April 21st, 2013
NEWPORTâ€“After a Friday night full of rain, the heavy winds that swirled across the Kingdom dried out the field at North Country Union High School, allowing the Falcon baseball team to play host to the Burlington Seahorses on Saturday morning.
The Falcons' bats came alive over the weekend, as they plated nine runs, but Burlington was two runs better, topping the maroon and white 11-9 for the win.
"Today we were a much better team defensively than the other day," said NCU Coach Brian Bonvechio in reference to Thursday's 14-1 loss to Vergennes.
NEWPORTâ€“Anna Bingham hit a two-run homer to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh, but Burlington would score in the eighth, as the Falcons fell 4-3 in extra innings.
It was a much better outing for the girls, who were coming off of a 23-2 loss to Vergennes just two days earlier.
While it was a low scoring game overall, things got off to a bang when Erika Lyon went deep off of NCU's starting pitcher Taylor Blake.
Blake would settle down after that, and hold the Seahorses off the board until the seventh.
Meanwhile, the Falcons waited until the 6th inning before tying the game.
Lake Region 16, Hazen 0 (5)
ORLEANSâ€“Matt Messier threw five no-hit innings, and went 3-3 at the plate with three doubles and four RBI's as the Rangers won their mercy rule-shortened contest with Hazen on Thursday.
Other highlights form the game included a great game at the plate by Dustin Bathalon, who was 2-2 with a double and four RBI's.
Sam Barbeau added a single and 2 RBI's for Lake Region as well.
Now the 1-0, the Rangers will host Enosburg today at 4:30.
The game was originally slated for Saturday morning, but the field was too wet to play on.
ORLEANS-Less than ideal conditions greeted the North Country and Lake Region tennis teams on Friday afternoon.
While the temperature was a very comfortable 70 degrees, the wind made play almost comical as shots, serves, volleys and rallies alike went from routine to unpredictable as the gusts wreaked havoc with the little green ball.
In the end, the Falcons would win the match 3-2 to improve to 1-1 while Lake Region falls to 0-1.
"It is very difficult for kids to play in conditions like this," said Lake Region coach Laura Laramee
"The ball never bounces where you are planning it to."
DERBY â€“ In an effort to prevent the kind of turmoil prevalent at the Derby Select Board meetings over the last year, the board decided to adopt Roberts Rules of Order as the format for their public meetings and move all public comments and questions to the first part of the meeting.
The concept was supported by newly elected member Grant Spates, who said at a previous meeting that it works well at other meetings he attends. Over the last year or more, the town faced some very heated controversial discussions.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ After decades, the youth baseball field at Gardner Park now has an official name. It has been informally known as the Cal Ripken Field.
The city council approved the request to name the field The Gary Rowe Youth Baseball Field. Rowe dedicated many hours to youth sports in the city and surrounding area. The council named the field three years to the day of Rowe's death.
A sign identifying the field will hang below the scoreboard. Jack Roberge, who represented the Newport Cal Ripken Baseball League, is providing the sign at no cost. Â
ORLEANS â€“ The Lake Region Union High School Board recently tackled the issues of students dropping out of school and/or not finishing their graduation requirements. Some seniors are struggling to graduate despite having good grades during their high school years, while others just give up.
Principal Andre Messier said a lot of people at the school are doing â€śwhatever we canâ€ť to get them to graduate.
ST. JOHNSBURYâ€“North Country's track and field team made their way down I-91 to go head-to-head with the St. Johnsbury Hilltoppers on a gorgeous Wednesday afternoon.
The Hilltoppers and Falcons were the only two teams at the track on a busy sports Wednesday, and according to coach Lonnie Wade, it was a great chance to get the young Falcons acclimated to the sport.
"The meet went well overall," said Wade. "We are young so it was good to get many of the kids some experience."
LYNDONâ€“North Country's softball had a rough start to their season, as they fell to the Lyndon Institute Vikings 13-1 on Wednesday afternoon.
Despite the high score, which NCU coach Leslie Dunn said was a little misleading, the Falcons defense was on display, pleasing the coach to no end.
"I was very happy with our defense," said Dunn. "Two of our outfielders (Missy Morse, Mikaella Doran) picked up outfield assists, which you rarely see. Overall I am pretty pleased with they way they played, and what can I say, Lyndon got timely hitting and we didn't."
LYNDONâ€“Despite being no-hit on Wednesday afternoon, the North Country Falcons took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh before the Lyndon Institute Vikings rallied to force extra innings, where they came away with the 2-1 win.
"The issue for us tonight was that we have not hit live pitching yet this year," said NCU coach Brian Bonvechio.
And he is not exaggerating either.
The Falcons have only seen pitches from Bonvechio and assistant coach Mike LaCourse, which makes it mighty difficult for players to be ready come Opening Day.