If you take a quick glance at the Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School golf roster, it might seem like the Cougars are at the beginning of a rebuilding process. But that is not the case with Kathy Peterson’s sophomore-heavy team.
“They’re going to be good; they work at it,” Old Colony’s head coach said. “They’re just a nice group of boys and they take it seriously.”
Luke Butler and Brady Weglowski lead Old Colony’s group of 10 sophomores as the team’s respective No. 1 and 2 players. A pair that has potential to break a nine-hole medal score of 40 every time out, Butler tied his season-opening match and Weglowski won his on the last hole as the pair also won best ball in Old Colony’s 7½-2½ victory against Blue Hills at Acushnet River Valley, the Cougars’ home course.
“I didn’t really have any expectations coming into the season, I was just going to use this season to figure out who’s who,” Peterson said. “Then, hopefully, we can play in the fall and change things up and see where everybody fits in. Because they are young, but they all work really hard.
“A lot of them had been playing leading up to the season on nicer days, which was encouraging because that doesn’t always happen. They’re usually dusting their clubs off the first day of practice.”
Old Colony’s No. 3 and 4 players, sophomores Michael Niemi and Ty Dumas, won in the Cougar’s season-opening match, giving reason to wonder if this group is poised to dominate Mayflower Athletic Conference play in the Fall II season.
“Now, hopefully, they play all summer and don’t miss a beat in the fall,” Peterson said. “And they’re just nice kids – they all get along and mesh; they help one another. It’s encouraging.”
Old Colony takes on Blue Hills again on Thursday, April 8, at 3:00 pm, this time at Ponkapoag Gold Course in Canton.
The Bulldogs open up their season on Thursday, April 8, at 3:45 pm, when they visit host Seekonk at Ledgemont Country Club.
As if their 3-1 win over Division I Durfee wasn’t enough, the Bulldogs had to go and defeat another Division I program by a 3-1 score – this time it was Brockton. Maggie Brogioli was dominant in the win, finishing with 15 kills and 21 digs, as was Lexie Vander Pol with her 14 kills and 17-for-18 passing.
ORR remains unbeaten through its first five games, much like the school’s girls basketball team that also featured Meghan Horan. The Bulldogs visit Wareham on Friday, April 9, at 6:00 pm to follow up their Tuesday home game against Apponequet.
The Bulldogs rebounded from a tough opening-day loss against Dighton-Rehoboth with their first win of the season, a 17-14 victory against Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech on April 2 in New Bedford.
Stephen Arne set the tone for ORR with his work on the ground, rushing for 134 yards on 23 carries. The senior also scored one of the Bulldogs’ two touchdowns; the other was also scored on the ground but by quarterback Ryon Thomas.
ORR is back at home on Friday, April 9, for a 6:30 pm kickoff against its traditional Thanksgiving Day game opponent, Apponequet.
Old Colony Football
Old Colony football will remain 0-2 through Week 4 of the Fall II football season. The Cougars were originally slated to face Diman Voke last week, but the Bengals were in quarantine. The meeting rescheduled for Friday, April 9, as a Week 4 matchup, but the Diman football program is not yet cleared for action.
By Nick Friar