Rebel Review: Tournament Edition

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Matt Brownsword

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Football: The Rebels suffered their fourth loss of the season to North Attleborough in the first round of the Division 3 Tournament, 35-7. The Rebels were unable to get anything done offensively or defensively, scoring their only points late in the game after it was out of reach. However, even though the Rebels are out of the playoffs, they have to finish their season until the Weymouth game on Thanksgiving; they have to play against Medfield this Friday.

Boys Soccer: The boys version of Rebsoc secured their first round tournament victory in the last minutes of regular time off of senior Captain Bobby Ivatts’ volley with eight minutes left in the game. No. 13 Walpole was far superior to 4th-seeded Greater New Bedford throughout the game; however, they only managed the one goal that put them through to the South Sectional quarterfinals against 5th seeded Nauset, a team the Rebels are very familiar with.

Girls Soccer: Girls Rebsoc had two of the most dramatic upsets in Walpole Sports history, upsetting No. 14 Plymouth South on Friday and No. 3 Oliver Ames on Sunday, both in PKs. Senior Captain Abbey Smith slotted the game winner against Plymouth South and junior Ashley Levya put the Rebels — who were huge underdogs — past OA. The Rebels’ defense have yet to give up (or score) a goal in post season play, anchored by strong goalie play from sophomore Kaitlin Brown, who had numerous saves in both games, including huge PK saves. The girls play No. 6 North Attleborough in the South Sectional quarterfinals on Tuesday at 2:30.

Field Hockey: The Porkers are off to a characteristically strong playoff start, beating Westwood 7-1 easily on Friday. The Porkers were tested in their second round matchup by a strong Sandwich team, but a goal from senior Captain Brooke Matherson put away all the fears of an early tournament exit. The Porkers play the winner of No. 3 Dennis-Yarmouth v. No. 6 Franklin in the South Sectional semifinal for the right to play in the South Sectional Final.

Volleyball: Walpole put aside a little first-round, MIAA confusion — they were scheduled to play Sandwich, but, because of an incorrect seeding, played Weymouth — to win their first round matchup in 5 sets. The girls travel to Barnstable — the 21st ranked team in the nation and the No.1 seed in the South Sectional bracket — in hopes of one, if not the biggest upset in Walpole Sports history. The Rebels know they have a tall task to overcome, as they try to take 3 sets against a team that has only dropped 3 sets all season, but with the way all tournament matchups have gone thus far for Walpole, the girls should not be counted out.

Swimming: The Rebels traveled to WPI for Conferences, matching up against the best swimmers and divers the Bay State has to offer. Junior Katie Smith starred, setting a school record in the 100Y breaststroke. Junior Helen Hinton also qualified for Sectionals in the 100Y free, capping off a sixth place finish for the Rebels. Smith, Hinton, and others travel to MIT next Saturday for the Sectional meet.

Boys and Girls Cross Country: Three freshman medaled — Jack Bushway, Luke Bernardanelli, and Alex Bjornson — in the Coaches invitational this past Saturday. Freshman Steph Forrester ran her first 5K meet for the girls — competing against Sophomores — and finished 37th with a low 21 minute time. Freshman Delaney Murphy was the only one to medal in the freshman race.

Most Valuable Rebel: Sophomore Kaitlin Brown

Rebsoc’s goalie has carried the No. 19 seeded Rebels in two upsets over higher ranked opponents — 14 Plymouth South and 3 Oliver Ames — making countless saves to keep the girls in both games. No save was more important than her outstanding, leaping stop — tipping the ball over the bar — in the final minutes of the OA game to preserve the tie. Then, when you thought her role could not get more important, she came up with some huge PK saves that gave Levya the opportunity to win the game.