Archive - 2011 - Sports Article
DERBYâ€“ The main pool at IROC is back. Itâ€™s cold, but itâ€™s open. And there could be no better group to test it out than the IROCKET Swim Team which started its season tonight doing laps in the 66 degree water. For some like Eric Gauvin, Eli McFarlane, and Adam Lodewik, 66 degrees was no different than what they took on during the 6 mile open water swim this summer at Kingdom Swim. For others, it was â€śNothing but Chilly.â€ť
NORTHEAST KINGDOMâ€“UCA ended its annual Spirit Week with a pair of varsity soccer matches. Once again, this years Spirit Week is in memory of former UCA student Eli Goss, who lost his life in a motor vehicle accident one year ago.
Varsity Boy's Coach Alyssa DeLaBruere said, "Even though he his not here, we can still feel him around us." While originally scheduled for a double-header at Gardner Park, the girl's game was moved to the North Country Junior High School, with the boy's remaining at Gardner.
NEWPORTâ€“The Champlain Valley Union Red Hawks came into the Kingdom with an impressive 7-1 record in 2011, and put on a display of technical soccer wonderment as they defeated the North Country Falcons 3-0.
"These are kids who play a lot of soccer together," said Assistant Coach Andrew Roy of the Red Hawks, "They are a talented group and they are skilled and are always thinking five passes ahead."
From the opening kick-off CVU were masters of their domain, displaying a very quick and high-finesse style, and, as Coach Roy said, seemed to be thinking several moves ahead.
CRAFTSBURY â€“ The Craftsbury Academy Lady Chargers suffered a heartbreaking overtime loss against Canaan Memorial High School. After leading 1-0 at the half thanks to an Olivia Jones goal, the game was a see-saw affair moving forward. Shortly after Canaan tied the game at 1, Melanie Sergiev put the Chargers on top once again, 2-1. Canaan High continued to fight and knotted the game at 2-2 with just over 20 minutes remaining.
JERICHOâ€“ The North Country Boys soccer team had a tough go of it on Tuesday when thy fell to the Mount Mansfield Cougars 2-0 on the road.
The Falcons battled hard for the the first 65 minutes before things came undone in the final fifteen minutes.
An intentional handball inside the box lead to one of the Cougar goals, as Cody Simoneau got his hand on the ball. The call usually results in an automatic red card and an ejection for the remainder of the game, and it did.
For Chris Bronson.
That would be lucky break number one for Simoneau.
ORLEANSâ€“ The winds blew cold and hard at Ranger field on Wednesday as the Hazen girls soccer team came in and completed the season series sweep with a 2-1 win over Lake Region.
"We played great the last twenty minutes. If we can learn to play that way all the time we would be a much better team," said Coach Brad Urie, "They are a young team and I don't think they understand the type of intensity you have to bring to the field."
NEWPORTâ€“The rains that had cleared early Tuesday afternoon came back out and helped to dampen spirits as the North Country field hockey team fell to visiting St. Johnsbury 1-0.
The Falcons played well in the match, and Coach Bouchard was pleased to see strong efforts by her girls in back-to-back contests.
"I think they played a great game. I think they had the momentum of the Stowe game and I think it was still with them."
The first half was a very even affair with both sides getting an equal amount of chances.
NEWPORTâ€“Poor field conditions at Lake Region forced the Lady Rangers to head up to their old rival North Country's home turf to take on Winooski Monday afternoon.
"We are grateful to North Country for letting us use their field," said Coach Urie of the Falcons generosity.
The Rangers Tyrah Urie would net all three goals for LR, pacing the team to a 3-1 win over the Spartans.
Lake Region came out early with pressure, forcing Spartan goalie Shelby Alger to make several first half saves.
NEWPORT-The North Country Falcons scored on every possession series as they amassed eight touchdowns in an impressive display of offensive dominance producing 62 total points. Senior tailback Nick LeClair had the biggest night of all as he piled up 172 yards on the ground including hitting paydirt four times in the contest as NCU pile drived the visiting Lyndon Institute Vikings 62-22.
THETFORDâ€“North Country XC ran a cold, muddy, & wet race at Woods Trail in Thetford, VT on Saturday.
The girls had a strong performance finishing 9th overall (6th VT team) led by Senior Captain Steph Watson. Steph finished in 15th place (22:08) out of a field of runners from all over New England on a slow course smeared with mud.