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May 6th, 2012
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.
NEWPORTâ€“Peter Alexander is looking for an alternative to the regular selection of spring sports offered at North Country Union High School.
Since the day he saw a spread about ultimate frisbee in a newspaper roughly a year ago, he has been on a mission to bring the sport up to Falcon Country.
"It was a story about the state championship in St. Johnsbury, hosted by Lyndon. So I buzzed down there after sending an email to the two coaches," he said.
Since viewing the action last May, he has been hooked.
MONTPELIERâ€“NCUâ€™s trip to U-32 was highlighted by the boysâ€™ first place finish at the event.
Barry Shelton, Riley Simoneau and Jason Webster all threw over 40â€™ to sweep the shot put.
Simoneau, Shelton, Josh Brien and Webster finished 2 â€“ 5 in the discus.
Colton White, after a two week exchange trip to Germany and a starring role in the IMusical, returned to the team, taking 2nd in the javelin. He hopes to return to the form that qualified him for the New England championships last year.
NEWPORTâ€“With the sun shinning down upon them, the North Country girls' tennis team battled for over three hours, but came up just short against BFA St. Albans, losing 5-2.
"It was a long and extremely competitive match," said coach Marie George.
ST. ALBANSâ€“Weather was not a factor for the North Country boys' tennis team as they were indoors at the Collins-Pearly Complex to take on the Bobwhites this past Monday.
The Falcons spotted BFA a 1-0 advantage, forfeiting the number two doubles match, but would allow only one more win the rest of the way as they defeated the Academy 5-2.
Coach Gary Atchinson shook up the lineups, and the new order produced the desired results.
Back at the number one slot, Dave Durivage got off to a slow start, getting down 1-4 to Sam Costes.
NEWPORTâ€“It was tough day to be a member of the Falcons on Thursday as both the baseball and softball teams had a rough go of it against BFA St. Albans.
On the softball diamond, the Comets scored one in the first, five in the second and would go on to add thirteen more runs in the final four innings to defeat the Falcons 19-3.
Despite the loss, coach Leslie Dunn was upbeat about the compete level of her team.
"I said to them in the sixth, 'this is going to be our final inning, so let's just go out and get one more run' and they got two, it was just awesome," she said.