Horde girls avenge earlier loss to Scots
By Keith Harrington
The Granville girls basketball team may not be a contender for the Adirondack League title but it picked up another quality win Saturday as it continued to show improvement, avenging an earlier loss to Argyle, 42-33.
The Scots beat Granville 61-49 early in the season. Although both programs are in rebuilding mode, the Golden Horde can now boast wins over Lake George and one over Argyle, both traditional league powers.
“We knew going in today that it would be a tough game. Anytime you play Argyle on their home court they bring the pressure,” said Granville coach Ben Hover. “I think we handled the pressure well and were able to get some transition baskets that have haunted us in the past.”
Granville led 13-6 after a quarter and 23-14 at the half.
Lilly Strout led Granville with 17 points. Lauren Bascom added eight, Bailey Phillips had six and Aspen Williams five.
Argyle was paced by Kylee Humiston with a game-high 18 points. Lillianna Kingsley added nine.
“Our goal each game is to continue to get better, and I think we were able to do that today,” Hover said. “The girls played well.”
Granville is now 5-11, 5-7. Argyle is 3-8, 7-9.
Earlier in the week the Golden Horde took it on the chin from possibly the league’s best team, Corinth. Granville competed for a half but the Tomahawks pulled away in the final two quarters for a 62-18 win at the Granville gym.
Granville trailed the unbeaten Tomahawks just 13-5 after a quarter and were within six several times in the second quarter. A late spurt by Corinth made it 26-10 at the half.
“The girls came out focused tonight,” Hover said. “They came out and wanted to play. They knew this is a good team and they were ready for the challenge. We keep plugging away and we get better every day.”
The Tomahawks began to impose their will in the second half, holding Granville to just eight points over the final 16 minutes.
Meanwhile, the Corinth offense heated up as the Tomahawks outscored the Golden Horde 20-6 in the third and 16-2 in the fourth to blow the game open.
“That second half was night and day from the first half,” Hover said. “I thought we played great defensively in the first half. We held a high-powered offense to 26 points. That second half we shot ourselves in the foot with turnovers. We’ve just got to clean that up.”
Maddie DeLisle, arguably the best player in the league, put on an absolute clinic for Corinth. DeLisle poured in 39 points, including 20 in the first half, 18 of them from behind the arc. DeLisle finished the night with an incredible nine 3-pointers.
Emily Dingmon contributed 11 points for the Tomahawks.
Strout and Bascom had six points each for Granville.
Corinth is 12-0, 17-0. Granville dropped to 4-11, 4-7 with the loss.
Horde boys end basketball skid
By Keith Harrington
It’s not very often that the Granville boys basketball team suffers through a losing skid. The Golden Horde closed out January by dropping games to Warrensburg, Lake George and Fair Haven, Vermont. Stiff competition for sure, but still a bit of an anomaly for this highly successful program.
Last week Granville began to bounce back, completing the season sweep of Corinth, this time on the road, cruising to a 89-35 win in Adirondack League play to snap a three-game slide.
Balanced scoring and solid defense were the key to this victory. Four Granville players hit double-digits in the game.
The Golden Horde didn’t waste any time putting this one away, leading 25-5 after a quarter and 53-14 at the half.
In the final 16 minutes, the Golden Horde outscored the Tomahawks 46-21.
Caleb Nelson led Granville with 26 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Matthew Barlow added 13 points, Cody Nelson 12 and Connor Farrell 10.
Farrell added 12 rebounds to complete a double-double.
Kaden Wright led Corinth with 10 points.
Granville moved to 9-4, 10-6 with the win and kept its hopes alive for a spot in the league semifinals.
Corinth drops to 0-10, 0-11.
Horde has success in track and field meet
By Keith Harrington
The Granville indoor track and field teams competed in the Section II Division IV championships last Sunday at Hudson Valley Community College where the girls team placed ninth and the boys team 13.th
A few Golden Horde competitors enjoyed individual success.
On the girls side Nicole Arnhold had a strong showing, placing third in both the long jump and triple jump events. In the long jump Arnhold’s best jump was 13-05.75. Her longest attempt in the triple jump was a 28-11.50. Her twin sister Laura Arnhold was 10th with a jump in the finals of 11-11.75.
Ashley Pratt placed 11th in the 55-meter hurdles. Laura Arnhold was 12th in the 600-meter run.
On the boys side Timothy Pratt had a solid meet, finishing fifth in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 9.75. Pratt won his heat race for the event.
Pratt also placed seventh in the high jump with a leap of 5-00.00 in the finals. His best jump was a 5-02.00. Pratt was 13th in the long jump with a 15-01.50 in the final.
Tristen Teer placed 11th in the 300-meter dash and 13th in the 600 meters.
In the shot put, Quinlan Fitzpatrick of the Golden Horde had a throw of 34-01.00 in the final. Fitzpatrick was fourth in the weight throw with a 37-06.50.
Perry, Austin sectional wrestling champs
By Keith Harrington
Section II held its annual championship wrestling tournament last weekend and both Granville and Whitehall had champions crowned. Granville-Fort Ann competed in the Class C meet in Stillwater. Whitehall participated in the Class D event in Cambridge.
In Class C, Granville’s Brent Perry claimed the championship in the 189-pound weight division. Perry decisioned Stephen Forbes of Catskill 9-2 in the final match.
Perry reached the final by defeating Robert Burns of Taconic Hills in the semifinals. Perry pinned Burns in 3:32.
“Coming into the season I had no idea what to expect coming off of a year without wrestling,” Perry said. “Early on in the year I was told I could be a contender in the post-season, but I doubted it heavily.”
Perry credited his coaches and a change in his mental approach for his title run.
“What made the difference this year was my mindset,” Perry said. “Covid made me realize my career could come to an end at any point. So every time I get on the mat I try to wrestle like it’s my last match. My coaches have been a big part of my success as well. Pushing me to realize my potential and ability.”
Perry now sets his sights on qualifying for the state tournament.
“States have been my dream since I saw my brother go in 2014. I have been working toward it ever since,” Perry added. “Making it to states is my main goal, but reaching my full potential and representing Granville properly are definitely goals as well.”
Troy Austin of Whitehall won the title in the Class D 189-pound class. Austin defeated Quinn Donaldson of Salem-Cambridge, pinning him in a time of 5:50 in the championship match.
Austin advanced to the championship match by pinning Maple Hill’s Nick Roy in 1:14 in the semifinals.
“This has been a goal of mine for a long time,” Austin said. “I can’t wait to keep pushing for more.”
Austin also gives a lot of credit to the Whitehall coaching staff along with his hard work.
“It has been everything together, but definitely coaching and the work assistant coach Grant Gebo has been putting in with me,” Austin said.
Austin also has a trip to states on his mind.
“Yes, states is definitely my goal for this year,” Austin added.
Also in Class C, Granville-Fort Ann placed four other wrestlers in the finals who recorded second-place finishes: Jaxon Torres at 110, Quinn Johnson at 118, Nick Crum at 126 and Thomas McMahon at 132 all reached the championship matches in their weight divisions.
Whitehall’s Sawyer Ostrander placed second in the 152-pound weight class.
Salem-Cambridge was another team with a strong performance. Lucas Martindale won the championship at 215 pounds. Henry Dill (102), Quinn Donaldson (189) and Evan Day (285) all placed second. Brayton Cary and Rylie Burr were third-place finishers.
Salem-Cambridge placed third in Class D as a team.
Granville finished fourth as a team in Class C. The final team standings were, 1. Coxsackie-Athens 198, 2. Tamarac 195, 3. Cobleskill 185 ½, 4. Granville-Fort Ann 113, 5. Catskill 109, 6. Greenville 87, 7. H-L/Lake George 84, 8. Mechanicville-Stillwater 68, 9. Taconic Hills 39 ½, 10. Rensselaer-Loudonville Christian 35, 11. Ichabod Crane 17.
In Class D, Whitehall finished eighth as a team. The final team standings were, 1. Warrensburg-Bolton 238, 2. Duanesburg-Schoharie 181 1/2, 3. Salem-Cambridge 165 1/2, 4. Maple Hill 142, 5. Canajoharie-Fort Plain 129, 6. Berne-Knox/Middleburgh 91, 7, Hoosick Falls 90, 8. Whitehall 59, 9. Berlin-New Lebanon 46, 10. Corinth 22 1/2, 11. Cairo-Durham 11.