Good Morning! With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.
Argyle's Freeguard, Warrensburg's Olden Win ADK Cross Country Titles
The Adirondack League held their annual cross country championships yesterday at Queensbury High School on their 3.1 mile circuit. Runners from Argyle and Warrensburg claimed the individual titles, while Lake George swept the team championships.
The girls championship race was highly anticipated as Argyle's Alyssa Freeguard, Hadley-Luzerne's Katrin Schreiner, Granville's Amber Gibbs, Hartford's Brynn Tyler and Corinth's Rylee Dunbar were all figured to have a chance to claim the race. Gibbs was unsable to participate due to an injury.
Freeguard ended up crossing the line first to win the championship with a time of 21:14:45. Dunbar was second with a time of 21:56:09. Schreiner placed third with a time of 22:00:54.
Tyler and Lake George's Taylor Syvertsen rounded out the top five. Tyler ran a 22:01:86 and Syvertsen a 23:04:45.
The Lake George girls scored 32 points as did Hadley-Luzerne, but the Warriors were crowned the winners because of their sixth runner. Argyle placed third and Corinth 4th.
The boys side was considered to be more up for grabs with muliple runners potentially in the hunt. In the end Warrensburg's Brody Olden earned the championhip with a time of 18:10:62. Hartford's Logan Reynolds, also a soccer standout for the Tanagers, was second with a 18:31:88. Logan Anderson of North Warren-Johnsburg placed third with an 18:35:34.
Gage Morris of North Warren-Johnsburg and Liam Fahet-Stack completed the top five.
Lake George won the team title with a score of 32. North Warren Johnsburg was second, followed by Hadley-Luzerne, Hartford and Granville-Whitehall.
Fair Haven Wins First Field Hockey Game in 14 Years
When I saw the Fair Haven field hockey team in action a few weeks back when they player Granville, it was clear to me that they weren't the same team. This Slater squad was fast, athletic and skilled. Thursday the hard wotk of the Fair Haven team paid off as they claimed their first playoff win in 14 years, edging Montpelier 2-1 in the Vermont Diviison II quarterfinals.
The Slaters rode first half goals from Emilee Higgins and Vivian Ladabouche to the win.
Bailey Pettis was outstanding in the cage for Fair Haven, recording just two saves, including a huge stop late in the game to preserve the win.
Higgins gave Fair Haven a 1-0 with time expiring in the first quarter when she converted a penalty corner from Tegan Hoard.
The Slaters extended their lead to 2-0 in the second quarter when Ladabouche knocked home a cross from Alana Williams.
Eli Muller scored for the Solons with just over five minutes to remaining to make it 2-1, but Pettis and the Slaters defense made the lead hold up.
Marissa Holcomb, Laurel Boutwell and Kat Stevens were credited with strong defensive efforts for Fair Haven. Hoard did a stellar job of controlling the middle of the field.
#5 Fair Haven is now 5-9-1 on the season and moves on to meet #1 Windsor in the semifinals.
Montpelier ends the season 5-8.
Fort Ann Advances to Girls Soccer Final
The Fort Ann girls soccer team hit the back of the net in each half as they advanced to the Section II Class D title match with a 2-0 victory over Germantown on Thursday.
The #1 Cardinals will vie for their first championship against time since 2018, and second in school history when they meet OESJ Monday at 6 p.m. in Stillwater.
Fort Ann took a 1-0 advanatge on a goal from Olivia Winchell with 1:15 to play in the first half. Riley Echeandia was credited with the assist.
Fort Ann extended their lead and pretty much put the game away with a goal from Echeandia with 4:05 left in the contest. Echeandia headed in a free kick from Winchell to provide the Cardinals with a tw0-goal advantage.
Fort Ann outshot the Clippers 16-1.
Baylee Wright earned the shutout in goal for the Cardinals.
Fort Ann is now 13-3-2 on the season.
Vermont Playoff Scoreboard
High School Girls Soccer
Green Mountain 0 Lake Region 0 (Green Mountain advances of PKs)
Middlebury 1 U-32 0
Windsor Leland & Gray 6 Winooski 1
High School Boys Soccer
Milton 7 Fair Haven 0
Middlebury 3 Mount Abraham 1
High School Field Hockey
Windsor 4 Milton 0
With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.
Photo Credit-Johanna Dekalb