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Senecas lose to Spencer Van-Etten, 43-40

WATKINS GLEN—The Watkins boys basketball team fell to Spencer Van-Etten, 43-40, Friday, Dec. 4.
Both teams fought for the lead throughout the entire game.  Even though Spencer Van-Etten scored first in the first 20 seconds, Watkins scored three times directly after that with a three pointer by Stuart Cook.  The Panthers tied it back with the Senecas at 9-9, after Spencer Van-Etten scored their own three point shot.  The end of the first quarter had Watkins in the lead, 14-12.
However, Spencer Van-Etten would take the lead by the end of the last three quarters, even if Watkins was close behind.  The Senecas trailed by one point at halftime, 23-22.  Watkins' Connor Fitzsimmons brought it that close with a free throw shot.
Watkins Glen briefly took the lead at the start of the third quarter.  Andrew Conklin scored twice and Cook once to make it 28-25.  The Senecas remained in the lead until the end of the quarter until Spencer Van-Etten scored another three point shot, making the score 37-36.
The end of the game was no less tense.  With the score at 41-40, in the Panther's favor, and 30 seconds on the clock, the Senecas had a chance to take the lead with two free throws by Travis Waite.  However, neither shots made it into the basket.  Spencer Van-Etten had their own chance at two free throws after that and made both.  Watkins had possession of the ball following that, but could not make another basket.  The end score was 43-40, Spencer Van-Etten.
Watkins Glen basketball team will play again Dec. 8 at Newfield.

Girls basketball
The Watkins Glen varsity girls basketball team also played Spencer Van-Etten, Friday, Dec. 4, at an away game.
Watkins won this game, 57-44. Taylor Chaffee scored 27 points, had nine rebounds and three steals. Marissa Pike had nine points, eight rebounds and six steals. Kristine Burge had eight points, seven rebounds and four steals. Jordan Myers had four each; points, steals and assists.

Indoor track
The Watkins Glen Varsity Indoor Track and Field team competed in the 11th and 12th Grade Meet at SUNY Cortland Saturday, Dec. 5. It was the first meet of the indoor season.
Coach Justin Mucitelli said some of the highlights included Laura Flood taking first place in the 1500m racewalk with a time of 8:57.80. Captain Amber Swartz had two sixth place finishes, one in the 1000m Run (3:37.00) and the other in the 1500m Run (5:41.00). Mucitelli also said the men’s captain, Eric Mack, “started the season of strong in the long jump with a seventh place finish with a jump of 17’11”.”
Women’s Results
1000m Run: Swartz,  sixth place,  3:37.
1500m Racewalk: Flood,  first place,  8:57.80.
1500m Run: Swartz,  sixth place, 5: 41.00 and Flood,  ninth place, 6:41.80
300m Dash: Swartz, 13th place, 48.50
Long Jump: Flood, 21st,  10’8.5”
Men’s Results
55m Dash: Adrein Bergling, 7.4 seconds, Joe Daughmer,  7.3 seconds, and Eric Mack,  6.9 seconds.
1000m Run: John Bloodgood, 28th place, 3:42.00.
600m Run: Bloodgood, 35th place, 1:57.10.
300m Dash: Daughmer, 46th place, 46.10 and Mack, tied for 12th place, 40.60.
Long Jump: Bergling, 22nd place, 14’1” and Mack, seventh place, 17’11”.
Shot Put: Bergling, 34th place,  25’2”.
The indoor track team competes again Saturday, Dec. 12 at SUNY Cortland, with the ninth and 10th graders.

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