In boys basketball: Chargers regain winning ways against Websterville

copyright the Chronicle February 5, 2014

by Richard Creaser

In the battle of the freshmen, Craftsbury Charger Austin Masi (foreground) outpaces Websterville Warrior Wyatt Morrison during Monday's varsity match in Craftsbury.  In the background Chargers Issac Spaulding and Jon DeLaBruere (back right) hustle to support the attack.

In the battle of the freshmen, Craftsbury Charger Austin Masi (foreground) outpaces Websterville Warrior Wyatt Morrison during Monday’s varsity match in Craftsbury. In the background Chargers Issac Spaulding and Jon DeLaBruere (back right) hustle to support the attack.

CRAFTSBURY COMMON — The Craftsbury Academy Chargers boys basketball team (12-2) returned to form with a 56-33 win over the visiting Websterville Baptist Christian School Warriors (1-14) Monday night.  The boys had suffered a 68-35 loss to Rochester on Saturday.

The team struggled at times to find its rhythm, but that was due to trying new lines, Craftsbury Coach Derek Cipriano explained after the game.

“Overall, I think we did a good job of working the play and moving the ball,” the coach said.  “I was trying to get everyone into the game and that affected us offensively.  But I also have to give credit to Websterville for making us earn it tonight.”

Charger Issac Spaulding singled out Warrior Hayden McIntyre for his strong play under the net.  McIntyre was a highly visible presence under the basket, using his superior height and reach to break up plays and block shots.

“We don’t have that kind of size so we knew we couldn’t take him on head-on,” Spaulding said after the game.  “But we learned if we boxed him out and went around him we could usually find an opening and take the shot.”

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In girls basketball: Chargers defense stifles Warriors

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Craftsbury Charger Mackenzie Blaney (center) takes a shot against Websterville Warrior Abby Fifield (left) as fellow Charger Janet Bohannon looks on.  Photos by Richard Creaser

Craftsbury Charger Mackenzie Blaney (center) takes a shot against Websterville Warrior Abby Fifield (left) as fellow Charger Janet Bohannon looks on. Photos by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle February 5, 2014

by Richard Creaser

CRAFTSBURY COMMON — The Craftsbury Chargers girls varsity basketball team (13-1) executed a total lockdown defense on Monday night enroute to a 61-5 win over the visiting Websterville Baptist Christian School Warriors (3-11).  Craftsbury Coach Rick Thomas said that he has always focused on defense as part of his team’s strategy and that focus certainly showed on Monday night.

“In a 120-minute practice, we spend about 80 minutes on defensive drills,” Coach Thomas said.  “I’m not too worried about our offense.  We have such a great depth of offensive talent that I would rather focus more on what we need to do defensively to win games.”

A lack of bench depth certainly hampered the Warriors.  Of the nine players on the roster, only six suited up for Monday’s contest with a seventh attending though on crutches.

“I think that alone speaks to the great conditioning on that team,” Coach Thomas said of his opponents.  “With only one sub, they were still able to play through the whole game.”

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Sargent joins friends in Sochi for Olympics

Ida Sargent of Barton will ski in her first Winter Olympics next month.  Photo courtesy of Dave and Lindy Sargent

Ida Sargent of Barton will ski in her first Winter Olympics next month. Photo courtesy of Dave and Lindy Sargent

copyright the Chronicle January 29, 2014

by Natalie Hormilla

 

On the week of her twenty-sixth birthday, Ida Sargent of Barton got some very big news — that she had officially been named to the U.S. Olympic women’s cross-country ski team.

“I think when I found out I couldn’t stop smiling,” Ms. Sargent said in a telephone interview Friday from Toblach, Italy, where she will compete in two World Cup races this weekend. 

The weekend’s events are the last for Ms. Sargent before she heads to her first Olympic games, in Sochi, Russia.

“Then on Sunday, we’ll drive to Munich, then Monday we do all the processing — fill out the forms, get the visas figured out, and get our uniforms.  Then on Tuesday, we fly to Sochi.”

Even with the Olympics around the corner, Ms. Sargent is still focused on the tasks at hand.

“Right now, I’m still kind of focusing on these next World Cup races and trying to just take each moment in stride,” she said.

Her birthday plans included hard training sessions in the morning, followed by fun with a couple of friends who just happen to be in Italy, too.

“Hannah Dreissigacker and Susan Dunklee are training about 30 minutes from here, which is really unique, because we usually don’t cross paths,” she said.  “That’ll be a really special way to celebrate my birthday.”

Ms. Dunklee and Ms. Dreissigacker are newly named Olympians themselves, having been nominated to the U.S. women’s biathlon team.

The three women have known each other most of their lives, through skiing together at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, first as kids in the Bill Koch League, then as young women in the Craftsbury Green Racing Project.

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In girls basketball: Chargers reel off seventh straight win

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Craftsbury’s Janet Bohannon (right) tosses in the first basket of her 15-point night. Concord’s Baylee Olden (center) attempts to block as Craftsbury’s Meghan Brown positions herself beneath the net. Photo by Richard Creaser

by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle 1-21-2014

CRAFTSBURY COMMON —  The Craftsbury Academy Chargers (7-1) galloped off to an early lead en route to their seventh straight win of the season against the visiting Concord Wildcats (2-7) 57-34 on Tuesday night.  The Chargers have been unbeatable since a season opening loss to Division III Richford, and Coach Rick Thomas envisions great things for this year’s squad.

“This team has an amazing opportunity in front of them,” the coach said after the game.  “What they do with it is entirely up to them.”

The Chargers surrendered the first basket of the game to the Wildcats before reeling off 14 points of their own to take control of the game.  Big first half performances from Janet Bohannon and Meghan Pennock helped Craftsbury establish a dominant 22-6 lead after the first quarter of play.  That’s where things started to unravel. Continue reading

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In boys hockey: Rebels repel Falcon comeback bid

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North Country’s Ross DeLaBruere neatly side-steps South Burlington defender Adam Weinheimer during Wednesday night’s Metro division contest at the Jay Peak Ice Haus. DeLaBruere’s three-point night was eclipsed only by South Burlington’s Matt Baechle who recorded the hat trick and an assist in South Burlington’s 4-3 win. Falcon teammate Ryan Paul contributed two goals including a short-handed tally. Photo by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle 1-9-2014

by Richard Creaser

JAY — The South Burlington Rebels came out on top of a chippy match against the host North Country Falcons at the Ice Haus in Jay on Wednesday night, January 8, with a final score of 4-3.  Penalties played a key role in the South Burlington win with two of the four goals coming with the man advantage and a third on a penalty shot.

The Rebels’ lone non-special teams goal came at 3:09 of the first period when Matt Baechle buried Liam Nieber’s feed past Falcon goalie Dana Marsh to record his first goal of the night.  Baechle would go on to add two more goals including the penalty shot en route to a four-point performance for the South Burlington senior. Continue reading

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In girls basketball: Falcons defense key in win over Lyndon

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Falcon Mariah LaDeau (right) forces Lyndon Institute’s Samantha Smith to the outside during Saturday’s girls varsity match at North Country. Photo by Richard Creaser

by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle 1-7-2014

NEWPORT — The North Country Falcons picked up their second win of the season against the visiting Lyndon Institute Vikings on Saturday afternoon 41-29.  It also marks the team’s second win against rival LI this season as North Country improves to 2-3 on the year.  Coach Christiane Brown credits a strong defensive presence for Saturday’s win.

“Everyone contributed in some way or another,” Coach Brown said after the game.  “My stats calculator can keep track of a lot of things but the intensity and drive of my girls isn’t something that shows up in the stat sheet.  That’s what really made the difference today.” Continue reading

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In boys basketball: Rangers edge out Vikings to remain undefeated

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Three-pointers accounted for 21 of the Rangers 64 points in Thursday night’s win over the visiting Lyndon Institute Vikings. Here, Ranger Matt Messier (right) fires the first of his two field goals as the Vikings Mason Lantz (center) and Harwant Sethi Jr. look on. Photos by Richard Creaser

by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle 12-23-2013

ORLEANS — The crowd’s reaction to every point scored in Thursday night’s game belied the fact that it was only the second game of the season for both Lake Region and Lyndon Institute.  There was a tension in the air that spoke of an intense rivalry or a high stakes playoff showdown.  Both teams played like it might be their last game of the season.  That makes for great basketball.

It’s entirely possible that the tone of the evening was set when the home team Rangers junior varsity squad edged the JV Vikings by a single point.  It could also be that neither team was willing to go home without putting on the best possible show for their fans.  Anyone who sat in the bleachers at the Don Harter Memorial Gymnasium certainly saw proof of that as the Rangers went on to win 64-54 to improve to 2-0 on the season. Continue reading

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In girls hockey: Division champion Comets rough up Falcons

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Falcons Jenna Moss (center) and Taylor Morley (third from right) battle through a pack of Comets during Wednesday’s 8-2 loss at the Ice Haus in Jay. BFA St. Albans Comets Marriah Metz (left), Jade Remillard (second from right) and Maddy Dean move to intercept the Falcons. Photo by Richard Creaser

by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle 12-20-2013

JAY — It has been a rough introduction to the Metro Division for the North Country Falcons (3-2) girls hockey team.  Having clawed their way to a much-deserved title match last season, both the Falcons and their Lake Division rival and division champion Harwood Highlanders bumped up to the Metro Division this season.  Wednesday night’s game, December 18, at the Ice Haus in Jay, an 8-2 loss, marked the Falcons’ fifth game of the season and third against a Metro Division opponent — the reigning Metro Division champion BFA St. Albans Comets (4-1). Continue reading

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In Nordic skiing: Local racers hit the podium in season opener

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North Country Falcon Avery Ellis digs deep as she races ahead of U-32′s Orli Schwartz during Tuesday’s varsity meet at the Craftsbury Outdoor center. Ellis would power her way to a third place finish in the opening Nordic meet of the season. Photos by Richard Creaser

by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle 12-18-201

CRAFTSBURY COMMON — Craftsbury Charger Anders Hanson captured a second place finish, and North Country Falcon Avery Ellis took third in the opening meet of the 2013-2014 Nordic varsity ski season on Tuesday.  The meet, held at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, was jointly hosted by Craftsbury Academy and Peoples Academy in Morrisville. Continue reading

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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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