Here is a look at the sixth week of scheduled games for ORR winter athletics.
Boys’ Basketball: This week was an important one for the Bulldogs, as they faced two tough SCC championship contenders in Bourne and Case. The boys successfully rolled past both, winning with decisive victories of 73-49 and 55-44, respectively. Against Bourne, the Bulldogs trailed for the first quarter, then took the lead late in the second quarter and never looked back. ORR outscored Bourne 39-22 in the second half to walk away with an important SCC victory. Raekwon Phillips was the team high scorer with 21 points, while Paul Graves contributed 18 points, including two key three-pointers. The Bulldogs then faced Case, who beat SCC-leader Wareham earlier in the season. Thanks to a strong game by Jeremy Bare, which included five blocks, 12 rebounds, and 19 points, the boys defeated Case in a narrow game. Phillips again played well offensively, recording 15 points in the win. The win should also give the Bulldogs confidence, as they have the potential to defeat Wareham later in the season.
Girls’ Track: The Lady Bulldogs continued to dominate their regular season meet this week, as they easily defeated the GNB Voc-Tech Lady Bears, 66-19, to remain undefeated at a perfect 6-0. Thanks to strong performances by double winners Sammie Barrett (1,000 meters and two-mile) and Paige Santos (high jump and hurdles), the girls powered by another SCC rival to get one step closer to the league championship. Later in the week, several of the girls participated in the East Coast Invitational in Providence, where they had great results. Santos jumped a personal best in the high-jump (5’4”) to tie the school record and take first in the highly competitive meet. Santos later would team up with Zoe Smith, Bailey Truesdale, and Abby Adams to take second in the shuttle-hurdles (36.29) and set a new school record in the process.
Boys’ Track: The boys provided an exciting meet against the GNB Voc-Tech Bears. The two teams were neck and neck throughout the meet, but the Bears were able to get the upper hand in the 4×400 relay, where they narrowly edged out the Bulldog team to win the meet, 46-40. Key wins from Mike Wyman (2-mile, mile), Colin Knapton (300-meter), Kevin Saccone (hurdles), Chris Demers (600-meter) and Mason DaSilva (1,000-meter) kept the Bulldogs close, but it was not enough as the Bulldogs suffered their second loss of the season. At the East Coast Invitational, Saccone had a great day, taking third in the hurdles (8.00) and fourth in the long-jump (20’ 8.75”). He was also on a 4×200 relay with Knapton, Demers, and Ben Rounseville that took ninth place.
Girls’ Basketball: The Lady Bulldogs seem to have finally hit their stride, as they took their third consecutive SCC victory this week with a win over Case, 41-40. Kaleigh Goulart led the way with 11 points, while freshman teammate Sophie Church scored nine to power the Lady Bulldogs to their third victory. Michaela Bouvette and Ashley Pacheco also played well, recording eight and six points, respectively. After a close first half, the Lady Bulldogs took a big lead in the third quarter, giving them some breathing room, and managed to hold off a Case drive late in the fourth quarter to secure the win.
Ice Hockey: The ORR/Fairhaven Bulldogs scored a major victory this week over Bourne, defeating the Canalmen, 7-5. Bourne was the only team in competition with the Bulldogs for the SCC championship, and with the win, the Bulldogs all but clinch the title. Each Bulldog goal in the game was scored by a different player: Shane Matthews, Kam Silvia, Alex Silva, Sam Henry, Zach Peterson, Jacob Durocher and Mason Evich. Goalie Chris Nadeau made 15 saves in the high-scoring game to lead the Bulldogs defensively. Later in the week, the Bulldogs defeated out-of-conference Dartmouth, 5-2, thanks to Silvia and Silva, who each scored twice. Henry pitched in with the fifth goal of the game to lead the Bulldogs to their seventh victory of the season.
Below are the overall winter team records, followed by the conference records in wins, losses, and ties as of January 19.
Boys’ Basketball: (8-2-0) (6-2-0); Girls’ Basketball: (3-6-0) (3-5-0); Boys’ Track (4-2-0) (3-2-0); Girls’ Track (6-0-0) (5-0-0); Boys’ Swimming: (0-2-0) (0-2-0); Girls’ Swimming: (2-0-0) (2-0-0); Hockey: (7-3-0) (4-0-0).
By Michael Kassabian