Thursday October 27, 2016
On October 21, the Rebels hosted rival Essex in a rain drenched game that ultimately ended in Essex’s favor. The Rebels, however, held their own as Manny Boardman once again led the offense with a one touchdown, 190 yard rushing performance. McKenna Cooper was good on the extra point after the touchdown. In the third quarter of the game, quarterback Kevin Papariello hit Paul O’Neil for a 54 yard touchdown pass down the sideline. Chance O’Conner snagged the two point conversion. Papariello finished with 83 yards passing in the game. The Rebel defense also played well as Ryan Hockenbury, Luis Gonzalez-Hernandez, and Brett Bohlmann combined for 15 total tackles. Noah Zhou also recovered an onside kick for special teams. The final score was 32-15, but the Rebels put up a valiant effort. South Burlington finishes the season on Friday with a home game against Mt. Anthony in the consolation round.
The Rebels traveled to BFA-Saint Albans on Wednesday, October 19 and left with a 1-0 win. At the end of regulation play the score was tied 0-0 but the deciding goal came in the first 30 seconds of overtime when Bella Nevin took a shot from midfield that made its way into the back of the net as the Rebels surged to a dramatic overtime finish. Goalie Bailey Burt tallied two saves during the game. On Saturday, the Rebels hosted MMU on senior day. The Rebels lost 1-0 in another overtime when the cougars retrieved the ball at the half and made their way through the South Burlington defense. Bailey Burt made two saves during this game.
The team finished the 2016 regular season with a 9-3-2 record, showing incredible improvement after going 6-7-1 last season. Cam Peyko lead the team in goals with eight, while Megan “Jam” Harton had five and Bella Nevin scored three. Annika Nielsen led the team in assists, finishing the year with five. Posie Nash-Gibney, Jessica Burt and Bailey Burt were a constant presence for a defense that had seven shutouts, allowing only eight goals in 14 games this season. Madison Druzba had a breakout year, transitioning to outside back from center midfield last year and becoming a vital part of that defense. Madison Liebegott had a great freshman season, getting time in every game and chipping in with a goal and 2 assists.
The cross country team is preparing for their championship season and on Saturday, October 22, only a handful of the top runners attended a nine team event at MMU. The top Rebel finisher on the girls side was Mercedes Weekes, who placed 40th with a time of 21:59:90. On the boys side, Trevor Houchens finished sixth overall with a time of 16:58.99 while Kevin Le came in 16th and finished in 17:42:36.
The Rebels had a busy week playing three games in five days. The week started with a slim 1-0 road win over MMU. The Rebel defense held off the second half pressure by MMU which included an amazing stick save by midfielder Madi Grabowski to keep the Cougars off the scoreboard. The Rebels then hosted Middlebury on Wednesday evening and honored the 9 seniors on the team. The Rebels had solid play all over the field and came through with a 3-0 victory. Seniors Maggie Miller and Maddie Ireland along with junior Joan Vera accounted for the Rebel tallies. The Rebels then closed out the regular season with a road game at CVU. It was a great game despite the wet conditions. Emma Liebegott and Joan Vera found the back of the net while Liz Sargent worked the 10 save shutout. The win secured the top seed for the Rebels in the playoffs.
Last week was a great week for volleyball. The Varsity Girls played on Tuesday, October 18 at Harwood. It was a very close match that Harwood won in 5 sets, 2-3 (27-25, 25-23, 10-25, 14-25, 15-12). After losing the first two sets, the Rebels battled back and won the 3rd and 4th sets, forcing a deciding fifth set. The girls JV team showed a lot of growth, capturing second place in a jamboree held at Essex on Saturday, October 22. The boys JV team also lost in the finals in a three set match to CVU. Congrats on a great first regular season to the South Burlington High School Volleyball Team.
Tuesday, October 23, the Rebels defeated St. Albans 3-1 at the Collins Perley sports complex. Amerlin Nemeye scored twice and Lucas Kaiser added the third goal while Patrick O’Hara picked up two assists. Brendan Precourt tallied two saves.
On Friday, the Rebels hosted Mount Mansfield. O’Hara was involved in each goal scored for South Burlington, picking up two goals and assisting five others as the Rebels dominated their way to a 7-1 victory. Amerlin Nemeye had a hat trick in the first half, and Rakesh Subedi and Lukas Kaiser also scored goals. Josh Phillips finished with three saves.
SOURCE: Drew Gordon, correspondent