Jan. 9, 2015: Rebel Recap

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Friday January 09, 2015

Boys Basketball

It’s been a difficult stretch for the South Burlington boy’s basketball team this season. The Rebels lost three straight over the holiday break. The skid began with a 45-41 road loss to Vergennes, followed up by a narrow 39-36 home loss to Missisquoi and a 57-43 loss to Mount Mansfield.

The Rebels continued their slide in the team’s final matchup of 2014. South Burlington hosted CVU in a non-league matchup and fell to the Redhawks 45-36. The loss represents the Rebels fourth straight, after going 2-1 in their first three games, and drops their record to 2-5 on the season. South Burlington meets BFA on Tuesday 1/6 (after press deadline) and then has a brief respite before returning home to host Colchester on 1/17.

Girls Basketball

The South Burlington girls started their season on a high note with a decisive 52-36 win over Spaulding, but it has been a downhill skid for the Rebels since that initial victory. When we last checked in with the team, they had fallen in their second straight loss, a 44-26 road defeat against St. Albans. Since then, the fortunes have gone from bad to worse for the struggling program, as the Rebels fell in a pair of road losses, 30-21 to Essex and 44-34 to Burlington. The team returned to their home court and delivered a tremendous performance in a rematch against BFA, but came up just short against the Comets to fall 44-43.

The South Burlington girls picked up a badly needed win in their final home game of 2014, defeating the visiting Milton Yellowjackets 40-33 on Saturday, 12/27. The victory snaps a five game skid for the team, as the Rebels used precision passing, team defense, and superior communication to stymie the Yellowjackets. The victory improves South Burlington to 2-5 on the season. The team faces a big week, traveling to Mount Mansfield on Monday(after press deadline), before hosting Mississquoi on Thursday, 1/8.

Boys Hockey

The South Burlington boy’s team continued their tournament success over the holiday break. After laying claim to the Colchester Beech Tournament two weeks ago, the Rebels went two more rounds in the U32 Karen Weiss Tournament and looked perhaps even more impressive as they dispatched Burr & Burton and host U32 to collect a tournament victory. The Rebels gave up just one goal in the entire tournament, stopping the Bulldogs 5-1 in the first round, before shutting out the Raiders 6-0 in the final. South Burlington is still undefeated to this point in the season, posting a 4-0-2 record. Even more impressively, the Rebels outscored their opponents 27-8 through their first six games.

The Rebels were off to a fast start this season, going undefeated through their first eight games to the tune of six wins and a pair of tie games. But the streak came to an end Saturday night, when the high flying Rebels were shocked by a struggling Colchester program in a 5-2 loss at Leddy Park. Liam Nerber and Josh Phillips contributed the scores for South Burlington, but the Rebels struggled to shut down Colchester’s Ryan Flanagan and Jared Rylant. Both Flanagan and Rylant had a pair of goals and an assist in the game, as Colchester jumped on a 4-1 lead over South Burlington through the first two periods of play. Ben Greenstein made 21 saves in the loss, while Colchester’s Erik Swan made 26 stops. With the loss, South Burlington falls to 6-1-2 on the season, while Colchester improves to 3-5-1. The team will look to bounce back against CVU at Cairns Arena on 1/7 (after press deadline), before traveling to face Spaulding on 1/10.

Indoor Track

Both South Burlington teams had an outstanding performance at Saturday’s third meeting at the University of Vermont. The Rebel boy’s team placed first out of the seven competing schools with a total team score of 167, while the girl’s team finished third out of six schools in competition. The Rebels dominated the distance running events, with South Burlington runners taking five of the top six finishing spots in both the 1000m and 1600m. Cameron Peyko finished 2nd for her team in the girl’s 55m, as well as a 3rd place finish in the 300m. Bobby Hall stepped up with a 2nd place finish in the 600m, while teammates Will Graham, Matt Royer, and Andrew Levite finished in the 5th, 6th, and 7th spots. The Rebels also made positive strides in the field events, with South Burlington’s Emylie Rose and Megan Kronoff finishing first and second, respectively, in the girl’s shot put. Rose won the event with a distance of 32-04.5. “It’s still early in the season, but I’ve been very happy with out athletes in all phases of competition.” said South Burlington head coach Nate Bradbury. “From Saturday, special recognition should be given to Caleb Kasupski, for running a 6.74 to win the Boy’s 55m. It should also be given to Emylie Rose for winning the girl’s shot put. The biggest surprise of the season so far has been Greg Desautels improving his best performance in high jump by 6 inches, going from 5’2” to 5’8”. Greg is a great student athlete and his improvement isn’t surprising, but it is surprising that it came so early in the season. The progression has been coming by leaps and bounds this winter and I’m excited to see what the rest of the season will bring for the Rebels!” The Rebels will be a split squad next week, with a select group participating in the 46th Dartmouth Relays and the remaining team competing in the fourth meeting held at UVM.

Girls Hockey

After winning two out of their first three games, South Burlington dropped two straight games at Cairns Arena over the holiday break. The Rebels were shut out by Northfield in a 2-0 loss on 12/13, before getting overwhelmed by Essex 4-1 on 12/17. Then the South Burlington girls team fell in a heartbreaking 4-3 overtime loss to BFA on Saturday, 12/27. The loss is the Rebel’s fourth straight. With the loss, South Burlington falls to 2-5 on the season. The Rebel’s Saturday contest against Rutland was canceled and rescheduled for Monday, January 5 (after press deadline).

Gymnastics

The South Burlington gymnastics team was victorious in their first scored meet of the regular season when they hosted Harwood on 12/20. The Rebels easily outpaced the Highlanders, winning the meet by a decisive score of 125.95-60.1. South Burlington is looking to build off of their stellar 2013-14 season, in which they only lost one regular season meet to Essex, and finished third at the state championship meet behind Essex and CVU. The Rebels will return to their home floor in the new year when they host Milton on 1/10.

SOURCE: Miranda Jonswold, Correspondent