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November 10th, 2011
ORLEANS-With the official college signing session in full swing, one of Lake Regionâ€™s best hoopsters, senior Kylie Atwood, signed on the dotted line locking in her post high school hoop career. Atwood agreed to sign with the University of Vermont Catamounts starting in the fall of 2012. That insures Atwood playing at the Division One level at the stateâ€™s biggest and only DI sports Institution.
NEWPORTâ€“While most people don't get a chance to see it, North Country Cross-Country coach Chris Shaffer is doing good things with the program.
For the second time in his two years as head coach, the Falcons will once again be represented at this weekends' New England Cross Country Championship in Rhode Island, but Shaffer knows that he is just a part of the success that the athletes have had.
"There is a point where all my talking and all my running next to them can only go so far, because once race day comes it's how determined they are and what abilities they bring."
NEWPORT-The North Country Falcons came back from a 37-6 deficit by dominating the second half of Friday nightâ€™s Division two playoff game. However, that early 31 point margin was too much to come back from as the Falcons were ousted from the semi final round by the score of 37-26, one game short of a championship game bid.
North Country had rolled into the contest with a 9-0 record and an impressive decision over these same Bulldogs just two weeks ago. B and B was ready this time, and they immediately got on the scoreboard.
It was an exciting and exhausting day at the races last Saturday for the North Country Cross Country team. Signs of snow were found out on the course with another 7â€ť predicted to arrive later in the afternoon and temperatures never climbed out of the mid-40s. The footing was much better than earlier in the month on this course, but after 8 races went through the course, it was pretty churned up in the lower loop.
MILTON-The North Country Falcons jumped all over the Milton Yellow Jackets 22-0 in the first stanza before settling in to a tight 30-25 victory. The triumph clinches the number one seed in Division Two football and produced the first undefeated regular season in the 46 years of North Country football.
SWANTONâ€“The Falcons put it all on the line on Friday afternoon against the Missisquoi Thunderbirds, but MVU was just too good, topping North Country 3-0.
"They had the game of their life," said Coach Bouchard, "They knew it could potentially be their last game, so they gave it their all."
Despite losing by a larger margin than in their previous bout with MVU, North Country played a much better game. They were significantly more aggressive, and had several forays into T-Bird territory, compared to their limited time spent in the blue and white's end the first time out.
EAST MONTPELIER â€“ The 7 seed Lake Region Rangers traveled to face off against the 2 seed U-32 Raiders in the Quarterfinals of the Division 2 playoffs Saturday afternoon. After a physical, well fought game, the Raiders eventually prevailed with a goal in the 73rd minute.
After being bounced in the first round of the playoffs last year, the Rangers were out to prove that they belong at a higher division of competition.
The game started off with a bang as U32â€™s Zach Elmore and Cole Cacico sliced through the Rangersâ€™ D, with Elmore missing the target on the shot attempt.
HARTFORD â€“ The Lady Rangers traveled to Hartford Friday afternoon to face off against the #2 seed Hurricanes, they battled hard, but in the end it wasnâ€™t enough as they fell 1-0.
The game started off rough as a communication breakdown inside the Rangerâ€™s 18 was cleaned up by Mariah Palmer, putting her team on top 1-0, just 90 seconds into the contest.
On the ensuing kick-off however, the Rangers went up the field with Tyrah Urie feeding Caitlyn Bernier, for what was thought to be the tying goal. But, the goal was waived off because of an offside call.
ORLEANSâ€“Well what can you saw about Tyrah Urie. 19 regular season goals, and in game one of the play-offs, the freshman netted two more to give Lake Region the 2-1 win against Woodstock on Wednesday afternoon.
However, things are not all sugar and spice and everything nice in Coach Urie's mind, and he had no problem letting me know that his girls were not 100 percent in the game yesterday.
"We did not seem to be playing a very good mental game, which, when you get into the play-offs, you have got to be prepared. You can't make as many mental mistakes as we just did and expect to win."
NEWPORT-The stage was set. A rested healthy North Country Falcons girlâ€™s soccer team was poised and ready to defend home turf in Division Oneâ€™s first round. With ten victories recorded during the fall campaign, this team was coming off seven straight wins. A seasoned group of Falcons girls had gone through the soccer wars together with the core dominated by proud seniors.
Rice Memorial had other ideas. The Green Knights struck for two goals in the games first 7 minutes and controlled play for large segments of the game winning the first round match 3-0.