Archive - Aug 2011 - Sports Article
NEWPORTâ€“The North Country field hockey team has potential. They have fourteen seniors returning in 2011, and they have set some high goals for themselves.
"The girls are really excited," said returning coach Chantelle Bouchard, "I think they will do well, and their goal is the states."
It is a lofty goal, but not one that is unobtainable.
What must occur in order for this to happen will be the emergence of players that are ready to take their game to the next level in order to fill some pretty important shoes that were vacated by last years' departing seniors.
The Craftsbury Academy boysâ€™ soccer team will once again be under the control of 2nd year coach Mike Ruetz. Coach Ruetz has worked with the majority of these players for the past 3 years, having been the 7/8th grade boys coach at Craftsbury, before moving up to the Varsity position.
Having finished the previous season with a 4-10 record, Coach Ruetz knows that his team needs to improve.
NEWPORTâ€“Much like most of the North Country fall teams, this year's boys soccer team is no different. With ten seniors back for the maroon and blue, and an advanced level maturity after a tough 2010 in the Metro, Coach James McKenny is heading into the 2011 campaign with a strong slew of veteran talent.
The Following athletes were inducted into the Orleans Northern Essex Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday evening.
Coach Brad Urie enters his 4th year as the Lake Region Girls Varsity Soccer Coach, and he and his team plan to hit the ground running. Long gone are the days of double-digit defeats and small numbers in the win column. This is a new era for girlsâ€™ soccer at Lake Region.
Coming off a year where he saw his Lady Rangers finish with the best overall season in school history, he and his team know the expectations are high, but Urie also says â€śitâ€™ll take hard work, practice, and determination, to compete with the teams in the Mountain League.â€ť
With the start of the 2011 soccer campaign here, Varsity coach Tom Evans, is set to begin his 30th year at the helm of the Lake Region Program. This yearâ€™s Ranger team will look a lot different from the year before, 8 Seniors lost to graduation and 1 player returning home, to Spain, as a result of the Foreign Exchange Program. But, even with all of the changes, Coach Evans, will have 10 returning players, including his 5 seniors: Caleb Royer, Matt Morin, Tony Stuart, Kyle Perry, and Corey Whitten.
Greg Bean and Jane Horton hold the club champion honors for Orleans Country Club after a two day medal stroke play event. Greg Bean scored a 76-72 for 148. Jane Horton scored 84-83 for 167. Bob Horton took the President's Cup honors with a low net score of 62 on Sunday. Mark Fauteux took the Junior Club Championship with 98-92 for 190.
A record 194 runners & walkers gathered at Irasburg Common on Saturday morning, August 13, to participate in the 5th annual Kingdom Run. Three course records were broken as athletes from France, Canada, Vermont, and ten other states displayed their athletic talents in this competetive, but friendly sports event. Laurel Cole from Jericho, VT smashed the Womenâ€™s 5K-Run with a time of 20:10. Geordie Heller of Putney, VT sailed by the finish line with a new course record in the Menâ€™s 5K-Walk with a time of 35:35.
The North Country Heat U14 baseball team will be playing host to six teams in a round robin style baseball tournament this weekend. Games will be played Friday through Sunday at both Gardner Park and North Country Union High School.
The tournament will feature two local teams, the OEC Lightning and the host team the NC Heat, as well as an all-star team from St. Johnsbury, and teams from Granby, Que, Dover, NH, and Middlebury.
There will also be a home run derby on Saturday evening at 5:00.
Jeff Twiss, Vice President of Media Service and Alumni Relations for the Boston Celtics, will be the guest speaker at this yearâ€™s Orleans/Northern Essex County Athletic Hall of Fame dinner on August 27th. Twissâ€™ father Bob, an inductee of the Hall two years ago, resides in the area and helped secure his sonâ€™s services for the event.
Jeff graduated from UVM in 1977, and prior to his time with the Celtics was a teacher and three sport coach at Randolph High School.
Stay tuned to the Express as more details about the dinner will be coming in the following days leading up to the event.