Season So Far: The Alpine Ski team has had a relatively impressive season so far. It is hard to determine the success of a team in Alpine, as it is very individualized. Captain Marley Tipper reflects on some of the challenges the team has faced so far this season. “We need to improve on technique and community. Everyone is still grouping off and it does not feel like a real team. Team unity is difficult to create because of how individual the scoring system is,” Tipper said. However, skiers Spencer MacDonald (two 2nd place finishes) and Marley Tipper (1st place finish) have had success in recent races. The Alpine team will look to continue to improve as the season progresses towards the state championships.
Best Performance: Spencer MacDonald (2nd & 3rd place), Marley Tipper (1st place)
Worst Performance: N/A
Photo: Max Hogg
Season So Far: The Indoor Track team has had another strong season so far. Runners Wondu Summa and Kent Ford have put up several good performances at recent meets. The team lost a lot of their good athletes to qualification issues; however, Captain Rivan Calderin believes the team is improving. “We continuously push each other to do better and it shows in our athletes’ times and records,” Calderin said. Several athletes have qualified for Division 1 State Championships, which occur at UVM on February 10. Until then, the team will maintain their conditioning with hopes of performing well at the State Championships.
Best Performances: Kent Ford (1000m 2:41.12 (School Record), 1 Mile 4:34.96 ), Wandu Summa (3000m 9:27.90, 1500m 4:20.11)
Worst Performance: N/A
Record/Ranking: 3-7-0 / 10th
Season So Far: The Boys’ Hockey team started off hot with back-to-back wins against current 6th seed St. Johnsbury and 3rd seed Harwood to win their second consecutive Charlie Burchard Tournament midway through December of 2017. However they have cooled of as of late, dropping seven straight to middling competition aside from two losses to 2nd seeded Mount Mansfield. One thing team co-captain Peter Loescher believes to have contributed to the losing streak is big mistakes. “We’ve had a lot of close games where one or two quick breakdowns that have cost us the Ws,” Loescher said. The 3-7 team snapped its seven game skid after defeating Missisquoi Valley 6-2 at home on Wednesday, January 24. However, they have lost two in a row against Harwood and Lyndon coming off the win. They will look to bounce back yet again at Milton at 6:30PM on Saturday, February 3.
Best Win: 4th ranked Harwood
Worst Loss: 7th ranked St. Johnsbury
Record/Ranking: 4-6-2 / 7th
Season So Far: The Girls’ Hockey team has had a rocky start to their 2017-2018 season. There is a lot left to be desired, especially after a successful 8-11-1 season last year. Co-captain Bella Weston attributes much of the growing pains to the recent integration of Burlington and Colchester’s hockey teams which occurred two years ago. “Getting players to work together efficiently can be hard sometimes. However, we are continuing to improve and I’m looking forward to the remainder of the season,” Weston said. The Sea Lakers (a mix of Colchester and Burlington players) look to continue their two game win streak at home against current 2nd ranked Rice at 4:30 PM on Wednesday, January 31.
Best Win: 5th ranked Northfield
Worst Loss: 2nd ranked Stowe (D2)
Record/Ranking: 5-5 / 10th
Season So Far: After starting 0-2 with disappointing losses to rival 2nd ranked Rice and 3rd ranked Mount Mansfield, the Boys’ Basketball team has heated up. Winning three of their last four games, including a 15 point win over 6th ranked Champlain Valley Union and a close loss to undefeated 1st ranked Rutland. Captain Kevin Garrison believes that the team’s best has yet to come. “We need to just go out on the court and play our game for 32 minutes. We were in a slump but we are out of it now … When we play with intensity and energy, we are a scary team to play against,” Garrison said. While a positive outlook is good, the Seahorses need to prove that they can compete at the top level. After losing two of their last three games against 5th ranked South Burlington and 1st ranked Rutland, the Seahorses will look for a victory at home against St. Johnsbury at 6:30PM on Friday, February 2.
Best Win: 6th ranked Mount Anthony
Worst Loss: Rival 2nd ranked Rice
Record/Ranking: 8-5-0 / 6th
Season So Far: The Girls’ Basketball team has impressed so far this season coming off of a lackluster 2-19 season last year. Coming off of a clutch one point victory over 7th ranked Essex they have now won three straight. They have also had several quality away wins including 5-5 Mount Anthony and 4-5 Mount Mansfield. Captain Alida Beste believes they can be a successful team this season. “We have a lot of talent and we’re adjusting from a rough season last year to having the ability to win. Also, I think we need to believe in ourselves because we are capable of so much this year,” Beste said. However, they have yet to consistently prove themselves against top competition, going 2-5 against teams above .500 and 6-1 against teams below .500. They will look to improve against top competition at home against undefeated Champlain Valley at 6:30 PM on Thursday, February 1.
Best Win: 3rd ranked Rice
Worst Loss: 13th ranked Rutland
Record/Ranking: N/A / 5th
Season So Far: For being the newest varsity sport here at BHS, the bowling has gotten off to a great start. After three weeks of competition, the Seahorses are ranked 5th in the state. Led by Coach Havens and Captain Nathan Arre, the young squad is learning quickly. “The team is doing well so far. We have a lot of beginners that have improved a lot since the start of the season,” Arre said. Their biggest competition this year so far appears to be South Burlington. The team is new and growing. if you are interested in joining the Bowling team next season contact Mr. Havens at email@example.com. No prior experience required!
Best Performance: Week 1, 9 pts (T-4th)
Worst Performance: Week 2, 6 pts (T-7th)
Photo: Fritz Senftleber
Season So Far: As per usual, the BHS Nordic Ski team has started off strong this year. With the girls finishing 3rd and the boys finishing 4th in recent races, title hopes are not out of the question according to co-captain Allie Brown. “We have basically an Olympian on our team, Quincy Massey-Bierman. She’s a freshman and is one of the best in the state. With her and her older sister, Marika, on our team we have a chance of winning states,” Brown said. With several races coming up, their next at Cochran’s on Monday, January 29, the BHS Nordic teams look to stay healthy and in shape in order to attain their goal of bringing home a state championship.
Best Performances: Galen Kilburn (1st Place, two 2nd place finishes), Quincy Massey-Bierman (Consistent 2nd place finisher), Marika Massey-Bierman (Top 10 finish)
Worst Performances: N/A