Whitehall sports round-up, Jan. 12, 2023

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Whitehall coach Boyd Hunt instructs the Railroader girls basketball team during last week’s game against Hadley-Luzerne. (Photo by Keith Harrington)

Whitehall girls unbeaten in league play

The girls basketball game between Hadley-Luzerne and Whitehall Tuesday night had all the ingredients for one of the best Adirondack League games of the season so far.

The Eagles came in with just one league loss and a couple non-league losses to much larger schools Ballston Spa and South Glens Falls. The Railroaders entered the evening unbeaten in league play with only a non-league defeat against a talented Mayfield team.

Whitehall evidently wanted no part of turning this game into a thrilling showdown. The Railroaders raced out to a 16-4 first quarter lead and went on to defeat Hadley-Luzerne, 53-36.

Boyd Hunt’s team is known for a suffocating defense, but when the shots are falling Whitehall is doubly difficult to handle. The Railroaders shot four for six from behind the 3-point arc in the opening stanza to fashion the early advantage. Ashlyn Groesbeck knocked down a pair of treys with Madi Gould and Jayden Hughes adding one each. Hughes also dished out three assists in the opening minutes.

“They came out in a zone and if we get time we can knock some shots down at times,” Hunt said after the game. “We can play. And defensively we come out and pop a 16-4 quarter. Usually against us that’s pretty much the game.”

Indeed it was. The Railroaders led by as much as 26-9 in the second quarter with Samantha Howland scoring nine of her team’s 14 points. The Eagles got five straight points from Jordanna Kenny to pull within 30-19 at the half.

Whitehall put the game away in the third, opening the second half with a 9-0 spurt and led by as much as 20. The Eagles managed to slice the deficit to 41-24 heading to the fourth.

“I was impressed with the third quarter in the way we imposed ourselves,” Hunt said. “We kind of just took their will a little bit.”

In the final frame Whitehall took their biggest lead at 49-28 on a Blake Bird bucket. Hadley-Luzerne continued to battle but could never get closer than 15.

Howland led Whitehall with a game-high 19 points. Gould added 15.

Madison Lent had 17 points for the Eagles. Kenny chipped in 14.

While it was certainly one of the strongest performances of the year for the Railroaders, Hunt stopped short of calling it their best.

“Honestly the second half of the Mayfield game was probably the best we’ve played. Especially defensively,” Hunt said.

Even though his team shot the ball well on this night, Hunt knows defense is still the Railroaders’ forte.

“You think about it, the most any team has scored against us all year is 46. That’s the impressive thing about what we do,” Hunt said. “Sometimes we just grind and grind and grind. I say to them it’s like boxing or an MMA fighter. We just wear them down.”

Whitehall improves to 6-0, 7-1. Hadley-Luzerne is 3-2, 4-4.

On Friday Whitehall kept its record spotless in Adirondack League play, showing off their defensive prowess in a 62-6 win over Argyle-Fort Edward.

Whitehall raced out to a 25-2 first quarter lead and never looked back.

Howland and Gould led Whitehall with 18 points each.

Blake Bird added 14 points for the Railroaders.

Whitehall is now 7-0 in league play and 8-1 overall. Argyle drops to 0-5, 1-8.


Whitehall boys win one, lose one in basketball

The Whitehall boys basketball team split a pair of games last week against league foes Hadley-Luzerne and Salem. Both games were played on the road.

Hadley-Luzerne got a strong performance from Josh Ellis to take down Whitehall 58-38 Wednesday night in an Adirondack League contest.

Ellis poured in a game-high 30 points for the Eagles. Evan Kader added eight points for Hadley-Luzerne.

Cash Burgey led Whitehall with 18 points. Latrell Evans chipped in 12.

Hadley-Luzerne improved 5-1, 6-3. Whitehall fell 2-4, 4-5.

Whitehall bounced back from the loss Friday night, cruising by Salem 73-38.

Cash Burgey led Whitehall with 24 points. Latrell Evans added 17 points.

Stephen Yakubec led the Generals with 13 points.

Whitehall is now 3-4, 5-5. Salem is 0-6, 0-7.


Whitehall wrestlers post decisive wins

The Whitehall wrestling team was very busy this week, grappling in a non-league match and entering wrestlers in two tournaments on Saturday.

On Wednesday, Whitehall defeated South Glens Falls 57-18 in a non-league match.

The Railroaders got pins from Allen Beaulieu at 132, Ayden Smith at 138, Kyle Lavin at 145, Sawyer Ostrander at 152, C.J. Monty at 172 and Troy Austin at 189 to pull off the decisive win.

Beaulieu pinned Julien Dickens of the Bulldogs in just 54 seconds. Smith took down Brayden Saunders-Jones in 1:58.

Lavin won his match by a pin of Zachary Stockwell in 1:52, while Ostrander needed just 18 seconds to pin John Lanfear.

Monty pinned Jacobie Hunt in 1:25. Austin defeated Aaron Gifford by fall in 1:04.

Matt Ingerson won by a 16-9 decision over Samuel Bhatti.

Elijah Rubrecht, Ethan Stoodly and Dylan Gordon earned wins by forfeit for Whitehall.

On Saturday, a pair of Whitehall wrestlers won titles at the Saratoga Invitational. Sawyer Ostrander and Troy Austin won championships in their respective weight divisions.

At 152 pounds Ostrander claimed the crown by pinning Yanni Drapaniotis of Norwich in 54 seconds.

Ostrander pinned Paul Granger of Canajoharie-Fort Plain in the quarterfinals in 20 seconds and Ryan McManma of General Brown in 55 seconds in the semifinals.

At 189 pounds Austin pinned Lorenzo Palleschi of Saratoga in the championship match in 2:19.

In the quarterfinals, Austin pinned Matthew Marks of South Lewis in 19 seconds. He also pinned Nathan Phipps of Glens Falls in 55 seconds in the semifinals.

Also on Saturday, Whitehall wrestled in the Warrensburg Duals. The Railroaders placed at the event with a 2-3 mark.

Whitehall fashioned victories over Beekmantown 33-24, Ichabod Crane 36-24 and the Warrensburg-Lake George B team 46-24.

Ingerson and Monty both went 4-1 for the Railroaders. Beaulieu, Smith and Lavin all finished 3-2 at the meet for Whitehall.


Whitehall bowlers lose two matches

The Whitehall bowling team returned to action after the holiday break with a pair of Adirondack League losses, dropping matches to North Warren and Granville.

North Warren swept Whitehall 4-0 at the Whitehall Elks Lanes.

Cole Broadway led the Cougars with a 525 series, firing games of 166,201 and 158. Carson Peete rolled games of 128,180 and 172 for a 480 triple.

Antonio Kopel added a 432 and Kaitlyn Stonitsch a 414 for North Warren.

Lucas Vandenburgh had a 433 for the Railroaders with games of 151,128 and 154.

Against rival Granville, Whitehall lost a 4-0 decision in a match also contested at the Whitehall Elks Lanes.

Danny Dunster bowled games of 111,140 and 171 for a 422 triple to lead Granville. Matt Getty added games of 388 with games of 128,149 and 111.

Mel Vandenburgh bowled games of 143,91 and 134 for a 368 series for Whitehall. Lucas Vandenburgh added games of 114,116 and 112 for a 342 series.