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January 26th, 2012
ORLEANSâ€”When the Richford Falcons traveled to Lake Region Wednesday, the game was over before the ball was even tipped. The Rangers were able to dominate offensively and defensively en-route to a 51 point 64-13 victory.
Darik Messier started the game on a personal 4-0 run, and the blue and white were on top 12-0 before the Falcons got their first point with 3 minutes left in the first. Marquel Webster would add a turn-around jumper as time expired to put Lake Region on top 14-3 at the end of 1 period of play.
NEWPORTâ€“Maybe it was because the roads were still bad, or maybe because there was no school that day I don't know, but it was a very quiet crowd at North Country that bared witness to a rough 48-28 loss for the Falcon girls basketball team at the hands of the St. Johnsbury Hilltoppers.
"We need to make a change within our system of what we expect and what happens out there so that we can play with teams," said coach Brown after the loss, "We were able to do that in the first, but we need to make some adjustments."
JAYâ€“Down 2-1 at the end of the first period, the North Country girls, on the strength of some new line-up combinations, rallied to pick up the 5-4 win over Middlebury on Saturday night.
â€śI think offensively it gave us a little spark. We now have two lines that are working really well, it is not so much one line putting the puck in the net, we can spread it out,â€ť said Paul of his new units play on Saturday.
ORLEANS- The Lake Region Ranger boys have been in many close games this season. That experience paid off Friday night as LRU closed out visiting BFA, snapping an eight game losing streak.
Lake Region dominated the offensive glass in the fourth quarter with the game on the line. Junior forward Drew Gallup scored on three offensive put backs to keep the Bullets at bay.
In their second game in three days, it took 4 minutes of extra time and her first points of the game, but in the end Kylie Atwoodâ€™s 2 free throws with 45 seconds to go in overtime were enough to give her Lake Region Lady Rangers a thrilling 49-45 win over the Winooski Spartans Saturday afternoon.
NEWPORTâ€“IT was a tough pill to swallow for the North Country girls basketball team Friday night as a tall, athletic, and quick group of Rice players over-powered the Falcons en-route to the 46-21 win.
"Their pressure clearly affect us," said coach Christiane Brown, "We just need to do a better job of how we react to any kind of pressure, because that is how they got their points tonight."
Rice's big bodies held the Falcons to just three points in the opening quarter, while they put up a twelve spot on the board.
ORLEANSâ€“In what started out as a tight contest ended in a twenty point victory for the Lady Rangers on Thursday as they ended their two game skid, defeating the Richford Rockets 52-32.
â€śI think this was an important win for us,â€ť said coach Matt Tinker, â€śThis will be good for the girls as we needed to get another win under our belt.â€ť
The first quarter was tightly played eight minutes by both teams. Cailyn Gallup started the scoring with with a mid-range jumper to get Lake Region on the board first, and it would be back and fourth from there.
ST. ALBANSâ€“The North Country boys hockey team came close, but in the end, the BFA Bobwhites were able to erase a four goal deficit, and electrify the Collins-Perley Sports Complex in overtime as Mike Schreiner picked up the winner to give St.Albans the 5-4 victory.
The Falcons got all their scoring in the first two periods as Ryan Paul had two and Josh Bernier and Ross DeLaBruere had one to stake the boys in maroon to 4-1 lead.
The Bobwhites battled back to send the game into overtime where the captain put home his second of the night to pick up the win.
WESTMOREâ€“It was cold and bitter day at the races for the North Country Nordic teams on Saturday. Moved from Friday due to conditions, the teams competed in the Lyndon Institute Carnival's Free Technique race. Despite being shorthanded due to All-State music try-outs and illness, it was the Falcon girls having another strong day, taking home second place at the event while the boys placed fifth.
Falcons Dump U-32 5-1
MONTPELIERâ€“After going into overtime against Northfield on Saturday, the North Country girls hockey team had a much easier go of it Monday, defeating U-32 5-1.
"We played a much more intellectual game," said coach Paul, "Our systems are really starting to pay off, the cycle was good, and we were getting pucks where they needed to be."
Taylor Morley was the top performer for the the Falcons, as she would net three to earn her first varsity hat-trick.