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May 28th, 2012
ORLEANSâThis just wasn't Lake Region's year.
The baseball Rangers finished off their season losing 6-3 to Richford on senior day last Thursday, ending 2012 in last place in Division II with a 2-13 record.
But the future looks bright for the team.
Lake Region has a core of young players, as well as some coming up the pipe, which could spark a turnaround in the blue and white's future.
"We had a freshman on the mound today, and there are some great young kids that are coming up, said coach Eric Degre. "This year we just didn't get the bounces, but the youth is there.
BARREâIn their final two regular season matches of the season, North Country's boys tennis team blanked Spaulding 7-0 in back-to-back matches to close out the season with a 9-1-1 record, 4th overall in Division I.
In the first match the Falcons went with their traditional line-up and won with a combined score of 56-7.
In the second match they juggled their line-up and still won easily with a 56-13 total score.
"Dave was his usual workman-like self, Thomas' serve was clicking and his was strong at the net, and Maoz simply overwhelmed his opponent," said coach Gary Atchinson.
ORLEANSâMatt Morin medaled for the fifth straight time this season, shooting a 34, but it was not enough as the Lyndon Institute and Harwood tied atop the leader board to win the match.
Other Lake Region boys scores were Devin Morley and Carl Oberg, each with a 49, and Derek Rodgers shot a 58.
In the girls side Celeste Lussier took second place shooting a 54.
Next up for the team is sectionals, scheduled for next Wednesday at 10:00 AM.
NEWPORTâIt was senior day at Prouty Beach for the North Country girls tennis team. Members of the class of 2012, Kelsey O'Donnell, Carlie Diette and Rhiannon Rosamillia were honored by their coach before the game with framed pictures of themselves as a memento for their four years with the team.
The seniors were not the only ones that will be departing from the team, head coach and co-founder of the program Marie George has decided to hang up her coaching racquet after twenty-five years with the team.
NEWPORTâThe home portion of a trying season came to a close for the Falcons on Tuesday.
Mount Mansfield came into North Country's ball yard and defeated the home team 15-3 on senior day.
The Cougars jumped out to leads of 1-0, 4-0, 9-0 and 13-0 before the Falcon offense got going in the fifth.
The Falcons plated three runs in the inning to cut the lead to ten, but Mount Mansfield added two more runs late to finalized the win.
NEWPORTâThings were looking promising for the North Country softball team on Tuesday afternoon.
After paying tribute to their departing seniors, junior Anna Bingham staked her team to a 1-0 lead in the first, going yard off of MMU's pitcher Colleen Davis.
In the second the Cougars decided to crash the party, scoring two runs in the frame to take the lead.
North Country continued the fight in the bottom of the frame with Mariah Roberts singling, scoring and knotting the contest at two.
MMU took back the lead in the third on Autumn Hallock's double that scored Sydney LeBourveau.
The Lake Region Rangers softball team was clearly in the giving mood Tuesday, as ten errors in the field combined with a handful of mental mistakes led to a 10-9 extra-inning loss to Enosburg.
While the defense did everything they could to give the contest away, the offense kept coming back, tying or taking the lead on three different occasions after falling behind.
Ranger starter Michelle Thibeault also did her part, striking out a career high 7 batters, but in the end could not overcome a porous Ranger defense that made a least one error in every inning of play.
The Wildcatâs U-14 team was busy over this past weekend.
They had two games to battle, one was a victory and the other a defeat in score only. In the first game Milton came to Wildcat Country and dominated the hometown girls.
As much as the Wildcats battled they could not find the back of the net. Milton is a fast, skilled, and adept soccer team. They moved the ball with a combination of speed and agility that the Derby hadn't seen yet this season. Their passes were precise and they were aggressive going after the ball.
This past week the North Country girlsâ golf team competed in two tournaments, hosting their own on Monday the 14th, and traveling to St. Albans on Thursday the 17th.
Completing at the NC Invitational were Paige Gagnon, Bailey Walker and Eilish Muir.
âWhile the team did not finish first, it did not finish last either,â said coach Brian Hampton.
NEWPORTâStrong pitching, clutch hitting and an injection of some new blood into the line-up combined to propel North Country's baseball team over Spaulding 12-2 on Friday afternoon.
With some players having recently jettisoned from the team, Bonvechio brought up freshman Bryce Carter and junior Aidan Smith to join the varsity squad.
"When coach Bonvechio asked me to play I was ready to go," Carter said about being asked to suit up for the varsity team.
Neither were in the starting line-up, but that would change as they game moved along.