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Rangers Fall 62-55 in First Round to Solons

March 1, 2012

MONTPELIER – The Lake Region Rangers took to the road Wednesday night for the first round of the Division 2 playoffs against the #7 seeded Montpelier Solons. The Rangers were without sophomore Alex Beauregard for the contest who suffered a high ankle sprain during the closing moments of the last game against Richford. After a contest that went down to the wire, the blue and white ultimately fell 62-55.

Craftsbury Moves on With 45-40 Win Over Chelsea Red Devils

March 1, 2012

HARDWICK–It took until the later stages of the game, but Craftsbury was able to put together a 16-3 run to get past the Chelsea Red Devils to advance in the Division four play-offs.
The win earns the team a date with Rochester, who was one of four teams to defeat the Chargers this season.
Kyle Adams had seventeen points in the win, and freshman Alex Vetere had eleven.
Their game against number four Rochester is slated to take place on Friday at the South Royalton high school at 7:00.

Rangers, Crusaders Win, Falcons Fall in Girls Basketball Action

February 29, 2012

BHS Defeats NCU 46-36
BURLINGTON–A twenty-one point second quarter sealed the win for the Burlington Seahorses as they edged out North Country 46-36 in girls basketball action Tuesday night.
It was 11-11 after the first, then came the disastrous second.
The girls rebounded in the second half, out scoring Burlington in both the third and the fourth, but the hole was just too big to climb out of.
Noelle Pinard continued her strong play, scoring twenty points and grabbing five boards.
"You can't say enough good things about her," said coach Brown, "She is just a pleasure to watch."

Goaltending Key to Falcon Play-off Success

February 29, 2012

NEWPORT–The North Country girls hockey team get their post-season underway tonight when they host Rutland at the Jay Peak Ice Haus at 6:00.
It has been a fantastic year for the Falcons. They have more than doubled their previous season's win total, and made the jump from the bottom of the barrel to being one of the top teams in the Lake Division.
13-6 North Country faced off against the 10-7 Red Raiders just once this season, a 5-3 loss in Rutland.

Boys Play-off Action Gets Underway Wednesday Night

February 28, 2012

NEWPORT–It is play-off time in the wonderful world of winter sports, and three of the four area high schools (UCA will not make a stab at the Division 4 basketball post-season this year) will get the second season underway today.
First up is the North Country boys basketball team.
The Falcons finished the year at 6-14, and their record earned them a date with top seeded Mount Mansfield Cougars in Jericho.
The Cougars were an impressive 19-1 in Division one action, and they provide a strong challenge for the Falcons.

Simoneau Takes Home State Championship

February 27, 2012

ST. JOHNSBURY–North Country's Riley Simoneau took home the state championship in the 220 lb. division, defeating St. Johnsbury's Kevin Santora for the win.
After being tied 2-2 in the final period, a last minute pin secured the win, the first wrestling title to go on the wall at the Falcon gymnasium since the mid-nineties.
Individually Simoneau was 7-1 on the season, and as for the rest of the Falcons, in their first year back as a varsity sport, they finished seventh out of the twenty-one teams at the competition.

Nordic Falcons Compete Hard in Freestyle Championships

February 27, 2012

JERICHO–The 2012 Vermont Div. 1 and 2 Nordic freestyle championship races were held on Friday Feb. 24, 2012 at the Ethan Allen Training Site, and were hosted by CVU, CHS and MMU.
The individual races were held in the morning, and the Falcon girls tied for eighth place with 142 points, while the boys finished in twelfth, scoring a 235.

Falcons Upend BFA St. Albans With 49-37 Victory

February 26, 2012

NEWPORT–After coming close earlier in the week against CVU, the North Country girls finally picked up their fifth, and arguably biggest, win of the season, defeating a very good BFA St. Albans squad 49-37.
"It is important that when we get leads, we maintain leads," said coach Brown, "They (BFA) tied it up and our girls dug in and fought and showed that they had toughness and that they wanted it more."
From the opening tip, it looked like it was going to be a defensive battle as the points were few and far between.

UCA Sweeps Doubleheader in Thrilling Fashion

February 26, 2012

Newport–In girls action, the United Christian Academy Crusaders fell behind early to the Cabot Huskies, by a score of 12-7 at the end of the first and by 20-9 with 2 minutes to go in the half before UCA began to claw back.
A pair of Hannah Piette baskets and a 2 by Whitney Carter cut the score to 20-16 heading into the break.

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February 26, 2012

Lake Region Wins its Regular Season Finale on the Road
Richford – LR took to the road to face the Falcons of Richford Friday night and they walked away with an easy 42-17 victory.
Drew Gallup was the high scorer with 14 points.
After starting the season a dismal 1-8 the Rangers have rebounded to the tune of a 9-2 record to finish the season .500 at 10-10.
The Blue and White look to have locked up the 10 seed in the Division 2 playoffs, with a first round matchup on the road against the #7 seed Montpelier Solons. The official pairings however will be released later today.

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