Old Colony triumphed last week with two vocational titles and another 1,000-point scorer, adding more hardware to its increasingly crowded trophy case with girls’ basketball winning and repeating as State Vocational Small School Tournament champions and the boys bouncing back from last year’s six-point loss to Franklin County to earn a Vocational Tournament title of their own.
On top of that, it gives both teams momentum heading into the MIAA Division 4 South Sectional Tournament.
“We’ve definitely hit our stride,” Old Colony boys’ basketball coach Matt Trahan said. “It’s a season of tests. Early on, we had a fairly tough schedule between Diman and Case and a number of other teams up early. Then, later on in the season, we went on a road stint where we played on the road for five games. That was kind of put there on purpose, and I really think we found ourselves. Just knowing you can play good teams on the road and win makes a difference.”
This, said Trahan, has made them a better team.
With the boys peaking at the opportune time, they were able to make easy work of Blue Hills in the Vocational Championship game, winning 71-56. Jake Jason led with 31 points, while Zach Soucy scored 23. This was yet another win for the Cougars that shows they can contend in the MIAA tournament, having taken down the second seed in the Div. 4 South Sectional, Blue Hills, by double digits.
Trahan knows most teams will try to stop Jason more than anyone else. But the Cougars believe their offense has become more diverse, and solely focusing on Jason will be only so effective.
“The coaches in the league have done their very best (against us),” Trahan said. “Jake is certainly a weapon, but Jake’s at the point where you’ve got other people stepping up and his passing game has come so far this year. He’s looking to set up people as much as he’s looking to take that mid-range jump shot or that three. They’re going to try to address him. I just think throughout the game he’ll find his shot.”
On the girls’ side, they were able to put away Norfolk Aggie, the same team the Cougars beat last year. Abby Cioper scored 24 points in the 55-35 win for Old Colony, a day after she’d eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in the State Vocational Small School Tournament semifinal win over Franklin Tech.
“I’ve seen her play since she was in seventh grade and we were obviously very excited that she decided to come to Old Colony,” said Trahan, who is also the school’s athletic director. “To see that culmination of all her trials and tribulations, and to get to the point that she is at, you throw the Mayflower and the Vocational (titles) and then in the midst of all that she scores her thousandth point … it’s just great to see the maturity over a four-year period for her.”
Trahan continued, “We couldn’t be more happy that she’s going to be added to the (thousand-point scorer) list. Great kid, works hard. And you know what … she’s hung in there. She’s battled injuries and never really let that thousand-point title float over her head. She’s just played the game and played well.”
Old Rochester Regional High School
In Saturday’s All-State meet at the Reggie Lewis Center, ORR’s Mikayla Chandler won the shot-put adaptive with a 19-11.25 throw and was the runner-up in the 55 adaptive with a 10.90 finish.
On the boys’ side of track and field, Harry Smith came in ninth in the 55 hurdles with a 7.97 time.
ORR boys’ basketball enters the MIAA Division 3 South Sectional Tournament as the fifth seed, taking on No. 12 Norwell in the first round. The girls earned the second seed in the MIAA Division 2 South Sectional tournament and open up against No. 15 Pembroke.
Ice hockey earned the fourth seed in Division 2 and host Taunton first.
Tabor Academy boys’ basketball finished the regular season with a 59-58 win over Worcester Academy. The Seawolves went 8-6 in the Independent Schools League, 13-7 overall. They finished with the eighth best overall record in the conference, though their league record was better than the seventh-place team, Middlesex.
Girls’ basketball went undefeated in the conference, winning all 12 games. They finished third overall in the conference, going 17-2, winning the last game of the regular season 60-42 against Northfield Mount Hermon.
High School Sports Update
By Nick Friar