Good Morning! With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.
I hope everyone had a great weekend! I spent Saturday and Sunday at Williams College in Williamtown, Massachusetts calling college soccer for NSN. I had a great time. Friday night I was in Granville watching the Golden Horde football team win their first game of the season, 50-0 over Cohoes.
My busy schedule continues today. This morning I am headed to Granville for the Adirondack-Wasaren League field hockey showdown between the Golden Horde and Hoosick Falls. The teams shared the league title in the Fall II season.
Then I hope to make it to Lake George this afternoon for the Whitehall girls soccer game against the Warriors. So much for my holiday off. Sitting in my recliner doing nothing is just not for me.
Today is Monday of course. Here is today's "Monday Morning Hot List." A look at who was hot this week in high school sports.
--Perhaps the high school athletes who deserve the most recogniton this week are those who spoke out against harrassment this week at various venues. The more games I attend this fall, the more inappropriate behavior I hear and see from the fans, both parents and students. Those who showed solidarity this week after the Hartford girls soccer team walked off the field in Fair Haven should be praised to the highest level. Here's hoping it leads to more people standing up to take a stand against harassment of coaches, officials and student-athletes. There is no place for it!
--A shout out to my alma mater Hartford and their boys soccer team. The Tanagers beat Fort Ann 1-0 last week. It was the first time Hartford had beaten the Cardinals in 16 years. Ryan Morrow had the winning goal for Hartford. Austin Wells earned the shutout in goal. The last time the Tanagers defeated Fort Ann George W. Bush was in the White House and Carrie Underwood was the winner of American Idol. Wow! It's a great time to be a Tanager.
--It may not be as long a streak as the one Hartford ended, but congrats to the Fair Haven boys soccer team. The Slaters won their first game of the season topping Hartford (VT) 2-0. Nick Carrabino and Jace Hetrick scored goals for Fair Haven. Kole Matta had the shutout in goal with several outstanding saves.
--The Rutland girls soccer team continues to ride a wave. The Ravens won their seventh game in a row with a 1-0 shutout of Brattleboro this week. Speaking of shutouts, Rutland goalie Kathryn Moore and her defense have blanked their opponents in all seven of the contests.
--While I am on the subject of winning streaks the Proctor girls soccer team continues to role. The Phantoms topped Poultney 6-1 and Westside 7-2. Proctor is now 9-0 in the season. Isabel Greb had a hat trick in the Poultney game.
--The Lake George volleyball team kept their record perfect this week with a win over their toughest rival. The Warriors dropped the first set but then rallied to top Argyle 3-1. Shannon Starratt had an outstanding match for the Warriors with 26 assists, 13 digs, nine service points and three aces. Maddie Burke had 38 digs.
--You would have to go back quite a ways I think to find the last time the Granville volleyball team won two matches in a row and were at the .500 mark. However, the Golden Horde continue to show that they are a team on the rise with back-to-back wins over Hadley-Luzerne and Fort Edward. Granville is now 4-4 in ADK play. Even more amazing, they won the matches with just six players leaving them with no subs. The "Horde Super Six" had to play the entire match.
--Carolina Lott-Diamond of Hadley-Luzerne has been one of the top girls soccer players in the ADK this year, but this week she even outdid herself. Lott-Diamond scored five goals in a win over the King's School. She followed that up with a hat trick against North Warren.
--Clifford Lewis of Cambridge-Salem football had a monster game against Lake George on Saturday. Lewis ran for five touchdowns in a 36-22 win. He ran for 222 yards on 36 carries.
--Granville topped Cohoes 50-0 Friday night for their first football win of the season. Nick Crum had a big game for the Golden Horde. Crum ran for three touchdowns in the first half as Granville got out to a 34-0 first half lead.
--Speaking of Granville, Haylie Barber of Golden Horde field hockey recorded her second hat trick in the last week as Granville topped Fair Haven 4-0 in the annual "Lights Week" game. Barber hit the back of the cage three times against the Slaters.
--Last week we talked about a team that had three players record hat tricks in a game. Well, the Fort Ann girls soccer team didn't quite match that accomplishment, but they came close. Both Angel Aratare and Olivia Winchell had hat tricks in Fort Ann's 7-1 victory over North Warren.
With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.