Archive - Sports Article
August 25th, 2011
Coach Brad Urie enters his 4th year as the Lake Region Girls Varsity Soccer Coach, and he and his team plan to hit the ground running. Long gone are the days of double-digit defeats and small numbers in the win column. This is a new era for girlsâ€™ soccer at Lake Region.
Coming off a year where he saw his Lady Rangers finish with the best overall season in school history, he and his team know the expectations are high, but Urie also says â€śitâ€™ll take hard work, practice, and determination, to compete with the teams in the Mountain League.â€ť
With the start of the 2011 soccer campaign here, Varsity coach Tom Evans, is set to begin his 30th year at the helm of the Lake Region Program. This yearâ€™s Ranger team will look a lot different from the year before, 8 Seniors lost to graduation and 1 player returning home, to Spain, as a result of the Foreign Exchange Program. But, even with all of the changes, Coach Evans, will have 10 returning players, including his 5 seniors: Caleb Royer, Matt Morin, Tony Stuart, Kyle Perry, and Corey Whitten.
Greg Bean and Jane Horton hold the club champion honors for Orleans Country Club after a two day medal stroke play event. Greg Bean scored a 76-72 for 148. Jane Horton scored 84-83 for 167. Bob Horton took the President's Cup honors with a low net score of 62 on Sunday. Mark Fauteux took the Junior Club Championship with 98-92 for 190.
A record 194 runners & walkers gathered at Irasburg Common on Saturday morning, August 13, to participate in the 5th annual Kingdom Run. Three course records were broken as athletes from France, Canada, Vermont, and ten other states displayed their athletic talents in this competetive, but friendly sports event. Laurel Cole from Jericho, VT smashed the Womenâ€™s 5K-Run with a time of 20:10. Geordie Heller of Putney, VT sailed by the finish line with a new course record in the Menâ€™s 5K-Walk with a time of 35:35.
The North Country Heat U14 baseball team will be playing host to six teams in a round robin style baseball tournament this weekend. Games will be played Friday through Sunday at both Gardner Park and North Country Union High School.
The tournament will feature two local teams, the OEC Lightning and the host team the NC Heat, as well as an all-star team from St. Johnsbury, and teams from Granby, Que, Dover, NH, and Middlebury.
There will also be a home run derby on Saturday evening at 5:00.
Jeff Twiss, Vice President of Media Service and Alumni Relations for the Boston Celtics, will be the guest speaker at this yearâ€™s Orleans/Northern Essex County Athletic Hall of Fame dinner on August 27th. Twissâ€™ father Bob, an inductee of the Hall two years ago, resides in the area and helped secure his sonâ€™s services for the event.
Jeff graduated from UVM in 1977, and prior to his time with the Celtics was a teacher and three sport coach at Randolph High School.
Stay tuned to the Express as more details about the dinner will be coming in the following days leading up to the event.
DERBYâ€“The Womenâ€™s Soccer League semi-finals were held at the North Country Junior High School on Wednesday night. The twin billing featured number three Colombia Forrest taking on number two Spates and number four Fortin Transportation squaring off against top ranked NC Pink a.k.a. what seems to bare a striking resemblance to the projected 2011 North Country girls high school soccer team.
Shooting a score of 76 were the teams of Marcy Mastin and Kim Haley of Orleans Country Club and Barb Shiffler and Carla Desnoyers of Williston and Champlain. Horace Archer, PGA pro on Thursday, July 21st at Orleans Country Club, declared the two teams co-winners of the tournament. The event was the Ladies Invitational Summer Medley, which attracted golfers from this area and other parts of Vermont. The format consisted of six holes each of Best Ball, Scramble, and Scotch Ball. Net winners were Irene Farrar and Judy Martel of Orleans coming in with a 60.
NEWPORTâ€“The Junior Babe Ruth Championship of Orleans County was on the line Tuesday night as the North Country Athletics squared off against Lake Region at North Country Union High School.
On a warm and dusty field, Lake Region was able to overcome a two run deficit in the final inning of the contest to get the 7-5 come from behind win.
"I was a little nervous with my guys to be honest with you, but those guys, I was very proud of them, they worked hard till the end and never gave up," said LR Coach Matt Ladd on his team's 7th inning performance.
WESTMOREâ€“The Orleans Lions held their annual Horseshoe World Championships this past Saturday.
With sunny skies and temperatures hovering near ninety degrees, the event drew over 300 spectators throughout the day, and featured 80 participants battling for the chance to be labeled the World Champion.
Steve Cutting and Ben Baker were the best of the best at the competition and they took home the first place trophy.
â€śI just go out there to have fun,â€ť said Baker, â€śI donâ€™t expect to win, but it is nice when it happens.â€ť