WATKINS GLEN — Josie VanDyke and Natalie Garrity finished 1-2 in the IAC Diving Championships here Saturday morning.
VanDyke won the 1-meter diving competition with 265.75 points, and Garrity was second with 183.25 points.
The duo will compete later this week in the Section IV Diving Championships.
IN PHOTO: Natalie Garrity (left) and Josie VanDyke.
WATKINS GLEN — Juniors Lourden Benjamin and Delaney Vascoe logged four
top-four finishes Saturday to lead Waverly’s efforts at the IAC girls
swimming & diving championships.
Watkins Glen claimed the team title with 408 points, while Lansing was runner-up with 365, Southern Cayuga was third at 256, Dryden was fourth at 254.5, Notre Dame was fifth at 249, and Waverly tallied 246.5 points to finish sixth.
Benjamin finished third in the 200-yard IM in a time of 2:30.74, while Vascoe was fourth in 2:33.69, and 7th-grader Elizabeth Robinson was 15th in 3:06.54.
Benjamin finished fourth in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:08.64, and sophomore Josie VanDyke was 15th in 1:23.6.
Vascoe finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:20.5, while sophomore Sophia DeSisti was ninth in 1:31.44, and junior Nicole Bunke was 13th in 1:38.72.
Benjamin and Vascoe teamed with junior Willow Sharpsteen and DeSisti to finish third in the 200-meter medley relay in a time of 2:08.18. The same foursome finished fourth in the 200-yard freestyle relay in a time of 1:55.51.
Sharpsteen finished fifth in the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 1:10.82, and Robinson was 11th in 1:28.67. Sharpsteen finished eighth in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:25.69, and senior Mara Callear was 11th in 2:29.5.
The foursome of Callear, VanDyke, Bunke and 7th-grader Mira Kittle placed sixth in the 400-yard freestyle relay in a time of 4:50.55.
Callear finished seventh in the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 6:47.99
DeSisti was eighth in the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 29.19 seconds, and Kittle was ninth in 29.62 seconds.
Kittle finished 10th in the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 1:08.28, and Bunke was 13th in 1:11.24.
MARATHON — Senior Collin Wright ran to a fourth-place finish here Friday
at the rugged Marathon Cross Country Invitational to help Waverly to a
sixth-place finish in the boys Division 1 team standings.
Wright clocked in at 17:54.2, about 46 seconds off the winning pace of Delhi senior Diego Aguirre, who broke the tape at 17:08.4.
Junior Nate Ackley finished 14th for the Wolverines in a time of 19:02.7, while junior Matt Atanasoff was 41st in 20:41.8, junior Gavin Schillmoeller was 63rd in 21:19.3, and 8th-grader Liam Wright was 95th in the field of 178 runners in a time of 22:54.5.
ODESSA — Waverly rallied from a 2-1 second-half deficit to snap a
four-game losing streak with a 3-2 season-ending win over Odessa-Montour
here Thursday night in IAC boys soccer action.
“It was a little messy, but we’re glad to come away with a win and end the season on a high note,” said Waverly coach Eric Ryck.
“We have had a hard time converting our opportunities into goals this season, but man do we have a lot to build on for next season,” added Ryck. “I’m very excited about the future of this program.”
Michael Benway, off a feed from Ethan King, scored the lone goal of the first half to give O-M a 1-0 lead.
Junior Brennan Traub, off an assist from senior Peyton Bowen, tied the game with a goal early in the second half.
Cody Austin scored just a few minutes later to put O-M ahead 2-1.
Midway through the second half, Traub scored again to tie the game at 2-2.
With 10 minutes remaining in the contest, Waverly senior Nate Ryck crossed the ball into the box in front of the O-M net, where an Indian defender attempted to clear it, but knocked it past the keeper to put the Wolverines ahead, 3-2.
Waverly controlled the action throughout the closing minutes of the game to preserve the win.
The Wolverines had a 16-5 advantage in shots-on-goal, and a 9-2 edge in corner kicks.
Junior Cameron McIsaac recorded three saves in net for Waverly, while David Patterson had 14 saves for O-M.
Waverly wraps up the season with a 3-5 record.
WAVERLY — Waverly won the first set, but Horseheads re-grouped and
rallied for a 3-1 season-ending win here Wednesday night in non-league
“The girls started off strong again but couldn’t keep up the pace,” said Waverly coach Charity Meyers.
The Lady Wolverines won the first set with a 25-19 win, but the Lady Blue Raiders answered with wins of 25-17, 25-16, and 25-16.
Senior Sidney Tomasso led Waverly with nine points (three aces), six digs, four kills, and two blocks, while junior Aubrey Ennis had nine points, including a team-high four aces, and four digs, and 8th-grader Lillie Kirk had five points (three aces), four kills, and eight digs.
Senior Caitlyn Bakley had five points (three aces) and three setter assists, while junior Aryan Peters had four points, six digs, and five assists, senior Emilee Little had four points and eight digs, sophomore Michaela Lauper recorded seven digs, freshman Paighten Street added four digs, and junior Sydney Nierstedt chipped in with two kills.
Waverly finishes off the 2021 campaign with a 3-9 record.
Meyers is looking forward to the fall season.
“We had an enjoyable season and learned a lot this year,” she said. “We are so grateful to have the opportunity to have been able to play.
“We are definitely going work on conditioning and transitioning next season,” added Meyers.
The Wolverines graduate just three seniors: Tomasso, Bakley, and Little.
“We want to wish our seniors the best of luck in college,” said Meyers. “They will be missed.”
WAVERLY — Waverly dropped a pair of tightly-contested sets in a
season-ending, 2-0, loss to Elmira here Wednesday night in IAC junior
varsity volleyball action.
The Lady Express won decisions of 25-19 and 26-24. Elmira also won an exhibition set by the score of 25-4.
Brilynn Belles led Waverly with nine points, including six aces, four digs, and two kills, while Natalie Lauper had five points, two kills, and two digs, and Mia Bakley had four points — all aces, and three digs.
Erica Ryck added two points, eight digs, four setter assists, and two kills for the Lady Wolverines, while Haylie Davenport recorded five digs, and Ashlen Croft registered three kills and one block.
WAVERLY — Class AA Horseheads proved a little too much for Waverly here
Tuesday night, sweeping the Lady Wolverines in non-league volleyball
The Lady Blue Raiders won by scores of 25-14, 25-21, and 25-10.
“I felt the girls did pretty well during the first two sets,” said Waverly coach Charity Meyers. “Horseheads definitely has a lot of depth to its team.
“It was a lot of fun playing them, and I’m glad we got the opportunity,” she added.
Senior Emilee Little led Waverly with six service points, including three aces, three kills, and three digs, and senior Sidney Tomasso had six points (two aces), three kills, and two blocks.
Junior Aryan Peters added three points, nine setter assists, and three digs for the Lady Wolverines, while 8th-grader Lillie Kirk had three points, three digs, and two kills, junior Aubrey Ennis had two points and three digs, and junior Sydney Nierstedt chipped in with two kills.
Waverly, now 3-8, wraps up the 2021 campaign Wednesday night when it hosts Elmira.
WAVERLY — Waverly outshot Notre Dame by more than a 3-to-1 margin, but
the Crusaders pulled out a 2-1 win here Tuesday afternoon in IAC South
Large School boys soccer action at Memorial Stadium.
“It’s frustrating to say the least,” said Waverly coach Eric Ryck. “This is the second game in two weeks that we’ve completely dominated possession and shots-on-goal and come away with a loss.
“I really have never seen a team work so hard and come up on the wrong side of the scoreboard so much,” noted Ryck. “The boys never disappoint me with their effort.
“Kudos to the ND boys on being able to capitalize on the opportunities they were given,” he added.
On April 8, Waverly dropped a 1-0 decision at Newark Valley, despite outshooting the Cardinals, 12-4.
Tyler Simpson scored the game’s only goal in the first half to give the Crusaders a 1-0 lead at the intermission.
Justin McCarthy scored Notre Dame’s second half goal, and junior Brennan Traub, off an assist from Charlie Larabee, scored Waverly’s only goal of the contest.
Waverly had a 13-4 advantage in shots-on-goal, and a 6-2 edge in corner kicks.
Cody Gonzalez recorded 11 saves in net for Notre Dame, and junior Cameron McIsaac had two for the Wolverines.
Waverly, now 2-5, wraps up the 2021 campaign at O-M Thursday.
POPLAR RIDGE, N.Y. — Waverly jumped out to a big lead early, but
Southern Cayuga rallied for a 49-45 win here Tuesday afternoon in IAC
girls swimming & diving action.
The Lady Wolverines won the first three events, finishing 1-2 in the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard IM to take a 21-5 lead, but the Lady Chiefs rallied, eventually tying the meet with a 1-2 finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
The meet remained tied through the next two events, and Southern Cayuga won the meet-closing 400-yard freestyle relay to clinch the victory.
Juniors Willow Sharpsteen and Lourden Benjamin were triple-winners to lead Waverly, and junior Delaney Vascoe was a double-winner.
Sharpsteen won the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:25.87, and Mara Callear finished second in 2:30.81. Sharpsteen also won the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 1:13.24, and Elizabeth Robinson was third in 1:36.12.
Benjamin won the 200-yard IM in a time of 2:37.06, and Robinson was second in 3:08.73 She also won the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:10.94
Benjamin, Vascoe, Sharpsteen, and Sophia Desisti teamed to win the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 2:12.56.
Vascoe won the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:24.33.
DeSisti finished second in the 50-yard freestyle in 28.9 seconds, and Callear was second in the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 6:39.88.
Vascoe finished third in the 100-yard freestyle in 1:06.12.
Waverly closes out the 2021 season Saturday at the IAC Championships at Watkins Glen.
WAVERLY — Watkins Glen won nine of 12 events to top Waverly, 105-72, here Monday afternoon in IAC girls swimming action.
Josie VanDyke, who was a double-winner, and Sophia DeSisti logged the only individual wins for the Lady Wolverines, who also won one relay.
VanDyke won the 1-meter diving with 156.3 points, and Natalie Garrity was second with 125.85 seconds.
DeSisti won the 50-yard freestyle in a personal-best time of 28.83, and Mira Kittle was third in a personal-best time of 30.31 seconds.
VanDyke teamed with Lourden Benjamin, Kittle, and Mara Callear teamed to win the 400-yard freestyle relay in a time of 4:45.15.
Callear was second in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:26.37. She also finished second in the 500-yard freestyle in 6:37.66.
Delaney Vascoe finished second in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:37.78 Vascoe finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke in a personal-best time of 1:23.15, and DeSisti was third in 1:31.44.
Willow Sharpsteen was second in the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 1:13.35.
Benjamin finished third in the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 1:04.2.
Waverly, now 3-2, travel to Southern Cayuga Tuesday for its final regular-season meet.
WAVERLY — Waverly scored late in regulation to force overtime, but Notre
Dame had the last laugh with a goal late in the extra session to pull
out a 2-1 win here Monday night in IAC South Large School Division girls
soccer action at Memorial Stadium.
Notre Dame scored the only goal of the first half when a Waverly defender’s attempt to clear the ball from in front of the Lady Wolverine goal hit a Notre Dame player and caromed past Waverly keeper Kaitlyn Clark.
Despite the defensive miscue, Waverly coach Tara Hogan was pleased with her team’s play.
“We started off this game way better than we have the lsat few games.
“It was evenly-matched most of the game,” said Hogan. “We worked on being aggressive to the ball, and putting more pressure on their defense. Our forwards worked hard to put a lot of pressure on their defensive line, and it helped to disrupt their plays forward.
“We had a record of how many throw-ins we got due to us disrupting their defensive line's forward movement,” added Hogan.
The rain began to fall at halftime, and caused a few problems for both teams.
“With rain starting around halftime, we ran into some issues with finding each other,” said Hogan.
Notre Dame had a 14-13 edge in shots-on-goal, and Waverly had a 2-0 advantage in corner kicks.
Hogan said the Lady Wolverines missed on some scoring opportunities.
“We took a lot more shots this game, but weren't able to follow up on any of them,” she said. “I feel like we never truly got to test their goalie.”
Notre Dame maintained its lead until late in the second half.
With 5 minutes remaining in regulation, Waverly senior Gabby Picco sent an indirect kick deep into the box, where sophomore Kennedy Westbrook made a sliding kick to direct the ball into the goal to tie the game at 1-1.
With two minutes remaining in overtime, Elle Mustico settled a corner kick, and drove a shot over Clark’s head into the bottom of the crossbar. It caromed into the goal for the game-winner.
Clark recorded 12 saves in net for the Lady Wolverines.
“Kait (Clark) had another great game in goal, while Gabby Picco and Kennedy Westbook did an amazing job defending and running the middle of the field,” said Hogan.
“We always hope for a different outcome, but we're still struggling with having such a minimal amount of subs,” she added.
Waverly is 3-3 on the season, and Hogan says she is hoping to host Newark Valley later in the week.
MARATHON — Senior Collin Wright became the second runner in program
history to win an IAC Cross Country Championship, leading the Waverly
boys to a third-place finish in the team standings at the league meet.
“Collin ran away from the field to become IAC Champ,” said Waverly coach Nate Culver.
“The rest of the boys team consisting of Nate Ackley, Matt Atanasoff, Gavin Schillmoeller and Liam Wright pushed hard for each other,” he noted. “They were split into two races due to Covid restrictions but fought to earn a third place finish overall.”
Eighth-grader Harper Minaker and freshman Elizabeth Vaughn both finished in the top 12 to lead the Lady Wolverines.
“Harper Minaker led the girls with an outstanding performance, with a tremendous finish just edging out a veteran Lansing runner for fourth pace,” said Culver. “Elizabeth Vaughn and Aubrey Akins both had excellent performances to finish out the girls team.”
Wright finished with a time of 15:53.4, besting runner-up Jonny Sherwood of Newark Valley (16:26.6) by more than 33 seconds.
He joins Jon Smith (2004) as the only gold medalists from Waverly, which joined the IAC in 1987. Kati Hughes was runner-up on two different occasions for the Lady Wolverines.
Junior Nate Ackley finished sixth in a time of 17:14.5, joining Wright as an IAC first-team all-star.
Junior Matt Atanasoff finished 20th in a time of 18:51.4, junior Gavin Schillmoeller was 25th in 19:06.6, and 8th-grader Liam Wright was 36th in a time of 20:06.0.
Lansing won the team title with 55 placement points, while runner-up Newark Valley tallied 66 points, Waverly had 76 points, and Tioga finished ninth with 243 points.
Senior Cameron Boswell led Tioga with a 38th-place finish in a time of 20:31.5, while junior Josh Reis was 69th in 24:19.7, freshman Ben Davis was 79th in 25:47.2, sophomore Max Dydynski was 84th in 26:49.2, and junior Reed Cook was 87th in 34:03.2.
Minaker finished fourth in a time of 20:24.5, and Vaughn was 12th in a tie of 21:51.4.
Minaker earned IAC first-team all-star honors, and Vaughn is a second-teamer.
Waverly’s only other runner, senior Aubrey Akins finished 44th in a time of 29:26.7.
Freshman Lexy Ward led the Tioga contingent with a 31st-place finish in a time of 25:37.4, while junior Kate Burrowes was 38th in 28:07.0, senior Faith Burrowes was 39th in 28:24.0, and freshman Sara Burrowes was 49h in 31:54.6.
Waverly and Tioga will be in action Friday at the Marathon Invitational.
WAVERLY — SVEC scored a pair of first-half goals to top Waverly, 2-0,
for the second time this week in IAC South Large School boys soccer
On Tuesday, the Eagles topped the Wolverines, 2-0.
“This was almost an exact carbon copy of the game we played against SVEC on Tuesday,” said Waverly coach Eric Ryck.
“It would have been nice to not give up the two early goals, but I’m very pleased with how we held it together today after going down early,” he noted.
Ryck said the second half was a different ball game.
“The last five minutes of the first half was some of the best soccer we’ve played all season, and we came out in the second half much more organized defensively, which allowed us to keep them scoreless for the second half.
We need to get better at possessing the ball in the middle third and allowing our attack to build,” said Ryck. “Too many times we got the ball forward to our strikers and they had no support to capitalize on the attack.”
Ryck said he took away a number of positives from the loss.
“There were a lot of good takeaways today. I hope we can carry those forward for this last week of the season and end on a high note.”
Jacob Banks and Mason Holmes scored first-half goals for the Eagles.
SVEC outshot Wavily, 12-3, and had a 6-5 edge in corner kicks.
Waverly junior Cameron McIsaac recorded 10 saves in net for the Wolverines, while Aidan Swayze had three for the Eagles.
Waverly, now 2-4, returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Notre Dame.
WAVERLY — Plagued by drops through the first three games, Waverly’s passing game was close to finding its rhythm.
Friday night, freshman QB Joey Tomasso found a reliable target in classmate Jay Pipher, and the duo helped Waverly to a 55-12 win over Dryden in Section IV football action at Memorial Stadium.
Tomasso accounted for five TDs in the first half, including three TD strikes to Pipher, as the Wolverines raced out to a 41-6 halftime lead.
Tomasso completed 15 of 19 passes for 232 yards and four TDs, while Pipher hauled down six receptions for 162 yards. Tomasso also ran for a first-half score.
Waverly’s defense set the stage for the first TD of the night, forcing the Purple Lions into a three-and-out. After a 14-yard punt, the Wolverines took over at their own 44.
Two plays later, they were in the end zone. After a quick 4-yard throw to Pipher, Tomasso found him for a 52-yard catch-and-run to give Waverly a 6-0 lead with 8:54 remaining in the first quarter.
Dryden’s next drive stalled out near midfield, but a much better punt left the Wolverines pinned at their own 1.
Senior Caden Wheeler gave Waverly some breathing room with a 23-yard run, and moments later, Tomasso and Pipher hooked up on a 70-yard TD pass to cap a three-play scoring drive. Tomasso’s run for conversion made it 14-0 with 5:32 remaining in the first quarter.
A successful onside kick gave the Wolverines the ball back at the Purple Lions 38. Nine plays later, Tomasso cashed in with a four-yard TD run. Ryan Clark’s PAT kick made it 21-0 with 3:22 remaining in the first quarter.
Less than four minutes later, on the second play of the second quarter, Tomasso connected with sophomore tight end Nate DeLill on a 10-yard TD pass to make it 28-0 with 11:46 remaining in the first half.
After Dryden got on the board on a 36-yard TD run by QB Brady Rose to cut the deficit to 28-6 with 9:06 remaining in the half, the Wolverines needed less than two minutes to answer.
Wheeler’s 5-yard TD run capped a quick scoring drive that extended the lead to 34-6 with 7:17 remaining in the first half.
A Dryden turnover gave the Wolverines the ball back and they quickly found paydirt again, this time on a 13-yard TD pass from Tomasso to Pipher with 5:06 remaining in the half. Clark’s PAT kick made it 41-6.
Wheeler, who rushed for a career-high 161 yards on 16 carries, scored on an 11-yard run on his final carry of the night with 6:08 remaining in the third quarter. Clark’s kick made it 48-6.
Dryden tallied its final points of the night with 8:38 left in the contest on a 12-yard pass from Rose to Zach Wiser.
The momentum was short-lived, however. Wheeler returned the ensuing kickoff 70 yards for a score. Clark’s PAT kick provided the final margin.
Waverly piled up 393 yards in total offense, while the Wolverine defense limited Dryden to 121.
Aidan Westbrook added two catches for 19 yards, and Brady Blauvelt had two catches for 17 yards for the Wolverines, while Isaiah Bretz had one reception for 22 yards. Kayleb Bechy chipped in with 21 rushing yards on six carries.
Waverly, now 1-3, returns to action Friday at Groton.
TIOGA CENTER — After three grueling sets, Tioga dominated the fourth to
wrap up a 3-1 win over Waverly here Friday night in IAC volleyball
The Lady Tigers, now 6-2, won the first set 26-24, and took a commanding 2-0 lead with a 25-18 win in the second set.
The Lady Wolverines, now 3-7, extended the match with a 25-23 win in the third set, but Tioga closed out the win with a 25-11 win.
“The girls started off strong tonight but checked out during the fourth game,” said Waverly coach Charity Meyers.
“We have been trying a few different things with the line up, knowing we were out of IACs,” she noted. “I knew we had to start getting ready for the fall season.
“This week and next week is all about seeing what options we have,” added Meyers. “This is a short season and we need to use the time the best way possible.”
Emme Hall led Tioga with 15 service points, including three aces, 12 kills, 11 digs, and four blocks, while Molly Bombard had eight points, 12 setter assists, and four digs, Julia Bellis had eight points )two aces), nine kills, and eight digs, and Nina Spano added eight points and two digs.
Katelyn Perry had seven points, 13 assists, and two digs in the win, while Austyn Vance had three points, four kills, and six digs, Ari Manwaring registered three kills and a team-high seven blocks, Summer Mesler had two points and two digs, and Mary Taylor chipped in with two points.
Aubrey Ennis led Waverly with 10 points and two digs, while Aryan Peters had seven points, 19 assists, 11 digs and two kills, Lillie Kirk added seven points, nine digs, and three kills, and Sidney Tomasso had seven points, four kills, three blocks, and 10 digs.
Emilee Little had five points, including three aces, seven kills, and three digs in the win, while Michael Lauper had two points and five kills, Caitlyn Bakley recorded three kills, Sydney Nierstedt added two kills, one block, and two digs, and Paighten Streeter chipped in with five digs.
Tioga returns to action Monday at Candor, while Waverly is in action Wednesday when it hosts Horseheads.