Oct. 13: Rebel Recap

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Thursday October 13, 2016


On Friday, October 7, the Rebel volleyball team lost an extremely close match to Mid VT Christian. The scores were 18-25, 23-25, 23-25. The senior night match held at the Edge celebrated Rachel LaBombard, Grace McConnell, Elizabeth Nasab, Caleb Schirmer and Josh Webster-Heenan as the seniors in the program’s inaugural year. Their next match is at St. Johnsbury on Friday.

Boys Cross Country

The cross country team split up last week and headed to two different locations. On Friday, several runners from the squad ran at Mount Mansfield. Five Rebels finished under 20:00, led by Spencer McClary, Tristan McNight, Kendall Liberty, and freshmen Joe Balkan (set a PR) and Aidin Repsher (set a PR). The same day, some of the best runners from the team went to New York City for the Manhattan XC Invitational. The JV team finished 10th overall in the “E” race and the varsity team finished 7th in the “B” race. Varsity was led by Lucas Calcagni (22nd - 13:35), Trevor Houchens (32nd - 13:53), Kevin Le (47th - 14:07) and Jackson Hauman (54th - 14:15). Freshman Abhi Dodgson stepped up in his first varsity race and closed out the scoring runners. The team showed improvements from last year’s performance in the same event with 34 more points and one spot higher.

The girls cross country team also split up. At MMU, South Burlington finished 3rd in the four team event. The results from the Manhattan XC Invitational were unavailable. The next race for both teams will be on Saturday at the BFA Invitational.

Girls Soccer

The Rebels traveled to North Country on Wednesday, October 5 and defeated the Falcons 6-1. The Rebel offense was on fire, scoring four goals in four minutes and reaching their highest goal total of the season. The first goal was scored in the 44th minute by Bella Nevin who was assisted by Annika Nielsen. The second goal came 53 seconds later when Annika Nielsen took a shot from 25 yards away. Twenty seconds later, the Rebels were awarded a PK in which Cameron Peyko scored. In the 46th minute Peyko, who was assisted by Annika Nielsen, scored the fourth goal for the Rebels. In minute 75, Cora Kakalec scored and was assisted by Maddie Liebegott. The Rebels last goal was scored by Olivia Dion in the 88th minute of play and she was assisted by Sonya Heldman. 

On Saturday the rebels played Spaulding at home. Megan Harton opened up the scoring (assisted by Cora Kakalec) in the 57th minute. Harton followed up her first goal with a second in the 65th minute and was assisted by Annika Nielson. Both goals were one on one opportunities; the goalie and Harton delivered on each occasion. Bailey Burt had four saves in the win. The final score was 2-0 and South Burlington finished the week with a 7-2-1 record. Their next match up is home on Friday against St. Johnsbury.

Boys Soccer

The Rebel boys soccer team finished last week 2-0. On Wednesday, they defeated North Country 4-0 in Newport. The first three goals came in the first half and were scored by Patrick O’Hara and Amerlin Nemeye. Justin King scored one more in the second half and South Burlington rolled to a victory. Brendan Precourt secured six saves in the win. Two days later, the Rebels hosted Spaulding. The Rebels overcame a 2-0 deficit and ended up winning the game 4-2. Amerlin Nemeye scored three goals of his own. Patrick O’Hara, who had two assists in the second half, finished the Rebels scoring streak with a goal in the 69th minute. Brendan Precourt had three saves and the Rebels finished the week at 8-2.

Field Hockey

On Wednesday, October 5, the defending state champion field hockey team won a close game against CVU, bringing their record to 8-0 on the season. Friday afternoon, that undefeated record was put to the test against a battle-tested Essex team. Earlier in the year, South Burlington defeated Essex at home. This time though, Essex had all the answers for a high scoring South Burlington offense that hasn’t been shut out all year. Essex only needed one goal to secure a 1-0 victory. Despite South Burlington’s offensive chances, they were never quite able to find the goal. It was a well-played game in which both teams fought hard until the last whistle. The stage is set for a likely playoff matchup between the two teams. They finished the week with an 8-1 record. Their next game is on October 14 at home against Mt. Abe.


The Rebels traveled to the Collins Perley Sports Complex in St. Albans last Friday night for a showdown with the Bobwhites. It was a well-played first half as BFA went into the locker room with only a 10-0 advantage. The Bobwhites added twenty more points before SB quarterback Kevin Papariello threw a 4-yard TD pass to Chance O’Connor in the closing minutes of the game. McKenna Cooper’s kick added the extra point, bringing the final score to 30-7. The Rebels dropped to 0-6.

SOURCE: Drew Gordon