Archive - 2012 - Sports Article
JAY PEAK - With the Ice Hockey Women's World Championship just a couple days away, Swedenâ€™s womenâ€™s hockey team is working hard. The team, housed at Jay Peakâ€™s golf course condos, is getting prepared for the eight-team tournament that starts Saturday at UVMâ€™s Gutterson field House. The tourney will feature the best eight womenâ€™s hockey teams on the planet.
For Team Sweden, itâ€™s another chance to keep building a program that has become a contender for the medal rounds over the last few years. The team is generally acknowledged as a top five club on the world ratings chart.
ORLEANSâ€“Coming off of a season where they reached the quarter-finals, the Lake Region softball team is looking to maintain that same level of play in 2012.
"We have set the bar pretty high over the last three years, and the group we have coming back this year is a veteran group, so they know what is expected," said head coach Matt Tinker.
Depth has been an asset for the Rangers in recent seasons, and they will have to utilize that depth again this year to fill some holes in the line-up.
Lake Region lost four players to graduation last year, all four being major contributors to the team.
NEWPORTâ€“With the season getting underway this afternoon, the North Country boys tennis team is ripe with promise.
"We've got a good blend of upper and underclassman this year," said head coach Gary Atchinson.
Said senior Maoz Knight, "It looks good. A lot of the guys have gotten better, and we have all improved. I think we should be pretty good."
The team finished 4-9 and missed the tourney last season, but with a very balanced team in 2012, Atchinson is feeling good about this year's chances.
ST. JOHNSBURYâ€“The NEK Pythons traveled forty miles south on Interstate 91 this past Saturday for a wrestling event held at the St. Johnsbury Academy.
The team faced some very talented wrestlers, but still came home with a first place finish as well as several second third honors.
Cazian Comeau-Elman was lone wrestler to take home the gold, wrestling in the 44 lb. weight class.
This is Comeau-Elmanâ€™s first year with the program, and the first grader pinned all the opponents he faced.
Here is how the rest of the team fared on Saturday:
DERBYâ€“The Northeast Kingdom Roller Derby women made their debut with an exhibition at IROC on Saturday evening.
The seven Busted Cupcake skaters played host to the Upper Valley Vixens from Enfield, NH and the Twin City Riot from Barre, introducing the sport of Roller Derby to Kingdom residents.
"I think it went really well," Ellen "Poison" Apple, Captain of the Cupcakes and League President, said of the evening.
The three squads split into two teams for the friendly exhibition match, and spectators on hand were intrigued by the action.
FRISCO, TXâ€“The Vermont Shamrocks opened up the Tier II U-16 Girlsâ€™ National Championship Tournament with a tough 6-4 loss to the Chicago Bruins.
With members of the team arriving just hours before game time, it is understandable that they may not have had their legs ready for the 7:00 am start time.
The Bruins came out strong, scoring three goals in the first ten minutes, but the Shamrocks got their legs going, and tied the game up at three.
BARRE/MONTPELIERâ€“The 7/8 grade NEK Blue Devils took part in the 5th annual Vermont Sting IceBreaker this past weekend, and came home with a perfect 4-0 record, claiming the 8th grade division title.
In the opening game, the Blue Devils battled back against the Littleton Crusaders to force overtime on an Austin Roberge 3 with 2 seconds on the clock. Noah Racineâ€™s 3 to start OT gave the blue and white the lead that they never looked back from, winning 62-58. Roberge led the way with 34 points and Danny Epinette chipped in with 17 points and 13 boards.
NEWPORT â€“ The Vermont Shamrocks U-16 girls hockey team took second place at the Tier II New England Hockey championships this past weekend, earning the squad a chance to compete for the national title in Dallas next week. Usually only one team is sent from the region, but many at USA Hockey believed that they were leaving out one of the best teams in the country and are allowing the Shamrocks to compete for the title.
The NEK Python wrestling team spent their St. Patrickâ€™s Day in Milton, and although they did not don any green, they certainly found some gold as three of their wrestlers brought home first place medals.
Josh Roberts, Logan Gerrow, and first year wrestler Tyler Wilson all took home the gold with their performances on Saturday.
As for the rest of the Pythons, the brother act of Aiden and Malakai Maher came away with second place honors.