Lady Catamounts teach basketball fundamentals to local youth

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Erica Thaler of Glover learns to play the post from University of Vermont center Gracia Hutson.

Erica Thaler of Glover learns to play the post from University of Vermont center Gracia Hutson.  Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle October 15, 2014

by David Dudley

The University of Vermont’s (UVM) Lady Catamounts visited Lake Region Union High School Saturday to give a clinic on basketball fundamentals for children aged seven to 12.

When the Lady Catamounts arrived at the gym, there was already a handful of young players waiting. The clinic was taught by Kylie Atwood of Albany, Rachel Merrill, Gracia Hutson, Kylie Butler, Kristina White, and Assistant Coach Shannon Gholar.

While the Lady Catamounts come from far-flung places — New York, Arizona, Minnesota — it was a homecoming for Kylie Atwood, who graduated from Lake Region in 2012.

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Lake Region hosts cross-country relays

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Andrew Grittner of North Country Union high School waits for his second wind to kick in as he winds his way toward the final leg of Lake Region's cross-country trail. Photos by David Dudley

Andrew Grittner of North Country Union high School waits for his second wind to kick in as he winds his way toward the final leg of Lake Region’s cross-country trail.
Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle October 15, 2014

by David Dudley

Lake Region Union High School hosted a six-team relay race on Tuesday.  Among the teams competing were:  North Country Union High School, Lyndon, Peoples, Hazen, Stowe, and Lake Region (LR).

It was a beautiful day, warm, sunny, 70 degrees, and not a cloud in the sky. The first part of Lake Region’s course is riddled with hills, leading into the woods behind the school. The latter part of the trail is all downhill, though, which tends to bring out the best in these runners. Especially when they don’t have to worry about puddles and loose soil.

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In boys soccer: Undefeated Rangers lose battle with Bullets

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Ian Strange looks on as Riley Urie (left) and Jacob Sweet (right) take to the air to battle for the ball in Friday's rough-and-tumble game between the Rangers and Bullets.  Photos by David Dudley

Ian Strange looks on as Riley Urie (left) and Jacob Sweet (right) take to the air to battle for the ball in Friday’s rough-and-tumble game between the Rangers and Bullets. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle October 1, 2014

by David Dudley

The Lake Region Union High School Rangers lost a hard fought battle with the Bellows Free Academy Fairfax (BFA) Bullets, 3-1, Friday afternoon. The Rangers — who came into the game at the top of their division and undefeated — knew they had their work cut out for them.

The game began on a high note, with both teams playing aggressively from the jump. The competition was heated, and the game play physical. The sight of bodies colliding, falling, and lying prone upon the pitch became a familiar one as the game progressed. These two evenly matched teams were vying hard for the upper hand, but the Bullets out-hustled the Rangers in the end.

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Jordyn Cowles breaks Lake Region soccer shutout record

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Jordyn Cowles.  Photo by Kimberly Messier

Jordyn Cowles. Photo by Kimberly Messier

copyright the Chronicle September 24, 2014

by Paul Lefebvre

Lake Region Union High School soccer goalie Jordyn Cowles is flying high after establishing a new record for keeping other teams scoreless.

On Friday the senior goal minder snared her eighteenth shutout, breaking the old record of 17.

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In boys soccer: Rangers best Vikings in hard-fought game

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Rangers freshman Rian Hayman-Jones looks for an angle against Vikings defender Kyle Morin during Friday's soccer game.  Photos by David Dudley

Rangers freshman Rian Hayman-Jones looks for an angle against Vikings defender Kyle Morin during Friday’s soccer game. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle September 17, 2014 

by David Dudley

LYNDON — The Lake Region Rangers traveled south Friday to face the Vikings of Lyndon Institute.

It was roughly 48 degrees at game time, but the competition between these two teams was hot.  According to Rangers Coach Tom Evans, the two teams were equally matched.

After a scoreless first half, Fernando Tejero set up Alvaro Cortadellas to give the Vikings a 1-0 lead.

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Coach Tom Evans talks soccer, math, family, and how he became a lucky man

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Coach Tom Evans watches as his players run drills at practice Monday afternoon.  Now in his thirty-third year coaching boys soccer at Lake Region, he says “I've coached 33 teams, but it's really all one big family.”   Photo by David Dudley

Coach Tom Evans watches as his players run drills at practice Monday afternoon. Now in his thirty-third year coaching boys soccer at Lake Region, he says “I’ve coached 33 teams, but it’s really all one big family.” Photo by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle September 17, 2014

by David Dudley

NEWPORT — “I tell this story to my players all the time,” Lake Region Union High School soccer Coach Tom Evans said, as he settled into a cream-colored leather chair.  “But, mind you, it’s not really about me. Capiche?”

Though Mr. Evans has achieved a certain degree of success in his 33 years of coaching soccer at Lake Region, he doesn’t view his achievements as his own.  He doesn’t much care for the glare of a spotlight in his face. He’d prefer that the light shine on someone else.

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In girls soccer: Rangers rout Enosburg in season opener

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Rangers junior Karamae Hayman-Jones prepares to send the ball deep into Hornets territory in Friday's win. Apart from playing air-tight defense, Hayman-Jones pitched in with an assist in the Rangers’ impressive season opener.  Photo by David Dudley

Rangers junior Karamae Hayman-Jones prepares to send the ball deep into Hornets territory in Friday’s win. Apart from playing air-tight defense, Hayman-Jones pitched in with an assist in the Rangers’ impressive season opener. Photo by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle September 10, 2014

by David Dudley

Tyrah Urie scored three goals to lead the Lake Region Rangers to an impressive 7-0 victory against the Enosburg Falls Hornets Friday.

The heat and the humidity didn’t slow the Rangers a bit. Through the first ten minutes of play, they played sticky defense, consistently pressuring the Hornets.

Rangers Coach Brad Urie was pleased with his squad, who held the Hornets to only four attempts on goal throughout the entire game.

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In boys baseball: LR Ranger Messier delivers perfect game

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Matt Messier delivered a perfect game victory to the host Lake Region Rangers on Wednesday.  Messier would strike out the side three times among his 12 total Ks on the day as the Rangers went on to win 4-0 and improve to 8-5 in boys DII play.  Photo by Richard Creaser

Matt Messier delivered a perfect game victory to the host Lake Region Rangers on Wednesday. Messier would strike out the side three times among his 12 total Ks on the day as the Rangers went on to win 4-0 and improve to 8-5 in boys DII play. Photo by Richard Creaser

by Richard Creaser

ORLEANS — Lake Region’s Matt Messier performed a rare feat on Wednesday afternoon, retiring all 21 Peoples Academy Wolves in order, including 12 strikeouts.  His perfect game came with more than a little help from his teammates.

“I’ve been around baseball for 28 years, and I’ve never been part of a perfect game,” Lake Region Coach Eric Degre said after the game.  “It’s just incredible to be around this…this aura.”

While credit goes to the pitcher, without the help of his teammates, that perfect game would not have resulted in a win for the Rangers.  Clutch hitting and spectacular fielding all contributed to the historic moment, Coach Degre said.

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In girls softball: Rangers run wild in win over Winooski

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Michelle Thibeault pitched a complete game gem as the host Lake Region Rangers downed the Winooski Spartans 13-3 on Tuesday afternoon.  Thibeault didn't allow a single base runner through the first three innings while notching seven strikeouts in the game.  Kalah Poginy mans centerfield in the background. Photo by Richard Creaser

Michelle Thibeault pitched a complete game gem as the host Lake Region Rangers downed the Winooski Spartans 13-3 on Tuesday afternoon. Thibeault didn’t allow a single base runner through the first three innings while notching seven strikeouts in the game. Kalah Poginy mans centerfield in the background.
Photo by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle May 7, 2014

by Richard Creaser

ORLEANS — An aggressive running game, a sterling effort by pitcher Michelle Thibeault, and big innings with two-out rallies helped the Lake Region Rangers defeat the visiting Winooski Spartans on Tuesday afternoon. With the win the Rangers improved to 2-3 in Division II play after opening the season on a three-game losing skid.

The Rangers would strike first in the home-half of the first inning. Megan Menard started off the scoring with a single and stolen base before Alyssa Royer plated her. A pair of steals and a passed ball later, Royer would also come around to score giving the Rangers a 2-0 lead.

“The running game is a big part of our game,” Royer said after the game. “When we can move up the bases like that it puts us in a position to score when we get hits.” Continue reading

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War on Poverty: Fifty years later schools are the battleground

Lisa Grout is a social studies teacher at North Country Union High School in Newport.  She has a perspective on both poverty and how poverty affects student outcomes.  Photo by Richard Creaser

Lisa Grout is a social studies teacher at North Country Union High School in Newport. She has a perspective on both poverty and how poverty affects student outcomes. Photo by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle January 22, 2014

Editor’s note:  The following story is the first in a two-part series on the link between poverty and success in school.

by Richard Creaser

On January 8, 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson declared in his State of the Union Address an “all-out war on human poverty and unemployment in these United States.”

Fifty years later, the war rages on with the nation’s public schools as the battleground in this epic struggle.

“As a history teacher, I just can’t help but see that this isn’t anything new,” said Lisa Grout, a social studies teacher at North Country Union High School.  “At times, it has been described as a racial divide, but really it’s something else — it isn’t a war on poverty, it’s a war on the poor.  We need to rid ourselves of this myth that anyone can do whatever they want to do if they really want it.  Our system just isn’t balanced evenly that way.”

In fact, the system appears to be heavily weighted against students from poor families.

A direct link between low household income and student achievement is known in the educational system as the achievement gap.  The evidence is most readily appreciated by examining student performance on the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) scores as tabulated by the Vermont Agency of Education.  Agency data for the reporting period of 2011-2012 for North Country is especially telling, although it’s important to consider that NECAP tests are only administered to juniors at the high school level.

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