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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.

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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)

Watkins' Sarah Swinnerton, foreground, and O-M's Madison Moss compete in the 200 IM.

Watkins Glen girls excel at Section 4, Class C Prelims; finals are Saturday

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 6, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team is in a strong position heading into Saturday's Section IV, Class C Championships -- to be held in the WGHS pool at 6 p.m.

The Senecas took first or second seed in 10 of the 11 events Wednesday in the Class C Prelims, also held in the WGHS pool. Along the way, one of them -- freeshman Faye Mooney -- set a new school record in the Breaststroke.

Watkins Glen earned top seed Wednesday in the following:

200 Medley Relay: Peighton Cervoni, Faye Mooney, Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez 1:54.25.
200 Freestyle: Thalia Marquez 2:04.42.
100 Butterfly: Amanda Wilbur 1:03.48.
500 Freestyle: Thalia Marquez 5:37.35.
200 Free Relay: Peighton Cervoni, Faye Mooney, Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez 1:46.44.
100 Backstroke: Peighton Cervoni 1:01.30.
100 Breaststroke: Faye Mooney 1:10.03, breaking Katherine Meehan's school record of 1:10.04.

Finishing second for Watkins Glen were Amanda Wilbur in the 200 IM (with teammate Sarah Swinnerton third), Peighton Cervoni in the 50 Free, Faye Mooney in the 100 Free, and Swinnerton in the 100 Breaststroke.

The top eight finishers in a race advance to Saturday night's finals. The ninth through 16th swimmers compete in the Consolation Finals.

Other Top Eight finishes for the Senecas included:

--Ellie Clarkson, 5th in the 200 Yard Freestyle and 6th in the 500 Free.
--Aislinn Klemann, 8th in the 50 Yard Freestyle and 4th in the 100 Breaststroke.
--Malina Butler, 7th in the 100 Yard Butterfly and 6th in the 100 Back.
--Alannah Klemann, 7th in the 100 Yard Freestyle and 6th in the 100 Breaststroke.
--Kendra Fish, 4th in the 100 Yard Backstroke.

Meanwhile, Odessa-Montour finished in the Top Eight in the following:

200 Medley Relay: 4th, Megan Adams, Madison Moss, Katie Adams and Kara Reese.
200 Yard Freestyle: 6th, Madison Moss.
100 Yard Freestyle: 8th, Kara Reese.
500 Yard Freestyle: 7th, Madison Moss.
200 Yard Free Relay: 7th, Julia Paulisczak, Delaney Paulisczak, Reagan Reese, Annaleise Beckley.
100 Yard Backstroke: 7th, Kara Reese.
400 Yard Free Relay: 5th, Kara Reese, Katie Adams, Megan Adams, Madison Moss.

Next up: The Section IV, Class C diving at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Maine-Endwell. There are only two divers in Class C, and both of them -- Maria Brubaker and Ali LaMoreaux -- are from Watkins Glen.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur dives at start of the 100 Fly, where she placed 1st.
Middle: The Senecas' Faye Mooney reacts after being told she had just set a school record in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni catches her breath after placing first in the 100 Yard Backstroke.

Watkins Glen's Thalia Marquez on the way to first place in the 200 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins Glen's Ellie Clarkson dives at start of the 200 Yard Freestyle. She placed 5th.

Left: O-M's Katie Adams dives at start of the 100 Fly. Right: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann on the way to 8th place in the 50 Freestyle.

O-M's Kara Reese, center top, and Megan Adams, right, dive at start of the 100 Free.

Left: Watkins exchange student Kajsa Rolfes appears pleased as she checks her time after completing the 100 Free. Right: Watkins Glen's Alannah Klemann, left, and Faye Mooney prepare for start of the 100 Breaststroke, which Mooney won in a school-record time.

Odessa-Montour's Reagan Reese dives at start of the 50 Yard Freestyle.

Left: Watkins Glen's Ali LaMoreaux reacts after finishing her first-ever 50 Freestyle race in under 30 seconds. Right: O-M's Emilee Chaffinch dives at start of the 200 Free.

Odessa-Montour's Delaney Paulisczak dives at start of the 100 Yard Breaststroke.

Watkins Glen's Malina Butler competes in the 100 Yard Butterfly. She placed 7th.

Watkins Glen's Madeline Parker competes in the 200 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins Glen's Kendra Fish competes in the 200 Yard Individual Medley.

O-M players named IAC First Team All-Stars: from left, Hannah Nolan, Autumn Garrison and Camille Sgrecci.

O-M girls soccer: Vondracek named MVP of division; 4 others earn 1st Team berths

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 4, 2019 -- Odessa-Montour High School senior Grace Vondracek was named Most Valuable Player and four teammates earned First Team status as Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small School South Division Soccer All-Stars were announced.

Vondracek, who as goalkeeper led the Indians to a 9-7 record, the division title and a berth in the Section IV, Class C tournament, topped a First Team group that included O-M teammates Hannah Nolan, Sara Gardner, Autumn Garrison and Camille Sgrecci.

Named to the Division 2nd Team were two more Odessa-Montour standouts: Tori Brewster and Lillian Betts.

Photos in text: Odessa-Montour's Sara Gardner (left) and Grace Vondracek.

O-M boys soccer: 2 earn 1st Team berths

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 5, 2019 -- Two members of the Odessa-Montour High School boys soccer team have been named Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small School South Division First Team All-Stars.

The honorees are Preston Harris, the team's standout player on offense, and Paden Grover, a standout on defense.

Three O-M players earned Second-Team berths: Brett Walters, Devon Mahaney and Brock Sgrecci.

Next: The Exceptional Seniors soccer games are this Saturday at Tompkins Cortland Community College -- the boys at 2 p.m. and the girls' game to follow.

Photos in text: Paden Grover (left) and Preston Harris.

Glen girls soccer: 2 earn 1st Team berths

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 6, 2019 -- Two members of the Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team have been named Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large Schools South Division First Team All-Stars.

Adrienna Solomon and Carly Arnold earned the First Team designation in a vote of division coaches. Haley Dean earned a Second Team berth.

Athletes of the Week: Planty, Thorsland

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 4, 2019 -- This week we honor as Odessa File Athletes of the Week two Watkins Glen runners -- Gabe Planty and Sam Thorsland -- for leading their cross country team to the Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship.

Planty finished second and Thorsland fifth -- and both earned IAC First Team All-Star status -- as the Senecas topped a field of 13 schools at the annual IAC Cross Country Championships at Marathon.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen runners Max Evans, Ben Swinnerton and Steven Gublo; Seneca Indians football's Travon Jones.

This week, as the fall sports season heads toward a conclusion, the WGHS cross country team will be competing in the Section IV, Class C meet on Thursday at Chenango Valley State Park, and the Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team will host the Section IV Swim Meet -- with preliminaries on Wednesday and the finals on Saturday.

Left: Cierra Barber with her 1st Team certificate. Right: A close-up of the certificate.

1st Team All-Region

Cierra Barber, a 2019 graduate of Watkins Glen High School -- where she was an IAC and Odessa File First Team Soccer All-Star at goalkeeper -- has earned 1st Team All-Region status from the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 3, Division 1 for her role as goalkeeper this fall. Barber has served as goalie for the Mercyhurst North East school women's soccer team, which posted a 5-12 record.

Seneca Indians fall in playoff opener, 46-6

CONKLIN, NY, Nov. 2, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians, who opened their varsity football season on Sept. 6 with a 40-0 loss to state powerhouse Susquehanna Valley, closed it Saturday with another 40-point loss to the same Sabers, 46-6, in the opening round of the Section IV, Class C playoffs.

The game was played on the Susquehanna Valley High School football field. The halftime score was 28-0.

The Seneca Indians, a combined team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high school athletes, thus finished at 4-5 -- Saturday's loss ending a three-game winning streak.

Susquehanna Valley, which is 9-0 and has now won 22 straight games (and a state title last season), dominated as it built its season differential to +374 points. The Sabers have scored 422 points while allowing 48.

Sus Valley gained 398 yards on the ground and 84 through the air. The Seneca Indians gained 97 yards rushing and 90 passing.

Travon Jones led the WGOM ground game with 60 yards on 10 carries, and scored the team's lone touchdown on a 24-yard pass from quarterback Cameron Holland that capped a 10-play drive at the beginning of the second half. Other ground gainers included Owen Scholtisek (7 carries for 13 yards), Derrick Lewis (4 carries for 13 yards), and Alex Kranyik (5 carries for 20 yards). Holland completed 10 of 16 passes.

Scholtisek led the Seneca Indians in tackles with eight, while Jones registered six, Lewis five, Hunter Holley five, and Gage Arcangeli three.

"We had some growing pains this season," said Seneca Indians Coach Trevor Holland. While the team would "obviously have liked some more" victories, he added, "as a whole, the kids thought it was a pretty good season."

Susquehanna Valley advances now to the Section 4 Class C final against Windsor.

Watkins boys win IAC cross-country title

MARATHON, Nov. 2, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity cross-country team took first place Friday at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championships at Marathon.

The Senecas totaled 57 points, with Newark Valley second at 81 and Waverly third at 84. They were followed by Trumansburg (99), Lansing (128), Dryden (141), Southern Cayuga (204), Elmira Notre Dame (206), Candor (217), Groton (269), Edison (286), Marathon (286), and Tioga (323).

Senior Gabe Planty led the Senecas with a second-place finish on the 5K course in 17:26, four seconds behind Newark Valley's Jonny Sherwood. Watkins Glen's Sam Thorsland was fifth in 18:02, Max Evans 12th in 18:28, Ben Swinnerton 17th in 18:49, Steven Gublo 21st in 19:11, Elliott Holland 49th in 20:27, and Tim Clifford 92nd in 25:58. There were 95 runners.

Planty and Thorsland, by finishing in the top seven, earned IAC First Team All-Star status, while Evans earned a Second Team berth.

"It was a nice win," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "Hopefully we can repeat it Thursday" at the Section IV Class C meet at Chenango Valley State Park. The top team at sectionals will advance to States, along with the five fastest individuals not on the winning team.

The State meet will be held Nov. 16 at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Girls Meet: Watkins Glen's lone runner, Breanna Carl, finished 10th in 21:53 (and thus earned Second Team All-Star status). Dryden's Emily Miller won the race over 61 other runners with a time of 20:22. Elmira Notre Dame took the team title.

Photos in text: The IAC champion Senecas pose after the meet; and Gabe Planty on his way to second place. (Photos by Amy Planty)

From left: Watkins Glen's Sam Thorsland, Breanna Carl and Ben Swinnerton. (Photos by Amy Planty)

IMRRC will present its 5th annual Argetsinger Motor Racing Symposium

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 31, 2019 -- The International Motor Racing Research Center (IMRRC), in partnership with the Society of Automotive Historians and the Popular Culture Association’s Vehicle Culture Area, will present The Cultural Turn Meets the First Turn: Writing Motorsports History at the fifth annual Michael R. Argetsinger Symposium on International Motor Racing History.

This academic symposium will be held on Nov. 8-9 in the Media Center at the Watkins Glen International race track. The IMRRC will host a reception at the Research Center at 610 South Decatur Street in Watkins Glen on Friday, Nov. 8 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A detailed schedule for the weekend may be found at racingarchives.org. All events are free and open to the public, who are welcome to attend any or all sessions.

The two-day program will feature a keynote address, Writing Motorsports History, by Dr. John Heitmann, Professor Emeritus at the University of Dayton, on Saturday afternoon. Friday’s schedule includes three panels whose topics include an examination of the legacy of Juan Manuel Fangio; the exploits and real life of Britain's first Speed Queen, Dorothy Levitt; and a consideration of the challenges encountered in presenting racing history to various generations, among others.

Saturday’s schedule includes the keynote address as well as two panels and a roundtable discussion titled Looking Forward: Writing about Motor Sports History and Culture, moderated by Col. H. Donald Capps, chair of the Society of Automotive Historians International Motor Sports History Section and member of the IMRRC Historian’s Council; and Dr. Pat Yongue, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Houston, an expert on women in racing and a member of the Society of Automotive Historians International Motor Sports History Section.

Saturday’s panel topics will include the relationship between NASA and motorsports; moonshine and its relationship with the American auto industry; and a look at motorsports’ intricate and symbiotic relationship with media broadcasting, among others.

The annual symposium began in 2015 and was originally named in honor of Jean S. Argetsinger, a founder of the IMRRC. In 2017, Jean asked that the symposium be renamed for son Michael, an award-winning motorsports author and longtime member of the IMRRC’s Governing Council, who died in 2015.

Photo in text: Buz McKim, keynote speaker at the 2018 Argetsinger Symposium, returns this year to present Moonshine and its Connection to the American Auto Industry. (Photo provided)

Athletes of Week: 2 gridders, 1 swimmer

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Oct. 27, 2019 -- This week we honor as Odessa File Athletes of the Week a swimmer from the IAC Champion Swimmin' Women, and two runners from the Seneca Indians football team.

The swimmer is Watkins Glen High School freshman Faye Mooney, who won the 100 Yard Breaststroke and was on the winning 200 Medley Relay squad at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Swimming Championships held in the WGHS pool. She was also fourth in the 50 Free and on the second-place squad in the 400 Free Relay.

The football players are Owen Scholtisek and Travon Jones, both of whom spearheaded the Seneca Indians' third straight victory, a 34-6 win over Dryden that put their team in the Section IV playoffs this Saturday (3:30 p.m.) at Susquehanna Valley. Scholtisek gained 183 yards on 14 carries and scored two touchdowns. Jones gained 124 yards on 20 carries with one TD.

Double Honorable: The Watkins Glen swim team's Peighton Cervoni, Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez and Maria Brubaker; Watkins Glen soccer's Isaac McIlroy, Carly Arnold and Abby Gibson; the Seneca Indians' Hunter Holley; and Odessa-Montour soccer's Grace Vondracek.

Honorable Mention: Another 12 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

The Watkins Glen swim team poses with its championship trophy after Saturday's meet.

Glen swimmers win IAC Championship

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 27, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team captured the team title Saturday in a field of eight teams in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championship Meet in the WGHS pool.

The Senecas finished with 354 points, well ahead of runnerup Dryden (306). They were followed by Southern Cayuga (296), Lansing (253), Waverly (236), Elmira Notre Dame (211), Odessa-Montour (158) and Whitney Point (66).

Lansing's Grace Kadlecik was named the meet's Outstanding Swimmer after winning the 200 Yard Freestyle and 100 Yard Butterfly.

Victories for Watkins Glen were posted in the:

200 Medley Relay: Peighton Cervoni, Faye Mooney, Amanda Wilbur and Thalia Marquez (1:58.04).
Diving: Maria Brubaker, 1st with 344.30 points.
100 Breaststroke: Faye Mooney (1:14.72).

Second-place finishes for Watkins came from Amanda Wilbur in the 200 Individual Medley and the 500 Freestyle, Ali LaMoreaux in the Diving, Peighton Cervoni in the 100 Backstroke, and the 400 Free Relay squad of Thalia Marquez, Wilbur, Faye Mooney and Cervoni.

Marquez placed third in the 200 Freestyle and 100 Free, Cervoni was third in the 100 Fly, and Sarah Swinnerton was third in the 100 Breaststroke.

Odessa-Montour, meanwhile, was led by Madison Moss (sixth in the 100 Fly and fifth in the 500 Free), Katie Adams (10th in the 100 Fly), Kara Reese (7th in the 100 Free and 7th in the 100 Back), Megan Adams (9th in the 100 Back), and Reagan Reese (10th in the 100 Breaststroke).

IAC All-Stars were determined by those who finished in the top three of individual races, or who won a relay.

Watkins Glen IAC All-Stars, therefore, included Cervoni, Mooney, Wilbur, Marquez, Brubaker, LaMoreaux, and Swinnerton.

Next up: the Section IV, Class C Tournament, with prelims on Wednesday, Nov. 6, and the finals on Saturday, Nov. 9 -- with both events in the WGHS pool.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Sarah Swinnerton competes in the 200 IM; and the winning 200 Medley Relay team. clockwise from top left: Faye Mooney, Peighton Cervoni, Amanda Wilbur and Thalia Marquez.

Watkins Glen's Faye Mooney on the way to fourth place in the 50 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins Glen's Maria Brubaker, right, who placed first in Diving; and teammate Ali LaMoreaux, left, who placed second.

Odessa-Montour's Reagan Reese glides underwater at start of the 50 Yard Freestyle.

Left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann, left, and Faye Mooney hug on the awards podium after Klemann placed 6th in the 50 Freestyle, and Mooney 4th. Right: O-M's Sarah Barr, left, and Watkins Glen's Sarah Stopinski dive at start of the 200 Freestyle.

Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni, right, who placed second in the 100 Back, congratulates Notre Dame's Allie O'Brien, who won the event.

Odessa-Montour's Katie Adams, left, and Emilee Chaffinch dive at start of the 100 Back.

Left: O-M's Taryn Hoyt hits the water at start of the 100 Fly. Right: Odessa's Kara Reese dives at start of the 100 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins Glen exchange student Kajsa Rolfes competes in the 100 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur en route to second place in the 200 Individual Medley.

Watkins Glen's Thalia Marquez competes in the 100 Yard Freestyle. She placed third.

Odessa-Montour's Madison Moss dives during the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay.

Odessa-Montour goalkeeper Grace Vondracekk (00) prepares to stop a Groton shot.

O-M girls lose sectional opener to Groton

GROTON, Oct. 26, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team's season ended Friday with a 2-0 loss to Groton in a quarterfinal game of the Section IV, Class C Tournament.

The game, played on the soccer field at the Groton Elementary School, saw the hosts take a 1-0 lead in the first half on a penalty kick, and add a goal at 17:54 of the second half on a shot from the right that found the left corner of the Odessa net. Both goals were by Lauren Reeves.

O-M goalkeeper Grace Vondracek made several outstanding saves, including one on a penalty kick by Groton in the second half. She blocked the attempt and then pounced on the rebound before the Groton shooter could get there.

Groton registered 11 shots on goal to O-M's one, and had three corner kicks to Odessa's none. Vondracek made nine saves.

"Grace was awesome in the goal," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster. "And the backs played together great. We played a lot more soccer in the middle of the field, but just couldn't connect the last pass to create good scoring chances. I'm proud of the way these girls developed as a team and battled throughout the season."

No. 6 seeded Odessa was without the services of defensive standout Camille Sgrecci, held out on a concussion protocol following an injury in last week's IAC Small Schools title-game loss to Groton.

With the win, the No. 3-seeded Groton advances to the tournament semifinals.

Photo: O-M's Autumn Garrison (11) and a Groton player eye the ball.

Left: O-M's Lydia Lynch pursues the ball after heading an incoming pass. Right: Odessa-Montour's Hannah Nolan prepares to send the ball upfield.

Left: O-M's Ida Sidle prepares to send the ball upfield. Right: Odessa's Lillian Betts, left, pursues the ball.

Left: O-M's Rebecca Wolfe (19) settles the ball. Right: Odessa's Tori Brewster (6) battles a Groton player for possession of the ball.

Left: Odessa's Malia Mertens, left, controls the ball. Right: O-M goalkeeper Grace Vondracek registers a save.

Seneca Indians defenders (in white, early in the game, before mud obscured their numbers) zero in on Dryden ball-carrier Braedon Libbey.

Seneca Indians rout Dryden

Register 34-6 victory, advance to postseason playoffs

DRYDEN, Oct. 26, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team won its third straight game Friday night, defeating Dryden 34-6 in a Section IV game on the Dryden athletic field -- and in so doing advanced to the league playoffs.

The victory lifted the Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high school athletes -- to a 4-4 season mark and a division record of 2-1, putting them ahead of Dryden in the standings. The top two teams from a division qualify for the playoffs. Newark Valley placed first, and WG/OM second.

The Seneca Indians, who have outscored their opponents in the past three games by a combined score of 121-6, will face Susquehanna Valley on the road at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in a playoff opener. The Seneca Indians lost to Sus Valley in the season opener, 40-0.

It took just a few minutes for WG/OM to score Friday, on a chilly, misty night and on a muddy Dryden field.

Owen Scholtisek swept around right end from 35 yards out to score at the 7:48 mark of the first quarter, with Travon Jones then converting a two-point run to make it 8-0.

Jones scored the next TD, with 35 seconds left in the first period, on a 9-yard run around left end. Scholtisek carried the ball across the line on the two-point attempt, reaching out to break the plane of the goal line as he was heading to the ground. The score was 16-0.

Scholtisek made it 22-0 with 2:31 left in the first half, busting through the middle on a 79-yard touchdown run. A two-point attempt failed.

The Seneca Indians stretched the lead to 28-0 with 9:32 left in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run by Hunter Holley. A two-point pass attempt fell incomplete.

Dryden finally got on the board on a 1-yard touchdown run with 2:30 remaining. A two-point pass attempt was incomplete.

And the Seneca Indians made it 34-6 with 1:57 remaining on an 11-yard run up the middle by Holley. An extra-point kick attempt failed.

"The last three weeks have been fantastic," said Seneca Indians Coach Trevor Holland. "Everybody has been all in."

WG/OM, which attempted just two passes, amassed 326 yards, all on the ground. Scholtisek led in rushing with 183 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns. Jones gained 124 yards on 20 carries with one TD. Holley scored the other two touchdowns.

Holley also led in unassisted tackles with five, while Jones and Scholtisek each had two.

Photos in text:

Top: WGOM's Owen Scholtisek breaks free for a 35-yard TD run.

Seccnd: The Seneca Indians' Derrick Lewis (right) tackles the Dryden quarterback.

Third: WGOM's Hunter Holley, right, rises from the turf after scoring on a 1-yard run.

Bottom: Dryden defenders have a hard time bringing down WGOM's Owen Scholtisek.

Left: Seneca Indians' Dominick Fazzary (20) tackles a Dryden runner on the WGOM 1-yard line. Right: WGOM's Ben Mathews takes down a Dryden ball-carrier.

The Seneca Indians' Owen Scholtisek, left --after taking a handoff from quarterback Cameron Holland (8) --prepares to hand off to Travon Jones (21), who carried the ball across the goal line for a two-point conversion.

The Seneca Indians' Jared Rumsey (32) kicks off.

Seneca Indians fans Jeff Confer, left, and Jim Howell were watching the game from a fence behind the WGOM bench.

Left: The Seneca Indians' Travon Jones initiates a tackle of Lions ball-carrier Braedon Libby. Right: WGOM's Cayden Confer reaches in vain for a pass that sailed wide.

WGOM ball-carrier Travon Jones, center, finds the going tough as Dryden defenders bring him down.

The Seneca Indians' Matt Irwin, left, hits Dryden ball-carrier Sam Dow as WGOM's Cadin Knapp (72) closes in.

WGOM's Owen Scholtisek offers the ball to an official after scoring a touchdown and celebrating with teammates (from left) Gage Arcangeli, Boyd Barber and Joshua Beckley.

Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy fires a shot that found the net for the Senecas' lone goal.

Watkins boys fall to Newark Valley, 2-1

NEWARK VALLEY, Oct. 24, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team's season ended Wednesday with a 2-1 loss to Newark Valley in a Section IV, Class B Tournament game on the Newark Valley soccer field.

"We played a great game, competitive for 80 minutes," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson. "At no time did the other team feel the game was over. We kept shots coming the entire second half, but just couldn't connect."

The Senecas scored first, on a goal by Isaac McIlroy with 23:22 left in the first half. He took a pass from Seamus Mooney at midfield, poked the ball between the legs of a defender, raced around the defender and, from the right of the net, sent the ball low into the far left corner.

Newark Valley tied the game 7:08 before intermission on a blast that beat Watkins goalkeeper Bryce Kelly on the right. And the Cardinals went ahead at 33:19 of the second half on a ball that rebounded off a Kelly save to the foot of a Newark Valley player who one-touched it into the right rear corner from directly in front of the net.

Kelly registered 10 saves, several of the outstanding variety. The Senecas kept up the pressure, trying to tie, forcing play in the Newark Valley end of the field for most of the final 10 minutes -- and coming close to scoring on a couple of occasions.

Watkins Glen, which finished 9-8 and was the tournament's No. 10 seed, had "our best season in years," said Watson. "The guys should be proud of their improvement and the progress the program has made in the past few seasons."

Newark Valley, the 7th seed, advances to play No. 2-seeded Chenango Valley on the road Saturday.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Georgio Fazzary (4) battles a Newark Valley player for the ball.
Middle: The Senecas' Dylan Morse (11) shoots as an NV player moves in on the left to try and block it.
Bottom: Watkins' Isaac McIlroy veers left, leaving a Newark Valley player leaning the wrong way. McIlroy went around him.

A Newark Valley corner kick travels from the left. It went past the net on the right.

Left: Watkins Glen's Anthony Cummings (18) clears the ball from in front of the Senecas' goal by kicking it backward, over his head, as goalkeeper Bryce Kelly watches. Right: Watkins' Collin Gaylord sends a shot toward the Newark Valley net.

Left: Watkins Glen's Tom Elliott battles an NV player for possession of the ball. Right: The Senecas' Dave Semans (13) sends the ball upfield.

Left: Watkins Glen's Anthony Cummings sends the ball flying. Right: The Senecas' Seamus Mooney (9) fights a Newark Valley player for possession near midfield.

Watkins Glen's Peyton Boudinot sends the ball into the Newark Valley end of the field.

Watkins girls finish with a victory, 7-1

MORAVIA, Oct. 22, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team ended its season on a winning note Monday, defeating Moravia 7-1 in a game on the Moravia soccer field.

The victory gave the Senecas a final 3-12 record.

Abby Gibson scored three goals, Carly Arnold two, and Adrie Solomon and Jenna Solomon one each. Adrie Solomon had two assists, while Gibson and Briana Hayes had one apiece. Lilly Ameigh regisatered seven saves in goal for the Senecas.

"The girls finished the season playing really well today," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "It was our best game of the season. We moved the ball well and were really solid defensively. Abby Gibson was spectacular today. She and Adrie Solomon played terrific together up front. Lilly Ameigh had another strong game today. It wasn’t the season we were hoping for in terms of wins, but the girls never gave up and we played much better down the stretch."

Senior Night: The seniors on the Odessa-Montour volleyball team were honored in a pre-match ceremony. From left: Kiara Ordway, Cheianne Webster, Hannah Chapman, Rhys Stermer, Jolynn Minnier, Marisa Alton and Karlee Dudgeon. (Photo provided)

O-M volleyball team loses to NV, 3-0

ODESSA, Oct. 22, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team closed its season Monday with a 3-0 loss to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 6-25, 15-25 and 20-25.

Statistics for Odessa-Montour included:

Cheianne Webster: 1 service point, 1 kill, 1 assist.
Karlee Dudgeon: 3 service points, 2 aces, 5 digs.
Jolynn Minnier: 2 service points, 1 kill, 1 block, 1 dig.
Sam Sipes: 4 service points, 1 ace, 1 assist, 1 dig.
Rhys Stermer: 4 service points, 3 aces, 3 kills, 6 blocks, 1 dig.
Haley Landon: 2 assists.

The Indians finished with a season mark of 5-11. They did not qualify for sectionals, which will be held Friday at Tompkins-Cortland Community College.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour fell to Newark Valley 3-0. Game scores were 21-25, 13-25 and 16-25. O-M finished the season with a 2-14 record.

Photo in text: O-M's Rhys Stermer battles a Newark Valley player at the net.

Left: O-M's Kiara Ordway volleys. Right: Odessa's Cheianne Webster returns a serve.

Left: O-M's Marisa Alton volleys. Right: Odessa's Sam Sipes serves the ball.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Karlee Dudgeon, Jolynn Minnier and Hannah Chapman.

Watkins volleyball team falls to Edison

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 22, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team completed a winless season Monday, falling to Edison 3-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS Field House.

Game scores were 15-25, 10-25 and 12-25.

"We ended the season playing and moving well against a very strong team," said Watkins Glen Coach Dawn Baker. "Our one freshman, five sophomores and one junior held their own and found themselves with the lead a decent amount of times against a team with eight seniors. This team persevered through a tough season, but their heart and dedication speak volumes for their character. Not just for their love of the sport. I am proud of them all."

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen fell to Edison 3-0. Game scores were 12-25, 21-25 and 11-25.

Athletes of the Week: McIlroy, Jones

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Oct. 20, 2019 -- This week we honor as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week a Watkins Glen High School soccer player and a Seneca Indians football standout.

One is senior Isaac McIlroy, who scored five goals in two victories as the Senecas closed the regular soccer season with a 9-7 record. McIlroy scored two goals -- one in overtime -- as WGHS defeated Marcus Whtiman 3-2. The night before, he scored three of his team's goals in a 4-2 victory over Newfield.

The other is sophomore Travon Jones, who rushed for 140 yards on five carries and two touchdowns, and scored a third time on a 41-yard pass play, as the Seneca Indians football squad steam-rollered Port Byron/Union Springs, 60-0.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen runner Gabe Planty; Seneca Indians football's Owen Scholtisek, Cameron Holland, Dominick Fazzary, Hunter Holley, Derrick Lewis, Gage Arcangeli and Ben Mathews; Watkins Glen swimmers Peighton Cervoni, Amanda Wilbur and Thalia Marquez; O-M volleyball's Rhys Stermer and Jolynn Minnier; and O-M swimmers Madison Moss and Kara Reese.

Honorable Mention: Another 24 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Star teams and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Members of the Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team and their coaches. From left: Liam Smith, Steven Gublo, Gabe Planty, Coach Rod Weeden, Coach John Fazzary, Lawrence Majors, Max Evans and Sam Thorsland. Ben Swinnerton left shortly after the race to get to Homecoming festivities, and missed the awards presentation. (Photo by Amy Planty)

Glen 1st among Small Schools at Marathon

MARATHON, Oct. 20, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity cross country team placed second overall and first among Small Schools in the seeded race Saturday at the Marathon Invitational cross country meet.

WGHS senior Gabe Planty finished second in the 5K race, posting a time of 16:55, behind only Matt Bartolotta of West Genesee (16:45).

Elmira won the overall title with 73 points, followed by Watkins Glen (88), Horseheads (99), Delhi (117), West Genesee (119), Waverly (121), Newark Valley (131), Tully (155), Marcellus (245), Corning (257) and Maine-Endwell (339).

Among Small Schools, Watkins was first with 47 points, followed by Delhi (66), Waverly (67), Newark Valley (75), Tully (89), and Marcellus (172).

Other Watkins Glen runners and their times: Sam Thorsland, 12th in 18:06; Max Evans, 17th in 18:19; Ben Swinnerton, 23rd in 18:46; Steven Gublo, 34th in 19:10; Lawrence Majors, 60th in 20:22; and Tim Clifford, 74th in 24:45. There were 74 runners.

Girls: Watkins Glen had one runner, Breanna Carl, who placed 15th among 115 runners in 22:45. The winner was Emma Anderson of Homer (20:34).

Boys Modified: Nick Bonsignore was 24th among 107 runners on a 2.5K course in 10:28, while Johnny Vanscoyk was 33rd in 10:53; Dominic Gublo 38th in 10:56; and Max Ricca 87th in 13:23. The winner was Johnathan Garrison of Candor in 8:43.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty on his way to second place at the Marathon Invitational cross country meet. (Photo by Amy Planty)

Left: WGHS's Sam Thorsland. Right: WG's Breanna Carl. (Photos by Amy Planty)

The Seneca Indians' Dominick Fazzary scores a touchdown on a 19-yard run.

Seneca Indians rout PB/US

Post 60-0 victory in Homecoming Game; Dryden next

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 20, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team scored early and often Saturday night en route to a 60-0 non-league victory over Port Byron/Union Springs in a Homecoming Game on the WGHS Alumni Field.

The victory lifted the record of the Seneca Indians -- a combined squad of WGHS and Odessa-Montour athletes -- to 3-4 heading into a showdown Friday at Dryden, with the winner advancing to the Section IV postseason tournament. Both WGOM and Dryden are 1-1 in division play. Newark Valley has won the division, but the runnerup advances, as well.

The Seneca Indians struck paydirt just 3:19 into the game, and kept on rolling until they had built a 40-0 lead at halftime. The clock kept running, even on incompletions, throughout the second half -- a joint agreement of the two teams and officials.

WGOM amassed 474 total yards to Port Byron/Union Springs' 63, with 398 of them coming on the ground. Travon Jones carried the ball five times for 140 yards, including a 79-yard romp. He scored twice on runs, and once on a bubble pass in the right flat that he turned into a 41-yard touchdown.

Other ground gainers: Dominick Fazzary, 14 carries for 98 yards and a touchdown; Owen Scholtisek, seven carries for 70 yards and a touchodwn; Derrick Lewis, four carries for 23 yards and a touchdown; quarterback Cameron Holland, two carries for 24 yards, and Gage Arcangeli, one carry for one yard and a touchdown.

Scholtisek also caught a 37-yard TD pass from Holland in full stride. Holland ended up 3-for-3 through the air with two touchdown throws.

"I didn't expect it to be like that," said Seneca Indians Coach Trevor Holland. "I didn't expect (PB/US) to be that down, to put it politely. They struggled."

Hunter Holley, who led the Seneca Indians in tackles with six, "did a wonderful job at linebacker tonight," said Coach Holland. Right behind in total tackles was Ben Mathews, with five.

Senior Night: The team's seniors were honored in a pregame ceremony. They are Gage Arcangeli, Brandon Beaumont, Bruce Mason, Zach Burrows, Hunter Holley, Derrick Lewis, Patrick Madaffari, and Ben Mathews.

The senior cheerleaders were also honored: Andrea Heskell, Brittany Luke, Pierce Mckenzie, and Bethany Rutledge.

Homecoming Queen and King: Halftime also saw an introduciton of the Homecoming Court and the unveiling of the King and Queen. The queen is Madelyn Suddaby, whose sister Mikaela was Homecoming Queen at the school six years ago. The king is Brandon Beaumont, a member of the Seneca Indians football team.

Other Queen candidates were Sara Benedict-Augustine, Ellie Clarkson, Ali LaMoreaux and Madeline Parker. Other King candidates were Scott Brubaker, Collin Gaylord, James Jensen and Patrick Madaffari.

Photos in text:

Top: The Seneca Indians' Owen Scholtisek hauls in a touchdown pass from quarterback Cameron Holland.

Second: Homecoming King Brandon Beaumont and Queen Madelyn Suddaby.

Third: WGOM's Alex Kranyik runs almost 80 yards for a touchdown after intercepting a Groton pass.

Bottom: The Seneca Indians' Travon Jones (21) breaks through the Groton defense after catching a pass in the flat. He rumbled 41 yards for a touchdown.

The Seneca Indians' Derrick Lewis (5) completes a 5-yard touchdown run.

Left: WGOM's Owen Scholtisek brings down a PB/US ball-carrier. Right: The Seneca Indians' Dominick Fazzary hauls in a pass.

The ball pops loose from the grip of a PB/US ball-carrier, poked free by the Seneca Indians' Travon Jones (21). WGOM's Hunter Holley recovered the ball on the Seneca Indians' 9-yard line.

Watkins Glen students Aislinn Klemann, left, and Amanda Wilbur led a cheering section in the bleachers before and throughout the game.

A Homecoming Parade down Decatur Street to the school preceded the football game.

Odessa-Montour goalkeeper Grace Vondracek makes one of her 13 saves against Groton.

O-M girls fall to Groton in IAC title game

DRYDEN, Oct. 20, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team dropped a 4-0 decision Saturday to Groton in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small Schools title game played at Tompkins-Cortland Community College.

O-M, winner of the IAC Small Schools South Division, stayed close to the Small Schools North Division champs through the first half, reaching intermission down 1-0. Groton's lone goal came at 23:11 on a blast from the right that found the left corner of the Odessa net.

Groton broke the game open with three second-half goals, coming at 38:12, 27:45 and 17:08. Throughout, Groton dominated in corner kicks, 6-1, and built a 17-2 advantage in shots on goal.

O-M's Grace Vondracek registered 13 saves in goal, several of the spectacular variety.

"She played a great game," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster, who said a long, 10-day layoff between games "hurt us. We couldn't get our passing game going, and had no rhythm."

He had praise for his backs, and said Camille Sgrecci "did a great job on (Lauren) Reeves," a Groton sharpshooter who failed to score in this game.

The two teams play again at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Groton in the Section IV, Class C soccer tournament.

"Yes, we get a chance to redeem ourselves on Friday," said Brewster.

Photos in text:

Top: Groton's Lauren Reeves, left, and O-M's Camille Sgrecci battle for the ball. Sgrecci hit her head on the turf on this play and had to leave the game.

Bottom: Odessa-Montour's Hannah Nolan fights Groton's Sophia Bell for possession of the ball.

Left: O-M's Sara Gardner settles the ball. Right: Odessa's Ida Sidle, right, blocks the ball.

Left: O-M's Lillian Betts sends the ball upfield. Right: Odessa's Lydia Lynch, right, passes the ball.

Left: O-M's Autumn Garrison meets the ball. Right: Odessa's Raven Lott.

Left: O-M's Tori Brewster (6) moves the ball under pressure. Right: Odessa's Rebecca Wolfe (19) watches the approach of the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Carlie Baker volleys. Right: O-M's Haley Landon meets the ball.

O-M volleyball team tops Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 19, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team defeated Watkins Glen 3-1 Friday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS Field House.

Game scores were 25-14, 25-4, 24-26 and 25-17.

After decisive victories in the first two games, O-M led in the third 21-14 before Watkins Glen staged a comeback to win 26-24. Odessa then reasserted itself in the fourth game to claim the match.

Individual statistics for Odessa-Montour included the following:

Cheianne Webster: 5 service points, 1 ace, 2 kills, 2 digs.
Rhys Stermer: 8 service points, 4 aces, 7 kills, 2 assists, 4 blocks, 2 digs.
Jolynn Minnier: 18 service points, 5 aces, 5 kills, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 1 dig.
Sam Sipes: 3 service points, 5 assists.
Marisa Alton: 3 service points, 1 dig.
Haley Landon: 3 service points, 5 assists, 1 dig.
Madisyn Wells: 2 service points.
Hannah Chapman: 4 service points, 2 aces, 2 kills

Watkins Glen statistics:

Jade Scaptura: 2 service points, 1 kill.
Carlie Baker: 3 aces, 5 kills, 1 block.
Melanie Wysocki: 3 service points, 4 aces.
Kelsey DeMillo: 2 kills.
Robin Zimba: 3 service points, 3 aces.
Katrina Ricca: 2 kills.
Colby Thurston: 1 ace.

Both teams return to action Monday: O-M at home against Newark Valley, and Watkins Glen at Edison.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Watkins Glen, 2-1. Game scores were 25-23 and 25-12.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Rhys Stermer and Watkins Glen's Katrina Ricca battle at the net.
Bottom: Odessa's Jolynn Minnier sends the ball over the net.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Cheianne Webster volleys. Right: Odessa's Rhys Stermer sends the ball over the net.

Left: O-M's Hannah Chapman volleys at the net. Right: Odessa's Karlee Dudgeon.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jade Scaptura (1) and Melanie Wysocki converge on the ball.
Right: The Senecas' Kelsey DeMillo volleys as teammate Robin Zimba watches.

Serving, from left: Watkins' Jade Scaptura, O-M's Sam Sipes, and WG's Colby Thurston.

Boys, girls soccer sectionals announced

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Oct. 17, 2019 -- The schedules have been set for the Section IV soccer tournaments -- with two Schuyler County teams competing.

The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity squad, seeded 10th in the Class B Sectionals with a 9-7 record, opens against No. 7 Newark Valley (9-5) on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at Newark Valley. Game time is 3:30 p.m.. The winner plays on Saturday, Oct. 26 on the road against No. 2 Chenango Valley.

The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity, seeded No. 6 in Class C with a 9-6 record, drew a first-round bye and plays on Friday, Oct. 25 on the road against No. 3-seeded Groton (10-3). Game time is 3:30 p.m. The winner advances to the semifinals, likely against No. 2 seeded Elmira Notre Dame (9-4-1).

Neither the Watkins Glen girls team nor the Odessa-Montour boys team qualified for the tournament.

The Watkins Glen swim team seniors were honored. From left seated: Team manager Scott Brubaker, Swedish exchange student Kajsa Rolfes, Madeline Parker and Ellie Clarkson. Top from left, Ali LaMoreaux, Peighton Cervoni and Sarah Swinnerton.

Watkins Glen swimmers defeat Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 18, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team defeated Waverly 108-73 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

Peighton Cervoni, Amanda Wilbur and Thalia Marquez each posted four victories for the Senecas. Wins for Watkins Glen came in the following events:

200 Medley Relay: Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur and Thalia Marquez 2:02.87.
200 Free: Amanda Wilbur 2:12.69.
200 IM: Thalia Marquez 2:33.26.
Diving: Maria Brubaker, 181.25 points.
100 Fly: Peighton Cervoni 1:05.30.
100 Free: Thalia Marquez 59.30.
500 Free: Amanda Wilbur 5:50.57.
200 Free Relay: Peighton Cervoni, Faye Mooney, Amanda Wilbur and Thalia Marquez 1:49.81.
100 Back: Peighton Cervoni 1:08.83.
100 Breaststroke: Sarah Swinnerton 1:16.81.

Second-place finishes were posted for Watkins Glen by Faye Mooney in the 200 Free and 100 Free, Sarah Swinnerton in the 200 IM, Alannah Klemann in the 50 Free, and Ali LaMoreaux in the diving.

Next up for the Senecas: The IAC Championships on Saturday, Oct. 26 in the WGHS pool. Diving starts at 9 a.m., and swimming at 12 noon.

Senior Night: The team honored seven seniors at a Senior Night ceremony during Thursday's meet. They are Peighton Cervoni, Ellie Clarkson, Ali LaMoreaex, Madeline Parker, Sarah Swinnerton, Swedish exchange student Kajsa Rolfes, and team manager Scott Brubaker.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Thalia Marquez en route to victory in the 200 Individual Medley.
Middle: The Senecas' Ali LaMoreaux soars on one of her dives. She placed second.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Malina Butler competes in the 100 Fly.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur on the way to winning the 200 Yard Freestyle.

Left: Watkins Glen's Maria Brubaker on her way to first place in the diving. Right: The Senecas' Sarah Swinnerton competes in the 200 Medley Relay, which her squad won.

Left: Watkins Glen's Kendra Fish prepares for the 500 Yard Freestyle. Right: The Senecas' Kajsa Rolfes competes in the 100 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni en route to victory in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

The Senecas' Alannah Klemann competes in the 50 Free, where she placed second.

Watkins Glen's Sarah Stopinski competes in the 200 Yard Freestyle against Waverly.

Watkins Glen's Faye Mooney performs the National Anthem on the violin, aided by team manager Scott Brubaker.

Watkins girls modified soccer team wins

DUNDEE, Oct. 18, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls modified soccer team closed its season on a winning note Thursday, defeating Bloomfield 4-0 in a game on the Dundee High School athletic field.

The Senecas, who finished with an 8-3 record, got two goals from Julia Spahalski and one each from Kendall Parker and Olivia VanSkiver. Assists came from Maisie Robertson and VanSkiver. Brenna Pierce registered seven saves in goal for Watkins Glen.

The four goals brought to 51 the number scored by Watkns Glen this season, breaking the school record of 50.

"I would like to thank Coahes Charlene Watson and Eric VanSkiver for all of their insight and dedication," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto, who also pointed to "Steven Cinelli, our biggest fan" and "Lois Hosley for keeping the book," and to "all the parents-guardians for their support. This team was a fabulous unit of young ladies who were stellar on every level! With heartfelt thanks, it has been an honor, a privilege and a pleasure to coach this team."

Glen boys close regular season with win

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 17, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team finished its regular season on a winning note Wednesday night, defeating Marcus Whitman 3-2 in overtime in a non-league game on the WGHS Alumni Field.

"The game was played in rather unpleasant conditions," Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson said of the wet evening. With the win, the Senecas improved to 9-7 on the season.

The winning goal was scored by Isaac McIlroy, assisted by Dylan Morse. It was McIlroy's second goal of the game, and 23rd of the season.

Watkins scored first on a goal by McIlroy, and Marcus Whitman responded with two goals. The Senecas tied the game on a Seamus Mooney goal, leading to overtime.

"Great hustle from the Senecas drove the win," said Watson.

Odessa-Montour's Emilee Chaffinch competes in the 100 Yard Backstroke.

O-M swimmers defeat Notre Dame

ODESSA, Oct. 17, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity swim team completed its regular season with a win Wednesdsay, defeating Elmira Notre Dame 49-43 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Odessa got victories in the 200 Medley Relay and in the:

100 Yard Butterfly: Madison Moss 1:12.40.
100 Yard Freestyle: Kara Reese 1:02.37.
500 Yard Freestyle: Madison Moss 6:21.57.
100 Yard Backstroke: Megan Adams 1:15.94.

The two senors on the team -- Kara Reese and Julia Paulisczak -- were honored during a Senior Night ceremony.

Next up for the Indians: the IAC Championships, to be held Saturday, Oct. 26 at Watkins Glen High School.

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Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour seniors Julia Paulisczak, left, and Kara Reese were honored in a Senior Night ceremony, and then took a traditional candlelit lap in the pool.

Bottom: O-M's Annaleise Beckley checks her time after completing the 50 Freestyle.

Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese dives at start of the 100 Yard Freestyle, which she won.

Odessa-Montour's Delaney Paulisczak competes in the 100 Yard Individual Medley.

Odessa-Montour's Kiara Ordway volleys in the first game against Edison.

O-M volleyball team falls to TAE, 3-1

ODESSA, Oct. 17, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision Wednesday to Thomas A. Edison High School in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 8-25, 16-25, 25-20 and 15-25.

Individual statistics for O-M included:

Cheianne Webster; 6 service points, 2 aces, 3 digs.
Jolynn Minnier: 3 service points.
Sam Sipes: 1 service point, 1 ace.
Rhys Stermer: 2 service points, 2 aces, 2 kills, 6 blocks, 3 digs.
Haley Landon: 3 service points, 3 aces.
Madisyn Wells: 1 service point, 1 ace.
Hannah Chapman: 1 service point, 3 aces, 3 digs.

The Indians return to action Friday at Watkins Glen.

Junior Varsity: Edison defeated Odessa-Montour 2-1. Game scores were 18-25, 21-25 and 25-9.

Photo in text: O-M's Madisyn Wells, right, volleys as teammate Haley Landon nears.

Left: O-M's Rhys Stermer volleys. Right: The Indians' Sam Sipes meets the ball.

Left: O-M's Karlee Dudgeon reaches low to volley. Right: The Indians' Haley Landon sets the ball for a teammate.

Watkins volleyball team loses to Candor

CANDOR, Sept. 17, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision Wednesday to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Candor gym.

Game scores were 10-25, 12-25 and 10-25.

The Senecas return to action Friday at home against Odessa-Montour. The varsity match starts at 4:30 p.m., with the JV match to follow.

Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy (12) sends a shot on goal. This one was stopped.

Glen boys top Newfield; McIlroy nets 3

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 16, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team -- led by three Isaac McIlroy goals -- defeated Newfield 4-2 Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS Alumni Field.

Aidan DiGregorio opened the scoring for the Senecas, and McIlroy scored the next three goals -- one on a penalty kick. The hat trick gives him 21 goals this season.

Bryce Kelly registered nine saves in goal for Watkins Glen.

"We played a real nice game," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson. "Our touch was on, and we played to feet better than in other games. It was a great team effort."

The Senecas (now 8-7) return to action tonight (Wednesday) at home against Marcus Whitman. Game time is 6 p.m.

Senior Night: The Senecas' seven seniors were honored during a halftime ceremony. They are Aidan DiGregorio, Thomas Elliott, Travis Hill, Collin Gaylord, Isaac McIlroy, Bryson Simmons and Josiah Wysocki.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Georgio Fazzary, right, fights for the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Seamus Mooney (right) battles for possession of the ball. Right: The Senecas' Dylan Morse (11) races a Newfield player to the ball.

The Watkins Glen soccer team's seven seniors were honored at halftime. From left: Aidan DiGregorio, Thomas Elliott, Bryson Simmons, Josiah Wysocki, Isaac McIlroy, Travis Hill and Collin Gaylord.

Odessa-Montour boys lose to T-burg, 5-0

TRUMANSBURG, Oct. 16, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team dropped a 5-0 decision Tuesday night to Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference season finale on the Trumansburg athletic field.

"Trumansburg is a very talented team, and it was a tough game," said O-M Coach Katie Taber.

O-M goalkeeper Dominik Scott registered 15 saves, while the Trumansburg netminder had seven saves.

The loss left Odessa-Montour with a final 4-10 record.

"We had a good start in the beginning of the season," said Taber, "but struggled to win games in the middle of the year. If we all could have stayed healthy throughout the season, the outcome would have been different. There is a lot of talent on the team, and I wish our record portrayed that. As for next year, I'm ready to tackle another season with these boys and look forward to seeing their growth."

Odessa-Montour's Cheianne Webster volleys against Campbell-Savona.

O-M volleyball team falls to C-S, 3-0

ODESSA, Oct. 16, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision Tuesday to Campbell-Savona in a non-league match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 17-25, 15-25 and 19-25.

Statistics for Odessa-Montour included the following:

Cheianne Webster: 1 kill, 4 digs.
Karlee Dudgeon: 2 digs.
Jolynn Minnier: 5 service points, 2 digs.
Sam Sipes: 4 service points, 4 aces, 1 kill, 3 assists, 2 digs.
Rhys Stermer: 4 service points, 4 aces, 6 kills, 4 digs.
Haley Landon: 2 service points, 1 ace, 4 assists, 2 digs.
Madisyn Wells: 1 dig.
Hannah Chapman: 3 service points, 1 kill, 2 assists, 5 digs.

Junior Varsity: Campbell-Savona defeated Odessa-Montour 2-1. Game scores were 14-25, 24-26 and 25-21.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Jolynn Minnier volleys at the net.

Odessa-Montour's Rhys Stermer (left) and Karlee Dudgeon handle incoming volleys.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Sam Sipes, Haley Landon and Hannah Chapman.

Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese on the way to victory in the 100 Yard Freestyle.

O-M swimmers defeat Whitney Point

ODESSA, Oct. 16, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity swim team posted a 58-22 victory Tuesday over Whitney Point in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

First-place finishes for O-M were posted by the 200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay teams, and in the following:

200 Individual Medley: Kara Reese 2:42.39.
50 Yard Freestyle: Reagan Reese 32.23.
100 Yard Butterfly: Madison Moss 1:14.07.
100 Yard Freestyle: Kara Reese 1:03.40.
500 Yard Freestyle: Madison Moss 6:26.42.
100 Yard Backstroke: Megan Adams 1:17.90.
100 Yard Breaststroke: Reagan Reese 1:33.70.

The Indians return to action today (Wednesday) at home against Elmira Notre Dame. It will be Senior Night.

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Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Madison Moss en route to victory in the 100 Yard Butterfly.
Bottom: O-M's Reagan Reese on the way to victory in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.

Odessa-Montour's Delaney Paulisczak dives at start of the 500 Yard Freestyle.

Odessa-Montour's Megan Adams on the way to winning the 100 Yard Backstroke.

Athletes of Week: WG's McIlroy, Kelly

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Oct. 13, 2019 -- This week we honor two Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer standouts as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

One is Isaac McIlroy, who scored both of his team's goals in a 2-1 victory over Odessa-Montour, and then four goals in a 5-0 win over South Seneca.

The other is Bryce Kelly, the team's goalkeeper, who returned from an injury to stop three -- three!! -- penalty-shot kicks by O-M in his team's 2-1 victory, and then held South Seneca scoreless.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen soccer's Abby Gibson and Adrie Solomon; Watkins Glen swimmers Peighton Cervoni, Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez and Faye Mooney; Watkins Glen runner Gabe Planty; Seneca Indians football's Travon Jones, Owen Scholtisek, Cayden Confer and Dominick Fazzary; Odessa-Montour soccer's Autumn Garrison, Hannah Nolan and Tori Brewster; and O-M volleyball's Rhys Stermer.

Honorable Mention: Another 36 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 Kara Reese dives at start of the 100 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins girls win Class C title at Elmira

ELMIRA, Oct. 13, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team won the Class C division crown Saturday at the annual Dr. Jack Thomas Elmira Invitational at the natatorium behind Ernie Davis Academy.

The Senecas outpointed five other Class C teams: Elmira Notre Dame, Dryden, Odessa-Montour, Susquehanna Valley, and Lansing. The meet had three divisions -- A, B and C -- with swimmers from 18 schools.

The Senecas started by taking first place among C schools in the 200 Medley Relay, with Peighton Cervoni, Faye Mooney, Amanda Wilbur and Thalia Marquez posting a time of 1:55.54. Odessa-Montour (Kara Reese, Madison Moss, Katie Adams and Megan Adams) was fourth in 2:16.37.

In other races, the Class C finishes for Watkins and O-M included:

200 Yard Freestyle: WG Thalia Marquez 2nd (2:06.92) and Malina Butler 7th (2:24.01).

200 Yard IM: WG Amanda Wilbur 2nd (2:25.74) and Sarah Swinnerton 4th (2:38.12).

50 Yard Freestyle: WG Peighton Cervoni 1st (26.17) and Aislinn Klemann 6th (30.54); OM Reagan Reese 8th (32.10) and Julia Paulisczak 10th (33.11).

100 Yard Butterfly: WG Amanda Wilbur 3rd (1:05.75) and Madeline Parker 10th (1:28.91); OM Katie Adams 7th (1:19.11).

100 Yard Freestyle: WG Faye Mooney 2nd (1:00.60), Alannah Klemann 6th (1:04.71) and Kendra Fish 10th (1:11.21); OM Kara Reese 4th (1:01.11) and Megan Adams 8th (1:08.36).

500 Yard Freestyle: WG Thalia Marquez 1st (5:41.01) and Ellie Clarkson 6th (6:35.88); OM Madison Moss 3rd (6:08.51).

200 Free Relay: WG Peighton Cervoni, Faye Mooney, Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez 1st (1:47.27); OM Julia Paulisczak, Delaney Paulisczak, Sarah Barr and Annaleise Beckley 6th.

100 Yard Backstroke: WG Peighton Cervoni 1st (1:02.28), Malina Butler 5th (1:14.81) and Kendra Fish 10th (1:19.96); OM Kara Reese 4th (1:13.40) and Megan Adams 6th (1:16.06).

100 Yard Breaststroke: WG Faye Mooney 1st (1:13.21), Sarah Swinnerton 3rd (1:16.79), Alannah Klemann 8th (1:26.24) and Aislinn Klemann 9th (1:28.59); OM Madison Moss 4th (1:20.97) and Reagan Reese 11th (1:30.90).

400 Free Relay: OM Kara Reese, Megan Adams, Katie Adams, Madison Moss 2nd (4:24.77); WG Ellie Clarkson, Alannah Klemann, Aislinn Klemann, Sarah Swinnerton 5th (4:42. 43).

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur competes in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Second: Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni on the way to the Class C title in the 50 Free.

Third: Odessa-Montour's Katie Adams competes in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Bottom: Odessa-Montour's Megan Adams prepares for the 100 Yard Freestyle.

O-M's Annaleise Beckley, left, and Emilee Chaffinch dive at start of the 100 Freestyle.

Left: Watkins Glen's Faye Mooney glides underwater after diving at start of the 100 Free. Right: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann competes in the 50 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins Glen's Alannah Klemann enters the water at start of the 100 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins Glen exchange student Kajsa Rolfes dives at start of the 50 Yard Freestyle.

Odessa-Montour's Taryn Hoyt competes in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Watkins Glen's Kendra Fish dives at start of the 100 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins Glen's Madeline Parker competes in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

The Watkins Glen swim team poses after winning the EFA Invitational Class C title. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen's Max Evans, left, and Sam Thorsland on the Newark cross country course. (Photo by Amy Planty)

WG boys, Planty win at Newark XC meet

NEWARK, NY, Oct. 13, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity cross country team and senior Gabe Planty placed first Saturday at the Legends Invitational cross country meet in Newark.

Planty posted a time of 17.31 on the 3.1-mile course to finish in front of a relatively small number of runners. Just 25 were competing.

Watkins Glen won the boys varsity team title with 23 points. Newark was second with 47, McQuaid third with 71, and Penn Yan fourth with 76. There were no other schools in the race.

Watkins' Max Evans was third in 19:10.3, while Sam Thorsland was right behind at 19:10.7. Steven Gublo was seventh in 19:40, and Ben Swinnerton eighth in 19:42.

Girls: Watkins Glen had one runner, Breanna Carl, who posted a time of 22:15. The winner was Trinity Wells of Newark in 21:01. Penn Yan won the team title.

Modified: Watkins Glen placed first ahead of the only other complete team, Newark, 24-31. The Senecas' Nicholas Bonsignore was fourth in 13:44, Johnny Vanscoyk fifth in 13:46, Dominic Gublo sixth in 14:29, Aidan Maphis 14th in 16:26, and Max Ricca 16th in 17:53. The winner was Kelan Reh of McQuaid in 12:33. There were 21 runners.

The Senecas return to action next Saturday at the Marathon Invitational.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Ben Swinnerton, left, and Steven Gublo compete at Newark. (Photo by Amy Planty)

The Watkins Glen boys modified team. From left: Nicholas Bonsignore, Johnny Vanscoyk, Max Ricca, Aidan Maphis and Dominic Gublo. (Photo by Rod Weeden)

The Seneca Indians' Travon Jones stretches across the goal line for a touchdown.

Seneca Indians blank SVEC

2 goal-line stands set the tone in 27-0 victory at Candor

CANDOR, Oct. 12, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team improved its season mark to 2-4 Friday night with a 27-0 victory over Spencer-Van Etten/Candor in a Section IV, Division 3 game on the Candor athletic field.

The Seneca Indians, a combined team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high school athletes, kept SVEC's Eagles off the scoreboard with two goal-line stands -- one ending with an Owen Scholtisek interception in the end zone, and the other by pushing the Eagles back from the 2-yard line to the 10, where they then misfired on a fourth-down pass play.

And late in the game, when SVEC was challenging and launched a potential TD pass from the Seneca Indians' 34-yard line, WGOM's Matt Irwin picked it off, returning it to the 25 and setting up a final six-minute, 53-yard drive that ran out the clock.

The Seneca Indians scored their first TD at 6:20 of the first quarter on a Travon Jones 8-yard TD run, and added an extra point. They scored again at 9:26 of the second quarter on a 1-yard keeper by quarterback Cameron Holland after Cayden Confer had fought his way to the one after hauling in a Holland pass. The extra-point try failed.

After Scholtisek's goal-line interception (and return to midfield), WGOM scored 3:46 before halftime on a 3-yard run by Jones, who then carried the ball across for a two-point conversion.

The final touchdown was scored by Dominick Fazzary, who fought his way across the goal line from 12 yards out with 10:15 remaining to play. A point-after kick was wide right.

"I knew we could do this," said Seneca Indians Coach Trevor Holland. "It was just a matter of when it would happen."

The Seneca Indians rushed for 229 yards, with the QB, Holland, completing 4 of 6 passes for 48 yards. Scholtisek ganed 58 yards on 11 carries, Jones 55 yards on seven carries, Fazzary 37 yards on eight carries, Irwin 25 yards on four carries, and Ben Mathews 23 yards on two carries.

Fazzary led the defense in tackles with eight, while Scholtisek had six, Jones four, and Mathews and Alex Kranyik three each.

SVEC gained 66 yards on the ground, and 124 through the air.

With the victory, WGOM retained the shovel that goes to the victor of this game -- a compeition now held three times -- skipping last year, when the two teams weren't scheduled to meet. The SVEC Eagles-WGOM Seneca Indians Veterans Memorial Shovel Game was devised as a way to honor our military personnel, and those men and women drew a round of applause when the shovel was mentioned Friday night over the Public Address system.

SVEC won the inaugural Shovel game in 2016, 39-26, while the Seneca Indians won it back in 2017, 36-14.

With the loss, SVEC fell to 1-5 overall this season and 0-2 in the division. WGOM is now 1-1 in division play.

The Seneca Indians return to action at Watkins Glen on Saturday, Oct. 19, with a WGHS Homecoming game against Port Byron/Union Springs. Game time is 7 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: WGOM's Dominick Fazzary (20) battles a tackler over the last few yards to a touchdown at the end of a 12-yard run.
Middle: The Seneca Indians' Hunter Holley is slowed by a jersey grab from behind.
Bottom: WGOM's Owen Scholtisek intercepts a SVEC pass in the end zone before returning it to midfield.

WGOM quarterback Cameron Holland, left, throws to Cayden Confer, right, for a completion. Confer carried the ball to the 1-yard line, setting up a Seneca Indians TD.

Left: WGOM's Cayden Confer reaches low to haul in a pass. Right: The Seneca Indians' Matt Irwin intercepts a pass deep in his team's territory late in the game.

Left: The Seneca Indians' Dominick Fazzary makes one of his team-leading eight tackles. Right: Injured WGOM quarterback Derrick Lewis (shoulder) holds aloft the shovel that goes to the winner of this game.

Watkins boys defeat South Seneca, 5-0

DUNDEE, Oct. 12, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team -- led by Isaac McIlroy's four goals -- improved its record to 7-7 Friday by defeating South Seneca 5-0 in a non-league game played on the Dundee High School soccer field.

The fifth goal came from Tom Elliott, who also had an assist. Seamus Mooney had an assist as well.

The four goals raised McIlroy's season total to 18. Bryce Kelly registered six saves in recording the shutout.

"The team started out real slow this year," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson, "but has picked it up in the second half."

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at home against Newfield. Game time is 6:30 p.m.

Watkins Glen goalkeeper Lilly Ameigh makes a diving save. She registered 15 saves.

Watkins girls fall to Trumansburg, 4-0

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 12, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team dropped a 4-0 decision to Trumansburg Friday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS Alumni Field.

The loss dropped the Senecas' season mark to 2-12 heading into a season finale Wednesday at Moravia.

"We played a very good first half tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, whose team trailed 1-0 at intermission. "After the break, we lacked energy a bit, but the girls never gave up."

Lilly Ameigh was busy throughout the game in goal for Watkins Glen, registering 15 saves.

The game featured a halftime Senior Night ceremony honoring the Senecas' five seniors: Sara Benedict-Augustine, Haley Dean, Kelsey Kernan, Adrienna Solomon and Olivia Stephani.

"It's always nice to honor our seniors," said Morse, "and it has been a true pleasure to be part of the team with them."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Adrie Solomon settles an incoming pass.

Watkins Glen's Briana Hayes passes the ball in first-half action against Trumansburg.

Left: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold prepares to send the ball upfield. Right: The Senecas' Sara Benedict-Augustine (25) battles a T-burg player for possession of the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Genevieve Osborne passes the ball. Right: The Senecas' Kayla Palmer sends the ball flying upfield.

Watkins' five seniors were honored during a halftime ceremony. They are, from left, Olivia Stephani, Adrienna Solomon, Sara Benedict-Augustine, Kelsey Kernan and Haley Dean.

O-M volleyball team falls to Tioga, 3-0

ODESSA, Oct. 12, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montuor High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision Friday to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 18-25, 12-25 and 8-25.

Statistics for Odessa-Montour included the following:

Cheianne Webster: 2 assists, 1 kill, 2 digs.
Karlee Dudgeon: 1 service point, 2 digs.
Jolynn Minnier: 2 service points, 1 block.
Sam Sipes: 3 service points, 2 aces, 3 assists, 1 dig.
Rhys Stermer: 4 kills, 3 blocks.
Haley Landon: 3 service points, 2 aces, 1 assist, 1 dig.
Hannah Chapman: 1 service point, 1 ace, 1 assist, 1 kill, 2 blocks.

Junior Varsity: Tioga defeated Odessa-Montour, 2-0. Game scores were 7-25, 15-25.

Watkins swimmers top Odessa-Montour

ODESSA, Oct. 11, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team defeated Odessa-Montour 58-36 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Winners by race included:

200 Medley Relay: WG Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Ellie Clarkson, Thalia Marquez (2:08.59)
200 Free: WG Amanda Wilbur (2:11.58)
200 Individual Medley: WG Peighton Cervoni (2:31.01)
50 Free: WG Faye Mooney (27.94)
100 Fly: WG Peighton Cervoni (1:10.16)
100 Free: WG Thalia Marquez (1:00.01)
500 Free: OM Madison Moss (6:14.56)
200 Free Relay: WG Alannah Klemann, Faye Mooney, Malina Butler, Peighton Cervoni (1:56.47)
100 Back: OM Kara Reese (1:14.81)
100 Breaststroke: WG Aislinn Klemann (1:29.92)
400 Free Relay: OM Kara Reese, Katie Adams, Megan Adams, Madison Moss (4:32.84)

Watkins Glen goalkeeper Bryce Kelly hauls in the ball after stopping an Odessa-Montour penalty kick. He had saves on three penalty kicks in the first half.

Watkins boys edge Odessa-Montour, 2-1

ODESSA, Oct. 11, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team -- led by two Isaac McIlroy goals and three penalty-kick saves by Bryce Kelly -- defeated Odessa-Montour 2-1 Thursday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

Kelly, who had 14 saves, "played an amazing game," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson. "Three PK saves in the first half! An outstanding performance."

Beyond that, said Watson, "it was a great game well played by both teams. O-M is always a tough opponent, and they played a good game."

Those three penalty-kick stops by Kelly came near the 33-, 16- and 8-minute marks of the first half. And then, with 2:13 left before intermission, Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy put the Senecas ahead 1-0 with a shot that caromed in off the left goalpost.

McIlroy added his second goal at 17:18 of the second half with a blast from the right side that found the top right corner of the net.

Odessa-Montour closed the gap to 2-1 when Preston Harris scored with 4:17 remaining on a breakaway, putting the ball in the left side of the net. But the Indians couldn't get another clean shot on goal before time ran out.

"It was a hard battle the entire game," said O-M Coach Katie Taber. "The boys played hard and made a lot of good plays."

The Indians' two goalkeepers, Brett Walters and Dominik Scott, each registered three saves.

With 16 shots on goal and "the edge on corner kicks 4-2," said Taber, "on paper we should have won, but we couldn't find the back of the net."

Senior Night: Odessa-Montour's seven seniors were honored in a halftime ceremony. They are Preston Harris, Deshawn Johnson, Paden Grover, Brett Walters, Ryan Griswold, Dylan VonNeida and Justin Andrews.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Josiah Wysocki, left, battles O-M's Devon Mahaney for the ball.
Bottom: Watkins' Tom Elliott moves the ball, pursued by O-M's Paden Grover.

Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy sends a shot on goal. This one was stopped by O-M goalkeeper Dominik Scott, right. McIlroy scored two goals.

O-M's Preston Harris (4) sends the ball past Watkins goalkeeper Bryce Kelly for the Indians' only goal.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Michael Benway (1) meets the ball. Right: Watkins Glen's Georgio Fazzary goes high for the ball.

Left: The sidelines were populated by many students, some with popcorn. Right: O-M's Devon Mahaney heads the ball.

O-M's Brett Walters (5, left) looks for a way to get the ball past a defensive wall.

Left: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy (12) scores after one of his two goals.
Right: Watkins' Seamus Mooney knocks down an incoming pass.

Left: Watkins Glen's Dave Semans (13) and O-M's Paden Grover watch the approaching ball. Right: O-M goalkeeper Dominik Scott catches a direct kick by Isaac McIlroy (12).

O-M's seven seniors were honored in a Senior Night ceremony at halftime. From left are Ryan Griswold, Justin Andrews, Deshawn Johnson, Preston Harris, Coach Katie Taber, Dylan VonNeida, Brett Walters and Paden Grover.

Watkins Glen's Adrie Solomon leaps for joy after teammate Abby Gibson, left, scored to put the Senecas ahead for the first time, 7-6.

Glen girls rally from 4-0 deficit, win 8-6

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 10, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team -- led by four Abby Gibson goals and three by Adrie Solomon -- came from behind to defeat Tioga 8-6 Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS Alumni Field.

Haley Dean also scored a goal, while Solomon, Dean, Carly Arnold and Briana Hayes had assists. Lilly Ameigh registered 10 saves in goal for the Senecas.

The victory for the 2-11 Senecas seemed improbable after they were outrun, outhustled and outscored, 4-0, in the first 27 minutes of the game. Tioga scored at the 30:41, 21:40, 18:52 and 13:32 marks in what until then was a one-sided contest.

Then, like a light switch had been turned on, the momentum and energy swung to Watkins Glen, and the Senecas charged from behind. After Watkins Glen scored at 5:53 on Gibson's first goal, the Tioga four-score advantage was reestablished two minutes later, 5-1.

But Watkins Glen, now beating the Tigers to the ball, added a pair of goals in the closing 1:18 to reach halftime down 5-3. Those goals were by Solomon and then Gibson.

Dean pulled the Senecas within a goal at 28:45 of the second half, and Solomon knotted the score 5-5 at the 19:37 mark. Thirteen seconds later, Tioga went ahead again, 6-5, but Watkins Glen kept pressing the issue, with Solomon tying the score again at 11:59. Gibson put in the go-ahead goal at 8:28, and finished the scoring with her fourth goal at 6:13.

"That was a crazy game," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "We came out flat and lacked energy for the first 30 minutes, then we got going. Two late first-half goals were critical and kept us in the game. The second half we were on fire with some really good passing and movement.

"Abby Gibson and Adrie Solomon were really tough up front today, combining for seven goals. Haley Dean again played well with some great passes and a big goal. Carly Arnold doesn’t always show up on the stat sheet but is the engine that drives the team and does so much, as she did tonight.

"Our defense played a very strong second half today, too, to keep us in the game. It was a fun game, and hopefully we can carry the energy and momentum into our game Friday."

The Senecas host Trumansburg at 4:30 p.m. Friday. It will be Senior Night.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold, right, races a Tioga player to the ball.

Middle: The Senecas' Abby Gibson sends a left-footed shot toward the Tioga net. It went in for her second of four goals.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Jenna Solomon prepares to send the ball flying upfield.

Watkins Glen's Adrie Solomon hurdles the Tioga goalie, and in the process gained control of the loose ball, which she then shot (right) for a goal.

Watkins Glen's Haley Dean launches a shot that found the net to cut the Tioga lead to 5-4.

Left: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Lilly Ameigh kicks the ball away as a Tioga player approaches. Right: The Senecas' Victoria Bantin, right, fights for control of the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Briana Hayes. Right: The Senecas' Chloe Wratten (8) fights a Tioga player for possession of the ball.

From left: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan, Abby Congdon and Mattie Yontz.

Watkins Glen's Adrie Solomon (20) prepares to send a shot on goal. It went in, one of her three goals.

O-M girls end regular season with 5-0 win

NEWFIELD, Oct. 10, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team completed its regular season with a 5-0 victory Wednesday over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newfield athletic field.

The win gave the Indians a 9-6 record heading into postseason play. They will meet Spencer-Van Etten/Candor in a scrimmage next week in preparation for the IAC Small Schools title game, which will pit O-M against Groton at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at Tompkins-Cortland Community College.

Five different players scored Wednesday for Odessa: Rebecca Wolfe, Hannah Nolan, Sara Gardner, Tori Brewster and Malia Mertens. Autumn Garrison had an assist. Nolan's goal was her team-leading 19th of the season.

O-M outshot Newfield 9-3, and had a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks. Grace Vondracek and Eliza Starkweather each had one save in goal for the Indians.

Watkins volleyball team falls to Newfield

WATKINS GLEN, Oct.10, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision Wednesday to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS Field House.

Game scores were 15-25, 23-25, 25-22 and 16-25.

Statistics for Watkins Glen included:

Carlie Baker: 3 service points, 2 aces, 8 kills, 1 block.
Jade Scaptura: 4 service points, 2 aces.
Melanie Wysocki: 13 service points, 2 aces, 1 kill.
Kelsey DeMillo: 4 service points, 4 aces, 4 kills.
Robin Zimba: 2 service points.
Katrina Ricca: 5 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill.

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

Junior Varsity: Newfield defeated Watkins Glen, 2-1. Game scores were 20-25, 25-14 and 20-25.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Carlie Baker rises to meet a Newfield volley.

Watkins Glen's Robin Zimba, left, and Cassidy Ploucha volley against Newfield.

From left: Watkins Glen's Jade Scaptura, Kelsey DeMillo and Katrina Ricca in action against Newfield.

O-M volleyball team falls to Candor, 3-0

CANDOR, Oct. 10, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision Wednesday to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Candor gym.

Game scores were 8-25, 6-25 and 6-25.

Odessda-Montour statistics included:

Rhys Stermer: 3 service points, 2 aces, 2 kills, 3 blocks, 3 digs.
Sam Sipes: 2 seervice points, 1 assist, 1 dig.
Cheianne Webster: 1 service point, 1 ace, 3 digs.
Karlee Dudgeon: 2 digs.
Jolynn Minnier: 2 kills, 1 block, 2 digs.
Hannah Chapman: 1 block, 3 digs.

Odessa-Montour returns to action Friday at home against Tioga.

Junior Varsity: Candor defeated Odessa-Montour 3-0. Game scores were 11-25, 18-25 and 17-25.

Planty wins divisional race; WG is 2nd

NEWARK VALLEY, Oct. 9, 2019 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Gabe Planty finished first Tuesday in the 3.1-mile boys varsity race at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference divisional meet at Newark Valley High School.

Waverly won the boys title with 46 points, while Watkins Glen was second with 58. They were followed by Newark Valley (68), Spencer-Van Etten/Candor (112), Elmira Notre Dame (114), Edison (154) and Tioga (176).

Planty completed the race in 17:01. Other Watkins runners included Max Evans (6th in 18:11.1), Sam Thorsland (7th in 18:11.4), Steven Gublo (18th in 19:23), Ben Swinnerton (26th in 20:14), and Elliott Holland (29th in 20:43). There were 78 runners.

Girls Varsity: Waverly won with 46 points, followed by SVEC (53), Edison (55) and Newark Valley (56). The other teams were incomplete.

Sheridan Talada of Waverly won in 20:12. Watkins Glen's lone runner, Breanna Carl, was 5th in 22:00.

Boys Modified: John Garrison of SVEC won in 8:56. Watkins Glen's Nick Bonsignore was 8th in 10:21, while Johnny VanScoyk was 11th in 10:30, and Dominic Gublo was 13th in 10:35. There were 43 runners.

Watkins Glen returns to action Saturday at the Legends Invitational in Newark, NY.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty on the way to victory at the Divisional Meet. (Photo by Amy Planty)

Watkins Glen's Elliott Holland, left, and Steven Gublo compete at the Divisional Meet. (Photo by Amy Planty)

Watkins' Sam Thorsland, left, and Max Evans. They finished 7th and 6th, respectively. (Photo by Amy Planty)

O-M goalkeeper Dominik Scott dives toward a ball that went wide right of the net.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to Newfield

ODESSA, Oct. 9, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The loss dropped the Indians' season mark to 4-8 heading into a game Thursday night at home against Watkins Glen.

Newfield took the lead early on a penalty-kick goal at 37:25, and then scored at 25:38 off an indirect kick. Odessa's lone goal came at 8:26 of the second half on a direct kick by Devon Mahaney.

Dominik Scott registered three saves in goal for Odessa before being sidelined by an injury. Brett Walters replaced him and had five saves. Newfield's keeper notched nine saves.

"The game was very physical," said O-M Coach Katie Taber, "and many calls were made" by the officials.

Photo in text: O-M's Michael Benway, right, cuts in front of teammate Ethan King and a Newfield player to send the ball flying upfield.

Odessa-Montour's Preston Harris (4) sends a shot on goal that was stopped by the Newfield keeper. Teammate Devon Mahaney is at right.

Left: O-M's Ryan Griswold, left, settles the ball. Right: The Indians' Paden Grover, right, closes in on the ball along with two Newfield players.

Odessa-Montour's Arden Heichel moves past a couple of Newfield defenders.

Three members of the O-M girls varsity soccer team who played key roles in Monday night's division-clinching win were on hand to watch the boys' game Tuesday night. From left are Hannah Nolan, Autumn Garrison and Camille Sgrecci.

Watkins Glen boys lose to Trumansburg

TRUMANSBURG, Oct. 9, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team dropped a 5-0 decision Tuesday to Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Trumansburg athletic field.

Josiah Wysocki registered 14 saves in goal for Watkins Glen.

The loss dropped the Senecas' season mark to 5-7 heading into a game Thursday night at Odessa-Montour.

O-M swimmers fall to Waverly, 100-68

WAVERLY, Oct. 9, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity swim team dropped a 100-68 decision Tuesday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Waverly pool.

The lone individual victories for O-M were posted by Madison Moss in the 200 Yard Individual Medley (2:33.81) and the 500 Yard Freestyle (6:17.42).

Second-place finishes were posted by:

--The 200 Yard Medley Relay team of Megan Adams, Katie Adams, Kara Reese and Madison Moss.
--Kara Reese in the 50 Yard Freestyle and the 100 Yard Backstroke.

Glen girls modified team tops O-M, 7-0

MONTOUR FALLS, Oct. 9, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls modified soccer team improved its record to 7-3 Tuesday with a 7-0 victory over Odessa-Montour in a game on the B.C. Cate Elementary School soccer field.

Jennifer Gublo and Julia Spahalski each scored two goals for Watkins Glen, while Ava Cowan, Isabel Samuel and Ellie Fleet scored one apiece. Kendall Parker registered three assists, while Olivia VanSkiver, Gublo and Cowan had one each. Brenna Pierce made six saves in goal for the Senecas.

Watkins Glen will be back in action on Thursday, Oct. 17 at Dundee against Bloomfield in the season finale.

Watkins Glen goalkeeper Lilly Ameigh stops a Newfield shot. She registered 13 saves.

Watkins girls top Newfield for 1st win

WATKINS GLEN, Oct, 8, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team posted its first victory of the season Monday, defeating Newfield 3-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS Alumni Field.

Carly Arnold, Adrienna Solomon and Briana Hayes each scored a goal, while Abby Gibson and Jenna Solomon each had an assist as the Senecas improved their season mark to 1-11. Lilly Ameigh stopped 13 Newfield shots in registering the shutout.

"We played a solid game today," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Our passing was very good and we communicated much better than we had earlier in the season.

"Our defense played really well today, pressuring the Newfield attack. Lilly Ameigh had a terrific game in goal. Hopefully we can carry some momentum into the game Wednesday against Tioga."

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Photo in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold, left, sends a shot that found the Newfield net for the Senecas' first goal.

Bottom: Among the spectators were recent WGHS graduates Taylor Kelly, left, and Hannah Morse, both preparing now for the basketball season at Corning Community College. Morse is still playing soccer, and Saturday scored five goals (and had two assists) in a victory over Cayuga Community College. She has 21 goals, two short of the school season record, with two regular-season games remaining.

Left: Watkins Glen's Abby Congdon, left, maneuvers with the ball. Right: The Senecas' Victoria Bantin (9) fights for possession of the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Olivia Stephani sends the ball upfield. Right: The Senecas' Drie Solomon settles the ball.

The Odessa-Montour team posed at midfield during halftime of their victory over Tioga.

O-M girls win, clinch division

Defeat Tioga 9-0 on Senior Night; Garrison nets 3

ODESSA, Oct. 8, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team -- behind three Autumn Garrison goals and two each by Hannah Nolan and Tori Brewster -- defeated Tioga 9-0 Monday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game that clinched the Small Schools South Division title for the Indians.

It was also Senior Night as the girls played their last regular-season game on Charles Martin Field. Halftime ceremonies honored the team's four seniors: Lydia Lynch, Rebecca Wolfe, Sara Gardner and Grace Vondracek.

Garrison opened the scoring at 31:18 of the first half, and by halftime Nolan, Brewster and Lillian Betts had added goals for a 4-0 lead.

Garrison made it 5-0 at 39:44 of the second half, and scored three minutes later, deflecting in a direct kick by Camille Sgrecci. Nolan scored three minutes after that, Brewster scored at 23:14, and Morgan Burnham closed the onslaught at 15:05 with a blast from the right side.

"We played pretty well today," said O-M coach Burton Brewster. "We had good ball movement, and created a lot of scoring chances. The girls worked hard in the off-season, and it's paid off."

O-M outshot Tioga 15-2, while Tioga had a 2-1 edge in corner kicks. Grace Vondracek and Eliza Starkweather split time in goal, each recording one save.

The Indians close the regular season Wednesday at Newfield, and after a scrimmage next week, they will play at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at Tompkins Cortland Community College against Groton or Marathon -- the champion of the IAC Small Schools North Division -- for the overall Small Schools crown.

Sectionals will follow, and Coach Brewster said that with a win Wednesday, "we might have a shot at a home game."

Photos in text:

Top: O-M goalkeeper Grace Vondracek stops a blistering shot from the left side of the net.
Bottom: Odessa's Morgan Burnham, right, sends a shot that found the net for the Indians' final goal.

Left: O-M's Camille Sgrecci (18) sends a direct kick ... Right: ... that teammate Autumn Garrison deflects past the Tioga goalkeeper.

Odessa-Montour's Hannah Nolan (20) watches her shot go in the net for her second goal.

Left: O-M's Lillian Betts sends a shot on goal that found the net for the Indians' fourth goal. Right: Odessa's Mackenzie Cannon, left, works past a Tioga defender.

Odessa-Montour's Tori Brewster (6) sends a shot that got by the Tioga goalkeeper.

O-M's four seniors, honored at halftime, are (from left) Sara Gardner, Rebecca Wolfe, Grace Vondracek and Lydia Lynch.

Odessa-Montour's Hannah Chapman volleys during the second game against Newfield.

O-M volleyball team defeats Newfield

ODESSA, Oct. 8, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team posted a 3-1 victory Monday over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 25-17, 25-21, 16-25 and 25-17.

Individual statistics for Odessa-Montour included:

Cheianne Webster: 9 Service Points, 2 Aces, 3 Kills, 3 Digs.
Kiara Ordway: 7 Service Points, 1 Ace.
Karlee Dudgeon: 10 Service Points, 4 Aces, 2 Kills, 1 Assist, 1 Dig.
Sam Sipes: 7 Service Points, 4 Aces, 1 Kill, 3 Assists, 3 Digs.
Rhys Stermer: 18 Service Points, 10 Aces, 7 Kills, 3 Assists, 4 Blocks, 4 Digs.
Marisa Alton: 1 Service Point, 2 Digs.
Haley Landon: 6 Assists, 1 Dig.
Madisyn Wells: 2 Kills, 1 Assist, 3 Digs.
Hannah Chapman: 2 Service Points, 3 Kills, 1 Block, 3 Digs.

The Indians return to action Wednesday at Candor.

Junior Varsity: Newfield defeated Odessa-Montour 2-1. Game scores were 23-25, 25-13 and 21-25.

Photo in text: O-M's Rhys Stermer volleys as an official watches closely.

From left: Odessa's Montour's Cheianne Webster volleys; Marisa Alton serves; and Haley Landon (27) greets the ball as Alton watches.

Left: O-M's Karlee Dudgeon volleys. Right: The Indians' Sam Sipes serves the ball.

Athletes of the Week: 4 share the honor

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Oct. 7, 2019 -- This week we honor a runner, two swimmers and a soccer player as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

The honorees are:

Watkins Glen High School senior Gabe Planty, who placed first at a five-school cross-country meet in which the Senecas placed second. He ran the 4K course in 14:12.

Watkins Glen High School swimmers Peighton Cervoni (a senior) and Thalia Marquez (an 8th grader), each of whom won 11 races as the Senecas won three meets, over Whitney Point, Lansing, and then, in the same meet, both Corning and Elmira Notre Dame.

Odessa-Montour High School freshman soccer standout Hannah Nolan, who scored three goals and had a hand in the fourth as the Indians defeated Watkins Glen 4-2.

Double Honorable: The Watkins Glen swim team's Amanda Wilbur, Faye Mooney and Maria Brubaker; Seneca Indians football players Owen Scholtisek and Ben Mathews; Watkins Glen soccer's Isaac McIlroy; and Odessa-Montour volleyball's Rhys Stermer.

Honorable Mention: Another 33 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Star teams and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur, left and Notre Dame's Caroline Rogers shake hands after the 100 Yard Butterfly. Wilbur placed second and Rogers third.

WG swimmers top Notre Dame, Corning

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 6, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team won twice Saturday, defeating Elmira Notre Dame 128-46 and Corning 98.50-84.50 in a tri-meet in the WGHS pool.

Peighton Cervoni and Thalia Marquez each posted four victories for the Senecas, while Faye Mooney registered three wins and Amanda Wilbur two.

First-place finishes were posted by the Senecas in the following:

200 Medley Relay: Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez, 2:02.56.
200 Freestyle: Thalia Marquez, 2:11.02.
50 Freestyle: Peighton Cervoni, 26.85.
Diving: Maria Brubaker, 200.30 points.
100 Freestyle: Faye Mooney, 1:01.45.
500 Freestyle: Thalia Marquez, 5:51.04.
200 Free Relay: Peighton Cervoni, Faye Mooney, Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez, 1:50.04.
100 Backstroke: Peighton Cervoni, 1:05.36.
100 Breaststroke: Faye Mooney, 1:16.74.

Second-place finishes were posted for Watkins Glen by Amanda Wilbur in the 200 IM and 100 Fly, Ali LaMoreaux in the Diving, Sarah Swinnerton in the 100 Breaststroke, and by the 400 Free Relay squad of Alannah Klemann, Malina Butler, Sarah Swinnerton and Faye Mooney.

Watkins Glen returns to action Thursday at Odessa-Montour. The meet starts at 5 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Thalia Marquez on the way to victory in the 500 Freestyle.
Bottom: The Senecas' Faye Mooney after winning the 100 Freestyle.

Left: Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni (white cap) at start of the 50 Free, which she won. Right: The Senecas' Alannah Klemann competes in the 50 Yard Freestyle.

Left: Watkins Glen's Maria Brubaker en route to winning the diving event. Right: The Senecas' Ali LaMoreaux on the way to second place in the diving.

Watkins Glen's Kendra Fish competes in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Watkins Glen's Ellie Clarkson dives at start of the 500 Yard Freestyle.

The Seneca Indians' Jared Rumsey kicks off, with teammate Hunter Holley alongside.

Seneca Indians lose 20-14

Fall to Class AA Ithaca on the road; record is now 1-4

ITHACA, Oct. 5, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team led twice Friday night before succumbing to Class AA Ithaca 20-14 in a Section IV game on the Ithaca football field.

The Class C Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high school athletes -- slipped to 1-4 with the defeat, while Ithaca improved to 2-3.

WGOM took a 7-0 lead at 4:41 of the first quarter on a 19-yard touchdown pass by Derrick Lewis to Owen Scholtisek, who made a leaping grab between two Ithaca defenders in the end zone. Jared Rumsey kicked the extra point.

The lead held up for just 20 seconds, as Ithaca responded on its next play from scrimmage with a 51-yard TD pass up the left sideline. An extra-point kick tied the game.

Undeterred, the Seneca Indians drove from their own 35 to paydirt, scoring at 11:01 of the second period on a 29-yard pass play from Lewis to Ben Mathews, who caught the ball in the left flat and -- almost falling forward after the catch but regaining his balance -- raced to the end zone. An Ithaca player hit him hard at the goal line, but too late. Rumsey then converted another extra point for a 14-7 lead.

Ithaca answered again, this time on a 64-yard pass play with 5:51 left before intermission, again up the left sideline. The point-after attempt was good, tying the game again, this time at 14-14.

The Seneca Indians -- who last week lost two-way standout Trayvon Jones to a leg injury -- lost Scholtisek on the next-to-last play of the first half as he leaped between two Ithaca defenders for a long pass. He landed awkwardly on his left leg, and was helped from the field. He missed the third quarter, returning to limited action in the fourth.

Ithaca took the lead for good on its first possession of the third quarter, driving from its own 44 before unleashing a 25-yard TD pass. The pass was a flare to the left flat, where a WGOM defender dove for the ball and missed, leaving the receiver open. He turned upfield and raced to the end zone. The extra-point attempt was wide left.

The Seneca Indians, after a three-and-out, got the ball on their own 34 as the third quarter ended and the fourth began. The team drove steadily down the field, keeping to the ground, reaching a point just short of the 10-yard line. After a false start on 4th-and-12 moved the ball back to the 17, WGOM turned it over on downs with 4:20 remaining on the clock.

Ithaca drove past midfield, but had to punt with 1:51 remaining -- and pinned the Seneca Indians inside the 10-yard line, at the 8. WGOM failed to move the ball, losing it on downs with a minute left. Ithaca then took a knee on the last two plays to end it.

Ithaca outgained the Seneca Indians 251 yards to 183, with 182 of the Little Red's yards coming on passes. They gained just 69 on the ground.

"We took away their ground game, which was just what we wanted to do," said WGOM Coach Trevor Holland. "We pinned them back, but then gave up those big plays, which hurt."

WGOM managed 137 rushing yards, but just 46 through the air on 5-for-15 passing.

Scholtisek led the Seneca Indians in rushing with 46 yards on 11 carries, while Mathews gained 33 on 8 carries, Dominick Fazzary 34 on 11 carries, Matt Irwin 22 on 7 carries, and Hunter Holley 8 on 3 carries.

Cameron Holland led in tackles with 3, while Mathews, Lewis, Fazzary, Jared Rumsey, Irwin, Josh Beckley and Cayden Confer had two apiece.

The Seneca Indians return to action Friday at Candor against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor. Game time is 7 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: WGOM's Owen Scholtisek goes high to catch a TD pass in the first quarter.

Second: The Seneca Indians' Cameron Holland launches a fourth-quarter pass as teammate Cadin Knapp holds off an Ithaca defender.

Third: The Seneca Indians' Cayden Confer (80) tackles an Ithaca ball-carrier.

Bottom:WGOM's Hunter Holley tackles an Ithaca player who had just caught a pass.

The Seneca Indians' Ben Mathews races to the end zone after catching a pass.

Left: The Seneca Indians' Daniel Ely (78) stops an Ithaca ball-carrier for no gain.
Right: WGOM's Derrick Lewis sends a pass on its way.

An Ithaca defender jumps on a Seneca Indians fumble, ending a second-period drive by the visitors that reached the Ithaca 28-yard line.

An Ithaca receiver hauls in the ball on a 51-yard pass play for the Little Red's first TD.

The Seneca Indians' Matt Irwin turns toward a mass of bodies, looking for a running lane.

Glen girls modified soccer team falls 1-0

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 5, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls modified soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision Friday to Newark Valley in a game on the WGHS soccer field.

The only goal of the game came on a Newark Valley penalty kick. Brenna Pierce registered six saves in goal for Watkins Glen.

"Both teams battled well," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "Our girls left it all on the field."

The Senecas, now 6-3, return to action Tuesday against Odessa-Montour. The game, at the B.C. Cate Elementary School, will begin at 4:30 p.m.

O-M's Devon Mahaney (3) arrives a moment late to a ball passing from right to left in front of the Notre Dame net.

Odessa boys fall to Notre Dame, 2-1

ODESSA, Oct. 4, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 4-7 Thursday night when the Indians dropped a 2-1 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

All three goals came in the second half, with both of Notre Dame's scores coming on penalty kicks, at 30:32 and 16:18. O-M's lone goal, by Paden Grover, came at 29:36.

Dominik Scott registered two saves in goal for Odessa, while the Notre Dame netminder registered 10 saves.

"The team played hard, especially in the second half," said O-M Coach Katie Taber. "It was a physical game. The scoreboard just wasn't in our favor."

The Indians return to action Tuesday at home against Newfield. Game time is 7 p.m.

Photo in text: O-M goalkeeper Dominik Scott dives as a direct kick from Notre Dame arrives wide right, slamming into the side of the net.

Left: O-M's Brett Walters, left, tries to line up a shot in front of the Notre Dame goal. Right: Odessa's Michael Benway, right, interrupts a Notre Dame ball-carrier, smashing the ball away.

Left: O-M's Brock Sgrecci sends the ball upfield. Right: Among the fans on hand were three members of the O-M girls varsity soccer team: from left, Lillian Betts, Grace Vondracek and Autumn Garrison.

A shot by O-M's Cody Austin, right, is stopped by a Notre Dame player.

Watkins Glen boys fall to SVEC, 9-0

SPENCER, Oct. 4, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 5-6 Thursday when the Senecas dropped a 9-0 decision to Spencer-Van Etten/Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the S-VE athletic field.

"We did not play our best game," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson.

Bryce Kelly registered "seven great saves until he was injured and had to come out of the game," said Watson, adding that Josiah Wysocki had four saves as Kelly's replacement.

Watkins Glen returns to action Monday on the road against South Seneca. The contest will be played at Dundee High School at 4:30 p.m.

Odessa-Montour's Karlee Dudgeon volleys as teammate Madisyn Wells (31) watches.

O-M volleyball team loses to Waverly

ODESSA, Oct. 4, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision Thursday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 17-25, 19-25 and 11-25. The Indians are now 3-7.

Statistics for Odessa-Montour included:

Cheianne Webster: 5 service points, 4 digs.
Karlee Dudgeon: 1 service point, 1 ace, 1 assist.
Sam Sipes: 3 service points, 2 aces, 1 assist, 1 dig.
Rhys Stermer: 10 service points, 6 aces, 4 kills, 1 assist, 5 blocks.
Marisa Alton: 1 service point, 1 ace, 1 kill.
Haley Landon: 2 assists.
Madisyn Wells: 1 dig.
Hannah Chapman: 3 service points, 1 ace, 3 kills, 1 dig.

O-M returns to action Monday at home against Newfield.

Junior Varsity: Waverly defeated Odessa-Montour 2-1.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Rhys Stermer wins a battle at the net.

Left: O-M's Haley Landon sets the ball. Right: Odessa's Marisa Alton serves.

Odessa-Montour's Hannah Chapman, left, and Cheianne Webster volley against Waverly.

Watkins Glen swimmers defeat Lansing

LANSING, Oct. 4, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team defeated Lansing 102-71 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Lansing pool.

The Senecas won the following events:

200 Medley Relay: Peighton Cervoni, Faye Mooney, Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez, 2:02.17.
200 Free: Thalia Marquez, 2:10.12.
50 Free: Peighton Cervoni, 26.81.
Diving: Maria Brubaker, 181 points.
100 Fly: Amanda Wilbur, 1:08.19.
500 Free: Thalia Marquez, 5:45.81.
100 Back: Peighton Cervoni, 1:07.07.
100 Breaststroke: Faye Mooney, 1:15.16.
400 Free Relay: Thalia Marquez, Amanda Wilbur, Peighton Cervoni, Faye Mooney, 4:05.13.

Second-place finishes were posted for Watkins by Faye Mooney in the 200 Free, Amanda Wilbur in the 200 IM, Ali LaMoreaux in Diving, Alannah Klemann in the 100 Free, and Malina Butler in the 100 Back.

Watkins volleyball team falls to Tioga

TIOGA CENTER, Oct. 4, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team remained winless Thursday when it dropped a 3-0 decision to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Tioga gym.

Game scores were 6-25, 11-25 and 15-25.

Carlie Baker led Watkins Glen with five kills. Kelsey DeMillo registered three kills.

"Neither the scoreboard nor our record reflects the amount this team has improved," said Watkins Glen Coach Dawn Baker. "They are moving and communicating so much better now. They still need to continue to figure each another out, but have done a great job of keeping their heads up in this building year. This team has much success in its future. It will all come together for them."

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at home against Newfield.

Glen girls modified team tops Waverly

WAVERLY, Oct. 4, 2019 --The Watkins Glen High School girls modified soccer team -- led by five Julie Spahalski goals -- defeated Waverly 6-3 Thursday in a game on the Waverly soccer field.

The five goals by Spahalski, a 7th grader, tied a school modified one-game record set by Hannah Morse when she was in 8th grade. The Senecas' other goal came from Jennifer Gublo. Assists were registered by Olivia VanSkiver (2), Gublo, Ava Cowan and Carley Hansan.

"Our ladies played a nice, steady game," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto, whose team (now 6-2) returns to action today (Friday) at home against Newark Valley. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

O-M's Hannah Nolan follows through, sending the ball on its way for her first goal.

O-M girls hold off Watkins Glen, 4-2

ODESSA, Oct. 3, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team -- led by three Hannah Nolan goals -- improved its record to 7-6 Wednesday night by defeating Watkins Glen 4-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The winless Watkins squad gave Odessa all it could handle, rebounding from an early 3-0 deficit to pull within a goal, 3-2, and continuing to push the issue with several second-half forays into O-M territory.

But Nolan, who had scored the first two goals at 35:43 and 29:01 of the first half, and who was tripped up in front of the goal at 27:45 -- leading to a penalty-kick goal by teammate Sara Gardner -- settled the issue with her final goal with 7:31 left in the second half. (She later barely missed a fourth goal, putting a shot just over the crossbar.) Tori Brewster registered an assist on the last Nolan goal.

The Watkins pressure came close on two occasions with the score standing at 3-2, but both efforts ended not with goalkeeper saves, but with defensive plays by Reagan Bishop (kicking the ball clear of the net when it appeared a goal was imminent) and by Nolan (who headed a shot wide of the net).

Watkins Glen got on the scoreboard on a shot by Briana Hayes at 35:09 of the second half (assisted by Carly Arnold) and registered its second goal at 15:40 on a penalty kick by Arnold.

Odessa outshot Watkins 11-4, and had an 8-4 advantage in corner kicks. Lilly Ameigh registered 10 saves in goal for the Senecas, while O-M keeper Grace Vondracek had two saves.

"I liked our energy tonight and the fight we brought to the game," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "It's been a challenging season, but the girls keep working hard and getting better. I'm proud of their commitment and effort. Hats off to the talented O-M team. They have a great mix of veteran players and young players who are playing really well."

"Once they scored," O-M Coach Burton Brewster said of Watkins, "they had a lot of energy. I think they played with a ton of energy."

But he had a weapon the Senecas lacked. "Hannah Nolan," he said, "came up big for us tonight." The three goals gave Nolan six against Watkins Glen in two games this season. O-M won their initial meeting 5-0.

O-M returns to action Monday at home against Tioga on Senior Night. Game time is 7 p.m. Watkins Glen next plays Monday at home against Newfield. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson, left, and O-M's Camille Sgrecci battle for the ball.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Abby Congdon meets the ball.

Watkins Glen's Briana Hayes (16) reacts after sending the ball into the Odessa-Montour net for her team's first goal.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Autumn Garrison. She was celebrating her 16th birthday.
Right: O-M's Lydia Lynch controls the ball.

Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon, left, and Mattie Yontz meet the ball.

Odessa-Montour's Hannah Nolan, left, beats Watkins goalkeeper Lilly Ameigh to the ball and kicks it into the net for her second goal of the game.

Odessa-Montour goalkeeper Grace Vondracek goes high as a corner kick flies by the net.

Left: Watkins Glen's Olivia Stephani (15) controls the ball as teammate Haley Dean approaches. Right: Watkins' Jenna Solomon (6) and O-M's Raven Lott battle for the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold. Right: O-M's Mackenzie Cannon (facing camera) and Watkins Glen's Abby Congdon await the ball.

Left: O-M's Marissa Marsh. Right: The evening's damp cold didn't bother all of the fans.

Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan, left, and O-M's Tori Brewster chase the bouncing ball.

Glen XC team 2nd at SC; Planty is 1st

AURORA, Oct. 2, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity cross country team placed second among five Interscholastic Athletic Conference schools Tuesday in a meet hosted by Southern Cayuga High.

Watkins senior Gabe Planty finished first in the 4K (2.48-mile) race, posting a time of 14:12. But the Senecas, with 36 points, finished second overall to Trumansburg (28 points). They were followed by Southern Cayuga (74), Marathon (117) and Groton (122).

Other Watkins Glen runners included Max Evans (4th in 14:49), Sam Thorsland (6th in 14:59), Steven Gublo (9th in 15:26), Ben Swinnerton (16th in 15:42), Lawrence Majors (19th in 16:00), Elliott Holland (23rd in 16:11) and Tim Clifford (44th in 19:21). There were 44 runners in the race.

Girls: Watkins Glen's Breanna Carl was 4th in 18:29, while teammate Makenzie Kellogg was 8th in 18:39. The winner was Sophia Bennett of Southern Cayuga, in 17:37.

Modified: Watkins Glen's Nick Bonsignore was 7th in a field of 22 runners in 10:42. Dominic Gublo was 9th (10:50), Johnny VanScoyk 11th (11:09), and Aiden Maphis 22nd (14:13).

Watkins Glen's Thalia Marquez dives at start of the 200 Individual Medley.

Watkins swimmers defeat Whitney Point

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 2, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team swept past an undermanned Whitney Point team 97-37 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The Senecas got wins in the following:

200 Medley Relay: Kajsa Rolfes, Amanda Wilbur, Peighton Cervoni, Kimberly Smith Brown (2:24.63).
200 Freestyle: Amanda Wilbur (2:10.08).
200 Individual Medley: Peighton Cervoni (2:30.07).
50 Freestyle: Ellie Clarkson (29.73).
100 Butterfly: Thalia Marquez (1:15.41).
100 Freestyle: Sarah Swinnerton (1:05.49).
500 Freestyle: Alannah Klemann (6:20.61).
200 Free Relay: Thalia Marquez, Sarah Swinnerton, Aislinn Klemann, Ellie Clarkson (2:02.10).

Watkins Glen exhibitioned the other races, nonetheless posting the fastest time in each:

100 Backstroke: Amanda Wilbur (1:08.67).
100 Breaststroke: Peighton Cervoni (1:18.63)
400 Free Relay: Thalia Marquez, Amanda Wilbur, Alannah Klemann, Aislinn Klemann (4:23.89).

The Senecas return to action Thursday at Lansing.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur on the way to victory in the 200 Free.
Bottom: The Senecas' Aislinn Klemann dives at start of the 200 Free.

Watkins Glen's Ellie Clarkson dives at start of the 50 Yard Freestyle, which she won.

Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni en route to victory in the 200 Individual Medley.

Sweden's Flag was displayed by Watkins Glen coaches for the playing of the Swedish national anthem before Tuesday's meet, to the appreciation of Swedish exchange student (and team member) Kajsa Rolfes. The American National Anthem followed.

The Senecas' Faye Mooney dives at start of the final leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Watkins' Alannah Klemann starts the backstroke portion of the 200 Medley Relay.

Watkins boys defeat Notre Dame, 7-2

SOUTHPORT, Oct. 2, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team -- led by four Isaac McIlroy goals -- improved its record to 5-5 Tuesday when it defeated Elmira Notre Dame 7-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the ND athletic field.

In addition to McIlroy's goals -- one of which came on a penalty kick -- the Senecas got two goals from Seamus Mooney, and one from Jacob Yontz on a penalty kick. Bryce Kelly registered five saves in goal for Watkins.

"It was a good win for the team," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson. "We're still working on overall performance as a team, trying to build depth for the future."

The Senecas return to action on the road Thursday against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor.

Odessa-Montour's Madison Moss competes in the 500 Yard Freestyle, which she won.

Odessa-Montour swimmers fall to Dryden

ODESSA, Oct. 2, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity swim team dropped a 54-40 decision Tuesday to Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

The Indians got first-place finishes from:

--Madison Moss in the 200 Individual Medley (2:35.66) and the 500 Free (6:29.94).
--Katie Adams in the 100 Fly (1:19.60).
--The 400 Free Relay team of Emilee Chaffinch, Megan Adams, Katie Adams and Moss (4:41.97).

Posting second-place finishes were the Adamses, Moss and Annaleise Beckley in the 200 Medley Relay, Megan Adams in the 200 Free and 100 Back, Julia Paulisczak in the 100 Free, Julia and Delaney Paulisczak, Sarah Barr and Beckley in the 200 Free Relay, and Reagan Reese in the 100 Breaststroke.

O-M returns to action Thursday at Southern Cayuga.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Reagan Reese dives at start of the 100 Breaststroke.

Odessa-Montour's Julia Paulisczak competes in the 100 Free. She placed second.

Odessa-Montour's Katie Adams on the way to victory in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

O-M's Megan Adams churns through the water in the 100 Backstroke. She placed second.

Odessa-Montour's Taryn Hoyt competes in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Odessa boys fall to Newark Valley, 7-0

NEWARK VALLEY, Oct. 2, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 4-6 Tuesday when the Indians dropped a 7-0 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the NV soccer field.

O-M fell behind 6-0 in the first half, one of the goals coming on a penalty kick.

The Indians managed 12 shots on goal, but couldn't put the ball past NVgoalkeeper Brandon Randall. Odessa also had an edge in corner kicks.

"All I can say is that it was a hard loss," said O-M Coach Katie Taber.

The Indians will return to action Thursday at home against Elmira Notre Dame. Game time is 7 p.m.

Watkins Glen's Julia Spahalski sends a corner kick on its way. (Photo by David Franzese)

Glen girls modified soccer team tops ND

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 2, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls modified soccer team improved its record to 5-2 Tuesday when it defeated Elmira Notre Dame 5-2 in a game on the WGHS soccer field.

Julia Spahalski scored two goals for the Senecas, while Jennifer Gublo, Ava Cowan and Kendall Parker each scored one. Assists were registered by Olivia VanSkiver (2), Cowan, Maisie Robertson and Isabella Samuel. Brenna Pierce notched nine saves in goal.

"It was a tough battle," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto, "but our girls found their rhythm."

The Senecas return to action Thursday at Waverly.

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Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Jennifer Gublo moves the ball upfield against Notre Dame. (Photo by David Franzese)

O-M volleyball team falls to S-VE, 3-0

SPENCER, Oct. 2, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision Tuesday to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the S-VE gym.

Game scores were 17-25, 23-25 and 24-26.

Statistics for O-M included:

Jolynn Minnier: 11 service points, 1 block, 3 digs.
Cheianne Webster: 3 service points, 1 ace, 1 assist, 2 digs.
Karlee Dudgeon: 4 service points, 2 digs.
Sam Sipes: 2 service points.
Rhys Stermer: 2 service points, 1 ace, 5 kills, 2 assists, 4 blocks.
Haley Landon: 1 kill, 4 assists.
Madisyn Wells: 1 service point, 1 ace.
Hannah Chapman: 6 service points, 1 ace, 4 kills, 2 digs.

The Indians return to action Thursday at home against Waverly.

Glen volleyball team loses to NV, 3-0

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 2, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Newark Valley Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS Field House.

Game scores were 14-25, 5-25 and 15-25.

The Senecas return to action Thursday at Tioga.

Odessa-Montour girls lose 1-0 to ND

SOUTHPORT, Oct. 1, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to Elmira Notre Dame Monday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the ND athletic field.

The loss dropped the Indians' season mark to 6-6 heading into a game Wednesday night at home against Watkins Glen. Game time is 7 p.m.

"Our team battled hard from the beginning of the game to the end," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster.

Notre Dame outshot Odessa 11-2, and had a 7-0 edge in corner kicks. Grace Vondracek registered 10 saves in goal for the Indians.

The lone goal came at 34:20 of the second half, a half-minute after Vondracek had made a save on a penalty kick. "The ball bounced around," said Brewster, before an ND shot struck the crossbar, the ball bouncing down and landing inside the goal line.

Watkins Glen girls fall to Waverly, 10-0

WAVERLY, Oct. 1, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 0-10 Monday when the Senecas dropped a 10-0 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly soccer field.

Waverly held a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. Watkins goalkeeper Lilly Ameigh registered 12 saves.

"We played hard, but Waverly is an excellent team with an excellent coach, and all we could do was work hard," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse.

Watkins Glen returns to action Wednesday at Odessa-Montour. Game time is 7 p.m.

Athletes of the Week: 4 Glen swimmers

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 30, 2019 -- This week we honor as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week four standout Watkins Glen High School varsity swimmers.

They are Amanda Wilbur, Peighton Cervoni, Thalia Marquez and Faye Mooney, each of whom posted multiple victories in meets won by the Senecas over Dryden and Southern Cayuga. The quartet combined for 24 victories in the two meets.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen runner Gabe Planty; Watkins Glen soccer's Isaac McIlroy and Collin Gaylord; and Odessa-Montour soccer's Hannah Nolan, Sara Gardner, Tori Brewster and Grace Vondracek.

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

Planty places 7th at McQuaid Invitational

ROCHESTER, Sept. 29, 2019 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Gabe Planty finished seventh among 166 runners Saturday in the Seeded Small School race at the annual McQuaid Invitational at Genesee Valley Park here.

Planty ran the 3-mile course in 15:53 as Watkins Glen placed 13th out of 21 teams. Beaver River's Colton Kempney won in 15:28. Saranac Lake won the team title.

Watkins Glen's Max Evans finished 45th in 17:21, followed by teammates Sam Thorsland (56th in 17:31), Steven Gublo (81st in 18:97), Elliott Holland (127th in 19:37), Ben Swinnerton (128th in 19:38), Liam Smith (138th in 20:47), Lawrence Majors (140th in 20:52) and Tim Clifford (159th in 23:20).

Girls: Watkins Glen's Breanna Carl was 58th in 21:59 among 244 runners in the Unseeded Small School race, with Makenzie Kellogg 60th in 22:02. The winner was Emily Brown of Fredonia in 18:25. There were 244 runners.

Junior Varsity Boys: Watkins Glen's Nicholas Bonsignore was 7th in 10:54 on the 1.5-mile course, with teammates Dominic Gublo 94th in 11:08 and Johnny VanScoyk 159th in 11:50. Candor's John Garrison won in 8:57. There were 394 runners.

Odessa-Montour's Tori Brewster, left, clears a loose ball away from an open O-M net.

Odessa girls fall to Newark Valley, 5-0

ODESSA, Sept. 29, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team's four-game winning streak ended Saturday with a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

Newark Valley scored twice on penalty kicks and three times off of corner kicks -- one curling in unaided, and two others headed in.

The Cardinals broke a scoreless deadlock with the first header at 13:19 of the first half. They then broke the game open after intermission, scoring on a penalty kick at 30:38, off a corner kick at 22:53, on another PK at 20:39, and on a final corner kick at 11:48.

Newark Valley outshot O-M 11-2, and had a 5-3 edge in corner kicks. Grace Vondracek and Eliza Starkweather combined for six saves in goal for Odessa.

O-M Coach Burton Brewster said he was happy with the energy shown by his backs, and said his team "played hard," adding: "We had our hands full ... Newark Valley is a very skilled team."

The Indians (6-5) return to action Monday at Elmira Notre Dame. Game time is 6 p.m. They will then host Watkins Glen at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour goalkeeper Eliza Starkweather dives in vain as a Newark Valley penalty kick finds the O-M net.

Left: O-M's Hannah Nolan (20) meets the ball. Right: The Indians' Raven Lott sends the ball flying upfield.

Left: O-M's Haley Albertsman, left, battles for possession of the ball. Right: Odessa goalkeeper Grace Vondracek knocks aside an incoming Newark Valley shot.

Left: O-M's Reagan Bishop moves the ball. Right: The Indians' Mackenzie Cannon.

Left: O-M's Camille Sgrecci passes the ball.
Right: Odessa-Montour defender Ida Sidle sends the ball upfield.

A Newark Valley player (11, left) heads the ball as a corner kick arrives from the right. A moment later, her shot found the Odessa-Montour net for the Cardinals' third goal.

The Seneca Indians' Ben Mathews strains for extra yardage as three defenders tackle him.

Good start, bad finish ...

Seneca Indians lead 19-6, fall 44-25 to Newark Valley

ODESSA, Sept. 28, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team started fast at its Odessa-Montour Homecoming Game Friday night but ended up with its third loss in four games, a 44-25 defeat at the hands of previously winless Newark Valley in a Section IV game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

For the Seneca Indians, a combined team of O-M and Watkins Glen high school athletes, a solid ground game turned ineffectual about the same time that standout Travon Jones was lost for the game with a leg injury. That, and a quick-strike Newark Valley offense that had been dormant through the Cardinals' first three games, spelled defeat for the home team.

A highlight of the Homecoming was the announcement at halftime of the King and Queen -- seniors Paden Grover and Sara Gardner. Other king candidates were Justin Andrews, Derrick Lewis, Rhys Stermer and Brett Walters. Other queen candidates were Cheianne Webster, Shania Austin, Bella Bond and Hannah Chapman.

The Seneca Indian seniors were honored before the game. They are Ben Mathews, Derrick Lewis, Patrick Madaffari, Zach Burrows, Gage Arcangeli, Mason Bruce, Brandon Beaumont and Hunter Holley.

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WGOM struck paydirt first in the game, QB Derrick Lewis scoring on a one-yard keeper with 8:27 left in the first quarter. Newark Valley tied it 6-6 at 4:21 on a 37-yard pass play before the Seneca Indians regained the lead at the end of the first quarter 13-6 on a 21-yard pass to Jones, with an extra-point kick by Jared Rumsey.

WGOM extended its lead to 19-6 with 3:47 left in the second quarter on a 3-yard run by Owen Scholtisek ... and then the game took a lurching, 180-degree turnaround.

Newark Valley, after receiving the kickoff, scored on a first-down, 60-yard run up the middle and converted a point-after kick to cut its deficit to 19-13 with 3:34 left in the half. Then, after WGOM punted the ball back to them, the Cardinals scored on another first-down play, this time on a 55-yard pass with 1:06 left, and added the PAT for a 20-19 lead.

A three-and-out by the Seneca Indians ended with a fumbled punt snap, turning the ball over to the Cardinals on the WGOM 21. Three plays later, the Cardinals scored on a 3-yard TD pass with one second left for a 26-19 halftime lead.

Matters got worse for the Seneca Indians in the third quarter as NV scored on a 71-yard run around left end at 10:57 to increase its lead to 32-19. Another long run -- of 72 yards off tackle -- boosted the advantage to 38-19 with 4:00 remaining in the period.

After allowing 32 unanswered points, WGOM pulled within two touchdowns, 38-25, with 1:06 left in the third quarter on a 5-yard TD run by Scholtisek. But that was all the points the Seneca Indians could muster as NV added a touchdown on a 22-yard pass with 5:17 remaining.

The loss leaves the Seneca Indians with a 1-3 record, the same as Newark Valley's. Both squads are in Section IV's Class C Division 3 with Dryden (which was 2-1 entering weekend play) and Spencer-Van Etten/Candor (0-3 enterng the weekend).

The Seneca Indians' next game will be Friday night against Ithaca High School, on the road.

Photos in text:

Top: WGOM's Owen Scholtisek (24) breaks up a Newark Valley pass play.
Bottom: Homecoming Queen Sara Gardner.

The Seneca Indians' Dominick Fazzary (20) gains some yardage.

Left: WGOM's Alex Kranyik (2) goes high to break up a Newark Valley pass play.
Right: The Senecca Indians' Ben Mathews leaps high but can't stop a pass from reaching its intended rceiver -- who caught it and scored on the play.

Left: A Newark Valley player goes high to catch a TD pass -- Newark Valley's final one. Right: Homecoming floats -- part of a parade Friday -- included one by the freshmen, here with Tori Brewster, left, and Hannah Nolan along with Hannah's cousin, Maeve.

The Sophomore Class float was declared the winning float during halftime of the Homecoming football game. Sophomores posed here just before the start of an afternoon parade in which they participated.

O-M Homecoming king and queen candidates posed before Friday's parade. From left: Bella Bond, Derrick Lewis, Shania Austin, Paden Grover, Brett Walters, Hannah Chapman, Sara Gardner, Rhys Stermer, Cheianne Webster and Justin Andrews.

Odessa-Montour students were ready for a postgame Homecoming Dance at the school.

Watkins Glen volleyball team falls, 3-0

WAVERLY, Sept. 28, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision Friday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference, South Large School Division match in the Waverly gym.

Game scores were 8-25, 7-25 and 8-25.

Junior Varsity: Waverly defeated Watkins Glen 2-0. Game scores were 7-25 and 11-25.

Lansing's Grace Kadlecik churns her way to a new O-M pool record in the Backstroke.

Odessa-Montour swimmers lose 51-43; Lansing's Kadlecik sets 2 pool marks

ODESSA, Sept. 27, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity swim team dropped a 51-43 decision to Lansing Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Lansing's Grace Kadlecik set pool records in the 100 Yard Freestyle and 100 Yard Backstroke -- breaking marks set two decades ago by Watkins Glen swimmers Cathy Brown and Kim Warren, respectively.

Kadlecik posted a time of 53.68 in the 100 Free, beating Brown's old mark of 55.44. Then she swam the Backstroke in 1:01.83, topping Warren's old mark of 1:02.46.

On hand to witness the double feat was swim official Kate LaMoreaux, who coached both Brown and Warren at Watkins Glen High School during their remarkable careers. She indicated she would be contacting both of her former swimmers to tell them the news.

Odessa-Montour, meanwhile, got first-place finishes in the:

100 Yard Butterfly: Madison Moss, 1:13.06.
400 Yard Freestyle Relay: Kara Reese, Katie Adams, Megan Adams, Madison Moss, 4:35.11.

Individual Odessa second-place finishes were posted by Julia Paulisczak in the 200 Free, Kara Reese in the 200 IM and 100 Free, Katie Adams in the 100 Fly, Madison Moss in the 500 Free, and Reagan Reese in the 100 Breaststroke.

The Indians return to action Tuesday at home against Dryden.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Delaney Paulisczak competes in the 100 Breaststroke.

Middle: Odessa's Emilee Chaffinch dives at start of the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay.

Bottom: Lansing's Grace Kadlecik checks her time after completing the 100 Free. She set a pool record in that event, and in the 100 Backstroke.

Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese dives at start of the 100 Yard Freestyle. She placed second.

O-M's Katie Adams glides underwater after diving at start of the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Odessa-Montour's Madison Moss en route to victory in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Odessa-Montour's Annaleise Beckley dives at start of the 500 Yard Freestyle race.

Watkins Glen swimmers top S. Cayuga

AURORA, Sept. 27, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team defeated Southern Cayuga 55-39 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the SC pool.

The Senecas got victories in the following:

200 Yard Medley Relay: Peighton Cervoni, Faye Mooney, Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez, 2:02.44.
200 Yard Individual Medley: Amanda Wilbur, 2:29.48.
100 Yard Butterfly: Amanda Wilbur, 1:07.64.
500 Yard Freestyle: Thalia Marquez, 6:03.75.
100 Yard Backstroke: Peighton Cervoni, 1:07.12.
100 Yard Breaststroke: Faye Mooney, 1:18.10.
400 Yard Freestyle Relay: Madeline Parker, Ellie Clarkson, Malina Butler, Sarah Swinnerton, 4:29.70.

Second-place finishes were posted for Watkins Glen by Thalia Marquez in the 200 Free, Peighton Cervoni in the 50 Free, Faye Mooney in the 100 Free, the team of Cervoni, Mooney, Wlbur and Marquez in the 200 Free Relay, and Sarah Swinnerton in the 100 Breaststroke.

Watkins Glen returns to action Tuesday at home against Whitney Point.

The ball bounces loose in front of the Moravia goal. O-M's Lillian Betts, second from right, beat the Moravia goalie (center) to the ball and scored.

O-M girls top Moravia for 4th win in row

ODESSA, Sept. 27, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team improved its record to 6-4 Thursday night with a 5-0 victory over Moravia in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The victory assured O-M a spot in the Section IV postseason tournament, six victories serving as the qualifier.

The Indians, with four straight wins in which they have outscored their opponents 22-1, got two goals each from Hannah Nolan and Sara Gardner, and one from Lillian Betts. Tori Brewster earned an assist on Gardner's second goal.

Odessa-Montour outshot Moravia 13-3, and had a 5-0 edge in corner kicks. Grace Vondracek registered three saves in goal for the Indians, while the Moravia netminder had eight saves.

The Indians return to action at 11 a.m. Saturday at home against Newark Valley, and then visit Elmira Notre Dame on Monday.

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Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Hannah Nolan, right, battles a Moravia player for possession of the ball.

Bottom: O-M's Sara Gardner scores her second goal of the game off a pass from Tori Brewster.

Left: O-M's Mackenzie Cannon, left, tries to punch the ball into the Moravia net, but the ball was cleared and the goalie covered it. Right: Odessa's Lydia Lynch, right, fights for possession of the ball.

Left: O-M's Reagan Bishop. Right: Odessa's Tori Brewster, foreground, moves the ball.

Odessa-Montour's Camille Sgrecci sends the ball flying upfield.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to Waverly

WAVERLY, Sept. 27, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 4-5 Thursday when the Indians dropped a 3-0 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game at Waverly's Memorial Stadium.

Waverly's win, its first of the season, came on a 30-yard shot early in the game by Peyton Bowen and two second-half insurance goals.

"We couldn't find the back of the net," said O-M Coach Katie Taber. "We had shots on goal, but Waverly seemed to find a way to block them. Our team played hard and stepped up despite still battling some injuries."

Dominik Scott registered seven saves in goal for O-M. Waverly's Cameron McIsaac had 15 saves.

Odessa returns to action Tuesday at Newark Valley.

Watkins Glen's Genevieve Osborne watches the ball before settling and passing it.

Watkins Glen girls fall to SVEC, 5-1

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 27, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team saw its record slip to 0-9 Thursday when the Senecas dropped a 5-1 decision to Spencer-Van Etten/Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS soccer field.

Adrie Solomon put the Senecas ahead 1-0 seven minutes into the game with a goal assisted by Carly Arnold, but Watkins was stymied after that as SVEC pulled even and then ahead.

The Senecas had a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. Goalkeeper Lilly Ameigh registered 20 saves.

"Once again, we played well at times," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "But we too easily lose focus, and those mistakes hurt us. Haley Dean did a great job containing their best player, but we let some others get off too many shots in the first half. The girls played hard and we will keep working to improve."

The Senecas return to action Monday at Waverly. Game time is 5 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold sends the ball flying upfield.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jenna Solomon, left, fights for the ball. Right: The Senecas' Mattie Yontz (21) moves the ball past a SVEC defender.

Watkins Glen boys lose to Newark Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, Sept. 27, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 4-5 Thursday when the Senecas dropped a 9-3 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the NV athletic field.

Watkins Glen opened the scoring on a goal by Peyton Moudin. But Newark Valley responded with five first-half goals for a 5-1 lead at intermission, and added four second-half scores.

Second-half goals for Watkins Glen came from Isaac McIlroy on a shot off a penalty-kick rebound, and from Dylan Morse. Bryce Kelly registered 10 saves in goal for the Senecas.

"There were four penalty kicks in the game," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson, "and the physical nature of the game really pushed the limits of the sport."

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Elmira Notre Dame. Game time is 5 p.m.

Watkins Glen girls fall to Tioga, 5-3

TIOGA CENTER, Sept. 26, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team remained winless Wednesday when it dropped a 5-3 decision to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Tioga athletic field.

The Senecas (0-8) got two goals from Jenna Solomon and one from Adrienna Solomon, with assists from both Solomons and Carly Arnold. Watkins Glen goalkeeper Lilly Ameigh registered 17 saves.

"Jenna and Adrie Solomon both played a really good game," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "It's been nice to see them develop as the season has progressed. We moved the ball well much of the game, and gave ourselves opportunities to score. In the end, we weren't able to overcome mistakes at critical points in the game."

The Senecas return to action today (Thursday) at home against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Watkins girls modified soccer team wins

SOUTHPORT, Sept. 26, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls modified soccer team improved its record to 4-2 Wednesday by defeating Elmira Notre Dame 5-2 in a game on the Notre Dame athletic field.

Julia Spahalski scored two goals for the Senecas, while Maisie Robertson, Olivia VanSkiver and Jennifer Gublo scored one each. Kendall Parker had three assists, and Ava Cowan one. Breanna Pierce registered seven saves in goal for Watkins.

"I am really happy with our performance," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "Our young ladies are a nice, cohesive group."

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at home against Elmira Notre Dame.

Watkins volleyball team loses to TAE

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Sept. 26, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision Wednesday to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Edison gym.

Game scores were 8-25, 9-25 and 15-25.

The Senecas return to action Friday at Waverly.

Junior Varsity: Edison defeated Watkins Glen 3-0. Game scores were 11-25, 22-25 and 24-26.

O-M volleyball team falls to NV, 3-0

NEWARK VALLEY, Sept. 26 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision Wednesday to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the NV gym.

Odessa statistics included:

Cheianne Webster: 1 Dig
Jolynn Minnier: 2 Blocks, 2 Digs, 3 Service Points
Sam Sipes: 1 Ace, 1 Dig, 3 Service Points
Rhys Stermer: 2 Aces, 2 Kills, 2 Blocks, 1 Dig, 3 Service Points
Haley Landon: 3 Assists, 2 Digs
Madisyn Wells: 1 Dig, 1 Service Point
Hannah Chapman: 1 Kill, 1 Block, 1 Dig, 2 Service Points
Kiara Ordway: 2 Digs

Odessa-Montour returns to action Tuesday at Spencer-Van Etten.

Junior Varsity: Newark Valley defeated Odessa-Montour, 2-0.

Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy (12) watches his third goal enter the Waverly net.

Watkins Glen boys blank Waverly, 5-0

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 25, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team -- led by three Isaac McIlroy goals -- defeated Waverly 5-0 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS Alumni Field.

Collin Gaylord added two goals for the Senecas, while goalkeeper Bryce Kelly made two penalty-kick saves.

"Bryce Kelly played an outstanding game," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson, noting that Kelly registered eight other saves, as well.

"Defensively," he added, "the team played a physical yet patient game. Tom Elliott, Travis Hill and Garret VanOstrand played a confident defensive game. Sophomore Georgio Fazzary showed composure at the midfield.

"I can't say that one team member was more important than any other. We played a solid game for 80 minutes."

McIlroy scored the first two goals, with Gaylord adding his two before intermission. McIlroy's third goal came in the second half.

The Senecas (4-4) return to action Thursday at Newark Valley.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Georgio Fazzary (4) maneuvers near midfield.

Bottom: The Senecas' Dave Semans controls the ball.

Watkins Glen goalkeeper Bryce Kelly makes a diving save on a Waverly penalty kick -- the second one he stopped during the game.

Watkins Glen's Collin Gaylord (blue uniform, left) sends a shot past the Waverly goalie for his first of two goals.

Left: Watkins' Collin Gaylord (22) celebrates his 1st goal. Right: Isaac McIlroy's 2nd goal

Odessa-Montour's Brett Walters makes a diving stop while temporarily subbing in goal.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to SVEC, 3-2

ODESSA, Sept. 25, 2019 -- A game that started as an offensive show turned defensive tussle Tuesday night as the Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team dropped a 3-2 decision to Spencer-Van Etten/Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

Odessa's Preston Harris scored two goals in the game's first two minutes before SVEC responded with three goals in the next eight minutes. After that, for the game's final 70 minutes, nobody scored -- although SVEC, in particular, had several opportunities.

Solid goaltending by Dominik Scott, then by Brett Walters when Scott missed a large chunk of the first half after being injured, and then by Scott again -- along with some fierce play by O-M's backs -- kept SVEC at bay. But the Indians failed to mount any sort of consistency on offense, its forays into Eagles territory short-lived and ultimately fruitless.

With the loss, O-M dropped to 4-4 heading into a game Thursday afternoon at Waverly.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour defender Michael Benway clears a SVEC corner kick with his head, sending it up and over the Indians' goal.

Left: O-M's Paden Grover sends the ball upfield. Right: Odessa's Ethan King, right, uses his head to advance the ball.

Left: O-M's Preston Harris (right) maneuvers with the ball. Right: Cheering along the sideline were members of the O-M girls varsity soccer team: from left, Autumn Garrison, Hannah Nolan, Tori Brewster and Lillian Betts.

O-M swimmers defeat Whitney Point

WHITNEY POINT, Sept. 25, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity swim team posted its first victory of the season Tuesday by defeating Whitney Point 72-20 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Whitney Point pool.

The Indians won all but one race, taking all three relays as well as the following:

200 Free: Emilee Chaffinch, 1st in 2:43.62.
200 IM: Kara Reese, 1st in 2:45.90.
100 Fly: Katie Adams, 1st in 1:20.08.
100 Free: Kara Reese, 1st in 1:04.91.
500 Free: Madison Moss, 1st in 6:26.43.
100 Back: Megan Adams, 1st in 1:17.89.
100 Breast: Madison Moss, 1st in 1:27.49.

Odessa-Montour (1-4) returns to action Thursday at home against Lansing.

Watkins Glen's Thalia Marquez enters the water at start of the 200 Free, which she won.

Watkins swimmers top Dryden, 98-72

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 25, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team won every race Tuesday while posting a 98-72 victory over Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez and Peighton Cervoni each registered four victories for the Senecas, while Faye Mooney had three and Alannah Klemann two.

The Senecas got victories from:

200 Medley Relay: Kendra Fish, Alannah Klemann, Malina Butler, Ellie Clarkson, 2:20.28.
200 Free: Thalia Marquez, 2:09.84.
200 IM: Amanda Wilbur, 2:28.85.
50 Free: Peighton Cervoni, 27.25.
100 Fly: Amanda Wilbur, 1:07.89.
100 Free: Alannah Klemann, 1:04.02.
500 Free: Thalia Marquez, 5:49.87.
200 Free Relay: Peighton Cervoni, Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez, Faye Mooney, 1:50.88.
100 Back: Peighton Cervoni, 1:08.53.
100 Breast: Faye Mooney, 1:17.39.
400 Free Relay: Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez, Peighton Cervoni, Faye Mooney, 4:05.62.

The Senecas also claimed second place in the 200 Freestyle (Faye Mooney).

Watkins Glen returns to action Thursday at Southern Cayuga.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Alannah Klemann dives during the 200 Medley Relay.
Bottom: The Senecas' Faye Mooney shortly before the 200 Freestyle race.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur en route to victory in the 200 Individual Medley.

Left: Watkins' Peighton Cervoni at the start of the 50 Free. Right: The Senecas' Ellie Clarkson swims the final leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Watkins Glen's Kendra Fish dives at start of the 200 Medley Relay. Her squad won.

Watkins Glen's Malina Butler swims in the 200 Medley Relay. Her squad finished first.

O-M volleyball team tops Watkins Glen

ODESSA, Sept. 24, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team defeated intracounty rival Watkins Glen 3-1 Monday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 25-10, 14-25, 25-13 and 25-21.

The first game was all O-M, which built a 15-5 lead and pulled away with the final five service points by Cheianne Webster. Watkins Glen flipped the script in the second game, but O-M regained the advantage in the third game and held off the Senecas in Game Four.

Odessa-Montour statistics included:

Cheianne Webster: 14 service points, 8 aces, 2 kills, 1 block, 1 dig.
Jolynn Minnier: 10 service points, 2 aces, 2 assists, 2 kills, 2 blocks, 4 digs.
Rhys Stermer: 16 service points, 6 aces, 6 kills, 2 blocks, 2 digs.
Karlee Dudgeon: 2 service points, 1 ace, 2 digs.
Sam Sipes: 6 service points, 5 aces, 3 assists, 1 kill, 2 digs.
Haley Landon: 4 assists, 1 dig.
Hannah Chapman: 7 service points, 3 aces, 1 kill, 4 digs.

Watkins Glen statistics included:

Carlie Baker: 10 service points, 9 aces, 12 kills.
Melanie Wysocki: 4 service points.
Cassidy Ploucha: 8 service points, 6 aces, 1 kill.
Kelsey DeMillo: 7 service points, 1 ace, 3 kills.
Robin Zimba: 4 service points, 1 kill.
Katrina Ricca: 1 kill.
Jade Scaptura: 1 service point.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Odessa-Montour, 2-1. Games scores were 25-22, 24-26 and 25-23.

Photos in text: O-M's Cheianne Webster, right, battles Watkins' Carlie Baker at the net.
Bottom: Odessa-Montour's Jolynn Minnier reaches high for a volley.

From left: O-M's Sam Sipes and Karlee Dudgeon; and Watkins Glen's Kelsey DeMillo.

Left: Watkins Glen's Carlie Baker (2) sends the ball over the net for a winner. Right: Odessa-Montour's Haley Landon volleys.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jade Scaptura. Right: The Senecas' Katrina Ricca volleys.

Odessa-Montour's Mackenzie Cannon (3) puts her foot on the ball a moment before scoring a second-half goal.

Odessa-Montour girls blank Newfield

ODESSA, Sept. 24, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team got one goal each from six different players Monday night en route to a 6-0 victory over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The Indians, held scoreless for nearly 34 minutes, got on the board at 6:07 on a Hannah Nolan goal, and made it 2-0 with one second left before halftime on a blast by Sara Gardner that snuck inside the right goalpost.

Tori Brewster made it 3-0 at 36:02 of the second half, and Rebecca Wolfe put O-M up 4-0 with a blast from the left side at 24:06, assisted by Mackenzie Cannon. Then Cannon punched the ball in for her second goal in two games at 23:44 on an assist from Grace Vondracek, and Autumn Garrison closed out the scoring at 20:33.

Odessa had a 13-2 advantage in shots on goal, and a 10-2 edge in corner kicks.

"I love the chemistry on this team right now," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster. "They're playing together and having fun."

The Indians return to action Thursday at home against Moravia. Game time is 6 p.m. Then they host Newark Valley at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Hannah Nolan moves the ball from left to right moments before unleashing a kick that found the Newfield net for the Indians' first goal.

Bottom: O-M's Autumn Garrison sends the ball on its way toward the Newfield net for the Indians' final goal of the game.

O-M's Tori Brewster turns away from Newfield's net after scoring the Indians' third goal.

Left: A shot by O-M's Rebecca Wolfe soars past the Newfield netminder for the Indians' fourth goal. Right: Wolfe (19) is congratulated by teammates.

Left: O-M's Grace Vondracek meets the ball. Right: A shot by the Indians' Sara Gardner enters the Newfield goal as first-half time was expiring.

Left: O-M's Raven Lott sends the ball upfield. Right: The Indians' Reagan Bishop.

O-M's Autumn Garrison (11) prepares to congratulate teammate
Mackenzie Cannon, right, after Cannon scored a goal.

Odessa-Montour fans were enjoying the one-sided victory by the girls varsity soccer team.

Watkins girls modified soccer team wins

NEWFIELD, Sept. 24, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls modified soccer team defeated Newfield 6-2 Monday in a game on the Newfield athletic field.

Kendall Parker led Watkins Glen with three goals, while Julia Spahalski, Jennifer Gublo and Olivia VanSkiver scored one each. Gublo had three assists, VanSkiver two, and Maggie Pentz one.

Brenna Pierce registered 10 saves in goal for the Senecas, while Gublo had two.

"Our girls started out slow," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto, "but once they found their rhythm, then they began to score."

Watkins Glen (3-2) returns to action Wednesday at Elmira Notre Dame.

Athlete of Week: O-M's Hannah Nolan

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 23, 2019 -- This week we honor as our Odessa File Athlete of the Week a freshman soccer player at Odessa-Montour High School.

She is Hannah Nolan, who scored five goals in two games as the girls varsity soccer team improved to 4-4 with victories over Watkins Glen and Spencer-Van Etten/Candor.

Double Honorable: O-M soccer's Preston Harris, Grace Vondracek and Sara Gardner; Watkins Glen swimmers Peighton Cervoni, Faye Mooney, Amanda Wilbur and Thalia Marquez; Watkins Glen cross country's Gabe Planty; Watkins Glen soccer's Isaac McIlroy; and Seneca Indian football's Travon Jones and Owen Scholtisek.

Honorable Mention: Another 34 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.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Hannah Nolan.

O-M boys top Newfield in second OT

NEWFIELD, Sept. 22, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team improved its record to 4-3 Saturday when the Indians defeated Newfield 4-3 in double overtime in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newfield athletic field.

O-M's Preston Harris put the game-winner in the net at the 7:52 mark of the second overtime, his third goal of the game, on a breakaway assisted by Justin Andrews.

Newfield scored first, on a penalty kick at 5:02 of the first half. Harris evened the game at 1-1 on a direct kick at the 37:40 mark of the second half before Newfield moved in front 2-1 a short time later. O-M's Brett Walters tied it again, at 2-2, with a goal at 31:41, assisted by Dominic Scott, and the Indians moved in front 3-2 at 25:44 on Harris's second goal, assisted by Andrews.

Newfield tied the game again with just 31 seconds left in regulation, setting up the overtime.

Scott registered 12 saves in goal for Odessa, while the Newfield netminder had 11.

"It was a tough game," said O-M Coach Katie Taber. "We are battling a few injuries and down key players. Despite that, the team worked hard."

Odessa-Montour returns to action Tuesday at home against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor. Game time is 7 p.m.

Morse nets hat trick as CCC tops JCC

CORNING, Sept. 22, 2019 -- Watkins Glen High School graduate Hannah Morse scored three goals Saturday as her Corning Community College women's soccer team defeated Jamestown Community College 6-1 in a game on the CCC athletic field.

CCC, now 4-4, built a 2-0 lead early before Morse, a freshman, found the net to make it 3-0 -- the score at halftime. She scored twice more after intermission, bringing her season goal total to 16.

The Red Barons return to action today (Sunday) at Herkimer Community College. Game time is 12:30 p.m.

Photo in text: CCC's Hannah Morse, left, moves the ball past a Jamestown defender.

Watkins Glen's 200 Medley Relay team finished 4th at the Invitational in the Glen. From left: Amanda Wilbur, Faye Mooney, Thalia Marquez and Peighton Cervoni.

Ithaca's Royce-Roll stands out as WGHS hosts 2nd annual Invitational in the Glen

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 22, 2019 -- High school girls swim teams from around the region competed Friday and Saturday at Watkins Glen High School in the second annual Invitational in the Glen -- a meet at which Ithaca High School excelled.

The Little Red posted wins in four races, with Willa Royce-Roll having a hand in all four -- winning two individual races and competing on two winning relays. Fairport was next with three wins, while Lansing claimed two and Horseheads and Chenango Valley one each.

Other schools competing were Watkins Glen, Hilton, Corning, Susquehanna Valley, and Dryden.

Watkins Glen's team posted three Top Three finishes. The Senecas' performances in the finals (whose lineups were determined by Friday preliminaries) included:

200 Medley Relay: 4th place, Peighton Cervoni, Faye Mooney, Amanda Wilbur and Thalia Marquez, 1:58.79.

200 Yard Freestyle: 7th, Thalia Marquez, 2:09.64.

200 Yard Individual Medley: 7th, Amanda Wilbur, 2:27.38.

50 Yard Freestyle: 5th, Peighton Cervoni, 26.56.

500 Yard Freestyle: 3rd, Thalia Marquez, 5:40.94; 4th, Amanda Wilbur, 5:44.00.

200 Freestyle Relay: 6th, Peighton Cervoni, Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez, Faye Mooney, 1:47.87.

100 Yard Backstroke: 3rd, Peighton Cervoni, 1:03.09.

100 Yard Breaststroke: 3rd, Faye Mooney, 1:15.14.

Races were won by:

Ithaca: 200 Medley Relay, 200 Yard IM (Willa Royce-Roll), 100 Fly (Willa Royce-Roll), 400 Free Relay. (Willa Royce-Roll: 4 wins).
Horseheads: 200 Free (Sophia Verkleeren).
Lansing: 50 Free (Grace Kadlecik), 100 Free (Grace Kadlecik).
Fairport: 500 Free (Piper Miller), 200 Free Relay, 100 Back (Ella Guilfoil)
Chenango Valley: 100 Breaststroke (Lindsey Rice)

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Faye Mooney (top) in the 200 Medley Relay; the Senecas' Peighton Cervoni (bottom) checks out her time after the 50 Free.

Watkins Glen's Alannah Klemann competes in the 50 Yard Freestyle.

Left: Watkins Glen's Thalia Marquez swims the final leg of the 200 Medley Relay.
Right: The Senecas' Amanda Wilbur dives at start of the 200 Individual Medley.

Watkins Glen's Sarah Swinnerton competes in the 200 Individual Medley.

Members of the Watkins Glen High School cross country team, along with Matt Wood of Dundee, who traveled with the Watkins squad to the Plattsburgh meet. (Photo provided)

Glen boys XC team is 10th at Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH, Sept. 22, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity cross country team placed 10th Saturday among 17 teams at a Pres-States Cross Country Invitational race at Plattsburgh State College.

Senior Gabe Planty led the Senecas with a 5th-place finish on the 3.1-mile course, finishing in 16:21. The race winner was Colton Kempney of Beaver River (15:57).

Other Watkins runners and their times: Max Evans 38th (17:47); Sam Thorsland 52nd (18:00); Steven Gublo 84th (19:22); Elliott Holland 94th (19:58); Lawence Majors 102nd (20:29); Liam Smith 109th (21:05); and Timothy Clifford 127th (23:88). There were 131 runners.

Corning took the team title with 57 points, followed by runnerup Beaver River's 93. Watkins Glen totaled 245 points.

Girls: Watkins Glen's Makenzie Kellogg was 58th in a field of 117 runners in 23:05, while teammate Breanna Carl was 63rd in 23:21. Lexi Bernard of South Lewis finished first in 18:35.

Watkins Glen returns to action Saturday at the annual McQuaid Invitational at Genesee Valley Park in Rochester.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Breanna Carl, left, and Makenzie Kellogg. (Provided)

Seneca Indians quarterback Derrick Lewis (5) prepares to launch a pass.

Seneca Indians rally falls
short in 20-14 loss to Windsor

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 21, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team never led -- and for that matter never forged a tie after the first few minutes -- but somehow managed to hang close to Windsor Friday night until an improbable last-minute drive fell one play short of success, resulting in a 20-14 loss in a Section IV game on the Watkins Glen High School Alumni Field.

Windsor, now 3-0, took the lead with 8:37 remaining in the first quarter, finishing a 70-yard drive on the Black Knights' opening possession with a 21-yard run around left end. The point-after kick made it 7-0.

Windsor made it 14-0 with 6:23 remaining in the second quarter, connecting on a 23-yard pass play to the right side.

But just when it looked like the game might get out of hand, the Seneca Indians (1-2) -- a combined squad of WGHS and Odessa-Montour High School athletes -- drove 68 yards, the big plays a 17-yard pass to Cayden Confer and a 12-yard run by Owen Scholtisek before Travon Jones carried the ball the final three yards to paydirt. A point-after kick by Jared Rumsey cut the Windsor lead to 14-7 with 2:09 left in the first half.

Windsor, however, countered with a quick-strike touchdown on a 58-yard pass play up the middle, its receiver running right past two Seneca Indian defenders before hauling in the aerial bomb with 1:34 left until halftime. The point-after kick failed, leaving the Black Knighs up 20-7 at intermission.

The Seneca Indians closed to within six points on their third possession of the third quarter, Scholtisek gaining 51 yards on one running play, and then Jones carrying for 11 yards, seven yards, and then a final eight yards for the touchdown. Rumsey connected on the extra point, and the score was 20-14.

In the fourth quarter:

--The Seneca Indians took over on downs near midfield and drove to the Windsor 23, where a 4th-and-5 fell short, the Black Knights regaining the ball midway through the period.

--Windsor tried to run out the clock, keeping to the ground and gaining three first downs. An effort to gain a fourth first down fell inches short, and the Seneca Indians regained possession at their own 16-yard line with 1:51 left to play.

--Jones gained 15 yards for a first down on the WG/OM 31 with 1:35 to play. An incomplete pass was followed by a Scholtisek 2-yard run and a Jones 4-yard gain, creating a 4th-and-4. Jones then gained a first down with a 6-yard run to the left.

--With a first down on the WG/OM 42 and 1:16 left to play, Seneca Indians quarterback Derrick Lewis threw an incomplete pass. A running play lost two yards, and a 3rd-and-12 turned into a 3rd-and-17 when the home team was flagged for an illegal substitution with 51 seconds remaining.

--Following an incomplete pass, a 4th-and-17 pass from Lewis was snagged by Scholtisek 36 yards down the field as he wrestled the ball from a Windsor defender. That put the ball on the Windsor 29-yard line with 44.7 seconds to play.

--Lewis spiked the ball to stop the clock at 41.2 seconds, and then threw an incomplete pass in the end zone with 34.1 seconds left, another through the end zone with 28.5 to play, and then, on 4th down, a final one that just missed a receiver on the left sideline, near the first-down marker.

Windsor took over on downs, and took a knee to run out the clock.

"The Seneca Indians walked off the field with their heads held high tonight," said Coach Trevor Holland. "A loss like this really allows you to focus on what to adjust for next time. A flat first half is no way to start a game against a team like Windsor with their size and athleticism.

"The second half stats really show the heart and determintion that our players had when we were down 20-7 at the half. I am proud of our 'Big Uglies' (offensive and defensive lines) and how they keep pushing through the second half, when games that close can be determined by one play or even one yard."

The Seneca Indians totaled 279 yards of total offense, to Windsor's 309. WG/OM had 180 in the second half after 99 in the first half. Windsor amassed 236 yards before intermission, and 73 after.

Scholtisek ran for 95 yards on 18 carries, while Jones gained 75 yards on 16 carries, scoring both of his team's touchdowns. Derrick Lewis completed 5 of 20 passes for 66 yards.

Jones and Alex Kranyik each registered six tackles, while Cameron Holland and Derrick Lewis had two each. Holland also intercepted a Windsor pass.

Photos in text:

Top: The Seneca Indians' Travon Jones carries for several of his 75 rushing yards.
Second: WG/OM's Caneron Holland intercepts a pass.
Third: The Seneca Indians' Alex Kranyik and Travon Jones close in on the ball.
Bottom: WG/OM's Cayden Confer hauls in a pass.

The Seneca Indians' Owen Scholtisek (obscured in first two photos) holds the football aloft after wrestling a Windsor player for possession of it on a pass play late in the game. The play, on a 4th-and-17, put the Seneca Indians on the Windsor 29 with less than 45 seconds to play.

Left: The Seneca Indians' Jared Rumsey punts. Right: WG/OM's Cadin Knapp, left, runs a Windsor ball-carrier out of bounds.

Left: Seneca Indians defenders bury Windsor quarterback Ethan Reed. Right: Seneca Indians Coach Trevor Holland.

Left: WG/OM's Derrick Lewis tackles Windsor's J.J. Latimer (20). Right: The Seneca Indians' Travon Jones brings down Windsor QB Ethan Reed (4) with a leg tackle.

Odessa-Montour girls defeat SVEC, 6-1

SPENCER, Sept. 21, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team evened its season record at 4-4 Friday with a 6-1 decision over Spencer-Van Etten/Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the S-VE athletic field.

O-M got two goals each from Hannah Nolan and Sara Gardner, and one each from Autumn Garrison and Mackenzie Cannon -- her first varsity goal. Tori Brewster had two assists and Garrison one.

Odessa outshot SVEC 12-7, and had a 2-0 edge in corner kicks. Grace Vondracek registered five saves in goal for the Indians.

"Our backs are consistently getting better, working together," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster, referring to Ida Sidle, Camille Sgrecci, Marissa Marsh, Reagan Bishop and Raven Lott.

"We moved the ball really well in the middle of the field," added Brewster, "and ended up creating some good scoring chances. We're playing pretty well right now."

O-M returns to action Monday at home against Newfield. Game time is 7 p.m.

Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni dives at the start of the 200 Medley Relay.

Invitational at Glen opens with prelims

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 21, 2019 -- The second annual Invitational at the Glen girls swim meet started Friday in the Watkins Glen High School pool with preliminary heats that lead to Saturday's finals.

Competing teams include Watkins, Horseheads, Lansing, Dryden, Corning, Ithaca, Chenango Valley, Susquehanna Valley and Hilton.

Watkins Glen swimmers qualifying for the finals (top eight) included:

200 Medley Relay: Qualified 3rd, Peighton Cervoni, Faye Mooney, Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez, 1:58.22.

200 Yard Freestyle: Qualified 7th, Thalia Marquez, 2:10.43.

200 Yard IM: Qualified 4th, Amanda Wilbur, 2:24.93.

50 Yard Freestyle: Qualified 4th, Peighton Cervoni, 26.70.

500 Yard Freestyle: Qualified 3rd, Amanda Wilbur, 5:40.54; qualified 6th, Thalia Marquez, 5:46.72.

200 Freestyle Relay: Qualified 4th, Peighton Cervoni, Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez, Faye Mooney, 1:48.43.

100 Yard Backstroke: Qualified 6th, Peighton Cervoni, 1:06.85.

100 Yard Breaststroke: Qualified 3rd, Faye Mooney, 1:15.06.

The invitational's diving competition takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday. The swimming finals begin at 2 p.m.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Faye Mooney (top) in the 200 Medley Relay; the Senecas' Thalia Marquez dives at start of the 200 Free.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur competes in the 200 Yard Medley Relay.

Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon sends a shot on its way. It found the Notre Dame net for the Senecas' only goal of the game.

Watkins Glen girls fall to Notre Dame

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 21, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team's record slippd to 0-7 Friday when the Senecas dropped a 10-1 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS soccer field.

The Senecas, down 6-0 at halftime, got their lone goal early in the second half on a shot by Adrienna Solomon, assisted by Carly Arnold.

Lilly Ameigh was very busy in goal for Watkins, registering 27 saves.

"We played much better in the second half of the game today," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Lilly Ameigh has played well in goal recently even though we haven't won the games. Getting Carly Arnold back (she was sidelined by a concussion) is great as she makes such a difference on the field. The schedule has been tight with a game every other day for over a week. With the injuries we have, I'm hoping the girls can get some rest this weekend and be more competitive next week."

The Senecas return to action Monday at Tioga.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold (11) maneuvers past a Notre Dame player.

Left: Watkins Glen's Olivia Stephani sends the ball flying upfield. Right: The Senecas' goalkeeper, Lilly Ameigh, grabs the ball sent her way by a corner kick.

Watkins Glen boys defeat Newfield, 4-3

NEWFIELD, Sept. 20, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team lifted its record to 3-4 Thursday by defeating Newfield 4-3 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newfield athletic field.

The Senecas scored quickly, notching two goals in the first six minutes -- one on a breakaway by Isaac McIlroy and the second on a header by Peyton Boudino off a crossing pass from McIlroy.

McIlroy scored on another breakaway before halftime, giving the Senecas a 3-1 lead. Newfield evened the score at 3-3 in the second half before Seamus Mooney put the ball over the Newfield keeper's head for the deciding goal.

Bryce Kelly had eight saves in goal for Watkins, which returns to action Tuesday at home against Waverly. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Left: O-M's Brett Walters (5) battles a Trumansburg player for possession of the ball. Right: The Indians' Paden Grover (10) maneuvers past a Trumansburg player.

Odessa boys fall to Trumansburg, 4-0

ODESSA, Sept. 20, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 3-3 Thursday night when the Indians dropped a 4-0 decision to Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The Indians held Tburg to a single goal in the first half, but saw that deficit grow quickly after intermission, the Raiders scoring three times in the first 10 minutes.

"That was a tough game," said O-M Coach Katie Taber, who noted that her team is "down some key players." Even so, "We held them in the first half" before Trumansburg surged in that 10-minute span.

"We couldn't find the net," she added. "Of course, two shots on goal does not win a game." Both shots came before halftime. Trumansburg, meanwhile, sent 17 shots on the O-M net.

Odessa-Montour returns to action Saturday at Newfield. Game time is 10 a.m.

Photo in text: A Trumansburg shot goes past the reach of O-M goalkeeper Dominik Scott and hits the crossbar. The ball bounced back out to the field of play.

Female fans were seated along the sideline cheering on the O-M boys varsity soccer team.

Watkins Glen's Carlie Baker smashes the ball over the net in the first game.

Watkins volleyball team loses to Candor

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 20, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Candor Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS Field House.

Game scores were 8-25, 13-25 and 11-25.

Watkins Glen statistics included:

Carlie Baker: 1 service point, 3 kills.
Melanie Wysocki: 2 service points, 1 kill.
Kelsey DeMillo: 2 service points, 1 kill.
Katrina Ricca: 1 service point, 1 kill.

The Senecas (0-6) return to action Monday at Odessa-Montour. The junior varsity match starts at 5 p.m., with the varsity to follow.

Junior Varsity: Candor defeated Watkins Glen 2-1. Game scores were 2-25, 16-25 and 25-23.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Kelsey DeMillo volleys.

Left: Watkins Glen's Katrina Ricca meets the ball. Right: The Senecas' Robin Zimba serves the ball.

O-M volleyball team loses to TAE, 3-0

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Sept. 20, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team lost 3-0 Thursday to Thomas A. Edison High in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the TAE gym.

Game scores were 14-25, 15-25 and 19-25.

Statistics for Odessa-Montour included the following:

Rhys Stermer: 13 service points, 7 aces, 1 kill, 1 block, 8 digs.
Hannah Chapman: 1 service point, 1 assist, 5 kills, 1 block, 6 digs.

The Indians return to action Monday at home against Watkins Glen.

Junior Varsity: Edison defeated O-M 2-0. Game scores were 19-25 and 18-25.

Odessa-Montour's Annaleise Beckley competes in the 200 Yard Freestyle.

O-M swimmers lose to Southern Cayuga

ODESSA, Sept. 20, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity swim team dropped a 59-35 decision Thursday to Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

First-place finishes for Odessa came from Madison Moss in the 100 Fly (1:11.97), from Kara Reese in the 100 Back (1:14.12), and from Delaney Paulisczak in the 100 Breaststroke (1:34.15).

Individual second-place finishes were posted for O-M by Kara Reese in the 200 Individual Medley, by Megan Adams in the 100 Free, and by Madison Moss in the 500 Free.

The Indians return to action Tuesday at Whitney Point.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Emilee Chaffinch swims the backstroke portion of the 200 Medley Relay.

Left: O-M's Delaney Paulisczak at start of the 50 Free. Right: Odessa's Reagan Reese competes in the 200 Individual Medley.

Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese at the start of the 200 Individual Medley.

Glen girls modified soccer team falls 4-2

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 20, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls modified soccer team's record slipped to 2-2 Thursday when the Senecas dropped a 4-2 decision to Spencer-Van Etten/Candor in a game on the WGHS soccer field.

Maisie Robertson scored unassisted for Watkins Glen, while Molly O'Connell-Campbell scored with an assist by Jennifer Gublo. Brenna Pierce registered 24 saves in goal for the Senecas.

"Our girls played a great game against a tough opponent," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto, whose squad returns to action Monday at Newfield. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Watkins Glen goalkeeper Lilly Ameigh, left, makes a save as a shot by O-M's Autumn Garrison (11) arrives. Looking for a possible rebound is O-M's Tori Brewster (6).

Odessa girls defeat Watkins Glen, 5-0

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 19, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team -- led by three Hannah Nolan goals -- defeated Watkins Glen 5-0 Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on WGHS's Alumni Field.

The Indians, now 3-4, outshot Watkins Glen 17-3, and had a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks. O-M goalkeeper Grace Vondracek had three saves in goal before joining the attack later in the game, when Eliza Starkweather took over in goal. Watkins Glen netminder Lilly Ameigh registered 14 saves.

O-M struck quickly, with the freshman Nolan putting a laser shot from the right into the short side of the net at 38:37. The Watkins defense tightened, holding O-M scoreless until Tori Brewster made it 2-0 with a blast from a crowd in front of the net with 35.1 seconds left before intermission.

Nolan made it 3-0 with a shot to the left side at 38:50 of the second half, and Sara Gardner made it 4-0 with a shot that beat Ameigh on the left side at 20:01. Nolan closed out the scoring with a blast from the left that found the right corner of the Watkins goal. That came off a corner kick by Camille Sgrecci. Both Sgrecci and Malia Mertens earned assists in the game.

"I was impressed with how Watkins Glen battled, considering they are missing several players," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster. Among those on the sidelines are key Watkins players Carly Arnold (concussion) and Abby Gibson (leg).

Brewster said he was happy with the way his backs organized and kept Watkins at bay -- all three Seneca shots on goal came from Adrienna Solomon -- and "the way we created opportunities up front."

Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, whose team slipped to 0-6, said "The girls fought hard today. All of them did good things at various times. We just need to get all the pieces working together at the same time and we will be okay."

Odessa returns to action Friday on the road against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor. Watkins Glen hosts Elmira Notre Dame the same day. The starting time of both games is 4:30 p.m.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Malia Mertens (22) and Watkins Glen's Genevieve Osborne battle for the ball in the Watkins end of the field.

Middle: Odessa-Montour's Camille Sgrecci (18) controls the ball as Watkins Glen's Jenna Solomon challenges.

Bottom: Odessa's Raven Lott controls the ball as it arrives near the sideline.

Watkins Glen's Haley Dean, left, and O-M's Grace Vondracek battle for control of the ball.

O-M's Hannah Nolan (right in photo at right) sends a shot on goal that made it into the net (left) in the first two minutes of play.

Odessa-Montour's Sara Gardner sends the ball on its way for her team's fourth goal.

Left: Watkins Glen's Mattie Yontz sends the ball upfield. Right: Watkins' Olivia Stephani moves the ball away from her team's net.

Left: O-M Coach Burton Brewster and Odessa freshman Hannah Nolan, who scored three goals. Right: Odessa's Makenzie Cannon meet the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon, left, blocks a kick by O-M's Eliza Starkweather. Right: O-M's Lydia Lynch, left, battles Watkins Glen's Kayla Palmer for possession.

Left: Watkins' Kelsey Kernan (13) and O-M's Autumn Garrison turn toward the ball. Right: Odessa-Montour's Tori Brewster meets the ball.

The Odessa-Montour team poses along the sideline after posting the victory.

Glen XC boys top field at Trumansburg

TRUMANSBURG, Sept. 18, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity cross country team took first place in a field of six schools Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the Trumansburg high school grounds.

The Senecas' Gabe Planty won the race on the 2.5-mile course in 14:00 as Watkins posted a team score of 43 points. Trumansburg was second with 46, followed by Southern Cayuga (64), Lansing (88), Groton (119) and Moravia (incomplete; not enough runners for a team score).

Watkins Glen's Max Evans was 3rd in 14:12, while Sam Thorsland was 7th in 14:41, Steven Gublo 14th in 15:11, Ben Swinnerton 18th in 15:25, Lawrence Majors 22nd in 15:45, Elliott Holland 26th in 16:10, and Liam Smith 30th in 16:24. There were 54 runners.

Girls: Watkins' Breanna Carl was 8th in 17:31 and Makenzie Kellogg 13th in 18:04 in a field of 35 runners. Lansing's Emmaline Jackson won in 16:02.

Modified: Watkins Glen's Nick Bonsignore was 3rd in 8:00, Dominic Gublo 5th in 8:36, Johnny VanScoyk 9th in 9:03, and Aidan Maphis 20th in 11:24 in a field of 23 runners.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty, right, and Max Evans at Trumansburg. (Photo by Amy Planty)

Watkins volleyball team falls to S-VE

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 18, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision Tuesday to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS Field House.

Game scores were 20-25, 25-14, 13-25 and 11-25.

The Senecas trailed 15-3 in the first game before rallying to pull within five at the end. Then, after trailing 5-1 in the second game, they pushed ahead and won going away.

But the third and fourth games saw early deficits, 10-3, and 9-1, that the Senecas did not overcome.

Watkins Glen statistics included:

Carlie Baker: 4 kills, 1 block, 2 digs.
Kelsey DeMillo: 13 service points, 1 kill, 1 dig.
Robin Zimba: 4 service points, 3 aces, 1 dig.
Katrina Ricca: 5 service points, 2 kills.
Melanie Wysocki: 3 service points, 1 ace.
Ava VanDusen: 1 service point, 1 ace.

"This young team showed a lot of promise tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Dawn Baker. "There was no doubt in my mind they would start to come together; the talent and heart is there. We have been trying different things to find the strengths of each girl ... and are still fitting the puzzle pieces together.

"I believe we have a very successful future ahead. It will happen, but it takes time. I am very proud of how they moved tonight, and of many moments in the game where they showed their capabilities as a team."

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Katrina Ricca volleys.
Bottom: The Senecas' Melanie Wysocki sets the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Carlie Baker volleys. Right: The Senecas' Ava VanDusen.

O-M volleyball team falls to Tioga, 3-0

TIOGA CENTER, Sept. 18, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Tioga Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Tioga gym.

Game scores were 10-25, 13-25 and 6-25.

Statistics for Odessa-Montour included:

Jolynn Minnier: 2 service points, 2 blocks, 2 digs, 1 kill.
Hannah Chapman: 1 assist, 1 kill, 1 block, 1 dig.
Rhys Stermer: 3 digs, 1 block.
Cheianne Webster: 2 digs, 1 kill.
Haley Landon: 2 service points, 1 ace, 1 dig.

The Indians return to action Thursday at Edison.

Junior Varsity: Tioga defeated O-M, 2-0. Game scores were 25-8 and 25-11.

Watkins swimmers top Waverly, 94-73

WAVERLY, Sept. 18, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team improved to 2-0 Tuesday with a 94-73 victory over Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Waverly pool.

The Watkins Glen first-place finishes included:

200 Medley Relay: Peighton Cervoni, Faye Mooney, Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez 2:01.95.
200 Freestyle: Thalia Marquez 2:11.64.
200 Individual Medley: Amanda Wilbur 2:30.90.
100 Butterfly: Amanda Wilbur 1:06.60.
100 Freestyle: Peighton Cervoni 59.48.
500 Freestyle: Thalia Marquez 5:50.05.
200 Free Relay: Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Alannah Klemann, Amanda Wilbur 1:53.20.
100 Backstroke: Peighton Cervoni 1:11.05.

Watkins' Sarah Swinnerton also finished first in the 100 Breaststroke, but the Senecas exhibitioned its swimmers in that race so as not to run up the score. Swinnerton posted a time of 1:19.77.

"It was a great meet with a lot of strong swims with everyone contributing to the end result," said Watkins Glen Coach Nichole Chaffee.

The Senecas return to action Friday and Saturday at home in a multi-school invitational.

Odessa-Montour's Sarah Barr nears the surface after diving at start of the 500 Free.

O-M swimmers fall to Notre Dame, 52-40

ODESSA, Sept 18, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity swim team dropped a 52-40 decision Tuesday to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Victories for O-M came in the following:

100 Free: Megan Adams 1st in 1:08.15.
500 Free: Madison Moss 1st in 6:28.13.
400 Free Relay: Kayla Reese, Katie Adams, Megan Adams, and Madison Moss 1st in 4:41.52.

Individual second-place finishes were posted for O-M by Emilee Chaffinch in the 200 Free, Kara Reese in the 50 Free and 100 Back, and Madison Moss in the 100 Fly.

O-M returns to action Thursday at home against Southern Cayuga.

Photo in text: O-M's Kara Reese competes in the 100 Backstroke. She placed second.

O-M's Emilee Chaffinch enters the water at start of the 200 Free. She placed second.

Odessa-Montour's Delaney Paulisczak dives at start of the 50 Yard Freestyle.

Left: O-M's Madison Moss en route to 2nd place in the 100 Fly. Right: The Indians' Megan Adams dives at start of the 100 Free, which she won.

Odessa-Montour's Julia Paulisczak competes in the 100 Freestyle against Notre Dame.

The Indians' Katie Adams dives at start of the 200 Individual Medley.

WG girls modified soccer team tops O-M

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 18, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls modified soccer team improved to 2-1 Tuesday with a 10-0 victory over Odessa-Montour in a game on the WGHS soccer field.

Jennifer Gublo and Kendall Parker scored two goals each for the Senecas, while Ava Cowan, Carley Hansen, Julia Spahalski, Isabella Samuel, Marley McAvoy and Ellie Fleet notched one apiece. Spahalski had two assists, and Olivia VanSkiver, Cowan, and Fleet one each.

Brenna Pierce registered four saves in goal for the Senecas.

"Everyone on the team responded with intensity," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto, whose squad returns to action Thursday at home against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor.

The ball bounces around near the Watkins Glen net. Watkins Glen players include Travis Hill, left, goalkeeper Bryce Kelly (green top) and Josiah Wysocki (2).

Watkins boys fall to Trumansburg, 5-0

WATKINS GLEN, Sept.17, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team saw its record slip to 2-4 Monday when the Senecas dropped a 5-0 decision to Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on WGHS's Alumni Field.

The Blue Raiders scored their first goal six minutes into the game, and were up 3-0 by halftime. Trumansburg forced the action for most of the game in the Watkins end of the field.

Watkins Glen returns to action Thursday at Newfield. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

 

 

 



Photo at right:
WGHS goalkeeper Byrce Kelly goes high to deflect a Trumansburg shot above the net.

 

Left: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy. Right: The Senecas' Peyton Boudinot.

Left: Watkins' Georgio Fazzary. Right: The Senecas' Aidan DiGregorio meets the ball.

Watkins Glen's Haley Dean (10) scores off a crossing pass from Adrienna Solomon.

Watkins Glen girls lose to Marathon, 4-1

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 17, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team dropped a 4-1 decision Monday to Marathon in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS soccer field.

Watkins Glen (0-5) fell behind 2-0 in the first half before Haley Dean scored, sending a crossing pass from Adrienna Solomon into the left corner of the net.

But Marathon's defense tightened after that as the Olympians (5-0) pulled away for the victory.

Lilly Ameigh had a busy day in goal for the Senecas, registering 21saves. Marathon had a lopsided 8-0 advantage in corner kicks.

"Even though we didn't win the game today, I was very pleased with how the team played," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "We moved the ball well and gave ourselves opportunities to score. We defended much better this game, and the increased communication shows. And Lilly Ameigh was outstanding in her first start in goal.

"It's always hard to lose players to injury, but the way the girls rallied together, even in a loss, shows a lot of character and grit, and I'm proud of them."

Watkins Glen returns to action Wednesday at home against Odessa-Montour. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photo in text: The ball is loose as Watkins Glen's Genevieve Osborne (center top), Kelsey Kernan (center bottom) and Lilly Ameigh (right) converge. The ball made it into the net.

Left: Key Watkins players Carly Arnold (11) and Abby Gibson were on the sideline -- Arnold out with a concussion, and Gibson with a leg injury. Right: Watkins' Kayla Palmer.

Left: Watkins Glen's Victoria Bantin clears the ball. Right: Watkins goalkeeper Lilly Ameigh goes high for a save.

Athletes of the Week: Planty, Harris

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 16, 2019 -- This week we honor a runner and a soccer player as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

The runner is Watkins Glen High School senior Gabe Planty, who won two cross country races -- the Senecas' lone home meet in the State Park, and an invitational at Wayne High School.

The soccer player is Odessa-Montour High School senior Preston Harris, who scored seven goals in three games as the Indians won twice en route to the title game of the GLM Memorial Tournament.

Double Honorable: O-M soccer's Paden Grover and Hannah Nolan; Watkins Glen soccer's Isaac McIlroy; Watkins Glen swimmers Peighton Cervoni, Amanda Wilbur and Faye Mooney; and Seneca Indians football's Matt Irwin, Derrick Lewis, Owen Scholtisek and Travon Jones.

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

Odessa-Montour's Brett Walters (5) maneuvers near the Newark Valley goal.

O-M boys fall to NV in GLM title game

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 15, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team couldn't handle Newark Valley's Nathan Sokol in Saturday's GLM Memorial Tournament championship game, and as a result ended up on the short end of a 5-2 score.

Sokol scored all five of the Cardinals' goals -- three before intermission and two after. "He dominated us," said O-M Coach Katie Taber, who altered her team's defense to try and counter his production. "It worked for a while," she said, "but we still let him get by."

"It was a tough game," added Taber, "and it's especially tough when you play back to back" on Friday and Saturday. The Indians had defeated Watkins Glen 2-1 in a first-round game on Friday.

The Indians were hampered by the loss of key player Deshawn Johnson (knee injury), and standout Preston Harris -- who scored his team's first goal Saturday -- sustained a rib injury late in the game. O-M plays a skilled Trumansburg team on Thursday at home (7 p.m.), and Taber is cautiously optimistic. "If we're all healthy, it should be a good contest," she said.

Newark Valley struck first Saturday, on a Sokol blast from the right side that found the left corner of the net at 37:28. O-M tied it on Harris's goal -- a long shot from the right side at 30:24 that soared over the NV goalkeeper and into the left corner. It was Harris's seventh goal in three games this past week.

NV pulled ahead 3-1 before intermission on Sokol's second and third goals, and 4-1 at 19:46 of the second half on a Sokol penalty kick. O-M closed to within 4-2 at 9:37 on a goal by Phoenix Parmenter (assisted by Devon Mahaney), but Sokol closed out the scoring with his final goal at 1:19.

Dominik Scott registered 10 saves in goal for the Indians, who managed 11 shots on goal themselves. NV had a 5-2 edge in corner kicks.

The tournament, in its 10th year, raises funds for projects by the GLM Foundation in memory of three Watkins Glen soccer players -- Kyle Gregory, Brennan Love and Seth Marcellus -- who died in a motor vehicle accident in May 2003.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Paden Grover, left, moves the ball as Newark Valley's Nathan Sokol pursues.
Middle: The Indians' Preston Harris (4) confronts a Newark Valley defender.
Bottom: Odessa-Montour's Arden Heichel maneuvers past an NV player.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Veer Patel (13) sends the ball flying.
Right: The Indians' Devon Mahaney kicks the ball upfield.

O-M goalkeeper Dominik Scott dives on the ball as a Newark Valley player closes in.

Watkins Glen goalkeeper Bryce Kelly, right, clears the ball from in front of the net.

Glen boys win GLM consolation game

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 15, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team scored five first-half goals en route Saturday to a 5-1 victory over South Seneca in the consolation game of the annual GLM Memorial Tournament at WGHS.

"We played a strong first half," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson, whose squad (now 2-3) got two goals each from Isaac McIlroy (assisted by Dylan Morse and Dave Semans) and Josiah Wysocki (a rocket from the top of the box and a penalty kick). The fifth goal came from a scramble in front of the net, with Tom Elliott scoring.

Bryce Kelly registered 9 saves in goal for Watkins Glen and, said Watson, "continues to impress with his goal-keeping skills. Defensively the team is continuing to find its groove, with hustle from Collin Gaylord, Travis Hill, Tom Elliott and Ethan Day.

"The whole team is improving each time we are on the field," he added. "Competition seems to reinforce all of the skills and technique from practice."

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

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy scores one of his two goals.

Left: Watkins' Josiah Wysocki, left, pokes the ball away from a South Seneca player. Right: Some of the many fans on hand to watch soccer at the GLM Tournament.

Watkins Glen's Tom Elliott (16) celebrates after scoring the Senecas' final goal.

Watkins Glen's Abby Congdon moves the ball as a Sayre player approaches.

Glen girls lose GLM consolation game

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 15, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 0-4 Saturday when the Senecas lost 5-0 to Sayre in the consolation game of the GLM Memorial Tournament on the WGHS soccer field.

Lansing won the tournament title by defeating Newark Valley 3-0 in the championship game. It was the fifth year of the girls tournament.

Watkins goalkeeper Natalie Edmister was busy against Sayre, registering 11 saves. Sayre had a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.

"Coming off a difficult game Thursday night where we lost two starters to injury, we struggled to get going today," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, whose squad had lost to Newark Valley 8-1 in the tourney's opening round.

"The girls played hard, but we were forced to shift many players around to new positions and it showed in our play. I do think, regardless of the score, we moved the ball really well in the second half. We displayed some solid passing and were threatening to score often. I believe we can regroup as a team and improve as we begin a busy stretch of the season with three games next week.

"The GLM is a great tournament, and though we had hoped to win, we continue to improve, and I'm proud of the girls."

Watkins Glen returns to action Monday at home against Marathon. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Jenna Solomon, left, sends the ball flying. Teammate Kayla Palmer is in the background.

Middle: Senecas goalkeeper Natalie Edmister sends the ball upfield.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Mattie Yontz inbounds the ball.

From left: Watkins Glen's Lilly Ameigh, Haley Dean and Adrienna Solomon.

WGHS senior Gabe Planty on the way to victory at Wayne race. (Photo by Amy Planty)

Planty wins race at Wayne; Glen is 3rd

ONTARIO CENTER, NY, Sept. 15, 2019 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Gabe Planty placed first among 104 runners Saturday to lead his team to a third-place finish at the Wayne Eagle Cross Country Invitational at Wayne High School.

Planty posted a time of 16:58 on the 5K course. Teammate Sam Thorsland was 17th in 18:49, while Steven Gublo was 26th in 19:29, Ben Swinnerton 33rd in 20:09, Liam Smith 40th in 20:40, Elliott Holland 43rd in 20:48, and Lance Majors 57th in 21:30.

Boys Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen's lone runner, Timothy Cliford, was 45th among 85 runners, posting a time of 23:46.

Boys Modified: Watkins' Nick Bonsignore was third in 10:18 on the 2400-meter course, while Dominic Gublo was fourth in 10:40 and Johnny VanScoyk ninth in 11:33. The winning time was 9:57, posted by Corey Bailey of Geneva.

Girls Varsity: The Senecas' Breanna Carl was 10th in 22:20, while Makenzie Kellogg was 30th in 24:49 among 67 runners. The winner: Joddie Decker of Penn Yan in 20:22.

Watkins Glen returns to action next Saturday at a Pre-State Meet at SUNY Plattsburgh, site later this season of the New York State Cross Country Championships.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Breanna Carl in Saturday's race. (Photo by Amy Planty)

Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse (11) prepares to kick the ball into the Odessa-Montour net for his team's only goal of the game.

O-M boys top Watkins at GLM tourney

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 14, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team rode two Preston Harris goals and a stingy defense to a 2-1 victory Friday over Watkins Glen in the annual GLM Memorial Tournament on the WGHS Alumni Field.

Harris put Odessa up 1-0 at 31:45 of the first half on a blast from the right of the goal. The homestanding Senecas tied the game at 16:13 on a goal by Dylan Morse into the left corner of the net off a pass from Isaac McIlroy. And Harris put O-M ahead again with 2:15 left in the first half on a header, assisted by Devon Mahaney on a throw-in.

"That was a tough game," said O-M Coach Katie Taber, whose squad is now 3-1 entering a tourney title game today (Saturday). "It was very physical. And playing the second half against the wind was a hardship. But a win is a win. We'll take it."

The wind was indeed a large factor, favoring whoever had it at their backs. In the first half, that was O-M. In the second half, it was Watkins Glen (now 1-3). The Senecas put repeated pressure on the O-M defense, which bent but wouldn't break.

O-M goalkeeper Dominik Scott registered 10 saves, while Watkins' Bryce Kelly notched eight saves.

"Our team played a great game," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson, "one of our best this season. Bryce Kelly played a great game in goal. Also, new to the game of soccer, Travis Hill, a senior for Watkins Glen, played an outstanding game. He was smart, patient and composed. Travis showed what attention to detail and practice can do."

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Preston Harris sends the ball on its way toward the Watkins Glen net for the first goal of the game.
Bottom: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Bryce Kelly goes high to make a save.

Left: O-M's Michael Benway (1) is challenged by Watkins Glen's Dave Semans Jr.
Right:
Odessa's's Deshawn Johnson goes high to meet the ball.

Members of the WGHS varsity girls soccer team were cheering on the Watkins boys team from the stands at Friday's game.

Seneca Indians quarterback Derrick Lewis goes airborne as he attempts a pass to Owen Scholtisek (left) under pressure. The ball fell incomplete.

Seneca Indians top B-G, improve to 1-1

ODESSA, Sept. 14, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team scored early and often Friday night, defeating Bainbridge-Guilford 44-12 in a Section IV, non-divisional game on Odessa-Montour High School's Charles Martin Field.

The Seneca Indians (1-1), a combined squad of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes, scored five minutes into the game on a short-yardage keeper by quarterback Derrick Lewis, and again at 6:46 after forcing a fumble on the ensuing kickoff that Hunter Holley scooped up and ran 40 yards to paydirt. Two-point conversion tries failed after both TDs.

After a lull, the Seneca Indians caught fire late in the second quarter, scoring at 5:21 on a 20-yard Owen Scholtisek touchdown run around right end. They struck again at 1:35 on a Travon Jones 27-yard run, and finished off the half with a final-play 32-yard TD pass to Scholtisek, who made a leaping grab in traffic on the left side of the end zone.

B-G trimmed the 32-0 halftime deficit to 32-12 with TDs at 10:36 and 1:16 of the third quarter, but WG/OM responded with two more scores -- on a Matt Irwin 2-yard TD run at 8:55, and on a 10-yard run by Irwin at 5:22.

WG/OM amassed 381 yards in the game, including 80 passing yards by Lewis, who was 4-for-5. Travon Jones led the rushing game with 97 yards on 12 carries, while Irwin gained 63 yards on 7 carries, and Scholtisek 59 yards on 6 carries. Cameron Holland and Dominick Fazzary each gained 25 yards, while Ben Matthews added 20 on one carry, and Holley 12 yards on one carry.

Coach Trevor Holland was happy with the victory, but he said "I kind of want to block out that third quarter -- just erase it. And the penalties: my word." Officials called a steady stream of penalties on both teams.

The Seneca Indians return to action Friday (Sept. 20) at WGHS against Windsor. Game time is 7 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: WG/OM's Owen Scholtisek hauls in a TD pass on the last play of the first half.
Bottom: The ball is separated froa a B-G runner on a first-half kickoff. Hunter Holley, left, retrieved the ball and ran it in for a touchdown.

Left: The Seneca Indians' Cameron Holland (8) attempts a pass. It fell incomplete. Right: WG/OM coaches wore jerseys with reference to the late Coach Bob Lee, who passed away recently. Lee coached football at both Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour.

Left: The Seneca Indians' Alex Kranyik catches a 47-yard pass, moving the ball down near the goal line. Right: WG/OM's Hunter Holley (84) reaches the end zone after picking up a Bainbridge-Guilford fumble on a kickoff and carrying it 40 yards.

The Seneca Indians' Travon Jones (foreground) moves the ball upfield. (Photo by David Franzese)



Fans along the sideline included O-M soccer players (from left) Lillian Betts, Grace Vondracek, Hannah Nolan, Camille Sgrecci and Autumn Garrison.

The Seneca Indians varsity football team enters the field. (Photo by George Rutledge)

Glen volleyball team falls to Newfield

NEWFIELD, Sept. 14, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team's record slipped to 0-4 Friday when the Senecas dropped a 3-0 decision to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Newfield gym.

Game scores were 20-25, 23-25 and 22-25.

Statistics for Watkins Glen included:

Jade Scaptura: 7 service points.
Carlie Baker: 5 service points, 3 aces, 9 kills, 2 blocks.
Melanie Wysocki: 6 service points, 1 dig.
Kelsey DeMillo: 1 kill.
Robin Zimba: 1 kill.
Kayla Hammond: 2 service points.
Katrina Ricca: 5 service points, 2 kills.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at home against Spencer-Van Etten.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Newfield 2-1. Game scores wwere 25-18, 13-25 and 25-23.

Watkins girls modified squad wins 6-1

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 14, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls modified soccer team defeated Waverly 6-1 Friday night in a game on the WGHS Alumni Field.

The Senecas, now 1-1, were led by Julia Spanalski's three goals. Kendall Parker scored twice, and Brayona Oden once. Assists came from Molly O'Connell-Campbell (2), Maisie Robertson and Marley McAvoy.

Brenna Pierce registered six saves in goal for Watkins.

"There is only one word I may use to describe this evening's win: superb," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "Our ladies were superb!"

Diliberto also had a word of thanks to "Eric VanSkiver and his strikers staff for all their help to enhance our high school soccer program."

Watkins Glen returns to action Tuesday at home against Odessa-Montour.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur on the way to a victory in the 200 Medley Relay.

Glen swimmers defeat Odessa-Montour

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 13, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team opened its season on a winning note Thursday, defeating Odessa-Montour 95-67 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The two-time Section IV champion Senecas got two individual wins each from Peighton Cervoni, Amanda Wilbur and Faye Mooney, with Cervoni and Wilbur also on two winning relays each, and Mooney on one.

The winners of each race, along with the winning times::

200 Medley Relay: WG Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez, 2:02.90.
200 Freestyle: WG Peighton Cervoni, 2:13.90
200 Individual Medley: WG Amanda Wilbur, 2:28.49.
50 Freestyle: WG Faye Mooney, 27.39.
100 Butterfly: WG Peighton Cervoni, 1:08.20.
100 Freestyle: WG Faye Mooney, 1:00.35.
500 Freestyle: WG Amanda Wilbur, 5:47.54.
200 Free Relay: WG Faye Mooney, Thalia Marquez, Amanda Wilbur, Peighton Cervoni, 1:50.62.
100 Backstroke: WG Malina Butler, 1:16.22.
100 Breaststroke: OM Delaney Paulisczak, 1:35.18.
400 Free Relay: OM Kara Reese, Megan Adams, Katie Adams, Madison Moss, 4:31.44.

In individual races, second places for Odessa-Montour were posted by Megan Adams in the 200 Free, Madison Moss in the 200 IM and the 500 Free, Delaney Paulisczak in the 50 Free, and Reagan Reese in the 100 Breaststroke.

Second places for Watkins came from Malina Butler in the 100 Fly, and from Thalia Marquez in the 100 Free and the 100 Back.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Thalia Marquez dives at start of the 100 Free.
Middle: The Senecas' Malina Butler competes in the 100 Fly, where she placed second.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni en route to victory in the 200 Medley Relay.

O-M's Madison Moss competes in the 500 Freestyle, where she placed second.

Left: Watkins Glen's Faye Mooney. Right: The Senecas' Sarah Swinnerton enroute to victory in the 200 Medley Relay.

Left: O-M's Megan Adams before the start of the 200 Free. Right: Odessa's Reagan Reese competes in the 100 Breaststroke.

Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese dives at the start of the 100 Backstroke.

O-M's Hannah Chapman (35) and Cheianne Webster (2) watch as the ball descends to teammates Sam Sipes, left foreground, and Haley Landon.

O-M volleyball team falls to Candor

ODESSA, Sept. 13, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team's record slipped to 2-2 Thursday when the Indians dropped a 3-0 decision to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 12-25, 10-25 and 12-25.

Statistics for Odessa-Montour included:

Cheianne Webster: 6 digs.
Karlee Dudgeon: 1 kill, 2 digs.
Jolynn Minnier: 3 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 1 block.
Sam Sipes: 2 digs.
Rhys Stermer: 2 service points, 2 aces, 1 assist, 5 digs.
Haley Landon: 3 assists.
Madisyn Wells: 2 digs.
Hannah Chapman: 2 assists, 3 digs.

O-M returns to action Tuesday at Tioga.

Junior Varsity: Candor defeated Odessa-Montour 2-0. Game scores were 7-25 and 12-25.

Photo in text: O-M's Hannah Chapman battles at the net.

Left: O-M's Sam Sipes volleys. Right: Odessa's Rhys Stermer dives for the ball -- and sent it over the net for a winner.

Left: O-M's Jolynn Minnier goes low for a volley. Right: The Indians' Haley Landon

Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold turns to send the ball toward the Newark Valley net.

Watkins girls fall in tourney opener, 8-1

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 13, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 0-3 Thursday night when the Senecas dropped an 8-1 decision to Newark Valley in the opening round of the annual GLM Memorial Tournament on the WGHS athletic field.

Lansing defeated Sayre (Pa.) in the opener, and will face Newark Valley for the tourney title Saturday. Watkins Glen will play Sayre in a consolation game at 11 a.m.

Newark Valley took an early 1-0 lead before the Senecas tied it 1-1 on a penalty kick goal by Carly Arnold. But the Cardinals added two goals before halftime and then pulled away with five goals in the second half.

Most of the play took place in the Watkins Glen half of the field as Newark Valley unleashed 30 shots. Natalie Edmister registered 17 saves for the Senecas, while Lilly Ameigh notched five saves.

"Newark Valley is an outstanding team and we knew it would be a tough game," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "I thought we played a very good first half. I was impressed with our intensity and defense and we were very much in the game. In the second half we faded and made some mistakes that hurt us, but I'm very pleased with the girls and where we can go from here as a team.

"The GLM Tournament is a wonderful event and we really wanted to be contending for the title this year, but hats off to the talented Newark Valley team. We play Sayre Saturday and they have some explosive players, so we will have to regroup and be ready."

The GLM Tournament was created in memory of three WGHS soccer players who died in an accident in 2003: Kyle Gregory, Brennan Love, and Seth Marcellus. Proceeds from the games go toward projects of the GLM Foundation.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins' Adrie Solomon battles a Newark Valley player for possession of the ball.
Bottom: The Senecas' Abby Gibson, left, moves the ball under pressure.

Watkins Glen goalkeeper Natalie Edmister confronts an incoming Newark Valley ball-carrier as Seneca taammate Kayla Palmer (12) closes in.

O-M volleyball team tops Newfield, 3-2

NEWFIELD, Sept. 12, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team improved its season mark to 2-1 Wednesday when it came from behind to defeat Newfield 3-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Newfield gym.

Game scores were 17-25, 17-25, 25-21, 26-24 and 25-17. Newfield fell to 0-4, but that team's coach, Peter Holm, said he is "optimistic we will turn it around."

Key statistics for Odessa-Montour included:

Rhys Stermer: 14 aces, 8 kills.
Hannah Chapman: 3 aces, 4 kills.
Haley Landon: 6 aces, 10 assists.

The Indians return to action today (Thursday) at home against Candor.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Newfield, 2-1.

O-M's Hannah Nolan (20) watches the flight of a shot she sent toward the Waverly goal. The ball went high, over the net.

Odessa-Montour girls fall to Waverly

ODESSA, Sept. 12, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 2-4 Wednesday night when the Indians dropped a 5-2 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

Waverly, now 4-0, got four goals from 8th grader Lea VanAllen and one from senior Melina Ortiz while Odessa got goals from Ida Sidle and frieshman Hannah Nolan.

Waverly led 1-0 at halftime before the Sidle goal -- a shot from the 18 that deflected in off teammate Sara Gardner -- evened the score. Waverly then went up 3-1 before Nolan's goal -- off of a free kick by Camille Sgrecci -- pulled the Indians back within one. But Waverly iced the game with goals at 11:36 and 8:19.

Waverly outshot O-M 18-3, and had a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. Odessa goalkeeper Grace Vondracek registered 13 saves, including a couple of the spectacular variety.

"I thought Grace was incredible," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster. "Even with five goals, she played an incredible game." One of the Waverly goals was on a breakaway, and two were on impossible-to-stop shots, one to the top right corner of the net, and the other to the top left corner.

"I thought the team played with heart all game," said Brewster. "I'm very proud of their effort."

Waverly's VanAllen, who has six goals in the last two games, "is very good," said Brewster, who added that Ortiz is great at feeding her the ball, and that "everything goes through" junior Gabby Picco, a center midfielder who "is probably their best player."

Odessa-Montour returns to action next Wednesday at Watkins Glen.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Camille Sgrecci, left, battles a Waverly player for possession of the ball.
Bottom: The Indians' Ida Sidle, left, sends the ball past a Waverly player.

Left: O-M's Rebecca Wolfe (10) sends the ball flying. Right: The Indians' goalkeeper, Grace Vondracek, makes a leaping save.

Left: O-M's Lydia Lynch, right, passes the ball. Teammate Malia Mertens is in the background. Right: The Indians' Morgan Burnham battles a Waverly player for the ball.

Left: O-M's Raven Lott moves the ball upfield. Right: The Indians' Autumn Garrison, left, and a Waverly player race to the ball.

Left: O-M's Reagan Bishop, right, battles Waverly's Lea VanAllen. Right: The Indians' Sara Gardner, right, fights for possession of the ball.

Left: Fans along the sidelines pose for a photo. Right: Odessa-Montour's
Tori Brewster inbounds the ball.

O-M goalkeeper Grace Vondracek races a Waverly player to the ball near the Odessa net.

Watkins girls modified team falls to NV

NEWARK VALLEY, Sept. 12, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls modified soccer team opened its season Wednesday with a loss, dropping a 3-0 decision to Newark Valley on the road.

"Brenna Pierce played a fabulous game in the net, slotting 23 saves," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "Our ladies played a terrific game against a tough team. They collectively kept their heads up and never gave up.

"During halftime, both teams marched arm in arm across the field together with a moment of silence to commemorate 9/11. It was a tremendous display of sportsmanship and integrity."

The Senecas return to action Friday night at home against Waverly.

O-M boys blank Moravia on the road

MORAVIA, Sept. 10, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team -- behind four goals by Preston Harris -- defeated Moravia 7-0 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Confreence game on the Moravia athletic Field.

The Indians, now 2-1, led 2-0 at halftime on the first two of Harris's goals, which came at 28:53 and 14:42. He was assisted on the first one by Arden Heichel, and on the second by Dominik Scott.

Harris scored again at 36:26 of the second half unassisted, and closed the scoring at 12:06, assisted by Brett Walters. In between, Dylan VonNeida scored at 32:04, assisted by Deshawn Johnson; Johnson scored at 27:14, assisted by Devon Mahaney; and Walters scored at 19:26, assisted by Justin Andrews.

O-M's Dominik Scott registered nine saves in goal. The Moravia keeper had 16 saves.

"We had a good attacking game tonight," said Coach Katie Taber. "It was a great win as we approach the GLM tournament this weekend" at Watkins Glen. The two-day tournament begins Friday.

Members of the Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team at the start of the race.

XC: Planty places 1st, but Waverly tops Watkins in Senecas' lone home meet

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 10, 2019 -- Gabe Planty finished first Tuesday but Waverly won the team title by defeating runnerup Watkins Glen in the Senecas' only home meet of the year.

The meet, on a 2.8-mile course at the Watkins Glen State Park, saw Planty post a time of 16:20 to outrun Waverly's Collin Wright (16:37). But Waverly won the meet with 33 points, with Watkins second at 56. Lansing registered 69 points, Elmira Notre Dame 83, and Groton 123.

Watkins Glen's Sam Thorsland finished 10th in 18:09, with teammate Steven Gublo 14th in 18:56. Other Watkins times: Ben Swinnerton 15th in 18:58, Elliott Holland 16th in 19:15, Liam Smith 21st in 19:58, and Lance Majors 25th in 20:50. There were 48 runners.

Girls: Notre Dame won with 30 points, followed by Waverly (45) and Lansing (51). Watkins Glen and Groton had incomplete teams. The only two Watkins runners were Breanna Carl (14th in 22:39) and Makenzie Kellogg (19th in 24:02). The race leader was Alyssa Walker of Notre Dame (18:38), atop a field of 26 runners.

Modified: Liam Wright of Waverly led a field of 26 runners (boys and girls) with a time of 10:34 on a 1.5-mile course. Watkins Glen's Nick Bonsignore was second in 10:39. Other Watkins finishes: Aidan Maphis 4th in 10:57, Dominic Gublo 7th in 11:27, and Johnny VanScoyk 9th in 11:50.

Watkins Glen returns to action Saturday at the Wayne Invitational.

Senior Night: The five seniors on the team were honored at a ceremony preceding the meet's races. They are Gabe Planty, Sam Thorsland, Steven Gublo, Elliott Holland and Makenzie Kellogg.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty, foreground, passes a Waverly runner to take the lead en route to finising first in the race.
Bottom: The Senecas' Breanna Carl.

From left: Watkins Glen's Elliott Holland, Tim Clifford and Steven Gublo.

From left: Watkins Glen's Ben Swinnerton, Sam Thorsland and Makenzie Kellogg.
(Photo on the right by Aran Holland)

The Watkins Glen cross country team's seniors were honored Tuesday in a pre-race ceremony. From left: Coach John Fazzary; seniors Steven Gublo, Elliott Holland, Makenzie Kellogg, Gabe Planty and Sam Thorsland; and Athletic Director Rod Weeden. (Photo by Pam Rutledge)

Odessa-Montour's Kaara Reese competes in the 200 Individual Medley.

O-M swim team loses opener to Waverly

ODESSA, Sept. 10, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity swim team opened its season on a losing note Tuesday, dropping a 53-37 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Madison Moss figured in all three of the wins posted by Odessa. She won the 200 Individual Medley in 2:35.97 and the 500 Free in 6:17.04, and was on the winning 400 Free Relay team with Kara Reese, Megan Adams and Katie Adams (4:32.78).

The Indians this year have 11 swimmers. They have a schedule that includes 12 dual meets leading to the postseason. They swim twice against Waverly, Watkins Glen, Southern Cayuga, Elmira Notre Dame and Whitney Point, and once each against Dryden and Lansing.

The Indians return to action Thursday at Watkins Glen.

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Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Madison Moss powers her way underwater at start of the 200 IM, which she won.

Bottom: O-M's Julia Paulisczak competes in the 200 Medley Relay. She and Kara Reese are the team's seniors.

Odessa-Montour's Megan Adams dives at the start of the 200 Free.

Odessa-Montour's Reagan Reese competes in the 200 Medley Relay.

Watkins boys fall to Southern Cayuga

AURORA, Sept. 10, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 1-2 Tuesday when the Senecas dropped a 7-0 decision to Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the SC athletic field.

The Senecas return to action Friday when they host the annual GLM tournament. Other teams in the tournament, which concludes Saturday, are Odessa-Montour, Newark Valley and South Seneca.

Odessa-Montour girls blank Tioga, 4-0

TIOGA CENTER, Sep. 9, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team improved its record to 2-3 Monday when the Indians defeated Tioga 4-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Tioga athletic field.

Freshman Hannah Nolan scored two goals and banked a third into the goal off a Tioga player to lead O-M back to the victory column after three straight losses. The banked goal was initially marked an own goal, but O-M Coach Burton Brewster said he would check the game video to see if it qualified as a third Nolan score.

The Indians, up 1-0 at halftime, got a final goal from Autumn Garrison, assisted by Tori Brewster.

O-M outshot Tioga 14-5, and had a 5-1 edge in corner kicks. Goalkeeper Grace Vondracek registered five saves in posting the shutout.

"It's nice to get on the win side of things," said Coach Brewster. "The midfield played well, and Grace was solid, as she always is. I'm mostly pleased at the progress we're making."

Odessa returns to action Wednesday at home against Waverly. Game time is 7 p.m.

Watkins Glen's Jenna Solomon passes the ball against Newfield.

Watkins Glen girls fall to Newfield, 3-2

NEWFIELD, Sept. 9, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team saw its record slip to 0-2 Monday when the Senecas dropped a 3-2 decision to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newfield athletic field.

Carly Arnold scored both Watkins Glen goals -- one in each half, and both on direct kicks.

The Senecas, who led 1-0 and were tied 1-1 at halftime, had five corner kicks to Newfield's three. Natalie Edmister registered six saves in goal for Watkins.

"We controlled the majority of the game, but were unable to score," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "We played defense well throughout, but at times lost focus and it cost us. We still haven't put together 80 solid minutes, but we will keep working and get there."

The Senecas return to action Thursday with the first round of a tournament at home involving Lansing, Sayre (Pa.) and Newark Valley. The tourney concludes Saturday.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Haley Dean, left, sends the ball on its way.
Bottom: The Senecas' Lilly Ameigh (in white) passes the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson. Right: The Senecas' Kayla Palmer.

Left: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold (11) battles for possession of the ball. Right: The Senecas' Briana Hayes meets the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Julya Slater, foreground, fights for the ball. Right: The Senecas' Abby Congdon, left, contends for the ball.

O-M volleyball team loses to Waverly

WAVERLY, Sept. 9, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team's record slipped to 1-1 Monday when the Indians lost 3-0 to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Waverly gym.

Game scores were 25-5, 25-8 and 25-11.

Waverly was led by Maddy Goodwin (21 points, 9 aces) and Chloe Croft (20 points, 10 aces and 14 assists).

O-M statistics included:

Cheianne Webster: 9 digs.
Karlee Dudgeon: 3 digs.
Jolynn Minnier: 1 ace, 2 kills, 1 block, 3 digs, 1 point.
Sam Sipes: 3 digs, 4 points.
Rhys Stermer: 1 ace, 1 kill, 1 block, 9 digs, 2 points.
Haley Landon: 1 ace, 2 assists, 2 digs, 2 points.
Madisyn Wells: 1 dig.
Hannah Chapman: 1 block, 5 digs.

Odessa-Montour reurns to action Wednesday at Newfield.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Waverly 2-0. Game scores were 25-15 and 25-22.

Glen volleyball team falls to Tioga, 3-0

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 9, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team's record slipped to 0-3 Monday when the Senecas dropped a 3-0 decision to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS gym.

Game scores were 25-6, 25-7 and 25-11.

Watkins Glen statistics included:

Carlie Baker: 1 ace, 2 kills, 1 dig.
Kelsey DeMillo: 2 kills.
Dallas Johnson: 1 service point.
Ava VanDusen: 1 ace, 1 kill.

The Senecas return to action Friday at Newfield. The JV contest starts at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity.

Junior Varsity: Tioga defeated Watkins Glen, 3-0. Game scores were 25-10, 25-12 and 25-18.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Carlie Baker (2) battles at the net.
Bottom: The Senecas' Kelsey DeMillo handles an incoming volley.

Left: Watkins Glen's Robin Zimba, foreground, reaches low for a volley. Right: The Senecas' Melanie Wysocki serves the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Ava VanDusen. Right: The Senecas' Dallas Johnson volleys.

Athlete of the Week: Preston Harris

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 9, 2019 -- The first Odessa File Athlete of the Week in this 2019-20 school year is a soccer player who led his team to an overtime victory.

Preston Harris of Odessa-Montour High School scored both of this team's goals, including the game-winner in sudden-death overtime, as the O-M boys soccer team evened its season mark at 1-1 with a 2-1 victory over Groton.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen cross country runner Gabe Planty; Odessa-Montour volleyball's Rhys Stermer, Cheianne Webster and Hannah Chapman; Watkins Glen soccer's Dave Semans Jr.; and O-M girls soccer players Grace Vondracek and Camille Sgrecci.

Honorable Mention: Another 14 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.

From left: Julia Reilly (WGHS grad), Hannah Morse (WGHS grad), Hunter Daugherty (Odessa-Montour grad), and Mckenzie Barrett (O-M grad).

4 from Schuyler on CCC's soccer team

CORNING, Sept. 7, 2019 -- Schuyler County is well-represented on the Corning Community College women's varsity soccer team.

Four Schuyler alumna have starting berths on the squad: Watkins Glen High School's Hannah Morse (a freshman) and Julia Reilly (sophomore), and Odessa-Montour High School's Hunter Daugherty and Mckenzie Barrett (both freshmen).

The four were in action Saturday afternoon at CCC as the Lady Red Barons hosted a defensively aggressive and quick Erie Community College team.

While CCC started well -- Morse scored her fifth goal of the year at 30:29 of the first half -- Erie responded with two first-half goals and two more after intermission to hand the Red Barons a 4-1 defeat and their second loss in four games.

Morse was playing most of the game up front, in attack position, and got off several sharp shots before Erie started putting one and two bodies on her whenever she touched the ball.

Reilly was playing midfield and back, while Daugherty and Barrett were a last line of defense before the ball reached the goalkeeper. All three provided key defensive plays.

Also present from a Schuyler school was Taylor Kelly, who was providing substitute soccer balls along the sideline whenever an active one went skittering out of the playing field. Kelly graduated from WGHS with Morse last year. The two are rooming together at CCC, and planning to play CCC varsity basketball -- for which open gym practices have already begun.

The CCC soccer squad will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 14, at home against Hudson Valley Community College. Game time is 2 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: CCC's Hannah Morse unleashes a shot for her team's only goal of the game.
Bottom: The Red Barons' Julia Reilly maneuvers the ball upfield.

CCC's Hunter Daugherty stops an Erie shot, sending it wide of the net.

Left: CCC's Mckenzie Barrett stops an Erie drive. Right: Working the sidelines during the game was WGHS alum Taylor Kelly, Hannah Morse's roommate at CCC.

A shot by CCC's Hannah Morse (5) is knocked away by the Erie goalkeeper.

Watkins XC boys are 9th at Red Jacket

SHORTSVILLE, NY, Sept. 7, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity cross country team placed 9th among 23 teams competing Saturday at the Bob Goodell Invitationsl 5K cross country meet at Red Jacket High School.

Pittsford Sutherland High School finished first with 67 points. Watkins Glen totaled 268 points.

Gabe Planty led the Senecas with a second-place finish in 16:30. Other Watkins runners included: Sam Thorsland, 35th in 18:22; Steven Gublo, 61st in 19:04; Ben Swinnerton, 75th in 19:28; Lawrence Majors, 95th in 20:12; Liam Smith, 96th in 20:14, and Elliott Holland, 102nd in 20:29. There were 150 runners.

Watkins had one JV runner -- Tim Clifford, who finished 88th among 172 runners in a time of 22:14.

In the girls varsity race, Watkins had two competitors -- not enough for a team score. In a field of 105 runners, Breanna Carl finished 23rd in 21:52, and Makenzie Kellogg 50th in 23:26.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday with their lone home meet -- held in the Watkins Glen State Park. Five seniors will be honored before the races, at about 4:30 p.m. They are Planty, Thorsland, Gublo, Holland and Kellogg.

Left: Seneca Indians running back Owen Scholtisek carries the ball. Right: WG/OM ball-carrier Dominick Fazzary is brought down. (Photos by David Franzese)

Seneca Indians drop opener to Sus Valley

CONKLIN, Sept. 6, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team opened its season with a loss Friday night, falling to Susquehanna Valley 40-0 in a Section IV non-divisiional game on the Sus Valley athletic field.

"We couldn't generate much offense in the first half," said Coach Trevor Holland, "and the defense struggled to execute good tackles." The result was a 33-0 deficit at the intermission.

"We did come to life a bit in the second half," Holland added, "but just couldn't put any points on the board.

"It was a tough first game," he said, pitting a young squad -- a combined team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high school athletes -- against a school whose football team last year went 13-0 and won a Class C state title.

Susquehanna Valley is in Division IV, while the Seneca Indians, also Class C, are in Division III.

"We're looking to rebound," Holland added, "and put together a win next Friday at O-M" when the Seneca Indians play Division V (Class D) Bainbridge-Guilford. Game time is 7 p.m.

Photo in text: Seneca Indians quarterback Derrick Lewis prepares to pass. (Photo by David Franzese)

Odessa-Montour girls fall to Groton

GROTON, Sept 6, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 1-3 Friday when the Indians dropped a 4-1 decision to Groton in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Groton athletic field.

O-M scored first, freshman Tori Brewster notching her first varsity goal at 37:49 of the first half. But Groton responded with three goals before intermission and one after.

Groton outshot Odessa 11-3, and had a 5-1 edge in corner kicks. Grace Vondracek and Eliza Starkweather combined for seven saves in goal for O-M.

"Despite the score, we played pretty well," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster. "We played hard, and are getting better at playing the front third of the field. I don't think it will be long before we're breaking out with some goals."

Odessa-Montour returns to action Monday at Tioga.

Watkins girls open with loss to Marathon

MARATHON, Sept. 6, 2019 -- The Watkns Glen High School girls varsity soccer team opened its season on a losing note Friday, falling to Marathon 6-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Marathon soccer field.

Goalkeeper Natalie Edmister registered 10 saves for the Senecas, who had just 2 corner kicks to 8 by Marathon.

"It was not the effort I was hoping for in our first game," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "The team got outplayed in the first half but was more competitive in the second half. Hopefully we can get it together and improve going forward."

Left: O-M's Veer Patel maneuvers with the ball. Right: Odessa's Deshawn Johnson.

O-M boys win on Harris OT goal, 2-1

ODESSA, Sept. 5, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team evened its record at 1-1 Thursday night with a 2-1 overtime victory over Groton in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

Preston Harris, who gave Odessa a 1-0 lead at 38:37 of the second half, scored the game winner at 2:20 of the first overtime period by putting a shot just under the crossbar on the left side. While the first goal was assisted by Deshawn Johnson, the game-winner was unassisted, Harris moving the ball past two Groton defenders before unleashing his blast.

The game was a scoreless tie until Harris's first goal, and tied again at 30:38 of the second half. O-M had one near-miss in the overtime before scoring -- Arden Heichel hitting the crossbar with 7:01 to go.

"It feels good," said first-year varsity coach Katie Taber of her inaugural win. "We improved tremendously from our first game (a 4-0 loss to Southern Cayuga), and finally found our feet -- passing the ball insatead of just kicking it. We're finally coming together as a team."

Dominik Scott registered five saves in goal for O-M, while the Groton netminder had 12.

Odessa-Montour returns to action Tuesday at Moravia. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photos: O-M's Preston Harris (4) sends the game-winning shot on goal and into the net.

Left: O-M's Devon Mahaney meets the ball. Right: Odessa's Paden Grover maneuvers past a Groton player.

Among the fans of the O-M boys soccer team were these O-M female student-athletes.

Odessa-Montour's Rhys Stermer volleys as teammate Cheianne Webster watches.

O-M volleyball team opens with a win

ODESSA, Sept. 5, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team opened its season on a winning note Thursday, defeating Spencer-Van Etten 3-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 16-25, 25-21, 25-17 and 25-20.

Statistics for O-M included the following:

Cheianne Webster: 17 service points, 4 aces, 11 digs.
Rhys Stermer: 12 service points, 8 aces, 6 kills, 3 blocks, 1 assist, 11 digs.
Hannah Chapman: 12 service points, 5 aces, 2 kills, 5 blocks, 7 digs.
Jolynn Minnier: 7 service points, 3 kills, 4 blocks, 5 digs.

The Indians return to action Saturday at the Campbell-Savona Tournament. The competition begins at 8:30 a.m.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to S-VE, 19-25, 14-25 and 8-25.

Photo in text: O-M's Jolynn Minnier, left, blocks an S-VE volley.

O-M's Hannah Chapman, left, and Cheianne Webster volley against Spencer-Van Etten.

UWay golf tourney nets estimated $10K

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 5, 2019 -- The annual Hacker & Wackers Golf Tournament held Aug. 30 at the Watkins Glen Golf Course netted an estimated $10,000 to help support 22 agencies of the United Way of Schuyler County.

The event was held in honor of the late Rocco Scaptura, who passed away earlier this year. Said John Franzese, president of the United Way of Schuyler County: "Rocco did the registration every year I've been in the tournament. He was also on my tournament team every year. It's kind of sad this year."

Scaptura was the recipient of the local United Way's Marie Bailey Volunteer of the Year Award in 2012 for his work with the tournament.

Anyone wishing to donate to the United Way may send a contribution to United Way of Schuyler County, P.O. Box 270, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Glen boys fall to Marathon, slip to 1-1

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 5, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team saw its record fall to 1-1 Thursday when the Senecas dropped a 6-0 decision to Marathon in a non-league game on the WGHS athletic field.

Watkins Glen registered two shots on goal and two corner kicks. Bryce Kelly notched 10 saves in goal for the Senecas, who return to action Tuesday at Southern Cayuga. Game time is 5 p.m.

Photo: A Marathon player collides with Watkins goalkeeper Bryce Kelly (in green).

Left: Watkins Glen's Seamus Mooney (9) clears the ball from in front of the net.
Right: The Senecas' Dylan Morse defends.

O-M goalie Grace Vondracek (bottom) kicks the ball free as a Lansing player arrives late.

O-M falls to Lansing in home opener, 2-1

ODESSA, Sept. 3, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team saw its record slip to 1-2 Tuesday night when the Indians dropped a 2-1 decision to Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The Indians, down 1-0 at halftime, rallied in the second half, tying the game on freshman Hannah Nolan's first varsity goal with 33:29 remaining -- a shot at a sharp angle from the right that found the left corner of the net. Lansing responded with a goal at 26:53, however, and held on for the win.

Lansing outshot the Indians 10-3 (but only 3-2 in the second half), and held an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks. O-M goalkeeper Grace Vondracek registered eight saves to the Lansing keeper's two.

"We played much better in the second half," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster, largely because "the midfield tighened up."

He said his backs -- Camille Sgrecci, Ida Sidle, Raven Lott, Reagan Bishop and Marissa Marsh, "played really well, too, organizing much better than they did in the Campbell-Savona tournament" last weekend, where the Indians finished second. "They really picked up their game," he noted, adding that Vondracek "did a great job in the net. She was incredible."

The Indians return to action Friday at Groton.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Hannah Nolan meets the ball. She scored her team's lone goal.
Bottom: The Indians' Malia Mertens moves the ball upfield.

Left: O-M's Tori Brewster maneuvers past a Lansing defender. Right: The Indians' Sara Gardner, right, passes the ball.

Left: O-M's Ida Sidle. Right: The Indians' Camille Sgrecci meets the ball, sending it to goalkeeper Grace Vondracek (in orange behind her).

Left: O-M's Reagan Bishop, right, fights for possession of the ball. Right: The Indians' Eliza Starkweather meets the ball.

Odessa-Montour's Autumn Garrison turns away from two Lansing defenders as she moves the ball upfield.

WG boys open with win over Waterloo

WATERLOO, Sept. 3, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team opened its season on a winning note Tuesday, defeating Waterloo 2-0 on the road in a non-league game.

Dave Semans Jr. scored both of the Watkins Glen goals. Isaac McIlroy assisted on one of them. Semans is one of three Dundee High School players on this year's Watkins squad.

Bryce Kelly registered five saves in goal for Watkins Glen.

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

Watkins volleyball team falls to Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 3, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team lost its season opener Tuesday, falling to Waverly 3-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS Field House.

Game scores were 8-25, 8-25 and 16-25.

Individual statistics for the Senecas included:

Carlie Baker: 2 service points, 5 kills, 2 blocks.
Ava VanDusen: 3 service points, 1 kill.
Mel Wysocki: 1 kill.

"With a team of two juniors and the rest sophomores and freshmen, we have some kinks to work out," said Watkins Glen Coach Dawn Baker. "But there is so much talent on the team. We just need to work on positions and covering. It will come together for this young, vibrant team."

Watkins Glen returns to action Thursday at Newark Valley.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen fell to Waverly 2-0. Game scores were 22-25 and 17-25.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Kelsey DeMillo volleys during pregame practice.

From left: Mel Wysocki, Ava VanDusen and Carlie Baker volley during practice before Tuesday's match against Waverly.

O-M goalkeeper Grace Vondracek deflects an Alfred-Almond shot, which hit the far goalpost and caromed back into play.

O-M girls fall in tournament finale, 6-2

CAMPBELL, Aug. 31, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team saw its record slip to 1-1 Friday evening when the Indians dropped a 6-2 decision to Alfred-Almond in the title game of the Campbell-Savona Lisa Hawken Memorial Tournament.

The Indians, who had defeated the host school 1-0 in Wednesday night's opening round, trailed 1-0 Friday before Lillian Betts evened the score at 25:19 of the first half on an assist from Autumn Garrison.

Another Betts goal put Odessa ahead with 9:15 to go in the first half, a lead that stood until the second half. Tori Brewster assisted on that goal.

Alfred-Almond tied the game and then pulled away in the second half -- scoring at 30:35, 16:54, 15_03, 2:27 and :30. Odessa was outshot in the game 12-8. Corner kicks were even at 2-2. Grace Vondracek made six saves in goal for the Indians.

"We just lost focus," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster, "and let people stay open."

Odessa-Montour returns to action Tuesday at home against Lansing. Game time is 7 p.m.

Note: Four O-M players were named to the All-Tournament Team. They were Grace Vondracek, Camille Sgrecci, Lillian Betts and Tori Brewster.

Photo in text: O-M's Tori Brewster, right, challenges an Alfred-Almond ball-carrier.

Left: O-M's Reagan Bishop inbounds the ball. Right: The Indians' Hannah Nolan.

Left: O-M's Camille Sgrecci sends the ball upfield. Right: The Indians' Malia Mertens, right, battles for possession of the ball.

O-M's Lillian Betts (13) watches as her shot finds the net for the Indians' first goal.

A shot by Southern Cayuga finds its way past the outstretched leg of O-M goalkeeper Dominik Scott for the final goal of the game.

O-M boys open season with 4-0 loss to SC

ODESSA, Aug. 31, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team opened its season on a losing note Friday night, falling to Southern Cayuga 4-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The Indians, down 1-0 at halftime, gave up goals at 25:53 and 20:52 of the second half before Southern Cayuga closed out the scoring with 1:11 remaining.

Odessa goalkeeper Dominik Scott was kept busy, turning aside 16 shots. O-M had 10 shots on goal.

The Indians return to action Thursday at home against Groton. Game time is 7 p.m.

Photo in text: O-M's Devon Mahaney controls the ball as a Southern Cayuga player hits the turf.

Left: O-M's Arden Heichel, right, battles for the ball. Right: The Indians' Cody Austin (12) fights for possession of the ball.

Left: O-M's Preston Harris (4) controls the ball. Right: The Indians' Paden Grover.

O-M players congratulate Autumn Garrison, center, after her goal. Tori Brewster (6) assisted on the play. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

O-M girls open with 1-0 win

Will play for the Campbell-Savona tourney title Friday

CAMPBELL, Aug. 28, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team opened its season with a 1-0 victory Wednesday night over the host team in the opening round of the Campbell-Savona Lisa Hawken Memorial Tournament.

The Indians, who will play Alfred-Almond in the title game at 6 p.m. Friday, got the game's lone goal on a shot by Autumn Garrison with 8:12 remaining. Tori Brewster assisted on the play.

Goalkeeper Grace Vondracek registered the shutout for Odessa, stopping four Campbell-Savona shots. O-M outshot C-S 6-4, while Campbell had the edge in corner kicks, 3-2.

Alfred-Almond defeated Canisteo-Greenwood in the other first-round game, 3-1.

"It wasn't pretty, but we got the win," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster.

Photo in text: O-M's Lillian Betts maneuvers with the ball. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

Left: O-M's Autumn Garrison (11) moves the ball. Right: The Indians' Morgan Burnham sends the ball flying. (Photos by Mike Stamp)

Seneca Indians football coach Trevor Holland prepares to lateral the ball as players react.

High School sports practices open at WG, Odessa-Montour

A look at the football and soccer teams at the 2 schools

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Aug. 19, 2019 -- Monday marked the start of high school sports practices as the fall sports season nears. Contests start in soccer as early as next week.

The Odessa File visited five varsity practices Monday -- for the Seneca Indians football team, the Watkins Glen High School girls soccer team, and the WGHS boys soccer team in the morning; for the Odessa-Montour boys soccer team in the afternoon; and for the O-M girls soccer team in the evening.

Seneca Indians Varsity Football


Trevor Holland is back as varsity coach with a team of 26 players, the same number that the junior varsity has. A modified squad is also being formed. The Seneca Indians draw players from both the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour districts.

The varsity, 4-5 last year (with two very narrow defeats), lost a lot to graduation: power running backs Joe Chedzoy and Zach Elliott, and several of the Big Uglies, as the line touted themselves: the Brower brothers, for instance, and Dylan Houseknecht.

Derrick Lewis is back at quarterback, sharing duties with Cameron Holland. They will be leading an offense that might well take advantage of increased speed -- Travon Jones, Owen Scholtisek, Matt Irwin and Dominick Fazzary come to mind -- by going to a more aerial game than last year’s.

New to the coaching staff is line coach Spencer Wallach, who played football at Colgate and has served as an assistant at Tioga. He is now a counselor at WGHS. Josh Cole is coaching the junior varsity, which was practicing with the varsity on the school’s farthest practice field while soccer squads occupied the new turf field. About 80 geese wandered around the baseball outfield, where the teams practiced last year before the turf field was completed
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The Seneca Indians are a young squad, but hopes and spirits are high. That’s the good news. The sobering news is the schedule, which features a visit to Class C state champion Susquehanna Valley in the season opener on Sept. 6, and a visit to Class A Ithaca on Oct. 4. Recently tough Newark Valley visits O-M for its Homecoming game on Sept. 27, while Port Byron/Union Springs visits WGHS for its Homecoming on Oct. 11.

Other opponents include: Bainbridge-Guilford at O-M on Sept. 13, Windsor at WGHS on Sept. 20, Spencer-Van Etten/Candor on the road on Oct. 11, and Dryden on the road on Oct. 28.

Photos in text:

Top: Seneca Indians head coach Trevor Holland at Monday's practice.
Bottom: Junior Varsity coach Josh Cole directs some players during practice.

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Watkins Glen Girls Varsity Soccer

Scott Morse is back as coach of a young team, but one from which he expects success despite the loss to graduation of the record-setting goal scorer Hannah Morse and All-Stars Taylor Kelly, Danielle Leszyk and Cierra Barber.

The current squad has 18 players.

Carly Arnold -- remarkable on defense on last year’s division-winning squad -- is back, as is Haley Dean, who notched 11 goals last season. Natalie Edmister, injured last year, is back in goal, along with 8th grader Lilly Ameigh. Adrienna Solomon and Kelsey Kernan -- two of the school’s best athletes -- have transferred to the squad from volleyball.

“As good as we were last year,” said Coach Morse, “and despite the players we lost, I think we can be even better.”

The practice was held at 8 a.m., in cool weather. The players groused at the early hour, but as they were finishing -- and with the boys’ squad only midway through its practice at the other end of the field -- the sun intensified. The temperature rose rapidly, heating the field.

“See?” said Morse to a trio of departing players. “You didn’t like getting up early, but I know you didn't want to practice in this.” And he motioned to the sun.

The girls smiled and nodded.

The team will participate in the annual 12-school Bond Festival of soccer scrimmages on Aug. 28 at Trumansburg. It opens the regular season at home on Aug. 30 against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon approaches the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold, left, and Jenna Solomon. Right: The Senecas' Natalie Edmister, foreground, and Lilly Ameigh.

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Watkins Glen Boys Varsity Soccer

Nils Watson returns as coach, leading a squad of 18 players, four of whom come from Dundee High School. Their presence, part of a growing trend between the two schools to bolster athletic numbers in the midst of declining enrollment and participation, still needed final Dundee School Board approval, which was expected this week.

The trend started last school year when Dundee -- a Section V school while WGHS is in Section IV -- had a couple of its track athletes training with, and competing with, Watkins during last year’s Indoor Track season.

Watson wasn’t sure yet what he had talentwise from Dundee, but knows most members of the squad, since a number of them are WGHS veterans. Chief among them are Isaac McIlroy, Josiah Wysocki, Seamus Mooney and Dylan Morse.

The squad was going through a number of drills as Watson called out instructions:
“Technique matters!” and “This is not just a game of kick!” and “Sloppy ankles are poor technique!” and “Leaning over the ball is good technique!” and “Control your first touch!”

The team will participate in the 16-school Bond Festival of scrimmages at Trumansburg on Aug. 28, and open its regular season on Sept. 5 at home against Marathon.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse maneuvers the ball during a drill.

From left: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy, Coach Nils Watson and Seamus Mooney.

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Odessa-Montour Boys Varsity Soccer

Katie Taber takes the helm as coach of the Indians varsity after two winning seasons as coach of the school’s modified girls team. She has a strong soccer background at O-M, at one time holding the single season and career scoring marks at the school.

She was overseeing practice on the fields behind B.C. Cate -- the head of a team with 18 players, a number of them returners like seniors Preston Harris, Paden Grover and Deshawn Johnson, junior Devon Mahaney and sophomore Dominik Scott, who serves as goalkeeper. Other seniors include Ryan Griswold, Justin Andrews, Jacob Mayette, Brett Walters and Dylan Von Neida. Other juniors include Phoenix Parmenter, Brock Sgrecci, Michael Benway and Cody Austin.

Taber says she’s excited about the approaching season, which includes participation in the annual 12-school Bond Festival of scrimmages on Aug. 28 at Trumansburg, and a season opener at home on Aug. 30 against Southern Cayuga. Game time will be 7 p.m.

“All we need is to come together as a team,” she said, noting that she is no stranger to much of the team -- having taught them in 6th grade. So they have history, she said, “and respect.”

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Brock Sgrecci goes high to meet the ball.
Bottom: O-M goalkeeper Dominik Scott.

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Odessa-Montour Girls Varsity Soccer

Longtime coach Burton Brewster returns with a team that lost some key players like Lexi Saunders and Kennedey Heichel to graduation. In fact, only three players on this year’s team were clearcut starters last year: Autumn Garriosn at midfield, Camille Sgrecci at center back, and Grace Vondracek in goal.

But many of the 21-member squad saw repeated action last year, and they are joined this year by former modified standouts Hannah Nolan and Tori Brewster, and by Lillian Betts, a talented player who missed last season with an ACL injury.

The team, after a scrimmage at Trumansburg on Aug. 26, opens its regular season on Aug. 28 in the Campbell-Savona Lisa Hawken Memorial Tournament.

Brewster had just run his squad through a timed mile run Monday, and was now running them through some drills on the practice field near the tennis courts at O-M. After that, they would all head to the school pool to cool down -- a sort of reward for that mile-long effort on what had turned into a hot day and evening.

Looking ahead, the coach was unsure how his team would fare, but conceded it is a fast team, led in speed by the super quick Tori Brewster, his daughter. When told that the WGHS coach, Scott Morse, had expressed concern about O-M’s quickness when the two teams meet on Sept. 18 (at WGHS) and Oct. 2 (at O-M), Brewster smiled.

“When Odessa and Watkins meet,” he said, “the team that wins is the one that works hardest.”

And with that he turned to his squad and, in the midst of its drill, barked out some advice.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Hannah Nolan, right, tries to get around teammate Camille Sgrecci during practice Monday.
Bottom: O-M's Tori Brewster moves the ball.

From left: O-M's Grace Vondracek, Lillian Betts and Coach Burton Brewster.

Learn gets WETM nod as Coach of Year

ELMIRA, June 27, 2019 -- Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball coach Alicia Learn was honored Thursday night as Coach of the Year at the Twin Tiers Sports Awards presented by WETM at Elmira High School.

Voting was done online, at the WETM website.

Learn led the WGHS team to the Class C state championship game, its second trip there in three years. The Senecas won the title two years ago. Learn's teams have now won four of five Section IV titles.

In addition to Coach of the Year, categories included Male MVP (Horseheads' Mike Limoncelli), Female MVP (Edison's Bella Willsey), and Team of the Year (Elmira Boys Basketball) among others.

Photo in text: Twin Tiers Sports Awards Coach of the Year Alicia Learn poses at the ceremony with four of her players. From left: Adrienna Solomon, Aislinn Klemann, Learn, Danielle Leszyk and Ali LaMoreaux. (Photo provided)

Rahal receives 6th Argetsinger Award
for his contributions to motorsports

WATKINS GLEN, June 28, 2019 -- Dignitaries from the motorsports industry joined in tribute to team owner and former race-car driver Bobby Rahal Thursday night when he received the sixth annual Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports.

Rahal was honored by the International Motor Racing Research Center at a dinner at the Corning Museum of Glass presented by Sahlen's, NASCAR, International Speedway Corporation, Watkins Glen International and IMSA.

The award memorializes Cameron R. Argetsinger, organizer of the first races at Watkins Glen and a founder of the IMRRC. Jim France and the France Family, recognized for bringing prestige to the sport and demonstrating commitment to the future of racing, were the 2018 honorees.

J.C. Argetsinger, one of nine children of the late Cameron and Jean Argetsinger, and former President of the IMRRC, presented the award.

Longtime race reporter Dr. Jerry Punch was the master of ceremonies for a program that included remarks from Joe Sahlen, President of Sahlen's; WGI President Michael Printup; Scott Atherton, President of IMSA; Indycar President Jay Frye; Nick Craw, former FIA Senate President; and Roger Penske, who accepted the award in 2016.

John Saunders, Chairman of the IMRRC'S Governing Council, also spoke. Saunders has been President of ISC since 2009. Also on the podium were T.E. McHale, Manager of Motorsports Public Relations of American Honda; and Victor Leleu, Motorsport Manager of BMW of North America.

In addition to Sahlen's, NASCAR, ISC, WGI and IMSA, award dinner sponsors and supporters included:

Corning Enterprises and Corning Incorporated Foundation, Team Penske, Hilliard Corp., Welliver, Elmira Savings Bank, Honda Racing, Porsche Cars North America, BMW of North America, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, SCCA Inc. and Foundation, Gorsline Company, Byers Automotive, Michelin, and Glenora Wine Cellars. The dinner was also supported by IMRRC Governing Council members Gregory G. Galdi, Larry Kessler, Bob Newman and Archie Urciuoli.

A video tribute produced by IMS Productions and narrated by TV commentator Leigh Diffey was shown, along with shout-outs from other motorsports notables, including 2015 Argetsinger Award recipient Richard Petty, and Mario Andretti, recognized in 2017.

The evening concluded with the live auction of an original, commissioned painting by motorsports artist Randy Owens depicting Rahal's 1986 Indy 500 victory. A silent auction offered a variety of items from corporate leaders in the motorsports industry.

Two cars were displayed, representing Rahal's career as an IndyCar driver and as a current team owner in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship.

Rahal was recognized for his achievements not only as a driver and winning team owner, but for his commitment to the future of racing, through his support of the Road Racing Drivers Club SAFEisFAST and Team USA Scholarship initiatives, and for his service as Chairman of the IMRRC Governing Council from 2015-2018.

Photos in text:

Top: Bobby Rahal, right, is interviewed by evening emcee Dr. Jerry Punch.
Second: Rahal cradles the Cameron R. Argetsinger Award.
Third: Rev. Michael Hartney offered the invocation.
Fourth: Rahal, right, in the hallway outside the dining hall just before the ceremony.

Left: Former Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves offered congratulations to the honoree. Right: From left, Corning Inc. Foundation President Andrea Lynch, Corning Inc. Legal Counsel Grace Park Kelly, and Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development Executive Director Judy McKinney Cherry.

From left: Former Argetsinger Award honoree Roger Penske; current and former Watkins Glen Mayors Luke Leszyk and Judy Phillips, and motorsports radio personality and journalist Rick Hughey, a veteran of vintage race competitions.

Among the speakers was Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup.

Vondracek earns All-State 4th Team berth

ODESSA, June 23, 2019 -- Odessa-Montour High School pitcher Grace Vondracek has earned a slot on the 30th annual NYSSCOGS (New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports) All-State Softball Class C 4th Team for her stellar junior year.

Vondracek led O-M to a 10-7 record by batting .700 with 11 homers and 30 RBIs, along with 30 runs scored and an on-base percentage of .786.

She was the primary pitcher, as well, striking out more than 20 batters in a game and regularly amassing strikeouts in the double digits.

Other area Class C softball players earning All-State: Edison pitcher Bella Willsey and outfielder Riley Vincent on the 1st Team and teammates Reagan Seelye (2nd Team) and K.K. Bush (3rd Team); Elmira Notre Dame pitcher Tiyah Moffe on the 2nd Team; Candor shortstop Jennah Kareem (5th Team); and South Seneca third baseman Amelia Dickens (5th Team).

Area Class B softball players earning All-State: Waverly pitcher Wendi Hammond (1st Team) and her catcher, Riley Hall (4th Team).

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek delivers a pitch. (File photo)

Odessa's Kennedey Heichel
is the Schuyler Spring MVP

She tops The Odessa File's All-Schuyler All-Star Team

ODESSA, May 25, 2019 -- The choice of an Odessa File Schuyler Spring MVP came down to one track meet, basically.

The Odessa-Montour High School girls track team won the Section IV, Class D title at that meet, held in Marathon.

They won by three points -- a squeaker by any measure: the kind of margin that could have been lost in any number of ways.

But it was not. And in securing the victory, standout senior Kennedey Heichel won three individual events -- the 100 Meter Hurdles, the 400 Meter Hurdles and the Pole Vault -- and was on the winning (and school-record-setting) 4-by-100 Relay.

She produced a bevy of points on a night when Odessa needed all of them, and was granted the honor of holding the championship plaque on the ride back home.

And here and now, she is granted the honor of selection as The Odessa File's Schuyler Spring MVP.

Heichel's performance was not an aberration, of course -- it just magnified the value of her contributions in a season where she regularly won the hurdles and set a new school record of 10' 2" in the Pole Vault, breaking her own record of 10 feet.

Heichel, the senior class valedictorian, will be moving on to Ithaca College with plans for a track career there.

Considering her drive to succeed, and her obvious ability, Ithaca College will be -- as Odessa-Montour has been -- lucky to have her.

Photo in text: Kennedey Heichel in the 100 Meter Hurdles.

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Spring 2019 All-Schuyler All-Stars

1st Team

Kennedey Heichel -- OM track and field -- MVP
Grace Vondracek -- OM softball
Lydia Lynch -- OM softball
Zach Elliott -- OM track and field
Nadia Simpson -- OM track and field
Tori Brewster -- OM track and field
Paden Grover -- OM track and field
Preston Harris -- OM track and field
Gabe Planty -- WG track and field
Joe Chedzoy -- WG lacrosse

2nd Team

Isabel Foote -- OM softball
Jolynn Minnier -- OM softball
Dezirae Minnier -- OM softball
Avery Watson -- WG lacrosse
Max Evans -- WG track and field
Hannah Bruno -- OM track and field
Andrew Hartford -- OM track and field
Derrick Lewis -- Seneca Indians baseball
Austin Voorheis -- Seneca Indians baseball
Sean Kelly -- Seneca Indians baseball
Caleb Thomas -- Seneca Indians baseball
Georgio Fazzary -- WG golf
Nate Wickham -- WG tennis
Dylan Morse -- WG tennis
Clint Craven -- WG tennis
Hannah Morse -- WG tennis
Jill Cantieni -- WG tennis
Ali LaMoreaux -- WG tennis
Bryson Simmons -- WG tennis
Kathleen Clifford -- WG tennis
Enkang Lin -- WG tennis

3rd Team

McKennah Lott -- OM softball
Sam Sipes -- OM softball
Claudia Parker -- WG softball
Cierra Barber -- WG softball
Katie Losey -- WG softball
Connor Novinsky -- WG lacrosse
Seamus Mooney -- WG lacrosse
Dawson Wade -- WG lacrosse
Sam Smith -- WG lacrosse
Ida Sidle -- OM track and field
Lexi Saunders -- OM track and field
Hannah Nolan -- OM track and field
Camille Sgrecci -- OM track and field
Morgan Burnham -- OM track and field
Eric Rumsey -- OM track and field
Dylan Houseknecht -- OM track and field
Noah Brewster -- OM track and field
William Yeater -- OM track and field
Deshawn Johnson -- OM track and field
Brock Sgrecci -- OM track and field
Ryan Griswold -- OM track and field
Jordan Avery -- WG track and field
Nick Wilston -- WG track and field
Haley Dean -- WG track and field
Casen Weeden -- WG track and field
Breanna Carl -- WG track and field
Kai Sutterby -- WG track and field
Jena Slater -- WG track and field
Isaac McIlroy -- Seneca Indians baseball
Johnny Niedermaier -- Seneca Indians baseball
Ben Mathews -- Seneca Indians baseball
Noah Hollenbeck -- OM golf
Sara Gardner -- OM tennis
Rhys Stermer -- OM tennis

The O-M girls varsity track team celebrates its Section IV title. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

O-M girls win Section IV, Class D title

MARATHON, May 23, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity track team -- led by four first-place finishes by Kennedey Heichel -- narrowly defeated Delhi Wednesday on the Marathon High athletic field to claim the Section IV, Class D Track and Field Championship. It was the O-M girls' first such title since 2010.

The Indians outpointed Delhi 86-83, with Bainbridge-Guilford third (49.50) and Cherry Valley-Springfield fourth (43) among 22 competing schools.

On the boys' side, O-M placed second to Unatego, 81 points to 66, with Walton third with 62 and Delhi fourth with 48.33.

Girls Meet: Odessa got individual wins from:

-- Kennedey Heichel in the 100 Meter Hurdles (16.46), the 400 Meter Hurdles (1:09.90), and the Pole Vault (10').
-- Nadia Simpson in the 100 Meter Dash (12.93).
-- The 4x100 Relay squad of Kennedey Heichel, Nadia Simpson, Ida Sidle and Tori Brewster (51.39) -- a new school record. The old mark was 51.66.

"Kennedey blew the field away in the 400 Hurdles," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster, "and did pretty much the same in the 100 Hurdles. And she won the Pole Vault by a couple of feet."

The 4x100 Relay squad "was pretty excited when they saw their (record) time," he said, adding: "I'm so happy for Nadia and Kennedey and the other seniors. They've worked so hard."

Next up: The Section IV State Qualifier at Union-Endicott next Wednesday and Thursday. Heichel is slated to compete in the 100 Hurdles and Pole Vault, Simpson in the 100, Hannah Bruno in the Triple Jump, and Tori Brewster in the Long Jump and 100.

Other finishes for Odessa:

100 Meter Dash:
Tori Brewster 2nd (13.05)
4x800 Relay:
O-M 3rd (Morgan Burnham, Katie Adams, Lexi Saunders, Camille Sgrecci) (11:04.25)
800 Meter Run: Morgan Burnham 7th (2:41.08)
200 Meter Dash: Nadia Simpson 3rd (27.46)
3000 Meter Run: Maria Scata 9th (17:14.50)
4x400 Relay squad: O-M 3rd (Madison Morrissey, Morgan Burnham, Camille Sgrecci, Nadia Simpson) (4:33.58)
Long Jump: Tori Brewster 5th (15' 2.5")
Triple Jump: Tori Brewster 3rd (31' 9")
High Jump: Delaney Paulisczak 15th (4')
Pole Vault: Camille Sgrecci 5th (7' 6")

Photos in text:

Top: The O-M school-record-setting 4x100 Relay team. From left: Kennedey Heichel, Tori Brewster, Ida Sidle and Nadia Simpson.

Middle: Odessa's Kennedey Heichel on the way to victory in the 110 Meter Hurdles.

Bottom: The O-M 4x400 Relay squad placed third. From left: Nadia Simpson, Camille Sgrecci, Madison Morrissey and Morgan Burnham. (Photos by Doug Yeater)

Boys Meet:

The O-M boys got two individual wins -- both from Zach Elliott, who captured the Shot Put (53' 7") and the Discus (149') titles.

Other finishes for Odessa:

3200 Meters: Will Yeater 11th (11:38.13); Keith June 15th (11:52.54)
3000 Meter Steeplechase: Will Yeater 5th (11:55.56); Micah Brewster 9th (13:47.34)
110 Meter Hurdles: Preston Harris 2nd (15.98); Paden Grover 4th (16.80)
400 Meter Hurdles: Preston Harris 3rd (1:01.27)
4x800 Relay: O-M 5th (8:58.43)
4x100 Relay: O-M 3rd (47.26)
4x400 Relay: O-M 4th (3:45.97)
Shot Put: Dylan Houseknecht 8th (36' 4.50")
Discus: Eric Rumsey 9th (99' 7")
Triple Jump: Ryan Griswold 8th (34' 8")
High Jump: Paden Grover 2nd (5' 10"); Brock Sgrecci 15th (5')
Pole Vault: Andrew Hartford 3rd (10' 6")

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Paden Grover lands in the Long Jump. (Photos by Doug Yeater)

Bottom: Odessa's Preston Harris hands the baton to Deshawn Johnson.

Left: O-M's Nadia Simpson on the way to victory in the 100 Meter Dash. Right: Odessa's Andrew Hartford placed third in the Pole Vault. (Photos by Doug Yeater)

From left: Odessa-Montour's Katie Adams, Noah Brewster and William Yeater. (Photos by Doug Yeater)

Odessa-Montour's Tori Brewster goes airborne. She was third in the Triple Jump and fifth in the Long Jump, as well as second in the 100 and on the winning 4x100 Relay squad. (Photo by Doug Yeater)


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