April 25th, 2012
NEWPORTâ€“Taylor Blake pitched a two hitter in her first varsity start as the Falcon bats erupted, driving in seventeen runs to fuel North Countryâ€™s 17-2 win over Rice.
"She did a great job out there," said coach Leslie Dunn of Blake. "I think she was a little nervous, but as the game went on her location improved."
The lop-sided affair lasted just six innings ,as the fifteen run rule kicked in and mercifully ended the contest for the Green Knights.
NEWPORTâ€“Wyatt Prue pitched 5 2/3 impressive innings in his first varsity start, but North Country had a hard time getting runs in behind him and the Falcons fell late to the Green Knights of Rice 8-1.
"He had appeared three times in relief, so we decided to give him a start," said Brian Bonvechio of Prue. "I thought he was very strong out there."
Prue also had a productive day at the plate with two doubles and the lone Falcon RBI of the game.
In the first, with the wind blowing out to right, Jon Boyer walked, followed by a double by Nate Stewart to put runners on 2nd and 3rd.
Morristown)- Trailing 10-4 entering the final inning the Lake Region Lady Rangers epitomized the oleâ€™ saying â€śnever say die,â€ť plating 5 runs to make the score 10-9, and had the tying run on second base before finally succumbing to defending state champion Peoples Academy on Tuesday.
â€śI donâ€™t know that Iâ€™ve ever been quite so happy after a loss,â€ť quipped Ranger coach Matt Tinker. â€śThese girls just wouldnâ€™t give up, and I couldnâ€™t be prouder of the effort they gave.â€ť
MORRISVILLEâ€“Kyle Perry gave up six runs in the first, and the Peoples Academy Wolves never looked back, as fifteen runners crossed home plate in Lake Region's 15-0 loss on Tuesday.
Despite a rough first inning, coach Eric Degree was impressed with Perry's ability to regroup and focus.
"Kyle's mental toughness was outstanding. They (PA) have a good hitting team, and they earned their runs in the first, but he was able to bounce back and throw some good innings for us."
DERBY â€“ Dandelions, dandelions, dandelions. And few people know dandelions better than local artist Adrian Yellow and IROC's executive director and organizer of the Dandelion Run marathon, Phil White.
This year, the two have teamed up to raise the lowly weed to new heights.
The Dandelion Run, named as one of the five most scenic running races in Vermont, is scheduled for Saturday, May 19.
NEWPORT - With an eye toward developing entrepreneurs for the hospitality and tourism industry, North Country's Adult Career Center Director Eileen Illuzzi has submitted a grant to fund the creation of a new certification program. The focus will be on careers in hotel and resort management, recreation, restaurants, catering, sales, marketing, tourism and event planning.
DERBY/HOLLAND â€“ The Vermont Public Service Board, on April 19, denied intervener status to a group of residents and an individual who want to participate in the PSB process and hearings for the Derby Line Wind Project.
The motions were denied without prejudice, meaning the board can change its mind if the interveners can convince hearing officer John Cotter why they should be involved.
JERICHOâ€“Having to forfeit their second doubles match due to low numbers, the North Country boys tennis team started out their afternoon already down one match to nothing to the MMU Cougars.
With the momentum against them, they promptly went out and won three of their first four matches to take a three to two advantage with two matches left to play.
Number one singles player Travers Parsons-Grayson had a close first set, winning 7-5, and then had an easier time of it in the second, winning 6-3 to top Dave Brown in straight sets.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Jobs continue to be on the minds of many Vermonters.
During Mondayâ€™s Legislative Breakfast, held at the Eastside Restaurant, former North Country Union High School Board Chair Arne Amaliksen of Derby asked guest speakers Rep. Duncan Kilmartin of Newport City and Sen. Robert Starr of North Troy what legislators were doing to create jobs for graduates.
â€śEconomic development is a big part of what goes on in Montpelier,â€ť replied Starr. Whether itâ€™s the Department of Labor or the Economic Development Authority. â€śThey all work toward programs to enhance the working lands bill.â€ť
DERBY - Encore Redevelopment, LLC, is the Burlington-based project development company working for two certificates of public good to construct two turbines on two separate farms just east of Derby Line. The turbines planned are more than 420 feet tall at the tip of the blade, with an estimated capability to power 900 homes each.
The project plans have created contention and some area residents are questioning just what Encore does.