Thursday September 29, 2016
The Field Hockey team finally returned to action Friday night, September 23, against Essex. It was a much anticipated game as both teams had perfect records. The Rebels put an immense amount of pressure on the Hornets and finally broke through 15 minutes in, with Emma Liebegott putting home a rebound. In the second half, the Rebels pushed hard again and pulled away with another goal from Liebegott and one from Joan Vera. The midfield play of Grace Hoehl, Julia Finnegan, and Madi Grabowski once again made it difficult for Essex to gain any momentum. Essex did find the back of the net with three minutes left in regulation, but it wasn’t enough as the final score was 3-1. Their next matchup will be a road test versus Middlebury on September 29 before returning home for a Saturday afternoon game vs. Colchester.
The Rebels boys cross country team had two meets last week. On Thursday, they had a 2.3 mile race at Red Rocks. Finley Killeen was the overall winner with a time of 13:54, a 1:12 improvement from his previous race on the same course. Tristan McNight (4) and Spencer McLarly (9) rounded out the top 10. Wesley Palmer improved his time three minutes and 15 seconds, while teammates Harrison Hopper and Harry Quick both improved over a minute.
On Saturday, September 24, the runners headed to Manchester, NH for the Manchester Invitational. In the freshman race, South Burlington finished seventh overall and was the top Vermont finisher. Abi Dodgson finished 8th overall (2nd from Vermont) out of 231 athletes. They repeated this performance in the JV race, led by Jon O’Neil (29) and Colin McKay (37) who raced against 329 other runners. In the varsity race the Rebels finished 8th overall in a field of 261 runners. Their top finishers were Lucas Calcagni who finished 35th with a personal best time of 17:02 and Ethan Sheffield who came in 48th place with a 17:12 and also a personal best. Their next meet is the Thetford Invitational on October 1.
On Wednesday, September 21, the Rebels girls soccer team fought and defeated a tough squad from Colchester, 1-0. In the 76th minute, Cameron Peyko, assisted by Annika Nielsen, hit the game winning goal after racing past the Colchester defense and retrieving a long pass from Nielsen. Bailey Burt had fourteen saves on a very powerful Colchester offense. On Saturday, they battled to a 0-0 tie against local rival Burlington High School. The Rebels played against the host team, and Burt needed seven saves to secure the tie. The Rebels finished last week 4-1-1. Their next game is against Essex September 30.
Tuesday, September 20, the Rebel boys soccer team narrowly defeated the division 2 defending state champions, 1-0. American Nemeye scored 16 minutes into the second half and Brendan Precourt had two saves in the shutout win. On Friday, the boys team battled to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Burlington Seahorses. Their next game is October 1 against Essex.
South Burlington’s football team dropped to 0-4 on the season after being defeated at host Brattleboro on Saturday, September 24. The South Burlington defense was unable to stop Brattleboro running back Cheick Diakite who had 159 yards on 23 carries. Their next contest is at home against Middlebury on September 30.
On Monday, September 19, all the SBHS Volleyball teams went to Enosburg Falls High School. The varsity girls team lost 3-1, but it was the first set they have won all year and the match was full of tough points and long rallies. Then on Friday, September 23, the varsity team played against Lyndon Institute in their second home match in the program’s young history. South Burlington was down a couple of players from injury, but played a close match against a strong team. SBHS lost in three sets. Their next event is against Burlington High School on Thursday, September 29.
SOURCE: Drew Gordon, Correspondent