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January 30th, 2014
NEWPORT-The first time the North Country Falcons and the St. Johnsbury Hilltoppers met, it was a very one sided contest, with St. J winning 61-25.
In this game it was a much close affair, but sadly for the NCU crowd, North Country fell again, this time by the score of 38-18.
JAYâTrailing 3-0 after one period of play, the North Country Falcons, led by their captain Ryan Paul's hat trick, clawed their way back to tie, then eventually defeat the Spaulding Crimson Tide on Wednesday night at the Jay Peak Ice Haus.
"This was huge," Paul said about the win. "We have not come back from any deficit this year to win a game, and I think it shows the character and heart that we have. We just need to put it out there every night."
Dana Marsh stopped 27 shots for the Falcons, who move to 8-6-1, while Ben Ferland had 14 saves for 2-8-4 Spaulding.
CRAFTSBURYâAfter a slow first half that saw the Craftsbury Chargers and the Whitcomb Hornets combine for a total of thirty-four points, the two teams ramped it up in the second half with the Chargers gaining the upper hand and coming away with the 52-38 win.
"We were very sluggish from the start," said Craftsbury coach Derek Cipriano. "The boys saw (Whitcomb's) record and thought they were going to come in this game and roll over them, but I knew that wasn't going to be the case. (Whitcomb) is a hard working bunch and they created some mismatches for us with their speed."
NEWPORT-The Saint Johnsbury Academy Hilltoppers used a high percentage outside attack and a balanced inside game as they captured their ninth straight victory this winter over the North Country falcons by an 84-46 final.
North Country was coached by JV head man George Azur, as well as varsity assistants Mike Gonyaw and Ian Dinzeo, as Ed Duncan sat out the second contest of his two-games due to suspension.
A suspension, according to locals who saw the contest, was unjust at best.
BARTONâ"Skiing has been a part of her soul since before she could walk."
Those were the words Judy Robatille-Dunklee used to describe her daughter, United States Olympic Biathlete Susan Dunklee's passion for her sport.
Now of course the Biathlon combines both skiing and target shooting, and we will get to the shooting part later, but the first part, skiing, has long been a tradition in the Dunklee household.
CRAFTSBURYâEntering Monday night's game against the Richford Rockets, Craftsbury's Janet Bohannon needed just three points to reach the 1,000 career point plateau.
She wasted little time getting there, firing home a three pointer ten seconds into the contest, drawing a thunderous ovation from the packed Craftsbury Gymnasium.
"I didn't think it was going in. When I got the ball I thought 'here's my chance.,'" said Bohannon after the game. "Coach and I had talked about shooting the three at the start of the game, and it just happened just like that.
No. Country 2, Harwood 2
WATERBURY-After getting down 2-0 through two periods of play, the North Country Falcons scored twice in the third to force overtime, and the eventual tie with the Harwood Highlanders.
âWeâve played better, but we came to play,â said NCU coach Claude Paul.
It would be the power-play doing the damage for the Falcons in third period.
Working with a 5-3 advantage, Whitney Bernier converted a pass from Taylor Morley to make it 2-1.
JAY-In Monday nightâs make-up game between the North Country Falcons and the Rice Green Knights, the Knights were no match for the stellar offense from the home team Falcons, as Ross DeLaBruereâs hat trick led North Country past Rice 7-2.
Ryan Paul and Travis Tetreault were also big contributors in this game, as each player had two goals.
For the full story, see the Express on 1-29-14
JAY-If you were heading up the mountain on Saturday afternoon to watch the North Country boys hockey team take on BFA St. Albans you were hoping for two things; First was finding a park spot, the second was watching North Country get a win.
While everybody in attendance managed to find a place to put their car, they would not get to see a Falcon victory, as the Bobwhites rallied from a two-goal deficit in the first to earn the 3-2 win.
NEWPORTâAfter suffering a tough 57-22 loss to Essex on Thursday evening, the North Country girls basketball team suited up again on Friday night to host the Hartford Lady Hurricanes.
After getting out to a huge a lead, the Falcons endured a second half rally by the Lady Canes to hold on for a 36-34 win.
"I am proud and ecstatic for my girls for holding on and pulling out the win," said NCU coach Christiane Brown. "It was definitely a game of two halves, and in the second we really showed our mental toughness."
For the full story, see the Express on 1-27-13.