Archive - Sports Article
February 9th, 2012
WOODSTOCKâ€“What I assumed would be an easy return to the bench turned into quite the adventure as the North Country girls hockey team managed to escape with a 9-6 win over the Wasps on Wednesday night.
"It was not the prettiest win I have ever seen, but the girls need to put this one behind them and get ready for Stowe on Friday," I said to myself after the game.
With assistant coaches Tom Bernier and Tracy Muzerall unavailable for the game, head coach Claude Paul asked me if I would like a chance to resume my old duties as an assistant coach for the evening.
JAY-The North Country icemen rallied for a pair of third period scoring plays and knocked off the visiting Middlebury Tigers 2-1 at the Ice Haus atop Jay Peak. It took goals by Ryan Paul and Adam Viens to secure the victory. Falcon junior netminder Chris Bronson kicked out 16 shots to help lock down the Tigers.
The Falcons scored twice in a span of two minutes in the third period to get the equalizer and the lead goal. Logan Fortier led Ryan Paul who went through a pair of Tiger defenders. Paul fired the disk past Middlebury goaltender Nick Brunch knotting things up at 1 all.
ORLEANSâ€”The Lady Rangers of Lake Region played host to the Stowe Raiders Tuesday night, and after a shaky first quarter, the blue and white came alive and lit the opponent up to the tune of a 56-13 drubbing.
STOWEâ€“ On Tuesday, the North Country boys and girls snowboarding teams traveled to Stowe to take part in a slope side competition against four other schools. The day was cold, the rails were solid and the jumps were huge. When the snow had settled, the girls team tied for first place with Burr and Burton Academy, and were led by captains Gina Basiliere, who finished second and Anna Ghelli in third.
The boys team had a third place finish as a team, and they were paced by Justin Christopher's ninth place finish and Josh Brien, who rode in at the number twelve spot.
Essex Tops Falcons 44-34
ESSEXâ€“The North Country girls had well played, hard fought game against the Essex Hornets, but in the end they came up on the short end of the stick, falling by ten 44-34.
"It was a great game," said coach Christiane Brown, "It was a back and forth, well controlled contest."
After being down by one 12-11 after one, the Falcons went on the attack to go up 21-16 at the half.
"We were super disciplined. By shortening the game we limited them from getting their running game going," said Brown.
NEWPORTâ€“The North Country boys basketball team is in a state of flux right now. The team has been trying to establish an identity as a defensive minded physically and mentally tough group, but with a stream of players going in and out of the line-up as of late, it has been tough.
"We started off 4-3 and we are now 4-9. We are on a six game losing streak and we are frustrated," said coach Brian Bonvechio, "We feel like we are playing hard enough, but we are not getting things done that we need to."
ORLEANS-With a four game wining streak under their belts, the Lake Region Rangers looked to continue the trend. Visiting Danville had other ideas as they pulled away late for a 63-57 victory. The Indian backcourt had their way with the Rangers guards as Kyle Johnson and Scott Remick combined for 41 points for Danville. The tandem forced numerous turnovers, laying the groundwork for the Indiansâ€™ eleventh win of the year.
WESTMOREâ€“With perfect weather conditions and lightly falling snow to accent the mood, the North Country Nordic teams had a great day at the races on Saturday.
The Falcon girls won the race with a score of 22, besting hosts St. Johnsbury and two other teams to earn the win. The NCU boys came in third with a score of 49 behind St. Johnsbury in first and Burlington in second.
ORLEANS-They say most times you learn more from a loss than a win. That will probably be the case as Coach Mark Tinkerâ€™s valiant Ranger girls gave 12-1 Oxbow everything they wanted and more before falling 45-41 at the Don Harter Gymnasium over the weekend.
JERICHOâ€“The North Country wrestling team was the top finishing Vermont school in weekend tournament action. The crew took home sixth place out of seventeen teams, and coach Chris Mandigo was very pleased with his teams efforts.
â€śThey wrestled extremely well, and I am very proud of them.â€ť
Here are the results from the tournament:
1) Makenzie Steel (Lake Region), 120lbs, had two good matches. Did not place.
2) Josh Tompkins, 145lbs, went 1/2, did not place, pinned Spaulding opponent Anthony Duchamel-Garcia in 38 seconds.