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Seneca Indians football coach Trevor Holland prepares to lateral the ball as players react.

High School sports practices open at WG, Odessa-Montour

A look at the football and soccer teams at the 2 schools

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Aug. 19, 2019 -- Monday marked the start of high school sports practices as the fall sports season nears. Contests start in soccer as early as next week.

The Odessa File visited five varsity practices Monday -- for the Seneca Indians football team, the Watkins Glen High School girls soccer team, and the WGHS boys soccer team in the morning; for the Odessa-Montour boys soccer team in the afternoon; and for the O-M girls soccer team in the evening.

Seneca Indians Varsity Football


Trevor Holland is back as varsity coach with a team of 26 players, the same number that the junior varsity has. A modified squad is also being formed. The Seneca Indians draw players from both the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour districts.

The varsity, 4-5 last year (with two very narrow defeats), lost a lot to graduation: power running backs Joe Chedzoy and Zach Elliott, and several of the Big Uglies, as the line touted themselves: the Brower brothers, for instance, and Dylan Houseknecht.

Derrick Lewis is back at quarterback, sharing duties with Cameron Holland. They will be leading an offense that might well take advantage of increased speed -- Travon Jones, Owen Scholtisek, Matt Irwin and Dominick Fazzary come to mind -- by going to a more aerial game than last year’s.

New to the coaching staff is line coach Spencer Wallach, who played football at Colgate and has served as an assistant at Tioga. He is now a counselor at WGHS. Josh Cole is coaching the junior varsity, which was practicing with the varsity on the school’s farthest practice field while soccer squads occupied the new turf field. About 80 geese wandered around the baseball outfield, where the teams practiced last year before the turf field was completed
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The Seneca Indians are a young squad, but hopes and spirits are high. That’s the good news. The sobering news is the schedule, which features a visit to Class C state champion Susquehanna Valley in the season opener on Sept. 6, and a visit to Class A Ithaca on Oct. 4. Recently tough Newark Valley visits O-M for its Homecoming game on Sept. 27, while Port Byron/Union Springs visits WGHS for its Homecoming on Oct. 11.

Other opponents include: Bainbridge-Guilford at O-M on Sept. 13, Windsor at WGHS on Sept. 20, Spencer-Van Etten/Candor on the road on Oct. 11, and Dryden on the road on Oct. 28.

Photos in text:

Top: Seneca Indians head coach Trevor Holland at Monday's practice.
Bottom: Junior Varsity coach Josh Cole directs some players during practice.

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Watkins Glen Girls Varsity Soccer

Scott Morse is back as coach of a young team, but one from which he expects success despite the loss to graduation of the record-setting goal scorer Hannah Morse and All-Stars Taylor Kelly, Danielle Leszyk and Cierra Barber.

The current squad has 18 players.

Carly Arnold -- remarkable on defense on last year’s division-winning squad -- is back, as is Haley Dean, who notched 11 goals last season. Natalie Edmister, injured last year, is back in goal, along with 8th grader Lilly Ameigh. Adrienna Solomon and Kelsey Kernan -- two of the school’s best athletes -- have transferred to the squad from volleyball.

“As good as we were last year,” said Coach Morse, “and despite the players we lost, I think we can be even better.”

The practice was held at 8 a.m., in cool weather. The players groused at the early hour, but as they were finishing -- and with the boys’ squad only midway through its practice at the other end of the field -- the sun intensified. The temperature rose rapidly, heating the field.

“See?” said Morse to a trio of departing players. “You didn’t like getting up early, but I know you didn't want to practice in this.” And he motioned to the sun.

The girls smiled and nodded.

The team will participate in the annual 12-school Bond Festival of soccer scrimmages on Aug. 28 at Trumansburg. It opens the regular season at home on Aug. 30 against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon approaches the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold, left, and Jenna Solomon. Right: The Senecas' Natalie Edmister, foreground, and Lilly Ameigh.

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Watkins Glen Boys Varsity Soccer

Nils Watson returns as coach, leading a squad of 18 players, four of whom come from Dundee High School. Their presence, part of a growing trend between the two schools to bolster athletic numbers in the midst of declining enrollment and participation, still needed final Dundee School Board approval, which was expected this week.

The trend started last school year when Dundee -- a Section V school while WGHS is in Section IV -- had a couple of its track athletes training with, and competing with, Watkins during last year’s Indoor Track season.

Watson wasn’t sure yet what he had talentwise from Dundee, but knows most members of the squad, since a number of them are WGHS veterans. Chief among them are Isaac McIlroy, Josiah Wysocki, Seamus Mooney and Dylan Morse.

The squad was going through a number of drills as Watson called out instructions:
“Technique matters!” and “This is not just a game of kick!” and “Sloppy ankles are poor technique!” and “Leaning over the ball is good technique!” and “Control your first touch!”

The team will participate in the 16-school Bond Festival of scrimmages at Trumansburg on Aug. 28, and open its regular season on Sept. 5 at home against Marathon.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse maneuvers the ball during a drill.

From left: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy, Coach Nils Watson and Seamus Mooney.

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Odessa-Montour Boys Varsity Soccer

Katie Taber takes the helm as coach of the Indians varsity after two winning seasons as coach of the school’s modified girls team. She has a strong soccer background at O-M, at one time holding the single season and career scoring marks at the school.

She was overseeing practice on the fields behind B.C. Cate -- the head of a team with 18 players, a number of them returners like seniors Preston Harris, Paden Grover and Deshawn Johnson, junior Devon Mahaney and sophomore Dominik Scott, who serves as goalkeeper. Other seniors include Ryan Griswold, Justin Andrews, Jacob Mayette, Brett Walters and Dylan Von Neida. Other juniors include Phoenix Parmenter, Brock Sgrecci, Michael Benway and Cody Austin.

Taber says she’s excited about the approaching season, which includes participation in the annual 12-school Bond Festival of scrimmages on Aug. 28 at Trumansburg, and a season opener at home on Aug. 30 against Southern Cayuga. Game time will be 7 p.m.

“All we need is to come together as a team,” she said, noting that she is no stranger to much of the team -- having taught them in 6th grade. So they have history, she said, “and respect.”

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Brock Sgrecci goes high to meet the ball.
Bottom: O-M goalkeeper Dominik Scott.

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Odessa-Montour Girls Varsity Soccer

Longtime coach Burton Brewster returns with a team that lost some key players like Lexi Saunders and Kennedey Heichel to graduation. In fact, only three players on this year’s team were clearcut starters last year: Autumn Garriosn at midfield, Camille Sgrecci at center back, and Grace Vondracek in goal.

But many of the 21-member squad saw repeated action last year, and they are joined this year by former modified standouts Hannah Nolan and Tori Brewster, and by Lillian Betts, a talented player who missed last season with an ACL injury.

The team, after a scrimmage at Trumansburg on Aug. 26, opens its regular season on Aug. 28 in the Campbell-Savona Lisa Hawken Memorial Tournament.

Brewster had just run his squad through a timed mile run Monday, and was now running them through some drills on the practice field near the tennis courts at O-M. After that, they would all head to the school pool to cool down -- a sort of reward for that mile-long effort on what had turned into a hot day and evening.

Looking ahead, the coach was unsure how his team would fare, but conceded it is a fast team, led in speed by the super quick Tori Brewster, his daughter. When told that the WGHS coach, Scott Morse, had expressed concern about O-M’s quickness when the two teams meet on Sept. 18 (at WGHS) and Oct. 2 (at O-M), Brewster smiled.

“When Odessa and Watkins meet,” he said, “the team that wins is the one that works hardest.”

And with that he turned to his squad and, in the midst of its drill, barked out some advice.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Hannah Nolan, right, tries to get around teammate Camille Sgrecci during practice Monday.
Bottom: O-M's Tori Brewster moves the ball.

From left: O-M's Grace Vondracek, Lillian Betts and Coach Burton Brewster.

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Learn gets WETM nod as Coach of Year

ELMIRA, June 27, 2019 -- Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball coach Alicia Learn was honored Thursday night as Coach of the Year at the Twin Tiers Sports Awards presented by WETM at Elmira High School.

Voting was done online, at the WETM website.

Learn led the WGHS team to the Class C state championship game, its second trip there in three years. The Senecas won the title two years ago. Learn's teams have now won four of five Section IV titles.

In addition to Coach of the Year, categories included Male MVP (Horseheads' Mike Limoncelli), Female MVP (Edison's Bella Willsey), and Team of the Year (Elmira Boys Basketball) among others.

Photo in text: Twin Tiers Sports Awards Coach of the Year Alicia Learn poses at the ceremony with four of her players. From left: Adrienna Solomon, Aislinn Klemann, Learn, Danielle Leszyk and Ali LaMoreaux. (Photo provided)

Rahal receives 6th Argetsinger Award
for his contributions to motorsports

WATKINS GLEN, June 28, 2019 -- Dignitaries from the motorsports industry joined in tribute to team owner and former race-car driver Bobby Rahal Thursday night when he received the sixth annual Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports.

Rahal was honored by the International Motor Racing Research Center at a dinner at the Corning Museum of Glass presented by Sahlen's, NASCAR, International Speedway Corporation, Watkins Glen International and IMSA.

The award memorializes Cameron R. Argetsinger, organizer of the first races at Watkins Glen and a founder of the IMRRC. Jim France and the France Family, recognized for bringing prestige to the sport and demonstrating commitment to the future of racing, were the 2018 honorees.

J.C. Argetsinger, one of nine children of the late Cameron and Jean Argetsinger, and former President of the IMRRC, presented the award.

Longtime race reporter Dr. Jerry Punch was the master of ceremonies for a program that included remarks from Joe Sahlen, President of Sahlen's; WGI President Michael Printup; Scott Atherton, President of IMSA; Indycar President Jay Frye; Nick Craw, former FIA Senate President; and Roger Penske, who accepted the award in 2016.

John Saunders, Chairman of the IMRRC'S Governing Council, also spoke. Saunders has been President of ISC since 2009. Also on the podium were T.E. McHale, Manager of Motorsports Public Relations of American Honda; and Victor Leleu, Motorsport Manager of BMW of North America.

In addition to Sahlen's, NASCAR, ISC, WGI and IMSA, award dinner sponsors and supporters included:

Corning Enterprises and Corning Incorporated Foundation, Team Penske, Hilliard Corp., Welliver, Elmira Savings Bank, Honda Racing, Porsche Cars North America, BMW of North America, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, SCCA Inc. and Foundation, Gorsline Company, Byers Automotive, Michelin, and Glenora Wine Cellars. The dinner was also supported by IMRRC Governing Council members Gregory G. Galdi, Larry Kessler, Bob Newman and Archie Urciuoli.

A video tribute produced by IMS Productions and narrated by TV commentator Leigh Diffey was shown, along with shout-outs from other motorsports notables, including 2015 Argetsinger Award recipient Richard Petty, and Mario Andretti, recognized in 2017.

The evening concluded with the live auction of an original, commissioned painting by motorsports artist Randy Owens depicting Rahal's 1986 Indy 500 victory. A silent auction offered a variety of items from corporate leaders in the motorsports industry.

Two cars were displayed, representing Rahal's career as an IndyCar driver and as a current team owner in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship.

Rahal was recognized for his achievements not only as a driver and winning team owner, but for his commitment to the future of racing, through his support of the Road Racing Drivers Club SAFEisFAST and Team USA Scholarship initiatives, and for his service as Chairman of the IMRRC Governing Council from 2015-2018.

Photos in text:

Top: Bobby Rahal, right, is interviewed by evening emcee Dr. Jerry Punch.
Second: Rahal cradles the Cameron R. Argetsinger Award.
Third: Rev. Michael Hartney offered the invocation.
Fourth: Rahal, right, in the hallway outside the dining hall just before the ceremony.

Left: Former Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves offered congratulations to the honoree. Right: From left, Corning Inc. Foundation President Andrea Lynch, Corning Inc. Legal Counsel Grace Park Kelly, and Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development Executive Director Judy McKinney Cherry.

From left: Former Argetsinger Award honoree Roger Penske; current and former Watkins Glen Mayors Luke Leszyk and Judy Phillips, and motorsports radio personality and journalist Rick Hughey, a veteran of vintage race competitions.

Among the speakers was Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup.

Vondracek earns All-State 4th Team berth

ODESSA, June 23, 2019 -- Odessa-Montour High School pitcher Grace Vondracek has earned a slot on the 30th annual NYSSCOGS (New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports) All-State Softball Class C 4th Team for her stellar junior year.

Vondracek led O-M to a 10-7 record by batting .700 with 11 homers and 30 RBIs, along with 30 runs scored and an on-base percentage of .786.

She was the primary pitcher, as well, striking out more than 20 batters in a game and regularly amassing strikeouts in the double digits.

Other area Class C softball players earning All-State: Edison pitcher Bella Willsey and outfielder Riley Vincent on the 1st Team and teammates Reagan Seelye (2nd Team) and K.K. Bush (3rd Team); Elmira Notre Dame pitcher Tiyah Moffe on the 2nd Team; Candor shortstop Jennah Kareem (5th Team); and South Seneca third baseman Amelia Dickens (5th Team).

Area Class B softball players earning All-State: Waverly pitcher Wendi Hammond (1st Team) and her catcher, Riley Hall (4th Team).

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek delivers a pitch. (File photo)

Annual Arc Golf Tourney raises $12,000

Special to The Odessa File

BIG FLATS, June 19, 2019 -- The annual 24-team Arc Golf Tournament, presented on June 14 at the Willowcreek Golf Club by Gough Holding Corporation and Relph Benefit Advisors, raised more than $12,000.

The funds will help support Career and Employment Support Services (Vocational Training) provided in Chemung and Schuyler Counties for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and autism.

"Support from community members at events like this," a press release said, "enables The Arc to provide meaningful opportunities for those we support, to develop skills and good work habits as a way of increasing independence, and to assist individuals in becoming productive and contributing members of our community."

The tournament aso featured a chicken barbecue dinner. The golf winner -- with a score of 59 -- was Team Kennedy Valve: Dave Impola, Mike Bowles, Shane Saxton, and Bill Powell.

Other on-course competitions included:

Closest to the Pin: Women, Mary Therese Owen, and Men, Jack Narosky.
Longest Drive: Women, Karen Davis, and Men, Adam Brown.

The tournament included a Putting Contest, sponsored by Arnot Health, which provided one golfer the chance to sink a 50-foot putt for a $10,000 cash prize. Additionally, the event provided a Hole-In-One Contest, sponsored by Elmira Structures, Inc., with the opportunity to win a $25,000 cash prize.

The Arcs of Chemung and Schuyler thanked:

Presenting Sponsors: Gough Holding Corporation; Relph Benefit Advisors
Gold Sponsor: OneGroup Inc.
Putting Green and Contest Sponsor: Arnot Health
Media Sponsor: Chemung Canal Trust Company
Scorecard Sponsors: Empire Access, Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel
Beverage Cart Sponsor: First Heritage Federal Credit Union
Hole-In-One Sponsor: Elmira Structures, Inc.
Silver Sponsors: Gerould’s Pharmacy; Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co., LLP
Bronze Sponsors: Kennedy Valve; Perry & Carroll Insurance; Simmons-Rockwell GMC Buick Cadillac; Watkins Glen Supply, LLC

Photo in text: The winning squad: Team Kennedy Valve, with Dave Impola, Mike Bowles, Shane Saxton, and Bill Powell. (Photo provided)

Joe Chedzoy and Hannah Morse cross the stage after being announced as Athletes of Year.

Morse, Chedzoy win top athlete honors
as WGHS holds its first Dub G Awards

WATKINS GLEN, June 17, 2019 -- Seniors Hannah Morse and Joe Chedzoy were presented awards as the Best Female and Male Athletes at Watkins Glen High School during Sunday's inaugural Dub G Athletic Awards in the WGHS auditorium.

The Dub-G Awards honored athletes and coaches in a variety of categories, including Rookie of the Year, Unsung Hero, Outstanding Team, Outstanding Individual Performance, Best Championship Performance and Leadership Award. There was also a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Coaches provided nominations, and decided through a vote who each winner was. The event was created by coach and Pool Facilities Director Jason Westervelt.

The awards were preceded by a multimedia presentation featuring video and photos from throughout the school year. Each award was presented Academy Award-style, with presenters telling about each nominee, and then announcing the winner -- although in a handful of cases, the winner was unveiled through a video montage on a large screen on the auditorium stage.

Presenters included current and former coaches, and some former athletes. Among those returning to WGHS as presenters were Taylor Chaffee, Jessica Sedlack Tomlinson, Daria Popovich Beird, MacKenzie Myers Kellogg, Keri Schubmehl, Julie Miller Malesah, Alan McIlroy, Marie Fitzsimmons and Kate LaMoreaux.

The categories, nominees and winners (boldfaced and maroon) were as follows:

Rookie of the Year:

Thalia Marquez (Swimming)
Carlie Baker (Volleyball)
Travon Jones (Football)
Kaylana Rekczis (Track)
Mitch Pike (Basketball)

Best Championship Performance:

Allison Gibson (Swimming)
Gabe Planty (Cross Country)
Hannah Morse (Basketball)
Taylor Kelly (Basketball)
Danielle Leszyk (Basketball)
Girls Basketball Team (in Class C Section IV title win over Unatego)

Leadership Award:

Jordyn Barrett (Competitive Cheerleading)
Kai Sutterby (Cross Country, Track)
Sean Kelly (Baseball)

Coach of the Year:

Alicia Learn (Girls Basketball)
Ralph Diliberto (Strength Coach and Powerlifting)
Nikki Chaffee (Girls and Boys Swimming)

Sportsmanship Award:

Karissa Stutzman (Competitive Cheerleading)
Wyatt Brower (Bowling and Football)
Claudia Parker (Volleyball)
Steven Gublo (Cross Country, Swimming and Baseball)
Taylor Kelly (Basketball)
Matt Herold (Basketball)
Joe Arcangeli (Football)

Excellence in Education:

Sarah Swinnerton (Swimming)
Kathleen Clifford (Basketball)
Casen Weeden (Football, Bowling, Track and Field)
Collin Gaylord (Soccer, Swimming, Track)
Joe Chedzoy (Football, Basketball, Lacrosse)

Best Female Athlete:

Hannah Morse (Soccer, Basketball, Tennis)
Taylor Kelly (Soccer, Basketball)
Danielle Leszyk (Soccer, Basketball)

Best Male Athlete:

Joe Chedzoy (Football, Basketball, Lacrosse)
Gabe Planty (Cross Country and Track)
Isaac McIlroy (Basketball, Baseball and Soccer)

Best Upset:

Girls Basketball -- State semifinal win over favored Millbrook.
Boys Basketball -- IAC Large School title win over Whitney Point.
Seneca Indians Baseball -- an extra-inning 11-10 win over Lansing.

Outstanding Individual Performance:

Allison Gibson (Swimming) -- winning three Section IV titles.
Isaac McIlroy (Basketball) -- 23 points in IAC Large School title-game win.
Taylor Kelly (Basketball) -- 25 points in Section IV title-game victory.
Kaylana Rekczis (Track) -- winning Section IV title in Racewalking.
Gabe Planty (Cross Country and Track) -- 3rd place, NYS Cross Country meet; 3rd place, Division 2, in 1600 Meters at NYS Track & Field Championships.

Outstanding Team:

Girls Swimming & Diving: Section IV champion, ranked No. 1 in State in Class C.
Girls Basketball: Section IV champion and NYS runnerup.
Seneca Indians Baseball
Boys Basketball: IAC Large School champion.

Unsung Hero:

Jillian Cantieni (Swimming)
Madelyn Suddaby (Competitive Cheerleading)
Wrett Brower (Football)
Kelsey Kernan (Volleyball)
Adrienna Solomon (Basketball)
Avery Watson (Soccer, Lacrosse)
Nate Wickham (Soccer, Swimming, Tennis)
Amanda Wilbur (Swimming)

Lifetime Achievement Award:

Tracie McIlroy -- retiring at the end of this school year.

Photos in text:

Top: Joe Chedzoy addresses the audience at the Dub G Awards after being named Best Male Athlete of the Year. In the background is Best Female Athlete winner Hannah Morse.

Second: Among the presenters were Daria Popovich Beird and Ralph Diliberto.

Third: Allison Gibson, winner of the Best Championship Performance Award.

Fourth: Hannah Morse, named Best Female Athlete of the Year.

Fifth: Isaac McIlroy, Outstanding Individual Performance Award winner.

Sixth: Amanda Wilbur, the Unsung Hero Award winner.

Seventh: Tracie McIlroy, the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

Modified softball: Glen closes with a win

NEWFIELD, June 15, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team closed its season with a win Friday, defeating Newfield 18-3 in a game on the Newfield softball field.

The victory gave the Senecas a winning record, 6-5, and concluded the spring sports season for WGHS teams.

"The key was our defensive play and hitting," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto.

Jenna Solomon went the distance on the mound for Watkins, striking out two batters.

Julya Slater registered three singles for Watkins Glen, while Solomon, Lois Hosley and Kara Sheesley each had two singles, Brenna Pierce a single and a triple, and Emily Rhoads a double. Abby Gibson, Brayona Oden and Cloey Wratten added a single apiece.

"These young ladies have been fabulous, all heart, and they never gave up," said Coach Diliberto. "It has been both a privilege and a pleasure to coach them. I would like to thank the parents and guardians for their support; Coach Charlene Watson for her diligence; my scorebook keeper, Brittany Luke, and Mr. Hosley for his involvement as an adviser."

Dylan Housenecht poses with his family after the signing in the O-M School Board room.

Houseknecht signs; heading to Cortland

ODESSA, June 14, 2019 -- Odessa-Montour High School senior Dylan Houseknecht held a celebratory signing ceremony Thursday. He will attend SUNY Cortland, where he plans to continue his football career.

Houseknecht, New York State Public High School Athletic Association Division 2 wrestling champion at 285 pounds and O-M's football MVP and co-Athlete of the Year, signed in the O-M School Board meeting room just before the Board's regular meeting.

The signing form stated that Housekneckt -- who plans to study Criminology with an eye toward a career in law enforcement -- intends to "participate in the sport of football during the 2019 academic year."

On hand for the signing were family members, coaches, the School Board and administrators.

Photo in text: O-M senior Dylan Houseknecht signs his NCAA Divison III Student-Athlete Celebratory Signing Form.

Heichel, Elliott and Houseknecht earn Odessa-Montour Athlete of Year honors

ODESSA, June 13, 2019 -- Odessa-Montour High School broke from tradition Wednesday night, awarding Male Athlete of the Year awards to two state champions at the 52nd Annual Sports Boosters Awards in the O-M auditorium.

Zach Elliott, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Division 2 shot put champion, and Dylan Houseknecht, the NYSPHSAA Division 2 wrestling champion at 285 pounds, each were awarded the Harold Lynch Male Athlete of the Year Award -- while Kennedey Heichel earned the Harold Lynch Female Athlete of the Year honor.

O-M Athletic Manager Greg Gavich said that varsity coaches, in determining Athlete of the Year winners, have traditionally tried to pick just one honoree, "but there are exceptions" -- in this case with two state champions.

Elliott also played football and basketball. Houseknecht played football and competed in track in addition to his wrestling. Heichel was a three-sport athlete, too -- in soccer, basketball and track.

Other big awards for the evening included the Charles Martin Memorial Sportsmanship Awards, which were presented to Nadia Simpson and Andrew Hartford.

The Jim Anagnost Memorial Award, given to an athlete who displays perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication on the field of play, was presented to McKennah Lott.

The U.S. Marine Distinguished Athlete Awards went to Jackie Kinner and Will Yeater, while the Section IV Character Counts Awards went to Lexi Saunders and Tyler Carson.

The Coach of the Year Award -- an honor determined by members of the senior class -- was presented to Girls Track Coach and Girls Soccer Coach Burton Brewster by two of his standout track athletes, Kennedey Heichel and Nadia Simpson.

Among other awards:

--Sara Gardner was MVP of the tennis team.
--Dylan Houseknecht was MVP of the football team.
--Olivia Grover was Player of the Year on the girls basketball team.
--Grace Vondracek was MVP on the softball team.
--Zach Elliott was Player of the Year on the boys basketball team.
--Nadia Simpson and Kennedey Heichel were MVPs on the girls track team.
--Tori Reese was the Most Valuable Swimmer on the girls swim team.
--Brett Walters was the Most Valuable Swimmer on the boys swim team.
--Alexis Saunders and McKennah Lott were the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year on the girls soccer team.
--MVP Awards went to Zach Elliott (Field), Preston Harris (Track) and Paden Grover (Overall) on the boys track team.
--Preston Harris and Deshawn Johnson were the Most Outstanding Offensive and Defensive Players on the boys soccer team.
--Isabel Foote was MVP on the volleyball team.

Photos in text:

Top: The Harold Lynch Athletes of the Year are, from left, Zach Elliott, Kennedey Heichel and Dylan Houseknecht.
Middle: McKennah Lott, recipient of the Jim Anagnost Memorial Award.
Bottom: Track standouts Kennedey Heichel, left, and Nadia Simpson with Coach of the Year Burton Brewster. Heichel and Simpson announced his award.

Left: U.S. Marine Corps Award winners Jackie Kinner and Will Yeater. Right: Charles Martin Memorial Sportsmanship Award winners Andrew Hartford and Nadia Simpson.

Seneca Cyclones win Fury Classic title

CANANDAIGUA, June 12, 2019 -- The Seneca Cyclones U16 AAU basketball team won the championship game Sunday of the 10th annual Finger Lakes Fury Classic Shootout.

The Cyclones went 3-1 on the weekend, defeating the Franklin Fury in the title game, 62-51, after losing to the Fury earlier in the tournament.

All the members of the Cyclones are from Watkins Glen.

Photo in text: The Seneca Cyclones U16 AAU basketball team poses after winning the Finger Lakes Fury Classic Shootout. (Photo provided)

O-M track's Nadia Simpson, Zach Elliott and Paden Grover are congratulated by students and teachers in a school hallway Tuesday. (Photo provided)

O-M track standouts get hallway welcome

ODESSA, June 11, 2019 -- The three Odessa-Montour track and field athletes who competed in last weekend's New York State Public High School Athletic Association Track and Field Championships in Middletown were given a heroes' welcome home Tuesday at school.

State Division 2 Shot Put Champion Zach Elliott, sprinter Nadia Simpson and pentathlete Paden Grover were greeted by elementary to senior high students who lined the hallways of the B.C. Cate, Hanlon Elementary and O-M Junior/Senior High Schools as the trio of athletes traveled along them during the school day.

The same greeting had been awaiting senior Dylan Houseknecht after he won the state Division 2 wrestling championship at 285 pounds this past winter. This time, he was among the greeters in the high school hallway.

"The kids were awesome," said O-M School Superintendent Chris Wood. "Very supportive."

The three track standouts were also greeted warmly Sunday in front of the O-M school upon their return home. They were escorted from Alpine Junction that day by a Sheriff's Office patrol car and two fire engines, sirens blaring.

Photo in text: Zach Elliott, right, and Paden Grover are greeted by young students. (Photo provided)

Letters to Paden Grover and Nadia Simpson from a first-grade class. (Photos provided)

Honored from Odessa-Montour at the ESPN Ithaca Night of Champions included, from left: Coaches Tom Strong (girls bowling), Bill Lindsley (wrestling) and Skip Strobel (boys track and field), and athletes Jackie Kinner (bowling) and Dylan Houseknecht (wrestling and Male Scholar Athlete of the Year). (Photo provided)

Houseknecht, Morse take top ESPN honors

ITHACA, June 10, 2019 -- ESPN Ithaca honored high school athletes from around the area Sunday night at its sixth annual Night of Champions dinner at the Ithaca Country Club. Among the honorees were a number of Schuyler County athletes.

Bringing home the biggest of the awards -- Male and Female Scholar Athletes of the Year -- were two Schuyler athletes: Dylan Houseknecht of Odessa-Montour and Hannah Morse of Watkins Glen.

One of the two biggest coaching awards -- Coach of the Year (in a girls sport) -- went to Watkins Glen basketball's Alicia Learn.

Houseknecht was an outstanding football lineman before winning the Division II New York State Public High School Athletic Association wrestling championship at 285 pounds. He was also picked by ESPN as its outstanding wrestler.

Morse set a single-season school scoring record -- and added to her career scoring record -- in soccer and led her basketball team to the New York Class C championship game.

Learn, Morse's basketball coach, won her fourth sectional title in five years and made it to the state title game for the second time. Watkins Glen won that game two years ago.

Other Schuyler honorees:

Gabe Planty (WG): Boys Cross Country
Jackie Kinner (OM): Girls Bowling
Tom Strong (OM): Girls Bowling Coach
Bill Lindsley (OM): Wrestling Coach
Joe Chedzoy (WG): Boys Lacrosse
Skip Strobel (OM) Boys Track and Field Coach

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse (File photo)

From left: O-M track standouts Kennedey Heichel, Nadia Simpson, Zach Elliott, Paden Grover and Tori Brewster. The middle three competed at States.

Family, friends greet Elliott, teammates upon their return to Schuyler County

ODESSA, June 9, 2019 -- New York State Public High School Athtetic Association Division 2 Shot Put champion Zach Elliott pulled into the parking lot of his Odessa-Montour High School Saturday with a police and fire-truck escort, sirens blaring.

The reception for the O-M senior was reminiscent of the one that greeted Odessa senior Dylan Houseknecht earlier this year after Houseknecht captured the state Division 2 wrestling championship. Friends and family were on hand to congratulate Elliott, hear a few words from him, and get pictures taken with him.

Accompanying him back from Middletown High School -- site of the weekend State Track & Field Championships -- were other state competitors from Odessa; Nadia Simpson, who placed 10th in the 100 Meter Dash with a time of 12.88, and Paden Grover, who was 26th in the Pentathlon with 2,752 points. Also returning were O-M teammates Kennedey Heichel and Tori Brewster, who cheered their teammates on in Middletown, and Coaches Skip Strobel and Burton Brewster.

"I really appreciate the turnout," said Elliott, scanning the dozens of friends, family and fans on hand in front of the O-M school. And then, referring to his success in Middletown, he added: "A lot of hard work was put into this, but it paid off."

Elliott also competed in the Discus, finishing fifth among Division 2 competitors.

One other Schuyler County track athlete -- Watkins Glen junior Gabe Planty -- was making his way home Saturday after placing 12th overall and 3rd among Divison 2 competitors in the 1600 Meter Run.

Said Coach Rod Weeden: "Gabe had an awesome day, running a personal best in the 1600 by five seconds with a time of 4:19.58, just one second off the school record. Gabe is a very happy individual today. I could not be more proud of the work ethic this young man possesses."

Photos in text:

Top: Zach Elliott is flanked by fellow State competitors Nadia Simpson and Paden Grover.
Middle: Elliott on the podium in Middletown after winning the Division 2 Shot Put championship (Photo provided).
Bottom: Watkins Glen Coach Rod Weeden with junior Gabe Planty, who placed third among Division 2 competitors in the 1600 Meter Run. (Photo provided)

Hugs were in full supply at the reception for Zach Elliott and his teammates. Left, Zach hugs student Lillian Halpin. Right, he hugs teacher Holly Campbell.

The returning O-M athletes and their reception committee pose in front of the O-M school.

Glen modified softball team bows to SVE

SPENCER, June 7, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team's record slipped to 5-5 Thursday as the Senecas dropped a 7-3 decision to Spencer-Van Etten in a game on the S-VE softball field.

Abby Gibson had a double for Watkins, while Jenna Solomon, Ava Barber and Molly Dunham each registered a single. Solomon pitched, striking out five batters, with Brenna Pierce catching.

The Senecas conclude their season Monday at Newfield.

Modified softball: Glen bows to Waverly

WAVERLY, June 5, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team saw its record slip to 5-4 Tuesday when the Senecas dropped a 13-9 decision to Waverly in a game on the Waverly softball field.

Watkins Glen registered 14 hits, including three singles each by Abby Gibson and Lois Hosley, and two apiece by Jenna Solomon, Molly Dunham and Emily Rhoads. Brenna Pierce added a double, and Julya Slater a single.

The Senecas "played a great game, and they never give up," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "They have improved in so many areas."

They return to action Thursday at Spencer-Van Etten.

O-M's Nadia Simpson, center, reaches the finish line in the 100 Meter Dash.

WG's Planty, Odessa's Simpson, Elliott and Grover move on to NYS tournament

ENDICOTT, May 31, 2019 -- Three track and field athletes from Odessa-Montour and one from Watkins Glen posted victories at Thursday's Section IV State Qualifier that propelled them into next week's state tournament in Middletown.

Odessa senior Nadia Simpson started it off with a second-place finish in the 100 Meter Dash -- and first-place among Divison II competitors, which qualified her for States. She set a new school record of 12.63 seconds, breaking her own mark of 12.75.

"All I wanted today was a PR," she said, referring to a Personal Record. "I got it ... and so much more." She was also on the 4x100 Relay team that set a school record for the second time in two days (see bottom of article).

Eighth-grade teammate Tori Brewster, also in the 100 final, set a PR of 12.97, her first sub-13-second finish, while placing sixth.

Meanwhile, O-M senior Zach Elliott advanced while placing first in the Shot Put, setting a new IAC mark of 55' 11" -- topping the old mark by three inches. He will also be competing at States in the Discus, having qualified on Wednesday.

Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty made it to States with a second-place finish -- and first-place among Division 2 runners -- in the 1600 Meter Run, posting a time of 4:24.85. He was overtaken down the stretch by Ithaca's Marco van Wijk after leading coming around the final turn.

O-M's Paden Grover qualified for States in the Pentathlon by finishing first among Division 2 competitors with 2,799 points. He was third overall. Watkins Glen's Max Evans finished fourth overall and second among D2 competitors with a school record 2,647 points.

In other events, O-M's Kennedey Heichel was fourth overall and second in Division 2 in the 100 Meter Hurdles in 16.79 and fourth in the Pole Vault (third D2) at 9' 8".

Also Thursday:

--O'M's Brock Sgrecci was 7th in the Boys High Jump at 5' 8".
--Watkins Glen's Nick Wilston was 15th in the Boys Triple Jump at 37' 9.50"
--O-M was 15th in the Girls 4x400 in 4:37.13.
--O-M's Girls 4x100 Relay team (Kennedey Heichel, Nadia Simpson, Ida Sidle and Tori Brewster) was fourth in the final in 50.86, lowering the school record they set the previous day (50.92).

Photos in text: Odessa-Montour's Zach Elliott sends the shot on its way to a new school and IAC record, and then clenches his fists in celebration as the distance is announced.

Advancing to States: Paden Grover (left) in the Pentathlon and Gabe Planty in the 1600.

O-M's Tori Brewster, right, on the way to 6th place and a new personal record in the 100.

O-M's Kennedey Heichel goes airborne and clears the bar at Thursday's meet.

Left: Watkins Glen's Max Evans lands in the Long Jump pit during the Pentathlon.
Right: Odessa-Montour's Katie Adams.

O-M's Kennedey Heichel, right, on the way to 4th place in the 100 Meter Hurdles.

Left: O-M's Tori Brewster receives the baton from teammate Ida Sidle (behind the Vestal runner) in the 4x100. The O-M squad set a school record. Right: O-M's Brock Sgrecci.

Left: O-M's Camille Sgrecci. Right: O-M 4x100 runners display their colorful socks. From left: Ida Sidle, Nadia Simpson and Tori Brewster.

From left: O-M's Lexi Saunders, Morgan Burnham and Noah Brewster at the Qualifier.

Modified softball: Glen tops O-M, 18-9

WATKINS GLEN, May 31, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team improved its record to 5-3 Thursday with an 18-9 victory over Odessa-Montour in a game on the WGHS softball field.

Abby Gibson registered three singles for Watkins, while Ava Barber and Emily Rhoads had a single and double each. Julya Slater, Lois Hosley and Kara Sheesley each had two singles, while Molly Dunham added a double, and Jenna Solomon a single. Solomon pitched, striking out four batters.

Watkins jumped in front with five runs in the 1st inning. After O-M countered with four runs in the 2nd, the Glen pulled way with five runs in both the 3rd and 4th innings.

"Our girls played a balanced, consistent game," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "Both teams played hard, battling the elements which at times were extreme."

Watkins Glen returns to action Tuesday at Waverly.

Kennedey Heichel (facing away) gives high fives to her 4x100 Relay teammates -- from left, Tori Brewster, Ida Sidle and Nadia Simpson -- after the quartet set a school record.

Qualifier: O-M girls set 4x1 school mark

ENDICOTT, May 30, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity track 4x100 Relay squad qualified Wednesday for Thursday's finals by posting a school record as the two-day Section IV State Qualifier got underway at Union-Endicott High School's Ty Cobb Stadium.

The relay squad -- Kennedey Heichel, Nadia Simpson, Ida Sidle and Tori Brewster -- posted a time of 50.92. The old mark was 51.39, set by the same quartet at the recent Section IV, Class D meet. The longstanding record before that had been 51.66.

Simpson and Brewster, meanwhile, qualified for Thursday's 100 Meter Dash final, posting times of 12.85 and 13.15, respectively, while finishing in the top eight in the preliminaries.

Heichel qualified for Thursday's finals in the 100 Meter Hurdles with a prelim time of 16.83.

Brewster finished ninth in the Long Jump, posting a personal-best leap of 16 feet on her final attempt. That, she said, had been her goal this season, "and I finally got it."

On the boys' side, O-M's Preston Harris finished 8th in the 400 Meter Hurdles in 1:00.95, and was 14th in the 110 Meter Hurdles preliminaries (17.97), failing to qualify for the final. He was also on a 4x100 Relay team (with Noah Brewster, Deshawn Johnson and Ryan Griswold) that finished 13th in the preliminaries in 46.98, failing to advance to Thursday's finals.

In the two-day Pentathlon competition, O-M's Paden Grover had a good start, placing high in the first three of five events -- including a first-place finish in the High Jump at 6 feet, and a second place in the 110 Meter Hurdles in 17.03. He was fifth in the Shot Put.

Watkins Glen's Max Evans was also in the Pentathlon, placing sixth in the 110 Meter Hurdles (17.65), third in the High Jump, and seventh in the Shot Put.

The Pentathlon concludes Thursday with the Long Jump and 1500 Meter Run.

Zach Elliott placed second in the Discus with a season-best throw of 151 feet.

He had earlier met the required state-qualifying distance of 146' 6" and only needed to compete Wednesday to reach States.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Paden Grover clears six feet in the Pentathlon High Jump.

Second: Kennedey Heichel hands the baton to Nadia Simpson in the 4x100 Relay.

Third: Nadia Simpson models her colorful choice of socks.

Bottom: O-M's Preston Harris clears a hurdle in the 400 Meter Hurdles.

The O-M 4x100 squad. From left: Tori Brewster, Nadia Simpson,
Kennedey Heichel and Ida Sidle.

Left: O-M's Zach Elliott in the Discus. Right: Watkins Glen's Max Evans clears the bar in the Pentathlon High Jump.

O-M's Tori Brewster is airborne, left, and lands as she leaps 16 feet in the Long Jump.

Odessa-Montour's Andrew Hartford lifts off in the Pole Vault at the Sectional Qualifier.

Modified softball: Watkins blanks NV

NEWARK VALLEY, May 29, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team improved its record to 4-3 Tuesday with a 7-0 victory over Newark Valley in a game on the NV softball field.

Jenna Solomon went the distance on the mound for the Senecas, striking out five batters while recording her first shutout.

Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson and Lois Hosley registered three singles each, while Kara Sheesley had two. Solomon, Emily Rhoads and Ava Barber each hit a double, while Julya Slater and Molly Dunham had a single apiece.

The team "played outstanding on defense," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto, "and Solomon pitched a great game."

The Senecas return to action Thursday at home against Odessa-Montour.

Odessa's Kennedey Heichel
is the Schuyler Spring MVP

She tops The Odessa File's All-Schuyler All-Star Team

ODESSA, May 25, 2019 -- The choice of an Odessa File Schuyler Spring MVP came down to one track meet, basically.

The Odessa-Montour High School girls track team won the Section IV, Class D title at that meet, held in Marathon.

They won by three points -- a squeaker by any measure: the kind of margin that could have been lost in any number of ways.

But it was not. And in securing the victory, standout senior Kennedey Heichel won three individual events -- the 100 Meter Hurdles, the 400 Meter Hurdles and the Pole Vault -- and was on the winning (and school-record-setting) 4-by-100 Relay.

She produced a bevy of points on a night when Odessa needed all of them, and was granted the honor of holding the championship plaque on the ride back home.

And here and now, she is granted the honor of selection as The Odessa File's Schuyler Spring MVP.

Heichel's performance was not an aberration, of course -- it just magnified the value of her contributions in a season where she regularly won the hurdles and set a new school record of 10' 2" in the Pole Vault, breaking her own record of 10 feet.

Heichel, the senior class valedictorian, will be moving on to Ithaca College with plans for a track career there.

Considering her drive to succeed, and her obvious ability, Ithaca College will be -- as Odessa-Montour has been -- lucky to have her.

Photo in text: Kennedey Heichel in the 100 Meter Hurdles.

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Spring 2019 All-Schuyler All-Stars

1st Team

Kennedey Heichel -- OM track and field -- MVP
Grace Vondracek -- OM softball
Lydia Lynch -- OM softball
Zach Elliott -- OM track and field
Nadia Simpson -- OM track and field
Tori Brewster -- OM track and field
Paden Grover -- OM track and field
Preston Harris -- OM track and field
Gabe Planty -- WG track and field
Joe Chedzoy -- WG lacrosse

2nd Team

Isabel Foote -- OM softball
Jolynn Minnier -- OM softball
Dezirae Minnier -- OM softball
Avery Watson -- WG lacrosse
Max Evans -- WG track and field
Hannah Bruno -- OM track and field
Andrew Hartford -- OM track and field
Derrick Lewis -- Seneca Indians baseball
Austin Voorheis -- Seneca Indians baseball
Sean Kelly -- Seneca Indians baseball
Caleb Thomas -- Seneca Indians baseball
Georgio Fazzary -- WG golf
Nate Wickham -- WG tennis
Dylan Morse -- WG tennis
Clint Craven -- WG tennis
Hannah Morse -- WG tennis
Jill Cantieni -- WG tennis
Ali LaMoreaux -- WG tennis
Bryson Simmons -- WG tennis
Kathleen Clifford -- WG tennis
Enkang Lin -- WG tennis

3rd Team

McKennah Lott -- OM softball
Sam Sipes -- OM softball
Claudia Parker -- WG softball
Cierra Barber -- WG softball
Katie Losey -- WG softball
Connor Novinsky -- WG lacrosse
Seamus Mooney -- WG lacrosse
Dawson Wade -- WG lacrosse
Sam Smith -- WG lacrosse
Ida Sidle -- OM track and field
Lexi Saunders -- OM track and field
Hannah Nolan -- OM track and field
Camille Sgrecci -- OM track and field
Morgan Burnham -- OM track and field
Eric Rumsey -- OM track and field
Dylan Houseknecht -- OM track and field
Noah Brewster -- OM track and field
William Yeater -- OM track and field
Deshawn Johnson -- OM track and field
Brock Sgrecci -- OM track and field
Ryan Griswold -- OM track and field
Jordan Avery -- WG track and field
Nick Wilston -- WG track and field
Haley Dean -- WG track and field
Casen Weeden -- WG track and field
Breanna Carl -- WG track and field
Kai Sutterby -- WG track and field
Jena Slater -- WG track and field
Isaac McIlroy -- Seneca Indians baseball
Johnny Niedermaier -- Seneca Indians baseball
Ben Mathews -- Seneca Indians baseball
Noah Hollenbeck -- OM golf
Sara Gardner -- OM tennis
Rhys Stermer -- OM tennis

O-M softball team loses sectional opener

HARPURSVILLE, May 25, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team's season ended Friday with an 8-4 loss to Harpursville in a Section IV, Class C tournament opener.

Harpursville broke open a 3-3 tie game with five runs in the 6th inning. O-M scored its final run in the 7th and had two runners on base with nobody out, but could not bring them home.

Grace Vondracek drew three walks and hit a 5th inning homer that temporarily put the Indians ahead 3-2. Harpursville tied it 3-3 in the bottom of the inning, setting the stage for its 5-run outbreak in the 6th that featured three hits, two walks and an O-M error.

Odessa finished with seven hits, to Harpursville's 13. Isabel Foote had two hits for the Indians, while Vondracek, Lydia Lynch, Jolynn Minnier, Sam Sipes and Emma Lodge each had one.

Vondracek went the distance on the mound for Odessa, allowing six earned runs while striking out six batters and walking three.

O-M finished the season at 10-7. Vondracek led the offense with a .700 batting average and .786 on-base percentage, hitting 11 homers, driving in 30 runs and scoring 30. Isabel Foote hit .458 with 9 RBIs and 18 runs scored, while Lydia Lynch hit .373 with 3 homers, 21 RBIs and 16 runs scored. Also over .300: Jolynn Minnier, with a .343 mark.

Photo in text: O-M pitcher Grace Vondracek (File photo)

Seneca Indians fall in sectionals, 4-0

CONKLIN, NY, May 25, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team ended its season Friday in the opening round of the Section IV, Class B tournament with a 4-0 loss at the hands of Susquehanna Valley.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour athletes -- managed just two hits, but stayed close to the Sabers until the 6th inning.

Sus Valley scored its first run in the 2nd inning on a wild pitch, and the game remained 1-0 until the 6th, when the home team added three runs. The Sabers totaled just three hits -- one of them a triple and the other a home run.

The only hits for WG/OM, both singles, came from Caleb Thomas and Austin Voorheis.

Derrick Lewis went the distance on the mound for the Seneca Indians, striking out two batters, walking four and hitting one.

WG/OM completed the season with a 9-10 record.

The O-M girls varsity track team celebrates its Section IV title. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

O-M girls win Section IV, Class D title

MARATHON, May 23, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity track team -- led by four first-place finishes by Kennedey Heichel -- narrowly defeated Delhi Wednesday on the Marathon High athletic field to claim the Section IV, Class D Track and Field Championship. It was the O-M girls' first such title since 2010.

The Indians outpointed Delhi 86-83, with Bainbridge-Guilford third (49.50) and Cherry Valley-Springfield fourth (43) among 22 competing schools.

On the boys' side, O-M placed second to Unatego, 81 points to 66, with Walton third with 62 and Delhi fourth with 48.33.

Girls Meet: Odessa got individual wins from:

-- Kennedey Heichel in the 100 Meter Hurdles (16.46), the 400 Meter Hurdles (1:09.90), and the Pole Vault (10').
-- Nadia Simpson in the 100 Meter Dash (12.93).
-- The 4x100 Relay squad of Kennedey Heichel, Nadia Simpson, Ida Sidle and Tori Brewster (51.39) -- a new school record. The old mark was 51.66.

"Kennedey blew the field away in the 400 Hurdles," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster, "and did pretty much the same in the 100 Hurdles. And she won the Pole Vault by a couple of feet."

The 4x100 Relay squad "was pretty excited when they saw their (record) time," he said, adding: "I'm so happy for Nadia and Kennedey and the other seniors. They've worked so hard."

Next up: The Section IV State Qualifier at Union-Endicott next Wednesday and Thursday. Heichel is slated to compete in the 100 Hurdles and Pole Vault, Simpson in the 100, Hannah Bruno in the Triple Jump, and Tori Brewster in the Long Jump and 100.

Other finishes for Odessa:

100 Meter Dash:
Tori Brewster 2nd (13.05)
4x800 Relay:
O-M 3rd (Morgan Burnham, Katie Adams, Lexi Saunders, Camille Sgrecci) (11:04.25)
800 Meter Run: Morgan Burnham 7th (2:41.08)
200 Meter Dash: Nadia Simpson 3rd (27.46)
3000 Meter Run: Maria Scata 9th (17:14.50)
4x400 Relay squad: O-M 3rd (Madison Morrissey, Morgan Burnham, Camille Sgrecci, Nadia Simpson) (4:33.58)
Long Jump: Tori Brewster 5th (15' 2.5")
Triple Jump: Tori Brewster 3rd (31' 9")
High Jump: Delaney Paulisczak 15th (4')
Pole Vault: Camille Sgrecci 5th (7' 6")

Photos in text:

Top: The O-M school-record-setting 4x100 Relay team. From left: Kennedey Heichel, Tori Brewster, Ida Sidle and Nadia Simpson.

Middle: Odessa's Kennedey Heichel on the way to victory in the 110 Meter Hurdles.

Bottom: The O-M 4x400 Relay squad placed third. From left: Nadia Simpson, Camille Sgrecci, Madison Morrissey and Morgan Burnham. (Photos by Doug Yeater)

Boys Meet:

The O-M boys got two individual wins -- both from Zach Elliott, who captured the Shot Put (53' 7") and the Discus (149') titles.

Other finishes for Odessa:

3200 Meters: Will Yeater 11th (11:38.13); Keith June 15th (11:52.54)
3000 Meter Steeplechase: Will Yeater 5th (11:55.56); Micah Brewster 9th (13:47.34)
110 Meter Hurdles: Preston Harris 2nd (15.98); Paden Grover 4th (16.80)
400 Meter Hurdles: Preston Harris 3rd (1:01.27)
4x800 Relay: O-M 5th (8:58.43)
4x100 Relay: O-M 3rd (47.26)
4x400 Relay: O-M 4th (3:45.97)
Shot Put: Dylan Houseknecht 8th (36' 4.50")
Discus: Eric Rumsey 9th (99' 7")
Triple Jump: Ryan Griswold 8th (34' 8")
High Jump: Paden Grover 2nd (5' 10"); Brock Sgrecci 15th (5')
Pole Vault: Andrew Hartford 3rd (10' 6")

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Paden Grover lands in the Long Jump. (Photos by Doug Yeater)

Bottom: Odessa's Preston Harris hands the baton to Deshawn Johnson.

Left: O-M's Nadia Simpson on the way to victory in the 100 Meter Dash. Right: Odessa's Andrew Hartford placed third in the Pole Vault. (Photos by Doug Yeater)

From left: Odessa-Montour's Katie Adams, Noah Brewster and William Yeater. (Photos by Doug Yeater)

Odessa-Montour's Tori Brewster goes airborne. She was third in the Triple Jump and fifth in the Long Jump, as well as second in the 100 and on the winning 4x100 Relay squad. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

Watkins Glen's Maddie Suddaby competes in the Long Jump. She leaped a personal best of 13 feet, 8 inches. (Photo provided)

Class C: Glen boys, girls finish in 13th

ONEONTA, May 23, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity track and field teams both placed 13th among 14 competing schools at Wednesday's Section IV, Class C meet at Oneonta High School.

Trumansburg's boys won the Class C title, edging Dryden 109-106, while the Trumansburg girls finished second to Lansing, 110-101.

Top six finishers for Watkins Glen included:

--Casen Weeden, 6th in the Discus at 113' 2"
--Nick Wilston, 4th in the Triple Jump at 39' 6"
--Nick Wilston, 6th in the Long Jump at 19' 3". Both are personal bests.
--Breanna Carl, 6th in the Steeplechase at 9:58.

All three -- Weeden, Wilston and Carl -- earned Section IV, Class C 2nd Team All-Star status. 

Next up:The State Qualifier meet held at Union-Endicott High School on May 29 and 30.

Note from Coach Rod Weeden: WG junior Gabe Planty "did not run in the 1600 this week. He ran in the 400 to try to get in a speed workout, since he already has the State Automatic Time in the 1600." 

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Nick Wilston goes airborne in the Long Jump. He placed 6th with a leap of 19 feet, 3 inches.

Bottom: Watkins' Breanna Carl competes in the Steeplechase. (Photos provided)

IAC Tennis: Glen has several medalists

CORTLAND, May 23, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team's singles and doubles entries picked up several top-three medals Wednesday at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Tennis Championships at SUNY Cortland.

In No. 1 singles, Nate Wickham placed fourth; in No. 2 singles, Dylan Morse took home a third-place bronze medal; in No. 3 singles, Clint Craven advanced to the finals, medaling in second place.

All three of the school's doubles team medaled. The 1st Doubles team of Hannah Morse and Jill Cantieni finished third; the 2nd Doubles team of Ali LaMoreaux and Bryson Simmons placed second; and the No. 3 Doubles team of Kathleen Clifford and Enkang Lin took third.

"I couldn't be more proud of the entire team on both the season they have had (9-1) and their performance today against some terrific tennis players," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, noting that 11 school districts competed. "It's been a pleasure to spend this spring working with them and watching them grow as players."

Note: Among Odessa-Montour competitors, Sara Gardner placed fourth in 3rd Singles. Watkins Coach Scott Morse said she "played really tough today, losing in the semifinals, and fell just short of the third-place medal."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen team members who medaled at the IAC tournament. From left: Enkang Lin, Kathleen Clifford, Dylan Morse, Clint Craven, Jill Cantieni, Hannah Morse, Ali LaMoreaux and Bryson Simmons. (Photo provided)

Odessa-Montour's Eliza Starkweather chips onto the green at Soaring Eagles' No. 3.

Tioga wins IAC Golf's Small School title

HORSEHEADS, May 22, 2019 -- Tioga High School won the Small School crown Wednesday at the annual Interscholastic Athletic Conference Golf Championship at the Soaring Eagles Golf Course.

Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen, which play in the Small School South Division (with Tioga and Edison), had a mixed day.

O-M, with a 608 total, finished behind Small Schools Tioga (465), Groton (507), Moravia (527), Southern Cayuga (543), and Marathon (545), but had one golfer, Noah Hollenbeck (with a 110 for the day's 18 holes), earn a berth on the Small School South Division All-Stars 1st Team.

Other O-M scores included a 113 by Tyler Saunders, a 124 by Brett Walters, a 127 by Eliza Starkweather, and a 134 by Austin Hoyt.

Watkins Glen (along with Edison and Trumansburg) had an incomplete team (four instead of five golfers) and so had no team score.

But the Senecas' Georgio Fazzary, with a 100, made the Small School South Division All-Star 1st Team, while teammates Daniel Ely (104) and Ethan Cary (110) earned 2nd Team status.

The Small Schools medalist was Tioga's Sam Taylor, with an 82. Dryden won the Large Schools title, led by Large School medalist Kevin Gardner's 78.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Georgio Fazzary sends a putt on its way.

Modified softball: Watkins tops ND, 10-6

SOUTHPORT, May 23, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team evened its record at 3-3 Wednesday with a 10-6 victory over Elmira Notre Dame in a game on the ND softball field.

The Senecas registered 10 hits, all singles. Ava Barber had three of them, while Abby Gibson and Julya Slater had two apiece. Jenna Solomon, Lois Hosley and Molly Dunham notched one hit each.

Solomon went the distance on the mound for Watkins, striking out five batters.

"Our young ladies played a stellar game against a terrific team," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto." I am really proud of the way they played."

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Newark Valley.

Seneca Indians JV tops Candor in finale

CANDOR, May 21, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians junior varsity baseball team ended its season on a winning note Tuesday, defeating Candor 15-3 in a game on the Candor baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen high school athletes -- finished the season with a 6-9 record.

They unleashed a 19-hit attack in the finale, with Cameron Holland, Adam Pastore and Cayden Confer each registering three hits. Owen Scholtisek, Dominick Fazzary, Daniel Lewis and Veer Patel each had two hits, while Daine Butler and Jared Rumsey had one apiece.

WG/OM scored four runs in the 1st inning, two in the 2nd, one each in the 3rd, 5th and 7th innings, and six in the 6th.

Fazzary pitched the first six innings for the Seneca Indians, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out seven batters and walking four. Confer pitched the 7th inning, allowing no hits, walking two batters and striking out three.

Brock, Tori post 1sts at IAC 9th-10th meet

TRUMANSBURG, May 21, 2019 -- Odessa-Montour track and field athletes Brock Sgrecci and Tori Brewster posted first-place finishes at Monday's Interscholastic Athletic Conference 9th and 10th Grade Meet on the Trumansburg High School athletic field.

Boys Meet: Sgrecci won the 800 Meter Run in 2:17.5 and the High Jump with a leap of 5' 8". He was also on the fourth-place 4x800 Relay team with Keith June, Arden Heichel and Phoenix Parmenter, and on the sixth-place 4x400 Relay squad with the same teammates.

June was also second in the 3200 Meters in a time of 11:55.9, while Josh Buckley was fourth in the Discus at 84' 9".

Girls Meet: Brewster won the Triple Jump with a leap of 31' 7" while finishing second in the 400 in a time of 1:02.6, and was on the second-place 4x100 Relay team (55.0) with Ida Sidle, Delaney Paulisczak and Reagan Bishop.

Sidle, meanwhile, teamed with Camille Sgrecci, Morgan Burnham and Katie Adams for second place in the 4x400, while Burnham was third (in 2:44), Adams fourth and Sgrecci sixth in the 800 Meter Run.

Autumn Garrison was fourth in the Shot Put and sixth in the Discus.

Seneca Indians' comeback falls short

SOUTHPORT, May 21, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team rallied from a five-run deficit but fell two runs short Monday, bowing to Elmira Notre Dame 9-7 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the ND baseball field.

The Seneca Indians (9-9) -- a combined team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high school athletes -- built a 4-3 lead through three innings, but the Crusaders scored three runs each in the 4th and 6th innings to lead 9-4 entering the final frame.

WG/OM scored three runs in the 7th, but could get no closer, finishing the game with a total of five hits -- two each by Austin Voorheis and Derrick Lewis, and one by Sean Kelly.

Watkins golfers fall to SVEC, slip to 8-5

CATATONK, May 21, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity golf team's record fell to 8-5 Monday when the Senecas dropped a 266-279 decision to Candor/Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 Catatonk Golf Course.

Georgio Fazzary led Watkins Glen with a 46 while Daniel Ely shot 50, Andrew Hayes 53, Ethan Cary 58, and Demetrius Dillon 72.

The Senecas will play Wednesday in the 18-hole IAC Tournament at Soaring Eagles Golf Course.

Left: Watkins Glen pitcher Jenna Solomon catches a pop-up. Right: The Senecas' Brenna Pierce connects with the ball.

Glen modified softball team falls to Tioga

WATKINS GLEN, May 21, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team saw its record slip to 2-3 Monday when the Senecas dropped a 24-8 decision to Tioga in a game on the WGHS softball field.

Abby Gibson registered three hits for Watkins Glen, which amassed a season-high 15 safeties.

Jenna Solomon had a double, while Kara Sheesley, Julya Slater, Emily Rhoads and Molly Dunham had two singles each, and Lois Hosley, Brayona Oden and Brenna Pierce had one single each.

"Great effort by Solomon, Hosley, and Gibson," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto, "and coming off the bench with an important single at the time, driving in two runs, was Brayona Oden."

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Elmira Notre Dame.

 

 

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Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson hauls in a fly ball to centerfield.

Athletes of Week: Zach, Gabe, Paden

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 20, 2019 -- This week we honor three Interscholastic Athletic Conference track and field champions as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Odessa-Montour senior Zach Elliott earns the honor for victories in the Shot Put and Discus, both by wide margins, at the IAC meet at Trumansburg.

Watkins Glen junior Gabe Planty earns a nod for winning the meet's 800 Meter Run in 2:00.91.

Odessa-Montour junior Paden Grover gets the third one for winning the High Jump title, clearing 6 feet.

Double Honorable: O-M track's Hannah Bruno, Kennedey Heichel, Nadia Simpson, Tori Brewster, Ida Sidle, Andrew Hartford and Preston Harris; O-M softball's Grace Vondracek, Lydia Lynch, Isabel Foote and McKennah Lott; Watkins Glen track's Nick Wilston, Max Evans and Casen Weeden; and Watkins Glen lacrosse's Joe Chedzoy.

Honorable Mention: Another 22 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.

Seneca Indians complete road victory


WHITNEY POINT, May 18, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team improved its record to 9-8 Saturday morning by completing an 11-3 victory over Whitney Point in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game that had been suspended by inclement weather on April 12.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of WGHS and Odessa-Montour High School athletes -- was ahead 7-3 in the bottom of the 5th inning when play was called. On Saturday, WG-OM added three runs in the 6th inning and one more in the 7th while holding Whitney Point in check.

The Seneca Indians had nine hits in the game -- two each by Austin Voorheis, Derrick Lewis, Isaac McIlroy and Josiah Wysocki, and one by Sean Kelly. Voorheis and Lewis each drove in two runs, while Kelly, Hunter Holley and Wysocki had one RBI apiece.

Lewis and McIlroy pitched, combining for 10 strikeouts while holding Whitney Point to five hits.

O-M softball team routs Newfield, 18-3

ODESSA, May 18, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team improved to 10-6 Friday with an 18-3 victory over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M softball field.

O-M registered 11 hits and drew 12 walks in a game that saw them jump in front 12-0 in the first two innings and coast from there. They added five runs in the 5th inning and one in the 6th. The game was terminated at that point under the so-called "mercy rule" that ends games after five or six innings if one team is ahead by 15 runs.

Grace Vondracek went the distance on the mound for Odessa, allowing three hits and striking out 16 batters while walking one.

Four players registered two hits each for Odessa: Isabel Foote (a double and triple), McKennah Lott, Lydia Lynch and Vondracek (including a triple). In addition, Jolynn Minnier, Rebecca Wolfe and Deziarae Minnier had one hit each, and Emma Lodge drew three walks.

Photo in text: O-M's four senior softball players were honored in a Senior Night ceremony. From left: Dezirae Minnier, McKennah Lott, Isabel Foote and Emma Lodge. (Photo provided)

O-M's Andrew Hartford on the way to fourth place in the Pole Vault competition.

IAC Track & Field

O-M girls, boys win Small School titles; Elliott nets Discus; Grover, Planty post wins

TRUMANSBURG, May 18, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys and girls track and field teams won Small School titles Friday as the two-day Interscholastic Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships drew to a close at Trumansburg.

The girls' title was their third in a row and sixth in seven years. The girls totaled 140 points to runnerup Union Springs' 87, while Southern Cayuga was third with 56 points among the 11 competing schools. The O-M boys had 132 points, followed by Spencer-Van Etten (82) and Edison (66) among the 11 schools.

O-M senior Zach Elliott won the Discus Friday -- a day after he won the Shot Put. He threw the Discus 146' 7" -- easily outdistancing runnerup Bryce Grover of Trumansburg (123' 10"). Elliott had won the Shot Put by nearly 11 feet Thursday, with a top throw of 55' 2.25".

Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty also won Friday, taking the 800 Meter Run in a time of 2:00.91.

The only other overall win by a Schuyler athlete came from Paden Grover, who won the High Jump with a leap of 6 feet. The win came late Thursday, but wasn't announced until early in Friday's meet.

Also announced Friday were the results from the girls Long Jump, where O-M's Tori Brewster placed second (and first among Small Schools) with a leap of 15' 8" on her final attempt late Thursday.

In other events Friday:

--O-M's Andrew Hartford placed fourth in the Pole Vault (and first among Small Schools) with a leap of 10' 6". The winner, Waverly's Isaac Chandler, set a meet record of 14' 9".

--O-M's Kennedey Heichel placed fifth (first among Small Schools) in the 400 Meter Hurdles with a time of 1:11.73.

--Odessa's Preston Harris was second in the 400 Meter Hurdles in 59.49.

--O-M's Nadia Simpson was fifth (first among Small Schools) in the 200 Meter Dash in 27.21. That race was won by Waverly's Melina Ortiz, who edged Trumansburg's Finley Edmonds by two-hundredths of a second, 26.27 to 26.29.

--O-M's Hannah Bruno was fifth in the Triple Jump (second among Small Schools) with a leap of 33' 8" -- just a half-inch off the school record held by Michelle Melanson.

--The O-M girls 4x100 Relay team of Kennedey Heichel, Nadia Simpson, Ida Sidle and Tori Brewster placed second in 52.58. Large-school Trumansburg won in 50.49.

--Watkins Glen's Nick Wilston placed fifth in the Triple Jump with a personal-best leap of 38' 11".

--Watkins Glen's Jordan Avery was sixth in the 200 Meter Dash in 24.56, and eighth in the 100 Meter Dash in 12.05.

--Watkins Glen's Max Evans was third in the High Jump at 5' 8".

--Watkins Glen's Casen Weeden was fourth in the Discus with a throw of 111' 9", and sixth in the Shot Put at 38' 10.5".

--Watkins Glen's Jena Slater was seventh in the Pole Vault, while teammate Breanna Carl was seventh in the 2000 Meter Steeplechase.

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Photos in text

Top: Odessa-Montour's Zach Elliott unleashes a throw in the Discus, which he won.

Middle: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty on the way to victory in the 800 Meter race.

Bottom: O'M's Tori Brewster takes the baton from teammate Ida Sidle in the 4x100 Relay, where Odessa finished second.

Left: The 200 Meter Dash turned into a battle between Trumansburg's Finley Edmonds, left, and Waverly's Melina Ortiz. Ortiz won by 2/100s of a second. O-M's Nadia Simpson (center) placed fifth. Right: O-M's Paden Grover with his first-place medal in the High Jump.

Left: O-M's Preston Harris runs a leg of the 4x400 Relay. Right: Watkins Glen's Casen Weeden prrepares to launch the Disc.

Left: O-M's Nadia Simpson in the 4x400 Relay. Right: Simpson, right, with teammates (from left) Tori Brewster, Kennedey Heichel and Ida Sidle after they finished second in the 4x100 Relay.

From left: O-M's Tori Brewster (with her Long Jump medal), Hannah Bruno (in the Triple Jump) and Morgan Burnham (in the 4x400).

Left: O-M's Brock Sgrecci in the 4x400 Relay. Right: Camille Sgrecci in the 4x400.

Left: Watkins Glen's Tim Clifford Triple Jumps. Right: O-M's Delaney Paulisczak.

Left: O-M's Eric Rumsey. Right: Watkins' Haley Dean nears the 200 Meters finish line.

Left: Watkins Glen's Briana Hayes in the Triple Jump. Right: Watkins' Kai Sutterby, right, and O-M's Katie Adams compete in the 800 Meter Run.

From left: Watkins Glen's Maddie Suddaby and O-M's Hannah Nolan in the Triple Jump.

Left: O-M's Lexi Saunders in the 3000. Right: O-M's Micah Brewster in the 3200.

From left: Watkins Glen's Nick Wilston in the Triple Jump, and O-M's Noah Brewster and Paden Grover in the 4x400.

And from photographer Doug Yeater:

O-M's Hannah Bruno surpassses 33 feet in the Triple Jump. She finished fifh.

Odessa-Montour's Kennedey Heichel takes off in the 4x100 Relay. Her squad placed 2nd.

Odessa-Montour's Nadia Simpson hands off to Morgan Burnham in the 4x400.

Seneca Indians blanked by Tioga, 11-0

WATKINS GLEN, May 18, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team's record slipped to 8-8 Friday when the squad dropped an 11-0 decision to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Watkins Glen High School baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of WGHS and Odessa-Montour athletes -- managed just one hit (a Caleb Thomas double) off of Tioga pitcher Pierce Hendershot, who struck out seven and walked nobody.

Tioga registered 10 hits off of two WG/OM pichers, Derrick Lewis and Johnny Niedermaier. The Seneca Indians committed three errors, while Tioga didn't make any.

Glen golfers top O-M, but lose green jacket

ITHACA, May 18, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity golf team defeated Odessa-Montour and lost to Tioga Friday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches on the Hillendale Golf Course's par-35 front nine.

The match between WGHS and O-M was the annual Green Jacket match, where the medalist gets to don a symbolic green jacket, emblematic of the winner's wardrobe at golf's Masters tournament.

The medalist was O-M's Noah Hollenbeck, who fired a 45. Nobody else on his team was under 63 as Watkins Glen won 276-313.

Georgio Fazzary led Watkins with a 49, while Daniel Ely shot 50, Ethan Cary 53, Andrew Hayes 54, and Dimetrius Dillon 70.

Beyond Hollenbeck, O-M (2-11) scores included Eliza Starkweather's 63, Brett Walters' 68, Austin Hoyt's 68, and Wes Wade's 69.

Tioga (12-1) totaled 252 strokes. The Tigers were led by Jake Maciak's 42, while AJ Middeendorf fired a 43.

Photo in text: Golf coaches John Fazzary (Watkins Glen, left) and Greg Gavich (O-M) flank medalist Noah Hollenbeck, who temporarily donned the symbolic green jacket, loaned each year for the Green Jacket ceremony. (Photo provided)

Seneca Indians JV falls to Waverly, 5-4

ODESSA, May 18, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians junior varsity baseball team dropped a 5-4 decision to Waverly Friday in a game on the Odessa-Montour High School baseball field.

"We had our chance to take the game in the bottom of the 7th," said Seneca Indians Coach Trevor Holland, "but Waverly made some key plays to seal the win for them."

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes -- scored two runs each in the 3rd and 4th innings. Waverly did the same, and then added a run in the 6th.

Owen Scholtisek was 2-for-4 for WG/OM with a triple. Cameron Holland went 2-for-4 with a double, while Jared Rumsey and Cayden Confer were both 2-for-3, and Dominck Fazzary 1-for-4.

WG/OM returns to action Tuesday at Candor in its final game of the season.

O-M's Nadia Simpson, left, is beaten to the line by T-burg's Finley Edmonds in the 100.

IAC meet's 1st day: Elliott wins Shot Put, Simpson edged in 100 by T-burg's Edmonds

TRUMANSBURG, May 17, 2019 -- The first day Thursday of the two-day Interscholastic Athletic Conference's Track and Field Champioships at Trumansburg yielded an expected win and a classic showdown.

The expected: Odessa-Montour's Zach Elliott won the Shot Put with a throw of 55' 2.25" -- almost 11 feet farther than his closest competitor. Elliott has qualified for States in both the Shot and the Discus (an event scheduled for the meet's second day).

The showdown: The 100 Meter final pitted Trumansburg's Finley Edmonds against Odessa-Montour's Nadia Simpson, and it came down to a finish in which Edmonds won by 7/100ths of a second -- 12.73 to 12.80. Not far behind was O-M 8th grader Tori Brewster, third in 13.07.

Among other notable finishes among the girls:

--O-M's Kennedey Heichel finished second in the Pole Vault, clearing 10 feet, and was third in the 100 Meter Hurdles in 17.23. She is also on the 4x100 Relay team (with Simpson, Ida Sidle and Brewster) that qualified for the second day's finals.

--Brewster also excelled in the Long Jump, leaping 15' 8" on her final attempt to place high in the competition, though the exact finish was not immediately available.

--O-M's Hannah Bruno, meanwhile, finished fourth in the 100 Meter Hurdles (17.53), while O-M's Lexi Saunders was 9th overall (and third among Small Schools) in the 2000 Meter Steeplechase (9:16.52). Watkins Glen's Breanna Carl was 7th overall in the Steeple (and 6th among Large Schools) at 9:02.88.

Among the boys:

--Watkins Glen's Casen Weeden was 6th in the Shot Put at 38' 10.5" while O-M's Dylan Houseknecht was 9th at 36' 11.75".

--O-M's Will Yeater was 8th overall (and 2nd among Small Schools) in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase (11:57.17).

--O-M's Preston Harris was third in the 110 Meter Hurdles (16.46) while teammate Paden Grover was fourth (17.23).

--Noah Brewster was 10th in the 400 Meter Run (55.28) and was on the 4x100 Relay squad (with Harris, Deshawn Johnson and Ryan Griswold) that qualified for the second day's final.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Lexi Saunders, on right, and Watkins Glen's Breanna Carl (behind the splashing water) negotiate the Steeplechase water hazard.

Middle: Odessa's Hannah Bruno, left, clears a hurdle in the 100 Meter Hurdles.

Bottom: O-M's Preston Harris at start of the 4x100 Relay race.

From left: Watkins Glen's Tim Clifford, Max Evans and Elliott Holland.

Left: O-M's Camille Sgrecci reaches the Steeplechase water hazard. Right: Watkins Glen's Haley Dean lands in the Long Jump pit.

Left: O-M's Paden Grover on the way to 4th place in the 110 Meter Hurdles. Right: Odessa's Tori Brewster soars in the Long Jump.

Odessa-Montour's Kennedey Heichel attempts a vault of 10 feet, 6 inches. She just missed.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Katie Adams. Right: O-M's Noah Brewster.

Left: Odessa's Hannah Nolan competes in the 100 Meter Hurdles. Right: O-M's Dylan Houseknecht launches the Shot.

From left: Watkins Glen's Maya Somerville, Breanna Carl and Kaylana Rekczis.

Left: O-M's Morgan Burnham. Right: Odessa's Kennedey Heichel hands off to Nadia Simpson in the 4x100.

Left: O-M's Madison Morrissey, left, and Delaney Paulisczak, both competitors in the 400. Right: Odessa-Montour's Shot Put champion, Zach Elliott, threw more than 55 feet.

O-M's Tori Brewster races toward the Long Jump pit on her final leap. She went 15' 8".

The O-M softball team poses after its win at Wells College Wednesday night. (Provided)

Softball: O-M routs Southern Cayuga

AURORA, May 16, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team improved its season record to 9-6 Wednesday night with a 22-5 victory over Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game played at Wells College.

O-M's Grace Vondracek drove in five runs with her 9th and 10th homers of the season, going 3-for-5 and scoring four runs. She also pitched, allowing two earned runs on two hits while striking out 17 batters and walking four.

O-M amassed 16 hits in the game. In addition to Vondracek's three hits:

-- Isabel Foote was 3-for-5 with five runs scored and an RBI.
-- Lydia Lynch was 3-for-5 with a homer, a walk, three runs scored and 4 RBIs.
-- McKennah Lott was 2-for-5 with a walk, four runs scored and an RBI.
-- Sam Sipes was 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI.
-- Jolynn Minnier was 1-for-3 with two walks, a run scored and an RBI.
-- Rebecca Wolfe was 1-for-3 with a homer, a run scored and an RBI.
-- Dezirae Minnier was 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.

Odessa jumped in front with four runs in the 1st inning, and added two runs in the 2nd and five in the 3rd for an 11-0 lead. The Indians added four runs in the 5th, three in the 6th and four in the 7th. Southern Cayuga scored three runs in the 3rd inning and one run each in the 4th and 5th innings.

O-M is scheduled to return to action Friday at home against Newfield.

Note: After 15 games, Vondracek is batting .696 with an on-base-percentage of .770 and 10 homers. Lynch is batting .358 with three homers. Foote is hitting .451. Jolynn Minnier is batting .345 with a homer. Dezirae Minnier is hitting .350.

Glen golfers top Edison, ND; now 7-3

HORSEHEADS, May 16, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity golf team improved to 7-3 Wednesday when it defeated Edison and Elmira Notre Dame in a tri-match on the Mark Twain Golf Course's par-36 back nine.

Watkins Glen totaled 291 to Edison's 296, while Notre Dame had just three golfers and thus did not qualify for a team score.

Georgio Fazzary led the Senecas with a 46, while Daniel Ely and Ethan Cary each shot 56, Andrew Hayes 61, and Demetrius Dillon 72. Jack Shaw led Edison with a 47, while Nate Murray led Notre Dame with a 47.

Watkins Glen returns to action Friday against Odessa-Montour and Tioga at the Hillendale Golf Course.

Seneca Indians JV falls to Tioga in 7th

TIOGA CENTER, May 16, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians junior varsity baseball team rallied from a 5-0 deficit Wednesday to take the lead over Tioga in the top of the 7th inning, only to lose 10-9 in the bottom of the inning in a game on the Tioga baseball field.

Tioga scored five runs in the first two innings before the Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour High School athletes -- scored twice in the 4th. Tioga responded with a run in the bottom of the 4th for a 6-2 lead.

The Seneca Indians cut the Tigers' lead to 6-4 with two runs in the top of the 6th, but Tioga scored twice in the bottom of the inning to reestablish its four-run lead, 8-4. WG/OM then rallied in the 7th with five runs to take the lead for the first time, 9-8. But the Tigers scored twice in the bottom of the 7th for the win.

Cayden Confer went 2-for-4 for WG/OM, while Cameron Holland, Dominick Fazzary and Daine Butler were each 1-for-4.

Adam Pastore, Confer and Holland pitched for the Seneca Indians, together yielding four hits while striking out seven batters and walking 10.

WG/OM returns to action Friday against Waverly on the O-M baseball field.

Watkins Glen's Jenna Solomon prepares to deliver a pitch. She struck out seven batters.

Modified softball: Glen tops Newfield

WATKINS GLEN, May 15, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team improved its season mark to 2-2 Tuesday with a 16-10 victory over Newfield in a game on the WGHS softball field.

The game, played in misty, chilly weather that forced the postponement of some other sports, saw Watkins Glen pitcher Jenna Solomon strike out seven Newfield batters while also registering a pair of singles at the plate.

Molly Dunham had a double and single for the Senecas, while Emily Rhoads and Ava Barber had two singles apiece. Brenna Pierce, Julya Slater, Lois Hosley, Kara Sheesley, Cloey Wratten and Macy Day Fitzgerald had one single each.

"Our young ladies played a very consistent game," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto.

Newfield took the lead 2-0 in the 1st inning, but Watkins Glen responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame and added three more runs in the 3rd for a 6-2 lead. Newfield scored a run in the 4th, but Watkins scored five times in the 5th for an 11-3 advantage.

Newfield cut the deficit to five runs, 11-6, with three runs in the 6th before the Senecas scored another five runs in the bottom of the 6th for a 16-6 lead that proved enough to withstand a four-run output by the Trojans in the 7th.

Watkins Glen returns to action Monday at home against Tioga.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen third baseman Ava Barber throws to first after fielding a grounder.
Bottom: The Senecas' first baseman, Emmie Rhoads, gathers in a ground ball. She then raced to the bag for the putout.

Left: Watkins Glen second baseman Molly Dunham hauls in a pop fly. Right: The Senecas' catcher, Lois Hosley, reaches in vain for a foul pop up.

Left: Watkins Glen's Brenna Pierce connects with the ball. Right: The Senecas' Julya Slater dances out of the way of an inside pitch.

Lawmakers pay tribute to Dundee's Hall

8th grader, Watkins Glen Indoor Track Club member, won national Triple Jump title

Special to The Odessa File

DUNDEE, May 14, 2019 -- State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano recently visited the Dundee Junior-Senior High School to help pay tribute to 8th grader Lily Hall, who earlier this year captured the 2019 USA Track and Field Indoor 13-14 Girls Triple Jump Championship as a member of the Watkins Glen Indoor Track Club.

Palmesano and Sharon Sitrin-Moore of Senator O’Mara’s office, who represented the senator at the event, joined school administrators, faculty, and students, and Lily’s family, to present her with an official Legislative Proclamation honoring the achievement.

The O’Mara-Palmesano proclamation, unanimously approved by the Senate and Assembly, reads, in part, “It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize and pay tribute to those young people within the State of New York who, by achieving outstanding success in athletic competition, have inspired and brought pride to their school and community ... In a sport such as the Triple Jump, which demands athletic prowess, speed and agility, Coaches Scott Shepardson, Joe Hober and Dennis Jemison worked hard to hone the skills of this champion, teaching this outstanding athlete lessons which will prove invaluable both in and out of the pit. In light of her recent accomplishments, Lily Hall has brought honor and just pride to her club, school and community on the local, state and national level.”

Dundee Central School Superintendent Kelly Houck said, “The entire Dundee Central School community is extremely proud of Lily's remarkable accomplishments. She is proof that hard work, dedication, and perseverance are the keys to success. We look forward to celebrating many of Lily's accomplishments that are yet to come.”

The 2019 USA Track and Field Indoor championships were held at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Staten Island, New York on March 17. Lily’s Triple Jump of 10.58 meters captured the 13-14 Girls Championship.

Photo in text: From left: Macy Hall (Lily’s mother), Lily, William Hall (Lily’s father), Assemblyman Palmesano, Varsity Boys’ Track Coach Scott Shepardson, Sharon Sitrin-Moore, and Varsity Girls’ Track Coach Joe Hober. (Photo provided)

O-M's Grover tops IAC Pentathlon field

ODESSA, May 14, 2019 -- Odessa-Montour High School junior Paden Grover took first place Monday in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Pentathlon held on the O-M athletic field.

Grover totaled 2,727 points accumulated in five events: the 110 Meter Hurdles, the Long Jump, the Shot Put, the 1500 Meters and the High Jump.

O-M teammate Preston Harris was third among the 10 competitors representing O-M, Waverly, Newfield, Edison and Trumansburg. He total 2,376 points. Watkins Glen's Max Evans was seventh with 2,025 points.

In the girls Pentathlon, Watkins Glen's Haley Dean placed 7th among nine competitors representing Watkins, Newfield, Newark Valley, Union Springs, Elmira Notre Dame and Trumansburg. Dean totaled 1,170 points in the 100 Meter Hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put and 800 Meter Run.

The winner was Newark Valley's Kayla Malarkey, who totaled 1,864 points.

Watkins Glen's Brandon Beaumont, right, carries the ball around a Dryden defender.

Watkins lacrosse team falls in finale, 14-8

WATKINS GLEN, May 14, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team closed its season on a losing note Monday, falling to Dryden 14-8 in a game on the WGHS Alumni Field.

The Senecas, seeking their second win, took a 5-3 lead before Dryden scored four straight goals for a 7-5 lead, cut to 7-6 shortly before intermission. The Lions then scored five goals in the first six minutes of the third quarter to pull away. They ended up outscoring Watkins 7-2 in the second half.

Joe Chedzoy scored four goals for the Senecas while Ramel Fulcher scored two goals and Avery Watson and Seamus Mooney one apiece.

Senior Night: Watkins Glen's five seniors were honored in a halftime Senior Night ceremony. They are Joe Chedzoy, Ramel Fulcher, Dylan Markley, Avery Watson and Collin Baker.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy winds up for a shot on goal. It went in.

Watkins Glen's Ramel Fulcher (4) cuts loose with a shot on goal that found its mark, one of the Senecas' six first-half scores.

All eyes are up as the ball starts to descend.

Watkins Glen's Avery Watson sends a shot on its way in the pouring rain. It found the net.

The Watkins Glen team's five seniors were honored in a Senior Night ceremony at halftime. From left, they are Joe Chedzoy, Ramel Fulcher, Avery Watson, Collin Baker and Dylan Markley.

Athlete of the Week: Watkins' Max Evans

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 12, 2019 -- This week we honor a Watkins Glen High School track and field athlete as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week.

He is Max Evans, who won the Pentathlon at the Dundee Invitational, setting a new school record of 2,501 points in the five events: the 110 Meter Hurdles, 1500 Meters, Long Jump, Shot Put and High Jump. The old record of 2,410 points was held by Travis Waite, set back in 2008.

Double Honorable: Odessa-Montour track and field's Kennedey Heichel, Tori Brewster, Paden Grover and Zach Elliott; Watkins Glen track's Gabe Planty; Watkins Glen lacrosse's Joe Chedzoy; Seneca Indian baseball's Austin Voorheis and Sean Kelly; and O-M softball's Grace Vondracek, Isabel Foote and Lydia Lynch.

Honorable Mention: Another 42 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.

Odessa-Montour's Preston Harris en route to second place in the 110 Meter Hurdles.

O-M girls 2nd, boys 3rd at Groton Invite

GROTON, May 12, 2019 -- Trumansburg won both the boys and girls team titles Saturday at the Groton Invitational track meet, a tuneup for the upcoming Interscholastic Athletic Conference championships.

Odessa-Montour High School was second in the girls competition, and third in the boys competition among nine schools. The IAC meet will be held Thursday and Friday at T-burg.

Girls: Trumansburg totaled 144 points, with O-M next with 77. They were followed by Dryden (72), Newfield (60), Mynderse Academy (59), Groton (51), Southern Cayuga (38), Union Springs (36), and Marathon (1).

O-M's Kennedey Heichel won the 100 Meter Hurdles (16.35) and the 400 Meter Hurdles (1:14.75), and was on the second-place 4x100 Relay team. She also placed third in the Pole Vault.

Tori Brewster won the Long Jump (15' 3"), was on the second-place 4x100 Relay team, and placed fourth in the 400 (1:08.24).

Nadia Simpson was second in the 100 Meters (12.99) and third in the 200 Meters (27.65), as well as on the runnerup 4x100 Relay team.

Hannah Nolan placed second in the 400 Hurdles (1:18.18), fifth in the Triple Jump (28' 8.25"), and eighth in the 100 Meter Hurdles (18.36), and was on the 4x100 Relay team.

Lexi Saunders was fifth in the 1500 Meter Run (6:09.02) and fifth in the Shot Put (26' 7.75").

And Katie Adams was sixth in the 800 Meter Run (2:50.71).

Boys: Trumansburg totaled 158 points to Dryden's 140 and O-M's 86. They were followed by Mynderse Academy (52), Newfield (37), Union Springs (28.50), Southern Cayuga (28), Marathon (17) and Groton (10.50).

O-M's Zach Elliott won the Shot Put (47' 11.50") and the Discus (146' 6").

Paden Grover won the High Jump (5' 10") and was second in the Triple Jump (39' 00.50") and fifth in the 110 Meter Hurdles (17.31).

Preston Harris was second in the 110 Meter Hurdles (16.28) and fifth in the 800 Meter Run (2:17.57).

Will Yeater was third in the Two Mile Run (11:50.98).

Dylan Houseknecht was fourth in the Shot Put (36' 6").

Eric Rumsey was second in the Discus (115' 9").

Andrew Hartford was second in the Pole Vault (11 feet).

Micah Brewster was third in the 1600 Meter Run Novice (5:27.12) while Phoenix Parmenter was seventh (5:38.68).

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Zach Elliott sends the Discus flying. He won with a throw of 146' 6".

Middle: Odessa's Reagan Bishop and William Yeater.

Bottom: O-M's Kennedey Heichel on the way to victory in the 100 Meter Hurdles.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Eric Rumsey, Andrew Hartford and Lexi Saunders.

Odessa-Montour's Paden Grover clears the bar on the way to victory in the High Jump.

Left: O-M's Hannah Nolan competes in the Triple Jump. Right: O-M's Katie Adams.

O-M's Kennedey Heichel, right, hands the baton to Nadia Simpson in the 4x100 Relay.

Watkins' Haley Dean competes in the High Jump, where she placed 4th. (Photo provided)

Planty 2nd in 1600 at Fast Time Invite; Evans wins Pentathlon at Dundee meet

DUNDEE and CORNING, May 11, 2019 -- Watkins Glen High School track and field athletes competed in two meets Friday -- one in Corning where junior Gabe Planty competed in the Fast Time Invitational, and the other in Dundee, where the rest of the team competed in the Dundee Invitational.

Planty run in the 1600 Meters against the top runners in Section IV, placing second with a personal best of 4:24.35. The winner was Maine-Endwell's Parker Stokes, the Section's top 1600 Meter runner, with a 4:14.31. Eight boys broke 4:30.

Meanwhile, in Dundee:

--Watkins Glen's Max Evans took first in the Pentathlon with a new school record. Evans, who had never tried the Pentathlon before, scored 2,501 points in his five events (the 110 Meter Hurdles, 1500 Meters, Long Jump, Shot Put and High Jump) to break the previous record (2,410 points) set by Travis Waite in 2008.

Other Watkins boys finishing in the top 6 were:

--Casen Weeden, 5th in the Shot Put (36’ 8.5"), 3rd in the Discus (a season-best 113' 9"), and 5th in the 400 Meters (58.54).

--Jordan Avery, 3rd in the 100 (a personal best of 11.9), 2nd in the 200 Meters (24.79), and tied for 1st in the High Jump (5’ 4").

--Cale Sutterby, 4th in the Pole Vault (8’).

--Sam Thorsland, 4th in the 800 Meters (a personal best of 2:19.32) and 4th in the 1600 Meters (5:22.39).

--Tim Clifford, 4th in the 400 Hurdles (a personal best of 1:16.07).

--Elliott Holland, 5th in the 400 Hurdles (1:19.19)

Watkins Glen girls placing in the top 6 were:

--Kai Sutterby, 2nd in the Pentathlon (1,648 points). This was her first Pentathlon, consisting of the 100 Meter Hurdles, 800 Meters, Long Jump, High Jump and Shot Put.

--Madelyn Sutterby, 5th in the Triple Jump (a personal best of 28' 11").

--Haley Dean, 4th (at 4 feet) in the High Jump, which is a new event for her. She also placed 3rd in the Long Jump (14' .25"), and 4th in the 200 Meters (29.44).

--Breanna Carl, 3rd in the 2000 Meter Steeplechase (a personal best of 8:59.46).

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty with Coach Rod Weeden.(Photos provided)
Bottom: Watkins' Breanna Carl on the way to third place in the Steeplechase.

Watkins Glen's Matt Irwin, left, clears the ball from the Seneca end of the field as two Marcus Whitman players chase him.

Watkins lacrosse team loses to Whitman

WATKINS GLEN, May 11, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team dropped a 10-6 decision Friday to Marcus Whitman in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

The Senecas, down 5-2 at halftime, fell behind by five goals, 9-4, before closing again to within three in the final quarter with more than five minutes remaining. But Marcus Whitman held them scoreless the rest of the way and registered the final goal with 1:50 to go.

Joe Chedzoy scored four goals for Watkins Glen, while Jake DeJong and Dawson Wade scored one apiece.

The Senecas return to action Monday at home against Dryden.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dylan Markley, left, gains possession of the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Connor Novinsky makes a save. Right: The Senecas' Joe Chedzoy awaits the descent of the ball.

Odessa-Montour's Noah Hollenbeck tees off on the Watkins Glen Golf Course's 2nd hole.

Watkins golfers defeat O-M, 284-317

WATKINS GLEN, May 11, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity boys golf team improved to 5-3 Friday with a 284-317 victory over Odessa-Montour in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Watkins was led by Georgio Fazzary's 46, while Daniel Ely shot a 52, Ethan Carey 56, Andrew Hayes 59, and Demetrius Dillon 71.

Odessa-Montour was led by Noah Hollenbeck's 54. Other scores: Brett Walters 61, Eliza Starkweather 64, Austin Hoyt 66, and Wes Wade 72.

Watkins Glen returns to action Tuesday at home against Notre Dame.

O-M will be home Wednesday on the Hillendale Golf Course against Tioga.

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Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Georgio Fazzary tees off on the third hole.

Left: Watkins Glen's Ethan Cary watches his putt drop on No. 2. Right: Odessa-Montour's Brett Walters chips on to the No. 2 green.

Left: O-M's Eliza Starkweather hits an iron on the first hole. Right: Watkins Glen's Andrew Hayes tees off on No. 1.

The Seneca Indians' Sean Kelly sends the ball to right-center for a double. He soon scored.

Seneca Indians win suspended game, 5-4

ODESSA, May 10, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team took one inning to post a victory Thursday, defeating Dryden 5-4 in the conclusion of an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game suspended after 10 innings on April 30 while tied 4-4.

The victory, on the Odessa-Montour High School baseball field, lifted the Seneca Indians' season mark to 8-7. They are scheduled to conclude another suspended game -- at Whitney Point -- on Tuesday.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes -- won Thursday's game on a pair of hits with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning after retiring Dryden in the top half of the inning.

After WG/OM started its half of the inning with a groundout and a strikeout, Sean Kelly ripped a double to right center, and was brought home on a sharp single to right by Austin Voorheis -- setting off a celebration with Kelly and Voorheis in the middle.

Caleb Thomas pitched the lone inning for WG/OM, allowing one base runner on an error and striking out one batter.

The Seneca Indians ended up with 12 hits in the 11-inning game, with three each by Isaac McIlroy and Voorheis, and two by Kelly.

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Photos in text:

Top: WG/OM's Austin Voorheis connects, sending the ball to right field and driving in the winning run.

Bottom: The Seneca Indians' Sean Kelly reaches home plate with the game-winning run.

Watkins Glen first baseman Cierra Barner catches a throw from pitcher Claudia Parker (1), who fielded a grounder by O-M's Emma Lodge (left) just in fair territory and threw to Barber for the out.

O-M softball team tops Watkins, 6-2

ODESSA, May 10, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team improved its record to 8-6 Thursday when it defeated Watkins Glen 6-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M softball field.

O-M pitcher Grace Vondracek held Watkins Glen to one earned run and two hits while striking out 17 batters and walking two. She also had two of the Indians' eight hits, going 2-for-2 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI.

Isabel Foote was 3-for-4 for Odessa, scoring twice and driving in a run, while Lydia Lynch, Sam Sipes and Emma Lodge were each 1-for-3. Lynch drove in two runs and Lodge one.

The hits for Watkins came from Kelsey Kernan and Madyson Simpson (who also had an RBI).

Claudia Parker went the distance on the mound for Watkins Glen, allowing four earned runs while striking out five batters and walking five.

O-M scored twice each in the 1st, 3rd and 4th innings, while Watkins Glen scored once in the 2nd and once in the 5th.

The game was the final one for Watkins Glen, which finished the season 2-11. Odessa hosts Newfield Monday on Senior Night.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek delivers a pitch. She allowed two hits.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Claudia Parker bunts, but the ball went foul.

Left: Watkins Glen's Hayley Cornish slides home safely as O-M pitcher Grace Vondracek awaits throw from catcher Lydia Lynch after a pitch went to the backstop. Right: Watkins leftfielder Nancy Jackson hauls in a fly ball with the bases loaded and two outs as O-M runners were racing toward home.

O-M's Sam Sipes slides safely into second with a stolen base
as Watkins' Madyson Simpson receives the throw.

Watkins centerfielder Kelsey Kernan hauls in a fly ball hit by O-M's McKennah Lott (12).


Seneca Indians JV tops Southern Cayuga

AURORA, May 10, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians junior varsity baseball team defeated Southern Cayuga 7-3 Thursday in a game on the SC baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high school athletes -- scored two runs each in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd innings and one in the 5th. Southern Cayuga scored two runs in the 3rd inning and one in the 5th.

Cameron Holland went 2-for-4 for WG/OM, while Veer Patel was 1-for-3, and Adam Pastore, Daine Butler and Cayden Confer were each 1-for-4.

Patel and Confer pitched, combining for 13 strikeouts and two walks. Patel allowed six hits, while Confer held SC hitless in three innings of relief.

Watkins Glen's Jake DeJong prepares to send a shot on goal in second-half action.

Glen lacrosse team loses to Whitney Pt.

WATKINS GLEN, May 10, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team dropped a 14-8 decision Thursday to Whitney Point in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

Joe Chedzoy scored four goals for Watkins Glen, while Avery Watson scored two goals, and Dawson Wade and Sam Smith one apiece.

The Senecas are scheduled to return to action Friday at home against Marcus Whitman. Game time is 5 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy sends a shot toward the Whitney Point goal. The goalkeeper stopped it, but Chedzoy scored four other times.

Modified softball: Watkins falls to S-VE

WATKINS GLEN, May 10, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team's record slipped to 1-2 Thursday when the Senecas lost 15-8 to Spencer-Van Etten in a game on the WGHS softball field.

Jenna Solomon went the distance on the mound for the Senecas, striking out two batters. She also hit a homer to right field.

Abby Gibson added two singles, and Lois Hosley had one.

"Twice our girls had the bases loaded, and they were stranded," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "Our young ladies kept coming back against some really tough pitching. There were some nice fielding plays by Kara Sheesley and Julya Slater, resulting in two double plays."

Watkins Glen returns to action at home Tuesday against Newfield.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Jenna Solomon connects for a homer.

The ball arrives just ahead of a Notre Dame runner trying to score. Seneca Indians catcher Derrick Lewis tagged him out.

Seneca Indians lose to Notre Dame, 5-2

WATKINS GLEN, May 8, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team fell behind 5-0 in the first four innings Wednesday en route to a 5-2 loss to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Watkins Glen High School baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of WGHS and Odessa-Montour High School athletes -- fell to 7-7 with the loss, heading into a meeting Thursday at O-M with Dryden in the conclusion of an April 30 game suspended after 10 innings with the score tied 4-4.

Notre Dame struck for two 1st-inning runs and added two runs in the 3rd and one in the 4th. The Seneca Indians scored two runs in the 6th.

WG/OM notched six hits, with Josiah Wysocki going 2-for-3 while Isaac McIlroy, Caleb Thomas, Derrick Lewis and Johnny Niedermaier were each 1-for-3. Their two runs were scored by Sean Kelly (who walked twice in the game) and by Thomas. Lewis had the team's lone RBI.

McIlroy went the distance on the mound for the Seneca Indians, allowing three earned runs on nine hits while striking out one batter and walking three. WG/OM committed three errors, while Notre Dame committed two.

Photo in text: WG/OM's Johnny Niedermaier connects for a single.

Seneca Indians rightfielder Ben Mathews charges in to catch a sinking line drive.

WG/OM's Sean Kelly dives back safely to first base on a Notre Dame pickoff attempt.

Several O-M boys, girls post divisional wins

TIOGA CENTER, May 9, 2019 -- Several Odessa-Montour track and field athletes won events at the IAC Divisional Meet Tuesday at Tioga High School.

Kennedey Heichel won three individual events -- the 100 Meter Hurdles (16.50), the 400 Meter Hurdles (1:15.3) and the Pole Vault (8' 6") -- and was on the winning 4x100 Relay team (52.9, with Nadia Simpson, Ida Sidle and Tori Brewster).

Simpson also won the 100 Meter Dash (12.7) and the 200 Meters (27.4), while Lexi Saunders won the Shot Put (29' 6") and the 3000 (13:54.4), and was on the winning 4x800 Relay team (11:33.4, with Morgan Burnham, Katie Adams and Camille Sgrecci). Also winning for O-M was Autumn Garrison in the Discus (68' 8").

On the boys side, O-M got individual first-place finishes from Paden Grover in the Triple Jump (38' 2.5") and High Jump (6' 2"), Zach Elliott in the Shot Put (50' 1") and Discus (150' 11.5"), Noah Brewster in the 400 Meters (56.5), and Andrew Hartford in the Pole Vault (11' 6"). The 4x100 Relay team (Preston Harris, Deshawn Johnson, Jared Detrick and Ryan Griswold) also won (in 47.4).

Watkins' Avery Watson (6) takes aim on the Bath goal. His shot was stopped by the keeper.

Watkins lacrosse team loses to Bath, 15-3

WATKINS GLEN, May 7, 2019 -- the Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team spotted Bath an 8-0 lead Tuesday en route to a 15-3 loss in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

The Senecas got goals from Avery Watson, Dawson Wade and Joe Chedzoy.

Bath took a 2-0 lead in the first period and then scored six goals in the first 7:02 of the second quarter to increase its lead to eight.

The Senecas' Avery Watson ended his team's scoring drought with a goal 2:13 before halftime, but Bath countered with its ninth goal at the 49.8-second mark.

The Rams then outscored Watkins Glen 6-2 in the second half.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy, left, sends a shot toward the Bath goal.

Left: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Connor Novinsky stops a shot. Right: The Senecas' Ethan Day (15) is challenged by a Bath player, but maintains control of the ball.

Odessa-Montour's Isabel Foote is tagged out as she tries to steal third base in 1st inning.

O-M softball team falls in tie-breaker; Vondracek strikes out 23 in losing effort

ODESSA, May 6, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team held Candor scoreless for nine innings Monday, but lost in the 10th inning, 1-0, in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M softball field.

The game went to a tie-break format in the 10th (per the rules), with each team starting the inning with a runner on second (the person who had made the last out the previous inning).

Candor scored its runner on a hit, while O-M was unable to score its runner, isabel Foote, who made it as far as third base. Odessa went down in the inning on a strikeout and two grounders to short.

Grace Vondracek pitched a six-hitter for Odessa (now 7-6), striking out 23 batters and walking one. Candor utilized two pitchers who together struck out 15 and walked five.

Foote and Lydia Lynch each registered two hits for O-M, while Vondracek and Dezirae Minnier had one each. Lynch and Vondracek each hit a double. Madisyn Wells reached base three times on walks, while Minnier drew two walks. Vondracek also reached base when she was hit by a pitch.

Odessa is scheduled to return to action Tuesday at home against Newfield.

Photo in text: O-M's Grace Vondracek delivers a pitch. She struck out 23 batters.

O-M's Emma Lodge hits a rising liner that the Candor third baseman caught.

Seneca Indians top Trumansburg, 8-5

TRUMANSBURG, May 6, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team improved its record to 7-6 when it came from behind Monday for an 8-5 victory over Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the T-burg baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen High School athletes -- started slowly, scoring one run through the first four innings. But they struck for four runs in the 5th inning to tie the game 5-5, and then scored three times in the 7th to pull away for the victory.

WG/OM amassed 14 hits, with Austin Voorheis going 3-for4 and Isaac McIlroy, Sean Kelly, Hunter Holley and Johnny Niedermaier notching two hits each. Registering a hit apiece were Caleb Thomas, Derrick Lewis and Regan Scholtisek. Niedermaier and Holley each drove in two runs, while Kelly and Josiah Wysocki had one RBI apiece.

Thomas started on the mound for the Seneca Indians, going 6 2/3 innings. He allowed seven hits while striking out seven batters and walking three. McIlroy relieved, and got the final out.

The Seneca Indians return to action Wednesday, hosting Elmira Notre Dame on the WGHS baseball field.

Watkins' Kathleen Clifford returns a volley. She and doubles partner Enkang Lin won.

Glen tennis team tops O-M, reaches 9-1

WATKINS GLEN, May 6, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team closed its regular season with a 7-0 victory Monday over Odessa-Montour in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the WGHS tennis courts.

The Senecas, 9-1, honored their eight seniors in a pre-match ceremony. They are Jillian Cantieni, Kathleen Clifford, Hannah Morse, Phoenix Ault, Clint Craven, Jonathan Hatch, Walker Richtmyer and Nate Wickham. O-M closed its regular season at 1-9.

The day's results:

1st Singles: WG's Nate Wickham defeated O-M's Dylan Von Neida 6-3, 6-2.
2nd Singles: WG's Dylan Morse defeated O-M's Rhys Stermer 6-1, 6-1.
3rd Singles: WG's Clint Craven defeated O-M's Sara Gardner, 6-0, 6-0.
4th Singles: WG's Peter Sandritter defeated O-M's Isabella Arlington 6-0, 6-0.
1st Doubles: WG's Hannah Morse/Jill Cantieni defeated O-M's Jacy Knapp/Kaylea Simmons 6-1, 6-1.
2nd Doubles: WG's Ali LaMoreaux/Bryson Simmons defeated O-M's Marissa Marsh/Cheianne Webster 6-1, 6-0.
3rd Doubles: WG's Kathleen Clifford/Enkang Lin defeated O-M's Manuela Buffo/Shania Austin 6-0, 6-0.

"The team did a great job finishing the season 9-1," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Now we head to sectionals this week and then the IAC tournament on May 22. We have the potential to contend at every position in the IAC tournament, so hopefully we can continue to work hard and prepare for a challenging final."

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham returns a shot to O-M's Dylan Von Neida in the No. 1 singles match.

Bottom: The Senecas' Bryson Simmons. He and doubles partner Ali LaMoreaux won in straight sets.

Watkins Glen's seniors were honored in a Senior Night ceremony preceding the match. From left: Kathleen Clifford, Nate Wickham, Jonathan Hatch, Hannah Morse, Coach Scott Morse, Jill Cantieni, Walker Richtmyer, Clint Craven and Phoenix Ault.

Left: Odessa-Montour doubles player Cheianne Webster volleys. Right: O-M doubles player Manuela Buffo.

5 wins for Glen at IAC divisional meet

WAVERLY, May 6, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity track teams competed Monday in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference divisional meet on the Waverly High School athletic field.

Newark Valley won the boys team title with 81 points, followed by Waverly (34), Watkins Glen (26) and Notre Dame (0). Notre Dame won the girls title with 52 points, edging Waverly (50). Newark Valley had 34 points and Watkins Glen 5.

Four of the Watkins boys posted event victories: Nick Wilston twice, and Max Evans, Gabe Planty and Casen Weeden.

Watkins girls who placed in the top 6 of their events included:

--Haley Dean, 3rd in the Long Jump (14' 7"), 5th at 100 Meters (14.1), and 5th in the 200 Meters (29.52).
--Breanna Carl, 3rd in the 3000 Meters and 6th in the 1500 Meters.
--Kaylana Rekczis, 4th in the 3000 Meters.
--Maddie Suddaby, 4th in the Triple Jump (a PR of 28' 3.5").
--Jena Slater, 2nd in the Pole Vault.

Watkins boys who placed in the top 6 of their events included:

--Nathan Murphy, 5th in the 110 Meter Hurdles.
--Nick Wilston, 1st in the Triple Jump, 6th in the 100 Meters, and 1st in the Long Jump.
--Ray Rider, 4th in the 400 Meter Hurdles.
--Jordan Avery, 4th in the 200 Meters.
--Sam Thorsland, 5th in the 1600 Meters (a PR of 5:08.8).
--Tim Clifford, 5th in the Triple Jump.
--Max Exans, 1st in the High Jump, and 3rd in the 400 Meters.
--Gabe Planty, 1st in the 800 Meters.
--Casen Weeden, 1st in the Discus, and 5th in the Shot Put.
--Cale Sutterby, 6th in the Pole Vault.

Watkins lacrosse team falls to Dryden

DRYDEN, May 6, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team dropped a 12-5 decision Monday to Dryden in a game on the Tompkins-Cortland Community College athletic field.

Joe Chedzoy scored two goals for the Senecas, while Sam Smith, Avery Watson and Jake DeJong each had one. Connor Novinsky registered 12 saves in goal for the Senecas.

"The team played a good game," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson, whose squad returns to action Tuesday at home against Bath. Game time is 5 p.m.

The Seneca Indians' Cameron Holland connects for a single to left field.

Seneca Indians JV falls to S-VE, 5-2

ODESSA, May 6 2019 -- The Seneca Indians junior varsity baseball team dropped a 5-2 decision Monday to Spencer-Van Etten in a game on the Odessa-Montour High School baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes -- managed just four hits. Owen Scholtisek, Cameron Holland, Adam Pastore and Daine Butler were each 1-for-3.

WG/OM scored both of its runs in the 2nd inning. S-VE scored three runs in the 2nd and two in the 7th.

Cayden Confer and Adam Pastore pitched for the Seneca Indians, together allowing six hits while striking out nine batters and walking four.

WG/OM returns to action Thursday at Southern Cayuga.

Photo in text: The Seneca Indians' Cayden Confer delivers a pitch.

An S-VE runner stealing third base tried for home when the pitch went to the backstop. But he reversed course when pitcher Cayden Confer got the throw from the catcher quickly. Confer (18) chased the runner back toward third and flipped to third baseman Adam Pastore (9), who tagged the runner out.

Glen golfers top short-handed Moravia

LOCKE, May 5, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity golf team improved its season mark to 4-3 Monday with a victory over Moravia, which could muster only four of the required five golfers needed for a team score.

The Senecas posted a score of 267, led by Georgio Fazzary's 45 on the Fillmore Golf Club's par-35 front nine. Daniel Ely added a 52, Ethan Cary 54, Andrew Hayes 54, and Demitrius Dillon 62. Steve Vibenzio led Moravia with a 39.

Watkins Glen is scheduled to return to action Tuesday at home against Notre Dame.

Watkins softball team falls to T-burg

TRUMANSBURG, May 6, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team saw its record slip to 1-10 Monday when the Senecas dropped a 16-13 decision to Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Trumansburg softball field.

Watkins led 4-3 after two innings, but the Raiders scored five times in both the 3rd and 4th innings and twice more in the 5th to build a 15-4 lead. The Senecas scored three runs in the 6th and six runs in the 7th while Tburg added a run in the 6th.

Claudia Parker went the distance on the mound for Watkins Glen, allowing 11 hits while striking out two batters and walking four. The Seneca defense was porous, with seven errors a big factor. "Those killed us," said Coach Jim Scott of his team's miscues. "It was one of our worst defensive games of the season."

Cierra Barber led the Watkins offense with a 4-for-4 game. Madeline Parker went 3-for-4, while Katie Losey, Nancy Jackson and Jeannette Rodriguez each had one hit.

The Senecas return to action Friday at Odessa-Montour.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Cierra Barber connects for one of her four hits. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

Odessa golfers fall to Edison, 286-291

ITHACA, May 6, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity golf team's record slipped to 2-8 Monday when the Indians dropped a 286-291 decision to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Hillendale Golf Course's par-35 back-nine.

Noah Hollenbeck led the Indians with a 47, while Brett Walters shot 57, Eliza Starkweather 59, Alex Willette 63 and Austin Hoyt 65. Jack Shaw led Edison with a 41.

Athlete of the Week: Kennedey Heichel

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 5 ,2019 -- This week we honor a track standout as The Odessa File Athlete of the Week.

She is Kennedey Heichel (right), who set a new Odessa-Montour school record of 10' 2" in the Pole Vault and won the 100 Meter Hurdles at the Legends of the Night meet at O-M. She also posted three wins at a meet earlier in the week at which her team clinched an IAC division title.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen track's Gabe Planty and Casen Weeden; O-M track's Paden Grover, Zach Elliott, Tori Brewster, Nadia Simpson, Hannah Bruno and Preston Harris; O-M softball's Grace Vondracek; Watkins golfer Georgio Fazzary; Watkins lacrosse player Joe Chedzoy; and Seneca Indians baseball's Ben Mathews.

Honorable Mention: Another 43 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.

Seneca Cyclones capture tournament title

WATKINS GLEN, May 5, 2019 -- The Seneca Cyclones U16 AAU Team won the championship game of the 2019 Chemung River Challenge AAU Tournament this weekend agaist the Chenango Valley Warriors, 55-35.

The Cyclones went 4-0 on the weekend, beating the Hamburg PIrates and Northern Tier Elite once each, and the CV Warriors twice.

They posed in the photo at right in the shirts they won for capturing the tournament title.

Seneca Indians rally to top Lansing in 12

LANSING, May 4, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians -- up 5-0 early and then down 7-5 in the 5th inning -- rallied to defeat Lansing 11-10 in 12 innings Saturday afternoon in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Lansing baseball field.

The Seneca Indians (6-6) -- a combined team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour High School athletes -- took a 5-0 lead in the top of the 1st on three singles, two walks, three stolen bases and a fielder's choice. Sean Kelly had one RBI in the inning, and Josiah Wysocki had two.

Lansing came back with a run in the bottom of the 1st, two runs in the 3rd and four runs in the 4th before WG/OM tied it with two runs in the 5th. It remained 7-7 until the 8th inning, when a run by the Seneca Indians was matched by a Lansing run.

Three scoreless innings later, WG/OM scored three runs in the 12th, with Lansing once again challenging, scoring twice before the final out was registered.

The Seneca Indians finished with 10 hits, with Wysocki and Kelly each going 2-for-6, and Isaac McIlroy, Caleb Thomas, Derrick Lewis, Austin Voorheis, Hunter Holley and Regan Scholtisek registering one hit each. Kelly had 3 RBIs, Wysocki two, and Thomas, Voorheis and Scholtisek one apiece.

Voorheis started on the mound for WG/OM and was relieved in the 4th by Thomas. Lewis pitched the final five innings. Combined, they allowed 15 hits, struck out 12 batters and walked five.

The Seneca Indians return to action Monday at Trumansburg.

Vaulting to a record ...

Odessa-Montour's Kennedey Heichel on her school-record-setting vault of 10 feet, 2 inches, ending with a hug for pole vault coach Ian MacDonald.

Legends of the Night, wet early, produces keen competition and an O-M vault mark

ODESSA, May 4, 2019 -- The Legends of the Night high school invitational track meet Friday at Odessa-Montour drew athletes from 17 schools, many intermingling in peace before battling for event titles, and at least one setting a new pole vault record for girls at O-M.

The meet, beset early by a steadily heavy rain, went on without stoppage, the weather clearing before long, fog in the nearby hills failing to settle on O-M's Charles Martin Field. Some rain returned late, but the night was atmospheric, and full of camaraderie along with intense competition.

The pole vault record fell to O-M senior Kennedey Heichel, who cleared 10 feet, 2 inches to break her own record of 10 feet, set last year at the IAC meet at Trumansburg. She had been struggling with the pole vault this year, but had found her stride in the past couple of weeks. To help her along, assistant coach Ian MacDonald, who coaches the pole vaulters, used a bit of psychology, leading Heichel to believe he was setting the bar at 10 feet instead of 10' 2". Only after she had cleared it and landed did he tell her, setting off a celebration that included high fives and hugs.

The leap met the automatic standard for second entry into the State Track and Field Championships -- ensuring that she will attend that event if nobody in Section IV who has not yet done so equals that standard between now and the State meet. Only one other vaulter in Section IV has topped 10 feet this season: Lansing's Gwen Gisler, who cleared 11' 8".

Heichel also won the 100 Meter Hurdles (16.76), giving her two trips to the top step of the awards podium. She was also on the second-place 4x100 Relay squad (with Nadia Simpson, Hannah Bruno and Tori Brewster) that came within four-hundredths of a second of equalling the school speed record. They ran a 51.70; the record stands at 51.66.

Another double winner for O-M was Zach Elliott, who was first in the Discus with a throw 135' 2". Teammate Eric Rumsey earned second-place in that event with a throw of 116' 2". Elliott then won the Shot Put, throwing 53' 5.5".

Also winning for O-M was Paden Grover in the High Jump, where he cleared the bar at 5' 10", with Watkins Glen's Max Evans second at 5' 8". Evans was also 6th in the 800 Meter Run (2:13).

Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty won the 3200 Meter race, completing the run in 9:52.20. O-M's William Yeater was 9th in 11:35.26.

Among the Boys:

Trumansburg won the team title with 119 points, edging Waverly (114). Odessa-Montour was third with 75, and Watkins Glen 9th of the 17 teams with 19.

Odessa placed 2-3 n the 110 Meter Hurdles, where Preston Harris was second (16.30) and Paden Grover third (17.66). Grover, in addition to winning the High Jump, was 9th in the Triple Jump (36' 3.75").

O-M's Noah Brewster was third in the 400 Meters (55.62), while Watkins Glen's Nick Wilston was 7th in the Long Jump (17' 8.5") and 8th in the Triple Jump (36' 6.75").

O-M's Andrew Hartford finished third in the Pole Vault, clearing 12 feet. Odessa-Montour's Dylan Houseknecht was 4th in the Shot Put at 38' 7".

Among the Girls:

Waverly won the team title with 124 points, well ahead of runnerup Trumansburg's 76. O-M was 4th with 60.5 points, and Watkins Glen 15th of the 17 teams with 2.

O-M's Tori Brewster, who was on that 4x100 Relay team that finished second, was second as well in the Long Jump at 15' 5.25" and 6th in the 400 (in 1:05.41). Odessa's Nadia Simpson, second in the 100 (in 13.07), was fourth in the 200 (in 27.65).

O-M's Hannah Nolan was 6th in the 100 Meter Hurdles (18.25) and 7th in the Triple Jump with a personal record of 30' 8". Odessa's Hannah Bruno was 4th in the Triple Jump with a leap of 31' 9.5".

Watkins Glen's Breanna Carl was 8th in the 1500 Meter Run (5:40.21), while the Senecas' Haley Dean was 11th in the 200 Meter Dash in 29.25. O-M's Autumn Garrison was 10th in the Discus at 67' 2".

The Odessa-Montour 4x800 Relay team of Morgan Burnham, Lexi Saunders, Katie Adams and Camille Sgrecci placed 4th with their best time of the season (11:30). Burnham was also 8th in the 800 Meter Run with a personal record of 2:43.68, while Adams was 12th with a PR of 2:58.29. Saunders was also 5th in the Shot Put with a PR of 28' 6".

Watkins Glen's Jena Slater was 5th in the Pole Vault at 7' 6" while O-M's Camille Sgrecci was 6th at 6' 6".

Personal records (PRs) were also set by O-M's Ida Sidle in the 100 (14.32) and Leah Overhiser in the Shot Put (topping 23 feet).

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Preston Harris on the way to second place in the 110 Meter Hurdles.
Second: Odessa's Andrew Hartford clears the Pole Vault at 9 feet with room to spare.
Third: O-M's Zach Elliott prepares to launch the Shot.
Bottom: O-M's Katie Adams on the way to a personal record in the 800.

Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty stands atop the podium after winning the 3200 Meter Run. (Photo provided)

Left: Watkins Glen's Max Evans clears the High Jump bar. Right: Watkins' Elliott Holland competes in the 400 Meter Hurdles.

Left: O-M's Nadia Simpson on the way to second place in the 100. Right: Odessa's Hannah Nolan competes in the Triple Jump, where she cleared 30 feet for a personal best.

From left: Watkins Glen's Breanna Carl and Tim Clifford, and O-M's Tori Brewster with her second-place ribbon from the Long Jump.

From left: O-M's Noah Brewster, Camille Sgrecci and Morgan Burnham.

Left: Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby. Right: O-M's Autumn Garrison, left, and Maria Scata.

Left: Zach Elliott, right, on the podium with teammate Eric Rumsey after Elliott won the Discus and Runsey placed second. Right: Helping at the meet (and here getting a little sustenance) was O-M student Lillian Halpin.

O-M's Paden Grover clears the High Jump bar. He won the event with a leap of 5' 10".

Left: O-M's Brock Sgrecci competes in the High Jump. Right: O-M's William Yeater.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Lexi Saunders, Dylan Houseknecht and Hannah Bruno.

Notre Dame's Moffe no-hits Senecas

WATKINS GLEN, May 4, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team was handcuffed without a hit Friday by Elmira Notre Dame pitcher Tiyah Moffe as the Crusaders posted a 19-0, five-inning Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory on the WGHS softball field.

The Crusaders scored three runs in each of the first two innings, one run in the 3rd, nine runs in the 4th and three in the 5th. The game was terminated after five innings under the so-called"mercy rule" that ends games at that point when a team leads by 15 or more runs.

Moffe struck out seven batters and didn't walk anyone. The only two Watkins runners came on a hit batsman and an error.

Notre Dame amassed 15 hits and drew 11 walks. Watkins Glen committed five errors.

The next game for the Senecas is Monday at Trumansburg.

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Photo above right: Watkins Glen first baseman Cierra Barber closes in on a foul pop fly. She caught it for the out.

Left: Watkins Glen's Hayley Cornish delivers a pitch. Right: Watkins second baseman Madyson Simpson hauls in an infield pop up.

Players from both teams -- Watkins Glen and U-E -- descend on a loose ball.

Watkins lacrosse team drops 6-5 decision

WATKINS GLEN, May 3, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team led early but lost 6-5 Thursday to Union-Endicott in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

Joe Chedzoy had two goals, putting the Senecas up 1-0 and 2-1 in the first period. Other goals came from Brandon Beaumont, Nate VanAmburg and Avery Watson.

Connor Novinsky registered 12 saves in goal for Watkins Glen.

The Senecas return to action Monday against Dryden at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy (5) maneuvers for a shot on goal.

Watkins Glen's Dylan Markley moves past two Union-Endicott defenders.

Watkins Glen goalkeeper Connor Novinsky, left, registers one of his 12 saves.

The Senecas' Brandon Beaumont (19) sends a shot on its way. He later scored a goal.

The Seneca Indians' Adam Pastore connects for a triple to deep center in the 5th inning.

Seneca Indians JV loses; falls to 4-5

ODESSA, May 3, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians junior varsity baseball team's record slipped to 4-5 Thursday with a 18-10 loss to Edison in a game on the Odessa-Montour High School baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes -- scored twice each in the 1st and 5th innings, once each in the 2nd, 3rd and 7th innings, and three times in the 6th. Edison broke the game open with a 7-run 5th inning.

WG/OM notched 12 hits, with Cameron Holland going 4-for-5, Owen Scholtisek 3-for-5, Cayden Confer 2-for-4, and Adam Pastore, Daine Butler and Jared Rumsey each 1-for-4.

Pastore, Veer Patel and Daniel Lewis pitched for the Seneca Indians, allowing a combined 14 hits while striking out six batters and walking seven.

Photo in text: The Seneca Indians' Cameron Holland slides into second with a stolen base.

The Seneca Indians' Veer Patel (left) and Daniel Lewis deliver pitches.

WG/OM's Cayden Confer scores from third base after the ball got past the catcher.

Watkins golfers top Waverly; now 3-3

WATKINS GLEN, May 3, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity golf team improved to 3-3 Thursday with a 247-293 victory over Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Georgio Fazzary led the Senecas with a 42, while Daniel Ely posted a 49, Andrew Hayes 51, John Wickham 52, and Ethan Cary 53. Jack Knight led Waverly with a 48.

Watkins Glen returns to action Tuesday at home against Elmira Notre Dame.

Glen modified softball team falls, 11-4

WATKINS GLEN, May 3, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team saw its record slip to 1-1 Thursday when the Senecas dropped an 11-4 decision to Waverly in a game on the WGHS softball field.

The Senecas, down 8-1 before holding Waverly hitless from the 4th through 6th innings, had just one hit: a double by Abby Gibson.

Jenna Solomon went the distance on the mound for Watkins Glen, striking out eight batters. Lois Hosley was the catcher.

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

Photo in text: The ball drops to the ground after Watkins' Julya Slater was hit by a pitch.

Left: Watkins first baseman Emily Rhoads races to the bag, the ball clutched behind her back, after fielding a grounder. Right: Watkins pitcher Jenna Solomon throws to first base after fielding a grounder near the mound.

O-M golfers lose to SVEC, 266-293

CATATONK, May 3, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity golf team's record slipped to 2-7 Thursday when the Indians dropped a 266-293 decision to Spencer-Van Etten/Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 Catatonk Golf Course front nine.

Noah Hollenbeck led Odessa with a 49, while Tyler Saunders posted a 52, Brett Walters 61, Eliza Starkweather 64, and Alex Willette 67. Jacob Banks led SVEC with a 40.

WG/OM's Johnny Niedermaier connects for an RBI single to right in the 6th inning.

Seneca Indians fall to Edison in 7th, 4-3

WATKINS GLEN, May 2, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team led Edison by a run entering the 7th inning Wednesday, but the Spartans rallied on a hit batsman, a walk and a two-run double to post a 4-3 win in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Watkins Glen High School baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of WGHS and Odessa-Montour High School athletes -- led twice in the game, building a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning and then going ahead 3-2 in the 6th.

But with three outs separating them from victory, the wheels came off just enough to let Edison into the win column. The Spartans' rally started with the first batter in the 7th, who WG/OM pitcher Isaac McIlroy hit. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runner to second base, a walk put a second man on.

Then the Spartans' Tom Kane unloaded, sending a drive to the base of the fence in right center, allowing both runners to scamper home for a 4-3 lead. McIlroy got the next two batters on groundouts, leaving the Seneca Indians with one at-bat to draw even or win.

But they went down in order, the only threat a liner by McIlroy that was caught by the Edison second baseman. A strikeout and foul-out later, and the WG/OM record had slipped to 5-6.

McIlroy went the distance, finishing with a six-hitter, striking out three batters, walking two and hitting one. Jared Slaven went six innings on the mound for Edison, allowing seven hits, before Xander Burch closed out the game with one inning of shutout relief.

The Seneca Indians' offense was led by Johnny Niedermaier, who went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs. McIlroy, Derrick Lewis, Sean Kelly, Ben Mathews and Travis Hill notched one hit apiece.

The Seneca Indians are scheduled to play next at Lansing on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Senior Night: WG/OM's four seniors were honored in a pre-game Senior Night ceremony. They are Sean Kelly, Johnny Niedermaier, Regan Scholtisek and Austin Voorheis.

Photos in text:

Top: Seneca Indians pitcher Isaac McIlroy throws to first on an Edision sacrifice bunt.
Middle: WG/OM centerfielder Sean Kelly catches a drive to right center.
Bottom: The team's seniors, honored in a pregame ceremony, were (from left) Sean Kelly, Johnny Niedermaier, Regan Scholtisek and Austin Voorheis.

Left: Seneca Indians' first baseman Johnny Niedermaier awaits a pop fly as the player who hit it ducks as he reaches first base. Right: The winning run approaches the plate in the top of the 7th inning as WG/OM catcher Derrick Lewis awaits a throw in vain.

Students were among the fans on hand to cheer on the Seneca Indians.

Left: WG/OM's Caleb Thomas bunts the ball foul. Right: Seneca Indians rightfielder Ben Mathews comes up with the ball after grabbing it just above the outfield grass for an out.

The Seneca Indians' Hunter Holley is barely out at first in a 6th inning play.

Glen lacrosse team falls to Whitney Point

WHITNEY POINT, May 2, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team dropped a 9-6 decision Wednesday to Whitney Point in a game on the Whitney Point athletic field.

Joe Chedzoy led the Watkins offense with three goals, while Jake DeJong, Seamus Mooney and Avery Watson scored one each. Goalkeeper Connor Novinsky registered 16 saves for the Senecas.

Watkins will return to action Thursday at home against Union-Endicott.

Odessa-Montour golf team tops Waverly

ITHACA, May 2, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity golf team improved to 2-6 Wednesday when it defeated Waverly 279-300 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Hillendale Golf Course's par-35 back-nine.

Noah Hollenbeck led the Indians with a 45, while Tyler Saunders posted a 46, Eliza Starkweather 59, Brett Walters 63, and Austin Hoyt 66. Waverly (1-5) was led by Jack Knight's 49.

The O-M total was its season low. "We're making progress," said Coach Greg Gavich.

Seneca Indians JV tops Newark Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, May 2, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians junior varsity baseball team improved to 4-4 Wednesday by defeating Newark Valley 10-7 in a game on the NV baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen High School athletes -- registered 10 hits. They scored single runs in the 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th and 7th innings, and five runs in the 3rd inning.

Adam Pastore went 3-for-4, while Cayden Confer was 2-for-4, Cameron Holland 2-for-5, Dominick Fazzary 1-for-3, Jared Rumsey 1-for-4, and Owen Scholtisek 1-for-5.

Holland, Scholtisek and Confer pitched for WG/OM, combining for 14 strikeouts and six walks while allowing just four hits.

The Seneca Indians return to action Thursday at Odessa-Montour against Edison. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

O-M boys, girls win division track titles

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, May 1, 2019 -- The Odessas-Montour High School boys and girls varsity track and field teams clinched South Small School division titles Tuesday, improving to 5-0 each with wins over Edison and Candor in an Interscholastic Conference meet on the Edison athletic field.

The Odessa boys defeated Edison 101.5 to 39.5, and topped Candor 75.5 to 65.5. "It was an incredibly close meet, and I couldn't be prouder of this team," said O-M Coach Skip Strobel.

The O-M girls, meanwhile, posted two wins -- defeating Edison 109-28 and Candor 97-38

Boys: First-place finishes for O-M came from Preston Harris in the 100 Meter Hurdles (16.1) and 100 Meters (12.0); Noah Brewster in the 400 Meters (55.3) and 3200 (11:32.9); Andrew Hartford in the Pole Vault (9' 0"); Paden Grover in the High Jump (5' 9" and Triple Jump (39' 9.75"); and Zach Elliott in the Discus (145') and Shot Put (49' 11").

Girls: First-place finishes for O-M came from the 4x800 Relay team (Alexis Saunders, Morgan Burnham, Camille Sgrecci, Katie Adams) in 11:43.5; Kennedey Heichel in the 100 Meter Hurdles (16.9) and 400 Meter Hurdles (1:16.9); Nadia Simpson in the 100 Meters (12.9) and 200 Meters (27.0); the 4x100 Relay team (Heichel, Simpson, Ida Sidle, Tori Brewster) in 52.3; the 4x400 Relay team (Maddie Morrissey, Brewster, Burnham, Sgrecci) in 4:48.6; Sgrecci in the Pole Vault (6' 6"); Brewster in the Long Jump (15' 9.5"); Saunders in the Shot Put (25' 10"); Autumn Garrison in the Discus (60' 3"); and Hannah Bruno in the Triple Jump (31' 6.25").

Photo in text: O-M's Tori Brewster won the Long Jump. (File photo)

The ball scoots away from Seneca Indians catcher Derrick Lewis as Dryden scores in the 5th inning, tying the game 4-4.

Seneca Indians, Dryden deadlock in 10

ODESSA, May 1, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team -- with help from two running, over-the-shoulder catches by rightfielder Ben Mathews -- tied Dryden 4-4 through 10 innings Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Odessa-Montour High School baseball field.

The game, suspended by umpires as the light started waning, will have to be concluded at a later date. For now, the talk was of those Mathews catches and the escape by the Seneca Indians -- a combined team of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes -- from a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the top of the 10th.

That saw WG/OM pitcher Caleb Thomas strike out one batter before catcher Derrick Lewis caught a foul pop fly. Then came a drive to right that Mathews, playing in, caught up with on the run.

Mathews' other gem came in the 8th inning with two outs and a runner on base. He caught it on the dead run.

The Seneca Indians scored twice in the 1st inning, fell behind 3-2 in the 3rd, went up 4-3 in the bottom of the 3rd, and were tied in the 5th. After that it was all goose eggs.

Derrick Lewis started on the mound for WG/OM, going 4 2/3 innings. He was charged with all four runs (only one was earned) on three hits while striking out six batters and walking five. Thomas pitched the final 5 1/3 innings, allowing no runs on five hits while striking out seven batters and walking one.

The Seneca Indians registered 10 hits, with Isaac McIlroy going 3-for-5 with an RBI, and Austin Voorheis going 2-for-5 with a run scored. Notching a hit apiece were Sean Kelly, Thomas, Lewis, Johnny Niedermaier and Steven Gublo.

Photo in text: WG/OM's Ben Mathews prepares to haul in a drive to right field.

WG/OM's Johnny Niedermaier, right, slides safely into first after putting down a bunt in the 10th inning. He moved to second base on the throwing error, but was stranded there.

Left: The Seneca Indians' Caleb Thomas delivers a pitch. Right: WG/OM's Josiah Wysocki leaps in vain for a throw as a Dryden player steals second base.

Seneca Indians shortstop Isaac McIlroy fields a grounder as the Dryden batter runs to first.

The Dryden batter reacts after WG/OM's Ben Mathews caught his drive to right field in the 10th inning with the bases loaded and two outs.

O-M softball team falls to Marathon

MARATHON, May 1, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team's record slipped to 7-5 Tuesday when the Indians dropped a 15-2 decision to Marathon in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

Marathon jumped in front with seven runs in the 1st inning, and added three in the 2nd, four in the 3rd and one in the 5th, amassing 14 hits along the way.

Odessa scored single runs in the 1st and 3rd innings. The Indians had six hits, with Isabel Foote and Lydia Lynch each going 2-for-4, and Grace Vondracek and Sam Sipes registering a hit apiece.

Lynch started on the mound for Odessa, allowing 14 runs (10 earned) on 10 hits while striking out one and walking six in three innings. Vondracek pitched the final three innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out four without a walk.

The Indians are scheduled to return to action Friday at Southern Cayuga.

Odessa-Montour's Sara Gardner and Rhys Stermer volley on the way to victories.

Odessa-Montour tennis team loses to NV

ODESSA, May 1, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity tennis team dropped a 4-3 decision to Newark Valley Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the O-M tennis courts.

The Indians won their top three singles matches, but lost the fourth along with all three doubles matches.

1st Singles: Dylan Von Neida won 6-3, 6-1
2nd Singles: Rhys Stermer won 6-2, 6-4
3rd Singles: Sara Gardner won 6-1, 6-0
4th Singles: Cheianne Webster lost 6-1, 6-2
1st Doubles: Dana Zimmers & Malia Mertens lost 6-0, 6-0
2nd Doubles: Jacy Knapp & Manuela Buffo lost 6-1, 6-1
3rd Doubles: Isabella Arlington & Kaylea Simmons lost 6-0, 6-0

Senior Night: O-M's two seniors were honored in a Senior Night ceremony. They are Jacy Knapp and Manuela Buffo.

Photo in text: O-M's Dylan Von Neida returns a Newark Valley volley.

Odessa-Montour golf team falls to Tioga

WAVERLY, May 1, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity golf team's record slipped to 1-6 Tuesday when the Indians fell 224-305 to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Shepard Hills Golf Course's par-37 lower nine.

Noah Hollenbeck led the Indians with a 52, while Tyler Saunders shot a 56. A.J. Middendorf led Tioga with a 39 as the Tigers improved to 6-1.

Odessa is scheduled to return to action Wednesday at home against Waverly.

O-M's Mackenzie Cannon connects with a pitch. She registered two hits in the game.

Modified softball: Watkins tops Odessa

ODESSA, May 1, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School modified softball team opened its season with a 14-10 victory Tuesday over Odessa-Montour in a game on the O-M softball field.

The Senecas, trailing 6-3 early in the game, rallied behind the pitching of Jenna Solomon, who struck out five batters.

Hits for Watkins came from Abby Gibson (a single and a 2-run homer), Kara Sheesley (two singles), and Ava Barber, Brenna Pierce and Aili Narde (a single apiece). Odessa-Montour registered 10 hits.

"Both teams played with a lot of heart," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "None of them had their heads down or gave up."

The Senecas return to action Thursday at home against Waverly.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Jenna Solomon delivers a pitch.

Left: Watkins Glen's Ava Barber prepares to connect with a pitch that she sent to center field for a 2 RBI single. Right: O-M pitcher Kyleigh Bates.

Watkins golf team wins, improves to 2-3

WATKINS GLEN, May 1, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity golf team improved its record to 2-3 Tuesday when the Senecas defeated Edison 283-288 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Georgio Fazzary led Watkins Glen with a 44, while Ethan Cary registered a 54, John Wickham 55, Andrew Hayes 60, and Demitrius Dillon 70.

Jack Shaw led Edison with a 48.

Watkins softball team no-hit by S-VE

WATKINS GLEN, May 1, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team failed to get a hit Tuesday in a 15-0, five-inning Interscholastic Athletic Conference loss to Spencer-Van Etten on the WGHS softball field.

Two pitchers combined for the no-no, allowing just three Watkins Glen baserunners -- on an error, a walk and a hit batter. The Panthers garnered14 hits.

Spencer scored three times in the 1st inning, five times in the 3rd, six times in the 4th and once in the 5th. The game was terminated after the 5th inning under the "mercy rule" that ends a game when one team is ahead by 15 or more runs after five innings.

Claudia Parker went the distance on the mound for Watkins Glen, striking out five batters and walking seven.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's seniors were honored in a pre-game ceremony. They are, from left, Claudia Parker, Jeannette Rodriguez, Cierra Barber, Kathryn Losey and Nancy Jackson. Not pictured: Adrianna Caddell.

Track: Watkins boys top ND; girls lose

SOUTHPORT, May 1, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity track team defeated Elmira Notre Dame 91-26 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the ND athletic field.

Casen Weeden was the Track MVP for the evening with four first-place finishes against Notre Dame. Jordan Avery came within one second of the school record while winning the 200.

The Watkins Glen girls team, meanwhile, fell to Notre Dame, 103-15.

First-place finishers for the boys included: Jordan Avery in the 100 and 200; Tim Clifford in the 400 Hurdles; Max Evans in the 800 and High Jump; Nathan Murphy in the 110 Hurdles; Gabe Planty in the 3200; Casen Weeden in the 400, Shot Put and Discus; Nick Wilston in the Long Jump and Triple Jump; the 4x100 Relay team of Nick Wilston, Ray Rider, Nathan Murphy and Colin Gaylord; and the 4x400 Relay team of Casen Weeden, Nathan Murphy, Max Evans and Jordan Avery.

The lone first-place finish for the Watkins girls came from Haley Dean, who won the 200 Meter race. Second-places were registered by Breanna Carl in the 3000, and by Breanna Hayes in the 400.

Wellsville also competed in the meet as a non-scoring team against Watkins Glen. "We did score it for fun and WG would have lost on the boys side 76.5-52.5 and the girls would have lost 103.5-26.5," said Coach Rod Weeden.

O-M's Jolynn Minnier rips a liner, but it was caught by Groton pitcher J.J. Harriott (15).

O-M softball team falls to Groton, 1-0

ODESSA, April 30, 2019 -- It all came down to a handful of plays, as any good, close game does.

The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team saw its record slip to 7-4 Monday when it dropped a 1-0 pitcher's duel to Groton in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M softball field.

Groton managed only one hit off of O-M pitcher Grace Vondracek, who struck out 19 batters and walked one. But the one hit counted -- coming in the 6th inning after that lone walk and a stolen base. With a runner on second, Groton's J.J. Harriott delivered a liner down the left field line to drive in the run.

O-M loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning, but a popup double play and a line-drive out to the Groton pitcher, Harriott, ended the threat. And when Odessa put two runners on base in the 7th, a forceout at second ended the game.

The only O-M hits were a double by Isabel Foote in the 6th and and a single by Dezirae Minnier in the 7th.

Odessa returns to action Tuesday at Marathon.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Grace Vondracek allowed just one hit and struck out 19 batters.

Bottom: Odessa's Madisyn Wells connects with a Groton pitch.

A Groton runner steals second base in the 6th inning. She later scored the lone run.

Odessa's Grace Vondracek is hit by a pitch in the 6th inning. She was stranded on base.

Watkins Glen's Clint Craven runs down the ball on the way to victory at No. 3 singles.

Watkins tennis team tops Waverly, 7-0

WATKINS GLEN, April 30, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team improved its record to 8-1 Monday by defeating Waverly 7-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the WGHS tennis courts.

1st Singles: Nate Wickham won 6-2, 6-2
2nd Singles: Dylan Morse won 6-1, 6-0
3rd Singles: Clint Craven won 6-0, 6-0
4th Singles: Peter Sandritter won 6-0, 6-0
1st Doubles: Hannah Morse/Jill Cantieni won 6-1, 6-0
2nd Doubles: Ali LaMoreaux/Bryson Simmons won 6-0, 6-0
3rd Doubles: Kathleen Clifford/Enkang Lin won 6-2, 6-1

"I thought the team bounced back well after losing at Notre Dame last week," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Everyone played very well and I am pleased with where we are with one match to go in the regular season (Odessa-Montour, May 6)."

Photo at right: Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham volleys in the No. 1 singles match.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jill Cantieni competes in the No. 1 doubles match. Right: The Senecas' Dylan Morse volleys in the No. 2 singles match.

Odessa-Montour's Cheianne Webster volleys in the No. 2 doubles match.

O-M tennis team falls to S. Cayuga, 5-2

ODESSA, April 30, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity tennis team sustained a 5-2 defeat Monday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match against Southern Cayuga on the O-M tennis courts.

1st Singles: Dylan Von Neida won 6-0, 6-2
2nd Singles: Rhys Stermer lost 6-4, 6-2
3rd Singles: Sara Gardner won 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2
4th Singles: Shania Austin lost 6-0, 6-0
1st Doubles: Jacy Knapp & Kaylea Simmons lost 5-2, 6-1
2nd Doubles: Marissa Marsh & Cheianne Webster lost 6-2, 6-4
3rd Doubles: Dana Zimmers & Malia Mertens lost 6-0, 6-3

Photo in text: O-M's Marissa Marsh volleys in the No. 2 Doubles match.

Left: O-M's Sara Gardner on the way to winning at No. 3 singles. Right: Dana Zimmers volleys in the No. 3 doubles match.

Watkins lacrosse team falls to M-E, 13-4

ENDWELL, April 30, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team dropped a 13-4 decision Monday to Maine-Endwell in a road game.

Joe Chedzoy scored two goals for the Senecas, while Seamus Mooney and Nate VanAmburg scored one each. Connor Novinsky recorded 15 saves in goal for Watkins Glen.

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Whitney Point.

Athletes of the Week: Grover and Elliott

SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 29, 2019 -- This week we honor two Odessa-Montour track and field competitors as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Paden Grover gets one of the nods for three wins in one meet and then a state-standard High Jump of 6' 2" while winning that event at the Waite Molnar meet in Elmira.

Zach Elliott gets the other nod for winning the Discus and Shot Put at two different meets, including posting a state-standard Shot Put at the Waite Molnar meet.

Double Honorable: O-M softball's Grace Vondracek and Jolynn Minnier; O-M track's Kennedey Heichel, Nadia Simpson, Tori Brewster, Morgan Burnham, Lexi Saunders, William Yeater and Preston Harris; Watkins Glen track's Breanna Carl, Casen Weeden, Raymond Rider, Nathaniel Murphy, Colin Gaylord, Gabe Planty, Max Evans, Nick Wilston and Haley Dean; Watkins Glen tennis doubles partners Ali LaMoreaux and Bryson Simmons; and the Seneca Indians' Isaac McIlroy and Caleb Thomas.

Honorable Mention: Another 43 athletes earned a point apiece in the ongoing poll that helps determine seasonal All-Star teams and, ultimately, Athletes of the Year at each of the two schools covered.

Watkins Glen track team notches 2 wins

BATH, April 26, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen boys and girls track teams competed Friday in the Ferd Stenta Track and Field Invitational at Bath Haverling High School, and came away with a couple of wins.

On the girls' side, Breanna Carl started the night with a victory in the 2000 Meter Steeplechase in a time of 9:16.52.

On the boys' side, the Weight Throwers -- Casen Weeden, Raymond Rider, Nathaniel Murphy and Colin Gaylord -- finished the night with a win in the 400 Meter Weight Throwers Relay.

Many Watkins Glen athletes were absent, including junior distance runner Gabe Planty, who was out with an injury.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Breanna Carl on the way to winning the Steeplechase.

Bottom: The Weight Throwers who finished first. From left: Ray Rider, Casen Weeden, Collin Gaylord and Nate Murphy. (Photos provided)

Grover tops 6'2" at Waite Molnar meet

ELMIRA, April 27, 2019 -- Odessa-Montour High School junior Paden Grover hit the state qualifying High Jump standard of 6'2" Saturday at the Waite Molnar Invitational, winning the event and provisionally qualifying for the State Meet.

He was also 4th in the 110 Meter Hurdles (17.95) and 10th in the Long Jump (17' 9.5")

Senior teammate Zach Elliott once again surpassed the state standard in the Shot Put with a throw of 54' 10". He won that event and the Discus, where he threw 129' 11".

Odessa-Montour was 7th of 11 competing boys teams, garnering 59 points. Horseheads was first with 136 points.

The O-M girls, meanwhile -- minus a number of key competitors on prom weekend -- was 9th out of 11 teams.

Among other O-M finishes:

--Tori Brewster was 2nd at 400 Meters (1:05.21) and 4th in the Long Jump (15' 10.75").
--Preston Harris was 2nd in the 110 Hurdles (16.84) and 8th in the Long Jump (18' 3.5").
--Autumn Garrison was 7th in the Discus (66' 6") and 6th in the Shot Put (23' 9.5").
--Delaney Paulisczak was 6th in the High Jump (4' 2") and 11th in the Pole Vault (6').
--Camille Sgrecci was 12th in the 400 Meter Hurdles (1:20.66).
--Noah Brewster was 8th in the 400 Meters (56.53).
--Brock Sgrecci was 7th in the High Jump (5' 4.2").
--Eric Rumsey was 4th in the Discus (110').

Glen tennis team falls to Notre Dame

SOUTHPORT, April 25, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team sustained its first loss of the season Thursday when it dropped a 5-2 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the ND tennis courts.

"We ran into a very talented Notre Dame team today," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Both teams were unbeaten going in and we knew how good they were.

"Clint Craven continued his perfect season with a hard-fought win in third singles. Ali LaMoreaux and Bryson Simmons haven’t lost as a team once they were paired together in our second match, and continue to improve.

"The set scores on a few matches don’t reflect how close most individual games were, but we fell short in some matches we had opportunities to win. Hopefully we can use this as a learning experience and improve as we wind down the season and head into the league championships and sectionals."

1st Singles: Nate Wickham lost 6-1, 6-0
2nd Singles: Dylan Morse lost 6-1, 6-2
3rd Singles: Clint Craven won 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
4th Singles: Peter Sandritter lost 6-1, 6-0
1st Doubles: Hannah Morse/Jill Cantieni lost 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
2nd Doubles: Ali LaMoreaux/Bryson Simmons won 6-2, 6-3
3rd Doubles: Kathleen Clifford/Enkang Lin lost 6-2, 6-0

Odessa golfers post victory by default

ELMIRA, April 25, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity golf team improved to 1-5 Thursday when it registered a win over Elmira Notre Dame, which had too few golfers for a team score.

Noah Hollenbeck led the Indians with a 50 on the Elmira County Club par-37 back nine as the team posted a 316 total. Tyler Saunders added a 64, Eliza Starkweather and Brett Walters 65 each, and Austin Hoyt 72. Notre Dame (0-3) had just two golfers, and so its score was incomplete.

"Elmira CC is a bear," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "The scores may not show it, but the kids hit some good shots today and are getting better."

Watkins tennis team tops Moravia, 7-0

MORAVIA, April 24, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team improved to 7-0 Wednesday with a 7-0 victory over Moravia in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Moravia tennis courts.

The results were as follows:

1st Singles: Nate Wickham won 6-2, 6-3.
2nd Singles: Dylan Morse won 6-0, 6-1.
3rd Singles: Clint Craven won 6-0, 6-0.
4th Singles: Peter Sandritter won 6-2, 6-1.
1st Doubles: Hannah Morse/Jill Cantieni won 6-1, 6-1.
2nd Doubles: Ali LaMoreaux/Bryson Simmons won 6-1, 6-3.
3rd Doubles: Kathleen Clifford/Enkang Lin won 6-0, 6-0.

"I have really enjoyed watching this team perform this season," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Every position played well tonight against Moravia and tried some new things in their matches. There are still many things to work on, but we have played pretty well to this point. Hopefully, we can continue to play well going into a very difficult match at Notre Dame on Thursday."

Odessa-Montour's Jacy Knapp prepares to return a Trumansburg volley.

O-M tennis team loses to Trumansburg

ODESSA, April 24, 2019 -- The Odesssa-Montour High School varsity tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision Wednesday to Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the O-M tennis courts.

The lone win for the Indians came in the No. 3 doubles match, where Marissa Marsh and Manuela Buffo won 6-2, 6-4.

Other results:

1st Singles: Dylan Von Neida lost in straight sets, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.
2nd Singles: Rhys Stermer won the first set 6-2, but lost the next two, 7-5, 6-3.
3rd Singles: Sara Gardner won the second set 6-1, but lost the first one 7-5, and the third one 6-4.
4th Singles: Jacy Knapp lost in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.
1st Doubles: Cheianne Webster and Dana Zimmers lost 6-3, 6-1.
2nd Doubles: Isabella Arlington and Malia Mertens lost 6-0, 6-0.

Photo in text: O-M's No. 1 singles player, Dylan Von Neida, volleys.

Left: O-M's Rhys Stermer volleys. Right: The Indians' Sara Gardner eyes the ball.

Seneca Indians blank Newark Valley, 9-0

NEWARK VALLEY, April 24, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team-- behind the 5-hit pitching of Isaac McIlroy -- evened its record at 5-5 Wednesday by shutting out Newark Valley 9-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

McIlroy struck out seven and walked one as he went the distance for the victory. He was also 1-for-3 at the plate with a walk, two runs scored and 2 RBIs.

Other hits for the Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour athletes -- came from Hunter Holley (2-for-3 with two runs scored), Austin Voorheis (1-for-4 with a run scored), Caleb Thomas (1-for-3 with a run and 2 RBIs), Derrick Lewis (1-for-3 with a run scored), and Ben Mathews (1-for-4 with an RBI).

WG/OM scored twice in the 3rd inning, four times in the 5th and three times in the 7th, taking advantage along the way of six NV errors. The Seneca Indians made one error.

O-M softball team falls to Candor, 9-8

CANDOR, April 24, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team built an 8-0 lead but couldn't hold on Wednesday, dropping an 8-inning, 9-8 deccision to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Candor softball field.

Odessa, now 7-3, scored four runs in the 3rd inning and four in the 4th, but Candor rallied with single runs in the 4th and 5th, three runs in both the 6th and 7th, and the game-winner in the 8th.

O-M registered 12 hits in the game, with Grace Vondracek going 3-for-3 with a double and triple, two runs scored and an RBI. Other hits:

--McKennah Lott went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and 3 RBIs.
--Lydia Lynch went 2-for-5 with a double and 3 RBIs.
--Madisyn Wells went 2-for-5 with an RBI.
--Dezirae Minnier went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
--Rebecca Wolfe was 1-for-5.

Vondracek went the distance on the mound for O-M, allowing eight earned runs on 11 hits while striking out 17 batters, walking four and hitting one. She yielded two homers -- to Candor's Jennah Kareem and Asia Curkendall.



The Seneca Indians' Daniel Lewis lays down a bunt. It went foul, but he soon reached base on a single, coming around later to score.

Seneca Indians JV tops Candor, 20-5

ODESSA, April 24, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians junior varsity baseball team improved to 3-2 Wednesday with a 20-5 victory over Candor in a game on the Odessa-Montour High School baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes -- iced the game with a 10-run outburst in the 5th inning.

The WG/OM offense was fueled by:

--Owen Scholtisek, 4-for-5 with a triple, three runs scored and an RBI;
--Daniel Lewis, 3-for-4 with three runs scored and 3 RBIs;
--Daine Butler, 3-for-5 with two runs scored and 3 RBIs;
--Adam Pastore, 2-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and 2 RBIs;
--Cameron Holland, 1-for-5 with a double, one run scored and 3 RBIs;
--Veer Patel, 1-for-1;
--Jared Rumsey, 1-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI; and
--Cayden Confer, 1-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Four pitchers took the mound for the Seneca Indians: Lewis, Scholtisek, Pastore and Patel. Together, they struck out 10 batters and walked nine.

The Seneca Indians led 5-0 after one inning, and added single runs in the 2nd and 4th. Candor stayed close, scoring twice in the 2nd inning and three times in the 5th to make it 7-5. But WG/OM scored 10 runs in the bottom of the 5th and three in the 6th to pull away.

Photo in text: WG/OM first baseman Cayden Confer hauls in a windblown pop fly.

The Seneca Indians' Owen Scholtisek dives back safely to first on a pickoff attempt.

The Seneca Indians' Cameron Holland rips a line drive to center in the 4th inning.

Watkins Glen golf team falls to Tioga

WATKINS GLEN, April 24, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity golf team fell to 1-3 Wednesday when the Senecas dropped a 212-279 decision to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Georgio Fazzary and Ethan Cary led Watkins, each with a 47, while Daniel Ely fired a 58, John Wickham 63, Andrew Hayes 64, and Demitrius Dillon 69. Sam Taylor and John Maciak each shot a 38 for Tioga.

The Senecas return to action Friday at the Catatonk Golf Course against Spencer-Van Etten/Candor.

O-M golf team loses another close one

HORSEHEADS, April 24, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity golf team fell to 0-5 Wednesday with a 284-288 loss to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Mark Twain Golf Course's par-35 front-nine.

The Indians, who lost by a stroke in their last match, were led by Noah Hollenbeck's 49. Tyler Saunders followed with a 54, Austin Hoyt 60, Alex Willette 62, and Eliza Starkweather 63. Edison (2-2) was led by Nick Root's 48.

Watkins lacrosse team falls to CV, 20-3

BINGHAMTON, April 24, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team dropped a 20-3 decision Wednesday to Chenango Valley on the road.

The Senecas got two goals from Avery Watson and one from Joe Chedzoy.

They return to action Friday at home against Dryden. Game time is 5 p.m.

Watkins softball team loses to NV, 19-4

NEWARK VALLEY, April 24, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team's record slipped to 1-7 Wednesday when the Senecas dropped a 19-4 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

The Cardinals scored twice in the 1st inning, 11 times in the 2nd inning and six times in the 3rd while amassing 16 hits and drawing 9 walks.

Watkins, which scored all of its runs in the 5th inning -- after which the game was terminated under the "mercy rule" that ends games when one team leads the other by 15 runs or more after five innings -- registered six hits.

Claudia Parker, as designated hitter, was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Other Watkins hits came from Kelsey Kernan (1-for-3 with a double), Madeline Parker (1-for-3), Cierra Barber (1-for-2) and Maggie Rhoads (1-for-2 with a run scored).

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at home against Spencer-Van Etten. It will be Senior Night.

O-M's Jolynn Minnier connects for a base hit and 2 RBIs. She had 6 RBIs in the game.

O-M softball team blanks Newfield, 19-0

ODESSA, April 23, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team -- behind 6 RBIs from Jolynn Minnier and two-hit pitching by Grace Vondracek -- defeated Newfield 19-0 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M softball field.

Minnier went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and Vondracek struck out nine Newfield batters as the Indians won in a game terminated after five innings by the "mercy rule" that ends games after five innings when one team is ahead by 15 or more runs.

O-M (7-2) registered seven hits and took advantage of 15 walks to post the victory. The Indians scored 13 runs in the 1st inning, five in the 2nd and one in the 4th.

Vondracek went 2-for-2 with her eighth homer of the season, two walks, 2 RBIs and four runs scored. Lydia Lynch was 2-for-3 with a walk, 2 RBIs and three runs scored. The other Odessa hit came from Isabel Foote -- a double. She also walked twice and scored three times. McKennah Lott had an RBI, walking with the bases loaded, and scored three runs.

The Indians return to action Wednesday at Candor.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Grace Vondracek sends a pitch on its way.
Bottom: Odessa-Montour second baseman Haley Landon hauls in a pop fly.

Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek connects for a homer, her 8th of the season.

A Newfield runner steals second base in the 7th inning. However, he was stranded.

Seneca Indians blank Newfield, 5-0

ODESSA, April 23, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team improved to 4-5 Tuesday with a 5-0 victory over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Odessa-Montour High School baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes -- got 4-hit pitching from starter Austin Voorheis and reliever Caleb Thomas. Voorheis pitched six innings, allowing three hits while striking out 10 batters and walking four. Thomas allowed one hit while striking out three in one inning of work.

WG/OM registered seven hits while scoring once each in the 1st, 3rd and 4th innings and twice in the 6th. Sean Kelly and Derrick Lewis each had two hits, while Voorheis, Thomas and Isaac McIlroy each had one. Voorheis and Lewis each had an RBI.

The Seneca Indians return to action Wednesday at Newark Valley.

Junior Varsity: The Seneca Indians, on the road, were trailing Spencer-Van Etten 7-6 when rain stopped the game in the top of the 6th inning. It will be concluded when S-VE visits Odessa-Montour High School on May 6, followed by the regularly scheduled game. WG/OM returns to action at home (at O-M) Wednesday against Candor.

Photos in text:

Top: Umpire starts to flash the out sign as Seneca Indians second baseman Hunter Holley touches second for a forceout. The throw to first was late.

Bottom: The Seneca Indians' starting pitcher, Austin Voorheis.

Watkins track teams fall to NV, Candor

CANDOR, April 23, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity track teams lost to Candor and Newark Valley Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference tri-meet on the Candor athletic field.

The Glen boys fell 101.5 to 34.5 to Newark Valley and 65-63 to Candor, while the girls lost 123.5 to 14.5 to Newark Valley and 77-41 to Candor.

Place finishes for the Watkins boys included:

--Nathan Murphy 110 Hurdles 3rd against NV 22.6; and 2nd in the 400 Hurdles against Candor.
--Sam Thorsland 1600 Meters 2nd against NV; and 1st against Candor.
--4x100 relay team of Elliott Holland, Raymond Rider, Cale Sutterby and Nick Wilston won against Candor.
--Jordan Avery placed 3rd in the 200 against both teams, 2nd in the High Jump against Candor and tied for 2nd against NV.
--Max Evans took 1st places in the High Jump against both teams; 1st in the 400 against Candor, and 2nd against NV.
--Gabe Planty took 1st in the 800 against both teams; 1st in the 3200 against Candor and 2nd against NV; and 2nd in the 400 against Candor.
--Casen Weeden placed 3rd against both teams in the Shot Put and 1st against both teams in the Discus.
--Tim Clifford placed 2nd in the 3200 against Candor.
--Nick Wilston took 1st in the Long and Triple Jumps against Candor and 2nd in the Long snd Triple against NV.
--Cale Sutterby took 1st in the Pole Vault against Candor.

Place finishes for the Watkins girls included:

--Haley Dean took 1st against NV in the 100 Meters with a new PR of 13.9. She also tied for 2nd in the 200 with NV and took 3rd against Candor. She also placed 3rd in the Long Jump against both teams.
--Breanna Carl placed 1st in the 1500 Meters against Candor and 3rd against NV. She also placed 1st in the 3200 against Candor and 3rd against NV.
--Kaylana Rekczis placed 3rd in the 1500 against Candor and 3rd in the Discus against Candor.
--The girls 4x100 Relay of Haley Dean, Jena Slater, Maya Somerville and Madelyn Suddaby won against Candor.
--Breanna Hayes won the 400 Meter Hurdles against Candor, and placed 2nd in the Triple Jump against Candor.
--Madelyn Suddaby won the Triple Jump against Candor and placed 3rd against NV; and placed 3rd in the 200 against NV.
--Jena Slater placed 3rd in the Triple Jump against Candor; and 2nd in the Pole Vault against NV and 1st against Candor.

O-M's Nadia Simpson clears the bar on the way to victory in the High Jump.

O-M teams top Tioga on Senior Night

ODESSA, April 23, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys and girls varsity track and field teams defeated Tioga Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the O-M athletic field.

The Odessa boys won 88-53, while the girls won 101-38.

Girls: Odessa-Montour 101, Tioga 38

Nadia Simpson and Kennedey Heichel posted four victories apiece while Lexi Saunders, Tori Brewster and Morgan Burnham had three wins each as the Indians rolled past the Tigers.

"I'm very proud," said Coach Burton Brewster. "The girls ran incredibly well."

Simpson won the 100 (12.7), the 200 (a personal best of 26.7) and the High Jump (4' 2"), and was on the winning 4x100 Relay team (with Heichel, Tori Brewster and Ida Sidle). The Relay squad had the fastest time for the school (52.1) since 2011.

Heichel won the 100 Meter Hurdles (16.7), the 400 Meter Hurdles (1:14.7) and the Pole Vault (9 feet) in addition to the 4x100.

Saunders won the 1500 (in 6:42.6), the 3000 (in 15:25) and the Shot Put, where she set a personal best of 27' 0.5".

Brewster won the Long Jump (15' 4.5") and the Triple Jump (with a personal best of 31' 4.5") in addition to the 4x100, and was second in the 200 in 27.7.

Burnham won the 800 (in 2:57) and was on the winning 4x400 and 4x800 Relays, the latter with Camille Sgrecci, Maria Scata and Katie Adams, and the former with Sgrecci, Maddie Morrissey and Delaney Paulisczak. Sgrecci was also second in the 800 (in 3:02.3).

Hannah Nolan set PRs (Personal Records) in the 100 Hurdles (17.8) and the Long Jump (12' 10"). Autumn Garrison set a PR in the Shot Put (23' 5"), as did Felisha Cook in the Long Jump (11' 7.5") and Scata in the 3000 (in 17:59.1).

Boys: Odessa-Montour 88, Tioga 53

Paden Grover posted three victories, while Preston Harris, Will Yeater and Zach Elliott had two apiece as the Indians cruised to their win.

Wins for Odessa were registered by:

--Preston Harris in the 110 Meter Hurdles (16.3) and the 400 Hurdles (1:04.6)

--Will Yeater in the 1600 Meters (5:17.3) and the 3200 (in12:28).

--Noah Brewster in the 400 in 56.2.

--Brock Sgrecci in the 800 Meters in 2:20.2.

--Paden Grover in the Long Jump (18' 6"), Triple Jump (37' 9.5") and High Jump (5' 10").

--Andrew Hartford in the Pole Vault (10' 6").

--Zach Elliott in the Discus (138 feet) and the Shot Put (47' 2.5")

Second places for O-M were posted by Dylan Houseknecht in the Shot Put (38'), Eric Rumsey in the Discus (107' 7"), Brock Sgrecci in the High Jump (5' 4"), Ryan Griswold in the Triple Jump (34' 1"), Preston Harris in the Long Jump (18' 4"), Micah Brewster in the 3200 Meters (13:05), Andrew Hartford in the 400 Hurdles (1:07), and Paden Grover in the 110 Hurdles (17.1).

Senior Night: Odessa-Montour seniors were honored in a ceremony before the meet.

On the girls' team, seniors are Kennedey Heichel, Maddie Morrissey, Leah Overhiser, Hannah Rosier, Lexi Saunders, Maria Scata, Nadia Simpson and Hannah Bruno.

On the boys' team, seniors are Noah Brewster, Tyler Carson, Josh Bravo, Zach Elliott, Andrew Hartford, Dylan Houseknecht, Jonah Thompson and Will Yeater.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Andrew Hartford clears the bar en route to victory in the Pole Vault.
Second: The Indians' Tori Brewster goes airborne in the Long Jump, which she won.
Third: O-M's Preston Harris competes in the Long Jump. He placed second.
Bottom: Senior Kennedey Heichel is greeted by Coach Burton Brewster during Senior Night ceremony.

O-M's Maddie Morrissey, right, hands the baton to Camille Sgrecci in the 4x400 Relay.

Left: Paden Grover in the 110 Meter Hurdles. Right: Hannah Nolan in the 100 Hurdles.

Left: O-M's Delaney Paulisczak competes in the High Jump. Right: Odessa's Kennedey Heichel on the way to victory in the 100 Meter Hurdles.

Odessa-Montour shot putters Leah Overhiser and Dylan Houseknecht.

O-M's Morgan Burnham, left, receives baton from Delaney Paulisczak in the 4x400 Relay.

Left: O-M's Lexi Saunders. Right: The Indians' Autumn Garrison.

Seniors on the O-M team were honored in a ceremony held before the meet.

And from photographer Doug Yeater:

Left: Kennedey Heichel on the way to win in the Pole Vault. Right: Nadia Simpson.

Left: Micah Brewster. Right: From left, Katie Adams, Camille Sgrecci, Morgan Burnham.

Left: O-M's Paden Grover on the way to victory in the High Jump. Right: Maria Scata.

Watkins Glen catcher Lydia Lynch gets the out sign after tagging a Southern Cayuga player in a play at the plate.

O-M softball wins 2; Grace throws no-no

ODESSA, April 22, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team improved its season mark to 6-2 Monday with doubleheader wins, 4-0 and 8-3, against Southern Cayuga in Interscholastic Athletic Conference games on the O-M softball field.

Odessa pitcher Grace Vondracek posted a no-hitter in the opener, striking out 11 batters, walking one and hitting one. She also had O-M's lone hit -- a homer (her seventh) as she went 1-for-1 at the plate with two walks, a run scored and 2 RBIs.

Also scoring in that game were McKennah Lott (who drew two walks), Jolynn Minnier (one walk) and Dezirae Minnier (one walk). The Indians drew eight walks and stole six bases -- two each by the Minniers and one each by Isabel Foote and Lydia Lynch.

Odessa scored once in the 2nd, twice in the 3rd and once in the 4th.

Second game: O-M 8, S. Cayuga 3

Vondracek went the distance again, allowing two earned runs on four hits while striking out nine and walking one. She also went 3-for-3 at the plate, including a double, and scored a run.

Odessa took the lead early, scoring three runs in the 1st, and iced the game with five runs in the 3rd. Southern Cayuga scored a run in the 3rd and two in the 4th.

Other hits for O-M came from Foote (1-for-3), McKennah Lott (1-for-1 with a double, two runs scored and 2 RBIs), and Emma Lodge (1-for-2 with a run scored). Raven Lott also had an RBI and a run scored. Others with a run each were Lynch, Rebecca Wolfe and Sam Sipes.

The Indians return to action Tuesday at home against Newfield.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek delivers a pitch.
Bottom: O-M's McKennah Lott slides safely into home, scoring on a passed ball.

Odessa-Montour's Dezirae Minnier stretches to secure the ball for a putout at first.

O-M shortstop Isabel Foote looks toward first base after stopping a grounder to her right. She threw from her knees, but too late for a putout.

Odessa-Montour's Jolynn Minnier dances out of the way on an inside pitch.

Odessa-Montour's Raven Lott catches a throw at first for a putout as second baseman Haley Landon moves over to back up the play.

Seneca Indians fall to Notre Dame, 5-1

SOUTHPORT, April 22, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team's record slipped to 3-5 Monday with a 5-1 loss to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the ND baseball field.

The Crusaders (4-3) took the lead 4-0 with two runs each in the 1st and 2nd innings, and added a run in the 6th. The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour athletes -- scored their lone run in the 2nd inning.

Notre Dame registered seven hits off of two WG/OM pitchers, Derrick Lewis (who pitched into the 6th inning) and Caleb Thomas. The Seneca Indians managed two hits, with Thomas going 2-for-3 with a run scored.

WG/OM returns to action Tuesday with a game on the O-M baseball field against Newfield.

The Seneca Indians' Jacob Pierce approaches third base. The throw got past the third baseman, and Pierce scored.

Baseball JV team tops S. Cayuga, 26-7

ODESSA, April 22, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians junior varsity baseball team improved to 2-2 Monday with a 26-7 victory over Southern Cayuga in a game on the Odessa-Montour High School baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes -- scored six times in the 1st inning, five times in the 2nd, 10 times in the 3rd and five times in the 4th. They amassed 14 hits along the way, with four by Adam Pastore and three by Cameron Holland.

Pastore, Cayden Confer and Jared Rumsey pitched for WG/OM.

Photo: The Seneca Indians' Cayden Confer attacks the ball. He grounded out, but drove in a run on the play.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse volleys. She and doubles teammate Jill Cantieni won.

Watkins tennis team tops TAE, 6-1

WATKINS GLEN, April 22, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team improved its mark to 6-0 Monday when it defeated Edison 6-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the WGHS tennis courts.

The Senecas got singles wins from Dylan Morse, 6-1, 6-3; Clint Craven, 6-0, 6-0; and Peter Sandritter, 6-4, 6-1. All three doubles teams also won: Hannah Morse-Jill Cantieni, 6-0, 6-0; Ali LaMoreaux-Bryson Simmons, 6-1, 6-2; and Kathleen Clifford-Enkang Lin, 6-1, 6-0. The only loss came in the No. 1 singles match, where Nate Wickham fell 6-2, 6-2.

"I was really happy with the way we played coming off spring vacation," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "The kids are very focused and working hard. We have a busy week with four matches in five days, including playing a very talented Notre Dame team away on Thursday."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Clint Craven, with the score sign in the foreground, volleys on the way to victory.

Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham returns a volley in his No. 1 singles match.

Watkins golfers edge Odessa-Montour

ITHACA, April 22, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity golf team improved to 1-2 Monday when it defeated Odessa-Montour 285-286 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Hillendale Golf Course's par-35 front nine.

The Senecas were led by Georgio Fazzary's 45. Daniel Ely posted a 54, while Ethan Cary shot 57, Jonathan Wickham 63, and Andrew Hayes 66.

O-M (0-4) was led by Tyler Saunders' 43, while Noah Hollenbeck shot 47, Austin Hoyt 60, Brett Walters 67, and Alex Willette 69.

Watkins lacrosse team falls to ND, 13-4

WATKINS GLEN, April 22, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team's record slipped to 1-5 Monday when the Senecas dropped a 13-4 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

Joe Chedzoy scored three goals for the Senecas, who return to action Wednesday at Chenango Valley. They then play Friday at home against Dryden.

Photo: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy (5) and Dawson Wade (9) battle for possession of the ball.

Watkins Glen's Cierra Barber stretches to snag the ball in a close out at first base. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

Watkins softball team loses to ND, 23-2

SOUTHPORT, April 22, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team's record slipped to 1-6 Monday when the Senecas fell 23-2 to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the ND softball field.

The game was terminated after five innings under the "mercy" rule that ends contests early if one team leads the other by 15 or more runs after five innings.

The Crusaders, who registered 19 hits, scored eight runs in the 1st inning, seven in the 2nd, six in the 3rd and two in the 4th. Watkins Glen, which had seven hits, scored both of its runs in the 3rd inning.

Hits for Watkins were registered by: Kelsey Kernan (1-for-3 with a triple and a run scored), Katie Losey (1-for-3 with a run scored), Madeline Parker (2-for-3 with a double and 2 RBIs), Madyson Simpson (1-for-2), Sara Augustine (1-for-1), and Hayley Cornish (1-for-2).

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Newark Valley.

Photo in text: Watkins' Kelsey Kernan connects for a triple. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

Grover, Heichel win Pentathlon at Corning

CORNING, April 22, 2019 -- Odessa-Montour High School track athletes Paden Grover and Kennedey Heichel posted victories in the Pentathlon at the recent Square Deal Track Invitational.

Grover amassed 2582 points to lead the men's field in the combined Pentathlon events. Heichel totaled 2095 to lead the women's field.

O-M's Lott signs to play soccer at TC3

DRYDEN, April 22, 2019 -- Odessa-Montour High School senior McKennah Lott has signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Tompkins-Cortland Community College in the fall.

Lott, recently honored as a Student of the Month by the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club, has played soccer, basketball and softball at O-M.

Photo in text: Present at the signing, held at TC3, were Lott (center), her parents Alichia Decker and Chris Croft, and siblings Raven Lott and Patrick Croft. Also on hand, but not pictured, was her O-M soccer coach, Burton Brewster. (Photo provided)

The barbecue pit behind the Montour Moose Lodge was a busy place Saturday morning.

Seneca Indians raise funds with BBQ

MONTOUR FALLS, April 20, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team -- with the help of the Montour Moose Lodge -- held a chicken barbecue fund-raiser Saturday at the Moose Lodge.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour High School athletes -- took an active role in the barbecue, packing meals in the kitchen, distributing 50-50 raffle tickets and (dressed as chickens) encouraging passing motorists to stop by for a meal.

The event was termed "a great success" by team Coach Jason Westervelt, who said the money raised will be used to purchase team caps and team gear for all three levels of the baseball program.

Photo in text: Members of the Seneca Indians were working in the kitchen.

Seneca Indians Johnny Niedermaier, left, and Sean Kelly were alerting passing motorists about the ongoing chicken barbecue.

Watkins Glen's Claudia Parker prepares to deliver a pitch. In the background: second baseman Madyson Simpson and first baseman Cierra Barber. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

Watkins softball team falls to Dryden

LANSING, April 17, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team's record slipped to 1-5 Wednesday when the Senecas dropped a 15-1 decision to Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game at the Lansing recreational park. Dryden's softball field is undergoing reconstruction.

Dryden, which amassed 16 hits, jumped in front 4-0 in the 1st inning, and added one run in the 2nd, six runs in the 4th and four runs in the 5th. Watkins Glen, which registered eight hits, scored its lone run in the 5th inning after leaving the bases loaded in the 2nd and 3rd innings.

Claudia Parker went the distance on the mound for Watkins Glen, striking out four batters, walking five and hitting one.

Cierra Barber was 3-for-4 for the Senecas, while Madyson Simpson was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Parker went 1-for-4, Nancy Jackson 1-for-3, and Maggie Rhoads 1-for-3.

Watkins Glen returns to action Monday at Elmira Notre Dame.

Photos in text: Left: Watkins Glen's Maggie Rhoads catches a fly ball. Right: The Senecas' Cierra Barber connects for one of her three hits. (Photos by Sheila Barber)

Athletes of the Week: 4 share the honor

SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 14, 2019 -- A softball pitcher and three track standouts -- all from Odessa-Montour High School -- are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

They are:

Tori Brewster, an 8th grader, who set a personal best in winning the Long Jump at the 22-team Molly Dry Memorial Invitational at Mansfield University. She leaped 15' 8.25''.

Nadia Simpson, who won the 100 Meter Dash at the Molly Dry Invitational, posting a time of 13.03.

Zach Elliott, who won the Shot Put and Discus at the Molly Dry meet, registering distances of 51' 2.5" and 146' 6" respectively.

Grace Vondracek, a pitcher/hitter whose softball team won three of the four full games it played (losing the conclusion of an earlier suspended game). She struck out 67 batters, and had 12 hits in the four games with five homers and 11 RBIs.

Double Honorable: Watkins Glen tennis players Nate Wickham, Dylan Morse, Clint Craven, Hannah Morse, Jill Cantieni, Ali LaMoreaux and Bryson Simmons; O-M track's Kennedey Heichel and Preston Harris; Watkins Glen track's Max Evans and Gabe Planty; Watkins Glen lacrosse's Joe Chedzoy; and O-M softball's Lydia Lynch and Isabel Foote.

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

Seneca Indians split pair at tournament

ROME, Pa., April 13, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team lost the first game and won the second in a four-team tournament Saturday at Northesst Bradford High School.

The Seneca Indians (3-4) -- a combined team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high school athletes -- dropped the first game to Northeast Bradford, 8-5. It defeated Susquehanna Valley in the second contest, 9-2.

Northeast Bradford 8, Seneca Indians 5

WG/OM gained the early advantage with single runs in the 1st and 2nd innings, but NEB erupted for all of its runs in the 3rd inning. The Seneca Indians fought back with two runs in the 5th and one in the 6th, but fell short.

The Seneca Indians got two hits each from Johnny Niedermaier (2-for-4), Derrick Lewis (2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI), and Hunter Holley (2-for-3). Other hits came from Caleb Thomas (1-for-4 and an RBI), Isaac McIlroy (1-for-3 with a run scored), Ben Mathews (1-for-4 with an RBI), and Josiah Wysocki (1-for-4 with a run scored).

Austin Voorheis pitched the first 2 2/3 innings, allowing all eight runs (but none earned; WG/OM committed four errors in the game). Wysocki and Thomas pitched in relief.

Seneca Indians 9, Susquehanna Valley 2

WG/OM jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first two innings, and added four more runs in the 5th -- all on five hits, but with 12 walks fueling the offense.

Ben Mathews had two of the Seneca Indians' hits (2-for-2 with a run scored), while Sean Kelly, Derrick Lewis and Josiah Wysocki had one each. Kelly also drew three walks and scored two runs, while Austin Voorheis drew two walks and scored three times. Lewis and Caleb Thomas had two RBIs each, while Kelly, Voorheis and Isaac McIlroy had one each.

McIlroy went the distance on the mound for WG/OM, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out eight batters and walking two.

Softball, baseball games suspended: rain

WHITNEY POINT, April 13, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team's game at Whitney Point was suspended with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning Friday when a downpour prompted a stoppage of play with WGHS leading 12-1.

"Now we've gotta drive back over there to finish the game," said Watkins Glen Coach Jim Scott, who said the game could have been called complete after five innings. His team, he said, got two outs in the 5th when an attempted force play at second base was short-circuited by an error. Then the rains came in earnest.

A Seneca Indians varsity baseball game, also at Whitney Point on Friday, was stopped in the bottom of the fifth inning with the visitors -- a combined team of WGHS and Odessa-Montour High School athletes -- ahead 7-3. That, too, was suspended pending a revisit to Whitney Point on a date to be announced, Coach Jason Westervelt said.

Photo in text: Watkins' Cierra Barber connects for a single. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

Simpson, Brewster, Elliott 1st at MU meet

MANSFIELD, Pa., April 13, 2019 -- Odessa-Montour senior Nadia Simpson placed first Friday in the 100 Meter Dash at the Molly Dry Memorial Invitational track and field meet at Mansfield University, while 8th grader Tori Brewster won the Long Jump and senior Zach Elliott captured the Shot Put and Discus titles.

The O-M girls finished in 9th place among 22 teams with 33 points. The Odessa boys were 11th among 22 teams with 29 points.

Simpson won the 100 in 13.03, while Brewster took the Long Jump with a leap of 15' 8.25" (a personal record). Elliott won the Shot with a throw of 51' 2.5" and the Discus with a throw of 146' 6".

Other points for the girls were earned by Kennedey Heichel, third in the Pole Vault at 8' 6" and fifth in the 100 Meter Hurdles (17.31); Hannah Bruno, 7th in the Triple Jump at 31' 4.5", and Hannah Nolan, 8th in the Triple Jump with a PR of 30' 5.5". Ida Sidle posted a season-best 13' 1" in the Long Jump, while Autumn Garrison registered a PR of 71' 9" in the Discus.

Other points for the boys were earned by Preston Harris, fourth in the 110 Meter Hurdles in 17.09; and Brock Sgrecci and Paden Grover, tied for fifth in the High Jump at 5' 4".

O-M's McKennah Lott starts her home run swing, which sent the ball (right) over the fence in left field for the Indians' first run of the full second game.

O-M softball team tops Marathon in 9

ODESSA, April 12, 2019 -- Thurday's varsity softball action at Odessa-Montour High School started with the conclusion of a varsity softball game called last week because of darkness while tied 7-7. That ended badly for Odessa-Montour, with Marathon winning 10-7.

Then Marathon scored early in a succeeding, full game -- before Odessa erupted with three straight homers in the bottom of the 1st inning that helped propel the Indians to extra innings and a 5-4 victory that lifted their record to 4-2.

Those homers -- each over the left field fence -- came off the bats of McKennah Lott, Grace Vondracek and Lydia Lynch. Vondracek's homer was her sixth in five games; Lynch's was her second, and it came while she was playing on a sprained right ankle that limited her mobility. The injury had come in a game at Newfield on Wednesday.

Another injury occurred midway through Thursday's game, this time sending the O-M coach, Bill Lindsley, to the hospital. He was hit in the left eye by the ball while warming up his pitcher, Vondracek, knocking him to the ground. Doctors determined nothing had been seriously damaged, and Lindsley returned, his eye discolored and slightly swollen, just after his team's victory, the players gathering around him to greet him back and to pose with him for a team photo.

Vondracek, meanwhile, went the distance on the mound for Odessa, concluding the first game and then going nine more innings -- 11 for the day and 17 over the past two days. She struck out 17 batters and walked one in the nine-inning game while allowing two earned runs on seven hits.

Marathon -- which won the first game with three runs in the 6th inning while holding the Indians scoreless in the 6th and 7th -- scored a run in the 1st inning of the nightcap with a single, two stolen bases and a fielder's choice.

It scored two more runs in the 3rd inning on a single, a couple of passed balls and an error, and registered its final run in the 5th on a pair of doubles. It missed an opportunity in the top of the 9th when a runner, on with a single and advanced to third base, tried to steal home, only to be tagged out by O-M's alert catcher, Lynch.

Odessa, in addition to its home run blitz in the 1st inning, scored a run in the 4th inning when Rebecca Wolfe singled, stole second and moved to third on a passed ball, scoring on a Vondracek double.

O-M threatened in the 8th inning, putting runners on first and second on a single by Sam Sipes and a walk to Wolfe, but the rally ended when Lott drilled a liner to the centerfielder.

In the 9th, Vondracek opened with a single, moved up on a single by Jolynn Minnier and a walk to Raven Lott, and scored on a Sipes single to the right side of the infield.

Vondracek led the Indians with three hits (3-for-3 with two runs scored an an RBI), while Sipes had two hits and McKennah Lott, Wolfe, Isabel Foote, Lynch, Emma Lodge and Minnier one apiece.

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Completed game: The first game, played over two days in two different weeks, saw O-M total six hits, with Vondracek (2-for-4 with a homer) and Foote (2-for-3 with 2 RBIs) leading the offense. Minnier and Haley Landon had one hit each, while Landon and Lodge each had an RBI. Vondracek pitched a complete game, allowing eight earned runs on 10 hits while striking out 11 and walking three.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Sam Sipes connects for a base hit. She later had a second hit, an infield single that drove in the winning run.

Second: Odessa's Jolynn Minnier steals second base after drawing a walk.

Third: O-M catcher Lydia Lynch, right, prepares to tag out a Marathon runner trying to steal home in the 9th inning.

Fourth: Odessa pitcher Grace Vondracek struck out 17 batters in the second game.

Bottom: Odessa-Montour first baseman Raven Lott hauls in a throw for a putout.

Left: O-M shortstop Isabel Foote prepares to throw out a Marathon batter after fielding a grounder. Right: McKennah Lott watches as her 8th inning drive to center is caught.

Odessa-Montour's Lydia Lynch launches a homer, her team's third in a row.

Left: O-M's Lydia Lynch is greeted at home plate by teammates after her homer.
Right:
The Indians' Rebecca Wolfe slides home in the 2nd inning, but was tagged out.

Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek launches her 1st inning home run.

The O-M team gathered down the right field line after greeting Coach Bill Lindsley there upon his return after the game from the hospital, where he was treated for an eye injury.

Evans, Planty post wins at Marathon

MARATHON, April 12, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity track teams competed Thursday in the 12-team Marathon Spring Fling High School Invitational at the Marathon Elementary School.

First-place finishers for Watkins Glen were Max Evans in the High Jump (5' 10") and Gabe Planty in the 800 Meters (2:04.37).

Other top-6 finishers were:

Haley Dean: 5th at 100 Meters (14.94) and 4th in the 200 Meters (30.36).
The girls 4x100 relay team: 3rd in 59.95. The team was comprised of Haley Dean, Breanna Hayes, Madelyn Suddaby and Jena Slater.
Jena Slater: 3rd in the Pole Vault (7' 6").
Jordan Avery: 6th in the 200 Meters (26.44).
Max Evans: 6th in the 800 Meters (2:20.2).
The boys 4x100 relay team: 6th in 54.94. The squad members were Collin Gaylord, Elliott Holland, Cale Sutterby and Nick Wilston.
Nick Wilston: 6th in the Long Jump (17' 6.25 ") and 5th in the Triple Jump (34' 11").
Cale Sutterby: 6th in the Pole Vault (7 feet).

Watkins Glen's Enkang Lin returns a volley in his doubles match.

Watkins tennis team tops T-burg, 6-1

WATKINS GLEN, April 12, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team lifted its season mark to 5-0 Thursday with a 6-1 victory over Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the WGHS tennis courts.

"We finished a long week of matches with a solid win today," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "We played very well this week with three matches in three days. The team is working hard and playing very well. Hopefully, we can keep our momentum going after spring break."

Thursday's results:

1st Singles: Nate Wickham won 7-6 (7-0), 7-6 (8-6)
2nd Singles: Dylan Morse won 6-0, 6-0
3rd Singles: Clint Craven won 6-2, 6-0
4th Singles: Jonathon Hatch lost 6-3, 7-6 (12-10), 6-4
1st Doubles: Hannah Morse/Jill Cantieni won 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
2nd Doubles: Ali LaMoreaux/Bryson Simmons won 6-1, 6-2
3rd Doubles: Kathleen Clifford/Enkang Lin won 6-0, 6-0

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Kathleen Clifford awaits a serve.

Left: Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham. Right: The Senecas' Jill Cantieni volleys.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse reaches to return the ball in her doubles match.

Odessa golfers fall to Newark Valley

ITHACA, April 12, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity golf team's record slipped to 0-3 Thursday with a 259-289 loss to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Hillendale Golf Course's par-35 front-9.

Tyler Saunders led the Indians with a 45, while Noah Hollenbeck was just behind, with a 46. Austin Hoyt added a 59. Newark Valley, 2-2, was led by Billy Knight's 44.

"We're showing signs of improvement," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich.

The Owego goalkeeper makes a save on a shot by Watkins Glen's Avery Watson (6). Seneca teammate Dawson Wade (9) is in the background.

Watkins lacrosse team loses to Owego

WATKINS GLEN, April 12, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team's record slipped to 1-4 Thursday when the Senecas dropped a 16-5 decision to Owego in a game on the WGHS athletic field.

The Senecas, down 10-2 at the half, got three goals from Joe Chedzoy, and one each from Seamus Mooney and Brandon Beaumont.

"It's good to play a tough team," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson. "It shows us what we can do and where we need to improve."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dylan Markley (10) challenges an Owego ball carrier.

Left: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy moves the ball upfield, past a defender. Right: An Owego player sends a shot on goal that got past Watkins keeper Connor Novinsky (29).

Odessa tennis team falls to Lansing

LANSING, April 12 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity tennis team's record slipped to 1-4 Thursday when the Indians dropped a 7-0 decision to Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Lansing tennis courts.

Lansing (3-2) won all four singles matches and the three doubles matches in straight sets. Competing in singles for O-M were Dylan Von Neida, Rhys Stermer, Sara Gardner and Brooke Sikora. Competing in doubles were the teams of Kaylea Simmons-Jacy Knapp, Cheianne Webster-Manuela Buffo, and Isabella Arlington-Shania Austin.

Seneca Indians lose to Waverly, 20-7

WAVERLY, April 11, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team dropped its third straight game Wednesday, falling to Waverly 20-7 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly baseball field.

The 2-3 Seneca Indians -- a combined squad of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour athletes -- had defeated Waverly in the season opener at WGHS. But not this time.

WG/OM -- a 4-3 winner in that opener -- built an early 3-0 advantage this time, but Waverly scored five runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning to take the lead, and added four runs in the 3rd inning, eight in the 4th, and three in the 6th. Waverly amassed 17 hits in the game, while the Seneca Indians had six.

Sean Kelly went 2-for-4 for WG/OM with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI. Johnny Niedermaier was 1-for-4 with a run scored and 2 RBIs. Austin Voorheis was 1-for-1 with a double, three walks, a run scored and an RBI, Other hits: a double by Hunter Holley and a single by Ben Mathews, each of whom scored a run.

Isaac McIlroy started on the mound for the Seneca Indians, going three innings. Caleb Thomas pitched two innings, and Niedermaier one.

Both teams struggled in the field, WG/OM committing eight errors and Waverly five.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse has her eye on the ball as she volleys in a doubles match. She and Jill Cantieni won 6-0, 6-0.

Glen tennis team blanks Union Springs

WATKINS GLEN, April 11, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team defeated Union Springs 7-0 Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the WGHS tennis courts.

The results, by match:

1st Singles: Nate Wickham won 6-1, 1-6, 6-2
2nd Singles: Dylan Morse won 6-1, 6-0
3rd Singles: Clint Craven won 6-0, 6-0
4th Singles: Jonathon Hatch won 7-5, 4-6, 7-5
1st Doubles: Hannah Morse/Jill Cantieni won 6-0, 6-0
2nd Doubles: Ali LaMoreaux/Bryson Simmons won 6-1, 6-0
3rd Doubles: Kathleen Clifford/Enkang Lin won 6-0, 6-0

"The team played very well again today," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, whose squad is now 4-0. "I continue to see improvement throughout the team. It’s a great group of kids and it’s a pleasure to coach them! We play again tomorrow against Trumansburg at home and I’m hopeful we can continue to perform well."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Nate Wickham catches up to a Union Springs volley in the No. 1 singles match. He returned it in play.

Left: Watkins' Jonathon Hatch meets the ball. Right: The Senecas' Jill Cantieni volleys.

Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse volleys. He won the No. 2 singles match, 6-1, 6-0.

Watkins golfers fall to Newark Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, April 11, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity golf team's record slipped to 0-2 Wednesday when the Senecas dropped a 282-286 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Grandview Farms Golf Course.

Georgio Fazzary led Watkins with a 50, while Ethan Cary fired a 52, Daniel Ely 57, and Andrew Hayes 58. Matt Waterman led NV with a 53.

O-M softball team wins; Grace fans 24

NEWFIELD, April 11, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team improved to 3-1 Wednesday by defeating Newfield 12-8 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newfield softball field.

O-M pitcher Grace Vondracek recorded 24 strikeouts thanks to some dropped third strikes. She posted 19 strikeouts that were actually outs, but five other batters reached first despite striking out -- in the 2nd inning (once), 5th inning (once), 6th inning (once) and 7th inning (twice). Coach Bill Lindlsley said the late-inning miscues -- dropped balls -- were the result of an injury to the regular catcher leading to a substitute who had no chance to warm up and had not caught Vondracek this year.

The only Newfield outs that weren't strikeouts came on a grounder to second base in the first inning and a runner caught stealing in the 3rd inning.

The Indians built a 12-1 lead through 4 1/2 innings, scoring three times in the 1st, twice in the 2nd and seven times in the 5th. Newfield rallied with two runs in the 5th, one in the 6th and four in the 7th, but fell short.

Vondracek went the distance on the mound for O-M, allowing six hits while striking out those 24 batters and walking two. Just one Newfield run was earned.

Vondracek was also 3-for-4 at the plate with a homer, triple, two runs scored and 4 RBIs. The Indians broke the game open with a seven-run 5th inning that saw RBIs from Vondracek, Lydia Lynch, Haley Landon, Madisyn Wells and Sam Sipes. Vondracek's homer was her fifth in four games.

In addition to Vondracek's three hits, O-M got two from Lynch (with 2 RBIs and two runs scored) and one each from Isabel Foote, Sipes, Wells, Jolynn Minnier, Landon and Mackenzie Dundas. Rebecca Wolfe also had an RBI. The team had 10 stolen bases, including three by Lynch and two by Vondracek.

Odessa returns to action Thursday at home against Marathon with the conclusion of a game started last week and currently tied, and a second complete game.

Photo in text: Grace Vondracek (File photo)

Watkins softball team falls to Waverly

WAVERLY, April 11, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team's record slipped to 1-3 Wednesday when the Senecas were blanked 18-0 by Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly softball field.

The contest, terminated after five innings under the so-called "mercy rule" that ends games when one team is ahead by 15 or more runs after five innings, saw Waverly score six runs in the 1st inning, one in the 2nd, eight in the 3rd and three in the 4th.

Watkins Glen managed two hits -- by Claudia Parker and Katie Losey -- while Waverly amassed 16 hits. Parker went the distance on the mound for the Senecas, striking out six batters and walking eight.

Wendi Hammond ptiched the first three innings for Waverly, striking out eight batters, and was 4-for-4 at the plate with a single, a triple and two homers, including a grand slam. The single in her second at-bat was her 100th career hit.

Watkins Glen doubles player Enkang Lin volleys during Tuesday's match.

Watkins tennis team tops Newark Valley

WATKINS GLEN, April 10, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team improved its record to 3-0 Tuesday when it defeated Newark Valley 5-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the WGHS tennis courts.

The Senecas got victories in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd singles matches, with Nate Wickham winning 6-2, 6-4, Dylan Morse winning 6-0 6-0, and Clint Craven prevailing 6-0, 6-0.

The 1st and 2nd doubles teams also won, Hannah Morse-Jill Cantieni posting a 6-1, 6-2 victory, and Ali LaMoreaux-Bryson Simmons registering a 7-6 (9-7), 6-1 victory.

The Senecas' Jonathon Hatch lost in straight sets, while the doubles team of Kathleen Clifford-Enkang Lin lost a close three-set battle.

"I was very happy with how the team played today," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Nate Wickham, Dylan Morse and Clint Craven continue to play very well in the first three singles. Our doubles teams were really good as well against some talented doubles teams. It was tricky with some gusting winds, but the kids stayed focused and dealt with it well. With matches tomorrow and Thurday (both at home), I'm hopeful we can keep our momentum and continue to play well."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen doubles player Ali LaMoreaux on the way to a win.

Left: Watkins Glen doubles player Bryson Simmons. Right: The Senecas' No. 1 singles player, Nate Wickham, on the way to victory.

O-M softball team falls to Groton, 6-4

GROTON, April 10, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team's record slipped to 2-1 Tuesday with a 6-4 loss to Groton in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Groton softball field.

Odessa had fought back from a 1st inning 3-0 deficit -- an early uprising without a Groton hit -- to tie the game 3-3 in the top of the 6th on a solo homer by Grace Vondracek, her third homer in two games.

Groton responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning for a 6-3 lead. O-M scored once in the top of the 7th, but the rally fell short.

Vondracek took the loss on the mound, going six innings and allowing six runs, three earned, on five hits while striking out 11 batters and walking two.

Odessa managed eight hits, with Vondracek going 2-for-4 with a homer, a run scored, a stolen base and an RBI. Isabel Foote went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, while four other players -- McKennah Lott, Lydia Lynch, Jolynn Minnier and Haley Landon -- had one hit each. Landon also had an RBI.

O-M returns to action Wednesday at Newfield.

Watkins Glen's Jordan Avery clears the High Jump bar. He placed third.

Track: Glen boys, girls fall to Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, April 10, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity track teams dropped Interscholastic Athletic Conference decisions Tuesday to Waverly in a meet on the WGHS athletic field.

The Watkins boys fell 114-27, while the Watkins girls lost 125-16. Both Watkins squads had far fewer athletes than Waverly.

Girls: Among the Watkins Glen standouts were:

--Haley Dean: 2nd in the 100 Meter Dash in 14.4.
--Breanna Carl: 2nd in the 1500 Meters in 6:13.2.
--Jena Slater: 1st in the Pole Vault at 7 6"

Boys: Among the Watkins Glen standouts were:

--Jordan Avery: 2nd in the 100 Meter Dash in 12.3.
--Gabe Planty: 2nd in the 800 Meters in 2:08.7.
--Gabe Planty: 1st in the 3200 Meters in 10:44.
--Nick Wilston: 1st in the Long Jump at 18' 2.5"
--Nick Wilston: 2nd in the Triple Jump at 36' 6.5"
--Max Evans: 2nd in the High Jump at 5' 6"

Senior Night: The team's three seniors were honored before the meet: Jena Slater, Casen Weeden and Kai Sutterby. Sutterby was absent due to attendance at a HOSA (Future Health Professionals, formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America) event.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Max Evans clears the High Jump bar. He placed second.

Left: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty. Right: Watkins Glen seniors Casen Weeden and Jena Slater, honored before the start of the meet at a Senior Night ceremony.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jena Slater on the way to winning the Pole Vault. Right: The Senecas' Nick Wilston en route to first place in the Long Jump.

Left: Watkins Glen's Breanna Carl. Right: The Senecas' Haley Dean.

Left: Watkins Glen's Elliott Holland in the 4x800 Relay. Right: The Senecas' Maddie Suddaby soars in the Long Jump. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

O-M tennis team loses to Union Springs

UNION SPRINGS, April 10, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity tennis team's record slipped to 1-3 Tuesday when the Indians dropped a 5-2 decision to Union Springs in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match.

Odessa got wins from Rhys Stermer (6-1, 6-0 in the No. 2 singles) and Sara Gardner (6-1, 6-3 in the No. 3 singles), but lost the other two singles matches and all three of its doubles matches.

With the victory, Union Springs improved to 2-1.

Odessa-Montour returns to action Thursday at Lansing.

O-M's Lydia Lynch is congratulated by teammates after hitting a 1st inning homer.

O-M wins behind Vondracek's two HRs

ODESSA, April 9, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team improved to 2-0 Monday with a 7-3 victory over Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M softball field that saw the host team blast three homers.

Two of those round-trippers were by Grace Vondracek in the 1st and 2nd innings, good for five runs. The third was by Lydia Lynch -- a 1st inning blast over the fence in left-center.

Vondracek went the distance on the mound for Odessa, allowing three runs -- none of them earned -- on three hits while striking out 15 batters and walking one.

O-M, which stole six bases (three by Vondraeek), totaled nine hits, registered by:

-- Vondracek: 2-for-2 with two homers, two walks, three runs and 5 RBIs.
-- Lynch: 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored.
-- Isabel Foote: 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
-- Emma Lodge: 2-for-3.
-- Sam Sipes: 1-for-3.

Odessa scored three runs in both the 1st and 2nd innings. After Candor scored three times in the 4th, O-M scored its last run in the bottom of that inning.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Grace Vondracek connects for a 1st inning homer.
Bottom: Odessa 1st baseman Dezirae Minnier receives a throw from catcher Lydia Lynch, left, for a 1st inning putout.

O-M's Isabel Foote leads off the 1st inning with a single. Two batters later, she scored ...

... as Grace Vondracek hit a home run. Here, they both cross the plate.

Odessa-Montour's Sam Sipes arrives safely at second base as a Candor throw gets away.

WGHS senior Collin Baker signs a Letter of Commitment to SUNY Brockport, flanked by his mother Dawn and father Mike. Standing are sisters Caelin, left, and Carlie.

Signings held at WGHS for senior athletes

WATKINS GLEN, April 9, 2019 -- Watkins Glen High School seniors Collin Baker and Taylor Kelly held signing ceremonies Monday in the school library -- Baker signing a Letter of Commitment to SUNY Brockport, where he will play football and seek a degree in Criminal Justice; and Kelly a Letter of Intent to Corning Community College, where she plans to play basketball.

Baker said that while he is looking forward to playing football, he will be focused on his education, with an eye toward a degree that can lead him to a job with the Department of Homeland Security

Senior Hannah Morse was scheduled to sign with Kelly for CCC, but flu forced her absence. CCC Assistant Coach Michelle Wright said Morse can sign at a future ceremony. Coach Mike Wright said CCC was "ecstatic" to attract the duo of Kelly and Morse, who led the WGHS girls team to the New York State Class C championship basketball game this past season.

Photo in text: Taylor Kelly, center front, was flanked by parents Amy and Randy Kelly. From left, back, are CCC coaches Michelle and Mike Wright, WGHS Coach Alicia Learn, and WGHS Assistant Coach Scott Morse.

The Seneca Indians' Travis Hill dives back safely to first base on a pickoff throw.

Seneca Indians fall to Newark Valley, 2-1

WATKINS GLEN, April 9, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team's record slipped to 2-2 Monday when it dropped a 2-1 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Watkins Glen High School baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of WGHS and Odessa-Montour athletes -- fell behind 2-0 in the 1st inning on a 2-run homer by NV's Evan Powell. They got within a run in the 5th, Austin Voorheis scoring on a single by Caleb Thomas, and threatened with two runners in the 6th. Those runners were stranded, though, and the three WG-OM batters in the 7th struck out.

Derrick Lewis went the distance on the mound for the Seneca Indians, allowing just two hits, striking out 14 batters and walking three. Newark Valley's Michael Wandell allowed just one hit in five innings on the mound while striking out seven and walking seven. Joey Woodmansee allowed another hit and a walk, but struck out six batters in his two innings of relief.

The Seneca Indians had their chances, stranding 10 runners, while the Cardinals stranded two.

WG/OM returns to action Wednesday at Waverly.

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Photos in text:

Top: The Seneca Indians' Derrick Lewis prepares to deliver a pitch. He allowed two hits.
Bottom: An artistic renditon of a successful throw by WG/OM shortstop Isaac McIlroy to first base in the 6th inning.

Track: Odessa boys, girls defeat S-VE

SPENCER, April 19, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity track and field teams defeated Spencer-Van Etten Monday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the S-VE athletic field.

The O-M boys won 95-40, while the Odessa girls won 73-59.

Boys: Among wins posted for Odessa:

100 Meter Dash: Deshawn Johnson, 12.4 seconds.
200 Meters: Deshawn Johnson, 25.6 seconds.
Long Jump: Preston Harris, 18 feet.
400 Meter Run: William Yeater, 1:02.
Discus: Zach Elliott, 134 feet.
Shot Put: Zach Elliott, 49' 9"
Pole Vault: Andrew Hartford, 10 feet.
Triple Jump: Paden Grover, 35' 2"
High Jump: Paden Grover, 5' 8"
110 Meter Hurdles: Preston Harris, 17.3.

Girls: Among wins posted for Odessa:

100 Meter Dash: Nadia Simpson, 13.0 seconds.
200 Meters: Tori Brewster, 28.1 seconds.
800 Meters: Morgan Burnham, 2:59.
Pole Vault: Kennedey Heichel, 8' 6"
400 Meter Hurdles: Kennedey Heichel, 1:13.7
3000 Meters: Lexi Saunders, 15:07.7
Shot Put: Lexi Saunders, 25 feet
100 Meter Hurdles: Kennedey Heichel, 16.88



A Newark Valley batter lays down a bunt single in the 1st inning in front of Watkins Glen catcher Madeline Parker.

Watkins softball team falls to NV, 16-0

WATKINS GLEN, April 9, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team's record slipped to 1-3 Monday when the Senecas dropped a 16-0 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS softball field.

The game was terminated after six innings under the so-called "mercy rule" that ends games when one team leads by 15 or more runs after at least five innings.

Newark Valley scored three runs in the 1st inning, two each in the 3rd, 4th and 5th innnigs, and seven runs in the 6th, amassing 14 hits along the way and playing errorless ball.

Watkins Glen had two hits -- by Claudia Parker (1-for-3) and Katie Losey (1-for-2). Parker went the distance on the mound for the Senecas, striking out four batters, walking five and hitting two.

"We hit the ball hard, but right at them," said Watkins Glen Coach Jim Scott, noting that his team struck out just five times.

"They're a really good defensive team," he added.

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Waverly.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan catches a drive to center field.
Bottom: The Senecas' Claudia Parker delivers a pitch.

Odessa golfers fall to Trumansburg

TRUMANSBURG, April 9, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity golf team slipped to 0-2 Monday when it fell to Trumansburg 285-296 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Trumansburg Golf Course's par-36 back-9.

Noah Hollenbeck, a junior, led Odessa with a career-low 44, while Tyler Saunders posted a 47.

The Indians will return to action Thursday against Newark Valley at the Hillendale Golf Course.

Athletes of Week: Grace, Zach and Joe

SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 7, 2019 -- A softball player, a field athlete and a lacrosse player are this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek earns one of the nods for her 1-hit,19-strikeout softball masterpiece over Groton. She was also 4-for-4 at the plate.

O-M's Zach Elliott earns one for his state-qualifying performances in the Discus and the Shot Put during the IAC Relays.

And Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy earns the third for his six goals in two games, including a three-goal, three-assist effort that included the tying and winning goals in a comeback victory over Seton Catholic.

Double Honorable: O-M track's Kennedey Heichel, Nadia Simpson, Paden Grover, Andrew Hartford, Ryan Griswold and Preston Harris; Watkins lacrosse's Connor Novinsky, Sam Smith and Avery Watson; Watkins softball's Claudia Parker; Watkins track's Haley Dean, Breanna Carl, Brianna Hayes, Kai Sutterby, Gabe Planty and Max Evans; and O-M tennis players Sara Gardner and Rhys Stermer.

Honorable Mention: Another 54 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.

Odessa-Montour's Andrew Hartford clears 12 feet in the Pole Vault, a personal record.

Tburg boys, girls top field at IAC Relays

ODESSA, April 6, 2019 -- The Trumansburg boys and girls varsity track teams placed first Saturday at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Relays on Odessa-Montour High School's athletic field.

The Tburg boys totaled 114 points to runnerup O-M's 91. Leading Odessa was Zach Elliott, who met the state qualifying distances in both the Shot Put and Discus. He registered distances of 50' 6.5" in the Shot and 140' 11" in the Discus.

Tioga placed third with 57 points, followed by Spencer-Van Etten (53), Newfield (50), Southern Cayuga (48), Union Springs (19), Moravia (9), and Watkins Glen (with only a few competitors, 7).

The Tburg girls totaled 82 points to runnerup O-M's 62. S-VE was third with 56 points, followed by Union Springs (48), Southern Cayuga (42), Tioga (40), Moravia (35), Newfield (32), and Watkins Glen (23).

Among top finishes for the O-M boys:

--Preston Harris, Paden Grover, Andrew Hartford and Ryan Griswold won the Shuttle Hurdle Relay.
--Deshawn Johnson and Preston Harris were second in the Long Jump with a combined 35 feet, 2 inches.
--Paden Grover and Ryan Griswold were second in the Triple Jump with a combined 69 feet, 6 1/4 inches.
--Paden Grover and Brock Sgrecci were first in the High Jump with a combined 11 feet.
--Zach Elliott and Dylan Houseknecht were first in the Shot Put with a combined 88 feet, 6.5 inches.
--Zach Elliott and Eric Rumsey were first in the Discus with a combined 263 feet, 5 inches.

Among the top finishes for the O-M girls:

--The Shuttle Hurdle Relay team of Kennedey Heichel, Hannah Nolan, Hannah Bruno and Camille Sgrecci finished first.
--Ida Sidle and Tori Brewster were second in the Long Jump with a combined 27 feet, 3.5 inches.
--Tori Brewster and Hannah Nolan were third in the Triple Jump with a combined 59 feet, 3 3/4 inches.
--Delaney Paulisczak and Kennedey Heichel were third in the High Jump with a combined 8 feet, 4 inches.
--Kennedey Heichel and Camille Sgrecci were first in the Pole Vault with a combined 14 feet.
--Leah Overhiser and Lexi Saunders were second in the Shot Put with a combined 47 feet, 3.5 inches.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Kennedey Heichel competes in the Shuttle Hurdle Relay, which her team won.

Middle: Odessa's Delaney Paulisczak clears the bar in the High Jump.

Bottom: O-M's Paden Grover lands in the Triple Jump pit. He and teammate Ryan Griswold placed second in that event.

Left: Watkins Glen's Maddie Suddaby goes airborne in the Triple Jump. Right: Watkins Glen's Kai Sutterby.

From left: O-M's Reagan Bishop, Hannah Bruno and Morgan Burnham.

Left: O-M's Camille Sgrecci in the Shuttle Hurdles. Her team (Kennedey Heichel, Hannah Nolan and Hannah Bruno) placed first. Right: O-M's Zach Elliott prepares to launch the Shot. He hit the state qualifying distance in the Shot and the Discus.

From left: Watkins Glen's Jena Slater, O-M's Ida Sidle, Odessa's Leah Overhiser.

Left: O-M's Lexi Saunders. Right: Odessa's Ryan Griswold on the way to victory in the Shuttle Hurdles. Other members of his team: Preston Harris, Paden Grover and Andrew Hartford.

And from photographer Doug Yeater:

Left: Odessa-Montour's William Yeater. Right: Watkins Glen's Elliott Holland.

Left: Taking a break during the track meet. Right: O-M's Ida Sidle goes airborne.

The ball was up for grabs as members of both teams congregated near midfield.

Watkins lacrosse team rallies for victory

WATKINS GLEN, April 5, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team rallied with four goals in the fourth quarter to overtake Seton Catholic 9-8 Thursday for its first win of the season.

The 1-3 Senecas, trailing most of the game on their home turf, rode three goals by Joe Chedzoy -- including the game-tying and game-winning scores -- to the victory. Also scoring were Sam Smith (twice), Avery Watson, Dawson Wade, Ramel Fulcher and Seamus Mooney. Chedzoy also registered three assists.

Connor Novinsky made 14 saves in goal for the Senecas. "He has been a great addition to the team this season," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson, noting that Novinsky "has over a 50% save percentage, great for a lacrosse goalie."

The team, added Watson, "played a better game today. We were more composed than in previous games this season. Our passing was better and the defense did a good job of shutting down shooting opportunities."

Watkins Glen struck first with a goal by Chedzoy at 11:18 of the first period, but Seton scored the next three goals, and entered the second quarer ahead 3-1.

Goals by Smith and Watson at 11:02 and 9:42 of the second period evened the score at 3-3, but Seton moved ahead again with two goals before intermission for a 5-3 halftime lead.

The Seton lead grew to three, at 6-3, with 8:33 left in the third quarter, but Watkins Glen responded with goals by Dawson and Fulcher at 8:03 and 5:49 of the third period to cut the deficit to 6-5. The teams then alternated goals, Seton going up 7-5 at 3:01 of the third period, Watkins closing to within 7-6 on Smith's second goal at 11:27 of the fourth period, and Seton going up by two, 8-6, at 9:44 of the fourth.

Then came the late Watkins surge, with Mooney scoring at 9:16 to cut the Seton lead to 8-7, followed by Chedzoy goals at 7:05 to tie the game and at 2:02 to put the Senecas ahead for good. That goal saw Chedzoy take the ball deep in the Watkins end of the field, race up the left sideline and fire in a shot from an angle to the left.

Watkins Glen then managed to run out the clock.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy attempts a shot on goal in traffic.
Bottom: The Senecas' Avery Watson cuts loose with a shot that found the net and tied the game 3-3 in the second quarter.

Watkns Glen's Dawson Wade takes a shot on goal. The Seton keeper stopped it.

Left: Watkins Glen's Sam Smith, left, is congratulated by teammate Dylan Markley after scoring his first goal of the game. Right: The Seneca's Ramel Fulcher (4) scored a goal.

Left: Watkins' Dylan Markley fires high, just over the net. Right: The Senecas race out on the field to congratulate goalkeeper Connor Novinsky and celebrate with him.

Watkins Glen's Joe Chedzoy (5) sustained two fouls that put him on the turf in the final minute of play. The two Seton players pictured were both called for penalties.

Left: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Connor Novinsky is seemingly staring down a Seton shot on goal. Right: The Senecas' Dawson Wade, left, battles for possession of the ball.

O-M golfers fall in opener to Groton

ITHACA, April 5, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity golf team dropped its season opener Thursday to Groton, 271-296, in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Hillendale Golf Course's par-35 front-9.

Tyler Saunders led O-M with a 48, while Noah Hollenbeck shot a 52, Eliza Starkweather 62, Austin Hoyt 66, and Brett Walters 68

"All in all not bad for the first boys match in two years," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich.

There were not enough players last year for an O-M boys team. This year, there is no girls team, with Starkweather joining the boys squad.

Glen golfers lose opener to Trumansburg

TRUMANSBURG, April 5, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity golf team lost its season opener Thursday to Trumansburg, 298-307, in what Coach John Fazzary called "tough, cold conditions" at the Trumansburg Golf Course.

Georgio Fazzary led the Senecas with a 51, while Ethan Cary shot a 57, Daniel Ely 62, Andrew Hayes 65, and Demitrius Dillon 72. Elizabeth Dawson and Owen Leiter led Trumansburg, each with a 51.

Watkins pitcher Claudia Parker tags out a Dryden runner trying to score from third base after a pitch got past catcher Katie Losey, who retrieved the ball and threw to Parker.

Watkins softball team falls to Dryden

WATKINS GLEN, April 4, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team's record slipped to 1-2 Wednesday when the Senecas dropped an 18-3 decision to Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS softball field.

The Senecas trailed 6-0 in the 5th inning when they loaded the bases and Nancy Jackson drove the ball to deep centerfield with two outs -- a potential 3-run triple. But the Dryden centerfielder snagged the ball with full extension over her shoulder while on the run to quell the uprising.

"Doggone it," said Watkins Glen Coach Jim Scott. "That would've changed the whole dynamic. I'm not saying we would have won, but we were playing pretty good" at that point -- having held the Lions scoreless over the previous two innings.

But after that, the wheels came off. Several misplays in the field opened the floodgates, and Dryden scored seven runs in the 6th inning and five in the 7th. The Senecas finally got on the board in the 7th inning, scoring three times on three hits.

Watkins Glen managed eight hits in the game, compared to Dryden's 16. The Senecas committed five errors to Dryden's one.

Claudia Parker went the distance on the mound for Watkins, striking out eight batters and walking two. She also had three of her team's hits, going 3-for-4 with a run scored.

Other hits came from Kelsey Kernan (1-or-4), Katie Losey (1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI), Jackson (1-for-4 with an RBI), Cierra Barber (1-for-2), and Maggie Rhoads (1-for-2).

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

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan is called out at first in a bang-bang play that followed her grounder to the Dryden second baseman.
Bottom: The Senecas' Hayley Cornish was wrapped in a blanket (to ward off a strong and chilling wind) and sunglasses.

Watkins Glen's Cierra Barber sends the ball toward short left field, where the Dryden shortstop (right) tried in vain to catch it.

Left: Watkins Glen's Maggie Rhoads swings. She connected a moment later for a single. Right: The Senecas' second baseman, Madyson Simpson, catches an incoming throw as a Dryden runner slides safely into second.

Left: Watkins Glen's Nancy Jackson connects with the bases loaded and two out in the 5th inning. Right: The Dryden centerfielder hauls in Jackson's drive on the run.

Track: Glen girls win at C-S; boys fall

CAMPBELL, April 4, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity track team edged Campbell-Savona 59-58 Wednesday in a non-league meet on the C-S athletic field. The Watkins boys team fell to C-S, 75-60.

"It was a very cold night, but the ladies did a great job participating in extra events outside their comfort zone in order to get the win," said Watkins Glen Coach Rod Weeden.

In the boys meet, he said, "we lost by not having a full, healthy team. Just two event changes would have made the difference."

While full results from the girls meet were not available, place finishes without times were as follows:

100 Meters: 1st Haley Dean, 3rd Madelyn Suddaby
1500 Meters: 1st Breanna Carl, 2nd Kaylana Rekczis
400 Meter Hurdles: 1st Brianna Hayes
800 Meters: 1st Kai Sutterby
200 Meters: 1st Haley Dean
3000 Meters: 1st Breanna Carl, 2nd Kaylana Rekczis
4x400 Relay: 1st Haley Dean, Jena Slater, Maya Somerville and Kai Sutterby
Discus: 1st Kai Sutterby 57'
Long Jump: 1st Brianna Hayes 12' 2", 3rd Madelyn Suddaby 11' 2"
Triple Jump: 1st Brianna Hayes 25' 1/2", 3rd Maya Somerville 22' 5"

In the boys' meet, top Watkins finishes came from:

1600 Meters: 1st Gabe Planty 5:21.1, 2nd Sam Thorsland 5:28.7
800 Meters: 1st Max Evans 2:32, 2nd Sam Thorsland 2:38.9
Discus: 1st Collin Gaylord 70' 5"
Shot Put: 2nd Collin Gaylord 24' 0"
Triple Jump: 1st Nick Wilston 34' 3", 2nd Tim Clifford 31' 0"
High Jump: 1st Max Evans 5' 0", 2nd Jordan Avery 4' 9"
100 Meters: 2nd Jordan Avery 12.7, 3rd Nick Wilston 13.4
400 Meters: 2nd Nathan Murphy 1:05.7
Pole Vault: 2nd Cale Sutterby 6' 6"
Long Jump: 2nd Nick Wilston 16' 2", 3rd Max Evans 14' 1.5"

O-M softball team's tie to be settled later

MARATHON, April 4, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity softball team's Interscholastic Athletic Conference game against Marathon was called after five innings Wednesday because of darkness with the score tied 7-7.

The contest will be concluded on April 11th, when Odessa hosts Marathon for another game.

Marathon scored first, building a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning. After Odessa tied the game with three runs in the 3rd (including a home run by Grace Vondracek), Marathon regained the lead 4-3 in the bottom of the 3rd.

O-M struck for four runs in the top of the 5th to take a 7-4 lead, only to see Marathon tie it in the bottom half of the frame.

Vondracek (2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI) and Isabel Foote (2-for-3 with 2 RBIs) led the O-M offense. Other hits came from Jolynn Minnier (1-for-2 with two runs scored) and Haley Landon (1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI). Emma Lodge also scored once and drove in a run. Lydia Lynch, Dezirae Minnier and Madisyn Wells also scored a run each.

Vondracek pitched all five innings for Odessa, allowing five earned runs on seven hits while striking out eight batters and walking three.

Seneca Indians fall to Dryden, slip to 2-1

DRYDEN, April 4, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team sustained its first loss of the season Wednesday when it dropped a 9-7 decision to Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Dryden baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour athletes -- scored a run in the top of the 1st inning, but Dryden went ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the inning.

Each team scored again in the 3rd, and after WG/OM scored three times in the 4th and Dryden scored twice in the same frame, the game was tied 5-5.

A three-run 5th inning put Dryden up 8-5, and after the Seneca Indians closed to within a run, 8-7, in the top of the 6th, Dryden closed out the scoring with a run in the bottom of the inning.

WG/OM registered five hits to Dryden's nine. Hunter Holley had a double, while Isaac McIlroy, Caleb Thomas, Josiah Wysocki and Ben Mathews each registered a single.

Both teams struggled in the field, with the Seneca Indians committing eight errors, and Dryden committing six. Austin Voorheis went the distance on the mound for WG/OM, allowing nine runs -- but only two earned -- on nine hits while striking out five batters and walking none.

O-M tennis team defeats Moravia, 5-2

MORAVIA, April 3, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity tennis team improved to 1-2 Tuesday by defeating Moravia 5-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Moravia tennis courts.

Posting wins in singles for O-M were Rhys Stermer, 6-3, 6-2, and Sara Gardner, 6-0, 6-1. Posting wins in doubles were the Odessa teams of Dana Zimmers-Cheianne Webster, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4; Jacy Knapp-Kaylea Simmons, 6-3, 6-4; and Manuela Buffo-Malia Mertens, 6-0, 6-0.

The Indians lost two singles matches to 0-3 Moravia, with Dylan Von Neida falling in three sets and Brooke Sikora losing in two.

Watkins tennis team blanks So. Cayuga

AURORA, April 2, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team improved to 2-0 Tuesday with a 7-0 victory over Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Southern Cayuga tennis courts.

"The entire team played very well tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "It was a solid effort at every position."

In singles, Nate Wickham won 6-1, 6-3, Dylan Morse won 6-1, 6-4, Clint Craven won 6-2, 6-0, and Mathew Sandritter won 6-0, 6-0.

In doubles, Hannah Morse-Jill Cantieni won 5-7, 6-2, 6-3, Ali LaMoreaux-Bryson Simmons won 6-0, 6-2, and Kathleen Clifford-Enkang Lin won 6-1, 6-0.

Watkins lacrosse team falls to ND, 8-7

SOUTHPORT, April 3, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team's record slipped to 0-3 Tuesday when the Senecas dropped an 8-7 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in a game on the ND athletic field.

Joe Chedzoy scored three goals for Watkins Glen, while Avery Watson scored two goals and Seamus Mooney and Sam Smith one each. Connor Novinsky registered 14 saves in goal for the Senecas.

"We had the lead in the game until 5:59 left in the fourth quarter," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson. "Turnovers and mistakes once again cost the team a win. Until we can possess the ball, we will continue to suffer."

The Senecas return to action Thursday at home against Seton Catholic.

Vondracek hurls 1-hitter as O-M wins

ODESSA, April 2, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team -- led by Grace Vondracek's pitching and hitting -- defeated Groton 10-0 Monday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference season-opener on the O-M softball field.

Vondracek allowed just one hit while striking out 19 batters and went 4-for-4 at the plate as the Indians topped Groton with a 16-hit attack. Groton's lone hit, a single, came in the 6th inning.

O-M scored four runs in the 3rd inning, two in the 4th, one in the 5th and three in the 6th. In addition to Vondracek's four hits (one of them a triple), Odessa got three hits from Jolynn Minnier -- including a triple and a homer -- and two each from Dezirae Minnier, Madisyn Wells and Isabel Foote. Other hits came from Sam Sipes, Lydia Lynch and Rebecca Wolfe.

Jolynn Minnier drove in three runs, Vondracek two, and Lynch, Wolfe and Wells one apiece. Foote and Vondracek each stole two bases, and Jolynn Minnier and Lynch one each.

O-M returns to action Wednesday at Marathon.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour pitcher Grace Vondracek.

Left: O-M's Lydia Lynch connects with a pitch. Right: O-M's Isabel Foote with her batting helmet in hand.

Left: Watkins Glen pitcher Claudia Parker. Right: Watkins rightfielder Jeanette Rodriguez hauls in a fly ball in the 7th inning.

Watkins softball team tops Whitney Point

WATKINS GLEN, April 2, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team evened its season mark at 1-1 Monday with a 16-5 victory over Whitney Point in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS softball field.

The Senecas, who failed to win a game last year, scored nine runs in the first three innings and coasted from there, adding two runs in the 4th and five in the 5th. Whitney Point scored single runs in the 4th, 5th and 7th innings, and two runs in the 6th.

Claudia Parker went the distance on the mound for Watkins Glen, allowing six hits while striking out eight batters and walking three. She was also 3-for-5 at the plate with a double, two runs scored and 2 RBIs.

Kelsey Kernan was 2-for-3 for the Senecas with a triple, three runs scored and three RBIs. Katie Losey was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs, while Cammi McCarty was 1-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs.

"It was a great win," said Watkins Glen Coach Jim Scott. "The girls are happy, and I'm happy for them."

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at home against Dryden.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan rounds second base on her way to a triple after driving the ball to deep centerfield. (Photo by Sheila Barber) Right: Seneca teammates Madyson Simpson, left, and Cammi McCarty celebrate the win.

The ball gets by the Whitney Point first baseman off a throw that followed an infield grounder by Watkins Glen's Nancy Jackson, left, who advanced to second on the play.

Watkins Glen first baseman Cierra Barber stretches as a throw from third baseman Ava VanDusen (16) arrives for a putout. (Photo by Sheila Barber)

Seneca Indians hold off Whitney Point

WATKINS GLEN, April 2, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team improved to 2-0 Monday with a 7-5 victory over Whitney Point in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Watkins Glen High School baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of WGHS and Odessa-Montour High School athletes -- built a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning before Whitney Point scored twice in the 2nd. WG/OM extended the lead to 5-2 in the 3rd, and to 6-2 in the 5th, but the Eagles pulled close, 6-5, with a three-run 6th inning.

The Seneca Indians added an insurance run in the bottom of the 6th on a walk, a bunt single, a throwing error that put runners on second and third, and a wild pitch.

Isaac McIlroy pitched the first four innings for WG/OM, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out three batters and walking five. Caleb Thomas pitched the final three innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits while striking out two batters and walking one.

The Seneca Indians registered six hits. Kelly went 2-for-4 with a run scored, Derrick Lewis 1-for-4 with a run scored, Austin Voorheis 2-for-2 with two runs scored, an RBI and a walk, and Johnny Niedermaier 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Caleb Thomas walked once and scored twice, while Steven Gublo walked once and scored the final run.

Photos in text:

Top: The Seneca Indians' Caleb Thomas delivers a pitch.
Bottom: OM/WG's Steven Gublo dives back safely to first base on a pickoff play.

From left: Seneca Indians second baseman Hunter Holley throws out a runner; first baseman Johnny Niedermaier; and shortstop Isaac McIlroy squeezes a pop fly.

Odessa-Montour's Nadia Simpson, center, on the way to victory in the 100 Meter Dash. (Photo by Doug Yeater)

O-M tops Newfield in IAC track opener

ODESSA, April 2, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys and girls varsity track teams defeated Newfield Monday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference track-and-field season opener on the O-M athletic field.

The O-M boys posted a 99-37 victory, while the O-M girls won 98-33. Watkins Glen also competed, but not for a competitive team score.

On the girls' side, Odessa got wins from Kennedey Heichel in the 100 Hurdles (17.7) and 400 Hurdles (1:16.2); Nadia Simpson in the 100 (13.3) and 200 (27.6); Morgan Burnham in the 800 (2:57.8); Autumn Garrison in the Discus (52'4"); Lexi Saunders in the Shot Put (26' 7.75"); Hannah Bruno in the Long Jump (14' 7.75"); and Tori Brewster in the Triple Jump (30' 1/2"). It also had wins in the 4x100 and 4x400 Relays.

On the boys' side, O-M wins came from Preston Harris in the 110 Hurdles (17.9) and 400 Hurdles (1:06.1); Deshawn Johnson in the 100 (12.4); Noah Brewster in the 400 (57.5); Will Yeater in the 3200 (12:32.1); Zach Elliott in the Discus (139' 2") and Shot Put 47' 11.75"); and Paden Grover in the Long Jump (17' 7"), Triple Jump (36' 6") and Pole Vault (7' 6"). It also had a win in the 4x100 Relay.

Watkins Glen wins were posted by Breanna Carl in the 1500 (6:13.3) and 3000 (13:45); Gabe Planty in the 1600 (4:47); Jordan Avery in the 200 (25.4); Max Evans in the High Jump (5'6"), and Jena Slater in the Pole Vault (7'). It also won the 4x400 Relay.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Deshawn Johnson at the start of the 100, which he won.

From left: O-M's Lexi Saunders and Watkins Glen's Breanna Carl and Gabe Planty.

Left: O-M's Victoria Brewster competes in the Long Jump. She won the Triple Jump.
Right:
Odessa's Preston Harris goes airborne in the Long Jump.

Left: O-M's Kennedey Heichel on the way to victory in the 100 Meter Hurdles. Runnerup Hannah Nolan is in the background. Right: Watkins Glen's Jena Slater, who won the Pole Vault. (Both photos by Doug Yeater)

O-M tennis team falls to Waverly, 4-3

ODESSA, April 2, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity tennis team's record slipped to 0-2 Monday when the Indians dropped a 4-3 decision to Waverly in an Intersholastic Athletic Conference match on the O-M tennis courts.

The Indians' No. 1, 2 and 3 singles players -- Dylan Von Neida, Rhys Stermer and Sara Gardner -- posted victories, Von Neida 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1 over Seth Lloyd, Stermer 6-0, 7-6 (7-4) over Collin Keefer, and Gardner 6-0, 6-1 over Caleb Wilcox.

The three O-M doubles teams -- Brooke Sikora-Isabella Arlington, Jacy Knapp-Kaylea Simmons and Dana Zimmers-Malia Mertens -- sustained losses, as did the No. 4 singles player, Cheianne Webster.

With the win, Waverly improved to 1-1.

Photo: Odessa-Montour's Rhys Stermer volleys. He won his match.

Athletes of the Week: SI's Lewis, Thomas

SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 1, 2019 -- Two members of the Seneca Indians baseball team are The Odessa File Athletes of the Week.

They are pitcher-catcher Derrick Lewis and centerfielder-pitcher Caleb Thomas. Each pitched and each had an RBI hit -- and each made an important defensive play -- as the Seneca Indians (the combined Watkins Glen High School/Odessa-Montour varsity baseball team) defeated Waverly in the season opener, 4-3.

Double Honorable: Seneca Indians Johnny Niedermaier and Hunter Holley; Watkins Glen lacrosse players Joe Chedzoy and Avery Watson.

Honorable Mention: Another 10 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 softball team is no-hit in opener

WATKINS GLEN, March 30, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team opened its season with a loss Friday, failing to get a hit in a 15-0, five-inning Interscholastic Athletic Conference loss to Waverly on the WGHS softball field.

The Senecas retired Waverly in order in the first inning, but after that the Wolverines scored seven runs in the 2nd, two in each of the 3rd and 4th, and four in the 5th -- triggering the so-called "mercy rule" that terminates games after five innings if one team leads the other by 15 or more runs.

Pitchers Wendi Hammond and Hali Jenner combined for the no-hitter for Waverly, which garnered eight hits off Watkins Glen hurler Claudia Parker (who struck out four batters and walked four). The Senecas committed five errors, while Waverly played errorless ball.

Watkins Glen returns to action Monday at home against Whitney Point.

Photo in text: A Waverly runner is safe at home as Watkins Glen catcher Katie Losey applies a tag.

Left: Watkins Glen's Cierra Barber hauls in a throw to first base. Right: The Senecas' pitcher, Claudia Parker.

The Seneca Indians' Caleb Thomas connects for an RBI triple in the 3rd inning.

Seneca Indians top Waverly

2-run rally in 6th gives WG/OM an opening-day victory

WATKINS GLEN, March 30, 2019 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team built a 2-0 lead, fell behind in the 6th inning, and then rallied to defeat Waverly 4-3 Friday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference season opener on the Watkins Glen High School baseball field.

The Senecas, behind the strong pitching of Derrick Lewis, built a 2-0 lead through five innings, its runs coming on an RBI triple by Caleb Thomas and an RBI single by Lewis in the 3rd inning.

Waverly struck for three runs in the top of the 6th triggered by an error and featuring an RBI double and two RBI singles, but WG/OM responded in the bottom of the inning with two runs on an RBI single by Johnny Niedermaier and an RBI groundout to the right side of the infield by Hunter Holley.

Holley, the Seneca Indians' second baseman, finished matters off in the 7th inning by hauling in a soft Waverly fly to short rightfield, sending the WG/OM players -- a combined squad of WGHS and Odessa-Montour athletes -- into a brief celebration.

The Seneca Indians registered five hits as Thomas went 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI; Lewis 1-for-2 with a run scored, an RBI and a walk; Austin Voorheis 1-for-3 with a run; and Niedermaier 2-for-3 with an RBI. Sean Kelly walked once and scored a run.

Lewis went five innings on the mound, and part of the 6th, allowing three runs (one earned) while striking out eight batters and walking three. Thomas secured the final six outs, allowing two hits while striking out one and walking one.

Key defensive plays included a long running catch in right center by centerfielder Thomas; a nifty scoop by Niedermaier on a putout at first; a sinking liner snagged by Holley with the bases loaded and two outs; and a putout at home, with Lewis -- who took over catching duties after concluding his pitching stint -- applying the tag on a close play.

Photos in text:

Top: The Seneca Indians' Sean Kelly slides home safely in the 3rd inning.
Bottom: WG/OM's starting pitcher, Derrick Lewis.

Left: The Seneca Indians celebrate their victory. Right: WG/OM second baseman Hunter Holley exults after catching a pop fly for the final out.

Seneca Indians shortstop Isaac McIlroy fires to first after fielding a grounder.

Watkins lacrosse team falls to Seton 8-5

BINGHAMTON, March 30, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team's record slipped to 0-2 Friday when the Senecas dropped an 8-5 decision to Seton Catholic on the road.

Avery Watson and Seamus Mooney each scored two goals for the Senecas, while Joe Chedzoy had one. Connor Novinsky registered 16 saves in goal.

"We were our own opponent this afternoon," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson. "We missed passes and dropped balls," and "poor groundball work hurt us."

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Elmira Notre Dame.

Watkins lacrosse team opens with a loss

SENECA FALLS, March 28, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team started its season with a loss Wednesday, falling 17-5 to Mynderse Academy on the road.

Joe Chedzoy led the Senecas with four goals, and won 14 face-offs. Avery Watson scored the other goal, while Connor Novinsky registered nine saves in goal. Nate VanAmburg had three face-off wins.

"Little errors hurt the team today," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson. "I'm not sure if it was first-game nerves or what, but dropped balls and bad passing caused many turnovers."

The Senecas return to action Friday at Seton Catholic. Game time is 5 p.m.

Odessa-Montour's Sara Gardner volleys on the way to a victory in singles.

O-M tennis team opens with loss to TAE

ODESSA, March 27, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision to Edison Tuesday in a season-opening Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the O-M tennis courts.

Sara Gardner posted O-M's lone victory, defeating Edison's Ben Doland 6-4, 6-2 in the 3rd Singles match.

Odessa lost its other matches in straight sets. Dylan Von Neida, Rhys Stermer and Cheianne Webster lost in the 1st, 2nd and 4th Singles matches, while O-M's Brooke Sikora-Shania Austin, Jacy Knapp-Kaylea Simmons and Malia Mertens-Dana Zimmers fell in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Doubles matches, respectively.

Left: O-M's Cheianne Webster volleys. Right: Odessa's Rhys Stermer prepares to serve.

Watkins tennis team opens with a victory

LANSING, March 27, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team opened its season with a win Tuesday, defeating Lansing 4-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Lansing tennis courts.

Watkins Glen won all three of its singles matches and one doubles. The 4th Singles was called off "due to lateness (8:40) after Watkins Glen won the 4th point" to secure the victory, said WGHS Coach Scott Morse.

Posting wins for Watkins in singles were Nathaniel Wickham (0-6, 6-0, 7-5), Dylan Morse (6-4, 7-5) and Clint Craven (6-0, 6-3). Winning in doubles: Kathleen Clifford and Enkang Lin (3-6, 6-4, 6-2). Falling in doubles were the Seneca teams of Hannah Morse-Jill Cantieni and Ali LaMoreaux-Jonathan Hatch.

"It was an interesting night," said Coach Morse. "It was cold and breezy, and minutes into the match the post holding the net on court 2 (of only three) broke off, making the court impossible to use. With only two courts in use for seven matches, it got dark and colder as the evening progressed.

"I was very pleased with my singles players, and the third doubles team of Clifford and Lin fought back after losing the first set to secure the final point. We obviously have plenty of work to do, but I'm happy with the effort and excited for this season with a terrific group of kids to work with."

Watkins Glen goalkeeper Conner Novinsky, right, makes a save on a Newark shot.

WGHS lacrosse team preps with scrimmage

WATKINS GLEN, March 21, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team scrimmaged Newark High School's team Thursday at home in preparation for the start of the regular season.

Watkins Coach Nils Watson said he was pleased with his team's performance -- it was outplaying Newark -- and said the squad is improved with the addition of more experienced players than it has had in the past.

The first official game is scheduled for March 27 at Mynderse Academy in Seneca Falls. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dylan Markley (10, left) prepares to unleash a shot that resulted in a goal.

The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team poses after returning home from the NYSPHSAA Final Four in Troy.

Watkins girls welcomed home from States

WATKINS GLEN, March 17, 2019 -- Scores of family, friends and admirers were waiting for the Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team upon its return home Sunday morning from its second-place finish in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Final Four at Hudson Valley Community College.

The girls, though tired and disappointed by their title-game loss, smiled and posed for photos and accepted congratulations for a phenomenal season. Cambridge defeated the Senecas, 57-43, in the championship game Saturday night.

"This is a great team," Coach Alicia Learn told the crowd. "We had lots of great times."

The team stayed overnight in Troy after the game, departing for home around 7 a.m. Sunday and arriving -- accompanied by Watkins Glen and Hector fire trucks and sirens -- at the WGHS Field House at around 11:15.

Photos in text:

Top: From left, team standouts Danielle Leszyk, Hannah Morse and Taylor Kelly pose with the State Tournament Finalist plaque they brought back from Troy.
Bottom: Coach Alicia Learn addresses the crowd in the Field House.

Well-wishers who greeted the team upon its arrival outside filed into the Field House for speeches and photos.

Watkins Glen Schools Superintendent Greg Kelahan congratulates the Senecas during Sunday's gathering in the WGHS Field House gym.

Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon inbounds the ball as Cambridge's Fiona Mooney leaps.

Glen girls fall in finale, 57-43

TROY, March 17, 2019 -- The disappointment was etched on their faces, and in the tears falling down the cheeks of a few of them.

The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team walked off the court Saturday night without the prize they had coveted -- the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class C championship.

That went instead to Cambridge -- located about an hour from the tournament site: Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. The seore was 57-43, which belied how close the game was through three quarters. As in many close games, late fouls to try and stem the tide worked in favor of the team being fouled. Cambridge converted 6 of 10 such shots in the closing 1:12 to ice the game and the title.

Any number of bad things can turn the tide: fouls called early against one of your key players, cold shooting, a hot team with a propensity for disupting their opponents' rhythm, and uneven crowd support. That's why home-court is an advantage.

In this case, Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly was whistled in the first 16 seconds, and was pulled with 2:16 left in the first period when she was called for a second foul. She didn't return until the second half.

The cold shooting came, oddly enough, upon her return. She could no longer find the range (after hitting two 3-pointers in the first period), and Danielle Leszyk likewise was struggling to find the cylinder after scoring all 11 of her points in the first half, including three 3-pointers. Drives up the lane were met with heavy traffic and the long, long arms of Cambridge's Phillips sisters, Lilly and Sophie.

Even so, somehow -- largely thanks to its own defense -- Watkins Glen (down 32-31 at halftime) stayed close, closing a 40-35 deficit with 3:11 left in the third quarter down to 41-39 at the end of the period.

Cambridge -- a very hot team with 22 straight wins and only one loss all season -- extended the lead to 44-39 at 5:36 of the fourth quarter and then to 50-39 two minutes later on a two-pointer, a free throw and a 3-pointer. Kelly scored and converted a free throw at 1:54 to cut the deficit to eight points, 50-42, but any thoughts of a miracle comeback like the one that carried the Senecas to the title two years earlier (overcoming a 16-point deficit in the final period) evaporated as Cambridge scored, as it had all night, on a layup. The Indians were proficient on the offensive board, and it cost the Senecas repeatedly.

From there, the foul shots granted Cambridge widened the gap to the final 14-point spread.

Leszyk and Adrienna Solomon led Watkins scorers with 11 points each, while Kelly registered 10 points, Morse 9, and Kelsey Kernan 2. The team was 3-for-4 from the foul line. Cambridge converted 12 of 19 free throws as two Watkins players -- Kernan and Solomon -- fouled out while Kelly and Morse each had four fouls.

As for the crowd, Watkins Glen attracted a sizable contingent that drove the three-and-a-half hours to cheer on their team, but Cambridge had twice as many fans, filling the bleachers across the gym from Watkins Glen's. It looked a bit like Santa Anna's trooops as they massed to attack the Alamo. The noise level at times was as unnerving as when Santa Anna's troops played "No Quarter' before attacking.

But it was the Cambridge players themselves who got it done -- a defensive minded squad with the Phillips twins reaching very high to swat away several shots, forcing the Senecas to a long-ball attack that just wasn't working on this night -- at least after intermission. Watkins finished with six 3-pointers, all in the first half.

Notes:

--Leszyk and Morse were named to the All-Tournament team, which included Cambridge's Phillips sisters and Millbrook's Erin Fox. Solomon received a Sportsmanship Award.

--The Senecas were staying the night in a Marriott hotel, and returning by bus this morning (Sunday), with arrival home expected about noon.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse drives to the basket in traffic.
Second: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk prepares to shoot. She made the basket.
Third: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly shoots.
Fourth: The Senecas' Adrienna Solomon goes to the hoop.
Bottom: Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn addresses her players during a timeout.

Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann, left, defends against Cambridge's Lilly Phillips.

Left: A shot attempt by Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan is blocked by Cambridge's Sophie Phillips. Right: Kernan looks to pass the ball.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse passes the ball as she nears the basket.

Left: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk drives toward the basket. Right: The Senecas' Adrienna Solomon shoots from the corner.

Left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly goes high on a jump shot. Right: The Senecas' Hannah Morse hugs teammate Danielle Leszyk after both were named to the All-Tournament team.

From left: Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon, Abby Gibson and Mattie Yontz watch as the game's final minute winds down.

Left: Watkins' Adrienna Solomon launches a shot. Right: The Senecas' Hannah Morse at the free-throw line, with teammate Jena Slater in the background.

Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn accepts the NYSPHSAA Class C Finalist plaque. Players in the background are, from left, Ali LaMoreaux, Hannah Morse and Mattie Yontz.

Coaches Harold Chaffee (right), Ralph Diliberto and Alicia Learn congratulate and encourage their players after the game for their remarkable season.

Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan takes the ball to the basket for two points.

Watkins girls top Millbrook

Win 53-42, advance to title game against Cambridge

TROY, March 15, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team built an early 10-point lead, saw it disappear, and then pulled away from defending state Class C champion Millbrook to post a 53-42 victory Friday afternoon in a semifinal of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association state championships at Hudson Valley Community College.

Seniors Taylor Kelly and Danielle Leszyk scored 18 and 17 points, respectively, as the Senecas set up a state championship game -- its second in three years -- Saturday night against Section 2's Cambridge, which defeated Maple Grove in the other Class C semifinal, 75-43.

"It's a really cool feeling,' said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "It's great for these girls; the experience is awesome."

As for the Senecas' possible path to victory in the final: "Defense wins games," said Learn, "so we have to step up our defense and do our thing."

About the semifinal: "We knew we had to key in on number 21" -- Millbrook's Erin Fox, a 6-foot junior who was the Class C Player of the Year as a sophomore, when she led her team to the state title. "She's a great player," said Learn, "and she scored, but that's what she's supposed to do." Fox scored 28 points -- two-thirds of her team's total.

"Our girls stepped up," said Learn, "and we kept No. 1 (senior Sam McKenna) contained." And stepping up big was Leszyk "on offense, and she played great defense. The girls didn't want to go home. We've come this far ... they wanted to keep going. Now we have one more game."

The Senecas (21-4) had some early concern when Kelly was whistled twice by officials, but Learn said "we saw what the refs were doing, so we adjusted." Nobody on the team ended up with more than three fouls.

Hannah Morse, the senior point guard who directed the offense and assisted on nearly a dozen baskets while scoring 4 points, was enthusiastic afterward.

"I did my best; I did my best," she said. "We knew 21 would score; she's so good. I give her total respect; she played a great game. Our game plan was we knew she was going to score. We just had to try and limit it, and it worked. I'm pumped."

The Watkins Glen statistics were as follows:

Taylor Kelly: 18 points, 2 rebounds
Danielle Leszyk: 17 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists
Hannah Morse: 4 points, 7 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals
Adrienna Solomon: 4 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks
Kelsey Kernan: 8 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals
Jena Slater: 2 points, 6 rebounds

The team was 9-for-11 from the foul line. Millbrook was 8-for-ll from the line.

The Senecas broke in front on a Kelly 3-pointer mere seconds into the game, and built the lead to 7-2 on two Kelly 2-pointers. The lead grew to 15-7 by the end of the first quarter on a Morse foul shot, another Kelly basket (and free throw), and then two baskets by Leszyk driving the lane.

The lead grew to 17-7 early in the second period on a Kernan 2-pointer off a Morse feed, but then Millbrook went on a run, scoring the next 12 points and taking the lead 19-17. Leszyk ended the drought with a 3-pointer, and Slater added a basket with 20 seconds left in the half to send the Senecas to the locker room with a 22-19 lead.

Millbrook quickly tied the game in the third quarter on a 3-pointer before Leszyk scored to put Watkins ahead again 24-22. The lead seesawed over to Millbrook as it built a 29-26 lead, but a 3-pointer by Kelly evened things up, and another 3-pointer by Kelly and one by Leszyk put the Senecas up by six points, 35-29 -- and they never trailed again.

Two baskets by Kernan held Millbrook at bay, and Watkins entered the fourth quarter up 39-33.

A 3-pointer by Leszyk gave the Senecas a nine-point bulge, 42-33, and she followed that with a floater for 2 points and a 44-34 edge. Millbrook climbed within six points, 44-38, but the lead grew back to 10, at 48-38, on two free throws by Kelly and a basket by Solomon with 1:52 remaining.

After that, Morse sank three of four free throws and Kernan converted two foul shots while Millport managed two baskets.

And there is this:

When e’er the scribes
record this day,
Four words will rise
to mark the play.

Four words will rise.
A stopless force.
Four words will rise:
"It starts with Morse."

You take one Morse
Mix in TK.
Add D and Drie
and Kelsey K.

Add Jena, Aislinn
And Coach Learn
With manic defense:
No concern.

The wins keep coming:
Final Four
It’s down to this:
They need one more.

If they can conquer
One more foe
They’ll be atop
Class C once more.

If they can win
Just one game more
They’ll be forever
Watkins lore.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins' Taylor Kelly, left, and Danielle Leszyk are congratulated after the win.
Middle: Watkins Coach Alicia Learn is interviewed after the game.
Bottom: Learn addresses her team during a timeout.

The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team poses after its semifinal victory Friday.

Left: The Senecas prepare to enter the court before the game. Right: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse at the free-throw line late in the game.

Left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann lines up a shot. Right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk drives past a Millbrook defender.

Left: The Senecas' Adrienna Solomon shoots. Right: And so does Watkins' Taylor Kelly.

Left: Watkins' Kelsey Kernan at the free-throw line late in the game. Right: Kelsey Kernan with her sister Katlyn, who was on the Senecas' state title team two years ago.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse passes the ball past three Millbrook defenders.

From left: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson, Hannah Morse and Mattie Yontz after the game.

Watkins Glen's Jena Slater (foregound) dives for a loose ball.

Left: Watkins' Danielle Leszyk receives congratulations. Right: From left, the Senecas' Ali LaMoreaux, Adrienna Solomon and Jena Slater.

Watkins Coach Alicia Learn high-fives players along the bench after the win was secure.

The Watkins coaches and players applaud Watkins fans across the court after the game.

Lexi is Athlete of the Week at Brockport; also named NCGA East Rookie of Year

BROCKPORT, March 12, 2019 -- Watkins Glen High School 2018 graduate Alexis Castellaneta has been honored as Athlete of the Week at SUNY Brockport after being named to the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association All-Championship team as well as earning designation as the NCGA East Region's Rookie of the Year.

Lexi, a multiple-year Section IV diving champion in high school, is concentrating on gymnastics at Brockport -- a sport she pursued on the club level while diving for WGHS. She was a USAIGC (United States Association of Independent Gymnastics Clubs) World AA champion in 2013 and a USAIGC World Beam and Floor champion in 2014.

A daughter of Niki and Tony Castellaneta and currently seeking a nursing degree, the 4-9 Lexi was among nine members of Brockport gymnastics named to the NCGA All-Championship team following the NCGA East Regional Competition on March 10 in Cortland -- a tournament won by Brockport as it qualified for the NCGA National Championship tourney on March 23 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The NCGA selects the All-Championship team -- 10 athletes from each region on each event -- based on the top five finishers in each regional tournament plus the top five highest season average scores going into the tournament.

Lexi tied as the top Floor competitor at regionals with a 9.900, a personal-best score. She was second in the Beam event with a 9.750. She helped her Golden Eagles team to its highest ever all-around East Regional team score.

Photo in text: Lexi Castellaneta (Photo provided)

The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team poses after winning the regional title.

Now ... on to the Final Four

Watkins girls top Cooperstown, 60-49; semifinal Friday

BINGHAMTON, March 11, 2019 -- The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team advanced to its second Final Four in three years Sunday by defeating Cooperstown 60-49 in a regional title game at the Binghamton Arena.

The Senecas, led by Taylor Kelly's 20 points and 17 by Hannah Morse, will face last year's Class C champion, Millbrook, in a semifinal at Hudson Valley Community College at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

The last time the Senecas reached the Final Four -- two seasons ago -- they won the state title with a comeback victory (from 16 points down with 6:30 to play) in the championship game.

Watkins Glen, after a first-period Sunday in which coach Alicia Learn said her players were "settling in" -- hitting just one of a dozen shots and trailing 7-6 -- sank five of its first six shots in the second quarter on the way to a 21-12 advantage in that period and a 27-19 halftime lead.

The third period was more of the same as the Senecas outscored the Hawkeyes 19-10 to build a 46-29 lead. And they scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to extend the advantage to 24 points -- 53-29 -- before the momentum turned as Cooperstown started pressuring Watkins the full length of the court, forcing several turnovers and running off 15 straight points in an 18-1 run that cut the Senecas' edge to seven points, 54-47, with 49 seconds left to play.

"We got a little rattled," said Morse after the game. "We needed a cooling down period," provided by a couple of time-outs. "But it turned out okay," she added.

"The game was a little sloppy," said Learn in a post-game interview. "We have some things we have to work on" over the next three days, before the Senecas leave for the Final Four on Thursday. Once there, she said, she hopes to find a gym for some more practice.

As for the Cooperstown comeback, she said the Hawkeyes "were here for a reason" -- that reason being a Section III championship. With the lead down not lower than seven points, "I knew we weren't going to lose," she added, "but it was getting too sloppy."

Her team "played with heart, they didn't give up. They didn't get down on themselves," she said, noting that the Senecas' strengths were"attacking the basket" -- which they did frequently -- "and I think our defense was pretty good," although the Senecas encountered some foul trouble. Kelsey Kernan fouled out in the final minute, and Adrienna Solomon, Danielle Leszyk and Morse each finished with four fouls.

Statistics for Watkins Glen included:

Taylor Kelly: 20 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal.
Hannah Morse: 17 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals, 1 block.
Danielle Leszyk: 9 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals.
Adrienna Solomon: 7 points, 7 rebounds.
Kelsey Kernan: 2 rebounds, 2 steals.
Jena Slater: 4 points, 1 rebound.
Aislinn Klemann: 3 points, 2 rebounds.

Notes:

--Watkins Glen (now 20-4) hit five 3-pointers -- including two by Morse and one each by Kelly, Leszyk and Klemann. Cooperstown hit three 3's.

--The Senecas converted 15 of 23 free throws, including 6 of 8 in the final 43 seconds as Cooperstown fouled in the hope of rebounding misses and scoring more points. The Watkins edge in those 43 seconds was 6-2.

Next up: A New York State Class C semifinal versus Millbrook at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 15 at Hudson Valley Community College. The winner advances to the title game, scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse shoots under pressure.
Middle: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly drives to the basket.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk prepares to launch a free throw.

Left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann prepares to shoot a 3-pointer. Right: The Senecas' Adrienna Solomon battles for a rebound.

Left: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan shoots from under the basket. Right: The Senecas' Hannah Morse eyes the basket from the foul line.

Left: Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon shoots. Right: The Senecas' Jena Slater.

Left: Watkins Glen's Danielle Leszyk sends a shot on its way. Right: The Senecas' Aislinn Klemann at the free-throw line.

Watkins Glen's Jena Slater sends a bounce pass to teammate Taylor Kelly (24) as Kelly moves across the court toward the corner.

Left: Watkins Glen coach Alicia Learn. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly drives to the basket after stealing the ball and racing upcourt.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse takes off with the ball after stealing it from Cooperstown's Kate Trosset (12).

The Vedder and Scott team in the O-M Elementary Basketball League. (Photo provided)

O-M Elementary Basketball: Week 5

The following are the results from Week 5 of the Odessa-Montour Elementary Basketball League at the school.

Thank you to our sponsors, Bucket Bar and Grill, Montour Moose Lodge, Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, and Watkins Supply as well as all of our volunteers for their help in making our Saturday morning youth basketball program a success in 2019.

Results this week:

Bucket Bar and Grill 26, Watkins Supply 13

Bucket Bar and Grill (3-3): Elijah Gaylor 7 points, Gianna Gaylor 5 points, Alannah Rounds 4 points, Hunter Mowry 2 points, Zach Smith 2 points, Reese Rounds 2 points, Leah Antes 2 points, Logan Antes 2 points

Watkins Supply (0-6): Hannah Alberstman 4 points, Lilly Bond 2 points, Kevin Switzer 2 points, Ryan Crippen 2 points, Carson Bates 2 points, Blake Thomas 1 point

Montour Moose 22, Vedder and Scott 16

Montour Moose (4-2): Aaron Sutton 8 points, Everly Zinger 4 points, Mason Smith 4 points, Mia Pickering 2 points, Caleb Brown 2 points, Adriana Bergen 2 points

Vedder and Scott (5-1): Moe Zinger 6 points, Jeremy Updyke 5 points, Max Sgrecci 2 points, Ella Kramer 2 points, Jaden Jarrell 1 point

Photo in text: The Watkins Supply team. (Photo provided)

Left: The Bucket Bar & Grill team. Right: The Montour Moose team. (Photos provided)

The Strikers U10 girls indoor soccer team poses after win. (Photo provided)

Strikers U10 girls team wins tournament

ADDISON, March 7, 2019 -- The Strikers U10 girls indoor soccer team won a tournament held March 3rd at the Addison High School in Addison, NY.

The team played three regular games -- against Dansville, Addison and Hornell -- and then beat Wayland-Cohocton in the semifinals. The team went on to beat Alfred-Almond in the final game 1-0 with the game-winning goal scored by Natalie VanSkiver in the closing minutes.

Strikers U12 girls team wins tournament

BATH, March 7, 2019 -- The Strikers U12 girls indoor soccer team won a tournament held March 3rd at the Haverling High School in Bath, NY.

The Strikers played three regular games -- against two Arkport teams and Penn Yan. The team went on to beat Bath in the final game 2-1 in sudden-death overtime.

The Strikers' Skye Honrath scored the game-tying goal and Madison Tuttle scored the game-winning goal with two minutes remaining to win the championship.

Photo: The Strikers U12 girls team poses after winning Bath tourney. (Photo provided)

The Strikers U14 girls team poses after winning a Warsaw tourney. (Photo provided)

Strikers U14 girls team wins tournament

WARSAW, March 7, 2019 -- -- The Strikers U14 girls indoor soccer team won a tournament held March 2nd at the Warsaw High School in Warsaw, NY.

The team played three regular games -- against Warsaw, Belfast, and Letchworth -- and then defeated Alleghany in the semifinals. The Strikers went on to beat Warsaw in the final game 3-1. The Strikers' Skye Honrath and Carly Arnold scored the goals to win the championship

Hannah Morse, Taylor Kelly: the Schuyler Winter MVPs

They top The Odessa File's Schuyler All-Star Team

SCHUYLER COUNTY, March 4, 2019 -- In a season marked by stunning athletic successes at both the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour High Schools, the choice of The Odessa File Winter Sports MVPs boiled down to this:

The WGHS tandem of Hannah Morse and Taylor Kelly -- two seniors who have played basketball together since Modified days -- were the standouts on a standout team that earned the school its fourth Section IV girls title in five seasons.

Others contended for the MVP honor: Dylan Houseknecht, O-M wrestler extraordinaire who won the New York State Division II title at 285 pounds; Jackie Vincent, who led the O-M bowling team to the State Qualifier; and Isaac McIlroy and Joe Chedzoy, who led the WGHS boys basketball team to the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School championship.

For various reasons -- the MVP tag, to our thinking, connotes both outstanding performance and value of such a nature that an athlete's team has been lifted by him or her to unexpected heights -- the weight here falls to the two remarkable seniors: Morse and Kelly, or TK.

Morse is the floor general, the player who brings the ball upcourt, organizes the offense, looks for a weakness in the opposition and often drives around or through traffic, drawing defenders and opening up teammates for pinpoint passes and, often, resultant easy baskets. Her stat line is generally full of assists and steals, in addition to points and rebounds. (Her most memorable drive, of course, came two seasons ago on the final play of the Class C state championship game, when she raced around three defenders and put up a soft title-winning shot that dropped through the cylinder as time expired.) She has succeeded at other sports, as well: tennis and, more notably, soccer, where she set school single-season and career goal-scoring records. But this season, she reaffirmed her outstanding basketball and leadership skills.

TK is a gifted athlete -- seemingly good at whatever sport she tries. She was an excellent setter a couple of years ago on the volleyball team before shifting to soccer, where she was a steady goal-scorer. She is tall, and intuitive, and quick -- and aligned with whatever Morse is doing on the basketball court, often fielding a pass from the general and laying it in. She is particularly adept at driving to the hoop -- although her barrage of 3-pointers in the recent Section IV title win over Unatego was eye-popping: a school-record-tying seven of them, including six in the first half alone. She had four in the first quarter, and five in the first 9:30. She shifted gears in the second half -- driving to the hoop and either scoring, drawing fouls or passing the ball: basically creating mayhem, a commodity that has been a staple of the Senecas' success.

The going now for the girls basketball team gets that much harder as it faces other sectional winners. First on the schedule is Section III's Cooperstown, Sunday at the Binghamton Arena.

We wish Hannah and Taylor and the rest of the Seneca basketball roster all the best.

Photos in text: Taylor Kelly (top) and Hannah Morse in the Section IV, Class C title game.

*****

Winter 2018-19
Schuyler All-Stars


First Team
Taylor Kelly -- WG basketball -- Co-MVP
Hannah Morse -- WG basketball -- Co-MVP

Dylan Houseknecht -- OM wrestling
Danielle Leszyk -- WG basketball
Olivia Grover -- OM basketball
Jackie Vincent -- OM bowling
Brett Walters -- OM swimming
Nate Wickham -- WG swimming
Joe Chedzoy -- WG basketball
Isaac McIlroy -- WG basketball
Gabe Planty -- WG track
H Nathaniel Rose -- WG bowling

Second Team
Kennedey Heichel -- OM basketball
Lexi Saunders -- OM basketball
Sara Gardner -- OM basketball
Zach Elliott -- OM basketball
Andrew Hartford -- OM wrestling
Collin Haag -- OM wrestling
Wyatt Brower -- WG bowling
Wrett Brower -- WG bowling
Nikole VanDyke -- WG bowling
Owen Scholtisek -- WG basketball
Mitchell Pike -- WG basketball
Adrienna Solomon -- WG basketball
Kelsey Kernan -- WG basketball
Kaylana Rekczis -- WG track
Allie Gibson -- WG track
Haley Dean -- WG track
Johnny Niedermaier -- OM swimming
Kai Sutterby -- WG track
Breanna Carl -- WG track

Third Team
Paden Grover -- OM basketball
Devon Mahaney -- OM basketball
Grace Vondracek -- OM basketball
Pixie Kinner -- OM bowling
Jana Arias -- OM bowling
Taryn Hoyt -- OM bowling
Eric Rumsey -- OM bowling
Micah Brewster -- OM swimming
Bailey Hornbrook -- OM swimming
Caleb Thomas -- OM swimming
Jill Cantieni -- WG track
Collin Baker -- WG basketball
Hayley Cornish -- WG bowling
Casen Weeden -- WG bowling
Josh Bravo -- WG wrestling
Josiah Lynch -- OM wrestling

Honorable Mention: Aislinn Klemann (WG basketball), Jena Slater (WG basketball), Jolynn Minnier (OM basketball), Kara Reese (OM basketball), Jacob DeJong (WG basketball), Lance Majors (WG track), Cierra Barber (WG track), Scott Brubaker (WG swimming), Georgio Fazzary (WG swimming), Cale Sutterby (WG track), Derrick Lewis (OM basketball), Tyler Carson (OM swimming), Jacob Mayette (OM swimming), Josh Beckley (OM wrestling), Justin Ruocco (OM swimming), Matt Irwin (WG bowling), Alex Pesco (WG bowling), RJ Bannon (WG bowling), Nancy Jackson (OM bowling), Makenzie Kellogg (WG bowling), Austin Hoyt (OM bowling).

The Watkins Glen 7th through 9th grade winners of the Kamas-Galloway Basketball Tournament pose with their title trophy. Front from left: Bryce Cady, David Kelly, Jacob Yontz, Gavin Smith and Joe Sutterby. Back from left: Coach John Fazzary, Mitchell Pike, Adam Pastore, Owen Scholtisek, Travon Jones, Jake Powers, Cameron Holland and Coach David Waite. (Photo provided)

WG boys win 7th-9th grade hoops tourney

ELMIRA, March 4, 2019 -- A Watkins Glen High School team of 7th through 9th graders won the annual Kamas-Galloway Boys Basketball Tournament held over the last week in Elmira by the Southern New York Basketball Officials Chapter.

The team won all three games it played, beating Corning in the championship game 56-35. Owen Scholtisek was named to the All-Tourney team, with Travon Jones named the tournament MVP.

"All our kids played well and contributed to our success," said one of the coaches. "The WG defense once again came through, helping to seal our wins."

O-M girls modified basketball team members, shown with coaches Jack McCauley, left, and Marc Kimmerly, included, from left; Gina Gavich (7th grade), Keyonna Grant (7th), Emma Landon (8th), Reagan Reese (8th), Leah June (7th) and Victoria Brewster (8th). (Photo provided)

O-M girls modified team finishes unbeaten

ODESSA, March 4, 2019 -- The Odessa-Montour girls modified basketball team finished the season with a perfect 12-0 record.

The team, with three 7th graders and three 8th graders, had two close games the entire season, easily posting wins in the other 10.

"All of the girls made strong contributions to their wins this season," said one observer, "whether scoring, rebounding, assisting or forcing turnovers by the other team. They were a selfless team and, oh, so fun to watch."

The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team poses after winning the Section IV, Class C championship.

Glen girls win Section IV title

Top No. 1 Unatego 53-42; 4th championship in 5 years

CORTLAND, March 3, 2019 --The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team built an 18-point lead in the second quarter and then held off a determined and top-seeded Unatego Saturday to win its fourth Section IV championship in five years, 53-42, in the Class C title game at SUNY Cortland.

The Senecas advance now to play Section III's Cooperstown (19-5) next Sunday in an intersectional contest at the Binghamton Arena.

Seneca senior Taylor Kelly led the way Saturday with 25 points, including a school-record-tying seven 3-pointers, six of them in the first half. She had her first one 15 seconds into the game, four in the first period, and five just 9:30 into the game. She said afterward that she did not learn of the record until after the game, long after she had abandoned the 3-ball for drives to the basket.

Her record tied that of alums Amy Chaffee-Hildreth and Amanda Crans. Chaffee was in the stands Saturday, and said afterward that she was hoping that TK would set a new mark.

But there was more than Kelly, as impressive as her shooting was. The Senecas never trailed, and built an 18-point lead at 29-11 before Unatego showed its mettle by scoring the last nine points of the first half and first two points of the second half to cut the Watkins advantage to 29-22.

After that, one Seneca after another seemed to rise to the occasion when needed, with a basket, an assist or a rebound. Kelsey Kernan, for instance, had 13 points; Hannah Morse had 8 points and 8 assists. The statistics show the distribution of achievement.

Taylor Kelly: 25 points, seven 3-pointers, 5 rebounds, 1 steal.
Danielle Leszyk: 4 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal.
Adrienna Solomon: 3 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block.
Kelsey Kernan: 13 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 1 block.
Hannah Morse: 8 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 steal.
Aislinn Klemann: 2 rebounds.

The 19-4 and second-seeded Senecas never trailed, with Kelly launching them in front early and the various members of the squad rising to meet the challenge as Unatego -- led by Meghan Perry's 21 points -- closed in. There were layups by Kernan, a timely 3-ball by Leszyk that expanded a 6-point lead to 9 points; and so on.

The closest Unatego got was five points, at 39-34 with 2:17 left in the third quarter, at 45-40 with 5:04 left in the fourth quarter, and 47-42 with 3:39 remaining. After that, a Kernan layup and free throw at 3:13 made it 50-42, and free throws down stretch by Solomon, Leszyk and Morse closed out the scoring.

But the key, said both Morse and Coach Alicia Learn, was defense.

"We had to really lock down" on defense," said Morse. "They're a good shooting team."

But she was also shaking her head about Kelly's performance. After TK had hit all those first-half baskets, she told Morse this: "I'm usually not good at this part of the game. I'm usually good at taking it to the basket."

"And I," said Morse, "was like, 'Well, take it to the basket now that they know you can shoot.'" Which is what Kelly did.

Those six 3-pointers in the first half, Morse added, "have got to be a record."

The girls, said Coach Learn, were excellent on defense and "played together as a team." She said Kelly's 3-point barrage wasn't part of the game plan, "but I liked it. She really got hot."

Up next, Learn noted, is the Binghamton Arena and the Cooperstown team, which defeated the Senecas in intersectionals after the first and second sectional titles achieved by Watkins Glen during Learn's coaching run. The year after that, Watkins won its section again, but Cooperstown didn't win in Section III. That was the year -- two seasons ago -- when the Senecas won the state championship.

Last year brought the only bump in Watkins Glen's sectional-crown run as the Senecas fell to Bainbridge-Guilford in the Section IV final.

Learn's feeling as her team points toward the showdown with Cooperstown? She was enjoying the moment. Looking across the lobby where she was being interviewed, and where players had gathered to meet with family and friends, Learn smiled.

"I'm proud of them," she said.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly unleashes a shot in traffic.
Second: The Senecas' Adrienna Solomon swats away an attempted Unatego shot.
Third: Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse prepares to pass the ball.
Bottom: The medal presented to each member of the winning team.

Watkins Glen's Hannah Morse passes the ball around a Unatego defender.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jena Slater looks to pass. Right: The Senecas' Danielle Leszyk drives past a Unatego defender on her way to the basket.

Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon, left, and Kelsey Kernan congratulate each other after the Senecas won the Section IV, Class C title.

From left: Watkins Glen's Kelsey Kernan at the free-throw line, Danielle Leszyk shoots, and Kernan follows through on a shot.

Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly and the crowd behind her follow the flight of a 3-point shot.

Left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann follows through on a shot. Right: The Senecas' Hannah Morse drives to the hoop.

Left: Watkins Glen's Adrienna Solomon (20) reaches in vain for a rebound. Right: The Senecas' Taylor Kelly races to the hoop.


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