Archive - Aug 2012 - Sports Article
DERBYâ€“Some athletes slow up their pace in the off-season. Some join travel teams and play sporadically, maybe twice a month with a few practices thrown in to keep the players sharp.
Members of the North Country Wrestling Club (North Country Wrestling Team during the season, as the club got back its' varsity status last season) prefer to take a different approach.
Instead of less, they prefer more.
As in five days a week, and we are more than three months away from wrestling season and over a month away from the next tournament on the schedule.
ORLEANSâ€“The Annual Ranger Give & Go Basketball Camp is in full swing at the Don Harter Memorial Gymnasium.
The camp is run by the Lady Rangers head coach Mark Tinker, and has been going steady for nearly a decade.
"I started the camp when I took over the Varsity program here because I felt we needed something for the feeder program and I up and started it."
The camp is open to both boys and girls, and is split into two age groups; Campers in grades 3 through 5 attend in the morning and 6 through 8 in the afternoon.
It has been a busy summer at Dunlaveyâ€™s Black Belt Academy, owned and operated by 7th Don Master Rick Dunlavey â€“ highest ranking Master in the Northeast Kingdom. More than 40 of his Tae Kwon Do students participated in the Derby 4th of July Parade. The float, provided and driven by Gosselin Water Wells, held a host of Dragons (mostly aged 3-6) while the Tigers, adult students and family members, marched alongside. The students wowed the crowd with Kibon One throughout the route. Later in July, the school moved to a new location at 292 Shattuck Hill Road in Derby.
Thought you were competing only in a Triathlon? Wrong. We had an open water swim going on and we had some very, very strong swimming going on in Lake Seymour.
We may not have had the wherewithal to recognize you at the Award Ceremony, (our woodal machine broke down and we didnâ€™t have the times available yesterday afternoon). But all of you Aqua and Ollie and Swim Only participants were also in a swim competition (whether you knew it or not), and we are proud to announce the winners of the 3.5 mile Seymour Swim AND the 1.75 mile Seymour Swim.
Wrongway Joe Kurtz finds his way to being the top Aquaman, Laurie Hugg Threepeats, Daniel Soucy and Michelle Patrick claim the Ollie, Johnny Appleseed a/k/a Speedy Petee and Kristen Skulte take the Sprint. The Fresh Corn by Lee and Crew, The Crazy Good Music by Reckless Breakfast, and the wonderful good spirit everywhere were OUTSTANDING. Making it all happen: The battle hardened, IROC Staff and Hearty Volunteers (including another return by Julie Gunn), The Seymour Flotilla, and Lake Salem Association, ADA Flaggers, and the many, many wonderful sponsors of The Kingdom Summer Games 2012
NEWPORTâ€“The North Country Heat Invitational Baseball Tournament took place this weekend at Gardner Park and the home team did not disapoint, going 4-0 to win the event.
"The tournament went really well," said Heat Coach Mike LaCourse. "We got to see some new players that played with us that we may see next year at the high school. It was a good opportunity for the players to be in different roles and in a different environment."
The North Country 15-U Heat will be hosting two teams this weekend for their summer baseball invitational tournament. The team will be looking to rebound from last yearâ€™s tourney in which they bowed out in the semi-finals.
All games will be played at Gardner Park starting at 10:00 on Saturday morning and going through until Sunday evening.
There will also be a home run derby Saturday evening at 7:00.
DERBYâ€“The staff at IROC is getting ready for Saturday's 5th Annual Kingdom Triathlon and Seymour Swim.
"We are expecting around one-hundred and fifty people this year," said Sue Engel.
The event draws people from all over the United States and internationally as well.
Staff members spent Thursday gathering materials in preparation for Friday's jaunt around the NEK to set up for the event.
There will be an early registration and sign in at IROC Friday from 1:00-7:00 PM and the "Crazy Nuts Dinner" that evening from 6:00-9:00 PM at the Eastside Restaurant.
It was the first word that came to my mind when I entered Deslandes Blue Wave Tae Kwon Do Academy studio.
Master Christina Deslandes was working with a student when I arrived, and there was no fooling around.
The youngster was focused, going through his workout with a business-like attitude rarely seen in a child of his age.
But at Blue Wave that is the norm, not the exception.
Students at the Academy learn the five tenets, courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control and indomitable spirit.