SBHS Spring Sports Update
Eamon Sheridan | On 31, May 2017
Boys Lacrosse: The South Burlington Boys Lacrosse Team has had a magnificent run to start the spring at the top of the Division One Standings. The boys have started 10-0,including wins against rivals Essex and Champlain Valley Union, 15-8 and 13-9 respectively. The team has depth and talent up and down their roster, including all-state goalie Ryan Hockenbury, defenseman Stephen Cone, and midfielder Max Capano. Attackmen Calvin Hultgren, Paul O’Neil, and Owen Gilwee add an elite scoring ability along with the emergence of junior midfield star Nick Liscinsky. The SBHS boys lacrosse team will be a favorite to win it all when they start their tournament on May 30th.
Girls Lacrosse: The SBHS Girls Lacrosse Team has had an outstanding start to the season. Currently sitting as the the third overall seed in Division One, Coach Soucy’s team has raced out to a 9-1 record. Some of the team’s best wins have come against B.F.A St. Albans and Rutland.The team strongest attribute is their balanced scoring attack led by seniors Ava Hultgren, Annika Nielsen, and Kimmy Norris along with juniors Dakota Crane and Willow Yager. Goalie Claire Phillips anchors a strong defense for Coach Soucy’s squad as they look to carry their early season success into the Division One Tournament which begins on May 30th.
Baseball: The South Burlington Baseball Team posted a 7-4 record through their first 11 games to start a solid 2017 season. The team returned junior aces John Thibeault and Ben Tate to lead the pitching staff along with freshman, Jack Ambrosino and closer Sammy Premsagar. SBHS fell to St. Albans in extra innings on May 4th, but have won their last three games including a win against MMU and Rice. Andrew Cunningham, Noah Barton, and Connor McGrath have led the team at the plate this season.
Softball: The SBHS Softball team has started the 2017 season on fire, winning eight of their first ten games and are being currently ranked in the top five of the Vermont Principals Association Standings. The team is now winners of five straight, three of those wins were by more than ten runs. The team returns pitcher Becky Borrazzo who carried the load from the mound last year, along with seniors Zelie Condon-Layman, Elizabeth Sargent, and Kaity Groen.
Girls Tennis: A year after losing a heartbreaking championship match the South Burlington Girls Tennis Team is on a mission in 2017. Now the team, reloaded and revamped, attempts to make another run at the coveted state title. Losing four year doubles star, Jasmina Jusufagic and No.1 singles player, Lajla Badnjevic, presents holes to be filled by younger players. The team is led by senior Sajani Sivakumar and juniors Helen and Sophie Bujold. The girls impressive 6-1 record with wins over Essex and Colchester have them sitting at number four in the Division One rankings
Boys Tennis: Coming off an undefeated season in which they captured another state title, it is hard to picture the boy’s tennis program getting any better. First year head coach, Josh Hanna, along with senior stars Trent Newman and Gabe Katz are off to a similarly incredible start as they are currently the number one ranked team and undefeated at 7-0.
Track and Field: Both the Girls and Boys Track and Field teams have had a great start to the season. The girls team posted a strong showing at the annual Twilight Meet on May 6th where the 4X100 relay(Odessa O’Brien, Amelia Pape, Cora Kakalec, and Maddie Fornasier) came in fourth and Ava Vacherot finished in third in the 300 meter hurdles. The boys also put together a solid performance as Ben Moran, Patrick O’Hara, and Ryan Croxford finished with impressive long jumps, triple jumps, and sprinting times. Isaac Girouard placed first in shot put, and Lucas Calcagni and Trevor Houchens led the distance runners with great times.
Golf: Joe Maley (girls coach), Carl Backman (boys coach), and Ryan Navin (boys coach) lead an emerging golf program at South Burlington High School this spring. Following up a solid 2016 campaign, the boys golf team will try to get back to the state championship status achieved in 2015. Carleton Plourde and Kyle Mclane, who posted the top score at the Vermont National Country Club match, lead the Boys Team this year. The Girls Team will also be building off a successful year led by junior Layla O’Connor as they approach the state tournament in June.
Ultimate Frisbee: The South Burlington Ultimate Frisbee led by coach Eric Stone started another successful season on April 15th in the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament. A talented 2016 senior class helped SBHS make deep runs in multiple tournaments last year. Led by captains Luke Beatty (12), Andrew Hampson (10), and Tim Jia (12) the Ultimate Frisbee team will look to recapture the magic of the previous year.
Photos were taken from sbrebels.com http://www.sbrebels.com/page/show/1566057-softball