Archive - May 2011 - Sports Article
BARREâ€“ Connor Burke's return to the Hill was a successful one as he paced the Falcons to the 5-4 win over Spaulding.
"Burke was a little rusty, but he was good enough to win," said Coach Bonvechio.
Burke went five and a third innings, yielding three runs on eighty pitches. Cris Buckles came in and got the save for the Falcons.
North Country got off to an early 2-0 lead as Nate Stewart drove in Taylor Miller and later scored on a wild pitch in the first.
They added another two in the second on a Tom Blake sac fly and another wild pitch.
ST. JOHNSBURYâ€“ For the first time in five years, the North Country girls tennis team defeated the St. Johnsbury Hilltoppers. The streak busting win came on Tuesday where NCU outplayed the Academy and emerged victorious by the score of 4-3.
"This was a big win for us," said Head Coach Marie George, "we were very steady and very consistent."
In their second match in as many days, the Falcons showed little signs of fatigue, as they battled hard to get the win.
ORLEANS-The Lake Region Rangers withstood a late game rally by visiting Richford, and held off the charging Falcons 8-7 for their fifth victory of the season.
Ranger catcher Corey Whitten made two big throws late. The first picked off a Richford runner at third with one out and the second nailed a stealing Falcon baserunner at second for the games last out.
The Rangers had built an 8-4 lead on the strength of three hits by Whitten and a pair by Jake Smith.
ORLEANS-The Lake Region girls broke open a 3-3 deadlock with a four run fourth, paving the way to their fifth straight victory, 8-3 over Richford. Senior hurler Danika Gallup went the route scattering four hits and helping the cause with three hits along the way.
NEWPORTâ€“ After a questionable season opening match against the U-32 Raiders that was tainted by suspect pairings by U-32, the North Country girls tennis team went into their rematch with the Raiders looking for redemption and found it, defeating the visitors from Montpelier 5-2.
One of the two losses for the Falcons came in the number one singles match where Martha Petzoldt battled Erin Connor for two hours before finally succumbing to defeat 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
BURLINGTONâ€“ The North Country track and field team placed tenth at the 39th Burlington Invitational on Saturday, placing them in the middle of the twenty team field.
Notable finishes for the Falcons were Stephanie Watson's 3rd place finish in the 3000 with a time of 11:26:39, Colton White's 3rd place finish in the javelin throw with a distance 153.6, and Riley Simoneau picking up 4th in the shotput with a distance of 42.8.
The Falcons will play host in their first home meet today at 3:00.
NEWPORTâ€“ With a late 4:00 start due to the SAT's the North Country boys tennis team squared off against Montpelier at Prouty Beach.
Both teams came to the match short-handed and the decision was made by both teams to each forfeit one of their doubles match. If the score ended in a tie, the team that won the most sets would pick up the victory.
As luck would have it, the match ended in a tie, and the Solons earned the win by virtue of their 7-6 edge in sets won.
NEWPORTâ€“The North Country Falcons dropped their second straight game on Thursday afternoon, losing to Mount Mansfield 5-3.
It was a close battle for the Falcons, as they struck early, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning.
MMU starter Grant McKinstrie gave up a fluky hit to Taylor Miller, then proceeded to walk five straight batters, plating the three North Country runs.
After that McKinstrie would be unhittable, fanning fifteen, including the final ten batters he faced.
NEWPORTâ€“After plating the go ahead run in the bottom of the fourth inning, a tough top of the fifth sealed the fate of the North Country Falcons softball team.
While squaring off against the Mount Mansfield Cougars on Thursday, the Falcons were playing an exciting back in forth game that saw the lead change hands off and on throughout the first four innings.
In the bottom of the fourth tied 4-4, Mariah Roberts put the Falcons up 5-4 when she scored on a past ball.
DANVILLEâ€“The Danville Indians punched across a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth and held off a Ranger rally for a 5-4 win Saturday.
Lake Region got a booming one out seventh inning double from Tyler Breault scoring Kyle Perry, who had drawn a walk to bring the Blue and White to within one run. Breault was called out trying to stretch his clutch single and appeared safe, but the bad angle call from the umpire put a big damper on the LRU rally.