Girls’ Basketball, Ice Hockey Show Improvement

Here is a look at the third week of scheduled games for ORR winter athletics.

Girls’ Track: The undefeated Lady Bulldogs competed in only one meet this week, the SCC Annual Holiday Relays. The meet is a “fun” meet; it does not count toward the team record and only consists of multiple-person relay races. Still, the SCC gives out awards for the large and small school winners, and the ORR girls easily took first place in the large school category. Bailey Truesdale, Abby Adams, Zoe Smith, and Paige Santos won the shuttle hurdles in 29.4 seconds, while Emily Josephson, Sammie Barrett, Nicole Mattson, and Shannon O’Malley combined for a 14:35 to win the distance medley. Arden Goguen, Smith, Adams, and Mattson came together to win the 4×2 lap relay with a 3:35, and Smith went on to collaborate with Santos and Elexus Afonso to claim the high-jump relay victory, where they collectively jumped 14’6”. Finally, Morgan DaSilva, Barrett, Santos, and Truesdale won the 4×400 relay with a 4:30.

Boys’ Track: The boys’ track team also competed in the SCC Relays, where they placed second overall in the large school division. Ben Rounseville, Kevin Saccone, Chris Demers, and Colin Knapton won the 4×2 lap with a 2:56, while Saccone, Rounseville, and Demers collaborated with freshman Graham Poirier to claim the shuttle hurdles title in 28.2 seconds. The other Bulldog victory came in the shot put relay, where Jesse Noonan, Ryan Plunkett, and Richie Phillips combined for a total 112’5”. The boys’ and girls’ track teams have a nice rest until their next meet on January 9, but many of the freshmen and sophomores on the team will be traveling to the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on January 5 to compete in the Red Auerbach Freshmen-Sophomore Meet.

Ice Hockey: After a loss to out-of-conference Whitman-Hanson, the ORR/Fairhaven Bulldogs looked to gain a conference win over league rival Wareham/Carver. The Bulldogs are a very young team, but they still managed to handily defeat the Vikings with a score of 5-1. Thanks to goals from Shane Matthews, Cam Silvia, Connor Severino, Jake Durocher, and Mike Lyrgen, the Bulldogs took the lead in the first period and never looked back. Freshman Chase Cunningham played a phenomenal game, only allowing one goal and making 22 saves.

Girls’ Basketball: Like the ice hockey team, the Lady Bulldogs showed great improvement this week. After three blowout losses to New Bedford, Apponequet, and GNB Voc-Tech, the girls played SCC powerhouse Wareham High School, and even though they lost 51-42, they showed incredible improvement and stuck with the Vikings until the fourth quarter. The Lady Bulldogs were tied with the Lady Vikings 24-24 at the half, and at the close of the third quarter, they trailed Wareham by only one point. Unfortunately, the Lady Vikings outscored ORR 12-5 in the fourth quarter, clinching the win for Wareham. Seniors Michaela Bouvette (14 points) and Isabelle Riley (12 points) led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring for the night.

Boys’ Basketball: This week, the boys’ basketball team faced their toughest competitor of the season in Wareham High School. The two teams are expected to battle it out for the SCC Championship for the 2013-2014 season. After a hard fought game, the Bulldogs lost 61-42 to give Wareham the upper hand on the SCC title. Raekwon Phillips was the leading scorer for the Bulldogs with 15 points. Senior Paul Graves, who was rigorously defended by Wareham, still managed to score 11 points in the loss. Jeremy Bare provided key rebounds for the Bulldogs, who suffered their first loss of the season. The boys will reface Wareham at home later in the season, where they will hopefully even the score against the SCC powerhouse.

Below are the overall winter team records, followed by the conference records in wins, losses, and ties as of December 29.

Boys’ Basketball: (3-1-0) (2-1-0); Girls’ Basketball: (0-3-0) (0-2-0); Boys’ Track (4-0-0) (3-0-0); Girls’ Track (4-0-0) (3-0-0); Swimming: (0-0-0) (0-0-0); Hockey: (2-2-0) (1-0-0).

By Michael Kassabian

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