Thursday January 15, 2015
The Rebels split the two games they played this past week, defeating CVU 4-1 last Wednesday, 1/7 before falling in a narrow 3-2 loss to Spaulding on Saturday 1/10. Kyle MacDonald led his team in scoring, tallying two goals and an assist in the two matchups. Ryan Leonard also found success around the net, scoring a pair of goals in the two game span. Brendan Lahue transitioned the puck effectively while contributing three assists, and Peter Camardo garnered high praise from head coach Sean Jones as being the Rebel’s “steadiest defenseman on the ice.” Jones also noted that goalie Ben Greenstein played exceptionally well in the two matchups. With the split results from last week, South Burlington maintains its standing in the Metro League with a 7-2-2 record on the season.
The South Burlington girls team has found new life with the start of the new year, putting together three straight wins in their first three matchups of 2015. The Rebels defeated Rutland 4-3 on 1/3, snapping a four game losing street and securing the team’s first Metro League victory. South Burlington shut down the Green Knights of Rice by a score of 3-2 on 1/7, before stopping Burlington 4-2 on 1/10. The Rebels have a full week to prepare to host Spaulding at Cairns Arena on 1/17 and head into the game with an even record of 5-5.
The beginning of a new year saw South Burlington struggling with familiar challenges on the court, as the Rebels dropped two more games this past week to extend their team’s skid to six straight losses. The Rebels traveled to North Country and narrowly fell to the Falcons by a score of 57-54. South Burlington traveled to St. Albans four days later and came up short against the hosting Bobwhites, losing 47-41. With the pair of losses, South Burlington falls to 2-7 on the season, but returns home to host Colchester on Saturday 1/17 and Spaulding on Tuesday, 1/20.
The South Burlington girls continued to build on their new-found momentum this past week, posting a pair of blow out wins against Mount Mansfield and Mississquoi. The Rebels traveled to Mount Mansfield and shut down the Cougars 40-25 last Monday, before returning home on Thursday to dominate the Thunderbirds 55-22. With the pair of wins, the Rebels have revitalized their season to a 5-6 record, and have a 4-1 record within their own Lake League. The team returns to the road for three straight games, where they will face Vergennes, Colchester, and Middlebury.
The Rebels split their forces this past week, with part of their squad returning to UVM for their fourth team competition at the site. Meanwhile, a select group of Rebels from both the boys and girls teams traveled to Dartmouth to compete at the 46th Dartmouth Relays. Amid a diverse and talented pool of athletes that converged from around New England and even as far away as Quebec, South Burlington stood out from the pack, particularly making their presence known in the distance running events. Team veterans Joey Staples and Brandon Moran outpaced their opponents for 3rd place finishes in the Unseeded Men’s 1 Mile and 2 mile run, respectively. Caleb Kasupski set a new state record in the Long Jump with a distance of 22’4”, while the combined 4x800 team of Staples, Moran, James Gregoire, and Sean MacDonald set a new South Burlington school record, finishing with an 8:22 time. The Rebels finished 15th as a team out of the fifty schools competing at Dartmouth.
Even with a shorthanded squad, the Rebels holding down the UVM competition made the most out of their opportunities and continued to solidify their team caliber. The South Burlington boys finished fourth as a team out of the twenty in competition, while the Rebel girls finished third out of the seventeen competing teams. South Burlington’s Matt Royer, Finley Killeen, and Tom Dustira led their team in 600m, 1000m, and 1600m. Gabe Nelson pushed the competition to the brink as he raced to a 2nd place finish in the 3200m, and Connor Bradley took a 3rd place finish in the men’s shot-put, out of a field of twenty-six competitors. Emylie Rose took another 1st place victory in the women’s shot-put, and continues to be one of the team’s most impressive competitors. Teammates Katie McClean, Cameron Peyko, Ellie Hall, and Katherine Yang finished 2nd in the 4x200 finals, while Peyko led South Burlington in the 55m dash, finishing 5th out of sixty-six competing runners. After four straight meets at UVM, the team hits the road for Norwich on Saturday, 1/17, the first of three meets to be held at the university.