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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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“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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