Hartford sports round-up, Oct. 14, 2021

Hartford sports round-up, Oct. 14, 2021
The Hartford boys soccer team celebrated its first win over Fort Ann in 16 years.

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.


Hartford resumes winning in volleyball

By Keith Harrington

The Hartford volleyball team had been cruising along unbeaten until they lost two in a row to league powers Lake George and Argyle. The Tanagers bounced back last week, sweeping four consecutive matches.

Hartford’s week began last Monday, Oct. 4, with an impressive 3-0 non-league sweep against Glens Falls of the Foothills Council.

Set scores were 25-13, 25-18 and 25-7.

Soleia Lamoureux led the Tanagers with 15 service points and 16 digs. Izzy French had 12 assists and Karlee Nims added 11 kills. Gabbie McFarren had 11 digs and 10 points. Sarah Monroe chipped in 14 digs and eight kills.

Kate Barber had eight kills and seven digs for Glens Falls. Alina Berg had 10 digs. Cira Sherman had seven digs and two kills.

Hartford was 6-2, 8-2 after the win. Glens Falls fell to 1-7, 2-9.

On Tuesday the Tanagers continued their busy week with a 3-0 non-league road win at Spa Catholic.

Set scores were 25-14, 25-15 and 25-18.

French had a stellar match for Hartford with 20 assists. Lamoureux continued her recent solid play with 18 digs. Nims had 14 kills and Monroe eight kills.

Kara Wengert had 13 digs for Spa Catholic. Liz Best had seven service points and Allison Motler six assists and four kills.

Hartford improved to 7-2, 9-2. Spa Catholic is 7-3, 7-4.

On Wednesday, Oct. 6, Hartford returned to Adirondack League play with a 3-1 sweep of Warrensburg on the Burghers’ home court.

Set scores were 15-25, 25-8, 25-17, 25-21.

Nims paced Hartford with 14 kills, five aces and four blocks. Soleia Lamoureux served up five aces.

The Burghers got 17 assists, 12 service points and eight aces from Natalie Bederian. Savannah Kollmann chipped in six kills for Warrensburg.

Hartford improved to 8-2, 10-2. Warrensburg fell to 5-4, 5-4.

Finally, on Friday Hartford rounded out the week with a 3-0 win over Fort Edward.

Set scores were 25-8, 25-15, 25-10.

Nims led the Tanagers with six kills and 13 aces. French contributed nine assists. Lamoureux racked up five digs and three aces.

Haley Saunders had three kills and eight digs. Natalie Durkee added two kills, five assists and four digs. Lynelle Colvin had nine digs and two kills.

Hartford is now 9-2, 11-2. Fort Edward is 0-9, 0-9.


Hartford upsets Fort Ann in soccer

By Keith Harrington

The last time Hartford defeated Fort Ann in boys soccer, George W. Bush was in the White House, Carrie Underwood was the American Idol winner and the Chicago White Sox were the World Series champions. The year was 2005.

On Friday, Oct. 8, the Tanagers ended those years of frustration, defeating the Cardinals for the first time in 16 years with a 1-0 on the pitch at Golden Goal.

“I’ve never been so happy to be a Tanager,” Hartford junior midfielder Ray Harrington said after the game.

Fort Ann outshot the Tanagers 18-6 in the afternoon game, but there was only one shot that counted. That shot came off the foot of Hartford’s Ryan Morrow.

Morrow’s goal in the 67th minute was the only ball that hit the net in the contest as the Tanagers held on for the huge victory.

“16 years! We’ve got great coaches and a team that loves each other and wants to win,” Harrington added.

Austin Wells recorded the shutout in goal with eight saves for Hartford. Dylan Brown has two saves for Fort Ann.

Hartford is now 6-5, 6-5 on the season. Fort Ann fell to 8-2.

Earlier in the week Hartford edged another solid Adirondack League opponent when it defeated Hadley-Luzerne 2-1.

All the scoring in this one came in the first half as the Tanagers led at the break.

Connor Mallory gave Hartford a 1-0 lead off an assist from Nate Fiske at the 38:33. The Tanagers extended the lead to 2-0 when Morrow converted a Michael Jones pass at the 11:24 mark.

Evan Kader cut the Eagles’ deficit to 2-1 with 5:56 to play in the half.

The defenses took over from there.

Wells had four saves for Hartford. Zack Caldwell had 10 saves for Hadley-Luzerne.

Hartford was 5-5, 5-5 after the victory. Hadley-Luzerne fell to 6-3, 6-3.


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.