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Area schools prepare for first day
Area schools prepare for first day

TRI-COUNTY AREA (8/31/16)--It is back to school season across the country, as teachers, parents and students prepare to begin another educational year. School districts and their employees are working to prepare the buildings for the oncoming rush of students by cleaning the halls, finishing construction projects and working to get classrooms in order.

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IndyCar awaits green flag at Watkins
IndyCar awaits green flag at Watkins

WATKINS GLEN (8/31/16)--Labor Day weekend will highlight racing technology at Watkins Glen International as the IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen runs from Thursday, Sept. 1 to Sunday, Sept. 4 at the track. On-track activities include the IndyCar Series, Indy Lights and the Ferrari Club of America. Practice sessions begin Friday and continue throughout the weekend, while the races take place Saturday and Sunday. The Indy Lights are scheduled for their competitive event from 1:35 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Saturday, and the 60 lap IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen begins at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. The race will be televised on the NBC Sports Network.

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Planning board approves Dandy Mart building
Planning board approves Dandy Mart building

DUNDEE (8/31/16)--The Yates County planning board approved two new building referrals during their regular meeting Thursday, Aug. 25. These included a site plan review for the new Dandy Mart building in Dundee, along with an area variance for a proposed 42 unit apartment building in Penn Yan. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst and Land Use Planner with Fagan Engineers Tom Dobrydney spoke about the Dandy Mart project, which is the second phase of work being conducted at their Water Street location.

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Peach crop is scarce in New York
Peach crop is scarce in New York

FINGER LAKES (8/31/16)--For some, the essence of summer is summed up in the joy of biting into a fuzzy, fragrant, juicy ripe peach. For others, a regular late summer ritual is the canning or freezing of surplus peaches for winter enjoyment. This year, New York peaches are hard to come by, causing hardship for many farmers as well as those who hunger all year for the summer's fresh "stone" fruits. "We went out on Christmas Day and looked at the peach orchard," says Rick Reisinger of Reisinger's Apple Country in Watkins Glen. "It was 70 degrees and we saw the buds expanding. We knew at that point we were all done for the year. The peaches woke up too soon."

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Schuyler gets $500K for wastewater
Schuyler gets $500K for wastewater

MONTOUR FALLS (8/31/16)--Congressman Tom Reed (R-Corning) announced Monday, Aug. 29, that Montour Falls will receive a $500,000 federal grant and a $695,000 loan to assist with relocating and rehabilitating the wastewater collection systems for Montour Falls and Watkins Glen. This is part of continued efforts to redevelop the area from the Seneca Lake waterfront in Watkins Glen to the village of Montour Falls. "This is a great step forward for the people, the economy and the environment of Schuyler County and everyone near Seneca Lake," Reed said. "We care about helping everyone call the region home for generations to come and by investing in our wastewater treatment systems we are making it easier to achieve that goal."

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Rally supports gas storage project
Rally supports gas storage project

READING (8/24/16)--More than 70 people attended a rally inside the gates of the Crestwood gas storage facility along Route 14 north of Watkins Glen Thursday, Aug. 18. The rally was to show support for the storage of propane in salt caverns by Seneca Lake and was attended by community members representing local residents, businesses, elected officials and labor unions. This comes a week after Crestwood modified its plan to reduce the scale of the project by eliminating truck and rail transportation of propane, along with eliminating the storage of butane. The rally speakers also urged the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to issue the necessary permits for the project to move forward.

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Yates Hope Walk set for Saturday, Aug. 27
Yates Hope Walk set for Saturday, Aug. 27

YATES COUNTY (8/24/16)--The Yates County Hope Walk will hold their inaugural fundraiser this weekend. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27, and will run from noon to midnight at Stork Fields, located at 467 N. Main St. in Penn Yan. The goal of the event is to raise $20,000 for cancer victims in Yates County, with Co-Organizer Dusty Baker noting they have already raised $19,000 as of last week. "I'm sure at this point we are going to soar past that goal," Baker said. The Hope Walk was organized by a grassroots group of community members who were formerly members of the Yates County Relay for Life committee. The money raised will stay in Yates County to support people with cancer.

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Weekend includes food, antiques, racing
Weekend includes food, antiques, racing

TRI-COUNTY AREA (8/24/16)--The area will have several events for residents and visitors to choose from this weekend. Whether it is savory barbecue, a rare antique or the action of watercross racing, the events taking place Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27 and 28 have something for a variety of interests.

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Yates home sales jump 37 percent
Yates home sales jump 37 percent

YATES COUNTY (8/24/16)--Yates County home sales are up 37 percent for the first half of 2016 compared to the same period last year. The Greater Rochester Association of Realtors reported 125 homes were sold in Yates, January through June of this year. During the same time period of 2015, only 91 homes were sold, or a 37 percent increase. Licensed Associate Broker for Century 21 Sbarra and Wells Mark Malcolm described 2016 so far as a "very good year."

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New penalties for boating while impaired
New penalties for boating while impaired

NEW YORK STATE (8/24/16)--Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed "Tiffany Heitkamp's" Law last week, which strengthens penalties for boating while intoxicated offenses by linking them to prior drinking while driving offenses involving a vehicle. The bill requires courts to consider prior Driving While Intoxicated or Driving While Ability Impaired convictions when sentencing a person for Boating While Intoxicated or Boating While Ability Impaired. "Whether behind the wheel of a car or a boat, drunk drivers are a danger to themselves and a menace to others," Cuomo said. "This new law closes this loophole and will help keep these dangerous individuals off our roads and waterways, avoiding more senseless tragedies."

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Yates, Schuyler beat tourism averages
Yates, Schuyler beat tourism averages

FINGER LAKES (8/17/16)--After lagging behind state tourism trends in 2014, Yates and Schuyler Counties have grown to exceed both the state and area in tourism spending growth in 2015. This new data comes from a study conducted by Philadelphia-based Tourism Economics, which is is part of the Oxford Economics Company headquartered in Oxford, England. The company provides economic analysis, forecasts and consulting advice. According to the study, the growth in both counties surpassed the state and the Finger Lakes area in the category of traveler spending.

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From Schuyler to the Olympics in Rio
From Schuyler to the Olympics in Rio

SCHUYLER COUNTY (8/17/16)--"She started in Cayutaville," recalls proud father Roger VanderVliet. "We had a small backyard farm through 4-H with all kinds of animals, and slowly the horses took more and more space. Daddy brought home a pony from Cornell and that's where it all started." His three daughters all loved horses, and all became champion riders. One of his daughters, Laura Jean VanderVliet, made working with horses her livelihood. These days Laura Jean, based in Aiken, South Carolina, competes in Eventing and also trains horses for competition.

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Keuka Lake nears lowest level on record
Keuka Lake nears lowest level on record

KEUKA LAKE (8/17/16)--Those who frequent Keuka Lake are seeing the impacts of the drought, as water levels are nearing the lowest levels on record. Keuka Lake Association (KLA) President Dennis Carlson said the lake is having one of its lowest water levels for this time of year. He added it is closing in on a record low, which was set in 2005 at 713 feet and three inches. The lake is at 713 feet and 5.3 inches as of Friday, Aug. 12. Carlson attributes this to the fact there has not been much significant rainfall in the area recently. The area is also currently under a drought warning imposed by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), which extends throughout much of Western New York.

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Dundee seeks $1.5M for village streets
Dundee seeks $1.5M for village streets

DUNDEE (8/17/16)--The village of Dundee will be seeking $1.55 million in order to improve village streets. The village board heard a presentation from Barton and Loguidice about a grant application Tuesday, Aug. 9. Mayor Fred Cratsley Jr. said the village applied for a Main Street and gateways improvement grant at the end of July, noting they are hoping to get some letters of support from area state officials in the Regional Economic Development Council for the funding.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Italian American Festival
PHOTO GALLERY: Italian American Festival

WATKINS GLEN (8/17/16)--The Italian American Festival parade was held along Decatur and Fourth Street in the 93 degree heat Saturday, Aug. 13. Fire departments were joined by bands, area groups and other floats to make their way to the lakefront which featured a variety of food and craft vendors, along with several carnival rides and midway games. This was the 37th year of the festival.

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Water main break now repaired
Water main break now repaired

WATKINS GLEN (8/17/16)--Village crews have repaired a water main break that made many Watkins Glen homes and businesses need to boil water last week. The village received approval from the Department of Health (DOH) to lift a boil water advisory Thursday, Aug. 11 that was in effect since the Tuesday, Aug. 9 break. The order was lifted around 11 a.m. Thursday, after leaving those who lived east of and along Monroe Street under the advisory order. The main break occurred near the corner of Second Street and South Madison Avenue around 5 a.m. Tuesday morning.

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Keuka Spring wins 'Winery of the Year'
Keuka Spring wins 'Winery of the Year'

TRI-COUNTY AREA (8/12/16)--Keuka Spring Vineyards in Penn Yan was named the "Winery of the Year" in the 2016 Governor's Cup Competition at the 31st New York Wine & Food Classic, held Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 9 and 10 in Watkins Glen. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the winners, which included several area Finger Lakes wineries who also won "Best of Category" and "Best of Class" awards. Owner Judy Wiltberger said she was "thrilled and humbled," by winning the "Winery of the Year" award, adding it is a culmination of a very good year the winery has been having so far. "The 'Winery of the Year' award will top it off nicely," Wiltberger said. This year's top prize, the Governor's Cup trophy, was presented to Billsboro Winery from the Finger Lakes Region for their 2013 Syrah wine.

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Festival will expand attractions
Festival will expand attractions

WATKINS GLEN (8/10/16)--The Italian American Festival will be entering its 37th year Friday through Sunday, Aug. 12 through 14, in what organizers are predicting will be bigger and better than before. Festival Chairman Don Stocum said this year's festivities at Clute Park will include all new bands, a new and improved parade, and an even bigger fireworks display than in previous years.

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SPORTS
Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

DUNDEE--Listed is Dundee's fall sports schedule:

Football
Sept. 3 ... Red Jacket, 1 p.m.
Sept. 10 ... TBA.

Boys soccer
Aug. 30 ... Bradford (scrimmage), 4 p.m.
Sept. 7 ... @ Wilson Magnet, 4:30 p.m.

Girls soccer
Aug. 31 ... @ Watkins Glen, 7 p.m.
Sept. 7 ... Naples, 4:30 p.m.

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Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule
Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule

WATKINS GLEN--Listed is Watkins' fall sports schedule for the coming week:

Football
Sept. 3 ... @ Harpursville, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 10 ... Susquehanna Valley (@ Watkins Glen), 7 p.m.

Cross Country
Sept. 3 ... @ Elmira Relays, 9:30 a.m.
Sept. 10 ... @ Bruce Bridgeman Invite, 10 a.m.

Girls soccer
Aug. 31 ... Dundee, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 2 ... Tioga, 10 a.m.

Boys soccer
Sept. 1 ... Odessa-Montour, 7 p.m.
Sept. 6 ... @ Notre Dame, 4:30 p.m.

Girls swimming
Sept. 1 ... @ Harvest Relays, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 8 ... @ Waverly, 4:30 p.m.

Volleyball
Sept. 6 ... @ Newfield, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 7 ... Tioga, 6:30 p.m.

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Penn Yan varsity sports schedule
Penn Yan varsity sports schedule

PENN YAN--Listed is Penn Yan's fall sports schedule for the coming week:

Football
Sept. 2 ... East Rochester, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 ... @ Geneva, 7 p.m.

Boys soccer
Sept. 1 ... @ Midlakes, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 3 ... @ Bath, 6:30 p.m.

Girls soccer
Aug. 31 ... Dansville, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 2 ... @ Bath, 6:30 p.m.

Cross country
Sept. 13 ... @ Geneva, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 20 ... @ Marcus Whitman, 4:30 p.m.

Volleyball
Sept. 6 ... Midlakes, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 7 ... @ Honeoye, 6 p.m.

Girls tennis
Aug. 31 ... @ Mynderse, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 1 ... Wayne, 4:30 p.m.

Boys golf
Sept. 31 ... @ Wayne, 4 p.m.
Sept. 9 ... Midlakes, 4 p.m.

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Odessa-Montour varsity sports schedule
Odessa-Montour varsity sports schedule

ODESSA--Listed is Odessa-Montour's fall sports schedule for the coming week:

Boys soccer
Sept. 1 ... @ Watkins Glen, 7 p.m.
Sept. 6 ... @ Tioga, 4:30 p.m.

Girls soccer
Sept. 1 ... @ Campbell-Savona Tournament, 5 p.m.
Sept. 2 ... @ Campbell-Savona Tournament, TBA.

Girls swimming
Sept. 8 ... Notre Dame, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 13 ... @ Watkins Glen, 4:30 p.m.

Volleyball
Sept. 1 ... @ Newfield, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 6 ... Candor, 6:30 p.m.

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Hammondsport sports schedule
Hammondsport sports schedule

HAMMONDSPORT --Listed is Hammondsport's fall sports schedule for the coming week:

Girls soccer
Sept. 2 ... Romulus, 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 7 ... @ Canisteo-Greenwood, 6:30 p.m.

Boys soccer
Sept. 2 ... @ Alfred-Almond, 1 p.m.
Sept. 6 ... Canisteo-Greenwood, 6:30 p.m.

Volleyball
Aug. 31 ... Bloomfield, 7 p.m.
Sept. 7 ... Campbell-Savona, 7 p.m.

Cross country
Sept. 6 ... @ Jasper-Troupsburg, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 10 ... @ Hornell, TBA.

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Football teams prepare for upcoming season
Football teams prepare for upcoming season

YATES COUNTY (8/24/16)--It is football season once again, as teams can be seen practicing for their upcoming scrimmages. The Penn Yan Mustangs are entering their first year with new head coach Paul Giovine. The team finished last season with a 5-3 record and look to build upon that success. Giovine is entering his first year as head coach of the team, which has 19 players currently attending practice. The team is currently preparing for their opening game versus East Rochester-Gananda Friday, Sept. 2. Giovine said they have nine returning offensive and defensive starters.

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Seneca Indians look forward to a new season
Seneca Indians look forward to a new season

SCHUYLER COUNTY (8/24/16)--It is football season once again, as teams can be seen practicing for their upcoming scrimmages. The Watkins Glen/Odessa-Montour Seneca Indians are entering their second year as a combined team with new head coach Trevor Holland. The team finished last season with a 7-2 record last year and looks to build upon that initial success. Holland is entering his first year as head coach of the team, which has 25 players attending practice. The team is currently preparing for their opening game at Harpursville/Afton Saturday, Sept. 3 at 1:30 p.m.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Hamlin clinches road course win
PHOTO GALLERY: Hamlin clinches road course win

WATKINS GLEN (8/8/16)-Denny Hamlin won the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, Sunday, Aug. 7. Hamlin drove the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota from his starting position of sixth to victory lane in a wild final lap. On the final turn on the last lap, Martin Truex Jr. spun after contact with Brad Keselowski, allowing defending champion Joey Logano to take second place. Keselowski finished in third followed by AJ Allmendinger and Tony Stewart. There were eight cautions and two red flags in the sold out grandstand Sunday event.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Logano wins Saturday race; Edwards will start first Sunday
PHOTO GALLERY: Logano wins Saturday race; Edwards will start first Sunday

WATKINS GLEN (8/6/16)-Joey Logano won his third race in a row at Watkins Glen International, Saturday, Aug. 6. The Zippo 200 race was dominated by Logano who led 67 of 82 laps on the 2.45-mile road course. Rounding out the top three were Paul Menard and Kyle Larson. Sunday's Cheez-It 355 at The Glen will be led by Carl Edwards after he won his fourth pole of the season at Watkins. Also in the top five are Kyle Larson, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch. The Sunday Sprint Cup race will begin at 2:30 p.m. and will be televised on the USA Network.

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Michael McDowell MRO Night returns to Outlaw Speedway
Michael McDowell MRO Night returns to Outlaw Speedway

DUNDEE (8/5/16)-When NASCAR drivers roll into Watkins Glen International for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend, road racing isn't the only thing on their minds. Each year, a handful of racers come out and support local racing and a popular racing charity as a part of their Finger Lakes region weekend. Friday, Aug. 5, they will convene at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee for the 9th Annual Michael McDowell MRO Night to benefit Motor Racing Outreach.

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'Summer Jam' at the track
'Summer Jam' at the track

DUNDEE (7/27/16)--Outlaw Speedway in Dundee is preparing for it's "Mid-summer Meltdown," which the track calls its biggest racing weekend of the year. The event will run Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31, and will feature two nights of racing along with a music festival and car show. Friday is the RK Howell Gravel Products Night, which is a full super six show with the Friendly Dodge and Ford big block/small block modifieds. Racing will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday is the Outlaw Summer Special.

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Barbosa, Fittipaldi take six hour victory
Barbosa, Fittipaldi take six hour victory

WATKINS GLEN--Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi took the top spot in the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen race Sunday, July 3. The endurance race was part of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. "It was probably one of the fastest pace races that I've done in a while," Barbosa said. "The track really suits this kind of racing. They did an amazing job with the surface. We did a few changes after qualifying and we really hit it. The car was really good. It was a great race, very hard. We were really matched with the 31 so track position was really important." The No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP methodically worked its way to victory lane, taking advantage of competitors' misfortune, while staying out of trouble just long enough to tighten their grip on the championship lead in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship prototype class.

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PHOTO GALLERY: IndyCar tests at Watkins Glen International
PHOTO GALLERY: IndyCar tests at Watkins Glen International

WATKINS GLEN--Watkins Glen International race track once again heard the roar of IndyCar open-wheel race cars, Monday June 20. Select teams participated in one-day testing at the newly paved road course. This test comes in advance of the race scheduled Sept. 1 to 4 at the track. The last time IndyCar raced at Watkins Glen was in 2010, but an opening in the schedule was created on Labor Day weekend due to the cancellation of the Grand Prix of Boston.The Monday event was open to the public in the Argetsinger Grandstand.

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Schools hold ceremonies for 2015-16 athletes
Schools hold ceremonies for 2015-16 athletes

FINGER LAKES--Dundee, Penn Yan, Hammondsport and Odessa-Montour recognized athletes from the 2015-16 sports seasons during ceremonies last week. The award winners are as follows:
The Dundee Central School District held its annual sports awards ceremony Wednesday, June 8, in the school gymnasium. During the ceremony, staff and faculty recognized the achievements of its student athletes throughout the year. Tayler Morrison was named the winner of the Dundee Female Athlete Award during the evening, while Ryan Sprague was named the top male athlete by winning the David Summerson Male Athlete Award. The Keith Cagle Award for football and baseball went to Talon Wright. Sprague was named the recipient of the Dale Howell Award for football, while Jeffrey Denmark received the Ray Fultz Award, also for football. Sprague was also recognized for his basketball prowess this past season by earning the Richard Kendall Award. In wrestling, Jayson Lovejoy was honored with the Skorusa Award, as well as the Half-Century Award for amassing 58 wins. Morrison took home the Bolvig Female Award for track, while Geordan Conyers received the Bolvig Male Award. Conyers was also honored for setting the school long jump record (21'2.5"). Morrison was also recognized for setting the record for most goals scored in a season in soccer with 26 goals.

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Penn Yan boys end with 17-3 record
Penn Yan boys end with 17-3 record

MIDDLETOWN-The Penn Yan boys varsity lacrosse team competed in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association final game against Cold Spring Harbor, Saturday, June 11. The final score was 15-4, with CSH taking the Class C state title for 2016. CSH got on the scoreboard first, but the Mustangs quickly responded making the score 1-1 early in the first quarter. The Seahawks went on to score four more goals before the end of the first, and added another five by halftime, bringing the score to 10-1. Although Penn Yan was able to record two points in the third and one in the fourth quarter, CSH continued their offensive push to end at 15-4. Tate Stewart and Sean Emerson each had two goals and one assist for Penn Yan. Craig Gerhardt added an assist, while Gage Ponsetti made seven saves in the goal.

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Andrades third, Conyers fifth at qualifier
Andrades third, Conyers fifth at qualifier

PENN YAN-The Section V track and field qualifier for the state tournament was held at Penn Yan, Friday, June 3. Finishing in the top eight was Dundee's Jovhannie Andrades with a third place distance of 142'2" in the division two discus throw. Geordan Conyers took fifth in both the triple jump (43'6.00") and the long jump (20'2.50"). Ethan Bower was seventh in the long jump for Hammondsport with a 19'11.50". The state finals will be held at Cicero-North Syracuse high school, Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11. Athletes had to win or post times or distances that beat the qualifying standards to advance. For discus the qualifier was 143'7", for triple jump it was 44'1.25" and for long jump 21'2.75".

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Hazlitt advances to state finals
Hazlitt advances to state finals

VESTAL-Watkins Glen varsity runner Patrick Hazlitt advanced to the state finals in the 1600 meter run, Thursday, June 2 at Vestal high school. Hazlitt finished in second place with a 4:18.33 at the state qualifier, breaking the current school record and setting a personal best time. The state meet will be held at Cicero-North Syracuse, Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11. Also running for Watkins Glen was the 3200 meter relay team that finished seventh with a 8:35.06. Shawn Rutledge recorded an eighth place finish in the steeplechase (10:12.46).

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Penn Yan claims 21st sectional crown
Penn Yan claims 21st sectional crown

ROCHESTER-The Penn Yan boys varsity lacrosse team topped Aquinas in the Section V Class C championship finals, Wednesday, June 1, securing the Mustangs' 21st Sectional title. Penn Yan won, 9-7. Ben Emerson led with three goals and two assists, and was named Most Valuable Player in the Class C game. Sean Emerson and Craig Gerhardt both scored twice and had an assist. Austin Fingar and Tate Stewart each added a goal. With the win, Penn Yan's record is 15-2. The Mustangs advance to face the Section VI Class C champion for the Far West Regional championship held in Buffalo, Saturday, June 4, at 3:30 p.m.

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