The Greenwich girls indoor track team has had some noticeable performances recently.
On Jan. 5, junior Brynne Wright won the gold medal in the 1-mile steeplechase at the Hispanic Games at the Armory in New York City. She won with a time of 5:27.36, nearly five seconds faster than the runner-up.
On Jan. 11-12, the Witches competed at the Yale Invitational. The 3,200 relay team of Emily Skiff, Nina Sgambelluri, Emma Cronin and Quinn Collins won the small-school race and easily broke the school record with a time of 9:42.
Collins placed fifth in the all-school 600, in 1:38.87 — the fastest time by a Section II runner this season. Also, the distance medley relay team of Teagan Wright, Brooke Wright, Annabel Gregg and Brynne Wright finished fifth in the small-school championship, in 12:57.88.
— Will Springstead
Johnsburg’s Khaleah Cleveland set a school single-game scoring record Thursday night, scoring 41 points in a 55-41 victory over Elizabethtown. Cleveland, a 5-foot-6 senior, broke the old mark of 39 set by Tara Washburn in 1995. She is 74 points away from 1,000 for her career.
“She seemed very focused, and like they say, she was in a zone,” Jaguars coach Randy LaFountain said by email Friday. “She wasn’t forcing her shot, the game flow kind of came to her. She knows that our success is in her hands most of the game.”
LaFountain said Cleveland is the Jags’ only senior, on a team with one junior, five sophomores and three freshmen. She plays point on offense and rotates between guard and forward on defense. Cleveland leads the team in every category, including assists, steals and blocks.
“Most teams we face know her very well and their No. 1 goal is to limit her points,” LaFountain said. “Khaleah’s biggest asset is she is very team-oriented, a very willing passer.”
Cleveland has already been the Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference MVP in soccer and softball, and has a chance for that honor in basketball, too.
— Pete Tobey
Also approaching her 1,000th point is Fort Ann senior Amanda Godfrey. She is 10 points shy of 1,000 for her career, after scoring 23 points in Friday’s 58-46 loss to Argyle. She could reach that in the Cardinals’ next game this Friday at Warrensburg.
Speaking of milestones, North Warren senior guard Sydney Gagnon recently reached 1,000 points for her career. The area’s leader in 3-point goals, Gagnon scored her 1,000th point in a 57-49 loss to Whitehall on Jan. 10. For the season, she has scored 40 3-point field goals this season through Friday.
— Pete Tobey
Take a glance at the Section II hockey standings and two very different things stand out.
Queensbury is 4-3 in league play and 8-5 overall, sitting in the middle of a congested Capital District High School Hockey League race. In comparison, the Adirondack Rivermen are near the bottom, with just one league win, and two overall.
On paper, two very different teams, but last Tuesday during the annual Stick Game, which the Spartans won 2-1, the teams at times looked even.
The Spartans have two players on the CDHSHL leaderboard. Junior forward Brendan Murphy is sixth in the league in assists with 12.
Senior goalie Owen Smith leads the league in goals against percentage, allowing only two goals per 60 minutes. He is also fourth in save percentage with .910.
While Queensbury is simply good, the Adirondack Rivermen are very young.
Adirondack rosters about 23 players, 16 of which are either sophomores or younger and the class of 2021 alone has 13 players. Throw in two freshmen and even an eighth-grader and it’s easy to see why wins have been tough to come by.
But the future should be bright. Coach Mike Di Fiore has thrown his youth right into the fire.
The Rivermen rely on underclassmen like forwards Nick Parker, Zach Hilleboe, Will Cormie and goalie Ben Di Fiore, many of whom barely come off the ice.
— Ellis Williams
The Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George wrestling team pulled out a thrilling 40-39 Adirondack League dual-meet victory over Whitehall on Wednesday night.
The WarEagles needed a pin from sophomore Justin Hoffman in the final match of the night in order to win, and Hoffman came through, pinning Whitehall’s Chad Aratare in 5:16 at 160 pounds.
With the win, H-L/LG finished 4-1 in the league, tied with Warrensburg, but the Burghers beat the WarEagles head-to-head, 52-27 on Jan. 3, to clinch the league title. H-L/LG also wrestled Tuesday in the Section II Division II dual-meet state qualifier, defeating Watervliet 46-31 in the semifinals before dropping a 46-39 loss to host Warrensburg.
“We wrestled three of the top four teams in Section II in two nights,” co-coach Larry Rounds said.
In similar fashion, the WarEagles had come up short Tuesday in the final bout against Warrensburg.
“We were missing Quinton Fox (Wednesday) — he got hurt on Tuesday against Warrensburg,” Rounds said, referring to the WarEagles’ 126-pounder, who was injured while wrestling the Burghers’ Zach Carpenter and lost by default. “We were down 40-39 — if he won, we won the match. But on a return to the mat, he landed awkwardly and unfortunately he wasn’t able continue.”
— Pete Tobey