Granville sports round-up, Oct. 7, 2021

Granville sports round-up, Oct. 7, 2021
Granville’s Alyssa Welner (9) battled for the ball with Hadley-Luzerne’s Carolina Lott-Diamond (22) (Photo by Stacie Arnhold)

Rally overtakes Horde soccer girls

By Keith Harrington

The Hadley-Luzerne girls soccer team struggled to find their legs after a double overtime game on Wednesday night but gathered their second wind late and rallied to defeat Granville, 4-2, in an Adirondack League match.

Carolina Lott-Diamond gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead on a shot from 20 yards out that slipped between the crossbar and the fingertips of Golden Horde goalie Kiera Rice.

Granville equalized on an own goal after a ball lofted into the box by Laura Arnhold was headed in by a Hadley-Luzerne defender.

The Golden Horde took a 2-1 advantage at the half on a goal from Hannah Ingleston.

“The first half was fabulous. Loved it,” said Granville coach Cathy Kilby.  “Looked like the team I see in practice and the team I know they can be.”

The Eagles dominated possession in the second half. They regained the lead on back-to-back goals from Hannah Johnson. On both goals Johnson was left alone on the back post and fired the ball past Rice.

Hadley-Luzerne put the game away late on a header by Lott-Diamond.

“The second half, the minute they tied the score, we get all nervous and resort to all defense,” Kilby added.

Kilby said she feels her squad is heading in the right direction but still needs a shot of confidence despite her best effort.

“I have tried multiple things to try and convince them that they are capable and great but they don’t believe it,” she said. “I think they have come a long way and I am very proud of all of them.”

Both Rice and Hadley-Luzerne goalie Madison Lent played strong games in goal. Lent had five saves for the Eagles. Rice had five stops for the Golden Horde.

“As Mr. Condon (Granville’s boys coach) said to me, Rome wasn’t built in a day and turning these guys into believers will take a little while too, but I definitely feel we have improved by leaps and bounds and are headed in a very positive direction. Look out, Granville is coming,” Kilby said.

Hadley-Luzerne is 4-2-1, 5-3-1. Granville is now 1-6, 1-6.

Granville tops Corinth for 2nd win

By Keith Harrington

The Granville boys had a busy week in Adirondack League soccer play, dropping decisions to Argyle and Fort Ann and defeating Corinth for their second victory of the season.

On Monday at Argyle Granville played well, but the Scots pulled out a 2-0 victory.

“The game was tight with both teams playing well,” said Granville coach Jay Condon.

The teams played to a scoreless deadlock for the first 40 minutes before Argyle hit the back of the net twice.

Granville’s Connor Farrell (2) scored four goals in the Golden Horde’s 5-1 win over Corinth to close in on the school’s all-time leading scorer mark. (Photo by Stacie Arnhold)

Caden Cuthbert took a pass from Connor Brockway to put the Scots on top 1-0 with 10:44 remaining in the game. Cuthbert closed the win out for Argyle with his second goal very late in the game.

“We came back at them with several good chances led by Conner Farrell that the Argyle backline would block,” Condon said. “Nate Aldous played well in the midfield distributing the ball to our attack.”

Jared Montello had seven saves for Argyle. Caden Powers stopped 16 shots for Granville.

Argyle moved to 2-4, 2-4. Granville fell to 1-5, 1-5 with the loss.

“Caden played great in the net,” Condon added.

Farrell had a huge game on Wednesday as Granville earned its second win of the season, topping Corinth, 5-1, in league play at Sam Eppolito Field. Farrell scored four goals to move into second all-time in the Golden Horde record books.

Granville led 3-0 at the half and finished the job in the final 40 minutes.

Sam O’Leary scored Granville’s first goal off an assist from Christian Stevens. Farrell extended the lead at the break with his first two goals of the afternoon.

Farrell scored two more goals in the second half to put the game away for the Golden Horde. Stevens added another assist.

Gavin Wickham scored for the Tomahawks to foil the Granville shutout.

Powers had seven saves for Granville. Owen Baker stopped eight shots for Corinth.

Granville is 2-5, 2-5. Corinth is 0-7, 1-9.

On Friday Granville wrapped up the week with a strong performance against league title contender Fort Ann despite being defeated, 3-1, by the Cardinals.

Fort Ann took a 1-0 lead on an own goal in the first half. Will Anderson converted a pass from Riley Barnes to extend the Cardinal lead to 2-0.

Anderson made it 3-0 with an assist from Callon Sutliff.

Farrell added to his career scoring total with an assist from Aldous to cut the Golden Horde deficit to 3-1 at halftime.

Neither team scored in the second half as the defenses took over. Dylan Brown recorded three saves for Fort Ann. Powers had five saves for the Golden Horde.

Fort Ann improved to 6-1, 7-3. Granville is now 2-6, 2-6.

Horde at 8-1 in field hockey

By Keith Harrington

Anytime Granville and Salem-Cambridge face off in field hockey, it’s certain to be an intense, hard-fought battle. Last Friday was no exception as the Golden Horde edged the Generals, 1-0, in an Adirondack-Wasaren League contest.

“It was a tough game, but we pulled it through,” said Granville coach Katie Barber.

Katie McEachron, who has been on an absolute scoring tear since returning from an injury, did it for Granville again. McEachron gave the Golden Horde a 1-0 lead with 1:25 left to play in the first period. Haylie Barber picked up the assist.

McEachron’s goal turned out to be all the offense Granville needed. The goalies and defenses controlled things from there.

Megan Decker was stellar in the Golden Horde cage, thwarting any Salem-Cambridge scoring chances.

“Megan made some amazing diving saves in the goal,” Barber said.

Decker finished with four saves.

Brailyn Wright also played a strong game in goal for Salem-Cambridge, stopping five shots.

Granville outshot Salem-Cambridge 6-4. The Generals held an 11-4 advantage in offensive corners.

Granville improved to 8-1 on the season.  Salem is 4-4.

Earlier in the week Granville made the long trip to Emma Willard but made the trek worthwhile as they came home with a 5-0 victory.

“Everyone played great,” Katie Barber said. “It was a complete team effort.”

Haylie Barber recorded a hat trick to lead the Golden Horde. Barber gave Granville a 2-0 lead at the half with her first two goals. Melissa Beaver and Reagan Swain assisted.

Barber scored the first goal of the second half to complete the hat trick.

Kali Duel and Rachel Beaver added second-half goals.

Swain and Beaver each picked up another assist.

Megan Decker had two saves in the cage for the Golden Horde. Gabby Possible had eight saves for Emma Willard.

Granville moved to 7-1 on the season with the win. Emma Willard is 4-4.

Horde golfers edged in title match

By Keith Harrington

Granville battled Hadley-Luzerne for the Adirondack League golf championship last Friday on the links at Skene Valley Country Club in Whitehall, with three out of five matches ending in ties, but the Golden Horde came up just a little short, 3 ½-1 ½, as the Eagles claimed the title.

In the championship match Tyler Plummer and Cam Plummer won their matches for Hadley-Luzerne over Andrew Rathbun and Logan Harrington. Tyler Plummer slipped past Rathbun 4 & 3. Cam Plummer edged Harrington 2 & 1.

Sean Fraiser tied Nate Williams, Tyler Smead tied Ethan Martelle and Caden Wilson tied Liam Farrell in the other matches.

Hadley-Luzerne won the league tournament with a score of 139. North Warren was second with a 153. Granville (155), Lake George (164) and Whitehall (165) rounded out the top five.

Zach Bruno of Lake George shot a 38 to earn medalist honors.

On Wednesday Granville defeated Corinth 5-0 at Brookhaven Golf Course.

Rathbun, Harrington, Williams, Martelle and Farrell all won their individual matches.

Rathbun defeated Colby Walker 2 Up at the number one spot. Harrington got past Ayden Milligan 3&2.

Nathan Williams nipped Hannah Barger 2&1 and edged Morgan Barger by the same score.  Farrell defeated Cooper Philo 5&3.

Granville raised its mark to 9-1. Corinth dropped to 3-7.

Area teams race in Schenectady meet

By Keith Harrington

Cross country runners from near and far gathered at Central Park in Schenectady Saturday for the annual Grout Invitational meet. Grout is one of classic cross-country races in the area. Amber Gibbs of Granville-Whitehall led the way for Adirondack League individual runners, while the Lake George girls team also recorded a solid performance.

Granville-Whitehall’s Amber Gibbs finished eighth in the Division C girls cross-country race at the Grout Invitational. (Photo by Sabrina Gibbs)

Gibbs nabbed a top 10 finish in the Division C girls race, crossing the line in 8th place with a time of 19:07. That was a new record time over the Central Park course for Gibbs.

The Lake George girls finished second as a team in Division C behind first-place Greenwich. Taylor McLarty finished 12th to lead Lake George. Taylor Syvertsen was 13th, Kayla Grant 27th and Mattison Stark 28th for the Warriors.

Hartford’s Gabbie McFarren had a solid 39th place finish.

On the boys side Lake George finished 10th as a team. Nathan Hilbert was the highest finisher for the Warriors in 43rd.

Logan Reynolds of Hartford was 27th and Bryton Mandigo 40th.

Quinn Johnson of Granville-Whitehall was 31st.

On Tuesday the Granville-Whitehall runners traveled to Chestertown for a meet against North Warren-Johnsburg-Minerva on the challenging North Warren 2.8-mile course.

The North Warren-Johnsburg-Minerva boys defeated Granville-Whitehall 18-40. The Granville-Whitehall girls team was incomplete, not having the five required runners to be scored as a unit.

In the boys race Collin Monroe of North Warren-Johnsburg-Minerva was first with a time of 18:41.

The top Granville-Whitehall finisher was Quinn Johnson in fourth with a 19:49. Matt Pietryka was sixth with 20:49, Hunter Rockenstire ninth with a 22:13 and Tristan Teer 10th with a 22:38.

On the girls side, Gibbs placed first for Granville-Whitehall with a time of 22:14. Natalie Morin was fifth with a 29:42 and Cammi Dekalb 39:28 sixth with a 39.28.