Feb. 16: Rebel Recap

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Thursday February 16, 2017

Editor’s note:
The South Burlington School District will retire the Rebel name in August 2017. SBHS sports teams will keep the Rebel name for the remainder of this school year and a new team name will be in place for the start of the 2017/2018 school year. The Other Paper will continue to cover sports in the Rebel Recap, and following the high school’s timeline, will report on SBHS sports under a new title when the high school teams are renamed in the fall.

Girls Hockey

On February 4, the Rebels girls hockey team hosted Burr & Burton for their Coaches vs. Cancer game. Proceeds from the game, including a donation from Burr & Burton, went to Relay for Life which will be held at UVM in April. This game would prove to be the team’s first home ice win of the season as they defeated the Bulldogs 4–2. Senior Julia Finnegan scored twice for the Rebels, while Michayla Streeter, Myah Dougherty and Sarah O’Rourke also had goals. Claire Wright locked up two assists and Josie Toof and Elise Norotsky contributed with one assist each.

Wednesday, February 8, the team traveled to Rutland for a matchup with a very strong Red Raider group. “Senior Assistant Captain Hannah Fisher had a stand out game. She played with determination and grit lifting her teammates up and leading by example,” Coach Tinti said. Unfortunately, the team couldn’t find the back of the net and the score finished at 8-0 in favor of Rutland.

Two days later, the Rebels traveled to Middlebury to play another strong team. Wright netted the lone Rebel goal at 7:14 in the second period, assisted by Finnegan and Rachel LaBombard. The final score was 7-1, but South Burlington played tough throughout the game. Next up is a February 18 game against Burlington/Colchester.
Alpine Ski

The Alpine Ski team has had five events so far this season and look to finish the regular season strong with a slalom event at Mad River on February 20. Looking ahead to the playoff season, districts for the giant slalom will be at Burke on February 28, while slalom will take place at Stowe on March 1. South Burlington is co-hosting the state championships with CVU at Middlebury Snow Bowl on March 6 and 7.
Girls Basketball

The Rebels girls basketball team battled on Monday, February 6, in St. Albans against the Comets. Emma MacDonough led the team in scoring with 11 points and six rebounds, while Liz Sargent also had a strong game with six points, six rebounds, and two assists. The Rebels took a lead into halftime, and after the third quarter ended in a tie, the Comets finished with a strong fourth quarter and handed the Rebels a 42-36 defeat. “Great battle against a BFA team that is playing very well right now,” Coach Sawyer said. “We showed a lot of toughness in that gym against that team. We have proven on a daily basis that we can play with anyone, we just need to get better closing out games,” he said.

On Friday, February 10, the Rebels traveled to Hinesburg to face off against the CVU Redhawks. South Burlington couldn’t overcome a slow start, but battled in the second half to make it a much more competitive game. Down 24-8 at half, the Rebels battled back and closed the game trailing by only 11. “I am proud of how hard we fought in the second half, out scoring CVU 26-21,” Sawyer said. The final score was 45-34. Their next game is against Spaulding on February 17.


The South Burlington Rebel strikers fell to Randolph in the final Baker round 2-1 in their last event on February 11 in Enosburg. They beat Essex in the preliminary round 2-0, but struggled to cover spares and that was the difference in the final round. In the individual games, the Rebels seeded 2nd with a two game total of 1670. Notable individual games were Josh Fortin (192), Maddy Denton (199), and Justin King (225 and 183).

Dance Team

The South Burlington dance team was at BFA St. Albans this weekend for their NVAC championship. With an undefeated season, the SB JV team took 1st place overall for their last competition of the season. The Varsity pom team placed first again and jazz placed third. The team is now preparing for their state competition this Saturday at Vergennes High School at 1:00 p.m.

Boys Hockey

Saturday, February 12, the Rebel boys hockey team split 4-4 with U-32 at Cairns Arena. Michael Flaherty scored twice and had an assist, while James Patrick added a goal and two assists. Jared Baron scored the final goal for the Rebels, and Zach Munson secured 19 saves in the tie. Their next game is against CVU at Cairns 1 on February 18.


The Rebel boys basketball team suffered two difficult losses at the hands of strong division one opponents last week. On Tuesday, February 7, visiting South Burlington had a fast start, but couldn’t maintain the lead against Essex as the final score was 57-46 in favor of the Hornets. “It was a very frustrating loss, but one that brought the team closer and helped us grow from some issues that have been holding the group back,” Coach Solomon Bayer-Pacht said. Harrison Gregoire led the Rebels with 17 points and Nick Liscinsky’s scored 12.

Two days later, the Rebels hosted St. Johnsbury in a rematch from earlier in the season. Both teams played very well offensively right out of the gate, and the barn-burner of a first half ended with St. Johnsbury up 35-34. The Rebels hit six threes in the first half but were just about matched by the Hilltoppers five. A back-and-forth second half came down to the wire, with the Rebels leading 55-54 with 4 minutes to go. Once again, though, the final run was made by St. Johnsbury as they finished the game on a 12-2 run to win 66-57. St. Johnsbury went 8-10 from the free-throw line down the stretch to close out the game. Hakeem Fuad led South Burlington with 17 points and Sam Premsager scored 10. The Rebels play CVU at home on February 16.

Indoor Track

The indoor track season wrapped up after the state championships were held at Norwich February 4. The South Burlington girls finished third overall with 100 points, and the boys team finished in second with 108 points. Congratulations to all indoor track participants!

South Burlington Athletes in the Top Six:

55-meter dash: 3. Cora Kakalec, 4. Madison Fornasier ; 300: 5. Cora Kakalec, 6. Olivia Dickinson; 600: 6. Josie Ford; 1,600: 3.Madison Druzba; 55 hurdles: 3. Olivia Dickinson, 5. Maria O’Leary; 4x200: 1. SB (Pape, Fornasier, Peyko, Kakalec) 1:53.41;4x400: 3. SB;4x800: 2. SB; High jump: 6. Maria O’Leary; Long jump: 4. Katherine Yang; Triple jump: 1. Amelia Pape 36-1, 4. Odessa O’Brien, 6. Chloe Zinn;Shot put: 1. Megan Kronoff 30-8.25, 2. Sophie Jarvis; 3. Mariah Jollie, 4. Grace Bodykevich

55-meter dash: 5. Caleb Schimer, 6. Patrick O’Hara;300: 6. Ryan Croxford;600: 6. Connor MacDonald;1,000: 5. Tom Dustira, 6. Abhi Dodgson;1,600: 2. Trevor Houtchens, 4. Lucas Calcagni;3,200: 1. Trevor Houchens, 10:10.20; 2. Lucas Calcagni;55 hurdles: 3. Nick Knudsen; 4x200: 1. SB (Schirmer, Steele, Croxford, O’Hara) 1:37.92;4x400: 3. SB;4x800: 1. SB (MacDonald, Moran, Hauman, Dustira) 8:40.08;Long jump: 3. Ryan Croxford, 5. Brandon Lee; Triple jump: 3. Brandon Lee; Pole vault: 2. Finley Killeen, 9-6; 6. Kyle McLane; Shot put: 1. Isaac Girouard 46-4.5a; 6. Eric Imobersteg