As September changes to October, it’s time to look at the fall sports teams of ORR and how they have performed, as most teams have reached the midway point of their seasons. Except for football, whose season continues into late November, all teams are approaching the home stretch for their regular seasons, and their performances from here on out will determine whether or not they advance to state competitions.
Both the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams have performed admirably considering that they lost several seniors to graduation. The girls have been led by seniors Hannah Walsh and Alison Francis. Freshman midfielder Sarah Beaulieu has also shown she is varsity material and has been a key asset to the Lady Bulldogs. The girls’ win-loss-tie record now stands at 4-5-2. Teddy Costa and Robbie Magee have led a young boys’ team, and Goalie Mikey Pruchnik has been a key component. However, the boys’ record is 3-6-1, and they will need to win the next several games in order to make the state tournament. Both the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams are currently undefeated, with records of 3-0. Mike Wyman has been a consistent first place finisher for the boys, as has Sammie Barrett for the girls. However, in order for both teams to be undefeated SCC Champions, they will have to get by rival Seekonk on October 10.
ORR girls’ volleyball has led a disappointing season so far but is starting to gain some momentum. Senior captains Abby Robinson and Bre Meuse have played well, as has junior Juliana Nicolosi. The girls’ record is currently 2-8. ORR field hockey has had a great season so far, led by top scorer Ally Saccone and fellow classmate Abby Offringa. Defender Erica Boulay and Goalie Hannah Cormier have provided key defense for the Lady Bulldogs, whose record stands at 6-1-3. However, the girls lost a tough 2-0 game against SCC rival Apponequet that essentially stole the SCC crown from ORR. However, if they keep playing consistently, the girls should make the state tournament.
Nolan Bergeron and Richie Phillips have led the ORR football team to a great start, and their record is now 4-1 thanks to a 21-8 win against Case on Friday. Coach Henry Quinlan’s new offensive strategy seems to be working well, and Bergeron has been one of the top scorers in the SCC with an impressive five touchdowns. The boys look to win a tough home game against the Wareham Vikings on Friday, October 12 at 4:30 pm.
The ORR sports team may not win the incredible amount of SCC Championship teams from last year, but the teams have so far looked overall promising, and if they play well, they should advance to the state tournament and possess winning records by the conclusion of the season.
By Michael Kassabian