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September 6th, 2011
NEWPORTâ€“"We couldn't have been any younger than last year."
Those were the words Coach Peter Alexander used to describe the 2010 Falcons girls soccer team. They had only four returning seniors try out for the squad last season, and one of them, Ashley Jenne was the meat and potatoes of the Falcons offense, scoring a team high seven goals for the club.
This season, the team is still young, with five sophomores on the team, but the rest of the team is more mature after going through a tough 6-6-2 season in the Capitol Conference.
BARRE-Thereâ€™s been a lot of off season talk around the Newport area about where the 2011 North Country Falcons football team would be this fall. The first test went according to plan. NCU broke out of the blocks in a convincing way as they dominated Spauldingâ€™s Crimson Tide scoring early and often en-route to a 50-0 victory.
The Varsity Rangers of Lake Region kicked off their 2011 soccer season with a big 5-1 victory over the Oxbow Olympians Saturday morning. The weather was perfect for a game of soccer and Coach Evans and his players were ready to play from the opening kickoff.
BURLINGTONâ€“ Thousands of fans lined the downtown streets of Burlington for a parade on Saturday that celebrated former UVM star and current Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas' Championship season. The event featured Thomas and members of his family, the Stanley Cup, as well as players from the UVM hockey team.
Thomas was able to get a second day with the Cup after his first day was spent in Michigan in his home town, and took the opportunity to show his appreciation for his fans in the Green Mountain State.
NEWPORTâ€“The North Country field hockey team has potential. They have fourteen seniors returning in 2011, and they have set some high goals for themselves.
"The girls are really excited," said returning coach Chantelle Bouchard, "I think they will do well, and their goal is the states."
It is a lofty goal, but not one that is unobtainable.
What must occur in order for this to happen will be the emergence of players that are ready to take their game to the next level in order to fill some pretty important shoes that were vacated by last years' departing seniors.
The Craftsbury Academy boysâ€™ soccer team will once again be under the control of 2nd year coach Mike Ruetz. Coach Ruetz has worked with the majority of these players for the past 3 years, having been the 7/8th grade boys coach at Craftsbury, before moving up to the Varsity position.
Having finished the previous season with a 4-10 record, Coach Ruetz knows that his team needs to improve.
NEWPORTâ€“Much like most of the North Country fall teams, this year's boys soccer team is no different. With ten seniors back for the maroon and blue, and an advanced level maturity after a tough 2010 in the Metro, Coach James McKenny is heading into the 2011 campaign with a strong slew of veteran talent.
The Following athletes were inducted into the Orleans Northern Essex Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday evening.
Coach Brad Urie enters his 4th year as the Lake Region Girls Varsity Soccer Coach, and he and his team plan to hit the ground running. Long gone are the days of double-digit defeats and small numbers in the win column. This is a new era for girlsâ€™ soccer at Lake Region.
Coming off a year where he saw his Lady Rangers finish with the best overall season in school history, he and his team know the expectations are high, but Urie also says â€śitâ€™ll take hard work, practice, and determination, to compete with the teams in the Mountain League.â€ť
With the start of the 2011 soccer campaign here, Varsity coach Tom Evans, is set to begin his 30th year at the helm of the Lake Region Program. This yearâ€™s Ranger team will look a lot different from the year before, 8 Seniors lost to graduation and 1 player returning home, to Spain, as a result of the Foreign Exchange Program. But, even with all of the changes, Coach Evans, will have 10 returning players, including his 5 seniors: Caleb Royer, Matt Morin, Tony Stuart, Kyle Perry, and Corey Whitten.