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Honrath, Arnold, Nolan earn All-State

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 5, 2022 -- Three Schuyler County soccer standouts have earned spots on the 31st Annual NYSSCOGS (New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports) All-State Girls Soccer Team.

Watkins Glen High School sophomore Skye Honrath was named a Class C 1st Team pick, and teammate Carly Arnold, a senior, was named a Class C 2nd Team pick after they led the Senecas to this fall's Section IV soccer championship.

Odessa-Montour senior Hannah Nolan was named a Class D 4th Team selection after setting school single-season and career goal-scoring marks while leading her team to a winning record.

Odessa-Montour's Hannah Nolan, right, looks for a shot from under the basket.

O-M girls defeat Jasper-Troupsburg

ODESSA, Dec. 3, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team -- led by Gina Gavich's career-high 19 points -- defeated Jasper-Troupsburg 62-32 Saturday in a non-league game in the O-M gym.

Gavich, who sank four 3-pointers, also dished out 5 assists. Other points came from Hannah Nolan (13, with 7 rebounds and 8 steals), Keyonna Garrison (12, with 10 rebounds), Tori Brewster (9, with 5 steals), Reagan Reese (8, with 8 rebounds), and Brooklynn Thompson (1). The team converted 8 of 13 free throws.

J-T, which is now 2-1, was led by Natalie Cornell's 18 points.

"It was a great way for us to start the season," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "but we have a long way to go and a lot of things to get better at. I thought our ball movement and finding the open person was good today for a first game."

The Grizzlies return to action Tuesday night at home against Newfield.

Photo: O-M's Gina Gavich, left, prepares to shoot.

Left: O-M's Keyonna Garrison (24) launches a shot. Right: The Grizzlies' Tori Brewster drives to the basket for two points.

Storm wrestlers place 3rd at Wellsville

WELLSVILLE, Dec. 3, 2022 -- The Schuyler Storm varsity wrestling team finished third among 11 teams Saturday at the Wellsville Round Robin Tournament.

The Storm -- a combined squad of Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen High School athletes -- finished with 230 points, behind only first-place Wayne (341.5 points) and second-place Wellsville (285).

Top finishers for the Storm were Lucas Hoffman (second place at 118 pounds), Tristan Harrington (second place at 160), Brandon Davis (third place at 138), Daniel Coston (third place at 145), Gabe Williams (third place at 152), and Jed Lynch (third place at 160).

Others included Lucas Barr, fifth at 145; Brody Williams, fifth at 215; and Aiden Summers, sixth at 285.

The Storm will host its first home dual meet Wednesday night against Thomas Edison.

Photo in text: Storm wrestler Tristan Harrington with coaches Bill Lindsley, left, and Dan Batchelder. (Photo provided)

Glen girls open with a win over Dryden

DRYDEN, Dec. 2, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team, led by Rachel Vickio's 19 points, opened the season Friday night with a 51-36 victory over Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Dryden gym.

Vickio, who sank three 3-pointers, grabbed 7 rebounds and had 6 steals and 2 assists. Brianna Hatch added 10 points along with 8 rebounds and 2 blocks, while Jenna Solomon scored 8 points and registered 8 rebounds and a block. Other points came from Carly Arnold (5, with 4 assists and 2 steals), Molly Coolican (5, with 3 assists and 2 steals), and Olivia King (4, with 4 rebounds and a block). Addy Coolican and Chelsea Parsons each grabbed 2 rebounds.

The Senecas led 16-4 after one period, 34-12 at halftime, and 38-30 entering the fourth quarter. They then outscored the Lions 13-6 down the stretch.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Dryden, 28-17.

Watkins boys fall to Dryden in OT, 66-62

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 2, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team built a 14-point lead early in the third period Friday night, but Dryden caught the Senecas down the stretch and defeated them in overtime, 66-62, in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas, up 24-23 at halftime, went on a 14-1 run that gave them a 38-24 lead in the third quarter, but Dryden battled back, closing the period down seven points, 43-36. The Lions closed twice to within two points in the fourth quarter before catching Watkins in the closing minute. Dryden had a chance to win on a last-second jumper, but it misfired.

The overtime was back and forth, the two teams trading the lead until Dryden pulled ahead in the closing minute.

Jacob Yontz led Watkins Glen with 29 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Other points came from Joe Sutterby (12, with 8 rebounds), Ryan Willett (7, with 5 assists and 2 steals)), Alex Holmes (7, with 4 rebounds), Sam Caslin (5, with 3 rebounds and a steal), and Chris Simiele (2, with 2 steals). David Kelly grabbed 2 rebounds. The team converted 10 of 14 free throws.

Dryden was led by Colton Dow's 21 points. The team sank 16 of 29 free throws.

"I thought we played well in our first game of the season," said Watkins Glen first-year varsity Coach Scott Morse. "Dryden is a very talented team that has size and shooters, so we knew it would be a tough one tonight. It's always hard to lose in overtime, but we battled all night and I'm proud of the boys. We have plenty to work on, so we will get back at it and hopefully continue to improve."

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Dryden, 35-17. Seven different players scored for the Senecas, but none had more than four points.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Jacob Yontz scores two of his 29 points.

Left: Watkins Glen's Alex Holmes drives to the hoop. Right: The Senecas' Joe Sutterby finds heavy traffic as he goes up for a shot in overtime.

Odessa boys drop opener to NV, 90-54

ODESSA, Dec. 2, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team opened its season Friday night with a loss, falling to Newark Valley 90-54 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Newark Valley, trailing 6-2 early, ran off 19 straight points on the way to a 27-15 first-quarter advantage. The Cardinals then led 52-28 at halftime, and 76-40 entering the fourth period.

Daniel Lewis led the Grizzlies with 20 points, while Tyler Malnoske scored 13 (including three 3-pointers), Brad Gillis 10, Brady Cannon 4, Ben Heichel 4, David Patterson 2, and Gunner Herrmann 1. The team converted 10 of 20 free throws.

Newark Valley, led by Dan Truesdail's 20 points, sank 13 of 18 free throws.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour fell to Newark Valley 47-33. Drew Parmenter led Odessa with 15 points, while Connor Foggie scored 13.

Photo in text: O-M's Daniel Lewis, left, is fouled as he drives to the basket.

Left: O-M's Brad Gillis unleashes a shot. Right: The Grizzlies' Tyler Malnoske prepares to shoot in first-quarter action.

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Bowling: Glen girls, boys top Notre Dame

ELMIRA, Dec. 1, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls and boys varsity bowling teams both defeated Elmira Notre Dame 4-0 Thursday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference road matches.

Girls: The Senecas won all three games by a combined 2272-1655. Alyiah Clink-Bentley led the way with a 480 series, while Ava Cowan registered a 467, Aubrey Kellogg 465, Katie Cooke 422, and Maisie Robertson 415.

"I am very pleased with the high scores that the girls are putting up this early in the season," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower.

Boys: Watkins Glen won all three games by a combined 2025-1596. Brett Cullen-Pike led the Senecas with a 537 series, while Mikel Cody added a 519 and Thomas Goltry-Coots a 354.

"Brett and Mykel had a good day," said Brower, "and our new guys continue to improve. It was a good win today."

Bowling: O-M boys, girls fall to Candor

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 1, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams dropped 4-0 decisions Thursday to Candor in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Boys: Candor won all three games, outscoring O-M 2443-2136. Dom Elliott led Odessa with a 502 series, while Austin Hoyt posted a 458, Zach Rounds a 452, and Benson Patterson a 451.

Girls: Odessa, with just four bowlers instead of five due to illness, was outscored by Candor 2163-835.

Odessa-Montour returns to action next Thursday at Dixie Lanes against Elmira Heights Edison.

Photo in text: O-M's Dom Elliott just misses a spare.

Bowling: O-M boys defeat Groton, 4-0

GROTON, Nov., 30, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity bowling team defeated an undermanned Groton squad 4-0 Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match.

The Grizzlies registered a three-game total of 2118 while Groton, with four instead of five bowlers, posted a 1390. Benson Patterson led Odessa with a 502 series, while Dom Elliott rolled a 500.

Girls: Odessa-Montour fell to Groton, 4-0, losing all three games by a 1985-1325 count. Sarah Barr led the Grizzlies with a 381 series.

O-M returns to action Thursday at home against Candor.

Bowling: WG girls top Newark Valley

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 29, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity bowling team posted a 4-0 victory Tuesday over Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes.

The Senecas won all three games by a combined total of 1933-1626. Ava Cowan led the way with a 440 series, while Alyiah Clink-Bentley rolled a 414, Ashley Kellogg a 412, and Maisie Robertson a 389.

Boys: Watkins Glen fell to Newark Valley 4-0, outscored 2413-1903. Brett Cullen-Pike led the Senecas with a 490 series, while Mykel Cody posted a 465.

Bowling: O-M boys top Tioga in opener

WAVERLY, Nov. 22, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High Schools boys varsity bowling team -- led by Benson Patterson's 639 series -- opened its season Tuesday with a 3-1 victory over Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at the Valley Bowling Center.

Patterson had a high game of 232 in fashioning his series. Teammate Zach Rounds posted a 554 series with a high game of 245, while Dominick Elliott rolled 523, Austin Hoyt 488, and Alex Campbell 416.

The Grizzlies lost the first game 955-800, but won the second and third games (946-805 and 874-793) and the total pinfall, 2620-2553.

Girls: Odessa-Montour opened the season with a 4-0 loss to Tioga, losing all three games by a combined pinfall of 2094-1450.

Sarah Barr led the Grizzlies with a 467 series that included a 203 game.

O-M returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Groton.

Watkins Glen's Alyiah Clink-Bentley watches the pins scatter in the first game.

Bowling: WG girls top Lansing; boys fall

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 22, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity bowling team opened its season with a victory Tuesday, defeating Lansing 4-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes.

Alyiah Clink-Bentley led the Senecas with a 480 series, while Ava Cowan posted a 459, Maisie Robertson a 429, and Aubrey Kellogg a 349.

Watkins won all three games decisively, building a total pinfall advantage of 2034-1343.

"I'm very happy with how the 'Ladies of the Lake' performed in their initial outing of the season," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "If they continue to put in the work, they should be tough at the end of the season."

Boys: Watkins Glen dropped a 4-0 decision to Lansing, but each game was competitive, and the total pinfall difference was just 73, Lansing prevailing 2106-2033.

Brett Cullen-Pike led the Senecas with a 523 series, while Mykel Cody posted a 516.

"We are young, with Thomas Goltry-Coots our only senior, so it will be up to sophomore Mykel Cody and 8th grader Brett Cullen-Pike to step up and be leaders, and I know they are up to the task," said Coach Brower. "Losing today by a total of 73 pins will wind up being a good lesson for them, stressing the point that every pin counts."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Mykel Cody.in first game Tuesday.

Scrimmages begin as hoop season nears

ODESSA, Nov. 22, 2022 -- The high school basketball season is nearing, with scrimmages this week for Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen teams.

The O-M girls hosted South Seneca Tuesday afternoon in a scrimmage, and host Hammondsport Wednesday before traveling to Waverly on Saturday. The O-M Boys host Hammondsport Wednesday, as well, while the Watkins Glen girls host Southern Cayuga the same day.

The season itself gets under way in early December.

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Photo: Odessa-Montour's Hannah Nolan drives to the hoop in a scrimmage against South Seneca, drawing a foul on the play.

Storm's Mooney 18th in Breaststroke, Marquez 21st in 200 at State Swim Meet

WEBSTER, Nov. 18, 2022 -- Three members of The Storm girls varsity swim team -- Faye Mooney, Thalia Marquez and Alannah Klemann, each a student at Watkins Glen High School -- swam in two events apiece Friday in the preliminary round of the New York State Girls Swimming Championships at the Webster Aquatic Center.

On Saturday, Mooney, a senior who had advanced Friday to the consolation finals in the 100 Breaststroke with a new school record of 1:07.03, finished 18th with a finals time of 1:07.85.

Saturday's finals pitted the top 10 swimmers from prelims in each event, with the 11th through 20th in consolation finals (with each earning a medal) and the 21st through 30th in bonus finals (with no medals).

Marquez, a junior, earned two spots in the bonus finals, placing 24th and 27th Friday in the 200 Free and 500 Free, respectively. On Saturday, she improved to 21st in the 200 with a time of 1:58.05, and held her 27th position in the 500 with a time of 5:25.85. Both finals times were improvements over her prelim times.

Klemann, a junior, conpeted in the 200 Yard Individual Medley and the 100 Yard Backstroke on Friday, placing 41st in the IM in 2:22.64 (off her seed time of 2:18.09), and just missing the top 30 in the 100 Back, tying for 33rd in 1:01.13.

"It was a great meet for this group of girls," said Storm Coach Jason Westervelt. "Swimming two individuals apiece at the New York State Championship meet was a huge accomplishment in itself, and then to swim three events at finals was even more impressive."

The Storm swim team is a combined squad of WGHS and Odessa-Montour High School athletes.

Addendum: Faye Mooney was named the Section IV Good Sport Award winner at the meet. Each section has a winner, voted on by the coaches.

Photo in text: From left, Storm swimmers Faye Mooney, Thalia Marquez and Alannah Klemann. (Photo provided)

The Schuyler Storm varsity football team after its victory on November 11th at Dryden.

Storm tops Dryden, wins football playoff

DRYDEN, Nov. 11, 2022 -- The Storm varsity football team held off a last-minute Dryden drive to preserve a 12-6 road victory Friday night and claim what was termed the Independent Sectional Title in a four-team postseason playoff.

The Storm -- a combined squad of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high school athletes -- completed the season with a 9-1 record, its only loss coming at the hands of Dryden on Oct. 28 in the game that had given the Purple Lions the Section IV Independent Division VIII championship.

But after defeating Lansing the previous weekend in a playoff semifinal, the Storm avenged that one loss with Friday's victory.

Dryden (7-4) scored in the first quarter, and the Storm tied it 6-6 on the following possession on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Daniel Lewis to Bradley Gillis. The score remained deadlocked at 6-6 until the Storm scored on a 1-yard run by Thomas Snow on the first play of the fourth quarter. Point-after attempts failed after both Storm TDs.

Dryden started a final drive from its own 33, and reached the Storm 20-yard line, but failed on a fourth-and-one up the middle with 33 seconds remaining, turning the ball over on downs.

Gillis and Snow led the Storm with 45 yards rushing apiece, while Ryan Willett gained 28. Lewis completed 8 of 17 passes for 156 yards and the TD to Gillis.

Watkins Glen's Skye Honrath is our Schuyler Fall MVP

Tops Odessa File list of County All-Sports All-Stars

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 9, 2022 -- The numbers tell part of the tale.

Skye Honrath, a Watkins Glen High School sophomore, led the girls varsity soccer team to 13 victories and the program's first Section IV championship. At the end of the season, she had registered 26 goals and had 16 assists.

That's a lot goals; a lot of assists. But it's not just the numbers.

Skye is nimble-footed, twisting this way and that as defenders close in, the opposing coaches yelling "Don't let her turn" -- meaning don't give her a line-of-sight shot on goal, because chances are good it will go in.

She disrupts the opposition with those moves, and her passes, and her unerring sense of where to be on the field. She pops up in just the right spot at the right time. Some call it a sense of opportunity; others a keen soccer intuition.

The fact that she is a sophomore gives her a clear shot before graduation at the school career goals record of 73 held by alum Hannah Morse.

"I jokingly told Hannah, after watching Skye play a Modified game, that I had found the girl to challenge her records," says the girls varsity soccer coach and Hannah Morse's father, Scott.

Skye developed her foot skills in the Strikers youth soccer program locally, and continues -- along with her sister and teammate Sasha, a junior -- to play the sport year-round through club ball in the Binghamton area. She played Modified ball at WGHS for a year before moving up to the varsity as a freshman. She scored 11 goals that first year to go with the 26 this year. Hannah Morse topped out with a single-season school record of 33 on the way to that career mark of 73.

But that's just numbers.

What Skye Honrath brings to the field is a quiet leadership -- a call to arms by example. She is a focused individual, always with a goal ahead. She, like her sister, is already looking toward a possible career in the medical field, specifically radiology. Ask her what her favorite part of the game of soccer is, and she smiles and answers: "Winning."

And her 2022 teammates responded to that determination -- and in the process became a remarkable squad, building a remarkable legacy.

It is Skye's leadership, her ability to disrupt the flow and intentions of the opposition, her intuitive soccer knowledge, and her success and that of her team, that has earned Skye The Odessa File's Schuyler Fall MVP award.

Of Special Note:

Three swimmers on the Schuyler Storm girls swim team have reached the State tournament in two events each: Faye Mooney, who qualified in the 100 Yard Breaststroke and the 100 Yard Freestyle; Thalia Marquez, who qualified in the 200 Free and 500 Free; and Alannah Klemann, who qualified in the 100 Back and 200 Individual Medley. The Storm swim team won its sixth straight Section IV, Class C title.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen High School's Skye Honrath

Schuyler All-Sports Autumn All-Stars:

First Team:

Skye Honrath -- Watkins Glen -- Soccer -- MVP
Faye Mooney -- Schuyler Storm -- Swimming
Thalia Marquez -- Schuyler Storm -- Swimming
Alannah Klemann -- Schuyler Storm -- Swimming
Ava Kelly -- Watkins Glen -- Soccer
Carly Arnold -- Watkins Glen -- Soccer
Sasha Honrath -- Watkins Glen -- Soccer
Lillian Ameigh -- Watkins Glen -- Soccer
Hannah Nolan -- Odessa-Montour -- Soccer
Tori Brewster -- Odessa-Montour -- Soccer
Daniel Lewis -- Schuyler Storm -- Football
Ryan Willett -- Schuyler Storm -- Football
Thomas Snow -- Schuyler Storm -- Football
Brad Gillis -- Schuyler Storm -- Football
Jacob Yontz -- Watkins Glen -- Soccer
David Patterson -- Odessa-Montour -- Soccer

Second Team:

Keyonna Garrison -- Odessa-Montour -- Soccer
Kelsey Bates -- Odessa-Montour -- Soccer
Paisley Jeziorski -- Odessa-Montour -- Soccer
Katie Adams -- Odessa-Montour -- Soccer
Maggie Pentz -- Odessa-Montour -- Soccer
Gina Gavich -- Odessa-Montour -- Soccer
Alex Holmes -- Schuyler Storm -- Football
Gavin Lohmeyer -- Schuyler Storm -- Football
Katrina Ricca -- Watkins Glen -- Soccer
Olivia King -- Watkins Glen -- Soccer
Brenna Pierce -- Watkins Glen -- Soccer
Olivia VanSkiver -- Watkins Glen -- Soccer
Rachel Vickio -- Watkins Glen -- Soccer
Zade Gomez-Fitzsimmons -- Watkins Glen -- Soccer
Erin Snow -- Watkins Glen -- Soccer
Colton Wig -- Odessa-Montour -- Soccer
Max Seles -- Odessa-Montour -- Soccer
Emily Melveney -- Schuyler Storm -- Swimming
Cara Reynolds -- Schuyler Storm -- Swimming
Malina Butler -- Schuyler Storm -- Swimming
Kendra Fish -- Schuyler Storm -- Swimming
Aubrey Klemann -- Schuyler Storm -- Swimming
Sarah Stolpinski -- Schuyler Storm -- Swimming
Ross Pentz -- Watkins Glen -- Soccer
Jaymes Forker -- Watkins Glen -- Soccer
Johnny VanScoyk -- Watkins Glen -- Cross Country
Sarah Jones -- Watkins Glen -- Volleyball

Third Team:

Maisie Robertson -- Watkins Glen -- Soccer
Jennfier Gublo -- Watkins Glen -- Soccer
Molly O'Connell-Campbell -- Watkins Glen -- Soccer
Natalee Oliver -- Watkins Glen -- Soccer
Sarah Barr -- Odessa-Montour -- Soccer
Gunner Herrmann -- Odessa-Montour -- Soccer
Patrick Croft -- Odessa-Montour -- Soccer
Jed Lynch -- Odessa-Montour -- Soccer
Brady Cannon -- Schuyler Storm -- Football
Otto Hohle -- Schuyler Storm -- Football
Skye Cummings -- Schuyler Storm -- Swimming
Hannah Hollenbeck -- Schuyler Storm -- Swimming
Claire Lewis -- Schuyler Storm -- Swimming
Salvatore Purpura -- Watkins Glen -- Soccer
Liam Smith -- Watkins Glen -- Soccer
Jocelyn Sisana -- Watkins Glen -- Volleyball
Chelsea Parsons -- Watkins Glen -- Volleyball
Aly Gibson -- Watkins Glen -- Volleyball
Emma Landon -- Odessa-Montour -- Volleyball
Hannah Kinner -- Odessa-Montour -- Volleyball
Isaac Hendrickson -- Watkins Glen -- Cross Country
Aidan Maphis -- Watkins Glen -- Cross Country

Left: Watkins Glen's Katrina Ricca (16) goes high to meet the ball. Right: The Senecas' Rachel Vickio heads the ball.

Watkins girls fall in regional battle, 1-0

NORWICH, Nov. 5, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team's amazing season ended Saturday with a 1-0 loss to Sauquoit Valley in a Class C intersectional contest played on the Norwich High School soccer field.

The Senecas, champions of Section IV, gave up the game's only goal 12 and a half minutes into the contest on a shot in which a high bounce on the concrete-based turf field got past Watkins goalkeeper Lillian Ameigh -- who played an outstanding game, registering 14 saves against a speedy, senior laden team. Several of those saves required dives, arms outstretched.

"The game didn’t go our way today," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, "but the girls fought hard in what was a very close game right to the end. Sauquoit Valley played fast and aggressive and put a lot of pressure on us from the start. We created more opportunities as the game progressed but just couldn’t get one to go."

Sauquoit Valley -- the Section III champion, which moves on to the State final four next weekend in Cortland -- had the early advantage, with play near the Watkins net frequent through the first 20 minutes. SV had a half-dpzen corner kicks in the first 23 minutes -- each posing a threat to Watkins. The Senecas had no corner kicks during that period.

Watkins got more aggressive as the game went on, and with the wind at its back in the second half had several scoring chances -- most notably on a long kick by Rachel Vickio that very nearly snuck under the crossbar but was rejected by the leaping SV goalkeeper.

"I’m incredibly proud of the girls and what they accomplished this season," said Morse. "It was a really special season with a very special group of girls and I’m grateful for the opportunity to coach them. It’s always sad to say goodbye to the seniors, and Carly (Arnold) and Katrina (Ricca) are terrific players and amazing people who will be greatly missed. Their contributions and leadership were outstanding. I also think the returning players on this young team have a very bright future and will be fun to watch!

"The team and I would also like to thank the families, school and community who were incredibly supportive this season. It means so much and made a big difference to have that support in big games."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Skye Honrath, left, battles for possession of the ball.
Middle: The Senecas' goalkeeper, Lillian Ameigh (right), takes control of a loose ball.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold prepares to send the ball flying.

Left: Watkins' Sasha Honrath heads the ball. Right: The Senecas' Ava Kelly, right, maneuvers around an SV player.

From left: Watkins Glen's Olivia King, Maisie Robertson and Brenna Pierce.

Watkins Glen's Olivia VanSkiver (20, left photo) and Michaela Wheaton (on the right in the right photo) fight SV players for possession of the ball.

The storm's four podium finishers in the 200 Free. From left: Hannah Hollenbeck (8th place), Aubrey Klemann (2nd), Thalia Marquez (1st) and Cara Reynolds (3rd).

Storm wins 6th straight Section IV title

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 5, 2022 -- The Schuyler Storm girls varsity swim team posted its sixth straight Section IV, Class C swimming championship Saturday, finishing 188 points ahead of its nearest competitor.

The six-year run has included Watkins Glen High School swimmers every year, with Odessa-Montour swimmers joining the team along the way. This is the first year the squad has been known as The Storm.

WG/OM totaled 499 points, well ahead of runnerup Chenango Forks, which had 311. Dryden was third at 290, followed by Lansing (275), Southern Cayuga (197), Elmira Notre Dame (173), Susquehanna Valley (97), Greene (72), and Whitney Point (1).

"Our girls swam a fantastic Finals," said Storm Coach Jason Westerelt. "We have numerous State Qualifiers this season." He then listed the following:

200 and 500 Freestyle: Thalia Marquez. She qualified at Wednesday's Prelims in the 200 Free, and had the fastest 500 time among all classifications in Saturday's finals

100 Backstroke and 200 IM: Alannah Klemann. She qualified at Wednesday's Prelims in the 100 Back, and had the fastest 200 IM time among all classifications in Saturday's finals.

100 Freestyle and 100 Breaststroke: Faye Mooney.
She qualified in the 100 Free in Wednesday's Prelims, and in the 100 Breaststroke earlier in the season -- a school record she bettered during the Prelims.

"WGOM swimmers (Marquez, Klemann and Mooney) are representing both school districts in 6 of the 12 State events," said Westervelt. "That's the most of any Section IV team in any classification.

"We also had some great performances from Lizzi Fitzwater in the 50 Free and 100 Breaststroke, Riley Brooks in the 500 Free and 100 Breaststroke, the 400 Freestyle Relay, and Emily Melveney in the 200 IM and 100 Fly.

"It was a fun meet and I am very happy with our performances and results from this season. This group of girls set great examples for the youth of our program. They have a very bright future."

Wins posted by Storm swimmers Saturday were as follows:

200 Medley Relay: Alannah Klemann, Faye Mooney, Emily Melveney, Thalia Marquez, 1:53.37.
200 Free: Thalia Marquez, 1:59.25.
200 Individual Medley: Alannah Klemann, 2:18.09. (She came from behind to edge Notre Dame's Allie O'Brien, who knocked almost four seconds off her seed time.)
100 Free: Faye Mooney, 54.43.
500 Free: Thalia Marquez, 5:21.13.
200 Free Relay: Faye Mooney, Kendra Fish, Alannah Klemann, Thalia Marquez, 1:42.17.
100 Back: Alannah Klemann, 1:00.96.
100 Breaststroke: Faye Mooney, 1:07.32 (once again beating the state qualifying time).
400 Free Relay: Emily Melveney, Kendra Fish, Aubrey Klemann, Malina Butler, 3:59.13.

Photos in text;

Top: The Storm's Faye Mooney swims the Breaststroke leg of the 400 Medley Relay.
Middle: Alannah Klemann stands atop the podium after winning the 200 IM.
Bottom: The Storm's Skye Cummings reacts after setting a personal best in the 50 Free.

Left: The winning 400 Free Relay team: from left, the Storm's Emily Melveney, Kendra Fish, Aubrey Klemann and Malina Butler. (Photo provided) Right: The Storm's Cara Reynolds hits the water at start of the 200 Free, where she placed third.

The Section IV, Class C champion Schuyler Storm swimmers pose after the meet. (Photo by Brandon Lawson)

The Schuyler Storm's Gavin Lohmeyer, right, brings down a Lansing ball-carrier.

Storm football team wins division semi

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 5, 2022 -- The Schuyler Storm high school varsity football team improved to 8-1 Saturday night by defeating Lansing 33-14 in a Section IV Independent Division VIII playoff game on the Watkins Glen High School Alumni Field.

The victory sends the Storm into a division playoff title game against Dryden next Friday at 7 p.m. on the Dryden athletic field. Dryden, the top seed, advanced Friday night with a victory over Whitney Point.

Thomas Snow led the Storm -- a combined squad of WGHS and Odessa-Montour High School athletes -- with four first-half touchdowns, on runs of 8, 13, 37 and 35 yards. The other Storm TD was scored by Ryan Willett on a fourth-quarter run.

Snow led WGOM runners with 140 yards on 10 carries, while Brad Gillis gained 112 on 12 carries, and Willett 76 yards on 14 carries. The team stayed mostly on the ground, gaining just 34 yards through the air.

On defense, Snow led with 10 tackles, while Gavin Lohmeyer registered 6.

The Storm led 13-0 after one quarter, 27-7 at halftime, and 27-14 after three quarters.

The showing marked a comeback from an 18-0 loss the previous week at the hands of Dryden.

"It came down to executing plays," Coach Trevor Holland said of Saturday night's performance, "and sustained drives."

Photos in text:

Top: The Storm's Thomas Snow (1) breaks free on a 35-yard touchdown run.
Bottom: Storm running back Ryan Willett (5) avoids a Lansing defender.

Left: The Storm's Bradley Gillis (30) catches a pass from quarterback Daniel Lewis. Right: WG/OM's Alex Holmes (81) defends against a Lansing pass.

Glen boys 6th at Sectional XC tourney

BROOME COUNTY, Nov. 3, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity cross team concluded its season Thursday in the Section IV, Class D tournament at the Chemango Valley State Park

Watkins Glen finished sixth among 10 teams with 152 points. Delhi High School was first with 51 points, while Spencer-Van Etten was second with 64, and Trumansaburg third with 72.

Junior Johnny VanScoyk led the Senecas with a 12th-place finish in a field of 89 runners, completing the course in 18:43.40. Eighth grader Isaac Hendrickson was 19th in 19:05.30, while sophomore Aidan Maphis was 27th in 19:53.20, Nicholas Bonsignore 50th in 21:09.00, and sophomore Jonathan Bond-Trimble 81st in 26:47.10.

"It was a great end to the season," said Watkins Glen Coach Kelly Sterner. "They just keep getting better. I'm looking forward to next year."

Photo in text: The Watkins Glen team. From left, Aidan Maphis, Isaac Hendrickson, Johnny VanScoyk, Nicholas Bonsignore and Jonathan Bond-Trimble. (Provided)

Left: Senior Hannah Nolan races to a touchdown as sophomores Paisley Jeziorski (center) and Maggie Pentz give chase. Right: Sophomore Jackie Mace, right, is congratulated by junior Gina Gavich after Mace caught a pass from Gavich for their team's first TD.

O-M seniors/freshmen win Pixie Bowl

ODESSA, Nov. 3, 2022 -- The combined senior/freshman team dominated Thursday afternoon 32-14 in the 15th annual Odessa-Montour Pixie Bowl flag football game on the school's Charles Martin Field.

The Pixie Bowl, first played in 2007 and held every year since (except in 2020 due to the pandemic) in all sorts of weather, has seen the 12th grade/9th grade team win on 10 occasions.

The game, played with a running clock through four quarters, saw the seniors/freshmen strike first on a touchown run by Hannah Nolan with five minutes left in the period.

The same squad made it 13-0 on a touchdown pass from Nolan to senior Sarah Barr just before halftime.

Nolan made it 19-0 in the third quarter on a fourth-down 60-yard run around right end before the junior/sophomore squad closed the quarter on a Gina Gavich touchdown pass to Jackie Mace.

The seniors/freshmen scored the first two touchdowns of the fourth quarter on a 60-yard Tori Brewster run and on another Nolan-to-Barr TD pass.

The juniors/sophomores got on the board again on the game's final play from scrimmage, a 15-yard run by sophomore Maggie Pentz.

Point after kicks were converted twice, by seniors Brewster and Paiton Bailey. Junior Hannah Barr scored on a two-point conversion run after the game's final TD.

The senior/freshman squad, in addition to Hannah Nolan, Sarah Barr and Tori Brewster, included seniors Paiton Bailey, Adrionna Personius and Reagan Reese, and freshmen Olivia Barr, Maddie Raymond and Olivia Rivera.

The junior/sophomore squad, in addition to Maggie Pentz and Jackie Mace, included juniors Hannah Barr, Gina Gavich and Carly Thomas, and sophomores Cassie Allen, Paisley Jeziorski, and Meredith Rawleigh.

Photos in text:

Top: Sophomore Maggie Pentz, left, reaches out to stop senior Tori Brewster on a long first-quarter run by Brewster. Pentz stopped her short of a touchdown.
Bottom: Senior Sarah Barr launches a pass. She was also on the receiving end of passes, catching two touchdown throws from Hannah Nolan.

Left: Senior Paiton Bailey converts an extra point. Right: Junior Hannah Barr, right, rushes in to stop a run by senior Reagan Reese.

Senior Tori Brewster grabs a flag strip on the belt of sophomore ball-carrier Paisley Jeziorski, stopping her progress there.

The Storm's Thalia Marquez reacts after qualifying for the New York State Swimming Championships in the 200 Freestyle, and receives congratulations for the achievement.

Storm swimmers excel at section Prelims; Marquez, Klemann, Mooney in States

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 2, 2022 -- The Schuyler Storm girls varsity swim team -- led by state-qualifying performances from Thalia Marquez, Alannah Klemann and Faye Mooney -- positioned itself at Wednesday's preliminary round in the Watkins Glen High School pool for a strong showing there in Saturday's Section IV, Class C tournament.

The Prelims saw Marquez break through to States by posting a 1:56.89 in the 200 Freestyle, where the State Qualifying time was 1:57.24.

Klemann, who already owned the fastest 100 Backstroke time in the section this season, completed the race Wednesday in 1:00.35, besting the State Qualifying time of 1:00.42.

And Mooney earned a spot at States in the 100 Freestyle when she posted a 54.24, compared to a State Qualifying time of 54.36. Mooney, who earlier this season set a school record of 1:07.29 in qualifying for States in the 100 Breaststroke, set a new school record in that event Wednesday of 1:07.19. The State cut: 1:08.60.

All three swimmers will thus compete in the New York State Swimming Championships on Nov. 18-19 in Webster.

"The girls had a good Prelims meet tonight," said Storm Coach Jason Westervelt, whose squad has athletes from both the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high schools. "We had quite a few kids move into the top 8 and top 16 for finals on Saturday and I am proud to say that everyone on our team made it back to swim at Finals on Saturday."

He pointed to "lots of great swims tonight, especially from Malina Butler, Kendra Fish, Emily Melveney, and Sarah Stolpinski. I'm looking forward to a fast finals on Saturday."

Saturday's event will have consolation finals involving those swimmers who placed 9th through 16th on Wednesday, and a finals for the top eight.

Those on the Storm who reached the finals included:

200 Medley Relay: Alannah Klemann, Faye Mooney, Emily Melveney and Thalia Marquez, 1st in 1:54.17.
200 Free: Thalia Marquez, 1st in 1:56.89; Cara Reynolds, 2nd in 2:12.78; Aubrey Klemann, 3rd in 2:13.17.
200 Individual Medley: Alannah Klemann, 1st in 2:18.51; Emily Melveney, 4th in 2:30.98.
50 Free: Malina Butler, 4th in 27.13; Skye Cummings, 8th in 29.76.
100 Fly: Kendra Fish, 2nd in 1:07.37; Emily Melveney, 3rd in 1:08.11; Sarah Stolpinski, 8th in 1:21.85.
100 Free: Faye Mooney, 1st in 54.24; Aubrey Klemann, 5th in 1:02.11.
500 Free: Thalia Marquez, 2nd in 5:58.01; Cara Reynolds, 3rd in 6:02.80; Claire Lewis, 8th in 6:31.55.
200 Free Relay: Faye Mooney, Kendra Fish, Alannah Klemann and Thalia Marquez, 1st in 1:42.03. (The State Cut was 1:41.69.)
100 Back: Alannah Klemann, 1st in 1:00.35; Kendra Fish, 3rd in 1:05.80; Malina Butler, 4th in 1:07.90; Sarah Stolpinski, 6th in 1:11.98.
100 Breaststroke: Faye Mooney, 1st in 1:07.19.
400 Free Relay: Emily Melveney, Kendra Fish, Aubrey Klemann and Malina Butler, 1st in 4:03.20.

Photos in text:

Top: The Storm's Faye Mooney reacts after winning and qualifying for States in the 100 Yard Freestyle.

Middle: The Storm's Alannah Klemann receives a congratulatory hug from teammate Sarah Stolpinski after Alannah won -- and qualified for States in -- the 100 Back.

Bottom: Faye Mooney on the way to first place and a new school record in the 100 Yard Breaststroke. She broke her own record, set earlier this year when she qualified for States in the event.

The Storm's Alannah Klemann on the way to first place in the 100 Back, where she qualified for the State swimming tournament.

The Storm's Kendra Fish on the way to a second-place finish in the 100 Fly.

The Storm's Malina Butler dives at the start of a leg of the 400 Free Relay.

Emily Melveney en route to a third-place finish in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Visiting Cortland

Members and coaches of the Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen high school varsity wrestling team traveled to SUNY Cortland recently to cheer on Cortland student-athlete Dylan Houseknecht (pictured center), who won a New York State wrestling championship at O-M in 2019. Dylan was competing during the visit in SUNY Cortland's Red vs. White Dual, where members of the college team faced off against one another to determine the starters for each weight class. Houseknecht defeated Roman Jellick at 285 pounds by a 5-2 decision. From left: Trenton Knapp, Coach Bill Lindsley, Brandon Davis, Ronnie Wilson, Gabe Williams, Jared Watson, Dylan Houseknecht, Aiden Summers, Tristan Harrington, Brody Williams, Mark Waterman, Jayden Summers, Coach Dan Batchelder. (Provided)

The Watkins Glen team poses after winning the Section IV, Class C championship.

Skye Honrath (13) unleashes a shot that found the net for Watkins Glen's third goal.

Glen girls win Section IV title

Defeat Trumansburg, 3-0; regional contest comes next

JOHNSON CITY, Oct. 28, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team claimed its first-ever Section IV title Friday night by defeating Trumansburg, 3-0, in the championship game of the Class C tournament on the Johnson City High School athletic field.

The victory sends the Senecas into a regional contest next Saturday, Nov. 5, against the Section III champion, Sauquoit Valley High School. The game will be played in Norwich.

Skye Honrath scored the first and third goals for the Senecas, while her sister Sasha scored off a Skye corner kick. Equally important was a stingy Watkins defense led by Carly Arnold and Rachel Vickio, which repeatedly short-circuited Trumansburg forays into Watkins territory. Lillian Ameigh was flawless in goal, turning aside the Raiders whenever they managed to get off a shot through the Seneca defense.

The Senecas' first goal -- a blast by Skye Honrath from a point 30 yards to the right, found the left corner of the Trumansburg net at 25:34 of the first half. That score stood until 12:08 of the second half, when Sasha Honrath headed in a corner kick from Skye past the Tburg keeper.

Skye completed the scoring with just 4:24 left to play when she sent a left-footed rocket from the right of the goal into the left netting. That set off a celebration exceeding those after most goals, for the Watkins players knew they had the title in hand.

A larger celebration occurred after time expired, with all of the Watkins players racing out to a point near their goal, jumping and hugging. Then came the awards ceremony in the middle of the field, where Watkins Glen Athletic Director Rod Weeden placed a medallion around the neck of each player.

The team then posed at the front of their net for various photographers. huddled with their coach, Scott Morse, and then raced to meet their parents and grandparents and other fans on the far side of the field, in front of the bleachers. There were more hugs, more photos, more exclamations at the wonder of a first sectional title.

Coach Morse had plenty of praise to spread around, starting with Skye Honrath, who he said other teams "game-plan to stop, and they still can't. That speaks to how good she really is."

He was effusive, too, in his praise of the defense, noting that back Carly Arnold "was everywhere. I thought she was incredible. She covered the entire field" -- including one play where she appeared from seemingly nowhere to kick the ball away as Trumansburg was threatening in front of the net.

"She was everywhere," he repeated. "And (Rachel) Vickio was everywhere. And Brenna (Pierce) was everywhere. And Lillian (Ameigh) was solid in goal. She's had a phenomenal year."

As has his squad. "We've come a long way," he said. "We played really well down the stretch, after losing that game to Odessa-Montour" -- a 2-1 overtime loss during the regular season. The Senecas got revenge for that one with a 3-1 victory over O-M in the IAC divisional title game.

While excited, along with his players, by the setional title, Morse said his squad "left a lot on the table" against a Trumansburg squad he called "a talented young team." He was referring to several missed chances, particularly in the first half, where clear Watkins Glen shots went either just high or just wide of the Tburg net.

Since his team is so young -- it has just two seniors, Carly Arnold and Katrina Ricca -- he was asked about the future. He smiled, thought, and said quietly: "The sky's the limit."

But first comes the Regionals.

"That will, undoubtedly, be a very difficult game," he said, "so we have a lot of work to do."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Molly O'Connell-Campbell, right, fights for the ball.
Second: The Senecas' Carly Arnold clears the ball from in front of the Watkins net.
Third: Watkins' Michaela Wheaton beams after receiving her championship medallion.
Bottom: The Senecas' Sasha Honrath, left, watches the ball enter the Trumansburg net after she redirected an incoming corner kick by her sister Skye.

Left: Skye Honrath prepares a corner kick under a colorful sky. Right: The Senecas' Carly Arnold (11) and Katrina Ricca (16) challenge a Trumansburg ball carrier.

Left: The Senecas' Ava Kelly (left) and Michaela Wheaton clear the ball away from a Trumansburg player. Right: Watkins' Rachel Vickio (right) stops the progress of a Tburg ball carrier. Teammate Erin Snow is at left.

Watkins Glen's Olivia VanSkiver, left, attempts a shot on goal. This one was blocked by the player in front of her; Olivia regained the ball and launched a second shot that was stopped by the Trumansburg goalkeeper.

Left: Watkins Glen's Brenna Pierce, right, and a Trumansburg player turn toward the ball. Right: The Senecas' Zade Gomez-Fitzsimmons, left, celebrates the win with Sasha Honrath (19), Gillian D'Alleva and Natalee Oliver (12).

From left: Watkins Glen's Maisie Robertson keeps her eyes on the ball; the championship medallion; the Senecas' Olivia King sends the ball flying.

Watkins Glen goalkeeper Lillian Ameigh corrals the ball in front of the net.

Left: Watkins Glen's Sasha Honrath prepares to send the ball flying. Right: The Senecas' Katrina Ricca (16) sends a shot toward the Trumansburg goal.

Left: After scoring the first goal, Watkins Glen's Skye Honrath (13) is congratulated by teammate Molly O'Connell-Campbell. Right: The Senecas' Rachel Vickio, right, sends the ball flying upfield.

Left: Watkins goalkeeper Lillian Ameigh makes a save. Right: The Senecas gathered on the field to celebrate after time expired.

Hugs and smiles were in abundance after the Senecas defeated Trumansburg 3-0.

After the game, Coach Scott Morse congratulates Skye Honrath (left photo) and poses with Carly Arnold, who is showing the championship plaque.

Storm football team falls to Dryden, 18-0

DRYDEN, Oct. 28, 2022 -- The Schuyler Storm varsity football team's unbeaten record came to a halt Friday night with an 18-0 road loss to Dryden that cost the Storm the division title.

"We tripped up," said Storm Coach Trevor Holland, whose team (now 7-1) is a combined squad of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high school athletes. "We didn't bring the physical game we needed.. We couldn't get the car started."

The Storm gained just 72 yards on the ground and 55 through the air. Dryden's ground game netted 192 yards, and its passes 51 yards.

The Storm, competing this year in a Section IV Independent Division VIII, finished division play with a 2-1 mark to Dryden's 3-0 -- even though they defeated Dryden at home earlier this month. Only one such matchup counts in the division standings.

But the season isn't over. The Storm squares off at 7 p.m. Saturday at home against Lansing in a division playoff announced this week. WG/OM drew the playoff's No. 2 seed, while Dryden is No. 1, Lansing No. 3 and Whitney Point No. 4. The winners (Dryden will face Whitney Point) compete for the playoff title the following week.

Glen's VanScoyk places 9th at IAC meet

MARATHON, Oct. 28, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity and modified cross country teams saw Johnny VanScoyk and Liam Knight lead their squads Friday at the annual Interscholastic Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships in Marathon.

The meet, on the Appleby EIementary School grounds, saw VanScoyk finish 9th among a field of 77 runners in a time of 19:02 and in the process earn IAC All-Star status. He was also recognized as a Scholar Athlete.

The Senecas' Isaac Hendrickson was 15th in 19:28, followed by teammates Aidan Maphis (17th in 19:40), Nicholas Bonsignore (47th in 22:40), Jonathan Bond-Trimble (50th in 23:51), Enric Lin (55th in 36:54), and Carter Presutti (56th in 37:23). Watkins Glen placed fifth overall.

Knight led Watkins runners in the modified race, placing second among a field of 14 in 10:02.4, while Zane Chambers was fourth in 10:37.7, and Zachary Russo ninth in 13:08.

Watkins Glen Coach Kelly Sterner said her runners "worked very hard this week. It showed with their drops in times. It was an exciting day" that leads next to the Section IV, Class D meet on Thursday at Chenango Valley State Park.

After Friday's meet, the squad traveled to Johnson City to watch and support the WGHS girls varsity soccer team in its Section IV, Class C championship game against Trumansburg, won by Watkins Glen 3-0. "We want to send congratulations to Coach Morse and the girls soccer team," said Sterner.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Johnny VanScoyk. (Photo provided)

The Watkins Glen players pose after the game, along with their coaches.

Watkins Glen girls top Notre Dame, 4-1, advance to Section IV, Class C finale

SOUTHPORT, Oct. 25, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team -- led by three Skye Honrath goals and one by Ava Kelly -- defeated Elmira Notre Dame 4-1 Tuesday afternoon in a Section IV, Class C semifinal on Notre Dame's athletic field.

The No. 3-seeded Senecas, 12-3-1, now advance to the Section IV final at 5 p.m. Friday against No. 1 seed Trumansburg at Johnson City High School.

In addition to her goals, Honrath also had an assist, while her sister Sasha had two assists. Lillian Ameigh was busy in goal, turning aside 11 Notre Dame shots.

"They play together really well," Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse said of his squad, which now has gone farther into Sectionals than any team in the program's history. And they knocked off the No. 2 seed and defending sectional champion Crusaders to do it. In fact, it marked their second victory over Notre Dame this season, the other a 3-1 regular-season victory at Watkins Glen.

"These girls look for each other, and pass really well," Morse added. And when things go against them -- as when Notre Dame tied the game early in the second half -- "their heads never go down."

As for the performance of Skye Honrath, a sophomore with 24 goals this season, Morse shook his head. "Skye is incredible," he said. "She has the ability to explode at any moment. She's very versatile, and hard working."

For her part, Honrath viewed the victory as "super. I'm glad we came this far." And the secret to the team's success? "Lots of communication. We work well as a team."

Honrath started the scoring just 2:01 into the game on a shot into a vacated net after she beat the goalkeeper and another Crusader to the ball. That lead held through the first half -- and until 32:49 of the second half, when a breakaway Notre Dame shot from the right beat a diving Ameigh.

But that was as far as Notre Dame went offensively. Honrath made it 2-1 for Watkins at 15:05 when she scored from directly in front of the goal off a free kick by her sister. And Kelly gave the Senecas breathing room with a blast from the right 45 seconds later. Then, with 1:50 left to play, Honrath sent a shot from the right over the hands of leaping ND goalkeeper Shannon Maloney.

In his summary of the game, Morse wrote this: "The girls came out aggressive and played very well today. Katrina Ricca does so many things on this team without a lot of fanfare, but her defensive effort today was incredible. Notre Dame is fast and talented, and I liked how hard our defensive backs battled today. I often say they are unsung heroes, and they were really good once again.

"Skye Honrath played a phenomenal game today! She works so hard and just keeps grinding. Ava Kelly and Sasha Honrath were terrific up front as well.

"To be successful at this point against high-quality teams truly requires the effort of an entire team and I’m so proud of the effort of the girls. It is exciting to win, but we need to get right back to work to try and be ready for a very talented Trumansburg team. They are the one seed in sectionals for a reason, so it’s going to be a tough game, but exciting as well!"

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Skye Honrath sends the ball toward the Notre Dame net for her second of three goals.

Middle: The Senecas' goalkeeper, Lillian Ameigh, looks up as the ball caroms high above the net. She turned and caught it just before it could enter the goal.

Bottom: Watkins' Katrina Ricca goes high to meet the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen freshmen Zade Gomez-Fitzsimmons (22), Gillian D'Alleva (6) and Maddie Tuttle (15). Right: The Senecas' Brenna Pierce (4) passes the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold sends a shot toward the Crusaders' net. Right: The Senecas' Olivia King meets an incoming pass.

Watkins Glen's Ava Kelly (2) sends the ball (left) toward the Notre Dame net for a goal

Left: Watkins' Rachel Vickio (10) goes high in a battle for the ball. Right: The Senecas' Erin Snow moves the ball across the field.

Watkins Glen's Olivia VanSkiver sends a shot toward the Notre Dame net.

Left: Watkins Glen's Sasha Honrath heads the ball. Right: The Senecas' Maisie Robertson (17) sends the ball flying upfield.

Watkins Glen's Skye Honrath (13) sends the ball (barely visible between the legs of the Notre Dame player, right) toward the Crusaders' net for her first goal.

Watkins' Zade Gomez-Fitzsimmons (22) clears the ball from in front of the Senecas' goal

The IAC Champion Schuyler Storm posing at the conclusion of Saturday's meet.

Storm swimmers win IAC championship

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 22, 2022 -- The Schuyler Storm girls varsity swim team cruised to victory Saturday in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Swimming Championships in the Watkins Glen High School pool.

The Storm, a combined team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high school athletes, amassed 484 points, well ahead of runnerup Dryden's 349. They were followed by Lansing (283), Waverly (268), Southern Cayuga (232), Elmira Notre Dame (185), and Whitney Point (2).

Storm junior Thalia Marquez led the way with four victories -- in the 200 Free, 100 Free, 200 Medley Relay and 200 Free Relay. The victories for the Storm included:

200 Medley Relay: Alannah Klemann, Faye Mooney, Emily Melveney, Thalia Marquez, 1:53.71
200 Free: Thalia Marquez, 1:57.49
200 Individual Medley: Alannah Klemann, 2:16.74
50 Free: Faye Mooney, 25.17
100 Free: Thalia Marquez, 54.59
200 Free Relay: Faye Mooney, Kendra Fish, Alannah Klemann, Thalia Marquez, 1:41.87
400 Free Relay: Emily Melveney, Malina Butler, Kendra Fish, Aubrey Klemann, 4:01.01

Second-place finishes were posted by Aubrey Klemann in the 200 Free, Emily Melveney in the 100 Fly, Faye Mooney in the 100 Free, Cara Reynolds in the 500 Free, and Alannah Klemann in the 100 Back.

"It was an outstanding meet for us as a team," said Storm Coach Jason Westervelt. "The meet was highlighted with numerous PR's (Personal Records) and a huge number of athletes moving up in the rankings to score the team extra points.

"We started off the meet very strong, winning the first four events and placing first, second and third in the 200 Freestyle. The first half of the meet was highlighted by Thalia Marquez (1:57.49), Aubrey Klemann (2:12.28) and Cara Reynolds (2:14.88) sweeping the 200 Free, backed up with Alannah Klemann's lifetime best swim in the 200 IM (2:16.74), taking the win for the Storm.

"Hannah Hollenbeck, Kailyn Smith, Skye Cummings, LIzzi Fitzwater, Emily Melveney, and Caelyn Baker all swam to top 16 finishes in their first-half events.

"We started the second half of the meet strong with Emily Melveney's second-place finish and lifetime best time in the 100 Butterfly (1:07.92), followed by a first- and second-place finish in the 100 Freestyle by Thalia Marquez's lifetime best (54.59) and Faye Mooney's lifetime best (55.58). Skye Cummings, Kendra Fish, Sarah Stolpinski, Aubrey Klemann, and Caelyn Baker all finished in the top 16 in their respective events.

"Cara Reynolds led our distance team with a lifetime best in the 500 Free and a second-place finish (5:59.29). Claire Lewis, Hannah Hollenbeck, and Riley Brooks all swam to top 16 finishes in the 500 Free.

"The 200 Freestyle Relay edged a little closer to the State Qualifying time of 1:41.69 with a first-place finish and time of 1:41.87.

"Our backstroke crew was phenomenal. Alannah Klemann led the crew with a second-place finish and PR of 1:00.87, while Kendra Fish placed fourth and Malina Butler finished fifth with a PR of 1:08.54.

"An 8th grader, Lizzi Fitzwater, had a remarkable swim in the 100 Breaststroke, dropping three seconds to place eighth and making the podium for the Storm. Riley Brooks and Kailyn Smith also scored for the Storm with 10th- and 13th-place finishes.

"We rounded out the meet with an unexpected win in the 400 Freestyle Relay, swimming a time of 4:01.01 and taking first place in a very competitive field. The team of Emily Melveney, Malina Butler, Kendra Fish and Aubrey Klemann posted lifetime best splits to take the win.

"I am very happy with our progress these past two weeks, and I'm very excited for the Sectional Championships coming up here on November 2nd and 5th."

Photos in text:

Top: The Storm's Malina Butler dives in the 200 Medley Relay.
Second: Faye Mooney dives at start of the 50 Free.
Third: Aubrey Klemann prepares to dive in the 400 Free Relay, which her squad won.
Fourth: Thalia Marquez on the podium after winning the 100 Free.

The Storm's Lizzi Fitzwater competes in the 200 Yard Freestyle. She earned a podium spot in the 100 Breaststroke.

Left: The Storm's Skye Cummings reacts after setting a personal best in the 100 Fly, where she finished fifth with a 1:16.66, well below her seed time of 1:22.38. Right: Cara Reynolds reacts after posting her personal best (by 20 seconds) while finishing second in the 500 Freestyle in 5:59.29.

The Storm's Alannah Klemann on the way to victory in the 200 Individual Medley.

Left: Kendra Fish before the start of the 100 Back. Right: Sophie Till-Mooney, mother of the Storm's Faye Mooney, provided an instrumental version of the National Anthem.

Left: The Storm's winning 400 Free Relay squad. From left: Emily Melveney, Malina Butler, Aubrey Klemann and Kendra Fish. Right: Thalia Marquez, center, who won the 200, poses on the podium with teammates Aubrey Klemann, left, who placed second, and Cara Reynolds, who was third.

Caelyn Baker glides after diving at the start of the 50 Yard Freestyle.

The Storm's Emily Melveney dives at start of a leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Watkins Glen's Erin Snow, right, sends a shot on goal in the second half. The Unadilla Valley goalkeeper stopped the shot.

Watkins girls blank Unadilla Valley, advance to semifinals in Class C tourney

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 21, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team opened the Section IV, Class C Tournament with a victory Friday, defeating Unadilla Valley 4-0 to advance to the semifinals on the road Tuesday against Elmira Notre Dame.

The No. 3-seeded Senecas got first-half goals from Sasha Honrath, Ava Kelly, Skye Honrath and Olivia VanSkiver (and an assist from Erin Snow) and kept the Storm at bay from there on to post the shutout victory and improve to 11-3-1. Goalkeeper Lillian Ameigh registered eight saves, including two in the closing minute.

Watkins Glen's next opponent, No. 2 seed Notre Dame (9-3-1) , advanced to the semifinals by topping No. 7 Groton -- the team Watkins defeated last weekend for the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small School championship. The Senecas defeated Notre Dame during the regular season in a home game.

"When you get to sectionals, every team is talented and has earned the right to be there," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Unadilla Valley has some very fast forwards, and they space the field well. Our defense, once again, was able to stave off most of Valley’s attack, and when the ball did get through, Lilly Ameigh made some great saves. I thought Lilly was terrific today.

"Our offense came out very aggressive and kept the pressure on all game. Sasha Honrath set the tone early with a deep shot that found the right side of the goal. After that, Skye Honrath and Ava Kelly kept the pressure on by attacking and scoring. Olivia VanSkiver got her first goal of the season by attacking the back post and grabbing a putback to put us in a comfortable position at the half. Erin Snow was terrific as well, attacking and nearly scoring several times in the second half. Every player that went in kept the intensity up and the pressure on.

"It was a total team effort today and that is what I’m most proud of. Everyone on this team worked hard all week to be ready for this game, and when they were on the field they played together and earned the win. We had good ball movement and communication, everyone found their role within the game plan, and they are always so supportive of one another.

"We will get back at it and prepare for what I’m sure will be a tough game on the road at Notre Dame Tuesday," he concluded. Game time is 3:30 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Katrina Ricca, left, closes in on the ball.
Middle: The Senecas' Zade Gomez-Fitzsimmons, left, prepares to pass the ball.
Bottom: The Unadilla Valley goalkeeper reacts the moment after Watkins Glen's Olivia VanSkiver, right, raced in to send a loose ball into the net for the Senecas' final goal.

Left: Watkins's Brenna Pierce (4) sends the ball upfield. Right: Watkins' Carly Arnold.

Left: Watkins' Rachel Vickio. Right: The Senecas' Sasha Honrath (19) controls the ball.

Watkins Glen's Natalee Oliver passes the ball upfield in second-half action.

Odessa-Montour's Katie Adams sends a shot toward the Cherry Valley Springfield goal.

O-M girls fall to Cherry Valley, 4-2;
Nolan sets school single-season goal mark

ODESSA, Oct 21, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team's season ended Friday when the Grizzlies dropped a 4-2 decision to Cherry Valley Springfield in a Section IV, Class D quarterfinal game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The No. 3-seeded O-M (10-6) took a 2-1 halftime lead on a CVS own goal and on a shot from the right by Hannah Nolan -- her 27th goal of the season, setting a new O-M single-season record. She had tied Jocelyn Garrison's decade-old mark of 26 in the tourney opener, a victory over Sharon Springs. For her career, Nolan totaled a school record 86 goals.

She was assisted on Friday's scoring play by Tori Brewster, whose school career assists record stands at 34.

In the second half, the Grizzlies "had a hard time getting into the rhythm we had in the first half," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster. Even so, "we had our chances in both halves, but just didn't take care of them."

CVS's chief scoring threat, Ariana Bosc, scored her team's lone first-half goal, and added two more in the second half. The No. 6-seeded Patriots are now 10-3-1.

Odessa outshot Cherry Valley Springfield 9-7, with the teams even at 4 shots each after intermission. O-M also had a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. The CVS goalkeeper registered seven saves, while the Grizzlies' Keyonna Garrison registered three.

With the season at an end, Coach Brewster said he is "proud of the Odessa girls. They played hard this year. They're winners; they won 10 games. And they gave us something to cheer."

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Hannah Nolan sends a shot on its way in the closing minute of the first half. The ball found the net for her school-record-setting 27th goal of the year.

Bottom: The Grizzlies' goalkeeper, Keyonna Garrison, goes high to knock away a Cherry Valley Springfield shot.

Left: O-M's Maggie Pentz, left, battles Cherry Valley's Ariana Bosc for the ball.
Right: The Grizzlies' Paisley Jeziorski, left, moves the ball up the field.

Left: O-M's Maddie Raymond. Right: Odessa's Tori Brewster, left, fights for the ball.

Left: O-M's Kelsey Bates clears the ball from the O-M zone. Right: The Grizzlies' Brooklynn Thompson inbounds the ball.

Watkins volleyball team falls to N. Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, Oct. 21, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team concluded its season Friday with a 3-1 loss to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the NV gym.

Game scores were 20-25, 21-25, 25-23 and 13-25. Individual statistics for the Senecas included:

Sarah Jones: 9 service points, 6 assists, 1 kill, 4 digs.
Aly Gibson: 3 service points, 1 ace, 3 kills, 7 digs.
Chelsea Parsons: 12 service points, 5 aces, 4 kills, 2 blocks, 9 digs.
Jocelyn Sisana: 4 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 14 digs.
Kendall Gascon: 3 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 7 digs.
Ava Barber: 10 service points, 2 aces, 2 assists, 1 kill, 1 block, 6 digs.
Keira Sulkey: 4 digs.

Glen Volleyball team loses 3-2 to Newfield

NEWFIELD, Oct. 20, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team dropped a tight 3-2 decision Thursday to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Newfield gym.

Game scores were 19-25, 11-25, 25-15, 25-10 and 13-15. Individual statistics for the Senecas included:

Sarah Jones: 10 service points, 4 aces, 2 kills, 2 digs.
Aly Gibson: 9 service points, 4 aces, 12 assists, 6 kills, 1 block, 9 digs.
Chelsea Parsons: 7 service points, 3 aces, 6 kills, 3 blocks, 6 digs.
Jocelyn Sisana: 14 service points, 7 aces, 2 kills, 4 digs.
Kendall Gascon: 10 service points, 4 aces, 1 kill, 7 digs.
Ava Barber: 9 service points, 2 aces, 3 kills, 1 dig.
Keira Sulkey: 2 digs.

The Senecas return to action Friday at Newark Valley.

The O-M volleyball team's seniors were honored in a pre-match Senior Night ceremony. From left: Dominick Elliott, Kyleigh Bates, Kaylee Watson, Adrionna Personius, Emma Landon and Hannah Kinner.

O-M volleyball team falls to S-VE, 3-2

ODESSA, Oct. 20, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team closed its season with a narrow 3-2 loss Thursday to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

The Grizzlies opened slowly, rallied to win the second and third games, but then lost close decisions in the fourth and deciding fifth games.

Game scores were 15-25, 25-19, 25-20, 23-25 and 14-16.

Individual statistics for the Grizzlies included the following:

Kyleigh Bates: 7 service points, 4 aces, 3 kills, 2 digs.
Dominick Elliott: 6 service points, 3 aces, 2 kills, 4 assists, 1 block.
Hannah Kinner: 9 service points, 3 aces, 1 kill, 5 assists, 3 digs.
Emma Landon: 19 service points, 6 aces, 4 kills, 4 digs.
Adrionna Personius: 5 service points, 3 aces, 1 dig.
Kaylee Watson: 2 service points, 2 aces, 2 assists, 2 digs.
Maya Moser: 15 service points, 2 kills, 1 assist, 2 digs.

The team's six seniors -- all but one of the varsity players -- were honored in a pre-match Senior Night ceremony.

The honorees were Dominick Elliott, Kyleigh Bates, Kaylee Watson, Adrionna Personius, Emma Landon and Hannah Kinner. The lone non-senior on the team: Maya Moser.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to S-VE, 3-0. Game scores were 14-25, 21-25 and 16-25.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Dominick Elliott volleys at the net.
Bottom: The Grizzlies' Kaylee Watson reaches low for a volley.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Kyleigh Bates, Emma Landon and Hannah Kinner.

Left: O-M's Maya Moser volleys near the net. Right: The Grizzlies' Adrionna Personius.

Glen modified XC team completes season

TRUMANSBURG, Oct. 20, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys Modified soccer team closed its season Thursday competing against all Modified squads in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference in a meet at Trumansburg High School.

Top finishers for the Senecas were Liam Knight, a seventh grader, who took sixth place, and Andrew Champion, Jr., an eighth grader, who took eighth place.

Also finishing in the top 25 was Watkins' Zane Chambers, a seventh grader, who took 24th place, while seventh grader Zack Brusso finished 36th among the field of more than 70 runners.

O-M boys bow out in 5-0 loss to Edmeston

EDMESTON, Oct. 19, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team's season ended Wednesday with a 5-0 loss to Edmeston in an opening-round game of the Section IV, Class D tournament.

The No. 6-seeded Edmeston (10-3-2) led 2-0 at halftime. Eleventh-seeded Odessa-Montour finished with a 1-12-2 record.

Watkins volleyball team falls to Waverly

WAVERLY, Oct. 19, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision Wednesday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Waverly gym.

Game scores were 8-25, 19-25 and 7-25. Individual statistics for Watkins included:

Aly Gibson: 2 service points, 7 kills, 1 block, 2 digs.
Jocelyn Sisana: 2 service points, 1 ace, 2 kills, 5 digs
Sarah Jones: 4 service points, 6 assists, 2 digs.
Kendall Gascon: 5 service points, 1 ace, 1 assist, 1 kill, 2 digs.
Ava Barber: 3 service points, 1 ace, 2 assists, 3 digs.
Keira Sulkey: 2 digs.
Chelsea Parsons: 5 service points, 1 ace, 3 digs.

The Senecas return to action Thursday at Newark Valley.

O-M's Hannah Nolan, right, unleashes a blast for her second of four goals.

Odessa girls top Sharon Springs, 5-1, advance to Section IV tourney quarters

Nolan scores 4 goals, equals school single-season mark

ODESSA, Oct. 18, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team -- led by Hannah Nolan's four goals -- defeated Sharon Springs 5-1 Tuesday in an opening round game of the Section IV, Class D tournament on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The four goals lifted Nolan's 2022 total to 26, equaling the school single-season record held since 2011 by Jocelyn Garrison. Nolan's career goal total now stands at 85, by far the school record.

She was assisted on three of the goals by Tori Brewster, whose school career assists record now stands at 33. She has 10 this season.

The victory moves No. 3 seeded O-M (10-5) into the tourney quarterfinals Friday against No. 6 Cherry Valley (9-3-1), a 2-0 winner Tuesday against South Kortright/Andes. The game will be played at O-M, starting at 3:30 p.m.

O-M opened the scoring Tuesday on Nolan's first goal off a Brewster corner kick at 29:21 of the first half, and made it 2-0 at 20:53 on a Nolan blast from a sharp angle to the right of the Sharon Springs goal.

Sharon Springs (7-7) cut the O-M lead in half with a goal at 14:08, and that score held until 30:25 of the second half, when Nolan scored on a header off another Brewster corner kick. Nolan made it 4-1 at 24:24 on another header off a Brewster pass, and Brewster closed out the scoring unassisted at 7:46.

Odessa-Montour outshot the Spartans 10-3, including 7-1 in the second half. Sharon Springs had a 5-4 edge in corner kicks. The Spartans' goalkeeper registered five saves, while O-M keeper Keyonna Garrison had two saves.

"Hannah lit it up," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster, "and Tori had a good game. In fact, I'm proud of the whole team. And thanks to the student cheering section, which brought a lot of energy to the game."

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Hannah Nolan (20) rises above the defense to head a pass from teammate Tori Brewster into the Sharon Springs goal for her fourth goal of the game and school-record-tying 26th of the year.

Middle: The Grizzlies' Paisley Jeziorski, left, battles a Sharon Springs defender in an attempt to get a shot on goal.

Third: O-M's Tori Brewster sends the ball upfield. She had a goal and three assists, bringing her career assists school record to 33.

Left: O-M's Gina Gavich keeps her eyes on the ball. Right: The Grizzlie's Katie Adams (7) controls the ball.

Left: O-M's Jackie Mace controls the ball. Right: The Grizzlies' Paisley Jeziorski maneuvers with the ball.

Left: O-M's Sarah Barr passes the ball. Right: O-M goalkeeper Keyonna Garrison.

Left: O-M's Hannah Nolan (20) closes in for her first goal. Right: The Grizzlies' Tori Brewster passes the ball.

Odessa-Montour's Sarah Strobel (21, left photo) and Brooklynn Thompson (2, right photo) battle Sharon Springs players for control of the ball.

O-M's Hannah Nolan, third from right, watches the ball she has just headed. The maneuver came off a corner kick from Tori Brewster, and found the net for Nolan's third goal.

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

SPENCER, Oct. 18, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision Tuesday to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Spencer gym.

Game scores were 24-26, 24-26 and 17-25. Individual statistics for Watkins included:

Sarah Jones; 14 service points, 7 aces, 7 assists, 2 kills, 1 block, 6 digs.
Aly Gibson: 2 service points, 3 kills, 1 block, 6 digs.
Jocelyn Sisana: 7 service points, 5 aces, 3 kills, 11 digs.
Kendall Gascon: 5 service points, 2 kills, 6 digs.
Ava Barber: 4 service points, 2 aces, 1 kill, 3 digs.
Chelsea Parsons: 2 service points, 3 digs.
Keira Sulkey: 2 service points, 1 ace, 2 digs.

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Waverly.

Modified team finishes with win

The Watkins Glen High School girls Modified soccer team -- posing with its coaches above -- closed its season with a 2-0 victory over Trumansburg, and finished with a .500 mark. Goals in the last game were scored by Emma Lewis and Bella Llewellen.

O-M volleyball team falls to Newark Valley

ODESSA, Oct. 17, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Newark Valley Monday evening in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 16-25, 21-25 and 18-25. Individual statistics for O-M included:

Kyleigh Bates: 1 service point, 1 kill.
Dominick Elliott: 2 kills, 4 digs.
Hannah Kinner: 6 service points, 1 ace, 4 assists, 4 digs.
Emma Landon: 9 service points, 2 digs.
Adrionna Personius: 5 service points, 3 aces.
Maya Moser: 2 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 5 digs.

O-M will return to action Tuesday at Newark Valley.

Junior Varsity: O-M lost to Newark Valley, 3-0. Game scores were 20-25, 25-27 and 22-25.

Watkins volleyball team loses to Edison

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Oct. 17, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team fell 3-0 Monday evening to Thomas A. Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Edison gym.

Game scores were 13-25, 21-25 and 8-25. Individual statistics for Watkins included:

Sarah Jones: 7 service points, 3 aces, 8 assists, 7 digs.
Jocelyn Sisana: 4 service points, 1 ace, 4 kills, 5 digs.
Chelsea Parsons: 2 kills, 1 block, 4 digs.
Ava Barber: 3 service points, 2 aces.
Kendall Gascon: 3 service points, 2 digs.
Aly Gibson: 4 service points, 1 ace, 3 kills, 3 digs.
Keira Sulkey: 2 digs.

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

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Edison 2-0.

Watkins Glen's Zade Gomez-Fitzsimmons sends the shot (left) that bounced over the head of Groton goalkeeper Elisa Allen (right).

Watkins Glen teammates Sasha Honrath (19), Erin Snow (8) and Katrina Ricca (16) race toward Zade Gomez-Fitzsimmons (22) after her goal.

Watkins Glen girls win IAC Small School title, 2-1 in OT

Freshman's goal lifts Senecas to first-ever league title

DRYDEN, Oct. 15, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team won the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small School championship Saturday by defeating Groton 2-1 in a double overtime game on the Tompkins Cortland Community College soccer field.

The end arrived in unexpccted fashion, coming as it did at the hands -- or rather the foot -- of a freshman who had never scored a varsity goal before.

The winning goal, by Zade Gomez-Fitzimmons, came at the 8:10 mark of the second overtime on a high arcing shot that landed in front of the Groton goalkeeper and took a high bounce that carried over her head and into the net. The high bounce is not without precedent on that field.

Gomez-Fitzsimmons -- a first-year, defensive player known for her inbounding skill, and who accordingly had moved upfield as Watkins Glen threatened early in the second overtime period -- lofted her shot from 25 to 30 yards out.

When the ball bounced, Gomez-Fitzsimmons said later, "I thought (the keeper, Elisa Allen) was going to leap high and catch it. But it went over her."

And then? she was asked.

She smiled, and answered softly, a sense of wonder in her voice.

"And then we won," she said.

In the moments before the game-winning shot, Gomez-Fitzsimmons -- insteady of inbounding the ball -- found the ball on her feet after a teammate had, in the intensity of the moment, done the inbounding honors herself.

Gomez-Fitzsimmons said she thought of passing across the field to teammate Katrina Ricca, but instead made a move to the side that shed a defender, and which gave her a clean look at the distant goal. And she sent the ball arcing high, with it coming down at an angle that other goalies at other times in other years on that field had found produces a bounce much higher than on a grass field or many other artificial turfs. Accordingly, the ball went over the Groton keeper's head as she tried frantically to recover.

And the rest is now Watkins lore, heightened by the fact that this was the first league title in the school's girls varsity soccer history.

*****

The Senecas, on this windy, gusty day, won the pregame coin toss and were thus able to play the first half with the wind at their backs -- a seeming advantage. Accordingly, they managed to take a 1-0 lead 5:39 before intermission on a goal by Sasha Honrath off a corner kick by her sister, Skye.

But Groton, with the wind at its back in the second half, took almost no time in tying the game on a long blast at 37:57 that carried on the wind just under the crossbar, out of the reach of Watkins goalkeeper Lillian Ameigh.

The rest of regulation was intense, each side creating chances, with much of the battle taking place at midfield, where Watkins Glen got stronger as the game progressed.

In the first overtime, Watkins -- still facing the wind -- came close to scoring on two occasions, but the Groton defense interceded both times. Then came the second overtime, and the sudden end to a classic battle.

A trio of Senecas, positioned nearer the goal than Gomez-Fitzsimmons, started jumping in joy together after her shot settled in the back of the net. Then their eyes suddenly turned to Gomez-Fitzsimmons, momentarily alone in that distant area from which she had launched the title winner. And they charged, along with teammates at midfield, toward her, surrounding her, hugging her, the joy of the moment on their faces, and on hers -- the joy of a moment now frozen in time.

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The official line presents basic facts: Watkins Glen 2, Groton 1 in sudden-death overtime. One goal for Watkins by Sasha Honrath, one assist by Skye Honrath, one goal by Zade Gomez-Fitzsimmons. Five saves by Watkins goalkeeper Lillian Ameigh. And Watkins Glen's record is now a sparkling 10-3-1.

Coach Scott Morse recounted it this way:

"That was a very close game in difficult windy conditions. My hat is off to Groton. They are fast and physical and played a tough game today. But the Watkins girls played terrific!

"I thought we did an excellent job creating scoring opportunities given how challenging that was with the wind. We really had some excellent opportunities and that is all I can ever ask for. Defensively, we were once again very strong. Carly Arnold, Brenna Pierce and Rachel Vickio are often the unsung heroes of the team on the back line, and they were really good today. Lilly Ameigh made some terrific saves today and communicated very well. Skye, Sasha and Ava (Kelly) are always terrific up front, and Erin Snow was terrific working the outside and fighting for every possession.

"It was truly a total team effort capped off by Zade's game-winning goal. We had talked at halftime that we needed to take more shots outside with the wind at our back, and Zade stepped in and hit one when we needed it the most. I couldn’t be prouder of this team. Every one of them contributes to our success and I’m beyond excited that they were able to win the IAC championship for the first time in school history."

The season isn't over yet, though. The Section IV, Class C Tournament awaits -- with a game Friday at home against 10-4 Unadilla Valley. Game time is 3:30 p.m.

*****

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen defensive back Brenna Pierce sends the ball upfield.
Second: The Senecas' Zade Gomez-Fitzsimmons gets a hug from teammate Maddie Tuttle after the winning goal.
Third: Watkins Glen's Rachel Vickio maneuvers around a Groton player.
Fourth: The Senecas' goalkeeper, Lillian Ameigh, makes a leaping save.
Fifth: Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse.

The Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small School champion Watkins Glen Senecas pose after their victory in the title game.

Left: Watkins Glen's Olivia King (14) wins possession of the ball. Right: The Senecas' Olivia VanSkiver (20) fights for the ball.

The Senecas' Ava Kelly, left, sends a shot that went over the Groton goal.

Left: Watkins Glen's Michaela Wheaton (3) battles for the ball. Right: The Senecas' Carly Arnold sends the ball flying upfield.

Left: The Senecas' Maisie Robertson (17) contends for the ball. Right: Watkins Glen's Skye Honrath sends a shot on its way.

Watkins Glen's Sasha Honrath, right, directs an incoming corner kick from her sister, Skye, toward the Groton goal. The ball went in to give the Senecas a 1-0 lead.

From left: Watkins Glen's Natalee Oliver; the team's title plaque; and Zade Gomez-Fitzsimmons inbounds the ball

Glen XC team competes at Marathon

MARATHON, Oct. 15, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys modified and varsity teams competed Saturday in the Small School division of the annual Marathon Invitational.

Boys Varsity: Watkins Glen's Johnny VanScoyk placed 9th among 125 runners, while Isaac Hendrickson finished 13th, Nick Bonsignore 61st, and Enric Lin 125th.

Boys Modified: The Senecas' Liam Knight placed 17th among 71 runners. Andrew Champion was 28th, Zane Chambers 31st, and Zach Brusso 56th.

"The kids ran well," said Watkins Glen Coach Kelly Sterner. "I'm so proud of them."

Volleyball: Watkins Glen edges O-M, 3-2

ODESSA, Oct. 14, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team topped Odessa-Montour for the second time in two tries this season, defeating the Grizzlies 3-2 Friday evening in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 12-25, 25-18, 25-17, 20-25 and 15-13.

Watkins Glen was the designated home team, unable to use its own gym while its floor is being repaired. Accordingly, it was Senior Night for the Watkins squad, with Ava Barber, Chelsea Parsons and Kendall Gascon honored in a ceremony.

Individual statistics for Watkins Glen included the following:

Ava Barber: 12 service points, 1 ace, 2 kills, 1 block, 3 digs.
Kendall Gascon: 9 service points, 1 ace, 3 kills, 9 digs.
Aly Gibson: 6 service points, 1 ace, 7 kills, 6 digs.
Sarah Jones: 12 service points, 13 aces, 13 assists, 2 kills, 7 digs.
Chelsea Parsons: 4 service points, 2 kills, 1 block, 3 digs.
Keira Sulkey: 2 digs.
Jocelyn Sisana: 15 service points, 8 aces, 2 kills, 10 digs.

Individual statistics for Odessa-Montour included the following:

Kyleigh Bates: 1 service point, 1 ace, 3 kills, 4 assists.
Dominick Elliott: 6 service points, 3 aces, 7 kills, 7 assists, 1 block.
Hannah Kinner: 10 service points, 2 aces, 1 kill, 4 assists.
Emma Landon: 21 service points, 10 aces, 4 kills.
Adrionna Personius: 4 service points, 2 aces.
Kaylee Watson: 2 service points, 1 kill.
Maya Moser: 11 service points, 2 aces, 3 kills.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Watkins Glen 2-1. Game scores were 14-25, 25-19 and 27-25.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's three seniors were honored in a Senior Night ceremony. From left: Kendall Gascon, Ava Barber and Chelsea Parsons.

The Storm's Ryan Willett races toward the end zone on a 20-yard second-quarter run.

Storm defeats Whitney Point, goes to 7-0

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 14, 2022 -- The Schuyler Storm varsity football team overcame a sluggish start to defeat Whitney Point 34-8 Friday night in a Section IV, Independent Division VIII game on the Watkins Glen High School Alumni Field.

The Storm, now 7-0, got touchdown runs from Ryan Willett (20 yards) and Daniel Coston (5 yards) and three touchdown passes from Daniel Lewis -- to Thomas Snow (20 yards on a screen pass) and twice to Brad Gillis (17 yards and 25 yards).

The Storm -- a combined team of WGHS and Odessa-Montour athletes -- led 7-0 after one quarter and 13-0 at halftime.

That first half saw the Storm stall on two drives and get intercepted in the end zone on another, while the Eagles barely missed two touchdowns -- on dropped passes. "We could've been behind or tied," said Storm Coach Trevor Holland.

But after Whitney Point had closed to within 13-8 on a third-quarter TD, the Storm pulled away.

WG/OM totaled 329 yards (223 rushing and 106 passing) to Whitney Point's 235 (98 rushing and 137 passing). Willett gained 92 yards on 12 carries, Gillis 56 on seven carries, and Snow 55 on eight carries. Gillis caught three passes for 51 yards, Willett four for 35 yards, and Snow one for 20 yards. Brady Cannon connected on two extra points, and Alex Holmes caught a 2-point conversion pass.

On defense, Cannon and Gillis each intercepted a pass. Snow led the team with 12 tackles, while Gillis registered six, Holmes five and Willett four.

The Storm "stepped up," said Holland. "They've met every challenge, and accomplished everything they talked about at the beginning of the season. They're a gritty group of kids."

The Storm squad has a bye this next week, and then travels to Dryden the following Friday.

Senior Night: The Storm football team's five seniors were honored, along with the Cheerleading squad's two seniors. Honored from the football squad were Thomas Goltry-Coots, Otto Hohle (absent due to illness), Daniel Lewis, Corbin Groves and Shea Young. The cheerleaders honored were Andrue Mathews and Haley Tuttle.

Photos in text:

Top: The Storm's Daniel Lewis, left, breaks up a Whitney Point pass to the end zone.

Bottom: Seniors were honored in a pregame ceremony. The football players, standing from left: Shea Young, Daniel Lewis, Corbin Groves and Thomas Goltry-Coots. (Otto Hohle was absent due to illness.) Cheerleaders honored, kneeling: Andrue Mathews and Haley Tuttle.

A Whitney Point defender slows down the Storm's Daniel Coston on a fourth-quarter run.

Storm quarterback Daniel Lewis prepares to throw a pass (left) that was caught (right) by Brad Gillis for a touchdown.

Left: The Storm's Alex Holmes catches a pass in the end zone for a two-point conversion. Right: WG/OM's Brady Cannon goes high to intercept a Whitney Point pass.

The Storm's Brady Cannon, right, sends the ball through the uprights for an extra point.

The Storm's Thomas Snow runs toward the end zone after catching a screen pass. The resulting 20-yard touchdown was the first score of the game.

Section 4 soccer tournament openers set

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Oct. 13, 2022 -- The seedings and pairings for the opening round of the Section IV soccer tournaments have been announced.

Girls:

--Watkins Glen (9-3-1) has drawn the No. 3 seed in Class C and will play No. 6 Unadilla Valley (10-4) at home at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21.

--Odessa-Montour ((9-5) has drawn the No. 3 seed in Class D and will play No. 14 Sharon Springs (7-6) at home at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Boys:

-- Odessa-Montour (1-11-2) has drawn the No. 11 seed and will play No. 6 Edmeston (9-3-2) at Edmeston at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Watkins volleyball team falls to Candor

CANDOR, Oct. 12, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision to Candor Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Candor gym.

Game scores were 25-22, 13-25, 18-25 and 15-25. Individual statistics for Watkins Glen included the following:

Sarah Jones: 9 service points, 2 aces, 12 assists, 2 kills, 5 digs.
Ava Barber: 2 service points, 2 kills, 2 digs.
Jocelyn Sisana: 7 service points, 3 aces, 9 digs.
Chelsea Parsons: 4 service points, 4 kills, 8 digs.
Kendall Gascon: 8 service points, 2 aces, 2 kills, 3 digs.
Aly Gibson: 2 service points, 4 kills, 10 digs.

"The girls did a nice job tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Krysti Westervelt. "We had some excellent long volleys and a ton of hustle. I am proud of the way they played.

"We have six straight matches ahead on the road," she added, a reference to floor-repair work that has precluded use of the WGHS Field House gym. "The next match will be at Odessa-Montour on Friday against O-M, and will be our Senior Night."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Chelsea Parsons (5) and Ava Barber (13) try to block a Candor volley. (Photo provided)

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

ODESSA, Oct. 12, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team fell 3-0 Wednesday to Thomas A. Edison High School in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 18-25, 16-25 and 24-26. Individual statistics for O-M included the following:

Kyleigh Bates: 1 service point, 2 aces, 4 digs.
Dominick Elliott: 2 service points, 2 kills, 2 assists, 1 dig.
Hannah Kinner: 5 service points, 4 assists.
Emma Landon: 7 service points, 3 aces, 3 kills, 3 digs.
Adrionna Personius: 3 service points, 1 ace.
Kaylee Watson: 1 kill, 2 digs.
Maya Moser: 2 service points, 2 aces, 3 digs.

The Grizzies return to action Friday at home against Watkins Glen.

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Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Edison, 3-0. Game scores were 10-25, 16-25 and 14-25.

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Photo at right: Odessa-Montour's Hannah Kinner eyes the ball in the first game of the match against Edison.

Odessa-Montour's Kaylee Watson, left, and Adrionna Personius volley against Edison.

Patrick Croft unleashes a blast that found the Groton net for O-M's second goal.

O-M boys top Groton 2-0 for first victory

ODESSA, Oct. 11, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team posted its first victory of the season in its final regular-season game Tuesday night, defeating Groton 2-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference contest on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The Grizzlies, who had previously registered two ties, got goals from Colton Wig and Patrick Croft and shutout goaltending from David Patterson.

After a scoreless first half, Wig scored at 32:11 of the second half with an assist from Croft, punching the ball past the Groton goalkeeper from point-blank range. Croft added the insurance goal at 11:01, sending a blast from the left into the right corner of the Groton net.

Next up: the Grizzlies are expected to play in the Section IV, Class D soccer tournament. That schedule and its seedings have yet to be announced.

Senior Night: Odessa-Montour's four seniors were honored in a Senior Night ceremony at halftime of Tuesday night's game. The honorees were Colton Wig, Zach Rounds, Max Seles and Ben Campbell.

Photo in text: O-M's Colton Wig, left, sends the ball past the Groton goalkeeper for the Grizzlie's first goal.

Left: O-M's Drew Parmenter. Right: The Grizzlies' Ben Campbell, right, controls the ball.

Left: O-M goalkeeper David Patterson reaches for the ball. Right: The Grizzlies' Jed Lynch meets the ball at midfield.

Members of the O-M girls varsity soccer team were on hand. Left: Brooklynn Thompson, left, and Keyonna Garrison. Right: From left, Katie Adams, Tori Brewster, Hannah Nolan and Paisley Jeziorski.

O-M's four seniors were honored at halftime. From left: Zach Rounds, Colton Wig, Max Seles and Ben Campbell.

Watkins volleyball team loses to S-VE

SPENCER, Oct. 11, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team fell to Spencer-Van Etten 3-0 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Spencer gym.

Game scores were 12-25, 18-25 and 15-25. Individual statistics for Watkins Glen included the following:

Ava Barber: 2 assists, 1 kill, 3 digs.
Aly Gibson: 6 service points, 3 aces, 1 assist, 1 kill, 5 digs.
Keira Sulkey: 3 service points, 1 assist.
Jocelyn Sisana: 3 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 7 digs.
Kendall Gascon: 2 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill.
Chelsea Parsons: 7 digs.

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Candor.

Odessa-Montour's Kyleigh Bates (left) and Maya Moser volley against Candor.

O-M volleyball team falls to Candor

ODESSA, Oct. 11, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Candor Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 21-25, 16-25 and 7-25. Individual statistics for the Grizzlies included the following:

Kyleigh Bates: 2 kills, 3 digs.
Dominick Elliott: 2 service points, 1 ace, 3 assists, 1 block, 1 dig.
Hannah Kinner: 4 service points, 2 aces, 1 assist, 1 dig.
Emma Landon: 9 service points, 4 aces, 3 kills, 1 dig.
Kaylee Watson: 1 ace, 1 assist, 1 dig.
Maya Moser: 3 digs.

O-M returns to action Wednesday at home against Edison.

Junior Varsity: O-M lost to Candor, 3-0. Game scores were 8-25, 7-25 and 15-25.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Dominick Elliott, left, battles at the net.

Left: O-M's Hannah Kinner reaches low to volley. Right: Odessa's Emma Landon.

Storm swimmers defeat Waverly, 97-81

WAVERLY, Oct. 11, 2022 -- The Schuyler Storm girls varsity swim team closed its dual-meet season with a 97-81 victory Tuesday over Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Waverly pool.

The Storm -- a combined squad of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high school athletes -- posted wins in the following:

200 Medley Relay: 1st, Alannah Klemann, Faye Mooney, Kendra Fish, Thalia Marquez, 1:59.58.
200 Free: 1st, Alannah Klemann, 2:07.41.
200 Individual Medley: 1st, Thalia Marquez, 2:27.35.
100 Fly: 1st, Emily Melveney, 1:10.94.
100 Free: 1st, Thalia Marquez, 55.85.
500 Free: 1st, Cara Reynolds, 6:19.37.
200 Free Relay: 1st, Faye Mooney, Kendra Fish, Alannah Klemann, Thalia Marquez, 1:46.91.

"It was a great regular season," said Storm Coach Jason Westervelt, "and a great lead-in to the championship portion of the season."

Watkins boys fall to Elmira Notre Dame

SOUTHPORT, Oct. 10, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team dropped a 4-0 decision Monday night to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Crusaders' athletic field.

Notre Dame built a 2-0 halftime lead on goals by Guilherme Toigo and David Bermejo, and added goals by Kevin Green and Sebastian Capriotti after the intermission.

The game was Watkins Glen's regular-season finale. The Senecas finished with two victories and one tie.

The Storm team and coaches at Shenendehowa. This meet was held in honor of breast cancer awareness -- which is why the girls are all in pink. (Photo provided)

Storm swimmers 8th at Shenendehowa; Marquez sets school record in 500 Free

CLIFTON PARK, NY, Oct. 8, 2022 -- The Schuyler Storm girls varsity swim team -- at Class C the smallest school at the meet -- finished eighth Saturday among 18 schools at the Shenendehowa Girls Invitational.

The appearance -- the first by the Storm (a combined squad of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour High School athletes) ever in the long history of the Invitational -- was highlighted by a WGHS school record in the 500 Yard Freestyle by Thalia Marquez as she placed second. She posted a time of 5:17.52, breaking Cathy Brown's mark of 5:20.58 set in 2000. Marquez's time "also makes her the fastest 500 Freestyler in Section IV (all classifications)," according to Storm Coach Jason Westervelt.

"We competed with the best and the biggest in upstate New York, and did very well," said Westervelt. "Most teams there were Class A schools, with one or two Class B teams. This is a fantastic finish for us."

Shenendehowa finished first with 428 points, far ahead of runnerup Bethlehem (233). They were followed by Burnt Hills-Scotia (231), Pine Bush (220), Pittsford (190), Niskayuna (175), Mohonasen-Schalmont (158), and the Storm (134). Other schools included Saratoga Springs, Horseheads, Schenectady-South Colonie, Guilderland-Voorheesville, Ballston Spa, Shaker, Middletown, Cornwall, MinisinkValley, and Albany.

Among the highlights, said Westervelt, were the following:

-- The Storm's 200 Medley Relay (Alannah Klemann, Faye Mooney, Emily Melveney, and Thalia Marquez) placed third at the meet, just missing the State Qualifying time. This Medley Relay is the fastest in Section IV among all classifications.

-- Marquez swam a lifetime best time in the 200 Freestyle with a 1:57.85, placing fourth in the meet. It was also the fastest 200 Freestyle time in Section IV this year (all classifications).

-- The 200 Freestyle Relay (Faye Mooney, Kendra Fish, Alannah Klemann, Marquez) placed third, swimming a season best 1:42.29, missing the State Qualifying time of 1:41.69.

-- Faye Mooney placed sixth in the 50 Freestyle (25.57) and fourth in the 100 Breaststroke (1:08.97).

Westervelt said other outstanding performances included:

-- Aubrey Klemann swam a lifetime best in the 200 Free (2:11.99) and 100 Free (1:00.66).

-- Cara Reynolds swam a lifetime best in the 200 Freestyle (2:18.37) and 100 Butterfly (1:10.62).

-- Kendra Fish swam a lifetime best in the 100 Fly (1:08.77), and placed in the top 24 of the 100 Backstroke.

-- Malina Butler swam season-best times in the 100 Free (1:02.29) and 100 Backstroke (1:10.19).

"All our swimmers swam very well this weekend," said Westervelt. "I couldn't be happier with their performances and togetherness. This team is special. I am very excited to see what they will do in our upcoming championship meets."

Photo in text: The Storm's Thalia Marquez at Shenendehowa (Photo provided)

The Storm's Ryan Willett (5) grabs the ball on the final play of the game, a pass by Dryden into the end zone. Storm teammate Gavin Lohmeyer (2) was among the players contending for the ball.

Rally lifts Storm to 21-14 win; now 6-0

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 8, 2022 -- The Schuyler Storm varsity football team scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns -- including one with 15.1 seconds left -- to overtake Dryden in a Section IV game Saturday night on the Watkins Glen High School Alumni Field.

The win -- which lifted the Storm's record to 6-0 -- wasn't secured until the final play, when standout Ryan Willett intercepted a Dryden pass in the end zone.

The game marked Homecoming at Watkins, with the introduction at halftime of the Queen and King. The Queen is Payton Hilfiger, while exchange student Adriano Ripol was named the King. They had been announced the night before, at a Homecoming dance.

After a scoreless first quarter, Dryden took the lead 1:58 before halftime on a 6-yard run, but failed on a two-point conversion attempt.

Thirty seconds later, Storm quarterback Daniel Lewis connected with Willett on a 53-yard pass play up the left sideline to even the score, and Brady Cannon added an extra point to put the Storm -- a combined squad of WGHS and Odessa-Montour High School athletes -- ahead 7-6 heading into the second half.

The third quarter proved futile for the Storm. The squad gained only 15 yards on the ground and none through the air, and gave up a go-ahead touchdown to Dryden at the 6:08 mark. The Lions added a two-point conversion for a 14-7 lead.

The Storm knotted the score at 10:53 of the fourth quarter on a 24-yard run by Thomas Snow, who dove just across the goal line as a Dryden defender hit him. Cannon added an extra point to make it 14-14.

That's how it stayed until the closing moments, when the Storm, after stopping Dryden, drove down the field, a key play being an 18-yard over-the-head reception by Willett that set the stage a couple of plays later for a flare pass to Brad Gillis, who scampered 26 yards unscathed into the end zone. A Cannon PAT gave the Storm a 21-14 lead.

Dryden struck back, though, connecting on a long pass play that put it on the Storm 15-yard line with just four seconds left. The Dryden quarterback rolled right and lofted a pass into the end zone that was contested by several players -- with Willett coming down with the ball as time expired.

The Storm gained 376 total yards in the game -- 147 rushing and 229 passing. Dryden had 297 total yards, including 203 rushing.

Storm QB Lewis connected on 15 of 23 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns. The leading rusher was Willett with 62 yards on 10 carries, while Snow gained 54 on 10 carries and Gillis 31 on nine carries.

Snow led Storm defenders with 16 solo tackles, while Gavin Lohmeyer had six, Thomas Field four, and Willett and Alex Holmes three each. Holmes also had a key fourth-down sack. The team registered two interceptions: the one by Willett on the final play, and one by Gillis.

"We knew this was going to be a tough game," said Storm Coach Trevor Holland, who noted that Dryden (now 3-3) "brought everything. And we have to play them again, the next time on their field."

The Storm returns to action at home Friday night against Whitney Point.

Photos in text:

Top: The Storm's Thomas Snow starts to dive toward the end zone on his 24-yard TD run as a Dryden defender nears.
Middle: Storm QB Daniel Lewis launches a pass as teammate Shea Young blocks.
Bottom: Homecoming King Adriano Ripol and Queen Payton Hilfiger.

A key catch by the Storm's Ryan Willett on the team's final drive: an 18-yard reception.

Left: The Storm's Brad Gillis races toward the end zone on his team's final drive. Right: After scoring with 15.1 seconds left, Gillis (left) celebrated with teammate Alex Holmes.

The Storm's Brady Cannon kicks an extra point, one of three he converted.

O-M goalkeeper Keyonna Garrison (blue gloves) and Hannah Nolan (20) go high as a Watkins Glen corner kick arrives. Garrison swatted the ball out, away from the net.

Watkins Glen girls top Odessa-Montour, 3-1, win IAC Small School South title

ODESSA, Oct. 7, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team scored three goals in the first 15 minutes of the game Friday and then held off Odessa-Montour 3-1 to claim the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small School South Division title and a date on Oct. 15 in the overall IAC Small School championship game.

The Watkins victory, which broke a tie between the two schools atop the standings and avenged an earlier overtime loss to O-M, was fueled by two Skye Honrath goals, sandwiched around one by Ava Kelly. Honrath assisted on the Kelly goal, too, sending a crossing pass that the freshman sent just inside the left post of the Odessa net. The two goals gave Honrath 20 for the season.

The victory, accomplished with substitute Watkins Glen coaches in place of the Covid-quarantined Scott Morse, lifted the Senecas' season mark to 9-3-1 heading into the title game against the IAC North Small School champion in a game at Tompkins Cortland Community College. But for Odessa-Montour, the season is not yet over.

"We're gonna regroup and get ready for Sectionals," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster, whose squad will compete in the Class D tournament, likely opening with a home game against an as-yet unspecified opponent.

"Congratulations to Watkins Glen," said Brewster, whose team was outshot by the Senecas 10-7, but led in corner kicks (5-2). "This was a good high school game, although it would have been better if we could take away those first 15 minutes."

His team had the edge statistically in the second half, and "had some chances off throw-ins near their goal and corner kicks, but we just couldn't finish."

Watkins Glen had perhaps the best chances in the second half, though, at the 31-minute mark, when successive shots by Honrath and Kelly both caromed off the crossbar.

Of Honrath, a sophomore whose sister Sasha (a junior) is also a key member of the team, Brewster said: "Skye is incredibly dangerous. Once the ball is on her feet, something bad is bound to happen to the other team."

Of his own squad, he added this: "I'm proud of the resilience they showed. They kept fighting and creating great chances. It just wasn't our night."

Skye Honrath opened the scoring at 30:33, when she punched in a shot from just in front of the right post. Kelly made it 2-0 at 27:56, and Honrath scored again on a laser from the right at 25:18, making it 3-0.

Both Honraths said after the game that the plan was to be aggressive early, sending off as many clean shots as possible. Even so, the early 3-0 lead surprised them, said Sasha. When told the crowd -- not to mention O-M -- seemed stunned by the early Watkins onslaught, Sasha said "we were a little shocked, too."

The last time the two teams had met, Watkins had managed a single goal, and had lost 2-1 in overtime, with both of O-M's goals coming from senior Tori Brewster. This time, Brewster scored the lone Odessa goal, sending a shot from the left into the left corner of the Watkins net, past diving goalkeeper Lillian Ameigh, at the 14:14 mark of the first half.

That proved to be the final goal of the game. Ameigh registered six saves, while her O-M counterpart, Keyonna Garrison, had five.

"The girls played fantastic today," said Eric VanSkiver, who joined with Watkins Glen athletic director Rod Weeden in coaching for the absent Morse. "They were on the attack in the beginning and then readjusted to contain a very strong Odessa team.

"O-M is a very tough and skilled team, and they are very well coached. It's always fun to play them.

"I'm extremely proud of the girls and excited for their division championship. They've worked very hard for this."

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Photo in text:

Top: O-M's Hannah Nolan, right, and Watkins Glen's Olivia VanSkiver battle for the ball.
Middle: Watkins' Skye Honrath, right, sends the ball into the O-M net to open the scoring.
Bottom: O-M's Maddie Raymond, right, and Watkins' Skye Honrath eye the ball.

Left: O-M's Brooklynn Thompson, left, and Watkins Glen's Ava Kelly battle for the ball. Right: O-M's Gina Gavich and Watkins' Erin Snow fight for possession of the ball.

Left: O-M's Olivia Barr. Right: Watkins Glen's Jennifer Gublo heads the ball in a crowd.

Odessa-Montour's Hannah Nolan, left, sends a shot toward the Watkins Glen goal, but it went over the crossbar.

O-M's Tori Brewster (14, left) sends a shot that got past diving Watkins goalkeeper Lillian Ameigh, right, for the Grizzlies' only goal.

Watkins' Ava Kelly, left, sends the ball into the O-M net for the Senecas' second goal.

Left: O-M's Katie Adams tries to maneuver past Watkins' Rachel Vickio. Right: Watkins goalkeeper Lillian Ameigh grabs a loose ball before O-M's Tori Brewster can reach it.

O-M's Kelsey Bates (19) sends a shot on goal, but it was cleared out of the goalmouth by the Watkins Glen defense.

Left: Watkins Glen's Olivia VanSkiver (20) tries to shield the ball from O-M's Paisley Jeziorski. Right: Watkins' Katrina Ricca, left, and Brenna Pierce battle Odessa's Hannah Nolan as the ball arrives.

Watkins Glen's Sasha Honrath sends a shot toward the Odessa-Montour goal.

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

ODESSA, Oct. 7, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team's record slipped to 1-9 Friday when the Grizzlies dropped a 3-0 decision to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 10-25, 8-25 and 12-25. Individual statistics for O-M included the following:

Kyleigh Bates: 1 kill, 3 digs.
Dominick Elliott: 1 service point, 2 assists, 1 dig.
Hannah Kinner: 1 assist, 2 digs.
Emma Landon: 2 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 2 digs.
Adrionna Personius: 2 service points, 1 dig.
Kaylee Watson: 1 service point, 4 digs.
Maya Moser: 5 service points, 6 digs.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Tioga, 3-0. Game scores were 9-25, 7-25 and 12-25.

Photo in text: O-M's Dominick Elliott (23) battles at the net.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Emma Landon, Hannah Kinner and Adrionna Personius.

The Schuyler Storm's Thalia Marquez on the way to winning the 200 Freestyle.

Storm swimmers defeat Vestal, 112-74

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 6, 2022 -- The Schuyler Storm girls varsity swim team topped Class A Vestal 112-74 Thursday in a non-league meet in the Watkins Glen High School pool.

"It was a great meet for this team," said Storm Coach Jason Westervelt, whose squad includes WGHS and Odessa-Montour High School athletes."There was lots of great swimming and diving, and it was a big win for these girls."

He pointed to the performances of Thalia Marquez, Faye Mooney and Alannah Klemann, each of whom won two individual events and were members of two winning relays. Other highlights, he noted, included:

--Aubrey Klemann touching out a Vestal swimmer in the 200 Free and 100 Free -- and swimming a PR (personal record) in the 100 Free.
--Emily Melveney winning the 100 Butterfly as the underdog with a 1:11.92.
--Kendra Fish and Malina Butler each swimming on two winning relays.

Individual victories for the Storm came in the following:

200 Free: 1st, Thalia Marquez, 2:01.64.
200 Individual Medley: 1st, Alannah Klemann, 2:23.22.
50 Free: 1st, Kendra Fish, 27.55.
100 Fly: 1st, Emily Melveney, 1:11.92.
100 Free: 1st, Faye Mooney, 56.57.
500 Free: 1st, Thalia Marquez, 5:29.41.
100 Back: 1st, Alannah Klemann, 1:04.66.
100 Breaststroke: 1st, Faye Mooney, 1:11.31.

"This was a total team effort and I am very happy with where we are this season," said Westervelt. "Most of the girls are well ahead of where they were at the same time last year, which is very exciting as we head into our championship portion of the season."

The Storm swimmers return to action Saturday at a Shenendehowa Invitational.

Photos in text:

Top: The Schuyler Storm's Faye Mooney competes in the 200 Medley Relay.
Bottom: The Storm's Malina Butler.

The Schuyler Storm's Claire Lewis dives at the start of the 50 Yard Freestyle.

Left: WG/OM's Skye Cummings competes in the diving competition. She placed second. Right: The Storm's Emily Melveney swims in the 200 IM, where she placed third.

The Schuyler Storm's Alannah Klemann on the way to victory in the 200 IM.

The Storm's Cara Reynolds glides underwater after diving at start of the 200 IM.

Watkins Glen's Liam Smith (3) prepares to shoot on the SVEC goal. His shot went barely wide to the right.

Watkins Glen boys fall to SVEC, 9-0

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 6, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team dropped a 9-0 decision Thursday night to Spencer-Van Etten/Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on WGHS's Alumni Field.

SVEC struck early, scoring its first goal at 37:46 of the first half. It scored two more goals in the next six minutes on the way to a 5-0 halftime advantage.

SVEC kept up the pressure in the second half, scoring at the 33:53 mark and then again at 29:46, 24:26 and 23:33.

The Senecas, with two wins and a tie this season, return to action Monday at Elmira Notre Dame.

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Photo in text: Watkins Glen defenseman Ross Pentz (18) battles for control of the ball.

Watkins Glen goalkeeper Jake Vandereems pounces on the ball before Spencer-Van Etten/ Candor's Taylor Brock can reach it.

O-M goalkeeper David Patterson goes high to make a save. (Photo by Gail Sgrecci)

O-M boys lose in OT to Dundee/Bradford

DUNDEE, Oct. 6, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team came close to victory again Thursday before falling to Dundee/Bradford 2-1 in overtime in a non-league road game.

The Grizzlies, who have two ties and have lost two overtime contests, benefitted from the goalkeeping of David Patterson, who turned aside an estimated two-dozen or more Dundee/Bradford shots.

O-M returns to action Tuesday night at home against Groton.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Max Seles, left, attempts to get the ball past the Dundee/Bradford goalkeeper. (Photo by Gail Sgrecci)

Odessa-Montour girls top Newfield, 3-2

NEWFIELD, Oct. 5, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team built a 3-0 lead and held off Newfield 3-2 Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newfield athletic field.

The win lifted the Grizzlies' season mark to 9-4 heading into a showdown Friday afternoon with Watkins Glen for the IAC Small School South Division title. The two teams, now deadlocked, met earlier this season, with O-M posting a 2-1 overtime win. Friday's game will be at 4:30 p.m. on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The Grizzlies built a 2-0 first-half lead Wednesday on a pair of Tori Brewster goals. Hannah Nolan added one early in the second half, assisted by Paisley Jeziorski. Newfield responded with two goals, but O-M Coach Burton Brewster said his team "did what we needed to do to win."

Odessa outshot Newfield 11-4, and had a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. The Newfield goalkeeper made eight saves, while O-M netminder Keyonna Garrison registered two.

Nolan's goal was her 22nd of the season and the 81st of her career, the latter a growing school record.

Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold (11, second from right) watches as her first-half penalty kick soars into the Tioga net.

Watkins Glen girls blank Tioga, 8-0

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 5, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team got goals from six different players Wednesday night on the way to an 8-0 victory over Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on WGHS's Alumni Field.

The win lifted the Senecas' season mark to 8-3-1 heading into a showdown Friday afternoon with Odessa-Montour for the IAC Small School South Division title. The two teams, now deadlocked, met earlier this season, with O-M posting a 2-1 overtime win. Friday's game will be at 4:30 p.m. on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

Goals Wednesday came from Skye Honrath (three, with two assists), Sasha Honrath, Jennifer Gublo, Katrina Ricca, Carly Arnold and Brenna Pierce. Assists were also credited to Ava Kelly, Erin Snow and Olivia King. Goalkeeper Lillian Ameigh registered three saves.

The Senecas raced out to a 4-0 lead in the first 16 minutes, with Gublo starting it with a goal at 37:33 off a feed from Skye Honrath. Goals from Skye Honrath, Sasha Honrath and Ricca followed, with Arnold adding a penalty-kick goal a minute before intermission.

The two Honraths added a goal each early in the second half, and Pierce closed the scoring with 51 seconds left on a breakaway, sending a blast from the right just inside the left goalpost.

"The team played really well tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Senior Night is always emotional, but the girls were really focused and ready to play.

"Seniors Carly Arnold and Katrina Ricca are such integral parts of the team, and it has been a true pleasure coaching them over the years. Beyond soccer, they are just outstanding people, and they will be missed next year for sure."

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Jennifer Gublo (18) scores her team's first goal.
Middle: The Senecas' Brenna Pierce, right, goes high to control the ball.
Bottom: The Senecas' coach, Scott Morse (right) and his twin brother, Shawn. Shawn was visiting from his North Carolina home.

Watkins Glen's Katrina Ricca, right, sends a shot that found the Tioga net for a goal.

Watkins Glen's Skye Honrath prepares to send the ball into the net for her second of three goals in the game. She has 18 goals this season.

Left: Coach Scott Morse with his team's two seniors -- Carly Arnold, left, and Katrina Ricca -- at the Senior Night ceremony honoring the pair. Right: Ricca gets a hug at the ceremony from freshman teammate Maddie Tuttle.

The WGHS girls varsity soccer team posed during the Senior Night ceremony.

The Schuyler Storm's Cara Reynolds competes in the 200 Free. She placed second.

Storm swimmers defeat Notre Dame

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 5, 2022 -- The Schuyler Storm girls varsity swim team posted a 103-44 victory Wednesday over Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Watkins Glen High School pool.

According to Storm Coach Jason Westervelt, some highlights included:

--Thalia Marquez posting a personal record (PR) in the 100 Fly (1:04.76).
--Riley Brooks swimming PR's in the 100 Fly and 100 Breaststroke.
--Lizzi Fitzwater posting a PR in the 100 Breaststroke.
--Alannah Klemann registering two individual wins, in the 200 Free and 500 Free.
--Cara Reynolds posting a PR in the 100 Fly.

The Storm, a combined team of WGHS and Odessa-Montour High School athletes, posted wins in the following:

200 Medley Relay: 1st, Kendra Fish, Faye Mooney, Emily Melveney, Thalia Marquez, 2:02.57.
200 Free: 1st, Alannah Klemann, 2:09.47.
200 Individual Medley: 1st, Faye Mooney, 2:30.57.
50 Free: 1st, Emily Melveney, 28.08
Diving: 1st, Skye Cummings, 116.15. .
100 Fly: 1st, Thalia Marquez, 1:04.76.
100 Free: 1st, Kendra Fish, 1:02.00.
500 Free: 1st, Alannah Klemann, 5:47.88.
200 Free Relay: 1st, Lizzi Fitzwater, Kendra Fish, Claire Lewis, Alannah Klemann, 2:00.83.

"The girls did a great job tonight," said Westervelt. "We had some outstanding performances from Riley Brooks, Lizzi Fitzwater and Cara Reynolds which will help us compete against Class A Vestal tomorrow (in the WGHS pool).

"Our divers did an outstanding job this week, as well, Claire Lewis, Skye Cummings and Macy Fitzgerald made the most out of a short week of practices and successfully competed their new 6-dive lists.

"We are looking forward to a great meet against Vestal and some fast swimming at the Shenendehowa Invitational on Saturday."

Photos in text:

Top: The Storm's Faye Mooney dives at start of the 200 IM, which she won.
Middle: WG/OM's Alannah Klemann on the way to first place in the 200 Free.
Bottom: The Storm's Kendra Fish competes in the 200 IM, where she placed second.

Left: The Storm's Aubrey Klemann competes in the 200 IM. She placed third. Right: The Storm's Macy Fitzgerald competes in the Diving event.

Glen volleyball team tops Newfield, 3-2

NEWFIELD, Oct. 5, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team posted its second win of the season Wednesday, defeating Newfield 3-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Newfield gym.

Game scores were 19-25, 19-25, 25-17, 25-19 and 15-12.

"It was a very exciting match," said Watkins Glen Coach Krysti Westervelt. "The girls did a nice job keeping their intensity through the whole match and coming out on top."

Individual statistics for Watkins Glen included:

Sarah Jones: 12 service points, 5 aces, 11 assists, 1 kill.
Ava Barber: 10 service points, 4 aces, 4 kills, 1 block.
Aly Gibson: 9 service points, 3 aces, 4 kills, 5 digs.
Chelsea Parsons: 7 service points, 1 kill.
Jocelyn Sisana: 4 service points, 6 digs.
Keira Sulkey: 4 service points.
Kendall Gascon: 4 service points, 2 aces, 1 kill.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday against Candor.

Junior Varsity: Newfield defeated Watkins Glen, 2-0.

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

CANDOR, Oct. 5, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team's record slipped to 1-8 Wednesday when the Grizzlies dropped a 3-0 decision to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Candor gym.

Games scores were 14-25, 13-25 and 11-25.

Individual statistics for O-M included:

Kyleigh Bates: 1 service point, 1 kill, 4 digs.
Dominick Elliott: 6 service points, 4 aces, 3 assists, 1 block, 2 digs.
Hannah Kinner: 1 service point, 4 assists.
Emma Landon: 2 kills, 4 digs.
Adrionna Personius: 1 dig.
Kaylee Watson: 1 service point, 2 kills, 1 dig.
Maya Moser: 4 service points, 2 kills, 1 dig.

The Grizzlies return to action Friday at home against Tioga.

Junior Varsity: Candor defeated O-M, 2-0. Games scores were 10-25 and 22-25.

Glen XC boys place 2nd at Divisional

NEWARK VALLEY, Oct. 4, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity cross country team -- led by Aidan Maphis's 4th-place finish -- placed second Tuesday at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference South Divisional Meet at Newark Valley.

The Senecas "were so excited to place so well," said Watkins Glen Coach Kelly Sterner, who noted that while the boys Modified team didn't have enough runners to score as a team, "they did very well."

Maphis completed the course in 19:33.01, while teammate Isaac Hendrickson was 8th in 20:08.71. In addition, Johnny VanScoyk was 10th in 21:05.14, while Jonathan Bond-Trimble was 15th in 22:18.43, Nicholas Bonsignore 17th in 23:05.79, and Enric Lin 24th in 33:20.37. There were 25 runners.

Spencer-Van Etten/Candor took first place with the top three finishers and 19 points. Watkins Glen was next with 54 points, while Tioga had 77 and Newark Valley 78. The other teams lacked the requisite five runners for a team score: Elmira Notre Dame, Edison and Waverly.

Boys Modified; Liam Knight led Watkins Glen with a 6th-place finish in 10:50.70, while Andrew Champion was 7th in 10:58.90, Zane Chambers 17th in 13:13.24, and Zachary Brusso 18th in 13:37.89. There were 29 runners.

The Senecas return to action at the Marathon Invitational on October 15.

Photo in text: The Watkins boys varsity and Modified cross country teams. (Provided)

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

TIOGA CENTER, Oct. 4, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team's record slipped to 1-7 Tuesday when the Grizzlies dropped a 3-0 decision to 10-1 Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Tioga gym.

Game scores were 9-25, 12-25 and 20-25.

Kyleigh Bates led O-M with 3 service points, 2 aces, 2 kills and 4 digs. Dominick Elliott added 2 points, 2 aces, 1 block and 3 digs, while Kaylee Watson registered 2 points and 5 digs.

The Grizzlies return to action Wednesday at Candor.

Junior Varsity: Tioga defeated Odessa-Montour 2-0. Game scores were 7-25 and 8-25.

Odessa-Montour's Dominick Elliott volleys in the second game against Newfield.

O-M volleyball team posts its 1st victory

ODESSA, Oct. 3, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team registered its first victory of the year Monday, defeating Newfield 3-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 25-12, 16-25, 25-21 and 25-17.

Individual statistics for the Grizzlies included the following:

Kyleigh Bates: 7 service points, 3 aces, 4 kills, 4 digs.
Dominick Elliott: 8 service points, 6 aces, 2 kills, 6 assists, 6 digs.
Hannah Kinner: 5 service points, 1 kill, 5 assists, 1 dig.
Emma Landon: 6 service points, 2 aces, 4 kills, 4 digs.
Adrionna Personious: 3 service points, 1 ace, 3 digs.
Kaylee Watson: 5 service points, 1 ace, 2 kills, 1 assist, 4 digs.
Maya Moser: 4 service points, 1 kill, 5 digs.

O-M (1-6) returns to action Tuesday at Tioga.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost 3-0 to Newfield. Game scores were 9-25, 16-25 and 19-25.

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

Odessa-Montour's Hannah Kinner, left, and Kaylee Watson prepare to serve.

All eyes are on the ball as it descends toward the corner of the Dundee/Bradford goal. The keeper, Ellie Fleet, managed to grab it before O-M's Paisley Jeziorski (15) could put it in the net.

O-M girls fall to Dundee/Bradford, 4-1

ODESSA, Oct. 3, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team dropped a 4-1 decision Monday night to Dundee/Bradford in a non-league game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The game, scoreless at halftime, saw Dundee/Bradford take the lead at 36:49 before O-M tied it 1-1 on a Hannah Nolan goal at 36:26. The game remained tied until the 6:52 mark, when Dundee/Bradford scored the first of three goals in five-minute stretch.

Odessa outshot Dundee/Bradford 10-6, and had an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks. The Grizzlies' goalkeeper, Keyonna Garrison, had two saves while Dundee/Bradford's keeper, Ellie Fleet, registered nine saves.

Nolan's goal was her 21st of the year and the 80th of her career.

"The game was played wide open -- from end line to end line," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster. "I thought the Odessa girls played hard. It's unfortunate we couldn't send the seniors out with a win."

Halftime featured a Senior Night ceremony, where O-M's four seniors -- Hannah Nolan, Tori Brewster, Katie Adams and Sarah Barr -- were honored.

Odessa (8-4) returns to action at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Newfield. Then it plays Watkins Glen at home at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Hannah Nolan, right, fights Dundee/Bradford's Kailey Yeoman for possession of the ball.
Bottom: O-M's seniors were honored at halftime. From left: Tori Brewster, Hannah Nolan, Katie Adams and Sarah Barr.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Maggie Pentz, Kelsey Bates and Maddie Raymond.

O-M's Tori Brewster (14) sends a shot toward the Dundee/Bradford goal. It was stopped by goalkeeper Ellie Fleet.

O-M girls Modified team tops Watkins

MONTOUR FALLS, Oct. 3, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls Modified soccer team improved its record to 7-1 Monday when it defeated Watkins Glen 4-2 in a game on the B.C. Cate Elementary School soccer field.

The win was O-M's second this season over Watkins, which is now 4-4.

Leah Antes scored three goals for Odessa-Montour, while Evvie Zinger scored one. Zinger also assisted on Antes' three goals, while Antes assisted on Zinger's goal.

Natalie VanSkiver scored both goals for Watkins Glen.

O-M took the early lead on Zinger's goal, a blast from the right that found the left corner of the Watkins net. That score held up through the first half.

VanSkiver scored her first goal in the third quarter to tie the game before Antes put the Grizzlies ahead again with her first goal. VanSkiver's sccond goal tied the game at 2-2, but the Senecas had no answer for Antes, who scored twice more to cement the O-M win.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Leah Antes prepares to shoot. The ball went in to the left of goalkeeper Isabella Cherock for one of Antes' three goals.
Bottom: O-M's Evvie Zinger, right, moves the ball upfield as Watkins Glen's Amy Field (18) approaches.

Left: Watkins Glen's Natalie VanSkiver (4) is congratulated by teammates Bella Yaw (left) and Emma Lewis after scoring one of her two goals. Right: Watkins' Emma Cady (13) and O-M's Pietra Vanderwerff fight for possession of the ball.

Odessa-Montour back Vanessa Wood sends the ball flying upfield.

Odessa-Montour girls blank Tioga, 4-0

TIOGA CENTER, Oct. 1, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team started slowly against winless Tioga Saturday, but three second-half goals carried the Grizzlies to a 4-0 victory in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Tioga athletic field.

O-M, without standout Tori Brewster -- sidelined by what was described as a minor injury -- got two goals from Hannah Nolan (giving her 20 for the year), and one each from Katie Adams and Kelsey Bates.

The Grizzlies (8-3) outshot 0-10 Tioga 16-5, and had a 3-1 edge in corner kicks. O-M goalkeeper Keyonna Garrison had two saves.

Nolan scored the first goal just 1:45 before intermission, and the second at 25:32 of the second half off a feed from Bates. Then Adams scored at 15:57 to make it 3-0, and Bates at about the five-minute mark.

The two goals lifted Nolan's school-record career total to 79.

O-M returns to action Monday at home against Dundee. Game time is 7 p.m.

Photo in text: Hannah Nolan (File photo)

Watkins Glen girls overcome Newfield

NEWFIELD, Oct. 1, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team, down three goals in the first half, rallied Saturday behind Skye Honrath's hat trick to defeat Newfield 7-4 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newfield athletic field.

The victory lifted the Senecas' season mark to 7-3-1 heading into a game Wednesday night at home against Tioga.

In addition to her three goals, Honrath registered three assists. Other goals, one each, came from Sasha Honrath (who also had two assists), Ava Kelly (with one assist), Erin Snow (with one assist) and Olivia Kng. Goalkeeper Lillian Ameigh made 9 saves.

"It was certainly an odd game," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "We were not terrible in the first half, making some runs with decent shot attempts, but found ourselves down three goals with maybe five minutes left in the half. Then Skye Honrath went to work with three gorgeous assists to fuel our offense. Olivia King, Ava Kelly and Sasha Honrath scored three consecutive goals to tie it up.

"In the second half we played very well, with our defense containing Newfield and our offense putting together some great scoring opportunities. Newfield is a scrappy team with some talented players and they always play us tough.

"Our girls have done a really great job this year, so with three games left in the regular season, we have to stay focused and finish strong."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Skye Honrath (File photo)

Glen XC runners compete at McQuaid

ROCHESTER, Oct. 1, 2022 -- More than 6,300 runners from 232 high school teams competed in various divisions Saturday at the 58th McQuaid Invitational at Rochester's Genesee Valley Park.

Watkins Glen's boys varsity cross country team competed in the Small School's race, where there were 434 runners.

Johnny VanScoyk was the top Watkins finisher. He placed 79th with his personal record (PR) time of 17:56.5. Eighth grader Isaac Hendrickson placed 102nd with a PR time of 18.11.6. Aidan Maphis was 118th in a PR of 18:19.9. Nick Bonsignor placed 299th with a PR of 20:48.9, and Joaathan Bond-Trimble was 335th with a PR of 21:32.1.

In the boys Modified race, Watkins Glen's Andrew Champion was 132nd in 11:21.1; Liam Knight 133rd in 11:22.9, and Zach Brusso 269th.

"Our kids dropped times again this week, earning their personal bests," said Watkins Glen Coach Kelly Sterner. "(Coach) Travis Durfee and I are so excited about the progress of the team. We travel to Newark Valley Tuesday to compete in the IAC South Divisional Championship."

Storm gridders defeat Lansing, 20-6

LANSING, Sept. 30, 2022 -- The Schuyler Storm varsity football team improved its record to 5-0 Friday night when it defeated Lansing 20-6 in a Section IV Independent Division VIII game on the Lansing football field.

The Storm, a combined squad of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour High School athletes, scored on its first drive, capping it off with a 3-yard TD run by Ryan Willett. A two-point convesion failed.

Lansing tied the game later in the first quarter on a 51-yard run, but the Storm took the lead for good in the second quarter on an 86-yard pass by quarterback Daniel Lewis to Alex Holmes on a post pattern. Brady Cannon kicked the extra point to make it 13-6.

The Storm completed the scoring when Lewis completed a 13-play drive with a 1-yard run up the middle in the third quarter. Another Cannon PAT made the score 20-6.

"We had some other opportunities in the red zone," said Storm Coach Trevor Holland, "but coming away with the win is the important thing, scoring more or not."

The Storm had 284 total yards, including 179 on the ground and 105 through the air. Lansing totaled 195 yards.

Bradley Gillis gained 94 of those rushing yards on 15 carries. Willett gained 51 on 14 carries, and Thomas Snow gained 23 on seven carries. Snow led all Storm defenders with 15 solo tackles, while Willett and Gillis registered four each.

The Storm returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 8, with a Homecoming game against Dryden on the WGHS Alumni Field.

Watkins' Salvatore Purpura, right, sends the ball into the O-M net in double overtime. Goalkeeper David Patterson is at left.

Watkins boys top O-M in overtime, 2-1

ODESSA, Sept. 30, 2022 -- The first time the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer teams played this season, the game ended in a tie. The second time they played -- Friday night -- the game went into double overtime and almost ended in a tie.

But this time, with 1:39 left on the clock in the second OT, Watkins Glen's Salvatore Purpura took a crossing pass from teammate Liam Smith and put it into the O-M net, giving the Senecas a 2-1 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory.

The win, on O-M's Charles Martin Field, was Watkins Glen's second of the season to go with that earlier tie. For Odessa-Montour, the game was another frustration as it pursues its first victory of the year. It has two ties.

The game was a high-energy affair, with lots of activity near both nets -- and with some outstanding saves by O-M's David Patterson and Watkins' Caleb Bresett. But it wasn't just those two. Each team's backfield came up with last-second clearing kicks on several occasions.

The first goal came early, at the 34:48 mark of the first half, when Watkins Glen's Jacob Yontz sent a blast from the right into the left corner of the O-M net. The score held until 26:04 of the second period, when Odessa's Colton Wig netted a shot in the back left corner of the Senecas' net.

The first 10-minute overtime period was frenetic, with both sides mounting threats, and the second OT period featured more of the same. It looked like it would be another tie, until suddenly, with Purpura's goal, it wasn't.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins' Jacob Yontz (11) sends a shot on goal that was stopped by O-M goalkeeper David Patterson. Yontz scored on an earlier shot, though.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Liam Smith, left, and Salvatore Purpura. Smith earned an assist on Purpura's game-winning goal.

Odessa-Montour's Colton Wig (8, second from right) watches as his second-half shot eludes Watkns Glen goalkeeper Caleb Bresett for the Grizzlies' lone goal.

Left: O-M's Zach Rounds leads a chase for the ball. Right: Watkins Glen's Adriano Ripol (foreground) and O-M's Benson Patterson fight for the ball.

Left: O-M's Max Seles meets the ball. Right: O-M's Lucas Barr (facing camera) and Watkins Glen's Aidan Kelly fight for possession of the ball.

Odessa-Montour goalkeeper David Patterson stops an incoming Watkins corner kick. Other players, from left: O-M's Lucas Hoffman and Watkins' Bryce Cady and Liam Smith.

Left: Watkins goalkeeper Caleb Bresett. Right: O-M's Drew Parmenter heads the ball.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Gunner Herrmann, foreground, and Watkins Glen's Bryce Cady await the ball. Right: The Grizzlies' Lucas Hoffman heads the ball.

O-M's Max Seles, left, tries to get position for a shot on the Watkins goal in overtime. Between him and goalkeeper Caleb Bresett are Watkins defenders (from left) Salvatore Purpura, Ross Pentz and Max Ricca.

Watkins volleyball team falls to Tioga

ODESSA, Sept. 29, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision Thursday to Tioga (8-1) in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Odessa-Montour High School gym. The Watkins team played host there while repair work in its own gym continued.

Game scores were 10-25, 17-25 and 22-25. Individual statistics for the 1-6 Senecas included the following:

Ava Barber: 5 service points, 3 aces, 4 kills.
Chelsea Parsons: 6 service points, 1 kill.
Sarah Jones: 2 aces, 6 assists.
Jocelyn Sisana: 1 block, 7 digs.
Aly Gibson: 5 service points, 2 aces, 4 digs.
Kendall Gascon: 4 service points, 1 kill.

"I am proud of the players and their hustle tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Krystina Westervelt.

"They didn't let a slow start set the pace for the match. They improved with each play and gave an excellent Tioga team a respectable challenge."

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Newfield.

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Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Tioga 2-0. Game scores were 6-25 and 5-25.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Chelsea Parsons volleys.

Bottom: The Senecas' Alyson Gibson meets the ball in the second game against Tioga.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jocelyn Sisana. Right: The Senecas' Ava Barber volleys.

Left: Watkins' Sarah Jones volleys. Right: The Senecas' Kendall Gascon serves

Odessa-Montour goalkeeper Keyonna Garrison sends a goal kick on its way.

Odessa-Montour girls post comeback win

ODESSA, Sept. 29, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team rallied from a 2-1 halftime deficit to defeat Spencer-Van Etten/Candor 3-2 Thursday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The comeback -- fueled by two penalty kicks -- lifted the Grizzlies to a 7-3 record heading into a game at 11 a.m. Saturday at Tioga.

After SVEC scored at the 35:28 mark of the first half, O-M's Hannah Nolan put in a rebound shot directly in front of the net off a corner kick at 32:45. But SVEC pulled ahead again at 1:33.

The Grizzlies "came out strong in the second half," said Coach Burton Brewster, nearly scoring in the first minute and then tying the game on a goal by Tori Brewster, who followed her own penalty kick by converting a rebound off of that shot.

"Then we went nearly 33 minutes without anyone putting the ball in the net," said Coach Brewster, "but we controlled most of the play."

The Grizzlies pulled ahead for good with 5:40 remaining, this time on a penalty kick by Nolan.

O-M outshot SVEC 15-5, with the visitors managing just one shot on goal after intermission. Odessa also had a 9-0 advantage in corner kicks. Keyonna Garrison registered three saves in goal for the Grizzlies, while the SVEC netminder had 10.

Nolan's two goals brought her season total to 18, and increased her school-record career goal count to 77. Brewster's goal was her ninth.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Hannah Nolan (20) scores in the first half.
Bottom: The Grizzlies' Tori Brewster moves the ball despite pressure.

Left: O-M's Katie Adams. Right: The Grizzlies' Paisley Jeziorski (15) controls the ball.

Left: O-M's Gina Gavich maneuvers with the ball. Right: The Grizzlies' Maggie Pentz inbounds the ball.

Watkins Glen girls fall to Waverly, 2-1

WAVERLY, Sept. 29, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 6-3-1 Thursday night when the Senecas dropped a 2-1 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

The lone Watkins goal came from Ava Kelly, assisted by Skye Honrath. Lillian Ameigh registered 14 saves in goal for the Senecas.

"We didn’t get the win today, but the team played great!" said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "I was very proud of their effort tonight against an incredibly talented and undefeated team. Lilly Ameigh had another really strong game in goal, making some spectacular saves. Our defense came up big, clearing some near goals as well.

"We had moments of terrific ball movement, and I thought we transitioned well against a very fast and skilled attack from Waverly. Even though we fell short, I think a performance like that can help us with our confidence going forward."

The Senecas return to action Saturday at Newfield. Game time is 10 a.m.

The Schuyler Storm's Cara Reynolds competes in the 200 Individual Medley.

Storm swimmers defeat Elmira, 105-67

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 29, 2022 -- The Schuyler Storm varsity swim team topped Elmira 105-67 Thursday in a non-league meet in the Watkins Glen High School pool.

The Storm, a combined squad of WGHS and Odessa-Montour High School athletes, got first-place finishes in the following events:

200 Medley Relay: 1st, Alannah Klemann, Faye Mooney, Kendra Fish, Riley Brooks, 2:06.66.
200 Free: 1st, Thalia Marquez, 2:06.87.
200 Individual Medley: 1st, Alannah Klemann, 2:30.03.
50 Free: 1st, Faye Mooney, 25.93.
500 Free: 1st, Thalia Marquez, 5:28.38.
200 Free Relay: 1st, Faye Mooney, Malina Butler, Emily Melveney, Thalia Marquez, 1:47.36.
100 Back: 1st, Alannah Klemann, 1:05.01.

"All around the girls did a great job tonight," said Storm Coach Jason Westervelt. "We are coming off a very high energy weekend and preparing for another big meet next weekend at Shenendahowa. Our effort and race strategies were what we expected this week. It's going to be a very exciting week next week -- Notre Dame, Vestal, and the Shen Invite!!"

Westervelt pointed to some of the meet's highlights:

--In the 200 Medley Relay, which the Storm won, Riley Brooks swam the anchor leg with her personal-record (PR) 50 Free of 32.32.
--Hannah Hollenbeck swam a PR in the anchor leg of the 200 Freestyle Relay (28.27).
--Emily Melveney swam a PR in the 100 Backstroke (1:14.17).
--Lizzi Fitzwater swam a PR in the 100 Breaststroke (1:38.84).

Senior Night: The Storm's three seniors were honored in a Senior Night ceremony during the meet. They are Macy Fitzgerald, Faye Mooney and Sarah Stolpinski.

Photos in text:

Top: The Storm's Thalia Marquez checks her time after finishing first in the 200 Free.
Bottom: WG/OM divers Claire Lewis (left) and Skye Cummings (right).

Schuyler Storm swim team seniors were honored during a Senior Night ceremony at the meet. They are, from left: Sarah Stolpinski, Macy Fitzgerald and Faye Mooney.

Left: Watkins Glen's Liam Smith sends the ball upfield. Right: The Senecas' Salvatore Purpura, left, battles a Trumansburg player for possession of the ball.

Watkins boys fall to Trumansburg, 4-0

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 28, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 1-8-1 Wednesday night when the Senecas dropped a 4-0 decision to Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on WGHS's Alumni Field.

Watkins goalkeeper Caleb Bresett had what Coach Jessica Purpura called "an incredible game" with 22 saves. Trumansburg, repeatedly driving into the area near the Watkins goal, managed two goals in the first half. Their final pair came at the 15- and 13-minute marks of the second half.

"We played a heavily defensive game against a very skilled team," said Purpura, "with only seven shots taken by our offense."

The Senecas return to action Friday night at Odessa-Montour. The last time those two teams played, the contest ended in a tie. Game time is 7 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Ross Pentz (18) fights for the ball.

Watkins Glen volleyball team falls to NV

NEWARK VALLEY, Sept. 28, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Newark Valley Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Newark Valley gym.

Game scores were 25-27, 22-25 and 14-25.

"We had a very good match," said Watkins Glen Coach Krysti Westervelt. "The score teetered back and forth the first two games, but unfortunately we just couldn't come out on top. We lost steam by game three.

"Our players passed the ball very well tonight. We just struggled putting it away in some instances."

Individual Watkins Glen statistics included the following:

Ava Barber: 5 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 1 block, 5 digs.
Chelsea Parsons: 5 service points, 1 ace, 2 kills, 1 block, 8 digs.
Kendall Gascon: 3 kills, 10 digs.
Sarah Jones: 4 service points, 6 assists.
Jocelyn Sisana: 2 service points, 2 aces, 2 kills, 10 digs.
Aly Gibson: 7 service points, 2 aces, 1 kill, 1 block, 7 digs.

The Senecas return to action Thursday against Tioga in the Odessa-Montour High School gym.

Odessa-Montour goalkeeper David Patterson, left, makes one of his many saves, this one on a shot by the Newfield player at right.

Odessa-Montour boys lose to Newfield

ODESSA, Sept 28, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team dropped a 6-0 decision to Newfield Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The Grizzlies yielded a pair of goals in the first 10 minutes. Then the Trojans -- repeatedly frustrated by O-M goalkeeper David Patterson in the final 30 minutes of the first half and first 10 minutes of the second half -- finally broke the game open with four goals in less than 12 minutes, starting at the 29:39 mark and concluding at 18:00.

O-M, still seeking its first win but with two ties on its record, returns to action at home Friday night against Watkins Glen. The last time those two teams met, the contest ended in a tie. Game time is 7 p.m.

Photo on right: O-M's Zach Rounds controls the ball against a Newfield defender.

Odessa-Montour boys tie Tioga, 2-2

TIOGA CENTER, Sept. 27, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team posted its second tie of the season Tuesday night when it deadlocked 2-2 with Tioga in an overtime game on the Tioga athletic field.

The winless Grizzlies forced overtime despite playing down two players due to red cards for the final 22 minutes of regulation and through both 10-minute overtimes.

Tioga's Tyler Roe scored both of his team's goals -- one in each half. Odessa got goals from Max Seles and Patrick Croft.

O-M Coach Ken May praised his team for "the heart it showed" in forging a tie while two players down. And he pointed to a game-saving goal by goalkeeper David Patterson on a Tioga penalty kick -- "an amazing diving save" followed by a second rebound save.

The Grizzlies return to action Wednesday night at home against Newfield. Game time is 7 p.m.

O-M's Sarah Strobel (21, left photo) and Gina Gavich (11, right photo) fight for possession of the ball against Waverly.

O-M girls fall to Waverly 3-2; Nolan nets 2

ODESSA, Sept. 27, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team fought undefeated, Class B and state-ranked Waverly tough Tuesday night, dropping a 3-2 Interscholastic Athletic Conference decision on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The Grizzlies' Hannah Nolan scored twice -- on a header off a Tori Brewster corner kick and on a free kick blast that found the upper left corner of the Waverly goal -- to bring her season goal total to 16 and her school-record career mark to 75. In the process -- though such a thing as a county record is not a category found in any previous accounts -- she broke a deadlock with 2019 Watkins Glen High School grad Hannah Morse, who netted a WGHS school-record 73 goals in her illustrious career. A Morse mark unlikely to be touched at either school: a 33-goal single-season mark.

The assist by Brewster on Nolan's first goal added to her own school assist record, which now stands at 30.

Waverly dominated early, forcing play into the O-M end of the field repeatedly and building a 2-0 lead on goals at the 16:04 and 3:24 marks. But Nolan's first goal -- on the header -- came a minute before halftime to keep the Grizzlies close.

Waverly scored again at 36:43 of the second half, but Nolan cut the lead down again with her free-kick blast from about 25 yards out at 21:32. Both teams intensified their efforts from there on out, but neither could add to the score.

Waverly outshot Odessa 15-5. The Grizzlies' goalkeeper, Keyonna Garrison, registered 11 saves on a busy night. The Waverly keeper had three saves.

"I'm very pleased with the offensive chances we created against a very athletic and talented team," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster, whose squad is now 6-3. "And our team defense was pretty solid."

Odessa-Montour returns to action Thursday night at home against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor. Game time is 7 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Kelsey Bates, left, wins a battle for the ball, sending a pass upfield.
Bottom: The Grizzlie's Hannah Nolan (20) controls the ball.

Left: O-M's Tori Brewster, left, moves the ball. Right: The Grizzlies' Paisley Jeziorski, left, battles a Waverly player for possession of the ball.

Watkins Glen girls defeat SVEC, 4-1

CANDOR, Sept. 27, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team raised its season mark to 6-2-1 Tuesday with a 4-1 victory over Spencer-Van Etten/Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Candor soccer field.

Skye Honrath scored three goals and Sasha Honrath had one, while Sasha Honrath, Ava Kelly and Olivia King each earned an assist. Goalkeeper Lillian Ameigh registered four saves.

"We played well today overall," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Skye, Sasha and Ava played well up front, moving the ball and generating good looks. Defensively we were strong for the vast majority of the game.

"Carly Arnold and Brenna Pierce were terrific once again. They often don’t get the recognition but are really strong defensively and make such a huge difference every game. It was a nice win on the road, and we will keep working to improve as we enter the last couple weeks of the regular season."

The Senecas return to action Thursday night at Waverly. Game time is 6:30 p.m.

The Schuyler Storm's Thalia Marquez swims a leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Storm swimmers top Lansing, 104-68

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 27, 2022 -- The Schuyler Storm girls varsity swim team cruised to a 104-68 victory over Lansing Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Watkins Glen High School pool.

The Storm -- a combined team of WGHS and Odessa-Montour High School athletes -- won every event before exhibitioning in the final three events. An exhibitioning swimmer can win no points.

Wins were posted by the Storm as follows:

200 Medley Relay: 1st, Kendra Fish, Faye Mooney, Malina Butler, Emily Melveney, 2:05.04.
200 Free: 1st, Faye Mooney, 2:10.46.
200 IM: 1st, Kendra Fish, 2:40.82.
50 Free: 1st, Thalia Marquez, 26.40.
Diving: 1st, Skye Cummings, 99.10 points.
100 Fly: 1st, Emily Melveney, 1:12.13.
100 Free: 1st, Faye Mooney, 57.13.
500 Free: 1st, Kendra Fish, 6:14.92.
200 Free Relay: 1st, Faye Mooney, Emily Melveney, Claire Lewis, Sarah Stolpinski, 1:54.55.

Photos in text:

Top: The Storm's Emily Melveney dives at start of the 200 Free. She placed second.
Bottom: WG/OM's Kendra Fish on the way to first place in the 200 Individual Medley.

Left: Faye Mooney swims a leg of the 200 Medley Relay. Right: The Storm's Aubrey Klemann swims a leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

The Storm's Alannah Klemann dives on the first leg of the 200 Medley Relay.



Watkins XC boys place 3rd at Tburg

TRUMANSBURG, Sept. 27, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys cross country team placed third among four teams competing Tuesday at Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet postponed last week by inclement weather.

"The boys placed well," said Watkins Glen Coach Kelly Sterner, "and their times are droppng."

The 4K race saw Johnny VanScoyk lead the Senecas with a 7th place finish in 14:29.3, just ahead of teammate Aidan Maphis, 8th in 14:56.3. Isaac Hendrickson was 11th in 15:15.5, with Nick Bonsignore 21st in 16:20, and John Bond-Trimble 23rd in 16:24.3. There were 34 runners in the race.

Lansing won the meet with 28 points, with Trumansburg second with 52, Watkins Glen third with 61, and Dryden fourth with 89.

Modified: Watkins Glen's Liam Knight placed third in a field of 18 runners in 8:05.9, with teammate Zachary Brusso 14th in 10:43.

Watkins Glen's Jacob Yontz (11) and a Newfield player go high in an attempt to meet an incoming Newfield corner kick in front of the Senecas' goal.

Watkins Glen boys lose to Newfield, 5-0

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 26, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team saw its record slip to 1-7-1 Monday night when it dropped a 5-0 decision to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS Alumni Field.

Watkins Glen was forced to compete during the final 65 minutes a man short after a red card was issued against one of its players following a play near the Watkins net. Despite the disadvantage, the Senecas managed to hold off repeated Newfield attacks until near the end. The Trojans, up 1-0 before the red card and 2-0 at halftime, scored at 21:32, 12:03 and 7:07 of the second half.

Watkins threatened to score on three occasions in the second half, but couldn't find a way to finish. The Seneca goalie, Jacob Vandereems, was kept busy throughout the game.

Watkins Glen returns to action Wednesday night at home against Trumansburg. Game time is 6:30 p.m.

Senior Night: The Senecas' five seniors were honored in a pregame Senior Night ceremony. They are Bryce Cady, Ross Pentz, Jake Vandereems, Jacob Yontz and exchange student Adriano Ripol.

Photo in text: The Senecas' Ross Pentz (18) battles a Newfield player for the ball.

Left: Watkins' Liam Smith, right, battles for possession of the ball. Right: Watkins student Maddie Tuttle was on the sideline, taking pictures of the game for the school yearbook.

Left: Watkins Glen's Samuel Hohle maneuvers with the ball as two Newfield players approach. Right: The Watkins goalkeeper, Jake Vandereems, waits for the ball to drop.

The Senecas' five seniors were honored in a pregame Senior Night ccremony. From left: Bryce Cady, Adriano Ripol, Jake Vandereems, Jacob Yontz and Ross Pentz.

Watkins volleyball team falls to Waverly

WAVERLY, Sept. 26, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision Monday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Waverly gym.

Game scores were 16-25, 25-23, 13-25 and 10-25. Individual Watkins Glen statistics included the following:

Jocelyn Sisana: 8 service points, 5 aces, 9 digs.
Ava Barber: 2 assists, 4 kills, 5 digs.
Aly Gibson: 3 aces, 1 block.
Kendall Gascon: 2 kills.
Sarah Jones: 5 service points, 1 ace, 4 assists.
Chelsea Parsons: 7 service points, 2 aces.

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Newark Valley.

Watkins Glen's Skye Honrath leads the charge as she moves the ball upfield. Giving chase are O-M's Maddie Raymond, left, and Maggie Pentz.

O-M girls rally, top Watkins 2-1 in OT

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 24, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team -- led by Tori Brewster's two goals -- defeated intracounty rival Watkins Glen 2-1 in sudden-death overtime Saturday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on WGHS's Alumni Field.

Watkins Glen controlled the first half, gaining a 1-0 edge on a Skye Honrath goal at 25:15. That lead held through halftime and almost the first 20 minutes of the second half.

O-M's Brewster evened the score at 20:34 of the second half with a shot from in front that carried over Watkins goalkeeper Lillian Ameigh and just under the crossbar. Katie Adams earned an assist on the play.

The contest, evenly matched, remained deadlocked through regulation, setting up sudden-death overtime -- two 10-minute periods if necessary. If nobody had scored by then, the game would have ended in a tie.

But Brewster struck again with 1:12 remaining in the first overtime, taking a feed from Gina Gavich, maneuvering around a Watkins player and sending a blast from the right into the far corner of the Watkins goal. With the victory O-M improved to 6-2, while Watkins Glen slipped to 5-2-1.

Odessa outshot Watkins 8-7, and held a 6-5 edge in corner kicks. Each goalkeeper, O-M's Keyonna Garrison and Watkins' Ameigh, made six saves.

"It was a very good game and fun to watch as both teams are pretty evenly matched," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "We joked it might go to overtime and it did. We struggled a bit today, but the girls played hard and I’m always proud of their effort. O-M is a talented team with several all-star players and a terrific coach, so it’s always fun playing them."

"My hat's off to Coach Scott Morse and the WG girls," said Odessa-Montour Coach Burton Brewster. "I thought he prepared them with a very effective game plan. In the first half we couldn't find any rhythm, were getting beat to most 50/50 balls, and just getting outplayed.

"I was very proud of my team for the resilience they showed to come back in the second half. I thought in the second half and overtime our girls played hard and just refused to quit."

Odessa-Motour returns to action Tuesday night at home against Waverly. Watkins Glen is back in action Tuesday at Candor.

Photos in text:

Top: All heads are turned upward as the ball floats near the Watkins Glen goal. The ball was eventually cleared by the Senecas' defense from in front of the goal mouth.

Middle: Watkins Glen's Michaela Wheaton and O-M's Maggie Pentz contend for control of the ball.

Bottom: Odessa-Montour's Hannah Nolan (20) controls the ball as Watkins Glen's Katrina Ricca applies some tight defense.

The first O-M goal: Tori Brewster (14) sends a shot that went in the net, over goalkeeper Lillian Ameigh and just under the crossbar.

The second O-M goal: Tori Brewster unleashes a blast from the right that found the far left corner of the Watkins Glen net.

Left: O-M's Brooklynn Thompson heads the ball. Right: Watkins Glen's Zade Gomez Fitzsimmons (22) closes in as O-M's Paisley Jeziorski moves the ball.

Left: O-M goalkeeper Keyonna Garrison makes a save. Right: And so does Watkins Glen goalkeeper Lillian Ameigh.

WGOM's Alannah Klemann dives on the opening, backstroke leg of the Medley Relay.

Glen swim invitational yields fast times; Mooney qualifies for States in Breaststroke

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 24, 2022 -- The two-day Invy in the Glen invitational swim meet in the Watkins Glen High School pool concluded with finals Saturday that produced a number of state qualifying swims -- including one by The Schuyler Storm's Faye Mooney while winning the 100 Breaststroke.

"It was an amazing meet," said Storm Coach Jason Westervelt, whose team has swimmers from both the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high schools. "Some of the fastest teams in the state attended and it showed. Records were broken in several events, with numerous state qualifiers"

The Storm finished sixth in the 15-school field. Shenendehowa was the runaway winner with 613 points, with Horseheads second at 275. They were followed by New Paltz (258), Corning (231.5), Fairport (206.5), Watkins Glen-Odessa Montour (199), Skaneateles (172), Hilton (141.5), Ithaca (94), Wallkill (50.5), Elmira Notre Dame (34), Southern Cayuga (19), Owego Free Academy (18), Lansing (6), and Onondaga (5).

Westervelt pointed to the following Storm highlights:

--Thalia Marquez finished second with a personal record (1:59.28) in the 200 Free and second with another PR (5:21.73) in the 500 Free.

-- The team's 200 Medley Relay team won, with Alannah Klemann, Faye Mooney, Emily Melveney and Thalia Marquez posting a time of 1:53.21, not far off the state qualifying time of 1:52.35.

-- Faye Mooney placed second in the 50 Free (25.21) and won the 100 Breaststroke with a state qualifying time of 1:08.54. The qualifying mark was 1:08.60.

-- The Storm team finished 6th overall "in such an elite field."

Other Storm finishes included:

-- 9th place in the 200 IM by Alannah Klemann;
-- 15th place by Malina Butler in the 50 Free;
-- 5th place by Alannah Klemann in the 100 Back;
-- 10th place by Kendra Fish in the 100 Back.

"It was a great meet for the WGOM girls all around," said Westervelt. "They have embraced the championship culture and raised the bar to a new height for this program."

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Photos in text:

Top: The Storm's Faye Mooney dives at start of the 50 Free. She finished second.
Middle: WGOM's Thalia Marquez on the way to second place in the 200 Free.
Bottom: Marquez on the podium after finishing second in the 200 Free.

The Storm's Malina Butler dives at start of the 50 Free. She placed 15th.

WGOM's Emily Melveney on the way to 18th place in the 200 Individual Medley.

The Schuyler Storm's Kendra Fish competes in the 100 Fly, where she placed 18th.

Watkins Glen boys post 1st win of season

TIOGA CENTER, Sept. 24, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team defeated Tioga 2-1 Saturday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Tioga athletic field.

The victory, the first of the season for the Senecas (1-6-1), was fueled by goals by Ryan Baudendistle in the first half (assisted by Aidan Kelly) and by Jacob Yontz off a corner kick by Liam Smith with six minutes remaining in the second half, breaking a 1-1 tie.

Watkins goalkeeper Caleb Bresett registered eight saves.

"The win was truly a team effort," said Watkins Glen Coach Jessica Purpura.

Glen XC team competes in Owego meet

OWEGO, Sept. 24, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity and modified cross country teams competed Saturday at the Owego Invitational.

In the boys varsity Small School race, which had 87 entrants, Watkins Glen's Johnny VanScoyk led the Senecas with a 14th place finish in 18:44. Isaac Hendrickson was 18th in 18:52, while Nicholas Bonsignore was 51st in 21:15, Jonathan Bond-Trimble 67th in 22:44, and Enric Lin 86th in 40:57.

"Our runners did very well," said Watkins Glen Coach Kelly Sterner. "They had big drops in their times over last year. They have been improving every meet."

In the girls varsity Small School race, Watkins' lone female entrant, Wendy Coleman, finished 58th in a field of 75 in 26:32.9.

In the Modified boys race, Liam Knight, Andrew Champion and Zach Brusso competed, finishing 14th, 31st and 46th, respectively.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Trumansburg, and then travel to Rocheser next weekend for the annual McQuaid Invitational.

The Storm's Ryan Willett breaks free on a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Storm tops Montrose, 40-8; now 4-0

ODESSA, Sept. 23, 2022 -- The Schuyler Storm varsity football team opened a first-half-half 27-0 lead on the way to a 40-8 victory Friday night over Montrose Area High School of Pennsylvania on Odessa-Montour High School's Charles Martin Field.

The victory, on O-M's annual Homecoming, lifted the Storm -- a combined team of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes -- to a 4-0 record. The team, which has scored at least 40 points in each game, is playing this year in Section IV's 11-man Independent Division VIII.

Halfitme ceremonies included the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen: Dominick Elliott and Emma Landon. The King's Court included Ben Campbell, Max Seles, Jon Spencer and Gabe Williams. The Queen's Court included Katie Adams, Tori Brewster, Hannah Kinner and Hannah Nolan.

The Storm gained 486 yards in the game, 388 on the ground. Bradley Gillis gained 163 yards on 12 carries, while Ryan Willett gained 109 on 9 carries, and Thomas Snow 71 yards on 12 carries. Quarterback Daniel Lewis completed 8 of 22 passes for 88 yards and one touchdown (to Gillis), with one interception. Gillis caught three passes for 39 yards, while Willett caught three for 33 yards.

On defense, Gavin Lohmeyer led in tackles with 6, while Snow, Gillis and Otto Hohle each registered 5. Two of Hohle's tackles were quarterback sacks. Montrose managed just 75 total yards, 38 rushing and 37 passing. The Storm had one interception, by Snow.

The Storm opened the scoring at 2:02 of the first quarter on a 70-yard run around left end by Gillis, his first of three touchdowns. The point-after kick by Brady Cannon was good. That was followed at 1:13 by a second TD, this one on a 3-yard Gillis run after Alex Holmes had recovered a fumble on the Montrose 16. The point-after kick was blocked.

The Storm made it 19-0 at 11:38 of the second quarter on a 60-yard punt return by Willett. A 2-point conversion attempt failed. Then, with 5:57 left before halftime, Storm QB Lewis scored on a 1-yard run, and followed that with a 2-point conversion pass to Gillis.

The score increased to 34-0 at 7:30 of the third quarter on a 12-yard Lewis pass to Gillis, with Cannon converting the point-after kick. Montrose scored its only TD on a 15-yard run with 4:40 left in the quarter, adding a two-point conversion run.

The Storm scored its final TD with just 41 seconds left in the game on a 1-yard run by Snow. A two-point conversion attempt failed.

The Storm returns to action Friday night at Lansing. Game time is 7 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: Players leap in pursuit of a Montrose pass that ultimately fell incomplete. Storm players in the battle included Kyren Young (4), Ryan Willett (5) and, obscured, Brady Cannon.

Second: The O-M Homecoming King and Queen, Dominick Elliott and Emma Landon.

Third: The Storm's Thomas Snow (1) prepares to intercept a Montrose pass.

Fourth: WGOM's Bradley Gillis, left, goes high to haul in a touchdown pass from quarterback Daniel Lewis.

Left: Storm quarterback Daniel Lewis (7) is brought down on the Montrose 1-yard line at the end of a run. He scored on the next play. Right: The Storm's Brady Cannon reaches high for a pass that fell incomplete.

The Storm's Alex Holmes, center, carries the ball on a kickoff return.

The Storm's Gavin Lohmeyer gains yardage on a second-half run.

The Storm players had a cheerleading team on hand along the sideline to encourage them.

The Homecoming Queen's Court included, from left: Hannah Kinner, Emma Landon (who was named the Queen), Tori Brewster, Katie Adams and Hannah Nolan.

The Storm's Alannah Klemann competes in the 200 IM, where she placed 9th. She was 5th in the 100 Back.

'Invy in the Glen' finals set after prelims

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 23, 2022 -- Fifteen teams competed Friday in the preliminaries of the "Invy in the Glen" invitational swim meet in the Watkins Glen High School pool.

"What an exciting meet!" said Jason Westervelt, coach of the Schuyler Storm squad, a combined team of WGHS and Odessa-Montour athletes. "The WGOM girls swam very well. It's going to be a great finals tomorrow."

The finals Saturday will determine meet champions in 12 events, including diving. The diving competition is set for the morning, and the swimming for the afternoon.

Among the highlights from Friday's prelims, said Westervelt, were the following:  

200 Medley Relay: The Storm team of Alannah Klemann, Faye Mooney, Emily Melveney and Thalia Marquez was only 2 seconds off the school record. The squad posted a time of 1:54.46.
200 Free: Thalia Marquez earned the Number 2 seed with a 2:01.07.
500 Free: Marquez earned the Number 1 seed with a personal record by 2 seconds. She posted a 5:23.65.
200 Free Relay: The Storm squad was just over 2 seconds off the state qualifying time. It placed third in 1:43.88. The state time is 1:41.69.
100 Back: Alannah Klemann is "in the running to win the event." She qualified fifth with a time of 1:02.11.
100 Breast: Faye Mooney is the Number 1 seed and "less than a second from state qualification." Her time was 1:08.96. The state qualfier: 1:08.60.

Photos in text:

Top: The Storm's Malina Butler hits the water at start of the 50 Free. She placed 16th.
Bottom: WGOM's Thalia Marquez, second seed in the 200 and first seed in the 500.

Left: The Storm's Faye Mooney checks her time in the 50 Free. She qualified 3rd in 25.47. Right: WGOM's Emily Melveney competes in the 200 IM. She placed 17th.

Volleyball: Watkins falls to Edison, 3-0

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Sept. 23, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision Friday to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Edison gym.

Game scores were 14-25, 19-25 and 19-25.  Individual statistics for the Senecas included:

Jocelyn Sisana: 2 kills, 3 aces, 12 digs.
Chelsea Parsons: 2 kills, 7 digs.
Aly Gibson: 2 kills, 2 aces, 11 digs, 1 block.
Sarah Jones: 6 assists.
Ava Barber: 3 kills, 2 aces.  

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Edison, 2-0.

Volleyball: Watkins defeats O-M, 3-0

ODESSA, Sept. 22, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team posted its first win of the season Thursday by defeating Odessa-Montour 3-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 27-25, 25-19 and 25-16.

Individual statistics for Watkins Glen included:

Jocelyn Sisana: 10 service points, 3 aces, 13 digs.
Ava Barber: 8 service points, 4 aces, 2 assists, 4 kills, 1 block.
Aly Gibson: 9 service points, 2 aces, 4 kills, 1 block, 7 digs.
Sarah Jones: 7 service points, 3 aces, 11 assists.
Chelsea Parsons: 7 service points, 2 aces, 6 kills, 1 block, 9 digs.

Individual statistics for Odessa-Montour included:

Hannah Kinner: 4 service points, 4 aces, 1 kill, 2 assists.
Dominick Elliott: 5 service points, 1 ace, 6 digs.
Emma Landon: 6 service points, 2 aces, 1 kill, 6 digs.
Kyleigh Bates: 3 service points, 1 kill, 7 digs.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen was short of players, so there was no match.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Jocelyn Sisana serves the ball.

From left: O-M's Kyleigh Bates and Hannah Kinner, and Watkins' Aly Gibson.

Odessa-Montour's Patrick Croft, right, sends a shot on goal in the first half.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to Waverly, 3-0

ODESSA, Sept. 22, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team fell behind 3-0 in the first 21:03 of the game en route to a 3-0 loss Thursday night to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

Waverly took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Griff Schillmoeller at the 29:02 mark of the first half, and made it 2-0 on another Schillmoeller goal at 22:08. The Wolverines added another goal, by Ethan Gorsline, at 18:57.

The Grizzlies, with one tie this year but no victories, tightened their defense after that, with goalkeeper David Patterson turning aside the few Waverly efforts that got through the backfield.

The best scoring chances for Odessa came on a laser blast from the right by Patrick Croft early in the game, and on a shot from the right by Gunner Herrmann late in the game. Both shots were stopped with nimble saves by Waverly goalkeeper Aiden Doherty.

Odessa-Montour returns to action Tuesday night at Tioga.

Photo in text: O-M's Max Seles, left, contends for possession of the ball.

Left: O-M's Lucas Barr heads the ball. Right: The Grizzlies' Gunner Herrmann, left, sends the ball flying upfield.

Odessa-Montour goalkeeper David Patterson goes high to knock away an incoming shot.

O-M girls blank Campbell-Savona, 2-0

ODESSA, Sept. 21, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team got two goals from Hannah Nolan en route to a 2-0 victory over Campbell-Savona in a non-league game Wednesday night on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

Nolan's goals -- her 13th and 14th of the season and school-record 72nd and 73rd of her career -- came at 28:19 of the first half and 15:30 of the second half. The first, a blast from the right, was assisted by Katie Adams. The second, on a breakaway from in close on the right, was assisted by Tori Brewster -- whose school career assist record now stands at 29.

Odessa outshot Campbell-Savona 10-1, and had a 9-3 edge in corner kicks. O-M goalkeeper Keyonna Garrison had one save, while the C-S netminder, Karissa Champion, was credited with eight, including several stops on point-blank shots. The Grizzlies also missed several opportunities with shots just outside the goalpost.

O-M, now 5-2, returns to action Saturday morning on the road against Watkins Glen, which has compiled a 5-1-1 mark. Game time is 11 a.m.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Hannah Nolan, right, unleashes a shot for her second goal.
Bottom: The Grizzlies' Tori Brewster (14) shoots, but failed to score.

Odessa-Montour's Brooklynn Thompson (left photo) and Sarah Strobel (right photo) move the ball.

O-M's Gina Gavich (11 ) heads the ball off a corner kick. The ball fell short of the goal.

Left: O-M's Katie Adams has company as she moves the ball. She got a shot off a moment later. Right: Odessa's Maggie Pentz prepares to send the ball upfield.

Odessa-Montour's Hannah Nolan (left) watches as her shot gets past the Newfield goalie late in the first half, boosting the Grizzlies' lead to 3-0.

O-M girls blank Newfield; Nolan nets 3

ODESSA, Sept. 20, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team -- led by three Hannah Nolan goals -- defeated Newfield 5-0 Tuesday afternoon in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The Grizzlies, now 4-2, took a 1-0 lead at 36:06 of the first half when Tori Brewster sent a curving corner kick into the Newfield net. Paisley Jeziorski made it 2-0 at 4:47 on a blast from a sharp angle to the right of the goal.

Nolan notched her first goal at 1:02 of the first half when she broke past the Newfield defenders and outraced them to the net, sending a shot past the goalie from short range. She added her second goal at 37:37 of the second half from directly in front of the goal mouth off a Brewster corner kick. And the third goal came at 33:06 on a blast from the left that found the right corner of the goal.

The three goals raised Nolan's season total to 12 and her school-record career total to 71. Brewster's assist on Nolan's second goal was the 28th of her career, adding to her recent school record.

Odessa-Montour outshot Newfield 10-4, and had a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. Goalkeepers Keyonna Garrison and Brooklynn Thompson combined for four saves for the Grizzlies.

Coach Burton Brewster praised his backfield. "The backs as a unit played a really good game," he said.

O-M is scheduled to return to action Wednesday night at home against Campbell-Savona. Game time is 6:30 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Katie Adams, right, moves the ball as a Newfield player gives chase. Adams teammate Kelsey Bates, left, keeps pace.

Bottom: The Grizzlies' goalkeeper, Keyonna Garrison, goes high to knock down an incoming Newfield shot.

O-M's Paisley Jeziorski, partially obscured on the right, sends a first-half shot that went in the Newfield net, boosting Odessa's lead to 2-0.

Left: O-M's Maggie Pentz, right, moves in on the ball. Right: The Grizzlies' Maddie Raymond inbounds the ball.

Left: O-M's Sarah Strobel sends the ball flying. Right: The Grizzlies' Olivia Barr.

O-M's Tori Brewster sends a corner kick toward the goal. It found the Newfield net for the Grizzlies' first score of the game.

Glen boys soccer team loses to NV, 1-0

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 20, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision Tuesday night to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on WGHS's Alumni Field.

"It was a very tight game, with both teams working hard," said Watkins Glen Coach Jessica Purpura. "Watkins' offense moved the ball very well and had several shots on goal, but just couldn't find the net."

The Senecas' goalkeeper, Jake Vandereems, registered 12 saves.

"Our team played one of their best games yet," said Purpura, whose squad is now 0-6-1. "They had accurate passes, communicated well, and took several shots. Our defense was in sync, moving and covering open spaces. The game could've gone either way. I'm very proud of the progress we've made."

Watkins Glen returns to action Thursday night at Elmira Notre Dame.

O-M boys soccer team falls to SVEC, 8-1

ODESSA, Sept. 20, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team dropped an 8-1 decision Tuesday night to Spencer-Van Etten/Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The Grizzlies, still seeking their first win of the season, fell behind 4-0 early in the game, setting the tone. Their lone goal came from exchange student Max Seles.

O-M returns to action Thursday night at home against Waverly. Game time is 7 p.m.

Photo in text: O-M's Lucas Barr, right, sends the ball upfield.

Glen XC team competes in Dryden meet

DRYDEN, Sept. 20, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity and modified cross-country squads competed Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet against Trumansburg, Groton, Notre Dame and Dryden on the Dryden athletic field.

Watkins was led by Aidan Maphis (4th place), with Johnny VanScoyk 6th, Isaac Hendrickson 10th, Nick Bonsignore 17th, and Jon Bond Trimble 19th.

The Senecas' lone entrant in the girls' race, Wendy Coleman, took 8th place.

In the Modified boys race, Liam Knight was 3rd, Andrew Champion 11th, and Zach Brusso 17th.

O-M returns to action Saturday at an Owego invitational.

Watkins Glen girls blank Tioga, 8-0

TIOGA CENTER, Sept. 19, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team -- led by four Skye Honrath goals -- improved to 5-1-1 Monday with an 8-0 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory over Tioga on the Tioga athletic field.

Scoring in addition to Honrath were Natalee Oliver (two goals), Ava Kelly and Maisie Robertson. Registering assists were Olivia VanSkiver (three) and Jennifer Gublo.

Watkins goalkeeper Lillian Ameigh had eight saves.

"The girls," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, "have been playing very well and were really tough again tonight. Skye Honrath exploded for four first-half goals on some incredible moves. She and Ava Kelly are really playing well together up front.

"It was another solid game in the midfield as we continue to work on our communication and passing as I try some different lineups. I can’t say enough about the defenders in the back. They have been terrific and, in addition to Lilly Ameigh in goal, are limiting scoring opportunities for our opponents.

"We will keep working and hopefully continue to improve, but I’m really happy with how they are playing hard and competing each game."

The Senecas return to action Saturday morning at home against Odessa-Montour. Game time is 11 a.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Skye Honrath (File photo)

Watkins volleyball team falls to Candor

CANDOR, Sept. 19, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision Monday to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Candor gym.

Game scores were 25-27, 22-25 and 16-25. Individual statistics included:

Aly Gibson: 5 service points, 7 kills, 4 blocks, 4 digs.
Chelsea Parsons: 9 service points, 2 aces, 1 block, 6 digs.
Sarah Jones: 6 service points, 1 ace, 6 assists, 9 digs.
Ava Barber: 5 service points, 5 assists, 7 digs.
Jocelyn Sisana: 7 service points, 4 aces, 12 digs.

The Senecas return to action Thursday on the road against Odessa-Montour.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost 2-0 to Candor. Game scores were 10-25 and 19-25.

Storm football team tops Whitney Point

WHITNEY POINT, Sept. 17, 2022 -- The Schuyler Storm varsity football team improved to 3-0 Saturday when it defeated Whitney Point 48-20 in a game on the Whitney Point athletic field.

The Storm -- a combined squad of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high school athletes -- gained 545 yards as it scored 40 or more points for the third time in a row.

After trailing 14-13 at the end of the first quarter, the Storm scored once in the second period for a 20-14 halftime edge, and then broke the game open in the third period with three more touchdowns. The team added one more in the fourth.

Storm rushing touchdowns came from Thomas Snow (two of them), Ryan Willett, Gavin Lohmeyer and Brad Gillis. Quarterback Daniel Lewis connected on two TD passes -- to Alex Holmes and Brady Cannon.

Willett let WG/OM rushers with 175 yards on 14 carries, while Gillis gained 123 yard on 11 carries, and Snow 64 yards on nine carries. Lewis completed four of nine passes for 92 yards, with Cannon catching two passes, and Holmes and Gillis one each.

Coach Trevor Holland said his team set the tone in the second half by stopping Whitney Point on the opening drive, and then by scoring itself on the next possession to widen its lead.

The Storm returns to action Friday night at Odessa-Montour, on what will be O-M's Homecoming.

Photos in text:

Top: The Storm's quarterback, Daniel Lewis, prepares to pass. (Photos by Stacy Willett)
Bottom: A Whitney Point defender grabs the Storm's Ryan Willett (5).

Watkins Glen girls defeat Notre Dame 3-1

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 17, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team -- led by two Skye Honrath goals and one by Ava Kelly -- defeated Elmira Notre Dame 3-1 Saturday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS Alumni Field.

The Senecas, at now 4-1-1, also got some timely defensive plays. One came at the 25-minute mark of the second half, with Watkins up 2-1. The ball got past goalkeeper Lillian Ameigh, who came out to contest the shot, but it was cleared from the open goalmouth by Rachel Vickio, who kicked it out to the right of the net. The other came with 10:50 remaining, when Ameigh made a diving stop to her left on a Notre Dame blast, deflecting the ball just wide of the right goalpost.

Ameigh made 12 saves in a sparkling performance. Honrath had an assist in addition to her two goals, while Vickio also had an assist.

Watkins Glen struck first on Kelly's first-half goal, and went up 2-1 with 21:34 remaining before intermission on Honrath's first goal, from directly in front of the ND goal. Notre Dame pulled within a goal at 9:03 of the first half, and Honrath closed the scoring at 6:13 of the second half on a blast from the right that went over the reach of the ND goalie.

"I’m incredibly proud of the girls tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Our defense had another strong game and Lilly Ameigh was terrific in goal. Offensively, we are getting great looks up front with Skye Honrath, Sasha Honrath, and Ava Kelly working really well together.

"Notre Dame has an excellent program and a very talented team, so we knew it would be a tough game. I thought we controlled the game in the midfield and transitioned very well up and down the field. I'm very proud of the team and the hard work they are putting in every day."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Skye Honrath moves the ball across the field.
Bottom: The Senecas' Ava Kelly (2) maneuvers around an ND defender.

Left: Skye Honrath's second goal gets past the ND keeper. Right: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Lillian Ameigh sends the ball upfield.

Watkins Glen's Sasha Honrath unleashes a first-half shot toward the ND goal.

Left: Watkins Glen's Brianna Hatch (left) sends the ball upfield. Right: The Senecas' Olivia VanSkiver (20) battles a Notre Dame player for possession of the ball.

Left: O-M's Katie Adams, right, battles for the ball. Right: The Grizzlies' Hannah Nolan clears the ball from in front of the O-M net. (Photos by Gail Sgrecci)

O-M girls fall to strong Newark Valley team

NEWARK VALLEY, Sept. 17, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team's record fell to 3-2 Saturday when the Grizzlies dropped a 5-0 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the NV athletic field.

Newark Valley, 5-0 and yet to be scored upon, took a 3-0 halftime lead. The Cardinals outshot O-M 16-0 and held a 9-0 advantage in corner kicks.

Keyonna Garrison and Brooklynn Thompson combined for 11 saves in goal for Odessa-Montour.

O-M returns to action Monday afternoon at Newfield, and then hosts Campbell-Savona Wednesday night before facing Watkins Glen on the road Saturday.

Photo in text: O-M's Tori Brewster, left, and a Newark Valley player contend for possession of the ball. (Photo by Gail Sgrecci)

Glen XC team competes in big invitational

BINGHAMTON, Sept. 17, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity cross country team traveled to Chenango Valley High School Saturday to compete in the McDaniel Baxter Invitational.

Boys Varsity: The Senecas' Aidan Maphis led his team with a 39th-place finish in 15:54 among 149 runners. Johnny VanScoyk was 71st in 16:49, while Nick Bonsignore was 105th in 18:25, and John Bond Trimble 124th in 19:25.

Girls Varsity: Watkins Glen's lone entrant, Wendy Coleman, finished 71st among 105 runners in 22:07.

Boys Modified: The top finisher for Watkins was Isaac Hendrickso, 3rd in a field of 155 runners, posting a time of 6:15.

Photo: Watkins' Wendy Coleman. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen boys lose to Waverly, 5-1

WAVERLY, Sept. 17, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team dropped a 5-1 decision to Waverly Saturday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road contest.

Waverly led 2-0 at halftime. Jacob Yontz then scored the Senecas' only goal, assisted by Savie Purpura. Waverly tallied the game's final three goals.

Jake Vandereems registered 18 saves in goal for Watkins. The Senecas managed eight shots on goal.

"Although it wasn't the outcome we were hoping for," said Watkins Glen Coach Jessica Purpura, "we continue to see improvement every time we play. We've yet to have our entire team play a game due to injury and illness. We're looking forward, and the team continues to be a class act with positive attitudes."

The Senecas, now 0-5-1, return to action Tuesday night at home against Newark Valley.

The Watkins Glen (left) and Odessa-Montour teams posed together after the game.

Modified Soccer: O-M girls blank Glen

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 16, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour girls Modified soccer team scored four first-half goals Friday on the way to a 4-0 victory over intracounty rival Watkins Glen in a game on the WGHS soccer field.

Leah Antes scored three of the Grizzlies' goals, while Evvie Zinger scored the other one.

O-M took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter and added a goal in the second quarter, and its defense did the rest.

The victory raised Odessa's record to 2-1. The loss dropped Watkins Glen's mark to 1-2.

Photo in text: O-M's Leah Antes (6) tries to maneuver around Watkins Glen defenders Elizabeth Ector (14) and Leighann Landers (23) as Watkins goalkeeper Emma Cady waits.

Left: Watkins Glen's Bella Llewellen moves the ball upfield. Right: Odessa-Montour's Alannah Rounds inbounds the ball.

Left: O-M's Reese Rounds, left, and Watkins Glen's Bella Yaw arrive at the ball at the same time. Right: Leah Antes, right, scored three goals while Evvie Zinger, left, scored one for Odessa-Montour.

Odessa-Montour's Tori Brewster (14) races a Tioga player to the ball. Brewster won, gaining possession.

Odessa-Montour girls rout Tioga, 10-1

ODESSA, Sept. 15, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team -- led by four Hannah Nolan goals and three by Sarah Barr, defeated Tioga 10-1 Thursday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

Nolan scored all of her goals in the first half, and Tori Brewster notched one, as the Grizzlies built a 5-1 lead. Barr scored her three goals after intermission, while teammate Kelsey Bates scored twice. Katie Adams had an assist -- as did Brewster.

Brewster registered her assist on Nolan's fourth goal, bringing her career assist total to a school-record 27 -- breaking a tie with alum Kennedey Heichel.

Nolan's four goals brought her season total to nine and her school career record to 68.

Odessa outshot Tioga 18-6 and had a 6-3 edge in corner kicks. Keyonna Garrison registered three saves in goal for O-M, while Jackie Mace notched two saves.

O-M Coach Burton Brewster said most of the game was fought hard at midfield, and that his squad just seemed to be "wherever we needed to be" when scoring chances arrived.

The Grizzlies (now 3-1) return to action Saturday morning at Newark Valley.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Hannah Nolan sends the ball toward the right side of the Tioga net for her fourth goal of the game.

Bottom:The Grizzlies' Paisley Jeziorski sends a shot toward the Tioga goal. The shot was blocked by the goalkeeper.

Left: O-M's Gina Gavich (11) battles for control of the ball. Right: The Grizzlies' Kelsey Bates (19) congratulates Sarah Barr after Barr's first goal.

Left: O-M goalkeeper Keyonna Garrison knocks a Tioga shot aside. Right: The Grizzlies' Kelsey Bates moves the ball.

The Storm's Alannah Klemann on the first leg of the 200 Medley Relay. Her squad won.

Storm swimmers defeat Whitney Point

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 15, 2022 -- The Schuyler Storm girls varsity swim team got first-time victories from several of its swimmers Thursday as it cruised to a 102-15 victory over an outmanned Whitney Point squad in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Waktins Glen High School pool.

The Storm, a combined squad of WGHS and Odessa-Montour athletes, won each of the event's races, including uncontested relay races. Whitney Point did not have enough swimmers on hand to fill the relay events.

According to Storm Coach Jason Westervelt, highlights of the meet included "a bunch of first-time Varsity event winners." They included:

--Kaylin Smith in the 200 Medley Relay.
--Hannah Hollenbeck in the 200 Medley Relay, 50 Freestyle and 200 Free Relay.
--Sarah Stolpinski in the 100 Butterfly.
--Aubrey Klemann in the 100 Freestyle.
--Claire Lewis in the 500 Free and 200 Free Relay.
--Lizzi Fitzwater in the 100 Breaststroke.
--Caelyn Baker in the 200 Free Relay.

"Other outstanding performances," said Westervelt, "came from Malina Butler winning the 100 Backstroke in a season-best 1:11.78, and Riley Brooks swimming two season-best times -- in the 100 Fly and anchoring the 200 Medley Relay."

In addition to victories in all three relays, other wins were posted by Emily Melveney in the 200 Free and Cara Reynolds in the 200 Individual Medley.

"After coming off a close meet with Chenango Valley on Tuesday," said Westervelt, "this was a great opportunity to give our depth the experience of swimming out in front, scoring points, and taking center stage. It was fun to be a part of, and I am very happy with our team's progress in and out of the pool."

Photos in text:

Top: The Storm's Caelyn Baker competes in the 200 Medley Relay.
Bottom: WG/OM's Cara Reynolds swims a leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Left: The Schuyler Storm's Sarah Stolpinski dives during the 200 Medley Relay.
Right: WG/OM teammate Faye Mooney.

Watkins Glen's Olivia VanSkiver passes the ball upfield in first-half action.

Watkins Glen girls top Newfield, 3-2

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 15, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team improved its record to 3-1-1 Thursday with a 3-2 victory over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS Alumni Field.

Ava Kelly scored two goals and Olivia King one for the Senecas, while Sasha Honrath and Skye Honrath each registered an assist. Goalkeeper Lillian Ameigh had seven saves.

The score at halftime was 1-1.

"Tonight was another close game against a really tough Newfield team," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "We continue to play better than some of the final scores indicate, so I'm very proud of the effort of everyone on the team."

Watkins Glen returns to action at home Saturday evening against Elmira Notre Dame. Game time is 6:30 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Ava Kelly (2) sends a shot on goal. This one was blocked, but Kelly scored on two other occasions.

From left: Watkins' Maddie Tuttle, sidelined by injury but cheering on her teammates; Rachel Vickio moving the ball at midfield; and Sasha Honrath inbounding the ball.

The Senecas' Natalee Oliver passes the ball. Skye Honrath (13) is in the background.

O-M boys fall to Newark Valley, 3-1

NEWARK VALLEY, Sept. 14, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team dropped a 3-1 decision Wednesday night to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the NV athletic field.

O-M fell behind 2-0 in the first half on what Coach Kennith May called "a pair of mistakes." The Grizzlies' lone score came in the second half on freshman Lucas Hoffman's first goal of the season.

Odessa-Montour (now 0-4-1) returns to action Friday night at Elmira Notre Dame.

The Storm's Jax Decker (5) tackles a Tioga ball-carrier in first-half action.

Storm Modified gridders defeat Tioga

WATKINS GLEN, Sept 14, 2022 -- The Schuyler Storm Modified football team evened its record at 1-1 Wednesday night with a 46-40 victory over Tioga in a game on the Watkins Glen High School Alumni Field.

The Storm, a combined squad of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour 7th, 8th and 9th graders, built a 24-8 first-half lead. They had lost their season opener last week, falling to Spencer-Van Etten.

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Photo in text: The Storm's Caydin Lagramada (2) breaks free for a long touchdown run in the first half.

A shot by O-M's Hannah Nolan (20, right) finds the back of the Moravia net.

O-M girls top Moravia in home opener

ODESSA, Sept. 13, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team -- led by two goals each from Hannah Nolan and Tori Brewster -- defeated Moravia 6-0 Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

Also scoring for the Grizzlies (now 2-1) were Paisley Jeziorski and Jackie Mace. Assists were registered by Brewster, Nolan, Sarah Barr and Katie Adams.

Nolan's goals increased her career school record to 64. Brewster's assist was the 26th in her career, tying the school record held by Kennedey Heichel.

"We sputtered early," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster. "We couldn't get anything going for the first 20 minutes. But then we settled into a good rhythm."

The first goal came from Nolan, a blast from the right that found the far corner of the net, at 14:25 of the first half. Brewster followed it at 13:50 with another shot from the right, and Nolan made it 3-0 at 6:04 on a shot from in front.

Brewster scored again at 37:51 of the second half, while Jeziorski made it 5-0 at 22:32. Mace closed out the scoring with a goal at 11:57.

Odessa-Montour outshot Moravia 15-3, while the Blue Devils had a 2-0 edge in corner kicks. Keyonna Garrison registered three saves in goal for O-M, while the Moravia goalkeeper had nine saves.

O-M returns to action Thursday at home against Tioga. Game time is 7 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Paisley Jeziorski, right, races a Moravia player to the ball.
Bottom: The Grizzlies' Tori Brewster passes the ball in first-half action.

O-M's Maggie Pentz, center, moves the ball upfield as a Moravia player chases her.

Left: O-M's Kelsey Bates. Right: The Grizzlies' Katie Adams, left, passes the ball.

From left: O-M's Jackie Mace, Brooklynn Thompson and Maddie Raymond.

Players watch the ball rise above the Moravia goal after a defender kicked it high to clear it away from the goal mouth.

Storm swimmers defeat Owego, battle Chenango Valley in narrow 1-point loss

OWEGO, Sept. 13, 2022 -- The Schuyler Storm girls varsity swim team walked away with an 80-18 victory over Owego and a narrow 51-50 loss to a larger Chenango Valley team Thursday in a tri-meet held in the Owego Free Academy pool.

"It was a great meet," said Storm Coach Jason Westervelt, whose team includes athletes from the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high schools. "Chenango Valley, last year's Section IV Class B runner up, brought a very strong team to the meet. The Watkins Glen/Odessa Montour girls walked on deck unintimidated by class or league status."

His team, he said, "started the meet with a season-best time and first-place finish in the 200 Medley Relay (1:57.32), which is now the second fastest 200 Medley Relay in the entire section. And that was followed by season-best times for Alannah Klemann (1st place) and Cara Reynolds (3rd place) in the 200 Freestyle."

Westervelt said Thalia Marquez then "went head to head with Chenango Valley's best swimmer, Jenna Beck, in the 200 IM, 100 Free, and lead-off in the 400 Freestyle Relay. Thalia bested Jenna in two of the three, winning the 100 Freestyle in a season-best :56.26 and the lead-off of the winning 400 Freestyle Relay (3:55.53)."

Westervelt also pointed to two individual wins and two relay wins each for Alannah Klemann and Faye Mooney; season-best times in the 50 Free and 200 Back by Kendra Fish, who was also a member of the winning 200 Medley and 400 Freestyle Relays; and two season bests by Emily Melveney -- in the 200 IM (2:39.94) and 100 Fly (1:12.08).

"Malina Butler and Cara Reynolds," he added, "were the unsung heroes in this meet, swimming in individual events and relays that weren't winning events, but scoring the points we needed to stay within reach of Chenango Valley. And Claire Lewis, Aubrey Klemann, Sarah Stolpinski, Skye Cummings, and Hannah Hollenbeck were also huge contributors throughout the meet in relays and individuals.

"It was a hard fought meet by both teams, and was a win for our team despite the one-point deficit. We walked away with a great experience and confidence going into our (home) Invitational next week. The experience of swimming a great team, a larger team, and a team outside our league will only help make our team better. This was a huge step for our program. I am very proud of these girls."

Rain limits XC meet to Modified race

TRUMANSBURG, Sept. 13, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School cross country team traveled to Trumansburg for a meet Tuesday, but stormy weather cut the meet short after the Modified race, leaving the varsity to compete at a later date.

Watkins runners excelled in the Modified competition, with Isaac Hendrickson finishing first in 7:24.05, Liam Knight fourth in 8:37.75, Andrew Champion seventh in 9:13.80, and Zach Brusso 19th in 10:52.58.

Watkins girls tie Campbell-Savona, 1-1

CAMPBELL, Sept. 12, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team tied Campbell-Savona 1-1 Monday in a non-league game on the C-S soccer field.

The Senecas' goal came from Sasha Honrath, assisted by Ava Kelly. Goalkeeper Lillian Ameigh registered four saves. The tie left Watkins with a 2-1-1 record.

"Tonight was one of those games where we played really well, but didn’t come away with the win," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "We dominated possession throughout the game, played really tough defense, passed the ball very well and took good shots. We just couldn’t get the ball in the net. It happens, and the Campbell-Savona goalkeeper was really good, so we will take the tie tonight knowing we played hard and never gave up trying."

Odessa-Montour boys fall to Newfield

NEWFIELD, Sept. 12, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team lost 6-2 Monday to Newfield in a thunderstorm-delayed Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newfield athletic field.

The Grizzlies were down 4-0 at halftime. O-M’s two second-half goals came from exchange student Max Seles.

Odessa, now 0-3-1, returns to action Wednesday at Newark Valley at 5:30 p.m.

Watkins Glen boys lose to Trumansburg

TRUMANSBURG, Sept. 12, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team dropped a 7-1 decision Monday to Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Tburg athletic field.

Trumansburg built a 5-0 lead in the first half while Watkins Glen's Jake Vandereems had 10 saves in goal. In the second half, Caleb Bresett took over in goal with six saves, including one off of a penalty shot.

Liam Smith scored the Senecas' lone goal on an assist by Savie Purpura.

The Storm's Ryan Willett, right, broke away for two long touchdown runs. (Photo by Derrick Willett)

Storm football team routs Harpursville

HARPURSVILLE, Sept. 10, 2022 -- The Schuyler Storm varsity football team improved to 2-0 Saturday with a 40-6 victory over Harpursville on the road.

The Storm, a combined squad of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high school athletes playing this year in Section IV's 11-man Independent Division VIII, built a 16-0 first-quarter lead on the way to a 40-0 halftime advantage.

"After halftime we kind of stalled," said Storm Head Coach Trevor Holland, whose squad failed to score after intermission, registering just 49 rushing yards. "We can't perform like that. We need to be more consistent."

The first half saw five Storm touchdown drives culminating in: a 32-yard pass from Daniel Lewis to Brad Gillis; a 30-yard run by Ryan Willett; a 58-yard run by Willett; a 34-yard pass from Lewis to Alex Holmes; and an 18-yard pass from Lewis to Thomas Snow. The team added a two-point conversion after each TD, on runs by Willett, Gillis, Snow and Lewis, and on a Lewis-to-Holmes pass.

The Storm finished with 377 total yards to Harpursville's 41. Lewis completed 5 of 10 passes for 116 yards and three TDs, while Willett led ball-carriers with 147 yards on 12 carries. Gillis added 90 yards on 9 carries.

On defense, Snow and Willett led in tackles with five each, while Gavin Lohmeyer had four, and Thomas Field and Otto Hohle three apiece.

The Storm squad returns to action Saturday at Whitney Point. Game time is 1:30 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: Thomas Snow, right, carried nine times for 90 yards. (Photos by Derrick Willett)
Bottom: Storm quarterback Daniel Lewis receives some coaching instruction.

Watkins Glen's Jacob Yontz (11) watches as his first-half goal reaches the O-M net.

Watkins Glen, O-M boys tie 2-2 in 2 OTs

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 10, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team built a 2-0 lead in search of its first victory of the season Saturday, but intracounty rival Odessa-Montour, also winless, forged a 2-2 tie that carried through two 10-minute overtime periods.

The Interscholastic Athletic Conference deadlock on WGHS's Alumni Field left Watkins Glen with an 0-3-1 record, and Odessa-Montour at 0-2-1.

The game, at times physical and at times frenetic with wild scrums in each goal mouth, saw Watkins' Jacob Yontz score the first goal at 21:35 of the first half. The Senecas added a goal at 34:54 of the second half off a corner kick that caromed off of an O-M player into the net.

Odessa pulled within a goal at 20:43 on a shot by Jacob Shaul, and pulled even at 10:26 on a blast from the right by exchange student Max Seles that found the left corner of the Watkins net.

Watkins had a golden opportunity in overtime, but a diving stop by O-M goalkeeper Patrick Croft off a shot by Michael Purpura kept the tie intact.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Ross Pentz goes airborne to block a kick by O-M's David Patterson.
Bottom: O-M goalkeeper Patrick Croft stops a shot by Watkins Glen's Michael Purpura in overtime.

Left: O-M's Jed Lynch, left, and Watkins' Liam Smith fight for the ball. Right: O-M's Ben Campbell, left, congratulates teammate Max Seles after Seles tied the game.

Left: Watkins Glen's Max Ricca sends the ball flying. Right: O-M's Ben Campbell (9) is met by Watkins' Savatore Purpura as he moves the ball upfield.

Watkins Glen's Sasha Honrath maneuvers the ball past a Southern Cayuga player.

Watkins girls blank Southern Cayuga

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 10, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team -- led by Ava Kelly's four goals -- improved to 2-1 Saturday with a 6-0 victory over Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS Alumni Field.

Kelly scored the only goal of the first half on a blast from the left. She added three more goals after intermission, while teammates Skye Honrath and Brianna Hatch scored one apiece. Sasha Honrath registered three assists, while Carly Arnold had two and Skye Honrath one.

Goalkeeper Lillian Ameigh notched the shutout with five saves.

"It was a total team effort in the game today with everyone playing very well," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Ava Kelly exploded today with four goals off some terrific team passing. Our defense was excellent as well and I loved how well we moved the ball around the field.

"It’s nice to see the team continue to come together and communicate. We have some really tough games ahead, but I’m pleased with our progress."

Watkins Glen returns to action Monday at Campbell-Savona at 5 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold prepares to send the ball upfield.
Bottom: The Senecas' Ava Kelly sends a shot on goal. This one didn't go in, but four other Kelly shots did.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jennifer Gublo, left, battles for possession of the ball. Right: The Senecas' Olivia King goes up to meet the ball as it arrives.

Glen is 3rd in C-S volleyball pool play

CAMPBELL, Sept. 10, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity volleyball team finished third in pool play Saturday at the annual Campbell-Savona tournament.

"The girls played hard, moved well, and put forth excellent effort," said Watkins Glen Coach Krysti Westervelt, who noted that the team's pool was "very strong. We finished in third in pool play so unfortunately did not advance to the semifinal."

Watkins finished 3-3 in pool play, while Arkport (5-1) and Wellsville (4-2) advanced. Haverling finished 0-6.

Individual statistics for Watkins Glen included:

Ava Barber: 10 kills, 4 assists, 4 digs
Kendall Gascon: 6 service points, 3 aces, 4 digs
Aly Gibson: 4 kills, 2 blocks, 5 digs
Sarah Jones: 10 service points, 2 aces, 14 assists
Chelsea Parsons: 12 service points, 8 aces, 6 kills, 2 blocks
Jocelyn Sisana: 5 kills, 9 digs

All Star Team: Ava Barber was named to the tournament All-Star team. "She showed excellent all-round play and leadership on the court," said Westervelt.

Glen XC team competes in Crusader Clash

HORSEHEADS, Sept. 10, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity cross-country team competed Saturday at the Crusader Clash at the Murray Athletic Center -- with the Modified squad placing first.

The boys varsity squad was short of runners "due to other obligations," said Coach Kelly Sterrner.

Modified: Watkins Glen's Isaac Hendrickson placed first on the 1.45-mile course in 8:57.48, while teammate Liam Knight was 7th in 10:53.26, Zachary Brusso 12th in 13:17.31, and Andrew Champion 13th in 13:21.31.

Varsity: On the 2.48-mile course, the Senecas' Aidan Maphis took third with a time of 15:42.93. Teammate Johnny VanScoyk was fifth in 16:14.76. In the girls' race, lone Watkins runner Wendy Coleman was 18th in 23:02.51.

"It was a great day, a great start for a young team," said Sterner, whose squad next competes against Trumansburg on the road on Tuesday.

Photo in text: The WGHS varsity and Modified cross-country squads, with coaches Kelly Sterner and Travis Durfee. (Photo provided)

Watkins' Liam Smith, right, and a Tioga player chase after the ball near the sidelines.

Watkins Glen boys lose late to Tioga, 2-1

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 8, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team grabbed a 1-0 first-half lead and held it until 10:34 remained in the second half before losing 2-1 to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game Thursday evening on WGHS's Alumni Field.

The Senecas, now 0-3, scored at 6:28 of the first half on a shot directly in front by Jacob Yontz that found the right side of the net. The Senecas narrowly missed a couple of other scoring opportunities late in the half, leading to a 1-0 edge at intermission.

The Watkins defense held through the first 29 minutes of the second half, but Tioga (now 2-2) put one shot in from the left side at 10:34 and then added the game-winning goal on a sharp-angled shot from the right at 6:15. The Tigers managed to hold the Senecas scoreless the rest of the way, although Watkins managed repeated forays into the Tioga end of the field.

Watkins Glen returns to action Saturday at home against Odessa-Montour. Game time is 1 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Jacob Yontz (11), after shooting in traffic in front of the Tioga goal, watches the ball hit the net for the Senecas' lone score of the game.

Left: Watkins Glen's Bryce Cady (13) meets the ball. Right: The Senecas' Jack Hayden sends a shot on goal. It was stopped by the Tioga keeper.

A Tioga player, left, punches a shot into the Watkins Glen net, evening the score at 1-1.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jaymes Forker, left, battles for possession of the ball. Right: The Senecas' Michael Purpura sends a shot toward the Tioga net.

O-M girls lose to Notre Dame, 2-1

SOUTHPORT, Sept. 7, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 1-1 Wednesday night when the Lady Grizzlies dropped a 2-1 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Notre Dame athletic field.

The Crusaders (now 2-0) built a 2-0 halftime lead, cut in half by an unassisted Tori Brewster goal at 29:13 of the second half.

Notre Dame outshot the Grizzlies 7-4, and had an 11-1 advantage in corner kicks. O-M goalkeeper Keyonna Garrison registered five saves, and according to Coach Burton Brewster "played an incredible game, not only as a keeper, but as a leader back there."

He also had praise for his center backs, Kelsey Bates and Maggie Pentz, and his wing backs, Brooklynn Thompson, Maddie Raymond and Sarah Strobel. He said they "matured as the game progressed," playing "a great second half. They weren't giving up any easy shots."

O-M returns to action Tuesday at home against Moravia. Game time is 7 p.m.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Hannah Nolan (in white) maneuvers with the ball against Notre Dame. (Photo by Gail Sgrecci)

Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold (11) maneuvers the ball through traffic.

Watkins girls fall to Newark Valley, 6-0

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 7, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 1-1 Wednesday night when the Senecas dropped a 6-0 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on WGHS's Alumni Field.

The game, scoreless through the first 20 minutes, saw Newark Valley build a 2-0 halftime lead and then pull away after intermission.

"It wasn't our night going against a very talented Newark Valley team," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "We didn't play well, but we did play hard. I know we will learn from the loss and continue to improve and grow as a team."

Lillian Ameigh registered eight saves in goal for the Senecas, who return to action at home Saturday against Southern Cayuga. Game time is 10 a.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Skye Honrath, right, moves the ball upfield.

Left: Watkins Glen's Gillian D'Alleva, left, controls the ball. Right: The Senecas' Jennifer Gublo, right, battles for control of the ball.

Left: Watkins goalkeeper Lillian Ameigh, left, races a Newark Valley player to the ball. Right: The Senecas' Maddie Tuttle, sidelined by leg surgery, was recording the game statistics.

Watkins Glen's Maisie Robertson, left, passes the ball upfield in first-half action.

Watkins volleyball team opens with loss

TIOGA CENTER, Sept. 7, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team opened its season on a losing note Wednesday evening, falling to Tioga 3-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match.

Game scores were 19-25, 9-25 and 21-25. Individual statistics included:

Sarah Jones: 5 service points, 6 assists.
Chelsea Parsons: 5 service points, 2 kills, 6 digs.
Ava Barber: 5 service points, 2 kills.
Aly Gibson: 5 service points, 2 kills, 5 digs.

"I'm proud of their play," Watkins Glen Coach Krysti Westervelt said of her team. "Tioga was a tough team to start with, but we worked really well together. Our serving was good, and our communication was good."

The Senecas, without any home matches while the school's gymnasium floors are fixed following a surface treatment gone awry, return to action Saturday at the Campbell-Savona tournament. They then travel to Newfield on Tuesday.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Tioga 2-0.

O-M volleyball team falls to Waverly

WAVERLY, Sept. 7, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team started its season Wednesday evening with a loss, dropping a 3-0 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Waverly gym.

Game scores were 19-25, 10-25 and 8-25. Individual statistics included:

Emma Landon: 7 service points, 5 aces.
Hannah Kinner: 2 service points, 11 assists.

O-M returns to action Thursday at Newfield.

Junior Varsity: Waverly defeated O-M 2-0. Game scores were 9-25 and 12-25.

Watkins Glen's Aidan Maphis crosses the finish line well ahead of the field.

Maphis 1st in Watkins' lone XC meet

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 6, 2022 -- Watkins Glen High School's Aidan Maphis placed first Tuesday in the Senecas' only home cross-country meet, but Edison took the boys' team title.

Beyond Edison, none of the competing Interscholastic Athletic Conference teams -- WGHS, Notre Dame, Waverly and Tioga -- had the requisite five qualified runners needed for a team score.

Maphis completed the Watkins Glen State Park course in 20:53.67, well ahead of runnerup Thomas Ward of Tioga (21:40.28) and Watkins teammate Johnny VanScoyk (third in 21:45.16). Also posting times for Watkins were Nick Bonsignore (eighth in 25:00.31) and Jonathan Bond-Trimble (14th in 26:56.84).

In the girls' varsity race, Notre Dame's Piper Young finished first in 23:04.89. Waverly won the team title. Watkins Glen's lone entrant, Wendy Coleman, finished ninth in 30:13.15.

In the boys Modified race on a shorter course, Watkins Glen's Isaac Hendrickson won in 10:19.5. Teammate Liam Knight was fourth in 13:01.66, and WG's Zach Brusso eighth in 15:23.38.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Johnny VanScoyk on the way to a third-place finish in the boys' varsity race.

Bottom: The Senecas' Wendy Coleman, who finished ninth in the girls' varsity race.

Odessa-Montour's Benson Patterson, left, watches as his shot goes into the Tburg goal.

O-M boys soccer team falls to Tburg, 5-1

ODESSA, Sept. 6, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 0-2 Tuesday night when the Grizzlies fell to Trumansburg 5-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The game was decided in the first half, when Trumansburg scored all of its goals -- at 36:59, 21:06, 15:50, 15:31 and 14:18. Five different players scored.

O-M's lone goal came at 18:06 of the second half, when Benson Patterson put the ball in the top left corner of the Raiders' goal.

The Grizzlies' goalkeeper, freshman Patrick Croft, made a number of acrobatic stops among the 28 saves credited to him.

Odessa-Montour returns to action Saturday at Watkins Glen. Game time is 1 p.m.

Photo in text: O-M goalkeeper Patrick Croft snags a Trumansburg shot on goal.

Left: O-M's Ben Campbell, right, fights for possession of the ball. Right: The Grizzlies' Max Seles, right, and a Tburg player eye the ball.

Storm opens football season with a win

RUSHVILLE, Sept. 2, 2022 -- The Schuyler Storm high school varsity football team started its season with a 40-18 victory over Marcus Whitman Friday night in a game on the Marcus Whitman football field.

Quarterback Daniel Lewis threw for 206 yards and two touchdowns as the Storm -- a combined squad of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high school athletes playing this year in Section IV's 11-man Independent Division VIII -- struck early and often, holding Marcus Whitman scoreless in the second half.

"We played great," said Storm Coach Trevor Holland. "The stats looked in their favor" -- Marcus Whitman rushed for 368 yards -- "but we scored fast, and held them out of the end zone in the second half."

The Storm scored on the first play from scrimmage after the opening kickoff -- on a 58-yard pass from Lewis to Alex Holmes. After Marcus Whitman scored on a 62-yard run, Lewis connected with Holmes again for a 53-yard TD. The Storm failed on two-point conversions both times, while Marcus Whitman -- on its first TD and its two subsequent scores -- saw its extra-point attempts blocked.

Marcus Whitman tied the game 12-12 in the second quarter on a 7-yard run before Bradley Gillis galloped 70 yards on the ensuing kickoff to put the Storm ahead for good. WG/OM's Brady Cannon converted a point-after kick on that TD and on the three that followed.

The Storm scored on a Thomas Snow 1-yard run to go up 26-12, allowed a 1-yard TD to Marcus Whitman to enter intermission up 26-18, and then scored twice in the second half to pull away -- on a 12-yard Ryan Willett run set up by a 51-yard pass from Lewis to Gillis, and on a 14-yard run by Snow.

Willett led Storm rushers with 45 yards, while Snow gained 25. Holmes led receivers with 114 yards. And on the defensive end, Snow led the Storm with 14 solo tackles, while Willett had nine and Nick D'Alleva four.

The Storm squad returns to action at 1:30 p.m. next Saturday at Harpursville.

O-M players Riley Yaw (11), Drew Parmenter (7) and Patrick Croft (the Grizzlies' goalkeeper, second from right) watch a shot by Tioga's Tyler Roe (right) find the net.

Odessa-Montour boys fall 2-1 in opener

ODESSA, Sept.2, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team rallied in the second half in its season opener Friday night, but fell to Tioga 2-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

Tioga's Tyler Roe was a thorn in the Grizzlies' side, scoring both of the Tigers' goals -- at 34:36 and 5:46 of the first half. He narrowly missed two other goals in the second half, the ball going wide of the left post by inches.

O-M freshman Riley Yaw got Odessa-Montour on the board with a goal at 22:53 of the second half, adding drama to the remainder of the game. But the best chances for the Grizzlies -- on a penalty kick and on a point-blank shot during a scrum in front of the Tioga net with about 10 minutes left -- failed to produce a tying goal.

Among players expected to join O-M's active roster in the near future will be the school's Slovakian exchange student, Max Seles, who did not have enough practices to qualify for Friday's opener.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour goalkeeper Patrick Croft stops a shot by Tioga's Tyler Roe in second-half action.

Left: O-M's Lucas Barr, right, maneuvers the ball. Right: The Grizzlies' Gunner Herrmann, left, sends the ball upfield.

Left: O-M's Riley Yaw, foreground, fights for possession of the ball. Right: Tioga goalkeeper Jake Brown leaps on the ball after he blocked a penalty shot by O-M's David Patterson.

Members of the O-M girls varsity soccer team pose along with a couple of friends on the sidelines at the Odessa boys varsity soccer game.

O-M girls soccer team tops S. Cayuga

AURORA, Sept. 2, 2022 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team -- led by senior Hannah Nolan's three goals -- opened its season with a 4-1 victory Friday over Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

Southern Cayuga took the lead with 11:44 remaining in the first half, but Nolan evened the score at 2:48 on an unassisted goal. She then added Tori Brewster-assisted goals at 28:13 and 18:45 of the second half, with Brewster closing the scoring with an unassisted goal at 6:03.

The Grizzlies outshot SC 14-4 and had a 3-1 edge in corner kicks.

The three goals lifted Nolan's school career record to 62.

"We started a little shaky, being the first game of the season," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster, "but played better as the game progressed."

With the win, oddly enough, O-M qualified for the Section IV, Class D Sectionals, since one qualifier is a 50% won-loss record against teams in their class. Southern Cayuga, said Coach Brewster, is the only Class D team on the O-M schedule.

Odessa returns to action Wednesday at Elmira Notre Dame.

Watkins Glen's Liam Smith, center, tries to reach the ball before the Newfield goalkeeper does. But the keeper grabbed it.

Watkins boys fall to Newfield, slip to 0-2

NEWFIELD, Sept. 2, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team fell to 0-2 Friday when the Senecas dropped a 7-0 decision to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newfield athletic field.

The game was tight through the first half, with the Trojans building a 2-0 lead by intermission. They then pulled away in the second half.

Despite the score, said Watkins Coach Jessica Purpura, "big improvements were had by the team," which has nine freshmen among the 19 players on the roster. "After playing together for about two weeks, the team is starting to come together."

Goalie Jake Vandereems registered 14 saves in goal. Purpura also pointed to the defensive play of Max Ricca, Sam Hohle, Jaymes Forker, and Ross Pentz.

"Savie Purpura and Aidan Kelly controlled the middle," she said, "helping on both offense and defense, and were instrumental in distributing the ball. Forwards Liam Smith and Jacob Yontz tried their best against a tough Newfield defense.

"I'm very proud of the progress so far, and how hard the boys are working."

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Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Jacob Yontz eyes the ball as it approaches. He headed it when it arrived.

Left: Watkins Glen's Max Ricca meets the ball at midfield. Right: The Senecas' Ross Pentz sends the ball upfield.

Watkins Glen goalkeeper Jake Vandereems grabs the ball as Newfield attackers move in.

Soccer: Watkins girls defeat Marathon

MARATHON, Sept. 1, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team opened the season with a 5-0 victory Thursday over Marathon in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Marathon High School soccer field.

Goals for the Senecas came from Sasha Honrath (two, along with an assist), Skye Honrath (with two assists), Michaela Wheaton and Jennifer Gublo. Goalkeeper Lillian Ameigh registered seven saves. Watkins had a 4-2 edge in corner kicks.

"The team played well in our first game of the season," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "After a strong first half, we were a bit sloppy in the second, but overall I am pleased with the effort.

"Defensively, I thought we did a great job communicating and recovering when Marathon was in scoring position. Lilly Ameigh had a couple of outstanding saves tonight, including a penalty kick save. The Honrath sisters were exceptional today as well, combining for three goals and three assists.

"We still have a lot of work to do, but it was a solid first game and I am very proud of all the girls."

Photo in text: Watkins goalkeeper Lillian Ameigh (File photo)


The Schuyler Storm's Kendra Fish on the way to first place in the 100 Butterfly.

Storm swim team opens with win, 100-64

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 1, 2022 -- The Schuyler Storm girls high school varsity swim team opened the season on a winning note Thursday, defeating Dryden 100-64 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Watkins Glen High School pool.

The Storm -- a combined team of WGHS and Odessa-Montour High School athletes -- won each of the first nine events before exhibitioning on the final two --a measure of sportsmanship by which one team swims without an opportunity to win the event or to gain any points.

The victories were as follows:

200 Medley Relay: 1st, Alannah Klemann, Faye Mooney, Emily Melveney, Thalia Marquez, 2:01.70.
200 Free: 1st, Thalia Marquez, 2:07.43.
200 Individual Medley: 1st, Emily Melveney, 2:44.17.
50 Free: 1st, Faye Mooney, 25.82.
100 Fly: 1st, Kendra Fish, 1:15.59.
100 Free: 1st, Alannah Klemann, 1:00.60.
500 Free: 1st, Thalia Marquez, 5:37.37.
200 Free Relay: 1st, Faye Mooney, Kendra Fish, Alannah Klemann, Thalia Marquez, 1:49.32.
100 Back: 1st, Alannah Klemann, 1:06.30.

The Storm also posted second-place finishes in the 200 Medley Relay (Malina Butler, Lizzi Fitzwater, Kendra Fish and Cara Reynolds), the 200 Free (Aubrey Klemann), the 50 Free (Malina Butler), the 100 Fly (Emily Melveney), the 100 Free (Butler), the 500 Free (Reynolds), and the 100 Back (Fish).

Third-place finishes were registered by Cara Reynolds in the 200 Free, Sarah Stolpinski in the 200 IM, Aubrey Klemann, Skye Cummings, Stolpinski and Caelyn Baker in the 200 Free Relay, and Stolpinski in the 100 Back.

"It was a great start to a very promising season," said Storm Head Coach Jason Westervelt. "A lot of the girls are already ahead of where they were a year ago."

Photos in text: From top: Emily Melveney in the 200 Medley Relay, Aubrey Klemann in the 200 Free, and Cara Reynolds in the 200 Free.

From left: Alannah Klemann, Claire Lewis in exhibition diving, and Thalia Marquez.

Left: Faye Mooney swims a leg of the 200 Medley Relay. Right: Malina Butler dives at start of the 100 Free.

Sarah Stolpinski competes in the 200 Individual Medley. She placed third.

Soccer: Watkins boys fall in opener, 14-0

MARATHON, Aug. 31, 2022 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team opened the season on a losing note Wednesday, dropping a 14-0 decision to Marathon in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

Seneca keeper Jake Vandereems turned aside 27 shots in a game that Watkins Coach Jessica Purpura described like this:

"Although the game didn't fare well in our favor, the team showed excellent sportsmanship, led by our two senior captains, Ross Pentz and Bryce Cady. Jacob Yontz, Liam Smith and Aidan Kelly played well as forwards, while Caleb Bresett made a great contribution on midfield. Playing a heavy defensive game, Savie Purpura, Ross Pentz and Jaymes Forker never gave up while they attempted to stop Marathon's forwards from scoring.

"We learned a lot about ourselves, and what we can improve on for the next game. We have a young team, but we're motivated and ready to put in the work."


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