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Hazlitt sets new mark, advances to States

ITHACA, Feb. 25 -- Watkins Glen senior Patrick Hazlitt broke his own school record and finished second Saturday in the 1600 Meter Run at the State Qualifying Track Meet at Cornell University, advancing to next weekend's State Meet.

The top two from the event moved on to the state competition, which will be held Saturday at the Ocean Breeze Complex on Staten Island.

Hazlitt posted a time of 4:24.09, bettering his old school record of 4:24.70. He finished second in the 24-runner field -- broken into two heats -- with only Corning's Kevin Mosher ahead of him (in a time of 4:20.89).

"I'm so proud of Patrick's hard work and determination," said Watkins Glen Coach Kelly Sterner. "It's exciting to watch him strive and achieve his goals."

Among other Watkins Glen competitors:

--Jacob Carocci placed third in the High Jump at 5'8"; the winning leap was 5'10".
--Isobel Scheffey was 9th in the 300 Meters with a season best of 46.81.
--Sam Hanley placed 10th in the 600 Meters with a time of 1:31.19.
--Aaron Planty was 11th in the 1600 Meters with a time of 4:57.85.

Photo in text: Patrick Hazlitt at Saturday's State Qualifier. (Photo provided)

Left: O-M's Gillian Clark sends a shot on its way that put O-M ahead 45-44. Right: The Indians' Kennedey Heichel drives toward the basket.

O-M girls rally, but fall short

Lose Section IV quarterfinal to Notre Dame, 50-47

ODESSA, Feb. 24 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team rallied from a 12-point third-quarter deficit to take the lead against Elmira Notre Dame with less than two minutes remaining Friday night before falling to the Crusaders 50-47 in a Section IV, Class C quarterfinal game in the O-M gym.

Notre Dame thus advances to a semifinal match at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Watkins Glen at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Watkins Glen advanced Friday with a 54-27 victory over Walton in the WGHS Field House.

"I was so proud of our kids' effort tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, noting that they rallied from a 33-21 deficit to take the lead 45-44 on a Gillian Clark 3-pointer with 1:43 to play. "A couple of tough bounces here or there went their way, and they hit some free throws in the final minutes, and that was the difference.

"But I couldn't be prouder of our team. they left it all out there on the court. What a great game, and what a great crowd we had behind us all the way."

Clark led Odessa (16-5) in scoring with 20 points, while Kennedey Heichel scored 8, Nakiaha Robinson 6, Olivia Grover 6, Sara Gardner 3, Sage Garrison 2, and Grace Vondracek 2. The team was 13-for-19 at the foul line.

Notre Dame was led by Mary Foster's 21 points. She also dominated the boards, often limiting Odessa to a single shot per trip up the floor. She also blocked and redirected an occasional O-M shot. Also scoring for ND were Sara Watts (10 points), Courtney Crater (8), Mackenzie Maloney (6), Maura Glovins (2), Brooke Rorie (2) and Taylor Van Dine (1). The team converted 12 of 20 free throws.

Odessa, down 8-6 late in the first period, rallied on a basket by Robinson and a 3-pointer by Gardner to take an 11-8 lead. Notre Dame outscored the Indians 12-5 in the second quarter, scoring the final four points to break a 16-16 tie and take a 20-16 lead into intermission.

After a Heichel 3-pointer pulled Odessa within a point at 22-21 early in the third quarter, Notre Dame went on an 11-0 run to build a 33-21 lead and seemed poised to break the game wide open. But O-M responded with eight straight points -- on five free throws and a Clark 3-pointer -- to pull within four points, 33-29. A Grover basket off an inbounds feed left the Indians down 34-31 entering the final quarter.

Robinson scored a minute into the quarter to bring O-M within a point, 34-33, before Notre Dame scored twice in the next minute and a half to build its lead back to five at 38-33. But Clark brought O-M back by sinking two free throws and a 3-pointer to forge a 38-38 tie with 4:54 remaining.

Notre Dame went ahead again 10 seconds later, 40-38, but Heichel tied the game again by sinking a putback over the outstretched arms of Foster at 4:18. The Crusaders led once again when they scored on a layup at 3:02 before Clark scored on a putback at 2:53 to tie the contest again.

Notre Dame went ahead at 2:34 on a shot from the left side, and then Clark hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key that put the Indians ahead 45-44 with 1:43 to play.

Notre Dame missed two free thows at 1:31, but then Foster hit a pair after being fouled at 1:08 to put the Crusaders ahead 46-45, and she added two points from in close with 41 seconds remaining to lift the ND lead to three at 48-45.

Clark responded with a pair of free throws with 26.8 seconds left to pull the Indians within a point at 48-47, but Notre Dames's Maloney sank two free throws at 20.5 seconds to make the score 50-47. Maloney then missed a pair of foul shots with 4.8 seconds left, providing O-M with a final, possibly game-tying shot after a strategic timeout.

However, a final long-distance 3-point attempt was off the mark, ending the Indians' season.

"It's been a long journey so far and we've come a long way," said Gavich. " A division title and the big win at Watkins Glen definitely took us the next step.

"We will miss Sage (Garrison) and Alyssa (Crout) -- two seniors who any coach would take to battle any time and are such great competitors."

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Nakiaha Robinson drives to the hoop.
Middle: O-M's Olivia Grover goes up against ND's Mary Foster. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: The Indians' Lexi Saunders moves through traffic.

Left: O-M's Gillian Clark tries to move past a Notre Dame player. Right: The Indians' Kennedey Heichel shoots a free throw. (Both photos by Don Romeo)



From left: Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek, Sage Garrison and Sara Gardner.

Glen girls advance to semis

Top Walton 54-27 in quarterfinal; face ND on Tuesday

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 24 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by Amanda Pike's 23 points -- raced past Walton 54-27 Friday night in a quarterfinal game of the Section IV, Class C Tournament in the WGHS Field House.

With the victory, the Senecas (17-2) advance to a semifinal match at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Tompkins Cortland Community College against Elmira Notre Dame, which defeated Odessa-Montour 50-47 Friday night in the O-M gym.

Watkins Glen broke a 4-4 tie with a 14-point first-quarter run and followed that with a 20-point run in the second quarter to forge a 38-9 lead by intermission. Pike totaled 17 points in the first half, while Mariah Gonzalez scored 12 of her 14 points before intermission. The lead was 52-16 entering the final period.

Pike also had 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals, while Gonzalez had 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Other scoring came from:

--Taylor Kelly, 7 points with 2 steals.
--Hannah Morse, 3 points with 7 steals and 6 assists.
--Emmie Bond, 3 points with 2 rebounds and 2 assists.
--Clara Chedzoy, 2 points with 4 rebounds and 2 steals.
--Mikenna Ayers, 2 points with 2 rebounds.

In addition, Ryanna LaMoreaux grabbed 3 rebounds and blocked a shot, Makenna Fraboni grabbed 2 rebounds and had a steal, Jazmin Shea registered 2 rebounds, Katlyn Kernan had 1 rebound and 1 steal, and Julia Reilly grabbed 1 rebound.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike drives to the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly, foreground, battles for a rebound.

Left: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez is fouled as she shoots. Right: Gonzalez and teammate Emmie Bond (22) reach for a rebound. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins' Hannah Morse prepares to shoot. Right: Watkins defenders Amanda Pike (14) and Clara Chedzoy put pressure on a Walton player. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

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O-M Elementary basketball results

The following results were reported from competition at the Odessa-Montour school involving elementary basketball teams.

Bucket Bar and Grill 25, Vedder and Scott 14

Bucket: Tyler Malnoske 12 points, David Madorsky 7 points, Caleb Malnoske 4 points, Sarah Strobel 1 point, Mackenzie Landon 1 point
Vedder and Scott: Moe Zinger 9 points, Olivia King 3 points, Zack Smith 1 point, Dana Spaccio 1 point

Watkins Supply 16, Montour Moose 7

Watkins Supply: Evan Crane 8 points, Connor Fogie 4 points, Jayden Baylor 4 points
Montour Moose: Michael Hancock 4 points, Brandon Slaughter 2 points, Aaron Sutton 1 point

ND wins, will face O-M in quarterfinal

SOUTHPORT, Feb. 21 -- The Elmira Notre Dame girls varsity basketball team won a Section IV, Class C opening-round game Tuesday night at home against Union Springs, 65-42, setting up a quarterfinal contest at Odessa-Montour at 7 p.m. Friday.

Mary Foster scored all of her 17 points in the second half as the Crusaders rallied from a six-point halftime deficit to overtake Springs. Notre Dame outscored Union Springs 43-14 in the second half after trailing at intermission 28-22.

Odessa-Montour, the tourney's No. 4 seed, faced No. 5 Notre Dame once in the regular season. Notre Dame, playing at home, won that game on January 12th, 46-38.

The other quarterfinal: The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team will face Walton at 6 p.m. Friday (changed from 7 p.m.) in a Section IV, Class C quarterfinal match in the Field House. Walton, the No. 8 seed, defeated No. 9 Tioga 39-24 Tuesday night. Watkins Glen is the top seed.

Athletes of the Week: DeBolt and Fudala

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 20 -- This week we honor two swimmers as our Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Odessa-Montour's Andy Fudala (right) gets one nod for winning the 100 Yard Breaststroke title at the Section IV, Class C Swimming Championships at Owego Free Academy. He completed the season unbeaten in the Breaststroke.

Watkins Glen's Aidan DeBolt (left above ) gets the other nod for winning both the 50 Yard and 100 Yard Freestyle titles at the same sectional meet.

Double Honorable: O-M swimmers Billy Tague and Alec Betts; Watkins swimmers Dakota Cole and AJ Specchio; O-M basketball's Olivia Grover; and Watkins Glen basketball's Danielle Leszyk and Kathleen Clifford.

Honorable Mention: Another 11 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Pike and Clark are IAC All-Star MVPs

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 20 -- Watkins Glen basketball standout Amanda Pike has been named a co-MVP of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School South Division and Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark is MVP of the IAC Small School South Division in votes of division coaches.

Pike (left) shares the Large South honor with Waverly's Elle Nittinger. Thelr teams met twice during the season, splitting the games.

Large School South 1st Team All-Stars included Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez, along with Notre Dame's Mary Foster, Waverly's Alex Tomasso and Edison's Leigha Jones.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse earned a 2nd Team slot.

O-M's Clark (above right) was the solo MVP in the Small School South after a season that saw her Indians win the division.

Teammate Olivia Grover made the 1st Team, along with Newfield's Mariyah Byrd, Spencer-Van Etten's Mackenzie Grube, Tioga's Sarah Hollenbeck and Candor's Shaylin Heidl.

O-M's Nakiaha Robinson and Sage Garrison earned 2nd Team honors.

Photos in text: Amanda Pike (left) and Gillian Clark (right) (File photos)

3rd Place

The Watkins Glen varsity cheerleaders competed Saturday at the Canaseraga Cheer Challenge, taking third place in the Varsity 5 Division with their season-high score of 141.7 points. This was their final competition of the season. The cheerleaders are shown above during their routine. (Photo by Kelly Miller)

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Playoffs

These are the results of the first of two weeks of Walter "Red" Matthews Memorial Playoffs as part of the Watkins Glen Youth Basketball held at the Watkins Glen High School.

3rd-4th Grades

Watkins Sporting Goods 15, Mr. Chicken 6

WSG -- Nicholas D'Alleva 8, Donovan Wratten 3, Logan Debolt 2, Amos Diliberto 2
MC -- Michael Purpura 4, Ryan Baudendistle 2

Famous Brands 20, Watkins Sporting Goods 10

FB -- Caleb Bresett 10, Brennion Elliott 6, Ryan Berry 2, Olivia VanSkiver 2
WSG -- Nicholas D'Alleva 8, Logan Debolt 2

Curly's Family Restaurant 20, Central Asphalt 18

Curly's -- Sam Caslin 14, Brady Bockelkamp 6
CA -- Levi Murphy 4, Rachel Vickio 4, Abigail Miller 6, Tyler Smith 2, Isaiah Sissel 2

Glen Motel 22, Curly's Family Restaurant 16

GM -- Christopher Simiele 18, Addison Coolican 4
Curly's -- Sam Caslin 11, Brady Bockelkamp 5

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Championship Game - 2/25/17 at 8:30 a.m.

Famous Brands vs. Glen Motel

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5th-6th Grades

VanSkiver's wins by forfeit

Church St. Produce 23, VanSkiver's Motors 22

CSP -- Jenna Solomon 14, Jason Murphy 7, Aili Narde 2
VM -- Gavin Smith 12, Brandon Chiacchiarini 4, Nicole Chiacchiarini 4, Damyan Metris 2

Maguire's 25, Watkins Glen Supply 21

M -- Carly Arnold 19, Bryce Cady 6
WGS -- David Kelly 11, Thomas Field 4, Brenna Pierce 4, Sarah Jones 2

Seneca Lodge 37, Maguire's 26

SL -- Jacob Yontz 23, Sasha Honrath 4, Bryce Miller 4, Gregory Samuels 4, Sydney Brubaker 2
M -- Carly Arnold 14, Bryce Cady 6, Andru Matthews 4, Ross Pentz 2

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Championship Game - 2/25/17 at 9:30 a.m.

Church St. Produce vs. Seneca Lodge

Watkins Glen's AJ Specchio on the way to fifth place in the 200 Individual Medley.

DeBolt wins 50, 100 Free; Fudala wins Breaststroke

OWEGO, Feb. 18 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Aidan DeBolt captured the titles in both the 50 Yard and 100 Yard Freestyle events while Odessa-Montour senior Andy Fudala won the 100 Yard Breaststroke Saturday at the Section IV, Class C Swimming Championships at Owego Free Academy.

Chenango Forks won the tournament team title with 449 points, with Oneonta second (377), Lansing third (257), Odessa-Montour fourth (240), Watkins Glen fifth (237), Southern Cayuga sixth (182), Greene seventh (129) and Dryden eighth (128).

DeBolt and Fudala were the top seeds in their specialties, positions earned with victories at the Class C Prelims on Wednesday at WGHS.

DeBolt posted his two victories first on Saturday, swimming a 22.66 in the 50 Free and a 49.79 in the 100 Free -- each an improvement over his seed time. Fudala also bettered his seed time by holding off Oneonta's Akiva Garfield with a personal best of 1:05.50 to Garfield's 1:05.78. With the win, Fudala completed his season unbeaten in the Breaststroke.

"Today Andy met his biggest challenge yet from Garfield," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "They were neck and neck through the whole race, with Andy beating Garfield on the turns and underwaters, and Garfield gaining ground down each stretch. It was a very exciting race that had everyone on their feet."

DeBolt was "in the zone," said his father Len, the Watkins Glen swim coach. "He told me he was feeling good. He's worked a long time for this and wasn't going to let the opportunity pass him by."

In both cases, DeBolt led early and simply beat his opponents to the wall in a flurry of churning arms and flying water. He won the 50 Free by 34 hundredths of a second and the 100 Free by 37 hundredths. He pumped his fist and then smiled deeply after the first win, enjoying the moment.

Odessa-Montour:

Fudala also took 6th in the 50 Free in 24.79. Billy Tague was third in the 500 Free with a personal record (PR) of 5:14.78 and fourth in the 200 Free in 1:58.26. Alec Betts took third in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:10.44 and fourth in the 200 IM in 2:18.74. Fudala, Tague and Betts were joined by Jake Mayette in the 200 Medley Relay to take third in a season-best time of 1:49.97.

Other finishes for OM:

--200 Free Relay of Cameron Adams, Jake Mayette, Brett Walters and Noah Angle, 4th in 1:45.09.
--400 Free Relay of Tague, Angle, Fudala and Betts, 6th in 3:47.81
--Jake Mayette, 9th in the 100 Fly with a PR of 1:07.94 and 14th in the 200 IM in 2:38.60
--Noah Angle, 10th in the 50 Free in a PR of 25.98, and 12th in the 100 Free in a PR of 59.45
--Cameron Adams, 10th in the 500 Free in a PR of 6:09.88 and 13th in the 200 Free in a PR of 2:13.86
--Brett Walters, 13th in the 200 IM in a PR of 2:35.06 and 13th in the 100 Fly in 1:11.23
--Noah Brewster, 12th in the 100 Back in 1:11.61 and 14th in the 500 Free in 6:31.86
--Bailey Hornbrook, 16th in the 50 Free in 27.84 and 16th in the 100 Free in 1:04.41
--Tyler Carson, 14th in the 100 Back in a PR of 1:15.89
--Garrett Allen, 16th in the 100 Breast in a PR of 1:24.01

"The whole team performed extremely well today," said Coach Brace. "We took 11 of the 14 swimmers on the team to sectional finals, which is very impressive, especially considering six of them were rookies. In the postseason every team member set PRs and earned important points for the team. Everyone on the team was a solid contributor and they all improved tremendously throughout the season.

"They battled sickness, overcame heartbreakingly close losses, and rose up to be a serious contender in the IAC and Class C. They were the only team to beat Lansing this year. They were a team in the truest sense, always supporting and helping each other. I am overwhelmingly proud of each and every one of them. Seniors Andy Fudala, Kyle Frasier and Garrett Allen have all left their mark on the team and will be missed next year."

Watkins Glen:

DeBolt was also on the second-place 200 Free Relay team (with Nathaniel Wickham, Dakota Cole and AJ Specchio), and the fourth-place 400 Free Relay team (with the same teammates). Other finishes for Watkins Glen included:

--Tyler Leroux, 14th in the 200 Free in 2:16.70 and 11th in the 50 Free in 26.31
--Dakota Cole, 5th in the 200 Yard Freestyle in 2:00.80 and 5th in the 500 Free in 5:33.41
--AJ Specchio, 5th in the 200 Yard IM in 2:18.74 and 6th in the 100 Back in 1:04.41
--Nathaniel Wickham, 7th in the 50 Free in 24.93 and 5th in the 100 Free in 57.07
--Will Fitzsimmons, 14th in the 100 Fly in 1:11.72 and 8th in the 100 Back in 1:06.39
--Patrick Bannon, 15th in the 500 Yard Free in 6:36.91
--Rong Lin, 13th in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:23.48
--Simon Wigmore, 15th in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:23.85

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Andy Fudala on the way to victory in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.
Second: Watkins Glen's Aidan DeBolt savors the moment after winning the 50 Free.
Third: O-M's Billy Tague on the way to fourth place in the 200 Free.
Fourth: Odessa's Alec Betts en route to fourth place in the 200 IM.
Bottom: Lansing's John Koch, named the meet's Outstanding Performer after winning both the 200 IM and 100 Fly with state qualifying times.

Watkins Glen's Dakota Cole on the way to fifth place in the 200 Yard Freestyle.

Left: Watkins Glen's Rong Lin competes in the 100 Breaststroke, where he placed 13th. Right: The Senecas' Aidan DeBolt receives the first-place medal for the 100 Yard Freestyle and a handshake from his father, Len, who coaches the Watkins swim team.

Watkins Glen's Tyler Leroux competes in the 200 Free, where he placed 14th.

Odessa-Montour's Noah Angle hits the water at start of the 50 Free. He placed 10th.

O-M's Brett Walters (foreground) and Jacob Mayette compete in the 200 IM. Walters finished in 13th place, and Mayette in 14th place.

O-M girls fall in IAC finale

Bow to defending Small School champ Moravia, 48-39

DRYDEN, Feb. 17 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team's hopes for an Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small School title ended when defending champion Moravia pulled away in the fourth quarter Friday night to defeat the Indians 48-39 at Tompkins Cortland Community College.

O-M and Moravia played even, 31-31, through three quarters, the lead changing several times to that point. But when the Blue Devils hit a 3-pointer with 7:30 to play, they established a lead they never reliquished.

After Odessa pulled within two, 34-32, on an Olivia Grover free throw, Moravia hit another 3-pointer at 6:08 and a 2-pointer at 5:32 sandwiched around a Grover basket. The score at that time was 39-34, and it stayed that way for almost four minutes as both sides encountered missed shots and turnovers.

Then Moravia scored off of a steal at 1:39 to extend its lead to seven points, 41-34. Odessa's Sage Garrison hit a free throw at 1:15 to make it 41-35, but Moravia answered with another 3-pointer to go up 44-35 with 59 seconds remaining, and that was essentially the end. Each team scored four more points -- Moravia on free throws and O-M on baskets by Gillian Clark and Grover.

The first quarter was back and forth, ending with Moravia up 10-9. The Blue Devils then built a 17-13 lead in the second quarter before Odessa rallied with a flurry in the final 1:10 -- on a basket by Grover, a 3-pointer by Garrison, a steal by Kennedey Heichel, another basket by Grover and a block by Clark. The score at halftime was O-M 20, Moravia 17.

The Blue Devils tied the game in the first 55 seconds of the third period, but O-M pulled ahead 25-20 on a 3-pointer and 2-pointer by Clark. Moravia rallied to tie the game 27-27 before Clark and Nakiaha Robinson hit baskets to put the Indians up 31-27 with 1:16 remaining in the period.

But Moravia evened the game again, scoring on a layup and then, with just 1.3 seconds left, on a pair of free throws. The game was tied 31-31 entering the fourth period, setting the stage for Moravia to pull away. The Devils outscored O-M 17-8 in the final quarter.

"We just didn't play well for whatever reason," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "Maybe a big-game environment for the first time factored in. We had too many missed layups and shots we normally make."

In the fourth quarter, he said, Moravia "hit some big shots and we turned it over or missed. Their experience in this game showed in the fourth quarter. Now we have to put this behind us, and get ready for sectionals. We still have a lot to play for."

Grover led Odessa in scoring with 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Clark registered 12 points. Other scoring came from Garrison (5 points), Robinson (4) and Alexis Saunders (2). Heichel led the team in assists with 4. The team struggled at the foul line, converting just 5 of 14 attempts, compared to 68% success during the season.

Moravia was led by Maddy Kelly's 13 points, Grace Wasileski's 12, and 11 by Allie Genson. The Devils -- who hit five 3-pointers -- were 9-for-15 from the foul line.

Both teams return to action next week in the Section IV, Class C tournament. O-M, the No. 4 seed, plays at home Friday against the winner of Tuesday's Union Springs-Notre Dame game. Moravia, the No. 3 seed, plays at home Friday against the winner of Tuesday's Unatego-Lansing contest.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Olivia Grover (in white) wins the tipoff.
Middle: The Indians' Alexis Saunders drives to the basket.
Bottom: Odessa's Nakiaha Robinson moves past a Moravia defender.

Left: O-M's Gillian Clark shoots around a Moravia player. Right: The Indians' Kennedey Heichel (3) passes the ball.

Left: O-M's Sage Garrison grabs a rebound. Right: The Indians' Sara Gardner shoots.

Left: O-M's Gillian Clark shoots. Right: The Indians' Olivia Grover (20) makes a move toward the basket.

Bowling: Watkins girls 5th at Qualifier

WAVERLY, Feb. 17 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team ended its season Friday when it finished in fifth place in the Section IV State Qualifier at Waverly Bowl. Odessa-Montour ended its season with an 11th-place finish

The tournament and a spot in the upcoming state competiton was won by Union-Endicott with an 8000 total for nine games -- three at last weekend's Class Sectionals and six on Friday. Horseheads waas second at 7667, Susquehanna Valley third at 7243, Windsor fourth at 6943, and Watkins Glen fifth at 6702. Ocessa-Montour totaled 6089.

Seniors Liz Mason and Dakota Evans led the Senecas Friday, Mason posting series of 519 and 517, and Evans rolling series of 521 and 497. Their nine-game totals, counting last week's, were 1493 and 1492, respectively.

Hayley Cornish added series of 431 and 467 for the Senecas, and had a nine-game total of 1371. Nikole VanDyke rolled 365 and 394 for a nine-game gotal of 1167.

"It was a very tough two weeks," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "To bowl a nine-game series in two separate bowling centers, on an oil pattern that you are not use to, is a difficult thing.

"Our girls battled to catch and surpass some very good teams to finish 5th overall. We beat every team our size and smaller, I am very proud of the way they never gave up.

"I want to thank Tony Margreno and Scott Pike for all their help this year, but most of all, I would like to thank the families of the bowlers for making this a great season.

"We will all miss Liz and Dakota. They have been on the team for the last half decade, and it will be tough to fill their shoes."

Scores for Odessa-Montour were not immediately available.

Photo in text: The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team. Front from left: Hayley Cornish, Coach Ward Brower and Nikole VanDyke. Back from left: Liz Mason, Nancy Jackson, Dakota Evans, Kendra Cornish and Makenzie Kellogg. (File photo)

Watkins girls earn top seed in sectionals

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 16 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team has been seeded No. 1 for the upcoming Section IV, Class C Tournament.

The Senecas (16-2) will draw a bye in the opening round on Tuesday, Feb. 21, and then play at home Friday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. (changed from 7 p.m.) in a quarterfinal against the winner of Tuesday's Walton-Tioga game. Walton (12-7) is seeded 8th; Tioga (9-9) is seeded 9th.

The Odessa-Montour girls, meanwhile, drew the No. 4 seed. They have a bye on Tuesday, and then on Friday, Feb. 24 host the winner of Tuesday's Notre Dame-Union Springs opening-round contest. Notre Dame (12-6) is seeded 5th; Union Springs (8-12) is seeded 12th.

Winners of the Watkins and O-M games on Friday advance to a semifinal game at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 at Tompkins Cortland Community College; the tourney's other semifinal will follow at 7:45 p.m. TC3 is also the site of the title game on Saturday, March 4.

If Watkins Glen and O-M both win their quarterfinal contests, they will face each other in the 6 p.m. semifinal on Feb. 28. The last time they met, on Jan. 16, O-M won on a buzzer-beater at the WGHS Field House.

The No. 2 seed is Bainbridge-Guilford (19-0), and the No. 3 seed is Moravia (17-2).

Odessa-Montour's Andy Fudala dives at start of the 50 Yard Freestyle. He placed 6th.

DeBolt, Fudala earn top seeds at Prelims

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 15 -- Watkins Glen's Aidan DeBolt placed first in the 50 Yard and 100 Yard Freestyle races and Odessa-Montour's Andy Fudala was first in the 100 Yard Breaststroke Wednesday at the Section IV, Class C Swimming Prelims held in the Watkins Glen High School pool.

The wins earn the two swimmers the top seeds in those events at Saturday's Section IV, Class C Championships at Owego Free Academy. Competition starts at 1 p.m.

The preliminaries -- featuring swimmers from Watkins Glen, O-M, Chenango Forks, Dryden, Greene, Lansing, Oneonta and Southern Cayuga -- established the swimmers who will compete Saturday in the championship finals (the top eight swimmers in each event Wednesday) and the consolation finals (the 9th through 16th finishers) as well as two alternates. Anyone in the consolation finals can finish no higher than 9th place on Saturday.

The finishes Wednesday by Watkins Glen and O-M swimmers were as follows, by event:

200 Yard Freestyle:
3rd: OM Billy Tague 2:01.04
4th: WG Dakota Cole 2:01.12
13th: OM Cameron Adams 2:15.20
14th: WG Tyler Leroux 2:16.40
17th: Alternate, WG, Rong Lin 2:22.23

200 Yard Individual Medley:
4th: WG AJ Specchio 2:16.99
5th: OM Alec Betts 2:17.71
12th: OM Brett Walters 2:35.21
14th: OM Jacob Mayotte 2:37.85
18th: Alternate, OM, Kyle Frasier 2:42.62

50 Yard Freestyle:
1st: WG Aidan DeBolt 23.38
5th: WG Nate Wickham 24.83
6th: OM Andy Fudala 24.93
9th: OM Noah Angle 26.28
11th: WG Tyler Leroux 26.43
15th: OM Bailey Hornbrook 27.64
17th: Alternate, WG, Simon Wigmore 28.49

100 Yard Butterfly:
9th: WG Will Fitzsimmons 1:07.52
11th: OM Jacob Mayette 1:10.14
14th: OM Brett Walters 1:11.41
18th: Alternate, OM, Kyle Frasier 1:20.63

100 Yard Freestyle:
1st: WG Aidan DeBolt 50.67
8th: WG Nate Wickham 58.44
13th: OM Noah Angle 59.79
16th: OM Bailey Hornbrook 1:02.16

500 Yard Freestyle:
3rd: OM Billy Tague 5:29.32
4th: WG Dakota Cole 5:31.63
10th: OM Cameron Adams 6:12.34
16th: OM Noah Brewster 6:44.68
17th: Alternate, WG, Patrick Bannon 6:51.61

100 Yard Backstroke:
6th: WG AJ Specchio 1:04.13
7th: WG Will Fitzsimmons 1:07.42
13th: OM Noah Brewster 1:14.85
15th: OM Tyler Carson 1:17.26

100 Yard Breaststroke:
1st: OM Andy Fudala 1:07.77
3rd: OM Alec Betts 1:11.98
9th: WG Rong Lin 1:19.03
14th: WG Simon Wigmore 1:23.13
16th: OM Garrett Allen 1:25.93

In the three relays:

--Odessa-Montour finished third in the 200 Medley Relay, 4th in the 200 Free Relay, and 6th in the 400 Free Relay.
--Watkins Glen finished 7th in the 200 Medley Relay, 2nd in the 200 Free Relay and 4th in the 400 Free Relay.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Billy Tague (left, background) and Watkins Glen's Dakota Cole compete in the 500 Yard Freestyle. Tague won the third seed, and Cole the fourth.

Second: Watkins Glen's Aidan DeBolt after winning his 100 Yard Freestyle heat, and the top seed in Saturday's sectionals.

Third: O-M's Alec Betts hits the water at start of the 200 Yard Individual Medley.

Fourth: O-M's Brett Walters nears the surface after a turn in the 200 IM.

Watkins Glen's AJ Specchio on the way to 4th place in the 200 Yard Individual Medley.

Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham dives at the start of the 50 Yard Freestyle. He placed 5th.

Left:O-M's Billy Tague. Right: O-M's Jacob Mayette dives at start of the 50 Free.

Watkins Glen's Will Fitzsimmons on the way to 9th place in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Schuyler Strikers win another tournament

ALFRED, Feb. 15 -- The Schuyler Strikers U10 girls soccer team was the champion Sunday at the Alfred-Almond Winter Cup Indoor Soccer Tournament.

The title was the team's third in four consecutive tourney championship games.

The team won every game in the tournament and then beat Newark Valley in the title game, 2-1. Said one coach: "Kelsea Wardwell, Julia Spahalski and Kendra Fish were excellent at shutting the opponents down on defense. Jacqueline Mace, Skye Honrath, Kyra Yaw, Olivia VanSkiver, Jennifer Gublo and Madison Tuttle, who scored her first-ever goal, all worked well together on offense and created many attacking opportunities. Madaline Bryerton made several great saves in goal."

Photo in text: Back row from left: Coaches Paul Honrath, Eric VanSkiver and Brian Fish. Middle row, from left: Kyra Yaw, Julia Spahalski, Kelsea Wardwell, Madison Tuttle, Skye Honrath and Jennifer Gublo. Front row, from left: Olivia VanSkiver, Kendra Fish, Madaline Bryerton and Jacqueline Mace. (Photo provided)

The IAC Large School champions pose. From left: Kelsey Kernan, Jena Slater, Danielle Leszyk and Adrienna Solomon. Back from left: Kathryn Losey, Coach Scott Morse, Kathleen Clifford, Aislinn Klemann, Ali LaMoreaux, Haley Dean, Amanda Wilbur, Natalie Edmister, Mattie Yontz, Jillian Cantieni and Cierra Barber. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls win JV crown

Leszyk hits six 3-pointers as Senecas cruise, 46-21

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 14 -- The Watkins Glen girls junior varsity basketball team -- behind 18 points by Danielle Leszyk and dominating defense by Kathleen Clifford -- defeated Dryden 46-21 Tuesday night to win the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large Schools championship.

The game, in the WGHS Field House, saw the Senecas -- the IAC Large School South Division champ -- start slowly before pulling away from the Large School North champion Lions. It was Watkins Glen's 18th straight victory after a season-opening loss, and the third IAC title for Seneca JV basketball teams in the past four years.

"I couldn't be more proud of you," Coach Scott Morse told the Watkins players as they gathered at midcourt afterward, where the players presented the coach with a game ball. "You are the hardest working team I've ever had. You never quit. You are champions through and through."

Neither team scored for the first five-plus minutes, Dryden stymied early by two of Clifford's three blocks; she also forced a travel as a player maneuvered for a shot. And she grabbed the first four of her game-high 10 rebounds. Watkins Glen led 3-0 after one quarter.

Leszyk, who missed her first three attempts from 3-point range, connected on 2-of-3 in the second quarter as the Senecas built their lead to 12-0 before entering intermission with a 19-7 advantage. They pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring Dryden 18-8 as Leszyk hit three 3-pointers. She added another in the fourth quarter -- her fifth in a row.

But it wasn't all her and Clifford. The Senecas also got double-digit scoring from Kelsey Kernan (11 points with 8 rebounds) and Adrienna Solomon (10 points with 4 steals and a block).

Other points came from Amanda Wilbur (3), Clifford (2) and Mattie Yontz (2 with 3 rebounds). Leszyk grabbed 7 rebounds and had 3 steals and an assist. Jena Slater registered 4 rebounds, while Kathryn Losey and Ali LaMoreaux grabbed two each. Aislinn Klemann had 2 steals. The team was 4-for-7 from the foul line, while Dryden was 7-for-13.

When the season started, said Coach Morse, few believed that this team -- which had a new starting cast -- could succeed.

"But they showed up that first day and believed in themselves," he said. "And they worked hard. They wanted to practice all the time. They wanted to win, and they did."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk prepares to shoot in traffic. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: The Senecas' Kathleen Clifford, right, blocks a Dryden shot.

Left: Watkins Glen's Mattie Yontz drives to the hoop. Right: The Senecas' Jena Slater moves past a Dryden defender. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon shoots. Right: The Senecas' Kelsey Kernan drives. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Kathryn Losey (23) and Kelsey Kernan (left) fight for a rebound. Right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk shoots. (Photo on right by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon fires a pass to Kathryn Losey. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Wilbur shoots a free throw.

Left: Among the spectators were Watkins varsity basketball players Julia Reilly, left, and Hannah Morse. Right: The Senecas' Ali LaMoreaux (14) drives past a Dryden player.

Athletes of Week: 2 tracksters, 1 swimmer

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 12 -- This week we honor two track competitors and a swimmer as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Odessa-Montour's Andy Fudala earns one of the nods for winning the 100 Yard Breaststroke title at the IAC Swimming Championships. He was also on a second-place 200 Medley Relay squad.

Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt and Jacob Carocci receive the other nods for first-place performances among Division 2 competitors in the 1600 Meter Run (Hazlitt) and High Jump (Carocci) at the Section IV indoor track meet.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball's Amanda Pike and Max Schimizzi; O-M basketball's Gillian Clark, Olivia Grover and Curtis Harris; Watkins Glen swimmer Aidan DeBolt; O-M swimmers Billy Tague and Alec Betts; Watkins Glen wrestler Kameryn Sheldon; O-M wrestler Jeremiah Lynch; O-M bowlers Alex Grady and Jackie Vincent; and Watkins Glen bowler Nathaniel Rose.

Honorable Mention: Another 23 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Hazlitt, Carocci capture Division 2 titles

ITHACA, Feb. 11 -- Watkins Glen High School's Patrick Hazlitt placed first among Division 2 runners in the 1600 Meter Run and Jacob Carocci was first among Division 2 High Jumpers Saturday as the Senecas took fifth place among small schools in the Section 4 Indoor Track Meet at Cornell University's Barton Hall.

"Impressive," Watkins Glen Coach Kelly Sterner said of the team finish, "with just seven members competing from our team. Great races, and personal bests for some." There were 15 teams in Division 2.

Hazlitt posted a time of 4:28.48 in the 1600, which in addition to winning Division 2 was good for second place overall (including Divison 1, or large school, competitors).

Carocci cleared 5'6" in the High Jump, which in addition to winning Division 2 was third overall.

Other Watkins Glen finishes:

--600 Meters: Sam Hanley, a personal record of 1:31.21, 3rd place D2 and 10th overall
--55 Meters: Josh Updyke, 6.90, 4th place D2 and 8th overall
--55 Meters: Isobel Scheffey, 8.09, 7th place D2 and 15th overall
--1600 Meters: Aaron Planty, 4:48.59, 5th place D2 and 11th overall
--4x200 Meter Relay: 4th place D2 in 1:45.07 (Hanley, Carocci, Hazlitt and Planty)

"We're looking forward to State Qualifiers in two weeks (on Feb. 25), again at Cornell University," said Sterner. The state tournament will be held in Staten Island on March 4th.

Photo in text: Cornell University's Barton Hall, site of the Sectionals, with its newly updated track. (Photo provided)

Glen girls, O-M boys and girls advance

VESTAL, Feb. 11 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams each finished second in Section IV, Class D competition at Midway Lanes in Vestal this weekend, advancing to next weekend's State Qualifer tournament at Waverly Bowl.

Also advancing was the Watkins Glen girls team, which finished second in Class C. The top two boys and girls teams in each class advanced, as did Interscholastic Athletic Conference division winners, as well as those of the MAC and STAC conferences.

The Class tournaments were held Friday (the boys) and Saturday (the girls). Next weekend's competition features the girls on Friday and the boys on Saturday (both at 9 a.m.)

The Qualifier will mix all of the four classses together, with this weekend's scores counting toward a 9-game total (6 next weekend) to determine who advances to States.

Class D Boys: Hancock finished first with a three-game total of 2377, followed by O-M (2227), Candor (2137), Deposit (2095), Oxford (2025) and Notre Dame (1861).

Alex Grady led Odessa with a 503 (the high Class D series), followed by Marcus Getman (447), Eric Rumsey (433), Joe Glosenger (428) and Cameron Bryington (416). Getman rolled a 174 game that was the day's third highest.

Class D Girls: Hancock finished first with a three-game total of 2197, followed by O-M (2056), Candor (2043), Oxford (2031), Notre Dame (1944), Marathon (1780) and Deposit (1647).

Jackie Vincent led Odessa with a 492 series (the third highest in Class D), followed by Carolyn Arias (437), Taylor Sykes (384), Kacie Wood (383) and Grace Edger (360).

Class C Girls: Bainbridge-Guilford took first place with a three-game total of 2223, with Watkins Glen second at 2168. They were followed by Newark Valley (2014), Sidney (1932), Edison (1949) and Tioga (1971).

Dakota Evans led the Senecas with a 474 series, third highest among Class C bowlers. Hayley Cornish added a 473, while Liz Mason rolled a 457 that included a 194, the day's second highest game. Nikole VanDyke posted a 408.

Class C Boys: Watkins Glen finished fifth. Lansing was first with a total of 2640, followed by Newark Valley (2591), Sidney (2578), Tioga (also 2578), Watkins Glen (2484), Bainbridge-Guilford (2305) and Greene (2273).

Nathaniel Rose led the Senecas with a 580 series, including a 234 game that earned him a Class C medal for the day's high game. Steven Bradley added a 525 and Conlin Wysocki a 477.

Photos in text:

Top: The O-M boys bowling team. Front row from left: Coach Tom Strong, Marcus Getman, Alex Grady, Trevor Dunn, Coach Grady. Back row from left: Joe Glosenger, Eric Rumsey, Cameron Bryington, Andrew Ink.

Middle: The O-M girls bowling team. Front row from left: Coach Tom Strong, Carolyn Arias, Grace Edger, Coach Grady. Back row from left: Kacie Wood, Jackie Vincent, Taylor Sykes, Jana Arias.

Bottom: The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team. Front from left: Hayley Cornish, Coach Ward Brower and Nikole VanDyke. Back from left: Liz Mason, Nancy Jackson, Dakota Evans, Kendra Cornish and Makenzie Kellogg. (Photos provided)

O-M swimmers 3rd at IACs; Fudala wins

WAVERLY, Feb 11 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity swim team -- led by Andy Fudala's victory in the 100 Breaststroke -- placed third Saturday at the IAC Swimming Championships at Waverly High School.

O-M totaled 337 points, finishing behind Waverly's 351 and Lansing's 340. Southern Cayuga was fourth with 290, Watkins Glen fifth (287) and Dryden sixth (201).

"Like so many meets this season," saId O-M Coach Terri Brace, "it came down to the last relay. Going into that event, the score was Lansing 312, Waverly 311, O-M 307. This was the closest Championship meet in recent memory, and every team really gutted it out in the last relay to determine the winner.

"The O-M team swam a great meet," she added, "and I am so happy with their performance, placements, and times. They all really stepped up, and everyone on the team posted at least one PR (personal record) in their individual events."

Fudala won the Breaststroke title with a PR of 1:07.34, with teammate Alec Betts in second place with a PR of 1:09.34.

Billy Tague earned two second-place medals -- in the 200 Free in a season-best of 1:53.74, and in the 500 Free with a PR of 5:15.40.

The O-M 200 Medley Relay squad took second with a PR of 1:51.42. The squad consisted of Betts, Fudala, Jake Mayette, and Tague.

The final O-M swimmer to medal was Betts in the 100 Free, where he took third in a PR of 54.57.

Other O-M swimmers placing in scoring positions (top 16):

--The 400 Free Relay team of Noah Angle, Betts, Fudala and Tague, 4th with a PR of 3:45.07
--The 200 Free Relay team of Brett Walters, Bailey Hornbrook, Mayette and Angle, 5th in 1:46.25
--Fudala, 5th in the 50 Free (24.70 PR)
--Walters, 8th in the 200 IM (2:35.10 PR) and 7th in the 100 Fly (1:10.50)
--Mayette, 6th in the 100 Fly (1:09.43 PR) and 9th in the 200 IM (2:38.40 PR)
--Cameron Adams, 8th in the 200 Free (2:25.45 PR) and 7th in the 500 Free (6:11.73 PR)
--Noah Brewster, 7th in the 100 Back (1:09.07 PR) and 12th in the 500 Free (6:36.38)
--Angle, 10th in the 50 Free (26.23 PR) and 11th in the 100 Free (59.51 PR)
--Kyle Frasier, 11th in the 200 IM (2:48.53) and 13th in the 100 Fly (1:20.33 PR)
--Tyler Carson, 9th in the 100 Breast (1:22.10) and 10th in the 100 Back (1:16.32 PR)
--Hornbrook, 13th in the 50 Free (27.49 PR) and 13th in the 100 Free (1:01.91 PR)
--Micah Brewster, 14th in the 200 Free (2:26.46 PR) and 15th in the 100 Back (1:22.72)
--Rhys Stermer, 14th in the 200 IM (3:20.20) and 16th in the 100 Back (1:24.12 PR)
--Garrett Allen, 14th in the 100 Breast (1:27.91)

Photos in text: O-M's Andy Fudala (top) and Billy Tague (File photos)

From left: Watkins Glen's Kameryn Sheldon (3rd at 220 pounds) and O-M's Jeremiah Lynch (3rd at 160), Cameron Pickering (4th at 170) and Dylan Houseknecht (4th at 285).

Tioga wins title at Section IV wrestling

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 11 -- Tioga took home the team title Saturday at the conclusion of the two-day Section IV, Division 2 Wrestling Championships at the Watkins Glen High School Field House.

Odessa-Montour placed 11th in the 27-school field, while Watkins Glen was 17th. The order of finish was Tioga (197 points), Bainbridge-Guilford-Afton-Harpursville (191), Norwich (184), Chenango Valley (116.50), Spencer Van Etten/Candor (107.50), Susquehanna Valley (97), Windsor (94), Walton-Delhi (92), Deposit-Hancock (89), Oneonta (86), Odessa-Montour (79), Unatego (76), Groton (46), Dryden (44), Owego (43.50), Maine-Endwell (43), Watkins Glen (42), Sidney (37), Lansing (36), Waverly (31.50), Oxford (31), Marathon (28), Whitney Point (27), Edison (18), Greene (16), Unadilla Valley (9), Moravia (3).

O-M had one third-place wrestler (Jeremiah Lynch at 160 pounds), two fourth-place wrestlers (Cameron Pickering at 170 and Dylan Houseknecht at 285) and two sixth-place wrestlers (Jacob Zimmer at 145 and Deshawn Johnson at 182).

Watkins Glen had one third-place wrestler (Kameryn Sheldon at 220), but no other podium (top six) finishers.

Norwich had the most weight champions (four),while BGAH had three, Tioga and Unatego two each, and SVEC, Sus Valley, Lansing and Marathon one each.

Section IV Hall of Fame: Watkins Glen wrestling legend Matt Marciniak, elected to the Hall last year but unable to receive his plaque at that time because he was overseas on a business trip, was on hand to receive it from Watkins Glen School Superintendent Tom Phillips before the finals at Saturday's sectional meet. Marciniak was a four-time Section IV champion, and a state champion in 1991 at 152 pounds. He attended college at West Point, where he earned All-American wrestling status.

Photos in text:

Top: Tioga's Austin Lamb, left, en route to the championship at 120 pounds. He helped his team to the tournament title.
Bottom: Section IV Hall of Fame inductee Matt Marciniak, left, and WGHS Superintendent Tom Phillips.

O-M's Andrew Hartford (top) battles Dan Tester of Chenango Valley in the wrestlebacks at 120 pounds.

Watkins Glen's Dylan Bradley en route to a 7-0 win over Tracer Howland of Walton-Delhi in the wrestlebacks at 120 pounds.

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Cheyenne Sisenstein, right, of Maine-Endwell was a crowd favorite as she won two bouts and was competitive in three others at 126 pounds.

Watkins Glen 5th at IAC swim meet

WAVERLY, Feb. 11 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team placed fifth Saturday at the six-school Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championships at Waverly High School.

Waverly won the meet with 351 points, followed by Lansing (340), Odessa-Montour (337), Southern Cayuga (290), Watkins Glen (287) and Dryden (201).

"We swam well today and had a lot of season and career bests," said Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt. "We took home some individual and relay medals as well. I'm very proud of how we stepped up and supported each other as a team. In the Championship format with 4 individual entries per event, we left 14 of our possible 36 entries open because our team is small in number. It affects team outcomes, but our the boys don't seem bothered. They had a great day."

Highlights for Watkins Glen:

200 Free: Dakota Cole 3rd in 2:04.00; Tyler Leroux 7th with a personal record of 2:13.51
200 IM: AJ Specchio 4th with a PR of 2:16.05
50 Free: Aidan DeBolt 2nd in 23.41; Nate Wickham 4th in 24.64; Leroux12th with a PR of 26.76; Simon Wigmore 18th with a PR of 28.8
100 Butterfly: Will Fitzsimmons 5th in 1:09.10
100 Freestyle: DeBolt 2nd with a season best of 51.98; Nate Wickham 7th in 57.72; Collin Baker 16th with a 1:08.71, his personal best by 8 seconds; Clint Craven 17th in 1:10.35, a personal best also by 8 seconds
500 Free: Dakota Cole 3rd in 5:41.27; Pat Bannon 14th in 6:53.82; Clint Craven 16th in 7:31.68
200 Free Relay: 4th, Specchio, Wickham, Cole, DeBolt, a season best 1:38.51
100 Backstroke: AJ Specchio 4th in 1:04.41;Will Fitzsimmons 6th in career best 1:06.80; Collin Baker 14th in a PR of 1:21.87; Scott Brubaker 18th in a PR of 1:28.22
100 Breaststroke: Simon Wigmore 8th in a PR of 1:21.93; Rong Lin 11th in 1:22.85; Collin Gaylord 19th in 1:54.79
400 Freestyle Relay: 3rd, Cole, Wickham, Specchio, DeBolt in a season best 3:40.61

Odessa boys defeat Candor, 62-48

CANDOR, Feb. 10 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team -- led by 27 points from Curtis Harris -- defeated Candor 62-48 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Candor gym.

The victory, in Odessa's final game of the season, lifted the Indians' season mark to 5-13.

Harris also grabbed 7 rebounds and registered 5 steals in a contest that saw O-M build a 33-13 first-half lead. Also scoring in double digits for Odessa was Zach Elliott with 17 points and 7 rebounds. The team was 18-for-33 from the foul line. Candor was 10-for-17 on its free throws.

Other points came from Brandon Ray (9 on three 3-pointers), Noah Austin (5, with 6 rebounds) and Nick Sgrecci (4 with 11 rebounds).

"Our kids played with a lot of energy in the first half and our two big guys dominated the glass and battled for loose balls," said O-M Coach Mike Johnston. "I am really proud of the way the kids competed tonight to earn the win. In three months they have improved tremendously."

Photo in text: O-M's Curtis Harris (File photo)

Odessa-Montour's Jeremiah Lynch (top) on the way to victory in an opening-round match.

Section IV tourney begins at Field House

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 10 -- The Section IV, Division 2 Wrestling Tournament got underway Friday afternoon at Watkins Glen High School, with wrestlers from schools around the region competing on five mats on the Field House floor.

A large crowd watching from the bleachers and from the indoor track above saw two rounds of wrestling, with some wrestlers (with two wins) advancing to this morning's (Saturday's) semifinals, and others heading for wrestleback competition this morning and afternoon.

Wrestling today begins with wrestlebacks at 10 a.m., followed by semifinals at 11, and more wrestlebacks following. Finals are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.

Among the wrestlers advancing to the semifinals were Odessa-Montour's Jeremiah Lynch at 160 pounds, O-M's Cameron Pickering at 170, and Watkins Glen's Kameryn Sheldon at 220 -- each of whom won two matches.

Sheldon dispatched his two foes with pins, as did Lynch, who overcame a 5-1 second-round deficit in his second match -- pulling a reversal before ending it seconds later. Pickering pinned his first opponent, and then broke a 4-4 tie with an escape with seconds left in the match to defeat Spencer-Van Etten/Candor's Mark Mullen, 5-4

Odessa-Montour was in 12th place in team scoring at day's end with 28 points, while Watkins Glen was 16th with 17 points. Bainbridge-Guilford-Afton-Harpursville led the 27-school field with 88.5 points.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Cameron Pickering lifts his opponent on the way to a victory in the tournament's opening round Friday.

Bottom: The left arm of Watkins Glen's Kameryn Sheldon is held aloft in victory after he won his quarterfinal match.

O-M girls defeat Dryden, 54-51; now 16-3

DRYDEN, Feb. 10 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team recovered from its lopsided loss Wednesday to Waverly by defeating a tough Dryden team, 54-51, Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Dryden gym.

The victory lifted the Indians' season mark to 16-3 (and 11-3 in IAC competition) as they head to the IAC Small Schools championship game at 6 p.m. Friday at Tompkins Cortland Community College against Moravia.

Olivia Grover led the team with a season-high 25 points along with 14 rebounds and 3 blocks. Gillian Clark scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Other points came from Sage Garrison (5), Kennedey Heichel (3), Alexis Saunders (3) and Grace Vondracek (2).

O-M led 16-15 after one period, 32-28 at halftime, and 40-37 entering the fourth quarter.

"Kennedey Heichel's 3-pointer with 4:30 to go put us up 45-40, but they battled back," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich.

Amy Gardner led Dryden (11-8) with 26 points. The Lions are in a playoff, most likely Tuesday, against Whitney Point for the North Large School Division title. (Whitney Point had to beat winless Trumansburg Saturday.)

O-M, said Gavich, "has really learned how to get it done in crunch time. We were down 49-48 with under a minute to go and they had the ball. Olivia grabbed a defensive rebound and went coast-to-coast for a three-point play with 40 seconds left to give us the lead 51-49.

"Dryden's Keri Dailey hit the secnod of two free throws with 23.5 seconds left. We then were able to milk the clock until 6.3 seconds to go. Then Gillian hit two free throws to put us up three, and their desperation 3-pointer was off the mark.

"It's the fourth time we've pulled a game out this season when trailing in the final minute. It was a very entertaining, well-played game by both sides. Dryden played very well and we did what we needed to do down the stretch to pull it out. A lot of people did a lot of important things tonight that don't show up in the boxscore but were crucial to getting the win.

"It was the best game Olivia has played all season. Now we head into the postseason on a positive note, so this was an important win not only for that, but also for our sectional seeding." Seedings come out Thursday.

Photo in text: O-M's Olivia Grover (File photo)

Watkins boys lose to Southern Cayuga

AURORA, Feb. 10 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team saw its record slip to 5-14 Friday night in a 68-59 Interscholastic Athletic Conference road loss to Southern Cayuga.

The Senecas were even with Southern Cayuga through one period, 15-15, before falling behind at halftime 34-29. They rallied from an 11-point deficit in the third period with a 12-0 run in less than a minute, "but then gave up 10 or 11 in a row and were down 10 just like that," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary.

It was, he said, a "microcosm" of the season, where the team has played well in stretches but has been plagued at other times with turnovers and poor rebounding. "It's disappointing," he added, noting that the team might or might not play one more game. None has yet been scheduled.

Max Schimizzi led the team with 20 points and 14 rebounds, along with 5 steals and 2 blocks. Connor Seeley-Ion scored 19 points, and led in assists with 4. Other points came from Alex Gibson (9), Dayne Hughey (6), Michael Doane (3) and Joseph Chedzoy (2). The team was 10-for-16 from the foul line.

Southern Cayuga was led by Zach Barretto's 19 points. The team was 7-for-8 on free throws.

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike. Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy shoots in traffic. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen girls defeat Ithaca, 62-47

ITHACA, Feb. 9 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team -- led by Amanda Pike's 26 points -- defeated Ithaca 62-47 Thursday night in a non-league game in the Ithaca High gym.

The win lifted the Senecas' season mark to 16-2 as the postseason approaches.

Watkins Glen trailed 11-10 after one period, but was ahead 28-22 at halftime and 46-29 entering the fourth quarter.

Pike -- who hit six 3-pointers, grabbed 5 rebounds and registered 5 steals -- was joined in double figures by Mariah Gonzalez (12 points with 10 rebounds) and Taylor Kelly (10 points with 5 rebounds).

Other Watkins Glen scoring came from:

-- Hannah Morse (8 points with 10 assists and 4 rebounds);
-- Emmie Bond (4 points with 6 rebounds and 2 assists), and
-- Clara Chedzoy (2 points with 4 steals and 2 assists).

The Senecas were just 2-for-10 from the foul line. Ithaca was 7-for-14 from the line.

Junior Varsity Game Change

There was no JV game Thursday. But there is JV news.

The Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School championship game between the Watkins Glen girls junior varsity (16-1 and champion of the IAC Large School South Division) and Dryden (champion of the Large School North Division) will be played at Watkins Glen at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13 instead of the previously scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Junior Varsity Coach Scott Morse said the change occurred because "Dryden was unable to play on Tuesday evening."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly drives toward the basket.
Bottom: The Senecas' Emmie Bond puts up a shot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse shoots. Right: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez cuts between two Ithaca defenders. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: O-M's Nakiaha Robinson passes the ball. Right: O-M's seniors, Sage Garrison (left) and Alyssa Crout, were honored in a Senior Night ceremony. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Odessa-Montour girls fall to Waverly

ODESSA, Feb. 8 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- with too many turnovers and too few rebounds -- lost to Waverly 70-39 Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym that clinched the IAC Large School South Division title for the visiting Wolverines.

Waverly finished its IAC schedule with a 12-1 record, a game ahead of Watkins Glen's 11-2. Had O-M defeated Waverly, the Wolverines and Watkins Glen would have met in a playoff game for the division title. Instead, Waverly advances to the IAC Large School title game next week.

Odessa, now 15-3 overall and 10-3 in IAC play, has already clinched the IAC Small School South Division crown and a spot in the IAC Small School title game against Moravia at Tompkins Cortland Community College. It will be played on Friday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m.

"We just have to shake this off and get ready for this Friday (at Dryden) and our IAC championship game next week," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We still have a lot to play for."

Waverly, he said, "was just the better team tonight. We caught them fired up off that loss Friday at Watkins Glen (60-46), and they came out and played very well.

"I felt we executed what we wanted to do well in the first half and hung around for a while ... but they were just better. We held Elle Nittinger in check (18 points), but their other players hit open shots and they crashed the boards very well."

That rebounding prowess resulted in many second and third shots for the Wolverines, whose pressing defense also plagued the Indians, repeatedly forcing turnovers. Late in the game, Waverly pulled away with the help of distance shooting. They hit a total of seven 3-pointers.

Waverly was up 17-10 after one period, and 31-22 at the half. A 22-10 third quarter broke the game open.

Gillian Clark led Odessa with 25 points, including 10 points from the foul line, and 10 rebounds. Other scoring came from Olivia Grover (6 points), Alexis Saunders (3), Nakiaha Robinson (3) and Kennedey Heichel (2). The team converted 13 of 17 free throws.

Waverly (16-2 overall) was led by Nittinger's 18 points and 18 by Sidney Tomasso off the bench. The team converted 9 of 15 free throws.

Senior Night: The two O-M seniors -- Sage Garrison and Alyssa Crout -- were honored in a pre-game Senior Night ceremony.

Junior Varsity: Waverly defeated Odessa-Montour.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Gillian Clark drives to the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: Odessa's Sage Garrison, left, battles for the ball. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Kara Reese looks to pass the ball. Right: The Indians' McKennah Lott moves the ball upcourt. (Photos by Mike Stamp)

Left: Watkins Glen's Joseph Chedzoy saves the ball from going out of bounds. Teammate Michael Doane (33) awaits his pass. Right: The Senecas' Dayne Hughey drives. (Photo on right by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen boys defeat Newfield, 47-44

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 8 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team survived a last-second 3-point effort by Newfield to defeat the Trojans 47-44 Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas' Max Schimizzi got a piece of the ball as Newfield tried its final shot, and it fell shot of the basket -- capping off a successful Senior Night for Watkins Glen.

The game was close throughout, with Watkins building a 9-8 first-quarter lead, a 23-19 halftime edge and a 37-32 advantage entering the fourth period. The game see-sawed, with the Senecas up by one point when Newfield tried and missed a 3-pointer with 13 seconds remaining.

After Watkins got the ball, Connor Seeley-Ion was fouled with 7.7 seconds left and made both ends of a one-and-one to put the Senecas up by three. Newfield called time-out with 5 seconds left, and then tried the 3-pointer that Schimizzi redirected.

Schimizzi led the Senecas with 15 points, while Seeley-Ion scored 14. Other points came from Michael Doane (9), Dayne Hughey (5), Joseph Chedzoy (2) and Alex Gibson (2). Schimizzi led the team in rebounds, too, with 8, while Seeley-Ion grabbed 7. Seeley-Ion led in assists with 5. The team was 6-for-7 from the foul line.

Newfield, now 13-4 and ranked 15th among Class D schools in the state, was led by 12 points each by Stephen LaBarge and Quintel Clements. The team was 8-for-11 from the foul line. The Trojans had been averaging 54.6 points per game.

"I'm excited that these guys could win one of these kinds of games, especially on Senior Night and against a very good team," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, noting that his team's 5-13 record is misleading. "We're 5-13, but we're not really a 5-13 team. Not a lot of teams want to play us."

The next team to do so will be Southern Cayuga on Friday, a road game for the Senecas. Fazzary said they might schedule one more beyond that. The visit to Southern Cayuga will be a varsity-game-only trip.

Fazzary praised the effort of his three seniors, noting that while Gibson scored just two points, "he played great defense, holding the Moravec kid to six points." Moravec had been averaging 10.5 points per game.

Senior Night: Seniors on the school's indoor track, cheerleading and boys basketball squads were honored in pregame ceremonies. The indoor track seniors are Jacob Carocci, Cameron Connelly, Sam Hanley and Patrick Hazlitt. The cheerleader seniors are Daryn Cummings, Christina Hosley, Diana Lafever, Abigail Miller, Samantha Shea and Katherine Taylor. The basketball seniors are Alex Gibson, Max Schimizzi and Connor Seeley-Ion.

Junior Varsity: Newfield defeated Watkins Glen 72-58, pulling away in the fourth quarter after the Senecas -- down 36-26 at halftime -- had climbed within two points, 59-57. Isaac McIlroy led the Senecas with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Dylan Markley added 16 points, Max Evans 12 points and 10 rebounds, Owen Scholtisek 7 points and 5 assists, and Aidan DiGregorio 4 points.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Max Schimizzi drives to the basket.
Middle: The Senecas' Connor Seeley-Ion moves past a Newfield defender.
Bottom: Watkins Glen senior Alex Gibson shoots. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Seniors on the boys varsity basketball team honored in pregame ceremonies were, from left, Max Schimizzi, Connor Seeley-Ion and Alex Gibson. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Seniors on the Cheerleading squad honored in pregame ceremonies were, from left, Diana Lafever, Katherine Taylor, Christina Hosley, Daryn Cummings, Abigail Miller and Samantha Shea. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Seniors on the Indoor Track team honored in pregame ceremonies were, from left, Patrick Hazlitt, Sam Hanley, Cameron Connelly and Jacob Carocci. (Photo by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

:

Watkins' Isaac McIlroy (left) and Owen Scholtisek (24) shoot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

The Senecas' Dylan Markley drives past a Newfield player. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Odessa-Montour boys lose to Waverly

WAVERLY, Feb. 8 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team fell to Waverly 74-49 Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Waverly gym.

O-M, now 4-13, was led in scoring by Curtis Harris, who registered 22 points. Also in double figures was Brandon Ray with 11 points, while Nick Sgrecci scored 6, Zach Elliott 5 and Noah Austin 5. The team was 14-for-22 from the foul line.

Waverly was led by Gavin Judson's 20 points, 19 by Jon Ward and 13 by Hunter Bodine. The Wolverines were 6-for-9 from the foul line.

Waverly built a 14-6 lead in the first quarter, and was up 30-21 at halftime and 50-36 entering the fourth quarter. The Wolverines outscored O-M 24-13 down the stretch.

Odessa will return to action Thursday at Candor.

Schuyler Strikers win soccer tourney

NAPLES, NY, Feb. 8 -- The Schuyler Strikers U10 Girls were tournament champions at the 18th annual Naple Indoor Soccer Tournament this past weekend.

This was their third consecutive tournament championship game and second title. The girls shut out all but one team on their way to the final, which they won 1-0.

"Kendra Fish, Julia Spahalski and Kelsea Wardwell kept the defense strong, allowing very few opportunities for the opposing teams," said one of the team's coaches. "Skye Honrath, Kyra Yaw, Jacqueline Mace, Jennifer Gublo and Madison Tuttle were great at creating opportunities to attack the opposing team's goal on offense. Madaline Bryerton made several amazing saves."

Honrath scored six goals in the tournament, Yaw three, and Mace 1. Bryerton made 15 saves.

Photo in text: Back row from left: Coach Brian Fish, Coach Paul Honrath, Kyra Yaw, Skye Honrath, Kendra Fish, Kelsea Wardwell, Jacqueline Mace, Coach Eric VanSkiver. Front from left: Madison Tuttle, Julia Spahalski, Madaline Bryerton, Jennifer Gublo. (Photo provided)

O-M Elementary basketball results

The following results were reported from competition at the Odessa-Montour school involving elementary basketball teams.

Bucket Bar and Grill (2-0) 37, Watkins Supply (1-1) 22

Bucket: Tyler Malnoske 26 points, Dev Patel 6 points, David Madorsky 4 points, Mackenzie Landon 1 point
Watkins Supply: Connor Fogie 17 points, Evan Crane 3 points, Richard Pike 2 points

Montour Moose #426 (1-1) 7, Vedder and Scott (0-2) 3

Moose: Michael Hancock 4 points, Brandon Slaughter 2 points, Kyler Erickson 1 point
Vedder and Scott: Moe Zinger 2 points, James Halpin 1 point

Athletes: 4 wrestlers, 1 basketball player

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 6 -- This week week we honor as Odessa File Athletes of the Week four Section IV Class wrestling champions and a basketball player who reached a milestone.

From Watkins Glen the honoree is Kameryn Sheldon, who won the 220-pound weight class at the Section IV, Class C Wrestling Tournament at Afton.

From Odessa-Montour, we honor three wrestlers who won titles at the Section IV, Class D Tournament at Unatego -- Jeremiah Lynch (160 pounds), Cameron Pickering (170) and Deshawn Johnson (182).

We also honor O-M basketball standout Gillian Clark, who passed the 1,000-point career plateau as she scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 40-39 win over Newfield, and before that registered 22 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Spencer-Van Etten.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball's Amanda Pike, Clara Chedzoy, Mariah Gonzalez, Taylor Kelly and Hannah Morse; O-M bowlers Alex Grady and Carolyn Arias; Watkins Glen bowlers Wrett Brower, Conlin Wysocki, Liz Mason and Hayley Cornish; the Watkins Glen varsity cheerleading team; Watkins Glen swimmer Aidan DeBolt; O-M swimmers Billy Tague and Andy Fudala; and O-M basketball's Olivia Grover

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

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 5

These are the results of the fifth week of Watkins Glen Youth Basketball held at the Watkins Glen High School.

3rd-4th Grades

Glen Motel* (5-0) 20, Watkins Sporting Goods (3-2) 13

GM -- Christopher Simiele 12, Lucas Hoffman 6, Addison Coolican 2
WSG -- Nicholas D'Alleva 5, Logan Debolt 4, Amos Diliberto 4

Famous Brands (4-1) 24, Curly's (2-3) 10

FB -- Ryan Berry 14, Caleb Bresett 8, Brennion Elliott 2
C -- Sam Caslin 10

Central Asphalt (1-4) 14, Mr. Chicken (0-5) 2

CA -- Abigail Miller 4, Isiah Sissel 4, Rachel Vickio 2, Levi Murphy 2, Tyler Smith 2
MC -- Michael Purpura 2

* Glen Motel is the Grade 3-4 Regular Season Champion

5th-6th Grades

Seneca Lodge* (4-1) 29, VanSkiver Motors (3-2) 26

SL -- Jacob Yontz 19, Bryce Miller 4, Sasha Honrath 2, Zachery Castillo 2, Gregory Samuels 2
VM -- Gavin Smith 20, Brandon Chiacchiarini 4, Nicole Chiacchiarini 2

Church St. Produce (4-1) 30, Maguire's (3-2) 18

CSP -- Deven Searles 17, Jenna Soloman 7, Jason Murphy 4
M -- Carly Arnold 16, Andru Matthews 2

Watkins Glen Supply (1-4) 26, Capt. Bill's (1-4) 12

WGS -- David Kelly 15, Brennen Smith 5, Sarah Jones 4, Thomas Field 2
CB -- Lillian Ameigh 8, Carmichael Ayers 2, Alannah Klemann 2

*Seneca Lodge is the Grade 5-6 Regular Season Champion

There will be no program on 2/11/17. Playoffs will start the following week.

Walter "Red" Matthews Memorial Playoffs
Week 1 -- Feb. 18, 2017

8:00 a.m.

3rd-4th Grades
Game 1 -- Watkins Sporting Goods vs. Mr. Chicken
Game 2 -- Curly's vs. Central Asphalt

5th-6th Grades
Game 3 -- VanSkiver Motors vs. Capt. Bill's

9:15 a.m.

3rd-4th Grades
Game 4 -- Famous Brands vs. Winner of Game 1
Game 5 -- Glen Motel vs. Winner of Game 2

5th-6th Grades
Game 6 -- Maguire's vs. WG Supply

10:00 a.m.

5th-6th Grades
Game 7 -- Church St. Produce vs. Winner of Game 3
Game 8 -- Seneca Lodge vs. Winner of Game 6

O-M's Cameron Pickering (left) and Jeremiah Lynch after winning their weight titles. (Photos by Loretta Marsiglio)

O-M wins Class D wrestling

Lynch (160 pounds), Pickering (170), Johnson (182) 1st

UNATEGO, Feb. 4 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team finished first among 10 schools competing Saturday at the Section IV, Class D Wrestling Tournament at Unatego High School.

The Indians -- with three wrestlers winning their weight classes -- posted 180.50 points to finish ahead of runnerup Groton (135), Unatego (133), Sidney (120), Deposit-Hancock (119), Marathon (88), Greene (83), Oxford (76), Moravia (71) and Unadilla Valley (24).

Winning their weight classes for O-M were:

--Jeremiah Lynch at 160 pounds (defeating Noah Kennedy of Greene in the finals by a pin at 2:50);
--Cameron Pickering at 170 pounds (defeating Damion Shoemaker of Groton in the final, 7-2); and
--Deshawn Johnson at 182 pounds (defeating Brody Tiska of Sidney in the final by a pin in 33 seconds).

Second places were registered by Andrew Hartford at 120 pounds, Dan Minnier at 152 pounds, Alex Repass at 220 pounds, and Dylan Houseknecht at 285 pounds.

Third places went to Josiah Lynch at 106 pounds, Collin Haag at 138 pounds, and Jacob Zimmer at 145 pounds.

All 10 of O-M's wrestlers thus advanced to the Section IV, Division II meet scheduled for Watkins Glens next weekend.

Watkins Glen: The Senecas competed in the Section IV, Class C Tournament at Afton, and came away with one class winner: Kameryn Sheldon, victorious at 220 pounds after pinning Bailey Wood of Walton in the final in 4:14. The Senecas placed 6th among nine teams.

Bainbridge-Guilford-Afton-Harpursville won the tournament title with 265.5 points, followed by Tioga (253.5), Oneonta (169), Spencer-Van Etten/Candor (168.5), Walton-Delhi (162), Watkins Glen (119), Whitney Point (72), Edison (55.5) and Lansing (44).

In addition to Sheldon, Watkins Glen wrestlers advancing to the Section IV, Division II Tournament next weekend at Watkins Glen High School were Dylan Bradley (3rd at 120 pounds), Sean Kelly (5th at 132), Dalton Cummings (5th at 160), Calvin Buckley (5th at 170), Josh Bravo (4th at 195), Casey Falls (4th at 220), and Ethan Voorheis (2nd at 285).

The top five finishers at each weight advanced.

Photos in text:

Top: The Odessa-Montour wrestlers hoist Coach Bill Lindsley aloft with their championship plaque. (Photo provided)

Second: O-M's Deshawn Johnson (top) en route to winning his semifinal match. (Photo by Loretta Marsiglio)

Third: Odessa's Collin Haag (rear) in his quarterfinal match (Photo by Loretta Marsiglio)

Fourth: O-M's Dylan Houseknecht (top) on the way to victory in his semifinal match. (Photo by Loretta Marsiglio)

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Kameryn Sheldon (facing camera) on the way to victory in the 220-pound final. (Photo provided by Bettelynn Bravo)

WG cheerleaders top IAC Small Squads

NEWARK VALLEY, Feb. 4 -- The Watkins Glen varsity cheerleading team took first place in the Small Squad Division Saturday at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championships at Newark Valley High School.

With the victory, the team advances to Sectionals, to be held at the Elmira Middle School at 5 p.m. on Feb. 16.

Photo above right: The Watkins Glen varsity cheerleading team poses after its victory. (Photo provided)

IAC Bowling Championships: WG girls 2nd, O-M girls 5th, WG boys 5th, O-M boys 7th

WAVERLY, Feb. 4 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team -- led by a 569 series by Liz Mason -- placed second Saturday at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championships at Waverly Bowl.

The girls team title went to Waverly, which bowled a 2549. Watkins Glen was second at 2354, followed in the 12-team field by Candor (2334), Tioga (2256), Odessa-Montour (2224), Edison (2186), Notre Dame (2094), Newark Valley (2075), Lansing (2017), Groton (1939), Marathon (1890) and Union Springs/Port Byron (1836).

Mason's series was third highest in the tournament behind a 645 by Candor's Nicole Gates and a 597 by Waverly's Cassy Bowman. It included a 215 game, fourth highest in the tourney. Watkins teammate Hayley Cornish posted a 540 series, fifth highest for the day, which included a 208 game (the day's sixth best). Other Watkins scores included a 427 by Dakota Evans, a 414 by Nancy Jackson, and a 404 by Nikole VanDyke.

"It was Liz Mason's last IAC Tournament," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "She led her team, and I am proud of her."

And of Cornish, he added: "Hayley has been getting better and better all season. Being only a first-year freshman, her progress has been amazing."

The O-M bowlers were led by Carolyn Arias, who rolled a 554 series that included a 224 game. That series was the tourney's fourth highest, and Arias's 224 was the day's third best. Teammate Jackie Vincent rolled a 497 series that included a 207. Other scores for O-M: a 422 by Taylor Sykes, a 386 by Kacie Wood, and a 365 by Grace Edger.

The girls return to action Saturday in the Section IV tournament at Vestal's Midway Lanes.

Boys Tournament

Watkins Glen placed fifth in the boys competition among 10 teams. Union Springs/Port Byron won with a 3376, followed by Waverly (3241), Tioga (3103), Newark Valley (2999), Watkins Glen (2929), Lansing (2620), Odessa-Montour (2573), Groton (2441), Notre Dame (2289) and Candor (2266).

Wrett Brower led Watkins Glen with a 633 series that included a 245 game. The game tied for seventh best at the tournament. Conlin Wysocki added a 600 series that included a 213 game. Nathaniel Rose rolled a 592 series (with a 210 game), while Wyatt Brower posted a 568, Steven Bradley a 536, and John Reed a 511.

"It was a great day for Wrett. He bowled with confidence all day," said Coach Brower, adding: "The boys bowled great. They just keep getting better. They are fun to watch.

"I was not only very happy with the way we bowled individually, but also the way both teams came together as teams. At one point the girls were cheering so much for each other, that another team asked them to stop. Of course they didn't."

Odessa-Montour was led by Alex Grady's career-best 245-203-228=676 series, which was the tournament's sixth-best score. His 245 was the seventh best game. Teammate Eric Rumsey rolled a 599 series that included a 221,while Joe Glosenger rolled a 452, Marcus Getman a 437, and Trevor Dunn a 409.

The boys return to action Friday in the Section IV tournament at Midway Lanes in Vestal.

IAC All-Stars

The IAC All-Star honorees have been announced for season-long performance.

Watkins Glen earned two All-Star slots: Dakota Evans (1st Team with a 179.58 average) and Liz Mason (2nd Team with a 153.04 average).

Photos in text: From top: Watkins Glen's Liz Mason; Watkins Glen's Wrett Brower; and Odessa-Montour's Alex Grady (File photos)

Left: O-M's Olivia Grover looks for a lane to the basket. Right: The Indians' Nakiaha Robinson maneuvers past a Newfield defender. (Photos by Mike Stamp)

O-M girls edge Newfield; Clark hits 1,000

ODESSA, Feb. 3 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team improved its mark to 15-2 Friday night with a 40-39 victory over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians were led by junior Gillian Clark's 21 points, which put her over the 1,000-point plateau for her career. She reached the milestone with a pull-up jumper in the third quarter.

"She was definitely nervous in the first half," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "and we really struggled to put the ball in the basket. Newfield played very well and definitely gave us their best shot tonight."

Clark is the ninth O-M girl to reach 1,000 points. The others were Kathy Beebe, Laurie Nichols, Christina Slusser, Annie Gooley, Tina Bennett, Stefanie Collins, Rebecca Ayers, and Michelle Melanson.

"Gillian has worked so hard on her game to become an all-around scorer and an all-around player," said Gavich. "She came up to varsity in 8th grade as a strictly spot-up shooter, but now can score from anywhere on the floor. That's due entirely to how hard she has worked at it."

Scoring in addition to Clark, who also grabbed 11 rebounds, were Olivia Grover (7 points and 12 rebounds), Kennedey Heichel (6 points), and Sage Garrison, Nakiaha Robinson and Sara Gardner (2 points each).

"This was a definite gut check tonight," said Gavich. "It was flat out determination on our girls' part. For Olivia to not make a field goal all night and then hit a tough shot in traffic with us down a point was definitely clutch. These are the types of games you have to find a way to win in the postseason."

O-M was down 12-7 after one period and 19-16 at the half.

"We got off to a good start in the third quarter and led 30-23, but Newfield came back," said Gavich. "We led the entire fourth quarter until Jenna Goodwin hit a 3 to put them up 39-38 with 28 seconds left.

"We came back down and Olivia posted up and hit a turnaround jumper from the right block to put us up 40-39 with 12.7 seconds to go.We forced a turnover on the ensuing inbounds pass, then actually missed 2 FT's with 3.6 remaining, but Sage Garrison battled and got the rebound and ran the clock out."

Odessa returns to action Wednesday, hosting Waverly in a game with ramifications outside of its division. Should Waverly lose, it will end up tied with Watkins Glen (which has completed its IAC schedule) atop the IAC Large School South Division -- necessitating a playoff at Watkins Glen.

"We will have to play a heck of a lot better than we did tonight for that to even have a chance of happening," said Gavich.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark drives past a Newfield defender.
Bottom: The Indians' Kennedey Heichel sends a shot on it way. (Photos by Mike Stamp)

Left: O-M's Sage Garrison looks for a shot. Right: The Indians' Lexi Saunders moves the ball. (Photos by Mike Stamp)

The game was stopped and Gillian Clark was presented a 1,000-point ball after she reached that career plateau. Joining her on the court were her parents, Teresa and Brad. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

Watkins Glen senior Mikenna Ayers races upcourt with the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls defeat Waverly, 60-46

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 3 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team turned the tables on Waverly Friday night, atoning for a lopsided loss earlier in the season by topping the Wolverines 60-46 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The victory lifted the Senecas' season mark to 15-2 and gave them a final IAC record of 11-2, a half game behind the 11-1 amassed by Waverly, which has a game left -- at Odessa-Montour Wednesday.

A Waverly loss in that game would result in a playoff for the IAC Large School South Division between Watkins and Waverly -- at Watkins Glen, under a league rule that calls for a smaller enrollment school to host in odd-number years.

Coach Alicia Learn said her players "were ready this time" after a 57-32 loss at Waverly on January 6th. "We played 10 times better than we played at Waverly, which is always a tough place to play," she added.

Amanda Pike, honored with teammate Mikenna Ayers in a Senior Night ceremony preceding the game, led the Senecas with 21 points. She also grabbed 7 rebounds and registered 3 assists, 2 blocks and a steal.

Other scoring came from:

Clara Chedzoy: 12 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block.
Taylor Kelly: 11 points, 2 steals and 1 rebound.
Mariah Gonzalez: 8 points, 14 rebounds and 4 steals.
Hannah Morse: 8 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals.

Watkins Glen raced out to 9-0 and 11-1 leads before Waverly started chipping away at the deficit. The Wolverines pulled to within four at 16-12 and within five at 25-20 in the second quarter, only to see Kelly score on a buzzer-beater and add a free throw with time expired to make it 28-20 at halftime.

The Senecas came out hot in the third period, with Pike hitting three 3-pointers from the corner as Watkins built a 41-26 lead. The Wolverines got no closer than 12 points after that, and trailed by as many as 22.

Waverly was led by Alex Tomasso's 17 points, and 13 by Elle Nittinger. The Wolverines were 12-for-22 from the free-throw line, compared to Watkins Glen's 7-for-11.

While the Senecas await the outcome of the Wednesday matchup between Waverly and Odessa-Montour at O-M, its next scheduled game is Friday at Ithaca.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen came back from a 14-4 second-quarter deficit to defeat Waverly 28-20. The Senecas, now 17-1, were led by Danielle Leszyk's 13 points and 6 each by Jena Slater and Adrienna Solomon. Kathryn Losey led the team in rebounds with 7, while Solomon grabbed 6, Kelsey Kernan 4 and Leszyk 3. Solomon led in assists with 6, and Slater in steals with 3.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins' Amanda Pike encounters traffic as she drives to the basket. No foul was called on the play, and the ball, knocked loose, went out of bounds. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Middle: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez drives past a Waverly defender. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy gets in the way of a Waverly player's shot. (Photo by Charlie Haeffner)

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse is fouled as she drives to the basket. (Photo by Haeffner)

Left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly shoots. Right: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez gets a piece of the ball as Waverly's Marisa Trudeau attempts a shot. (Photos by Haeffner)

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse sinks a twisting layup. Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy prepares to shoot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen seniors Amanda Pike, left, and Mikenna Ayers were honored in a Senior Night ceremony before the game. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly drives to the basket. (Photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins' Kelsey Kernan drives past a Waverly defender. Right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk shoots. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen boys fall to Waverly, 70-37

WAVERLY, Feb. 3 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 4-13 Friday night when the Senecas dropped a 70-37 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Waverly gym.

"They're very good," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary about Waverly. "They're not 9th in the state for nothing."

Waverly built a 20-13 first-quarter lead and was up 43-24 at halftime and 58-30 entering the final period.

"We played okay in the first quarter and a half," said Fazzary, but in the last four minutes before halftime "we unraveled a little bit " -- a 5-point deficit becoming 9 points, and "then 9 becoming 19 just like that."

Michael Doane led the Senecas in scoring with 12 points, while Alex Schimizzi scored 6, Connor Seeley-Ion 6, Dayne Hughey 5, Max Schimizzi 4, and Justin Lodge and Alex Gibson 2 each. Max Schimizzi and Alex Schimizzi each grabbed 6 rebounds, and Hughey 5. Seeley-Ion led in assists with 5.

Hunter Bodine led Waverly with 18 points. Both teams were 5-for-9 from the free-throw line.

Watkins returns to action Tuesday at home against Newfield. It will be Senior Night.

Junior Varsity: Waverly defeated Watkins Glen 67-37. Dylan Markley led the Senecas with 12 points, while Max Evans scored 8, Dylan Morse 6 and Owen Scholtisek 5.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to Newfield

NEWFIELD, Feb. 3 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team dropped a 63-39 decision Friday night to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Newfield gym.

The Indians, now 4-12, were led in scoring by Noah Austin, with 10 points. Other points came from Zach Elliott (9), Brandon Ray (9), Curtis Harris (6), and Nick Sgrecci (5). The team was 9-for-18 from the foul line.

Newfield was led by Stephen LeBarge's 15 points. Greg Moravic added 14, and Patrick King 13. The Trojans made ten 3-pointers, and were 7-for-14 from the foul line.

Newfield -- the 15th-ranked Class D school in New York State -- led 15-8 after one quarter, 35-22 at halftime, and 51-31 entering the fourth quarter.

Odessa-Montour returns to action Tuesday at Waverly.

Watkins JV girls to play for championship

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 2 -- The Watkins Glen girls junior varsity basketball team, which has clinched first place in the IAC Large School South Division, will play for the IAC Large School championship against the North Division champ, Dryden, on Feb. 14.

The game will be held in the WGHS Field House at 6 p.m. The Senecas have amassed a season record of 16-1.

Watkins Glen's Dakota Cole (foreground) and O-M's Alec Betts dive at start of 200 Free.

Watkins Glen swimmers edge O-M, 85-84

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 2 -- It came down to the last event, the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay. Whoever won that would win the meet.

Watkins Glen High School won the race, and thus edged Odessa-Montour 85-84 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet Thursday in the Watkins Glen pool.

The final leg on the winning relay was swum by Aidan DeBolt -- fitting on an afternoon when he and three other seniors were honored at a Senior Night ceremony for their careers at WGHS. Also honored were Dakota Cole, Will Fitzsimmons and Rong Hang Lin.

The winning swimmers in each event:

200 Medley Relay: OM 1:59.16 (Alec Betts, Andy Fudala, Jacob Mayette, Bailey Hornbrook)
200 Freestyle: WG, Dakota Cole 2:04.48
200 IM: OM, Billy Tague 2:16.71
50 Free: WG, Aidan DeBolt 23.44
100 Fly: WG, Will Fitzsimmons 1:09.94
100 Free: WG, Aidan DeBolt 52.08
500 Free: OM, Billy Tague 5:28.97
200 Free Relay: OM 1:42.60 (Andy Fudala, Brett Walters, Alec Betts, Billy Tague)
100 Back: WG, AJ Specchio 1:04.30
100 Breast: OM, Andy Fudala 1:10.46
400 Free Relay: WG 3:49.62 (Nate Wickham, Dakota Cole, AJ Specchio, Aidan DeBolt)

Three wins each: Watkins Glen's DeBolt and O-M's Tague and Fudala.

"The O-M guys put up quite a fight tonight," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "They never gave up, and fought hard to the end. So many races were determined by 10ths of a second. We really needed one of them to go our way, and they just didn't. Add an unfortunate DQ from a false start into the mix and we again found ourselves needing to win the last event to win the meet.

"Even though we came up short tonight, I was very happy overall with the team's performance. The majority of them are new to swimming, and they are going to make mistakes. That's how they learn, and it makes them better swimmers at the end of the day. This has been the craziest dual-meet season I have seen in my years of coaching. So many meets were decided in the last event, not just our meets but all of the IAC meets. As a league we have never all been so equally matched.

"The level of competition is going to make for a very interesting IAC championship meet next weekend. In the meantime, we will be working out the last-minute kinks and getting everyone ready to compete at the next level."

O-M personal records posted Thursday:

--Cameron Adams in the 200 Free and 500 Free
--Noah Brewster in the 500 Free with a 15-second drop from his previous best time
--Micah Brewster in the 50 Free
--Tyler Carson in the 100 Breaststroke

"It was an emotional night for us as we begin to say goodbye to our seniors at the final dual meet of their high school careers," said Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt. "Everyone swam great tonight and times were terrific. Before the meet we talked about swimming up to our competition and to be faster than we have been before. The guys took that to heart and did a great job.

"The meet was close because we are so evenly matched, with strengths in different areas. It can't be closer than it was tonight and it was nice to come away with a win on Senior Night. We are readying ourselves now for the IAC Championships next weekend in Waverly, and beyond that we are looking forward to hosting the sectional prelims and then going to Owego for finals.

"I will miss these athletes who have become young men in front of my eyes these past four years. To have worked so closely with my own son (Aidan) all these years is one of my life's greatest rewards."

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Brett Walters dives at start of the 100 Fly. He finished second.
Second: Watkins Glen's Aidan DeBolt dives at start of the 50 Free, which he won.
Third: Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham competes in the 100 Free. He placed third.
Bottom: O-M's Noah Brewster swims in the 500 Free. He set a new PR by 15 seconds.

The Watkins Glen seniors were honored during a break in the meet. From left: Will Fitzsimmons, Dakota Cole, Coach Len DeBolt, Aidan DeBolt and Rong Lin.

O-M's Billy Tague on the way to victory in the 200 Yard Individual Medley.

Left: Watkins Glen's Will Fitzsimmons dives at start of the 200 IM. Right: Watkins Glen's Rong Lin competes in the 100 Breaststroke, where he finished second.

O-M's Andy Fudala is airborne at start of the 100 Yard Breaststroke, which he won.

Watkins Glen's AJ Specchio, left, and O-M's Billy Tague shake hands after the 200 Yard Individual Medley. Tague finished first and Specchio second.

Left: O-M's Gillian Clark moves the ball upcourt. Right: The Indians' Sage Garrison drives past an S-VE defender. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Odessa-Montour girls top S-VE, 53-38

SPENCER, Feb. 1 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Gillian Clark's 22 points and 10 rebounds and Olivia Grover's season-high 21 points and 11 rebounds -- defeated Spencer-Van Etten 53-38 Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the S-VE gym.

The victory lifted O-M's record to 14-2 overall and 9-2 in IAC play heading into a home game Friday night against Newfield. Clark is within six points now of reaching the 1,000-point plateau for her high school career.

The Indians built a 16-9 first-quarter lead and were ahead 30-18 at halftime and 47-25 after three periods. They were 14-for-18 at the foul line.

Scoring in addition to Clark and Grover (who also registered 4 blocks) were Nakiaha Robinson (8 points, 5 steals and 3 assists) and Kennedey Heichel (2 points and 6 assists).

"We came out and did what we had to do tonight against a scrappy team that has been playing really hard and well lately," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We were able to get the ball inside and take advantage of our size, and that was the difference."

Photo in text: O-M's Nakiaha Robinson (24) passes the ball up to teammate Olivia Grover. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: O-M's Kennedey Heichel (3) maneuvers with the ball. Right: The Indians' Olivia Grover drives to the basket. (Photos by Don Romeo)

O-M wrestlers defeat Waverly, 59-0

ODESSA, Jan. 31 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team shut out Waverly Tuesday night, posting a 59-0 victory over the Wolverines in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in O-M's Jack Davis Gym.

The Indians benefitted from six forfeits -- at 145, 152, 160, 195, 220 and 285 pounds -- to amass 36 of its points.

It won competitively at:

106: Josiah Lynch over Nick Spinner (a pin in 1:52).
120: Andrew Hartford over Colby Sindoni (a pin in 2:51).
138: Collin Haag over Cody Chandler (a 17-0 tech fall at 3:12).
182: Cameron Pickering over Ben Gates (a pin in 4:48).

The Indians compete Saturday in the Section 4, Class D meet at Unatego.



Left: Odessa-Montour's Noah Austin shoots. Right: The Indians' Brandon Ray drives past an S-VE defender.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to S-VE, 42-33

ODESSA, Jan. 31 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 4-11 Tuesday night when the Indians dropped a 42-33 decision to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Spencer built a 10-5 first-quarter advantage, led 21-14 at halftime and was up 32-25 after three periods. O-M cut the S-VE lead to one point with 5:45 remaining in the game, but the Panthers pulled away with free throws down the stretch.

Curtis Harris led Odessa in scoring with 13 points. Brandon Ray added 6 points, while Zach Elliott, Nick Sgrecci and Noah Austin scored 4 apiece, and Jon Andrews 2. The team was 4-for-11 from the foul line.

S-VE (8-7) was led by Daniel Deppe's 14 points, and 11 by Mark Newill. Both players, said O-M Coach Mike Johnston, "dominated the boards throughout the game." The Panthers were 16-for-21 from the foul line.

Odessa returns to action Friday at Newfield.

Senior Night: The varsity game was preceded by Senior Night, where the senior members of the boys basketball team and of the cheerleading squad were honored. The honorees Tuesday night were basketball players Nick Sgrecci and Jonathan Andrews, and cheerleader Anotonia Yingying, a foreign exchange student.

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Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Zach Elliott fights his way to the basket.
Bottom: Senior Night honorees, from left: Nick Sgrecci, Anotonia Yingying, and Jonathan Andrews. (All three photos provided)

Watkins Glen's Jazmin Shea (left) and Taylor Kelly shoot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen girls race past Edison

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Jan. 31 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- with 10 of its players scoring -- routed Edison 64-24 Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Edison gym.

Taylor Kelly and Jazmin Shea led the Senecas with 11 points each and Ryanna LaMoreaux posted a double-double of 10 points and 15 rebounds (with 2 assists and a block) as Watkins improved its season mark to 14-2. Kelly also had 4 rebounds and 2 steals, while Shea had 5 rebounds and an assist.

Other scoring came from:

--Hannah Morse (9 points with 1 rebound and 1 assist).
--Julia Reilly (6 points with 2 assists and a steal).
--Mariah Gonzalez (5 points with 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals).
--Amanda Pike (4 points with 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals).
--Mikenna Ayers (4 points with 5 rebounds and 5 assists).
--Clara Chedzoy (2 points with 2 rebounds and 1 assist).
--Makenna Fraboni (2 points with 9 rebounds).

Katlyn Kernan also registered 2 assists and 1 rebound.

The Senecas led 17-2 after one period, 37-12 at halftime, and 54-18 entering the final period. The team was 3-for-10 from the foul line.

Watkins returns to action Friday at home against Waverly.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 16-1 with a 32-15 victory over Edison. Danielle Leszyk registered 9 points and 6 rebounds, while Adrienna Solomon scored 9 points and dished out 5 assists.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux shoots. She scored 10 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. (Photo by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Haley Dean drives to the hoop. Right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk (3) defends against an Edison player. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Odessa-Montour bowlers lose to Waverly

WAVERLY, Jan. 31 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams fell to Waverly Tuesday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Waverly Bowl.

The boys lost 4-0 as Waverly outscored them 2999-2172. Marcus Getman led the Indians with a 468 series, while Eric Rumsey posted a 462 and Alex Grady a 450.

The girls lost 3-1. Jackie Vincent led Odessa with a 555 series that included a 204, while Carolyn Arias posted a 449 and Taylor Sykes a 401.

The Indians return to action Saturday at the same locale, in the IAC Championships.

Watkins Glen boys defeat Edison, 51-46

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 31 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team -- led by a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds by Max Schimizzi -- defeated Edison 51-46 Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

Michael Doane also scored 17 points for the Senecas, who were ahead 7-0 early on the way to a 17-12 first-quarter lead, and were ahead 34-23 at halftime. Edison outscored them 8-6 in the third period and 15-11 down the stretch to close most of the gap.

Other points for Watkins came from Connor Seeley-Ion (11, with 6 rebounds), Joseph Chedzoy (4) and Alex Gibson (2, with 2 steals). The team was 7-for-11 from the foul line. Doane led the team in assists with 5.

Edison (5-12) was led by Nate Chorney, who scored 17 points. The Spartans were 5-for-7 from the foul line.

The Senecas, now 4-12, return to action Friday at Waverly.

Junior Varsity: Edison defeated Watkins Glen 58-47. Isaac McIlroy led the Senecas with 22 points, while Owen Scholtisek scored 14.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Max Schimizzi drives to the hoop.

Left: Watkins Glen's Linc Wager sings the National Anthem before the varsity game. Right: In the junior varsity game, the Senecas' Owen Scholtisek drives to the basket.

Watkins Glen's Aidan DeBolt hits the water at start of the 50 Free. He finished second.

Watkins Glen swimmers fall to Corning

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 31 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team fell to Corning-Painted Post, 93-78, in a non-league meet Tuesday in the WGHS pool.

The Senecas got first-place finishes from AJ Specchio in the 100 Yard Backstroke (1:06.29), from Rong Lin in the 100 Yard Breaststroke (1:20) and from its 200 Yard Freestyle Relay and 400 Yard Freestyle Relay teams.

Second-place finishes were posted by Specchio in the 200 Yard Individual Medley, Aidan DeBolt in the 50 Yard and 100 Yard Freestyle, Will Fitzsimmons in the 100 Back, and Simon Wigmore in the 100 Breaststroke.

"We swam well tonight against Corning," said Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt. "They have great swimmers and incredible depth in their lineup. I think it's important for us to swim up and see how you stack up against a great team like that. We appreciate the competition and sportsmanship of Coach Chris Asiello and his squad."

The Senecas return to action Thursday at home against Odessa-Montour. The meet will feature the Senecas' Senior Night, honoring the senior members of the team.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's AJ Specchio in the 200 Yard IM. He finished second.

Left: Watkins Glen's Casen Weeden reacts to a strike. Right: The Senecas' Dakota Evans.

Watkins Glen bowlers defeat Tioga

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 31 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted victories Tuesday over Tioga in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

The boys won 3-1, taking the first two games and total pinfall, 2649-2636. Casen Weeden led the Senecas with a 588 series that included a 230 game. Nathaniel Rose added a 525, Wyatt Brower a 498, and Conlin Wysocki a 497.

The Watkins girls won 4-0, outscoring Tioga 2181-1954. Dakota Evans led the team with a 507 series, while Liz Mason posted a 446 and Nikole VanDyke a 441.

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

Odessa-Montour bowlers post victories

CORTLAND, Jan. 30 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted victories Monday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches against Marathon at Cortland Lanes.

The boys won 4-0 because Marathon had no team. The victory solidified O-M's hold on second place among small schools in the IAC with a 29-15 record, behind Tioga.

Eric Rumsey led the boys with a 545 series as they totaled 2461 pins for their three games. Joe Glosenger was next at 501, and Trevor Dunn third at 487.

The girls won 3-1 by winning the first and third games and total pinfall, 2037-1782.

Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 490 series, while Carolyn Arias registered a 450 and Madison Randall a 377.

O-M concludes its regular season Tuesday on the road against Waverly. The IAC Tournament will be held Saturday at Waverly.

Athletes of the Week: Pike, Johnson

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 29 -- This week we honor a basketball player and a wrestler as our Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

The basketball player is Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike, who scored 33 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and registered 3 steals, 2 assists and a block as her team defeated Spencer-Van Etten.

The wrestler is Odessa-Montour's Deshawn Johnson, who went 5-0 at 182 pounds in the VVS Duals at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School, helping his team to a 4-1 record in the tournament.

Double Honorable: O-M basketball's Nakiaha Robinson, Gillian Clark and Olivia Grover; O-M wrestlers Josiah Lynch, Andrew Hartford, Collin Haag, Cameron Pickering and Dylan Houseknecht; O-M swimmers Billy Tague and Andy Fudala; and Watkins Glen swimmer Aidan DeBolt.

Honorable Mention: Another 22 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 4

These are the results of the fourth week of Watkins Glen Youth Basketball held at the Watkins Glen High School.

3rd-4th Grades

Famous Brands (3-1) 32, Watkins Sporting Goods (3-1) 10

FB -- Caleb Bresett 16, Ryan Berry 8, Brennion Elliott 4, Julia Spahalski 2, Olivia VanSkiver 2
SG -- Logan Debolt 6, Donovan Wratten 4

Glen Motel (4-0) 22, Mr. Chicken (0-4) 4

GM -- Christopher Simiele 22
MC -- Natalie Oliver 2, Ashlin Hammond 2

Curlys (2-2) 20, Central Asphalt (0-4) 14

C -- Sam Caslin 12, Brady Bockekamp 6, Aidan Kelly 2
CA -- Tyler Smith 6, Levi Murphy 6, Abigail Miller 2

5th-6th Grades

VanSkiver Motors (3-1) 30, Watkins Glen Supply (0-4) 23

VM -- Gavin Smith 18, Damyan Metris 6, Brandon Chiacchiarini 4, Nicole Chiacchiarini 2
WGS -- David Kelly 12, Brennan Pierce 5, Sarah Jones 4, Haley Tuttle 2

Maguire's (3-1) 27, Capt. Bill's (1-3) 17

M -- Carly Arnold 11, Bryce Cady 10, Jazmine Craven 4, Andru Matthews 2
CB -- Joseph Sutterby 13, Carmichael Ayers 2, Lillian Ameigh 2

Seneca Lodge (3-1) 36, Church St. Produce (3-1) 26

SL -- Jacob Yontz 20, Bryce Miller 8, Sasha Honrath 4, Gregory Samuels 4
CSP -- Deven Searles 14, Jason Murphy 10, Christopher Simiele 2

O-M wrestlers place 3rd at VVS tourney

VERONA, NY, Jan. 28 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team was one of three teams to post a 4-1 record Saturday at the VVS Duals tournament at the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School.

The Indians finished third through tie-breaking rules for the tournament, behind host VVS and runnerup West Genesee. There were five other schools competing: Canajoharie/Fort Plain, Chittenango, Fonda-Fultonville, Syracuse Institute of Technology, and Unatego.

O-M defeated Canajoharie/Fort Plain 54-36, Chittenango 48-21, Unatego 36-27, and West Genesee 39-36. It lost to VVS, 47-30.

The Indians' Deshawn Johnson was 5-0 for the day at 182 pounds, while Josiah Lynch (106), Andrew Hartford (120), Collin Haag (138), Cameron Pickering (170) and Dylan Houseknecht (285) were each 4-1. Finishing 3-2 were Jacob Zimmer (145), Daniel Minnier (152), Jeremiah Lynch (160) and Alex Repass (220).

Photo in text: O-M's Deshawn Johnson, left, at VVS Duals. (Photo by Loretta Marsiglio)

Tournament champs

The Watkins Glen High School boys modified basketball team won the championship Saturday at a small-school tournament at Waverly High School. The team, pictured above with its title plaque, went 3-0 against Canton, Candor and Groton in tourney pool play and then defeated Wyalusing in the championship game. (Photo provided)

O-M Elementary basketball results

The following results were reported from competition at the Odessa-Montour school involving elementary basketball teams.

Watkins Supply 24, Montour Moose #426 8

Watkins Supply (1-0): Connor Fogie 11 points, Jayden Baylor 9 points, Evan Crane 2 points, Richard Pike 2 points.
Montour Moose: Ella Kramer 4 points, Aidan Maphis 2 points, Kelsey Bates 2 points.

The Bucket Bar and Grill 22, Vedder and Scott 5

Bucket (1-0): Tyler Malnoske 14 points, Dev Patel 5 points, Mackenzie Landon 2 points, Caleb Malnoske 1 point
Vedder and Scott (0-1): Olivia King 2 points, Alexa Landon 2 points, Moe Zinger 1 point

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O-M's Sage Garrison (left) and Olivia Grover drive to the basket. (Photos by Mike Stamp)

O-M girls defeat Candor, clinch IAC division crown

ODESSA, Jan. 27 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team improved to 13-2 and clinched the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small Schools South Division title Friday night by racing past Candor 70-28 in the O-M gym.

It is O-M's first division title since 2009. Its division mark is 8-2.

Odessa, which had lost to Candor 43-42 on the road early in the season, showed no mercy this time, racing out to a 21-5 first-quarter lead and a 43-9 halftime advantage. Both Nakiaha Robinson and Gillian Clark scored in double figures in that half, Robinson with 13 points and Clark with 12.

Robinson ended up with 18 points, 4 steals and 5 assists, and Clark with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Olivia Grover added 10 points and 9 rebounds, Sara Gardner 9 points, Kennedey Heichel 6 points, Grace Vondracek 6 points and 4 steals, Alexis Saunders 5 points, and Sage Garrison 2 points.

"We came out firing on all cylinders tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "The kids were fired up from the opening tip and ready to go and it showed. We knocked down open shots and played with incredible energy on the defensive end. We got two shot-clock violations, two 5-second counts and drew two charges in the first half ... and that energy carried over to the offensive end of the floor."

The Indians return to action at Spencer-Van Etten on Wednesday.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Candor 44-25.

Photo in text: O-M's Lexi Saunders shoots. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

Left: Odessa-Montour's Nakiaha Robinson shoots. (Photo by Mike Stamp)
Right: Odessa's Grace Vondracek, left, fights for a rebound.

Left: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez prepares to shoot. Right: The Senecas' Hannah Morse moves the ball upcourt. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen girls hold off S-VE, 55-49

SPENCER, Jan. 27 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team-- led by Amanda Pike's 33 points -- improved its record to 13-2 Friday night when it defeated Spencer-Van Etten 55-49 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the S-VE gym.

Watkins dominated early, building a 25-4 first-quarter lead. But S-VE turned the tables in the second period, outscoring the Senecas 21-4 to pull within four points, 29-25. Watkins outscored the Panthers 17-12 in the third quarter to build its lead to 9 points, 46-37, before S-VE outscored Watkins 12-9 down the stretch.

Pike, whose point total included two 3-pointers, also grabbed 5 rebounds and had 3 steals, 2 assists and a block.

Other scoring came from:

--Taylor Kelly, 8 points with 1 rebound, 1 assist and 1 block.
--Mariah Gonzalez, 4 points with 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal.
--Ryanna LaMoreaux, 3 points with 4 rebounds, 3 blocks and 1 assist
--Emmie Bond, 2 points with 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal.
--Clara Chedzoy, 2 points with 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal.
--Makenna Fraboni, 2 points with 2 rebounds.
--Hannah Morse, 1 point with 7 assists, 5 steals and 1 rebound.

In addition, Jazmin Shea grabbed 3 rebounds, and Julia Reilly and Mikenna Ayers each had an assist and a steal.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated S-VE 44-24 to improve to 14-1. Kelsey Kernan led the Senecas in scoring with 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Adrienna Solomon scored 9 points and had 4 rebounds, Kathleen Clifford scored 8 points and notched 6 rebounds, and Danielle Leszyk scored 6 points and registered 5 steals and 4 assists. Also scoring were Amanda Wilbur (4 points) and Aislinn Klemann (2 points).

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike races upcourt. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly shoots. (Photo by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan shoots. Right: The Senecas' Adrienna Solomon moves the ball upcourt. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins' Max Schimizzi shoots. Right: The Senecas' Dayne Hughey looks for a shot.

Watkins Glen boys drop 48-45 decision

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 27 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 3-12 Friday night when the Senecas fell 48-45 to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas raced to a 15-7 first-quarter lead, but Spencer caught them in the second period for a 23-23 halftime tie. The Panthers outscored Watkins 13-10 in the third quarter, and the two teams each scored 12 points down the stretch.

Max Schimizzi led Watkins Glen in scoring with 17 points, in rebounds with 5 and in steals with 3. Connor Seeley-Ion, who along with Dayne Hughey scored 8 points, led in assists with 6.

The Senecas converted 5 of 9 free throws, compared to S-VE's 19-for-28.

Also contributing to the loss, said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, was a tendency by his team to "give up offensive rebounds, which has been a problem all year. And we turned the ball over some."

His squad has been in several close games, he noted, adding: "We just can't seem to get over the hump. We've gotten better, and are a very competitive team, but we've had trouble closing out games" to claim more victories.

Junior Varsity: S-VE defeated Watkins Glen, 61-52. Dylan Markley led the Senecas in scoring with 18 points, while Isaac McIlroy scored 11 points, Max Evans 11, and Owen Scholtisek 7.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Connor Seeley-Ion drives to the basket.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy shoots. Right: The Senecas' Dylan Markley drives past an S-VE defender.

O-M swimmers lose to Waverly, 89-81

WAVERLY, Jan. 27 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team fell to Waverly 89-81 Friday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Waverly pool.

O-M got first-place finishes from:

--Its 200 Medley Relay team of Brett Walters, Andy Fudala, Jake Mayette and Bailey Hornbrook.
--Billy Tague in the 200 Yard and 500 Yard Freestyle races.
--Andy Fudala in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.

Finishing second for Odessa were:

--Alec Betts in the 200 Individual Medley and 100 Yard Freestyle.
--Andy Fudala in the 50 Yard Freestyle.
--Jake Mayette in the 100 Yard Butterfly.
--The 200 Yard Freestyle Relay team of Betts, Noah Angle, Fudala and Tague.
--The 400 Yard Freestyle Relay team of Betts, Angle, Brett Walters and Tague.

"Like most meets this season," said O-M Coach Terri Brace, "it came down to the last relay, but O-M just didn't have enough left in the tank to pull off the first and third places needed to win. I knew their 400 Free Relay would be very hard for us to beat, so I was hoping to have a large enough lead going into it to secure the win.

"For us to win tonight we had to be firing on all cylinders, and we certainly were not. The team that showed up tonight was not the same team that beat Lansing a few weeks ago. Time to regroup, put it behind us, and move on to Watkins Glen next week, and then into the postseason, where I'm looking forward to seeing some great times."

Watkins Glen's Rong Lin on the way to third place in the 200 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins Glen swimmers fall to Lansing

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 27 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team fell to Lansing, 111-72, in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet Friday in the WGHS pool.

The Senecas, with their roster reduced by injuries, managed the following first-place finishes:

--Aidan DeBolt in the 50 Yard Freestyle (23.72) and the 100 Yard Butterfly (1:00.09).
--The 400 Yard Freestyle Relay, with AJ Specchio, Nate Wickham, Will Fitzsimmons and DeBolt posting a time of 3:51.56.

Second-place finishes were registered by:

--AJ Specchio in the 200 Yard Individual Medley (2:24.75) and the 100 Back (1:05.85).
--Nate Wickham in the 100 Yard Freestyle (58.57).
--Pat Bannon in the 500 Yard Freestyle (6:42.97).
--Rong Lin in the 100 Yard Breaststroke (1:19.69).

"We had some great times and splits tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt, "but it's tough to compete so shorthanded. We continue to work through some injuries, hoping to be at full strength by IAC Championship time."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's AJ Specchio on the way to second place in the 200 IM.
Bottom: The Senecas' Will Fitzsimmons competes in the 100 Fly, where he finished third.

Watkins Glen's Dakota Evans sends the ball on its way. She led the Senecas to a win.

Bowling: Watkins girls win, boys fall

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 27 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity bowling team posted a 3-1 victory over Union Springs-Port Byron Friday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes.

The Watkins boys, meanwhile, fell 3-1 in a very tight match.

The girls won the first and third games and total pinfall, 2197-2113. Dakota Evans led the Senecas with a 474 series, while Liz Mason posted a 469 and Nikole VanDyke a 439.

The boys lost the first game by seven pins, 960-953, and the second game by 38 pins, 917-879, before winning the third game 851-824. They lost total pinfall by 18 pins, 2701-2683.

Casen Weeden led the Senecas with a 583 series that included a 202, while Conlin Wysocki posted a 547 that included a 210. Wrett Brower rolled a 535 and Nathaniel Rose a 511.

"I couldn't be more proud of the boys today," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "US-PB is in first place in the IAC large school division, and if we knocked down eight more pins in the first game, we would have taken two games and Waverly would have moved into first place.

"That is amazing considering how many thousands of pins are knocked down in a season, and it came down to that."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Nathaniel Rose.

Watkins' Liz Mason watches as she attempts to convert a split, which she barely missed.

Left: Watkins Glen's Liz Mason uses some body English on a spare attempt. Right: The Senecas' Casen Weeden reacts after converting a 2-4-10 split.

Bowling: Watkins boys, girls top NV

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 26 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted victories Thursday over Newark Valley in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

The Watkins boys lost the first game but won the second and third games and total pinfall, 2418-2271, for a 3-1 victory.

Nathaniel Rose led the Senecas with a 497 series, while Conlin Wysocki posted a 471 and Casen Weeden a 457.

The Watkins girls won all four games in amassing a 2140-1788 edge and a 4-0 victory.

Dakota Evans led the Senecas with a 493 series, while Liz Mason registered a 475 and Hayley Cornish a 385.

"It was rough for both teams today," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower, referring to the lower-than-usual scores. "I tell the teams that you may not always bowl your best; sometimes you just have to bowl better than the other team. We did that today."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dakota Evans reacts as she converts a spare.

Left: Watkins Glen's Hayley Cornish watches closely as her ball nears the pins for a strike. Right: The Senecas' Steven Bradley sends the ball down the lane on a spare attempt.

Glen Modified wrestlers compete at meet

WAVERLY, Jan. 25 -- The Watkins Glen school district's Modified wrestlers competed Wednesday against Newark Valley and Waverly at Waverly High School.

For Watkins Glen: Dawson Wade went 1-1 with a pin, while Gavin Lewis and Jayden Smith were each 1-2 with a pin. Other competitors from Watkins Glen included Damon Williams and Joe Sweet.

Photo in text: Wrestling official Mike Stevens talks to the wrestlers at Wednesday's meet. (Photo provided)

The Schuyler Strikers U10 boys soccer team and its coaches pose.

Soccer teams place 2nd at tournament

Special to The Odessa File

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 25 -- The Schuyler Soccer Club's U10 Boys Strikers and U10 Girls Strikers teams placed second Sunday at the Livonia Indoor Tournament.

1. In their first tournament as an official Club team, the Schuyler Strikers U10 Boys were runners-up in the tourney championship. The boys rallied from losing the first two games to winning in both the quarterfinals and semifinals and advancing to the title game against Pavilion. Scoring went back and forth until the end, which resulted in Pavilion winning by one point.

"The boys played extremely well and several of them had a great opportunity to learn and get their first experience in an indoor soccer game," said a team official, who added:  "Michael Purpura, Malachi Morgan, Liam Smith, Riley Yaw and Zevan Morgan played very well up front on offense. Playing excellent on defense were Alex Large, Patrick Croft, and Savie Purpura. Several other boys played well too at various positions: Aiden Sarro, Henry Smith, Peyton Kelly, Dallas Freitas and Kayden Blanchard.  Aidan Kelly had many saves as goalie and did an excellent job at keeping the ball out of the net."

Some of the highlights included:

Goals: Liam Smith 13, Alex Large4, Patrick Croft 2
Saves: Aidan Kelly 27, Aiden Sarro 8, Riley Yaw 5, Dallas Frietas 4, Peyton Kelly 4

The coaches for the Strikers U10 Boys team are Tom Large, Chris Croft, Gerlando Purpura, RC Holmes and Goalie Coach Dave Morgan, along with the assistance of Eric VanSkiver and Paul Honrath.

2. The Schuyler Strikers U10 Girls team made it to the championship game for the second time in a row. It was a hard-fought game that ended with Spencerport taking the victory. The girls won all of their regular and playoff games, which put them in first place in their division heading into the championship. "Skye Honrath, Jennifer Gublo, Olivia VanSkiver, Jacqueline Mace, and Madison Tuttle played very well on offense, and Kyra Yaw and Julia Spahalski played very well at midfield," said a team official. "Kendra Fish and Kelsea Wardwell were also great on defense. Madaline Bryerton did a great job in goal as well."

Some of the highlights included:

Goals: Olivia VanSkiver 3, Skye Honrath 3, Kyra Yaw 3, Jennifer Gublo 2,
Julia Spahalski 1
Saves: Madaline Bryerton 22

3. The U12 Strikers Girls team also competed in the Livonia tournament and came within one goal of winning their first game. "Ava Cowan, Sasha Honrath, Brynn Smith, Lillian Ameigh, Maisie Robertson, Isabella Samuel, and Hailey Tuttle all continue to improve and are getting more comfortable playing in these fast-paced indoor soccer games," said a team official.

The Schuyler Striker teams will compete in a few more tournaments this winter season and are currently registering and preparing for the upcoming spring season.

Photo in text: The Schuyler Strikers U10 girls soccer team and coaches. (Photos provided)

Athletes: 1 runner, 2 basketball players

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 23 -- This week we honor a couple of basketball teammates and a runner as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

From Watkins Glen High School, the honoree is Patrick Hazlitt, who won the 1000 Meter Run at an indoor track meet at Cortland State, and in the process broke his own school record in that event.

From Odessa-Montour High School, basketball teammates Gillian Clark and Sage Garrison get the nod -- Clark for sterling play as O-M won twice, and Garrison for one stunning game -- against intracounty rival Watkins Glen -- in which she played outstanding defense and sank the game-winning, buzzer-beating basket.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen runners Sam Hanley, Jacob Carocci and Aaron Planty; Watkins wrestler Kameryn Sheldon; O-M wrestlers Dylan Houseknecht, Jeremiah Lynch and Cameron Pickering; O-M basketball's Curtis Harris and Olivia Grover; Watkins Glen basketball's Mariah Gonzalez, Hannah Morse and Connor Seeley-Ion; Watkins Glen bowlers Steven Bradley, Casen Weeden, Conlin Wysocki and Dakota Evans; and O-M swimmers Andy Fudala, Alec Betts and Billy Tague.

Honorable Mention: Another 17 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 3

These are the results of the third week of Watkins Glen Youth Basketball held at the Watkins Glen High School.

3rd-4th Grades

Curly's (1-2) 18, Mr. Chicken (0-3) 8

Curly's -- Sam Caslin 12, Aidan Kelly 4, Grace Underdown 2
MC -- Ashlyn Hammond 4, Ryan Baudendistle 2, Michael Purpura 2

Glen Motel (3-0) 24, Famous Brands (2-1) 14

GM -- Christopher Simiele 16, Lucas Hoffman 6, Anna Franzese 2
FB -- Caleb Bresett 8, Ryan Berry 4, Brennion Elliott 2

Sporting Goods (3-0) 20, Central Asphalt (0-3) 18

SG -- Nicholas D'Alleva 16, Donovan Wratten 2, Logan Debolt 2
CA -- Tyler Smith 6, Rachel Vickio 6, Isiah Sissel 6

5th-6th Grades

Church St. Produce (3-0) 44, W.G. Supply (0-3) 6

CSP -- Jenna Soloman 22, Jason Murphy 14, Jonah Sissel 8
WGS -- Brennen Pierce 2, Skylar Lagramada 2, Haley Tuttle 2

Maguire's (2-1) 29, Seneca Lodge (2-1) 6

M -- Carly Arnold 19, Andru Matthews 8, Jazmine Craven 2
SL -- Gregory Samuels 4, Sasha Honrath 2

Capt. Bill's (1-2) 14, VanSkiver Motors (2-1) 12

CB -- Carmichael Ayers 8, Alexander Holmes 4, Alannah Klemann 2
VSM -- Brandon Chiacchiarini 6, Damyan Metris 4, Kaden Simpson 2

Hazlitt 1st in 1000 with school record

CORTLAND, Jan. 21 -- Watkins Glen senior Patrick Hazlitt set a school record while winning the 1000 Meter Run Saturday at the 607 Small School Indoor Track Invitational at Cortland State.

Hazlitt posted a time of 2:39.90, beating his own record of 2:41.53 set last year.

Teammate Aaron Planty placed third in the same race in 2:49.95. Among other finishes:

--Sam Hanley was third with a personal record (PR) of 1:33.80 in the 600 Meter Run.
--Jacob Carocci was second in the High Jump at 5'7" and set a PR in the Shot of 32'08.75".
--Josh Updyke was sixth in the 55 Meters at 7.0 seconds.
--The 4x200 Meter Relay team of Planty, Hazlitt, Carocci and Hanley was third in 1:44.48.
--Cameron Connelly set a PR in the 600 Meters at 1:54.30.

The team, said Coach Kelly Sterner, now will take a couple of weeks off from meets "to gear up for Sectionals and State Qualifiers."

Odessa-Montour's Jacob Zimmer (top) battles S-VE/Candor's Robbie Swartout. (Photo by Bettelynn Bravo)

3 O-M wrestlers are 2nd at IAC tourney

WHITNEY POINT, Jan 21 -- Three Odessa-Montour wrestlers -- Jeremiah Lynch (160 pounds), Cameron Pickering (170) and Dylan Houseknecht (285) earned second-place finishes at Saturday's Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championships at Whitney Point High School.

Also finishing second -- at 220 pounds -- was Watkins Glen's Kameryn Sheldon.

Odessa-Montour finished fourth among the 13 teams competing, with 136.5 points. Newark Valley won its fifth straight league title with 269 points, with Tioga second at 251.5 and S-VE/Candor third with 187.5 points. O-M was followed by Marathon (123.5), Dryden (114.5), Groton (111.5), Watkins Glen (104.5), Lansing (75), Whitney Point (61), Waverly (41), Moravia (35) and Edison (33).

O-M's Lynch, after two wins, fell in the 160 final, 4-2. Pickering, after two wins at 170, lost in the title bout by decision in overtime. Houseknecht, after two wins at 285, fell 2-0 in the final. And Sheldon, after two wins at 220, lost 3-0 in the final.

Finishing third for O-M were Alex Repass at 220 pounds and Jacob Zimmer at 145 pounds. Finishing fourth was Collin Haag at 136 pounds.

Finishing third for Watkins Glen was Dylan Bradley at 120 pounds. Finishing fourth was Josh Bravo at 195 pounds.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Kameryn Sheldon, left, and Odessa-Montour's Alex Repass shake hands before start of their 220-pound bout, won by Sheldon. (Photo provided)

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Josh Bravo, left, wrestles Marathon's Dylan Couch. (Photo by Bettelynn Bravo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Dylan Bradley (top) wrestles Noble Walker of Newark Valley. Right: Watkins Glen's Ethan Voorheis (left) battles Moravia's Carson Ferris. (Photos by Bettelynn Bravo)

Odessa-Montour's Jeremiah Lynch (top) battles Newark Valley's Justin Post. (Photo by Bettelynn Bravo)

Odessa-Montour boys fall to NV, 50-47

NEWARK VALLEY, Jan. 21 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team saw its record slip to 4-10 Saturday when it dropped a 50-47 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the NV gym.

The Indians, up 10-7 after one period and 20-19 at halftime, fell behind in the third period as Newark Valley (6-6) opened a 38-28 lead entering the final quarter. O-M outscored the Cardinals 19-12 down the stretch, but came up short.

Curtis Harris led Odessa with 24 points, including 9 in the final-quarter push. He also grabbed 7 rebounds. Zach Elliott scored 13 points, with Nick Sgrecci, Jon Andrews and Noah Austin adding 3 points each. The team was 15-for-21 from the foul line.

"I'm proud of how hard our kids played tonight," said O-M Coach Mike Johnston. "We matched the physicality of NV -- most of them were part of a state championship football team -- and fought to win every possession."

The Indians will return to action a week from Tuesday at home against Spencer-Van Etten.

Photo in text: O-M's Curtis Harris (File photo)

Left: O-M's Gillian Clark is fouled as she attempts a shot. Right: The Indians' Lexi Saunders drives toward the basket.

Odessa-Montour girls hold off Tioga

ODESSA, Jan. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Gillian Clark's 22 points -- defeated Tioga 49-47 Friday night in a see-saw Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The divisional victory lifted the Indians' season mark to 12-2 heading into a game next Friday at home against Candor.

Clark scored 8 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter -- all of them on free throws (out of 10 tries), and all of her team's final-period points. And they proved just enough to turn aside stubborn Tioga (6-8), which had held the lead through the first half and regained it 46-43 with 1:30 to play.

Clark pulled the Indians within a point with two free throws at 1:08, put O-M ahead 47-46 with two free throws with 43.8 seconds left, and added one of two free throws at 26.1 to make it 48-46. After Tioga had made but one of four free throws on back-to-back plays to pull within a point at 48-47, Clark made the back end of a pair of free throws for the final 49-47 count.

Tioga still had a chance, but a shot with a few seconds remaining missed the mark, and O-M chased the ball down and ran out the clock.

Scoring for O-M in addition to Clark were Nakiaha Robinson (7 points), Olivia Grover (7 points, with 4 blocks and 8 rebounds), Alexis Saunders (6), Sara Gardner (4) and Kennedey Heichel (3). The team was 20-for-28 from the foul line.

Tioga was led by Sarah Hollenbeck's 12 points, and 10 by Olivia Howland. The Tigers were 9-for-19 from the foul line.

"We got off to that sluggish start, especially on the defensive end," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "and they gained a lot of confidence. We really had to grind this one out and overcome one of our worst shooting performances of the season, but we took their best punch and pulled it out in the end.

"I was proud of our effort down the stretch. Lexi Saunders gave us a big spark there in the third quarter (all 6 points) and Olivia made two huge defensive plays down the stretch with the blocked shot (up 47-45), then with the rebound on the final shot.

"We are now 12-2 and in great shape to clinch the division with a win next Friday at home against Candor. "

Junior Varsity: Tioga defeated Odessa-Montour.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Olivia Grover drives to the hoop. (Photo by Mike Stamp)
Bottom: The Indians' Nakiaha Robinson shoots in traffic. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike wins the tipoff. Right: The Senecas' Hannah Morse (3) fights for the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen girls run past Notre Dame

SOUTHPORT, Jan. 20 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by Mariah Gonzalez's 18 points, and 13 by Hannah Morse -- defeated Elmira Notre Dame 56-30 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the ND gym.

The victory lifted the Senecas' season mark to 12-2 heading into a game next Friday at Spencer-Van Etten.

Watkins Glen built a 13-9 first-quarter lead and was up 25-15 at halftime. A 16-5 third period put the Senecas' lead at 21 points, 41-20, and they outscored the Crusaders 15-10 down the stretch.

Gonzalez, in addition to her 18 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and registered 2 steals, an assist and a block.

Morse, in addition to her 13 points (including three 3-pointers), grabbed 4 rebounds and had 4 assists, 5 steals and a block.

Also scoring for the Senecas were:

--Amanda Pike (11 points, with 4 rebounds and 3 steals);
--Emmie Bond (6 points, with 3 rebounds and an assist);
--Taylor Kelly (4 points, with 3 rebounds, a steal and a block);
--Makenna Fraboni (2 points, with 1 rebound), and
--Mikenna Ayers (2 points).

The team converted 8 of 19 free throws.

Notre Dame was led by Mary Fosater's 10 points. The team converted 7 of 14 free throws.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Notre Dame 41-32 to improve to 13-1. Danielle Leszyk led the Senecas with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals. Adrienna Solomon scored 6 points, Kathryn Losey scored 6 (with 6 rebounds), Kathleen Clifford scored 4 points (with 6 rebounds), and Kelsey Kernan grabbed 8 rebounds.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez prepares to shoot in traffic. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy. Right: The Senecas' Emmie Bond, left, battles for possession of the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk shoots. Right: The Senecas' Adrienna Solomon passes the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen boys fall to Notre Dame

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 20 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team started strongly but faded down the stretch Friday night, dropping a 50-40 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas, now 3-11, raced in front 22-13 in the first quarter -- "probably our best first quarter of the year," said Coach John Fazzary. "We were executing everything. But then someone sat on the other end of the teeter-totter. We started turning over the ball, which led to easy transition layups for Notre Dame.

"We were still up by three at the half (28-25), but then it was more of the same. And we missed four or five uncontested layups. It's stuff from the beginning of the year that I thought we were over. It was a game I thought we could have won."

Connor Seeley-Ion and Michael Doane led the Senecas in scoring with 12 points each, while Joseph Chedzoy scored 8, Dayne Hughey 4, and Alex Gibson and Max Schimizzi 2 each. Schimizzi led in rebounds with 11, while Seeley-Ion led in assists (5) and steals (3). The Senecas were 4-for-4 from the foul line.

Derrick Stark led Notre Dame with 15 points. The Crusaders were 5-for-6 from the foul line.

Watkins Glen returns to action next Friday at home against Spencer-Van Etten.

Junior Varsity: Notre Dame won its first game of the year, defeating Watkins Glen 46-45. Isaac McIlroy led the Senecas with 16 points, while Dylan Markley scored 10, Aidan DiGregorio 7, Max Evans 6 (with 14 rebounds) and Owen Scholtisek 6.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Connor Seeley-Ion drives to the basket.
Bottom: The Senecas' Alex Gibson encounters traffic as he attempts a shot.

From left: Watkins Glen's Joseph Chedzoy, Dayne Hughey and Max Schimizzi shoot.

Left: Watkins Glen's Steven Bradley. Right: The Senecas' Nikole VanDyke.

Watkins Glen bowlers top Odessa-Montour

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 20 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted victories Friday over Odessa-Montour in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes. The Watkins boys won 3-1, while the Watkins girls won 4-0.

Steven Bradley led the Glen boys with a 578 series that included a 211 while Casen Weeden posted a 565 (with a 203) and Conlin Wysocki a 559 (with a 200). The Senecas lost the first game 879-846, but then won the second and third games and total pinfall, 2705-2428.

Eric Rumsey led O-M with a 536 series that included a 242. Alex Grady added a 505, and Andrew Ink a 482.

The Watkins Glen girls were led by Dakota Evans' 574, which included a 213. Kendra Cornish registered a 417 series, and Nikole VanDyke a 401. The Senecas won all three games by a combined 2142-2011.

Jackie Vincent led O-M with a 426 series, while Madison Randall posted a 405 and Carolyn Arias a 400.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dakota Evans employs some body English as her ball strikes the pins.

Left: O-M's Grace Edger reacts to missing a spare. Right: Odessa's Joe Glosenger watches closely as he picks up a spare.

O-M boys top Tioga in overtime, 58-53

TIOGA CENTER, Jan. 19 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team -- led by 31 points and 9 rebounds by Curtis Harris -- defeated Tioga 58-53 in overtime Thursday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Tioga gym.

The Indians rallied from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to force the overtime. They trailed 10-6 after one period, 28-17 at halftime and 43-32 entering the final quarter.

The game was "a great team effort on both ends of the floor," said O-M Coach Mike Johnston, noting that his team had "clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch. Our kids gutted out and competed for this win tonight."

Harris scored 6 of his points in the first period, 2 in the second, 10 in the third, 6 in the fourth and 7 of the Indians' 9 points in overtime.

Scoring also came from Zach Elliott (15 points, including 8 in the fourth quarter and 2 in overtime), Noah Austin (6), Brandon Ray (3) and Nick Sgrecci (3). The team was 15-for-21 from the foul line.

Tioga was led by Nick Klossner's 17 points and 11 by Pierce Hendershot. The team was 1-for-5 from the foul line.

The victory lifted O-M's season mark to 4-9 heading into a game Saturday afternoon at Newark Valley. The JV contest tips off at 2 p.m., with the varsity to follow.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Curtis Harris (File photo)

Odessa-Montour's Brett Walters, front, competes in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

O-M swimmers top Dryden on Senior Night

ODESSA, Jan. 19 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team defeated Dryden 56-38 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

The Indians were led by four first-place finishes each by senior Andy Fudala -- honored with teammates Garrett Allen and Kyle Frasier during a Senior Night ceremony -- and Alec Betts. Billy Tague posted three wins.

Fudala was on the winning 200 Medley Relay and 200 Free Relay teams and won the 50 Free (26.43) and the 100 Breaststroke (1:08.88).

Betts was on the winning 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay teams, and won the 200 Individual Medley (2:28.14) and the 100 Backstroke (1:10.64).

Tague was on the winning 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay teams, and won the 500 Free (5:30.92).

In addition, Brett Walters was on the winning 200 Medley Relay team (with Jacob Mayette, Fudala and Bailey Hornbrook) and the winning 400 Free Relay team (with Tague, Cameron Adams and Betts). The 200 Free Relay team included Kyle Frasier in additon to Fudala, Betts and Tague.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Billy Tague on the way to winning the 500 Yard Freestyle.
Bottom: The Indians' Alec Betts en route to victory in the 200 Yard IM.

Odessa's Noah Brewster launches into the backstroke leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Left: O-M's Cameron Adams dives at the start of the 500 Yard Freestyle. Right: The team's three seniors, honored in their final home meet, were (from left) Kyle Frasier, Andy Fudala and Garrett Allen.

Bowling: Watkins girls win, boys fall

UNION SPRINGS, Jan 19 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team posted a 4-0 victory Thursday over Union Springs in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match. The Watkins boys lost 4-0.

Dakota Evans led the girls with a 541 series that included a closing 214. Liz Mason added a 507, and Hayley Cornish a 459 as the Senecas won all three games while outpointing Union Springs 2260-2094.

Steven Bradley led the boys with a 243-160-224=627 series, while Colin Wysocki rolled a 170-203-314=587, Casen Weeden a 576 (that included a 226), and John Reed a 541. But Union Springs -- with four bowlers topping 600 and one of them hitting an even 700 --topped the Senecas in all three games and in total pinfall 3189-2884.

"The boys bowled great," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower, adding that Union Springs "just bowled better."

The O-M wrestling team and Coach Bill Lindsley pose after clinching division title.

O-M wrestlers win division

Indians defeat Lansing, 48-29; 1st title since 1984

ODESSA, Jan. 18 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team completed its run through Interscholastic Athletic Conference, Division 2 foes Wednesday by topping Lansing 48-29 in O-M's Jack Davis gym, giving the Indians their first wrestling division crown since 1984.

Odessa, 5-0 in dual meets against division foes Marathon, Groton, Edison, Moravia and Lansing and 6-0 when their non-division victory over Watkins Glen is factored in, were in control Wednesday both competitively and with the aid of forfeits.

The Indians got competitive wins from Jacob Zimmer (a pin in 21 seconds at 145 pounds), Jeremiah Lynch (a pin in 53 seconds at 160), Cameron Pickering (a pin in 1:40 at 170), and Deshawn Johnson (a pin in 25 seconds at 182).

They also picked up forfeit wins at 106, 120, 220 and 285 pounds.

O-M sustained losses by forfeit at 113 and 126 pounds, by tech fall at 138, and by pin at 152 and 195.

"It's an accomplishment," said O-M Coach Bill Lindsley of the title, seemingly understating an achievement 33 years in the making. "It's a great accomplishment," echoed an aide.

With the dual-meet season over, the Indians look ahead now to the IAC Tournament at Whitney Point Saturday, and next month to the Class D Sectionals and the Section IV, Division 2 meet -- the latter at Watkins Glen High School on Feb. 10-11.

Senior Night: The team's lone senior, Alex Repass, was honored in a Senior Night celebration preceding Wednesday's matches.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Cameron Pickering takes his Lansing opponent down to the mat.
Bottom: Odessa's Deshawn Johnson nears victory at 182 pounds.

Left: O-M's Jacob Zimmer wins at 145 pounds. Right: Odessa's Jeremiah Lynch nears victory at 160 pounds.

A Newark Valley player dives toward the ball, which had just been grabbed on the floor by Watkins Glen's Max Schimizzi.

Watkins boys top Newark Valley, 50-42

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 17 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team won its third game in the last four tries Tuesday night, defeating Newark Valley 50-42 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The win lifted the Senecas' season mark to 3-10 heading into a home game Friday against Elmira Notre Dame.

Connor Seeley-Ion led the Senecas with 20 points, and grabbed 5 rebounds. Dayne Hughey came off the bench to score 10 points, while Max Schimizzi scored 7, Michael Doane 6, Alex Gibson 4 and Joseph Chedzoy 3. The team was 4-for-6 from the foul line.

Hughey led the team in rebounds with 6, while Schimizzi and Chedzoy each grabbed 4. Schimizzi led in assists with 5, while Gibson and Chedzoy each registered 3.

The Senecas were down 14-10 after one period, but ahead 26-18 at halftime. They then outscored the Cardinals 17-13 in the third period, where "probably the biggest thing was Seeley hitting three 3-pointers, a couple of then when the shot clock was winding down," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary.

The coach also lauded Gibson, who "made some nice passes, and played good defense," and Hughey, who "gave us some good minutes" off the bench.

He in fact praised the entire squad as "resilient," noting that the Senecas had lost to Newark Valley by 21 points in the season opener. "I'm proud of these boys," he said. "They keep fighting, and keep getting better."

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Newark Valley 47-43 to improve to 5-8. Owen Scholtisek led the Senecas with 15 points, while Dylan Markley scored 14 and Isaac McIlroy 7.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Michael Doane (33) attempts a shot from underneath the backboard.
Bottom: The Senecas' Alex Gibson puts on the brakes as he prepares to pass the ball.

Watkins Glen's Connor Seeley-Ion (3, left) and Joseph Chedzoy (15, right) shoot the ball.

Left: O-M's Cameron Bryington reacts to a strike. Right: O-M's Jackie Vincent reacts when a pin refused to fall on a solid pocket hit.

Bowling: O-M boys top Candor; girls lose

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 17 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity bowling team topped Candor 3-1 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes.

O-M lost the first game 829-815, but won the second and third games, 798-690 and 834-667, and total pinfall by a 2447-2186 margin. Joe Glosenger led Odessa with a 525 series, while Alex Grady posted a 487 and Eric Rumsey a 485.

The Odessa girls, meanwhile, fell 4-0 to Candor, which outpointed them 2115-1993. Jackie Vincent led O-M with a 472 series, while Carolyn Arias registered a 425 and Madison Randall a 407.

Photo in text: The seven O-M seniors on the boys and girls bowling teams were honored in a Senior Night ceremony preceding Tuesday's matches. The seniors, from left, are Carolyn Arias, Grace Edger, Taylor Sykes, Cameron Bryington, Joe Glosenger, Marcus Getman and Alex Grady. (Photo provided)

Left: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez shoots. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike encounters heavy traffic. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls race past Newark Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, Jan. 17 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by 15 points and 9 rebounds by Mariah Gonzalez -- defeated Newark Valley 51-26 Tuesday night in an Interscholasatic Athletic Conference game in the NV gym.

The victory lifted the Senecas' season mark to 11-2 heading into a game Friday night at Notre Dame.

Watkins Glen raced to a 20-5 first-quarter led, was up 31-13 at halftime, and led 46-23 after three periods.

Scoring in addition to Gonzalez were:

--Amanda Pike (8 points, 4 steals, 2 rebounds and 2 assists);
--Ryanna LaMoreaux (6 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 assist and 1 steal);
--Taylor Kelly (6 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block);
--Clara Chedzoy (4 points, 1 rebound and 1 steal);
--Hannah Morse (3 points, 6 steals, 6 assists and 1 rebound);
--Emmie Bond (2 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists);
--Makenna Fraboni (2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 1 steal);
--Mikenna Ayers (2 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist); and
--Jazmin Shea (2 points and 3 rebounds).

Katlyn Kernan registered 1 rebound and 1 steal, and Kendra Larson had 1 steal.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Newark Valley 35-15. Kelsey Kernan scored 10 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, while Danielle Leszyk scored 10 points and registered 5 rebounds. Adrienna Solomon added 8 points.

Photo in text: Watkins' Emmie Bond takes the ball to the hoop. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Mikenna Ayers shoots. Right: The Senecas' Katlyn Kernan maneuvers with the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan puts up a shot. Right: The Senecas' Adrienna Solomon drives toward the basket. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Odessa-Montour's Sage Garrison, left, watches as a shot she just unleashed heads toward the basket for the game-winning points.

O-M girls top Glen at buzzer

Garrison hits 3-pointer as time expires; Indians win 46-43

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 16 -- Odessa-Montour senior Sage Garrison hit a 3-pointer from the corner as time expired to lead the Indians to a 46-43 victory over Watkins Glen Monday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in a packed WGHS Field House.

The contest between two successful teams, a game postponed from last week by inclement weather, seemed primed for drama, and it delivered plenty of it, capped by Garrison's only points in a game in which she excelled at defense. But it was her long-distance dagger -- a rainbow that went through the net without rattling the cylinder as time expired -- that proved the ultimate difference.

When the shot left her hands, said Garrison, "I was thinking 'I think it's going in. I hope it's going in.'" She had been fed the ball by teammate Gillian Clark, who had tried to work the ball inside but had trouble getting past Watkins Glen defender Clara Chedzoy.

"We were told to let (the clock) get down to 10 seconds, and then try to get to the basket," said Garrison. "Gillian couldn't get there, so she trusted me." Garrison caught Clark's pass and let it fly with a quick release, before the defense could react.

The victory, coming as it did on Watkins Glen's court, was "huge," said Garrison. "We've worked hard for this."

The game saw numerous lead changes, with Watkins Glen up 15-13 after one period and Odessa ahead 25-24 at halftime. The Senecas were ahead at the end of three quarters, 34-33, and extended the lead to five points, 40-35, on a layup by Ryanna LaMoreaux with 5:10 remaining.

O-M's Clark sank two free throws at 3:19 to cut the Watkins lead to 40-37, then Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike made it 41-37 by sinking one of two free throws at 1:50. Clark hit a 3-pointer with 1:35 remaining to cut the Glen lead to a point, 41-40, and then Olivia Grover put the Indians up 42-41 with a fadeaway jumper off an inbounds pass by Garrison at the 1-minute mark.

O-M's Nakiaha Robinson added a point with 36 seconds left, sinking one of two free throws to make it 43-41, but 10 seconds later, Pike sank two free throws to even the score at 43-43.

That set up the final play of the game, with Clark working hard -- right, left, and then right -- trying to find a lane to the basket, before dishing the ball off to her right with the seconds waning. Garrison took the pass, lifted off quickly and fired the ball, and joined the entire gym in watching it arc and then find its mark.

Bedlam ensured, with the Odessa team and some of its fans on the floor, hugging Garrison and dancing, and O-M Coach Greg Gavich giving an enthusiastic arm pump.

"What a game," said Gavich, whose squad is now 11-2. "It was just a great great effort from our kids. They never gave up. It was a similar scenario to last week," when O-M lost to Notre Dame. "But we fought back and executed perfectly down the stretch. We got Gillian that 3-pointer to get us back to within 1 with a great screen, then executed the out-of-bounds play to get Olivia free to give us the lead.

"At the end, we just wanted to make sure we got the last shot. When Sage released it, it looked good all the way," he said, adding: "I can't say enough about the defensive effort on Amanda Pike from Sage and Grace Vondracek," who helped execute a team strategy to "deny Pike the ball as best you can. Find her in transition and keep the ball out of her hands.

"This," he concluded, "is why you work hard and play the game. These kids deserve it, but we've got to move forward starting tomorrow. Tioga Friday night is a big game."

Pike led Watkins Glen (10-2) with 11 points, while Hannah Morse scored 10, Mariah Gonzalez 8, Chedzoy 8, LaMoreaux 4, and Emmie Bond 2. The team was 8-for-20 from the foul line.

Gonzalez led the Senecas in rebounds with 7, while Bond and Morse grabbed 5 each, Pike 4 and Chedzoy and LaMoreaux 2 each. Morse led in steals with 8, while Pike had 4 and Gonzalez 3. Morse also led in assists with 6, while LaMoreaux led in blocks with 2.

Grover led O-M in scoring with 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Clark scored 15 points, Nakiaha Robinson 9 (plus 4 assists), and Kennedey Heichel and Garrison 3 each. The team was 10-for-13 from the foul line.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Odessa-Montour, 34-7. Danielle Leszyk led the Senecas with 16 points and 4 steals. Adrienna Solomon added 10 points, and Kelsey Kernan scored 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Kathleen Clifford led Watkins Glen in rebounds with 7.

Photos in text:

From top: O-M's Nakiaha Robinson drives to the basket; Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez cuts between two defenders (photo by Don Romeo); O-M's Sage Garrison, right gets a hug from teammate Kennedey Heichel after sinking the game-winning basket; players hit the floor in pursuit of a loose ball; Gillian Clark hits a 3-pointer with 1:35 remaining to pull O-M within a point, 41-40.

Left: O-M's Olivia Grover shoots in traffic. She made the basket. Right: Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy shoots from under the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike, left, and Hannah Morse knock the ball loose from the hands of Odessa-Montour's Nakiaha Robinson.

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse drives to the hoop. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike meets O-M defender Grace Vondracek. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez and O-M's Olivia Grover reach for the ball. Right: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez grabs a rebound.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur drives past a defender. Right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk shoots. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Athletes of the Week: Basketball players

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

The first is Watkins Glen's Connor Seeley-Ion, who scored 24 points and registered 5 steals while leading his team to a convincing victory over Odessa-Montour.

The other is Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike, who scored 29 points in limited action during a dominating win over Candor -- a striking comeback from a loss at Waverly.

Double Honorable: Odessa-Montour wrestler Jeremiah Lynch; O-M swimmers Billy Tague and Andy Fudala; Watkins Glen swimmer Aidan DeBolt; and Watkins Glen bowler Dakota Evans.

Honorable Mention: Another 20 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 2

These are the results of the second week of Watkins Glen Youth Basketball held at the Watkins Glen High School.

3rd-4th Grades

Famous Brands (2-0) 18, Central Asphalt (0-2) 8

FB -- Caleb Bresett 8, Ryan Berry 8, Brennon Elliott 2
CA -- Tyler Smith 4, Rachel Vickio 4

Glen Motel (2-0) 20, Curly's (0-2) 19

GM -- Christopher Simiele 14, Lucas Hoffman 4, Molly Coolican 2
Curly's -- Brady Bockekamp 10, Sam Caslin 9

Sporting Goods (2-0) 30, Mr. Chicken (0-2) 2

SG -- Nicholas D'Alleva 22, Amos Diliberto 6, Donovan Wratten 2
MC -- Natalie Oliver 2

5th-6th Grades

Seneca Lodge (2-0) 35, WG Supply (0-2) 21

SL -- Jacob Yontz 21, Sasha Honrath 6, Gregory Samuels 6, Zachery Castillo 2
WGS -- Brennen Pierce 9, David Kelly 8, Sarah Jones 4

VanSkiver Motors (1-1) 23, Maguire's (1-1) 20

VSM -- Brandon Chiacchiarini 10, Gavin Smith 9, Damyan Metris 4
M -- Bryce Cady 7, Carly Arnold 7, Jazmine Craven 4, Han Shun Liu 2

Church Street Produce (2-0) 39, Capt Bill's (0-2) 18

CSP -- Jenna Solomon 15, Deven Searles 12, Jason Murphy 12
CB -- Joseph Sutterby 8, Alexander Holmes 4, Carmichael Ayers 4, Lillian Ameigh 2

O-M's Jeremiah Lynch, left, prepares to battle Sayre's Matt Ingrassia in the final at 160.

Horseheads wins Watson tournament

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 14 -- Horseheads High School -- with four individual weight champions -- won the team title Saturday at the Mike Watson Invitational Wrestling Tournament in the Watkins Glen High School Field House.

The Raiders were first with 236 points, while Vestal was second with 204. After that came Spencer-Van Etten/Candor (174), Elmira (149), South Seneca (123), Danville, Pa. (122), Odessa-Montour (114), Dryden (104), Newark Valley (90), Addison (89), Lansing (75), Watkins Glen (74), Tioga and Whitney Point (58 each), Maine-Endwell (48), Sayre (46), Thomas Edison (29.50), and Waverly (20).

Neither Odessa-Montour nor Watkins Glen had a class champion, although O-M's Jeremiah Lynch was second at 160 pounds, falling in the final to Matt Ingrassia of Sayre, 8-4.

O-M also had two fourth-place finishers: Jacob Zimmer (4-2 at145 pounds) and Cameron Pickering (3-2 at 170 pounds). Placing fifth for O-M was Dylan Houseknecht (2-2 at 285 pounds). Finishing sixth for the Indians were Josiah Lynch (2-3 at 106 pounds) and Andrew Hartford (2-3 at 120 pounds).

Watkins Glen had two fourth-place finishers: Parker Arcangeli (3-2 at 182 pounds) and Ethan Voorheis (3-2 at 285 pounds). Placing fifth for Watkins Glen was Charlie Wright (3-2 at 152 pounds). Finishing sixth were Josh Bravo (2-3 at 195 pounds) and Kameryn Sheldon (2-3 at 220 pounds).

Danville was named winner of the sportsmanship award. MVP honors went to Wesley Woodworth of Horseheads in the lightweight classes (he won at 120 pounds) and Dylan Dunham of Whitney Point in the heavyweight classes (he won at 182).

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Jeremiah Lynch fights for the title at 160 pounds. He lost by decision.
Bottom: Odessa's Cameron Pickering competes in the 3rd Place bout at 170 pounds. He lost by decision.

Left: Watkins Glen's Ethan Voorheis (right) battles in the 3rd Place bout at 285 pounds, which he lost 4-0. Right: The Senecas' Parker Arcangeli competes in the 3rd Place bout at 182 pounds, which he lost 6-3.

Odessa-Montour's Dylan Houseknecht nears victory in the 5th Place bout at 285 pounds.

Left: Watkins Glen's Dakota Cole enters the water at start of the 500 Freestyle. Right: The Senecas' Aidan DeBolt dives in for first leg of the 200 Free Relay.

Glen swimmers 6th in B at Elmira meet

ELMIRA, Jan. 14 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team placed sixth in Class B at Saturday's annual Beecher Invitational swim meet, an event with 17 schools competing in three classes.

The B division, determined by meet organizers, included Chenango Valley, Addison, Campbell-Savona, Windsor, Elmira and Watkins Glen. Chenango Valley won the B division, Ithaca the A division, and Greece the C division.

The overall top 12 from all classes combined received awards: medals and podium recognition for the top six, and ribbons for seventh through 12th.

Individual top 15 finishes for Watkins Glen included AJ Specchio, 15th in the 200 Yard Individual Medley and 15th in the 100 Yard Backstroke; and Aidan DeBolt, 7th in the 50 Yard Freestyle and 13th in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

The Senecas' best relay finishes were 8th in the 200 Freestyle Relay (with DeBolt, Dakota Cole, Nate Wickham and Specchio) and 8th in the 400 Freestyle Relay (Specchio, Cole, Wickham and DeBolt).

Odessa-Montour's Noah Angle dives in at the start of a leg of the 200 Free Relay.

O-M swimmers 3rd in C at Elmira meet

ELMIRA, Jan. 14 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team -- led by a top-five finish by Billy Tague in the 500 Free -- placed third among Class C schools at Saturday's annual Beecher Invitational.

The meet was divided into three classes -- A, B and C schools, as determined by the meet organizers-- but the overall top 12 from all classes combined received awards: medals and podium recognition for the top six, and ribbons for seventh through 12th. Greece won Class C with 292.5 points, followed by Newark with 237.5 and O-M with 213. Also in the division were Susquehanna Valley (181 points), Johnson City (179) and Union-Endicott (28).

"Greece is a Class A school and Newark is a Class B school in Section 5," said Odessa-Montour Coach Terri Brace, "so O-M faced some pretty tough competition.

"The guys all swam really well, and posted many personal records. Individually, the top performer for O-M was Billy Tague, placing 5th in the 500 Free with a season-best time of 5:17.96. He also took 9th in the 200 Free with a season-best time of 1:56.94."

Also placing in the top 12 overall for O-M were:

--Andy Fudala, 8th in the 100 Breast with a season best of 1:07.89
--The 200 Medley Relay squad of Alec Betts, Andy Fudala, Jake Mayette and Billy Tague, 8th with a season best of 1:54.26
--The 200 Free Relay team of Betts, Fudala, Noah Angle and Tague, 10th with a season best of 1:41.85

Setting PRs (personal records) were:

--Cameron Adams in the 200 Free and 500 Free
--Jake Mayette in the 200 Free and 100 Fly
--Brett Walters in the 200 IM and 100 Fly
--Noah Angle in the 50 Free and 100 Free
--Bailey Hornbrook in the 50 Free
--Andy Fudala in the 50 Free
--Micah Brewster in the 100 Free and 100 Back
--Noah Brewster in the 500 Free and 100 Back
--Rhys Stermer in the 100 Back
--Tyler Carson in the 100 Free
--Kyle Frasier in the 100 Breast

Additionally, Alec Betts set season-best times in the 200 IM and 100 Breast.

"We always enjoy swimming in this invitational," said Brace. "The competition is fierce and the team veterans really benefit from facing the top swimmers in the area. They all rose to the occasion today in the pool, and helped the rookies acclimate to the different meet structure. With nine rookies on the team, the experience of swimming in a meet of this size is invaluable, and will serve them well as we enter the postseason in February."

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Billy Tague on the way to fifth place in the 500 Free.
Bottom: O-M's Alec Betts talks things over with Coach Terri Brace.

Evans leads WG bowlers at Corning

CORNING, Jan. 14 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team, led by a 575 series by Dakota Evans, earned Small School title honors Saturday at the Tom Sullivan Memorial Bowling Tournament in Corning.

The Senecas finished sixth overall with a 2113 total. The top four teams were Cortland, Horseheads, Elmira and Corning.

Of Evans' total, which was high among girls in the qualifying round, Coach Ward Brower said he was happy for her, adding: "She works very hard."

The Watkins Glen boys placed 10th among 10 schools with a 2432 total. The top four finishers were Corning, Elmira, Homer and Cortland, with Newark Valley (6th overall) earning the Small Schools title.

"It was a great experience for both teams," said Brower. "This tournament is the same format and oil pattern as the section tournament and state qualifying tournament, so that gives us a good idea of what we need to work on."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dakota Evans. (File photo)

Watkins Glen bowlers top Notre Dame

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 13 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories Friday over Elmira Notre Dame in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

The event marked Senior Night for the Senecas, who honored their two seniors, Liz Mason and Dakota Evans, each of whom has bowled for the team for five years.

Evans led the girls with a 543 series as the Senecas won all three games and total pinfall, 2323-1932. Other scores for Watkins included a 492 by Hayley Cornish, a 445 by Nikole VanDyke, and a 422 by Mason.

The Watkins boys won their three games while outpointing Notre Dame 2648-2063. Nathaniel Rose led the Senecas with a 552 series that included a 207 game, while Casen Weeden posted a 537 (with a 212), Steven Bradley a 504, and Wyatt Brower a 493 (with a 234).

"We are starting to bowl the scores that we need to be successful," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "We just have to make sure we are consistent with that at this point."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Nancy Jackson reacts after barely missing the 6 pin (on the right) on a 6-7 spare attempt.

Left: Watkins Glen seniors honored in a pre-match Senior Night ceremony were Liz Mason, left, and Dakota Evans. Right: The Senecas' John Reed.

O-M's Zach Elliott puts up a shot in second-half action against Elmira Notre Dame.

Odessa boys fall to Notre Dame, 65-38

ODESSA, Jan. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 3-9 Friday night when it dropped a 65-38 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians fell behind 15-0 and never were able to recover. They were down 19-4 after one period, 32-13 at halftime and 49-22 after three quarters. Notre Dame improved to 8-4.

The Indians were led in scoring by Zach Elliott, who registered 15 points. Other points came from Curtis Harris (8), Nick Sgrecci (6), Noah Austin (4), Brandon Ray (3) and Jon Andrews (2). The team converted 8 of 11 free throws.

Notre Dame's top scorer, with 22 points, was Gary Raupers. He was joined in double figures by Ben Cook, with 10 points. The Crusaders converted 8 of 15 free throws.

O-M returns to action Thursday at Tioga.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Notre Dame 51-40.

Hall of Fame Inductions: The Odessa-Montour Sports Hall of Fame inducted three athletes -- Mark Decker (Class of 1986), Megan Westervelt (Class of 1999), and Judy Daugherty (Class of 1994) -- as well as former superintendent Don Gooley and the 1992-93 boys basketball team at a ceremony in the high school cafeteria preceding the game.

Photo in text: O-M's Nick Sgrecci attempts a shot in traffic.

Left: O-M's Brandon Ray passes the ball. Right: The Indians' Noah Austin shoots.



O-M's Jacob Zimmer prepares to pin his opponent at 145 pounds in Friday's first round.

Watson tournament starts at WGHS

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 13 -- The 35th annual Mike Watson Invitational Wrestling Tournament -- featuring athletes from 18 schools -- got underway Friday at the Watkins Glen High School Field House.

Participating schools, in addition to host Watkins Glen, are Addison, Danville, Dryden, Elmira, Horseheads, Lansing, Maine-Endwell, Newark Valley, Odessa-Montour, Sayre, South Seneca, Spencer-Van Etten/Candor, Thomas Edison, Tioga, Vestal, Waverly and Whitney Point.

The event was won by Vestal last year, with WGHS fifth and O-M 12th. Winners last year included three wrestlers from WGHS: Brandon Gould at 132 pounds, Ian Chedzoy at 182 pounds, and Kameryn Sheldon at 220 pounds.

Gould and Chedzoy have graduated, and now attend college. Sheldon is competing again this year at Watkins Glen.

The tournament continues with wrestlebacks and semifinals today (Saturday), leading to the finals at the end of the day.

Wrestlers from Odessa-Montour who won quarterfinals Friday and advanced to the Saturday semifinals included: Josiah Lynch (106 pounds), Andrew Hartford (120), Jacob Zimmer (145), Jeremiah Lynch (160), Cameron Pickering (170), and Dylan Houseknecht (285). No word was immediately available on Watkins Glen wrestlers.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Collin Haag (facing camera) nears victory in the first round at 138 pounds.
Bottom: Odessa's Josiah Lynch battles at 106 pounds as Coach Bill Lindsley watches.

The seniors on the Watkins Glen High School wrestling team were honored in a pre-meet Senior Night ceremony Friday. From left: Charlie Wright, Cole Saunders, Casey Falls and Jordan Dillenbeck.

Left: O-M's Alex Repass wins his first-round match at 220 pounds. Right: Watkins Glen's Dylan Bradley lifts his opponent on the way to victory in the first round at 120 pounds.

Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux and other players reach for a rebound.

Watkins Glen girls run past Candor

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 12 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team raced out to a 34-2 lead in the first half against Candor on the way to a 51-31 victory Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The win lifted the Senecas' record to 10-1 heading into a game at home Monday night against Odessa-Montour -- a contest postponed from this past Tuesday.

Amanda Pike scored 29 points -- 27 in the first half -- and finished with 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block.

Also scoring for the Senecas were:

--Taylor Kelly (11 points, with 3 rebounds);
--Hannah Morse (5 points, with 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals);
--Ryanna LaMoreaux (2 points, with 7 rebounds, 5 steals and a block);
--Makenna Fraboni (2 points with 2 rebounds, an assist and a steal), and
--Julia Reilly (2 points with 1 rebound).

Emmie Bond pitched in with 4 rebounds, 3 steals and an assist, while Clara Chedzoy registered 3 steals, 2 assists, a rebound and a block, and Mikenna Ayers grabbed 3 rebounds and had an assist.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 10-1 with a 33-20 victory over Candor. Danielle Leszyk led the Senecas with 10 points and 7 steals, while Kelsey Kernan scored 6 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Jena Slater scored 7 points, and Natalie Edmister scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike drives toward the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: The Senecas' Hannah Morse slides along the floor after trying to stop the ball from going out of bounds.

Left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly (24) fights for possession of the ball. Right: The Senecas' Julia Reilly prepares to shoot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse races to the hoop. (Photo by Don Romeo). Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike wins the tipoff.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann, right, battles for possession of the ball. Right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk looks to shoot. (Photo by Don Romeo)

O-M girls fall to Notre Dame, 46-38

SOUTHPORT, Jan. 12 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team sustained its second loss of the season Thursday night when it fell to Elmira Notre Dame 46-38 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the ND gym.

The Indians, 10-2, trained 11-7 after one period and 19-18 at halftime before taking a 31-23 lead with 5:01 remaining in the third period on a run fueled by three Gillian Clark 3-pointers and a Kennedey Heichel steal and layup.

"After that," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "we struggled on the offensive end and turned the ball over. ND shot 18 free throws the rest of the way, and we didn't convert our opportunities at the line," going 6-for-16.

Notre Dame (now 8-4) outscored O-M 16-5 in the fourth quarter.

Clark led O-M scorers with 15 points, while Olivia Grover scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Nakiaha Robinson scored 6 points, Kennedey Heichel 3 and Grace Vondracek 2.

"It was a learning experience for us we will need to build off of as we move forward," said Gavich, whose team returns to action Monday night at Watkins Glen.

Watkins Glen's Rong Lin competes in the 100 Yard Breaststroke. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

Watkins swimmers fall to Waverly, 92-91

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 12 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team was edged by Waverly 92-91 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool that came down to the final event.

The Senecas, trailing 86-83 entering the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay -- after seeing an 80-73 lead evaporate when Waverly finished 1-2-3 in the 100 Yard Breaststroke -- needed to finish at least first and third to win the meet. Instead, they finished first and fourth.

Nonetheless, said Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt, "It was a great effort tonight. Everyone stepped up and did a great job." He pointed to a number of personal bests, as well as to those events that the Senecas won.

Those wins came in the:

200 Medley Relay: Will Fitzsimmons, Rong Lin, Aidan DeBolt, Tyler Leroux (2:01.51)
200 Yard Freestyle: Dakota Cole (2:03.91)
100 Yard Butterfly: Aidan DeBolt (59.87)
500 Yard Freestyle: Dakota Cole (5:46.21)
200 Freestyle Relay: AJ Specchio, Nate Wickham, Dakota Cole, Aidan DeBolt (1:43.02)
100 Yard Backstroke: AJ Specchio (1:05.31)
400 Freestyle Relay: Dakota Cole, Nate Wickham, AJ Specchio and Aidan DeBolt (3:53.37)

"After the meet," said Coach DeBolt, "I was exhausted and a little down, but my squad was laughing and carrying on as they cleaned up. I immediately realized they were happy because they left it all in the pool. The character of these young men amazes me. AJ Specchio said, 'Yeah, we lost by one point, but that's the most fun I've ever had at a swim meet.' He put it perfectly and I will leave it there. Nice job, gentlemen."

The Senecas return to action Saturday at the John Beecher Invitational at Ernie Davis Academy in Elmira.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Aidan DeBolt on the way to victory in the 100 Fly.
Middle: The Senecas' Scott Brubaker in the diving competition. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Will Fitzsimmons starts to surface after start of the 100 Back.

Watkins' Dakota Cole on the way to winning the 500 Freestyle. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

Watkins Glen's AJ Specchio (far lane) wins the 100 Backstroke by 2/100s of a second.

O-M swimmers top Southern Cayuga

AURORA, Jan. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team improved to 5-3 Thursday when it defeated Southern Cayuga 55-39 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the SC pool.

First place finishes for O-M included:

200 Medley Relay: Alec Betts, Andy Fudala, Jacob Mayette, and Billy Tague 1:56.39
200 IM: Billy Tague in a PR of 2:14.52
50 Free: Andy Fudala 26.09
100 Fly: Jacob Mayette 1:14.62
100 Free: Billy Tague 56.92
200 Free Relay: Andy Fudala, Alec Betts, Noah Angle, Billy Tague 1:45.96
100 Back: Alec Betts 1:12.61
100 Breast: Andy Fudala 1:08.89 (season best)
400 Free Relay: Jacob Mayette, Noah Brewster, Micah Brewster, Cameron Adams 4:23.50

Other personal records (PRs):

--Brett Walters in the 100 Free, finishing second with a PR of 1:01.35
--Cameron Adams in the 200 Free
--Kyle Frasier in the 100 Fly and 100 Breast
--Noah Angle in the 100 Back

"The meet was very close for the first six events," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "Billy Tague and Brett Walters helped pull us into a more comfortable lead by going 1-2 in the 100 Free. We continued to maintain a 6-to-8-point lead until Alec Betts and Noah Angle took 1-3 in the Backstroke, which put us ahead by 10 points. The two 400 Free Relay squads took 1-2 and sealed up the meet for us. Jacob Mayette picked up his first varsity individual win in the 100 Fly.

"Our record is now 5-3 as we look forward to the Elmira Invitational this weekend, where we have taken second in the Class C division the past two years."

O-M bowlers: Girls split 2-2; boys fall

WAVERLY, Jan. 12 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity bowling team won the final game and total pinfall for a 2-2 tie Thursday against Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Waverly Bowl.

Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 438 series, while Carolyn Arias registered a 437 and Taylor Sykes a 407. O-M, after losing the first two games, topped Tioga 772-591 in the third game and 2039-1992 in total pinfall.

The O-M boys lost 4-0 as Tioga rolled three games above 1100, totalling 3390 to Odessa's 2576. Alex Grady led the Indians with a 527 series, while Joe Glosenger registered a 526 , Eric Rumsey a 496 and Cameron Bryington a 495.

The Indians return to action Tuesday at home against Candor. It will be Senior Night.

Left: Watkins Glen bowler Nikole VanDyke uses some body English on one of her shots. Right: The Senecas' Nancy Jackson celebrates a second straight strike.

Watkins Glen bowlers post victories

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 12 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team posted a 4-0 victory Thursday over Marathon in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes.

The Watkins boys also won 4-0 thanks to an absence of any Marathon bowlers.

Dakota Evans led the Watkins girls with a 535 series, while Liz Mason posted a 458, Nikole VanDyke a 433, and Hayley Cornish a 419. The Senecas totaled 2184, well ahead of Marathon's 1793.

The Watkins boys were led by Steven Bradley's 496 series and Nathaniel Rose's 493. Conlin Wysocki added a 477, and Casen Weeden a 465.

The Senecas return to action today (Friday) at home against Notre Dame. It will be Senior Night.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen bowler Casen Weeden reacts after leaving a 10-pin standing.

Schuyler Strikers U10 Girls win tourney

Special to The Odessa File

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 10 -- This past Saturday, in their first tournament of the first official Schuyler Soccer Club season, the U10 Girls Schuyler Strikers team won the overall championship at the 16th Annual Newark Indoor Tournament in Newark, NY.

The girls went into the championship game in second place with 2 wins, 1 tie, and 1 loss. It was an extremely intense final game that came to an end by a breakaway goal from Jennifer Gublo off of an assist from Skye Honrath in the final seconds of the second sudden-death overtime.

This is the first tournament championship for these girls and they have come a long way from a year ago when they competed in a couple of tournaments but never placed. The team consists of: Skye Honrath, Kendra Fish, Jennifer Gublo, Kyra Yaw, Jacqueline Mace, Julia Spahalski, Kelsea Wardwell, Madaline Bryerton, Madison Tuttle, and Olivia VanSkiver. The Coaches are: Eric VanSkiver, Paul Honrath, Brian Fish, and goalie coach Heather Bilinski.

The Schuyler Strikers U12 Girls team did very well in their first-ever indoor tournament. It was a great learning experience for them and they continued to improve throughout each game. They had several goals, won a game, and missed the playoffs by a few points. The team consists of: Brynn Smith, Sasha Honrath, Ava Cowan, Lillian Ameigh, Maisie Robertson, Isabella Samuel, Sarah Schaffner, and Hailey Tuttle. The coaches are Emily Smith-Cowan and Paul Honrath.

More information about the Schuyler Soccer Club is located at www.sscstrikers.com.

Photo in text: The Schuyler Strikers girls U10 tournament champions. (Photo provided)

O-M wrestlers top Marathon, 42-36

MARATHON, Jan. 11 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team continued unbeaten in Interscholastic Athletic Conference dual meets Wednesday night, defeating Marathon 42-36 in the Marathon gym.

Competitive wins for O-M were posted by unbeaten (23-0) Cameron Pickering, a pin in 1:34 at 170 pounds; Deshawn Johnson, a pin in 21 seconds at 182 pounds; Alex Repass, a pin in 38 seconds at 220 pounds; Dylan Houseknecht (now 22-1), a pin in 11 seconds at 285 pounds; and Collin Haag, a pin in 2:48 at 132 pounds. The Indians also picked up forfeit wins at 106 and 120 pounds.

Photo in text: O-M's Dylan Houseknecht pins his opponent at 285 pounds. (Photo by Loretta Marsiglio)

Left: O-M's Noah Austin goes high for a shot. Right: Watkins Glen's Michael Doane shoots. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen boys defeat O-M, 60-43

ODESSA, Jan. 11 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team -- led by Connor Seeley-Ion's 24 points -- ran past Odessa-Montour 60-43 Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Senecas, now 2-10, raced out to a 14-0 lead, only to see O-M rally and pull within two points, 22-20, in the second period. But then Watkins took off again, building a 33-22 halftime advantage.

The Senecas kept O-M at bay in the third period, too. When the Indians pulled within eight points at 37-29, Watkins went on a 10-2 run for a 47-31 lead entering the fourth period. They then maintained a lead that reached 20 points before finishing with the 17-point victory.

"We were able to put it together for all four quarters," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, noting that thus far this year the Senecas had regularly had a bad quarter "or a bad five-minute stretch" that ruined their chances for victory.

"A lot of guys played well tonight," he added. "Connor was pretty good tonight, I must say. But collectively it was our best game all-around. The kids were really scrappy, battling, getting on the floor after loose balls. And our press bothered (O-M). It got us some steals, and took them out of their rhythm.

"I've said it before: This team has never given up. They've never quit in attitude and effort. So it was nice to get this win tonight."

Scoring in addition to Seeley-Ion (who hit four of the team's five 3-pointers) were Max Schimizzi with 16 points, Michael Doane with 9, Joseph Chedzoy with 5, Alex Gibson with 4, and Dayne Hughey with 2. The team hit 3 of 5 free throws.

Chedzoy led in rebounds with 6, while Schimizzi grabbed 5, and Seeley-Ion, Gibson and Doane 3 each.

Schimizzi led in assists with 7, while Seeley-Ion had 5 steals, Schimizzi 4 and Chedzoy 2.

Odessa (3-8) was led by Curtis Harris, who scored 16 points. Other points came from Noah Austin (10), Nick Sgrecci (7), Brandon Ray (6), and Zach Elliott (4). The team struggled at the foul line, converting 3 of 10 attempts.

Odessa returns to action Friday at home against Notre Dame. Watkins Glen's next game is Tuesday at home against Newark Valley.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen (4-8) defeated Odessa-Montour 37-30. Max Evans led the Senecas with 12 points (along with 13 rebounds and 6 steals), while Owen Scholtisek scored 11 points and Isaac McIlroy 7. O-M was led by Paden Grover's 12 points.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Max Schimizzi sends up a shot as O-M's Nick Sgrecci (20) defends. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: Odessa-Montour's Nick Sgrecci launches a shot in traffic.

Left: O-M's Curtis Harris is challenged by Watkins Glen's Max Schimizzi on the way to the hoop. Right: Odessa's Noah Austin goes strong to the basket. (Photos by Doug Yeater)

Watkins Glen's Joseph Chedzoy (15, left) and Connor Seeley-Ion (3, right) drive toward the basket. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: O-M's Curtis Harris meets defender Alex Gibson on a drive to the basket. Right: Odessa-Montour's Zach Elliott shoots as Watkins Glen's Max Schimizzi defends.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy drives toward the basket. Right: The Senecas' Max Evans prepares to shoot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: O-M's Paden Grover shoots. Right: Odessa's Preston Harris passes the ball.

Odessa boys fall to Avoca, 79-68

ODESSA, Jan. 9 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team dropped a 79-68 decision Monday evening to Avoca in a non-league contest in the O-M gym.

The Indians, down 21-13 after one quarter and 44-32 at halftime, played unbeaten Avoca -- the top-ranked Class D team in the state -- even in the second half, outscoring them by a point.

Curtis Harris led the Indians with 25 points, while Zach Elliott scored 13, Nick Sgrecci 11 (with 13 rebounds), Noah Austin 9, Brandon Ray 6, and Jon Andrews and Zachary Knapp 2 each. The team converted 13 of 19 free throws.

Avoca was led by point guard LaDre Stanford's 29 points and 21 by 6'10" center Brett Ogden. The team, which sank eight 3-pointers, converted 1 of 4 free throws.

"This is the most points that we have given up this year," said O-M Coach Mike Johnston, noting that the Indians had been holding opponents to an average in the 40s. "We have to do a better job contesting and blocking out in limiting second-chance opportunities when we play a team that has guys that can score."

The Indians return to action at home Wednesday night against Watkins Glen.

Athletes: Swimmer, wrestler, runner

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 8 -- This was a remarkable week, both of stunning wins and stunning losses by our area high school teams. It would be easy to single out as Odessa File Athletes of the Week a couple of complete teams at Odessa-Montour, as we feel almost compelled to honor a quartet at Watkins Glen High School.

But we will select someone -- one person each -- representative of those two teams at O-M, and of that quartet:

First there is Billy Tague, who won two individual events and anchored the 400 Free Relay team whose victory gave Odessa its first win over Lansing in a dual swim meet in 21 years.

And there is Dylan Houseknecht, who won the final competitive wrestling match of the evening against Watkins Glen, and who by winning gave O-M its first win over the Senecas since the 2007-08 season. And then he was among the unbeatens at the O-M Duals meet.

At Watkins Glen, Patrick Hazlitt earns the nod for both being part of the 4x400 indoor track quartet that set a new school record while finishing second in a meet at Cortland, and for winning the 600 Meters race there.

Double Honorable: The rest of the O-M swim team, where everybody, it seems, stepped up to upend Lansing; O-M wrestlers Cameron Pickering, Alex Repass, Andrew Hartford and Jeremiah Lynch, all unbeaten at the O-M Duals; Watkins Glen runners Aaron Planty, Jacob Carocci and Sam Hanley; O-M basketball's Olivia Grover and Nakiaha Robinson; Watkins Glen swimmers Aidan DeBolt, AJ Specchio and Dakota Cole; O-M bowler Jackie Vincent; and Watkins Glen bowlers Conlin Wysocki and Wrett Brower.

Honorable Mention: Another 26 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Bowling: O-M boys top TAE, girls lose

ELMIRA, Jan. 9 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity bowling team recorded a one-sided 4-0 win over Edison Monday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Rossi Lanes, while the O-M girls fell 3-1.

The boys, opposed by a single Edison bowler, totaled 2230. Alex Grady led the Indians with a 457 while Cameron Bryington rolled a 448, Marcus Getman a 447, Eric Rumsey a 442, and Joe Glosenger a 436.

The girls won only the third game while being outpointed by Edison 2091-1962. Kacie Wood led Odessa with a 415 series.

The Indians return to action Thursday on the road against Tioga.

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 1

These are the results of the first week of Watkins Glen Youth Basketball held at the Watkins Glen High School.

3rd-4th Grades

Watkins Sporting Goods 13, Curly's 4

WSG -- Nicholas D'Alleva 9, Donovan Wratten 2, Logan Debolt 2
Curly's -- Sam Caslin 4

Famous Brands 32, Mr. Chicken 0

FB -- Ryan Berry 14, Caleb Bresett 10, Brennon Elliott 6, Olivia VanSkiver 2

Glen Motel 22, Central Asphalt 6

GM -- Christopher Simiele 16, Lucas Hoffman 2, Molly Coolican 2, Addison Coolican 2
CA -- Aiden Nichols 4, Isaiah Sissel 2

5th-6th Grades

Maguire's 22, W.G. Supply 11

Maguire's -- Carly Arnold 12, Bryce Cady 8, Han Shun Liu 2
WGS -- David Kelly 5, Thomas Field 2, Brennan Pierce 2, Skylan Lagramada 2

Seneca Lodge 32, Captain Bill's 21

SL -- Jacob Yontz 23, Sasha Honrath 3, Bryce Miller 2, Zachery Castillo 2, Gregory Samuels 2
CB -- Joseph Sutterby 9, Carmichael Ayers 6, Alexander Holmes 6

Church St. Produce 22, VanSkiver Motors 20

CSP -- Jenna Soloman 15, Jason Murphy 6, Jonah Sissel 1
VM -- Gavin Smith 14, Brandon Chiacchiarini 6

3 Glen wrestlers place at Hornell meet

HORNELL, Jan. 7 -- Three Watkins Glen wrestlers earned place finishes Saturday at the 30th annual State Farm Classic tournament hosted by Hornell High School.

Ethan Voorheis placed third at 285 pounds, and Kameryn Sheldon was third at 220 pounds. Dylan Bradley placed fourth at 120 pounds.

Seventeen teams participated, most of them from Section 5.

Watkins relay squad sets school record

CORTLAND, Jan. 7 -- Another meet, another record.

The Watkins Glen indoor track team's 4-by-400 Relay squad of Aaron Planty, Jacob Carocci, Sam Hanley and Patrick Hazlitt set a school mark Saturday of 3:47.39 at the Quinney Invitational Small Schools meet while placing second. The record, one of several by the Senecas in various events this year, broke the old mark of 3:53.42.

Hazlitt also placed first in the 600 Meters in 1:27.38. Other top-six Watkins finishes included Hanley third (4:45.03) and Planty fifth (4:53.61) in the 1600 Meter Run; Josh Updyke fourth at 6.94 seconds at 55 Meters; Isobel Scheffey sixth at 47.52 in the 300 Meters; and Carocci third in the High Jump at 5'6".

Odessa-Montour's Jeremiah Lynch, left, takes his Dryden opponent down at 160 pounds.

Tioga wins O-M duals; host places 3rd

ODESSA, Jan. 7 -- Tioga's varsity wrestling team won the annual O-M Duals Saturday, going undefeated against five other high schools in the Odessa-Montour gym.

Dryden placed second at 4-1, with host O-M third at 3-2, followed by Groton (2-3), Whitney Point (1-4) and Edison (0-5).

Odessa defeated Edison in Round 1 by a 57-24 score, then lost to Dryden 42-38 and Tioga 43-39 before defeating Whitney Point 46-36 and Groton 48-36.

Most outstanding wrestlers by weight class included five Tioga wrestlers, five from O-M, two from Dryden, two from Groton and one from Edison. Honored from Odessa were Andrew Hartford at 120 pounds, Jeremiah Lynch at 160 Cameron Pickering at 170, Alex Repass at 220 and Dylan Houseknecht at 285. Each was unbeaten (5-0).

In addition, Jacob Zimmer (145 pounds), Dan Minnier (152) and Deshawn Johnson (182) were each 4-1.

Photo in text: O-M's Dylan Houseknecht celebrates after pinning his Dryden opponent at 285 pounds.

Odessa-Montour's Cameron Pickering, top, has control in a 170-pound match he won 16-4.

Left: O-M's Jacob Zimmer, right, on the way to an 11-10 win at 145 pounds. Right: The Indians' Collin Haag, bottom, holds off his Dryden opponent at 138 pounds.

Odessa-Montour's Alex Repass, left, takes down his Dryden opponent at 220 pounds.

Odessa-Montour's Dan Minnier, top, battles a Dryden opponent at the O-M Duals.

O-M's wrestlers honored as Most Outstanding at the Duals were, from left, Dylan Houseknecht (285 pounds), Alex Repass (220), Andrew Hartford (120), Cameron Pickering (170), and Jeremiah Lynch (160). (Photo by Loretta Marsiglio)

Watkins Glen JV girls top Edison, 30-15

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 7 -- The Watkins Glen girls junior varsity basketball team used a 21-point second-half run to overcome a poor first half and defeat Edison 30-15 Saturday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas, up 8-3 in the first half, gave up nine straight Edison points to trail 12-8 at halftime. But they outscored the Spartans 13-0 in the third quarter and tallied the first eight points of the fourth quarter to secure the victory.

Kelsey Kernan led Watkins scorers with 10 points while grabbing 11 rebounds and registering two steals. Danielle Leszyk added 7 points with 6 steals and 2 assists.

Other points came from Adrienna Solomon (4), Natalie Edmister (2, with 6 rebounds), Aislinn Klemann (2), Kathleen Clifford (2, with 4 rebounds), Cierra Barber (2) and Haley Dean (1).

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann drives past an Edison defender. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan shoots. Right: The Senecas' Natalie Edmister looks toward the basket. (Photos by Don Romeo)

O-M swimmers upset Lansing, 87-83

ITHACA, Jan. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team defeated defending IAC and Section 4 champion Lansing 87-83 Friday in the Ithaca High School pool.

"This is the first time O-M has beaten Lansing in many years, most likely since the 1990s," said O-M Coach Terri Brace, who confirmed later that it was in the 1995-96 season. She added: "Lansing was ahead 37-25 after the first four events. O-M came on strong in the 100 Fly, 100 Free and 500 Free and took the lead for the first time in the meet 56-54.

"Lansing took 1-3 in the 200 Free Relay and went ahead 64-60. After the Backstroke and Breaststroke events, Lansing was winning 79-77. Odessa needed to take at least first and third in the last relay to win the meet, and they did just that, coming out ahead 87-83. It was a really exciting meet, and the entire team stepped up. Each member of the team scored valuable points. They all did what they needed to do and swam smart races. They wanted this win and they really went after it. I couldn't be more proud of them."

First-place finishes for O-M included:

--Billy Tague in the 100 Fly and 500 Free
--Alec Betts in the 100 Free
--Andy Fudala in the 100 Breast
--400 Free Relay team of Cameron Adams, Micah Brewster, Brett Walters and Billy Tague

Second-place finishes for O-M

--Alec Betts in the 200 IM
--Andy Fudala in the 50 Free
--Noah Brewster in the 100 Back
--200 Medley Relay team of Alec Betts, Andy Fudala, Jake Mayette and Billy Tague
--200 Free Relay team of Brett Walters, Bailey Hornbrook, Kyle Frasier and Andy Fudala

Personal records (PRs) were set by:

--Cameron Adams in the 200 Free and 500 Free
--Brett Walters in the 200 IM and 100 Fly
--Kyle Frasier in the 200 IM
--Noah Angle in the 50 Free and 100 Free
--Bailey Hornbrook in the 100 Free
--Micah Brewster in the 100 Back

Photo in text: The O-M swim team poses after its victory Friday. (Photo provided)

Left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly. Right: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez, left, and Hannah Morse battle a Waverly player for the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls fall to Waverly for 1st loss

WAVERLY, Jan. 6 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team sustained its first loss of the season Friday night, dropping a 57-32 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School South divisional battle in the Waverly gym.

The Senecas fell far behind early, trailing Waverly 25-8 by the end of the first quarter. The score at halftime was 40-13, and after three quarters was 46-23.

The loss dropped the Senecas' season mark to 9-1, and leaves them behind Waverly in the standings. The Wolverines have been beaten just once, in a non-league game.

Points for Watkins Glen came from Mariah Gonzalez (10, with 11 rebounds), Clara Chedzoy (8, with 3 rebounds, a steal and a block), Emmie Bond (4), Taylor Kelly (3), Ryanna LaMoreaux (2, with 3 rebounds and 2 blocks), and Hannah Morse (2, with 6 assists, 3 rebounds and 4 steals).

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 9-1 by defeating Waverly. Danielle Leszyk led the Senecas with 15 points and 6 steals. Adrienna Solomon scored 6 points and had 5 assists; Kelsey Kernan scored 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds; Jena Slater scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds; and Kathleen Clifford scored 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.

Photo in text: Watkins' Clara Chedzoy goes airborne. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse in traffic. Right: The Senecas' Emmie Bond shoots. (Photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk. Right: The Senecas' Kelsey Kernan (20) shoots. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon, left, and Kathleen Clifford, right, battle a Waverly player for possession of the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Odessa girls top Newfield, move to 10-1

NEWFIELD, Jan. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Olivia Grover's 16 points, 14 rebounds, 5 steals, 4 assists and 4 blocks -- defeated Newfield 46-35 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Newfield gym.

The victory lifted the Indians' season mark to 10-1 heading into a game Tuesday on the road against Watkins Glen.

Scoring in addition to Grover (pictured in file photo at right) were Nakiaha Robinson (12 points and 5 steals), Gillian Clark (5 points), Sara Gardner (5 points), Sage Garrison (4 points), and Kennedey Heichel (4 points).

Odessa led 11-10 after one period and 18-13 at halftime.

"A big start to the third quarter helped us pull away," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "A 13-5 run to open the quarter gave us some breathing room."

Grover, he said, "had her best all-around game of the season and was a dominant force inside, and Nakiaha really gutted out that second half with a lot of key buckets and plays for us.

"It was definitely a grind, but a great win at another place we haven't won at forever, against a team it seems like we haven't beaten in forever."

The Indians are now 5-1 in league play. "This was a very important win in the division," Gavich said. "It sets up what should be a fun one on Tuesday" against Watkins Glen.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour won 46-37. Kara Reese led O-M with 21 points, while Hunter Daugherty scored 14.

Photo in text: O-M's Olivia Grover in a game earlier this season. (File photo)

Watkins boys lose to Waverly, 67-53

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 6 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team played even with Waverly through the first half Friday night before dropping a 67-53 decision to the Wolverines in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas, now 1-10, rallied from a 9-point second-quarter deficit to forge a 30-30 halftime tie, but a poor third quarter spelled defeat. Watkins was outscored in that period 25-10, three Waverly baskets off of three consecutive Seneca turnovers contributing to an 11-point Waverly run. That moved the score from 39-38 to 50-38 in a quarter that ended with Waverly ahead 55-40.

The Wolverines increased their lead to 20 points in the fourth period before Watkins chipped away, cutting the final deficit to 14 points.

Max Schimizzi led Watkins scorers with 16 points, while Connor Seeley-Ion scored 11, Michael Doane 8, Alex Gibson 8, and Joseph Chedzoy and Dayne Hughey 5 each. The team was 4-for-7 from the foul line.

Seeley-Ion led the team in assists with 8 and steals with 3. Schimizzi and Chedzoy each registered 5 rebounds, and Seeley-Ion had 4.

Waverly was led by Zach VanHouten and Gavin Judson, who each scored 17 points, and Jon Ward with 13. The team converted 10 of 14 free throws.

"We played very well in the first half," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "It was probably our best half this year. Unfortunately, we couldn't sustain it, although we were fighting and clawing and scrapping. But make no mistake: Waverly is a very good team."

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Odessa-Montour.

Junior Varsity: Waverly defeated Watkins Glen 64-49. Isaac McIlroy led the Senecas with 20 points, while Dylan Morse scored 9, Max Evans 7, and Owen Scholtisek 6. Watkins Glen is now 3-8.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy drives to the basket for two points.
Bottom: The Senecas' Max Schimizzi passes the ball in traffic.

From left: Watkins Glen's Michael Doane, Alex Gibson and Connor Seeley-Ion.

Bowling: O-M boys, girls defeat Groton

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted victories Friday over Groton in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

The Odessa boys won 4-0, posting a 788-798-870=2456 to Groton's 1871. Joe Glosenger led the Indians with a 562 series that included a 223 game, while Eric Rumsey rolled a 526 and Alex Grady a 509.

The O-M girls won 3-1, taking the second and third games and total pinfall, 1902 to Groton's 1832. Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 528 series that included a 210.

Odessa returns to action Monday against Edison at Rossi Lanes.

Odessa-Montour's Curtis Harris (left photo) and Brandon Ray (right) attempt shots.

Odessa boys fall to Newfield, 46-36

ODESSA, Jan. 5 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team faded down the stretch Thursday night as Newfield pulled away for a 46-36 Interscholastic Athletic Conference win over the Indians in the O-M gym.

Odessa and Newfield traded the lead often in the first half, with the Indians' biggest lead, at 19-14, coming after a run of 10 straight points. By halftime, Newfield was up 23-21.

The Trojans -- ranked No. 16 among Class D schools in the state -- led by as many as six points, 36-30, in the third quarter, which ended 36-32. Odessa pulled within two points, 36-34, with 7:25 remaining, but Newfield took advantage of several O-M turnovers to score the next nine points and build a 45-34 cushion. And it cruised from there.

Zach Elliott led Odessa scorers with 11 points while Curtis Harris scored 10, Nick Sgrecci 7, Brandon Ray 6, and Noah Austin 2. The team was 7-for-10 from the foul line, and sank three 3-pointers.

Newfield had three players in double figures, but struggled at the line, converting just 5 of 14 free throws. The Trojans sank five 3-pointers.

Odessa returns to action Monday when it hosts Avoca, ranked No. 1 among Class D schools in New York.

Photo in text: O-M's Zach Elliott attempts a shot in traffic.

Left: The O-M cheerleaders performed during halftime. Right: O-M's Nick Sgrecci, right, reaches for a rebound.

Bowling: Glen boys, girls top Lansing

LANSING, Jan. 5 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories Thursday over Lansing in Interscholastic Athletic Conference road matches.

The boys had five scores above 500 as they topped Lansing in all three games and total pinfall, 2792-2370. Wrett Brower led the way with a 587 series that included a 206, while Nathaniel Rose was right behind with a 585 series that included a 227. Conlin Wysocki posted a 569 series that included a 218, and Wyatt Brower rolled a 529 series.

"The boys wee about a handful of 10 pins and a couple of splits away from bowling a 3,000 today," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "It was another great team effort."

The Watkins girls -- led by Dakota Evans' 544 series -- won their three games and total pinfall, 2161-1462. Liz Mason rolled a 511 series, and Nikole VanDyke a 427.

Watkins Glen's Aidan DeBolt on the way to victory in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Watkins swimmers top Dryden, 110-69

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 5 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team -- led by four victories each by Aidan DeBolt, AJ Specchio and Dakota Cole -- defeated Dryden 110-69 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

DeBolt won the 50 Free in 23.69, the 100 Butterfly in 1:01. 66, and was on the winning 200 Free Relay (1:46.12) and 400 Free Relay (4:03.03) teams with Specchio and Cole.

Specchio, in addition to the relays, won the 200 Individual Medley in 2:24.48 and the 100 Backstroke in 1:06.15. Cole won the Diving with 98.20 points, and the 500 Free in 5:35.69.

Other wins for Watkins were posted by Nate Wickham in the 100 Free in 57.86, and by the 200 Medley Relay team of Collin Gaylord, Simon Wigmore, Scott Brubaker and Clint Craven (2:07.82).

Second-place finishes were registered for Watkins by Scott Brubaker in the diving, Tyler Leroux in the 200 Free, Will Fitzsimmons in the 200 IM and the 100 Back, Nate Wickham in the 50 Free, and Rong Lin in the 100 Breaststroke.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham competes in the 50 Free, where he finished second.
Bottom: The Senecas' Will Fitzsimmons en route to second place in the 100 Backstroke.

Left: Watkins Glen's Dakota Cole on his way to winning the diving event. Right: The Senecas' Pat Bannon enters the water at start of the 500 Freestyle.

Watkins' Scott Brubaker competes in the 200 Medley Relay. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

Watkins Glen's AJ Specchio in the 200 IM, which he won. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

O-M's Deshawn Johnson (top) is in control of the 182-pound bout. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

O-M wrestlers win the Belt

End 8-year drought against Watkins with 33-27 victory

ODESSA, Jan. 4 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team improved its dual-meet record to 4-0 Wednesday night with a 33-27 come-from-behind victory over Watkins Glen in the annual Battle for the Belt.

The win over Watkins was the first for O-M since the 2007-08 season, meaning the Senecas had retained possession of the leather and stainless steel emblem of Schuyler County superiority for eight straight years.

"I was concerned," said O-M Coach Bill Lindsley as the match came down to a heavyweight tussle between Odessa's Dylan Houseknecht and Watkins Glen's Ethan Voorheis. Watkins Glen was up 27-21 at that moment, and a win of any kind by Voorheis would seal the deal for the Senecas. Another six points was coming O-M's way by virtue of a yet-to-be-declared forfeit win at 106 pounds.

After one round of their 285-pound match, Houseknecht and Voorheis were tied 0-0. But in the second round, Houseknecht earned one point on an escape and then took Voorheis down for a 3-0 lead. And that led in short order to a pin by O-M's heavyweight at 3:47 -- an extension of success for him and his team in a mostly successful season.

"I knew that if Dylan got him down, got on top of him, that it would be all over," said Coach Lindsley. "It's hard to stop him at that point."

So the leather and stainless steel belt -- which denotes "Schuyler County Wrestling Champions" -- was in the possession of Odessa-Montour for only the second time since its introduction in the 2006-07 school year. Watkins Glen won it the first year, Odessa the second year, and Watkins Glen the eight years after that.

Not that Watkins relinquished it easily. The Senecas got early wins at 120 pounds (from Dylan Bradley, a 7-5 decision), 132 pounds (from Sean Kelly, an overtime decision), and 138 pounds (from Jake Johnson, a pin in 3:30) to build a 12-0 lead.

O-M got six points for a forfeit at 145 before Watkins Glen's Charlie Wright lifted the Senecas to an 18-6 advantage with a pin in 4:47 at 152 pounds.

O-M responded with wins at 160 pounds (Jeremiah Lynch with a pin in 1:55), 170 pounds (Cameron Pickering with a 13-3 major decision) and 182 pounds (Deshawn Johnson with a pin in 1:22) to take the lead at 22-18.

But back came Watkins Glen, with Josh Bravo winning by a pin at 195 in 1:30, and with Kameryn Sheldon winning 4-1 at 220 pounds. That boosted Watkins ahead 27-22, adjusted to 27-21 when O-M was penalized a point when a headgear was thrown following that match.

And so it came down to Houseknecht, who needed a win for Odessa to win. A loss even by decision would have put Watkins ahead by nine points, and made the coming 6-point forfeit -- where O-M's Josiah Lynch was unopposed at 106 -- a moot point. But Houseknecht delivered, to forge a 27-27 tie that the forfeit untied.

Odessa-Montour returns to action Saturday when it hosts its annual Odessa Duals starting at 9 a.m. in the big gym. Schools competing will be O-M, Dryden, Groton, Edison, Tioga and Whitney Point.

Odessa-Montour 33, Watkins Glen 27
120: Dylan Bradley (WG) over Andrew Hartford (OM) (Dec 7-5)
126: Double Forfeit
132: Sean Kelly (WG) over Collin Haag (OM) (SV-1 2-0)
138: Jakob Johnson (WG) over Gene Casselberry (OM) (Fall 3:30)
145: Jacob Zimmer (OM) over (WG) (For.)
152: Charlie Wright (WG) over Daniel Minnier (OM) (Fall 4:47)
160: Jeremiah Lynch (OM) over Dalton Cummings (WG) (Fall 1:55)
170: Cameron Pickering (OM) over Parker Arcangeli (WG) (MD 13-3)
182: Deshawn Johnson (OM) over Jordan Dillenbeck (WG) (Fall 1:22)
195: Josh Bravo (WG) over Jacob Cron (OM) (Fall 1:30)
220: Kameryn Sheldon (WG) over Alex Repass (OM) (Dec 4-1)
285: Dylan Houseknecht (OM) over Ethan Voorheis (WG) (Fall 3:47)
99: Double Forfeit
106: Josiah Lynch (OM) over (WG) (For.)
113: Double Forfeit
(OMSH Unsports -1.00)

Photos in text: From top: Odessa-Montour's Dylan Houseknecht takes Watkins Glen's Ethan Voorheis to the mat in the key 285-pound match; Kameryn Sheldon (right) battles Alex Repass in a bout at 220 pounds won by Sheldon 4-1 (Photo by Mike Stamp);Watkins Glen's Josh Bravo (top) on the way to victory over O-M's Jacob Cron at 195 pounds (Photo by Mike Stamp); O-M's Jeremiah Lynch (back to camera) takes Watkins' Dalton Cummings to the mat on the way to a 1:55 pin at 160 pounds; and the prized belt.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jake Johnson (top) en route to victory at 138 over O-M's Gene Casselberry. Right: O-M's Cameron Pickering is lifted by Watkins Glen's Parker Arcangeli in a 170-pound bout won by Pickering 13-3. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team poses after its victory over Watkins Glen. (Photo by Lisa Frost)

O-M girls run past Groton; now 9-1

GROTON, Jan. 4 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team got double-digit scoring from three players Wednesday night in a 61-16 Interscholastic Athletic Conference road victory over Groton that lifted O-M's season mark to 9-1.

Gillian Clark led O-M scorers with 18 points, while Olivia Grover scored 14 and grabbed 12 rebounds. Sara Gardner registered 12 points.

Other scoring came from Nakiaha Robinson (8 points with 5 steals and 5 assists), Grace Vondracek (3 points), and Kennedey Heichel, Sage Garrison and Alexis Saunders (2 each). The team was 14-for-23 from the foul line.

Odessa led 13-2 after one period and 34-4 at halftime. Groton is now 2-6.

"We were very solid on the defensive end," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "It took a little while to scrape off the rust on the offensive end of the floor from the layoff, but we got things rolling in the second quarter."

O-M returns to action at Newfield Friday in what Gavich termed "a big divisional game for us."

Junior Varsity: Groton defeated O-M 42-31. Kara Reese led Odessa with 12 points, while JoLynn Minnier scored 7 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

Watkins boys post their 1st win, 39-31

LANSING, Jan. 3 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team registered its first victory of the season Tuesday night, posting a 39-31 win over Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Lansing gym.

The Senecas, now 1-9, were led in scoring by Connor Seeley-Ion with 12 points. Max Schimizzi scored 11, Michael Doane 7, Alex Gibson 6 and Joseph Chedzoy 3. The team was 9-for-13 from the free-throw line, while Lansing was 2-for-2.

Schimizzi led the team in rebounds (9) and steals (3), and was tied with Chedzoy for the lead in assists (3). Chedzoy also grabbed 7 rebounds, while Seeley-Ion totaled 6.

The game was tied 8-8 after one period, with the Senecas up 18-15 at halftime. Lansing was ahead 24-23 entering the fourth period, and built its advantage to four points before the Senecas edged ahead by a point.

Seeley-Ion then hit a 3-pointer to put Watkins up by four points, "and we were able to make some free throws down the stretch that helped seal it," said Watkins Coach John Fazzary.

"I'm very happy for the boys," he said. "Their attitude has been great throughout. They kept on fighting. This is nice to see."

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

Junior Varsity: Lansing defeated Watkins Glen, 50-24. The Senecas, who were led by six points each from Isaac McIlroy and Dylan Markley, are now 3-7.

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse turns after stealing the ball. Right: The Senecas' Emmie Bond (22) tries to intercept a Lansing pass.

Watkins girls race past Lansing, 51-27

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 3 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team improved to 9-0 Tuesday night when it defeated Lansing 51-27 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas -- led by Amanda Pike's game-high 22 points -- raced out to a 20-3 first-quarter lead and coasted from there. The score was 29-10 at halftime and 42-16 entering the fourth quarter.

Scoring in addition to Pike were Ryanna LaMoreaux (10 points), Mariah Gonzalez (5), Makenna Fraboni (5), Taylor Kelly (3), and Kendra Larson, Julia Reilly and Emmie Bond (2 apiece).

Hannah Morse led in assists with 6. LaMoreaux grabbed 8 rebounds, while Gonzalez had 5, and Morse and Kelly 4 each. Pike and Fraboni had 3 steals each, while Morse and Clara Chedzoy notched 2 apiece.

The Senecas return to action Friday at Waverly.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Lansing 39-26 to improve to 8-1. Danielle Leszyk led the Senecas in scoring with 14 points, while Adrienna Solomon scored 11.

Photo in text: Watkins' Amanda Pike shoots. She scored 22 points. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux (2, left) and Mariah Gonzalez (25, right) fight for possession of the ball. (Photo on the left by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins' Taylor Kelly looks to pass. Right: The ball is loose. (Don Romeo photos)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk passes. Right: The Senecas' Haley Dean shoots. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Bowling: Watkins boys sweep, girls lose

CANDOR, Jan. 3 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity bowling team defeated Candor 4-0 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road meet, while the Watkins girls fell to Candor by the same score.

Conlin Wysocki led the boys with a 190-179-231=600 series, while Wrett Brower fired a 572 (with a 212), Steven Bradley a 557 (with a 220), and Casen Weeden a 522. The Senecas posted a 2742 series to Candor's 2228.

"The boys are right where they need to be at this point of the season," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "Conlin bowled the season high game and series today. The other boys are saying that (those marks) won't stand for very long. All of the boys are improving. They showed great team effort today."

The Watkins girls lost all three games and total pinfall, 2237-2070. Dakota Evans led the squad with a 499, while Liz Mason posted a 489 and Nikole VanDyke a 367.

Watkins Glen's Charlie Wright, left, during his bout at 152 pounds, which he lost.

Watkins wrestlers fall to Newark Valley

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 3 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team dropped a 64-12 decision Tuesday evening to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS small gym.

The Senecas' only competitive win came at 170 pounds when Calvin Buckley, trailing 4-0 early in the second period, turned the tables on NV's Joey Woodmansee, pinning him in 3:59. Watkins Glen's other six points came courtesy of an NV forfeit at 220 pounds.

The Senecas forfeited at 113, 126, 132 and 145 pounds, and lost at 120 (where Dylan Bradley was pinned in 3:59), at 138 (where Sean Kelly was pinned in 3:53), at 152 (where Charlie Wright was pinned in 3:33), at 160 (where Dalton Cummings lost 13-3), at 182 (where Parker Arcangeli was pinned in 3:18), at 195 (where Jordan Dillenbeck was pinned in 1:57), and at 285 (where Ethan Voorheis was pinned in 2:46).

Watkins Glen returns to action Wednesday evening at Odessa-Montour, when the Senecas battle O-M for possession of the Schuyler County Wrestling Champions belt that goes annually to the winning squad.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Calvin Buckley leaps on his opponent on the way to a win at 170.
Bottom: The Senecas' Parker Arcangeli temporarily has the advantage during his bout at 182 pounds, which he lost.

Odessa boys lose to Groton, 60-58

GROTON, Jan. 3 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team led by 6 points at halftime before falling to Groton 60-58 Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Groton gym.

Odessa, now 3-5, was led by Curtis Harris's 21 points, 17 of which came in the second quarter. Zach Elliott added 16 points, Nick Sgrecci 9, and Noah Austin and Brandon Ray 6 apiece.

O-M, down four points as time was waning, pulled within 2 on a putback by Sgrecci with 7 seconds remaining. After a Groton timeout, Odessa's full-court pressure caused a turnover with 5 seconds to go. After another timeout, O-M tried a 3-pointer that fell short as time expired.

"I am really proud of how hard our kids competed tonight on every possession," said O-M Coach Mike Johnston. "They went into Groton, whose team is 9-1 and No. 16 in the state in Class C, and fought hard. The next step is finding a way to win against the best competition."

Odessa returns to action Thursday at home against Newfield.

Junior Varsity: Groton defeated Odessa-Montour 40-37.

Bowling: O-M boys win 4-0, girls lose

ELMIRA, Jan. 3 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity bowling team posted a 4-0 victory Tuesday over Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Rossi Lanes. The O-M girls lost to ND 4-0.

The boys were led by Alex Grady's 513 series, a 470 by Joe Glosenger, and a 436 by Trevor Dunn. They topped the Crusaders, who were minus one bowler, by a 2200-1496 score.

The O-M girls lost all three games and, thus, total pinfall, 2106-1820. The Indians were led by Grace Edger's 439 and Jackie Vincent's 429.

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

High school competition is heating up

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 2 -- Now, after a brief respite, the stretch run begins in high school sports.

This week comes the Battle of the Belt, in which Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour wrestlers battle for possession of a leather-and-metal belt that goes to the victor each year.

Watkins Glen has been dominant in the recent past, but O-M seems to be deeper and, thus, potentially more successful this year. The belt battle comes Wednesday at O-M at 6:30 p.m.

In basketball, key matchups abound. After Tuesday evening Watkins Glen-Lansing boys and girls matchups, the Glen girls travel to Waverly Friday night to face the once-beaten (by Athens, Pa.) Lady Wolverines. Both Watkins (8-0 overall) and Waverly (8-1) are currently 5-0 atop the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School South Division.

Then four days later, on Tuesday, Jan. 10, the Watkins girls host once-beaten Odessa-Montour at the WGHS Field House. O-M sits atop the IAC Small School South Division at 4-1 (and 8-1 overall).

The Watkins Glen girls are ranked No. 2 among Class C schools by the New York State Sportswriters Association, behind South Seneca. O-M is ranked No. 10 in Class C. Waverly (before its loss to Athens) was ranked No. 21 among Class B schools.

Watkins Glen indoor tracksters continue to perform at school-record levels, and more records are anticipated down the stretch as the season builds to bigger meets. While neither boys basketball team is in position for a title run, the boys swim teams are showing signs of strength in a sport that prizes "tapering" -- improving technique and times as the season races toward conference and sectional championships.

And in bowling, the Watkins Glen girls squad has been performing well as, once again, it points toward league and sectional tournaments. The Watkins boys, too, have been showing signs of strength as the season progresses.

It will all play out in the next few weeks.

Athletes of the Week: Carocci, Pickering

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 1 -- This week we honor a track-team member and a wrestler as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

The first is Watkins Glen High School's Jacob Carocci, who was part of two new school records -- in the High Jump and as a member of a winning Distance Medley Relay team -- at a track meet at Cortland.

The wrestler is Odessa-Montour's Cameron Pickering, who remained unbeaten this season at 170 pounds with four competitive victories -- three by fall and one by decision -- at the Binghamton Duals.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball players Amanda Pike, Mariah Gonzalez and Hannah Morse; O-M wrestlers Jeremiah Lynch, Dylan Houseknecht and Andrew Hartford; and Watkins Glen runners (and Carocci relay teammates) Patrick Hazlitt, Aaron Planty and Sam Hanley.

Honorable Mention: Another 10 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Glen Gators win 3rd straight Sprints title

Note: The following was provided to The Odessa File by Odessa-Montour student-athlete Alec Betts.

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 1, 2017 -- Local varsity swimmers from Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high schools swimming for the Glen Gators Swim Team recently participated in the 12th annual Holiday Sprints at Chenango Valley High School and won the Small Team Championship for the 3rd year in a row.

Other teams that participated were Waverly, Sidney, Chenango Valley, Chenango Forks, Horseheads, Fairport, and Maine-Endwell.

Also: Brett Walters qualified for the Niagara Championship Qualifiers by meeting the time standard in the 50 Freestyle, joining Billy Tague, Alec Betts, Tori Reese and Peighton Cervoni, who had previously qualified at past meets.

 

Glen Gators Swim Team:

Odessa-Montour Swimmers:

Billy Tague 15 & Over Age Group -- On the 3rd place 200 Freestyle Relay with varsity teammates Alec Betts, Brett Walters, Cameron Adams in a time of 1:45.26; 4th in the 50 Freestyle with a time of 24.86; 1st in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:11.46; 3rd in the 100 Freestyle with a time of 55.33; 1st in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 1:02.77; and 4th in the 100 IM with a time of 1:06.13.

Alec Betts 15 & Over Age Group -- On the 3rd place 200 Freestyle Relay with varsity teammates Billy Tague, Brett Walters, and Cameron Adams in a time of 1:45.26; 2nd place in the 100 Backstroke with a time of 1:10.37; 3rd place in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:19.48; 3rd place in the 100 Freestyle with a time of 58.26; 5th place in the 50 Butterfly with a time of 30.14; and 6th place in the 100 IM with a time of 1:07.83.

Cameron Adams 15 & Over Age Group -- On the 3rd place 200 Freestyle Relay with varsity teammates Alec Betts, Brett Walters, and Billy Tague in a time of 1:45.26; 8th place in the 50 Freestyle with a time of 28.07; and 5th place in the 100 Freestyle with a time of 1:04.79.

Brett Walters 13 & 14 Age Group -- On the 3rd place 200 Freestyle Relay with varsity teammates Alec Betts, Billy Tague, and Cameron Adams in a time of 1:45.26; 3rd place in the 50 Freestyle with a time of 28.01; 2nd place in the 50 Backstroke with a time of 34.44; 3rd place in the 100 Freestyle with a time of 1:03.08; 2nd place in the 50 Butterfly with a time of 33.06; and 2nd place in the 100 IM with a time of 1:15.87.

Tori Reese 15 & Over Age Group -- On the 5th place 200 Freestyle Relay with Watkins Glen swimmer Peighton Cervoni, Watkins Glen swimming Alumni Victoria Wixson, and Megan Cook, who goes to school at Trumansburg (which does not have a swim program); 4th place in the 50 Freestyle with a time of 27.81; 6th place in the 50 Backstroke in a time of 34.22; 4th place in the 50 Breaststroke with a time of 36.75; 7th in the 50 Butterfly with a time of 31.79; and 11th place in the 100 IM with a time of 1:14.97.

Watkins Glen Swimmers:

Peighton Cervoni 13 & 14 Age Group -- On the 5th place 200 Freestyle Relay with Odessa-Montour swimmer Tori Reese, Watkins Glen swimming Alumni Victoria Wixson, and Megan Cook, who goes to school at Trumansburg (which does not have a swim program); 1st place in the 50 Freestyle with a time of 27.04; 3rd place in the 100 Backstroke with a time of 1:13.69; 5th place in the 50 Breaststroke with a time 37.29; 1st place in the 100 Freestyle with a time of 59.97; and 4th place in the 50 Butterfly with a time of 31.68.

Photo in text: Top row from left: Head Coach Christopher Betts, Alec Betts, Billy Tague, Victoria Wixson, Peighton Cervoni, Tori Reese. Bottom row from left: Alex Walters, Brett Walters and Reagan Reese. (Photo provided)

The Trumansburg team and coaches pose after winning the tournament championship. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Tburg wins tourney title

Holds off Lansing; Glen boys fall in consolation game

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 30 -- The Trumansburg boys varsity basketball team -- led by Austin Grunder's 23 points -- held off a stubborn Lansing squad Friday night, 52-47, to win the Watkins Glen Boys Holiday Basketball Tournament championship in the WGHS Field House.

Trumansburg, favored by most observers to easily handle Lansing after the Bobcats had eked out a 27-25 win over Watkins Glen in an opening-round game, was trailing after both the first quarter, 13-12, and at halftime 25-22. But the Raiders rallied with a 16-11 third quarter that saw them go up as much as 38-30 before Lansing came back to close the period down 38-36.

Trumansburg didn't trail again, but couldn't shake the Bobcats, even with a couple of technical free throws that lifted them ahead 45-38 with 4:16 remaining. Lansing hit a 3-pointer to pull within 45-41, allowed a Tburg layup and free throw that put the Raiders' lead back at seven, 48-41 (with 3:09 to go), and then rallied again with a layup in traffic at 2:55, a reverse layup in heavier traffic at 2:25, and a pull-up jumper at 1:38 to pull within a point, 48-47.

But then Grunder was put on the foul line twice, and went 4-for-4 to boost the score to its final total, 52-47.

Grunder was named MVP of the tournament, with an All-Tournament cast that included teammate Andrew Stewart, Lansing's Eric Eastman and Karsten Zuidema, Spencer-Van Etten's Anthony Chiusano, and Watkins Glen's Connor Seeley-Ion.

Consolation Game: S-VE 38, Watkins Glen 32

Watkins Glen's record slipped to 0-9 as the Senecas played Spencer-Van Etten tough, rallying from a 21-12 deficit early in the third period to take the lead 26-24 with 7:50 remaining in the fourth quarter.

S-VE retook the lead a half-minute later, but Watkins stayed close until, after pulling within a point at 31-30 with 2:49 to play, the Senecas saw S-VE score at 2:08 on a layup (33-30), at 1:07 on a 3-pointer (36-30), and at :41 on a 2-pointer from the side (38-30). The Senecas' Connor Seeley-Ion scored the final two points with 12 seconds to go.

Seeley-Ion led the team in scoring with 8 points, while Michael Doane and Max Schimizzi scored 7 each, Joseph Chedzoy 6, and Alex Gibson 4. The team was just 2-for-6 from the foul line, compared to S-VE's 13-for-20.

That disparity, plus a dozen or more missed layups, helped dictate the outcome.

"I think we'll be working on our layups quite a bit tomorrow," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, who also noted that the squad was just 2-or-15 from 3-point range (after going 3-for-24 the previous night). Overall, the Senecas were 14-for-50 from the field against Spencer.

But Fazzary said he liked the fact that his team rallied from "an awful first half" to grab the lead. "They didn't give up," he noted.

Schimizzi led the Senecas in rebounds with 9, while Seeley-Ion grabbed 5 and Dayne Hughey 4. Seeley-Ion led in assists with 4, and in steals with 5.

Garrett Swayze led S-VE with 11 points, while Damon Baker scored 6, and Anthony Chiusano and Nikolai Klimekoski 5 each.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Lansing.

Junior Varsity: Spencer-Van Etten won the tourney title, defeating Lansing 59-42.

Watkins Glen lost to Trumansburg in the consolation game, 59-48, despite 32 points from Isaac McIlroy, who sank five 3-pointers and was 7-for-7 from the free-throw line. Max Evans added 9 points, and Dylan Markley 4.

The JV All-Tournament team consisted of Watkins Glen's McIlroy, Lansing's Langston Hopkins and Griffen Nelson, Trumansburg's Josiah Lopez, and S-VE's Ben VanGalder, with S-VE's Noah Mack the MVP.

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Photos in text:

Top: Trumansburg's Austin Grunder dunks the ball.

Second: Watkins Glen's Dayne Hughey drives past an S-VE defender.

Third: The Senecas' Joseph Chedzoy shoots.

Bottom: In the JV game, Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy drives toward the basket. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Max Schimizzi shoots. Right: The Senecas' Connor Seeley-Ion drives toward the basket. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Odessa-Montour's Cameron Pickering, right, on the way to victory at 170 pounds over a Whitney Point wrestler. (Photo by Loretta Marsiglio)

O-M wrestlers 3rd at Binghamton Duals

BINGHAMTON, Dec. 30 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling squad finished in third place among five teams Friday at the Binghamton Duals.

The Indians were 2-2, finishing behind Walton-Delhi (4-0) and Skaneateles (3-1). Binghamton Seton was fourth (1-3) while Whitney Point was fifth (0-4).

Odessa defeated Whitney Point 42-35 and Binghamton Seton 48-30 and lost to Skaneateles 51-33 and to Walton-Delhi 57-25.

The Indians' Cameron Pickering remained unbeaten this season at 170 pounds, winning all of his matches Friday, three by pin and one by decision.

Jeremiah Lynch (160 pounds) won his four matches -- two by pin, one by decision, and one by forfeit -- and Dylan Houseknecht (285 pounds) was 4-0, with two wins by pin and two by forfeit.

Photo in text: O-M's Jeremiah Lynch, top, on way to win over a Binghamton Seton wrestler at 160 pounds. (Photo by Loretta Marsiglio)

The Watkins Glen Distance Medley Relay squad, from left: Jacob Carocci, Sam Hanley, Patrick Hazlitt and Aaron Planty. (Photo by Amy Planty)

Watkins DMR, High Jump records set

CORTLAND, Dec. 28 -- The Watkins Glen High School indoor track team's Distance Medley Relay squad set a new school mark Wednesday in a meet at Cortland, while Jacob Carocci set a new school indoor High Jump mark.

The Distance Medley Relay consists of 1200 meter, 400 meter, 800 meter and 1600 meter legs. The team of Sam Hanley, Carocci, Aaron Planty and Patrick Hazlitt crushed the old indoor record by over 38 seconds while finishing first. The new school record is 11:19.92.

Meanwhile:

--Carocci set the new High Jump school record for indoors by leaping 5' 8".
--Josh Updyke placed 4th in the 55 Meter Run with a time of 6.88 seconds. Updyke also ran his first 300 Meter race in 40.31 seconds.
--Daniel Paradiso and Sam Hanley set personal records (PRs) in the 600 Meter Run with 1:42.68 and 1:35.99 times, respectively.
--Aaron Planty ran the 1600 Meters in a PR of 4:48, and Julian Thornton ran the 1000 Meters in 3:38.52.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Sam Hanley, left, after handing the baton to Jacob Carocci during the Distance Medley Relay. (Photo by Amy Planty)

Glen boys drop tourney opener, 27-25

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 30 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team saw its record slip to 0-8 Thursday night as it dropped a 27-25 decision to Lansing in an opening-round game of the Boys Holiday Tournament in the WGHS Field House.

In the other opener, Trumansburg pulled away from a 31-31 tie early in the third period to defeat Spencer-Van Etten, 64-56, behind 39 points by Austin Grunder.

Trumansburg and Lansing will meet for the tourney title at 8 tonight (Friday). Watkins Glen will meet S-VE in a consolation game scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

After failing to score for the first four-and-a-half minutes, Watkins surged to a 10-4 lead after one period, and was still up by six, 16-10, at intermission.

Lansing outscored the Senecas 9-6 in the third period to cut the deficit to 22-19, and then pulled ahead in the fourth quarter, outscoring Watkins 8-3.

Michael Doane led Watkins in scoring with 12 points while Max Schimizzi scored 5, Alex Gibson 4 and Connor Seeley-Ion and Dayne Hughey 2 each. The team was 6-for-10 from the foul line.

Alex Schimizzi led the team in rebounds with 7, while Gibson grabbed 5 and Max Schimizzi 4. Seeley-Ion and Max Schimizzi each had 3 steals.

Karsten Zuidema led Lansing scorers with 7 points. The Bobcats converted 6 of 12 free throws.

Watkins shot 8-for-36 from the field, including 3-for-24 from 3-point range. Its final 3-point effort was a hurried one with a second remaining at the end, but it failed to find the basket.

"Probably 49 times out of 50," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, "you'll win if you hold a team to 27 points. But 49 times out of 50, you'll lose if you only score 25 points."

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen fell to Lansing, 50-37, while Spencer-Van Etten defeated Trumansburg, 64-38. Lansing and S-VE will meet today (Friday) at 5 p.m. for the JV title.

Dylan Markley led the Senecas with 11 points, while Max Evans scored 10 and Isaac McIlroy 9.

Watkins Glen will play Trumansburg in the JV consolation game at 3:30 p.m. today.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Max Schimizzi shoots in traffic. (Photos by Don Romeo)
Middle: The Senecas' Alex Gibson shoots as an official reacts in the background.
Bottom: In the JV game, Watkins Glen's Max Evans drives toward the basket.

Left: Watkins Glen's Alex Schimizzi (42) fights for the ball. Right: The Senecas' Connor Seeley-Ion, right, tries to block a Lansing inbounds attempt. (Photos by Don Romeo)

The Watkins girls varsity basketball team poses after its victory. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls take tourney crown, 63-42

SYRACUSE, Dec. 29 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team, led by Amanda Pike's 27 points, defeated Skaneateles 63-42 Thursday in the championship game of their pool (Pool G) at the More Than a Game Foundation Holiday Tournament at Onondaga Community College.

The Senecas, now 8-0, built a 16-11 first-quarter lead and were up 30-20 at halftime before going on a 20-4 tear in the third quarter. Skaneateles outscored Watkins 18-13 in the fourth quarter.

The tournament featured 48 teams, boys and girls. The Watkins pool contained Skaneateles, Marcellus and Holland Patent.

Pike, in addition to her 27 points, registered 5 steals, 4 assists, 2 rebounds and a block. Other scoring came from Taylor Kelly (10 points), Hannah Morse (8), Mariah Gonzalez (5), Emmie Bond (4), Julia Reilly (4), Ryanna LaMoreaux (3), and Katlyn Kernan (2).

Gonzalez and Bond each grabbed 4 rebounds, while Kelly, Kernan, Clara Chedzoy and Reilly had 2 each. Morse had 3 steals and 3 assists, Kelly 3 steals, and Chedzoy 2 steals.

Pike earned pool MVP honors, while Gonzalez was named a tournament all-star.

"I am very proud of the girls," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "They are really coming together."

The Senecas return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at home against Lansing.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen won the JV tourney title by defeating Skaneateles 24-22. The Senecas' record is now 7-1.

Watkins Glen saw a 10-point lead disappear in the second half, but with the score tied 22-22, Danielle Leszyk hit a shot from the key with seven seconds left to give the Senecas the victory.

Leszyk led the team in scoring with 10 points, and had 4 steals. Adrienna Solomon scored 8 points, Jena Slater 3 points (with 6 rebounds), and Kelsey Kernan 3 points (with 15 rebounds).

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike (14) rounds the corner past teammate Mariah Gonzalez and a Skaneateles defender. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: The Senecas' Hannah Morse (3) drives to the hoop. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond goes up for a shot. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly drives to the basket. (Photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Kathryn Losey prepares to shoot. Right: The Senecas' Natalie Edmister drives past a Skaneateles defender. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan (20) shoots. Right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk sends a jump shot on its way. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike. Right: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez (25). (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls top Holland Patent, 59-42

SKANEATELES, Dec. 28 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team continued unbeaten Wednesday, defeating Holland Patent 59-42 in the opening round of the Pool G competition at the More Than a Game Foundation Holiday Tournament.

Mariah Gonzalez led Watkins Glen (7-0) in scoring with 18 points, while Amanda Pike scored 16, Hannah Morse 7, Taylor Kelly 6, Clara Chedzoy 5, Makenna Fraboni 3, and Ryanna LaMoreaux and Mikenna Ayers 2 each. The team was 12-for-16 from the foul line.

Gonzalez also led in rebounds with 9 (and had 2 steals), while Morse registered 13 assists to go with 3 rebounds and 3 steals. Kelly had 8 rebounds and Pike had 3 steals.

Watkins Glen raced out to a 17-5 first-quarter lead before Holland Patent rallied to pull within six at halftime, 27-21. The Senecas then outscored their opponent 16-12 in the third period and 16-9 in the fourth.

The tournament featured 48 teams, boy and girls. The Watkins pool competitors included Holland Patent, Marcellus and Skaneateles.

The title game is set for Thursday at Onondaga Community College at 12:45 p.m. The Senecas will play Skaneateles, which defeated Marcellus on Wednesday.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Holland Patent, 29-13, in the opening round of the More Than a Game Tournament.

Danielle Leszyk led the Senecas wih 14 points, and registered 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocks. Adrienna Solomon scored 6 points with 2 steals and a block; Kelsey Kernan scored 3 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, and Kathryn Losey scored 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.

Watkins Glen plays in the title game at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Onondaga Community College against the winner of a contest Wednesday between Marcellus and Skaneateles.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse shoots in traffic. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly, right, on defense. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Makenna Fraboni at the free-throw line. Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy shoots. (Photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon (left photo) and Danielle Leszyk (right) move past Holland Patent defenders. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Alex Gibson moves the ball upcourt. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen boys fall to Sidney, 64-54

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 27 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team remained winless Tuesday night as it dropped a 64-54 decision to Sidney in a non-league game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas, now 0-7, stayed with Sidney through the first half, falling behind 32-29 on a 3-point buzzer beater from far beyond the arc. Neither team scored for the first 3:23 of the third period, but then Sidney reeled off the next 10 points for a 42-29 lead. Watkins Glen finally scored with 1:44 left in the period, but got no closer than 7 points after that.

"We should have been tied at the half," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, "but then their guy threw up a miracle 3 with two guys on him. Then we just had some poor play in the third period. We can play good in stretches, but there always seems to be a stretch where we play poorly. And tonight there was also that transition stuff."

He was referring to a string of layups by Sidney late in the game, most of them in transition. The last eight of Sidney's baskets were on layups.

Connor Seeley-Ion led Watkins Glen scorers with 19 points, and had a team-high 6 assists. Other points came from Michael Doane (12), Alex Schimizzi (12), Alex Gibson (9), and Max Schimizzi (2, along with 5 assists and a team-high 8 rebounds). The Senecas converted 4 of 6 free throws.

Sidney was led by Ethan Finch's 17 points, 13 of which came in the first half. Trevor Dutton added 15 points, and Alex Hoskins 13. The team was 3-for-7 at the foul line.

Watkins Glen returns to action when it hosts its Holiday Tournament Thursday and Friday. It will face Lansing in an 8 p.m. game the first night, after Trumansburg meets Spencer-Van Etten.

Junior Varsity: Sidney defeated Watkins Glen 59-31. Isaac McIlroy led the Senecas (now 3-4) with 21 points.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins' Connor Seeley-Ion drives past Sidney's Ethan Finch. (Don Romeo photo)
Bottom: The Senecas' Max Schimizzi (44) hits the floor on a charging foul by Sidney's Alex Hoskins.

Left: Watkins' Alex Schimizzi (42) battles for a rebound. Right: The Senecas' Michael Doane (33), Alex Schimizzi (42) and Max Schimizzi (rear) fight for possession of the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Athletes of the Week: Clark and DeBolt

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 25 -- This week we honor a basketball player and a swimmer as Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Gillian Clark earns the nod for a 29-point performance that led her O-M basketball team past Spencer-Van Etten. That followed a 17-point, 8-rebound showing in a victory over Campbell-Savona. The Indians are now 8-1.

Aidan DeBolt won four times as the Watkins Glen boys swim team defeated intracounty rival Odessa-Montour. He posted victories in the 50 Free and 100 Free and was on the winning 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay squads.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball's Amanda Pike and Mariah Gonzalez; O-M basketball's Olivia Grover and Nakiaha Robinson; Watkins Glen swimmer AJ Specchio; O-M swimmer Billy Tague; and Watkins Glen bowlers Dakota Evans and Wrett Brower.

Honorable Mention: Another 43 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determines seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

O-M Hall to induct 3 athletes, team, Gooley

Special to The Odessa File

ODESSA, Dec. 24, 2016 -- The Odessa-Montour Sports Hall of Fame will induct three athletes -- Mark Decker (Class of 1986), Megan Westervelt (Class of 1999), and Judy Daugherty (Class of 1994) -- as well as former superintendent Don Gooley and the 1992-93 boys basketball team at a ceremony Friday, January 13 in the high school cafeteria.

There will be a 5:30 p.m. dinner and a short ceremony, and then the honorees will be recognized at halftime of the boys home varsity basketball game that night against Notre Dame.

Mark Decker was a three-sport athlete at O-M in football, basketball, and track. He was an all-star linebacker on the football team and was named the Elmira Star-Gazette’s Twin Tiers Defensive Player of the Year in 1985. In basketball, Mark was a two-time all-IAC selection and helped guide the 1985-86 team to a Section IV Class C and NYSPHSAA Central Regional championship.

Megan Westervelt starred in swimming, basketball, and track. She compiled 124 first-place finishes in her four years on the girls swim team and was a member of the school record-setting 200 Yard Freestyle Relay team. In basketball, Westervelt was a three-time all-IAC pick and averaged double figures in scoring and rebounding in her junior and senior years while helping her team to IAC division titles. In track, she was a six-time varsity letter winner and set a school record in the 100 Meter Hurdles.

Judy Daugherty lettered in cross country, swimming, basketball and softball. She was an all-IAC pick in basketball and helped guide her team to an IAC overall championship in 1994 and was the Most Outstanding Player on that team. In softball, her combination of defense and speed made her a force and a three-time all-league selection.

Don Gooley was named superintendent of schools at O-M in 1986 and remained in that capacity until his retirement in 1998. He was an avid fan and supporter of high school athletics and his vision helped guide the construction of the new high school gym which opened in the fall of 1989, as well as the construction of new tennis courts.

The 1992-93 boys basketball team compiled a record of 21-3 en route to the school’s second Section IV title, defeating Marathon for the Class D championship. The team also captured the IAC South Small School division title that year. Members of the team were Ken Kleist, Scott Jones, Tom Bower, Tom Lewis, Ryan Mathews, Matt Johnston, Tom Lovell, Phil Soper, Charlie Wood, Jack Wheeler, Joe Lynch, Shane Beardsley, Deunoro Chacartegui, Drew Irmischer, Ken Woodford, Ben Wood and Andy Learn.

The Watkins Glen Senecas pose after winning the tournament. With them are Coach Alicia Learn (left), assistant Bub Chaffee, and tournament hosts Mary and Ken Wilson. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen girls win tourney title

Pull away from Newfield in 4th period; Glen JV wins, too

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 23 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team remained unbeaten Friday night as it turned back stubborn Newfield, 42-34, in the championship game of the annual Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Holiday Tournament in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas, now 6-0, were tested by a Newfield team that spread its offense and milked the clock on most of its possessions, and, through three quarters, matched Watkins nearly basket for basket. Newfield, which built an early 12-6 lead, was ahead 12-9 at the end of the first period, but saw Watkins take a 23-21 lead into intermission.

The Trojans outscored Watkins 8-6 in the third period, forging a 29-29 tie entering the fourth quarter.

Then the Senecas' Amanda Pike -- who had a team-high 14 points -- struck with a pair of 3-pointers that lifed Watkins up 35-29. Newfield never got closer than 4 points after that.

Other points came from Mariah Gonzalez (9), Hannah Morse (7), Clara Chedzoy (5), Taylor Kelly (5), and Emmie Bond (2). The team was 10-for-18 at the foul line.

Gonzalez led both teams with 18 rebounds (including several key grabs down the stretch that helped keep Newfield at bay), to go with a pair of steals. Morse, Pike and Bond each grabbed 4 rebounds, and Chedzoy and Kelly 2 each.

Morse, Pike, Gonzalez, and Kelly each had 2 steals, and Chedzoy had 1. Morse led in assists with 4.

Katie Moravec led Newfield scorers with 16 points, while Mariyah Byrd scored 9 and Kelly Moravec 5. The team was 8-for-9 at the free-throw line.

"Our girls played a well-fought game," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "I am proud of how they played at our tournament both days. It was a nice win for them."

Consolation Game: Edison rolled past Trumansburg, 51-27. The Spartans' Leigha Jones scored 33 points, including 6-for-6 from 3-point range in the third quarter.

All Tournament Team: This was different. While Katie Moravec of Newfield, Leigha Jones of Edison and Madison Mikula of Trumansburg were named by their coaches, Watkins Glen coaches named their entire team to the All-Tournament squad.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen won the tournament title by defeating Newfield 36-19. The Senecas surged to an early lead, building an 18-4 advantage, and were never challenged.

Danielle Leszyk led Watkins with 12 points and 6 steals, while Kelsey Kernan and Jena Slater each scored 6 points, and Kathleen Clifford 4 points while grabbing 8 rebounds.

"I love the Melissa B. Wilson tournament," said JV Coach Scott Morse, "because it's in honor of a girl who loved the game. I talked to the girls about it, about Melissa, and it meant something to them, too. It's a nice tournament."

Melissa Wilson played basketball at WGHS in the 1990s, from 7th through 12 grades, and was a member of the 1994-95 team that won the IAC overall girls basketball championship. She later played basketball at Finger Lakes Community College, but died in an automobile accident just before the end of her freshman year. She has been honored as a true "team player" since then with this tournament.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez grabs a rebound late in the game as Newfield's Mariyah Byrd (5) tries in vain to secure it.

Second: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly drives to the basket in first-quarter action.

Third: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, center, knocks the ball loose as teammate Emmie Bond reaches for it, too. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: In the JV game, Watkins Glen's Jena Slater, right, drives toward the basket.

Left: Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy (13) breaks up a Newfield fast break. Right: The Senecas' Hannah Morse drives to the hoop. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond, right, passes the ball. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike (14) knocks the ball away from a Newfield player. (Photo on right by Don Romeo)

And in the JV title game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan (20) tries to take the ball from a Newfield player. Teammate Kathleen Clifford (21) is at right. Right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk prepares to shoot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

The Watkins Glen junior varsity basketball team poses after winning the tournament JV crown. Coach Scott Morse is at left in the back, and tourney hosts Mary and Ken Wilson are on the right, behind the players. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Odessa-Montour's Andy Fudala on the way to victory in the 50 Yard Freestyle.

O-M swimmers fall to Lansing, 50-44

ODESSA, Dec. 23 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team dropped a 50-44 decision Friday to Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool

The Indians got first-place finishes from Alec Betts in the 200 Individual Medley (2:26.17), Billy Tague in the 500 Free (5:27.55), Andy Fudala in the 100 Breaststroke (1:11.06), and the 400 Free Relay squad of Brett Walters, Cameron Adams, Noah Angle and Kyle Frasier (4:30.25).

Second-place finishes were posted by Tague in the 200 Free, Fudala in the 50 Free, Betts in the 100 Fly, Noah Brewster in the 100 Back, the 200 Medley Relay squad (Betts, Fudala, Tague and Angle) and the 200 Free Relay squad (Brewster, Fudala, Betts and Tague).

"The guys put up a strong showing," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "There were a few close races that didn't go our way that determined the outcome of the meet. The rookies continue to improve their times and add needed depth to the team's efforts. Jake Mayette dropped a phenomenal 13 seconds in the 100 Fly today. Also impressive were our two 400 Free Relay squads who put up a good fight for first place in an exciting back and forth with Lansing to end the meet. O-M ended up finishing 1-3 in the event, with the top three squads separated by two seconds."

Personal records for O-M included:

Brett Walters in the 200 IM and 100 Fly.
Jake Mayette in the 100 Fly.
Kyle Frasier in the 100 Free and 100 Breast.
Noah Brewster in the 100 Back.
Tyler Carson in the 100 Back.

Odessa-Montour returns to action after the holiday break.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Noah Angle dives at start of the 200 Free Relay.
Bottom: The Indians' Cameron Adams competes in the 500 Free, where he placed third.

Odessa-Montour's Noah Brewster on the way to a second-place finish in the 100 Back.

Left: O-M's Billy Tague, left, and Lansing's John Koch after the 200 Free, won by Koch. Right: Odesssa's Brett Walters enters the water at the start of the 100 Yard Freestyle.

Odessa-Montour's Alec Betts en route to victory in the 200 Individual Medley.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, center, passes the ball in first-quarter action.

Watkins vs. Newfield in finale

Senecas top Edison, 63-35; Newfield beats Tburg, 51-23

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 23 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team ran past Edison 63-35 Thursday night to set up a title game against Newfield tonight (Friday) in the annual Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Holiday Basketball Tournament in the WGHS Field House.

Newfield cruised in its opener Thursday, defeating Trumansburg 51-23 behind 17 points by Katie Moravec and 14 by Mariyah Byrd.

Watkins Glen raced to a 17-0 advantage over the Spartans and led 19-3 after one quarter as it repeatedly limited Edison to a single shot, or none, while scoring itself on several fast breaks. The Senecas led 33-11 at halftime, and 50-15 entering the final period.

With the game in hand early and starters seeing limited time, the scoring for Watkins was spread around. Taylor Kelly led the team with 10 points, while Clara Chedzoy scored 8, Mikenna Ayers 8, Hannah Morse 7, Amanda Pike 7, Mariah Gonzalez 6, Julia Reilly 5, Emmie Bond 4, Ryanna LaMoreaux 4, and Katlyn Kernan 4.

Gonzalez led in rebounds with 7, LaMoreaux grabbed 5, and Kelly, Makenna Fraboni and Reilly grabbed 4 each. Chedzoy led in steals with 4, and Morse and Gonzalez in assists with 3 apiece.

The consolation game tonight between Tburg and Edison is at 7 p.m., with the championship game set to start at 8:30.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Campbell-Savona 41-13 to advance to tonight's title game against Newfield, which topped Trumansburg 48-12.

Adrienna Solomon led the Senecas with 10 points and 5 assists, while Kathleen Clifford scored 8 points, Aislinn Klemann 5 points, Natalie Edmister 5 points, and Danielle Leszyk 5 points with 6 steals and 6 assists.

The JV consolation game today between Tburg and Campbell-Savona is at 4 p.m., and the championship game is at 5:30 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux drives to the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly shoots. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez prepares to pass the ball. Right: The Senecas' Julia Reilly prepares to shoot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike shoots on a fast break in first-quarter action.

And in the JV game:

From left: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk shoots; Kathleen Clifford prepares to shoot; and Jena Slater moves the ball upcourt, with teammate Ali LaMoreaux in the background. (All three photos by Don Romeo)

Odessa boys edge Bradford, 42-41

BRADFORD, Dec. 23 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team rallied in the final minute Thursday night to overtake Bradford 42-41 in a non-league game in the Bradford gym.

The Indians were down 41-38 with under a minute to go when Curtis Harris hit a pull-up jumper to cut the Bradford lead to one point. After the O-M defense held, Noah Austin scored on a putback lay-up with 5.5 seconds remaining for a 42-41 lead.

With three seconds to go, Bradford's Nick Bailey drove, but his shot hit the front of the rim and O-M rebounded to run out the clock.

O-M, now 3-4, was led in scoring by Zach Elliott's 17 points. Harris added 13, and Austin scored 8. Brandon Ray and Nick Sgrecci notched 2 points apiece. The team was 6-for-16 from the foul line.

Bradford was led in scoring by Bailey and Thomas Collett, who scored 11 apiece. The team was 2-for-3 from the foul line.

O-M had the early lead, building a 9-2 first-quarter advantage, and was up 19-17 at halftime and 34-30 entering the final period.

The Indians return to action after the holiday break.

Odessa-Montour's Joe Glosenger leans as his ball stays right on a spare attempt.

Odessa bowlers fall to Newark Valley

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 23 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams lost to Newark Valley Thursday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

The boys lost 3-1 as they took the third game 845-804, but dropped the first game (865-804) and second game (895-867) as well as total pinfall, 2564-2516.

Joe Glosenger led the Indians with a 548 series, while Trevor Dunn posted a 513, Eric Rumsey a 501, and Alex Grady a 485.

The O-M girls lost 4-0, dropping all three games and total pinfall, 2014-1751.

Jackie Vincent led Odessa with a 433 series, while Kacie Wood notched a 379. Carolyn Arias added a 326, and Madison Randall a 323.

The Indians return to action on Jan. 3 on the road -- at Rossi Lanes against Elmira Notre Dame.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Taylor Sykes applies some body English on a spare attempt.

Watkins boys fall to Candor, 37-35

CANDOR, Dec. 23 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team saw its record slip to 0-6 Thursday night when it dropped a 37-35 decision to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Candor gym.

The Senecas were down 9-5 after one period, but rallied to tie the game 18-18 by halftime. Candor pulled ahead 29-26 in the third quarter, and Watkins scored the next seven points to go up 33-29. But Candor scored the next eight points to build a 37-33 lead before the Senecas scored their final basket with 1.9 seconds to play.

Connor Seeley-Ion and Max Schimizzi led the Senecas in scoring with 10 points each, while Alex Gibson scored 9, Joseph Chedzoy 5 and Michael Doane 1. The team was 7-for-10 from the foul line. Chedzoy led in rebounds with 6, Schimizzi in assists with 3, and Seeley-Ion in steals with 3.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at home against Sidney.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 3-3 by defeating Candor 64-55. Owen Scholtisek led the Senecas with 21 points, while Dylan Markley scored 17 and Isaac McIlroy 13.

Watkins Glen bowlers defeat Edison

HORSEHEADS, Dec. 23 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted victories Thursday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference road matches over Edison.

The girls won 3-1, losing the first game 721-619 before winning the second game, 726-660, and the third game, 776-719. They won total pinfall by a 2193-2100 margin.

Dakota Evans led the Senecas with a 546 series, while Nikole VanDyke posted a 426, Hayley Cornish a 403 and Nancy Jackson a 400.

The Watkins boys won 4-0 by forfeit, since Edison had no bowlers. Wrett Brower led the Senecas with a 574 series while Nathaniel Rose rolled a 555 and Conlin Wysocki a 514.

Watkins Glen's Charlie Wright, right, takes control in the 160-pound bout, which he won.

Watkins wrestlers top Waverly, 42-36

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 21 -- The Watkins Glen varsity wrestling team lifted its dual-meet mark to 2-0 Wednesday when it defeated Waverly 42-36 in a match marked by eight forfeits.

The Senecas won competitive matches by pins at 132, 160 and 195 pounds, and picked up forfeit wins at 138, 170, 220 and 285 pounds.

The pins were posted by Jake Johnson (132 pounds) in the first period against Waverly's Alex Gaddow; by Charlie Wright (160 pounds) in 53 seconds against Tashanda Myers; and by Josh Bravo (195 pounds) in the first period against Matt Nichols.

Competitive losses were sustained by the Senecas' Dylan Bradley, pinned in the second period at 120 pounds, and Parker Arcangeli, pinned in the first period at 182 pounds. Watkins also forfeited at 106, 113, 145 and 152.

The Senecas return to action after the holidays.

Photo in text: Watkins' Sean Kelly on the way to a winning pin in an exhibition match.

L to R: O-M's Sara Gardner, Alyssa Crout and Alexis Saunders. (Photos by Mike Stamp)

O-M girls defeat Spencer-Van Etten

ODESSA, Dec. 21 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Gillian Clark's 29 points -- defeated Spencer-Van Etten 71-34 Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians, now 8-1, ran away from the Panthers with a flurry of baskets late in the first quarter and throughout the second period, building a 44-20 halftime lead. Clark had 21 of her points in the first half, including four 3-pointers. She had five 3-pointers in the game.

O-M, challenged early by Spencer, pulled away for a 17-10 first-period lead, and then outscored the Panthers 27-10 in the second period. S-VE (2-3) failed to mount a challenge after that.

Scoring in addition to Clark were Olivia Grover (12 points and 10 rebounds), Nakiaha Robinson (7 points and 8 assists), Kennedey Heichel (7 points and 5 assists), Alexis Saunders (6 points), Sage Garrison (5 points and 5 assists), Sara Gardner (3 points), and Alyssa Crout (2 points). The team converted 16 of 22 free-throw attempts.

"We were clicking on all cylinders there in the first half, and the second quarter especially," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "Gillian had a great night, but the whole team passed it well and hit the open shots that presented themselves.

"It was a great way to go into the break for Christmas. Hopefully we can carry that momentum forward."

The Indians return to action in January with a string of four road games -- at Groton, Newfield, Watkins Glen and Notre Dame.

Note: The team is ranked #11 in the first Class C state basketball poll. Watkins Glen is ranked #2 behind South Seneca.

Junior Varsity: S-VE defeated Odessa 43-38. Grace Vondracek led the Indians with 16 points.

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Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark drives to the basket.
Bottom: The Indians' Sage Garrison shoots. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

Left: O-M's Kennedey Heichel looks to pass. Right: The Indians' Nakiaha Robinson passes the ball to Olivia Grover, left -- who failed to reach it, perhaps impeded by the grab at left.

Odessa-Montour's Olivia Grover goes up for a shot. Teammate Gillian Clark is at right, and Sara Gardner is in the background.

O-M's Brett Walters competes in the 100 Fly. He placed third. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

Watkins swimmers defeat O-M, 53-41

ODESSA, Dec. 20 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team -- led by four victories by Aidan DeBolt -- defeated Odessa-Montour 53-41 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

DeBolt won the 50 Free (23.54) and 100 Free (54.36), and was on the winning 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay squads. Also on both relays were AJ Specchio, Dakota Cole and Nate Wickham.

Other Watkins Glen wins came from Specchio in the 200 Individual Medley (2:25.31), Tyler Leroux in the 100 Fly (1:18.63), Will Fitzsimmons in the 100 Back (1:10.24), and the 200 Medley Relay squad of Fitzsimmons, Rong Lin, Leroux and Wickham.

Posting victories for O-M were Billy Tague in the 200 Free (2:02.13) and 500 Free (5:30.84), and Andy Fudala in the 100 Breaststroke (1:14.88).

"It was a fantastic team effort," said Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt. "Everyone swam beyond expectation and we were happy with our times. Every place in the lineup where I had a concern, we stepped up. (O-M's) Billy Tague and Andy Fudala are great swimmers and the best in our league in their events. We were able to work around that with a team effort."

WG 53 OM 41

200 Medley Relay: WG Fitzsimmons, Lin, Leroux, Wickham 2:04.62
200 Free: OM Billy Tague 2:02.13
200 IM: WG Alan Specchio 2:25.31
50 Free: WG Aiden DeBolt 23.54
100 Fly: WG Tyler Leroux 1:18.63
100 Free: WG Aiden DeBolt 54.36
500 Free: OM Billy Tague 5:30.84
200 Free Relay: WG Wickham, Cole, Specchio, DeBolt 1:46.38
100 Back: WG Will Fitzsimmons 1:10.24
100 Breast: OM Andy Fudala 1:14.88
400 Free Relay: WG Wickham, Cole, Specchio, DeBolt 3:56.12

"The meet didn't go as I had hoped," said O-M Coach Terri Brace, "but we did have some good swims with some season bests and PRs (personal records)."

PRs for Odessa-Montour:

--Cameron Adams in the 200 Free and 500 Free
--Bailey Hornbrook in the 50 Free
--Noah Brewster in the 100 Back

Season bests for O-M:

--Billy Tague in the 200 Free
--Alec Betts in the 200 IM

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Aidan DeBolt on the way to winning the 100 Free.
Middle: O-M's Andy Fudala competes in the 100 Breaststroke, which he won. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Rong Lin competes in the 100 Breaststroke. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

Watkins Glen's AJ Specchio in the 500 Freestyle, where he placed second.

Left: O-M's Alec Betts, foreground, competes in the 200 IM. He finished second, behind the Senecas' AJ Specchio (back). Right: Watkins' Nate Wickham starts the 50 Free.

Watkins Glen's Tyler Leroux competes in the 100 Fly. He finished first in 1:18.63.

O-M's Billy Tague en route to winning the 500 Free. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

Watkins boys lose to Edison, 46-42

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Dec. 20 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team saw its record slip to 0-5 Tuesday night when it dropped a 46-42 decision to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Edison gym.

Watkins led 11-6 after one quarter and 23-17 at halftime, but the Spartans surged with a 13-5 third period and outscored the Senecas 16-14 down the stretch.

Connor Seeley-Ion led Watkins with 14 points, 4 assists and 4 steals. Michael Doane added 12 points, Max Schimizzi 10, and Joseph Chedzoy, Dayne Hughey and Alex Gibson 2 each. Gibson had 6 rebounds and 3 assists, while Schimizzi grabbed 9 rebounds. The team was 8-for-12 from the foul line.

Nate Chorney led Edison (3-4) with 17 points. The Spartans converted 8 of 14 free throws.

Watkins Glen returns to action Thursday at Candor.

Junior Varsity: Edison defeated Watkins Glen 62-58. Leading the Senecas (2-3) was Isaac McIlroy with 22 points. Max Evans scored 14.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Connor Seeley-Ion, right, drives to the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Michael Doane maneuvers for a shot. Right: The Senecas' Alex Gibson inbounds the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

O-M boys fall to Spencer-Van Etten

SPENCER, Dec. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team dropped a 44-36 decision to Spencer-Van Etten Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the S-VE gym.

The Indians, now 2-4, were led by Curtis Harris's 12 points and 10 by Noah Austin. Zach Elliott chipped in 8 and Nick Sgrecci had 6. The team was 4-for-9 from the foul line, while S-VE was 9-for-11.

Odessa led 13-12 after one period, but S-VE had a 9-2 advantage in the second quarter to take a 21-15 halftime lead.The score was 33-24 entering the fourth quarter.

"Our kids are competing very hard," said O-M Coach Mike Johnston. "We continue to be in games with an opportunity to win down the stretch. We have to keep emphasizing the fundamentals, make our free throws, take care of the ball and make our lay-ups.

"The effort is there on defense, and we did a much better job contesting and blocking out this evening. Anytime you hold a team in the forties you have a chance to win the game, which our kids continue to do. I am proud of how hard they are working and competing, and each night we continue to get better."

Odessa-Montour returns to action Thursday at Bradford. The JV game starts at 5:45, with the varsity to follow.

Junior Varsity: Spencer-Van Etten defeated Odessa-Montour 59-21.

Bowling: O-M girls tie 2-2, boys lose

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity bowling team rallied in the third game to post a 2-2 tie against Lansing Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game at Harborside Lanes.

The Indians lost the first two games, 634-615 and 624-577 before postng a third-game victory, 642-561 that lifted them to an advantage in total pinfall, 1834-1819, and the tie.

Jackie Vincent led O-M with a 424 series, while Kacie Wood rolled a 371, Carolyn Arias 353, and Grace Edger 347.

The O-M boys, meanwhile, lost to Lansing 4-0, dropping the three games by scores of 853-823, 849-814 and 796-760. They lost total pinfall 2498-2397.

Alex Grady led Odessa with a 512 series, while Joe Glosenger posted a 506.

The Indians return to action Thursday at home against Newark Valley.

Photo in text: O-M's Grace Edger watches closely as a final pin almost falls.

O-M's Cameron Bryington, left, and Trevor Dunn use body English on a couple of shots.

O-M's Jacob Zimmer, right, controls his opponent at 145 pounds. Zimmer won with a pin.

O-M wrestlers defeat Groton, 44-36

ODESSA, Dec. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team topped Groton 44-36 Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in O-M's Jack Davis Gym.

Odessa got victories on pins by Andrew Hartford (120 pounds, in 3:11), Jacob Zimmer (145 pounds, in 3:06), and Jeremiah Lynch (160 pounds, in 3:58). Wins also came from Cameron Pickering (170 pounds, a 17-0 tech fall), and Dan Minnier (152 pounds, a 14-8 decision).

Forfeit victories came to O-M in the 106, 220 and 285 weight classes. Groton got all of its points from forfeits, at 113, 126, 132, 138, 182 and 195 pounds.

Odessa Montour 44,
Groton 36

120: Andrew Hartford (OM) over Nick Radley (G) (Fall 3:11)
126: Dione Martin (G) over (OM) (For.)
132: Reese Lockwood (G) over (OM) (For.)
138: Lane Ostrander (G) over (OM) (For.)
145: Jacob Zimmer (OM) over Jaden Howell (G) (Fall 3:06)
152: Daniel Minnier (OM) over Kyle Gombas (G) (Dec 14-8)
160: Jeremiah Lynch (OM) over Brock Chrismer (G) (Fall 2:58)
170: Cameron Pickering (OM) over Daimon Shoemaker (G) (TF 17-0 4:55)
182: Hart Sirvent (G) over (OM) (For.)
195: Matt Gombas (G) over (OM) (For.)
220: Alex Repass (OM) over (G) (For.)
285: Dylan Houseknecht (OM) over (G) (For.)
99: Double Forfeit
106: Josiah Lynch (OM) over (G) (For.)
113: Marissa Kuhn (G) over (OM) (For.)

Photos in text: O-M's Jeremiah Lynch (160 pounds) lifts his opponent (top); the Indians' Andrew Hartford (back) on his way to a victory at 120 pounds.

Left: O-M's Daniel Minnier (standing) en route to a 14-8 victory at 152 pounds. Right: Odessa's Cameron Pickering (facing camera) on his way to a tech fall win at 170.

Glen bowlers post wins against Groton

GROTON, Dec. 20 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams both won their Interscholastic Athletic Conference road matches against Groton Tuesday, the boys sweeping to a 4-0 victory while the girls prevailed 3-1.

Wrett Brower led the Watkins boys with a 567 series that included a 229 game, while Casen Weeden added a 535 (with a 224), Conlin Wysocki a 524, and Wyatt Brower a 513.

The Senecas won the first game 783-673, the second game 915-795, the third game 935-895, and total pinfall 2633-2363.

"We had strong performances from all the boys," said Coach Ward Brower.

The Watkins girls -- led by Dakota Evans' 541, Liz Mason's 459 and Nikole VanDyke's 445, won the first two games (709-633 and 733-620) before losing the third game, 770-763. They won total pinfall, 2205-2023.

"We bowled well," Coach Brower said of the girls' victory, "but not well enough to take all three games. My hat is off to Groton in that last game. They bowled well."

O-M girls defeat Campbell-Savona

CAMPBELL, Dec. 19 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team improved to 7-1 Monday night when it defeated Campbell-Savona 61-20 in a non-league road game.

Gillian Clark led the Indians with 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Nakiaha Robinson had 11 points, 5 assists and 4 steals.

Other points came from Sara Gardner (9, on three first-half 3-pointers), Olivia Grover (8, with 12 rebounds), Sage Garrison (6, with 4 assists), Kennedey Heichel (4, with 4 assists), Alyssa Crout (4, with 5 rebounds), and Alexis Saunders (2).

O-M led 19-8 after one period and 41-14 at halftime. Campbell-Savona is now 2-3.

"We really moved the ball well on offense in that first half and got a lot of good looks for everyone," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich.

The Indians return to action Wednesday at home against Spencer-Van Etten in a key divisional contest.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour won 61-19. Grace Vondracek led the Indians with 15 points, while Hannah Chapman scored 12 and Autumn Garrison 11.

Athletes of the Week: Pike and Tague

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 18 -- This week we honor a basketball player and a swimmer as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike (left) earns the honor for a 29-point, 14-rebound, 5-steal performance that led her Senecas to an IAC basketball victory over Elmira Notre Dame. In the process she passed the 1,000-point level in her high school career.

Odessa-Montour's Billy Tague (right) earns the other nod for a 4-victory performance as his swim team narrowly missed beating Waverly. He won the 200 Individual Medley with a personal-best time, won the 500 Freestyle, and was on the winning 200 Medley Relay and 200 Free Relay teams.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen wrestlers Parker Arcangeli and Ethan Voorheis; O-M basketball players Gillian Clark and Curtis Harris; Watkins Glen basketball player Mariah Gonzalez; Watkins Glen bowler Dakota Evans; Watkins Glen swimmer AJ Specchio; and O-M swimmers Andy Fudala and Alec Betts.

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

Glen wrestlers place 6th at C-S tourney

CAMPBELL, Dec. 17 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team went 2-6 and finished 6th Saturday at the Campbell-Savona Dual Tournament, but came home with an award:

"We were selected by the officials as the Sportsmanship team," said Coach Nils Watson.

"Holes in the lineup hurt us," said Watson of the day's competition. "It cost us wins against Penn Yan and Dansville."

Parker Arcangeli and Ethan Voorheis led the Senecas, each with 7-0 records. Voorheis was undefeated at the tourney last year, as well. Dylan Bradley registered a 6-1 mark.

Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond (22) moves past a Notre Dame defender. Right: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez drives to the basket. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Glen girls defeat Notre Dame; Pike tops 1,000 career points

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 16 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team continued unbeaten Friday night as it ran away from Elmira Notre Dame, 59-38, behind 29 points, 14 rebounds and 5 steals by Amanda Pike -- including her 1,000th career point.

The Senecas, now 4-0, built a 19-10 lead through one period of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference game and then turned the game into a rout, outscoring the Crusaders 14-2 in the second period for a 33-12 advantage at intermission.

The game was stopped after Pike's first basket of the third quarter, with Coach Alicia Learn and teammates congratulating her as the 1,000-point career feat was announced to the hometown crowd. Pike then went to the stands to hug her parents.

Scoring in addition to Pike for Watkins were Mariah Gonzalez (11 points, with 8 rebounds, 4 steals, 4 assists and 2 blocks), Emmie Bond (9 points with 8 rebounds and 2 steals), Taylor Kelly (7 points, with 4 steals and 2 rebounds), Clara Chedzoy (2 points with 4 assists and 2 rebounds), and Ryanna LaMoreaux (1 point). Hannah Morse registered 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals.

The team was 15-for-23 at the foul line, including 10-for-13 by Pike.

Notre Dame was led by Mary Foster's 14 points, and 9 by Courtney Crater. The Crusaders were 8-for-14 from the foul line.

"It was a good win for us," said Coach Learn. "It's nice to have this momentum going into our tournament this week. I am very happy for Amanda Pike scoring her 1,000th point tonight."

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Notre Dame in overtime, 35-28, to improve to 3-1. Danielle Leszyk scored 13 points with 5 rebounds, 7 steals and 5 assists; Adrienna Solomon scored 8 points; Kelsey Kernan scored 5 points and grabbed 10 rebounds; Kathryn Losey scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds; and Jena Slater scored 4 points.

Photos in text:
Top:
Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike rebounds. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: JV players Amanda Wilbur, left, and Jena Slater with food purchased during the varsity game.

Amanda Pike (14) is congratulated by coaches Bub Chaffee and Ralph Diliberto (right) as teammates and Coach Alicia Learn applaud after Pike reached 1,000 points.

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, left, dribbles past a Notre Dame player. Right:Amanda Pike after game with congratulatory flowers. (Photo on right by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Jena Slater (10) fights for possession of the ball. Right: The Senecas' Adrienna Solomon drives past ND's Anna Milazzo. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Odessa girls top Tioga, improve to 6-1

TIOGA CENTER, Dec. 16 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Gillian Clark's 14 points and 8 rebounds -- defeated Tioga 46-27 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Tioga gym.

The win lifted the Indians' season mark to 6-1 (and 3-1 in IAC play), while Tioga slipped to 3-2, 2-2.

Odessa built a 14-8 lead in the first period and was up 27-10 at halftime and 35-15 through three quarters.

In addition to Clark, O-M got points from Kennedey Heichel (8, with 4 steals and 4 assists), Alexis Saunders (7, with 5 steals), Sage Garrison (6, with 4 steals), Nakiaha Robinson (6, with 3 assists), and Olivia Grover (5, with 11 rebounds). The team was 9-for-12 at the foul line.

"We really put the clamps down on them on the defensive end," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "The girls came out fired up and played with great intensity in what was a very important game for us in our division. That was the difference tonight."

The win, he noted, was O-M's first at Tioga since 2005, and constituted "a great bounce-back performance for us" following a loss in the previous game. "We got some balanced scoring and had five different players hit 3-pointers." The team had seven 3-pointers in all.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Nick Sgrecci shoots. Right: The Indians' Brandon Ray passes.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to Tioga, 59-43

ODESSA, Dec. 16 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team dug itself a deep hole and couldn't climb out of it Friday night as it dropped a 59-43 decision to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians -- unable to drive to the basket in the early going -- fell behind 19-2 in the first quarter, and were down 28-6 midway through the second period before reaching intermission behind 30-13.

Curtis Harris scored 10 of his 24 points in the third period as the Indians closed to within 14 poins, 44-30, entering the final period. Another 8 points by Harris in the final period wasn't enough, though, to bring O-M back.

"The difference tonight," said O-M Coach Mike Johnston, "was the Tioga point guard, Nick Klossner, who scored 24 points. We didn't contain him. He penetrated, drew fouls, made 3's and finished by making free throws. Everything ran though him tonight.

"Our goal is to just keep improving on both ends of the floor, stressing the fundamentals and competing on every possession. We showed that competitiveness in the second, third and fourth quarters."

In addition to Harris's 24 points, the Indians got 9 from Zach Elliott, 5 from Nick Sgrecci, 3 from Brandon Ray and 2 from Noah Austin. They converted 3 of 7 free throws.

While Tioga's Klossner matched Harris's 24 points, Scott Siberski scored 10. The Tigers converted 8 of 10 free throws.

The loss dropped the Indians' season mark to 2-3, while Tioga improved to 3-2. O-M returns to action Tuesday at Spencer-Van Etten.

Junior Varsity: Tioga defeated Odessa-Montour, 46-26.

Photo in text: O-M's Curtis Harris shoots. He scored 24 points.

Watkins boys fall to Notre Dame, 61-45

SOUTHPORT, Dec. 16 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team saw its record slip to 0-4 Friday night when it dropped a 61-45 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the ND gym.

The Senecas fell behind 14-2, but chipped away at the deficit, pulling within six points at halftime, 29-23. Notre Dame pulled away gradually in the second half, outscoring the Senecas 18-12 in the third quarter and 14-10 in the fourth.

"We're seeing a little improvement," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "We are having stretches of good basketball. We'll keep working at it."

Max Schimizzi led Watkins with 15 points and 6 rebounds, while Connor Seeley-Ion scored 13 points. Other scoring came from Michael Doane (5 points), Joe Chedzoy (4) and Dayne Hughey (4). Seeley-Ion had 4 assists and 3 steals, while Chedzoy had 4 assists and 4 rebounds.

The team returns to action Tuesday night at Edison, and then plays Thursday at Candor.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 2-2 with a 61-49 victory over Notre Dame. Isaac McIlroy led the Senecas with 19 points, while Owen Scholtisek scored 12, and Max Evans and Dylan Markley 10 apiece.

Watkins Glen's Dakota Evans prepares to deliver another strike. She rolled a 593 series.

Bowling: Watkins girls win, boys lose

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 16 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team posted a 3-1 victory Friday over Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes. The Watkins boys fell to Waverly, 4-0.

Dakota Evans led the girls with a 593 series as the Senecas lost the first game, 750-680, before winning the second game (782-706), the third game (824-800) and total pinfall, 2286-2256.

Evans amassed her score on games of 190-195-208. Liz Mason also topped 500, at 504, while Nikole VanDyke rolled a 441.

"I am real pleased with the way the girls bowled today," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "They started off dropping the first game to a very good Waverly team. A lot of teams would have quit, but Liz Mason and Dakota Evans showed great senior leadership and they took the next two games.

"Dakota bowled exceptionally well. It was probably the best birthday present she could have asked for." (Evans turned 18 on Thursday.)

The Watkins boys lost to the powerhouse Wolverines, who had six bowlers with 500 series. The Senecas lost the first two games substantially before coming close in the third, falling 831-829. Waverly won total pinfall by a 2765-2438 margin.

Watkins was led by Nathaniel Rose's 510 series, while Conlin Wysocki posted a 508 and Wrett Brower a 470.

"The boys continue to improve," said Coach Brower, "and will be ready when the postseason arrives."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Nikole VanDyke uses body English on a spare attempt.
Bottom: The Senecas' John Reed, left, and a Waverly bowler follow through.

Left: Watkins Glen's Liz Mason. Right: The Senecas' Conlin Wysocki reacts to a spare.

Bowling: Odessa boys win, girls lose

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 15 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity bowling team won a close battle 3-1 Thursday over Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Owego Bowl.

Odessa won the first game by four pins, 763-759. It lost the second game 854-777 and then rallied to win the third game 868-788 to take total pinfall by seven pins, 2408-2401.

Alex Grady led the charge with a 562 series that included a 210 game. Andrew Ink added a 482 and Eric Rumsey a 481.

The O-M girls lost 4-0 as Candor outpointed them 2442-1790. Jackie Vincent led Odessa with a 409 series, while Carolyn Arias posted a 362 and Taylor Sykes a 357.

Odessa returns to action at home Tuesday against Lansing.

Watkins wrestlers edge Whitney Point

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 14 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team opened its dual-meet season on a positive note Wednesday night, edging Whitney Point 42-41 in a match in the WGHS small gym.

Forfeits played a key role, with Watkins Glen benefitting by six of them, and Whitney Point by five as both squads dealt with thin rosters. The outcome also hinged on the final competitive match, where Watkins Glen's Parker Arcangeli gave the Senecas the extra point they needed by not getting pinned in a lopsided loss.

Arcangeli, wrestling at 195 pounds (a weight class higher than usual, in an effort by Coach Nils Watson to block a 6-point forfeit), was losing to Whitney Point's Dylan Dunham (who was on the way to his 100th career victory) by a 13-0 score after two periods. The Whitney Point coach was yelling to Dunham to pin Arcangeli -- not to register any take-downs or the match could end with a 5-point technical fall instead of a 6-point pin. With five points, the Eagles -- up 36-30 -- would end up with 41 points ... and that wouldn't be enough.

A 41-30 lead might look good on the scoreboard, but it wouldn't really be. Not on a night full of forfeits.

For his part, Watson was urging his wrestler on: "Don't get pinned!" And Arcangeli fought off one such attempt in the third period before the referee awarded Dunham four more points and a 17-0 tech fall victory ... and the die was cast. Watkins Glen won the final two matches -- as the coaches knew it would -- on forfeits at 220 and 285 pounds, climbing from 30 points on the scoreboard to 42 and the victory.

Neither team had a 99-pound wrestler, and then Watkins dropped forfeits at 106, 113, 126, 145 and 152 pounds. It won on forfeits at 120,160, 170, 182, 220 and 285 pounds.

"We had the big guys and they had the little guys," said Watson, whose squad will get plenty of action this weekend at the Campbell-Savona Duals.

The only competitive bout the Senecas won Wednesday was by Jake Johnson -- a pin in 1:26 at 132 pounds. Sean Kelly lost by a fall at 138, and Arcangeli by the tech fall at 195.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Jake Johnson (right) on the way to victory at 132 pounds.
Bottom: The Senecas' Parker Arcangeli (right) early in his bout, which he lost.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Jon Andrews shoots. Right: Odessa's Zach Elliott drives to the basket. (Photos by Mike Stamp)

Odessa boys top Candor in overtime

ODESSA, Dec. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team battled back from a 20-15 halftime deficit to post a 51-46 overtime victory Tuesday night over Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Odessa, now 2-2 overall and 1-1 in league play, was led by Noah Austin's 17 points, 13 by Curtis Harris, and 12 by Zach Elliott. Also scoring were Brandon Ray (5 points), Nick Sgrecci (2) and Jon Andrews (2). The team struggled at the foul line, converting just 12 of 27 attempts.

Candor, led by Jon Quick's 14 points and Steven Kern's 11, converted 6 of 9 free throws.

O-M trailed in the final moments of regulation when Harris drove the middle, was fouled, and sank one of two free throws to tie the game 44-44 and send it to overtime -- where the home team outscored Candor 7-2.

Odessa returns to action Friday at home against Tioga.

Junior Varsity: Candor defeated Odessa-Montour 63-39.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Curtis Harris meets traffic as he drives to the basket. (Photo by Mike Stamp)

Left: O-M's Noah Austin looks to shoot. Right: Odessa's Nick Sgrecci drives to the basket. (Photos by Mike Stamp)

Watkins boys fall to Tburg; now 0-3

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 13 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team battled back from a deep hole Tuesday night, but couldn't catch up to Trumansburg, dropping a 60-49 decision to the Raiders in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House.

Michael Doane and Connor Seeley-Ion led the Senecas back from a 52-30 third-quarter deficit, each scoring 8 fourth-quarter points. But even a 19-8 advantage in that final period couldn't bring the Senecas close enough to challenge before time expired.

Doane led the team with 22 points, including 6 of the team's 11 three-pointers. Seeley-Ion had 4 threes for his 12 points, and Dayne Hughey had one among his 11 points. Other points came from Alex Gibson (2) and Max Schimizzi (2).

Hughey led the team in rebounds with 5, and Seeley-Ion in assists with 4.

"We played pretty good for the first quarter-and-a-half," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, whose squad led 15-13 after one period, but was down 34-23 by halftime. Trumansburg then scored the first 8 points of the third period to build a 42-23 lead, and was up by 22 when the period ended.

"We fell apart there in the last half of the second quarter and in the third," said Fazzary, "but then we played pretty good again in the fourth. That's what happens when you have a young team. They have trouble sometimes putting together four good quarters."

Trumansburg was led by 27 points (including 9-for-9 from the foul line) from Austin Grunder, who Fazzary called "maybe the best player in Section IV. He makes it tough on defenses."

The Senecas return to action Friday when they visit Notre Dame.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen won its first game in three tries, defeating Trumansburg 61-35. Isaac McIlroy led the Senecas with 27 points, while Max Evans scored 11 and Owen Scholtisek scored 8.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Alex Gibson maneuvers past a Trumansburg defender.
Bottom: The Senecas' Dayne Hughey shoots in traffic.

From left: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy, Connor Seeley-Ion and Michael Doane.

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike drives toward the basket. Right: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez shoots. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls rout Trumansburg, 68-13

TRUMANSBURG, Dec. 13 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team got double-digit scoring from four players Tuesday night as it defeated Trumansburg 68-13 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Tburg gym.

The Senecas, now 3-0, were led by Amanda Pike's 14 points and 5 steals, Taylor Kelly's 14 points and 5 rebounds, Mariah Gonzalez's 13 points and 6 rebounds, and Ryanna LaMoreaux's 10 points and 8 rebounds.

Other points came from Julia Reilly (6, with 2 rebounds), Katlyn Kernan (4), Hannah Morse (3, with 9 assists and 3 steals), Emmie Bond (2, with 2 rebounds), and Clara Chedzoy (2).

Watkins Glen led 27-3 after one period, 41-5 at halftime, and 58-8 after three periods. The Senecas were 6 for 9 from the foul line.

"I was proud of how the girls came ready to play," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "They played really well as a team."

The Senecas return to action Friday at home against Notre Dame.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 2-1 with a 59-9 victory over Trumansburg. Kelsey Kernan and Kathryn Losey each scored 9 points, while Aislinn Klemann and Ali LaMoreaux scored 8 apiece.

Photo in text: Watkins' Hannah Morse, right, passes the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins' Ryanna LaMoreaux (2, left) and Taylor Kelly (right). (Photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

In the JV game, Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk (3) and Kelsey Kernan (20) shoot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

O-M girls lose to Candor, fall to 5-1

ODESSA, Dec. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team sustained its first loss of the season Tuesday night, falling to Candor 43-42 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Candor gym.

"We were not prepared nor ready to play tonight, and we paid dearly for it," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We let them hang around and then some breaks went their way and that was that."

He termed it "a costly, costly division loss that puts the pressure on us Friday at Tioga."

Nakiaha Robinson led the team with 15 points while Gillian Clark scored 13, Olivia Grover 6, Kennedey Heichel 4, and Sara Gardner 4.

O-M is now 5-1 overall and 2-1 in league play. Candor is 4-3 and 1-2.

Odessa-Montour's Billy Tague dives at the start of a leg of the 200 Freestyle Relay.

Odessa swimmers fall short, 48-46

ODESSA, Dec. 13 -- It came down to the last race Tuesday as the Odessa-Montour varsity swim team sought its fourth straight win, and this against always tough Waverly. All the Indians needed was second place to win the meet.

But the Indians, who had provided valiant effort after valiant effort up to then, had used all of their best swimmers to get there, and so Waverly took first and second place in the 400 Free Relay to win the Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet 48-46.

"It's a little heartbreaking," said O-M Coach Terri Brace, who said she had "loaded up" in the first two relay races -- the 200 Medley Relay and 200 Free Relay -- and had won both. But with her best swimmers having been in the maximum-allowed four events, she turned to game but mostly younger swimmers who just couldn't keep pace with Waverly's final-race lineup.

The loss left the Indians' season mark a more than respectable 3-1, but a loss so tantalizingly close left some of the swimmers shaking their heads. The Indians won six of the day's 11 events, and finished second in four races.

Posting individual wins were Alec Betts in the 200 Free (2:12.82), Billy Tague in the 200 Individual Medley (2:17.83) and the 500 Free (5:34.82), and Andy Fudala in the 100 Breaststroke (1:12.29).

Also winning were those first two relay squads: Betts, Fudala, Tague and Noah Angle in the 200 Medley Relay (1:58.57), and Angle, Fudala, Betts and Tague in the 200 Free Relay (1:44.84, which barely edged Waverly's 1:45.37).

Second places were registered by Fudala in the 50 Free, Brett Walters in the 100 Fly, Noah Brewster in the 100 Back, and Betts in the 100 Breast.

"The meet was close throughout, and was tied after the 200 Free Relay and the 100 Back," said Odessa-Montour Coach Terri Brace. "O-M pulled ahead after Andy Fudala and Alec Betts finished 1-2 in the 100 Breast. To win the meet, we had to place first or second in the final relay, but Waverly finished 1-2. The O-M guys left it all in the pool. There were many personal best times, including by our Medley and 200 Free Relay. I was disappointed with the outcome of the meet, but very proud of the way O-M performed as a team. They really came together, and they fought as hard as they could."

Personal records included:

--Billy Tague in the 200 IM
--Brett Walters in the 200 IM and the 100 Fly
--Noah Angle in the 50 and 100 Free
--Kyle Frasier in the 100 Fly
--Cameron Adams in the 500 Free
--Noah Brewster in the 100 Back
--Tyler Carson in the 100 Back

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Andy Fudala on the way to victory in the 100 Breaststroke.
Middle: The Indians' Brett Walters competes in the 200 IM. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)
Bottom: Odessa's Garrett Allen nears the surface after diving in the 200 Free Relay.

O-M's Noah Brewster on way to second place in the 100 Back. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)

Watkins Glen's Aidan DeBolt (top) dives at start of the 50 Freestyle, which he won.

Watkins swimmers lose to Lansing

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 13 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team dropped a 98-79 decision to Lansing Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

Watkins Glen got first-place finishes from AJ Specchio in the 200 Individual Medley (2:26.47) and the 500 Free (5:38.33), and from Aidan DeBolt in the 50 Free (23.46).

Second-place finishes were posted by Dakota Cole in the 200 Free and 500 Free, Scott Brubaker in diving, DeBolt in the 100 Free, Will Fitzsimmons in the 100 Back, and Rong Lin in the 100 Breast.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Odessa-Montour.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's AJ Specchio on the way to victory in the 200 Individual Medley.

Bottom: The Senecas' Will Fitzsimmons hits the water at start of the 200 Individual Medley, where he placed third.

Odessa bowlers fall to U.S./Port Byron

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams lost 4-0 decisions Tuesday to Union Springs/Port Byron in matches at Harborside Lanes.

The boys lost all three games and total pinfall, 2664-2408. Alex Grady led the Indians with a 519 series, while Joe Glosenger posted a 514 and Eric Rumsey a 510.

The girls lost their three games, outpointed by Union Springs/Port Byron 1909-1654. Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 374 series, while Grace Edger registered a 340, Carolyn Arias a 305, and Taylor Sykes a 298.

The Indians return to action Thursday at Owego Bowl against Candor.

Photo in text: O-M's Taylor Sykes reacts as her spare attempt wanders too far right.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Alex Grady follows through. Right: The Indians' Trevor Dunn misses a spare attempt.

Athletes: 2 from O-M, 2 from Watkins

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 11 -- This week we honor as Odessa File Athletes of the Week four students who had outstanding weeks on the court, the track and the mat: two basketball players, a runner and a wrestler.

At Odessa-Montour, one nod goes to Gillian Clark, who led her basketball team to two victories and a 5-0 season record with performances of 15 points and 9 rebounds, and 21 points and 10 rebounds. The other O-M honoree is wrestler Cameron Pickering, who went 9-0 at the Arkport Duals and won two other matches earlier as Odessa defeated Moravia and Edison.

At Watkins Glen, Patrick Hazlitt earns one of the nods for setting a new school record in the 1600 Meter Run while winning the event at the Bomber Invitational, breaking the mark he set last year. And he was part of another school record in the 4x200 Relay. The other honoree is Amanda Pike, who led her basketball team to two victories by scoring 26 and 22 points as the Senecas kicked off their season in pursuit of a third straight sectional title.

Double Honorable: O-M basketball's Olivia Grover; O-M wrestlers Dylan Houseknecht, Alex Repass, Jeremiah Lynch and John Kuparinen; Watkins Glen tracksters Jacob Carocci, Aaron Planty and Josh Updyke; O-M basketball's Zach Elliott; Watkins Glen basketball's Max Schimizzi; Watkins Glen bowler Dakota Evans; Watkins swimmer AJ Specchio; and O-M swimmers Billy Tague, Andy Fudala and Alec Betts.

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

Odessa-Montour's Jeremiah Lynch, left, during his 160-pound bout against East Rochester's Shaun Allen. Lynch won with a 4-1 decision. (Photo provided)

O-M wrestlers post 5-4 record at Duals

ARKPORT, Dec. 11 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team held its own against teams from Section 5 during the Friday-Saturday Arkport Duals.

The Indians (Section 4) posted five wins in nine matches, defeating Arkport 42-30, Avon-Geneseo 42-39, East Rochester 39-35, Fillmore 54-6, and Wayland-Cohocton 39-21.

O-M lost to Alfred Almond 48-36, Caledonia Mumford 46-42, Hornell 60-22, and Wellsville 42-36.

Cameron Pickering (182 pounds) led the way for O-M with a 9-0 mark that included five competitive victories and four by forfeit. Dylan Houseknecht was 8-1 at 285 pounds, including five competitive wins and three by forfeit. Alex Repass was 7-2 (four competitive wins and three by forfeit at 220), Jeremiah Lynch was 7-2 (four competitive wins and three by forfeit at 160), and John Kuparinen was 7-2 (three competitive wins and four by forfeit at 182).

In addition, Josiah Lynch was 6-3 at 106 pounds; Jacob Zimmer 6-3 at 145 pounds; Daniel Minnier 5-4 at 152 pounds; Andrew Hartford 4-5 at 120 pounds; and Collin Haag 1-2 at 138 pounds.

Photo in text: O-M's Dylan Houseknecht (right) on way to win against Mike Dye of East Rochester at 285 pounds. (Photo provided)

Left: O-M's John Kuparinen (left) on way to win over East Rochester's Dan Coady-Bannister at 182 pounds. Right: O-M's Alex Repass pins East Rochester's Jacob House at 220 pounds. (Photos provided)

Local XC youths compete in Jr. Olympics

Special to The Odessa File

HOOVER, Ala., Dec. 11-- Liam Smith, 9, and Nick Bonsignore, 10, of Watkins Glen and Jaxyn Mahoney, 9, of Corning all ran Saturday in the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in Hoover, Ala.

They had qualified for the 3K race for 9- and 10-year-olds by competing successfully at the recent Region 2 Championships held at Morris Plains, NJ.

Mahoney finished 15th Saturday out of 341 runners in 11:49.85, while Smith was 151st in 13:17.04, and Bonsignore 227th in 13:47.55. The winning time was 11:06.67.

The three boys have been training with the Corning-based SOAR running club.

Left: O-M's Brandon Ray shoots. Right: The Indians' Zach Elliott drives to the basket.

O-M boys edge Northeast Bradford

ODESSA, Dec. 10 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team -- led by Zach Elliott's 21 points -- posted its first win of the season Saturday, edging Northeast Bradford 46-45 in a non-league contest in the O-M gym.

The game, tight throughout, hinged on free throws: Odessa (now 1-2) converted 19 of 27, including 14 of 18 in the fourth quarter. Elliott, who scored 9 of his points in the first half, was 8-for-9 from the foul line in the second half, including 5-for-6 in the fourth quarter.

Curtis Harris added 14 points, going 8-for-12 from the foul line, including 6-for-8 in the final period. Noah Austin, who scored five points, was 3-for-4 at the line in the fourth quarter.

Other points came from Nick Sgrecci (4) and Brandon Ray (2).

By contrast, Northeast Bradford -- a Pennsylvania team in its first game of the season -- had 9 opportunities at the free-throw line, converting 7 of them. The squad was led by David Ford, who scored 14 points.

"A key to the victory," said Odessa Coach Mike Johnston, "was we did a better job taking care of the ball, and we made free throws down the stretch."

The first half saw several lead changes. The first quarter ended in a 12-12 tie, with O-M moving ahead 21-20 shortly before intermission on an Elliott 3-pointer. Northeast Bradford had the advantage again after three periods, 32-30, leading to the final-quarter O-M free throws.

Odessa returns to action in a league game at home Tuesday against Candor.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour came from behind to defeat Northeast Bradford 52-47. Derrick Lewis led the Indians with 16 points as they overcame a 29-19 halftime deficit. Devon Roth added 14 points, and Paden Grover 11.

Photo in text: O-M's Noah Austin, right, battles for possession of the ball.

Left: O-M's Curtis Harris looks to pass. Right: O-M's Nick Sgrecci goes up for a shot.

WG school records fall at Bomber meet

ITHACA, Dec. 10 -- Three Watkins Glen High School indoor track records fell Saturday as the Senecas competed in the Bomber Invitational at Ithaca College against 48 other teams.

Patrick Hazlitt broke his own school record in the 1600 Meter Run when he placed first among 67 runners in a time of 4:24.7, improving on his old mark of 4:26.8. Teammate Sam Hanley placed 4th with a personal-best of 4:44.6.

Jacob Carocci set a new school mark in the High Jump, placing 12th with a leap of 5'4". The old school mark was 5'2". And the 4x200 Relay team of Aaron Planty, Carocci, Hazlitt and Josh Updyke set a school mark of 1:40.5 while placing 8th. The previous record of 1:44.8 was set several years ago.

In addition, Planty placed 9th in the 3200 Meter race with personal-best time of 10:21.59, and Updyke was 9th in the 55 Meters in 6.9 seconds.

"Our team set goals of trying to break records this season, and they are continuing to do so," said Watkins Glen Coach Kelly Sterner. "We are small but powerful, using our talents to succeed."

Photo in text: From left: Watkins Glen's Aaron Planty, Josh Updyke, Patrick Hazlitt and Sam Hanley at the Bomber Invitational. (Photo provided)

Left: Watkins' Michael Doane shoots. Right: The Senecas' Max Schimizzi wins the tipoff.

Watkins boys squander lead, lose 52-50

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 9 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team seemed to have Friday night's game against Tioga in hand, but an 11-point lead disappeared in the fourth quarter en route to a 52-50 Interscholastic Athletic Conference loss in the Field House gym.

"This was one of the most disappointing losses in all the games I've coached," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "I rate it right up there."

The Senecas gave up 11 three-pointers in the game, including four in the final period and two in the closing minute. Eight of them were by Lucas Klossner, accounting for all of his 24 points.

Watkins Glen led early, 10-4, was caught at 10-10, and then went on a run to open a 10-point lead in the second quarter, 21-11. Tioga closed to within four at halftime, 25-21, but a 20-13 third period lifted the Senecas up 45-34 entering the fourth period.

Tioga rallied, though, outscoring Watkins 18-5 down the stretch, overcoming a 50-46 deficit in that final minute with a pair of 3-pointers by Klossner within a few seconds of each other.

"To have control and let it slip away ..." said Fazzary, and he stopped. "Well, we just have to get better."

The loss dropped the Senecas to 0-2 heading into a home contest Tuesday night against Trumansburg. Tioga is now 2-1.

Max Schimizzi led Watkins scorers with 19 points, while Dayne Hughey scored 12, Connor Seeley-Ion 11, Michael Doane 6, and Joseph Chedzoy 2. The team was 6-for-10 from the foul line, while Tioga was 5-for-11.

Seeley-Ion led the team in assists and rebounds (6 each) and tied for the lead in steals (with Alex Gibson) with 3. Hughey had 5 rebounds, while Chedzoy had 4 assists.

Junior Varsity: Tioga defeated Watkins Glen 52-43. Owen Scholtisek and Isaac McIlroy scored 12 points each for the Senecas, while Dylan Markley scored 9.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Connor Seeley-Ion drives to the basket.
Bottom: The Senecas' Joe Chedzoy brings the ball upcourt.

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike shoots. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly puts up a shot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls top Tioga, 57-42; now 2-0

TIOGA CENTER, Dec. 9 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by Amanda Pike's 26 points -- defeated Tioga 57-42 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Tioga gym.

Watkins Glen (2-0) raced out to a 21-8 first-quarter lead, was up 30-16 at halftime, and was ahead 49-27 entering the final period.

In addition to her 26 points, Pike grabbed 4 rebounds and had 3 steals. Other points came from:

--Clara Chedzoy (8, with 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal);
--Taylor Kelly (7, with 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals);
--Ryanna LaMoreaux (6, with 2 rebounds, 2 steals and a block);
--Hannah Morse (5, with 3 rebounds and 4 assists);
--Mariah Gonzalez (3, with 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block), and
--Kendra Larson (2)

"I was proud of the girls tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "They played well. It was nice to see everyone was able to contribute tonight."

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Trumansburg.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Tioga 30-29. Danielle Leszyk scored 12 points and had 5 rebounds. Adrie Solomon had 7 points and 8 rebounds. Jena Slater scored 5 points, and Kelsey Kernan had 2 points and 13 rebounds.

Photo in text: Watkins' Mariah Gonzalez drives toward the hoop. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux, left, fights for the ball. Right: The Senecas' Hannah Morse (3) shoots. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: O-M's Olivia Grover looks to shoot. Right: The Indians' Sara Gardner drives.

O-M girls defeat NV, improve to 5-0

ODESSA, Dec. 9 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team improved to 5-0 for the first time since the 2010-11 season Friday night by defeating Newark Valley 50-34 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians were led by Gillian Clark's 15 points and 9 rebounds, and Olivia Grover's 14 points and 11 rebounds. Nakiaha Robinson added 9 points, Sara Gardner 5, Kennedey Heichel 4 (with 5 assists), and Sage Garrison 3.

And Alyssa Crout, said Coach Greg Gavich, "didn't score, but had 6 rebounds and did a lot of important little things on the defensive end that were big."

Newark Valley, afer trailing 13-2 in the first quarter and 25-14 at halftime, hung around, pulling within six points at 32-26 early in the fourth period. But O-M pulled away from there, outscoring the Cardinals 18-8 down the stretch.

"This was good for us," said Gavich. "We had to work for the entire 32 minutes and battle through some poor shooting over the first three quarters as well as some foul trouble. Once we settled down in the fourth quarter, we took some better shots and got some key baskets to finish off a scrappy team."

The Indians return to action next week with games at Candor and Tioga.

Photo in text: O-M's Nahiaha Robinson is fouled as she drives toward the basket.

Left: O-M's Sage Garrison sends a free throw on its way. Right: The Indians' Gillian Clark (44) is fouled as she shoots.

O-M's Kennedey Heichel (3) battles two diving NV players for possession of the ball.

Odessa-Montour's Grace Edger pumps her fist after converting a spare against Edison.

Bowling: Odessa boys win; girls edged

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 9 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity bowling team lost a tight match Friday, falling 3-1 to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes.

O-M won just the second game, 636-571, losing the first and third games and total score by just two pins, 1905-1903. Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 486 series, while Grace Edger posted a 410.

The Odessa boys won 4-0 in the absence of all but one Edison bowler. The Indians posted a 752-816-760=2328 series, led by Marcus Getman's 512 and Alex Grady's 472.

Odessa returns to action Tuesday at home against Union Springs.

Photo in text: O-M's Jackie Vincent leans as she converts a spare.

Left: O-M's Marcus Getman reacts to a strike. Right: The Indians' Carolyn Arias reacts as her ball starts to move left on a spare attempt that she missed.

Bowling: Glen girls top NV, boys fall

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 8 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team defeated Newark Valley 4-0 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match. The Watkins boys lost 3-1.

Dakota Evans rolled a 577 (including a 223) to lead the girls to 2189-1909 victory. Nikole VanDyke added a 423, Liz Mason a 422 and Nancy Jackson a 401.

The boys lost the first two games and total pinfall, 2768-2476. Conlin Wysocki led the team with a 566 (including a 204), while Nathaniel Rose rolled a 526 and Wrett Brower a 487.

Watkins Glen's AJ Specchio on the way to winning the 500 Yard Freestyle race.

Watkins swimmers top Southern Cayuga

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 8 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team posted an 81-72 victory Thursday over Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The meet, close throughout, saw the Senecas come from behind with a win in the 200 Freestyle Relay-- the fourth to last of 11 scored events -- and ice the victory with a win in the 400 Free Relay.

"We swam well against a revitalized Southern Cayuga team with some strong performances tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt. "Times continue to drop and AJ Specchio continued his streak with another four wins while Aidan DeBolt had three wins.

"Everyone did a nice job, especially our new swimmers who are working so hard to compete and contribute. I also wanted to say a special thank you to Lexi Castellaneta for working with our divers this season. Scott Brubaker dove in exhibition for the first time and successfully completed six dives. It's a privilege to work with young people like these."

Wins were posted for Watkins Glen by Specchio in the 200 Individual Medley and 500 Freestyle, and he was on the winning 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay squads (with Nate Wickham, Dakota Cole and Aidan DeBolt).

DeBolt also won the 50 Free in 24.16 and was second in the 100 Free in 53.55, just 17 hundredths of a second behind Southern Cayuga's Maximilian Fenzl. Will Fitzsimmons won the 100 Backstroke in 1:10.01.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Aidan DeBolt enters the water at start of the 100 Free.

From left: Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham and Will Fitzsimmons -- and Scott Brubaker in a diving exhibition.

Watkins Glen's Dakota Cole competes in the 100 Yard Butterfly, where he finished second.

Odessa swimmers top Dryden, 106-64

DRYDEN, Dec. 8 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team got four wins each from Billy Tague, Andy Fudala and Alec Betts while posting a 106-64 victory over Dryden Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Dryden pool. The Indians are now 3-0.

Odessa won all three relays as follows:

200 Medley Relay: Betts, Fudala, Tague and Brett Walters 2:00.71
200 Free Relay: Fudala, Noah Angle, Bailey Hornbrook and Kyle Frasier 1:55.72
400 Free Relay: Betts, Walters, Tague and Angle 4:11.79

Individual wins:

--Alec Betts in the 200 IM (2:30.68) and 500 Free (6:05.59)
--Billy Tague in the 50 Free (24.39) and 100 Fly (1:01.16)
--Andy Fudala in the 100 Free (1:00.99) and 100 Breast (1:11.67)

Second places:

--Cameron Adams in the 500 Free (PR, personal record)
--Noah Brewster in the 100 Back (PR)

Other PRs:

--Adams in the 200 Free
--Jacob Mayette in the 200 Free
--Kyle Frasier in the 200 Free
--Brett Walters in the 200 IM and 100 Fly
--Noah Angle in the 50 Free
--Bailey Hornbrook in the 100 Free
--Micah Brewster in the 100 Free

"I'm very happy with tonight's performance by the O-M guys," said Odessa Coach Terri Brace. "They are all improving and making strides toward their individual and team goals."

Photo in text: The Odessa-Montour swimmers stopped at Fire House Subs in Ithaca after their victory Thursday over Dryden. (Photo provided)

O-M wrestlers top Moravia, Edison

MORAVIA, Dec. 7 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team opened its season with a pair of victories Wednesday night, defeating Moravia 60-18 and Edison 63-12 in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at the Moravia school gym.

Odessa-Montour 60, Moravia 18

145: Jacob Zimmer (OM) over Corey Jackson (MCS) (Fall 0:42)
152: Daniel Minnier (OM) over Nick Yowan (MCS) (Fall 1:51)
160: Jeremiah Lynch (OM) over Nate Williams (MCS) (Dec 7-4)
170: Cameron Pickering (OM) over Joe Shoemaker (MCS) (Dec 15-9)
182: John Kuparinen (OM) over (MCS) (For.)
195: Deshawn Johnson (OM) over Max Fedrizzi (MCS) (Fall 1:14)
220: Alex Repass (OM) over Carson Ferris (MCS) (Fall 0:38)
285: Dylan Houseknecht (OM) over Tylor Compton (MCS) (Fall 1:12)
99: Double Forfeit
106: Josiah Lynch (OM) over (MCS) (For.)
113: Jacob Stockton (MCS) over (OM) (For.)
120: Andrew Hartford (OM) over Levi Tetreault (MCS) (Fall 3:15)
126: Nate Eberhardt (MCS) over (OM) (For.)
132: Hunter Purdy (MCS) over Rimski Lockwood (OM) (Fall 0:45)
138: Collin Haag (OM) over Carter Lucas (MCS) (Fall 0:38)

Odessa-Montour 63, Thomas A. Edison 12

138: Collin Haag (OM) over Keagan Mawhir (TAE) (Fall 2:41)
145: Jacob Zimmer (OM) over Devon Walker (TAE) (Fall 0:20)
152: Daniel Minnier (OM) over (TAE) (For.)
160: Jeremiah Lynch (OM) over (TAE) (For.)
170: Cameron Pickering (OM) over Corbin Barchet (TAE) (Fall 1:31)
182: John Kuparinen (OM) over Antonio Steinhauer (TAE) (Dec 7-1)
195: Deshawn Johnson (OM) over Brandon Snyder (TAE) (Fall 3:14)
220: Alex Repass (OM) over Gavin Morrison (TAE) (Fall 0:23)
285: Dylan Houseknecht (OM) over (TAE) (For.)
99: Double Forfeit
106: Angelo Steinhauer (TAE) over Josiah Lynch (OM) (Fall 5:42)
113: Double Forfeit
120: Andrew Hartford (OM) over (TAE) (For.)
126: Tyler Lewis (TAE) over (OM) (For.)
132: Rimski Lockwood (OM) over (TAE) (For.)

The O-M wrestlers return to action this weekend at the Arkport Duals, scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse drives to the hoop. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly looks for a shot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins girls open with a win, 53-35

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 6 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by Amanda Pike's 22 points -- began its season on a winning note Tuesday night, defeating Newark Valley 53-35 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas started fast, building an 18-4 first-quarter lead, and were up 30-15 at halftime and 51-23 entering the final period.

Pike, in addition to her 22 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and had 5 steals and a block. Mariah Gonzalez added 10 points, 8 rebounds and a block, while Clara Chedzoy scored 6 points, Taylor Kelly 5, Hannah Morse 4 (with 5 steals and 7 assists), Ryanna LaMoreaux 4, and Jazmin Shea 2. Emmie Bond pitched in with 3 rebounds and 2 steals. The team was 9-for-15 from the foul line.

Newark Valley scorers were led by Farrah Fiacco, with 11 points. The Cardinals converted 5 of 13 free throws.

"The girls played well," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "I was happy with some of the things that I saw tonight."

The Senecas return to action Friday at Tioga.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike goes up for a shot. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy (13, in left photo) and Ryanna LaMoreaux (right photo) prepare to shoot. (Photos by Don Romeo)



Watkins Glen boys drop opener, 63-42

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 6 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team opened its season Tuesday night with a loss, falling to Newark Valley 63-42 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the NV gym.

Newark Valley jumped out to a 21-4 first-quarter lead, and was up 36-13 at halftime. The Senecas outscored the Cardinals 18-9 in the third quarter to pull within 14 points, 45-31, but could not mount a final charge.

"I have to give our boys credit," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "They didn't give up," cutting the deficit to 11 points before Newark Valley pulled away again.

Dayne Hughey led Watkins Glen scorers with 12 points, while Alex Gibson scored 11, Michael Doane 8, Max Schimizzi 5, Joe Chedzoy 4, and Justin Lodge 2. Schimizzi and Hughey had 5 rebounds each, while Connor Seeley-Ion led in assists with 6.

Newark Valley converted 6 of 11 free-throw attempts, while Watkins Glen sank 1 of 2.

The Senecas return to action Friday at home against Tioga.

Junior Varsity: Newark Valley defeated Watkins Glen 41-37. Owen Scholtisek led the Senecas with 16 points, while Dylan Markley scored 9 and Isaac McIlroy 6.

Odessa-Montour's Nakiaha Robinson shoots in traffic against Edison.

Odessa-Montour girls top TAE, 55-19

ODESSA, Dec. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team improved to 4-0 Tuesday night when it defeated Edison 55-19 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Gillian Clark led Odessa with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Olivia Grover scored 8 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and had 4 steals.

Alexis Saunders added 7 points, Nakiaha Robinson 7, Sage Garrison 6, Sara Gardner 2, Kennedey Heichel 2, and Alyssa Crout 2.

The team shot 14-for-18 from the foul line.

Odessa took the lead early, building a 17-4 first-quarter advantage, and was up 26-11 at halftime and 45-13 after three quarters. Edison is now 1-3.

"We were pretty good defensively tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, whose team returns to action Friday at home against Newark Valley.

Junior Varsity: O-M defeated Edison 36-22. Grace Vondracek led the Indians with 15 points.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Kennedey Heichel puts on the brakes as an Edison defender closes in.

Bottom: Odessa's Gillian Clark looks for a shot in traffic.

Left: O-M's Olivia Grover looks for a shot. Right: The Indians' Alexis Saunders shoots.

Left: Odessa's Sage Garrison passes the ball. Right: O-M's Alyssa Crout, bottom right, fights for the ball in traffic.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to Edison

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Dec. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team dropped a 50-39 decision Tuesday night to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Edison gym.

"The kids are starting to compete more and more each game," said O-M Coach Mike Johnston. "We still need to work on taking care of the ball, making our layups and free throws. We held Nate Chorney to 15 points; he scored 28 and 24 in his first two outings. We continue to work at it and make it difficult defensively."

The Indians (0-2) led 21-17 at halftime, but were outscored 19-5 in the third quarter to fall behind 36-26. They then rallied to cut the deficit to six points in the fourth period before Edison (2-1) clinched its victory.

Nick Sgrecci led Odessa scorers with 13 points. Noah Austin added 11, Curtis Harris 10, Brandon Ray 3, and Zach Elliott 2. The team was 8-for-12 from the foul line.

Odessa returns to action Saturday at home against Northeast Bradford. The JV game starts at 1 p.m., followed by the varsity contest.

Odessa-Montour's Grace Edger delivers a ball during the first game against Tioga.

Odessa-Montour bowlers fall to Tioga

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams fell by identical 3-1 scores Tuesday to Tioga in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

The O-M boys won the second game, 807-787, but lost the first and third games and total pinfall, 2535-2427.

Alex Grady led the Indians with a 550 series, while Joe Glosenger rolled a 527, Trevor Dunn a 455, Cameron Bryington a 451, and Eric Rumsey a 444.

The O-M girls won the first game, 571-560, but lost the second and third games and total pinfall, 1820-1700.

Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 356 series, while Carolyn Arias posted a 351 and Grace Edger a 348.

Odessa returns to action Friday at home against Edison.

Photo in text: O-M's Joe Glosenger applies some body English as he converts a 4-9 split.

Odessa-Montour's Jackie Vincent (left) and Alex Grady in action against Tioga.

Bowling: Watkins boys, girls top ND

ELMIRA, Dec. 6 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories over Notre Dame Tuesday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference road matches.

The boys won 2552-1992 as Nathaniel Rose posted a 546 that included a 205. Casen Weeden rolled a 529, and Wrett Brower a 518.

The girls won 2272-2143 as Dakota Evans posted a 597 that included a 227. Nikole VanDyke added a 553 that included a 232, and Liz Mason rolled a 430.

"Both teams bowled very well for this early in the season," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower.

"I'm very proud of Nikole; she has worked very hard and that was a career-high game for her today. Dakota has shown great maturity already this season, and should be one of the top bowlers in the IAC this season."

Odessa-Montour's Alec Betts at start of the 100 Yard Backstroke, which he won.

O-M swimmers defeat Southern Cayuga

ODESSA, Dec. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team topped Southern Cayuga 59-35 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

The Indians got individual first-place finishes from Andy Fudala in the 50 Free (26.43) and 100 Breast (1:09.22), from Alec Betts in the 100 Back (1:10.78), and from Brett Walters in the 100 Free (1:04.91) -- his first varsity victory.

O-M also posted wins in the 200 Medley Relay (1:59.57 with Betts, Fudala, Billy Tague and Noah Brewster) and the 400 Free Relay (4:05.98, with Kyle Frasier, Betts, Tague and Fudala).

Second-place finishes were registered by Tague in the 500 Free (5:30.96, just 74/100ths of a second behind the SC winner, Maximilian Fenzl) and in the 200 Free (1:58.06, just 58/100ths short of Fenzl); by Betts in the 200 IM (2:30.38), by Frasier in the 100 Fly (1:27.89); by Noah Angle in the 100 Free (1:05.04); by Noah Brewster in the 100 Back (1:18.42), and by the 200 Free Relay team (1:57.65, with Angle, Walters, Brewster and Frasier).

"I was impressed with the way the team swam today," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "Southern Cayuga has good swimmers and a big team. We had some really great races against them, with the O-M guys posting some PRs (personal records) and season-best times." Those, she said, included:

--Billy Tague, season bests in both the 200 Free and 500 Free.
--Andy Fudala, season bests in the 50 Free and 100 Breast.
--Noah Angle, PRs in the 50 Free and 100 Free.
--Brett Walters, a PR in the 100 Free as he recorded his first varsity win.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Andy Fudala on the way to victory in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.
Middle: Odessa's Cameron Adams competes in the 500 Yard Freestyle.
Bottom: The Indians' Billy Tague on the way to second place in the 500 Free.

Left: O-M's Noah Angle at start of the 200 Free Relay. Right: O-M's Noah Brewster on the way to a second-place finish in the 100 Yard Backstroke.



Watkins Glen swimmers fall to Waverly

WAVERLY, Dec. 6 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity swim team lost Tuesday night at Waverly, dropping a 90-83 decision to the Wolverines in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet.

"It was a close meet tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt "and we came up a little short in the last few events. Overall I continue to see improvements. It was a great effort by all."

The Senecas were led by AJ Specchio, who posted four wins -- in the 200 IM (2:23.78), the 500 Free (5:45.03), the 200 Free Relay and the 400 Free Relay. "What an outstanding effort," said the coach.

Dakota Cole also posted a win, in the 200 Free (2:07.71). Joining Specchio on the winning relays were Nathaniel Wickham, Cole and Aidan DeBolt.

Second-place finishes were posted by DeBolt in the 50 Free and 100 Free, and by Will Fitzsimmons in the 100 Fly and 100 Back.

Bowling: Odessa boys win, girls tie

GROTON, Dec. 5 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity bowling team posted its second win in two tries Monday, defeating Groton 4-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match.

Odessa posted a 2386 series compared to Groton's 2042. Joe Glosenger led O-M with a 521, while Alex Grady posted a 515 and Trevor Dunn a 511.

The O-M girls tied Groton 2-2, winning the first and second game but losing the third game and total pinfall, 1672-1656. Jackie Vincent led the team with a 379 series. Carolyn Arias added a 332 and Kacie Wood a 322.

Odessa returns to action today (Tuesday) at home against Tioga.

Athletes of the Week: Updyke, Clark

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 4 -- Two performances stood out among several impressive ones this week, thus leading to Odessa File Athlete of the Week honors for a runner and a basketball player.

Watkins Glen's Josh Updyke earns one of the nods for setting a school record in the 55 Meter Run (breaking the old mark in the prelims and, even faster, in the finals) and for being part of a school record set by the Sprint Medley Relay squad as the WGHS varsity indoor track team started its season at an invitational at SUNY Cortland.

Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark earns the other nod for scoring 28 points and grabbing 14 rebounds as her varsity basketball team improved to 3-0 with a victory at Union Springs.

Double Honorable: O-M basketball player Olivia Grover; Watkins Glen track's Jacob Carocci, Sean Holland and Aaron Planty; O-M swimmers Billy Tague, Andy Fudala and Alec Betts; and Watkins Glen swimmers Aidan DeBolt, Dakota Cole and AJ Specchio.

Honorable Mention: Another 13 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Watkins Glen's Aaron Planty (left) and Sean Holland. (Photos by Aran Holland)

Watkins runners start season, set marks

CORTLAND, Dec. 3 -- The Watkins Glen High School Indoor Track team competed in its first meet of the season Saturday -- the Finger Lakes Inivitational at SUNY Cortland.

The Senecas were in the Small Schools meet in the afternoon. The Large Schools meet was held in the morning.

"The team did very well for the first meet," said Watkins Glen Coach Kelly Sterner. "A lot of personal bests. A lot of exciting races."

Among them were school records in the Sprint Medley and the 55 Meters.

The Sprint Medley Relay, which includes legs of 400, 200, 200, and 800 meters, saw Jacob Carocci, Sean Holland, Joshua Updyke and Aaron Planty place 2nd with a school record time of 4:00.43. The previous record was 4:04.49 held by Josh Langley, Charles Bascom, Shane Smith, and Nick Sorensen.

Updyke also broke the school record at 55 Meters -- twice. In the preliminary race his time was a new school best of 6.93. Then in the finals, he placed 4th while breaking the school record again with a time of 6.86. The previous mark was 7.14, held by Charles Bascom and Eric Mack.

In other results:

600 Meters: Sam Hanley was 3rd in 1:37.03, and Sean Holland 4th in 1:38.12.
1600 Meters: Aaron Planty was 3rd in 4:54.24, and Daniel Paradiso 7th in 5:12.58.
Long Jump: Cameron Connelly was 13th at 15’ 3”.
1000 Meters: Chance Taylor was 20th in 3:38.75.
High Jump: Jacob Carocci was 4th at 4’8”, and Sam Hanley was 6th at 4’6”.
55 Meters: Isobel Scheffey posted a time of 8.09.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Josh Updyke races in the Sprint Medley event. (Photo by Aran Holland)

Watkins wrestlers place 9th at tourney

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 3 -- The Watkins Glen varsity wrestling team finished in 9th place Saturday at the 12-team Larry Goodrich Memorial Wrestling Tournament at Newark Valley High School.

"The team wrestled well and showed we have potential to compete with some of the best teams around," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson.

The Senecas' Ethan Voorheis finished 2nd at 285 pounds, going 1-1; Parker Arcangeli was 3rd at 182 pounds, going 3-1; and finishing fourth in their weight classes were Dylan Bradley (120 pounds, 2-2), Calvin Buckley (170 pounds, 1-2), and Casey Falls (220 pounds, 2-1).

Other competing teams included Central Valley (Section 3), Owego, Binghamton, Rush Henrietta (Section 5), Edison, Newark Valley, Deposit Hancock, Dryden, Ithaca, Moravia and Chenango Forks.

Odessa-Montour's Nick Sgrecci (20) passes the ball upcourt in second-half action.

O-M boys fall in opener to Union Springs

ODESSA, Dec. 2 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team opened its season on a losing note Friday night, dropping a 37-28 Interscholastic Athletic Conference decision to Union Springs in the O-M gym.

Odessa managed just two points in the first quarter, and trailed 16-9 at halftime. Union Springs outscored the Indians 15-9 in the third quarter to open a 13-point edge, 31-18.

Odessa rallied, though, scoring the first eight points of the fourth period to pull within five points, 31-26. But Union Springs, after calling a time-out, scored the next six points to pull away for good.

Curtis Harris led O-M with 10 points, while Noah Austin scored 9, Zach Elliott 8, and Nick Sgrecci 1. The Indians converted 4 of 10 free throws.

Union Springs (2-1) was led by Cameron Anthony's 10 points, and 9 by Kevin Cunningham. The team sank 5 of 15 free throws.

"I thought our kids did a great job defensively tonight," said O-M Coach Mike Johnston. "We held them to just around 9 points per quarter. We will keep working hard on defense and looking to improve at the offensive end fundamentally."

Photos in text: O-M's Brandon Ray (top) and Zach Elliott move the ball.

Left: O-M's Noah Austin shoots. Right: The Indians' Curtis Harris drives toward the hoop.

Watkins swimmers open with a victory

DRYDEN, Dec. 2 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team started its season with a win Friday, topping Dryden 83-71 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Dryden pool.

The Senecas had three swimmers with four wins each: Aidan DeBolt, Dakota Cole and AJ Specchio. Will Fitzsimmons posted three wins. Some of the wins, said Watkins Glen Coach Len DeBolt, were in exhibitions late in the meet.

"It was a good first step out of the gate for the swim season," said Coach DeBolt. "We are just beginning to learn who we are, and I see great potential in this team. I am very proud of their performance tonight."

Photo in text: The Watkins swimmers at a celebration meal in Ithaca. (Photo provided)

O-M girls top Union Springs, move to 3-0

UNION SPRINGS, Dec. 1 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Gillian Clark's 28 points and 14 rebounds -- defeated Union Springs 66-39 on the road Thursday night.

The Indians, now 3-0, also got 17 points, 15 rebounds, 5 steals and 3 blocks from Olivia Grover.

Also scoring for O-M were Sara Gardner (7 points), Nakiaha Robinson (6 points), Alexis Saunders (4 points), Sage Garrison (2 points and 5 assists), and Alyssa Crout (2 points).

Odessa took an early 14-2 lead before Unions Springs scored seven points to get back into it at 14-9 through one quarter. The Indians were up 32-23 at halftime, and then 52-32 after three quarters.

Clark scored 19 of her points in the first half, while Grover scored 14 in the third quarter. Clark was 11-for-13 at the line, while O-M overall was 18-for-23.

"All in all a good test for us on the road against an improving team," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We did face adversity there in the first half, and they exposed some things we need to work on." Union Springs is 1-1.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost 32-22. Hunter Daugherty led the Indians with 11 points.

O-M swimmers open with win at Greene

GREENE, Dec. 1 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team started its season with a victory Thursday, defeating Greene 90-53 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Greene pool.

Billy Tague, Andy Fudala and Alec Betts each posted two individual wins and two relay wins for the Indians.

First-place finishes for O-M:

200 Medley Relay: Noah Brewster, Andy Fudala, Billy Tague and Noah Angle 2:01.65
200 Free: Alec Betts 2:08.98
200 IM: Billy Tague 2:20.49
50 Free: Andy Fudala 26.55
100 Free: Alec Betts 57.06
500 Free: Billy Tague 5:37.97
200 Free Relay: Angle, Fudala, Betts and Tague 1:52.85
100 Back: Noah Brewster 1:17.90
100 Breast: Andy Fudala 1:10.98
400 Free Relay: Cameron Adams, Brett Walters, Kyle Frasier and Betts 4:23.58

Second-place finishes for O-M:

100 Fly: Brett Walters 1:25.02
100 Free: Noah Angle 1:06.15

"The guys swam really well tonight," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "They have really been putting in some hard work in practice and it was great to see them apply that hard work in a meet. They put up some really excellent times for the first meet of the season. The team consists of six returning varsity swimmers and nine rookies. I was very impressed with them all. I can't wait to see how they all progress throughout the season."

Odessa-Montour's Joe Glosenger converts a spare. He rolled a 547 series.

Bowling: Odessa girls, boys post wins

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 30 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams opened the season with victories Tuesday, the boys winning 4-0 in the absence of an opponent and the girls topping Marathon 4-0 in Interscholastic Athletic Conference action at Harborside Lanes.

The girls posted scores of 642-569-551=1762 to defeat Marathon's 534-466-517=1517. Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 448 series, while Carolyn Arias rolled a 336.

The boys had no opponent since Marathon has not yet fielded a squad. The Indians rolled a 2395 series, led by Joe Glosenger's 547 (including a 204) and Alex Grady's 533.

Odessa returns to action Monday at Groton, and is at home Tuesday against Tioga.

Photo in text: Odessa's Jackie Vincent, who led her squad with a 448 series.

Swim awards presented; Lexi earns MVP

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 29 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team presented seasonal awards Tuesday night, with the Most Valuable Player award going to diver Lexi Castellaneta.

"A great athlete and a great kid," said Swim Coach Nichole Chaffee, noting that Castellaneta earned first place in every dual-meet diving competition before winning the IAC and Sectional titles and competing at States.

Other awards:

Most Improved: Annika Wickham, who "came into her own this season," said her coach. "She loves to race and has really found her niche."

Sportsmanship: Senior Angel Williams. "She is the spirit of the team! We are going to miss her next season."

Hardest Workers (the Rudy Award): Amanda Wilbur and Isabella Fazzary. "We watched the movie about the Notre Dame football player as a team to keep working hard. Both girls never give up during practice and fight through every set. They motivate the other swimmers and are constantly pushing themselves."

Photo in text: Award winners, from left: Annika Wickham, Isabella Fazzary, Angel Williams, Amanda Wilbur and Lexi Castellaneta. (Photo provided)

Glen boys finish 4th at Nike Regionals

WAPPINGERS FALLS, Nov. 26 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team placed fourth among 27 teams Saturday at the Nike New York Regional race at Bowdoin Park.

Fayetteville-Manlius won the race with 114 points, while Liverpool was second with 145. Only those two teams -- from Class A schools -- now advance to a national competition in Portland, Oregon.

Another Class A team, Corning, was third with 174 points, while Watkins Glen, a Class C school, was fourth at 179 points.

Among other finishers was Class C Mount Academy, 9th with 250 points, and Class A Ithaca, 10th with 252.

Patrick Hazlitt led Watkins Glen, placing 18th among 218 runners in a time of 16:26. Gabe Planty was next for the Senecas, finishing 51st in 17:04, while Shawn Rutledge was 54th in 17:05, Aaron Planty 63rd in 17:12, Sam Hanley 81st in 17:24, Sean Holland 92nd in 17:28, and Jacob Carocci 137th in 18:03.

Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Sean Holland at Saturday's race. (Photo by Aran Holland)

O-M girls top Lansing for tourney title

ODESSA, Nov. 26 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team defeated Lansing 57-22 Saturday night in the championship game of the O-M Lady Indians Tip-off Tournament.

Olivia Grover led Odessa with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Gillian Clark added 14 points (all in the first half), Alexis Saunders 9 points and 6 rebounds. Nakiaha Robinson 6 points, Sage Garrison 4 points, Alyssa Crout 4 points, and Kennedey Heichel 2 points, 7 assists and 6 steals

The Lady Indians were up 18-5 after one quarter and 35-10 at the half.

"Our man-to-man pressure in the first half made the difference for us," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "This as a good way to start off, as tournament champs, but we still have a ton of room to improve."

O-M's Gillian Clark, who scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds in her team's 59-14 victory Friday night over Groton, was named the tournament MVP.

The All-Tournament Team: Kennedey Heichel (O-M), Olivia Grover (O-M), Meghan Pronti (Lansing), Maggie Ossit (Groton), and Leigha Jones (Edison).

Groton won the varsity consolation game, defeating Edison 48-38.

Junior Varsity: Lansing won the title game, defeating Odessa-Montour.

Odessa-Montour's Alexis Saunders drives toward the basket in traffic.

O-M girls rout Groton in Tip-off Tourney

ODESSA, Nov. 25 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team opened its season in lopsided fashion Friday night, defeating visiting Groton 59-14 in an opening-round game of the O-M Lady Indians Tip-off Tournament.

The victory puts the Indians in the tourney title game tonight (Saturday) at 7:15 p.m. against Lansing, which came from behind to defeat Edison 40-35. The Lady Bobcats tied Edison with a buzzer beater at the end of the third period, fell behind 35-32 with 3:03 remaining, and then scored the final eight points.

Odessa turned its game into a rout quickly, outscoring Groton 15-0 in the first period and building a 36-3 halftime lead -- Groton's only basket, a 3-pointer by Maggie Ossit, coming a minute before intermission.

Odessa led by 51-7 through three periods, and was up 59-7 before Groton scored the final seven points.

Gillian Clark led O-M with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Olivia Grover scored 12 points and registered 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Sara Gardner added 9 points, Alexis Saunders 8 points and 4 assists, Kennedey Heichel 5 points, Nakiaha Robinson 4 points, 5 assists and 8 steals, and Sage Garrison 1 point. The team was 4-for-5 from the foul line.

"Our defensive intensity was solid and really sparked us at the offensive end of the floor," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "And we did a great job moving the basketball," totaling 26 field goals and 20 assists. "It was a good way to start, but we need to keep striving to get better."

Ossit led Groton with 9 points on three 3-pointers.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Groton 30-25, and will face Lansing today (Saturday) at 3:45 p.m. Grace Vondracek led O-M with 13 points, while Kara Reese scored 7 points.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Nakiaha Robinson drives to the hoop. Bottom: Odessa's Sage Garrison shoots.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark, Sara Gardner and Angelika Friis shoot.

Left: O-M's Olivia Grover battles for a shot. Right: Kennedey Heichel prepares to pass.

The honorees, from left: Cross country coach John Fazzary, Patrick Hazlitt, Jacob Carocci, Daniel Paradiso, Gabe Planty, Shawn Rutledge, Sam Hanley, Aaron Planty, Sean Holland, Kai Sutterby and Lexi Castellaneta at Tuesday's celebration.

School celebrates its sports successes

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 22 -- All of the students in the Watkins Glen School District gathered Tuesday morning to celebrate the New York State Class C and Federation titles brought home recently by the boys varsity cross-country team.

And they congratulated two of the school's female athletes, both of whom competed on the state level, one in cross country and one in diving.

The celebration was in the school's Field House, with the youngest students camped on the gym floor and the older ones occupying most of the bleachers on either side of the facility.

The event featured speeches -- by administrators, Varsity Club president Emmie Bond, and Coach John Fazzary -- along with music (Queen's "We Are the Champions") and the introduction, one by one, of the day's honorees:

--Lexi Castellaneta, who reached States for the third straight year in diving, placing 21st; and girls cross-country runner Kai Sutterby, who finished 28th among 128 Class C competitors at States.

--Members of the boys cross country squad, including Patrick Hazlitt, Shawn Rutledge, Gabe Planty, Sam Hanley, Sean Holland, Aaron Planty, Jacob Carocci, and Daniel Paradiso.

Each lined up in front of a podium on the gym's north end, next to a paper "Red Carpet Walk of Fame" featuring five-pointed paper stars -- each star containing an honoree's name. And near the end of the celebration, which lasted about a half-hour, each honoree knelt and signed his or her name next to the star bearing his or her name.

Plans called for the full star-laden display to be hung in the hallway outside the gym.

The event was the first in memory, said several people, where all of the kids from all of the classes, including UPK, had gathered together in the Field House.

And it was to celebrate what one speaker called a "truly historic" accomplishment by the boys cross country squad -- the school's first team state title in any sport, along with its first title at the state's Federation meet, where public schools of all classes competed for a single cross-country crown along with Catholic, Parochial and Independent schools.

Photos in text: The honorees signed the Walk of Fame stars placed in front of them (top); and one of the stars, with its honoree's signature.

Left: The two girls honored, both of whom made States: Kai Sutterby (left) in cross country, and Lexi Castellaneta in diving. Right: The boys cross country team poses with coach John Fazzary, left, and assistant coach (and Athletic Director) Rod Weeden, right.

Powerlifting meet

Jeremey Brown dead-lifts 600 pounds for a new state record at a powerlifting meet held Saturday, Nov. 19 in the Watkins Glen Field House gym. The meet was a World Natural Powerlifting Federation event hosted by the Watkins Glen Powerlifting Club. Thirty-two lifters competed, 10 of them from the Watkins club. Results appear in a letter on the Forum Page. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Glen bowlers open; girls win, boys lose

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 22 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity bowlers started their season with mixed results against Lansing Tuesday at Harborside Lanes in Watkins Glen.

The Glen girls won their Interscholastic Athletic Conference match 4-0, with Dakota Evans' 518 series leading the way. The Senecas won 1891-1412 with game scores of 668-464, 641-484 and 582-464. Nikole VanDyke posted a 460 series for Watkins, while Liz Mason rolled a 386.

The Glen boys fell 3-1, winning the first game 775-728 before losing the second game 918-753, the third game 870-837, and total pinfall 2516-2365.

Nathaniel Rose led Watkins with a 509 series, while Conlon Wysocki registered a 474 and Casen Weeden a 468.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Liz Mason employs some body English on one of her shots.

Left: Watkins Glen's Steven Bradley (foreground) and Wyatt Brower deliver. Right: The Senecas' Casen Weeden reacts to a shot.

Schuyler Fall MVP: Hazlitt

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 20 -- It was a season of tentative starts under new coaches, and a season of fantastic successes.

High school sports in Schuyler County gives us both: hope for the future as rebuilding years occur, and amazement at the achievements of those programs that have matured.

This fall we had a volleyball team at Watkins Glen that won the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large Schools title -- a first. We had a diver at WGHS, Lexi Castellaneta, who made States -- for the third time, and along the way set Section IV records in 6-dive and 11-dive competitions.

We had a female cross country runner at WGHS, Kai Sutterby, who made States. We had some young swimmers at both Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour who were coming into their own, strongly contending at the sectional meet. We saw career scoring marks set in soccer at O-M by Sage Garrison.

And above all we saw the WGHS boys cross country team win the IAC, Section IV Class C and New York State Class C titles, and then a Federation Meet against mostly larger schools. It has been a remarkable crew, featuring Shawn Rutledge, Gabe Planty, Sam Hanley, Sean Holland, Aaron Planty and Jacob Carocci, with a strong supporting cast.

But foremost among those runners was senior Patrick Hazlitt, who was consistently the Senecas' lead runner, winning league and sectional races and finishing third among Class C runners at States, and fourth among all classes there. He then led the team to the New York Federation title, placing 12th among 246 runners.

Along the way he was honored by IAC coaches with the league's male Sportsmanship Award -- emblematic of qualities that have helped earn him honors in the past, including a spot on last year's Top Drawer 24 team of outstanding student-athlete-citizens. He also received an Odessa File Athlete of the Year award last spring.

But it's his performance this fall as the best runner on the best Class C cross country team in the state that earns him The Odessa File award as Schuyler Fall MVP.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt

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The Odessa File All Star Teams: Fall Season 2016

First Team

Patrick Hazlitt -- MVP -- WGHS cross country
Lexi Castellaneta -- WGHS diver
Sage Garrison -- OM soccer
Amanda Pike -- WGHS volleyball
Mariah Gonzalez -- WGHS volleyball
Hanley Elliott -- WGHS volleyball
Tori Reese -- OM swimming
Syria Tague -- OM swimming
Shawn Rutledge -- WGHS cross country
Gabe Planty -- WGHS cross country
Peighton Cervoni -- WGHS swimming
Kai Sutterby -- WGHS cross country

Second Team

Emmie Bond -- WGHS volleyball
Megan Hazlitt -- WGHS volleyball
Sam Hanley -- WGHS cross country
Sean Holland -- WGHS cross country
Aaron Planty -- WGHS cross country
Jacob Carocci -- WGHS cross country
Emelia Paulisczak -- OM swimming
Hailey Perraut -- OM soccer
Gillian Clark -- OM soccer
Kennedey Heichel -- OM soccer
Nick Sgrecci -- OM soccer
Andy Fudala -- OM soccer
Curtis Harris -- OM soccer
Hannah Morse -- WGHS soccer
Jillian Kilcoyne -- WGHS swimming
Amanda Wilbur -- WGHS swimming
Liza Carnes -- WGHS swimming
Isabella Fazzary -- WGHS swimming
Sarah Swinnerton -- WGHS swimming
Cambria Weeden -- WGHS cross country
Casey Falls -- WGHS, football

Third Team

Alyssa Crout -- OM volleyball
Dasia Herrmann -- OM volleyball
Zach Elliott -- OM, football
Alexis Saunders -- OM soccer
Olivia Grover -- OM soccer
Mckennah Lott -- OM soccer
Hannah Bruno -- OM soccer
Preston Harris -- OM soccer
Collin Povoski -- OM soccer
Billy Tague -- OM soccer
Jon Andrews -- OM soccer
Austin Dalrymple -- WGHS, football
Daniel Paradiso -- WGHS cross country
Isobel Scheffey -- WGHS soccer
Cierra Barber -- WGHS soccer
Elizabeth Kilcoyne -- WGHS swimming
Allie Gibson -- WGHS swimming
Jill Cantieni -- WGHS swimming
Sara Gardner -- WGHS swimming
Jena Slater -- WGHS diving
Trey McCarty -- OM soccer
Ryan Pruitt -- WGHS, football
Charles Wright -- WGHS, football
Sean Kelly -- WGHS, football
Kathryn Losey -- WGHS volleyball

The Watkins Glen team with its medals and title plaque. From left: Coach John Fazzary, Jacob Carocci, Sam Hanley, Aaron Planty, Shawn Rutledge, Sean Holland, Gabe Planty, Patrick Hazlitt and Athletic Director Rod Weeden. (Photo provided)

WG boys win Federation meet

Only 3rd Small School to do so; Nike Regionals next

WAPPINGERS FALLS, Nov. 19 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team -- which won the New York State Class C championship last week at Chenango Valley State Park -- captured the New York Federation Championship Saturday at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls.

Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary said the Senecas were only the third Small School to win the Federation meet since its inception several decades ago. "I equate it to 'Hoosiers,'" he said, referring to a film about an underdog Indiana high school basketball team that won a state title. "Just sub in running for basketball. It's a feat that's really unbelievable for a small school."

There was a mix of schools competing -- Class A, B, C and D public schools; members of the Catholic High School Athletic Association; members of the Parochial School Athletic League, and members of the Association for Independent Schools.

Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt placed 12th among the 246 runners in 16:33 to lead Watkins Glen to a team total of 145 points, nine better than runnerup Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake's 154 and 44 better than third-place Warwick Valley's 189. The schools were followed by 23 others, including Mount Academy (last week's Class C state runnerup, in 7th place Saturday with 235 points) and Ithaca (10th at 283).

State titleists competing Saturday included Burnt Hill-Ballston Lake (the Class B champion last week), Watkins Glen (Class C) and Maple Grove (Class D). Class A champ Corning was absent, but runnerup Class A Warwick Valley was on hand, finishing third.

Gabe Planty posted the second fastest time for the Senecas, placing 38th in 16:59. He was followed by teammates Shawn Rutledge (44th in 17:08), Aaron Planty (72nd in 17:25), Sam Hanley (74th in 17:26), Jacob Carocci (139th in 17:59), and Sean Holland (169th in 18:11).

"It's a pretty challenging course," said Fazzary. "After 800 or 1,000 yards, it's close to a mile uphill before coming back down. It's a tough go."

Next up is the Nike Regionals, to be held at the same site, Bowdoin Park. The top two teams there advance to a national competition in Oregon.

Fazzary said he expects the regional field to be "a little harder" than at the Federation meet, since four teams opted out of the Federation competition to rest up for regionals: Corning, considered by many to be the regional favorite, Fayetteville-Manlius, Liverpool and Saratoga.

But the coach said he thinks the Senecas have "an outside chance of making the top two" and earning that trip west.

"The boys have taken us for quite a ride," he said, adding that the Federation win was "a pretty special accomplishment." The state title and the Federation victory will, in fact, be celebrated Monday morning in a gathering of students, teachers, administrators and guests at the WGHS Field House gym at 8:30 a.m.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt (center, No. 410) runs in crowd at the Federation meet. (Photo by Geroge Rutledge)

Second: The Federation meet championship plaque. (Photo provided)

Third: The Senecas pose at the finish line. From left are Athletic Director Rod Weeden, Patrick Hazlitt, Jacob Carocci, Sean Holland, Aaron Planty, Shawn Rutledge, Gabe Planty, Sam Hanley and Coach John Fazzary. (Photo provided).

Bottom: Aaron Planty (left) and Gabe Planty hold the championship plaque. (Photo by Aran Holland)

From left: Watkins Glen's Aaron Planty and Sam Hanley (Photo by Aran Holland); and the Senecas' Shawn Rutledge and Gabe Planty (Photos by George Rutledge).

Left: O-M's Sage Garrison looks to pass the ball as Southern Cayuga defenders close in. Right: Odessa-Montour's Kennedey Heichel fires a pass during Saturday's scrimmage.

O-M girls play S. Cayuga in prep for season

ODESSA, Nov. 19 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team hosted Southern Cayuga Saturday morning in a tuneup for the upcoming season.

The Lady Indians will open their season with their own Tip-Off Tournament on Friday, Nov. 25 at 7:15 p.m. against Groton. The winner of that game will play Saturday for the tourney title against the winner of a Friday Lansing-Edison game. The junior varsity teams are also competing.

From left: O-M's Gillian Clark, Nakiaha Robinson and Sara Gardner shoot.

Watkins Glen's Lexi Castellaneta is airborne during her sixth of eight dives Friday.

Lexi finishes 21st at States

ITHACA, Nov. 18 -- Watkins Glen junior Lexi Castellaneta improved her finish from the past two years at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Diving Championships Friday at Ithaca College, placing 21st out of 41 competitors.

Castellaneta, who missed the first cut -- to 24 divers -- in 2014 and 2015 by one spot each year, made that cut this time around, but failed to advance past the second and final cut to 20 divers.

She finished with 309.75 points, almost eight points shy of the diver holding 20th place after eight dives. The first cut was after five dives, the second after eight. Then the last of the divers executed their final three dives.

Said her coach, Kim Suddaby: "Lexi reached her goal by getting past the first cut. She just missed the past two years, but broke that" this time around.

"She should be very proud because in States, for diving, it is a combination of Class A's, B's and C's. These girls are the top and are going to Division 1 schools with scholarships. What is even more amazing is that Lexi only trains three months out of the year, when ALL of the other divers train year round. Lexi is still competing in gymnastics year round.

"She didn't quite hit like she normally does," Suddaby concluded, "but I couldn't be prouder of her."

Castellaneta started slowly, but after two dives was up to 23rd place, then tied for 15th. She was 17th after four rounds, and then slid to 21st in the fifth round, after which the first cut occurred.

The sixth round, now with 24 divers, saw her slip to 23rd place before she rallied, climbing to 22nd in the 7th round and 21st again in the 8th round, her final round.

The State tourney completes a season that saw Castellaneta set Section IV marks in 6-dive and 11-dive competition and win the Section IV, Class C diving crown for the third straight year.

Photos in text:

Top: Lexi was all smiles after making the first cut at States.
Bottom: Lexi, left, poses with fellow divers, including Lansing's Meghan Matheny (second from right).

Lexi Castellaneta in three positions during one of her early dives Friday at States

Glen girls prep for season with scrimmage

BATH, Nov. 18 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- two-time defending Section IV, Class C champions -- traveled to Bath Friday for a scrimmage to help prepare for the upcoming season.

The Senecas, coached by Alicia Learn, will host another scrimmage at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23 against Southern Cayuga.

The regular season opens Dec. 6 at home against Newark Valley.

Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond looks to shoot during Friday's scrimmage against Bath. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike shoots. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly (right) drives toward the hoop. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Glen's Gonzalez earns IAC nod as MVP

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 14 -- Watkins Glen volleyball player Mariah Gonzalez (pictured at right) has been named Most Valuable Player of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large Schools South Division in a vote of division coaches.

Earning First Team division berths were two of her Seneca teammates, Amanda Pike and Hanley Elliott.

Second Team status was earned by Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond and Megan Hazlitt, while Kathryn Losey was named an Honorable Mention.

Watkins Glen Coach Michelle Simiele noted that she removed herself from the MVP voting because Gonzalez is her daughter. She says she nominated both Gonzalez and Amanda Pike, and left the vote to the other coaches, whose teams had each played Watkins Glen twice.

The Senecas won their division and then the IAC Large Schools overall title with a victory over Large Schools North Division champion Trumansburg.

Division MVP: Mariah Gonzalez, Watkins Glen.

First Team: Amanda Pike and Hanley Elliott, Watkins Glen; Lyndsey Moore and Katie Goodwin, Waverly; Molly Baker, Newark Valley; and Haley Maggs, Sami Goodwin and Ashley Comstock, Edison.

Second Team: Emmie Bond and Megan Hazlitt, Watkins Glen; Shailei Kraft, Sydney Meyers and Fallon Huck, Waverly; Hannah Williams, Newark Valley; and Bella Willsey and Rachel Becker, Edison.

Honorable Mention: Kathryn Losey, Watkins Glen; Abigail Searles, Jordan Mente and Brooke Bennett, Waverly; Ruby Kidwell and Paityn Smith, Newark Valley; and Olivia Thresher and Hailey Burdick, Edison.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez (File photo)

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Crout earns berth: Odessa-Montour senior Alyssa Crout was named to the IAC Small Schools South Division All-Star Second Team in a vote of division coaches.

Earning Honorable Mention were O-M teammates Dasia Herrmann and Paxtyn Brown.

Powerlifting tourney set at Field House

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 14 -- The Seneca Powerlifting Club will host the World Natural Powerlifting Federation (WNPF) Fall Classic on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Watkins Glen High School Field House.

Thirty lifters from all over the northeast will compete, including local world record holder Jeremey Brown, who will be among 10 local and Watkins Glen student lifters.

Long-time Watkins Glen coach and two-time New York State AAU powerlifting coach of the year Ralph Diliberto is coming out of retirement to attempt to set a New York State deadlift record.

Lifting will begin at 10 a.m. Admission is $10.

The Class C state champions. From left: Athletic Director Rod Weeden, Sam Hanley, Aaron Planty, Shawn Rutledge, Gabe Planty, Sean Holland, Jacob Carocci, Patrick Hazlitt and Coach John Fazzary. (Photo by George Rutledge)

Left: Coach John Fazzary with team member Shawn Rutledge upon arrival at the school. Right: The Senecas' Patrick Hazlitt exits the bus with the championship plaque in hand.

Glen boys win state XC title

Cruise to Class C championship; greeted home by sirens

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 12 -- "It's great," said Watkins Glen cross country runner Gabe Planty. "Awesome," added teammate Jacob Carocci.

They were reacting to their squad's Class C victory Saturday at the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Cross Country Championships at Chenango Valley State Park.

They were back at Watkins Glen High School, delivered from the Tops parking lot -- up Franklin Street and down Decatur -- by fire trucks and police cars, sirens blaring, letting the village know that one of its sports teams had brought home, for the first time, a state title.

The team was greeted at the high school Field House by a gathering of 150 fans, where applause and photos and snacks were followed by individual congratulations. Team leader Patrick Hazlitt, who finished third in Saturday's race, was asked what mood the victory created.

"Euphoria," he answered. "That's what the coach would say."

The coach, John Fazzary, who led the team to a second-place finish last year, was calm in the midst of the celebration. "It wasn't as close as expected," he said of the results, in which Watkins Glen easily won with just 21 points, while the school expected to challenge for the title, Mount Academy, had 51.

"But the boys stepped up," said Fazzary, noting that the team's tapering -- aiming for maximum effect from its training at the right moment -- "worked out well."

Hazlitt posted a time of 16:00.2 in finishing third among the Class C race's 131 runners. He was fourth overall when all of the various class races were merged.

Shawn Rutledge was next for the Senecas, in 6th place (16:31.7), while Gabe Planty was 8th (16:35.7) and Sam Hanley 12th (16:41.1). Mount Academy's top runner was in 15th place.

In addition, the Senecas' Aaron Planty was 18th in 16:45.2, Sean Holland 33rd in 17:15.7, and Jacob Carocci 40th in 17:21.7.

On the girls side: Watkins Glen's lone entrant, sophomore Kai Sutterby, placed 28th among 128 runners in a time of 20:16 on the park's 3.1-mile course.

The boys' victory completed a quest that started with last year's runnerup finish, barely ahead of Mount Academy. The winner in 2015 moved to Class B this year, and it was assumed that Mount Academy would be looking for a touch of revenge, since the Senecas had denied them the runnerup spot last year.

But after a couple of lopsided victories -- at the IAC Championships and the Section IV, Class C meet, also at Chenango Valley State Park -- Watkins registered another one Saturday.

After the Senecas and Mount Academy came Addison with 92 points. The other eight sectional titleists finished as follows: Albany Academy (123), Marcellus (130), Irvington (131), Alden (195), Saranac Lake (209), Center Moriches (238), Oyster Bay (289) and Salmon River (360).

The season isn't over, though. The Senecas still have the state's Federation meet at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls and the Nike Regionals, also at Bowdoin Park.

For now, though -- after all of the training and after the championship and after the celebration that awaited them back home -- the team's Shawn Rutledge said that one thing was on his mind.

"It's time for a nap," he said. "That's my first priority."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt, who finished third. (Photo by George Rutledge)
Second: A cake awaiting the team at the Field House.
Third: Girls team members Clara Chedzoy, left, and Kai Sutterby hold the boys' championship sign.
Bottom: A sign outside the Field House welcomed the champions home.

Left: The Senecas' Gabe Planty. Right: Kai Sutterby was the lone Watkins runner in the girls Class C race. (Both photos by George Rutledge)

Watkins Sam Hanley (front) and Aaron Planty (No. 419).
(Photo by George Rutledge)

From left: Watkins Glen's Jacob Carocci, Shawn Rutledge and Sean Holland. (All three photos by George Rutledge)

Emergency vehicles conducted a siren-blaring parade, leading the team's buses up Franklin Street, down Decatur, and to the school (above).

The team gathered in the WGHS Field House gym, where 150 fans cheered them.

And photos from Aran Holland:

:

Left: Sean Holland (No. 418) and Jacob Carocci (behind him). Right: Kai Sutterby.

Left: The Senecas' Patrick Hazlitt. Right: Holding the title sign aloft.

From left: Patrick Hazlitt, Shawn Rutledge, Aaron Planty, Sam Hanley, Gabe Planty, Sean Holland and Jacob Carocci after the race.

3 honored as Athletes of the Week

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 6 -- This week we honor three state tournament-bound athletes as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week. They are:

--Watkins Glen High School cross-country runner Patrick Hazlitt, who led his team to its second straight Section IV, Class C title and a berth in the State Tournament on Nov. 12 at Chenango Valley State Park.

--Watkins Glen High School cross-country runner Kai Sutterby, who -- as the only female Seneca runner at the Section IV, Class C race -- finished in the top five to advance as an individual to States.

--Watkins Glen High school diver Lexi Castellaneta, who claimed her third straight Section IV diving title, and will be competing Nov. 18 in her third straight State Diving tournament.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen swimmers Peighton Cervoni, Jill Kilcoyne, Liza Carnes, Isabella Fazzary, Sarah Swinnerton and Amanda Wilbur; Odessa-Montour High School swimmers Tori Reese and Syria Tague; and Watkins Glen runners Gabe Planty and Shawn Rutledge.

Honorable Mention: Another 14 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

From left: The Tribe's Jax Decker in C game; Ryan Willett in B game, and Owen Scholtisek on a 51-yard touchdown run in the A game. (Photos provided)

Tribe members play in All-Star game

WINDSOR, Nov. 8 -- Several members of the Schuyler Youth Football teams -- the A, B and C Tribe squads -- competed Sunday in Windsor in the Southern Tier Youth Football League East-West All-Star Game.

C Game: Jax Decker and Logan Wheeler played in a 12-12 tie.

B Game: Ryan Willett and Ben Heichel played as their West team won 12-6.

A Game: Travon Jones, Owen Scholtisek and Cayden Confer played as their West squad won 27-26.

Coaches selected by the league for the game were Tribe head coach Jeff Fazzary and Tribe assistants Carl Willett and Don Beckley.

The Tribe A team repeated this season as champions of the league, victors in a culminating Super Bowl in Apalachin.

Left: Watkins' Lexi Castellaneta on the way to victory. Right: The Senecas' Jena Slater.

Lexi wins section diving title

Watkins finishes 2nd to Lansing in Class C swim meet

OWEGO, Nov. 5 -- Watkins Glen High School junior Lexi Castellaneta won her third straight Section IV diving title Saturday, easily topping a small field during the Section IV, Class C Swimming & Diving Championships at Owego Free Academy.

Lexi and her three competitors -- along with Class A divers -- had completed the first eight of 11 dives Friday night at the natatorium behind Elmira's Ernie Davis school. The final three dives were saved for Saturday at Owego -- unlike in the past -- to give the divers a larger crowd and the spectators an appreciation of the athletes' accomplishments.

Castellaneta finished with 501.75 points. Lansing's Meghan Matheny finished second, while Watkins Glen's Jena Slater was third with 324.30. In fourth place was Oneonta's Kylie McKee.

Next up for Lexi is the New York State Swimming and Diving Championships at Ithaca College -- her third straight annual visit to that event. She finished 25th in each of the past two seasons. Diving will be held on the first day of the meet -- Friday, Nov. 18.

Swimming Tournament:

Lansing won the Section IV, Class C swimming team title Saturday with 398 points, while Watkins Glen placed second with 366. They were followed by Oneonta (343), Elmira Notre Dame (222), Southern Cayuga (210), Odessa-Montour (140.5), Chenango Forks (137), Greene (120.5) and Whitney Point (93).

Among the event highlights: Watkins Glen's Jill Kilcoyne and Amanda Wilbur finished 3rd and 5th, respectively, in the 100 Butterfly in 1:06.25 and 107.50; Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni was 3rd in the 100 Backstroke in 1:05.48; Odessa-Montour's Syria Tague was tied for 4th in the 50 Free with a personal best of 26.94; Liza Carnes and Isabella Fazzary finished 4th and 5th, respectively, in the 500 Free in 5:51.81 and 5:51.91; and O-M's Tori Reese and Watkins Glen's Sarah Swinnerton were 4th and 5th respectively, in the 100 Yard Breaststroke in 1:14.96 and 1:17.37.

200 Medley Relay:

Watkins Glen (Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur and Elizabeth Kilcoyne) finished 4th in 2:03.73.

Odessa-Montour (Syria Tague, Emma Lodge, Tori Reese and Kara Reese) finished 6th in 2:11.60.

200 Yard Freestyle:

Watkins Glen: Liza Carnes finished 6th in 2:11.20, Jill Cantieni 7th in 2:13.28, Isabella Fazzary 10th in 2:12.97 and Annika Wickham 15th in 2:25.45.

Odessa-Montour: Emelia Paulisczak finished 13th in 2:19.38.

200 Yard Individual Medley:

Watkins Glen: Amanda Wilbur finished 7th in 2:30. 66, Jill Kilcoyne 12th in 2:40.06 and Gabi Decker 15th in 2:44.88.

Odessa-Montour: Tori Reese finished 9th in 2:30.42.

50 Yard Freestyle:

Watkins Glen: Allie Gibson finished 7th in 27.38, Jill Cantieni 8th in 27.59, Elizabeth Kilcoyne 9th in 27.34, and Sara Gardner 13th in 28.21.

Odessa-Montour: Syria Tague tied for 4th in 26.94, her first time below 27 seconds.

100 Yard Butterfly:

Watkins Glen: Jill Kilcoyne placed 3rd in 1:06.25, Amanda Wilbur 5th in 1:07.50, and Madi Kilcoyne 7th in 1:11.74.

Odessa-Montour: Lydia Lynch finished 15th in 1:37.11.

100 Yard Freestyle:

Watkins Glen: Peighton Cervoni placed 6th in 57.89, and Elizabeth Kilcoyne 11th in 1:00.59.

500 Yard Freestyle:

Watkins Glen: Liza Carnes placed 4th in 5:51.81, Isabella Fazzary 5th in 5:51.91, Gabi Decker 9th in 6:13.44, and Annika Wickham 16th in 6:38.65.

Odessa-Montour: Emelia Paulisczak finished 13th in 6:22.90.

200 Yard Freestyle Relay:

Watkins Glen (Elizabeth Kilcoyne, Jill Cantieni, Sara Gardner, Allie Gibson) finished 3rd in 1:48.27.

Odessa-Montour (Syria Tague, Tori Reese, Kara Reese, Emelia Paulisczak) finished 5th in 1:53.51.

100 Yard Backstroke:

Watkins Glen: Peighton Cervoni placed 3rd in 1:05.48, Madi Kilcoyne 13th in 1:18.58, Angel Williams 14th in 1:20.51, and Allie Gibson 15th in 1:20.55.

Odessa-Montour: Syria Tague was 6th in 1:08.62.

100 Yard Breaststroke:

Watkins Glen: Sarah Swinnerton placed 5th in 1:17.97, Sara Gardner 8th in 1:24.41, and Moeko Oshima 16th in 1:35.66.

Odessa-Montour: Tori Reese was 4th in 1:14.96. and Emma Lodge 14th in 1:28.39.

400 Yard Freestyle Relay:

Watkins Glen (Jill Kilcoyne, Amanda Wilbur, Liza Carnes, Jill Cantieni) finished 5th in 4:06.75.

Odessa-Montour (JoLynn Minnier, Lydia Lynch, Hailey Hoose, Emelia Paulisczak) finished 8th in 4:55.96.

Said Watkins Glen Coach Nichole Chaffee, "The swimmers all did well and I am very proud of them. I couldn't have asked for a better group of girls."

Photos in text:

Top: Divers from left: Runnerup Meghan Matheny (Lansing), winner Lexi Castellaneta (Watkins Glen) and third-place finisher Jena Slater (Watkins Glen) on the awards podium.

Second: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur dives at start of the 200 IM.

Third: Watkins Glen's Madi Kilcoyne in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Fourth: Odessa-Montour's Lydia Lynch in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Fifth: Watkins Glen's Sara Gardner competes in the 50 Yard Freestyle.

Sixth: Watkins Glen's Gabi Decker before the start of the meet.

Seventh: Watkins Glen's Annika Wickham before start of the 500 Yard Freestyle.

Eighth: Watkins Glen's Jill Cantieni in the 200 Yard Freestyle.

Ninth: Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese, left, and Emma Lodge pose for photos before the start of the meet.

Left: Watkins Glen's Sarah Swinnerton in the 200 Medley Relay. Right: O-M's Emelia Paulisczak in the 500 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins Glen's Jill Kilcoyne, left, and O-M's Tori Reese compete in the 200 Yard IM.

Left: Watkins Glen's Moeko Oshima. Right: The Senecas' Isabella Fazzary dives at start of the 200 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni launches from the starting block at start of the 100 Free.

Watkins Glen's Liza Carnes competes in the 200 Yard Freestyle race. She finished 6th.

Left: There were two ties in the finals of the 50 Free, at 2nd and 4th places (the latter including O-M's Syria Tague (second from left). Right: Watkins Glen's Allie Gibson at start of the 50 Free.

Odessa-Montour's Syria Tague competes in the 200 Yard Medley Relay. She later tied for 4th in the 100 Yard Freestyle, and was 6th the 100 Back.

Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty, left, and Shawn Rutledge placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively. (Photos by George Rutledge)

Glen boys win Class C title, advance to Nov. 12th States

CHENANGO VALLEY, Nov. 3 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross-country team dominated the Section IV, Class C meet Thursday at Chenango Valley State Park, posting its second straight sectional crown and advancing to the State Meet on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the same site.

The Senecas totaled 17 points, well ahead of runnerup Oneonta's 95. Then came Norwich (112), Newark Valley (124), Chenango Forks (136), Lansing (186), Chenango Valley (189), Windsor (204), Waverly (209), Dryden (233) and Susquehanna Valley (237).

Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt finished first in the race, completing the muddy 3.1-mile course in 16:39. Teammates Gabe Planty and Shawn Rutledge were second and third, respectively, in 16:48 and 16:54.

Other Seneca runners finished as follows: Aaron Planty 5th in 17:10, Sam Hanley 6th in 17:14, Sean Holland 9th in 17:34, Sam Thorsland 10th in 17:57, Jacob Carocci 11th in 18:04, Daniel Paradiso 12th in 18:11, and Max Evans 16th in 18:27. There were 101 runners.

Also advancing to States was Watkins Glen's lone female runner, Kai Sutterby, who placed 5th among 50 runners in 20:58. After runners from the winning team, Newark Valley, were removed from the individual list (since they are going to States as a team), Sutterby was the third of five runners who qualified for the Nov. 12th race.

This was the third sectional title for the Watkins boys in four years. Last year's trip to States resulted in a second-place finish, just ahead of third-place Mount Academy, a private school from Section 9. With last year's winner now in Class B, Watkins and Mount Academy are expected to vie for the state title.

"I hope we have really good news" from the Nov. 12 race, said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "It's been our goal since last year. But it's not going to be easy. It will be a real dogfight."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt, who finished first in the boys race.
Bottom: The Senecas' Kai Sutterby, who placed fifth in the girls race. (Photos by George Rutledge)

From left: Watkins Glen's Aaron Planty, Sam Hanley and Sean Holland, who finished 5th, 6th and 9th, respectively. (Photos by George Rutledge)

From left: The Senecas' Sam Thorsland, Jacob Carocci and Daniel Paradiso, who finished 10th, 11th and 12th, respectively. (Photos by George Rutledge)

Left: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez, left, battles at the net. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike smashes the ball over the net. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins volleyball season ends in semis

TIOGA CENTER, Nov. 3 -- The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team saw its season conclude Thursday when it finished tied for third among four teams battling in the pool-play semifinals of the Section IV, Class C tournament at Tioga High School.

The top two finishers -- Tioga and Bainbridge-Guilford -- advanced to Saturday's finals at Corning East.

Tioga went unbeaten Thursday, amassing a 6-0 record as the four teams played the other three twice each. B-G built a 4-2 record, while Watkins Glen and Trumansburg -- who had battled last week for the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large Schools title, won by Watkins Glen -- finished with 1-5 marks.

"We knew the competition going in," said Watkins Glen Coach Michelle Simiele -- a reference to two losses to Tioga during the regular season and a loss to B-G in the final of a Dryden tournament. Despite Thursday's setback, though, she said that "overall I'm very pleased with the season," in which Watkins Glen was 17-2, won its second straight division title, and then won its first IAC crown.

"The girls worked hard all season," she said. "It was such a great season."

In Thursday's competition, Watkins Glen lost to Tioga 25-17 and 25-6, then split with Trumansburg, winning 25-21 before losing 25-11. That was followed by two losses to B-G, by scores of 25-14 and 25-21.

Watkins Glen statistics:

Mariah Gonzalez: 8 service points, 2 aces, 10 kills, 46 SR, 21 digs, 2 blocks.
Amanda Pike: 5 service points, 4 aces, 14 kills, 17 SR, 11 digs, 3 blocks.
Hanley Elliott: 5 service points, 3 aces, 1 kill, 21 assists, 20 digs.
Emmie Bond: 10 service points, 1 assist, 6 SR, 7 digs.
Megan Hazlitt: 5 service points, 5 SR, 3 digs.
Kathryn Losey: 14 SR 12 digs.
Kendra Larson: 1 SR, 3 digs.
Amber Benjamin: 3 SR, 1 dig.
SR: Serve Receive

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott, right, sends the ball over the net.
Bottom: The Senecas' Emmie Bond volleys. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Kendra Larson awaits the ball. Right: The Senecas' Kathryn Losey meets the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins' Sara Gardner, left, and Elizabeth Kilcoyne hit the water at the start of the 50 Free.

Swim prelims set stage for sectional finals

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 2 -- The stage was set Wednesday for Saturday's Section IV, Class C Swimming finals when prelims were held in the Watkins Glen High School pool.

Participating schools included Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour, Chenango Forks, Elmira Notre Dame, Greene, Lansing, Oneonta, Southern Cayuga and Whitney Point.

The top eight finishers in each race advanced to the finals Saturday at Owego Free Academy. The second eight finishers qualified for the consolation finals Saturday, where no competitor can finish higher than ninth.

The top eight finishers in each relay also advanced, which meant almost all of the competing schools.

Watkins Glen swimmers who advanced to the finals included:

200 Free: Liza Carnes, 3rd in 2:08.46, and Jill Cantieni, 8th in 2:13.66.
200 IM: Amanda Wilbur, 6th in 2:25.96.
50 Free: Allie Gibson, 4th in 26.78, and Jill Cantieni, 7th in 27.31.
100 Fly: Jill Kilcoyne, 2nd in 1:05.94; Amanda Wilbur, 4th in 1:06.64; and Madi Kilcoyne, 6th in 1:11.30.
100 Free: Peighton Cervoni, 6th in 57.96.
500 Free: Liza Carnes, 4th in 5:48.26, and Isabella Fazzary, 6th in 5:57.53.
100 Back: Peighton Cervoni, 2nd in 1:04.58.
100 Breaststroke: Sarah Swinnerton, 5th in 1:17.37, and Sara Gardner, 8th in 1:24.15.

Odessa-Montour swimmers who advanced to the finals included:

50 Free: Syria Tague, 8th in 27.50. (She tied with Lansing's Meghan Matheny. Tague won the finals slot in a swim-off in 27.14.)
100 Back: Syria Tague, 6th in 1:09.26.
100 Breaststroke: Tori Reese, 4th in 1:15.30.

Making the consolation finals from Watkins Glen were:

200 Free: Isabella Fazzary (9th) and Annika Wickham (16th).
200 IM: Jill Kilcoyne (12th) and Gabi Decker (14th).
50 Free: Elizabeth Kilcoyne (10th) and Sara Gardner (13th).
100 Free: Elizabeth Kilcoyne (11th).
500 Free: Gabi Decker (10th) and Annika Wickham (16th).
100 Back: Allie Gibson (11th), Madi Kilcoyne (12th) and Angel Williams (15th).
100 Breaststroke: Moeko Oshima (16th).

Making the consolation finals from Odessa-Montour were:

200 Free: Emelia Paulisczak (12th).
200 IM: Tori Reese (10th).
100 Fly: Lydia Lynch (15th).
500 Free: Emelia Paulisczak (15th).
100 Breaststroke: Emma Lodge (15th).

In the relays:

200 Medley Relay: Watkins Glen placed 4th and O-M 6th.
200 Free Relay: Watkins Glen was 2nd and O-M 7th. The Senecas challenged Oneonta (1:45.13) by posting a 1:47.46. Squad members were Elizabeth Kilcoyne, Jill Cantieni, Sara Gardner and Allie Gibson.
400 Free Relay: Watkins Glen was 5th and O-M was 8th.

Diving: The Section IV, Class A & C diving will start at 4 p.m. Friday at the Ernie Davis school (former EFA) in Elmira. After the first 8 dives, the top 8 in each class will advance at that point to the final three dives Saturday at Owego Free Academy.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese, who placed 4th in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.

Second: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur, 4th in the 100 Fly and 6th in the 200 IM.

Third: Watkins Glen's Angel Williams, who qualified for the consolation finals in the 100 Yard Backstroke.

Bottom: O-M's Julia Paulisczak dives at the start of the 50 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins Glen's Allie Gibson dives at start of the 50 Free, left, and then checks her time after completing the race. She placed fourth.

Watkins Glen's Jill Kilcoyne, who won her heat and placed second overall in the 100 Fly.

Left: Watkins Glen's Gabi Decker turns for final leg of the 200 IM. She advanced to the consolation finals. Right: O-M's JoLynn Minnier competes in the 200 IM.

O-M's Lydia Lynch on her way to 15th place and the consolation finals in the 100 Fly.

Left: O-M's Syria Tague is given some advice by her brother Billy before her swim-off for the 8th and last spot in the 50 Free finals. Right: She reacts to her subsequent victory.

Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese dives at start of the 200 Individual Medley.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike sends the ball over the net. Teammate Hanley Elliott is at left. (Photo by Don Romeo)

WG wins, moves to pool play

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 1 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team defeated Lansing 3-0 Tuesday night in a Section IV, Class C quarterfinal in the WGHS gym, advancing to the pool-play semifinals Thursday at Tioga High School.

The Senecas, who outscored Lansing 25-22, 25-14 and 25-21, will play two games each against host Tioga, Bainbridge-Guilford and Trumansburg starting at 4:30 p.m. The top two teams will advance to the final Saturday at Corning East High School. Watkins Glen is seeded No. 4 behind unbeaten Tioga, once-beaten Trumansburg and unbeaten B-G, in that order.

Watkins Glen, now 17-2, seemed to play flat Tuesday night -- the likely result, said Coach Michelle Simiele, of an emotional letdown after the Senecas' hard-fought win Friday over Trumansburg for the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large Schools title.

"We need to bring more enthusiasm to the games Thursday," said Simiele, who also noted that while the Senecas' service game was solid Tuesday, it wasn't aggressive. "We have to be aggressive to win," she said -- considering that Watkins lost to Tioga twice during the season and to Bainbridge-Guilford in the final of a Dryden tournament, and were two points away from losing to Tburg Friday before rallying for the victory.

The Senecas started strongly Tuesday, building a 10-4 lead in the first game before Lansing rallied to take the lead 16-13. Watkins moved ahead again at 19-18 and didn't trail the rest of the game.

The second game was close early, with Lansing leading 4-3 -- its only lead of the game. The Senecas were up by three at 14-11 when they took control, outscoring the Ladycats 11-3 down the stretch.

The third game was more challenging for Watkins, which was down 14-12 before reeling off six straight points, five with Hanley Elliott serving, to go up 18-14. Elliott finished the game with a team-high 17 service points.

Watkins extended its lead to 22-15 before Lansing rallied to within three points, 24-21. But the Senecas closed it out on the next point, and extended their season.

Watkins Glen statistics:

Mariah Gonzalez: 6 service points, 15 kills, 19 SR, 15 digs, 5 blocks.
Amanda Pike: 9 service points, 13 kills, 11 SR, 9 digs, 4 blocks.
Hanley Elliott: 17 service points, 3 aces, 27 assists, 2 SR, 15 digs.
Emmie Bond: 7 service points, 1 ace, 1 assist, 5 SR, 8 digs.
Kathryn Losey: 1 service point, 1 kill, 2 assists, 4 SR, 11 digs.
Megan Hazlitt: 2 service points, 2 kills, 5 SR, 4 digs.
Amber Benjamin: 1 service point, 1 assist.
Kendra Larson: 2 SR, 2 digs.
SR=Service Receive

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez sends the ball over the net.
Middle: The Senecas' Emmie Bond, foreground, fakes hitting the ball as teammate Mariah Gonzalez, next to her, sends it over the net.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Kathryn Losey, right, meets the ball. Teammate Megan Hazlitt is on the left. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond. (Photo by Don Romeo) / Right: The Senecas' Megan Hazlitt battles at the net.

Watkins Glen's Mariah Gonzalez, left, meets an incoming serve as teammate Kathryn Losey (7) watches. In the background are teammate Kendra Larson and Coach Michelle Simiele.

From left: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott, Kendra Larson and Amanda Pike. (Center photo by Don Romeo)

Sophomore quarterback Alexis Saunders tries a run to the right in first-half action.

O-M juniors & sophomores win Pixie Bowl

ODESSA, Nov. 1 -- The team of sophomores and juniors dominated in the second half Tuesday night to defeat the senior-freshman team 26-8 in the 10th annual flag-football Pixie Bowl on Odessa-Montour High School's Charles Martin Field.

The touchdowns for the winning squad, which trailed 8-0 in the first half before pulling within two points at 8-6 shortly before intermission, were scored by McKennah Lott, Hannah Bruno and Hunter Daugherty. Lott and Hailey Perraut each kicked an extra point.

Senior Alyssa Crout scored her team's lone touchdown, as well as a two-point conversion.

A halftime punt, pass and kick competition saw a large turnout of O-M athletes. Nick Sgrecci placed first, DeShawn Johnson second and Noah Austin third.

Photo in text: Sopohomore Mckennah Lott grabs a pass from quarterback Alexis Saunders that she carried into the end zone for a touchdown.

Left: Senior quarterback Alyssa Crout throws a pass on the final play of the first half. Right: The play is broken up by junior Hailey Perraut (4), defending against the intended receiver, senior Dasia Herrmann.

Athletes of Week: 4 who had an impact

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Oct. 30 -- This week we honor four athletes -- a diver, a runner and two volleyball players -- who left an impact from their performances this past week. Each is from Watkins Glen High School.

Diver Lexi Castellaneta -- who this season set 6-dive Section IV records three times -- now has the 11-dive sectional record after a 534.45-point performance at the IAC Swimming and Diving Championships at WGHS, breaking a seven-year-old mark.

Runner Patrick Hazlitt earns a nod for his first-place finish at the IAC Cross Country Championship at Marathon, leading Watkins Glen to its fourth straight IAC team title. He was also awarded the IAC Sportsmanship Award.

The final two slots go for timely impact. Volleyball players Hanley Elliott and Megan Hazlitt earn the honors for stepping up at crucial moments with key service points (Hazlitt closing out the first game after the Senecas trailed 21-19 and Elliott closing out the fourth game after the Senecas fell behind 23-20) as Watkins Glen rallied from the edge of defeat to top Trumansburg for the IAC Large Schools volleyball title. Hazlitt also had two other timely service runs, including in the final, fifth game when the Senecas pulled away from a 9-8 lead to 16-8. She finished with 22 service points and 6 aces, to go with 16 digs. Elliott, with 12 service points and 2 aces, also registered 18 digs and an impressive 49 assists, amply setting the ball for the team's kill experts.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen runners Shawn Rutledge, Gabe Planty, Sam Hanley, Sean Holland and Kai Sutterby; Watkins Glen volleyball players Mariah Gonzalez, Amanda Pike and Emmie Bond.

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

The Tribe"A" team poses after defeating Johnson City 19-12 in the Southern Tier Youth Football Conference Super Bowl in Apalachin. (Photo provided)

Tribe wins youth football Super Bowl

APALACHIN, Oct. 30 -- The Schuyler Youth Football "A" team successfully defended its Southern Tier Youth Football Conference title when it defeated Johnson City 19-12 Sunday in the conference Super Bowl in Apalachin.

The Tribe had reached the game for the second straight year by winning the conference's West Division, while Johnson City was the East Division champ. The Tribe completed the season unbeaten.

The game, a defensive battle, saw its first touchdown when the Tribe's Owen Scholtisek scored on a 36-yard run. Johnson City tied the game 6-6 before both teams scored again in the second half, with the Tribe adding an extra point to take a 13-12 lead.

Johnson City marched down the field to within the Tribe 5-yard line late in the game, but was stopped by the Tribe defense there, and turned the ball over on downs. Scholtisek then burst down the sideline for a 95-yard TD run with under a minute left in the game.

Johnson City got the ball back, but a pass was intercepted by the Tribe's Adam Pastore, ending the game.

Photo in text: The Tribe's Owen Scholtisek breaks free for a 95-yard TD run. (Photo provided)

Left: The Tribe's Travon Jones gains some yardage. Right: Team coaches, from left: Assistant Tony Spahalski, Assistant Shaun Cannon, Head Coach Jeff Fazzary, and Assistant Don Beckly. (Photos provided)

Left: Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni dives at the start of the 100 Yard Freestyle race. Right: Odessa-Montour's Emma Lodge competes in the 100 Free.

Lexi sets 11-dive section mark

Lansing wins IAC swim crown; Watkins 3rd; O-M 7th

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 29 -- Watkins Glen junior Lexi Castellaneta set a new Section IV 11-dive scoring record at Saturday morning's Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championship meet at WGHS -- leading the Senecas to the IAC diving title. Lansing, meanwhile, won the afternoon swim meet convincingly.

Castellaneta, scoring two 9s, two 9.5s and a 10 on her final dive -- an inward dive with a pike position -- totaled 534.45 points to edge a 2009 record of 532 set by Binghamton diver Alyssa Menz. Lexi's previous high had been 522.55 points.

Her performance and third- and fourth-place finishes by Jena Slater and Maddie Suddaby lifted the Senecas to the IAC diving crown -- but Lansing dominated much of the swimming portion of the meet.

The Lady Bobcats finished with 432 points, while Waverly totaled 311, edging out Watkins Glen (310) for second place. Southern Cayuga was fourth with 235 points, followed by Notre Dame (228), Dryden (186), Odessa-Montour (143) and Whitney Point (103).

Podium finishes (top 8) for the Senecas in the afternoon swim meet included:

-- Liza Carnes, 4th in the 200 Yard Freestyle (2:15.78) and 8th in the 500 Free (6:03.94)
-- Isabella Fazzary, 6th in the 200 Yard Free (2:16.90) and 5th in the 500 Free (6:01.33)
-- Jill Cantieni, 7th in the 200 Yard Free (2:17.83)
-- Allison Gibson, 5th in the 50 Yard Freestyle (27.08)
-- Elizabeth Kilcoyne, 7th in the 500 Yard Free (27.71) and 6th in the 100 Free (1:00.76)
-- Jill Kilcoyne, 7th in the 100 Yard Butterfly (1:08.71)
-- Amanda Wilbur, 8th in the 100 Yard Butterfly (1:09.93)
-- Peighton Cervoni, 4th in the 100 Free (59.10) and 7th in the 100 Back (1:09.72)
-- Sarah Swinnerton, 7th in the 100 Yard Breaststroke (1:20.02)

Odessa-Montour's podium finishers included:

-- Emelia Paulisczzak, 8th in the 200 Freestyle (2:19.81)
-- Tori Reese, 8th in the 200 Yard IM (2:29.57) and 6th in the 100 Breaststroke (1:17.47)
-- Syria Tague, 8th in the 50 Yard Freestyle (27.82) and 5th in the 100 Back (1:08.02)

200 Yard Medley Relay: Notre Dame won, with Lansing 2nd. Watkins Glen was 5th in 2:05.29 (Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur and Elizabeth Kilcoyne) and Odessa-Montour was 7th in 2:12.06 (Syria Tague, Emma Lodge, Tori Reese and Kara Reese).

200 Yard Freestyle Relay: Lansing won, with Waverly 2nd and Watkins Glen 3rd in 1:50.21 (Elizabeth Kilcoyne, Jill Cantieni, Allison Gibson and Sara Gardner) and O-M 6th in 1:56.82 (Tori Reese, Syria Tague, Kara Reese and Emelia Paulisczak).

400 Yard Freestyle Relay: Lansing won, with Notre Dame second. Watkins Glen was fourth in 4:11.20 (Jill Kilcoyne, Amanda Wilbur, Liza Carnes and Peighton Cervoni) and O-M 7th in 4:57.62 (Emelia Paulisczak, JoLynn Minnier, Lydia Lynch and Hailey Hoose).

In addition to winning two relays and finishing 2nd in the other, Lansing had first-place finishes in the 200 Free, 50 Free and 100 Free, and second-place finishes in the 100 Back, 50 Free and 200 IM.

Diving Meet:

Castellaneta dominated in the diving. Here is the breakdown of her scores for each of her 11 dives, with five judges' totals. The highest total possible -- and rare -- is a 10.

1st Dive: 7.5, 8, 9, 8, 9
2nd Dive: 7.5, 7.5, 9, 7.5, 7
3rd Dive: 6.5, 7, 6.5, 6.5, 7.5
4th Dive: 7.5, 8.5, 7.5, 7.5, 7.5
5th Dive: 7, 6.5, 5.5, 6.5, 7.5
6th Dive: 9, 8.5, 8.5, 9, 7.5
7th Dive: 9.5, 9, 9.5, 8.5, 9.5
8th Dive: 7.5, 8.5, 7.5, 7.5, 6.5
9th Dive: 8, 9, 8.5, 8, 9
10th Dive: 7.5, 8.5, 7.5, 7.5, 8.5
11th Dive: 10, 9.5, 9, 9, 9.5

Her final dive, the 401 B inward dive in a pike position, is one in which Lexi has high confidence. It was a good choice to finish on.

And again -- as she was on each of the three occasions in which she set Section IV records this season for six dives -- she knew on the final dive what was at stake. And as with those other three occasions ... when the scores were posted, her arms shot up in victory.

Photos in text:

Top: Lexi Castellaneta completes her final dive, which lifted her to a new sectional record.
Second: Watkins Glen's Isabella Fazzary on the way to 5th place in the 500 Free.
Third: WG's Elizabeth Kilcoyne checks the scoreboard after finishing 6th in the 100 Free.
Fourth: Odessa-Montour's Emelia Paulisczak on the way to 11th place in the 500 Free.
Fifth: The Watkins Glen divers. From left, Jena Slater, Lexi Castellaneta and Maddie Suddaby.

Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese enters the water at the start of the 200 Yard IM.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jena Slater on the way to third place in the diving. Right: The Senecas' Maddie Suddaby, fourth in the diving.

Watkins Glen's Allison Gibson glides at the start of the 50 Free. She placed fifth.

Left: Odessa-Montour's JoLynn Minnier competes in the 100 Free. Right: O-M's Syria Tague, 8th in the 50 Yard Freestyle and 5th in the 100 Backstroke.

The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross-country runners, champions of the IAC. From left: Sam Hanley, Gabe Planty, Jacob Carocci, Daniel Paradiso, Sean Holland, Aaron Planty, Patrick Hazlitt and Shawn Rutledge. (Photo by George Rutledge)

WG boys XC team wins IACs

MARATHON, Oct. 29 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross-country team won its fourth straight Interscholastic Athletic Conference title Saturday when it placed seven of its runners in the Top 10 at the IAC Championship on the Marathon Elementary School's 3.1-mile course.

Watkins Glen finished with 20 points, well ahead of runnerup Elmira Notre Dame (70). Newark Valley (114) was third, followed by Trumansburg (137), Groton (157), Waverly (184), Lansing (188), Moravia (207), Dryden (211), Spencer-Van Etten/Candor (214), and Marathon (231).

Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt finished first in 17:05. Teammate Shawn Rutledge was 2nd in 17:13, Gabe Planty 4th in 17:29, Sam Hanley 6th in 17:32, Sean Holland 7th in 17:54, Daniel Paradiso 8th in 18:14, Jacob Carocci 10th in 18:21, and Aaron Planty 17th in 18:35. There were 79 runners.

The top seven runners earned IAC All-Star First Team status. The next seven earned Second Team All-Star status.

Hazlitt also won the IAC male Sportsmanship Award, voted upon by league coaches.

Varsity Girls: Watkins Glen had two runners, with Kai Sutterby finishing 4th in 21:05 and Cambria Weeden 11th in 21:32 among 76 runners. Sutterby thus earned an IAC All-Star First Team berth, and Weeden a slot on the Second Team.

Junior Varsity Boys: Watkins Glen won its second straight JV title, sweeping the top nine spots. The Senecas finished with 15 points, while Newark Valley had 68, Notre Dame 90, Trumansburg 104, Waverly 106, Marathon 181, and Dryden 188.

The Senecas' Max Evans finished first in 18:42, followed by Sam Thorsland (2nd in 18:43), Conlin Wysocki (3rd in 19:08), William Yeater (4th in 19:21), Isaac McIlroy (5th in 19:39), Tanner Ryan (6th in 19:44), Alex Gibson (7th in 20:30), Tyler Couch (8th in 20:46), Julian Thornton (9th in 20:50), Clint Craven (18th in 21:56), and Elliott Holland (20th in 22:16). There were 56 runners in the race.

Junior High Boys: Watkins Glen's Ben Swinnerton was 3rd in 9:47 and Brady Neal 11th in 10:36 among 56 runners.

Junior High Girls: The Senecas' Julya Slater was 3rd in 14:54 and Breanna Carl 15th in 15:32. There were a total of 42 runners.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt with his IAC Sportsmanship Award.
Bottom: The Senecas' Kai Sutterby, front, with her IAC All-Star First Team award, and Cambria Weeden, who earned a Second Team berth. (Photos provided)

Watkins Glen's Jacob Carocci (left) and Gabe Planty. (Photos by George Rutledge)

From left: Watkins Glen's Sean Holland, Shawn Rutledge and Sam Hanley. (Photos by George Rutledge)

JV race: Watkins' Alex Gibson left, and William Yeater. (Photos by George Rutledge)

The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team poses after winning the IAC Large School title. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen wins IAC title

Down and almost out, Senecas roar back to beat Tburg

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 28 -- It was an improbable victory.

The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team, winner of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School South Division crown, was down 2 games to 1 and behind 23-20 Friday night as it battled previously unbeaten and IAC Large School North Division champ Trumansburg for the overall IAC Large School title.

Trumansburg had dominated the Senecas the previous year in the same title game, played at Tburg.

This time it was played in the WGHS Field House, and the vociferous Watkins student cheering section might have had something to do with the outcome, encouraging the Senecas when they were both rolling and struggling. "I have to credit the students," said Watkins Glen Coach Michelle Simiele. "The girls were thrilled to have them there, cheering."

Down 23-20 in the fourth game and facing defeat, the Senecas nevertheless found a way to prevail. They rallied -- behind the serving of Hanley Elliott -- to deny Tburg another point and win the game, 25-23, and then pulled away from the Blue Raiders in the deciding fifth game, 25-16, to earn a 3-2 victory and revenge for last year's outcome. They also came away with a confidence builder heading into Section IV tournament play. The Senecas face Lansing at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 in the WGHS Field House. Watkins Glen, 16-2, is the No. 4 seed. Lansing, 11-5, is the No. 5 seed.

Friday night's title, Coach Simiele noted, was the first volleyball IAC crown for WGHS.

"There were stretches where we made mistakes,"she said, "but overall we played very well against a very good team. Our strength training helped us in the last game; it was the only game that wasn't close."

While praising the performance of her main offensive players, Simiele also noted their defensive contributions and the play of Kathryn Losey and subs Amber Benjamin and Kendra Larson.

"It's great when kids come off the bench and play well," she said. "Everybody fulfilled their roles, did what they were supposed to do, and that's why we won. I'm proud of the time and effort they put in every day."

Watkins Glen had opened Friday with a 25-21 victory in a first game that was close throughout until the Senecas pulled away with the final six points -- Megan Hazlitt serving the final five. But they then lost the second game 25-23 after being tied at 23-all and with the serve. And in the third game, the Senecas were up by as much as six points, 17-11, before letting the Raiders back in and dropping a 26-24 decision.

Asked what she told her players after that third game, Simiele said "I told them to have fun and go down swinging."

The fourth game looked promising at first as Watkins started 3-0 on Mariah Gonzalez serves and then opened a 12-5 lead, five of the points coming off of Hazlitt serves. But Trumansburg, after calling a time out, roared back with 11 straight points as Watkins looked disorganized. But when they were down 19-14, the Senecas gathered themselves together, pulled within a point at 19-18, evened the score at 20-20 -- and then lost the next three points to fall behind 23-20.

And that's when they dug deeper, winning the next three points to pull even at 23-23, and then capturing the next two points as well, the second-to-last on a nasty Amanda Pike kill. The final four points were served by Elliott.

And that win propelled them into the decider, Game Five.

The final game started tight, with Watkins trailing by two points early but then pulling ahead 9-5 on three Pike serves. Trumansburg closed to within a point, 9-8, before losing the serve. The Senecas then notched six more points in a row with Hazlitt serving to pull ahead 16-8. The lead was again eight points at 19-11 before the Raiders registered four straight points to pull within four at 19-15.

But following a Watkins Glen timeout, the Raiders lost steam as the Senecas won four points to increase their lead to 23-15, lost a point, and then won the final two to close out the victory.

Watkins Glen statistics:

Amanda Pike: 6 service points, 5 aces, 30 kills, 1 assist, 19 SR*, 9 digs, 4 blocks.
Mariah Gonzalez: 14 service points, 3 aces, 23 kills, 53 SR, 27 digs, 2 blocks.
Hanley Elliott: 12 service points, 2 aces, 2 kills, 49 assists, 18 digs.
Emmie Bond: 14 service points, 3 aces, 4 kills, 2 assists, 2 SR, 12 digs.
Megan Hazlitt: 22 service points, 6 aces, 5 SR, 16 digs.
Kathryn Losey: 3 service points, 1 kill, 5 SR, 9 digs.
Amber Benjamin: 1 service point, 2 SR, 2 digs.
Kendra Larson: 1 SR, 2 digs.
*SR: Serve Receives

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike (6) battles a Trumansburg player at the net. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Middle: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez (12) smashes the ball.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Megan Hazlitt reaches for a volley.

Watkins' Hanley Elliott meets the ball. The match featured a number of lengthy volleys.

Left: Watkins' Kathryn Losey (7) volleys as Mariah Gonzalez (center) and Megan Hazlitt back her up. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Pike serves. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Hanley Elliott sends the ball over the net. Right: The Senecas' Mariah Gonzalez meets the ball. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond volleys. Right: The Senecas' Kathryn Losey.

From left: Watkins Glen's Megan Hazlitt, Hanley Elliott and Emmie Bond. (Photo in the middle by Don Romeo)

The Watkins Glen players and some of their fans celebrate after the Senecas' IAC victory.

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