All eyes were on the ORR cross-country programs to see how they would perform in their first competitive meet of the season last Tuesday. Coaches of SCC teams looked to see if the ORR boys would come into the season with strong, hopeful times, and if the girls’ team had the talent to defend their SCC title from last year. Even with all of the anticipation, neither team disappointed, each snagging victories over Dighton-Rehoboth and Apponequet.
For the boys, junior Mike Wyman led from start to finish to place as first overall with a 5K time of 17:00. Finishing second overall was fellow teammate Nick Pacheco, who came across the line in an impressive 17:34. Each of these runners looks to lower their times throughout the course of the season in order to lead their team in the postseason races later in the fall. From there, Michael Kassabian, Connor Medeiros-Sweet, Fred Murolo and Mitch Midwood each finished in the top 10 with times of 18:48, 19:01, 19:29 and 19:34, respectively.
The Lady Bulldogs also won their first dual meet with junior Sammie Barrett placing first for ORR and second overall with a 5K time of 22:53. The girls also had strong performances in seniors Abby Hiller (23:20) and Sophia Santos (24:02) along with juniors Hannah Viera (24:36) and Kati Sethares (24:57). The girls and boys look to defend their so-far perfect season with a meet against Seekonk on October 10 at Marion’s Washburn Park at 3:30 pm.
In other news, ORR girls’ volleyball broke a five-game losing streak with a win against Wareham. Senior Abby Robinson served 14 straight points and junior Juliana Nicolosi had 25 digs that led to the 3-0 victory over the Vikings.
The football team remained undefeated after shutting out GNB Voc-Tech 13-0. Junior quarterback Nolan Bergeron ran for a touchdown, as did sophomore Ethan Lizotte. The team looks to match their amount of total wins from last season with a visit to Fairhaven on Friday.
By Michael Kassabian