Whitehall sports round-up, Jan. 19, 2023

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Whitehall coach Boyd Hunt talks to his team during the Railroaders’ win over Salem. (Photo by Keith Harrington)

Whitehall girls smack Salem, 72-34

The girls basketball game between Whitehall and Salem last Friday could have been billed as a showdown of two of the Adirondack League’s best teams. According to the analytics, the Railroaders and Generals should have been very evenly matched. So much for analytics.

Whitehall took a couple of minutes to get rolling but then dominated Salem to claim an eye-popping 72-34 victory on their home court.

“We ran well. We hit some shots. We didn’t really shoot a lot of threes, but we hit our fair share I think,” said Whitehall coach Boyd Hunt.

The Railroaders entered the contest unbeaten in league play, while the Generals had just dropped their first game on Tuesday evening, a two-point loss to Warrensburg. Whitehall had beaten the Burghers by two themselves earlier in the season. All signs pointed to a competitive matchup, but it never materialized.

Salem led 5-2 early on a bucket by Sophia Keys and a three-pointer by Hannah Gongola. Whitehall seemed to be a bit perplexed by the Generals’ full-court pressure. Once they figured it out the Railroaders reeled off a 15-0 run to lead 17-5 and never were challenged again. Whitehall led 19-7 after the first.

“We came out a little slow and a little off rhythm, but after that we kind of cruised the rest of the way,” Hunt said. “We kind of settled in and slowed down. I always tell them don’t hurry to go nowhere.”

Samantha Howland started heating up in the second quarter for the Railroaders. Howland scored nine of her game-high 24 points in the stanza as the Railroaders opened up a 36-17 lead at the break. Howland poured in 17 points in the half.

Hunt’s squad finished the job in the third. Madison Gould opened the half with a three-pointer, Blake Bird scored a pair of baskets and Howland added another as the lead ballooned to 45-21.

Salem pulled to within 55-34 in the fourth, but the Railroaders closed the game with a 17-0 spurt.

Bird added 12 points for Whitehall. Gould finished with 11 and Ashlyn Groesbeck nine.

Mary Kate McPhee netted 12 points for the Generals. Gongola chipped in 10 and Sierra Phillips eight.

“We scored 72. We’ve scored 72 twice this season. When we score 72 if we lose I probably won’t have any more hair left,” Hunt quipped.

Whitehall improved to 9-0, 10-1. Salem fell to 5-2, 7-3.

On Saturday, Whitehall came up a little short, falling to Ausable Valley 48-35 in a non-league game played at SUNY Adirondack.

A 12-4 second quarter was the key to the win for the Patriots.

Lily Keyser scored 15 points for Ausable Valley. Katie Hoehn added 10.

Howland finished with 14 points for Whitehall. Bird had nine points and Gould chipped in six.

Ausable Valley is 5-2. Whitehall is now 10-2 on the season.

The Railroaders are scheduled to host Corinth Friday night in a showdown of league unbeatens. The Tomahawks are the defending league champions and haven’t lost a league game since the 2019-2020 season.


Whitehall bowlers lose two matches

The Whitehall bowling team dropped Adirondack League matches to Hadley-Luzerne and Lake George last week.

Hadley-Luzerne defeated the Railroaders 3-1 at the Whitehall Elks Lanes on Wednesday.

Brody O’Connor rolled games of 134,123 and 146 for a 403 series to lead Hadley-Luzerne. Adam Bernash added a 382 triple with games of 123,151 and 108.

Melanie Vandenburgh led Whitehall with a 389 series with games of 118,172 and 99.

Lucas Vandenburgh shot games of 105,159 and 120 for a 384 triple.

On Thursday, Whitehall was blanked by Lake George 4-0, also at the Whitehall Elks Lanes.

Matthew Orvashy bowled 124,127 and 203 for a 454 series for the Warriors.

Malaria Schoonover added a 416 triple with games of 186,98,132.

The Railroaders received solid efforts from Melanie and Lucas Vandenburgh. Melanie Vandenburgh fired a 429 series with games of 149,167 and 113.

Luca Vandenburgh rolled games of 163,128 and 136 for a 427 series.


Whitehall boys defeat Argyle, 78-68

Just when you thought you had the Adirondack League boys basketball race all figured out, along comes Whitehall. The Railroaders have been hot and cold this season, but Friday night they were scorching as they went on the road and took down Argyle, 78-68.

Keith Redmond’s team seems to be peaking at the right time.

The Scots entered the contest on a six-game league winning streak, having not lost since an opening night drubbing from Granville. That didn’t phase Whitehall in the least.

The win keeps the Railroaders’ hopes alive in the Adirondack League Division II race. It’s not beyond the realm of possibility. They trail Hadley-Luzerne by three games with five to play and would have to run the table and receive some help.

Whitehall hosts the Eagles on Feb. 1. Hadley-Luzerne also has tough games left with Warrensburg, Argyle and Hartford.

Whitehall established themselves as a threat to Argyle right away, jumping out to a 17-12 first quarter lead.

The Scots played the Railroaders evenly in the second, but could not whittle away at their deficit, still trailing 29-24 at the half.

In the third, both teams had strong offensive outputs, scoring 22 points each. Once again Argyle failed to cut into the Whitehall lead as the Railroaders went to the final stanza up 51-46.

The inability to close the gap proved crucial for the Scots. Whitehall finished Argyle off with a 27-22 edge in the final stanza to secure their most impressive victory of the season.

Cash Burgey exploded for 35 points to lead Whitehall. Latrell Evans also had a huge game with 27 points. Jake Whiting chipped in eight points.

Hunter Ingram had 33 points to lead Argyle. Brandon Saunders added 15 points and Dru Austin 10.

Whitehall is 4-5, 6-6. Argyle dropped to 6-2, 7-4.


Whitehall girls lose wrestling dual

The Salem-Cambridge girls wrestling team made history last week, rolling over Whitehall, 39-0, in the first-ever girls wrestling dual meet held in Salem.

At 145, Alexandria Cary pinned Jaydah Sherwood in 3:08 for Salem-Cambridge.

Molly Maxwell of Salem-Cambridge decisioned Emma Kelly, 6-2.

Madeline Palulis (94), Ella Palulis (114), Eden Patrick (120), Taylor Cary (132) and Mattison Jackson (165) won by forfeit for Salem-Cambridge.


Whitehall wrestlers fall; Austin second at Eastern States

The Whitehall wrestling team competed at the Hoosick Falls Duals Saturday, finishing with an 0-5 mark, while wrestler Troy Austin excelled at the Eastern States Classic at Sullivan County Community College.

The Railroaders wrestled matches against Schuylerville, Hoosick Falls, Canajoharie, Scotia and Ravena.

Schuylerville went 5-0 to take the meet championship.

Whitehall fell to Ravena 36-27, Schuylerville 36-22, Scotia 48-18, Hoosick Falls 36-30 and Canajoharie 48-18.

Ayden Smith had a strong match for Whitehall, going 5-0 at 138 pounds. Kyle Lavin also went 5-0 at 145 pounds.

Matt Ingerson at 126 and Allen Beaulieu at 132 went 3-2 for Whitehall.

Whitehall was without two of its top wrestlers at the duals. Troy Austin and Sawyer Ostrander were competing in the Eastern States Classic at Sullivan County Community College this weekend.

Austin came home with a second-place finish in the 189-pound weight class. Austin lost in the final to Elijah Diakomihalis of Hilton who pinned him in 2:46.

Austin advanced to the championship match by pinning Jack McDonald of Orchard Park in 2:57.

Austin also pinned Michael Loundsbury of Minisink Valley in 51 seconds and decisioned Ethan Randall of Central Valley Academy and Jake Kyzswanos of Stratford.

Ostrander dropped his first match at 152, being pinned by Brady Lynch of Indian River in 1:15.

Ostrander bounced back to pin Luca Dorazio of Somers-North Salem in 4:41 and John Jay Cross River’s Cameron Wierl in 4:50.

Hector Morrobel defeated Ostrander by a 2-0 decision in his final match of the event.

On Wednesday night Salem-Cambridge defeated Whitehall 42-27.

Ethan Adams (132), Brayton Cary (145), Michael Riche (172) and Logan Williams won by pin for Salem-Cambridge.

Ingerson (126), Sawyer Ostrander (152), Dylan Gordon (160) and Troy Austin (189) recorded pins for the Railroaders.

At 138 Ayden Smith of Whitehall defeated Kyle Bink by a 9-3 decision.


See also “Granville boys dominate Salem, 93-39,” “Granville girls give Whitehall a game” and “Granville bowlers sweep Whitehall” in this week’s Granville sports round-up