Hartford sports round-up, April 28, 2022

Hartford’s Karlee Nims (#35) was named a New York State Class D All-State First Team All-Star. (Photo by Stacie Arnhold)

Nims, McFarren earn All-State rankings

By Keith Harrington

The New York State Sportswriters Association named its 2021-22 All-State girls basketball teams last week, and a pair of Hartford Tanagers were recognized for leading their team on a historic run.

Hartford’s Karlee Nims and Gabbie McFarren were both named All-State.

Nims, Hartford’s outstanding senior post player, was named to the Class D First Team. Nims averaged a double-double this season. She scored 18.6 points per game and pulled down 12.3 rebounds per contest.

McFarren, the Tanagers’ talented senior guard, was named to the Class D Third Team. McFarren averaged 17.3 points per game this season. She was one of the most prolific guards in the section this year with her unlimited three-point range and quickness to the basket.

Nims and McFarren helped lead Hartford to the Adirondack League Division II title, a spot in the league championship game, a Section II Class D crown, a Class D Regional championship, and the school’s first ever trip to the State Final Four.

Gabbie McFarren (#23) also was named a New York State Class D All-State Third Team All-Star. (Photo by Stacie Arnhold)

Three other local players were named to the Class C All-State Team. Nora Niesz and Adrianna Rojas of Greenwich and Stacia Epler of Cambridge were recognized.

Niesz, the Witches’ junior point guard, was named to the Fourth Team. Niesz averaged 15.2 point per game this season.

Rojas is a sophomore shooting guard for Greenwich. Rojas averaged 17.4 points per game for the Witches this season.

Epler was named to the Eighth Team. The senior forward averaged 17.5 points a contest for Cambridge this year.


TanaForts blank Berne-Knox, 7-0

By Keith Harrington

It was a quiet week on the high school sports front. Between the Adirondack League going on hiatus for spring break and an impromptu snowstorm dropping three inches on the area, there were not many games played. However, the Hartford-Fort Edward baseball team managed to sneak a game in.

Drake Stewart and Bryce Tyler both had strong games on the mound and at the plate as Hartford-Fort Edward blanked Berne-Knox 7-0 in a non-league contest on Thursday at Bob Wilkins Field.

Stewart started on the bump and pitched a no-hitter for four innings. Stewart was dominant as he struck out 12 and didn’t give up a walk in a perfect outing.

Tyler pitched the final three innings, giving up just two hits, striking out five and not walking a batter.

Tyler was 2 for 3 at the plate with a double. Jimmy Lavin and Cole Gauthier both had hits for the TanaForts.

Hartford-Fort Edward put the game away early. The TanaForts scored three runs in the first and plated two more in the second. Stewart and Tyler took over from there, keeping the Bulldogs off the bases and the scoreboard.

Blake Shaver struck out eight in five and a half innings for the Bulldogs in relief of starter Luke Boltri.

James Mosbey doubled for Berne-Knox.

Hartford-Fort Edward is now 3-3 on the season. Berne-Knox is 1-5.