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Watkins Glen wins Summer League title

WAVERLY, July 22, 2021 -- Watkins Glen won the Waverly Basketball Summer League Playoffs Wednesday by defeating Athens 57-43 in the championship game.

Watkins Glen, which had been seeded fifth after amassing a 6-4 regular-season record among seven other teams (Waverly, Athens, Candor, Mansfield, Towanda, Troy and Elmira JV), had won its first playoff game, topping No. 4 seed Mansfield 51-43.

It then advanced to the title game by topping top-seeded Waverly 44-40 in a semifinal. Athens, the No. 2 seed, had advanced with a 53-42 victory over No. 3 seeded Candor.

Members of the Watkins squad, coached by Watkins Glen High School boys basketball coach John Fazzary, included Owen Scholtisek, Cameron Holland, Travon Jones, Adam Pastore, Bryce Cady, Jacob Yontz, Mitchell Pike and Joe Sutterby.

Photo in text: The Summer League champs. Back row from left: Coach Fazzary, Bryce Cady (on crutches), Jacob Yontz, Adam Pastore, Mitchell Pike. Front row from left: Cameron Holland, Owen Scholtisek, Travon Jones, Joe Sutterby. (Photo provided)

CLASH triathlon fest set for Glen in 2022

Special to The Odessa File

SCHUYLER COUNTY, July 15, 2021 -- Calling all wine lovers, triathletes, cyclists, runners, families and more to the first Schuyler County-based CLASH triathlon festival weekend -- July 8-10, 2022 in Watkins Glen. Athletes are now able to register by clicking the link here.

All registered athletes will receive a FREE entry into what USA Today named the “Best Wine Festival,” the Finger Lakes Wine Festival, a value of $45.

CLASH Watkins Glen Event Weekend includes:

  • Friday p.m. | WineK (5K) run
  • Saturday a.m. | Age-group Triathlon Middle Distance (1.2 mile Swim, 50-mile Bike, 10-mile Run)
  • Saturday a.m. | Bike (50 miles) + Run (10 miles) Event
  • Sunday a.m. | Professional Triathletes Middle Distance

The triathlon will begin with athletes taking on a 1.2-mile swim in the southern portion of Seneca Lake, near the downtown. Water temperatures are expected to be mild at approximately 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit. A 50-mile bike ride is next with a point-to-point course that includes farmland, lake views and rolling topography. The 10-mile run will utilize the historic Watkins Glen International Speedway, allowing participants to cross the line and then experience the Finger Lakes Wine Festival at WGI.

“We are thrilled to have Watkins Glen International Speedway join the 2022 CLASH Event Series next July and we can’t wait to welcome these world-class athletes to our community,” said WGI President, Michael Printup. “Watkins Glen is situated in a historic and scenic area that will amaze participants during all three legs of the triathlon, and we know it will be special for the competitors and spectators alike to experience the track.”

“The Glen offers the most spectacular getaway with vineyards, waterfalls to hike, leisure canoeing and true glamping experiences that will make for a most memorable race getaway,” said Bill Christy, CEO of CLASH USA.

Course and elevation maps will be made available on clash-usa.com in the coming weeks.

To learn more about The Finger Lakes Wine Festival, visit Flwinefest.com. For more information on the 2021/2022 CLASH Event Series or register for another upcoming race, visit clash-usa.com.

About CLASH:

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Strikers U19 girls win four out of five

SCHUYLER COUNTY, July 14, 2021 -- The Schuyler Soccer Club Strikers' U19 girls team won four of five games in a recent stretch.

On Wednesday, June 30th the girls lost 5-1 to Corning United with Autumn Garrison scoring the lone goal. They came back roaring Saturday, July 3rd to win 5-3 over Corning United, with Tori Brewster scoring two goals and Autumn Garrison/Lillian Betts/Ava Kelly adding one apiece.

On Wednesday, July 7th they registered another win, 5-3 over Newark Valley, with Tori Brewster scoring two goals and Autumn Garrison/Lillian Betts/Jennifer Gublo adding one apiece. On Sunday, July 11th the girls had a shutout win over Taughannock, 3-0, with Autumn Garrison recording the hat trick. Finally, the girls won on July 13th, 4-3 over Newark Valley.

Their final game is Sunday, July 18 in Hector against Chenango.

Photo in text: The Strikers' Autumn Garrison prepares to send the ball flying. (Photo by Marissa Losey)

WGI, United Rentals forge partnership for NASCAR Camping World Series race

United Rentals Also Named the Official Rental Equipment Partner of NASCAR

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, July 8, 2021 – Watkins Glen International and United Rentals, the largest equipment rental company in the world, have forged an agreement on the entitlement for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Aug. 7. The official race name will be the United Rentals 176 at The Glen.

“As we bring the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series back to The Glen for the first time since 2000, it’s great to have United Rentals on board as the entitlement partner for the race,” said WGI President Michael Printup. “And we know United Rentals will work as hard for us off the track as the trucks work on it.”

NASCAR and United Rentals have announced a multiyear partnership that will designate the brand as the “Official Rental Equipment Partner of NASCAR” beginning in 2022. The wide-ranging agreement spans across the sanctioning body and NASCAR-owned facilities including NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race entitlements for the United Rentals 176 at The Glen and United Rentals 200 at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 30 and future spring NASCAR Xfinity Series events.

“We are proud to launch our new partnership with NASCAR, and can’t wait to be part of the action supporting the team at The Glen,” said Steve Szaniszlo, Region Vice President at United Rentals. “The return of trucks to this iconic venue promises to be a highlight of the race season.”

As part of the partnership, Watkins Glen International and other NASCAR-owned facilities will work collaboratively with United Rentals for access to rental construction and industrial equipment, supplies and tools and additional items for on-going facility maintenance and race and event preparations and support.

To learn more about United Rentals, visit unitedrentals.com.

The Glen will host its NASCAR Go Bowling at The Glen weekend, which will include the United Rentals 167 at The Glen, on Aug. 6-8.

Strikers win, lose and tie in busy week

SCHUYLER COUNTY, June 25, 2021 -- The past week brought mixed results for the Schuyler Soccer Club's Strikers teams.

A recap below tells of the games and outstanding players. A list follows of some upcoming games to finish out the season:

U10 Boys brought home a win on Friday night 6/18 in Athens, winning 6-4 with Saskia Dechow playing the whole game in goal. Landon Reynolds had 3 goals, Emmerich Koehler had 2 goals, and Zion Tomlinson had 1 goal. Saturday 6/19 brought a hard fought loss to Soaring Capitals, losing 6-2, with Izzy Gomez-Fitzsimmons playing the whole game in goal and Dominik Thomson scoring both goals.

U12 Boys brought came up with a tie on Saturday 6/19 vs. Chenango Chargers 3-3, with Landon Reynolds scoring all 3 goals and Moe Zinger and Breyden Seamon splitting time in goal. On Sunday the U12 Boys lost to the Soaring Capitals, 2-1, with Moe Zinger in goal the whole game and Max Sgrecci scoring the lone goal.

U14 girls brought home a win on Saturday 6/19 over Taughannock Squalls, winning 2-1. Ava Kelly and Olivia King had one goal apiece. On Sunday 6/20 the girls played hard in a 4-1 loss to BC United, with Olivia King scoring the lone goal. Natalee Oliver played in goal in both games.

U19 girls, playing down two players, still scraped out an incredible tie vs. Chenango on Sunday 6/20, 2-2. Tori Brewster and Lillian Betts had a goal apiece, with Lillian Ameigh holding down the goalkeeper position the whole game.

Upcoming games:

U14 Girls vs. Chenango Chargers, 6/27 @ 12pm
U19 Girls vs. Corning United, 6/30 @ 6pm
U19 Girls at Corning United, 7/3 @ 3pm
U19 Girls vs. Newark Valley Cardinals, 7/7 @ 6pm
U19 Girls vs. Taughannock Fire, 7/11 @ 6pm
U19 Girls at Newark Valley Cardinals, 7/13 @ 6pm
U19 Girls vs. Chenango Chargers, 7/18 @ 3pm

Photo in text: The Strikers' Tori Brewster, right, sends the ball flying in the U19 girls game against the Chenango Chargers. (Photo by Marissa Losey)

Garrison, Rumsey: O-M Athletes of Year

ODESSA, June 22, 2021 -- Odessa-Montour High School seniors Autumn Garrison and Jared Rumsey were named winners Tuesday evening of the school's Harold Lynch Athlete of the Year Awards, given each year by the school to a senior girl and boy.

Garrison competed in both basketball and soccer, while Rumsey swam and played basketball and football.

The annual Charles Martin Sportsman of the Year awards went to Brock Sgrecci and Jessica Carnes, whiile the Jim Anagnost Award was presented to Emilee Chaffinch.

Section IV Character Counts Awards went to Autumn Garrison, Jared Rumsey, Lillian Betts, and Brock Sgrecci.

Team awards were presented by various coaches in all sports, which were condensed this year by the pandemic into three short seasons.

Among the team MVPs or Players of the Year announced by coaches:

Football: Jared Rumsey
Boys Track: Josiah Lynch
Girls Soccer: Autumn Garrison and Lillian Betts
Boys Swimming: Brock Sgrecci
Girls Basketball: Autumn Garrison
Softball: Samantha Sipes
Volleyball: Emma Landon
Boys Basketball: Phoenix Parmenter
Golf: David Patterson

Some caoches had no MVP, but designated Outstanding competitors, such as in Girls Track, where Keyonna Garrison was the Most Outstanding: Field, and Tori Brewster was the Most Outstanding: Track.

Also on hand to distribute plaques awarded by The Odessa File was Editor/Publisher Charlie Haeffner. The File's Athlete of the Year plaques went to Hannah Nolan, Tori Brewster and Autumn Garrison, while plaques for being named to "The Magnificent Seven," or simply "The 7," went to those same three girls along with Lillian Betts, Megan Adams, Jared Rumsey and Camille Sgrecci.

Photos in text:

Top: Athletes of the Year Jared Rumsey and Autumn Garrison.
Bottom: Charles Martin Sportsman of the Year honorees Brock Sgrecci, Jessica Carnes.

O-M's Nolan earns 2nd Team All-State nod

ODESSA, June 21, 2021 -- Odessa-Montour High School sophomore soccer standout Hannah Nolan (right) has been named to the New York All-State Class C 2nd Team All-Star squad.

Nolan was honored after a season in which she scored 15 goals and registered 6 assists in 9 games. Her team was the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small School South Division champion and league co-champion.

Her performance also helped Nolan to the IAC divisional MVP honor, as well as an Odessa File Athlete of the Year Award along with soccer teammates Autumn Garrison and Tori Brewster.

Each year 1st and 2nd Team All-Stars are selected from each of the four class sizes in New York State.

All-Stars: Seneca Indians' Holmes, Fazzary

SCHUYLER COUNTY, June 17, 2021 -- Alex Holmes and Dominick Fazzary have been named Interscholastic Athletic Conference Division 3 First Team Baseball All-Stars in a vote of division coaches, according to a published report.

Named Honorable Mention from the Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen High School athletes -- were Daniel Lewis and Cameron Holland.

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Left: Watkins Glen's Owen Scholtisek closes in on a touchdown pass. Right: Odessa-Montour's Hannah Nolan sends a shot on its way.

Athletes of the Year

3 girls share honor at OM; a boy and girl share it at WG

SCHUYLER COUNTY, June 14, 2021 -- A handful of Schuyler County athletes stood out in the abbreviated high school sports seasons just ended -- seasons too short, perhaps, for others to develop and showcase their skills properly.

Condensed as the seasons were, and as rapidly as they seemed to end, five have earned the honor of Odessa File Athletes of the Year: three young women at Odessa-Montour High School, and a young man and young woman at Watkins Glen High School.

Odessa-Montour: The three honorees are sophomores Tori Brewster and Hannah Nolan, and senior Autumn Garrison.

Nolan and Garrison were standouts on the O-M girls varsity basketball team, and those two and Brewster were Interscholastic Athletic Conference First Team picks in a highly successful soccer season. Brewster then had an outstanding track season, culminating in a first place in the 100 Meters at the Section IV Showcase, in normal years the State Qualifier. But there is no State Championship tournament this year due to the pandemic.

Watkins Glen: The two honorees are junior Owen Scholtisek and freshman Thalia Marquez. Scholtisek produced stellar performances in both basketball and football, on teams that had strong, winning seasons. Marquez -- who shared this honor as an 8th grader, as well -- won four Section IV, Class C Tournament swimming events as her team surged to its fourth straight sectional title.

Photos in text: Watkins Glen's Thalia Marquez (top) and Odessa-Montour's Tori Brewster.

Odessa-Montour's Autumn Garrison sends a shot on goal. It found the net.

A mix of wins, losses for soccer Strikers

SCHUYLER COUNTY, June 14, 2021 -- The Schuyler Soccer Club's Strikers had several weekend games, as follows:

June 12: The U10 Boys lost 6-2 at Corning United. Landon Reynolds and Dominik Thomson had one goal apiece.
June 12: The U10 Girls vs. Cortland. Lost 7-1, McKenzie Wheaton had the lone goal.
June 13: The U10 Boys vs. Oneonta Avengers. Lost 7-0.
June 13: The U10 Girls at Taughannock Flames. Won 5-1. McKenzie Wheaton had 2 goals, Kasha Malysa had 2 goals, and Saskia Dechow had 1 goal. (This was their last game of the season.)
June 13: The U12 Boys at Oneonta Attack. Won 3-1. Brodie O'Connell-Campbell had 2 goals, Max Sgrecci had 1 goal.

Upcoming games:

U10 Boys at Athens SA Lil Kickers 6/18, 6:30pm
U10 Boys at Soaring Capital Cobras 6/19, 10am
U12 Boys vs. Chenango Chargers 6/19, 12:30pm
U10 Boys vs. Vestal Blizzard 6/20, 12pm
U12 Boys vs. Soaring Capital Explosion 6/20, 2:30pm
U14 Girls vs. BC United 6/20, 3pm
U19 Girls at Chenango Chargers 6/20, 3pm

Photo in text: Action in the U10 boys game on June 12. (Photo by Brooke Bennett)

Brewster wins 100 at Section "Showcase"

MARATHON, June 12, 2021 -- Odessa-Montour High School sophomore Tori Brewster won the 100 Meter Dash Saturday at the Section IV Showcase -- what would normally serve as a State Qualifier in other years. This year there is no State Tournament due to the pandemic.

Brewster, after qualifying first with a 13.02, ran to victory in the finals with a 12.73, ahead of Trumansburg runner-up Glenn Parker (12.96).

O-M's Keyonna Garrison also made the podium with a tie for 4th place in the High Jump. She cleared the bar at 4' 10".

In finishes involving Schuyler County track and field athletes:

Girls:

100 Meter Dash: OM, Tori Brewster, 1st, 12.73.
High Jump:
OM, Keyonna Garrison, Tied for 4th, 4' 10".
110 Meter Hurdles:
OM, Camille Sgrecci, 11th at 19.83.
4x800 Relay: OM, Katie Adams, Camille Sgrecci, Reagan Reese, Morgan Burnham, 7th in 11:45.93.
400 Meter Hurdles: OM, Camille Sgrecci, 14th in 1:20.78.
Long Jump: OM, Tori Brewster, 10th at 14' 11.25".
Triple Jump: OM, Keyonna Garrison, 13th at 30' 0.75".
Shot Put: OM, Ida Sidle, 8th at 29' 0".
Pole Vault: OM, Lillian Halpin, 10th at 6' 0".

Boys:

3000 Meter Steeplechase: WG, Balan Ault, 8th in 11:36.19.
110 Meter Hurdles: OM, Arden Heichel, 13th in 21.46.
400 Meter Hurdles: OM, Jed Lynch, 11th in 1:08.57.
3200 Meters: OM, Ben Campbell, 13th in 11:56.78.
Shot Put: WG, Ray Rider, 12th at 37' 7".
Pole Vault: OM, Josiah Lynch, 11th at 10' 0"; Tyler Saunders, 14th at 8' 6".

Photo in text: O-M's Tori Brewster (File photo)

Seneca Indians JVs: Hines no-hits SVEC

WATKINS GLEN, June 10, 2021 -- The Seneca Indians junior varsity baseball team closed its season with a victory Thursday, defeating Spencer-Van Etten/Candor 23-0 as pitcher Mike Hines threw a no-hitter.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen high school athletes -- played the game on the WGHS baseball field.

“So proud of him," said Seneca Indians Coach RC Holmes about Hines' achievement. "He only had to throw 61 pitches and had no walks. Proud of the team as well. We had a season low in errors and a season high in hits. The boys played baseball!”

Bradley Gillis and Aries Harler led the hit attack with two each as WG/OM amassed 20 walks.

“The boys had fun tonight and their play showed," said Holmes. "It was great to watch them tackle Mike and enjoy the moment. No-hitters are rare. Glad I was a small part of it.”

Photo in text: The Seneca Indians JV's Mike Hines delivers a pitch on the way to a no-hitter. (Provided)

Strikers return to action with busy week

SCHUYLER COUNTY, June 10, 2021 -- The past week brought back soccer for the Schuyler Soccer Club's Strikers teams after the Memorial Day Weekend.

After scoring a goal in their loss on June 5 to Corning United, McKenzie Wheaton secured the U10 Girls their FIRST WIN of the season over the Soaring Capitals with the winning goal!

The U10 Boys lost games to Waza FC on June 4, GBSA on June 5, and Soaring Capitals on June 8. Across the games Landon Reynolds had 2 goals and Emmerich Koehler had 2 goals.

The U12 Girls played hard in losses on June 5 to Oneonta, June 6 to Athens, and June 8 to Corning United. Across the games Aleah Ventra had 3 goals, Emma Lewis had 2 goals, Bailey Viehdeffer had 2 goals, and Michaela Wheaton had 1 goal. Assists went to Emma Lewis, Bailey Viehdeffer, Natilee Iszard, and Natlie VanSkiver. The U14 girls also suffered a loss on June 6 to Waza FC.

Coming up this weekend:

6/12: 10am U10 Boys Gold Team at Corning United
6/12: 10am U10 Girls vs. CCYSA Cortland
6/13: 12:30pm U10 Boys Blue Team vs. Oneonta Avengers
6/13: 12:30pm U12 Boys at Oneonta Attack
6/13: 3pm U10 Girls vs. Taughannock Flames

Photo in text: The Strikers U10 girls team. (Photo by Carolyn Harmer)

Brewster wins 4 events at Section IV,
Class D-3 Meet; O-M boys post 3 firsts

MARATHON, June 9, 2021 -- Odessa-Montour High School sophomore Tori Brewster won the 100 and 200 Meter Dashes, the Long Jump and the Triple Jump Wednesday at the Section IV, Class D-3 Track and Field Meet at Marathon High School.

Brewster ran the 100 in 12.64 and the 200 in 26.64, and leaped 15' 7.75" in the Long Jump and 32' 4" in the Triple Jump.

Ida Sidle (30 feet in the Shot Put) and Camille Sgrecci (1:20.30 in the 400 Meter Hurdles and 6' 6" in the Pole Vault) also posted victories, as did the 4x800 Relay squad.

In the boys competition, O-M's Jed Lynch won the 400 Hurdles in 1:09.44, while Ben Campbell won the 3200 Meter Run in 11:59.41 and Josiah Lynch won the Pole Vault at 9 feet.

The top two finishers in each event move ahead to Saturday's Section IV Showcase Meet at Marathon.

Second-place finishers for O-M included Sgrecci in the 100 Meter Hurdles, Keyonna Garrison in the High Jump, Lillian Halpin in the Pole Vault, Arden Heichel in the 110 Meter Hurdles, and Tyler Saunders in the Pole Vault.

Photo in text: Tori Brewster (File photo)

WGHS golfers finish 11th at Sectionals

MARATHON, June 8, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity golf team finished 11th among 12 schools competing Tuesday in the Section IV, Class C Golf Championships held on the par-70 Maple Hill Golf Course.

Luke Spahalski led the Senecas with an 88, while Georgio Fazzary shot 89. They were followed by teammates Daniel Ely (106), Andrew Hayes (108) and Ben Swinnerton (133) for a team total of 524 strokes.

Chenango Forks, led by medalist Ryan Locke's 74, won the sectional title with a 426 total, well ahead of runnerup Lansing's 461. Spencer-Van Etten/Candor was third with a 464, followed by Whitney Point (480), Unadilla Valley (488), Bainbridge-Guilford (490), Dryden (499), Tioga (514), Greene (515), Norwich (520), Watkins Glen (524) and Trumansburg (563).

"We had a good season," said Watkins Glen Coach John Fazzary, referring to his teqm's Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small School South Division championship. "We would have liked a little bit better result today, but everybody is back next year, so we have a lot to look forward to."

Spahalski, Fazzary, Ely, Hayes and Swinnerton are all juniors.

Watkins' Rider wins Class C-1 Shot Put

TRUMANSBURG, June 8, 2021 -- Watkins Glen High School senior Ray Rider won the Shot Put competition Tuesday at the Section IV, Class C-1 Track and Field Championships held at Trumansburg High School.

The top two in each event moved on to the Section IV multi-class meet slated for Marathon this weekend.

Rider registered a throw of 38' 3.75" to win the C-1 title. The distance was his personal best.

Watkins' Balan Ault, an 8th grader, also moves on after his runner-up finish in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase with a time of 11:48.69, also a personal best.

Other podium finishers Tuesday for Watkins were Nick Wilston, third in the Long Jump (20') and fifth in the Triple Jump (38' 9.5"); Jordan Avery, fourth in the High Jump (5' 8") and third in the 100 Meter Dash (11.53); and Breanna Carl, sixth in the 1500 Meter Run (6:00.75).

Other Watkins Glen finishes included a ninth place by Cale Sutterby in the 200 (26.18), an eighth place by Ross Pentz in the Discus (87' 2"), a 10th place by Briana Hayes in the Long Jump (13' 1"), a 12th place by Maggie Pentz in the Long Jump (12' 7.5"), a 10th place by Maggie Pentz in the Discus (64' 2"), and a 13th place by Hayes in the Discus (52' 2").

Photo: Ray Rider is flanked by coaches Kelly Sterner and Mat Mangus. (Provided)

Summer swim lessons set in Watkins

To the Editor:

Would you mind putting some information about Summer Swim Lessons on your website?

The swim lessons -- at the Watkins Glen High School pool -- will take place from June 28th through July 16th and will be Monday-Friday. There are 4 half hour sessions from 7:30-9:30. The swim lessons are for ages 6 months and up, and the cost is $30.00. There is a discount for larger families. Swim lessons are open to all Schuyler County families and the surrounding areas.

Swim lessons and water safety is so important for all children. Not to mention the peace of mind that parents have knowing that their child will be safe around water. We had to cancel swim lessons last year due to Covid and we are so excited to be able to offer them again. We are using an online sign-up this year. The link is below.

https://watkins-glen-summer-swim-lessons.jumbula.com/view#/home

Thank you so much.

Nikki Chaffee
Program Director

Seneca Indians JV loses to Waverly, 13-11

ODESSA, June 8, 2021 -- The Seneca Indians junior varsity baseball team dropped a 13-11 decision Tuesday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Odessa-Montour High School baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes -- were plagued by 10 errors.

"Waverly hasn't lost to an IAC team this year," said Seneca Indians Coach RC Holmes. "We had them on the ropes but committed 10 errors. You can't do that and expect to win."

JT Tuttle had what Holmes called "a break-out game at the plate" with two clutch hits and 3 RBI. Gavin Lohmeyer had a triple and double and "was all over the bases," while Brady Cannon had two hits and "was a machine behind the plate."

The Seneca Indians return to action Wednesday at Newark Valley.

2 WGHS tennis players earn IAC medals

NEWARK VALLEY, June 7, 2021 -- Two of Watkins Glen High School's varsity tennis players finished in the top three Monday of their respective divisions at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championships held on the Newark Valley High School courts.

1st Singles: Dylan Morse won the Bronze Medal, finishing third.
2nd Singles: Tim Clifford won the Silver Medal, finishing second

"The team played really well, with the doubles team of Faye Mooney and Alannah Klemann winning their first match before losing their second," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, adding:

"Dylan Morse and Tim Clifford finished outstanding seasons, placing in the top three of first and second singles among some very talented tennis players. It was a pleasure working with these players all season and watching them improve"

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Tim Clifford, left, and Dylan Morse with their medals. (Photo provided)

WGHS lacrosse team loses to Dryden

DRYDEN, June 4, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team closed its season Friday night with a 7-5 loss to Dryden in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Dryden athletic field.

"It was a good game," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson. "The Senecas possessed the ball more than Dryden, won more face-offs and were solid in the goal but just could not put the ball in the net."

Silas Farrell scored three goals for Watkins, while Nick D'Alleva and Seamus Mooney had one apiece.

"As a coach it was really tough to finish the season with another loss," said Watson. "I am happy with the effort put forth by the team and wish all the seniors the best in their future endeavors. This group of guys has been a fun group to work with and I will miss this in the future.

"The program is looking for more players, so if you are interested don’t hesitate to sign up or get in touch with any member of the team."

O-M relief pitcher Mackenzie Cannon prepares to throw to first after fielding a grounder.

O-M softball team falls to Marathon, 29-6

WATKINS GLEN, June 4, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team closed its season with a 29-6 loss Friday to Marathon in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game played on Watkins Glen High School's softball field.

The Indians, after giving up eight runs in the 1st inning, scored five of their own in the bottom of the inning, but Marathon pulled away after that -- scoring eight more runs in the 2nd inning, four each in the 3rd and 4th innings, and five in the 5th inning. O-M managed just one more run, in the 3rd inning.

The game was called after five innings under the so-called "mercy rule" that ends games at that point if one team leads by 15 or more runs.

Odessa got three hits, from Kyleigh Bates, Carly Thomas and Hannah Barr. The Indians also drew eight walks. Marathon had 22 hits, drew eight walks, and had three hit batsmen.

Kyleigh Bates started on the mound for Odessa, and was relieved by Mackenzie Cannon.

Photo in text: O-M starting pitcher Kyleigh Bates.

Left: O-M centerfielder Mackenzie Cannon makes a running catch. Left: A throw to second baseman Carly Thomas goes high as a Marathon runner steals second.

The IAC Small School South Division champion Watkins Glen High School golf team.

IAC Golf: Watkins takes division title as Union Springs wins tourney championship

HORSEHEADS, June 3, 2021 -- Watkins Glen High School's boys varsity golf team finished fourth Thursday in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championship tournament at Soaring Eagles Golf Course, and in the process clinched the Small School South Division Championship.

Watkins posted a score of 415 to finish behind Union Springs (358), Southern Cayuga (382), and Groton (412), but ahead of Tioga (fifth at 423) -- and that served as a tie-breaker for the Senecas and Tioga, who had tied atop the division in the regular season. By virtue of its finish Thursday, Watkins Glen wins the division.

Daniel Ely led Watkins Glen with a 95 on the par-71 Soaring Eagles layout -- the seventh best round of the day. Georgio Fazzary -- the Small School South MVP based on season stroke average -- shot a 101, while Ben Swinnerton posted a 109 and Luke Spahalski 110.

Joining Fazzary on the division All-Star First Team was Ely. Both Swinnerton and Spahalski earned Second Team berths.

Brandon Vanacore of Union Springs was the day's medalist with a 79.

Odessa-Montour finished last in the field with a 464 total, but one of its golfers, David Patterson, made the IAC South Small School First All-Star Team with a 101, the 15th best round of the day. His brother Benson shot a 109 for 24th place and a Second Team All-Star berth.

Other scores for O-M included a 125 by Eliza Starkweather and a 129 by Austin Hoyt.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Georgio Fazzary tees off on his first hole Thursday.

From left: O-M golfers David Patterson and Eliza Starkweather, and Watkins' Daniel Ely.

Trumansburg hosts IAC boys tourney

TRUMANSBURG, June 3, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen boys varsity track teams competed Thursday in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Boys Track and Field Championships at Trumansburg High School -- and each had some standout performances.

For Odessa-Montour:

--Gabe Williams was 9th in the 110 Meter Hurdles in 22.21
--Arden Heichel was 10th in the 110 Meter Hurdles in 22.22
--Jed Lynch was 6th in the 400 Meter Hurdles in 1:10.84
--Ben Campbell was 5th in the 3200 Meter Run in 11:36.80
--Jed Lynch was 7th in the Pole Vault at 8' 6"
--Tyler Saunders was 8th in the Pole Vault at 8' 6"
--The 4x800 Meter Relay squad was 6th in 10:10.9

For Watkins Glen:

--Balan Ault was 4th in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase in 11:56.07
--Jordan Avery was 8th in the 100 Meter Dash in 12.02
--Nick Wilston was 3rd in the Long Jump at 20' 2"
--Nick Wilston was 3rd in the Triple Jump at 40' 8"
--Ray Rider was 4th in the Shot Put with a throw of 36' 8.75"
--Jordan Avery was 5th in the High Jump at 5' 6"

The Seneca Indians' Daine Butler slides safely into home, barely beating the tag.

Seneca Indians fall to Marathon, 8-3

WATKINS GLEN, June 3, 2021 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team held Marathon in check for five of Thursday's seven innings, but Marathon scored five runs in the 2nd inning and three in the 4th to claim an Interscholastic Athletic Conference win, 8-3, on the Watkins Glen High School baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of WGHS and Odessa-Montour High School athletes -- led 1-0 in the 1st inning, but trailed from the 2nd inning on as they managed just four hits to Marathon's nine. Daine Butler had two of the four hits, while Cameron Holland and Ryan Willett each had one.

Daniel Lewis and Alex Holmes pitched for WG/OM, and together struck out nine Marathon batters while walking four.

The Seneca Indians will conclude their season Saturday at Johnson City.

Photo in text: Seneca Indians third baseman Dominick Fazzary prepares to throw to first base after fielding a grounder.

Left: The ball eludes the reach of Seneca Indians shortstop Alex Holmes. Right: A Marathon baserunner scores in the 2nd inning.

The Seneca Indians' Cameron Holland connects for an RBI double.

Left: Seneca Indians shortstop Daniel Lewis beats a Marathon runner to second base for a force out. Right: WG/OM left fielder Bradley Gillis makes a running catch.

WG/OM's Cam Elliott dives back to first base safely on a Marathon pickoff attempt.

Nolan MVP as IAC soccer All-Stars named

SCHUYLER COUNTY, June 2, 2021 -- Odessa-Montour High School sophomore forward Hannah Nolan has been named MVP of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small School South Division. The division All-Stars were selected by division coaches.

Nolan, who scored 15 goals in nine games, had plenty of All-Star company from O-M. On the First Team are O-M standout forwards Lillian Betts and Tori Brewster, midfielder Autumn Garrison and defender Camille Sgrecci.

Earning spots on the Second Team were O-M's Malia Mertens and Eliza Starkweather at midfield, and defenders Raven Lott, Ida Sidle and Reagan Bishop.

O-M's Tori Brewster, center, nears the finish line well ahead of the field in the 100 Meters.

IACs: Brewster wins twice, Garrison once

TRUMANSBURG, June 2, 2021 -- Odessa-Montour High School sophomore Tori Brewster won the 100 Meter Dash and the Long Jump Wednesday at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Girls Championships at Trumansburg High School.

Brewster won the 100 in 12.93 seconds and the Long Jump with a leap of 16' 4.75" -- an inch and a quarter shy of the school record held by Dana Roberts. She also finished 3rd in the 200 (in 27.53) and 5th in the Triple Jump (31' 0.5").

O-M's Keyonna Garrison also won, taking the High Jump title with a leap of 4' 10".

Among other top 6 finishes, O-M's Ida Sidle was second in the Shot Put with a throw of 31' 5.25"; Camille Sgrecci was sixth in the 400 Hurdles (1:17.79); and the 4x400 Relay team of Sgrecci, Reagan Reese, Katie Adams and Garrison was fifth (4:52.96).

There was no team scoring, nor is there at next week's Section 4 Class meets.

The boys IAC Championships are scheduled for Thursday at Trumansburg.

Photo in text: O-M's Ida Sidle competes in the Discus. She was 2nd in the Shot Put.

Left: O-M's Keyonna Garrison in the Triple Jump. She won the High Jump title. Right: Watkins Glen's Briana Hayes, left, and Maggie Pentz compete in the 100 Meters.

From left: Watkins Glen's Breanna Carl competes in the 1500; O-M's Tori Brewster after winning the Long Jump; and O-M's Reagan Reese in the 1500.

Odessa-Montour's Camille Sgrecci, left, and Sarah Strobel compete in the 400 Hurdles.

Watkins Glen's Brenna Pierce connects with the ball, but it resulted in a groundout.

O-M softball team tops Watkins Glen

ODESSA, June 2, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team won its first game of the season Wednesday, defeating intracounty rival Watkins Glen 21-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M softball field.

The Indians surged in front early, outscoring Watkins Glen 13-1 in the 1st inning. They added two runs in the 2nd and six in the 4th. The game ended after five innings under the so-called "mercy rule" that terminates a contest at that point if one team leads by 15 or more runs.

Mackenzie Cannon pitched for O-M, allowing three hits and walking three while striking out eight batters. Watkins Glen, in addition to its 1st inning run, scored one in the 4th.

Odessa-Montour amassed 15 hits and drew nine walks. In the 1st inning, the Indians drew eight walks and had five hits.

Odessa is scheduled to conclude its season Thursday at home against Marathon.

Senior Night: O-M's two seniors -- Emma Malnoske and Samantha Sipes, were honored in a Senior Night ceremony before the game.

Photo in text: O-M pitcher Mackenzie Cannon struck out eight batters.

Left: Watkins Glen third baseman Ava Barber leaps in vain for a line drive that went for a single. Right:The Senecas' Lois Hosley is tagged out by O-M pitcher Mackenzie Cannon in a play at the plate.

Left: O-M second baseman Carly Thomas throws out Watkins' Ava Barber after fielding a grounder. Right: Odessa shortstop Sam Sipes throws to first base.

Left: Watkins Glen second baseman Madyson Simpson fields a grounder. Right: O-M's two seniors, Emma Malnoske (left) and Samantha Sipes, were honored in a Senior Night ceremony before the game.

Seneca Indians JV team falls to Edison

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, June 2, 2021 -- The Seneca Indians junior varsity baseball team dropped an 11-6 decision Wednesday to Edison in a game on the Edison baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined squad of Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen high school athletes -- scored five runs in the 2nd inning and held the lead until giving up six runs in the 6th inning.

Their offense was led by a two-run double by Bradley Gillis and a two-hit day by Ryan Willett.

Seneca Indian pitchers Willett, Gillis, and Gunner Herman struck out 10 Spartans.

WG/OM is scheduled to play at Newark Valley on Thursday.

WGHS lacrosse team falls to Notre Dame

WATKINS GLEN, June 1, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team dropped a 20-2 decision Tuesday to Elmira Notre Dame in a game on the WGHS Alumni Field.

The Senecas got goals from Garrett VanOstrand and Seamus Mooney.

Watkins Glen is scheduled to play its season finale Friday at Dryden. Game time is 7 p.m.

Photo: Watkins Glen's Nick D'Alleva, left, battles for the ball, visible by his right toes, in a second-half face-off.

O-M softball team blanked by Edison

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, June 1, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team lost a 29-0 decision Tuesday to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Edison softball field.

Edison scored 11 runs in the 1st inning, and added nine in the 2nd, six in the 3rd and three in the 4th. The game was called in the 5th inning under the so-called "mercy rule" that ends contests at that point if one team leads by 15 or more runs.

O-M had one hit, a 1st inning single by Kelsey Bates, and drew four walks. One other batter reached base when hit by a pitch.

The Indians return to action Wednesday at home against Watkins Glen.

Watkins golfers edge Waverly, finish 8-2

WAVERLY, May 27, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity tennis team defeated Waverly 190-195 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-37 Shepard Hills Golf Club.

Ben Swinnerton led the Senecas with a 44, while Daniel Ely and Luke Spahalski each shot 48, and Georgio Fazzary and Andrew Hayes 50.

The win, in the team's final regular-season match, lifted the Senecas' record to 8-2, including 5-1 in division play, tied atop the standings with Tioga. Next up: the IAC Championships at the Soaring Eagles Golf Course next Thursday.

Watkins Glen's Emily Rhoads fouls off a pitch. She soon reached base and scored.

Watkins Glen softball team tops Newfield

WATKINS GLEN, May 27, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team won its first game of the season Thursday, defeating Newfield 15-11 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS softball field.

Brenna Pierce went the distance on the mound for the Senecas, striking out five batters.

The Senecas' offense was led by catcher Lois Hosley, who had two doubles along with a triple that almost went over the fence. Amanda Wilbur had three singles, while Ava Barber and Emily Rhoads each had two, and Natalie Edmister one.

Watkins broke the game open with eight runs in the 5th inning, overcoming a 10-5 deficit to take a 13-10 lead. The Senecas added two runs in the 6th while holding Newfield scoreless in the 6th inning and limiting the Trojans to one run in the 7th.

"Our ladies came together as one unit tonight and prevailed," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "It is great to see the progress our team has made this season."

The Senecas, now 1-9, conclude their season on June 2 at Odessa-Montour.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Brenna Pierce prepares to deliver a pitch.

Left: Watkins Glen third baseman Ava Barber throws to first after fielding a grounder. Right: The Senecas' shortstop, Kara Sheesley, catches a pop fly.

Glen lacrosse team falls to Seton, 16-6

BINGHAMTON, May 27, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team dropped a 16-6 decision Thursday to Seton Catholic High School in a game on the Seton athletic field.

"Connor Novinsky played a great game in the goal," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson, whose team got three goals from Garrett VanOstrand and one each from Seamus Mooney, Silas Farrell and Nick D'Alleva. Mooney, he added, "dominated the face offs" while Matt Irwin, Boyd Barber, Thomas Field, and Ethan Day turned in "solid performances on defense."

Watson said that "little errors keep hurting our performance; dropped balls, passing speed, and not catching the pass are causing turnovers. The defense for Watkins has been constantly improving over this season, and we have been able to slow down the opposing offense."

The Senecas return to action Tuesday at home against Elmira Notre Dame.

Watkins tennis team closes with a win

WATKINS GLEN, May 27, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team ended its regular season Thursday with a 4-1 victory over Southern Cayuga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the WGHS tennis courts.

The Senecas (2-6) got wins from Dylan Morse in 1st Singles, 6-1, 6-1; Tim Clifford in 2nd Singles, 6-0, 6-1; Noah Gardner in 3rd Singles, 7-5, 6-3; and Faye Mooney and Alannah Klemann in 1st Doubles, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4). The team lost only in 4th Singles.

"The team played really well today," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "It has been fun watching them learn and improve every day."

The season will conclude with the IAC Tournament on June 2.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen 1st Singles player Dylan Morse returns a Southern Cayuga volley

Left: Watkins Glen's Tim Clifford sends a shot over the net. Right: The ball barely eludes the Senecas' Alannah Klemann in the 1st Doubles match.

Glen tracksters compete; Wilston tops 21 ft.

DUNDEE, May 26, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls and boys track teams competed Wednesday in a meet against Bradford and Dundee on the Dundee High School athletic field.

The meet, hampered by rain and thus with a limited number of events completed, included the following finishes for Watkins Glen athletes:

Girls Long Jump: 3rd, Briana Hayes, 13' 9.5"
Girls Discus: 3rd, Briana Hayes, 54' 5"; 4th, Maggie Pentz, 51' 8"
Boys Long Jump: 1st, Nick Wilston, 21' 1" (personal best); 5th, John Abidhanathar, 15' 5"
Boys Triple Jump: 3rd, John Abidhanathar, 30' 2"
Boys Shot Put: 5th, Ross Pentz, 27' 2"
Boys Discus: 3rd, Ross Pentz, 96' 7"
Steeplechase: 2nd, Balan Ault, 12:50.2

Odessa-Montour's Gina Gavich, left, hands the baton to Camille Sgrecci in the 4x800.

Brewster wins 4 events as O-M hosts IAC Division Meet; league meet next at Tburg

ODESSA, May 25, 2021 -- Odessa-Montour hosted the Interscholastic Athletic Conference South Small Schools Divisional Meet Tuesday -- an event interrupted by thunder and a rainstorm, but completed after the sky cleared.

The event was a lead-in to the IAC Championships next week at Trumansburg-- with the girls competing on Wednesday, June 2, and the boys on Thursday, June 3.

The team non-scoring divisional meet featured athletes from Newfield, Tioga, Spencer-Van Etten, Edison and Odessa-Montour, competing on O-M's Charles Martin Field. And O-M came away with a number of first-place finishes -- led by Tori Brewster's four victories, in the 100 Meters, the Long Jump, the Triple Jump, and the 400 Meters (where she was a half-second off Ashley Bryington's school record).

There were also individual wins by Ida Sidle, Camille Sgrecci, Keyonna Garrison, Arden Heichel and Jed Lynch, and a couple of girls relay victories -- both of which involved Sgrecci, Reagan Reeee and Morgan Burnham.

There were a number of personal records by the O-M girls. They included a 14:37.8 in the 3000 by Gina Gavich; a 1:32.6 in the 400 Hurdles by Sarah Strobel; a 6:38.4 in the 1500 by Reagan Reese; a 22' 3" Shot Put by Reese; a 57' 10.5" discus throw by Sarah Barr, a 27' 2" leap in the Triple Jump by Lillian Halpin, and a 46' 8.25" discus throw by Maya Moser.

The top O-M finishes included:

Girls Track & Field:

4x800: 1st, Morgan Burnham, Reagan Reese, Gina Gavich, Camille Sgrecci, 12:23.8
100 Meters: 1st, Tori Brewster, 12.5
400 Meters: 1st, Tori Brewster, 1:02.6; 3rd, Katie Adams, 1:13.9
Shot Put: 1st, Ida Sidle, 31' 7"
Discus: 2nd, Ida Sidle, 63' 7.5"
Long Jump: 1st, Tori Brewster, 15' 10.5"; 2nd, Keyonna Garrison, 13' 4.5"
Triple Jump: 1st, Tori Brewster, 31' 0"; 3rd, Keyonna Garrison, 28' 5.5"
400 Hurdles: 3rd, Camille Sgrecci, 1:18.4
4x400: 1st, Morgan Burnham, Reagan Reese, Camille Sgrecci, Katie Adams, 4:59.2.
High Jump: 1st, Keyonna Garrison, 4' 8"
Pole Vault: 1st, Camille Sgrecci, 7' 6"

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Tori Brewster, foreground, on the way to victory in the 100 Meters.
Bottom: Odessa's Ida Sidle after winning the Shot Put with a personal best of 31' 7".

Odessa-Montour's Jed Lynch crosses the finish line first in the 400 Meter Hurdles.

Boys Track & Field:

4x800: 2nd, John Gillis, Ben Campbell, Phoenix Parmenter, Mark Waterman, 9:57.5
110 Hurdles: 1st, Arden Heichel, 21.0; 2nd, Brandon Davis, 21.8; 3rd, Jed Lynch, 21.9
400 Hurdles: 1st, Jed Lynch, 1:11.0
3200 Meters: 2nd, Ben Campbell, 12:13.8
Shot Put: 3rd, Joshua Beckley, 30' 11"
Pole Vault: 2nd, Josiah Lynch, 9' 0"; 3rd, Jed Lynch, 8' 6"

Left: O-M's Arden Heichel, left, on the way to winning the 110 Hurdles. Teammate Gabe Williams is in the background. Right: O-M's Phoenix Parmenter competes in the 800.

And other photos:

From left: O-M's Joshua Beckley in the 3200, Lillian Halpin in the Triple Jump, and Morgan Burnham in the 4x800 Relay.

Left: O-M's Camille Sgrecci clears a hurdle in the 400 Meter Hurdles. Right: The Indians' Sarah Strobel competes in the 100 Meter Hurdles.

Left: O-M's Mark Waterman, right, starts the final leg of the 4x800 after Phoenix Parmenter, left, handed him the baton. Right: Keyonna Garrison soars in the Triple Jump.

From left: O-M's Ben Campbell and John Gillis in the 4x800 Relay, and Gina Gavich on the way to a personal best in the 3000 Meters.

Left: O-M's Tori Brewster lands in the Triple Jump pit. She won the event. Right: The Indians' Reagan Reese competes in the 4x800 Relay, which her team won.



WG lacrosse team falls to Whitney Point

WHITNEY POINT, May 25, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team dropped a 9-4 decision Tuesday to Whitney Point in a game on the Whitney Point athletic field.

Matt Irwin scored two goals for the Senecas, while Nick D'Alleva and Seamus Mooney had one apiece. Mooney also had an assist. And "Connor Novinsky once again had a great game in the goal," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson, who added:

"I know the season doesn't look that great on paper, but these guys have made some noticeable progress. The overall effort and commitment of the team is improving, and we are looking forward to the next few games."

Seneca Indians JV tops SVEC, 11-8

SPENCER, May 25, 2021 -- The Seneca Indians junior varsity baseball team overcame an early 3-run deficit Tuesday to defeat Spencer-Van Etten/Candor 11-8 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the S-VE baseball field.

The Seneca Indians, a combined squad of Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen High School athletes, gave up three 1st inning runs before responding with five runs in a 2nd inning rally led by a Bradley Gillis bases loaded triple. They never trailed again.

Brady Cannon and Aries Harler each had two hits for WG/OM, while Gavin Lohmeyer and JT Tuttle each had one. Gillis, Lohmeyer and Ryan Willett pitched, combining for 14 strikeouts.

The Seneca Indians' next game is Thursday at Odessa-Montour against Tioga.

Seneca Indians top Whitney Point, 16-5

WHITNEY POINT, May 24, 2021 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team won its second game in three days Monday, defeating Whitney Point 16-5 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Whitney Point baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined squad of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high school athletes -- led 3-0 after two innings. After the home team scored twice in the 3rd inning, WG/OM responded with four runs in the 4th to build a 7-2 lead.

Whitney Point pulled within 9-5 through six innings, but the Seneca Indians scored seven times in the 7th inning to secure the victory.

WG/OM registered eight hits -- two by Daniel Lewis and one each by Dominick Fazzary, Adam Pastore, Cayden Confer, Cam Elliott, Alex Holmes and Casey Keyes.

Lewis pitched one-hit ball through five innings to earn the win, striking out 10 batters and walking four. Whitney Point was aided by nine WG/OM errors, while making six of its own.

Watkins softball team falls to Edison

WATKINS GLEN, May 24, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team was limited to one hit Monday as it dropped a 16-0 decision to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS softball field.

The lone hit was by Jenna Solomon. Beyond that, said Coach Ralph Diliberto, "we had a lot of bright spots. In the outfield, Solomon and Amanda Wilbur made a lot of great catches, and the infield played well together today."

In her first outing as pitcher, "Brenna Pierce had a nice steady game," said Diliberto. "Edison is a great team, and scored runs by hitting the gaps multiple times."

The game was ended after five innings under the so-called "mercy rule," in which play is terminated at that point if one team leads by 15 or more runs.

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Odessa-Montour.

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Senior Night: The three seniors on the Watkins Glen squad -- Natalie Edmister, Amanda Wilbur and Madyson Simpson -- were honored in a pre-game Senior Night ceremony on the infield.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen pitcher Brenna Pierce throws out an Edison batter by firing to first base after fielding a grounder.

From left: Watkins Glen shortstop Kara Sheesley, third baseman Ava Barber and centerfielder Jenna Solomon make defesnive plays against Edison.

The three seniors on the Watkins Glen softball team were honored in a pregame Senior Night ceremony. From left: Natalie Edmister, Amanda Wilbur and Madyson Simpson.

WG track team competes at Division meet

NEWARK VALLEY, May 24, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity track and field team competed in Monday's Interscholastic Athletic Conference Divisional Meet on the Newark Valley High School athletic field.

Watkins Glen registered two first-place finishes -- by Jordan Avery in the High Jump and Nick Wilston in the Triple Jump. Top finishes for the Senecas included:

Girls:

100 Meter Hurdles: 4th, Maggie Pentz, 20.9
Discus: 4th, Briana Hayes, 52' 8"

Boys:

100 Meters: 2nd, Jordan Avery, 11.9; 4th, Cale Sutterby, 12.7
1600 Meters: 4th, Johnny VanScoyk, 5:32.3
200 Meters: 4th, Cale Sutterby, 26.2
Shot Put: 2nd, Ray Rider, 37' 3"
Discus: 4th, Ross Pentz, 87' 5"
High Jump: 1st, Jordan Avery, 5' 8"
Long Jump: 2nd, Nick Wilston, 19' 8"
Triple Jump: 1st, Nick Wilston, 40' 3.25"

Watkins tennis team loses to Waverly

WAVERLY, May 24, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team dropped a 3-2 decision Monday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Waverly High School tennis courts.

The Senecas (1-6) got wins from Dylan Morse in 1st Singles, 6-1, 6-0, and from Tim Clifford in 2nd Singles, 6-0, 6-0. Losses were sustained by Noah Gardner in 3rd Singles, Sydney Brubaker in 4th Singles, and Faye Mooney and Alannah Klemann in 1st Doubles.

"With everyone back today, we lost another close match," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "We have Southern Cayuga home on Wednesday, then the IAC tournament on June 2 to end the season."

Strikers soccer teams have mixed results

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 24, 2021 -- It was another busy weekend for the various Schuyler Soccer Club teams.

The results for the Strikers were mixed, with the U10 teams sustaining losses, the U14 girls losing, and the U12 boys splitting two games.

The U10 Boys played hard in three games. Friday brought a 7-0 loss to Taughannock, Saturday a 7-1 loss to Oneonta, and Sunday a 6-1 loss to Athens. Both goals were scored by Dominik Thomson, with assists coming from Zion Tomlinson and Lucas VanSkiver. Izzy Gomez, Levi Brown, and Callan Schamel were the goalies.

The U10 girls lost to Cortland 4-0 on Saturday, with McKenzie Wheaton, Allyson Oliver, and Kasha Malysa splitting time in goal. The U14 Girls played Cortland Saturday as well, losing 3-2, with Skye Honrath scoring both goals with an assist from Olivia VanSkiver. Jenn Gublo was in goal.

Finally, the U12 Boys had two games, losing 2-1 on Saturday to Cortland and winning Sunday 3-0 over Taughannock. Evvie Zinger recorded the lone goal on Saturday unassisted. Emmerich Koehler had two goals on Sunday with assists from Joshua Powers and Moe Zinger, and Max Sgrecci had one goal unassisted. Moe Zinger was the goalie for the match on Saturday and Breyden Seamon for the match on Sunday.

After taking the Memorial Day Weekend off from games, action will resume the next weekend:

Friday June 4th, U10 Boys at BC United WAZA FC, 6pm
Friday June 4th, U10 Girls at Hiawatha, 6:30pm
Saturday June 5th, U10 Boys at Athens, 10am
Saturday June 5th, U12 Girls vs. Chenango Chargers in Hector, 10am
Saturday June 5th, U10 Boys at GBSA GBFC, 12:30pm
Saturday June 5th, U10 Girls at Corning United, 12:30pm
Sunday June 6th, U10 Boys vs. Oneonta Avengers, 10am
Sunday, June 6th, U14 Girls at VC United WAZA FC, 11:30am
Sunday June 6th, U19 Girls at Corning United, 12pm
Sunday June 6th, U10 Girls vs. Soaring Capitals, 12:30pm
Sunday June 6th, U12 Girls at Athens, 1pm

Photos in text:

Top: Emmerich Koehler, right, scored two goals on Sunday in the U12 game.
Bottom: The Taughannock goalie gets to the ball just in time against Schuyler.

The Seneca Indians' Cayden Confer connects for a 1st inning RBI single.

Seneca Indians defeat Notre Dame, 5-2

WATKINS GLEN, May 22, 2021 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team -- behind the 5-hit pitching of Alex Holmes -- defeated Elmira Notre Dame 5-2 Saturday afternoon in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Watkins Glen High School baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined squad of WGHS and Odessa-Montour High School athletes -- scored all of their runs in the first two innings, and then held off the Crusaders.

Notre Dame scored its first run in the 1st inning, but a rundown play where Seneca Indians catcher Daniel Lewis tagged out a Notre Dame runner caught off third base short-circuited any further potential damage.

WG/OM scored twice in the 1st inning on three walks, a hit batsman, a passed ball that allowed one run to score, and an RBI single by Cayden Confer.

It then scored three times in the 2nd inning, the key blow there a 2 RBI pop single to right by Lewis. That was set up by a couple of Notre Dame errors, a single by Cameron Holland, a walk and a wild pitch.

Holmes, who retired the Crusaders in order in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings, yielded a run in the 5th on a base hit and two Seneca Indians errors. The Crusaders opened the 6th with a base hit, but Holmes retired the next three batters that inning, plus the first two in the 7th. Then, after yielding a walk, he closed out the game with his seventh strikeout.

The Seneca Indians registered eight hits, including two each by Dominick Fazzary and Lewis, and one each by Holland, Adam Pastore, Confer and Cam Elliott. Lewis had 2 RBIs, while Pastore and Confer had one each.

The Seneca Indians return to action Monday at Whitney Point.

Senior Night: The three seniors on the Seneca Indians -- Anthony Recauter-Minnelli, Mike Benway and Cam Elliott -- were honored in a pre-game Senior Night ceremony.

Photos in text:

Top: Seneca Indians pitcher Alex Holmes delivers against Notre Dame.
Bottom: WG/OM's Dominick Fazzary is out trying to steal second base in the 6th inning.

Left: The Seneca Indians' Adam Pastore steals second base. Right: WG/OM second baseman Daine Butler throws to first base after fielding a grounder.

The Seneca Indians' seniors were honored. From left: Cam Elliott,
Mike Benway and Anthony Ricauter-Minnelli. (Photos provided)

Seneca Indians catcher Daniel Lewis, left, chases a Notre Dame player caught off third base. Lewis caught up to him and tagged him out in the 1st inning play.

Watkins Glen's Nick Wilston lands in the Long Jump pit on the way to a 1st-place finish.

Track: Watkins boys top ND; girls lose

WATKINS GLEN, May 21, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity track team defeated Elmira Notre Dame Friday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the WGHS Alumni Field. The Watkins girls lost.

Boys: Watkins Glen 71,
Notre Dame 38

Watkins Glen had its best finishes as follows:

4x800: 1st, Ray Rider, Aidan Maphis, Cale Sutterby, JohnnyVanScoyk, 12:27.9
100 Meters: 1st, Jordan Avery, 11.6; 2nd, John Abidhanathar, 12.6; 3rd, Ray Rider, 12.8
1600 Meters: 2nd, Balan Ault, 5:49.3; 3rd, Johnny VanScoyk, 5:54.7
400 Hurdles: 1st, Johnny VanScoyk, 1:24.5
800 Meters: 2nd, Balan Ault, 2:58.1
200 Meters: 1st, Cale Sutterby, 26.4
3200 Meters: 1st, Aidan Maphis, 14:11.4
4x400: 1st, Chris Stevens, Ross Pentz, Shea Young, Balan Ault, 5:23.6
Shot Put: 1st, Ray Rider, 35' 11"; 2nd, Ross Pentz, 27' 1.75"
Discus: 1st, Ross Pentz, 87' 10"; 2nd, Ray Rider, 85' 8"
Long Jump: 1st, Nick Wilston, 20' 7.75"; 3rd, Cale Sutterby, 15' 2"
Triple Jump: 1st, Nick Wilston, 40'; 2nd, John Abidhanathar, 32' 11"
High Jump: 1st, Jordan Avery, 5' 6"

Girls: Notre Dame 71, Watkins Glen 24

Watkins Glen, heavily outnumbered by the Crusaders, had its best finishes as follows:

1500 Meters: 2nd, Breanna Carl, 6:04.6
400 Hurdles: 1st, Breanna Carl, 1:28.6
Shot Put: 2nd, Maggie Pentz, 19' 11"; 3rd, Briana Hayes, 19' 0.75"
Discus: 2nd, Maggie Pentz, 54' 4"; 3rd, Briana Hayes, 52'
Long Jump: 1st, Briana Hayes, 12' 8.5"; 2nd, Maggie Pentz, 11' 8.25"

Senior Night: The five seniors on the WGHS boys and girls teams were honored in a pre-meet Senior Night ceremony. The five are Cale Sutterby, Nick Wilston, Jordan Avery, Ray Rider and Briana Hayes.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Jordan Avery on the way to winning the 100.
Bottom: The Senecas' Breanna Carl en route to second place in the 1500.

Left: Watkins Glen's Maggie Pentz, who placed 2nd in the Discus. Right: The Senecas' Briana Hayes, right, competes in the 100. She won another event: the Long Jump.

Watkins Glen's Cale Sutterby, left, hands the baton to Johnny VanScoyk in the 4x800.

The track team seniors were honored before the meet. From left: Cale Sutterby, Nick Wilston, Jordan Avery, Coach Kelly Sterner, Briana Hayes and Ray Rider. (Provided)

Watkins lacrosse team falls to Elmira

ELMIRA, May 21, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team dropped a 18-4 decision Friday to Elmira High School in a non-league road contest.

Nick D'Alleva scored two goals for the Senecas, while Garrett VanOstrand and Silas Farrell scored one apiece.

Watkins golf team tops Trumansburg

WATKINS GLEN, May 20, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity golf team defeated Trumansburg 188-197 Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Georgio Fazzary led the Senecas with a 40, while Ben Swinnerton shot a 48, Luke Spahalski 49, Daniel Ely 51, and Andrew Hayes 53.

The Senecas, now 7-2 overall and 5-1 in division play, are scheduled to meet Waverly on the road Wednesday.

Watkins Glen's Faye Mooney sends a shot over the net in Thursday's action.

Watkins tennis team tops Moravia, 3-2

WATKINS GLEN,May 20, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team posted its first victory of the season Thursday by defeating Moravia 3-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the WGHS tennis courts.

Tim Clifford won his No. 1 Singles match 6-0, 6-1, while Noah Gardner won 2nd Singles 6-3, 7-5 and Faye Mooney won 4th Singles 6-2, 6-0. Sydney Brubaker (3rd Singles) and the 1st Doubles team of Victoria Bantin and Alannah Klemann lost their matches.

"We had to adjust the lineup again as we were down a player," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "The team responded well and managed to get the win. We have two matches next week to finish the season -- and then the IAC tournament."

Senior Night: The Senecas' three seniors -- Tim Clifford, Dylan Morse and Victoria Bantin -- were honored in a Senior Night ceremony preceding the match.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Noah Gardner returns a Moravia shot.

Left: Watkins Glen's Tim Clifford serves. Right: The Senecas' Sydney Brubaker volleys.

Watkins Glen 1st Doubles partners Victoria Bantin (left) and Alannah Klemann.

Odessa golfers fall to Tioga, 194-207

ITHACA, May 20, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity golf team dropped a 194-207 decision to Tioga Thursday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Hillendale Golf Course's par-35 front-9.

O-M, with its season-low score, was led by David Patterson's 47 and Benson Patterson's 48. Eliza Starkweather added a 50, and Wes Wade a 62. Zach Nichols led Tioga (5-2) with a 43.

The Indians, now 1-8, face Spencer-Van Etten/Candor on the road Wednesday.

O-M softball team blanked by S-VE

ODESSA, May 20, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team dropped an 18-0 decision Thursday to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the O-M softball field.

Odessa-Montour registered four hits, and had two other batters who walked.

S-VE scored five runs in the 1st inning, two in the 2nd, four in the 3rd, and seven in the 4th. The game ended after five innings under the so-called "mercy rule" that terminates games when one team is ahead by 15 or more runs after five innings.

Left: The Seneca Indians' Cam Elliott connects with a pitch. Right: WG/OM's Daniel Lewis attempts to catch a foul pop fly, but it fell to the ground.

Seneca Indians drop pair to Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, May 19, 2021 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team lost a twinbill to Waverly Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference doubleheader on the Watkins Glen High School baseball field.

Waverly won the first game 22-1, and the second one 13-6.

The Wolverines jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning of the first game, setting the tone for the day. After the Seneca Indians -- a combined team of WGHS and Odessa-Montour athletes -- scored in the bottom of the 1st, Waverly added a run in the 2nd, and seven in the 3rd on the way to the rout.

The second game was tighter as the WG/OM bats came alive for a half-dozen runs. But that wasn't enough as the team fell to 1-6 on the season.

The Seneca Indians return to action Saturday at home against Elmira Notre Dame. Game time is 12 noon.

Photo in text: Seneca Indians third baseman Adam Pastore throws to first after fielding a grounder.

Left: Seneca Indians second baseman Cameron Holland throws to first base after a force-out at second. Right: WG/OM's Daine Butler makes a running catch in left field.

Watkins softball team no-hit by S-VE

SPENCER, May 19, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team dropped a 20-0 decision Wednesday to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the S-VE softball field.

The Senecas failed to register a base hit.

"As tough as our season has been," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto, "our girls have never dropped their heads and always have stayed positive. They are resilient. I commend their guardians and parents for instilling these attibutes in their progeny."

The Senecas will return to action Monday at home against Edison. The seniors on the team -- Natalie Edmister, Madyson Simpson and Amanda Wilbur -- will be honored at a Senior Night ceremony.

O-M softball team loses to Tioga, 19-0

TIOGA CENTER, May 19, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team lost 19-0 Wednesday to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road game.

O-M registered a single hit, by Raven Lott in the 3rd inning.

Tioga scored five runs in the 1st inning, eight in the 2nd inning and three each in the 3rd and 4th innings. The game was called after five innings under the so-called "mercy rule" that terminates games after five innings if one team leads the other by 15 or more runs.

Another busy weekend for youth teams

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 19, 2021 -- The Schuyler Soccer Club teams had another full slate of games over the weekend.

--There was a tough loss for the U10 boys vs. Cortland on Saturday, with Emmerich Koehler in goal.
--Sunday had the U12 boys, U12 girls, and U19 girls in action. The U12 boys brought home a commanding 11-3 win over the Chenango Chargers! Brodie O’Connell-Campbell recorded 6 goals, Max Sgrecci 4, and Emmerich Koehler 1 while Moe Zinger and Breyden Seamon split time in goal.
--The U12 girls fought hard in a 4-1 loss to Taughannock Rapids. Addie Wickham scored the lone Strikers goal while also splitting time in goal with Aleah Ventra.
--The U19 girls played hard in a 3-0 loss to the Taughannock Fire with Lillian Ameigh playing in goal.

Upcoming games this week:

Friday May 21st, 6pm: U10 Boys Blue team at Home vs. Taughannock Typhoons
Saturday May 22nd, 12pm: U10 Girls at Cortland
Saturday May 22nd, 12:30pm: U10 Boys Blue team at Oneonta Avengers
Saturday May 22nd, 3pm: U14 Girls at Cortland
Saturday May 22nd, 6pm: U12 Boys at Cortland
Sunday May 23rd, 12:30pm: U10 Boys Blue team at Home vs. Athens Lil Kickers
Sunday May 23rd, 3pm: U12 Boys at Home vs. Taughannock Tridents

Photo in text: Action in one of the games last weekend. (Photo provided)

O-M girls track team tops Tioga, 79-48; Brewster sets school record in the 100

TIOGA CENTER, May 18, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity track team-- led by Tori Brewster's school record in the 100 -- defeated Tioga 79-48 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the Tioga athletic field.

Also present were Spencer-Van Etten and Candor, but O-M did not team score against them

Brewster set a time of 12.2 in the 100 Meters, breaking the old mark of Nadia Simpson, 12.63. Brewster's was a handheld time, while Simpson's was FAT (Fully Automatic Time), so in comparing the two, .20 was added to Brewster's time, or 12.4, still good for the record.

She also won the 400 Meters in 1:03.6, nearing the school record of 1:02.3 set by Ashley Bryington; and the Long Jump with a leap of 14' 7.5". She was second in the Triple Jump at 29' 2.25".

O-M's Ida Sidle won two events -- the 200 and the Shot Put, where she reached 30 feet for the first time in her career.

Also winning were the relay team of Morgan Burnham, Camille Sgrecci, Katie Adams and Reagan Reese in both the 4x400 and 4x800 relays; Gina Gavich in the 3000; and Keyonna Garrison in the High Jump (4' 8")

Sarah Barr finished second in the Discus, and Sgrecci in the Pole Vault.

O-M returns to action Tuesday when it hosts the IAC Divisional meet.

Photo in text: O-M's Tori Brewster (File photo)

O-M boys track team tops Tioga, 77-58

TIOGA CENTER, May 18, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity track team improved to 3-2 on the season with a 77-58 victory Tuesday over Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the Tioga athletic field.

Spencer-Van Etten and Candor competed, as well, but O-M did not score against anyone but Tioga.

Individual and relay places included:

110 Hurdles -- 1st Arden Heichel; 2nd Gabe Williams; 3rd Brandon Davis
1600 -- 2nd Jon Gillis
400 Hurdles -- 2nd Gabe Williams
3200 -- 3rd Jon Gillis
4x400 Relay -- 1st Keith June, Jon Gillis, Jed Lynch, Phoenix Parmenter
Shot Put -- 2nd Tristan Harrington; 3rd Josiah Lynch
Discus -- 2nd Josh Beckley

Next up: The six-team IAC divisional meet (non scoring) on Tuesday, May 25 with O-M, Tioga, Newfield, Edison, Candor and SVE on Charles Martin Field at O-M. No spectators will be allowed for this one.

Watkins Glen's Seamus Mooney (in white) sends a shot that found the Seton net for his first of three goals.

Watkins lacrosse team falls to Seton

WATKINS GLEN, May 18, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team dropped a 12-7 decision Tuesday to Seton Catholic Central in a game on the WGHS Alumni Field.

Seamus Mooney scored three goals for the Senecas, while Nick D'Alleva had two, and Matt Irwin and Silas Farrell one apiece. Thomas Field registered an assist.

Mooney had 16 face-off wins, while goalie Connor Novinsky made 29 saves.

"It was a tough loss for the Senecas," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson. "We had a huge advantage on face-offs and in the goal, but could not handle the ball well enough to put in enough goals. Boyd Barber played a great game on defesnse, really showed how capable he is."

Watkins Glen led twice in the first half, at 3-2 and 4-3, and went into halftime tied 4-4. Seton never trailed after that, building a 7-5 lead through three periods and then pulling away in the fourth with a 5-2 advantage that included the final three goals.

The Senecas return to action Friday at Elmira. Game time is 5 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Gavin Smith gets past a Seton defender.

Watkins Glen's Silas Farrell shoots. The ball found the net, tying the score at 5-5.

Left: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Connor Novinsky makes a save. Right: The Senecas' Boyd Barber moves the ball upfield.

Watkins Glen's Matt Irwin shoots on goal. The ball found the net, tying the score 2-2.

The five seniors on the Watkins Glen lacrosse team were honored Tuesday during halftime of their game against Seton. From left: Seamus Mooney, Boyd Barber, Matt Irwin, Connor Novinsky and Silas Farrell.

Golf: Watkins defeats Odessa-Montour

WATKINS GLEN, May 18, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity golf team improved to 6-2 Tuesday when it defeated Odessa-Montour 182-225 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

The Senecas' Georgio Fazzary was medalist with a 38, while Daniel Ely shot 45, Luke Spahalski 49, Andrew Hayes 50, and Ben Swinnerton 51.

Odessa (1-7) was led by David Patterson's 50, while Benson Patterson shot 54, Eliza Starkweather 59, and Austin Hoyt 62.

Afterward, Fazzary donned the green jacket emblematic of the medalist in this rivalry every year. The jacket belongs to Jim Scott, retired teacher and longtime softball coach at WGHS.

Watkins Glen returns to action Thursday at home against Trumansburg.

Photo in text: Medalist Georgio Fazzary dons the green jacket. From left: Odessa-Montour Coach Greg Gavich, Fazzary, and Watkins Glen Coaches John Fazzary and David Waite. (Photo provided)

Watkins track teams fall to N. Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, May 18, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity track teams lost to Newark Valley Tuesday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference meets on the Newark Valley athletic field.

The Watkins Glen boys lost 100-31, while the girls lost 110-20.

Girls: Briana Hayes won the Discus (51' 6"), while Maggie Pentz won the Shot Put (20' 2"). Second-place finishes were posted by Pentz in the 100 Hurdles, and by Breanna Carl in the 1500 and the 400 Hurdles,

Boys: Cale Sutterby won the 200 Meters in 24.9, while Nick Wilston won the Long Jump (15' 4.25") and Triple Jump (39' 2"). Ray Rider was second in the Shot Put (37' 9"), while Jordan Avery was second in the High Jump (5' 6").

Watkins tennis team loses to TAE, 4-1

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, May 18, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team's record slipped to 0-5 Tuesday when the Senecas dropped a 4-1 decision to Edison in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Edison tennis courts.

Watkins Glen's lone win came in No. 1 singles, where Noah Gardner prevailed 6-0, 6-4. The Senecas lost 2nd singles (Sydney Brubaker), 3rd singles (Faye Mooney), 4th singles (Alannah Klemann) and 1st Doubles (Victoria Bantin and Trinity Bantin).

Watkins boys golf team tops Notre Dame

WATKINS GLEN, May 17, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity golf team improved to 5-2 Monday with a 198-213 victory over Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

The Senecas' Georgio Fazzary was medalist with a 46, while Ben Swinnerton shot a 50, Daniel Ely 51, Andrew Hayes 51, and Luke Spahalski 53.

The team returns to action today (Tuesday) on the same course against Odessa-Montour.

Left: O-M pitcher Mackenzie Cannon delivers. Right: Odessa third baseman Hannah Kinner camps under a foul pop fly, which she caught for the out.

O-M softball team falls to Candor, 20-4

ODESSA, May 17, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team stayed close for four innings Monday before Candor pulled away with two 7-run innings to hand O-M a 20-4 Interscholastic Athletic Conference home loss.

Odessa-Montour, which registered nine hits in the game, was behind 6-4 after four innings before the Candor offense broke loose for the decisive win.

Odessa returns to action Wednesday at Tioga. Game time is 5:30 p.m.

Photo in text: O-M first baseman Raven Lott handles a throw for a putout at first.

Seneca Indians drop pair to SVEC

SPENCER, May 17, 2021 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team lost both ends of a doubleheader Monday to Spencer-Van Etten/Candor by identical 7-6 scores in Interscholastic Athletic Conference action on the S-VE baseball field.

The first game was close throughout, with SVEC building a 6-4 lead through two innings and the Seneca Indians battling back to tie it with single runs in the 4th and 5th innings. But Candor pushed across the game-winner in the bottom of the 5th -- that being the final inning in both games. "We wanted to be sure we got both games in before dark," WGOM Coach Jason Westervelt said, explaining the shortened contests -- normally seven innings.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined squad of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour High School athletes -- got nine hits in the opener, with three by Dominick Fazzary, two by Daine Butler and one each by Adam Pastore, Cayden Confer, Kaden LaBar and Daniel Lewis. Pastore and Cameron Holland pitched, combining for six strikeouts.

The second game saw SVEC build a 7-1 lead through four innings before WGOM (now 2-3) rallied with five runs in the 5th -- one run short of tying it. The Seneca Indians notched seven hits, including two by Pastore and one each by Holland, Fazzary, Butler, Alex Holmes and Cam Elliott. Lewis and LaBar pitched.

Watkins softball team loses to Waverly

WAVERLY, May 17, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team dropped a 22-3 decision Monday to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Waverly softball field.

The Senecas registered six hits in the game. Amanda Wilbur had a double and single, while Cloey Wratten, Alexis Hatch, Emily Rhoads and Cassie Sortore had a single each.

"We are still improving, and we are adapting to the fast pitchers nicely," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto.

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

Watkins tennis team drops 4-1 decision

TRUMANSBURG, May 17, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team's record slipped to 0-4 Monday with a 4-1 loss to Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the T-burg tennis courts.

The lone win for the Senecas was registered by Faye Mooney, who posted a 6-1, 6-4 victory in 4th Singles.

Losses were sustained by Noah Gardner in 1st Singles, Tim Clifford in 2nd Singles, Sydney Brubaker in 3rd Singles, and Alannah Klemann and Trinity Bantin in 1st Doubles.

The Senecas return to action today (Tuesday) at Edison.

Watkins lacrosse team loses to Vestal

VESTAL, May 15, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team dropped a 15-2 decision Saturday to Vestal High School in a non-league road game.

Watkins Glen's goals came from Seamus Mooney and Nick D'Alleva, the latter assisted by Ethan Day. Connor Novinsky made 19 saves in goal for the Senecas -- showing, said Coach Nils Watson, "how great a goalie he is. He was like a calm, cool and collected brick wall."

Mooney won 70% of the face-offs, and Watson cited "great hustle from seniors Silas Farrell and Matt Irwin on offense. Defensively we played a good game against a strong team. Ethan Day and Thonas Field kept the Vestal offense on their toes, assisted by Otto Hohle."

Left: O-M's David Patterson putts on No. 18. He sank it. Right: The Indians' Eliza Starkweather chips from off the green on No. 18. (Photos provided)

O-M golfers top Newark Valley for 1st win

ITHACA, May 14, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity golf team posted its first victory of the season Friday when it defeated Newark Valley 211-218 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Hillendale Golf Course's par-35 back-9.

David Patterson led the Indians with a 46, while Benson Patterson registered a 50, Eliza Starkweather 52, Wes Wade 63, Austin Hoyt 64, and Braiden Merritt 64.

"Hey, a win," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, whose squad is now 1-6. He pointed to career-best rounds from David and Benson Patterson, Starkweather, and Merritt. Shawn Deer of Newark Valley (0-6) was medalist with a 44.

O-M returns to action Tuesday at Watkins Glen.

The Seneca Indians' Adam Pastore slides safely into third base, under a tag.

Seneca Indians edge Dryden 7-6 with 7th inning rally capped by bases-loaded balk

WATKINS GLEN, May 14, 2021 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team improved its record to 2-1 Friday by defeating Dryden 7-6 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Watkins Glen High School baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined squad of WGHS and Odessa-Montour High School athletes -- won the game in the bottom of the 7th inning after Dryden had rallied to tie the game in the top of the 7th on a squeeze bunt.

The winning run plated on a balk created when Dominick Fazzary -- who had singled with one out and advanced to third on a single by Adam Pastore and a walk to Cayden Confer -- broke for the plate as the Dryden pitcher delivered. One coach said the play was intended as a squeeze play. Whether a squeeze play that didn't work or a steal, the ball was waiting in the catcher's mitt as Fazzary neared the plate. He stopped, then tried to reach the plate over the catcher's tag.

As he and the catcher were tangled on the ground, the plate umpire called a balk on the pitcher, giving each runner a base and allowing Fazzary's run. The assumption was that Fazzary's charge down the line had hurried the pitcher, causing the balk.

"The boys really battled tonight," said Seneca Indians Coach Jason Westervelt. "Alex Holmes threw a gem, and the top of our order rose to the challenge in the bottom of the 7th. I'm very proud of them."

Holmes pitched into the 7th inning, striking out 9 batters and walking just one. He was relieved by Daniel Lewis with the tying run on third base and one out. Lewis's first pitch brought the Dryden squeeze play, the batter laying down a bunt along the third-base line and the base runner, moving with the pitch, sliding across the plate. The batter was thrown out at first base. Lewis then struck out the next batter on three pitches to end the inning -- which in turn led to the Seneca Indians' winning rally.

WG/OM registered seven hits -- two each by Cameron Holland, Fazzary and Pastore, and one by Holmes. Confer reached base twice on walks, while Holmes and Lewis drew one walk apiece.

Dryden took the lead in the top of the 1st inning, 1-0, but the Seneca Indians scored four times in the bottom of the 1st and once in the 2nd. Dryden scored twice in the 3rd before WG/OM answered with a run in the bottom of the inning for a 6-3 lead.

Dryden scored a run in the 5th and then two runs in the 7th, the last on the squeeze play, for the 6-6 tie before the Seneca Indians' winning rally.

Photos in text:

Top: Seneca Indians second baseman Daine Butler makes a diving catch of a line drive.
Bottom: WG/OM center fielder Kaden LaBar makes a leaping catch of a long fly ball.

The Seneca Indians' Cameron Holland starts his slide into home in a 1st inning play. He made it safely under the tag.

Alex Holmes, left, started on the mound for WG/OM. Daniel Lewis, right, finished.

The squeeze play where Dryden tied the game in the top of the 7th inning. The bunted ball is bouncing at top right of the photo.

And on the final play:

The Seneca Indians' Dominick Fazzary slows as he nears the plate, a tag awaiting him.

Left: After hesitating, Fazzary tries to reach the plate over the tag. Right: Fazzary (7) jumps up clapping as the umpire signals a balk on the Dryden pitcher, allowing the run.

Watkins Glen softball team falls to ND

SOUTHPORT, May 14, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team dropped a 22-2 decision Friday to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the ND softball field.

The Crusaders scored eight runs in the 1st inning, three in the 2nd, 10 in the 3rd and one in the 4th, while Watkins Glen scored once each in the 2nd and 5th innings.

The contest was called after five innings under the so-called "mercy rule," which terminates games after five innings if one team is ahead by 15 or more runs.

"Our ladies played much better exponentially than their last performance with END," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "Our bats are starting to come alive. A lot of our girls are hitting hard right at the opposition."

Hits for Watkins Glen were registered by Brenna Pierce, Ava Barber, Amanda Wilbur, Alyson Gibson, Jenna Solomon and Natalie Edmister.

O-M softball team falls to Newfield, 30-4

NEWFIELD, May 14, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team dropped a 30-4 decision Friday to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic conference game on the Newfield softball field.

The Indians registered eight hits, scoring single runs in the 1st and 3rd innings, and two in the 2nd inning.

Newfield scored 13 runs in the 1st inning, six in the 2nd inning, and 11 in the 3rd inning.

The contest was called after five innings under the so-called "mercy rule," which terminates games after five innings if one team is ahead by 15 or more runs.

Golf: Watkins Glen boys defeat Tioga

WATKINS GLEN, May 13, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity golf team improved to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small School South Division Thursday by defeating Tioga 194-199 in a match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

The Senecas' Georgio Fazzary was medalist with a 44, while Daniel Ely posted a 46, Ben Swinnerton and Andrew Hayes 52 each, and Luke Spahalski a 58.

Tioga slipped to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the division, which also includes Trumansburg and Odessa-Montour. Trumansburg is 3-2 after defeating O-M (0-6) on Thursday.

Watkins Glen's Sydney Brubaker returns the ball in her No. 4 Singles match.

Watkins Glen tennis team falls to ND, 3-2

WATKINS GLEN, May 13, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team saw its record slip to 0-3 Thursday when it dropped a 3-2 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the WGHS tennis courts.

The Senecas, whose three losses have all been by 3-2 margins, got wins Thursday from Dylan Morse in 1st Singles, 6-4, 6-0, and Tim Clifford in 2nd Singles, 6-0, 6-2.

Watkins sustained losses in 3rd Singles, where Noah Gardner lost 6-0, 6-0; in 4th Singles, where Sydney Brubaker lost 6-1, 6-0; and in 1st Doubles, where Alannah Klemann and Faye Mooney lost 6-2, 6-4.

"Another close loss today," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "Everyone continues to improve each day. We play three times next week, so hopefully we keep getting better."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse on the way to victory in 1st Singles.

Left: Watkins Glen's Faye Mooney volleys in the No. 1 Doubles match. Right: Mooney's doubles teammate, Alannah Klemann, serves the ball.

Left: Watkins Glen's Tim Clifford on the way to winning the No. 2 Singles match.
Right: The Senecas' Noah Gardner volleys in the No. 3 Singles match.

Odessa-Montour golfers lose to T-burg

ITHACA, May 13, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity golf team dropped a 204-224 decision Thursday to Trumansburg in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Hillendale Golf Course's par-35 back-9.

David Patterson led O-M and was the day's medalist with a 47, while Benson Patterson and Eliza Starkweather each shot 58, and Austin Hoyt 61.

The Indians (0-6) return to action today (Friday) at home (the Hillendale course) against Newark Valley.

Seneca Indians JV team falls to Edison

ODESSA, May 13, 2021 -- The Seneca Indians junior varsity baseball team's record slipped to 1-3 Thursday with a 12-4 loss to Edison in a game on Odessa-Montour High School's baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined squad of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes -- sustained "a loss of focus tonight," said Coach RC Holmes. "We only allowed seven hits, but walked nine batters and had seven errors."

Bradley Gillis, Gavin Lohmeyer and Brady Bockelkamp each had two hits for the Seneca Indians.

WGI race weekend reaches reduced limit

Special to The Odessa File

lWATKINS GLEN, May 13, 2021 -- Watkins Glen International announced Wednesday that it has reached its reduced capacity for the upcoming Ferrari Challenge North America weekend May 21-23.

The reduced capacity for the 2021 spring event weekend is due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and continues in accordance with New York state guidelines. The Glen, WGI officials said, will operate with enhanced safety protocols and procedures to provide a safe environment for fans, competitors and staff.

“With the recent updated guidance for outdoor gatherings, we will now be able to officially welcome fans back to Watkins Glen International for the first time since 2019,” said WGI President Michael Printup. “However, operating within New York State’s guidance, we have met the reduced capacity allowed for this event. We look forward to hosting more fans as we look ahead to our summer IMSA and NASCAR events.”

In addition to encouraging social distancing throughout the venue, WGI will be screening all guests before they enter the facility and will require face coverings. Multiple handwashing and hand-sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the operating areas and entrances.

Watkins softball team blanked by TAE

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, May 12, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team fell to Edison 20-0 Wednesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Edison softball field.

The Senecas' lone hit came from Brenna Pierce, who hammered a single to left center that almost plated a run. But Natalie Edmister, who had walked and stolen second, was called out in a close play at the plate trying to score on Pierce's hit.

Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto, who said his team "showed a lot of bright spots and grit, never dropping their heads," pointed in particular to one play.

"I have been around softball my entire life either playng or coaching," he said, "and I never have seen a play like this before: In the bottom of the 4th inning third baseman Ava Barber received a screaming line drive off her foot," and it caromed in the air to left field. "Amanda Wilbur, running from shortstop to left field, made a fantastic circus catch, and the batter was out. I wish I could have had that recorded."

The Senecas return to action Friday at Elmira Notre Dame.

Seneca Indians third baseman Adam Pastore leans left to receive a throw as a Whitney Point runner slides safely into the base.

Seneca Indians rout Whitney Point, 16-2

WATKINS GLEN, May 12, 2021 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team evened its record at 1-1 Wednesday when it defeated Whitney Point 16-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Watkins Glen High School baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of WGHS and Odessa-Montour High School athletes -- scored 10 runs in the 1st inning on five hit batsmen, four walks, a wild pitch, an error, a stolen base, a double and a single.

WG/OM added a run in the 2nd inning, four in the 3rd, and one in the 4th. It had eight hits in the game -- two by Casey Keyes and one each by Cameron Holland, Dominick Fazzary, Adam Pastore, Alex Holmes, Kaden LaBar and Daniel Lewis.

The Seneca Indians drew 11 walks, and were hit by pitches six times. Cayden Confer was struck on three of those occasions, twice with the bases loaded. He had three RBIs. Holland also drove in three runs, while LaBar had two RBIs, and Fazzary, Pastore, Daine Butler and Mike Benway one each.

Lewis started on the mound for WG/OM, allowing one run on one hit -- a homer -- while striking out six batters. Holland pitched the final two innings, allowing one run on no hits while striking out four batters. Neither issued a walk.

The game was called after Whitney Point batted in the 5th inning as darkness neared.

Photo in text: Daniel Lewis, who started on the mound for WG/OM, delivers a pitch.

Left: The ball bounces off of the Seneca Indians' Cayden Confer, one of three times he was hit by a pitch. Right: WG/OM second baseman Cameron Holland comes up throwng after fielding a grounder.

The Seneca Indians' Kaden LaBar connects for a base hit. He had 2 RBIs and scored once.

O-M softball team falls to Newark Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, May 12, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team dropped a 17-2 decision Wednesday to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the NV softball field.

Newark Valley scored three runs in both the 2nd and 3rd innings, and added 10 more in the 4th and one in the 5th.

The Indians managed seven hits off NV pitching, scoring both runs in the 5th inning on three of them.

The game was terminated after that inning under the so-called "mercy rule," which ends games after five innings when one team leads the other by at least 15 runs.

Watkins golfers defeat Newark Valley

NEWARK VALLEY, May 12, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity golf team defeated Newark Valley 208-231 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-35 Grandview Farms Golf Course.

Georgio Fazzary led Watkins Glen with a 46, while Ben Swinnerton registered a 52, Luke Spahalski 53, and Daniel Ely 57.

The Senecas return to action Thursday on the road against Tioga.

Watkins Glen lacrosse team loses, 14-4

WATKINS GLEN, May 11, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team's record slipped to 1-4 Tuesday when the Senecas dropped a 14-4 decision to Owego Apalachin in a game on the WGHS Alumni Field.

Connor Novinsky registered 21 saves in goal for the Senecas. "He played a great game," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson. "He stopped more than one crease shot from point-blank range."

Watkins' Seamus Mooney scored two goals and had an assist, while also winning 18 of 20 face-offs. Silas Farrell and Nick D'Alleva each had one goal. Ethan Day controlled five loose balls on defense.

The Senecas return to action Saturday at Vestal. Game time is 2:30 p.m.

Odessa-Montour's Tyler Saunders clears the bar in the Pole Vault competition.

Track: Odessa girls top S-VE; boys fall

ODESSA, May 11, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity track team defeated Spencer-Van Etten 83-52 Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The Odessa-Montour boys, meanwhile, dropped a 106-34 decision to S-VE.

Elmira Notre Dame athletes competed, but were not scored in the team results.

The Odessa-Montour girls got wins in the following:

4x800: Morgan Burnham, Katie Adams, Camille Sgrecci, Reagan Reese, 12:14.1
100 Meters: Tori Brewster, 13.0
400 Meters: Tori Brewster, 1:04.3
400 Hurdles: Camille Sgrecci, 1:20.7
Pole Vault: Camille Sgrecci, 6' 6"
Shot Put: Ida Sidle, 26' 4.25"
Triple Jump: Tori Brewster, 29' 11"
High Jump: Keyonna Garrison, 4' 8"

Individual second-place finishes were posted for O-M by Gina Gavich in the 3000, Ida Sidle in the Discus, Tori Brewster in the Long Jump, and Lillian Halpin in the Pole Vault.

The Odessa-Montour boys got wins in the following:

110 Hurdles: Gabe Williams, 21.6
Pole Vault: Josiah Lynch, 9' 0"

Individual second-place finishes were posted for O-M by Gabe Williams in the 400 Hurdles, Keith June in the 800, Arden Heichel in the 200, Joshua Beckley in the Discus, and Jed Lynch in the Pole Vault.

Seniors Honored: Five boys and two girls were honored mid-meet at a Senior Night celebration. Seniors honored were Morgan Burnham, Ida Sidle, Stephen Barrett, Joshua Beckley, Tyler Saunders, Phoenix Parmenter and Josiah Lynch.

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Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Tori Brewster on the way to victory in the 400 with a personal best of 1:04.3.
Bottom: Odessa-Montour's Josiah Lynch prepares to land in the Long Jump pit.

Left: O-M's Ida Sidle hands off the baton to Lillian Halpin in the 4x100 Relay. Their squad placed third. Right: O-M's Camille Sgrecci in the 4x800 Relay. Her squad finished first.

Left: The two senior members of the O-M girls track team, Morgan Burnham (left) and Ida Sidle, were honored during a Senior Night ceremony. Right: O-M's Jon Gillis.

Odessa-Montour's Sarah Strobel goes airborne the 100 Meter Hurdles race.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Ben Campbell, Katie Adams and Morgan Burnham.

Left: O-M's Reagan Reese. Right: Among the spectators were O-M students Autumn Garrison, left, and Hannah Nolan.

Honored at a Senior Night ceremony were, from left: Tyler Saunders, Josiah Lynch, Joshua Beckley, Stephen Barrett and Phoenix Parmenter.

O-M golfers fall to Elmira Notre Dame

ELMIRA, May 11, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity golf team's record slipped to 0-5 Tuesday when the Indians dropped a 214-237 decision to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Mark Twain Golf Course's par-36 back-9.

David Patterson led O-M with a 49, while Eliza Starkweather shot a 59, Austin Hoyt 64, and Wes Wade 65. Notre Dame's Nate Murray was medalist with a 45.

Odessa-Montour returns to action Thursday at Trumansburg.

Track: Watkins boys, girls fall to Waverly

WAVERLY, May 11, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity boys and girls track teams lost to Waverly Tuesday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference meets on the Waverly athletic field.

Boys: Waverly 72, Watkins Glen 40

Watkins Glen got first-place finishes from Roy Rider in the Shot Put (35' 2"), Ross Pentz in the Discus (85' 5"), Nick Wilston in the Long Jump (20' 3") and the Triple Jump (39'), and Jordan Avery in the High Jump (5' 4").

Girls: Waverly 64, Watkins Glen 15

Watkins Glen got a first-place finish from Briana Hayes in the Discus (42' 9").

The Senecas return to action next Tuesday at Newark Valley.

Photo: Watkins Glen's Nick Wilston getting ready for the 100 Meters race. He placed second with a time of 11.95. (Photo provided)

Watkins tennis team loses to NV, 3-2

WATKINS GLEN, May 11, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team's record slipped to 0-2 Tuesday when the Senecas dropped a 3-2 decision to Newark Valley in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the WGHS tennis courts.

Wins were posted for the Senecas by Dylan Morse in 1st singles (6-1, 6-3) and by Tim Clifford in 2nd singles (6-1, 6-1).

Sustaining losses were Noah Gardner in 3rd singles (6-4, 6-2), Sydney Brubaker in 4th singles (6-0, 6-0), and Alannah Klemann and Faye Mooney in 1st Doubles (6-1, 6-1).

"We lost another close match," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse, "but everyone is working hard to improve and getting better every day."

Seneca Indians JV loses to Tioga, 8-6

TIOGA CENTER, May 11, 2021 -- The Seneca Indians junior varsity baseball team led throughout the game Tuesday before giving up four runs in the 6th inning to Tioga in an 8-6 road loss.

"We made some sloppy plays and gave up too many unearned runs," said Coach RC Holmes of his Seneca Indians, a combined team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high school athletes.

WG/OM's Gavin Lohmeyer pitched 3 2/3 effective innings in his first appearance on the mound, while Brady Cannon led the offense with two hits and reached base four times.

The Seneca Indians return to action at home Thursday against Edison.

Watkins Glen's Silas Farrell sends a shot on its way that found the Dryden net for the Senecas' third goal.

Watkins lacrosse team tops Dryden, 8-5

WATKINS GLEN, May 10, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team posted its first victory of the season Monday evening, defeating Dryden 8-5 in a game on the WGHS Alumni Field.

The Senecas took the early lead, 2-0, and were up 3-1 until Dryden scored with 10.6 seconds to go before halftime.

But that goal did not signal trouble for Watkins. Instead, the 1-3 Senecas outscored Dryden 5-3 in the second half to secure the victory.

Nick D'Alleva, Garrett VanOstrand and Seamus Mooney each scored two goals for the Senecas, while Silas Farrell and Matt Irwin had one each. Mooney also had three assists, while D'Alleva had one.

Mooney won 10 faceoffs, while goalie Connor Novinsky registered eight saves in goal.

"Our defense looked great this game," said Watkins Glen Coach Nils Watson. "Thomas Field controlled four loose balls, Ethan Day two, and Boyd Barber one."

The Senecas return to action today (Tuesday) at home against Owego Apalachin.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Matt Irwin (7) fires a shot on goal. The Dryden goalkeeper made the save.

Left: Watkins Glen goalkeeper Connor Novinsky makes a save. Right: The Senecas' Nick D'Alleva (6) fights off a Dryden defender

Seneca Indians open with 10-4 loss to ND

SOUTHPORT, May 10, 2021 -- The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team opened its season Monday with a loss, falling 10-4 to Elmira Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Notre Dame baseball field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined team of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high school athletes -- registered three hits: a triple by Cameron Holland and singles by Dominick Fazzary and Daniel Lewis. The team also drew five bases on balls.

Notre Dame scored a run in the 2nd inning, and the Seneca Indians tied it 1-1 in the 3rd. But the Crusaders scored three times in the bottom of that inning, twice in the 4th and four times in the 5th to break the game open. WG/OM added a run in the 5th and two in the 7th.

Adam Pastore started on the mound for the Seneca Indians, working into the 5th inning before being relieved by Alex Holmes. Together they struck out five batters.

WG/OM returns to action Wednesday at home (at WGHS) against Whitney Point.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur delivers a pitch as third baseman Ava Barber watches.

Glen softball team falls to Newark Valley

WATKINS GLEN, May 10, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team fell to Newark Valley 20-1 Monday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS softball field.

The game was ended after five innings under the so-called "mercy rule" that terminates games after five innings if one team leads the other by 15 or more runs.

The Senecas registered three hits: a single by Lois Hosley, who also walked; a single by Amanda Wilbur, who scored the team's only run; and a single by Emily Rhoads.

Wilbur pitched for the first time for the Senecas, while Hosley caught.

"Our girls' bats are starting to make contact, hitting hard right at the opposition," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "Again, I am seeing progress with every game they play."

The Senecas return to action Wednesday at Edison.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Cloey Wratten is barely out in a play at first.

Left: Watkins Glen's Kara Sheesley catches a fly ball on the run in center field. Right: The Senecas' Jenna Solomon fields a grounder. She threw to second for a force out.

O-M softball team blanked by S-VE, 15-0

SPENCER, May 10, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team managed just two baserunners Monday in a 15-0 Interscholastic Athletic Conference loss to Spencer-Van Etten on the S-VE softball field.

The game, ended after five innings by the so-called "mercy rule" that terminates games after five innings if one team leads the other by 15 or more runs, saw the 0-4 Indians reach base twice, but without a hit. One batter was struck by a pitch, and the other walked.

S-VE pounded out 12 hits as it scored once in the 1st inning, six times in the 2nd, five times in the 3rd, and three times in the 5th.

Odessa-Montour returns to action Wednesday at Newark Valley.

Schuyler Strikers teams have busy week

Special to The Odessa File

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 10, 2021 -- The weekend finished out a full week of soccer for the Schuyler Strikers Soccer Club.

On Thursday, May 6, the U12 Girls played hard in a loss to the Taughannock Rapids, losing 4-1.

On Saturday, May 8, the U10 Boys played the Vestal Typhoons, losing 10-5. Landon Reynolds had 4 goals and Lucas Schubmehl had 1.

The U12 Girls also played Saturday, losing 7-2 to the Chenango Chargers, with Bailey Veihdeffer scoring both goals.

Saturday brought a win to the U14 Girls team, which won 2-1 over the Oneonta Dynamite, with Skye Honrath scoring both goals.

And finally, Mother's Day games had the U12 Boys losing 2-1 to Corning United and the U14 Girls winning 6-0 over Greater Binghamton. Landon Reynolds had the lone goal for the U12 boys. The U14 girls all chipped in, with Ava Kelly and Jenn Gublo each scoring one goal, and Olivia King and Skye Honrath each scoring two.

Upcoming games for the week:

Tuesday, May 11: U10 Boys Gold Team vs. Soaring Capitol SC Explosion-Red, 5:30 pm
Sunday, May 16: U19 Girls at Taughannock Fire, 9 am
Sunday, May 16: U12 Boys at Chenango Chargers, 12:30 pm
Sunday, May 16: U12 Girls vs. Taughannock Rapids, 3 pm

Photo in text: A Strikers player, right, battles for possession of the ball in the U12 Boys game against Corning United. (Photo by Gail Sgrecci)

Odessa-Montour's Benson Patterson sends the ball flying on No 18. (Photo provided)

Watkins Glen golfers top O-M, 197-217

ITHACA, May 7, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity golf team evened its record at 2-2 Friday by defeating Odessa-Montour 197-217 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Hillendale Golf Course's par-35 back-9.

Daniel Ely led Watkins Glen with a 43, while Georgio Fazzary registered a 48, Luke Spahalski 53, and Ben Swinnerton 53.

David Patterson led Odessa-Montour (0-4) with a 48, while Benson Patterson and Eliza Starkweather each shot a 56, and Wes Wade a 57.

"We keep showing improvement," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich. "We had career-low rounds" from all four golfers Friday.

O-M returns to action Tuesday against Notre Dame on the Mark Twain Golf Course. Watkins Glen is back in action Tuesday against Newark Valley on the Grandview Farms Golf Course.

Photo in text:

Watkins Glen's Luke Spahalski prepares to shoot from a difficult spot. (Photo provided)

Left: O-M's David Patterson putts on No. 17. Right: Watkins Glen's Daniel Ely addresses the ball on No. 12. (Photos provided)

Watkins softball team blanked by S-VE

WATKINS GLEN, May 7, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team was no-hit Friday in an abbreviated 11-0 loss to Spencer-Van Etten in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS softball field.

"Our girls were able to shut down their offense the last two innings," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto, adding: "Natalie Edmister's pitching is coming along nicely. Our ladies are improving with each game defensively. As our games move forward, I am confident that the girls' bats will start to come alive. I was pleased with their progress."

The contest was ended after five innings because of rain.

Watkins Glen (0-3) will return to action Monday at home against Newark Valley.

Odessa-Montour's Mackenzie Cannon connects for one of her team's two hits.

O-M softball team falls to Tioga, 19-0

ODESSA, May 7, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team's record slipped to 0-3 Friday when the Indians dropped a 19-0 decision to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's softball field.

Tioga scored three runs in the 1st inning, six in the 2nd inning, three in the 3rd, six in the 4th, and one in the 5th.

Odessa managed two hits off Tioga pitcher Kindra Wessels, who struck out 11 batters. Both hits were singles -- by Mackenzie Cannon and Annaleise Beckley -- that came in the 2nd inning. Cannon, the O-M pitcher, also struck out four Tioga batters.

The game, played in a persistent rain, was ended after five innings under the so-called "mercy rule," which provides for termination of a contest when one team leads the other by 15 or more runs after five innings.

Odessa-Montour will return to action Monday at Spencer-Van Etten.

Photo in text: O-M second baseman Kelsey Bates hauls in a Tioga pop fly.

Left: O-M shortstop Sam Sipes throws to second base for a force out. Right: Tioga picher Kindra Wessels.

WGI will host Masters Race Weekend

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, May 5, 2021 -- Watkins Glen International has announced a new stand-alone road racing event, the Masters & HSR Race Weekend, hosted by Masters Historic Racing July 9-11.

The event will be headlined by Masters Historic Formula One USA, featuring cars from the 3-litre F1 era from 1966-1985, Masters Endurance Legends USA, for endurance-based Prototypes & GT cars from 1982-2016 and the newly announced Masters Formula Atlantic Plus Series, for Formula Atlantic, Formula Super Vee and F2 cars from 1969-1986.

“While disappointing that we cannot host the Finger Lakes Wine Festival again this year, we couldn’t be more excited to add this weekend of road racing to the summer calendar as residents and visitors enjoy the Finger Lakes region,” said WGI President Michael Printup. “Masters has been looking to run here for nearly 20 years and we are thrilled to host them.”

The weekend begins with a Test Day on Thursday, July 8, followed by three days of racing. Please find the event details and full schedule here.

O-M golfers fall to Waverly, 197-228

ITHACA, May 6, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity golf team dropped a 197-228 decision to Waverly Thursday afternoon in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Hillendale Golf Course's par-35 back-9.

David Patterson led O-M with a 54, while Eliza Starkweather and Benson Patterson each shot a 56, and Austin Hoyt a 62. Waverly's Jack Knight was medalist with a 44.

"We're showing some improvement," said O-M Coach Greg Gavich, whose team registered its season-low total.

Odessa (0-3) will return to action today (Friday) at home against Watkins Glen.

Watkins Glen leftfielder Brenna Pierce fires the ball back to the infield after tracking down a base hit by the Waverly player rounding first base in the foreground.

Glen softball team blanked by Waverly

WATKINS GLEN, May 6, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team saw its record slip to 0-2 Thursday when it dropped a 29-0 decision to Waverly in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS softball field.

Third baseman Ava Barber had the only hit for the Senecas, along with a stolen base. She also registered an unassisted double play at third.

Natalie Edmister pitched for the Senecas, with Lois Hosley catching.

"The score doesn't reflect how our girls played," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "Of course, Waverly has a great team. However, I saw a lot of improvement in many places. Edmister is beginning to hit her spots. There were a lot of great relays from the outfield. Hosley was phenomenal behind the plate. I couldn't ask any more of her performance."

The game ended after five innings under the so-called "mercy rule" that terminates games after five innings if one team is ahead by 15 or more runs.

The Senecas are scheduled to play at home today (Friday), hosting Spencer-Van Etten at 5 p.m.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen shortstop Kara Sheesley throws to first baseman Emily Rhoads after fielding a ground ball.

Left: A Waverly drive to center field barely eludes the reach of Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur. Right: Watkins pitcher Natalie Edmister throws to first after fielding a grounder.

O-M softball team blanked by Candor

CANDOR, May 6, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team lost 19-0 Thursday to Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Candor softball field.

O-M managed five hits -- singles by Annaleise Beckley, Raven Lott, Emma Malnoske, Mackenzie Cannon and Kelsey Bates.

Candor jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first inning, adding six runs in the 2nd inning and three runs in the 3rd.

The game ended after five innings under the so-called "mercy rule" that terminates games after five innings if one team is ahead by 15 or more runs.

The Seneca Indians' Daniel Lewis connects with the ball, flying out to right field.

No umps, so Seneca Indians scrimmage

WATKINS GLEN, May 6, 2021 -- An Interscholastic Athletic Conference baseball game rescheduled from Wednesday's rain to Thursday's sunshine was shelved Thursday -- turned into a scrimmage between the Seneca Indians and Spencer-Van Etten/Candor when umpires failed to materialize for the game on the Watkins Glen High School baseball field.

The intended game would have been the season-opener for the Seneca Indians, a combined squad of WGHS and Odessa-Montour High School athletes.

It was not clear why the scheduled game ended up without officials, but the two teams decided to scrimmage, with a coach calling balls and strikes.

The game itself, said one Seneca Indians coach, will be made up at a later date.

Photo in text: Seneca Indians third baseman Adam Pastore throws to first baseman Cayden Confer after fielding a ground ball.

Left: Cayden Confer started on the mound for the Seneca Indians. Right: WG/OM second baseman Cameron Holland throws to first base after fielding a ground ball.

Seneca Indians JV defeats SVEC, 8-6

ODESSA, May 6, 2021 -- The Seneca Indians junior varsity baseball team evened its mark at 1-1 Thursday when it defeated Spencer-Van Etten/Candor 8-6 in a game on the Odessa-Montour High School baseball field.

The Seneca Indians, a combined squad of O-M and Watkins Glen High School athletes, were led by Bradley Gillis, who went 2-for-3 with three runs scored, and by Ryan Willett, who had two hits.

Seneca Indians pitchers Damyan Metris, Mike Hines and JT Tuttle combined to strike out 11 batters.

Watkins Glen golfers lose to SVEC

WATKINS GLEN, May 6, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity golf team's record slipped to 1-2 Thursday when the Senecas dropped a 180-196 decision to Spencer-Van Etten/Candor in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the par-36 Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Georgio Fazzary led Watkins Glen with a 42, while Ben Swinnerton registered a 49, Daniel Ely 50, and Andrew Hayes 55. SVEC's Jacob Banks was medalist with a 41.

The Senecas are scheduled to play Odessa-Montour today (Friday) on O-M's home course, the Hillendale Golf Course outside Ithaca.

Track: O-M boys fall to Newfield, 70-62

NEWFIELD, May 4, 2021 --The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity track team dropped its first meet in two years Tuesday, losing to Newfield 70-62 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the Newfield athletic field.

The loss, said O-M Coach Skip Strobel, was also the "second since I started coaching at O-M. The kids ran great but Newfield took us down."

Along the way, he said, Odessa competitors posted 24 personal bests.

First-place finishes were registered by the 4x800 Relay team of Ben Campbell, Mark Waterman, Jon Gillis and Keith June (9:43), by Arden Heichel in the 110 Hurdles (22.9), by Jon Gillis in the 1600 Meter Run (5:30), by Tristan Harrington in the Shot Put (31' 7"), and by Joshua Beckley in the Discus (80' 2").

Left: Watkins Glen's Thomas Field (foreground) fights for the ball. Right: The Senecas' Seamus Mooney fires wide of the net. He later scored two goals.

Lacrosse: Glen loses to Whitney Point

WATKINS GLEN, May 4, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team saw its record slip to 0-3 Tuesday evening when it dropped a 17-5 decision to Whitney Point in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS Alumni Field.

The Senecas fell behind 4-1 in the first quarter, and were down 12-1 at halftime. The score entering the final period was 14-3.

Matt Irwin and Seamus Mooney each scored two goals for Watkins Glen, while Nick D'Alleva added one. Irwin and Garrett van Ostrand each had an assist.

Connor Novinsky registered 10 saves in goal for the Senecas.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Matt Irwin (7) starts to pivot away from a hard-charging Whitney Point player. Irwin evaded him and got off a shot on goal.

Watkins Glen's Nick D'Alleva (6) is congratulated by teammate Garrett VanOstrand after scoring a second-half goal.

Track: O-M girls lose to Newfield, 67-60

NEWFIELD, May 4, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity track team dropped a 67-60 decision Tuesday to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet on the Newfield athletic field.

"They're a really good team; very fast," said O-M Coach Burton Brewster about Newfield.

Odessa's Tori Brewster led the Indians with four individual first-place finishes -- in the 100 Meters (12.8), the 400 Meters (1:09.7), the Triple Jump (30' 3") and the Long Jump (15' 6.5").

Camille Sgrecci posted wins in the 100 Hurdles (19.9), the 400 Hurdles (1:20.4) and the 4x400 Relay (5:07.5). Other 4x400 relay members were Keyonna Garrison, Morgan Burnham and Katie Adams. Garrison was also first in the High Jump (4' 6").

Ida Sidle was second in the Shot Put (27' 9") and Discus (55' 9"), while Burnham was second in the 200 (30.7) and Adams second in the 800 (3:17.6).

Seneca Indians JV falls to Waverly, 5-0

WAVERLY, May 4, 2021 -- The Seneca Indians junior varsity baseball team opened the season with a loss Tuesday, dropping a 5-0 road decision to Waverly.

Ryan Willett led the Seneca Indians -- a combined squad of Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen High School athletes -- on offense by going 3-for-3. The team left 10 runners on base.

Bradley Gillis, pitching for WG/OM, struck out eight batters in three innings.

Watkins Glen golfers edge Trumansburg

TRUMANSBURG, May 4, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity golf team evened its season mark at 1-1 Tuesday when it defeated Trumansburg 212-217 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Trumansburg Village Golf Course.

The Senecas' Georgio Fazzary was medalist with a 43. Other scores for Watkins Glen included Ben Swinnerton 53, Daniel Ely 56, and Luke Spahalski 60.

Odessa-Montour golfers fall to Tioga

NICHOLS, May 4, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity golf team dropped a 212-231 decision Tuesday to Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Tioga Golf Club's par-35 front-9.

David Patterson led O-M with a 54, while Benson Patterson registered a 58, Austin Hoyt 59, and Eliza Starkweather 60. Tioga's Zach Nichols was medalist with a 45.

O-M returns to action Thursday at home against Waverly

Watkins tennis team drops opener, 3-2

UNION SPRINGS, May 4, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity tennis team lost its season opener Tuesday, falling 3-2 to Union Springs in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference road match.

Winning for Watkins Glen were Dylan Morse in No 1 singles, 6-1, 6-2, and Tim Clifford in No 2 singles, 6-1, 6-1.

Noah Gardner lost the No. 3 singles match, 6-4, 2-6, 4-6, while Sydney Brubaker dropped the No. 4 singles match, 0-6, 0-6. The Watkins doubles team of Alannah Klemann and Faye Mooney also lost, 2-6, 2-6.

"We played pretty well in our first match, but fell just short," said Watkins Glen Coach Scott Morse. "It will be fun watching the team progress throughout the season."

Track: Glen competes in non-scoring meet

NEWFIELD, May 4, 2021 --The Watkins Glen High School boys and girls varsity track teams competed in a non-scoring meet Tuesday on the Newfield athletic field. The results:

Boys:

100 Meters: Jordan Avery 11.9, Cale Sutterby 12.2, John Abidhanathar 12.3
1600 Meters: Johnny VanScoyk 5:37, Aiden Maphis 5:46, Balan Ault 5:55
4x100: Team 1 (Jordan Avery, Cale Sutterby, Nick Wilston, John Abidhanathar) 47.8;
Team 2 (Ray Rider, Ross Pentz, Shea Young, Chris Stevens) 54.1
800 Meters: Balan Ault 2:40
200 Meters: Jordan Avery 25.2, Cale Sutterby 25.7, Shea Young 31.8
3200 Meters: Aiden Maphis 13:34
Long Jump: Nick Wilston 19’10"; John Abidhanathar 16’3
Triple Jump: Nick Wilston 39’ 5"; John Abidhanathar 34’ 10"
Discus: Ross Pentz 80’ 2"; Cam Cron 80' 2"; Chris Stevens 70’1"
Shot Put: Ray Rider 36’ 3"; Shea Young 20’ 9"

Girls:

100 Meter Hurdles: Maggie Pentz 20.5
100 Meters: Briana Hayes 15.8
1500 Meters: Breanna Carl 6:01
Shot Put: Maggie Pentz 17’ 11"
Discus: Briana Hayes 48’10

"Overall," said Coach Mathew Mangus, "the meet was very successful as there were numerous personal bests. Both coach Sterner and I were proud of the grit and determination each athlete demonstrated. We are at Waverly next Tuesday for a dual meet."

Odessa-Montour's Raven Lott strides into a pitch that she hit to right field for extra bases.

O-M softball team falls in opener, 15-6

ODESSA, May 3, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity softball team opened its season on a losing note Monday, dropping a 15-6 decision to Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic conference game on O-M's softball field.

The game was called in the bottom of the 6th inning on account of rain.

Newfield took the lead with single runs in the first and second innings, and broke the game open with eight runs in the 4th and five in the 5th.

O-M answered with three runs in the 4th inning, and three in the 6th.

Mackenzie Cannon pitched for Odessa-Montour, striking out nine batters.

The Indians return to action Wednesday at Candor.

Photo in text: O-M's Kelsey Bates hauls in a Newfield pop-up. She then doubled the runner off of first base to end the inning.

Left: O-M pitcher Mackenzie Cannon. Right: Odessa's Emma Malnoske fouls off a pitch.

Watkins Glen's Ava Barber reaches for an incoming throw as a Notre Dame player reaches third base with a triple.

Watkins softball team no-hit by ND

WATKINS GLEN, May 3, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity softball team failed to register a hit Monday as it fell to Elmira Notre Dame 28-0 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the WGHS softball field.

Notre Dame, which registered 19 hits, got four from Ana Milazzo and three each from Ellie Mustico and Ava Mustico. Each of the Musticos drove in four runs, while Olivia Switzer had 3 RBIs. The team had nine extra-base hits.

Switzer and Ellie Mustico combined for the no-hitter, Switzer striking out nine batters in three innings, and Mustico fanning three in two innings

Notre Dame scored 13 runs in the 1st inning and nine in the 2nd, and cruised from there through the fifth inning, when the game was called under the so-called "mercy rule."

Natalie Edmister and Jenna Solomon pitched for Watkins Glen, with Lois Hosley catching.

Notre Dame "is a fabulous team, and I take my hat off to them," said Watkins Glen Coach Ralph Diliberto. "Our ladies played with grit and sportsmanship."

Watkins Glen returns to action Wednesday at Waverly.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's second pitcher of the game, Jenna Solomon.

Left: Watkins Glen shortstop Kara Sheesley throws out a Notre Dame batter after fielding a ground ball. Right: The Senecas' second baseman, Cloey Wratten, hauls in a pop fly.

Watkins Glen starting pitcher Natalie Edmister (17) prepares to throw to first base after fielding a grounder from Notre Dame's Payton Miller (4).

IAC unveils its boys 2021 soccer All-Stars

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 3, 2021 -- Interscholastic Athletic Conference South Small School Division coaches have named three players from Watkins Glen High School and one from Odessa-Montour High School as First Team All-Stars for the recently concluded 2021 boys varsity soccer season.

Named to the First Team from Watkins Glen were Stoyan Bond, Seamus Mooney and Bryce Kelly. The representative from Odessa-Montour was Cameron Elliott.

Named to the Second Team: Watkins Glen's Dylan Morse.

Action in the Schuyler Strikers U-10 Boys contest on Saturday, May 1. (Photo provided)

Schuyler Soccer Club Strikers compete

Special to The Odessa File

SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 3, 2021 -- The Schuyler Soccer Club youth teams -- the Strikers -- had four games Saturday, with the following results:

U10 Girls: 5/1, Played hard in an 8-0 loss to Soaring Capital SC Blaze.
U10 Boys: 5/1, Played hard in a 5-0 loss to Soaring Capital SC Cobras.
U12 Girls: 5/2, Won 4-1 over Corning United Typhoon; goals scored by Aleah Ventra, Michaela Wheaton, and two by Bailey Viehdeffer.
U14 Girls: 5/2, Played hard in a 3-0 loss to Soaring Capital SC Impact; held them scoreless in the second half.

The schedule for this week:

U10 Boys: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday vs. Taughannock Typhoons.
U12 Girls: 5:30 p.m. Thursday vs. Taughannock Rapids.
U12 Boys: 6 p.m. Friday vs. Soaring Capital SC Explosion.
U10 Boys: 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Vestal Typhoons.
U12 Girls: 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Chenango Chargers.
U14 Girls: 3 p.m. Saturday at Oneonta Dynamite.
U12 Boys: 10 a.m. Sunday at Corning United Tempest.
U14 Girls: 12:30 p.m. Sunday at GBSA GBFC Sabers.

Photo in text: Action in the U14 Girls game on May 1. (Photo provided)

Action in the Schuyler Strikers U12 Girls game on Saturday, May 1. (Photo provided)

4 Odessa bowlers win state bowling title

SYRACUSE, May 1, 2021 -- Four Odessa-Montour High School students who bowl in the Saturday morning Moose Youth league at Harborside Lanes in Watkins Glen won the Class B title Saturday at the New York State USBC Youth Team Championship Tournament in Syracuse.

The four bowlers -- Wes Wade, David Patterson, Benson Patterson and Austin Hoyt -- bowled last month in a qualifier tournament to represent Region 3 (the Elmira area). There are 10 regions, and the top finisher in each handicapped scoring category -- A, B and C, advanced. At the qualifier, held at the Dixie Bowling Lanes in Elmira, the Harborside quartet finished first with a 2330 score (well ahead of runnerup Owego Bowl's 2187), and moved on to the state championship tournament Saturday at the AMF Strike 'N Spare Lanes in Syracuse.

The four boys finished first there, earning the Class B NYS Championship. On top of the plaque they each received, they also won a $1,200 team scholarship for college.

David Patterson won an individual award for highest handicap series for the U15 group, and Benson Patterson won an individual award for highest handicap game for a U15.

The NYS USBC conducts 10 state tournaments each year -- including two for youths (the Youth Team Championship for handicap and scratch bowlers, and the Youth Pepsi Singles for scratch bowlers).

Photo in text: The four boys with their plaques and winning check. From left, Benson Patterson; his brother, David Patterson; Wes Wade, and Austin Hoyt. They bowl in a Moose Youth League at Harborside Lanes on Saturdays. (Photo provided)

Odessa-Montour's Jon Gillis clears the bar in the High Jump.

O-M track opener: Boys, girls win twice

ODESSA, April 30, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys and girls varsity track teams opened their season Friday with victories over Edison and Candor on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The O-M boys defeated Edison 90-51, and topped Candor 95-38. The Odessa girls defeated Edison 100-26, and beat Candor 95-27. The Edison boys and girls, meanwhile, both defeated Candor.

Girls: Tori Brewster posted 4 individual firsts, while Camille Sgrecci had 2 individual wins and was on two winning relay squads.

O-M took first place in the following:

4x800: Camille Sgrecci, Morgan Burnham, Katie Adams and Reagan Reese (12:59.4).
100 Hurdles: Sarah Strobel (22.6).
100 Meters: Tori Brewster (13.1).
4x100: Delaney Paulisczak, Sarah Strobel, Gina Gavich and Lillian Halpin (1:06.5).
400 Meters: Tori Brewster (1:08.5).
400 Hurdles: Camille Sgrecci (1:26.3).
4x400: Camille Sgrecci, Katie Adams, Morgan Burnham and Keyonna Garrison (5:15.6).
Long Jump: Tori Brewster (14' 3").
Triple Jump: Tori Brewster (31' 3.75").
High Jump: Keyonna Garrison (4' 8").
Pole Vault: Camille Sgrecci (6' 6").
Shot Put: Ida Sidle (28' 5.25").

O-M took second place in the 100 Meters (Ida Sidle), the 400 Hurdles (Sarah Strobel), the 800 Meters (Katie Adams), the Long Jump (Keyonna Garrison), the Triple Jump (Keyonna Garrison), the High Jump (Delaney Paulisczak), the Pole Vault (Lillian Halpin), the Shot Put (Morgan Burnham), and the Discus (Ida Sidle).

Odessa took third place in the 1500 Meters (Reagan Reese), the 200 Meters (Ida Sidle), the Triple Jump (Lillian Halpin), and the Shot Put (Reagan Reese).

Boys: Odessa-Montour took first places in:

4x800: 10:15.5
100 Hurdles: Arden Heichel (23.8).
400 Hurdles: Arden Heichel (1:28).
3200 Meters: Jon Gillis (13:32.7).
Pole Vault: Josiah Lynch
Shot Put: T. Harrington (31' 8").
Discus: T. Harrington (75' 9").

Odessa posted runnerup finishes in the 110 Hurdles (Gabe Williams), the 4x100 (Beckley, Harrington, Williams and Davis), the 400 Meters (Jon Gillis), the 400 Hurdles (Gabe Williams), the 800 Meters (Ben Campbell), the 3200 (Keith June), the 4x400, the High Jump (Jon Gillis), the Pole Vault (Jed Lynch), and the Discus (Josh Beckley).

O-M was third in the 110 Hurdles (Brandon Davis), the 100 Meters (Jed Lynch), the 1600 Meters (Keith June), the 400 Meters (Jed Lynch), the 400 Hurdles (Brandon Davis), the 200 Meters (Jed Lynch), the Long Jump (Josiah Lynch), the Triple Jump (Josiah Lynch), the High Jump (Josiah Lynch), and the Shot Put (Josh Beckley).

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Sarah Strobel in the 100 Meter Hurdles.
Middle: Odessa's Katie Adams.
Bottom: O-M's Ben Campbell in the 1600.

Competing in the Long Jump were O-M's Tori Brewster, left, and Keyonna Garrison. They took first and second place, respectively.

Left: The winning O-M 4x100 Relay team of, from left, Delaney Paulisczak, Gina Gavich, Lillian Halpin and Sarah Strobel. Right: O-M's Arden Heichel in the 100.

Left: O-M's Gabe Williams in the 110 Hurdles. Right: The Indians' Ida Sidle in the 100.

From left: Odessa-Montour's Camille Sgrecci, Jed Lynch and Mark Waterman.

Watkins lacrosse team blanked by Corning

CORNING, April 30, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity lacrosse team saw its season mark slip to 0-2 Friday night with a 21-0 road loss to Corning, the defending Section IV, Class AA champion.

The Senecas lost their opener Wednesday to Elmira Notre Dame, 21-5. In that game, Watkins's Jamie Dejong scored three goals.

O-M golfers fall to T-burg in opener

TRUMANSBURG, April 28, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School varsity golf team opened its season with a loss Tuesday, dropping a 220-246 decision to Trumansburg in a season-opening match on the Trumansburg Golf Course's par-36 front-9.

The match, played on a sunny, calm day, saw Benson Patterson lead O-M with a 58. David Patterson shot 59, Eliza Starkweather 64, and Austin Hoyt 65.

Owen Leiter led T-burg with a 46, while teammate Ian Hunter registered a 49.

The Indians return to actoin Thursday against Watkins Glen on O-M's home course, the Hillendale Golf Course outside Ithaca.

Watkins golfers open with loss at Tioga

NICHOLS, April 28, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity golf team opened its season with a 212-219 loss to Tioga Tuesday in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match on the Tioga Golf Club's par-35 front-9.

David Ely led Watkins Glen with a 50, while Georgio Fazzary registered a 51, Ben Swinnerton a 56, and Luke Spahalski a 62. Zach Nichols and Tyler Roe led Tioga, each shooting a 49.

Watkins returns to action Thursday against Odessa-Montour on O-M's home course, the Hillendale Golf Course outside Ithaca.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur on the way to victory in the 200 Individual Medley.

Watkins Glen swimmers win their 4th straight Section IV, Class C championship

WATKINS GLEN, April 25, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team won the Section IV, Class C championship Saturday afternoon, its fourth straight sectional title.

The Senecas amassed 435 points to runnerup Lansing's 346. Waverly was third with 271, followed by Southern Cayuga (243.5), Chenango Forks (224.5), Elmira Notre Dame (214), Susquehanna Valley (129), Greene (80) and Whitney Point (28).

"It was a true team effort today," said Watkins Glen Coach Nichole Chaffee. "The swimmers were there for each other, worked as a team and accomplished this win. It was a fabulous result in such a difficult year, and I hope that the girls remember all the adversity they worked through to make it happen."

The Senecas finished first in seven of the 11 races, with Thalia Marquez registering four wins and Faye Mooney three, and Amanda Wilbur and Alannah Klemann two each. Kendra Fish and Malina Butler were both on a winning relay squad.

Perhaps the most thrilling win of the day belonged to Wilbur, who trailed significantly after the second leg (the backstroke) of the 200 Individual Medley, but almost caught up on a strong turn into the breaststroke leg, and then overtook the leader, Notre Dame's Allie O'Brien.

Their times held up as the two best in the semi-virtual nature of the Championships, which were being held in two locations, the Watkins Glen and Susquehanna Valley high schools. The results from the two sites were merged after the meets, with the final results unveiled Saturday night.

This Watkins Glen squad had a strong core of returners from the fall of 2019, the last season in which they had competed. The 2020 fall season was put on hold by the pandemic, but held now, in late winter and early spring. And the girls, maintaining training that included a Seneca Lake swim last summer, were ready again this time around.

In the finals, Watkins Glen swimmers finished as follows:

200 Medley Relay: 1st, Alannah Klemann, Faye Mooney, Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez, 1:55.50.
200 Free: 1st, Thalia Marquez 2:00.85; 12th, Madeline Williams 2:31.04; 13th, Megan Adams 2:32.06; 16th, Emilee Chaffinch 2:37.22.
200 Individual Medley: 1st, Amanda Wilbur, 2:18.78; 7th, Emily Melveney 2:44.01; 9th, Delaney Paulisczak 2:54.11; 13th, Annaleise Beckley 3:01.92.
50 Free: 5th, Malina Butler 27.81; 6th, Kendra Fish 27.84.
100 Fly: 2nd, Amanda Wilbur 1:03.10; 7th, Emily Melveney 1:17.38; 8th, Sarah Stolpinski 1:18.54; 9th, Skye Cummings 1:20.79.
100 Free: 1st, Faye Mooney 56.31; 2nd, Alannah Klemann 57.55.
500 Free: 1st, Thalia Marquez 5:28.93; 6th, Sarah Stolpinski 6:38.31; 8th, Emilee Chaffinch 7:00.25; 14th, Annaleise Beckley 7:21.66 .
200 Free Relay: 2nd, Faye Mooney, Malina Butler, Kendra Fish, Amanda Wilbur, 1:46.78.
100 Back: 2nd, Alannah Klemann 1:01.80; 5th, Kendra Fish 1:08.94; 6th, Malina Butler 1:09.22; 10th, Megan Adams 1:12.95.
100 Breast: 1st, Faye Mooney 1:09.74; 6th, Delaney Paulisczak 1:27.91; 15th, Madeline Williams 1:37.21.
400 Free Relay: 1st, Thalia Marquez, Malina Butler, Kendra Fish, Alannah Klemann, 4:02.48.

In other Section IV tournaments, Horseheads won in Class A with 581 points to runnerup Corning's 368, and Maine-Endwell won in Class B with 491 points to runnerup Chenango Valley's 458.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Thalia Marquez on the way to victory in the 200 Yard Freestyle. Her time of 2:00.85 was almost five seconds faster than the runnerup.
Second: The Senecas' Sarah Stolpinski dives at start of the 100 Fly. She placed 8th.
Third: Watkins Glen's Faye Mooney swims a leg of the 200 Medley Relay, which the Senecas won.
Fourth: The Senecas' Alannah Klemann en route to 2nd place in the 100 Free final.

Left: The Senecas' Madeline Williams nears the finish in the 200 Free. She placed 12th. Right: The Senecas' Kendra Fish dives at start of the 50 Free, where she placed 6th..

Watkins teammates Sarah Stolpinski, right, and Skye Cummings shake hands after finishing one-two in their 100 Fly heat. Stolpinski placed 8th overall and Cummings 9th.

Left: Watkins Glen's Emily Melveney swims the backstroke leg of the 200 Individual Medley. She placed 7th.. Right: The Senecas' Thalia Marquez.

Left: Watkins Glen's Malina Butler checks her time after the 50 Free final. She placed 5th. Right: The Senecas' Delaney Paulisczak competes in the 200 IM, where she placed 9th.

Watkins Glen's Megan Adams glides at the start of the 200 Free. She placed 13th.

The Seneca Indians' Jared Rumsey, right, sends a punt on its way in traffic.

Seneca Indians stay close before falling to Tioga, 36-20, in short-season grid finale

TIOGA CENTER, April 24, 2021 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team closed its short four-game season with a loss Friday night, falling to Tioga 36-20 in a game on the Tioga football field.

The Seneca Indians -- a combined group of Watkins Glen High School and Odessa-Montour High School athletes -- led twice in the game and trailed by just a point at halftime, but the ball-control Tigers played keep-away in the fourth quarter to keep WG/OM at bay.

Tioga ran 20 plays in that quarter to just five by the Seneca Indians, and scored the final touchdown with 4:48 to play. Up to that point, WG/OM had stayed within a touchdown of the Tigers.

The Seneca Indians struck first in the game, scoring on a 2-yard run by Travon Jones with 7:50 on the clock in the first quarter. A two-point conversion run failed.

Tioga answered with a 12-yard touchdown pass and an extra point at 2:31 to go up 7-6.

WG/OM took the lead again at 7:08 of the second period on a 1-yard keeper to the left by quarterback Cameron Holland. A two-point conversion pass attempt was completed, but the receiver fell inches short of the goal line, leaving the Seneca Indians' lead at 12-7.

Tioga took the lead again 14-12 at 2:52 of the second quarter on a 1-yard TD run and an extra-point kick, and extended the advantage to 21-12 just 35.1 seconds before halftime on a 30-yard pass play over the middle and another extra-point kick.

The Seneca Indians then staged a passing display with a trio of sideline passes before Holland launched a 30-yard TD pass to a wide-open Owen Scholtisek, who had snuck past the Tioga defense. He caught the ball in the end zone in full stride. Another two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving WG/OM down 21-18.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Seneca Indians' Jared Rumsey sent ball deep to the right, and a Tioga player, after fielding the ball, stepped into the end zone and knelt down, leading to a safety call and two more points for WG/OM. The halftime score: Tioga 21, SI 20.

Tioga extended its lead to 28-20 at 9:23 of the third quarter on a 15-yard TD run and an extra point.

The Seneca Indians had to punt on their next possession, and after Jones broke up a 4th down Tioga pass attempt, WG/OM managed some momentun, gaining a first down at midfield before a penalty stopped the drive, leading to a turnover on downs.

After that, Tioga ball control proved unbeatable.

"We didn't have the ball," said Seneca Indians Coach Trevor Holland of that fourth quarter. "They ate the clock up. That's how they win."

The victory lifted Tioga's record to 5-1, its only loss coming the previous week to Newark Valley. The Seneca Indians closed the season -- postponed from the fall by the pandemic and shortened -- at 3-1.

Owen Scholtisek led the WG/OM ball carriers with 84 yards on 11 carries, and caught 6 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown.

Fazzary carried the ball 6 times for 21 yards, and caught 3 passes for 12 yards.

Travon Jones carried the ball 8 times for 16 yards and one touchdown, and caught 4 passes for 42 yards.

Cameron Holland carried the ball 4 times for 33 yards and a touchdown, and completed 13 of 20 passes for 137 yards. He completed one TD pass, to Scholtisek.

Overall, the Senecas gained 291 yards, to Tioga's 320 (293 rushing and 27 passing).

The Senecca Indians all "played hard," said Coach Holland, citing in particular the overall efforts of Jones, Scholtisek and Anthony Ricauter-Minelli.

"Now it's a wrap," he added. "When you reflect back to March 1st, when we had our first practice in blistering cold, and you think about what these players did ... well, they did pretty darn well."

Photos in text:

Top: Seneca Indians quarterback Cameron Holland passes the ball as Tioga defenders move in.

Second: Bodies pile up as a Tioga ball-carrier is tackled. No. 86 at left is the Seneca Indians' Silas Farrell.

Third: WG/OM's Cayden Confer (80) sends a Tioga ball-carrier out of bounds.

Bottom: The Seneca Indians' Dominick Fazzary tackles a Tioga ball-carrier.

The Seneca Indians' Cameron Holland scores his team's second touchdown on a quarterback keeper to the left.

Left: The Seneca Indians' Travon Jones awaits a pass. Right: WG/OM's Owen Scholtisek hauls in a touchdown pass near the end of the first half.

Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur swims the 200 Individual Medley at the Prelims.

Section IV swim prelims set up finale; Watkins swimmers place 1st in 7 races

WATKINS GLEN, April 23, 2021 -- Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swimmers qualified first in 7 of 11 races Thursday in the Section IV, Class C Prelims leading to Saturday's finals.

The preliminaries for the Section IV, Class A, B and C meets were held at various pools around the region, including at Watkins Glen High School.

There, the Class C WGHS team swam for seeding times alongside Class A Ithaca, although they are not pitted against one another in the competition. Such an odd pairing is the result of pandemic restrictions limiting the number of swimmers at one locale.

When the finals are held Saturday, they will also be held at various locations -- Class C, for instance, at Watkins Glen and one other location.

Following Thursday's prelims, the girls had to wait while results from other Class C schools could be tabulated and merged to determine Saturday's seedings. Those were announced late Thursday night.

Watkins Glen is represented in the finals of every race. The top eight finishers in each of Thursday's races qualified for the finals, while the 9th through 16th place finishers made the consolation finals, with no chance to finish higher than 9th.

By race, Watkins finalists are:

200 Medley Relay: 1st, Alannah Klemann, Faye Mooney, Amanda Wilbur and Thalia Marquez 1:56.34.
200 Free: 1st, Thalia Marquez 1:59.61.
200 IM: 1st, Amanda Wilbur 2:19.41; 7th, Emily Melveney 2:38.61.
50 Free: 3rd, Kendra Fish 27.58; 7th, Malina Butler 28.21.
100 Fly: 2nd, Amanda Wilbur 1:02.97; 7th, Emily Melveney 1:17.24; 8th, Sarah Stolpinski 1:21.21.
100 Free: 1st, Faye Mooney 56.52; 2nd, Alannah Klemann 57.24.
500 Free: 1st, Thalia Marquez 5:27.25; 6th, Sarah Stolpinski 6:44.82; 8th, Emilee Chaffinch 7:05.19.
200 Free Relay: 2nd, Faye Mooney, Malina Butler, Kendra Fish, Amanda Wilbur 1:47.89.
100 Back: 2nd, Alannah Klemann 1:02.57; 4th, Kendra Fish 1:08.14; 6th, Malina Butler 1:09.97.
100 Breast: 1st, Faye Mooney 1:10.23.
400 Free Relay: 1st, Alannah Klemann, Malina Butler, Kendra Fish, Thalia Marquez 4:02.91.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen's Malina Butler hits the water in the 50 Yard Freestyle.
Bottom: The Senecas' Kendra Fish reacts to her time in the 50 Free: 27.58, almost two seconds below her seed time coming in.

Watkins Glen's Annaleise Beckley, left, and Delaney Paulisczak swim the 200 IM.

Odessa-Montour's Autumn Garrison follows through on a shot that found the Tioga net for the Indians' first goal of the game.

O-M girls return for one final game, top Tioga 6-0, celebrate seniors and co-title

ODESSA, April 21, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School girls varsity soccer team -- sidelined in the season's final games last week by quarantine -- defeated Tioga 6-0 Tuesday evening in an add-on Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The game was added to the schedule when Tioga agreed to travel here and provide the O-M girls an opportunity for a Senior Night, a halftime ceremony at which the Indians' five seniors were honored. The honorees: Autumn Garrison, Lillian Betts, Malia Mertens, Ida Sidle and Reagan Bishop.

"It was really special of Tioga to do that," O-M Coach Burton Brewster said of the Tigers' journey to Odessa. And despite a roster depleted by injury -- only 11 Tioga players were suited up, compared to Odessa's 21 -- "they battled really hard."

The game saw four O-M players register goals -- two each by Lillian Betts and Hannah Nolan (her 14th and 15th of the 9-game season), and one apiece by Tori Brewster and Autumn Garrison. Assists were credited to Nolan, Garrison and Brewster.

Odessa-Montour outshot Tioga 13-7, while the Tigers held a 6-5 edge in corner kicks. Keyonna Garrison registered 7 saves in goal for Odessa, while two keepers made a total of 6 saves for Tioga.

Coach Brewster praised his team's defense, and in particular a spectacular save by goalkeeper Garrison and a goal-saving play by Reagan Bishop, who cleared a ball seemingly heading for the O-M net.

The halftime Senior Night ceremony also brought announcement of an IAC co-championship for O-M, which finished with a 6-3 record. The Indians won the conference's South Division, while Groton won in the North. Since they couldn't schedule a title game for the overall crown, they share it.

Photos in text:

Top: O-M's Lillian Betts sends a shot that found the lower right corner of the Tioga net for her first of two goals.
Bottom: The Indians' Hannah Nolan prepares to shoot. She registered two goals.

O-M goalkeeper Keyonna Garrison (in orange) bats away an incoming Tioga corner kick.

O-M seniors Ida Sidle (left photo) and Malia Mertens move the ball upfield.

Left: O-M's Raven Lott, left, has her eye on the ball. Right: The Indians' Gina Gavich, left, battles a Tioga player for possession of the ball.

Odessa-Montour's Camille Sgrecci sends the ball flying toward the Tioga net.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Katie Adams delivers a corner kick. Right: The Indians' Courtney Davis, right, contends for the ball.

O-M's Lillian Betts heads the ball into the Tioga net (left) off a crossing pass from teammate Tori Brewster (right). It was Betts' second goal of the game.

O-M's seniors were honored during a halftime ceremony. From left: Lillian Betts, Reagan Bishop, Autumn Garrison, Ida Sidle and Malia Mertens.

Watkins Glen's Kendra Fish dives at the start of a leg of the 200 Medley Relay.

Watkins Glen swimmers capture the title at the IAC Swimming Championships

WATKINS GLEN, April 18, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team placed first Saturday in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Swimming Championships, outpointing six other schools.

The Senecas amassed 408 points, while Lansing was second with 365, and Southern Cayuga third with 256 points. They were followed by Dryden (254.5), Elmira Notre Dame (249), Waverly (246.5) and Whitney Point (31).

The tournament was held in two locations over two days due to pandemic restrictions. Dryden, Southern Cayuga, Whitney Point and Lansing swam Friday in the Lansing pool, with Notre Dame, Waverly and Watkins Glen competing Saturday in the WGHS pool.

Final standings for each race and each team was determined by merging the scores registered over the two days.

Watkins Glen swimmers took first place in the following events:

200 Yard Freestyle: Thalia Marquez 2:00.87.
50 Yard Freestyle: Faye Mooney 25.84.
100 Yard Freestyle: Thalia Marquez 56.01.
500 Yard Freestyle: Amanda Wilbur 5:37.73.
200 Freestyle Relay: Faye Mooney, Alannah Klemann, Amanda Wilbur, Thalia Marquez, 1:47.00.
100 Yard Breaststroke: Faye Mooney 1:10.94.
400 Freestyle Relay: Thalia Marquez, Alannah Klemann, Amanda Wilbur, Faye Mooney, 3:53.38.

Lansing won the 200 Medley Relay, and one of that squad's members, Grace Kadlecik, also won the 100 Fly and 100 Backstroke. Notre Dame's Allie O'Brien won the 200 IM.

Placing second for Watkins Glen were Amanda Wilbur in the 200 IM, and Alannah Klemann in the 100 Free.

The Senecas return to action in next weekend's Section IV, Class C Championships. The tournament will be held at two different locations, including Watkins Glen.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Amanda Wilbur in the 200 IM. She placed second.

Watkins Glen's Alannah Klemann, foreground, competes in the 100 Free. She finished second behind teammate Thalia Marquez, shown in the background.

Left: Watkins Glen's Delaney Paulisczak dives at start of the 200 IM. Right: The Senecas' Faye Mooney reacts to the time she posted in the 50 Free, a personal best of 25.84.

Watkins Glen's Skye Cummings competes in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Left: Watkins' Megan Adams swims a leg of the 200 Medley Relay. Right: The Senecas' Emily Melveney before the start of the 200 Individual Medley, in which she competed.

Watkins' Malina Butler competes in the backstroke portion of the 200 Medley Relay.

The Watkins Glen team's seniors swam the length of the pool carryiing symbolic candles as part of a Senior Night ceremony.

The Watkins Glen swim team seniors honored at a Senior Night ceremony before the IAC Championships included, from left: Megan Adams, Madeline Williams, Amanda Wilbur, Emilee Chaffinch and Taryn Hoyt.

Watkins Glen's Aidan Maphis, left, competes at the Marathon Invitational on Friday.

Watkins runners compete at Marathon

MARATHON, April 18, 2021 -- The boys and girl on the Watkins Glen High School varsity cross country team competed Friday at the annual Marathon Invitatonal.

In the boys race, Watkins' Jaden Ault finished 52nd among 177 runners in 20:56, while Balan Ault was 75th in 21:59, and Aidan Maphis 80th in 22:20.

In the girls race, the Senecas' lone runner, Breanna Carl, placed 25th among 113 competitors with a time of 24:01.

In the Modified race, Watkins Glen's Jack Hayden was 29th among 51 runners with a time of 13:06.

Next up: A Season-Ending Race at the Chenango Valley State Park next Saturday.

Photo in text: Watkins' Breanna Carl, center, competes at Marathon. (Photos provided)

Seneca Indians edge Dryden in final seconds, 28-24, improve record to 3-0

DRYDEN, April 17, 2021 -- The Seneca Indians varsity football team came from behind with a touchdown with 13 seconds remaining to defeat Dryden 28-24 Friday night in a game on the Dryden athletic field.

The game, a see-saw affair, saw the 3-0 Seneca Indians -- a combined squad of Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high school athletes -- trailing after one quarter 8-0. They were even at halftime 8-8, ahead 16-8 and then tied 16-16 in the third quarter, and ahead 22-16 and then behind 24-22 with 3:16 left to play.

Then came a 9-play drive, all runs, that started on the Seneca Indians 43, culminating in a fake handoff by quarterback Cameron Holland on the 5-yard line. Holland hid the ball behind his back and ran left, reaching the end zone with a dive. The 2-point conversion failed.

On the ensuing kickoff, with Dryden bunching up in the middle, senior Jared Rumsey kicked the ball deep to the right, and by the time a Dryden player tracked it down and was tackled on his own 8-yard line, the Purple Lions had just enough time to get one pass off, which fell incomplete.

Dryden, which has yet to win a game, "came to fight," said Seneca Indians Coach Trevor Holland. "It was a battle."

Owen Scholtisek led WG/OM runners with 136 yards on 16 carries and a 7-yard touchdown. Dominick Fazzary gained 88 yards on 18 carries, scoring twice on 1-yard runs Scholtisek added 2-point conversion runs after both Fazzary TDs.

Holland completed 4 of 6 passes for 58 yards. One went for 39 yards to Travon Jones, who was nursing a sore shoulder but entered the game in the fourth quarter and made what Coach Holland called "some great plays," gaining 40 yards on the ground on five carries.

On defense, four Seneca Indians registered four tackles each: Anthony Recauter-Minelli, Scholtisek, Rumsey and Cayden Confer.

Dryden went to the air more often than the Seneca Indians, gaining 141 yards passing along with 163 rushing.

The Seneca Indians return to action Friday at Tioga for their final game of the season.

Photo in text: Seneca Indians Head Coach Trevor Holland (File photo)

Watkins Glen's Melanie Wysocki reaches low for an incoming Odessa-Montour volley.

Volleyball finale: Watkins tops O-M, 3-1

ODESSA, April 17, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School varsity volleyball team posted its first victory of the season Friday evening, defeating Odessa-Montour 3-1 in the finale for both teams.

The match, played in the O-M gym, was decided by game scores of 24-26, 25-17, 25-17 and 25-19. Odessa completed its season without a win.

"It was great to grab a win to end the season," said Watkins Glen Coach Krysti Westervelt. "The players worked well together, and some strong serving played a key part in the victory."

Individual statistics for Watkins Glen included the following:

Kelsey DeMillo: 12 service points, 6 aces, 6 kills, 1 block, 8 digs,
Madelynn Jones: 5 kills.
Sarah Jones: 8 service points, 4 digs, 6 assists.
Jade Scaptura: 4 service points, 6 assists.
Cloey Wratten: 6 service points, 8 digs.
Melanie Wysocki: 7 service points, 2 aces, 2 kills, 4 digs.
Robin Zimba: 6 digs.
Cassidy Ploucha: 7 service points, 2 kills, 3 digs.

Individual statistics for Odessa-Montour included the following:

Haley Landon: 3 service points, 1 kill, 5 assists.
Isabella Arlington: 2 service points, 2 aces, 1 dig.
Jessica Carnes: 9 service points, 2 aces, 2 kills, 1 block, 5 digs.
Samantha Sipes: 7 service points, 4 aces, 5 kills, 1 assist, 1 dig.
Hali Daugherty: 2 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 1 dig.
Madisyn Wells: 3 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 1 dig.
Emma Landon: 8 service points, 3 aces, 1 kill, 4 assists.

Junior Varsity: Watkins Glen defeated Odessa-Montour 3-0. Games scores were 25-15, 26-24 and 25-18.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen's Kelsey DeMillo awaits the ball.

Left: Odessa-Montour's Isabella Arlington serves. Right: O-M's Hali Daugherty goes high for a volley.

From left: O-M's Haley Landon, and Watkins Glen's Sarah Jones and Cassidy Ploucha.

Watkins Glen boys defeat Newfield, 3-2

NEWFIELD, April 16, 2021 -- The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity soccer team closed out its season Thursday by defeating Newfield 3-2 in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on the Newfield athletic field.

The Senecas were led by two Dylan Morse goals and one by Tim Clifford. Morse also registered an assist on Clifford's goal.

Bryce Kelly made eight saves in goal for Watkins, what Acting Coach Ralph Diliberto called "a great performance in the net."

"It was a hard-fought game," said Diliberto, "and the defense came up big, namely Ross Pentz, Gavin Bond, Garrett VanOstrand, and Ethan Day." The team, he added, "did themselves proud."

Waverly's first goal came early in the second-half. O-M goalkeeper David Patterson (center right) stopped this shot, but the momentum carried the ball in his hands over the goal line.

Odessa-Montour boys fall to Waverly, 3-2

ODESSA, April 16, 2021 -- The Odessa-Montour High School boys varsity soccer team led twice before losing Thursday to Waverly, 3-2, in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game on O-M's Charles Martin Field.

The Indians took the lead at 26:48 of the first half on a goal by Michael Benway, with an assist from Ethan King. That lead held through the first half

Waverly tied the game 1-1 at 37:16 of the second half. O-M then moved ahead again at 25:15 on a shot by Cody Austin from the right corner that carried over a leaping Waverly keeper and into the net just inside the left goalpost.

But Waverly struck again at 19:24 on a shot from the left that found the right corner of the Odessa net, and put in what proved to be the game-winner at 13:15 on a blast near the net that found the right corner.

O-M's last best chance came on a shot by King that caromed off the crossbar at the 10:10 mark.

The Indians return to action for their season finale today (Friday) at Newfield. Game time is 5 p.m.

Senior Night: Odessa-Montour's six seniors were honored during a halftime ceremony. They are Phoenix Parmenter, Cody Austin, Cameron Elliott, Michael Benway, Anthony Robinson and Brock Sgrecci.

Photo in text: O-M's Ethan King (4) watches his shot hit the crossbar.

O-M's Cody Austin (right photo) sends a shot that went over the Waverly keeper's outstretched arms (left) and into the net for the Indians' second goal.

Left: O-M's Michael Benway, left, watches the ball enter the Waverly net as his shot -- a short chip over the Waverly keeper -- put the Indians ahead 1-0. Right: Odessa keeper David Patterson leaps to bat away a Waverly second-half shot on goal.

O-M's seniors were honored during a halftime Senior Night ceremony. From left: Tony Robinson, Phoenix Parmenter, Cody Austin, Michael Benway, Cam Elliott, Brock Sgrecci.


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