Thursday February 23, 2017
The South Burlington boys basketball team battled the top two teams in Division 1 last week. After holding leads in the second half of each game, the Rebels weren’t able to pull it out in the end and went 0-2 for the week. February 16, CVU and South Burlington battled in a tight first-half with CVU holding on to a 19-17 lead at the break. A third quarter run propelled the Redhawks to a 41-31 victory. Hakeem Fuad led all scorers with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Ethan Klesch added six.
On Saturday morning February 18, the Rebels traveled to Burlington High School for a contest without their two starting sophomores. Klesch hit five three-pointers in a tremendous first quarter effort and had 18 of the Rebels 21 points. The team finished the first quarter with a 21-6 lead, but couldn’t hang on as Burlington managed their way back into the game and took the lead in the third quarter. The Rebels started the fourth quarter on a roll and took the lead with five minutes to go, but Burlington finished on an 11-0 run to win 49-39. Burlington’s 15 offensive rebounds turned out to be the difference in the game as the Seahorses converted these rebounds into 19 second chance points. Ethan Klesch led all scorers in the game with 22 points, Ben Moran added 13, and with Harrison Gregoire, were the only three players to score in the game. Their next game is on Friday at home against North Country. This is the senior night game in which the team will celebrate its only senior, Harrison Gregoire. All fans are encouraged to come wearing white.
Coach Bayer-Pacht is ready for the team to hit its stride as it heads to playoffs. “I am excited to have everyone at full strength and healthy going into the final two games and playoffs. While this team has had a tough stretch, I know we can beat anyone in the state, and absolutely believe we are poised for a playoff run to Patrick,” he said.
Friday, February 15, South Burlington faced off against CVU/MMU at Cairns. The Rebels controlled the first period of play but couldn’t find the back of the net. Down 2-0 after the second, Julia Finnegan scored (assisted by Kate Hall and Elise Norotsky) early in the third period, but the final score was 5-1 in favor of CVU/MMU. Josie Toof also played an excellent game and Lyssa Tan had 32 saves in the game.
On Saturday, February 18, the Rebels played their best game all season in a 5-1 loss against Burlington/Colchester. Kate Hall scored early in the third period after putting home her own rebound. The Rebels looked like the better team at times, controlling the tempo of the game and winning 50/50 battles, but Burlington/Colchester was able to find the back of the net. Sophomore Goalie Tess Hanbridge had 29 saves while Sarah O’Rourke and Emma Havers were standout players for the Rebels. Their next game is against Essex on February 25.
The Rebel dance team took the title in the POM division and earned second place in Jazz at the state championship on February 18 in Vergennes. This is Coach Ali Gingras’ first title as a varsity head coach. The team is headed to the New England Interscholastic Dance Championships on March 4th in Enfield, CT.
On Valentines day, the Rebels defeated Burlington 42-34 at home. Grace Hoehl led South Burlington with 17 points and was 5/6 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Emma MacDonough added eight points and seven rebounds in the win. The victory ended a four game skid for the Rebels.
Three days later, the Rebels pulled out an overtime victory against Spaulding. Hoehl once again led the way with a double double (19 points,10 rebounds and four steals). MacDonough also had a great game, scoring 11 with five rebounds and two steals. Coach Sawyer was been very impressed with his team’s performance, especially at the end of the game. “I am so proud of how we battled and handled ourselves in the fourth quarter and overtime. We showed a lot of maturity and mental toughness at the end of that game. I am really proud of how much we have grown up this year. It is going to be an exciting finish to the regular season,” he said. Their next game is the senior game against Rice on Thursday.
The Rebel boys hockey team went 1-1 last week. On Wednesday, February 15, the Rebels defeated Colchester 1-0 at Cairns. Dylan Rochford’s third period goal was the game winner and Zach Munson had 12 saves in the shutout win. Three days later, the Rebels lost to CVU 4-1 in the CSB Cup rivalry showdown. The loss ties up the overall series record at 8-all. Michael Flaherty’s third period goal cut a 2-0 deficit in half, but CVU closed out the game with two goals in the final minutes. Munson had 28 saves for South Burlington, who finished the week at 10-5-2. Their next game is on February 25 against Spaulding.
The state championships were held at Essex High School on Saturday, February 18. South Burlington finished in third place, behind Essex and CVU. The Rebels had a score of 131.9, 13 points behind champion Essex. The top Rebel finishers were:
All-Around: 3. Diana Gregoire, 35.7. Vault: 1. Gregoire, 8.85; 3. Posie Nash-Gibney, 8.7. Bars: 7. Gregoire, 8.35. Beam: 1. Gregoire, 9.5. Floor: 1. 5. Nash-Gibney, 9.1; 8. Gregoire, 9.0
Wednesday, February 15, the Rebel alpine ski team participated in a giant slalom event at Cochran’s Ski Area. South Burlington placed second out of seven teams. Annika Nielsen placed second, Ava Hultgren placed fourth, and Madi Grabowski placed seventh in the girls event. On the boys side, Cam Chiari placed sixth, and Oliver Kowalewitz placed seventh.
SOURCE: Drew Gordon, Correspondent