Archive - 2013 - Sports Article
JAYâ€“the North Country-Colchester quarter-final game at the Ice Haus Arena was a place where hockey clicheÂ´s went to die.
The two goal lead is the most dangerous lead in hockey, and it is hard to beat a team three times in a row, two of the most common phrases in the game, were both vanquished as the Falcons earned the 3-1 win.
North Country played a good chunk of the game up by two goals (that's one), defeated Colchester for the third straight time this year (that's two), and now have earned a date with South Burlington on Saturday afternoon.
BARRE-They fought the good fight, but in the end, size and speed from Burr and Burton ended the Lake Region Rangers run, 80-62 in the Division two semiâ€“finals Wednesday night at the legendary Barre Auditorium. The number two seeded Bulldogs erased a five point Ranger lead and went on a 20-2 tear through the second period, and LRU was never able to get any closer than eight points the rest of the evening.
The Rangers got 17 from Clint Provoncha, 13 from Caleb Prue, 12 from Drew Gallup and six from Alex Beauregard.
BHS 58, NCU 32
BURLINGTONâ€“North Country's foray into the 2013 post-season came to a close on Wednesday night, as they fell to the Burlington Seahorses.
"We didn't win, but it is nice to be associated with a great group of girls," said NCU coach Christiane Brown.
Offense was hard to come by for the Falcons in the first half, as they managed only twelve points in the opening sixteen minutes.
Things would get betting in the second half, as the Falcons would eventually out-score the Seahorses 13-12 in the final quarter, but by then it was too late.
Here is a quick round-up of what happened on Wednesday night.
For hockey fans, it was a great night at the Ice Haus, as a packed house witnessed the Falcons win both ends of the doubleheader.
The girls defeated Stowe 5-0, and the boys took down Colchester 3-1.
Turning to the hard-court, Craftsbury's girls defeated South Royalton 34-31, in what coach Rick Thomas said was the first "true home play-off game" for his team.
ORLEANS-It hasnâ€™t always been pretty.
But it has been effective. And you are, in sports, what you are in terms of record.
With that said the Lady Rangers are a pretty good little ballclub as they advanced Tuesday thru their playoff bracket.
Lake Region withstood a late Springfield rally to advance to the Division Two quarter-finals after a 51-48 play-down victory.
LRU got 18 points from Drew Neal and some clutch play in the waning moments from senior Sarah Burnham, as the blue and white achieved their 17th win against 4 defeats this winter.
CONCORDâ€“The Lady Crusaders were ready, they were rested and they were prepared.
Then they ran into Kasey DeGreenia.
The Concord Wildcat forward single-handedly out-scored the entire UCA roster, going for 27 en-route to the 55-23 play-down win on Tuesday evening.
"I am very pleased with how hard the girls worked, despite the score," said UCA coach Tony DeLaBruere. "It didn't come as a surprise though, because that is how they have played all season."
UCA was led by Hannah Piette, who had 12 points, followed by Laura Libby who had five and two boards.
NEWPORTâ€“A fantastic season for the UCA Crusader boys came to a close on Monday evening, as they fell to the West Rutland Golden Horde 68-49 at the North Country gymnasium.
"Though we lost this game, I am proud of the effort my guys played with until the end," said UCA coach Tony DeLaBruere.
Chris DeLaBruere led UCA with 22 points, and grabbed nine boards.
Marquel Taylor-Webster was also in double-digits, score 13 in limited time while grabbing nine rebounds and recording five blocks.
Jordan Pease led all scorers with 24.
ORLEANS-It was a long trip up from Brandon, Vermont for the 11th seeded Otter Valley Otters Saturday, and after a painful 29 point whupping by host Lake Region, it probably was a longer trip back.
The Lake Region backcourt had their way with the visiting Otters, forcing 26 turnovers with their relentless multi-headed group of guards to earn a to a trip to the Division Two Final Four at Barre Auditorium this coming Wednesday.
Add to the fact that the Otters had no answer for Drew Gallup inside, and it was a long afternoon for Otter Valley.
ORLEANSâ€“The Lady Rangers did not finnish up the regular season they way they wanted to, as they fell to Winooski 56-45.
The game was seen as a test for Lake Region as they prepare to head into the play-offs without a few crucial members of their squad.
"That game was one we really wanted to win for seeding purposes," said assistant coach Joe Houston. "It wasn't a one-and-done situation, but it was sort of like that atmosphere, and we did not handle it the way we wanted to in terms of coming out and staying composed.
NEWPORTâ€“It wasn't easy, it wasn't always pretty, but in the end, the UCA boys got the job done, defeating South Royalton 39-31 to advance to the quarterfinal's against the winner of West Rutland/Sharon contest.
Taylor-Webster's 18 points led all scorers, and he had 8 rebounds to boot.
Chris added 10 points to go along with 11 boards, Saaman had 9 and 5, and Kim had 2 points.
Jon DeLaBruere and Dale Martell each had a pair of rebounds.
Originally slated to play on Friday, the Crusaders' game has moved to Monday at 6:00 at North Country's gym.