Granville sports round-up, Dec. 29, 2022

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Granville senior Brent Perry with interim principal Baker Beecher after recording his 100th career wrestling win last week. (Photo courtesy of Granville Central School District)

Horde wrestlers top 2 Vermont schools

The Granville wrestling team hosted a pair of Vermont opponents for a three-team meet last week and defeated both Mill River and Burr and Burton.

Granville blanked Mill River 30-0. Only a few of the points accumulated in the contest came on the mat as there were several forfeits and double forfeits.

Timothy Lotz, AJ Landon and Brandon Beaver earned victories by pin for the Golden Horde.

At 172 Lotz pinned Jayden Harrington in 1:25. At 189 Landon needed just 48 seconds to pin Levi Billings. Beaver pinned Ethan Patch in 2:53 at 215 pounds.

Matthew Perry and Colin Valastro received forfeit wins.

Granville defeated Burr and Burton 48-18. In the match Brent Perry earned the 100th win of his career for the Golden Horde. Perry is the defending sectional champion at 189 pounds and competed in the state meet last season.

Quinn Johnson, Nathan Barber, Jaxon Torres, Matthew Perry, Landon and Brent Perry picked up wins by fall.

Johnson pinned Fynn Mullin in 1:30 at 126 pounds. At 138 Barber pinned Ben Kirkpatrick in 1:05. Torres pinned Spencer Sheldon in 1:37 at 145 pounds. Matthew Perry Perry pinned James Szkutak in 2:48 at 2:48. Landon pinned Regan Casey in 1:00 at 172. At 189 Brent Perry pinned JT Wright in 2:48.

Nick Crum won by forfeit at 132 pounds for the Golden Horde. Lotz won by forfeit at 160 pounds.

Horde goes to 4-0 in league play

Granville rallied from a big third-quarter deficit to edge Hadley-Luzerne 54-53 in Adirondack League boys basketball at the Granville High School gym last Monday night.

The Eagles led by as much as 17 in the third quarter, but the Golden Horde, behind twin brothers Caleb and Cody Nelson, was able to come all the way back for the win.

“Once we decided to attack in the late third quarter, things improved,” said Granville coach Justin Nassivera.

Granville outscored Hadley-Luzerne 17-6 in the final stanza.

“We were down by as many as 17 in the third quarter, so we switched up our press a little to cut it back to 10 at the end of the third,” Nassivera said. “We then changed presses again and started to climb back into the game. It was a very physical second half and that benefited our team.”

Trailing 53-51, the Golden Horde scored off a sideline out of bounds play with 20 seconds left. Nathan Williams found Cody Nelson on a cut to the basket. Nelson hit the shot and was fouled. Nelson made the free throw to put Granville up by one with 9.6 seconds left in the game to complete the comeback.

“He doesn’t get much credit because he doesn’t score a ton, but he keeps our offense organized, and sets the tone for us on defense,” Nassivera said of Cody Nelson.

Cody Nelson led Granville with 19 points. Caleb Nelson added 18 points and eight rebounds.

Will Jennings chipped in seven points.

Nassivera also praised the play of Nathan Williams.

“Nathan Williams was a huge catalyst on both offense and defense. He was playing at 100 miles per hour all night, causing steals, deflections, and had a no-look pass to William Jennings to cut the lead to two with under a minute to go. Then again on a broken sideline out of bounds play he found Cody Nelson cutting to set up the basket and the and one foul shot to win the game,” Nassivera said.

Caedin Wilson led Hadley-Luzerne with 14 points. Matthew Harder added nine, Josh Ellis eight, Eugene Conroy seven and Alex Mattison six.

Granville improved to 3-0, 3-1. Hadley-Luzerne is 2-1, 3-2.

The Golden Horde was back in action on Wednesday night at Lake George. Granville stayed unbeaten in league play as the team took down the Warriors, 52-43.

Granville trailed at the break but outscored the Warriors 37-25 over the final two quarters.

Caleb Nelson led the Golden Horde with 27 points.

Jennings added eight points and 13 rebounds for Granville.

Luke Sheldon and Angelo Bergman had 10 points each for Lake George.

Jack Welch had nine for the Warriors.

Granville is 4-0, 4-1. Lake George is 1-3, 1-3.

Horde does well in indoor track

The Granville indoor track and field team competed in the Tri-County Indoor Track and Field meet at Union College, and the Golden Horde girls team finished sixth out of 12 schools, while the boys team placed sixth out of 10 teams.

Amber Gibbs had a strong meet for the Granville girls. Gibbs was second in the 300-meter dash and fourth in the 600 meters.

Madeleine Johnson placed second in the long jump for the Golden Horde.

Natalie Morin was third in the shot put.

In the boys meet, Tim Pratt had a solid showing for Granville, placing first in the long jump, second in the 50-meter hurdles and fourth in the 45-meter dash.

Ethan Gibbs finished second in the 300-meter run. Carter Powell was fifth in the 600-meter run.