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Watkins' Seamus Mooney, right, watches as his shot finds the O-M net. He had three goals.

Watkins boys blank Odessa-Montour, 7-0

WATKINS GLEN, April 14, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team -- led by three Seamus Mooney goals -- defeated Odessa-Montour 7-0 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on WGHS's Alumni Field.

Also scoring goals for the Senecas were Dylan Morse, Jacob Yontz, Stoyan Bond and Liam Smith. Elijah Nyre, Georgio Fazzary and Morse each registered an assist.

The Senecas opened the scoring on the first of Mooney's goals at 32:42 of the first half off a through-pass from Morse. Then Morse made it 2-0 with a goal at 23:41, and Yontz concluded the first-half scoring with a header 12 minutes later.

Bond made it 4-0 at 31:39 of the second half when he drove in from the left and beat O-M keeper David Patterson. Mooney notched his second goal at 24:36, and Smith scored at 21:31, setting off a celebration from teammates congratulating him on his first varsity goal. Smith is an 8th grader.

Mooney closed out the scoring at 17:34.

Odessa-Montour later threatened on a shot from directly in front by Veer Patel, but Seneca goalkeeper Bryce Kelly rose high to swat the ball over the net.

Senior Night: Seniors on the Watkins Glen boys and girls soccer teams were honored in a pregame ceremony, as was a member of the O-M boys team, Phoenix Parmenter. Honored from the Watkins girls team were Victoria Bantin, Abby Congdon, Briana Hayes, Kayla Palmer, Mattie Yontz and Cammilynn McCarty. Honored from the Watkins boys team were Tim Clifford, Seamus Mooney, Tanner Dunham, Matt Irwin, Bryce Kelly and Dylan Morse.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Casey Keyes, left, and Watkins Glen's Stoyan Bond battle for the ball.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Tim Clifford congratulates teammate Liam Smith after Smith scored his first varsity goal.

Watkins Glen goalkeeper Bryce Kelly reaches for the ball, left, and swats it over the net on a shot from in front of the goal by Odessa-Montour's Veer Patel.

Odessa-Montour's Mike Benway sends the ball flying upfield.

Left: Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse sends a shot on its way. It found the O-M net for the Senecas' second goal. Right: O-M's Cam Elliott, right, battles Watkins' Tim Clifford.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jacob Yontz meets the ball. Right: O-M's Ethan King shoots.

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

ODESSA, April 14, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team lost 3-0 Tuesday to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 3-25, 10-25 and 9-25. Individual statistics for O-M included:

Haley Landon: 2 service points, 1 assist.
Jessica Carnes: 2 service points, 1 ace, 4 digs.
Samantha Sipes: 2 kills, 2 digs.
Emma Landon: 1 service point, 1 dig.

Junior Varsity: O-M fell to Tioga 3-0. Game scores were 10-25, 9-25 and 16-25.

Watkins volleyball team falls to NV again

NEWARK VALLEY, April 14, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Newark Valley Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the NV gym.

The loss was the Senecas' second to the Cardinals in two days. Game scores were 10-25, 10-25 and 4-25. Individual statistics for Watkins Glen included:

Robin Zimba: 9 digs.
Cassidy Ploucha: 5 service points, 3 aces.
Jade Scaptura: 3 assists.
Cloey Wratten: 4 kills.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost 2-1 to Newark Valley. Game scores were 9-25, 9-25 and 25-20.

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Watkins Glen swimmers defeat Waverly

WAVERLY, April 13, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team defeated Waverly 105-73 Monday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Waverly High School pool.

The Senecas won nine events. Those were won by:

200 Medley Relay: Alannah Klemann, Faye Mooney, Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez, 1:58.00.
200 Free: Thalia Marquez 2:01.88.
200 IM: Amanda Wilbur 2:22.07.
100 Fly: Amanda Wilbur 1:03.57.
100 Free: Faye Mooney 57.48.
500 Free: Thalia Marquez 5:35.40.
200 Free Relay: Faye Mooney, Alannah Klemann, Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez, 1:47.41.
100 Back: Alannah Klemann 1:07.08.
100 Breaststroke: Faye Mooney 1:12.56.

Second-place finishes were posted for Watkins Glen by Malina Butler (50 Free and 100 Back) and Alannah Klemann (100 Free).

Watkins Glen's Madelynn Jones and teammate Colby Thurston reach low for a volley..

Watkins volleyball team falls to NV, 3-0

WATKINS GLEN, April 13, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision Monday night to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS Field House.

Game scores were 6-25, 10-25 and 14-25. Individual Watkins statistics included:

Cloey Wratten: 2 kills, 3 digs.
Melanie Wysocki: 4 service points, 2 aces, 7 digs.
Jade Scaptura: 2 assists.
Sarah Jones: 4 service points, 2 assists.
Cassidy Ploucha: 4 service points, 2 aces.

"I am very proud of the team tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Krysti Westervelt. "We played a very strong opponent with a handful of our players missing. Players stepped in and played new positions. Everyone kept their heads up, pushed on, and we had some really good rallies."

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen fell to Newark Valley, 2-1. Game scores were 25-18, 16-25 and 18-25.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Melanie Wysocki meets an incoming volley.

Left: Watkins Glen's Cassidy Ploucha serves. Right: The Senecas' Cloey Wratten volleys.

Odessa-Montour's Zach Rounds (10, left) follows through on a shot that found the Trumansburg net for the Indians' first goal.

O-M boys fall to Trumansburg, 6-2

ODESSA, April 9, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team sustained its fifth loss in as many games Thursday evening when it dropped a 6-2 decision to unbeaten Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The 4-0 Blue Raiders took the lead on a goal by Kuyler Coffin at 38:16, and went up 2-0 on Coffin's second goal at 26:38.

O-M -- with its active roster reduced to 11 players by Spring Break vacations and a couple of injuries -- got on the board at 11:56 on a goal by Zach Rounds off a corner kick by Ethan King. Trumansburg answered with a goal by Tyler Verrill at 9:43 to go into intermission ahead 3-1.

Coffin scored his third goal at 32:45 of the second half, and Eric Davis made it 5-1 for Trumansburg on a penalty kick at 9:25.

Odessa-Montour's Brock Sgrecci scored on a long shot from the left that sailed over the Trumansburg keeper at 6:04 before the Raiders closed out the scoring at 3:44 on a goal by Owen Leiter.

O-M goalkeepers Patrick Croft and then Anthony Robinson were kept busy throughout the game -- with Trumansburg repeatedly mounting attacks in the Odessa zone.

O-M returns to action next week, visiting Watkins Glen on Tuesday for a 5:30 p.m. contest.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M goalkeeper Patrick Croft, left, meets an incoming Trumansburg player to the left of the net, thwarting a Tburg attack.

Bottom: Odessa's Ethan King goes high to meet the ball in first-half action.

O-M's Anthony Robinson, tending goal in the second half, reaches to his left to stop a Trumansburg shot taken from directly in front of the net.

WGI adds 2nd IMSA race to schedule

WeatherTech 240 at The Glen to Run July 2

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WATKINS GLEN, April 8, 2021 -- Watkins Glen International has announced that IMSA will be running IMSA events there for two consecutive weekends this summer.

IMSA is adding the WeatherTech 240 at The Glen on July 2 on the facility’s 3.45-mile road course. This event is being moved from Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Ontario due to the pandemic. The event was canceled last year.

The WeatherTech 240 follows by one week the IMSA Sahlen's 6 Hours at the Glen, which runs at WGI from June 24 to June 27.

Tickets and camping will be available for the July 2nd IMSA race. General admission seating will start at $60, $20 for teens, and children 12 and under will be free. Camping will be available at $150. Fans may purchase tickets online beginning April 15 at TheGlen.com.

“We are always excited to add another event to The Glen’s calendar,” said Michael Printup, Watkins Glen International president. “We look forward to celebrating with fans and enjoying the incredible road course action of IMSA.”

The two-hour, forty-minute race will feature all five WeatherTech Championship classes including the Daytona Prototype international (DPi), GT Daytona (GTD), Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2), Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3) and GT Le Mans (GTLM). The WeatherTech 240 at The Glen will take the green flag shortly after 6 p.m. ET on July 2 with coverage airing on NBCSN on Saturday, July 3 at 8 p.m. ET.

“We are grateful to Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup and his team for helping us arrive at a solution when it became apparent that we would be unable to make our planned trip to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this year,” said IMSA President John Doonan.

Sportscar racing has been a staple of Watkins Glen, since the first post-World War II road race in North America was held around the village streets in 1948. Since 1969, The Glen has hosted the six-hour endurance summer classic, formerly one of three American rounds of the World Sportscar Championship from 1968 to 1981. The event has featured motorsports legends and past winners such as Hurley Haywood, Dan Gurney, Scott Pruett, Mario Andretti and Derek Bell.

O-M's Autumn Garrison sends a shot that found the Newfield net, one of her two goals.

Odessa-Montour girls top Newfield, 7-2

ODESSA, April 8, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team improved its record to 5-3 Wednesday evening by defeating Newfield 7-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

O-M took the lead early, Hannan Nolan scoring at 34:27 with an assist from Lillian Betts. Autumn Garrison scored unassisted at 25:03, and Nolan got her second goal of the game-- and 13th of the season -- at 24:13, assisted by Garrison, to make it 3-0.

Garrison opened the second-half scoring at 38:27 with a left-footed laser to the right corner of the Newfield net.

Betts made it 5-0 at 31:35 with a header past Newfield goalkeeper Jenna Goodwin off a Garrison corner kick, and the score climbed to 6-0 when Newfield inadvertently scored on itself at 16:59. O-M's Kelsey Bates then made it 7-0 with a goal at 13:59, with an assist from Courtney Davis.

Newfield scored two goals late in the game, at 4:14 by Renee Bickham, and at 2:27 by Maura Wood-Ellis.

O-M outshot Newfield 14-7, while the Trojans had a 6-4 edge in corner kicks. Keyonna Garrison and Eliza Starkweather, sharing goalkeeping duties for Odessa, totaled five saves, while Newfield's Goodwin registered seven.

O-M Coach Burton Brewster said he was pleased with his team's set plays, "which gave us some good chances."

Odessa returns to action Friday at home against Tioga. Game time is 6 p.m.

Photos in text: Odessa-Montour's Katie Adams (top) and Hannah Nolan attempt shots on goal.

O-M's Lillian Betts watches an approaching corner kick from teammate Autumn Garrison (left), prepares to meet the incoming ball (center), and heads it toward and into the Newfield net for the Indians' fifth goal of the game.

Left: O-M goalkeeper Keyonna Garrison corrals the ball. Right: The Indians' Eliza Starkweather goes high to meet the ball.

Watkins Glen's Faye Mooney competes in the 50 Free, where -- while swimming exhibition -- she finished first in 26.47.

Watkins swimmers top Whitney Point

WATKINS GLEN, April 7, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team cruised to a 78-21 victory Tuesday over an outnumbered Whitney Point in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

Since Whitney Point had only a few swimmers, many of Watkins Glen's competitors swam exhibition, a tradition designed to reduce lopsided team scoring differentials. Exhibition swimmers do not earn team points; nor do they earn credit for winning if they finish first.

Official first-place finishes were won by Watkins Glen in:

200 Medley Relay: Malina Butler, Amanda Wilbur, Sarah Stopinski, Delaney Paulisczak, 2:15.42.
200 IM: Megan Adams 3:04.53.
50 Free: Thalia Marquez 26.90.
100 Fly: Thalia Marquez 1:10.05.
100 Back: Emilee Chaffinch 1:30.94.
100 Breast: Alannah Klemann 1:27.44.

Whitney Point had no entries in the relay races, so Watkins Glen won them by default -- but the Senecas swam strictly exhibition in the 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay, thus earning no team points in either.

The Senecas lost only the following:

-- The 200 Free (where Watkins' Amanda Wilbur, swimming exhibition, actually finished first in 2:12.05);
-- The 100 Free (where Watkins' Alannah Klemann, swimming exhibition, finished first in 1:00.36), and
-- The 500 Free (where Watkins' Faye Mooney, swimming exhibition, finished first in 6:06.63).

In races won by the Senecas, Mooney finished first in 26.47 while swimming exhibition in the 50 Free, Kendra Fish finished first in 2:41.25 while swimming exhibition in the 200 Individual Medley, and Wilbur finished first in 1:08.19 while swimming exhibition in the 100 Back. First-place points in those three races were afforded to other Watkins Glen swimmers.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Malina Butler competes in the 200 Medley Relay (top), and the Senecas' Claire Lewis dives at start of the 200 Free.

Left: Watkins Glen's Kendra Fish competes in the 200 IM, where she finished first. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Wilbur swims a leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Watkins Glen's Megan Adams glides underwater after diving in the 200 Individual Medley.

Odessa-Montour's Cameron Elliott, falling at right, watches as his shot hits the back of the Newfield net for the Indians' second goal.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to Newfield, 4-2

ODESSA, April 7, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 0-4 Tuesday evening when the Indians dropped a 4-2 decision to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

Newfield took the lead with a goal at 23:01 of the first half, and made it 2-0 at 17:32 before O-M responded at 7:28 with a goal by Arden Heichel, who found the left side of the net after working past a couple of defenders.

Newfield scored again with 2:19 remaining in the half. Odessa cut the Trojans' lead to 3-2 with a goal by Cam Elliott with 35:42 left in the second half, and the score stayed like that for half an hour before Newfield locked up the win with a goal at 4:34.

O-M Coach Kenny May said his team controlled possession and the pace of play in the second half, "but couldn't overcome the first half 3-1 deficit. This was a very large improvement of play by O-M, but the outcome did not go their way."

The Indians return to action Thursday at home against Trumansburg. Game time is 6 p.m.

Photo in text: O-M's Michael Benway, foreground, battles a Newfield player for control of the ball in front of the Newfield net.

Left: O-M's Cody Austin (12) controls the ball. Right: The Indians' Arden Heichel, left, sends a shot that found the Newfield net for O-M's first goal.

O-M girls top Marathon in overtime, 6-5

MARATHON, April 6, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team improved its record to 4-3 Monday by defeating Marathon 6-5 in overtime in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Marathon athletic field.

Lillian Betts scored three goals for the Indians, while Autumn Garrison, Katie Adams and Gina Gavich each scored one. Garrison also had three assists, while Hannah Nolan -- moved to midfield to contend with Marathon's best player -- had one assist. Tori Brewster, normally playing forward with Nolan, also played at midfield and helped create scoring opportunities.

"We got a strong passing game from the whole team, the backs, the mids and the forwards," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster. "It was a big win for us." Marathon had lost just once this season before this game.

O-M outshot Marathon 11-9, and had a 6-4 edge in corner kicks. Keyonna Garrison registered 4 saves in goal for the Indians.

Marathon led once, at 1-0, but O-M was up 2-1 at halftime and 4-3 until Marathon forced overtime with a goal in the final five minutes of regulation. Odessa scored in the first overtime to go ahead again 5-4, and early in the second overtime to make it 6-4. Marathon scored the final goal with seven minutes remaining.

Odessa returns to action Wednesday at home against Newfield. Game time is 6 p.m.

O-M wrestler Beckley competes at Pa. event

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ODESSA, April 4, 2021 -- Odessa-Montour High School senior Joshua Beckley, representing the Meat Locker Wrestling Club, traveled to Manheim, Pennsylvania to compete Friday, April 2nd and Saturday, April 3rd in the Journeymen NYS Wrestling Championships.

He returned home Saturday night after an 0-2 finish in the 195-pound weight class.

His first match ended in a loss to Long Island's Jack McCusker, who eventually took 4th place. McCusker was a 2020 New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Division 1 quarterfinalist. In the second, elimination, match, Beckley fought back from a 5-0 deficit to within 5-4 before losing 8-5 to Jamesville-DeWitt's Muaweyah El-Hindi.

Beckley said after the tournament that he was simply "grateful to have the opportunity to wrestle in the Journeymen Championships."

Developed in response to the cancellation of the NYSPHSAA Winter Sports Championships, the event was run in a single-division-style format, resulting in one champion for each weight class and placing New York's best wrestlers in the same brackets regardless of school size.

More information can be found at journeymenwrestling.com.

Photo in text: Joshua Beckley (Photo provided)

Odessa-Montour's Lillian Betts tries to unleash a shot on goal, but Newfield goalkeeper Jenna Goodwin got to the ball first.

Odessa-Montour girls blank Newfield, 4-0

WATKINS GLEN, April 4, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team evened its record at 3-3 Saturday when it defeated Newfield 4-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on Watkins Glen High School's Alumni Field.

The game -- switched from O-M's Charles Martin Field due to adverse playing conditions in Odessa following Thursday's snow -- featured Hannah Nolan scoring the first two goals of the game within the opening 10 minutes, raising her season total to 11.

The Indians' Camille Sgrecci scored on a blast to the right corner of the Newfield net at 12:22 of the first half, and Lillian Betts concluded the scoring at 27:07 of the second half off a pass from Tori Brewster, who also assisted on Nolan's second goal.

With Newfield's ranks already depleted and a couple of injuries for the Trojans during the game, the contest saw the two squads battling with just 8 players apiece at the end, down from the normal 11. A team can function under the rules with as few as 7 players.

Odessa-Montour returns to action Monday at Marathon.

Photo in text: O-M's Autumn Garrison, left, passes the ball to teammate Gina Gavich.

O-M's Tori Brewster, right, passes the ball to a teammate waiting near the Newfield net.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Lillan Halpin goes high to meet the ball. Right: The Indians' Sarah Strobel prepares to pass the ball..

O-M's Camille Sgrecci (18, right) watches her shot as it nears the Newfield net for the Indians' third goal of the game.

Left: O-M's Hannah Nolan sends the ball upfield. Right: The Indians' Ida Sidle, right, moves in to take the ball away from a Newfield player.

The Seneca Indians' Dominick Fazzary (33) scores on a 31-yard fourth-quarter run.

Seneca Indians rally to top Groton, 28-14

WATKINS GLEN, April 3, 2021 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team trailed Groton 14-0 Friday night before turning the game around and posting a 28-14 victory on Watkins Glen High School's Alumni Field.

The Seneca Indians, a combined squad of WGHS and Odessa-Montour High School athletes, improved to 2-0 heading into its next game, at Dryden on April 16.

WG/OM fell behind 8-0 in the first minute when Groton broke through on its first play from scrimmage for a 60-yard run to the Seneca Indians' 1-yard line. The touchdown and a two-point conversion quickly followed.

Groton made it 14-0 at 4:32 of the second quarter when WG/OM, operating deep in its own territory, gave up an interception off a deflection, a Groton defender picking it off and running it in from 15 yards out.

The Seneca Indians started their comeback with a drive that ended when Cameron Holland kept the ball on a read option and carried it around right end to the corner of the end zone with 1:12 left in the first half. Jared Rumsey added a point-after kick. 14-7.

WG/OM tied the game 14-14 at 5:19 of the third quarter when Owen Scholtisek found a hole on a counter play to the right and galloped 30 yards for the score. Rumsey added the extra point.

The go-ahead TD came with 9:48 remaining in the fourth quarter when Scholtisek scored from 4 yards out and added a two-point conversion run to make it 22-14.

And the Seneca Indians secured the victory on a 31-yard TD run by Dominick Fazzary with 5:47 left. That came after a Groton drive died on a change of downs at the WG/OM 9-yard line, and after Travon Jones had broken free for 55 yards, setting up the Fazzary run.

Fazzary led the Seneca Indians in rushing with 139 yards on 15 carries, while Scholtisek gained 99 yards on 11 carries, and Jones 72 yards on 10 carries. Holland completed 6 of 13 passes for 50 yards.

On defense, Fazzary, Scholtisek, Anthony Ricauter-Minelli and Cayden Confer registered four tackles each.

Each team had three turnovers, with Confer, Daniel Ely and Jones recovering a fumble apiece.

"We made some adjustments at halftime," said Seneca Indians Coach Trevor Holland, "and put it together in the second half. It was coaches and players working together."

WG/OM has just two games remaining on its compressed schedule: the game at Dryden on the 16th, and a finale on the road against Tioga the week after that. Tioga is playing its home games at Owego.

Senior Night: The Seneca Indians' four seniors were honored in a pre-game ceremony. They are Boyd Barber, Silas Farrell, Anthony Ricauter-Minelli and Jared Rumsey.

Photos in text:

Top: The Seneca Indians' Owen Scholtisek scores on a 4-yard run.
Middle: WG/OM's Cayden Confer moves in from the right as the ball bounces loose, fumbled by Groton. He recovered the fumble a moment later.
Bottom: The Seneca Indians' Travon Jones breaks loose for a long fourth-quarter run.

Left: WG/OM quarterback Cameron Holland passes the ball under pressure. Right: The Seneca Indians' punter, Jared Rumsey, goes high to snag an errant snap.

Seniors honored:

The Seneca Indians' seniors were honored at a pregame ceremony. From left: Boyd Barber, Anthony Ricauter-Minelli, Silas Farrell and Jared Rumsey.

Watkins swimmers top Elmira, 103-82

ELMIRA, April 2, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team defeated Elmira 103-82 Thursday in a non-league road meet.

"The girls swam a great meet," said Watkins Glen Coach Nichole Chaffee. "They had some excellent races and some key finishes. They really had to step up because we were swimming four short, but they made it happen."

The Senecas got first-place finishes in the following events:

200 Medley Relay: Kendra Fish, Faye Mooney, Amanda Wilbur, Emily Melveney, 2:06.50.
200 Free: Emily Melveney 2:29.71.
200 IM: Amanda Wilbur 2:25.28.
50 Free: Faye Mooney 26.35.
100 Fly: Amanda Wilbur 1:06.68.
100 Free: Kendra Fish 1:03.26.
100 Breaststroke: Faye Mooney 1:14.11.
400 Free Relay: Wilbur, Melveney, Fish, Mooney, 4:19.98.

Second-place finishes for Watkins were posted in the 200 Free (Sarah Stopinski), the 200 Free Relay (Skye Cummings, Annaleise Beckley, Emilee Chaffinch and Stopinski), the 100 Free (Stopinski), the 500 Free (Emily Melveney), and the 100 Back (Kendra Fish).

Watkins boys fall to Newark Valley, 4-2

NEWARK VALLEY, April 2, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team's record slipped to 2-3 Thursday when the Senecas dropped a 4-2 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the NV athletic field.

Stoyan Bond scored both of the Watkins goals, one on a penalty kick and one with an assist from Jacob Yontz.

Watkins goalkeeper Bryce Kelly "had a good game," said Coach Nils Watson, "even though the conditions were horrible with snow and wind. And there was good hustle from Seamus Mooney."

Watson said Tim Clifford appeared to score on a corner kick, with the NV goalie pulling the ball out of the goal, "but the officials said no goal. Maybe we will get some luck on the 10th against Newfield."

Watkins volleyball team loses to Waverly

WAVERLY, April 2, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision Thursday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Waverly gym.

Game scores were 17-25, 25-20, 17-25 and 17-25. Individual statistics for Watkins Glen included the following:

Carlie Baker: 11 kills, 5 blocks, 5 digs.
Jade Scaptura: 10 assists.
Robin Zimba: 8 assists.
Katrina Ricca: 16 service points, 2 aces.
Kelsey DeMillo: 8 kills, 2 blocks, 4 digs.

Junior Varsity: Waverly defeated Watkins Glen 2-1. Game scores were 25-22, 22-25 and 15-25.

The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team's seniors were honored Wednesday at a Senior Night ceremony before their match with Newfield. From left: Jessica Carnes, Madisyn Wells, Isabella Arlington, Samantha Sipes, Haley Landon, Hali Daugherty and Felicia Cook.

O-M volleyball team falls to Newfield

ODESSA, April 1, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision Wednesday evening to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 11-25, 5-25, 25-21 and 19-25. Individual statistics for O-M included:

Haley Landon: 7 service points, 4 aces, 4 assists.
Isabella Arlington: 2 service points.
Jessica Carnes: 2 kills, 2 digs.
Samantha Sipes: 6 service points, 3 aces, 1 dig.
Hali Daugherty: 4 service points, 1 ace.
Madisyn Wells: 11 service points, 3 aces, 3 kills, 3 digs.

The Indians, following a Senior Night ceremony at which its seven seniors were honored -- Jessica Carnes, Madisyn Wells, Isabella Arlington, Samantha Sipes, Haley Landon, Hali Daugherty and Felicia Cook -- turned what appeared to be a rout into a competitive match.

After losing the first two games decisively, the Indians jumped out to 7-1 and 11-5 leads in the third game before Newfield rallied to take the lead. But O-M bounced back, regained the lead and won the game.

Newfield ran out to a 12-3 lead in the final game before O-M rallied and pulled close. The Trojans then nailed down the game and the match.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Newfield 2-1. Game scores were 13-25, 25-22 and 25-22. Hannah Kinner registered 13 service points and 2 assists for the Indians.

Photo in text: O-M's Jessica Carnes tracks down a Newfield volley.

Odessa-Montour's Emma Landon (left photo) and Hali Daugherty meet incoming shots.

Odessa-Montour's Haley Landon extends her arms to volley in Wednesday's match.

Watkins Glen's Emilee Chaffinch dives at the start of the 50 Yard Freestyle.

Watkins Glen swim team tops ND, 80-62

WATKINS GLEN, March 31, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team defeated Elmira Notre Dame 80-62 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

Wins for Watkins Glen came in the following events:

200 Medley Relay: Kendra Fish, Faye Mooney, Amanda Wilbur, Emily Melveney (2:10.05)
200 IM: Amanda Wilbur (2:26.23)
100 Fly: Megan Adams (1:24.44)
100 Free: Faye Mooney (1:00.73)
500 Free: Amanda Wilbur (5:51.17)

The Senecas exhibitioned (didn't take points) in the last three events. Among those, Faye Mooney posted the fastest time in the 100 Breaststroke, 1:14.38, and the team of Wilbur, Fish, Melveney and Mooney were fastest in the 400 Free Relay in 3:48.97.

Second-place finishes were posted by the Senecas, meanwhile, in the 200 Free (Kendra Fish), the 50 Free (Skye Cummings), the 100 Fly (Cummings again), the 500 Free (Sarah Stopinski), and the 200 Free Relay (Adams, Emilee Chaffinch, Cummings and Stopinski).

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur on the way to victory in the 200 IM.
Bottom: The Senecas' Faye Mooney competes in the 100 Free, which she won.

Watkins Glen's Skye Cummings on the way to second place in the 100 Butterfly.

Watkins Glen boys fall to Waverly, 2-0

WAVERLY, March 31, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision Tuesday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly athletic field.

For the first 20 minutes of the game, said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson, "we did not look like the team we can be. Once we settled into our rhythm, we played a pretty good game."

The loss lowered the Senecas' season mark to 2-2. They resume action Thursday at Newark Valley. Game time is 5:30 p.m.

Newark Valley's Derrick Kalpokas (22) breaks a 0-0 tie with a goal at 9:47 of the first half.

O-M boys lose to Newark Valley, 2-0

ODESSA, March 31, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team lost a defensive battle to Newark Valley Tuesday, dropping a 2-0 decision in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The game was scoreless until 9:47 remained in the first half, when Newark Valley's Derrick Kalpokas scored on a blast from the right side of the net that got past O-M goalkeeper David Patterson, who had come out to cut down the angle.

Patterson was injured on the play and replaced in goal by Patrick Croft, who allowed just one goal the rest of the way, a high arcing shot by NV's Jonah Williams with 20:10 remaining in the second half.

The Indians (now 0-3) are scheduled to return to action Thursday at home against Waverly. Game time is 6 p.m.

Photo in text: O-M's Cody Austin wins the ball as a Newark Valley player falls.

Left: O-M goalkeeper Patrick Croft grabs the ball before an incoming Newark Valley player can reach it. Right: Odessa's Ethan King (4) meets the ball.

Watkins volleyball team loses to TAE

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, March 31, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision Tuesday to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Edison gym.

Game scores were 17-25, 12-25 and 12-25. Individual statistics for Watkins included:

Kelsey DeMillo: 9 service points, 3 kills, 1 block.
Carlie Baker: 3 kills, 1 block, 7 digs.
Jade Scaptura: 3 assists.
Robin Zimba: 3 assists.

"We had a difficult time adjusting to some missing players," said Watkins Glen Coach Krysti Westervelt, "but will continue to work on this in practice. They got us tonight with good serving."

The Senecas return to action Thursday at Waverly.

Junior Varsity: Edison defeated Watkins Glen, 3-0. Game scores were 17-25, 8-25 and 24-26.

Watkins XC team competes in divisionals

NEWARK VALLEY, March 31, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity cross-country runners competed Tuesday in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference divisional meet on a 2.95-mile course at Newark Valley High School.

Notre Dame won the girls team title, while Newark Valley won the boys title.

The Senecas have just one female runner, Breanna Carl, who placed 7th in a time of 23:36. The winner, Riley Soehnlein of Elmira Notre Dame, finished in 20:37.

The Watkins boys normally have five runners, but two were absent, and so they failed to qualify for a team score. A team must have at least five runners on hand to qualify.

Jaden Ault led the Watkins boys with a 12th-place finish in 20:11. Aiden Maphis was 16th in 21:03, and Balan Ault was 19th in 21:31. The winner, Collin Wright of Waverly, finished in 16:44.

The Senecas' next meet will be the IAC Championships at Marathon on Friday, April 9.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Breanna Carl on the way to 7th place at divisional meet. (Photo provided)

O-M volleyball team loses to Candor

ODESSA, March 30, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision Monday to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 10-25, 8-25 and 14-25. Individual O-M statistics included:

Haley Landon: 2 service points, 2 aces, 2 assists.
Jessica Carnes: 5 service points, 1 kill, 2 digs.
Madisyn Wells: 1 service point, 3 digs.
Hali Daugherty: 1 service point, 1 ace, 2 digs.
Isabella Arlington: 2 service points.

Junior Varsity: Candor defeated Odessa-Montour 3-0. Game scores were 18-25, 9-25, and 14-25.

O-M girls top Newfield; Nolan scores 4

NEWFIELD, March 30, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team -- led by Hannah Nolan's four goals -- defeated Newfield 5-1 Monday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newfield athletic field.

Nolan, in addition to her goals -- which gives her 9 for the season -- assisted on the Indians' fifth goal, scored by Lillian Betts. Autumn Garrison also had an assist.

Odessa (now 2-3) outshot Newfield 16-6 and had an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks. Keyonna Garrison registered 5 saves in goal for the Indians, while the Trojans' Jenna Goodwin notched 10 saves.

The Indians return to action at 11 a.m. Saturday at home, once more against Newfield.

Odessa-Montour girls lose to Waverly, 4-2

WAVERLY, March 26, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 1-3 Friday when the Indians dropped a 4-2 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly soccer field.

The Wolverines outshot Odessa 20-6, and had an 11-1 advantage in corner kicks. Keyonna Garrison made 16 saves in goal for the Indians.

Waverly, up 1-0 at halftime, increased its lead to 4-0 in the second half before O-M's Hannah Nolan scored her fourth and fifth goals of the season, at 16:20 and with 7 seconds remaining in the game.

O-M returns to action Monday at Newfield.

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

TIOGA CENTER, March 26, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision Friday to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Tioga gym.

Game scores were 4-25, 10-25 and 11-25. Individual statisics for O-M included:

Samantha Sipes: 3 service points, 1 ace.
Hali Daugherty: 2 service points.
Emma Landon: 2 service points, 1 assist.
Jessica Carnes: 1 kill.

Junior Varsity: Tioga defeated O-M, 2-0. Game scores were 13-25 and 3-25.

O-M's Mike Benway, left, sends a shot toward the Watkins goal. It sailed over the net.

Watkins boys top Odessa-Montour, 4-1

ODESSA, March 26, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team improved its record to 2-1 Thursday by defeating Odessa-Montour 4-1 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The Senecas got first-half goals from Seamus Mooney and Dylan Morse for a 2-0 halftime lead. Georgio Fazzary and Jacob Yontz added second-half goals to increase the lead to 4-0 before O-M's Patrick Croft scored with 2:56 left on the clock.

"Watkins Glen is showing improvement as a team each time we step on the field," said Senecas Coach Nils Watson. "We got good defense from Garrett VanOstrand, composed and confident."

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at Waverly. Odessa-Montour (now 0-2) returns to action Tuesday at home against Newark Valley.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Georgio Fazzary (4) sends a shot into the O-M net for his team's third goal of the game.

Left: Watkins Glen's Matt Irwin (7) and O-M's Veer Patel battle for control of the ball. Right: Odessa-Montour's Ben Campbell moves the ball upfield.

Left: Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse (11) sends a shot on goal. It went over O-M goalkeeper David Patterson and into the net for the Senecas' second score. Right: The Senecas' Tim Clifford meets the ball.

Odessa-Montour's Patrick Croft sends the ball into the net for the Indians' lone goal. He scored after a free kick took an unexpected high bounce at the base of the goal post and eluded Watkins goalkeeper Bryce Kelly, leaving Croft to finish it.

O-M volleyball team falls to Newfield

NEWFIELD, March 25, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision Wednesday to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Newfield gym.

Game scores were 7-25, 18-25 and 15-25. Individual statistics for O-M included:

Isabella Arlington: 1 ace, 1 kill.
Hali Daugherty: 5 service points, 1 ace.
Madisyn Wells: 7 service points, 1 ace.

Newfield Coach Peter Holm said O-M showed "great sportsmanship" and "made a good run and caused Newfield to make too many errors. Both teams are loaded with seniors, and I hope everyone is happy that they are getting the chance to play one last season for their high school in this world we are in right now."

Junior Varsity: Newfield defeated Odessa-Montour 2-1.

Watkins Glen's Kelsey DeMillo volleys during the match against Waverly.

Watkins volleyball team falls to Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, March 25, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision Wednesday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS Field House.

Game scores were 20-25, 25-22, 18-25 and 14-25. Individual Watkins Glen statistics included:

Carlie Baker: 6 kills, 4 blocks, 14 digs.
Kelsey DeMillo:
9 digs.
Robin Zimba:
12 service points, 3 aces.
Colby Thurston:
6 kills.
Sarah Jones:
7 assists.
Jade Scaptura:
5 assists.

"We had great moments tonight," said Watkins Glen Coach Krysti Westervelt. "We improve every time we play."

The Senecas return to action Friday at Newark Valley.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Waverly 2-1. Game scores were 25-18, 25-21 and 24-26.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Carlie Baker smashes a winner over the net.

From left: Watkins Glen's Colby Thurston, Jade Scaptura and Sarah Jones.

Left: Watkins Glen's Melanie Wysocki volleys. Right: The Senecas' Robin Zimba prepares to serve.

Odessa-Montour girls lose to NV, 5-2

NEWARK VALLEY, March 25, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 1-2 Wednesday when the Indians dropped a 5-2 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the NV athletic field.

The Cardinals, now 2-2, opened the scoring with a goal late in the first half, and added four more goals in the second half before O-M broke through with a goal with 7 minutes left. It came off a 30-yard free kick by Autumn Garrison that was headed by Hannah Nolan on the right side of the goal and finished by Tori Brewster on the left.

The second Odessa goal came on a penalty kick by Garrison with 3 minutes remaining.

Newark Valley had a 12-6 edge in shots on goal, and a 9-2 advantage in corner kicks. The Indians' goalkeeper, Keyonna Garrison, registered 7 saves.

O-M returns to action Friday at Waverly.

The 1st goal: Watkins Glen's Stoyan Bond (10) watches as his shot at 29:32 of the second half goes past the Newfield goalkeeper and into the net, giving the Senecas a 1-0 lead.

Watkins boys top Newfield in OT, 2-1

WATKINS GLEN, March 24, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team -- led by Stoyan Bond's two goals -- evened its record at 1-1 Tuesday when it defeated Newfield 2-1 in overtime in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS Alumni Field.

After a scoreless first half on a windblown day, the Senecas took the lead at 29:32 of the second half when Bond raced most of the length of the field and sent the ball into the Newfield net ...

Newfield tied the game with just 5:23 remaining in regulation off a crossing pass.

But the Senecas struck quickly in sudden-death overtime when Bond kicked home the winner from directly in front of the Trojans' net after a pass from Tim Clifford and filtered through a defender and rebounded off the goalkeeper's gloves. It came just 3:05 into the overtime.

Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson had high praise for Bond, who he called "a terrific player," as well as for goalkeeper Bryce Kelly ("He made some great saves") and defensive standouts Matt Irwin and Liam Smith. Both Irwin, a senior, and Smith, an 8th grader, are new to the team this year.

Watson said his team is starting to jell despite the limited number of practices available leading to this short season (which will total just 8 games).

Watkins Glen returns to action Thursday at Odessa-Montour. Game time is 6 p.m.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Bryce Kelly makes a diving save; and the Senecas' Georgio Fazzary controls the ball near midfield.

Left: Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse sends a shot toward the Newfield goal. Right: The Senecas' Liam Smith prepares to send the ball upfield.

Watkins Glen's Seamus Mooney sends a shot on its way. It went over the Newfield net.

Left: Watkins Glen's Ross Pentz passes the ball. Right: The Senecas' Garrett VonOstrand blocks a Newfield pass.

The winning goal:

Watkins Glen's Stoyan Bond gets to a loose ball that got away from the Newfield goalkeeper, and sends his shot on its way. Then ...

A Newfield defender moves over in an attempt to stop Bond's shot . However ...

The shot gets past the defender and finds the netting as Bond starts a victory celebration.

O-M boys drop opener to Tburg, 6-0

TRUMANSBURG, March 24, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team lost its season opener Tuesday to Trumansburg, 6-0, in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

The Indians, tied with the Raiders 0-0 at halftime, failed to register a shot on goal, while Trumansburg peppered O-M freshman goalkeeper David Patterson with 27 shots. He made 21 saves.

O-M returns to action Thursday at home against Watkins Glen. Game time is 6 p.m.

Watkins runners top TAE at Domes run

HORSEHEADS, March 24, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity cross country team defeated Edison 22-33 Tuesday in a three-team meet on a 4K course at the Elmira College Domes.

Notre Dame also competed, and while finishing in the top individual spot, did not have enough runners -- the requisite five -- to qualify for a team score.

Aidan Maphis had the best time for the Senecas, finishing third in 16:52. Next came Balan Ault, fourth in 17:51; Jaden Ault, sixth in 18:27.5; Johnny Van Scoyk, eighth in 18:54.1; and Nick Bonsignore, 11th in 21:08.1.

On the girls' side, Watkins Glen did not have a full team, but Breanna Carl placed fourth in 20:32.4. Notre Dame won the girls team competition.

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Senior Night: Watkins Glen's only senior, Jaden Ault, was honored in a Senior Night ceremony. He plans to enter the Army after graduation, with a goal of becoming an airborne ranger.

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Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen runners take their first strides as the race starts.

Bottom: The Senecas' lone senior, Jaden Ault, who was honored in a Senior Night ceremony, poses with his mother, Denise.

Watkins Glen swimmers defeat Dryden

DRYDEN, March 24, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team defeated Dryden 109-61 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the Dryden pool.

The Senecas won all but two of the 11 races. Those wins, by event:

200 Medley Relay: Alannah Klemann, Faye Mooney, Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez, 2:00:45.
200 Freestyle: Thalia Marquez 2:03.80.
200 Individual Medley: Alannah Klemann 2:33.87.
100 Fly: Thalia Marquez 1:08.41.
100 Free: Faye Mooney 58.76.
200 Free Relay: Kendra Fish, Emily Melveney, Megan Adams, Malina Butler 1:59.82.
100 Back: Kendra Fish 1:13.39.
100 Breaststroke: Alannah Klemann 1:23.61.
400 Free Relay: Faye Mooney, Amanda Wilbur, Alannah Klemann, Thalia Marquez 3:57.87.

Watkins Glen returns to action Thursday at home against Southern Cayuga.

O-M's Hannah Nolan, left, and Tori Brewster (14) fight a Newark Valley player for control of the ball.

O-M girls fall to Newark Valley, 2-0

ODESSA, March 23, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team's record slipped to 1-1 Monday when the Indians dropped a 2-0 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The game was scoreless until 27:23 of the second half, when the Cardinals scored off of a corner kick. They snuck a second goal past a diving Keyonna Garrison with 14:30 remaining in the game to close out the scoring.

Garrison was busy in goal, registering 14 saves -- several of a leaping or diving variety -- and helping keep the Indians in the game.

Newark Valley pressured continually in the first half, while Odessa couldn't get any significant offense moving. The Indians failed to register a shot on goal until the second half.

"The second half was played somewhat even," said Odessa-Montour Coach Burton Brewster, "although that's when they got their two goals."

Odessa notched 5 shots on goal after intermission, but trailed NV in the game by a 16-5 margin. The Cardinals also had a 4-2 edge in corner kicks.

"It was a very physical game," said Brewster. "Newark Valley is very talented -- probably the best team in the league, although they've been slow getting started." This was the Cardinals' first win after losses to Elmira Notre Dame and Waverly -- teams Brewster thought the Cardinals might well beat if they meet again.

The game was not without drama, with the Indians launching a couple of shots that narrowly missed the net; and with a play that saw another O-M shot deflect high off the head of a defender and into the leaping hands of the Cardinals' goalkeeper as Odessa's Hannah Nolan leaped high to contend for it.

And on the defensive end, Garrison made some acrobatic saves, and Reagan Bishop, late in the game, cleared a loose ball from immediately in front of the net.

Odessa-Montour plays Newark Valley again Wednesday, this time on the road.

"Hopefully we can regroup and give them a good game, and win," said Brewster.

Photos in text: O-M goalkeeper Keyonna Garrison makes a leaping save; and the Indians' Autumn Garrison, left, holds off a Newark Valley player to control the ball.

Odessa-Montour's Reagan Bishop clears the ball from in front of the O-M goal.

Left: Odessa's Eliza Starkweather passes the ball. Right: The Indians' Lillian Betts.

Left: O-M's Camille Sgrecci sends the ball upfield. Right: The Indians' Gina Gavich left, moves the ball ahead to a teammate.

Left: O-M's Marissa Marsh (4) battles for the ball. Right: Odessa-Montour's Raven Lott inbounds the ball.

Left: Odessa's Tori Brewster, left, and Malia Mertens contend with a Newark Valley player for control of the ball. Right: The Indians' Ida Sidle kicks the ball upfield.

Watkins volleyball team loses to Edison

WATKINS GLEN, March 23, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team's record slipped to 0-3 Monday when the Senecas dropped a 3-1 decision to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS Field House.

Game scores were 17-25, 25-23, 12-25 and 12-25. Individual statistics for the Senecas included:

Carlie Baker: 8 service points, 3 aces, 4 kills, 2 blocks, 11 digs.
Robin Zimba: 10 service points.
Jade Scaptura: 3 assists.
Sarah Jones: 3 assists.

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at home against Waverly. The JV match starts at 5:30 p.m., with the varsity to follow.

Junior Varsity: Edison defeated Watkins Glen 2-1. Game scores were 25-18, 19-25 and 16-25.

O-M volleyball team falls to Candor

CANDOR, March 23, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team saw its record slip to 0-2 Monday when it dropped a 3-0 decision to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Candor gym.

Game scores were 12-25, 10-25 and 3-25. Statistics for Odessa-Montour included:

Haley Landon: 1 service point, 1 kill, 2 assists.
Isabella Arlington: 2 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 1 assist.
Jessica Carnes: 2 service points, 1 dig.
Samantha Sipes: 1 service point.
Madisyn Wells: 2 service points, 1 kill.

O-M returns to action Wednesday at Newfield. The JV contest starts at 5:30 p.m., with the varsity to follow.

Junior Varsity: Candor defeated Odessa-Montour 2-0. Game scores were 18-25 and 8-25.

O-M's Hannah Nolan sends a shot toward the Tioga goal. This one missed, but she scored three times in the Indians' season opener.

O-M girls open with 5-2 win over Tioga

ODESSA, March 21, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team -- led by three Hannah Nolan goals and two by Autumn Garrison -- opened its season with a 5-2 victory Saturday over Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

O-M scored the game's first three goals, and led 4-2 at halftime.

Hannah Nolan opened the scoring at 33:18 with a long blast from the left that found the top right of the net. Autumn Garrison made it 2-0 at 30:58, and Nolan scored her second goal at 20:26 to increase the Indians' lead to 3-0.

Tioga responded with two goals by Destiny Sweet, one on a penalty kick, to close to within 3-2 at 12:24 before Garrison scored her second goal at 7:26 to close the first-half scoring.

The only score of the second half came early, at 39:21, when Nolan registered her third goal on a feed from Lillian Betts. Tori Brewster also had an assist, on one of Garrison's first-half goals.

Odessa outshot Tioga 14-7, and had a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. Keyonna Garrison made five saves in goal for the Indians.

Odesssa-Montour returns to action Monday at home against Newark Valley. Game time is 6 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Camille Sgrecci sends the ball past a Tioga defender.
Bottom: The Indians' Katie Adams clears the ball as a Tioga player approaches.

O-M's Tori Brewster (14) sends a shot on the Tioga goal. The keeper made the save.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Reagan Bishop battles for control of the ball. Right: The Indians' goalkeeper, Keyonna Garrison, reaches for a Tioga shot that went wide of the net.

O-M's Autumn Garrison sends the ball toward the Tioga goal for one of her two goals.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Haley Landon, right, battles at the net. Right: The Indians' Samantha Sipes serves.

O-M volleyball team opens with a loss

ODESSA, March 21, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision to Spencer-Van Etten Saturday in a season-opening Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the O-M gym.

Game scores were 12-25, 25-22, 12-25 and 21-25. Statistics for O-M included:

Haley Landon: 6 service points, 5 aces, 1 assist.
Isabella Arlington: 6 service points, 3 aces.
Jessica Carnes: 4 service points, 1 ace, 1 dig.
Samantha Sipes: 7 service points, 4 aces, 2 kills, 1 dig.
Hali Daugherty: 6 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 2 digs.
Madisyn Wells: 2 service points, 4 digs.
Emma Landon: 2 service points, 2 aces.

The Indians return to action Monday at Candor. The JV match starts at 5:30 p.m., with the varsity to follow.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour lost to Spencer-Van Etten, 2-1. Game scores were 19-25, 8-25 and 27-25.

Photos in text:

Top: Odessa-Montour's Jessica Carnes sends the ball over the net.
Bottom: The Indians' Madisyn Wells meets the ball.

Watkins Glen girls blank Newfield, 4-0

WATKINS GLEN, March 21, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team evened its season mark at 1-1 Saturday when it defeated Newfield 4-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS Alumni Field.

Abby Gibson and Carly Arnold scored two goals each for the Senecas. Sasha Honrath assisted on one of them.

Lilly Ameigh made 9 saves in goal to secure the shutout.

"I was very proud of the team today," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "We are struggling with numbers and injuries this season, but the girls continue to work hard. They moved the ball well today and communicated on both ends of the field."

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at home against Waverly. Game time is 5:30 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: The Senecas' Katrina Ricca, right, and a Newfield player turn toward the ball.

Bottom: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson (2) passes the ball in second-half action.

Left: Watkins Glen's Briana Hayes (16) meets the ball. Right: Watkins Glen's
Mattie Yontz, left, and Kayla Palmer.

Left: Watkins Glen's Abby Congdon, left, sends the ball in the direction of the Newfield net as a defender moves in. Right: The Senecas' Carly Arnold launches a shot toward the Newfield goal.

The Seneca Indians' Jared Rumsey sends a successful point-after kick on its way.

Seneca Indians open with 41-31 victory

WATKINS GLEN, March 20, 2021 -- The Seneca Indians football team -- led by three Owen Scholtisek touchdowns and two by Travon Jones -- opened the season with a 41-31 victory Friday night over Ithaca High School in a game on the Watkins Glen High School Alumni Field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of athletes from the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high schools -- led most of the game, overcoming its lone deficit in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Little Red for the win.

Scholtisek scored on a 5-yard run with 6:52 left in the first quarter. After Ithaca tied it on the ensuing kickoff -- an 85-yard return -- the Seneca Indians went up 14-6 on a 40-yard TD pass to Scholtisek from quarterback Cameron Holland and a 2-point conversion run by Scholtisek.

Ithaca pulled within 14-12 just 21 seconds later after another long kickoff return put them on the Seneca Indians' 31-yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, the Little Red scored on a touchdown pass, but missed a 2-point conversion try.

A 43-yard TD run by Jones with 1:33 left in the period lifted WG/OM to a 20-12 advantage, and a 2-point run by Scholtisek made it 22-12.

The Seneca Indians stretched their lead to 28-12 early in the second quarter on a 32-yard TD pass to a leaping Jones in the end zone, but a conversion run failed.

Ithaca came back, scoring at 7:51 on another long kickoff return -- this one for 75 yards. A point-after kick made the score 28-19. Then the Little Red -- after intercepting a pass in its own end of the field -- completed three passes in the closing moments of the half, finishing with a 13-yard TD pass to the left corner of the end zone with 11 seconds left. A point-after kick attempt bounced off the right upright, leaving WG/OM up by three, 28-25.

The second half saw little of the aerial battle that had preceded it, both teams staying mostly on the ground. Ithaca took the lead 31-28 at 5:35 of the third quarter on a 3-yard TD run, but missed the point-after kick.

The Seneca Indians regained the lead on the final play of the third period on a 3-yard run by Scholtisek, and added a point-after kick by Jared Rumsey to make it 35-31.

The only score of the fourth quarter came after a long drive by the Seneca Indians that started on their own 4-yard line after Scholtisek intercepted an Ithaca pass. The drive -- featuring key first-down runs by Holland and Dominick Fazzary -- was capped by an 8-yard run by Fazzary with 3:14 remaining in the game.

The Seneca Indians amassed 531 yards of total offense. Jones rushed for 180 yards on 17 carries, while Scholtisek gained 120 yards on 16 carries. Fazzary added 63 yards on 9 carries. Jones caught seven passes for 97 yards, while Scholtisek hauled in three passes for 69 yards. Holland completed 10 of 15 passes for 164 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.

Scholtisek and Jacob Menzi led on defense with 4 unassisted tackles each, while Jones and Anthony Ricauter-Minelli had three apiece.

"It was fun," said Seneca Indians Coach Trevor Holland. "Overall, we were right where we wanted to be." He said he was pleased that the team, after falling behind in the second half, "didn't get after ourselves negatively," instead rebounding for the win.

"It was an exciting game," he said "Think about it. We hadn't seen a football game on that field since 2019."

The team is at home again next Saturday against Dryden -- its last home game of this abbreviated spring season. It will go on the road after that -- to Groton, then off, then to Dryden and Tioga (which will be playing its games at Owego).

Photos in text:

Top: The Seneca Indians' Travon Jones goes high to haul in a 32-yard TD pass from Cameron Holland.

Middle: An Ithaca runner is tackled by a trio of Seneca Indians: Alex Holmes (81), Anthony Recauter-Minelli (22) and Kaden LaBar (facing camera).

Bottom: The Seneca Indians' Owen Scholtisek crosses the goal line for his team's first touchdown.

The Seneca Indians' Cameron Holland sends a pass on its way (left) that was hauled in by Owen Scholtisek (right). Scholtisek eluded a tackle and scored a touchdown on the play.

Left: The Seneca Indians' John Gillis hauls in the opening kickoff. Right: WGHS Athletic Director Rod Weeden holds the flag during the playing of the National Anthem. By an oversight, the flag had not been run up the flagpole at the south end of the field.

The Seneca Indians' Silas Farrell brings an Ithaca ball-carrier to the ground.

Watkins volleyball team falls to NV, 3-0

WATKINS GLEN, March 20, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team's record slipped to 0-2 Friday when it dropped a 3-0 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the WGHS Field House.

Games scores were 8-25, 14-25 and 13-25. Among the Watkins Glen statistics:

Carlie Baker: 6 kills, 1 block.
Sarah Jones: 4 assists, 3 digs.
Kelsey DeMillo: 8 service points, 4 aces, 3 digs.
Jade Scaptura: 4 assists.
Melanie Wysocki: 3 digs.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Newark Valley, 2-1. Game scores were 25-23, 17-25 and 25-23.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur swims a leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Watkins swimmers top Lansing in opener

WATKINS GLEN, March 19, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team opened its season with a 108-64 victory Thursday over Lansing in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the WGHS pool.

The Senecas, with the five members of the Odessa-Montour swim team among its ranks this season, won 8 of the 11 events.

Wins were posted by Watkins Glen in the following events:

200 Yard Freestyle: Faye Mooney 2:11.72
200 Individual Medley: Thalia Marquez 2:27.08
100 Yard Freestyle: Thalia Marquez 56.88
500 Yard Freestyle: Amanda Wilbur 5:59.46
200 Free Relay: Faye Mooney, Alannah Klemann, Thalia Marquez, Amanda Wilbur 1:49.86
100 Yard Backstroke: Alannah Klemann 1:08.04
100 Yard Breaststroke: Faye Mooney 1:13.06
400 Free Relay: Malina Butler, Kendra Fish, Skye Cummings, Megan Adams 4:38.02

Second-place finishes were posted by Watkins in the:

200 Medley Relay: Malina Butler, Delaney Paulisczak, Skye Cummings and Kendra Fish
200 Free: Amanda Wilbur
50 Free: Alannah Klemann
100 Fly: Malina Butler
500 Free: Kendra Fish
100 Back: Malina Butler

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Faye Mooney en route to victory in the 200 Free.
Bottom: The Senecas' Emilee Chaffinch dives at start of the 200 Free.

Watkins Glen's Thalia Marquez on the way to victory in the 200 Individual Medley.

Watkins Glen's Kendraa Fish competes in the 200 Individual Medley. She placed third.

Left: Watkins Glen's Alannah Klemann dives at start of the 50 Free. She placed second. Right: The Senecas' Megan Adams competes in the 100 Free. She placed third.

Watkins Glen's Malina Butler on the way to second place in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Watkns Glen's Annaleise Beckley starts to surface after diving at start of the 50 Free.

Watkins Glen goalkeeper Bryce Kelly makes sure a Trumansuburg shot misses the net.

Watkins boys fall to Tburg in OT, 2-1

WATKINS GLEN, March 19, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team lost its season opener Thursday, falling to Trumansburg 2-1 in overtime in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS Alumni Field.

After a scoreless first half, Watkins Glen scored with 10 minutes remaining in regulation on a volley by Stoyan Bond off a corner kick by Tim Clifford. Trumansburg answered back with four minutes left off a deflected save by Watkins Glen goalkeeper Bryce Kelly.

Then, as Coach Nils Watson put it: "Overtime: Tburg scored, WG lost."

Watson called the contest "a good first game for WG. With only eight practices we were able to put together a solid team. I'm looking forward to our next contest on Tuesday against Newfield." That game will also be played at Watkins Glen.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse (11) gets to the ball first and sends it flying upfield against Trumansburg.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jacob Yontz (16) heads the ball off an incoming pass. The ball barely missed going in the Trumansburg net. Right: The Senecas' Tim Clifford, right, battles a Tburg player for possession of the ball.

Watkins Glen's Georgio Fazzary sends the ball flying deep into Trumansburg territory.

Watkins Glen girls drop soccer opener

TIOGA CENTER, March 18, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team dropped a 4-2 decision Wednesday to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Tioga soccer field.

Abby Gibson and Carly Arnold scored Watkins Glen's goals, with Sasha Honrath assisting on both. Lilly Ameigh registered 25 saves in goal for the Senecas, who were outshot 7-3 on corner kicks.

"The girls played really well in our first game of the season," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "With only 10 available players, we got tired late, but the girls fought to the end and I was very pleased with their performances."

Watkins Glen falls in volleyball opener

WAVERLY, March 18, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision Wednesday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match in the Waverly gym.

Waverly won with game scores of 25-17, 26-24 and 25-13. Statistics for Watkins Glen included:

Carlie Baker: 3 kills, 4 blocks, 3 digs.
Sarah Jones: 5 assists.
Colby Thurston: 10 service points.
Kelsey DeMillo: 3 aces.

Watkins Glen Coach Krysti Westervelt said that considering the team had only "seven quick practices" to get ready for the season, she was "quite pleased. We were really competitive."

The Senecas return to action Friday at home against Newark Valley. The JV match starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Waverly 2-1. The Senecas dropped the opening game 25-11, but then won 25-21 and 25-16.

Runners race north on the WGHS track at the start of the 2021 Spud Run.

Spud Run takes form of XC scrimmage

WATKINS GLEN, March 17, 2021 -- Scores of runners competed Wednesday in the traditional Spud Run at Watkins Glen High School and on the Catharine Valley Trail.

But this time, instead of the usual mix of WGHS students and alums participating, the runners were members of the cross country teams of that school and two others.

The WGHS squad played host to teams from Trumansburg and Edison on an unseasonably warm afternoon in a scrimmage that started at 5:17 p.m. (The Spud Runs in the past have started at 3:17 p.m., reflecting the St. Patrick's month and day, but that was too early for athletes from the other two schools to be on hand. So the event was set two hours later.)

The course was 1.7 miles long, starting north on the track, heading east toward the canal, south to the CVT, along the trail and back again. The finish line was on the track, where the race had begun.

Green was the prevailing color in keeping with the Irish nature of the day. A number of relatives of the runners -- two per athlete was the maximum -- were on hand in the grandstand.

The winner of the race was Elijah Scheckter of Trumansburg, followed in short order by two of his teammates.

Photo in text: Runners head south along the eastern edge of the school property, with the joint Watkins Glen-Montour Falls wastewater treatment plant in the background, on the other side of the canal.

Left: Race winner Elijah Scheckter of Trumansburg nears the finish line. Center: Watkins Glen Athletic Director Rod Weeden wore a suitable St. Patrick's Day hat. Right: Watkins Glen's Breanna Carl nears the finish line.

Watkins Glen boys top Horseheads, 50-40

WATKINS GLEN, March 7, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team closed out its season Saturday with a non-league, 50-40 victory over Horseheads in the WGHS Field House.

Owen Scholtisek led the Senecas in scoring with 11 points. Max Evans added 9 points, Mitchell Pike 9, Bryce Kelly 7, Travon Jones 6, Cameron Holland 4, Adam Pastore 2, and Dylan Morse 2. The team converted 12 of 18 free throws.

Evans led the team in rebounds with 7, while Jones grabbed 6 and Pike 5. Scholtisek led in assists with 4.

Horseheads was led by Andrew McLaughlin's 20 points. The Raiders sank 15 of 21 free throws.

The victory atoned for the lone loss for Watkins Glen (8-1) this season. That came a week earlier, when Horseheads won 55-46 in its own gymnasium.

Watkins Glen fell behind 4-0 this time, but scored the next 11 points on the way to an 11-6 first-quarter edge.

Horseheads pulled within two at 16-14, and was back two at halftime, 18-16. The Senecas then built an 11-point lead, 30-19, in the third quarter before the Raiders pulled with four, 34-30, heading into the final period. The Senecas outscored Horseheads 16-10 down the stretch.

"I'm very happy our seniors could end the season on a win," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, "and coming against a bigger school made it special. I'm thankful for the contributions of those seniors -- Max Evans, Dylan Morse and Bryce Kelly.

"We played pretty well defensively," he added, "and a lot of guys contributed offensively. We spread the scoring around. It was a pretty good team effort.

"It was a good way to end a very good season," he said. "The boys should be proud. The team was 21-3 last year, and 8-1 this year: 29-4 over two seasons."

And if not for the pandemic -- and the resultant elimination of tournament play -- "this could have been a season to remember," Fazzary added. "But we'll never know."

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen finished unbeaten at 8-0 by defeating Horseheads 48-36. Bryce Cady led the Senecas with 22 points, and grabbed 5 rebounds. Other points: Ryan Willett 10, Jacob Yontz 8 (with 9 rebounds), Gavin Smith 3, Sam Caslin 2, David Kelly 2, and Alex Holmes 1.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse (top) tries to go around a Horseheads defender, and Max Evans goes to the hoop in heavy traffic.

Owen Scholtisek, left, and Travon Jones try to get clean shots off against Horseheads defenders.

From left: Watkins Glen's Mitchell Pike, Bryce Kelly and Cameron Holland shoot.

Odessa-Montour's Autumn Garrison drives toward the basket in traffic.

O-M girls finish with a victory, 50-40

ODESSA, March 7, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team finished its season on a winning note Saturday, defeating Southern Cayuga 50-40 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Autumn Garrison led the Indians in scoring with 17 points, and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Hannah Nolan registered 16 points and 10 rebounds. Taylor Cain added 11 points (and had 3 steals) while Jessica Carnes scored 4 points, Mackenzie Cannon 1, and Mallory Rhodes 1. The team converted 13 of 27 free throws, including 7 of 10 in the fourth quarter.

"It's the first time all season we cracked 50 points," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, whose team finished 2-9. "I'm very proud of this group. They worked hard and had positive attitudes all season long during trying times. I'm very happy they could go out on a win. They deserve it. They've set a great example for the players we have coming back next year."

The Indians broke open a tight game in the second half, pulling ahead 32-27 in the final two minutes of the third period on a Garrison layup and free throw, followed by a Taylor Cain 2-pointer off a feed from Brittany Cain.

The lead increased to eight points, 37-29, in the first minute of the fourth quarter. After that, Southern Cayuga never got closer than five points.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour completed the season at 6-4 by defeating Southern Cayuga 57-31. Keyonna Garrison scored 18 points and registered 4 blocks for the Indians. Tori Brewster scored 13 points, Gina Gavich 11 (with 5 assists), Reagan Reese 9 (with 10 rebounds), Katie Adams 4, and Sarah Strobel 2.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Hannah Nolan drives to the hoop for two of her 16 points.

Bottom: Odessa JV players Reagan Reese, left, and Keyonna Garrison after their team closed the season with a victory.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Taylor Cain prepares to shoot. Right: The Indians'
Mackenzie Cannon at the free-throw line.

Left: O-M's Mallory Rhodes sends a shot on its way. Right: The Indians' Brittany Cain.

And in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Reagan Reese prepares to pass the ball. Right: Odessa's Keyonna Garrison drives to the basket.

O-M's Gina Gavich, left, and Katie Adams launch long-range shots.

Left: O-M's Tori Brewster drives to the basket. Right: The Indians' Sarah Strobel turns to pass the ball to a teammate.

Left: O-M's Cameron Elliott shoots. Right: The Indians' Jared Rumsey takes aim.

Odessa boys lose to Dundee, 58-48

ODESSA, March 7, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team ended its abbreviated season on a losing note Saturday, falling to Dundee 58-48 in a non-league game in the O-M gym.

Dundee needed the victory to advance to the Section V tournament. Section IV -- where O-M resides -- has no such tournament this year.

Dundee led 16-9 after one period, and was ahead 25-22 at halftime. Odessa-Montour surged in the third quarter, going up 35-30 before Dundee countered with a 10-0 run on the way to a 43-39 lead entering the fourth period. It then outscored O-M 15-9 down the stretch.

Devon Mahaney led O-M with 17 points, while Cameron Elliott scored 9, Jared Rumsey 8, Keith June 4, and Cayden Confer 4. The team converted 10 of 13 free throws.

Dundee had four players in double figures, led by Steven Webster's 16. The team was 13-for-18 from the foul line.

O-M finished at 2-5 in a season that saw its players quarantined in the middle part of it after being exposed to Covid-19 during a game against Spencer-Van Etten.

Photo in text: O-M's Devon Mahaney takes the ball to the hoop.

Left: O-M Coach Kristine Gardner talks to her team during a time-out.
Right: The Indians' Phoenix Parmenter sends a shot on its way.

Left: O-M's Cayden Confer shoots in traffic. Right: The Indians' Jacob Menzi looks to pass while being crowded by a Dundee defender.

Watkins Glen girls fall to Edison, 53-39

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, March 6, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team completed its season Friday evening with 53-39 loss to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

Abby Gibson led Watkins Glen with 19 points. Payton Littlefield led Edison with 24 points, including 10-for-10 from the foul line.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Edison 56-27. Rachel Vickio led the Senecas with 19 points, while Lilly Ameigh scored 12, Molly Coolican 9, Brenna Pierce 5, Brianna Hatch 5, Addy Coolican 4, and Sarah Jones 2.

O-M boys fall to Southern Cayuga, 65-47

ODESSA, March 5, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team dropped a 65-47 decision Thursday to Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Southern Cayuga led 21-15 after one period, 38-26 at halftime and 53-36 entering the fourth quarter.

Devon Mahaney led O-M with 18 points, while Cameron Elliott sank five 3-pointers on the way to 17 points. Jared Rumsey added 8 points, and Jonathan Gillis 4. The team sank 11 of 14 free throws.

Southern Cayuga was led by Brandon Vanacore's 32 points. The team converted 15 of 24 free throws.

Odessa concludes its season Saturday at home against Dundee. Game time is 2 p.m., with the JV to follow.

Junior Varsity: Southern Cayuga defeated Odessa-Montour, 57-42, after building a 31-21 halftime edge. Tyler Malnoske led Odessa with 10 points, while Ben Heichel scored 9 and Gavin Lohmeyer 8. The Indians sank 14 of 21 free throws. Southern Cayuga converted 5 of 15 free throws.

Photo in text: O-M's Jared Rumsey drives to the basket.

Left: O-M's Cameron Elliott shoots a free throw. Right: The Indians' Jacob Menzi passes the ball around a Southern Cayuga defender.

Left: O-M's Anthony Robinson prepares to shoot in traffic. Right: The Indians' Cayden Confer (34) grabs a rebound at the Southern Cayuga end of the floor.

Odessa-Montour girls lose to Tioga

TIOGA CENTER, March 5, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team led at halftime but went cold in the third quarter as it dropped a 42-33 decision to Tioga Thursday night in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Tioga gym.

O-M led 14-7 after one quarter and 22-15 at the half, but was outscored 17-2 in the third quarter "and couldn't recover," said Coach Greg Gavich. "We just couldn't buy one," going "ice cold in the third period after a pretty sharp first half."

Liv Ayres led Tioga, scoring 16 of her 25 points in the second half, including four 3-pointers. Odessa hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter -- by Autumn Garrison, Mallory Rhodes and Mackenzie Cannon.

Hannah Nolan led O-M in scoring with 10 points, and grabbed 12 rebounds. Garrison finished with 9 points, Rhodes 9, Cannon 3, and Taylor Cain 2. The team was 6-for-11 from the foul line, while Tioga went 7-for-9.

The Indians finish the season Saturday at home against Southern Cayuga. The JV tipoff is at 10 a.m., with the varsity to follow.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour built a 27-9 halftime lead on the way to a 42-35 victory. Keyonna Garrison scored 13 points, while Tori Brewster scored 9, Gina Gavich 6, Reagan Reese 6, Kelsey Bates 6, and Katie Adams 2.

Left: Watkins' Max Evans shoots. Right: The Senecas' Bryce Kelly drives to the basket.

Watkins Glen boys race past Edison

WATKINS GLEN, March 5, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team raced out to a 33-5 lead on the way to a 67-31victory Thursday over Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

Watkins Glen concluded the first quarter with a 27-5 lead and built it to 33-5 en route to a 37-16 halftime edge. The Senecas led 54-24 entering the fourth quarter.

Travon Jones led the Senecas with 25 points, while Cameron Holland and Max Evans scored 11 each. Other points came from Bryce Kelly (7), Dylan Morse (7), Joseph Sutterby (4), and Jacob Powers (2). The team was 5-for-7 from the foul line.

Evans led the team in rebounds with 9, while Jones grabbed 7 and Morse and Sutterby 5 each. Morse led in assists with 8, while Pike dished out 6 and Evans 4. Evans and Morse registered 3 steals apiece.

The 33-5 run, which lasted a couple of minutes into the second quarter, "might have been one of our best stretches this year," said Coach John Fazzary, whose team (now 6-1) concludes its season Saturday at home against Horseheads. Game time is 11 a.m., with the JV to follow.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 7-0 with a 55-11 victory over Edison. Bryce Cady led the Senecas with 19 points, while Sam Caslin scored 13, David Kelly 10, Ryan Willett 7, Jacob Yontz 4, and Alex Holmes 2.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse shoots in traffic.

Left: Watkins Glen's Travon Jones is challenged as he goes to the hoop. He got the shot off cleanly. Right: The Senecas' seniors were honored in a pregame ceremony. From left: Bryce Kelly, Max Evans and Dylan Morse. It was announced during the ceremony that Kelly has been accepted to attend the United States Naval Academy.

Watkins Glen boys roll past Edison, 77-53

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, March 3, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team improved to 6-1 with a 77-53 victory Tuesday evening over Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

Watkins Glen led 24-13 after one period, 45-26 at halftime, and 61-40 entering the fourth quarter.

Max Evans led the Senecas with 20 points, while Owen Scholtisek scored 11, Adam Pastore 10, Cameron Holland 9, Dylan Morse 9, Bryce Kelly 6, Travon Jones 4, Joseph Sutterby 4, Jacob Powers 2, and Mitchell Pike 2. The team converted 6 of 13 free throws.

Pastore led the team in rebounds with 7, while Pike and Evans grabbed 6 each and Jones 5. Holland led in steals with 7. Scholtisek and Jones led in assists with 4 apiece, while Holland registered 3.

Edison was led by Jeremiah Parker's 16 points. The team sank 2 of 8 free throws.

Watkins Glen returns to action Thursday at home against Edison on Senior Night. The Senecas' three seniors -- Max Evans, Dylan Morse and Bryce Kelly -- will be honored.

Odessa-Montour's Mackenzie Cannon launches a long-range shot.

Odessa-Montour girls fall to Tioga, 46-41

ODESSA, March 3, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team came back from an 11-0 deficit to take the lead in the fourth quarter, only to lose to Tioga 46-41 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game Tuesday evening in the O-M gym.

"Down 11-0 right off the bat, the girls showed a lot of heart tonight," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, whose team has played three games in four days. "We got the lead there in the fourth quarter and had so many shots go halfway down or hang on the rim and pop out ... We are starting to play better, and this may have been our best effort of the season overall."

Hannah Nolan led the Indians with 15 points while grabbing 7 rebounds and registering 7 steals. Taylor Cain added 14 points (including four 3-pointers), while Autumn Garrison scored 5 points (with 8 rebounds), Mackenzie Cannon 5 points, and Jessica Carnes 2 points.

The team returns to action Thursday at Tioga. The season finale will come Saturday, when Southern Cayuga visits O-M.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Tioga 39-18. The Indians, who built a 17-5 first-quarter lead and coasted from there, were led by Keyonna Garrison's 11 points. Gina Gavich and Tori Brewster scored 8 points each, while Reagan Reese added 6 points, Kelsey Bates 2, Sarah Strobel 2, and Lilly Halpin 2.

Photo in text: O-M's Hannah Nolan drives to the basket.

O-M's Taylor Cain sends a 3-point shot on its way as Tioga defenders reach in vain.

Left: O-M's Autumn Garrison eyes the basket. Right: O-M's Mallory Rhodes.

Odessa-Montour's Jessica Carnes (32) reaches for a rebound off of a Tioga shot.

And in the JV game:

Odessa-Montour's Reagan Reese (left) and Gina Gavich prepare to shoot.

From left: O-M's Keyonna Garrison looks for a shot in traffic; and Kelsey Bates (20) and Tori Brewster (14) shoot.

Watkins Glen's Jenna Solomon, shadowed by an Edison defender, brings the ball upcourt.

Watkins Glen girls defeat Edison, 40-36

WATKINS GLEN, March 3, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team overcame a 25-17 halftime deficit Tuesday to defeat Edison 40-36 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas, who saw Edison score the final eight points of the first half to take the lead, rebounded in the second half to overtake the Spartans. They outscored Edison 13-3 in the fourth quarter.

Abby Gibson led Watkins in scoring with 9 points, while Amanda Wilbur added 8, Carly Arnold 7, Natalie Edmister 7, Aislinn Klemann 3, Mattie Yontz 3, Bailey Beaumont 2, and Jenna Solomon 1. The team converted 7 of 12 free throws.

Edison sank 10 of 14 free throws.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen -- led by Rachel Vickio's 23 points -- defeated Edison 37-12. The Senecas also got points from Lilly Ameigh (4), Brianna Hatch (4), Addy Coolican (2), Molly Coolican (2) and Brenna Pierce (2).

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson is fouled as she drives to the basket.

From left: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold eyes the basket; Bailey Beaumont shoots a free throw; and Natalie Edmister battles for the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann moves the ball toward the basket as an Edison player defends. Right: The Senecas' Amanda Wilbur shoots.

Odessa boys lose to Southern Cayuga

AURORA, March 3, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team dropped a 65-25 decision Tuesday evening to Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

The Indians trailed 24-0 after one period, 40-8 at halftime and 59-21 entering the fourth quarter.

Cameron Elliott and Keith June led O-M scorers with 6 points each, while Phoenix Parmenter registered 5 points, Jared Rumsey 4, Devon Mahaney 2, and Jonathan Gillis 2. The team converted 4 of 10 free throws.

Junior Varsity: Southern Cayuga defeated O-M, 54-44. The Indians were led by Brad Gillis, who scored 16 points. Tyler Malnoske added 10, and Daniel Lewis 6. The team sank 2 of 5 free throws.

With the temperature around 28 degrees, the wind was gusting and some light snow flying as the Seneca Indians took to the field for their first practice. (Photo by Brett Chedzoy)

Football season starts with a cold practice

WATKINS GLEN, March 2, 2021 -- Monday marked the first day of high school football in Schuyler County since the fall season of 2019.

It was the first day of practice for the upcoming "Fall II" season that will provide football, girls swimming, volleyball and soccer that we missed in the fall of 2020 due to the pandemic.

Most of the Seneca Indians -- the combined Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour High School football team led by Head Coach Trevor Holland and his staff -- gathered Monday night on the WGHS football field with the mercury showing 28 degrees and a strong gusting wind making the wind chill a great deal colder.

"If they can play in this, they can play in anything," said Holland, who explained that this year's varsity-only program has 31 players from grades 9-12, about 25 of whom were on hand for the first practice. Subsequent practices will lead to a scrimmage at home at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 13 against Waverly. Then comes a five-game season.

"Five games are better than none," said one of the assistant coaches.

The first game is at 7 p.m. Friday, March 19, at home against Ithaca. The schedule, which has been fluid (games slated initially against Corning and Elmira were eliminated), includes contests against Dryden, Groton and Tioga.

Photo in text: Seneca Indians quarterback Cameron Holland launches a pass during Monday night's practice.

O-M boys fall to Notre Dame, 53-37

SOUTHPORT, March 2, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team, newly returned from Covid quarantine, lost Monday evening to Elmira Notre Dame, 53-37, in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the ND gym.

Notre Dame jumped out to a 20-8 first-quarter lead and was up 27-21 at halftime and 38-25 entering the fourth quarter.

Cayden Confer and Jared Rumsey led O-M scorers with 9 points apiece, while Cameron Elliott registered 5 points, Devon Mahaney 4, Jonathan Gillis 3, Jacob Menzi 3, Arden Heichel 2, and Anthony Robinson 2. The team converted 11 of 16 free throws, while Notre Dame sank 8 of 12.

Junior Varsity: Notre Dame defeated O-M, 57-37. Brad Gillis led the Indians with 12 points, while Daniel Lewis scored 8, Tyler Malnoske 5, Ben Heichel 4, and Kameron Collins 4.

Odessa-Montour's Mackenzie Cannon drives toward the basket.

Odessa girls lose to Spencer-Van Etten

ODESSA, March 2, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team dropped a 51-38 decision Monday evening to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

S-VE led 13-10 after one period, 24-16 at halftime, and 35-28 entering the fourth quarter. The Panthers outscored O-M 16-10 down the stretch.

Odessa was led in scoring by senior Taylor Cain, who registered 19 points that included five 3-pointers. She hit eight points in a row in a fourth-quarter stretch that saw the Odessa deficit shrink from 19 points to 11.

Other points came from Autumn Garrison (8), Hannah Nolan (6), Mackenzie Cannon (3) and Jessica Carnes (2). The team was 0-for-5 from the free-throw line.

Nolan led in rebounds with 8, while Garrison grabbed 7. Cain and Nolan had 4 steals apiece.

"We had some great looks tonight, but just couldn't get enough of them to fall," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "Taylor had an outstanding game; I'm very happy for her. Hopefully some of that hot shooting rubs off" when the Indians host Tioga tonight (Tuesday). That game starts at 6 p.m., with the JV to follow.

Junior Varsity: S-VE defeated Odessa-Montour, 40-34. Keyonna Garrison led the Indians with 17 points, while Tori Brewster scored 7, Reagan Reese 6, Gina Gavich 2, and Katie Adams 2.

Photo in text: O-M's Taylor Cain prepares to launch a 3-pointer. She sank five of them.

Left: O-M's Autumn Garrison drives to the hoop. Right: Odessa-Montour's Hannah Nolan puts up a shot after waiting until an S-VE defender flew by her.

Odessa-Montour's Brittany Cain (left) and Mallory Rhodes prepare to shoot.

in the JV game:

Left: O-M's Reagan Reese drives to the basket for the first two points of the game.
Right: Odessa-Montour's Tori Brewster is fouled as she shoots.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Keyonna Garrison, Katie Adams and Gina Gavich. Monday was Keyonna's 15th birthday. Happy birthday, Keyonna!

Odessa-Montour's Brock Sgrecci dives at start of the 100 Breaststroke. He placed 7th.

Section IV, Class C swim results reported: Watkins Glen places 6th, O-M ties for 7th

SCHUYLER COUNTY, March 2, 2021 -- The Section IV, Class C Swimming Championships held virtually at individual pools on Feb. 25 have been tabulated, and the results were released Monday.

Chenango Valley won the team title with 459.5 points, followed by Waverly (353.5), Lansing (262.5), Greene (223), Southern Cayuga (183.5), Watkins Glen (177), Susquehanna Valley (135), and Odessa-Montour (135).

The top finishers for Watkins Glen and O-M included the following, by event:

200 Freestyle: Liam Smith (WG) 4th in 200.43; Ben Campbell (OM) 12th in 2:16.97.
200 IM: Ben Swinnerton (WG) 7th in 2:32.05; Caleb Reynolds (OM) 9th in 2:36.38.
50 Free: Daine Butler (WG) 9th in 25.12; Nick DeLong (OM) 13th in 25.78.
100 Fly: Lane Roy (WG) 13th in 1:27.83.
500 Free: Liam Smith (WG) 2nd in 5:37.63; Ben Campbell (OM) 4th in 6:11.52; Caleb Reynolds (OM) 6th in 6:14.65.
100 Back: Nick DeLong (OM) 7th in 1:07.68; Anthony Cummings (WG) 13th in 1:19.96; Alex Walters (OM) 14th in 1:21.12.
100 Breaststroke: Ben Swinnerton (WG) 5th in 1:09.79; Brock Sgrecci (OM) 7th in 1:11.05; Owen Bingham (WG) 12th in 1:21.40.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Liam Smith (top) on the way to 4th place in the 200 Free; the Senecas' Daine Butler before finishing 9th in the 50 Free and 6th in the 100 Free.

Odessa-Montour's Caleb Reynolds dives at start of a leg of the 400 Free Relay.

Watkins Glen's Ben Swinnerton competes in the 200 IM, where he finished 7th.

Odessa-Montour's Ben Campbell swims a leg of the 400 Free Relay.

Watkins boys lose to Horseheads, 55-46

HORSEHEADS, Feb. 27, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team sustained its first loss of the season Saturday, dropping a 55-46 decision to Horseheads in a non-league road game.

"Horseheads deserved to win," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, whose squad slipped to 5-1. "They outhustled us, outscrapped us and outrebounded us. And their press bothered us. We don't see that kind of pressure on a daily basis."

Horseheads built a 15-9 first-quarter edge and was up 28-22 at halftime and 44-33 entering the fourth period.

Owen Scholtisek led the Senecas in scoring with 10 points, while Travon Jones scored 9, Max Evans 9, Cameron Holland 6, Adam Pastore 6, Bryce Kelly 3, and Mitchell Pike 3. The team converted 8 of 16 free throws.

Evans had the most rebounds, 7, while Pastore grabbed 6. Schotisek led in assists with 2, while Jones registered 3 steals.

Andrew McLaughlin led Horseheads with 18 points. The team sank 11 of 17 free throws.

"We'll be shooting lots of free throws at practice this week," said Fazzary. "And we need to do better on rebounds."

The Senecas play at Edison on Tuesday, host the same Edison squad on Thursday, and then play Horseheads again, this time in the WGHS Field House, to close out the abbreviated season.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur drives through traffic for the Senecas' final basket.

Watkins girls fall to South Seneca, 38-31

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 27, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team dropped a 38-31 non-league basketball decision to unbeaten South Seneca Saturday in a game of wild momentum swings.

The game was close -- 11-9 in favor of South Seneca -- after Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold hit a 3-pointer at 5:52 of the second quarter. But then it was all Falcons, whose lead built and then built some more until it was 32-9 with 5;15 remaining in the game -- a 21-0 run fueled by a pressing defense.

Watkins Glen then mounted a comeback, outscoring a suddenly cold South Seneca squad 22-6 to pull within seven -- gaining its final points on a driving layup by Amanda Wilbur with 1:14 left to play. That closed out the scoring for both teams.

Arnold led the Senecas with 13 points, while Jenna Solomon scored 7, Wilbur 6, Natalie Edmister 4, and Abby Gibson 1. The team converted 1 of 4 free throws.

South Seneca (now 8-0) was led by Emma Fletcher's 16 points, while Logan Shaulis added 11. The Falcons converted 6 of 16 free throws.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen lost to Horseheads 49-29 in a non-league contest. Rachel Vickio led the Senecas with 13 points, while Lilly Ameigh scored 9 points, Addy Coolican 4 and Molly Coolican 3.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Jenna Solomon eyes the basket as South Seneca's Logan Shaulis defends.

Left: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson drives to the basket. Right: The Senecas' Bailey Beaumont looks for a shot in traffic.

Left: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold eyes the hoop as she moves around a South Seneca defender. Right: The Senecas' Mattie Yontz shoots.

And in the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen Addy Coolican moves past a Horseheads defender. Right: The Senecas' Lilly Ameigh drives toward the basket.

Left: Watkins Glen's Molly Coolican shoots. Right: The Senecas' Rachel Vickio, right, battles for possession of a loose ball.

O-M girls lose to Notre Dame, 53-30

ODESSA, Feb. 27, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team's record slipped to 1-6 Saturday when the Indians dropped a 53-30 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

Notre Dame (6-1) was ahead 20-4 after one quarter and 31-13 at the half.

Mackenzie Cannon led Odessa with a season-high 14 points, while Hannah Nolan scored 6 points (with 7 rebounds and 4 steals), Autumn Garrison 3 points, Taylor Cain 3, Brittany Cain 2, Mallory Rhodes 1, and Jessica Carnes 1. The team registered a season-high five 3-pointers, three of them by Cannon.

"We honored our five seniors today, which I am very happy we were able to do," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "They give it their all out there all the time, regardless of the score."

O-M returns to action when it hosts Spencer-Van Etten on Monday. The varsity game starts at 5:30 p.m., with the JV to follow.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour fell to Elmira, 39-21. Tori Brewster scored 8 points for Odessa, while Keyonna Garrison scored 7, Gina Gavich 3, and Reagan Reese 3.

Photo in text: The five seniors on the O-M team were honored in a pre-game ceremony. Standing from left: Emilee Chaffinch, Jessica Carnes and Autumn Garrison. Seated from left: Taylor Cain and Mallory Rhodes. (Photo provided)

Odessa-Montour girls fall to Notre Dame

SOUTHPORT, Feb. 26, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team's record slipped to 1-5 Thursday when the Indians dropped a 75-31 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the ND gym.

Notre Dame (5-1) raced out to a 17-4 first-quarter lead, and was up 39-16 at halftime and 63-21 entering the fourth quarter.

Hannah Nolan led O-M scorers with 9 points while grabbing 5 rebounds and registering 4 steals. Mackenzie Cannon added 8 points and 5 rebounds, Autumn Garrison 7 points and 8 rebounds, Tori Brewster 4 points, Mallory Rhodes 2 points, and Jessica Carnes 1 point. The Indians converted 5 of 12 free throws, while Notre Dame sank 7 of 10.

There was no junior varsity contest.

Left: O-M's Gunner Herrman looks to drive around a Notre Dame defender. Right: O-M's Ben Heichel prepares to put up a shot after grabbing a rebound. He scored on the play.

Odessa JV boys lose to Notre Dame, 45-38

ODESSA, Feb. 26, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys junior varsity basketball team fell to Elmira Notre Dame 45-38 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The score was tied 12-12 after one quarter, but ND pulled ahead 25-20 at halftime and was up 36-26 entering the fourth quarter.

Ben Heichel led O-M in scoring with 11 points, while Kameron Collins and Daniel Lewis scored 6 apiece, Brady Cannon 5, Brad Gillis 4, Drew Parmenter 3, Gunner Herrman 2, and Connor Foggie 1.

The team converted 9 of 22 free throws. Notre Dame sank 2 of 3.

There was no varsity game, since the O-M varsity squad is nearing the end of quarantine after exposure to Covid-19 in a game against Spencer-Van Etten.

Photo in text: O-M's Brad Gillis drives to the hoop. He got the shot off despite the Notre Dame defender's hand on the ball at the moment this photo was snapped. Teammate Kameron Collins is at left.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Daniel Lewis, Brady Cannon and Kameron Collins.

Left: O-M's Jessica Carnes drives to the basket. Right: Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson goes up for a shot in traffic.

O-M girls top Watkins Glen for 1st victory

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 24, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team -- led by Hannah Nolan's 14 points -- posted its first victory of the season Tuesday night by defeating Watkins Glen 36-29 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Indians, who had lost to Watkins Glen in a game at O-M Saturday, improved to 1-4 heading into a game at Notre Dame on Thursday. With the loss, Watkins slipped to 1-4.

Odessa took the early lead Tuesday, building a 14-11 first-quarter edge and a 22-17 halftime advantage. The Indians led 30-22 entering the fourth quarter.

Joining Nolan in the scoring column for O-M were Autumn Garrison and Jessica Carnes with 6 points each, Mackenzie Cannon (5), Taylor Cain (3) and Mallory Rhodes (2). The team converted 12 of 25 free throws.

Nolan also grabbed 8 rebounds and registered 6 steals. Carnes led the team in rebounds with 9.

"We've been competitive in every game and played hard once again," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "The girls deserved to get a W as a reward. Jessica Carnes made some big plays for us and had all 6 points in the second half."

Mattie Yontz led Watkins with 7 points, while Natalie Edmister scored 6, Jenna Solomon 6, Abby Gibson 4, Amanda Wilbur 4, and Bailey Beaumont 2. The team was 6-for-11 from the foul line.

Watkins Glen will return to action Saturday at home against South Seneca.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Hannah Nolan drives to the hoop as Watkins Glen's Bailey Beaumont defends.

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In the JV game, Watkins Glen's Addy Coolican dives to secure a loose ball, allowing her team to call a strategic time-out.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen 39, Odessa-Montour 37

Watkins Glen (3-1) built an 11-point fourth-quarter lead and was up by 10 points with 4:03 left to play, but Odessa-Montour surged to within a point, 38-37, with 37.3 seconds left. But the Senecas held on, adding a free throw by Lilly Ameigh in the final second.

Ameigh led her team in scoring with 15 points. Rachel Vickio added 10 points, while Brenna Pierce scored 6, Sarah Jones 4, and Molly Coolican 3. The team converted 5 of 12 free throws.

Keyonna Garrison led O-M (now 3-2) with 21 points, including 9 in the fourth quarter. Tori Brewster added 12 points, while Gina Gavich and Kelsey Bates scored 2 each. The team was 4-for-9 from the foul line.

Photo at right:

Watkins Glen's Rachel Vickio goes airborne as she nears the basket in the JV game. Defending for O-M was Kelsey Bates.

In the Varsity game:

Watkins Glen's four seniors were honored in a pre-game Senior Night ceremony. From left: Natalie Edmister, Amanda Wilbur, Aislinn Klemann and Mattie Yontz.

From left: Watkins Glen's Natalie Edmister, Carly Arnold and Mattie Yontz, receiving a pass from Edmister.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Mackenzie Cannon maneuvers with the ball. Right: O-M's Autumn Garrison shoots.

In the JV game:

From left: Watkins Glen's Lilly Ameigh and Molly Coolican, and O-M's Tori Brewster.

Left: O-M's Gina Gavich moves the ball upcourt. Right: The Indians' Keyonna Garrison.

Watkins Glen boys defeat Candor, 67-45

CANDOR, Feb. 24, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team improved to 5-0 Tuesday night with a 67-45 victory over Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

The Senecas led just 11-10 after one period, but were up 31-16 at halftime and 57-25 entering the fourth quarter.

Dylan Morse led Watkins scorers with 13 points, while Mitchell Pike scored 11, Travon Jones 9, Max Evans 9, Adam Pastore 7, Cameron Holland 6, Bryce Kelly 6, Owen Scholtisek 4, and Joseph Sutterby 2. The team converted just 6 of 18 free throws.

"We will be shooting free throws this week at practice," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "That's for sure."

Evans and Morse led the team in rebounds with 4 each, while Pastore, Jones and Pike grabbed 3 apiece. Scholtisek led in assists with 6, while Jones had 4 and Holland 3. Scholtisek and Morse registered 3 steals each.

Nate Thomas led Candor with 18 points. His team sank 3 of 6 free throws.

"We had good balanced scoring," said Fazzary, "and our defense was pretty good for three quarters. We had some good stretches of basketball, but we need to get better in some areas" -- especially heading into a game Saturday at Horseheads, a Class AA school.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen 46, Odessa-Montour 31

Watkins Glen defeated Odessa-Montour in an IAC game in the Odessa gym. The Senecas led 12-6 after one period, 23-14 at halftime, and 38-23 entering the fourth quarter.

Jacob Yontz led the Senecas with 18 points, while Ryan Willett scored 14, and David Kelly 7. Watkins Glen is now 5-0. No individual statistics were available from O-M.

In the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Bryce Cady prepares to shoot. Right: O-M's Daniel Lewis (24) maneuvers with the ball.

Left: O-M's Brad Gillis shoots as Watkins Glen's Cadin Knapp defends.
Right: Watkins Glen's Jacob Yontz passes the ball upcourt.

OM/WG's Mark Waterman, right, battles Tioga's Mason Welch at 138 pounds.

Round-robin meet

ODESSA, Feb. 23, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team hosted two-time defending Division 2 state champion Tioga Monday night in a round-robin meet in O-M's Jack Davis Gym.

The event had no team scores, as agreed to by both schools. Three rounds of bouts were held in the various weight classes, with Tioga dominating throughout -- exceptions being a pin registered by Tristian Harrington in 3:33 at 189 pounds, and a 2-0 decision posted by Joshua Beckley at 285 pounds.

The OM/WG squad returns to action Wednesday night at Newark Valley.

Photo at right: OM/WG's Dominick Fazzary (left) battles Tioga's Donavan Smith at 152 pounds.

Watkins Glen's Liam Smith (green suit) dives at start of the 200 Free, which he won. Flanking him are Giuseppe LaFace (WG, rear) and Ben Campbell (O-M, foreground).

IAC swim meet; Watkins 3rd, O-M 5th

Watkins Glen's Liam Smith wins the 200 Freestyle, places second in the 500 Free

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 21, 2021 -- The Interscholastic Athletic Conference held its boys championship swim meet Saturday at diverse locales, with times later compared to determine who won and who finished where.

In a break from each team sticking to its home pool -- the norm in virtual meets -- Watkins Glen shared its pool with Odessa-Montour, swimmers from both schools competing in races in adjoining lanes.

Waverly took the team title with 434 points, while Lansing was second with 371. Watkins Glen was third with 295 points, Dryden fourth with 259, and Odessa-Montour fifth in the five-school field with 169.

Among the highlights from the day:

--Liam Smith of Watkins Glen won the 200 Freestyle with a time of 2:01.85, and was second in the 500 Free in 5:35.01.

--O-M placed second behind Waverly in the 200 Medley Relay, with Nick DeLong, Brock Sgrecci, Ben Campbell and Alex Walters posting a time of 2:07.74.

--Nick DeLong of O-M was fourth in the 50 Freestyle in 25.65, and third in the 100 Backstroke in 1:08.66.

--Brock Sgrecci of O-M was fourth in the 100 Freestyle in 58.49, and third in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:10.87.

--Ben Campbell of O-M was fourth in the 500 Freestyle in 6:18.27, and fifth in the 200 Free in 2:22.78.

--Ben Swinnerton of Watkins Glen was fifth in the 200 Individual Medley in 2:36.92, and fifth in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:11.57.

--Daine Butler of Watkins Glen was sixth in the 50 Free in 27.28, and sixth in the 100 Free in 1:01.22.

--Watkins Glen placed third in the 200 Free Relay as Ben Swinnerton, Anthony Cummings, Daine Butler and Liam Smith posted a time of 1:47.08.

--Watkins Glen placed third in the 400 Free Relay as Daine Butler, Owen Bingham, Ben Swinnerton and Liam Smith posted a time of 4:13.66.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Alex Walters dives on final leg of the 200 Medley Relay. O-M placed 2nd.
Middle: Odessa-Montour's Brock Sgrecci swims a leg of the 200 Medley Relay.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's Lane Roy swims the butterfly leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Start of the 200 Medley Relay. In the foreground is Watkins Glen's Anthony Cummings. In the far lane is Odessa-Montour's Nick DeLong. O-M placed second in the race while Watkins placed fourth.

Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann moves the ball upcourt against Odessa-Montour.

Glen girls top Odessa-Montour for 1st win

ODESSA, Feb. 21, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team posted its first victory of the season Saturday, defeating Odessa-Montour 30-25 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Senecas (1-3) led 8-4 after one period, 12-11 at halftime, and 17-16 entering the final quarter.

The game see-sawed until the Senecas took the lead for good. 25-24, with a basket by Natalie Edmister at 1:58. A basket by Abby Gibson at 1:16 increased the lead to 27-24, and after O-M's Mackenzie Cannon sank a free throw at 59.2, Watkins' Jenna Solomon scored on a twisting reverse layup with 21 seconds left to make it 29-25. A free throw by Gibson at 7.4 completed the scoring.

Edmister led Watkins Glen in scoring with 11 points, while Amanda Wilbur scored 6, Solomon 5, Gibson 5, Bailey Beaumont 2, and Aislinn Klemann 1. The team converted 5 of 13 free throws.

Odessa-Montour (0-4) was led in scoring by Hannah Nolan (10 points), while Cannon scored 7 points, Autumn Garrison 5, Mallory Rhodes 2 and Brittany Cain 1. The team converted 8 of 16 free throws.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour (3-1) defeated Watkins Glen (2-1) in overtime, 47-45, in a game close throughout. The Indians were led by Keyonna Garrison's 28 points, while Watkins Glen was led by Rachel Vickio's 20 points.

Other scoring for O-M came from Gina Gavich (9 points), Tori Brewster (8) and Reagan Reese (2). The team sank 15 of 24 free throws.

Other scoring for Watkins Glen came from Lilly Ameigh (9 points), Addy Coolican (7), Brenna Pierce (6) and Molly Coolican (3). The team converted 5 of 10 free throws.

Photos in text:

Top: In the varsity game, Watkins Glen's Abby Gibson drives toward the hoop as O-M's Mackenzie Cannon defends.

Bottom: In the junior varsity game, Odessa-Montour's Keyonna Garrison cuts between two Watkins Glen defenders. She scored 28 points.

In the varsity game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold takes aim at the basket. Right: O-M's Autumn Garrison drives toward the hoop.

Left: Watkins Glen's Jenna Solomon prepares to shoot. Right: O-M's Mackenzie Cannon.

Left: Watkins Glen's Natalie Edmister shoots as O-M's Jessica Carnes defends.
Right: Odessa-Montour's Hannah Nolan drives to the basket.

Odessa-Montour's Mallory Rhodes shoots as Watkins' Amanda Wilbur (21) defends.

In the JV game:

Left: Watkins Glen's Addy Coolican drives. Right: O-M's Reagan Reese prepares to shoot.

Left: O-M's Gina Gavich moves the ball upcourt. Right: Watkins Glen's Rachel Vickio.

Left: O-M's Tori Brewster drives to the basket. Right: Watkins' Lilly Ameigh shoots.

Watkins Glen's Bryce Kelly passes the ball as Candor's Nick Thomas defends.

Watkins boys top Candor, move to 4-0

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 21, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team-- led by Owen Scholtisek's 22 points -- improved to 4-0 Saturday by defeating Candor 55-36 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas surged in front early, building a 14-1 lead enroute to a 34-17 halftime advantage. They led 43-27 entering the fourth quarter.

Scoring in addition to Scholtisek -- who registered 17 of his points in the first half -- were Max Evans (10 points), Travon Jones (9), Adam Pastore (7), Bryce Kelly (4), Mitchell Pike (2) and Cameron Holland (1). The team converted 22 of 35 free throws.

Evans led the team in rebounds with 10, while Pastore and Pike grabbed 7 each. Scholtisek led in assists with 3, while Jones, Holland and Scholtisek each notched 3 steals.

Candor was led by Bryce Mills and Cooper Thayer, each with 10 points. The team converted 16 of 24 free throws.

"Owen played very well all around," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "Not only did he have a good game on offense, but he defended one of their better players and held him to 4 points.

"We need to do a little better on free throws and on the glass, but we held them to 36, which is not bad."

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen improved to 4-0 by defeating Odessa-Montour 57-12. Bryce Cady led the Senecas in scoring with 19 points, and dished out 6 assists. Ryan Willett scored 13 points, Jacob Yontz 9 points (with 14 rebounds and 7 assists), Alex Holmes 4 points, Sam Caslin 4 points, Gavin Smith 3 points, John Abidhananthar 3 points, and Cadin Knapp 2 points.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Travon Jones drives to the basket.

Left: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek drives through traffic. Right: The Senecas' Cameron Holland shoots.

Left: Watkins Glen's Adam Pastore shoots in traffic. Right: The Senecas' Max Evans drives to the basket.

In the JV game:

Players on the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour JV squads battle for a rebound.

OM/WG wrestlers fall to Waverly, 36-24

ODESSA, Feb. 21, 2021 -- The combined Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team dropped a 36-24 decision Saturday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in O-M's Jack Davis gym.

Wins for OM/WG were posted by:

--Mark Waterman at 138 pounds, a fall in 41 seconds over Derek Bartlett.
--Gabe Williams at 145 pounds, a fall in 3:43 over Braedon Nichols.
--Dominick Fazzary at 152 pounds, by forfeit.
--Brody Williams at 160 pounds, by forfeit.

Glen boys top Notre Dame, move to 3-0

SOUTHPORT, Feb. 20 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team -- led by 20 points from Travon Jones -- defeated Elmira Notre Dame 67-40 Friday evening in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the ND gym.

Watkins Glen (3-0) built a 17-7 first-quarter lead, and was up 34-14 at halftime and 54-28 entering the fourth quarter.

Jones, in addition to his 20 points, tied for the team lead in rebounds with 8, and registered 3 steals and 2 assists. Other points came from Cameron Holland (13), Owen Scholtisek (12, with 3 assists and 2 steals), Max Evans (9), Adam Pastore (6, with 8 rebounds), Dylan Morse (5, with 5 assists and 2 steals), and Bryce Kelly (2). The team converted 8 of 13 free throws.

Notre Dame was led by Steven Gough's 15 points. The Crusaders sank of 7 of 12 free throws.

"We got out to a pretty good start," said Watkins Coach John Fazzary. "We had really good defense in the first half, but we didn't in the second half. Overall, though, it was good."

The Senecas return to action today (Saturday) at 11 a.m. against Candor in the WGHS Field House. A junior varsity game pitting Watkins against Odessa-Montour will follow.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Notre Dame 66-42 to improve to 3-0. Bryce Cady led the Senecas with 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Cadin Knapp scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Other points came from David Kelly (10), Ryan Willett (9), Alex Holmes (8), Jacob Yontz (7, with 8 rebounds), and Sam Caslin (2).

Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur drives toward the basket in traffic.

Glen girls lose to Notre Dame, fall to 0-3

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 20, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team's record slipped to 0-3 Friday evening when the Senecas dropped a 51-24 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

Notre Dame trailed only once, at 2-0, on the way to building a 17-3 first-quarter lead and a 29-14 halftime advantage. The Crusaders led 41-21 entering the fourth quarter.

Notre Dame applied an effective press through much of the game, creating numerous turnovers.

Jenna Solomon led the Senecas with 7 points, while Mattie Yontz and Natalie Edmister each scored 5. Aislinn Klemann added 3 points, while Amanda Wilbur scored 2, and Abby Gibson and Carly Arnold scored 1 each. The team converted 12 of 26 free throws.

Shannon Maloney led Notre Dame with 14 points. The team was 3-for-5 from the foul line.

Watkins Glen returns to action today (Saturday) at Odessa-Montour. Game time is 1 p.m., with the junior varsity to follow.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Aislinn Klemann maneuvers for a shot.

Left: Watkins Glen's Carly Arnold heads for the floor after tripping over the right foot of a Notre Dame defender. Right: The Senecas' Abby Gibson (11) dishes off a pass.

From left: Watkins Glen's Bailey Beaumont, Jenna Solomon and Natalie Edmister.

Watkins Glen's Brenna Pierce is fouled as she drives to the hoop. She sank the shot and the subsequent free throw.

Glen girls' JV overtakes Dundee, 36-28

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 19, 2021 -- It was the only game in town.

The Watkins Glen High School girls junior varsity basketball team took center stage Thursday evening in the absence of any other games at Watkins or Odessa-Montour -- where contests were canceled by Covid exposure (O-M) or the weather (the Watkins Glen boys varsity and JV teams, and its girls varsity squad).

With the focus on them, the Watkins JV girls came through, roaring from behind to defeat Dundee 36-28 to improve their season mark to 2-0. The Senecas were down 20-13 in the first half before rallying to take the lead in the third quarter.

They were challenged in the fourth period as Dundee edged within a point, 29-28, but pulled away from there.

Brenna Pierce led the Senecas with 11 points, including the team's final five points. Rachel Vickio added 10 points, and Lilly Ameigh 9. The team was 5-for-8 from the foul line. Dundee converted 5 of 11 free throws.

The Senecas are scheduled to return to action Saturday afternoon at Odessa-Montour before playing next week against O-M and then Horseheads.

The Watkins Glen boys varsity and JV games that had been scheduled Thursday night at Notre Dame will be played instead tonight (Friday). The Watkins Glen girls varsity game at home against Notre Dame, postponed from Thursday, will also be played tonight.

The Watkins Glen's boys varsity had been slated to play Odessa-Montour on Saturday in the Field House, but the O-M team was quarantined after exposure to a Covid case on the Spencer-Van Etten team early in the week. The Senecas will play Candor instead on Saturday, with a Watkins vs. O-M junior varsity game to follow.

The Watkins Glen girls varsity squad is slated to play O-M at Odessa on Saturday, with the junior varsity contest to follow.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Lilly Ameigh shoots in traffic.

Bottom: The Senecas' Addy Coolican slices between two Dundee defenders.

Left: Watkins Glen's Rachel Vickio sends up a shot. Right: The Senecas' Molly Coolican drives to the basket.

OM-WG wrestlers edge S-VE, 42-36

SPENCER, Feb. 17, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen High School varsity wrestling team opened its season with a win Wednesday evening, defeating Spencer-Van Etten 42-36 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet in the S-VE gym.

OM-WG got forfeit victories at 152, 160, 172, 215, 118, 132 and 145 pounds.

It lost by forfeit at 102 and 110 pounds, and by falls at 189, 285, 126 and 138 pounds.

Left: Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse goes up for a shot. Right: The Senecas' Owen Scholtisek is fouled as he attempts to shoot.

Watkins boys roll past Notre Dame

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 17, 2021-- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team improved to 2-0 Tuesday night with a 53-33 victory over Elmira Notre Dame in an Intercholastic Athletic Conference game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas opened a 12-4 first-quarter lead, and were up 27-12 at halftime and 35-22 entering the fourth quarter.

The team had balanced scoring, with 10 points each from Owen Scholtisek, Max Evans and Adam Pastore, 9 points from Bryce Kelly, and 7 points each from Dylan Morse and Mitchell Pike. The team converted just 9 of 23 free throws.

Pastore led in rebounds with 9, while Evans grabbed 8, Kelly 5, and Pike 4. Evans led in assists with 3, while Scholtisek led in steals with 3. Kelly and Cameron Holland added 2 steals apiece.

Joe Sheehan led Notre Dame with 14 points. The Crusaders converted 8 of 14 free throws.

"We're still very much a work in progress," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "We have work to do on our offense. We need more patience; we're rushing on offense. And we'll be working on our free throws at the next practice.

"I like the balanced scoring, though. And we held Notre Dame to 33 points. That's a pretty good defensive effort. We've just got to get better on offense."

The two teams meet again Thursday at Notre Dame. The varsity game is at 5:30 p.m., with the JV to follow.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Notre Dame 44-42. Jacob Yontz led the Senecas in scoring with 17 points, and registered 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Other points came from Cadin Knapp (7, with 7 rebounds), Ryan Willett (7), Bryce Cady (5), Gavin Smith (3), Alex Holmes (3, with 5 rebounds), and Sam Caslin (2).

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Max Evans sends up a shot. He was fouled before going airborne.
Bottom: The Senecas' Mitchell Pike shoots as two Notre Dame defenders move in.

Watkins Glen's Bryce Kelly (left) and Adam Pastore launch shots against Notre Dame.

Glen girls lose to Notre Dame, fall to 0-2

SOUTHPORT, Feb. 17, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team saw its record slip to 0-2 Tuesday evening when the Senecas dropped a 66-44 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the ND gym.

Watkins Glen led 13-8 after one quarter, but trailed 31-24 at halftime. They were then outscored 16-5 in the third quarter and 19-15 in the fourth.

Carly Arnold led the Senecas in scoring with 10 points, while Amanda Wilbur added 8, Abby Gibson 7, Natalie Edmister 7, Aislinn Klemann 6, Jenna Solomon 5, and Mattie Yontz 1. The team converted 11 of 17 free throws. Notre Dame converted 9 of 14.

Solomon and Gibson led in rebounds with 7 each, while Edmister grabbed 5, and Wilbur, Yontz and Klemann 3 apiece. Gibson led in assists with 3.

The two teams are scheduled to play each other again Thursday at Watkins Glen. The varsity game starts at 5:30 p.m., with the JV to follow.

Left: O-M's Veer Patel takes aim at the basket. Right: The Indians' Phoenix Parmenter is fouled as he drives toward the hoop.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to S-VE, 77-41

ODESSA, Feb. 17, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team sustained its first loss of the season Tuesday when it dropped a 77-41 decision to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

S-VE raced to a 31-12 first-quarter lead, led by James Sutherlin, who scored 18 of his 27 points in the opening frame.

The Spencer lead was 48-22 at halftime, and 61-32 entering the fourth quarter.

Jared Rumsey led Odessa (now 2-1) with 14 points, while Cameron Elliott added 11, Phoenix Parmenter 10, and Jonathan Gillis 6. The team converted 3 of 9 free throws.

S-VE's Sutherlin was joined in double figures by Markus Brock, who scored 10 points. The team converted 7 of 17 free throws.

The two teams are scheduled to meet again Thursday at Spencer-Van Etten. The varsity game starts at 5:30 p.m., with the JV to follow.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated S-VE 38-35, coming back from a 28-23 deficit in the fourth quarter. Brad Gillis led O-M with 10 points, while Tyler Malnoske scored 8, Daniel Lewis 8, and Ben Heichel 6.

Photo in text: O-M's Cameron Elliott drives to the basket.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Jonathan Gillis shoots. Right: The Indians' Jared Rumsey moves past a Spencer-Van Etten defender.

Odessa-Montour girls fall to S-VE, 41-30

SPENCER, Feb. 17, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team fell to 0-3 Tuesday when it dropped a 41-30 decision to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the S-VE gym.

The Indians trailed 8-1 after one quarter, 16-12 at halftime, and 34-29 after three periods.

Mackenzie Cannon led Odessa scorers with 11 points, including three 3-pointers, while Hannah Nolan scored 9 points and registered 8 rebounds and 5 steals. Autumn Garrison added 5 points, Mallory Rhodes 3 points, and Taylor Cain 2 points. The team was 7-for-12 from the foul line.

"S-VE made eight 3-pointers, which was the difference in the game," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We made a nice run in the third quarter and had a few great chances early in the fourth, but couldn't get them to fall. We play hard, but continue to struggle to put it in the basket."

The two teams meet again on Thursday at Odessa-Montour. The varsity game starts at 5:30 p.m., with the JV to follow.

Junior Varsity: S-VE defeated Odessa-Montour, 44-32. Tori Brewster led the Indians with 11 points, while Gina Gavich and Reagan Reese scored 8 each, and Keyonna Garrison scored 5.

Glen girls JV team wins basketball opener

DUNDEE, Feb. 16, 2021-- The Watkins Glen High School girls junior varsity basketball team opened its season with a victory Monday, defeating Dundee 32-24 on the road.

The game was tied 18-18 at halftime.

Lilly Ameigh led the Senecas with 17 points, while Rachel Vickio scored 6, Addy Coolican 5, Brenna Pierce 2, and Sarah Jones 2.

Odessa-Montour's Taylor Cain (24) drives toward the basket late in the game.

O-M girls fall to TAE in overtime, 46-41

ODESSA, Feb. 14, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team fell to 0-2 Saturday, dropping a 46-41 overtime decision to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the O-M gym.

The Indians, who had dropped their season opener Friday at Edison, led by nine points this time, 33-24, with 5:31 left in regulation, but a series of turnovers and missed shots opened the door for Edison, which stormed back to tie the game 36-36 with 10.5 seconds left on the clock.

Odessa took the lead again, 39-36, early in the four-minute overtime period on a field goal and free throw, but Edison rallied again, scoring baskets with 2:11 and 1:37 remaining to go ahead 40-39. The Spartans then converted six free throws down the stretch, interrupted only by two O-M free throws by Autumn Garrison.

Garrison led Odessa with 21 points. Hannah Nolan added 9 points, while Jessica Carnes scored 6, Mackenzie Cannon 3, and Mallory Rhodes 2. The Indians converted 9 of 21 free throws.

Payton Littlefield led Edison with 21 points, including those six overtime free throws. Overall, the Spartans converted 13 of 20 foul shots.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour improved to 2-0 by defeating Edison 49-19. Keyonna Garrison led the Indians with 18 points, while Gina Gavich scored 10 points (with 6 assists), Tori Brewster 10 points, and Reagan Reese 9 points.

Photo in text: Odessa-Montour's Autumn Garrison drives to the basket.

Left: O-M's Hannah Nolan sends a shot on its way. Right: Odessa's Jessica Carnes.

Left: O-M's Mallory Rhodes (20) prepares to pass the ball. Right: Odessa-Montour's Mackenzie Cannon shoots.

And in the JV game:

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Left: O-M's Keyonna Garrison, left, blocks an Edison shot attempt. Right: Odessa's Tori Brewster drives to the basket for two of her 10 points.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Gina Gavich, Reagan Reese and Sarah Strobel.

O-M boys defeat Edison again, 43-40

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Feb. 14, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team -- behind Cayden Confer's 20 points -- defeated Edison in come-from-behind fashion Saturday, 43-40, in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in the Edison gym.

Odessa, now 2-0 after defeating Edison twice, trailed 26-16 at halftime and 38-32 after three periods before outscoring the Spartans 11-2 in the fourth quarter.

Joining Confer in double-digit scoring were Jared Rumsey and Phoenix Parmenter, who each registered 10 points. Cameron Elliott added 3 points. The team was 0-for-4 from the foul line.

Edison was led by Jeremiah Parker's 14 points. His team converted 2 of 4 free throws.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Edison 49-30 to improve to 2-0.

IAC bowling: Odessa girls finish 4th

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 14 ,2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity bowling team placed fourth Saturday in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championships, held virtually around the league.

The O-M and Watkins Glen bowlers rolled their games at Harborside Lanes in Watkins Glen, while other competing teams bowled at their home alleys.

Waverly won the girls team title with a 2479 total for three games, with Candor second, Notre Dame third, and O-M 4th with a 1983 total. Watkins Glen was sixth among 10 schools with 1429.

Tioga won the boys championship with a 3187 total. Odessa-Montour was seventh at 2106, while Watkins Glen was eighth among 11 teams with a 1900.

Awards were presented to the top 20 male and top 20 female bowlers.

Rachel Houseknecht of Waverly rolled the day's top score among the girls, a 571. O-M's Jana Arias placed fourth with a 494, while Watkins Glen's Alyiah Clink-Bentley was eighth with a 446. O-M's Sarah Barr was 15th with a 412.

Waverly's Zach Vanderpool rolled an IAC recod 834 series on games of 279-276-279. Tioga had the second, third and fourth spots with series ranging from 696 down to 674. Watkins was led by RJ Bannon's 545, good for 16th place overall. O-M's Dominic Elliott was 20th with a 518 series.

O-M boys open with victory over Edison

ODESSA, Feb. 13, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity basketball team -- led by Phoenix Parmenter's 15 points -- defeated Thomas A. Edison High School 44-26 Friday evening in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference season-opener in the O-M gym.

The long awaited return to the hardwood saw Odessa build a 13-9 first-quarter lead and a 27-17 advantage at halftime. Edison pulled within seven points in the third period, but the Indians outscored the Spartans 14-5 in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

Scoring in addition to Parmenter were Cameron Elliott with 11 points, Cayden Confer with 6, Jared Rumsey with 6, Jacob Menzi with 3, Arden Heichel with 2, and Veer Patel with 1. The team converted 3 of 8 free throws.

Edison was led by Jere Parker's 12 points. The team converted 7 of 11 free throws.

Odessa returns to action Saturday at Edison. Game time is 1 p.m., with the junior varsity to follow.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour won 46-25. Tyler Malnoske and Bradley Gillis led the Indians with 12 points apiece.

Photo in text: O-M's Cameron Elliott scores two of his 11 points.

Left: O-M's Jonathan Gillis drives toward the basket. Right: The Indians' Cayden Confer goes high to take a shot in traffic.

Left: O-M's Jared Rumsey launches a shot. Right: The Indians' Phoenix Parmenter shoots.

O-M girls fall to Edison in opener, 42-31

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, Feb. 13, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity basketball team opened its season with a loss Friday evening, dropping a 42-31 decision to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

The Indians led 14-12 after one period and 21-19 at halftime, but fell behind 29-28 entering the fourth quarter. They were outscored 13-3 down the stretch.

"We struggled to put the ball in the hole," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We played with a lot of energy and intensity all night. It was fun to be back at it, that's for sure!"

Hannah Nolan, Autumn Garrison and Mackenzie Cannon led O-M in scoring with 9 points apiece.

The Indians return to action at home Saturday against the same Edison team. Game time is 1 p.m., with the JV to follow.

Junior Varsity: Odessa-Montour defeated Edison 46-26. Keyonna Garrison led the Indians with 29 points, while Tori Brewster scored 9..

Watkins Glen's Adam Pastore drives toward the hoop in traffic.

Watkins boys race past Addison, 54-28

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 13, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team -- led by 15 points from Max Evans -- defeated Addison 54-29 Friday evening in a season-opening non-league game in the WGHS Field House.

The Senecas built an 18-4 first-quarter lead, and were up 34-12 at halftime and 41-24 after three periods.

In addition to Evans' 15 points, the Senecas got 10 points from Owen Scholtisek, 8 each from Adam Pastore and Dylan Morse, 7 from Cameron Holland, and 6 from Bryce Kelly.

Scholtisek, Evans and Mitchell Pike each grabbed 5 rebounds, while Evans and Kelly registered 5 steals apiece. Scholtisek led the squad with 6 assists. The Senecas converted 8 of 13 free throws.

Luke Pepper led Addison with 10 points. His team was 1-for-4 from the foul line.

"We'll be practicing layups tomorrow," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary. "It was good to get out there playing, but we're a work in progress. We're still trying to get our basketball legs under us."

Watkins Glen returns to action Tuesday at home against Elmira Notre Dame. Game time is 5:30 p.m., with the JV to follow.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Addison 65-23. Ryan Willett led the Senecas with 25 points, while Jacob Yontz scored 11 points (with 9 rebounds and 8 assists), Sam Caslin 10, Alex Holmes 8 (with 11 rebounds), Cadin Knapp 6, and David Kelly 5.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Max Evans drives to the basket.

Left: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek shoots. Right: The Senecas' Bryce Kelly moves past an Addison defender.

Seniors honored

The three seniors on the Watkins Glen High School boys varsity bowling team were honored Friday afternoon in a ceremony at Harborside Lanes in Watkins Glen. The seniors, from left, are R.J. Bannon, Michael Cook and Matt Irwin. Coach Ward Brower is holding a pin painted for the occasion with the words: WS: Class of 2021: RJ Bannon, Michael Cook, Matt Irwin. Thank You. Coach Brower.

O-M swimmers fall to Dryden, 72-67

ODESSA, Feb. 12, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High Schoool boys varsity swim team dropped a close 72-67 decision Thursday to Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference virtual meet. Each team swam in its home pool, and compared race times.

"Since the meet was designated 'at Dryden,'" said O-M Coach Terri Brace, "it was scored as a six-lane meet, which put our small team of six swimmers at a disadvantage. Regardless, I am very happy with the way the team swam. They posted many personal bests or season bests.

"We honored our two seniors, Brock Sgrecci, a two-year veteran on the team, and Jared Rumsey, a senior rookie who made an impact in this short, unusual season. Brock’s breaststroke and wry sense of humor will be missed by all, and Jared demonstrated an excellent work ethic and desire to learn and improve."

First-place finishes were posted for O-M by Ben Campbell in the 200 Freestyle (2:23.26), Caleb Reynolds in the 200 Individual Medley (2:40.10) and the 500 Freestyle (a personal best of 6:17.33), Nick DeLong in the 50 Freestyle (26.21), Sgrecci in the 100 Breaststroke (1:11.75), and the 400 Freestyle Relay team of DeLong, Reynolds, Campbell and Sgrecci (4:09.90).

"Overall," said Coach Brace, "there were many successes tonight at the O-M pool. Coach Matt Walters and I are very proud!"

Photos in text:

The two O-M boys swim team seniors were honored at Thursday's meet: Brock Sgrecci (top) and Jared Rumsey (bottom), shown here in photos snapped at an earlier competition.

Swimming: Glen boys fall to S. Cayuga

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 10, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team dropped a 93-64 decision Tuesday to Southern Cayuga in a virtual Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet. Each team swam in its home pool, and then compared race times.

The Senecas got first-place finishes from Liam Smith in the 200 Individual Medley (2:25.38), from Ben Swinnerton in the 100 Breaststroke (1:13.43), and from the 400 Freestyle Relay team of Smith, Anthony Ricauter-Minelli, Daine Butler and Swinnerton (4:18.46).

Second-places were posted by Watkins in the two other relays and in the 100 Fly (Smith), 100 Free (Butler), and 100 Back (Lane Roy).

O-M boys varsity basketball coach Sparky Gardner addresses players in the main gym.

Practices begin for hoops, wrestling at O-M

ODESSA, Feb. 4, 2021 -- Practices for so-called high-risk sports finally began Thursday at Odessa-Montour High School after a three-day delay due to heavy snowstorms.

The boys varsity and JV squads gathered at 3 p.m. in the O-M gym, where they met their coaches -- Kristine "Sparky" Gardner for the varsity and Jack McCauley for the JV.

The varsity had 13 players, and the JV 12 players, with the first game scheduled Friday of next week.

The girls were scheduled to practice later in the day under the guidance of varsity coach Greg Gavich aand JV Coach Joe Leonard.

The girls varsity and JV squads were each expecting eight players.

A couple of hallways away, in the Jack Davis Gym, the O-M/Watkins Glen varsity wrestiing team gathered to exercise and work on various skill moves. There were 15 wrestlers present.

Down a winding hallway from there, virtual competition was under way as the O-M boys varsity swim team was establishing times in the O-M pool that would be compared to an opponent swimming elsewhere in its own pool. Boys swimming and bowling have been holding so-called virtual competitions for the past month.

Results of the meet were not immediately available.

Photos in text:

Top: Action was fast and furious during the boys basketball drills in the O-M gym.

Bottom: O-M's Ben Campbell competes in the 200 Medley Relay.

Members of the O-M/Watkins Glen wrestling team were put through various exercises Thursday in Odessa's Jack Davis Gym.

Odessa-Montour's Alex Walters swims the backstroke leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Ithaca, Owego temporarily join the IAC as pandemic rules impact upcoming schedules

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 31, 2021 -- Scheduling is under way in what amounts to a tricky, shifting Interscholastic Athletic Conference landscape, a situation compliments of the pandemic.

With only bowling and boys swimming -- both held virtually -- to show for high school sports since the pandemic shut down schools last March for the duration of that school year, Athletic Directors around the Southern Tier are scrambling to set up schedules now that the go-ahead for high-risk sports like basketball and wrestling have been given clearance. That clearance comes with retrictions: the wearing of masks, and the absence of spectators (the events will be live-streamed).

The IAC has a new wrinkle in its basketball lineup for the upcoming, 10- or 12-game abbreviated season, one without championship tournaments on the drawing board. Ithaca High School and Owego Free Academy are joining the Conference for the season -- in what is anticipated as a temporary fix to counter differing county rules regarding schools playing in neighboring counties. Ithaca and Owego are normally part of the Southern Tier Athletic Conference (STAC).

Under the new basketball lineup, Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen will be in a division with Elmira Heights Edison, Spencer-Van Etten and Elmira Notre Dame. Each school will play the four others in the division twice apiece, back-to-back (home and away) to satisfy requirements of pandemic-related contact tracing. Beyond those eight games, says O-M Athletic Manager Greg Gavich, there will likely be two or possibly four other, non-divisional games.

(Ithaca will be in a division with other Tompkins County schools: Groton, Trumansburg, Newfield and Dryden. Owego will be in a division with Waverly, Newark Valley, Candor and Tioga. The fourth division has Whitney Point, Southern Cayuga, Union Springs, Moravia and Marathon.)

Barring any delaying snowstorms, the first games of the basketball season will be played Feb. 10 -- nine days after the opening of practice. Each player, Gavich said, needs six separate days of practice. The schedule goes into March, when the "Fall 2" season begins (March 6) -- although Gavich said it's possible the two seasons might overlap a little if basketball teams look to play an extra game or two.

The schedule for wrestling, also given clearance to start Feb. 1, is "to be determined," Gavich said. That sport has tentative division alignments, and will see only dual meets. There will be no tournaments. Two or three wrestlers from Watkins Glen are expected to be joining the O-M squad, as was the case last winter before the pandemic struck.

Bowling and boys swimming, both of which started in January -- with each team bowling at its home alley or swimming in its home pool, and comparing scores and times against those posted by scheduled competing schools at their own alleys or pools (hence "virtual" competitions) -- may or may not add travel to their itinerary, Gavich said. But there is one IAC bowling tournament scheduled, he noted -- at the Valley Bowling Center in Waverly, with three teams bowling at any one time.

The basketball practices, weather permitting, begin Feb. 1. At O-M, Gavich will be back as girls varsity coach, with Joe Leonard returning as JV coach. On the boys' side, Kristine Gardner, once a standout player on O-M's girls team, takes over the reins as boys varsity coach. Jack McCauley will be the JV boys coach.

Superintendent Chris Wood reported to the School Board this past week that there are 16 girls and 19 boys ready to play basketball. Gavich said eight players each will be playing on the girls varsity and JV squads.

Watkins swimmers edge Odessa, 80-67

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 29, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team posted an 80-67 victory over Odessa-Montour Friday in a virtual Interscholastic Athletic Conference swim meet.

Each team swam in its respective home pool, comparing times.

First places were posted as follows:

200 Freestyle: Owen Bingham (WG), 2:26.98.
200 Individual Medley: Liam Smith (WG), 2:24.23.
50 Freestyle: Nick DeLong (OM), 26.07.
100 Butterfly: Owen Bingham (WG), 1:23.81.
100 Freestyle: Daine Butler (WG), 1:00.99.
500 Freestyle: Liam Smith (WG), 5:39.27.
100 Backstroke: Nick DeLong (OM), 1:10.27.
100 Breaststroke: Ben Swinnerton (WG), 1:14.13.
200 Medley Relay: (OM) DeLong, Sgrecci, Reynolds, Campbell (2:09.40)
200 Freestyle Relay: (WG) Butler, Bingham, Swinnerton, Smith (1:48.95)
400 Freestyle Relay: (OM) Walters, Rumsey, Campbell, Reynolds (4:43.11)

O-M Coach Terri Brace said personal records were set by her team as follows:

--Jared Rumsey in the 200 Free
--Alex Walters in the 200 Free
--Ben Campbell in the 50 Free
--Caleb Reynolds in the 100 Fly
--Nick DeLong in the 50 Free
--Brock Sgrecci in the 200 IM

Public Health authorizes high-risk sports in Schuyler County, starting February 1st

Special to The Odessa File

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan. 28, 2021 -- Schuyler County Public Health is authorizing High-Risk Sports and Recreation to begin starting February 1st in Schuyler County.

This decision, Public Health said, "was reached based on New York State Department of Health Guidelines and in consultation with our school districts and county health officials in the Southern Tier and Western Regions.

"As responsible parties, school districts and other sport and recreation entities must implement a safety plan which adheres to the Interim Guidance for Sports and Recreation During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency which was amended on January 22, 2021. These revisions allow local health departments to authorize non-professional and non-collegiate sports, such as wrestling, ice hockey, basketball, contact lacrosse, and volleyball, to proceed with individual and group training, competitions, and tournaments, effective February 1, 2021."

In order to best ensure that student athletes can continue to recreate safely, Schuyler County Public Health and local school district administration have unanimously agreed to the following additional guidelines:

--Athletes must wear an acceptable face covering (as detailed in NYSDOH guidance), unless a medical exemption is obtained from a medical provider and approved by the school’s physician.

--Spectators will not be permitted to attend indoor sporting events.

"Please note," Public Health added, "that school districts may implement more restrictive measures should they choose."

Participating in higher-risk sports "presents significant risks," Public Health added. "The level of risk presented by a return to sports is influenced by the particular sport and setting, local disease activity, and individual circumstances including underlying health conditions that may place the athlete or their household members at increased risk of severe disease should they contract COVID-19. Individual schools and businesses, student and adult athletes, and parents/guardians must carefully consider a variety of factors before making an individual decision to participate. Athletes and coaches should also be mindful of their activity outside of sports to minimize risk and reduce community spread."

The New York State summary guidelines are posted on the NYForward website. "All responsible parties must read and affirm the State’s detailed guidelines and develop a safety plan to ensure that our youth and adults have the opportunity to participate in athletics safely," said Public Health, adding: "Safety plans should be submitted to Schuyler County Public Health by emailing scph@co.schuyler.ny.us or sent by mail."

O'Mara: Extend bar curfew for Bills game

Special to The Odessa File

ELMIRA, Jan. 23, 2021 -- State Senator Tom O’Mara is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to extend his 10 p.m. curfew on Sunday to ensure that New York’s restaurants, taverns, pubs, bars and other establishments are allowed to stay open for fans of the Buffalo Bills.

Buffalo faces the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship in Kansas City. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. Consequently, O’Mara said, the game will be ending very close to Cuomo’s 10 p.m. curfew, so establishments should be allowed to stay open for at least an extra half-hour after it ends.

Said O’Mara: “Fans cheering on the Bills at their favorite establishment Sunday night shouldn’t have to worry about the doors closing in the final minutes or if the game goes into overtime. It’s a big night for the fans and the venues alike, and Governor Cuomo should let it play out. This is not too much to ask for fans who have waited 27 years for another AFC Championship game.”

Under current COVID-19 restrictions, establishments offering indoor services can only operate under strict protocols, including capacity restrictions and a 10 p.m. curfew.

Area state legislators cheer NY's decision to start up high school sports on Feb. 1

Decisions on previously suspended sports to come from health officials

ELMIRA, Jan. 22, 2021 -- State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) cheered the state’s decision Friday to allow local health officials to make the call on starting up high school sports seasons beginning February 1.

The sports include the previously suspended basketball, wrestling, volleyball and competitive cheerleading. Athletes in the those sports had been allowed to train individually but not practice as a team or play.

The new guidelines say "participants in higher risk sports and recreation activities may partake in individual or distanced group training and, further, may partake in other types of play, including competitions and tournaments, only as permitted by the respective local health authorities (i.e., county health departments)."

Local health authorities, the guidelines add, should -- in determining whether to authorize or prohibit such activities -- weigh these factors: "whether there has been a more transmissible variant of COVID-19 identified in the area; local rates of COVID-19 transmission or rate of positivity, and local ability to monitor and enforce compliance."

Travel for practice or play is currently prohibited "outside of the region or contiguous counties/regions."

In a joint statement, O’Mara, Friend, and Palmesano said, “We recently said that we were confident that the Cuomo administration, working in partnership with local education and health officials, has the capacity to ensure a safe return of high school sports.¬†We welcome the state’s decision to allow local health officials to make the call and get our student-athletes back in their games. It’s an important step for athletes and their families, coaches, and entire school communities and we join them in looking forward to the return of high school sports.”

O’Mara, Friend, and Palmesano last week sent a letter to the governor and other top Cuomo administration officials urging them to give the go-ahead, a move which has also been strongly backed by student-athletes throughout New York State

Last week’s letter read, in part, “These students have invested many years of discipline and training to maintain their physical fitness and to compete on behalf of their school districts and communities ... The Southern Tier has proven to be a leader in the state by having one of the lowest positivity rates by exercising the policies and procedures established by the Health Department. Our student-athletes ask for guidance from the state to allow all winter, fall and spring sports to start in the Southern Tier and throughout New York State. We know that doing so will provide an outlet and great enrichment to student-athletes patiently waiting for their turn to play.”

In early December, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSA), following guidance from the Cuomo administration, indefinitely postponed high school basketball, hockey, wrestling, and competitive cheerleading. All state winter sports tournaments were also cancelled.

The activities were considered high-risk for the spread of COVID-19. The NYSPHSA has been awaiting further guidance from the Cuomo administration, which the governor said would be provided by December 31.

Fall sports previously deemed high-risk by the state and postponed, including football and volleyball, are scheduled to resume on March 1 as part of a “Fall II” season.

Photo in text: State Senator Tom O'Mara (File photo)

Watkins Glen's Daine Butler waits to dive in the 400 Free Relay race. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen swimmers defeat Dryden

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 23, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity swim team opened its season this week with a 93-34 victory over Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference virtual meet.

Each team swam in its respective home pool, but on different days. There was a resulting lag in reporting the results.

"It is great to see the kids back in action and getting into a routine again," said Watkins Coach Jason Westervelt, who pointed out that "Liam Smith had three personal best times (200 Free, 500 Free and lead-off leg of the 400 Free Relay), while Ben Swinnerton had a great swim in the 100 Breaststroke. And all our young swimmers performed well for the first time competing in more than eight months."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Liam Smith, who set three personal bests. (Photo provided)

Bowling: O-M girls top Tioga; boys fall

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 22, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity bowling team posted a 3-1 victory Thursday over Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference virtual meet. The O-M boys lost 4-0.

O-M bowled at its home alley, Harborside Lanes in Watkins Glen, while Tioga bowled at its home alley.

Girls: Odessa won the first and third games and total pinfall, 1871-1756. Sarah Barr led the Indians with a 428 series, while Courtney Davis posted a 395, Jana Arias 388, and Hannah Barr 379.

Boys: Odessa-Montour lost all three games by a combined 2537-2138. Dom Elliott led the Indians with a 512 series, while Austin Hoyt rolled a 464, Wesley Wade 403, and Zachary Rounds 402.

Odessa swim team loses to Waverly

ODESSA, Jan. 22, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team dropped a 103-37 decision Thursday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference virtual meet.

O-M -- swimming in its home pool while Waverly swam in its own pool -- failed to win an event. Second-place finishers were posted by Jared Rumsey in the 50 Free, Nick DeLong in the 100 Back, and Brock Sgrecci in the 100 Breaststroke.

The Indians got season-best times from Ben Campbell in the 500 Free and 100 Breast, and personal records from Rumsey and Alex Walters in the 50 Free, and from Caleb Reynolds in the 100 Free.

Bowling: O-M boys, girls fall to Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 20, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour boys and girls varsity bowling teams registered losses Tuesday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference virtual meet.

The Indians -- bowling at Harborside Lanes in Watkins Glen while Waverly competed from its home base, the Valley Bowling Center -- dropped 4-0 decisions.

Boys: The Indians lost all three games by a combined 2678-2123. Austin Hoyt led the Indians with a 538 series, whle Dom Elliott posted a 507.

Girls: Odessa lost all three games by a combined 2483-1991. Jana Arias led the Indians with a 466 series.

O-M swimmers open with loss to Lansing

ODESSA, Jan. 20, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity swim team dropped a 117-47 decision to Lansing Tuesday as it opened its virtual season.

The Indians -- swimming at home while Lansing swam at its home pool -- did not take first place in any event.

Second-place finishes:

200 Medley Relay: Nick DeLong, Brock Sgrecci, Caleb Reynolds and Ben Campbell (2:04.23)
200 Free: Brock Sgrecci (2:22.60)
50 Free: Nick DeLong (26.26)
500 Free: Caleb Reynolds (6:51.32)
200 Free Relay: Brock Sgrecci, Nick DeLong, Jared Rumsey and Caleb Reynolds (1:54.30)
100 Back: Nick DeLong (1:14.05)
100 Breast: Brock Sgrecci (1:15.93)

"We have a small roster this year of only seven swimmers, and have only been practicing for two weeks," said O-M Coach Terri Brace. "In light of this, we had some really good swims last night. It will be a very different season with virtual meets and no invitationals, but I am really looking forward to seeing how the team progresses together and as individuals."

The team has four returning swimmers from last year: senior Brock Sgrecci, and sophomores Nick DeLong, Caleb Reynolds and Ben Campbell. The three newcomers are seniors Jared Rumsey and Autumn Garrison, and 7th grader Alex Walters.

Watkins Glen's Alyiah Clink-Bentley takes aim on a 5-7 split. She didn't convert it.

Watkins Glen bowlers fall to Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 15, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams dropped 4-0 decisions Thursday to Waverly in Interscholastic Athletic Conference virtual matches.

Each school bowled at its home alley, the Senecas at Harborside Lanes in Watkins Glen, and Waverly at the Valley Bwling Center.

Boys: Waverly won all three games by a combined 2800-2503. Matt Irwin led Watkins Glen with a 550 series that included a 219 game, while R.J. Bannon posted a 536 (with a 200), Mykal Cody a 526, Caleb Smith 503, and Michael Cook 388. Zach Vanderpool led Waverly with a 289-180-225=694 series.

Girls: Waverly won each of the three games by a combined 2434-1398. Watkins Glen, with four bowlers instead of the requisite five, was led by Ava Cowan's 392, while Alyiah Clink-Bentley registered a 373, Aubrey Kellogg 355, and Maisie Robertson 278.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Caleb Smith reacts to a spare.

Odessa-Montour's Taryn Hoyt turns away after leaving a split on her first ball.

Bowling: O-M girls win, boys fall to NV

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 15, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour girls varsity bowling team won 4-0 while the boys lost 3-1 Thursday to Newark Valley in Interscholastic Athletic Conference virtual matches.

Each school bowled at its home alley, the Senecas at Harborside Lanes in Watkins Glen.

Girls: O-M, with a full contingent of five bowlers, easily outscored the understaffed Newark Valley, which had just two bowlers. Odessa posted a 1945 score to NV's 832. Jana Arias led O-M with a 455 series, while Courtney Davis posted a 395, Hanna Barr 387, Sarah Barr 386, and Taryn Hoyt 322.

Boys: O-M won the first game 746-690, but lost the next two and total pinfall, 2159-2108. Dom Elliott led the Indians with a 549 series, while Chris Seewald registered a 403, Austin Hoyt 391, Zach Rounds 385, and Wes Wade 365.

Photo in text: O-M's Austin Hoyt watches his ball near the pins.

State legislators: Start high school sports

O'Mara, Palmesano, Friend call on Cuomo to give go-ahead to all sports

ELMIRA, Jan. 14, 2021 -- State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) Thursday called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to give the go-ahead to all high school sports seasons, including the winter seasons of basketball and wrestling.

In a joint statement, O’Mara, Friend, and Palmesano said, “Governor Cuomo focused his State of the State message this week on the need for reopening our local economies and to start getting the lives of New Yorkers as back to normal as possible now. For New York State’s high school student-athletes and their families, coaches, and entire school communities, that means to let sports seasons get started. We are confident that the Cuomo administration, working in close partnership with local education and health officials, have the capacity to ensure this safe return of these student-athletes, the sooner the better.”

In early December, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSA), following guidance from the Cuomo administration, indefinitely postponed high school basketball, hockey, wrestling, and competitive cheerleading. All state winter sports tournaments were also cancelled.

The activities were considered high-risk for the spread of COVID-19. The NYSPHSAA has been awaiting further guidance from the Cuomo administration, which the governor had said would be provided by December 31.

Fall sports previously deemed high-risk by the state and postponed, including football and volleyball, are scheduled to resume on March 1 as part of a “Fall II” season.

O’Mara, Friend, and Palmesano sent a letter to the governor and other top Cuomo administration officials Thursday that reads, in part: “These students have invested many years of discipline and training to maintain their physical fitness and to compete on behalf of their school districts and communities. For many, their involvement in sports is a critical part of what has made them attractive candidates for future colleges and scholarships. The continued hiatus puts all of this at risk.”

The letter, which notes that New York is one of only seven states prohibiting high school sports, continues: “Given the fact that a number of sections and leagues moved and delayed the start of their sports seasons to January 2021, we highly encourage you to adopt a realistic, comprehensive and evidence-based model which would allow all student-athletes to safely resume their sport NOW.

"At this point, New York is stand-out for the wrong reasons, as it is one of only seven states prohibiting sports such as basketball at the high school level, despite it being played safely with proper protocols throughout the country. The Southern Tier has proven to be a leader in the state by having one of the lowest positivity rates by exercising the policies and procedures established by the Health Department. Our student-athletes ask for guidance from the state to allow all winter, fall and spring sports to start in the Southern Tier and throughout New York State. We know that doing so will provide an outlet and great enrichment to student athletes patiently waiting for their turn to play.”

Photos in text: State Senator Tom O'Mara (top) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano.

Watkins Glen's Maisie Robertson's attempt to convert a 5-7-9 split falls short. She clipped the 5 pin, knocking it over, but missed the other two.

Bowling starts: O-M, Watkins split

Watkins Glen boys top Indians, 3-1; Odessa girls defeat the Senecas, 4-0

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 12, 2021 -- Finally.

For the first time since March, high school students from Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour participated in an interscholastic sports event.

It was bowling, and actually pitted the two schools against each other -- so instead of a virtual match that would see one team bowling in one community and an opponent bowling in its own home community, both squads were on hand at Harborside Lanes in Watkins Glen, the home alley for both schools.

The O-M bowlers were set up on alleys 1-4, and the Watkins bowlers on lanes 9-12, so they were in fact bowling separately, divided by four lanes and by the clear plastic dividers hanging down between each lane's approach as part of the batttle against Covid-19.

Each athlete wore a mask, and Harborside was devoid of spectators, who in normal times fill the alley's viewing area with parents or other relatives encouraging the bowlers.

This time there were the school athletic directors, the coaches, the superintendent of the Watkins school district, the bowling proprietor, and a member of the media.

It was mostly quiet, save for the rolling balls and their collisions with the pins. Keeping the schools separate felt odd, but there was one thing for sure: "We are just glad to be bowling in whatever form that takes," said Watkins Glen Coach Ward Brower, who has helmed bowling teams at WGHS since 2006.

The end result of the day was this: the Watkins Glen boys defeated O-M, 3-1, while the Odessa-Montour girls defeated Watkins, 4-0, in their Interscholastic Athletic Conference matches.

Girls Match: Odessa-Montour 4, Watkins Glen 0

Odessa-Montour, which had a 5-4 player advantage, won the three games by scores of 630-531, 679-494 and 654-472, and total pinfall by a 1963-1497 margin.

Jana Arias led O-M with a 449 series, while Sarah Barr posted a 443, Hannah Barr 417, Courtney Davis 366, and Taryn Hoyt 272.

Aubrey Kellogg led Watkins Glen with a 395 series, while Ava Cowan rolled a 391, Alyiah Clink-Bentley 388, and Maisie Robertson 323.

Boys Match:
Watkins Glen 3, Odessa-Montour 1

Watkins Glen won the first two games, 768-680 and 792-697, and total pinfall, 2240-2131. O-M took the third game, 754-680.

R.J. Bannon led the Senecas with a 542 series that included a 225 game. Other Watkins scores included Mykal Cody 481, Caleb Smith 448, Matt Irwin 443, and Michael Cook 326.

O-M was led by Dominic Elliott's 493. Other scores included Austin Hoyt 470, Wes Wade 414, Zach Rounds 374, and Chris Sewald 320.

Photos in text: From top: O-M's Dominic Elliott, Watkins Glen's R.J. Bannon, and O-M's Courtney Davis, facing camera, congratulated by teammate Jana Arias after posting a strike.

Watkins Glen's Matt Irwin, left, and Ava Cowan react after barely missing spares.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Jana Arias, left, leaves a single pin on her first ball.
Right: Watkins Glen's Aliyah Clink-Bentley turns away after failing to convert a spare.

Odessa-Montour's Zach Rounds, left, and Hannah Barr react upon registering strikes.

WGHS boys swimming: Senecas have young team, and 'the future looks bright'

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 8, 2021 -- As the new, abbreviated, virtual sports season nears for area high schools, Watkins Glen's boys varsity swim team is looking toward its first meet, on Jan. 19th.

It will, as all meets will this season, be conducted "virtually," meaning the boys from the Glen will be swimming in their own pool while their opponent swims in its home pool, with each race winner to be determined by comparing the two, distantly disparate times. And those wins and losses, added up, will determine the meet victor.

"We have a young team this season," says WGHS swim coach Jason Westervelt. "We have 14 total athletes -- zero seniors -- with 10 who are freshmen or younger. We have a strong core of club swimmers mixed with a very strong 8th grade diver. The future looks bright for this group.

"Our veteran leaders," he added, "are juniors Ben Swinnerton, Daine Butler and Owen Bingham. Their presence in and out of the pool will be great for the newcomers to the team."

Photo in text: Members of the WGHS boys varsity swim team at practice. (Provided)

High school sports will return. Well, at least some of them, and in virtual fashion

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 4, 2021 -- High school sports -- of a kind -- appear to be coming very soon.

We're talking about bowling and boys swimming for Odessa-Montour High School, and those two sports plus indoor track for Watkins Glen High School. But we're also talking virtual.

Virtual as in there will be no travel to another school's bowling alley or swimming pool. Each competing team will bowl at its home alley or swim in its home pool, recording scores or race times that it will then compare to the opponent's.

No head-to-head competition, no crowded-with-parents bowling alleys, no pool spectators. Just times to be compared from different locales, maybe even at different times.

"We are going to try and have (competing events) on the same day," said WGHS Athletic Director Rod Weeden, "but we may need to be flexible and allow a school to do their swim meet on an alternate day and then we would compare times. Competition will look much different, but just having the opportunity to even practice and develop a personal best may be something we can hold on to during this time. I'm sure the practice itself is going to help kids mentally, as we get through this strange era."

O-M is looking at the same plan for bowling and swimming, although Superintendent Chris Wood said the school will not, as it has not in the past, embrace indoor track. But it's nothing philosophical, but rather of a budgetary origin.

"We won't even know until the end of January," he said, "what to expect" in terms of aid from the state, which is facing its own significant monetary challenges that could result in the takeback of a percentage of state aid funds, leaving school districts scrambling. So expanding to another sport is "too risky" from a budgetary standpoint, Wood said.

He did note that both the bowling and swim teams had an organizational meeting Monday, the first day back in school after the holiday break and the first day designated as part of an abbreviated winter season by the state. It does not at this time include what in a pandemic are considered "high risk" sports like basketball or wrestling, although O-M basketball players have been participating in informal conditioning and skills sessions.

"It's something to see the players wiping down the ball" with disinfectant wipes during the workouts, Wood said. "It's also nice to hear the ball bouncing. Gives me a little sense of normalcy."

When the virtual competitions get underway, Weeden said, "we will do our best to live stream when we can and get images out for publication, as there will be no spectators allowed."

As of Monday, he said, "we have 11 boys on Swim, and it looks like Ward (Brower, the bowling coach) may have to cut on the boys bowling team." As for the girls bowling team, "it looks like five at this point." Indoor track was planning to hold a meeting the next day.

Scheduling has begun. "We may have a bowling match next week," Weeden said. "I will let you know. The first swim meet will not be until January 19th at 3:30 p.m."

Any sports event on the schedule is good news at this point.

Even virtual, as Weeden and Wood will tell you.

Then, with any luck, we will see low and moderate risk fall sports starting March 1st, and low and moderate risk spring sports starting April 19. Sections, however, have the option of determinng a later start date.

NYSPHSAA cancels all winter sports state championships, postpones high-risk sports

Special to The Odessa File

LATHAM, NY, Dec. 12, 2020 -- The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) has announced the cancellation of all 2021 Winter State Championships and the postponement of all high-risk sports until authorization is granted by state officials.

The NYSPHSAA Officers rendered these decisions with input from the NYSPHSAA membership and the 11 Section Executive Directors.

“When examining the feasibility of Winter State Championships, it became apparent that travel and overnight accommodations would create a unique challenge for our member schools,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director. “At this time, we must prioritize maximizing student participation without a focus on championship events.”

The Association’s decision to postpone all high-risk sports until authorization is granted was reinforced by the increase in infection and hospitalization rates across the State. The New York State Department of Health has determined the following NYSPHSAA-endorsed sports to be high risk: basketball, boys lacrosse, competitive cheerleading, football, ice hockey, volleyball, and wrestling.

The cancellation of the Winter State Championships (bowling, basketball, boys swimming & diving, competitive cheerleading, gymnastics, indoor track & field, ice hockey, skiing, and wrestling) addresses membership concerns associated with increased travel, hotel accommodations, transportation logistics and the planning for meals. Furthermore, venue capacity limitations and social distancing restrictions make it increasingly difficult to ensure the safety of student-athletes, coaches, and families.

“As an educator, I am witnessing first-hand the challenges our member schools are facing each day in addressing this pandemic,” said Julie Bergman, NYSPHSAA President. “It is important we continue listening to the concerns being expressed by our membership when making decisions impacting interscholastic athletics.”

Low- and moderate-risk regular season sports continue to be permitted. The 2021 NYSPHSAA Spring State Championships remain scheduled at this time.

About the NYSPHSAA:
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association Inc. is a non-profit, voluntary, educational service organization composed of public, parochial, and private schools dedicated to providing equitable and safe competition for the students of its member schools. The organization conducts 32 championship events and governs the rules and regulations of high school athletics in New York State. Membership is open to secondary schools providing interschool athletic activities for students in grades 7-12.

WGI announces its 2021 activity schedule

Season includes loaded NASCAR weekend, 25th anniversary of Finger Lakes Wine Fest

Special to The Odessa Fil

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 2, 2020 -- Watkins Glen International has unveiled its schedule for the 2021 season, which includes the recently announced ARCA Menards Series race on Friday, August 6, which highlights an already historic weekend. In addition to the ARCA Menards Series race, for first time ever all three NASCAR national series races will be run on the same weekend, August 6-8.

That historic schedule will consist of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling at The Glen. For just the second time and the first since 2001, the ARCA Menards Series will race at The Glen. John Finger won the only ARCA race there on July 7, 2001.

The 2021 calendar will begin with Opening Weekend, providing fans with the opportunity to drive their own street-legal vehicle on the track to benefit Watkins Glen International’s Racing and Community Enrichment (R.A.C.E.) Foundation.

One of the most prestigious sportscar races in North America, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, returns in late June with the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. The second leg of the Michelin Endurance Challenge features world-class drivers and a diverse range of premier Prototype and GT manufacturers. The weekend of nearly 24 hours of on-track activity also includes the Michelin Pilot Challenge Tioga Downs 240, Porsche GT3 Cup, and Lamborghini Super Trofeo.

History and prestige return to the birthplace of North American road racing with the Hilliard U.S. Vintage Grand Prix, one of the largest vintage racing events in the country. Paired with Friday’s Grand Prix Festival in downtown Watkins Glen, the Grand Prix weekend is a true celebration of the motorsport’s past, along with the cars and people who have made it what it is today.

The Glen will also host a pair of festivals in 2021, including the Finger Lakes Wine Festival, celebrating its 25th anniversary, as well as the Finger Lakes Beer Festival in October. The Wine Festival, voted “Best Wine Festival” by readers of USA Today, continues to be a fan favorite, featuring more than 90 New York State wineries. The nostalgic sights and sounds of historic Formula One cars will return to the birthplace of North American Road Racing, as the Masters Historic Formula One USA championship will be featured at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival.

Watkins Glen International 2021 Schedule:

-- Opening Weekend benefiting the R.A.C.E. Foundation -- April 10-11
-- Ferrari Challenge North America -- May 21-23
-- SCCA Super Majors Tour -- June 18-20
-- IMSA Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen -- June 24-27
-- Finger Lakes Wine Festival -- July 9-11
-- NASCAR Go Bowling at The Glen Weekend -- August 6-8
-- SVRA Hilliard U.S. Vintage Grand Prix -- September 9-12
-- GT World Challenge America -- September 16-19
-- Finger Lakes Beer Festival -- October 29-30

Tickets for all events will be on sale to the general public starting on December 17. Additionally, for more information on the events at Watkins Glen International, visit TheGlen.com or call 866-461-RACE.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
to race at Glen for 1st time since 2000

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 19, 2020 -- For the first time in more than 20 years, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race at Watkins Glen International. The sanctioning body announced the 2021 Truck Series schedule Thursday, and it will include New York’s Home for NASCAR on Saturday, August 7.

The race will be part of a doubleheader with the previously announced NASCAR Xfinity Series event. The weekend will be capped off by the NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling at The Glen race, Sunday, August 8. This is the first time that all three NASCAR national series will compete on a single weekend at The Glen.

“We are thrilled to have the Camping World Truck Series return to WGI,” Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup said. “Some of the most exciting and iconic finishes in the Truck Series have been on the road courses. To have all the stars of NASCAR race at our historic road course will be an amazing treat for our fans and a great way to showcase the diverse racing of the sport.”

The Glen will also welcome two local drivers of the Camping World Truck Series to the circuit for their home race. Christian Eckes, 2019 ARCA Menards Series champion, is from Middletown, NY, and Stewart Friesen hails from Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario. As a rookie in the Truck Series in 2020, Eckes earned a spot in the 10-driver Playoff field.

From 1996-2000, Watkins Glen International hosted the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series each year. The inaugural race in 1996 was won by four-time series champion and NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr. Canadian-native Ron Fellows’ two Truck Series wins both came at The Glen (1997, 1999). He is the only driver to win more than one Truck Series race in the five events at WGI. The last winner of a Truck Series race at The Glen was Greg Biffle, on June 24, 2000.

The schedule for the ARCA Menards Series 2021 season will be announced in the near future. In addition, start times and television network information for all NASCAR sanctioned series races will also be announced at a later date.

The full 2021 NASCAR Cup, Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series schedules can be found at NASCAR.com. Additionally, for more information on Go Bowling at The Glen event weekend, visit TheGlen.com.

About Watkins Glen International

Located within five (5) hours (~300 miles) of 25% of the US population, Watkins Glen International is the premier road racing facility in North America, four-times voted “Best NASCAR Track” by readers of USA Today. Keep up with The Glen on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For tickets, camping, and additional information, call 1-866-461-RACE or visit www.TheGlen.com.

NASCAR Xfinity Series sets Glen return

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 31, 2020 -- The rising stars of NASCAR will return to Watkins Glen International and New York State for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, August 7 as part of the sanctioning body's 2021 schedule announced Friday.

The Saturday race will join the Go Bowling at The Glen Cup Series event, previously announced for August 8, that weekend.

Schedules for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series 2021 seasons will be announced in the near future. In addition, start times and television network information for all NASCAR sanctioned series races will be also announced at a later date.

Austin Cindric will look to defend his title at The Glen after winning his first Xfinity Series race in 2019, out-dueling 2014 Cup Series winner A.J. Allmendinger. Cindric has won the last four Xfinity Series road course races as Team Penske has captured four out of the last five contests at WGI.

With the exception of 2020 and 2002-04, Watkins Glen International has hosted a NASCAR Xfinity Series race each year since 1991. Only two drivers have won the 200-mile event four times, Terry Labonte and Marcos Ambrose. Joey Logano is the only driver to sweep the weekend at The Glen (2015).

The full 2021 NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series schedules can be found at NASCAR.com. For more information on Go Bowling at The Glen event weekend, visit TheGlen.com.

Seventh and eighth graders at Watkins Glen High School take a lap around the soccer field.

With sports out, informal activities take hold

ODESSA, Oct. 15, 2020 -- At Watkins Glen High School, dozens of students are taking part in after-school conditioning programs that involve sports -- soccer, swimming and cross country -- whose organized, competitive schedules were put on hold this fall by the Interscholastic Athletic Conference and Section 4.

At Odessa-Montour High School, an informal after-school gathering twice a week on the athletic field offers a chance for interested students to exercise while playing soccer.

In both cases, safety regulations are part of the operation, with masks mandatory.

At Odessa, the activity is overseen by O-M teacher and coach Burton Brewster, who said at this past Wednesday's gathering that it is open to soccer and non-soccer players seeking exercise, but that just seven to 10 students have been there for each of the first five sessions.

At WGHS, nearly two dozen seventh and eighth graders were running, doing calisthenics and learning soccer techniques Thursday under the eye of instructor and coach Ralph Diliberto. They meet twice a week, with a third day being considered. Older athletes participate in soccer some days, as well, in separate sessions under the guidance of teacher/coach Scott Morse. Beyond that, 10 swimmers were in the school pool Thursday, while eight runners were up on the State Park's cross country trails.

Photo in text: Five of the 10 students at O-M's sports activity Wednesday posed. From left: Gina Gavich, Hannah Nolan, Autumn Garrison, Lillian Betts and Tori Brewster.

WGI is back on NASCAR schedule in 2021

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 30, 2020 -- NASCAR will return to Watkins Glen International and New York State for the Go Bowling at The Glen on August 8, the sanctioning body announced as it released the schedule for the 2021 Cup Series today.

WGI's schedule for 2020 was upended by the coronavirus pandemic, with the Go Bowling at the Glen race moved to Florida as the Go Bowling 235 at The Daytona Road Course.

“We are beyond excited and ready to welcome NASCAR back to Watkins Glen International and the beautiful Finger Lakes Region,” WGI President Michael Printup said. “Our dedicated team has worked hard over the past few months in making sure the competitors, teams and fans can safely enjoy our world-class facility for the future. I know our fans can’t wait for NASCAR to make its return to The Glen in what has become a summer tradition for over 30 years.”

Schedules for the NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series 2021 seasons will be announced in the near future. In addition, start times and television network information for Cup Series races will be also announced at a later date.

Two-time defending Go Bowling at The Glen winner and NASCAR Most Popular Driver, Chase Elliott, will look to join four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon (1997-99) and Mark Martin (1993-95) as the only drivers to win three-straight Cup Series races at the 2.45-mile road course.

The full 2021 NASCAR Cup Series schedule can be found at nascar.com. Additionally, for more information on the Go Bowling at The Glen event weekend, visit TheGlen.com.

Photo in text: WGI President Michael Printup (File photo)

Athletes of the Week: Glen Gators Elites

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Sept. 21, 2020 -- With interscholastic athletics on hold until the new year, this website’s habit of selecting Athletes of the Week is also on hold.

Except ... except that the Glen Gators Elite Squad’s achievement -- swimming the entire length of Seneca Lake in segments over the past three weeks, culminating in completion Saturday -- begs further acknowledgment.

So this week, we honor as The Odessa File Athletes of the Week those nine Elite Squad individuals: Faye Mooney, Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez, Liam Smith, Georgia Michel, Madison Moss, Malina Butler, Megan Adams and Alannah Klemann.

They did a fantastic job. They showed us that determination and imagination can lead us to grand achievements, even in the midst of a pandemic.

Now, if it only inspires others to pursue alternative forms of athletics -- say intramurals. If the high school athletes compete, The Odessa File editor will try to be there, camera in hand.

Photo in text: The nine swimmers emerge from the water near the Watkins Glen Kayak Launch at the end of the final leg of their journey.

The Glen Gators Elite swimmers rise after reaching their Kayak Launch destination.

Glen Gators Elite Group swims final leg, reaches Seneca Lake's southern shoreline

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 19, 2020 -- Nine members of the Glen Gators Elite Squad completed the final leg -- about three miles -- of their Seneca Swim Challenge Saturday morning, a segmented journey that saw them swim the length of Seneca Lake from Geneva to Watkins Glen.

“This was a huge accomplishment,” said Gators Coach Jason Westervelt, noting that he wasn’t sure if the nine swimmers -- eight girls and one boy -- “realized how far it was” when they started out. “To my knowledge, this was the first time a team ever swam the entire length” of the lake, he added.

The idea for the journey came from Westervelt, who said it worked out so well that it might become an annual event. When asked its genesis, he paused, smiled, and said. “Why not, I guess.”

The nine, who concluded their swim at the Kayak Launch at the southeastern edge of Seneca Lake, adjacent to Clute Park, are Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez, Faye Mooney, Malina Butler, Liam Smith, Megan Adams, Alannah Klemann, Maddie Moss and Georgia Michel. Wilbur joined the group on the second leg after recovering from an appendectomy.

The group started the swim on Aug. 28, and then followed that periodically with a half-dozen more segments, ranging from three to six miles.

The water temperature Saturday was 66 degrees, and the air temperature when the day's swim started was 52. It warmed to the high 50s as the morning progressed, although a cold north wind made things a little more uncomfortable.

Waiting for the Gators at the Kayak Launch were family members toting binoculars and cameras. After the swimmers reached their destination, standing in the shallow water off the shore, they were handed hooded sweatshirts, one by one, with “Seneca Swim 2020” on the front and “40 Miles. No Pool. No Problem.” on the back. Each was also given a celebratory Glen Gators medallion by Westervelt.

All said they were chilled, and thus glad to get the sweatshirts and to leave the windy shoreline for a gathering in the parking lot at the rear of the Glen Harbor Marina. There, they presented various of their adult swim mentors with thank-you gifts, including one to Coach Westervelt: a sign that read “Coach,” signed by each girl, with “Gators Conquered Seneca 2020” written on the bottom edge.

“We worked with Mother Nature the best we could,” Westervelt said in a speech to the swimmers’ families, with the team standing alongside him. He pointed out the two seniors -- Wilbur and Adams -- and said: “I’m glad we could give this to them” in a senior year where the pandemic has postponed the high school girls swim season until spring.

What the nine did, he said, “was show you can accomplish just about anything despite the pandemic.”

He noted that one of the team members, Malina Butler, made the swim with a leg injury that prevented her from kicking. So she "pulled 90% of it, just using her arms."

“This was just amazing,” Westervelt said of the overall journey, telling the group: “It’s something you’ll be able to tell your kids and grandkids about, all the way through.”

What comes next is a matter of conjecture. Westervelt said he was planning to seek use of the Watkins Glen High School pool for swim training, taking his request to the School Board this coming week.

Photos in text:

Top: Swimmer Amanda Wilbur presents Coach Jason Westervelt with a gift from the Gators Elite group.
Second: The swimmers gather on a dock to retrieve some clothing from a boat.
Third: The present to Coach Westervelt: a sign autographed by the swimmers.
Fourth: From left, Gators Faye Mooney, Amanda Wilbur and Thalia Marquez, three of last year's Odessa File WGHS Athletes of the Year. The fourth, former teammate Peighton Cervoni, is now a freshman at SUNY Geneseo.
Bottom: Gator Maddie Moss dons a sweatshirt at the conclusion of the swim.

Burdett Fire Department Rescue Boat personnel keep an eye on the swimmers.

Left: Georgia Michel, flanked by parents Rob and Gina. Right: Swimmer Liam Smith.

The Glen Gators Elite Group nears the end of its Seneca Lake journey.

Left: Gator Faye Mooney exults at the end of the trek. Right: Alannah Klemann with her father Steve.

Left: Coach Westervelt with swimmer Malina Butler. Right: Gator Megan Adams.

The Glen Gators Elite Squad gathered after the swim to celebrate. From left: Faye Mooney, Alannah Klemann, Liam Smith, Thalia Marquez, Amanda Wilbur, Georgia Michel, Malina Butler, Megan Adams and Maddie Moss, with Coach Westervelt at right.

Section IV vote makes it final: no fall sports

SIDNEY, Sept. 15, 2020 -- The superintendents of school districts in Section IV made official Tuesday what the section's various leagues made clear last week, voting 59-10 to move all fall sports to the spring because of the risks of the ongoing pandemic.

The leagues voted independently last week to postpone the sports, with the Interscholastic Athletic Conference voting 12-7 Friday to do so. Those moves had followed one by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association to move football, volleyball and cheerleading -- sports deemed a "higher risk" than others amid the pandemic -- to the spring.

"After much League and Section IV discussions," the Section IV Athletic Association said in a statement, "in the interest of student health and safety and with financial concerns due to New York State aid to education cuts, Section IV member schools have voted 59 Yes, 10 No, and 1 abstention to postpone" fall sports until a start date of March 1, 2021.

In addition to football, volleyball and cheerleading, sports affected include cross country, boys and girls soccer, and girls swimming.

IAC votes to move all fall sports to spring

ITHACA, Sept. 12, 2020 -- The Interscholastic Athletic Conference voted 12-7 Friday to postpone all fall sports until spring.

The move follows a decision by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association to move football, volleyball and cheerleading -- sports deemed a "higher risk" than others amid the coronavirus pandemic -- to the spring.

Sports affected by the IAC vote are boys and girls soccer, girls swimming, and cross country. The move is expected to become cemented when Section IV weighs in with a vote of the superintendents of member school districts this coming week.

That outcome is expected because of reports that not only the IAC, but the STAC, MAC and other conferences, have opted to move the sports -- although official announcements have not yet been released.

Watkins Glen Athletic Director Rod Weeden said the IAC vote, and word circulating from other conferences, makes the postponement of fall sports "all but certain" pending the Section IV vote. And Odessa-Montour Athletic Manager Greg Gavich placed the odds at 98% likely that there will be no sports this fall.

Right now, Gavich explained, the NYSPHSAA "has set the winter sports season date as November 30. We hope to be able to meet that starting date, but that remains to be seen. The new fall season start date is March 1. A lot will transpire between now and then, so I have no idea what sports we will be offering during that season. Spring start is now April 19."

One Watkins coach, girls soccer's Scott Morse, weighed in like this: "It's heartbreaking, honestly. The kids will be devastated. I wish we hadn't had sign-ups as it gave them false hope ... I fear it will be a difficult couple of months for many kids. Athletics gives so many of them a purpose and a focus. It keeps them engaged in school and out of trouble. Mentally and emotionally, so many rely on sports. It's just very sad."

Weeden echoed that, saying he was opposed to the postponement for a number of reasons -- one being the fear that spring sports might not work out ... that "we could have done this much now. We don't know what tomorrow will bring. Tomorrow is not promised."

More than 100 students had signed up at Watkins Glen for soccer, girls swimming and cross country, "and now I feel like I'm disappointing them," said Weeden.

He said while some in the IAC voted for postponement "for safety reasons," he believed other votes were based on finances, as districts around the state face fiscal difficulties.

O-M School Superintendent Chris Wood said his school voted in favor of the postponement in order to give the district "more time coming back to see what happens with the infection rate and to get a better look at our budget numbers." He said the consensus among area schools was "Section IV was going to do this anyway, so why wait?"

Said Watkins Glen School Superintendent Greg Kelahan: "I will respect the IAC's vote and decision. We voted 'no' because we believe our facilities, our coaches, and our athletes are prepared to safely operate. I understand that every school has different things to consider and contend with that may have led to a different conclusion. It is certainly disappointing, but if anything, this year has taught us how to adapt and adjust to changing conditions. We will make the best of it and prepare for the upcoming seasons."

Photso in text:

Top: Watkins Glen Athletic Director Rod Weeden.
Bottom: WGHS girls soccer coach Scott Morse (File photos)

NYSPHSAA moves football, volleyball, cheerleading to March 1: 'Fall Season II'

ALBANY, Sept. 11, 2020 -- The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has decided to postpone football, volleyball and cheerleading -- all deemed sports with "higher risk" amid the pandemic -- to March 1, dubbing it "Fall Sports Season II."

None of the three sports were being planned this fall at either the Watkins Glen or Odessa-Montour school districts. The Watkins Glen School Board had, with the concurrence of O-M, opted to cancel football, a sport shared by the two schools with a team called the Seneca Indians. Watkins had also canceled cheerleading, while volleyball had remained in limbo across the state.

The move by the NYSPHSAA came as districts around New York await a decision on whether any fall sports will be held. Discussions in various sections have been ongoing, with Section VIII being the first to postpone all sports until January.

"Fall Sports Season II" can open with practices on March 1, said the NYSPHSAA, which recommended that the season end on May 1, although individual sections can adopt their own closing date.

Watkins Glen School Board backs sports as Section IV schools weigh a fall start

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 9, 2020 -- The Watkins Glen School Board at a meeting Tuesday night reaffirmed -- in unanimous consensus -- its continued support of an interscholastic athletics program this fall. It is awaiting direction from Section IV.

The Section’s Executive Committee is expected by Monday to relay a vote by school districts within its boundaries as to their preference: to move forward with fall sports on Sept. 21, or to delay until January, when all three seasons would be packed into the final five-plus months of school.

The Watkins School Board, said Superintendent Greg Kelahan, “is committed to moving forward if allowed by the state and Section IV.” That would include both varsity and modified levels of the three permitted sports: soccer, cross country and girls swimming.

When asked if the district might seek independently to pursue competition should Section IV opt out of fall sports -- such as against schools in the old Lakes Region league (Dundee, South Seneca, Romulus and Trumansburg) that folded in the 1970s -- Kelahan said “I’m not opposed to any kind of conversation, and I believe that’s true of the Board and the community.”

One problem with the Lakes Region idea, said Watkins Glen Athletic Director Rod Weeden, is a ruling from the state that might preclude such out-of-section contests until Oct. 19. In any event, he said, it’s unclear what the Section might say in the next few days, and what the result might be if districts within the section are evenly split on playing this fall or waiting until January.

One thing clear, he said, is a requirement that masks be worn in soccer, impeding the breathing of forwards who are constantly moving. Substitutions would be more frequent, he said, but that might be easier than in the past because of an influx of players who would otherwise have played football -- which was put on hold by the state and, in any event, was jettisoned by the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour districts this fall.

Weeden said he and the Board would like to see the fall season start on Sept. 21. He said youth sports conducted during the summer “went fairly well,” and that high school sports might do the same. Only by starting, he said, can the schools see if fall sports and, by extension, winter sports can be held safely and effectively.

“There are a lot of decisions to be made” in the coming days, he said.

Photo in text: Watkns Glen School Superintendent Greg Kelahan (File photo)

WGI to host Victory Laps, raising funds for R.A.C.E. Foundation; tickets online

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 3, 2020 -- Fans will get the opportunity to drive three laps at The Glen in 2020 as Watkins Glen International hosts Victory Laps, presented by Stoner Car Care, from September 25-27.

The laps will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $25 per vehicle as attendees can experience the twists and turns of the full 3.45-mile Grand Prix road course for three paced laps from the driver’s seat of their own vehicles behind an official WGI pace vehicle.

“We knew we wanted to find some way to provide our fans and the community an unforgettable experience at WGI in 2020,” Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup said. “The idea of the Victory Laps is a great way for everyone to still enjoy the ‘Best NASCAR Track’ while being safe, socially distant and raising money for a good cause.”

A portion of the proceeds will benefit WGI’s R.A.C.E. (Racing and Community Enrichment) Foundation, which supports local community organizations of the Southern Tier as well has healthcare heroes of the Upstate New York area during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tickets are available for advance purchase online only at TheGlen.com/RACE.

‘Stoner Car Care has enjoyed a long, successful history with Watkins Glen, both in racing our car and sponsorship at the track,” Stoner, Inc. President Rob Ecklin Jr. said. “We are pleased to be part of Victory Laps weekend in support of R.A.C.E. Foundation.”

About the R.A.C.E. Foundation

The mission of R.A.C.E. is to meet the needs of local underserved populations with a focus on youth-oriented support. A donor-advised fund of the NASCAR Foundation, R.A.C.E. uses a backing of a close-knit community to foster meaningful fundraising efforts, while leaning on support from the international racing family. More information on the Foundation is available at www.TheGlen.com/RACE.

Letter to governor, Section VIII decision cast doubt on start date of sports seasons

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Aug. 27, 2020 -- The future of high school sports in New York State took a turn toward uncertainty Wednesday when the New York State Council of School Superintendents asked in a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo that he delay athletics, while Section VIII put its sports on hold until January.

"Superintendents have put their plans out to the public and the vast majority are set for some level of in-person learning starting in a couple of weeks," the letter to Cuomo said. "Authorizing school athletics could jeopardize successful resumption of in-person learning for students." Instead, it suggested a delay, with three sports seasons packed into early 2021, from January to June.

Reactions from the Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen school superintendents reflected that uncertainty.

"We were all surprised by it," said Watkins Glen's Greg Kelahan about the letter, the "we" referring to his network of superintendents stretching from this region to Central New York, where he served before coming here. "That doesn't mean we're supporting it or not supporting it. But it would have been nice" if they had all been contacted about it before it was sent to the Governor.

"I'm of the belief," he added, "that interscholastic athletics are an important part of public education. I have to question how this will be a meaningful experience if athletes can't play games, but only practice" -- the situation with the highly popular sport of football.

Beyond that, there is the challenge of bringing "our facilities up to speed. We haven't used the pool all summer" because of the pandemic, and while the school has an artificial turf field for soccer, scheduling might call for some games on grass. "As you know, this has been a rough summer on lawns.

"I hate these last-minute dictates from on high. But we will adapt and adjust. We should put that on T-shirts: 'Adapt and adjust.'"

Despite the request by the State Council of School Superintendents, he said, "I don't believe the governor will go back on his directive. But we need some guidance soon."

The entire situation is "frustrating," he said. "I feel for the kids. They've been on a rollercoaster. A lot of them are driven by their athletic pursuits. Take that away and it's a hit to a child's confidence," and will affect performance in class. "And that drive extends to music and art and technology."

Odessa-Montour Superintendent Chris Wood said he understands the motivation of the State Council in seeking the postponement. It's because "there are still a lot of unknowns, a lot of questions."

For instance, he said, if -- as he's heard -- attendance at inside events will be limited to 50% of capacity, what happens at the O-M pool, where capacity is 84? That means 42 allowed, which might easily be taken up by the size of the two competing teams, and exceeded when coaches, timers and scorekeepers are added in. "What do we do then?" he said. "Do we ask some of the swimmers to leave, and what do we do with them?"

That's just one of many unanswered questions, he noted, since the state has offered no guidance to go with the decision to allow sports.

"The state issued a 145-page guidance document to open school," he said. "But there have been no pages -- zero -- on sports. We need to see requirements and plans. They have to put something in writing. Don't just say the school district should have sports."

And finances will play a role, especially if 20% of state aid is withdrawn throughout the school year, as feared. "If it's only 10%," he said, "that will loosen up some funds for athletics." But 20% creates serious financial issues.

Wood said the Governor's announcement last week reopening sports is not mandatory. For example, over in Section VIII, which governs Nassau County athletics, the county's council of school superintendents voted 7-0 in emergency session Wednesday to postpone sports until 2021, with three sports seasons played between January and June.

"It's the prudent thing to do -- wait until January," said Pat Pizzarelli, executive director for Sectiion VIII. "We know this will be a very unpopular decison, but it is the only one we can make at this time. We're unanimous in our feeling that we're just not ready. It's just not time to allow kids to play sports. My first and foremost concern is the safety of our student-athletes."

And according to an article in Newsday, a New York State Public High School Athletic Association meeting Tuesday of section directors held discussion of a possible sports delay, "and a number of section leaders were considerig it, according to several participants. Section I, III, IV and IX were said to be considering it."

Back at O-M, Wood said his district was neither committing to sports nor postponing them.

"I can't commit without more guidance," he said. "Our official position is we need more information."

Photos in text: Watkins Glen Superintendent Greg Kelahan (top) and O-M Superintendent Chris Wood. (File photos)

WGI updates its schedule for rest of 2020

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, August 11, 2020 -- As a result of the ongoing pandemic and its impact on the state of New York, Watkins Glen International has announced that the events of the Hilliard U.S. Vintage Grand Prix, September 10-13, will continue without fans.

The GT World Challenge America and Ferrari Challenge North America race weekends have been postponed until the 2021 season.

Ticketholders to the three racing events will automatically receive a credit for the full amount of their purchase, plus an additional 20% of the total amount paid in their WGI account the week of August 17. The credit can be applied to a future event in 2020 or 2021 at a NASCAR-owned track or towards the purchase of tickets at Watkins Glen International for 2021.

For more ticket holder options and information, visit www.theglen.com/assistance-svra. If a refund is preferred, requests are due September 10, 2020. The Glen team will be in touch as soon as possible regarding requests, but it may take up to 60 days from the original form submission date to process.

CMOG trophy awaits winner at Daytona

Special to The Odessa File

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., August 11, 2020 -- The winner of this Sunday’s (Aug. 16) historic first NASCAR Cup Series race on the world famous trioval/road course at Daytona International Speedway -- the Go Bowling 235 At The Daytona Road Course -- will win a special, one-of-a-kind trophy, produced by The Corning Museum of Glass.

The Go Bowling 235 At The Daytona Road Course is one of three events (along with NASCAR Xfinity Series race and ARCA Menards Series) to be held on the tri-oval/infield road course that are realigned races that were originally scheduled to be held at Watkins Glen International. The Gander Trucks event is realigned from Iowa Speedway.

Located just 20 minutes away from Watkins Glen International (NY), The Corning Museum of Glass has created the work of art especially for the anticipated inaugural premier series event on the heralded road course. While this will be the NASCAR Cup Series’ first visit on the trioval/road course, the iconic layout has been the home of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, North America’s premier sports car race, since 1962.

Traditional glassmaking methods were used on the 18” tall/4.5” wide prize, incorporating a blown glass cup that plays on the history of NASCAR (which began in 1948), “The World Center of Racing” Daytona International Speedway (opened in 1959), and Daytona Beach, the “Birthplace of Speed,” which dates back to 1903 when automotive competition began on the sands of the beach.

“Thinking about the history of the track and long-held traditions, I was reminded that historically, trophies used to be cups and have evolved into sculptural forms,” said Eric Meek, Sr. Manager of Hot Glass Programs at The Corning Museum of Glass. “We took this trophy back to a more traditional shape. Daytona is the most historical track, and in thinking about a trophy design for a race held in this storied location, I was transported back to the golden age of speed. I wanted to design something that felt like a bit of a throwback -- like it belonged in the era of streamline racers and the quest to go faster.”

The Corning Museum of Glass has partnered with Watkins Glen International to design a trophy for its NASCAR Cup Series races since 2012.

“Typically we have created a trophy that embodies Watkins Glen International and the celebrated region in which it resides,” added Meek. “It’s a design that The Corning Museum of Glass has perfected each year, made especially for the drivers who claim victory in Watkins Glen. It’s always exciting to be a part of something that so many people love, and we’re thrilled to continue the tradition this year at Daytona.”

A limited number of fans will get to see who takes home the glass piece in the Go Bowling 235 At The DAYTONA Road Course, which starts at 3 p.m. ET (NBC). The day will feature a doubleheader with the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, which gets the day started at 12 Noon (FS1).

NYSPHSAA delays high school sports start date, cancels fall championships

COVID-19 task force also presents plans if further delays are necessary

Special to The Odessa File

LATHAM, NY, July 16, 2020 -- The Officers of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) have voted to delay the official start date of the Fall 2020 sports season, cancel the Fall 2020 Regional and State Championships and prepare to implement a condensed season schedule in January 2021 if high school sports remain prohibited throughout 2020 due to COVID-19.

This decision comes at the recommendation of the NYSPHSAA COVID-19 Task Force when they convened as a working group for the third time Thursday morning.

“As the state considers reopening, it is unrealistic to believe athletic seasons can start on August 24th as originally scheduled,” said Paul Harrica, NYSPHSAA President. “The priority will continue to be on the educational process and a return to learning in the safest way possible.”

The NYSPHSAA Officers’ decision includes:
--Delay Fall sports start date until Monday, September 21st
--Cancel Fall Regional and State Championship events
--Waive seven-day practice rule
--Maintain current practice requirements
--Encourage geographic scheduling for games & contests
--Schools would have the option, if permitted by state officials, to offer off-season conditioning workouts.

“We recognize this is challenging for everyone, but the decisions made at the State level are based upon data and statewide infection rates all in an effort to stop the spread of COVID and reopen responsibly,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director. “At this time, Department of Health guidance presented on July 13th prohibits interscholastic athletics across the state. The Association will continue to follow state guidance and will work collectively with State officials to ensure high school athletics will start up responsibly in the future. As an association, we must be willing to be flexible and continue to explore all options with students’ safety as our main focus.”

With regional differences, schools and areas will be impacted differently by the COVID-19 crisis. At the discretion of the NYSPHSAA Officers and authorization from state officials, if the Fall sports seasons are further interrupted or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis (i.e. state official guidance, school closings, cancellation of high-risk sports, etc.), then a condensed seasons plan will be implemented.

The Condensed Season plan would entail the following, with the stipulated dates being tentative.

Season I (Winter Sports)
Dates: Jan. 4-Mar. 13 (Week 27-36; 10 Weeks) Note: tentative dates.
Sports: basketball (girls & boys), bowling (girls & boys), gymnastics, ice hockey (girls & boys), indoor track & field (girls & boys), skiing (girls & boys), swimming (boys), *wrestling, *competitive cheer.

* Because of the high-risk nature of wrestling and competitive cheer, those two sports may have to be moved to Season II or season III.

Season II (Fall Sports)
Dates: Mar. 1-May 8 (Week 35-44; 10 Weeks) Note: tentative dates
Sports: football, cross country (girls & boys), field hockey, soccer (girls & boys), swimming (girls), volleyball (girls & boys), Unified bowling.

Note: Weather will have an impact upon outdoor sports in some parts of the state in March and potentially early April. Girls Tennis moved to Season III.

Season III (Spring Sports)
Dates: Apr. 5-Jun. 12 (Week 40-49; 10 Weeks) Note: tentative dates
Sports: baseball, softball, golf (girls & boys), lacrosse (girls & boys), tennis (girls & boys), outdoor track & field (girls & boys), Unified basketball.

The NYSPHSAA Officers have the ability to adjust seasons with the authority granted within the NYSPHSAA Constitution which states: “Article IV, 2: A committee of officers in consultation with the staff shall have the authority to act on all matters not provided for in this constitution and bylaws, and on such emergency business as may arise between regular meetings of the Executive Committee.”.

A full report, including meeting minutes, will be released later this week. The next meeting of the COVID-19 Task

About the NYSPHSAA:
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association is a non-profit, voluntary, educational service organization composed of public, parochial, and private schools dedicated to providing equitable and safe competition for the students of its member schools. The organization conducts 32 championship events and governs the rules and regulations of high school athletics in New York State. Membership is open to secondary schools providing interschool athletic activities for boys and girls in grades 7-12.

Odessa-Montour's Preston Harris, left, and Paden Grover. (File photos)

Grover, Harris, Vondracek named O-M Athletes of the Year as awards bestowed

ODESSA, June 16, 2020 -- Odessa-Montour High School seniors Paden Grover, Preston Harris and Grace Vondracek were named Athletes of the Year Tuesday night during a Zoom presentation emceed by Athletic Manager Greg Gavich from the school.

Vondracek, a standout in soccer, basketball and softball, and Grover and Harris, standouts in soccer, basketball and track, were named recipients of the annual Harold Lynch Athlete of the Year Awards.

Winners of the prestigious Charles Martin Sportsmanship Award were seniors Sara Gardner and Derrick Lewis, while senior Cheianne Webster won the James Anagnost Memorial Award presented each year to an athlete who loves sports and is a great teammate.

Section IV Character Counts awards went to Kara Reese, JoLynn Minnier, Caleb Thomas and Brett Walters.

Coaches in the various fall and winter sports also appeared from their homes, revealing their teams' honors. They were:

Girls Soccer: Coach Burton Brewster named:
--Defensive Player of the Year: Camille Sgrecci
--Offensive Player of the Year: Hannah Nolan
--Coach's Award: Autumn Garrison
--MVP: Grace Vondracek.

Girls Basketball: Coach Greg Gavich named:
--Coach's Award: JoLynn Minnier
--Most Outstanding Player: Grace Vondracek
--Most Determined Player: Kara Reese
--Player of the Year: Sara Gardner.

Wrestling: Coach Bill Lindsley named:
--Rookie of the Year: Brandon Davis
--Most Improved: Dominick Fazzary
--Most Outstanding Wrestler: Josh Beckley

Boys Swimming: Coach Terri Brace named:
--Rookie of the Year: Brock Sgrecci
--Most Improved: Micah Brewster
--Coach's Award: Caleb Thomas
--MVP: Brett Walters.

Football: Coach Trevor Holland named:
--Russell Crainey Award: Jared Rumsey
--OM Indian Football Award: Dominick Fazzary
--MVP: Derrick Lewis and Gage Arcangeli

Cheerleading: Coach Trina Shepherd named:
--Most Improved: Destiny Daugherty
--Leon B. Williams Jr. Award: Marisa Alton
--MVP: Shania Austin

Girls Swimming: Coach Chris Betts named:
--Most Improved: Sarah Barr
--Coach's Award: Madison Moss
--MVP: Kara Reese

Volleyball: Coach Denise Day named:
--Most Improved: Marisa Alton
--Most Dedicated: Cheianne Webster
--MVP: Hannah Chapman

Boys Basketball: Coach Dan Stephens named:
--Player of the Year: Paden Grover.
--Coach's Award: Derrick Lewis
--Most Outstanding: Preston Harris

Boys Soccer: Coach Katie Taber named:
--Most Outstanding-Offensive: Preston Harris
--Most Outstanding-Defensive: Paden Grover
--Mike Davis Memorial Award for dedication: Brock Sgrecci

Boys Bowling: Coach Tom Strong named:
--Top Average: Eric Rumsey
--Most Dedicated: Wes Wade
--Most Improved: Austin Hoyt

Girls Bowling: Coach Tom Strong named:
--Top Average: Jana Arias
--Most Dedicated: Courtney Davis
--Most Improved: Hannah Barr

Photo in text: Female Athlete of the Year Grace Vondracek (File photo)

Watkins Glen High School senior Gabe Planty on the final stretch of his 3200 Meter run.

Planty sets new WGHS 3200 Meter record

ODESSA, May 16, 2020 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Gabe Planty set a new school record at 3200 Meters -- 2 miles -- Saturday morning in a run on the Odessa-Montour High School track.

Planty -- running only against the clock (no other competitors) and overseen and timed by WGHS Athletic Director Rod Weeden and a Trumansburg track coach, Neil DeRaiche -- set a time of 9:34.89, bettering a mark set several years ago by Matt Gill, who ran a 9:42.46 as part of an outstanding WGHS career.

Planty, paced in his race by two running friends from Corning, Jacob Drew and Dan Gahagan, also holds the school indoor 3200 mark of 9:21, a time he had hoped to eclipse outdoors.

"But I fell off quite a bit in the second mile," he said. Still, his time far surpassed his previous 3200 outdoor best of 9:44, set in his freshman year.

Planty, who has signed to run cross country and track at Syracuse University, said he will begin training under the SU program in a couple of weeks. Before that, he said, "I wanted to see what I still had."

And what did you have? he was asked.

He smiled, and answered succinctly. "9:34.89."

Planty has done most of his running recently on the Catharine Valley Trail -- "There aren't many people out there," he said -- in the absence of the WGHS track, which has been closed. He said he wants to try another distance next weekend. He first indicated a 5K run, and then said a 1,500 Meters race was appealing.

Drew, in taking turns pacing Planty with Gahagan, said during one break that MileSplit and other running organizations have been encouraging efforts like Planty's in the absence this spring of high school track meets.

Weeden further explained in a subsequent email.

"MileSplit has offered a way for track athletes to compete by submitting videos of their performance in a virtual meet called the MileSplit Virtual Classic," he wrote. "The meet is open for about 6 weeks. Student athletes have to submit video evidence to be placed on a national leader board. Once MileSplit reviews the video and approves it, it is an official record for that student athlete. Having an official or coach present to verify the run, throw or jump helps with the verification process.

"This opportunity was sent out to all WG athletes by me about a month ago. Students were told they could submit on their own or ask for help completing this submission. Gabe reached out that he was interested. I told Gabe we could not publicize this as it could bring people out and we could inadvertently violate the social distancing requirements. We also needed to find an open track, as our local track is closed. In order to make this an official record, I requested to be present and I also asked a second outside coach to come in to verify the time as correct on a second watch. I believe this will help with the Mile Split verification and support any issues with a record possibly being contested."

Hence the presence of DeRaiche. Also on hand, calling out splits, was Jeff Naylor of Elmira, a former Notre Dame cross county coach and Planty family friend who has helped Planty in his training for years.

Drew and Gahagan, noted Naylor and Planty, are emblematic of the running fraternity -- always willing to help their fellow runners.

"They're pretty tight," Planty's mother, Amy -- who was on hand to watch -- said of runners in general.

"It's a great sport," Naylor added. "Other runners love to help out."

Photos in text:

Top: Planty at the finish line, with his mother Amy and WGHS Athletic Director Rod Weeden visible in the background.

Second: Race pacer Jacob Drew, center, prepares to change places with Dan Gahagan. Both are friends of Planty's.

Third: Former Elmira Notre Dame cross country coach Jeff Naylor, a Planty friend on hand for the run.

Bottom; Naylor congratulates Planty after the record was set.

Left: Gabe Planty, left, paced by Jacob Drew. Right: Planty with his mother, Amy.

Red Cross Swim Program canceled

To the Editor, May 2020:

The Red Cross Summer Swim Program at Watkins Glen High School will not take place this summer because the school is closed, and because it would be impossible to maintain social distancing during instruction.

We share your disappointment!

It is essential that families continue safe swimming practices this summer. Remember to designate an adult to be the “watcher” for a 20-minute shift and alternate with other adults to avoid for fatigue and distraction. Wear lifejackets when boating and when swimming in unusual or unguarded areas.

We will continue our fundraising efforts so we are able to provide instruction in 2021!

Kate LaMoreaux and Nikki Chaffee
Program Directors

Left: Watkins Glen's Isaac McIlroy. Right: Odessa-Montour's Grace Vondracek.

Here, in an abbreviated school year,
are The Odessa File Athletes of the Year

SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 20, 2020 -- This has been a very different school year, obviously -- one which, in its shortened form, eliminated a full season of high school sports.

So now, when it's time to name the Athletes of the Year at the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour High Schools, as The Odessa File does every year with sponsorship by the E.C. Cooper Inc. Insurance Agency, the approach being taken is a little different, as well.

In two cases, there is little to distinguish between the performances of leading Athlete of the Year contenders through the first two of what normally would be three seasons.

So we are declaring co-winners in both instances-- a doubling of the honor, if you will.

In another case, we are declaring a single winner based on those first two seasons with an understanding that her best sport was yet to come in the spring. She has excelled in that sport for the past four years at O-M, and there was no reason to believe she would experience any dropoff.

And in one case, the award is going to four girls who were teammates on a squad that proved for the third straight year to be the best among Section IV Class C schools. Each of the four earned a First Team berth on The Odessa File's All-Schuyler All-Star team last fall.

The winners:

Watkins Glen Male Athletes of the Year: Gabe Planty and Isaac McIlroy.

Planty won The Odessa File Fall MVP Award for his cross country exploits, and in truth McIlroy could conceivably have tied for that honor after an impressive soccer season. The fact that Planty led his team to a sectional title swayed that decision.

Then the two of them did share the Winter Sports MVP award, Planty for his record-setting Indoor Track achievements, and McIlroy for leading the boys basketball team to the Section IV final.

Both had been looking forward to successful spring seasons, Planty in track and McIlroy in baseball.

Odessa-Montour Male Athletes of the Year: Paden Grover and Preston Harris.

Grover made Second Team on The Odessa File Fall All-Schuyler team for his soccer season, while Harris was First Team for the same sport.

The two flipped the script in the winter in basketball, with Grover earning a First Team berth and Harris Second Team.

Both would have competed in Track & Field, where each was impressive last year and were expected to be again this year.

Watkins Glen Female Athletes of the Year: The swimming quartet of senior Peighton Cervoni, junior Amanda Wilbur, freshman Faye Mooney and 8th Grader Thalia Marquez.

They, along with some talented teammates, were unstoppable on their way to the squad's third straight Section IV, Class C championship. The four, in fact, shared a pair of sectional titles in relay races.

Congratulations, girls, and thanks (from a journalistic fan) for all of the exciting postseason achievements.

Odessa-Montour Female Athlete of the Year: Grace Vondracek.

She was an Odessa File First Team All Star in soccer and a Second Team pick in basketball.

What was snatched away was an opportunity to excel once again at softball, where she is a talented pitcher and amazing hitter. Last year, for instance, she hit .700 and reached double digits in home runs, along with driving in more than 30 runs. She has been an All-Schuyler First Team pick in softball for four years, and was the Schuyler Spring MVP once.

Now, she earns what she has come close to winning in the past: the Athlete of the Year honor.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty.
Bottom: Watkins Glen's (from left) Amanda Wilbur, Faye Mooney, Thalia Marquez and Peighton Cervoni.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Preston Harris. Right: Odessa-Montour's Paden Grover.


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