Horde field hockey closes season 10-6
By Keith Harrington
The Granville field hockey team closed out the regular season with three games last week, sandwiching a league contest with Hoosick Falls between a pair of non-league games.
The Golden Horde began the week by making the long trip to Coxsackie-Athens for a non-league game that had been rescheduled earlier in the season. The long haul turned out to be a successful one as Granville came home with a 4-0 victory.
Raegan Swain started the scoring in the first quarter at 10:04 with an unassisted goal to make it 1-0 Golden Horde.
Granville held the lead at the half then blew the game open with three goals, all coming in the fourth quarter.
Haylie Barber scored on an assist from MaKenna McKnight at 13:24 to increase the lead to 2-0.
Barber found the back of the cage again at 9:57 on an assist from Melissa Beaver to make it 3-0.
At 6:50 in the third quarter, Alyssa Martindale scored on an assist from Barber to provide the final margin of victory.
Granville outshot Coxsackie-Athens 12-8 and held an 8-7 advantage in offensive corners.
Megan Decker earned the shutout in goal with four saves for Granville.
Granville is now 10-4 on the season.
Granville was back in action on Wednesday night as they tangled with Hoosick Falls at the Afrim Sports Park in Albany. The Panthers remained unbeaten in Adirondack-Wasaren League play with a 2-0 win.
The game was tied 0-0 at the half, but Hoosick Falls standout Emma McCart turned out to be the difference.
McCart gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal with 13:15 remaining.
McCart then put the game away with her second goal, again unassisted with two minutes to play.
“Our girls played so hard. We held Hoosic Falls to no goals for a little over 50 minutes,” Granville coach Katie Barber said. “And then Emma McCart made two really nice shots we just couldn’t stop.”
Barber also praised a solid play by Makenna McKnight.
“MaKenna McKnight had an amazing stick save in the goal to prevent Hoosick Falls from scoring,” Barber added. “It was awesome.”
Megan Decker had 17 saves in goal for the Golden Horde.
Hoosick Falls is 14-0. Granville fell to 10-5 with the loss.
On Friday Granville lost to Queensbury of the Foothills Council 4-0 in a home non-league game. The Spartans are a Class B team.
“We play tougher teams to make us more prepared for the post season,” Barber explained.
Queensbury fashioned a 3-0 lead in the first quarter. Dani Hand scored on an assist from Kendra Ballard to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead at the 12:32 mark.
Hand scored again with a helper from Gianna MarcAntonio with 9:31 to go in the period to make it 2-0.
MarcAntonio scored on an assist from Hand with 33 seconds left in the quarter to give the Spartans a 3-0 advantage.
MarcAntonio scored the final goal of the game with an assist from Hand with 11:29 to go in the half.
Abigail Kittel stopped two shots for Queensbury to earn the shutout.
Kalyn Gould had eight saves in the goal for Granville.
Queensbury raised their mark to 13-3. Granville ends the regular season 10-6.
Granville-Whitehall rolls on gridiron, 66-0
By Keith Harrington
The freshmen may have been recognized for being voted “Best Homecoming Float” by the elementary school students, but between the lines it was the seniors who got the job done.
The 12th graders honored on Senior Night accumulated six touchdowns, an interception and a fumble recovery as Granville-Whitehall rolled to a 66-0 victory over Watervliet Friday night at Ambrose Gilligan Field.
“The kids were real happy tonight at the end. They were giving hugs. It was great,” said Granville-Whitehall head coach Darin Eggleston. “We haven’t let up. We’ve gotten beat up a little bit, but the kids work hard every week.”
Matthew Barlow, one of the Granville seniors honored along with his Whitehall brethren, had himself a highlight film game. Barlow rushed for a trio of first quarter touchdowns, gained 143 yards and picked off a pass.
After a 58-yard scoring run by Troy Austin on the opening play of the game was called back because of a penalty, Barlow got loose on a 68-yard scamper to give Granville-Whitehall a 6-0 lead.
Barlow extended the lead to 12-0 on a 12-yard run, then Austin scored from 15 yards out to increase the advantage to 18-0. Barlow’s 32-yard run with 32 seconds left in the frame made it 24-0 after RJ Monger connected with Nick Crum on the conversion pass.
In the second quarter, Crum scored on a 10-yard run followed by a Monger to Alex Torres conversion pass. Granville-Whitehall then went to their bag of tricks as CJ Monty threw to Torres for a 24-yard strike on a double pass play. Monger rounded out the first-half scoring with a three-yard run with two seconds remaining as Granville-Whitehall went to the break with a 46-0 cushion.
In the third Austin had the only touchdown on a three-yard run.
The fourth quarter belonged to Monty, a freshman, who tacked on touchdown runs of 27 and 16 yards. Allen Beaulieu ran in the conversion after Monty’s second run.
Austin finished with 69 rushing yards and Monty added 52.
Crum and Beaulieu recovered fumbles.
“I’m just so proud of the boys tonight. It’s homecoming. And just having that opportunity to go out and dominate a little bit. We haven’t had many opportunities,” Granville-Whitehall coach Eggleston said.
Granville-Whitehall concludes its regular season schedule Friday night on the road at winless Rensselaer before likely playing a pair of crossover games.
“We all know Rensselaer is down, but we’re not going to take this week off,” Eggleston added. “We’re going to work to get better for those next coming weeks.”
Granville is now 2-4, 2-5. Watervliet is 1-5, 1-6.
Granville still hasn’t tasted soccer win
By Keith Harrington
The Granville boys soccer team came into the week searching for its first win of the season and the undermanned Golden Horde fought hard but could not fashion the elusive victory.
On Tuesday afternoon the Golden Horde dropped a 4-0 decision to North Warren in Adirondack League play. Wyatt Jennings scored twice to lead the Cougars to the victory.
Coleman Swartz and Nate Beadnell also scored goals for North Warren. James Conway added a pair of assists. Swartz and Jaden Maxwell also recorded helpers for North Warren.
Will Linsley had three saves in goal to record the shutout for the Cougars.
Matt Vladyka had 14 saves for Granville.
On Wednesday Granville was blanked by Hadley-Luzerne 7-0 in a league match.
Mason Conklin and Caeden Wilson each scored three goals for the Eagles. Brayden Mahon also found the back of the net for Hadley-Luzerne.
Granville closed out the week with a 9-0 loss to Corinth in an Adirondack League crossover game. Sean Ward led the Tomahawks with a hat trick.
Gavin Wickham also scored three goals for Corinth. Logan West scored twice and M.J. Sprague once for the Tomahawks.
Vladyka had 17 saves in goal for Granville.
Granville is 0-13 on the season.
Horde girls cap season with win
By Keith Harrington
The Granville girls soccer team picked up their third win of the season, 3-2 over North Warren in an Adirondack League crossover game, avenging a loss to the Cougars earlier in the season.
Things did not look good for Granville early on as the Cougars managed a 2-0 lead at the half, but The Golden Horde fought back for the win.
Teaghan Cutter scored with 3:30 left in the contest to provide the game-winner for Granville.
Paige Taylor connected with the back of the net twice to bring the Golden Horde even in the second half.
Kiki LaGuerre scored twice for North Warren.
Granville closes the regular season with a 3-10 mark. North Warren is 4-9.
Horde falls in volleyball, 3-0
By Keith Harrington
Granville made the short trip to Argyle Friday night to take on the Scots in an Adirondack League match, and the host team sent the Golden Horde home with a 3-0 defeat.
Set scores were 25-15, 25-14 and 25-14.
Carrie Humiston led the Scots with 10 kills, 16 assists, four aces and six digs.
Emilie Wood added seven kills, one ace, two assists and one block. Sarah Gaulin chipped in three kills, nine aces, and Kylee Humiston four kills, three assists and five digs.
Lilly Strout paced the Golden Horde with five kills, three digs and one ace. Emma Hover had three kills and two blocks. Vivian Green added six assists, one ace and one kill. Courtney Enis contributed two digs and one kill.
Argyle improved to 9-2, 9-5 with the win. Granville is 1-9, 1-9.
Granville’s Amber Gibbs excels at invitational
By Keith Harrington
The Granville-Whitehall cross country team participated in the prestigious Burnt Hills Invitational meet Saturday at Saratoga National Park, which featured more than 100 schools with nearly 800 runners racing in four varsity divisions.
Amber Gibbs of Granville finished 10th in the girls Division II race. Gibbs was the highest-finishing Adirondack League runner for both girls and boys. She was the third highest Section II finisher in her division, navigating the course in 20:29.8.
In the Division II boys race, Granville’s Quinn Johnson was the highest Adirondack League finisher with a 58th place finish in a time of 18:31.
On Tuesday, Granville-Whitehall hosted Argyle in an Adirondack League meet. The Granville-Whitehall boys defeated the Scots 15-incomplete. Both girls teams were incomplete.
Johnson won the boys portion of the event with a time of 18:07. Parker Cornwall was second with a time of 19:09.
Gibbs cruised to the win in the girls race with a time of 19.52.
Erica Siaulinski from Argyle was second with a time of 22:54.
Here are the complete results:
Quinn Johnson (Granville-Whitehall) 18:07
Parker Cornwall (Granville-Whitehall) 19:09
Luke Kingsley (Argyle) 20:21
Ronin Gosselin (Granville-Whitehall) 20:56
Finley Vandermir (Granville-Whitehall) 21:22
Enzo Rehm (Granville-Whitehall) 22:20
Tristan Teer (Granville-Whitehall) 22:27
Jake Durkee (Argyle) 23:01
Carter Powell (Granville-Whitehall) 23:48
Garrett Rozell (Granville-Whitehall) 23:51
Amber Gibbs (Granville-Whitehall) 19:52
Eric Siaulunski (Argyle) 22:54
Carly Depew (Argyle) 24:17
Natalie Morin (Granville-Whitehall) 26:50
Kylie Mattison (Argyle) 43:04