Archive - 2014 - Sports Article
NEWPORTâComing back from one winless season is a daunting enough task on its own.
Trying to come back from two consecutive winless seasons is downright terrifying.
However, the North Country Falcons football team and their coaches are showing no fear as they prep for the start of the 2014 campaign.
NEWPORT-As the morning fog lifted early Saturday morning, August 23rd, teachers, NCU staff, parents, siblings, band members, cross-country runners and NCU Band supporters gathered along the bike path at Prouty Beach for the First Annual 5K Allegro Run to support the North Country Union High School instrumental music program.
Before embarking on the 5 kilometer race loop, contestants were challenged to âbeat the bandâ by crossing the finish line before band members Gabriella Forte and Alexander Cotnoir.
ORLEANS-The 2014 Arthur Mandros Member Guest Tournament, played at the Orlenas Country Club, came to a strange conclusion on Sunday afternoon.
After a pair of chip-offs determined the final two teams, it took just three shots into the final hole to determine a winner as Al Brisard and Mark Fontanella were crowned this year's champions after their competition Mike Vinton and Allie Loukes conceded victory after a pair of out-of-bounds shots.
"Golf has been a challenge, and this is actually my first victory at any golf, so it is a very good day," said Brisard.
Long time golfer Red Reynolds shot a 70 to match his age earlier this summer at the Newport Country Club.
Said Reynolds, âIt was a perfect scorecard with 16 pars and 2 birdies."
Red is one of Orleans CC's most active members.
He plays several times a week, spends a lot of time working on his game, and is involved with the clubâs junior members as well.
Red is the 2012 OCC Senior Club Champion.
DERBY CENTERâTyler Tinker is man of multiple passions.
Two of those passions happen to go hand in hand with each other; Fitness and professional wrestling.
Tyler, after moving back from Florida last year, intensified his wrestling schedule, appearing in independent shows throughout New England, but something was still missing.
With a degree in exercise science, he also went to work as a trainer with Ben Warstler at Ben's Bootcamp in Derby.
After working with Warstler for several months, Tyler offered to buy Ben's Derby location on John Taplin Rd.
With the dominating performance by Brad Keselowski at Loudon in the rear view mirror, the 2014 Cup chase is nearing its stretch run.
The haves and have nots will be sorted out in the next few weeks, and the process may be just too much for some drivers and well within the means of several others.
Jimmy Johnson had a tough one in New Hampshire, blowing two tires early and crashing for a 42nd place finish, but the defending champ is set to make another run at the top prize, and as his record states, donât ever bet against him.
Itâs been a solid year for Jeff Gordon.
NEWPORTâWith perfect weather, great playing conditions and group of talented golfers, the 2014 Newport Daily Express Member/Guest Tournament at the Newport Country Club was quite the weekend for our area golfers and their partners.
On Sunday afternoon, after it was all said and done, brothers Shawn and Mike Smith defeated Adam Hiliker and Nick Vosnick in a two hole final to become crowned the 2014 champions.
"I was pretty confident," said Shawn when asked how he was feeling during the final. "We were playing some pretty good golf and I was confident that we could win it."
Here are the flights for the 2014 Member-Guest Tournament:
2014 Member Guest Tournament
Todd Rivard Marino Bartolomei
Dan Barry David Griffith
Tyler Smith Bob Bronson
Scott Snelgrove Trevor Snelgrove
Eric Leblanc Scott Brushier
Denis Fortin Dan Griffith
Alex Giroux Geoff Starr
Shawn Smith Mike Smith
Travis Cross Evan Vana
Derek Judd Chris Wing
Jonathan Cote Walter White
Mike Gaudreau Chris Gaudreau
Greg Marsh Matt Johnson
Gary Rever Cory Hildreth
John Cote Ron Loveless
Mark Giroux Tim Blais
NEWPORTâIt is not uncommon to go up to a golfer and have them tell you that they have been playing golf for more than half of their life.
When I met up with Austin Giroux and asked him how long he had been playing, he said most of his life.
Here is the difference:
Austin is a ten years old.
He started golfing when he was three.
So, to say that Austin has been golfing for most of his life is a pretty darn accurate statement.
Austin has had quite the summer so far, and I made the trek up to the Newport Country Club to sit down and chat with Derby Elementary School fifth grader.
ORLEANSâThe 3rd Annual Northeast Kingdom Junior Golf Tour swung into action on Thursday afternoon at the Orleans Country Club.
For the second year in a row, the day began with a one hour clinic that had OCC Club Pro Josh Olney and Newport Country Club Pro Kin O'Neil giving the kids instruction and helpful points on improving their golf technique.