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January 20th, 2012
NEWPORTâ€“IT was a tough pill to swallow for the North Country girls basketball team Friday night as a tall, athletic, and quick group of Rice players over-powered the Falcons en-route to the 46-21 win.
"Their pressure clearly affect us," said coach Christiane Brown, "We just need to do a better job of how we react to any kind of pressure, because that is how they got their points tonight."
Rice's big bodies held the Falcons to just three points in the opening quarter, while they put up a twelve spot on the board.
ORLEANSâ€“In what started out as a tight contest ended in a twenty point victory for the Lady Rangers on Thursday as they ended their two game skid, defeating the Richford Rockets 52-32.
â€śI think this was an important win for us,â€ť said coach Matt Tinker, â€śThis will be good for the girls as we needed to get another win under our belt.â€ť
The first quarter was tightly played eight minutes by both teams. Cailyn Gallup started the scoring with with a mid-range jumper to get Lake Region on the board first, and it would be back and fourth from there.
ST. ALBANSâ€“The North Country boys hockey team came close, but in the end, the BFA Bobwhites were able to erase a four goal deficit, and electrify the Collins-Perley Sports Complex in overtime as Mike Schreiner picked up the winner to give St.Albans the 5-4 victory.
The Falcons got all their scoring in the first two periods as Ryan Paul had two and Josh Bernier and Ross DeLaBruere had one to stake the boys in maroon to 4-1 lead.
The Bobwhites battled back to send the game into overtime where the captain put home his second of the night to pick up the win.
WESTMOREâ€“It was cold and bitter day at the races for the North Country Nordic teams on Saturday. Moved from Friday due to conditions, the teams competed in the Lyndon Institute Carnival's Free Technique race. Despite being shorthanded due to All-State music try-outs and illness, it was the Falcon girls having another strong day, taking home second place at the event while the boys placed fifth.
Falcons Dump U-32 5-1
MONTPELIERâ€“After going into overtime against Northfield on Saturday, the North Country girls hockey team had a much easier go of it Monday, defeating U-32 5-1.
"We played a much more intellectual game," said coach Paul, "Our systems are really starting to pay off, the cycle was good, and we were getting pucks where they needed to be."
Taylor Morley was the top performer for the the Falcons, as she would net three to earn her first varsity hat-trick.
NEWPORTâ€“On December 22nd North Country girls basketball coach Christiane Brown was part of the inaugural class of inductees to the Enosburg High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Brown was a three sport athlete for the Hornets, captaining the school's soccer and basketball teams. She was also a key member of the school's first state championship team in girls basketball in 1999.
NEWPORT-Down by 8 with under 5:00 minutes left in the contest, the North Country Falcons rallied to forge a 48-48 tie only to see the Tide close out the contest with a 10-3 run. NCU trailed by a mere 52-51 margin with 17 seconds left before the Tide iced it from the foul line, padding the final tally.
NCU got off the opening tap quickly. Anna Bingham drove for a quick two and on the Falconâ€™s next possession Noel Pinard stepped back and drilled a fourteen footer for a quick home team lead.
Cota Lifts Falcons in OT
NORTHFIELDâ€“ Although it would take a almost the entire fifty minutes of regulation and overtime, the North Country girls came away with the 3-2 win over Northfield on Saturday.
"The girls showed their rust early, but they shook it off and played well the rest of the game," said head coach Claude Paul.
Having not had a game in ten days, and limited practice last week due to exams and weather, it is to be expected that the team might be a little slow out of the gate, but it was the Falcons getting out to the early lead in the first.
NEWPORTâ€“Playing through rebuilding season can be tough road to hoe, and it continues to be so for the UCA Crusader girls, as they lost to Masse Vanier 60-37 Wednesday afternoon.
"We are really struggling out there. We beat our selves up and down the court, and we can't have that many turnovers and expect to be in games," said coach Sarah Roy
Having the game held at the Municipal Building made things a little trickier for the Crusaders, as they had to contend with strange lighting, a smaller court, and some very unfriendly rims to say the least.
NEWPORTâ€“If you caught the second half of the UCA double-header on Wednesday, you had to be impressed with the skill set of the Masse Vanier Vikings boys team, as they built a 42-15 lead at the half, and then cruised to an 80-46 over the Crusaders.
"They are the best team we are going to face all year," said coach Tony DeLaBruere, "They are better than Websterville. they have five seniors, two juniors, and they are all big, can jump, and they can all play ball."