Archive - Sports Article
February 29th, 2012
NEWPORTâ€“The North Country girls hockey team get their post-season underway tonight when they host Rutland at the Jay Peak Ice Haus at 6:00.
It has been a fantastic year for the Falcons. They have more than doubled their previous season's win total, and made the jump from the bottom of the barrel to being one of the top teams in the Lake Division.
13-6 North Country faced off against the 10-7 Red Raiders just once this season, a 5-3 loss in Rutland.
NEWPORTâ€“It is play-off time in the wonderful world of winter sports, and three of the four area high schools (UCA will not make a stab at the Division 4 basketball post-season this year) will get the second season underway today.
First up is the North Country boys basketball team.
The Falcons finished the year at 6-14, and their record earned them a date with top seeded Mount Mansfield Cougars in Jericho.
The Cougars were an impressive 19-1 in Division one action, and they provide a strong challenge for the Falcons.
ST. JOHNSBURYâ€“North Country's Riley Simoneau took home the state championship in the 220 lb. division, defeating St. Johnsbury's Kevin Santora for the win.
After being tied 2-2 in the final period, a last minute pin secured the win, the first wrestling title to go on the wall at the Falcon gymnasium since the mid-nineties.
Individually Simoneau was 7-1 on the season, and as for the rest of the Falcons, in their first year back as a varsity sport, they finished seventh out of the twenty-one teams at the competition.
JERICHOâ€“TheÂ 2012 Vermont Div. 1 and 2 Nordic freestyle championship races were held on Friday Feb. 24, 2012 at theÂ Ethan Allen Training Site, and were hosted by CVU, CHS and MMU.
The individual races were held in the morning, and the Falcon girls tied for eighth place with 142 points, while the boys finished in twelfth, scoring a 235.
NEWPORTâ€“After coming close earlier in the week against CVU, the North Country girls finally picked up their fifth, and arguably biggest, win of the season, defeating a very good BFA St. Albans squad 49-37.
"It is important that when we get leads, we maintain leads," said coach Brown, "They (BFA) tied it up and our girls dug in and fought and showed that they had toughness and that they wanted it more."
From the opening tip, it looked like it was going to be a defensive battle as the points were few and far between.
Newportâ€“In girls action, the United Christian Academy Crusaders fell behind early to the Cabot Huskies, by a score of 12-7 at the end of the first and by 20-9 with 2 minutes to go in the half before UCA began to claw back.
A pair of Hannah Piette baskets and a 2 by Whitney Carter cut the score to 20-16 heading into the break.
Lake Region Wins its Regular Season Finale on the Road
Richford â€“ LR took to the road to face the Falcons of Richford Friday night and they walked away with an easy 42-17 victory.
Drew Gallup was the high scorer with 14 points.
After starting the season a dismal 1-8 the Rangers have rebounded to the tune of a 9-2 record to finish the season .500 at 10-10.
The Blue and White look to have locked up the 10 seed in the Division 2 playoffs, with a first round matchup on the road against the #7 seed Montpelier Solons. The official pairings however will be released later today.
EAST BURKEâ€“The North Country Nordic girls closed out the regular season on a high note, taking first overall at the Lyndon Institute hosted race on the Kingdom Trails of Burke Mountain.
Haley-Jo Tetreault and Lindsay Cotnoir were neck and neck battling for second place, and it was Tetreault who edged out Cotnoir by two seconds, finishing with a time of 22:03.
Senior Erika Fortin's 24:00 was good enough for seventh place, and she was followed by a pair of sophomores, Adele Woodmansee in tenth, and Jane Dandurand in eleventh.
That is all it took, just ten ticks of the clock for the face the North Country-Champlain Valley Union girls basketball game to go from one direction to another.
The Falcons went from being down 37-35 with 5:30 left in the game to being down 46-35 with 5:20 left to play, thanks to the Redhawks' Sofia Lozon.
Lozon knocked down a three, the first points of the quarter, got fouled, nailed two from the line, hit for two off of a steal, got fouled again, and again made both of her shots. North Country never recovered, eventually losing the contest 54-40.