February 12th, 2012
NEWPORT, VT - This year's Penguin Plunge was a huge success. An estimated 175 participants brought in about $26,000 to benefit the Vermont Special Olympics.
The water was freezing, the air was worse, yet these brave souls risked it all for the cause.
Among those participating was a team from North Country Hospital who dived in with white lab coats on. The Lake Region Team, which had been practicing for the event, danced slowly into the water to the beat of loud music played from the Newport Gateway building.
Onlookers wrapped in warm coats, mittens and hats, cheered their teams.
CRAFTSBURYâ€“With the sun shinning outside a packed Craftsbury Academy gymnasium, the Chargers took home the inaugural Stephen Willey Memorial Tournament Championship with a 55-32 win over Mid-Vermont Christian School.
The event honors the late Stephen Willey, a former Craftsbury player who passed away in 2010, and according to the Academy's athletic director Joe Houston, the event could not have gone any better.
BARREâ€“North Country's girls basketball team gave Spaulding all they could handle on Friday before finally succumbing to the Tide 50-41 in overtime.
It was a very evenly matched game, but the difference came down to free throws for the Falcons.
The team was an overall 7/15 from the line, including a dismal 3/8 in the fourth quarter. Making any one of those eight freebies could have keyed a win, and coach Christiane Brown knows it.
"We had plenty of chances to seal the win, but we we did not finish and that is something we must tighten up."
JAYâ€“In the second game of the doubleheader, the Falcons boys went up against one of the more surprising teams in division one this year, the Stowe Raiders.
Stowe made the jump to the top level of hockey this season and have done well, accruing only four loses on the season to date.
The Raiders feature one of the best players in the state, Ross Mandigo, but the electrifying forward almost missed the game as he forgot his jersey at home.
However, teammate Connor Meehan gave up his sweater and watched the game in street clothes to help bolster his team's chance of winning.
JAYâ€“The North Country girls hockey team had an improved showing on Friday night when they hosted the Stowe Raiders at the Ice Haus. Coming off of a sloppy win against Woodstock, the girls played a much more disciplined game, but fell short in their efforts, losing a quiet contest by the score of 2-0.
"I thought the girls all played pretty well," said assistant coach Tom Bernier, "Stowe is a tough team and we haven't played against a top seed in awhile and this was an eye opener for us."
CRAFTSBURYâ€“In the consolation game of the Stephen Willey Memorial Tournament, the Whitcomb Hornets built a 43-24 lead at the half en-route to the 64-39 win over UCA.
The Crusaders, who were already shorthanded to start with, became more limited as Chris DeLaBruere was tagged for four fouls in the opening sixteen minutes, leaving him unable to compete at full strength.
Ji Kim had three fouls in the opening half, and would eventually bow out of the game with 2:33 left in the fourth.
The first quarter was a fairly close eight minutes of basketball.
ORLEANS â€“ â€śA total team effort,â€ť is what Coach James Ingalls has called Friday nightâ€™s 48-44 victory over the Winooski Spartans.
Winooski jumped out in front early, building an 8-4 lead before James Margolla and Matthew Messier tied the game at 8 on back-to-back put backs. A Devon Rollins successful and-one pushed the lead back to 3, seconds before Matthew Messier drained a 3 at the buzzer to send the game to the second quarter knotted at 11.
Rollins tried to single handedly put the Rangers ball club away in the second frame, connecting on two 3-pointers to push the lead to 25-17.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Two former educators are vying for one seat on the board that directs the school where they both taught.
Incumbent Marie George is facing off against Marguerite â€śMaggieâ€ť Griffith for the three-year seat representing Newport City on the North Country Union High School Board.
NEWPORT - Vermont's North Country Chamber of Commerce sponsored a mixer at Habanero's Mexican Grill in Newport City Wednesday afternoon. A couple dozen business leaders networked and tasted some samplings off the menu.