Thursday May 21, 2015
South Burlington put the brakes on Middlebury on Tuesday 5/8, defeating the Tigers on the road 8-6. Cam Nolting led the Rebels in scoring, contributing four goals in the win and helping South Burlington come storming back in the second half after trailing 4-1 at halftime. Ben Sievers helped orchestrate a second half comeback for his team, pacing the Rebels in the third quarter with a pair of critical scores. South Burlington stabilized their defense in the final quarters, led by a rock solid performance from goalie Mike Blauvelt, who made twelve saves in the game. Adnane Adossama and Matt Gilwee also added scores to help extend South Burlington’s lead. The Rebels are 8-3 with the win. “We have a couple big games coming up.” said South Burlington head coach Gar Smith “We play BFA on Friday, and then travel the following week to face Essex under the lights.” Additionally, Smith noted that Nolting is on pace to break South Burlington’s career scoring record; Nolting has 243 career points and is closing in on Zach Davidson’s record-setting career mark of 260.
South Burlington got a game-changing performance from goalie Danielle Boucher in last Wednesday’s hotly contested 9-5 victory over CVU. Boucher made twenty saves to hold the game together for the Rebels, and the team’s explosive offense continued to do its part to help lead South Burlington to victory. Sarah Fisher led her team on the offensive end of the field, scoring four key goals in the contest and adding an assist in the game. Annika Nielsen continued to find scoring opportunities, adding a pair of goals in the win, while teammates Kimmy Norris, Ava Hultgren, and Joan Vera each added a goal. The Rebels host Burlington on Wednesday, 5/20 before traveling to Mount Mansfield on Saturday, 5/23.
The Rebels punched in eleven runs in the first inning of Tuesday’s 19-6 victory over Spaulding, scattering 24 hits over the course of six innings to sink the Crimson Tide. Eddie Hockenbury earned the win for South Burlington from the pitching mound, also going 2-4 from the plate and driving in four runs for the Rebels. Patrick McMackin hit safely in all three of his plate appearances, while Connor Bradley went 2-4 on the afternoon, crushing a home run in the victory effort.
South Burlington continued to dominate on Thursday, defeating Mt. Abraham on the road 10-1. The Rebels built a 5-0 into the fifth inning, and then outscored the Eagles 5-1 in the final two innings to claim their third straight victory. Patrick McMackin earned the win for South Burlington, pitching three no-hit innings in the victory. Connor Bradley had another big day at the plate, contributing three hits in the game, while teammates Eddie Hockenbury, Spencer Lieberman, and Henry Cunningham added two hits apiece. South Burlington is 8-3 after this past week’s pair of wins and looks ahead to face three straight road games against Vergennes, Mount Mansfield, and Rice.
The Rebels fell to Spaulding in a 6-4 home loss on Tuesday, 5/12. South Burlington took a 2-0 lead in the third inning, but gave up a costly six-run sixth inning to the Crimson Tide that put the game out of reach for the Rebels. Liz Sargent and Kaity Groen each singled twice in the game, while Zeile Condon-Layman added a single and a double in the loss. Becky Borazzo took the loss from the mound for South Burlington, going the distance for her team while striking out ten batters. Spaulding’s sixth inning rally was made that much more aggravating for the Rebels due to the fact that it was generated by just three hits, but six South Burlington errors. A ground out to the mound finished off the Rebels in the seventh inning, stranding game-tying runners on second and third.
Things failed to improve for South Burlington in last Thursday’s 13-6 loss to Mount Abraham. Liz Sargent scored three times for the Rebels, while Becky Borazzo took the loss from the mound for South Burlington. With the pair of losses last week, South Burlington falls to 3-8 on the season. The team faces a slate of road games this coming week, traveling to Vergennes, Mount Mansfield, and Rice.
Track and Field
South Burlington hosted the Twighlight- Coaches vs. Cancer meet at Iverson Track this past Friday evening. Fueled by a good cause and a meet in front of their home crowd, the boy’s team finished first overall in the event, while the girl’s team took second place, finishing a narrow three points behind first-place finishers CVU. Perennial high-placing finishers Sean MacDonald and Jack Graham dominated the men’s 400m, placing 1st and 2nd in the event, respectively. Graham also took 2nd in the 200m, followed closely by teammates Caleb Schirmer (6th) and Ryan Croxford (7th). James Gregoire and Tom Dustira were equally successful in the 800m, finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively, while Bobby Hall finished 3rd in the 1-mile run and Kevin Le raced to a 2nd place finish in the 2-mile. South Burlington claimed the 2-4 spots in the 110m hurdles, with Brennan Hanson taking the 2nd place finish and followed closely by Nick Knudsen and Trent Austin, respectively. Hanson also finished 2nd for his team in the 300m hurdles. Isaac Girouard, Colin O’Brien, and Phil Lyon finished 2-4 in the men’s shotput, while the team of Jack Graham, Sean MacDonald, Andrew Levite, and Connor MacDonald raced to victory in the 4x400m relay. Lyon also finished first in discus for South Burlington. Last but not least for the boy’s team, Caleb Kasupski won the long jump for the Rebels, while taking a 2nd place finish in the triple-jump.
In the girl’s events, Kayla Gilding finished first for the Rebels in 100m and the 400m and also led her team with a 1st place finish in the long jump. Olivia Dickinson took a 3rd place finish in the 100m hurdles, while the team of Dickinson, Cameron Peyko, Chloe Zinn, and Catherine Yang finished 3rd out of ten competing teams in the 4x100 relay. The Rebels were equally successful in the field events, with Emylie Rose taking a 1st place finish in shot-put, followed closely on the leader board by teammates Allie Bosley and Meghan Kronoff, who finished 4th and 5th in the event. Bosley also led the Rebels in the javelin event, finishing 2nd overall.
The South Burlington boys blew the competition out of the water at their home event, nearly doubling 2nd place finisher CVU’s score with a total of 235.5. The girls finished with a 121.25, just off pace of the CVU girl’s 124 final score. The Rebels will get to enjoy a second straight home meet when they host CVU, Hazen, Richford, So. Royalton, and Spaulding on Thursday, 5/21.
The girl’s golf team has fourteen competitors on its roster this spring, making it the largest team in the fifteen year history of the sport at South Burlington. Coach Joseph Maley is enthusiastic about what he’s seen out of his team so far this year. Tri-captains Lexi Coleman, Chloe Grant, and Grace Monteiro are providing a dose of veteran leadership and consistency on the course, allowing developing contributors like Taylor Pillsbury and Toni Kail to make an impact for the Rebels this season. “The team has finished 2nd at St. Johnsbury and has had two 4th’s and one 5th place finish against some of the most competitive teams in our league,” said Maley. “Nine golfers participated in Tuesday’s match at Enosburg, the largest group to ever represent South Burlington girl’s golf!” The team’s next match is against Burlington, when the Rebels travel to Kwiniaska on 5/22.
SOURCE: Peter Caulkin, Correspondent