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Smith Brothers Prevail at 2014 Member-Guest Tournament

July 20, 2014

NEWPORT–With perfect weather, great playing conditions and group of talented golfers, the 2014 Newport Daily Express Member/Guest Tournament at the Newport Country Club was quite the weekend for our area golfers and their partners.
On Sunday afternoon, after it was all said and done, brothers Shawn and Mike Smith defeated Adam Hiliker and Nick Vosnick in a two hole final to become crowned the 2014 champions.
"I was pretty confident," said Shawn when asked how he was feeling during the final. "We were playing some pretty good golf and I was confident that we could win it."

2014 Member Guest Flights Announced

July 17, 2014

Here are the flights for the 2014 Member-Guest Tournament:
2014 Member Guest Tournament
Flights
St. Andrews
Todd Rivard Marino Bartolomei
Dan Barry David Griffith
Tyler Smith Bob Bronson
Scott Snelgrove Trevor Snelgrove
Eric Leblanc Scott Brushier
Denis Fortin Dan Griffith
Augusta National
Alex Giroux Geoff Starr
Shawn Smith Mike Smith
Travis Cross Evan Vana
Derek Judd Chris Wing
Jonathan Cote Walter White
Mike Gaudreau Chris Gaudreau
Pebble Beach
Greg Marsh Matt Johnson
Gary Rever Cory Hildreth
John Cote Ron Loveless
Mark Giroux Tim Blais

From NCC to Pinehurst, Austin Giroux is Going Places

July 15, 2014

NEWPORT–It is not uncommon to go up to a golfer and have them tell you that they have been playing golf for more than half of their life.
When I met up with Austin Giroux and asked him how long he had been playing, he said most of his life.
Here is the difference:
Austin is a ten years old.
He started golfing when he was three.
So, to say that Austin has been golfing for most of his life is a pretty darn accurate statement.
Austin has had quite the summer so far, and I made the trek up to the Newport Country Club to sit down and chat with Derby Elementary School fifth grader.

2014 Northeast Kingdom Junior Golf Tour is Underway

July 10, 2014

ORLEANS–The 3rd Annual Northeast Kingdom Junior Golf Tour swung into action on Thursday afternoon at the Orleans Country Club.
For the second year in a row, the day began with a one hour clinic that had OCC Club Pro Josh Olney and Newport Country Club Pro Kin O'Neil giving the kids instruction and helpful points on improving their golf technique.

Triple Threat Camp, Teaching More Than Just Basketball

July 9, 2014

NEWPORT-Basketball camp on a warm July week has become a tradition in the town of Newport.
What started out as the Lake Mephremaggog Basketball Camp forty-four years has ago has evolved into the Vermont Triple Threat Basketball Camp, and under the direction of of John Gunn, the program is as strong as ever.
Gunn, who started with program as a coach in the 1990's and has since moved on to be a director in the new millennium, explained the camp's mission when it comes to teaching the game of basketball.

OEC Lightning Take Game Two Against Montreal Rockies

July 6, 2014

NEWPORT–The OEC Lightning Junior Legion baseball team squared off against the Montreal Rockies in a non-league doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at North Country Union High School.
After dropping the first contest 11-7, the Lightning's bats came alive in game two, as they went on to earn the split, defeating the older Rockies 15-11.

Jankowski, Giroux, Goulet and Smith Take Gross at VT PGA Event

July 2, 2014

WILLISTON–Former Jay Peak Club Pro and Current Stowe Mountain Club Assistant Pro Dave Jankowski teamed up with a trio of North Country high school golfers, Alex Giroux, Katie Goulet and Tyler Smith, to play at the Vermont PGA Pro-Junior Champions event at the Williston Country Club on June 30th.
The end result was an extremely satisfying one for the quartet, as they shot a 137, edging out teams from Vermont National and Country Club of Barre by one stroke to take home the Gross title.

Lake Region Wins 12-U Cal Ripken Baseball Districts

June 30, 2014

BARTON-Three runs scored in the third inning was all of the offense the 12-U Cal Ripken District Championship baseball game would see, as Lake Region defeated their neighbors to the north, North Country, 3-0 to pick up the win and take home the hardware.
"I thought it was a really good effort and our pitching was outstanding," said LR coach Rick Hudson.
Said NC coach Mike LaCourse, "I thought it was a huge improvement from the last time we played them. Our boys really came around and started battling hard, but we just ran out of time."
For the full story, see the Express on 7-1-14.

Local Hockey Players Shine in Make-A-Wish Games

June 29, 2014

BURLINGTON–The official conclusion to the 2013-2014 Vermont high school hockey season came on Saturday evening at the Make-A-Wish All-Star Game between the top seniors from Vermont and New Hampshire at UVM's historic Gutterson Field House.
The two games featured a total of five players from Orleans County.
Corrina Cota and Meghan Martin skated in the girl's game, and the trio of Ross DeLaBruere, Nate Marsh and Ryan Paul in the boy's.
It turned out to be a wonderful showing for our area athletes, as they tallied three goals and four assists between the five of them.

Goulet Earns Top 20 Finish at New England Tournament

June 24, 2014

North Country golfer Katie Goulet competed in the New England Girls Golf Championship at the Bretwood Golf Course in Keene NH on Monday. She scored an 84 for the day, going 39 and 45. She reported she had a number of birdie opportunities, but had to settle for pars. The second nine provided her with more sand shots than she wanted. Over 60 girls representing six New England states competed for the title, which was won with a score of 72. Katie’s score placed her in the top 20 players. Katie has had a great freshman year and looks forward to next season.

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