Thursday January 04, 2018
On Saturday, December 30, the Wolves girls basketball team defeated Brattleboro 44-37. Emma MacDonough paced South Burlington with 19 points and Grace Hoehl scored 15.
In the weeks prior, the Wolves defeated MMU at home on December 15. MacDonough’s 17 once again led South Burlington for the 44-38 victory. Four days later, they took down Lake Region 54-48, led by Hoehl’s 23 points (7 rebounds and 4 steals). Willow Yager added 12 points and Joan Vera (5 points, 5 steals, 8 assists) also contributed.
After the fast start, Coach Sawyer expressed his anticipation for the team. “I am really excited about this group, he said. “They come in focused on getting better as a team on a daily basis. We already saw big improvements from game one to game two. Against Lake Region we showed signs of excellence throughout the game and during those moments everything was put together. Our goal by the end of the season is to put it all together for four quarters - we have a lot of work to do to get to where we want to be, but with our strong leadership skills by our six seniors and our eagerness to grow and learn from our six underclassmen I believe we can reach some high expectations. For now we take it one day, one game, at a time to get better as a unit, he added.” Their next game is a January 5 matchup vs. St. Johnsbury.
The boys basketball team is 3-0 on the season after defeating Middlebury on Friday, December 29, 89-57. Evan Parker (19 points), Ben Moran (15 points and 11 rebounds), Brendan Bridge (13 points) and Hakeem Faud (12 points) paced the Wolves scoring attack. It was another hot night from behind the three point line as the Wolves dropped 16, totaling 42 in the first three games. Moran was the player of the game for South Burlington, changing the momentum and energy with his offensive rebounding in the second half (he had 6 offensive boards in that half alone).
Before the holiday break, they had their first two games. On December 14, they hosted BFA St. Albans and defeated the Bobwhites 78-56. Parker was the leading scorer in his first varsity start with 23, and Ethan Klesch (13), Bridge (11), and Faud (10) also contributed.
Two days later, they hosted Brattleboro. Parker led the team once again with 16 points. Bridge (13), Owen MacDonough (13), Moran (12), and Faud (12) also scored. The final score was a dominant 92-37. Coach Bayer-Pacht is thrilled with the team’s start. “I am really proud of how the boys are moving the ball to open the season and the selflessness with which they play,” he said. “That is going to be the key for us all year, we have so many weapons and such great depth, can we remain unselfish and always seek the best possible shot each possession? When we move it the way we did Saturday we become very difficult to guard, and that was shown with their 92 point outpouring. “It was great to see the entire roster play so well,” he added. The team host’s Burr & Burton January 5.
On December 30, the SB strikers took on Essex, Burlington, and Enosburg at Sparetime. After the individual games South Burlington seeded first with 1737 pins, Essex was second, Burlington third, and Enosburg fourth. In the first round of Baker style playdowns South Burlington defeated Enosburg 2-1(175-142, 118-145, 144-112). In the final round, the Wolves defeated Essex 2-1 (207-168, 184-207, 179-119) for first place. Burlington defeated Enosburg to take third. South Burlington gets 12 points for the win (4 as first seed, and 8 for first in Baker). Jacob Gelfenbein bowled a 221 to a 201 and Ethan Hood bowled a 202. Coaches Murakami and Rooney were happy about the team’s ability to rally on what wasn’t their best day of bowling. “The team struggled to make spares which nearly cost us during the Baker matches. Once again however they rallied to overcome some bad leaves and take first place overall,” Coach Rooney said. They travel to Enosburg for a January 6 match.
On Wednesday, December 20, the girls hockey team faced U-32. After scoring three goals in the first seven minutes of the game, the team had to rally for a 5-5 tie. Claire Wright (Emma Havers assist), Lilly Truchon (Kate Hall assist), and Myah Dougherty (Havers assist) all scored first period goals. The game was tied 3-3 after the first period. Hall scored right at the beginning of the second period (Truchon and Kayleigh Douglas assist). After falling behind 5-4, Elise Norotsky scored unassisted with minutes remaining in the second. The score would remain tied in the third.
One week later, the Wolves gained their first win against Woodstock on the Wednesday after Christmas. The final score was 6-0. Sophomore goalie #1 Lyssa Tan had her first shut out of the season, while junior Kate Hall had her first hat trick of the season. Myah Dougherty netted two goals as well. Defenseman Elise Nortosky earned three assists in the win. Lilly Truchon also scored in the game. Each player on the team was able to get in the game and this marked the first high school appearance for freshmen Lola Dubrul, Hannah Larose, and Taylor Magnant.
On Saturday, December 30, the Wolves dominated the NCU/LI team in Lyndonville for a 6-1 victory. Kate Hall had another three goals, while Ella Troville scored her first ever varsity goal. Claire Wright and Emma Havers (one assist) earned the other South Burlington goals and Elise Norotsky had two assists.
On Wednesday, December 27, South Burlington’s boys hockey team dropped a game to Spaulding 5-3. Nate Scandore, Cam Hudson, and John Thibault scored for the Wolves. Logan Riddle had 17 saves in the loss. The team hosts Essex on January 6.
SOURCE: Drew Gordon, Correspondent