Archive - Sports Article
August 15th, 2011
A record 194 runners & walkers gathered at Irasburg Common on Saturday morning, August 13, to participate in the 5th annual Kingdom Run. Three course records were broken as athletes from France, Canada, Vermont, and ten other states displayed their athletic talents in this competetive, but friendly sports event. Laurel Cole from Jericho, VT smashed the Womenâ€™s 5K-Run with a time of 20:10. Geordie Heller of Putney, VT sailed by the finish line with a new course record in the Menâ€™s 5K-Walk with a time of 35:35.
The North Country Heat U14 baseball team will be playing host to six teams in a round robin style baseball tournament this weekend. Games will be played Friday through Sunday at both Gardner Park and North Country Union High School.
The tournament will feature two local teams, the OEC Lightning and the host team the NC Heat, as well as an all-star team from St. Johnsbury, and teams from Granby, Que, Dover, NH, and Middlebury.
There will also be a home run derby on Saturday evening at 5:00.
Jeff Twiss, Vice President of Media Service and Alumni Relations for the Boston Celtics, will be the guest speaker at this yearâ€™s Orleans/Northern Essex County Athletic Hall of Fame dinner on August 27th. Twissâ€™ father Bob, an inductee of the Hall two years ago, resides in the area and helped secure his sonâ€™s services for the event.
Jeff graduated from UVM in 1977, and prior to his time with the Celtics was a teacher and three sport coach at Randolph High School.
Stay tuned to the Express as more details about the dinner will be coming in the following days leading up to the event.
DERBYâ€“The Womenâ€™s Soccer League semi-finals were held at the North Country Junior High School on Wednesday night. The twin billing featured number three Colombia Forrest taking on number two Spates and number four Fortin Transportation squaring off against top ranked NC Pink a.k.a. what seems to bare a striking resemblance to the projected 2011 North Country girls high school soccer team.
Shooting a score of 76 were the teams of Marcy Mastin and Kim Haley of Orleans Country Club and Barb Shiffler and Carla Desnoyers of Williston and Champlain. Horace Archer, PGA pro on Thursday, July 21st at Orleans Country Club, declared the two teams co-winners of the tournament. The event was the Ladies Invitational Summer Medley, which attracted golfers from this area and other parts of Vermont. The format consisted of six holes each of Best Ball, Scramble, and Scotch Ball. Net winners were Irene Farrar and Judy Martel of Orleans coming in with a 60.
NEWPORTâ€“The Junior Babe Ruth Championship of Orleans County was on the line Tuesday night as the North Country Athletics squared off against Lake Region at North Country Union High School.
On a warm and dusty field, Lake Region was able to overcome a two run deficit in the final inning of the contest to get the 7-5 come from behind win.
"I was a little nervous with my guys to be honest with you, but those guys, I was very proud of them, they worked hard till the end and never gave up," said LR Coach Matt Ladd on his team's 7th inning performance.
WESTMOREâ€“The Orleans Lions held their annual Horseshoe World Championships this past Saturday.
With sunny skies and temperatures hovering near ninety degrees, the event drew over 300 spectators throughout the day, and featured 80 participants battling for the chance to be labeled the World Champion.
Steve Cutting and Ben Baker were the best of the best at the competition and they took home the first place trophy.
â€śI just go out there to have fun,â€ť said Baker, â€śI donâ€™t expect to win, but it is nice when it happens.â€ť
NEWPORTâ€“In a match they had to win, the Prouty Beach 2â€™s of the USTA 4.0 Senior Womenâ€™s League came through with a 2-1 win over the White River Junction Volley Dolls on Sunday afternoon.
â€śWell, we did it. We finished with an 8-2 record and have qualified to go to Sectionals in South Hadley, Massachusetts,â€ť said Co-Captain Petey Johnson.
Johnson, along with her doubles partner Ann Oâ€™Brien were up 5-4 in their first set when one of the Volley Dolls succumbed to heat sickness and was forced to withdraw from the match giving the 2â€™s a 1-0 lead.
NEWPORTâ€“The OEC Kings held a fundraiser for former King Buddy Lamothe on Saturday at Gardner Park during their doubleheader against the Vermont Jays. The team, with help from members of the Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia County communities, were able to raise close to fifteen-hundred dollars to help aid Lamothe with the cost of his medical bills.
â€śIt was great to see so many former teammates and families come out and help lend a hand,â€ť said OEC Coach Brian Bonvechio.
Former North Country soccer standout Ashley Jenne was named to Vermontâ€™s team for next weekendâ€™s Lions Twin State Soccer Match. The game, which has been a tradition since 1975,(1983 for the girls) helps raise funds for the Austine Greene Mountain Lions Camp, a camp for the hearing impaired, in Vermont and a variety of different projects in New Hampshire.
Jenne is the lone representative from the Orleans County, although other players, including Emily Pecue from NCUHS and Danika Gallup and Paige Wells from Lake Region, were also invited to try-out for the team.