January 25: South Burlington Wolves Weekly Recap

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Thursday January 25, 2018

Dance

On Saturday, January 20, the Wolves dance team competed in the Enosburg Dance Team Competition in Franklin County. South Burlington took first place in both the Pom and Jazz categories. Next up is a January 27 meet at MMU.

Bowling

On January 20, the SB Strikers were at Champlain Lanes versus Essex, Burlington and Enosburg. After the individual games, South Burlington earned first seed with 1859 pins. In the first round of the Baker playdowns, the Wolves defeated Enosburg 2-0 (211-141, 181-132). In the finals, South Burlington defeated Essex 2-1 (197-151, 159-174, 211-144) for first overall. The Wolves earned 12 points in the competition, giving them a total of 48 for the season. Maddy Denton’s 279 and 204 combined for a series of 483, the second highest two game series ever in Vermont High School bowling. Her 279 ties the league high game set last year by the Wolves’ Josh Fortin and is her personal best. Aaron Murakami also bowled a 214 during the match. The team travels to Enosburg on January 27.

Girls Basketball

The girls basketball team had one game last week versus Rice on Saturday, January 20. The home team Wolves were able to pull out a 50-44 victory, led by a 22 point second quarter. After a slow third period, the fourth period was a back and forth contest in which nine of 10 from the line and stout defense propelled South Burlington to the win. “We are showing how tough we are, playing really well on defense, and starting to click on offense, staying composed with adversity,” Coach Sawyer said. “We still have a long way to go to be where we want to be, but I love what this team brings everyday,” he added. Emma Macdonough had 16 points and a strong fourth quarter, and Grace Hoehl scored 13 but was 4-4 from the line down the stretch. “Really happy with where we are at right now,” Coach Sawyer said after the win. “8-1 with a big win vs. a tough, talented, and well coached Rice team.” The team hosts Burlington on January 25.

Boys Hockey

On Wednesday, January 17,the South Burlington’s boys hockey team dominated North Country 9-4 on the road as it piled up three goals per period. Dylan LeClair (three goals and two assists), Isaac Toupin (two goals and one assist), Rees Baker (one goal), Hunter Fay (one goal), Ray Thibeault (one goal), and Mason Fay (one goal) all found the back of the net. South Burlington plays CVU on January 27.

Girls Hockey

On Wednesday, January 17, South Burlington’s girls hockey team defeated Burr and Burton 5-3 in Manchester. Kate Hall led the way with two goals (Lilly Truchon had the assist on the first). Truchon added a goal, assisted by Audry Smith and Olivia McLean. Claire Write also scored for the Wolves, and Smith, from Hall, scored the last goal and the first of her high school career. “It was great to see the girls come together as a team,” Coach Tinti said. “This was a game where the chemistry and hard work really started to show through!” she said.

Three days later, the team defeated Missiquoi 3-1. “Missiqoui is a tough team and the girls prepared mentally and physically for this game,” Tinti said. “Their hard work in practice in terms of passing and positioning worked to their benefit today. As a coaching staff, we saw the girls tap a new level of grit and resilience. They decided as a team they wanted this game and they went for it for the full 45 minutes of play,” she concluded. Goals were scored by Truchon (two goals, first was assisted by Elise Norotsky), and McLean. They travel to central Vermont to take on U-32 on January 27.

Boys Basketball

On Thursday, January 18, the Wolves boys basketball team hosted Rutland. Ethan Klesch played well with 17 points and Brendan Bridge added 11, but it wasn’t enough as South Burlington fell by a score of 73-56. The Wolves led for most of the first half, but after a series of unfortunate events, fell behind eight at the half. After trimming the lead to 6 near the end of the third, an in and out three point attempt from South Burlington led to a six point run for Rutland which included a technical foul. The quarter ended 52-40. The Wolves continued to battle back and cut the lead to seven in the fourth, but they couldn’t overcome the deficit as the Raiders pulled away. “It was a frustrating game for us, as we came out of the gates swinging and played beautiful basketball early on,” Coach Bayer-Pact said after the loss. “We were leading 13-9 after the first, but after watching the film that lead should have been closer to 20-9. We missed a lot of easy looks, had a few untimely turnovers and had a few wide open 3s go in and out for us. After that I felt we played too timid offensively, and were not nearly aggressive enough in attacking the paint against a stout Rutland defense,” he added.

Two days later, the Wolves found themselves back in the win column with a 74-51 victory over Colchester. After a slow start in the second half allowed Colchester to cut a 16 point halftime deficit all the way down to 7, Amza Issa led a very quick lineup off the bench in forcing back-to-back turnovers which led to beautiful transition layups for Ben Moran to get the lead back to double digits, which it never went under again. Following those two steals and scores, Klesch knocked down three big time 3s to put things out of reach for good. “It was great to get right back on the court 2 days after a disappointing loss, and I liked the way our group bounced back,” Bayer-Pacht said. “Wasn’t a perfect game, especially defensively, but after a slow start by the starters in each half, the entire team played with great energy and speed and were able to force a lot of turnovers out of their trapping defense.” Ben Moran led the way with 21 points and Klesch added 18. The Wolves host Burlington on January 26.

SOURCE: Drew Gordon, Correspondent