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The UCA boys finished out their season with a 66-49 win, the North Country hockey girls lost 6-4, and the boys won 5-1.
Plus, changes are underfoot in the world of basketball, find out this week!
Details to come on Monday's Express on 2-25-13.
NEWPORTâ€“With a trip to the Division I boy's basketball play-offs on the line, the North Country Falcons came up a little short, losing to Champlain Valley Union 61-46 to put an end to what has been a trying 2012-2013 season.
"It was very frustrating," said NCU coach Brian Bonvechio. "We have a lot more talent than we showed as a basketball team.
"A lot of it's my fault for not being able to bring the team together and make then work together, but we just never found that chemistry on the court or off."
NCU 6, Rice 3
SOUTH BURLINGTONâ€“Adam Viens had two goals and an assist on Wednesday as North Country defeated Rice 6-3 at the Cairns Arena.
The Falcons had Chase LaCourse in goal, and despite the three goals allowed, LaCourse had a strong game in net for NCU, blocking 19 shots in the win.
"He made some good stops fur us tonight," said NCU coach Andrew Roy.
At the end of the first, the Falcons were up 2-1 on goals by Ryan O'Donnell and Viens.
By the time two periods had been played, the score was knotted at 3-3, with Ross DeLaBruere having scored the third Falcon goal.
ORLEANSâ€“Whether they were motivated by the Lake Region Pep Band's rendition of the Star Spangled Banner or not, I will never know, but the Ranger boys came out firing on all cylinders, out-scoring BFA Fairfax 25-6 in the opening quarter en-route to the 69-49 win over the Bullets.
"We really competed tonight," said junior Clint Provoncha. "We have not had as good of an effort as we wanted in the last few games. Now it is getting a lot better as we start making our move towards the play-offs."
ORLEANS-It wasn't easy, and at times the game looked to be doubt, but the Lady Rangers were able to strap on their work boots, dig deep and grind out a 44-40 win over the Northfield Marauders.
"Overall, we had a game plan, but our perimeter shooting wasn't what it was the last couple of outings, so we had to find some other places to get points," said LRU coach Mark Tinker. "It was by hook or by crook, but we got the offense when we needed it and our defense created some chances for us."
Drew Neal led all scorers with 26 points, while McMullen had a team-high 20 for Northfield.
JAYâ€“Saturday night's boy's hockey game had a little bit of everything in it, as North Country was able to come from behind twice to defeat Rutland 5-3 to move to 12-4-1 on the season.
"The guys picked it up in the third period, came out firing and with a lot of determination, corrected some of the mistakes we were making earlier in the game," said NCU coach Andrew Roy.
Saturday was also senior day for NCU, as the team honored their four seniors, Adam Viens, Chris Bronson, Kody Halikas and Logan Fortier before the start of the game.
JAYâ€“The North Country girls exacted a measure of revenge on the Brattleboro Colonels Saturday night, defeating their opponents 4-0 to even the season series at 1-1.
"It was a good solid win," said NCU coach Claude Paul. "I don't think we gave too many chances for them to score, and we shut down their top player Maddie Rollins."
Mikaella Doran recorded her ninth shut-out of the year, stopping seven shots as the Falcons move to 14-3-1.
Alex Fellows had eleven saves for 4-12 Brattleboro.
NEWPORTâ€“In between the Crusaders' doubleheader with Mid-Vermont Christian Academy, the United Christian Academy was presented with the 2012 Mona Gerome Award.
The winner of the award is determined by basketball referees throughout the state who vote on which school most exemplifies an excellence in sportsmanship throughout the season.
No. Country 43, St. Johnsbury 36
NEWPORTâ€“ The Falcons got out to a 19-9 lead in the first half and never looked back, exacting a little revenge on the Hilltoppers for defeating them earlier this season.
"It is nice to see the kids be happy," said NCU coach Christiane Brown. "When you win you are happy, when you play well, you're happy. It was nice to see them go out and execute our game plan, playing at our tempo."
And, here we go.
UCA won the Mona Gerome Sportsmanship Award for 2012.
North Country's Boys basketball team lost on Thursday and Saturday.
North Country's Girls Basketball team won on Friday, and the game will be available for replay on nsnsports.net soon.
Lake Region's Girls basketball team got their Pink On!
North Country's Nordic team held their night relays in Craftsbury, again. Thanks Snow.
Hockey Night in Jay continues to be the hottest ticket in town, and why not?
If you build it, they will come, oh yes, they will come.
And they did.