Click here or on the ad above to reach the Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development website
Click on the ad below for more information and to sign up.
Do you want to make a difference in Schuyler County? Join SCCUDD today!
See website here.
Did you know that kids whose parents disapprove of underage alcohol and substance abuse are less likely to regularly use alcohol or drugs? Please talk to youth early and often about the dangers of underage alcohol and drug use so they can develop into happy, healthy adults.
Serving the youth of our area since 1932. Click here for details.
We also have a Business Card Page. Click here.
We are open:
Simply Your Best
Hair - Skin - Nails. JoAnna Sindone's salon at 4588 Route 224, west of Odessa, offers a variety of services:
To reach the Simply Your Best website, click here.
Our Primary Pages
703 South Decatur St., Watkins Glen, New York. Call (607) 535-4666.
To visit the Schuyler Little League Facebook page, click here or on logo above.
Mechanics Club - Serving the youth of our area since 1932 - click here for details.
Our Primary Pages
We also have a Business Card Page. Click here.
Dealer/collector looking to buy groups of pre-1970 paper memorabilia: cards, magazines, posters, programs etc. Call Charlie Haeffner at 742-2772.
To reach the Watkins Glen School District website, click here.
Click on the ad below, and go to the H.L. Stephens website
We also have a Business Card Page. Click here.
To go to Jim Guild's Famous Brands website, click on the drawing above or here.
Click on the ad below for more information.
SVEC's Mason Holmes goes flying as O-M goalkeeper David Patterson corrals the ball.
Odessa-Montour boys fall to SVEC, 9-0
ODESSA, Sept. 16, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 0-5 Thursday night when the Indians dropped a 9-0 decision to Spencer-Van Etten/Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.
SVEC scored its first goal just two minutes into the game, and added four more goals in the final 18:04 of the first half for a 5-0 advantage. The Eagles added second-half goals at 38:24, 25:46, 20:20 and 0:53.
O-M goalkeeper David Patterson was repeatedly pressured by the efficient SVEC offense -- stopping 11 shots and breaking up many other opportunities before SVEC had a chance to shoot. Patrick Croft relieved him at that position with 20 minutes left in the game.
The Indians return to action Tuesday at Newfield. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
Photo in text: O-M's Keith June, left, maneuvers the ball as a SVEC player approaches.
Members of the O-M girls varsity soccer team were on hand to cheer on the Odessa boys.
To reach the H.L. Stephens website, click here.
Team Pal's at BSN Sports, 1327 College Ave., Elmira is a major supporter of The Odessa File's annual Top Drawer 24 Team of outstanding high school students.
To see what BSN has to offer you, click here or on the logo at left. Or call (607) 732-8367.
BSN Sports in Elmira -- Your team sports specialist!
Click on the ad below to reach the Glen Gators website.
The O-M defense closes in as Addison's Jillian Ames attempts a second-half shot. It was deflected wide of the net.
Odessa-Montour girls fall to Addison, 5-1
ODESSA, Sept. 15, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 1-3 Wednesday night when the Indians dropped a 5-1 decision to Addison in a non-league game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.
Addison took a 2-0 lead in the first half before Odessa's Hannah Nolan scored on a penalty kick 10:51 before intermission. Addison responded with a goal 41 seconds later, and scored again at 6:25 to go into halftime with a 4-1 edge. It added its final goal at 21:09 of the second half.
Addison had 11 shots on goal to O-M's five, and three corner kicks to O-M's two. Keyonna Garrison made six saves in goal for Odessa, while the Addison goalkeeper registered four.
"Addison played a good game," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster. "They kept putting pressure on us."
But he said his team played hard, and "we had enough chances to score five goals, too. We just have to finish better."
O-M returns to action Friday at home against Watkins Glen. Game time is 7 p.m.
Photo in text: O-M's Lillian Halpin, right, races toward the ball. She reached it first.
Left: O-M's Haley Albertsman (1) controls the ball. Right: Odessa's Kelsey Bates (19) fights for possession of the ball.
Odessa-Montour's Hannah Nolan, center, moves upfield, racing past two Addison players.
Watkins Glen's Kendra Fish dives at start of the 200 Individual Medley. She placed 2nd.
Watkins Glen swimmers top Notre Dame
WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 14, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team posted an 87-55 victory Tuesday over Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.
The Senecas won seven of the first eight events and then exhibitioned -- swam without the chance of earning points -- in the final three events, a traditional sportsmanship move in high school swimming.
The victories were posted as follows:
200 Medley Relay: 1st, Alannah Klemann, Faye Mooney, Malina Butler, Thalia Marquez, 2:05.65.
In those first eight races, Watkins also got second-place finishes from Kendra Fish in the 200 IM, Malina Butler in the 50 Free, Thalia Marquez in the 100 Fly, Emily Melveney in the 100 Free, and Sarah Stolpinski in the 500 Free.
Photo in text: Watkins' Alannah Klemann swims the first leg of the 200 Medley Relay.
Watkins Glen's Faye Mooney enters the water on the second leg of the 200 Medley Relay.
O-M volleyball team falls 3-1 to Newfield
ODESSA, Sept. 14, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision to Newfield Tuesday evening in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.
Game scores were 23-25, 22-25, 25-20 and 22-25.
Individual statistics for O-M included the following:
Hannah Kinner: 5 service points, 6 assists.
O-M returns to action Wednesday at Candor.
Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Newfield 3-0. Game scores were 18-25, 20-25 and 16-25.
Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Hannah Kinner volleys against Newfield.
Watkins XC boys place 3rd at T-burg
TRUMANSBURG, Sept. 14, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity cross country team posted three wins and two losses while finishing third Tuesday at a six-team meet at Trumansburg High School.
Trumansburg won the meet with 26 points, with Lansing second at 30. Watkins Glen was third with 91, just ahead of Southern Cayuga (92). Groton and Moravia had incomplete teams (fewer than five runners).
The winning time on the 3.1-mile course was 16:18 by T-burg's Elijah Schechter. Top runner for Watkins was Aidan Maphis (17:41), followed by Johnny VanScoyk (17th in 18:45), Dominic Gublo (21st in 19:41), Nick Bonsignore (28th in 21:02) and Jonathan Bond-Trimble (40th in 27:16). There were 44 runners.
Varsity Girls: Watkins Glen's lone entry, Breanna Carl, was 13th among 25 runners in 21:53. The winning time was 19:07, posted by Southern Cayuga's Sophia Bennett.
Modified Boys: Watkins Glen's lone entry, Isaac Hendrickson, was third among 21 runners in 10:44 on a 1.55-mile course. The winning time was 10:33.
Watkins Glen returns to action Tuesday at Southern Cayuga.
O-M girls top S. Cayuga for 1st victory
POPLAR RIDGE, Sept. 13, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team registered its first win of the season Monday, defeating Southern Cayuga 3-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the SC athletic field.
O-M's Tori Brewster scored two goals and Katie Adams one -- all in the first half on the way to a 3-0 halftime lead. Hannah Nolan assisted on Brewster's first goal.
Southern Cayuga (0-3) notched its goal just 1:15 into the second half, and the rest of the contest was scoreless.
Odessa-Montour outshot Southern Cayuga 9-6, while SC had a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks. O-M's Keyonna Garrison registered five saves in goal, the same number as SC's goalkeeper.
Odessa returns to action Wednesday night at home against Addison, and hosts Watkins Glen on Friday. Starting time for both games is 7 p.m.
Striker teams have mixed weekend results
The following update on the Schuyler Striker soccer teams' results were provided to The Odessa File by the soccer club.
Saturday morning brought our U10 13/14 Boys a 7-4 win over Taughannock Typhoons. Connor Wood contributed three goals, Dominik Koehler had two, plus Ori Kramer and Landon Bianco both added one apiece. Silas Smith and Olin Kramer split time in goal. The team's next game is Saturday 9/18 at 12 noon in Hector vs. the Oneonta Yellowjackets.
Saturday evening brought our U13 Boys Gold team a tough 5-1 loss to Cortland. Evvie Zinger scored the lone goal, with Breyden Seamon in goal the whole game. Their next game is Saturday 9/18 in Hector at 4 p.m. vs. the Dryden Sweaty Falcons.
Sunday brought wins for all three of our Lady Strikers teams! Our U10 Girls Red Team won 7-4 over BC United. Lily Mace, Ellie Bacon, Ava Bradley, Aubrey Blauvel, and Michaela Sorce all contributed goals while Adelaide Root, Michaela Sorce, Morgan Saks, and Aubrey Blauvelt split time in goal.
Our U10 Girls Blue Team won 3-0 over the Soaring Capitals. McKenzie Wheaton had two goals and Saskia Decho added one while Allyson Oliver and Saskia Dechow split time in goal.
Finally, our U13 girls came away with a 7-6 win over the Soaring Capitals. Leah Antes, Aleah Ventra and Michaela Wheaton each had two goals and Bri Tuttle had one while Reese Rounds held down the goalie position all game.
Our girls are in action this Saturday at 10 a.m. in Hector. Both the U10 girls and U13 girls have games.
Photo in text: Soccer action last weekend. (Photo provided)
Campbell-Savona goalkeeper Karissa Champion makes a kick save on a shot by Odessa-Montour's Hannah Nolan (20, at right).
O-M girls fall to Campbell-Savona, 2-1
ODESSA, Sept. 11, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 0-2 Saturday when the Indians dropped a 2-1 decision to Campbell-Savona in a non-league game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.
Campbell-Savona struck first, scoring with 2:14 left in the first half on a goal by Donna Clark. Odessa tied the game at the 15:29 mark of the second half when Hannah Nolan headed in a crossing pass from Tori Brewster. But C-S secured the winning goal with 4:34 left on the clock on a goal by Mackenzie Hodder.
Campbell goalkeeper Karissa Champion made several outstanding saves, while two Odessa shots hit the crossbar. She registered seven saves, the same number posted by O-M goalkeeper Keyonna Garrison.
C-S outshot Odessa 9-8, while each team had four corner kicks.
"It was incredibly evenly played," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster. "Our kids played hard, which was an improvement over the last game" -- a 7-1 loss at Waverly.
Odessa-Montour returns to action Monday at Southern Cayuga.
Photo in text: After stopping a Campbell scoring attempt, O-M goalkeeper Keyonna Garrison reaches for the ball as it squirts loose. It was cleared from in front of the net by the O-M defense.
Left: O-M's Gina Gavich (11) prepares to pass the ball. Right: Odessa's Marissa Marsh inbounds the ball.
Odessa-Montour's Tori Brewster (14) sends a shot on the Campbell-Savona net. It was stopped by goalkeeper Karissa Champion.
Glen XC runners compete at ND meet
HORSEHEADS, Sept. 11, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity and modified cross-country runners were among the competitors Saturday at Notre Dame's first-ever Crusader Clash Invitational held at Elmira College's Murray Athletic Complex.
Nine schools competed in five races: Notre Dame, Waverly, Watkins Glen, Dryden, Groton, Bath-Haverling, Hornell, Edison and Johnson City. The varsity course measured 4K, while the modified course was 1.5 miles.
Boys Modified: Watkins Glen's lone entry, Isaac Hendrickson, was third among 24 runners in 7:09.55.
Girls Varsity: Watkins Glen's lone competitor, Breanna Carl, was seventh among 26 runners in 20:10.
Boys Varsity: Johnny VanScoyk led Watkins runners by finishing 11th among 29 runners in 16:59. The Senecas' Aidan Maphis was 12th in 17:01, while Dominic Gublo was 18th in 17:46, and Jonathan Bond-Trimble 29th in 29:18.
Photo in text: Watkins Glen runners at start of the boys varsity race. (Photo provided)
O-M competes in C-S volleyball tourney
CAMPBELL, Sept. 11, 2021 -- Odessa-Montour High School was among eight schools competing Saturday in the 14th annual Campbell-Savona Volleyball Tournament at the C-S high school.
Eight teams participated: Campbell-Savona, Odessa-Montour, Arkport-Canaseraga, and Wellsville in Pool A, and Bath, Cuba-Rushford, Canisteo-Greenwood, and Hammondsport in Pool B.
Wellsville took first place in Pool A while Arkport-Canaseraga took second. Canisteo-Greenwood took first place in Pool B while Cuba-Rushford took second.
Wellsville then beat Cuba-Rushford 2-0 with scores of 25-8 and 25-17, while Canisteo-Greenwood beat Arkport-Canaseraga 2-1 with scores 25-22, 24-26 and 25-19.
Wellsville defeated Canisteo-Greenwood in the finals 2-0 by scores of 25-7 and 25-20.
Odessa-Montour's Jade Baldwin was named to the All-Tournament team. The MVP was Wellsville's Brooklyn Stisser.
The Seneca Indians' Dominick Fazzary carries the ball. (Photo by Derick Willett)
Seneca Indians defeat Chenango Valley
BINGHAMTON, Sept. 10, 2021 -- The Seneca Indians varsity high school football team opened its regular season Friday night with a victory, defeating Chenango Valley 35-12 in a Section IV, Division V game on the CV football field.
The Seneca Indians, a combined team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high school athletes, fell behind 6-0 in the first quarter, led 7-6 at halftime, and trailed 12-7 in the third quarter before turning it around and pulling away from Chenango Valley. WG/OM took the lead 14-12 in the third quarter and then scored three touchdowns in the fourth.
Travon Jones led Seneca Indians runners with 129 yards on 17 carries and scored two touchdowns. Owen Scholtisek gained 69 yards on 10 carries and scored one touchdown. Dominick Fazzary gained 46 yards on 8 carries and scored one touchdown, while Thomas Snow scored the other one while gaining 38 yards on 2 carries. Garrett VanOstrand converted three of four extra-point kicks, while WG/OM converted one two-pointer. The team gained 317 yards on the ground.
Quarterback Cameron Holland completed 5 of 10 passes for 78 yards, with Jones and Cayden Confer each catching two of his throws, and Scholtisek one. Chenango Valley (0-1) did not complete any passes and rushed for 144 yards.
Daniel Ely led WG/OM in tackles with seven, while Jake Menzi, Jones, Fazzary and Adam Pastore each registered three tackles. The Seneca Indians forced six fumbles and recovered two of them -- one each by Confer and Alex Holmes.
While behind in the third quarter, "we were getting on ourselves," said Coach Trevor Holland. But after taking the lead, he said, "we got after them," symbolized by "some great open-field tackles. We wore them down. It was a great road win for us."
The Seneca Indians return to action Friday at Tioga. Game time is 7 p.m.
Photos in text:
Top: The Seneca Indians' Daniel Ely (78) grabs hold of a Chenango Valley ball-carrier.
WG/OM's Travon Jones (21) on his way to a touchdown. (Photo by Derick Willett)
Glen girls top Tioga, even mark at 2-2
TIOGA CENTER, Sept. 10, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team -- led by Skye Honrath's three goals -- raised its record to 2-2 Friday by defeating Tioga 5-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Tioga soccer field.
Also scoring for the Senecas were Katrina Ricca and Julia Spahalski, while Ricca and Maddie Tuttle each registered an assist. Lillian Ameigh made 10 saves in goal for Watkins Glen.
"I am incredibly proud of the girls and how hard they played today," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "We have been working on trying some different things in the early stretch of the season and I loved to see things begin to come together.
"Both our defense and offense played really well today. Hopefully we can keep progressing. I couldn't ask for a better group of players to work with every day."
The Senecas return to action Friday at Odessa-Montour. Game time is 7 p.m.
Watkins boys fall to Marathon, 6-2
MARATHON, Sept. 10, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 0-3 Friday when the Senecas dropped a 6-2 decision to Marathon in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Marathon athletic field.
Watkins Glen got a first-half goal from Stoyan Bond, and a second-half goal from Liam Smith, assisted by Bond. Goalkeeper Sebastian Gates registered six saves.
"We had another slow start, giving Marathon a 5-1 lead in the first half," said Watkins Glen Coach Angela Cleveland, "but came out strong in the second. It was nice to get a couple of goals in the net, but we really need to work on both starting and finishing the game strong."
The Senecas return to action Tuesday at home against Odessa-Montour. Game time is 6:30 p.m.
Glen volleyball team loses to Tioga, 3-0
TIOGA CENTER, Sept. 9, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team's record slipped to 0-2 Thursday when the Senecas dropped a 3-0 decision to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Tioga gym.
Game scores were 15-25, 10-25 and 10-25.
Individual statistics for Watkins Glen included:
Jade Scaptura: 5 assists.
Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Tioga, 2-0. Game scores were 4-25 and 14-25.
Watkins girls fall to Newark Valley, 5-0
NEWARK VALLEY, Sept. 8, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 1-2 Wednesday when the Senecas dropped a 5-0 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the NV athletic field.
Lillian Ameigh registered 12 saves in goal for Watkins Glen.
"We started very slowly and struggled throughout the first half against a talented Newark Valley team," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "We had a better second half defensively but are still struggling to put the ball in the net.
"We have moments of doing some good things. We just need to get everyone healthy and continue to work hard and improve."
The Senecas return to action Friday at Tioga. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
Left: Watkins Glen's Chelsea Parsons volleys against Newark Valley. Right: The Senecas' Ava Barber prepares to meet the ball.
Watkins volleyball team opens with loss
WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 8, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team opened its season with a loss Wednesday, falling to Newark Valley 3-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS Field House.
Game scores were 17-25, 11-25 and 11-25.
Individual statistics for Watkins Glen included:
Melanie Wysocki: 7 service points, 4 aces, 2 kills.
Watkins Glen returns to action Thursday at Tioga.
Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Newark Valley 3-0. Game scores were 4-25, 16-25 and 11-25.
Photo in text: Watkins' Colby Thurston (15) battles at the net against Newark Valley.
O-M girls open season with a loss
WAVERLY, Sept. 8, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team opened its season on a losing note Wednesday night, falling to Waverly 7-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly athletic field.
Waverly outshot O-M 15-3, and had a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. Tori Brewster scored the Indians' only goal, while Keyonna Garrison registered 8 saves in goal.
"We never found our rhythm offensively," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster. "Keyonna made some outstanding saves during the course of the game."
Odessa-Montour returns to action Saturday at home against Campbell-Savona. Game time is 10 a.m.
The five members of the Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team -- lined up on the right -- start the race.
Watkins XC team goes 2-2 at home meet
WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 7, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity cross country team posted two victories and two losses Tuesday in its lone home meet of the year -- a multi-school competition held behind the high school.
The Watkins girls squad has just one runner -- senior Breanna Carl -- who finished sixth among 17 competitors with a 24:36 on the 3.1-mile course. Carl, a six-year member of the cross country squad, was honored before the meet in a Senior Night ceremony.
In the boys meet, Watkins defeated Groton and Notre Dame, each of which had an incomplete team with just two runners. The Senecas fell to Lansing, 15-50, and Waverly, 23-32.
Lansing went 4-0 and Waverly 3-1, while Notre Dame and Groton were both 0-3.
In the girls meet, Lansing topped the field with a 4-0 record. Top runner was Piper Young of Notre Dame, who finished in 20:51.
Sam Bell of Lansing led the boys race in 18:05. Top Watkins Glen finisher was Johnny VanScoyk (11th in 21:30), while teammate Dominic Gublo was 12th in 21:48. Other Watkins runners in the field of 32 were Aiden Maphis (17th in 22:47), Nick Bonsignore (21st in 23:57), and Jon Bond-Trimble (32nd in 39:45).
Modified: A Modified boys/girls race of 1.5 miles saw Gavin Meier of Notre Dame lead a field of 24 runners in 9:45.07. Watkins Glen's lone entry, Isaac Hendricksen, was sixth in 10:19.
Photo in text: Watkins Glen senior Breanna Carl as she was honored during a Senior Night ceremony preceding her race.
Watkins swimmers open with two wins
DRYDEN, Sept. 7, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team defeated Whitney Point and Dryden Tuesday in a season-opening Interscholastic Athletic Conference tri-meet in the Dryden High School pool.
The Senecas topped Whitney Point 136-21, and defeated Dryden 127-41.
"We had a lot of good things happen in the meet," said Watkins Glen Coach Nikki Chaffee, "and the girls are starting to get to know each other and work as a team. I'm looking forward to what the rest of the season brings!"
Watkins posted wins in each race, as follows:
200 Medley Relay: Emily Melveney, Madison Moss, Malina Butler and Cara Reynolds, 2:19.44
Watkins Glen's Georgio Fazzary (4) and Trumansburg's Jordan Cabeza Fernandez fight for possession of the ball in first-half action.
Watkins Glen boys lose to Trumansburg
WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 7, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 0-2 Tuesday when the Senecas dropped a 6-0 decision to Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS athletic field
The Senecas fell behind 2-0 in the first four minutes, and trailed 4-0 at halftime. Watkins Glen goalkeeper Sebastian Gates registered 8 saves.
"We started off slowly against a very talented Trumansburg team," said Watkins Glen Coach Angela Cleveland. "It was nice to finally field an entire team of eleven and we are still getting used to playing with each other. We are eager to keep learning and growing as a team and are looking forward to getting back on the field Friday against Marathon."
That road game starts at 4:30 p.m.
Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Jacob Yontz sends the ball flying.
O-M volleyball team falls to Waverly
ODESSA, Sept. 7, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team opened its season with a loss Tuesday, falling to Waverly 3-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.
Game scores were 14-25, 21-25 and 19-25.
Statistics for Odessa-Montour included the following:
Hannah Kinner: 2 service points, 1 ace, 2 assists.
The Seneca Indians' Garrett VanOstrand sends a place-kick on its way.
Seneca Indians prep with scrimmage
CORTLAND, Sept. 5, 2021 -- The Seneca Indians varsity high school football team "put together some great offensive and defensive series" as the squad scrimmaged on the road Saturday against Cortland High School, says Coach Trevor Holland.
"On our first 10-play series on offense," said Holland, "we scored a touchdown four times, with Travon Jones scoring on the first play of the game. Our offensive line did a great job of giving quarterback Cameron Holland time to throw and our running backs places to run."
Defensively, he added, "we performed very well against a team that had some sizable running backs. The defensive line controlled the line of scrimmage. We now take this momentum and carry it with us to Chenango Valley this Friday," when his team -- a combined squad of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour High School athletes -- opens the regular season.
Photo in text: Seneca Indians running back Owen Scholtisek carries the ball. (Photos by Derick Willett)
Watkins' Abby Gibson, left, sends a shot into the Newfield net for the only first-half goal.
Watkins girls top Newfield in OT, 2-1
WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 3, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team evened its season mark at 1-1 Friday with a 2-1 overtime victory over Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS athletic field.
Senior Abby Gibson scored both Watkins Glen goals, giving her team a 1-0 first-half edge with a blast from the left nine minutes into the game. After Newfield had tied the game in the second half, she put in the game-winner on a rebound in the second overtime period.
Lillian Ameigh registered 13 saves in goal for the Senecas, including several diving stops.
"In our second game of the season," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, "it was great watching the team come together and get a close win. We are still in the process of getting to know one another on the field, but we made great strides today on that front.
"I really liked our defense in the game. They had their hands full with Newfield’s Carmen Esposito, who is a very explosive player, but did an excellent job throughout the game. I saw terrific things from every player throughout the game and I’m excited to see them grow throughout the season."
Watkins Glen returns to action Wednesday at Newark Valley. Game time is 5:30 p.m.
Photo in text: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Lilly Ameigh goes high to make a save.
Left: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold (11) battles a Newfield player for possession of the ball. Right: The Senecas' Brenna Pierce (4) meets and redirects an incoming Newfield corner kick in front of the Watkins Glen goal.
O-M boys drop opener to Newark Valley
NEWARK VALLEY, Sept., 2, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team lost its season opener to Newark Valley 8-1 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the NV soccer field.
The Indians' lone goal came from Zach Rounds with 17:44 remaining in the first half. The score at that point was 3-1. Newark Valley, which outshot O-M 19-1 in the contest, added five goals in the second half.
Odessa returns to action Tuesday at home against Newfield. Game time is 7 p.m.
Watkins Glen boys fall to Waverly, 7-0
WAVERLY, Sept. 2, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team opened its season Thursday night with a 7-0 loss to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly soccer field.
The Senecas, with 10 players available against Waverly's 11, held the Wolverines to a single first-half goal.
"It was a tough first game," said Watkins Glen Coach Angela Cleveland. "The boys played tough through the first half," but "just ran out of gas" in the second half.
The Senecas' goalkeeper, Sebastian Gates, "really stepped up tonight with 16 incredible saves," said Cleveland, adding:
"The score does not reflect how the boys played tonight. For such a small group of boys, they play with so much heart and determination. I couldn't be prouder of them all, and I am really looking forward to the rest of the season."
Watkins Glen girls drop soccer opener, 4-0
MARATHON, Sept. 1, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team opened its season on a losing note Wednesday, falling to Marathon 4-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Marathon High School soccer field.
Lilly Ameigh registered 10 saves in goal for the Senecas. Marathon held a 5-4 edge in corner kicks. The game was played in a driving rainstorm.
"We struggled today," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, "but we are still waiting for a couple more players to get cleared to start, so I think we will keep working hard, learn and improve."
Watkins Glen returns to action Friday at home against Newfield. Game time is 4 p.m.
The Seneca Indians' Travon Jones hauls in a touchdown pass from Cameron Holland.
Seneca Indians hold Blue-White scrimmage
WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 28, 2021 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team held its annual Blue and White intrasquad scrimmage Saturday morning on the Watkins Glen High School Alumni Field.
The scrimmage, where each side -- one in white jerseys, and one in blue -- ran 10 plays in turn, back and forth, came as the fall football season nears. The Seneca Indians, a combined squad of WGHS and Odessa-Montour High School athletes, will play a scrimmage next Saturday, Sept. 4, at Cortland High School, and then open the regular season on Sept. 10 at Chenango Valley.
Saturday's scrimmage "went very well," said Head Coach Trevor Holland. "It takes a lot of effort and sacrifice from these players and coaches to get to this." The scrimmage, he added, "always exposes things we're good at and things that need more reps."
Photo in text: Bradley Gillis (28) goes high in traffic for a pass that fell incomplete.
Left: The Seneca Indians' Jacob Menzi grabs a pass. Right: Quarterback Cameron Holland launches a touchdown pass to Travon Jones.
The United Southern Tier Aquatics girls team, the AAU Junior Olympic Swimming national champion. (Photo provided)
USTA swimmers win the girls AAU
HOUSTON, Aug. 2, 2021 -- United Southern Tier Aquatics (USTA) won the girls national championship Sunday at the AAU Junior Olympic Swimming Games.
Members of the Glen Gators Swim Team were part of USTA at the four-day tournament.
USTA finished ahead of such entries as Team Florida, Team New England, the Bison Aquatic Club and Team Arkansas. There were 22 teams competing in the event.
Among Glen Gators who finished in the top 8 during Sunday's races were:
--Sibby Lowe, part of the 1st-place Girls 13-14 year old 200 meter free relay team that posted a time of 2:01.06.
--Faye Mooney, part of the Girls 15-18 year old 200 meter free relay team that placed 2nd in 1:53.07.
--Allie O'Brien, Alannah Klemann and Thalia Marquez, three-quarters of the 15-18 year old 200 meter free relay team that placed 6th in 2:00.04.
--Sibby Lowe, part of the Girls 13-14 year old 200 meter medley relay team, 1st in a time of 2:17.04.
--Alannah Klemann, Allie O'Brien, Faye Mooney and Grace Shelhamer, 6th in the Girls 15-18 year old 200 meter medley relay in 2:15.15.
--Karina Lapierre, 7th in the Girls 11-12 year old 100 meter backstroke in 1:25.30.
--Sibby Lowe, 5th in the Girls 13-14 year old 200 meter backstroke in 2:49.67.
--Kenzie Fish, 8th in the Girls 8 & Under 50 meter breaststroke in 1:04.39.
--Faye Mooney, 4th in the Girls 15-18 year old 100 meter breaststroke in 1:20.74.
--Sibby Lowe, 7th in the Girls 13-14 year old 100 meter freestyle in 1:06.20.
Photos in text:
Top: From left, Alannah Klemann, Faye Mooney, Allie O'Brien, Grace Shelhamer.
From left: Gators Sibby Lowe, Elise Johnson and Kenzie Fish (Photos provided)
Another strong day at the AAU pool
Special to The Odessa File
HOUSTON, Texas, Aug. 1, 2021 -- United Southern Tier Aquatics (USTA) had another strong day Saturday at the pool in the third day of racing at the AAU Junior Olympic Swimming Games.
Members of the Glen Gators Swim Team are representing USTA at the AAU.
Included in the following list are those Gators who finished in the top 8.
Kenzie Fish, racing in the 8 & Under, was 4th in the 50 meter freestyle with a time of 40.93 and 5th in the 50 meter backstroke with a time of 48.68.
Gator Sibby Lowe teamed up with Kaitlyn Thompson, Claire Krueger and Arianna Kuznia to finish 2nd in the 13-14 year old girls 400 meter freestyle relay with a time of 4:35.06.
Sibby Lowe was the champion in the 13-14 year old girls 50 meter freestyle, finishing 1st with a time of 29.32. She was also 6th in the 13-14 year old girls 200 meter individual medley with a time of 2:50.67, and 4th in the 13-14 year old girls 100 meter back with a time of 1:17.43.
In the 15-18 year old girls 100 meter back, Allie O’Brien was 6th with time of 1:13.71, while teammate Alannah Klemann was 8th with a time of 1:15.10.
In the 15-18 year old girls 400 meter freestyle, Elise Johnson was 7th with a time of 4:58.39.
The last day of competition is today (Sunday).
Photo in text: Gators Allanah Klemann, left, and Allie O'Brien (Photo provided)
Left: The 13-14 year old 400 meter Medley Relay team after placing 2nd. Clockwise from top left: Claire Krueger, Kaitlyn Thompson, Kendra Fish, Sibby Lowe.. Right: the 15-18 year old 400 meter Medley Relay team after placing 6th. Clockwise from top left: Faye Mooney, Alannah Klemann, Grace Shelhamer, Thalia Marquez. (Photos provided)
13-14 Medley Relay squad takes 2nd
Special to The Odessa File
HOUSTON, Texas, July 31, 2021 -- Several members of the Glen Gators reached the award podium Friday in the second day of racing at the AAU Junior Olympic Swimming Games.
The Gators are representing United Southern Tier Aquatics at the AAU.
Its 13-14 year old girls 400 meter medley relay team captured 2nd place. Gators Kendra Fish and Sibby Lowe teamed with Claire Krueger and Kaitlyn Thompson for this event -- posting a time of 5:16.92.
Meanwhile, the 15-18 year old girls 400 meter medley relay squad took 6th place! The team of Gators Faye Mooney, Thalia Marquez, Alannah Klemann and Grace Shelhamer registered a time of 5:04.74.
In addition, Faye Mooney placed 6th in the 200 meter breaststroke with a time of 3:05.28.
The girls hit the water again today (Saturday) for a weekend of racing.
Photo in text: Faye Mooney after placing 6th in the 200 meter breaststroke. (Provided)
O-M wrestlers attend Technique Camp
Special to The Odessa File
ODESSA, July 30, 2021 -- Five Odessa-Montour wrestlers recently traveled to Castleton University in Castleton, Vermont for the annual Castleton Technique and Competition Camp held from July 25th to July 28th.
Jed Lynch, Brandon Davis, Braiden Ventra, Mark Waterman and Tristan Harrington accepted the opportunity and made the five-hour trip to learn from three distinguished NCAA Division I wrestlers over the course of the camp.
The camp brought in many young wrestlers from across New England and the Capital Region. Day one saw the group learn from two-time NCAA Champion Gabe Dean of Cornell; day two brought NCAA All-American Tariq Wilson from N.C. State, and day three had NCAA All-American Matt Herrington of the University of Pennsylvania as technician.
The final day of camp consisted of a tournament for all campers grouped by weight class. Braiden Ventra placed 1st, Tristan Harrington placed second, and Mark Waterman and Brandon Davis each placed third.
Photo in text: From left, Jed Lynch, Brandon Davis, Braiden Ventra, Mark Waterman and Tristan Harrington (Photo provided)
Glen Gators' Marquez wins medal at AAU
HOUSTON, Texas, July 30, 2021 -- Watkins Glen High School sophomore Thalia Marquez earned a sixth-place podium finish Thursday night in the 1500 Meter Freestyle -- the first night of racing at the AAU Junior Olympic Swimming Games.
Marquez, a member of the Glen Gators -- which is representing United Southern Tier Aquatics at the AAU -- posted a time of 19:42.17, a personal best by more than half a minute.
The tournament -- being attended by several Glen Gators -- continues today. Among those Gators competing are Marquez, Faye Mooney, Sibby Lowe, DeLaney Woodhouse, Elise Johnson, Alannah Klemann, Kendra and Makenzie Fish, Grace Shelhamer, Allison O’Brien, and Lydia and Karina Lapierre.
Photo at right: Thalia Marquez on the award podium. (Photo provided)
Glen Gators gather for some swim work in the Watkins Glen State Park pool. (Provided)
Glen Gators keeping busy; AAU ahead
Special to The Odessa File
WATKINS GLEN, July 27, 2021 -- s.Members of the Glen Gators Swim Team have been working diligently through the Spring and Summer. Practices have included both short-course yards and long-course meters at indoor and outdoor venues.
They competed in the Glen Gators Summer Race Series at Watkins Glen High School, including three intersquad meets.
This week, several swimmers and coaches will be heading to Houston, Texas to represent United Southern Tier Aquatics at the 2021 AAU Junior Olympic Championships. Swimmers include Thalia Marquez, Faye Mooney, Sibby Lowe, DeLaney Woodhouse, Elise Johnson, Alannah Klemann, Kendra and Makenzie Fish, Grace Shelhamer, Allison O’Brien, and Lydia and Karina Lapierre.
Sophia Verkleeren will be attending USA Swimming’s Futures Championship in Richmond, Virginia this weekend, as well.
Live coverage of the AAU event is available at floswimming.com
Photo in text: Amanda Wilbur practices the Butterfly. (Photo provided)
Watkins Glen wins Summer League title
WAVERLY, July 22, 2021 -- Watkins Glen won the Waverly Basketball Summer League Playoffs Wednesday by defeating Athens 57-43 in the championship game.
Watkins Glen, which had been seeded fifth after amassing a 6-4 regular-season record among seven other teams (Waverly, Athens, Candor, Mansfield, Towanda, Troy and Elmira JV), had won its first playoff game, topping No. 4 seed Mansfield 51-43.
It then advanced to the title game by topping top-seeded Waverly 44-40 in a semifinal. Athens, the No. 2 seed, had advanced with a 53-42 victory over No. 3 seeded Candor.
Members of the Watkins squad, coached by Watkins Glen High School boys basketball coach John Fazzary, included Owen Scholtisek, Cameron Holland, Travon Jones, Adam Pastore, Bryce Cady, Jacob Yontz, Mitchell Pike and Joe Sutterby.
Photo in text: The Summer League champs. Back row from left: Coach Fazzary, Bryce Cady (on crutches), Jacob Yontz, Adam Pastore, Mitchell Pike. Front row from left: Cameron Holland, Owen Scholtisek, Travon Jones, Joe Sutterby. (Photo provided)
CLASH triathlon fest set for Glen in 2022
Special to The Odessa File
SCHUYLER COUNTY, July 15, 2021 -- Calling all wine lovers, triathletes, cyclists, runners, families and more to the first Schuyler County-based CLASH triathlon festival weekend -- July 8-10, 2022 in Watkins Glen. Athletes are now able to register by clicking the link here.
All registered athletes will receive a FREE entry into what USA Today named the “Best Wine Festival,” the Finger Lakes Wine Festival, a value of $45.
CLASH Watkins Glen Event Weekend includes:
The triathlon will begin with athletes taking on a 1.2-mile swim in the southern portion of Seneca Lake, near the downtown. Water temperatures are expected to be mild at approximately 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit. A 50-mile bike ride is next with a point-to-point course that includes farmland, lake views and rolling topography. The 10-mile run will utilize the historic Watkins Glen International Speedway, allowing participants to cross the line and then experience the Finger Lakes Wine Festival at WGI.
“We are thrilled to have Watkins Glen International Speedway join the 2022 CLASH Event Series next July and we can’t wait to welcome these world-class athletes to our community,” said WGI President, Michael Printup. “Watkins Glen is situated in a historic and scenic area that will amaze participants during all three legs of the triathlon, and we know it will be special for the competitors and spectators alike to experience the track.”
“The Glen offers the most spectacular getaway with vineyards, waterfalls to hike, leisure canoeing and true glamping experiences that will make for a most memorable race getaway,” said Bill Christy, CEO of CLASH USA.
Course and elevation maps will be made available on clash-usa.com in the coming weeks.
CLASH, previously known as CHALLENGENORTHAMERICA, delivers endurance sports events and festivals at speedways around the U.S. Its avowed mission is to advance the sport with family-friendly, professionally managed inspired races for all ages and all race abilities. CHALLENGENORTHAMERICA initially founded two Florida-based events, and now the company is expanding offerings. Among those is the one in Watkins Glen.
Strikers U19 girls win four out of five
SCHUYLER COUNTY, July 14, 2021 -- The Schuyler Soccer Club Strikers' U19 girls team won four of five games in a recent stretch.
On Wednesday, June 30th the girls lost 5-1 to Corning United with Autumn Garrison scoring the lone goal. They came back roaring Saturday, July 3rd to win 5-3 over Corning United, with Tori Brewster scoring two goals and Autumn Garrison/Lillian Betts/Ava Kelly adding one apiece.
On Wednesday, July 7th they registered another win, 5-3 over Newark Valley, with Tori Brewster scoring two goals and Autumn Garrison/Lillian Betts/Jennifer Gublo adding one apiece. On Sunday, July 11th the girls had a shutout win over Taughannock, 3-0, with Autumn Garrison recording the hat trick. Finally, the girls won on July 13th, 4-3 over Newark Valley.
Their final game is Sunday, July 18 in Hector against Chenango.
Photo in text: The Strikers' Autumn Garrison prepares to send the ball flying. (Photo by Marissa Losey)
WGI, United Rentals forge partnership for NASCAR Camping World Series race
United Rentals Also Named the Official Rental Equipment Partner of NASCAR
Special to The Odessa File
WATKINS GLEN, July 8, 2021 – Watkins Glen International and United Rentals, the largest equipment rental company in the world, have forged an agreement on the entitlement for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Aug. 7. The official race name will be the United Rentals 176 at The Glen.
“As we bring the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series back to The Glen for the first time since 2000, it’s great to have United Rentals on board as the entitlement partner for the race,” said WGI President Michael Printup. “And we know United Rentals will work as hard for us off the track as the trucks work on it.”
NASCAR and United Rentals have announced a multiyear partnership that will designate the brand as the “Official Rental Equipment Partner of NASCAR” beginning in 2022. The wide-ranging agreement spans across the sanctioning body and NASCAR-owned facilities including NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race entitlements for the United Rentals 176 at The Glen and United Rentals 200 at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 30 and future spring NASCAR Xfinity Series events.
“We are proud to launch our new partnership with NASCAR, and can’t wait to be part of the action supporting the team at The Glen,” said Steve Szaniszlo, Region Vice President at United Rentals. “The return of trucks to this iconic venue promises to be a highlight of the race season.”
As part of the partnership, Watkins Glen International and other NASCAR-owned facilities will work collaboratively with United Rentals for access to rental construction and industrial equipment, supplies and tools and additional items for on-going facility maintenance and race and event preparations and support.
To learn more about United Rentals, visit unitedrentals.com.
The Glen will host its NASCAR Go Bowling at The Glen weekend, which will include the United Rentals 167 at The Glen, on Aug. 6-8.
Strikers win, lose and tie in busy week
SCHUYLER COUNTY, June 25, 2021 -- The past week brought mixed results for the Schuyler Soccer Club's Strikers teams.
A recap below tells of the games and outstanding players. A list follows of some upcoming games to finish out the season:
U10 Boys brought home a win on Friday night 6/18 in Athens, winning 6-4 with Saskia Dechow playing the whole game in goal. Landon Reynolds had 3 goals, Emmerich Koehler had 2 goals, and Zion Tomlinson had 1 goal. Saturday 6/19 brought a hard fought loss to Soaring Capitals, losing 6-2, with Izzy Gomez-Fitzsimmons playing the whole game in goal and Dominik Thomson scoring both goals.
U12 Boys brought came up with a tie on Saturday 6/19 vs. Chenango Chargers 3-3, with Landon Reynolds scoring all 3 goals and Moe Zinger and Breyden Seamon splitting time in goal. On Sunday the U12 Boys lost to the Soaring Capitals, 2-1, with Moe Zinger in goal the whole game and Max Sgrecci scoring the lone goal.
U14 girls brought home a win on Saturday 6/19 over Taughannock Squalls, winning 2-1. Ava Kelly and Olivia King had one goal apiece. On Sunday 6/20 the girls played hard in a 4-1 loss to BC United, with Olivia King scoring the lone goal. Natalee Oliver played in goal in both games.
U19 girls, playing down two players, still scraped out an incredible tie vs. Chenango on Sunday 6/20, 2-2. Tori Brewster and Lillian Betts had a goal apiece, with Lillian Ameigh holding down the goalkeeper position the whole game.
U14 Girls vs. Chenango Chargers, 6/27 @ 12pm
Photo in text: The Strikers' Tori Brewster, right, sends the ball flying in the U19 girls game against the Chenango Chargers. (Photo by Marissa Losey)
Garrison, Rumsey: O-M Athletes of Year
ODESSA, June 22, 2021 -- Odessa-Montour High School seniors Autumn Garrison and Jared Rumsey were named winners Tuesday evening of the school's Harold Lynch Athlete of the Year Awards, given each year by the school to a senior girl and boy.
Garrison competed in both basketball and soccer, while Rumsey swam and played basketball and football.
The annual Charles Martin Sportsman of the Year awards went to Brock Sgrecci and Jessica Carnes, whiile the Jim Anagnost Award was presented to Emilee Chaffinch.
Section IV Character Counts Awards went to Autumn Garrison, Jared Rumsey, Lillian Betts, and Brock Sgrecci.
Team awards were presented by various coaches in all sports, which were condensed this year by the pandemic into three short seasons.
Among the team MVPs or Players of the Year announced by coaches:
Football: Jared Rumsey
Some caoches had no MVP, but designated Outstanding competitors, such as in Girls Track, where Keyonna Garrison was the Most Outstanding: Field, and Tori Brewster was the Most Outstanding: Track.
Also on hand to distribute plaques awarded by The Odessa File was Editor/Publisher Charlie Haeffner. The File's Athlete of the Year plaques went to Hannah Nolan, Tori Brewster and Autumn Garrison, while plaques for being named to "The Magnificent Seven," or simply "The 7," went to those same three girls along with Lillian Betts, Megan Adams, Jared Rumsey and Camille Sgrecci.
Photos in text:
Top: Athletes of the Year Jared Rumsey and Autumn Garrison.
O-M's Nolan earns 2nd Team All-State nod
ODESSA, June 21, 2021 -- Odessa-Montour High School sophomore soccer standout Hannah Nolan (right) has been named to the New York All-State Class C 2nd Team All-Star squad.
Nolan was honored after a season in which she scored 15 goals and registered 6 assists in 9 games. Her team was the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small School South Division champion and league co-champion.
Her performance also helped Nolan to the IAC divisional MVP honor, as well as an Odessa File Athlete of the Year Award along with soccer teammates Autumn Garrison and Tori Brewster.
Each year 1st and 2nd Team All-Stars are selected from each of the four class sizes in New York State.
All-Stars: Seneca Indians' Holmes, Fazzary
SCHUYLER COUNTY, June 17, 2021 -- Alex Holmes and Dominick Fazzary have been named Interscholastic Athletic Conference Division 3 First Team Baseball All-Stars in a vote of division coaches, according to a published report.
Named Honorable Mention from the Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen High School athletes -- were Daniel Lewis and Cameron Holland.
Left: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek closes in on a touchdown pass. Right: Odessa-Montour's Hannah Nolan sends a shot on its way.
Athletes of the Year
3 girls share honor at OM; a boy and girl share it at WG
SCHUYLER COUNTY, June 14, 2021 -- A handful of Schuyler County athletes stood out in the abbreviated high school sports seasons just ended -- seasons too short, perhaps, for others to develop and showcase their skills properly.
Condensed as the seasons were, and as rapidly as they seemed to end, five have earned the honor of Odessa File Athletes of the Year: three young women at Odessa-Montour High School, and a young man and young woman at Watkins Glen High School.
Odessa-Montour: The three honorees are sophomores Tori Brewster and Hannah Nolan, and senior Autumn Garrison.
Nolan and Garrison were standouts on the O-M girls varsity basketball team, and those two and Brewster were Interscholastic Athletic Conference First Team picks in a highly successful soccer season. Brewster then had an outstanding track season, culminating in a first place in the 100 Meters at the Section IV Showcase, in normal years the State Qualifier. But there is no State Championship tournament this year due to the pandemic.
Watkins Glen: The two honorees are junior Owen Scholtisek and freshman Thalia Marquez. Scholtisek produced stellar performances in both basketball and football, on teams that had strong, winning seasons. Marquez -- who shared this honor as an 8th grader, as well -- won four Section IV, Class C Tournament swimming events as her team surged to its fourth straight sectional title.
Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Thalia Marquez (top) and Odessa-Montour's Tori Brewster.
Odessa-Montour's Autumn Garrison sends a shot on goal. It found the net.
Baseball essay: Out of the Mist of Lore
Ray Dandridge is in the Baseball Hall of Fame -- one of its more obscure
members. Herewith a look at the man. Lore.
A childhood hero
Bubba Phillips was a journeyman major league baseball player in the 1950s and 1960s -- not normally the stuff of hero worship. But he was hero to the writer of this story -- and friend. Bubba.
A night of beauty
This is a story about an unusual -- and quite beautiful -- visit to Cooperstown in the dead of winter. It's titled "Holy Night." Holy.
A childhood tale: "Damn Yankees"
Here's a little writing exercise about a childhood sports memory -- the day the Little League team for which I pitched, the Tigers, lost to the hated Yankees. Yankees
P.O. Box 365
Odessa, New York 14869