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May 13th, 2012
NEWPORTâ€“Triple plays are rare.
I think Taurus at it's full height must triumph over Aries and then trump Gemini, or something to that fact, for it to occur.
Well whether or not the stars were aligned, North Country pulled one off in the sixth inning of their game against Mount Abe on Friday.
Since I was over at the softball game at the time, I will let Nate Stewart, the guy who was in the middle of the action, tell you how it went down.
ORLEANSâ€“It is just a tough time to be a Ranger baseball player.
Lake Region lost their eighth game of the season on Saturday, 14-3 to People Academy, but coach Eric Degree saw some positives on the field from his club.
"My team's play has been a little better than it was earlier this week. They (PA) got a lot of breaks out there today and we did not get any. I got some guys who really starting to come around and we are playing improved defense."
In the second week of competition, the North Country girlsâ€™ golf team competed in two tournaments. On Wednesday the 9th, Bailey Walker, Eilish Muir and Paige Gagnon travel to South Burlington to play at the Vermont National Country Club. The team placed 3rd overall. Captain Bailey Walker shot a 51 in the 9 hole tournament. Captain Eilish Muir shot a 65, and new comer Paige Gagnon, in her second career tournament carded a 71. On Thursday the 10th the threesome traveled to Enosburg. Baileyâ€™s 49, on the damp and muddy course was the low round, making her the medalist.
NEWPORTâ€“Lake Region played host to North Country at the Prouty Beach tennis courts on Wednesday, but the Falcons still felt that home town advantage and defeated the Lady Rangers 7-0.
"We needed this win. We have played some very difficult matches lately, especially ones against Montpelier and Middlebury," said North Country coach Marie George. "The 3-4 loss to Mount Mansfield on Monday really prepared the team for this win."
Unfortunately for Lake Region it was a very one sided affair as the Falcons allowed only two sets to go the Rangersâ€™ way.
ORLEANSâ€“Fairfax freshman fireballer Kayla Mathieu stymied Lake Regionâ€™s bats, tossing a no-hitter, while her teammates gave her more than enough support in a 20-1 schoolgirls softball game Wednesday night.
â€śOur first two games against them, they threw (senior pitcher) Ruby (Bushey), and we knew we could hit her,â€ť said Ranger coach Matt Tinker. â€śWe were actually pretty confident coming in. But we werenâ€™t prepared for this girl (Mathieu). She was just phenomenal.â€ť
NEWPORTâ€“North Country came out swinging early, winning three of their first four matches, but Mount Mansfield's Lady Cougars picked up wins in the final three matches to earn the 4-3 victory in girls tennis on Monday.
"This was a very competitive match," said coach Marie George.
Win number one came off the racquets of Micheala Stanley and Doyen Doa as they took the number two doubles match, coming back from a 3-6 loss in the first set to force the tiebreaker and get the "W."
It was their first time playing together and after the first set they settled down and came through for the team.
NEWPORTâ€“In their second home meet of the season, it was all North Country, all afternoon, as a boys score of 142 and a girls score of 71 added up to a win for the home team on Monday.
Starting with the boys, the Falcons had ten first place finishes, ten second's, and eight third's, which set the tone for the afternoon.
Great weather, great fields, great fans and a fantastic soccer game. The U14 Wildcat team coached by Jen and Eric Daigle and Chris Goulet took to the field against Summit FC U-14 Girlsâ€™ White team from Rutland
These two teams were equal in skill, ability and determination. The Wildcats struck first. Olivia Miller, with an assist from Faith Gosselin, shot one past the goalie to put the Wildcats on the score board. After the goal the play went back and forth, staying around mid-field for a large part of the first half.
NEWPORTâ€“North Country's softball team held their annual Strike Out Cancer fundraiser to benefit the Relay for Life before and during their game against South Burlington.
While the pink-clad Falcons fell 4-2 to the Seahorses, both players and coaches were pleased with their fundraiser.
"This is something we plan all season and we try to make it bigger each year," said assistant coach Amanda Blaisdell.
"This year we had a great turnout, we had a lot more going on and I think we were more into it this year."
NEWPORTâ€“Even though the score board (while it was still on) read 10-0 in favor of the visitors, it really did not describe the play of the Falcons' baseball team on Saturday.
North Country played solid defense and they had a great attitude, but South Burlington was able to get runners on base and find a way to bring them home.
"We didn't play that badly," said coach Brian Bonvechio. "There were no glaring mistakes, they just had some balls fall in that were not particularly well hit, and we did not get those hits."