Jan. 22: Rebel Recap

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Thursday January 22, 2015

Girls Hockey

The South Burlington girls had a promising three game winning streak snapped this past Saturday, as the Rebels fell to Spaulding in a 5-3 loss. However, rather than focusing on this temporary hiccup, the team and head coach Jake Orr are continuing to progress and build off the tools and leadership that has helped South Burlington stay competitive and win three out of its last four games. “Katie Young, Rachel Pitcher, and Sarah Fisher have been leading the team offensively.” said Orr. “On the opposite end of the ice, Josie Toof, Casey Johnson, and Hannah Fisher have stepped up to become some of our strongest defensive players. Meanwhile, Erin Church has been solid in goal throughout the season. Orr also recognized the Rebels who are making the most of their opportunities, stepping up their play in relief of the starting lineup to add a new dimension to the South Burlington playbook. “Sarah O’Rourke scored her first varsity goal in our last win, 1/10’s 4-2 victory over BCHS. In the same game, Tashia Pashby Rockwood delivered a strong defensive performance in goal and earned her first career win.” As for the weeks ahead, Orr is continuing to reinforce the fundamental building blocks that have helped South Burlington reinvigorate their season. “We’re continuing to focus on fundamentals in practices, and gearing up for an exciting playoff run!” said Orr.

Girls Basketball

The South Burlington girls were out of action this past week, but have three big games in the near future. The break gave the Rebels and head coach Sheila Burleigh an opportunity for some much needed rest and some extra practice to try and build off the momentum accrued in the team’s most recent three game winning streak. “This past week, we spent time on fundamentals, smoothing out some of the offense, shooting, and installing new “hitters” and situational work,” said Burleigh. “It was kind of a tough week, as we did not have a full team on any one day, due to illness and injury- however, it was an invaluable opportunity to work on those little slippages in game, as well as specific in-game situations.” The Rebels return to three road games this week, traveling to face Vergennes Monday 1/19 (after press deadline), Colchester Wednesday 1/21, and Middlebury Saturday 1/24. South Burlington currently holds a 5-6 record.

Boys Hockey

The Rebels came up on the short end of a dramatic 3-2 overtime loss to St. Albans this past Saturday. Kyle MacDonald and Ryan Leonard provided scores for the Rebels and Brendan Lahue contributed two assists, but it was a last second overtime goal by the Bobwhites’ Matt Boudreau that gave St. Albans the victory with under a minute to go in the first overtime period. Zach Munson stepped up admirably in goal for his team, making 18 saves in the loss. St. Albans improves to 7-3 with the victory, while South Burlington slips to 7-3-2. The loss is the Rebels second straight, after starting out their season by winning/tying their first eight games. South Burlington will look to return to form when they travel to North Country on Wednesday, 1/21 and Rutland on Saturday 1/24.

Indoor Track

After four straight meets at UVM, the Rebels traveled south to Norwich this past weekend and picked up right where they left off. Now a complete squad after success at last week’s Dartmouth Relays, the South Burlington boy’s team took another first place finish, while the girl’s team finished an impressive second, behind Essex. South Burlington got the best out of some familiar faces on Saturday, including perennial top-10 finisher Sean MacDonald, who took a 1st place finish in the 600m, and teammate Joey Staples who finished 3rd in the event. Meanwhile, South Burlington has quietly been putting together one of the most dominant group of shot-putters in the state, with Emylie Rose finishing 2nd in the event, and Isaac Girourard and Matt Bodykevich finishing 1st and 2nd, respectively for the boy’s, with teammate Colin O’Brien close on their heels with a 5th place finish out of a field of fifty-two competitors. South Burlington also raced their way to the top in the 4x200m; the boy’s team of Ismail Temirov, Keegan O’Hara, Ryan Croxford, and Jack Graham finished 2nd in the event, while the girl’s team of Katherine Yang, Emily Kollar, Cameron Peyko, and Ellie Riehle edged out Essex by three-tenths of a second to claim victory. The dynamic team of Kollar, Yang, and Peyko would again finish 2nd-4th respectively in the long jump, out of a daunting field of more than twenty-eight competitors. Both the girl’s and boy’s teams return to competition at Norwich next Saturday, 1/24.

Gymnastics

The Rebels hosted Milton on Saturday, 1/10 and handily defeated the Yellowjackets 122.15-101.05. South Burlington travels to a meet at Essex this Saturday, 1/24.

SOURCE: Peter Culkin