December 21: South Burlington Wolves Weekly Recap

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Thursday December 21, 2017


On Saturday, December 17, the Wolves hosted Hartford, Burlington and Fair Haven at Champlain Lanes. After the individual games South Burlington seeded first with 1913 pins, Burlington was second with 1607 pins, Hartford with 1573, and Fairhaven with 1558. In the first round of Baker playdowns SB defeated Fairhaven 2-0 (170-162, 179-128), and Burlington defeated Hartford 2-0. In the final rounds SB defeated Burlington 2-0 (190-134, 245-212) for first place. Hartford defeated Fairhaven to take third. Duncan Scott (246 and 242), Maddy Denton (212), Jacob Gelfenbein (201), Ethan Hood (218), and Oliver Kowalowitz (201) were South Burlington’s standout players in the meet. Coaches Kevin Murakami and George Rooney were thrilled with the team’s effort.

Girls Hockey

The second annual Girls’ Hockey for Hope Tournament to benefit the American Cancer Society took place at Cairns Arena on Friday, December 15 and Saturday, December 16. Plattsburgh (NY), Hamden (CT), and CVU/MMU joined host South Burlington for the event. The Wolves first game was a tough 2-0 loss to Plattsburgh. Sophomore Goalie Lyssa Tan was outstanding in net making 17 total saves. Senior Captain Claire Wright kept the energy high and the whole team competed for all three periods in the fast-paced game.

In the consolation game versus CVU/MMU, the contest ended in a 2-2 tie. Tan won the player of the game award making 46 total saves and freshman Lilly Truchon (Kate Hall assist) netted her first high school goal. Hall also scored a goal (Emma Havers assist).

The Hockey for Hope Tournament is becoming the team’s favorite way to kick off the season. They are able to get some awesome teams to come and play, all while raising money for a cause that is very special to the South Burlington community.  The team wanted to give a big thank you to Principal Pat Burke and Lesley Kenney of the American Cancer Society for all of their work in organizing this event.

Coach Tinti is excited for the season. “We have a young team this year, with eight freshmen and nine juniors, but we are stacked with energy and enthusiasm to succeed. Lyssa Tan played an outstanding weekend between the pipes. She has been committed to training and improving. Her hard work is absolutely noticeable. She kept the team going and full of energy in the consolation game as she continued to make save after save totaling 45 by the games end! She won the player of the game award and there wasn’t a more deserving SB Player. We are really proud of the determination in this year’s group and this is a great glimpse at what we are capable of this season,” she said.

Girls Basketball

The Wolves girls basketball team opened the season with a home win over MMU, 42-35, on December 14. Emma MacDonough’s 16 points was enough to lead the Wolves while Joan Vera chipped in 10. Their next game is on the road at Colchester on December 27.

Boys Basketball

The boys basketball team is 2-0 after a week of action. On Thursday, December 14, the boys opened their season with a 78-56 victory over BFA-St. Albans at home. Thirteen three-pointers helped propel the Wolves offense, led by sophomore Evan Parker’s five (23 points). Ethan Klesch (13 points), Brendan Bridge (11) and Hakeem Fuad (10) also contributed for South Burlington.

Two days later, South Burlington scored 92 points at home as it cruised to a win over Brattleboro. The team matched it’s three point mark from the first game with 13, and were once again led by Parker (16 points). Owen MacDonough and Brendan Bridge each scored 13 points, and both Ben Moran and Hakeem Fuad added 12.

Boys Hockey

On Saturday, December 16, South Burlington’s boys hockey team dropped a game on the road versus BFA-St. Albans. Ted Hopper had 25 saves, but the Bobwhites won 6-0.


SOURCE: Drew Gordon, Contributor