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Section IV Basketball schedule released

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 16 -- The Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball teams drew opening-round byes and host second-round games on Saturday, Feb. 24 under the Section IV, Class C Basketball Tournament schedule.

The 14-5 Watkins Glen girls, seeded No. 3, host Elmira Notre Dame (12-6, No. 6) at 6 p.m. Feb. 24th in the Field House. O-M, 14-6 and seeded No. 4, hosts Greene (13-5, No. 5) at 6 p.m. the same night.

Should Watkins Glen top Notre Dame, it could play No. 1 Moravia (18-2) in the semifinals, set for Wednesday, Feb. 28 at SUNY Cortland. Moravia will square off at home on Feb. 24 against the winner of a first-round game on Wednesday, Feb. 21, between No. 7 Unatego (13-6) and No. 10 Walton (9-10).

Should O-M top Greene, it could play No. 1-seeded Bainbridge-Guilford (18-1) in the Feb. 28 semifinals. Bainbridge will, on Feb. 24, host the winner of a Feb. 21 game between No. 8 Spencer-Van Etten (12-7) and No. 9 Unadilla Valley (10-9).

If Watkins Glen and O-M are to meet again (O-M topped the Senecas during the regular season), it will have to be in the championship game, to be held at SUNY Cortland on March 4th.

Boys Tournament: Watkins Glen's boys team, 8-11 and seeded No. 10, plays an opening-round game on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at Unadilla Valley, which is 12-7 and seeded No. 7. The winner will play No. 2 Union Springs (15-4) at 6 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Union Springs.

O-M's Grover earns Division MVP nod

ODESSA, Feb. 15 -- Odessa-Montour varsity basketball standout Olivia Grover has been named Most Valuable Player of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference South Small School Division in a vote of division coaches.

Grover, a junior (pictured at right), led the Indians to a 14-5 regular season record and the division championship. She averaged 14.3 points per game.

Named First Team All-Stars were Grover teammates Gillian Clark and Nakiaha Robinson, both seniors.

Watkins Glen also had two First Team All-Stars in the South Large School Division: Hannah Morse and Clara Chedzoy. Another Seneca player, Taylor Kelly, claimed a Second Team berth.

IAC South Small School Division

MVP: Olivia Grover (OM)
First Team: Gillian Clark (OM), Nakiaha Robinson (OM), Mackenzie Grube (SVE), Ari Blaasch (SVE), Shaylin Heidl (Candor)
Second Team: Madi Teribury (Tioga), Searra Allen (Candor), Katie Moravic (Newfield), Grace Manwaring (Tioga), Daysha Rorick (SVE)

IAC South Large School Division

MVP: Elle Nittinger (Waverly)
First Team: Hannah Morse (WG), Clara Chedzoy (WG), Mary Foster (ND), Alex Tomasso (Waverly), Wendi Hammond (Waverly).
Second Team: Taylor Kelly (WG), Zoe Mennig (Waverly), Marissa Trudeau (Waverly), Courteney Crater (ND), Makenna Nechwedowich (NV)

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Olivia Grover (File photo)

O-M girls lose in title game

Fall to Moravia, 67-60, despite Grover's 29 points

DRYDEN, Feb. 16 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team battled back from one large deficit but couldn't overcome a second one Thursday night as it fell to three-time defending champion Moravia, 67-60, in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small School title game at Tompkins Cortland Community College.

The Indians, now 14-6 as they head into Sectional play, fell behind 14-2 out of the gate, but battled back to tie the game with 1:32 remaining in the second quarter, 27-27. Moravia then outscored O-M from that point to intermission, 8-2, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer, to take a 35-29 lead into the second half.

Much of that early Odessa comeback was thanks to 12 points by Olivia Grover, who would add another 17 points in the second half -- 12 in the fourth quarter -- for a career-high 29-points. Most of her baskets were from close to the basket as she unleashed a variety of turnaround and fadeway jumpers.

Moravia picked up in the third period where it had left off in the second, expanding its 6-point lead to 17 points, at 52-35, with 1:58 left in the quarter. O-M fought back to within 12 points, 55-43, entering the final period on baskets by Sara Gardner and Kennedey Heichel, and three Grover free throws.

Odessa got the deficit down to single digits early in the 4th quarter, pulling within six points, 63-57, with 1:38 to go, and within five points, 65-50, with 20 seconds left on another Gardner basket. Two Moravia free throws set the final difference at seven points.

"We really fought to get ourselves back in the game," O-M Coach Greg Gavich said of his team's early rally, "but at the end of the first half and start of the third quarter we dug that hole again. You just can't afford to do that against a good team.

"I'm very proud of how we competed and it was our best offensive game in a while. Now we need to carry that offensive momentum forward into Sectionals ... and iron some things out on the defensive end of the floor."

Grover, in addition to her 29 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and blocked 2 shots. Other points came from Nakiaha Robinson (11, with 5 assists), Gillian Clark (9), Sara Gardner (6), Grace Vondracek (3), and Kennedey Heichel (2, with 7 assists). The team was 14-for-20 from the foul line.

Moravia (18-2) was led by Allie Genson's 25 points. Other points came from Grace Wasileski (11), Sierra Lyon (10), Maddie Funk (9), Maddy Kelly (8), and Sam Russell (4). The team converted 16 of 26 free throws.

The two teams might meet again in the Section IV, Class C tournament that starts Wednesday.

"The Class C bracket is as deep as it has been in a while," said Gavich, referring to strong teams including Bainbridge-Guilford (18-1), Moravia (18-2), Watkins Glen (14-5), O-M (14-6), Elmira Notre Dame (12-6), Greene (13-5), Spencer-Van Etten (12-7) and Unatego (13-6).

"Whoever wins it will need to beat three quality opponents to do it, and I'd like to think we are as capable as anyone else of doing that."

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Olivia Grover looks to shoot in traffic. She scored 29 points.

Second: O-M's Nakiaha Robinson (24) sends a shot on its way.

Third: The Indians' Gillian Clark (44) battles for the ball.

Fourth: One of the signs held by Odessa-Montour fans in the TC3 gymnasium.

Left: O-M's Grace Vondracek shoots a 3-pointer from the corner. It went in. Right: The Indians' Kennedey Heichel passes the ball in first-half action.

Left: O-M's Sara Gardner, left, moves toward the basket. Right: The Indians' Alexis Saunders shoots from the corner.

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Watkins JV boys fall in title game, 34-28

WHITNEY POINT, Feb. 15 -- The Watkins Glen boys junior varsity basketball team stayed even with a bigger Whitney Point team through three quarters Wednesday night before falling 34-28 in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference overall Large School championship game in the Whitney Point gym.

The Senecas, who won the IAC Large School South Division title earlier this week, had the lead 8-6 after one quarter and 16-15 at halftime Wednesday, and were deadlocked 26-26 entering the final period.

But Coach Jim Scott said a couple of "missed chippies" put the Senecas behind, and they couldn't catch up. They ended the season with a 14-6 record.

Watkins Glen played a zone defense to try and neutralize a Whitney Point size advantage, while simultaneously dealing with a fervent home crowd. "The boys really played hard," said Scott, "and represented the Seneca Nation well. We just came up short. But it was a good year, and I'm really proud of them."

Adam Pastore led the team with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Dylan Morse scored 6 points, Travon Jones 5 (with 5 assists), Bryce Kelly 3, and Jordan Avery 2 (with 6 rebounds).

Watkins' Nate Wickham, left, and O-M's Brett Walters dive at start of the 50 Free.

Section IV Prelims: Tague tops 2 races

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 15 -- Odessa-Montour senior Billy Tague placed first in the 200 Yard Individual Medley and the 100 Yard Breaststroke Wednesday at the Section IV, Class C Boys Swimming Preliminaries in the Watkins Glen High School pool.

Tague posted a 2:09.98 in the IM, eight-hundredths of a second ahead of Southern Cayuga's Ian Murray, who swam in a different heat. And he qualified first in the 100 Breast with a 1:04.97, more than six seconds ahead of his closest competitor.

Tague's performance topped the field of Schuyler County swimmers -- from O-M and WGHS -- competing for berths in Saturday's Class C Swimming Championships at Owego Free Academy. That meet will start at 9 a.m.

The top eight finishers in each individual race Wednesday earned spots in Saturday's championship finals. The 9th through 16th finishers qualified for the consolation finals, where the best a competitor can finish is 9th.

Other schools on hand Wednesday in addition to the Schuyler schools included Chenango Forks, Lansing, Oneonta, Southern Cayuga, Greene and Dryden.

Qualifying for the championship finals were:

--O-M's Alec Betts, 3rd in the 200 Free and 4th in the 100 Back. He set personal-best times in both races.
--O-M's Cameron Adams, 4th in in the 200 Free and 5th in the 500 Free.
--O-M's Bailey Hornbrook, 6th in the 200 IM.
--WG's Nate Wickham, 4th in the 50 Free and 5th in the 100 Free.
--O-M's Brett Walters, 5th in the 50 Free and 7th in the 100 Free.
--O-M's Jacob Mayette, 7th in the 50 Free and 3rd in the 100 Fly.
--O-M's Tyler Carson, 5th in the 100 Back and 7th in the 100 Breast.
--O-M's Caleb Thomas, 8th in the 100 Breast.

In the relays: Watkins Glen was 4th in the 200 Medley Relay and 6th in the 200 Free Relay. O-M was 3rd in the 200 Medley Relay, 3rd in the 200 Free Relay, and 5th in the 400 Free Relay.

Qualifying for the consolation finals (8th through 16th) were:

--O-M's Micah Brewster, 9th in the 200 Free and 9th in the 500 Free.
--WG's Scott Brubaker, 13th in the 200 IM and 14th in the 100 Breast.
--O-M's Johnny Niedermaier, 13th in the 50 Free and 12th in the 100 Back.
--WG's Jacob Asbury, 15th in the 50 Free.
--O-M's Liam Mayette, 12th in the 100 Fly and 11th in the 500 Free.
--O-M's Bailey Hornbrook, 10th in the 100 Free.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Billy Tague on the way to first place in the 200 Individual Medley.

Middle: Odessa's Micah Brewster competes in the 500 Free, where he placed 9th.

Bottom: O-M's Bailey Hornbrook on the way to 6th place in the 200 IM.

Watkins Glen's Scott Brubaker competes in the 200 IM, where he placed 13th.

Left: O-M's Johnny Niedermaier talks with Coach Terri Brace. Right: Watkins Glen Coach Megan Hoy.

Left: O-M's Jacob Mayette hits the water at start of the 100 Fly. Right: Odessa's Michael Benway dives at start of the 50 Free.

O-M's Cameron Adams on the way to 5th place in the 500 Yard Freestyle.

Odessa-Montour's Jolynn Minnier attempts a shot in heavy traffic.

O-M girls JV falls in finale

Moravia pulls away in 4th quarter, defeats Indians 47-37

MORAVIA, Feb. 14 -- The Odessa-Montour girls junior varsity basketball team had victory within sight Tuesday night at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference JV Small School championship game, but an 11-0 Moravia run in the fourth quarter spelled defeat for the visiting Indians.

O-M had battled back from a 31-26 deficit to tie the game 31-31 with 4:35 to play on a Jolynn Minnier basket off a Kara Reese feed, but then Moravia -- playing before a large and enthusiastic home crowd, went on a tear that O-M couldn't stop until it was 42-31 with 1:24 to play. The run saw the Blue Devils sink four basketa and 3 of 4 foul shots.

With the loss, the Indians closed a campaign that saw them win the IAC Small School South Division, a title they secured with a 40-37 victory over Spencer-Van Etten last week in a playoff.

The 11-point Moravia run matched one that the Indians registered at the game's outset as they raced to an 11-0 advantage in the first three minutes of play. But a timeout by Moravia changed matters, as the Devils came back energized and with a tighter defense. They scored the next 10 points, and trailed at the end of the period by one point, 13-12.

Their coach, C.J. Kudla, said afterward that his team had been suffering through poor starts in several recent games, and that when they fell behind 11-0 this time, he warned them that if they weren't willing to play hard, he would replace them with players from the bench. "I gave them one minute to show me," he said -- and they did.

The lead see-sawed in the second period, in which a fast-paced offense by both squads met with ball-hawking defenses. Moravia took a 17-15 lead before Minnier scored a basket and free throw to put the Indians back in fornt, 18-17. But two foul shots by the Devils with 36 seconds left gave them a 19-18 lead at intermission.

Moravia hit two baskets in the the first 1:38 of the third quarter to extend its lead to 23-18, and was up 27-20 a couple of minutes later when Autumn Garrison converted a free throw to cut the Indians' deficit to six points, 27-21. Two Reese free throws with 3:24 left in the priod trimmed the Moravia lead to four points, 27-23, and a Minnier basket cut it to two points, 27-25. Two Moravia baskets later, the Devils lead was 31-26, which led to O-M's five-point tying rally ... and then Moravia's 11-point spree.

Minnier led Odessa in scoring with 18 points, while Garrison scored 6 points, Reese 5, Hannah Chapman 4, Tassia Garrison 2, and Jessica Carnes 2. The team was 7-for-18 from the foul line.

Moravia was led by Kate Baylor's 16 points, and 12 by Jenna Morris. The team was 7-for-13 from the foul line.

Photos in text: From top: O-M's Kara Reese drives to the basket; the Indians' Hannah Chapman shoots; and O-M's Autumn Garrison looks to pass the ball.

Odessa-Montour's Mallory Rhodes reaches around a Moravia defender in order to shoot.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Ida Sidle, Hailey Daugherty and Jessica Carnes.



Left: O-M's Tassia Garrison looks to shoot. She scored on the play. Right: The Indians' Kara Reese prepares to shoot as she nears the basket.

Left: O-M's Taylor Cain sends a shot on its way. Right: O-M varsity basketball team members on hand included Sara Gardner, left, and McKennah Lott.

Also on hand from the O-M varsity basketball squad were, from left: Heidi Casselberry, Hannah Bruno, Olivia Grover, Alexis Saunders, Nakiaha Robinson and Kennedey Heichel. The team plays for the overall IAC Small School title Thursday night.

The seniors on the Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team were honored in a Senior Night ceremony. From left: Katlyn Kernan, Emmie Bond, Makenna Fraboni, Coach Alicia Learn, Ryanna LaMoreaux, Kendra Larson, Jazmin Shea, Clara Chedzoy and Julia Reilly. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen girls lose to Ithaca, 60-57

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 14 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team closed its regular season on a losing note Tuesday night, falling to Ithaca 60-57 in a non-league game in the WGHS Field House.

The game was tied 12-12 after one period, and Watkins (14-5) was up 30-28 at halftime. Ithaca surged ahead with a 17-8 third period that gave it 45-38 advantage entering the fourth quarter, where the Senecas fell short despite a 19-15 edge down the stretch.

Ryanna LaMoreaux led Watkins in scoring with 16 points, and grabbed 9 rebounds. Hannah Morse scored 15 points and had 5 steals, 4 assists and 3 rebounds. Other points came from:

--Taylor Kelly: 10 points, with 3 steals and a block.
--Clara Chedzoy: 7 points, with 10 rebounds.
--Emmie Bond: 5 points, with 6 rebounds.
--Danielle Leszyk: 4 points, with 3 rebounds.

Senior Night: The eight seniors on the Watkins Glen team were honored in a Senior Night ceremony. They are Ryanna LaMoreaux, Makenna Fraboni, Clara Chedzoy, Katlyn Kernan, Emmie Bond, Julia Reilly, Kendra Larson and Jazmin Shea.

Photo in text: Watkins' Hannah Morse moves the ball upcourt. (Photo by Don Romeo)

From left: Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy, Danielle Leszyk and Taylor Kelly shoot. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Senior Night: Seniors on the Watkins Glen High School varsity indoor track squad were honored at Tuesday night's varsity basketball Senior Night ceremonies. From left: Elise Allington, Aaron Planty, Josh Updyke, Coach Kelly Sterner, Isobel Scheffey, Megan Hazlitt and Sean Holland. (Photo by Don Romeo)

In the JV game: Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse (11, left) and Jordan Avery (24, right) go to the hoop. (Photo on the left by Don Romeo)

Glen JV boys win division

Top Waverly in tie-breaker, 45-19; varsity stays alive

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 13 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys junior varsity and varsity basketball teams posted pivotal victories Monday night in Interscholastic Athletic Conference games in the WGHS Field House.

The junior varsity pulled away in the second half for a 45-19 victory over Waverly in a playoff to win the IAC Large School South Division title. They move on now to the overall Large School title game against homestanding Whitney Point at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The varsity then defeated Groton 59-34 to boost its record to 8-11 and qualify -- with a requisite .400 winning percetage -- for a spot in the upcoming Section IV, Class C Tournament. Seeding for that will be announced in a few days. The tournament starts next week.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen 45, Waverly 19

The Senecas struggled in the first quarter, hitting just one basket and trailing 5-3 entering the second period. Watkins was up 12-10 when, in the final 58 seconds before halftime, it scored four unaswered points to go up 16-10.

That four-point surge grew to 10 as the Senecas scored the first half-dozen points of the third quarter. When the fourth period came, Watkins was up 27-17 -- and after that pulled far ahead with an 18-2 closing surge.

Three Senecas scored in double figures: Travon Jones with 11 points and Dylan Morse and Bryce Kelly with 10 each. Other points came from Adam Pastore (7), Jordan Avery (5) and Cameron Holland (2).

Varsity: Watkins Glen 59, Groton 34

The Senecas, in need of a victory to qualify for Sectionals, hit their first three shots from the floor on the way to a 9-0 opening and a 15-5 first-quarter advantage.

Groton closed to within six points twice in the second period, which ended with Watkins Glen ahead 21-12.

The Senecas continued to add to the advantage, outscoring Groton 15-10 in the third period, and then ran away with a 23-12 final kick.

Dayne Hughey led Watkins Glen with 12 points and 19 rebounds. Michael Doane added 10 points; Alex Schimizzi 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks; Joe Chedzoy 8 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists; Collin Baker 7 points and 5 rebounds; Owen Scholtisek 5 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists; Regan Scholtisek 3 points; Dylan Markley 3 points; Jacob DeJong 2 points, and Isaac McIlroy 3 assists. The team was 5-for-11 from the foul line.

Groton was led by Adam Cronk's 16 points. The team was 4-for-7 from the foul line.

"I'm proud of the boys," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "Getting into Sectionals is quite an achievement considering their youth and the injuries on the team. And Dayne's 19 boards was pretty impressive ... but we got contributions from a lot of people tonight."

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen varsity player Dayne Hughey registers two of his 12 points.

Second: The Watkins Glen JV's Adam Pastore drives to the basket.

Third: In the varsity game, the Senecas' Isaac McIlroy maneuvers with the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: In the varsity game, Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy prepares to shoot in traffic. (Photo by Don Romeo)

In the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Bryce Kelly saves the ball from going out of bounds. Right: The Senecas' Travon Jones fights for possession of the ball. (Photo on right by Don Romeo)

In the varsity game:

Left: Members of the Bleacher Creatures section at the south end of the basketball court were loud and supportive. Right: Watkins Glen's Michael Doane shoots.

Left: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek tries to work past a Groton defender. Right: The Senecas' Jacob DeJong looks to pass. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Athletes of Week: Watkins cheerleaders

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 11 -- This week we honor the Watkins Glen High School varsity co-ed cheerleading squad as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

The squad topped its four-team division and was second overall among 13 schools at the annual Interscholastic Athletic Conference Cheerleading Competition at Dryden High School -- an event with judging of tumbling, motions, transitions and overall performance.

The team members are Paige Robbins, Makenzi Bellows, Liza Carnes, Pierce McKenzie, Andrea Heskell, Bethany Rutledge, Alix Matthews, Evan Congdon, Joslynn Simpson, Jack Muir, Jordyn Barrett, and Maddie Suddaby.

Double Honorable: Odessa-Montour swimmers Billy Tague and Alec Betts; O-M wrestlers Dylan Houseknecht, Jeremiah Lynch and Jacob Zimmer; Watkins Glen wrestler Kameryn Sheldon; Watkins Glen basketball's Taylor Kelly; Watkins Glen swimmer Nate Wickham; and O-M basketball's Curtis Harris and Kara Reese.

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

Watkins Glen's IAC Co-Ed Division champion cheerleaders. Front from left: Paige Robbins, Makenzi Bellows, Liza Carnes. Back, from left: Pierce McKenzie, Andrea Heskell, Bethany Rutledge, Alix Matthews, Evan Congdon, Joslynn Simpson, Jack Muir, Jordyn Barrett, and Maddie Suddaby. (Photo provided)

Glen cheerleaders win IAC division crown

DRYDEN, Feb. 11 -- The Watkins Glen varsity cheerleading squad placed first Saturday in the Co-Ed Division at the 43rd annual Interscholastic Athletic Conference Cheerleading Competition at Dryden High School.

The Senecas posted a score of 63.65, the second highest overall score of the day among 13 schools. Also in their division: Dryden, Whitney Point and Moravia.

"Their score improved from last weekend in the areas of tumbling, motions, transitions and overall performance," noted Coach Alicia Shutts.

Next up: The Watkins cheerleaders will compete in the Sectional Championships on Saturday, Feb. 24, at a time and place to be determined. The top three teams in each of Saturday's three divisions -- Small, Large and Co-Ed -- advanced.

Photo in text: The Watkins Glen cheerleaders perform at the IAC tourney. (Photo by George Rutledge)

O-M 3rd at IAC Swim Championships

WAVERLY, Feb. 11 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team finished third Saturday at the IAC Swimming Championships at Waverly High School.

The Indians' Billy Tague won the 100 Fly in 56.92 and was second in the 200 Individual Medley in 2:08.60. He was also on the second-place 200 Medley Relay squad with Alec Betts, Jake Mayette and Brett Walters, which posted a season best of 1:48.94.

Betts won the 100 Breaststroke with a personal record (PR) of 1:09.30 and was second in the 500 Free in 5:43.29.

Waverly won the team title with 463 points. Southern Cayuga was second with 407, and O-M third with 368.

Odessa finished second in another relay -- the 400 Free Relay, where Cameron Adams, Micah Brewster, Jake Mayette and Bailey Hornbrook finished in 3:50.39 -- and was third in the 200 Free Relay (Betts, Hornbrook, Walters and Tague in a season best of 1:36.88).

"The team swam very well today, posting 20 PRs out of a possible 28 swims," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "We were hoping to contend for the title today, but the depth of Waverly proved to be too much. We are looking forward to Sectionals this week, with preliminaries on Wednesday where the top 16 will be determined. Finals are on Saturday in Owego."

Other top 8 performances Saturday for O-M:

--Cameron Adams, third in the 500 Free with a PR of 5:47.12 and 4th in the 200 Free in a PR of 2:03.46.
--Brett Walters, 4th in both the 50 Free (PR of 24.68) and the 100 Back (PR of 1:05.82)
--Jake Mayette, 5th in the 100 Fly in 1:04.74 and 6th in the 50 Free in 25.14
--Bailey Hornbrook, 5th in the 100 Free in a PR of 2:29.12 and 7th in the 100 Free in a PR of 56.64.
--Tyler Carson, 5th in the 100 Back in a PR of 1:06,34
--Micah Brewster, 7th in the 500 Free in a PR of 6:14.80

Finishing in the top 16:

--Micah Brewster, 9th in the 200 Free (PR of 2:17.29)
--Caleb Thomas, 10th in the 100 Breast (1:21:76) and 15th in the 200 IM (PR of 3:01.21)
--Johnny Niedermaier, 9th in the 100 Back (PR of 1:10.93) and 13th in the 50 Free (PR of 26.68)
--Liam Mayette, 9th in the 500 Free (6:24.72) and 12th in the 100 Fly (PR of 1:17.16)
--Tyler Carson, 12th in the 100 Breast (1:24.13)
--Michael Benway, 15th in the 100 Free (PR of 1:11.23)
--Noah Hollenbeck, 16th in the 100 Free (PR of 1:12.63)
--Justin Andrews, 16th in the 100 Back (PR of 1:33.65)

Other PRs today:

--Justin Andrews, 200 Free 2:41.03
--Noah Hollenbeck, 200 Free 2:44.82
--Michael Benway, 50 Free 29.79

Photos in text: O-M's Alec Betts (top) and Billy Tague. (File photos)

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Watkins Glen: The Senecas' Nate Wickham placed second in the 50 Free with a season-best 24.20, and was fifth in the 100 Free in 56.39.

The 200 Medley Relay team of James Jensen, Scott Brubaker, Wickham and Jacob Asbury swam a season-best 2:13.18, and a season-best 1:56.59 in the 200 Free Relay.

Personal bests were set by:

--Asbury in the 200 Free in 2:30.92.
--Brubaker in the 200 Individual Medley in 2:49.46.
--Jensen in the 100 Free in 1:14.95.

Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham on the podium after finishing second in the 50 Free. (Photo provided)

Bowling: Glen boys finish 7th in Class C

VESTAL, Feb. 11 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity bowling team placed 7th out of 14 teams Saturday at the Section IV, Class C Tournament at Midway Lanes in Vestal.

The Senecas totaled 2262, well behind Susquehanna Valley's first-place total of 2583. Sidney was second at 2512, with Union Springs-Port Byron third, Tioga fourth, Windsor fifth, Newark Valley sixth, and then Watkins Glen.

The top two teams advanced to next weekend's State Qualifier in Waverly.

Conlin Wysocki led the Senecas with a 481 total, while Wrett Brower posted a 479, H. Nathaniel Rose 458, and Wyatt Brower 434.

Watkins Glen Athletic Director Rod Weeden said the Senecas struggled with the oil patterns on the lanes, and that accordingly no team posted a particularly high score.

Section IV, Class D: Odessa-Montour's boys varsity bowling team placed last among eight teams competing at Midway Lanes in Vestal. Greene won the team title with 2508, with Hancock second at 2176. O-M totaled 1978.

The top finishers (4th place) from Schuyler County schools. From left: O-M's Jacob Zimmer and Jeremiah Lynch, Watkins' Kameryn Sheldon, and O-M's Dylan Houseknecht.

Tioga takes Section IV, D2 wrestling title

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 11 -- Tioga won the team title with 209 points Saturday, 13 ahead of runnerup Norwich at the Section IV Division 2 Wrestling Championships at the Watkins Glen High School Field House.

Winners in each of the 15 weight classes advanced to the State Wrestling Championships in Albany, but none of them was from Schuyler County.

Odessa-Montour posted three 4th-place finishes while claiming 10th place with 65 points in the 26-school field. Watkins Glen earned one 4th place while finishing 25th with 18 points.

Placing fourth for O-M were Dylan Houseknecht at 285 pounds, Jeremiah Lynch at 160, and Jacob Zimmer at 152. Placing fourth for Watkins Glen was Kameryn Sheldon at 220.

Houseknecht and Sheldon each reached the semifinals, only to lose there and, ultimately, in third-place matches. Houseknecht was 2-2, while Sheldon was 3-2. Both Lynch and Zimmer were 4-2.

Photo in text: O-M's Jacob Zimmer (top) on the way to one of his four wins at 152.

A panoramic view of the Watkins Glen Field House during a championship bout at the Section IV Division 2 Championships Saturday.

Action in the 5th-6th grade Watkins Glen Supply-Van Skiver Motors game.

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Playoffs

The following was provided by Watkins Glen Youth Basketball. It covers the first round of the "Red" Matthews Memorial Playoffs held Feb. 10 at Watkins Glen High School.

3rd-4th Grades

Sporting Goods 26, Curly's Family Restaurant 12
Sporting Goods: Caleb Bresett 24, Zoe Van Norman 2
Curly's: Donovan Wratten 7, Caydin Lagramada 5

Famous Brands 14, Sporting Goods 11
Famous Brands: Lucas Hoffman 8, Rachel Vickio 6
Sporting Goods: Caleb Bresett 6, Anna Franzese 2, Aubrey Klemann 2, and Michael Purpura 1

Church St. Produce 15, Maguire's 10
Church St. Produce: Jayden Scholtisek 10, Jax Decker 5
Maguire's: Isaak Willett 8, Zander Featherman 2

Church St. Produce 22, Watkins Motel 16
Church St. Produce: Jax Decker 8, Zade Gomez Fitzsimmons 6, Ryan Baudendistle 4, Jayden Scholtisek 4
Watkins Motel: Levi J. Murphy 16

Famous Brands vs. Church St. Produce for Playoff Championship
on 2/17/18 at 8:30 a.m.

5th-6th Grades

Watkins Glen Supply 23, Van Skiver Motors  22
WG Supply: Nick D'Alleva 14, Nicole Chiacchiarini 7, Finnigan Dunham 2
Van Skiver's: Ryan Willett 20, Lance Majors 2

Capt. Bill's 28, Seneca Lodge 16
Capt. Bill's: Christopher Simiele 15, Brandon Chiacchiarini 9, Isaiah Sissel 2, Addison Coolican 2
Seneca Lodge: Tyler Smith 8, Brenna Pierce 4, Sarah Jones 2, Molly Coolican 2

Capt. Bill's vs. Watkins Glen Supply for Playoff Championship
on 2/17/18 at 9:30 a.m.

Photo in text: Action in the 5th-6th grade Captain Bill's-Seneca Lodge game.

O-M Youth Basketball results: Week 2

The results of Odessa-Montour Youth Basketball's second weekend of the season were reported as follows:

Bucket Bar and Grill 16, Vedder and Scott 14 (OT)

Bucket (1-1): Kyler Erickson 7 points, Jacob Carnes 3 points, Gianna Gaylor 2 points, Dominick Davis 2 points, Hannah Albertsman 1 point, David Heichel 1 point
Vedder and Scott (0-2): Aidryona Bergen 9 points, Leah Antes 3 points, Mike Hancock 2 points

Montour Moose 14, Watkins Supply 9

Montour Moose (2-0): Conner Fogie 5 points, Richie Pike 3 points, Noah Wright 3 points, Olivia King 2 points, Ron Wilson 1 point
Watkins Supply (1-1): Hunter Mowry 4 points, Arron Sutton 3 points, Zach Smith 1 point, Jayden Clark 1 point

The Odessa-Montour girls junior varsity basketball team celebrates its division title.

O-M's JV girls win division

Capture tie-breaker, 40-37; face Moravia on Tuesday

SPENCER, Feb. 10 -- The Odessa-Montour girls junior varsity basketball team won the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small School South Division championship Friday night, topping Spencer-Van Etten in a title tie-breaker, 40-37, in the S-VE gym.

The see-saw game saw the Indians (13-5, including 9-3 in the IAC) pull ahead on a Kara Reese basket with 1:08 remaining and ice it with a Jolynn Minnier basket off a Reese feed in the closing second to punch their ticket to the overall IAC Small School final at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Moravia. The Blue Devils won the Small School North Division title and drew home-court advantage because it was the North's turn this year.

Reese led the Indians in scoring with 14 points, while Minnier scored 10, Mallory Rhodes 8, Taylor Cain 3, Ida Sidle 3, and Autumn Garrison 2. The team was 12-for-21 at the free-throw line, including 10 of 13 by Reese.

The first half was one of streaks, with O-M scoring 9 straight points to go up 11-4 at the end of the first quarter, S-VE scoring 9 straight to go up 13-11, O-M scoring 7 straight to go ahead again, 18-13, and S-VE scoring the final 8 of the second period to enter intermission ahead 21-18.

Spencer built a 25-20 lead in the third quarter before Reese sank three free throws to cut the deficit to two points, 25-23. Odessa pulled with a point, 27-26, before S-VE surged to a 33-29 advantage entering the final period.

Rhodes pulled the Indians within two with a basket in the opening seconds, and then Reese sank one of two free throws to cut the deficit to one again, 33-32. Then, with 4:17 remaining, Reese sank two more free throws to put O-M ahead 34-33, before Rhodes scored on a putback at 3:36 for a 36-33 Odessa lead.

S-VE responded with two baskets, at 3:14 and 2:48, to go ahead 37-36, before Reese sank a shot from the side off a rebound for what proved to be the difference maker at 1:08. After turnovers by both sides, O-M inbounded the ball with 11.4 seconds left and Reese moved it upcourt, lost it momentarily to a double team near midcourt, grabbed it back and, from her knees, tossed the ball ahead to Minnier, who scored on a layup with .6 of a second left. S-VE didn't get off a final shot, and the Odessa celebration started.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Kara Reese sends up the shot that put the Indians ahead for good at 38-37 with 1:08 remaining to play.
Middle: Odessa's Jolynn Minnier drives through traffic to the basket.
Bottom: O-M's Mallory Rhodes, left, and Kara Reese celebrate the victory.

Left: O-M's Ida Sidle sends a free throw on its way. Right: Odessa's Hannah Chapman takes aim at the basket.

Odessa-Montour's Mallory Rhodes, right, drives to the hoop past an S-VE defender.

Left: O-M's Autumn Garrison prepares to shoot. Right: The Indians' Tassia Garrison, right, fights for possession of the ball in second-half action.

Odessa-Montour's Daniel Minnier, right, on the way to a 9-4 loss to Tioga's Zac Warner at 170 pounds. Minnier won an opening-round match by a pin in 3:26.

Section IV wrestling underway at Glen

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 10 -- The Section IV, Division 2 Wrestling Championships began Friday night at Watkins Glen High School, with semifinal matches set for today's (Saturday's) competiton, which will culminate in late afternoon finals.

Reaching the semifinals from Schuyler County schools were: Kameryn Sheldon of WGHS at 220 pounds, and Dylan Houseknecht of Odessa-Montour at 285 pounds.

Sheldon won an opening match by a pin in 2:36, and a second match by a 13-3 major decision. Houseknecht drew an opening-round bye before winning by a pin in 3:46 in the second round.

Tioga leads in the team competition with 90 points, with Norwich second at 84, Bainbridge-Guilford third at 58 and Windsor fourth at 56. Odessa-Montour is tied for 11th with 25 points, while Watkins Glen is 24th with 34 points. There are 26 schools compettng.

Action resumes today (Saturday) with wrestlebacks at 10 a.m. Semifinal matches start at 11 a.m., followed by more wrestlebacks, consolation finals at 2:30 p.m., and championship finals at 4:30 p.m.

Photo in text: O-M's Dylan Houseknecht is declared the winner after pinning opponent Shane Follette of Chenango Valley at 285 pounds.

Watkins Glen's Kameryn Sheldon, left, on the way to a 13-3 second-round win at 220 pounds over Mandell Davis of Spencer-Van Etten/Candor.

Watkins boys fall to Union Springs, 70-40

UNION SPRINGS, Feb. 10 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 7-11 Friday night when the Senecas dropped a 70-40 decision to Union Springs in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

The loss puts the Senecas in a position where they must beat Groton at home on Monday night in their regular-season finale in order to qualify for the Section IV, Class C tournament. A loss would leave them having won fewer than 40% of their games -- 40 being the cutoff percentage for Sectionals.

Watkins stayed with Union Springs for a quarter, 12-12, before falling behind in the second period and trailing at halftime 39-23. They were down 55-32 entering the final quarter.

The Senecas committed 24 turnovers, "and that was against a 2-3 zone," said Coach John Fazzary. "Springs pressed us some, but the turnovers were against the zone, because of bad passes. And the turnovers resulted in probably 30 points."

Dayne Hughey led Watkins in scoring with 11 points and in rebounds with 7. Other points came from Dylan Markley (9), Joe Chedzoy (7, along with 4 assists), Alex Schimizzi (6), Collin Baker (4), and Michael Doane (3). The team was 1-for-2 from the foul line.

Union Springs was led by Kyle Bailey's 21 points. The team was 5-for-10 from the line.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Union Springs 55-35. The Senecas' record dipped to 13-5, but Waverly lost to Candor, creating a tie-breaker between Waverly and Watkins for the IAC Large School South Division title. It will be played Monday night at Watkins Glen.

Adam Pastore led Watkins with 13 points and 7 rebounds, while Bryce Kelly scored 8 points and had 3 steals. Dylan Morse added 6 points with 5 steals and 4 assists, while Travon Jones scored 4 ponts, Aidan DiGregorio 2, and Seamus Mooney 2.

Bowling: Glen girls 4th in C; O-M 3rd in D

VESTAL, Feb. 10 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team's season ended Friday with a 4th place finish in the Section IV, Class C Tournament at Vestal Lanes.

Odessa-Montour's girls team, meanwhile, ended its season with a 3rd place finish in the Section IV, Class D Tournament at the same locale.

The top two teams from each class advanced to next weekend's State Qualifier in Waverly. O-M's Jackie Vincent advances there, too, for having the 21st best average (about 170) in the section this season. The top 30 advanced.

Class C: Susquehanna Valley placed first with 2305 pins, with Windsor second at 2249, Chenango Valley third with 2214, and Watkins Glen fourth with 2096. There were 11 teams.

Nikole VanDyke led Watkins Glen with a 463 series, with Hayley Cornish second at 438. Nancy Jackson added a 409.

"I am very proud of the way the girls battled on a very tough oil pattern," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "With only one senior (Kendra Cornish) on the team, we should be back in the mix again next year, too."

Class D: Odessa-Montour finished behind only Oxford (2445) and Hancock (2098) by posting a 2012 score. There were 10 teams.

Jackie Vincent led O-M with a 467 series, while Kacie Wood registered a 433 and Jana Arias a 408.

Photos in text:

Top: The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team. (Photo provided)
Bottom: Odessa-Montour's Jackie Vincent. (File photo)

Watkins' Hannah Morse drives toward the basket through traffic. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen girls top Newark Valley

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 9 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team improved its record to 14-4 Thursday night when it defeated Newark Valley 54-35 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House gym.

The Senecas rolled to a 22-6 first-quarter edge and led 31-13 at halftime and 41-22 entering the fourth quarter.

Taylor Kelly led Watkins with 21 points, and had 5 steals and 3 rebounds. Clara Chedzoy added 10 points and 5 rebounds, along with 2 steals and 2 assists

Other points came from Hannah Morse (6, with 4 steals, 4 assists and 2 rebounds), Danielle Leszyk (5), Emmie Bond (4, with a team-high 9 rebounds), Ryanna LaMoreaux (4, with 6 rebounds and 2 steals), Julia Reilly (2), and Jena Slater (2, with 2 rebounds). Kathleen Clifford and Jazmin Shea each grabbed 3 rebounds, while Makenna Fraboni had 2 steals. The team was 13-for-22 from the foul line.

Mackenna Nechwedovich led Newark Valley with 9 points. The Cardinals were 3-for-8 from the foul line.

Watkins Glen will wrap up its regular season with a non-league game Tuesday night at home against Ithaca. Seniors on the team will be honored at that time.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen's hopes for a division title were stymied when unbeaten Newark Valley defeated the Senecas 44-31. Watkins Glen, which finished the season 14-3, including 9-2 in IAC play, finished two games behind NV, which finished 11-0 in IAC play and is 18-0 overall. A win by the Senecas would have created a tie atop the Large School South Division and necessitated a tie-breaker between Watkins and NV next week.

Watkins Glen had the early lead, builidng a 15-10 first-quarter advantage and leading 18-15 at halftime. A buzzer-beater 3-pointer by the Cardinals just before intermission seemed to jump-start NV, which outscored Watkins 15-6 in the third quarter and 14-7 down the stretch.

The Senecas were plagued by frequent layup misses, and were just 4-for-12 from the foul line. Newark Valley was 12-for-20 from the line.

"All those layups and free throws," mused Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse afterward. "It was there for the taking."

Aislinn Klemann led the Senecas with 12 points, while Natalie Edmister scored 7, Adrie Solomon 6, Kelsey Kernan 2, Amanda Wilbur 2, and Ali LaMoreaux 2.

A JV scrimmage against Ithaca is on the Watkins Glen schedule for Tuesday, but Morse cast doubt on it, saying Ithaca is reluctant to play the contest.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux drives past a Cardinal defender. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Middle: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy shoots. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: In the JV game, Adrie Solomon cuts through two Newark Valley defenders on her way to the hoop.

Left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly drives to the basket. Right: The Senecas' Emmie Bond shoots in traffic. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan (13, left) and Ali LaMoreaux (14, right). (Both photos by Don Romeo)

From left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann, Amanda Wilbur and Natalie Edmister.

Watkins Glen boys fall to NV, 66-54

NEWARK VALLEY, Feb. 9 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team's record fell to 7-10 Thursday night when the Senecas dropped a 66-54 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the NV gym.

Watkins Glen trailed 19-15 after one quarter and 36-34 at halftime, and was down 55-47 entering the final period.

The Senecas were within three points, at 57-54, midway through the fourth quarter, but failed to score again. Coach John Fazzary said his team had "poor offensive possessions" down the stretch.

Early in the game, he said, "we got annihilated on the boards" as NV's Ryan Crispell scored 17 of his game-high 21 points, largely on putbacks. "They have some big kids, and we didn't do a good job there."

Joe Chedzoy led Watkins Glen with 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Dayne Hughey had a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds, along with 3 assists. Other points came from Owen Scholtisek (9), Collin Baker (6, with 5 rebounds), Isaac McIlroy (5), and Alex Schimizzi (2, with 2 blocks). Michael Doane led the team in steals with 3. The team was 7-for-11 from the foul line.

The Senecas return to action tonight (Friday) at Union Springs, which has won 11 straight games. Then they finish the regular season Monday at home against Groton. They need to win one of those two games in order to qualify for Sectionals.

Junior Varsity: Newark Valley defeated Watkins Glen 61-34, dropping the Senecas' season mark to 13-4, and putting Waverly in the driver's seat in the division race. The Wolverines can claim the title with a win in their finale over Candor.

Adam Pastore led the Senecas with 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Jordan Avery had 5 points and 10 rebounds. Other points came from Travon Jones (4), Dylan Morse (3), Aidan DiGregorio (3), Seamus Mooney (2) and Cameron Holland (2).

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy netted 21 points. (File photo)

Odessa-Montour's Zach Elliott (11) passes to teammate Curtis Harris (foreground).

O-M boys end season with loss to Waverly

ODESSA, Feb. 9 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team completed its season on a losing note Thursday night, falling to Waverly 79-53 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians, who finished the season with a 5-12 mark, fell behind early, trailing 19-3 in a first quarter that ended with Waverly up 31-17.

The Wolverines (14-4) maintained that lead through most of the second period and then extended it as halftime neared, building a 50-29 advantage by intermission.

The third quarter saw the Indians down by 26 at 55-29 before pulling back to within 17 points, 61-44. But the Wolverines scored the final eight points of the period for a 69-44 lead entering the final quarter. And they cruised from there.

Curtis Harris led O-M with 22 points, while Brandon Ray scored 9 points, Zach Elliott 8, Paden Grover 4, Devon Roth 4, Noah Austin 2, Derrick Lewis 2, and Preston Harris 2. The team was 9-for-17 from the foul line

Gavin Judson led Waverly with 28 points, while Dylan Ward scored 20. The team was 7-for-13 from the foul line.

Junior varsity: Odessa-Montour fell to Waverly, ending the season with a 7-10 mark.

Senior Night: Seniors on O-M's cheerleading squad and boys basketball team were honored in pregame ceremonies.

The senior cheerleaders are Kayla Dundas, Mia Force-Russell, Alyssa Lindsley, exchange student Beatriz Silva, and Meagan Terry.

The senior ballplayers are Noah Angle, Curtis Harris, Trey McCarty, Brandon Ray and Noah Austin.

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Photos in text:

Top: Curtis Harris delivers O-M's first basket of the game.

Bottom: The Indians' Devon Roth takes the ball to the hoop.

Odessa-Montour's Noah Austin turns and shoots in second-half action.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Paden Grover, Preston Harris and Brandon Ray.

O-M's senior cheerleaders were honored in a pregame ceremony. From left: Alyssa Lindsley, Mia Force-Russell, Meagan Terry, Kayla Dundas and Beatriz Silva.

The five seniors on the O-M basketball team were honored in a pregame ceremony. From left: Noah Austin, Trey McCarty, Brandon Ray, Noah Angle and Curtis Harris.

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 5

The following was provided by Watkins Glen Youth Basketball at the conclusion of its fifth weekend -- its final league week -- of competition in the Watkins Glen High School Field House.

3rd-4th Grades

Watkins Motel 32, Curly's Family Restaurant 20
Watkins Motel: Jude Santos 18, Levi J. Murphy 8, Bradley Edminister 6
Curly's: Donovan Wratten 14, Isabella Duncan 4, Bryce Bockelkamp 2

Watkins Sporting Goods 29, Church St. Produce 14
Sporting Goods: Caleb Bresett 17, Aden Rekczis 4, Nolan Reynolds 4, Aubrey Klemann 2, Grace Underdown 2
Church St. Produce: Jayden Scholtisek 6, Ryan Baudendistle 4, Zade Gomez Fitzsimmons 2, Jax Decker 2

Maguire's 12, Famous Brands 10
Maguire's: Olivia Kelley 4, Isaak Willett 4, Logan Bills 2, Zander Featherman 2
Famous Brands: Rachael Vickio 6, Amos Diliberto 2, Carter Pressutti 2

League Champion: Watkins Motel

5th-6th Grades

Capt. Bill's 40, Van Skiver Motors 22
Capt. Bill's: Brandon Chiacchiarini 18, Christopher Simiele 12, Julia Spahalski 6, Aiden Nichols 2, Addison Coolican 2
Van Skiver Motors: Ryan Willett 20, Lillian Ameigh 2

Watkins Glen Supply 22, Seneca Lodge 13
WG Supply: Nick D'Alleva 18, Finnigan Dunham 2, Isaiah Rudy 2
Seneca Lodge: Brenna Pierce 9, Sydney Brubaker 2, Sarah Jones 2

League Champion: Van Skiver

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"Red" Matthews Memorial Playoffs: Feb. 10, 2018

3rd-4th Grades

8 a.m.
Game 1: #3 seed Watkins Sporting Goods vs. #6 seed Curly's Family Restaurant
Game 2: #4 seed Church St. Produce vs. # 5 Maguire's

9:15 a.m.
Game 3: #2 seed Famous Brands vs. Winner of Game 1
Game 4: #1 seed Watkins Motel vs. Winner of Game 2

5th-6th Grades

10:15 a.m.
Game 5: #2 seed Capt. Bill's vs. #3 seed Seneca Lodge
Game 6: #1 seed Van Skiver Motors vs. #4 seed Watkins Glen Supply

Odessa-Montour girls fall to Waverly

WAVERLY, Feb. 7- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team completed its regular season Tuesday with a loss -- a 58-36 defeat at the hands of Waverly -- in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Waverly gym.

The Indans, 14-5, "were never really in this game," said Coach Greg Gavich, "but we did play a real solid second half versus by far the best team the IAC has to offer." Waverly has finished its regular season at 19-0, winner of the IAC South Large School Division.

Gillian Clark led O-M with 13 points and 7 rebounds, while Olivia Grover scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Other points came from Kennedey Heichel (4), McKennah Lott (3), Alexis Saunders (3), Grace Vondracek (3), and Sara Gardner (2).

Elle Nittinger led Waverly with 19 points.

"Now," said Gavich, "it's time to recharge our batteries, rest up a little and get ready for the post-season." O-M, as the South Small School Division winner, will play the North Small School winner on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Moravia can clinch the North title with a win at Dryden Thursday. A loss would force a division title tiebreaker between Moravia and Southern Cayuga.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour (12-5 overall and 8-4 in league play) lost to Waverly 44-39 in what Gavich said was "a great battle by our kids. We had a one-point lead with a minute to go." Jolynn Minnier led O-M with 12 points, while Kara Reese scored 11.

With the loss, the Indians finished in a tie with Spencer-Van Etten atop the South Small division, and will play a title tie-breaker at S-VE at 6 p.m. Friday. The JV Small School championship game will be Tuesday, Feb. 13 at Moravia, which won the North Small division.

Watkins Glen boys lose to Newfield

NEWFIELD, Feb. 7 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 7-9 Tuesday night when the Senecas dropped a 57-35 decision to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Newfield gym.

"We turned the ball over way too many times," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, "and it wasn't because we were pressed." The Senecas committed 18 turnovers.

"And we were killed on the boards," Fazzary added. "Newfield had many, many second, third and fourth shots. They outworked us, and outhustled us."

Newfield (which has lost just twice) led 14-10 after one period, 32-16 at halftime, and 45-25 entering the fourth quarter.

Owen Scholtisek led Watkins with 10 points, while Isaac McIlroy scored 8, Alex Schimizzi 6, Dayne Hughey 4, Michael Doane 3, Joe Chedzoy 2, and Collin Baker 2. McIlroy led the team in steals with 4 and in assists with 3. Hughey led in rebounds with 5 and blocks with 3.

The Senecas return to action Thursday night at Newark Valley.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen (13-3) lost to Newfield, 49-34. Travon Jones led the Senecas with 8 points, while Jordan Avery scored 6, Seamus Mooney 5, Cameron Holland 5, Adam Pastore 5, Dylan Morse 3, and Bryce Kelly 2.

Watkins swimmers fall to Dryden, 85-37

DRYDEN, Feb. 6 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team fell to Dryden Monday 85-37 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Dryden pool.

The undermanned Senecas, with just four swimmers, got two first-place finishes, both from Nate Wickham -- who won the 50 Free in 24.57 and the 100 Free in 54.89. Scott Brubaker added a second-place in the 100 Breaststroke.

The Senecas return to action Thursday at home against Lansing.

Athletes of Week: Bowler, runners, wrestler

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Feb. 5 -- This week we honor as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week four standouts from Watkins Glen High School who excelled in bowling, track and wrestling.

Senior Isobel Scheffey earns one of the nods for setting three school records at the Section IV Indoor Track Championships at Cornell. She set new marks at 55 Meters and 300 Meters, and with the 4x200 Relay squad.

Senior runner Aaron Planty excelled at the same meet, winning the 1600 Meter Run with a personal best of 4:38.93.

Bowler Wrett Brower, a junior, had a remarkable week, rolling a 697 Tuesday in a loss to Tioga, and then a 702 Saturday as Watkins won the IAC Tournament, with Tioga second.

And wrestler Kameryn Sheldon, a junior, won the 220-pound title at the Section IV, D2, Class B Tournament at Delhi.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen basketball's Dayne Hughey and Taylor Kelly; Odessa-Montour basketball's Olivia Grover, Nakiaha Robinson and Curtis Harris; O-M wrestler Dylan Houseknecht; O-M swimmers Billy Tague and Cameron Adams; Watkins Glen bowlers Steven Bradley and H. Nathaniel Rose; Watkins Glen runners Gabe Planty, Megan Hazlitt, Allie Gibson and Breanna Carl; and O-M bowler Andrew Ink.

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

The Watkins Glen boys varsity bowling team poses after winning the IAC Tournament. (Photo provided)

Glen boys win IAC bowling

Wrett Brower's 702, Bradley's 668 lead to tourney title

WAVERLY, Feb. 4 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity bowling team took first place Saturday in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championship Tournament, with two of its bowlers, Wrett Brower and Steven Bradley, finishing first and second, respectively, for the day as the Senecas set a new team scoring record.

Brower rolled a 224-277-201=702 and Bradley had a 209-237-222=668 as the Senecas posted a team score of 3118, which was 37 pins ahead of runnerup Tioga's 3081. It broke a school mark set in 2006.

Union Springs/Port Byron was third at 2906, followed by Waverly (2728), Newark Valley (2706), Edison (2610), Notre Dame (2540), Odessa-Montour (2506), Lansing (2431), Groton (2196) and Candor (1960).

Contributing to the Watkins win were H. Nathaniel Rose with a 217-225-191=633, Conlin Wysocki with a 178-183-205=566, and Wyatt Brower with a 204-178-167=549. Casen Weeden added a 159-169-213=541 and John Reed a 177-176-193=546 in supporting roles.

Rose's series was the 9th best of the day, and Wysocki's was 19th.

"I couldn't be more proud of these guys," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "This has been a long time coming. The way they supported each other is what teams are supposed to be about."

And, he added, "Wrett and Steve finishing 1st and 2nd is something that I haven't seen before. This team is fun to watch. They are looking forward to the Section IV tounament next weekend."

Photos in text:

Top: The quintet that scored 3118. From left are Steven Bradley, Conlin Wysocki, H. Nathaniel Rose, Wrett Brower and Wyatt Brower.

Bottom: The plaque earned by the Watkins Glen boys at the IAC Tournament.

Girls Tournament:

Watkins Glen finished fourth as Nikole VanDyke rolled a 152-210-199=561 series and Hayley Cornish posted a 179-178-166=523.

The Senecas totaled 2358, finishing behind Waverly (2637), Union Springs/Port Byron (2631), and Edison (2476). Tioga was fifth at 2330, followed by Odessa-Montour (2247), Groton (2236), Candor (2166), Notre Dame (2077), Newark Valley (1829), and Lansing (1765).

Also contibuting to the Watkins effort were Alyiah Clink-Bentley (473), Nancy Jackson (444), and Kendra Cornish (357), with Makenzie Kellogg adding a 349 and Brooke Usher a 310.

"Nikole finishing 4th is outstanding," said Coach Brower. "She and Hayley (whose series was the day's 13th best) should do well at the Section IV tournament."

Added Brower: "Thank you to all the parents who continue to come out and support the teams."

O-M boys, girls place 8th, 6th at tourney

WAVERLY, Feb. 4 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams finished in the middle of the pack Saturday at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Bowling Tournament.

Boys: Andrew Ink posted a 227-195-184=606 series, his career best, as O-M recorded a season-best 2506, good for 8th place. Ink's series was the day's 14th best. Eric Rumsey added a 564, Jesse Jordan a 517, Jeremiah Lederman a 411, and Colton Chapman a 408.

Girls: Jackie Vincent rolled a 524 series as the Indians finished in 6th place with a 2247 total. Pixie Kinner added a 497, Kacie Wood 423, Jana Arias 419, and Ashley Stewart 384.

Next up: The Section IV Tournament in Vestal next weekend.

From left: Watkins' Aaron Planty, Gabe Planty and Megan Hazlitt. (Photos provided)

Aaron Planty wins 1600 Meters; Scheffey sets 3 school marks at Indoor Sectionals

ITHACA, Feb. 4 -- Watkins Glen High School seniors Aaron Planty and Isobel Scheffey had quite a day Saturday at the Section IV Indoor Track Championships held in Cornell University's Barton Hall.

Planty won the 1600 Meter Division 2 race with a personal best of 4:38.93, while Scheffey set school records in the 55 Meter Dash, the 300 Meters and the 4x200 Meter Relay.

"It sure was an amazing day full of great races, great finishes, records and personal bests," said Watkins Glen Coach Kelly Sterner. "I couldn't be more proud and excited. It sure was Isobel's day."

Scheffey finished third in the 55 Meter race with a school record time of 7.87 (breaking the mark of 8.02 held by Allison Gibson), and was second at 300 Meters with a record 46.10 (breaking her own record of 46.46). She was also on the 4th place 4x200 Relay team with Breanna Carl, Allison Gibson and Megan Hazlitt that posted a time of 2:04.59, breaking the old school mark of 2:06.79 set by Sarah Hazlitt, Shannon Hazlitt, Amber Swartz and Amelia Stamp.

Other standouts:

--Gabe Planty was second at 3200 Meters in 10:07.17.
--Megan Hazlitt was third at 600 Meters in a personal-best 1:52.44
--Breanna Carl was 10th at 1000 Meters in a personal-best 3:55.86.
--Allison Gibson was 9th in the Long Jump at 13'3" and 10th in the 55 Meters in 8.12.
--Max Evans was 11th in the High Jump at 5'2" and 12th in the 600 Meters in 1:35.75.
--Gabe Santos was 14th at 1000 Meters in 3:39.86 and 18th at 600 Meters in 2:06.39.
--Ben Swinnerton was 13th at 1000 Meters in 3:37.68.
--Nick Wilston was 17th at 300 Meters in 46.52.

Photos in text:

Top: The Watkins Glen 4x200 Relay team. From left: Megan Hazlitt, Isobel Scheffey, Breanna Carl and Allison Gibson.
Bottom: Isobel Scheffey with her medals. (Photos provided)

Watkins girls fall to Waverly, 65-49

WAVERLY, Feb. 4 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team's record slipped to 13-4 Saturday night when the Senecas dropped a 65-49 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Waverly gym.

The Senecas, down 16-14 after one period, trailed 33-22 at halftime and 52-36 entering the fourth quarter.

Danielle Leszyk led the Senecas with 15 points, while Taylor Kelly scored 9, Hannah Morse 8, Clara Chedzoy 5, Ryanna LaMoreaux 4, Makenna Fraboni 3, Emmie Bond 3, and Julia Reilly 2. Bond led in rebounds with 7, while LaMoreaux grabbed 5, Chedzoy 4 and Leszyk 3. Morse led in assists with 8. The team was 13-for-17 from the foul line.

Elle Nittinger led Waverly with 16 points, while Wendi Hammond scored 15 and Alex Tomasso 13. The team was 16-for-26 from the foul line.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Waverly 42-40. Aislinn Klemann scored 12 points for the Senecas, while Kelsey Kernan had 9 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals and a block, and Adrie Solomon had 7 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks and a steal.

Odessa-Montour's Collin Haag, top, on the way to fifth place at 138 pounds. (Photo provided)

O-M wrestlers 6th; WG's Sheldon wins

DELHI, Feb. 4 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team posted a second-place individual finish and three thirds Saturday while placing sixth overall at the Section IV, D2, Class B Tournament in Delhi.

Tioga won the Division 2 team title with 235 points. O-M was sixth with 92 points. Watkins Glen finished last among the 13 competing schools, but had a class champion: Kameryn Sheldon at 220 pounds. He pinned SVEC Wrestling's Mandell Davis in the title bout in 1:25.

Watkins Glen also had two sixth-place finishes: by Dalton Cummings at 182 pounds, and by Dawson Wade at 113 pounds.

O-M's Dylan Houseknecht had the highest finish among his team, placing second at 285 pounds, falling in the title match to Walton-Delhi's Bailey Wood, 3-1.

Third-place finishes were posted for O-M by Daniel Minnier at 170 pounds (pinning Groton's Kole Krause in the third-place match in 2:46); Jeremiah Lynch at 160 pounds (pinning Maine-Endwell's Roman Jellick in the third-place match in 1:21), and Andrew Hartford at 126 pounds (outpointing SVEC Wrestling's Morgan Myers 4-2 in their finale).

O-M also claimed two fifth-place finishes: by Collin Haag at 138 pounds, and by Jacob Zimmer at 152 pounds.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Jeremiah Lynch (top) en route to third place at 160 pounds.

Middle: Watkins Glen's Kameryn Sheldon on the podium after winning the 220-pound title.

Bottom: Odessa-Montour's Daniel Minnier (top) on the way to third place at 170 pounds. (Photos provided)

Modified 1st, Varsity 3rd at Cheer event

CANASERAGA, Feb. 4 -- The Watkins Glen varsity cheerleading squad placed third Saturday in the Varsity Co-Ed Division at the Canaseraga Cheer Challenge.

The Watkins Glen Modified squad placed first in the Modified Co-Ed Division.

Both teams will travel to Dryden High School on Saturday for the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Cheerleading Competition. The Modified team will perform exhibition. The varsity will compete at 1:35 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen cheerleaders at Canaseraga. (Photo provided)

O-M Youth Basketball results: Week 1

The results of Odessa-Montour Youth Basketball's first weekend of the season were reported as follows:

Watkins Supply 12, The Bucket 10

Watkins Supply (1-0): Arron Sutton 6 points, Kaleb Collins 3 points, Hunter Mowry 2 points, Zach Smith 1 point
The Bucket (0-1): Jaden Bailor 8 points, Kyler Erickson 2 points

Montour Moose 21, Vedder and Scott 10

Montour Moose (1-0): Conner Fogie 19 points, Jason Landon 2 points
Vedder and Scott (0-1): Moe Zinger 6 points, Chris Becker 3 points, Mike Hancock 1 point

Left: O-M's Paden Grover shoots for 2 of his 4 points. Right: Odessa's Zach Elliott drives through two Newfield defenders on his way to the basket.

Big Newfield 3rd quarter sinks O-M boys

ODESSA, Feb. 3 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team played state-ranked Newfield even for the first half Friday night before the Trojans erupted with a 30-point third quarter on the way to a 71-53 victory over the Indians in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The once-beaten Trojans, ranked No. 5 among Class D teams in New York State, were matched basket for basket by Odessa in a first half that ended 29-29. But an 11-2 spurt by Newfield at the start of the third quarter was the prelude to a period-long run that ended 30-10 in the Trojans' favor, giving them a 59-39 advantage entering the fourth period.

O-M was back in synch early in the final quarter, pulling within 13 points, 64-51, with 4:02 remaining, but Newfield scored 7 of the last 9 points.

Curtis Harris led O-M in scoring with 12 points, while Zach Elliott scored 10, Noah Austin 10, Brandon Ray 9 (on three 3-pointers), Paden Grover 4, Noah Angle 3, Derrick Lewis 3, and Jonah Thompson 2. The team was 3-for-14 from the foul line.

Joshua Wood led Newfield with 20 points, while LaRon Boykins scored 15, Jacob Humble 11, and Quintel Clements 10. The team was 10-for-14 from the foul line.

"I was really proud of the way our kids played in the first half," said O-M Coach Matt Johnston. "Anytime you can be tied with a great team like Newfield after two quarters, you've got to feel pretty good about yourself. The difference was the third quarter and us not being able to stop them. They are an extremely hard-working team that is good in all phases of the game."

O-M (5-11) completes its season at home Wednesday against Waverly. It will be Senior Night.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour fell to 7-9 with a 63-27 loss to Newfield. Deshawn Johnson led the Indians with 10 points. O-M was 1-for-13 from the foul line

Photo in text: O-M's Curtis Harris drives to the basket.

Left: O-M's Noah Austin shoots in traffic. Right: The Indians' Jonah Thompson is pressured by Newfield's Gregory Moravec.

Left: O-M's Devon Roth, right, battles Newfield's Hunter Colburn for possession of the ball. Right: Odessa's Derrick Lewis sends a free throw on its way.

Left: O-M's Brandon Ray shoots from 3-point range. Right: Odessa's Noah Angle maneuvers with the ball.

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Jared Rumsey passes the ball. Right: Odessa's Brock Sgrecci is fouled as he shoots.

Odessa-Montour girls lose to Newfield

NEWFIELD, Feb. 3 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team's season mark slipped to 14-4 Friday night when the Indians dropped a 44-37 Interscholastic Athletic Conference decision to Newfield on the road.

"We just could not make anything tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, whose team clinched the IAC Small School South Division title earlier this week. "We are a hot-and-cold team and we were freezing tonight."

Olivia Grover and Nakiaha Robinson led the Indians with 12 points each, while Gillian Clark and Alexis Saunders scored 5 apiece, Sara Gardner 2, and Kennedey Heichel 1. The team was 11-for-25 from the foul line, which Gavich noted "says it all about our shooting."

The Indians complete the regular season Tuesday at Waverly.

Junior varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Newfield 58-8. Jolynn Minnier led the Indians with 13 points, while Kara Reese scored 11. The JV squad is 1/2 game ahead of Spencer-Van Etten, which also won Friday night. If the Indians defeat Waverly Tuesday, they will win the division. If they lose to Waverly, they will play a tie-breaker for the division title at S-VE on Friday night.

Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy moves the ball upcourt. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen boys fall to Waverly, 60-53

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 3 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 7-8 Friday night when the Senecas dropped a 60-53 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House gym.

"Nobody should be hanging their heads about it," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "It was a really good battle. I'm proud of the boys. They really put it out there."

Waverly led 14-13 after one quarter, and the game was tied 25-25 at halftime. Waverly pulled ahead 42-38 entering the fourth quarter, and extended its lead to 12 points before the Senecas cut it back to 4 points, 57-53.

"Then we had to foul them, and they made their free throws," said Fazzary.

Dayne Hughey led the Senecas with 13 points, 15 rebounds and 2 blocks. Other points came from Dylan Markley (11), Owen Scholtisek (10), Alex Schimizzi (8, with 4 rebounds and 2 blocks), Isaac McIlroy (6, with 2 steals), and Michael Doane (5). Joe Chedzoy grabbed 7 rebounds and led in assists with 3. The team was 5-for-11 from the foul line.

Scott Woodring led Waverly with 16 points. The Wolverines were 17-for-22 from the foul line.

"A couple of (missed) chippies came back to bite us," said Fazzary. "We just didn't finish them. And our free-throw shooting could be better."

But he said that "if we keep playing like this," the team will make Sectionals (it needs another win) "and maybe make a little noise in Class C."

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Newfield, then play Thursday at Newark Valley, Friday at Union Springs, and home on the following Monday against Groton.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 13-2 by defeating Waverly 50-31. Adam Pastore led the Senecas with 16 points and 6 rebounds, while Dylan Morse scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Also providing points were Jordan Avery (6, with 6 rebounds), Travon Jones (5), Aidan DiGregorio (4), Cameron Holland (3, with 4 assists), and Seamus Mooney and Silas Farrell (2 each).

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy flies toward the hoop. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: The three seniors on the Watkins Glen Cheerleading squad were honored at Senior Night ceremonies. From left: Paige Robbins, Liza Carnes and Makenzi Bellows. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Dayne Hughey shoots. Right: The Senecas' Dylan Markley (10). (Photos by Don Romeo)

The four seniors on the Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team were honored at Senior Night ceremonies. From left: Jackson Dunham, Michael Doane, Dayne Hughey and Alex Schimizzi. (Photo provided)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Adam Pastore shoots. Right: The Senecas' Jordan Avery fights for the ball. (Photos by Don Romeo)

From left: Watkins Glen's Aidan DiGregorio, Travon Jones and Dylan Morse. (Photos by Don Romeo)

O-M swimmers finish with a victory

LANSIING, Feb. 2 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team closed its regular dual-meet season with a 106-54 victory over Lansing Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Lansing pool.

The Indians finished at 8-4, which Coach Terri Brace said was the best record by an O-M boys squad in 22 years.

Billy Tague and Cameron Adams posted four victories apiece and Brett Walters three as the Indians won eight races. First-place finishes for Odessa:

200 Medley Relay: Brett Walters, Billy Tague, Jake Mayette, Bailey Hornbrook 1:57.52
200 Free: Cameron Adams 2:08.93
200 IM: Billy Tague 2:09.96
100 Fly: Billy Tague 59.16
500 Free: Cameron Adams 5:55.97
200 Free Relay: Billy Tague, Brett Walters, Jake Mayette, Cameron Adams 1:42.58
100 Breast: Brett Walters 1:19.50
400 Free Relay: Cameron Adams, Micah Brewster, Justin Andrews, Liam Mayette 4:27.40

Second-place finishes for O-M:

--Micah Brewster in the 200 Free (2:24.73)
--Bailey Hornbrook in the 50 Free (26.71)
--Brett Walters in the 100 Free (58.00)
--Liam Mayette in the 500 Free (6:35.29)
--Tyler Carson in the 100 Back (1:13.17)

Personal Records:

--Jake Mayette in the 200 IM (2:31.48) and the 100 Free (58.14)
--Johnny Niedermaier in the 50 Free (27.74) and the 100 Back (1:15.98)
--Tyler Carson in the 100 Fly (1:32.04)
--Liam Mayette in the 200 IM (2:59.54)

Next up: The IAC Championships at Waverly on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Odessa-Montour's Nakiaha Robinson takes aim after driving to the basket.

O-M girls win division title

Turn back S-VE, 60-53; Grover has 26 points, 15 boards

ODESSA, Feb. 1 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team clinched its second- straight Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small Schools South Division title Wednesday night, defeating second-place Spencer-Van Etten 60-53 behind a 26-point, 15-rebound performance by Olivia Grover.

Grover, who also blocked four shots, was joined in double figures by Nakiaha Robinson (18 points, 6 steals and 4 assists, including 8-for-8 from the free-throw line) and Gillian Clark (10 points). Other points came from Alexis Saunders (3) and Grace Vondracek (3). The team was 14-for-21 from the foul line.

O-M (14-3 overall and 10-1 in IAC play) and S-VE (10-6, 7-4) traded the lead several times in the first half, with the Indians running off streaks of 9 straight points and 10 straight points, and Spencer scoring 10 straight at one point and the final five points of the half. The score at intermission was 22-19 in favor of O-M.

Odessa maintained the lead throughout the third quarter, although S-VE pulled within one point before the Indians pulled away for a 40-35 edge entering the final quarter.

The lead grew to nine points, at 46-37, on a Grover basket with 6:33 to play, but S-VE fought back, outcsoring the Indians 9-2 over the next 3:28 to pull within two points, 48-46. After a Grover basket extended the O-M lead to 50-46, Spencer notched three free throws and a basket to go ahead 51-50 with 2:12 remaining.

Grover answered with another basket, grabbed a rebound off an S-VE miss, and scored again, converting the resulting foul shot, to put O-M back on top, 55-51, with 40.1 seconds to play. Two Robinson free throws at 22.3 seconds, another by Clark at 16.1 seconds, and two more by Robinson at 11.5 seconds offset two S-VE free throws for the final seven-point margin.

"That final 2 minutes was the epitome of determination, which is probably the most important trait in basketball," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We were tired and they had the lead and we just dug real deep and found a way.

"What a tough 3-point play Olivia made to put us up 5," he added. "She was absolutely HUGE in the 4th quarter. And Nakiaha with that steal (near the end) and keeping her dribble, not allowing them to tie her up, and knocking down 6 straight from the line to put them away, so many big plays made in clutch spots tonight.

"I can't say enough about how hard S-VE played. They gave us everything they had and they will be a tough out for anyone in the sectionals."

O-M returns to action Friday at Newfield, and concludes the regular season Tuesday at Waverly.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour put itself in position for a possible IAC title by defeating Spencer-Van Etten 49-42. The victory gives the Indians a half-game edge over S-VE with two games left to S-VE's one. Autumn Garrison led the Indians with 21 points, including four straight free throws to hold S-VE at bay down the stretch. Jolynn Minnier added 14 points, Kara Reese 7, Hannah Chapman 2, and Mallory Rhodes 1.

Senior Night: Nakiaha Robinson, Gillian Clark and Heidi Casselberry were honored in a pre-game Senior Night ceremony. "What a long journey it has been with these guys, with lots of ups and downs," said Gavich. "But they've won back-to-back division championships now and we are hoping we aren't finished yet."

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Olivia Grover prepares to shoot in traffic.
Middle: The Indians' Gillian Clark drives through the S-VE defense.
Bottom: In the JV game, Tassia Garrison moves the ball upcourt.

Left: O-M's Alexis Saunders looks to pass. Right: The Indians' Olivia Grover (facing camera) battles for possession of the ball.

O-M's three seniors were honored at a Senior Night ceremony before the game. From left: Heidi Casselberry, Gillian Clark and Nakiaha Robinson.

Left: O-M's Kennedey Heichel looks to pass the ball. Right: The Indians' Grace Vondracek follows through on a shot.

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Autumn Garrison takes aim. Right: The Indians' Jolynn Minnier drives.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Ida Sidle, Kara Reese and Mallory Rhodes.

Left: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy prepares to shoot. Right: The Senecas' Owen Scholtisek drives past an Edison defender. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins boys top Edison; Hughey nets 25

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 1 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team evened its record at 7-7 Wednesday night with a come-from-behind 47-43 victory over Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House gym.

Dayne Hughey led the Senecas with 25 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks as they rallied from a 29-21 halftime deficit with a 20-4 third quarter that gave them a lead they never relinquished down the stretch.

Edison built its lead on a red-hot first half by Nate Chorney, who scored 15 of his 22 points before intermission against a man-to-man Watkins defense.

"We switched our defense to a box-and-one in the second half," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, "and that was the difference maker. Plus we did a good job of getting the ball in to Dayne."

The Senecas led 41-33 entering the fourth quarter, and Edison rallied to within three points with under 30 seconds remaining, but got no closer. A Hughey free throw gave Watkins its final 4-point edge.

"I'm proud of the boys," said Fazzary. "They kept their composure" after falling behind "and chipped away" in that key third period. And then held off the Spartans in the closing moments.

Scoring in addition to Hughey were Alex Schimizzi (8 points, with 7 rebounds and 6 blocks), Joe Chedzoy (6 points, with 3 assists), Dylan Markley (6 points), and Michael Doane (2 points, with 5 rebounds and 3 assists). Owen Scholtisek grabbed 5 rebounds and had 3 steals.

The Senecas return to action Friday night at home against Waverly.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 12-2 with a 48-19 victory over Edison. Adam Pastore led the Senecas with 14 points, while Bryce Kelly scored 11, Travon Jones 8, Dylan Morse 5, Jordan Avery 4, and Seamus Mooney, Cameron Holland and Matthew Herold 2 each.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Dayne Hughey takes the ball to the hoop. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Bottom: Watkins' Joe Chedzoy drives past an Edison defender. (Photo by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Watkins' Georgio Fazzary, left, and Adam Pastore shoot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Bryce Kelly takes aim in traffic. Right: The Senecas' Travon Jones drives to the basket. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Odessa bowlers fall to Union Springs

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 1 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams fell by 4-0 scores Wednesday to Union Springs in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Boys: Union Springs won all three games by a total pinfall of 2814-2113. Eric Rumsey led the Indians with a 201-220-176=597 series. Jeremiah Lederman rolled a 440, and Andrew Ink a 412.

Girls: Odessa fell in straight games by a 2049-1901 total, coming close (638-633) in the second game. Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 435 series, while Jana Arias rolled a 414.

O-M wrestlers close regular season with win

LANSING, Feb. 1 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team completed its regular-season schedule with a 45-6 victory Wednesday night over Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Lansing gym.

O-M got competitive wins from Collin Haag at 145 pounds (a pin), Jeremiah Lynch at 160 pounds (a pin), and Dylan Houseknecht at 285 pounds (a 1-0 decision).

It got forfeit wins at 113, 120, 126, 152 and 170, and lost by forfeit at 132.

Next up: The Section IV, Class D qualifying tournament Saturday.

Watkins Glen girls defeat Edison, 51-30

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Jan. 31 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by Taylor Kelly's 23 points -- defeated Edison 51-30 Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Edison gym.

The Senecas, now 13-3, led 25-5 after one period, 30-13 at halftime, and 47-21 entering the final period.

Scoring in addition to Kelly were Kathleen Clifford (7 points), Hannah Morse (4), Emmie Bond (4), Jena Slater (4), Ryanna LaMoreaux (3), Clara Chedzoy (2), Makenna Fraboni (2), and Jazmin Shea (2).

Julia Reilly led Watkins in rebounds with 6, while Bond grabbed 5, Clifford 4, Shea 4, and Morse, Chedzoy and Kelly 3 each. Morse led in assists with 6, while LaMoreaux, Danielle Leszyk, Fraboni, and Slater each had 2 steals.

The Senecas return to action Friday at Waverly.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen won 48-7. Adrie Solomon and Abby Gibson led the Senecas with 8 points each, while Bailey Beaumont scored 7 and Mattie Yontz 5. Beaumont led the team in rebounds with 7, while Gibson and Yontz grabbed 4 each.

Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly (File photo)

Odessa-Montour's Jana Arias watches as her ball mows down all 10 pins.

Odessa-Montour bowlers lose to Waverly

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

Boys: O-M lost 3-1, winning the first game 757-733 but losing the second and third games and total pinfall, 2632-2257.

Eric Rumsey led the Indians with a 534 series, while Jesse Jordan rolled a 469 and Andrew Ink a 430.

Girls: Odessa lost 4-0, dropping all three games by a combined 2296-1973. Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 550 series, while Jana Arias posted a 430.

Seniors: The team's five seniors were honored on Senior Night: Karissa Rounds, Ashley Stewart, Jaylin Rumsey, Andrew Ink and Jesse Jordan.

O-M returns to action at Harborside Lanes today (Wednesday) for a makeup match against Union Springs. Starting time is 3 p.m.

Photo at right: Odessa-Montour's Pixie Kinner reacts after failing on a spare attempt.

Left: Odessa's Jaylin Rumsey reacts after leaving four pins on her first ball. Right: O-M's Eric Rumsey applies some body English as his ball reaches the pins.

The O-M team's five seniors were honored Tuesday on Senior Night. From left: Karissa Rounds, Ashley Stewart, Jaylin Rumsey, Andrew Ink and Jesse Jordan.

Watkins Glen bowlers fall to Tioga

WAVERLY, Jan. 31 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams lost Tuesday to Tioga in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches.

Boys: Watkins Glen won the third game and tied for total pinfall in losing 2.5-1.5. Tioga won the first game 1153-983 and the second 1035-959 before Watkins Glen took the third game 1125-879, creating a 3067-3067 finish.

Wrett Brower (pictured at right) led the Senecas with a 245-218-234=697 series, while H. Nathaniel Rose posted a 209-178-251=638. Conlin Wysocki added a 172-200-227=599, Steven Bradley a 576, Casen Weeden a 546, and Wyatt Brower a 527.

"I couldn't be more pleased with the way the boys finished the regular season," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower. "We have had a lot of good games bowled; finally they did it all at the same time."

The last game's 1125 total, in fact, set a new school single-game team record that had stood since 2006.

"We have to bowl at the IAC tournament there (Tuesday's match was at the Valley Bowl in Waverly) this Saturday," Brower added, "so the guys are excited to have an idea of what the shot is going to be, and know that they can be successful."

Wrett Brower's 697 series, he added, "is the highest I can remember (at WGHS) since Lukas Buckman set the school record of 781 in 2008."

Girls: Watkins Glen lost 3-1, winning the second game 824-743, but losing the first game 823-659, the third game 759-738, and total pinfall 2325-2221.

Nancy Jackson led the Senecas with a 478 series. Kendra Cornish posted a 475, Hayley Cornish 442, Nikole VanDyke 431, Alyiah Clink-Bentley 392, and Makenzie Kellogg 367.

Photo in text: Wrett Brower (File photo)

Odessa-Montour's Dylan Houseknecht, top, en route to victory at 285 pounds. He is 29-1.

Odessa wrestlers fall to Horseheads

ODESSA, Jan. 31 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team dropped a 66-18 decision Tuesday night to Horseheads in a non-league match in O-M's Jack Davis Gym.

The Indians, with just six wrestlers competing, won three matches by pins:

--Jacob Zimmer won in 1:27 over Horseheads' Matt Merrill at 160 pounds.
--Dylan Houseknecht improved to 29-1 on the season by pinning Matt Hess in 1:12 in the 285-pound bout.
--Collin Haag won at 145 pounds by pinning Serfino Menard in 3:46.

Losing their matches were O-M's Jeremiah Lynch, pinned in the 170-pound bout; Daniel Minnier, pinned at 182 pounds; and Thomas Rumpff, pinned at 113.

O-M forfeited in the 195, 220, 106, 120, 126, 132, 138, and 152 weight classes.

Odessa -- which has already clinched its second straight Interscholastic Athletic Conference, Division II (Small Schools) title -- concludes its IAC regular-season schedule tonight (Wednesday) at Lansing.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Thomas Rumpff, right, battles at 113 pounds.

Bottom: Odessa's Collin Haag, head right, on the way to victory at 145 pounds.

Odessa-Montour's Daniel Minnier, facing camera, competing at 182 pounds.

Odessa-Montour's Jeremiah Lynch (top) competing against Horseheads at 170 pounds.

Odessa boys lead early, but lose to S-VE

SPENCER, Jan. 31 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team raced out to a 14-1 lead but were soon overtaken by Spencer-Van Etten and lost 61-52 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game Tuesday night in the S-VE gym.

Curtis Harris scored 24 points for the Indians, who Coach Matt Johnston said " got a little bit too comfortable" with the early lead. "We let down our intensity and got outscored 19-5 in the second quarter" and trailed at halftime, 26-21.

"The third quarter," said Johnston, "was much of the same, with Spencer outscoring us 22-10 to take a 48-31 lead into the fourth quarter. We turned up our intensity in the fourth quarter and outscored them 21-13, but it was too little too late.

"I wish that we could have had that same intensity throughout the game that we had to start and finish the game. We have played well in spurts this season, but still have yet to put a full four-quarter game together."

In addition to Harris, O-M (5-10) got double-digit scoring from Zach Elliott (13 points). Noah Austin added 7 points. The team was 15-for-32 from the foul line.

Nathan Mack led S-VE with 18 points. The Panthers converted 15 of 36 free throws.

Odessa returns to action Friday at home against Newfield.

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

O-M swimmers lose to S. Cayuga, 50-44

AURORA, Jan. 31 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team -- in a meet that came down to the final relay -- fell to Southern Cayuga 50-44 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the SC pool.

"To win the meet," said O-M Coach Terri Brace, "O-M had to take first and third. Both teams had their top relays entered and they went head-to-head during the whole race." Southern Cayuga out-touched the O-M "A" relay team (Alec Betts, Brett Walters, Bailey Hornbrook and Billy Tague) by .29 seconds.

"The 'B' relay," she added, "swam an equally impressive race, with all members (Liam Mayette, Johnny Niedermaier, Tyler Carson and Micah Brewster) swimming substantially faster" than they ever had before "to try to get that important third-place finish. The battle for third was just as fierce, with O-M being out-touched by 1:01 seconds.

"It was a bit of a heartbreaker, but it only makes us stronger in our pursuit of an IAC championship."

First-place finishes for O-M:

200 Medley Relay: Alec Betts, Billy Tague, Jake Mayette and Brett Walters 1:54.47
200 IM: Billy Tague 2:07.69 (PR)
500 Free: Alec Betts 5:52.11
100 Back: Brett Walters 1:08.50
100 Breast: Billy Tague 1:08.87

Second-place finishes were posted by Cameron Adams in the 200 Free and 500 Free, Alec Betts in the 50 Free, Jake Mayette in the 100 Fly, and the 200 and 400 Free Relay teams.

Odessa-Montour, 7-4 in dual meets, concludes its regular season Thursday at Lansing. The IAC Championships are scheduled for Feb. 10 at Waverly.

Watkins boys fall to Waverly, slip to 6-7

WAVERLY, Jan. 29 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team slipped under .500 Monday night when it dropped a 50-37 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Waverly gym.

The loss, their third in a row, dropped the Senecas' season mark to 6-7 heading into a game Wednesday at home against Edison (Retro Night). They play Waverly again on Friday, this time at home.

Monday's game saw Waverly build a 12-9 first-quarter lead and a 30-19 advantage by halftime. Watkins Glen held Waverly scoreless for almost six minutes of the third period, but failed to take advantage.

"We had all sorts of opportunities," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, "but we couldn't finish them. The game should have been close to even after those six minutes, but instead Waverly maintained and then extended its lead."

Entering the fourth quarter, Waverly was up 37-23. Watkins Glen outscored the Wolverines 14-13 down the stretch.

Owen Scholtisek led Watkins in scoring with 9 points and in steals with 3, while Joe Chedzoy and Dylan Markley scored 8 points each. Also scoring: Dayne Hughey (5 points, with 8 rebounds), Isaac McIlroy (3 points, with 4 assists), and Collin Baker and Alex Schimizzi (2 points apiece). The team was 7-for-12 from the free-throw line.

Gavin Judson led Waverly with 21 points, including 13 of his team's 18 points in the second quarter. The team was 10-for-17 from the free-throw line.

Glen cheerleaders 5th at Bling It On meet

BALDWINSVILLE, Jan. 29 -- The Watkins Glen varsity cheerleaders placed 5th in the CoEd Division Saturday at the Bling It On Competition in Baldwinsville.

The squad's score of 53.4 "increased from last weekend in the areas of tumbling difficulty and execution, as well as jump difficulty," said Coach Alicia Shutts.

"They did a great job implementing the changes we made to the routine at practice last week," she added. "They are working on really perfecting their routine before the IAC Competition on Feb. 10 at Dryden High School."

The team returns to action this weekend at the Canaseraga Cheer Challenge. The varsity is scheduled to perform at 12:20 p.m. The modified squad is scheduled at 10:40 a.m.

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Photo in text: Madelyn Suddaby is in the air, based by Paige Robbins, Liza Carnes, Joslynn Simpson and Jack Muir during a stunt sequence at the Baldwinsville competition. (Photo by George Rutledge)

Athlete of the Week: Glen's Gabe Planty

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 29 -- This week we honor as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week a runner who set a new Indoor Track school record for Watkins Glen High School.

He is Gabe Planty, who broke alum Patrick Hazlitt's old record in the 1000 Meter Run, posting a time of 2:40.68 at the Houghton College Invitational, beating the old mark of 2:41.53.

Double Honorable: O-M swimmers Billy Tague, Alec Betts, Cameron Adams and Brett Walters; O-M basketball's Olivia Grover and Gillian Clark; Watkins Glen runner Aaron Planty; Watkins Glen basketball's Hannah Morse; Watkins Glen bowler H. Nathaniel Rose; and O-M wrestlers Dylan Houseknecht, Daniel Minnier, Jeremiah Lynch, Collin Haag and Andrew Hartford.

Honorable Mention: Another 26 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Watkins Glen Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot Director David Waite is flanked by winners in the annual contest at Watkins Glen High School. From left: Jaydon Scholtisek, Nicholas D'Alleva, Daniel Lewis, Waite, Keyonna Grant, Gina Gavich and Olivia Barr. (Photo provided)

Winners announced in Elks Hoop Shoot

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 28 -- The annual Hoop Shoot Contest sponsored by Watkins Glen Elks Lodge 1546 was held recently at the Watkins Glen High School Field House, with students from Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour competing in various age categories after preliminary shoots in their communities.

The following competitors placed in their respective age categories:

GIRLS:

8-9 year olds:
1st -- (after a 3-way tie-breaker for 1st) Olivia Barr (OM) 6 of 25;
2nd -- Natalie Oliver;
3rd - Brooklyn Thompson.

10-11 year olds:
1st -- (after a 2-way tie-breaker for 1st) Gina Gavich (OM) 11 of 25;
2nd -- Rachel Vickio (WG);
3rd - Addison Coolican (WG).

12-13 year olds:
1st -- Keyonna Grant (OM) 11 of 25;
2nd -- (after a tie-breaker for 2nd) Jenna Solomon (WG);
3rd - Victoria Brewster (OM).

BOYS:

8-9 year olds:
1st -- Jaydon Scholtisek (WG) 19 of 25;
2nd -- Caleb Bresett (WG);
3rd -- Logan DeBolt (WG).

10-11 year olds:
1st -- Nicholas D'Alleva (WG) 15 of 25;
2nd -- Christopher Simiele (WG);
3rd -- Benson Patterson (OM).

12-13 year olds:
1st -- (after a 3-way tie- breaker for 1st) Daniel Lewis (OM) 15 of 25;
2nd -- Jacob Yontz(WG);
3rd -- Jake Powers (WG).

Says Watkins Glen Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot Director David Waite: "All winners of the respective age groups will now go on to compete in Penn Yan at the District Level Hoop Shoot. Subsequent winners will go on to compete in the State, Regional, and then on to the National contest held in Chicago, Illinois, to determine a National Champion in each age category.

"There are over 1 million kids who compete annually in the National Elks Hoop Shoot contest. The Watkins Glen Elks Lodge would like to thank the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour school districts for their continued support and assistance with the Hoop Shoot. We would also like to congratulate all the competitors on their success, and wish our winners good luck in their next round of competition."

Odessa girls fall to South Seneca, 47-39

ODESSA, Jan. 28 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team saw its season mark fall to 12-3 Saturday when the Indians dropped a 47-39 decision to South Seneca in a physical non-sport game in the O-M gym.

Odessa led just once in the game -- at 2-0. Then South Seneca ran off 10 straight points, and the Indians never caught up.

They made several runs at South Seneca, pulling within four points at 13-9 after one quarter, and falling behind by eight again, 21-13, before pulling within four points in the second period, 24-20. But a 3-pointer by Skylar Shaulis in the final half-minute before intermission gave the Falcons a 27-20 halftime edge.

The South Seneca lead varied between five and seven points through most of the third period before O-M sank four free throws following a pair of steals in the last 30 seconds to pull within three points, 33-30, entering the fourth period.

After several fast break opportunites for both teams to open the final quarter, O-M was still down by three, 39-36, with 5:45 to play. The Indians matched South Seneca over the next four minutes, but were down by three again, 42-39, with 1:41 to play.

South Seneca then scored the final five points, on a 3-pointer and two free throws, as the clock wound down and out.

Gillian Clark led O-M in points with 13, while Alexis Saunders scored 9, Olivia Grover 6, Kennedey Heichel 6, Grace Vondracek 3, and Sara Gardner 2. The team was 11-for-20 from the free-throw line.

Skylar Shaulis led South Seneca with 11 points, while Emma Fletcher scored 9 and Logan Shaulis 8. The Falcons converted 15 of 31 free-throw attempts.

The game was notable for its physicality as officials assessed 36 fouls, and three players -- two for South Seneca and one for O-M -- fouled out.

"That was a great, great effort from us on the defensive end of the floor," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, who was minus one starter, Nakiaha Robinson, sidelined with a heel bruise.

"Without Nakiaha tonight," he said, "it was obvious we were out of sync on offense, and turnovers killed us. I'm hoping to have her back for Wednesday versus Spencer-Van Etten, which is a more important game for us in the big scheme of things."

A win in Wednesday's game -- at Odessa-- would clinch the Interscholastic Athletic Conference, Small Schools South Division title for O-M.

"We just couldn't get a shot to fall when we really needed one in the fourth quarter," Gavich said of Saturday's loss, "but our effort was outstanding. South Seneca (12-3) has beaten three state-ranked teams in the past two weeks -- Red Jacket, Bloomfield ... and now us."

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Junior Varsity: There was no JV game.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Olivia Grover eyes a shot as she is fouled on a drive to the basket.

Middle: The Indians' Grace Vondracek drives past South Seneca's Jade Parsons as she nears the basket.

Bottom: O-M's Kennedey Heichel shoots.

Left: O-M's Gillian Clark launches a shot. Right: O-M's Alexis Saunders (23) is stopped on her way to the basket by South Seneca's Skylar Shaulis.

Planty sets school mark in 1000 Meter Run

HOUGHTON, Jan. 28 -- Watkins Glen High School sophomore Gabe Planty set a school record when he placed fifth Saturday in the 1000 Meter run at the Houghton College Invitational.

Planty posted a time of 2:40.68, beating the school mark of 2:41.53 previously held by 2017 graduate Patrick Hazlitt. Planty's brother Aaron placed 6th Saturday in the same race with a time of 2:42.48.

The meet was a large invitational comprised mainly of Section V and Section VI schools with a few schools from Section III  and Section IV. WGHS is a Section IV school.

Other Watkins Glen results included:

--Josh UpDyke, 22nd in the 55 Meter Dash, 7.11 seconds.

--Allison Gibson, 23rd in the 55 Meter Dash, 8.09 seconds. She also ran her first 300 Meter race in 48.8 seconds.

--Isobel Scheffey, 24th in the 55 Meter Dash, 8.11 seconds. She also ran the 300 Meters in 47.5 seconds.

--Megan Hazlitt, 19th in the 600 Meter Run with a personal best of 1:56.12.

--Max Evans, 28th in the 600 Meter Run, 1:36.95.

--Breanna Carl ran the 1000 Meter Run in 4:00.06.

--The 4x200 Relay team of Breanna Carl, Allison Gibson, Megan Hazlitt and Isobel Scheffey, a season best of 2:08.47, just 1.6 seconds off the school record.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty, left, and brother Aaron at Saturday's meet. (Photo provided)

Left: Watkins Glen's Breanna Carl. Right: WGHS's Megan Hazlitt, left in line, readies for the 600 Meter Run. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 4

The following was provided by Watkins Glen Youth Basketball at the conclusion of its fourth weekend of competition in the Watkins Glen High School Field House.

3rd-4th Grades

Famous Brands 24, Watkins Sporting Goods 8
Famous Brands: Lucas Hoffman10, Natalie Oliver 6, Amos Diliberto 4, Rachel Vickio 4
Watkins Sporting Goods: Michael Purpura 4, Anna Franzese 2, Nolan Reynolds 2

Watkins Motel 12, Church St. Produce 7
Watkins Motel: Levi J. Murphy 6, Jude Santos 4, Brooklyn Thompson 2
Church St. Produce: Kristofer Burke 2, Jax Decker 2, Zade Gomez Fitzsimmons 2, Ryan Baudendistle 1

Maguire's 10, Curly's Family Restaurant 8
Maguire's: Logan DeBolt 4, Olivia Kelley 4, Isaak Willett 2
Curly's: Donovan Wratten 4, Bryce Bockelkamp 2, Caydin Lagramada 2

Standings:
Church St. Produce 3-1
Watkins Motel 3-1
Famous Brands 3-1
Watkins Sporting Goods 2-2
Maguire's 1-3
Curly's Family Restaurant 0-4

5th-6th Grades

Seneca Lodge14, Capt. Bill's 6
Seneca Lodge: Brenna Pierce 6, Sarah Jones 6, Tyler Smith 2
Capt. Bill's: Addison Coolican 4, Julia Spahalski 2

Van Skiver Motors forfeit over Watkins Glen Supply

Standings:
Van Skiver Motors 4-0
Capt. Bill's 2-2
Seneca Lodge 2-2
Watkins Glen Supply 0-4

O-M swimmers finish 6th at Waverly

WAVERLY, Jan. 28 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team placed 6th among 12 teams competing Saturday at the Wolverine Invitational swim meet in the Waverly High School pool.

Billy Tague led the Indians with a 4th-place finish in the 500 Free with a personal record (PR) time of 5:07.11, and a 5th place finish in the 200 Free (1:54.48).

Alec Betts also made podium by taking 8th place in both the 200 IM with a PR of 2:17.10 and the 100 Breast (1:11.99).

The 200 Medley Relay of Betts, Tague. Jake Mayette and Brett Walters took 4th in 1:51.28, the 200 Free Relay of Jake Mayette, Bailey Hornbrook, Cameron Adams and Micah Brewster took 6th in 1:44.32, and the 400 Free Relay of Tague, Hornbrook, Walters and Betts took 6th in a season-best time of 3:42.56.

Also placing top 16 and scoring points for OM were:

--Cameron Adams, 14th in the 200 Free (PR of 2:05.97) and 16th in the 500 Free (PR of 5:48.31)
--Brett Walters, 15th in the 50 Free (25.31) and 16th in the 100 Free (57.33)
--Jake Mayette, 15th in the 100 Fly (1:06.08)

Other PRs:

--Bailey Hornbrook, 2:35.48 in the 200 IM
--Caleb Thomas, 3:11.88 in the 200 IM
--Liam Mayette, 1:18.53 in the 100 Fly
--Noah Hollenbeck, 1:13.47 in the 100 Free and 1:51.45 in the 100 Breast
--Johnny Niedermaier, 1:16.76 in the 100 Back
--Justin Andrews, 1:35.75 in the 100 Back
--Micah Brewster, 6:29.12 in the 500 Free
--Billy Tague, 52.01 in the 100 Free (relay leadoff)

"O-M had many excellent swims yesterday with lots of PRs," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "The meet had very good competition and the team stepped up to the challenge, with many of them swimming events that differed from what they swam last weekend in Elmira. It was a great opportunity to fine-tune before we enter into the championship season.

"Up next, we have a big meet against Southern Cayuga on Tuesday. We lost to them in our first meet of the season due to a disqualification. It should prove to be another tough meet, but these guys are up the the task."

Photo in text: The O-M 400 Free Relay team. From left: Brett Walters, Bailey Hornbrook, Billy Tague, and Alec Betts. (Photo provided)

Odessa-Montour swimmers BIlly Tague, left, and Alec Betts with ribbons -- Tague after the 500 Free, and Betts after the 200 IM. (Photos provided)

Odessa wrestlers go 2-3 at VVS Duals

VERONA, NY, Jan. 28 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team won two of five matches Saturday at the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Dual Tournament at VVS High School.

The Indians defeated Chittenango 40-24 and topped Syrcuse 45-18. They lost to Canajoharie-Fort Plain 36-30, to Homer 65-21, and to VVS 66-22.

O-M's Dylan Houseknecht (285 pounds) went 5-0, four of the wins by forfeit. Jeremiah Lynch (160) was 4-1, including two competitive wins. Daniel Minnier (170) was 4-1, including three competitive wins, each by a pin. Collin Haag (145) was 4-1, with three competitive wins. Andrew Hartford (126) was 4-1, with one competitive win. Jacob Zimmer (152) was 3-2, with one competitive win.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Daniel Minnier on the way to pinning a Canajoharie wrestler. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy takes the ball to the hoop between two S-VE defenders.

Watkins Glen girls roll past S-VE, 48-33

WATKINS GLEN, Ja. 27 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team improved its season mark to 12-3 Friday night by defeating Spencer-Van Etten 48-33 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas were led by Hannah Morse's 12 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists. Other points came from:

-- Taylor Kelly (9, with 5 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists);
-- Emmie Bond (8, with 6 rebounds and 2 assists);
-- Clara Chedzoy (7, with 8 rebounds);
-- Ryanna LaMoreaux (6, with 2 rebounds and 2 steals);
-- Jena Slater (4), and
-- Jazmin Shea (2, with 3 rebounds).

Watkins Glen raced out to a 16-4 first-quarter lead, and was up 23-10 at halftime and 43-20 entering the final period.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Edison.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen (12-2) defeated S-VE 33-13. Kelsey Kernan led the Senecas with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Natalie Edmister scored 5 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Other points came from Adrie Solomon (4), Amanda Wilbur (4), Mattie Yontz (2), and Aislinn Klemann (1).

Photo in text: Watkins' Ryanna LaMoreaux looks to pass the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins' Hannah Morse sends a a free throw on its way. (Photo by Don Romeo) Right: The Senecas' Emmie Bond prepares to shoot in first-half action.

Left: Watkins Glen's Julia Reilly looks for a shot. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly shoots. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

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Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur (15). Right: Referee Tom Sweet of Horseheads dances with Watkins Glen scorekeeper Maria Chedzoy at halftime. Sweet has danced during breaks in games at the Field House before. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

From left: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan, Aislinn Klemann and Ali LaMoreaux.

Watkins Glen boys fall to S-VE, 54-37

SPENCER, Jan. 27 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team's season record slipped to 6-6 Friday night when the Senecas lost to Spencer-Van Etten 54-37 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the S-VE gym.

The Senecas, down 11-6 after one period, rallied to tie the score 20-20 at halftime. But they were outscored in the third period 10-4 and in the fourth period 24-13.

"We were beaten in every facet of the game tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "We need to go back to the drawing board, I guess. It was disappointing, but we just have to move on."

Dayne Hughey led Watkins with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Other points came from Isaac McIlroy (9), Joe Chedzoy (7), Owen Scholtisek (3), Michael Doane (3), Dylan Markley (2), and Collin Baker (2). The team was 14-for-27 from the foul line.

Nathan Mack led S-VE with 26 points. The Panthers were 15-for-25 from the foul line.

Watkins Glen returns to action Monday at Waverly.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen (10-2) defeated S-VE 68-37. Adam Pastore led the Senecas with 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Jordan Avery notched 12 points and 7 rebounds. Other points: Aidan DiGregorio (9), Travon Jones (8), Dylan Morse (6, with 11 assists), Seamus Mooney (4), Cameron Holland (4), Bryce Kelly (4), and Georgio Fazzary (3).

Odessa-Montour's Brett Walters on the way to victory in the 50 Yard Freestyle.

O-M swimmers defeat Greene, 60-30

ODESSA, Jan. 27 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team improved its dual-meet mark to 7-3 Friday with a 60-30 victory over Greene in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Odessa won each race, with Billy Tague, Alec Betts and Brett Walters posting four victories each. Cameron Adams had three wins.

The meet winners:

200 Medley Relay: Alec Betts, Billy Tague, Jake Mayette, Brett Walters 1:54.17
200 Free: Cameron Adams 2:06.07 (PR: personal record)
200 IM: Alec Betts 2:24.24
50 Free: Brett Walters 25.21
100 Fly: Billy Tague 56.76 (PR)
100 Free: Brett Walters 59.27
500 Free: Cameron Adams 5:56.22
200 Free Relay: Jake Mayette, Bailey Hornbrook, Micah Brewster, Johnny Niedermaier 1:46.32
100 Back: Alec Betts 1:07.98
100 Breast: Billy Tague 1:04.10
400 Free Relay: Cameron Adams, Alec Betts, Brett Walters, Billy Tague 3:49.01

Second-place finishes for O-M:

--Johnny Niedermaier in the 50 Free, 27.92. (PR)
--Jake Mayette 100 Fly, 1:07.90

Other PRs for O-M:

--Liam Mayette in the 500 Free, 6:22.81 -- Dropped a full 18 seconds off his best time set last weekend
--Micah Brewster 200 Free, 2:20.48 -- Dropped 10 seconds off his best time
--Bailey Hornbrook 200 IM, 2:35.86
--Justin Andrews 100 Free, 1:15.03

Senior Night: Alec Betts, Billy Tague and Cameron Adams were honored in a ceremony during the meet.

"These seniors have made a tremendous impact on the swim program at Odessa-Montour," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "Cameron Adams joined the team last year as a junior with no competitive swimming experience, and now is a formidable competitor in his events, currently ranked toward the top of the IAC and Section 4 Class C. Alec Betts and Billy Tague have been on the team since they were in 8th grade, and have been key contributora since the beginning. They have worked very hard to recruit new members of the team, and helped build the program up to what it is today.

"At the same time they have continued to pursue excellence in their own swimming, becoming some of the top ranked swimmers in the IAC and section. They have set the standard for hard work, commitment to the team and the sport, and sportsmanship for all who follow them. The impact these two have had on the team can’t be overstated. They set the bar high for themselves and others. Their talents in and out of the pool will be greatly missed by all.

"I wish all of the seniors the best of luck in college as they continue their studies and swimming careers, as well as through the rest of the season. There is still work to be done, and they are up to the task."

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Johnny Niedermaier dives at start of the 50 Free. He finished 2nd.
Bottom: The team's three seniors. From left: Billy Tague, Cameron Adams, Alec Betts.

Odessa-Montour's Bailey Hornbrook competes in the 200 Yard Individual Medley.

Left: O-M's Jackie Vincent reacts to a strike. Right: The Indians' Pixie Kinner urges her ball to break left on a spare attempt.

Odessa-Montour bowlers sweep Marathon

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 27 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity boys and girls bowling teams each defeated an undermanned Marathon squad Friday 4-0 in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Girls: Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 540 series as the team outscored Marathon 2198-1519. Jana Arias added a 478, and Pixie Kinner a 419. Marathon had just four bowlers.

Boys: Eric Rumsey rolled a 571 series (including a 214 game) as the Indians outscored Marathon (which had three bowlers) 2160-1135. Andrew Ink registered a 440 and Jesse Jordan a 427.

O-M returns to action Tuesday at home against Waverly. It will be Senior Night.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Eric Rumsey.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Andrew Ink. Right: The Indians' Jaylin Rumsey reacts to a shot.

O-M girls top Candor; Grover nets 25

CANDOR, Jan. 26 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Olivia Grover's season-high 25 points and 12 rebounds -- defeated Candor 55-45 Thursday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Candor gym.

The victory lifted O-M's season mark to 13-2, and moved the Indians (9-1 in IAC play) closer to a division title. If Watkins Glen defeats Spencer-Van Etten (9-4, 6-2) tonight (Friday), then Odessa can clinch the title with a win over S-VE on Wednesday.

O-M, down 16-9 after one quarter, rallied in the second period to pull ahead 22-20 by halftime. It then pulled away with a 14-6 third quarter and a 36-26 lead entering the final period. Grover had 17 points in the middle two quarters "and was dominant in the paint tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich.

The victory wasn't locked up yet, though. After Gillian Clark hit a 3-pointer to open the 4th quarter, Candor went on a 10-0 run to pull within three points, 39-36, with 5:26 remaining.

"Grace Vondracek started a 9-0 run for us with a tough shot in traffic," said Gavich, "and Gillian capped the run with her second 3 of the 4th quarter. A Kennedey Heichel layup off a length-of-the-floor inbounds pass from Grace and 5-for-6 from the line in the final minute overall put the game away."

Clark finished with 10 points, and Heichel with 6 points and 7 assists. Other points came from Sara Gardner (6), Vondracek (4), Alexis Saunders (3), and Nakiaha Robinson (1).

"We played pretty well over the final three quarters tonight in what is always a hostile environment," said Gavich, "and got contributions from a lot of people in important spots."

O-M returns to action Saturday at home against South Seneca (11-3). The JV game has been canceled, but the varsity plays at 5 p.m.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Candor 30-15 to improve to 10-4. Kara Reese led the team in scoring with 12 points, while Autumn Garrison scored 10.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Olivia Grover (File photo)

Odessa-Montour's Brandon Ray launches a shot as Coach Matt Johnston, right, watches.

Odessa-Montour boys defeat Candor

ODESSA, Jan. 26 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team pulled away in the fourth quarter and then held off Candor down the stretch for a 48-43 victory Thursday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Zach Elliott led Odessa with 14 points and 16 rebounds, along with 4 blocks and 4 assists as the Indians (5-9) ended a four-game losing streak. Curtis Harris also had a double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

Other points came from Noah Austin (11 with 7 rebounds), Noah Angle (5), Brandon Ray (3), and Preston Harris (2). The team was 16-for-30 from the foul line.

Steven Kern led Candor with 19 points. The team was 9-for-18 from the foul line.

"Candor came out and started the game putting pressure on us," said O-M Coach Matt Johnston, "and that gave us a little bit of trouble early, so we made some adjustments at halftime and that proved to be very beneficial for us."

In the first half, the two teams were tied six times, and Odessa had the lead only once, briefly near the end of the second quarter. Odessa, down 12-9 after one quarter and 24-23 at halftime, scored the first seven points of the third period to pull ahead 30-24 before Candor rallied to within a point, 34-33, entering the final quarter.

O-M dominated the first five minutes of the fourth period, riding a 12-1 run to a 46-34 lead. Candor fought back, closing to the final deficit of five points on a 3-pointer with 18 seconds remaining.

"Zach Elliott had 10 rebounds alone in the second half," said Coach Johnston, "and that was huge for us to get a few one-and-out possessions from Candor. Our defense was the difference in the second half, holding them to only 19 points.

"This was a really nice win for us after a skid that we went on the last few games. We needed this mentally to get us back on track."

O-M returns to action at Spencer-Van Etten on Tuesday. The JV tipoff is at 6 p.m.

Junior Varsity: Candor defeated Odessa-Montour 77-22. O-M's record is now 6-8.

Photos in text: O-M's Curtis Harris (top) and Zach Elliott (11) shoot in traffic.

Left: O-M's Noah Angle shoots. Right: Odessa's Noah Austin wins the tipoff.

Left: Odessa's Noah Austin goes to the hoop. Right: O-M's Preston Harris shoots.

Senior Night

Six members of the Watkins Glen High School varsity bowling team were honored at a Senior Night ceremony before Thursday's Interscholastic Athletic Conference match against Newark Valley at Harborside Lanes in Watkins Glen. Bowling in their final home match of their high school careers were, from left: John Reed, Patrick Bannon, Steven Bradley, Conlin Wysocki, Kendra Cornish and Arnaz Bharucha. Results of the match were not immediately available.

Bowling: Watkins boys split, girls win

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 26 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team won 4-0 and the boys team split 2-2 in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches Thursday at Harborside Lanes.

Girls: Watkins Glen won all three games and total pinfall, 2070-1770. Nikole VanDyke led the Senecas with a 485 series, while Hayley Cornish posted a 473. Other scores: Kendra Cornish 414, Makenzie Kellogg 382, and Arnaz Bharucha 302.

Boys: Watkins Glen won the third game and total pinfall, 2558-2524, for a 2-2 split with the Cardinals. H. Nathaniel Rose led the Senecas with a 552 series that included a 202 game, while Conlin Wysocki rolled a 521, Wrett Brower 513, Steven Bradley 486, John Reed 457, and Patrick Bannon 444.

The Senecas conclude their regular season against Tioga on the road Tuesday.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Kendra Cornish applies a little body English as her ball nears the pins.

Watkins Glen's John Reed gives a fist pump after registering a strike in Monday's match.

Watkins Glen bowlers defeat Lansing

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 23 --The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories Monday over Lansing in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Boys: H. Nathaniel Rose led the boys to a 2844-2224 victory with a 212-206-195=613 series. John Reed rolled a 578 series that included a 223 game, while Conlin Wysocki posted a 555 (with a 220), Steven Bradley 547, Wrett Brower 512, and Wyatt Brower 493.

Girls: Hayley Cornish led the Senecas to a 1995-1745 win with a 440 series. Other scores included: Nancy Jackson 435, Nikole VanDyke 380, Alyiah Clink-Bentley 375, and Makenzie Kellogg 365.

The teams return to action Thursday at home against Newark Valley. It will be Senior Night.

Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Makenzie Kellogg celebrates after converting a split in Monday's match against Lansing.

Left: Watkins Glen's Nancy Jackson receives congratulations following a strike.
Right:
The Senecas' Conlin Wysocki reacts after registering a strike.

Athletes of Week: bowler, swimmer, runner

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 22 -- This week we honor two Odessa-Montour athletes and one from Watkins Glen High School as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Junior Jackie Vincent earns one of the O-M nods for a great week of bowling, capped off with a 268 game and 703 series. After a 131 game Tuesday, she ran off a string of five straight games of 200 or better Tuesday and Thursday -- an average in those games of 231.

O-M senior Billy Tague earns a nod too for his stunning victory in the 100 Breaststroke at the John Beecher Invitational in Elmira that led his team to the C division title. Tague was seeded fifth, but beat the competiton by shaving more than four seconds off his seed time.

Gabe Planty earns the WGHS nod for his first-place finish and school record 9:43.84 in the Division Two 3200 Meter Run at the Hurley Invitational at Ithaca College -- breaking a mark held by alum Matt Gill.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen track's Isobel Scheffey and Allie Gibson; Watkins Glen bowler Wrett Brower; O-M basketball's Olivia Grover.

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

IAC wrestling: Several podium finishes

NEWARK VALLEY, Jan. 20 -- Several Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen High School wrestlers earned podium finishes Saturday at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet at Newark Valley High School.

--O-M's Dylan Houseknecht placed 2nd at 285 pounds.
--WG's Kameryn Sheldon was 2nd at 220 pounds.
--WG's Dalton Cummings was 2nd at 182 pounds.
--O-M's Jeremiah Lynch was 3rd at 160 pounds.
--O-M's Jacob Zimmer was 3rd at 152 pounds.
--O-M's Andrew Hartford was 4th at 126 pounds.
--O-M's Daniel Minnier was 5th at 160 pounds.
--WG's Dawson Wade was 5th at 113 pounds.

Odessa-Montour placed 6th overall at the IAC meet among 13 teams, while Watkins Glen was 12th.

Photo in text: O-M's Jeremiah Lynch (top) on the way to third place at 160 pounds.

Note: O-M Coach Bill Lindsley was presented a trophy recognizing his team as the winner during the regular season of the IAC Division II, consisting of O-M, Groton, Edison, Marathon, Moravia, Watkins Glen and Lansing. Odessa is 5-0 in the division, with one meet remaining (against Lansing on Jan. 31). Groton finished second at 4-2. It was the Indians' second straight divisional title.

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 3

The following was provided by Watkins Glen Youth Basketball at the conclusion of its third weekend of competition in the Watkins Glen High School Field House.

3rd-4th Grades

Famous Brands 16, Watkins Motel 10
Famous Brands: Lucas Hoffman 8, Amos Diliberto 4, Rachel Vickio 4
Watkins Motel: Levi J. Murphy 6, Jude Santos 4

Church St. Produce 8, Curly's Family Restaurant 0
Church St. Produce: Zade Gomez Fitzsimmons 4, Jayden Scholtisek 4

Watkins Sporting Goods 11, Maguire's 6
Sporting Goods: Caleb Bresett 9, Nolan Reynolds 2
Maguire's: Isaak Willett 4, Dominic Gould 2

Standings:
Church St. Produce 3-0
Watkins Motel 2-1
Famous Brands 2-1
Watkins Sporting Goods 2-1
Maguire's 0-3
Curly's Family Restaurant 0-3

5th-6th Grades

Capt. Bill's 17, Watkins Glen Supply 16
Capt. Bill's: Brandon Chiacchiarini 9, Christopher Simiele 8
WG Supply: Nick D'Alleva 14, Nicole Chiacchiarini 2

VanSkiver Motors 38, Seneca Lodge 10
VanSkiver's: Ryan Willett 26, Lillian Ameigh 4, Olivia Van Skiver 2, Brennian Elliott 2, Jazmine Craven 2, Elijah Nyre 2
Seneca Lodge: Sarah Jones 4, Brady Bockelkamp 4, Tyler Smith 2

Standings:

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

The O-M swim team celebrates its Class C title at the Beecher meet. (Photo provided)

O-M wins C title at Elmira swim meet

ELMIRA, Jan. 21 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team -- led by Billy Tague's victory in the 100 Yard Breaststroke -- captured the C Division title Saturday at the annual John Beecher Swimming and Diving Invitational at the Ernie Davis Academy natatorium.

Tague, seeded 5th entering the race (with a best of 1:08.17), posted a winning time of 1:03.86. Corning's Cal Bartone was second in 1:04.75. That finish waas "unexpected" and "the highlight of the meet," in the words of O-M Coach Terri Brace. Tague also placed 6th in the 200 Individual Medley with a time of 2:10.22.

Odessa-Montour finished with 319.5 points to win its division, with Greece second at 284.5, Susquehanna Valley third with 226, and Watkins Glen fourth with 67.

Ithaca won the A Division, and Addison took the B Division. There were a total of 16 teams competing.

"The O-M boys were absolutely on fire," Coach Brace said. "We have had two invitationals cancelled recently due to weather, and I knew they were chomping at the bit to swim really fast. The Elmira Invitational is a great meet that always provides excellent competition and high energy. I knew the boys were poised to do well, but they swam so fast they even surprised me. They went into the meet with one mission and that was to win the Class C title. Every swimmer on the team scored points in the class division, and they all swam personal best times along the way. I am so happy for them, and I couldn't be more proud to be their coach.

"In the overall competition," she added, "O-M placed 9th, which is very impressive, considering the level of competition and sizes of the rosters of the teams in attendance. The meet is run with all classes seeded together, and the top six in each event earn medals and podium appearances. O-M made podium in the 200 Medley Relay by taking 5th, with the team of Alec Betts, Billy Tague, Jacob Mayette and Brett Walters in a season-best time of 1:50.28. The same relay team just missed podium in the 200 Free Relay by taking 7th with a season-best time of 1:37.94.

Other PRs (personal records) by O-M swimmers:

--Alec Betts in the 500 Free (5:41.71) and 100 Back (1:05.16)
--Cameron Adams in the 200 Free (2:06.43) and 500 Free (5:55.30)
--Tyler Carson in the 200 IM (2:48.58) and 100 Breast (1:22.19)
--Johnny Neidermaier in the 100 Back (1:18.14)
--Brett Walters in the 50 Free (24.97) and 100 Back (1:07.98)
--Jacob Mayette in the 50 Free (25.33) and 100 Fly (1:04.08)
--Bailey Hornbrook in the 50 Free (26.17)
--Micah Brewster in the 500 Free (6:31.05) and 100 Back (1:19.02)
--Justin Andrews in the 200 Free (2:49.96) and 100 Free (1:15.15)
--Noah Hollenbeck in the 200 Free (2:58.00)
--Caleb Thomas in the 100 Breast (1:21.76)
--Liam Mayette in the 500 Free (6:40.00)

And this from Watkins Glen Coach Megan Hoy:

"All of the boys had a personal best, whether it was in a relay, or in an individual event. I am very proud at how far they have come already this season."

--The 200 Medley Relay team of James Jensen, Scott Brubaker, Nathaniel Wickham and Jacob Asbury posted a new season best with a time of 2:23.07. They dropped 5 seconds.
--Jacob Asbury registered a new personal best in the 50 Free with a time of 29.32. In the same event, Nathaniel Wickham got a season best with a time of 24.34.
--In the 100 Free, Nathaniel Wickham notched a personal best with a time of 55.60, dropping 2 seconds.
--Scott Brubaker achieved a personal best in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:29.45.

Photo in text: O-M's Billy Tague on the podium after winning the 100 Breaststroke. (Photo provided)

Watkins cheerleaders 2nd at winter meet

ENDICOTT, Jan. 21 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity cheerleading squad placed second in the Co-Ed division Saturday at the Winter Chill Vibes Invitational at Union-Endicott High School.

The Senecas' score of 48.3 points was just shy of Johnson City's winning score of 49.1.

"This was an excellent start to the season," said Coach Alicia Shutts, whose team returns to competition next Saturday (Jan. 27) in the Bling It On 2018 meet at Baldwinsville High School. The competition begins at 10 a.m., with WGHS competing at 11:40 a.m.

Note: Odessa-Montour also competed at Saturday's meet, but their results were not immediately available.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen cheerleaders during the pyramid portion of their routine. (Photo by George Rutledge)

Four members of Watkins Glen's Indoor Track team pose at the Hurley Invitational. From left: Allie Gibson, Megan Hazlitt, Isabella Fazzary, and Isobel Scheffey. Gibson (Long Jump) and Scheffey (300 Meters) set school records at the meet.

WG's Planty wins 3200, sets school mark

Scheffey, Gibson also post school records at Hurley Invitational

ITHACA, Jan. 20 -- Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty won the Division Two 3200 Meter Run Friday at the Hurley Invitational at Ithaca College, in the process setting a new school indoor record.

But that wasn't the only WGHS record set.

Planty finished in a time of 9:43.84, breaking a school mark of 9:51 set by alum Matt Gill in his sophomore year. Aaron Planty was second in Friday's race in 10:13.57.

When combining the Division One and Two runners, Planty was second, behind only Corning's Quinn Nicholson, who posted a 9:34.68.

Two other Watkins Glen records fell:

--Isobel Scheffey broke her own 300 Meter school record with a 46.46 while placing 3rd;
--Allie Gibson broke the school indoor Long Jump record with a leap of 14'8" while placing 2nd. The mark was previously held by Claire McManus at 14'4".

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty at the Hurley Invitational (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen girls turn back ND, 48-36

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 20 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team overcame a sluggish start Friday night, pulling away from Notre Dame in the fourth quarter to post a 48-36 Interscholastic Athletic conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas, now 11-3, were out of sync in the first half, sinking just four baskets from the field and scoring 14 points. But Notre Dame, minus the flu-ridden mainstay Mary Foster, managed just three baskets and 12 points.

The third quarter was a see-saw affair, with the teams tied 27-27 with two minutes left. As if a switch was flipped, the Senecas scored the final five points of the period -- on a Hannah Morse free throw and layups by Ryanna LaMoreaux and Taylor Kelly. And then, after a Notre Dame 3-pointer, Watkins Glen went on a 12-0 run for a 44-30 lead, and coasted from there.

Kelly led the Senecas in scoring with 12 points, while Morse scored 8, LaMoreaux 7, Danielle Leszyk 7, Emmie Bond 7, Clara Chedzoy 3, Makenna Fraboni 2, and Jazmin Shea 2.

Chedzoy and Bond led in rebounds with 8 each, while LaMoreaux grabbed 6, Fraboni 5, Morse 4, and Kelly 4. LaMoreaux, Chedzoy and Leszyk registered 4 steals apiece, while Morse led in assists with 5. The team was 11-for-17 from the fol line.

Maddy Watts led Notre Dame with 17 points, while Courtney Crater and Kaylia Rivera scored 8 each.

Junior Varsity: There was no JV game, since Notre Dame has no JV team.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse drives to the basket in second-half action.
Bottom: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly takes aim at the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond prepares to shoot. Right: The Senecas' Ryanna LaMoreaux takes the ball to the hoop. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins' Clara Chedzoy, left, and Danielle Leszyk shoot. (Photo on left by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen boys lose to ND, 65-63

SOUTHPORT, Jan. 20 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team rallied in the fourth quarter but fell short Friday night, dropping a 65-63 decision to Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the ND gym.

The loss dropped the Senecas' season mark to 6-5 heading into a game next Friday at Spencer-Van Etten. Notre Dame is 9-5.

The Senecas fell behind 24-11 in the first quarter, and were down 35-24 at halftime and 51-37 entering the final period. They outscored the Crusaders 26-14 down the stretch, but couldn't catch up.

"We kept chipping away," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, "and were down 63-60 and had the ball, but turned it over on an inbounds pass. Notre Dame then sank a couple of free throws. We hit a three with 3 seconds left and no timeouts, and all they had to do was inbounds the ball" and run out the clock.

Michael Doane led the Senecas in scoring with 18 points, while Dayne Hughey scored 17, Alex Schimizzi 12, Joe Chedzoy 9, and Isaac McIlroy 7. The team converted 6 of 11 free throws.

Hughey led in rebounds with 10, while Chedzoy grabbed 4. McIlroy led in steals with 3.

Notre Dame was led by Gary Raupers' 35 points, which included six 3-pointers. He scored 14 of his team's 16 points in the third quarter, and 8 of his team's 14 in the 4th period.

"Our effort was good," said Fazzary, "but we made some silly mistakes, and we weren't very good defending on Raupers. And we turned the ball over too many times -- 17."

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 9-2 with a 47-35 victory over Notre Dame. Adam Pastore led the Senecas with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 steals. Aidan DiGregorio added 12 points, Jordan Avery 11 with 9 rebounds, Dylan Morse 6, and Travon Jones 3 wih 5 steals.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dayne Hughey, left, sends a shot on its way. (Photo by David Franzese)

Left: O-M's Noah Angle drives to the hoop. Right: The Indians' Curtis Harris takes aim from under the basket.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to Tioga, 69-44

ODESSA, Jan. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 4-9 Friday night when the Indians dropped a 69-44 decision to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Odessa fell behind early, trailing 23-8 after one period and 39-17 at halftime. The Indians outscored Tioga in the third period, 19-17, but could get no closer than 18 points.

Zach Elliott led O-M with 14 points, including 11 of his team's 17 points in the first half. Other points came from Curtis Harris (10), Brandon Ray (6), Noah Austin (4), Noah Angle (2), Clayton Zinger (2), Paden Grover (2), and Jonah Thompson (2). The team was 6-for-14 from the foul line.

Connor Hutchinson led Tioga with 18 points, while Tanner Hollenbeck scored 12 and Pierce Hendershot 11. The team was 6-for-8 from the foul line.

"They beat us in every facet of the game," said O-M Coach Matt Johnston, adding that he was "proud of the effort that my kids gave in the third quarter. But it wasn't enough to help bring us back from the 22-point halftime deficit."

The Indians return to action Thursday at home against Candor.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour improved to 6-7 with a 51-37 victory over Tioga. Ben Mathews led the Indians with 25 points.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Zach Elliott drives to the basket against Tioga.

The Odessa-Montour cheerleaders performed at halftime Frdiay night in preparation for a competition at Union-Endicott High School today (Saturday).

O-M girls defeat Tioga, improve to 12-2

TIOGA CENTER, Jan. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- with three players in double figures -- defeated Tioga 47-35 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Tioga gym.

The Indians, up 8-6 after one period and 18-17 at halftime, rallied with a 19-6 third period for a 37-23 lead entering the final period.

"We picked up our defensive intensity for most of the game tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "and that was the difference. It was a real physical grind tonight, and I am very proud of how hard we played at both ends of the floor."

Nakiaha Robinson led the team in scoring with 14 points (including 11 in the third quarter), and had 7 rebounds and 5 steals. Olivia Grover scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Gillian Clark scored 11 points and had 8 rebounds. Other points came from Kennedey Heichel (5, with 4 assists), Sara Gardner (3), and Grace Vondracek (2).

The win lifted O-M 's record to 12-2, including 8-1 in the IAC. It has a 1.5-game lead on Spencer-Van Etten (6-2) in the Small School South Division with four league games left for the Indians.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Tioga 49-44 to improve to 9-4. Kara Reese led the Indians with 18 points, while Autumn Garrison scored 13.

Vincent's 703 leads O-M girls to 3-1 win

GROTON, Jan. 19 -- Odessa-Montour High School junior Jackie Vincent recorded a career-high 703 series Thursday as her team defeated Groton 3-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match.

Vincent rolled games of 200, 235 and 268 as O-M won the first and third games and total pinfall, 2317-2281. She rolled strikes in each of the first eight frames of her third game -- her fifth 200 or better game in a row this week. On Tuesday -- against Candor at Owego Bowl -- she opened with a 131 before rolling a 235 and 217 for a 583 series.

Other scores Thursday for Odessa included a 424 by Kacie Wood and a 414 by Jana Arias.

Boys: Odessa-Montour fell to Groton 3-1, winning only the third game and losing total pinfall by a 2264-2056 margin. Eric Rumsey led O-M with a 480 series, while Andrew Ink posted a 454 and Jesse Jordan a 424.

Odessa-Montour returns to action next Friday at home against Marathon. It will be Senior Night.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Jackie Vincent. (File photo)

Left: Watkins' Hannah Morse drives to the hoop between Waverly's Sidney Tomasso (12, left) and Alex Tomasso (10). Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy shoots in heavy traffic.

Watkins girls fall to unbeaten Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 19 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team sustained its third loss of the season Thurday night when it lost to Class B and undefeated Waverly 60-44 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House gym.

The Senecas (10-3) stayed close in a fast-paced first quarter that saw Waverly (12-0) establish a 20-16 lead, and were within striking distance at halftime down 27-20. But the Wolverines pulled well ahead with an 11-2 run in the first three minutes of the third quarter for a 38-22 lead that proved ample to withstand a Watkins Glen rally.

The Senecas, down 43-32 entering the fourth quarter, cut the deficit to six points with 6:37 remaining, but could get no closer. Waverly responded with a 10-2 run, and coasted from there, adding to the lead with some late free throws.

Elle Nittinger led Waverly with 21 points, while Alex Tomasso scored 20. The team was 21-for-30 from the foul line.

Hannah Morse and Taylor Kelly led Watkins in scoring with 11 points each, while Clara Chedzoy registered 9 points, Ryanna LaMoreaux 8, and Emmie Bond 5.

Kelly led the Senecas in rebounds with 11, while LaMoreaux grabbed 8, Morse 6, Chedzoy 6, Bond 4, and Danielle Leszyk 2. Morse led in assists with 5.

Watkins Glen returns to action tonight (Friday) at home against Notre Dame. The varsity game will start at 6 p.m., since ND has no junior varsity.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 11-2 with a 40-28 victory over Waverly. The Senecas led 12-7 after one period, 24-12 at halftime, and 35-20 entering the fourth quarter. Waverly scored the first eight points of the period to close to within 35-28, but the Senecas scored the final five points, all on free throws.

Adrie Solomon led Watkins Glen in scoring with 15 points, while Kelsey Kernan registered 12. Other points came from Amanda Wilbur (4), Natalie Edmister (4), and Aislinn Klemann (3).

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly shoots (top); and the Senecas' Ryanna LaMoreaux penetrates for a shot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond, center, battles a Waverly player for possession of the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann (5) applies tight defense on a Waverly ball-carrier, who was called for traveling. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Wilbur, center, battles two Waverly players for the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan looks for a shot. Right: The Senecas' Adrie Solomon moves the ball upcourt. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Bowling: Watkins Glen boys, girls lose

UNION SPRINGS, Jan. 19 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams sustained 4-0 losses Thursday to Union Springs/Port Byron in Interscholastic Athletic Conference road matches.

Boys: Watkins Glen dropped all three games by a combined 3201-2877. Wrett Brower led the Senecas with a 191-207-221=619 series, while Steven Bradley posted a 200-212-183=595.

Other scores included a 585 by Conlin Wysocki that included a 207; a 567 by Wyatt Brower; a 504 by John Reed, and a 484 by H. Nathaniel Rose. USPB had four bowlers over 600, including a 707.

Girls: Watkins Glen lost all three games by a combined 2330-1986. Nancy Jackson led the Senecas with a 452 series, while Alyiah Clink-Bentley rolled a 407, Kendra Cornish 400, Nikole VanDyke 398, and Makenzie Kellogg 329.

Odessa-Montour's Alec Betts on the way to second place in the 200 Yard Freestyle.

Odessa swimmers fall to Waverly, 52-42

ODESSA, Jan. 19 -- The Odessa-Montour high school varsity swim team's season record slipped to 6-3 Thursday when the Indians dropped a 52-42 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

The Indians, who had won five straight meets since the last time they faced (and lost to) Waverly on Dec. 7, captured first-place in five races Thursday, with Billy Tague involved in four of them (the 200 Individual Medley, 500 Free, 200 Medley Relay and 200 Free Relay). Alec Betts was on both winning relays, and won the 100 Breaststroke.

"The O-M boys left it all in the pool tonight," said Odessa Coach Terri Brace. "It just wasn't enough. O-M took an early lead by taking 1-3 in the medley relay, and maintained the lead until Waverly tied it up 21-21 after the 100 Fly. O-M tied it up again 34-34 after winning the 200 Free Relay by .71 seconds. Waverly went into the lead after taking 1-2 in the Backstroke, and even though O-M won the 100 Breast, it just wasn't enough to win the meet. Waverly won the last relay to secure the win.

"Overall I couldn't be more proud of the team," she added. "They went after them as hard as they could. Waverly is the defending IAC champion and currently undefeated. The O-M boys put up a valiant effort in every race. They swam with heart and there were so many PRs (personal records). Many of the races were so close, and there were a few that could have swung the meet our way if they had turned out differently. Tonight the team raised the bar for themselves, and I am very excited to see how they do this weekend at the Elmira Invitational."

The O-M first-place finishes: 

200 Medley Relay: OM Alec Betts, Billy Tague, Jake Mayette and Brett Walters 1:55.47
200 IM: OM Billy Tague 2:10.13 (PR)
500 Free: OM Billy Tague 5:18.30
200 Free Relay: OM Alec Betts, Bailey Hornbrook, Jake Mayette, Billy Tague 1:40.26 (season-best time)
100 Breast: Alec Betts 1:15.10

Second-place finishes for O-M:

--Alec Betts in the 200 Free (2:06.29)
--Jacob Mayette in the 50 Free (25.59 PR) and 100 Fly (1:06.74)
--Brett Walters in the 100 Free (55.85 PR)
--400 Free Relay of Cameron Adams, Micah Brewster, Bailey Hornbrook and Brett Walters (4:16.93)

Other PRs:

--Cameron Adams in the 200 Free -- 2:07.53
--Bailey Hornbrook in the 100 Free -- 57.76
--Micah Brewster in the 500 Free -- 6:35.39
--Tyler Carson in the 100 Back -- 1:12.60
--Caleb Thomas in the 100 Breast -- 1:21.73
--Johnny Neidermaier in the 100 Free -- 1:07.49 (relay leadoff)

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Billy Tague dives at start of the 200 IM, which he won.
Bottom: O-M's Jacob Mayette dives at start of the 50 Free, where he finished second.

Watkins Glen's Scott Brubaker dives during the 200 Yard Free Relay.

Glen swimmers fall to Lansing, 76-38

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 19 -- The undermanned Watkins Glen High School varsity swim team dropped a 76-38 decision Thursday to Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The Senecas, with only five swimmers, were led by Nate Wickham, who finished first in the 50 Free in 24.42, and was second in the 100 Free in 57.93.

The team will compete this weekend in the Elmira Invitational.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham on the way to second place in the 50 Free.

Watkins Glen's James Jensen competes in the 100 Yard Freestyle race.

O-M's Olivia Grover looks to shoot over a Dryden defender after driving to the basket.

Odessa-Montour girls defeat Dryden

ODESSA, Jan. 18 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Olivia Grover's double-double -- defeated Dryden 45-26 Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Grover scored 13 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Indians -- who lost in their last outing to Notre Dame -- pulled away from the Lions with an 11-0 second period and a 17-7 third quarter.

Other points came from Gillian Clark (10), Nakiaha Robinson (9, with 4 assists and 5 steals), Sara Gardner (6), Kennedey Heichel (3, with 4 assists), Grace Vondracek (2), and Heidi Casselberry (2). The Indians (now 11-2) struggled at the foul line, going 6-for-17.

Dryden, now 5-4, was 5-for-14 at the foul line.

"We were pretty solid defensively tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "which was totally needed since we struggled to put the ball in the basket again, especially in that first half. We had a pretty good stretch offensively in the third quarter, and 28 points in the second half was a much better performance."

Odessa returns to action Friday at Tioga.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour rolled past Dryden 44-17. Jolynn Minnier scored 12 points for the Indians, while Kara Reese scored 11, Autumn Garrison 7, Hannah Chapman 6, Jessica Carnes 4, Ida Sidle 2, and Taylor Cain 2. The Indians led 10-4 after one period, 26-10 at halftime, and 42-12 entering the fourth quarter. The team was 6-for-11 from the foul line. Dryden converted 4 of 12 free throws.

Photo in text: O-M's Nakiaha Robinson drives to the hoop, drawing a foul.

O-M's Kennedey Heichel sends a shot on its way, and pays for it with some tight defense.

Left: O-M's Gillian Clark drives to the basket. Right: The Indians' Alexis Saunders moves past a Dryden defender.

Left: O-M's McKennah Lott moves the ball. Right: The Indians' Sara Gardner shoots.

Odessa-Montour's Heidi Casselberry (32, left) and Grace Vondracek (right) shoot.

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Autumn Garrison drives to the basket. Right: The Indians' Kara Reese encounters traffic.

Left: O-M's Jessica Carnes prepares to shoot. Right: O-M's Ida Sidle (13) shoots.

Watkins Glen wrestlers fall to Moravia

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 18 -- The undermanned Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team fell to Moravia 60-12 Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at WGHS.

The Watkins team, with only four wrestlers, honored its two seniors -- Alexis Shea and Dalton Cummings -- in a Senior Night ceremony before the match. Shea was sidelined by an injury, leaving the team with three active wrestlers, two of whom won.

Dawson Wade was victorious at 113 pounds, pinning his opponent in 3:42 in the night's opening match, giving the Senecas a brief 6-0 lead. By the time another Watkins wrestler took to the mat, Moravia had racked up eight forfeit victories -- at 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160 and 170 pounds -- for a 48-6 lead.

The Senecas' Cummings lost by a pin in 3:26 at 182 pounds, and another forfeit at 195 pounds gave Moravia its final points. Watkins Glen's Kameryn Sheldon then won the 220-pound bout with a pin in 1:32.

The Senecas return to action at the IAC Wrestling Championships Saturday at Newark Valley High School.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Kameryn Sheldon lifts his opponent on the way to victoryat 220.
Bottom: Injured Seneca wrestler Alexis Shea sings the National Anthem before the match.

Left: Glen wrestler Dalton Cummings (right) battles in the 182-pound bout, which he lost. Right: The Senecas' Dawson Wade (red headpiece) on the way to winning at 113 pounds.

Odessa wrestlers lose to Dryden, 64-6

DRYDEN, Jan. 18 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team fell to Dryden 64-6 Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Dryden gym.

The lone victory for O-M came from Dylan Houseknecht, who remained unbeaten this season at 285 pounds. He defeated Dryden's James Jackson with a pin in 4:50.

Odessa forfeited at 99, 106, 132, 138, 152 and 220 pounds, and lost bouts at 113, 120, 126, 145, 160 and 170 pounds.

Watkins Glen's Nikole VanDyke reacts after failing to convert a spare.

Bowling: Watkins Glen boys top Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 16 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity bowling team -- with five bowlers at 500 or better -- defeated Waverly 3-1 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes.

The Senecas won the first and third games and total pinfall, 2776-2611. Wrett Brower led the way with a 583 series that included 204 and 216 games.

Next came Conlin Wysocki with a 554 that included a 204; H. Nathaniel Rose with a 533 that included games of 209 and 201; Wyatt Brower with a 531, and Steven Bradley with a 500 that included a 212. In addition, John Reed rolled a 495.

Girls: Watkins Glen fell to Waverly, 4-0, by a margin of 2337-2151. Hayley Cornish led the Senecas with a 459 series. Other scores: Nikole VanDyke 445, Nancy Jackson 429, Alyiah Clink-Bentley 418, Makenzie Kellogg 386, and Kendra Cornish 349.

Watkins Glen returns to action Thursday at Union Springs.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's H. Nathaniel Rose sends the pins scattering for a strike.

From left: Watkins Glen's Wyatt Brower, Makenzie Kellogg and Conlin Wysocki.

Odessa-Montour bowlers defeat Candor

OWEGO, Jan. 16 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams topped Candor in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches Tuesday at Owego Bowl.

Boys: O-M won 4-0, outscoring Candor 2067-1316. Eric Rumsey led Odessa with a 472 series, while Colton Chapman posted a 453 and Andrew Ink a 447.

Girls: O-M won the second and third games and total pinfall, 2056-2029 for a 3-1 victory. Jackie Vincent rolled a 583 that included a 235 and a 217. Pixie Kinner posted a 400.

The Indians return to action Thursday at Groton.

Athletes of the Week: 3 who excelled

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

The wrestler is Odessa-Montour's Dylan Houseknecht, who won the 285-pound weight class at the annual Mike Watson Invitational Tournament at Watkins Glen High School with an exciting triple-overtime victory in the title bout to remain unbeaten this year.

The basketball players are Watkins Glen's Dayne Hughey and Taylor Kelly. Hughey had two huge games off the boards, grabbing 15 and then 17 rebounds (while scoring a total of 17 points), as the boys team won twice to improve to 6-4. Kelly scored 41 points (16 and then 25), grabbed a dozen rebounds and blocked three shots as the girls team split two games and finished the week 10-2.

Double Honorable: O-M swimmers Billy Tague and Alec Betts; Watkins Glen bowlers Steven Bradley, H. Nathaniel Rose and Wrett Brower; O-M bowler Eric Rumsey; O-M basketball player Gillian Clark; Watkins Glen basketball's Ryanna LaMoreaux and Hannah Morse; and O-M wrestler Jeremiah Lynch.

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

Odessa-Montour's Jeremiah Lynch (top) on the way to winning the third-place bout.

O-M's Houseknecht wins Watson at 285

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 14 -- Odessa-Montour junior Dylan Houseknecht remained unbeaten this season when he claimed the 285-pound championship of the annual Mike Watson Invitational Wrestling Tournament at the Watkins Glen High School Field House.

Houseknecht, 21-0 this season and 2-0 at the tourney (including one forfeit), defeated South Seneca's Quinton Mundell 1-0 in triple overtime in the title match, earning the key point on an escape.

The match was scoreless through the three regulation two-minute periods, and again in a sudden-death one-minute overtime. Then came two mandatory 30-second periods, with the escape coming in the first of the two periods. Houseknecht then held Mundell off the scoreboard the rest of the way.

Houseknecht came to O-M his freshman year after attending South Seneca, where Mundell was among his friends. So "it was a grudge match," O-M Coach Bill Lindsley said, smiling.

The O-M victory at 285 was the only one posted in any weight class by wrestlers from Odessa and Watkins Glen. The closest anybody else from those schools came to a title was a second-place by Kameryn Sheldon of Watkins Glen at 220 pounds. He went 1-1, losing the finale to Dylan Dunham of Whitney Point by a pin in 1:58.

Odessa's Jeremiah Lynch finished third at 160 pounds, going 3-1 and defeating Maine-Endwell's Roman Jellick by a pin in 1:54 in the third-place bout. In the same weight class, O-M's Daniel Minnier placed fifth, going 4-2.

Other finishes:

--O-M's Jacob Zimmer went 4-2 while placing fourth at 152 pounds.
--O-M's Colin Haag placed 5th at 138 pounds, going 2-2.
--Watkins Glen's Dawson Wade was 2-2 while placing fourth at 113 pounds.
--O-M's Andrew Hartford was fifth at 126 pounds, going 3-2.
--Watkins Glen's Dalton Cummings was fifth at 182 pounds, going 2-2.

Danville, Pennsylvania High School won the team title with 238.50 points. Spencer-Van Etten/Candor was second at 194.50, followed by Vestal (177) and Chenango Valley (133). O-M was 9th with 91.50 points, and Watkins Glen finished with 32 points. Sixteen teams were originally listed, but the weather reduced the number to 14 the first day and 12 the second.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Dylan Houseknecht, right, sends South Seneca's Quinton Mundell to the mat.
Bottom: Houseknecht on the podium. He won at 285 pounds.

On the podium: From left, O-M's Dan Minnier and Jeremiah Lynch, fifth and third respectively at 160 pounds, and Kameryn Sheldon of WGHS, second at 220 pounds.

O-M boys lose to Notre Dame, 68-40

SOUTHPORT, Jan. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team fell far behind early and never got close Friday night as it dropped a 68-40 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the ND gym.

The Indians, in losing their third straight game after winning four in a row, slipped to 4-8 on the season heading into a game Friday at home against Tioga.

The Indians were plagued by Notre Dame's press and, in particular, its 3-point shooting. The Crusaders connected on 13 of them, four each by Gary Raupers (22 points) and Cole Clark (19 points).

Notre Dame (7-5) opened a 40-11 halftime lead and cruised from there.

Curtis Harris led Odessa-Montour with 13 points.

Odessa-Montour girls fall to ND, 52-24

ODESSA, Jan. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team fell behind early and never found an offensive rhythm Friday night, dropping a 52-24 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Two nights after an emotional victory over intracountry rival Watkins Glen before a loud capacity crowd, the Indians appeared listless in a quieter gym that was less than half full.

They led 2-0, but quickly fell behind 8-2 and then 20-4 as Notre Dame's 6'3" Mary Foster took control, affecting O-M shot selections and dominating on rebounds. By halftime, she had 12 of her game-high 16 points. She finished with 15 rebounds, while teammate Kahlia Rivera had a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Notre Dame Coach Mike D'Aloisio put it in perspective. "We played well," he said, "and they were obviously a little on the down side after Wednesday night. I understand that."

The score at halftime was 28-12, and O-M cut the deficit to 13 points, 28-15, with a 3-pointer by Gillian Clark in the opening moments of the third period. But any hope of a comeback was quickly ended as the Crusaders scored nine straight points for a 37-15 lead midway through the quarter, which ended 42-20.

Notre Dame pulled farther ahead in the closing period, outscoring O-M 10-4 as the Indians subbed in bench players with 3:15 remaining.

"I'm dumbfounded," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, noting that to say his team was "flat" would be "the understatement of the century."

Clark led O-M in scoring with 11 points, while Sara Gardner scored 4, Nakiaha Robinson 3, Kennedey Heichel 2, Grace Vondracek 2, Olivia Grover (in early foul trouble) 1, and Heidi Casselberry 1. The team was 8-for-16 from the foul line.

Nore Dame had four players in double figures. In addition to Foster and Rivera, Maddy Watts scored 13 points, and Courtney Crater 10. The team was 12-for-17 from the foul line.

The loss leaves Odessa -- ranked 6th among Class C schools in New York State in the latest poll --with a 10-2 record, while Notre Dame is 8-4.

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

Junior Varsity: There was no game, since Notre Dame has no JV squad.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Nakiaha Robinson tries to shoot in heavy traffic.
Bottom: The Indians' Gillian Clark looks to shoot.

From left: O-M's Kennedey Heichel, Olivia Grover and Sara Gardner at Friday's game.

Left: O-M's Grace Vondracek tries to save a ball from going out of bounds. Right: The Indians' McKennah Lott drives to the basket.

Odessa-Montour's Daniel Minnier (top) takes control on the way to victory in an early bout against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor's Evan Barrett.

Watson Tournament begins at Field House

WATKINS GLEN, Jan 13 -- The first day of the annual two-day Mike Watson Invitational Wrestling Tournament was held Friday at the Watkins Glen High School Field House, with concluding rounds scheduled for Saturday.

The second-day, in a bow to the weather, was due to start at 1:30 p.m. instead of the previously planned 9:30 a.m. WGHS Athletic Director Rod Weeden said the finals should start no later than 6 p.m.

Thirteen teams are on hand, three fewer than expected due to weather concerns.

Among those reaching the semifinals were: Odessa-Montour's Andrew Hartford at 126 pounds; O-M's Collin Haag at 138; O-M's Jeremiah Lynch at 160; Watkins Glen's Dalton Cummings at 182; Watkins Glen's Kameryn Sheldon at 220; and O-M's Dylan Houseknecht at 285.

Photo: At the Field House.

Tourney champions

A new Schuyler Strikers U10 girls soccer team poses after winning a weekend tournament recently in Newark, NY. The local travel team has players from both the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour school districts. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen girls defeat Candor, 65-42

CANDOR, Jan. 11 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team -- led by Taylor Kelly's 25 points -- defeated Candor 65-42 Thursday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Candor gym.

The Senecas (10-2) were ahead 13-11 after one period, 31-26 at halftime, and 46-35 entering the final period. They outscored the Indians 19-7 down the stretch.

Kelly, who had four 3-pointers, also grabbed a team-high 6 rebounds, blocked 3 shots and had a steal.

Other statistics:

Ryanna LaMoreaux: 14 points (two 3-pointers), 2 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 blocks, 3 assists.
Hannah Morse: 3 points, 11 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals.
Clara Chedzoy: 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist.
Danielle Leszyk: 8 points (two 3-pointers), 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist.
Emmie Bond: 11 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal.
Jazmin Shea: 2 points.
Makenna Fraboni: 3 rebounds, 1 steal.
Jena Slater: 1 rebound.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 10-2 by defeating Candor 44-24. Aislinn Klemann led the team in scoring with 15 points. Adrie Solomon scored 7 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and registered 5 assists. Mattie Yontz scored 7 points, and Ali LaMoreaux scored 5 points.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly (File photo)

The Seneca Nation Bleacher Creatures were on hand to cheer on their team -- here as Collin Baker shoots a free throw.

Watkins boys top Candor, improve to 6-4

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 11 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team -- with three players scoring in double figures -- pulled away in the second half for a 47-36 victory over Candor Thursday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House gym.

Michael Doane led the Senecas in scoring with 14 points, 11 in the first half. Dayne Hughey, playing through an illness, scored 10 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. Alex Schimizzi scored 10 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and had 3 steals.

Other points came from Joe Chedzoy (5, with 5 rebounds), Isaac McIlroy (3), Owen Scholtisek (3), and Collin Baker (2). The team was 9-for-15 from the foul line.

Steven Kern led Candor (2-9) with 10 points. The team was 7-for-10 from the foul line.

"I think we were a little jet-lagged from Tuesday," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, referring to a comeback win over Odessa-Montour. "That one was pretty emotional."

He praised the play of Hughey, Doane and Schimizzi, but said "we made some decisions that weren't that great. We have to work on that. They could have bitten us, because the game was just two points entering the fourth" period. Watkins Glen led 36-34 at that point.

But the Senecas dominated the final period, outscoring Candor 11-2. A pair of 3-pointers fueled the offense down the stretch.

Watkins Glen returns to action Tuesday at Newark Valley.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 8-2 by handing Candor its second loss of the season, 55-50. Adam Pastore led the Senecas with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Other points came from Aidan DiGregorio (11), Dylan Morse (10), Travon Jones (6), Jordan Avery (6) and Matthew Herold (2).

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Dayne Hughey looks for a shot as Candor defenders go high. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: The Senecas' Alex Schimizzi looks to pass after grabbing a rebound.

Left: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy. Right: The Senecas' Owen Scholtisek goes to the hoop. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy sends a shot on its way. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right: Watkins student Maddie Suddaby executes a flip during a break in the game.

Some of the Seneca Nation Bleacher Creatures -- WGHS students -- strike a pose.

And in the JV game:

Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse (11, left) and Seamus Mooney (21, right) go to the basket. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Adam Pastore prepares to shoot. Right: The Senecas' Travon Jones goes high for a shot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: O-M's Jackie Vincent. Right: Odessa-Montour's Andrew Ink responds after a strike.

Bowling: O-M boys, girls fall to Tioga

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 11 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams lost Thursday to Tioga in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Boys: The O-M boys fell 4-0, losing all three games by a total pinfall of 2404-2151. Eric Rumsey led the Indians with a 538 series, while Andrew Ink rolled a 436.

Girls: The Odessa girls lost 3-1, dropping the first two games and total pinfall, 2127-2072. They won the third game, 697-665. Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 455 series, while Jana Arias posted a 414 and Ashley Stewart a 405.

O-M returns to action today (Friday) at home against Union Springs.

Odessa-Montour's Billy Tague on the way to first place in the 100 Yard Freestyle.

Odessa swimmers defeat Dryden, 58-35

ODESSA, Jan. 11 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team won its fifth straight dual meet and improved its record to 6-2 Thursday by defeating Dryden 58-35 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

The Indians won all 11 events, with Billy Tague and Alec Betts winning four races each, and Jake Mayette, Brett Walters and Cameron Adams winning three races each.

First-place finishes for O-M:

200 Medley Relay: Alec Betts, Billy Tague, Jake Mayette and Bailey Hornbrook 1:55.76
200 Free: Cameron Adams 2:10.10
200 IM: Alec Betts 2:25.29
50 Free: Billy Tague 23.88
100 Fly: Jake Mayette 1:07.75
100 Free: Billy Tague 52.66
500 Free: Cameron Adams 6:01.99
200 Free Relay: Brett Walters, Johnny Niedermaier, Bailey Hornbrook, Cameron Adams 1:50.45
100 Back: Brett Walters 1:11.80
100 Breast: Alec Betts 1:14.52
400 Free Relay: Billy Tague, Jake Mayette, Brett Walters, Alec Betts 3:58.25

"We had some really great races and the guys are stepping up," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "Micah Brewster had a phenomenal swim in the 500, dropping 25 seconds to take second place. And Liam Mayette dropped 8 seconds in the 100 Fly."

O-M returns to action Saturday at the Owego Invitational.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Brett Walters dives at start of the 200 Free Relay.
Bottom: Odessa's Micah Brewster on the way to second place in the 500 Free.

Left: O-M's Jacob Mayette dives at start of the 100 Fly, which he won. Right: Odessa's Alec Betts on the way to first place in the 100 Breaststroke.

Watkins swimmers fall to S. Cayuga

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 11-- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team dropped an 86-35 decision Thursday to Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The undermanned Senecas, with five swimmers, managed a first place in the 100 Yard Freestyle, where Nate Wickham finished in 59.41, and won two other events in which Southern Cayuga opted to swim exhibition. Wickham also was second in the 50 Free, posting a 24.41.

Jacob Asbury swam a personal best in the 200 Free (2:40.9), finishing third. And Scott Brubaker set a personal best in the 100 Breaststroke of 1:29.91

The Senecas return to action next Thursday at home against Lansing.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Jacob Asbury on the way to third place in the 200 Free.

Watkins Glen bowlers sweep Marathon

CORTLAND, Jan. 11 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories Thursday over undermanned Marathon in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at the Cort-Lanes bowling center.

Boys: Steven Bradley rolled a 206-182-227=615 series as the Senecas faced a two-person Marathon team. Other scores: Conlin Wysocki 538, John Reed 473, Matt Irwin 383, and Devon Cummings 365.

Girls: Kendra Cornish posted a 483 as the Watkins girls defeated a four-person Marathon team. Other scores: Nancy Jackson 480, Hayley Cornish 469, Nikole VanDyke 404, and Makenzie Kellogg 388.

O-M's Nakiaha Robinson, center, races upcourt with Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, left, and Clara Chedzoy in pursuit.

O-M girls top Watkins Glen

Overcome 6-point halftime deficit in 57-46 victory

ODESSA, Jan. 10 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team got 22 points from Gillian Clark, 19 from Olivia Grover and 12 from Nakiaha Robinson as the Indians defeated defending state champion Watkins Glen 57-46 Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in a nearly packed -- and very loud -- O-M gym.

The 10-1 Indians were down 27-21 at halftime but came out of the locker room fired up, scoring the first 11 points of the third period on a Clark jumper, a Robinson 3-pointer, and three straight Grover baskets to take a 32-27 lead. Watkins Glen caught O-M at 33-33 before the Indians scored the last eight points of the period -- on a basket by Clark and then 3-pointers by Sara Gardner and Clark again -- for a 41-33 advantage entering the final quarter.

Watkins Glen got as close as five points with 1:48 to play, but another Clark 3-pointer and 6-for-6 free-throw shooting by Robinson and Grover kept the Senecas from getting any closer.

In addition to those from Clark, Grover and Robinson, O-M points came from Gardner (3) and Kennedey Heichel (1). Grover led in rebounds with 12, while Clark grabbed 11 and Grace Vondracek 7. Robinson and Heichel led in assists with 4 each, and Grover in blocks with 5. The team was 16-for-25 from the foul line.

Taylor Kelly led Watkins Glen (now 9-2) with 16 points, while Ryanna LaMoreaux scored 15, including three first-half 3-pointers. Other points came from Danielle Leszyk (6), Hannah Morse (4), Emmie Bond (3), and Clara Chedzoy (2).

Bond led in rebounds with 8, while Morse grabbed 7, Kelly 6, LaMoreaux 5 and Chedzoy 3. Morse led in assists with 5. The team was 9-for-13 from the foul line.

"What an atmosphere and what a game," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We talked all week about having fun and embracing the moment and the atmosphere, and I think we did that.

"Watkins Glen gave us a major blow in the second quarter (outscoring O-M 15-10 and scoring the last 6 points before intermisson), but we regrouped and didn't panic and played our best quarter of the season in the third (outscoring Watkins 20-6).

"Rebounding on the defensive end was key for us and we got Olivia going inside, which freed up our outside shooters a little more. And we knocked down our free throws down the stretch, which always helps.

"It's a big win for us, but we've got to get back up for Notre Dame Friday night and the rest of our schedule that is still in front of us."

The bleachers in the O-M gym were nearly full, and the student sections on the west side were exceedingly enthusiastic -- and the din impressive. (Employment between games of a drum by O-M students was quickly ended by school officials.)

And the crowd didn't hesitate to let officials know what they thought of various calls. This was especially true in the junior varsity game, prompting one referee to shake his head during a timeout and say "There's 600 referees in here."

*****

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 9-2 with a 44-37 victory over Odessa-Montour in a game marked by a very involved crowd and frenetic play. By the end of the game, three players had been carried off the court (with leg injuries), three players had fouled out, 25 fouls had been called on O-M and 27 on Watkins Glen, and at least one spectator (and reportedly two) had been escorted from the gym.

Watkins led 5-0 before O-M caught up, and then the Senecas surged ahead to a 14-8 first-quarter lead. Odessa went ahead briefly in the second period, 19-17, but Watkins led 24-22 at halftime. The third quarter was tight, with O-M up 30-29 before the Senecas regained the lead and were up by two, 33-31, entering the fourth period.

The score was tied twice, at 35-35 and then 37-37 with 3:23 left, but a basket by Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan and a rainbow 3-pointer by Aislinn Klemann (a "big-time shot," her coach, Scott Morse, said afterward) gave Watkins the advantage. Amanda Wilbur added two free throws with 13 seconds left for the final seven-point difference.

Kernan and Adrie Solomon led Watkins with 12 points each, while Natalie Edmister scored 11 and Klemann, Wilbur and Mattie Yontz 3 apiece. The team converted 10 of 22 free-throw attempts.

Kara Reese led Odessa-Montour with 16 points, while Autumn Garrison scored 10, Mallory Rhodes 5, Jolynn Minnier 4, and Jessica Carnes 2.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Olivia Grover takes the ball to the hoop.

Second: O-M's Gillian Clark sends up a hook shot for two of her 22 points.

Third: Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux goes to the basket as O-M's Alexis Saunders defends. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Bottom: In the JV game, Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan looks to pass after grabbing a rebound. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Odessa-Montour's Kennedey Heichel, left, moves the ball against two defenders.

Left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly shoots from the corner. Right: The Senecas' Hannah Morse shoots in traffic. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Two of the O-M Indians' faithful: Johnny Niedermaier, left, and Alec Betts. Right: Odessa's Grace Vondracek drives to the basket as Watkins' Clara Chedzoy defends.

O-M teammates (from left) Alexis Saunders, Kennedey Heichel and Nakiaha Robinson pose before the start of the game.

Left: Watkins' Emmie Bond looks to pass the ball. Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy drives to the basket as O-M's Olivia Grover, right, defends. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Autumn Garrison attempts a shot. Right: Odessa's Jolynn Minnier shoots.

Left: Watkins Glen's Adrie Solomon tries a shot. Right: The Senecas' Natalie Edmister shoots. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: O-M's Tassia Garrison, top, battles Watkins Glen's Ali LaMoreaux for the ball. Right: Odessa-Montour's Kara Reese drives to the basket.

Odessa wrestlers defeat Groton, 40-24

GROTON, Jan. 10 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity wrestling team defeated Groton 40-24 Wednesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in Groton's gym.

Wins for Odessa were posted by:

--Jeremiah Lynch over Kole Krause at 160 pounds, by pin in 3:41.
--Daniel Minnier over Brock Chrismer at 182 pounds, by pin in 1:19.
--Dylan Houseknecht over Chris Hickox at 285 pounds, by pin in 0:50. Houseknecht remains undefeated for the season at 19-0.
--Josiah Lynch at 120 pounds by forfeit.
--Andrew Hartford over Nick Radley at 132 pounds, by pin in 5:32.
--Collin Haag over Anthony Rotunda at 138 pounds, 10-1.
--Jacob Zimmer over Kyle Gombas at 152 pounds, by pin in 0:55.

Odessa-Montour (5-0 in the IAC's Division 2) is back in action Friday and Saturday at the annual Watson Tournament at Watkins Glen High School.

Photo in text: O-M's Collin Haag, top, on way to win at 138 pounds. (Photo provided)

Members of Seneca Nation -- WGHS studets -- occupied bleachers at the end of the court.

Watkins Glen boys top O-M

Overcome 9-point first-half deficit in 45-37 victory

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 9 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team turned up the defensive heat in the second half Tuesday night, holding Odessa-Montour to 10 points after intermission and posting a 45-37 victory over the Indians in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House gym.

On a night that was a throwback to the high energy level and loud fan noise of years past, the Senecas applied a full-court pressing defense in the second half that turned the momentum of the game back in their favor, as it had been in the game's early going.

The Senecas (now 5-4) had in fact led 10-0 at the outset as O-M (4-7) missed its first seven shots, and the gap would likely have been larger had not Odessa blocked four first-quarter Watkins Glen shots. But the early momentum then swung to O-M, which charged back to within 14-11 by the end of the quarter and then ahead with a 16-7 sercond period that gave the Indians a 27-21 lead at intermission.

A key shot for Watkins Glen, as it turned out, was a 3-point buzzer beater by Dylan Markley from the left wing just before halftime.

"They had us on the ropes, down nine," said Watkins Glen Caoch John Fazzary, "but Dylan's 3-pointer made the nine a six. It made things more manageable going into the second half."

The Senecas came out pressing the Indians hard in the third quarter -- something that Fazzary said was the game plan, only not followed with any consistency in the first half. "We started getting in their face, disrupting them," he said.

At the same time, Watkins Glen got hot, hitting seven baskets (including two 3-pointers) in the first 5:08 of the quarter while holding O-M to one basket and two free throws. A 13-point run put the Senecas up 38-31 with 2:52 left in the third -- and then the Senecas went cold, too. No further points were scored by either team until the fourth period.

In that closing stanza, O-M scored the first six points to pull within a point, 38-37 with 4:12 to play -- but the Indians wouldn't score again. Two baskets and a free throw by Joe Chedzoy and a basket by Owen Scholtisek iced the victory.

Chedzoy led the Senecas with 17 points and had 6 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists. Dayne Hughey scored 7 points and grabbed 15 rebounds --"was an animal under the basket," said Fazzary.

Other points came from Michael Doane (7), Markley (6, with 3 assists), Alex Schimizzi (4), and Scholtisek (4, with 3 steals). The team was 4-for-5 from the foul line.

Curtis Harris led O-M with 14 points, while Zach Elliott scored 10, Noah Austin 5, Brandon Ray 3, Derrick Lewis 3, and Noah Angle 2. The team was 4-for-7 from the foul line.

"I can't say enough about Chedzoy," said Fazzary. "He had those 17 points, and did a pretty good job on Harris" despite sitting out part of the second quarter in foul trouble. "And I can't say enough about Hughey on the glass, and he blocked a couple of shots. And Markley did a nice job off the bench. Overall, we did a good job defensively."

The coach also pointed to the Seneca Nation -- the loud and encouraging Watkins Glen students in bleachers at the south end of the court, many wearing face paint. They also used to be known as the Bleacher Creatures.

"Thank you, students," said Fazzary, "for reviving the Seneca Nation, for bringing it back from the dead. It's how it used to be."

The Senecas return to action Thursday at home against Candor. Odessa-Montour next plays Friday night at Elmira Notre Dame.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 7-2 with a 50-40 victory over Odessa-Montour (5-6). Jordan Avery led the Senecas with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.

Other points came from Aidan DiGregorio (11), Dylan Morse (9), Travon Jones (9), and Adam Pastore (5).

Ben Matthews and Deshawn Johnson each scored 10 points for O-M. Other points came from Preston Harris (8), Dominic Scott (6) and Ryan Griswold (6).

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Dayne Hughey drives to the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Second: The Senecas' Owen Scholtisek is challenged at the basket by O-M's Zach Elliott. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Third: O-M's Curtis Harris shoots.
Bottotm: Odessa-Montour senior Hailey Perraut, who serves as scorekeeper for the O-M boys basketball games, talks with School Superintendents Chris Wood (O-M, center) and Greg Kelahan (Watkins).

O-M students gathered on the west side of the Field House gym for the game.

Left: O-M's Noah Angle, right, passes the ball past Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek. Right: The Indians' Zach Elliott takes the ball to the hoop, over Watkins' Michael Doane.

An Odessa-Montour flag-carrying Indian was on hand along with O-M cheerleaders.

Left: O-M's Derrick Lewis makes a move to the basket. Right: O-M's Noah Austin has the ball, but Watkins Glen players surround him.

From left: O-M's Paden Grover, Watkins Glen student spectator Maddie Suddaby, and Odessa's Brandon Ray during Tuesday night's game.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Jordan Avery (24). Right: The Senecas' Travon Jones (12). (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: O-M's Preston Harris drives to the basket. Right: O-M's Deshawn Johnson shoots.

O-M swimmers defeat Greene, 106-55

GREENE, Jan. 9 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team improved its season mark to 5-2 Tuesday by defeating Greene 106-55 in a non-league meet in the Greene pool.

First-place finishes:

200 Medley Relay: Alec Betts, Billy Tague, Jake Mayette and Brett Walters 1:55.88
200 IM:  Billy Tague 2:13.84
100 Fly: Jake Mayette 1:05.43 (PR)
500 Free: Alec Betts 5:42.13 (PR)
100 Back: Alec Betts 1:07.36 (PR)
100 Breast: Billy Tague 1:08.28
400 Free Relay: Betts, Walters, Jake Mayette and Tague 3:53.46

Second-place finishes:

200 Medley Relay: Tyler Carson, Caleb Thomas, Liam Mayette and Johnny Niedermaier 
200 Free: Jake Mayette 2:26.11 (PR)
50 Free: Brett Walters 26.02
100 Fly: Cameron Adams 1:16.31
100 Free: Brett  Walters 58.69
200 Free Relay: Micah Brewster, Johnny Niedermaier, Liam Mayette and Cameron Adams 1:55.53
100 Breast: Caleb Thomas 1:28.08

Other personal records:

Johnny Niedermaier in the 50 Free 28.27
Mike Benway in the 500 Free 7:44.33
Caleb Thomas in the 50 Free 32.31 (relay leadoff)
Cameron Adams in the 100 Free 59.57 (Relay leadoff)

"We had a number of great swims tonight, and also three DQs, which isn’t good," said Odessa-Montour Coach Terri Brace. "We still have a lot of work to do on the technical aspects before we are ready for the post-season. We have a busy week, with Dryden at home on Thursday and the Owego Invitational on Saturday. The Invitational will be an excellent chance to face some top-notch competition. I’m excited to see how the team does."

Left: Watkins Glen's Makenzie Kellogg reacts after dropping her ball on the backswing while attempting to convert a spare. Right: The Senecas' Steven Bradley strikes.

Watkins Glen bowlers sweep Groton

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 8 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories Monday over Groton in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

H. Nathaniel Rose posted a 186-228-207=621 series to lead the Watkins boys to their win.

Steven Bradley added a 576 (including a 221) and Wrett Brower a 574 (including a 205), while Conlin Wysocki registered a 510 series (with a 213) and Wyatt Brower a 503.

Watkins Glen took all three games by wide margins, and total pinfall by a 2842-2044 margin.

The Senecas' girls squad won all three games by a 2058-1775 total, led by Nikole VanDyke'e 492 series (including a 199).

Kendra Cornish was next with a 401, followed by Alyiah Clink-Bentley's 383, Hayley Cornish's 376, Nancy Jackon's 344 and Makenzie Kellogg's 342.

Watkins Glen will return to action Thursday against Marathon at Cort-Lanes.

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Photo in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Wyatt Brower reacts after registering a strike.

Bottom: The Senecas' Hayley Cornish celebrates a strike.

Left: Watkins Glen's Kendra Cornish reacts after missing a spare conversion. Right: The Senecas' Nikole VanDyke leaves a split.

Watkins Glen's H. Nathaniel Rose pumps his fist as he converts a spare.

Odessa-Montour bowlers fall to TAE

ELMIRA, Jan. 8 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams dropped 4-0 decisions to Edison Monday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Rossi Lanes.

Boys: Despite a career-high 218-195-215=628 series by Eric Rumsey, the Indians dropped all three games by a combined 2446-2142. Andrew Ink added a 492 for O-M.

Girls: Pixie Kinner rolled a 438 and Jana Arias a 420 as the Indians lost all three games by a total pinfall of 2360-1968.

Odessa returns to action at home Thursday against Tioga.

Athletes of the Week: O-M's Tague, Betts

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 7 -- This week -- following a schedule abbreviated by a holiday and cold weather -- we honor two Odessa-Montour swimmers as Odessa File Athletes of the Week as much for their most recent exploits as for a season full of such exploits.

The honorees are Billy Tague and Alec Betts -- each of whom posted four wins as the Indians defeated a vastly undermanned (five swimmers) Watkins Glen squad. But their performance points up the supremacy the two have exhibited throughout the season as O-M has built a 4-2 record, one of those losses being a narrow one. Tague has amassed 20 wins, including 12 individual ones, while Betts has racked up 18 wins, including 10 individual ones.

Double Honorable: O-M basketball's Zach Elliott, Curtis Harris, Nakiaha Robinson, Olivia Grover and Gillian Clark; Watkins Glen basketball's Dayne Hughey, Taylor Kelly and Hannah Morse; and Watkins Glen swimming's Nate Wickham.

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

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 2

The following was provided by Watkins Glen Youth Basketball at the conclusion of its second weekend of competition in the Watkins Glen High School Field House.

3rd-4th Grades

Watkins Motel 12, Maguire's 8
Watkins Motel: Levi J. Murphy 8, Jude Santos 4
Maguire's: Logan DeBolt 2, Zander Featherman 2, Logan Bills 2, Isaak Willett 2

Church Street Produce 12, Famous Brands 10
Church St. Produce: Jax Decker 8, Jayden Scholtisek 4
Famous Brands: Rachel Vickio 6, Amos Diliberto 2, Lucas Hoffman 2

Watkins Sporting Goods 26, Curly's Family Restaurant 17
Sporting Goods: Caleb Bresett 20, Michael Purpura 2, Anna Franzese 2, Grace Underdown 2
Curly's: Donovan Wratten 13, Bryce Bockelkamp 4

Standings:
Watkins Motel 2-0
Church Street Produce 2-0
Famous Brands 1-1
Watkins Sporting Goods 1-1
Maguire's 0-2
Curly's Family Restaurant 0-2

5th-6th Grades

Seneca Lodge 28, Capt. Bill's 20
Seneca Lodge: Alexander Holmes 12, Brenna Pierce 10, Sarah Jones 6
Capt. Bill's: Brandon Chiacchiarini 14, Isaiah Sissel 4, Christopher Simiele 2

Van Skiver Motors 22, Watkins Glen Supply 17
Van Skiver's: Ryan Willett 10, Ryan Berry 10, Lillian Duncan 2
WG Supply: Nick D'Alleva 9, Nicole Chiacchiarini 4, Finnigan Dunham 4

Standings:
Van Skiver Motors 2-0
Seneca Lodge 1-1
Capt. Bill's 1-1
Watkins Glen Supply 0-2

Odessa-Montour's Alexis Saunders saves a ball from going out of bounds.

Odessa girls overtake Newfield, 48-39

ODESSA, Jan. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team improved its season mark to 9-1 Saturday with a 48-39 victory over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians, ranked No. 6 among Class C teams in the state, missed their first seven shots and were down 9-0 and 11-3 before rallying to within a point, 12-11, at the end of the first quarter.

Newfield (3-7) surged again in the second period, building a 19-12 advantage, but O-M pulled even at 21-21 and then ahead on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Sara Gardner for a 24-21 halftime edge.

The Trojans pulled ahead again 25-24 by scoring the first four points of the third quarter, but then went cold. Between a heightened Odessa defense and a couple of shots that rimmed in and out, Newfield fell behind 34-25 by the end of the quarter.

After Newfield closed to within six points with three minutes to play and again at the 2:21 mark, Odessa salted the game away with free throws. Nakiaha Robinson was 6-for-6 from the foul line in the final 1:03 to keep the Trojans at arm's length.

"We rebounded the ball better in the second half, which made the difference," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "It wasn't a very sharp game on the offensive end of the floor, but it's a win, which is better than the alternative."

Robinson led the Indians in scoring with 17 points, while Olivia Grover scored 9, Gillian Clark 8, Kennedey Heichel 8, Alexis Saunders 3, and Gardner 3. The team was 13-for-21 from the free-throw line.

Ninth grader Katie Moravec led Newfield with 18 points, while her twin sister Kelly scored 13 points. The team was 7-for-10 from the foul line.

Odessa returns to action Wednesday at home against the No. 7-ranked team in the state, Watkins Glen.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Newfield 62-30. The Indians had three players in double figures: Kara Reese with 18 points, Autumn Garrison with 16, and Jolynn Minnier with 13. Also scoring: Ida Sidle with 6 points, Mallory Rhodes with 5, and Hannah Chapman with 4.

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Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Olivia Grover shoots over a Newfield defender.

Middle: O-M's Nakiaha Robinson drives to the basket for two of her team-high 17 points.

Bottom: The Indians' Kennedey Heichel, right, battles for a rebound.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek, Sara Gardner and Gillian Clark shoot.

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Ida Sidle grabs a rebound. Right: The Indians' Autumn Garrison shoots

Left: O-M's Jolynn Minnier looks to shoot. Right: The Indians' Kara Reese drives.

Odessa boys lose to Newfield, 70-53

NEWFIELD, Jan. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team saw its four-game winning streak end Saturday with a 70-53 loss to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Newfield gym.

The Indians, 4-6, fell behind the unbeaten, No. 2-ranked Class D team in the state early, 21-12 after one quarter. The score was 39-25 at halftime, and 61-40 entering the fourth period.

Zach Elliott led O-M with 20 points,, while Curtis Harris scored 14, Noah Austin 8, Paden Grover 6, Brandon Ray 3, and Derrick Lewis 2. The team was 8-for-16 from the foul line.

Newfield had five players in double figures and another with 9 points. The Trojans converted 10 of 13 free throws.

O-M returns to action Tuesday at Watkins Glen.

Watkins Glen's Scott Brubaker competes in the 200 Yard Individual Medley.

O-M swimmers cruise past Watkins Glen

ODESSA, Jan. 4 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team -- led by four wins each by Billy Tague and Alec Betts -- defeated undermanned Watkins Glen 62-19 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

Watkins Glen, with just five swimmers, got first-place finishes from Nate Wickham in both the 50 Free and 100 Free.

"The O-M boys had some excellent swims tonight," said Odessa Coach Terri Brace. "Many posted personal records (PRs). Liam Mayette was a standout today by dropping an impressive 51 seconds off his best time in the 500 Freestyle, then going on to set a new PR in the 100 Free as the lead-off in the 400 Free Relay."

200 Medley Relay: OM Alec Betts, Billy Tague, Jacob Mayette, Brett Walters 1:55.34
200 Free: OM Cameron Adams 2:09.33
200 IM: OM Billy Tague 2:11.04
50 Free: WG Nate Wickham 24.44
100 Fly: OM Billy Tague 1:00.06
100 Free: WG Nate Wickham 57.16
500 Free: OM Jacob Mayette 6:44.74
200 Free Relay: OM Alec Betts, Brett Walters, Jacob Mayette, Billy Tague 1:44.02
100 Back: OM Alec Betts 1:12.85
100 Breast: OM Alec Betts 1:20.34
400 Free Relay: OM Cameron Adams, Caleb Thomas, Micah Brewster, Justin Andrews 4:46.35

PRs for O-M:

--Cameron Adams in the 200 Free and 100 Free
--Billy Tague in the 200 IM
--Michael Benway in the 50 Free
--Caleb Thomas in the 50 Free
--Justin Andrews in the 50 Free
--Noah Hollenbeck in the 50 Free and 100 Free
--Johnny Neidermaier in the 50 Free
--Liam Mayette in the 100 Free and 500 Free

Photos in text: O-M's Billy Tague (top) on the way to winning the 200 IM; and O-M's Cameron Adams dives at start of the 100 Fly.

O-M's Jacob Mayette glides at start of the 500 Yard Freestyle, which he won.

Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham, foreground, and O-M's Johnny Niedermaier dive at start of the 500 Yard Freestyle, which Wickham won.

Left: Watkins Glen's Alexis Shea, facing camera, on the way to winning at 120 pounds. Right: The Senecas' Dalton Cummings is lifted during his match at 182, which he won.

Watkins Glen wrestlers fall to Edison

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 4 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team dropped a 36-15 decision Thursday night to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at WGHS.

The Senecas, with just three wrestlers, got wins from:

--Alexis Shea, who pinned Edison's Michael Brown in 1:59 at 120 pounds.
--Dalton Cummings, who won by decision, 3-2, over Antonio Steinhauer at 182 pounds.
--Kameryn Sheldon, who won by forfeit at 220 pounds.

Edison posted forfeit wins at six weights: 113, 126, 145, 152, 160 and 195.

Sheldon also fought and won an exhibition match, 5-2, against TAE's Brandon Snyder, who had posted a forfeit victory at 195 pounds.

Left: O-M's Curtis Harris drives past a Groton defender. Right: O-M's Brandon Ray.

O-M boys top Groton, win 4th straight

ODESSA, Jan. 3 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team won its 4th game in a row Tuesday night, defeating Groton 67-58 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Odessa, 4-5, built a 22-7 first-quarter lead, and was up 43-22 at halftime. It led by 20 points with less than six minutes to play before Groton rallied to within 10 points, and then to the final 9-point differential on a 3-pointer after both teams had installed their bench players in the final minute.

Curtis Harris led O-M with 17 points, while Noah Austin and Zach Elliott scored 13 each and Brandon Ray 12. Ray hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter and another in the second period. Other points came from Noah Angle (5), Paden Grover (4) and Derrick Lewis (3). The team was 6-for-11 from the foul line.

Elliott led the team in rebounds with 19, while Austin grabbed 10. Harris led the team in assists with 5.

Scott Salch led Groton with 21 points. The team was 13-for-15 from the foul line.

"We are on a nice run of games recently," said O-M Coach Matt Johnston. "The road doesn't get any easier for us as we face the undefeated Newfield boys on Friday. The kids have done some really nice things, and we are working hard every day to keep improving. I am just really proud of the direction we are going right now as a team. We can't have any letdowns. We are gaining momentum and some confidence."

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Groton 47-32 to improve to 5-4. O-M trailed 11-9 after one quarter but then took control, leading 20-14 at halftime and 35-16 entering the fourth period. Ben Matthews led O-M scorers with 15 points, while Deshawn Johnson scored 13 and Jared Rumsey 9.

Photo in text: O-M's Noah Austin takes the ball to the hoop against Groton.

Left: O-M's Zach Elliott drives to the basket. Right; Odessa-Montour's Derrick Lewis shoots a free throw.

Left: O-M's Noah Angle. Right: Spectators Johnny Niedermaier and Lexi Castellaneta.

Odessa girls top Groton, improve to 8-1

GROTON, Jan. 3 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team got double-digit scoring from four players Tuesday night on the way to a 64-40 victory over Groton in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Groton gym.

Gillian Clark led the O-M scorers with 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Olivia Grover scored 14 points with 8 rebounds. Sara Gardner scored 11 points, Alexis Saunders 10, Nakiaha Robnson 6 (with 5 assists), Kennedey Heichel 2 (with 5 assists), Grace Vondracek 2, and Heidi Casselberry 2.

Odessa (8-1) led 24-7 after one period and 38-20 at halftime.

"The first day back to school and a long bus ride on top of that is a challenge," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "but we came out sharp and focused and played really well in that first quarter."

The Indians return to action Thursday at home against Newfield.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Groton 51-27 to lift its record to 6-3. Jolynn Minnier led the Indians with 14 points.

Glen girls defeat Lansing, 58-22; now 9-1

LANSING, Jan 3 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by Taylor Kelly's 14 points -- rolled to a 58-22 victory over Lansing Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Lansing gym.

The Senecas, now 9-1, led 26-4 after one period, 34-11 at halftime, and 50-17 entering the fourth quarter.

Scoring in addition to Kelly were Julia Reilly (9 points), Hannah Morse (8), Makenna Fraboni (7), Ryanna LaMoreaux (5), Clara Chedzoy (4), Jena Slater (4), Danielle Leszyk (3), Jazmin Shea (2), and Kathleen Clifford (2). The team was 9-for-15 from the free-throw line.

Shea led in rebounds with 8, while Clifford grabbed 5, LaMoreaux 5, Slater 4, Leszyk 3, and Morse, Chedzoy and Fraboni 2 each. Morse led in assists with 6, while Leszyk had 3, and Fraboni 2. Morse, Leszlyk and Fraboni had 3 steals apiece, and Reilly 2.

The Senecas return to action Friday at home against Waverly

Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek (5) makes a move between two Lansing players. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen boys fall to Lansing, 55-39

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 3 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 4-4 Tuesday night when the Senecas dropped a 55-39 decision to Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House gym.

"We were totally thumped," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "We were outworked, outhustled, outmuscled and outplayed. Our lack of aggression was pretty obvious. Now we have to go back to the drawing board and see how we respond."

Lansing built a 16-9 lead in the first quarter and was up 33-16 at halftime.

"There was a point in the third quarter when we actually trimmed the lead some," said Fazzary. "Lansing had gone cold, and it was a chancc to get back in the game. But we missed a bunch of chippies near the basket and we missed free throws. We failed to capitalize."

The score at the end of that period was 40-27, and the Bobcats outscored Watkins Glen 15-12 down the stretch.

Dayne Hughey led the Senecas with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Other points came from Owen Scholtisek (6), Dylan Markley (5), Joe Chedzoy (5), Isaac McIlroy (4), and Michael Doane (2).

Chedzoy led in assists with 4, while McIlroy and Scholtisek had 3 each. Chedzoy, McIlroy and Scholtisek had 2 steals each. The team was 8-for-14 from the foul line.

Griffen Nelson led Lansing with 14 points. The Bobcats converted 4 of 5 free-throw attempts.

Watkins Glen returns to action Friday at Waverly.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Lansing 49-42 to improve to 6-2. Jordan Avery and Adam Pastore each scored 18 points for the Senecas, and Pastore led in rebounds with 10. Other points came from Aidan DiGregorio (5), Dylan Morse (3), Georgio Fazzary (3), Seamus Mooney (1) and Cameron Holland (1).

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dayne Hughey shoots. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Dylan Markley. Right: The Senecas' Joe Chedzoy. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse drives to the hoop. Right: The Senecas' Travon Jones. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Bowling: Watkins boys, girls top Candor

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 3 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted victories Tuesday over Candor in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

The Watkins boys won 4-0 as they outscored Candor 2548-1756. Steven Bradley led the Senecas with a 561 series that featured a 202. H. Nathaniel Rose rolled a 551 (with a 203), Conlin Wysocki a 521 (with a 215), Wrett Brower 473, and Wyatt Brower 442.

The Watkins girls won the first two games and total pinfall, 1934-1777, for a 3-1 victory. Alyiah Clink-Bentley led the Senecas with a 470 series, while Kendra Cornish posted a 420, Brooke Usher 379, Nancy Jackson 364, and Makenzie Kellogg 301.

The Senecas return to action Friday at home against Lansing.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Steven Bradley watches as the last pin falls for a strike.

Watkins Glen swimmers fall to Waverly

WAVERLY, Jan. 3 -- The undermanned Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team dropped a 115-35 decision Tuesday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Waverly pool.

The Senecas' Nathaniel Wickham won the 50 Yard Freestyle with a season-best 24.97.

Other Watkins swimmers set a number of personal bests: Peter Sandritter in the 50 Free in 30.57; Jaccob Asbury in the 100 Free in 1:09.22; Scott Brubaker in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:32.12. And the 200 Medley Relay team of James Jensen, Brubaker, Wickham and Asbury posted a season-best 2:28.04, a drop of 6 seconds.

Athlete of the Week: Curtis Harris

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 1, 2018 -- This week we honor an Odessa-Montour High School basketball player as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week.

The honor goes to senior Curtis Harris, who led his team to the championship of the Addison Christmas Tournament with two outstanding games, capped off by a 26-point, 12-rebound performance in the Indians' 64-63 title-game victory.

Double Honorable: O-M basketball players Brandon Ray, Zach Elliott, Noah Austin, Olivia Grover and Gillian Clark; Watkins Glen basketball players Isaac McIlroy, Joe Chedzoy, Dayne Hughey and Hannah Morse; and O-M wrestlers Dylan Houseknecht, Collin Haag and Jacob Zimmer.

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

The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team poses after its Addison Christmas Tournament victory. (Photo provided by Michel Ray)

O-M boys win Addison tourney, 64-63

ADDISON, Dec. 30 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team -- led by Curtis Harris's 26 points and 12 rebounds -- edged host Addison Saturday night 64-63 in the championship game of the Addison Christmas Tournament.

But Harris had plenty of company. "This was an all-around team effort," said O-M Coach Matt Johnston, "and the kids just played as hard as they could from the opening tipoff to the last buzzer."

Among the other O-M players:

--Noah Austin scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
--Brandon Ray scored 16 points (including four 3-pointers) and grabbed 7 rebounds.
--Zach Elliott scored 7 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
--Derrick Lewis scored 2 points.
--The team was 6-for-18 from the foul line.

Harris was named the tournament MVP, and Elliott was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Danny Ames led Addison with 36 points. His team was 10-for-13 from the foul line.

Odessa built a 22-13 first-quarter lead -- opening with a 20-2 run before Addison responded with an 11-2 run of its own. The O-M lead was 34-30 at halftime and 10 points, 46-36, entering the fourth quarter. The Indians increased it to 15 ... and then held off Addison down the stretch. Coach Johnston explained it this way:

"We were up 15 with four minutes to go in the 4th quarter and they went on a run, making three or four 3-pointers to cut the lead to 7. They fouled us a couple times, but we missed the front end of one-and-ones and were up 4 with 10 seconds to go. We missed the front end of another one-and-one and they came down and hit a 3 at the buzzer, so it was a 4-point game until the last shot. We led the entire game. We were up 9 after the first quarter, 4 at the half, 10 after three quarters and won by a point

"I'm so happy for them winning this title because of all the hard work they put in to make themselves better," added Johnston, whose team dropped its first five games before winning the last three. "We've got a great group of kids here and we need to continue to improve every day."

O-M will return to action Tuesday at home against Groton. The JV game starts at 6 p.m., with the varsity game to follow.

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

The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team poses after winning the Holiday Tournament at the Field House. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Watkins Glen boys win holiday tournament crown

Top S-VE, 42-39; Glen JV also captures championship

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 30 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team won the championship of its own Holiday Tourament Saturday night, defeating Spencer-Van Etten 42-39 in the Field House.

The Senecas, now 4-3, led throughout, building a 12-6 first-quarter advantage and a 24-18 halftime edge. Each team scored 14 points in the third period, setting up a fourth quarter that saw Watkins Glen convert just 4 of 13 free throws and fail to make a field goal.

But Spencer was struggling with its own shots. It got within two points near the end, and had a last-second shot, but it was hurried and missed the mark.

Isaac McIlroy led Watkins scorers with 10 points, while Dayne Hughey scored 9, Owen Scholtisek 9, Joe Chedzoy 7, Michael Doane 5, and Alex Schimizzi 2. Overall, the team converted 9 of 19 free throws.

Hughey led the team in rebounds with 13. Scholtisek led in assists with 3, and McIlroy led in steals with 3.

"We missed a lot of chippies in the first half," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "Otherwise we could've been up by double digits. But in the second half, Spencer missed a lot of shots, too, or they would've gone ahead of us."

Now, with the title in hand, Fazzary said his team will be "practicing our free throws and layups" as they head toward a game Tuesday at home against Lansing.

Consolation Game: Lansing defeated Trumansburg, 65-52.

All-Tournament Team: The MVP was Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy. Other honorees were Watkins Glen's Dayne Hughey, Trumansburg's Dalton Kenney, Lansing's Joe Miller-LaBar, and S-VE's Zach Sherwood and Nathan Mack.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek prepares to launch a shot in traffic; and the Senecas' Dayne Hughey attempts a shot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Alex Schimizzi takes the ball to the hoop in first-quarter action.

Left: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy goes high for a jump shot. (Photo by Don Romeo) Right: The Senecas' Michael Doane shoots from the corner.

Junior Varsity Title Game: Watkins Glen 43, Lansing 35

The Senecas took a 12-6 first-period lead and were up 24-11 at halftime. Lansing rallied late in the game, but could not overcome its early deficit.

Adam Pastore led Watkins Glen scorers with 16 points, while Dylan Morse scored 12, Aidan DiGregorio 9, Jordan Avery 4, and Travon Jones 2. Pastore also led in rebounds with 9, while Avery grabbed 7.

The victory lifted the Senecas' season mark to 5-2.

Consolation Game: Trumansburg defeated Spencer-Van Etten, 37-30.

All Tournament Team: The MVP was Watkins Glen's Adam Pastore. Other honorees included Watkins Glen's Aidan Digregorio, Lansing's Ben Vincent and Gabe Santiago, Trumansburg's Elijah Black, and S-VE's Matthew Merrick.

Photo in text: The Watkins Glen JV team poses after winning the tournament title. (Photo by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

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Left: Watkins Glen's Jordan Avery wins the tipoff. Right: The Senecas' Dylan Morse glides toward the basket.

Left: Watkins Glen's Adam Pastore drives to the hoop. Right: The Senecas' Aidan Digregorio defends. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Matthews joins WG Sports Hall of Fame

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 30 -- The fourth and final 2017 inductee in the Watkins Glen High School Sports Hall of Fame was honored Saturday at halftime of the junior varsity title game at the Boys Holiday Basketball Tournament in the WGHS Field House.

Megan Matthews Thrasher, a 2005 Watkins Glen graduate, was presented an induction plaque by Athletic Director Rod Weeden the night after three other inductees were honored during the tourney's opening round. They were benefactors Ron and Caroline Simpson and late athletic standout Delivan "Augie" Gates, a 1952 graduate.

Matthews' honor had been delayed a night because she was arriving Friday from her home in California, where she works as a nurse at a hospital in Modesto.

In her high school days, she excelled at soccer, basketball and track and field. Normally a soccer defender, she was moved to offense in her senior year and responded by scoring a school-record one-season total of 27 goals. In track, her name is still on the WGHS records board for the 400 Meter Run, 400 Meter Hurdles, 4x100 Relay and 4x400 Relay.

She attended Daemon College -- where she played soccer and basketball -- and then Elmira College for a Masters degree in Hospital Administration and Trocaire College of Nursing in Bufffalo. She then entered the nursing field, working in the Buffalo area before moving to California, where she lives with her husband and works as a Surgical ICU nurse.

Photo in text: Megan Matthews Thrasher receives her Hall of Fame induction plaque from WGHS Athletic Director Rod Weeden.

O-M wrestlers place 4th at Binghamton

BINGHAMTON, Dec. 30 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team won two of five matches and placed 4th among six teams competing Saturday at the Patriot Duals at Binghamton High School.

O-M wrestlers Collin Haag (138 pounds), Jacob Zimmer (160) and Dylan Houseknecht (285) were all undefeated at the tournament. Houseknecht has an 18-0 record this season.

Odessa defeated Binghamton Seton 45-21 and Watkins Glen 60-5. It lost to Vestal 54-30, Unadilla Valley-Unatego 48-36, and Whitney Point 47-36.

O-M's Dan Minnier (170), Jeremiah Lynch (182) and Andrew Hartford (132) compiled 4-1 records. Josiah Lynch (120) was 3-2.

Consolation: O-M girls top Bath in OT

BATH, Dec. 29 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 47-43 overtime victory over Bath Friday in the consolation game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament.

Odessa, now 7-1, was ranked sixth in the latest Class C poll by the New York State Sportswriters. Bath, 6-3, was ranked 22nd in Class B. Subsequently, both lost in the tournament's opening round, O-M falling to Wellsville 52-39.

Gillian Clark had 15 points and 12 rebounds Friday for the Indians, while Olivia Grover scored 13 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked 3 shots. Nakiaha Robinson registered 11 points and 4 assists, while Sara Gardner and Grace Vondracek scored 4 points each.

Jadyn Abrams scored 19 points for Bath, including her 1,500th career point.

Bath led 10-8 after one quarter, and O-M was up 23-21 at halftime. Odessa was up 36-32 after three periods, and the score was tied 41-41 at the end of regulation.

"We had a great look at the buzzer at the end of regulation for the win," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "but it didn't go down. But we didn't let it bother us in the overtime."

Vondracek opened the OT scoring with "a spectacular cross-over drive to the basket," Gavich said. "Abrams tied it with two free throws, then Gillian hit a 3-pointer with 49 seconds left to give us the lead for good." Clark then made a free throw with 16.9 seconds for the final 4-point difference.

"It wasn't the prettiest game and we really had to grind and gut this one out at both ends," added Gavich. "Jadyn Abrams is as good a player as we will see all season, and Lexi Saunders and Grace held her to 4 points in the second half and OT, which was huge.

"This was a high-quality tournament and we played two very good teams. Hopefully it will pay off for us at the end of the season."

Clark was named to the all-tournament team.

The Indians return to action Tuesday at Groton. The JV game starts at 5:30 p.m., with the varsity to follow.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost in the tournament title game to Penn Yan, 61-33. Autumn Garrison led the Indians with 15 points and was named to the all-tournament team. O-M is now 5-3.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark (File photo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy (34) runs into heavy traffic on a drive to the basket. Right: The Senecas' Collin Baker shoots. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins boys open tourney with victory

Will face S-VE in title game tonight; Glen JV also wins

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 29 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team evened its season mark at 3-3 Friday night by defeating Trumansburg 54-21 in the opening round of the Holiday Tournament at the WGHS Field House.

The win sends the Senecas into the title game at 8 tonight (Saturday) against Spencer-Van Etten, which defeated Lansing in a see-saw semifinal, 52-46.

The Senecas got points from nine different players as they broke the game open with a 21-4 second quarter that gave them a 29-9 halftime advantage. They then outscored winless Tburg 14-8 and 11-4 in the final two periods.

Isaac McIlroy and Alex Schimizzi led Watkins in scoring with 10 points each, while Dayne Hughey scored 8, Joe Chedzoy 7, Michael Doane 6, Dylan Markley 5, Collin Baker 4, Regan Scholtisek 2, and Owen Scholtisek 2.

Hughey led the team in rebounds with 7, while Owen Scholtisek grabbed 6, Chedzoy 5 and Markley 5. McIlroy led in assists with 4 and steals with 2, while Hughey blocked 2 shots.

S-VE 52, Lansing 46: Spencer led 17-12 after one quarter and 27-23 at halftime, but fell behind as Lansing went on a 20-9 tear in the third quarter for a 43-36 advantage entering the final period. But then S-V turned it around with a 16-3 finishing kick.

Lansing will play Trumansburg in the varsity consolation game at 6:30 p.m.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen advanced to the final with a 45-36 victory over Trumansburg. Aidan DeGregorio and Adam Pastore scored 13 points each for the Senecas, while Travon Jones registered 5 points, Jordan Avery 4, Dylan Morse 3, Bryce Kelly 3, Matthew Herold 2, and Georgio Fazzary 2.

The Senecas will face Lansing in the JV title game , scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Lansing defeated Spencer-Van Etten in the other semifinal, 54-29. The JV consolation game between S-VE and T-burg will start at 3:30 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Dayne Hughey prepares to send a shot on its way.
Bottom: The Senecas' Owen Scholtisek cuts through traffic. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen's Collin Baker (left) and Michael Doane go up for shots. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Alex Schimizzi drives around a T-burg player. Right: The Senecas' Joe Chedzoy moves to the basket.

Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy glides in for a shot. At right are Dylan Markley (10) and Alex Schimizzi (42). (Photo by Douglas Yeater)

Watkins Glen's Alex Schimizzi (42) vies for a rebound. (Photo by Douglas Yeater)

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Aidan DiGregorio (20) looks to pass. Right: The Senecas' Jordan Avery is challenged. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Travon Jones maneuvers past a T-burg defender. (Photo by Don Romeo) / Right: The Senecas' Bryce Kelly passes the ball.

Watkins' Adam Pastore shoots as T-burg defenders close in. (Photo by David Franzese)

O-M boys top C-S in tourney opener

ADDISON, Dec. 29 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team won its second straight game Friday, topping Campbell-Savona 67-35 on the opening day of the Addison Christmas Tournament.

The Indians jumped out to a 9-0 lead and were up 26-14 at the end of the first quarter -- "the best offensive quarter we have had so far this season," said Coach Matt Johnston. "The scary part is that we missed a number of short shots that could have had us in the high 30s after one."

O-M was held to seven points in the second quarter, but "we put a lot of pressure on them and outscored them 21-2 in the third quarer," said Johnson. "I was really proud of our defensive effort for most of the game. Brandon Ray was very impressive on both ends of the floor for us."

Ray scored 14 points, including four 3-pointers, "dove on the floor for loose balls and had a handful of rebounds on both ends," Johnston said.

Curtis Harris led the Indians in scoring with 16 points while playing three quarters. Zach Elliott scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, and Noah Austin registered 9 points and 9 rebounds.

"This was the best all-around team effort we have had," added Johnston. "We need to be just as good if not better when we play against an impressive lineup of shooters from Addison in the championship. They have four or five guys who can make it from anywhere on the floor, and they are the most unselfish team I have seen to date."

The varsity title game is set for 7:15 p.m.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour won its opener by defeating Campbell Savona 56-43. The Indians will play Addison in the JV title game today (Saturday) at 2:15 p.m.

Watkins Glen adds 4 to Sports Hall of Fame

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 29 -- Four people -- two benefactors and two athletes -- are being added to the Watkins Glen High School Sports Hall of Fame.

Three were inducted during the opening night of the boys' Holiday Tournament at the Field House on Friday: Caroline and Ron Simpson as benefactors, and Delivan "Augie" Gates for his athletic achievements.

To be inducted tonight: Megan Matthews, who was arriving from California Friday. "We are giving her an extra day to recoup from her travel," said Athletic Director Rod Weeden during Friday's inductions. Matthews competed in soccer, basketball and track at WGHS.

The Simpsons are well known for their contributions across the years to the school's Sports Boosters. They are often seen workng the concession stand, and Ron is a familiar sight hawking 50-50 tickets at basketball games. Both are also involved in other civic endeavors, including helping the Boy Scouts.

"They continue to do these things for little to no recognition," Weeden said in presenting a plaque to the Simpsons.

Gates, a 1952 Watkins Glen graduate, played basketball and football in high school, and football and lacrosse at Hobart College, which is inducting him into its sports Hall of Fame in the fall.

"As a junior at Waktins," Weeden said, "he was part of the 1951 Regional Championship basketball team that played at Barton Hall at Cornell. In those days that was as far as you could achieve at the state level."

Gates, who lived in Vestal, died in October. He was represented at Friday's on-court plaque presentation by his widow Helen and son Dan. Also present in the stands were three grandchildren.

Photos in text:

Top: Caroline and Ron Simpson receive a Hall of Fame plaque from Watkins Glen Athletic Director Rod Weeden.

Middle: Hall of Fame inductee Delivan "Augie" Gates.

Bottom: Athletic Director Rod Weeden, left, with two Gates representatives: Augie's son Dan and widow Helen.

Glen girls lose tourney title game, 61-29

SYRACUSE, Dec. 28 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team sustained its first loss of the season Thursday night, dropping a 61-29 decision to South Jefferson in the title game of the Hoops for the Hospital tournament at Onondaga Community College.

The Class C Senecas, now 8-1, fell behind 9-0 to the unbeaten Class B Spartans (6-0), and trailed 15-9 after one quarter. South Jefferson pulled away with another 10-point run in the second period, and led 25-11 at intermission.

South Jefferson -- which has held opponents this year to an average of 30.6 points per game -- opened the third quarter on a 7-point run, and coasted from there. The Spartans closed the period with a 43-19 lead, and then outscored Watkins Glen 18-10 down the stretch.

Four South Jefferson players scored in double figures, led by Jackie Piddock's 14 points. The team was 9-for-17 from the foul line.

Hannah Morse and Taylor Kelly led Watkins in scoring with 8 points each. Other points came from Ryanna LaMoreaux (6), Julia Reilly (4), Makenna Fraboni (2), and Clara Chedzoy (1). The team was 9-for-19 from the foul line.

Morse and Chedzoy led the Senecas in rebounds with 5 apiece, while Danielle Leszyk grabbed 3. Morse led in assists with 4, while Kelly led in steals with 3.

Watkins Glen, which had reached the title game by defeating Bishop Grimes in the tourney's opening round on Wednesday, returns to action Jan. 2 at Lansing.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen won the tournament title, 42-31.

Natalie Edmister led the Senecas with 14 points, and grabbed 7 rebounds. Kelsey Kernan had 9 points and 11 rebounds, while Amanda Wilbur scored 5 points.

Photo in text: The Watkins Glen girls junior varsity basketball team poses after winning the Hoops for the Hospital tournament JV title. (Photo provided)

A photo of the unbeaten WG 7th graders

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 28 -- This photo of the Watkins Glen High School 7th grade volleyball team was sent along by the squad's coach, Bridgette Searles, after the girls finished the season unbeaten in 12 matches.

"It was these girls' first time playing volleyball," Searles wrote, "but by the end of the season many were serving overhand and were setting up for spikes ... and they won 12 straight!"

Watkins girls top Bishop Grimes, 54-43

SYRACUSE, Dec. 27 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team defeated host Bishop Grimes 54-43 Wednesday in the opening round of the Hoops for the Hospital Tournament.

The Senecas, now 8-0, thus advanced to Thursday's final at Onondaga Community College's SRC Center at 8 p.m.

Hannah Morse led the Senecas with 18 points while grabbing 3 rebounds and registering 8 assists and 5 steals.

Also in double figures: Ryanna LaMoreaux with 16 points to go with 5 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and a block.

Other points came from Danielle Leszyk (9, with 3 rebounds and an assist), Makenna Fraboni (5, with 4 rebounds), Clara Chedzoy (4, with 2 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal), and Taylor Kelly (2, with 6 rebounds).

Watkins Glen led 19-13 after one period, 38-26 at halftime, and 47-36 entering the fourth period.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 7-1 with a 57-38 victory over Bishop Grimes. Adrie Solomon led the Senecas with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Also scoring were Natalie Edmister (9 points and 7 rebounds), Amanda Wilbur (8 points), Kelsey Kernan (7), and Aislinn Klemann (6). They will play Thursday in the JV title game at Onondaga Community College's Allyn Hall at 6 p.m.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn addresses her team during a break in the action; and the scoreboard at the end of the game. (Photos provided)

O-M girls sustain their first loss, 52-39

BATH, Dec. 27 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team's season mark slipped to 6-1 Wednesday when the Indians dropped a 52-39 decision to Wellsville in the opening round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament at Bath.

Wellsville (5-2) raced out to a 13-3 first-quarter lead and the Indians "never really recovered from the sluggish, poor start," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. The deficit was 13 points, 27-14, at halftime, and eight points, 36-28, entering the final period.

"We did cut it to four in the third quarter," said Gavich, "but we just didn't have it today. Wellsville is a solid team and thoroughly outplayed us in all aspects of the game."

Olivia Grover led O-M with 17 points, while Gillian Clark scored 13, Sara Gardner 4, McKennah Lott 2, Lexi Saunders 2, and Nakiaha Robinson 1.

Jordyn Pettit scored 28 points for Wellsville. "We couldn't stop her," said Gavich.

O-M will play in the consolation game against Bath at 3:45 p.m. Friday.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Wellsville 36-30. Jolynn Minnier led the Indians with 11 points. O-M will play for the JV title against Penn Yan at 2 p.m. Friday.

Glen runners compete in Winter Classic

CORTLAND, Dec. 27 -- Four members of the Watkins Glen High School varsity indoor track team competed Wednesday at the Winter Classic at SUNY Cortland's Lusk Field House.

Twelve teams were on hand. The Watkins Glen participation was limited by the holidays.

The Watkins Glen results:

--Josh Updyke placed 4th in the 55 Meter Dash with a season-best 7.01.
--Allie Gibson placed 4th in the 55 Meter Dash in 8.05.
--Megan Hazlitt placed 4th in the 600 Meter Run in 2:01.48.
--Max Evans placed 8th in the 600 Meters in 1:44.94 and 9th in the 1000 Meters in 3:14.79.

Athletes of the Week: 2 hoop standouts

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 25 -- This week we honor as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week two basketball players -- one from Watkins Glen High School and one from Odessa-Montour.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse gets one of the nods for a week in which she led her team to three victories, including two in the Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Holiday Tournament -- where she was named MVP.

O-M's Curtis Harris gets the other one for two outstanding games, one in which he led his team to its first victory by scoring 21 points, and the other in which he scored 20 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had 5 steals and 5 assists in a losing cause.

Double Honorable: O-M basketball's Zach Elliott, Olivia Grover, Gillian Clark and Nakiaha Robinson; Watkins Glen basketball's Dayne Hughey, Isaac McIlroy, Clara Chedzoy and Taylor Kelly; and O-M swimmers Billy Tague and Alec Betts.

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

The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team poses after winning the Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Holiday Tournament. With them are members of the Wilson family. Melissa Wilson was a basketball player during her WGHS days and at Finger Lakes Community College before dying in an auto accident during her freshman year. Had she lived, she would have been 41 this Dec. 26th. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen girls capture holiday tournament crown

Defeat Newfield, 42-15; Morse named MVP

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 24 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team played three listless quarters before pouring it on in the fourth period Saturday night to defeat Newfield 42-15 for the championship of the annual Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Holiday Tournament in the WGHS Field House.

The effort by the Senecas, now 7-0, was personified by standout guard Hannah Morse, who struggled early, picking up three fouls in less than nine minutes and sitting most of the second quarter.

But after a third quarter in which Newfield dominated on the offensive boards and fought the Senecas to a 10-10 deadlock for the period, Morse took over the game, spearheading a 17-2 fourth quarter that ran the score from 25-13 to the final 42-15.

Morse finished with a game-high 12 points, including six in the fourth quarter. Other points came from Taylor Kelly (9), Danielle Leszyk (9 on three 3-pointers), Clara Chedzoy (7), Ryanna LaMoreaux (3), and Emmie Bond (2). The team was 9-for-18 from the foul line.

Other statistics:

--LaMoreaux led the team in rebounds with 5, and had 2 steals and a block.
--Morse led in steals and assists (5 each) and had 2 rebounds.
--Chedzoy had 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals.
--Bond had 2 rebounds and a steal.
--Kelly had 4 rebounds and 2 steals.
--Leszyk grabbed 2 rebounds and had 2 steals.

Newfield was led by Katie Maravec's 7 points. The team was 1-for-5 from the foul line.

Awards:

--Morse was named the Tournament MVP.
--Chedzoy was named a tournament All-Star.
--Other All Stars included Newfield's Katie Maravec and Vestal's Sarah Harding.
--Leszyk received the tournament's 3-point Shooter trophy.

Watkins Glen returns to action Wednesday in the Hoops for the Hospital Tournament at Bishop Grimes High School. The JV plays at 1:30 p.m., followed by the varsity.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk sends a shot on its way. She scored 9 points on three 3-pointers, and earned the tournament 3-Point Shooter Award.
Bottom: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly goes up for a shot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse moves the ball upcourt through traffic. Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy eyes the basket. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond takes the ball to the basket. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly puts up a shot.

Left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, left, is fouled as she tries to shoot. Right: The Senecas' Ryanna LaMoreaux (2) blocks a shot attempt by Newfield's Katie Moravec.

Glen JV dominates consolation game, 58-28

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 24 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls junior varsity basketball team jumped out to a 28-7 first-quarter lead Saturday against Newfield and went on to a 58-28 victory in the JV consolation game of the Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Holiday Tournament in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas (5-2) connected on eight 3-pointers, all in the first half as they built a 39-13 advantage by intermission -- a far cry from their 37-34 loss Friday to Vestal in the tourney's opening round. In that game, Watkins had trailed 17-5 at halftime.

Kelsey Kernan led the Senecas in scoring with 11 points, while Aislin Klemann scored 9 points on three 3-pointers, Adrie Solomon 9 points (including one 3-pointer), Amanda Wilbur 9 points, Ali LaMoreaux 8 points (with two 3-pointers), Abby Gibson 6 points (on two 3-pointers), Kelsey DeMillo 4 points, and Natalie Edmister 2 points. The team was 4-for-4 from the foul line.

Newfield was led by Adrianna Royce's 18 points. The team was 8-for-22 from the foul line.

In the championship game, Vestal cruised to a 48-12 victory over Union Springs.

The varsity consolation and championship games were to follow, the title tilt featuring Watkins Glen against Newfield.

Note: The Watkins Glen JV will return to action at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27 at the Hoops for the Hospital Tournament at Bishop Grimes High School. The Watkins varsity game will follow that one.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Demillo (12) grabs a rebound. Teammate Ali LaMoreaux is on the left.

Bottom: The Senecas' Amanda Wlbur scores on a layup after grabbing an offensive rebound in first-half action.

Left: Watkins Glen's Adrie Solomon (3) charges upcourt. Right: Referee Tom Sweet of Horseheads dances with Watkins Glen scorekeeper Maria Chedzoy to the song "Dancing Queen" between the third and fourth quarters of the JV consolation game. Sweet, of Horseheads, says he has danced a couple of times before while officiating games at Watkins Glen, one of the few places, he said, that plays music at games.

Left: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson during a break in the JV action. Right: Alec Betts and Danielle Leszyk were among the JV spectators. Danielle played later in the varsity title game.

Left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann takes aim at the basket. She scored 9 points in the JV consolation game on three 3-pointers. Right: Dancing was evidently contagious at the JV tournament. Here (from left) Allie Gibson, Jena Slater and Aubrey Klemann dance the "Hokey Pokey."

Left: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan, left, and Natalie Edmister battle a Newfield player for possession of the ball. Right: The Senecas' Ali LaMoreaux follows through on a shot.

O-M boys topple Edison for 1st victory

ODESSA, Dec. 23 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team broke into the win column on its sixth try Friday night, defeating Edison 57-46 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians, 1-5, built a 14-9 first-quarter edge and were up 30-21 at intermission. They then outscored the Spartans 14-3 in the third period for a 44-24 lead entering the fourth quarter.

That lead held through the first half of the final period before Edison rallied for the final 11-point difference.

Curtis Harris led O-M with 21 points, while Zach Elliott scored 16 points and grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds. Other points came from Noah Austin (11), Paden Grover (4), Devon Roth (4) and Noah Angle (1). The Indians converted 13 of 23 free throws.

Edison was led by Jack Shaw's 17 points. The Spartans converted just 6 of 18 free throws.

"We played our best game defensively against, in my opinion, the best pure scorer in Section 4, Nate Chorney," said O-M Coach Matt Johnston, whose squad held Chorney to 2 points. "Our kids worked hard preparing for this game. We needed to get our first win to start building some confidence. I was really proud of the effort put forth, but more so I'm happy for these kids."

Odessa-Montour returns to action Dec. 29 and 30 in the Addison Christmas Tournament. Its opponent Friday will be Campbell-Savona in both the JV (1 p.m.) and varsity (5:45 p.m.) contests.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour won its third straight game, 39-30 over Edison.

Photo in text: Odessa's Curtis Harris drives to the basket for two of his 21 points.

Left: O-M's Devon Roth is fouled as he attempts a shot. Right: Odessa's Zach Elliott.

And in the JV game:

Left: Odessa-Montour's Deshawn Johnson shoots. Right: The Indians' Ryan Griswold drives to the hoop.

Left: Watkins Glen's Ryanna LaMoreaux prepares to shoot. (Photo by Don Romeo)
Right: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy eyes the basket.

Watkins Glen girls roll past Vestal, 49-22

Tournament final today; Senecas will face Newfield

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 23 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team advanced to today's final of the Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Holiday Tournament by running past Vestal 49-22 Friday night in the WGHS Field House.

The victory sets up a title game between the Senecas (6-0) and Newfield today at 6:45 p.m. Newfield easily dispatched Union Springs in the other opening-round contest.

Taylor Kelly led the Senecas in scoring with 17 points to go with 2 steals and a block. Hannah Morse scored 11 points with 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals, and Ryanna LaMoreaux scored 10 points with 12 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 assists.

Other points came Clara Chedzoy (5, with 4 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal), Danielle Leszyk (3, with a steal and a block), and Julia Reilly (3, along with a steal). The team was 7-for-12 from the foul line.

Vestal was led by Sara Harding's 14 points. Her team was also 7-for-12 from the foul line.

Watkins Glen built a 12-7 lead in the first period and was up 21-10 at halftime. The Senecas outscored Vestal 17-5 in the third quarter and coasted from there.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse drives past a Vestal defender. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Today's tournament schedule:

1:00 p.m.: JV consolation game, Watkins Glen vs. Newfield
2:45 p.m.: JV championship game, Vestal vs. Union Springs
5:00 p.m.: Varsity consolation game, Vestal vs. Union Springs
6:45 p.m.: Varsity championship game, Watkins Glen vs. Newfield

Left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond drives to the basket. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly sends up a shot. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

In the Watkins Glen JV game, Abby Gibson runs upcourt after stealing the ball.

Tourney JVs: Watkins girls fall to Vestal

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 23 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls junior varsity basketball team staged a second-half rally Friday but fell short of Vestal, 37-34, in the opening round of the Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Holiday Tournament in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas struggled in the first half, falling behind 17-5 by intermission. But they came back with a 20-point third period (including four 3-pointers) to take a 25-24 lead entering the final quarter. However, Vestal regained the lead and held off Watkins down the stretch.

Aislinn Klemann led the Senecas with 13 points, while Adrie Solomon and Ali LaMoreaux scored 8 points each, Amanda Wilbur 3, and Kelsey Kernan 2.

Watkins Glen will play Newfield at 1 p.m. today (Saturday) in the JV consolation game. Newfield lost to Union Springs 25-11 in the other operning-round contest.

Union Springs and Vestal will meet for the tourney JV title at 2:45 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan (center, facing camera) battles for possession of the ball. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann moves the ball past a Vestal defender. Right: The Senecas' Ali LaMoreaux takes aim at the basket. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Bowling: Glen boys top TAE; girls tie

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 23 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity bowling team topped Edison 4-0 Friday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes.

The boys won all three games by a combined total of 2467-2109. Casen Weeden led the Senecas with a 539 series that included a 224 game. H. Nathaniel Rose added a 505, Wrett Brower 493, Steven Bradley 473, and Wyatt Brower 448.

The Watkins girls tied 2-2, winning the first and third games and losing the second game and total pinfall, 2123-2080. Nikole VanDyke led the Senecas with a 448 series, while Nancy Jackson posted a 440, Kendra Cornish 396, Hayley Cornish 386, and Makenzie Kellogg 381.

The Senecas return to action Jan. 2 at home against Candor.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Casen Weeden reacts after registering a strike.

Watkins Glen's Jacob Asbury competes in the 100 Yard Freestyle at Friday's meet.

Watkins swimmers fall to Dryden, 80-41

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 23 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team dropped an 80-41 decision Friday to Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The Senecas, with only five active swimmers, got first-place finishes from Nate Wickham in the 500 Free (6:30.78) and 50 Free (25.26), and from Scott Brubaker in the 100 Breaststroke (1:34.11).

The Senecas return to action Jan. 2 at Waverly.

Photo in text: Watkins' Scott Brubaker competes in the 100 Breaststroke, which he won.

Bowling: O-M girls top NV; boys lose

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 22 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity bowling team defeated Newark Valley 4-0 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match.

O-M outscored the Cardinals 1823-1574 in sweeping all three games. Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 404 series, while Ashley Stewart rolled a 385.

The Odessa boys dropped a 4-0 decision, losing all three games and total pinfall, 2514-1977. Eric Rumsey led O-M with a 515 series, while Andrew Ink posted a 477.

The Indians return to action on Jan. 5 at Groton.

Volleyball: WG 7th graders finish unbeaten

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 22 -- The Watkins Glen 7th Grade volleyball team concluded its season unbeaten Thursday, defeating Newfield 2-1 in its finale in the WGHS Field House.

"Congratulations to the 7th Grade girls on winning 12 of 12 games this season," said their coach, Bridgette Searles.

Scores were 25-10, 25-11 and 15-25.

Top performers for Watkins Glen were:

Dallas Johnson: 14 service points
Isabella Samuel: 7 points and 4 kills
Carly Arnold: 5 points
Jenna Solomon: 1 kill.

O-M's Josiah Lynch, left, on the way to a win over Watkins' Alexis Shea at 120 pounds.

O-M wrestlers top Watkins, keep the belt

ODESSA, Dec. 21 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity wrestling team retained possession of the Schuyler County Wrestling Champions belt Wednesday evening by defeating intracountry rival Watkins Glen 48-12 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in O-M's Jack Davis Gym.

The belt goes each year to the winner of this battle. After its introduction in the 2006-07 school year, the belt resided with Watkins Glen for nine of the first 10 years, including eight in a row from 2008-09 through 2015-16. Then O-M won it last year, and now twice in a row.

The evening also served as Senior Night for Odessa-Montour's two seniors, Daniel Minnier and Jeremiah Lynch, veterans of the squad. A ceremony honoring them was held before the meet began.

With Watkins Glen's participation level down this year, the O-M victory was assured on the basis of forfeits alone. Odessa claimed victory by such means at 132 pounds and at 145, 152, 160, 170, and 182. That constituted 36 points.

The Indians got the other 12 by winning (by falls) two of the evening's three bouts.

In one, Odessa's Dylan Houseknecht defeated Watkins Glen's Ethan Voorheis at 285 pounds in 4:43, while in the other, O-M's Josiah Lynch defeated Alexis Shea at 120 pounds in 1:05.

Watkins Glen got six points on a forfeit win at 220 pounds, and won six points at 113 pounds, where Dawson Wade pinned O-M's Thomas Rumpff in 1:03.

Odessa-Montour returns to action on Dec. 30 at the Binghamton Duals. Watkins Glen is back in action at home on Jan. 4 against Edison.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Dawson Wade, right, brings O-M's Thomas Rumpff to the mat in the 113-pound bout. Wade won by a fall in 1:03.
Middle: O-M's Dylan Houseknecht, left, battles Watkins Glen's Ethan Voorheis at 285 pounds. Houseknecht won by a fall in 4:43.
Bottom: The belt that goes each year to the winning school in the Odessa-Montour vs. Watkins Glen showdown.

The Odessa-Montour team and coaches pose with the Schuyler County Champions belt, which goes to the winner each year of the O-M vs. Watkins Glen wrestling battle.

Watkins Glen's Peter Sandritter dives at start of the 50 Yard Freestyle race.

Watkins Glen swimmers fall to Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 21 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team dropped a 93-36 decision Wednesday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

While the Senecas were up against a much larger squad and failed to win any of the events, they continued to progress.

Peter Sandritter had personal bests in both the 50 Free (31.66) and 100 Yard Free (1:11.29).  

Jacob Asbury also got a personal best in the 500 Yard Freestyle with a time of 8:24.03. He dropped three seconds from his previous best.

The 200 Freestyle Relay team of Sandritter, Asbury, Scott Brubaker and Nate Wickham also set a new season best with a time of 2:02.87. 

Second places were posted by Wickham in the 50 Free and the 100 Free, Scott Brubaker in diving, James Jensen in the 100 Back, and the squad of Sandritter, Asbury, Brubaker and Wickham in the 200 Free Relay.

The Senecas return to action Friday at home against Dryden.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham on the way to second place in the 50 Free.
Bottom: The Senecas' Jacob Asbury competes in the 200 Free.

Odessa-Montour's Billy Tague on the way to winning the 200 Individual Medley.

Odessa swimmers defeat Lansing, 56-37

ODESSA, Dec. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team -- led by four Billy Tague wins and three by Alec Betts -- defeated Lansing 56-37 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

"The guys swam a good meet tonight," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "They've been getting pretty beat up in practice and a few were out sick, so I was really happy with their performance. They got the job done."

Event winners:

200 Medley Relay: OM Alec Betts, Billy Tague, Jake Mayette, Bailey Hornbrook 1:56.28
200 Free: OM Cameron Adams 2:09.75 (PR)
200 IM: OM Billy Tague 2:13.58
50 Free: LANS Wesley Van 25.51
100 Fly: LANS Sean Ross 1:05.23
100 Free: LANS Wesley Van 55.83
500 Free: OM Billy Tague 5:27.04
200 Free Relay: OM Alec Betts, Jacob Mayette, Bailey Hornbrook, Billy Tague 1:43.11
100 Back: LANS Xander Tavares 1:16.83
100 Breast: OM Alec Betts 1:18.37
400 Free Relay: LANS Sean Ross, Aiden Burt, John Lawrence, Wesley Van 4:17.57

Second place finishes for OM:

--Alec Betts in the 200 Free (2:17.40)
--Bailey Hornbrook in the 50 Free (26.37) and 100 Free (59.24) (both PRs)
--Jacob Mayette in the 100 Fly (1:10.10)
--Cameron Adams in the 500 Free (5:57.47) (PR)
--Micah Brewster in the 100 Back (1:19.24)
--400 Free Relay of Liam Mayette, Micah Brewster, Noah Hollenbeck, and Cameron Adams (4:42.41)

Other PR: Liam Mayette in the 100 Free 1:09.88

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Jacob Mayette competes in the 100 Fly, where he finished second.
Middle: The Indians' Alec Betts on the way to winning the 100 Breaststroke.
Bottom: O-M's Bailey Hornbrook en route to second place in the 100 Free.

Odessa-Montour girls rally, defeat S-VE

SPENCER, Dec. 20 -- The Odessa-Motour girls varsity basketball team overcame a first-half deficit Tuesday night to defeat Spencer-Van Etten 58-41 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference showdown of unbeaten teams.

The Indians, now 6-0, got double-digit scoring from three players: Olivia Grover, with 17 points and 12 rebounds; Gillian Clark, with 17 points and 10 boards, and Nakiaha Robinson, with 16 points and 8 rebounds along with 4 assists. Other points came from Grace Vondracek (6) and Kennedey Heichel (2).

O-M was down 15-11 after one period and 31-29 at halftime, but "we clamped down defensively in the third quarter and shut them out," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, whose team led 42-31 entering the fourth period.

"This was by far the best defense we've played all season," he said. "We really dug down and got stops with our man-to-man after playing mostly zone in the first half," when S-VE connected for five 3-pointers.

Offensively, "we went inside in the second half and used our size to our advantage," he added. "This was a good win for us and a big one in our division with S-VE at 4-0 coming in."

Odessa-Montour returns to action Thursday night at home against Dryden.

Junior Varsity: Odesssa-Montour lost 44-29 to S-VE. Kara Reese led the Indians with 16 points.

Watkins girls rout Edison, move to 5-0

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 20 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team roared out to a 21-1 first-quarter lead and coasted from there to defeat Edison 51-14 Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The victory lifted the Senecas' season mark to 5-0 heading into the Melissa B. Wilson Memorial Tournament they host Friday and Saturday.

Ryanna LaMoreaux led Watkins in scoring with 11 points. Other points came from Taylor Kelly (9), Julia Reilly (6), Makenna Fraboni (6), Emmie Bond (5), Hannah Morse (5), Danielle Leszyk (3), Kathleen Clifford (2), Jena Slater (2), and Clara Chedzoy (2).

LaMoreaux led in rebounds with 4, while Chedzoy, Morse, Reilly, Slater and Jazmin Shea grabbed 3 apiece, and Bond and Clifford 2 each. Morse led in assists with 6, while Chedzoy and Leszyk had 3 apiece. Chedzoy, Leszyk and Morse each had 3 steals, and Fraboni had 2.

The Senecas led 27-6 at halftime and 44-8 entering the fourth quarter. The team was 4 for 9 from the foul line. Edison was 4-for-11.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 4-1 by defeating Edison 50-12. Abby Gibson led the Senecas with 11 points, while Kelsey Kernan scored 8, Adrie Solomon 7, Amanda Wilbur 6, and Natalie Edmister 6.

Photo in text: Watkins' Ryanna LaMoreaux drives to the basket. (Photo by Don Romeo)

From left: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse, Kathleen Clifford and Taylor Kelly eye the hoop. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Clara Chedzoy shoots. Right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk drives past an Edison defender. (Photos by Don Romeo)

And in the JV game:

From left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann, Kelsey Kernan and Ali LaMoreaux. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen boys top TAE, move to 2-3

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Dec. 20 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team improved its season mark to 2-3 Tuesday night by defeating Edison 79-71 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Edison gym.

Dayne Hughey led the Senecas in scoring with 21 points, while Michael Doane scored 17 and Isaac McIlroy 15. Other points came from Joe Chedzoy (8), Owen Scholtisek (7), Alex Schimizzi (6), Dylan Markley (3) and Collin Baker (2).

Hughey led the team in rebounds with 9, while McIlroy grabbed 8. Chedzoy and McIlroy led in assists with 6 each, while Chedzoy led in steals with 3. Scholtisek and McIlroy had 2 steals apiece. The Senecas converted 16 of 25 free throws.

Nate Chorney led Edison with 35 points. His team was 16-for-21 from the foul line.

Watkins Glen trailed 16-15 after one quarter, was up 31-30 at halftime, and was behind 52-51 entering the fourth quarter. The Senecas surged down the stretch, outscoring the Spartans 28-19.

"Isaac really played well for us," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "In addition to his points and rebounds, he was instrumental in breaking the press. And Dayne did well. We did a good job of finding him and getting him the ball.

"It was a good all-around effort, a good win. We're getting a little momentum."

The Senecas return to action when they host a holiday tournament at the Field House on Dec. 29-30.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 3-2 with a 43-17 victory over Edison. Travon Jones led the Senecas with 10 points, while Jordan Avery scored 8, Cameron Holland 6, Adam Pastore 6, Dylan Morse 5, Aidan DiGregorio 4, and Seamus Mooney 4.

Left: O-M's Zach Elliott takes aim. Right: The Indians' Curtis Harris goes up for a shot.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to S-VE, 59-46

ODESSA, Dec. 20 - The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team's record slipped to 0-5 Tuesday night when the Indians dropped a 59-46 Interscholastic Athletic Conference decision to Spencer-Van Etten in a game in the O-M gym.

Odessa led S-VE 14-12 in the second quarter before S-VE went on a 7-0 run to grab the lead, which it never relinquished. The Panthers were up by 6 at the half, 26-20.

The third quarter was almost evenly played, with O-M trailing by 7 entering the final period, 38-31. The Indians never got any closer as S-VE outscored them 21-15 down the stretch.

Curtis Harris led O-M with 20 points, 10 rebounds, 5 steals and 5 assists. Brandon Ray scored 8 points, Noah Austin and Derrick Lewis 5 each, and Zach Elliott and Devon Roth 4 apiece. The Indians were 4-for-8 from the foul line.

Nathan Mack led S-VE with 14 points, while Zach Sherwood scored 12 and Noah Mack 10. The Panthers were 14-for-19 from the foul line.

"I really thought coming into this game that we had a good game plan to put a lot of points on the board," said O-M Coach Matt Johnston. "Our shooting was not where we needed it to be in order to get the win, though."

Odesssa returns to action Friday at home against Edison.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated S-VE 39-29. Jared Rumsey led the Indians with 14 points, while Preston Harris scored 10.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Noah Austin takes the ball to the hoop.

Left: O-M's Paden Grover maneuvers around an S-VE player. Right: The Indians' Brandon Ray shoots.

Bowling: O-M girls top Lansing; boys lose

ITHACA, Dec. 20 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity bowling team defeated Lansing 4-0 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Cornell University's Helen Newman Lanes.

The Indians were led by Jackie Vincent, who rolled a 525 series that included a 235 game. Ashley Stewart added a 425 series.

Boys: Odessa-Montour fell to Lansing 4-0 as the Bobcats outscored the Indians 2565-2040. Eric Rumsey led O-M with a 476 series, while Andrew Ink rolled a 472.

The Indians return to action Thursday at Newark Valley.

Volleyball: WG 7th, 8th Grade teams win

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 19 -- The Watkins Glen High School 7th and 8th Grade volleyball teams defeated Moravia in matches Monday in the WGHS Field House.

The 8th Grade team won 2-1, by scores of 25-22, 22-25 and 25-22.

The 7th Grade team won 3-0 by scores of 25-12, 25-7 and 25-17. It was the squad's 11th straight victory.

High scorers in the 7th Grade game were:

Dallas Johnson: 11 service points.
Jenna Solomon: 6 points.
Brynn Smith: 5 points.
Aubrey Kellogg and Ava Barber: 4 points each.
Carly Arnold: 1 kill.

Athletes of the Week: 2 hoop standouts

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 18 -- This week we honor two female basketball players as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Watkins Glen High School's Taylor Kelly gets one of the nods for standout performances in two victories that lifted the Senecas to 4-0. She scored 18 points and had 6 rebounds and 8 steals in one game, and 13 points and 5 steals in the other.

Odessa-Montour's Olivia Grover earned the other nod (and a repeat appearance as Athlete of the Week) for two strong performances. She scored 15 points (with 8 rebounds) in one game, and 16 points in the other as the Indians improved to 5-0.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen wrestlers Kameryn Sheldon and Ethan Voorheis; Watkins Glen basketball players Dayne Hughey, Hannah Morse and Ryanna LaMoreaux; Odessa-Montour basketball players Nakiaha Robinson, Heidi Casselberry and Gillian Clark; Watkins Glen runners Gabe Planty and Aaron Planty; Watkins Glen bowlers Wrett Brower and H. Nathaniel Rose; Watkins Glen swimmer Nate Wickham; and O-M swimmers Billy Tague, Alec Betts and Jacob Mayette.

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

Watkins Glen Youth Basketball: Week 1

The following was provided by Watkins Glen Youth Basketball at the conclusion of its first weekend of competition in the Watkins Glen High School Field House.

3rd-4th Grades

Watkins Motel 14, Sporting Goods 12
Watkins Motel: Levi Murphy 10, Jude Santos 2, Brooklyn Thompson 2
Sporting Goods: Caleb Bresett 8, Michael Purpura 4

Church St. Produce 8, Maguire's 6
Maguire's: Logan Bills 2, Isaak Willett 2, Luka VanScoyk 2
Church St. Produce: Jayden Scholtisek 8

Famous Brands 26, Curly's 5
Famous Brands: Lucas Hoffman 10, Rachel Vickio 8, Amos Diliberto 6, Natalie Oliver 2
Curly's: Donovan Wratten 5

5th-6th Grades

Capt. Bill's 18, WG Supply 8
Capt. Bill's: Christopher Simiele 10, Brandon Chiacchiarini 6, Addison Coolican 2
WG Supply: Nick D'Alleva 6, Nicole Chiacchiarini 2

Van Skiver's 26, Seneca Lodge 16
Van Skiver's: Ryan Willett 16, Lance Majors 2, Ryan Berry 2, Brennian Elliott 2, Olivia VanSkiver 2, Lillian Ameigh 2
Seneca Lodge: Brenna Pierce 8, Brady Bockelkamp 4, Tyler Smith 2, Molly Coolican 2

2 Watkins wrestlers win tourney titles

CAMPBELL, Dec. 17 -- Two Watkins Glen High School wrestlers finished unbeaten in their respective weight classes at the Campbell-Savona Duals wrestling tournament this past weekend, taking home championship medals from the event.

Kameryn Sheldon won at 220 pounds, and Ethan Voorheis at 285 pounds. Each went 7-0, Sheldon with three competitive wins and four by forfeit, and Voorheis with two competitive wins and five by forfeit.

The WGHS varsity wrestling team returns to action Wednesday at Odessa-Montour.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Kameryn Sheldon, left, and Ethan Voorheis. (Photo provided)

Volleyball: WG 7th graders top Edison

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Dec. 17 -- The Watkins Glen High School 7th Grade volleyball team defeated Edison Saturday 3-0 in a match in the Edison gym -- the team's 10th straight victory.

High scorers for Watkins:

Maia Kamakawiwoole: 14 service points
Dallas Johnson: 8 points
Kendall Gascon: 7 points
Jenna Solomon/Kayla Wood/Ava Barber: 5 points each

Odessa girls top Tioga, improve to 5-0

ODESSA, Dec. 16 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team -- led by Olivia Grover's 15 points and 8 rebounds -- defeated Tioga 49-39 Friday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians, now 5-0, led throughout the game. They had a 15-9 lead after one period, a 29-16 edge at halftime, and a 40-22 lead entering the final period.

"We were not very good in the fourth quarter," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich -- a period in which his squad was outscored 17-9.

Scoring in additon to Grover were Nakiaha Robinson (10 points), Heidi Casselberry (9 points with 6 rebounds), Gillian Clark (7 points), Kennedey Heichel (5), Grace Vondracek (2) and Sara Gardner (1).

"Heidi gave us some great energy and big baskets off the bench in the second quarter to help us stretch the lead out a little bit," said Gavich. "But we've got to do a lot better job rebounding and taking care of the ball."

The Indians were also plagued by fouls, with three different players whistled four times each, and two others whistled three times apiece. But nobody fouled out as Gavich rotated his top eight players frequently.

Next up is a game Tuesday at Spencer-Van Etten -- one Gavich termed "huge" because Spencer is also unbeaten.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Tioga 50-39 to improve to 4-1. Jolynn Minnier led the Indians with 14 points, 13 of them as O-M held off the Tigers in a tight first half. Kara Reese finished with 11 points, Hannah Chapman 11, and Mallory Rhodes 10.

The Indians led 26-25 at halftime, but pulled away with a 12-2 third quarter led by five points from Rhodes and four from Reese. Chapman scored six points in the final period and Rhodes five as the Indians cemented the victory.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Nakiaha Robinson goes airborne for a shot, surrounded by Tioga defenders.
Bottom: O-M's Olivia Grover looks for a shot in traffic.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Heidi Casselberry shoots. Right: O-M's Gillian Clark.

Left: O-M's Grace Vondracek. Center: O-M's Sara Gardner. Right: In the JV game, Odessa's Kara Reese drives around a Tioga defender.

Left: O-M's Alexis Saunders shoots over a Tioga player. Right: O-M's Kennedey Heichel.

And in the JV game:

Odessa-Montour's Autumn Garrison (11) shoots as Tioga defenders close in.

From left: O-M's Hannah Chapman (14), Mallory Rhodes (20) and Jolynn Minnier (44).

Watkins girls top Notre Dame, 48-33

SOUTHPORT, Dec. 16 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team improved to 4-0 Friday night with a 48-33 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory over Elmira Notre Dame in the ND gym.

Ryanna LaMoreaux led the Watkins offense with 14 points, while Taylor Kelly scored 13, Clara Chedzoy and Emmie Bond 6 each, Hannah Morse 4, Danielle Leszyk 3, and Makenna Fraboni 2.

Chedzoy and Bond led the Senecas with 10 rebounds each, while LaMoreaux and Morse grabbed 4 apiece. Morse led in steals with 8 and assists with 7. Kelly was second in steals with 5, while Chedzoy had 4. LaMoreaux had 2 blocks , and Chedzoy 1.

Watkins Glen led 14-12 after one period, 22-16 at halftime, and 33-22 entering the fourth quarter. The team was 0-for-1 from the foul line.

Mary Foster led Notre Dame with 14 points. The Crusaders were 8-for-15 from the foul line.

Junior Varsity: There was no JV game, since Notre Dame did not field such a team this season.

Left: In the varsity game, Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy soars. Right: In the JV contest, the Senecas' Adam Pastore nears the hoop. (Both photos by Don Romeo)

Watkins boys fall to Notre Dame, 42-40

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 16 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team let a 10-point halftime lead get away Friday night in a 42-40 Interscholastic Athletic Conference loss to Elmira Notre Dame in the Field House gym.

The Senecas (1-3) built a 12-10 first-quarter lead and were up 25-15 at intermission -- a lead that Coach John Fazzary said "could have been 16, or 18, or 20 if we could have made some layups."

The lead disappeared in the third quarter as "we got a little bit sloppy," said Fazzary. "We turned it over some, and gave them a little momentum. Even so, we were up by one with about 1:30 left, and going to the line for a one-and-one. But we missed. Then Notre Dame came down and got a bucket inside" to take the lead.

"We had a couple of chances" after that, he said, "but we didn't really get a good shot off in the last minute. But I'm proud of our effort. Notre Dame was averaging 68 points a game, and we held them to 42. If we can play this kind of defense night in and night out, we will win some games. We've got to learn from what we've done, and sharpen some things."

Dayne Hughey led Watkins with 14 points and 12 rebounds, along with 3 blocks. Michael Doane scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Alex Schimizzi added 6 points, Joe Chedzoy 4, and Owen Scholtisek 4.

Chedzoy led the team in assists with 7, and had 4 rebounds. Scholtisek had 3 assists and 2 steals, while Schimizzi had 2 blocks.

The team returns to action Tuesday at Edison.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen fell to 2-2 with a 50-29 loss to Notre Dame. Adam Pastore led the Senecas with 13 points, while Cameron Holland scored 6 points, Jordan Avery 5, Georgio Fazzary 3, and Bryce Kelly 2.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dayne Hughey prepares to shoot over a Notre Dame player. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Left: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek (5) drives to the hoop in the varsity game. Right: In the JV game, the Senecas' Travon Jones nears the basket. (Photos by Don Romeo)

Plantys nab 3rd, 4th places at IC tourney

ITHACA, Dec. 16 -- Watkins Glen High School runners Gabe and Aaron Planty finished near the top in races Friday at the 607 Invitational -- a track meet at the Ithaca College Athletics and Events Center where Small and Large Schools competed together.

Gabe Planty placed 3rd (among 48 runners) in the 1600 Meters in 4:35.29, while his brother Aaron was 4th (among 60 runners) in the 100 Meters in 2:42.57.

The Senecas' Max Evans was 10th in the High Jump at 5'4", and 13th in the 600 Meter Run (among 56 runners) in 1:36.05, while Josh Updyke was 13th and Tristan Yuhasz 19th (among 81 runners) in the 55 Meter Dash.

On the girls' side, Isobel Scheffey was 19th (among 79 runners) in the 55 Meter Dash, and 10th (among 64 runners) in the 300 Meters at 47.10.

Photo in text: Gabe Planty at Friday's meet. (Photo by Aran Holland)

Odessa-Montour's Madison Randall, left, and Jesse Jordan during Friday's action.

Bowling: O-M boys top Candor, girls lose

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 16 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity bowling team defeated Candor 3-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match Friday at Harborside Lanes. The O-M girls lost.

Boys: Odessa-Montour won the first and third games and total pinfall, 1794-1677. The Indians were led by Jesse Jordan's 386, while Colton Chapman rolled a 379.

Girls: O-M lost 3-1, capturing the second game but losing the first and third games and total pinfall, 1868-1809. Kacie Wood led the squad with a 408 series, while Madison Randall rolled a 392.

O-M returns to action Tuesday on the road against Lansing.

Bowling: Glen boys, girls fall to Waverly

WAVERLY, Dec. 15 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams dropped Interscholastic Athletic Conference decisions Thursday to Waverly at the Waverly Bowling Center.

Boys: Watkins Glen lost 4-0, outpointed by the Wolverines 3318-2922.

Wrett Brower led the Senecas with a 599 series on games of 184-189-226. H. Nathaniel Rose was next with a 587 that included a 222 game, and Steven Bradley registered a 577 that included a 212.

Conlin Wysocki posted a 571 series with a 211 game, Wyatt Brower rolled a 564 series with a 228, and Casen Weeden notched a 532.

Girls: Watkins Glen lost 3-1. The Senecas won the first game, 817-783, but dropped the next two games and total pinfall, 2425-2318.

Nikole VanDyke led the Senecas with a 541 series, while Hayley Cornish posted a 506, Nancy Jackson a 437, Kendra Cornish a 412, and Makenzie Kellogg a 403.

Planty boys, Holland earn All-State slots

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 13 -- Watkins Glen High School cross country runners Gabe Planty and brother Aaron Planty have each been named to the Class C All-State 3rd Team announced by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

Both were key members of the Class C state runnerup boys team this past fall, as well as members of the WGHS state championship team the year before.

Also honored was another Watkins runner who has played a key role in the Senecas' success: veteran Sean Holland, named to the All-State 5th Team.

The Sportswriters Association named five All-State teams and Honorable Mentions.

Odessa wrestlers edge Edison, 36-34

ODESSA, Dec. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team defeated Edison 36-34 Tuesday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in O-M's Jack Davis Gym.

Wins for Odessa came in the following weight classes:

285: Dylan Houseknecht over Simone Hapeman (fall 0:28)
120: Josiah Lynch over Michael Brown (fall 3:22)
138: Andrew Hartford by forfeit
145: Collin Haag over Mike Condon (fall 1:53)
170: Daniel Minnier over Alex Alverson (fall 1:05)
182: Jeremiah Lynch over Jonathon Shirley (fall 0:16)

The Indians return to action at home against Watkins Glen on Dec. 20.

Watkins Glen girls roll to 3rd win, 64-16

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 13 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team got double-digit scoring from three players Tuesday night as the Senecas defeated Trumansburg 64-16 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House gym.

Watkins (3-0) was led in scoring by Taylor Kelly, who totaled 18 points to go with 6 rebounds, 8 steals and an assist.

Hannah Morse scored 14 points while registering 6 steals, 7 assists and a rebound. Ryanna LaMoreaux also notched 14 points, with 2 rebounds, a steal and 2 assists.

Other points came from Emmie Bond (6, with 3 rebounds and 4 steals), Danielle Leszyk (6, wih 2 rebounds), Julia Reilly (4, with 3 rebounds, 2 steals and an assist), and Clara Chedzoy (2, with 2 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists).

Jena Slater grabbed 4 rebounds and had 4 steals and an assist for the Senecas, while Katlyn Kernan grabbed 2 rebounds, and Makenna Fraboni and Kathleen Clifford had 1 rebound each.

The Senecas took control about midway through the first period, with Morse and LaMoreaux each scoring 8 points in that quarter. Watkins led 32-5 when Tburg rallied late in the second period to cut the halftime score to 32-12.

Watkins Glen outscored the Raiders in the third quarter, 28-0, to enter the final period ahead 60-12.

The Senecas return to action Friday night at Elmira Notre Dame.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 3-1 with a 48-25 victory over Trumansburg. Aislinn Klemann led the Senecas with 13 points, while Kelsey Kernan and Adrie Solomon scored 7 each, Amanda Wilbur 6, Abby Gibson 5, Ali LaMoreaux 4, and Kaylee Franklin, Kelsey DeMillo and Natalie Edmister 2 each.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse runs into traffic as she nears the basket.

Bottom: The Senecas' Clara Chedzoy is fouled as she tries to shoot.

From left: Watkins' Emmie Bond, Julia Reilly and Taylor Kelly take aim at the basket.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Ali LaMoreaux shoots. Teammate Amanda Wilbur is in the foreground. Right: The Senecas' Aislinn Klemann (5) moves the ball.

Watkins Glen boys post their first win

TRUMANSBURG, Dec. 13 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team registered its first victory of the season Tuesday night when it defeated Trumansburg 58-38 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Tburg gym.

The Senecas were led in scoring by 8th grader Owen Scholtisek, who notched 14 points. Joe Chedzoy and Dayne Hughey added 13 each, while Dylan Markley, Collin Baker and Alex Schimizzi scored 6 each. The team was 16-for-25 from the foul line.

Trumansburg was led by Isaiah Black and Zeb Whitford, who scored 8 points apiece. The Raiders were 2-for-3 from the foul line.

Hughey led Watkins in rebounds with 6, while Scholtisek and Schimizzi had 5 each, and Michael Doane 4. Scholtisek had 5 steals and Chedzoy 3, while Chedzoy had 4 assists and Scholtisek 3.

"We're moving forward, getting a little better each game," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "We had some hustle baskets, and it was nice to get three guys in double figures."

One of them, Scholtisek, "played a nice game," Fazzary added. "He handled the ball well on offense, and played a good game defensively."

The Senecas return to action Friday at home against Notre Dame.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 2-1 with a 49-46 victory over Trumansburg. Adam Pastore led the Senecas with 21 points, while Travon Jones scored 13, Dylan Morse 5, Jordan Avery 4, and Aidan DiGregorio, Seamus Mooney and Cameron Holland 2 each.

Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek (left) and Gillian Clark (44) put up shots.

Odessa girls hold off Candor, 61-56

ODESSA, Dec. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team improved to 4-0 Tuesday night by defeating Candor 61-56 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Gillian Clark led the Odessa offense with 22 points, while Olivia Grover scored 16 and Nakiaha Robinson 15. Grace Vondracek added 6 points, and Alexis Saunders 2. The team made 19 of 31 free throws.

Shaylin Heidl led Candor (4-2) with 20 points, while Searra Allen and Braelyn Hornick scored 14 each. The team converted 15 of 20 free throws.

"Candor outplayed us all night long," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We were lucky to get out of here with a win."

O-M led 21-15 after one quarter, and 29-26 at halftime. Candor moved ahead a couple of times in the third period, but Odessa finished up 44-41 entering the final period.

O-M never trailed in the fourth quarter, but couldn't shake Candor, which was within four points with a half-minute to play. But another Candor basket was offset by two Clark free throws and one by Robinson in the closing moments for the final five-point spread.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Candor 45-22. Jolynn Minnier and Autumn Garrison scored 11 points each, while Kara Reese had 10.

Photo in text: O-M's Nakiaha Robinson (24) battles for a rebound.

Left: O-M's Olivia Grover shoots. Right: Odessa's Kennedey Heichel passes the ball.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to Candor

CANDOR, Dec. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team dropped to 0-3 Tuesday night when it fell to Candor 61-53 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Candor gym.

"It was a tale of two halves," said O-M Coach Matt Johnston. "We outplayed them in the first half and they outplayed us in the second half. The unfortuante part for us was the point differential in the third quarter."

O-M, which led by eight points at halftime, was outscored in the third quarter 25-7, falling behind by 10 points.

"It was just too much for us to overcome," Johnston added.

Curtis Harris led O-M with 16 points, while Zach Elliott scored 15, Noah Austin 10, Devon Roth 6, Derrick Lewis 5, and Paden Grover 1. The team was 9-for-22 from the foul line, compared to Candor's 14-for-17.

Odessa returns to action Thursday night at Tioga. The JV game starts at 5:30 p.m.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Candor, 69-28.

Odessa-Montour's Alec Betts dives at start of the 100 Yard Backstroke, which he won.

Odessa-Montour swimmers top Watkins

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 13 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team cruised to victory Tuesday over undermanned Watkins Glen 109-34 in a meet in the WGHS pool.

Alec Betts, Billy Tague and Jake Mayette posted four wins each to lead the Indians (now 2-2). All three were on the winning 200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay teams, and each had two individual victories.

Watkins Glen got wins from Nate Wickham in both the 50 Free (25.06) and the 100 Free (58.15). The team had only five active swimmers.

Odessa-Montour victories:

200 Medley Relay: Alec Betts, Billy Tague, Jake Mayette, Brett Walters 1:56.89
200 Free: Jake Mayette 2:29.71
200 IM: Alec Betts 2:32.29
100 Fly: Jake Mayette 1:08.74
500 Free: Billy Tague 5:18.39
200 Free Relay: Johnny Niedermaier, Micah Brewster, Bailey Hornbrook, Cameron Adams 1:53.06
100 Back: Alec Betts 1:11.68
100 Breast: Billy Tague 1:09.94
400 Free Relay: Alec Betts, Brett Walters, Jake Mayette, Billy Tague 4:04.36

"The boys swam really well, with many trying out new events," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "The rookies are all improving quickly and gaining confidence in the pool. I’m very pleased with how the team is coming together."

Watkins Glen Athletic Director Rod Weeden praised Wickham and noted that Scott Brubaker had a personal best in the 200 Individual Medley, dropping 5 seconds; and placed second in the 100 Breaststroke with another PR.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham (foreground) and O-M's Brett Walters battle in the 100 Free, won by Wickham by the narrowest of margins, 58.15 to 58.16.

Second: O-M's Billy Tague after winning the 100 Yard Breaststroke.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Scott Brubaker, on the way to second place in the 100 Breast.

Bowling: Glen boys top ND; girls lose

ELMIRA, Dec. 12 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity bowling team defeated Elmira Notre Dame 4-0 Monday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Rossi Lanes. The Watkins girls fell to Notre Dame, 4-0.

Boys: Watkins Glen had five boys, and almost a sixth, top 500, led by Wrett Brower's 567, a series that included 207 and 200 games.

H. Nathaniel Rose registered a 549, followed by Wyatt Brower's 547, Steven Bradley's 538, Conlin Wysocki's 506, and Casen Weeden's 499.

The team won the first game 855-706, the second game 1006-822, and the third game 935-706. They won total pinfall 2796-2234.

Girls: Watkins Glen lost all three games, with Notre Dame outpointing the Senecas 2112-1783.

Hayley Cornish led the Senecas with a 396 series, while Kendra Cornish posted a 395, Nancy Jackson a 383, and Makenzie Kellogg a 352.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Wrett Brower (File photo)

Glen 7th grade volleyball team tops S-VE

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 12 -- The Watkins Glen High School 7th Grade volleyball team defeated Spencer-Van Etten 2-1 Monday in a match at WGHS.

Scores were 25-13, 25-16 and 21-25.

Dallas Johnson led the Senecas with 13 service points, while Brynn Smith notched 9 and Ava Barber and Izzy Samuel 6 apiece. Jenna Solomon had 2 kills, and Faye Mooney and Brynn Smith 1 each.

Athletes of the Week: Hoop teammates

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 11 -- This week we honor two teammates on the unbeaten Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Nakiaha Robinson and Olivia Grover had two strong games each during the week, Robinson scoring 16 points with 8 steals and 6 assists in the first contest and then 20 points with 7 rebounds and 6 steals in the second. Grover registered 19 points and 8 boards in the first game, and 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals in the second.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen runners Isobel Scheffey, Allie Gibson, Gabe Planty and Aaron Planty; O-M basketball's Gillian Clark and Curtis Harris; Watkins Glen basketball's Hannah Morse, Ryanna LaMoreaux and Emmie Bond; O-M swimmers Alec Betts and Billy Tague; Watkins Glen bowler Steven Bradley, and O-M bowler Jackie Vincent.

Honorable Mention: Another 38 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Stars and, ultimately, an Athlete of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Scheffey, Gibson set school track marks

ITHACA, Dec. 10 -- Two Watkins Glen High School runners set school records Saturday at the 29-team Ithaca College Bomber High School Invitational at IC's Edward and Shari Glazer Arena.

Allison Gibson (right) set a new school mark of 8.02 seconds in the 55 Meter Dash, and Isobel Scheffey (left) set a new mark of 46.54 seconds at 300 Meters. Gibson, 26th out of 63 runners, and Scheffey, 22nd out of 61 runners, were "so excited about their new records," said Coach Kelly Sterner.

Gibson's time broke Scheffey's old 55 Meter school record of 8.37. Scheffey broke her own school record of 46.68 in the 300.

Gabe Planty, meanwhile, finished 3rd (4:35.49) and Aaron Planty 6th (4:40.40) among 53 runners in the 1600 Meter Run as Watkins Glen's track-and-field squad placed 19th out of 32 teams.

"It was great to see some big-time drops from our last meet," said Sterner, noting that "we had several athletes compete in new events and did a great job. We are looking forward to going back to Ithaca on Friday to compete at the 607 Invitational. It is a beautiful facility. Our kids love to compete there."

Photos in text: Isobel Scheffey (left in file photo) and Allie Gibson (photo provided).

O-M girls top Newark Valley, 63-50

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 9 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team improved to 3-0 Friday night with a 63-50 victory over Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the NV gym.

Nakiaha Robinson led the Indians with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 steals. Gillian Clark, just recovered from an injury, scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in her season debut. Olivia Grover scored 13 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and had 5 steals.

Other points came from Alexis Saunders (8), Sara Gardner (3), Grace Vondracek (2), and Kennedey Heichel (1).

"We got off to a good start," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "but got into some foul trouble again and they didn't go away." Newark Valley, he said, is "a young team on the rise, and they showed it tonight."

Saunders, he said, "hit a big 3 for us late in the third, and Grace capped an 11-4 run to close the third quarter for us. We then used our pressure to pull away in the fourth."

O-M returns to action Tuesday at home against Candor, and plays Tioga at home Friday.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Newark Valley 61-35. Hannah Chapman scored 10 points for the Indians, and Kara Reese scored 9.

Photo in text: O-M's Nakiaha Robinson (File photo)

Watkins Glen girls defeat Tioga, 51-28

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 9 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team cruised to a 51-28 victory Friday night over Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House gym.

The defending Class C state championship Senecas, now 2-0, built a 25-2 lead midway through the second period. The Tigers rallied at that point with nine straight points, and trailed at halftime 27-11. Watkins Glen was ahead 40-22 entering the fourth period.

Ryanna LaMoreaux and Danielle Leszyk led the Senecas in scoring with 9 points each, while Emmie Bond scored 8, Hannah Morse 7, Julia Reilly 6, Taylor Kelly 4, and Clara Chedzoy, Makenna Fraboni, Kathleen Clifford and Jena Slater 2 each.

Bond led the team in rebounds with 11, while Chedzoy grabbed 7, LaMoreaux and Leszyk 4 each, and Fraboni 3.

Morse registered 8 assists, while Kelly and Fraboni each had 3 steals, and Chedzoy 2. The team was 8-for-12 from the foul line, including Morse's 7-for-8.

"I am very proud of my girls and how they played tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "They did a great job on the boards tonight and played as a team."

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 2-1 with a 55-29 victory over Tioga.

Kelsey Kernan and Aislinn Klemann each scored 11 points, while Amanda Wilbur and Natalie Edmister scored 8 points each, Adrie Solomon 7, Ali LaMoreaux 6, and Abby Gibson and Kelsey DeMillo 2 each.

The Senecas built a 10-3 lead through one period, and were up 25-17 at halftime and 39-24 entering the fourth quarter.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk saves the ball from going out of bounds.
Bottom: The Senecas' Ryanna LaMoreaux, left, is fouled as she goes up for a shot.

From left: Watkins Glen's Emmie Bond, Taylor Kelly and Julia Reilly.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse (3, left) and Clara Chedzoy (13, right) take aim at the hoop.

And in the JV game:

From left: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson, Amanda Wilbur and Adrie Solomon.

Watkins Glen boys lose to Tioga, 61-49

TIOGA CENTER, Dec. 9 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team saw its record slip to 0-2 Friday night when the Senecas dropped a 61-49 decision to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Tioga gym.

"We showed marked improvement from the first game," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, referring to a season-opening loss Tuesday to Newark Valley. "Tioga is a good team, and we played them tough. I think we're on the right path."

The Senecas, down 13-11 after one quarter, trailed 32-25 at halftime and 40-31 entering the fourth quarter.

Dayne Hughey led the Senecas in scoring with 13 points, while Michael Doane scored 10, Owen Scholtisek 7, Joe Chedzoy 6, Alex Schimizzi 6, Collin Baker 5, and Dylan Markley 2. Hughey led the team in rebounds with 9 while Chedzoy grabbed 5. Scholtisek had 5 assists, and Chedzoy 3. Both Scholtisek and Doane had 2 steals.

Demario Chambers led Tioga with 20 points. The Tigers converted 7 of 12 free throws, while Watkins Glen converted 3 of 10.

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Trumansburg.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen evened its record at 1-1 with a 51-31 win over Tioga. Dylan Morse scored 12 points for the Senecas, Jordan Avery 11, Travon Jones 9, Adam Pastore 9, Seamus Mooney 6, and Aidan DiGregorio and Georgio Fazzary 2 each.

Odessa boys fall to Newark Valley, 68-64

ODESSA, Dec. 9 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team fell behind with 6:52 to play and never caught up in dropping a 68-64 decision Friday night to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians, 0-2, were led by Curtis Harris's 21 points, all but five of them in the first half. Zach Elliott scored 12 points, as did Brandon Ray, while Devon Roth and Noah Austin scored 7 points apiece and Paden Grover 5. Quartus Steika led the Cardinals with 31 points, including three 3-pointers.

The Indians were 7-for-16 at the foul line, compared to NV's 10-for-17.

Newark Valley built an 18-10 first-quarter lead before Odessa rallied with a 22-point second period that put it up 32-28 at halftime.

"We pulled ahead in the third quarter by seven points," said O-M Coach Matt Johnston, "but NV went on a 9-0 run to regain the lead."

The score entering the fourth quarter was Newark Valley 53, O-M 51.

O-M took the lead 54-53 at 7:24 of the final period, but NV notched a free throw to tie and then a 3-pointer at 6:52 to go ahead for good, 57-54. Odessa closed to within 57-56 at 6:07, but Newark Valley scored two baskets in the next two minutes to boost its advantage to five points, 61-56.

Odessa got no closer than four points after that.

"The kids played hard and did not give up," said Johnston. "A couple of bounces our way and it could have been a different outcome. I give credit to coach Stratton and his Cardinals for fighting back for the victory."

O-M returns to action Tuesday at Candor. The JV game starts at 5:30 p.m.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Newark Valley, 49-44.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Zach Elliott twists around for a shot.
Bottom: O-M's Curtis Harris drives past a defender on his way to the basket.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Paden Grover is fouled as he tries to shoot. Right: The Indians' Noah Austin goes up for shot.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Devon Roth, Brandon Ray and Derrick Lewis.

Odessa-Montour's Jackie Vincent uses some body English as she tries to convert a spare.

Bowling: O-M girls top Edison; boys fall

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 9 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity bowling team defeated Edison 3-1 Friday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes.

The O-M boys fell 3-1 to Edison.

Girls: Jackie Vincent led Odessa with a 490 series, while Madison Randall registered a 426 and Pixie Kinner a 394.

Odessa won the first game 678-631, dropped the second game 728-695, and then won the third game 708-679 and total pinfall by a 2081-2038 margin.

Boys: Odessa-Montour dropped the first game 691-644 and the second game 746-616 before winning the third game 725-631. The Indians lost total pinfall, 2078-1985.

Andrew Ink led O-M with a 517 series that included a high game of 191, while Eric Rumsey added a 414.

Odessa returns to action at home Tuesday against Union Springs.

Photo in text: O-M's Pixie Kinner watches her ball as it nears a pin for a spare.

Left: O-M's Eric Rumsey takes aim on some pins. Right: Odessa's Andrew Ink reacts with evident frustration after leaving a split.

Watkins Glen bowlers top Newark Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 8 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted victories Thursday over Newark Valley in Interscholastic Athletic Conference road matches.

Boys: Watkins Glen lost the first game, but won the next two plus total pinfall, 2491-2414, for a 3-1 victory. Steven Bradley led the Senecas with a 569 series that included a 221, while Wyatt Brower rolled a 540 series that included a 214.

Other scores for Watkins: Conlin Wysocki 480, Wrett Brower 461, Casen Weeden 422, and H. Nathaniel Rose 415.

Girls: Watkins Glen won 4-0, sweeping all three games by a total pinfall margin of 1900-1465. Kendra Cornish led the way with a 436 series that included a 204.

Other scores for Watkins: Hayley Cornish 373, Nancy Jackson 369, Makenzie Kellogg 368, and Alyiah Clink-Bentley 354.

The Senecas return to action Monday against Elmira Notre Dame at Rossi Lanes.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Steven Bradley (File photo)

Glen swimmers fall to Lansing, 75-35

LANSING, Dec. 8 -- The undermanned Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team fell 75-35 Thursday to Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Lansing pool.

Among the Watkins performances:

--Nathaniel Wickham won the 50 Free in 25.24 and was second in the 100 Free (dropping 3 seconds for a season-best of 57.61).
--Scott Brubaker won the 100 Breaststroke (1:38.82).
--The 200 Free Relay team won (Ramel Fulcher, Jacob Asbury, Scott Brubaker and Nathaniel Wickham).
--Jacob Asbury took 2nd in the 200 Free with a PR of 2:57.06 (dropping his best time by 15 seconds).

Said WGHS Athletic Director Rod Weeden: "The Tuff man award for the night would have to go to Scott Brubaker for competing in four very tough events (200 IM, 500 Free, 200 Free Relay and 100 Breast).

"This is a great group of kids," added Weeden. "It has been a pleasure to be there for them while their regular coach (Megan Hoy) is finishing up her finals for the week at college."

The Senecas compete again Tuesday at home against Odessa-Montour at 4:30 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Scott Brubaker during Thursday's meet. (Photo provided)

O-M swimmers fall to Waverly, 100-70

WAVERLY, Dec. 8 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team dropped a 100-70 decision Thursday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Waverly pool.

The four victories for Odessa-Montour were posted by:

--Alec Betts in the 200 Free (a PR of 2:04.86) and the 100 Breaststroke (1:17.07).
--Billy Tague in the 200 IM (2:12.29) and the 100 Fly (59.40).

Second-place finishes for O-M:

--Jake Mayette in the 50 Free (26.25)
--Brett Walters in the 100 Free (58.17) and 100 Back (a PR of 1:08.30)
--200 Medley Relay of Micah Brewster, Tyler Carson, Bailey Hornbrook and Brett Walters
--200 Free Relay of Jake Mayette, Bailey Hornbrook, Alec Betts and Billy Tague
--400 Free Relay of Jake Mayette, Brett Walters, Alec Betts and Billy Tague

Other PRs (personal records):

--Cameron Adams in the 200 Free (2:10.88) and 500 Free (6:01.61)
--Liam Mayette in the 200 IM (3:10.15) and 500 Free (7:36.38)
--Johnny Niedermaier in the 50 Free (29.15) and 100 Back (1:21.28)
--Micah Brewster in the 500 Free (6:59.65) and 100 Back (1:19.92)
--Justin Andrews in the 50 Free (35.02) and 100 Free (1:21.75)
--Brett Walters in the 100 Back (1:08.30)
--Jake Mayette in the 100 Fly (1:06.11)
--Noah Hollenbeck in the 100 Breast (1:53.17)

"It was a tough meet," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "Waverly has a large, experienced team. The O-M guys swam well, evidenced by the number of PRs, but it just wasn’t enough to overcome Waverly’s depth."

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Alec Betts (File photo)

Bowling: O-M girls top ND, boys lose

ELMIRA, Dec. 7 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity bowling team posted a 3-1 victory Wednesday over Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Rossi Lanes. The O-M boys fell to ND, 4-0.

The Odessa girls won the first two games, 693-656 and 683-548, as well as total pinfall, 1971-1837.

Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 510 series, while Jana Arias rolled a 378 and Pixie Kinner a 367.

The O-M boys dropped all three games as Notre Dame built an overall 2299-1938 margin. Eric Rumsey and Andrew Ink led the Indians, each posting a 476.

The Indians return to action Friday at home against Edison.

Odessa-Montour's Dylan Houseknecht prepares to pin his opponent at 285 pounds. (Photo by Lisa Frost)

Odessa wrestlers edge Moravia, 37-36

ODESSA, Dec. 7 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity wrestling team defeated Moravia 37-36 Wednesday night in a match in O-M's Jack Davis gym.

The match came down to a tie-break one-point awarded to O-M for the most matches won, including forfeits, 7-6.

The two teams had each earned 36 points -- O-M six each for the four pins, six points for a forfeit win, and six points for two decisions (3 points each). Moravia earned 18 points on three pins, and 18 points on three forfeit wins.

126 pounds: Jacob Stockton (MCS) over (OM), Forfeit
132: Nate Eberhardt (MCS) over Andrew Hartford (OM), Fall 3:20
138: Collin Haag (OM) over Casey Smith (MCS), Decision 10-5
145: Josiah Letts (MCS) over Riley Kuparinen (OM), Fall 0:38
152: Corey Jackson (MCS) over Joshua Beckley (OM), Fall 1:24
160: Daniel Minnier (OM) over Tryston Morris (MCS), Fall 0:36
170: Jeremiah Lynch (OM) over Joe Shoemaker (MCS), Fall 135
182: Nate Williams (MCS) over (OM), Forfeit
195: Samuel Clugstone (OM) over Caleb Warner (MCS), Fall 1:54
220: Jake Langtry (MCS) over (OM), Forfeit
285: Dylan Houseknecht (OM) over Trent Rutan (MCS), Fall 0:37
99: Double Forfeit
106: Double Forfeit
113: Thomas Rumpff (OM) over (MCS), Forfeit
120: Josiah Lynch (OM) over Ed Sisson (MCS), Decision 7-0
(OM received 1.00 point tie-breaking criterion D for most number of matches won, including forfeits)

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Josiah Lynch gains an advantage at 120 pounds. (Photo by Lisa Frost)

Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy (15) moves the ball upcourt past two NV defenders.

Watkins boys fall to NV in opener, 53-36

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 6 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team opened its season on a losing note Tuesday night, dropping a 53-36 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House gym.

The Senecas were up 7-4 when Newark Valley took charge, outscoring the Senecas from that point until halftime, 21-4, for a 25-11 lead at intermission. The Cardinals increased the lead to as many as 27 points, 41-14, before closing the third quarter with a 46-26 advantage.

Michael Doane led the Watkins Glen offense with 18 points, including five 3-pointers. He scored 12 of those points in the third period, including three 3's.

Other points came from Dayne Hughey (8), Collin Baker (5), Owen Scholtisek (3) and Joe Chedzoy (2). Scholtisek led the team in assists (7) and steals (3). Hughey led the squad in rebounds (7).

Kyle Coffin led Newark Valley with 19 points. The Cardinals were 3-for-4 from the foul line, while Watkins converted 5 of 10 free throws.

"We have a lot of work to do," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary.

The Senecas return to action Friday at Tioga.

Junior Varsity: Newark Valley defeated Watkins Glen in triple overtime, 61-58.

Watkins Glen's Travon Jones forced the first extra session with a 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation that knotted the score 39-39. Both teams scored 7 points in the first overtime and 3 points in the second overtime (NV on a basket in the closing seconds) before the Cardinals claimed the win.

Aidan DiGregorio led Watkins Glen with 13 points, while four teammates also scored in double figures: Travon Jones (12), Jordan Avery (11), Dylan Morse (10) and Adam Pastore (10). The other 2 points came from Seamus Mooney.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek finds heavy traffic as he drives toward the basket.
Bottom: The Senecas' Michael Doane shoots. He scored 18 points.

Watkins Glen's Collin Baker (31, left) and Dayne Hughey (right) take the ball to the hoop.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Aidan DiGregorio shoots. Right: The Senecas' Travon Jones sends a shot on its way at the buzzer in the fourth quarter. It went in, tying the game and forcing overtime.

Watkins girls open with win at NV, 52-39

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 6 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team opened its season with a win Tuesday night, defeating Newark Valley 52-39 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the NV gym.

Ryanna LaMoreaux led the Senecas' offense with 14 points while registering 3 rebounds, 2 blocks, an assist and a steal. Other scoring came from:

--Taylor Kelly: 10 points, along with 7 rebounds and 2 steals.
--Clara Chedzoy: 9 points, with 10 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists.
--Emmie Bond: 7 points, with 10 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists.
--Danielle Leszyk: 7 points, with 3 rebounds, a steal and an assist.
--Hannah Morse: 5 points, with 2 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal.

Watkins Glen led 14-10 after one period, 21-17 at halftime, and 39-28 after three quarters.

The Senecas return to action Friday at home against Tioga.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Newark Valley, 49-39. Kelsey Kernan scored 10 points for the Senecas while registering 5 rebounds, a steal, a block and an assist. Aislinn Klemann scored 9 points and had 3 rebounds, 3 steals and an assist. Adrie Solomon scored 6 points and had 5 rebounds, 2 blocks and 3 assists.

Odessa-Montour bowlers fall to Tioga

WAVERLY, Dec. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams fell to Tioga Tuesday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at the Valley Bowling Center.

The O-M boys fell 4-0, dropping total pinfall 3301-1925 on games of 1092-642, 1137-662 and 1072-621.

Eric Rumsey led Odessa with a 513 series, while Jesse Jordan posted a 477.

The O-M girls fell 3-1, winning the first game 765-757 before losing 705-647 and 742-715 and dropping total pinfall, 2206-2127.

Jackie Vincent led Odessa with a 576 series that included a 216 game. Jana Arias added a 439 series.

Watkins Glen's Wrett Brower urges his ball to break to the left as it approaches the pins.

Watkins bowlers defeat Notre Dame

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 6 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories Tuesday over Elmira Notre Dame in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Boys: Casen Weeden led the Senecas with a 575 series that included a 221 game. H. Nathaniel Rose added a 534, Wrett Brower a 504, Steven Bradley a 501, Conlin Wysocki a 449, and Wyatt Brower a 417.

Watkins Glen won 857-738, 865-707 and 862-797 for a 2584-2242 pinfall advantage.

Girls: Hayley Cornish led the Senecas with a 497 series. Others scores: Kendra Cornish 448, Alyiah Clink-Bentley 415, Nancy Jackson 405, and Makenzie Kellogg 375.

Watkins Glen won 726-708, 681-634 and 733-677 for a total pinfall edge of 2140-2019.

The Senecas return to action Thursday at Newark Valley.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Hayley Cornish receives congratulations after a strike.

Left: Watkins Glen's Conlin Wysocki takes a moment after leaving two pins standing. Right: The Senecas' Nancy Jackson (facing camera) receives congratulations from teammate Kendra Cornish after registering a strike.

O-M swimmers defeat Dryden, 100-66

DRYDEN, Dec. 6 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity swim team evened its season record at 1-1 Tuesday when it defeated Dryden 100-66 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Dryden pool.

O-M posted victories in all but one event. Wins were registered by:

200 Medley Relay: Alec Betts, Billy Tague, Jake Mayette, Brett Walters 1:56.11
200 Free: Billy Tague 2:00.10
200 IM: Alec Betts 2:28.67
50 Free: Brett Walters 25.42 (PR: personal record)
100 Fly: Billy Tague 59.66
100 Free: Brett Walters 57.75 (PR)
500 Free: Cameron Adams 6:05.76 (PR)
200 Free Relay: Bailey Hornbrook, Caleb Thomas, Johnny Niedermaier, Cameron Adams 1:56.01
100 Breast: Alec Betts 1:14.86
400 Free Relay: Billy Tague, Jake Mayette, Brett Walters, Alec Betts 3:48.97

Second-place finishers:

Cameron Adams in the 200 free (PR)
Bailey Hornbrook in the 200 IM
Jake Mayette in the 50 Free and the 100 Fly
Tyler Carson in the 100 Back

"We put up some excellent times for this early in the season," said O-M Coach Terri Brace, "with many trying new events. We are looking forward to our meet this Thursday against defending IAC Champion Waverly."

Additional PRs:

Noah Hollenbeck in the 200 Free
Johnny Niedermaier in the 50 Free
Tyler Carson in the 100 Free
Caleb Thomas in the 100 Breast

Watkins Glen's James Jensen swims the backstroke as he competes in Tuesday's meet.

Watkins swimmers fall to S. Cayuga

AURORA, Dec. 6 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team, with just four of its seven members eligible for the first meet of the season, fell to Southern Cayuga Tuesday 48-21 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the SC pool.

Watkins Glen had "a few standout performances," according to Athletic Director Rod Weeden, filling in for the day for Coach Megan Hoy, who was busy taking final exams at college. Nathaniel Wickham won both the 50 Free and 100 Free, while Scott Brubaker won the 100 Breaststroke.

The Senecas return to action at 5 p.m. Thursday at Lansing.

Photo in text: Members of the WGHS swim team: From left: Peter Sandritter, Ramel Fulcher, Nathaniel Wickham, Jacob Asbury, James Jensen and Scott Brubaker. (Photo provided)

Odessa girls rout Edison, improve to 2-0

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Dec. 5 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team improved to 2-0 Monday night with a 74-28 victory over Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Edison gym.

The Indians got double-digit scoring from three players:

--Olivia Grover, with 19 points and 8 rebounds.
--Nakiaha Robinson, with 16 points, 8 steals and 6 assists.
--Kennedey Heichel, with 12 points and 5 assists.

Other scoring came from Sara Gardner (7 points), Heidi Casselberry (7 points and 7 rebounds), Alexis Saunders (6 points), Grace Vondracek (3 points), Hunter Daugherty (2 points), and Hannah Bruno (2 points).

"We showed up ready to play and took care of business in the first half," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, whose team led 26-2 after one period and 44-5 at halftime. With the loss, Edison fell to 1-2.

The Indians return to action Friday at Newark Valley.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lifted its record to 2-0 with a 60-15 victory over Edison. Kara Reese and Taylor Cain scored 14 points apiece for the Indians, while Autumn Garrison scored 10 points.

Photo in text: O-M's Olivia Grover, left, and Nakiaha Robinson (File photo)

Watkins modified volleyball teams win

ODESSA, Dec. 5 -- The Watkins Glen modified 7th and 8th grade volleyball teams posted victories over Odessa-Montour Monday in games in the O-M gym.

The Watkins Glen 8th grade squad won a close battle, 2-1. Game scores were 25-19, 14-25 and 26-24.

The Watkins Glen 7th grade won 3-0. Game scores were 25-13, 25-2 and 25-14. Dallas Johnson led the Senecas with 25 service points.

Athletes of Week: Glen bowler, wrestler

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Dec. 4 -- This week we honor a bowler and a wrestler as our Odessa File Athletes of the Week. Both are from Watkins Glen High School.

The bowler is Conlin Wysocki, who led his team to victory with a 645 series against Lansing, including a 253 game.

The wrestler is Dalton Cummings, one of three Watkins wrestlers competing in the Larry Goodricch Memorial Tournament. Cummings won his weight division, 182 pounds.

Double Honorable: O-M basketball's Curtis Harris, Zach Elliott, Olivia Grover, Sara Gardner, Nakiaha Robinson and Alexis Saunders; O-M swimming's Billy Tague; and Watkins Glen bowling's H. Nathaniel Rose.

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

3 Glen wrestlers excel at Newark Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, Dec. 4 -- A trio of Watkins Glen High School wrestlers competed at the Larry Goodrich Memorial Tournament in Newark Valley Saturday, placing 8th as a team. Each of the three Senecas made the finals.

Central Valley Academy, with a much larger contingent of wrestlers, took the team tournament with 266.5 points, ahead of runnerup Rush-Henrietta's 229.5. They were followed by Newark Valley (195.5), Peru (182.5), Owego Free Academy (166), Dryden (127), Deposit-Hancock (92), Watkins Glen (66), Binghamton (59.5), Ithaca (53) and Thomas A. Edison (39). Several other schools were represented, but in a non-scoring capacity.

The Senecas' Dalton Cummings took 1st place at 182 pounds for his first tournament championship, defeating Joey Woodmansee of Newark Valley, 1-0, in the final. Watkins Glen's Ethan Voorheis took 2nd place at 285 pounds and Kameryn Sheldon 2nd place at 220 pounds.

Watkins Glen Coach Dominick Scolaro said he was very proud of his wrestlers.

The Senecas will be back in action Thursday at Lansing.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dalton Cummings (Photo provided)

Odessa boys open season with road loss

UNION SPRINGS, Dec. 2 -- The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team opened its season on a losing note Friday night, dropping a 64-51 decision to Union Springs in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the road.

O-M's Curtis Harris led all scorers with 21 points, while Zach Elliott had 12 points and 16 rebounds.

"I thought the kids did a pretty good job on the boards in our first game," said O-M Coach Matt Johnston. "We just were not able to get our shots to fall when it mattered.

"Union Springs is a very balanced, hard-working team with a lot of talent. They made key shots when they needed it. We cut the lead to five with 4:45 left in the 4th, but they converted on two huge 3-point plays to seal the victory."

Odessa returns to action at home Friday against Newark Valley.

Bowling: Watkins boys, girls post wins

ITHACA, Dec. 2 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories Friday over Lansing in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Cornell Lanes.

Boys: Conlin Wysocki rolled a 645 series on games of 253-193-199 to lead the Senecas to their second sweep in two days (after defeating Odessa-Montour on Thursday). Watkins posted scores of 937-975-938 to outpoint Lansing 2850-2456.

H. Nathaniel Rose registered a 205-191-202=598 for the Senecas, while Wyatt Brower rolled a 534 (including a 230), Wrett Brower a 525, Steven Bradley a 516, and Casen Weeden a 504.

"The boys bowled great today," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower, "but Sock's 645 was one of the best series that I can remember."

Girls: Hayley Cornish registered a 482 series as Watkins Glen posted a 1969-1783 victory over the Bobcats, the Senecas' second sweep in two days. Kendra Cornish added a 409, while Alyiah Clink-Bentley had a 389, Nancy Jackson 348, and Makenzie Kellogg 337.

"Hayley led the girls to victory today," said Brower, adding: "It's been a good week for the girls."

Watkins Glen returns to action Tuesday at home against Notre Dame.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Conlin Wysocki (File photo)

Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann moves the ball past a Lansing defender.

Glen JV squad opens with 44-11 victory

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 2 -- The Watkins Glen girls junior varsity basketball team began its season with a win Friday night, defeating Lansing 44-11 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Field House gym.

Adrie Solomon and Aislinn Klemann led the Senecas with 8 points each, while Kelsey Kernan and Ali LaMoreaux scored six apiece, Mattie Yontz and Natalie Edmister 4 each, and Amanda Wilbur, Abby Gibson, Kaylee Franklin and Kelsey DeMillo 2 apiece.

Wilbur led the team with 8 rebounds, while Yontz had 7, Gibson 6, Edmister and LaMoreaux 5 each, and Kernan 4. Gibson added 5 steals.

"I thought the girls played well for the first game of the season," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Hopefully we can continue to improve as the season progresses."

The game was added to the schedule when it was learned that Notre Dame has no JV team this year, and that its varsity was hosting the Lansing varsity Friday -- leaving the Lansing JV team without a match that night. Watkins Glen had room on its schedule for the extra game, and offered it to Lansing, which accepted.

Watkins Glen returns to action Tuesday at Newark Valley.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Adrie Solomon drives to the hoop in first-half action.

Odessa-Montour's Nakiaha Robinson (left) and Grace Vondracek drive to the basket.

Odessa-Montour opens with 63-36 victory

ODESSA, Dec. 1 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team pulled away from Union Springs in the second quarter Thursday night on the way to a 63-36 Interscholastic Athletic Conference season-opening victory in the O-M gym.

Olivia Grover led the O-M offense with 17 points, while Sara Gardner hit four 3-pointers on the way to 14 points. Also in double figures were Nakiaha Robinson and Alexis Saunders with 13 points each. Scorng 2 points apiece were Kennedey Heichel, Grace Vondracek and Heidi Casselberry.

Grover led the Indians in rebounds with 10, and in assists with 7. Robinson led in steals with 7, and had 6 assists. Heichel stole the ball 5 times, and had 4 assists. Saunders grabbed 6 rebounds and registered 3 blocks.

"We had to battle through a little foul trouble there in the first half," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, "but everyone stepped up and did what we had to do, and back-to-back threes by Lexi and Sara at the end of the first half were really big."

Grover found foul trouble early, picking up two fouls in the first two minutes, and a third early in the second quarter. After sitting for part of that period, she returned with a big second half, notching 13 points after intermission. Robinson also had two first-period fouls, but avoided further trouble.

Odessa built an early 8-1 edge before Union Springs rallied to within a point, 9-8. But it was all Indians after that as they outscored the Wolves 21-5 in the second period, closing out the half with a long 3-pointer at the buzzer by Gardner.

The second half was more of the same, with O-M outscoring Union Springs 20-9 in the third quarter before the Wolives responded with a 14-11 advantage in the fourth.

Odessa converted 4 of 8 free throws, while Union Springs sank 9 of 21.

O-M returns to action Monday at Edison. The JV game starts at 5:30 p.m.

Junior Varsity:

Odessa-Montour started its season on a winning note, employing a pressing defense as it defeated Union Springs 48-14. The Indians raced in front 17-3 in the first quarter, and were up 26-5 at halftime and 41-9 after three periods.

Eleven O-M players scored, led by Autumn Garrison and Mallory Rhodes with 9 points each. Jolynn Minnier scored 8 points, and Kara Reese added 6 points.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Olivia Grover eyes the basket as she drives through traffic.
Bottom: O-M's Sara Gardner sends a shot on its way. She scored 14 points.

Left: O-M's Kennedey Heichel takes aim at the hoop. Right: A battle for the ball involving O-M's Nakiaha Robinson (24) took place near the Odessa basket.

Left: O-M's Heidi Casselberry passes the ball. Right: The Indians' Olivia Grover shoots a free throw as teammate Hunter Daugherty watches.

And in the JV game:

Left: Odessa-Montour's Haley Landon is fouled as she shoots. Right: The Indians' Kara Reese drives toward the hoop.

Watkins Glen's Nikole VanDyke watches as her ball smashes the pins for a strike.

Bowling: Glen boys, girls defeat Odessa

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 1 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted 4-0 victories Thursday over Odessa-Montour in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Harborside Lanes.

Boys: Watkins Glen won the three games by scores of 832-663, 754-699 and 740-656, and total pinfall by 2326-2018.

H. Nathaniel Rose led the Senecas with a 476 series, while Steven Bradley posted a 469, Wrett Brower a 467, Casen Weeden a 453, Conlin Wysocki a 448, and John Reed a 400.

Eric Rumsey led Odessa-Montour with a 558 series that included a 202. Andrew Ink was the only other O-M bowler over 400, with a 464 series.

Girls: Watkins Glen won the first game by 12 pins, 677-665, and followed that with 678-624 and 684-662 wins for a total pinfall advantage of 2039-1951.

Nikole VanDyke led the Senecas with a 483 series, while Hayley Cornish posted a 422. Other scores: Nancy Jackson 411, Alyiah Clink-Bentley 387, Makenzie Kellogg 330, and Kendra Cornish 320.

Odessa-Montour was led by Jackie Vincent's 448, while Pixie Kinner rolled a 413. Kacie Wood was third with a 367, Ashley Stewart fourth at 351, and Madison Randall fifth at 347.

Watkins Glen returns to action today (Friday) at Cornell Lanes against Lansing. O-M returns to action Tuesday at Tioga.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Casen Weeden watches as his ball scrambles pins for a strike.
Bottom: The Senecas' Makenzie Kellogg reacts after registering a strike.

Left: Watkins Glen's Steven Bradley. Right: Odessa-Montour's Jackie Vincent is congratulated after posting a strike.

Left: O-M's Andrew Ink watches as his spare attempt misses. Right: Odessa's Eric Rumsey registers a strike.

Bowling: Odessa-Montour boys, girls win

CORTLAND, Nov. 29 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams posted easy 4-0 victories Wednesday over undermanned Marathon in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches at Cortland Lanes.

The Marathon boys team had just three bowlers while the Marathon girls had four. Odessa fielded full squads with five scoring competitors in each game.

The O-M boys totaled 1708 pins to Marathon's 977. Eric Rumsey led the Indians with a 495 series.

The Odessa girls posted a 1985 total to Marathon's 1536. Jackie Vincent led the Indians with a 445 series, while Jana Arias rolled a 381 and Pixie Kinner a 379.

O-M returns to action Thursday at Harborside Lanes in Watkins Glen against the Senecas of Watkins Glen High School.

Odessa-Montour's Caleb Thomas surfaces on the first leg of the 200 Yard Free Relay.

O-M swimmers open season with a loss

ODESSA, Nov. 28 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team started its season on a losing note Tuesday, falling to Southern Cayuga 50-44 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the O-M pool.

"The O-M boys swim team lost a heartbreaker tonight," said Coach Terri Brace, explaining that it was "mainly attributed to a disqualification in the first relay in which we had touched the wall first. The boys fought back hard throughout the meet, but Southern Cayuga’s depth showed as they picked up those valuable third-place points. We took first in five of eight individual events, but swim meets aren’t always determined by first-place finishes.

"Overall," she added, "the boys swam very well for the first meet of the year. Our five rookies got their jitters out and showed a lot of potential while our veteran swimmers stepped up where they needed to."

First-place finishes were posted by:

--Cameron Adams in the 200 Yard Freestyle in 2:12.48
--Billy Tague in the 200 Individual Medley in 2:12.03
--Jacob Mayette in the 50 Yard Freestyle in 25.94
--Alec Betts in the 100 Yard Freestyle in 57.21
--Billy Tague in the 100 Yard Breaststroke in 1:08.17

Second places were posted by Jacob Mayette in the 100 Fly, Cameron Adams in the 500 Free, Alec Betts in the 100 Back, and two relay teams.

The Indians return to action Tuesday at Dryden.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Billy Tague on the way to winning the 100 Yard Breaststroke.
Bottom: The Indians' Jacob Mayette en route to a second-place finish in the 100 Fly.

Left: O-M's Michael Benway dives at start of the 50 Yard Freestyle. Right: The Indians' Cameron Adams on the way to second place in the 500 Free.

Odessa-Montour's Alec Betts dives at start of the 100 Yard Freestyle, which he won.

Odessa-Montour's Tyler Carson dives at start of the 100 Yard Backstroke. He placed third.

Bowling: WG boys, girls open with wins

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 28 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams opened their season with Interscholastic Athletic Conference victories Tuesday over Union Springs/Port Byron at Harborside Lanes.

The boys won 3-1, while the girls won 4-0.

Boys: Nathaniel Rose led the Senecas with a 560 series that included a 236. Other 500 series were posted by Casen Weeden (522) and Steven Bradley (502). Conlin Wysocki added a 491, Wyatt Brower a 466, and Wrett Brower a 446.

Watkins Glen lost the first game 810-798, then won the next two -- 877-795 and 866-770 -- and total pinfall, 2541-2375.

"I'm very pleased with the way they fought back after losing the first game," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower.

Girls: The Senecas were led by Hayley Cornish's 431 series. She was followed by Nikole VanDyke (422), Alyiah Clink-Bentley (418), Kendra Cornish (413), and Makenzie Kellogg and Nancy Jackson (370 each).

Watkins Glen won 681-585, 749-489 and 652-535, for a total pinfall edge of 2082-1609.

"I was very pleased with the way the girls bowled today," said Coach Brower. "Hayley, Nikole and Kendra provide the foundation for what could be a good season. Alyiah is a nice surprise; she started her varsity career very nicely."

Photo in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Nancy Jackson reacts to a strike.
Bottom: The Senecas' Wrett Brower eyes the pins.

From left: Watkins Glen's Conlin Wysocki, Hayley Cornish and Wyatt Brower.

Left: The Senecas' Kendra Cornish reacts to a split. Right: WG's Casen Weeden delivers.

Athlete of the Week: WG's Gabe Planty

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 27 -- For the first week of winter sports competition, we honor as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week a Watkins Glen High School runner who won twice and helped set a school record.

The honor goes to Gabe Planty, who won the 1600 Meter Run at the Small Schools Invitational at SUNY Cortland, and who was on the winning and school-record-setting Sprint Medley Relay at the same meet.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen runners Aaron Planty, Josh Updyke, Sean Holland and Isobel Scheffey; and Odessa-Montour bowlers Jackie Vincent and Eric Rumsey.

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

Watkins 7th grade volleyball team wins 3-0

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 27 -- The Watkins Glen 7th grade volleyball team defeated Newfield Monday in straight sets.

Game scores were 25-22, 25-13 and 25-22.

Dallas Johnson registered 13 service ponts and Ava Barber 10 for the Senecas.

Indoor track opens: Gabe Planty wins 2

CORTLAND, Nov. 25 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity indoor track team opened its season Saturday at the Small Schools Invitational at SUNY Cortland.

The Senecas, with 17 members (up from last year), "placed very well in several events," said Coach Kelly Sterner, who added: "I am very excited about our season."

Top finishers for Watkins Glen:

Sprint Medley Relay Boys: 1st place with new school record of 3:55.50 (Aaron Planty, Sean Holland, Josh Updyke, Gabe Planty).
Sprint Medley Relay Girls: 6th Place in 5:17.63 (Isobel Scheffey, Cierra Barber, Allison Gibson, Breanna Carl.
1600 Meters: Gabe Planty 1st in 4:49.98; Aaron Planty 2nd in 4:51.32; Sean Holland 4th in 5:11.00.
1000 Meters: Breanna Carl 6th in 4:01.27.
600 Meters: Sean Holland 9th in 1:43.08.
55 Meters: Josh Updyke 3rd in 6.99; Allison Gibson 4th in 8:13.
300 Meters: Isobel Scheffey 2nd in 47.30.
High Jump: Max Evans 4th at 5'4".
Long Jump: Allison Gibson 6th at 13'10".50.

Photo in text: Senecas in action Saturday included (visible 2nd, 3rd and 4th from left) Gabe Planty, Aaron Planty and Sean Holland. (Photo by Aran Holland)

O-M girls open with a win; boys tie

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 21 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity bowling team -- led by Jackie Vincent's 537 series -- opened the season with a 3-1 victory Tuesday over Groton in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match at Harborside Lanes.

The O-M boys, meanwhile, posted a 2-2 tie in their opener.

The Odessa girls dropped the first game, 600-587, but won the next two, 647-566 and 749-542, and took total pinfall, 1983-1708. In addition to Vincent, whose series included a 211 in the third game, the Indians got a pair of 372 series from Pixie Kinner and Kacie Wood and a 364 from Ashley Stewart.

The O-M boys won their first game 696-670, and despite losing the second (620-614) and third (684-670), won total pinfall by six pins, 1980-1974.

Eric Rumsey led the Indians with a 517 series, while Andrew Ink posted a 454 series and Jesse Jordan a 403.

The Indians return to action next Wednesday at Cortland Lanes against Marathon, and then face Watkins Glen the next day at Harborside Lanes.

*****

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Andrew Ink reacts after registering a strike.

Bottom: The Indians' Jackie Vincent, who led her team with a 537 series.

Left: O-M's Eric Rumsey. Right: The Indians' Ashley Stewart converts a spare.

Records set at Field House powerlifting

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 19, 2017 -- Watkins Glen High School hosted the second annual powerlifting meet under the auspices of the World Natural Powerlifting Federation Saturday in the Field House.

Lifting was done in the squat, bench press and dead lift.

These are the results of the meet:

1. Jeremey Brown: 385-pound bench press, 600-pound dead lift.
2. Emma Bradshaw: 200-pound dead lift, a state record.
3. Ian Rossi: 275-pound bench press, 450-pound dead lift.
4. Sarah Horton: 225-pound dead lift.
5. Matt Erwin: 100-pound bench press, 205 dead lift; dead lift was a state record.
6. Silas Ferrell: 120-pound bench press, 225 dead lift, both state records.
7. Chris Clark: 160-pound bench press, 310 dead lift; bench was a state record.
8. Melanie Beaver: 205-pound squat, 140-pound bench press, 280-pound dead lift; all were state records.
9. Wyatt Brower: 350-pound squat, 260-pound bench press, 450-pound dead lift, all state records.
10. Wrett Brower: 205-pound bench press, 405-pound dead lift, both state records.
11. Ethan Day: 100-pound bench press, 260-pound dead lift; dead lift was a state record.
12. Diana Groll: 65-pound bench press, 110-pound dead lift; both were state records.
13. Cam Holland: 115-pound bench press, 260-pound dead lift, 150-pound squat; dead lift was state record.
14. Sheila Klemann: 115-pound bench press, 250-pound dead lift. Both were state records.
15. Travon Jones: 115-pound bench press, 205 dead lift, 160-pound squat. His squat was a state record.

Records are set or broken by age and weight category.

Photo in text: Local powerlifting participants and their awards. (Photo provided)

The top 10 finishers at the State Diving tournament, with WG's Lexi Castellaneta at left.

Lexi places 10th at States

ITHACA, Nov. 17, 2017 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Lexi Castellaneta made her fourth and final trip to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Diving Championships her best yet, finishing in 10th place Friday among 50 competing divers from all classes of schools throughout the state.

Lexi, a four-time Section IV diving champion, amassed 459.40 points, rising from 19th place after the first round and 20th after the second round to meet her goal of a Top 10 finish.

"We're very happy," said the WGHS diving coach, Kim Suddaby, after the Top 10 finishers received medals in a ceremony at the podium next to the pool in the Ithaca College Athletics and Events Center. "I couldn't be any happier. The Top 10 was our goal, and she hit her dives."

Castellaneta agreed. "It was great," she said. "I wasn't nervous, actually. I just had to think about it as a normal meet."

The champion was a Newburgh Free Academy diver, Danielle Scarano, who won by a single point over Queensbury High's Megan Cook. Scarano nailed the final dive of the final round, amassing 60 points on it, one of only a handful of dives that totaled that high all day.

Castellaneta started in the middle of the pack on her first two dives, but then made a move up the leader board with a string of dives well received by the seven judges. By the time the field of 50 was cut to 24 after five dives, she was in 9th place.

When the field was cut to 20 finalists for the final three of 11 dives, she was 8th.

In her three previous visits to States, Lexi had placed 25th, 25th and 21st, missing the first cut twice and then the second cut -- to 20 finalists -- on her third try. "I kept missing the cuts by one spot," she said after Friday's meet, shaking her head at the memory.

She had a cheering section on hand -- including some friends from school, the WGHS Athletic Director, Rod Weeden, and the current and former Watkins Glen School Superintendents, Greg Kelahan and Tom Phillips.

The Ithaca College Diving Coach, Chris Griffin, gave Lexi a big hug afterward, acknowledging that he would love to have her competing at IC next year. Also on hand was Coach Suddaby's daughter Lindsey, a senior and diver at IC.

The difference between 10th place and 7th place was small, with the No. 7 finisher, Amanda McGraw of Section 9's Warwick High, amassing 465.10 points to Lexi's 459.40. In between were divers from Section 11 and 5. The sixth place finisher had 470.05 points, and the fifth place finisher 473.50.

The top four were Scarano with 495.80 points, Cook with 494.80, Brighton's Hannah Butler with 484.45, and Jennifer Bell of Pelham with 478.25.

*****

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Lexi Castellaneta launches herself on one of her 11 dives.

Middle:
Lexi Castellaneta and her diving coach, Kim Suddaby, pose after the meet for a picture snapped by WGHS Girls Head Coach Nichole Chaffee.

Third: Lexi holds up two medals she received Friday: one on the left for reaching the States, and one on the right for finishing 10th.

Bottom: Ithaca College diving coach Chris Griffin holds Lexi aloft as he congratulates her after the tournament.

From left: Lexi's last dive, WGHS alum and Ithaca College diver Lindsey Suddaby, and Lexi twists and turns on one of her 11 dives.

The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross-country team with their runner-up plaque. They were runner-up two years ago, and won the Class C title last year. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen boys XC team finishes 2nd at State tourney

ONTARIO CENTER, NY, Nov. 11 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross-country team placed second among Class C schools Saturday on a cold, muddy day at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association State Championships at Wayne High School.

The Senecas finished with 67 points, trailing private school Mount Academy from Section 9, which totaled 50 points. Newfane (Section 6) was third among the 11 sectional champions vying for the title -- won last year by Watkins Glen.

Watkins Coach John Fazzary said his team, projected to finish second, "certainly has nothing to hang our heads about. We didn't run our best race, but it's pretty good to be second."

He wasn't happy with Mount Academy's presence, though, maintaining that as a private school "it shouldn't be in the pubic school race. I like to think we're still the public school champion."

Aaron Planty led the Senecas with an 11th place finish (in 17:30 on the 5K course) among 130 runners. His brother Gabe was 13th in 17:31. Sean Holland finished 21st in 17:40, while Max Evans was 40th in 17:58, Sam Thorsland 70th in 18:50, Tanner Ryan 91st in 19:09, and Conlin Wysocki 119th in 20:27.

In the girls' race, Watkins Glen's lone qualifier, Kai Sutterby, placed 41st among 131 runners in 22:18.

Conditions, said Fazzary, included "frozen mud with ruts all over the place," with some portions of the course "just muddy. They were tough conditions, but everyone had to deal with it."

He was still awaiting word on whether his team had qualified to run in next weekend's Federation Meet at Wappingers Falls -- an event the Senecas won last year.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins' Gabe Planty negotiates a turn in Saturday's race. (Photo by Aran Holland)

Bottom: A sign at the course tells the story of the top four finishers. (Photo provided)

From left: Watkins Glen's Aaron Planty and Kai Sutterby at Saturday's meet (Both photos by Aran Holland); and team member Conlin Wysocki with a shirt he won for being chosen for the male Sportsmanship Award by Section IV coaches at the sectional meet, an honor announced Saturday. (Photo provided)

WG soccer's Hannah Morse is our Schuyler Fall MVP

We also unveil our All-Schuyler All-Star teams

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 6, 2017 -- The most intriguing team in Schuyler County this fall was the Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team, which started the season against three tough foes -- and lost each game on the way to an 0-7 start.

One player on that team, encountered at another sporting event at that desultory point in the season, made it clear that such a record was simply not acceptable, and promised better. The look on her face -- that of determination -- showed she was very serious about it.

And led by that girl -- junior Hannah Morse -- the team rebounded, winning 7 of the final 10 games to earn a sectional tournament berth, where they won one game before falling.
Along the way they got offensive output from a number of players, but chiefly from Morse, who finished the season with 24 goals and 9 assists. She was the go-to goal scorer in many moments as the Senecas won five straight games after that seven-loss start.

She had offensive support from such players as Isobel Scheffey, Danielle Leszyk (who, equally determined, was playing with a hip injury), Makenna Fraboni and Ryanna LaMoreaux, and defensive support from an ever improving backfield and a goalkeeper (Cierra Barber) who made a run at the state record for saves.

But the most influential member of the team, and the chief reason for its turnaround, was Hannah Morse, who led the charge that turned a horrible season into a good one with plenty to savor, and much to be proud of.

Her leadership was reminiscent of the sophomore point guard who helped lead the WGHS girls basketball team to the state title game last year, and then scored the championship-winning basket.

Her name, too, was Hannah Morse. Same girl, same leader, same drive to win.

But even without that pedigree, that experience, that history of delivering, she would be what she has now become for her soccer achievements: the Odessa File's Schuyler Fall MVP.

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Odessa File All-Schuyler Fall All-Star Teams

First Team

Hannah Morse -- WG soccer -- MVP
Cierra Barber -- WG -- soccer
Amanda Wilbur -- WG -- swimming
Peighton Cervoni -- WG -- swimming
Lexi Castellaneta -- WG -- diving
Zach Elliott -- OM -- Seneca Indians football
Joe Chedzoy -- WG -- Seneca Indians football
Gabe Planty -- WG -- cross country
Aaron Planty -- WG -- cross country
Kai Sutterby -- WG -- cross country
Alexis Saunders -- OM -- soccer
Curtis Harris -- OM -- soccer
Tori Reese -- OM -- swimming
Hanley Elliott -- WG -- volleyball
Megan Hazlitt -- WG -- volleyball

Second Team

Isobel Scheffey -- WG -- soccer
Clara Chedzoy -- WG -- soccer
Danielle Leszyk -- WG -- soccer
Allison Gibson -- WG -- swimming
Jill Cantieni -- WG -- swimming
Isabella Fazzary -- WG -- swimming
Sarah Swinnerton -- WG -- swimming
Liza Carnes -- WG -- swimming
Sean Holland -- WG -- cross country
Max Evans -- WG -- cross country
Taylor Grover -- OM -- soccer
Trey McCarty -- OM -- soccer
Hailey Perraut -- OM -- soccer
Kennedey Heichel -- OM -- soccer
Lillian Betts -- OM -- soccer
Emmie Bond -- WG -- volleyball
Kelsey Kernan -- WG -- volleyball
Katie Losey -- WG -- volleyball
Josh Updyke -- WG -- soccer

Third Team

Jena Slater -- WG -- diving
Kara Reese -- OM -- swimming
Hailey Hoose -- OM -- swimming
Dan Minnier -- OM -- soccer
Johnny Niedermaier -- OM -- soccer
Noah Austin -- OM -- soccer
Preston Harris -- OM -- soccer
Deshawn Johnson -- OM -- soccer
Sam Thorsland -- WG -- cross country
McKennah Lott -- OM -- soccer
Olivia Grover -- OM -- soccer
Hannah Bruno -- OM -- soccer
Elizabeth Kilcoyne -- WG -- swimming
Tristan Yuhasz -- WG -- soccer
Simon Wigmore -- WG -- soccer
Ryanna LaMoreaux -- WG -- soccer
Makenna Fraboni -- WG -- soccer
Wyatt Brower -- WG -- Seneca Indians football
Wrett Brower -- WG -- Seneca Indians football
Casen Weeden -- WG -- Seneca Indians football
Jazmin Shea -- WG -- volleyball

Honorable Mention: Makenzie Kellogg (WG cross country), Conlin Wysocki (WG cross country), Izzy Foote (OM volleyball), Cheyenne Barrett (OM volleyball), Grace Vondracek (OM soccer), Hunter Daugherty (OM soccer), Gillian Clark (OM soccer), Autumn Garrison (OM soccer), Lydia Lynch (OM swimming), Nate Wickham (WG soccer), Dylan Houseknecht (OM, Seneca Indians football), Gage Arcangeli (WG, Seneca Indians football), Derrick Lewis (OM, Seneca Indians football), Dayne Hughey (WG, Seneca Indians football), Alec Betts (OM soccer), Taylor Kelly (WG soccer), Kiersten Stiles (WG soccer), Katlyn Kernan (WG soccer), Hannah Matusicky (WG soccer), Julia Reilly (WG soccer), Jake Johnson (WG soccer), Amber Benjamin (WG volleyball), Gabi Decker (WG swimming), Jillian Kilcoyne (WG swimming), Madeleine Kilcoyne (WG swimming), Faye Mooney (WG swimming).

The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team celebrates its victory at the Class C Sectionals.

Watkins girls win Sectionals

Castellaneta, Wilbur capture Class C championships

OWEGO, Nov. 4 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team rolled to a convincing Section IV, Class C title Saturday at Owego Free Academy -- The Senecas' first such crown in well over a decade.

The Senecas amassed 473 points, far ahead of runnerup Lansing's 382. Oneonta was third at 304.5, Southern Cayuga fourth at 227, and Dryden fifth at 204.5. They were followed by Odessa-Montour (104), Whitney Point (95), Greene (92), Elmira Notre Dame (82), and Sidney (18).

Two Watkins Glen swimmers came away with individual sectional titles: Lexi Castellaneta in the diving and Amanda Wilbur in the 200 Yard Individual Medley

Odessa-Montour had no titles, but Tori Reese posted two second-place finishes, in the 200 IM and the 100 Breaststroke..

Castellaneta totaled 448.25 diving points from a tough-grading set of officials, with Lansing's Meghan Matheny second with 403.45. They were followed by Oneonta's Kylie McKee (356.50) and Watkins Glen's Jena Slater (349.15), Maria Brubaker (268.8) and Maddie Suddaby (262.55).

Wilbur won the IM in a time of 2:26.45, although the victory wasn't recognized as such until after the podium presentation had been conducted and the first-place medal presented to Notre Dame's Caroline Rogers, who posted a time of 2:21.16. Officials later said the medals had been awarded erroneously, and called participants back to the end of the natatorium near the podium.

There, it was explained to swimmers that Notre Dame had erred in putting Rogers in the 200 Medley Relay -- where Notre Dame finished first -- because she had competed in the other two relays (the 200 Yard and 400 Yard Free Relays) at Wednesday's Prelims at Watkins Glen High School. By moving her to the Medley Relays, an official and coaches later explained, they in essence entered her in a fifth event when only four are allowed per individual. Accordingly, the Notre Dame Medley Relay win was vacated, as was Rogers' IM win, and she was not permitted to compete in the 500 Free.

Despite that setback, Notre Dame did have the day's outstanding performer, selected in a vote of coaches: Catherine Craig, winner of the 200 Free and 100 Butterfly.

Wilbur, obviously upset at the turn of events that took the first-place IM medal from her friend Rogers -- even though it benefitted Wilbur -- said she hoped to give the first-place medal to Rogers. Still reeling from the shock, Wilbur placed fourth in the 100 Fly in a time (1:05.63, close to her best) that observers thought might have been even better under less emotional circumstances.

Wilbur also was on two relays -- the second-place 200 Medley Relay squad with Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton and Allison Gibson, and the fourth-place 400 Free Relay squad with Liza Carnes, Elizabeth Kilcoyne and Jill Cantieni.

The Watkins girls, in fact, all seemed to step up on the biggest day of the season. "It was what we were pointing for all year long," said Coach Nichole Chaffee. "You've gotta give it to the girls. They worked hard, week after week. They set goals at the beginning of the season, and one was to win Sectionals."

Even so, she added, "I'm amazed at their performance today." She smiled, then added: "I have no complaints."

Among those stepping up included Peighton Cervoni, who finished third in the 50 Yard Freestyle and fifth in the 100 Free; Allie Gibson, fifth in the 50 Free and sixth in the 100 Free; Isabella Fazzary, fifth in the 200 Free and fourth in the 500 Free; Liza Carnes, third in the 200 IM and fourth in the 100 Back; Jill Cantieni, third in the 500 Free; and Sarah Swinnerton, third in the 100 Breaststroke.

Odessa-Montour had a rough day, with Hailey Hoose disqualified after swallowing and choking on water in the 200 Free, forcing her to end her race prematurely; and Kara Reese suffering from a stiff neck that forced her withdrawal from anything involving the backstroke. She somehow competed in other races, but "it hurt," she said.

Kara's sister Tori had the team's most success, with her runnerup finishes in the 200 IM (moving up from third after the Notre Dame disqualification) and the 100 Breaststroke.

The breakdown of Watkins Glen and O-M swimmers who finished in the top eight in each individual race and the top six in each relay follows:

200 Medley Relay: Watkins Glen 2nd (2:00.14, Peighton Cervoni, Sarah Swinnerton, Amanda Wilbur, Allie Gibson); Odessa-Montour 5th (2:14.42, Megan Adams, Tori Reese, Lydia Lynch, Hailey Hoose).
200 Free: WG Isabella Fazzary 5th (2:11.56); WG Elizabeth Kilcoyne 8th (2:15.24).
200 Individual Medley: WG Amanda Wilbur 1st (2:26.45); OM Tori Reese 2nd (2:28.40); WG Liza Carnes 3rd (2:33.82); WG Gabi Decker 6th (2:38.95).
50 Free: WG Peighton Cervoni 3rd (26.17); WG Allie Gibson 5th (26.46).
Diving: WG Lexi Castellaneta 1st (488.25); WG Jena Slater 4th (349.15); WG Maria Brubaker 5th (268.80); WG Maddie Suddaby 6th (262.55).
100 Fly: WG Amanda Wilbur 4th (1:05.63); WG Madeleine Kilcoyne 5th (1:05.77); WG Jillian Kilcoyne 6th (1:07.89).
100 Free: WG Peighton Cernoni 5th (57.35); WG Allie Gibson 6th (58.17).
200 Free Relay: Watkins Glen 3rd (1:46.92, Peighton Cervoni, Elizabeth Kilcoyne, Jill Cantieni, Allie Gibson); OM 6th (2:06.66, Kara Reese, Tori Reese, Taylor Cain, Lydia Lynch).
100 Back: WG Liza Carnes 4th (1:07.38); WG Madeleine Kilcoyne 8th (1:11.25).
100 Breaststroke: OM Tori Reese 2nd (1:14.13); WG Sarah Swinnerton 3rd (1:15.70); WG Faye Mooney 5th (1:20.37).
400 Free Relay: Watkins Glen 4th (3:58.87, Liza Carnes, Elizabeth Kilcoyne, Jill Cantieni, Amanda Wilbur).

Watkins Glen athletic officials seemed uncertain about just how many years it had been since the Swimmin' Wimmin had won the team title, but a tentative consensus seemed to be that the last time was 2003. Kate LaMoreaux, officiating at Saturday's tourney, coached WGHS teams that won the title with regularity in the 1990s through her retirement in 2002. She said she thought there might have been one title -- in 2003 -- after she left the helm ... but none since.

Fittingly, the celebration by the Senecas -- and by their parents and siblings in the stands -- when team scores were announced was loud and well-earned ... the product of hard work, determination and plenty of talent.

Next up: The New York State tournament at Ithaca College, where Lexi Castellaneta will compete in the diving, as she has in recent years past.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Isabella Fazzary dives at start of the 200 Free. She placed fifth.
Second: Watkins Glen's Lexi Castellaneta on the way to winning the diving crown.
Third: Odessa-Montour's Tori Reese en route to second place in the 100 Breaststroke.
Fourth: Watkins Glen's Liza Carnes after completing the 100 Back. She placed fourth.
Fifth: Odessa-Montour's Lydia Lynch competes in the 100 Fly.
Sixth: Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni on the way to third place in the 50 Free.
Seventh: Watkins Glen's Allie Gibson dives at start of the 50 Free.
Eighth: Watkins Glen's Peighton Cervoni, left, and Allie Gibson on the awards podium.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur on the way to first place in the 200 IM.

Watkins Glen's Madeleine Kilcoyne surfaces in 100 Yard Backstroke.

Left: Watkins Glen's Gabi Decker holds the team trophy plaque aloft. Right: The Senecas' Elizabeth Kilcoyne competes in the 200 Yard Freestyle. She placed eighth.

The Watkins Glen divers and their coach. From left: Lexi Castellaneta, Maddie Suddaby, Kim Suddaby, Jena Slater and Maria Brubaker.

Left: Watkins Glen's Kathleen Clifford competes in the 100 Yard Breaststroke. Right: The Senecas' Sarah Swinnerton, left, and Faye Mooney on the podium after finishing third and fifth, respectively, in the 100 Breaststroke.

Watkins Glen's Madeline Williams competes in the 200 Yard Individual Medley.

Odessa-Montour's Megan Adams competes in the 500 Yard Freestyle.

Left: Watkins Glen's 200 Medley Relay team, which finished second. From left: Allie Gibson, Amanda Wilbur, Sarah Swinnerton and Peighton Cervoni. Right: Notre Dame's Catherine Craig, named the meet's Outstanding Performer.

Watkins Glen's Jill Cantieni dives at the start of her leg of the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay. She finished third in the 500 Yard Freestyle.

Left: Watkins Glen's Maddie Suddaby in the diving competition. Right: The Senecas' Faye Mooney dives at start of the 100 Free.

Watkins Glen swim team members cheer upon the announcement of their championship.

Members of the Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team and other runners who qualified for the State Cross Country Championships. (Photo by Aran Holland)

Watkins boys win 3rd straight Section IV cross-country title

Sutterby places 4th in girls race, returns to States

CHENANGO VALLEY, Nov. 3 -- The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross-country team captured its third Section IV, Class C championship in a row Thursday, easily defeating nine foes and advancing to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet on Nov. 11 at Wayne High School, east of Rochester.

The title, achieved on a 3.1-mile course at the Chenango Valley State Park, was the fourth in five years for the Senecas, who went on last year to win the state title. They have won sectional championships in Class C in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and in Class D in 2013.

Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty finished first in the race in 16:53, followed by his brother Aaron (2nd in 17:14), Sean Holland (3rd in 17:28) and Max Evans (5th in 17:47) as the Senecas totaled 21 points, well ahead of runnerup Oneonta's 83.

Other team totals: Windsor 100, Chenango Forks 102, Dryden 148, Chenango Valley 166, Waverly 169, Susquehanna Valley 187, Norwich 199 and Newark Valley 214.

Other Watkins Glen runners included Sam Thorsland, 10th in 18:11; Conlin Wysocki, 16th in 18:51; Tanner Ryan, 18th in 18:55; Clint Craven, 21st in 19:00; Steven Gublo, 40th in 19:45, and Ben Swinnerton, 47th in 20:20. There were 78 runners.

"We have a few things to iron out for the State Meet," Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary said. "I'm happy we won. We accomplished another one of our goals -- first the IAC title and then sectionals. It's what we trained for."

Girls Race: Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby placed 4th among 43 runners in 21:08, and thus qualified for the State Tournament -- where last year she placed 28th among 128 runners. The members of Thursday's winning team (Newark Valley) and the next five fastest finishers advanced. The Senecas' Makenzie Kellogg was 24th in 23:56.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty on the way to first place at sectionals. (Photo by Aran Holland)

Left: Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby, center, finished 4th. Right: WG's Makenzie Kellogg. (Both photos by Amy Planty)

From left: Watkins Glen's Aaron Planty, Sean Holland and Max Evans. (Photos by Aran Holland)

The competitors in the boys Class C race head down a slope. (Photo provided)

 

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