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February 19th, 2014
ORLEANS-For the Lake Region Lady Rangers, itâ€™s been an up and down year.
A slow start left them at 0-4 but it has become obvious over the course of the season the young crew has gotten better.
Visiting Vergennes found that out the hard way as the blue and white put the hammer down with heavy pressure early and ran away with a 40 point play-down victory.
NEWPORTâ€“The North Country Falcons utilized a balanced scoring attack, and made some timely shots late to pick up a 61-58 win over the Spaulding Crimson Tide on Monday night.
"We saw a lot of heart out there tonight," NCU coach Ed Duncan said about his team after the game. "In each of the games over the last couple of weeks we have been there, but we haven't put in the full four quarters together to finish it out. But tonight we displayed that we are capable of doing that."
CRAFTSBURYâ€“What started out as a good back and forth contest ended with foul-filled fourth quarter as the Craftsbury Charger boys fell to the Mid-Vermont Christian Eagles 56-47 on Saturday afternoon.
"Defensively, Mid-Vermont went into a one-three-one zone and we couldn't crack it," said a visibly upset Craftsbury coach Derek Cipriano after the game. "I think it was as simple as that and we got frustrated offensively and it filtered down throughout the rest of the team."
For the full story, see the Express on 2-17-14.
Craftsbury 33, Mid-Vermont 19
CRAFTSBURYâ€“In an uncharacteristically low-scoring game, the Craftsbury Lady Chargers defeated Mid-Vermont in the first game of a basketball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
ORLEANS-Thursday night was senior night at the Don Harter Gymnasium, and the fans in attendance let the Lady Rangers' lone senior Nicole Roy know how much she was appreciated as they showered her with applause in a pre-game ceremony.
However, when things got underway in the first, things were anything but pretty, as both teams struggled to get anything going in terms of their offense.
However, in the second quarter Lake Region's found their offensive stride, and after scoring 49 points in the second and third they were well on their way to a 65-36 win to improve to 10-9 on the year.
No. Country 5, So. Burlington 4 OT
SO. BURLINGTONâ€“Ross DeLaBruere scored 2:10 into overtime to give the North Country Falcons a season series split with the South Burlington Rebels.
"We played well tonight," said NCU coach Ryan Jacobs.
DeLaBruere's game-winner was his third of the evening.
Things did not get off to a great start for the Falcons, as they were down 2-0 before Ross and Ryan Paul evened things up late in the first period.
After a scoreless second, the Rebels jumped ahead 3-2 6:16 into the third.
NEWPORTâ€“The North Country Nordic team host their annual Kingdom Cup Night Relays on a chilly Wednesday evening.
The race, known more for its wacky costumes than its competitive nature, is a chance for friends, fans and family to gather and watch the team ski and have a little fun at home.
"It is a really good team bonding race," said Alex Cotnoir. "It is not really competitive as far as scores go. It is more about going out and having fun in funny costumes."
For the full story, see the Express on 2-14-14.
SOCHI-Temperatures at the Sochi ski course Thursday reached 54 degrees. Such warm weather turned the course into a slushy mess that made skiing slow for skiers of the Ladies Classic 10km race â€“ including local Barton Lady Ida Sargent.
Sargent, with her first Olympic race behind her, was hoping for a better showing Thursday. But Mother Nature didnâ€™t cooperate, creating conditions that were outside of the northern skierâ€™s comfort zone.
NEWPORTâ€“The North Country girls basketball team was able to hang with the Essex Hornets for one quarter before the visiting squad ramped up their game and took it to the next level, coming away with a 72-30 win on Tuesday night.
"We faced a really good team tonight and their on-ball pressure and their man-to-man principles were great. We need to learn how to handle that pressure, get open and how to deliver the ball to the open player while they are open, not after," said NCU coach Christiane Brown.
For the full story, see the Express on 2-13-14.
No. Country 4, MVU 0
HIGHGATEâ€“Mikaella Doran picked up her first shut-out of the year and Crystal Moss scored again as the North Country girls earned their tenth win of the season by besting Missisquoi Valley Union on Monday night.
"We were not as sharp as we were on Saturday and we definitely played down to MVU's level," said NCU coach Claude Paul. "We looked good for spurts and we looked bad for spurts but we got the win."
Jenna Moss opened the scoring in the first period, converting a feed from Whitney Bernier.