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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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Ring will retire from Arc of Yates
Ring will retire from Arc of Yates

PENN YAN--Executive Director Kate Ring will retire July 1 after eight years with the Arc of Yates. Ring joined the Arc in the summer of 2007, having previously been the director of early childhood and family services at Action for a Better Community in Rochester. "It has been a tremendous experience to have the opportunity to lead an agency whose mission it is to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities," Ring said. "I am extremely pleased to belong to a community that includes our children, adults and families as vibrant members."

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Clifford resigns Watkins Glen trustee seat
Clifford resigns Watkins Glen trustee seat

WATKINS GLEN--Watkins Glen Trustee Paul Clifford announced his immediate resignation from the board during their regular meeting Monday, March 16. According to his resignation letter, Clifford said he had purchased a house outside of Watkins Glen and will be moving to Hector to make it their family residence. As residence in the village of Watkins Glen is required to serve as a trustee, Clifford must resign his position, a seat he has held for three and a half years. Clifford's position will be filled by appointment following the election of a new board Wednesday, March 18, when they meet next month.

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Milo approves inspections for property sales
Milo approves inspections for property sales

MILO--The Milo town board approved a local law for sewer connection inspections, which now requires an inspection of a property's sewer connection before transfer of ownership. The action took place during their regular meeting Monday, March 16 at the town hall. The measure was tabled during last month's meeting to address certain issues before being acted upon by the board during Monday's meeting. Milo Supervisor Leslie Church said the measure was initially tabled to address liability concerns with the local law. "One concern brought up was in regard to damage to the property," Church said. She said the town's liability insurance would cover such an incident, although she added she would hope property damage would not be likely during the inspection.

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Ice dams: 'Worst I've ever seen'
Ice dams: 'Worst I've ever seen'

FINGER LAKES--Knapp and Schlappi co-owner Steve Perry said this year has been the worst year he has seen when it comes to homes with ice dams. An ice dam is an ice build-up on a roof, usually in the gutters, that builds up over the duration of a winter. Ice dams are usually caused when the snow on a roof melts and freezes after flowing down to the gutters or eaves, causing water to back up under the shingles and leak into a house. "This is the worst year I've ever seen," Perry said. "I've been around in the building material industry since the mid-1980s and I've never seen anything like this."

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Odessa-Montour students perform 'Pippin'
Odessa-Montour students perform 'Pippin'

ODESSA--The Odessa-Montour high school spring musical production will take place this weekend with the performance of "Pippin." The performances will be Thursday, March 12 through Saturday, March 14 in the Fetter-Brown auditorium. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday. The story of the show is based loosely on the reign of French King Charlemagne (played by Joseph Raymond). His eldest son and heir to the throne Pippin (Logan Barrett, John Coates) spends the duration of the show trying to find his higher purpose in life. His stepmother Fastrada (Dana Roberts, Cheyenne Barrett) does everything she can to get her son Lewis (Justin Hickey) to be next in line to the throne.

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Penn Yan students prepare for weekend musical
Penn Yan students prepare for weekend musical

PENN YAN-JJ Warren (center) portrays Joseph in Penn Yan Academy's upcoming production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." There will be four performances, Thursday, March 12 through Sunday, March 15 in the Penn Yan Academy auditorium, with show times starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday. Also pictured from left to right in the back row include Katie McNinch, Mary Kate Killen, Emily Fingar and Megan Guererri.

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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 27 ... Chenango Valley, 4:30 p.m.
March 30 ... @ Elmira (scrimmage), 3 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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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
March 26 ... @ Corning East (scrimmage), 5 p.m.
March 29 ... Worthington Kilbourne, 11 a.m.

Girls lacrosse
March 26 ... Victor (scrimmage), 5 p.m.
March 27 ... Wayne, 4:30 p.m.

Baseball
March 26 ... @ McQuaid (Scrimmage), 4:30 p.m.
April 7 ... Midlakes, 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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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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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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Dundee, Watkins Glen see quarterfinal wins
Dundee, Watkins Glen see quarterfinal wins

Lady Scots top Canisteo, 61-45
DUNDEE-The Dundee girls varsity basketball team topped Canisteo-Greenwood, 61-45, Saturday, Feb. 28. With the win, the Lady Scots advance to the Section V Class C2 semifinals against Letchworth, Tuesday, March 3. Demi Battin led with 24 points, while Megan Howell scored 12. Brooke Howell added eight points. Casie Farrell contributed six, while Tayler Morrison and Paige Easling each had four. Cara Booth scored three points.
Senecas beat Greene 70-30
WATKINS GLEN-The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team topped Greene in the Section IV Class C quarterfinals, Saturday, Feb. 28. The final score was 70-30. Luke Flahive led with 24 points. Colin Gates recorded 20. With the win, the Senecas' record advances to 16-1. Watkins will next play in the Sectional semifinals, Wednesday, March 4, against No. 4 Moravia. As the number one seed, Watkins will again host the game.

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Sectional basketball results: Watkins Glen, Dundee and Penn Yan
Sectional basketball results: Watkins Glen, Dundee and Penn Yan

Watkins girls top Notre Dame
WATKINS GLEN-The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team defeated Notre Dame, 45-25, in the Class C Sectional quarterfinals, Friday, Feb. 27. With the win, Watkins' record is 15-4 and the team advances to the Sectional semifinals, Tuesday, March 3, in a home game against Lansing.
Scots beat Kendall, 55-43
DUNDEE-Dundee's boys varsity basketball team, seeded No. 4, topped No. 5 seed Kendall in the Section V Class C2 quarterfinals, Friday, Feb. 27. The final score was 55-43. The Scots' record is 17-3 with the win. Dundee will face Caledonia-Mumford in the semifinals, Monday, March 2.
Penn Yan falls to Pal-Mac
PALMYRA--The Penn Yan boys varsity basketball team lost to Palmyra-Macedon in the Class B1 sectional quarterfinal game, Friday, Feb. 27. The final score was 73-61. The Mustangs end with an 11-9 record.

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