Here is a look at the ninth week of scheduled games for ORR winter athletics.
Boys’ Basketball: The boys started off their week with an easy 69-42 win over the Apponequet Lakers. Even though Jeremy Bare was the only Bulldog to score in double figures with 12 points, the Bulldogs dominated the game thanks to strong rebounding efforts and overall depth. Ten Bulldogs scored in the game, with Bare, Will Santos, and Jordan Menard leading the way. The win also extended an eight-game win streak for the Bulldogs, which was surprisingly snapped one game later against Bishop Stang. The boys, who had previously beaten Bishop Stang earlier in the season, lost 72-65 due to a slow third quarter and several turnovers. The Bulldogs were outscored 22-11 in the third quarter and were never able to fully recover. In the loss, Bare led the team with 16 points, with Paul Graves and Menard each contributing 13. Luckily, the loss was non-conference, so it did not affect ORR’s SCC standing. Although their winning streak was snapped, the boys recovered later in the week to defeat Dighton-Rehoboth, 60-53, to preserve their top spot in the SCC.
Girls’ Basketball: After two losses to Apponequet (58-33) and Bishop Stang (50-25), the Lady Bulldogs looked as if they would go winless for the week. The girls rallied back in the latter part of the week, however, and managed to nab their fifth victory of the season with a win over Dighton-Rehoboth, 44-37. Freshman Sophie Church scored a team-high 14 points, and Michaela Bouvette also entered double digits with 10 points. Kaleigh Goulart pitched in with eight points, including two three-pointers. The Bulldog defense was stellar on the night, limiting DR to only three points in the final quarter to secure the win.
Boys’ Track: This week, the boys competed in the annual SCC Championship, where they claimed a fourth-place finish. Kevin Saccone had a great meet, winning the 55-meter-hurdles in a new meet record of 7.9 seconds. Other wins for the Bulldogs came from Colin Knapton, who won the 300-meter-dash out of the unseeded section in 38.31 seconds, and the 4×400 meter relay, which featured Saccone, Knapton, Chris Demers, and Ben Dion. The meet marks the end of conference meets for the boys’ and girls’ teams, who will next compete in the Division 5 Championships on Wednesday, February 12 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.
Girls’ Track: Thanks to some extraordinary performances, the Lady Bulldogs won their fourth consecutive SCC title this week, scoring 129.5 points and outscoring the nearest team by 84.5 points. Morgan DaSilva came from behind in the 600-meter run to win her specialty event in 1:46, while Emily Josephson claimed the two-mile championship in 12:52. Sam Allaire and Paige Santos claimed victories in the two field events, shot-put and high-jump, recording distances of 30’3.75” and 5’2”, respectively. The best event for the Lady Bulldogs, however, was the 55-meter-hurdles, where the girls scored 29 of the 30 available points. ORR took places 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6, showing the depth of the ORR hurdle program. Zoe Smith won the title by .01 second over teammate Santos, recording a time of 9.00, while Elexus Afonso, Bailey Truesdale, and Abby Adams took places 3, 4, and 6 respectively.
Below are the overall winter team records, followed by the conference records in wins, losses, and ties as of February 9.
Boys’ Basketball: (13-3-0) (11-2-0); Girls’ Basketball: (5-12-0) (5-9-0); 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