Archive - Sports Article
October 20th, 2011
NEWPORTâ€“A long trying season has probably come to an end for the North Country boys soccer team. With their 1-0 loss to Colchester yesterday, the team is mathematically eliminated from the play-offs, although a small ray of hope exists if one Vermont schoolâ€™s budget does not pass, then said school will be forced to put all of their extra curricular activities on the shelf.
As for Thursday's action, it was an emotional, physical game at Falcon field that saw North Country have several chances to score, but fall short in their attempts.
Wednesday afternoonâ€™s relays at Lake Region went well for North Country Union HS. First of all, and to the delight of those in competition, the rain held off during the entire race and running conditions were ideal (overcast with temps in the 50s and no wind). The relay style race was set up to have the first of two runners complete a 1.6 mile loop before passing off for the 2nd runner who ran the same loop. Times were combined for the two runners and medals were awarded to the top three teams in the categories of all boy, all girl, & coed relay teams.
FAIRFAX â€“ The Lady Rangers of Lake Region faced off against a tough BFA-Fairfax Bullets team Wednesday afternoon, and came away empty handed with a 1-0 loss. An early first half score by the Bullets doomed with Rangers, who never were able to mount much of a charge. Jordyn Cowles started in goal for Lake Region and made 12 saves. Coach Brad Urie said that his team, â€śnever responded after trailing early.â€ť
COVENTRY â€“ The UCA Lady Crusaders faced off against the Richford Rockets Wednesday afternoon in a game that was moved to the Coventry Graded School due to unplayable field conditions at Gardner Park. UCA battled hard, but lost by a score of 2-0. Richford got early first half goals by Joslynn Bessette and Krista Murphy. Goalie Sydney Whipple made 17 saves in a losing effort.
CANAANâ€“ The UCA Crusaders fell to Canaan by the score of 2-0 on Tuesday.
â€śWe had a great game in comparison to the last couple of games where we were ridden with injuries. We played well as a team making opportunity after opportunity on offense in both halves,â€ť said Coach DeLaBruere.
Ji Kim Dale Martell, and Isaac LaFoe had numerous shots on Canaan's keeper, but were unable to find the back of the net.
Chris DeLaBruere had another quality night defending the net for UCA where he continues to be a formidable presence. UCA plays their last game of the season in Richford Thursday at 4pm.
CRAFTSBURY â€“ The Craftsbury Academy Lady Chargers took another step towards securing a potential home playoff game with a 3-2 win Tuesday afternoon against the Whitcomb Hornets. Craftsbury, winners of 3 in a row and 4 out of their last 6, battled Whitcomb to a scoreless draw through the first half. But, Meghan Brown put the Chargers on top after converting a Sarah Dunbar pass for a goal early in the 2nd half. After Whitcomb tied the game at 1, Brown scored her 2nd of the game, thanks to an assist by Meghan Pennock to put the Blue and White of Craftsbury back on top.
DANVILLE â€“ The Lake Region Rangers traveled to Danville Tuesday afternoon to face off against a tough Indians squad and came away with a 2-1 victory. Assistant Coach Dan Cummings took over the Head Coaching duties, because Coach Tom Evans was out due to his 2-game suspension. Tony Stuart and Shaquille Urie found the back of the net for the Blue and White. When contacted by telephone Coach Evans said that he was â€śpleased with the way his team responded and he was glad they were able to stay focused.â€ť
NEWPORTâ€“After going down 1-0 in the first half, the North Country girls soccer team rallied and came back to win their ninth game of the season 2-1.
"This (Spaulding) is a quality team out there. They have just two losses on the year and this (win) puts us closer to getting a home seed and that is what we are hoping for," said Coach Joe Batista.
NEWPORTâ€“On a gray and chilly afternoon, the North Country field hockey team paid tribute to their twelve departing seniors on Tuesday before their well played 2-0 loss to the Missisquoi Valley Union Thunderbirds.
"I'm really going to miss them," said Coach Bouchard of her outgoing seniors, "They have been my backbone ever since I started coaching here."
Three girls in particular hold a special place in Bouchard's heart; Kelsey O'Donnell, Lindsay Cotnoir and Molly Manning.
"Those three have always been on their game. They are my leadership group, and it is really sad to see them go."
ORLEANS â€“ Senior day is a special occasion for any high-school athlete. It is the day that they get recognized and get the respect paid to them that they deserve for their 4 years of service.