October 5: South Burlington Wolves Weekly Recap

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Wednesday October 04, 2017

Field Hockey

The Wolves field hockey team just passed the halfway point of the regular season and are playing a terrific game. The team has outscored opponents 37-5 over the eight game stretch. As they ready for October and the second half of the season, the team knows it will need to step up its play even more. The October 7 game will be pivotal for playoff positions as the Wolves host CVU for homecoming Saturday.
As expected, the returning core group of Yager, Hoehl, Vera, Liebegott, and Hall have led the way for the Wolves. The newcomers consisting of Odessa O’Brien, Caroline Desautels, and Hanako Memon have filled in gaps that were big questions coming into the season. Defensively, the duo of Emma Tolan and Danielle Sleiman along with keepers Marissa Pelino and Ainsley Hultgren have filled the big void left by last year’s graduation. Seniors Emma Miner and Molly Boardman have also chipped in offensively for the Wolves.

Girls Golf

The girls’ golf team finished 3rd out of eight teams in the Champlain Scramble on Thursday, September 21 in St. Albans. Team members included Olivia Worcester, Gretchen Nerber, Anna Hill, Lydia Charbonneau, Sydney Klugo, Layla O’Connor.

One week later, they finished in a tie for third place out of seven teams at West Bolton Country Club. Co-captains Gretchen Nerber and Layla O’Connnor led the Wolves in scoring in the nine hole match with a 59 and 56, respectively.

Boys Volleyball

The varsity boys volleyball team suffered two losses last week against two tough opponents. On Thursday, September 26, they traveled to Burlington and were defeated in straight sets, scoring 9, 14, and 14 in the three sets. On Friday, they lost to Essex (13-25, 14-25, 27-29) in straight sets. Friday’s game was a game of firsts for several players. Matthew Munson received a debut Varsity start in Friday’s game against Essex, and proved to be a very capable player making standout plays in every area of the court; front and back. Matt even deputized and proved to be a capable setter during the fight back in the third set that ended in overtime. Captain Jake Kellogg and Nikesh Pokhrel also played as did Liberos for the first time to lead the defense against some of the hardest hitting players in the state. Meanwhile, after struggling with his serves during the warmups Captain Noah Borden served two consecutive aces in the 3rd set and put up many more points that night. David Couture also rallied his partners at the net and transformed the front row into a living wall during the 3rd set that was constantly inconveniencing and frustrating the Hornet’s hitters.

Girls Volleyball

On September 25, the girls volleyball team traveled to Hinesburg for a matchup against CVU. The Wolves put up a great fight against the defending champs, falling 22-25, 14-25, and 21-25.

Three days later, South Burlington came back from a two set hole against visiting Burlington to win a thrilling five set match. The Wolves came out playing hard and lost a heartbreaker 26-28 in the first set to the Seahorses. The second set wasn’t quite as close as the Wolves fell 11-25. Down 0-2, the Wolves needed to win three straight sets to win the match. Lead by Captains Katie Gaulin and Meika Shuman, and their Setter, Hunter Delaney, the Wolves played very hard, aggressive, scrappy volleyball, and won the third set 25-22. A 25-20 win in the fourth set tied it up at two sets a piece. In the tie-breaking 5th set, the Wolves got behind (4-7 and 9-11) in a 15 point set. Every team member came in during the set to contribute. Getting to the starting lineup during the final stretch, the Wolves ran off the final six straight points of the set to win! The final set score was 15-11. The gym broke into a humongous roar.

Hopefully, South Burlington will be able to continue that momentum into their home match against Essex on October 5.  

Girls Cross Country

The SB girls cross country team had a great weekend of racing after placing 2nd in both the Varsity and JV race at the BFA Invitational. South Burlington athlete Camille Bolduc won the varsity race and Leah Mason placed an impressive 2nd in the JV race. The teams travel to Thetford on October 7.

Boys Cross Country

The boys cross country team performed in the BFA Invitational on Saturday, September 30. Some of the team’s top competitors stayed in South Burlington for a workout, opening the door for other athletes to step up. Missing six of the team’s top seven runnings, the team still finished 3rd at the meet (out of 10 scoring teams). The team was paced by Avery Barrino (6th in 17:54, PR!), Spencer McClary (23rd), Tristan McNight (26th), Jon O’Neil (27th in 19:03 - season record), Trey Uttecht (32nd in 19:24 - PR), Joe Balkan (40th in 19:45 - PT), and Owen Severance who finished a very courageous race while battling a nasty cold virus. The next race is scheduled for Saturday, October 7 for Thetford’s Woods Trail Run. 

Girls Soccer

The SB varsity team had two home games under the lights last week. On Tuesday, the Wolves defeated BFA-St. Albans 5-1. Megan Harton led the way with three goals and an assist. Olivia Dion and Cora Kakalec recorded goals while Dion, Claire Phillips and Bella Nevin rounded out the scoring with assists. The stingy defense only allowed three shots on goal in 80 minutes. Bailey Burt came up with two saves. On Saturday, the Wolves hosted CVU in a rematch from the previous Saturday. The Wolves conceded a golden goal early in the second overtime to lose the heartbreaker 1-0. Even though the girls played the final 25 minutes a player down, they continued to play a back and forth game against the undefeated Redhawks. Bailey Burt (5 saves) and Jess Burt (3 saves) shared time in the net. The Wolves are now 5-2-1 on the season and host Milton under the lights this Saturday.


South Burlington’s football team is now 2-3 on the season after defeating Mt. Anthony 12-7 at home on September 29. Nico Strempek’s two touchdown performance was enough for the Wolves to get the win. South Burlington went into the fourth quarter with a 12-0 lead, and while Mt. Anthony found the end zone in the fourth, the Wolves defense forced a game sealing turnover on downs with just two minutes to play.

Boys Golf

The NVAC championships were held at Williston on Wednesday, October 27. South Burlington’s Kyle McLane was the medalist in the meet with a score of 77. The Wolves finished in second place. Scorers were McLane 77, Calreton Plourde 89, Adam Sobczak 90, and Jagr Rinehart 91. 

Boys Soccer

On Wednesday, October 27, the boys soccer team defeated MMU 7-0 on the road. Goals were scored by Amerlin Neyeme (two), Tenzin Choedak (two), David Larrabe (one and two assists), Lukas Kaiser (one), and Tommy O’Leary (one). Patrick O’Hara also had two assists in the win while goalie Brendan Precourt needed only two saves for a shutout. The team travels to St. Albans on October 10.


SOURCE: Drew Gordon, Correspondent