fall to Groton

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 4, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams lost to Groton Tuesday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Boys: Groton defeated O-M 3.5-0.5, tying the first game at 686 before topping Odessa in the next two and winning total pinfall, 2179-2013. Eric Rumsey led O-M with a 489 series, while Austin Hoyt posted a 435.

Girls: Odessa fell 4-0 as Groton won all three games by a total pinfall of 1816-1674. Jana Arias led O-M with a 463 series, while Taryn Hoyt registered a 344.

O-M returns to action Thursday against Tioga at the Valley Bowling Center in Waverly.

WG/Dundee track team opens season

CORTLAND, Dec. 1, 2019 -- The combined Watkins Glen/Dundee Indoor Track and Field Team opened its season Saturday at the Section IV 607 Athletics High School Invitational at SUNY Cortland.

Boys results (top 6 only):

Matt Wood:
1st place 1600 meter -- time 5:11.4
Matt Wood: 4th place 3200 meter -- time 11:32.3
Nick Wilston: 5th place Long Jump -- 19' 2"
Nick Wilston: 5th place Triple Jump -- 39' 0"
Cale Sutterby: 4th place Pole Vault -- 8' 0"
1600 Sprint Medley: (Colin Gaylord, Cale Sutterby, Skylar Lagramada, Matt Wood) 5th place -- 4:10.64

Girls Results (top 6 only):

Breanna Carl: 6th place 1000 meter -- 3:49.6
Lily Hall: 1st place Long Jump -- 15' 5.5"
Lily Hall: 2nd place Triple Jump -- 33' 0"
Alaina Cleary: 6th place High Jump 3' 8"
1600 Sprint Medley: (Kelsey DeMillo, Haley Dean, Lily Hall, Breanna Carl) 4th place -- 5:30.80

The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team huddles with Coach Greg Gavich.

Scrimmages herald approach of hoops

ODESSA, Nov. 23, 2019 -- Scrimmages are picking up in number and intensity as the high school basketball season approaches in Schuyler County.

An example: Varsity and junior varsity scrimmages were held Friday evening in the Odessa-Montour High School gym, with spectators lining the walls as the two contests were played next to each other. There was no room for bleacher seating.

The opponent in both cases was Elmira Notre Dame. No score was kept, but refs were on hand, and 10-minute periods clocked.

The O-M varsity has some familiar faces in seniors Sara Gardner, Grace Vondracek, Kara Reese, Jolynn Minnier, Cheianne Webster, Hannah Chapman and Tassia Garrison.

The junior varsity has familiar faces, too, such as Hannah Nolan, Tori Webster, Camille Sgrecci and Haley Albertsman.

The O-M teams scrimmage again at 10 a.m. on Nov. 27, at home against Waverly.

The regular season starts for the O-M girls on Dec. 3 at Tioga. The O-M boys (scrimmaging Saturday at Towanda) open on Dec. 6 at Southern Cayuga.

The Watkins Glen girls (set to scrimmage Saturday at Waterloo), open the season Dec. 3 at Dryden. The Watkins Glen boys (scrimmaging Saturday at home against Groton at 1 p.m.) open the season Dec. 3 at home against Dryden.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Grace Vondracek drives to the hoop against Notre Dame in the varsity scrimmage.
Bottom: The Odessa JV team's Camille Sgrecci works around a Notre Dame defender.

In the varsity scrimmage:

Left: O-M's Jolynn Minnier maneuvers. Right: Odessa's Kara Reese dribbles the ball.

And in the JV scrimmage:

Left: O-M's Hannah Nolan drives to the basket. Right: Odessa's Tori Brewster shoots.

Watkins Glen team members (from left) Elliott Holland, Gabe Planty, Steven Gublo, Max Evans, Lance Majors, Sam Thorsland and Ben Swinnerton. (Photo provided)

WG boys 7th at XC States; Planty is 6th

PLATTSBURGH, Nov. 16, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity cross country team placed 7th among 11 competing schools Saturday at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Cross Country Championships at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Watkins senior Gabe Planty led the Senecas, finishing 6th among 132 runners on the three-mile course in 15:00.9. The winning time was set by Caleb Bender of Skaneateles, 14:41.6.

The Senecas totaled 191 points. Saranac Lake was the winner with 28, followed by CBA-Syracuse (89), Port Jefferson (111), Briarcliff (111), Southwestern (119), James I. O'Neill (149), Watkins Glen (191), Norwood Norfolk (200), Fonda-Fultonville (222), Oyster Bay (225) and Addison (246).

Watkins Glen senior Sam Thorsland placed 48th in 16:17.6, followed by teammates Max Evans (68th in 16:36.3), Steven Gublo (119th in 17:48.1), Ben Swinnerton (120th in 17:48.2), Lawrence Majors (128th in 18:25.5), and Elliott Holland (129th in 18:33.6).

Section 4, represented by Watkins Glen -- the sectional team champion -- and several other individual runners, placed 5th among the 11 competing sections. Section 3 finished first.

"I think the guys had a great year," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "Getting here was a great feat. They should be proud of what they accomplished."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen senior Gabe Planty poses with his mother, Amy, at the Cross Country Championships. (Photo provided)

Schuyler Fall MVP: Planty

Here is The Odessa File's All-Schuyler All-Star lineup

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 12, 2019 -- Gabe Planty has been around seemingly forever, running, running and running some more.

He has run year-round -- in cross country, in indoor track, and during the outdoor track season. He runs distances, and he runs them well.

He has, during his tenure at Watkins Glen High School, been on a state championship cross country team and two state runnerup squads. He has been on five Section IV championship cross country teams -- one in Class D and four in Class C.

He has, in this his senior year, led his team to that fourth Class C title in five years while winning the individual Section IV, Class C cross country title for the third year in a row -- achieving the crown this year by defeating the very runner who had defeated him at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet.

His sectional victory was among the keys to a narrow team victory -- one that seemed improbable at midseason. But with his steady lead, the Senecas have prevailed and advanced once again to States.

And that, quite simply, marks him as The Odessa File Schuyler Fall MVP -- an honor not considered lightly, for there were other outstanding leadership performances in the county.

But Planty's achievements were compelling, and make him a very worthy selection.

So congratulations on a great season, Gabe. And good luck at States.

The Odessa File's Autumn 2019 All-Schuyler All-Stars

First Team

Gabe Planty -- WGHS Cross Country -- MVP
Hannah Nolan -- OM soccer
Grace Vondracek -- OM soccer
Camille Sgrecci -- OM soccer
Preston Harris -- OM soccer
Travon Jones -- Seneca Indians football
Owen Scholtisek -- Seneca Indians football
Isaac McIlroy -- WG soccer
Bryce Kelly -- WG soccer
Peighton Cervoni -- WG swimming
Amanda Wilbur -- WG swimming
Thalia Marquez -- WG swimming
Faye Mooney -- WG swimming

Second Team

Autumn Garrison -- OM soccer
Sara Gardner -- OM soccer
Tori Brewster -- OM soccer
Lillian Betts -- OM soccer
Paden Grover -- OM soccer
Rhys Stermer -- OM volleyball
Sam Thorsland -- WG cross country
Max Evans -- WG cross country
Breanna Carl -- WG cross country
Sarah Swinnerton -- WG swimming
Maria Brubaker -- WG swimming
Derrick Lewis -- Seneca Indians football
Hunter Holley -- Seneca Indians football
Gage Arcangeli -- Seneca Indians football
Madison Moss -- OM swimming
Josiah Wysocki -- WG soccer
Tom Elliott -- WG soccer
Carly Arnold -- WG soccer
Adrienna Solomon -- WG soccer
Abby Gibson -- WG soccer

Third Team

Ida Sidle -- OM soccer
Raven Lott -- OM soccer
Mackenzie Cannon -- OM soccer
Lydia Lynch -- OM soccer
Devon Mahaney -- OM soccer
Brett Walters -- OM soccer
Brock Sgrecci -- OM soccer
Dominik Scott -- OM soccer
Ben Swinnerton -- WG cross country
Steven Gublo -- WG cross country
Daniel Ely -- Seneca Indians football
Jared Rumsey -- Seneca Indians football
Ben Mathews -- Seneca Indians football
Cameron Holland -- Seneca Indians football
Cayden Confer -- Seneca Indians football
Dominick Fazzary -- Seneca Indians football
Carlie Baker -- WG volleyball
Jolynn Minnier -- OM volleyball
Hannah Chapman -- OM volleyball
Cheianne Webster -- OM volleyball
Karlee Dudgeon -- OM volleyball
Malina Butler -- WG swimming
Alannah Klemann -- WG swimming
Aislinn Klemann -- WG swimming
Ellie Clarkson -- WG swimming
Ali LaMoreaux -- WG swimming
Kara Reese -- OM swimming
Megan Adams -- OM swimming
Katie Adams -- OM swimming
Seamus Mooney -- WG soccer
Collin Gaylord -- WG soccer
Briana Hayes -- WG soccer
Haley Dean -- WG soccer

Boys soccer: WG nets 2 First Team berths

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 12, 2019 -- Two members of the Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team have earned Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School South Division status as First Team All-Stars.

The two, selected by division coaches, are Isaac McIlroy, a standout on offense, and goalkeeper Bryce Kelly.

Two other team members -- Josiah Wysocki and Tom Elliott -- were named to the IAC division's Second Team.

Athletes of the Week: Planty, Marquez

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 11, 2019 -- This week we honor as Odessa File Athletes of the Week a runner and a swimmer.

Watkins Glen High School senior Gabe Planty gets one of the nods for his first-place finish at the Section IV, Class C Cross Country Championships at Chenango Valley State Park -- which led the Senecas to the team title and a berth in the State Meet next weekend.

WGHS 8th grader Thalia Marquez earned the other nod for her four-victory performance -- in the 200 Free, 500 Free and two relays -- as the Senecas posted their third straight Section IV, Class C Swim championship by far outdistancing the competition in the WGHS pool.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen swimmers Peighton Cervoni, Faye Mooney and Amanda Wilbur; and WGHS cross country runner Sam Thorsland.

Honorable Mention: Another 10 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 -- WGHS and Odessa-Montour -- that are covered.

The Watkins Glen swim team poses amid some confetti after winning the Class C title.

Glen girls win Sectional title

Take 3rd straight Class C crown; Marquez posts 4 wins

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 10, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team won its third straight Section IV, Class C championship Saturday night, easily outdistancing the rest of the 10-school field in the WGHS pool.

The Senecas -- led by four first-place finishes by 8th grader Thalia Marquez -- totaled 459 points. Runnerup Southern Cayuga had 274, barely ahead of Dryden (268) and Lansing (267). They were followed by Elmira Notre Dame (220), Odessa-Montour (149), Susquehanna Valley (137), Greene, (119), Whitney Point (43) and Oxford (15).

Marquez won the 200 Yard Freestyle in 2:04.34 and the 500 Yard Freestyle in 5:37.66, and was on two winning relay teams with Peighton Cervoni, Faye Mooney and Amanda Wilbur.

Other firsts were posted for the Senecas by Cervoni in the 100 Yard Backstroke (1:01.29) and by Mooney in the 100 Yard Breaststroke (1:11.34).

Podium (top eight) finishes for Watkins Glen occurred in every race:

200 Medley Relay: 1st, Peighton Cervoni, Faye Mooney, Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez 1:53.41.
200 Freestyle: 1st, Thalia Marquez 2:04.34; 6th, Ellie Clarkson 2:16.65.
200 Individual Medley: 2nd, Amanda Wilbur 2:22.56; 3rd, Sarah Swinnerton 2:24.65.
50 Freestyle: 3rd, Peighton Cervoni 26.25; 7th, Aislinn Klemann 28.40.
100 Butterfly: 2nd, Amanda Wilbur 1:03.68; 7th, Malina Butler 1:15.18.
100 Freestyle: 4th, Faye Mooney 57.95; 8th, Alannah Klemann 1:00.81.
500 Freestyle: 1st, Thalia Marquez 5:37.66; 6th, Ellie Clarkson 6:15.18.
200 Free Relay: 1st, Peighton Cervoni, Faye Mooney, Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez 1:45.62.
100 Backstroke: 1st, Peighton Cervoni 1:01.29; 3rd, Malina Butler 1:10.66.
100 Breaststroke: 1st, Faye Mooney 1:11.34; 2nd, Sarah Swinnerton 1:13.18; 5th, Aislinn Klemann 1:19.51; 7th, Alannah Klemann 1:23.50.
400 Free Relay: 4th, Malina Butler, Ellie Clarkson, Sarah Swinnerton, Alannah Klemann 4:11.33.

Odessa-Montour: The Indians had several podium finishes.

200 Medley Relay: 4th, Megan Adams, Madison Moss, Katie Adams, Kara Reese 2:12.99.
100 Freestyle: 7th, Kara Reese 1:00.71.
500 Freestyle: 5th, Madison Moss 6:11.36.
200 Free Relay: 7th, Julia Paulisczak, Delaney Paulisczak, Reagan Reese, Annaleise Beckley 2:11.20.
100 Backstroke: 6th, Kara Reese 1:12.83.
400 Free Relay: 6th, Kara Reese, Katie Adams, Megan Adams, Madison Moss 4:27.76.

The swimmer voted by coaches as the meet's Outstanding Performer was Lansing's Grace Kadlecik, who won the 50 Free and 100 Free in State Qualifying times (23.83 and 51.92).

The WGHS pool was also the site earlier in the day of the Section IV, Class A and B meets.

Class A: Ithaca took the team title with 539 points. The Little Red was followed by Horseheads (452), Vestal (347), Corning (273), Binghamton (162), Elmira (121) and Union-Endicott (92).

The Outstanding Swimmer, as selected by coaches, was Sophia Verkleeren of Horseheads, who won the 100 Back and 200 IM -- both in state qualifying times.

Class B: Chenango Valley won with 438.5 points, while Maine-Endwell was second with 377.5. They were followed by Owego Free Academy (350.5), Norwich (295.5), Oneonta (196), Waverly (169), Chenango Forks (117), Johnson City (104) and Windsor (90).

Photos in text:

From top: Watkins Glen's Malina Butler dives at start of the 100 Fly; the Senecas' Thalia Marquez during one of her four trips to the top of the podium; Lansing's Grace Kadlecik with her trophy as the meet's Outstanding Performer.

Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni enters the water at start of the 50 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins Glen's Faye Mooney on the way to victory in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.

Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese hits the water at the start of a leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Odessa-Montour's Katie Adams on the way to ninth place in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Watkins Glen's Thalia Marquez en route to victory in the 200 Yard Freestyle.

Left: Watkins relay champs in two races. From left: Amanda Wilbur, Faye Mooney, Thalia Marquez, Peighton Cervoni. Right: Watkins' Aislinn Klemann in the 100 Breaststroke.

Left: Allie Gibson, left, a 2019 WGHS graduate who starred on last year's Section IV championship swim team, was on hand to watch Saturday with her sister, Abby, a current WGHS student-athlete. Right: Watkins' Sarah Swinnerton after placing second in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.

Odessa-Montour's Megan Adams competes in the 100 Yard Backstroke. She placed 10th.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur en route to second place in the 200 IM, left ... and Wilbur hugs victor Caroline Rogers of Notre Dame at the completion of the race.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Reagan Reese reaches the water at start of the 50 Yard Freestyle. Right: Watkins Glen's Ali LaMoreaux competes in the 50 Free. She finished 10th.

Watkins Glen's Alannah Klemann competes in the finals of the 100 Yard Breaststroke. She placed 7th.

Left: Watkns Glen's Madeline Parker dives at start of the 200 Free. Right: Odessa-Montour's Delaney Paulisczak prepares to dive at start of the 200 Free Relay.

Left: Watkins Glen's Ellie Clarkson competes in the 200 Freestyle. She finished 6th. Right: The Senecas' Sarah Stopinski hits the water at the start of the 500 Freestyle.

Watkins exchange student Kajsa Rolfes dives at start of the 100 Back. She placed 12th.

Watkins Glen's Sarah Swinnerton competes in the 200 Individual Medley. She placed 3rd.

1st and 2nd

Watkins Glen divers Maria Brubaker (right on the top podium step) and Ali Lamoreaux (next to her) finished first and second, respectively, Friday in the Section IV, Class C diving competition held at Maine-Endwell High School. They are surrounded by Watkins Glen High School swim teammates on hand for the event. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen boys XC team captures Section IV, Class C title; Planty is 1st

CHENANGO VALLEY STATE PARK, Nov. 7, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity cross country team won the Section IV, Class C title Thursday at Chenango Valley State Park and advanced to the State Meet Nov. 16 at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Watkins Glen senior Gabe Planty won the race, covering the 5K course in 16.50.3, more than nine seconds ahead of runnerup Jonny Sherwood of Newark Valley. The Senecas' Sam Thorsland was 7th in 17::48.5, while teammate Max Evans was 17th in 18.18.8.

Other Watkins runners were Steven Gublo, 23rd in 18:44.4; Ben Swinnerton, 26th in 18:49.5; Ellliott Holland, 55th in 20:16.5; Lawrence Majors, 66th in 20:41.1; and Tim Clifford, 106th in 29:03.2. There were 107 runners.

Watkins Glen totaled 69 points, with Newark Valley second with 74. They were followed by Waverly (89), Trumansburg (110), Lansing (145), Dryden (147), Oneonta (147), Candor (202), Chenango Valley (215), Chenango Forks (222), and Edison (297).

The race was run in what Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary called "pretty rotten weather. There was a cold rain, varying in intensity."

Planty excelled in the conditions, taking an early lead on Sherwood -- who had beaten Planty at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference championships -- and holding him off down the stretch. The victory was Planty's third in a row at sectionals.

And the win marked the fifth sectional title in seven years for Watkins Glen. The Senecas won in Class D in 2013, and in Class C in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Along the way, there were a state title and two state runnerup finishes.

This year, said Fazzary, "I think we had to be considered an underdog midway through the season. But we stepped it up in the final third of the year. I'm very proud of them."

He praised the effort by Planty, said that Thorsland "ran a really nice race," and noted that Evans, Gublo and Swinnerton "stepped it up, which is good, because it was really close."

The team will leave early on Friday, Nov. 15, the day before the state race, to take care of all the necessary paperwork and acclimate themselves to the course. The race itself will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16.

Girls: Watkins Glen's Breanna Carl, one of the school's two entrants, finished 10th among 69 runners in the Class C girls meet, posting a time of 22:01.5. Teammate Makenzie Kellogg was 38th in 25:04.5. The winner was Pipher Reid of Chenango Forks, in 19:54.5.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty. (File photo)


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