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August 28th, 2012
ORLEANSâ€“The days of the being a ground and pound crew for the Lake Region girls soccer team are all but over.
Coach Brad Urie has taken the rough and tumble teams of the last few seasons, and infused a blend of speed and finesse that he hopes will produce the same kinds of results that his previous squads have.
NEWPORTâ€“Losing one or two key players to graduation can be tough.
Losing the bulk of your starters and top reserves is almost mind numbing.
Be that as it may, that is what Chantelle Bouchard and the rest of the 2012 field hockey Falcons must contend with as they embark on this year's campaign.
"It's hard to fill their positions for sure, but as the season moves on we will be able to tell more," said the coach.
As hard as it is to reboot, North Country is going to go at it full steam ahead and could surprise some folks along their way.
NEWPORTâ€“From the on-field action to the man running the ship, the 2012 North Country football team will have a new look and feel to their program.
Gone from the team is the legendary Bob Davis, who retired after a spectacular run as the head coach of the Falcons.
With him goes the traditional option-based offense that has been the calling card of the program for years.
Also missing will be the class of 2011, a crew of nineteen talented players that were the backbone of the team's undefeated regular season.
At Willoughby III, 23 swimmers and 23 â€śyackersâ€ť took to the water from North Beach, swimming south for burgers and fresh picked corn on the cob waiting for them at South Beach (East).
COATICOOK,QCâ€“On August 8th the O.E.C. Lightning traveled to Coaticook and came away with a very exciting win to end their season.
With the lead changing hands 4 times throughout the course of the game, it took the Lighting until the top of the 7th to finally put it away thanks to a 4 run outburst.
But lets go back to see how we got there.
In the top of the first Phoenix Malanga led off for the Lightning and the very first pitch he saw drilled it in the gap in left center for a double.
ORLEANSâ€“The Orleans Country Country Club could not have asked for better conditions for this year's Arthur Mandros Memorial Member/Guest Golf Tournament.
"It turned out to be a great event," said
O.C.C. Club Pro Horace Archer with a smile.
"We had two days of great weather and we had people who enjoyed themselves, had dinners and played great with great sportsmanship. What else can I say."
After a fantastic Saturday of action and another great round Sunday morning, the eight teams were divided into two flights for the shoot-out to determine the winners of the tournament.
ORLEANSâ€“Horace Archer, the golf pro at the Orleans Country Club, did not take the unusual path to becoming a golf pro.
For him, turning a hobby into a full-time occupation happened later in life than many of today's professionals who head into college knowing they want to be involved in the game as a career.
"I was brought up as an engineer and I worked for twenty-five years for IBM after which I decided I needed to continue to be doing something before I die. I decided I should go into golf."
DERBYâ€“Some athletes slow up their pace in the off-season. Some join travel teams and play sporadically, maybe twice a month with a few practices thrown in to keep the players sharp.
Members of the North Country Wrestling Club (North Country Wrestling Team during the season, as the club got back its' varsity status last season) prefer to take a different approach.
Instead of less, they prefer more.
As in five days a week, and we are more than three months away from wrestling season and over a month away from the next tournament on the schedule.
ORLEANSâ€“The Annual Ranger Give & Go Basketball Camp is in full swing at the Don Harter Memorial Gymnasium.
The camp is run by the Lady Rangers head coach Mark Tinker, and has been going steady for nearly a decade.
"I started the camp when I took over the Varsity program here because I felt we needed something for the feeder program and I up and started it."
The camp is open to both boys and girls, and is split into two age groups; Campers in grades 3 through 5 attend in the morning and 6 through 8 in the afternoon.
It has been a busy summer at Dunlaveyâ€™s Black Belt Academy, owned and operated by 7th Don Master Rick Dunlavey â€“ highest ranking Master in the Northeast Kingdom. More than 40 of his Tae Kwon Do students participated in the Derby 4th of July Parade. The float, provided and driven by Gosselin Water Wells, held a host of Dragons (mostly aged 3-6) while the Tigers, adult students and family members, marched alongside. The students wowed the crowd with Kibon One throughout the route. Later in July, the school moved to a new location at 292 Shattuck Hill Road in Derby.