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January 29th, 2012
NEWPORT â€“ Somebody forgot to tell the UCA Crusaders and the Whitcomb Hornets that their match-up on Saturday afternoon was a basketball game and not a football game. After a very physical contest that saw multiple complaints by the coaches and players, as well as over 25 combined fouls, the Crusaders came up short by a final score of 65-47.
JAYâ€“With the crowd already warmed up from the girls big win, the Falcon boys were able to ride the back of their stand-out goaltender all the way to the 3-0 win over Champlain Valley Union.
"Chris Bronson was amazing tonight," said assistant captain Nate Stewart, â€śEverything (he did) was just perfect. He covered us many, many times and definitely kept us in it.â€ť
While there was not a lot of flow early in the game (or for the rest of the contest for that matter), North Country was the aggressor early.
JAYâ€“While it did not start out as an highly offensive contest, it certainly finished as one, as the North Country hockey girls pumped in seven third period goals, routing the Woodstock Wasps 10-2 on Wednesday night.
The Falcons got scoring from five different players, two hat-tricks, one play-maker, and twenty-five total points in their highest offensive output of the season.
Emilie Paul got scoring started in the first period when she fired a low wrister past Woodstock netminder Emma Astbury, who is listed as a defenseman on the Wasps roster. Adrianna Fournier had the assist.
The North Country snowboard teams took to the slopes of Stowe on Wednesday.
The Boys had two riders finish in the top ten with Josh Brien taking home 4th place and Justin Christopher in 8th.
Nick Kincaid took 18th, followed by Noah St. Marie in 19th, Chuck Norton in 35th, and J Mahieux in 41st
In the girls race, Danielle Gabucci finished a team best 10th place, followed by Gina Basiliere in 13th and Emily Pennington in 21st. Gaia Riskin and Kaila DeBonville did not finish.
ORLEANSâ€”When the Richford Falcons traveled to Lake Region Wednesday, the game was over before the ball was even tipped. The Rangers were able to dominate offensively and defensively en-route to a 51 point 64-13 victory.
Darik Messier started the game on a personal 4-0 run, and the blue and white were on top 12-0 before the Falcons got their first point with 3 minutes left in the first. Marquel Webster would add a turn-around jumper as time expired to put Lake Region on top 14-3 at the end of 1 period of play.
NEWPORTâ€“Maybe it was because the roads were still bad, or maybe because there was no school that day I don't know, but it was a very quiet crowd at North Country that bared witness to a rough 48-28 loss for the Falcon girls basketball team at the hands of the St. Johnsbury Hilltoppers.
"We need to make a change within our system of what we expect and what happens out there so that we can play with teams," said coach Brown after the loss, "We were able to do that in the first, but we need to make some adjustments."
JAYâ€“Down 2-1 at the end of the first period, the North Country girls, on the strength of some new line-up combinations, rallied to pick up the 5-4 win over Middlebury on Saturday night.
â€śI think offensively it gave us a little spark. We now have two lines that are working really well, it is not so much one line putting the puck in the net, we can spread it out,â€ť said Paul of his new units play on Saturday.
ORLEANS- The Lake Region Ranger boys have been in many close games this season. That experience paid off Friday night as LRU closed out visiting BFA, snapping an eight game losing streak.
Lake Region dominated the offensive glass in the fourth quarter with the game on the line. Junior forward Drew Gallup scored on three offensive put backs to keep the Bullets at bay.
In their second game in three days, it took 4 minutes of extra time and her first points of the game, but in the end Kylie Atwoodâ€™s 2 free throws with 45 seconds to go in overtime were enough to give her Lake Region Lady Rangers a thrilling 49-45 win over the Winooski Spartans Saturday afternoon.
NEWPORTâ€“IT was a tough pill to swallow for the North Country girls basketball team Friday night as a tall, athletic, and quick group of Rice players over-powered the Falcons en-route to the 46-21 win.
"Their pressure clearly affect us," said coach Christiane Brown, "We just need to do a better job of how we react to any kind of pressure, because that is how they got their points tonight."
Rice's big bodies held the Falcons to just three points in the opening quarter, while they put up a twelve spot on the board.