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Villages will vote on regional plant
Villages will vote on regional plant

MONTOUR FALLS--Watkins Glen Mayor Mark Swinnerton and Montour Falls Mayor John King said their boards will vote on whether to approve the proposed regional wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) this week. The Watkins Glen village board met to vote on the issue after press time Tuesday evening, Jan. 20, while the Montour Falls village board will meet Thursday, Jan. 22 to decide on the matter. Both mayors expressed confidence the issue would be approved during each of the meetings. The mayors made this announcement to some 50 people at the Montour Falls fire hall during the fourth public information session on the regional wastewater treatment plant Wednesday, Jan. 14.

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Penn Yan names Dennis superintendent
Penn Yan names Dennis superintendent

PENN YAN--The Penn Yan Central School District board of education (BOE) named Howard Dennis to the superintendent position during their meeting Wednesday, Jan. 14. Dennis has been serving as the interim superintendent, filling in after former superintendent David Hamilton left the district in June of last year. "I plan to continue the work that we have begun here in the district," Dennis said. "We have an overall goal of becoming a leader in the region. We have met that goal in some areas while we still have work to do in others."

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Groups prepare for DEC meeting Feb. 12
Groups prepare for DEC meeting Feb. 12

FINGER LAKES--Four separate entities announced filings for party status and amicus briefs (friend of the court) as part of the Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Issues Conference on a proposed Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) storage project Friday, Jan. 16. The groups wish to attend the issues conference, slated for Feb. 12 in Horseheads, to oppose the project. The four groups include the Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (SLPWA); a group representing 12 municipalities throughout the Finger Lakes Region; Finger Lakes Wine Business Coalition, consisting of more than 100 wineries and related businesses (FLXWBC) and Gas Free Seneca, a grassroots coalition residents and more than 260 local businesses.

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Attorney General settles with Five Star
Attorney General settles with Five Star

ROCHESTER--Five Star Bank will see several penalties as the result of the attorney general's findings claiming it has instituted discriminatory mortgage practices. Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Monday, Jan. 19, an agreement requiring Five Star Bank to end discriminatory mortgage practices that excluded all predominantly minority neighborhoods in the Rochester area from the bank's mortgage lending business. The attorney general's investigation found Five Star excluded predominantly minority neighborhoods from its lending area, deemed loans secured by property outside of the bank's lending area to be "undesirable" and imposed a minimum mortgage amount requirement that made many of the bank's mortgage products effectively unavailable in predominantly minority neighborhoods.

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Students extend date for fundraiser
Students extend date for fundraiser

WATKINS GLEN--Since November, seventh-graders at Watkins Glen high school have raised more than $10,000 to build a well for a village in South Sudan through the Water for South Sudan charity. The students were hoping to raise the entire $15,000 for the well before the holidays, but have decided to extend their fundraising until they reach their goal. During the fall, seventh-graders read A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park, which tells the story of Nya, an 11-year-old girl in South Sudan who must travel two hours from her home twice a day to get the only water available for her family. The book also tells the story of Salva Dut, founder of Water for South Sudan.

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O'Mara issues an apology for outburst
O'Mara issues an apology for outburst

FINGER LAKES--State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C--Big Flats) issued an apology once a video emerged online of him explicitly yelling at a man who approached his vehicle, following a mostly civil discussion. The incident occurred Dec. 13 and the video was posted last week showing the senator's profanity-laced argument with a man, following approximately four minutes of calm discussion about gas storage in the region. The video shows an unidentified man approaching the senator and his wife in their vehicle in a dark parking lot. The unidentified man appeared to be recording the encounter without the senator's knowledge. O'Mara calmly engaged in civil conversation with the man for several minutes about the storage of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) in the Finger Lakes.

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Attorney asks for Reading court intervention
Attorney asks for Reading court intervention

READING--Attorney Raymond Schlather is requesting an intervention by the Office of Court Administration to investigate the decisions and actions of the Reading town court. This action follows a Wednesday, Jan. 7 court session, where some 60 people were denied access to the Reading town court due to occupancy limits and kept outside the building in cold temperatures at night. Schlather, an Ithaca attorney representing Christopher Tate, contends the courtroom was filled to capacity during the arraignment of 24 defendants, the people who could not fit in the courtroom were locked out of the building entirely.

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School board rejects veterans tax break
School board rejects veterans tax break

DUNDEE--The Dundee school board voted against approving a school tax exemption for veterans during their regular meeting Thursday, Jan. 8. The decision came in a four to two vote against the resolution, which would have granted veterans different degrees of exemption qualifications for combat zone, non-combat and disabled veterans. Board members Paul Brown and Jared Webster were the only votes in favor of the resolution. Board member Matthew Camacho did not attend the meeting. "Although I do support it, as a veteran, I can't vote for it," board member John Frederick said. "I think we are burdening our current taxpayers more and more each time."

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March vote will include village contests
March vote will include village contests

FINGER LAKES--The villages of Dundee, Dresden and Hammondsport will each have mayoral and trustee positions up for grabs during the upcoming village election. The election date is March 18, and the petition deadlines are Jan. 29 for party candidates andFeb. 10 for independent candidates. Nominating petitions can be filed for party candidates beginning Jan. 22, while independents can begin filing nominating petitions Feb. 3.

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Odessa-Montour names superintendent finalists
Odessa-Montour names superintendent finalists

ODESSA--The Odessa-Montour Central School District's Board of Education (BOE), has named three finalists for the district's next superintendent. The finalists are Christopher Wood, Ann Fuller-Sincock and Lynn Rhone. Robert Halpin, president of the Odessa-Montour Central School District's BOE, said he is pleased with the high-quality candidate pool and is enthused about the potential the three finalists have to offer. "Choosing the best superintendent for our district is the board's main priority," said Halpin.

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Spice causes recall for pork sausage
Spice causes recall for pork sausage

DUNDEE--Shirk's Meats in Dundee is recalling approximately 1,062 pounds of pork sausage product due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Friday, Jan. 9. The product contains peanuts, a known allergen which is not declared on the product label. Shirk's 30-pound bags of "smoked pork andouille sausage," that is being recalled was produced Nov. 26, 2014.

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ARC will not pursue merger plan
ARC will not pursue merger plan

SCHUYLER, YATES COUNTIES--A previous plan to merge the Arc of Yates and the Arc of Schuyler Counties has been suspended. Following months of discussions looking into the merging of the two facilities, the news broke last week the two non-profits would no longer be considering a merger. "The Arc of Yates board of directors and the Arc of Schuyler board of directors have made the decision to suspend merger discussions," Arc of Yates Executive Director Kate Ring said.

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With case overload, court gets scrutiny
With case overload, court gets scrutiny

READING--Following the controversy surrounding the recent string of Crestwood trespass cases, the town of Reading court has faced criticism from opponents of gas storage regarding the treatment of defendants. This comes in the wake of a series of arrests amounting to 170 Crestwood protesters -- under the moniker of "We Are Seneca Lake" -- since October, 2014. With some cases seeing jail time and the courtroom being closed off to the general public, questions have risen regarding the conduct of the court.

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Influenza cases are on the rise
Influenza cases are on the rise

YATES COUNTY--Influenza is widespread in the United States and the region. Yates County Public Health Director Deborah Minor said as of Friday, Jan. 2, there have been 25 lab confirmed cases in Yates County, with several other possible cases going without a lab test. She said last year at this time, there were three to five lab confirmed cases of the flu. Minor said this increase is in part due to the dominant strain of flu not being matched well with the vaccine this year, adding the flu season is peaking slightly earlier than it has in previous years. In New York since Dec. 20, 2014, laboratory confirmed cases of flu have increased by 90 percent.

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Keuka start-up will add 17 jobs
Keuka start-up will add 17 jobs

KEUKA PARK--As part of the START-UP NY program, Sensored Life LLC will be creating 17 net new jobs by utilizing tax-free space at Keuka College. Sensored Life will locate in the Keuka Business Park and will invest $140,000 in addition to the new jobs being created. Sensored Life LLC is a designer and manufacturer of MarCELL®, a home monitoring device for monitoring temperature, humidity, power, and water leaks. It uses the surrounding cellular network to return data to its servers with no phone line or Wi-Fi connection needed.

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State moves to ban hydrofracking
State moves to ban hydrofracking

NEW YORK--Following years of controversy and debate, New York state will officially move to ban high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF). The state Department of Health (DOH) has completed its public health review of high-volume hydraulic fracturing and acting DOH Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker recommended high-volume hydraulic fracturing should not be allowed in New York State. Zucker announced his findings and recommendations Wednesday, Dec. 17 at a cabinet meeting in Albany. "I have considered all of the data and find significant questions and risks to public health which as of yet are unanswered," Zucker said.

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Sheriff increases patrols for holiday drivers
Sheriff increases patrols for holiday drivers

YATES COUNTY--While the holiday season is a time for celebration, for some, it can also be a season of overindulgence. In order to safeguard area roads, Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike said his deputies will be on the lookout for drunk drivers during the holidays. "We budget for overtime for additional patrols during the holiday period and the days before and after holidays, especially Christmas and New Years," Spike said. "We anticipate scheduling a sobriety checkpoint at some point at a couple places in the county. That is the extra effort we make."

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Casino project draws mixed opinions
Casino project draws mixed opinions

FINGER LAKES--With the recent state approval of three casino bids, one approved for the nearby town of Tyre has the potential to impact the areas around it. The Lago Casino, a $425 million project, broke ground Friday, Dec. 19 and will be located in Seneca County, but there are some different opinions as to what type of impact the casino will have on Yates and Schuyler Counties. "Research shows that people who are attracted to a gaming facility largely stay within the bounds of that facility - meaning any visitors who are drawn to Lago are unlikely to travel outside the town of Tyre," Yates County Chamber of Commerce President Mike Linehan said.

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Watkins boys move to 10-0
Watkins boys move to 10-0

WATKINS GLEN-The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team defeated Waverly, 65-35, Friday, Jan. 23. The win now brings them to 10-0. Colin Gates scored 20 points for the Senecas. Joe Palumbo recorded 14 and Luke Flahive 13. Matt Estes added seven and Keith Rekczis five. The Senecas will now take on Spencer-Van Etten, Friday, Jan. 30.

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Penn Yan boys beat Waterloo, girls lose
Penn Yan boys beat Waterloo, girls lose

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan boys varsity bowling team blanked Waterloo, 7-0, Thursday, Jan. 22. Nick Johnson led with a 616, followed by Bryce Johnson with 590. Jacob Whitford added a 537. Victor Sutton bowled 376 and Steven Ottaviano had 358. The girls fell, 4-3. Courtney Ottaviano bowled a 567, while Kari Ayers had 508 and Emily Snyder had 425. Stephanie Ayers recorded 408. Emilie Thomas bowled a 370.

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Indians top Edison, 38-22
Indians top Edison, 38-22

ODESSA-The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team beat Edison, Wednesday, Jan. 21. The final score was 38-22. Olivia Grover led with 12 points, 10 rebounds and eight steals. Addi Rhodes and Gillian Clark each added 10 points. Hailie Searles scored four points, 10 rebounds. and eight steals. Callie Stillman had two points. "Olivia Grover really stepped up in the second half and gave us some energy on the defensive end and scored nine of her points in the second half," said Coach Greg Gavich. "We won the game with our defense to overcome some not so hot shooting." Odessa's record is now 7-4.

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Dundee boys defeat Bloomfield
Dundee boys defeat Bloomfield

DUNDEE-The Scots' boys varsity basketball team topped Bloomfield, 65-46, Wednesday, Jan. 21.
Andrew Clark scored 17 points. Jarrett Butler added 12 points, while Tyler Kelly had 11 and Geordan Conyers contributed 10. With the win, Dundee's record is 10-2.

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Dundee beats Red Jacket
Dundee beats Red Jacket

DUNDEE-The Dundee varsity wrestling team beat Red Jacket, 54-18, Tuesday, Jan. 20. Thomas Fiorilla (145) won by decision, 4-3. Brennan Krall (152) also won by decision, 5-0. Forfeit wins were awarded to: Jorge Marusarz (113), William Bowers (126), Damon Empson (132), Luke Snyder (138), Robert Petro (160), Dakota Hanes (195), Bradley Smith (220) and Lance Irwin (285). Dundee's Michael Gee (106) lost by a pin at 4:22. Dominic Lyons (170) was pinned in 1:15. Patrick Sipley (182) was disqualified.

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Mustangs defeat East Rochester, 55-30
Mustangs defeat East Rochester, 55-30

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan varsity wrestling team beat East Rochester, 55-30, Saturday, Jan. 17. Gage Ponsetti (170) pinned Jacob Peterson in 1:56. Jarred Calice (113) beat Jack Bates by decision, 9-5. Michael Peacock (120) pinned Bailey Calabria in 3:58. Cole Kirch (138) won with a pin over Raider Llaorado in 1:18. Noah Hullings (145) pinned Jesse Garcia in 3:40. Coty Bailey (152) beat Cory Pacher by decision, 9-1. Cassie Lafler (99), Courtney Lafler (106), Nate Elliott (126), and Dakota Miller (132) all won by forfeit.

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Watkins boys top Odessa, 64-47
Watkins boys top Odessa, 64-47

ODESSA-The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team beat Odessa-Montour on the Indians' court, Friday, Jan. 16. The final score was 64-47. Colin Gates led Watkins with 19 points, while Justin Kelly scored 13 points and Joe Palumbo 12. Keith Rekczis added seven. Matt Estes recorded six points, followed by Justin Duane with four and Luke Flahive with three.

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Watkins beats Odessa 47-24
Watkins beats Odessa 47-24

WATKINS GLEN-The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team hosted Odessa-Montour, Thursday, Jan. 15 and won 47-24. Leading the Senecas was Allison Teed with 17 points, three rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Amanda Pike recorded 10 points with nine rebounds and four steals. Mariah Gonzalez added eight points and eight rebounds. "We came out slow but picked it up in the second quarter," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "The girls played hard. I was proud of how my girls played together and took control of the game." For Odessa, Gillian Clark had 10 points, while Callie Stillman contributed six.

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Dundee moves to 9-2
Dundee moves to 9-2

DUNDEE-The Dundee boys varsity basketball team improved to 9-2 with a win over Honeoye, Thursday, Jan 15. The final score was 85-57. Geordan Conyers and Cole Hartman both had 19 points in the game. Jarrett Butler scored 12.

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Lady Scots beat Romulus, 58-35
Lady Scots beat Romulus, 58-35

DUNDEE-The Dundee girls varsity basketball team topped Romulus, 58-35, Wednesday, Jan. 14. Megan Howell and Brooke Howell both scored 13 points for the Lady Scots. Cara Booth added 11 points, while Demi Battin had nine. Casie Farrell scored six points, Elayna Eldridge had four, and Tayler Morrison two. With the win, Dundee's record is 9-1. This was the first loss of the season for Romulus, they were previously the unbeaten defending Class D state champions.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Gould, Chedzoy and Rorick take Watson titles
PHOTO GALLERY: Gould, Chedzoy and Rorick take Watson titles

WATKINS GLEN-The Watkins Glen field house hosted the 30th annual Mike Watson Invitational Wrestling Tournament, Friday, Jan. 9 and Saturday, Jan. 10. Watkins Glen had two champions, Brandon Gould (126) and Ian Chedzoy (182). Gould faced Zach Reyes of Vestal in his final match while Chedzoy battled Ryan Anderson from Waterloo. Gould was also voted Most Outstanding Wrestler. Odessa-Montour's Joe Rorick claimed a championship at 120 pounds. He defeated Derek Osman of Vestal. Also reaching the finals but finishing second were: Watkins Glen wrestlers Nick Cocola (152), Josh Burge (170) and Dustin Goltry (220). Taking third place were O-M's Billy Bacon (126) and WG's Jon Brown (145). The Senecas were second overall in the tournament.

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Watkins swimmers lose, 91-88
Watkins swimmers lose, 91-88

WATKINS GLEN-The Watkins Glen boys varsity swim team fell to Waverly in a home meet, 91-88, Thursday, Jan. 8. The 200 yard medley relay team (Matt Doppel, Lucas Wickham, Liam Fitch,and Aidan DeBolt) were first (1:50.47). The 400 freestyle relay team (Aaron Planty, Fitch, DeBolt, and Doppel) won the top spot with 3:42.74. The 200 freestyle relay team (Wickham, Jacob Slater, Planty, and Sean Holland) took second in 1:49.92. DeBolt was also first in the 200 freestyle (2:00.30) and second in the 500 freestyle (5:27.56). Doppel finished first in the 50 freestyle (23.16) and first in the 100 freestyle (49.36). Slater placed first in diving. Fitch was second in the 100 butterfly (1:02.39) and third in the 200 IM (2:22.54). Wickham took second in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.91) and third in the 50 freestyle (25.96). Shawn Rutledge placed third in the 200 freestyle (2:16.22), while Will Fitzsimmons placed third in the 100 backstroke (1:08.88).

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Penn Yan tops Geneva
Penn Yan tops Geneva

PENN YAN--The Penn Yan boys varsity basketball team beat Geneva in a home game, Tuesday, Jan. 6. The final score was 57-49, Penn Yan. Tanner Irwin led the Mustangs with 19 points. Penn Yan improves to 7-1.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

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

Boys basketball
Jan. 21 ... Bloomfield, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 29 ... @ South Seneca, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball
Jan. 20 ... @ Bloomfield, 7 p.m.
Jan. 27 ... Hammondsport, 7 p.m.

Cheerleading
Jan. 21 ... Bloomfield, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 27 ... Hammondsport, 7 p.m.

Bowling
Jan. 21 ... @ Romulus, 4 p.m.
Feb. 2 ... @ Bloomfield, 4 p.m.

Wrestling
Jan. 20 ... Red Jacket, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 23-24 ... @ League Championships, TBA.

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Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule
Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule

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

Boys basketball
Jan. 20 ... Newark Valley, 7 p.m.
Jan. 23 ... Waverly, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball
Jan. 20 ... @ Newark Valley, 7 p.m.
Jan. 23 ... @ Waverly, 7:30 p.m.

Boys swimming
Jan. 20 ... @ Waverly, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 30 ... @ Southern Cayuga, 4:30 p.m.

Wrestling
Jan. 20 ... @ Odessa-Montour, 6 p.m.
Jan. 21 ... @ Tioga, 5:30 p.m.

Bowling
Jan. 21 ... Odessa-Montour, 4 p.m.
Jan. 23 ... @ Thomas A. Edison, 3:30 p.m.

Indoor track
Jan. 23 ... @ Ithaca College, 5 p.m.
Feb. 6 ... @ Ithaca College, 5 p.m.

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

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

Boys basketball
Jan. 20 ...@ Thomas A. Edison, 7 p.m.
Jan. 23 ... @ Newfield, 7 p.m.

Girls basketball
Jan. 21 ... Thomas A. Edison, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 23 ... Newfield, 7:30 p.m.

Bowling
Jan. 21 ... @ Watkins Glen, 4 p.m.
Jan. 22 ... Newark Valley, 4 p.m.

Boys swimming
Jan. 20 ... Southern Cayuga, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 30 ... Dryden, 4:30 p.m.

Wrestling
Jan. 20 ... Watkins Glen, 6 p.m.
Jan. 31 ... @ IAC Championship, 9 a.m.

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Penn Yan varsity sports schedule
Penn Yan varsity sports schedule

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

Boys basketball
Jan. 21 ... @ Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 23 ... Waterloo, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball
Jan. 21 ... Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 30 ... Midlakes, 7:30 p.m.

Bowling
Jan. 22 ... Waterloo, 4:15 p.m.
Feb. 5 ... @ Lyons, 4:15 p.m.

Wrestling
Jan. 23-24 ... @ Waterloo tournament, TBA.
Jan. 29 ... @ Geneva, 6:30 p.m.

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Hammondsport sports schedule
Hammondsport sports schedule

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

Girls basketball
Jan. 27 ... @ Dundee, 7 p.m.
Jan. 29 ... Avoca, 7 p.m.

Boys basketball
Jan. 27 ... @ Prattsburgh, 7:15 p.m.
Jan. 30 ... Whitesville, 7:15 p.m.

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