June 1: Rebel Recap

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Thursday June 01, 2017

Editor’s note: The South Burlington School District will retire the Rebel name in August 2017. SBHS sports teams will keep the Rebel name for the remainder of this school year and a new team name will be in place for the start of the 2017/2018 school year. The Other Paper will continue to cover sports in the Rebel Recap, and following the high school’s timeline, will report on SBHS sports under a new title when the high school teams are renamed in the fall. 

SBHS Tennis Doubles State Champs

The regular season finished early last week and the individual and doubles tournaments took place through the weekend. When the last ball had been hit, The doubles team of Bujold/Turner (2) of South Burlington defeated Heininger/Blanck of CVU 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 to win the girls state championship, and the doubles team of Sivakumar/Anderson defeated Huber/Leonard from CVU 6-2, 6-1 for the boys state championship.

Girls Tennis

In singles, Sajani Sivakumar lost in the state finals 6-3, 6-4 to Claire Parry from Rice.

Boys Tennis

In the individuals competition, South Burlington had two of the four semi-finalists. Gabe Katz was defeated by Essex’s Preston Gordon 6-0, 6-3 in the semis and then Trent Newman was defeated by Gordon in the finals, 6-1, 6-1.

Girls Lacrosse

The Rebel girls lacrosse team hosted Middlebury on Tuesday, May 23. With just over 12 minutes left in the first half, the game was knotted at 2-2 with goals from Caroline Desautels and Ava Hultgren. However, the Tigers then rattled off 7 straight goals. The Rebels only managed to score two more goals in the second half with Dakota Crane firing in both. It was the team’s second loss of the season, both to the Tigers.

The team then headed to Burlington for the last regular season matchup. Despite a slow start, the team rallied and pulled out a 15-13 win. The Seahorses goalie piled up 17 saves. The Rebels got goals from Dakota Crane (5), Willow Yager (4), Ava Hultgren (2), Christina March (2), Joan Vera (1), and Kimmy Norris (1). March stepped up and did a great job with the draw, Kate Hall played solid defense, and Hanako Memon was great in transitions. The team wrapped up the regular season at 13-2 and has locked in the 3rd seed for the playoffs.

Boys Lacrosse

On Wednesday, May 24, the Rebels hosted MMU and handed the Cougars an 18-2 defeat. Calvin Hultgren had a hat trick and added six assists. Max Capano and Nick Liscinsky scored four goals each and Nico Strumpek added three. Ryan Hockenbury had 11 saves in the win.

On Friday, the team lost its first game of the season to CVU at UVM’s Virtue Field. Nick Liscinsky scored a hat trick and an assist, while Paul O’Neil contributed with two goals. Goals were also score by Max Capano (assist), Dylan LeClair, and Nico Strempek. Calvin Hultgren added an assist in the 13-9 loss, and Ryan Hockenbury secured 10 saves.

Track and Field

Both teams competed at the Essex Invitational on Saturday, May 27, which is also the New England Qualifier. This means that the Top 6 in each event earn the right to represent Vermont at the New England Championship on June 10. This year, the championship is hosted in Massachusetts. The Division 1 State Championships in Burlington, VT will be held this weekend.

Sophomore Cora Kakalec qualified for New England’s in the 100m dash and the 200m dash.
Tara Lowensohn ran a three second PR in the 400m dash of 62.79, finishing in 8th place.
Maddison Druzba also finished in 8th place in the 1500 running a PR time of 5:04.92
Olivia Dickinson finished 7th in the 100m hurdles with a season’s best time of 16.96 and followed up that performance with a 7th place finish and PR in the 300m hurdles with a time of 50.00

The South Burlington girls 4x100 and 4x400 teams also qualified for New England’s. The 4x100 finished 5th with a time of 52.25 (A. Pape, T. Lowensohn, O. O’Brien, and C. Kakalec). The 4x400 also finished 5th with a time of 4:24.24 (T. Lowensohn, D. Gregoire, C. Kakalec, O. Dickinson)
In the field, Allie Bosley threw a PR in the shot of 34-05 which secured her 5th place and the chance to compete at New England’s. In discuss, Megan Kronoff finished 10th with a throw of 81-10.

In long jump, Katherine Yang fished second with a PR jump of 16-03.75 and in triple Odessa O’Brien finished second with a leap of 35-01

“It’s getting to be that point in the season where the girls are seeing their hard work pay off,” Coach Carly Stine said. “We had 14 PRs at this meet! The team is in a good place and is ready to perform at States next weekend!” she added.

• 800m Run:  Tom Dustira (5th, 2:04.23 – Season Record) and Jackson Hauman (6th, 2:04.30 – Personal Record)
• 3,000m Run:  Trevor Houchens (1st, 9:16)
• 110m Hurdles:  Nick Knudsen (3rd, 15.40 – PR)
• 4x100m Relay:  Brandon Lee, Caleb Schirmer, Isaiah Hines, Ryan Croxford in (5th, 45.55)
• 4x800m Relay:  Jackson Hauman, Abhi Dodgson, Nathan Kakalec, Ethan Sheffield (2nd, 8:20.45)
• Shot Put:  Isaac Girouard (2nd, 48-00.5)
• Discus:  Luis Gonzalez (4th, 129-11 - PR)
Other PRs include:
• 800m Run:  Nathan Kakalec (2:05.75), Joshua Coon (2:07.19)
• 1500m Run:  Kevin Lee (4:20.09), Colin McKay (4:27.81), Owen Severance (4:42.55), Spencer McKay (4:45.25)
• 300m Hurdles:  Nick Knudsen (44.84), Daniel Reeves (50.01)
• Shot Put:  Dustin McGrath (38-01.5)


Softball had one game last week and pulled out a close 2-1 win over North Country. The Rebels would need a Zelie Condon-Layman run in the final inning to pull out the victory. Condon Layman had a triple and Kate Bose hit her home. Liz Sargent had a single, double, and RBI and Sarah Brown had a single and was the early run for the Rebels. Brianna Belisle also had a double and Anna Borrazzo pitched a complete game with 10 strikeouts and only gave up four hits. The Rebels finished the week with an 11-4 record on the season.       


The Rebel baseball team won on a rally in a 4-2 win over North Country on Tuesday, May 25. John Thibeault picked up the win in relief and pitched five innings with three hits and one run. Connor McGrath and James Patrick led the Rebel rally with two RBI singles to tie up the game. Noah Barton got on base with a single in the fifth and Sammy Premsagar hit him home on a sacrifice fly for the winning run.

SOURCE: Drew Gordon, Correspondent