For only the second time since the program started in 1978-1979, Old Colony boys basketball is off to a 5-0 start, with their most recent win coming in a 92-28 win over Norfolk Aggie on Friday.
The scoring has primarily come from the Cougars’ top two players, Jake Jasonand Zach Soucy, while Hunter Soareshas been the third guy to round out the scoring. Jason is averaging 26.4 points per game, while Soucy averages 18.4 a night. Soares, meanwhile, is the only other player sitting in double figures on a nightly basis, scoring 11.5 a game to this point in the season.
Old Colony girls basketball has been unable to figure things out in the early going, as the Cougars now sit at 1-4 (0-1 Mayflower Small Vocational Division) to start the 2018-2019 season.
“The kids are still learning how to play together,” Old Colony coach Craig Lincoln said. “They haven’t hit on all cylinders yet, but they’re working hard to get there.”
The Cougars have had some significant contributions from Lauren McGowanand Hannah L’Heureuxon both sides of the ball, but that hasn’t been enough to right the ship.
“Hannah loves to be out there competing. She’s a gamer who always gives you her best effort no matter what. She’s a tough kid who doesn’t back down. She fights for rebounds and gives us some inside scoring,” Lincoln said. “Lauren is the heart and soul of our defense. She pressures the ball all over the court and helps us on offense as a guard and a forward. She’s one of those kids who’s willing to do anything to help the team.”
Old Rochester Regional
Old Rochester Regional girls basketball has had an amazing start to the 2018-2019 season, opening up with a 7-0 record.
While the Bulldogs were also a strong team last year, this start comes as a bit of a surprise, given ORR saw Cassidy Yeomansleave for Tabor Academy.
“We had to replace the 18 points a game that she scored for us last season,” girls ORR’s basketball coach Bob Hohne said. “We didn’t know if we were going to be able to do that, but we’ve been doing a good job spreading things around on offense and getting a lot of kids involved.
“We have a young team with some good shooters,” Hohne continued. “We’re making 44 percent of our shots and we don’t really shoot threes. We’ve been moving the ball for good shots that have been dropping.”
UpperclassmenAshley Soaresaveraging 10 points a game, and Mary Butleraveraging nine points and 15 rebounds have been pivotal in the paint. They’ve also helped usher in freshmen Sally Butlerand Cadence Johnson, who have become crucial cogs in Old Rochester’s offensive attack.
“We don’t have to settle for outside shots,” Hohne said. “We’ve had a lot of success scoring in the paint and that’s changed our outlook on offense.”
ORR boys hockey fell to 2-4-1 following a 4-2 loss to Bourne on Sunday. RJ Vickeryand Sam Austineach scored once for the Bulldogs, but it wasn’t enough.Jacob Demoranvillewas put through the wringer again, finishing with 29 saves in the loss.
“Goalie’s been great all season,” Chuck Jancaterino said. “He’s been great for us: he’s key. He’s kept us in all the games, that’s how it’s been all season.”
ORR boys indoor track and field narrowly edged out GNB Voc-Tech 44.5-41.5, with the boys 4×400 relay team of Colby Gross,Jayven Pina Francis, Noah Massad, and Tucker Guardwinning in 3:55.4 to secure the victory in the final event.
Guard also won the 55 hurdles in 8.5 seconds and the high jump with a 5-foot-8 leap.
High School Sports Update
By Nick Friar