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ORLEANS-When you enter the second season, you have to take it one game at a time. Donâ€™t look ahead , donâ€™t be distracted and keep your focus.
That is exactly what the Lake Region Ranger boys did Wednesday night, as they demolished visiting Springfield 76-45 in the play-down round of the Division II bracket.
The Rangers may have gotten a break as they will take on Otter Valley, the number 11 seed as they pulled off the overtime upset, beating number six seed Mill River 77-72. A player to watch Saturday will be OVâ€™s Ryan Kelley, who jacked up 43 points in the win.
NEWPORTâ€“North Country and Burlington went at it tooth and nail for the first one and a half quarters of the Falcons game on Tuesday night before the Seahorses' found that extra gear and pulled away for the 46-33 win.
"Momentum in the game of basketball is everything," said NCU coach Christiane Brown. "We came out to play, but again, momentum is big, and we need to put four quarters together and not let down, even if something good goes for them, because that is how basketball works."
NEWPORTâ€“It has been a little while since the UCA boys have hosted a home play-off game, and after a season that left the team with a 14-6 record, the third ranked Crusaders are more than ready to welcome South Royalton to the North Country gymnasium on Wednesday evening.
"We are obviously excited at the chance to start the play-offs with a home game," said UCA coach Tony DeLaBruere. "Everybody is calm right now, and we need to keep doing what we have been doing and when we relax on the court we definitely have better success."
NEWPORTâ€“After receiving confirmation from athletic Mike Kiser Sunday evening, I was able to speak to former North Country boy's Varsity head coach Brian Bonvechio on Monday, who said he was indeed departing from the program.
Said Bonvechio, "The reason that I am leaving the position is that I have lost my passion for the game as it stands now.
"There is too much emphasis on the one-on-one aspect of the game, and not enough focus on the team aspect.
"If I am not into it, then it is not fair to the players, the school and the administration for to me to still be out there coaching."
CRAFTSBURYâ€“Although the Chargers lost their final game of the season 59-45 to finish the year at 11-9, the bigger story was senior Frank Spiese.
Frank is the only basketball player graduating from Craftsbury this year, and the folks at the Academy gave him one heck of a send off on Friday night.
For the Full Story, See Monday's Express on 2-25-13!
CRAFTSBURYâ€“The Lady Chargers jumped out to 20-4 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, defeating South Royalton 46-24 to finish the year with a 16-4 record, good for the number three seed in Division IV.
"We like to come out and defend the home court, especially when a team is coming in from a far distance," said CA coach Rick Thomas. "We like to hammer those bus legs. We are a pressing team, that is what we have become and that is how we play the best."
No. Country 5, Middlebury 1
MIDDLEBURYâ€“Five different players tallied for the Falcons on Saturday, as the North Country currently stands tied with CVU in third place in the Metro Division after defeating the Tigers.
Ross DeLaBruere, Logan Fortier and Ryan Paul each had a goal and assist for North Country, who move to 14-41 with the win.
Kody Halikas and Ryan O'Donnell had the other goals for NCU.
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.