Lake Region’s ace pitcher commits to St. John’s University

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LRUHS pitcher Matt Messier, and his father, Principal Andre Messier, pause for this photo Thursday afternoon.  Photo by David Dudley

LRUHS pitcher Matt Messier, and his father, Principal Andre Messier, pause for this photo Thursday afternoon. Photo by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle November 19, 2014

by David Dudley

Lake Region Union High School (LRUHS) ace pitcher Matt Messier has signed a commitment to attend St. John’s University, in the autumn of 2015. Messier’s decision comes on the tail end of a summer traveling and playing with the New England Ruffnecks, a development program for players 13-18 years of age.

“The Ruffnecks give young players structure,” said Messier’s father, LRUHS Principal Andre Messier. “Matt had the opportunity to travel down to Georgia, Nashville, Missouri, and a bunch of other places. Places where he got to showcase his talents while preparing him to play at the college level.”

A scout from the Tampa Bay Rays spied the young right-hander in August, Andre Messier said.

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In boys cross-country: Three Falcons head to New England Interscholastic Championships

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From left:  Andrew Franklin, Sam Brunnette, and Alex Cotnoir train for their big race in Manchester, Connecticut.  They competed in the New England Interscholastic Championship Saturday.  Photos by David Dudley

From left: Andrew Franklin, Sam Brunnette, and Alex Cotnoir train for their big race in Manchester, Connecticut. They competed in the New England Interscholastic Championship Saturday. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle November 12, 2014

by David Dudley

Three young men from North Country Union High School’s cross-country team earned the chance to represent the Northeast Kingdom in Manchester, Connecticut, Saturday.

The three runners who competed in the New England Interscholastic Championship were: state champion Sam Brunnette, who took fortieth place at 16:34; Alex Cotnoir, who came in one hundred second, finishing in 17:14; and Andrew Franklin, who claimed one hundred eighty-eighth place, finishing in a respectable 17:53.

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Phil White nominated for WOWSA Man of the Year

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Phil White photographs swimmers at the 2012 Aquafest parade on Newport’s Main Street.   Photo by Joseph Gresser

Phil White photographs swimmers at the 2012 Aquafest parade on Newport’s Main Street. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle November 5, 2014

by Aaron Dentel-Post

Phil White, former IROC director who now runs Kingdom Games, is one of 12 people worldwide who have been nominated for the World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA) Man of the Year.

He’s among marathon swimming world champions with nicknames like “Ocean Walker” and the 73-year-old English Channel swimmer Otto Thaning, who is from South Africa.

Other nominees are from Great Britain, France, Estonia, Macedonia, and the Netherlands and have an impressive collection of accomplishments.

Mr. White has been nominated for outstanding organizer.

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In girls field hockey: Falcons clinch Division III state championship

The Division III State Champion Falcons.  In the top row, from left to right:  Steph Tarryk, Jess Buckles, Alexis Bussiere, Kate Patenaude, Hayley Young, Brittany Fortier, Mariah Gentley, Morgan Greene, Aimie Morse, and Coach Chantelle Bouchard.  In the bottom row are:  Phoenix Alix, Kendra Fecteau, Kaitlyn Young, Adrianna Fournier, Kortni Driver, Brittany Royer, Bayla Stewart, Brianne Tetreault, Bethany Desrochers, and, lying down, Bailee Desrochers.   Photo by Chantelle Bouchard

The Division III State Champion Falcons. In the top row, from left to right: Steph Tarryk, Jess Buckles, Alexis Bussiere, Kate Patenaude, Hayley Young, Brittany Fortier, Mariah Gentley, Morgan Greene, Aimie Morse, and Coach Chantelle Bouchard. In the bottom row are: Phoenix Alix, Kendra Fecteau, Kaitlyn Young, Adrianna Fournier, Kortni Driver, Brittany Royer, Bayla Stewart, Brianne Tetreault, Bethany Desrochers, and, lying down, Bailee Desrochers. Photo by Chantelle Bouchard

copyright the Chronicle November 5, 2014

by David Dudley

BURLINGTON — The North Country Union High School Falcons defeated the Stowe Raiders 1-0 to clinch the Division III state championship in Burlington Saturday.

Brittany Fortier scored the game-winning goal eight minutes into the second half to lift the Falcons to their first state title since 1980.

“From the first day of practice, our girls had it in their minds that they were going all the way this year,” Falcons Coach Chantelle Bouchard said in a phone interview. “I knew we had a shot because we had made it to the semifinals for two consecutive years, and we had ten seniors this year.”

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Conley is inducted into New England Pony Pullers Hall of Fame

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Doug Conley of Glover with Dan and King, his winning free-for-all team.  Mr. Conley was recently inducted into the New England Pony Pullers Hall of Fame.   Photo by Tena Starr

Doug Conley of Glover with Dan and King, his winning free-for-all team. Mr. Conley was recently inducted into the New England Pony Pullers Hall of Fame. Photo by Tena Starr

copyright the Chronicle October 29, 2014

by Tena Starr

GLOVER — Doug Conley was at home in Glover, laid up with a bad back, when he got a call from his friend Jake Randall, who was at what’s called the world championships for pony pulling.

Mr. Randall said: “You’ve just been inducted into the New England Pony Pullers Hall of Fame.”

“I thought he was lying,” Mr. Conley said.

He wasn’t. Both Mr. Randall and Mr. Conley’s wife, Judy, knew he was about to be inducted and had hoped to get him down to Massachusetts for the ceremony.

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In cross-country: Sam Brunnette wins Division I state championship

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Sam Brunnette approaches the finish line in Thetford, where he won the Vermont state cross-country championship Saturday.  Photo by Christina Cotnoir

Sam Brunnette approaches the finish line in Thetford, where he won the Vermont state cross-country championship Saturday. Photo by Christina Cotnoir

copyright the Chronicle October 29, 2014

by David Dudley

THETFORD — The North Country Union High School (NCUHS) Falcons had a strong outing at the Division I state cross-country championship in Thetford Saturday. Senior Sam Brunnette led the pack, finishing the 5-kilometer course in 17:06 to become state champ.

According to Falcons Coach Chris Shaffer, Brunnette is the second Falcon to claim that spot. Daniel Webster, who won back-to-back championships in 2003 and 2004, was the first.

“I knew I had a shot,” Brunnette said during a phone interview Tuesday. “I kept telling myself, if I can keep a fast pace, I’ve got a shot.”

Judging by his time, he maintained a fast pace all the way through.

“Right off the line I tried to stay in front,” Brunnette said. “For the first mile, I could hear the pack behind me. Then I pulled away. I never looked back.”

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In boys soccer: Ninth seed Hazen upsets top seeded Lake Region in overtime

Austin Roberge looks on as Zach Royer pushes the ball up and across the field in the Rangers loss to the Wildcats, Friday.  Photos by David Dudley

Austin Roberge looks on as Zach Royer pushes the ball up and across the field in the Rangers loss to the Wildcats, Friday. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle October 29, 2014

by David Dudley

The Hazen Union High Wildcats ended the Lake Region Rangers season Friday with a 2-1 victory in overtime. Forward Jake Gilcris scored both goals for the Wildcats, to give them the edge they needed in a messy but exciting game.

As with the Rangers’ last home game, where they defeated the Oxbow Olympians, the field was slippery, muddy, and pockmarked by cleats. To make matters more challenging, it was cold, windy, and a mist engulfed the field for most of the first half of the game. Still, fans were lined up on the hill, stretching the length of the field, finding shelter under canvas canopies and umbrellas.

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In boys soccer: Rangers shut out Olympians 5-0, advance in playoffs

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Olympian Carter Goodell (center) goes all out chasing the ball in the Olympians' loss to the Rangers  Tuesday.  Bryant Prue is hot on Goodell's heels.  Photos by David Dudley

Olympian Carter Goodell (center) goes all out chasing the ball in the Olympians’ loss to the Rangers Tuesday. Bryant Prue is hot on Goodell’s heels. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle October 22, 2014

by David Dudley

The Lake Region Rangers were in full force against the visiting Oxbow Olympians Tuesday afternoon. The pitch was sloppy after soaking up two days’ worth of a steady drizzle, which still persisted at kickoff. But that didn’t stop the Rangers from going hard for their first post-season victory, defeating the Olympians 5-0.

Riley Urie, who would go on to kick for a hat trick, scored the Rangers first goal 44 seconds into the game. And from there they never looked back.

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In girls soccer: Falcons blank visiting Rebels 1-0

Dasha Plotnikov (left) and Mykayla Tanguay lock arms to defend against a throw-in.  Photos by David Dudley

Dasha Plotnikov (left) and Mykayla Tanguay lock arms to defend against a throw-in. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle October 22, 2014

by David Dudley

NEWPORT — The South Burlington High School Rebels traveled to Newport to play the North Country Union High School Falcons Friday. A single goal determined the winner of this hard-fought match, as the Falcons pulled off an impressive 1-0 win on their home pitch.

Dehlia Wright scored the game’s only goal with 13:54 left in the first half, leaving the burden to score on the Rebels for the remainder of the game.

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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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