Poultney rebounds to beat Granville
Granville came into last Monday night’s non-league basketball game with three games under its belt. Poultney was playing its season opener. For the first two quarters that discrepancy in court time was evident as the Golden Horde fashioned a lead.
In the second 16 minutes the Blue Devils found their groove and came from behind to send the Golden Horde back across the New York/Vermont border with a 36-29 loss at the Devils’ Den at Capman Court.
Granville used a 17-5 second stanza to take a 20-12 lead into halftime. Poultney responded with a 15-3 third quarter to turn the tables and held the Golden Horde to just nine second half points.
Turnovers were once again a factor for Dan Brown’s Granville team.
“Yup, 27 turnovers and three points in the third quarter,” Brown said after the contest.
Both teams struggled to score in the first quarter as the Blue Devils led just 7-3.
The Golden Horde zipped off a 13-0 run to begin the second quarter to open a 16-7 advantage. Poultney pulled within 16-12 but a pair of buckets by Lilly Strout made it an eight-point game at the break.
The Blue Devils took control with a 9-0 spurt to begin the third and led 27-23 heading into the final segment.
A 3-pointer from Emily Handley and a Kait DeBonis bucket pushed the lead to 34-23 in the fourth and a stifling defensive effort helped stave off the Golden Horde.
Handley led Poultney with nine points on a trio of 3-pointers. Haley Hayes added eight and Bella Mack seven.
Strout led Granville with eight points and 19 rebounds.
Poultney is 1-0 on the season. Granville falls to 1-3.
Granville excels in Harrison invitational
Ken Harrison sure would have been proud. The Granville wrestling team put together an impressive performance in the annual Coach Ken Harrison Memorial Invitational Saturday at the Granville High School gym.
The Golden Horde placed five grapplers in the final round, claimed three titles, two second-place finishes and a team championship at the event.
Harrison taught at Granville for 32 years before retiring. He passed away in 2010. While at Granville, Harrison coached wrestling, football and softball. He was the founder of the Granville Lions Wrestling Tournament.
Granville finished with 181.5 points as a team. Otter Valley was second with 140 points. Oneonta, Corinth-Hadley-Luzerne and Springfield completed the top five.
Quinn Johnson, Jaxon Torres and Brent Perry were crowned champions, while Nathan Barber and Brandon Beaver were runners-up.
Despite coming up a little short, Barber’s 138-pound title match was the most exciting of the day. Barber was challenging Caleb Whitney of Otter Valley, the sixth-ranked wrestler in New England in the weight division.
Barber fell behind 12-2 before pulling within 12-6 in the final seconds. With less than 10 seconds remaining Barber placed Whitney in a compromising position and was just a fraction of an inch away from pinning him, sending the crowd into a frenzy. Whitney, however, held on for the narrow victory.
In the 126-pound championship match Johnson was in control right from the start against Fair Haven’s Trey Lee, finally disposing of him 18-2 by technical fall at 5:56.
At 145, Torres fell behind 2-0 early but quickly drew even against Springfield’s David Rigney. Torres finished off Rigney with a pin at the 3:54 mark.
Defending sectional champion Brent Perry finally picked up a Harrison Tournament crown after six years of trying. Perry defeated Mateo Goodhue of Oneonta 12-2. Goodhue was the defending champion.
Perry was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.
Brandon Beaver reached the title match at 172, placing second after being pinned by Aiden Jones of Schuylerville-Greenwich.
Nick Crum of Granville finished third at 132 pounds. Crum pinned Donald MacMillan IV of Schuylerville-Greenwich in 1:31 in the consolation final.
At 152, the Golden Horde’s Scott Whitman took third place after pinning Brighton Logue of Oneonta in 1:00.
AJ Landon placed third at 172 after pinning Gabe Bache of Fair Haven in 4:21.
Other wrestlers winning titles were:
102: Jace Rauenzahn of Mechanicville-Stillwater
110: Aiden Schurr of Corinth-Hadley Luzerne
118: Camden Ayer of Champlain Valley Union
132: Eli Brace of Vergennes
138: Caleb Whitney of Otter Valley
152: Tucker Babcock of Otter Valley
160: Luke Schirmacher of Mechanicville-Stillwater
172: Aidan Jones of Schuylerville-Greenwich
215: Jayden Zakala of Oneonta
285: Caden Howell of Vergennes
Horde boys, girls wrestlers win
The Granville boys and girls wrestling teams swept their rivals from Whitehall on Wednesday night in the Railroaders’ gym, but it was a monumental night for Railroader Troy Austin.
Austin recorded his 100th career win in a Whitehall singlet. Austin pinned the Golden Horde’s Cole Mattison in 1:47 at 215 pounds for the milestone victory.
Granville won the boys match 45-12 and the girls match 12-6.
On the boys side Nick Crum, Kailin Turenne, Brandon Beaver, Brent Perry and Scott Jones all recorded pins for the Golden Horde.
Crum pinned Allen Beaulieu in 2:52 at 132 pounds. Turenne defeated Samuel Huntington by fall in 1:53 at 160. Beaver topped Ira Rozell with a pin in 39 seconds at 172.
Brent Perry and Chad Monty went against each other for the second time in a week, with Perry once again coming away with a win by fall in 4:50 at 189 pounds. The pair met last Saturday in the final of Mat Mania in Glens Falls.
At 258 pounds Scott Jones handled Elijah Rubrecht in 58 seconds.
Jaxon Torres earned a win by decision, 3-1, over Ayden Smith at 145 pounds.
For Whitehall, Sawyer Ostrander pinned Scott Whitman in 34 seconds at 152.
Quinn Johnson and Nathan Baker picked up forfeits for Granville.
In the girls match Jaymie Landon won by pin for Granville. Landon pinned Jaydah Sherwood, 1:27.
Kalyn Gould won by forfeit for the Golden Horde.
Emma Kelly won by forfeit for Whitehall.
Horde cruises past Fort Edward, 85-37
Thanks to Mother Nature the Granville boys basketball team had a quiet week. Friday’s scheduled game against Fort Edward was postponed, leaving the Golden Horde with just one game.
Wednesday evening Granville went on the road and cruised past Fort Edward 85-37 in Adirondack League play.
The Golden Horde put this contest away quickly. Granville led 24-7 after the first quarter and never looked back.
Caleb Nelson scored 36 points to lead the Golden Horde. Nelson has scored more than 30 in every Granville game this season.
Cody Nelson contributed 12 points for the Golden Horde. Nate Williams added nine, Will Jennings eight, Alex Torres six and Trey Senevey six.
Calvin Boucher had 17 points, Dan Boucher finished with seven and Gabe Glass added six.
Granville is now 2-0, 2-1. Fort Edward is 1-2, 1-4.
Horde keglers win first match
The Granville bowling team earned its first win of the season as it blanked Hadley-Luzerne 4-0 in Adirondack League action last Tuesday.
Jackson Ketcham led the Golden Horde with a 436 series. Ketchum bowled games of 160,133 and 143.
Melanie Bourn fired games of 126,145 and 148 for a 419 triple.
Matt Getty added a 413 series and Josh Ketchum a 386.
For the Eagles, Addam Bernash shot a 416 triple with games of 154,141 and 121.
Garrett Carlton bowled games of 176,120 and 98 for a 394 series.
On Wednesday Granville hosted North Warren at Slate Valley Lanes. The Cougars came away with a 4-0 victory.
Cole Bradway rolled a 535 series to lead North Warren with games of 177,180 and 178.
Carson Peet added a 417 triple with games of 112,159 and 146.
For Granville, Matt Getty shot games of 148,147 and 111 for a 406 series.
Danny Dunster added a 384 series with games of 103,152 and129.
On Thursday the Golden Horde was blanked by Fort Edward 4-0.
Andrew Fish shot a 677 series for the Flying Forts with games of 231,246 and 200.
Tori Anderson bowled games of 188,175,193 for a 556 triple.
Granville was led by Melanie Bourn with a 447 series. Bourn shot games of 141,181 and 125.