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December 12th, 2011
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.
COLCHESTER-Itâ€™s been a winding road for the last two years for former Lake Region standout Abbey Lalime. The Orleans native has landed at her second school in as many years playing now for Division Two Stonehill, located some 30 miles outside Boston.
ORLEANSâ€“Coming off a season that took them to the Division Two State Finals, the Lake Region Lady Rangers basketball team will have their work cut out for them if they wish to get back to Barre in 2012.
Head Coach Mark Tinker is realistic about what he lost from last season, but that means in no way he is not confident about his team this year.
"It is going to be different. We graduated some seniors that have been pretty instrumental in the program since they were freshman and sophomores and on up through.
MIDDLEBURYâ€“An outpouring of offense in the second half propelled the South over the North 35-8 in the 11th Annual North-South All-Star Football Game.
While it was not the way Coach Davis would have liked to see his coaching career end, he definitely could be proud of the effort that his players brought to the 2011 Senior Bowl on Saturday.
"It was a great experience. These games are what they are; an exhibition to get the kids out there for scouts to see. But most importantly it is about having fun and the kids did."