Whitehall sports round-up, Jan. 20, 2022

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Whitehall’s Madison Gould defends Poultney’s Kait DeBonis as the Railroaders and Blue Devils battled this week. (Photo by Tammy Holcomb)

Whitehall girls win two, lose one

By Keith Harrington

It was a busy week for the Whitehall girls basketball team as it squeezed in three games, playing Poultney and Adirondack League foes Corinth and Fort Ann.

On Monday Whitehall jumped out to a big first quarter lead and went on to beat Poultney, 44-28, in non-league action. Once again it was stellar defense that led the Railroaders.

Whitehall led 12-2 after a quarter, and the Blue Devils continued to have a hard time scoring in the second as the Railroaders took a 21-9 lead at the half.

A 13-7 advantage in the third quarter opened the Whitehall lead to 34-16, and the Blue Devils could not mount a rally, despite outscoring the Railroaders 12-10 in the fourth.

Samantha Howland had a big game for Whitehall with 17 points. Madison Gould added 13 and Blake Bird six.

Hailey Hayes had six points for Poultney. Emily Handley added five.

Whitehall moved to 7-2 with the win. Poultney fell to 0-4.

On Wednesday Whitehall took its best shot at knocking off undefeated Corinth on the road, but the Tomahawks used a stingy defense and an advantage in the paint to pull away, 55-29, and remain perfect on the season.

Corinth jumped out to a 15-7 first quarter lead and increased it to 29-16 at the half.

The third quarter proved decisive as the Tomahawks used a 17-3 advantage to blow the game open. Corinth dominated the paint, getting easy buckets during the stanza. Whitehall had several good looks from behind the arc in the period but just couldn’t connect.

Sophomore Emily Dingmon recorded a double-double for Corinth with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Alexis Crossman added 17 points and nine boards.

Gould had 10 points for the Railroaders.

Corinth improved to 8-0, 10-0. Whitehall dropped to 4-3, 7-3.

Whitehall concluded the hectic week on Friday night with a dominating home win, 62-14, over Fort Ann.

The Railroaders led 15-3 after a quarter and 29-7 at the half.

Whitehall finished off the Cardinals with a 17-0 third quarter.

Howland led Whitehall with 22 points. Gould added seven and Ashlyn Groesbeck six.

Angel Aratare led Fort Ann with eight points.

Whitehall is now 5-3, 8-3. Fort Ann is 0-7, 0-11.


Whitehall boys top Fort Ann, Corinth

By Keith Harrington

Whitehall trailed at the half but stepped up its defensive effort in the second 16 minutes and went on to defeat Fort Ann, 61-45, Friday night at the Fort Ann school gym. Four players reached double-digits as the Railroaders extended their winning streak to four games to 4-1 since the holiday break, their only defeat coming at the hands of Crown Point in a non-league contest.

It looked as if it might be Fort Ann’s night early on as the Cardinals fashioned a 13-10 first-quarter lead and took a 23-20 advantage into halftime.

Whitehall increased pressure on the defensive end of the floor in the third quarter, outscoring the Cardinals 16-10 to grab a 36-33 lead.

In the fourth it was the Whitehall offense that finished off Fort Ann as the Railroaders exploded for 25 points to pull away for the victory.

Cash Burgey continued his torrid scoring pace for the Railroaders, netting 20 points to claim game-high honors. Brandon Bakerian contributed 12 points to the cause. Landon Steves added 11 points for Whitehall and Jake Whiting 10.

Callon Sutliff paced Fort Ann with 10 points. Dylan Brown chipped in 10.

Whitehall is 6-2, 7-3. Fort Ann is now 3-4, 4-5.

Three nights earlier, Whitehall hosted Corinth and continued the upward trajectory by rolling over Corinth 71-19 in an Adirondack League contest. Whitehall established a big first-quarter lead and was never challenged.

Whitehall led 19-5 after a quarter and 33-12 at the half.

The Railroaders outscored the Tomahawks 38-7 in the second half.

Burgey led Whitehall with 31 points. Latrell Evans added 11.

Kaiden Wright led Corinth with six points.

Whitehall is 5-2, 6-3. Corinth fell to 0-5, 0-6.


Whitehall wrestlers beat Schuylerville

By Keith Harrington

The Whitehall wrestling team competed in the Hoosick Falls Duals last Saturday, facing off against teams from Saranac, Ravena, Canajoharie-Fort Plain, Schuylerville and the host Panthers. Whitehall placed fifth at the meet with a 1-4 record, defeating only Schuylerville.

Against Schuylerville Whitehall grappled its way to a 30-15 victory to begin the day. Matt Ingerson, Jake Huntington and Sawyer Ostrander earned wins by recording pins.

At 110 pounds Ingerson made short work of Daniel Delorier in 47 seconds. Not to be outdone, Huntington defeated Cole Swertner by fall in 46 seconds at 138 pounds. Ostrander pinned Aiden Jones in 3:08 at 152 pounds.

Allen Beauleau and Troy Austin won by forfeit.

In its second match Whitehall lost to Canajoharie-Fort Plain 45-24. Ostrander picked up his second pin of the meet, while Kyle Lavin and Ayden Smith also won by fall.

Ostrander topped Christian Burke in just 36 seconds. At 132 Lavin took down Tom Weingart in 1:12. Smith needed 2:42 to pin Chris Moore at 145.

In the third round Whitehall dropped a 66-9 decision to Saranac, the class of the meet, 5-0.

Ingerson edged Owen Stiles by a 5-2 decision for the Railroaders. Austin collected the other Whitehall points by forfeit.

Next, Whitehall was defeated by Ravena 53-24. The Railroaders got wins by fall from Ostrander, Austin, Ingerson and Allen Beauleau.

Ostrander pinned Antonio Piscitelli in 33 seconds. Austin needed 2:45 to defeat JT Lyle. Ingerson pinned Alex Miles in 2:23. Beauleau pinned Austin Sill in 54 seconds at 118 pounds.

Whitehall ended the day with a close 36-30 loss to Hoosick Falls in a match dominated by forfeits. Ostrander finished off the meet with his third pin.

Ostrander pinned Brendan Grenoble in two minutes even. Forfeit wins were recorded by Lavin, Huntington, Austin and Ingerson.


Whitehall bowlers lose a pair

By Keith Harrington

The Whitehall bowling team dropped a pair of Adirondack League matches last week to Hadley-Luzerne and Corinth.

Against Hadley-Luzerne at Lake George Lanes the Eagles swept the Railroaders 4-0. The total score was 2,326 for Hadley-Luzerne to 1,401 for Whitehall.

Damian Fisk led the Eagles with games of 186, 135 and 173 for a 494 triple. Athena Fisk added a 428 series with games of 170, 142 and 116.

Dory Gosselin led Whitehall with a 455 series. Gosselin bowled games of 167, 153 and 135. Shyla Longtin bowled games of 137, 126 and 143 for a 406 series.

Hadley-Luzerne raised its mark to 24-12. Whitehall dropped to 3-37.

Later in the week Whitehall bowled against Corinth in a virtual match and the Tomahawks earned a 4-0 win. The total score was 2,062 to 1,608.

Gosselin again was solid in defeat for the Railroaders, leading all bowlers with a 453 series. Gosselin rolled games of 163, 142 and 148.

Longtin also bowled well, rolling a 433 triple with games of 155, 157 and 121.

Emily Mattison bowled games of 114, 134 and 136 for a 384 series to pace the Tomahawks.

Corinth is 17-23. Whitehall is 3-41.