Granville sports round-up, Oct. 28, 2021

Granville sports round-up, Oct. 28, 2021
The Granville field hockey team celebrates Haylie Barber’s game-winning overtime goal in the sectional quarterfinals against Salem-Cambridge. (Photo by Kim Bascom)

Granville wins field hockey game in OT

By Keith Harrington

The Salem-Cambridge field hockey team was hoping the third time would be the charm, and they almost made it a reality. Sixth-seeded Salem-Cambridge pushed Granville to the brink, but the Golden Horde fended them off with a 2-1 overtime win in the Section II Class C quarterfinals.

Granville defeated the Generals 2-1 on Sept. 21 and 1-0 on Oct. 1 in Adirondack-Wasaren League play.

Granville got a goal from sophomore Haylie Barber in the opening seconds of overtime to slip past Salem-Cambridge in the quarterfinals.

“It was a back-and-forth very competitive game,” Barber said. “It always is with them.”

Granville jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Alyssa Martindale with 1:17 left in the first quarter. Barber was credited with the assist. Martindale was called up from junior varsity and inserted into the lineup due to injuries and she cashed in on the opportunity.

Salem-Cambridge drew even in the second half. Mary Kate McPhee found the net to tie the contest at 1-1 with 3:11 remaining in the third.

The Golden Horde didn’t waste any time in the extra session. Granville quickly pushed the ball into the circle and Reagan Swain fired a shot that was kicked away. Barber was waiting on the right side of the cage to collect the rebound and distribute it to the back of the cage, setting off a frenzied celebration.

“Reagan Swain took a shot and Haylie got the rebound off the goalie’s pads,” said Granville coach Katie Barber.

Granville outshot Salem-Cambridge 11-6 and held an 10-7 advantage in offensive corners.

Megan Decker had six saves in goal for the Golden Horde. Brailyn Wright had eight saves for Salem-Cambridge.

Third-seeded Granville is now 12-4 and was scheduled to meet second-seed Hoosick Falls in the semifinals on the Panthers’ home field next Wednesday at 3 p.m. Hoosick Falls swept the season series, including a 4-3 OT win just a little over a week ago.

“We have another chance to beat them next week,” said Barber. “With the season we’ve had, we couldn’t ask for more.”

Salem-Cambridge finished its campaign 6-5.

The Granville football team is scheduled to be back in action Saturday at Helderberg Valley after a week off due to injuries. (Photo by Stacie Arnhold)

Horde forfeits another football game

By Keith Harrington

To say that is has been a tumultuous season for the Granville football team would be an understatement. The Golden Horde faces one more obstacle if they are to get back on the gridiron this fall. It was announced early last Friday that the Golden Horde would forfeit its matchup with Greenwich.

The contest was scheduled to be the Witches’ senior game but the Golden Horde did not have enough players to field a team because of injuries.

“We just dropped below the number requirement this week due to injuries,” said Granville head coach John Irion.

“We knew it would be close numbers-wise and wanted to give Greenwich an early enough heads up so they could find a game if we were short numbers,” added Golden Horde athletic director Justin Nassivera.

The number of injuries Granville suffered in the Cambridge game last Saturday left the Holden Horde short on players.

“A couple guys got banged up against Cambridge and it put us in a tough spot,” Nassivera said.

Granville’s season began with adversity as their scrimmage against Corinth/Hadley-Luzerne was canceled because of positive Covid-19 tests in the Granville program. The regular season opener against Chatham was also canceled.

In Week Three the Golden Horde were healthy and ready to go but once again the game was canceled as scheduled opponent Helderberg Valley did not have enough players to field a team because of a Covid-19 quarantine.

When Granville was finally able to take the field for a game it was defeated in lopsided contests by Warrensburg and Lake George. Both the Burghers and Warriors had multiple games under their belts before facing the Golden Horde.

Next up for the Golden Horde are the Section II crossover games. These are games for non-playoff teams. Typically, the matchups are based on competitive matchups.

Granville players and coaches are hoping they will be healed enough to finish out the season on the field.

“They fully expect to be back and playing next week for the crossovers,” Nassivera said. “We will find out about our first crossover game on Sunday or Monday.”

We should be okay for the crossovers,” Irion said.

Greenwich will now honor its senior players and parents on Friday, Oct. 29, against an opponent to be determined early next week. The top-seeded Witches will then host the No. 2 seed from the Class D South Division on Nov. 5, kicking off sectionals.

Golfers named league all-stars

By Keith Harrington

The golf coaches of the Adirondack League have named their all-stars for the 2021 season. A Lake George golfer was handed the top honor, but Granville, Whitehall and Hartford were all represented.

Zach Bruno of Lake George was named Adirondack League Golfer of the Year. Bruno was the medalist at the league’s championship tournament.

Three Granville golfers were named to the Adirondack League East Division All-Star team. Andrew Rathbun, Logan Harrington and Nate Williams all were recognized for the Golden Horde.

Jacob Whiting was the lone all-star from Whitehall.

Hartford’s Mason Forbes, who golfs for the combined Fort Ann-Hartford team, was also named to the squad along with Beau Bocher Fort Edward.

The Adirondack League West Division All-Star team was made up of Hadley-Luzerne’s Tyler Plummer, Cam Plummer and Sean Frasier, Myles Walker and Wyatt Jennings of North Warren and Colby Walker of Corinth.

Granville’s Lilly Strout goes up for the kill in a match against Argyle. (Photo by Nicole Arnhold)

Argyle tops Horde in volleyball

By Keith Harrington

Argyle dropped a set to an upstart Granville team on Senior Night for the Golden Horde, but the Scots won the final two sets to take a 3-1 Adirondack League volleyball victory on Friday evening.

Set scores were 25-15, 23-25, 25-10, 25-13.

Argyle is a perennial contender for the league championship, but the Golden Horde showed how much they have improved this season by giving the Scots all that wanted.

Katie Lindsay led the Scots with 24 assists and five aces. Lilly Kingsley served up seven aces. Olivia Montello had 10 kills and six aces. Lily Prevost had seven kills and four assists. Anna Aubrey with five kills, Skyler McDougall five kills and Kylie Ricciardelli four kills also played well.

Lilly Strout had six kills, five service points, three digs, three blocks, three assists for the Golden Horde. Kaelyn Dekalb added two digs and five service points. Sierra Braymer had three service points, one kill and one dig. Vivian Green contributed two assists, one kill, one block, and three service points.

Granville and Argyle both have one contest left this season, a makeup game against each other that was scheduled for Monday, Oct. 25. The game was originally scheduled for earlier but the Scots were forced to go on a Covid-19 pause.

Both teams will then wait to see what their sectional tournament fate may be.

Argyle is 10-3, 11-4. Granville is 5-8, 5-8.