Archive - Dec 2012 - Sports Article
CRAFTSBURYâ€“In the second meeting of the season between the UCA and Craftsbury girl's basketball teams, the Chargers once again flexed their muscle, defeating the Crusaders 49-24.
"We have been working on playing as a team to get everybody used to each other, and that was what was working for us tonight," said Craftsbury's Sarah Dunbar.
Much like the first go around, the opening quarter was a fairly close affair.
Janet Bohannon opened the scoring, making one basket followed by two more from the line.
NEWPORTâ€“The North Country girls basketball team opened up their season in fine fashion, defeating the Lyndon Institute Vikings 56-29 on Tuesday evening.
Coach Christiane Brown utilized her entire roster in the win, something that should provide a good springboard for the rest of the season.
"We are going to win as a team and we are going to lose as a team, from the five girls on the floor to the ladies on the bench," said Brown after the game. "I really emphasize the importance of us on the bench are the sixth players and the fans are the seventh."
CRAFTSBURYâ€“The moment I walked into the brand new World War II Memorial Gymnasium at Craftsbury Academy, the electricity was palpable.
Principal Merri Greenia was greeting fans at the door, dispensing tickets and programs with an extra twinkle in her eye.
And who could blame her.
After months of hard work, and weeks of anticipation, this was the big night, the night the entire community had waited for; The first home games of the 2012-2013 Craftsbury Academy basketball season.
And what a night it was.
JAYâ€“Well, they came as advertised.
The North Country girls hockey team more than held there own against Division I South Burlington/MMU, but fell just a little short of their goal, losing the contest 3-1.
"I think we skated with them for two, two and a quarter periods, but we just did not finish our chances early," said coach Claude Paul.
With the merger of So. Burlington and Mount Mansfield set to last just one year, the visiting squad took to the ice in their special sky blue commemorative jerseys to face the improved Falcons.
NEWPORTâ€“A hot start by Paul Saaman and a solid team performance from the line in the fourth fueled the UCA boy's 46-41 win over Craftsbury in the two team's season opener on Saturday afternoon.
"I was very happy to start out with a win and the boys definitely deserved it," said UCA coach Tony DeLaBruere. "We started out great and basically the first and fourth quarters were one game and the third and the fourth were another.
"I love playing against Craftsbury, their fans are very intelligent and passionate, and like I said, it is nice to start out with a win."
NEWPORTâ€“After a tight start, Craftsburyâ€™s girl's basketball team opened up their play in the second quarter, and handed the UCA Crusaders a 44-20 loss to open up the season.
"The girl's effort was huge," said coach Rick Thomas. "We want to be a pressure-up team, work our defensive sets, and create offense off of our defense. That is our signature, that is how we want to play."
As mentioned, things were close early, as the score was at 3-2 UCA for a while before the girls stated to get into the flow of the game.
JAYâ€“After a fantastic season in his first year at the helm of the North Country girl's hockey team, coach Clause Paul's squad has added even more horsepower to an already potent line-up.
The Falcons have gotten stronger in every facet of the game, from defense, to offense, but most notably, in goal.
Last season Tara Langmaid did an admirable job of stepping into Meghan Simpson's skates after Simpson went down due to injury, but at times her inexperience showed.
NEWPORTâ€“After a seventh place finish in their return to full time varsity status last year, the North Country wrestling team is hoping that this season's team can build on that success and do even better during the 2012-2013 campaign.
"I think we have a good chance of doing a lot better this year than last," said coach Chris Mandigo. "Last year we won a couple of dual meets, this year I expect to do a lot better."
NEWPORTâ€“When was the last time you saw a member of the North Country basketball team dunk a ball?
In the three years since I have been covering the team I had yet to see it happen, but when I stopped by the NCU gym to chat with coach Brian Bonvechio, I finally saw it.
Freshman Kendrick Gray soared down the lane, went up, and came down with a thunderous one-handed slam, ushering in a new era and attitude of Falcon basketball.
NEWPORTâ€“This year it is going to be about the doing the little things right for the North Country girl's basketball team.
"I emphasized to the girls that the little things are going to make a difference this season," said coach Christiane Brown. "Making our lay-ups, pushing the ball forward, not losing who we are guarding and finding a body to box out. The little things are going to be what puts us over the top this season.
"I want us to put points on the board, but it is going to be all of the things that lead up to that are what's important to me."