Whitehall sports round-up, Oct. 21, 2021

Whitehall sports round-up, Oct. 21, 2021
A Whitehall girls soccer player battles for the ball last Monday, Oct. 11 against Lake George. (Photo by Keith Harrington)

Whitehall girls play ‘flat’ in soccer

By Keith Harrington

Whitehall girls soccer coach Boyd Hunt was at a loss for words. After defeating Fort Ann 1-0 in one of the biggest wins in program history, seemingly peaking at the right time, Hunt saw his Railroaders play flat for the second game in a row in a 4-0 loss to Lake George in Adirondack League play last Monday.

A win over the Warriors could have propelled the Railroaders into the three-seed in the Adirondack League Tournament. Instead, Whitehall fell to the six-seed in the crossover round.

“It was a continuation of Thursday,” a perplexed Hunt said, referring to a 3-1 non-league loss to Cambridge. “It was pretty similar. The sad thing is I think we could have been successful today, but we were just flat.”

Goals by Lila Frazier and Samantha Gorey five minutes apart gave the Warriors a 2-0 first half lead. Lara Ann Stanco and Frazier had assists.

“I talked to them about it at halftime and then we did the same thing again right out of the gate,” Hunt added. “We struggled to take care of assignments.”

Frazier scored two more goals in the second half to make it 4-0 Lake George. Gorey assisted on both of Frazier’s goals. Emily Ellsworth rounded out the scoring with her first varsity goal.

Alivia Dean and Alexandra Cavalier combined for six saves for Lake George. Dory Gosselin had eight saves for the Railroaders.

“Not the way we played against Fort Ann,” Hunt said.

Lake George was 6-2, 9-5 after the win. Whitehall fell to 4-4, 5-7.

On Wednesday the Railroaders hosted Hadley-Luzerne in their first Adirondack League crossover game. The Eagles jumped out to a 2-0 lead and went on to blank the Railroaders 3-0.

Hannah Johnson gave Hadley-Luzerne a 1-0 lead at the 28:30 mark of the first half when she converted a pass from Carolina Lott-Diamond.

Johnson returned the favor to Lott-Diamond six minutes later when the duo connected to give the Eagles a 2-0 advantage.

Lott-Diamond closed out the scoring with her second goal of the contest to make it 3-0 with 14 minutes remaining.

Madison Lent earned the shutout with seven goals for Hadley-Luzerne. Gosselin stopped five shots for Whitehall.

Hadley-Luzerne improved to 6-3-1, 8-4-1. Whitehall dropped to 4-5, 5-7.

Whitehall concluded the regular season on Friday with a 1-1 overtime tie at Salem in another Adirondack League crossover game.

Sophia Keays scored a first half goal for Salem with an assist from Amber Terry.

Madison Gould equalized for Whitehall when she converted a pass from Kamryn Baldwin in the 26th minute of the second half.

Gosselin recorded 10 saves for Whitehall. Katy Sweenor kept the Generals in the game with 20 saves.

Hunt hopes his squad can get things back on track heading into sectional play.

“We have to have some good practices,” Hunt concluded.

Whitehall closes the regular season 4-5, 5-7-1. Salem ends up 2-8, 3-9-1.

The Whitehall Railroaders opened their season against Rutland High School, after the cancellation of their Hudson Falls game, due to Hudson Falls having too many injured players and Covid cases. Coach Eggleston was proud of the team. (Photo by Keith Harrington)

Whitehall JV football ties in opener

By Caton Deuso

With Covid still persisting in the United States, Whitehall’s fall sports took a while longer to get started than was anticipated originally. But the Whitehall JV football team utilized that time to practice and prepare for its first game, which was played on Oct. 11.

The team’s first game was at home against Rutland High School and ended in an 8-8 tie.

“The kids have been working so hard since August 23rd and to have no games since then . . . each day was a little bit of a battle to keep them motivated, but usually we would end practice feeling like we, coach Grant Gebo and I, really got more out of them than we expected,” coach Darin Eggleston said.

With so much time spent practicing, students became more and more antsy to play a game. The team’s first game originally was planned to be against Hudson Falls until the school had to cancel because of an injury bug as well as Covid.

“We were very worried we may start losing kids,” he said. “We were lucky to find a game with Rutland. The kids were so excited when they heard, but some of them  wondered if this game would somehow get taken from them as well,” he said.

Luckily, Rutland High was available to play, so the game was set. Coach Eggleston explained that with his excitement for the team to finally play its first game came some apprehension, knowing there would be more for the team to work on, including its offensive line.

“We definitely started slow on offense. With our low numbers, it’s been tough to get much scrimmaging in during practice. For some of our linemen it was the first time they had really seen live action on the line of scrimmage,” he said.

Eggleston said as the game went on, the offensive line started to gain some control of the scrimmage, which led to an improvement. He said the team finally started to push the ball down the field a little.

“Troy Austin and Lance Graves both had some great runs. Early in the second half, our quarterback, Landon ‘Buck’ Stevens, scored our first TD in the second half with a QB keeper around the end from about 15 yards out. He broke a couple of tackles and bulled his way into the end zone,” he said.

The Railroaders added the two-point conversion with a pass from Buck to Isaiah Stevens for an 8-0 lead.

Eggleston said the Railroaders showed that they have a stronger defense when playing Rutland.

“Rutland really couldn’t run against us. I expected them to be a heavy pass-oriented team, and I was correct. Our pressure on their quarterback was ruthless and didn’t give much time for check-downs by the quarterback,” he said.

Although the defense was strong for the Railroaders, there were several completed passes and that led to the game getting tied up 8-8 late into the fourth quarter. This then created concern for the team on how they could pull together a few more points to seal the deal, but the game ended in a tie with no overtime.

“The kids were bummed that they didn’t have overtime, but it was a great game and we played pretty well. Penalties from mistakes cost us the win. We had several long plays that were called back for holding and even a couple of unsportsmanlike penalties,” he said.

Railroaders football hosted Stillwater High School on Monday, Oct. 18 at 4:15 p.m.

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.