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XC: Watkins boys top 3 teams at Lansing

LANSING, Sept. 25, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross-country team -- led by a 1-2 finish by Gabe Planty and Max Evans -- defeated Lansing, Dryden and Moravia Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road meet.

Planty finished in 17:29, and Evans in 18:01. Other Watkins runners: Steven Gublo 6th in 18:55, Ben Swinnerton 11th in 20:27, Elliott Holland 15th in 20:59, Lawrence Majors 16th in 21:02, and Wolfgang Gates 25th in 24:28. There were 38 runners.

Varsity Girls: Watkins Glen was second among three teams with 46 points, finishing behind Lansing (21) and ahead of Moravia (65). Breanna Carl was 5th in 21:50, Kai Sutterby 6th in 21:58, Makenzie Kellogg 9th in 22:39, Sierra Morris 17th in 31:49, and Maya Somerville 18th in 32:25. There were 20 runners.

Modified Boys: Nicholas Bonsignore finished 5th in 10:30, Dylan Nguyen 6th in 10:44, Johnny VanScoyk 10th in 11:28, and Teagan Lampman-Roisen 18th in 14:30.

Modified Girls: Madison Hansen finished 6th in 12:53.

The Senecas return to action Saturday at the McQuaid Invitational in Rochester's Genesee Valley Park.

Watkins Glen's Allie Gibson dives at start of the 50 Free, and finishes with a victory.

Watkins swimmers top Lansing, 101-69

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 25, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team posted a 101-69 victory Tuesday over Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

Wins by Watkins Glen came in the following:

200 Medley Relay: Malina Butler, Sarah Swinnerton, Maddy Kilcoyne, Thalia Marquez 2:09.99.
50 Free: Allie Gibson 26.50
100 Fly: Amanda Wilbur 1:05.02
200 Free Relay: Peighton Cervoni, Amanda Wilbur, Jillian Cantieni, Allie Gibson 1:51.99
100 Back: Peighton Cervoni 1:08.51
100 Breast: Sarah Swinnerton 1:18.64

The Senecas also got second-place finishes in the following:

200 Medley Relay: Ellie Clarkson, Faye Mooney, Maddy Williams, Alannah Klemann
200 Free: Jillian Cantieni
200 IM: Amanda Wilbur
100 Fly: Maddy Kilcoyne
100 Free: Peighton Cervoni
500 Free: Jillian Cantieni
100 Breast: Faye Mooney

The Senecas return to action Thursday at Whitney Point.

Modified: Lansing defeated Watkins Glen, 67-56.

Photos in text:

Top: Maddy Kilcoyne in the 200 Medley Relay, which her squad won.
Bottom: Malina Butler starts the backstroke leg of the 200 Medley Relay, which her squad won.

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

Watkins' Thalia Marquez on the final leg of the 200 Medley Relay, which her team won.

Watkins Glen's Jillian Cantieni on the way to second place in the 200 Free.

Watkins Glen boys fall to Notre Dame

SOUTHPORT, Sept. 25, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team dropped a 3-1 decision to Elmira Notre Dame Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the ND athletic field.

Ramel Fulcher scored the lone goal for Watkins Glen, assisted by Isaac McIlroy.

The Senecas return to action Thursday at Candor. Game time is 5;30 p.m.

A shot by O-M's Cody Austin (12) goes wide as NV keeper Steve Cowulich dives for it.

Odessa boys lose to Newark Valley, 5-0

ODESSA, Sept. 25, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 3-6 Tuesday night when the Indians were blanked by Newark Valley, 5-0, in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

Newark Valley scored twice in the first half -- on goals at 26:10 by Nathan Sokol and at 13:55 by Dan Cowulich.

They made it 3-0 at 33:56 of the second half, when Cowuluch scored again on a blast from directly in front of the net, and 4-0 at 26:46 on a goal by Bill Knight from the left. The final goal came at 1:13, by Derek Kalpokas.

The Indians kept up the attack throughout, but the NV defense proved too much. "It didn't feel like a 5-0 game," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens. "I'm happy with the way the guys played. They worked hard the whole time."

Newark Valley outshot Odessa 10-8, while the Indians had a 5-4 edge in corner kicks. Dominik Scott registered five saves in goal for O-M, while Steve Cowulich made eight saves for NV.

Odessa returns to action Thursday night at Elmira Notre Dame. Game time is 7 p.m.

Photo in text: O-M's Devon Mahaney, right, and an NV player meet the ball.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Dylan VonNeida moves between two Newark Valley defenders. Right: Odessa's Brock Sgrecci settles an incoming ball.

Left: O-M's Michael Benway, right, battles for possession of the ball. Right: The Indians' Johnny Niedermaier sends the ball into Newark Valley territory.

Odessa goalkeeper Dominik Scott dives to cover a loose ball in first-half action.

O-M swimmers fall to Southern Cayuga

AURORA, Sept. 25, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team dropped a 58-35 decision Tuesday to Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the SC pool.

Wins for O-M were posted by:

--Madison Moss in the 200 Free (2:30.65)
--Tori Reese in the 200 Individual Medley (2:38.38)
--Tori Reese in the 100 Breaststroke (1:20.35)

Individual second-place finishes were posted for O-M by Kara Reese in the 200 IM, Katie Adams in the 100 Fly, and Megan Adams in the 500 Free.

The Indians return to action Thursday at Dryden.

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The Tribe "B" team's Connor Foggie (17) and Bryce Bockelkamp (87) close in on a Spencer-Van Etten/Candor ball-carrier. (Photo provided)

Tribe 'A' team wins, improves to 5-0

ODESSA, Sept. 25, 2018 -- The Schuyler County Youth Football Tribe "A" team continued unbeaten Sunday, defeating Spencer-Van Etten/Candor 26-12 in a game on Odessa-Montour High School's Charles Martin Field.

The victory lifted the Tribe to 5-0. The team sits alone in first place in its division.

Touchdowns came from Daniel Lewis on a quarterback keeper, Brady Cannon on a 27-yard run, Cannon again on a pass from Lewis, and Thomas Snow, who picked up a loose ball and ran it in from 28 yards out.

Ryan Willett gained 175 yards rushing, and the defense, in the words of one coach, "played fantastic against a very tough SVE/C Eagles."

The Tribe "B" team lost 21-7 as its record slipped to 2-3. The team's lone touchdown came on a Lucas Hoffman 32-yard run.

The Tribe "C" team lost its first game of the season, falling 19-0. Several Tribe offensive efforts "were shut down by the Eagles' tough defense, and others by penalties," said one coach.

The day at O-M featured a fund-raiser for Abby Webster of the Spencer area, who lost her legs in a mowing accident. The Tribe and other schools and businesss are donating money. Even the head referee of the games, Myron Sitzman, donated his earnings for the day.

Photos in text: Ryan Willett gains some of his 175 yards; and the fundraiser for Abby Webster. (Photos provided)

Left: The Tribe "C" team's Elijah Gaylord (21) excelled on defense. Right: Referee Myron Sitzman. (Photos provided)

Watkins volleyball team falls to Candor

CANDOR, Sept. 24, 2018 -- The Watkins Gleh High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision Monday to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Candor gym.

Game scores were 16-25, 9-25 and 13-25.

Watkins Glen statistics included:

Katie Losey: 2 service points, 2 kills.
Adrienna Solomon: 1 service point, 1 ace.
Kelsey Kernan: 6 service points, 1 kill, 3 assists.
Carlie Baker: 1 kill, 2 blocks.
Olivia Stephani: 1 service point, 1 ace, 1 kill, 2 blocks.

The Senecas return to action Thursday at home against Edison.

Odessa's Jacy Knapp goes low for a volley in Monday's match against Edison.

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

ODESSA, Sept. 24, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team fell in straight sets Monday to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 16-25, 25-27 and 18-25.

Odessa-Montour statistics included:

Jacy Knapp: 7 service points, 1 ace, 1 assist, 8 digs.
Jolynn Minnier: 5 service points, 4 aces, 1 kill, 1 block, 6 digs.
Isabel Foote: 4 service points, 2 aces, 2 digs.
Hannah Chapman: 3 service points, 2 aces, 1 kill, 2 digs.
Rhys Stermer: 3 service points, 2 aces, 4 digs.
Karlee Dudgeon: 2 service points, 1 ace, 7 digs.
Sara Gardner: 2 service points, 11 digs.
Jadyn Lauper: 2 service points, 2 digs.

The Indians return to action Wednesday at Watkins Glen.

Junior Varsity: Edison defeated Odessa-Montour 3-0. Game scores were 14-25, 12-25 and 7-25.

Photo in text: O-M's Karlee Dudgeon volleys against Edison

Left: O-M's Pixie Kinner meets an incoming volley. Right: The Indians' Rhys Stermer.

O-M's Hailey Ferguson, left, battles an Edison player at the net.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Jolynn Minnier, Sara Gardner and Isabel Foote.

Odessa-Montour's Hannah Chapman eyes the ball before sending it over the net.

O-M's Lexi Saunders moves in on the Notre Dame goal, but shot the ball wide right.

Odessa-Montour girls fall to ND, 2-0

ODESSA, Sept. 24, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team saw its record slip to 4-5-1 Monday night when the Indians dropped a 2-0 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

"It was a hard-fought game, as I expected," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster. "We created some opportunities, but couldn't find the back of the net."

O-M had four shots go just wide of the Notre Dame goal. Another shot went over the crossbar.

Notre Dame had six shots on goal to O-M's three, and had a 3-0 edge in corner kicks. Odessa goalkeeper Grace Vondracek made four saves, while Notre Dame's Ana Milazzo made three.

The Crusaders scored once in each half, the first time just 7:35 into the game -- Peyton Maloney sending the ball into the near corner of the net. Her shot came from amid a cluster of players in front of the goal following a corner kick. The second goal -- a blast by Hope Gray from a sharp angle to the right that found the far left corner of the net -- came at 30:22 of the second half.

Brewster noted the strong defensive job that Hannah Bruno did defending against Notre Dame sharpshooter Laurel Vargas, who was held scoreless.

Odessa returns to action next Monday at Watkins Glen. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Modified: The Odessa-Montour girls modified soccer team defeated Notre Dame earlier in the day, 6-0.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M goalkeeper Grace Vondracek falls on the ball and barely avoids a collison with an onrushing Notre Dame player.

Bottom: Odessa's Olivia Grover moves the ball while holding off an ND player.

Left: O-M's Hannah Bruno heads the ball. Right: Odessa's Autumn Garrison, right, battles Notre Dame's Laurel Vargas for possession of the ball.

O-M's McKennah Lott, right, moves the ball against an ND defender.

From left: O-M's Camille Sgrecci, Hunter Daugherty and Nadia Simpson.

Left: O-M's Lydia Lynch (21) turns toward the ball. Right: Odessa goalkeeper Grace Vondracek goes high to grab an incoming Notre Dame shot.

Watkins girls lose to Waverly, fall to 4-5

WAVERLY, Sept. 24, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 4-5 Monday when the Senecas were blanked 8-0 by Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly athletic field.

Natalie Edmister made 14 saves in goal for the Senecas, while Cierra Barber made two.

"Tonight we just ran into a very good team and got outplayed," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Hopefully we can learn from this one and get back on track down the stretch of the season."

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

Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, left, moves the ball. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

Left: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson, right. Right: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly battles for possession of the ball. (Photos by Sheila Barber)

Glen girls modified soccer team wins 8-1

NEWFIELD, Sept. 24, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls modified soccer team posted its first victory of the season Monday when it defeated Newfield 8-1 in a game on the Newfield athletic field.

Brynn Smith scored three goals for the Senecas, while Sasha Honrath scored two, and Brayona Oden, Maisie Robertson and Ava Gowen one each. Assists came from Honrath (2), Robertson (1), Gowen (1) and Brenna Pierce (1). Lilly Ameigh registered nine saves in goal for Watkins

"Over the last few games, our ladies have improved considerably," said Coach Ralph Diliberto. "They brought the same intensity this afternoon as they did on Friday evening" -- in a 1-1 overtime tie against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor.

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Elmira Notre Dame.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Brynn Smith, left, maneuvers with the ball. She scored three goals. (Photo by Judson Smith)

Athletes of the Week: 2 football standouts

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 23, 2018 -- This week we honor two football running backs as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Seneca Indians Joe Chedzoy (a Watkins Glen High School student) and Zach Elliott (Odessa-Montour) led their squad to a 46-12 victory over Edison -- each scoring three touchdowns along the way, and together gaining more than 300 yards on the ground. Chedzoy gained 160 yards on 12 carries, and Elliott 142 yards on 20 carries as the Seneca Indians evened their season record at 2-2.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen soccer standouts Hannah Morse and Avery Watson; O-M soccer's Preston Harris; the Seneca Indians' Collin Baker, Dylan Houseknecht, Casen Weeden and Owen Scholtisek; Watkins Glen runner Gabe Planty; and Watkins Glen swimmers Allie Gibson, Peighton Cervoni, Amanda Wilbur and Sarah Swinnerton.

Honorable Mention: Another 35 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Left: Seneca Indians quarterback Derrick Lewis prepares to pass. Right: The pass is caught by Collin Baker for a 25-yard gain to the 2-yard line.

Seneca Indians race past Edison, 46-12

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Sept. 22, 2018 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team scored three touchdowns in the first six minutes Saturday en route to a 46-12 victory over Edison in a Section IV,, Division III game on the Edison athletic field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined squad of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour athletes -- improved to 2-2 heading into Homecoming Friday at O-M against Honeoye Falls-Lima in a non-league tilt.

Joe Chedzoy and Zach Elliott each scored three touchdowns for WG/OM, while Owen Scholtisek scored one. The Seneca Indians had 379 total yards, while Edison had 150.

Chedzoy gained 160 yards on 12 carries, while Elliott gained 142 on 20 carries. Scholtisek gained 29 yards on five carries.

Collin Baker and Casen Weeden led the defense with 7 tackles each, while Wrett Brower had 5, and Cayden Confer, Hunter Holley, Gage Arcangeli and Chedzoy 4 each.

WG/OM struck for a TD on the first play from scrimmage, Chedzoy racing around right end on a 58-yard romp at 11:44. The point-after kick by Jared Rumsey made it 7-0.

The second TD came at 7:28 on a 2-yard run by Scholtisek after a 25-yard pass play from quarterback Derrick Lewis to Baker. Another point-after kick made the score 14-0.

After Chedzoy recovered an Edison fumble on the TAE 36-yard line, he raced moments later, virtually untouched, to the end zone on a 29-yard run at 6:02. The point-after kick was blocked.

The Seneca Indians scored again on the first play of the second quarter, a 1-yard run by Zach Elliott at 11:57. Casen Weeden carried the ball across for a 2-point conversion that made it 28-0.

WG/OM imcreased the lead to 34-0 at 4:22 on a 6-yard Elliott run, but the point-after kick misfired.

Edison got on the board with 1:28 before halftime on a 27-yard TD pass to Hunter Farley. A 2-point pass attempt was intercepted by Scholtisek. The halftime score: 34-6.

An Elliott 2-yard TD at 4:05 of the third quarter was followed by a 64-yard TD run by Edison. Point-after attempts failed in both cases. WG/OM closed out the scoring in the fourth quarter with Chedzoy's third TD on a 9-yard run with 11:20 remaining.

Photos in text:

Top: The Seneca Indians' Zach Elliott brings down an Edison ball carrier.
Middle: WG/OM's Joe Chedzoy sheds a would-be tackler on the way to his first of three touchdowns, on the first play from scrimmage.
Bottom: The Seneca Indians' Owen Scholtisek (10) breaks up an Edison pass play.

Left: The Seneca Indians' Cameron Holland (8) knocks away an incoming Edison pass. Right: Joe Chedzoy can't quite reach a WG/OM pass in the flat. It fell incomplete.

WG/OM's Jared Rumsey sends the ball on its way for an extra point following a Seneca Indians touchdown. Zach Elliott (11) keeps an Edison player at bay in the foreground.

Seneca Indians fans lined the fence on the north side of the field. Included were students from both the Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen high schools.

Watkins Glen swimmers winning top-eight individual ribbons included, from left: Allie Gibson (50 Free and 100 Free), Peighton Cervoni (50 Free and 100 Back), and Sarah Swinnerton (100 Breast). Other top-eight finishers for Watkins: Jena Slater (Diving) and Amanda Wilbur (100 Fly).

Ithaca wins inaugural Glen Invitational

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 22, 2018 -- Ithaca High School won the inaugural Invitational in the Glen swim meet Saturday -- an event that saw state tournament qualifications in four events.

Ithaca finished with 420 points, outscoring runnerup Fairport (374) and Chenango Valley (372). Other schools competing included Horseheads, Corning, Hilton, Watkins Glen, Elmira Notre Dame and Owego.

State qualifying standards were met by Elise Nishii-Kim of Ithaca in the 200 Free (1:55.60) and 500 Free (5:11.30); Kailee Payne of Owego Free Academy in Diving (490 points); and Paige Lettera of Chenango Valley in the 100 Fly (59.73).

Among Watkins Glen finishes were the following:

200 Medley Relay: WG "A" team 5th in 2:02.01 (Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur, Allie Gibson); "B" team 15th in 2:14.80 (Maddy Kilcoyne, Faye Mooney, Malina Butler, Isabella Fazzary).
200 Free: Jillian Cantieni 13th in 2:15.88.
200 IM: Amanda Wilbur 13th in 2:33.78; Sarah Swinnerton 14th in 2:38.91.
50 Free: Allie Gibson 5th in 26.84; Peighton Cervoni 6th in 26.86.
Diving: Jena Slater 7th with 335.75 points.
100 Fly: Amanda Wilbur 8th in 1:08.83; Maddy Kilcoyne 12th in 1:09.94.
100 Free: Allie Gibson 6th in 58.33.
500 Free: Jillian Cantieni 14th in 6:08.15.
200 Free Relay: WG 6th in 1:50.87 (Peighton Cervoni, Maddy Kilcoyne, Jillian Cantieni, Allie Gibson); "B" team 14th in 2:01.33 (Ellie Clarkson, Faye Mooney, Thalia Marquez, Annika Wickham).
100 Back: Peighton Cervoni 8th in 1:07.49.
100 Breaststroke: Sarah Swinnerton 7th in 1:16.81; Faye Mooney 12th in 1:20.35.
400 Free Relay: WG "A" team 8th in 4:20.41 (Jillian Cantieni, Malina Butler, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur); "B" team 16th in 4:48.60 (Alannah Klemann, Annika Wickham, Maddy Williams, Thalia Marquez).

Photos in text: From top: Watkins' Peighton Cervoni in the 100 Back; Annika Wickham awaiting her leg of the 200 Free Relay; and Jillian Cantieni preparing to dive in the 200 Free Relay.

Left: Watkins' Alannah Klemann enters the water on the first leg of the 400 Free Relay. Right: The Senecas' Maddy Kilcoyne competes in the 100 Yard Backstroke.

Left: Watkins' Jena Slater competes in the Diving. Right: Glen swimmers take a selfie.

Left: Watkins Glen's Ellie Clarkson dives at start of the 200 Free Relay. Right: The Senecas' Faye Mooney competes in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.

Her teammates encourage Sarah Swinnerton as she competes in the 100 Breaststroke final.

XC teams finish well back at Pratt meet

KINGS PARK, NY, Sept. 22, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity cross country teams competed Saturday in the Bob Pratt Invitational at Sunken Meadow State Park on Long Island.

The boys squad finished 19th among 36 teams, while the girls placed 22nd among 30 teams.

Boys: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty finished third in his race (there were two) and third overall by posting a 16:39 on the 3.1-mile course -- one that Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary said was "one of the more difficult I've seen -- rolling, twisting, with sand and a little bit of road. It's a sample of what the State Meet will be like" when it is held there later this year.

Watkins Glen's Max Evans was 45th in his race in 18:47, while Steven Gublo was 107th in 19:56, Ben Swinnerton 170th in 21:25, and Elliott Holland 200th in 22:57. There were 249 runners.

Girls: Kai Sutterby led the Senecas with a 60th-place finish in 23:34. Breanna Carl was 63rd in 23:44, Makenzie Kellogg 69th in 23:52, Maya Somerville 208th in 34:43, and Sierra Morris 211th in 35:08.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Lansing, and then compete Saturday in the annual McQuaid Invitational in Rochester.

Photo in text: Watkins' Gabe Planty, left, in Saturday's race. (Photo by Amy Planty)

Watkins Glen boys fall to Newark Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, Sept. 22, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team fell 3-0 to Newark Valley Friday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the NV athletic field.

"It was not a great game for the Senecas," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson, who noted "multiple starters missing or suffering from minor injuries."

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Notre Dame. Game time is 6 p.m.

Odessa-Montour's Devon Mahaney (3) sends the ball flying toward a teammate upfield.

Odessa boys top Waverly; Harris nets 3

ODESSA, Sept. 21, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team -- led by three Preston Harris goals -- defeated Waverly 5-2 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

Harris scored a pair of first-half goals as the Indians forged a 2-2 halftime tie, and then netted his third at 16:49 of the second half on a laser shot from the right that snuck in the right corner, past a lunging Waverly keeper.

Deshawn Johnson gave O-M some breathing room with a goal at 12:22, and Devon Mahaney netted the final score at 11:12. In addition to his goal, Johnson had two assists.

Odessa kept the play down in the Waverly end of the field for most of the final 10 minutes, as the Indians improved their season mark to 3-5.

"We played like we are capable of playing," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens. "That was the best we've played all year."

O-M outshot Waverly 17-8, and had a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. Dominik Scott made five saves in goal for the Indians. The Waverly keeper had 13 saves.

Odessa returns to action Tuesday night at home against Newark Valley.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Johnny Niedermaier sends a shot toward the Waverly goal.
Bottom: The Indians' Paden Grover kicks the ball far upfield.

Left: O-M's Brock Sgrecci, left, and a Waverly player meet an incoming ball. Right: Odessa goalkeeper Dominik Scott goes high to grab a Waverly shot.

Among the spectators were three members of the O-M girls modified soccer team -- from left, Hannah Nolan, Victoria Brewster and Keyonna Grant.

O-M's Preston Harris, right, sends a shot on net that went in -- his third goal of the night.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur churns through the water in the 200 Individual Medley.

Invitational at the Glen starts at WGHS

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 21, 2018 -- The inaugural Invitational at the Glen swim meet featuring large and small schools from around the region got underway Friday afternoon with preliminaries in the Watkins Glen High School pool.

The top 24 swimmers in each individual event advanced to Saturday's finals, to be held at the same locale starting at 2 p.m. A diving competition is scheduled for 9 a.m.

Swimmers from Ithaca, Corning, Horseheads, Elmira Notre Dame, Odessa-Montour, Watkins Glen, Chenango Valley, Hilton, Owego and Fairport are competing. The top 16 finishers in each event Saturday earn points, with one champion crowned per event.

In addition to the many finals relay qualifiers, individual swimmers from Schuyler County schools advanced as follows:

200 Free: Jillian Cantieni (WG) 13th in 2:16.09; Thalia Marquez (WG) 21st in 2:22.99.
200 IM: Amanda Wilbur (WG) 11th in 2:31.17; Tori Reese (OM) 14th in 2:35.46; Sarah Swinnerton (WG) 15th in 2:38.79; Maddy Williams (WG) 23rd in 3:04.92.
50 Free: Allie Gibson (WG) 4th in 26.57; Peighton Cervoni (WG) 6th in 26.78.
100 Fly: Amanda Wilbur (WG) 6th in 1:06.19; Maddy Kilcoyne (WG) 11th in 1:08.20; Tori Reese (OM) 16th in 1:11.95.
100 Free: Allie Gibson (WG) 6th in 59.14.
500 Free: Jillian Cantieni (WG) 16th in 6:09.26; Thalia Marquez 19th in 6:27.61; Madison Moss (OM) 24th in 6:51.81.
100 Back: Peighton Cervoni (WG) 8th in 1:06.63; Maddy Kilcoyne 21st in 1:14.86.
100 Breaststroke: Sarah Swinnerton (WG) 8th in 1:17.05; Faye Mooney (WG) 11th in 1:21.10; Madison Moss (OM) 24th in 1:29.31.

In the relays, top-eight finishes included:

Watkins Glen -- fifth in the 200 Medley Relay -- Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur, Allie Gibson (2:01.39).

Watkins Glen -- sixth in the 200 Free Relay -- Peighton Cervoni, Maddy Kilcoyne, Jillian Cantieni, Allie Gibson (1:50.05).

Watkins Glen -- eighth in the 400 Free Relay -- Jillian Cantieni, Malina Butler, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur (4:17.44).

In the relays, top nine through 16 finishes included:

Watkins Glen "B" squad -- 14th in the 200 Medley Relay -- Maddy Kilcoyne, Faye Mooney, Malina Butler, Isabella Fazzary (2:16.16).

Watkins Glen "B" squad -- 14th in the 200 Free Relay -- Ellie Clarkson, Faye Mooney, Thalia Marquez, Annika Wickham (2:05.47)

Odessa-Montour -- 16th in the 200 Free Relay -- Kara Reese, Megan Adams, Katie Adams, Emilee Chaffinch (2:06.87).

Watkins Glen "B" Squad -- 16th in the 400 Free Relay -- Alannah Klemann, Annika Wickham, Maddy Williams, Thalia Marquez (4:47.38)

Photos in text: From top: Watkins Glen's Allie Gibson dives at start of the 50 Free; Watkins' Sarah Swinnerton eompetes in the 200 IM; and Odessa-Montour's Megan Adams competes in the 200 Free.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jillian Cantieni competes in the 200 Free. Right: O-M's Julia Paulisczak at the end of the 50 Free.

Left: Watkins Glen's Alannah Klemann dives at start of the 50 Free. Right: Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni hits the water at start of the 50 Free.

Left: Watkins Glen's Annika Wickham swims the 200 Free. Right: Watkins' Thalia Marquez shouts out encouragement to a teammate.

Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese competes in the 200 Yard Individual Medley.

Watkins Glen goalkeeper Cierra Barber tries in vain to stop an SVEC penalty kick from finding the net. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

Glen girls fall to SVEC; Morse scores 3

CANDOR, Sept. 21, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team saw its record slip to 4-4 Friday when it dropped an 8-6 decision to Spencer-Van Etten/Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Candor High School field.

The Senecas were led by Hannah Morse, who scored three goals (giving her 20 this season) and registered three assists. Danielle Leszyk, Aislinn Klemann and Haley Dean each scored a goal for Watkins, while goalkeeper Cierra Barber posted four saves.

"The girls played really well tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "We got caught behind their fast forwards a few times in the first half which, in addition to giving up two penalty kicks, put us down 7-3 at the half.

"I couldn't be more proud of my girls, who showed tremendous grit and heart in fighting back to within 7-6 with minutes to go. Natalie Edmister and Gen Osborne played a terrific second half defensively, while Hannah Morse continued to play well at the forward spot with another big game.

"Danielle Leszyk, Aislinn Klemann and Haley Dean played really well in the midfield today as well. We didn't get the win, but I was really pleased with the effort in the second half."

The Senecas return to action Monday at Waverly.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold (11) settles an incoming pass.
Bottom: The Senecas' Hannah Morse, left, contends for possession of the ball. (Both photos by Sheila Barber)

Glen volleyball team falls to S-VE, 3-0

SPENCER, Sept. 21, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team fell in straight sets Friday to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the S-VE gym.

Game scores were 24-26, 17-25 and 21-25.

Statistics for Watkins Glen included:

Katie Losey: 2 service points, 1 ace, 7 kills.
Kelsey Kernan: 8 service points, 4 aces, 1 kill.
Claudia Parker: 2 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill.
Mattie Yontz: 6 service points, 2 aces.
Carlie Baker: 2 service points, 3 kills, 2 blocks.
Kelsey DeMillo: 10 service points, 3 aces, 1 kill.
Olivia Stephani: 3 kills.

Watkins Glen returns to action Monday at Candor.

Glen modified soccer game ends in tie

CANDOR, Sept. 21, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls modified soccer team battled Spencer-Van Etten/Candor to a 1-1 overtime tie Friday in a game on the Candor athletic field.

The Senecas, outnumbered in roster size 28-12, got their lone goal from Brynn Smith, scoring unassisted. Lilly Ameigh registered 17 saves in goal in a performance Coach Ralph Diliberto termed "fabulous."

"I can't say enough about these young ladies," Diliberto said of his team. "We are improving with every game. Everyone on this team came with their 'A' game. I am really proud of how far they have come."

Watkins Glen returns to action Monday at Newfield.

O-M girls battle Newark Valley to 0-0 tie

NEWARK VALLEY, Sept. 20, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team posted a 0-0 tie Thursday against Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the NV athletic field.

"This was a good tie," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster, whose team is 4-4-1. "Newark Valley is a solid team; they already beat Notre Dame and played Waverly" tough in a 1-0 loss. "Both teams had chances to score, but nothing went in."

Newark Valley outshot O-M 8-7, and had a 6-3 edge in corner kicks. Grace Vondracek made eight saves in goal for the Indians.

"This was a solid team effort," said Brewster, "from the goalkeeper all the way to the forwards. They all played hard. They passed the ball well, and played a lot in the middle" of the field.

The Indians return to action Monday at home againsat Notre Dame.

Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese swims the first leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

O-M swimmers bow to Southern Cayuga

ODESSA, Sept. 20, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team dropped a 59-34 decision Thursday to Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Wins for Odessa-Montour were posted by:

--Tori Reese in the 200 Yard Individual Medley (2:33.27).
--Tori Reese in the 100 Yard Breaststroke (1:19.55)

Individual second-place finishes for O-M came from:

--Kara Reese in the 200 Free.
--Katie Adams in the 100 Fly.
--Reagan Reese in the 100 Free.
--Madison Moss in the 500 Free.

O-M also had runnerup finishes in all three of the relay events.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Katie Adams swims the butterfly leg of the 200 Medley Relay.
Bottom: O-M's Taylor Cain swims the backstroke leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

O-M's Emilee Chafffinch dives at start of the final leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Left: O-M's Madison Moss hits the water in the 200 Individual Medley. Right: The O-M modified team was also swimming. Here, Lily Halpin dives at start of the IM.

Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese dives at start of the second leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Odessa-Montour's Isabel Foote volleys during Indians' match against Tioga.

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

ODESSA, Sept. 20, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team lost in straight sets Thursday to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 15-25, 17-25 and 16-25.

The Indians return to action Monday at home against Edison. The JV contest starts at 5 p.m., and the varsity at 6:30 p.m.

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Photo at right: Odessa-Montour's Jolynn Minnier rises to block the ball at the net.

Odessa-Montour's Cheianne Webster, left, and Pixie Kinner volley in Thursday's match.

Odessa-Montour's Rhys Stermer, left, and Hannah Chapman volley against Tioga.

Watkins swim team defeats Waverly

WAVERLY, Sept. 20, 2018 -- Watkins Glen High School's girls varsity swim team won eight of 12 events Thursday as it defeated Waverly 97-84 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Waverly pool.

First-place finishes were posted for Watkins Glen in the following:

200 Medley Relay: Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur and Allie Gibson 2:01.11.
200 Free: Jillian Cantieni 2:15.13.
200 IM: Amanda Wilbur 2:31.26.
50 Free: Allie Gibson 26.30.
Diving: Jena Slater 189.35.
100 Free: Allie Gibson 57.48.
100 Back: Peighton Cervoni 1:06.88.
100 Breaststroke: Sarah Swinnerton 1:16.27.

Second-place finishes were posted for Watkins Glen by Amanda Wilbur in the 100 Fly (1:06.14), Peighton Cervoni in the 100 Free (58.57), Jillian Cantieni in the 500 Free (6:08.24), Faye Mooney in the 100 Breaststroke (1:21,17), and the 200 Free Relay team of Madeleine Kilcoyne, Malina Butler, Sarah Swinnerton and Jillian Cantieni (1:56.64).

Watkins Glen boys blank Waverly, 5-0

WAVERLY, Sept. 19, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team -- led by four Avery Watson goals -- won its third game of the season Wednesday, shutting out Waverly 5-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly athletic field.

Isaac McIlroy scored the Senecas' other goal, while Aydin Zahradnik had two assists. Nate Wickham made eight saves in goal for Watkins Glen.

The Senecas return to action Friday at Newark Valley. Game time is 5:30 p.m.

Glen girls top Tioga 10-4; Morse nets 3

TIOGA CENTER, Sept. 19, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team raised its record to 4-3 Wednesday with a 10-4 victory over Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Tioga athletic field.

Hannah Morse scored three goals (bringing her season total to 17) and registered two assists to lead the Senecas. Other goals came from Taylor Kelly (2, plus an assist), Abby Congdon (2), Danielle Leszyk, Aislinn Klemann and Haley Dean. Brianna Hayes had two assists.

Cierra Barber made eight saves in goal for Watkins Glen, while Natalie Edmister registered two saves.

"It was another night with a very slow start," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "We just came out flat on both offense and defense, but with six minutes to go in the half finally started to really move the ball and play better. The girls played a tremendous second half. Our transition from strong defense to excellent offense was seamless and fast, allowing us to get our scoring going."

The Senecas return to action Friday in Candor against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Cierra Barber, left, prepares to kick the ball away as a Tioga player approaches.
Bottom: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly (13) turns toward the ball. (Photos by Sheila Barber)

Left: Watkins Glen's Genevieve Osborn (17) fights for the ball. Right: Abby Gibson, left, meets the ball as a Tioga player pressures her. (Photos by Sheila Barber)

Odessa boys fall to S-VE/Candor, 8-1

CANDOR, Sept. 19, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team saw its record slip to 2-5 Wednesday when the Indians dropped an 8-1 decision to Spencer-Van Etten/Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Candor athletic field.

"We didn't play very well," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens, whose team was outshot 13-5. Corner kicks were even at 4-4.

The lone Odessa goal came from Preston Harris at the 50-minute mark. Dominik Scott registered four saves in goal for the Indians.

O-M returns to action Friday at home against Waverly. Game time is 6 p.m.

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

CANDOR, Sept. 19, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team lost 3-0 to Candor Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Candor gym.

Game scores waere 4-25, 14-25 and 17-25.

Odessa-Montour statistics included:

Cheianne Webster: 4 service points, 2 aces, 4 digs.
Isabel Foote: 3 service points, 1 ace, 1 assist, 1 kill, 1 dig.
Jacy Knapp: 2 service points, 1 assist, 4 digs.
Rhys Stermer: 2 assists, 1 kill, 1 block, 5 digs.

Seneca Indians modified team posts win

DRYDEN, Sept. 19, 2018 -- The Seneca Indians modified football team opened its season with a 12-8 victory Tuesday over Dryden in a game on the Dryden football field.

Both touchdowns were scored by Tyler Nelson. Ball control was a key, as the team ate up the clock at the end with a five-minute drive. A strong defense forced and recovered a fumble, and led to an interception by Damyan Metris on the last play of the first half.

"This was a great first game for us," said Coach Josh Cole. "Both sides of the ball played well. Our offensive line was opening holes and keeping the ball moving and in our possession The defense played a stellar game against a very well-coached team."

The Seneca Indians -- a combined squad of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour athletes -- return to action at 10 a.m. Saturday on O-M's Charles Martin Field against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor.

Watkins Glen's Katie Losey goes high to smash the ball over the net in Game Two.

Watkins volleyball team sweeps Newfield

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 18, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team posted a 3-0 victory Tuesday over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS gym.

Game scores were 26-24, 25-16 and 25-20.

"The girls are really starting to learn to play as a team," said Watkins Glen Coach Dawn Baker. "It's exciting to watch their growth. We continue to improve with each game, striving to be better. I'm proud of them tonight. Newfield has some strong hitters who challenged our girls, but our girls didn't let it get to them. They continued to push forward and were determined to come out with the win."

Watkins Glen statistics:

Kelsey Kernan: 3 service points, 1 ace, 2 kills, 14 assists.
Katie Losey: 13 service points, 4 aces, 5 kills, 2 assists.
Adrienna Solomon: 14 service points, 9 aces, 4 kills.
Carlie Baker: 4 service points, 2 aces, 5 kills, 4 blocks.
Claudia Parker: 3 service points, 1 kill.
Mattie Yontz: 3 service points, 1 block.
Jordyn Barrett: 2 service points.

Newfield statistics:

Kelly Moravec: 2 aces, 4 assists, 4 kills.
Katie Moravec: 3 aces, 3 assists, 1 block.
Marissa Hackett: 2 blocks.
Lucaya Clary: 1 ace, 3 kills.

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

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Newfield 2-1. Game scores were 22-25, 25-20 and 25-11. Melanie Wysocki had 6 service points and 3 kills; Ava VanDusen had 4 service points and 1 kill; Jenna Solomon had 4 service points and 3 kills; Jade Scaptura had 4 service points; and Maddy Jones had 4 service points.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Carlie Baker sends a hard shot over the net.
Bottom: The Senecas' Kelsey DeMillo volleys.

Left: Watkins Glen's Ali LaMoreaux and Olivia Stephani. Right: The Senecas' Jordyn Barrett meets the ball.

From left: Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon, Kelsey Kernan and Mattie Yontz.

Watkins Glen's Claudia Parker, right, smashes the ball over the net in the first game.

And from photographer Craig Parker:

Left: Watkins Glen's Carlie Baker volleys. Right: The Senecas' Kelsey Kernan (3) sets the ball for a possible kill.

Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon, left, and Mattie Yontz send the ball over the net.

A shot by O-M's Hannah Nolan (13) gets past Watkins goalkeeper Lilly Ameigh for the first score of the game. It came in the second quarter.

O-M girls modified team tops WG, 3-0

ODESSA, Sept. 18, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls modified soccer team opened its season with a 3-0 victory over Watkins Glen Tuesday afternoon in a game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

Odessa's Hannah Nolan scored all of the goals, two in the second quarter and one in the third. She was assisted on the first goal by Victoria Brewster.

Lilly Ameigh made nine saves in goal for Watkins Glen in a game that saw the 0-3 Senecas stay close and repeatedly challenge for the ball.

"Odessa-Montour played a nice game," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "My hat is off to them. Our ladies never quit, kept their heads in the whole game, and played with grit. We improved in a lot of areas."

Watkins Glen returns to action Friday at Spencer against a combined Candor-Spencer Van Etten team. Odessa-Montour is scheduled to play Thursday at Newark Valley.

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Photo on right:

Odessa-Montour's Hannah Nolan, left, and Watkins Glen's Sasha Honrath battle for possession of the ball.

 

Left: O-M's Brittany Cain meets the ball. Right: O-M's Victoria Brewster veers to the right with the ball as Watkins Glen's Cloey Wratten approaches.

Left: O-M's Raven Lott inbounds the ball. Right: Watkins' Brynn Smith settles the ball.

From left: Watkins' Kara Sheesley, and O-M's Keyonna Grant and Sarah Rivera.

Left: Watkins Glen's Lois Hosley, left, and O-M's Jana Arias. Right: Watkins Glen's Maisie Robertson and O-M's Lilly Michal.

The "A" team's Brady Cannon fights off tacklers to find the end zone. (Photo provided)

All 3 Tribe football teams top Apalachin

APALACHIN, Sept. 18, 2018 -- Schuyler Youth Football's A, B and C Tribe teams registered victories Sunday on the road against Apalachin.

The "A" team went to 4-0 with a 34-14 victory. Touchdowns were scored by Ryan Willett on a 30-yard run, Kaiden Karius on a pass from Daniel Lewis and on a handoff, Brady Cannon on a run, and Bradley Gillis on a 2-yard run set up by a 60-yard Willett jaunt.

The "B" team improved to 2-2 with a 20-18 victory. Touchdowns came from Jax Decker, Donovan Wratten and Lucas Hoffman. Connor Foggie scored the crucial extra points after two of the TDs. Hoffman and Ronny Wilson IV played big on defense.

The "C" team advanced to 4-0 with a 28-15 victory. Isaak Willett scored three touchdowns and three extra points, gaining more than 200 yards. Big defensive plays were turned in by Joshua Daugherty and Leon Lagramada, who stripped an Apalachin runner and returned the ball 51 yards for the final Tribe TD. He then added the extra point.

The Tribe teams return to action Sunday at Odessa-Montour against SVE-Candor. Game times are 11:30 a.m. (C), 1:30 p.m. (B) and 3:30 p.m. (A).

Photo in text: The "B" team's Jax Decker shakes off a tackler on the way to a TD. (Photo provided)

The Tribe "C" team's Ethan Dupay breaks away for a long run. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen boys defeat Newfield, 2-0

NEWFIELD, Sept. 17, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team posted its second win of the season Monday when it shut out Newfield 2-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newfield athletic field.

Aydin Zahradnik and Dylan Morse scored for Watkins Glen, each assisted by Isaac McIlory. Nate Wickham made four saves in goal for the Senecas.

Watkins Glen returns to action at Waverly Wednesday. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Watkins' Jena Slater on the way to second place among five divers at Monday's meet.

Glen swimmers top ND, bow to Ithaca

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 17, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team defeated Elmira Notre Dame 115-53 and lost to Ithaca 123-63 Monday afternoon in a tri-meet in the WGHS pool.

Ithaca also defeated Notre Dame, 136-43, in a meet that is among the new features brought recently to Watkins by Jason Westervelt, long the head of an Owego Free Academy swim program known for its successful meets. Coming this weekend: an invitational in the WGHS pool involving several schools.

Watkins Glen claimed a single first-place Monday as Allie Gibson won the 50 Free in 26.37.

The meet, with top Watkins Glen finishers by race:

200 Medley Relay: Watkins Glen 2nd: Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur, Allie Gibson 2:01.37.
200 Free: WG 3rd Jillian Cantieni 2:15.45 and 4th Isabella Fazzary 2:21.52.
200 IM: WG 4th Amanda Wilbur 2:32.82.
50 Free: WG 1st Allie Gibson 26.37 and 4th Peighton Cervoni 27.05.
Diving: WG 2nd Jena Slater 195.20.
100 Fly: WG 4th Amanda Wilbur 1:07.96.
100 Free: WG 3rd Allie Gibson 57.46 and 4th Peighton Cervoni 59.47.
500 Free: WG 3rd Jillian Cantieni 6:04.57 and 4th Thalia Marquez 6:18.78.
200 Free Relay: WG 2nd: Allie Gibson, Amanda Wilbur, Peighton Cervoni, Jillian Cantieni 1:50.77.
100 Back: WG 4th Malina Butler 1:15.32.
100 Breaststroke: WG 3rd Sarah Swinnerton 1:17.57 and 4th Faye Mooney 1:22.08.
400 Free Relay: WG 3rd: Maddy Kilcoyne, Faye Mooney, Thalia Marquez, Jillian Cantieni 4:28.95.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Allie Gibson is congratulated by Coach Nichole Chaffee after Gibson won the 50 Free.
Bottom: The Senecas' Peighton Cervoni launches into the backstroke at start of the 200 Medley Relay.

Watkins Glen's Jillian Cantieni competes in the 200 Free, where she placed third.

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur hits the water in the 200 Medley Relay. Right: The Senecas' Sarah Swinnerton swims the breaststroke leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Odessa boys fall to Trumansburg, 6-0

TRUMANSBURG, Sept. 17, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team gave up four goals in the first 10 minutes Monday en route to a 6-0 loss to Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the T-burg soccer field.

The Indians, despite the poor start, "played our best game of the season," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens. "After that initial shellshock," he said, they adjusted and played a strong game, "working hard and with movement."

Trumansburg outshot Odessa 17-5, and had a 2-0 edge in corner kicks. Dominik Scott had seven saves in goal for the Indians, while Johnny Niedermaier registered four.

Odessa returns to action Wednesday at Candor against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Soccer showdown produces 2 winners

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 16, 2018 -- It was a week of showdowns -- where Watkins Glen High School bested Odessa-Montour in swimming, girls soccer and boys soccer.

It was also a week when one of those showdowns was a classic -- where the leading scorers on opposing girls soccer teams, each wearing uniform No. 1, produced all of the goals in a 4-3 game won by Watkins Glen on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

In a week of numerous outstanding individual performances, that battle stood out and earned both of those two young women -- Hannah Morse of WGHS with four goals and Alexis Saunders of Odessa-Montour with three -- the nod as Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Thank you, Hannah and Lexi, for the show. You earned the award.

Double Honorable: Seneca Indians football's Joe Chedzoy, Zach Elliott and Wyatt Brower; Watkins Glen runner Gabe Planty; Watkins Glen soccer's Nate Wickham and Cierra Barber; O-M soccer's Kennedey Heichel and Autumn Garrison; O-M swimmers Tori Reese and Kara Reese; and Watkins Glen swimmers Allie Gibson, Jillian Cantieni, Peighton Cervoni, Amanda Wilbur and Sarah Swinnerton.

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

Photo in text: Lexi Saunders, left, and Hannah Morse.

Left: Watkins' Kai Sutterby. Right: The Senecas' Max Evans. (Photos by Amy Planty)

Glen's Planty 2nd at E. Syracuse-Minoa

EAST SYRACUSE, Sept. 15, 2018 -- Watkins Glen High School's Gabe Planty finished in second place among 146 runners Saturday at a 5K cross country race at East Syracuse-Minoa High School.

Planty finished the 3.1-mile course in 17:03 as his team placed 14th among 29 teams competing. Watkins' Max Evans finished 31st in 18:24, Steven Gublo 72nd in 19:48, Ben Swinnerton 122nd in 21:07, and Elliott Holland 143rd in 22:22.

Girls Varsity: Senior Kai Sutterby led Watkins Glen to 16th place among 23 teams with a 33rd place finish in 22:47. Breanna Carl was 57th in 24:03, Makenzie Kellogg 65th in 24:21, Sierra Morris 170th in 35:33, and Maya Somerville 177th in 40:06. There were 180 runners.

Girls Modified: Watkins Glen's Madison Hanson was 34th among 163 runners in a time of 10:31.

Boys Modified: Watkins Glen was 11th out of 14 teams, led by Lawence Majors, who was 21st in 8:32. Nick Bonsignore was 64th in 9:19.3, Dylan Nguyen 65th in 9:19.5, Johnny VanScoyk 118th in 10:08, and Teagan Lampman-Roisen 168th in 11:42.

Photo in text: Watkins' Gabe Planty en route to second place. (Photo by Amy Planty)

Left: Watkins' Steven Gublo. Right: Senecas' Ben Swinnerton. (Photos by Amy Planty)

Watkins Glen's Peter Sandritter, right, moves the ball past a Dryden player.

Dryden tops Glen, wins O-M Tourney

ODESSA, Sept. 15, 2018 -- The Dryden High School boys varsity soccer team posted a 5-1 victory Saturday over Watkins Glen in the championship game of the Odessa-Montour Tournament on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

Watkins Glen -- which had defeated Odessa-Montour 1-0 in the opening round Friday night -- scored its lone goal at 13:20 of the first half, when Josiah Wysocki found the Dryden net on a penalty kick to bring the Senecas within a goal at 2-1.

But Dryden -- a 7-2 winner over Bradford in an opening-round contest Friday -- pulled away for the win and the title.

Watkins goalkeeper Nate Wickham registered 21 saves.

Consolation: Bradford (now 5-1) defeated Odessa-Montour (2-3) by an 8-1 count.

The Indians' lone goal was scored by Deshawn Johnson on a long shot from the left that caught the right post and caromed in at 31:15 of the second half, with O-M down by five goals.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Clint Craven leaps high to meet an incoming ball in first-half action against Dryden.

Watkins Glen's Tim Clifford (14) sends the ball upfield after battling for possession.

Left: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Nate Wickham goes high to meet an incoming shot.
Right: The Senecas' Avery Watson, left, fights for the ball.

O-M goalkeeper Dominik Scott prepares to corral a loose ball in the consolation game.

Left: O-M's Johnny Niedermaier moves the ball upfield. Right: O-M girls soccer player Olivia Grover was watching the O-M boys game from shade under the bleachers.

Odessa-Montour's Paden Grover focuses on the ball as he battles two Bradford players.

O-M's Devon Mahaney sends a shot toward the Watkins Glen net. It was knocked over the crossbar by Seneca goalie Nate Wickham.

Glen boys edge O-M in tourney opener

ODESSA, Sept. 14, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team rode a goal by Avery Watson and sharp goaltending by Nate Wickham to a 1-0 victory Friday night over Odessa-Montour in the opening round of the O-M Tournament on Charles Martin Field.

The victory, Watkins Glen's first of the season, propels the Senecas into the tourney title game Saturday at 5 p.m. against Dryden, which defeated Bradford in Friday's other first-round contest. O-M and Bradford will square off in the consolation game at 3 p.m.

Watson's goal came at 34:57 of the second half from about 40 yards out on a free kick, which he sent high to the left corner of the net, just over the leaping reach of O-M goalkeeper Dominik Scott.

Odessa had numerous chances, with several corner kicks and a couple of scrums in front of the Watkins net, but whenever the Watkins defense failed to shut down an attack, Wickham knocked shots away. He finished with nine saves, a couple of the sensational variety.

Photo in text: A free kick by Avery Watson barely eluded a leaping Dominik Scott.

Left: O-M's Justin Andrews heads the ball toward the Watkins goal. Right: The Andrews shot is swatted away by Seneca goalkeeper Nate Wickham.

Left: O-M's Dylan VonNeida (11) and Watkins' Clint Craven (7) go airborne as the ball arrives. Right: Odessa's Brock Sgrecci inbounds the ball.

Left: O-M's Paden Grover goes high to meet the ball. Right: Odessa's Deshawn Johnson .

Cheering on the Odessa-Montour boys were members of the O-M girls soccer team, which won earlier in the day at Newfield.

Seneca Indians fall to Waverly, 21-20

WAVERLY, Sept. 14, 2018 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team saw its record slip to 1-2 Friday night when it dropped a 21-20 decision to Waverly in a Section 4 Division III game on the Waverly football field.

And it came down to a 2-point conversion near the end.

The Seneca Indians, a combined team of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour athletes, were led by Joe Chedzoy's 236 yards and three touchdowns.

WG/OM struck first, with a second-quarter TD by Chedzoy, who was stopped short on a two-point conversion run. Waverly went up 14-6 with a pair of second-quarter scores before the Seneca Indians tied it on a 4-yard Chedzoy run and a two-point conversion run by Zach Elliott with 7:43 left to play.

Waverly went ahead 21-14 with 3:10 to go on a TD pass, and then WG/OM pulled within a point on a 69-yard run by Chedzoy around the end with 1:37 to play. But a two-point conversion run by Chedzoy was stopped short.

"We knew we were going for two," said WG/OM Coach Trevor Holland. "We could have kicked it, but our philosophy is four yards and a cloud of dust."

A subsequent onside kick went the necessary 10 yards, but a Waverly player jumped on it, and the Wolverines ran out the clock.

"We had them," said Holland. "We outplayed them in every aspect: ran more plays, gained more yards. Our game plan was just to grind them down; keep the ball out of their hands. In the first half, we ran 37 plays to their 19. It was perfect."

But Waverly eked out the win, leaving the Seneca Indians looking to their next game, at Edison on Saturday, Sept. 22. Game time is 1:30 p.m.

In addition to Chedzoy, WG/OM got a strong ground game from Elliott, who gained 79 yards on 23 carries -- many of the tough short-yardage variety. "He played extremely well," said Holland. The team also gained 31 yards through the air.

On defense, Wyatt Brower led in tackles with nine, while Elliott had six, and Travon Jones, Gage Arcangeli, Hunter Holley and Josh Bravo registered five each.

"I tell you, when we were down, we didn't fold," said Holland. "The guys did a heck of a job."

Odessa-Montour's Lydia Lynch (21) sends the ball flying in traffic.

O-M girls pull away from Newfield, 7-1

NEWFIELD, Sept. 14, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team exploded for six second-half goals Friday afternoon en route to a 7-1 victory over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newfield athletic field.

The Indians got their lone first-half goal from Lexi Saunders at 31:50, only to see Newfield tie the game at 29:00. O-M had several other chances, but misfires and two crossbar shots by Kennedey Heichel left the score deadlocked at intermission.

However, Heichel scored three goals in the second half, while Saunders notched her second goal of the day. They were joined in the scoring column by Ida Sidle and Autumn Garrison. Heichel, Saunders and Garrison had one assist each.

The Indians return to action Thursday at Newark Valley.

Photo in text: O-M's Kennedey Heichel shoots. The ball caromed off the crossbar.

Odessa-Montour's Autumn Garrison, right, reaches for the ball.

Left: O-M's Olivia Grover prepares to shoot in traffic. The shot was deflected wide. Right: The Indians' Rebecca Wolfe moves the ball upfield.

Odessa-Montour's Lexi Saunders sends a shot on its way. She scored two goals.

Watkins Glen goalkeeper Cierra Barber pounces on the ball for one of her 22 saves. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

Watkins Glen girls fall to Dryden, 8-1

DRYDEN, Sept. 14, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team saw its record slip to 3-3 Friday when the Senecas dropped an 8-1 decision to Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Dryden soccer field.

Watkins Glen's lone goal was scored by Hannah Morse, her 14th of the season. Danielle Leszyk assisted. Cierra Barber registered 22 saves in goal.

"We didn't come out with a lot of energy as a team tonight and ran into a very good Dryden team," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "We had moments of looking decent, but it was an inconsistent effort throughout. Cierra Barber had some really nice saves in the net tonight despite the final score. Hopefully we can regroup and improve as we head into next Tuesday's game at Tioga."

Photo in text: Watkins' Hannah Morse moves the ball upfield. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold (11) battles a Dryden player for possession of the ball. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

Watkins girls modified team falls, 4-1

WAVERLY, Sept. 14, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls modified soccer team's record dropped to 0-2 Friday when the Senecas fell 4-1 to Waverly in a game on the Waverly soccer field.

Brynn Smith scored Watkins Glen's only goal, unassisted. Lilly Ameigh made six saves in goal for the Senecas.

"I was very pleased the way our girls played," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "We had 16 shots on net, but only one connected. These young ladies played hard the whole game and left everything on the field!"

The Senecas return to action against Odessa-Montour at B.C. Cate Elementary School on Tuesday.

O-M swimmers top Whitney Point

WHITNEY POINT, Sept. 14, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team improved to 1-2 on the season with a 62-27 victory Thursday over Whitney Point in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the road.

O-M won most of the races, with individual victories going to Tori Reese in the 200 Free (2:24.26) and 100 Fly (1:13.84), Kara Reese in the 200 IM (2:48.71) and 100 Back (1:20.41), Megan Adams in the 500 Free (6:56.34), and Delaney Paulisczak in the 100 Breaststroke (1:36.64).

Odessa also won the 200 Medley Relay (Megan Adams, Tori Reese, Katie Adams and Kara Reese, 2:21.28), the 200 Free Relay (Kara Reese, Emilee Chaffinch, Reagan Reese and Tori Reese, 2:05.79), and the 400 Free Relay (Taylor Cain, Emilee Chaffinch, Katie Adams and Megan Adams, 5:03.18).

Odessa-Montour's Isabel Foote volleys. Teammate Rhys Stermer is in the background.

Volleyball: Odessa-Montour tops Newfield

ODESSA, Sept. 13, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team posted its second victory of the season Thursday when it defeated Newfield 3-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 25-21, 11-25, 27-25 and 26-24.

Statistics for O-M (2-3) included:

Isabel Foote: 9 service points, 2 aces, 3 assists, 7 digs.
Jacy Knapp: 7 service points, 2 aces, 1 kill, 10 digs.
Karlee Dudgeon: 6 service points, 3 aces, 16 digs.
Cheianne Webster: 5 service points, 3 aces, 6 digs.
Sara Gardner: 3 service points, 3 aces, 15 digs.
Rhys Stermer: 3 service points, 3 aces, 3 kills, 2 blocks, 5 digs.
Hannah Chapman: 2 service points, 1 ace, 1 assist, 1 block, 5 digs.
Jolynn Minnier: 1 service point, 1 ace, 1 assist, 1 block.
Hailey Ferguson: 2 blocks, 2 digs.

Junior Varsity: Newfield defeated Odessa-Montour 3-0.

Photo in text: O-M's Hannah Chapman leaps high to volley at the net.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Jacy Knapp prepares to send the ball over the net. Right: The Indians' Karlee Dudgeon serves.

Left: O-M's Rhys Stermer awaits the ball. Right: The Indians' Cheianne Webster volleys.

The first goal by Hannah Morse (#1, at right) skips past O-M goalkeeper Grace Vondracek.

Watkins girls top O-M in OT

Morse scores 4 goals to lead Senecas to 4-3 victory

ODESSA, Sept. 12, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team improved its record to 3-2 Wednesday night when it edged Odessa-Montour 4-3 in an overtime Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

"We just couldn't stop Hannah Morse," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster, referring to the four goals scored by the Watkins Glen standout. "I'm proud of the way my girls fought throughout the game, but Hannah Morse was too strong tonight."

The Watkins senior, who now has 13 goals in five games, was nearly matched by O-M's Lexi Saunders, who scored three goals. Both players wear No. 1, and together helped make this a see-saw game that was in doubt to the end.

Morse scored first at 37:45 of the first half when she beat O-M goalkeeper Grace Vondracek from directly in front.

Saunders tied it at 33:49 on a shot from the left, but Morse made it 2-1 at 25:09 when she put the ball in the left corner of the net off a pass from Danielle Leszyk.

Saunders evened it again at 2:53, again from the left on a shot over Watkins goalkeeper Cierra Barber.

Morse put the Senecas ahead 3-2 at 18:00 of the second half when she got past Vondracek and outraced an O-M defender to the net, putting the ball in the right corner. But Saunders tied it again at 7:31 on an assist from Olivia Grover, who fired the ball across the goalmouth from the right side. Grover had two assists in the game, and Hunter Daugherty had one.

Morse scored the deciding goal in the first of two 10-minute overtimes, on a shot from the right at 2:22.

Lezyk, Haley Dean and Abby Gibson each had an assist for the Senecas.

Odessa outshot Watkins Glen 11-8, and had a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. Vondracek had four saves for O-M, while Barber registered eight saves for Watkins Glen.

"That was a great game by both teams tonight!" said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Hannah Morse played really tough up front, fighting through some tough defenders to carry our scoring load tonight. She got some terrific passes from our midfield and went to work putting the ball in the net!

"Our defense played outstanding tonight and really stepped up in overtime to keep us in the lead. I'm very proud of the team as they have really come together as a unit, work very hard, and never quit.

"The O-M girls played a really good game, so hats off to them and Coach Brewster."

O-M, now 3-4, returns to action Friday at Newfield. Game time is 4:30 p.m. Watkins Glen is back in action Friday at Dryden. Game time is 5:30 p.m.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins goalie Cierra Barber (5) stops an attempt by O-M's Hannah Bruno to score.
Second: O-M's Lexi Saunders unleashes a shot. She scored three goals.
Third: O-M's Olivia Grover sends the ball upfield as Watkins' Aislinn Klemann nears.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Kayla Palmer sends the ball flying.

Left: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson, left, battles O-M's Lydia Lynch for possession of the ball. Right: Odessa's Kennedey Heichel moves the ball upfield.

From left: Watkins Glen's Haley Dean, Natalie Edmister and Taylor Kelly.

Left: O-M's McKennah Lott clears the ball from the O-M end of the field. Right: Odessa's Camille Sgrecci inbounds the ball.

Left: O-M's Ida Sidle meets the ball. Right: The Indians' Hannah Bruno shoots.

Left: Watkins' Carly Arnold sends the ball flying. Right: The Senecas' Abby Congdon.

Left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann, left, battles O-M's Dana Zimmer for the ball. Right: Watkins' Genevieve Osborn (17) and O-M's Autumn Garrison go after the ball. Just behind them: the Senecas' Carly Arnold.

From left: O-M goalkeeper Grace Vondracek knocks a shot over the crossbar for a save; Odessa's Autumn Garrison meets the ball; Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk.

Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk right, sends a kick toward the net, where goalkeeper Grace Vondracek made the save (see photo above left).

Watkins girls modified soccer team falls

NEWARK VALLEY, Sept. 12, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls modified soccer team opened its season with a loss Wednesday, falling to NewarkValley 5-0 in a game on the NV soccer field.

Newark Valley scored three goals in the first quarter and one each in the second and fourth periods.

"Other than the first quarter, our girls hung in with them and never gave up," said Coach Ralph Diliberto. "Lilly Ameigh played fabulously in the net, making 25 saves."

The Senecas return to action at Waverly on Friday.

Watkins volleyball team falls to Tioga

TIOGA CENTER, Sept. 1, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team lost in straight sets Tuesday to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Tioga gym.

Game scores were 20-25, 15-25 and 15-25. Further details were not available.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Tioga 3-0. Game scores were 11-25, 11-25 and 13-25.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur on the way to victory in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Swimming: Watkins girls top Odessa

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 11, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team opened its season on a winning note Tuesday, defeating intracounty rival Odessa-Montour 101-59 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

Allie Gibson posted four victories and Jillian Cantieni and Amanda Wilbur three apiece as the Senecas rolled to the win. O-M slipped to 0-2.

Wins came from:

200 Medley Relay: WG, Jillian Cantieni, Faye Mooney, Allie Gibson, Maddy Kilcoyne 2:14.83.
200 Yard Free: WG, Jillian Cantieni 2:19.38.
200 Yard IM: OM, Tori Reese 2:33.69.
50 Yard Free: WG Peighton Cervoni 26.89.
Diving (exhibition): Jena Slater 200.10.
100 Yard Butterfly: WG, Amanda Wilbur 1:05.89
100 Yard Free: WG, Allie Gibson 58.96.
500 Yard Free: WG, Isabella Fazzary 6:26.93
200 Freestyle Relay: WG, Allie Gibson, Annika Wickham, Amanda Wilbur, Isabella Fazzary 1:59.26.
100 Yard Back: OM, Kara Reese 1:20.47.
100 Yard Breaststroke: OM, Tori Reese 1:17.27.
400 Free Relay: WG, Peighton Cervoni, Allie Gibson, Jillian Cantieni, Amanda Wilbur 4:13.65.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Allie Gibson prepares to dive at start of the 100 Free, which she won.
Bottom: The Senecas' Peighton Cervoni hits the water at start of the 50 Free. She won.

Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese at start of the 200 yard IM. She finished third.

Left: O-M's Tori Reese on the way to first place in the 200 Yard Individual Medley.
Right: O-M's Delaney Paulisczak competes in the 100 Breaststroke.

Watkins' Sarah Swinnerton en route to posting the fastest time in the 100 Breaststroke.

Watkins Glen's Isabella Fazzary on the way to winning the 500 Yard Freestyle race.

Left: Watkins Glen diver Jena Slater. Right: O-M's Katie Adams after she
finished third in the 100 Yard Fly.

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

Watkins Glen's Annika Wickham dives during the 200 Yard Medley Relay.

O-M boys defeat Newfield in overtime

ODESSA, Sept. 11, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team improved its record to 2-1 with a 2-1 overtime victory Tuesday night over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The winning sudden-death goal came at 7:20 in the first overtime on an O-M corner kick that Justin Andrews stopped at the near corner of the net with his leg, and then jammed just inside the right goalpost.

The Indians had taken a 1-0 lead at 8:20 of the first half on a goal by Paden Grover. Newfield tied the game at 24:12 of the second half off a direct kick.

Odessa outshot Newfield 13-7, and had a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks. Dominik Scott made five saves in goal for the Indians, while Newfield's keeper registered 11 saves.

"Everybody's doing their job, doing the right things," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens. "We're just chugging right along, finding ways to win."

O-M returns to action Friday at 7 p.m. at home against Watkins Glen -- part of the weekend O-M Tournament.

Photo in text: O-M goalkeeper Dominik Scott goes high to knock away a Newfield shot.

Left: O-M's Paden Grover moves the ball. Right: Odessa's Devon Mahaney, left, and Dylan VonNeida, foreground, fight for the ball.

Members of the O-M girls varsity soccer team were on hand at the boys game. They play Watkins Glen Wednesday night at Charles Martin Field.

Odessa-Montour's Hannah Chapman (35) goes high for a volley at the net.

O-M volleyball team falls to Waverly

ODESSA, Sept. 11, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team fell 3-0 Tuesday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 7-25, 21-25 and 9-25.

Odessa-Montour statistics:

Jacy Knapp: 6 service points, 2 aces, 1 assist, 5 digs.
Isabel Foote: 4 service points, 2 aces, 1 dig.
Sara Gardner: 4 service points, 2 blocks, 4 digs.
Hannah Chapman: 2 service points, 1 block, 4 digs.
Rhys Stermer: 2 service points, 1 ace, 2 blocks, 3 digs.
Jolynn Minnier: 1 service point, 1 ace, 1 dig.
Cheianne Webster: 5 digs.
Karlee Dudgeon: 3 digs, 1 kill.

Junior Varsity: Waverly defeated O-M, 3-0.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Jacy Knapp volleys.

Left: O-M's Jolynn Minnier serves. Right: The Indians' Isabel Foote sets the ball.

Watkins 2nd, 3rd at lone home XC meet

WATKINS GLEN, Sept.11, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen varsity cross country team hosted its lone home meet of the season Tuesday, the boys finishing second and the girls third at the Watkins Glen State Park.

The meet featured Senior Night, and the team's lone senior, Kai Sutterby, was accordingly honored.

Varsity Boys: Trumansburg won with 41 points, followed by Watkins Glen (57), Edison (78), Notre Dame (81) and Tioga (92).

Watkins' Gabe Planty was first on the 2.8-mile course in 16:10, with teammate Max Evans second in 17:21. Steven Gublo was 16th in 19:25, Ben Swinnerton 18th in 19:40, and Elliott Holland 23rd in 21:27.

Varsity Girls: Notre Dame won with 34 points. Trumansburg was second with 36, Watkins Glen third with 59, and Edison and Tioga last with 100 points each.

The Senecas' Breanna Carl was third in 21:17, while Kai Sutterby was 10th in 21:57.4, Makenzie Kellogg 11th in 21:57.6, Sierra Morris 26th in 28:01, and Maya Somerville 29th in 29:10.

Modified (Boys and Girls racing together): Watkins Glen's Lance Majors was first in 10:41; Nick Bonsignore second in 11:06; Johnny VanScoyk sixth in 12:31; Dylan Nguyen eighth in 12:50; Madison Hansen 14th in 13:12; and Teagan Lampman-Roisen 17th in 14:38. There were 34 runners.

Photo in text: Watkns Glen's Gabe Planty, who finished first. (Photo by Aran Holland)

Watkins Glen's Breanna Carl (left) and Makenzie Kellogg. (Photos by Aran Holland)

Watkins Glen boys fall to Trumansburg

TRUMANSBURG, Sept.11, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team dropped a 5-1 decision Tuesday to Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the T-burg athletic field.

Aydin Zahradnik scored Watkins Glen's lone goal on a penalty kick.

Nate Wickham registered 35 saves in goal for the Senecas, while Bryce Kelly had two saves.

O-M girls top Southern Cayuga in OT

AURORA, Sept. 10, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team evened its mark at 3-3 Monday when it defeated Southern Cayuga 2-0 in overtime in an Interscholastic Athletic Canference game on the SC soccer field.

The game was scoreless through regulation and the first of two 10-minute overtime periods before Autumn Garrison headed the ball in near the far post on a crossing pass from Kennedey Heichel with 6:48 remaining. Hannah Bruno made it 2-0 at 5:48 with a goal off a Garrison free kick. Heichel earned an assist on the first goal, and Garrison on the second.

O-M outshot SC 7-5, and had a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks. Odessa goalkeeper Grace Vondracek and the Southern Cayuga netminder had five saves each.

The Indians return to action at home at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a division game against Watkins Glen. Other teams in the division are Tioga and Newfield.

Athletes of Week: Glen's Planty, Morse

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 9, 2018 -- This week we honor a runner and a soccer player as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty earns one nod for winning the Red Jacket Invitational cross-country boys race in 16:04, topping 122 other runners.

Watkins Glen soccer standout Hannah Morse repeats from the first week's athlete poll, this time for producing a four-goal, three-assist week as the Senecas split two games.

Double Honorable: Seneca Indians football's Zach Elliott, Wyatt Brower, Owen Scholtisek and Joe Chedzoy; Odessa-Montour soccer's Justin Andrews, Kennedey Heichel and Lexi Saunders; and Watkins Glen soccer's Taylor Kelly, Danielle Leszyk and Cierra Barber.

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

The Tribe "A" team's Ben Heichel (58) takes down a Newark Valley player in the end zone for a safety. (Photo provided)

All 3 Tribe teams pick up wins vs. NV

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 10, 2018 -- The Schuyler Youth Football "A," "B" and "C" teams posted victories Sunday over Newark Valley in games on Odessa-Montour High School's Charles Martin Field.

The "A" team advanced to 3-0 with a 28-12 victory. The Tribe went up 16-0 at the half on a safety, a TD pass from Daniel Lewis to Alexander Holmes, a two-point Lewis-to-Ryan Willett conversion, and a 25-yard Brady Cannon touchdown run. When the Cardinals started a comeback in the second half, the Tribe responded with two more Cannon TD runs.

The Tribe "B" team improved to 1-2 with a 30-0 victory, led by two Daniel Coston touchdowns, and one each by Jax Decker and Donovan Wratten.

The "C" team won 43-0 as Isaak Willett ran for 185 yards and scored five touchdowns. Jeremy Updyke also scored, and Aidan Moran forced a safety.

The Tribe teams return to action Sunday at Apalachin.

Photos in text:

Top: The Tribe "A" team's Brady Cannon breaks free for a 25-yard touchdown run.
Bottom: The Tribe "C" team's Elijah Gaylord (21) and Jeremy Updyke (45) chase down a Newark Valley running back. (Photos provided)

Left: In the "B" game, the Tribe's Daniel Coston (6) scored two TDs. Right: In the "C" game, Isaak Willett (11) ran for five touchdowns. (Photos provided)

The Tribe cheerleaders pose in front of the Odessa-Montour bleachers. (Photo provided)

Glen's Planty places 1st at Red Jacket

SHORTSVILLE, Sept. 8, 2018 -- Watkins Glen High School cross-country standout Gabe Planty placed first Saturday in the Red Jacket Invitational, topping 122 other runners.

Planty finished the 5K race in 16:04 as the Senecas placed 7th out of 18 scoring schools. Any school with at least five runners qualifies for a team score.

Max Evans was next for Watkins, finishing 18th in 17:37, while Steven Gublo was 41st in 18:45, Ben Swinnerton 81st in 20:11, and Elliott Holland 107th in 21:47.

Penfield won the team title with 42 points, followed by Horseheads (71). Watkins Glen had 239 points.

In the girls' race, Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby was 9th in 21:20, while Breanna Carl was 17th in 21:52, and Makenzie Kellogg 36th in 23:09. There were 83 runners.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen runners (from left) Max Evans, Elliott Holland and Gabe Planty at the Red Jacket Invitational. (Photo by Amy Planty)

Watkins Glen's Breanna Carl (left) and Kai Sutterby at Red Jacket. (Photos provided)

A Derrick Lewis pass to Collin Baker is broken up by a Sus Valley defender.

Seneca Indians fall to Sus Valley, 56-22

ODESSA, Sept. 8, 2018 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team fell behind early and never seriously contended Saturday night, dropping a 56-22 decision to state-ranked Susquehanna Valley in a Section IV non-divisional game on Odessa-Montour High School's Charles Martin Field.

The Seneca Indians, a combined squad of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes, are now 1-1. Susquehanna Valley, now 2-0, was led by Jarred Freije's 141 passing yards and four touchdown throws.

After a 40-yard gain by Zach Elliott on WG/OM's first play from scrimmage, the first half was all Sus Valley's as the Sabers built a 42-0 lead by intermission. The Sabers added TDs with 6:19 left in the third period and 3:01 left in the fourth.

Elliott scored all three of the Seneca Indians' touchdowns, on runs of 10 yards or less at 1:43 in the third quarter, early in the fourth quarter, and with 3:47 remaining in the game.

"As much as we wanted to take advantage of our size and control the tempo of the game," said Seneca Indians Coach Trevor Holland, "Sus Valley executed some effective offensive series that put us behind early.

"Being down 42-0 at the half is never a great way to start, but when our team came out in the second half and kept grinding away and put 22 points on the board, that was a big positive. So now comes the tough part for us, staying focused and winning a critical division game on the road at Waverly."

Elliott led the WG/OM offense with 177 yards on 27 carries and those three TDs.

Joe Chedzoy gained 73 yards on 26 carries, and Casen Weeden 20 yards on four carries. Derrick Lewis gained 33 yards through the air.

Susquehanna Valley rolled up 443 yards of total offense, to WG/OM's 304 yards.

Wrett Brower and Owen Scholtisek led the Seneca Indians in tackles with eight each, while Elliott registered six and Chedzoy five.

WG/OM returns to action Friday at Waverly. Game time is 7 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: The Seneca Indians' Joe Chedzoy, left, tries to shed a Sus Valley tackler.
Middle: WG/OM's Zach Elliott scores the first of his three touchdowns.
Bottom: Seneca Indian Travon Jones (21) helps bring down a Sus Valley ball-carrier.

Left: Seneca Indians quarterback Derrick Lewis passes. Right: Sus Valley's Sethan King intercepts a WG/OM pass by Cameron Holland late in the game.

The Seneca Indians' cheerleaders were active in front of the bleachers during the game. (Photo by George Rutledge)

Susquehanna Valley quarterback Jarred Freije launches one of his four TD passes.

At the game: From left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly, Hannah Morse and (grad) Ryanna LaMoreaux, and O-M's Grace Vondracek, Lexi Saunders and Autumn Garrison.

WG/OM quarterback Derrick Lewis attempts a pass to Zach Elliott (left) near the goal line. It fell incomplete.

Watkins boys lose to Southern Cayuga

AURORA, Sept 8, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 0-2 Saturday when the Senecas dropped a 3-0 decision to Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

Southern Cayuga scored on a penalty kick and on two Watkins Glen own goals.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Trumansburg. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

O-M volleyball team falls to S-VE, 3-1

SPENCER, Sept. 7, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision to Spencer-Van Etten Friday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the S-VE gym.

Game scores were 19-25, 25-16, 15-25 and 19-25.

Odessa-Montour statistics:

Jacy Knapp: 9 service points, 4 aces, 3 kills, 1 assist, 14 digs.
Rhys Stermer: 7 service points, 2 aces, 2 kills, 1 assist, 7 digs.
Karlee Dudgeon: 1 service point, 25 digs.
Hannah Chapman: 6 service points, 2 aces, 3 kills, 7 digs.
Isabel Foote: 5 service points, 3 aces, 7 assists, 15 digs.
Sara Gardner: 5 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 9 digs.
Jolynn Minnier: 2 service points, 3 kills, 2 digs.
Cheianne Webster: 3 service points, 1 kill, 1 assist, 8 digs.
Jadyn Lauper: 5 digs.

The Indians return to action Saturday in the Campbell-Savona Tournament.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Spencer-Van Etten, 3-0. Game scores were 20-25, 9-25 and 16-25.

Odessa-Montour's Johnny Niedermaier sends the ball flying in the Indians' game Friday night against Moravia.

O-M boys top Moravia, even mark at 1-1

ODESSA, Sept. 7, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team scored six seconds before halftime and again as time expired in the game en route to a 3-1 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory Friday night over Moravia on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

Brett Walters broke a scoreless deadlock with six seconds left in the first half on a shot directly in front of the net that found the right side. Deshawn Johnson assisted.

Justin Andrews made it 2-0 with 24:30 left in the game on a header from in close, with Johnson once again assisting.

The final goal came off a Johnny Niedermaier corner kick -- sent goalward with mere seconds left on the clock, and knocked in by a leaping Paden Grover, the ball caroming off his chest and past the reach of the Moravia keeper.

"We played pretty well, all things considered," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens. The team was without the services of forward Preston Harris, out with a broken finger. In his absence, "Deshawn did a great job distributing the ball,"said Stephens.

Andrews' goal was his second of the season -- giving him half of the Indians' four goals. He was the lone scorer in a season-opening 2-1 loss at Groton on Tuesday night. "He seems to be in the right place at the right time," said Stephens.

O-M dominated in shots on goal (13-3) and corner kicks (16-3). The coach said his team should have had more goals, especially in the first half, "when we were playing well, but just couldn't put it in the net."

The Indians return to action Tuesday at home against Newfield.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Paden Grover goes high to meet an incoming corner kick. The ball bounced from his chest into the net for the game's final goal as time expired.

Bottom: Teammates rush O-M's Brett Walters to celebrate his first-half goal.

Odessa-Montour goalkeeper Dominik Scott kicks the ball downfield.

Left: O-M's Deshawn Johnson steadies the ball as a pass arrives. Right: The Indians' Brock Sgrecci heads the ball, but his shot was blocked by the Moravia goalkeeper.

A Moravia player, left, flinches as O-M's Michael Benway sends the ball on its way.

Members of the Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team pose on the sidelines during the boys' game Friday night.

Watkins Glen girls rout Dundee, 10-2

DUNDEE, Sept. 6, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team evened its record at 2-2 Thursday when it ran past Dundee 10-2 in a non-league game on the Dundee soccer field.

Hannah Morse scored three goals and had three assists to lead the Senecas, who also got three goals from Taylor Kelley and two goals and two assists from Danielle Leszyk. Other goals came from Haley Dean and Abby Gibson.

Cierra Barber registered nine saves in goal for Watkins Glen. Dundee had the edge in corner kicks, 5-3.

"I was hopeful after a poor performance against Newark Valley that the team would play well tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "I was very pleased with how well we played right from the start. We were aggressive and focused and showed the potential this team has to be very successful. We play three times next week against very good teams, so hopefuly we can continue to improve and play well."

The first of those games is Monday at Moravia. Starting time is 4:30 p.m.

Photo in text: Hannah Morse (File photo)

Watkins Glen's Ali LaMoreaux (5) sends the ball over a Newark Valley defender.

Watkins Glen posts 1st volleyball win, 3-1

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 6, 2018 -- A resilient Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team battled to a 3-1 victory over Newark Valley Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS gym.

Game scores were 25-21, 24-26, 26-24 and 25-22.

The victory was the Senecas' first of the year after three losses. They came from behind to win two of Thursday's games, and almost overcame a 7-19 deficit in the one game they lost.

Watkins Glen, down 10-13 in the first game, took the lead at 18-17 on the way to a 4-point victory. Game Two found them down 19-7 before a stunning rally pulled them even at 24-24. But they dropped the final two points and the game.

The Senecas seemingly had Game Three under control at 13-6 before the Cardinals rallied to tie it 24-24. In this case, Watkins Glen scored the final two points for the win. Then, in the final game, the Senecas were down 14-18 when they rallied, taking the lead 21-20 on the way to a three-point win.

Watkins Glen statistics:

Katie Losey (senior): 12 service points, 5 aces, 8 kills, 1 assist
Adrienna Solomon (junior): 10 service points, 4 aces, 5 kills
Kelsey Kernan (junior): 6 service points, 1 ace, 2 kills, 24 assists
Carlie Baker (freshman): 5 service points, 1 ace, 6 kills, 5 blocks
Claudia Parker (senior): 10 service points, 3 aces, 1 kill
Mattie Yontz (sophomore): 1 service point, 2 kills
Ali LaMoreaux (junior): 7 service points, 2 aces, 1 kill
Olivia Stephani (junior): 2 service points, 1 ace, 3 kills, 1 block
Kelsey DeMillo (sophomore): 2 service points, 1 ace.

"Tonight was important -- our first game of the year at home," said Watkins Glen Coach Dawn Baker. "We are still trying to figure out positions. Most of the players are coming from JV, where positions were not set. So we have taken the time to see where everyone’s strengths are. Tonight, it clicked.

"This team worked amazing together and were hungry for a win. Newark Valley is a tough team. They made our girls work for this win. Now, we prepare for the next game" Tuesday at Tioga.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen won its first match of the season, defeating Newark Valley 3-0. Game scores were 25-23, 25-21 and 25-16. Melanie Wysocki had 13 service points for the Senecas, while Ava VanDusen had 6 points and 2 kills, and Jenna Solomon 4 points and 3 kills.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen freshman Carlie Baker prepares to volley. (Photo by Craig Parker)

Middle: The Senecas' Adrienna Solomon reaches low to return a Newark Valley volley.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Mattie Yontz volleys.

Left: Watkins Glen's Claudia Parker (right) goes high for a shot. (Photo by Craig Parker) Right: The Senecas' Katie Losey serves the ball.

Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan reaches for the ball. Teammate Mattie Yontz watches.

Odessa-Montour's Reagan Reese hits the water at start of the 50 Free. She placed second.

Odessa swimmers drop opener, 46-44

ODESSA, Sept. 6, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team opened its season on a losing note Thursday, falling to Elmira Notre Dame 46-44 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

The Indians led 41-40 entering the final event, a 400 Free Relay race. Each school fielded one relay team in that race, with Notre Dame winning in 4:49.11. O-M posted a 4:53.56.

Wins for Odessa were registered by Kara Reese in the 100 Backstroke, and by her sister Tori Reese in the 100 Breaststroke.

Second-place finishes came from Emilee Chaffinch in the 200 Free; Madison Moss in the 200 IM and 500 Free; Reagan Reese in the 50 Free; Tori Reese in the 100 Fly; Kara Reese in the 100 Free; Megan Adams in the 100 Back; and three relay teams.

The Indans return to action Tuesday at Watkins Glen.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Kara Reese competes in the 100 Free, where she finished second.
Bottom: The Indians' Madison Moss on the way to second place in the 200 IM.

Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese competes in the 100 Fly. She finished in second place.

Odessa-Montour's Katie Adams on the way to a third-place finish in the 100 Fly.

Odessa-Montour girls fall to Waverly, 6-0

WAVERLY, Sept. 6, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team saw its record slip to 2-3 Thursday as the Indians dropped a 6-0 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly soccer field.

Waverly outshot O-M 13-2, and had a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks. The Wolverines led 1-0 at the half, and then "opened it up," said Indians Coach Burton Brewster. Grace Vondracek made six saves in goal for Odessa.

Brewster praised the defensive work by Morgan Burnham on Waverly standout Gabby Picco, and said Vondracek "did a great job defending the goal on corner kicks. She punched the ball out" on three occasions, short-circuiting Waverly scoring efforts.

Odessa returns to action Monday at Southern Cayuga.

Watkins Glen boys lose to Marathon, 4-0

MARATHON, Sept 6, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team opened it season with a loss Thursday, falling to Marathon 4-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Marathon soccer field.

Nate Wickham registered 17 saves in goal for the Senecas. One of Marathon's goals came on a penalty kick; Wickham stopped another.

The Senecas had three shots on goal, and didn't have a corner kick.

They return to action Saturday at Southern Cayuga. Game time is 10 a.m.

Volleyball: Watkins falls to Waverly

WAVERLY, Sept. 5, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Waverly Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Waverly gym.

Game scores were not made available.

Individual statistics for Watkins Glen included:

Katie Losey: 2 service points, 1 assist, 3 kills.
Adrienna Solomon: 5 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill.
Kelsey Kernan: 8 service points, 5 aces, 6 assists.
Carlie Baker: 4 service points, 1 kill, 4 blocks.
Olivia Stephani: 2 kills.
Mattie Yontz: 2 service points.

O-M girls top Tioga, even mark at 2-2

ODESSA, Sept. 4, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team got goals from six different players Tuesday night in an 8-2 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory over Tioga on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The Indians, now 2-2, got scoring from Kennedey Heichel (two goals and two assists), Lexi Saunders (two goals and one assist), Ida Sidle (one goal), Grace Vondracek (one goal), Olivia Grover (one goal and one assist) and Hunter Daugherty (one goal). McKennah Lott had two assists, while Hannah Bruno had one.

Odessa outshot Tioga 21-2, and had a 2-0 edge in corner kicks. Vondracek played goal in the first half, and Lydia Lynch after intermission. The halftime score was 3-0.

"We passed the ball well," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster, whose team returns to action Thursday at Waverly. Game time is 5:15 p.m.

Watkins girls fall to Newark Valley, 7-1

NEWARK VALLEY, Sept. 4, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 1-2 Tuesday when the Senecas dropped a 7-1 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the NV soccer field.

Hannah Morse scored the lone goal for Watkins Glen. Cierra Barber made 20 saves in goal.

"We ran into a vary talented Newark Valley team tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "The girls fought hard, but were never able to put together long stretches of solid play. They never quit, and hopefully we can use this game as a learning experience going forward."

The Senecas return to action Thursday at Dundee. Game time is 7 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins' Haley Dean, right, battles for the ball. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

Left: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly (13) maneuvers the ball past a Newark Valley defender. (Photos by Sheila Barber)

Athletes of Week: Morse and Chedzoy

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 2, 2018 -- We start the new high school sports year with Odessa File Athlete of the Week honors going to a soccer player and a football standout.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse earns one nod for her 5-goal, 2-assist performance as the Senecas defeated Newfield 8-1 on the road.

And Seneca Indians running back Joe Chedzoy earns the other for his 6-touchdown, 328-yard performance in a season-opening 56-8 football victory at Groton.

Double Honorable: Odessa-Montour soccer's McKennah Lott, Hannah Bruno, Kennedey Heichel, Olivia Grover and Lexi Saunders; Watkins Glen soccer's Taylor Kelly, Danielle Leszyk and Cierra Barber; the Seneca Indians' Gage Arcangeli and Zach Elliott; Watkins Glen cross country runner Gabe Planty; O-M volleyball player Hannah Chapman; and Watkins Glen volleyball's Mattie Yontz.

Honorable Mention: Another 16 athletes earned a point apiece in the year-long poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Ronald Wilson IV (44) of the Tribe "C" team brings down a Windsor running back in the backfield. (Photo provided)

Tribe 'A' and 'C' teams win; 'B' team falls

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 3, 2018 -- The Schuyler County Youth Football Tribe teams had mixed success Sunday, with the "A" and "C" squads defeating Windsor in games on the Odessa-Montour football field. The Tribe "B" team lost.

The "A" team posted a 43-14 victory to advance to 2-0. Ryan Willett ran for two touchdowns, Alexander Holmes scored twice on TD passes from Daniel Lewis, and Bradley Gillis and Kyren Young ran for one touchdown each.

The "B" team lost 21-14, with both touchdowns coming from Jax Decker. "The line played a solid game," said one coach, "and Ronald Wilson IV dominated on defense."

The "C" team won 26-6, with Isaak Willett scoring three touchdowns -- on runs of 35, 18 and 30 yards -- and Ethan Dupay running 27 yards for another. "The defense played very strong all day," said one coach.

The Tribe teams return to action Sunday at O-M against Newark Valley. The "C" team's game starts at 11:30 a.m., while the "B" team plays at 1:30 p.m. and the "A" team at 3:30 p.m.

Photo in text: The Tribe "A" team's Ryan Willett (15) scored two touchdowns. (Photo provided)

Left: The Tribe "C" team's Jeremy Updyke (45) and Isaak Willett sack the Windsor quarterback. Right: Isaak Willett (11) scored three TDs in the "C" game. (Photos provided)

Left: Ben Heichel kicks a two-point conversion in the Tribe's "A" victory. Right: The Tribe "B" team's Jax Decker scored two touchdowns. (Photos provided)

Watkins' Hannah Morse (1) moves past a Newfield defender. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

WG girls top Newfield; Morse nets 5 goals

NEWFIELD, Sept. 1, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team -- led by five goals by Hannah Morse -- evened its record at 1-1 Friday with an 8-1 victory over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newfield athletic field.

Morse, who also had two assists, was joined in the scoring column by Taylor Kelly (two goals) and Aislinn Klemann (one goal). Danielle Leszyk added an assist. Cierra Barber registered seven saves in goal for the Senecas.

"After playing tough against Notre Dame in a loss two nights ago (1-0 in a contest halted at halftime due to inclement weather), our team came out ready to play today," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse.

"We passed the ball really well and played very good defense tonight. Senior Hannah Morse had a breakout game, and Taylor Kelly played really well in her first game of the season. Danielle Leszyk distributed the ball beautifully throughout the game as well.

"Cierra Barber had another strong game in the goal. She has only given up goals on penalty kicks so far this season, so she is playing well early.

"I’m impressed with the young players on this team who have had big shoes to fill with all the seniors who graduated last year," he added.

"They are working very hard in practice every day and have shown a lot in the first two games."

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Newark Valley.

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Photo at right: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Cierra Barber makes a save. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

Left: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk controls the ball. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly sends the ball to the corner of the net. She scored two goals. (Photos by Sheila Barber)

Left: Watkins Glen's Genevieve Osborne (17) battles for the ball. Right: The Senecas' Carly Arnold prepares to send the ball flying. (Photos by Sheila Barber)

Seneca Indians rout Groton in football season opener, 56-8

Chedzoy gains 328 yards, scores 6 TDs; Sus Valley next

GROTON, Sept. 1, 2018 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team opened its season with a resounding victory Friday night, rolling past Groton 56-8 in a Section IV non-divisional game on the Groton football field.

The Seneca Indians, a combined team of Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen High School athletes, were led by senior Joe Chedzoy, who scored six touchdowns, rushing 17 times for 328 yards.

"It was by far the best game I've seen him play," said Seneca Indians Coach Trevor Holland, who added: "He was fantastic tonight. His speed has gone to the next level. They were having trouble catching him."

Other TDs came from Casen Weeden, who gained 29 yards on 4 carries and scored once; and Matt Irwin, who gained 84 yards on 2 carries, including a 60-yard TD run that Holland said was "textbook. He ran behind (300-pound) Dylan Houseknecht. Just put his hand on his back and followed him" until he could break clear. And on his other carry, "he did the same thing, but they caught him on the one."

Zach Elliott gained 66 yards on 11 carries, and recovered a Groton fumble. Other yardage came from Travon Jones (5 runs for 18 yards), Owen Scholtisek (3 carries for 12 yards), and Cameron Holland (1 carry for 4 yards).

WG/OM gained 546 yards on 49 plays. Groton had 129 yards of total offense.

Junior defensive tackle Gage Arcangeli led the Seneca Indians in tackles with 9, while Elliott had 4 and Wyatt Brower 3. Jones had the team's lone interception.

"We didn't try to run up the score," said Holland, whose team led 30-0 at halftime. "We got a lot of players in, and ran base plays. But they kept working."

The Seneca Indians return to action on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Odessa-Montour against Susquehanna Valley.

Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty leads a group of runners in an evening race Friday at Houghton College. He finished second. (Photo by George Rutledge)

Glen boys XC team finishes 4th in opener

HOUGHTON, NY, Sept. 1, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team finished fourth among seven teams in a season-opening 4K run Friday evening at Houghton College.

Corning finished first with 21 points, followed by Penfield (50), Addison (100), Watkins Glen (101), Trumansburg (109), Fredonia (125) and Frewsburg (171).

The Senecas' Gabe Planty was second (13:01) to Corning's Bryce Derick (12:43). Max Evans was 12th in 14:14, Steven Gublo 29th in 15:27, Ben Swinnerton 34th in 16:05, and Elliott Holland 38th in 16:41. There were 48 runners.

In the girls' race, Watkins didn't have enough runners for a team score. Breanna Carl led the Senecas with an 18th-place finish in 17:29. Kai Sutterby was 24th in 17:58, and Makenzie Kellogg was 34th in 18:57. There were 51 runners, led by Corning's Lindsey Butler (15:01).

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby competes at Friday's evening race. (Photo by George Rutledge)

O-M girls fall in tourney title game, 1-0

CAMPBELL, Sept. 1, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 1-2 Friday night when the Indians dropped a 1-0 decision to Canisteo-Greenwood in the championship game of the Campbell-Savona tournament.

The Indians, who had advanced to the finale with a 4-1 overtime victory Thursday over the host team, gave up the game's lone goal in the opening minute.

"It was off the kickoff, down the middle and in," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster. "And then they didn't score again."

Canisteo-Greenwood, one of the top teams in Steuben County, outshot O-M 8-3 and had a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks. Grace Vondracek made 7 saves in goal for the Indians, while the C-G keeper, Gretchen Hendrickson, made 3 saves.

Canisteo-Greenwood "controlled most of the first half," said Brewster. "But we fought hard in the second half, and created some chances. We just couldn't put the ball in the back of the net."

Brewster said he is "so proud of our kids. These first three games have been tough ones, but they haven't let down at all."

O-M returns to action Tuesday at home against Tioga.

All-Stars: The 12-member tournament All-Star team included O-M's Hannah Bruno, Olivia Grover, Kennedey Heichel and McKennah Lott.

New exhibit at Brick Tavern Museum honors 70 years of racing in Schuyler

Special to The Odessa File

MONTOUR FALLS, Aug. 25 -- Schuyler County’s 70-year history of car racing is spotlighted in the newest exhibit at the Schuyler County Historical Society’s Brick Tavern Museum.

Photographs, race programs and other racing memorabilia from the Society’s collections are shown in the exhibit, including photographs from the first races on Oct. 2, 1948, through the streets of Watkins Glen and rural roads of the Town of Dix.

Local artist Linda McIntyre has loaned the paintings from her “Street Years” series for display in the exhibit, which will be in place through the end of October. A short film that tells the story of how racing began in Schuyler County also is available for viewing.

Visitors are invited to enter a drawing for four free tickets to the Hilliard United States Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International Sept. 7-9. The winner will be selected on Sept. 5. The tickets were donated by WGI.

The Brick Tavern Museum and Wickham Rural Life Center, located at 108 N. Catharine St., Route 14, Montour Falls, are open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call the Historical Society at (607) 535-9741.

The Schuyler County Historical Society celebrates and honors the history of the county at the Brick Tavern Museum, Wickham Rural Life Center and Lee School. The Society is supported in part by a TAP grant administered by the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce.

Photo in text: Briggs S. Cunningham ties his shoelace on the wheel of his 1939 Bu-Merc before the start of the first Watkins Glen Grand Prix race for sports cars on Oct. 2, 1948. To Cunningham’s left is Mike Vaughn in his Lagonda Rapide. Behind Vaughn is the No. 35 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B of Frank Griswold Jr., who would win the eight-lap race. The start-finish line of the 6.6-mile race course through the streets of Watkins Glen and the rural roads of the Town of Dix was in front of the Schuyler County Court House. (Photo from the collection of the Schuyler County Historical Society)

Volleyball: O-M edges Watkins in 5 sets

ODESSA, Aug. 31, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team evened its season mark at 1-1 Thursday with a 3-2 victory over Watkins Glen in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference nail-biter in the O-M gym.

Game scores were and 10-25, 25-20, 25-19, 22-25 and 26-24.

O-M statistics:

Hannah Chapman: 10 service points, 9 aces, 2 kills, 2 digs, 1 assist.
Jacy Knapp: 8 service points, 3 aces.
Jolynn Minnier: 8 service points, 3 aces.
Rhys Stermer: 6 service points, 7 kills, 2 blocks, 1 dig, 1 assist.
Karlee Dudgeon: 5 service points, 3 aces, 5 digs.
Isabel Foote: 3 service points, 1 aces, 10 assists, 4 kills.
Sara Gardner: 3 service points, 1 ace, 1 dig.
Cheianne Webster: 3 service points, 2 kills, 1 dig, 1 assist.

O-M Coach Colleen Coolican attributed the win to her team's "dedication to working hard."

The Indians had dropped their season opener Tuesday, a 3-2 loss to Newark Valley on the road. Chapman had paced the Indians that day with 14 service points, 8 aces, 2 kills, 2 blocks, 2 digs and 2 assists. Knapp had added 7 service points, 2 aces, 4 assists and 2 digs, while Stermer had registered 8 service points, 2 aces, 3 kills, 5 digs and 1 block. The fifth game went Newark Valley's way 27-25.

Watkins Glen statistics:

Katie Losey: 12 service points, 9 aces, 3 kills.
Kelsey Kernan: 3 service points, 1 block.
Adrienna Solomon: 10 service points, 7 aces, 1 kill, 1 assist.
Mattie Yontz: 15 service points, 6 aces, 1 kill, 18 assists.
Carlie Baker: 9 kills, 3 blocks.
Olivia Stephani: 2 service points, 1 kill, 1 assist.
Ali LaMoreaux: 11 service points.
Kelsey DeMillo: 1 service point, 1 ace, 1 kill.

The Senecas had dropped their season opener Tuesday, falling to Edison in three sets.

"My girls played great," said Watkins Glen Coach Dawn Baker after Thursday's match. "We served great in the first set. We gave up a lot of serves in the sets after. We continue to improve as a team and look forward to continuing that through our season."

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour improved to 2-0 with a 2-1 win over Watkins Glen. Game scores were 25-17, 25-18 and 23-25.

Left: O-M goalkeeper Grace Vondracek prepares to send the ball flying. Right: The Indians' Nadia Simpson, who scored the game's first goal. (Photos by Mike Stamp)

O-M girls top C-S in OT, advance to final

CAMPBELL, Aug. 31, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team evened its season record at 1-1 Thursday night when it defeated host Campbell-Savona 4-1 in overtime in the opening round of the C-S Tournament.

The Indians led 1-0 on a goal by Nadia Simpson at 30:15 of the first half, assisted by Kennedey Heichel. But Campbell-Savona tied it 1-1 with 6 minutes left in regulation on a goal by Leah Robie. That led to overtime, which consists of two 10-minute periods.

The first overtime period was scoreless, and then O-M took the lead 2-1 on a goal by Heichel with 6:04 to go. She scored on a quick free kick after the C-S keeper had fielded a through ball outside the 18-yard box, which made her a field player, creating a hand-ball infraction and the free kick.

O-M's Lexi Saunders then scored two goals -- at 2:47, assisted by Heichel, and at 2:19, assisted by McKennah Lott.

Odessa outshot Campbell-Savona 9-4, and had a 3-2 edge in corner kicks. Keeper Grace Vondracek had 3 saves, while the C-S keeper had 5.

The victory propelled the Indians into the tournament title game against Canisteo-Greenwood, set for 6 p.m. tonight (Friday) at Campbell-Savona.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Camille Sgrecci, right, fights for possession of the ball.

Bottom: The Indians' Kennedey Heichel. (Photos by Mike Stamp)

Left: O-M's Hunter Daugherty (9) fights for the ball. Right: The Indians' Morgan Burnham (7). (Photos by Mike Stamp)

Left: Odessa-Montour's Hannah Bruno moves the ball upfield. Right: The Indians' Rebecca Wolfe (19). (Photos by Mike Stamp)

Watkins girls drop opener to ND, 1-0

SOUTHPORT, Aug. 29, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity soccer team opened its season on a losing note Wednesday night, dropping a storm-shortened Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game to Elmira Notre Dame, 1-0.

The contest was rained out after one half, going just long enough to make the result official. The only goal came on a penalty kick by ND's Laurel Vargas.

Watkins Glen, which saw nine players graduate last year, "played with tremendous heart and hustle today," said Coach Scott Morse, who added: "I'm really proud of them. It was a solid start and we saw some things we can definitely try to improve on as the season progresses."

Morse also cited the strong play of goalkeeper Cierra Barber, who "was really good" as she registered 13 saves.

The Senecas return to action Friday at Newfield.

Watkins volleyball team falls to TAE

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Aug. 28, 2018 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team opened its season Tuesday with an Interscholastic Athletic Conference loss on the road against Edison. Game scores were 16-25, 10-25 and 13-25.

Among the Watkins statistics:

Katie Losey: 4 service points, 5 kills, 1 assist.
Kelsey Kernan: 7 service points, 2 aces, 1 assist, 1 kill, 1 block.
Mattie Yontz: 16 assists.
Kelsey DeMillo: 5 assists.
Carlie Baker: 2 kills, 2 blocks.
Ali LaMoreaux: 4 service points, 1 ace.

Junior Varsity: Edison defeated Watkins Glen 3-0 on game scores of 16-25, 15-25 and 12-25.

"Edison is a tough team to start right out of the gate with," said Watkins Glen Coach Dawn Baker. "Their team is strong. Our team has two returning players as we graduated six seniors last year.

"This team is full of talent," added Baker about her squad. "We just need some more time to work together to get to know how each of us moves and performs. I feel this team will do very well this season with a bit more time to work out a few kinks."

O-M's Lexi Saunders prepares to deliver a corner kick. (Photo by Casey Underdown)

O-M girls open with 2-1 loss to Groton

ODESSA, Aug. 27, 2018 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team opened its season Monday night with a 2-1 Interscholastic Athletic Conference home loss to Groton.

The first half was scoreless. Coach Burton Brewster said O-M's Hannah Bruno "did a great job" defending against Groton's junior standout, Lauren Reeves.

Reeves broke through with a goal at 37:20 of the second half, and Groton's Maggie Ossit made it 2-0 at 28:07. Bruno scored O-M's lone goal at 27:30.

Groton outshot O-M 8-6, and had a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks. Grace Vondracek registered 6 saves in goal for Odessa.

"We gave them a lot of pressure," said Brewster, whose team outshot Groton 6-4 after intermission. "We had a lot of chances."

The coach also pointed to outstanding defensive work by three O-M backs -- McKennah Lott, Hunter Daugherty and Autumn Garrison.

"I'm very proud of the effort the Odessa girls put on the field tonight," he said.

The Indians return to action Thursday against Campbell at 7 p.m. in the Campbell-Savona Tournament.

Photo in text: O-M goalkeeper Grace Vondracek goes high to make a save. (Photo by Casey Underdown)

Left: The Odessa-Montour team huddles before the start of the game. Right: O-M's Hannah Bruno (20) applies some defensive pressure. (Photos by Casey Underdown)

The Tribe's Ethan Dupay breaks away for a 47-yard TD in the "C" game. (Photo provided)

Tribe 'C' and 'A' teams open with wins

JOHNSON CITY, Aug. 28, 2018 -- The Schuyler County Youth Football Association's "A" and "C" Tribe teams opened the season with victories Sunday over Johnson City on the road. The "A" team won 32-8, and the "C" team won 12-0.

"C" game: The Tribe scoring came on touchdown runs by Isaak Willett (25 yards) and Ethan Dupay (47 yards). The Tribe defense was led by Josiah Finnerty.

"It was a great first game," said a team spokesman.

"A" game: Brady Cannon led the Tribe offense with two touchdowns, while Thomas Snow and Bradley Gillis added one each. Cannon's second TD was set up by a Daniel Lewis pass to Ryan Willett.

"B" game: The Tribe lost 21-0. Connor Foggey led the Tribe in tackles while the offense -- although able to move the ball up the field -- was stymied by turnovers. Foggey and Jax Decker compiled more than 200 yards on the ground.

The Tribe teams return to action Sunday against Windsor on the Odessa-Montour football field. The "C" game is at 11:30 a.m., the "B" game at 1:30 p.m., and the "A" game at 3:30 p.m.

Photo in text: The Tribe's Isaak Willett runs for a TD in the "C" game. (Photo provided)

Left: In the "A" game, the Tribe's Ryan Willett (15) carries the ball as Daniel Lewis (11) runs interference. Right: The Tribe's Thomas Field (54) tackles the Johnson City quarterback. (Photos provided)

The Tribe "A" team's Brady Cannon is off and running to one of his two touchdowns. (Photo provided)

Left: Connor Foggey (17) led the Tribe "B" team's defense. Right: The "B" team's Jax Decker. (Photos provided)

Golf tourney raises $25,000 for 2 Arcs

Special to The Odessa File

BIG FLATS, Aug. 28, 2018 -- The Arc of Schuyler and The Arc of Chemung partnered to host a joint golf tournament fundraiser at Willowcreek Golf Club in Big Flats on Friday, August 24. This was the 18th annual tournament for The Arc of Schuyler and third annual for The Arc of Chemung.

Jessica Perkins, of Odessa, served as Honorary Chair for this year’s tournament and Dominick Franzese returned for his fifth year as tournament chair. Perkins is employed at Glen Copack, The Arc of Schuyler’s food copacking business.

“Due to the flooding in Schuyler County, The Arc of Schuyler was not able to hold its tournament as scheduled on August 17. The Arc of Chemung generously offered to work with us and host our tournaments together, making this a great event for everyone,” Perkins said in her speech to nearly 100 golfers and volunteers. “The Arc is all about community and from what I’ve learned at work that means working as a team with people of all different abilities, helping each other, and forming friendships.”

Thanks to the 23 teams who participated, and community sponsors, the event raised about $25,000 to support programs and services provided at both The Arc of Schuyler and The Arc of Chemung.

Team Howard Hanna Real Estate - Elmira Office took first place in the tournament with a score of 53. Golfers included Michael Marks, John Wolfe, Bill Marks and Pete Lowman.

Contest winners included:
--Closest to the Pin (Women’s): Laura Rorie
--Closest to the Pin (Men’s): John Wolfe
--Longest Drive (Women’s): Linda Manuel
--Longest Drive (Men’s): Dr. Jeffrey Schultz, DDS

The tournament also included a Hole-in-One putting contest sponsored by Arnot Health and an additional Hole-In-One contest with the opportunity to win a new Nissan Rogue, sponsored by Simmons Rockwell. Other top sponsors included: Relph Benefit Advisors, David Dalrymple, The Bonadio Group, Empire Access, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, and Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel.

Photos of the event and sponsor acknowledgments can be found on The Arc of Schuyler’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/arcofschuyler. For more information, visit www.arcofschuyler.org

Photos in text:

Top: Arc tournament contest winners, from left: John Wolfe, Laura Rorie, Linda Manuel, and Dr. Jeffrey Schultz, DDS.

Bottom: Tournament Honorary Chair Jessica Perkins. (Photos provided)

Seneca Indians (in blue) contain the Edison quarterback in a play during Saturday's scrimmage. (Photo by Bettelynn Bravo)

Scrimmage sets stage for grid opener

ODESSA, Aug. 26, 2018 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team prepared for this coming Friday's high school season opener with a scrimmage Saturday against Edison and Dundee on Odessa-Montour's Charles Martin Field.

The Seneca Indians, a combined squad of athletes from the O-M and Watkins Glen high schools, "played very well on both sides of the ball against each of the two teams," said Coach Trevor Holland.

"None of the teams really moved the ball past the line of scrimmage, but they were able to get by us with pass plays when our coverage broke down. Things like that can be fixed," Holland added.

The Seneca Indians open their season Friday (Aug. 31) at Groton. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Photo in text: The Seneca Indians' Joe Chedzoy grabs the Dundee quarterback as teammate Dylan Houseknecht moves in. (Photo by Bettelynn Bravo)

Left: Mason Bruce grabs the Dundee quarterback as teammate Travon Jones approaches. Right: The Seneca Indians' Collin Baker catches a 2-point conversion pass. (Photos by Bettelynn Bravo)

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

Powerlifting Club sets marks at big meet

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

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

Records are set or broken by weight and age.

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

The results are as follows:

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

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

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

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

Iron Man:

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

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

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

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

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

Iron Woman:

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

Deadlift only:

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

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

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

Photos in text:

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

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

O-M distributes its Booster sports awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos in text:

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

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

And we unveil our Odessa File Spring All-Star teams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Odessa File All-Schuyler All-Star Teams

First Team

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

Second Team

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

Third Team


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

Honorable Mention:

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

 


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