Thursday February 02, 2017
The Rebels girls basketball team picked up two road wins last week, adding to their strong start to the season. On Monday, January 23, Emma MacDonough paced the visiting Rebels to a 49-35 win over Burlington with 12 points. Liz Sargent and Grace Vincent also contributed, with seven points each. Three days later, South Burlington dispatched Spaulding in similar fashion as MacDonough led all scorers with 14 points en route to a 38-26 win.
The Rebels boys basketball team is going through a bit of a slump in the middle part of the season. After starting the season red-hot, the Rebels are finding it difficult to pull out victories against tough division one opponents. Last week, they came up just short in two contests. On Wednesday, January 25, the visiting Rebels fought hard and were led by Harrison Gregoire (14 points) and Hakeem Fuad (13 points) but fell short to St. Johnsbury, 54-48.
On Friday, January 27, the Rebels lost another nail biter, this time to Colchester, 42-39. A Colchester shooter hit a three at the buzzer to break the 39-39 tie and end the game before overtime. Fuad scored 11 and Gregoire and Ben Moran had seven in the loss.
Several SBHS students competed in slalom races at Cochrans on Monday, January 23. Cam Ciari came in third for the boys with a time of 1:27.79 and Annika Nielsen and Ava Hultgren came in first and fourth in the girls divisions with times of 1:27.32 and 1:30.47.
The Rebels boys hockey team picked up two well-earned wins last week. On Wednesday, January 25, the Rebels hosted Middlebury and relied on Michael Flaherty’s third period goal to clinch a 2-1 win. Josh Phillips scored the first Rebel goal in the second period and was assisted by John Thibeault. Zach Munson played a great game in net, stopping 18 Middlebury shots.
On Saturday evening, South Burlington played on their home ice as the visiting team against Rice. The Rebels built up a second period lead to 3-1 and cruised from there as the game finished with a 3-2 score. Phillips picked up a goal and an assist as Dylan Rochford and Flaherty also had goals for South Burlington. They finished the week with an 8-3-1 record.
According to Coach Tinti, the Rebels girls hockey team is having a tough season, but fortunately it’s not due to lack of effort. “We are having trouble finding the back of the net even though we are playing hard. The team is resilient and has a lot of heart so we feel optimistic that we will find the back of the net soon,” she said. Last week they had two tough losses to perennial championship contenders Essex and BFA St. Albans. On Wednesday, January 25, Lyssa Tan had 29 saves but the Rebels were defeated 4-0 by the Hornets. Three days later, the Comets defeated South Burlington 6-0, but Tess Hanbridge turned away 37 shots.
On January 28, the Rebels traveled to St. Johnsbury. South Burlington lost the meet but scored 65.85 points.
Vault: 3. Diana Gregoire, SB 8.65. Bars: 2. Diana Gregoire, SB 8.0; Beam: Diana Gregoire, SB 8.9 Floor: 2. Diana Gregoire, SB 8.7. All-around: 2. Diana Gregoire, SB 34.25;
Saturday, January 29, South Burlington’s dance team hosted the Winter Heat meet with several Vermont teams attending. SBHS Seniors Laura Dattilio, Lindsay Dattilio, Sadie Jones, Mara Senegal-Albrecht and Haeli Warren performed at their last home competition. To celebrate their four years on the team, they sang a beautiful acapella rendition of the national anthem to kick off the event. When the event was all over, the Rebels won first place in Pom and JV overall.
SOURCE: Drew Gordon, Correspondent