Two Old Rochester sports teams remain in postseason play

Nov 12, 2019

As the fall high school sports season nears its end, two teams at Old Rochester Regional High School remain in competition.

Old Rochester football will play Ashland High School on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. for the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletics Association Division 6 South Sectional championship.

ORR defeated Norwell at home on Nov. 9 with a score of 22-15 to win the south sectional semi-finals, and will travel to Ashland for their next game.

Head Coach Bryce Guilbeault said that his team played well in the first half, establishing a 15-0 lead at halftime. Norwell nearly made a comeback, tying the game at 15-15, but the bulldogs put together a game winning drive in the fourth quarter running with Jackson Cote, Dylan Dewolfe and Cam Brezinski. 

Guilbeault said this is the second year in a row playing Ashland in the sectional finals. He said they have 24 seniors, and that “they are well-coached and are a threat in the air and on the ground,” making them their toughest challenge of the year.

Cross country runner Alex Craig will compete in the All-State meet on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Gardner Golf Course.

Craig placed second in a Division 4 meet on Nov. 9 at the Wrentham Development Center, with a 5k time of just 16:13.53.

Coach Cindy Tilden said, “We are hoping to do the right amount of training this week with some rest to be prepared for the race.”

The girls soccer and volleyball teams also competed in the playoffs this year. Volleyball made it as far as the south semi-finals, before being eliminated by Dennis-Yarmouth. Soccer made it to the Division 2 South Quarterfinals, but was ultimately defeated by Medway by a score of 2-1.

Volleyball Coach James Oliveira said that this year’s final record of 15-5 is the best in recent memory , and that since he became head coach in 2017, the team has “made progress each year and I am looking forward to what the future holds for us.” 

Oliveira added that “Although the season ended before we had hoped, we showed a lot of progress and this team was a lot of fun to coach.”