South Burlington fnishes strong in Gymnastics State Championship. Photos: Paul Lamontagne, www.vtsportsimages.com


Feb. 26: Rebel Recap

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Thursday February 26, 2015

Girls Hockey

The South Burlington girls wrapped up their regular season this past week, falling in a 4-2 loss to Burr & Burton. The Rebels jumped out to an early two goal lead, but struggled to contain the Bulldogs as Burr & Burton came roaring back in the final two periods, capping off the victory with a game-clinching empty net goal against the Rebels. Sarah Fisher scored one of the goals in the contest, while teammate Hannah Fisher netted her first career goal to round out South Burlington’s scoring. The loss puts South Burlington at a 7-13 record for the season, placing them in the #8 seed of the playoffs and positioning the team for a first-round road playoff game against #1 seed Essex. “We’ve had two close games against EHS this season, so we feel pretty good about that matchup.” said South Burlington head coach Jake Orr. “Our challenge will be to shut down their top scorer Kathleen Young, and get some pucks by their goalie, last year’s Miss Hockey Victoria Gibson. I have been extremely proud of how our team has stuck together and kept working hard all season, despite not winding up with a great record. However, we’re ready to make some noise in the playoffs!” The Rebels will look to pump up the volume Wednesday 2/25 (after press time), when they hit the road for their quarterfinal matchup against the Hornets.

Girls Basketball

The South Burlington girls rollercoaster season came to an end this past week. After defeating Colchester 47-31 in last Tuesday’s play-downs, the Rebels traveled to Essex and fell to the Hornets in Friday’s quarterfinal matchup, 39-29. Essex took an early lead in the contest, leading 8-2 after the first quarter. The Rebels battled back in the second period, to cut the deficit to 14-8 at the half. The Hornets continued to outscore the Rebels in the third quarter, but South Burlington mounted a furious comeback in the fourth, nearly upsetting the favored Essex team. Sarah Fisher attacked the rim aggressively in the final frame, adding twelve points in quarter to lift her team. However, the Hornets showed that they could be clutch under pressure as well, going 5-8 at the free throw line in the period to seal the victory

While the playoff loss deals a crushing blow to the Rebels, it should be noted that it’s the team’s first loss of 2015- you have to go all the way back in South Burlington’s record to 12/30 of last year, when the team fell to Mount Abraham on the road. Even more dramatically, the Rebels were on their way out of being competitive in the Metro League, with a precarious 2-6 record at that point in the season. However, the Rebels refused to give up and the team reeled off an incredible thirteen game winning-streak that hallmarked South Burlington’s tenacity and work ethic, as well as the unflappable coaching prowess of veteran head coach Sheila Burleigh. Despite failing to advance in the playoffs, the Rebels showed that they have all the makings of a championship program, and this can only serve to fuel their drive to come back as a stronger unit next season. “We were a young team this season, with four freshmen on the roster who matured greatly and showed that they could compete at the varsity level” said Burleigh. Although Burleigh will lose tri-captains Fisher, Brooke Lefebvre, and Kayla Gilding to graduation, she is optimistic about what she’s seen this season from the team’s rising players. Burleigh expects big things from the Rebels who will return to the team older and wiser next season, including Grace Hoehl, (who hit a game high 17 points in a recent game against BFA), and Emma MacDonough, (who had 9 points in her first varsity game against Spaulding and was picked as player of the game by a local Barre radio station). Other Rebels Burleigh expects to have a big impact next season include Willow Yager, Joan Vera, Allie Bosley, Liz Sargent, Alex Rosenberger, and Shanise Chase. “The offseason will be huge for them,” Burleigh concludes “They are veterans now, no longer rookies.”

Boys Hockey

South Burlington bounced back from a shut-out loss against Spaulding by shutting down BFA last Wednesday to the tune of a 2-1 victory. With the victory, the Rebels advance in the playoff hunt, and have now laid claim to the home ice of Cairns Arena when they host Rutland on Wednesday, 2/25, after press time. With the win, South Burlington improves to 13-5-2 on the season.

Boys Basketball

The Rebels backed into the playoffs last Friday night, falling in their final game of the season in a 66-54 home loss to North Country. The loss ends South Burlington’s regular season with a 3-17 record, placing them in the #8 seed for their playoff run. South Burlington will have to hit the road for Wednesday’s play-down matchup (after press time), facing stiff competition in the form of #1 seed Rice.

Gymnastics

The Rebels delivered a championship-caliber performance at Saturday’s State Championship meet and came up just short, finishing second behind host school Essex. Posie Nash-Gibney led her team with a fifth place overall finish, wrapping up her performance with an overall score of 34.85. Her best performance of the day came on her floor routine, where the sophomore wrapped up third place finish and a 9.25 score. While the Rebels delivered their best on the afternoon, there was no slowing down Essex. The Hornets finished 1-4 in all around scoring, with Essex’ Kylie Svarczkopf taking top scores in vault, bars, and beam, as well as taking the overall scoring crown. South Burlington finished with a total team score of 130.4

Dance Team

The Rebels blew away the competition in Saturday’s VT State Dance Championship, claiming a first place team finish in both the jazz and pom categories. South Burlington outpaced six other teams with their pom routine, wrapping up the event with a score of 260.5. The team won the jazz category with a score of 245.00. Congratulations to the South Burlington dance team and head coach Doris O’Brien on their 2014-15 championship victory!