Thursday February 22, 2018
The Wolves girls hockey team had a busy week of action last week with three games. On Wednesday, they took down visiting Burr and Burton 7-0. Kate Hall had three goals (Lilly Truchon had two assists, while Molly Gaboriault and Elise Norotsky each had one). Other goals were scored by Kayleigh Douglas (assisted by Truchon), Truchon (assisted by Olivia McLean and Hall) and Myah Dougherty (assisted by Norotsky and McLean). Lyssa Tan played shutout hockey for periods one and two, and Hanako Memon made five saves in the third.
The next day, South Burlington took on Stowe and cruised to a 4-1 win. Hall’s two goals (one assisted by Truchon), Emma Havers’ one goal (assisted by Dougherty), and Truchon’s single tally (assisted by Hall and McLean) propelled the Wolves to the win.
On Saturday, February 17, the Wolves found themselves on the losing side of a tight 2-1 game against Missisquoi. Lyssa Tan made 16 saves and Kate Hall scored the lone goal (assisted by Truchon), but South Burlington fell just short. This game could set up a possible playoff rematch in the next couple of weeks.
“Our passing game has really improved and we have our sights set for working towards the best possible position moving into the post season,” said Coach Tinti on her team’s growth throughout the season. The team hosts Brattleboro on February 24.
As the Nordic season winds down, the intensity cranks up with the state meets at Craftsbury and Prospect and the Eastern High School qualifier upcoming.
Teammates Sam Valin, Peter Miller, and Calvin Banas battled to a finish within ski lengths of one another, and Spencer McLary fought through the race with a broken pole at the 5K race up and down the hills of Ripton. All four will represent South Burlington in a relay on Thursday February, February 22. Lucas Parascondo will join them in the classic relay next week.
Ana Stich and Holly Margulius stayed within eyesight of each other throughout most of the race and finished strongly on the final uphill. They will be joined by Camille Bolduc for the state meet.
The Wolves were up against some tough competition at the state gymnastics meet this year. They came into the meet seeded ninth, but ended up taking 7th place. Diana Gregoire and senior Molly Boardman led their team with power and grace. Diana Gregoire had her best meet of the season and was crowned the Vermont State All-Around Champion (36.325).
Vault: T3. Allison Green, Essex and Diana Gregoire, SB 8.700
Bars: 6. Diana Gregoire, SB 8.550
Beam: 1. Diana Gregoire, SB 9.600
Floor: 4. Diana Gregoire, SB 9.4755.
On February 13, the boys basketball team hosted Colchester for a metro matchup. Ethan Klesch led the Wolves with 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Hakeem Fuad scored 12 points and Ben Moran added 11 in a 68-57 victory. It was a tight game throughout the first half and into the third quarter and the Wolves found a way to pull away slightly toward the end. “It was our second game in a row where we started a little slow, and never quite got into a rhythm, especially defensively,” Coach Bayer-Pacht said. “It was a good wake-up call that this time of year, every game is a playoff game and we need to prepare that way,” he added.
Three days later, the Wolves played a tight game against Rice on the road but fell 82-79. “As high level a high school basketball game as you’ll ever see in Vermont nowadays,” Bayer-Pacht said. “The refs even came up to both coaching staffs after to acknowledge that it was the most fun game they had ever been a part of. It was breakneck pace from the beginning, as we jumped on them out of the gate for a 7-0 lead, and the first quarter ended with Rice leading 24-22. Both teams showed incredible playmaking ability, doing a great job exploiting the other’s defensive weaknesses. I was extremely proud of how well we executed the offensive game plan, and I honestly didn’t think our defense was horrible, Rice is just that good,” he added. Klesch had a three point attempt at the buzzer that was in and out for the Wolves. Fuad had 27 points, six steals and six rebounds, Ben Moran had 15, Brendan Bridge added 14 and Evan Parker scored 11. South Burlington nailed 12 three-pointers in the game.
“Couldn’t be more proud of my guys,” the coach said. “In our quest to win a state title we will likely have to beat Rice at some point, so it was great to show we can play with them when they are playing at their best as well. As I told them after the game, I have coached a lot of high level basketball games in my AAU days with Lone Wolf, going against 8 players who are currently in the NBA. That was the highest level offensive game I have ever been a part of, and it wasn’t even close,” he said. They take on MMU on February 22.
On Saturday, February 17, the Wolves Dance team captured Division 1 state championships in Pom and Jazz, repeating their state titles from last year!
The girls basketball team dropped two games to two very strong opponents last week. On Monday, February 12, the Wolves lost on the road to Rice 50-25. Grace Hoehl scored 12 points and Emma MacDonough added nine.
Three days later, visiting CVU took down the Wolves 44-20. Hoehl was the leading scorer for South Burlington once again with eight points. The team travels to Barre on February 23.
The Wolves boys hockey team had two overtime games last week. On Wednesday, February 14, host South Burlington lost to Rutland 4-3. Isaac Toupin and Dylan LeClair each had a goal and an assist while Nate Scandore had the third Wolve goal. Todd Hopper made 10 saves in the loss.
On Saturday, February 17, the Wolves travelled down to Manchester for a matchup with Burr and Burton. After three full periods and an overtime, the score was frozen at 3-3 and ended in a tie. They will take on BFA St. Albans on February 24.
SOURCE: Drew Gordon, Correspondent