Field hockey sweep ends 9-1 season
By Keith Harrington
Sweeping four games in five days last week, the Granville field hockey team closed out a season that will go down as one of the program’s most memorable ever.
The biggest win came at the hands of one of the area’s most powerful programs, a 1-0 overtime victory over Hoosick Falls, avenging their only loss in a 9-1 season.
It was a fitting ending for a group of seniors who have left an indelible mark on the Golden Horde program.
In the season finale, Granville overcame a sluggish first half to break open a close game in the fourth quarter and defeat Salem-Cambridge, 4-1.
“We really started off not playing our game in the first half,” said Granville coach Katie Barber. “I know this was our fourth game this week and their legs were tired, but coach Sheldon and I kept taking to the girls about no regrets and leaving everything they had on the field. Our motto each day is 100% heart and hustle 100% of the time. These girls did this each and every day and every game.”
Granville took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Raegan Swain on an assist from Melissa Beaver with 1:03 to play in the first period.
Salem-Cambridge then dominated possession in the second as the Golden Horde appeared a little flat-footed. The effort by Salem-Cambridge was rewarded when Blake Riche hit the back of the cage 7:42 before halftime. The game remained 1-1 at the break.
After a motivational talk from the coaching staff at the half, the Golden Horde stepped up their game in the third quarter. Haylie Barber collected the rebound of a shot by Swain and deposited it in the goal to give Granville a 2-1 advantage at the 7:22 mark.
The Golden Horde put the contest away with a pair of quick strikes in the fourth. Swain scored on an assist from Hannah Festa with 11:55 remaining. Barber than tallied her second goal less than two minutes later off a Swain pass to hand Granville a comfortable 4-1 lead.
Granville outshot Salem-Cambridge 14-6. Salem-Cambridge held a 10-5 advantage in penalty corners.
“For a season that we really weren’t sure was going to happen it turned out to be perfect,” Barber added. “We couldn’t be prouder of our girls and our six seniors.
“This past year has been so tough on everyone. I hope the Fall 2 season has given these kids some smiles and some great memories to hold onto. We are so grateful that everyone came out of this season healthy. Thank you to everyone who made this season possible.”
Lexyss Zovistoski had six saves in her final game in the Golden Horde cage. Tory Cary stopped 13 shots for Salem-Cambridge.
Granville finishes the season 9-1. Salem-Cambridge finished 2-8.
On Wednesday not even the snow could stop a Granville team determined to take down the only team that had defeated them this season, and they did it in dramatic fashion as they edged Hoosick Falls 1-0 in overtime in Adirondack-Wasaren play.
It was the first loss of the season for the Panthers.
The game was tied 0-0 for four quarters of regulation and for nearly the entire first overtime. As time ran out in the first overtime, the Golden Horde drew an offensive corner as time expired. By rule the teams need to play out the corner. Jenna Tooley inserted the ball to Haley Corlew who was able to finish and score the game winning goal, setting off a wild celebration.
“One of the most memorable games I have ever been a part of,” Granville coach Katie Barber said.
Zovistoski had an outstanding game in the goal for Granville. Zovistoski defended the Granville cage like a stone wall, finishing with nine saves.
Hoosick Falls outshot Granville 9-2 but the Golden Horde had the shot that counted the most. The Panthers had 8 offensive corners to 4 for Granville.
Granville was 8-1 on the season after the victory.
Earlier in the week Granville scored three first half goals and went on to shut out Emma Willard 3-0 in and Adirondack-Wasaren League contest.
Swain had two goals for the Golden Horde. Emmalena Breault also scored for Granville.
Katie McEachron and Barber picked up assists.
“The girls played well and had some great passing throughout the game,” Barber said. “The only problem we had today was feet and that cost us a lot with defensive corners. We need to focus on getting low and getting our sticks down.”
Granville outshot Emma Willard 10-8.
Zovistoski earned the shutout in goal with eight saves.
Granville moved to 7-1 with the win.
Granville began the week with a 1-0 win over Corinth in Adirondack-Wasaren League play.
Freshman Melissa Beaver scored the only goal of the contest with 1:19 to go in the third quarter. Swain picked up the assist.
Rachel Beaver played a strong game on defense for Granville.
“It was a very physical game, but I’m proud of how our girls handled themselves and worked together,” Barber said. “Rachel Beaver was outstanding on defense today.”
Granville outshot Corinth 10-5. Corinth had 15 corners to five for Granville.
Zovistoski had the shutout in goal for the Golden Horde with five saves. Elizabeth Jensen had eight saves for the Tomahawks.
Granville moved to 6-1 on the season after the win.
Horde seniors reflect on their success
By Keith Harrington
Granville field hockey has become one of the elite programs not only in the Adirondack-Wasaren League but in the entire Capital Region.
Under the leadership of head coach Katie Barber and her staff, the Golden Horde has risen to the upper echelon of field hockey programs. Whether it be winning games at a consistent clip or placing players on college rosters, Granville’s reputation is rising quickly.
After a 9-1 season that was delayed several months and was almost lost all together because of the pandemic, the team’s six seniors made it abundantly clear that the most important lessons may not have been about winning and losing.
“I think overall this program means family,” Haley Corlew said. “They (the coaching staff) go out of their way to make it known that we are all family. All of us click so well together.”
Never were those lessons more important than this season. With the traditional fall sports campaign being moved to the Fall 2 season, which was actually held this spring, the Granville stickers had to wait more than a year and a half to play.
For the six seniors on the squad, they would agree the wait was worth it.
“Think of where we were at a year ago,” said Caroline Gould. “And just seeing where we are right now is just so amazing. I am very thankful for what this sport has given me. The coaches, all the players and just the game itself.”
“When we were practicing in the parking lot none of us thought that we would even have a season,” Corlew said, “so I think it is pretty awesome that we got to end it the way we did.”
Goalkeeper Lexyss Zovistoski gave the coaches a lot of credit for the team’s success, and for keeping them together during a difficult time.
“We just want to thank the coaches for helping us have a season,” Zovistoski said.
It was understandable that Granville struggled a little in the first half of the season finale against Salem-Cambridge, a team the Golden Horde had beaten handily just a week earlier. They were coming off a highly emotional win over league powerhouse Hoosick Falls, and sometimes a victory like the one over the Panthers can translate into a letdown.
“I think we put it all on the field in that game and we did it again today,” said Jenna Tooley. “We just had to click. We just had to play as a team.”
“We just had to get our heads straight,” added Jordan Martindale.
The role that the Granville community played in the student-athletes even having a season was also not lost on the seniors.
“We honestly would not have been here without the Granville community. I think we should all say just a huge thank you to the Granville community, Gould said. “They came together and showed us the pride of Granville.”
Now their season and high school careers have come to a close and even with a record of 9-1 and seven wins in a row, it may be more than what happened on the field that will be remembered.
Hannah Festa, who may have saved her best game for her last, summed it up best.
“The best moment of my life,” Festa said.
And to think, the chance for Festa and her teammates to have that moment was almost lost.
Horde boys close out with a win
By Keith Harrington
The Granville boys soccer team won their second game of the season last week, and they did it in impressive fashion. The Golden Horde overcame a snowstorm and a 1-0 deficit to cruise past Bolton-Warrensburg 4-1 in Adirondack League soccer at Golden Goal.
“Well, we can officially add playing a game in a winter storm to our Fall 2 BINGO card,” Granville coach Shane Jones said. “The conditions were really tough with the snow piling up on the turf and at times the snowflakes seemed like they were the size of golf balls. I told the guys to embrace the conditions and have fun with it because these are the kind of games you’ll remember when you look back on your high school career.”
Bolton-Warrensburg jumped out to an early 1-0 lead but the Golden Horde equalized quickly. Carter O’Leary collected a turnover moments later, deep in the offensive zone. O’Leary raced into the box and fired a shot into the net to even the game at 1-1 at halftime.
“During halftime we talked about getting the ball in deep and getting our forwards out in front to make some aggressive runs on goal,” Jones said. “The second half was by far the best 40 minutes of soccer we’ve played all season.”
In the second half Granville seized control. O’Leary tallied two more goals to give Granville a 3-1 lead and finish with a hat trick on the day. Conner Farrell added a goal as well to complete the Golden Horde scoring. Zachary Ward chipped in two assists.
Jones also praised the play of Nate Aldous even though he didn’t make the scoresheet.
“Nate was flying around the field, seeming to get to every loose ball and, looking back at the tape, most of our scoring opportunities started with him winning the one-on-one battles 40-50 yards down the field.”
Powers was stellar in goal after yielding the early Bolton-Warrensburg goal.
With only two seniors on the roster, Jones is hoping his team’s late season success will lead to a bright future.
“This group has worked really hard this season and to see it all come together the way it did in those conditions was really special,” Jones said. “I’m so happy for the team, and especially our seniors, to get rewarded for their hard work.
“After starting the season 0-6, to win two of our last three regular season games, it speaks volumes to the character of this team, and I hope we can carry over some of this momentum as we look ahead to next season.”
Granville ends the season 2-7. Bolton-Warrensburg was 0-8 after the game.
Earlier in the week, Granville dropped a 4-1 decision to Hadley-Luzerne at Golden Goal. The Eagles are one of the Adirondack League’s top teams and just recently snapped Lake George’s 48-game winning streak.
The Golden Horde trailed just 1-0 at the half but Hadley-Luzerne exploded for three goals in the final 40 minutes.
Scott Ripley scored off a Caleb Granger pass at the 38-minute mark to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
Granger and Brock Quillan added second half goal for the Eagles who also benefitted from a goal knocked in by the Granville defense.
O’Leary scored a goal for the Golden Horde with 7:21 to go to prevent the shutout.
Caden Caldwell had seven saves for Hadley-Luzerne. Powers stopped 14 shots for Granville.
Hadley-Luzerne was 7-2 after the victory. Granville was 1-7.
Granville-Whitehall cross country results
By Keith Harrington
The Granville-Whitehall cross country team traveled to North Warren in Chestertown to race against the combined North Warren-Minerva-Johnsburg team on Friday. The boys team lost a very close meet, 26-29, to North Warren-Johnsburg-Minerva.
David Austin of Granville-Whitehall won the boys race with an 18:45. Troy Austin was third with a 19:06. Allen Beaulieu was seventh with a 21:22, Matt Pietryka eighth at 21:24 and Quinn Johnson ninth with a 21:25.
Both teams registered incomplete scores in the girls race. Granville’s Amber Gibbs took top honors with a 23:21. Kaityln Panoushek was fourth with a 25:49 and Morgan Austin seventh with a 30:10.
Last Tuesday Granville-Whitehall hosted Corinth and the Granville boys ran away with a 15-50 win.
Hayden Sirchia of Corinth finished first at 19:20, but the Granville-Whitehall runners dominated the remainder of the top spots. Troy Austin was second with a 19:27. Johnson was third with a 19:57. David Austin placed fifth with a 20:09 followed by Pietryka with a 21:09 and Allen Beaulieu with a 21:17.
On the girls side both teams were incomplete. Jillian Richards crossed the line first for Corinth at 25:28. Austin was second with a 28:12 and Chloe Rehm third at 31:40.
Horde mistakes costly in 38-20 loss
By Keith Harrington
The last time the Granville football team played on Sam Eppolito Field they came away with an impressive win over Fonda. After last week’s game against Johnstown was canceled, the Golden Horde was chomping at the bit to win their second in a row.
Unfortunately, costly turnovers and mistakes was the deciding factor on Saturday as Cambridge-Salem pulled away in the second half to defeat Granville 38-20 in a Section II crossover game. Remarkably, it was the first win of the season for the usually strong Indians’ squad.
“Not our best game for sure,” said Granville coach Terry Wheeler. “When you play a team like Cambridge-Salem you’ve always got to play your best game.”
Things got off to a rocky start for the Golden Horde. After recovering a fumble on the opening kickoff, Cambridge-Salem struck quickly. Brice Burr needed only 1:12 to find the end zone on a one-yard run to hand the Indians a 6-0 lead. The conversion pass failed.
Undeterred, the Golden Horde came right back and pieced together an impressive drive capped off by a three-yard Tommy Roberts run to even the game at 6-6. Roberts ran in the two-point conversion and the Golden Horde had an 8-6 lead with 2:05 left in the first quarter.
The lead was short-lived. On the first play after the ensuing kickoff Owen Foyle broke free on a 67-yard touchdown scamper to give Cambridge-Salem the lead right back. The extra point kick was missed leaving the Indians with a 12-8 advantage.
Granville regained the lead before the half. Matt Barlow scored on a 10-yard touchdown run to make it 14-12 with 8:41 remaining in the second. The conversion run attempt was no good, but Granville went to the break with a two-point edge.
The Indians came out in the third quarter and imposed their will. After halting a Granville drive at the 12-yard line, a 44-yard run by Doug Pennington put Cambridge-Salem in business in Golden Horde territory. Eli Danio scored on a one-yard run to give the Indians the lead for good with 5:09 to go in the quarter. The conversion pass was incomplete, but the Indians led 18-14.
On the next Cambridge-Salem drive the Indians put Granville in a deeper whole. Foyle scored for the second time in the contest on a six-yard run. The extra point kick was good, and Indians extended their lead to 25-14.
The Golden Horde again attempted to rally. Josh Oakman got loose on what looked like a 54-yard touchdown run, but an official on the sideline said he stepped out of bounds short of the end zone. Dylan Procella then powered in from four yards away to slice the Granville deficit to 25-20 with 11:48 left in the game.
Cambridge-Salem sealed the win with a pair of fourth-quarter scores. Burr found the end zone on a one-yard run with 7:52 to go. Jacob Ruggles added a six-yard scoring run to provide the final margin of victory. The PAT kicks were good after both touchdowns.
‘They’re well coach and their kids played hard,” Wheeler said of the Indians. “And our kids played hard.”
Ruggles led the Indians with 136 yards on 17 carries. Foyle added 95 yards on six rushes.
The Indians outgained Granville in rushing yards, 367-317.
Granville’s Oakman was the leading rusher on the afternoon with 165 yards on 14 carries.
Granville now waits to see who they will play, if anyone, on the second weekend of crossover games. Wheeler hopes the Golden Horde can have one more game for the seniors.
“That’s what we’re looking for,” he said. “To send the seniors off with a win.”
Cambridge-Salem improved to 1-3. Granville is 1-4.
Granville wins five-set volleyball match
By Keith Harrington
The Granville volleyball team began their week by outlasting Hadley-Luzerne 3-2 in a thrilling five-set battle. Set scores were 25-18, 25-14, 23-25, 14-25 and 26-24.
Lilly Strout paced the Golden Horde with nine kills, two digs, two blocks, five aces and 12 service points. Kaelyn Dekalb had a strong match with six digs, four aces and 13 service points. Dezi Sumner had six digs, four aces and nine service points. Sierra Braymer added one dig and five service points, while Vivian Green had two kills, one ace and six service points.
Breanna Westad led the Eagles with seven aces, 16 service points and three digs. Kayla Kenny chipped in four aces, nine service points, nine assists and seven service points. Kacey Allen had five kills and five assists.
Granville raised its record to 3-8. Hadley-Luzerne fell to 1-10.
On Wednesday, Granville was swept by Warrensburg 3-0. Set scores were 25-21, 25-12, 25-19.
Natalie Bederian led the Burghers with 15 assists, six service points and three aces. Savannah Kollmann added two kills, one block, 12 service points and one ace. Ivy Marker had six kills, 11 service points and eight aces.
For the Golden Horde, Strout had seven kills, one dig, one block, two aces and eight service points.
Granville was 3-9 after the loss.
On Friday, Granville closed the week with a 3-0 loss to Argyle. Set scores were 25-12, 25-13 and 25-17.
Katie Lindsay had 16 assists and five 5 aces for the Scots. Gretta Schneider added 11 kills, and one block.
Strout had one kill, two blocks and two service points for Granville. Dekalb and Sumner had four digs apiece for the Golden Horde. Laci Howe added two kills and three aces.
Argyle improved to 11-2, 11-2. Granville is 3-10, 3-10.
Horde girls’ last games: 1-1, 0-0, 2-1 loss
By Keith Harrington
The Granville girls soccer team wrapped on their shortened Fall II season last week with a trio of contests and played well in all three games but narrowly missed posting their first win of the season.
On Tuesday Granville faced a solid Corinth team and earned a 1-1 tie in Adirondack League play. Granville led 1-0 early but could not hang on for the victory.
The Golden Horde jumped in front 1-0 on a Laura Arnhold goal in the 17th minute. Arnhold scored on a well-placed shot from 25 yards out that just made it over the hands of the Tomahawks’ goalie.
Morgan Thompson scored to equalize for Corinth right before halftime and neither team could hit the back of the net the rest of the afternoon.
“We had a lot of chances on net during the game but were not able to find the back of the net,” said Granville coach Brian Jennings.
Granville goalie Kiera Rice had another strong performance, and Jennings was pleased with the effort of his entire young squad.
“Kierra Rice had another great game in goal stopping some great shots from Corinth,” Jennings said. “Our defense was strong, as usual, and our midfielders and forwards really started moving the ball around. A very solid game.”
On Thursday Granville again went searching for their initial win of the season. The Golden Horde again played well but came home with a 0-0 tie against North Warren in another Adirondack League match.
“It was just one of those games where we could not find the back of the net,” Jennings said. “We controlled most of the game with the ball staying on the North Warren side a majority of the game and had several opportunities.”
The game was tied at the end of regulation, forcing a pair of 10-minute extra sessions for the second game in a row. Once again neither team could find away to score.
“Our shots were just a little wide and I have to give North Warren’s keeper a lot of credit,” Jennings said. “She did a great job in goal for them.”
Jennings was especially pleased with the play of his defense in keeping the Cougars scoreless but felt all the Golden Horde played well.
“We had another solid game from our defense and our midfield really made some great passes to the corners for our forwards,” Jennings said. “Laura Arnhold had a strong game in midfield and made some great crosses on corner kicks. Another solid game and the girls are improving each game. They are starting to recognize what the defense is giving them and making some great passes into space.”
The season came to an end on Saturday at Golden Goal with a rematch with Corinth in an Adirondack League crossover game. The Golden Horde battled the Tomahawks closely once again, this time falling 2-1.
This time around Corinth raced out to a 2-0 advantage, taking control with two goals in the first 10 minutes.
Thompson gave Corinth a 1-0 lead at the 35:14 mark. Alyssa Crossman had the assist. Corinth made it 2-0 as Crossman and Thompson reversed roles for a second tally at the 30:21 mark.
Laura Arnhold cut the lead in half for the Golden Horde with an unassisted goal in the 24th minute to make it 2-1.
Mary Vanderheyden and Isabel Tubbs split the time in goal for Corinth, combining for four saves. Kiera Rice played a solid game in goal for Granville to keep the Golden Horde in it.
Corinth finished with its first-ever winning season at 5-4-3. Granville ended the season 0-7-2.
Horde, Railroaders golf results
By Keith Harrington
Whitehall hosted a three-team Adirondack League golf match with Lake George and Granville last week at Skene Valley Country Club and the Warriors swept the Railroaders and Golden Horde.
Lake George defeated Whitehall 4-1. Zach Bruno of Lake George edged Kaleb Lyman of Whitehall 2-1. Cayden Johnston Chris Bakemeier 3-1 for the Warriors. In the other matches it was Torin Davies (Lake George) over John Twyman (Whitehall) 4-3, Tyler Brooks (Whitehall) over Brian Dee (Lake George) 1 up, and Nick Matteo (Lake George) over Anthony Jones (Whitehall) 3-2.
Bruno earned the medalist honor.
The Warriors shut out Granville 5-0. Bruno defeated Granville’s Lane Mattison, 3-1. Johnston slipped past Ryan Kunen of the Golden Horde 3-2. In the final three matches it was Davies over Granville’s Andrew Rathbun 2-1, Dee getting by the Golden Horde’s Avery Flory 3-2, and Matteo nipping Nathan Williams 2-1.
Lake George went to 5-0 with the two wins. Whitehall fell to 2-2 and Granville 3-2.
On Monday, Whitehall hosted Granville, once again at Skene Valley Country Club and the Golden Horde came away with a 3 ½-1 ½ victory.
Mattison and Lyman played to a tie. Kunen defeated Bakemeier 1-up. Rathbun topped Brooks 3-1 and it was Twyman over Flory 4-3. Williams defeated Jones 2-up to close out the match.
Granville was 3-1 after the win. Whitehall was 2-1.