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June 4th, 2014
WILLISTON-North Country Union High Schoolâ€™s girls golf team traveled to Williston Country Club on Monday for a practice round prior to Tuesdayâ€™s State Finals.
Representing the team was freshman Katie Goulet, junior Tanika Demers, and senior/captain Paige Gagnon.
Each day was hotter than the next, and with the humidity and hilly course, scoring was a challenge.
Katieâ€™s practice round was actually better than her competitive round by eight strokes.
Her 91 on Tuesday placed her 3rd in Division I and 5th overall in Vermont.
After coming so close to winning last season, the Lake Region trio of Olivia King, Celeste Lussier and Rebecca Doucet were able to climb the mountain, as they shot a 201 to edge out Rice by six strokes and bring home the Division II State Title.
"It's very satisfying to win after being the runner-up last year," said senior Celeste Lussier. "We had the 'State Champ' mentality all year, and finally all the hard work paid off."
Another thing that paid off was playing a tougher Metro Division schedule this season, which gave the Lady Rangers much tougher competition than in previous years.
ORLEANS-The Lake Region Rangers played host to the Mount Abraham Eagles in the opening round of the Division II play-offs on Tuesday, and armed with will and determination, they rallied back from a 3-2, 7th inning hole to win with a walk-off double by Matt Messier.
"I was happy to pull it out,â€ť said LR coach Eric Degre. "I am glad the boys didn't give up. We could have easily just folded over.â€ť
ST. JOHNSBURY- The North Country Union softball team lost 5-4 as they visited St. Johnsbury Academy Tuesday evening for the first round of play-offs.
â€śWe need to beat the teams we can beat,â€ť said NCU coach LeslieDunn in a post-game interview. â€śWe handed too many away this year. Itâ€™s the little things.â€ť
For the full story see the Express on 6-4-14.
NEWPORT-The North Country Falcons wrapped up their regular season on Saturday with a doubleheader against first Rice, and then second St. Johnsbury.
While neither game went the way the Falcons would have wanted, what did happen was a fine display of just how far this year's team has advanced from the teams that have recently come before them.
"I thought the effort was good," said NCU coach Brian Bonvechio. "In the second game I thought we played hard, we had a couple of physical mistakes, errors, but those are going to happen, you can't eliminate those so I have nothing to complain about.
ORLEANS- In an efficient five innings, Lake Region baseball defeated guest Danville Friday afternoon before the umpires called the game early due to thunder and rain.
Josh Locke took the mound for the home squad and continued a productive season by doing what he is supposed to: throw strikes. The defense behind him would worry about the rest.
To see the rest of the story, see the Express on 6-2-14.
ORLEANS-North Country's Katie Goulet took home home the individual top spot, but it was the Lake Region team coming in first place at the Orleans Country Club on Thursday afternoon.
Goulet shot a match-low of 45, but the Lady Rangers' Olivia King (48) and Celeste Lussier (49) were right behind her and combined to score a 97 to give the host team the win.
Becky Doucet had a season-best score of 60 for Lake Region.
North Country's Paige Gagnon shot a 57, which along with Goulet's 45 gave the Falcons a team score of 102.
ORLEANS- You might not think a team with a 6-9 record would head into the play-offs with as much optimism as the Lake Region Rangers softball team.
But rarely is a 6-9 team playing with as much confidence as this batch is at the end of the regular season.
The Rangers finished their regular season this past week with the unenviable task of playing four games in four days, splitting the quartet of contests.
For the full story, see the Express on 6-2-14.
NEWPORT-North Country softball fought until the final play Saturday afternoon as they hosted and lost to a strong team from St. Johnsbury Academy.
The first inning was a rather dry one. Taylor Blake took the circle for NCU, finding the zone as the guests managed some weak contact. Maddie Mosher fielded the first hit and hurled the ball to first for the initial out. She fielded the second as well, flipping the ball to second to get one more on a force. St. Jâ€™s Margret Fogarty hit a far foul ball to right that would be caught by Brittany Verge for three.
NEWPORT-In an overtime thriller, North Country Union baseball lost 6-5 to a strong Champlain Valley squad.
â€śWeâ€™ve always thought we could play with the best,â€ť head coach Brian Bonvechio said after the loss. â€śI think this game proved it.â€ť
For the full story, see the Express on Friday 5-30-14.