NEWPORTâ€“The weekend's most anticipated game in Orleans County had to be the showdown between MVU and North Country in boy's basketball action.
The NCU gym was packed with the biggest crowd I have ever witnessed, all waiting to see how the new look Falcons fared against the state's top player Matthieu St.Amour and the rest of the Thunderbirds.
Players from Lake Region and UCA flooded into the gym, eager for play to begin.
JAYâ€“Whitney Bernier poked home a loose puck on the left side of the net with 7:49 remaining to complete North Country's 3-2 come from behind win over Middlebury in girl's hockey action on Saturday evening.
The Falcons were not at full strength for the contest as multiple players were absent, most notably defenseman Emily Doty, who was attending a school-related function.
Doty's absence forced coach Claude Paul to move some players around, but the coach was able to mix and match with success and the team moved their record to 1-1.
NEWPORTâ€“Two games, two completely different outcomes for the UCA boy's and girl's basketball teams on Saturday afternoon as they squared off against Concord at the Newport Elementary School.
In the opening game, the Wildcat girls took control early and never let up, winning decisively 38-13.
In the second game, the roles were reversed, and it was UCA administering the punishment as they handed their foes a very one-sided 64-22 loss.
Starting with the girl's game, Concord scored early and often in the first quarter racking up twelve points to UCA's two.
ORLEANSâ€“Lake Region got their 2012-2013 campaign off to a great start, defeating Lyndon Institute 61-53 to move to 1-0 on the season.
"We knew coming in that this was going to be one of the top teams we face this season," said head coach James Ingalls. "One through five, they have a very quick team and my guys knew they would have to play a ball game to be in this game and take it, and they did."
Play got going with LI's Kyle Cipollone hitting two from the charity stripe, followed by LR's Dennis Newlandâ€™s bucket, then another two form the line by Cipollone.
JAY â€“ Guests coming to Jay Peak Resort now are traveling from far and wide to see what the buzz is all about. IfÂ travelers happen to forget to bring something they need, no problem. Or if guests want to shop for souvenirs, clothing, or even food, they don't have to travel further than the resort.
The new Vermont country store, called Provisions General Store, just opened on the mountain.
NEWPORT â€“ Orleans County Side Judges Ben Batcheldor and Robert Goodby held the first of two informational meetings yesterday for the public to review the little-known county budget, which funds the courthouse and sheriff's department.
An increase of $50,000 over the current year's budget is driven primarily by an appropriation of $75,000 for the replacement of the slate roof, which is over 100 years old. In the current year's budget, $40,000 was appropriated and the new appropriation is expected to cover the cost of replacing the roof in 2013.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Last Friday, Judge Howard VanBenthuysen handed down a 10-15 year sentence, all suspended, with the exception of six years to serve, to Deontae McNeil, 23, of Putnam, CT.
McNeilâ€™s accomplice, AndrewÂ Ladouceur, 26, of Derby, entered a guilty plea Oct. 20, 2011, to a charge of attempted burglary of an occupied dwelling. He is currently serving 4 -10 years with credit for time served. The state dismissed charges of aggravated assault, first degree unlawful restraint and attempted assault and robbery with a weapon.
CRAFTSBURYâ€“Chris DeLaBruere's game winning three pointer with twenty-seven seconds left to play was the difference as UCA picked up their second win over Craftsbury, defeating the Chargers 51-48 in a very exciting D-IV match-up.
"I knew that the shot had to be made, and I took it upon myself to make it because I had been shooting hot tonight and I got lucky," said DeLaBruere