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May 10th, 2012
NEWPORTâ€“Lake Region played host to North Country at the Prouty Beach tennis courts on Wednesday, but the Falcons still felt that home town advantage and defeated the Lady Rangers 7-0.
"We needed this win. We have played some very difficult matches lately, especially ones against Montpelier and Middlebury," said North Country coach Marie George. "The 3-4 loss to Mount Mansfield on Monday really prepared the team for this win."
Unfortunately for Lake Region it was a very one sided affair as the Falcons allowed only two sets to go the Rangersâ€™ way.
ORLEANSâ€“Fairfax freshman fireballer Kayla Mathieu stymied Lake Regionâ€™s bats, tossing a no-hitter, while her teammates gave her more than enough support in a 20-1 schoolgirls softball game Wednesday night.
â€śOur first two games against them, they threw (senior pitcher) Ruby (Bushey), and we knew we could hit her,â€ť said Ranger coach Matt Tinker. â€śWe were actually pretty confident coming in. But we werenâ€™t prepared for this girl (Mathieu). She was just phenomenal.â€ť
NEWPORTâ€“North Country came out swinging early, winning three of their first four matches, but Mount Mansfield's Lady Cougars picked up wins in the final three matches to earn the 4-3 victory in girls tennis on Monday.
"This was a very competitive match," said coach Marie George.
Win number one came off the racquets of Micheala Stanley and Doyen Doa as they took the number two doubles match, coming back from a 3-6 loss in the first set to force the tiebreaker and get the "W."
It was their first time playing together and after the first set they settled down and came through for the team.
NEWPORTâ€“In their second home meet of the season, it was all North Country, all afternoon, as a boys score of 142 and a girls score of 71 added up to a win for the home team on Monday.
Starting with the boys, the Falcons had ten first place finishes, ten second's, and eight third's, which set the tone for the afternoon.
Great weather, great fields, great fans and a fantastic soccer game. The U14 Wildcat team coached by Jen and Eric Daigle and Chris Goulet took to the field against Summit FC U-14 Girlsâ€™ White team from Rutland
These two teams were equal in skill, ability and determination. The Wildcats struck first. Olivia Miller, with an assist from Faith Gosselin, shot one past the goalie to put the Wildcats on the score board. After the goal the play went back and forth, staying around mid-field for a large part of the first half.
NEWPORTâ€“North Country's softball team held their annual Strike Out Cancer fundraiser to benefit the Relay for Life before and during their game against South Burlington.
While the pink-clad Falcons fell 4-2 to the Seahorses, both players and coaches were pleased with their fundraiser.
"This is something we plan all season and we try to make it bigger each year," said assistant coach Amanda Blaisdell.
"This year we had a great turnout, we had a lot more going on and I think we were more into it this year."
NEWPORTâ€“Even though the score board (while it was still on) read 10-0 in favor of the visitors, it really did not describe the play of the Falcons' baseball team on Saturday.
North Country played solid defense and they had a great attitude, but South Burlington was able to get runners on base and find a way to bring them home.
"We didn't play that badly," said coach Brian Bonvechio. "There were no glaring mistakes, they just had some balls fall in that were not particularly well hit, and we did not get those hits."
NEWPORTâ€“North Country's boysâ€™ tennis team is on a tearing things up. They picked up their fourth straight win on Saturday, a 7-0 blanking of Middlebury, to bump up their record to 4-1 on the season.
In singles play, Dave Durivage, playing in the number one position, staved off what coach Gary Atchinson called "an early bombardment" and won in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.
Consistency was the name of the game for number two singlesâ€™ player Travers Parsons-Grayson, as he won easily 6-1, 6-1.
Thomas Durivage also had a smooth go of it, winning 6-0, 6-1.
BURLINGTONâ€“North Country's boysâ€™ and girlsâ€™ track squads combined for a score of 59 points to take home ninth place at the Burlington Invitational on Saturday.
Dylan Columbia was the top performer for the Falcons, taking home first place in the 100 and 200 meter races.
Columbia, along with Josh Brien, Connor Hogan and Nick LeClair took third in the 4x100 as well.
Riley Simoneau also had a good day at the event, winning the shot put with Barry Shelton behind him in sixth place.
The girlsâ€™ golf team had it opening tournament at the Barre Country Club on Monday April 30. The team was represented by freshman Michele Fenimore and returning junior Allison Greenwood. Greenwood is a well know golfing name in the area, and Michele is the granddaughter of Reg Rhodes, another respected (think dedicated) player of the game. Both girls shot in the low 70â€™s for the nine hole tournament. They did report that when they were in bunkers, their sand shots got them out with no trouble. And Allison learned that a golf ball will actually skip through a water hazard.