ORR, OC Football Face Familiar Foes in Playoffs

            Both Old Colony and Old Rochester Regional football received their playoff seedings and matchups for their respective divisions.

            The Cougars finished with one loss on the year, dropping their final game of the regular season 14-13 to South Shore Voc-Tech – though Thomas Stantondid keep his touchdown streak alive. The running back has now scored in each of Old Colony’s seven games this year. Blake Dennisonalso scored once in the loss.

            With West Bridgewater entering the MIAA Division 8 South tournament 7-0, the Wildcats earned top-billing, while the Cougars have been seeded at No. 2.

            Old Colony will take on No. 7 Upper Cape (4-3), a team the Cougars have already faced this season.

            With the Old Colony still holding onto the hopes of finishing the season unbeaten, the Rams nearly knocked off the Cougars on October 19, taking a 16-0 lead in the first half. But Old Colony would respond on offense in the second half and shut out Upper Cape for the remainder of the game, en route to a 23-16 win.

            ORR is in a similar situation as its Division 8 neighbors.

            The Bulldogs also finished the year 6-1. However, the ultra-competitive MIAA Division 6 South tournament features three unbeaten teams: Cardinal Spellman, Rockland, and Ashland. With those three sitting atop the division, ORR is ranked No. 4 as it enters the tournament, set to face an all too familiar team, though under unique circumstances.

            On Friday in the first round, the Bulldogs will face their Thanksgiving Day rivals, who happen to be the fifth seed in Division 6 South, Apponequet. This means the two teams will face off three times this season.

            The Lakers (5-2) also happen to be the one team that has knocked off the Bulldogs in 2019. In fact, Apponequet didn’t just win the matchup, the Lakers shutout ORR. It was only the second game of the season, and the Bulldogs haven’t lost since, whereas Apponequet has lost twice, but this should be a hard-fought game for multiple reasons.

            Both Old Colony and Old Rochester Regional volleyball also qualified for the MIAA South Sectional tournaments, as well.

            Old Colony will face a team ORR takes on in the South Coast Conference play each year – Fairhaven. Old Colony (16-4) enters the tournament ranked No. 5, and Fairhaven (11-8) is seeded at No. 12.

            ORR had a 14-4 record and won the tiebreaker over Apponequet, who was also 14-4. The Bulldogs are seeded fourth and will host the Lakers in the quarterfinals, with both teams received first-round byes.

            Luke Butlerwas Old Colony’s top finisher in the MIAA Division 3 Cape and Islands tournament. He was tied for No. 34 in the tournament at Dennis Highlands Golf Course.

            Markus Pierrewas ORR’s leader in the MIAA Division 2 Cape and Islands tournament, which was held at Easton Country Club. He finished No. 23 overall in the tournament.

Tabor Academy

            Tabor Academy girls soccer bounced back from a 3-2 loss to Milton Academy with a 5-1 win over Groton School to improve to 8-5 on the season.

            Jaydah Bedoyafinished with a hat trick and an assist in the win. Cat Barryscored a goal and had an assist, and Bella Garcesalso scored a goal against Groton School.

High School Sports Update

By Nick Friar

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