ORR Girls’ Postseason Hoop Finish Marks End of Era

            Players have come and gone, but throughout it all there has been one constant for Old Rochester girls basketball since 1978: the Bulldogs’ head coach, Bob Hohne.

            But that will no longer be the case moving forward. Hohne’s 42-year run came to an end on Monday when No. 3 Old Rochester’s 2020 postseason run ended in the MIAA Division 2 South Semi-Finals, where No. 2 Foxboro once again got the better of the Bulldogs, winning 46-29.

            Although the Bulldogs weren’t able to cap off Hohne’s career with a win later on in the postseason rather than a loss, they were able to help their head coach reach the postseason for the 39th time in his 42 years. Additionally, the Bulldogs’ 20-4 record in 2019-20 helped Hohne reach 652 career wins.

            To put it all into perspective how long Hohne has done his job and thrived in the role: his run as Old Rochester girls basketball head coach has seen seven presidents, the cinematic release of 10 out of the 11 Star Wars movies, and 15 titles won by Boston’s four major sports teams.

            Old Rochester’s leading scorer in Hohne’s final game as head coach was Meg Horan. She scored 12 of the Bulldogs’ 29 points in the loss, and Logan Fernandes finished with nine.

            On their way to the South Semi-Finals, the Bulldogs had to get past No. 6 New Mission, whom they defeated 61-49, and No. 14 Canton, whom they eliminated, 56-37.

            Foxboro will face No. 4 Hingham in the South Sectional Finals.

            Old Rochester boys basketball did not experience the same level of success as the girls basketball team in postseason play. Entering the MIAA Division 3 South sectional tournament as the No. 14 seed, the Bulldogs were matched up against No. 3 Monomoy in the First Round and fell, 49-39.

            With the Bulldogs missing key offensive pieces due to injury, Jonah DePina was the only Old Rochester player able to reach double figures. He scored 10 points and Luke Burke finished with eight.

            With the loss, the Bulldogs finished the season at 10-11.

Old Colony

            After winning its opening-round matchup against No. 11 Sturgis East, 47-44, No. 6 Old Colony girls basketball saw its postseason run in MIAA Division 4 South tournament come to an end. Third-seeded Cathedral played spoiler, knocking off the Cougars, 78-30, in the Quarter Finals.

            Hailey Hathaway was the only member of the Cougars who scored in both postseason games. After scoring 15 points against Sturgis East, she put up 16 against Cathedral. Savanna Halle scored 14 against Sturgis East, and Isabel Souza was second in scoring for Old Colony against Cathedral with five points.

            Just like the Old Colony girls basketball team, the vocational high school’s boys team lost in the Quarter Finals of the MIAA Division 4 South tournament. The third-seeded Cougars defeated No. 14 Atlantis Charter, 72-71, but lost, 77-56, to No. 11 Cape Cod Academy.

            Jojo Cortes led the Cougars with 16 points in the matchup with Atlantis Charter, while Hunter Soares (13), Caden Letendre (13) and Cooper Howell each finished in double figures, as well.

            Soares was the only Cougar to post double digits in the scoring column against Cape Cod Academy. The senior scored a whopping 28 points in the loss.

By Nick Friar

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