Jan. 29: Rebel Recap

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Thursday January 29, 2015

Girls Hockey

The South Burlington girls absorbed a pair of tough losses this past week, falling to Mount Mansfield 4-3 in overtime on Wednesday, 1/21 before coming up short against Burr & Burton 6-4 on Saturday, 1/24. “We had two goal leads in both games, but were unable to hang on.” said South Burlington coach Jake Orr. “This has been a trend in many of our games this season. However, our team is progressing, improving, and competing in every game.” Hannah Barrett and Lydia Maitland have been making the most of their opportunities on the ice this season. The two first year players have stepped up their game to compete for South Burlington, with both players scoring the first goal of their varsity career this past week. The Rebels also got some solid offensive production from Jackie Ryan and Rachel Pitcher, both of whom also scored throughout the two-game stretch. After this week’s struggles, South Burlington has lost their last three straight games, after winning their three previous. The Rebels have shown that they have the talent and determination to bounce back from the slump and will host Middlebury at Cairns Arena on Wednesday, 1/28, before traveling to face Rutland on Saturday 1/31. South Burlington is 5-8 on the season.

Boys Hockey

The Rebels bounced back from two consecutive losses with two big wins, cruising to victory in a lopsided 10-2 victory over North Country last Wednesday, 1/21 before shutting out Rutland 3-0 on Saturday, 1/24. Mike Blauvelt led his team in the North Country victory, netting two goals and an assist. The Rebels got support from the entirety of their roster in the blowout win, as Ryan Leonard, Brendan Lahue, Nick Gaboriault, Michael Flaherty, Theo McDowell, Liam Nerber, Brandon Gay, and John Weinheimer each scored a goal to help lead South Burlington to victory. Leonard, Lahue, and Flaherty also used some nifty passing to rack up two assists apiece. Ben Greenstein and Travis Gay split time in goal, and combined to make ten saves.

South Burlington continued their stellar offensive production against Rutland and coupled it with some shut-down defense to blank the Raiders 3-0. Brandon Gay, Peter Camardo, and Brendan Lahue provided the scores for the Rebels. With the two big wins, South Burlington improves to 9-3-2 on the season. The team hosts Colchester at Cairns Arena on Wednesday, 1/28 and then faces Rice at the same venue on Saturday, 1/31.

Girls Basketball

The South Burlington girl’s team has been the story of the winter season so far, with the Rebels notching their sixth straight win this past week to bolster their record to a sturdy 8-6.

The Rebels traveled to Colchester on Wednesday, 1/21 and had their way with the Lakers as they rolled to a 41-19 victory. Kayla Gilding led South Burlington with fourteen points in the win, while teammate Emma MacDonugh attacked the rim aggressively to add nine points.

South Burlington outpaced Middlebury in every facet of the game Saturday, delivering a 52-28 taming of the Tigers that saw Sarah Fisher and Kayla Gilding reach double figures in scoring. Fisher led the team with fifteen points in the game, while Gilding added twelve to help secure the victory. Middlebury’s Keagan Dunbar carried her team with sixteen points, but got little support from her teammates as the Tigers struggled against an aggressive Rebel’s defense. The team returns home to host Mount Mansfield on Tuesday, 1/27 (after press deadline) before traveling to Missisquoi on Friday, 1/30.

Boys Basketball

It’s been a rough couple of months for the South Burlington basketball program, as the Rebels fell in two more games this past week to extend their losing streak to a stinging nine straight games. South Burlington hosted Spaulding last Tuesday 1/20 and were out-gunned by the Crimson Tide to the tune of 67-51. The team had a stronger showing when they traveled to Essex on Friday, 1/23; the Rebels took the Hornets into overtime, but wound up coming up short 45-37. “We’ve taken some lumps, which we knew we would with such a young group, but our 2-9 record is in no way indicative of how the team has done this year.” said South Burlington coach Solomon Bayer-Pacht .“In our eleven games, we’ve had a fourth quarter lead in nine of them, including against some of the top teams in the state like Essex and MMU. We’ve been very competitive in every game we’ve played and haven’t been blown out once.” Despite the record, Coach Bayer-Pacht believes that the future is bright for his young team and is intent on simply getting his players more game experience and opportunities to correctly execute basketball fundamentals. “We have struggled with turnovers, rebounding, and shooting the ball at a high percentage, which are things we’ve been really working to improve on.” he said “We are a very young team, with only three seniors, and starting a freshman and sophomore at point guard and 3-guard, respectively. This was part of the plan to turn the program around quickly, go young and promote our young talent so we can grow as a group this season and get the basketball program to the top of the state in the next year or two.” The Rebels host Rice on Monday, 1/26 (after press deadline) before traveling to Spaulding on Friday, 1/30.

Indoor Track

South Burlington blew away the competition once again at last Saturday’s second straight meet held at Norwich. The South Burlington girl’s team turned in another exceptional finish, finishing third out of the seventeen competing schools, while the boy’s team delivered another blistering first place finish, outpacing the other twenty high schools in attendance. Joey Staples finished first in the 1000m, cruising to victory just ahead of teammates Sean MacDonald, Kevin Le, and Bobby Hall, who finished third, fifth, and sixth, respectively. Brandon Moran was equally dominant in his first place finish in the 3200m, with James Gregoire hot on his heels in the third place spot. Both the boys and girls relay teams took a second place finish in the 4x200, with Ryan Croxford, Keegan O’Hara, Jack Graham, and Ismail Temirov representing the Rebel boys and Katherine Yang, Jessica Beaulieu, Emily Kollar, and Cameron Peyko teaming up for the South Burlington girls. Emylie Rose battled to a second place finish in the girl’s shot put event, reaching a distance of 32-09.00, while Isaac Girourard led the Rebels to a first place finish in the event, pushing the envelope to 40-05.00. Other highlights on the day included a pair of second place finishes from Caleb Kasupski in pole vault and high jump and a first place finish in the long jump. This latest Norwich meet is the final regular season action of the year for South Burlington; the team has a few weeks to rest up and prepare for the Indoor State Championship meet, held on Saturday, 2/14.

SOURCE: Peter Culkin, Correspondent