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April 8th, 2012
JERICHO/NEWPORTâ€“The 2012 North Country girls tennis team got their season underway last week against Mount Mansfield.
While it was partly sunny with seasonable temperatures here in Newport, it was miserable in Jericho.
From the moment the team arrived at the courts rain poured down upon the players, forcing them to deal with the miserable conditions until the matches were eventually suspended.
FAIRFAXâ€“The Lake Region Lady Rangers opened their 2012 softball season much like they did in 2011. With snow still twirling around the air and temperatures straddling the 40-degree mark, the Rangers could not overcome first-game jitters, falling to perennial powerhouse Fairfax, 8-3.
Fairfax got things rolling in the first inning, pushing across four runs (three of which were unearned), as Lake Region generously assisted their hosts with four errors.
ORLEANS â€“ â€śThe goal for the season is to compete, be productive and have an athlete compete in every event.â€ť Those were the words of Coach Auclair during a preseason workout.
This seasonâ€™s squad will be larger than usual, with 20 girls and 16 boys making up the 36 member team. 10 freshmen have also made the jump to the track and field team.
JAY PEAK - Team Canada womanâ€™s coach Dan Church is in his first year as head man of the national team. He has been around the block in terms of hockey experience however and knows the pressure that is on his team.
â€ťWe tell our team that pressure is a privilege," he said. "When you represent Canada, you are expected to play well. That pressure is a good thing. I donâ€™t know if I agree that we are the favorite since we have had trouble winning the Worldâ€™s lately. But we expect to play well each time out.â€ť
The rivalry with the USA has made both teams better.
NEWPORTâ€“A cold day with a mix of sun and clouds greeted the North Country boys tennis team as they kicked off their season against Mount Mansfield Wednesday afternoon.
With the Falcons and Cougars splitting the six matches, it came down to total games won, and with a 61-57 advantage, North Country picked up the win.
Dave Durivage dropped the first set 2-6, but rallied to take the next two 6-1, 7-5, defeating Dave Poleson in the number one slot.
"Dave's match was all about ebb and flow," said coach Gary Atchinson. "He fought his way through it and toughed it out in the end."
JAY PEAK - With the Ice Hockey Women's World Championship just a couple days away, Swedenâ€™s womenâ€™s hockey team is working hard. The team, housed at Jay Peakâ€™s golf course condos, is getting prepared for the eight-team tournament that starts Saturday at UVMâ€™s Gutterson field House. The tourney will feature the best eight womenâ€™s hockey teams on the planet.
For Team Sweden, itâ€™s another chance to keep building a program that has become a contender for the medal rounds over the last few years. The team is generally acknowledged as a top five club on the world ratings chart.
ORLEANSâ€“Coming off of a season where they reached the quarter-finals, the Lake Region softball team is looking to maintain that same level of play in 2012.
"We have set the bar pretty high over the last three years, and the group we have coming back this year is a veteran group, so they know what is expected," said head coach Matt Tinker.
Depth has been an asset for the Rangers in recent seasons, and they will have to utilize that depth again this year to fill some holes in the line-up.
Lake Region lost four players to graduation last year, all four being major contributors to the team.
NEWPORTâ€“With the season getting underway this afternoon, the North Country boys tennis team is ripe with promise.
"We've got a good blend of upper and underclassman this year," said head coach Gary Atchinson.
Said senior Maoz Knight, "It looks good. A lot of the guys have gotten better, and we have all improved. I think we should be pretty good."
The team finished 4-9 and missed the tourney last season, but with a very balanced team in 2012, Atchinson is feeling good about this year's chances.
ST. JOHNSBURYâ€“The NEK Pythons traveled forty miles south on Interstate 91 this past Saturday for a wrestling event held at the St. Johnsbury Academy.
The team faced some very talented wrestlers, but still came home with a first place finish as well as several second third honors.
Cazian Comeau-Elman was lone wrestler to take home the gold, wrestling in the 44 lb. weight class.
This is Comeau-Elmanâ€™s first year with the program, and the first grader pinned all the opponents he faced.
Here is how the rest of the team fared on Saturday:
DERBYâ€“The Northeast Kingdom Roller Derby women made their debut with an exhibition at IROC on Saturday evening.
The seven Busted Cupcake skaters played host to the Upper Valley Vixens from Enfield, NH and the Twin City Riot from Barre, introducing the sport of Roller Derby to Kingdom residents.
"I think it went really well," Ellen "Poison" Apple, Captain of the Cupcakes and League President, said of the evening.
The three squads split into two teams for the friendly exhibition match, and spectators on hand were intrigued by the action.