Thursday June 11, 2015
The second seeded Rebels made short work of the Bobwhites in the first round of the playoffs, as South Burlington steamrolled BFA 16-1 last week. Max Capano came up big for his team in the playoff matchup, netting four goals and contributing an assist to help lead the Rebels to victory. Cam Nolting followed closely behind with three scores and a pair of assists, while Dylan Avery and Kyle Murukami added two goals and two assists apiece. Freshman Ryan Hockenbury stepped up to the varsity level to split time in goal with Mike Blauvelt- Hockenbury made six first half saves for the Rebels, with Blauvelt making four stops. The Rebels advance to the semi-finals where they play CVU on Monday 6/8, after press deadline.
The fifth seeded Rebels survived some quarterfinal drama Saturday afternoon, as a score by Casey Johnson lifted South Burlington 14-13 over fourth seeded St. Albans with just twelve seconds remaining in the first period of overtime. The winning goal wrapped up another excellent game for Johnson, who tied for South Burlington’s scoring lead with four goals in the game. Ava Hultgren also had four scores and a pair of assists against the Comets, while teammate Annika Nielsen added three scores and Carly Dingman contributed a goal and an assist. Danielle Boucher made several critical saves to keep South Burlington in the game, including a game-preserving stop with seven seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime. Johnson capped the game off with her overtime score, and Xixi Halvorson-Phelan won the ensuing draw and possessed the ball long enough for the clock to expire. The Rebels advance to face off against first seeded Burr and Burton on Tuesday 6/9, after press deadline.
The Rebels collected a hard fought win this past week, stopping Mount Mansfield 5-4 in the baseball quarterfinals. Max MacDowell delivered the tie breaking sacrifice fly in the sixth inning that scored teammate Brendan Lahue. Eddie Hockenbury went 2-3 from the plate, contributing a double and a pair of RBI’s in the contest, while teammate Ryan Burt also added a pair of RBI’s. Connor Bradley went seven innings for the Rebels from the pitcher’s mound, striking out six batters. The Rebels travel to CVU for the semifinal matchup against the Redhawks on Tuesday 6/9 after press deadline.
The Rebels season came to an end Tuesday, June 2, as 12th seeded South Burlington fell to 5th seeded U-32 11-4. The Rebels took an early lead, putting up two runs in the first inning and capitalizing off an RBI single by Abby Dubuque. The Raiders broke the game open in the third inning, scoring twice off a single from Liz Aitchison, and adding three more in the frame to put South Burlington on the defensive. U-32’s Aitchison finished with four hits and three RBI’s in the game.
Track and Field Boys State Champions
The South Burlington boy’s team capped off their stellar regular season with a championship victory this past weekend, beating out second place finisher Burlington with a combined team score of 108. Caleb Kasupski delivered a championship caliber performance, winning the long jump for the Rebels with a distance 22-2.75, and the discus at 139-11. Somewhat surprisingly, Kasupski was the only member of the boy’s team to win an event Saturday afternoon, but South Burlington got equally impressive scoring performances from its other athletes, who were able to deliver for the Rebels on the big stage when it mattered most. Joey Staples, Brandon Moran, James Gregoire, and Sean MacDonald pressured the competition in the distance relays, with the Rebels finishing 2nd in the 4x400 and 3rd in the 4x800. Kasupski also placed 2nd for his team in the pole vault, while Phil Lyon and Isaac Girouard paced South Burlington in the shotput, finishing 2nd and 5th, respectively.
The South Burlington girls team finished 5th out of the twelve teams in competition, but still managed to end their season on a high note. It was a banner day for senior Kayla Gilding, competing in her final meet at South Burlington. Gilding ended her high school track career in style, winning the girl’s 100m, 200m, 400m, and long jump. Olivia Dickson was 3rd for the Rebels in the 100m, and South Burlington girl’s team wrapped up their afternoon with an overall score of 49.
Boys State Champions
The Rebels capped off what coach Ryan Navin called the best season in the program’s history with a championship win this past Thursday. The team shot a season low 314 at Green Mountain National, a full seven strokes ahead of second place finisher North Country. Noah Beatty led the team, shooting a 74 on the course. Chase Sharp continued his trend in big time performances, shooting a 77, while teammate Devon Havers shot a season low 79 in the championship match. Evan Geremia’s 84, including a gritty 39 on the GMN back nine, rounded out the scoring performances for the Rebels.
“Our focus on the season was moving on.” said Navin “From shot to shot, hole to hole, and round to round. Golf is a game that requires great concentration and must be played in the present. The boys embraced this idea and applied it to focused practiced sessions that paid off with improved performance. Our senior co-captains, Beatty, Geremia, and Alec Gelfenbein were the glue that held us together and exceptional role models for our younger players. Though only four scores count in each match, all members of the team were instrumental in the overall development of the program, and each contributed to this most successful season!”
Boys State Champions
The Rebel’s tennis program claimed a state championship and a state-runner up this past weekend. The 3rd seeded boy’s team defeated 4th seeded Essex 4-3 to be crowned state champs. Team captain Jack Graham provided the decisive singles win over Essex’ Dylan Garcia, as the Rebels battled back to win two straight points from the Hornets and earn their fourth straight Division I championship.
The 2nd seeded South Burlington girls finished 2nd to top ranked CVU, falling to the undefeated Redhawks 5-2 this past Thursday. The match represents the third straight season that the Rebels and the Redhawks have met in the finals, with CVU reclaiming the championship after South Burlington defeated them in 2014.
SOURCE: Peter Caulkins, correoddddd