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Bowling: Watkins boys top ND; girls lose

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 24, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity bowling team defeated Elmira Notre Dame 3-1 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes. The Watkins Glen girls lost 3-1.

Boys: R.J. Bannon rolled a 574 series that included 214 and 204 games as the Senecas won the last two games and total pinfall, 2364-2322. The score of the final game: 759-754.

Other scores for Watkins Glen included a 485 by Mykal Cody, a 476 by Matt Irwin, and a 458 by Caleb Smith.

Girls: Watkins Glen lost the first and third games and total pinfall, 1905-1838. Makenzie Kellogg led the Senecas with a 446 series, while Alyiah Clink-Bentley posted a 394, Ava Cowan a 341, and Maisie Robertson a 311.

The Seneca bowling teams return to action Monday against Union Springs/Port Byron at Starlite Lanes in Auburn.

Senior Night: The Watkins Glen teams' lone senior, Makenzie Kellogg, was honored in a pre-match Senior Night ceremony.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Makenzie Kellogg reacts to a split.

From left: Watkins Glen's Caleb Smith, Matt Irwin and R.J. Bannon.

Bowling: O-M girls, boys top Marathon

CORTLAND, Jan. 24, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories Thursday over Marathon in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Cort-Lanes.

Boys: O-M, led by Eric Rumsey's 511 -- took all three games over Marathon (which was one bowler shy of the requisite five) by a combined total of 2115-1508. Other scores for Odessa included a 432 by Austin Hoyt and a 415 by Wes Wade.

Girls: Odessa, led by Jana Arias's 430 -- won all three games against a Marathon squad that was one bowler short of the requiste five, 1921-1485. Hannah Barr was second for Odessa-Montour with a 404.

The O-M squads return to action Tuesday at Groton.

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OM/WG wrestlers fall to Marathon

MARATHON, Jan. 23, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen high school varsity wrestling team dropped a 46-26 decision Wednesday to Marathon in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Marathon gym.

Competitive wins for OM/WG came from:

-- Brandon Davis (an 11-5 decision at 120 pounds);
-- Gabe Williams (a pin in 3:47 at 126 pounds);
-- Josiah Lynch (a pin in 1:25 at 138 pounds), and
-- Dominick Fazzary (a pin in 3:01 at 145 pounds).

It also won by forfeit at 106 pounds.

OM/WG returns to action Saturday at the VVS Duals in the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill main gym.

Athlete of the Week: WG's Gabe Planty

SCHUYLER COUNTY Jan. 20, 2020 -- This week we honor as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week a runner of remarkable achievement.

The honor goes to Watkins Glen High School senior Gabe Planty, who set three Indoor Track school records -- at 2 miles and in the race's 3000 and 3200 Meter splits -- while placing fourth in the 2 Mile Run at the New Balance Games at the Armory in Manhattan. In doing so, he qualified for the State meet at 3200 meters, and for the New Balance Nationals the week after States.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball's Owen Scholtisek, Mitchell Pike and Isaac McIlroy; Odessa-Montour basketball's Grace Vondracek, Sara Gardner and Autumn Garrison; WG/OM wrestler Joshua Beckley; Watkins Glen bowler Austin Hoyt; O-M bowler Jana Arias; and O-M swimmers Brett Walters and Brock Sgrecci.

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

OM/WG's Beckley 2nd at IAC Wrestling

WAVERLY, Jan. 19, 2020 -- Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen high school wrestler Joshua Beckley placed second in the 182-pound weight class Saturday at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Wrestling Tournament at Waverly High School.

Beckley went 2-1 in securing the runnerup spot, the highest finish among the nine OM/WG wrestlers competing. Both Morgan Burnham (1-3) and Dominick Fazzary (2-2) placed fourth in the 106 and 138 weight classes, respectively.

Brandon Davis (2-2) was fifth at 113 pounds, while Tristian Harrington (1-2) was fifth at 220 pounds.

The OM/WG team placed 10th among the 12 competing teams. Tioga placed first.

Photo: OM/WG's Joshua Beckley battles in the 182-pound final. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen boys top Addison, 56-36

ADDISON, Jan. 19, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team improved to 11-1 Saturday with a 56-36 victory over Addison in a non-league road game.

The Senecas led 15-8 after one quarter, 32-18 at halftime, and 48-29 entering the fourth quarter.

Mitchell Pike led Watkins in scoring with 18 points that included four 3-pointers. Owen Scholtisek scored 16 points -- all in the first half -- and grabbed 10 rebounds. He also connected on four 3-pointers.

Other points came from Isaac McIlroy (6), Dylan Morse (5), Max Evans (4), Alex Kranyk (3), Jacob DeJong (2), and Cameron Holland (2). The team converted 5 of 9 free throws.

Addison was led by John Stierly's 10 points. The team sank just 1 of 10 free throws.

"Owen sparked us early -- got us going," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. Scholtisek's points included a 3-pointer from well beyond midcourt that beat the halftime buzzer. Mitchell Pike, Fazzary added, fueled the offense with 11 points in the third quarter, including three 3-pointers.

Plus, he said, "our defense was pretty solid."

The victory sends the Senecas into a showdown next Saturday night at home against Waverly (10-1), whose only loss was a non-leaguer to Union-Endicott in the season opener. The Senecas' lone loss was a league setback to Whitney Point, putting them a game back of Waverly in the IAC with two games against the Wolverines ahead (Saturday and Feb. 4).

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 5-7 with a 38-35 victory over Addison. Jacob Powers led the Senecas with 12 points, while Jacob Yontz scored 7, Joseph Sutterby 6, and Bryce Cady 5.

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

O-M girls 3rd at IAC Big House bowling

WAVERLY, Jan. 19, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity bowling team -- led by Jana Arias's 585 series -- placed third overall and first among Small Schools Saturday at an IAC Midseason Big House Bowling Tournament at the Valley Bowling Center.

Union Springs/Port Byron won with a 2648 pinfall, followed by Waverly (2501), O-M (2201), Candor (2131), Notre Dame (2009), Groton (1983), Edison (1888), Watkins Glen (1845), and Tioga (1736). Lansing, Marathon, Newark Valley and Dryden had incomplete teams (less than five bowlers).

Arias rolled games of 151-199-235=585. Sarah Barr added a 516, while Taryn Hoyt posted a 387, Courtney Davis a 365, and Hannah Barr a 348.

Watkins Glen was led by Makenzie Kellogg's 412, while Brooke Usher posted a 388, Alyiah Clink-Bentley a 381, Ava Cowan a 340, and Maisie Robertson a 324.

Boys: Odessa-Montour placed 7th and Watkins Glen 11th among 13 schools in the IAC Midseason Bowling Tournament.

Tioga won with a 2948 total, followed by Waverly (2802). O-M totaled 2476, and Watkins Glen 2225.

Austin Hoyt led O-M with a 608 series built on games of 234-193-181. Wes Wade posted a 545 that included a 225, while Eric Rumsey rolled a 481.

Caleb Smith led Watkins Glen with a 516 series that included a 204, while R.J. Bannon and Matt Irwin each posted a 468 and Mykal Cody a 461.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Jana Arias (File photo)

WG/Dundee's Wood sets mark in 2 Mile

ITHACA, Jan. 19, 2020 -- Watkins Glen/Dundee distance runner Matt Wood posted a Dundee school record 10:06 in the High School Varsity 2 Mile race Saturday at the Section IV Indoor Track meet at Ithaca College.

"This is a different race than the open 2 Mile held Friday that required runners to be under a 10:00 time in order to be invited into the race," said Watkins Glen Athletic Director Rod Weeden.

"Matt came in with a 10:10 two-mile seed time with the hope of getting a personal best and possibly breaking the 10-minute barrier. He didn't quite make the latter, but did get a personal best, running against six heats with 180 entrants. His 10:06 set a new Dundee Indoor record."

Photo in text: Dundee's Matt Wood (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 4

3rd-4th Grade Results:

Maguire's 23, Sporting Goods 16.
Maguire's -- Nick Sorce Jr. 17, John Tremblay 4, Ethan Crane 2.
Sporting Goods -- Lean Lagramada 16.

Famous Brands 20, Curly's 2.
Famous Brands -- Dominic Lewis 14, Nicolai Holmes 2, Ricky Bitter 2, Tavis McKeon 2.
Curly"s -- Grayson Robertson 2.

Standings:

Maguire's 4-0
Famous Brands 3-1
Watkins Sporting Goods 1-3
Curly's Family Restaurant 0-4

5th-6th Grade Results:

Capt. Bill's 24, W.G. Supply 22.
Capt. Bill's -- Cayden Lagramada 18, Grace Underdown 4, Logan Bills 2.
W.G. Supply -- Dominic Gould 10, Jade Santos 4, Zander Featherman 4, Brooklyn Thompson 4.

Seneca Lodge 34, VanSkiver Motors 12.
Seneca Lodge -- Caleb Bresett 14, Bryce Bockelkamp 8, Levi Murphy 4, Ryan Hallenbeck 4, Jax Decker 2, Emma Cady 2.
VanSkiver Motors -- Jason Scholtisek 8, James Sorce 4.

Standings:

Seneca Lodge 4-0
Watkins Glen Supply 2-2
VanSkiver Motors 1-3
Capt. Bill's 1-3

The Armory in Manhattan, site of the New Balance Games. (Photo provided)

Planty sets 3 school marks in Armory race

MANHATTAN, NY, Jan. 18, 2020 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Gabe Planty placed fourth Friday night in the 2 Mile Run at the New Balance Games at the Armory in Manhattan, setting school marks at that distance and in recorded splits at 3000 meters and 3200 meters.

"Gabe just reset all three Watkins Glen records in one swoop," said Athletic Director Rod Weeden. "Gabe set a new 2 Mile record for indoor as no one has set one before, and he broke his own 3200 Meter record by over 20 seconds and broke the 3000 Meter record previously held by Matt Gill."

Planty, said Weeden, "has now qualified for the State meet with an Auto time in the 3200, and qualified for the New Balance Nationals the week after States with these times."

Weeden said Planty had the option of going to the New Balance meet or a sectional class meet rescheduled from last weekend to this weekend. With the sudden conflict and previous commitments to the Armory meet, "we gave our top track athletes a choice, and two of our seniors (Planty and Dundee's Matt Wood, who competes Saturday) wanted to come to the Armory to compete. I brought the two kids to the Armory while Coach Kelly Sterner took the rest of the team to Ithaca" for the sectional meet.

"For Gabe, I would say this was the right choice. He is so happy with his time. He's walking on Cloud 9 tonight."

Photo in text: Gabe Planty with WGHS Athletic Director Rod Weeden. (Photo provided)

WG/Dundee's Hall wins Triple Jump

ITHACA, Jan. 18, 2020 -- Watkins Glen/Dundee high school indoor track standout Lily Hall placed first Friday in the Triple Jump at the Section IV Division 2 Sectionals at Ithaca College, and second in the Long Jump.

Hall leaped 34' 3.25" in the Triple Jump, and posted a 16' 2" in the Long Jump.

Watkins Glen's Sam Thorsland set a personal-best in the 1600 Meter Run, barely missing his goal of a sub-5 minute race this season. He placed sixth in 5:01.29.

Ryleigh Clark, a Spencer-Van Etten athlete who practices with the Watkins/Dundee squad, was second to Hall in the Triple Jump at 33' 6". She was also fifth in the Long Jump at 14' 7.25".

Among other Watkins athletes:

Girls:
--Madelyn Suddaby ran the 55 Meters in 8.71, while Haley Dean posted an 8.74.
--Madelyn Suddaby leaped 13' 8.25" in the Long Jump, and 29' 1.75" in the Triple Jump.
--Breanna Carl ran the 1000 Meters in 4:00.03.
--Kelsey DeMillo posted a 13.16 in the 55 Meter Hurdles, and a 57.02 in the 300.
--Melina Everetts leaped 6 feet in the Pole Vault.

Boys:
--Colin Gaylord ran the 55 Meters in 7.83, while Cale Sutterby ran it in 7.98.
--Colin Gaylord posted a 46.70 in the 300, and went 27' 5.25" in the Weight Throw.
--Joel Trinkle ran the 600 Meters in 1:56.82.
--Skylar Lagramada ran a 46.13 in the 300.
--Boyd Barber posted a toss of 33' 3" in the Shot Put, and broke his own school record in the Weight Toss at 32' 5.25".
--Nick Wilston was fourth in the Long Jump at 19' 3.75", and sixth in the Triple Jump at 38' 10.5".

Left: O-M's Sara Gardner takes aim. Right: O-M's Hannah Chapman grabs a rebound.

Odessa girls defeat Marathon, 54-34

ODESSA, Jan. 18, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team -- led by Grace Vondracek's 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 steals -- improved its season mark to 8-5 when it rolled past Marathon 54-34 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Vondracek scored her team's first 10 points, and 12 in the first quarter, as the Indians built a 21-14 lead. They increased the advantage to 31-18 at halftime, and led 40-26 entering the fourth quarter.

"We got off to a great start," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, who noted that in addition to Vondracek's opening salvo, "Autumn Garrison had 10 points in the first half, and Kara Reese did an outstanding job on Brooke Tillotson, who averages about 20 points per game." Most of Tillotson's 13 points, he said, "came off of steals."

The Indians "opened in some junk defense, but went man-to-man in the second quarter and played great defensively, which was the key to not letting them get back in the game. Fourteen-for-20 from the foul line helped, too."

Marathon "is in second place in the North Small Division, and they've had some pretty good wins, so this was a great effort for us to win this convincingly tonight."

In addition to Vondracek's output, points for the Indians came from Garrison (14, with 6 rebounds), Sara Gardner (11, with 4 assists), Reese (10), Mallory Rhodes (2), and JoLynn Minnier (2, with 9 rebounds).

The Indians, winners of three in a row, return to action next Friday at Moravia.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Marathon 43-23 to improve to 11-2. Mackenzie Cannon scored 12 points, while Hannah Nolan and Brittany Cain scored 10 each, and Tori Brewster 8.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese drives toward the basket.
Bottom: The Indians' Mallory Rhodes shoots under pressure.

From left: O-M's JoLynn Minnier, Cheianne Webster and Grace Vondracek.

Odessa-Montour's players on defense in fourth-quarter action against Marathon.

And in the JV game:

Odessa-Montour's Tori Brewster, left, and Hannah Nolan drive to the basket.

Odessa-Montour's Brittany Cain, left, and Mackenzie Cannon shoot from long range.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to Marathon

MARATHON, Jan. 18, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team saw its record slip to 3-9 Friday night when the Indians dropped a 68-49 decision to Marathon in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Marathon gym.

"I'm very proud of how the whole team played on both ends of the floor," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens. "Marathon is a top-tier team in the league and the score didn't indicate how close the game seemed."

Paden Grover led O-M scorers with 10 points, while Preston Harris scored 8, Jared Rumsey 6, Cameron Elliott 6, Devon Mahaney 4, Phoenix Parmenter 3, Derrick Lewis 3, Michael Benway 3, Ben Mathews 2, Deshawn Johsnon 2, and Cayden Confer 2.

Left: Watkins Glen's Max Evans shoots. Right: The Senecas' Cameron Holland moves the ball in traffic. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen boys defeat Trumansburg

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 18, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team improved to 10-1 Friday night with a 65-38 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory over Trumansburg in the WGHS Field House.

"We were not sharp tonight," Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary said, noting that the 1-7 Blue Raiders forced 20 Seneca turnovers.

"I can't remember the last time we had that many turnovers," said Fazzary. "We had a lot of sloppy play."

Watkins Glen built a 14-10 first-quarter lead, and was up 35-19 at halftime and 56-25 entering the fourth period.

Adam Pastore led the Senecas in scoring with 15 points, while Owen Scholtisek reached double figures with 11.

Other points came from Isaac McIlroy (9), Mitchell Pike (8), Jacob DeJong (5), Max Evans (4), Bryce Kelly (4), Alex Kranyk (3), Seamus Mooney (2), Cameron Holland (2) and Silas Farrell (2).

The team was 2-for-7 from the foul line.

Mooney led in rebounds with 7, while Pastore and DeJong grabbed 4 each, and Dylan Morse 3. McIlroy led in assists with 5, while Scholtisek notched 4. Pike and Mooney had 2 steals apiece.

Lucas Taves led Trumansburg with 15 points. The Raiders converted 6 of 13 free throws.

The Senecas return to action today (Saturday) at Addison. The JV game has been moved from 5:45 to 1:30 p.m., with the varsity to follow.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Trumansburg 50-36 to improve to 4-7. Joseph Sutterby led the Senecas with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Jacob Yontz added 13 points, and Bryce Cady scored 9, Luke Spahalski 5, Cadin Knapp 3, and Gavin Smith 2.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy, left, and Seamus Mooney fight a Trumansburg player for possession of the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom left and right: The Senecas' Mitchell Pike (left) and Owen Scholtisek shoot from long range.

Left: Watkins Glen's Adam Pastore drives to the hoop. Right: The Senecas' Jacob DeJong shoots. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Joseph Sutterby shoots. Right: The Senecas' Bryce Cady (13) is fouled as he attempts a shot. (Photo on left by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Makenzie Kellogg, left, and R.J. Bannon react to strikes.

Bowling: Watkins Glen sweeps Dryden

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 17, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories Thursday over Dryden in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Boys: Watkins Glen was led by Matt Irwin's 593 series which included a 249 game. The Senecas won all three games by a combined 2531-2422, with margins of 42, 37 and 30 pins. R.J. Bannon posted a 577 (with 205 and 202 games), while Mykal Cody rolled a 504 and Caleb Smith a 481.

"The boys are improving nicely," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "Since we graduated boys that were on the team for a long time last year, I've spoken to this team about giving themselves time to improve, and they're getting better each day. They got better today. There are no seniors on this team, so if they keep working hard, they can have their time."

Girls: Watkins Glen was competing against a single bowler. The Senecas were led by Ava Cowan's 404 series, with Makenzie Kellog posting a 371 and Alyiah Clink-Bentley a 351.

The Senecas are scheduled to return to action Saturday at an IAC Big House tournament at the Valley Bowling Center in Waverly.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Matt Irwin reacts to a strike.

Odessa-Montour's Caleb Thomas dives on final leg of the 200 Yard Medley Relay.

Odessa-Montour swimmers top Dryden

ODESSA, Jan. 17, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team cruised to a 57-29 victory Thursday over Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

The Indians took first place in all but the 400 Free Relay.

The wins went to:

200 Medley Relay: Nick DeLong, Brock Sgrecci, Brett Walters, Caleb Thomas 2:05.84.
200 Freestyle: Micah Brewster 2:17.88.
200 Individual Medley: Brett Walters 2:28.98.
50 Freestyle: Caleb Thomas 28.68.
100 Butterfly: Jon Spencer 1:18.02.
100 Freestyle: Brett Walters 58.31.
500 Freestyle: Nick DeLong 6:28.44.
200 Free Relay: Micah Brewster, Brock Sgrecci, Justin Ruocco, Brett Walters 1:49.87.
100 Backstroke: Nick DeLong 1:13.52.
100 Breaststroke: Brock Sgrecci 1:16.22.

The Indians return to action on Friday, Jan. 24 at Waverly.

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Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Brett Walters en route to victory in the 200 Individual Medley.
Bottom: The Indians' Brock Sgrecci swims a leg of the 200 Yard Medley Relay.

Odessa-Montour's Micah Brewster on the way to victory in the 200 Yard Freestyle.

O-M's Nick DeLong dives on the Backstroke leg of the 200 Yard Medley Relay.

Odessa-Montour's Justin Ruocco dives at start of the 200 Yard Individual Medley.

Bowling: O-M boys, girls fall to Candor

OWEGO, Jan. 17, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams each lost 4-0 Thursday to Candor in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Owego Bowl.

Boys: O-M lost all three games by a combined 2255-2190 -- losing by 24 pins, 7 pins and 34 pins. Dominic Elliott led Odessa with a 512 series that included a 224 game. Austin Hoyt added a 505, and Eric Rumsey a 475.

Girls: O-M lost all three games by a combined 2194-1870. Sarah Barr led Odessa with a 438 series, while Jana Arias posted a 420. Candor's Mya Marsh rolled an even 600.

Odessa-Montour returns to action at noon Saturday in an IAC Big House tournament at the Valley Bowling Center in Waverly.

Watkins Glen boys edge Candor, 53-49

CANDOR, Jan. 15, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team improved to 9-1 Tuesday night with a 53-49 victory over Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

"We led by double digits for most of the first three quarters," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, "but Candor kept chipping away." The Watkins lead -- 18-11 after one quarter, 33-22 at halftime and 45-36 entering the fourth quarter -- was reduced to 2 points with 38 seconds left.

But Watkins Glen -- which had struggled at the free-throw line -- made a couple of foul shots and grabbed a couple of offensive rebounds to turn back Candor.

"We bent, but we didn't break," said Fazzary, who noted that in the abosence of Max Evans (ill) and Travon Jones (injured, but returning to practice this week), and with a lineup that for much of the game featured four sophomores and one senior to Candors' four seniors and one sophomore, "to come out with a win was pretty good. Candor (5-6) is a solid team, so this was a good win."

Isaac McIlroy led Watkins with 19 points, while Adam Pastore scored 11, Owen Scholtisek 7, Cameron Holland 6, Mitchell Pike 6, Bryce Kelly 2 and Dylan Morse 2. The team converted just 4 of 13 free throws.

Candor, which was led by Kolden Foster's 27 points, converted 3 of 6 free throws.

Watkins Glen returns to action Friday at home against Trumansburg and then visits Addison Saturday night.

"I'm excited we got the win," said Fazzary. "Now we have to take care of business on Friday and Saturday."

Junior Varsity: Candor defeated Watkins Glen 52-45. The Senecas (3-7) were led by Jacob Powers' 16 points, and 13 by Joseph Sutterby. Jacob Yontz added 8 points.

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

Left: Watkins Glen's Ali LaMoreaux races toward the basket. Right: The Senecas' Aislinn Klemann prepares to pass the ball in traffic. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen girls defeat Candor, 44-21

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 15, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team got points from nine players Tuesday night in a 44-21 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory over Candor in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas (now 8-5) trailed only once, at 2-0, before posting a 16-3 first-quarter lead fueled by four 3-point baskets -- two by Aislinn Klemann, one by Drie Solomon and one by Abby Gibson. They led 27-10 at halftime and 42-14 entering the fourth quarter.

Gibson led the team in scoring with 10 points, while Kelsey Kernan scored 8, Amanda Wilbur 6, Klemann 6, Jenna Solomon 5, Carly Arnold 4, Drie Solomon 3, Mattie Yontz 1, and Natalie Edmister 1. The team converted 7 of 10 free throws.

Jenna Solomon led in rebounds with 7, while Arnold, Drie Solomon and Klemann grabbed 4 apiece, Edmister 3, and Kajsa Rolfes, Gibson and Yontz 2 each. Kernan led in steals with 5, while Gibson, Yontz and Klemann had 2 apiece.

Junior Varsity: Candor defeated Watkins Glen, 28-20. Lillian Ameigh and Kara Sheesley led the Senecas with 6 points each.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson drives to the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Kajsa Rolfes passes the ball. Right: The Senecas' Kelsey Kernan scores. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Drie Solomon shoots. Right: The Senecas wait to take the court. Showing clearly from left: Kelsey Kernan, Amanda Wilbur, Mattie Yontz, Aislinn Klemann and Ali LaMoreaux.

Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold, left, and Aislinn Klemann shoot.

The Senecas' Jenna Solomon (in white) battles for the ball, which was knocked out of bounds by a Candor player.

Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan heads toward the basket for two of her eight points.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur drives to the basket for two of her six points.

And in the JV game:

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Left: Watkins Glen's Addy Coolican shoots. Right: The Senecas' Kara Sheesley prepares to pass the ball to a teammate. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Odessa-Montour girls top TAE, 59-35

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Jan. 15, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team improved its record to 7-5 Tuesday night with a 59-35 Interscholastic Athletic Conference road victory over Edison.

The Indians, down 11-6 after one quarter, led 21-13 at halftime and 43-26 entering the fourth period.

Sara Gardner led O-M in scoring with 16 points, including five 3-pointers (four of them in the second half). Grace Vondracek scored 14 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and registered 5 steals. Autumn Garrison scored a season-high 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. JoLynn Minnier scored 7 points while notching 12 rebounds. Other points came from Kara Reese (3), Jessica Carnes (2), Hannah Chapman (2) and Mallory Rhodes (1).

"Edison is playing people tough and they gave us all we could handle when we got off to that slow start," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We picked it up in the second quarter on the defensivve end and on the boards, and that got us going. Then we caught fire in the third period to take command."

The Indians return to action Friday at home against Marathon.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Edison 43-33 to improve to 10-2. Mackenzie Cannon led the team with 12 points, while Brittany Cain scored 10, Hannah Nolan 9 and Tori Brewster 8.

Left: Watkins Glen's Alyiah Clink-Bentley signals that she left one pin standing.
Right:
The Senecas' Matt Irwin smiles after registering a strike.

Bowling: O-M, Watkins split matches

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 15, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High school girls varsity bowling team defeated Watkins Glen 4-0 Tuesday while the Watkins boys topped O-M 3-1 in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Girls: O-M's Jana Arias, using a new ball, rolled a 200-179-212=591 series to lead the Indians past Watkins. Sarah Barr added a 402 as Odessa won all three games by a combined 2027-1843. Watkins Glen was led by Alyiah Clink-Bentley's 434, with Mackenzie Kellogg adding a 398.

Boys: Watkins Glen won the first and third games and total pinfall, 2297-1980 to defeat Odessa 3-1. The Senecas were led by R.J. Bannon's 512 and Caleb Smith's 506, with Matt Irwin adding a 446. O-M was led by Austin Hoyt's 474, with Dominic Elliott posting a 473 and Eric Rumsey a 426.

O-M returns to action Thursday at Owego Bowl against Candor. Watkins Glen hosts Dryden on Thursday.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Jana Arias, seated, congratulates teammate Courtney Davis after Davis converted a spare.

Bottom: Odessa-Montour's two seniors, Jon Sanders, left, and Eric Rumsey, were honored as part of O-M's Senior Night.

Left: O-M's Jana Arias converts a spare. Right: Watkins Glen's Makenzie Kellogg watches as her ball scrambles some pins.

Odessa-Montour swimmers edge Greene

GREENE, Jan. 15, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team -- illness and injury reducing its ranks -- edged Greene 76-75 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Greene pool.

First-place finishes for O-M were turned in by:

--Brett Walters in the 50 Free (25.56) and the 100 Free (57.16)
--Justin Roucco in the 100 Back (1:10.87)
--Brock Sgrecci in the 100 Breast (1:15.58)
--The 200 Free Relay team of Caleb Thomas, Brock Sgrecci, Noah Hollenbeck and Jon Spencer (1:59.97)

Second-place for O-M:

--Jon Spencer in the 200 IM (2:44.54)
--Caleb Thomas in the 50 Free (27.97) and 100 Breast (1:19.02)
--Caleb Reynolds in the 500 Free (6:38.16)
--Nick DeLong in the 100 Back (1:11.83)
--The 200 Medley Relay team of Roucco, Thomas, Walters and DeLong (2:01.64)
--The 400 Free Relay team of Hollenbeck, Evan Underdown, Ben Campbell and DeLong (4:45.52)

"We were down a few swimmers due to illness and injury, and a number of disqualifications almost cost us the meet," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "There were also some great swims, and a number of personal records posted. Overall the team is coming along very well, and I expect to see some great performances this weekend at the Elmira Invitational as we defend our Class C title from last year."

OMWG's Tristian Harrington nears victory at 220 pounds. (Photo provided)

OM/WG wrestlers top Chenango Valley

BINGHAMTON, Jan. 15, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen high school varsity wrestling team defeated Chenango Valley 42-29 Tuesday night in a match in the Chenango Valley gym.

OM/WG got competitive victories at 170 pounds, where Braiden Ventra pinned his opponent in 1:21; at 195, where Joshua Beckley pinned his opponent in 0:29; and at 220, where Tristian Harrington pinned his opponent in 5:35.

OM/WG picked up forfetit victories at 126, 132, 145 and 182 pounds.

Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen returns to action Saturday at the IAC Championships at Waverly.

Photo in text: OM/WG's Braiden Ventra after winning at 170 pounds. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen's Liam Smith competes in the 200 Yard Individual Medley. He placed fifth.

Glen swimmers fall to Corning, Greene

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 14, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team hosted squads from the Corning and Greene high schools at a tri-meet Monday, falling to Greene 87-80 and to Corning, 138-42.

Corning also defeated Greene, 137-42.

Top individual finishes for Watkins Glen in the various races were posted by:

--Scott Brubaker, second in the 200 Free in 2:23.11.
--Liam Smith, fifth in the 200 IM in 2:47.34.
--Jordan Avery, sixth in the 50 Free in 27.06.
--Colby Thurston, second in the Diving with 141.65 points.
--Scott Brubaker, fifth in the 100 Fly in 1:22.66.
--Daine Butler, third in the 100 Free in 1:01.79.
--Liam Smith, fourth in the 500 Free in 6:30.29.
--Jordan Avery, third in the 100 Back in 1:16.09.
--Daine Butler, first in the 100 Breast in 1:18.50.

The Senecas return to action today (Tuesday) at Lansing.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Ben Swinnerton dives at the start of the 200 IM.

Bottom: The Senecas' Colby Thurston hits the water at the start of the 200 Yard Freestyle race.

Watkins Glen's Scott Brubaker en route to second place in the 200 Yard Freestyle.

Wood leads WG/Dundee runners in meet

CORTLAND, Jan. 12, 2020 -- Several members of the combined Watkins Glen/Dundee High School varsity indoor track team competed Saturday at SUNY Cortland in the One and Done meet.

--Matt Wood won the 3200 Meter Run with a 10:28.8.
--Lily Hall took 2nd in the Long Jump, breaking her own Dundee school record with a 16' 7.75" jump. 
--Sam Thorsland took 5th place in the 1600 Meter Run with a personal best of 5:05.19.
--Nick Wilston placed 3rd in the Long Jump with a 19' 2" leap. 
--Cale Sutterby posted an 8' 6" pole vault.
--Nate Murphy ran 300 Meters in 46.77 seconds.
--Johnny VanScoyk ran 1600 Meters in 6:15.03.
--Maya Somerville registered a 26' 10.5 " Triple Jump.
--Boyd Barber posted a 31' 9.5" throw in the Shot Put.
--Skylar Lagramada ran the 55 Meter Dash in 7.87 seconds.
--Colin Gaylord ran the 55 Meters in 7.9 seconds.
--Madelyn Suddaby ran the 55 Meters in 8.75 seconds.

Photo in text: Members of the Watkins Glen/Dundee High School indoor track team pose at Cortland. (Photo provided)

OM/WG wrestlers compete at Canandaigua

CANANDAIGUA, Jan. 12, 2020 -- Seven members of the Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen high school varsity wrestling team competed Friday and Saturday at the Bradshaw Invitational at Canandaigua Academy.

Competing for OM/WG were Doninick Fazzary at 138 pounds; Kaden LaBar at 152; Zach Burrows at 160; Braiden Ventra at 170; Paiton Bailey at 182; Joshua Beckley at 182; and Tristian Harrington at 220.

A total of 24 schools were represented, including Horseheads, Ithaca, South Seneca and Tioga.

Top finisher for OM/WG was Ventra, sixth in the 170-pound weight class with a 3-3 record. The only other team member to win a bout was Harrington, who went 1-2 at 220.

Photo in text: OM/WG's Braiden Ventra (top) on the way to 6th place at 170 pounds at the Bradshaw Invitational. (Photo by Annaleise Beckley)

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 3

3rd-4th Grade Results:

Famous Brands 12, Sporting Goods 8.
Famous Brands -- Dominic Lewis 8, Nickolai Holmes 4.
Sporting Goods -- Lean Lagramada 8.

Maguire's 27, Curly's 8.
Maguire's -- Nick Sorce Jr. 11, Isaak Willett 10, Kane Peters 4, Ethan Crane 2.
Curly's -- Zack Brusso 6, Kelsey Miller 2.

Standings:

Maguire's 3-0
Famous Brands 2-1
Watkins Sporting Goods 1-2
Curly's Family Restaurant 0-3

5th-6th Grade Results:

VanSkiver Motors 26, Capt. Bill's 22.
VanSkiver's -- Jason Scholtisek 16, James Sorce 6, Kristofer Burke 2, and Natalie VanSkiver 2.
Capt. Bill's -- Grace Underdown 10, Caydin Lagramada 6, Logan Bills 4, and Isabella Duncan 2.

Seneca Lodge 30, W.G. Supply 10.
Seneca Lodge --
Caleb J. Bresett 8, Emma Cady 8, Jax Decker 6, Levi Murphy 4, Ryan Hallenbeck 2, Bryce Bockelkamp 2.
W.G. Supply --
Dominic Gould 6, Jade Santos 2, Brooklyn Thompson 2.

Standings:

Seneca Lodge 3-0
Watkins Glen Supply 2-1
VanSkiver Motors 1-2
Capt. Bill's 0-3

O-M girls top Groton, improve to 6-5

GROTON, Jan. 11, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team-- led by Sara Gardner's 18 points and Kara Reese's 16 points and 6 steals -- defeated Groton 55-39 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Groton gym.

Odessa-Montour, now 6-5, led 16-15 after one quarter, 32-20 at halftime, and 46-29 entering the fourth period.

"We really clamped down defensively in those middle two quarters, and that was the difference," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "It's always good to get a road win."

Scoring in addition to Gardner and Reese were Autumn Garrison (7 points and 8 rebounds), Grace Vondracek (5 points and 7 rebounds), JoLynn Minnier (5 points and 17 rebounds), Cheianne Webster (2 points), and Taylor Cain and Jessica Carnes (1 point each).

Odessa returns to action Tuesday at Edison.

Junior Varsity: Groton defeated Odessa-Montour (now 9-2), 43-21. Mackenzie Cannon led O-M with 15 points. The Indians were without standout Hannah Nolan due to illness.

Left: O-M's Cayden Confer (34) puts the ball in the hoop. Right: Odessa's Devon Mahaney sends a shot on its way.

O-M boys fall as Groton rallies, 60-47

ODESSA, Jan. 11, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team -- despite building a 28-13 lead midway through the second period Friday night -- fell to Groton 60-47 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Groton (5-5), held at bay early by Odessa, outscored the home team 19-3 to take a 32-31 lead with 4:18 left in the third period. The lead swung back in O-M's favor, 35-32, before Groton pulled ahead for good. Groton led 39-35 entering the fourth quarter, and outscored Odessa 21-12 down the stretch.

Preston Harris led O-M with 11 points, while Cayden Confer scored 9, Ben Mathews 8, Paden Grover 8, Jared Rumsey 5, Deshawn Johnson 3, and Derrick Lewis 3. The team converted 7 of 17 free throws.

Groton was led by Kalib Manning's 13 points, and 11 by James Lucey. The team converted 8 of 14 free throws.

O-M (now 3-8) returns to action Tuesday at home against Edison.

Junior Varsity: Groton (6-4) defeated Odessa-Montour (0-10) by a 70-25 margin.

Photo in text: O-M's Paden Grover takes the ball to the basket for two points.

Left: O-M's Preston Harris drives past a Groton defender. Right: Odessa-Montour's Ben Mathews scores two of his eight points.

From left: O-M's Phoenix Parmenter, Jared Rumsey and Derrick Lewis shoot.

Bowling: O-M boys, girls post 4-0 wins

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 11, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams each swept Edison 4-0 Friday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference makeup matches at Harborside Lanes.

Boys: O-M defeated an undermanned (three-person) Edison squad by a 2150-1130 margin. Eric Rumsey led the Indians with a 525 series, while Austin Hoyt posted a 472.

Girls: Odessa won all three games by a combined 2118-1856. Jana Arias led the way with a 506 series, while Hannah Barr rolled a 415.

Odessa-Montour returns to action Tuesday against Watkins Glen at Harborside Lanes. It will be O-M's Senior Night.

Watkins Glen girls top Edison, 46-41

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Jan. 10, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team improved to 7-5 Thursday night when it rallied in the fourth quarter for a 46-41 victory over Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

The Senecas led 14-13 after one quarter, but the game was tied 23-23 at halftime and Edison had pulled ahead 34-31 entering the fourth quarter. But Watkins Glen outscored the Spartans 15-7 down the stretch for the victory.

Eight players scored for the Senecas, led by 8 points each from Abby Gibson and Drie Solomon, and 7 from Aislinn Klemann. Jenna Solomon and Amanda Wilbur added 6 points apiece, while Natalie Edmister and Kelsey Kernan scored 4 each, and Carly Arnold 3. The team converted 6 of 10 free throws.

Drie Solomon led in rebounds with 7, while Kernan grabbed 6, and Klemann and Jenna Solomon 4 each. Gibson and Drie Solomon led in steals with 3 each, while Klemann, Jenna Solomon and Kernan had 2 each. Jenna Solomon had 4 assists, and Drie Solomon 3.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at home against Candor.

Odessa-Montour's Brock Sgrecci en route to victory in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.

O-M swimmers defeat Watkins, 58-34

ODESSA, Jan. 10, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team defeated intracounty rival Watkins Glen 58-34 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Odessa won 10 of the 11 races, as follows:

200 Medley Relay: Nick DeLong, Brock Sgrecci, Caleb Reynolds, Evan Underdown, 2:10.71.
200 Free: Micah Brewster, 2:18.54.
200 IM: Jacob Mayette, 2:34.15.
100 Fly: Brett Walters, 1:07.39.
100 Free: Micah Brewster, 1:02.18.
500 Free: Nick DeLong, 6:39.68.
200 Free Relay: Jacob Mayette, Ben Campbell, Caleb Thomas, Micah Brewster, 1:52.74.
100 Back: Brett Walters, 1:11.40.
100 Breaststroke: Brock Sgrecci, 1:16.82.
400 Free Relay: Micah Brewster, Nick DeLong, Caleb Reynolds, Jon Spencer, 1:16.82.

Watkins Glen won the 50 Free (Daine Butler in 28.32), and got second-place finishes in the 200 Medley Relay, the 200 IM (Scott Brubaker), the 100 Free (Butler), the 200 Free Relay, the 100 Back (Jordan Avery), the 100 Breast (Brubaker) and the 400 Free Relay.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Daine Butler dives at start of the 50 Yard Freestyle, which he won. Bottom: Odessa-Montour's Caleb Thomas before surfacing at start of the 100 Free.

Watkins Glen's Jordan Avery competes in the 100 Yard Backstroke. He finished second.

Watkins Glen's Scott Brubaker, left, and O-M's Caleb Reynolds compete in the 200 IM.

Bowling: O-M girls top Tioga; boys lose

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 10, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity bowling team defeated Tioga 4-0 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes. The O-M boys lost 4-0 to Tioga.

Girls: Odessa-Montour won all three games by a combined 1994-1757. Jana Arias led the Indians with a 525 series, while Sarah Barr posted a 404.

Boys: O-M lost all three games by a combined total of 2523-2184. Austin Hoyt led the Indians with a 503, while Eric Rumsey rolled a 457 and Wes Wade a 456.

Odessa returns to action today (Friday) at home against Edison in an IAC makeup match.

Bowling: Watkins girls tie, boys fall 4-0

LANSING, Jan 10, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity bowling team tied Lansing 2-2 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at the Helen Newman Bowling Lanes. The Watkins Glen boys fell to Lansing 4-0.

Girls: Watkins Glen won the first two games, but dropped the third game and total pinfall, 1813-1803. Alyiah Clink-Bentley led the Senecas with a 431 series, while Ava Cowan rolled a 377, Makenzie Kellogg 362, and Brooke Usher 345.

Boys: The Senecas lost all three games by a combined total of 2603-2411. Caleb Smith led Watkins with a 516 series, while Matt Irwin rolled a 515 that included a 217 game. R.J. Bannon added a 499, and Mykal Cody a 460.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday against Odessa-Montour at Harborside Lanes.

OMWG's Tristian Harrington, right, battles Edison's Eric Harris at 220. Harris won by pin.

OM/WG wrestlers top Edison, 60-18

ODESSA, Jan. 9, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen high school varsity wrestling team posted a 60-18 victory over undermanned Edison Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in O-M's Jack Davis Gym.

OM/WG had just one competitive victory -- by Joe Sweet, who posted a pin in 1:45 at 285 pounds -- but picked up nine forfeit victories. They came at 106, 113, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 179 and 182 pounds.

OM/WG lost bouts at 220 pounds (Tristian Harrington, pinned in 0:54) and 126 (Gabe Williams, pinned in 1:57).

In three exhibittion matches afterward, OM/WG won each by a pin -- by Morgan Burnham at 106, by Harrington and by Sweet.

The OM/WG team returns to action Friday and Saturday at the two-day Bradshaw Invitational in Canandaigua.

Photo in text: OM/WG's Joe Sweet lifts Edison's Spencer Meriwether on the way to a victory at 285 pounds. Sweet pinned Meriwether in 1:45.

OMWG's Gabe Williams, left, battles Edison's Angelo Steinhauer at 126 pounds. Williams lost by a pin in 1:57.

OM/WG wrestler Morgan Burnham, left, on the way to victory at 106 pounds. She won by a pin in an exhibition match against Edison's Kaleb Bower.

Watkins boys upended by Whitney Point

WHITNEY POINT, Jan. 8, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team sustained its first loss of the season Tuesday night, falling to 4-3 Whitney Point 54-50 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

"I think it started with our team not respecting our opponent," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, whose squad is now 8-1. "I thought we'd learned our lesson with Edison" -- which seriously challenged the Senecas in an earlier game -- "but apparently not."

Whitney Point built a 12-8 first-quarter lead, and was up 27-19 at halftime. The Senecas rallied to tie the game 38-38 entering the final quarter, but were outscored 16-12 down the stretch.

"We were nothing like the team that played the first eight games," said Fazzary. "Our mental focus wasn't there. We didn't run our offense very well, and our defense was not a strength tonight. They have two guys we needed to contain, and we didn't. They scored 34 points between them. It's pretty disappointing.

"I give the kids credit for coming back, though," he added. "We were down 10 or 12, and managed to go ahead by one point, but just couldn't sustain it."

Owen Scholtisek led the Senecas with 14 points, while Max Evans scored 12, Adam Pastore 10, Dylan Morse 5, Isaac McIlroy 5, Mitchell Pike 3, and Jacob DeJong 1. The team was 8-for-10 from the foul line. Scholtisek and Pastore led in rebounds with 5 each.

Next up, next Tuesday: on the road against Candor, a team that Fazzary says "is physically and mentally tough. It should be interesting."

Junior Varsity: Whitney Point defeated Watkins Glen (3-6), 58-36. Joseph Sutterby led the Senecas with 9 points, while Jacob Yontz and Cadin Knapp scored 7 each.

Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese drives to the basket past a Union Springs defender.

O-M girls lose to Union Springs, 46-23

ODESSA, Jan. 8, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team's record slipped to 5-5 Tuesday night when the Indians dropped a 46-23 decision to Union Springs in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

JoLynn Minnier led Odessa with 10 points and 16 rebounds. Sara Gardner scored 6 points, Grace Vondracek 4, Kara Reese 2, and Jessica Carnes 1. Renee Park led Union Springs with 17 points.

"We were never in it right out of the gate offensively," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We played pretty good defense and drew four charges, but had way, way too many turnovers and missed shots to be competitive against a quality team."

Union Springs is now 6-2 and in first place in the IAC North Small Division.

O-M returns to action Friday at Groton.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour improved to 9-1 with a 42-25 victory over Union Springs. Hannah Nolan led the Indians with 12 points, while Mackenzie Cannon scored 9, Brittany Cain 7, Reagan Reese 4, Camille Sgrecci 4, Tori Brewster 4, and Haley Albertsman 2. The team converted 8 of 10 free throws.

Photo in text: O-M's JoLynn Minnier looks for a shot in heavy traffic. She managed to shed the defender above her and sink a shot while falling down.

Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek, left, and Mallory Rhodes prepare to shoot.

Left: O-M's Sara Gardner (left) is fouled as she drives to the basket. Right: The Indians' Jessica Carnes grabs the ball.

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Mackenzie Cannon passes the ball. Right: Odessa's Camille Sgrecci shoots.

Left: O-M's Hannah Nolan shoots. Right: The Indians' Tori Brewster drives to the basket.

O-M boys lose to Union Springs, 68-51

UNION SPRINGS, Jan. 8, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team dropped a 68-51 decision Tuesday night to Union Springs in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Union Springs gym.

Union Springs, said O-M Coach Dan Stephens, "is a very athletic team and they caught fire in the second half from 3-point range. However, it was a single-digit game until the very end, when we had to foul.The guys may have played one of their best games. Union Springs just made some big shots down the stretch."

Paden Grover led O-M scorers with 19 points. Devon Mahaney added 11, Derrick Lewis 8, Jared Rumsey 6, Ben Mathews 5, and Cayden Confer 2.

O-M (now 3-7) returns to action Friday at home against Groton.

O-M's Jacob Mayette dives at start of the 200 Yard Individual Medley. He placed second

O-M swimmers fall to Lansing, 51-43

ODESSA, Jan. 8, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity boys swim team dropped a 51-43 decision Tuesday to Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Odessa got victories as follows:

100 Free: Brett Walters, 56.53.
200 Free Relay: Jacob Mayette, Justin Ruocco, Micah Brewster, Brett Walters, 1:45.43.
100 Breaststroke: Brock Sgrecci, 1:15.45.

Individual second-place finishes were posted by Walters in the 200 Free, Mayette in the 200 IM, Ruocco in the 50 Free, Brewster in the 500 Free, and Nick DeLong in the 100 Back.

"It was a tough meet where a number of close races didn't go our way," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "The team put up a great fight, and there were a few personal records set."

O-M returns to action Thursday at home against Watkins Glen.

Photo in text: O-M's Brett Walters competes in the 200 Free, where he finished second.

Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann moves the ball past a Whitney Point defender. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen girls defeat Whitney Point

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 8, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team improved its record to 6-5 Tuesday night with a 32-21 victory over Whitney Point in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas led 8-3 after one period and 22-11 at halftime. They were up 27-19 entering the fourth quarter.

Drie Solomon led the Senecas with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 6 steals. Other points came from Aislinn Klemann (7, with 5 rebounds and 2 steals), Jenna Solomon (6, with 7 rebounds and 4 steals), Abby Gibson (4, with 3 rebounds and 2 steals), Natalie Edmister (2, with 2 rebounds), Mattie Yontz (2, with 4 rebounds, a steal and a block), and Amanda Wilbur (1). Ali LaMoreaux registered 3 steals and a block, and Carly Arnold had a rebound, assist and steal.

The Senecas return to action Thursday at Edison.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Whitney Point, 48-30.

Photo in text: Watkins' Drie Solomon (20) led the Senecas with 10 points and 8 rebounds. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson (11) goes up for a shot. Right: The Senecas' Carly Arnold drives past a Whitney Point defender. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Natalie Edmister looks for a shot. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Wilbur (21) battles a Whitney Point defender. (Both phtoos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Lilly Ameigh drives to the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right: The Senecas' Julia Spahalski moves past a Whitney Point defender.

Bowling: O-M boys, girls top Marathon

WATKINS GLEN, Jan 8, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories Tuesday over shorthanded Marathon in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Boys: Odessa-Montour outpointed Marathon (which had four bowlers instead of five) by a 1967-1435 margin. Eric Rumsey led the Indians with a 448 total, with Austin Hoyt right behind at 447.

Girls: O-M outscored Marathon (which had four bowlers) by a 1919-1315 margin. Jana Arias led the Indians with a 491 series, while Sara Barr rolled a 379.

O-M returns to action Thursday at home against Tioga, and then competes Friday at home against Edison in a makeup match.

Photo in text: O-M's Austin Hoyt strides back after recording a strike.

Watkins Glen's Liam Smith competes in the 200 Yard Individual Medley.

Watkins Glen swimmers fall to Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 8, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team dropped an 84-68 decision Tuesday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

Waverly dominated early, and swam exhibition the last few races. Top performances for the Senecas included a 6:26.52 by Lian Smith in the 500 Freestyle, and a 1:19.49 by Daine Butler in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.

The Senecas return to action Thursday at Odessa-Montour.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Ben Swinnerton competes in the 200 Yard Freestyle.

Bowling: Watkins Glen boys, girls lose

ELMIRA, Jan 8, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams dropped 3-1 decisions Tuesday to Elmira Notre Dame in Interscholastic Athletic Conference road matches.

Boys: The Watkins boys won the second game but dropped the first, third and total pinfall, 2306-2270. Caleb Smith led the Senecas with a 550 series, while R.J. Bannon posted a 531 and Matt Irwin a 489.

Girls: The Senecas won the third game, but lost the first two and total pinfall, 1823-1773. Makenzie Kellogg led Watkins with a 446 total, while Alyiah Clink-Bentley posted a 371 and Ava Cowan a 346.

Athletes of Week: Glen basketball team

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 5, 2020 -- This week we honor -- as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week -- the Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team, winner of eight games without a loss and now the champions of the Holiday Tournament they hosted on Jan. 3-4 in the Field House.

Led by senior Isaac McIlroy (the tourney MVP), these quick and effective defenders -- like marauding mosquitoes hell bent on thievery -- have reduced good teams to much less. The Senecas have struggled with only one opponent so far, winning that game by eight points. The other games they have won by no fewer than 20 points -- one by 20, one by 28, and five by anywhere from 32 to 58 points. The average winning margin for the eight contests is almost 32 points.

Given the level of achievement -- reminiscent of the WGHS Wild Bunch who went through the regular season unbeaten back in 2006 -- this bunch should seemingly be generating extended enthusiasm. The absence of the sizable crowds of those 13 years ago, and even of Bleacher Creatures at the south end of the gym, would be a head-scratcher if not for the open disapproval the school district has shown toward excessive excitement.

Too bad. A wet blanket can be stultifying.

This group of athletes -- McIlroy’s Marauders, if you will, a wild bunch of Artful Dodgers adept at disrupting the opposition and stealing the ball; doing the pickpocket bidding of Coach John Fazzary’s Fagin -- are a show worth seeing and cheering. Their names should be gaining household traction: Isaac McIlroy, Owen Scholtisek, Max Evans, Mitchell Pike, Adam Pastore, Jacob DeJong, Dylan Morse, Bryce Kelly, Alex Kranyk, Seamus Mooney, Travon Jones, Cameron Holland, and Silas Farrell.

Here’s a tip of the hat to them. To carry the Oliver Twist theme further, as Oliver said to Mr. Bumble: “Please sir, I want some more.”

Next up: Whitney Point, on the road Tuesday night.

Double Honorable: Odessa-Montour basketball’s Sara Gardner, Grace Vondracek, JoLynn Minnier and Preston Harris; O-M wrestler Dominick Fazzary; and Watkins Glen runner Gabe Planty.

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

WG/OM's Joe Sweet, on top, prepares to pin his Edison opponent at 285 pounds.

OM/WG wrestlers 2nd at O-M Duals

ODESSA, Jan. 5, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen high school varsity wrestling team placed second with a 4-1 mark Saturday at the annual O-M Duals.

Spencer-Van Etten/Candor was first at 5-0, followed by O-M (4-1), Whitney Point (3-2), Cortland (2-3), Dundee (1-4) and Edison (0-5).

Trophies were awarded to the first- and second-place teams.

Most successful of the OM/WG wrestlers was Dominick Fazzary, who won four matches with pins, and a fifth on a forfeit, at 145 pounds. Tristian Harrington won three of his five at 220, while Braiden Ventra won two competitvely and two by forfeit at 170. Morgan Burnham (106) and Brandon Davis (113) won all of their matches by forfeit.

OM/WG defeated Cortland 54-21, Dundee 48-27, Edison 66-18, and Whitney Point 42-30. It lost to SVE/C, 45-39.

OM/WG returns to action Wednesday at home against Edison.

Photo in text: The OM/WG team poses after the O-M Duals. (Photo provided)

The referee signals a pin as O-M's Mark Waterman defeats an Edison opponent at 132.

The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team poses after its tourney win.

Glen cruises to tourney title

Tops Greene, 70-42; McIlroy nets 19, and is named MVP

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 5, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team made it look easy Saturday night, rolling past Greene 70-42 in the championship game of the Holiday Tournament at the WGHS Field House.

Isaac McIlroy scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to lead the Senecas, who are 8-0 heading into a road game Tuesday against Whitney Point.

Also in double figures Saturday were Mitchell Pike with 16 points and Adam Pastore with 14. Other points came from Max Evans (6), Jacob DeJong (5), Alex Kranyk (4), Cameron Holland (2), Bryce Kelly (2), Dylan Morse (1) and Silas Farrell (1). The team struggled at the foul line, converting 7 of 18 attempts. But it was hitting from long distance, sinking 11 three-point shots -- five by McIlroy and four by Pike.

DeJong also grabbed 5 rebounds, while Pastore and Pike notched 4 each. Pastore had 3 steals, and Owen Scholtisek and Morse 2 apiece. Morse led in assists with 4, while Scholtisek had 3, and Pastore and McIlroy 2 each.

Greene was led by Alec Frair's 8 points. The Trojans were just 3-for-13 at the free-throw line.

The Senecas raced out to a 15-9 first-quarter lead, and were up 37-19 at halftime and 54-30 entering the fourth period.

"Isaac got us going with some long threes, but our defense was the key," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "We held their two go-to scorers, Nathan Barry and Nathan Parker, to 12 points combined. Max and Adam did a great job on those two. And Mitchell gave us a great boost when he got hot, and we started rolling.

"Greene is a good team," added Fazzary. "They were 5-2 coming in to this game, but we beat them pretty good. I'm happy for our kids."

All-tournament team: Isaac McIlroy was MVP, and Adam Pastore was named to the All-Tournament team.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen won the title, defeating Groton. See below.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Adam Pastore reaches past a Greene player for a shot.
Bottom: The Senecas' Isaac McIlroy prepares to shoot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek cuts through traffic to the basket. Right: The Senecas' Jacob DeJong eyes the basket from 3-point range.

Left: Watkins Glen's Max Evans is fouled. (Photo by Don Romeo) Right: The Senecas' Mitchell Pike shoots.

A cheering section at the Watkins Glen-Greene game at the WGHS Field House.

Left: Members of the All-Tournament team. From left: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy (the MVP) and Adam Pastore, and Greene's Nathan Barry and Trenton Rapp. (Photo by Don Romeo) Right: Watkins Glen's Bryce Kelly shoots.

The Watkins Glen High School boys junior varsity basketball team poses after title win.

Watkins wins tournament JV title, 51-40

WATKINS GLEN, Jan 5, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys junior varsity basketball team won the championship Saturday of the Holiday Tournament in the WGHS Field House, defeating Groton 51-40.

The Senecas (now 3-5) led 8-2 early, only to see Groton tie the game 10-10 entering the second period. Watkins surged ahead again, 20-13, before Groton rallied to tie it, 20-20. Then the Senecas pulled away to a 30-20 lead before Groton pulled within three at 30-27.

That was as close as Groton got the rest of the way. Watkins Glen went on a 14-2 run for a 44-29 lead, its biggest advantage of the game. Its lead was 11 or more the rest of the way.

Jacob Yontz and Jacob Powers led the Senecas with 11 points each, while Luke Spahalski registered 9 points, Joseph Sutterby 8, Bryce Cady 6, and David Kelly 6. The team converted 11 of 16 free throws, including 5 of 7 in the fourth quarter.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Joseph Sutterby goes high for a shot.

Left: Watkins Glen's Luke Spahalski moves the ball upcourt. Right: The Senecas' Jacob Powers drives toward the basket.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jacob Yontz (3) moves past a Groton defender. Right: The Senecas' Bryce Cady shoots.

Watkins Invitational holds diving, finals

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 5, 2020 -- The two-day Watkins Glen Invitational in the Glen boys swimming meet concluded Saturday with the diving competition and swim finals.

Larger schools from outside Schuyler County dominated -- such as Corning, Chenango Valley and Ithaca, along with Shenendehowa and Horseheads.

No swimmer from Watkins Glen or Odessa-Montour finished in the top -- or "A" -- finals, which featured the top eight qualifiers from prelims on Friday. There were also "B" and "C" finals featuring the 9th through 16th and 17th through 24th qualifiers.

O-M's Brett Walters was the lone Schuyler County swimmer in a "B" finals, placing 14th overall in the 100 Yard Freestyle in 55.31.

The O-M 200 Free Relay team of Walters, Justin Ruocco, Micah Brewster and Jacob Mayette were 14th in 1:41.58, while its 400 Free Relay team of Mayette, Ruocco, Brewster and Walters was 12th in 3:50.33.

Corning won the diving competition, with Nick Jubilee scoring 478.5 points. Gavin Fanning of Maine-Endwell was second with 459.60. There were no Watkins Glen or O-M divers in the 22-person field.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Brett Walters competes in the 100 Yard Freestyle.

Planty wins 1600 at Section IV Classic

ITHACA, Jan. 5, 2020 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Gabe Planty placed first Saturday in the 1600 Meter Run at the Section IV Classic Indoor Track Meet at Cornell University.

Planty posted a time of 4:28.23 in topping the field. Other Top 6 finishes for the Watkins Glen/Dundee squad included:

--Matt Wood, third in the 1600 with a personal best of 4:43.15.
--Lily Hall, 5th in the Long Jump at 15' 7".
--Lily Hall, 6th in the Triple Jump at 33' 0.5"
--NIck Wilston, 5th in the Long Jump with a PR of 20' 3.5"
--NIck Wilston, 5th in the Triple Jump at 39' 11"
--Cale Sutterby, tied for 5th in the Pole Vault at 8'.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Ben Mathews, Cayden Confer and Derrick Lewis.

O-M boys defeat Trumansburg, 46-41

ODESSA, Jan. 4, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team improved to 3-6 Friday night with a 46-41 victory over Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians were led by Preston Harris's 16 points. Other scoring came from Paden Grover (10 points), Cayden Confer (8, all in the key 4th quarter), Devon Mahaney (8), and Deshawn Johnson (4). The team converted 7 of 16 free throws.

Trumansburg was led by Lucas Taves' 19 points.

Odessa led 10-8 after one period and 20-17 at halftime after building a 20-11 advantage. The game was tight throughout the third quarter, which ended with O-M up 29-27, and stayed tight through most of the final period.

O-M pulled away down the stretch, from a 37-34 edge with 2:09 left to play, to an 8-point advantage twice (at 42-34 and 44-36. The lead was seven points until a final Tburg basket with 2.1 seconds to play.

The Indians return to action Tuesday at Union Springs.

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Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Preston Harris drives to the basket.

Bottom: O-M alums Tori Reese, left, and Olivia Grover were on hand to watch the game.

Left: O-M's Deshawn Johnson drives through traffic to the basket. Right: The Indians' Paden Grover works past a Trumansburg defender on his way to the hoop.

Watkins Glen boys top Wellsville, advance to tournament title game against Greene

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 4, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team -- led by Adam Pastore's 20 points and 9 rebounds -- defeated Wellsville 56-36 Friday night in the opening round of the annual Boys Holiday Tournament at the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas will play Greene for the tournament title at 7:30 tonight (Saturday). Greene defeated Groton in the other semifinal.

Watkins Glen (7-0) fell behind 9-4 early, but then went on a 19-2 run and led at halftime, 27-13. The lead was 42-25 entering the fourth quarter.

In addition to Pastore, Watkins got points from Owen Scholtisek (11, with 8 assists), Jacob DeJong (8, with 6 rebounds), Max Evans (6), Mitchell Pike (6), and Isaac McIlroy (5, with 6 steals). The team was 6-for-9 from the foul line.

Wellsville was led by Maxwell Juslaniec, who scored 23 points. The team converted 13 of 20 foul shots.

"We're going to have to play better tomorrow night," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "We must have missed 7, 8 or 9 layups, and we fouled too much. Greene's a big team, so we need to rebound well and play better offensively."

The varsity consolation game, pitting Groton against Wellsville, tips off at 6 p.m.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 2-5 with a 32-30 victory over Wellsville in the tournament's opening round. The Senecas will play Groton for the JV title at 4:30 p.m. today, after the 3 p.m. consolation game between Wellsville and Greene.

Jacob Powers led the Senecas with 9 points, while Gavin Smith scored 7, Joseph Sutterby 6, Jacob Yontz 6, and David Kelly 4.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins' Isaac McIlroy takes the ball to the hoop. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: The Senecas' Owen Scholtisek goes past a Wellsville defender. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left:Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse goes high for a shot. Right: The Senecas' Mitchell Pike prepares to shoot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Max Evans is fouled. Right: The Senecas' Adam Pastore puts up a shot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Jacob DeJong passes the ball behind his back. It went to Max Evans, who scored, was fouled, and sank a free throw. Right: The Senecas' Cameron Holland.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins' Jacob Yontz drives with the ball. Right: The Senecas' Joseph Sutterby.

Odessa'Montour's BrettWalters dives at the start of the 200 Yard Freestyle race.

Prelims set stage for swim meet finale

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 4, 2020 -- The second annual Invitational in the Glen boys high school swim meet began Friday with preliminary races setting the stage for today's (Saturday's) finals.

Teams from around the region and state are competing, including the host Watkins Glen Senecas, Odessa-Montour, Chenango Valley, Corning, Ithaca, Shenendehowa, Horseheads, Maine-Endwell, Fairport, Johnson City, Susquehanna Valley, Lansing and Elmira.

The top eight finishers in each race Friday advanced to the A finals, with the next eight in the B finals, and the eight after that in the C finals.

The following swimmers from O-M placed in the top 16:

--Brett Walters, 12th in the 100 Free (54.63).
--O-M's 200 Free Relay team, 14th in 1:42.12 (Brett Walters, Justin Ruocco, Micah Brewster and Jacob Mayette).
--O-M's 400 Free Relay team, 11th in 3:52.79 (Jacob Mayette, Justin Ruocco, Micah Brewster and Brett Walters).

Diving will take place this morning, with the swimming finals in the afternoon.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Justin Andrews competes in the 200 Yard Freestyle.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Lane Roy competes in the 200 Yard Medley Relay.

Watkins Glen boys host hoop tournament

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 3, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen Boys Basketball Holiday Tournament for varsity and JV teams begins today (Friday) in the WGHS Field House.

JV teams will play at 3 and 4:30 p.m., while the varsity games are at 6 and 7:30. Greene and Groton start things off, with the WGHS junior varsity facing Wellsville at 4:30.

Greene and Groton varsity squads will square off at 6, with Watkins Glen facing Wellsville at 7:30.

Consolation and title games will be played Saturday with the same starting times.

Left: O-M's Grace Vondracek drives past a Dryden defender. Right: The Indians' JoLynn Minnier puts up a shot in traffic.

O-M girls rout Dryden; Gardner nets 26

ODESSA, Jan. 3, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team -- led by Sara Gardner's 26 points and Grace Vondracek's career-high 21 -- ended a four-game losing streak Thursday night with a 71-26 victory over Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Gardner, who scored 17 points in the first half as O-M built a 40-11 lead, hit six 3-pointers in the game. Vondracek, in addition to her 21 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and registered 5 steals.

Other points came from JoLynn Minnier (a career-high 13, with 18 rebounds), Mallory Rhodes (4), Autumn Garrison (4), Taylor Cain (2), and Tassia Garrison (1). The team was 8-for-17 from the foul line.

"We played very well tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We shot the ball well and were very active on the defensive end. The girls were very hungry for a win. It's been a while, and they went out and took care of business."

Dryden (1-6) was led by Lauren Gulini's 14 points. The team converted 2 of 6 free throws.

Odessa (5-4) returns to action Tuesday at home against Union Springs, which is in first place in the IAC North Small School division -- "a tough, young team that's gotten a lot better very quickly," said Gavich.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour improved to 8-1 with a 45-23 victory over Dryden. The Indians, who were ahead 23-6 at halftime, were led by Hannah Nolan's 16 points and Mackenze Cannon's 13. Tori Brewster added 9 points, Brittany Cain 3, Katie Adams 2, and Camille Sgrecci 2. The team was 3-for-11 from the foul line, while Dryden was 3-for-6.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Sara Gardner drives to the basket for two of her 26 points.
Bottom: The Indians' Mallory Rhodes brings the ball upcourt.

Left: O-M's Taylor Cain has her eyes on the basket. Right: The Indians' Tassia Garrison.

Left: O-M's Hannah Chapman launches a shot. Right: The Indians' Autumn Garrison.

Odessa-Montour's Cheianne Webster passes the ball in traffic.

And in the JV game:

Odessa-Montour's Camille Sgrecci launches a shot over a Dryden defender.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Reagan Reese, Brittany Cain and Hannah Nolan.

Odessa-Montour's Mackenzie Cannon (left) and Tori Brewster send shots on their way.

Athlete of the Week: O-M's Paden Grover

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 30, 2019 -- This week we honor a member of the Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week.

He is senior Paden Grover, who in the two-day Addison Holiday Tournament scored 42 points (30 in one game) and grabbed 25 rebounds as O-M split a pair of games, finishing as the tourney runnerup.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball's Aislinn Klemann, Drie Solomon, Max Evans and Owen Scholtisek; O-M basketball's Sara Gardner; Watkins Glen track's Gabe Planty, and OM/WG wrestling's Joshua Beckley.

Honorable Mention: Another 18 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Left: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson prepares to shoot. Right: The Senecas' Aislinn Klemann, named a tourney All-Star, poses with head coach Alicia Learn and assistant Bub Chaffee. (Photos provided)

Watkins girls fall to Onondaga in final

SYRACUSE, Dec. 30, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team's record slipped to 5-5 Sunday when the Senecas dropped a 51-42 decision to Onondaga High School in a Class C title game at the Hoops for Hospital Holiday Classic at Onondaga Community College.

Watkins Glen led 15-14 after one period, but trailed 32-25 at halftime and 39-34 entering the fourth period.

Aislinn Klemann led the Senecas in scoring with 14 points, giving her 25 for the two-day tourney and a spot on the All-Tournament team. Among her baskets were four 3-pointers.

Other points came from Kelsey Kernan (9), Carly Arnold (9), Abby Gibson (5), Jenna Solomon (3) and Drie Solomon (2). The team was 2-for-8 from the foul line.

Kernan led in rebounds with 8, while Jenna Solomon grabbed 5, Natalie Edmister 4, Drie Solomon 4, and Klemann 3. Arnold led in steals with 2, and Drie Solomon and Kernan in assists with 3 each.

The Senecas return to action Jan. 7 at home against Whitney Point.

Note: The 70-team Hoops for Hospital boys and girls Classic, with various brackets, raises funds for the Golisano Children's Hospital, Upstate Cancer Center, and Golisano Hospital of Rochester each year. It is organized by the More Than A Game Foundation.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Drie Solomon launches a free throw. (Photo provided)

The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team poses at the Hoops for Hospital Classic. (Photo provided)

O-M boys fall to Addison in tourney final

ADDISON, Dec. 29, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team dropped a 60-56 decision Saturday night to Addison in the title game of the Addison Holiday Tournament.

The Indians, now 2-6, led at halftime "but came out sluggish in the second half," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens. "However, the guys played hard and showed composure the whole time."

Paden Grover led the Indians with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Preston Harris scored 9 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and had 7 steals. Other points came from Ben Mathews (7), Devon Mahaney (6), Derrick Lewis (6), Deshawn Johnson (5, with 6 rebounds), Jared Rumsey (4), Cayden Confer (4), and Cameron Elliott (3).

The Indians return to action Friday at home against Trumansburg.

Left: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek drives. Right: The Senecas' Max Evans soars. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins boys race past Newark Valley

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 29, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team improved to 6-0 Saturday with a 67-35 victory over Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference makeup game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas led 13-11 after one period and 31-22 at halftime, and then pulled away with a 20-3 third period. They led 51-25 entering the fourth quarter.

"We played much better defense in the second half than in the first," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, who pointed to the play of Max Evans ("He was everywhere") and Owen Scholtisek, each of whom scored 16 points.

Other points came from Jacob DeJong (7), Mitchell Pike (6), Dylan Morse (5), Cameron Holland (4), Adam Pastore (4), Isaac McIlroy (4), Seamus Mooney (2), Alex Kranyk (2), and Silas Farrell (1). The team was 15-for-22 from the foul line.

DeJong led in rebounds with 9, while Evans grabbed 7. Morse had 4 assists, while Pike and Evans had 3 each. Evans, McIlroy and Scholtisek each had 2 steals.

"It was a good team effort," said Fazzary, "but it will be getting tougher" starting with the Watkins Glen Boys Holiday Basketball Tournament on Jan. 3 and 4 in the Field House. The Senecas will open at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Wellsville, who Fazzary said "has a real good player." And the other two teams in the tourney, Greene and Groton, "are both pretty good."

Junior Varsity: Newark Valley defeated Watkins Glen, 47-42. The Senecas (1-5) were led by Bryce Cady's 13 points, 12 by Joseph Sutterby, and 11 by Jacob Powers. Gavin Smith added 4 points, while Jacob Yontz scored 2.

Photos in text:

Top:
Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse goes up for a shot. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: The Senecas' Owen Scholtisek is fouled as he shoots.

Left: Watkins Glen's Mitchell Pike drives to the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right: The Senecas' Isaac McIlroy prepares to pass the ball to an open teammate.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jacob DeJong prepares to shoot over a Newark Valley defender. Right: Among the fans on hand: WGHS grad and Corning Community College basketball standout Hannah Morse.

Left: Watkins Glen's Cameron Holland drives to the hoop for two points. Right: The Senecas' Mitchell Pike attempts a shot under the basket.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Jacob Yontz (3) moves the ball (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right: The Senecas' Joseph Sutterby drives to the basket.

O-M girls lose tourney consolation game

BATH, Dec. 29, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team's record slipped to 4-4 Saturday evening when the Indians dropped a 48-32 decision to Penn Yan in the consolation game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Christmas Tournament at Bath Haverling High School.

"We really left a lot on the floor last night (in an overtme first-round loss to Bath) and didn't have much left in the tank tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich.

Penn Yan (6-3) built a 23-10 halftime lead. O-M trimmed the deficit to seven points in the third quarter, but got no closer.

Grace Vondracek led Odessa scorers with 11 points, and grabbed 6 rebounds. Sara Gardner (an All-Tournament pick) scored 10 points, Kara Reese 3, Autumn Garrison 3, Taylor Cain 3, and Mallory Rhodes 2.

The Indians return to action Jan. 2 at home against Dryden.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour (7-1) won the tourney title, defeating Penn Yan in the final, 37-31. Hannah Nolan scored 14 points and was named the MVP. Mackenzie Cannon scored 11 points and was named to the All-Tournament team.

WG girls top Phoenix in tourney opener

NEDROW, NY,, Dec. 29, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team improved to 5-4 on the season Saturday with a 49-42 victory over Phoenix in the opening round of the 10th annual Hoops for Hospital Holiday Classic at Onondaga High School.

The Senecas, in their third game in three days, took a 12-6 first-quarter lead and were up 24-13 at halftime. The lead entering the fourth quarter was 37-25.

Aislinn Klemann led Watkins in scoring with 11 points that included three 3-pointers. Other points came from Kelsey Kernan (8), Natalie Edmister (7), Mattie Yontz (6), Abby Gibson (5), Drie Solomon (5), Ali LaMoreaux (5) and Jenna Solomon (2). The team was 5-for-13 from the foul line.

Kernan and Edmister each grabbed 6 rebounds, while Yontz and Gibson registered 5 each, Jenna Solomon 4, Amanda Wilbur 3, and Drie Solomon 3.

Phoenix stayed close on free-throw shooting, converting 17 of 29 attempts.

The Senecas play for the tourney's Group 5 (Class C) title today (Sunday) against Onondaga High School at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena.

The 70-team event, with various brackets, raises funds for the Golisano Children's Hospital, Upstate Cancer Center, and Golisano Hospital of Rochester each year. It is organized by the More Than A Game Foundation.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann passes the ball. (Photo provided)

Planty wins 1000 Meter Run at Cortland

CORTLAND, Dec. 29, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen/Dryden high school Indoor Track team competed Saturday at the Winter Classic at SUNY Cortland. A small roster (various members were on holiday vacation) posted the following Top 6 finishes.

--Gabe Planty won the 1000 Meter Run in 2:41.33.
--Matt Wood placed third in the 1000 Meters in 2:47.62
--Boyd Barber placed sixth in the Shot Put with a throw of 33' 1".
--Ryleigh Clark, practicing with the WG/Dundee squad from Spencer-Van Etten, placed second in the Triple Jump (33' 1.5"), third in the Long Jump (15' 8"), and sixth in the 55 Meter Dash (8.14 seconds).

The squad returns to action at Cornell University next Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

OM/WG wrestlers go 2-3 at Cody Duals

BINGHAMTON, Dec. 29, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team won two of five matches Saturday at the Mark Cody Duals in Binghamton.

The squad defeated Binghamton Seton Catholic, 36-28, and Maine-Endwell, 46-28. It lost to Vestal, 66-12; Sidney, 42-31, and Whitney Point, 42-36.

OM/WG's Joshua Beckley won three times, twice at 182 pounds and once at 195, by decision once and by pin twice. Tristian Harrington won twice at 220 pounds, by major decision and by pin.

Single wins were posted by Braiden Ventra at 170 (a 10-3 decision), Dominick Fazzary at 145 (a pin in 3:08), Joe Sweet at 285 (a pin in 1:03), Brandon Davis at 113 (a 5-4 decision), and Jaden Smith at 138 (a major decision).

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 2

3rd-4th Grade Results:

Sporting Goods 16, Curly's 4.
Sporting Goods: Lean Lagramada 10, Konnor Madorsky 2, Emmitt Presutti 2, Ava Stackhouse 2.
Curly's: Zack Brusso 2, Grayson Robertson 2.

Maguire's 20, Famous Brands 16.
Maguire's: Nick Sorce Jr. 10, Kane Peters 6, Ethan Crane 2, John Tremblay 2.
Famous Brands: Dominic Lewis 12, Nicolai Holmes 4.

Standings:

Maguire's 2-0
Watkins Sporting Goods 1-1
Curly's Family Restaurant 1-1
Famous Brands 0-2

5th-6th Grade Results:

Watkins Glen Supply 38, VanSkiver Motors 26.
WG Supply: Dominic Gould 14, Nolan Reynolds 10, Zander Featherman 8, Brooklyn Thompson 6.
VanSkiver's: James Sora 20, Natalie VanSkiver 4, Kali Madorsky 2.

Seneca Lodge 24, Capt. Bill's 14.
Seneca Lodge: Jax Decker 10, Caleb J. Bresett 6, Emma Cady 4, Bryce Bockelkamp 2, Trinity Depree 2.
Capt. Bill's: Cayden Lagramada 6, Grace Underdown 4, Logan Bills 4.

Standings:

Seneca Lodge 2-0
Watkins Glen Supply 2-0
VanSkiver Motors 0-2
Capt. Bill's 0-2

O-M girls fall to Bath in tourney opener

BATH, Dec. 28, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team lost 53-49 in overtime Friday to Bath in the opening round of the two-day Coaches vs. Cancer Christmas Tournament at Bath Haverling High School.

The Indians (now 4-3) will face Penn Yan at 5:30 p.m. today (Saturday) in the tourney consolation game. Wellsville and Bath (6-2) will meet in the title game.

Odessa led 20-15 after one period, and 27-25 at halftime. The game was tied 38-38 entering the fourth period. Bath scored first in the overtime and led the rest of the way.

"We were 5-for-15 at the foul line," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "and 2-for-8 in the fourth quarter and overtime while they were 7-for-10. There's the difference in the game."

Kara Reese led O-M scorers with 17 points, all in the first half, while Sara Gardner scored 16. JoLynn Minnier added 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Grace Vondracek had 4 points and 8 rebounds, Autumn Garrison 4 points and 5 rebounds, Mallory Rhodes 2 points, and Jessica Carnes 1 point.

"That's probably as well as we have played all season," said Gavich. "Bath is a quality team and they showed that tonight and had an answer for everything we threw at them. We made a lot of great plays; we just needed to make one or two more, but it wasn't meant to be. The kids gave everything they had, and I can't ask for any more than that. It was a really well played, entertaining game for the folks in the stands."

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Bath 38-24 to advance to the JV title game today (Saturday) at 3:45 p.m. against Penn Yan. Hannah Nolan led the Indians with 23 points.

Left: Watkins Glen's Drie Solomon drives toward the basket againsat the Moravec twins, Katie (3) and Kelly (00). Right: The Senecas' Natalie Edmister shoots. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Newfield girls rally to edge Watkins Glen in Wilson Tournament title game, 40-38

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 28, 2019 -- The Newfield High School girls varsity basketball team overcame a 9-point third-quarter deficit and held off Watkins Glen down the stretch to claim the championship of the annual Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Holiday Tournament at the WGHS Field House, 40-38.

"It was exciting, but not in a pretty way," said Newfield Coach Brandon Steinorth, whose squad is now 8-0. "We had to work for it, but I think that's a good thing."

The game was one of shifting fortunes, with Newfield taking a 10-5 lead in the first quarter, only to see Watkins Glen (now 4-4) rally for a 20-16 halftime advantage. The Senecas extended the lead to nine points, 29-20, with 3:30 remaining in the third quarter.

But Newfield went on a run, outscoring the Senecas 15-2. They took the lead with 5:45 remaining in the game, 30-29, before the Senecas regained it 31-30 on a layup by Amanda Wilbur at 4:21. The Trojans knotted the game with a free throw at 3:28, and took the lead 33-31 with 2:01 remaining, adding two more points with 39.5 seconds left in the game.

Watkins' Abby Gibson sank a floater and a foul shot to cut the deficit to one point, 35-34, with 32.4 seconds to go. Then two Newfield foul shots at 30.6 seconds made it 37-34.

Both sides missed a pair of free throws, Watkins Glen at 24.3 seconds, and Newfield at 23 seconds. Then Watkins Glen's Drie Solomon sank a shot with 15 seconds left (37-36), Newfield's Maura Wood-Ellis sank two free throws at 12.8 seconds (39-36), and Watkins' Jenna Solomon sank a layup with 6 seconds to go (39-38).

Newfield sank a free throw with 5.8 seconds to go -- but missed the second, and Drie Solomon rebounded for the Senecas and raced upcourt, launching a half-court shot just before time expired. It was off the mark, though, a somewhat anticlimactic finish to a highly charged game.

"It was kind of helter skelter out there," said Newfield's Coach Steinorth, whose team missed a raft of layups -- almost all of them contested by Watkins' tenacious defense. When asked how many his players missed, he smiled ruefully. "I won't know until I look at the video, but it was between 12 and 30."

Drie Solomon led the Senecas in scoring with 8 points, while Gibson registered 7, Carly Arnold 6, Aislinn Klemann 5, Kelsey Kernan 4, Natalie Edmister 3, Jenna Solomon 3, and Amanda Wilbur 2. The team was 4-for-11 from the foul line.

Drie Solomon led in rebounds with 10, while Edmister grabbed 7, Jenna Solomon 6, and Gibson and Kernan 3 each. Drie Solomon also led in assists (5) and steals (5).

Katie Moravec led Newfield with 16 points, while her sister Kelly scored 11, Jenna Goodwin 9, and Maura Wood-Ellis 4. The team converted 17 of 30 free throws.

All-Tourney: Watkins Glen's Drie Solomon was named to the All-Tournament Team, while Newfield's Katie Moravec was named tourney MVP.

Varsity Consolation Game: Homer defeated Clyde-Savannah 66-45.

Junior Varsity: Homer defeated Edison 37-25 to claim the tourney JV crown. Watkins Glen (2-6) won the consolation game, defeating Newfield 36-34.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold, right, and Newfield's Kelly Moravec chase a loose ball.

Second: The Senecas' Mattie Yontz, right, and Newfield's Kelly Moravec fight for a rebound, secured by Yontz.

Third: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur puts up a shot in the fourth quarter.

Bottom: The Senecas' Abby Gibson, left, moves the ball against some tight defense. (Photo by Don Romeo)

The Newfield team poses with members of the Wilson family. The tournament is in memory of Melissa Wilson, who died in an auto accident after a 1990s high school career that included playing basketball in the 7th through 12th grades. (Photo by Don Romeo)

The Watkins Glen team poses after finishing second in the Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Holiday Tournament. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins' Carly Arnold (foreground) battles for the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo) Right: The Senecas' Jenna Solomon goes up for a shot.

From left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann and Kelsey Kernan shoot; and the Senecas' Drie Solomon launches the game's final shot.

Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson, left, and Natalie Edmister put up shots against Newfield.

And in the JV game:

Watkins Glen's Lilly Ameigh, left photo, and Molly Coolican drive to the basket.

O-M boys top C-S in tourney semi, 73-58

ADDISON, Dec. 28, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team -- behind Paden Grover's 30 points and 15 rebounds -- defeated Campbell-Savona 73-58 Friday night in the opening round of the Addison Holiday Turnament in the Addison High School gym.

The Indians, now 2-5, trailed by three points at halftime before overtaking C-S and pulling away for the victory.

"Campbell is a very good shooting team," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens, "and Deshawn Johnson and Ben Mathews shut down their shooters completely in the second half."

Scoring in additon to Grover were Jared Rumsey (11 points and 5 rebounds), Cayden Confer (8 points and 11 rebounds), Johnson (6 points and 9 rebounds), Cameron Elliott (6 points), Preston Harris (5 points and 7 steals), Devon Mahaney (5 points and 6 rebounds), and Derrick Lewis (2 points).

O-M will play Addison in the tournament final, scheduled for tonight (Saturday) at 7:15 p.m.

Watkins girls top Clyde-Savannah, 60-45, advance to tourney final against Newfield

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 27, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team got double-digit scoring from four players Thursday night en route to a 60-45 non-league victory over Clyde-Savannah in the opening round of the annual Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Holiday Tournament in the WGHS Field House.

The victory sends the Senecas into the title game tonight (Friday) against Newfield, which advanced Thursday with a 63-44 win over Homer. Newfield is now 7-0. Watkins Glen is 4-3.

Aislinn Klemann led Watkins in scoring with 13 points, including four 3-pointers, while Abby Gibson (two 3's) and Kelsey Kernan each registered 12 points. Carly Arnold joined them in double figures with 10 points, including one 3-pointer.

Other points came from Drie Solomon (6), Natalie Edmister (4), Jenna Solomon (2), and Mattie Yontz (1). The team was 3-for-12 from the foul line.

Kernan and Jenna Solomon led in rebounds with 9 each, while Drie Solomon grabbed 6, Klemann 5, Arnold 4, and Yontz 3.

The Senecas struggled in the first half thanks to foul trouble, leading at intermission 17-16. Watkins was called for 15 first-half fouls to Clyde-Savannah's 5. But the Senecas pulled away with a 17-7 third period that saw Klemann hit a pair of 3-pointers, and Gibson hit one. They then outscored C-S 16-12 down the stretch.

Clyde-Savannah was led by Tayler Sharp's 19 points, and 18 by Jaida Larsen. They converted 19 of 39 free throws.

The championship game is schedued for a 7 p.m. tipoff.

In the other semifinal: Newfield raced out to a 30-4 lead on Homer, which it had defeated by a single point in the season opener. Homer got no closer than 16 after that. Newfield's Moravec twins, Kelly and Katie, scored 19 and 20 points, respectively, while Jenna Goodwin added 15.

In the Junior Varsity contests: Homer defeated Newfield and will play Elimra Heights Edison for the tourney JV crown. Edison defeated Watkins Glen 31-23. The Senecas were led by Lilly Ameigh's 8 points, and 7 by Breanna Pierce.

The Watkins Glen-Newfield consolation JV game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. today, with the title game to immediately follow.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Drie Solomon prepares to shoot.

Middle: The Senecas' Carly Arnold drives toward the hoop.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan battles a Clyde-Savannah player for the tipoff. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Mattie Yontz (10) shoots in heavy traffic. Right: The Senecas' Aislinn Klemann drives with the ball. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan shoots. Right: The Senecas' Jenna Solomon takes the ball to the basket.

Left: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson shoots. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Wilbur moves past a Clyde-Savannah defender.

Left: Watkins Glen's Natalie Edmister drives to the basket. Right: The Senecas' Drie Solomon fights for a rebound. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn displays one of the Christmas presents her team gave her before their game. Right: The Senecas' Aislinn Klemann unleashes a shot.

Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson (left photo) and Carly Arnold drive to the basket. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Awaiting the Senecas:

Newfield's Moravec twins, Katie (3) and Kelly (00), combined for 39 points in the Trojans' win over Homer.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins' Brenna Pierce shoots. Right: The Senecas' Lilly Ameigh launches a shot.

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Holiday basketball tournaments on tap

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 27, 2019 -- Holiday basketball tournaments abound.

The annual Melissa B. Wilson Memorial girls basketball tournament is being held in the Watkins Glen High School Field House. It started Thursday, Dec. 26 and concludes tonight (Friday, Dec. 27.)

Varsity competition features the host Senecas along with Homer, Newfield and Clyde-Savannah. JV games feature WGHS, Homer, Newfield and Edison.

On Thursday, JV games were scheduled for 1 and 3 p.m., with WGHS playing Edison at 3 p.m. Varsity games were scheduled for 5 and 7 p.m., with WGHS facing Clyde-Savannah at 7 p.m.

Junior varsity and varsity consolation and championship games are today (Friday) at 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m.

In the JV portion of the tournament, Edison and Homer will play for the title after victories Thursday. In the varsity portion of the tournament, Newfield and Watkins Glen will play for the championship.

The price of admission: $5 per day or $8 for both days for adults, and $2 for students/senior citizens each day.

WGHS Boys: The Watkins Glen boys will host their tournament after the new Year, on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 3-4. Both the JV and varsity competition features Watkins Glen, Greene, Groton and Wellsville.

Games each day are scheduled (JV for the first two games) at 3:00, 4:30, 6 and 7:30 p.m. The WGHS JV will play Wellsville on Jan. 3 at 4:30 p.m., while the varsity plays Wellsville at 7:30 p.m.

Junior varsity and varsity consolations and title games will be played Saturday.

The price of admission: $5 per day or $8 for both days for adults, and $3 per day or $5 both days for students.

O-M teams: The Odessa-Montour boys and girls junior varsity and varsity basketball teams will be competing in holiday tournaments today (Friday) and Saturday, Dec. 27 and 28.

The O-M boys will be playing at Addison High School in a tournament featuring Addison and Campbell-Savona. The girls will be playing at Bath Haverling in a Coaches vs. Cancer Christmas Tournament featuring Penn Yan, Wellsville and Bath.

Odessa-Montour girls fall to Candor

CANDOR, Dec. 24, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team -- leading 22-10 through one quarter -- fell to Candor 50-47 Monday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Candor gym.

O-M, now 4-2 after losing two straight, had a 10-point lead, 32-22, at the half, but was outscored 14-2 in the third quarter to fall behind 36-34.

"We gave up two turnovers that turned into layups for Candor right at the end of the first half, and that momentum really carried over into that disastrous third quarter," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich.

O-M was down 43-38 with 3:10 left, and trimmed the deficit to a point, 45-44, on a 3-pointer by Sara Gardner and a basket by Kara Reese -- and then took the lead 47-46 with a pair of Gardner free throws with 53.8 seconds remaining.

"We defended the next possession well," said Gavich, "and forced an airball, which went right to Braelyn Hornick for them for a layup and the lead for good.

"We turned it over way too much tonight, and that cost us the game."

Gardner led Odessa with 14 points, while Reese scored 11, Jessica Carnes 8, Autumn Garrison 6, JoLynn Minnier 4, Taylor Cain 2, and Mallory Rhodes 2.

Jenna Kareem led Candor with 25 points.

The Indians return to action at the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament Friday and Saturday at Bath Haverling High School.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Candor 46-21 to improve to 5-1. Mackenzie Cannon led O-M with 19 points, including five 3-pointers. Hannah Nolan added 15 points.

Athlete of the Week: WG's Nick Wilston

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 23, 2019 -- This week we honor a track-and-field competitor as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week.

He is Watkins Glen High School's Nick Wilston, who placed first in the Triple Jump at the Quinney Invitational Indoor Track Meet at SUNY Cortland with a school record of 40' 6.5" and second in the Long Jump with a leap of 19' 7.5".

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball's Isaac McIlroy, Max Evans and Aislinn Klemann; Odessa-Montour basketball's Grace Vondracek and JoLynn Minnier; and Watkins Glen bowler Matt Irwin.

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

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 1

3rd-4th Grade Results:

Curly's 14, Famous Brands 12
Curly's -- Zack Brusso 6, Austin Karius 6, Samantha Austic 2
Famous Brands -- Dominic Lewis 12

Maguire's 20, Watkins Sporting Goods 14
Maguire's -- Isaak Willett 10, Nick Sorce Jr. 8, Kane Peters 2
Sporting Goods -- Lean Lagramada 14

Standings:

Curly's Family Restaurant 1-0
Maguire's 1-0
Famous Brands 0-1
Watkins Sporting Goods 0-1

5th-6th Grade Results:

Seneca Lodge 19, VanSkiver Motors 14
Seneca Lodge -- Jax Decker 9, Ryan Hallenbeck 4, Bryce Bockelkamp 4, Emma Cady 2
VanSkiver's -- James Sora 6, Jason Scholtisek 4, Kali Madorsky 2, Natalie VanSkiver 2

W.G. Supply 16, Capt. Bill's 12
W.G. Supply -- Jade Santos 6, Dominic Gould 2, Carter Presutti 2, Nolan Reynolds 2, Zander Featherman 2, Brooklyn Thompson 2.
Capt. Bill's -- Cayden Lagramada 6, Bradley Edminister 4, Logan Bills 2.

Standings:

Seneca Lodge 1-0
Watkins Glen Supply 1-0
VanSkiver Motors 0-1
Capt. Bill's 0-1

Watkins Glen's Max Evans drives to the basket for two of his game-high 16 points.

Watkins boys cruise past Addison, 67-31

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 22, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team improved to 5-0 Saturday night with a 67-31 victory over Addison in a non-league game in the WGHS Field House.

"Our defense was terrific for the most part," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, "not allowing double-digit scoring by Addison in any quarter.

"The defense, along with our rebounding and transition play, won the game. Of our 67 points, I bet you 40 were off our steals, rebounds, and transition offense."

The Senecas led 9-0 on the way to a first-quarter 21-8 advantage, and were up 36-17 at halftime. The score entering the fourth quarter was 44-24, and from there Watkins outscored the Knights 23-7.

Max Evans led Watkins Glen scorers with 16 points (14 in the first half), while Isaac McIlroy scored 12 points, Cameron Holland 9, Dylan Morse 9, Seamus Mooney 8, Alex Kranyk 7, Owen Scholtisek 4, and Bryce Kelly 2. The team converted 3 of 4 free throws.

Evans led in rebounds with 10, while Mooney grabbed 7 and Scholtisek 4. Mitchell Pike and Morse led in assists with 3 each, while Mooney led in steals with 4. Scholtisek, McIlroy and Evans registered 3 steals apiece.

John Stierly led Addison with 8 points. The team was 6-for-11 from the foul line.

The Senecas return to action Saturday afternoon, Dec. 28, with a makeup game against Newark Valley at the Field House.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen won its first game of the season, defeating Addison 34-27. The Senecas (now 1-4) were led by Jacob Yontz and Jacob Powers, each with 8 points. Other points came from Joseph Sutterby (6), Gavin Smith (6), Bryce Cady (4) and David Kelly (2).

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins' Owen Scholtisek works his way through Addison defenders for a shot.
Bottom: The Senecas applied a tight defense on Addison. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy drives to the basket. Right: The Senecas' Mitchell Pike shoots. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Bryce Kelly shoots. Right: The Senecas' Seamus Mooney prepares to put up a shot for two of his eight points.

Left: Some of the students on hand to cheer on the Senecas. Right: WGHS grads Jena Slater (left, who is playing basketball at Clarks Summit University), and Lexi Castellaneta (a gymnast at Brockport State) were on hand at Saturday night's game.

Left: Watkins Glen's Cameron Holland launches a shot. Right: The Senecas' Owen Scholtisek is tied up by an Addison player. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse glides to the basket in first-half action against Addison.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Jacob Yontz takes aim. Right: The Senecas' Jacob Powers drives to the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Quinney meet: 2 school records for locals

CORTLAND, Dec. 22, 2019 -- Members of the combined Watkins Glen/Dundee Indoor Track team competed Saturday at the Quinney Invitational at SUNY Cortland.

Two of its members came home with new school records.

Top 6 place finishers included:

Boys:

--Matt Wood -- had a PR (personal record) in the 3200 Meter Run in 10:09.61, placing 1st and setting a new combined WG/Dundee record and Dundee record. He also placed 2nd in the 1600 Meters with a 4:51.7.

--Nick Wilston -- had a PR in the Triple Jump, setting a new Combined Team record and WG record with his 1st-place jump of 40' 6.5". He also placed 2nd in the Long Jump with a 19' 7.5" leap.

--Gabe Planty -- placed 3rd in the 600 Meter Run with a time of 1:30.54.

--Sam Thorsland -- placed 4th in the 1000 Meter Run with a time of 2:57.78.

--Boyd Barber -- placed 4th in the Shot Put at 33' 4".

--Johnny VanScoyk -- placed 6th in the 3200 Meter Run with a time of 11:45.08.

Girls

--Madelyn Suddaby -- Placed 4th in the Triple Jump with a 27' 1/2" jump.

--Breanna Carl -- Placed 5th in the 1000 Meter Run at 3:51.39.

--Ryliegh Clark (SVE, training with WG/Dundee) -- Placed 1st in the Triple Jump at 32' 5". She also placed 2nd in the Long Jump at 15' 1" and 5th in the 55 Meter Dash with a time of 8.11.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to Newfield

NEWFIELD, Dec. 21, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 1-5 Friday night when the Indians dropped an 84-33 decision to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Newfield gym.

"Newfield is a very good team," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens, "but our guys just looked sluggish tonight. We had five guys sick with various illnesses and it showed in our effort. I'm hopeful that with some rest and practice time we will be ready for our tournament in Addison next weekend."

Preston Harris led O-M scorers with 10 points, while Deshawn Johnson and Derrick Lewis notched 5 apiece, Jared Rumsey 4, Cameron Elliott 3, and Paden Grover, Cayden Confer and Devon Mahaney 2 each.

Odessa girls lose to Newfield, 52-36

ODESSA, Dec. 21, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team sustained its first loss of the season Friday night, falling to unbeaten Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Odessa (4-1) trailed Newfield 15-9 after one quarter, 24-14 at halftime, and 38-24 entering the fourth period.

"We did everything well tonight except put the ball in the basket," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We must have missed 10 layups. If we convert on those, then it's a ball game."

Grace Vondracek led Odessa scorers with 11 points, and grabbed 8 rebounds. JoLynn Minnier scored 8 points and registered 16 rebounds. Sara Gardner added 8 points, Kara Reese 6, and Autumn Garrison 3.

"JoLynn was an absolute beast on the boards and on helpside defense," said Gavich, "and the entire effort by the team was outstanding. Our execution with the ball just wasn't good enough."

Newfield (5-0) was led by Jenna Goodwin's 17 points. Kelly Moravec added 12 points, and Katie Moravec 11.

O-M returns to action Monday at Candor.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour (4-1) built a 30-4 lead and cruised past Newfield, 51-21. Hannah Nolan led the Indians with 21 points, while Tori Brewster notched 11 points, and Mackenzie Cannon 10.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's JoLynn Minnier is fouled as she attempts a shot near the hoop.
Bottom: O-M's Grace Vondracek prepares to shoot.

Left: O-M's Autumn Garrison drives to the basket in traffic. Right: Odessa's Kara Reese maneuvers around a Newfield defender.

Left: Odessa-Montou's Mallory Rhodes sends a shot on its way. Right: The Indians' Sara Gardner shoots.

And in the JV game:

Left: Odessa-Montour's Hannah Nolan maneuvers toward the basket. Right: The Indians' Mackenzie Cannon shoots from 3-point range.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Camille Sgrecci prepares to shoot. Right: The Indians' Tori Brewster moves the ball upcourt.

Watkins boys roll past Notre Dame, 67-32

SOUTHPORT, Dec. 21, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team improved to 4-0 Friday night with a 67-32 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory over Elmira Notre Dame in the ND gym.

The Senecas led 26-9 after one period, 43-15 at halftime, and 57-22 entering the fourth quarter.

Isaac McIlroy led Watkins with 20 points, while Mitch Pike scored 12, Owen Scholtisek 8, Max Evans 7, Jacob DeJong 5, Alex Kranyk and Bryce Kelly 4 each, Dylan Morse 3, and Seamus Mooney and Cameron Holland 2 apiece. The team was 3-for-8 from the foul line.

McIlroy, Evans and DeJong grabbed 7 rebounds each, while Holland had 6. Scholtisek led in assists with 6, and McIlroy in steals with 3. Pike and Kelly each registered 2 blocks.

Joseph Sheehan led Notre Dame with 12 points. The Crusaders were 7-for-17 from the foul line.

"We came out of the gate blazing," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, whose team hit six 3-pointers in the first quarter, three more in the second period, and 10 overall. McIlroy had four of them, and Pike three.

The Senecas return to action tonight (Saturday) at home against Addison.

Junior Varsity: Notre Dame defeated Watkins Glen, 49-35. The Senecas (0-4) were led by Jacob Yontz, who scored 11 points. David Kelly added 8 points, Jacob Powers 6, Gavin Smith 5, Joseph Sutterby 4, and Bryce Cady 2.

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

Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann shoots from beyond the 3-point arc.

Watkins Glen girls fall to ND, 52-46

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 21, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team rallied from an early 10-1 deficit Friday night to lead 36-35 entering the final quarter, but dropped a 52-46 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas, down 15-8 after one period and 23-18 at halftime, outscored the Crusaders 18-12 in the third quarter, but were outscored down the stretch 17-10 as their season record evened at 3-3.

Aislinn Klemann led Watkins scorers with 11 points that included three 3-pointers. Abby Gibson added 9 points, Carly Arnold 7, Drie Solomon and Kelsey Kernan 6 each, Ali LaMoreaux 3, and Mattie Yontz and Jenna Solomon 2 apiece. The team was 9-for-12 from the foul line.

Drie Solomon led in rebounds with 10 and assists with 4. Kernan grabbed 6 rebounds, Jenna Solomon 5, and Arnold 4.

Notre Dame was led by Taylor Van Dine's 14 points. The Crusaders converted 12 of 21 free throws.

Watkins Glen returns to action on Dec. 26-27 when it hosts the annual Melissa Wilson Memorial Tournament in the Field House. Other teams will include Homer, Newfield and Clyde-Savannah.

Junior Varsity: Notre Dame defeated Watkins Glen, 38-11. The Senecas are now 1-5.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan (12) and Carly Arnold battle Notre Dame players for control of a rebound.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold, right, and Ali LaMoreaux fight a Notre Dame player for possession of a loose ball. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Drie Solomon passes the ball. Right: The Senecas' Abby Gibson drives past a Notre Dame defender.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Brenna Pierce (22). Right: The Senecas' Molly Coolican (1).

Watkins girls fall to Newark Valley, 71-34

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 20, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team's record slipped to 3-2 Thursday night when the Senecas dropped a 71-34 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the NV gym.

The Cardinals (5-0) raced out to a 27-13 lead in the first quarter, and led Watkins 33-20 at halftime and 52-30 entering the final period.

Aislinn Klemann led Watkins Glen with 12 points, while Drie Solomon scored 9. Other points came from Kelsey Kernan (5), Carly Arnold (5), Ali LaMoreaux (2), and Abby Gibson (1).

Arnold led the team in rebounds with 6, while Klemann grabbed 5. The team converted 3 of 6 free throws.

The Senecas return to action tonight (Friday) at home against Elmira Notre Dame.

Junior Varsity: Newark Valley defeated Watkins Glen, 54-20. The Senecas are 1-4.

Watkins swimmers defeat Dryden, 91-60

DRYDEN, Dec. 20, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team posted its first victory of the season Thursday, defeating Dryden 91-60 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Dryden pool.

Wins for Watkins Glen (now 1-3) came in the following races:

200 Medley Relay: Jordan Avery, Daine Butler, Scott Brubaker, Lane Roy (3:18.47).
200 Individual Medley: Liam Smith (2:42.60).
50 Free: Jordan Avery (29.23).
Diving: Colby Thurston (112.5)
100 Fly: Scott Brubaker (1:21.53).
100 Free: Daine Butler (1:01.80).
500 Free: Liam Smith (6:59.97).
100 Back: Lane Roy (1:26.00).

Individual second-place finishes were posted by: Owen Bingham in the 200 Free and 500 Free; Colby Thurston in the 50 Free; and Jordan Avery in the 100 Back.

The Senecas will return to action after the holiday break, on Jan. 3.

Bowling: Watkins girls top NV; boys lose

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 20, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity bowling team posted a 3-1 victory Thursday over Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Cardinal Lanes. The Watkins boys team fell to NV, 4-0.

Girls: Watkins Glen lost the first game, 580-576, but won the second and third games and total pinfall, 1806-1630. Alyiah Clink-Bentley led the Senecas with a 449 series, while Makenzie Kellogg posted a 367 and Ava Cowan a 366.

Boys: Watkins lost all three games by a combined 2781-2168. Matt Irwin led the Senecas with a 549 series that included a 222 game, while Caleb Smith posted a 501 and R.J. Bannon a 493.

The Senecas return to action on Jan. 7 on the road against Elmira Notre Dame.

Odessa-Montour's Preston Harris prepares to send a shot on its way in traffic.

O-M boys fall to Candor, 66-38; now 1-4

ODESSA, Dec. 19, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 1-4 Wednesday night with a 66-38 Interscholastic Athletic Conference loss to Candor in the O-M gym.

Odessa fell behind early, trailing 18-8 after one quarter, and never got closer than six points, at 18-12. Candor went on a 16-2 run at that point, building a 34-14 lead on the way to a halftime advantage of 34-19.

Candor outscored O-M 12-10 in the third period, and then 20-9 in the final quarter.

Derrick Lewis led Odessa-Montour with 8 points, while Paden Grover scored 6, Preston Harris 6, Cayden Confer 5, Devon Mahaney 5, Deshawn Johnson 5, and Cameron Elliott 3. The team was 1-for-10 from the foul line.

Candor was led by Alexander Doucett's 17 points, and 14 each by Kolden Foster and Daniel Thomas. The team converted 6 of 14 free throws.

O-M returns to action Friday at Newfield.

Photo in text: O-M's Derrick Lewis makes a move to the basket against Candor.

Left: Odessa's Deshawn Johnson drives to the hoop. Right: O-M's Ben Mathews drives.

Left: O-M's Cayden Confer at the free-throw line. Right: O-M's Devon Mahaney shoots.

Left: Some of the fans at the game. Right: O-M's Paden Grover prepares to shoot.

OM/WG wrestlers lose to Groton, 42-39

GROTON, Dec. 19, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity wrestling team dropped a 42-39 decision Wednesday evening to Groton in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Groton gym.

Odessa got competitive wins from:

--Kadin Burnham, a pin in 3:17 at 120 pounds.
--Dominick Fazzary, a 9-2 decision at 145 pounds.
--Braiden Ventra, a pin in 5:04 at 182 pounds.
--Tristian Harrington, a pin in 4:17 at 220 pounds.

O-M also claimed forfeit victories at 106, 170 and 195 pounds.

The Indians return to action Saturday, Dec. 28 at the Mark Cody Duals at Binghamton High School.

O-M swimmers fall to Southern Cayuga

AURORA, Dec. 19, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team dropped a 54-40 decision Wednesday to Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the SC pool.

Victories for O-M came in the following races:

100 Yard Freestyle: Brett Walters (56.88).
400 Freestyle Relay: Jacob Mayette, Micah Brewster, Justin Ruocco, Evan Underdown (4:20.76).

Individual second-place finishes for Odessa were posted by Jon Spencer in the 200 IM, Caleb Thomas in the 50 Free, Jacob Mayette in the 100 Fly, Justin Ruocco in the 100 Back, and Brock Sgrecci in the 100 Breaststroke.

The Indians return to action Jan. 7 at Lansing.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Jared Rumsey, Cameron Elliott and Devon Mahaney.

O-M boys fall to Bradford, slip to 1-3

ODESSA, Dec. 17, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team -- beset by turnovers and fouls -- dropped a 67-55 decision Monday night to Bradford in a non-league game in the O-M gym.

"We dug ourselves a big hole early, and never recovered," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens, whose team started with man-to-man defense but switched to zone because "the Man D didn't show up tonight." Pressure by Bradford forced numerous O-M turnovers in the first half.

Full-court pressure by Odessa late in the game "was semi-successful," said Stephens, whose squad got no closer than seven points down the stretch.

Bradford (4-2) led 18-13 after one period, and 30-25 at halftime, three points of its lead trimmed on a long buzzer beater by O-M's Cameron Elliott. But after the Indians closed to within four points twice in the third quarter, Bradford surged ahead by 12 points, 46-24, entering the final period.

Free throws played a crucial role. O-M (now 1-3) was called for fouls 26 times to Bradford's 15. Bradford converted 29 of 35 foul shots, while O-M converted just 8 of 16.

Bradford's Blai Crespo led all scorers with 25 points, mostly on floaters from the side and from free throws. Jordan Sutryk scored 19 points.

Odessa's top scorer was Preston Harris, with 12 points. Other points came from Paden Grover (10), Derrick Lewis (9), Devon Mahaney (8), Cameron Elliott (6), Cayden Confer (5), Deshawn Johnson (2), Ben Mathews (2), and Jared Rumsey (1).

The Indians return to action tonight (Tuesday) at home against Candor.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Preston Harris prepares to shoot in traffic.
Bottom: The Indians' Cayden Confer takes the ball to the hoop.

Left: O-M's Paden Grover finds his shot attempt obstructed. Right: The Indians' Deshawn Johnson drives to the basket in traffic.

Left: O-M's Ben Mathews grabs a rebound as Bradford players close in. Right: The Indians' Derrick Lewis shoots.

Bowling: Watkins Glen falls to Waverly

WAVERLY, Dec. 17, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams both lost to Waverly 4-0 Monday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at the Valley Bowling Center.

Boys: Watkins Glen lost the three games by a combined 3216-2269. Matt Irwin led the Senecas with a 591 series that included games of 215 and 214. R.J. Bannon was next with a 526 that included a 204. Waverly was led by Zach Vanderpool's 724.

Girls: Watkins Glen lost the three games by a combined 2624-1909. Alyiah Clink-Bentley led the Senecas with a 441 series. Ava Cowan was next with a 377, while Makenzie Kellogg notched a 369 and Brooke Usher a 358.

Athletes of the Week: Gardner, McIlroy

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 15, 2019 -- This week we honor two basketball players as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

One is senior Sara Gardner, who scored 39 points across two games -- including a career high of 27 in one of them -- as the Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team won twice, improving to 4-0.

The other is senior Isaac McIlroy, who rose to the occasion when his unbeaten Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team was seriously challenged for the first time this season. He scored 22 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and registered 4 assists and 3 steals in a 74-66 victory over Edison.

Double Honorable: O-M basketball's Kara Reese, JoLynn Minnier and Grace Vondracek; Watkins Glen basketball's Owen Scholtisek; Watkins Glen track's Nick Wilston and Boyd Barber; and Watkins Glen bowling's R.J. Bannon.

Honorable Mention: Another 32 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Watkins Glen/Dundee Indoor Track team members, clockwise from left: Joel Trinkle, Ryleigh Clark, Lily Hall, Haley Dean, Madelyn Suddaby, Kelsey DeMillo, Nick Wilston, Cal Sutterby and Matt Wood. (Photo provided)

Glen/Dundee tracksters set marks at IC

ITHACA, Dec. 15, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen/Dundee high school Indoor Track team competed Saturday at the Ithaca Bomber Invitational, and came home with some school records.

Finishing in the top six in various events:

--Lily Hall placed 5th in the Long Jump with a Dundee and combined WG/Dundee school record of 16' 4".

--Matt Wood placed 6th in the 600 Meter Run for a Dundee record of 1:30.9.

--Nick Wilston placed 7th in the Triple Jump, setting a Watkins Glen and combined WG/Dundee record of 40' 7".

--Boyd Barber threw the 25-pound hammer 29' 2" for a Watkins Glen and combined WG/Dundee record.

--Ryleigh Clark -- practicing with the WG/Dundee team from Spencer-Van Etten -- placed 6th in the Triple Jump at 33' 10" and ran the 55 Meters in 7.95 seconds. All of her events are setting S-VE school records, since this is a new sport for her school.

Photo in text: Dundee student-athletes Matt Wood and Lily Hall, part of the Watkins Glen/Dundee Indoor Track team. (Photo provided)

OM/WG wrestlers place 8th at Arkport

ARKPORT, Dec. 15, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen high school varsity wrestling team finished 8th among 12 competing schools Saturday at the annual Ark-Can Holiday Duals at Arkport High School.

OM/WG, which has just four returning wrestlers this year and 12 new team members, went 3-6 in the competition. Rush Henrietta was first at 9-0, followed by Bolivar Richburg (8-1), Hornell (7-2), Avon Geneseo (6-3), Perry (6-3), Wellsville (5-4), Dansville Keshequa (4-5), OM/WG (3-6), Haverling (3-6), Caledonia Mumford (2-7), Alfred Almond (1-8), and Arkport Canaseraga (0-9).

OM/WG's wins came against Alfred-Almond, 48-36; Caledonia Mumford, 45-36; and Arkport Canaseraga, 60-24.

Flu leads to basketball game postponement

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 15, 2019 -- The scheduled Watkins Glen High School boys varsity and junior varsity home basketball games Saturday night against Waverly were postponed earlier in the day.

WGHS Athletic Director Rod Weeden said that the Waverly coach came down with the flu "and was begging to have the games postponed."

No makeup date has been announced.

Watkins' Planty named to All-State 1st Team

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 14, 2019 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Gabe Planty has been named to the Class C All-State Cross Country First Team by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

The honor caps a season in which Planty won numerous cross country races, qualified for States, and was named The Odessa File's Schuyler Fall MVP, an award that goes to one athlete from among all high school athletes in the county.

Odessa-Montour's Ryan Griswold, left, and Deshawn Johnson drive to the basket.

O-M boys rout Tioga, 52-21, for 1st win

ODESSA, Dec. 14, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team shook off the disappointment of two early-season losses by running past Tioga 52-21 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

"We shifted up our defense," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens, "going from a zone to an in-your-face man-to man. It took a lot of hard work" at practices since a 70-53 loss to Spencer-Van Etten on Tuesday. The Indians had dropped their season opener the previous Friday, falling to Southern Cayuga, 69-55.

"I challenged them -- told them we couldn't keep giving up a lot of baskets. I couldn't be happier with the result. I haven't seen a defense like that by an Odessa team ... well, ever."

Tioga only sank five baskets in the game -- none from 3-point range. More than half of its points came at the free-throw line, where the Tigers were 11-for-21. Odessa only got four foul shots, making one.

"This was a team win, a team effort," said Stephens. "I'm very proud of them."

The scoring was spread out for O-M, with Paden Grover, Devon Mahaney and Jared Rumsey each netting 8 points. Cayden Confer and Cameron Elliott scored 6 apiece, Preston Harris 5, and Dominik Scott 3. Four others had 2 points each.

Odessa took control early, building a 13-4 first-quarter advantage on constant ball-hawking that threw Tioga off balance. The lead grew to 25-11 at halftime, and to 39-14 entering the fourth period.

The Indians return to action Monday at home against Bradford. They will play another home game Tuesday against Candor.

Junior Varsity: Tioga defeated Odessa-Montour (0-3) by a 56-43 margin.

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Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Paden Grover goes airborne as he nears the basket.
Bottom: The Indians' Cayden Confer fights through two Tioga defenders for a shot.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Devon Mahaney, Derrick Lewis and Preston Harris.

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Bryce Edminster (in white) battles for a rebound. Right: The Indians' Daniel Lewis puts up a shot. He was fouled on the play.

WG 8th grade volleyball team goes unbeaten

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 13, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen 8th grade volleyball team completed a perfect 10-0 season Thursday.

Five of the players were on a 7th grade team last year that also went 10-0.

Pictured in the top row, from left: Coach Krysti Westervelt, Abi Miller, Alyson Gibson, Brayona Oden and Brooke Koseba. Bottom row, from left: Malina Butler, Sasha Honrath, Maddy Hansen and Sarah Jones. Not pictured: Keira Sulkey.

The five who played on unbeaten squads both years are Gibson, Oden, Butler, Jones and Sulkey.

O-M girls top Addison, 46-38; now 4-0

ADDISON, Dec. 13, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team improved its record to 4-0 Thursday night with a 46-38 non-league road victory over Addison.

Kara Reese led O-M with 14 points -- all in the second half. Odessa led 12-11 after one period, but was down 21-18 at halftime and 33-32 after three periods.

"Kara hit a pair of 3-pointers to start the fourth quarter to give us the lead for good," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We really needed her stepping up and scoring for us in the second half, and she came through in the clutch."

Other points came from Sara Gardner (12), JoLynn Minnier (7, with 6 rebounds), Grace Vondracek (5, with 18 rebounds), Autumn Garrison (4), and Mallory Rhodes and Ida Sidle (2 each).

"We got into a lot of foul trouble in the first half and lost our composure a bit after taking a 12-5 lead in the first quarter," said Gavich. "They played very hard and gave us a real good test in a hostile environment. I was proud of us regaining our composure and doing what we needed to in that fourth quarter to put them away on their home floor."

O-M returns to action Tuesday at Candor.

Junior Varsity: O-M defeated Addison 34-33 to improve to 3-1. Hannah Nolan led the Indians with 18 points, including a coast-to-coast layup with 8 seconds left to give O-M the final, winning lead. Brittany Cain added 9 points, and Tori Brewster scored 7.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese (File photo)

Bowling: O-M, Watkins each win and lose

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 13, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity bowling team defeated Odessa-Montour 4-0 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes. At the same time, the O-M girls defeated Watkins Glen 3-1.

Boys: Watkins Glen won the three games by a combined 2351-2108 margin, led by R.J. Bannon's 593 series (on games of 134-246-213). Caleb Smith added a 476, Matt Irwin a 428, Corbin Groves a 418, and Michael Cook a 400. Odessa was led by Austin Hoyt's 451. He was followed by Eric Rumsey (440), Dom Elliott (414) and Wes Wade (402).

Girls: Odessa-Montour lost the first game 632-621, but won the second game 605-600 and the third 596-565 to take total pinfall, 1822-1797. Jana Arias led the Indians with a 423 series, while Taryn Hoyt added a 378. Alyiah Clink-Bentley led Watkins with a 403, while Makenzie Kellogg posted a 375.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Alyiah Clink-Bentley reacts to a strike.

From left: O-M's Courtney Davis and Watkins Glen's Makenzie Kellogg apply some body English to their shots, while Watkins' R.J. Bannon ponders how one pin stayed up.

WG girls fall to Waverly, 49-29, slip to 3-1

WAVERLY, Dec. 13 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team sustained its first loss of the season Thursday night, droppng a 49-29 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Waverly gym.

The Senecas led 9-7 after one period, but Waverly pulled away with an 18-6 second quarter for a 25-15 halftime advantage. The Wolverines then outscored Watkins 9-6 and 15-8 in the final two periods.

Kelsey Kernan led Watkins Glen with 8 points, while Jenna Solomon scored 5. Mattie Yontz, Drie Solomon, Carly Arnold, Abby Gibson and Natalie Edmister each added 3 points, while Ali LaMoreaux scored 1. The team was 4-for-8 from the foul line. Drie Solomon led in rebounds with 6, while Jenna Solomon and LaMoreaux each had 4.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Newark Valley.

Junior Varsity: Waverly defeated Watkins Glen 42-21. The Senecas are now 1-3.

Odessa-Montour's Brett Walters competes in the 500 Free, where he finished second.

O-M swimmers fall to Waverly, 63-31

ODESSA, Dec. 13, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team's record slipped to 3-1 Thursday when the Indians dropped a 63-31 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

O-M won the day's first race, the 200 Yard Medley Relay, with Brett Walters, Caleb Thomas, Jake Mayette and Bailey Hornbrook posting a time of 1:56.13. But Waverly won every race up that.

Second-place finishes were registered for O-M by Micah Brewster in the 200 Free, Hornbrook in the 200 IM, Mayette in the 50 Free and 100 Fly, Walters in the 500 Free, Brock Sgrecci in the 100 Breaststroke, and by the 400 Free Relay team of Mayette, Brewster, Justin Ruocco and Walters.

The Indians return to action Thursday at Southern Cayuga.

Photo in text: O-M's Caleb Thomas hits the water at start of the 100 Breaststroke.

Odessa-Montour's Micah Brewster glides toward the surface after diving in the 500 Free.

Odessa-Montour's Brock Sgrecci competes in the 100 Breaststroke. He placed second.

Odessa-Montour's Justin Ruocco competes in the 100 Yard Backstroke. He placed third.

WG swimmers fall to Southern Cayuga

AURORA, Dec. 13, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team dropped a 58-36 decision Thursday to Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the SC pool.

Watkins Glen got wins from Liam Smith in the 200 Individual Medley (2:48.37) and Ben Swinnerton in the 500 Free (6:57.53).

Second-place finishes were posted for the Senecas by Daine Butler in the 100 Free and 100 Breaststroke, Smith in the 500 Free, Scott Brubaker in the 100 Fly and 200 Free, Swinnerton in the 200 IM, and Jordan Avery in the 100 Back.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at home against Greene.

OM/WG's Kaden LaBar is in control on the way to an 18-8 victory at 152 pounds.

OM/WG wrestlers fall to Moravia, 42-37

ODESSA, Dec. 12, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen high school varsity wrestling team dropped a 42-37 decision to Moravia Wednesday evening in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in O-M's Jack Davis Gym.

OM/WG got competitive victories from Joshua Beckley (a pin in 3:50 at 182 pounds), Kadin Burnham (a pin in :40 at 120), Josiah Lynch (a pin in :35 at 138), Kaden LaBar (an 18-8 major decision at 152), and Braiden Ventra (a 5-2 decision at 170). They also picked up two forfeit wins, at 106 and 132 pounds.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen's Josiah Lynch (obscured) takes down his Moravia opponent at 138 pounds. Lynch won by a pin in 35 seconds.

OM/WG's Kadin Burnham, right, takes control on the way to a win at 120 pounds.

Bowling: Watkins Glen girls win, boys fall

LANSING, Dec. 12, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity bowling team posted a victory Wednesday over an undermanned Dryden squad in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match, while the Watkins boys lost.

Girls: Watkins Glen won 4-0 over a Dryden team with just one bowler. The Senecas rolled a 1788 total, led by Alyiah Clink-Bentley's 399. Ava Cowan added a 367, Brooke Usher a 362, and Makenzie Kellogg a 355.

Boys: The Senecas lost 4-0, dropping the three games by a 2370-2015 margin. R.J. Bannon led Watkins with a 512 series, while Caleb Smith posted a 418, and Matt Irwin a 416.

O-M girls top S-VE; Gardner nets 27

ODESSA, Dec. 11, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team -- led by Sara Gardner's career-high 27 points -- improved to 3-0 Tuesday night by defeating Spencer-Van Etten 41-26 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Gardner also set a career high by sinking seven 3-pointers in 10 attempts. Grace Vondracek added 9 points while grabbing 10 rebounds and stealing the ball 8 times. Other points came from Kara Reese (2, with 4 steals), Autumn Garrison (2, with 5 rebounds), and Jessica Carnes (1). JoLynn Minnier registered 8 rebounds.

Odessa led 10-8 after one quarter, and 22-13 at halftime. "We scored five points to start the third period on our first two possessions," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, who said those points came on a Gardner 3-pointer and a driving layup by Vondracek.

"Then we let our defense go to work the rest of the way while we went a little cold." Odessa led 29-18 entering the fourth quarter.

"Our defensive effort tonight was again outstanding," said Gavich, "and was the difference in the game. And we did execute offensively well in spurts in the second half, as well as doing a good job freeing up and finding Sara since she had the hot hand tonight. She doesn't get those looks without some pretty good efforts from the entire team."

The Indians return to action Thursday at Addison.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Spencer-Van Etten 43-36 in overtime.

Photos in text: O-M's Sara Gardner drives to the basket (top); the Indians' Grace Vondracek races past an S-VE defender.

Left: O-M's Kara Reese looks to pass the ball. Right: The Indians' Autumn Garrison.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Jessica Carnes looks for a shot. Right: The Indians' JoLynn Minnier drives to the basket.

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Camille Sgrecci shoots. Right: The Indians' Tori Brewster drives around a Spencer-Van Etten defender.

Odessa boys fall to Spencer, slip to 0-2

SPENCER, Dec. 11, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team sustained its second loss in two games Tuesday night when it dropped a 70-53 decision to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the S-VE gym.

"I thought our guys played with great intensity the whole game," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens, "but we just couldn't find the bottom of the basket most of the game."

Paden Grover led the Indians with 17 points, while Jared Rumsey scored 11, Preston Harris 8, Deshawn Johnson 6, Devon Mahaney 6, and Cameron Elliott 5.

O-M returns to action Friday night at home against Tioga.

Left: Watkins' Natalie Edmister shoots. Right: The Senecas' Carly Arnold moves the ball. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls top Edison, improve to 3-0

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 11, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team -- behind tenacious defense and a 3-point barrage -- pulled away from Edison for a 60-35 victory Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas sank 11 baskets from beyond the arc -- five of them by Carly Arnold for her team-high 15 points. Aislinn Klemann connected on three of them on the way to 13 points, while Drie Solomon sank two and Ali LaMoreaux one.

Watkins also got double-digit scoring from Kelsey Kernan (11 points). Other points came from Drie Solomon (8), Jenna Solomon (6), LaMoreaux and Natalie Edmister (3 each), and Abby Gibson (1). The team was 3-for-7 from the foul line.

The Senecas built a 14-9 lead in the first period, only to see Edison score the final five points of the quarter to tie it up. But Watkins pulled away with a 19-7 second quarter, and after a 9-9 third period, dominated down the stretch, 18-5.

Watkins Glen returns to action Thursday at Waverly.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 1-2 with a 37-30 victory over Edison. Lillian Ameigh and Brenna Pierce each scored 10 points for the Senecas, while Cloey Wratten added 8 points, Nicole Chiacchiarini 3, Molly Coolican 3, Cassidy Ploucha 2, and Addy Coolican 1.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan drives to the basket in traffic.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jenna Solomon (30) passes the ball to her sister Drie (20). Right: The Senecas' Abby Gibson shoots.

Left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann (15) shoots. Right: The Senecas' Drie Solomon (20) fights for possession of the ball. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Lilly Ameigh at the free-throw line. Right: The Senecas' Julia Spahalski moves the ball upcourt.

Watkins Glen boys hold off Edison, 74-66

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Dec. 11, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team improved to 3-0 Tuesday night with a 74-66 victory over Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

The Senecas led 16-11 after one period and 28-24 at halftime. They then outscored the Spartans 24-20 in the third quarter for a 52-44 lead entering the final period, and matched Edison's 22 points down the stretch.

The Senecas, who won their first two games in blowout style, "just weren't sharp" against Edison, said Coach John Fazzary. "They never let us get out of range. We didn't do a good job defensively, and weren't as sharp offensively as we were in the first two games."

Isaac McIlroy led Watkins with 22 points, while Owen Scholtisek scored 17 (including three 3's in a four-minute stretch in the second half), Max Evans 12, Mitchell Pike 10, Jacob DeJong 9, and Cameron Holland and Dylan Morse 2 each. The team was 11-for-22 from the foul line.

DeJong led in rebounds with 12, while McIlroy grabbed 6 and Evans 5. McIlroy and Scholtisek each notched 4 assists, while McIlroy had 3 steals and Evans 2.

Edison was led by Jack Shaw's 21 points (19 in the second half, including five 3's) and 18 by Xander Burch. The Spartans sank 13 of 25 free throws.

Watkins Glen returns to action Saturday night at home against Waverly.

Junior Varsity: Edison defeated Watkins Glen 53-45. Jacob Yontz led the Senecas with 17 points, while Joseph Sutterby scored 11, Jacob Powers 9, Bryce Cady 3, Ryan Thompson 3, and Gavin Smith 2.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Max Evans drives to the basket.
Bottom: The Senecas' Owen Scholtisek takes aim. (Both photos by David Franzese)

Odessa-Montour's Jana Arias turns away after her first ball left a tricky spare attempt.

Odessa-Montour bowlers fall to Candor

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 11, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams lost Tuesday to Candor in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Boys: Odessa fell 3-1, winning the first game but losing the next two and total pinfall, 2524-2174. Dominick Elliott led O-M with a 460 series, while Eric Rumsey posted a 453 and Austin Hoyt a 446.

Girls: Odessa lost 4-0, droppng the three games by a 2052-1873 margin. Jana Arias led O-M with a 496 series, while Taryn Hoyt posted a 392.

The Indians return to action Thursday at Harborside Lanes against Watkins Glen.

Photo in text: O-M's Dom Elliott urges his ball to move to the right.

O-M swimmers defeat Dryden, 103-44

DRYDEN, Dec. 11, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team improved its record to 3-0 Tuesday with a 103-44 victory over Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Confenence meet in the Dryden pool.

The Indians took first place in all but one event. Their wins included the following:

200 Medley Relay: Brett Walters, Brock Sgrecci, Jake Mayette and Caleb Thomas (1:58.61).
200 Free: Micah Brewster (2:19.46).
200 IM: Jake Mayette (3:37.33).
50 Free: Caleb Thomas (27.57).
100 Fly: Jake Mayette (1:11.92)
100 Free: Brett Walters (56.65).
500 Free: Micah Brewster (6:31.24).
100 Back: Brett Walters (1:13.97).
100 Breast: Brock Sgrecci (1:17.48).
400 Free Relay: Jake Mayette, Micah Brewster, Justin Ruocco, Brett Walters (4:15.89).

"The team continues to perform well in dual meets," said Coach Terri Brace, "with most improving their times."

The Indians return to action Thursday at home against defending Section 4 Class C champion Waverly.

Athlete of the Week: O-M's Vondracek

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 8, 2019 -- This week we honor an Odessa-Montour High School basketball player as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week.

Honoree Grace Vondracek keyed an energetic, aggressive O-M girls varsity team as it won its first two games of the season. In the two games combined, she had 24 points, 23 rebounds, 13 steals and 4 blocks.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball's Isaac McIlroy, Jacob DeJong and Max Evans; O-M basketball's Kara Reese, Sara Gardner, JoLynn Minnier and Preston Harris; and O-M swimming's Micah Brewster, Jacob Mayette and Brett Walters.

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

Glen girls 3rd, O-M girls 4th at IAC meet

WAVERLY, Dec. 8, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity bowling team finished third among 13 teams Saturday at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Kickoff Tournament at the Valley Bowling Center, while Odessa-Montour was fourth.

The Watkins Glen boys, meanwhile, placed 7th and the O-M boys 11th among the 13 competing schools.

Girls: Union Springs/Port Byron took first place with a 2535 pinfall, with Waverly second at 2337, Watkins Glen third at 2014, and O-M fourth at 1950. They were followed by Candor (1940), Groton (1938), Edison (1776), Tioga (1663), Lansing (1642), Elmira Notre Dame (1555), Newark Valley (1188), Marathon (950), and Dryden (365).

Jana Arias led Odessa-Montour with a 441 series, while Courtney Davis posted a 410.

Boys: Waverly took the team title with a 2976 pinfall. Groton was second (2652), followed by Lansing (2629), Tioga (2621), Newark Valley (2468), Union Springs/Port Byron (2428), Watkins Glen (2380), Elmira Notre Dame (2316), Dryden (2234), Candor (2216), Odessa-Montour (2160), Edison (2126), and Marathon (1810).

Eric Rumsey led O-M with a 490 series, while Dom Elliott posted a 473, and Austin Hoyt notched a 439.

Left: Watkins Glen's Natalie Edmister is fouled as she drives to the basket. Right: The Senecas' Aislinn Klemann shoots from beyond the three-point arc.

Watkins Glen girls defeat Lansing, 47-21

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 7, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team improved to 2-0 Friday night when it defeated Lansing 47-21 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas built a 14-5 lead in the first quarter, led 27-13 at halftime, and entered the fourth period ahead 40-15.

Abby Gibson, Drie Solomon and Aislinn Klemann led Watkins scorers with 8 points each, while Carly Arnold scored 7, Natalie Edmister 7, Kelsey Kernan 5, Mattie Yontz 2, and Ali LaMoreaux 2.

LaMoreaux and Arnold led the team in rebounds with 6 apiece, while Kernan grabbed 5 and Drie and Jenna Solomon each notched 3. Gibson led in steals with 5, while Kernan had 3, and Gibson led in assists with 3. The team blocked five shots -- one each by LaMoreaux, Drie Solomon, Amanda Wilbur, Edmister and Jenna Solomon.

The team was 4-for-9 from the free-throw line. Lansing (0-2) was 6-for-16.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at home against Edison.

Junior Varsity: Lansing scored the final seven points to pull away for a 28-19 victory over Watkins Glen. Lilly Ameigh led the Senecas with 9 points, while Addy Coolican and Kara Sheesley had 4 each, and Nicole Chiacchiarini had 2. The team was 7-for-20 from the foul line. Lansing's Sydney Burke scored 18 points.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Drie Solomon drives to the hoop.

Left: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold shoots. Right: The Senecas' Kelsey Kernan, right, fights for control of the ball.

From photographer Don Romeo:

Left: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson drives to the basket. Right: The Senecas' Kelsey Kernan, left, and Ali LaMoreaux fight a Lansing player for control of the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann (15) defends. Right: The Senecas' Jenna Solomon (30) passes the ball to her sister Drie.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Lilly Ameigh shoots. Right: The Senecas' Nicole Chiacchiarini goes up for a reobund.

Watkins Glen boys rout Lansing, 74-37

LANSING, Dec. 7, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team raised its record to 2-0 Friday night with a 74-37 victory over Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Lansing gym.

Isaac McIlroy led the Senecas with 25 points, while Jacob DeJong scored 20. Other points came from Owen Scholtisek (7), Mitchell Pike (6), Max Evans (5), Travon Jones (3), and Cameron Holland, Dylan Morse, Alex Kranyk and Bryce Kelly (2 each).

Scholtisek led in assists with 7, and Evans and Jones in rebounds with 4 each. The team had 12 steals.

"I was happy with our defensive intensity," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, whose team got "a lot of layups in transition. The team defense was pretty darn good."

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Edison.

Junior Varsity: Lansing defeated Watkins Glen (0-2), 51-33. Jacob Yontz led the Senecas with 15 points, while Ryan Thompson scored 7, Jacob Powers 5, David Kelly 4, and Gavin Smith 2.

Left: O-M's Mallory Rhodes shoots. Right: Odessa's JoLynn Minnier puts up a shot.

Odessa-Montour girls defeat S. Cayuga

ODESSA, Dec. 7, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team improved to 2-0 Friday night with a 47-37 victory over Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Kara Reese led O-M scorers with 14 points, and stole the ball 5 times. Sara Gardner scored 12 points and had 6 assists, while Grace Vondracek had 10 points, 11 rebounds and 6 steals. JoLynn Minnier led the team in rebounds with 15, and scored 6 points. Autumn Garrison and Jessica Carnes each scored 2 points, and Taylor Cain had 1.

"It wasn't our sharpest effort tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "but this team hustles and gives 100% effort all the time, and that effort carried us through tonight. We hadn't beaten SC since 2010, so it was good to get a win against these guys."

O-M returns to action Tuesday at home against Spencer-Van Etten.

Junior Varsity; Odessa-Montour improved to 2-0 with a 48-35 win over Southern Cayuga. Hannah Nolan led the Indians with 22 points. Tori Brewster added 9 points, Brittany Cain 7, Camille Sgrecci 6, and Reagan Reese 4.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese is fouled as she drives to the basket.

Left: Odessa's Grace Vondracek drives to the hoop. Right: O-M's Sara Gardner shoots.

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Hannah Nolan drives to the basket in traffic. Right: The Indians' Brittany Cain shoots over a Southern Cayuga defender.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to S. Cayuga

AURORA, Dec. 7, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team dropped its season opener Friday night, falling to Southern Cayuga 69-55 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the SC gym.

The Indians were up five points at halftime, but "Southern Cayuga got some great shots to fall, and we went cold," said O-M Coach Dan Stephens.

Preston Harris led the Indians in scoring with 22 points, while Paden Grover registered 16, Jared Rumsey 5, Ben Matthews 4, Deshawn Johnson 4, Devon Mahaney 3, and Derrick Lewis 2.

"The guys played hard all the way to the end," said Stephens, "and I'm excited to see what we can do the rest of the season. "

The team returns to action Tuesday at Spencer-Van Etten.

Junior Varsity: Southern Cayuga defeated Odessa-Montour 54-40. Bryce Edminster led the Indians with 11 points.

Odessa-Montour's Micah Brewster on the way to victory in the 200 Yard Freestyle.

O-M swimmers defeat Greene, 54-39

ODESSA, Dec. 7, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team raised its record to 2-0 Friday with a 54-39 victory over Greene in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

"The O-M boys swam a great meet tonight," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "Greene has some excellent freestylers, but we were able to overome them with our stroke specialists. We led thoughout the entire meet, but after the 200 Freestyle Relay Greene was within five points. We secured the win by going 1-2 in the Breaststroke (rookie Brock Sgrecci and Caleb Thomas, respectively) and Backstroke (Brett Walters and Justin Ruocco)."

First-place finishes were posted for Odessa in the:

200 Medley Relay: Brett Walters, Caleb Thomas, Jacob Mayette, Bailey Hornbrook (1:57.95).
200 Freestyle: Micah Brewster (2:13.34).
200 Individual Medley: Jacob Mayette (2:39.38).
50 Freestyle: Brett Walters (24.59).
100 Fly: Jacob Mayette (1:10.28).
100 Back: Brett Watlers (1:07.58).
100 Breaststroke: Brock Sgrecci (1:18.35).

Odessa-Montour returns to action Tuesday at Dryden.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Caleb Thomas hits the water at the start of the 50 Yard Freestyle.
Bottom: Odessa's Brett Walters checks his time after winning the 50 Free.

Odessa-Montour's Noah Hollenbeck dives at start of the 200 Meter Freestyle.

Left: The Senecas' Matt Irwin. Right: Watkins Glen's R.J. Bannon reacts to a spare.

Watkins Glen bowlers open with victories

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 6, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams started the season on a winning note Thursday, defeating Lansing in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Boys: Watkins Glen won 3-1, taking the first and second games and total pinfall, 2399-2169. Caleb Smith led the way with a 552 series that included a 234 game. R.J. Bannon added a 544, while Matt Irwin posted a 508, and Mykal Cody a 450.

"The boys team lost a lot of guys to graduation," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower, "so it is nice to see R.J., Matt and Caleb stepping into leadership roles."

Girls: Watkins Glen won 4-0, taking the three games by a 1789-1535 margin. Makenzie Kellogg led the Senecas with a 426 series, while Alyiah Clink-Bentley posted a 382, Maisie Robertson a 363, and Ava Cowan a 302.

"It was nice to start out the season with wins by both teams," said Coach Brower.

The Senecas return to action at 1 p.m. Saturday at the IAC Kickoff Tournament at the Valley Bowling Center in Waverly.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Makenzie Kellogg reacts to a strike.

Left: The Senecas' Brooke Usher reacts to a spare attempt. Right: Watkins Glen's Ava Cowan celebrates a strike.

Bowling: O-M girls edge Tioga; boys lose

WAVERLY, Dec. 6, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity bowling team defeated Tioga 3-1 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at the Valley Bowling Center in Waverly that came down to the final frame.

Tioga won the opening game 659-601 before O-M rebounded to take the second one 668-605. Odessa's Angel Burlew registered a strike and spare as the final bowler to give the Indians a 626-625 win in the third game, and a total pinfall victory of 1895-1889.

Jana Arias led O-M in total pinfall with a 423, while Courtney Davis posted a 400 and Taryn Hoyt a 388.

Boys: Tioga defeated Odessa-Montour 4-0, winning the three games by a 2554-2365 margin. Austin Hoyt led O-M with a 515 series, while Dom Elliott registered a 511, and Eric Rumsey a 510.

Next: O-M competes Saturday in the IAC Kickoff Tournament at the Valley Bowling Center in Waverly at 1 p.m.

Watkins Glen's Daine Butler (front) dives at start of the 200 Yard Individual Medley.

Watkins Glen swimmers fall to Lansing

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 6, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team's record slipped to 0-2 Thursday when the Senecas dropped a 96-61 decision to Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

Lansing won 10 of the 12 events, Watkins Glen earning first-place points in just the 100 Yard Breaststroke (Daine Butler won in 1:20.65) and Diving (Colby Thurston with 148.45 points).

Second-place finishes were posted for the Senecas in the:

200 Medley Relay: Lane Roy, Liam Smith, Daine Butler, Ben Swinnerton (2:23.47).
200 Yard Freestyle: Scott Brubaker in 2:25.97.
50 Yard Freestyle: Jordan Avery in 29.93.
500 Yard Freestyle: Scott Brubaker in 6:49.86.
200 Free Relay: Daine Butler, Ben Swinnerton, Liam Smith, Scott Brubaker (2:00.26).
100 Yard Breaststroke: Ben Swinnerton in 1:23.56.

The Senecas return to action next Thursday at Southern Cayuga.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Owen Bingham competes in the 200 Yard Freestyle.
Bottom: The Senecas' Gaetano Williams competes in the 200 Yard Medley Relay.

Watkins Glen's Jordan Avery swims the first leg of the 200 Yard Medley Relay.

The Senecas' Anthony Cummings dives at the start of the 50 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins Glen's Liam Smith swims the Butterfly leg of the 200 Yard Individual Medley.

The Senecas' Scott Brubaker dives at start of the 200 Yard Freestyle. He placed second.

Watkins Glen's Ben Swinnerton competes in the 50 Yard Freestyle race.

O-M/Watkins wrestlers defeat Lansing

LANSING, Dec. 5, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen high school varsity wrestling team opened its season with a victory Wednesday evening, defeating Lansing 42-30 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Lansing gym.

OM/WG benefitted from five forfeit victories, good for 30 points. They also won with pins at 138 and 195 pounds.

The results by weight class were as follows:

145: Anthony McMillen (LSH) over Dominick Fazzary (OMWG) (Fall 0:36)
152: Gabe Stevens (LSH) over Kaden LaBar (OMWG) (Fall 4:43)
160: Double Forfeit
170: Jermaine Fisher (LSH) over Zach Burrows (OMWG) (Fall 0:46)
182: Braiden Ventra (OMWG) over (LSH) (For.)
195: Joshua Beckley (OMWG) over Caleb Georgia (LSH) (Fall 3:10)
220: Tristian Harrington (OMWG) over (LSH) (For.)
285: Joe Sweet (OMWG) over (LSH) (For.)
99: Double Forfeit
106: Morgan Burnham (OMWG) over (LSH) (For.)
113: Double Forfeit
120: Owen Emmick (LSH) over Kadin Burnham (OMWG) (Fall 2:45)
126: Gabe Williams (OMWG) over (LSH) (For.)
132: Jack Emmick (LSH) over Mark Waterman (OMWG) (Fall 1:15)
138: Josiah Lynch (OMWG) over Dillon Tyler (LSH) (Fall 0:13)

The OM/WG squad returns to action next Wednesday at home against Moravia. Starting time is 6:30 p.m.

Watkins Glen's Travon Jones, left, and Mitchell Pike shoot against Dryden.

Glen boys rout Dryden in opener, 81-23

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 4, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team opened its season with an 81-23 romp over Dryden Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas hit three quick 3-pointers to set the tone on the way to a 16-0 lead and a 29-5 advantage after one quarter.

A second wave of five different Watkins players picked up where the first wave left off, outscoring Dryden 21-5 in the second period. The first and second waves shared time in the third quarerr, which ended with the Senecas up 66-15.

"We came out of the gate blazing," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "I'm happy with the way we ran the floor; we got a lot of points in transition. Hopefully this is the style we will play. We have depth, but we need to keep improving."

Max Evans, part of the second wave, led Watkins with 18 points. Also in double digits were Adam Pastore (12 points), Owen Scholtisek (12) and Isaac McIlroy (10). Other points came from Travon Jones (8), Bryce Kelly (5), Dylan Morse (5), Alex Kranyk (4), Silas Farrell (3), Mitchell Pike (3), and Cameron Holland (1). The team was 3-for-8 from the foul line.

The Senecas stole the ball 18 times, with Morse's four steals leading the way. Jones led in rebounds (6) and assists (6). Kelly had 4 rebounds and a block, while McIlroy had 5 assists. Registering a block each were Pastore and Jacob DeJong.

Watkins Glen returns to action Friday at Lansing.

Junior Varsity: Dryden, trailing 11-0 after one period and down 16-8 entering the fourth quarter, outscored Watkins Glen 10-0 down the stretch to defeat the Senecas 18-16. Jacob Yontz led Watkins Glen with 11 points.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Max Evans drives to the basket. He scored 18 points.
Bottom: The Senecas' Seamus Mooney sends a pass to a teammate.

Left: Watkins Glen's Bryce Kelly sends a shot on its way. Right: The Senecas' Adam Pastore launches a shot. (Photo on right by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek shoots. Right: The Senecas' Dylan Morse
(11) eyes the ball. He registered four steals. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Cameron Holland drives to the basket. Right: The Senecas' Isaac McIlroy sends a shot on its way.

Watkins girls roll past Dryden, 43-14

DRYDEN, Dec. 4, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team opened its season Tuesday night with a 43-14 victory over Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Dryden gym.

The Senecas got points from 10 players, building leads of 10-2 after one quarter, 19-4 at halftime and 30-10 through three periods.

Leading with seven points each were Adrienna Solomon, Carly Arnold and Natalie Edmister. Other points came from Ali LaMoreaux (2), Mattie Yontz (3), Abby Gibson (4), Kelsey Kernan (4), Amanda Wilbur (3), Jenna Solomon (4), and Savannah Ayers (2). The team was 4-for-19 from the foul line.

Photo at right: Watkins' Aislinn Klemann, right, prepares to shoot. (Photo provided)

Odessa-Montour's Jacob Mayette en route to victory in the 50 Yard Freestyle.

O-M swimmers open with win over WG

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 4, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team started its season with a victory Tuesday, defeating Watkins Glen 104-55 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

O-M's Jacob Mayette and Micah Brewster each registered four victories, while the Indians' Brett Walters and Caleb Thomas notched three apiece. O-M won 10 of the 11 events.

Victories by event were as follows:

200 Medley Relay: OM, Brett Walters, Caleb Thomas, Jacob Mayette, Bailey Hornbrook, 1:56.59.
200 Free: OM, Micah Brewster, 2:22.37.
200 IM: OM, Brett Walters, 2:39.80.
50 Free: OM, Jacob Mayette, 25.66.
100 Fly: OM, Jacob Mayette, 1:07.70.
100 Free: WG, Daine Butler, 1:02.11.
500 Free: OM, Micah Brewster, 6:34.05.
200 Free Relay: OM, Caleb Thomas, Justin Ruocco, Jon Spencer, Micah Brewster, 1:50.03.
100 Back: OM, Justin Ruocco, 1:12.71.
100 Breast: OM, Caleb Thomas, 1:19.58.
400 Free Relay: OM, Brett Walters, Jacob Mayette, Bailey Hornbrook, Micah Brewster, 4:06.96.

"I was very happy with the team's performance tonight," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "We have a solid group of returning swimmers and six rookies to round out the roster. We still have a ton of work to do and the team has been working hard. This team has a lot of potential and I'm excited to see what they do this year."

Photo in text: O-M's Brett Walters competes in the 200 IM, which he won.

Watkins Glen's Daine Butler dives on the final leg of the 200 Yard Medley Relay.

Left: Watkins Glen's Ben Swinnerton competes in the 200 IM. Right: O-M's Micah Brewster dives at start of the 200 Yard Freestyle, which he won.

Watkins Glen's Scott Brubaker swims the Butterfly leg of the 200 Individual Medley.

Odessa-Montour's Bailey Hornbrook swims the Butterfly leg of the 200 IM.

Odessa-Montour girls top Tioga, 59-42

TIOGA CENTER, Dec. 4, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team opened the season Tuesday night with a 59-42 victory over Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Tioga gym.

Sara Gardner led the Indians in scoring with16 points and had 5 assists, while Grace Vondracek registered 14 points, 12 rebounds, 7 steals and 4 blocks.

Jessica Carnes added 10 points and 5 rebounds, while Kara Reese scored 9 points and stole the ball 5 times. JoLynn Minnier had a team-high 15 rebounds while scoring 6 points, while Ida Sidle and Autumn Garrison scored 2 points apiece.

Odessa led 15-11 after one quarter, 33-21 at halftime, and 44-33 entering the fourth period.

"We created a lot of offense with our pressure defense tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "It's a good way to start, but we will need to stay hungry and keep working to get better as the season goes along."

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Tioga 46-14. Hannah Nolan led the Indians with 15 points, while Tori Brewster and Brittany Cain scored 8 each.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Jana Arias. Right: Odessa's Austin Hoyt reacts to a strike.

Odessa-Montour bowlers fall to Groton

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 4, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams lost to Groton Tuesday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Boys: Groton defeated O-M 3.5-0.5, tying the first game at 686 before topping Odessa in the next two and winning total pinfall, 2179-2013. Eric Rumsey led O-M with a 489 series, while Austin Hoyt posted a 435.

Girls: Odessa fell 4-0 as Groton won all three games by a total pinfall of 1816-1674. Jana Arias led O-M with a 463 series, while Taryn Hoyt registered a 344.

O-M returns to action Thursday against Tioga at the Valley Bowling Center in Waverly.

WG/Dundee track team opens season

CORTLAND, Dec. 1, 2019 -- The combined Watkins Glen/Dundee Indoor Track and Field Team opened its season Saturday at the Section IV 607 Athletics High School Invitational at SUNY Cortland.

Boys results (top 6 only):

Matt Wood:
1st place 1600 meter -- time 5:11.4
Matt Wood: 4th place 3200 meter -- time 11:32.3
Nick Wilston: 5th place Long Jump -- 19' 2"
Nick Wilston: 5th place Triple Jump -- 39' 0"
Cale Sutterby: 4th place Pole Vault -- 8' 0"
1600 Sprint Medley: (Colin Gaylord, Cale Sutterby, Skylar Lagramada, Matt Wood) 5th place -- 4:10.64

Girls Results (top 6 only):

Breanna Carl: 6th place 1000 meter -- 3:49.6
Lily Hall: 1st place Long Jump -- 15' 5.5"
Lily Hall: 2nd place Triple Jump -- 33' 0"
Alaina Cleary: 6th place High Jump 3' 8"
1600 Sprint Medley: (Kelsey DeMillo, Haley Dean, Lily Hall, Breanna Carl) 4th place -- 5:30.80

The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team huddles with Coach Greg Gavich.

Scrimmages herald approach of hoops

ODESSA, Nov. 23, 2019 -- Scrimmages are picking up in number and intensity as the high school basketball season approaches in Schuyler County.

An example: Varsity and junior varsity scrimmages were held Friday evening in the Odessa-Montour High School gym, with spectators lining the walls as the two contests were played next to each other. There was no room for bleacher seating.

The opponent in both cases was Elmira Notre Dame. No score was kept, but refs were on hand, and 10-minute periods clocked.

The O-M varsity has some familiar faces in seniors Sara Gardner, Grace Vondracek, Kara Reese, Jolynn Minnier, Cheianne Webster, Hannah Chapman and Tassia Garrison.

The junior varsity has familiar faces, too, such as Hannah Nolan, Tori Webster, Camille Sgrecci and Haley Albertsman.

The O-M teams scrimmage again at 10 a.m. on Nov. 27, at home against Waverly.

The regular season starts for the O-M girls on Dec. 3 at Tioga. The O-M boys (scrimmaging Saturday at Towanda) open on Dec. 6 at Southern Cayuga.

The Watkins Glen girls (set to scrimmage Saturday at Waterloo), open the season Dec. 3 at Dryden. The Watkins Glen boys (scrimmaging Saturday at home against Groton at 1 p.m.) open the season Dec. 3 at home against Dryden.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Grace Vondracek drives to the hoop against Notre Dame in the varsity scrimmage.
Bottom: The Odessa JV team's Camille Sgrecci works around a Notre Dame defender.

In the varsity scrimmage:

Left: O-M's Jolynn Minnier maneuvers. Right: Odessa's Kara Reese dribbles the ball.

And in the JV scrimmage:

Left: O-M's Hannah Nolan drives to the basket. Right: Odessa's Tori Brewster shoots.

Watkins Glen team members (from left) Elliott Holland, Gabe Planty, Steven Gublo, Max Evans, Lance Majors, Sam Thorsland and Ben Swinnerton. (Photo provided)

WG boys 7th at XC States; Planty is 6th

PLATTSBURGH, Nov. 16, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity cross country team placed 7th among 11 competing schools Saturday at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Cross Country Championships at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Watkins senior Gabe Planty led the Senecas, finishing 6th among 132 runners on the three-mile course in 15:00.9. The winning time was set by Caleb Bender of Skaneateles, 14:41.6.

The Senecas totaled 191 points. Saranac Lake was the winner with 28, followed by CBA-Syracuse (89), Port Jefferson (111), Briarcliff (111), Southwestern (119), James I. O'Neill (149), Watkins Glen (191), Norwood Norfolk (200), Fonda-Fultonville (222), Oyster Bay (225) and Addison (246).

Watkins Glen senior Sam Thorsland placed 48th in 16:17.6, followed by teammates Max Evans (68th in 16:36.3), Steven Gublo (119th in 17:48.1), Ben Swinnerton (120th in 17:48.2), Lawrence Majors (128th in 18:25.5), and Elliott Holland (129th in 18:33.6).

Section 4, represented by Watkins Glen -- the sectional team champion -- and several other individual runners, placed 5th among the 11 competing sections. Section 3 finished first.

"I think the guys had a great year," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "Getting here was a great feat. They should be proud of what they accomplished."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen senior Gabe Planty poses with his mother, Amy, at the Cross Country Championships. (Photo provided)

Schuyler Fall MVP: Planty

Here is The Odessa File's All-Schuyler All-Star lineup

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 12, 2019 -- Gabe Planty has been around seemingly forever, running, running and running some more.

He has run year-round -- in cross country, in indoor track, and during the outdoor track season. He runs distances, and he runs them well.

He has, during his tenure at Watkins Glen High School, been on a state championship cross country team and two state runnerup squads. He has been on five Section IV championship cross country teams -- one in Class D and four in Class C.

He has, in this his senior year, led his team to that fourth Class C title in five years while winning the individual Section IV, Class C cross country title for the third year in a row -- achieving the crown this year by defeating the very runner who had defeated him at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet.

His sectional victory was among the keys to a narrow team victory -- one that seemed improbable at midseason. But with his steady lead, the Senecas have prevailed and advanced once again to States.

And that, quite simply, marks him as The Odessa File Schuyler Fall MVP -- an honor not considered lightly, for there were other outstanding leadership performances in the county.

But Planty's achievements were compelling, and make him a very worthy selection.

So congratulations on a great season, Gabe. And good luck at States.

The Odessa File's Autumn 2019 All-Schuyler All-Stars

First Team

Gabe Planty -- WGHS Cross Country -- MVP
Hannah Nolan -- OM soccer
Grace Vondracek -- OM soccer
Camille Sgrecci -- OM soccer
Preston Harris -- OM soccer
Travon Jones -- Seneca Indians football
Owen Scholtisek -- Seneca Indians football
Isaac McIlroy -- WG soccer
Bryce Kelly -- WG soccer
Peighton Cervoni -- WG swimming
Amanda Wilbur -- WG swimming
Thalia Marquez -- WG swimming
Faye Mooney -- WG swimming

Second Team

Autumn Garrison -- OM soccer
Sara Gardner -- OM soccer
Tori Brewster -- OM soccer
Lillian Betts -- OM soccer
Paden Grover -- OM soccer
Rhys Stermer -- OM volleyball
Sam Thorsland -- WG cross country
Max Evans -- WG cross country
Breanna Carl -- WG cross country
Sarah Swinnerton -- WG swimming
Maria Brubaker -- WG swimming
Derrick Lewis -- Seneca Indians football
Hunter Holley -- Seneca Indians football
Gage Arcangeli -- Seneca Indians football
Madison Moss -- OM swimming
Josiah Wysocki -- WG soccer
Tom Elliott -- WG soccer
Carly Arnold -- WG soccer
Adrienna Solomon -- WG soccer
Abby Gibson -- WG soccer

Third Team

Ida Sidle -- OM soccer
Raven Lott -- OM soccer
Mackenzie Cannon -- OM soccer
Lydia Lynch -- OM soccer
Devon Mahaney -- OM soccer
Brett Walters -- OM soccer
Brock Sgrecci -- OM soccer
Dominik Scott -- OM soccer
Ben Swinnerton -- WG cross country
Steven Gublo -- WG cross country
Daniel Ely -- Seneca Indians football
Jared Rumsey -- Seneca Indians football
Ben Mathews -- Seneca Indians football
Cameron Holland -- Seneca Indians football
Cayden Confer -- Seneca Indians football
Dominick Fazzary -- Seneca Indians football
Carlie Baker -- WG volleyball
Jolynn Minnier -- OM volleyball
Hannah Chapman -- OM volleyball
Cheianne Webster -- OM volleyball
Karlee Dudgeon -- OM volleyball
Malina Butler -- WG swimming
Alannah Klemann -- WG swimming
Aislinn Klemann -- WG swimming
Ellie Clarkson -- WG swimming
Ali LaMoreaux -- WG swimming
Kara Reese -- OM swimming
Megan Adams -- OM swimming
Katie Adams -- OM swimming
Seamus Mooney -- WG soccer
Collin Gaylord -- WG soccer
Briana Hayes -- WG soccer
Haley Dean -- WG soccer

Boys soccer: WG nets 2 First Team berths

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 12, 2019 -- Two members of the Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team have earned Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School South Division status as First Team All-Stars.

The two, selected by division coaches, are Isaac McIlroy, a standout on offense, and goalkeeper Bryce Kelly.

Two other team members -- Josiah Wysocki and Tom Elliott -- were named to the IAC division's Second Team.

Athletes of the Week: Planty, Marquez

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 11, 2019 -- This week we honor as Odessa File Athletes of the Week a runner and a swimmer.

Watkins Glen High School senior Gabe Planty gets one of the nods for his first-place finish at the Section IV, Class C Cross Country Championships at Chenango Valley State Park -- which led the Senecas to the team title and a berth in the State Meet next weekend.

WGHS 8th grader Thalia Marquez earned the other nod for her four-victory performance -- in the 200 Free, 500 Free and two relays -- as the Senecas posted their third straight Section IV, Class C Swim championship by far outdistancing the competition in the WGHS pool.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen swimmers Peighton Cervoni, Faye Mooney and Amanda Wilbur; and WGHS cross country runner Sam Thorsland.

Honorable Mention: Another 10 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Star teams and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at each of the two schools -- WGHS and Odessa-Montour -- that are covered.

The Watkins Glen swim team poses amid some confetti after winning the Class C title.

Glen girls win Sectional title

Take 3rd straight Class C crown; Marquez posts 4 wins

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 10, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team won its third straight Section IV, Class C championship Saturday night, easily outdistancing the rest of the 10-school field in the WGHS pool.

The Senecas -- led by four first-place finishes by 8th grader Thalia Marquez -- totaled 459 points. Runnerup Southern Cayuga had 274, barely ahead of Dryden (268) and Lansing (267). They were followed by Elmira Notre Dame (220), Odessa-Montour (149), Susquehanna Valley (137), Greene, (119), Whitney Point (43) and Oxford (15).

Marquez won the 200 Yard Freestyle in 2:04.34 and the 500 Yard Freestyle in 5:37.66, and was on two winning relay teams with Peighton Cervoni, Faye Mooney and Amanda Wilbur.

Other firsts were posted for the Senecas by Cervoni in the 100 Yard Backstroke (1:01.29) and by Mooney in the 100 Yard Breaststroke (1:11.34).

Podium (top eight) finishes for Watkins Glen occurred in every race:

200 Medley Relay: 1st, Peighton Cervoni, Faye Mooney, Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez 1:53.41.
200 Freestyle: 1st, Thalia Marquez 2:04.34; 6th, Ellie Clarkson 2:16.65.
200 Individual Medley: 2nd, Amanda Wilbur 2:22.56; 3rd, Sarah Swinnerton 2:24.65.
50 Freestyle: 3rd, Peighton Cervoni 26.25; 7th, Aislinn Klemann 28.40.
100 Butterfly: 2nd, Amanda Wilbur 1:03.68; 7th, Malina Butler 1:15.18.
100 Freestyle: 4th, Faye Mooney 57.95; 8th, Alannah Klemann 1:00.81.
500 Freestyle: 1st, Thalia Marquez 5:37.66; 6th, Ellie Clarkson 6:15.18.
200 Free Relay: 1st, Peighton Cervoni, Faye Mooney, Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez 1:45.62.
100 Backstroke: 1st, Peighton Cervoni 1:01.29; 3rd, Malina Butler 1:10.66.
100 Breaststroke: 1st, Faye Mooney 1:11.34; 2nd, Sarah Swinnerton 1:13.18; 5th, Aislinn Klemann 1:19.51; 7th, Alannah Klemann 1:23.50.
400 Free Relay: 4th, Malina Butler, Ellie Clarkson, Sarah Swinnerton, Alannah Klemann 4:11.33.

Odessa-Montour: The Indians had several podium finishes.

200 Medley Relay: 4th, Megan Adams, Madison Moss, Katie Adams, Kara Reese 2:12.99.
100 Freestyle: 7th, Kara Reese 1:00.71.
500 Freestyle: 5th, Madison Moss 6:11.36.
200 Free Relay: 7th, Julia Paulisczak, Delaney Paulisczak, Reagan Reese, Annaleise Beckley 2:11.20.
100 Backstroke: 6th, Kara Reese 1:12.83.
400 Free Relay: 6th, Kara Reese, Katie Adams, Megan Adams, Madison Moss 4:27.76.

The swimmer voted by coaches as the meet's Outstanding Performer was Lansing's Grace Kadlecik, who won the 50 Free and 100 Free in State Qualifying times (23.83 and 51.92).

The WGHS pool was also the site earlier in the day of the Section IV, Class A and B meets.

Class A: Ithaca took the team title with 539 points. The Little Red was followed by Horseheads (452), Vestal (347), Corning (273), Binghamton (162), Elmira (121) and Union-Endicott (92).

The Outstanding Swimmer, as selected by coaches, was Sophia Verkleeren of Horseheads, who won the 100 Back and 200 IM -- both in state qualifying times.

Class B: Chenango Valley won with 438.5 points, while Maine-Endwell was second with 377.5. They were followed by Owego Free Academy (350.5), Norwich (295.5), Oneonta (196), Waverly (169), Chenango Forks (117), Johnson City (104) and Windsor (90).

Photos in text:

From top: Watkins Glen's Malina Butler dives at start of the 100 Fly; the Senecas' Thalia Marquez during one of her four trips to the top of the podium; Lansing's Grace Kadlecik with her trophy as the meet's Outstanding Performer.

Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni enters the water at start of the 50 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins Glen's Faye Mooney on the way to victory in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.

Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese hits the water at the start of a leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

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

Watkins Glen's Thalia Marquez en route to victory in the 200 Yard Freestyle.

Left: Watkins relay champs in two races. From left: Amanda Wilbur, Faye Mooney, Thalia Marquez, Peighton Cervoni. Right: Watkins' Aislinn Klemann in the 100 Breaststroke.

Left: Allie Gibson, left, a 2019 WGHS graduate who starred on last year's Section IV championship swim team, was on hand to watch Saturday with her sister, Abby, a current WGHS student-athlete. Right: Watkins' Sarah Swinnerton after placing second in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.

Odessa-Montour's Megan Adams competes in the 100 Yard Backstroke. She placed 10th.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur en route to second place in the 200 IM, left ... and Wilbur hugs victor Caroline Rogers of Notre Dame at the completion of the race.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Reagan Reese reaches the water at start of the 50 Yard Freestyle. Right: Watkins Glen's Ali LaMoreaux competes in the 50 Free. She finished 10th.

Watkins Glen's Alannah Klemann competes in the finals of the 100 Yard Breaststroke. She placed 7th.

Left: Watkns Glen's Madeline Parker dives at start of the 200 Free. Right: Odessa-Montour's Delaney Paulisczak prepares to dive at start of the 200 Free Relay.

Left: Watkins Glen's Ellie Clarkson competes in the 200 Freestyle. She finished 6th. Right: The Senecas' Sarah Stopinski hits the water at the start of the 500 Freestyle.

Watkins exchange student Kajsa Rolfes dives at start of the 100 Back. She placed 12th.

Watkins Glen's Sarah Swinnerton competes in the 200 Individual Medley. She placed 3rd.

1st and 2nd

Watkins Glen divers Maria Brubaker (right on the top podium step) and Ali Lamoreaux (next to her) finished first and second, respectively, Friday in the Section IV, Class C diving competition held at Maine-Endwell High School. They are surrounded by Watkins Glen High School swim teammates on hand for the event. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen boys XC team captures Section IV, Class C title; Planty is 1st

CHENANGO VALLEY STATE PARK, Nov. 7, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity cross country team won the Section IV, Class C title Thursday at Chenango Valley State Park and advanced to the State Meet Nov. 16 at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Watkins Glen senior Gabe Planty won the race, covering the 5K course in 16.50.3, more than nine seconds ahead of runnerup Jonny Sherwood of Newark Valley. The Senecas' Sam Thorsland was 7th in 17::48.5, while teammate Max Evans was 17th in 18.18.8.

Other Watkins runners were Steven Gublo, 23rd in 18:44.4; Ben Swinnerton, 26th in 18:49.5; Ellliott Holland, 55th in 20:16.5; Lawrence Majors, 66th in 20:41.1; and Tim Clifford, 106th in 29:03.2. There were 107 runners.

Watkins Glen totaled 69 points, with Newark Valley second with 74. They were followed by Waverly (89), Trumansburg (110), Lansing (145), Dryden (147), Oneonta (147), Candor (202), Chenango Valley (215), Chenango Forks (222), and Edison (297).

The race was run in what Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary called "pretty rotten weather. There was a cold rain, varying in intensity."

Planty excelled in the conditions, taking an early lead on Sherwood -- who had beaten Planty at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference championships -- and holding him off down the stretch. The victory was Planty's third in a row at sectionals.

And the win marked the fifth sectional title in seven years for Watkins Glen. The Senecas won in Class D in 2013, and in Class C in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Along the way, there were a state title and two state runnerup finishes.

This year, said Fazzary, "I think we had to be considered an underdog midway through the season. But we stepped it up in the final third of the year. I'm very proud of them."

He praised the effort by Planty, said that Thorsland "ran a really nice race," and noted that Evans, Gublo and Swinnerton "stepped it up, which is good, because it was really close."

The team will leave early on Friday, Nov. 15, the day before the state race, to take care of all the necessary paperwork and acclimate themselves to the course. The race itself will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16.

Girls: Watkins Glen's Breanna Carl, one of the school's two entrants, finished 10th among 69 runners in the Class C girls meet, posting a time of 22:01.5. Teammate Makenzie Kellogg was 38th in 25:04.5. The winner was Pipher Reid of Chenango Forks, in 19:54.5.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty. (File photo)


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