High School Sports Roundup: Snowy shutout in Penn Yan

Rob Maeske
The Chronicle-Express


April 1

Penn Yan/Dundee 20, Mynderse/Seneca Falls 0

In one of the snowiest games in Mustang history, Penn Yan/Dundee defeated the Blue Devils, giving the Scottish Mustangs their first win of the season. It was the first game for Mynderse/Seneca Falls after a COVID-delayed start to their season.

Scattered snowflakes drifted through the air as the teams were introduced on a cold, breezy day on the Penn Yan field. The first half of the game saw no points scored by either team as the wind and snow continued to mount, and  by halftime, the entire field was covered by a blanket of white with not a line or number visible.

The weather started to calm as the second half began and the Mustangs began to find their footing with Mekhi Mahan making a successful run into the end zone after shaking several Mynderse defenders at the 9:45 mark. The Mustangs went for an onside kick after the scoring run, recovering the ball and leading to a second Mahan TD almost immediately, leaving the score 14-0 after a successful two-point conversion.

After a slippery back and forth through the rest of the third quarter, PY/Dundee's Damien Snyder was able to pick up another TD for the Mustangs early in the fourth, bringing the score to 20-0. Though the Devils were able to work the ball right to the goal line, an interception in the end zone with six minutes left robbed Mynderse/SF of the chance to put points on the board.

With 1:30 left to go in the game, PY/Dundee's Nick Slavik was able to recover a punt sent towards the Devils, denying Mynderse a chance at a final possession and sealing a shutout for the Mustangs.

In a game that was almost exclusively played on the ground, Mustang QB Carter Earl went 7/9 for 59 yards with a single scoring pass. The Mustangs' star of the day was Mekhi Mahan with 17 carries for 211 yards and 2 TDs on offense and 7 tackles on defense. Damien Snyder had 1 25-yard reception that resulted in a touchdown. Kenny Empson led the Mustangs' defense with 8 tackles. Penn Yan/Dundee's next game is tonight at Bath/Haverling. 

ER/Gananda 46, Marcus Whitman/Bloomfield 22

The Wildcats traveled to East Rochester High School last Thursday, finding defeat at the hands of the ER/Gananda Bombers. Whitman/Bloomfield is now 1-2 this season. The Wildcats next play Wayland-Cohocton at Penn Yan Academy, where Whitman has been playing their home games due to having a grass field at home which is unsuited to football games in March.

The joint team of Penn Yan and Dundee marching into the Athletic Field at Penn Yan Academy. The banners created for the senior football and cheerleaders are hung on the fence.
The players present their helmets at the end of the playing of the national anthem.
The opening kickoff by PY-DCS player # 41 Owen Bishop.
Despite the very cold weather conditions for the first of April the PY-DCS cheerleaders wore their new warmups. Center is Senior Tiffany Lasher.
PY-DCS # 23 Mekhi Mahan puts a hit on tackling the Mynderse runner.
PY-DCS # 23 Mekhi Mahan rushed for a total of 211 yards.
PY-DCS # 23 Mekhi Mahan tries to avoid the Mynderse tacklers in one of his 17 carries.
PY-DCS # 7 QB Carter Earl looks up field for his receivers.
Moments into the second quarter of the game, a snow squall descended upon the athletic complex at Penn Yan. Despite white-out conditions, the teams continued to play. PY-DCS # 23 Mekhi Mahan is able to bring down a QB pass and run up field for considerable yardage.

Girls Volleyball

March 29

Penn Yan 3, Midlakes 2

The Mustangs beat the Eagles at home in a close five-game match. Midlakes won the match's first two sets with scores of 25-22 and 25-18, but Penn Yan came back to win the last three with scores of 25-14, 25-21 and 25-22. Jammie Decker led the Mustangs' effort with 5 aces, 13 kills, 5 assists and 8 digs. Also for Penn Yan, Lauren Schilling had 3 aces and 5 digs and Clarissa Enos had 3 aces, 1 assist and 1 dig. Brenna Hathaway assisted her team with 1 assist and 4 digs.

Campbell-Savona 3, Dundee 0

The Scots lost all three sets in their match against Campbell-Savona with scores of 25-12, 25-25 and 25-12. It was the second time this season the Panthers defeated Dundee. 

March 30

Dundee 3, Mynderse 1

Dundee found victory in a 4-set match against Mynderse that saw two games going into extra points. The first game went to Mynderse at 26-24, but the Scots won the next three with scores of 27-25, 25-12 and 25-23. 

April 1

Bloomfield 3, Dundee 0

Bloomfield shut out visiting Dundee with games of 25-17, 25-5 and 25-12. Dundee is now 2-7 overall and 2-4 in the Finger Lakes West.