Wrestlers go 2-3 in holiday tourney
By Keith Harrington
The Granville-Fort Ann wrestling team closed out 2021 by competing in the Fair Haven Slaters Duals at Fair Haven High School on New Year’s Eve, going head-to-head with Oneonta, Mount Anthony, Springfield, Fair Haven and Warrensburg.
The Golden Horde finished 2-3 at the event with wins over Springfield and Fair Haven, and losses to Oneonta, Mount Anthony and Warrensburg.
Granville-Fort Ann topped Springfield 41-30. Against the Cosmos, Jaxon Torres defeated Brayden Pinsanault by fall in just 40 seconds at 113. At 145 Zachariah Wilson pinned Marshall Simpson of Springfield in 1::32.
At 120 pounds Granville-Fort Ann’s Quinn Johnson cruised past the Cosmos’ Dillan Lacasse 16-0 on a technical fall.
Nick Crum, Thomas McMahon and Brent Perry picked up forfeit wins to add to the Golden Horde total.
Against the host Fair Haven squad, Granville-Fort Ann came away with a 41-30 victory. McMahon, Wilson and Perry picked up wins by pin for the Golden Horde.
At 132 McMahon topped Fair Haven’s Liam Robinson by fall in 1:10. Wilson took care of Matt Wreck by fall in 1:06. Perry needed 1:33 to dispose of Taylor Therrien at 195.
Johnson defeated Lincoln Wilcox by technical fall 19-3 at 120 pounds.
Torres, Scott Whitmann, and Dylan Procella were awarded forfeit wins.
Granville-Fort Ann opened the day by dropping a 42-25 decision to Oneonta. McMahon, Crum and Wilson recorded wins by fall for the Golden Horde. McMahon pinned Nolan Stark in just 14 seconds. Crum defeated Isreal Nadal in 1:44. Wilson needed 3:50 to take down Alan Michael Rubin.
Torres defeated Marshall Mahar 6-0. Johnson blanked Alan Little 11-0.
Granville-Fort Ann then lost to Vermont powerhouse Mount Anthony 53-15. Torres, Johnson, Crum and Perry earned wins for the Golden Horde.
Torres edged Logan Davis 5-4. Johnson defeated Alex Perez 10-3. Crum nipped Alex Brown 13-11. Perry pinned Daniel Kahn in 1:36.
The day concluded with the Golden Horde falling to Adirondack League foe Warrensburg 42-24. Torres finished his perfect day with a pin of Cameron Carpenter in 4:40. Whitmann defeated Lucas French by fall in 3:19.
Perry defeated Ayden Rushia by decision 7-1. Johnson topped Zachary Olden 6-4.
Granville boys win, then lose by a point
By Keith Harrington
The format of the annual Granville Christmas Tournament may have been a little different, and the crowd size may have been smaller because of Covid-19 restrictions, but the long-running event still provided some exciting basketball action last week.
The Granville boys split their games over the two-night event, easily handling Cambridge before dropping a one-point thriller to a talented Burr and Burton team from Manchester, Vermont.
Unlike in other years of the tournament, there was no championship or consolation game. Matchups for both evenings were determined ahead of time.
On night one Cambridge did its best to stay within striking distance for a half, but a big third quarter allowed Granville to pull away for a 74-34 win.
Granville led 14-10 after a quarter and extended the margin to 31-19 at the half.
The third quarter proved decisive as the Golden Horde outscored Cambridge 27-8 to blow the game open.
“We came out a little slow. We came out a little sluggish for a half,” said Granville coach Justin Nassivera, “but then we scored 27 points in the third quarter.”
Cody Nelson scored 17 points to pace the Golden Horde. Caleb Nelson added 15 and Matthew Barlow 14.
Granville connected on nine 3-pointers in the contest and used its trapping defense to force turnovers that resulted in multiple transition buckets.
“We played typical Granville basketball,” Nassivera said. “Pressing. Pedal to the medal. It’s always good to beat a Wasaren League team, so that one felt pretty good.”
Cambridge received 13 points from Jackson Thomas.
Granville moved to 4-1 with the win. Cambridge fell to 0-7.
Entering the final quarter of play in the tournament finale, it appeared Granville had little chance to sweep back-to back games. Some coaches might say the Golden Horde didn’t lose the game, they just ran out of time. Had there been just a couple of more minutes to play, Granville may have pulled out the win.
The Golden Horde cranked up its defense, started hitting some shots, and flipped the momentum 360 degrees in the final stanza, but still came up just short in a 49-48 loss to Vermont power Burr and Burton Academy.
“They fought. I’ll be blunt. We were getting laughed at. We were being mocked a little bit,” Nassivera said. “I told the guys look, this is your gym. We need to step it up here or this is going to be a blowout and we’re going to get embarrassed. The six or seven guys who played the fourth quarter rallied around that.”
Trailing 49-45, Granville hauled in a missed Bulldogs foul shot with 14 seconds to play. Logan Harrington buried a 30-footer with four seconds to play, but the clock ran out and Burr and Burton escaped with the win.
Burr and Burton led 18-13 after a quarter and 29-19 at the half. The Bulldogs used a tough man-to-man defense and sliced through Granville’s press to get easy buckets to build the advantage.
The Golden Horde trailed 39-27 entering the fourth quarter before outscoring the Bulldogs 21-10 to close the gap.
Madox Matthews and Will Ameden scored 15 points each for Burr and Burton. Dustin Joseph added 12.
Caleb Nelson led Granville with 24 points. Harrington chipped in nine and Alex Warrington eight.
Even with the tough loss, Nassivera said he sees the benefits of playing a team like the Bulldogs.
“I just told the guys, that doesn’t hurt us for playing for a league title. It doesn’t hurt us for sectional seeding. That’s why we play tough teams like that. That’s why we are playing Fair Haven twice.”
Burr and Burton moved to 4-1. Granville is 4-2.
Horde girls fall to Salem in overtime
By Keith Harrington
The Granville girls basketball team was hopeful they could salvage a split in the Glens Falls Holiday Tournament. After falling to Hartford on the first day, the Golden Horde was matched with Salem, a team Granville had beaten just a couple of weeks ago. But it wasn’t meant to be.
Salem trailed by six at the half but rallied in the fourth quarter to tie the game and went on to edge Granville in overtime, 50-44.
Amber Terry was the key to the comeback for the Generals, finishing with 24 points, 22 of which came in the second half as Salem erased a 19-13 halftime deficit.
Sierra Phillips, Brook Tellstone and Taylor Cary were credited for their defense that fueled Salem’s comeback.
Salem led 9-7 after one quarter but the Golden Horde got it rolling in the second, using a 12-4 advantage to take a six-point lead into the locker room.
The third quarter was a tight one as Granville outscored the Generals 9-6 to lead 28-19 heading to the fourth.
Salem staged a rally over the final eight minutes of regulation but still trailed by three when a 3-pointer by Alyssa McGraw with 23 seconds to play forced the extra session.
The momentum gained by McGraw’s shot carried into overtime as Salem outscored the Golden Horde 14-8 to claim the win, avenging the earlier season loss.
Alyssa Vandacar added six points and 12 rebounds for the Generals.
Bailey Phillips led Granville with 12 points. Strout and Lauren Bascom chipped in nine points each.
Salem is 3-3. Granville is 2-4.
Horde does well in indoor track, field
By Keith Harrington
The Granville indoor track and field team competed on Dec. 28 at Hudson Valley Community College and recorded some notable results against Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Greenwich, Albany Academy, Cairo-Durham, Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons/Spa Catholic and Cobleskill-Richmondville.
On the girls’ side, Ashley Pratt placed first in her heat in the 55-meter dash. Madelein Johnson was third in her heat.
Johnson placed first in her section in the 600 meters. In the 300-meter dash Cami DeKalb was second in her heat.
Johnson placed second overall in the long jump. Pratt was right behind Johnson with a third-place finish.
On the boys’ side, Granville finished in fourth place overall as a team behind Burnt Hills, Lasalle and Albany Academy.
In the 55-meter dash Quin Fitzpatrick finished first in his heat. Tristen Teer was fourth in his section of the 600-meter run.
In the 1,000 meters Carter Powell placed fifth and Teer sixth.
Timothy Pratt recorded a second-place finish for the Golden Horde in the 55-meter hurdles. Pratt also placed first in the long jump and second in the high jump.
Fitzpatrick finished third in the shot put.