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March 8th, 2012
SOUTH BURLINGTONâ€“The North Country girls basketball team's season came to a close on Wednesday night when they fell to the Rice Green Knights 70-34 in the opening round of the Division One play-offs.
"We fought until the end, and it was very emotional," said coach Christiane Brown.
The Falcons played a strong first quarter, keeping the Rice scorers at bay, and after one it was 12-8 Knights.
Said Brown, "It was a great first quarter. We did not let their top guard Hailee Baron to get the ball, as Anna held her to just one point in the entire game."
ORLEANSâ€“After a slow starting first, Lake Region was able to pick up their play in the remaining three quarters, rolling to 50-34 win over BFA-Fairfax in the opening round of the Division Two girls basketball play-offs.
"I think early on we were a little unsettled, a little uneasy, but I thought we settled in and obviously Drew, she knocked down some shots that were huge when we needed them and it was great to have that," said coach Mark Tinker.
NEWPORTâ€“It is going to be a tough battle for the 5-15 North Country girls basketball team on Wednesday when they take on the 15-5 Rice Green Knights in South Burlington.
In the team's two meetings, the number two seeded Rice handily beat the Falcons by an average of twenty-four points, utilizing their size to overpower the Falcons.
North Country was hoping to get a first round contest with Colchester, a team that they match-up with more favorably, and thus an easier road through the bracket.
SOUTH BURLINGTONâ€“Dylan Columbia's goal twenty-four seconds into the second overtime propelled the North Country Falcons past South Burlington 5-4 in the Metro Division quarter-finals on Saturday.
"Oh my God, you can't describe it," said Columbia about the goal, "I was overwhelmed with joy... it was the greatest feeling in the world."
Setting up Columbia was Logan Fortier, who was in on all the scoring Saturday, and he had the same reaction.
"I can't describe this," said Fortier moments after the game, "I've dreamed of this since I was four years old."
Tied at 40 with no time on the clock and three shots to earn the win, the basketball Gods frowned down upon the Falcons as Emma Joslin was unable to find the bottom of the net, and North Country went on to lose the game 47-43 in overtime.
Now before anyone jumps on Joslin, remember this, it was her hard work and effort that got the Falcons in the position to win the game in the first place, but we will get to that later.
JAYâ€“A very promising season came to unexpected halt on Thursday evening when the Rutland Red Raiders defeated the North Country girls hockey team 4-2.
"We were definitely rusty," said coach Claude Paul, "We hadn't played in two weeks, and it was one of those games where you said it was going to take us a while to get going, but it really never got going."
The Raiders, however got going early, as Erin Reilly tipped home a weak point shot just twenty-six seconds into the game.
SOUTH ROYALTON â€“ Craftsbury Academy headed south to take on #4 Rochester Friday evening. Both clubs tied with identical 16-4 records, but the Chargers lost out on the chance for the high seed and the home game because of a loss they suffered last Saturday in a head-to-head matchup between the two clubs.
The Rockets were in command from tip-off dominating every facet of the game to book a trip to the Barre Aud with a convincing 84-58 victory.
Vermontâ€™s personal highlight reel, Pavin Parrish, led all scorers with 35 points, including a perfect 15-15 from the free throw stripe.
JERICHOâ€“The North Country boys basketball team's season came to an end on Wednesday night with a 76-38 loss to the top seeded Mount Mansfield Cougars.
North Country had a tough time competing with the larger Cougar squad, and while it was close early, MMU was able to power past the Falcons, en-route to the win.
â€śThe score was 10-6 and Caleb had back-to-back drives, but they didnâ€™t go in, and they (MMU) came right back and took what could have been a tie score and made it 15-6,â€ťsaid Coach Brian Bonvechio.
JAYâ€“North Country's boys hockey team came out on Wednesday night and played a hard-nosed, well disciplined game to earn a 4-2 win over Spaulding in the opening round of the Metro Division play-offs.
Said Assistant Captain Nate Stewart on the win, "This is amazing, I can't really explain it anymore than we are ecstatic."
Coach Andrew Roy shuffled his lines, and the combinations produced a well balanced attack for the Falcons.
MONTPELIER â€“ The Lake Region Rangers took to the road Wednesday night for the first round of the Division 2 playoffs against the #7 seeded Montpelier Solons. The Rangers were without sophomore Alex Beauregard for the contest who suffered a high ankle sprain during the closing moments of the last game against Richford. After a contest that went down to the wire, the blue and white ultimately fell 62-55.