Granville crushes Cohoes, 50-0
By Keith Harrington
To say the start of the 2021 football season has been a struggle for Granville would be an understatement. From Covid pauses to games canceled to blow-out losses in their first two outings, the Golden Horde have gone through more adversity in a few weeks than some teams go through in years.
But Friday night, Oct. 8, at Sam Eppolito Field, none of that mattered. John Irion’s team put a month of frustration behind them as they rolled over Cohoes, 50-0, in the annual “Lights Week” game.
The soon-to-be Hall of Fame coach was pleased with his team’s performance.
“I feel good about it. We still had a few mistakes, but there was a lot more good than there was bad,” Irion said. “We weren’t sure if we were going to put it together, but we did. I think we’ve got a better combination of where kids need to be.”
One of the standouts of the first half was running back Nick Crum, who rushed for three touchdowns to give the Golden Horde an early lead and tons of momentum. Crum began the scoring in the first quarter with a 16-yard run to give Granville a 6-0 lead with 5:13 to play. Matthew Barlow added the conversion run.
With 2:27 left in the first, Crum broke free for a 48-yard touchdown scamper to extend the Granville lead to a 14-0. The conversion run failed.
“We all played like we’re supposed to. It was a team effort,” Crum said after the game. “I couldn’t have done it without my line.”
Crum ran for his third score from four yards out in the second quarter to extend the Golden Horde lead to 20-0. The conversion run came up short.
An Alex Warrington eight-yard run and a 13-yard scoring pass from RJ Monger to Trevor McKnight made it 34-0 at halftime. Tim Pratt added a conversion run.
Monger admitted that getting the first half touchdown pass did wonders for his confidence in his first career varsity start.
“It got some of the nervousness out of me,” Monger explained. “Lights game. It doesn’t get much bigger than this. Getting that first touchdown pass and getting it off my shoulders was a good thing for me.”
If the Tigers were hoping for any relief in the second half it didn’t come, other than the running clock that was implemented. Barlow started the second half by running the kickoff back 65 yards for a touchdown to give Granville a 42-0 advantage after the conversion toss from Monger to Warrington.
Granville rounded out the scoring on a Pratt 25-yard scoring run followed by a conversion run by Alex Torres to provide the final margin.
A couple of weeks ago making the sectional playoffs seemed like a pipe dream. Now, a win over Cambridge next week could launch the Golden Horde into the postseason.
“We wanted this bad,” Crum added. “Going into Cambridge it makes us now see that we’ve got to work a bit harder in practice. We’ve got to take it more seriously. And this is the outcome.”
Granville is now 1-2 on the season. Cohoes is 0-5.
Granville now 9-2 in field hockey
By Keith Harrington
With a clutch field hockey win over Greenwich last week, Granville set up a showdown with Hoosick Falls for the top spot in the Adirondack-Wasaren League.
The Golden Horde also shut out Fair Haven, Vermont in a non-league contest during the annual “Lights Week” after opening the week with a non-league loss to Foothills Council power Queensbury.
In the night game against Fair Haven on Oct. 6, Haylie Barber recorded her second hat trick of the season as the Golden Horde blanked the Slaters 4-0.
“We were just happy for the girls that we were able to have it and just so thankful that the school was able to have this for the kids this year,” Granville coach Katie Barber said about the night game.
Last time Fair Haven came across the border, Granville beat them badly a couple of years back, but the relatively new Slaters’ program provided the Golden Horde with a much tougher battle this time around.
“They’re fast. They’re athletic. They did a really good job,” Barber said.
The Golden Horde led 3-0 at the half, but the Slaters played a very good second half to stay competitive in the contest.
Barber began the scoring with 6:52 left in the first quarter on an assist from Reagan Swain.
Rachel Beaver gave the Golden Horde a 2-0 lead at 3:14 of the first quarter when she converted a pass from Swain.
With 12:15 left in the first half Barber hit the back of the cage for the second time of the night, assisted by Katie McEachron.
Barber rounded out the scoring in the 4th quarter with an unassisted goal.
Megan Decker and Kalyn Gould split the time in goal to earn the shutout. They did not record a save.
Bailey Pettis played a solid game in goal for the Slaters with 11 saves.
Barber was pleased with the performance of her squad.
“Our speed, the ability of our kids to work together and our passing game. I think they were really excited to bring a win to the lights week game. They were pumped.”
Granville was 9-2 after the win. Fair Haven was 2-7-1.
On Friday night, Oct. 8, against Greenwich, Granville stayed a game behind Hoosick Falls in the standings with a 1-0 win over the Witches. The Golden Horde and Panthers shared the league crown during the Fall II season.
Swain scored the only goal of the game at the 9:28 mark of the first quarter. Rachel Beaver picked up the assist.
“I’m so happy with how the girls played tonight,” Barber said. “We played four quarters and we are so happy with their hustle.”
Decker and her defense made the lead stand up from there. Decker recorded the shutout with one save.
Madalynn Curley had seven saves for the Witches.
Granville held a 15-2 shots-on-goal advantage.
Granville is now 10-2 on the season. Greenwich is 5-4.
On Monday Granville dropped a 5-1 decision to Queensbury in a non-league road contest.
Queensbury led 3-0 at the half and never let the Golden Horde get close to them.
Lilyuana Hazleton and Kaitlyn Barton had two goals each for the Spartans. Lauren Nelson also scored for Queensbury.
Melissa Beaver scored for Granville with an assist from Barber.
Campbell Snow had two saves for the Spartans. Decker had nine saves for Granville.
Queensbury moved to 6-3 with the victory. Granville fell to 9-2.
Hartford tops Horde in boys soccer
By Keith Harrington
The Granville boys soccer team traveled to Hartford a few weeks ago when the Tanagers were hosting their annual under-the-lights game and came away with a 3-2 victory, the first time Granville had beaten Hartford in program history.
The Tanagers visited Sam Eppolito Field last Monday, Oct. 4, and avenged that loss by kicking off Granville’s “Lights Week” with a dominant 3-0 victory over the Golden Horde.
Logan Reynolds recorded his first career hat trick, scoring all of the Tanagers’ goals.
“He’s kind of a freak athlete,” Hartford coach Caleb Sutliff said about Reynolds after the game.
“It’s pretty exciting,” the soft-spoken Reynolds added.
Reynolds gave Hartford a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute and found the net for the second time on the rainy evening with 1:42 to go till halftime to make it 2-0. Cody Baker slipped a perfect through pass to Reynolds to assist on the first goal.
Reynolds had several other good chances as he always seemed to be swarming around the ball. He easily could have had five or six goals if the ball had bounced the right way.
“I was just crashing,” he said. “The ball was just laying their so I was crashing as hard as I could.”
Reynolds put the game on ice for the Tanagers by closing out the scoring with 21 minutes to play.
Granville never quit playing and had several chances to hit the scoreboard right to the end, but Hartford goalie Austin Wells was up to the task.
“Our boys played well tonight, and Hartford is a good club,” Granville coach Jay Condon said. “They (Hartford) played well tonight.”
Wells earned the shutout with 10 saves. Caden Powers did his best to keep Granville close with 20 saves, some of them very difficult.
Hartford was 4-5, 4-5. Granville dropped to 2-7, 2-7.
On Friday, Oct. 8, Granville hosted North Warren in an Adirondack League match and played evenly with the Cougars in the first half, but a four-goal second half gave North Warren a 6-2 win.
Wesley Bolton gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead at the 9:56 mark of the first half with an unassisted goal.
Connor Farrell then scored back-to-back goals as Granville grabbed a 2-1 lead. Farrell’s first goal came at the 24:30 mark. His second goal came less than four minutes later and tied Farrell for the Golden Horde’s all-time record for career goals. Christian Stevens assisted.
Thomas Conway equalized for North Warren at the 37-minute mark when he converted a pass from Elijah Robinson.
The second 40 minutes belonged to the Cougars. Conway scored his second goal of the day in the 45th minute as North Warren took the lead for good.
Coleman Swartz scored 10 minutes later on a Conway helper to make it 4-2 Cougars.
Conway put the game out of reach with his third and fourth goals, hitting the net twice in a 2:15 span.
Connor Jennings recorded four saves for North Warren. Powers had 10 saves for Granville.
North Warren improved to 4-6, 4-8. Granville is 2-8, 2-8.
Horde girls looking for win in soccer
By Keith Harrington
With just one league victory this season, the Granville girls soccer team came into last Tuesday night’s “Lights Week” game against Salem feeling like they could win. Salem was still searching for its first league victory and Granville hoped the momentum generated by honoring the squad’s large group of players rounding out their careers could carry them over the Generals.
It wasn’t to be, however, as Salem jumped out a first half lead and blew the game open in the second half to cruise past Granville 6-1 in an Adirondack League match on Senior Night.
Prior to the game, seniors Nicole Arnhold, Laura Arnhold, Hannah Ingleston, Aspen Williams, Bailey Phillips, Brooke Woodbury and Kayla Welner were honored for their service to the Granville program.
Nicole Arnhold will always remember her Senior Night as she was pressed into action in the goal replacing the injured Kiera Rice. Arnhold normally plays center midfield. Arnhold played well in her first start in goal, but the Salem attack was relentless.
Despite their lack of wins the Salem offensive attack has been solid. The Generals managed to score three times against a strong Lake George team. Amber Terry and Sophia Keays lead the Generals up front.
Salem jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Ingleston scored to pull the Golden Horde within 2-1, but Salem pulled away in the second half.
The Generals led by Terry and Keays took advantage of their speed on the wings and a few breakdowns in the Granville defense to tally four straight goals in the second half.
Katie Sweenor played a strong game in goal for Salem.
The Golden Horde have finished the regular season league campaign and now moves on to crossover games in the Adirondack League tournament. The first crossover game was scheduled to be a rematch with Salem on the Generals’ home pitch on Saturday, but that was postponed. Granville will also travel to North Warren to play a Cougars team that they defeated earlier in the season.
The Golden Horde should be in a good position to finish with a win and end on a high note.
“I would love that,” Granville coach Cathy Kilby said.
Salem is 1-7, 2-9. Granville is 1-7, 1-7.
Horde’s volleyball record now 4-4
By Keith Harrington
It’s been a long time since the Granville volleyball team has been at or above the .500 mark this late in the season, and last week the Golden Horde continued to show that it is a program headed in the right direction as the team won two out of three matches to bring its record even.
The impressive part is that the two victories came with only six players available, the minimum needed to put a full lineup on the court. Granville was shorthanded due to illness and Covid protocols.
Granville began the week with its annual “Assembly Game” played at home during the school day. The contest serves as the Golden Horde’s “Lights Week” game.
The Tomahawks were not hindered by the Granville student body as they defeated the Golden Horde 3-1 in an Adirondack League match, avenging a loss earlier in the season
Set scores were 17-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-20.
Erin Ward paced Corinth with 14 service points, four aces and four digs. Alyssa Abbatantuono contributed 13 service points and 10 aces. Desiree Neville had five service points, three aces, four assists and two blocks.
For Granville Kaelyn Dekalb had nine service points, six digs and two service points. Lilly Strout added seven service points, five aces, two kills and two blocks. Sydney Liebig had six service points, two aces and one kill. Emma Hover contributed three service points, two kills and one dig.
Corinth moved to 2-8, 2-11 with the win. Granville dropped to 2-4, 2-4.
On Wednesday night, Oct. 6, Granville lost the first set but rallied past Fort Edward 3-1.
Set scores were 19-25, 25-18, 25-12, 26-24.
Dekalb led the Golden Horde with nine service points, six aces and four assists. Hover had a strong match with seven kills. Strout contributed six service points, four aces and one kill. Dez Sumner had six service points, three digs and two kills.
Haley Saunders and Ollie Cutler both had 11 service points for the Flying Forts. Saunders also had four kills and two blocks. Cutler also added four kills, six digs and five aces.
Granville raised its mark to 3-4, 3-4. Fort Edward is 0-9, 0-9.
On Thursday “The Golden Horde Six” did it again, winning their second match in a row by sweeping Hadley-Luzerne 3-0 on the road.
Set scores were 25-13, 25-21, and 25-19.
This time Strout led the Golden Horde with nine service points, four kills, four aces and one block. Liebig added six service points and three aces. Hover had four kills and three service points. Dekalb contributed three assists, three aces and one kill. Sumner had three assists, two digs and one kill. Mara Haskins chipped in three service points, two aces and one kill.
Mackenzie Conklin had nine service points and three aces to lead the Eagles. Kaylie Goman had five kills and Kelly Hogan three kills and two blocks.
Granville is 4-4,4-4. Hadley-Luzerne is 2-6, 3-8.
Three teams compete in cross country
By Keith Harrington
The Granville-Whitehall cross country team hosted a meet with Lake George and Hartford last week on its 2.9-mile course. The Granville/Whitehall boys split their two races with the Warriors and Tanagers. The girls team was incomplete with not enough runners to be scored, but still enjoyed some individual success.
The Granville-Whitehall boys lost to Lake George 18-44, but edged Hartford 26-29.
Lake George ran past the Tanagers 17-43.
Isaac Herrick of Lake George finished first with a time of 18:34. The Warriors’ Oliver Herrick was second with an 18:36.
Quinn Johnson was the highest finisher for Granville-Whitehall with a 19:15.
Hartford’s Logan Reynolds placed fifth with a 19:20. Bryton Mandigo of the Tanagers was right behind Reynolds with a 19:22.
On the girls side Lake George swept both Granville-Whitehall and Hartford.
Lake George topped Granville-Whitehall and Hartford 15-40. The Tanagers’ team was also incomplete so neither side could be scored in the head-to-head race with Granville-Whitehall.
Amber Gibbs of Granville-Whitehall finished first in the race with a time of 21:19. Hartford’s Brynn Tyler was second with a 22:28.
Natalie Morin of Granville-Whitehall finished seventh by running a 27:39.