Archive - Aug 2012 - Sports Article
NEWPORTâJust like many of the other sports teams from North Country, the boys' soccer team also lost a large chunk of their roster to graduation.
Ten players departed the squad with a diploma while one member transferred to another school.
While coach James McKenny has almost a whole new roster to work with, one thing still remains the same; defense.
ORLEANSâTom Evans is back for his thirty-first year of coaching at Lake Region, and when asked what he has not seen in the game of soccer, it was tough for him to find an answer.
What he does know is that he will be fielding a very competitive team in 2012.
"I am very excited about the year," said Evans. "We lost five seniors which was basically our midfield, so we have our work cut out for us, but we've got a good group of returning players and if we can get the mid-field play we should be ok."
NEWPORTâLast year players were hard to come by for the United Christian Academy boys soccer team.
This year they got all the players they could.
There are fourteen boys that range in grade from 8th-12th at UCA and they are all playing for coach Alyssa DeLaBruere this season.
Three eighth graders will make their debut for the team along with some of new international players, who are still stuck in Korea due to sever weather conditions.
ORLEANSâThe days of the being a ground and pound crew for the Lake Region girls soccer team are all but over.
Coach Brad Urie has taken the rough and tumble teams of the last few seasons, and infused a blend of speed and finesse that he hopes will produce the same kinds of results that his previous squads have.
NEWPORTâLosing one or two key players to graduation can be tough.
Losing the bulk of your starters and top reserves is almost mind numbing.
Be that as it may, that is what Chantelle Bouchard and the rest of the 2012 field hockey Falcons must contend with as they embark on this year's campaign.
"It's hard to fill their positions for sure, but as the season moves on we will be able to tell more," said the coach.
As hard as it is to reboot, North Country is going to go at it full steam ahead and could surprise some folks along their way.
NEWPORTâFrom the on-field action to the man running the ship, the 2012 North Country football team will have a new look and feel to their program.
Gone from the team is the legendary Bob Davis, who retired after a spectacular run as the head coach of the Falcons.
With him goes the traditional option-based offense that has been the calling card of the program for years.
Also missing will be the class of 2011, a crew of nineteen talented players that were the backbone of the team's undefeated regular season.
At Willoughby III, 23 swimmers and 23 âyackersâ took to the water from North Beach, swimming south for burgers and fresh picked corn on the cob waiting for them at South Beach (East).
COATICOOK,QCâOn August 8th the O.E.C. Lightning traveled to Coaticook and came away with a very exciting win to end their season.
With the lead changing hands 4 times throughout the course of the game, it took the Lighting until the top of the 7th to finally put it away thanks to a 4 run outburst.
But lets go back to see how we got there.
In the top of the first Phoenix Malanga led off for the Lightning and the very first pitch he saw drilled it in the gap in left center for a double.
ORLEANSâThe Orleans Country Country Club could not have asked for better conditions for this year's Arthur Mandros Memorial Member/Guest Golf Tournament.
"It turned out to be a great event," said
O.C.C. Club Pro Horace Archer with a smile.
"We had two days of great weather and we had people who enjoyed themselves, had dinners and played great with great sportsmanship. What else can I say."
After a fantastic Saturday of action and another great round Sunday morning, the eight teams were divided into two flights for the shoot-out to determine the winners of the tournament.
ORLEANSâHorace Archer, the golf pro at the Orleans Country Club, did not take the unusual path to becoming a golf pro.
For him, turning a hobby into a full-time occupation happened later in life than many of today's professionals who head into college knowing they want to be involved in the game as a career.
"I was brought up as an engineer and I worked for twenty-five years for IBM after which I decided I needed to continue to be doing something before I die. I decided I should go into golf."