Whitehall sports round-up, Dec. 15, 2022

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Whitehall coach Keith Redmond talks with his team during last Friday night’s game against Warrensburg. (Photo by Keith Harrington)

Illness plagues Whitehall hoopsters

During every timeout for the first three quarters, the message from Whitehall boys basketball coach Keith Redmond was clear to his players. Redmond needed more effort out of his charges.

The Railroaders stepped up their effort in the fourth quarter but could not overcome the slow start, falling to Warrensburg, 52-43, in Adirondack League action.

“We have yet to put four solid quarters together in our first three games,” Redmond said. “We seem to let up for a quarter or a significant part of a quarter.”

Neither team was scorching the nets early as both struggled to score. The Burghers led just 10-7 after the opening stanza.

The opening minutes of the second proved to be critical. Warrensburg came out and reeled off a 12-0 run to lead 22-10 and never looked back. The Burghers led 26-12 at the half.

Early in the third, Warrensburg appeared to have the game well under control when its advantage ballooned to 34-14. A pair of 3-pointers by Cash Burgey and another by Landon Stevens sliced the deficit to 39-30 heading to the fourth.

In the final frame the Railroaders attempted to draw closer, but Warrensburg always had an answer. Whitehall pulled within 41-34 early in the quarter and 50-43 in the closing seconds but could not get over the hump.

“We need more balance offensively. We have players who can score, but we need to get everyone involved in the offense,” Redmond said.

Steve Schloss earned game-high scoring honors with 21 points for the Burghers. Evan Lapell recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Tyler Powers had six points and 11 rebounds. Brady Cheney contributed seven points.

Burgey led Whitehall with 17 points, all coming in the second half, with 15 of Burgey’s points coming from behind the arc.

Latrelll Evans added seven points for Whitehall.

Redmond said the Railroaders have been battling a lot of illness as well as their opponents the first week of the season.

“We also need to get everyone healthy,” Redmond said. “We have had the flu and another cold virus hitting the team.”

Warrensburg improves to 1-1, 3-1. Whitehall fell to 0-3, 0-3.

Wednesday night Whitehall opened league play at home against annual league power Lake George. The Railroaders gave the Warriors all they wanted before succumbing 57-55.

Lake George held a narrow lead heading to the fourth quarter and was able to fend off a Whitehall comeback.

The Warriors held a 49-40 advantage heading into the final stanza, but a 15-8 stretch pulled Whitehall back into the contest.

Jack Welch led Lake George with 17 points. Luke Sheldon chipped in 12.

Angelo Bergman and Aidan Osborne added eight points each for the Warriors.

Whitehall got an outstanding game from Latrell Evans. Evans finished with a double-double, pouring in 28 points and collecting 14 boards.

Burgey had 11 points for the Railroaders. Landon Rozell had 12 rebounds.

Lake George moved to 1-0 with the win. Whitehall was 0-1, 0-2 after the loss.

Whitehall girls unbeaten on court

Jayden Hughes hit the key shot of the game as Whitehall stayed unbeaten in the early season with a 35-33 win at Warrensburg in Adirondack League girls basketball Thursday night.

The game was tight throughout. Warrensburg jumped out to a 14-8 lead in the first quarter, but a 10-4 second stanza brought the Railroaders even at the break.

Whitehall held a two-point lead heading to the fourth quarter. The Burghers held a one-point advantage, but Hughes nailed a 3-pointer with just over a minute remaining to give Whitehall the victory.

Ashlyn Groesbeck finished with 13 points for the Railroaders. Hughes added nine points, all from behind the arc.

Hope Sherman had a double-double for Warrensburg with 11 points and 19 rebounds. Kara Bacon and Zailey Baker had eight points each.

Whitehall raised its mark to 2-0, 3-0. Warrensburg is 1-1, 2-2.

Earlier in the week, Whitehall cruised to its second consecutive victory to start the season, defeating Lake George 63-25 on the Warriors home court.

Samantha Howland continued her hot start to the season, recording a double-double. Howland scored 22 points and hauled down 14 boards.

Madison Gould also had a strong game with 19 points and eight rebounds. Groesbeck contributed 14 points and six rebounds.

Mykah Collier Fisher led Lake George with 10 points. Chloe Popa added six points. Caroline Campbell had seven rebounds for the Warriors.

The Railroaders will be back in action Friday night at Warrensburg in what will be their toughest challenge of the young season.

Boys wrestling teams fare well

Granville’s Brent Perry and Whitehall’s Chad Monty share the podium after Perry topped Monty in the 189-pound final at Mat Mania in Glens Falls. (Photo by Shannon Bolster-Monty)

The Whitehall and Granville wrestling teams both performed well at the Mat Mania Wrestling Tournament at Glens Falls High School.

Whitehall placed third at the event, missing second place by one point. The Golden Horde finished fourth.

Colchester (Vermont) won the team title of the tournament. Host team Glens Falls was second.

For the Railroaders, Sawyer Ostrander won the title at 152 by pinning Jordan Lavole of Colchester in 3:09.

At 215 Troy Austin finished first with a pin of Gavin Williams of Glens Falls in 43 seconds.

Allen Beaulieu (132) and Chad Monty (189) placed second. Matt Ingerson (126) and Ayden Smith (145) finished third.

Granville’s Nick Crum was crowned the champion at 132. Crum pinned Beaulieu in the final.

Brent Perry claimed first place at 189. Perry pinned Monty in 1:57.

Quinn Johnson (126) and Nathan Barber (138) were second-place finishers. Jaxon Torres (145) was fourth.

Michael Rose and Keegan Baker of Corinth/Hadley-Luzerne each recorded third-place finishes.

Here are the complete team standings: 1. Colchester (Vermont) 135.5, 2. Glens Falls 120, 3. Whitehall 119, 4. Granville-Fort Ann 102, 5. Greenville 100, 6. AuSable Valley 95, 7. Bethlehem 61, 8. Corinth/Hadley-Luzerne 54, 9. Watervliet-Cohoes 52, 10. South Glens Falls 45, 11. Berne-Knox 39, 12. Catskill 31.5, 13. Niskayuna 29, 14. Mechanicville-Stillwater 22.

Railroaders fall twice in bowling

The Whitehall bowling team dropped a pair of Adirondack League matches last week.

On Tuesday the Railroaders lost to Corinth 4-0 at the Whitehall Elks 1491. Randy Mandigo rolled a 486 series to lead the Tomahawks. Mandigo bowled games of 172, 182 and 133.

Gavyn Randall added a 412 triple for Corinth with games of 120, 152 and 140.

Whitehall was led by Melanie Vandenburgh with games of 137, 111 and 164 for a 412 series.

Lucas Vandenburgh added a 364 series with games of 105, 126 and 133.

On Thursday Whitehall was blanked by Adirondack League powerhouse Fort Edward 4-0 at Broadway Lanes.

Andrew Fish shot a 594 series for the Flying Forts, rolling games of 201, 168 and 225.

Gabe Glass added a 505 triple for Fort Edward with games of 188, 127 and 190.

Lucas Vandenburgh bowled games of 157, 119 and 104 for a 380 series for the Railroaders.