Track’s Freshmen & Sophomores Shine

It was a slower week than most for ORR athletics due to the start of the New Year and the nor’easter that blew through the Tri-Town. Here is a look at the fourth week of scheduled games for ORR winter athletics.

Boys’ and Girls’ Track: The only competition for the track teams this week was the Red Auerbach Freshmen-Sophomore Small School Meet held at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. A select group of ORR’s freshmen and sophomores attended the meet, with several having outstanding performances, showing the young talent and potential in the Bulldogs’ squad. Patrick Briand placed 18th in the 1,000 meter run with a time of 3:08, while teammate Drew Robert finished in 39th with a 3:20. Freshman Mason DaSilva ran a personal best 5:07 mile for 22nd, and classmate John Breault jumped 14’11.5” in the long jump to take 19th place. On the girls’ side, Zoe Smith was ORR’s top performer, taking second in the 55-meter-hurdles (9.55) and fifth in the high jump (4’10”). Sophomore Lexi Afonso took fourth in the long jump with a leap of 14’4.5’’, and joined Morgan Middleton, Lauren Ovian, and Nicole Mattson to take fifth in the 4×400 relay with a time of 4:34.

Ice Hockey: The boys’ ice hockey team had a great start to their week, easily defeating Bishop Stang with a decisive 4-0 win. Alex Silva and Jeremy Lawton each scored twice for the ORR/Fairhaven Bulldogs, and Goalie Chris Nadeau recorded his first shutout of the season, making 27 saves in the process. Unfortunately, the boys could not keep their momentum going, as they lost later in the week to out-of-conference Silver Lake by a score of 3-1. Mike Lygren is credited with the lone Bulldog goal, and Nadeau continued to impress, making 25 saves in the third loss for the Bulldogs.

Boys’ Basketball: The boys had only one game this week against SCC rival Fairhaven High School. The Bulldogs, who started their season off strong, faltered for the second time this season with a 49-46 loss to the Blue Devils. Paul Graves was the top scorer for the Bulldogs with 13 points, while Raekwon Phillips pitched in 12. Junior Jordan Menard played a solid game, recording seven points on the night. The Bulldogs were up 33-28 at the close of the third quarter, but were not able to keep pace with the rallying Blue Devils in the fourth quarter.

Girls’ Basketball: The girls’ team continued to struggle this week, as they failed to win either of their two games. The girls lost by only 10 points to Fairhaven High School in the beginning of the week, 42-32 and lost to out-of-conference Dartmouth High School later in the week with a score of 61-34. The girls were looking good at halftime, trailing the Indians by only eight points, but the Lady Bulldogs could not keep pace in the second half. Kaleigh Goulart was the lead scorer for the girls, netting 10 points in the loss.

Below are the overall winter team records, followed by the conference records in wins, losses, and ties as of January 5.

Boys’ Basketball: (3-2-0) (2-2-0); Girls’ Basketball: (0-5-0) (0-3-0); Boys’ Track (4-0-0) (3-0-0); Girls’ Track (4-0-0) (3-0-0); Swimming: (0-0-0) (0-0-0); Hockey: (3-3-0) (1-0-0).

By Michael Kassabian

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