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December 14th, 2011
ORLEANS â€“ The Lake Region Rangers kicked off their 2011-2012 campaign Tuesday night, with a match-up against the rival Hazen Wildcats. The Rangers started off strong, building a commanding halftime lead, before finally putting away the Wildcats after a furious comeback.
Before the contest Lake Region held a moment of silence in honor of Kaylanne Matten, who tragically lost her life last week. Her parents Justin and Nichole Matten attended Lake Region.
NEWPORTâ€“There will be no shortage of veterans for the North Country girls basketball team this season. The ten player team consists of an even split of juniors and seniors, including all of the 2010-2011 starters, and Coach Christiane Brown is ready to work with the older group.
"I'll tell you what is exciting for North Country is that we are veterans. I have an experienced squad coming back and it's like I don't have to teach what our system is. They know it. They have experienced it, and it is just now giving them friendly reminders."
The United Christian Academy Lady Crusaders enter the 2011-2012 campaign in a rebuilding mode. Gone are the likes of Gina Clark and Ashley Bonin, and replace them with a group of ladies, with no senior leadership, and some with little to no basketball experience.
Sarah Roy will once again be at the helm of the UCA squad. It is her 2nd year as head coach of the Crusaders, but she is no stranger to the sidelines, having spent years as a North Country assistant, as well as an AAU and Border Hoop coach.
NEWPORTâ€“Change is in the air for the North Country basketball boys, but it is not so much a change on the court or in personnel as it is a change in attitude. When I walked into the gym last week to speak with the team and it's head coach Brian Bonvechio, I could sense that things were different with this group.
Multiple members of the senior leadership group addressed this issue before I even had a chance to speak to Bonvechio.
"We've got much better chemistry than we have had in years, and that's helped tremendously," said Taylor Prue.
The United Christian Academy Crusaders enter the 2011-2012 campaign under the guidance of Tony DelaBruere. This is Coach DelaBruereâ€™s first foray into the coaching world, and about this season, â€śWe are going to go out and try our best, but the most important thing is for the boys to have fun.â€ť
JAYâ€“ It was a exciting way to start of the season for the North Country girls hockey team on Saturday at the Ice Haus, as they defeated Harwood 4-3 on the second goal of the game by freshman Whitney Bernier.
Bernier took a feed from Kerrianne Little and was able to glide down the left side of the ice before sending a high shot over Highlander goaltender Siena Damon.
"I was pretty nervous," said the freshman, "I was hoping it would go our way. We kind of started off weak, but as the game went on we got stronger."
NEWPORTâ€“If you are a fan of North Country hockey you probably took a trip to Essex last March to watch the Falcons square off against the Hornets. If you were at said game then you know exactly how the season ended for North Country.
Pushing, shoving, swearing, and extremely disgusting conduct by a member of the Essex community towards the boys in maroon.
Who paid the price?
NEWPORTâ€“Despite graduating only one senior last season, it is a year of change for the North Country girls hockey team, and it starts at the top of the program.
The coaching staff has under gone a makeover that has former North Country player and long time Boarder Hockey coach Claude Paul taking the head coaching reigns from four year veteran Tracy Muzerall. Muzerall will continue to be a part of the staff, serving as an assistant to Paul, but realized she needed to focus on other aspects of her life.
NEWPORTâ€“Sports memorabilia enthusiasts gathered at the Municipal Building in Newport on Saturday to buy, sell, trade, and admire a wide variety of sports collectables.
Put on by long time collector Gary Thomas, the event featured collections from Thomas as well as a host of other local collectors.
"We've tried the show here a couple of times, and hoped to get people who have cards to bring them in and try to sell them or just display them," says Thomas, "But I have been in the hobby for at least twenty-five years."
As James Ingalls enters the 2012 campaign, his 9th at the helm of the Rangers, he will look to rebound from a tough 2011, in which his team went 9-13, including a 2nd-round playoff exit at the hands of Leland and Gray High School. This was after the team won an impressive 70 games combined in the previous 3 seasons.
In order to turn around the program, Coach Ingalls will need to rely on his group of seniors, to provide leadership both on and off the court. His seniors include: Caleb Royer, Tony Stuart, Seth Lawson, James Margola, and Darik Messier.