The Old Rochester Regional High School track-and-field teams opened the 2022 spring season with a bang on April 7 at Apponequet Regional High School in Lakeville, defeating the host Lakers in dominant fashion.
Despite missing key players like Colby Gross due to injury and Tyler Trudeau due to ORR’s conflicting drama production, the final score for the boys’ meet was 82-54. Meanwhile, the girls won 96-40.
There was some early tension for the boys. While Leo Schiappa took first place in the triple jump, Rudy Arsenault won the long jump. Walter Rosher placed first in discus and Braeden Christopher won high jump for the visiting Bulldogs. Apponequet swept the top three spots in the javelin and 400 hurdles and had the top two shot-put results.
The rest of the meet was no contest.
Murray Copps and Aidan Silk took first and second place in the mile and 2 mile, followed by Schiappa, Remy Wilson and Antonius Makram sweeping the 100 before John Kassabian and Matthew Curry took first and second respectively in the 800. Topping it off was Shiappa and Landon Maxwell coming in first and third in the 400, Wesner Archelus and Justin Allain taking first and third in the 110 hurdles and the 4×100 team of Wilson, Archelus, Jacksen Martin and Gavin Martin also victorious.
The tension was nowhere near as high for the girls, who dominated the Lakers from the jump. Jen Williams and Maggie Brogioli both cleared 5 feet, 2 inches in the high jump, with Williams taking first place based on fewer misses. Williams and Brogioli repeated that 1-2 finish in the 100 hurdles. Cameran Weaver won the triple jump, Taylor Green placed first in shot-put, Liz Feeney won discus, and Julia Sheridan won javelin to sweep the field events.
Hanna Whalley, Alexia Gonsalves and Corrine Robert went 1-2-3 in the mile. Brogioli won the 100 dash, while Alexa St. Louis picked up a third-place finish. Sheridan and Maddie Connor came first and second in the 800, before Gonsalves, Whalley and Conner swept the 2 mile, putting the final nail in the coffin.
The Bulldogs will look to continue building momentum in another road meet against Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech on Thursday, April 14.
Old Rochester’s baseball team has played three games so far and is 2-1 to open the season. The Bulldogs’ first win came on April 4 when they defeated Seekonk, 9-5, in Mattapoisett. They lost at Fairhaven the next day before coming back on home field to defeat Bourne, 4-3, on Monday. Their next game will be Thursday, April 14, against Dartmouth High School at the UMass Dartmouth baseball diamond.
ORR’s girls’ lacrosse team is off to a 3-0 start following big wins over Falmouth, New Bedford High and Cape Cod Academy. The boys’ lacrosse team also won its season opener on April 4, defeating Bishop Stang, 16-9. The boys will host Seekonk on Friday, April 15, while the girls visit Seekonk on the same day.
Two matches into the season, both Old Rochester tennis teams are 1-1. The girls opened their season with a 3-2 win over Dartmouth on April 5 before losing 3-2 against Fairhaven on Monday. The boys, on the other hand, took a 4-1 loss against Dartmouth before defeating Fairhaven 3-2 on April 11. Both teams faced Wareham on Wednesday and will face Dighton-Rehoboth on Thursday, April 14, with the girls at home and the boys in Dighton.
By Matthew Curry