The Rebels return an experienced group to the course this spring, led by seniors Noah Beatty, Alec Gelfebein, and Evan Geremia. “All three Rebels are in their fourth year of varsity competition and represent one of the strongest trios in the state this spring,” said team co-coach Ryan Navin. The three seniors will be joined by juniors and three-year players Devon Havers and Chase Sharpe. This same five player group qualified for the state finals the past two seasons and finished fourth in last year’s competition at the Country Club of Vermont. The team is eager to build off their success and is aiming for an even stronger finish this spring. However, they will need the experience and leadership of their veterans, and the commitment and work ethic of their developing players to accomplish this goal. Owen Gilwee and Brandon Gay will compete for the sixth position on the starting roster, and the team will welcome freshman Joey Geremia, Kyle McLane, and Carelton Plourde. The season kicks off at the local Rocky Ridge course on 4/27. The course will also host the sectional qualifier match on 5/26, with the state finals being held at Green Mountain National Country Club on 6/4.
The South Burlington girl’s team has its largest roster ever this season, with fifteen members hitting the links for the Rebels. This year, the team will be anchored by veteran co-captains Lexi Coleman, Chloe Grant, and Grace Monteiro. Other Rebels set to make an impact this season include Ashley Bartlett, Cindy Do, Nicky Guarino, and Taylor Pillsbury, all players who have at least one season of varsity competition under their belt. Joining the team this season is sophomore newcomer Toni Kail, who has been promising in preseason competition according to South Burlington head coach Joe Maley. The Rebels travel for their first meet on 4/27 when they face Spaulding at the Barre Country Club. The team will have its first home meet of the season, hosted at Vermont National on 5/5.
The Rebels started out their season with a strong win over Woodstock. After getting rained out earlier in the week against St. Albans, South Burlington was eager to get their season started and torched the Wasps with a 9-0 run in the first half, on the way to a 13-2 victory in the game. Team captain Cam Nolting led his team with ten total points in the contest, contributing eight goals and two assists. Fellow captain Dylan Avery was also effective, moving well with and without the ball and adding two goals and two assists in the game. Kyle Murakami added a goal and a pair of assists and the South Burlington defense controlled Woodstock’s offense throughout the matchup, led by goalie Mike Blauvelt and defenders Peter Camardo, Tyler Ayers, Steve Cone, and Matt Gilwee. The Rebels face their first road matchup this week, when they travel to face CVU on Wednesday, 4/15.
The Rebels split their first two games this past week. South Burlington defeated U-32 in a high scoring 17-13 contest last Tuesday 4/7, before falling to Burr&Burton 11-6 on Friday 4/10. “The Rebels got a strong performance from many returning players,” said South Burlington head coach Anjie Soucy. “Senior Sarah Fisher currently sits at 199 career points, and with two games on the schedule for this week, we’re hopeful that she’ll reach that 200 point mark. The Rebel defense is starting to work together nicely as a unit. The transition game is still a challenge area for us, and the Rebel attack is starting to implement numerous offensive sets to help things flow offensively. After splitting the two games this past week, the team is hopeful to pick up two back to back wins in their games this coming week.” South Burlington will have to travel to Rutland for their first road game on Tuesday, 4/14 before returning home to face Spaulding on Friday, 4/17.
SOURCE: Peter Caulkins, Correspondent