Archive - 2012 - Sports Article
ORLEANSâ€“To say it has been an interesting couple of days for the 11-3 Lake Region girls soccer team would be an understatement.
As was reported on our website this past Friday, head coach Brad Urie was suspended from coaching his team for the remainder of the 2012 season.
Filling in for him since Thursday's practice was athletic director Eric Degre, who along with boyâ€™s varsity coach Tom Evans, were calling the shots on a gorgeous Saturday morning for the Lady Rangers regular season finale.
NEWPORTâ€“This past Friday, it took the Stowe Raiders (7-5-2) all of four minutes to dash the North Country girls soccer team's hopes of a home play-off game, as the Raiders scored a pair of goals in said time frame to defeat the Falcons (8-5-1) 2-1 in the regular season's closing contest.
"I thought we played really hard and I thought there were a lot of fouls called, and I know you can't blame that, but they had a lot more then we did, but that is just how the game goes," said coach Joe Batista.
NEWPORTâ€“It was a gorgeous fall afternoon yesterday as the North Country field hockey team (3-8-3) played their final game of the regular season against Lyndon Institute (3-5-3).
It was a must win game for both teams, as they are separated by just two index points heading into the contest, but the Falcons and Vikings had to settle for the 1-1 tie.
Before the game got underway, North Country recognized their four departing seniors; Bailey Carter, Mariah Roberts, Danielle Gabucci and Stephanie Jones.
NEWPORTâ€“UCA honored itâ€™s outgoing seniors on Wednesday during a doubleheader against Concord.
In the boys game, Ji Kimâ€™s hatrick set the pace in the Crusaders 5-0 win.
Justin Limoges and Ji Hoon Park, whose birthday was also on Wednesday, had the other goals.
It was a slow start for UCA, with the score tied 0-0 at the half, but the second was the polar opposite of the first, and the boys erupted for five goals to net the win.
The Crusaders also had a special guest appearance in goal as Marc Quirion played goalie for the last fifteen minutes to earn the shut-out with Chris DeLaBruere.
ORLEANSâ€“Much like the electricity in Barton and Orleans, the power went out for the Lake Region girls as they fell to BFA Fairfax 2-1.
"When you are playing against a team like Fairfax you have to have effort. You have to want the ball as badly as they do," said Lake Region coach Brad Urie. "If your intensity level does not match BFAâ€™s, you are going to get beat every single time."
BFA has been the bench mark upon which the Lady Rangers have measured themselves against, but they lost both outings by identical 2-1 scores.
SWANTONâ€“Going up against 9-2-1 Missisquoi, the North Country field hockey team (3-8-2) gave the Thunderbirds all they could handle in a gritty 2-0 loss.
â€śIt was a great game, cold, but very well played,â€ť said coach Chantelle Bouchard.
Danielle Gabucci shone in the loss, stopping seventeen out of nineteen shots.
â€śShe made a ton of great saves,â€ť said Bouchard. â€śShe was diving to stop the ball, you name it, she did it.â€ť
If the season ended today, the two teams would meet each other in the opening round of the division three play-offs.
NEWPORTâ€“Essex (5-6-2) scored two goals in each half of the Falcons and Hornets match on Tuesday, defeating North Country (3-9-1) 4-0.
"We need to believe that we belong with the better teams in the state. Today we probably don't for a lot of reasons, but deep down we know we do and that we can compete with any team," said coach James McKenny.
It was a physical first half for both teams, with a total of three yellow cards issued.
Logan Fortier was issued one for pushing a guy who moments earlier trampled him, and Chris Bronson had the other for NCU.
ORLEANS-Junior Josh Thibault blasted in a goal off a pileup in front of the Danville net as the Rangers outlasted Danville 2-1 in a contest that took two overtime periods. The scoring play came after a barrage of Ranger shots on the outstanding Indian goalkeeper Kyle Johnson.
The Rangers, celebrating senior day, played the first half without the intensity head coach Tom Evans was looking for.
Evans said afterward, â€ťWe just didnâ€™t work as a team. There was a lot of individual play and I thought Danville took it to us in the first half.â€ť
ORLEANSâ€“The fifty racers at the Lake Region Relays barely missed getting completely drenched as the rain held off while they competed in two-person teams, racing around the LRUHS campus on Monday.
The North Country boys and girls had a fine showing at the event.
Led by the duo of Ross DeLaBruere and Sam Brunnette (1st place, 19:48), the Falcons had four of the top five finishes in the boy-boy division, and race, to take first place overall.
NEWPORTâ€“The UCA Lady Crusaders (2-7-3), behind Moriah Lafoe's goal, stayed unbeaten in their fourth straight match, tying Rochester (4-3-1) 1-1 on a rain-soaked mess of a field on Monday afternoon.
Rochester got on the board first when Michaela Sterling knocked one in past Lydia Samaan.
Lafoe tied the contest up when she delivered a long-range shot from near mid-field catching the visiting keeper out of position.
"It was kind of a weird goal and I did not think it was going to go in, but it did and we tied the game," said Lafoe.