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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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County appoints new administrator
County appoints new administrator

YATES COUNTY (8/10/16)--The Yates County Legislature appointed Robert Lawton of Santa Rosa, California, as the new county administrator during their regular session Monday, Aug. 8. This comes after months of evaluating the Yates County government and searching for a replacement for the former long time County Administrator Sarah Purdy. Lawton will officially assume his duties Sept. 6.

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Schuyler legislature supports gas storage changes
Schuyler legislature supports gas storage changes

SCHUYLER COUNTY (8/10/16)--Crestwood announced they will be dialing back their proposed liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage project in the town of Reading Monday, Aug. 8. Crestwood submitted the proposed changes to the Department of Environmental Conservation Monday, reducing the overall scale of the project, while also making changes to the way LPG will be transported. The Schuyler County Legislature also passed a resolution renewing their support of the project and urging state officials to issue the necessary approvals for the project to move forward. However, this came after a heated discussion amongst crowd members, many of whom spoke against the project despite the project alterations.

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Lawmakers debate over sheriff deputies
Lawmakers debate over sheriff deputies

YATES COUNTY (8/10/16)--The Yates County Legislature voted eight votes to five to fill a deputy sheriff position during their meeting Monday, Aug. 8. This full-time position will be vacated due to a retirement Oct. 6, 2016, but some legislators believed they could have used the position as a way to reduce costs in the public safety department. Legislator Elden Morrison highlighted the potential for cost savings through elimination of the position, saying he believes the sheriff's department is overstaffed. He questioned the need for 16 deputies in the county, adding that is the maximum number that has ever been authorized.

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Hamlin clinches road course win
Hamlin clinches road course win

WATKINS GLEN (8/10/16)--Road racing at Watkins Glen International is often recognized for many things, among them is the high intensity restarts, close contact through the corners and a wild final lap. This year did not disappoint. Denny Hamlin was able to lead for the final 10 laps Sunday to take the checkered flag in this year's Cheez-It 355 at The Glen. The race was also marked by eight cautions and two red flags as drivers struggled to find grip, negotiate the curbs and cooperate at Watkins Glen.

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Yates named in drought warning
Yates named in drought warning

TRI-COUNTY AREA (8/10/16)--Wednesday, Aug. 3, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo directed the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to issue a heightened drought warning for most of Western New York. DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos issued the drought warning for State Drought Regions VI, VII and VIII, which includes Yates, Schuyler and Steuben Counties.

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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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Penn Yan boys advance, girls fall in semifinal
Penn Yan boys advance, girls fall in semifinal

WATERLOO, VICTOR-The Penn Yan boys varsity lacrosse team will advance to the Section V Class C championship game after recording a win, Saturday, May 28. The girls team ends their season with a 10-8 record after losing in the semifinal game, Friday, May 27. The boys played fourth seeded Gananda, winning 19-7. Craig Gerhardt had four goals and two assists for the Mustangs. Austin Fingar contributed three goals and five assists, while Conner Fingar and Ben Emerson also netted three goals each. Tate Stewart and Sean Emerson added two goals apiece. Austin Blumbergs and Preston Pederson both had one goal.
In the cage, Gage Ponsetti made eight saves and Kyle Welker two.

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Penn Yan boys advance to semifinals
Penn Yan boys advance to semifinals

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan boys varsity lacrosse team advanced to the Section V Class C semifinals by beating Mynderse, Wednesday, May 25, in the quarterfinals. The Mustangs won 19-1. Craig Gerhardt led with four goals and one assist. Austin Fingar scored three goals, with two assists. Ben Emerson, Tate Stewart, Austin Blumbergs, and Conner Fingar all recorded two goals. Emerson also had four assists, while Stewart had three and Blumbergs one. Preston Pederson, Nick Griffin, Austin Lafferty, and Dylan Stape each recorded a goal. Brandon Smith added an assist. In the goal, Gage Ponsetti and Kyle Welker both recorded five saves each. Penn Yan, the top seed in Class C with a 13-2 record, faces Gananda, the number four seed at 13-4, in the semifinals at Waterloo, Saturday, May 28.

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Lady Mustangs beat Geneva in overtime
Lady Mustangs beat Geneva in overtime

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan girls varsity lacrosse team beat Geneva in overtime, 13-12, in the Section V Class C quarterfinals, Tuesday, May 24. The third seeded Lady Mustangs battled sixth seeded Geneva for the lead from halftime to a 12-12 tie at the end of the second half. Hannah Keech scored the winning goal in sudden death overtime. With the win, Penn Yan advances to the sectional semifinals against Honeoye Falls-Lima at Victor, Friday, May 27. Keech had five goals overall, while Brie Yonge scored three goals. Individual goals came from Sydney Bloom, Brenna Voigt, Kelly Bray, Cassie Lafler, and Elissa Callaway to secure the win.

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Watkins, Odessa compete at IAC championships
Watkins, Odessa compete at IAC championships

TRUMANSBURG-The Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour track and field teams traveled to Trumansburg to compete in the first half of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference (IAC) championships, Thursday, May 19. Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge won the 3000 meter steeplechase (9:57.86) setting a new stadium and school record time. Patrick Hazlitt took the top spot in the 1600 meter run (4:27.29), also a stadium record. The 4x800 relay team (Jacob Carocci, Hazlitt, Gabe Planty, Aaron Planty) won with a 8:30.00.

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Penn Yan lacrosse wins, tennis falls; Lakers golf beats Campbell
Penn Yan lacrosse wins, tennis falls; Lakers golf beats Campbell

PENN YAN-The Mustangs' varsity lacrosse team blanked visiting McQuaid Jesuit, Wednesday, May 18. The final score was 16-0. The Penn Yan varsity tennis team fell to Geneva, 3-2, while the Hammondsport varsity golf team beat Campbell-Savona Wednesday evening.

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