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February 5th, 2012
NEWPORT â€“ The North Country Lady Falcons played host to the Burlington Seahorses Friday night. After a tight contest throughout, the Seahorses were able to pull away to a 44-38 victory.
The Falcons struggled offensively to start the contest, the were 0-7 from the field before Noelle Pinard would get them on the board with a nice base-line up-and-under to cut the score to 4-2 6 minutes into the contest. Anna Bingham would launch a long 3-pointer from 25 feet, coupled with a successful and-1 to give North Country their first lead of the contest, 8-7 at the end of the opening frame.
JAYâ€“With their overtime win against MMU in the rearview mirror, the North Country girls hockey team cruised to the 5-1 win over U-32 Friday night at the Ice Haus Arena.
Said coach Claude Paul, "We talked before the game about that we have had a habit lately of playing two periods, or a period and a half, but never three, and that is what I wanted them to play tonight.
"Granted in the first we had our moments, but I think that is more a feeling out of your opponent at that time of the game."
That is what one member of the North Country boys hockey team's coaching staff said in between the first and the second period; tired legs.
And who could blame him. Having played in Barre on Wednesday night against Spaulding in a game that started at 8:00, and getting home well past midnight, you can understand how the Falcons might not be as rested as they would have liked to have been when they fell to Colchester 8-4 in the second game of the double-header on Friday.
ORLEANSâ€“Thursday night it was the Peoples Academy girls team making the trip to Ranger Country to square off against Lake Region, and although it was a much closer game than the boys contest, the result was the same as the team in white came away with the 38-36 win.
But it wasn't pretty.
"Well it was a win," said Tinker dryly after the game, â€śRight now I don't have all the answers, but we've got to figure something out."
ORLEANSâ€“After finishing the first quarter tied at ten, the Lake Region Ranger boys increased their efforts throughout the rest of the game as they defeated Peoples Academy 59-50 in what ended as a fairly chippy contest.
"The boys are really pulling together, and it was a great team effort," said coach James Ingalls, "And the boys were able to hold their composure for the most part."
ESSEXâ€“The Falcon hockey girls rallied back from a three goal first period deficit to win 5-4 in overtime against the Mount Mansfield Cougars on Wednesday night.
With Tara Langmaid forgetting her jersey and her parents not yet at the game with said jersey, Briana Bocelli got the start for North Country, yielding three goals in the opening period.
"It was not a good period for us. We were sleepwalking out there," said coach Claude Paul.
It would be a much better, much more awake second for North Country, especially for defenseman Meghan Campbell.
COVENTRYâ€“Wrestling season is underway for the Northeast Kingdom Pythons youth wrestling program. The team consists of kids age eleven and younger, and is currently under the tutelage of long time Python member Richie Roberts.
"I have been with the program since 1984. I was helping coach and in 1987 I took it over," said the twenty-eight year veteran.
ST. ALBANSâ€“The North Country Falcons girls basketball team battled hard, but in the end it was the BFA Comets coming out on top by the score of 47-38.
"It was a great game to be a part of," said coach Christiane Brown, "The ladies worked hard both on defense and on offense."
Noelle Pinard had a fantastic all-around game for the Falcons. She netted seven points to go along with 15 rebounds.
Said Brown, "She let the game come to her. She was dominant on the boards, and she was a pleasure to watch."
ORLEANS-The Lake Region girls came off their most emotional victory at Lamoille last Saturday, rallying to win after being down 14 late. That looked like a possible season changer for the Blue and White as they settled into a home stand. That never played out however as visiting Enosburg hit 18 of 24 free throws en-route to a 53-46 win.
The inconsistent Ranger girls started sluggishly in a foul filled sloppy first quarter.
The North Country Cheerleaders were on hand to perform at halftime on Tuesday. From their inception last fall to right now they have grown leaps and bounds.
Their routines are becoming increasingly more complex, and head coach Danielle Gage has a simple answer as to why.
â€śLots and lots of practice and the girls are working really hard. There is no one to really single out because the work hard as a team.â€ť
Their first competition is on the horizon, and if they continue to work hard and put in the time, they should be able to turn some heads at the event.