Horde sweeps track and field meet
By Keith Harrington
The Granville boys and girls track and field teams picked up their first sweep of an opponent of the season as the boys defeated Salem, 69-56, and the girls edged the Generals, 49-40.
“Since it was a postponed meet, we were missing a few athletes, so it was a hard-fought meet by all who were able to be there,” said Granville coach Dani Cosey. “It was the first sweep of the season for us.”
In the boys event, Granville won the 4 x 800 relay with the team of Quinn Johnson, Joe Smith, Matt Pietryka and Jaxon Torres. The Golden Horde also won the 4 x 100 relay with the combination of Isaiah Stevens, Matthew Barlow, Owen Burnham and Myles Pauquette.
Stevens claimed the 100-meter dash while Barlow finished first in the 200 meters. Johnson crossed the line first in the 3,200 meters, while Pietryka won the 400 hurdles race.
Barlow finished first in the long jump with Pauquette taking top honors in the triple jump. Quinlan Fitzpatrick had the longest throw in the shot put.
On the girls side, Nicole Arnhold finished first in the 100-meter dash. Laura Arnhold won the 200 meters.
Amber Gibbs performed strong for the Golden Horde in the long-distance events, winning both the 1,500 and 3,000 meters.
In the 4 x 100 relay the Golden Horde unit of Nicole Arnhold. Laura Arnhold, Alyssa Welner and Ashley Pratt earned the win.
Nicole Arnhold, Pratt and Laura Arnhold swept the top three spots in the long jump.
Nicole Arnhold won the triple jump.
Horde goalie Zovistoski earns state honor
By Keith Harrington
After earning the Adirondack-Wasaren League co-championship along with Hoosick Falls, the Granville field hockey team continues to receive accolades from their 9-1 season.
Last week Golden Horde goalie Lexyss Zovistoski was named to the New York state field hockey team. Zovistoski was one of three players from the Adirondack-Wasaren League and 11 from Section II to receive the honor.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by not only the league, but the state as well,” Zovistoski said. “It’s a huge accomplishment and I am so beyond lucky to have the team I had for my last season of field hockey.
“Our team was like no other, we connected on and off the field. My defense really helped tremendously throughout the season. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them. We all have a close connection on the field and we were all super supportive of each other.”
Granville’s athletic director and field hockey coach both lauded Zovistoski’s selection and explained the process.
“It is an extreme honor for Lexy to be recognized as a state all-star,” said athletic director Justin Nassivera. “There are roughly 85 to 90 girls on varsity field hockey in our six-team league. For the opposing coaches to vote her as one of the top three players in the Adirondack-Wasaren League says an awful lot about her abilities as a goalie and the respect opposing coaches have for her. It has been a pleasure watching her hard work pay off the last five years I have been at Granville.”
“The All-New York state team is voted on by the coaches in the league,” added Granville head coach Katie Barber. “Girls are nominated by their own coach, but when it comes time to choose, coaches are not able to vote for their own players.”
Zovistoski has been on the Granville varsity field hockey team for four years and started between the pipes for three of the four. During her career she recorded 327 saves and 31 wins, 15 of which were shutouts.
“When Lexy was in junior high, we asked Coach Prehoda to put her in pads because we felt that she would be a great goalie,” Barber said. “We weren’t wrong. Lexy worked extremely hard to become the goalie that she is.”
“They’ve pushed me to my fullest potential and believed in me,” Zovistoski said. “I am so grateful to have such wonderful coaches.”
Both Barber and assistant coach Jessica Sheldon praised Zovistoski’s ability to work with the younger goalies in the program.
“Lexy has been a mentor to the other goalies in the program,” Sheldon said. “It has been a pleasure watching her learn and grow as an athlete over the past four years. Her natural leadership and dedication to the program has had a positive influence on field hockey in Granville.”
“Not only does she do a great job on the field, she also is a great coach to our younger goalies,” Barber added. “It’s fun to watch her work with them because she is tough, but really shows them the skills they need to be successful.”
If anyone will be happy to see Zovistoski finally graduate, it may be Granville’s opposing coaches. Her dominance has clearly not gone unnoticed.
“Every game we would hear from opposing coaches hasn’t she graduated yet?’ I think that speaks for itself with what kind of field hockey player Lexy is,” Barber said.
Even with all her success, Zovistoski will not go on to play field hockey in college. However, she still may be a familiar face around the Granville program.
“After high school I plan to focus on my academics and my future,” Zovistoski said. “Although I will be coming back to the Granville field hockey program and helping coach the upcoming goalies.”
“It speaks volumes when other coaches from the league recognize Lexi’s talent as worthy of such an award,” Sheldon said. “We are all very proud of Lexi and all that she has contributed to Granville’s field hockey program.”
Even with the honor and praise that have come her way, Zovistoski remains modest. She wasn’t really expecting all of the awards that she received, nor was it her main focus.
“My biggest goal was to stay positive and build the energy throughout the team. My goal was to stay out of my head and just play my game I loved.”
When Zovistoski graduates in June she will leave large shoes to fill. Her leg pads, arm pads, glove and mask will not be an easy fit for the next Golden Horde goalie to slide into either.
One thing is for sure, however, her successor will have learned from the best.
Horde closes out regular season at 8-2
By Keith Harrington
What a difference a week can make. A week ago, Granville was battling just to get in the Adirondack League baseball tournament and now, with a pair of wins of their own, a pair of Whitehall losses and Hartford-Fort Edward upsetting Lake George, the Golden Horde may find themselves at the top of the heap.
Granville knocked off Fort Ann and Hadley-Luzerne on consecutive days last weekend and came back this week to top Corinth, Salem and Argyle.
On Tuesday Granville picked up another important win over Corinth, 7-1, taking control quickly with two runs in the first and two more in the second.
Ryan Kunen earned the win on the mound for Granville, giving up just three hits.
Connor Farrell was 2 for 3 with two RBIs for the Golden Horde. Tommy Roberts was 2 for 3 and drove in a run. Josh Oakman doubled and picked up an RBI.
Granville improved to 6-2 on the season.
On Thursday Granville scored two runs in the first and another in the seventh to edge Salem 3-1 on the road in Adirondack League baseball.
Conner Farrell was 3 for 4 at the plate with two RBIs for the Golden Horde.
Josh Nelson went the distance on the bump for Granville, yielding just four hits and striking out 12.
Blake Baylor had a strong game for the Generals with 10 Ks on the mound.
Granville rose to 7-2, 7-2. Salem dropped to 4-5, 4-5.
The Golden Horde closed out the week on Friday with a morning contest against Argyle at Burch Field. Lane Mattison continued his stellar work on the bump, leading Granville to the win.
Mattison went the distance for Granville, giving up just four hits while striking out six.
Tommy Roberts paced the Golden Horde at the plate with a 4 for 4 performance. Roberts doubled and drove in a pair of runs.
Conner Farrell was 2 for 3 with a triple and three RBIs. Logan Beebe contributed a double for Granville.
Granville finished the regular season 8-2, 8-2. Argyle is 4-5, 4-5.