High school sports return

Rob Maeske
PYA’s # 3 David Reid jumps for a header ball as # 9 Brigham Hansen helps back him up. Hansen scored the winning goal in overtime.

FINGER LAKES – Scholastic sports are back after the summer break, with games in multiple sports officially getting underway over the last couple of weeks. As the fall season begins, schools are faced with fewer restrictions and regulations due to COVID, allowing longer and fuller schedules, larger crowds for both home and away teams, and the real possibility of getting back to traditional tournaments and championships.


Sept. 3

Marcus Whitman/Bloomfield 26, Penn Yan/Dundee 25

In a season opener between local rivals, the Penn Yan/Dundee football team (rivals themselves until the teams officially combined last year) narrowly lost to Whitman/Bloomfield by a single point. Myles Prendergast scored the winning TD for Whitman/Bloomfield.

On the Penn Yan/Dundee side, Carter Earl came up big as the team's QB, throwing three scoring passes to receiver John Bell and rushing the ball 96 yards in three carries for a trip into the end zone himself. Nick Slavic led the team in tackles with 15, while Alex Foster had nine, including a sack. Bell reached Whitman/Bloomfield's QB twice and notched up seven tackles overall.

Girls Soccer

Sept. 1

Marcus Whitman 2, Naples 1

The Wildcats won their first game of the season, outscoring Naples 2-1. Whitman's Lana Burnett scored the game's first goal with an assist from Zoelle Payne, which was quickly answered by Naples' Anna Quarterman. Aurora Woodworth scored the winning goal for the Wildcats in the second half, assisted by Burnett. In the nets, Abby Kornbau six saves for Whitman, while Grace Hebding made 11 for Naples.

Sept. 3

Penn Yan 2, Waterloo 2

Penn Yan's opening game against Waterloo came to a tie, with both teams finding the net twice in an exciting match at Tom Coughlin Stadium. Waterloo's Jazzmyn Lewis opened scoring with a goal just one minute into the game, with no further goals until Penn Yan's Sierra Harrison evened up the score in the second half of play. Going into overtime, Lewis again scored after one minute on the field, but Harrison tied it up again and neither team was able to put another one in the net as time ran out. Penn Yan's Elle Harrison made ten saves in net for the Mustangs, while Logan Amidon had eight for the Indians.

Dundee/Bradford 5, Twin Tiers 0

In their season opener, the BraveScots shutout Twin Tiers Christian Academy in a 5-0 win. The first half saw Kendall Parker score twice; one goal coming just five minutes in with an assist from Korrin Yeoman and the other towards the end of the half, assisted by Baleigh Monell. Madison Hughes took over scoring responsibilities in the second half, finding the net three times with two assists from Jade Rousell and one from Nicole Peterson. In goal for the BraveScots, Gabrielle Tobiassen-Aasli made six saves, holding the net for the entirety of the game.

Sept. 6

Marcus Whitman 4, Geneva 2

For the second game in a row, Whitman doubled their opponent's score, taking out Geneva for their second win of the season. Zoelle Payne was the lead scorer for the Wildcats, finding the net once in the first half with an assist from Olivia Herod and once in second. Whitman's other goals came from Evelyn Lambert with an assist from Lana Burnett, who scored the Cats final goal. Geneva's Fabiola Santiago scored the first goal of the game with an assist from Kaitlyn Wright, who picked up the Panthers' remaining goal in the second half. Abby Kornbau made eight saves for Whitman, while Natalie Budger made six for Geneva.

Sept. 8

Penn Yan 3, Midlakes 0

Penn Yan swept Midlakes in the Mustangs' second game of the season, giving them their first win and bringing their record to 1-0-1. 

Marcus Whitman 6, Dundee/Bradford 2

Whitman won their third in a row, continuing an opening winning streak that saw the BraveScots fall to 1-1. Lana Burnett scored all but one of Whitman's goals, getting three assists from Zoelle Payne and one each from Evelyn Lambert and Katherine Cline. The Wildcats' remaining goal came from Helen Snyder with an assist from Burnett. Whitman's goalkeeping duties were split between Abby Kornbau and Sophie Snyder, with each making five saves and allowing one goal in 40 minutes of net time.

Boys Soccer

Penn Yan goalkeeper Thomas Barden makes a save from a penalty kick. Barden had 4 saves in the match.

Sept. 2

Penn Yan 5, Midlakes/Red Jacket 0

The Mustangs rolled over Midlakes/RJ in the first game of the season. In the first half, PY's goals came from David Reid (assisted by Zack Townley) and Brigham Hansen. Hansen and Reid (again assisted by Townley) also scored in the second half with Landon Berry picking up the Mustangs' remaining goal. In goal, Thomas Barden had three saves for Penn Yan, while Midlakes' goalie Garret Cooper had nine.

Honeoye 2, Marcus Whitman 0

Whitman lost their opening game to Honeoye in a two-point sweep by the Bulldogs. Honeoye's goals came from Luke Armstrong with an assist from Charlie Sherman and Owen Baader, assisted by Jacob Shaffer. In goal, Whitman's Carson Miller deflected an astounding 22 shots, only allowing two goals, while Bulldogs goalie Brandon Stowe only had to save two. 

Sept. 3

Dundee/Bradford 5, Twin Tiers 1

Matching the girls' score, the Dundee/Bradford boys defeated Twin Tiers in their season opener, with TT able to put up single goal in defense. The BraveScots' scorers included Jacopo Paniga, Michele Van Cleef, Aidan Monell, Jakob Lederman and Brayden Rider. Dundee's match against Naples, set for Sept. 7 had to be postponed due a lack of referees.

The starting lineup for the Penn Yan Varsity boys soccer team at their Sept. 9 game against Pal-Mac.

Sept. 7

Penn Yan 3, Mynderse 1

PY picked up their second win in a row, with goals coming one a piece from Zack Townley, Riley Griffiths and Brigham Hansen. Owen Bishop had two assists for the Mustangs. Mynderse's lone goal was from DJ Bruni. Penn Yan's goalie Thomas Barden made eight saves during the game.

Marcus Whitman 4, Hammondsport 0

After a rough starting game, Whitman redeemed themselves with a 4-point sweep over Hammondsport. Whitman's goals came from Jack Blankenberg, Daniel Nemitz, Jared Paddock and Tyler Tiffany. Logan Storms had two assists for the Wildcats, while Nemitz and Tiffany each had one.

Sept. 9

Penn Yan 1, Pal-Mac 0

Penn Yan beat Pal-Mac with an overtime goal by Brigham Hansen. Penn Yan's goalkeeper Thomas Barden had 4 saves, while Pal-Mac goalie Andrew Thomas had 8 saves.

Boys Golf

Sept. 3

Penn Yan 248, Newark 301

Penn Yan's golf team won their first match of the season against visiting Newark, with the Reds beginning the season early and already holding a disappointing 0-2 record going into the match. For PY, Cam Bassage and Griffin Emerson tied for the lowest score at 44, with Dutcher Samatulski taking the third spot at 47. Both Emerson and Samatulski scored birdies on hole 13 at Penn Yan's Lakeside Country Club. Newark's lowest score came from Ben Fisher with a 48. 

Sept. 7

Waterloo 222, Penn Yan 241

Waterloo beat visiting Penn Yan at Silver Creek, bringing both teams to 1-1 this season. Waterloo's low score came from Junior John Siblowky with a 36, while second place for the Indians was a tie between Tyler and Deven Adle at 41. For Penn Yan, Griffin Emerson shot a 41 for the top spot on his team, while the second lowest shooter was Cam Bassage at 45.

Girls Tennis

Sept. 1

Geneva 4, Penn Yan 1

In their first match of the season, Penn Yan fell to Geneva. Elisabeth Porschet and Amber Paynter won singles for the Panthers. The Mustangs' single point came from Jayden Hollister, who won second singles.

PYA senior Abby Garvey serving during her doubles match Sept. 9.

Sept. 3

Avoca/Prattsburgh 5, Marcus Whitman 0

Avoca/Prattsburgh swept the Wildcats in Whitman's first match of the year. Singles victories for Avoca came from Kendra Pinckney, Susie Moore and Annabella Putnam. 

PYA senior Jayden Hollister hits her return during her singles match.

Sept. 7

Penn Yan 3, Wayne 2

Penn Yan won their second game of the season, defeating visiting Wayne, bringing them up to 1-1. Abigail Garvey, Jayden Hollister and Adelyn Emerson all won their singles for PY.

Marcus Whitman 3, Waterloo 2

Whitman defeated Waterloo in the Wildcats second outing this season. Whitman's Kloey Babcock and Dalanie Kolz won at first doubles, while Emberly Heaven and Morgan Ellis won at second doubles. The win brings Whitman up to 1-1 for the season.

Girls Volleyball

Sept. 1

Penn Yan 3, Hammondsport 0

The Mustangs won their first match of the season, beating Hammondsport in games of 25-15, 25-12 and 25-19.

Sept. 2

Dundee/Bradford 3, Honeoye 0

In their first match this season, the BraveScots won lopsided victories against Honeoye, winning 25-14, 25-8 and 25-16. 

Sept. 8

Dundee/Bradford 3, Bloomfield 0

The BraveScots took their second win in a row this season, beating the Bombers in close games of 25-22, 26-24 and 25-20. For Dundee/Bradford, Carlie Baker had nine kills and four aces, while Abby Miller followed up with four kills and two aces and Lily Hall had eight assists. For Bloomfield, Mary Margaret Griffiths had three aces and eight kills, Katie Evans picked up ten assists and Calla McCombs had three aces, four kills and two blocks.