Whitehall girls finish winning season
By Keith Harrington
The Whitehall girls soccer team entered the week having not yielded a goal in nearly 500 minutes – but the final stretch of the season and the league playoffs provided Boyd Hunt’s squad with a serious challenge.
The Railroaders faced off against two of the upper-echelon Adirondack League teams in Lake George and Bolton-Warrensburg and Salem, losing two of the three contests as their successful season came to a close.
On Saturday, the Railroaders were searching for a spot in the league championship game when they met Bolton-Warrensburg in the semifinals on the Eagles home field. Bolton-Warrensburg scored a goal in each half to edge the Railroaders 2-0. The Eagles advance to the title game against Lake George with the victory.
Ella Moskov gave Bolton-Warrensburg a 1-0 lead off an assist from Skyler Scott in the 38th minute. The Eagles clung to the one-goal lead at the half.
Bolton-Warrensburg put the game away with a second-half tally from Audrey Steves off a pass from Ila Hubert in the 62nd minute.
Jordan Baker had the shutout in goal with five saves. Dory Gosselin stopped eight shots for the Railroaders.
Bolton-Warrensburg is now 6-1, 10-1. Whitehall finishes 5-2-1, 6-4-1.
Last Tuesday, Whitehall faced unbeaten Lake George and held the powerful Warriors scoreless for the first 40 minutes, but Lake George used a three-goal second half to claim a 3-1 win.
Lake George took a 1-0 lead in the 64th minute when Stephanie Dickinson-Frevola scored on a pass from Lila Frazier to break the 0-0 deadlock.
Katie O’Donnell gave the Warriors a 2-0 lead in the 72nd minute. Dickinson-Frevola picked up the assist.
Zoe Eggleston got Whitehall on the board just a minute later to bring the Railroaders within 2-1. Madison Gould was credited with the assist.
Lake George answered in a hurry. O’Donnell scored her second goal of the game just two minutes after Eggleston’s goal to put the Warriors back in control. Madeline Gorey had the assist.
Gosselin did her best to keep Whitehall in the contest, facing a barrage of shots all day, coming away with 23 saves.
Sofia Amrock had three saves for Lake George.
Lake George raised its record to 7-0-1, 9-0-1. Whitehall fell to 5-2-1, 6-3-1.
On Monday, Whitehall saw its scoreless string come to an end but still managed to nip Salem, 2-1, in an Adirondack League match at Golden Goal.
All of the scoring came in the first 40 minutes. Gould gave Whitehall a 1-0 lead when she collected a Kyrie Smith corner kick and fired a shot into the left corner of the net from just inside the penalty box.
Whitehall extended the lead to 2-0 later in the half with a beautiful solo effort by Eggleston. The senior striker received a give-and-go pass and used a pair of nifty moves to elude two Salem defenders before taking a shot. Salem goalie Katie Sweenor got her fingers on the shot to redirect it, but a Generals’ defender deflected the ball into the net for an own goal.
Sophia Keys cut the margin in half for Salem 3:14 before the break. Keys was assisted by Keenan Fronhofer. It was the first goal against Whitehall in more than five games.
The Railroaders took a 2-1 lead into halftime and Gosselin and the defense made it stand.
Whitehall was 5-1-1, 6-2-1 after the win. Salem’s record dropped to 1-10, 1-10.
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, 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.