Horde shooters compete in NYS Trap Meet
By Keith Harrington
The Granville trap shooting club had a successful day on Saturday, June 12. The Golden Horde shooters won the High School Trap Classic held in Hudson Falls and put up some solid scores for the New York State Trap Meet. Eight teams competed in the competition.
Granville finished with a score of 361 as a team. The Fort Ann Cardinals placed second with a score of 344. Galway finished third with a score of 332. Truthville Christian Academy was fourth with a score of 329.
Other teams competing were Hudson Falls (294), Bolton (283), Argyle (274) and Hartford (185).
Alex Torres of Granville earned Top Shooter Honors with a score of 94 out of a possible 100. Torres shot round scores of 24, 22, 23 and 25.
Gabe St. Martin of the Golden Horde in the varsity competition finished with a score of 89. Nathan Gibbs tied for second with a score of 88 and after a tiebreaker earned the bronze medal.
St. Martin shot rounds of 20, 23, 22 and 24. Gibbs fired rounds of 23, 21, 21 and 23.
Granville placed six shooters in the top 14 and scored high enough to be ranked in the top 20 teams in New York State.
The Granville team is coached by Rick Vladyka. Members of the Golden Horde besides Torres, St. Martin and Nathan Gibbs are Kaelyn DeKalb, Joseph Fiske, Ethan Gibbs, Finley Vanderminden, Matthew Vladyka and Darren Young.
Zach Steves was the high shooter for Fort Ann with a score of 87. Korey Evarts shot an 86 for the Cardinals. And Jacob Gordon shot an 86 for Truthville Christian.
Track teams finish 11th and 12th in championship meet
By Keith Harrington
The Granville boys and girls track and field teams competed at the Section Two Level Four championship meet over three days last week. The event took place at Gloversville High School.
The Granville boys finished in 11th place. The Granville girls finished 12th.
For the Golden Horde boys, Quinlan Fitzpatrick was the highest finisher. Fitzpatrick placed fourth in the shot put. He also was 11th in the discus throw.
Matthew Barlow was eighth in the 100-meter dash and 12th in the 200 meters. Isaiah Stevens was 13th in the 100 and 16th in the 200.
The team of Isaiah Stevens, Barlow, Owen Burnham and Myles Pauquette placed second in the 4×100 relay.
Burnham finished seventh in the 800 meters.
Pauquette was seventh in the high jump and ninth in the triple jump. Barlow was 11th in the long jump.
For the Golden Horde girls, Amber Gibbs placed sixth in the 800-meter run. Gibbs finished eighth for the Golden Horde in the 1,500 meters. Kaitlyn Panoushek was 12th in the 800 and 11th in the 1500.
Nicole Arnhold was eighth in the triple jump.
Nicole Arnhold and Laura Arnhold placed 11th and 12th in the long jump.
Granville finished seventh as a team in the 4×100 relay with Nicole Arnhold, Laura Arnhold, Gibbs and Panoushek competing.
Panoushek and Nicole Arnhold were 17th and 18th in the 100-meter dash.
Granville baseball finishes season at 11-3
By Keith Harrington
Neither thunder and lightning nor pouring rain could stop the Fonda-Fultonville baseball team last Tuesday.
Despite the inclement weather the number-nine seeded Braves were able to edge number eight Granville 3-1 at Ken Burch Field in a Section II Class B contest played in less-than-ideal conditions. The loss ends a successful season for the Golden Horde.
Typically, a game would be halted for 30 minutes the instant thunder is heard or lightning is seen in the area, but despite a clap of thunder during the pregame, the umpires chose to start the game.
By the fourth inning, rain was falling hard, and several flashes of lightning and booms of thunder were seen and heard. The umpires, however, let the game continue until the required five innings were completed to make the game official. After a delay the game was called.
Riley Cole and Derek Duval combined on a three-hitter for Fonda-Fultonville. Cole got the start on the bump, with the Braves’ hard-throwing ace Duval coming on in relief.
Fonda-Fultonville scored a run in the second and another in the third to grab a 2-0 advantage.
The Braves plated a single run in the top of the fifth to increase their lead to 3-0.
The Golden Horde seemed to prefer the speedier pitches of Duval over the crafty Cole. Granville had a hard time solving Cole, but the team’s bats came to life when Duval took to the bump.
In the bottom of the fifth Josh Oakman doubled to right field. Josh Nelson then doubled to nearly the same spot, scoring Oakman to give Granville life. Duval was able to work in his way out of the inning, and the officials decided to go into a 30-minute delay.
Logan Harrington added a single for the Golden Horde.
Granville finished its season with an 11-3 overall record.
Granville softball loses 12-0 to Schuylerville
By Keith Harrington
It took two days due to the thunderstorms that rolled in, but the Granville softball team saw its successful season come to an end as it was shut out by Schuylerville 12-0 in a Section II Class B opening round contest. The game began on Tuesday, was suspended due to the inclement weather and completed on Wednesday.
The young Golden Horde were much improved this season, but the number-seven Black Horses out of the Foothills Council proved to be too much.
Schuylerville led 2-0 after the second inning, but it was the third that proved to make the difference. The Black Horses were able to plate 10 runs in the frame to give the Golden Horde a hill that was too steep to climb.
Molly Vianese played a key role in the circle and on offense for Schuylerville. Vianese earned the pitching win by holding Granville to just one hit, while striking out 11. She also was 1 for 3 at the plate with a double and an RBI.
Megan Stadel was 2 for 2 with two singles and drove in a pair of runs for Schuylerville. Anya Vautrin was 2 for 3 with a single, double and two RBIs. Maggie Schwartz was 1 for 3 with two RBIs. Sophia Wahl was also 1 for 2 and drove in a pair of runs.
Lexyss Zovistoski had the only hit for the Golden Horde.
Granville ended its season with a 6-6 mark.
Schuylerville fell to Greenville 2-0 in the quarterfinals.