Good Morning! With the Border Country Sports Report, I'm Keith Harrington.
Blue Devils Finally Nab Elusive Signature Win
The Poultney girls soccer team has shown steady improvement since Hannah Corkum took over at the helm. With a group of juniors and seniors, some of who have been on varsity since 8th grade it seemed just a matter of time before the Blue Devils became a contender. However, claiming a win over one of the elite programs of Division IV has been as elusive as Bigfoot, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.
Thursday on their home pitch Poultney finally nabbed that signature win for the program, stunning three-time defending state champion Proctor 2-0.
Poultney nearly pulled off a high quality win in last year's playoffs when they forced Rivendell to PKs before coming up short. This time they didn't let the opportunity slip through their hands.
The Blue Devils struck first. In the 27th minute Kaydyn L'Esperance let loose with a corner kick that curled its way into the net to make it 1-0. Poultney. Poultney held on to the lead at the break.
The score stayed 1-0 until late. Annaleice Taylor found the back of the net with 3:32 to go to all but put the contest away for Poultney.
The Phantoms have an explosive attack led by Isabel Greb, Jenna Davine and Emma Palmer, but every time they threatened, the Poultney defense and goalie Kenzie Ezzo were up to the challenge.
Ezzo finished 13 saves for the Blue Devils. Cadence Goodwin had 16 stops for the Phantoms.
Poultney is now 3-3 on the season. Proctor is 8-2.
Hadley-Luzerne, Granville Win at ADK Golf Championships
Skene Valley Country Club in Whitehall hosted the Adirondack League Golf Championships Thursday as Hadley-Luzerne and Granville came away with titles.
Hadley-Luzerne topped Granville head to head to win the Adirondack League team championship. The Golden Horde won the the ADK Invitational.
The Eagles edged Granville 3-2 to bring home the ADK team championship. Tyler Plummer, Jack Waterhouse and Noah Springer won matches to lead Hadley-Luzerne.
William Jennings and Liam Farrell won matches for the Golden Horde.
In the invitational portion of the event Granville and Hadley-Luzerne tied at 136, but Granville won via a tiebreaker. Lake George placed third.
Zach Bruno of Lake George fired a 37 to earn medlaist honors. Plummer of Hadley-Luzerne took second with a 39 while Jacob Whiting of Whitehall and William Jennings of Granville tied for third at 43.
Here are the complete results:
Hadley-Luzerne 3, Granville 2
No. 1 — Tyler Plummer (H-L) def. Andrew Rathbun, 3 and 1
No. 2 — William Jennings (Gra) def. Taylor Smead, 4 and 2
No. 3 — Liam Ferrell (Gra) def. Caeden Wilson, 1 up
No. 4 — Jack Waterhouse (H-L) def. Nathan Williams, 1up
No. 5 — Noah Springer (H-L) def. Ethan Martelle, 1up
1. Granville 136, 2. Hadley-Luzerne 136, 3. Lake George 144, 4. Whitehall 151, 5. Warrensburg 155, 6. Hartford/Fort Ann 164, 7. Corinth 171, 8. Fort Edward 179, 9. Bolton 184, 10. North Warren 196.
West Rutland Blanks Mill River
West Rutland opened a big lead at the half and went on to defeat Mill River 7-0 in girls soccer action.
The Golden Horde fashioned a 6-0 lead at the break.
Peyton Guay had a hat trick to pace the Golden Horde.
West Rutland is now 6-3.
Lake George Hold Off Corinth
The Lake George girls soccer team stayed unbeaten in Adirondack League play, holding off Coirnth 2-1 in a tightly contested battle.
The game was tied 1-1, but Lila Frazier scored with less than a minute left in regulation to give the Warriors the victory.
Frasier had given Lake George a 1-0 lead, but Corinth got the equalizer from Adrielle Lewis in the 76th minute.
Samantha Gorey assisted on both of the Frazier goals.
The Warriors will host fourth-seeded Fort Ann on Wednesday in the semifinals while No. 2 Bolton-Warrensburg hosts No. 3 Hadley-Luzerne.
Lake George is 6-0, 9-2-1. Corinth is 4-3-1.
Fort Ann Boys Roll Past Golden Horde
Fort Ann rolled to an 8-0 win over Granville in Adirondack League boys soccer.
Fort Ann scored twice in the opening five minutes and led 4-0 at halftime.
Anthony Marino and Jackson Paige scored two goals each for the Cardinals.
Kadynce Cutter, Riley Barnes, Landon Crandall and Anthony Knapp also hit the back of the net for Fort Ann.
Barnes and Winchell added assists for the Cardinals.
Fort Ann outshot the Golden Horde 21-2.
Dylan Brown had the shutout in goal for the Cardinals with one save.
With the Border Country Sports Report, I'm Keith Harrington.