June 2: Rebel Recap

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Thursday June 02, 2016


The Rebel baseball team has wrapped up the regular season. Last week, they split two games. On Tuesday, they picked up a 12-7 win over North Country. Liam McMackin led the Rebels in the win from the mound and the plate as he pitched in relief and went 2-2 for the day, including a home run and four RBIs. Sam Premsagar (3-4, double), Henry Cunningham, Andre Cunningham (two RBIs) and Steven Levite also contributed on offense with multiple hits.

On Friday, May 27, South Burlington hosted St. Johnsbury in what turned out to be a 12-5 loss for the Rebels. Offensively, John Thibeault, Eamon Sheridan and Jake Mann accounted for six of the Rebels’ nine hits, but it wasn’t enough to slow down the Hilltopper offense.


The Rebels softball team battled to a 1-1 record last week. On Tuesday, they lost to North Country 15-9. On Friday, though, they came through in extra innings to defeat St. Johnsbury 8-7. The visiting Hilltopper team had a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning, and the Rebels were able to plate two runs to solidify the victory. At the bottom of the eighth, Jenna Bouchard singled and Liz Sargent walked. Jenna was driven in to tie the game by Zelie Condon-Layman. Sargent scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly from Kaity Groen. Becky Borrazzo pitched a complete game and earned the win, while Condon-Layman earned four singles and four RBIs in the game. Liz Sargent and Abby Dubuque combined for five singles for the Rebels offense.

Boys Lacrosse

The boys lacrosse team looked to finish the regular season in winning fashion. On Monday, they traveled to Middlebury and squeaked by with an 8-7 win. Kyle Murakami once again led the Rebel offense with five goals and an assist, while teammates Max Capano (two goals) and Nick Licsinsky (three assists) also contributed. Goalie Ryan Hockenbury made eight saves in the win.

On Tuesday, May 24, they powered past visiting Mt. Mansfield with a 16-6 victory. Kyle Murakami and Paul O’Neil each scored four times and added an assist. Nick Licinsky tallied three goals and two assists, while Max Capano had a three-goal, two assist performance. Ryan Hockenbury made six saves.

With the number one seed for the playoffs on the line, the Rebels hosted Champlain Valley on Saturday. The game had to be changed to a 9 a.m. start due to the heat index, but that didn’t slow down the CVU offense. It was a close game for most of it, but the Redhawks were able to earn a two goal cushion late in the third quarter. Kyle Murakami had one goal and three assists, Max Capano scored twice and Thomas DeMag tallied a goal and an assist. The Rebels had been on an eight-game winning streak.

Girls Lacrosse

The girls lacrosse team finished last week with a 1-1 record. On Tuesday, they struggled against Middlebury and lost 16-4. Though the Rebels failed to get their offense going, Willow Yager had two goals in the game.
On Friday, the Rebels rebounded at home with a big 17-7 win over Burlington. Annika Nielsen had a five goal, two assist performance, while teammates Willow Yager (three goals, three assists), Casey Johnson (two goals, two assists), and Ava Hultren (two goals) also had great games. Katie Young and Claire Phillips combined for nine saves in the win.

Girls Tennis

The girls tennis team earned two playoff wins last week. On Thursday, they picked up a dominate win against Mount Mansfield 7-0 in South Burlington. On Saturday, they earned a berth to the semi-finals with a 6-1 win over Essex at St. Michael’s College.

At St. Michael’s

(3) South Burlington 6, (6) Essex 1

Singles: Jordan Walsh, E def. Lajia Badnjevic, SB 6-1, 6-3; Aster O’Leary, SB def. Zoe Filian, E 6-0, 6-1; Sophie Bujold, SB def. Lauren Riley, E 6-1, 6-2; Sajani Sivakumar, SB def. Vika Simons, E 6-1, 6-1; SB won No. 5 singles by forfeit.

Doubles: Jasmina Jusufagic/Helen Bujold, SB def. Emilee Friedman/Sam Kershner, E 6-1, 6-1; Allison Norotsky/Ke’ala Brosseau, SB def. Nicole Seaver/Gita Krishna, E 6-2, 6-1

Boys Tennis

The Rebels earned a spot in the semi-finals after last week’s games. They defeated Stowe 5-2 in the round of 16 on Wednesday. The top seed then met Mount Mansfield in the quarter-finals and dispatched the Cougars 5-2.

(1) South Burlington 5, (8) Mount Mansfield 2

Singles: Trent Newman, S def. Matt Ellison, M 6-1, 6-1; Marco Cepeda, S def. Erik Antonacci, M 6-0, 6-0; Gabe Katz, S def. Colby Antonacci, M 6-2, 6-1; Sam Walker, S def. Brandon Sipcey, M 6-0, 6-0; Jackson Rattaw, M def. Dmitry Lakoba, S 4-6, 6-2, (10-5).

Doubles: Clark Deng/Josh Phillips, S def. Billy Bruce/Espen Peferson, M 3-6, 6-4, (10-6); Mason Hill/Evan Demunchyk, M def. Velimir Lazaravic/Sean Palambo, S 6-4, 5-7, (10-6).


On Tuesday, the boys team traveled to Jay Peak for a match against North Country. The Rebels earned a 324-333 victory while Devon Havers and Chase Sharpe shared Medalist recognition. Adam Fleischman shot an 85 and Adam Sobczak rounded out the Rebel lineup with a score of 89.

Also on Tuesday, May 24, the girls team traveled to Lang Farm in Essex. The Rebels team of Katie Hartnett and Heather Lamore finished fourth out of ten teams. Hartnett shot a 38 in the round and Lamore finished with a 46.

The boys finished the week with the NVAC Championships at Williston. The Rebels finished second to rival North Country, finishing seven shots behind the Falcons. South Burlington’s team comprised of Chase Sharpe 76, Devon Havers 80, Adam Fleischman 83, Kyle McLane 84, and Carleton Plourde 79.

Track and Field

On May 24, both the boys and girls track and field teams traveled to Middlebury College for a meet. Both teams won with dominating performances.

The girls team top performers included:
100 meters:  1. Cora Kakalec, SB 13.23; 400: 1. Chloe Zinn, SB 1:09.32; 1,500: 1. Madkson Druzba, SB 5:22 4x100: 1. South Burlington (Pape, Fornasier, Peyko, Kakalec) 52.39. 4x800: 1. South Burlington (Al-namee, Beaulieu, Druzba, Cook) 11:07.54. Triple jump: 1. Amelia Page, SB 33-9.75; Javelin: 1. Sophie Jarvis, SB 82-5

The boys team top performers included:
1,500: 1. Jackson Hauman, SB 4:29.53; 110 hurdles: 1. Brennan Hanson, SB 16.07; 300 hurdles: 1. Nick Knudsen, SB 45.24; 4x400: 1. South Burlington (Croxford, Dustira, Kakalec, Levan) 3:46. 4x800: 1. South Burlington (Desautels, Kakalec, MacDonald, Nelson) 8:42.53. High jump: 1. Ben Moran, SB 5-8; Triple jump: 1. Ben Moran, SB 39-10.25;

On Saturday, many Vermont teams made the trip to Essex for the Essex Invitational. This meet brings some of the top athletes from the state together and is also a New England qualifier.

The highlights from the Rebels performances included.

300 hurdles: 1. Jonathan Fisher, MMU 40.36; 2. DJ Snide, BF; 3. Brennan Hanson, SB; 4. Tre Wofford, SJ; 5. Trent Austin, SB; 6. Roy Bean, Lyn.

4x800: 1. South Burlington (Sheffield, Kakalec, MacDonald, Dustira) 8:24.78; 2. St. Johnsbury; 3. Brattleboro; 4. Thetford; 5. U-32; 6. Burlington.

Triple jump: 1. Jasper Reed, Bratt 42-3.75; 2. DJ Snide, BF; 3. Alex Carlisle, SJ; 4. Gregory Desautels, SB; 5. Skye Douglas-Hughes, MMU; 6. Benjamin Fox, CVU.

Discus: 1. Max Rieley, CVU 130-0; 2. Peyton McAllister, MVU; 3. Reno Tuttle, BF; 4. Dillon Ryan, SJ; 5. John Lonardo, Bratt; 6. Colin O’Brien, SB.
Triple jump: 1. Sade Hankey, Essex 36-3.25; 2. Grace Cooke, SJ; 3. Amelia Pape, SB; 4. Bettina Hammer, SJ; 5. Odessa O’Brien, SB; 6. Ali Green, Essex.

Long jump: 1. Grace Cooke, SJ 17-3.75; 2. Odessa O’Brien, SB; 3. Jenna Jerome, U-32; 4. Ileana Sirois, Hart; 5. Madison Stephenson, Essex; 6. Anna Dieffenbach, Wood.

4x800: 1. St. Johnsbury (Outerbridge, Green, Hammer, Cunningham) 10:15.47; 2. U-32; 3. CVU; 4. Bellows Falls; 5. South Burlington; 6. Brattleboro.

SOURCE: Drew Gordon, Correspondent