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Rangers move to 2-0 with win over Lyndon

December 19, 2013

ORLEANS-After trailing 14-13 after the first quarter, the Lake Region boys basketball team got their game in gear, pulled ahead in the second, and picked up their second win of the season.
Things got pretty tight in the fourth, as Lyndon put together an 8 point run to get within 2, but Lake Region regrouped and put the game away thanks to some clutch shooting at the free throw line.
Clint Provoncha led the Rangers in scoring with 19 points, while Kyle Cipollone and Mason Lantz each had 17 for Lyndon.

Defensive Breakdowns Prove Costly in Falcons' Loss to BFA

December 19, 2013

JAY–Wednesday night was a learning experience for the North Country girls hockey team, as they went head-to-head with the defending Division I state champion BFA Comets.
Things did not go particularly well for the Falcons, as they fell 8-2, but they definitely found out what it will take to compete with the best in the state of Vermont.
"We have to play them once straight up to see how the game is going to roll, but from there on it is up to me to make it better," said NCU coach Claude Paul on his take of the game.
For the Full Story, see the Express on 12-20-13.

Former Charger Adams Makes Return to Northeast Kingdom

December 18, 2013

NEWPORT–Tuesday evening found a familiar face returning to the Northeast Kingdom to play a little basketball.
Kyle Adams, who suited up for the Craftsbury Chargers for the first two years of his varsity basketball career, came to the North Country gymnasium as a member of the Mount Mansfield Cougars to take on the North Country Falcons.
"It has been a smooth transition," said Adams on the move. "The community is great, I love my teammates and I am having a great time playing with these motivated guys."
For the Full story, see the Express on Thursday 12-19-13.

Falcons Fall to MMU as Third Quarter Struggles Continue

December 18, 2013

NEWPORT–The North Country basketball boys started strong in their game against Mount Mansfield, but had a bit of trouble closing things out, and the result was a 57-40 win for the visiting Cougars on Tuesday evening.
"Defensively we played a solid game, and offensively we were more patient and took better shots," said NCU coach Ed Duncan on what he saw from his team on Tuesday.
For the full story, see the Express on thursday 12-19-13.

Lady Rangers Rally Late, But Fall Short Against Yellow Jackets

December 17, 2013

ORLEANS–Despite rallying to tie the game in the third quarter, then briefly taking the lead in the fourth, the Lake Region girls basketball team suffered their second loss of the year at the hands of the Windsor Yellow Jackets on a frigid Monday evening.
"All night tonight we struggled with consistency," said LRU coach Joe Houston. "We had some runs when we did really good things then we would go back to doing things that gave them easy opportunities and easy baskets and we couldn't sustain the way we wanted to play long enough to build a lead and a cushion and get things going."

Weekend Round-up: Falcon Hockey Wins, Ranger Hoopsters Split, More

December 15, 2013

Staff Reports
BOYS HOCKEY
NCU 4, BFA 3
ST. ALBANS–Falcon captain Ryan Paul scored three goals, including the overtime game-winner, as the North Country boys hockey team defeat the BFA Bobwhites 4-3 on Saturday evening.
“We played very well," said NCU coach Ryan Jacobs. "We controlled most of the game, minus the final five minutes of regulation, but overall we outplayed them."
North Country got on the board early, as Paul staked his team to the 1-0 advantage in the first.
In the second Paul scored again to push the lead to 2-0 before BFA struck to make it a one goal game.

Raiders Defeat Falcons in Season Opener

December 14, 2013

NEWPORT-The North Country girl's basketball team got their season underway at home against the U-32 Raiders on Saturday afternoon, but fell short in their quest for the win, losing 41-38 to the visitors.
"The girls showed a lot of heart out there and they made it clear that they are willing to work," said NCU coach Christiane Brown. "It is nice to see that we can run and push the ball, we just have to get some quality shots on the other end."
North Country's Kylie Jones scored 12 points and 10 assists for a double-double, while Madison Bennett also had 12 for the Raiders.

Essex Scores Twice in the 3rd to Best Falcons

December 11, 2013

Jay-After Ross DeLaBruere put North Country ahead 1-0 in the first, the Essex Hornets tied things up in the second, then popped in two more in the third to hand the Falcons their first loss of the season.
Freshman goalie Dana Marsh was outstanding for the Falcons, stopping 34 of 37 shots on the night.
Despite the loss, North Country played a very strong game, and if they continue to improve, the next time these two teams meet, the outcome could be much different.
For the full story, see the Express on Friday 12-13-13.

Essex Tops Falcon Girls in First Metro Test

December 11, 2013

Jay-The North Country girls hockey team made their Metro Division debut on Wednesday evening, taking on the Essex Hornets at the Jay Peak Ice Haus.
Unfortunately for the Falcons, things did not go as well as they would have liked, and they fell 6-0 to the Hornets.
Essex had two goals in each period while North Country struggled to get quality shots on the visitor's net.
For the full story, see the Express on Friday 12-13-13.

New Coach, New Direction For Falcon Boys

December 11, 2013

NEWPORT–While a lot of the actual pieces have not changed from last season, the 2013-2014 North Country boy's basketball team will have a different feel to it as new coach Ed Duncan Jr. takes over the job from Brian Bonvechio, who stepped down after last season.
Duncan, who was at the helm of the Falcon' JV program for the last 2 years, and has coached the game for 16 total years, is ready to face the challenges of head coaching in the Metro Division.

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