Granville sports round-up, Dec. 9, 2021

Granville sports round-up, Dec. 9, 2021
Granville’s Lilly Strout and Olivia Estes of Hoosick Falls jump center to tip off the high school basketball season. (Photo by Stacie Arnhold)

Horde girls lose to tough opponent

By Keith Harrington

The Granville girls’ basketball team could not have picked a more challenging opponent to open the season against last Thursday. Hoosick Falls of the Wasaren League was loaded with weapons and used its balanced attack to roll over Granville, 85-42, in a non-league game on the Golden Horde’s home court.

Hoosick Falls jumped out to a 6-0 lead before Granville got on the board with a Lilly Strout bucket. The Golden Horde trailed 12-6 when Amber MacNeil reeled off seven points and Olivia Estes added five more during a 12-3 run by the Panthers to make it 24-9. Hoosick Falls led 26-12 after a quarter.

In the second quarter the Golden Horde struggled to score against Hoosick Falls’ 1-3-1 defense. The Panthers outscored Granville 19-6 in the stanza to increase their lead to 45-18 at the half.

“That second quarter was our worst quarter with only scoring six points,” said Granville coach Katie Fredette. “And with them having at least 20 points a quarter really hurt us.”

The Panthers shredded the Golden Horde’s man-to-man defense early on, getting easy inside buckets. When Granville made the switch to a zone defense, Hoosick Falls knocked down a barrage of 3-pointers.

Despite the large deficit, scoring 42 points against a talented Hoosick Falls team gives Fredette hope heading into Adirondack League play.

“Knowing that we put 42 points on the board, I’m really happy with that,” Fredette said. “Especially coming off a Covid year. I tell them everyone is a shooter. No matter what age you are, or what position you are, you’re a shooter.”

Amber MacNeil led Hoosick Falls with 18 points. Freshman Ava Case added 17 points and Marly McLellan 11. Estes finished with nine.

Lilly Strout had 13 points for the Golden Horde. Aspen Williams chipped in 10 points.

“We’re just trying to get that rhythm and who works well with each other,” Fredette said. “Now that we have gotten into game play and the girls have gotten the jitters out, they’re ready.”

Hoosick Falls is 1-0. Granville is 0-1.


Several Granville Golden Horde football players were named to the Section II Class D North All-Star team. (Photo by Stacie Arnhold)

Horde has seven football all-stars

By Keith Harrington

Section II Class D champion Greenwich had the most selections on the Class D North Division Football All-Star team, but the Granville was well represented, with seven Golden Horde players selected by division coaches.

Jesse Kuzmich of Greenwich was named Class D North Player of the Year. Warrensburg senior running back Dylan Winchell was picked as Offensive Player of the Year. Junior linebacker Tristen Hitchcock of Warrensburg was selected as Defensive Player of the Year. Senior Tim Kelly of the Burghers earned the Ironman Award.

Granville junior linebacker and junior defensive back Alex Torres was named to the first team defense.

Junior running back Matthew Barlow, senior guard Nate Rathbun and senior tackle Kevin Morris received Honorable Mention honors on offense.

Linebacker Nick Crum received Honorable Mention on the defensive side of the ball.

Here is the entire list:

First Team Offense

QB Jesse Kuzmich, Greenwich; RB Matt Conlin, Greenwich; RB Dylan Winchell, Warrensburg; RB Tim Kelly, Warrensburg; WR Deontae Bennett, Greenwich; WR Tyler Day, Greenwich; T Gavin Blair, Greenwich; T Ethan Banfield, Greenwich; G Cooper Morehouse, Warrensburg; G Rylie Burr, Cambridge-Salem; C Brent Perry, Granville; K Declan Kelleher, Greenwich; KR Deontae Bennett, Greenwich.

First Team Defense

DL Hunter Nemec, Warrensburg; DL Zachariah Miller, Cambridge-Salem; DL Ethan Banfield, Greenwich; DL Aidan McPhail, Greenwich; LB Tristen Hitchcock, Warrensburg.

LB Landon Olden, Warrensburg; LB Kadyn MacNeil, Greenwich; LB Jesse Kuzmich, Greenwich; LB Alex Torres, Granville; DB Parker Jamieson, Greenwich; DB Andrew Beadnell, Warrensburg; DB Eli Danio, Cambridge-Salem; DB R.J. Monger, Granville.

Honorable Mention Offense

QB Brice Burr, Cambridge-Salem; RB Cliff Lewis, Cambridge-Salem; RB Colin Hughes, Greenwich; RB Matthew Barlow, Granville; WR Jayden Hughes, Greenwich.

WR Alex Luke, Cambridge-Salem; T Hunter Dixson, Greenwich; T Kevin Morris, Granville; G Jackson Javurek, Greenwich; G Nate Rathbun, Granville.

Honorable Mention Defense

DL Colin Hughes, Greenwich; DL Thomas Comb, Warrensburg; DL Jackson Javurek, Greenwich; LB Matt Conlin, Greenwich; LB Kadyn MacNeil, Greenwich; LB Cliff Lewis, Cambridge-Salem; LB Nick Crum, Granville.


Reagan Swain (#10) was one of the many players from Granville named to the Adirondack-Wasaren League Field Hockey All-Stars. (Photo by Stacie Arnhold)

Granville has 4 field hockey all-stars

By Keith Harrington

Champion Hoosick Falls led the way with seven players honored as Adirondack-Wasaren field hockey all-stars, while runner-up Granville along with Salem-Cambridge each had four players recognized.

Emma McCart, a Hoosick Falls forward, was selected as the league’s Most Valuable Player.

Granville was represented on the first team by forward Katie McEachron and forward Reagan Swain.

Forward Haylie Barber and defensive player Rachel Beaver were named to the second team from the Golden Horde.

The rest of the first team are:

Taylor Cary, Salem-Cambridge; Ceci Christian, Emma Willard; Mackenzie Dixson, Greenwich; Lyric Kriner, Hoosick Falls; Olivia Mann, Corinth; Mary Kate McPhee, Salem-Cambridge; Mackenna Roberson, Hoosick Falls; Jocelyn Spiezio, Greenwich; Gwyn Vincent, Hoosick Falls.

The second team selections are:

Hayley Aptekarev, Emma Willard; Grace Autiello, Greenwich; Lexy Cary, Salem-Cambridge; Madalynn Curley, Greenwich; Kamryn Friel, Hoosick Falls; Deandra Gill, Corinth; Tatum Hickey, Hoosick Falls; Ava Kasulinous, Hoosick Falls; Anna Schiele, Salem-Cambridge.


Horde bowlers open with 3 losses

By Keith Harrington

The Granville bowling team opened the season with a trio of Adirondack League matches last week, facing off against Lake George, Corinth and Hadley-Luzerne.

Lake George swept the Golden Horde, 4-0, at Slate Valley Lanes. The Warriors had a 2,309 total score to 1,909 for the Granville.

Lake George’s Dylan Lepine was the high scorer of the match with a 452 series. Lepine rolled games of 171, 139 and 142.

Melanie Bourn led Granville with a 413 triple. Bourn shot games of 139, 121 and 153. Hor

Lake George begins the season 4-0. Granville is 0-4.

Against Corinth at King Pin Alley in South Glens Falls, the Tomahawks also blanked the Golden Horde, 4-0. The total score for Corinth was 2,142 to 1,964 for Granville.

Gavyn Randall led the Tomahawks with a 427 series. Randall rolled scores of 158, 136, and 133. Emily Mattison added a 391 triple.

For Granville, Bourn had a 409 series with games of 151, 132 and 124. Daniel Dunster added a 368 series with scores of 121, 149 and 98.

Josh Ketcham of the Golden Horde had the high game of the match with a 162.

Corinth was 0-4 after the match. Granville fell to 0-8.

In the match with Hadley-Luzerne at Lake George Lanes, the Eagles came away with a 4-0 win with a total score of 2,366 to Granville’s 1,837.

Damian Fisk had a strong match for Hadley-Luzerne, shooting a 441 series with games of 154, 129 and 158. Athena Fisk added a 422 triple and Garrett Carleton a 416.

Ketcham paced Granville with games of 125, 148 and 121 for a 394 series. Bourn added a 376 with games of 114, 151 and 111.

Hadley-Luzerne raised its mark to 7-1. Granville fell to 0-12.


Horde grapplers win opener

By Keith Harrington

The Granville wrestling team opened the season last Thursday night with a match at Mechanicville-Stillwater and started on a high note as they came away with a 46-21 win.

Granville earned several points via forfeits as Quinn Johnson (126), Thomas McMahon (132), Zachariah Wilson (138), Paxtan Dunbar (152), and Timothy Lotz (172) all came away with wins without having to take the mat.

At 215 Brent Perry of the Golden Horde pinned Ben Nania in 1:17.

Austyn Reed also won by a pin, finishing off Joshua Baumgartner in 3:56 at 145 pounds.

Jaxon Torres of Granville defeated Decker Carpenter 12-0 by a major decision at 118 pounds.

Mechanicville-Stillwater got wins on the mat from Luke Schirmaker at 160, Michael Daley at 189 and Ethan Turner at 285.

Alexis LaFountain picked up a forfeit win for Mechanicville-Stillwater at 102.

Granville is 1-0 on the season. Mechanicville-Stillwater is 0-1.