Winter sports teams have success
By Alex Peppino, Veritas Sports Editor
Contributing reporters: Harrison Shields, Georgia Panagiotidis and Haley Reardon Photos courtesy of Kelley Reale
All the winter sports except for winter cheerleading have come to an end for the 2013-2014 season.
Following is a wrap-up of the results of the teams’ tournament games.
The boys hockey team with a record of 12-6-4 was seeded 7th in the Division Three South. They played two tournament games. The first was at home against Bourne that they won 6-1. Shawn Kane had five goals and the team advanced to the quarterfinals at Gallo Arena in Bourne last Sunday where they lost 5 to 3 to Diman Regional of Fall River. Diman was the #2 seed in the South with a record of 15-4-2.
Despite the loss it was a very successful season and in the Patriot Ledger Coach Flaherty said that the seniors had brought respect to the program. “They’ve put Rockland hockey back on the map,” said Flaherty.
Senior captain, Tim Daggett said, “As talented of a team that we had, I expected a lot more. We should have won games that we lost and simply didn’t perform to our abilities. It’s a shame we went out the way we did but playing hockey at Rockland High was some of the best years of my life. I’m going to miss it.” All-Stars this year were Tim Daggett, Colin Sheehan, Trevor Trudeau, Andy Reardon and Shawn Kane.
The girls basketball team, with a record of 13-7 was seeded eighth in the tournament and got a home game. They were matched up with league rival, East Bridgewater.
In an intense game they beat EB 42-30 to move on to a Division 3 quarterfinal game on Friday night Feb.28 vs. Bourne, the #1 seed. Bourne’s experienced senior line-up showed as the girls lost 45 to 41. Ally Cerrato had 20 points and closed out a terrific career.
Kyra Rose and Ally Cerrato made the all-star team. Sophomore Kyra Rose was Player of the Year in the South Shore League.
The boys basketball team, seeded fifth with a record of 15-5 beat #12 seed Dennis-Yarmouth at home in an opening round game. They then had to travel to Westport, the number 4 seed, where they lost 65-59. One of the most exciting games at RHS in a long time was the last minute victory against league champion Cohasset, coming off an offensive rebound put back by John Furr.
Matt Nicholson the Dogs’ veteran captain who also was Player of the Year in the South Shore League had 21 points in his last game as a Bulldog!
Coach Damon says, “Looking back at it, it was a great season. If you had told me four months ago we’d be in this position, I wouldn’t have believed it. I was happy when we started playing well, I just wished we kept it going.”
John Furr and Ian MacDonald were also South Shore League All-Stars.
In wrestling junior Dennis McPeck (220) and senior Bob Gasdia (182) both placed second in the Division 3 Sectionals in Cohasset held on February 14. This qualified them for the State tournament in Foxboro where Gasdia placed sixth. Gasdia went on to All-States. Even though he did not place, he did well in his first match against the Division Two State Champion.
Athletic Director Graziano says, “I’m very proud of how much the team improved this year.” Graziano also recognized Dennis McPeck and Bobby Gasdia for being undefeated in league meets and making the SSL All-Star team.
Last but not least, winter cheerleading is the one team that won a championship this winter. In their league meet at East Bridgewater on Feb. 15, the cheerleaders with their new routine, placed second behind rival East Bridgewater. While not able to defending last year’s league title, this gave the girls the chance for redemption as they moved forward to regionals held at Whitman-Hanson on March 2. There they came in first.
This qualified them for the State Championship on Sunday, March 9, at Tantasqua Regional High School in Fiskdale Mass. where they did a great job but came in third.
Junior Krystin Killion told us, “Winning regionals was the best feeling, being back on top, and we have a very good chance. We just have to keep doing what we are doing and we can get another ring.”
All-Stars have been announced: They include Sarah Fitzgerald, Haley Reardon, Maddie Daly and Sam Aylward.
Congratulations to all our winter tournament teams!