In girls basketball: Yellow Jackets sting Rangers in home opener

copyright the Chronicle 12-18-2013

by Richard Creaser

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Lake Region’s Katie Menard (right) pours on the speed as she slips around Windsor Yellow Jacket Ashleay Wilcox in varsity basketball action on Monday night. Menard would contribute six points on the night. Photos by Richard Creaser

ORLEANS — In a battle of two fairly evenly matched teams, the visiting Windsor Yellow Jackets spoiled the Lake Region Rangers’ home opener with a 67-59 win.  Despite the loss and despite falling to 0-2 on the season, the time has not yet come to despair, Coach Joe Houston said.

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In boys hockey: NC Falcons win big in home opener

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North Country’s Ross DeLaBruere delivers a blistering shot during Friday night’s season opener at the Pat Burns Arena in Stanstead. Fellow Falcons Nathan Marsh (back left) and Tucker Corrow (back right) flank DeLaBruere on the play. DeLaBruere would record two goals on the night as the Falcons cruised to a 6-0 win over the visiting Greely High Rangers from Cumberland, Maine. Photo by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle 12-8-2013

STANSTEAD, Quebec — It’s been two years since the North Country Falcons last played in Stanstead, but the team picked up where they left off with a decisive 6-0 win over the visiting Greely High Rangers on Friday night.  The game marked the opening of the regular season and a special four-team CanAm series featuring the Falcons, the South Burlington Rebels, the Rangers from Greely High in Cumberland, Maine, and Alexander Galt Regional High from Lennoxville, Quebec, played at the Pat Burns Arena in Stanstead. Continue reading

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The Irockets: dedicated young swimmers aim for regionals

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Peter Gyurkovics demonstrates resolve and fine technique as he practices the butterfly stroke in preparation of a weekend of competition at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction. He is a member of the Irockets swim team, which had to start practicing at Lyndon State College when IROC closed. The ten-year-old finished first in several races. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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copyright the Chronicle 11-13-2013

LYNDONVILLE — A dedicated pod of young athletes were churning the waters of the pool at the Lyndon State College (LSC) Fitness Center Thursday evening.  It was dark and cold outside, but steamy inside where the 13-member Irockets team was focused in a training regime that requires swimming as much as two miles in an hour and a half session, according to Ted Chitambar, one of the team’s coaches.

The team got its start seven years ago at IROC, hence the Irockets name.  Swimmers decided to keep the name even after the Derby fitness center closed and its building was bought by Sticks and Stuff, a building supply company. Continue reading

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In girls volleyball: LR Rangers’ season ends on high note

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Ranger Gratia Rowell (center left) executes a perfect block against Randolph’s Kira Delhagen (left) during Monday’s varsity volleyball match at Lake Region. Backing up Rowell on the play are Rangers Silvia Pelella and Nora Muhonen (right). Photo by Richard Creaser

by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle 11-6-13

ORLEANS — The Lake Region Union High School Rangers varsity volleyball team concluded its season on a high note, edging the visiting Randolph Galloping Ghosts 3-1 on Monday afternoon.  The win, Lake Region’s first of the season, provided the team with just the confidence boost it needs heading into the championship tournament on Saturday, November 9, at Johnson State College.

Monday’s game was not part of either school’s regular season schedule, Randolph Coach Sue Nevins said.  But it was a golden opportunity for both teams to tune up for this coming weekend’s tournament.

“Lake Region came to us earlier this season, so we thought it would be nice to return the favor,” Coach Nevins said.  “Our AD found a way to make it happen so here we are.” Continue reading

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In field hockey playoffs: Raiders trump Falcons 2-1 in DIII semi finals

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North Country’s Brittany Royer (left) challenges Stowe Raider Ginger Turner for control during Wednesday’s DIII semi final at UVM’s Moulton-Winder Field. Photo by Richard Creaser

by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle 11-4-2013

“We stuck right through it and gave it all we got,” Falcon Alexis Bussiere said after the game.  “We never gave up.  That’s how we’ve played all year.”

The character displayed by the 2013 squad is what has impressed North Country Coach Chantelle Bouchard about her team.  While referring to a sporting team as a family is somewhat of a cliché, in this case, it is entirely appropriate, she said.

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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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