Granville sports round-up, Dec. 16, 2021

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Granville’s Caleb Nelson (23) drives to the basket against Fort Edward as Alex Torres (40) looks on. (Photo by Stacie Arnhold)

New coach, same result: Horde, 82-39

By Keith Harrington

The head coach might be new and some of the faces in the lineup may have changed, but it still looked like the Granville boys’ basketball team.

The Golden Horde featured their patented full-court pressing defense, up-tempo style of play and 3-point shooting during Justin Nassivera’s debut at the helm of the program last Friday night. Nassivera moved up from the junior varsity program to succeed Grant Sharrow this season.

Granville jumped out to a commanding first-quarter lead and placed five players in double-digits to defeat Fort Edward, 82-39, in an Adirondack League contest.

“I’ve known Grant for a long time. Nothing was going to change,” Nassivera said. “We’re going to press. Try to defend. And score as many points as possible.”

One obstacle the Golden Horde had to deal with was a recent Covid-19 pause. Nassivera’s team hadn’t had more than three or four guys at practice since Thanksgiving time, but it certainly wasn’t apparent. Granville grabbed onto the lead early and never let it go.

“The guys played awesome. We haven’t practiced since the Friday after Thanksgiving,” Nassivera said. “It’s been tough, but we had a walk-through today after school and the guys were really focused and really determined.”

The Golden Horde opened the game on a 9-2 run, led by a 3-pointer by Logan Harrington and a pair of inside buckets by Alex Warrington.

After a Flying Forts’ hoop made it 9-4, Granville ripped off a 17-2 run to lead 26-6 after a quarter and never were challenged, leading 46-16 at the half and 62-24 after three quarters.

Caleb Nelson led Granville with 19 points, Warrington added 13 and Logan Harrington 11. Matthew Barlow and Nathan Rathbun chipped in 10 points each. Alex Torres had eight points and seven rebounds.

Nelson also had nine rebounds and six assists, Warrington collected eight boards and Harrington handed out five assists.

Even with the easy victory, Nassivera saw room for improvement.

“This is going to sound awful, but we’ve got to get a little better on offense,” Nassivera said with a chuckle. “A few times we were just a little too impatient. We fired up some bad shots early, but we talked about it afterwards and we understand that if the transition is not there, we need to pull it out and run 15 to 20 seconds off the shot clock.”

Fort Edward got 14 points from Ashton Sullivan and 10 from Noah Duket.

Overall Nassivera said he was thrilled with his team’s performance, especially with many of his players coming off a long layoff.

“I thought they worked their tails off. We moved the ball well on offense. Were scrappy on defense. I couldn’t be happier right now,” Nassivera added.

Granville is 1-0, 1-0. Fort Edward is 0-1, 1-2.

Horde bowlers still winless

By Keith Harrington

The Granville bowling team is still looking for their first win of the season after dropping a 4-0 decision to Lake George last Thursday. The Warriors recorded a total score of 2,285 to the Golden Horde’s 1,797.

Alex Orovsky led Lake George by shooting a 404 series. Brenner bowled games of 166, 142 and 96. Freddy Linehan added a 396 series with a high game for the match of 187.

Granville was paced by Melanie Bourn with a 373 triple. Bourn rolled games of 125, 99, and 149. Brooke Woodbury shot a 144 series with games of 116, 100 and 128. Joshua Ketcham added a 339, and Wyatt Bell a 290.

Lake George is now 10-6. Granville is 0-10.

Granville-Fort Ann outwrestle Whitehall

By Keith Harrington

The Granville-Fort Ann wrestling team won their second match of the season with a hard-fought 42-30 victory over rival Whitehall in their home gym.

The match came down to the two heavyweight classes. At 285, Dylan Procella of Granville-Fort Ann pinned Noah Desantis, 2:24. At 215, Granville-Fort Ann’s Brent Perry pinned Jonathan Martindale in 57 seconds.

Quinn Johnson at 126, Thomas McMahon at 138, Zachariah Wilson at 145 and Gabriel St. Martin at 152 also earned wins for Granville-Fort Ann.

Allen Beauleau at 118 and Sawyer Ostrander at 160 picked up wins for the Railroaders.

Nick Crum got a forfeit win for Granville-Fort Ann.

Troy Austin, Dylan Gordon and Matt Ingerson won by forfeit for Whitehall.

Granville-Fort Ann is 2-0. Whitehall is 0-2.

Local wrestlers do well at MatMania

By Keith Harrington

The Granville-Fort Ann wrestling team enjoyed a successful day on the mats Saturday at the MatMania event at Glens Falls High School. Four Granville-Fort Ann wrestlers placed in the top four at the event, with two advancing to the finals.

Granville-Fort Ann placed ninth overall as a team with a score of 66 points. Wallkill was the champion of the tournament with 127 ½ points. Salem-Cambridge finished second with 115 points.

For Granville-Fort Ann, Quinn Johnson was second at 126. Thomas McMahon finished second at 132. Brent Perry was third at 189. Jaxon Torres placed fourth at 118.

Johnson won by fall over Roman Gonzalez of Catskill in 15 seconds in his opening match. He then took a 4-1 decision over Timothy Stephenson of South Glens Falls 4-1. In his semifinal match Johnson won by a 7-4 decision over Alan Frost-Jones of Beekmantown. In the title match Johnson dropped a 15-2 major decision to Viktor Banda of Wallkill.

McMahon received a bye in the opening round. In his quarterfinal match McMahon won by a 10-2 major decision over Jackson Willi of Bethlehem Central. In the semis McMahon won by fall over Kyle Bink of Salem-Cambridge. McMahon dropped the championship match to Kadin Johnson of Peru by injury default.

Perry received a first-round bye before taking a 3-2 decision over Joshua Ahrens of South Glens Falls in the quarterfinals. Perry fell in his semifinal match, 5-4 against Quinn Donaldson of Salem-Cambridge. Perry rebounded to top Violence Sturdevant of Glens Falls by fall in 11 seconds. He then won the third-place match via a forfeit by Ahrens.

Torres lost his quarterfinal match to Noah Quigley of Colchester by fall in 1:13. Torres received a bye in consolation round one, then won by a decision over Angelo Harrington of Bethlehem Central to advance to the third-place match. Torres faced Quigley in a rematch in the third-place battle. Quigley earned the win by fall in 50 seconds.

 Seven Salem-Cambridge finished in the top four. Lucas Martindale won the title in the 215-pound class. Donaldson was second at 189. Brayton Cary at 138, Rylee Burr at 215 and Logan Williams at 285 earned third place finishes. Bink was fourth at 132.