Whitehall sports round-up, Oct. 13, 2022

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Granville-Whitehall quarterback RJ Monger calls out the signals during Friday night’s game at Stillwater. (Photo by Keith Harrington)

Stillwater ‘manhandled us,’ coach says

By Keith Harrington

The Granville-Whitehall football team could not ride the wave of momentum they built a week ago with their first win in program history, coming out flat against host Stillwater, which rolled to a 48-0 win.

The Warriors jumped out to a 27-0 first-quarter lead, scoring on their first four possessions, and led 34-0 at the half.

“I expected it to be a battle. Right from the get-go they manhandled us,” said Granville-Whitehall coach Darin Eggleston. “I didn’t feel the energy like I felt last week.”

Stillwater scored quickly on a 46-yard touchdown run from Lucas Lilac to take a 6-0 lead just 47 seconds into the game. Liam Brady’s extra point kick made it 7-0.

On the Warriors’ next possession, Jaxon Mueller scored from 20 yards out to make it 13-0 with 7:56 to play in the stanza. The extra point kick was wide left.

Stillwater closed the quarter with a 16-yard strike from Cody Paffen to Mike Marinello and a Mueller 30-yard run to increase the lead to 27-0. Brady connected on both PAT kicks.

Mueller found the end zone for the third time in the second quarter on a six-yard pass from Paffen. Brady’s kick made it 34-0 at the half.

The Warriors finished the job with a pair of third-quarter scores. Lilac hauled in a 23-yard touchdown pass from Paffen, and Paffen scored himself on an eight-yard keeper.

Granville-Whitehall used the running of Matthew Barlow, Troy Austin and CJ Monty to put together a drive that took them inside the Stillwater 10-yard line in the fourth quarter, but the Warriors denied them the end zone.

Mueller ran for 110 yards on the night to lead Stillwater.

“I feel like we didn’t show who we are,” Eggleston added. “We did not play to our ability. That’s something (that) happens sometimes I guess, but that’s something you have to learn not to do.

“I think the seniors were a little upset tonight. As much as overall the effort wasn’t there, there’s some of them that give everything. It’s just not enough of them,” Eggleston said.

Stillwater is 4-2. Granville-Whitehall is 1-5.

Lake George wins cross country races

Granville-Whitehall runner Amber Gibbs leads a Lake George runner in a meet at Lake George last week. (Photo by Sabrina Gibbs)

By Keith Harrington

Lake George hosted Granville-Whitehall and Hartford Tuesday in Adirondack League cross country, and the Warriors swept both challengers at the event.

The Lake George boys defeated Granville-Whitehall 16-53 and Hartford 16-73.

The Warriors’ girls topped both Granville-Whitehall and Hartford 15-incomplete.

Amber Gibbs continued her dominance in girls league races as she blew the field away by more than two minutes. Gibbs navigated the course in 18:20.6, an average of 6:47.7 per mile.

Taylor Syvertsen of Lake George, Sophie Unkauf of Lake George, Layla Johnson of Lake George and Kayla Grant of Lake George rounded out the top five.

Lily Stokowski was the leading Hartford runner with a ninth-place finish.

Sam Burns of Lake George won the boys race in a time of 16:21.9. That’s an average of 6:03.7.

Rounding out the top five were Liam Fahey Stack of Lake George, James Richard of Lake George, Jason Ludlow Lake George and Quinn Johnson of Granville-Whitehall.

Hunter Lacross was the top Hartford finisher in ninth.

Whitehall girls lose league finale

By Keith Harrington

It was a quiet week for the Whitehall girls soccer team as it had one game on the docket, closing out their Adirondack League regular season schedule with a 4-0 loss to Fort Ann.

It was a banner day for Cardinals’ eighth-grader Olivia Winchell, who assisted on all four Fort Ann goals.

Angel Aratare, Paige Trzaskos, Madison Freebern and Savannah Aratare each hit the back of the net for Fort Ann.

Baylee Wright recorded the shutout in goal for Fort Ann.

Khloe Paddock had eight saves for Whitehall in goal.

Fort Ann was 4-2-2, 7-3-2 after the win. Whitehall fell to 2-6, 3-10.

The Railroaders now move on to a crossover game against Salem. Fort Ann earned the fourth seed in the Adirondack League tournament and will challenge top-seed Lake George.