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IROC Prepares for Kingdom Triathlon and Swim

August 2, 2012

DERBY–The staff at IROC is getting ready for Saturday's 5th Annual Kingdom Triathlon and Seymour Swim.
"We are expecting around one-hundred and fifty people this year," said Sue Engel.
The event draws people from all over the United States and internationally as well.
Staff members spent Thursday gathering materials in preparation for Friday's jaunt around the NEK to set up for the event.
There will be an early registration and sign in at IROC Friday from 1:00-7:00 PM and the "Crazy Nuts Dinner" that evening from 6:00-9:00 PM at the Eastside Restaurant.

More Than Just Martial Arts Taught at Deslandes Blue Wave Tae Kwon Do Academy

August 1, 2012

NEWPORT–Respect.
It was the first word that came to my mind when I entered Deslandes Blue Wave Tae Kwon Do Academy studio.
Master Christina Deslandes was working with a student when I arrived, and there was no fooling around.
The youngster was focused, going through his workout with a business-like attitude rarely seen in a child of his age.
But at Blue Wave that is the norm, not the exception.
Students at the Academy learn the five tenets, courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control and indomitable spirit.

Tom Terrific

July 31, 2012

Express Publisher Ken Wells was at the opening day of Patriots camp, and snapped this photo of Tom Brady signing autographs for the fans

Bathalon Opens “I’m Ready Skills Training” Basketball Camp

July 26, 2012

NEWPORT–Anthony Bathalon is ready to make the next step in his basketball career; Teacher.
The former high school standout, who also dabbled in semi-pro ball as a practice player with the Frost Heaves as well as playing with the Little Rock Lightning of the ABA, has decided to switch his playing kicks for a set of coaches shoes and a whistle.

Aaron Smith; One of the Good Guys in Racing

July 26, 2012

Riverside Speedway is home to some of the friendliest, most helpful people in the racing business. If a racer is in need, there are usually five people jumping to help. This is especially important in the higher divisions, where higher speeds sometimes bring bigger problems. A helpful hand is always welcome, and one of the first people to lend a hand is the Northeast Kingdom’s Aaron Smith.
The Irasburg native drives a mint green Chevy Impala in the Sign Depot Outlaw Sportsman division, but hasn’t always been privy to racing.

North Country A’s Defeat Lake Region One 3-2 in Nine Innings

July 25, 2012

ORLEANS–With darkness creeping across the night sky, Trey Azur crossed home plate for the eventually game winning run on a single by Jared Hussey to give the North Country Athletics the 3-2 win and the trophy for the Babe Ruth 14-U League Championship.
"I knew it was going to be a close game as both teams were so evenly matched," said A's coach Dennis Myrick.
All signs pointed to a classic match-up between the top two teams in the league. Lake Region had the advantage in the win column, and thusly were awarded home field for the championship game.

LR Summer Track Wins 1st Place Small Town Award

July 25, 2012

ST. JOHNSBURY–On July 21st, sixteen boys and girls, ages 7-14, represented the Lake Region Summer Track and Field Program at the Vermont State Track and Field Meet in St. Johnsbury.
LR took home the First Place Small Town Award. The team ranked across all age groups and events. The finalists, events, and times are the following:
Boys/Girls 7-8
Wyatt Gile (50 Meter Dash, 9.26, fifth place)
Boys/Girls 9-10
Ebony Cota (Discus Throw, 42-07, first place)
Jaden Hayes, Andrew Hicks, Quinn Snedeker, Seth Toscano
(4x100 Relay, 1:10.72, third place)

Collins, Fortin Honored to Compete in 59th Shrine Bowl

July 24, 2012

NEWPORT–At 8:00 on Thursday morning former North Country football standouts Cody Collins and Adam Fortin will be on the campus of Dartmouth College.
That is when the two former Falcons and the rest of their Vermont teammates, led by coach Mike Norman of Rutland, will begin training for the 2012 Maple Shrine Bowl scheduled for Saturday August, 4th.
In anticipation of the final of game of these two linemen's high school career, I caught up with them to get their reaction to the upcoming game as well as talk a little bit about the 2011 football season.

Field Hockey Camp’s Getting Players Ready for 2012 Season

July 24, 2012

NEWPORT–It may still be July, but the fall sports season is inching its' way closer to being upon us.
A sure sign that the high school athletic season is just around the corner is the North Country field hockey players starting to get into game mode at the high school.
Every Wednesday varsity coach Chantelle Bouchard and junior varsity coach Nicole Ludwig are putting the girls through their paces in order to get ready for the 2012 season.

Susan B. Koman Invitational Set for Thursday

July 24, 2012

The Newport Country Club Ladies League Susan B. Komen Invitational will take place on Thursday, July 26th at the Newport Country Club. Between 80 and 100 participants are expected to take part in this year’s event. Last year the event raised $ 7,000 for North Country Hospital.

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