Thursday April 06, 2017
The expectations for the team are high and so far, it feels as though the girls are up for the challenge. There is a lot of positive energy, along with tremendous effort, and some surprising young talent to round out the squad.
Six seniors return to the squad and all will play pivotal roles to the team’s success: Kimmy Norris & Ava Hultgren on attack; Annika Nielsen in midfield; Melissa Valgoi, Julia Finnegan, and Mia Wood on defense
Other returners that are going to continue to be impact players:
Juniors Willow Yager (midfield), Joan Vera (midfield), and Grace Hoehl (defense) along with sophomore goalie Claire Phillips. They play at Rutland on April 13.
Ultimate looks forward to another great season, building on last year’s successes both within the regular season and at the state tournament where the Rebels narrowly fell to Montpelier in the semifinal match. Luke Beatty, Harry Hopper, Tim Jia and Evan Jones hope to lead the Varsity Rebel squad, returning from last year’s team. The program continues to grow, and the team is well-poised to make a deep run at the championship this year.
This year will be the first with an all-girls Ultimate squad, rounding our Varsity and Junior Varsity programs. JV Coach Sebastian Ventrone and Girl’s Ultimate Coach Kiersten Barr join Head Coach Eric Stone with a shared vision of students that perform at the highest level both athletically and with spirit.
Most Ultimate home games are held at Central School, and the public is encouraged to stop by and learn about this exciting sport. They host CVU on April 18 at RMCS.
The boys tennis team looks to defend another state title this spring with a new coach, but a strong cast of returning players. Returners include Trent Newman, Gabe Katz, Sam Walker, Mehul Shah, and Josh Philips. New players will need to step up for South Burlington to remain on top of Vermont tennis. Weather permitting, you can catch the Rebels in action on Saturday April 16 at Leddy.
SOURCE: Drew Gordon, Correspondent