Archive - 2013 - Sports Article
NEWPORTâ€“Gary Atchinson is to tennis in Newport as Ted Williams is to baseball in Boston.
That is why it was to the delight of many that on Saturday morning friends, family members, colleagues, tennis players and former students alike gathered at Prouty Beach, as the tennis courts were named The Gary Atchinson Tennis Courts at Prouty Beach.
For the full story, see the Express on 6-17-13.
BRANDONâ€“Lake Region's baseball season came to a close last week, as the 7th seed lost to the number two seed Otter Valley Otters 6-0 in quarterfinal play.
Despite the second round loss, coach Eric Degre was pleased with his team's season, posting on the Rangers website, "It was a great baseball season for the Rangers! Well done men!"
Otter Valley got off to the fast start, touching Ranger starter Matt Messier for a pair of runs in the first.
The Otters would slowly add to their lead, scoring again in the second, once in the fourth, and twice in the fifth.
OTTER VALLEY-The curtain closed on the Lake Region Rangersâ€™ softball season Wednesday, as the girls in blue fell to Otter Valley 10-2.
â€śItâ€™s not like they (Otter Valley) knocked the cover off of the ball. They 10 hits, but 3 were bunts singles, and 3 more were squirrely little squib hits.
â€śBut their hits were timely, and when you walk 8 and make a few errors, there was always someone on base when they did get a hit. We had two or three of the hardest hit balls all day, but right at someone. Their shortstop and catcher were outstanding defensively,â€ť said LR coach Matt Tinker.
SOUTH BURLINGTONâ€“How important is one run?
Pretty darn important if you ask North Country coach Brian Bonvechio.
With nobody out and the Falcons trailing 2-0 in the top of the third of their play-down game with South Burlington, Jared Hussey crossed home plate, but the umpires ruled that he did not touch the dish, and was thusly called out.
North Country's next batter Tyler Sanville would hit into an inning-ending double-play, killing off the Falconsâ€™ momentum.
For the full story, see the Express on 6-6-13.
ORLEANS-Undaunted by facing an unknown team without their ace on the mound, No. 7 seeded Lake Region knocked off No. 10 Harwood 8-4 behind a strong performance from Dustin Bathalon in Division II high school baseball play-down action Tuesday afternoon.
Sophomore Logan Harper paced the Rangers with a trio of hits and three RBIs, followed by Matt Messier (three hits) and Josh Locke (two hits).
For the full story, see the Express on 6-6-13.
ORLEANSâ€“Three out of the four Lady Rangers seniors were in attendance on Friday when Lake Region played their final regular season game of 2013.
Kayla Royer, Sarah Burnham and Whitney Poginy all got the start against Winooski, while the fourth senior, Hannah Leroux was on her class trip.
The Lady Rangers would not disappoint, as they plated 23 runs in the very one-sided 23-4 victory.
for the full story, see the Express on 6-3-13.
NEWPORTâ€“In her final game at home, senior North Country Anna Bingham hit her fifth home run of the season in her third at bat to match the number on the back of her jersey in a losing cause against Essex.
"It was awesome, even though we lost," said Bingham on her final appearance as a Falcon in Newport. "I got my fifth home run and it made my day."
For the full story, see the Express on 6-3-13.
BURLINGTONâ€“With temperatures hovering near 90 degrees, the Division I Vermont State track and field took place at Burlington High Schoolâ€™s athletic complex.
It would be a big day for the Essex Hornets, as they swept both the girls (156.5 pts.) and boys (115.2 pts.) divisions to win both titles.
North Country sent over about a dozen athletes to the meet, and would bring one first place finish, one second, two thirds and a fourth place, placing sixth on the girls side (31 pts.) and 13th on the boys (4 pts.)
For the full story, see the Express on Monday 6-3-13.
FAIR HAVENâ€“Lake Region's track and field team was in fine form on Saturday, as they took third place overall in both the boys (63.4 pts.) and the girls (93 pts.) Division III meets.
For the girls, Emily Close had two first place finishes, taking home top honors in the 300m hurdles (48.83) and the high jump (4'8").
Tyrah Urie had a nice afternoon on Saturday.
She was second in the 100m (12.93), the 200m (26.31, .31 seconds from a D III state record) and the long jump (14'6").
Lake Region 10, Williamstown 9
ORLEANSâ€“The Rangers closed out their season with a run-filled win over Williamstown on Saturday.
Matt Messier drove in 3 runs, while Dustin Bathalon and Alex Beauregard each had a pair of RBI's, and Logan Harper brought in one.
On Friday, the boys defeated Winooski 7-3.
Lake Region is riding a 5 game winning streak, and are playing the right type of baseball at the right time of year.
They are ranked 6th in Division II, and will likely host Harwood in round number one of the post-season.
NCU 9, ST. Johnsbury 8