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Warrensburg's Hitchcock a State Champion, Other ADK Wrestlers Place
Warrensburg's Tristan Hitchcock lived up to his high seed billing on Saturday as he claimed the 285 pound weight division at the NYSPHSAA Wrestling Championships at MVP Arena in Albany. Other Adirondack League wrestlers also finihsed on the podium ny placing in the top eight.
Hitchcock won the 285 final, the last bout of the night by a 3-1 decision in overtime over Nick Rogers of General Brown. HItchcock will go down in history as the first state champion in history for the Burghers. HItchcock, a junior finishes with a record of 47-2.
Five other Adirondack League wrestlers stood on the podium and participated in the Parade of Champions. Evan Day of Salem-Cambridge was third at 285. Logan Marissal of Hadley-Luzerne placed fourth at 215. At 189 Whitehall's Troy Austin was sixth and Brent Perry of Granville-Fort Ann seventh. Tanner McKenna of Warrensburg seventh at 132 pounds.
Whitehall Falls to Berne-Knox in Class C Quarterfinals
The Whitehall boys basketball team hung around for a half, but Berne-Knox and their leading scorer Mark Edwards heated up over the final 16 minutes as the #6 Railroaders fell to the #3 Bulldogs 73-57 in the Section II Class C quarterfinals at Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park.
Both teams struggled to get acclimated to the surroundings early on. Neither scored a point for the first 3:30 of the game. Berne-Knox finally jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but a 7-0 spurt by Whitehall gave them a one point lead after a 3-pointer from Brandon Bakerian. Another Bakerian trey gave the Railroaders their biggest lead of the afternoon ta 12-8. Edward responded with a 3-pointer to make it 12-11 Whitehall after a quarter.
Edwards began to impose his will in the second. He scored the first five points of the stanza to give the Bulldogs a 16-12 lead and they never gave it back. Berne-Knox went on to outscore the Railroaders in the quarter 24-9 to lead 35-21 at the half and never looked back. Edwards scored 16 of the Bulldog's points during the spurt.
Berne-Knot put the game away early in the third. They ripped off a 9-0 run to being the second half to lead 44-21 and gradually extended the margin from there.
Edwards finished with 40 points for the Bulldogs, scoring in a variety of ways. Post player AJ Wright was a force in the paint, contributing 13 points.
Bakerian paced Whitehall with 13 points. Latrell Evans chipped in 12.
Even with the loss Railroader's coach Keith Redmond has positive things to say about his squad's effort.
"Our kids gave everything they had. They didn't quit. They continued to battle through this and that's what we're proud of them for," Redmond said after the game. "We could have hung our heads. Got back on the bus and went home at halftime. But we didn't."
Berne-Knox is 15-6. Whitehall ends the season 13-8.
Fair Haven Comes Up Short Against Mount Abe
Mount. Abraham raced out to an early lead and then held off a Fair Haven comback attempt as they topped the Slaters 40-32 in a Vermont Division II Girls Basketball semifinal at Fair Haven High School. The win sends the #6 Eagles to the Barre Auditorium for the state semifinals.
The loss for #3 Fair Haven halts an eight year streak of qualifying for "The Aud."
Mount Abraham came off the bus ready to play. The Eagles scored more than half of their points for the contest in the opening period, fashioning a 22-7 advantage. The Slaters tightened up the defense after, holding Mount Abraham to just 18 points over the final three stanzas, but could not quite erase the early deficit.
Fair Haven was able to whittle the deficit down to two points late in the fourth, but the Eagles hit the clutch free throws down the stretch.
Maia Jensen led Mount Abraham with 21 points. Abby Reen added 10 points.
Isabelle Cole paced Fair Haven with eight points. Alana Williams had seven points and nine rebounds for the Slaters.
Fair Haven end the season at 16-6.
14-8 Mount Abraham will meet #2 Enosburg in the state semifinals.
Westside Rolls into "The Aud"
The West Rutland girls basketball team is headed back to Barre for the state semifinals. The Golden Horde rolled into "The Aud" with a dominating 61-21 win over MSJ in the state Division IV quarterfinals.
Westside led 17-7 after a quarter and 38-11 at the half and were never challenged.
Peyton Guay led the Golden Horde with 21 points. Arianna Coombs added with 12 points. Mallory Hogan added nine and Isabelle Lanfear chipped in six.
Tiana Gallipo had 11 points for the Mounties.
West Rutland will meet Blue Mountain Wednesday in the state semifinals.
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With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.