Archive - Feb 2012 - Sports Article
CRAFTSBURYâ€“With the sun shinning outside a packed Craftsbury Academy gymnasium, the Chargers took home the inaugural Stephen Willey Memorial Tournament Championship with a 55-32 win over Mid-Vermont Christian School.
The event honors the late Stephen Willey, a former Craftsbury player who passed away in 2010, and according to the Academy's athletic director Joe Houston, the event could not have gone any better.
BARREâ€“North Country's girls basketball team gave Spaulding all they could handle on Friday before finally succumbing to the Tide 50-41 in overtime.
It was a very evenly matched game, but the difference came down to free throws for the Falcons.
The team was an overall 7/15 from the line, including a dismal 3/8 in the fourth quarter. Making any one of those eight freebies could have keyed a win, and coach Christiane Brown knows it.
"We had plenty of chances to seal the win, but we we did not finish and that is something we must tighten up."
JAYâ€“In the second game of the doubleheader, the Falcons boys went up against one of the more surprising teams in division one this year, the Stowe Raiders.
Stowe made the jump to the top level of hockey this season and have done well, accruing only four loses on the season to date.
The Raiders feature one of the best players in the state, Ross Mandigo, but the electrifying forward almost missed the game as he forgot his jersey at home.
However, teammate Connor Meehan gave up his sweater and watched the game in street clothes to help bolster his team's chance of winning.
JAYâ€“The North Country girls hockey team had an improved showing on Friday night when they hosted the Stowe Raiders at the Ice Haus. Coming off of a sloppy win against Woodstock, the girls played a much more disciplined game, but fell short in their efforts, losing a quiet contest by the score of 2-0.
"I thought the girls all played pretty well," said assistant coach Tom Bernier, "Stowe is a tough team and we haven't played against a top seed in awhile and this was an eye opener for us."
CRAFTSBURYâ€“In the consolation game of the Stephen Willey Memorial Tournament, the Whitcomb Hornets built a 43-24 lead at the half en-route to the 64-39 win over UCA.
The Crusaders, who were already shorthanded to start with, became more limited as Chris DeLaBruere was tagged for four fouls in the opening sixteen minutes, leaving him unable to compete at full strength.
Ji Kim had three fouls in the opening half, and would eventually bow out of the game with 2:33 left in the fourth.
The first quarter was a fairly close eight minutes of basketball.
ORLEANS â€“ â€śA total team effort,â€ť is what Coach James Ingalls has called Friday nightâ€™s 48-44 victory over the Winooski Spartans.
Winooski jumped out in front early, building an 8-4 lead before James Margolla and Matthew Messier tied the game at 8 on back-to-back put backs. A Devon Rollins successful and-one pushed the lead back to 3, seconds before Matthew Messier drained a 3 at the buzzer to send the game to the second quarter knotted at 11.
Rollins tried to single handedly put the Rangers ball club away in the second frame, connecting on two 3-pointers to push the lead to 25-17.
WOODSTOCKâ€“What I assumed would be an easy return to the bench turned into quite the adventure as the North Country girls hockey team managed to escape with a 9-6 win over the Wasps on Wednesday night.
"It was not the prettiest win I have ever seen, but the girls need to put this one behind them and get ready for Stowe on Friday," I said to myself after the game.
With assistant coaches Tom Bernier and Tracy Muzerall unavailable for the game, head coach Claude Paul asked me if I would like a chance to resume my old duties as an assistant coach for the evening.
JAY-The North Country icemen rallied for a pair of third period scoring plays and knocked off the visiting Middlebury Tigers 2-1 at the Ice Haus atop Jay Peak. It took goals by Ryan Paul and Adam Viens to secure the victory. Falcon junior netminder Chris Bronson kicked out 16 shots to help lock down the Tigers.
The Falcons scored twice in a span of two minutes in the third period to get the equalizer and the lead goal. Logan Fortier led Ryan Paul who went through a pair of Tiger defenders. Paul fired the disk past Middlebury goaltender Nick Brunch knotting things up at 1 all.
ORLEANSâ€”The Lady Rangers of Lake Region played host to the Stowe Raiders Tuesday night, and after a shaky first quarter, the blue and white came alive and lit the opponent up to the tune of a 56-13 drubbing.
STOWEâ€“ On Tuesday, the North Country boys and girls snowboarding teams traveled to Stowe to take part in a slope side competition against four other schools. The day was cold, the rails were solid and the jumps were huge. When the snow had settled, the girls team tied for first place with Burr and Burton Academy, and were led by captains Gina Basiliere, who finished second and Anna Ghelli in third.
The boys team had a third place finish as a team, and they were paced by Justin Christopher's ninth place finish and Josh Brien, who rode in at the number twelve spot.