South Burlington High School Boys Tennis team takes home the Division 1 State Championship. Photo: Paul Lamontagne,

June 9: Rebel Recap

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Thursday June 09, 2016

Boys Tennis


Congratulations to the South Burlington boys tennis team on winning the state championship after cruising to a 6-1 victory over rival Essex on Friday afternoon at Leddy Park.

The first Rebel win came at No. 2 singles where Marco Cepeda defeated Noah Laporte, 6-0, 6-2, followed by a 6-1, 6-2 victory for Sam Walker after defeating Derek Pham at No. 4 singles. The lone loss came at No. 2 doubles where Velimir Lazaravic and Sean Palambo lost a three-set nail biter to Brendan Brooks and Dominic Minadeo, 6-2, 4-6, 10-7. At No. 3 singles, Gabe Katz powered his way to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Andy Shen. Then rivals Trent Newman and Preston Gordon, the individual state finals match up, battled to another classic finish at No. 1 singles, as South Burlington’s Newman survived with a 4-6, 6-3, 10-8 victory. Dimitry Lakoba secured a win at No. 5 singles over Jake Wagner, 6-0, 6-1, and at No. 1 doubles, Clark Deng and Josh Phillips defeated Carl Fung and David Wrenner, 6-1, 6-4.

Girls Tennis

The Rebels had three tough losses against Champlain Valley this season, and the last of those losses was a 3-4 defeat on Thursday in Shelburne for the state championship. CVU was the only team that beat South Burlington, but the Rebels fought until the final match was over.

The first match to finish was at No. 3 singles, where South Burlington’s Sofi Bujold lost a close match to CVU’s Renee Dauerman, 6-1, 7-5. The Rebels No. 1 doubles team of Jasmina Jusufagic and Helen Bujold then picked up a 6-2, 3-6, 10-2 victory over CVU’s Sara Erickson and Kendall Blanck. In the other doubles match, CVU’s Erika Barth and Meara Heininger defeated SB’s Allison Norotsky and Ke’ala Brosseau 6-4, 6-2. The highlight of the day for the Rebels was at No. 2 singles, where Aster O’Leary beat CVU’s Stephanie Joseph 2-6, 6-4, 11-9. At No. 5 singles, South Burlington’s Kailey Yang won a three-set match, 7-5, 3-6, 10-7 over Isabelle Angstman, and No. 4 singles finished soon after with a CVU victory as Elyse Killkelley stopped South Burlington’s Sajani Sivkumar, 6-2, 4-6, 10-6. With a 3-3 score, Kathy Joseph of CVU cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over South Burlington No. 1 player Lajla Badnjevic. Congratulations to the girls tennis team for a solid season on the courts; four of the seven matches were three set battles, meaning the match could have easily ended in South Burlington’s favor.

Track and Field

The Boys track and field team was six points away from a three-peat as Vermont state champions. Though they came up a bit short, they outscored their seeds by over 30 points, all without any first place finishes. Congratulations on a total team effort.

A few highlights from the boys team:
• Brennan Hanson - 2nd in LJ, 2nd in 110 Hurdles, 2nd in 300 hurdles
• Colin O’Brien - 2nd in Discus & 6th in Shot Put
• Isaac Girouard - 2nd in Shot Put
• Ryan Croxford - 3rd in 400, 6th in LJ
• 2nd in 4x800 (Nathan Kakalec, Gabe Nelson, Ethan Sheffield, Jackson Hauman)
• 2nd in 4x400 (Caleb Levan, Ryan Croxford, Brennan Hanson, Trent Austin
• Trent Austin - 3rd in 300 hurdles
• Nick Knudsen - 3rd in 110 Hurdles
• Myles Blossey - 6th in 110 Hurdles
• Lucas Calcagni - 2nd in 3000m Run
• Bobby Hall - 3rd in 1500m Run, 6th in Pole Vault
• Caleb Schirmer - 4th in 100m dash
• Tom Dustira - 5th in 800m Run
• Ben Moran - 5th in 400m dash
• Greg Desautels - 6th in Triple Jump

Eighteen different athletes scored in the meet, including Trent Austin, who had to overcome back spasms and Ben Moran, who dove across the finish line in the 400 after suffering a hamstring injury. Coach Geoffrey Bennett was thrilled with the team’s effort. “The Rebels poured their heart out for the team, I couldn’t be prouder,” he said.

The girls team placed fourth in the state meet; congratulations to the team members on their season. They also had several highlights:

100 meters: 2. Cora Kakalec, SB 13.12; 4. Madison Fornasier, SB 13.38; 6. Amelia Pape, SB 13.57
800: 5. Madison Druzba, SB 2:26.47
100 hurdles: 5. Olivia Dickinson, SB 16.61
4x100: 50.58; 2. South Burlington 51.73
4x400: 5. South Burlington 4:22.0; 6. North Country 4:23.37.
4x800: 5. South Burlington 10:24.62
Long jump: 4. Cameron Peyko, SB 15-10.75
High jump: 5. Emily Kollar, SB 4-8
Triple jump: 4. Pape, SB 33-10.75; 5. Odessa O’Brien, SB 33-10
Shot put: 3. Allie Bosley, SB 33-8.5; 6. Megan Kronoff, SB 31-11.5


After an eight inning, 7-6 win over MMU in the playdowns, the Rebels were eliminated by second seeded St. Johnsbury 6-0 on Friday in the Division 1 quarterfinals. Henry Cunningham, Noah Barton, and Andrew Cunningham all had hits in the loss, but the St. Johnsbury defense was strong throughout the game. Congratulations to the Rebel baseball team after a successful 13-5 season.


The Rebel softball team battled through a tough season until the very end. On Wednesday, South Burlington’s season came to an end with an 18-5 defeat in Brattleboro. Liz Sargent was 2-4 in the game and Becky Borrazzo took the loss from the circle. Brattleboro opened up with a big league after the first two innings and the Rebels were never able to catch up. The Rebels finished 5-12 on the year.

Boys Lacrosse

The boys lacrosse team cruised to a 13-5 victory over BFA-St. Ablans in the Division 1 quarterfinals on Friday afternoon in South Burlington. The Rebel offense had a strong performance, led by Max Capano (four goals), Kyle Murakami (two goals, two assists), Calvin Hultgren (two goals, two assists), and Nick Licsinsky (two goals). Ryan Hockenbury also had a great game in net with seven stops.

Girls Lacrosse

The girls lacrosse team finished their season on Thursday, against Mt. Anthony. The seventh seeded Rebels lost to the Patriots 16-5 after giving up a 6-0 early lead. In the loss, Annika Nielsen had a strong offensive performance with three goals and Casey Johnson added two goals. The Rebels finished the season 9-9.


The golf sections for Division 1 North were held at Champlain Country Club last Wednesday. The Rebels Boys Golf team came in 2nd place, falling six strokes short of North Country (316). South Burlington’s scores finished with: Devon Havers 75, Chase Sharpe 78, Adam Fleischman 84, Kyle McLane 85.


The South Burlington Ultimate team finished in third place after a close 14-12 loss to Montpelier in the semis, followed by a 9-5 win over BFA in the consolation finals.

Congratulations on the season.

SOURCE: Drew Gordon, Correspondent