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May 20th, 2012
NEWPORTâ€“Strong 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.
NEWPORTâ€“Coach Leslie Dunn was forced to shuffle her line-ups last week due to missing personal, and after a loss on Thursday to Middlebury, she found success on Friday as the softball Falcons defeated the Tide of Spaulding 5-4.
The player that made the most of her call up was freshman catcher Tori Kinney.
In her second game with the big club she she had a key double, two RBI's and scored the eventual game winning run.
"I am getting some real good experience for next year," said Kinney after the game.
MONTPELIERâ€“North Country's boys tennis team refuses to lose.
The self-appointed "Junk Yard Dogs" were on the prowl against the Montpelier Solons this past Friday, and once again they took a bite out of their opponents, winning the match 5-2.
In the number one slot Dave Durivage tried and tried and tried again to find a weakness to exploit, but Jackson Watson did not offer one, and Watson took the match 6-0, 6-1.
Travers Parsons-Grayson had what coach Gary Atchinson called "too much game" for Matt Cerce and won easily 6-0, 6-2.
DERBYâ€“Lake Region's tennis team earned their second win of the season on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon as they defeated U-32 5-2.
The team relied on the play of the singles players to get the win. They did not dissapoint, going 5-0 on the afternoon.
The only losses came from the doubles matches, one by forfeit, the other by defeat during play.
Here are the results from a strong day of tennis by the Lady Rangers.
1. Kelly LeBlanc vs. Erin Connor 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8)
2. Desirae Colorado vs. Claire Puleio 6-4, 6-1
3. Miranda Beaudry vs. Phina Sances 7-5, 6-1
WINOOSKIâ€“The Lake Region Lady Rangers used a balanced attack to dispose of Winooski Thursday in schoolgirl softball action, 15-3.
Nine different Rangers got hits, while LR scored in six of seven innings to back the 6-hit pitching of Michelle Thibeault.
The Rangers got things rolling right out of the gates, dropping three runs on the Spartans in the top of the first inning behind Callie Cashinâ€™s two-run double down the right field line. The Spartans came back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first to make it a 3-2 ballgame, but after that it was all LR.
WILLIAMSTOWNâ€“The Rangers fell to Williamstown 13-7 this past weekend. Lake Region only gave up four hits in the contest, but eight walks, three hit batsmen, six wild pitches and four errors were the teamsâ€™ undoing.
On the other side the boys in blue had a great offensive performance, getting thirteen hits, but they could not string enough together to get more than seven runs.
Standouts on offense for the Rangers were Darik Messier who tripled, had 2 doubles and a single, Matt Messier had a double and a single and Alex Menard had 3 singles.
Matt Messier took the loss in the contest.
Lake Regionâ€™s Matt Morin was the top performer, shooting a tourney low 72 to Medal. Other LR scores were Devin Morley 113, Carl Oberg 111, and Derik Rodgers 120. For North Country Nick Kincaid shot a team low 80, good for fifth place overall, and Evan Clark came in at 113.
DERBYâ€“Lake Region's tennis team picked up their first win of the season as they defeated Spaulding 6-1.
"The girls stayed focused and never let their nerves interfere with the chance to win their first match of the season," said coach Laura Laramee.
Every singles player picked up a win on Wednesday despite the threat of rain under ever darkening skies.
Kelly Leblanc won 8-7, Desirae Colorado 8-2, Miranda Beaudry 8-3, Cassie Desmarais 8-0 and Brianna Fontaine 8-0.
The lone loss came from the number one doubles pair, Shaylyn Beatton and Araceli Derbyshire, as they fell 8-5.
Lake Regionâ€™s boysâ€™ golf team is playing quite well these days. Matt Morin picked up where he left off last year and was the Medalist in his last two meets. The first at the Country Club of Vermont where he shot a 39 and again Monday at the Orleans Country Club where he put up his lowest round of the season, a 33.
The team also got some reinforcements as they welcomed back Devin Morley during Mondayâ€™s meet after he missed some time with a hand injury. In his first meet back he shot a respectable 46 for the Rangers.
Carl Oberg also shot his low round of the season on Monday with a 41.
NEWPORTâ€“When a team is mired in a one win season they need someone or something to rally around.
For the North Country baseball team, that someone is pitcher Joel Lemarche.
Nicknamed "Sheldon" for his resemblance to the character played by Emmy award winning actor Jim Parsons on CBS' The Big Bang Theory, Lemarche came out and threw a masterful eight inning game for a shorthanded Falcon team on Monday against Champlain Valley.
Even though North Country lost the game 6-4 Lemarche's performance was topic of conversation after the game.
"It was a heck of a job," mused Tyler Sanville.