How to play spring sports without spring

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Lake Region Union High School boys baseball coach Eric Degre steps outside to survey the baseball field Friday.  “There's two feet of snow on the ground now,” he said.  “And we're expecting more over the weekend.”  Though Mr. Degre has reason to feel blue — the pitcher's mound can be seen just above center frame — he intends to take his team to Florida for spring break.   Photos by David Dudley

Lake Region Union High School boys baseball coach Eric Degre steps outside to survey the baseball field Friday. “There’s two feet of snow on the ground now,” he said. “And we’re expecting more over the weekend.” Though Mr. Degre has reason to feel blue — the pitcher’s mound can be seen just above center frame — he intends to take his team to Florida for spring break. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle April 8, 2015 

by David Dudley

Each year around April 1, the weather plays its own April Fool’s prank on the Northeast Kingdom. For young athletes in the area, the first day that the temperature rises above 30 degrees engenders an irrepressible need to get outside and play.

That need is only magnified for high school athletes. The delays caused by weather such as this year’s, where winter shows every sign of hanging on, can mean less time for practice, and could give opponents in a less snowy clime a competitive edge.

Spring sports coaches have to be on top of their game to face this challenge. They have to figure out resourceful ways to practice outdoor sports while indoors.

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Lake Region Junior Hoops Championship: Irasburg and Orleans emerge as champs

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The Irasburg boys team is pictured.  In the front row, from left, are Donovan Barton, Cy Boomer, Logan Ingalls, Owen Brochu, Christian Poutre, and Landyn Leach.  In the back row:  Tyler Jewer, Josh Cole, Isaiah Brochu, Wyatt Gile, Ryan Moulton, and Tyler Goodridge.  At back center stands Coach Phil Brochu.  Photos by David Dudley

The Irasburg boys team is pictured. In the front row, from left, are Donovan Barton, Cy Boomer, Logan Ingalls, Owen Brochu, Christian Poutre, and Landyn Leach. In the back row: Tyler Jewer, Josh Cole, Isaiah Brochu, Wyatt Gile, Ryan Moulton, and Tyler Goodridge. At back center stands Coach Phil Brochu. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle March 18, 2015

by David Dudley

LRUHS — The Lake Region Junior Hoops season came to an end Saturday at Lake Region Union High School.  Irasburg defeated Glover 32-12 to win the boys division championship.  Orleans squeaked past Irasburg to pull off a thrilling overtime win to take the girls championship.

Before squaring off with Irasburg for the boys title, Glover had to first get past Barton, which had defeated Glover three times in the previous three meetings this season.

Despite the trend, Glover center Kaleb Thaler, who led all scorers with 18 points, felt confident going into the game.

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In Brownington: March Madness tourney raises over $2,000

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Troy's McKenna Marsh takes the ball to the hoop against St. Paul's in the girls division championship.  Photos by David Dudley

Troy’s McKenna Marsh takes the ball to the hoop against St. Paul’s in the girls division championship. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle March 11, 2015

by David Dudley

BROWNINGTON — The Brownington Parent Teacher Club raised more than $2,000 at the second annual March Madness Basketball Tournament at Brownington Central School (BCS) over the weekend.   Boys and girls from schools all around Orleans County took to the courts to show their skills. Of the teams that participated — Brownington, Brighton, Lowell, St. Paul’s, Orleans, NEK Hoops, and Troy — Troy took top honors in both boys and girls divisions.

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In girls basketball: Rangers shut down Yellow Jackets 45-34

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Tyrah Urie, who led all scorers with 25 points, gets out on the break.  “I've been focusing on finishing at the basket,” Urie said.  “So tonight I worked really hard on finishing.”  Photos by David Dudley

Tyrah Urie, who led all scorers with 25 points, gets out on the break. “I’ve been focusing on finishing at the basket,” Urie said. “So tonight I worked really hard on finishing.” Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle February 25, 2015

by David Dudley

Editor’s note: The following is an account of a game that took place Friday. The following Monday, the LR girls beat Lyndon Institute (LI) at a play-off game at the Barre Auditorium, to advance to the final four for division II girls basketball for the state of Vermont. The last time the LR girls were in a division II final was 1974. Monday’s game saw LI dominate, sometimes by as much as ten points, until the final 35 seconds of play, when the LR girls scored a quick eight points to win, 45-43. The LR girls will play again in Barre on Saturday, at 3:45 p.m., against whoever wins the other semi-final game Wednesday night, either Fair Haven or Mill River. “Both the kids and the fans last night were phenomenal,” said Coach Joe Houston.

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NEK Ice Fishing Derby draws 720 competitors

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Masyn Harvey of Orleans struggles to hold up this whopper.  He caught it in Lake Memphremagog on Saturday.  Photo by David Dudley

Masyn Harvey of Orleans struggles to hold up this whopper. He caught it in Lake Memphremagog on Saturday. Photo by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle February 18, 2015

by David Dudley

DERBY — Hundreds of enthusiastic ice fishermen braved the weekend’s bitter cold to participate in the eleventh annual Northeast Kingdom Ice Fishing Derby.   Sub-zero temperatures didn’t discourage people from setting their shanties up on lakes Willoughby, Memphremagog, Crystal, and Shadow, among others.

What compels people to go outside in such brutal conditions?

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In girls basketball: Falcons fall to Comets 50-40

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Comets guard Hannah Earl (left) and Falcons forward Morgan Greene (right) vie for a loose ball in the Falcons loss Thursday. Photos by David Dudley

Comets guard Hannah Earl (left) and Falcons forward Morgan Greene (right) vie for a loose ball in the Falcons loss Thursday. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle February 4, 2015

by David Dudley

NEWPORT — The North Country Union High School Falcons lost to the Bellows Free Academy St. Albans Comets Thursday, 50-40. Though the Falcons trailed the Comets for most of the game, they took a hard-nosed approach to the game that rattled the Comets early.

“Any time you come to Newport to play these scrappy girls, there’s always going to be a battle,” Comets Coach Richard Berthiaume said after the game. “Tonight was no different. Nothing was easy for us tonight. They fought us the whole way.”

Comets sophomore guard Hannah Earl, who led all scorers with 21 points, heated up early. She hit a wide open jumper from the left perimeter in the opening moments of the game.

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At the Newport Penguin Plunge: The brave leave luau for freezing waters

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Scott Whitehouse of Newport took the Penguin Plunge Sunday. Though he's new to the area, he raised $300 for Special Olympics Vermont.  Photos by David Dudley

Scott Whitehouse of Newport took the Penguin Plunge Sunday. Though he’s new to the area, he raised $300 for Special Olympics Vermont. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle February 4, 2015

by David Dudley

NEWPORT — Before the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge took the Internet by storm, there was the Penguin Plunge. Now in its thirteenth year, the Penguin Plunge drew participants from all over the Northeast Kingdom to raise money and awareness about the Special Olympics by taking a dip in the frigid waters of Lake Memphremagog.

Liza Reed, special events manager at Special Olympics Vermont, has organized the event for the past three years. At Sunday’s Plunge, she said they were hoping to match last year’s mark of $30,000.

“We have teams from all over the Northeast Kingdom,” Ms. Reed said. “We have 130 participants this year, so we’re confident that we will at least match last year’s number. That is, if we don’t surpass it.”

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In boys hockey: Falcons fall to Lakers

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The Falcons Henry Delabruere absorbs a hard check from Lakers defender Curtis Lehouiller Saturday night.  Photos by David Dudley

The Falcons Henry Delabruere absorbs a hard check from Lakers defender Curtis Lehouiller Saturday night. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle January 28, 2015

by David Dudley

JAY PEAK — The North Country Union High School Falcons fell to the Colchester Lakers Saturday, 6-1. Though the game began as a back and forth battle between two evenly matched teams, the Falcons faced an unfortunate stretch in the second period.

“Before the game, we talked about getting the puck deep and making smart plays,” Lakers Coach Greg Murray said. “We wanted to get an extra deek in. Get the puck in the zone, get shots to the net. Score ugly.”

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In boys basketball: Falcons defeat Thunderbirds

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Matthew Duncan soared over Thunderbird defenders to hit this sweet finger roll.  Duncan finished with 12 points on the night.  Photos by David Dudley

Matthew Duncan soared over Thunderbird defenders to hit this sweet finger roll. Duncan finished with 12 points on the night. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle January 21, 2015

by David Dudley

NEWPORT — The North Country Union High School Falcons defeated the Missisquoi Valley Union High School Thunderbirds 65-53 Friday. Led by senior guard Keenan Warner, who scored the game high of 15 points, the Falcons jumped on the Thunderbirds early on and never let up.

Falcons coach Ed Duncan was pleased with his team, who defeated the Thunderbirds by five points in their previous meeting.

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In Troy: 100 North, where the East meets Western comfort food

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Amy Wan (right) and chef Mike Wheeler go over the night's dinner menu at 100 North Restaurant Saturday.

Amy Wan (right) and chef Mike Wheeler go over the night’s dinner menu at 100 North Restaurant Saturday.

copyright the Chronicle January 21, 2015

by David Dudley

TROY — Amy Wan grew up in the restaurant business. Her parents, Emily and Kenny Wan, own and run Wok and Roll in Newport. So when Ms. Wan opened her own restaurant, 100 North in Troy on January 2, it would seem like a natural progression. But, Ms. Wan said, her venture began as more of a joke.

“My Dad bought the building at 100 Route 100 at auction,” Ms. Wan said. “He had this building, but he didn’t want to open another Chinese restaurant. We were talking, and I said I’ll take it! He asked if I was serious. That’s how it became mine.”

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