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September 21st, 2014
NEWPORTâ€“To say the last two weeks have been interesting ones for the North Country Falcon football team would be a bit of an understatement.
First, they put to bed a two-year winless drought when they defeated the Lyndon Institute Vikings in the Maple Barrel Bowl.
Less then a week later they were forced to cancel their game against Burr and Burton because of an outbreak of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease, which also caused practices to be scrapped as well.
BHS 3, NCU 0
NEWPORTâ€“The North Country girls soccer team was in action on Friday afternoon, as they played host to the Burlington Seahorses.
The Falcons had their chances, but in the end could not find the back of the net as they fell by the score of 3-0 to drop to 3-1-1 on the season.
"This is the level that we play at, the Metro, and we know that we have to play up to that level," said NCU coach Jose Batista. "I think having a week off didn't help us, I don't care what anybody says, that game would have helped us, but we didn't have it and it was nobody's fault."
CRAFTSBURY-The Craftsbury Chargers played host to the Concord Wildcats on Thursday afternoon, and right from the start fans could tell it was going to be a good game for the home team.
Craftsbury scored twice in the opening two minutes en route to picking up a 5-0 win to move to 5-1 on the year.
"It was a good game for us," said CA coach Mike Reutz. "We possessed the ball well and we did the things that we do in practice, which is huge, it is a big step. It was also nice to get some of our second string players into the game and get their confidence up where it needs to be."
ORLEANS-The Lake Region Rangers put their 4-0 record on the line Wednesday afternoon as they welcomed in the Peoples Academy Wolves one day after the LR girls did the same.
Tuesday saw the Lady Rangers lose their undefeated streak in a close 2-1 loss.
On Wednesday the tides would change, as Riley Urie's game winner with 2:30 left to go in the second gave the Rangers a 2-1 victory and bumped up their record to 5-0 on the year.
ORLEANSâ€“The Lake Region Lady Rangers put their undefeated streak on the line when they hosted the Peoples Academy Wolves on Wednesday afternoon.
It would be a challenging afternoon for the Lady Rangers, as they are pretty banged up and were forced to move a lot of players around to unfamiliar positions.
With that being said, the Wolves would be one goal better on this day, and the Lady Rangers lost their first match of the season 2-1.
NEWPORT-The outbreak of Hand, Foot and Mouth disease continues to be a problem for the North Country athletic department.
Tuesdayâ€™s varsity soccer games against the Lyndon Institute Vikings have been canceled, as have the jv games scheduled for Wednesday.
Wednesdayâ€™s varsity field hockey game against Milton has also been canceled.
No make-up dates for any of the contests have been announced as of this writing.
The games were canceled because the visiting schools did not want to send their kids up to Newport for fear of catching the highly contagious disease.
NCU 2, Montpelier 0
MONTPELIERâ€“The North Country Falcons field hockey team kept their winning streak rolling on Saturday, as they picked up a shut-out win over the Montpelier Solons on Saturday afternoon.
"It was a great game," said NC coach Chantelle Bouchard. "There was quite a bit of rain falling, but we dominated the whole game. It was a huge team effort."
Kaitlyn Young scored in the first half to open up the scoring and giving the Falcons a 1-0 lead.
Adrianna Fournier had the assist on the goal.
Reporting for NCU cross country at the Burlington Invitational at not-so-sunny North Beach in Burlington, VT.
The day started with overcast skies, light winds and temps in the 50s that changed to drizzle by the boys varsity race (And then let go with a steady rain following the award ceremony).
Note on the course â€“ it was advertised as a â€śfast and flatâ€ť course â€“ it left out the half-mile hill at the start of the race, a gravel hill stretch and the fact that the course was a bit long this year, so basically not so fast nor flat.
NEWPORTâ€“After a slow start in the first half, the North Country field hockey team picked up their pace in the second and went on the attack, scoring two goals in twenty-three minutes to pick up the 2-0 win over the Lyndon Institute Vikings.
"We finally woke up," said NCU coach Chantelle Bouchard, referring to the difference in play between the first and the second half. "They were real flat in the beginning and we just could not get anything in the goal."
As the coach said, things were a little flat in the first half.
DERBY-The North Country Falcons held their annual home cross country meet on Wednesday afternoon, but this year it came with a little twist.
Known in years past as just the home cross country meet, this year the team re-branded the event as the Kingdom Cup.
"The Kingdom Cup is a lead in to leagues," said NCU coach Chris Shaffer. "We needed more competition up here and it is great to have more numbers for competition. Hopefully we can keep this tradition going."
With the re-branding came a new course design that will allow for a little more flexibility with course length.