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Girls' Track Clinches Fifth-Straight Championship

ORR Sports Update

By Michael Kassabian

Here is a look at the sixth week of scheduled games for Old Rochester Regional winter athletics.

Boys' Basketball: The Bulldogs continued their conference domination this week, defeating two SCC rivals to keep their conference record at a perfect 9-0. The boys first defeated Bourne 89-60, thanks largely in part to Noah Fernandes and Matt Valles, who led ORR in scoring with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Jordan Menard also played well on the game, scoring 11 points and recording six rebounds. The Bulldogs continued their momentum later in the week against Case, where they won in a huge 73-38 blowout. Ten different players scored for the Bulldogs, showing the overall depth and teamwork of the team. ORR was in control from the start and never let up en route to their ninth victory of the season.

Girls' Basketball: The Lady Bulldogs also had a great week, winning both of their games by fairly large margins to advance their record to 6-4 overall. The girls defeated Bourne 40-28 in an exciting game which included an explosive third-quarter from ORR, who scored 17 points to extend their lead and essentially secure the win. Kaleigh Goulart continued her excellent season, scoring 13 points, and Sophie Church was the team's leading scorer on the night with 14 points. Later in the week, the girls defeated Case by a large 56-37 margin to win their seventh game of the season. The tandem of Goulart and Church struck again against the Lady Cardinals, with Church scoring a team-high 22 points and Goulart scoring 16 points. Seniors Ashley Pacheco and Morgan Browning also played well, scoring 5 and 4 points, respectively.

Boys' Track: The Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season this week to Dighton-Rehoboth in an exciting 48-38 matchup that came down to the final event, the 4x400 meter relay. Thanks to wins from Kevin Saccone (600-meters, 55-meter hurdles) and Ben Rounseville (high jump), as well as some key second place finishes, the Bulldogs had the chance to tie the meet with Dighton-Rehoboth. In a thrilling 4x4, the Bulldogs just missed first place by less than a second. The loss was a tough one for the Bulldogs, as they are likely pushed out of the running for the SCC Championship, which D-R has all but clinched. In the same meet however, the Bulldogs managed to beat Apponequet by 50 points, 68-18.

Girls' Track: The Lady Bulldogs were a different story, easily defeating Dighton-Rehoboth, 59.5-26.5, and Apponequet, 73-13 to remain undefeated and clinch at least a share in their fifth consecutive SCC title. The ORR girls won seven events: Zoe Smith (high jump, 55-meter hurdles), Arden Goguen (55-meter dash), Nina Bourgeois (1000-meters), Bailey Truesdale (300-meters), Nicole Mattson (600-meters) and the 4x400 relay. Unless the girls lose against Seekonk next week, which is very unlikely, they will remain undefeated SCC Champions for the fifth year in a row.

Boys' Swimming: In their lone meet of the week, the boys' swim team lost to perennial powerhouse Apponequet 108-32. Try as they might, the Apponequet team simply had too much depth for the small ORR team to overcome, and they won every single event besides the 100-breaststroke, which ORR's Nate Wentworth won in a quick 1:24. With the loss, the boys' record now stands at 1-3.

Girls' Swimming: The girls' swim team also suffered a loss to Apponequet this week, 122-61. The Lady Bulldogs managed to hold strong against the powerful Apponequet team despite not winning any events. By claiming some key second and third places, the girls managed to put up a fight against one of the area's best teams. With the loss, the girls' record stands at 1-3.

Below are the overall winter team records, followed by the conference records in wins, losses, and ties as of January 18.

Boys' Basketball: (9-1-0) (9-0-0); Girls' Basketball: (6-4-0) (5-3-0); Boys' Track: (6-1-0) (6-1-0); Girls' Track: (7-0-0) (7-0-0); Boys' Swimming: (1-3-0) (0-3-0); Girls' Swimming: (1-3-0) (0-3-0); Ice Hockey: (6-2-0) (3-0-0).

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