Rifle season for white-tailed deer opens November 16

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The weekend before rifle season is set aside for youth hunters. Noah Menard of Barton poses proudly with the spikehorn he shot Sunday, November 10, in Barton. He and his father, Nathan, stopped by the Chronicle for a photo before having the deer weighed, but his first buck, taken at a distance of 55 yards, was big enough to put a smile on the eight-year-old’s face. Photo by Joseph Gresser

by Paul Lefebvre

copyright the Chronicle 11-13-2013

Why do deer hunters enjoy less success in the Northeast Kingdom than they do elsewhere?

The 2013 deer rifle season opens Saturday, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife is projecting a harvest similar to 2012 when rifle hunters took 6,159 buck over the 16-day season.

Adam Murkowski, the department’s top deer biologist, said he expects that 16 percent of the state’s deer population will be harvested.  He estimated the herd’s present population at roughly 130,000, and noted that the harvest rate has been stable for the last few years. Continue reading


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

copyright the Chronicle 11-6-13

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


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

copyright the Chronicle 11-4-2013

“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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In boys soccer: Raptors spoil Rangers quest for DIII crown

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Lake Region keeper Danny Epinette (center) makes a brilliant leaping catch during Friday’s DIII quarterfinal showdown against the visiting Rivendell Academy Raptors. Surrounding him are fellow Rangers Josh Thibault (obscured left) and Dylan Lahar, Raptors Tim Stimson (23) and Kolin Huntington and Ranger Ian Strange. Photos by Richard Creaser

 by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle 10-28-2013

ORLEANS — It was a subdued group of Lake Region Rangers that walked off the field following Friday afternoon’s DIII quarterfinal match against the visiting Rivendell Academy Raptors.  The Raptors would come from behind to win 2-1.  It was the second early exit for a Lake Region squad that week and the sting was perhaps even more pronounced given the rough and tumble nature of the game.

Both teams displayed an aggression on the field that kept the officials busy.  Much to Lake Region’s chagrin, it also lead to a red card for Alex Beauregard and a yellow card for his Continue reading


In varsity field hockey: Falcons defeat Fair Haven, advance to semifinals

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North Country’s Bayla Stewart turns on the afterburners to evade Fair Haven’s Briley Blackbird during Saturday’s DIII quarterfinal match at North Country Union High. Falcon Brittany Fortier helped spur the Falcons comeback win while recording a goal and an assist in the 2-1 win. Photo by Richard Creaser

by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle 10-26-2013

NEWPORT — For the second time in as many years, the North Country Falcons field hockey team has earned a berth in the semifinals in Burlington.  The Falcons advanced to the semis with a come-from-behind win over the visiting Fair Haven Slaters on a cold and wet Saturday afternoon.

Deteriorating weather conditions could not deter the Falcons from overcoming a late first-half goal from Fair Haven Slater Anna-Michelle Fabian.  Fabian knocked in a cross from teammate Continue reading


In girls soccer: Tigers stun Rangers with 2-0 upset win

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Lake Region’s Megan Menard (center) finds herself surrounded by Middlebury jerseys during Wednesday’s DII playdown game at Lake Region. The type of smothering coverage Menard encountered on this play from Tigers Gabrielle Ingenthron (left), Katherine Holmes (right) and Claire Armstrong (background) symbolized the intensity of Middlebury’s play. Photo by Richard Creaser

by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle 10-25-2013

ORLEANS — Coming into Wednesday’s DII playdown game, October 23, Lake Region (12-2) and Middlebury (2-12) appeared to be at polar opposites of the spectrum.  The host Rangers averaged nearly three goals per game and had been shut out only once this season, and that by the DIII powerhouse Peoples Academy team.  The Tigers had struggled to find the back of the net all season, having been shut out ten times including nine straight games to finish off their season.

All of Middlebury’s games this season have been against DI or DII schools.  Lake Region played two DII schools this season in Lyndon Institute and Lamoille Union with its other 12 games coming against DIII and DIV opponents. Continue reading


In boys soccer: Beauregard leads Rangers to win over Oxbow

by Richard Creaser

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Alex Beauregard scored four goals in the Rangers’ defeat of Oxbow. Photo by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle 10-23-2013

ORLEANS — All season long, Lake Region Union High School’s Alex Beauregard has been the go-to guy for the Rangers.  On Tuesday afternoon, he reminded fans and teammates why as he exploded for four goals in a 4-0 win over the visiting Oxbow Olympians in DIII playdown action at Lake Region.

Beauregard credits his teammates for giving him the opportunities to score goals.  A deep lineup with many skilled playmakers enabled Beauregard to cut through the middle and convert.

“Every guy out there is as good as anybody else,” Beauregard said after Tuesday’s playdown game.  “We’ve got a really good midfield that can move the ball and get it across to me.  They work hard to get it out in front to me, and my job is to finish it.”

And finish it he did.  The Rangers had multiple opportunities in the first half, but the Olympians kept Beauregard and the Rangers firmly in check.

On the season, Oxbow and Danville held the distinction of being the only two teams to hand this Rangers squad a loss.  Having split the season series 1-1, neither side could afford to take a victory for granted.

“In my 32 years of coaching, this Oxbow team is probably one of the most improved teams I’ve seen in a single season,” Lake Region Coach Tom Evans said.  “They went from getting demolished at the start of the year to competing in every single game.  Hats off to Oxbow.”

Oxbow started the season slowly, losing their first five games while being outscored 22-5 in that time frame.  A 2-1 win over Lake Region snapped their losing streak and helped propel the Olympians to a 5-9 record by season’s end.

Through much of the game the Olympians displayed some of the skill and speed that helped them overcome their early season struggles.  Through the first 40 minutes of play, Oxbow battled Lake Region to a scoreless tie.

The pace of the game changed as the Rangers squad, which featured five JV call-ups, overcame their playoff jitters and focused on capturing and controlling the ball, Coach Evans said.  The opportunities that went just too wide in the first half suddenly achieved results.  Beauregard’s first goal on a pass from Bryant Prue with 27:51 to play in the second half broke open the floodgates and enabled the Rangers to play their kind of ball.

Beauregard would seal the victory four minutes later as he converted a pass from Josh Thibault to cement the Lake Region win.  The goals would keep coming courtesy of Dominick Turcotte, who launched perfect shots to Beauregard who converted both a header and a short hop into decisive tallies for the home squad.

Tuesday’s victory was just the first of many for Lake Region as they head deeper into the playoffs, Beauregard predicted.

“This team has what it takes to win it all,” he said.

The Rangers will return to action on Friday facing the winner of Leland & Gray or Rivendell.  The game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start at Lake Region.

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In junior football: Falcons head to semifinals with win over Barre

north country falconIn the first round of the Northern Vermont Youth Football League playoffs, the North Country Junior Falcons A team (seventh- and eighth-graders) faced the Barre Crimson Tide on Saturday.

The B team wrapped up its season last week with a jamboree in Essex.

The opening kick Saturday was received by the Falcons.  One minute and 20 seconds into the game Garrett Gile ran the ball 35 yards for the opening touchdown of the game.  Alex Haugwitz held the ball and crossed for the extra point.  Skylar Stone jumped on a loose ball, the fumble recovery setting the Falcons up for another scoring play, this time with Cole Azur crossing for the six and Gile catching for the plus two.

One of the smallest Falcons, Troy Sanville, put a smashing hit on the Barre running back, backing him up three yards.  Stone blew through the line making a big tackle in the backfield.  Azur scored two more touchdowns, with Haugwitz and Gile repeating what they had already done.  Stone again shot the gap, the tackle forcing Barre back another ten yards, setting up fourth and long.  Barre opted to kick it away.  Alex Fearino blocked the punt with the ball landing in Stone’s arms. Stone ran across, scoring another Falcon touchdown.

Play slowed down following halftime.  Gile scored on a 40-yard pass with Azur carrying the plus one. The game ended on a pick by Devon Chagnon.

The Falcons let the final 30 seconds of the clock run out.

The Junior Falcons will play at home again Saturday, October 26, in the semifinal game against either the Fairfax Patriots or the Rodliff Raiders.  — submitted by Eva Broome


In field hockey: Falcons and Hilltoppers battle to 1-1 tie

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Falcon Mara Spates (right) battles with St. Johnsbury’s Emily Reardon during Saturday’s varsity match at North Country. Photo by Richard Creaser

by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle 10-20-2013

NEWPORT — Saturday morning’s match between the North Country Falcons (7-3-3) and the visiting St. Johnsbury Academy Hilltoppers (2-9-2) was a fitting regular season finale for both squads.  While both sides flashed moments of offensive brilliance, the attack was outshone by the defensive prowess of the game’s two goalies — Falcon Myrriah Gonyaw and Hilltopper Grace Desrochers.

Falcons Coach Chantelle Bouchard was pleasantly surprised to learn that St. Johnsbury’s goaltender was a JV call-up, brought in to replace injured starter Bea Brody. Continue reading