Archive - Feb 2014 - Sports Article
SOCHI-Temperatures at the Sochi ski course Thursday reached 54 degrees. Such warm weather turned the course into a slushy mess that made skiing slow for skiers of the Ladies Classic 10km race â€“ including local Barton Lady Ida Sargent.
Sargent, with her first Olympic race behind her, was hoping for a better showing Thursday. But Mother Nature didnâ€™t cooperate, creating conditions that were outside of the northern skierâ€™s comfort zone.
NEWPORTâ€“The North Country girls basketball team was able to hang with the Essex Hornets for one quarter before the visiting squad ramped up their game and took it to the next level, coming away with a 72-30 win on Tuesday night.
"We faced a really good team tonight and their on-ball pressure and their man-to-man principles were great. We need to learn how to handle that pressure, get open and how to deliver the ball to the open player while they are open, not after," said NCU coach Christiane Brown.
For the full story, see the Express on 2-13-14.
No. Country 4, MVU 0
HIGHGATEâ€“Mikaella Doran picked up her first shut-out of the year and Crystal Moss scored again as the North Country girls earned their tenth win of the season by besting Missisquoi Valley Union on Monday night.
"We were not as sharp as we were on Saturday and we definitely played down to MVU's level," said NCU coach Claude Paul. "We looked good for spurts and we looked bad for spurts but we got the win."
Jenna Moss opened the scoring in the first period, converting a feed from Whitney Bernier.
ORLEANS-Clutch free throw shooting late in the fourth quarter helped the Lake Region Rangers pick up a hard-fought 57-53 win over the Peoples Academy Wolves on Monday night.
"The boys played gritty," said LR coach James Ingalls. "They played excellent defense, boxed players out and hit free throws when they needed to. We are really coming around at the time of the season that we need to be coming around."
For the full story, see the Express on 2-12-14.
SOCHI-Tuesday was a bit disappointing for Barton ladies Ida Sargent and Susan Dunklee.
While both girls were in good positions to make a medal run, it eluded both of them this time.
While most of the Kingdom was still sleeping, Sargent began her qualifying race in Sochi.
In her Olympic debut she skied a 2:39.8 race. This time landed her in 26th place and guaranteed her a spot in the quarter-finals for the Ladies 7.5km Sprint Freestyle.
Later in the morning, Sargent skied in heat three of the quarter finals. She came in fourth for her heat with a time of 2:39.05.
JAYâ€“Crystal Moss had her second hat trick in as many games and Whitney Bernier added a pair as the North Country girls hockey team defeated the CVU/SBHS Rebel Hawks on Saturday evening.
"I thought we put a solid effort out there and we came to play tonight. If we play like that I think we can definitely play in the Metro," said NCU coach Claude Paul.
For the full story, see the Express on 2-10-14.
JAYâ€“Champlain Valley Union, the top team in the Metro Division, paid a visit to the Ice Haus on Saturday night, and on the strength of four power-play goals, defeated the North Country Falcons 6-3.
"I thought the boy's effort was pretty good, but (CVU) scored four power-play goals and they are a very good team and you can't give them that many power-plays," said NCU coach Ryan Jacobs.
For the full story, see the Express on 2-10-14.
The effects of home court advantage were on full display for the Lake Region Lady Rangers as they split a pair of games with Enosburg this past Thursday and Saturday.
On Thursday night in Orleans, the Rangers turned in one of their most impressive performances of the season, posting 47 points in the second half to overcome a 10 point halftime deficit and win 65-59.
SOCHI-Susan Dunklee made her Olympic Debut Sunday morning, and did herself proud! Her first race was the Womenâ€™s 7.5km Sprint where she placed 14th, the highest finish for any American competing in the event.
Dunklee got off to a good start Sunday, as she was in 17th for the 1st lap and 18th on the 2nd.
Unfortunately, on the 3rd lap she missed her last shot resulting in a penalty lap that cost her an additional 23 seconds.
Her finishing time was 21 min. 48.3 sec., 41.3 sec. behind leader.
NEWPORT-Former North Country basketball player Kendrick Gray made his return to the Northeast Kingdom as his new team, the Rice Green Knights, traveled up from So. Burlington to take on the Falcons.
Playing in front of a packed house, Gray led off the game with a dunk and the Knights never looked back, as they came away with the 74-39 win.
Gray led all scorers with 17 points, followed by the Falcons' Connor Hogan who had 16.
The loss moves the Falcons to 5-9 while Rice moves to 11-3.
For the full story, see the Express on 2-11-14.