Archive - 2013 - Sports Article
NEWPORTâ€“Wednesday afternoon will find the North Country field hockey Falcons in a familiar position; Heading to the University of Vermont to compete in the Division III semi-finals.
Last year, the Falcons were the underdogs, having upset second-seeded Bellows Falls on the road.
The number seven Falcons squared off against perennial powerhouse and third ranked Missisquoi Valley Union in the semi's, where they lost 2-1.
The biggest thing that North Country gained from that game, besides the experience, was a hunger for success.
THETFORDâ€“Going into the Vermont State Cross Country Championships, the Falcons, much like every other school in attendance, were looking to have a good a showing.
Knowing that they had the potential to do some really good things, a confident North Country squad took to the trail and came away with some fantastic results.
For the Falcon boys, Sam Brunnette stayed true to form, finishing 6th in the state (4th in Division I) with a time of 17:09.4.
NEWPORTâ€“What has been a trying and difficult football season for the North Country Falcons came to a close on Friday night as the team fell 26-8 to the Spaulding Crimson Tide.
"This was one of those games that no matter how much preparation we did we just couldn't pull it off," said NCU coach Tim Simoneau. "We worked hard, but things didn't go our way."
Before the game got underway, the team honored their six outgoing seniors; Anthony Eldridge, Tyler Jenne, Wyatt Prue, Tyler Sanville, Troy Dane and Jason Gonyaw.
ORLEANS-In a very evenly played match, the Rivendell Raptors had a little more at the end than the home standing Lake Region Rangers as they held on for a 2-1 victory. The Raptors erased a 1-0 LRU lead by scoring twice in the last 13 minutes of regulation to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
With a large, several-hundred strong boisterous crowd on hand to witness the quarter-final between the number 4 seed, Lake Region and the number five seed Raptors it was obvious on this chilly 42 degree day that it would be tight one.
For the full story, see the Express on Monday 10-28-13.
NEWPORT-North Country's field hockey team scored two goals in the second half to advance past Fair Haven in the Division III Quarter-finals by the score of 2-1.
The Falcons got down 1-0 in the first half on a goal by the Slaters' Anna-Michelle Fabian.
As the rains intensified in the second half, so did North Country's play.
Brittany Fortier tied the contest after some good Falcon pressure in the Slater end.
She then set up Briana Bocelli for what would be the eventual game winner.
The girls will now face Stowe on Wednesday at UVM.
Game time is 3:45.
CRAFTSBURYâ€“Iva Wright had two second half goals to lead the Craftsbury Lady Chargers as they defeated the Danville Indians 4-2 in the opening round of the Division IV play-offs.
"We did really well today and played as a team," said Craftsbury coach Ashley Maxfield.
"Plus it helps when we can play with more than one sub," she added with a chuckle.
When play got underway on Wednesday afternoon, Craftsbury was ready to go.
Melanie Sergiev was leading the attack, heading down the left side of the field trying to through balls into the center of the pitch.
ORLEANS-For a novice fan who didnâ€™t know a number fifteen seed from a number two seed, it was indeed hard to tell who was who yesterday afternoon.
The black clad team from Addison county or the white clad team from Orleans County.
Middlebury High school, having been shut out for ten consecutive games, found the scoring touch mid-way through the first half and added a second tally in the second en-route to the biggest upset of the first round of the Vermont state playoffs, defeating the Lady Rangers 2-0.
For the full story, see the Express on Thursday 10-24-13.
ST. JOHNSBURYâ€“The St. Johnsbury Hilltoppers got scoring from four different players as they defeated the North Country Falcons 4-0 in the opening round of the 2013 Vermont boys high school soccer post-season.
The Falcons battled hard, but the talented Hilltoppers were just too much for them on this day.
"The senior's played their hearts out, just like I expected them to," said NCU coach James McKenny talking about his elder statesmen who played in the final game of their North Country career.
ORLEANS-Tied at the half in a scoreless draw, the Lake Region Rangers put together a dominant half after intermission.
Senior Alex Beauregard was the finisher in the blue and white attack as he scored all four goals to propel the Rangers into the quarter-finals this Friday.
For the full story, see the Express on Wednesday 10-23-13.
NEWPORT-Two first half goals, one by each team, was all the scoring that would happen on Saturday morning, as the North Country and St. Johnsbury field hockey teams tied 1-1 in the final regular season match-up of 2013.
Brittany Verge's rocket put the Falcons up 1-0 with 12:20 left in the first half, but the Hilltoppers' Danielle Martin tied the game 6 minutes later and that would be all the scoring the game would have.
North Country dominated for long stretches during the second half and into overtime, but could not find the back of the net a second time.