The Rebels saw their first matchup of the regular season pre-empted this past week by Vermont’s always-tumultuous spring weather. The team won’t be undone by this slight scheduling hiccup, however; South Burlington enters the season with a deep roster of game tested veterans who will be eager to start their season at home against Woodstock on Wednesday 4/8. The Rebels return two leading scorers to their roster this season. Cam Nolting has led the team in goals for the past two seasons from his attack position and is a returning All-American, while Dylan Avery was the Rebel’s second leading scorer a year ago and provides an excellent counter-punch to South Burlington’s offensive scheme. Other returnees sure to make an impact on the field for the Rebels this season include four-year starting goalie Mike Blauvelt, midfielders Kyle Murakami and Hank Collins, and defenseman Peter Camardo.
Head coach Gar Smith is also eager to integrate the team’s new faces into South Burlington’s winning system. Smith is eager to see how Kyle MacDonald fits in with Avery and Nolting in the attack unit, while Max Capano will see some shifts at midfield and Jeremy Clements will help anchor the Rebels defense. “The 2015 Rebels return a solid group of seniors (thirteen in total), with a balance of young talent to step in and fill roles vacated from last year’s team.” said Smith. “The attitudes from this group, this preseason, show that they are ready to perform and honor the game that they love.”
The South Burlington girls team has some big shoes to fill, according to head coach Anjie Soucy. “It’s a big question facing our program,” said Soucy, optimistically adding “but we’ve been here before.” The Rebels have indeed been in this position before, as consistency, work ethic, and a deep and talented roster have become the calling cards for the South Burlington program. And this program, coached under Soucy to playoff wins and championship victories, has been as dominant as any team in the state in recent years. Veteran players returning to South Burlington’s lineup this season include Sarah Fisher, Casey Johnson, and Kimmy Norris, who will stabilize the Rebel’s midfield and be essential to the team’s game plan on both offense and defense. Meghan Mostyn returns to anchor the defense in her senior year, while Danielle Boucher will step up in goal for the Rebels. The team will be looking for big offensive production from sophomore Ava Hultgren and Soucy feels she will have to be an integral part of South Burlington’s midfield for the Rebel offense to be a threatening unit. “The Rebels have had a very encouraging start to the preseason and the team certainly seems to have high expectations.” said Soucy “There are many newcomers and returning players showing potential and promise. The quest for another state title is in the works!”
The boys track team enters the spring season with an unprecedented 68-man roster, to the excitement of South Burlington head coach Geoff Bennett. “This is the largest team that I can remember,” said Bennett. “While we’ve experienced some great success these past two years, the seniors are hungry and eager to close out the season with their legacy in tact.” The team will be captained by four returning veterans who will continue to play a big role in the team’s success this season- seniors Sean MacDonald, Matt Royer, Caleb Kasupski, and James Gregoire. Juniors Gabe Nelson and Greg Desautels will add their athletic ability and their leadership in assistant captain roles. “It’s going to be an extremely tough state championship on June 6, and Mount Mansfield looks to be the slight favorite, based on last year’s scoring and the field of graduating seniors.” said Bennett “I believe the important strength of our team is our depth, which will likely have a big impact on the state meet’s final scores.” Before the team faces the state meet, they will have to get the spring underway with their first meet of the season, which the Rebels will host on April 15. Bennett also noted that the team will host the 3rd annual Coach vs. Cancer Twilight Meet on May 15.
The girl’s team brings a deep roster of their own to this spring, with 40 athletes competing for South Burlington. “We have a lot of new faces this season,” said South Burlington head coach Nicole Colantoni “We also have a strong group of returnees and are looking forward to seeing how our new and veteran talents mesh together.” Kayla Gilding and Emylie Rose will be leading the Rebels in their role as team captains, and Colantoni expects big performances from both veteran athletes. The coach also expects big scoring performances and team leadership out of Rebels Jessica Beaulieu, Emily Kollar, Meghan Cook, and Olivia Dickinson. “There’s great energy and excitement as we await our first competition.” said Colantoni “Our first home meet is 4/15, and our annual Iverson Relays, which is a girls-only meet, is on 5/9.”
SOURCE: Peter Caulkin