Rebel Roundup (12/8/15 – 12/18/15)

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Delaney Murphy

Walpole Winter Sports Total Record (13-7-1)

Girls Basketball (3-0): A great start to the season for the Lady Rebels.  The squad has three wins already so far this season. The first over Natick (40-37), the second over Newton North (54-48), and the third over Brookline (45-36).  Cleary, newly-hired Head Coach David Wall is doing something right.  Walpole looks to keep the wins coming on Tuesday, December 22, against Wellesley.

Girls Hockey (3-0): After missing tournament by a single point last year, the Rebels are determined to not let history repeat itself.  Already off to a fast start, the Rebels have three straight victories. The team faced Natick on December 12, and squeaked out a close 3-2 win. Next, Walpole carried their momentum onto Newton North (6-2), and also against Brookline (3-0). The Rebels look to keep their winning streak alive in their next game against Wellesley on Wednesday, December 23.

Boys Hockey (2-0-1): Starting off their season with a 0-0 tie against Natick, the Rebels’ main goal after their first game was figuring out how to get the puck in the net. That problem was quickly solved, for the Rebels handed Newton North a massive shutout loss with a final score of 3-0. The Rebels continued their success when they played Brookline and won with an even wider margin, 6-1, on December 19.  The team’s next game is on Wednesday, December 23.

Wrestling (2-2): The wrestling team’s record is a result from wins over both Plymouth North (46-32) and Pembroke (54-21), but also two losses suffered from both Sharon (42-39) and Natick (51-21).  Despite losing their last two meets to Sharon and Natick -two top teams in the state – the team has showed flashes of great potential. Walpole faces Dedham on Tuesday, December 22.

Boys Basketball (1-2): Three games into the season and the Rebels have a record of 1-2 with a win coming from Natick in their first game (75-54) and two losses coming from Newton North (55-51) and Brookline (65-49) in their next two games. Against Natick, the Rebels started their season out strong by virtually controlling every aspect of the game – both offense and defense.  However, against both Newton North and Brookline, Walpole’s offense seemed to slow as they can only obtain around 50 points. Walpole’s next game is on Wednesday, December 22, against Herget League rival, Wellesley.

Girls Track (1-1): Girls track had a tough start to their season. Their first meet was against Milton, who came with a distance squad stacked with All-State champs along with a strong group of sprinters and field athletes. Despite the Rebels’ 72 -24 loss to Milton, they notched their first victory against Norwood a week later,  58-42. The Rebels have no dual meets over winter break, so there will be enough time for the team to recuperate and strengthen their lineup in preparation for Wellesley on January 7, 2016.

Boys Track (1-1): The Rebels started their season off with a close loss to Milton (53-47). With a lot of new athletes on the team this season, the Rebels spent the first meet growing accustomed to their new teammates, events, and lack of depth. However, the team was able to regroup, and came back strong against Norwood (63-46) to bring home a win – hopefully, the first of many.

Gymnastics (0-2): Gymnastics has yet to break their losing streak from last year. They finished last season with a record of zero wins and nine losses, and in their first match of the year this season, the team lost to Framingham (124-113).  Although with the loss, one positive note was senior Hiromi Kondo, who despite being a new addition to the team, managed to be the Rebels top scorer (32.65).