Whitehall girls edged by Willsboro, 1-0
By Keith Harrington
Before the girls soccer game between Whitehall and Willsboro last Friday, eight Railroaders were honored on their Senior Day. Then Whitehall came out aggressively, but the Warriors scored the only goal of the match for a 1-0 non-league victory.
Willsboro is the defending Section VII Class D champions and aspires to a repeat, but Whitehall had the upper hand early on.
The Railroaders put heavy pressure on Warriors goalie Abby Bruno right out of the gate. Both Jayden Hughes and Ava Ruby fired off dangerous shots that Bruno was forced to fend off.
Willsboro survived the early Railroaders attack and scored the first and only goal of the afternoon when midfielder Bella Harrison threaded the needle with a gorgeous through-ball to Emma Becker, who slipped past Whitehall goalkeeper Khloe Paddock for the lead in the 29th minute.
Whitehall nearly equalized with 20 minutes to go in the half when Hughes and Madi Gould hooked up on a pretty give-and-go, but Bruno came up with the save.
Hughes had another strong chance with just under a minute to go in the half, but again Bruno was up to the task.
The Railroaders displayed excellent soccer skills throughout the game but struggled to finish as they have all season.
“We’re talented in a lot of spots and do a lot of good things,” Whitehall coach Boyd Hunt said. “I think there’s a lot of frustration because we don’t score.”
With just under 20 minutes left, Gould found Blake Bird who blasted a shot that sailed just over the top.
Hughes found Gould with a slick feed into the box with 2:31 to go but Bruno thwarted the attempt once again and the Warriors closed it out from there.
“Hopefully we can keep our chins up,” Hunt added. “It’s kind of tough every night to keep our chins up. I was hoping we could get three (wins) this week. We have a lot of decent kids but we just haven’t figured it out.”
Paddock had six saves for Whitehall. Bruno recorded the shutout for Willsboro.
Willsboro is now 4-3. Whitehall is 3-9.
Earlier in the week Whitehall earned a close 1-0 win over Salem in an Adirondack League match.
Hughes scored in the first half and the Whitehall defense made it hold up for the victory. Madison Gould had the assist on the Hughes goal.
Paddock picked up the shutout in goal for the Railroaders with four saves.
Whitehall was 2-5, 3-8 after the win. Salem fell to 0-6, 2-7.
Lake George golfers blank Whitehall
By Keith Harrington
The Whitehall golf team faced Lake George last week in an Adirondack League match and the Warriors came away with a 5-0 win at Top of the World Golf Course.
Zach Bruno shot a two under par 34 for the Warriors to defeat Jacob Whiting 5-4 in the number one spot. Bruno earned medalist honors for the match.
Here are all the results.
1) Zach Bruno (Lake George) def. Jacob Whiting 5 & 4
2) Kyle Casabonne (Lake George) def. Cam Ellis 3 & 2
3) Dan Nichols (Lake George) def. Logan Terry
4) Angelo Bergman (Lake George) def. Rian Thomas 4 & 2
5) Aidan Cardinale (Lake George) by forfeit
Medalist: Zach Bruno 34.
Lake George is now 8-3 on the season.
Cross country varsity boys win
By Keith Harrington
The Granville-Whitehall cross country team hosted North Warren last Tuesday and the varsity boys came away with a win, 15 to incomplete.
Senior Quinn Johnson in his final varsity race on the Granville course cruised to victory in 18:33. Johnson navigated the course 50 seconds ahead of his closest competitor.
In the girls event both teams were incomplete, not having enough runners to be scored.
Granville junior Amber Gibbs obliterated the field to win in 20:19 to remain unbeaten in the Adirondack League. Gibbs crossed the line a full five minutes in front of her nearest competitor.
Jack Best won the modified race to also remain unbeaten in the Adirondack League.
Here are the complete varsity results from the meet:
1) Quinn Johnson (Granville-Whitehall) 18:33
2) Robert Hill (North Warren) 19:13
3) Parker Cornwall (Granville-Whitehall) 19:14
4) Ayden Higgins (North Warren) 19:58
5) Joel Rivera (North Warren) 20:26
6) Carter Powell (Granville-Whitehall) 21:42
7) Finley Vanderminden (Granville-Whitehall) 22:08
8) Ronin Gosselin (Granville-Whitehall) 22:34
9) Enso Rehm (Granville-Whitehall) 23:15
10) Garrett Rozell (Granville-Whitehall) 24:01
1) Amber Gibbs (Granville-Whitehall) 20:19
2) Kara Tucker (North Warren) 25:20
3) Natalie Morin (Granville-Whitehall) 27:43
4) Emma Kelly (Granville-Whitehall) 29:11
5) Keegan Mottram (North Warren) 31:31