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April 4th, 2013
NEWPORTâ€“The 2013 North Country baseball team is going back to the basics.
Coach Brian Bonvechio's crew will look to get back to the fundamentals of America's favorite pastime as they prepare to face Vermont's top players in the ever tough Metro Division.
"This year we mad a real commitment to improving our defense, as well as our pitching staff," Bonvechio said. "We would like to think we are about five pitchers deep, and although we don't have a lot of depth, we are pretty strong defensively, we have a lot of speed and a little bit of pop in the middle of the order.
SAN JOSE, CA-The Vermont Shamrocks took the first step forward to their goal of winning a national title with a 4-1 win over the East Coast Wizards in their first game of the USA Hockey Girls U-16 Tier II National Tournament on Wednesday.
It looked like the ECW was (were) going to get the early advantage, but Courtney Peyko stood tall in the VT net, turning away an early penalty-shot.
The Shamrocks, motivated by the stop, won the race to the score board when Molly Dunphy kicked off the scoring late in the first period, clanging home the first goal of the game.
ORLEANSâ€“For the Lake Region softball program, the numbers are down in 2013.
Only eighteen players turned out this spring, so while he will not be able to field a JV squad while the varsity is in action, head coach Matt Tinker is excited about the team he has this season.
NEWPORTâ€“With only one senior and four juniors, the North Country softball team is going to have to rely heavily on their younger players as they set out for the 2013 season.
"I think the beginning of the season is going to be a test for us," said head coach Leslie Dunn. "Hopefully once we get a few games we will get into our groove, but we are still really young.â€ť
Dunn's crew will get a little pre-season test this weekend, weather permitting, when they head over to MVU for a softball jamboree on Saturday.
MONTREAL, QCâ€“Five different North Country Falcons (Ross DeLaBruere, Ryan Paul, Chase LaCourse, Adam Viens, Quinn Nelson) suited up for the Black Ice Black midget select team a few weekends ago, and along with the rest of the team, went undefeated in tournament play, coming back across the border with the championship trophy and individual gold medals.
For the Full Story, Check Out the Express on Wednesday the 3rd of April, 2013.
Lake Region standout Donna Lawson wrapped up her collegiate basketball career at Lyndon State College this season.
Donna started her college game at Keene State in New Hampshire, but found the setting in direct opposition to her basketball preferences.
"Keene was not a good fit," she said. â€śThe coach and I did not see eye-to-eye on a lot of things, plus I was a little home sick, so I transferred to Lyndon."
Upon arriving at Lyndon, her career took off.
To read the full story, check out the Express on 3-29-13.
AUGUSTA, MEâ€“Corrina Cota, Taylor Morley and the rest of the U-16 Vermont Shamrocks will once again get a chance to compete for the Tier II National Title.
Cota and Morley, who were a part of a North Country team that competed for the D II title just days before, would play a big part in the Shamrock's success over this past weekend.
After falling a little short in their quest for the gold last season, the girls are taking an even better team to San Jose, California from April 2nd through the 7th for what they hope will be a better experience.
Ryan Hryckiewicz is finding success on the west coast, winning the first annual "Shoot The Moon" Event at the Mountain High Resort, just outside of Los Angeles, CA.
Ryan, and the second place winner, Will Mayo, hopped in Mayo's car and hit the road, just days before the event.
"Approximately 4 or 5 hours of planning ahead went into it," Hyrckiewicz said.
Upon their arrival, they visited with sponsors, competed in the event, and won.
Hryckiewicz, and his Switch Back Rodeo 9, walked away with the win and $2,000 cash for the Menâ€™s Open Snowboard Division.
Mayo finished second.
BURLINGTON â€“ With the first girls hockey state tittle in both program's history on the line, the North Country Falcons and the Harwood Highlanders stood at their respective goal lines, ready to do battle for Division Two's ultimate prize.
A little over two hours later it was over.
A game filled with great saves, excellent scoring chances, hard hits and cagey coaching ended with Hayley Martini defeating Mikaella Doran 3:40 into overtime to give Harwood a 1-0 win and the program's first state title.
SOUTH BURLINGTONâ€“The last time North Country and South Burlington met in the play-offs at the Cairns Arena, the game went into double overtime and the Falcons came away victorious.
This time around, the game went into triple overtime, and unfortunately for the maroon and blue, the Rebels were able to avenge their 2012 loss, winning 3-2 to advance to the Division I state championship game against CVU.
Said NCU coach Andrew Roy, "They gave everything they had, and I could not have possibly asked for more, and I am very proud of the performance they gave.