Archive - Sports Article
July 26th, 2012
Riverside Speedway is home to some of the friendliest, most helpful people in the racing business. If a racer is in need, there are usually five people jumping to help. This is especially important in the higher divisions, where higher speeds sometimes bring bigger problems. A helpful hand is always welcome, and one of the first people to lend a hand is the Northeast Kingdomâ€™s Aaron Smith.
The Irasburg native drives a mint green Chevy Impala in the Sign Depot Outlaw Sportsman division, but hasnâ€™t always been privy to racing.
ORLEANSâ€“With darkness creeping across the night sky, Trey Azur crossed home plate for the eventually game winning run on a single by Jared Hussey to give the North Country Athletics the 3-2 win and the trophy for the Babe Ruth 14-U League Championship.
"I knew it was going to be a close game as both teams were so evenly matched," said A's coach Dennis Myrick.
All signs pointed to a classic match-up between the top two teams in the league. Lake Region had the advantage in the win column, and thusly were awarded home field for the championship game.
ST. JOHNSBURYâ€“On July 21st, sixteen boys and girls, ages 7-14, represented the Lake Region Summer Track and Field Program at the Vermont State Track and Field Meet in St. Johnsbury.
LR took home the First Place Small Town Award. The team ranked across all age groups and events. The finalists, events, and times are the following:
Wyatt Gile (50 Meter Dash, 9.26, fifth place)
Ebony Cota (Discus Throw, 42-07, first place)
Jaden Hayes, Andrew Hicks, Quinn Snedeker, Seth Toscano
(4x100 Relay, 1:10.72, third place)
NEWPORTâ€“At 8:00 on Thursday morning former North Country football standouts Cody Collins and Adam Fortin will be on the campus of Dartmouth College.
That is when the two former Falcons and the rest of their Vermont teammates, led by coach Mike Norman of Rutland, will begin training for the 2012 Maple Shrine Bowl scheduled for Saturday August, 4th.
In anticipation of the final of game of these two linemen's high school career, I caught up with them to get their reaction to the upcoming game as well as talk a little bit about the 2011 football season.
NEWPORTâ€“It may still be July, but the fall sports season is inching its' way closer to being upon us.
A sure sign that the high school athletic season is just around the corner is the North Country field hockey players starting to get into game mode at the high school.
Every Wednesday varsity coach Chantelle Bouchard and junior varsity coach Nicole Ludwig are putting the girls through their paces in order to get ready for the 2012 season.
The Newport Country Club Ladies League Susan B. Komen Invitational will take place on Thursday, July 26th at the Newport Country Club. Between 80 and 100 participants are expected to take part in this yearâ€™s event. Last year the event raised $ 7,000 for North Country Hospital.
NEWPORTâ€“No matter which way you looked at it, a Griffith was going to emerge as one half of the winning duo in this year's Newport Daily Express Member/Guest Tournament.
Sunday's final came down to brother versus brother as Dan Griffith and his partner Denis Fortin squared off against Dave Griffith and his partner Dan Barry.
Fortin and Griffith won the August National Flight, while Barry and Griffith topped out in the St. Andrews grouping.
NEWPORTâ€“Nine runs in the second inning sealed the fate for the Lake Region 2 team as the North Country Orioles picked up the 11-0 win on Wednesday in the opening round of the 14-U Babe Ruth League Championship.
The deck was stacked against LR as they played the entire game with only eight players, and sent Devin Royer, who up until this point had never pitched at the Babe Ruth level, to the mound.
Royer gave it his all, but the Oriole bats were just too much to handle.
SOUTH BURLINGTONâ€“The 14-U OEC Lightning packed up their gear and headed over to Chittenden County as the Orleans County representatives in the 14-U Babe Ruth State Baseball Tournament.
The Lightning, a collection of some of the top ball players in this area in that age group, did not have a good showing, losing their first two games to exit the tourney earlier than most expected.
Game one kicked off at 11:00 AM on Saturday as OEC squared off against Suburban, a team representing Winooski and Colchester.
â€śItâ€™s right over you!â€ť Those were the words from the Newport City Police Dispatcher, when we called in to see how far away the thunderstorm was. The violent, spot storm that hit us immediately, without warning, with gale force winds and lightning less than 4 miles from Newportâ€™s Gateway Center put an end to Ray Gandyâ€™s historic attempt to be the first person to complete a 50 mile international swim, double crossing Lake Memphremagog, from Newport to Magog and back.