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North Country Falcons Girls Battle at VT National

May 8, 2014

SOUTH BURLINGTON-The NCU varsity girls golf team traveled across the state on Wednesday to compete at the Vermont National Golf Club against a field of Metro League, Division I teams.
The team was represented by freshman Katie Goulet (52), junior Tanika Demers (66) and Captain Paige Gagnon (64).
While everyone agreed that they could have scored better, they all enjoyed a beautiful day on the links.
Paige had, except for one hole, long straight drives and reinforces Tanika’s quote of “this is a game of positivity, otherwise you will do worse.”

Messier No-Hits Spartans in Big Lake Region Victory

May 6, 2014

ORLEANS–The Lake Region baseball Rangers played host to the Winooski Spartans on Tuesday, and what a day it turned out to be for Matt Messier, as the tall junior no-hit the Spartans, striking out 15 batters while walking just one as Lake Region won 10-0.
"I just went out and tried to throw strikes every inning, and my arm started to loosen up as the game went on. The last inning felt especially good," Messier said after the game.

DeLaBruere Signs With New Hampshire Monarchs’ EHL Team

May 4, 2014

NEWPORT–Last week, North Country senior Ross DeLaBruere took the next step in his hockey career by signing a contract to play with New Hampshire Junior Monarchs of the Eastern Hockey League during the 2014-2015 hockey season.
Ryan Frew, the Monarchs' head coach and general manager who saw Ross and Ryan Paul skate with his program back in March, and again in April at showcase in Pittsburgh where he coached the pair, is delighted with the signing.

Lake Region Takes 2nd, North Country 3rd at NC Track Meet

May 1, 2014

NEWPORT–The North Country track and field team hosted their first meet of the year on Wednesday with a total of five teams in action.
Champlain Valley Union took home first place with a combined score 514.5 points, followed by Lake Region with 255.5 points, North Country with 216 points, Oxbow with113.5 points and Missisquoi Valley Union with 67 points.
For the full story, see the Express on 5-2-14.

North Country Picks Up Third Loss Against Middlebury

April 28, 2014

NEWPORT-The North Country boys tennis team returned to action on Monday after their spring break.
Their opponent on this lightly overcast day was the Middlebury Tigers, and it was the visiting squad coming up with the 4-3 win to improve to 1-1 on the year.
The play on Monday was actually quite even, but having to forfeit the number two doubles match is what did the Falcons in on this day, as it was the deciding factor in the match.

Fairfax Scores Early and Often, Tops Lake Region 27-4

April 27, 2014

ORLEANS–BFA Fairfax scored twelve runs in the top of the first inning, and that was more then enough as the Lady Bullets defeated the Lady Rangers 27-4.
"It was a miserable, miserable, miserable day," said LR coach Matt Tinker. "We need to get mentally tougher when we are in the middle of a bad inning, and get of quicker than we are. Call me crazy, but I think we did do some good things against the best pitcher we are going to face all year, and I am looking forward to seeing them again when the weather is warmer."
For the full story, see the Express on 4-28--14.

Rangers Fall to BFA Fairfax, North Country Games Cancelled

April 27, 2014

BASEBALL
BFA Fairfax 15, Lake Region 2
ORLEANS-What started out as a close game ended up in a blowout, as BFA Fairfax handed Lake Region a one-sided loss on Saturday morning.
BFA scored a pair of runs in the first and the second to jump out to the 4-0 lead.
Lake Region got on the board in the fourth, but the Bullets restored the four-run advantage with a run in the top of the fifth.
That would be the end of the day for Ranger starter Matt Messier, who finished his outing striking out ten, walking three and allowing three hits.

Falcons Even Record at 1-1 After Loss to Essex

April 24, 2014

NEWPORT–The North Country Falcons baseball team played their home opener against Essex on Thursday, and despite a strong pitching performance from Wyatt Prue, fell to the Hornets by the score of 2-0.
"We played well," said NCU coach Brian Bonvechio. "We made a couple of mistakes early, but they didn't seem to hurt us. As cold as it was, it was difficult to get a good grip on anything today."
For the full story, see the Express on 4-25-14.

Baseball Wins, Softball Loses as Rangers Open Season

April 23, 2014

BASEBALL
Lake Region 5, Oxbow 4
OXBOW–The Lake Region Rangers opened their season with a win over the Oxbow Olympians on Tuesday afternoon.
"It was a great team effort," said Ranger coach Eric Degre on his team's performance.
Matt Messier got the opening day start and win, throwing five strong innings, striking out 10 while walking 2 and allowing 2 earned runs.
Josh Locke came in in relief and pitched the final two innings, fanning 2 and walking 1.
Batting out of the number two hole, Dillon Gile led the Rangers with 2 hits, including a double.

Harwood Tops North Country 4-3 in Home Opener

April 14, 2014

NEWPORT–The North Country Falcons' boys tennis team played their home opener against the Harwood Highlanders on Monday afternoon at Prouty Beach, but unfortunately for the hometown team, they fell just a bit short, losing 4-3 to drop their record 1-1 on the year.
"We're very dependent on the first four singles spots, and it is kind of a fickle thing because they can't win all of their matches," said NCU coach Gary Atchinson. "We were right in it with both of our doubles matches, and with a few breaks either way it could have turned out either way.",

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