Archive - 2011 - Sports Article
ST.ALBANSâStrong and gusty northwest winds, fifty degree temperatures, and light showers, perfect weather for the final girlâs golf match of the season. This was a make-up, weather postponed the first date. Weather worse than this?
26 girls from 8 high schools braved the conditions to compete in the Champlain Invitational, including a record 9 golfers from South Burlington. Essex won the event with a score of 98. BFA edged Burlington115 to 117 for second. MVU finished fifth with a 125, followed by North Country.
BURLINGTONâWith a team score of 61, The North Country boys track and Field team took home fourth place overall at the Division One State Track and Field meet on Saturday.
"It went down to the wire for third place between us and Colchester," Coach Gary Johnson said.
The team was paced to victory by the efforts of it's short distance runners, specifically Dylan Colombia. Colombia had two second place finishes, the first in the 100M with a time of 11.38, the second in the 200M, coming in in 23.42.
TOWNSEND-The Leland and Gray Rebels moved past the Lake Region girls in the semi-finals by the slimmest of margins, a 3-2 win in Townsend. Lake Region out hit Leland and Gray 7-4 but an early passed ball with no cover at home, single tallies from a three walk inning, and the only extra base hit recorded by the Rebels, gave the home team a 3-0 lead. Lake Region prevented further damage when left fielder Callie-Rae Cashin pulled in a fly ball and picked off a Leland and Gray runner as she scrambled back to second.
NEWPORTâDeanna Brandstetter had to battle hard for her 7-5, 7-5 victory over Middlebury's Jane McCabe on Wednesday.
Brandstetter had the was the only member of the Falcons to pick up a win in the match for 6-6 North Country.
Middlebury was dominant in all the other matches, and the only other Falcons to win a set was the doubles team of Rosie Wheeler and Briana Treadwell who won their first set 6-3.
NEWPORTâMartha Petzoldt was the lone Falcon to pick up a win on Tuesday as the North Country girls tennis team fell to Montpelier 6-1.
Petzoldt had been struggling a bit, but Coach Marie George was pleased with the way she battled against the Solons.
"She really came back, she hadn't played well, but (against Montpelier) it was like the old Martha was back."
George said her captain was able to make adjustments in her game that forced her opponent to play to her strengths.
NEWPORTâ"I have been around high school baseball for a long time, and I haven't seen many better games than this."
Those were the first words from Coach Bonvechio after North Country's tough 6-4 loss to Missisquoi on Wednesday.
"It was well played, not many errors, some exciting plays, well hit balls, good pitching from both teams, it was a fun game to be part of, I'm just sorry we ended up on the losing end."
NEWPORTâNorth Country ran into a tough pitching Missisquoi Valley Union Thunderbirds team on Tuesday, as Dakota Raleigh threw seven strong innings in the T-Birds 8-0 win over the Falcons.
"They pitched a lot in to us, and some of them (NCU) couldn't make the adjustment," said Coach Dunn.
The Falcons were in striking distance most of the game, but a five run top of the seventh made it a much tougher mountain to climb.
Kayla Desheneau went the distance for the Falcons, and Mariah Roberts and Anna Bingham had the lone hits for North Country.
HARDWICK-It took ten innings but the Lake Region boys finally finished off the Hazen Wildcats by a wide open 18-12 score. Deadlocked at ten, the Rangers exploded for eight runs in the top of the frame.
HARDWICKâOne day after scoring 14 runs against Oxbow, the Lake Region Lady Rangerâs continued their offensive outburst by scoring 14 runs against the Hazen Wildcats.
With the playoffs looming, Coach Matt Tinkerâs Lady Rangers know they need to be firing on all cylinders if they want to make a deep run in the Division 3 Playoffs. On Tuesday afternoon they pounded out 14 runs off of 10 hits, and stole an astounding 18 bases.
BRADFORDâComing off their 1st loss in 6 games, the Lady Rangers showed why they are a tough team to beat in Division 3 high school softball. Matt Tinkerâs scrappy and spunky bunch of girls beat the Olympians of Oxbow, to the tune of a 14-2 drumming on Monday afternoon. The Lady Rangers pounded out 14 runs off of 11 hits. Of their 14 runs, 11 came with 2 outs in the inning, highlighted by the 6 run rally with 2 outs in the 3 inning to blow the game wide open.