Thursday March 09, 2017
The girls hockey season is over after a playoff loss to Northfield last week. Julia Finnegan scored a tying goal in the second after being assisted by Kate Hall, but it wasn’t enough as the home team pulled away in the final frame. Lyssa Tan finished the game with 21 saves in net. The ninth seeded Rebels finished the season with a 3-18 record, but are young and will only build off their success from this season.
The girls basketball team wrapped up their regular season last week with two tough games. On Monday, February 27, the Rebels lost in an overtime matchup to the Hornets of Essex, 37-34. South Burlington showed tremendous growth throughout the game and was led by Grace Hoehl with 14 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals and Emma MacDonough added nine points and four rebounds.
On Thursday, the Rebels finished the regular season with a big win over fourth-ranked BFA St.Albans. The final score was 50-40 and the Rebels were led by Zelie Condon-Layman who poured in 12 points and five rebounds in the win. The game was close throughout, but the Rebels pulled away in the final quarter. It was a great way for the seniors to play their final regular season game at home.
The Rebel Strikers worked their way to the final round of the state tournament for the second year in a row. It took some good rolls to win it in seven games versus Springfield. In the finals, the Rebels got behind three games to one but the Strikers fought back to force a seventh game. Unfortunately, a score of 178 was not enough to sink Fairhaven’s 196. Josh Fortin, Maddy Denton, Jacob Gelfenbein, Patrick O’Hara, Jadyn Holton, Cam Angwin, Duncan Scott, and Tyler Willard deserved to be there to represent South Burlington. “I am so proud of them and my co-coach Kevin Murakami,” said Coach Rooney. “We look forward to making the finals again next year!”
The Rebel ski teams had a pair of NVAC events last week. On Tuesday, the NVAC Giant Slalom meet was held at Burke. The girls team placed seventh out of the thirteen team field. Ava Hultgren was the highest finisher (17th) for the Rebels with a time of 1:59.99. The boys team placed ninth out of twelve teams. Cam Chiari placed ninth with a time of 1:53.10.
On Wednesday, March 1, the NVAC Slalom event was held at Stowe. The girls finished third and the boys once again finished in ninth place. Top finishers for the girls race were Annika Nielsen (2nd - 57.14), Ava Hultgren (7th - 59.92), Madi Grabowski (17th - 1:04.58). On the boys side, Cam Chiari finished in sixth with a time of 58.86.
The second day of state championships were held for freestyle at Crafstbury. Eli Grossman finished in sixth in the boys 5k race with a time of 12:53.1 and the boys relay team finished in tenth with a time of 25:26.9. Overall, the boys team finished in tenth place.
The snowboarding team fell just one point of second place in the giant slalom event at the Vermont High School Snowboarding Championships on March 2. More information to follow from their performance.
After cruising past Colchester 4-0 in the play downs, the fifth seeded South Burlington Rebels traveled to Essex to take on the Hornets on Saturday, March 4. It was a thrilling game with an incredible finish as Rebel freshman James Patrick became the hero of the night. After having scored earlier in the game, Patrick scored the overtime and winning goal just 23 seconds into overtime, giving the Rebels a 3-2 win over Essex and earning themselves a trip to the semi-finals.
Down 2-1 with 4:38 left to go in the third period, goalie Zach Munson saved a penalty-shot, keeping the Rebels in the game and allowing Patrick to score the tying goal just 30 seconds later (assisted by Dylan LeClair and Michael Flaherty). The 2-2 equalizer followed up a previous equalizer by Dylan Rockford earlier in the second period.
Patrick’s overtime goal was off a great pass from LeClair. The Rebels face first seeded Spaulding in the semis.
After finishing the season with two great performances, the Rebels, led by lone senior Harrison Gregoire, felt good about their chances in the playoff. After hitting rough patches during the season, the Rebels found themselves with the 10th seed. Their first game of the playoffs would be in the same place and versus the same opponent as their first regular season game. MMU finished the season with strong wins over top teams and beating them at home was not an easy thing to do.
The game proved to be a back and fourth thriller as the Rebels managed to finish the first half with a two-point lead, 25-23. They had to fight off a fast start by the MMU team in the third, but Brendan Bridge’s three at the buzzer gave the Rebels a 34-32 lead heading into the fourth. With three minutes left, Gregoire hit a three-pointer and gave the Rebels a five-point lead. The Cougars clawed their way back and tied the game at 41 with 15 seconds remaining.
In overtime, the Rebels found themselves having to keep up with MMU. Every time the Rebels would tie it up, MMU responded with their own basket. Gregoire fouled out with 2:30 to go, and as the Rebels found themselves down four with 30 seconds to go, they didn’t have an answer for MMU’s excellent foul shooting. The final score was 57-48 in favor of MMU. Only four Rebels scored in the game, including Hakeem Fuad (15 points), Brendan Bridge (13 points), Harrison Gregoire (12 points) and Ethan Klesch (8 points). Captain Ben Moran suffered from cramps and wasn’t able to play past the first quarter.
Coach Bayer Pacht was reflective of the season following the playoff loss. “Despite the loss I couldn’t have been more proud of my guys. They played with such heart and energy for each other, and showed incredible toughness, love and support in all our games, but so clearly for all to see in the postseason matchup. I hope everyone in South Burlington knows how bright both this program’s immediate, and long-term futures are and respects the discipline and unseen work these athletes will put in during the months to come” he said. “I can’t put into words how appreciative I am to Boni for all he did for me, this program and our community. He is as caring, kind and well meaning a person as I have ever met, and there’s not a person in our program who isn’t going to miss Bone next year,” Bayer-Pacht added.
SOURCE: Drew Gordon, Correspondent