Archive - Sports Article
April 1st, 2012
DERBYâ€“The Northeast Kingdom Roller Derby women made their debut with an exhibition at IROC on Saturday evening.
The seven Busted Cupcake skaters played host to the Upper Valley Vixens from Enfield, NH and the Twin City Riot from Barre, introducing the sport of Roller Derby to Kingdom residents.
"I think it went really well," Ellen "Poison" Apple, Captain of the Cupcakes and League President, said of the evening.
The three squads split into two teams for the friendly exhibition match, and spectators on hand were intrigued by the action.
FRISCO, TXâ€“The Vermont Shamrocks opened up the Tier II U-16 Girlsâ€™ National Championship Tournament with a tough 6-4 loss to the Chicago Bruins.
With members of the team arriving just hours before game time, it is understandable that they may not have had their legs ready for the 7:00 am start time.
The Bruins came out strong, scoring three goals in the first ten minutes, but the Shamrocks got their legs going, and tied the game up at three.
BARRE/MONTPELIERâ€“The 7/8 grade NEK Blue Devils took part in the 5th annual Vermont Sting IceBreaker this past weekend, and came home with a perfect 4-0 record, claiming the 8th grade division title.
In the opening game, the Blue Devils battled back against the Littleton Crusaders to force overtime on an Austin Roberge 3 with 2 seconds on the clock. Noah Racineâ€™s 3 to start OT gave the blue and white the lead that they never looked back from, winning 62-58. Roberge led the way with 34 points and Danny Epinette chipped in with 17 points and 13 boards.
NEWPORT â€“ The Vermont Shamrocks U-16 girls hockey team took second place at the Tier II New England Hockey championships this past weekend, earning the squad a chance to compete for the national title in Dallas next week. Usually only one team is sent from the region, but many at USA Hockey believed that they were leaving out one of the best teams in the country and are allowing the Shamrocks to compete for the title.
The NEK Python wrestling team spent their St. Patrickâ€™s Day in Milton, and although they did not don any green, they certainly found some gold as three of their wrestlers brought home first place medals.
Josh Roberts, Logan Gerrow, and first year wrestler Tyler Wilson all took home the gold with their performances on Saturday.
As for the rest of the Pythons, the brother act of Aiden and Malakai Maher came away with second place honors.
Eleven students from the Newport branch of Dunlaveyâ€™s Black Belt Academy recently competed at the Governor's Cup Tournament held March 10, 2012 in Milton. The students competed in patterns, board breaking, and sparring. Jonah Wheeler, age 11, was the Under 16 Red/Black Belt Grand Champion.
Dunlaveyâ€™s Black Belt Academy has locations in both Newport and Morrisville. The Newport Academy is in the same building as Awsom Gymnastics. Classes are offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons and evenings for all age levels from 4 to adult.
Here are the Governorâ€™s Cup results:
Six Deslandes Blue Wave Tae Kwon Do students attended a tournament held on March 10th in Milton. The group pictured were at their very first competition, and they ranged in age from 5 to 6 years old. There was a great turn out for the tournament, with every age being represented. The students competed in forms, breaking, and sparring, and walked away winners while displaying great sportsmanship. Deslandes strives to teach their students to compete with respect, and most of all, have a great time!
Five members of the NEK Pythons went to the New England Youth Wrestling Championship at the Nashua high school in Nashua, NH this past Saturday.
Codey Lamere had the best day out of the five, finishing second in the 89 lbs. weight class.
Jacob Sylvester also had a nice afternoon, placing third in the 84 lbs. weight division.
Josh Roberts, Logan Gerrow, and Logan Sylvester all wrestled well in their two matches, but were all eliminated in the third round.
While these five were over in the Granite State, the rest of the team went to Mount Mansfield Tournament in Jericho.
OKEMOâ€“The North Country Snowboard teams' wrapped up their season with the state meet at Okemo Mountain on Friday.
The boys took home fifth place, combining a 61 in Giant Slalom, 54 on the Half-pipe, and a Slope Style score of 76 for a total of 191 points.
Josh Brien's twenty-second place finish was the high-water mark for the Falcons in the slope competition. Justin Christopher was thirty-second, Nick Kincaid thirty-eighth, Mike LeMay forty-sixth, and Chuck Norton fifty-fifth.