The South Burlington Rebels football team defeated Mt. Anthony 27-0 for their first win of the season last Friday night at home. The Rebels played tremendously on defense, shutting out the Mt. Anthony offense. Special teams also played well, and the offense utilized a solid ground game to put points on the board. The team celebrated its 12 seniors with an outstanding effort, as seniors accounted for each of the four touchdowns in the game. As a team, this performance achieved several firsts of the season. Besides winning the game, the Rebels had their first INT returned for a touchdown (by Paul O’Neil), they scored the most points of their season, most touchdowns, and first shutout.
Ryan Hockenbury’s fumble recovery set up South Burlington’s first score as Manny Boardman found the end zone from eight yards out. Paul O’Neil had two scores, one on offense and one on defense, and Boardman finished the scoring with another run late in the game. McKenna Cooper connected on three extra points. Congrats to the Rebel football team for finishing the season in the best possible way.
Wednesday, October 26, the girls soccer team earned a trip to the semi-finals after defeating Middlebury 4-0 at home. McLean, Kakalec, Harton, and Peyko all scored for the Rebels.
Three days later, the Rebels ended up hosting fourth seeded CVU after the game had to be moved due to poor field conditions. The 10-4-2 Rebels earned a quick lead in the game when Megan Harton took advantage of a loose ball and found the back of the net. The lead wouldn’t last long though, as CVU answered with two first-half goals and the game went to halftime with CVU up 2-1. Down 3-1 later in the game, Olivia Dion scored with six minutes left to play. Before the game was over, the Rebels would sacrifice another goal while they did everything they could to get the ball in the net to tie it up.
The Rebels had a great season and have shown tremendous improvement over the last couple years. The team appears to have vast staying power potential as it hopes to remain a contender in division one for years to come. The Rebels will miss their seven seniors, all of which were major contributors to the program this season.
The Cross Country teams traveled to Missisquoi for the District Championships on Saturday, October 30. The boys team finished 2nd overall behind CVU and were led by, Trevor Houchens - 6th in 16:35, Lucas Calcagni - 7th in 16:36, Jackson Hauman - 12th in 16:56, Ethan Sheffield - 15th in 17:06, and Kevin Le - 17th in 17:11. The girls team finished seventh. Both teams have states this weekend.
Friday, October 28, number one seeded South Burlington defeated Rutland 3-1 in the quarterfinals at home. Madi Grabowsky, Willow Yager, and Joan Vera scored the goals for the Rebels and Liz Sargent secured five saves. South Burlington earned a spot in the semis with the win.
South Burlington has concluded its first season of volleyball. Last Monday, October 24, the Rebels lost to MMU in the regular season finale 1-3 (16-25, 14-25, 25-23, 15-25). The team was then put in the playoff bracket, and matched up with fourth seeded Rice. Rice won the match 25-8, 25-8, 25-14, winning 3 sets to 0.
Congrats to the team on a great inaugural season, and a special congratulations goes out to Katie Cheung, who was nominated to the VYVA All-State Volleyball Team.
The Rebels boys soccer team picked up two playoff wins last week. On Tuesday, October 25, the Rebels dominated MMU 5-0. Goals were scored by Patrick O’Hara (two goals), Amerlin Nemeye (two goals), and Rakesh Subedi. Josh Phillips had five saves in the win.
Saturday, the fourth seeded Rebels hosted fifth seeded Rice. Amerlin Nemeye and Patrick O’Hara teamed up for all three goals as O’Hara set up each of Nemeye’s three goal effort in the game. Josh Philips recorded six saves and the 13-3 Rebels earned a berth in the semis after avenging last year’s semi-finals loss to the Green Knights.
SOURCE: Drew Gordon, Correspondent