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February 11th, 2014
ORLEANS-Clutch free throw shooting late in the fourth quarter helped the Lake Region Rangers pick up a hard-fought 57-53 win over the Peoples Academy Wolves on Monday night.
"The boys played gritty," said LR coach James Ingalls. "They played excellent defense, boxed players out and hit free throws when they needed to. We are really coming around at the time of the season that we need to be coming around."
For the full story, see the Express on 2-12-14.
SOCHI-Tuesday was a bit disappointing for Barton ladies Ida Sargent and Susan Dunklee.
While both girls were in good positions to make a medal run, it eluded both of them this time.
While most of the Kingdom was still sleeping, Sargent began her qualifying race in Sochi.
In her Olympic debut she skied a 2:39.8 race. This time landed her in 26th place and guaranteed her a spot in the quarter-finals for the Ladies 7.5km Sprint Freestyle.
Later in the morning, Sargent skied in heat three of the quarter finals. She came in fourth for her heat with a time of 2:39.05.
JAYâ€“Crystal Moss had her second hat trick in as many games and Whitney Bernier added a pair as the North Country girls hockey team defeated the CVU/SBHS Rebel Hawks on Saturday evening.
"I thought we put a solid effort out there and we came to play tonight. If we play like that I think we can definitely play in the Metro," said NCU coach Claude Paul.
For the full story, see the Express on 2-10-14.
JAYâ€“Champlain Valley Union, the top team in the Metro Division, paid a visit to the Ice Haus on Saturday night, and on the strength of four power-play goals, defeated the North Country Falcons 6-3.
"I thought the boy's effort was pretty good, but (CVU) scored four power-play goals and they are a very good team and you can't give them that many power-plays," said NCU coach Ryan Jacobs.
For the full story, see the Express on 2-10-14.
The effects of home court advantage were on full display for the Lake Region Lady Rangers as they split a pair of games with Enosburg this past Thursday and Saturday.
On Thursday night in Orleans, the Rangers turned in one of their most impressive performances of the season, posting 47 points in the second half to overcome a 10 point halftime deficit and win 65-59.
SOCHI-Susan Dunklee made her Olympic Debut Sunday morning, and did herself proud! Her first race was the Womenâ€™s 7.5km Sprint where she placed 14th, the highest finish for any American competing in the event.
Dunklee got off to a good start Sunday, as she was in 17th for the 1st lap and 18th on the 2nd.
Unfortunately, on the 3rd lap she missed her last shot resulting in a penalty lap that cost her an additional 23 seconds.
Her finishing time was 21 min. 48.3 sec., 41.3 sec. behind leader.
NEWPORT-Former North Country basketball player Kendrick Gray made his return to the Northeast Kingdom as his new team, the Rice Green Knights, traveled up from So. Burlington to take on the Falcons.
Playing in front of a packed house, Gray led off the game with a dunk and the Knights never looked back, as they came away with the 74-39 win.
Gray led all scorers with 17 points, followed by the Falcons' Connor Hogan who had 16.
The loss moves the Falcons to 5-9 while Rice moves to 11-3.
For the full story, see the Express on 2-11-14.
The North Country girls had a much better showing than their previous time out against Spaulding, but they still fell short of their goal, losing 53-39 to the Tide on Thursday night.
"We know that we can play with these guys, but we have to play with more discipline," said NCU coach Christiane Brown.
Brown was referring to the Falcons' foul problem. Two players fouled out and Spaulding went 17-34 from the line, compared to NCU's 5-8 performance from the stripe.
Morgan Greene had a double-double, scoring 14 points while grabbing 18 boards. She also had 3 steals.
ORLEANSâ€“After getting down 8-6 with eight minutes in the book, the Lake Region Lady Rangers reached down, pulled up their bootstraps, and fought back to earn a gritty 33-26 win over the Northfield Marauders on Tuesday night.
"We displayed a lot of heart and determination to overcome some things that should be easy for us, as nothing came easy tonight," said Lake Region assistant coach Sarah Roy. "We kept at it and plugged away and I was very impressed with the patience we showed at the end of the game."
For the full story, see the Express on 2-6-14.
JAY-North Country's Taylor Morley scored twelve seconds into the Falcons' contest against the Harwood Highlanders, setting the tone for the maroon and white's 4-1 win at the Jay Peak Ice Haus.
To understand the importance of this game, and how they defeated one of the best goaltenders in the state, see the Express on 2-3-14.