Border Country Sports Blog-December 21st
Good Morning! With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.
Whitehall Board Approves Football Merger
The on again, off again Granville/Whitehall football merger may be on once again. After the Granville Board of Education had already approved the merger, the Whitehall Board did the same last night. During their meeting the Whitehall Board gave the okay for the merger beginning with the Fall 2022 season.
Last spring the two age-old rivals had approved to merge for football starting in the Fall 2021 season, but Whitehall ended up back out, choosing to go it alone with the plan of having just a junior varsity program for the season and then returning to varsity play in the future.
Granville recently rejected a plan offered to merge with Corinth and Hadley-Luzerne.
I for one have been a strong advocate of this merger for over two years. I am glad it appears it is finally going to come to fruition. I cover both programs and want to see them be successful. Lets face it, it is a lot more fun going to cover games when the team is compeititve as opposed to struggling.
To me the adults, regardless of personal feelings, had to do what is best for the kids. And this merger is absolutley what is best. Mergers currently dominate the local football scene now days. Cambridge-Salem. Warrensburg-North Warren-Bolton, Corinth-Hadley-Luzerne, Hoosick Falls-Tamarac, Canajoharie-Fort Plain, Helderbeg Valley. The list goes on and on. If everyone else is merged and you are not, how do you expect to compete? Or even survive?
I cannot wait until the fall to go out and cover this team. Congrats Granville and Whitehall for doing what is right for kids.
Warrensburg Girls Pull Away to Top Salem
The game was tight for a half, but the Warrensburg girls basketball team pulled away over the final16 minutes to top Salem 54-33 in Adirondack League girls basketball.
The game was tied 10-10 after a quarter. Warrensburg used a 14-6 second quarter surge to take a 24-16 lead at the break.
A 30-17 second half at advantage allowed the Burghers to take contorl and claim the victory.
Hope Sherman had a huge game for Warrensburg with 19 points and 20 reboounds.
Audrey Steves added 10 points for the Burghers. Ellie York also had 10 points.
Olivia Frasier had eight points and eight rebounds.
Salem was led by Nine points from Mary Kate McPhee and eight from Amber Terry.
Warrensburg is 3-1, 3-2. Salem is 1-3, 3-3.
Westside Uses Huge Third Quarter to Defeat Arlington.
The game was a close one at the half, but West Rutland put together a monster third quarter to blow the game open and defeat Arlington 58-32 in SVL giels basketball.
The game was close after a quarter and at the halftime break. Everytime the Golden Horde tried to put some distance between the two teams, the Eagles battled back.
A trio of big runs, the biggest being a 10-0 spurt allowed Westside to open up a lead heading to the fourth that Arlington could not overcome.
Peyton Guay again led West Rutland with 19 points. Anna Cyr and Mallory Hogan added eight points each.
Sydney Harrington had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Arlington.
West Rutland is now 3-1.
Proctor Comes Home With Road Win
The Proctor girls basketball team made the long trek to Townshend on a cold Monday night worthwhile as the rolled over Leland & Gray 47-18 in SVL action.
The Rebels put up a fight early leading 16-15.
The Phantoms shook off the long bus ride in the second half and put the defensive clamps on. Proctor outscored Leland & Gray 32-2 over the final 16 minutes.
Maggie McKearin scored 29 to lead the Phantoms. Meghan Cole chipped in 10.
Maggie Parker and Mary Sanderson had seven points apiece for the Rebels.
Proctor is now 2-1 on the season.
High School Bowling
Fort Edward 4 Hadley-Luzerne 0
Fort Edward 4 Lake George 0
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With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.