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Anglers eager for season opening
Anglers eager for season opening

FINGER LAKES--With the start of trout and salmon season Wednesday, April 1, anglers have been preparing for opening day before hitting the lakes and streams. In response, area bait and tackle store owners have been working to provide fishers with what they need to be successful this spring. "They are buying single hooks, [and] mostly fishing line because many already have their rods and reels, and people are calling about getting night crawlers, so I got some of them in," said Gerald Pease, owner of Fishy Business bait shop located at 3737 Pepper Road in Keuka Park.

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Public forum offers details for county sharing ideas
Public forum offers details for county sharing ideas

YATES, SCHUYLER COUNTIES--Area residents had a chance to hear the summary of a shared services study between Schuyler and Yates Counties Wednesday, March 25 at the legislative chambers in Yates County. A similar meeting was also held in Schuyler County, Tuesday, March 24. Representatives from the Center for Governmental Research (CGR) gave a presentation of their study for a crowd of more than 20 people in Yates. Many representatives from both Schuyler and Yates County were also in attendance, as CGR representatives Paul Bishop and Joe Stefko outlined the similarities between the counties. The CGR report is a result of a $50,000 grant the two counties utilized to look at potential cost savings opportunities between the two counties, considering items like sharing individual positions up to and including full consolidation.

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County honors volunteers
County honors volunteers

TYRONE--The Watkins Glen Fire Department and Burdett Fireman Jason Kelly took the top honors during the 2015 Schuyler County Training Banquet, held Friday, March 27 at the Tyrone Fire Hall. The Watkins Glen Fire Department was honored for having the most training hours out of nine total departments. Kelly received the award for Most Student Hours, coming in with a total of 69 training hours last year. Emergency Management Coordinator Bill Kennedy was the emcee for the evening, recognizing not only the efforts of those who took the emergency training course, but also honored the people who did the training. "I think this is a significant accomplishment for all the departments," Kennedy said.

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Spring means maple syrup production
Spring means maple syrup production

DUNDEE--With the coming of spring weather comes the flowing of the sticky sap used to make maple syrup. While recent cold temperatures have hindered spring projects, maple syrup producers have already begun the process of collecting sap to use in a multitude of maple products. "It starts with gathering the sap from the trees," said Luke Patterson of Twin Brook Maple in Dundee, who has been making maple syrup for 10 years. "You have to drill a hole in the tree, and then somehow you have to collect the sap with either a bucket or pipeline. I use pipeline with a vacuum."

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Author talks sustainability, food and wine
Author talks sustainability, food and wine

GENEVA -- Vivacious, knowledgeable and clearly enthusiastic about her subject, Laura Winters Falk engaged a packed audience of students, faculty and members of the larger community Monday, March 30 at 7 p.m. at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva. Falk has a PhD in nutrition; she's co-owner of the Ithaca-based touring and events company "Experience! The Finger Lakes," and her book "The Culinary History of the Finger Lakes" was recently published. Falk is also a member of the Guild of Sommeliers. Her talk began with a smattering of geologic background, discussing the impact of the glaciers in shaping the topography of the area, and in their retreat depositing the underpinnings of the rich agricultural history enjoyed here since humans lived on this land.

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'Polar bears' brave the cold on Keuka Lake
'Polar bears' brave the cold on Keuka Lake

HAMMONDSPORT-A windy and cold Saturday afternoon proved to be good conditions for the ice boats that were sailing near the bluff on Keuka Lake, but the crowd at The Switzerland Inn were there to see people splash into the 36 degree lake water, Saturday, March 28. The annual Polar Bear Plunge lived up to its name, with air temperatures only in the 20s, and solid ice just feet away from where the jumpers entered the water.

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New mayor, officials for Watkins
New mayor, officials for Watkins

WATKINS GLEN--Four years ago, Mark Swinnerton and Scott Gibson began their respective terms as mayor and trustee of the village of Watkins Glen. They, along with the board, addressed the the community issues they identified as important for the village. They set in motion a plan for a joint wastewater treatment plant with Montour Falls and also took a stance against the proposed liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage project in Reading. In January, the duo announced they would each run for the other's seat in the March election, with Gibson aiming to be mayor and Swinnerton running for trustee.

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Corning Museum opens $64M expansion
Corning Museum opens $64M expansion

CORNING--The Corning Museum of Glass opened the doors of its new Contemporary Art and Design Wing, Friday, March 20. The $64 million expansion was funded by Corning Incorporated and features a 100,000 square-foot addition, which includes a 26,000 square-foot gallery and a 500 seat live glass demonstration facility. The wing's inaugural installations feature 117 works from the museum's permanent collection, more than 30 of which have never before been on public display. "The opening of the Contemporary Art and Design Wing marks an important milestone in the museum's history," said Karol Wight, president and executive director of the Corning Museum of Glass.

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More from the new Watkins Glen mayor
More from the new Watkins Glen mayor

WATKINS GLEN--After a close village election, there will be several new faces sitting on the Watkins Glen village board. New Mayor Samuel Schimizzi along with trustees Gary Schmidt and Kevin Thornton ousted former Mayor Mark Swinnerton and former Trustee Scott Gibson during the election Wednesday, March 18. The newly elected village representatives will officially take their office at the organizational meeting to be held April 6. After unseating the incumbent mayor, Schimizzi said he felt surprised when he learned the results.

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Reading court dismisses cases
Reading court dismisses cases

READING--In three hearings held Wednesday, March 18 in the town of Reading court, Judge Raymond Berry granted a motion to dismiss all charges "in the interests of justice" brought by 42 Seneca Lake protesters. All had been arrested as part of a sustained civil disobedience campaign at the gates of Crestwood Midstream. The campaign, "We Are Seneca Lake," opposes the expansion of gas storage in abandoned lakeside salt caverns owned by Crestwood. Further, attorneys for the defendants announced an agreement had been reached with the Schuyler County District Attorney's Office to accept identical dismissal motions from the roughly 100 other civil disobedients also charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct relating to protests at Seneca Lake and whose cases are still pending.

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Dundee Boats: 'Fishing boats for fishermen'
Dundee Boats: 'Fishing boats for fishermen'

DUNDEE--What was once a fixture among Keuka and Seneca Lake watercraft, Dundee Boats are now a part of the village's history. Local authority on Finger Lakes boats Mark Warden looked to recapture that history with a presentation on the former boat company Friday, March 20 at the Wayne town hall as part of a lecture series held by the Finger Lakes Boating Museum. Warden said the history of Dundee Boats is interesting because they were made by a local manufacturing firm that shipped boats all over the world. He said they never strayed from their tradition of making smaller wooden boats and were pioneers in the industry, especially when it came to molded plywood hulls.

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Phish will return to Watkins Glen
Phish will return to Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN--The rock band Phish is headed back to Watkins Glen. Watkins Glen International has announced the rock group will return for a three-day music festival titled "Magnaball" this summer. The festival will run from Aug. 21-23. In the summer of 2011, Phish also played at WGI. "We're proud to welcome Phish and their fans back to The Glen," said Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup. "2011 opened a lot of eyes to what a positive influence a rock festival can have on our community. We can't wait to show off Upstate New York and Watkins Glen International to a new group of fans."

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Education forum addresses funding, Common Core
Education forum addresses funding, Common Core

GENEVA--Two representatives of the Penn Yan Central School District spoke during a public forum titled "Respect Public Education, It Works!" at Hobart and William Smith College Thursday, March 19. Among them were Penn Yan school board member and Four County School Board Association Steering Committee President Kathy Guenther and middle school student Jenna Curbeau. While many topics were covered during the forum, Guenther and Curbeau addressed the issues they were facing with fair funding for school districts, the Gap Elimination Adjustment, educator evaluation and the Common Core.

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Incumbents win, except in Watkins
Incumbents win, except in Watkins

TRI-COUNTY AREA--Village elections were held Wednesday, March 18 across area villages for several positions. In Dundee, Fred Cratsley Jr. was elected mayor with 35 votes over Doug Hammond's two and Mickey Westfall's one. Warren Smith and Greg Wright were elected trustees with 38 and 36 votes respectively. In Dresden, William Hall won the mayoral election with 18 votes over Ronald Merritt's two votes. Steven Venturino was elected as a village trustee with 15 votes over Darlene Conley's three votes and David Wernsing's one vote.

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Study: County sharing looks limited
Study: County sharing looks limited

YATES, SCHUYLER COUNTIES--A recent report looking at consolidation opportunities between Schuyler and Yates Counties shows mostly management-based opportunities available, with few large-scale opportunities for shared services outside of full consolidation. The $50,000 grant-funded study was conducted by the Center for Governmental Research (CGR), which began in May of 2014. There will be an opportunity Tuesday, March 24 in Schuyler and Wednesday, March 25 in Yates County for the public to hear more about the outcome of the study. While Yates and Schuyler currently share a weights and measures director, a proposal to share a highway superintendent recently fell through. Yates County Administrator Sarah Purdy said the opportunities for sharing between the counties are more likely to be through office jobs.

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Watkins seniors present 'Shrek the Musical'
Watkins seniors present 'Shrek the Musical'

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen high school class of 2015 will present "Shrek the Musical" for three shows this weekend. Show times are Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 22 at 2:30 p.m., at the Watkins Glen high school auditorium. With opening night quickly approaching, the cast and crew of the Watkins Glen high school senior show includes a cast of 30, ranging from seventh to 12th graders. The play is directed by Tim and Michelle Benjamin.

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Village of Dundee pulls out of school project
Village of Dundee pulls out of school project

DUNDEE--The village of Dundee will no longer be seeking to collaborate with the school district on the construction of a shared maintenance building. Dundee Superintendent Kelly Houck made the announcement during the school board meeting Thursday, March 12, saying issues with acquiring the land for the project are preventing the village from taking the project further. Houck said the village decided not to go through with the project because of the fact they are not allowed to transfer ownership of that land.

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Walking trails seek to improve residents' health
Walking trails seek to improve residents' health

SCHUYLER COUNTY--A community effort is underway to encourage those leading sedentary lifestyles to get up and get healthy by encouraging them to explore different walking paths in the county. Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Schuyler is currently compiling a map to distribute showing all available trails in the county as a step toward improving the health of area residents. "Our community plan is focused on weak areas of health in Schuyler County's community," HEAL Team member Chris Brink said. "Obesity is one area of weakness for the Schuyler County Community. Walking is an easy way to get people up and moving. The HEAL team is encouraging every village and town to make the walking maps their own to create more support for creating a healthy community."

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SPORTS
Mustangs lose season opener
Mustangs lose season opener

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan boys varsity lacrosse team fell to Worthington Kilbourne, Sunday, March 29. The final score was 7-3. Sean Emerson scored one goal and had two assists. Connor Fingar and Craig Gerhardt each scored once. Tate Stewart also had one assist. In the goal, Gage Ponsetti had nine saves.

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Penn Yan girls open the season with a 14-3 win
Penn Yan girls open the season with a 14-3 win

PENN YAN-The Lady Mustangs' varsity lacrosse team started the season with a win against Wayne, 14-3, Friday, March 27. Brienna Yonge and Heather Conklin both led with four goals and one assist. Hannah Keech and Courtney Lafler each scored three goals. Keech also had two assists, while Lafler added one.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

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

Baseball
April 6 ... @ Red Jacket, 4:30 p.m.
April 8 ... Harley-Allendale Columbia, 4:30 p.m.

Softball
April 6 ... @ Red Jacket, 4:30 p.m.
April 8 ... Harley-Allendale Columbia, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field
April 7 ... @ East Rochester, 4:30 p.m.
April 14 ... @ Wayne, 4:30 p.m.

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Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule
Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule

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

Baseball
April 1 ... @ Candor, 4:30 p.m.
April 8 ... Tioga, 4:30 p.m.

Softball
April 1 ... @ Candor, 4:30 p.m.
April 8 ... Tioga, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field
April 8 ... @ Odessa-Montour, 4:30 p.m.
April 11 ... @ Campbell-Savona, Holly Hain Memorial Relays, 9:45 a.m.

Lacrosse
March 31 ... @ Chenango Forks, 5:30 p.m.
April 2 ... Johnson City, 4:30 p.m.

Boys golf
April 9 ... @ Candor, 4 p.m.
April 14 ... Tioga, 4 p.m.

Girls golf
April 9 ... @ Waverly, 4 p.m.
April 10 ... @ Endwell, 4 p.m.

Tennis
April 6 ... @ Lansing, 4:30 p.m.
April 9 ... Odessa-Montour, 4:30 p.m.

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

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

Baseball
April 1 ... Elmira Notre Dame, 4:30 p.m.
April 8 ... @ Newark Valley, 4:30 p.m.

Softball
April 1 ... Elmira Notre Dame, 4:30 p.m.
April 8 ... @ Newark Valley, 4:30 p.m.

Golf
April 7 ... Groton, 4 p.m.
April 9 ... Elmira Notre Dame, 4 p.m.

Tennis
April 6 ... Thomas A. Edison, 4:30 p.m.
April 9 ... @ Watkins Glen, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field
April 8 ... Watkins Glen, 4:30 p.m.
April 11 ... @ Campbell-Savona Relays, 9 a.m.

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Hammondsport sports schedule
Hammondsport sports schedule

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

Baseball
March 27 ... @ Lima Christian, 4:30 p.m.
April 4 ... @ Wellsville Tournament, TBA.

Softball
April 7 ... Jasper-Troupsburg, 4:30 p.m.
April 8 ... Addison, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field
April 14 ... Canisteo-Greenwood, 4:30 p.m.
April 21 ... @ Campbell-Savona, 4:30 p.m.

Golf
April 8 ... @ Jasper-Troupsburg, 4:30 p.m.
April 13 ... @ Campbell-Savona, 4:30 p.m.

Tennis
April 7 ... Bath, 4:30 p.m.
April 8 ... Campbell-Savona, 4:30 p.m.

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Penn Yan varsity sports schedule
Penn Yan varsity sports schedule

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

Boys lacrosse
April 3 ... Geneva, 7 p.m.
April 11 ... Carthage, TBA.

Girls lacrosse
April 1 ... Webster Schroeder, 11 a.m.
April 3 ... Corning East, 11 a.m.

Baseball
April 7 ... Midlakes, 4:30 p.m.
April 9 ... @ Waterloo, 4:30 p.m.

Softball
April 7 ... Midlakes, 4:30 p.m.
April 9 ... @ Waterloo, 4:30 p.m.

Boys tennis
April 7 ... Newark, 4:30 p.m.
April 9 ... @ Bloomfield, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field
April 7 ... Red Jacket, 4:30 p.m.
April 11 ... @ Waterloo Invitational, 10 a.m.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Dundee community basketball game ends in a tie
PHOTO GALLERY: Dundee community basketball game ends in a tie

DUNDEE-The Dundee Central School gym hosted a "Town vs. Faculty" basketball game, Friday, March 20. The fun game was close throughout, however the final score was tied 57-57. Dundee athletes officiated the game, with Athletic Director Sheldon Gibson providing commentary during play. The event benefited the DCS Sports Boosters.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Spring teams prepare for the season
PHOTO GALLERY: Spring teams prepare for the season

Don't let the snow piled in the background of the photos fool you, spring sports are in full swing at local schools. Although most teams are still practicing inside, the Penn Yan boys and girls lacrosse teams hosted home scrimmages, Tuesday, March 17 and Monday, March 16. The boys faced off against Pittsford Sutherland, while the Lady Mustangs competed against Webster-Schroeder. Be sure to check The Observer and the REVIEW&EXPRESS next week for all the spring sports schedules.

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Watkins Glen falls to Cooperstown in regional
Watkins Glen falls to Cooperstown in regional

ONEONTA-The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team lost to Cooperstown in the state Class C regionals, Saturday, March 14. The final score was 46-34. Watkins entered the post-sectional bracket as the number four seed, representing Section IV. Cooperstown, Section III, earned the third seed.
Watkins was tied with Cooperstown 10-10 at the end of the first quarter, but was down 24-19 at halftime. In the third, the Senecas pulled within one point, 28-27. However, Cooperstown had an explosive fourth quarter ending the game 46-34. Amanda Pike led with 14 points, and was four-for-four at the free throw line. Madison Gates added 10 points. Amanda Cherock scored three, while Allison Teed, Mariah Gonzalez, and Katherine Meehan each had two. Madison Myers scored one. "I'm super proud of them. They came a long way," said Coach Alicia Learn. "They've had a great season. A great year, I'm very proud. They played hard. It just wasn't our game." Watkins ends with a 17-5 record.

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Watkins Glen girls take sectional championship
Watkins Glen girls take sectional championship

BINGHAMTON-The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team claimed the Section IV Class C championship in the finals game against Bainbridge-Guilford, Saturday, March 7. The final score for the Senecas was 43-37. Leading Watkins was Madison Gates with 14 points, six rebounds, and one block. Mariah Gonzalez and Allison Teed both scored eight points. Gonzalez also had five rebounds. Amanda Pike had seven points and Madison Myers added four. Amanda Cherock also contributed five rebounds. "I knew we could get here. It's a great feeling," said Coach Alicia Learn. She added, "(Watkins) realized that it's now or never. They got this far. They didn't want to go home without the medal." With the win, Watkins' record is 17-4. This is the Senecas first sectional title in 15 years (2000). Watkins Glen will now face Cooperstown (Section 3) Saturday, March. 14.

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Dundee ends season at sectional final
Dundee ends season at sectional final

HENRIETTA-The Dundee girls varsity basketball team saw their season come to end, Saturday, March 7 at Rush-Henrietta Central School. The Dundee Lady Scots faced the Caledonia-Mumford Lady Raiders in the Section V Class C2 championship game. The Lady Scots trailed at halftime 27-22 and were down 46-42 as time expired in the fourth quarter. Dundee was seeded first, while Cal-Mum was second coming into this game. Megan Howell recorded 13 points. Tayler Morrison added seven points. Dundee ends with a 19-3 record.

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Seneca boys fall in sectional finals
Seneca boys fall in sectional finals

BINGHAMTON-The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team lost to Newfield in the Section IV Class C championship, 53-48, Saturday, March 7. Matt Estes scored 18 points, including two three-point shots. Colin Gates recorded 12 points. Luke Flahive added seven, followed by Keith Rekczis with six. Rekczis was also four-for-four at the free throw line and Flahive was two-for-two. Joe Palumbo had three points. With the loss, Watkins ends the season with a 17-2 record.

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The Watkins Glen vs. Moravia post-game: What happened?
The Watkins Glen vs. Moravia post-game: What happened?

WATKINS GLEN-On Wednesday, March 4 the Watkins Glen Senecas defeated the Blue Devils from Moravia 51-46 in the boys Class C Section IV semifinal playoff game. The winner of the basketball game is clear. The actions after the game are not so clear. On Wednesday, after Watkins Glen won the game the students did rush the court to celebrate the victory. That's when the problems started. The complete details of exactly what happened and who did what to whom may never be fully known.

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Senecas advance to sectional finals
Senecas advance to sectional finals

WATKINS GLEN-Senecas' boys varsity basketball team beat Moravia, Wednesday, March 4. The final score was 51-46 in the sectional semifinal game.
Watkins, seeded number one, will face Newfield, seeded second, in the Class C Sectional championship, Saturday, March 7. Watkins Glen beat Newfield earlier this season 49-35. Joe Palumbo led the Senecas with 15 points. Matt Estes added 14. Luke Flahive and Colin Gates both recorded eight. Keith Rekczis added four and Justin Duane two.

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Lady Scots top Letchworth, 48-45
Lady Scots top Letchworth, 48-45

HONEOYE FALLS-The Dundee girls varsity basketball team won against Letchworth, Wednesday, March 4, to advance to the Section V Class C2 championship. The final score against Letchworth was 48-45. Brooke Howell led with 14 points. Megan Howell followed with 13 and Demi Battin added 11. The Lady Scots will face Caledonia-Mumford in the finals, Saturday, March 7. Dundee is the number one seed in Class C2, while Cal-Mum is number two.

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Watkins beats Lansing in semifinals
Watkins beats Lansing in semifinals

WATKINS GLEN-The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team advances to the Section IV Class C championship by topping Lansing, 51-46, Wednesday, March 4. Amanda Pike led with 15 points, with two three-point shots and four rebounds. Madison Myers scored 10 points, also with two three-point shots. Madison Gates followed with nine points and nine rebounds. Amanda Cherock had eight points. Allison Teed recorded five points, five rebounds, and four assists. Mariah Gonzalez added four points and two rebounds. The Senecas will play in the sectional finals, Saturday, March 7.

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Scots fall to Caledonia in semifinal
Scots fall to Caledonia in semifinal

RUSHVILLE-The Scots boys varsity basketball team lost to Caledonia-Mumford, Monday, March 2, in the Section V Class C2 semifinals. The final score was 63-42. Jarrett Butler scored 13 points, while Tyler Kelly added 11. Andrew Clark recorded nine. Dundee was seeded fourth against Cal-Mum, the top seed in Class C2. Caledonia will play Geneseo in the Sectional finals, Saturday, March 7. Dundee ends the season with a 17-4 record.

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