May 12th, 2011
NEWPORTâ€“ The North Country boys and girls track and field teams both took home first place overall finishes at their lone home meet of the season.
The boys finished with a score of 127 total points, more than doubling second place MVU's 61.5. The girls competition was much closer, with the Falcons holding off Missisiquoi by ten points, ending the day with a team total of 79.
Here are the top performances for the Falcons on Tuesday.
BARREâ€“ The North Country girls string of error filled games continued on Tuesday when they lost 8-3 to the Crimson Tide of Spaulding.
The 5th and 6th innings wee exceptionally rough for the Falcons, as five errors and four out of the Tide's seven hits produced six of the teams eight runs, and ultimately helped sink North Country.
If you take away those six runs, and combine that with the three run top of the seventh for the Falcons, you might be talking about a win for the kids from the kingdom instead of a frustrating loss for Coach Dunn's girls.
BARREâ€“ Connor Burke's return to the Hill was a successful one as he paced the Falcons to the 5-4 win over Spaulding.
"Burke was a little rusty, but he was good enough to win," said Coach Bonvechio.
Burke went five and a third innings, yielding three runs on eighty pitches. Cris Buckles came in and got the save for the Falcons.
North Country got off to an early 2-0 lead as Nate Stewart drove in Taylor Miller and later scored on a wild pitch in the first.
They added another two in the second on a Tom Blake sac fly and another wild pitch.
ST. JOHNSBURYâ€“ For the first time in five years, the North Country girls tennis team defeated the St. Johnsbury Hilltoppers. The streak busting win came on Tuesday where NCU outplayed the Academy and emerged victorious by the score of 4-3.
"This was a big win for us," said Head Coach Marie George, "we were very steady and very consistent."
In their second match in as many days, the Falcons showed little signs of fatigue, as they battled hard to get the win.
ORLEANS-The Lake Region Rangers withstood a late game rally by visiting Richford, and held off the charging Falcons 8-7 for their fifth victory of the season.
Ranger catcher Corey Whitten made two big throws late. The first picked off a Richford runner at third with one out and the second nailed a stealing Falcon baserunner at second for the games last out.
The Rangers had built an 8-4 lead on the strength of three hits by Whitten and a pair by Jake Smith.
ORLEANS-The Lake Region girls broke open a 3-3 deadlock with a four run fourth, paving the way to their fifth straight victory, 8-3 over Richford. Senior hurler Danika Gallup went the route scattering four hits and helping the cause with three hits along the way.
NEWPORTâ€“ After a questionable season opening match against the U-32 Raiders that was tainted by suspect pairings by U-32, the North Country girls tennis team went into their rematch with the Raiders looking for redemption and found it, defeating the visitors from Montpelier 5-2.
One of the two losses for the Falcons came in the number one singles match where Martha Petzoldt battled Erin Connor for two hours before finally succumbing to defeat 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.