Although the co-op ice hockey program Apponequet/Bishop Connolly/Old Colony identifies as the Lakers, it’s the Old Colony Cougars that have powered the team early in the 2018-2019 season.
Most recently, the Lakers were once again crowned Prenda Cup Champions, retaining their title from 2017-2018, after knocking off Somerset Berkley 5-2. Carson McGrath, an Old Colony student, was crowned tournament MVP after capping things off with a 31-save performance in the win over Somerset Berkley. McGrath also had two fellow Old Colony students, Josh Schwalmand Matt Youlden, helping in defense in front of the net. Ethan Harrop, also an Old Colony student, scored what would be the game winner, breaking a 2-2 tie at 10:17 in the third period on a 5-on-3 power play.
The Lakers jumped out to a 2-0 start to 2018-2019, having defeated Diman in the first game of the season. Apponequet/Bishop Connolly/Old Colony graduated some significant pieces at the conclusion of last season. However, with six crucial pieces coming back from Old Colony, including co-captain Zach Lovendaleand sophomore Jacob Gauthier – who scored 17 goals as a freshman last year – the group should remain a competitive force within the South Coast Conference in 2018-2019.
“While the team lost its linchpin defenseman Dylan Hanson, who was one of the more talented D-men in school history, as well as Jarod Stevenswho was the programs 2nd 100 pt scorer, they are looking poised to have a good year,” Apponequet/Bishop Connolly/Old Colony coach Craig Correia said. “Losing six seniors, of which Stevens and Noah Liolioswere in the top 4 in scoring on the team a year ago, there is plenty of playing time to be had.
“We look to the captains Collin Barrosoand Lovendale to set the tone for our team this year, that being one of a high tempo unit that is sound in its defensive zone,” Correia continued. “If we can learn be extremely responsible and work as a unit in our defensive zone, we should be able to grow from there.”
Savanna Hallecontinues to blossom as a high school basketball force within the region, opening the 2018-2019 campaign with a 27-point effort off of six three-pointers in Old Colony’s 42-26 win over St. John Paul II.
“We just keep telling her that she’s going to have to keep improving if she wants to keep doing what she’s doing,” Old Colony coach Craig Lincoln said. “Because she’s not going to be able to hide forever.”
Old Colony boys basketball started off the year with a win over St. John Paul II, as well, by a score of 61-55. Jake Jasonpicked up where he left off in 2017-2018, scoring 23 points in the win. Zach Soucylogged 21 points in the effort, while Hunter Soareschipped in 11, six points coming off of two fourth-quarter three-pointers.
Old Rochester Regional
Tucker Guardstarted things on the right foot for Old Rochester Regional High School boys indoor track. Guard won two individual events, the 55-meter hurdles in 8.5 seconds and the high jump with a 5-foot-7 leap in the Bulldogs’ 54-32 win over Apponequet to open the season. He also combined with Patrick Janicki, Geoffrey Noonan, and Chandler Goulartto win the 4×400 relay.
Noonan and Janicki each won individual events, as well. Noonan took first in the 2-mile run with a 10:49 finish. Janicki won the 1000 in 3:06.2.
Anthony Childsalso won two individual events in the Bulldogs’ win, taking first in the 55-meter dash with a 6.7-second sprint and in the 300 with a 38.8-second effort.
Tori Monteiro, Sydney Green, and Jill Langlaisopened up the season on the right foot, each winning an event for ORR girls indoor track in the first meet of the season. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, those individual wins came in a 49-37 losing effort against Apponequet. Monteiro took first in the shot put with a 28-foot-5 ¾ throw. Green took first in the 55-meter hurdles with a 9.7-second finish. Langlais won the 600 with a 1:56.6 run.
Tabor Academy girls basketball is already off to a 7-0 start, with its most recent win being a 55-40 finish against Noble & Greenough School at the Nickerson Holiday Tournament. The 40 points the Seawolves surrendered in the win is, surprisingly, the highest total they’ve allowed all season. Opponents are averaging 26.3 points per game against Tabor in the early going, only accruing 184 points through seven games. Meanwhile, the Seawolves are averaging 64.9 points per game, totaling in at 454 to start 2018-2019.
High School Sports Update
By Nick Friar