Thursday March 16, 2017
The 2017 Alpine Ski Team State Championships were held at Middlebury Snow Bowl on the challenging Allen Trail on March 6 and 7, hosted by SBHS & CVU. At the end of the first day of slalom the SBHS girls had two spots on the podium with Annika Nielsen defending her 2016 state championship title with another gold medal. Ava Hultgren saved her best skiing for the state championships, skiing to a bronze medal third place. The other Rebels were Madi Grabowski in 18th, Emily Shafritz in 26th and Ellie Hall in 28th. After the first day the girls were a mere two points behind Stowe and in second place to set the stage for an exciting giant slalom the next day.
The boys slalom had Cam Chiari leading the Rebels in 18th place followed by Oliver Kowalewitz, Ethan Hood & Trey Uttecht.
The weather the second day for giant slalom turned to a thick mist with much of the mountain in clouds. After the officials met in the morning it was decided to bring the start lower for better visibility for the racers. The shortened giant slalom proved easy as the racers charged the course. At the end of the day the girls settled into 3rd place overall for the season and the boys a very respectable 11th place.
On Wednesday, March 8, the girls basketball team opened up their playoffs on the road with a 55-43 victory over sixth-seeded North Country. Emma MacDonough led the way with 16 points and Grace Hoehl added 13. The Rebels went into the half with a 10 point lead and finished the game 12-16 from the foul line in the fourth quarter.
On Saturday, March 11, the girls basketball team fell to third-seeded Mount Anthony in the Division 1 quarter finals. Hoel led the team with 15 points supported by MacDonough who scored 7. The Rebels finished the season 12-10 in Coach Sawyer’s first season.
On Thursday, March 2, the South Burlington snowboard team competed in the State GS competition at Okemo Resort. The team took home third place and received the bronze award. “Given that they started the season with thirteen boys and ended with seven, third place felt like an accomplishment,” Coach Hanna said. “These seven boys showed commitment to their sport and their teammates, diligence in training, and perseverance,” he said. Captain Philip Hampson placed third overall in the race, followed by his co-captain Cjaye Burton, junior Mason Edmonds, and senior Teagan Cooper.
SOURCE: Drew, Gordon, Correspondent