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Cota Goes Yard, Triples, in Lady Rangers’ Final Home Game

June 1, 2014

ORLEANS- You might not think a team with a 6-9 record would head into the play-offs with as much optimism as the Lake Region Rangers softball team.
But rarely is a 6-9 team playing with as much confidence as this batch is at the end of the regular season.
The Rangers finished their regular season this past week with the unenviable task of playing four games in four days, splitting the quartet of contests.
For the full story, see the Express on 6-2-14.

Falcons Fall Short in Season Finale Against Hilltoppers

June 1, 2014

NEWPORT-North Country softball fought until the final play Saturday afternoon as they hosted and lost to a strong team from St. Johnsbury Academy.
The first inning was a rather dry one. Taylor Blake took the circle for NCU, finding the zone as the guests managed some weak contact. Maddie Mosher fielded the first hit and hurled the ball to first for the initial out. She fielded the second as well, flipping the ball to second to get one more on a force. St. J’s Margret Fogarty hit a far foul ball to right that would be caught by Brittany Verge for three.

North Country Battles Into the 9th, Falls Just Short Against CVU

May 29, 2014

NEWPORT-In an overtime thriller, North Country Union baseball lost 6-5 to a strong Champlain Valley squad.
“We’ve always thought we could play with the best,” head coach Brian Bonvechio said after the loss. “I think this game proved it.”
For the full story, see the Express on Friday 5-30-14.

North Country Tennis Boys Wrap Up Season at States

May 29, 2014

The North Country Falcons traveled to Warren, Vermont, as the tenth-ranked team to take on number seven-ranked Harwood.
Unfortunately, the match was held amidst controversy.
High school tennis is played on hard courts, yet the Falcons were forced to play on a very unfamiliar surface on three of the five courts, that surface being clay.
Harwood had hardcourt options they've used frequently this season yet insisted on putting us on clay. It seemed unsporting and unfair. It was all about the ‘equal playing field’ cliche.

Lady Rangers Take Down Peoples Academy 8-7

May 29, 2014

ORLEANS- Lake Region softball defeated Peoples Academy 8-7 as the two teams battled neck and neck until the bottom of the seventh.
The Lady Rangers’ senior day began with a slow start. Following the pregame celebration honoring the soon-to-graduate second baseman Alyssa Royer, pitcher Michelle Thibeault and catcher Corinna Cota, the home team took the field.
For the full story, see the Express on 5-29-14.

Falcons Use Entire Line-Up in 11-0 Win over Mount Abe.

May 28, 2014

NEWPORT-The North Country Falcons scored nine runs in the first four innings, which helped pace them to an 11-0, complete team win over the Mount Abraham Eagles on Wednesday afternoon.
"We knew (Mt. Abe) had struggled offensively and we talked about getting a lead and scoring some runs early for Wyatt," said NCU coach Brian Bonvechio. "I was pleased with the effort, and you can see, we have a nice, deep team we can do a lot of things with."
For the full story, see the Express on 5-29.14.

Local Bowlers Heading to USBC Jr. Gold Championships

May 27, 2014

COLCHESTER-Nine local bowlers from Waterfront Lanes Junior Bowling League, Makenzie Parenteau, Emma Parenteau, Kailyn McGregor, Vincent Illuzzi, Jarid and Noah Mathieu, Evan Poirier, Matthew Dumont and Devin West, participated in the 2014 Vermont State Youth Handicap Singles Tournament at the Spare Times Lanes on May 3rd.
To find out how they did, see the Express on 5-28-14.

Falcons Rally Back, Beat Crimson Tide In Walk Off Win

May 26, 2014

NEWPORT–On Saturday, the North Country baseball team reinforced the notion that they have a flare for the dramatic, as they once again staged a late-inning comeback to walk off with a 6-5 win over the Spaulding Crimson Tide.
"They don't quit and they don't give up," said NCU coach Brian Bonvechio about his battle-tested troop of ball players. "It seems that every game we have one bad inning defensively or pitching-wise, but then we have a great inning offensively to overcome those obstacles."
For the full story, see the Express on 5-27-14.

North Country Falls to Spaulding While Supporting a Good Cause

May 26, 2014

NEWPORT- North Country Union softball lost a hard-fought battle Saturday morning as they hosted Spaulding for their annual Strikeout Cancer Game.
Following a 40 minute weather delay, the skies cleared and the field dried to allow the two teams to play; lively batting separated the two squads guiding Spaulding to their 21-7 victory.
For the full story, see the Express on 5-27-14.

Lake Region Baseball Shuts-Out Enosburg 10-0

May 22, 2014

ORLEANS-Lake Region’s varsity baseball squad defeated Enosburg 10-0 Thursday night as pitcher Matt Messier dominated from the mound.
The game started beneath a black sky, both teams soaked minutes into their warm-ups.
Lake Region made it clear that a little moisture wouldn’t affect their game.
“We practice in the rain,” said head coach Eric Degre after the game. “We don’t stop unless it’s absolutely pouring.”
For the full story, see the Express on Friday 5-23-14.

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