Granville sports round-up, Oct. 21, 2021

Granville sports round-up, Oct. 21, 2021
Granville’s Connor Farrell became the all-time-career scoring leader for the Golden Horde when he scored against North Warren. (Photo by Stacie Arnhold)

Farrell sets record for soccer goals

By Keith Harrington

Granville dropped a 3-1 decision to North Warren in Adirondack League soccer last Thursday but it was a banner afternoon for Connor Farrell.

Farrell scored the only Golden Horde goal to become the all-time leading scorer in a career for the Granville program. Farrell also broke the school record for goals in a single season with the tally. Grant Gould was credited with the assist.

Farrell, surpassed previous Golden Horde record-holder Chris Teller, now has 17 career goals and 11 this season.

Granville led 1-0 on Farrell’s goal which came at the 26:24 mark of the first half but the second half belonged to the Cougars.

Coleman Swartz scored the equalizer for North Warren at the 23:44 mark. Wyatt Jennings gave the Cougars a 2-1 lead when he scored less than a minute after Swartz’s goal.

Wesley Bolton provided North Warren with some breathing room with a goal with 16:46 remaining. Swartz added an assist.

Conner Jennings had eight saves for North Warren. Caden Powers stopped six shots for Granville.

North Warren is 5-7-1, 5-7-1. Granville is 2-10, 2-10.

Last Monday Granville had its hands full with a powerful Lake George that entered the day undefeated in Adirondack League play. The Warriors imposed their will early, racing out to a big first half lead and cruising to an 8-0 victory.

Lake George scored early and often as it took them just 23 minutes to build a 3-0 lead, and they were never challenged.

Poe Tutu scored to give the Warriors a 1-0 just 4:12 into the contest. Sam Knauf had the assist.

Knauf gave Lake George a 2-0 advantage at the 21:29 when he converted a pass from Tutu. Knauf and Tutu connected again just two minutes later to make it 3-0 Warriors.

Jack Sullivan and Knauf added each added goals before halftime to extend the Lake George lead to 5-0.

Knauf scored his fourth goal of the morning at the 41:03 mark of the second half to make it 6-0 Warriors. Tutu scored his second goal and Devlyn Monroe also scored to provide the final margin of victory.

Yogi Johnson didn’t have to stop a single shot in earning the shutout. Powers had 10 saves for the Golden Horde.

Lake George moved to 11-0, 13-1. Granville was 2-9, 2-9 after the loss.

Horde finishes 11-4 in field hockey

By Keith Harrington

When Hoosick Falls and Granville meet in field hockey it’s usually a battle of the Adirondack-Wasaren League’s strongest programs, and last Monday was no exception as the Golden Horde sought to claim a piece of the league title for the second straight season with a win.

But despite a strong performance by Granville, Hoosick Falls scored with under two minutes to play in 7 versus 7 overtime to pull out a dramatic 4-3 victory. The win clinches the league title for the Panthers.

The teams split their games and shared the title in the Fall II season last spring. Hoosick Falls won this year’s first meeting 6-0.

“Well, it isn’t the outcome we wanted, however, these girls showed that they are ready to play,” said Granville coach Katie Barber. “As coaches we expect heart and hustle 100% of the game. These kids did that today.”

Katie McEachron gave Granville a 1-0 lead off an assist from Reagan Swain at the 8:06 mark of the first period. The score held up for the rest of the first and all the second period and the Golden Horde had a 1-0 lead at halftime.

Hoosick Falls got even with 11:27 to play in the third quarter on a tally from Lyric Kenner. Gwen Vincent assisted.

The Golden Horde stormed back quickly on a great solo effort by Haylie Barber to give Granville the lead back, 2-1. Barber’s goal came just 1:07 after the Hoosick Falls goal.

Vincent brought Hoosick Falls even with 2:41 left in the third.

The Panthers took their first lead of the morning on a goal from Tatum Hickey with 10:12 remaining in the fourth.

Swain forced overtime when she scored off an assist from Melissa Beaver with 5:52 to play.

Both teams put the pressure on in overtime. Granville had some chances early, but couldn’t cash in. The Panthers had a one-on-one breakaway opportunity on which Golden Horde goalie Megan Decker made a huge save. Melissa Beaver also poked away a Panthers pass directly in front of the cage to prevent a Hoosick Falls scoring bid.

 Emma McCart gave the Panthers the sudden victory when she scored with 1:51 left in the extra session.

“They should be very proud of how they came out against Hoosick Falls,” Barber said. “We came from behind and tied it up to go into overtime. We are very proud of this team today.”  

Madison Haviland had four saves for Hoosick Falls. Megan Decker had 16 stops for Granville.

“Decker made diving saves today. She is doing a great job in goal,” Coach Barber said.

Hoosick Falls moved to 8-0, 12-1. Granville fell to 6-2, 10-3.

Granville bounced back strongly on Wednesday with a 6-0 win over Corinth to close out league play.

The Tomahawks put up a fight in the first period as the team finished tied at 0-0 until the Golden Horde stepped up their offense in the second, hitting the cage three times in less than two minutes.

Melissa Beaver scored on an assist from Natalie Williams to get Granville on the board with 12:37 left in the half and McEachron scored off a Lauren Bascom assist to make it 2-0 just 13 seconds later. Reagan Swain converted an Ashley Pratt pass to give the Golden Horde a 3-0 advantage with 11:16 remaining in the half.

“We came alive offensively in the second,” Barber said.

McEachron scored her second goal with an assist from Williams at the 6:36 mark of the third quarter to extend the margin to 4-0. Rachel Beaver made it 5-0 for Granville with a helper from McEachron with 12:19 to play in the contest.

McEachron completed her hat trick with an assist from Haylie Barber to round out the scoring with 58 seconds to go.

Megan Decker and Kalyn Gould split time in the goal for Granville. Gould recorded the only save.

Granville raised its mark to 7-2, 11-3. Corinth dropped to 3-6, 3-8.

The Golden Horded finished the regular season on Thursday, dropping a 3-0 non-league decision to Schuylerville at Black Horse Stadium.

Schuylerville led 1-0 at the half on a goal from Daisy Mehan. Izzy Reitano-Stayer picked up the assist. Katie Elder and Eliza Barton added second-half goals as Schuylerville pulled away. Reitano-Stayer contributed another assist.

Lizzie Goodspeed only had one save in recording the shutout. Decker stopped 12 shots for Granville.

Granville ends the regular season 11-4. Schuylerville is 4-5.

Granville running back Matthew Barlow (#2) runs the ball last Saturday against Cambridge as Nick Crum (#3) looks on. (Photo by Stacie Arnhold)

Granville’s ‘great effort’ falls short

By Keith Harrington

Granville came out of the gate playing some of their best football of the season on Saturday at Sam Eppolito Field but even with the improved effort the Golden Horde came up short.

Cambridge-Salem rallied from a first-quarter deficit to pull away for a 34-18 win in Section II Class C action.

Despite a 10-day Covid pause, their first three games being canceled, a slew of injuries and a pair of lopsided losses to open the season, the Golden Horde still hoped to salvage their season with a big win over one of the area’s most storied programs, but it wasn’t meant to be.

Still, head coach John Irion and his staff were pleased with the team’s efforts.

  “I feel our players played their best game yet.” Irion said. “They followed their assignments aggressively. Cambridge had a large number of players so in the fourth quarter may have been able to put fresh bodies in the game.  Despite that our players exhibited tremendous effort all four quarters.”   

Still riding the momentum of a 50-0 win over Cohoes, Granville came out ready to play. The Golden Horde took an early 6-0 lead on a 46-yard touchdown run down the left sideline by Matthew Barlow. The conversion run was stopped short.

 Barlow had a huge game for Granville to keep the Golden Horde competitive. The junior rushed for 231 yards on 18 carries to go along with his touchdown run.

“Matt had a great game,” Irion added.

Cambridge-Salem came back later in the quarter on Clifford Lewis’ 10-yard run to make it 6-6. The PAT kick gave Cambridge-Salem a 7-6 lead.

Granville responded to grab back the lead on a three-yard run by Tim Pratt to make it 12-7. Again, the conversion run failed.

Cambridge-Salem took control with a pair of second-quarter scores by Alex Luke. Luke scored on a 10-yard run to give his team a 14-10 lead after the PAT. Luke then caught a 20-yard scoring pass from Brice Burr to extend the Golden Horde deficit to 20-12 at the half. The extra point kick was missed.

The teams played evenly in the third quarter as defenses prevailed and neither side could find their way into the end zone. The Golden Horde defense shut Cambridge-Salem down but could not take advantage of the opportunity to close the gap.

“Our defense was much improved,” Irion said. “Our three linebackers ( Alex Torres, Alex Warrington and Nick Crum) made the majority of the tackles this game which shows how well we executed.”

Cambridge-Salem began to pull away in the fourth quarter when Lewis tacked on his third 10-yard scoring run of the day to make it 27-12 after the extra point kick.

Granville stayed in the game on a 1-yard touchdown run from by Warrington to pull within 27-18. Again, the Golden Horde failed to add on the conversion.

Eli Danio clinched the win for Cambridge-Salem with a late 40-yard touchdown scamper.

Lewis ran for 94 yards for Cambridge-Salem.

Said Irion: “Even with so many things going well there are always things to work on, but I have confidence these guys (the coaching staff) will make them better. I and the staff are very proud of our team’s great effort.”

Cambridge-Salem is now 2-2, 4-3. Granville is 0-3, 1-3.

Salem tops Horde in crossover game

By Keith Harrington

Salem came to Granville for the second time in the last couple of weeks and once again found things to their liking. The Generals spoiled the Golden Horde’s “Lights Week” girls soccer game a couple weeks ago with a 6-1 win and it was more of the same in the rematch as Salem rolled past Granville 5-0 in an Adirondack League crossover game.

An amazing side note about this contest was that the Salem played with only 10 players, one short of the usual lineup of 11. Being shorthanded didn’t deter the Generals.

Sophia Keays gave Granville a 1-0 lead at the 7:25 mark of the first half. Taryn Gillis converted an assist from Keays just four minutes later to make it 2-0.

Salem put the game away with three goals in the final 40 minutes. Keays scored her second goal on an assist from Amber Terry just 2:26 into the second half.

Gillis hit the back of the net for the second time, also off an assist from Terry at the 24:51 mark.  

Sierra Phillips rounded out the scoring late in the game with an unassisted goal.

Isabella Garrison stopped two shots to earn the shutout for Salem. Nicole Arnhold had 15 saves in goal for Granville.

Salem is now 2-8, 3-9. Granville is 1-8, 1-8.

Horde volleyball team shows grit

By Keith Harrington

Granville has made significant strides this volleyball season, despite having to play some matches with the minimum six players, and the Golden Horde had fashioned a .500 record for the first time in recent memory heading into the week. The team’s perseverance and determination have been admirable.

Last week the Golden Horde challenged two of the Adirondack League’s elite teams in Lake George and Hartford and again battled hard, but the strength of the Warriors and Tanagers proved to be too much to overcome as they were swept in both matches.

Still, there is plenty to be excited about for the Golden Horde program as they sandwiched a hard-fought five-set win over an upstart Warrensburg program in between the two losses.

On the road against Lake George the Warriors stayed unbeaten with a 3-0 win over Granville last Tuesday.

Set scores were 25-4, 25-11, 25-11.

Evie Burke had a strong match for the Warriors with 19 service points, 11 assists, five kills and 3 aces. Shannon Starratt had seven assists, two kills, four digs, eight service points, and 5 aces. Maddie Burke contributed 11 digs, three service points and two aces, while Olivia Gates had seven kills, nine service points and three aces.

Granville was paced by Kaelyn Dekalb who had four digs, one ace and five service points. Lilly Strout had three blocks and a dig. Mara Haskins had four service points, including an ace.

Lake George is 10-0, 12-0. Granville is 4-5, 4-5.

The Golden Horde bounced back on Wednesday in the friendly confines of their home gym with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Warrensburg.

Set scores were 17-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-13, and 25-23.

Things did not look promising early for Granville as the Burghers stormed out of the gate to win the first two sets. Again, Granville showed their grit.

The Golden Horde stormed back to win the next three sets, including a two-point win the final set to push their record back to .500.

Lilly Strout led Granville with 12 service points, seven aces and seven kills. and Vivian Green contributed nine points and four kills. Kaelyn Dekalb added seven service points, two kills, one assist and one ace. Emma Hover had three kills, one dig, one assist and one service point.  

Savannah Kollman recorded 19 kills for the Burghers. Ivy Marker had 25 assists, 13 service points, seven aces and five kills for Warrensburg. Alonah Olden finished with 19 service points and nine aces.

Granville improved to 5-5, 5-5. Warrensburg dropped to 6-5, 6-5.

On Friday evening Granville made the short journey over Route 149 to face Hartford. The Tanagers came in red hot after a win over Argyle, and the Golden Horde couldn’t manage to cool them off as Hartford rolled to a 3-0 win.

Set scores were 25-8, 25-14, and 25-11.

Karlee Nims led the Tanagers with nine kills, five aces and two blocks. Sarah Monroe added five kills and four aces. Izzy French handed out 15 assists, while Mary Sutliff chipped in eight service points.

Hartford is now 10-2, 13-2. Granville is 5-6, 5-6.

Cross country teams see record run

By Keith Harrington

The Granville-Whitehall boys and girls cross country teams traveled to Hadley-Luzerne last Tuesday for a three-team Adirondack League dual meet against the Eagles and Argyle.

The girls race was the featured event on this afternoon as three of the league’s top female runners went head to head.

Katrin Schreiner of the host Hadley-Luzerne team navigated the 3.1-mile course at Stuart M. Townsend Middle School in 21:42 to claim the girls race. Schreiner’s time set a new course record, breaking her own mark from earlier in the season.

Argyle’s Alyssa Freeguard was second with a time of 22:50. Amber Gibbs of Granville-Whitehall placed third with a time of 23:41.

Breanna Wiley of Hadley-Luzerne with a 25:42 and Erica Siaulnski of Argyle with a 25:57 rounded out the top five.

Argyle swept both of its opponents in the team competition as both Hadley-Luzerne and Granville-Whitehall did not have enough runners to be scored as a team.

In the boys race Granville-Whitehall’s Quinn Johnson was the first to cross the finish line with a time of 20:32. Liam Hughes of Hadley-Luzerne paced second with a time of 21:02. The Eagles’ Noah Springer was third with a time of 21:34.

 Jacob Durkee of Argyle with a 21:38 and Mason Dunn of Hadley-Luzerne with a 21:47 rounded out the top five.

Matt Pietryka placed sixth for Granville-Whitehall with a time of 21:54, just missing a top-five finish.

Granville-Whitehall defeated incomplete Argyle in the boys team event. Hadley-Luzerne edged the Golden Horde in their dual meet 24-31.