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Gray, Knights Top Falcons

February 7, 2014

NEWPORT-Former North Country basketball player Kendrick Gray made his return to the Northeast Kingdom as his new team, the Rice Green Knights, traveled up from So. Burlington to take on the Falcons.
Playing in front of a packed house, Gray led off the game with a dunk and the Knights never looked back, as they came away with the 74-39 win.
Gray led all scorers with 17 points, followed by the Falcons' Connor Hogan who had 16.
The loss moves the Falcons to 5-9 while Rice moves to 11-3.
For the full story, see the Express on 2-11-14.

North Country Round-up: Basketball Girls Fall to Spaulding, Hockey Sweeps Colchester

February 6, 2014

The North Country girls had a much better showing than their previous time out against Spaulding, but they still fell short of their goal, losing 53-39 to the Tide on Thursday night.
"We know that we can play with these guys, but we have to play with more discipline," said NCU coach Christiane Brown.
Brown was referring to the Falcons' foul problem. Two players fouled out and Spaulding went 17-34 from the line, compared to NCU's 5-8 performance from the stripe.
Morgan Greene had a double-double, scoring 14 points while grabbing 18 boards. She also had 3 steals.

Grit, Determination Fuel Lady Rangers Win Over Marauders

February 5, 2014

ORLEANS–After getting down 8-6 with eight minutes in the book, the Lake Region Lady Rangers reached down, pulled up their bootstraps, and fought back to earn a gritty 33-26 win over the Northfield Marauders on Tuesday night.
"We displayed a lot of heart and determination to overcome some things that should be easy for us, as nothing came easy tonight," said Lake Region assistant coach Sarah Roy. "We kept at it and plugged away and I was very impressed with the patience we showed at the end of the game."
For the full story, see the Express on 2-6-14.

Falcons Get to Damon Early, Win 4-1

February 2, 2014

JAY-North Country's Taylor Morley scored twelve seconds into the Falcons' contest against the Harwood Highlanders, setting the tone for the maroon and white's 4-1 win at the Jay Peak Ice Haus.
To understand the importance of this game, and how they defeated one of the best goaltenders in the state, see the Express on 2-3-14.

Roberge Makes Impact in Rangers Win Over Danville

February 2, 2014

ORLEANS-Austin Roberge came off of the bench for the Lake Region Rangers and was the difference maker, hitting the game-winning three as the white and blue came away with the well-played 55-49 win over the Danville Indians.
To learn how he did it, see the Express on 2-3-14.

Tough Going For Falcon Girls Against CVU

February 2, 2014

NEWPORT-Champlain Valley Union racked up 16 uncontested points in the first quarter of their eventual 54-18 over the North Country Falcons.
The loss drops North Country to 3-11 on the year as they fight to keep their play-off hopes alive.
Mariah LaDeau's three three pointers gave her a team-high nine points.
For the full story see the Express on 2-3-14.

St. Johnsbury Edges Falcons Out in Low Scoring Affair

January 30, 2014

NEWPORT-The first time the North Country Falcons and the St. Johnsbury Hilltoppers met, it was a very one sided contest, with St. J winning 61-25.
In this game it was a much close affair, but sadly for the NCU crowd, North Country fell again, this time by the score of 38-18.

Paul’s Hat Trick Fuels Falcons’ Comeback Against Spaulding

January 30, 2014

JAY–Trailing 3-0 after one period of play, the North Country Falcons, led by their captain Ryan Paul's hat trick, clawed their way back to tie, then eventually defeat the Spaulding Crimson Tide on Wednesday night at the Jay Peak Ice Haus.
"This was huge," Paul said about the win. "We have not come back from any deficit this year to win a game, and I think it shows the character and heart that we have. We just need to put it out there every night."
Dana Marsh stopped 27 shots for the Falcons, who move to 8-6-1, while Ben Ferland had 14 saves for 2-8-4 Spaulding.

Chargers Overcome Slow Start, Best Hornets 52-38

January 29, 2014

CRAFTSBURY–After a slow first half that saw the Craftsbury Chargers and the Whitcomb Hornets combine for a total of thirty-four points, the two teams ramped it up in the second half with the Chargers gaining the upper hand and coming away with the 52-38 win.
"We were very sluggish from the start," said Craftsbury coach Derek Cipriano. "The boys saw (Whitcomb's) record and thought they were going to come in this game and roll over them, but I knew that wasn't going to be the case. (Whitcomb) is a hard working bunch and they created some mismatches for us with their speed."

Hilltoppers Use Long Ball to Subdue Falcons

January 29, 2014

NEWPORT-The Saint Johnsbury Academy Hilltoppers used a high percentage outside attack and a balanced inside game as they captured their ninth straight victory this winter over the North Country falcons by an 84-46 final.
North Country was coached by JV head man George Azur, as well as varsity assistants Mike Gonyaw and Ian Dinzeo, as Ed Duncan sat out the second contest of his two-games due to suspension.
A suspension, according to locals who saw the contest, was unjust at best.

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