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September 15th, 2014
Reporting for NCU cross country at the Burlington Invitational at not-so-sunny North Beach in Burlington, VT.
The day started with overcast skies, light winds and temps in the 50s that changed to drizzle by the boys varsity race (And then let go with a steady rain following the award ceremony).
Note on the course â€“ it was advertised as a â€śfast and flatâ€ť course â€“ it left out the half-mile hill at the start of the race, a gravel hill stretch and the fact that the course was a bit long this year, so basically not so fast nor flat.
NEWPORTâ€“After a slow start in the first half, the North Country field hockey team picked up their pace in the second and went on the attack, scoring two goals in twenty-three minutes to pick up the 2-0 win over the Lyndon Institute Vikings.
"We finally woke up," said NCU coach Chantelle Bouchard, referring to the difference in play between the first and the second half. "They were real flat in the beginning and we just could not get anything in the goal."
As the coach said, things were a little flat in the first half.
DERBY-The North Country Falcons held their annual home cross country meet on Wednesday afternoon, but this year it came with a little twist.
Known in years past as just the home cross country meet, this year the team re-branded the event as the Kingdom Cup.
"The Kingdom Cup is a lead in to leagues," said NCU coach Chris Shaffer. "We needed more competition up here and it is great to have more numbers for competition. Hopefully we can keep this tradition going."
With the re-branding came a new course design that will allow for a little more flexibility with course length.
NEWPORTâ€“The North Country Falcons just could not find to back of the net against the Peoples Academy Wolves, and a goal by the Wolves' Shawn-Dee Baird ten minutes into the second was all the visiting team needed to pick up the win.
"It was definitely a game of two halves," said NC coach James McKenny. "We were not doing what was working for us in the first half, not using the space, not playing the feet and we got into that kick and run game and it is not going to be successful anywhere you play these days.â€ť
For the full story, see the Express on 9-10-14.
NEWPORTâ€“The UCA Crusaders boys team was in action on Monday afternoon, playing host to the Mid-Vermont Eagles at Gardner Park.
While the Crusaders showed improvement from their first match with Richford, it would be the Eagles flying a little higher, rallying back from a 2-0 hole in the second half to with the contest 4-2.
Forget about it.
Yep, that's right, the North Country Falcons football team took their two-year winless streak and kicked it straight through the uprights as they fought for, and rightly earned, a well deserved, and long time coming, 47-22 win over the Lyndon Institute Vikings on Friday night at Veteran's Field.
Lake Region 7, Enosburg 0
ORLEANS-Tyrah Urie scored three goals and Jordyn Cowles stopped three shots as the Lady Rangers improved to 2-0 with their win over Enosburg on Friday afternoon.
"We got a lot of contributions from a lot of different players," said LR coach Brad Urie. "We get scoring from up and down the line-up, which only makes us stronger. Our veteran players stepped up and our new players are learning what to do in order to help us win."
NEWPORTâ€“The UCA Lady Crusaders opened play on Thursday afternoon as they hosted the Richford Rockets for a little Division IV soccer action.
While UCA gave it their all out on the field, the end result would be in favor of the visiting Rockets, as Richford came away with a win to move on 1-0 on the young season.
"The girls had an amazing effort,"said UCA coach Lyne Limoges. "We have a lot of new players and we've got our seasoned players and I think they held their own very well."
For the full story, see the Express on 9-5-14.
NEWPORTâ€“The North Country Falcons field hockey team started their regular season off in fine style, as they defeated the Montpelier Solons 3-1 at home on Wednesday afternoon.
"I saw the team from last year, give or take a few girls," said NC coach Chantelle Bouchard, explaining what she saw out on the field on Wednesday. "They played like they wanted to win. They came out here and I said 'We are playing like it is out last game' and that is what they did. I hope this is the start of a phenomenal season."
NEWPORTâ€“The North Country girls soccer team welcomed in the BFA Comets on Tuesday afternoon as the two kicked off their 2014 campaigns.
Devinnie Davis would net her first goal of the season, but BFA rallied back to tie the game with under ten minutes to play in the second, and after overtime settled nothing, the two teams settled for a split.
"I thought we worked really, really hard," said NC coach Jose Batista. "We still have somethings we need to work on, but I thought it was a gutsy performance. We have a lot of people who are banged up, but we will have to play through that."