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May 6th, 2012
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."
NEWPORTâ€“North Country's boysâ€™ tennis team is on a tearing things up. They picked up their fourth straight win on Saturday, a 7-0 blanking of Middlebury, to bump up their record to 4-1 on the season.
In singles play, Dave Durivage, playing in the number one position, staved off what coach Gary Atchinson called "an early bombardment" and won in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.
Consistency was the name of the game for number two singlesâ€™ player Travers Parsons-Grayson, as he won easily 6-1, 6-1.
Thomas Durivage also had a smooth go of it, winning 6-0, 6-1.
BURLINGTONâ€“North Country's boysâ€™ and girlsâ€™ track squads combined for a score of 59 points to take home ninth place at the Burlington Invitational on Saturday.
Dylan Columbia was the top performer for the Falcons, taking home first place in the 100 and 200 meter races.
Columbia, along with Josh Brien, Connor Hogan and Nick LeClair took third in the 4x100 as well.
Riley Simoneau also had a good day at the event, winning the shot put with Barry Shelton behind him in sixth place.
The girlsâ€™ golf team had it opening tournament at the Barre Country Club on Monday April 30. The team was represented by freshman Michele Fenimore and returning junior Allison Greenwood. Greenwood is a well know golfing name in the area, and Michele is the granddaughter of Reg Rhodes, another respected (think dedicated) player of the game. Both girls shot in the low 70â€™s for the nine hole tournament. They did report that when they were in bunkers, their sand shots got them out with no trouble. And Allison learned that a golf ball will actually skip through a water hazard.
STOWEâ€“The Lake Region Lady Rangers rolled up a pair of impressive wins in doubleheader action Saturday at Stowe, grabbing both ends of the twin bill, 16-0 and 20-3.
In the opener, sophomore hurler Michelle Thibeault toed the rubber and turned in her finest performance of the season, twirling an efficient 3-hitter in pocketing her first career shut-out.
NEWPORTâ€“On bright and beautiful afternoon The North Country boys' tennis team earned their third victory of the year with a 5-2 win over Montpelier.
"It was a dominating win," said coach Gary Atchinson. "Four of the twelve sets that we won were at 'love.' That shows dominance and perseverance in not letting up."
Once again the Falcons spotted their opponents a 1-0 lead, forfeiting the number two doubles match, burt the coach is looking forward to getting Steve Raboin back soon so they can compete as a full squad.
On the court the Falcons had the upper hand for most of the afternoon.
The nets have been strung, lines have been painted and the grass has been mowed in anticipation of the 2012 Derby Wildcat season.
At the helm of one of the girls U-14 teams are Eric and Jenn Daigle and Chris Goulet. They are taking on the job of shaping, mentoring, and improving the skills of 16 young women and tasked with bringing them together to work as a team.
"Montpelier has a superb team. It is the strongest in our league and the girls are very experienced and powerful players."
That is what coach Marie George had to say after North Country's 6-1 loss to the Solons on Wednesday.
In singles action, Rhiannon Rosamilia (#1)Â lost to Carly Watson 6-0, 6-0. Kelsey O'Donnell(#2)Â lost to Annie Jones 6-1, 6-1. India Bluett played (#3) and had the most competitive game losing 6-2, 6-4 against Andria Parento. Their game lasted almost 2 hours. Carlie Diette (#4) lost to Stassy Furber 6-2, 6-0. Annie Arcoleo (#5) lost 6-2, 6-0 to Mary Cain.Â
FAIRFAXâ€“The Lake Region boys picked up a win while the Lady Rangers fell in Wednesday's make up game against BFA Fairfax.
Behind four innings of work by Kyle Perry and three innings by Logan Harper, the Rangers won a close one 3-2.
"We played some great defense behind our pitching today," said coach Eric Degre.
Cory Whitten had a double in the win.
The softball team did not have as much fun, losing 8-1 against one of the top teams in the Mountain Division.
Four of the eight runs were unearned.
Both teams will head to Stowe on Saturday for a doubleheader against the Raiders.