October 20th, 2013
NEWPORT CITYâ€“â€“ The NEK Tasting Center had its official grand opening Friday and the response was obvious. The center, which houses five local businesses, was packed as delegates and state representatives made their statements joining in the good will the tasting center has generated.
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NEWPORT-Two first half goals, one by each team, was all the scoring that would happen on Saturday morning, as the North Country and St. Johnsbury field hockey teams tied 1-1 in the final regular season match-up of 2013.
Brittany Verge's rocket put the Falcons up 1-0 with 12:20 left in the first half, but the Hilltoppers' Danielle Martin tied the game 6 minutes later and that would be all the scoring the game would have.
North Country dominated for long stretches during the second half and into overtime, but could not find the back of the net a second time.
NEWPORT-Ryan Paul's performance in the North Country nets on Friday night is the stuff that legends are built upon. The senior netminder, along with the defenders playing in front of him, combined to stop close to thirty shots from entering the Falcon goal against the Essex Hornets.
Essex threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Falcons, but the entire team battled as one, giving what could arguably be called the team's finest performance of 2013.
NEWPORT-The North Country girls soccer team honored their outgoing seniors before the start of their match with Essex on Friday evening.
The girls, while battling hard for their seniors, had a tough time finding quality shots against the 6th ranked Hornets, and fell 2-0 to finish the year with a record of 4-10.
As of now, the girls are ranked 15th in Division I, and likely will face Burlington in the opening round of the play-offs.
For the full story, see the Express on Monday 10-28-13.
ORLEANSâ€“Thursday was senior day for the Lake Region boy's soccer team, as they hosted Richford for their final regular season home match.
The five Ranger seniors, Josh Thibault, Alex Beauregard, Jeremy Dean, Isiah Palmer and Dominick Turcotte, as well as manager Corrina Cota, were honored before the game, and three of them, Thibault, Beauregard and Palmer scored in Lake Region's 4-1 over the Falcons.
"It was a good match all around," LRU coach Tom Evans said about Thursday's contest.
NEWPORTâ€“Despite a few lapses in play, the North Country boys soccer team gave a tremendous effort in their 2-0 loss to Colchester on Wednesday.
"We came out flat in the first five minutes of the (first) half and (Colchester) was able to knock one in, and then we woke up and finished strong," said NCU coach James McKenny. "That is the reality of the Metro, if you make a couple of mistakes, you are going to pay for it."
The opening twenty minutes of play belonged to Colchester.
NEWPORT CITY - The Newport man who stood on his roof with a gun, while an army of law enforcement officers cleared the neighborhood and worked to bring him down was found competent to stand trial. Derick Niles, 36, of Newport City was returned to the Northern State Correctional Facility Tuesday for a lack of $100,000 bail.
A report given to the court stated that Niles is competent. Neither State's Attorney Alan Franklin nor public defender Janssen Willhoit argued with the report.
By CHRISTOPHER ROY
Express Staff Writer
NEWPORT CITY - Roger Pion, 35, of Newport was found competent to stand trial.
That was the word in Orleans County Court Tuesday after it received a Sept. 19 competency report. The content of the report is not public record and therefore not available to the press.
Pion is accused of driving over several Orleans County Sheriff Department cruisers with a farm tractor before leading police on a pursuit from the sheriff's office, to Causeway in Newport Newport City.
NEWPORT-Brenna McMannon's penalty kick goal with 9:15 left to play was the difference as the Colchester Lakers defeated the North Country Falcons 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon.
"Those are points we need to have as we are trying to make the play-offs, which isn't a lock, and we are trying to avoid the 16th seed," NCU coach Peter Alexander said about the significance of the loss.
The Falcons were once again without some key players, as Michaela Columbia is out for the season, Devinnie Davis was sick, and Dasha Plotnikov was inactive.
ORLEANSâ€“The North Country cross country team picked up where they left off from last week's race at Primeau Farm, sweeping the top position in all three divisions at the Lake Region Relays on Monday afternoon.
The categories were broken down into boy-girl, boy-boy and girl-girl, with each runner completing a 1.6 mile lap.
Avery Ellis and Parker LaCourse (20:32) teamed up to finish first in the boy-girl division, followed by Lyndon Institute's Keegan Wilson and Kylie Harris (22:46) in second, and NCU's Patrick Tetreault and Briana Bonnell (23:02).