Here is a look at the seventh week of scheduled games for ORR winter athletics.
Boys’ Basketball: Game cancellations due to weather forced the Bulldogs to play only one game this week, against GNB Voc-Tech. The game proved to be an exciting one, as the boys won 72-57 to win their sixth consecutive game. ORR trailed 17-9 at the close of the first quarter, but thanks to strong performances by seniors Haydon Bergeron and Mikey Pruchnik, the Bulldogs were able to outscore the Bears 63-40 over the next three quarters to clinch the win. Bergeron and Pruchnik played well on both sides of the court, scoring 18 and 13 points, respectively, and providing key rebounds to regain Bulldog possession. With the win, the boys are now one win away from qualifying for the state tournament.
Girls’ Basketball: The girls suffered two tough losses this week, one to out-of-conference Dartmouth, 36-17, and the other to GNB Voc-Tech, 58-30. Against Dartmouth, the Lady Bulldogs trailed 10-5 at the end of the first quarter and were never able to recover, scoring only two points in the fourth quarter. Kaleigh Goulart was the team’s high-scorer with seven points. The girls had a better game against GNB Voc-Tech, where they were ahead 16-15 with 11 minutes left in the second quarter. The Lady Bears countered with a 19-0 run, a margin that ORR was never able to narrow. Ashley Pacheco played well in the loss, recording a team-high six points.
Girls’ Track: With a 66-20 victory over SCC rival Fairhaven, the Lady Bulldogs continued their conference dominance and look poised to claim their fourth consecutive SCC title. The Fairhaven girls’ team was slated to be ORR’s toughest competition this season, but thanks to key wins from Paige Santos (hurdles), Nicole Mattson (600-meter-dash), Sammie Barrett (1,000-meter run), Sam Allaire (shot-put), and Zoe Smith (high-jump), the girls handily defeated them. The girls won seven of the ten events on the night, with nine second-places and six third-places, showing the depth of the squad. This meet also marked the 30th consecutive conference win for the Lady Bulldogs, a streak that has spanned over four seasons.
Boys’ Track: The boys also had a productive week, winning their meet against the Fairhaven boys with a 52-30 score. With wins from Mike Wyman (2-mile), Kevin Saccone (hurdles, 600-meter), Mason DaSilva (1,000-meter), Ryan Plunkett (shot-put), and Colin Knapton (55-meter-dash, high jump), the boys easily defeated the Fairhaven Blue Devils to clinch their fourth conference win of the season. The boys’ and girls’ teams only have two more regular season meets remaining before the conference championship meet.
Ice Hockey: The ORR/Fairhaven Bulldogs continued their march towards the SCC championship, winning both of their games this week against conference rivals Apponequet and Dighton-Rehoboth. Due to goals from Cam Silvia (2), Mike Lygren, Tayber Labonte, Jeremy Lawton, and Sam Henri, the boys defeated Apponequet 6-2, furthering their winning streak to five games. That streak was furthered to six consecutive victories after the boys defeated DR with a 4-0 shutout. Goalie Chris Nadeau made 20 saves en route to his first shutout of the season while Lawton, Jacob Durocher, Alex Silva, and Shane Matthews all scored for the Bulldogs.
Girls’ Swimming: The swim program, in its second year at ORR, wrapped up their winter season this week, winning their final two meets against Rockland & Middleboro and Dighton-Rehoboth. Against DR, the Lady Bulldogs won 90-73 thanks to a great performance by sophomore Cate Feldkamp, who won the 50-freestyle in 27.47 seconds, the 500-freestyle in 6:07, and swam a leg on the 200-medley relay with Julianne Mariner, Chloe Riley, and Avery Nugent to win in 2:15. Anna Haznar (100-breaststroke, 1:26.) and Riley (100-freestyle, 1:08) were other winners for the Bulldogs.
Boys’ Swimming: The boys’ swim team, like the girls, finished their winter season as well, winning one of their final three meets of the season. Matt Bourgeois won the 50-freestyle in all three meets, and Troy Sjahfiedin also swam well in the 100-breaststroke. As no swimmer, either boy or girl, qualified for the state meet, the swim season at ORR has officially ended. The program, however, is doing very well in only its second year, with both teams able to defeat multiple competitive local schools.
Below are the overall winter team records, followed by the conference records in wins, losses, and ties as of January 26.
Boys’ Basketball: (9-2-0) (7-2-0); Girls’ Basketball: (3-8-0) (3-6-0); Boys’ Track (5-2-0) (4-2-0); Girls’ Track (7-0-0) (6-0-0); Boys’ Swimming: (1-7-0) (1-7-0); Girls’ Swimming: (4-2-0) (4-2-0); Hockey: (9-3-0) (6-0-0).
By Michael Kassabian