Whitehall boys rattle off three wins
By Keith Harrington
While some teams are finding it difficult to get games in because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was a busy week for the Whitehall boys basketball team, who sandwiched a non-league game between a pair of league contests.
The best part is Whitehall bounced back from a loss to Crown Point last week by sweeping Warrensburg, Poultney (Vermont) and Salem to solidify its record above the .500 mark.
After a couple of lapses on defense that proved costly in the Crown Point loss, Railroaders coach Keith Redmond was hoping to see his team return to playing consistent on the defensive end of the floor. That goal seems to have been accomplished.
On Tuesday at home against Warrensburg, points were difficult to come by for both teams after the opening stanza, but Whitehall rode an early advantage to a low-scoring 39-29 win in Adirondack League play.
The Railroaders got off to a strong start, leading 21-8 after one quarter. Even though the offense sputtered from that point on, defense allowed Whitehall to hold on.
The teams played to a 6-6 draw in the second as Whitehall took a 27-14 advantage into the locker room at the break.
The Burghers outscored the Railroaders 6-5 in the third and 9-7 in the fourth, but Whitehall made their early lead stick, spurred by their defensive performance.
Brandon Bauerian paced Whitehall with 12 points. Landon Steves chipped in seven and Tyler Brooks six.
Whitehall improved to 3-2, 3-3 with the win.
The next night the Railroaders were right back on the court, making the short trip over the Vermont border a successful one as they defeated Poultney, 54-36, in a non-league contest at Dave Capman Court.
The Railroaders came out quickly, opening up a 15-3 first quarter advantage. The Blue Devils played better from that point on, but the opening stanza proved crucial. Whitehall led 30-15 at halftime.
Whitehall put the game away by outscoring Poultney 18-13 in the third.
Cash Burgey paced Whitehall with a game-high 25 points. Whiting chipped in nine points and Bauerian eight.
Donald Olden led Poultney with 14 points. Ryan Simons added eight.
Whitehall moved to 4-3. Poultney fell to 1-3.
On Friday night the second quarter proved to be the difference as Whitehall edged Salem, 52-46, in Adirondack League play at the Whitehall school gym.
The Railroaders led 15-13 after a quarter and extended the margin to 28-19 and managed to fend off the Generals down the stretch.
Salem made a game out of it in the second half. The Generals whittled away at the Railroaders’ lead with a 15-11 advantage in the third to pull within 34-29.
Whitehall outscored the Generals 13-12 in the fourth to hold on for the win.
Burgey led the Railroaders with 16 points. Jake Whiting contributed 13 points and Lattrell Evans 10.
Connor Chilson poured in a game-high 21 points for Salem. Zachary Miller added 12.
Whitehall improved to 4-2, 5-3. Salem is 1-4, 1-5.
Whitehall girls split two league games
By Keith Harrington
The Whitehall girls basketball team returned to Adirondack League action last week, splitting a pair of games with Salem and Warrensburg.
On Friday evening Whitehall opened a double-digit first-quarter lead and that was enough to hold off Salem on the road in a 51-41 win.
The Railroaders led 21-9 after the first and 31-21 at the half.
The Generals outscored Whitehall 20-17 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the early deficit.
Blake Bird netted 18 points for Whitehall. Samantha Howland added 15.
Amber Terry paced Salem with 14 points. Katy Sweenor chipped in 10.
Whitehall advanced to 4-2 in league play and 6-2 overall with the win.
Back on Wednesday night, it was a classic defensive struggle as points proved difficult to come by as Warrensburg edged Whitehall, 29-28, in overtime, also in a league contest.
Whitehall led 7-4 after a quarter. The Railroaders and Burghers combined for just eight points in the second as Whitehall led 11-8 at the half.
Warrensburg narrowly claimed the third quarter 9-8 to pull within 19-17 heading to the final frame.
Warrensburg led by two in the final seconds, but Samantha Howland scored for the Railroaders with 1.8 second remaining to force overtime.
The Burghers used a 6-5 advantage in the extra session to escape with the win. Hope Sherman scored five of her team’s six points in the extra session for Warrensburg.
Sherman finished with a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Burghers. Olivia Frasier added seven points.
Jayden Hughes led Whitehall with nine points on a trio of 3-pointers. Blake Bird and Madison Gould had six points each.
Warrensburg is 4-1, 4-2. Whitehall is 3-2, 5-2.
Whitehall wrestlers finish 1-2 in duals
By Keith Harrington
The Whitehall wrestling team traveled to Warrensburg Saturday to compete in the Warrensburg Duals. The Railroaders went 1-2 at the event, defeating Maple Hill but falling to Hudson Falls and the host Burghers.
Against Maple Hill, Whitehall used five wins by fall and a pair of forfeits to top the Wildcats, 42-24. Matt Ingerson, Allen Beauleau, Jake Huntington, Ayden Smith and Troy Austin recorded pins.
At 110 Ingerson needed only 30 seconds to dispose of Adam Place. Beauleau pinned Gunnar Gibbons at 118 pounds at the one-minute mark. At 138 Huntington needed 58 seconds to finish off Devin Spring. Smith pinned Dean Selmer in 1:45 in the 145-pound division. Austin pinned Devyn Felix in 45 seconds.
Sawyer Ostrander and Dylan Gordon picked up wins by forfeit.
In the Whitehall match with Hudson Falls, the Tigers walked away with a 48-24 win.
Huntington earned a win by fall over Alex Collier in just 21 seconds. Ostrander pinned Sean Heaney is 2:35. Austin took care of Jesse Mullis in 1:52.
At 189 Noah Desantis of the Railroaders defeated Luke Ross by decision.
In a 54-18 loss to the host Burghers, Austin pinned Ayden Rushia in 1:33.
Beauleau and Gordon were awarded forfeit wins.
Earlier in the week Whitehall faced off with Salem-Cambridge in an Adirondack League match. The contest was tightly contested with Cambridge-Salem coming away with a 42-32 victory.
At 118 Beauleau picked up a win by fall. Beauleau made short work of Ethan Adams, pinning him in 39 seconds.
At 189 Austin defeated Quinn Donaldson by major decision 17-5. Huntington also won by major decision at 138, topping Kyle Bink 14-5.
Gordon, Ostrander and Ollie West accumulated forfeit wins.
Whitehall is 0-3, 1-4.
Gosselin excels for Whitehall bowlers
By Keith Harrington
The Whitehall bowling team was back in action for the first time since the holiday break last week. In bowling, even when a team doesn’t win, an individual can still experience success. That was the case for Dory Gosselin in the last two matches.
On Tuesday, Whitehall was defeated by Lake George, 4-0, at Lake George Lanes and Games. The total score was 2,129 for the Warriors to 1,357 for the Railroaders.
Even with the setback for the Railroaders as a team, Gosselin was the highest scoring bowler on the lanes, finishing with a 454 series with games of 145, 150 and 159.
Matthew Oravsky paced Lake George with games of 121, 116 and 186 for a 423 triple. Aidan Brimmer shot a 396 with high game of 172 for the Warriors. Dylon Lepine added a 373.
For Whitehall, Tim Lyons added a 325 and Shyla Longtin a 315.
Lake George raised its mark to 18-10. Whitehall dropped to 3-29.
On Wednesday, the Railroaders challenged North Warren at Lake George Lanes and Games once again and the Cougars came away with a 4-0 sweep of Whitehall. The total score was 2,406 for North Warren to 1,386 for Whitehall.
The Cougars were led by Tanner Robbins and Cole Bradway, who both finished with a 447 series. Robbins bowled games of 126, 147 and 174. Bradway rolled games of 153, 177 and 117. Jayden Levitsky added a 445 triple for the Cougars.
Even with the loss a bright spot for Whitehall again was Gosselin, the high scorer of the match with a 488 series. Gosselin bowled game of 169, 180 and 139.
North Warren is now 23-9 on the season. Whitehall is 3-33.