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Dominant Start for Winter Athletics

ORR Sports Update

By Michael Kassabian

This week marked the first week of games and meets for Old Rochester Regional High School winter athletic teams. All teams participated in games this week except for ice hockey and boys' basketball. Here is a look at the first week of scheduled games for ORR winter athletics.

Girls' Basketball: The Lady Bulldogs started their season off right with a 38-35 opening win against out-of-conference New Bedford. The game was a tight one, as with eight minutes left to play, ORR had a three-point lead over the visiting Whalers. Sophomore Olivia Labbe stepped up big for the Lady Bulldogs, scoring an important basket late in the game as well as making a few free throws in order to secure the victory for ORR. Labbe would finish with eight points on the night, while Kaleigh Goulart scored nine and Ashley Pacheco and Sophie Church each contributed seven.

Boys' Swimming: The boys' swim team, in its third season at ORR, won their opening meet this week against Pembroke, outscoring the Titans 74-61. Senior Matt Bourgeois won two individual events in the 200-freestyle and 100-backstroke, as well as competing on two relays to lead the Bulldogs to their first victory. Other wins for ORR came from Christian Hotte, who won the 200-individual medley, while freshman Gabe Nobel took the gold in the 50-freestyle and Riley Nordahl won the 500-freestyle.

Girls' Swimming: The girls' swim team also won their opening meet against Pembroke in a dominant fashion, doubling the Lady Titan's score in a 106-53 victory. Avery Nugent and Cate Feldkamp were both big winners on the day, as they each claimed two individual race titles as well as taking part in two relays a piece. Nugent (50-freestyle, 100-backstroke, 200-medley relay, 200-freestyle relay) and Feldkamp (200-freestyle, 500-freestyle, 200-medley relay, 200-freestyle relay) were also joined by winners Colleen Beatriz (200-individual medley) and freshman Erin Burke (100-butterfly).

Boys' Track: The Bulldogs emerged victorious from a tri-meet against Wareham and Fairhaven this week, claiming victory over both teams with several impressive performances. The Bulldogs defeated Wareham 72-14, while simultaneously beating Fairhaven 57.5-28.5. Kevin Saccone started his season off strong, winning the 55-meter hurdles in 7.8 seconds to qualify for both the conference and state championships. Other winners for the Bulldogs included Will Hopkins, who took first in the 300-meter (40.8 seconds), Jarrett Johnston in the shot-put (39'6.5") and Hunter Parker in the mile (5:25). The 4x400-meter relay team of Hopkins, Ben Dion, Kyle Sherman, and Mike Morris also won against both Fairhaven and Wareham in 4:07. The boys' next meet will be the annual SCC Holiday Relays, held on Saturday, December 20 at GNB Voc-Tech.

Girls' Track: The Lady Bulldogs went into their tri-meet against Wareham and Fairhaven this week a little cautious, as Wareham's squad looked particularly strong and had the potential to pose a threat to the four-time consecutive SCC champion Lady Bulldogs. The girls needn't have worried, however, as they easily defeated Wareham 63-23, while also beating Fairhaven 71-15 to get their season off to a strong 2-0 start. Zoe Smith had several good performances on the day, winning the high-jump (5'1") and 55-meter hurdles (9.2 seconds). Arden Goguen won the 55-meter dash in a fast 7.6 seconds, while Nina Bourgeois won the 2-mile in 12:44, just missing the state-championship qualification time. Other winners for the Lady Bulldogs were Nicole Mattson in the 600-meter dash (1:50), Rachel Scheub in the 1,000 (3:28), and Maddie Meyer in the mile (6:05). Like the boys' track team, the Lady Bulldogs will also be competing in the annual SCC Holiday Relays next Saturday.

Below are the overall winter team records, followed by the conference records in wins, losses, and ties as of December 14.

Boys' Basketball: (0-0-0) (0-0-0); Girls' Basketball: (1-0-0) (0-0-0); Boys' Track (2-0-0) (2-0-0); Girls' Track (2-0-0) (2-0-0); Boys' Swimming: (1-0-0) (0-0-0); Girls' Swimming: (1-0-0) (0-0-0); Hockey: (0-0-0) (0-0-0).

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