Holm Competes in Rollerski Classic
South Burlington’s Hanna Holm finished in fourth place in the U16 women (under 16 years of age) category at the New England Nordic Ski Association’s Rossignol Fall Rollerski Classic on Oct. 13. The competition took place at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site at the Vermont National Guard base in Jericho. Presented by Mansfield Nordic Club, the event featured 5k, 10k, and 25k competitions for youth skiers, collegiate competitors, and adults alike. Hailing from the U.S., Canada, and Norway, 172 racers participated in what is described as the largest rollerski competition in North America.
SBHS Field Hockey Loses Title Game
SOUTH BURLINGTON - When the Division I field hockey state championship game ended on Saturday, one team would have four straight titles.
It could have been No. 2 South Burlington, who captured the last four D-I state crowns. Or maybe it would be top-seeded Bellows Falls, a newcomer to D-I but with a D-II title last season and back-to-back D-III championships in 2015 and 2016.
Unfortunately for Wolves fans, it was Bellows Falls who emerged with the coveted fourth straight state title.
The Terriers scored two goals in the final 15 minutes to earn a 2-0 win over South Burlington and grab the D-I crown on Saturday at UVM’s Moulton Winder Field.
“You can tell they have 12 seniors who have played together,” said South Burlington coach Anjie Soucy. “They have a sense of one another on the field.”
On paper, the Wolves controlled the game, outshooting the undefeated Terriers 17-5. But it was Bellows Falls (17-0) who struck first, turning on their lightning quick transition game.
“Statistically it should have been our day, but their goalie was on fire,” Soucy said. “I’ve got a bunch of seniors and they have just had an awesome experience.”
Maya Waryas collected the ball near the midfield and took advantage of a slip by a South Burlington defender to find some space to break toward the net. The freshman then moved around another defender and moved in Wolves goalie Ainsley Hultgren.
“You could see the momentum going on that one,” Soucy said. “They finished.”
Waryas beat Hultgren with a shot to the far corner to give Bellows Falls a 1-0 lead with 14:33 left in regulation.
The Terriers doubled the lead just over five minutes later, connecting on their fifth penalty corner of the second half.
Madison Streeter served the ball in from the endline, passing to Abbe Cravinho who fired a shot on net. The rebound bounced right back to Streeter, who deposited it into the net for 2-0 lead.
With the two-goal lead, the Terrier defense refused to allow South Burlington a chance to get back in the game and handed the Wolves a shut out in a title game for the first time since 2011.
Hultgren made three saves in goal for South Burlington, who finished with a 14-2-1 record.
“We worked hard and these girls never gave up and earned a D-I championship,” said Bellows Falls coach Bethany Coursen. “We are a team in all essence of the word. “Yes, I have some good players, but I have a great team.”
SOURCE: Lauren Read, Sports Correspondent
Wolves lose to CVU in D-I Semifinal
South Burlington’s fifth-seeded girls soccer team took on the top-seeded Champlain Valley Redhawks last Wednesday in the Division 1 semifinals.
The Wolves held strong through the first half with goalie Hannah Murray making multiple saves.
In the second half, CVU’s Josie Pecor and Olivia Zubarik scored, leading the Redhawks to a 2-0 win over South Burlington.
“We are a very young team,” said South Burlington coach Cory Payson. “I am only losing four players, four key players unfortunately, but I think the foundation is there to have a really strong fall next year. I have 10 sophomores and freshmen, they grew up this year for sure.”
SOURCE: Maddie Hughes, The Other Paper