BY ELLA BROCKWAY, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF ’17
This is the fourth edition of the Buc Sports Weekly, your recap of this week in RBR sports.
Football (4-5, 3-3)
The Bucs won their NJSIAA state crossover game on Thursday with a 13-12 win over Hopewell Valley. Junior quarterback Stephen Navitsky threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to senior Chris Outterbridge late in the second quarter to tie the score at six heading into halftime, and freshman Makai Mickens ran 25 yards into the end zone in the fourth quarter to give RBR the win. The Bucs will now focus on preparing for their final game of the season against Long Branch on Thanksgiving morning. The matchup is one of the oldest and most storied rivalries in the Shore Conference, dating back 95 years. The Bucs will look to hold on to the Ty Lewis Trophy, which they brought home for the first time since 2010 in last year’s 35-12 win.
A Central rank: 4th
What’s next: at Long Branch (11/24, 10:30 AM)
Girls’ Cross Country
The Bucs closed out a historic 2016 season at the NJSIAA Group III Championships this Saturday. It was a tough showing for the Bucs, competing with only six of their top seven runners. Junior Charlotte Cochrane finished 14th overall out of 137 runners at a time of 19:38. That time is Cochrane’s personal best, and allows her to qualify as an individual runner for the Meet of Champions.
Freshman Claudia Kelly finished just outside of the top 50 (51st, 21:06). The Bucs finished 10th overall out of 20 teams in the group, with 211 points and an average 5K time of 20:55.
Earlier this season, the varsity team took 1st place in two meets (the Randolph Invitational and the Shore Coaches Invitational), and at one point was ranked ninth in the state by NJ MileSplit, and second in the Shore Coaches Poll. The Bucs finished second in the division with a 5-1 record, and are a combined 25-3 in division meets over the last four years. Look a feature article on girls’ cross country coming soon on therbrbuccaneer.org.