With the girls’ basketball’s stellar season coming to an end after suffering a loss to Ashland High School, 50-21, all winter sports seasons at Old Rochester have wrapped up. It was a phenomenal winter for the Bulldogs, who saw talented individuals and hard-working teams advance farther than anyone could ever imagine. Old Rochester won four South Coast Conference titles this winter, which is incredible considering that only seven winter sports programs were offered.
For the second straight time, the boys’ and girls’ indoor track teams were both undefeated SCC champions, finishing with records of 6-0 apiece. The girls, led by hurdler Ally Saccone, who placed third in the entire state for the 55-meter hurdles, and shot-putter and sprinter Hannah Walsh, had a successful season, capping it off with a victory in the Division 4 Relays and a third-place finish at the Division 4 Championships. The boys, led by junior distance phenom Mike Wyman, senior shot-putter Aaron Holick, and overall athlete Dan Donohue, finished second in the Division 4 Championships by a mere 2 points. Wyman would later place fifth in the state for the 1,000 meter run, and Donohue would come 10th in the state-wide MSTCA Pentathlon.
Another team winning the SCC crown was the boys’ ice hockey team. Senior captains Cam Severino and Zack Mathews led a young team, comprised of members of Old Rochester, Fairhaven and some eighth-graders, to their second straight SCC title. Cam O’Conner and Jeremy Lawton both had great seasons, and freshman Goalie Chris Nadeau proved he has a lot to offer in the coming years.
The girls’ basketball team had one of the best seasons in recent memory. The girls were co-champions of the SCC, and finished with an 18-5 record. They advanced to the South Sectional Semifinals, where they suffered a season-ending loss to Ashland. Senior captains Katie Wilbur and Abby Offringa, along with sophomore Center Gabby Reuter, gave their all and had some memorable games, such as Wilbur’s buzzer-beating three against Ursuline Academy in the second round of the playoffs.
Although their record doesn’t show it, the boys’ basketball team improved game after game. The young team with only two seniors suffered some tough losses, but kept giving it their all, night after night. The progress that the team made was impressive, thanks to efforts by junior Jeremy Bare and sophomore Raekwon Phillips. The team has enormous potential, and with little losses to graduation, the team has a bright future ahead of them.
Possibly the biggest surprise of the winter was the success of the newly implemented co-ed swim team. Seniors Izzy Gillis and Rose Haznar are greatly responsible for the foundation of the first-year team, fundraising to create a team that was able to compete. They also led the team to a stellar record of 8-1, thanks to the efforts of freshmen Colleen Beatriz and Cate Feldkamp. The boys were led by sophomore Matt Bourgeouis and brothers Troy and Tyler Sjahfiedin, with Tyler qualifying for the state meet in multiple events.
Athletes will now be looking to the spring season. Hopefully the teams will use the same dedication to match the overall phenomenal winter season at Old Rochester.
By Michael Kassabian