Archive - 2013 - Sports Article
JAY-One year removed from coming within a goal of winning the Division II State Championship, the North Country girls hockey team finds themselves in a whole new world.
With two years of success after several trying seasons, it was deemed appropriate to move the program to Division I, a division that has seen just two teams become state champions (BFA St. Albans, Essex) since the league's inception.
JAY-The 2013-2014 North Country boys hockey team will be a family affair as the team is loaded with four pairs of siblings.
Said captain and older brother Ryan Paul on the familial feel of the team, "It is a really good thing. The team going to be much closer with so many siblings on the team, that is just the way it is."
The Falcons are coming off of a very strong 2012-13 season where they finished 15-6-2, and made it into the semi-finals for the second straight year.
Under new coach Ryan Jacobs, North Country is looking to make it as far, or further in 2014.
NEWPORTâ€“When UCA announced that they would not be fielding a basketball program for the 2013-2014 season, it left multiple players without a venue to display their love of the game.
One athlete in particular was hit especially hard by the news; UCA senior Paul Saaman.
The high-flier, whose ariel assaults at the opposition's baskets have been known to leave jaws on the floor, had just endured a rough a soccer season where the team struggled to find a win, and now he was being grounded before he could take off for his final season on the hardwood.
NEWPORTâ€“With numbers dwindling, interest waning and schedules conflicting, the United Christian Academy Crusaders will not be fielding a boy's or girl's basketball team this season.
Tony DeLaBruere, who by the end of last season was coaching both teams, expressed his feelings about his former teams not returning in 2013.
"It is too bad that they won't be able to put teams out there," DeLaBruere said on Tuesday. "We had a lot of success last year and I really feel for the kids that wanted to play, especially the seniors."
For the Full Story, See the Express on Wednesday 11-27-13.
NEWPORTâ€“What started out as a holiday tradition six years ago has now blossomed into two months of fundraising workouts to benefit oncology patients at the North Country Hospital.
Local fitness instructor Sharon Stewart has been hosting morning workouts at the Wellness Center on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's day to raise funds for patients that are fighting with cancer, and this year, with help from the hospital and the Wellness Center, she has expanded the workouts to every Sunday in November and December.
For the full story, see the Express on Monday 11-18-13.
NEWPORTâ€“With Ed Duncan taking over the North Country boys basketball varsity coaching position, an opening was created at the JV level.
Late last week the school filled that position when they hired George Azur II as the new junior varsity boys basketball coach.
"I am really excited to get this opportunity and I can't wait to start the season," Azur said about his hiring.
For the Full Story, See the Express on Friday, 11-15-13.
LYNDON CENTERâ€“The 2013-2014 Lyndon State College Women's basketball team will have three players from Orleans County on their roster when their season kicks off this Friday in Redlands, California.
Britney Geoffrey, Britni Jewer and Drew Neal will all play for coach Vinnie Maloney's squad this year, and the coach took some time out of his day to speak about the three local athletes that will be suiting up for the Hornets.
For the Full Story, See the Express on Thursday 11-14-13.
MANCHESTER,NHâ€“On Saturday, the North Country cross country Falcons sent their boy's team and Avery Ellis to the New England Interscholastic Cross Country Championships that were held at Derryfield Park.
It was the first trip to the race for all but one of the Falcons, and they came away with a great showing, a bunch of memories and some valuable experience that all but one of them will be able to implement and utilize moving forward.
"It was a great day at the races," said North Country coach Chris Shaffer. "It is a high pace course that makes you feel like you are actually running."
GLOVER-The Glover Eagles hosted the 2013 Orleans Central Supervisory Union Playoff tournament this year and ended the year as champions. The teams that were in the play-offs were Barton, Brownington, Coventry, Glover and Irasburg. Irasburg came in second, Barton in third, Coventry in fourth and Brownington in fifth.
The final game went into to overtime with Riley Urie scoring in double OT for Glover to win it all. Thanks for everyone who came and joined us on cold day to support our teams.
BURLINGTON-The North Country Falcons and Stowe Raiders took at 0-0 tie into the second half of Wednesday's Division III field hockey semi-final, and although both teams would score in the second, it would be Stowe emerging as the victor, outscoring North Country 2-1 in the game's final 30 minutes.
Stowe got up 2-0 on goals by Ricki Haab and Mariah Barrows before NCU's Alex Bussiere scored with 2:35 left in regulation to cut the lead to 2-1.