Archive - Sports Article
November 19th, 2012
I have just about had it with Gary Bettman and the NHL, specifically Gary Bettman.
As hockey fans are now sitting through the third work stoppage under his regime, it is time to take a long, hard look at what Bettman has done for the NHL and the fans that are finding it increasingly hard to stay interested.
First; Let us look at a few of the good things that Gary has done for the league and more specifically for me, the fan.
1. The Winter Classic.
Old School hockey played on an outdoor rink.
Or as old school as the rules would allow, anyway.
NEWPORTâ€“Scoring goals in soccer is all about accuracy. In most games that I have watched, there are more balls sent over and wide of the net as opposed to actual shots on goal.
That is why the statisticians keep a "shots at goal" stat.
For Derby Elementary soccer stand-out Emily Willis, things are very different.
Accuracy for her is the normal, not the exception.
Willis is two-time Vermont State Elkâ€™s Girl's Soccer Shoot champion, winning the 9-10 division last year and the 11-12 group this year.
NEWPORTâ€“Sophomore Sam Brunnette will be the sole representative from North Country at this yearâ€™s New England Regional Cross Country Meet at the Twin Brook Recreation Center in Cumberland, ME this weekend.
Brunnette is coming off of a season that his seen steady growth for the runner, beginning with his first race on the course at Primeau Farm.
"It was a pretty good season. I was going into the year hoping to do well and I started off with a PR (personal record), which was nice," said Brunnette.
The rest of the season, while not flashy, was effective.
ESSEXâ€“As the buzzer sounded signaling the end of the Division II Northern Vermont Youth Football League title game, the cheers erupted from the stands, the bench, and the field, as the North Country Junior Falcons defeated the Winooski Spartans, becoming champions once again.
The team that began the year with an 0-2 record rebounded beautifully, taking ownership of their season and rolling their way through the competition to get the championship game and become the kings of Division II.
BURLINGTONâ€“In all the years I have been watching field hockey, I have never seen Missisquoi Valley Union's team look scared.
On Wednesday afternoon, on the artificial turf at the UVM athletic complex, the North Country Falcons struck fear into the hearts of the mighty Thunderbirds.
MVU (12-3-1) went on to win the contest, 2-1, but it was a lot closer then they would have liked it to have been.
"I am very proud of these girls," said coach Chantelle Bouchard as she struggled to keep her emotions in check.
Missisquoi came out of the chute on fire.
NEWPORTâ€“The North Country Falcons will find themselves against a familiar opponent when they travel to UVM for the Division III field hockey semi-finals today at 3:30.
Coming off their dramatic 1-0 win over Bellows Falls, the team's spirits are high.
"They are excited," said Bouchard. "They really want to get out on the field and just play."
Missisquoi Valley Union (11-3-1), ranked third in D III, were the Falcons first round advisories last year, and they defeated NCU in well-fought battle on the hard-packed sand in Swanton.
THETFORDâ€“This year's State Meet had the best running conditions in 4 years with dry trails, temps in the 50s and a bank of fog that didn't lift until the girls challenge race.
The Division I girls varsity race started off the day, and NCU was running with a depleted squad.
We were missing our #2 and #3 runners due to season ending injuries earlier in the month.
Haley Jo Tetreault was not at 100% for the day's race, but she worked though the race finishing 23rd in Div I (34th in the State).
Junior Jade Dandurand was our second scorer with her best time at Thetford in 25:04.
ORLEANSâ€“Meghan Livingston broke a 1-1 tie with 11:37 remaining in the second half to lift the twelfth ranked Mount Abraham Eagles (10-4-2) over the number four seed Lake Region during the Division II quarter-finals on Saturday afternoon.
The goal came after a solid seventeen minutes of sustained Eagle pressure in the Ranger end of the field.
"The girls gave an awesome effort out their," said Eric Degre. "Unfortunately in the second, they got a bunch of shots in a row and eventually scored."
As the action unfurled in the first half, both teams looked fairly equal.
NEWPORTâ€“Jacob Buckles broke two school records on Friday night as the Falcons fell to Milton 55-26 to wrap up their regular season.
"Those records... I've been wanting to beat them all year," said Buckles.
"I have been hoping, hoping, hoping to finally beat them and to do it is awesome. I can't describe the feeling."
"I can't say enough good things about Jacob Buckles," said coach Tim Simoneau. "He is going to the North/South game and there is no reason he shouldn't be in the Shrine game, representing North Country."
BELLOWS FALLSâ€“ In the biggest surprise of the weekend, the seventh ranked North Country field hockey team knocked off number two Bellows Falls (11-2) 1-0.
"We called a time out with five minutes left and I told them that we didn't drive all of this way for nothing, that we were not leaving without a win, and we got it," said a joyous coach Chantelle Bouchard.
Brittany Fortier scored with 1:55 left to play in regulation to give her team the win.
The goal came after a dash-mark hit, which Brittany Verge put into the circle.