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March 8: South Burlington Wolves Weekly Recap

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Thursday March 08, 2018

Girls Basketball

After the regular season, the Wolves girls basketball team earned the #4 seed for the Division 1 playoffs. They defeated Rutland on Tuesday, February 27 with a 53-30 final score. Emma MacDonough scored twenty (7 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists) and also netted her 1000th point of her high school career. Grace Hoehl (16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2 assists) and Sonya Heldman (11 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal) contributed to the Wolves’ victory.

On Friday, March 2, Hoehl’s 23 points and MacDonough’s 10 were not enough as the Wolves’ season ended with a 50-43 loss against visiting Rice. A combination of Rice’s fast start and ability from the free-throw line held off a late South Burlington rally. “What a group, my heart hurts knowing I won’t be able to share moments and spend time with them every day,” Coach Sawyer said after the game. “However, I am so thankful for our six seniors and this team for everything they gave me, the staff,  the program, the school, and the community. There is a new feel for SB Girls Basketball here in SB and we wouldn’t have been able to do what we did without all the support from the parents, fans, school, and administration. Together forever,” he added.

Boys Basketball

The Wolves boys basketball team went 1-1 in the final week of the regular season. On Tuesday, they hosted St. Johnsbury and lost by a score of 79 to 48. Ethan Klesch led South Burlington with 24 points while Hakeem Fuad added 11.

On Thursday, March 1, Klesch’s 28 points and six three-pointers propelled the Wolves to a strong third quarter and a 70-64 road win over North Country. Brendan Bridge and Hakeem Fuad combined for 27 points in the win.
Nordic Skiing

Nordic skiing closed out its team season last week at the Nordic State meets at Craftsbury (skate) and Rikert (classic), with individual and relay events in both races. 

Craftsbury did a great job given the snow conditions, which left some corners of the course icy and some sections with “sandy” piled snow. The conditions rewarded athleticism as well as strong capable skiing. In keeping with Vermont nordic tradition, races at the end of the season get longer as skiers are skiing their way into better condition. In this 5k race the Wolves top skiers were Peter Miller, finishing 44th and co-captain Cal Banas and Sam Valin who finished in the 50’s. Underclassmen Spencer McClary and Lucas Parascondo were next for South Burlington, followed closely by Damien Hellen. Holly Margulius skiied the tough 5k course well in her first 5k race. 

In the classic race at Rikert (Middlebury) Peter, Cal, Lucas, Damien and Spencer represented with Peter and Cal as the top finishers, all working hard after a good training at Rikert the day before. Injured co-captain Eli Grossman continued the challenging work of waxing skiis to provide grip without compromising glide, without which classic skiers cannot ski race. 

Two South Burlington racers qualified to continue their season. Peter Miller and Camille Bolduc qualified to represent SBHS and Vermont on the U16 team that will race against other New England states and the New York U16 teams in NY this month. Bolduc, who was injured during states, missed by one spot representing New England in the Junior Nationals. 

Girls Hockey

The girls hockey team is headed to the Division 2 semi-finals after defeating Burr & Burton 2-0 at home on March 3. Goals were scored by Emma Havers (assist by Elise Norotsky) and Claire Wright.

Boys Hockey

On Tuesday, February 27, South Burlington’s boys hockey team defeated ninth-seeded Rutland 6-1 at Cairns. The eighth-seeded Wolves broke open a scoreless game in the second as they cruised to a dominating win. John Thibeault, Jared Baron (assist), Cam Hudson, Gabe Frigo, Rees Baker (assist) and Nate Scandore scored the goals for the Wolves. Ray Thibeault had two assists while Logan Riddle made 18 saves.

That win set up a clash against first-seeded BFA St. Albans. On Saturday, March 3, the Wolves travelled to Collins-Perley and upset the Bobwhites with a 3-2 victory. Jared Baron’s two goals were key to the upset while Rees Baker (assist from John Thibeault) gave the Wolves an initial 2-1 lead at the end of the first. Ted Hopper made 30 saves in the quarterfinal win. The semi-finals will take place at Gutterson Fieldhouse on Friday, March 9.

SOURCE: Drew Gordon, Correspondent