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December 18th, 2011
NEWPORT â€“ In the second game of the double-header, the UCA and Craftsbury boys faced off against each other on Saturday. For the fans that stuck around to see the second game they were treated to a great contest. The Crusaders entered the game still in search of their first win on the season and Craftsbury entered the contest fresh off beating Chelsea Thursday night. After a stellar first half, the Chargers pulled away with a convincing victory 69-45.
NEWPORTâ€“In the game of hockey sometimes you have to be a little bit lucky. Wednesday night at the Ice Haus, BFA St. Albans goaltender Andre Morin had the luck of the Irish going for him as the North Country Falcons hit two crossbars amidst a flurry of third period pressure en route to a 3-1 loss in their home opener.
"This was a big time game for us," said coach Andrew Roy, "they came out firing hard, but we adapted well and I am happy about that.
LYNDONâ€“It was not the start that North Country girls basketball team had hoped for on Wednesday night as the team fell to Lyndon Institute 42-37.
"They wanted it a lot more than we did and it was visible," said coach Christiane Brown after the loss.
The team came out and took an 8-7 lead after one quarter, but signs were showing early that LI was not going to go away. The Vikings were hot to trot in the second, dropping fifteen point on the Falcons and taking a 21-16 lead into the half.
NEWPORTâ€“It has been a long time coming for the North Country boys basketball team. Victories were few and far between last season for the Falcons, and on Tuesday night the boys shed the weight of last year with a 70-65 win in their season opener against Lyndon Institute.
"It was nice to get a win this early in the season," said Coach Brian Bonvechio.
The Falcons used their long range attack along with a twenty-eight point performance from Caleb Prue, and nineteen from Clint Provoncha to topple their foes from down south.
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."