Here is a look at the tenth week of scheduled games for ORR winter athletics.
Boys’ Basketball: After two wins earlier in the week against Bourne (82-69) and out-of-conference Pope John Paul II (66-44), the Bulldogs looked poised to claim their first SCC title in over a decade. The boys, however, suffered a heartbreaking defeat against Case in their final regular season game, losing 62-58, and consequently losing the SCC title. Thanks to valiant efforts by Jeremy Bare (17 points), Ryan Beatty (13 points), and Jordan Menard (12 points), the Bulldogs were able to come back from an 11-point deficit at the half and take a narrow three-point lead during the fourth quarter. However, the lead was not enough as Case battled back to win the game. ORR, which was set to split the SCC championship with Wareham, dropped back to second place with the loss, as Wareham won their final SCC matchup against GNB Voc-Tech. The boys now await their tournament seeding in the hopes of winning a state title.
Girls’ Basketball: Thanks to a fantastic performance by Michaela Bouvette, the Lady Bulldogs won their lone game of the week against Seekonk, defeating the Lady Warriors with a score of 54-42. Bouvette scored a team-high 20 points on the night, with Morgan Browning providing a key nine points from the paint. Freshman Olivia Labbe also played well, joining Bouvette in double digits with ten points. The win puts the Lady Bulldogs at a 6-12 standing, which will not be enough to get them into the playoffs.
Boys’ Track: Competing at the annual Division 5 Championships, the Bulldogs finished in second place for the entire division, an impressive feat considering the fact that they only had eight boys qualify for the meet. The MVP for the Bulldogs was Kevin Saccone, who won his first ever state title in the hurdles with a time of 7.84 seconds, and placed second in the long-jump, setting a school record of 21 feet, 3.25 inches. Saccone also ran on the 4×200 team with teammates Ben Dion, Chris Demers, and Colin Knapton, which finished fourth in 1:36. Knapton also had a great day, placing second in the 300-meter dash (36.52 seconds) and sixth in the high-jump (5’8”). Knapton, Saccone, and possibly the boys 4×200 relay team will be competing at the All State Meet on Saturday, February 22 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.
Girls’ Track: The girls also competed at the Division 5 Championships this week, where they managed to put together a fifth place performance. Leading the way was the girls’ 4×200-meter relay, comprised of Abby Adams, Paige Santos, Morgan DaSilva, and Bailey Truesdale, which finished first in 1:50. Santos also came second in the high jump (5’2”) and third in the 55-meter hurdles (9.02), narrowly edging out teammates Zoe Smith and Adams, who took fourth (9.13) and eighth (9.45) respectively. DaSilva also came in tenth in the 300-meter dash, running a new school record time of 43.58 seconds. Santos and the rest of the girls 4×200 relay will be joining Saccone and Knapton of the boys at the All State Meet next Saturday.
Ice Hockey: The Bulldogs claimed their second consecutive SCC title this week with their 3-1win over Dighton-Rehoboth. Jeremy Lawton scored two goals in the game, while teammate Sam Henri clinched the victory with a goal late in the third period. Chris Nadeau led the defense with 20 saves. The win marks the ninth SCC victory for the Bulldogs, who beat out second place Bourne twice this season.
Below are the overall winter team records, followed by the conference records in wins, losses, and ties as of February 17.
Boys’ Basketball: (16-4-0) (13-3-0); Girls’ Basketball: (6-12-0) (6-9-0); 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: (12-7-0) (9-1-0).
By Michael Kassabian