Category: Spring 2022

Durfee’s Cadet Wins Triple Jump at Meet of Champions

Durfee track & field star Shakira Cadet continued her impressive, record-breaking season by taking first place at the 2022 MIAA Meet of Champions held at Westfield State University. Cadet took first place with a jump of 38’11.5″. The distance was good enough to set a new schools record. The distance also qualifies her to compete at nationals.

Shakira Cadet
Shakira Cadet

Durfee Tennis Takes Two From Brockton

A day after Brockton track and field swept Durfee, the Hilltoppers’ boys and girls tennis squads returned the favor against their Southeast Conference foe, winning both matches against the Boxers. Both the Durfee boys and girls teams won their matches handily, as both won by 4-1 scores.

With the win, the Durfee boys improve to 9-3 overall and sit in second place in the SEC with a 3-1 mark. Brockton meanwhile, is 0-5 overall and 0-4 in league play. The Hilltopper girls are now 5-8 overall and 2-2 in the conference. The Boxers fall to 1-6 overall and 1-3 in the SEC.

In the boys action, Durfee’s first singles player, Jorge Beltran cruised in the first set 6-1 but needed to win a 7-5 tie-breaker to defeat Christian Wahnon in the second set, 7-6. At second singles, Durfee’s Chris Panchley won easily against Joel Nunoo, 6-1, 6-0. Hilltopper Will Rumsey then had an even easier time at third singles, winning 6-0, 6-0 to sweep the singles matches for Durfee.

Brockton picked up its lone point at first doubles. There, the duo of Stevenson Exantus and Fedson Exantus defeated Durfee’s Jack Fitzgerald and Murali Mahaseth in a hard-fought match, prevailing 2-6, 6-1, 10-6. Hilltoppers Jesse Tamba and Colin Fleet then took the second doubles match, defeating Ren Long and Nick White 6-0, 6-2

Liv Rumsey

In the girls match, Durfee’s Dalia Karam dominated at first singles, knocking off Milani Depina 6-2, 6-0. Liv Rumsey then won for the Toppers at second singles, posting a 6-3, 6-1 win over Ahunna Okreke. Morgan Ledo then completed the singles sweep for Durfee by winning 6-2, 6-4 over Brockton’s Christelle Jean-Baptiste.

At first doubles, Durfee’s Tabicas twins, Madi and Brooke were victorious against Renece Vernon and Nedjy Joseph, 6-3, 6-4. Brockton earned its point at second doubles. There, Jessica Le and Priscilla Barros knocked off Gabby Farias and Sydney Duong 6-1, 6-3.

Brockton Sweeps Durfee in Track & Field

The Brockton track and field teams both emerged as winners over Southeast Conference foe Durfee but at very different margins of victory. The Boxer boys displayed complete domination, winning 102-11, while the Brockton girls won by the slimmest of margins, 66-65.

For the Brockton boys, Christensen Paul and Aaron Russell were double-winners. Paul took the 100 meters and long jump, while Russell took top honors in the discus and shot put. In the hurdles, Boxers Antonio Tobon won the 400 meters, while Henry Tait took first in the 11 meters. Mike Darche (javelin), Jaden Lopes-Ribeiro (high jump), Nick O’Connell (2 mile) and Gavin Gareri (800 meters) were Brockton’s other winners.

In the girls action, Brockton’s Taylor Campbell won shot put with a new personal best throw of 33’5”. Kiica Garnier took first in the 400 meter hurdles, while Janelle Murphy won the 2 mile event. The Boxers’ relay teams were outstanding. The 4×100 meter team of Catherine Moyes, Desiree Santos, Lucieny Tavares, and Issys Price took first with a time of 54.8 seconds, while the 4×400 meter team of Edeh Ugbo, Gabby Warner, Aniyha Hill, and Keria Williamson won with a time of 4:30.21

Durfee meanwhile had triple winners in Shakira Cadet and Emma McDonnell. Cadet won the high jump, triple jump and 100 meters. McDonnell took first in the long jump, 100 meter hurdles and 200 meters. Maggie O’Connell and Kathryn Gauvin were double winners. O’Connell won the mile and 800 meters, while Gauvin took the javelin and 400 meters. Durfee’s Adunoluwa Olubanwo took first in the discus

Durfee girls Track & field team. Photo from @DurfeeTF

Bridgewater-Raynham Tennis Sweeps Brockton

The Bridgewater-Raynham tennis teams took care of business against Southeast Conference foe Brockton, winning both the boys and girls matches. The Trojan boys prevailed by a slim, 3-2 margin, while the Lady Trojans blacked the Boxers, 5-0.

With the win, the B-R boys even their league mark at 1-1 heading into their match against New Bedford, which is also 1-1 in SEC action. Brockton falls to 0-2 in the conference. The Lady Trojans meanwhile, are tied with Dartmouth atop the SEC standings with a 2-0 mark. Brockton drops to 1-1.

In the boys match, Brockton took first single in a hard-fought battle. Christian Wahnon emerged victorious over Kiefer Jule 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. The Trojans won relatively easily at second and third singles. Logan Thomas bested Clifford James 6-1, 6-0 and after a tight first set, Michael Harrington prevailed over Ren Long 6-4, 6-1.

In the doubles action, Brockton’s first doubles duo Stevenson Exantus and Fedson Exantus won a tight battle against B-R’s Tommy Hammond and Ryan Levine 6-4, 6-4. Second dubles went to B-R, as Cooper Hammond and Anthony Farraz cruised against Jahir Tineo and Joel Nunoo 6-2, 6-0.

In the girls match, B-R’s Nicole Kimball was outstanding at first singles, winning over Milani Depina 6-0, 6-0. Lily Balutis was also very strong at second singles, defeating Renece Vernon 6-0, 6-2. Ellie Balutis completed the singles sweep with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Ahunna Okreke.

In doubles action, Brockton’s first doubles duo of Christelle Jean- Baptiste and Samantha Blanchard put up a fight against Annalies Colwell and Marlena Colwell, losing 6-2, 6-4. The Lady Trojans’ second doubles team of Smitty Sriram and Eily Mitchell completed the shutout with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Alexandria Johnson and Priscilla Barros.

B-R Sweeps New Bedford In Diamond Shutouts

It was all Bridgewater-Raynham against Southeast Conference rival New Bedford, as the Trojans posted shutout victories in both baseball and softball. The B-R baseball squad posted a 5-0 win, while the Lady Trojans won 8-0 in a match-up of squads that had yet to lose in league play.

B-R starter Mike Logiudice earned the win. He allowed just two hits over his five innings of work. Luke Barry went the rest of the way, posting four strikeouts. New Bedford pitcher Ben Frenette worked the first four innings, allowing one earned run, while striking out one. Aaron Pimental pitched the final three innings for the Whalers.

With the win, B-R improves to 8-2 overall and 2-1 in the SEC. New Bedford meanwhile, falls to 4-6 overall and 2-2 in conference play.

Lily Welch

In softball, B-R pitcher Lily Welch went the distance, fanning 11 Whaler batters, while giving up just three hits and walking no one. Offensively, Riain Keefe, Taylor Reid and Emma Talpey led the way. All had three hits on the day. Keefe had an RBI and scored three times. Reid had a pair of RBI and Julia Shearstone had a three-run triple.

With the win, the Lady Trojans even their overall record at 5-5 and improve to a conference leading 4-0 in the SEC. It was the first conference loss for New Bedford, as the Whalers now sit in second place at 2-1.

Dartmouth Softball Pulls Out Close One Against Durfee

FALL RIVER, MA – Down to its last out and trailing by two, the Dartmouth softball team battled back to pull off a 10-8 victory over host Durfee in Southeast Conference action at the Kuss Middle School field. With the win, The Indians improve to 4-5 on the year and 1-1 in the SEC. Durfee falls to 1-7 overall and 0-3 in conference play.

Megan Arruda

Pitcher Megan Arruda earned the win for Dartmouth. She pitched the first three innings and re-entered to throw the final two. She allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits, while striking five and walking three. Broke Silvia went the distance for Durfee.

The Indians collected 15 hits in the game, led by Kalisa Pomfret, who went 5-for-5 on the day, scoring twice. Lily Gioiosa had three hits and three runs scored for Dartmouth, while Kathryn Lancaster and Sofia Dias had two each.

Katerina Rumsey, Sadie Fitzgerald and Niyah Boone all had two hits for the Hilltoppers. Fitzgerald’s last hit was a clutch, two-out, two-run blast that put Durfee on up 8-6 in the bottom of the sixth inning. Rachael Silva reached base in three of four at-bats, stole a base and scored three times.

Dartmouth, playing aggressively on the base paths, managed to plate single runs in each of the first three innings to grab a 3-1 lead. Durfee struggled with men on base early but managed to score once in the bottom the fourth to pull within a run.

Dartmouth then hit the ball hard in the fifth, scoring three runs to push its lead to 6-2. Pomfret, Gioiosa and Desirae Paiva all had hits in the frame. Durfee finally ended its futility with runners on base to tie the game with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Rumsey led off with a triple down the left field line. Silva walked and stole second. Mia Jacob then walked to load the bases. A sacrifice fly brought in a run and Brooke Macedo’s double scored two more. Macedo later scored on a fielder’s choice to even the score at six.

Fitzgerald greeted after two-run homer

The bottom of the sixth started promisingly for Durfee as Rumsey and Silva both reached. A brilliant foul ball catch by Gioiosa who then threw for a double play appeared to thwart the threat. However, Fitzgerald then launched her two-run blast, scoring Silva ahead of her.

While Durfee, losers of six straight going in, had dreams of victory, Dartmouth had other ideas. Durfee got the leadoff batter but the Indians managed to load the bases with two outs. A pair of shots to the gap in right center brought all those runners in and Dartmouth added one more to go up by two. Arruda closed the door in the bottom of the inning for the win.

B-R Baseball Shuts Out Durfee

Behind a sterling complete game effort from Michael Logiudice, host Bridgewater-Raynham defeated Durfee, 5-0 in Southeast Conference baseball action. With the win, the Trojans improved to 7-2 overall and 1-1 in SEC play. The Hilltoppers fall to 4-4 overall and have yet to win in two conference outings.

In the route-going effort, Logiudice allowed four hits, while striking out one and walking one. His defense helped him out by turning four double plays in the game. Durfee starter, Ethan Cambra pitched well in defeat. It was a tough second inning though, as the Trojans plated all of their runs while collecting three hits in the frame.

B-R Softball Pulls Away From Durfee

Bridgewater, MA – It started out as a back-and-forth affair but the Bridgewater-Raynham softball team managed to continue to pile up the hits and post a convincing, 18-6 victory over visiting Durfee in Southeast Conference play. The win improves the Lady Trojans’ record to 3-5 on the season but they are off to a 2-0 start in SEC action. Durfee meanwhile, has now lost six straight to fall to 1-6 on the year, 0-2 in the SEC.

B-R pitcher Lilly Welch
Lilly Welch

Pitcher Lilly Welch picked up the win in relief. She held the Hilltoppers scoreless over four innings of work. Emma Talpey had four hits to lead the B-R attack. Leadoff hitter, Taylor Feist had three hits and scored two runs. Sadie Fitzgerald and Niyah Boone had two hits each for Durfee.

Early on, it looked like it might be the Hilltoppers’ day. They grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, when freshman Kat Rumsey led the game off with a single and came all the way around to score on Fitzgerald’s towering double to left-center. B-R came back quickly though, scoring two in the bottom of the frame to grab the lead. Feist, Taylor Reid and Talpey had hits in the rally that was aided by a Durfee error.

The Hilltoppers stormed back in the second, scoring three times to take a 4-2 lead. Emily Curran’s single was followed by back-to-back doubles from Boone and Selena Perreira for two Durfee runs. Freshman Rachael Silva then singled to center to score Perreira. The Lady Trojans then took advantage of Durfee miscues to score four times of their own and go up 6-4.

Durfee pitcher Emily Curran
Emily Curran

Durfee managed to come back to tie the game in the third on Brooke Macedo’s two-run blast over the fence in left that also brought in Fitzgerald, who had singled to lead off the inning. B-R then made a pitching change, brining in the hard-throwing Welch, who shut down the Hilltopper offense the rest of the way.

While Durfee failed to score the rest of the way, B-R continued to pile up the runs. The Lady Trojans scored four in the bottom of the third and then broke the game wide open with six runs in the fifth. B-R added two more in the sixth to end the contest via the 12-run mercy rule.

Images from the game

Durfee Tennis Teams Sweep New Bedford

Both the boys and girls Durfee High tennis teams took care of business against Southeast Conference rival New Bedford High. The Hilltopper boys cruised to a 5-0 victory, whie the Durfee girls slipped past the Whalers, 3-2. With the win, the Durfee boys improved to 5-1 overall. It was the conference opener for both. The Hilltopper girls meanwhile, evened their season mark at 3-3 overall.

In the boys’ action, Durfee won all of the matches in straight sets. Jorge Beltran, Chris Panchley and Will Rumsey won at first through third singles respectively. In doubles, Jack Fitzgerald and Crispin Sokol took the first doubles match, 6-0, 6-0. At second doubles, the team of Jesse Tamba and Colin Fleet were victorious by scores of 6-2, 6-1.

In the girls’ match, Durfee won at third singles and took both doubles matches to prevail. Morgan Ledo won at third singles in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. Hilltoppers Brooke Tabicas and Sydnie Duong won at first doubles, 6-3, 6-7(8), 6-3. Madison Tabicas and Gabby Farias won in straight sets in their second doubles match, 6-1, 6-3.

Dartmouth Halts B-R’s Baseball Win Streak

The Dartmouth High baseball team displayed a potent offense in defeating Southeast Conference foe Bridgewater-Raynham, 10-8. With the win, The Indians improve to 6-0 overall and are now 2-0 in league play. The Trojans meanwhile, saw their four-game winning streak come to an end. B-R is now 5-2 on the season, with this being its SEC opener.

Dartmouth pounded out 13 hits in the game. Leading the way was Chase Lackie, who belted a three-run homer in the second inning. Chace Feno, who was 3-for-4 on the day, added a solo shot two innings later. Pitcher Matt Lariviere picked up the win, going six innings, while allowing six runs on eight hits. He struck out one and did not issue a walk.  Nolan DeAndrade paced the B-R attack. He went 2-for-4 with a homer and thre RBI. Colin Ronayne also had a fine day, collecting three hits.