For the ninth time in as many seasons, Old Rochester Regional girls track and field sits atop the rest of the South Coast Conference after winning the league championship meet, defeating second-place Apponequet, who had won the regular season, 73-57.
The Bulldogs were able to take care of business in part because they had lost the regular season title to the Lakers. That allowed them to feel more comfortable entering the meet.
“They had to perform today,” Old Rochester Regional coach Cindy Tilden said. “We weren’t ready [when we last saw Apponequet]. We had them [the] first meet of the season; we weren’t ready for that first meet. So, they’re in better shape for that now than they were then.
“I don’t think they were nervous because they had already lost the regular season,” Tilden continued. “So I think they just wanted to come in and perform their best that they could in this meet to end the season well here and get ready for the state meet next Sunday.”
Even with a more relaxed approach, the win was just as fun for Old Rochester.
“It feels really good,” sophomore Emma Carrollsaid. “We’re kind of the team where we won’t be completely ready at the beginning of the year, so it’s hard because we raced them right at the beginning. I feel like we came back stronger.”
ORR had two first-place finishers at the SCC championship meet, Carroll being one with a win in the 1000 (3:19.81). The other winner was senior Lea Bourgeois, who took first in the high jump (5 feet), getting back to her 5-foot threshold she shoots for every attempt.
“Honestly, I was always in my head,” Bourgeois said. “Once I got out of my head, I started running faster, jumping higher, and jumping further. I realized I was coming down to my last couple meets and that I’m not running or doing these events in college. I just gave it my all.”
Caroline Thomascame in second in the high jump for the Bulldogs, and Shyann Jaquesfinished third, allowing them to sweep the event. Bourgeois also finished third in the 300 (45.64) and Meghan McCulloughfinished second in the 55 hurdles with a 9.41 sprint.
Old Rochester Regional boys track and field finished second in the meet, losing to Dighton-Rehoboth 79-57. The Bulldogs had three first-place finishers: Anthony Childswon the 300 in 38.26, Geoffrey Noonantook home the two-mile in 10:50.52, and Adam Sylviacruised to win the 600 in 1:28.84.
“I decided to go out a little conservative the first two laps just because I was the second seed coming in and I kind of knew I had a better kick, so I decided to save myself,” Sylvia said.
Jayven Francis Penaalso had a top-three finish for the Bulldogs, running the 300 in 39.4 seconds.
ORR boys basketball dropped to 11-6 on the year after losing a close, low-scoring matchup with Coyle-Cassidy, 47-45. Nick Johnsonwas the Bulldogs’ lone offensive bright spot, finishing with nearly half of his team’s points, scoring 21. Cole McIntyrehad 11 rebounds in his eight-point effort, and Matt Brogioli had seven rebounds, six points, and five assists.
Old Colony girls basketball continued its comeback tour with a 51-27 win over Cape Cod Tech on Friday. The Cougars have to win their next two games, having taken each of their last four.
Kat Kirbyscored 23 on a night where she drained five three-pointers. Savannah Hallehad a big night, as well, scoring 16.
Old Colony boys basketball cruised to another win on Friday, with Jake Jasonscoring 40, Zach Soucy20, and Hunter Soares11 in a 79-56 win over Cape Cody Tech. Jason’s 40-point night also featured five three-pointers.
“He came out firing on all cylinders,”Old Colony coach Matt Trahan said. “We played them tight in the first half, but we made some adjustments to our defense at halftime and they just couldn’t handle [Jason] offensively.”
High School Sports Update
By Nick Friar