Good Morning! With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.
What a wild day for me yesterday! I was in Williamstown, Massachsetts doing the play by play for Williams women's hockey against William Smith. It was a great game with the Ephs winning 2-0, but that is not the story here.
When I came out of the arena it was very warm and not raining. The same was true when I came out of the Pownal, Vermont Stewart's Shop with my snack for the ride home. It turned brutal from there.
By the time I got to Bennington it was raining so hard I could not even se to drive. The wind was blowing the rain sideways across the road in sheets. The debris in the road reminded me of trying to navigate an obstacle course with trouble lurking around every corner.
Thankfully the good Lord was evidently watchng over me and I made it home safe and sound. I had thought about stopping and getting a hotel since I have to be back at Williams today, but I didn't have a laptop with me and I wanted to make sure I got home to blog for you this morning, especially since this is the day we announce our first high school basketball "Players of the Week."
All in the name of sports!
Border Country Sports Bennington Martens High School Basketball Player of the Week
Today is the day! The day we announce our first ever Border Country Sports Bennington Martens High School Basketball Players of the Week, sponsored by Bennington Martens basketball, our new local team in the American Basketball Association.
Our POTWs this week both come from the New York side of the border as their teams have been on the hardwood for two weeks and Vermont is just beginning. As a matter of fact, this week they both come from the same school.
Border Country Sports Bennington Martens Boys Player of the Week
The boys player of the week this week is Hartford's Ray Harrington. The junior guard stepped up to the plate to put the Tanagers on his shoulders when big man JP Lavin went down with an ankle sprain.
In a win over Seton Catholic Harrington poured in a career high 32 points. In a loss to Argyle Harrington went head to head with Argyle star Derek Liddle, scoring 25 points. On Friday night Harrington scored 19 points as the Tanagers picked up their first Adirondack League win of the season over Fort Edward.
Border Country Sports Bennington Martens Girls Player of the Week
The POTW on the girls side this week is Hartford post player Karlee Nims. Nims has gotten off to a fast start to the season leading Hartford to a 4-0 start. Nims is a double-double machine. She opened the season with 31 points and 12 rebounds in a win over Heatly.
This week Nims led Hartford to a win over Route 40 rival Argyle, firing in 26 points. Last weekend Nims had a 22 point performance in a win over Schroon Lake in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament.
Nims is just 16 points away from becoming Hartford's newest 1,000 point scorer.
Great job Karlee!
And a huge thanks to our POTW sponsor Bennington Martens basketball. Head to Rutland soon to catch a game from our own local professional basketball team. The Martens are home two more times, next Saturday and Sunday before the holidays.
ADK Wrestlers Have Strong Showing at MatMania
Glens Falls High School hosted the annual MatMania Tournament on Saturday, and teams and individuals from the Adirondack League had a strong showing.
Salem-Cambridge was the highest finisher from the ADK. Salem-Cambridge placed second in the team event with 115 points, behind champion Wallkill with 127 1/2. Seven Salem-Cambridge finished in the top four.
Lucas Martindale won the title in the 215 pound class. Quinn Donaldson was second at 189. Brayton Cary (138) Rylee Burr (215) and Logan Williams (285) earned third place finishes. Kyle Bink (132) was fourth.
Corinth's Riley Barnish was the champion at 102. Tanner Barger for the Tomahawks was fourth at 285.
Granville-Fort Ann placed ninth overall. Quinn Johnson was second at 126. Thomas McMahon finished second at 132. Brent Perry was third at 189. Jaxon Torres placed fourth at 118.
With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.