Thursday January 05, 2017
As of the first of the year, the South Burlington boys basketball team is off to a great start with a 4-1 record. After wins against MMU and Vergennes, the Rebels earned an overtime victory against Essex. South Burlington scored 24 points in the four minute overtime period and pulled out the victory. Harrison Gregoire led the way with 19 points, 15 of them in overtime. Ethan Klesch added 10 and Hakeem Fuad had 9 points.
On Friday, December 23, the Rebels took their record at home versus Division 1 powerhouse Burlington. Fuad and Gregoire teamed up for 26 of the Rebels’ 41 points, but it wasn’t enough as South Burlington fell 57-41. Four days later, the Rebels got back in the win column with a home win versus Middlebury. The 68-48 victory was led by Fuad’s 16-point effort. Amma Issa tallied nine while Gregoire had a strong performance with seven points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
Coach Bayer-Pacht is extremely excited about the team’s start. “With only one senior (Gregoire) on our current roster, the future is bright for this young and talented group. An offseason of hard work, and a pre-season of focused determination has gotten us to this point, and put us in position for a great season if we can maintain our level of energy and commitment,” he said.
Their next game is at home against Colchester on January 7.
Thursday, December 29, the Rebel gymnastics team defeated the visiting Middlebury team 127.15 to 109.1.
Vault: 1. Diana Gregoire SB 8.65; 2. Posie Nash-Gibney SB 8.5; 3. Olivia Dickinson SB 8.25. Bars: 1. Diana Gregoire SB 8.4; 2. Posie Nash-Gibney SB 8.35; 3. Olivia Dickinson SB 7.85. Beam: 1. Diana Gregoire SB 9.3; 2. Posie Nash-Gibney SB 8.9. Floor: 1. Diana Gregoire SB 9.45; 2. Posie Nash-Gibney SB 9.3; 3. Marissa Pelino SB 8.45. All-Around: 1. Diana Gregoire SB 35.8; 2. Posie Nash-Gibney SB 35.05; 3. Marissa Pelino SB 27.65.
The team has the following week off for exams.
On Wednesday, December 28, Coach Tinti earned her first victory as head coach of the girls hockey team, as the Rebels downed home team Burr & Burton. The final score was 3-0 and Kate Hall scored the hat trick in the win. Lyssa Tan earned the 15-save shutout. Their next game is against Middlebury at home on January 7.
The Rebel boys hockey team played a pair of games over the holiday break. On Thursday, December 22, they picked up a 3-0 win over Rice in the Beech Tournament at Leddy. Zach Munson led the way with 19 saves in the shutout win. Mike Flaherty, Gabe Frigo and Dylan LeClair scored the goals for the Rebels while Harry Hopper and Cam Hudson had assists.
On Wednesday, December 28, South Burlington’s comeback bid fell short as visiting Spaulding pulled out the 3-2 win. After falling behind 3-0, John Weisenheimer and Nate Scandore scored third period goals for the Rebels. Munson had 19 saves in the loss. Next up is B.F.A. St. Albans at home on January 7.
Wednesday, December 28, both the girls and boys indoor track teams were in action at UVM. The girls team finished in second place behind Essex with a score of 97.5 (three points behind Essex). The SMR relay (200-200-400-800) team of Kakalec, Fornasier, Dickinson, and Druzba won the meet with a time of 4:35.45. The boys team won the meet, beating Essex by a score of 87.5 to 83. Ben Moran won the 600 with a time of 1:32.76, while Lucas Calcagni won with a time of 10:15.3 in the 3000. Eric Imobersteg was victorious in the shot put with a throw of 40-9. The boys SMR relay team of Moran, MacDonald, Dustira, and Schemer also won with a time of 4:01.19.
The indoor track team will split up for its next event as some will head to Dartmouth for the Dartmouth Relays and others will head to Gutterson Field House. Both events are on January 6.
The girls basketball team got a late start on the season due to winter weather, but they were able to sneak in the first game of the year before Christmas. On Friday, December 23, they hosted Missisquoi as they dedicated their home court to former coach Sheila Burleigh. All twelve players would score in the rout, led by Emma MacDonough’s 20 and Zelie Condon-Layman’s 11 points. The final score was 71-15.
Tuesday, December 27, South Burlington traveled to Lake Region and won a more competitive contest 41-31. MacDonough added 17 points as South Burlington was able to pull away in the second half.
Their next game will be against St. Johnsbury at home on January 6.
SOURCE: Drew Gordon, Correspondent