Friday February 06, 2015
South Burlington defeated Colchester at home this past week, shutting down the Lakers 4-1 while improving their stellar record to 10-3-2 on the season. The team travels to Essex this week on 2/4, and then has a week of practice and rest before hosting CVU on 2/11.
South Burlington took two more tough losses this past week, falling to Middlebury at home 7-2, and traveling to Rutland to lose to the Red Raiders 5-1. The two losses extend the Rebel’s slide to five straight games. While this was certainly not the direction he hoped to see his team headed after starting out the season with a 5-5 record, South Burlington coach Jake Orr had a frank and honest appraisal of his team and how the Rebels now 5-10 record belies the talent and work ethic he’s seen from them this season. “The last few games were rough, as we dropped two more games to Middlebury and Rutland this past week.” said Orr. “The team is really focused in pulling together, particularly on the defensive side of the ice, as we approach the playoffs.” Orr was quick to focus on the bright spots in his team’s recent performance, which included a first goal of the season from defensemen Casey Johnson, as well as a first varsity career goal from freshman Lydia Maitland. The Rebels will try to snap this losing skid when they hit the road to face Spaulding on 2/4, before returning to Cairns Arena to host St. Albans on 2/7.
Things didn’t get any better for South Burlington this past week, as the Rebels absorbed two more losses to extend their streak to eleven games. The Rebels hosted Rice on Monday, 1/26 and fell to the Green Knights 66-39. The team continued to battle and nearly upended Spaulding on the road the following Friday 1/30, but the Crimson Tide held on to defeat the Rebels 57-53. The Rebels look to get back on a winning track when they host St. Johnsbury on Tuesday 2/3, (after press deadline) followed by a road game against Mount Mansfield on Friday 2/6.
The South Burlington gymnastics team wrapped up their January with another successful competition against St. Johnsbury. The Rebels defeated the Hilltoppers by a score of 123.1-107.8. With the victory, South Burlington improves to 6-1 on the season. The team has two meets remaining in their regular season; they travel to Williston to face CVU on 2/4, before returning home to host U32 on 2/14.
SOURCE: Peter Caulkin, Correspondent