Orangin is the reserve member of the O'rangers Marble League team. They are best known for their performance in Marbula One Season 1, and being one of the best reserve members in the Marble League. They have competed since Marble League 2018 as well as Marbula One Season 1. They are the fourth reserve to get an individual medal in the Marble League, also being the second reserve to get a medal in Marble League and Marbula 1.

History

Pre-Marble League

Orangin is a member of the O'rangers, a team of five siblings from the southeast of North America. The five come from the O'Marbles family, who run an orange farm close to the city of Orlango and also specialize in bull-wrangling and off-road racing. Mandarin, the current head of the family, founded the O'rangers with siblings Clementin, Kinnowin, Tangerin and Orangin in 2006, and participated in local competitions.

Over the first two years of competing, the O'rangers performed well enough to be noticed by Greg Woods, owner of the Fruit Circuit. In 2008, Woods visited the O'Marbles farm to verify that the O'rangers are a fruit-based team before inviting them to join the Fruit Circuit. The team accepted, and went on to compete in the Fruit Circuit for eight years before it shut down in 2016 due to the rise of the Marble League. In the final year of the Fruit Circuit, the O'rangers managed to earn enough points in the final race to beat the Raspberry Racers for the third spot. The team, along with the Limers and Mellow Yellow, qualified for Marble League 2016.[1]

2018

Orangin joined the O'rangers as the reserve in 2018. The year started with the Friendly Round, where the O'rangers came in third. That didn't matter much as the team emerged as the most consistent of all competing teams in Marble League 2018, finishing within the top half in ten out of the twelve events. In the first nine events, they only scored a bottom half finish once in Event 3, the Halfpipe. Just like the previous year, the team used the strategy of conserving their energy. They eventually claimed their only medal of the season, a silver, in Event 10, the Biathlon, taking them to 2nd place overall. Orangin's only appearance was as the goalkeeper for the team during Event 11, Ice Hockey.

Unfortunately, the O'rangers could not keep it up in the final event, the Sand Mogul Race. The team still had a chance of winning the League, but Kinnowin came in third in their heat and was thus eliminated. The team dropped to 4th overall at the end of Marble League 2018 and were nine points behind the Oceanics, seemingly missing out on pre-qualifying for Marble League 2019, despite their consistency throughout the season.

During the offseason, the O'rangers trained at their O'raceway track and participated in the 100 Meter Water Race and the Amazing Maze Marble Race. Mandarin couldn't replicate their previous success in the water, coming in 20th, but the team managed to come in second in the maze.[1]

2019

The team had put in a bid to host Marble League 2019, which they lost to the Oceanics. But this left open one pre-qualifying spot for the O'rangers to claim. The team managed to come second in the Friendly Round, just one point behind the first-placed Oceanics. Orangin came 4th in the Funnel Race.

The O'rangers started Marble League 2019 with a new coach: Rango. Kinnowin, who was now the captain of the team, started the competition off poorly with a 14th place finish in Event 1, the Underwater Race. This was followed by Clementin crashing into the wall at the start of the next event, the Funnel Race, leading them to stop due to head trauma. They were unable to finish, and the team dropped to dead last overall for the first time in their history. The doctors confirmed Clementin's injury was minor, and recommended they stay off the roster for a couple of events.

The O'rangers followed this up with three middle of the pack finishes, including an 8th place finish for Orangin in the 5 Meter Sprint. However, in Event 6, the Relay Run, the team earned a silver medal after beating the Pinkies in a tiebreaker race-off in the semifinals, moving the team up to 9th overall. Despite their strong performances in the next three events, the team fell to eleventh. After Event 10, the Hubelino Maze, the team rose back to ninth, but a streak of poor results followed. In Event 13, the Elimination Race, Mandarin crashed out of their heat, making the team fall back to 11th. However, they did earn an extra two consolation points due to a track defect.

Unfortunately, a disappointing 11th place finish in Surfing confirmed the O'rangers would no longer be able to finish in the top three. The next event was Collision, where the team admittedly had never got past the quarterfinals. However, they impressed the fans by winning the event, earning their first gold medal since 2017. The team jumped to 7th place overall. Along with this gold medal, they had a strong end to the season with a fourth place finish for Kinnowin in the final event, the Sand Rally, finishing in 6th place overall. Through the struggles, the team had grown even stronger.[1]

2020

While training for the Marble League 2020 Qualifiers, the O'rangers received an invitation to participate in Marbula One Season 1. Interested, they accepted it,and chose Orangin "True Orange", along with "Our Darling" Clementin. The O'rangers quickly became a much-favored champion candidate in Marbula One as the fans believed that their strong overall performance in Marble League could be extended here. The team hosted the second Grand Prix at the O'raceway in Orlango.

Clementin successfully earned pole position in their debut at the Savage Speedway Grand Prix. However, during the race they hit an attenuator and fell behind, finishing in sixth. Orangin made their debut at home at the O'raceway Grand Prix. Unfortunately they qualified in 15th and finished the race in 14th, leading fans to blame the Host's Curse.

Clementin's next appearance was at the Momotorway Grand Prix where they came 5th, but did manage to get the fastest lap. Orangin started to turn their season around by qualifying in second at the Hivedrive Grand Prix, but they fell victim to the Hive during the race and finished in 8th.

The team's fortunes started to improve at the Greenstone Grand Prix where Orangin qualified in second, 15 hundredths behind first, before winning the Grand Prix, their first individual medal. They had led the race for six of the eight laps. Clementin didn't do so well at the Short Circuit Grand Prix, finishing in 10th but again setting the fastest lap. Orangin's final Grand Prix was at the Razzway. They managed to qualify in second. During the race they never left the top five, finishing in second as well as setting the fastest lap. This brought the O'rangers to third overall with one Grand Prix left, the Midnight Bay Grand Prix.

Clementin's qualifying was mired in controversy due to Speedy from the Savage Speeders starting their qualification lap before Clementin had finished. Clementin qualified in 11th, diminishing the team's chances of gold. The O'rangers' fate was sealed by a 12th place finish, making the team finish in third overall. They had managed to set three out of eight of the fastest laps.[1]

Orangin made 3 appearances in Marble League 2020, with their Triathlon bronze being more famous, they managed to get 3rd.

Appearances

Competition Event Event Type Place Result Points
Marble League 2018 Ice Hockey Team 5th Quarterfinal Loss 11
Marble League 2019 Friendly Round Funnel Race Individual 4th 1:08.67 1
Marble League 2019 5 Meter Sprint Individual 8th 6.364 sec. 8
Hubelino Maze Team 6th 49 pts 10
Collision Team 1st Winner 25
Marbula One Season 1 O'raceway Grand Prix Individual 14th 5:30.92 0
Hivedrive Grand Prix Individual 8th 5:38.26 4
Greenstone Grand Prix Individual 1st 6:00.16 25
Razzway Grand Prix Individual 2nd 5:32.08 19*
Marble League 2020 Triathlon Individual 3rd 32.60 sec. 15
5 Meter Sprint Individual 10th 6.124 sec. 6
Relay Run Team 2nd 8.403 sec. 20
Collision Team 16th Group Loss 0

*Orangin set the fastest lap, thus earning them a bonus point

Trivia

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Stynth (21st February 2020). RetRollSpective – O’rangers. Marble Sports.
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