Thursday September 14, 2017
On Wednesday, September 6, the boys golf team traveled to the Links at Lang Farm. The Wolves finished in second place behind Essex. Joey Geremia and Mason Klesch had the lowest scores for the Wolves with a 40, followed by Pierce Goslovich (43), and Will Bruns (44).
On Friday, September 8, the girls team played at Arrowhead Country Club. While they finished in third place, they were only two strokes out of 3rd in a field of 11 teams. This is a young team, so there is a lot of buzz surrounding this group of players. Senior co-captain Gretchen Nerber and sophomore Olivia Worcester were the low scorers with a 46 each for 9 holes. Also competing were senior co-captain Layla O’Connor and sophomore Anna Hill.
The Burlington invitational took place on Saturday, September 9. The South Burlington girls team placed seventh out of seventeen teams. Camille Bolduc finished first in the race with a time of 19:46.1. Next up is a September 15 meet at the Tree Farm in Essex.
On Wednesday, September 7, the boys soccer team took down U-32, 4-0, after Amerlin Nemeye scored three goals in the second half. Ben Knudsen scored the Wolves first-half goal and Patrick O’Hara earned two assists. Brendan Precourt had one save in the win.
Three days later, the Wolves reached a 3-0 record on the year with another 4-0 win, this time over visiting Milton. Patrick O’Hara earned a hat trick, while Amerlin Nemeye had two assists and Amza Issa also scored in the win. Ben Capano made one save. The Wolves travel to Rutland on September 14.
After a back and forth game, the Wolves football team suffered a tough loss at the hands of Colchester on the road on Friday, September 8. South Burlington got on the board for their first score with a Robbie Mafuta 6-yard touchdown, helping push the Wolves to an 8-6 lead. A 23-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Papariello to Andrew Cunningham (4 catches for 83 yards) gave them a 15-14 lead at the half. Leading rusher Ryan Tart (202 yards on 19 carries) put the Wolves up by even more early in the third with a 12-yard touchdown run, giving them a 21-14 edge. The Lakers battled back into the game, taking the lead toward the end of the third. A fumble on the Colchester goaline prevented the Wolves from regaining the lead and they struggled to find the end zone as Colchester finished off the game with one final touchdown. It was a hard fought game on both sides and if not for Colchester’s big plays, the result could have easily gone the other way. The final score was 33-21. Their next game is in Burlington on Friday, September 15.
In a rematch of last year’s state championship game, the Wolves field hockey team defeated Essex 1-0 on September 7 at SBHS. Joan Vera assisted Emma Liebegott’s game winning goal and Marissa Pelino secured the shutout with 12 saves in the game.
The outlook for the back-to-back state champion field hockey team is positive. While the team is aware of the target on their back, a very competitive schedule, and some other teams bringing solid experience, the team is ready for the challenge to return to the title game. Four-year varsity players: Willow Yager, Grace Hoehl, Joan Vera, and Emma Liebegott are leading the way on the front line as well as in center midfield. The other returning starter from last year, Kate Hall, looks to continue her ability to find the back of the net at key moments in games. Senior GK Marissa Pelino, senior Emma Tolan, and sophomore Danielle Sleiman are coming together nicely as the core defensive unit for the Wolves. Juniors Caroline Desautels and Hanako Memon are filling voids left by graduation in the midfield and are going to be key to the success this season. In addition, Odessa O’Brien is showing that her speed and stickwork will once again make the Wolves difficult to slow down on the right side of the field. The team hosts Rutland on September 18.
On Tuesday, September 5, the Wolves girls soccer earned a 3-1 win over U-32 in East Montpelier. Bailey Burt earned three saves while Eve Heroux, Tara Lowensohn and Claire Phillips picked up the goals in the win. On September 16, the team travels to Manchester to take on Burr & Burton.
In the first home match ever for the South Burlington girls volleyball team, the varsity team lost 3-0 to Rice with scores of 19-25, 13-25 and 13-25. It was a successful, hard fought match with hard serves, great net play and strong defense.
The next day, the Wolves traveled to Mid-Vermont Christian School. After a slow start, SB got back into the match in the second set. It was a back and forth set that went into extra points. Though SB mounted a valiant comeback in the third set, they could not quite pull off the win. The final scores were 16-25, 25-27, and 19-25.
The coaches for this year’s team are Rick Codling, Michelle DiPinto, and Joanne Winter.
On the boys side, Coaches Dave Stephenson and Clifford Collins led the team into their first matchup against visiting Essex on September 5. The varsity team lost 3 sets to 1 with scores of 16-25, 25-20, 14-25, and 17-25. Noah “the Sparrow” Ladue made several great digs out of the net to keep the ball alive and in play which helped contribute to the Wolves victory in the second set. “Considering this was the first ever varsity boy’s match in our school’s history, and that our opponents are one of the favorites to win the state championships, I believe that our performance exceeded expectations,” said Coach Rick Codling. “The guys managed to take a set from their opponents, and hung tough throughout against some of the greatest volleyball players in the state,” he added. The teams host St. Johnsbury on September 14.
SOURCE: Drew Gordon, Correspondent