Archive - Sports Article
May 2nd, 2012
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.
Womenâ€™s Soccer-Tuesday Nights
The ladies from Belli Doni Pottery captured another Womens' League crown by defeating arch-rivals Fortin Transportation in the finals by a score of six to three. Belli Doni reached the finals by taking the number two seed overall and upending the women from Muenier Construction in the semi-finals. Fortin Transportation who took the regular season crown for the second straight session with 23 out of a possible 24 points took down upstart Balls-O-Fire in their semi-final match.
CO-ED Soccer- Thursday Nights/Sunday Mornings
MORRISVILLE â€“ The Lake Region Rangers took to the course for their first meet of the season at the Copley Country Club on Thursday afternoon. Matt Morin, last yearâ€™s Division 3 State Medalist, looks for another strong run in his senior campaign.
The opening meet of the season didnâ€™t fare well for the Rangers however. Morin shot a 4 over 39 to pace the squad. Carl Oberg shot a 50, while Connor Gaboriault and Holden Poirier each placed with scores of 56.
NEWPORTâ€“In just their second match this season, the North Country girls' tennis team improved to 1-1 with a 6-1 triumph over Lake Region Wednesday afternoon.
Coach Marie George, looking to get some of her younger players some guaranteed playing time, had the match kick off with the numbers one, four and five singles and number two doubles taking the courts.
In Lake Region's only win on the day, Kelly LeBlanc bested Rhiannon Rosamillia in number one singles action when after splitting the first two sets 6-4, 4-6, she won 11-9 in the race to ten tie breaker.
NEWPORTâ€“Taylor Blake pitched a two hitter in her first varsity start as the Falcon bats erupted, driving in seventeen runs to fuel North Countryâ€™s 17-2 win over Rice.
"She did a great job out there," said coach Leslie Dunn of Blake. "I think she was a little nervous, but as the game went on her location improved."
The lop-sided affair lasted just six innings ,as the fifteen run rule kicked in and mercifully ended the contest for the Green Knights.
NEWPORTâ€“Wyatt Prue pitched 5 2/3 impressive innings in his first varsity start, but North Country had a hard time getting runs in behind him and the Falcons fell late to the Green Knights of Rice 8-1.
"He had appeared three times in relief, so we decided to give him a start," said Brian Bonvechio of Prue. "I thought he was very strong out there."
Prue also had a productive day at the plate with two doubles and the lone Falcon RBI of the game.
In the first, with the wind blowing out to right, Jon Boyer walked, followed by a double by Nate Stewart to put runners on 2nd and 3rd.