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January 17th, 2012
WESTMOREâ€“It was cold and bitter day at the races for the North Country Nordic teams on Saturday. Moved from Friday due to conditions, the teams competed in the Lyndon Institute Carnival's Free Technique race. Despite being shorthanded due to All-State music try-outs and illness, it was the Falcon girls having another strong day, taking home second place at the event while the boys placed fifth.
Falcons Dump U-32 5-1
MONTPELIERâ€“After going into overtime against Northfield on Saturday, the North Country girls hockey team had a much easier go of it Monday, defeating U-32 5-1.
"We played a much more intellectual game," said coach Paul, "Our systems are really starting to pay off, the cycle was good, and we were getting pucks where they needed to be."
Taylor Morley was the top performer for the the Falcons, as she would net three to earn her first varsity hat-trick.
NEWPORTâ€“On December 22nd North Country girls basketball coach Christiane Brown was part of the inaugural class of inductees to the Enosburg High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Brown was a three sport athlete for the Hornets, captaining the school's soccer and basketball teams. She was also a key member of the school's first state championship team in girls basketball in 1999.
NEWPORT-Down by 8 with under 5:00 minutes left in the contest, the North Country Falcons rallied to forge a 48-48 tie only to see the Tide close out the contest with a 10-3 run. NCU trailed by a mere 52-51 margin with 17 seconds left before the Tide iced it from the foul line, padding the final tally.
NCU got off the opening tap quickly. Anna Bingham drove for a quick two and on the Falconâ€™s next possession Noel Pinard stepped back and drilled a fourteen footer for a quick home team lead.
Cota Lifts Falcons in OT
NORTHFIELDâ€“ Although it would take a almost the entire fifty minutes of regulation and overtime, the North Country girls came away with the 3-2 win over Northfield on Saturday.
"The girls showed their rust early, but they shook it off and played well the rest of the game," said head coach Claude Paul.
Having not had a game in ten days, and limited practice last week due to exams and weather, it is to be expected that the team might be a little slow out of the gate, but it was the Falcons getting out to the early lead in the first.
NEWPORTâ€“Playing through rebuilding season can be tough road to hoe, and it continues to be so for the UCA Crusader girls, as they lost to Masse Vanier 60-37 Wednesday afternoon.
"We are really struggling out there. We beat our selves up and down the court, and we can't have that many turnovers and expect to be in games," said coach Sarah Roy
Having the game held at the Municipal Building made things a little trickier for the Crusaders, as they had to contend with strange lighting, a smaller court, and some very unfriendly rims to say the least.
NEWPORTâ€“If you caught the second half of the UCA double-header on Wednesday, you had to be impressed with the skill set of the Masse Vanier Vikings boys team, as they built a 42-15 lead at the half, and then cruised to an 80-46 over the Crusaders.
"They are the best team we are going to face all year," said coach Tony DeLaBruere, "They are better than Websterville. they have five seniors, two juniors, and they are all big, can jump, and they can all play ball."
DANVILLEâ€”When Lake Region traveled to Danville Monday night, they were looking for a way to knock off the Indians and run their win streak to 3. After a close first half that found the Rangers winning by only 9, they were able to pull away in the 2nd half to a convincing 24 point win.
Caylin Gallup gave the Lady Rangers their first lead of the contest, when she connected on a long 3 to put LR on top 9-6 at the end of 1.
Drew Neal extended the lead to 9 for the blue and white at the half when she received a nice no-look pass from Gallup and buried it to run the score to 20-11.
NEWPORTâ€“A slow start against the CVU Red Hawks spelled doom for the North Country boys basketball team on Wednesday, as they fell to Champlain Valley 44-41.
"This is two games in a row where we failed to deny three point shooters shots," explained coach Bonvechio, "Last time in Essex we gave their big guy four threes in the first quarter and today we gave up five of those in the first half without getting a hand out on them."
STOWEâ€“The North Country nordic teams headed to the Mount Mansfield Resort Nordic Center in Stowe on Friday.
Christina Cotnoir was in attendance and said that, "The weather was mild and the atmosphere was festive!Â The raceÂ went quickly due to the mass starts. It was fun to watch as the skiers started en mass, furiously double-poling to gain a good position on the narrow trail which wound into the woods. The next time the skiers appeared was on the top of aÂ hill. The spectators cheered all the skiers as they whizzed past us down the hill. Many spectacular crashesÂ kept it exciting."