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BASEBALLMVU 8, NCU 1NEWPORT–Missisquoi scored six runs in the first two innings and never looked back, defeating North Country on Thursday afternoon.Wyatt Prue took the loss for the Falcons, Nick Sicard had two hits and Chase LaCourse drove in the lone NCU run.Sophomore Bryce Carter got his first taste of pitching at the varsity level, working four innings of relief.On Friday, the Falcons fell again by the same 8-1 score, this time to South Burlington.That elusive first win of 2013 keeps running away from the Falcons, but they will take another crack at it on Thursday, hosting Milton at 4:30.Danville 3, LRU 0 (9)ORLEANS–Dustin Bathalon struck out 11 batters through 8 innings for the Rangers, but a 3 run top of the ninth sealed the deal for Danville, as they picked up the win in extra frames.The Rangers move to 4-2 with the loss, and will host BFA Fairfax on Tuesday.GOLFNEWPORT–The Falcons hosted their first match of the season on Thursday afternoon, but it was the Hilltoppers of St. Johnsbury coming away with the win with a team score of 322.MVU finished second, coming in to the clubhouse at 410.North Country will feature a small, young team this season, and on this day, the three golfers, sophomore Evan Clark and freshmen Isaiah Carbonneau and Eric Gavin, all came to play.Clark was tops for NCU with an 89, followed by Carbonneau with a 107, and Gavin a 121.St. J's Alex Rainville medaled with a 74.The boys return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Barre at host Spaulding's event.ST. JOHNSBURY–On Thursday the North Country Union High School girls golf team competed in their second tournament at the St. Johnsbury Country Club. The seven team event had junior Paige Gagnon and sophomore Tanika Demers representing NCUHS again. It was a special day for Tanika, getting her very first par. It occurred on the par 3, third hole. Using her seven iron, she hit 120 yards to the middle of the green. This was a challenging shot, downhill with water hazards on either side. She reported that the two putts were easy. Tanika shot a 67 for the day. Paige’s game had some great tee shots, but had several difficult holes when they drifted off the fairways. "This is Paige’s second season and she has improved immensely since last year, scoring 19 strokes better than last year on this course," said coach Brian Hampton.Next event is Wednesday at Vermont National in South Burlington. The 28th NCUHS Girls tournament is home on Monday May 13th starting at noon. Spectators are welcome.TRACKBurlington InvitationalBURLINGTON–North Country finished tied with Milton for 14th (29 pts.), while Essex won the meet with a combined team score of 248.The Falcons were led Cassidy Webster, who had NCU's only first place finish.Webster took home first in the shot put, and second in discuss.Jenna Moss had a third place finish in discuss.For the boys, Sam Brunnette was tops with a 6th place finish in the 1,500.Lake Region was also at the meet, and they came in just behind NCU, in 16th place with 23.5 points.Shaquille Urie's first in the triple jump was tops for the Rangers on Saturday. He also came in 6th in the long jump.Josh Thibault was 6th in the 300m Hurdles.Both teams will back at the track on Wednesday, with the Falcons hosting their second meet of the year Lake Region heading to BFA for a MVU hosted meet.Both meets start at 3:30.GIRLS TENNISHarwood 7, LRU 0WATERBURY- Lake Region was shut out by the Highlanders on Friday afternoon.The Lady Rangers will search for their first win of the year today, when they host Montpelier at 3:30.