Archive - Sports Article
April 15th, 2012
NEWPORTâNorth Country's softball team welcomed in Lyndon Institute for their home opener on Saturday morning, but fell short in their effort to pick up their first win, losing to the Vikings 7-3.
While they did not get the win, coach Leslie Dunn was very pleased with the girl's efforts compared to their first time out against St. Johnsbury.
"It was night and day," said Dunn. "Defensively we had some miscues, but we were right on it. We made some really big secondary plays, some real heads up stuff.â
The game kicked off with both teams getting on the scoreboard in the first.
RICHFORDâThe Richford Rockets plated five runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to secure a come from behind 9-8 victory over the Lake Region Rangers in girls fastpitch action Thursday.
An undermanned Ranger crew struck early with 2 runs in the first, 3 in the second and 3 more in the fourth inning to build an 8-4 lead after four innings of play.
JERICHOâThe North Country Track and field team traveled to Mount Mansfield Union on Friday for their first meet of the season and came home with positive results.
The girlsâ squad took second place on the day earning 118 points, and the boys were in third with a score of 103.
"It was a good first meet for us. The freshman got to get their feet wet while the veterans were able to see some competition instead of just practicing," said coach Lonnie Wade.
NEWPORTâThe 2012 North Country softball team is a mixture of veterans and new faces with the numbers skewing towards the new faces.
"There are some vets, an awful lot of rookies, but it is early and we are looking to get some things together," said head coach Leslie Dunn.
Returning this year are seniors Hillary Manning, Samantha Collins, Brandi Thornton, Anna Ghelli, Emily Corkins and Kayla Desheneau as well as juniors Mariah Roberts and Anna Bingham.
Pitching is one area where the Falcons have some depth, and Dunn is excited to have reliable arms ready to go.
NEWPORTâIn their first match since completing their inter-squad playdowns, North Country's boys' tennis team unveiled a new look line-up that had Travers Parsons-Grayson in the one spot, Dave Durivage in the two, Zach Tweed at three, Maoz Knight fourth and Thomas Durivage playing in the number five singles position.
Fred Petzold and Steve Raboin played number one doubles with newcomers Kody Halikas and Peter Steuwe making their debut at the number two.
ST. JOHNSBURYâThe North Country baseball team fell 7-2 to St.Johnsbury in their first game of the season on Tuesday.
After three scoreless innings, St.Johnsbury got to Falcons starting pitcher Joel Lemarche in the fourth, putting up six runs in the inning.
The Hilltoppers added a run in the fifth, making it 7-0 before the Falcons were able to break up the Academy's Lincoln Lemieux's bid for a no hitter.
After Trevor Monty made it first on a strikeout error by the St. J catcher, Nate Stewart singled, followed by Jon Boyer's infield single.
BARREâThe Derby Kings basketball team, comprised of mainly 6th and 7th graders, with four 8th graders as well, went 2-0 at the One Day Run Tournament this past Saturday.
The boys competed in the "A" level 8th grade division, and had little difficulty holding their two opponents to an average of just thirty points per game.
The Kings, using a combination of height, speed and quickness to double up their opposition, scoring close to sixty points per game.
Kendrick Gray, Colin Myrick and Trey Azur were the top scorers on the team, but Derby got contributions from everyone on the roster.
VERGENNESâ The NEK Pythons traveled to western Vermont on April 7th for a tournament that featured the K-2 state championships.
All of the Pythonâs K-2 wrestlers are first year competitors, and they showed their growth as athletes at the event.
In the championship portion of the afternoon, Lahna Descheneau and Cazian Comeau-Elman each came in second place. Manny St. Marie came in third, and Dereck Guillette and Jonathan Hunt took fifth place.
For the rest of the team, it was just a regular tournament and the results are as follows;
NEWPORTâWhen looking at the 2012 North Country track and field season, the biggest star of the program will not be competing in any of the events.
It will be hosting them.
The brand new facility on the campus of North Country Union High cost over $180,000.00 to build, and everyone I spoke with could not be more thankful to the members of the community that helped make this dream come true.
ORLEANSâ âSenior leadership and senior contribution,â are what coach Laura Laramee says will be the key to Lake Regionâs run during the 2012 Tennis season. âWe are a very senior heavy team and I am looking for those girls to carry the load,â she would go on to add.
While tennis may not be as popular as the Big 3 of Soccer, Basketball, and Baseball, the blue and white still have 12 girls willing to test their skill on the blacktop.