Archive - Sep 2011 - Sports Article
NEWPORTâ€“It is official.
Cheerleading is making it's long awaited return to North Country Union High. After their second meeting on Tuesday, Head Coach Danielle Gage and Athletic Director Mike Kiser both confirmed the team's status as active.
"We are going to be cheering at the football games on the 30th and the the 21st (of October) and if there is a play-off game we will be there too," said Coach Gage.
NEWPORTâ€“The North Country Field Hockey team ran into a talented group of girls from Rice Memorial on Tuesday afternoon as they fell to the Green Knights by the score of 3-0.
Going into the game, Coach Chantelle Bouchard understood her team would be facing an uphill battle, and her girls were prepared to make a stand.
"Our team was playing big defense (today), that is what we knew we were going have to do from the get-go, and hopefully get to 7 on 7 play, but it didn't work out that way."
NEWPORT-The North Country Falcons got down by ten points in the first half before rallying for a 28-26 decision over Fair Haven Friday night.
The Falcons senior power back Adam Pothier carried two Slater defenders on his back into the end zone with under five minutes remaining to clinch the win. The Falcons, now 3-0 on the season, showed great resilience and a never say die spirit to complete the comeback.
The contest started on a bad omen early as the Falcons promptly fumbled their first play from scrimmage on their own 35.
NEWPORTâ€“When a team is squaring off against a heated rival, and yes MMU has become a rival as of late in the world of North Country girls soccer, the words you do not want to hear are;
"Coach I'm sick and can't play."
While those are not the exact words spoken to the coaching tandem of Joe Batista and Peter Alexander, that is the situation they faced as starting goaltender Lindsay Geoffrey was unable to go on Thursday afternoon against the Cougars.
DANVILLEâ€“The Lake Region Lady Rangers traveled to Danville on Saturday, and they didnâ€™t disappoint the fans that made the trip down to see them play. The Blue and White walked away with a 3-1 victory, much to the pleasure of their Head Coach Brad Urie.
NEWPORTâ€“An ugly first half that saw the undefeated Essex Hornets put a four spot on the board set the stage for a 5-1 win over the Falcons in boys soccer action on Friday.
"In this game we learned what works for us as a team," said head coach James McKenny.
And perhaps what doesn't, as things did not get off to a good start at all. Essex was issued a penalty kick early in the game, and while waiting for said kick to take place, NC netminder Logan Fortier was issued a yellow card for taunting the Hornets' Said Gosto.
NEWPORTâ€“ The Falcon field hockey girls, despite not playing at their best, should have picked up an easy win over the Solons of Montpelier. Instead, they were unable to to get their offense going and fell by the score of 1-0.
"I thought this wasn't our game, honestly I am at a lost for words," said Coach Bouchard after the game.
The Falcons clearly were the better team on the field, and that is even with all the errors that they made, but it was the little things that bothered the coach so much.
CABOTâ€“The UCA boys varsity soccer team hit the road to square off against Cabot Wednesday night. The final score was a 4-1 loss for the Crusaders, but it was a huge success in the growth and gelling of the team.
Though UCA went into the game with no subs against Cabot's 19 man roster, they stayed in the game and kept it close until the very end.
Junior Dale Martel and Freshman Chris DeLaBruere split the net and had 30 saves between them.
The lone Crusader goal was scored by Junior Marc Quirion.
BARREâ€“With several of the Falcons main stays getting significant time off on Wednesday, it was the bench of the Falcons was the difference in the teams 4-1 win over Spaulding.
"Our bench was the difference maker," said Coach James McKenny, "I feel really comfortable with them out there. Clint (Provencha) especially provided a spark off the bench. He plays with a lot of heart and really raises the bar out there."
Josh Puckett was the big offensive force in the game, tallying a goal and two assists in the win, but it was a play by the youngster Provencha that got the scoring started.
NEWPORTâ€“Sometimes all a team needs to turn a losing streak around is to come home. That is what the North Country Field hockey did as they became the last fall sports team to play a game in front of the Falcon faithful when they took on Lyndon Institute on Wednesday, exploding for a season high three goals and a 3-2 win over the Vikings.
"It was amazing," said Coach Chantelle Bouchard, "They played phenomenal, they did such a great job even though we were down two players."