Archive - Sports Article
October 9th, 2011
By Ken Wells
BELLOW FALLSâ€“Itâ€™s nice to be able to roll along unimpeded during your regular season. The North Country Falcons have for the most part enjoyed that. Most coaches will also tell you learn more from a loss or a stern test than you do winning.
That was the case Saturday as the Falcons got themselves out of a contest that they very well could have loss. NCU came up big with a late game defensive stand and a big play offense as they got by a good Bellows Falls Terrier team 20-18.
ORLEANS â€“ Lake Region jumped out early against the Danville Indians, but it took their 3rd overtime session of the year before the Blue and White could walk away with the 2-1 victory off the foot of the teamsâ€™ leading scorer, Tyrah Urie.
PLAINFIELD -- The Craftsbury Academy Chargers squared off against the Twinfield Trojans and walked away emptied handed, as they were blanked 3-0. Coach Mike Ruetz said that his team, â€śplayed really hard and physical.â€ť And that his team was, â€śdetermined to get the victory, but that luck, just isnâ€™t on their side.â€ť A penalty kick, on a questionable shoulder-to-shoulder contact call, 5 minutes into the contest gave the Trojans an early 1-0 lead and shifted the momentum in their favor.
RICHFORD â€“ After suffering a narrow 1-0 defeat to the Hazen Wildcats, the Lake Region Rangers got back to their winning way Thursday afternoon, beating the Falcons of Richford by a score of 7-0. Tony Stuart lead the Lake Region scoring attack with 2 goals; while Caleb Royer, Kyle Perry, Josh Thibault, Corey Whitten, and Brian Mosher each found the back of the net once for the Blue and White. Alex Beauregard recorded his 2nd shutout of the year as the Rangers improve their record to 5-4.
NEWPORTâ€“ A strong second half surge by the Winooski Spartans led to 5-0 loss for the UCA Crusader girls on Friday.
Coming into the start of last week, UCA had played only three games this season: by 6:00 Friday evening they had played six, and might have been on their last legs coming into the contest.
The first half was an even affair with both teams getting chances, but first halves have not really been the forte of UCA in 2011, as more times than not they have found themselves down early and having to play from behind.
EAST MONTPELIERâ€“ The North Country girls soccer team made it three straight shut-outs in a row on Friday, defeating U-32 while playing on the Raiders' varsity football field.
"The field was in terrible condition, very muddy and really torn up," said Coach Alexander, "But the girls did an excellent job keeping the ball out of the trampled middle and pushing the ball outside.
"This is probably our best overall effort this year. We won all the 50/50 balls and we also took some clean fouls. You have to be able to take those kinds of fouls, it is what you need to do."
DERBYâ€“ The main pool at IROC is back. Itâ€™s cold, but itâ€™s open. And there could be no better group to test it out than the IROCKET Swim Team which started its season tonight doing laps in the 66 degree water. For some like Eric Gauvin, Eli McFarlane, and Adam Lodewik, 66 degrees was no different than what they took on during the 6 mile open water swim this summer at Kingdom Swim. For others, it was â€śNothing but Chilly.â€ť
NORTHEAST KINGDOMâ€“UCA ended its annual Spirit Week with a pair of varsity soccer matches. Once again, this years Spirit Week is in memory of former UCA student Eli Goss, who lost his life in a motor vehicle accident one year ago.
Varsity Boy's Coach Alyssa DeLaBruere said, "Even though he his not here, we can still feel him around us." While originally scheduled for a double-header at Gardner Park, the girl's game was moved to the North Country Junior High School, with the boy's remaining at Gardner.
NEWPORTâ€“The Champlain Valley Union Red Hawks came into the Kingdom with an impressive 7-1 record in 2011, and put on a display of technical soccer wonderment as they defeated the North Country Falcons 3-0.
"These are kids who play a lot of soccer together," said Assistant Coach Andrew Roy of the Red Hawks, "They are a talented group and they are skilled and are always thinking five passes ahead."
From the opening kick-off CVU were masters of their domain, displaying a very quick and high-finesse style, and, as Coach Roy said, seemed to be thinking several moves ahead.
CRAFTSBURY â€“ The Craftsbury Academy Lady Chargers suffered a heartbreaking overtime loss against Canaan Memorial High School. After leading 1-0 at the half thanks to an Olivia Jones goal, the game was a see-saw affair moving forward. Shortly after Canaan tied the game at 1, Melanie Sergiev put the Chargers on top once again, 2-1. Canaan High continued to fight and knotted the game at 2-2 with just over 20 minutes remaining.