Hartford sports round-up, Oct. 21, 2021

Hartford boys roll on in soccer

By Keith Harrington

Coming off their first win over rival Fort Ann, the Hartford boys soccer team could have been primed for a letdown. Often it’s difficult to stay focused after such an emotional victory. Not for this Tanagers’ squad, which seems to be hitting their stride.

Hartford scored a goal in the first half and it turned out to be enough as the Tanagers to rolled to a 1-0 win on the road over Bolton-Warrensburg.

The Tanagers began the season 1-4 but have gone 5-1 since including winning their last four straight.

Michael Jones was the hero in this contest. Jones scored the only goal of the game in the 11th minute and the Tanagers made it stand up.

Austin Wells recorded the shutout with eight saves for the Tanagers. Shane Baker had 11 saves for the Eagles.

Hartford now moves on to Section II Class D play where it will be among the favorites along with Fort Ann and Argyle.

Hartford is 6-5, 7-5. Bolton-Warrensburg is 5-7, 6-10.

Hartford tops Argyle in volleyball

By Keith Harrington

When Hartford and Argyle meet in sports it’s always a big game. The Route 40 rivals could play each other in checkers and manage to find a way to make it exciting. Nowhere are the games between the Tanagers and Scots more exciting than on the volleyball court, and Wednesday’s meeting might have been the most classic of them all.

Hartford trailed two sets to one but rallied to win the final two in dramatic fashion as they edged Argyle, 3-2, in a wild Adirondack League match.

Set scores were 23-25, 25-16, 12-25, 25-12 and 26-24.

The win on Argyle’s court avenges an earlier season loss for the Tanagers. Hartford has dominated nearly every league opponent the last several years but has struggled to solve perennial contenders Lake George and Argyle.

Tanagers coach Wendy Harrington, who began the school’s program from scratch, could not have been more fired up after the final point.

“It’s been a few years since we’ve beaten Argyle and tonight was a match of crazy runs,” Harrington said. “I was very proud of our kids. It was a great character win for us.”

Karlee Nims led the Tanagers with 20 kills. Gabbie McFarren had 20 digs for the Tanagers. Sarah Monroe added 25 digs and 18 kills. Izzy French also had a strong match for Hartford.

Katie Lindsay paced the Scots with 23 assists and six blocks. Lilly Kingsley had 14 digs. Skylar McDougall contributed six digs and six kills. Lily Prevost had seven kills and five digs.

“Set five was just back and forth all the way,” Harrington said. “They had the lead, 24-22, and we said, ‘Just get this one ball, take care of this one play, and then the next play.’ I was very proud of our kids.  It was a nice character win for us.”

Hartford raised its mark to 9-2, 12-2. Argyle dropped to 9-3,10-3.