Whitehall sports round-up, Oct. 7, 2021

Whitehall girls beat Salem in soccer

By Keith Harrington

It was a quiet week for the Whitehall girls soccer team, but they managed a win in their only game, exploding for three goals in the second half to pull away from Salem for a 4-2 Adirondack League victory on their home field.

Olivia Whiting scored a pair of second goals to spark the Railroaders.

Whitehall didn’t waste any time taking the lead, coming out firing on all cylinders to score less than 30 second into the match. Alexis MacCleod gave her team the advantage with a gorgeous finish off and assist from Jayden Hughes.

Salem equalized 10 minutes later when Sierra Phillips found the net for the Generals to tie, 1-1.

The Railroaders appeared poised to blow the game open in the second half, scoring the first two goals of the final 40 minutes to seemingly take control, but Salem hung tough.

First, Whiting scored her first of the afternoon to hand the lead back to the Railroaders 2-1. Hughes picked up her second assist of the day.

The Hughes-to-Whiting combination hooked up again a few minutes later to give Whitehall a potentially comfortable 3-1 lead.

Salem had other ideas. The Generals’ Sophia Keays scored an unassisted goal to cut the margin to 3-2.

The Railroaders responded. Madison Gould served a beautiful cross into the box that Morgan Stevens punched into the net to clinch the win for Whitehall.

Dory Gosselin had eight saves in goal for Whitehall. Katie Sweenor was credited with 12 saves for the Generals.

Whitehall is now 3-3, 3-5. Salem slipped to 0-6, 0-6.

Whitehall golfers have tough week

By Keith Harrington

The Whitehall golf team entered the week with a perfect 6-0 record in Adirondack League play, but it proved to be a challenging one as the Railroaders fell to Granville, Fort Ann-Hartford and Fort Edward, while defeating Lake George to close the regular season.

On Monday the Railroaders faced rival Granville in a rematch at Skene Valley Country Club. In the first meeting Whitehall handed the Golden Horde their first loss of the season, this time the Golden Horde defeated the Railroaders, 4-1.

Andrew Rathbun, Logan Harrington, Nathan Williams and Liam Farrell all picked up match wins for the Golden Horde.

Rathbun topped John Twyman 5 & 4. Harrington defeated Anthony Jones 3 & 1. Williams slipped past Tyler Brooks 4 & 2. Farrell edged Logan Terry 3 & 2.

Jacob Whiting won the Railroaders’ only match, defeating Ethan Martelle 4 & 3.

Rathbun shot a 40 to earn medalist honors.

Granville was 8-1 after the match. Whitehall was 6-1.

On Wednesday Whitehall bounced back with a 3-2 win against Lake George at Top of the World Golf Course.

Jones, Whiting and Cam Ellis won matches for the Railroaders. Anthony Jones defeated Christian Siletti 3 & 2. Whiting edged Kyle Casabonne 3 & 2 and Ellis slipped past Ryan Becker 2 & 1.

Zach Bruno and Aidan Cardinale won their matches for Lake George.

Bruno fired a 40 to earn the medalist distinction.

Whitehall raised its record to 7-1.

On Thursday Whitehall squared off with Fort Ann-Hartford and Fort Edward at Hartford Greens. The Railroaders fell to both.

Against Fort Ann-Hartford Whitehall dropped a 4-1 decision. Mason Forbes, Joe Happy, Luke LaRose and Brody Stockman earned match wins for Fort Ann-Hartford.

Terry won Whitehall’s only match defeating Charlie Walker 3-1.

Fort Ann-Hartford improved to 3-8. Whitehall fell to 7-2.

In the Fort Edward match Whiting got the Railroaders off to a strong start at the number one spot, but it was all Flying Forts after that in a 4-1 victory.

Whiting got past Beau Boucher in a tight match 3-2. Danny Boucher, Calvin Boucher, Preston Gulick and Gabe Glass swept the remainder of the matches for Fort Edward.

Whiting finished with the high score to earn the medal.

Fort Edward moved to 5-6.  Whitehall finished the regular season 7-3.

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.