Rebel Review: Postseason Preview

Rebel Review: Postseason Preview

Michael Fortin

Walpole High SchoolBoys Hockey: Boys Hockey (12-8-2) qualified for the State Tournament on Monday, February 10 against Weymouth with a 5-3 win.  Senior Ryan Brown came up big for Walpole as he netted two goals to give the Rebels the win. Unfortunately, Brown has recently been out because of a concussion and is questionable for the postseason.  Rolling at the end of the season with a three game win streak including wins against Dedham and Milton, the Rebels will play against Falmouth at 4pm on Wednesday, February 26 at the Gallo Irena in Bourne.

Girls Hockey: Girls Hockey (2-16-2) have had their struggles in their rebuilding season as they look to earn a win before season’s end:  something they have not done since December.  A season hampered by injuries to senior Captains Caitlin Barry and Kaylin Hallet and their two best skill players junior Olivia Knight and sophomore Olivia MacMillan.  One positive thing the Lady Rebels can take out of this season is they return the main core of the team who gained valuable experience this season.

Boys Basketball:  Boys Basketball (13-7) finished their season by winning the Rebel Hoops Classic against formidable opponents Xaverian and Stoughton.  Senior point guard Ryan Fogarty played phenomenal as he won tournament MVP.  Senior Captain Adam Quinlan complimented Fogarty’s play by adding 32 points in both games.   The Rebels will play Dartmouth away on Tuesday, February 25 at 6:30.

Girls Basketball:  Girls Basketball (12-8) have caught fire late in the season — which is the perfect time to make a run in the State Tournament.  Walpole has made up for the early season struggles as they have beaten every Herget team in their second go around.  Girls Basketball has earned the eight seed in the tournament, so they will take on Notre Dame at home at 6:30pm on Tuesday, February 25.

Boys Track:  At the Division 3 Meet senior sprinter Myles Cofield came in third in the 55 Meter with a time of 6.71.  Senior Captain Mike St. Germain also had a good meet while coming in seventh in the 55 Meter hurdle with a time of 8.33.  At the All State Meet, Cofield came up .01 seconds short of advancing to the final heat while coming in ninth with a time of 6.71.

Girls Track:  At the Division 3 Meet, senior Captain Gina Conti won the 600 Meter race with a time of 1:36.91.  Junior Allie Morris ran to fifth place in the 2 mile with a time of 11:25.82.  Olivia O’Hara placed 6th in Long Jump, and the 4×400 of Conti, sophomore Tori Lynch, and juniors Emma Hunt and Maureen Herlihy finished 5th overall.  Overall, the team scored 21 points to place 6th overall as a team.  Conti and Morris concluded their seasons at All-States on February 22, where Conti placed 7th in the 600m and Morris placed 16th in the Two Mile.

Gymnastics: At the Bay State Conference League Meet on February 8, Walpole Gymnastics (6-3) finished 2nd overall. Sophomores Hannah Phelan finished 4th in All-Around Competition, while Kaitlin Porter finished 5th.

Wrestling:  Senior Captains Noah Kung (220), Kyle Robbins (182), Trevor Wassel (170), and senior Armen Andonian(Heavyweight) all advanced to All States after having dominating performances in Sectionals and States.  Everyone but Robbins (4th place) won their weight class at Sectionals to advance to States.  At States, Robbins and Wassel each took 5th while Kung claimed 4th place. The most impressive wrestler throughout the past two weeks was Andonian as he shocked everyone to take 2nd in States after losing a championship nail-biter, 1-0.  Kung, Wassel, Robbins, and Andonian all qualified for the All-State Tournament on Saturday, March 1.