Here is a look at the eighth week of scheduled games for ORR winter athletics.
Boys’ Basketball: All eyes were on the Bulldogs this week as they took on archrival Wareham for control of the SCC. The Bulldogs, who lost to Wareham earlier in the season 61-42, avenged their early season loss to win the game with a score of 66-53. After a second-quarter push by the Bulldogs, Wareham had a slight 31-27 lead going into the second half. It remained extremely close during the third quarter, with Wareham and ORR exchanging blows, but the Bulldogs dominated fourth-quarter play to win the game. Jeremy Bare led the Bulldogs in scoring with 18 points, while Paul Graves pitched in with 13. Haydon Bergeron and Mikey Pruchnik were invaluable on the boards, and Pruchnik and Jordan Menard provided key fourth-quarter steals to catapult the Bulldogs to the top of the SCC rankings. The win also ends a 20- game losing streak to Wareham, one that spans 11 years. Later in the week, the boys showed even more improvement, easily defeating the Fairhaven Blue Devils, who they also lost to earlier in the year, with a score of 59-35. Graves was the lead scorer for the Bulldogs with 15 points.
Girls’ Basketball: The Lady Bulldogs started their week off strong with a 47-27 victory over Case thanks to a strong performance by Michaela Bouvette, who scored 11 points to lead the girls to their fourth conference victory. Kaleigh Goulart and Ashley Pacheco also had good games, scoring nine and eight points, respectively. From there, the Lady Bulldogs had a tough week, losing to Wareham (48-33) and Fairhaven (47-23). Sophie Church scored nine points in the loss to Wareham, while Goulart and Bouvette each scored six in the loss to Fairhaven.
Boys’ Track: Kevin Saccone and Colin Knapton continued their excellent indoor seasons, leading the Bulldogs to a 66-20 win over Wareham to notch their sixth victory of the season. Saccone (hurdles, 300-meter) and Knapton (55-meter-dash, high-jump) were double winners on the night, with Chris Demers (1,000-meters) and Kyle Sherman (600-meters) also notching wins for the Bulldogs. Sherman would later pair up with junior Ryan Manning and freshmen Will Hopkins and Mason DaSilva to win the 4×400 relay and clinch the victory for the Bulldogs.
Girls’ Track: The girls got one step closer to the fourth consecutive SCC championship this week, easily defeating Wareham 70-16 to remain an undefeated 8-0. Paige Santos (hurdles and high jump) continued her SCC dominance in the meet, as she was the only double winner on the night. Rachel Scheub (two-mile), Sammie Barrett (1,000-meters), and Emily Josephson (mile) swept the distance events, while Sam Allaire (shot-put) and Morgan DaSilva (55-meter-dash) provided other wins for the Lady Bulldogs, who now only need to defeat Seekonk to win the SCC title.
Ice Hockey: The ORR/Fairhaven Bulldogs got shut out in their game against out-of-conference Dartmouth this week with a 4-0 loss. The Bulldogs were not able to capitalize on any of their chances, especially since Dartmouth Goalie Brendan Sullivan made 16 saves to halt any chance of a Bulldog comeback. The Bulldogs’ next game is against rival Bourne, who will be the last major opponent the Bulldogs will have to overcome to win the SCC championship outright. The game is set to start at 8:00 pm on February 8 at Bourne.
Below are the overall winter team records, followed by the conference records in wins, losses, and ties as of February 2.
Boys’ Basketball: (11-2-0) (9-2-0); Girls’ Basketball: (4-10-0) (4-8-0); Boys’ Track (6-2-0) (5-2-0); Girls’ Track (8-0-0) (7-0-0); Boys’ Swimming: (1-7-0) (1-7-0); Girls’ Swimming: (4-2-0) (4-2-0); Hockey: (9-4-0) (6-0-0).
By Michael Kassabian