In boys soccer: Raptors spoil Rangers quest for DIII crown

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Lake Region keeper Danny Epinette (center) makes a brilliant leaping catch during Friday’s DIII quarterfinal showdown against the visiting Rivendell Academy Raptors. Surrounding him are fellow Rangers Josh Thibault (obscured left) and Dylan Lahar, Raptors Tim Stimson (23) and Kolin Huntington and Ranger Ian Strange. Photos by Richard Creaser

 by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle 10-28-2013

ORLEANS — It was a subdued group of Lake Region Rangers that walked off the field following Friday afternoon’s DIII quarterfinal match against the visiting Rivendell Academy Raptors.  The Raptors would come from behind to win 2-1.  It was the second early exit for a Lake Region squad that week and the sting was perhaps even more pronounced given the rough and tumble nature of the game.

Both teams displayed an aggression on the field that kept the officials busy.  Much to Lake Region’s chagrin, it also lead to a red card for Alex Beauregard and a yellow card for his Continue reading

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In varsity field hockey: Falcons defeat Fair Haven, advance to semifinals

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North Country’s Bayla Stewart turns on the afterburners to evade Fair Haven’s Briley Blackbird during Saturday’s DIII quarterfinal match at North Country Union High. Falcon Brittany Fortier helped spur the Falcons comeback win while recording a goal and an assist in the 2-1 win. Photo by Richard Creaser

by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle 10-26-2013

NEWPORT — For the second time in as many years, the North Country Falcons field hockey team has earned a berth in the semifinals in Burlington.  The Falcons advanced to the semis with a come-from-behind win over the visiting Fair Haven Slaters on a cold and wet Saturday afternoon.

Deteriorating weather conditions could not deter the Falcons from overcoming a late first-half goal from Fair Haven Slater Anna-Michelle Fabian.  Fabian knocked in a cross from teammate Continue reading

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In girls soccer: Tigers stun Rangers with 2-0 upset win

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Lake Region’s Megan Menard (center) finds herself surrounded by Middlebury jerseys during Wednesday’s DII playdown game at Lake Region. The type of smothering coverage Menard encountered on this play from Tigers Gabrielle Ingenthron (left), Katherine Holmes (right) and Claire Armstrong (background) symbolized the intensity of Middlebury’s play. Photo by Richard Creaser

by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle 10-25-2013

ORLEANS — Coming into Wednesday’s DII playdown game, October 23, Lake Region (12-2) and Middlebury (2-12) appeared to be at polar opposites of the spectrum.  The host Rangers averaged nearly three goals per game and had been shut out only once this season, and that by the DIII powerhouse Peoples Academy team.  The Tigers had struggled to find the back of the net all season, having been shut out ten times including nine straight games to finish off their season.

All of Middlebury’s games this season have been against DI or DII schools.  Lake Region played two DII schools this season in Lyndon Institute and Lamoille Union with its other 12 games coming against DIII and DIV opponents. Continue reading

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In boys soccer: Beauregard leads Rangers to win over Oxbow

by Richard Creaser

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Alex Beauregard scored four goals in the Rangers’ defeat of Oxbow. Photo by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle 10-23-2013

ORLEANS — All season long, Lake Region Union High School’s Alex Beauregard has been the go-to guy for the Rangers.  On Tuesday afternoon, he reminded fans and teammates why as he exploded for four goals in a 4-0 win over the visiting Oxbow Olympians in DIII playdown action at Lake Region.

Beauregard credits his teammates for giving him the opportunities to score goals.  A deep lineup with many skilled playmakers enabled Beauregard to cut through the middle and convert.

“Every guy out there is as good as anybody else,” Beauregard said after Tuesday’s playdown game.  “We’ve got a really good midfield that can move the ball and get it across to me.  They work hard to get it out in front to me, and my job is to finish it.”

And finish it he did.  The Rangers had multiple opportunities in the first half, but the Olympians kept Beauregard and the Rangers firmly in check.

On the season, Oxbow and Danville held the distinction of being the only two teams to hand this Rangers squad a loss.  Having split the season series 1-1, neither side could afford to take a victory for granted.

“In my 32 years of coaching, this Oxbow team is probably one of the most improved teams I’ve seen in a single season,” Lake Region Coach Tom Evans said.  “They went from getting demolished at the start of the year to competing in every single game.  Hats off to Oxbow.”

Oxbow started the season slowly, losing their first five games while being outscored 22-5 in that time frame.  A 2-1 win over Lake Region snapped their losing streak and helped propel the Olympians to a 5-9 record by season’s end.

Through much of the game the Olympians displayed some of the skill and speed that helped them overcome their early season struggles.  Through the first 40 minutes of play, Oxbow battled Lake Region to a scoreless tie.

The pace of the game changed as the Rangers squad, which featured five JV call-ups, overcame their playoff jitters and focused on capturing and controlling the ball, Coach Evans said.  The opportunities that went just too wide in the first half suddenly achieved results.  Beauregard’s first goal on a pass from Bryant Prue with 27:51 to play in the second half broke open the floodgates and enabled the Rangers to play their kind of ball.

Beauregard would seal the victory four minutes later as he converted a pass from Josh Thibault to cement the Lake Region win.  The goals would keep coming courtesy of Dominick Turcotte, who launched perfect shots to Beauregard who converted both a header and a short hop into decisive tallies for the home squad.

Tuesday’s victory was just the first of many for Lake Region as they head deeper into the playoffs, Beauregard predicted.

“This team has what it takes to win it all,” he said.

The Rangers will return to action on Friday facing the winner of Leland & Gray or Rivendell.  The game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start at Lake Region.

contact Richard Creaser at nek_scribbler@hotmail.com.  For more sports please see the sports category on this site or subscribe.

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In junior football: Falcons head to semifinals with win over Barre

north country falconIn the first round of the Northern Vermont Youth Football League playoffs, the North Country Junior Falcons A team (seventh- and eighth-graders) faced the Barre Crimson Tide on Saturday.

The B team wrapped up its season last week with a jamboree in Essex.

The opening kick Saturday was received by the Falcons.  One minute and 20 seconds into the game Garrett Gile ran the ball 35 yards for the opening touchdown of the game.  Alex Haugwitz held the ball and crossed for the extra point.  Skylar Stone jumped on a loose ball, the fumble recovery setting the Falcons up for another scoring play, this time with Cole Azur crossing for the six and Gile catching for the plus two.

One of the smallest Falcons, Troy Sanville, put a smashing hit on the Barre running back, backing him up three yards.  Stone blew through the line making a big tackle in the backfield.  Azur scored two more touchdowns, with Haugwitz and Gile repeating what they had already done.  Stone again shot the gap, the tackle forcing Barre back another ten yards, setting up fourth and long.  Barre opted to kick it away.  Alex Fearino blocked the punt with the ball landing in Stone’s arms. Stone ran across, scoring another Falcon touchdown.

Play slowed down following halftime.  Gile scored on a 40-yard pass with Azur carrying the plus one. The game ended on a pick by Devon Chagnon.

The Falcons let the final 30 seconds of the clock run out.

The Junior Falcons will play at home again Saturday, October 26, in the semifinal game against either the Fairfax Patriots or the Rodliff Raiders.  — submitted by Eva Broome

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In field hockey: Falcons and Hilltoppers battle to 1-1 tie

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Falcon Mara Spates (right) battles with St. Johnsbury’s Emily Reardon during Saturday’s varsity match at North Country. Photo by Richard Creaser

by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle 10-20-2013

NEWPORT — Saturday morning’s match between the North Country Falcons (7-3-3) and the visiting St. Johnsbury Academy Hilltoppers (2-9-2) was a fitting regular season finale for both squads.  While both sides flashed moments of offensive brilliance, the attack was outshone by the defensive prowess of the game’s two goalies — Falcon Myrriah Gonyaw and Hilltopper Grace Desrochers.

Falcons Coach Chantelle Bouchard was pleasantly surprised to learn that St. Johnsbury’s goaltender was a JV call-up, brought in to replace injured starter Bea Brody. Continue reading

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Dirty Water Brass Band rocks the Honk! Festival

The Dirty Water Brass Band rocks a crowd in Harvard Square with their rendition of the classic soul tune “Knock On Wood.”  Drummer Don Stevenson and sax player Mary Curtin are part-time West Glover residents.  Along with trombonists Todd Page and Tim Opperman, Sousaphone player Jim Overly, tenor players Jamie Pierce and Peter Goransson and trumpeter Gary Smiley, the band participated in this year’s Honk! Festival in Somerville and Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 12 and 13.  The annual brass band festival also included others with connections in Orleans County including the Bread and Puppet Circus Band and the Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society.  Video by Joseph Gresser

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In girls soccer: Rangers blank Rockets 2-0 in final home game

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Lake Region’s Lilly Perry (right) moves to intercept Richford Rocket Sadie Fuller during Tuesday’s girls varsity soccer action. Though the Rangers would go on to win 2-0, Lake Region Coach Brad Urie praised Richford Coach Paul Ladd for reinvigorating the Richford (6-7) soccer program. “He’s done some really great things with this team,” Coach Urie said. “I predict that they’re going to have a strong season next year.” Photo by Richard Creaser

by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle 10-15-2013

ORLEANS — Solid defense and timely scoring propelled the home team Rangers to a 2-0 win over the visiting Richford Rockets on Tuesday afternoon.  The win lifts the Lake Region squad to an impressive 11-2 on the season.  The success the Rangers have enjoyed this season is easily explained, Coach Brad Urie said.

“Leadership,” Coach Urie said as he spoke of his team’s five seniors.  “The attitude on this team has been great.  The effort has been great and the example has been great and it all starts with these young ladies here.”

The ability of his seniors to run traffic control during the game has Continue reading

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In junior football: Falcons finish regular season with two wins

The Barre Crimson Tide rolled into Newport Saturday to wrap up the regular season against the Junior Falcon Football team.  The B team took the field and received the opening kick.  Action was slow in the first half, with only a few noticable plays.  Kevin Langtagne layed his shoulder down and leveled a Barre offenseive player.  When Barre decided to go for it on fourth down, Kyle Martin decided to also, coming down with the interception.  Braxton “Freight Train” Azur bowled over a player, knocking him clear out of Continue reading

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