Whitehall sports round-up, Dec. 23, 2021

Jayden Hughes and the Whitehall girls basketball team are off to a 4-0 start to the season. (Photo by Jen Dickinson)

Whitehall girls demons on defense

By Keith Harrington

The calling card of the Whitehall girls basketball team since Boyd Hunt became the head coach has been stingy defense and it carried the Railroaders all the way to the Class D title game a couple of years ago. Last week Whitehall’s defensive prowess was on full display, yielding just 29 points in dominating wins over Crown Point and Lake George.

On Monday night the Railroaders extended their winning streak to three as they rolled over Crown Point 63-19 in a non-league contest.

This one was never in doubt as Whitehall used a stifling defense to lead 13-1 after a quarter. The Railroaders increased the lead to 28-5 at halftime.

Crown Point played a little closer to the Railroaders in the third, only being outscored 11-7, but Whitehall responded with a 24-7 fourth quarter to close out the game.

Samantha Howland and Blake Bird scored 14 points each for Whitehall. Ashlyn Groesbeck added 12 points and Madison Gould eight.

Whitehall improved to 3-0 with the win. Crown Point was 1-4.

Later in the week the Railroaders extended their winning streak to four by shutting down Lake George in a 41-10 victory. Again, it was suffocating defense that sparked Whitehall.

Whitehall came out and opened an 11-2 first quarter lead. A 9-0 second quarter sent the Railroaders to halftime with a 20-2 advantage over the young Warriors.

Whitehall continued to roll in the second half, outscoring Lake George 21-8 to put the game out of reach.

Groesbeck paced the Railroaders with 15 points. Blake Bird added nine.

Madison Gould had five rebounds and three assists. Howland hauled in five rebounds and Jayden Hughes four.

Amelia Lyng and Olivia Whiting handed out two assists each.

Emily Guidetti collected 14 rebounds for Lake George.

Whitehall improved to 3-0, 4-0. Lake George is 0-3, 0-4.

Whitehall boys fall to Lake George

By Keith Harrington

Despite school in Whitehall being moved to remote on Friday and sporting events being postponed, the boys basketball team was able to fit in one game last week, traveling to Lake George on Tuesday to face a tall order.

Lake George has won the Section II Class C title six of the last eight years and features perhaps the top player in the Adirondack League in Cameron Orr, and Orr had his usual major impact on the game as he led the unbeaten Warriors to a 70-44 win.

Lake George took charge of the contest from the opening tip, jumping out to a 18-9 first quarter lead and increasing the margin to 38-15 at halftime.

In the third stanza, Lake George made sure it had this one in the bag, outscoring the Railroaders 18-8 to open a 56-23 lead.

Orr paced Lake George with 24 points. Julius Moffit added 12 and Luke Sheldon 10 for the Warriors.

Dan Barber had 12 rebounds and two assists for the Warriors.

Cash Burgey had an outstanding game for Whitehall, pouring in 22 points to go along with seven rebounds.

Anthony Jones and Brandon Bakerian combined for 17 boards for the Railroaders. Tristian Foote and Landon Stevens contributed six points apiece.

Lake George improved to 3-0, 4-1. Whitehall is 1-2, 1-2.

Granville, Whitehall bowling results

By Keith Harrington

The Whitehall and Granville bowling teams both entered last Tuesday’s virtual match at the Whitehall Elks and Slate Valley Lanes searching for their first win of the season. Both teams picked up their initial match wins, but it was Whitehall who came away with a 3-1 team victory. The total score was 1,766 for Whitehall to 1,682 for Granville.

Dory Gosselin has been leading the Railroaders so far this year, and this match was no exception. Gosselin bowled gamed 192, 148 and 175 for a 514 series to pace the Railroaders.

Logan Manney added a 389 triple with scores of 129, 148 and 112.

For the Golden Horde, Josh Ketcham rolled games of 126, 90 and 151 for a 367 series. Melanie Bourn had a 353 with games of 102, 122 and 129 for Granville.

Whitehall was 3-17 after the match. Granville dropped to 1-19.

Whitehall was back in action on Wednesday, falling to Hadley-Luzerne 4-0 at the Whitehall Elks. The Eagles compiled a total score of 2,321 to 1,801 for the Railroaders.

Garret Carleton led the way for Hadley-Luzerne, shooting games of 181, 134, 133 for a 448 triple. Kayloe Iverson added a 406 series with games of 112, 138 and 156.

Gosselin bowled games of 150, 149 and 173 for a 472 series.

Hadley-Luzerne moved to 18-6. Whitehall fell to 3-21.

The Railroaders closed out the busy week with a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Lake George at Lake George Lanes and Games. The Warriors had a total score of 2,052 to 1,479 for Whitehall.

Matthew Oravsky led the Warriors with games of 148, 145 and 151 for a 444 series.

Gosselin had the high series of the match, rolling a 456 with games of 109, 149 and 138.

Whitehall’s Manney had the high single game of the match with a 177.

Lake George is now 14-6. Whitehall is 3-25.

Whitehall wrestlers drop match

By Keith Harrington

Whitehall’s wrestling team opened up a big lead, but Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George rallied to top the Railroaders 39-36 in an Adirondack League dual meet.

Whitehall led 30-18 before the War Eagles got a key win from a freshman, a pair of pins and a couple of forfeits to overcome the deficit.

For the Railroaders, Ollie West (126), Sawyer Ostrander (152), Dylan Gordon (172) and Troy Austin (189) all recorded wins by pin.

West pinned Jayden Johnson in 1:37. Ostrander finished off Brayden Mahon in 1:46. Dylan Gordon took out Olivia LaPoint in 1:46. Austin pinned Alek Elkins in 54 seconds and Beaulieu pinned Grace York in 3:44.

Aiden Smith won by forfeit for Whitehall at 160.

The heavyweight divisions were critical in this match. Hadley-Luzerne rallied when Logan Marissal at 215 pounds and Antonio Morehouse at 285 won by pin to bring the score even.

Jocelynn Duers picked up a forfeit at 102 to give the WarEagles the lead. Freshman Ethan York clinched the match with a 4-1 decision over Whitehall’s Matt Ingerson at 110.

Whitehall is 0-3, 0-4 on the season. Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George is 1-0, 1-0.