Early Season Rebel Review

Matt Brownsword

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Girls Hockey (2-4): Losses to Newton North and Needham were cancelled out by wins against Brookline and Natick for the Rebels, as junior Liv Knight scored 2 goals in their 2 goal win over the Red and Blue. However, a loss to Wellesley in which the Rebels were outshot 45-10 means that the Rebels go back to 2 games below .500 at 2-4.

Boys Hockey (6-2-1): After two disappointing losses to Needham and Newton North, Boys Hockey has regained the form they showed last year and won some impressive games — a 2-1 comeback win against Herget contender Wellesley being the highlight. Senior Billy Moore has been the spark plug for the Rebels, who have yet to lose since senior Tommy MacNamara returned to the starting lineup.

Girls Track (2-0): Girls Track has beaten both opponents thus far, winning against Dedham and Milton by large margins. Junior Allie Morris has translated her cross country success onto the track, as she qualified for states in the mile. Senior Captains Gina Conti and Kristen Coyne also qualified for states in the 300 and 600 (Conti, who won the Boston Holiday meet 600) and the 2 mile (Coyne). Sophomore cross country standout Alyssa Murphy also qualified for states in the 2 mile, as well as senior Jackie Applin in the 1000.

Boys Track (1-0-1): The boys matched their female counterparts against Dedham — with the throwers sweeping for the first time in a long time — but failed to gain an edge over Milton as the two teams tied. Seniors Myles Cofield, Mike St. Germain, and Jon Kelland have all qualified for states in the 55m dash, the 600, and the 55m hurdles, respectively — with Cofield winning the Boston Holiday Meet in the process. The 4×400 team of Kelland, sophomores Eamon McCarthy, Nick Ricci, and junior Tommy Helm has also qualified for states.

Boys Basketball (6-1): After a big opening loss to Newton North, Boys Basketball has rattled off 6 straight wins on their way to the top of the Herget. Close wins over Wellesley and Natick — as well as 9th ranked Brookline — have given the Rebels the title of early season Herget Title favorite. However, Milton stands in their way as Muscato Tournament MVP senior Ryan Fogarty look to widen the gap between the Rebels and the other Herget teams. 

Girls Basketball (2-4): With a new coach has come a whole host of problems for Girls Basketball: two big losses to Herget rival Natick as well as a loss to Wellesley has the Rebels looking up at the Herget contenders. However, the early season schedule has seen Walpole play many of its toughest opponents, so the weeks ahead should reveal this year’s Rebels as either pretenders or contenders.

Gymnastics (0-1): Gymnastics started their season off with a loss to Herget powerhouse Wellesley, losing 138-127. Sophomore Kaitlin Porter scored a 9.2 on balance beam  and a 9 on floor and freshman Chloe O’Hara — sister of senior Olivia O’Hara, who left to join the track team this year — also scored well, with a 8.6 on beam.

Wrestling (4-6): Wrestling’s promising season has been hindered by early season losses to Framingham and Natick — as well as losses to Marlboro and Hopkinton after the Walpole bus broke down, resulting in the Rebels only being ready to fight two matches. However, despite some bad team results, 4 seniors have stood out thus far: Kyle Robbins (182), Noah Kung (220), Trevor Wassel, and Garrett Barry (132). Both Wassel and Kung came in second at the prestigious Marshfield tournament.

MVR: Senior Ryan Fogarty — with his MVR of the Muscato Tournament and his continued leadership throughout Boys Basketball’s six game winning streak — is this week’s Most Valuable Rebel. Fogarty and the Rebels take on Milton at home on Friday night, with the winner looking to gain control of the Herget.