Thursday, June 25, 2020

Press Release

Whitman- Whitman Hanson Regional High School announced today the hiring of Rob Peters as the new boys ice hockey coach. Peters replaces Chris Googins who resigned last month in order to watch his son play college hockey at Norwich University.

Peters has more than 20 years of hockey experience as a player, coach, business owner and marketing professional. He spent the last two years as an assistant coach at Scituate High School where he worked with head coach Brian Hurcombe, who was a member of the 1995 Whitman Hanson state finalist team. He also worked with the New Jersey Devils for 10 years as a marketing and youth hockey outreach coordinator. In addition, he owns and operates his own hockey skill development company where he trains young hockey players of all different ability levels.

"Losing Coach Googins was a huge disappointment but we are excited to have such a talented young coach to continue where Chris left off. Rob shares the values we strive to foster in our athletic department and our school," Whitman Hanson Athletic Director Bob Rodgers said. "We were fortunate to have so many strong candidates interested in our program but it was clear Coach Peters has a vision for our team and has a track record to bring that plan to fruition."

Peters made a point to thank Coach Hurcombe and the entire Scituate High School community and while he is sad to say goodbye to the Sailors he is excited for this new opportunity. "I have been fortunate throughout this process to learn a lot about Whitman-Hanson High School," Peters said. "The values and philosophies their athletic department instills in their student athletes directly parallel who I try to be as a person and coach. I am excited to see this relationship flourish as I do my best to build on an already disciplined and respected hockey program."

Whitman Hanson, which competes in the Keenan Division of the Patriot League, advanced to the sectional semifinals this past season, finished 17-6-1.

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Press Release

Whitman- After one of the best seasons in school history, Whitman-Hanson boys hockey coach Chris Googins has stepped down. Coach Googins, who also serves as a history teacher and dean of students at Whitman Hanson, has had two separate tours of duty on the WH bench. He served six seasons as the boys hockey coach in the early 2000’s before departing to take over the head coaching responsibilities at Framingham State University.   He returned to coach the  Panthers in  2016 and steadily rebuilt the program going from just one win four years ago to a sectional semifinal appearance this year leading WH to a 17 win campaign. 

“This is a huge loss for our school, but I get it.  Not only is Chris a tremendous coach he is an even better father. His youngest son is playing hockey in college and he simply did not want to miss the opportunity to share that journey with him,” Whitman Hanson Athletic Director Bob Rodgers said.

Whitman-Hanson posted the position today on the MIAA website and will accept applicants over  the next few weeks with the hope of having a new coach in place by the end of June.

“Coach Googins touched all the bases as a high school coach.  He taught his players so much more than just hockey and in his final lesson to the boys he showed them that family always come first.  We are fortunate that he will  remain with our school in his current teaching position,” Rodgers said.

Chris Googins record over the last four years
19/20: 17-6-1
18/19: 10-10-1
17/18: 8-10-2
16/17: 1-16-3


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Update

These are difficult  times for everyone but in particular for our spring athletes who have worked so hard to prepare  for this season. Rest assured, we will do everything possible to salvage as much of the season as possible. The Patriot League Athletic Directors have been meeting (virtually) on a regular basis and we have plans in place to return to action the day we return to school.  As of  now, the MIAA has placed the new start date as May 4th which will allow for a 12 game regular season and then some form of post season tournament.  The plan would have us ending no later than June 27th.

In the meantime, students are encouraged to stay physically active while maintaining physical distancing. It is important that all students stick with the recommendations set forth  regarding avoiding contact with others outside of your home.  This is for their safety and for everyone else as well.

Seniors are asked to look at their email and reply to the questionnaire I sent on Wednesday.  Our plan is to put together a senior athletic yearbook.  We would like everyone to be included regardless of how many years you participated.

Finally, School Counseling Director Ruth Carrigan and I held a college search seminar on Tuesday which was geared to the student athlete.  Please reach out to me if you need any  help in the process.   If you missed the presentation and would like some of the resources we distributed please let me know.

Stay safe and I hope to see you all very soon.

Coach Rodgers

2/16 Update


1)    The wrestling team displayed once again why it’s such a terrific sport to be a part of as the entire program hosted the MIAA south sectional wrestling tournament on Saturday.  Every player, coach and parent pitched in to pull of the tall task of hosting all of the D2 south schools.  On the mat, our team also fared very well placing 7 wrestlers in the top 6 places. The Panthers were led by 138 pound Captain Damari Goldsmith-Greene with a second place finish. Two wrestlers finished in 3rd place including 160 pound Senior captain Steve Brooks and Senior Tyler Cullinan at 170 pounds. Finishing in 4th was Junior Declan Hanaphy at 285 pounds. WH had one 5th in Sophomore Joe Boss at 106 pounds and two 6th place finishers including Sophomore Pat Collett at 152 pounds and Freshman Maddox Colclough at 195 pounds

The Panthers will be sending 4 wrestlers to the State Tournament next Friday and Saturday at Milton HS. Also attending as an alternate is Joe Boss.  Pat Collett and Maddox Colclough will also attend as double alternates.   

Winning the Sectional Tournament was Sharon HS with 225 points. Whitman-Hanson finished a respectable 7th with 109.5 points.

2)    The boys basketball team opened the season by losing toleague rival Hingham but since that time, the team won every league game and won its 4th league title in the last 5 years and finished with a 13-1 Patriot League record.  Overall the Panthers have won 16 games in a row and is currently ranked 5th in the state and number one in division 2 with an 18-2 record.  On Friday Senior captains Stevie Kelly (15 points) and Ben Rice (13 points) led Whitman Hanson to a 66-44 win over Silver Lake on senior night.  All of the seniors played well (Colby Ahern, Xavier Depina, Jonathan Zeidan, Liam Keane, Tom Vassil and Alex Shea).  The team will now host division 1 power Brockton on Tuesday night at 6:30pm.
3)    The Whitman Hanson girls basketball team (13-5, 9-5) defeated Silver Lake by the final score of 61-53 Thursday night. The Panthers were paced by four players in double figures. Seniors Olivia Martin and Brittany Gacicia had 17 points and 13 points respectively. Junior Rylie Harlow added 10 points and sophomore Abby Martin chipped in with 11 points.   The team has a great chance to lock up a first round home game if they can do well in the Abington Tournament this week.  They take on Rockland tomorrow at 2:30pm.
4)    The Whitman-Hanson Girls Track team concluded its season at the Division 3 Championship Friday evening with some very impressive performances.  Senior Captain Samantha Perkins (9.54) and Sophomore April Keyes (9.41) set personal records in the 55 Hurdles. Sophomore Isabel Amado ran well in the 1000 Meter race (3:16) and Freshman Isabel Miller also matched her season best in the High Jump at 4' 8".  The 4 x 200 Relay team of Emma Rogers, April Keyes, Samantha Perkins and Ryley Hurley ran its best time of the season (1:54.13) as did the 4 x 400 Relay team of Isabel Amado, Tori Boss, Courtney Woodward and Ryley Hurley (4:28).  On the boys side:
a.     55m  Dash Open: Jake Caterer 7.10
b.      600m  Run Open: Matt Avery 1:32.94
c.       1,000m  Run Open: Nick Hanley 2:48.12
d.      1 Mile Run Open: Liam Cafferty 4:50.3
e.       2 Mile Run Open: Theo Kamperides 10:05
f.        55m  Hurdles Open: Graham Stewart  8.82
g.      Shot Put Cullen Poth 39'10.5"
h.     Long Jump Jake Caterer  19'6
i.        4 x 200m  Relay :
j.          Jacob Donovan, Dyllan Burns, GrahamStewart, Jake Caterer  1:39.64
k.     4 x 400m  Relay:
l.           Chris Blackman,Graham Johnson, Mike King, Dyllan Burns  3:48.8
m.  4 x 800m  Relay :
n.             Liam Cafferty, Nick Hanley, NathanTassey, Chris MacDonald  9:19.9

o.     Men's Long Jump Open:
      Caterer, Jake: 20' 4.5" (Patriot Meet #5 01/22/20)
p.    Men's Shot Put Open:
Poth, Cullen: 39' 11" (Patriot Meet #2 12/20/19)

5)    Boys hockey had a great senior night beating Southeastern, 4-1.  Senior R.J. Flynn was outstanding in net earning the win. Panthers goal scorers were Adam Solari, Ed Collins, John Ward and John Hagan. Chris Stoddard had two assists. Kevin Willis and Jack Allen had solid games on defense.
6)    The Whitman Hanson /Silver Lake girls hockey team beat Pembroke 2-0 at Bridgewater Arena to get to 10-8 on the season and qualify for the state tournament, Alyssa Murphy had both goals with assists from Abbey Powers and Emily McDonald. Kat Gilbert got the shutout in net. The next game is Monday 2/17 at 3:00 vs. Bishop Stang at Hetland Arena.


3/1 Update


For the first time in school history our boys hockey and boys basketball teams have advanced to the sectional semifinal in the same season.  The hockey team outlasted Scituate on Saturday, 2-0 (empty netter) before a packed house at Gallo Arena in Bourne.  The Panthers earned the victory behind a great defensive effort from Kevin Willis, Jack Allen, Mike Savicke and Sean Doucette. Bob Siders got the shutout in net making timely saves all game. Adam Solari got both goals for the Panthers. Chris Stoddard did a great job on face-offs the entire game.  Whitman Hanson will be back at Gallo on Tuesday at 7:30pm in the sectional semifinal to take on top seeded Canton.
The boys basketball team is in familiar territory advancing to the sectional semifinal for the fourth time in five years after beating North Quincy Sunday before a capacity crowd, 75-47.
Four players scored in double figures (Stevie Kelly 17, Nate Amado 15, Ben Rice 12, Cole Levangie 10) as the Panthers have now won 20 straight and improve to 22-2 to advance to Wednesday nights (5:30pm) sectional semifinal at Taunton High School against Westwood.

Whitman-Hanson Senior Wrestling Captain Bethany Ralph placed 2nd at the Mass State Girls Wrestling Championships today at Methuen HS. Bethany finished her High School career as runner up in the State Tournament. Bethany pinned her first 2 opponents on the way to the finals but lost in the 120 pound Finals.

This is the second straight year that Bethany has placed runner-up at the State Tournament.

Senior captain Steve Brooks ended his career at all states by dropping his matches.  
But he ends with 32 pins this season (ties school record) and 38 wins -  absolutely incredible.  Most importantly he was a fantastic leader and a selfless servant to his team and our school.

The first round of the MIAA state tournament kicked off Wednesday night for the #9 Whitman Hanson girls basketball team and the girls came away with their first tournament victory since 2012.  The Panthers defeated #8 Barnstable by the score of 45-33. Whitman Hanson was solid all night on defense, led by Junior Rylie Harlow. Senior Brittany Gacica paced the Panthers with 12 points and Junior point guard Reese Codero followed up with 11 points. The first half was closely fought throughout and the Panthers found themselves trailing 16-15 at the half. In the third quarter, the Panthers found some breathing room when they outscored the Red Raiders 16-5. Unfortunately the ride ended Saturday losing to a powerful Bridgewater Raynham squad.  But it was an outstanding season and we will miss seniors Olivia Martin and Brittany Gacicia who have been instrumental in building a strong foundation for the future of our program.

The Whitman Hanson /Silver Lake girls hockey team lost a very competitive game in the State Tourney Thursday to a very good Waltham team 5-3. Senior Alyssa Murphy had 2 goals and an assist to end her high school career, while Emily McDonald scored the other goal for WHSL. Shea Kelleher finished off a great freshman year with 2 assists. Kat Gilbert played great in net to keep the team in the game with 5 breakaway saves among her 28 saves. Alyssa finishes the year with 31 goals and 8 assists for the season and 124 career points.


3/8 Update


This was a terrific winter for our athletic program as so many of our teams qualified for the tournament and competed at a high level.  The boys hockey team, who only four years ago had a one win season, advanced all the way to the sectional semifinals where they lost to one of the best teams in the state on Tuesday night.  Despite the loss, we couldn’t be more proud of the way the student athletes and coaches represented Panther nation.

The boys basketball team added more hardware to the trophy case on Saturday night by winning their third south sectional title in the last 5 years.  Despite losing on opening night of the season back in early December, the team stayed united and reeled off 22 straight wins to with the Patriot league title and now the sectional championship.  Their 24 wins this season ties a school record for wins in a single season by any sports team (the 2016 boys basketball team also won 24).  The season continues on Wednesday night at the Boston Garden as the Panthers take on Beverly High School in the Eastern Massachusetts state championship at 7:15pm.  There are fan busses for those who would like to attend. You can click on this link to purchase your tickets.  The $25 fee includes the bus and ticket to the game.  If you would like to ride the fan bus, please purchase your tickets online at the link below before 10am on Tuesday.





Update


These are difficult  times for everyone but in particular for our spring athletes who have worked so hard to prepare  for this season. Rest assured, we will do everything possible to salvage as much of the season as possible. The Patriot League Athletic Directors have been meeting (virtually) on a regular basis and we have plans in place to return to action the day we return to school.  As of  now, the MIAA has placed the new start date as May 4th which will allow for a 12 game regular season and then some form of post season tournament.  The plan would have us ending no later than June 27th.

In the meantime, students are encouraged to stay physically active while maintaining physical distancing. It is important that all students stick with the recommendations set forth  regarding avoiding contact with others outside of your home.  This is for their safety and for everyone else as well.

Seniors are asked to look at their email and reply to the questionnaire I sent on Wednesday.  Our plan is to put together a senior athletic yearbook.  We would like everyone to be included regardless of how many years you participated.

Finally, School Counseling Director Ruth Carrigan and I held a college search seminar on Tuesday which was geared to the student athlete.  Please reach out to me if you need any  help in the process.   If you missed the presentation and would like some of the resources we distributed please let me know.

Stay safe and I hope to see you all very soon.

Coach Rodgers

Sunday, February 9, 2020

WH Athletics Update


We head into the final week of the regular season before February break and while some teams have finished their seasons already, others are gearing up for the post season.  Here is the latest in WH Athletics.

1)      The Whitman-Hanson Panther Wrestlers finished the dual meet season on a high note taking 2 out of 3 matches Saturday at Norwood HS. First round results were WH 54 BPCC 20, second round Norwood 45 WH 30 and the final round it was WH 66 and Everett/Malden 15. The Panthers finished the season 1-3 in the Patriot league Keenan Division and 11-8 overall marking the first winning season in 5 years

Coming up big all with 3 wins each were are seniors captain Steve Brooks at 160 pounds with 3 pins (26 total for the season), Tyler Cullinan at 170 pounds and Mike Gardner with 2 pins(20 for the season). Several others also finishes 3-0 for the day including captain Damari Goldsmith-Greene at 138 and Declan Hanaphy with 3 pins at 285 pounds. Panthers going 2-1 on the day included Joe Boss at 106, Aidan Guiliani at 113 pounds, Aiden O'brien at 145 pounds, Maddox Colclough at 195 pounds,and Rocco Ruffini at 220 pounds. Single winners for the Panthers were Myles McInnis at 126 pounds, Brayden Kain at 132 pounds and Pat Collett at 152 pounds.

Whitman-Hanson will be hosting the D2 South Sectionals next Saturday February 15th.

2)      The Whitman-Hanson Panther Girls Track & Field team finished 6th among the 10 Patriot League teams at Friday's Patriot League Championship Meet.  Standouts for Whitman-Hanson included Myah Kamperides who won the 2 Mile in a personal record of 11:49, Isabelle Amado who finished 3rd in the 1000 Meter run in 3:16, and Ryley Hurley who finished 5th in the 300 Meter run in a time 49.58. On the boys side, the team finished 6th with 40 points

Highlights:
2nd overall in 55m High Hurdles Graham Stewart 8.38
6th overall in 55m dash Jake Caterer 6.89
6th overall in 600m Matt Avery  1:31.06
5th overall in Mile  Liam Cafferty  4:53.44
6th overall in Mile Brandon Hager 4:54..29
2nd overall in 2 mile Theo Kamperides 10:20
4th overall in 2 mile Nathan Tassey 10:46
5th overall in 2 mile Andrew Bergin  11:10
5th overall in Long Jump Jake Caterer  19' 5.25"
3)      The girls hockey team is 7 and 8, just one game off the playoff pace.  The girls hockey beat Quincy/North Quincy 9-7 this week at Quincy Youth Arena. Shea Kelleher led the attack with 5 goals and 1 assist, Ellie Grady added 2 goals and 1 assist, Emily McDonald had 1 goal and 3 assists, and Alyssa Murphy added 1 goal and 1 assist. Kat Gilbert got the win in net.  The game on Friday with Pembroke was postponed due to a power outage at the rink.  The girls have a makeup game with Plymouth tomorrow Monday February 10th at 3:30pm.
4)      The boys hockey team is enjoying their best season in many years but unfortunately saw their hopes of a league title disappear when they lost to Duxbury 5 to 2 Wednesday despite goals from Adam Solari and Chris Stoddard.  The team is now 12 and 5 as they head to Dedham later today at 5:15pm.
5)      The WH Gymnastics team had their best meet of the season Saturday with a score of 126.  The girls also received the Patriot League Sportsmanship award.  Coach Alison Vance was awarded Patriot League Coach of the Year. Highlights include Sarah Bombardier's 8.8 vault and 8.5 bar routine. Sarah also placed 8th in the AA for the league. Madison Scaccia placed 3rd on vault with an 8.5 and Abby Walsh placed 2nd on vault with an 8.6. Riley Getchell was honored as the team's scholar-athlete and Savannah Poirier was given the team sportsmanship award. 
6)      The Whitman Hanson girls basketball team (12-5, 8-5) defeated Duxbury 63-53 on Friday night. The Panthers were led on Senior night by Seniors Olivia Martin (15 points on 5 three pointers) and Brittany Gacicia (19 points). Junior Rylie Harlow (15 points) and Sophomore Megan Stone (11 points) also were in double figures for the Panthers. The Panthers wrap up Patriot League play next Thursday night at Silver Lake.  
7)      The boys basketball team’s 13 game winning streak was temporarily interrupted Friday night by a power outage at Duxbury.  That game will be made up Wednesday at home.  If the Panthers win they would clinch at least a share of the Patriot League title.  Before that game though the Panthers have to travel into the city on Monday to take on a tough O’Bryant team at 5:30pm.  On Tuesday, Seniors Liam Keane and Tommy Vassil both had 12 points to lead the Panthers (15-2, 11-1) to a 62-35 win over Plymouth South. 



Sunday, February 2, 2020

WH Update



We are headed down the home stretch of the winter sports season, but that is not to say we are anywhere near done.  Almost all of our teams are post season bound so we are in for some exciting action.  Here is the latest for each winter team:

1)      The boys basketball team started the season by losing their first game but since that time they have not lost a Patriot League game and reeled off 12 straight wins overall. The team has a one game lead over Hingham with 3 left to play in their quest for their 7th league title and 4th in the last 5 years.  The Panthers boast a balanced attack with 4 players averaging in double figures (Ben Rice, Stevie Kelly, Nate Amado and Cole Levangie).  On Friday night, Senior captain Stevie Kelly led another balanced attack with 20 points for Whitman Hanson as the Panthers recorded a 75-57 road win at Plymouth North.  Junior Nate Amado added 19 and senior captain Ben Rice chipped in with 16 as the Panthers (14-2, 10-1) to the win.  The team is back home Tuesday night at Plymouth South.
2)      The Whitman Hanson girls basketball team (10-5, 6-5) punched their ticket to the state tournament Tuesday as they defeated Scituate 58-45. Junior Reese Codero scored 11 of her team high 14 points in the first quarter. Senior Brittany Gacicia also chipped in with 12 points. The Panthers trailed at the half by a score of 26-22 but buckled down on the defensive end in the second half and held the Sailors to 4 points in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately the girls lost to Plymouth North Friday as they now set their sites on securing a home playoff game.  The team will be on the road at Plymouth South on Tuesday.
3)      The boys hockey team battled their hearts out Wednesday in their quest to remain alive for a league title, but dropped  a 2-0 decision (included an empty netter) to Plymouth North.  The Panthers played the game without their leading scorer Matt Solari but the good news is he returned for the game Saturday night to score twice.  Chris Stoddard was the hero scoring with 19 seconds left to snap a 3-3 tie to give the Panthers a 4-3 win over North Quincy.  Adam Solari also scored and Kevin Willis and Sean Doucette both had strong games in front of Bobby Siders who earned the win in net.  The team will host Duxbury Wednesday night at Rockland at 8pm.
4)      The girls hockey team remains in the hunt for a post season berth but it’s going to come down to the wire.  The girls  beat Marshfield 8-3 on Thursday. Alyssa Murphy led the way with 4 goals and 2 assists, Shea Kelleher had a goal and 3 assists, also scoring goals were Emily McDonald, Caity Hazley and Abbey Powers who netted her 1st of the year and also added an assist. Kat Gilbert and Rylee Moran split duty in net. Unfortunately the girls lost a close one 3-2 to Mansfield on Saturday to drop their record to 6-7.  They will try to get back to .500 at North Quincy on Wednesday.
5)      The Whitman-Hanson Wrestlers traveled to Hanover for a Quad meet Saturday and came away with one of their best days in more than a few years. The Panthers started the day beating Nauset 58-16 and then Rockland 52-27 and finished the day beating host Hanover 53-23. Going 3-0 for the Panthers included Joe Boss at 106 pounds, Myles McInnis at 126 pounds, Captain Damari Goldsmith-Greene at 138, Captain Steve Brooks at 160 pounds (including 2 pins, now has 22 on the year), Mike Gardner also with 3 pins on the day. Panthers with 2 wins each included Aidan Guiliani at 113 pounds, Tyler Cullinan with 2 pins at 170 pounds, Maddox Colclough at 195 pounds, Jason Rapoza with 2 pins at 22o pounds and Declan Hanaphy with 2 pins at 285. Others winners on the day included Captain Bethany Ralf at 120 pounds, Braden Kain at 132 pounds and Sean Noonan with a pin at 152 pounds.
Next up for the Panthers is a home dual meet on Wednesday February 5th where the team will host Senior night as well as Plymouth North.
The Panthers are 0-3 in the Patriot league Keenan Division and 8-7 overall.
6)      The track teams are gearing up for the Patriot League meet on Friday.  The coaches and student-athletes spent this week training for another strong showing in the league wide meet at the Reggie Lewis Center.
7)      The gymnastics team lost to Hingham this week but the team had many strong performances.  Sarah Bomardier was outstanding on the vault with an 8.4 while Madison Scaccia was also strong with an 8.15.  Sarah was also the top finisher for the Panthers on the bars, balance beam and floor.  Riley Getchell took second overall for the Panthers on the day with a 30.1 which includes an 8.1 on the floor.
8)      The swim team wrapped up their season at the league meet on Saturday finishing in third place. Madison Navicky, who has courageously played through injuries all year came in 2nd in the 100 Yard Free with a 102.47, 3rd in the 200 yard Medley-Relay with a 2:16:87, 3rd in the 50 Free with a 28:01, and 3rd in the Free-Relay with 1:57:22. Sabrina O'Connor came in 3rd place in diving with a score of185, she also came in 7th place in the 200 Free-Relay and 8th place in the 200 Medley- Relay. Katelyn Sweeney came in 8th place in the 100 Yard Fly with a personal best time of 1:39:84, 7Th place in the 200 Free-Relay, and 9Th place in the 200 Yard Medley- Relay. Erin Tilley came in 12place in the 50 Free with a 34:68, 9th place in the 500 Free with a 8:07:67, and in 7th place in the 200 Free-Relay with a 2:14:94. Abby Bonney came in 10th place in the 200 Medley- Relay with her personal best time in the breaststroke, with a total time of 2:48:74, she also came in 9th place in the 200 Free- Relay with a 2:27:72. 

Monday, January 20, 2020

Update


1.      The Whitman-Hanson Girls Track & Field team participated in the MSTCA's Division 3 Relays held Sunday at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center. 
Standouts in the event included Seniors Riley Hurley and Courtney Woodward, Junior Isabel Amado and Sophomores Myah Kamperides and April Keyes. 
Myah Kamperides closed the Distance Medley with a 5:38 Mile to lead her team of Isabel Amado, Ryley Hurley and Courtney Woodward to 4th place finish.
April Keyes cleared 4' 5" in the High Jump pacing the team which included Ryley Hurley and Courtney Woodward to a 7th place finish.
Ryley Hurley ran her 400 Meter leg in a time of 64 seconds to led the Sprint Medley team, along with April Keyes, Hailey Minicucci and Isabel Amado to a 9th place finish.
2.      On the boys side, Boys 4 x 50 was 17th out 32 teams
Jacob Donovan Graham Stewart Dyllan Burns Jake Caterer Boys 4 x 50 Shuttle Hurdles 10th out of 17 teams Vinnie Mascio. Julian Anderson Chase Baker Graham Stewart Boys 4 x 200 15th out of 34 Jacob Donovan Pat Bui  Dyllan Burns  Jake Caterer Boys 4 x 400 9th out of 20  Chris Blackman Pat Bui. Dyllan Burns Boys Distance Medley 13 out 23  Liam Cafferty Jacob Donovan Nick Hanley Theo Kamperides Boys Sprint Medley 14 out of 31 Jeremy Linn Jacob Gannon Matt Avery Gordon Johnson Boys Long Jump 13 out of 22 Jake Caterer Graham Stewart Ryan Smith
Many of the boys teams improved over last years performances and 4 x 200. 4 x 400 and 4 x 800 should be qualified to run in the State Division 3 Championship.
3.      The Whitman Hanson girls basketball team (8-3, 4-3) had to battle through all four quarters to pull away with a 49-41 victory Friday night against Marshfield. The Panthers trailed 20-15 at the break and were searching for offense. Junior Rylie Harlow led the team in the second half with 11 points on three 3 pointers. Sophomore Megan Stone gave the Panthers solid minutes off of the bench with 9 points. Whitman Hanson is on the road Tuesday night when they travel to Hanover.  
4.      In boys basketball, Senior Stevie Kelly recorded a triple double (24 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds) and senior Jonathan Zeidan to power Whitman Hanson to an 82-68 win over Marshfield.  Senior Colby Ahern came off the bench to score 12 points while Cole Levangie added 10 to help the Panthers (9-2, 6-1) record their 7th straight win.
5.      The Whitman Hanson /Silver Lake girls hockey team beat Quincy 7-2 at Bridgewater Arena Wednesday to even the record at 5-5 winning for the 5th time in the last 6 played. WHSL was led by 2 goals from Alyssa Murphy, other goal scorers were Kendyl Peterson (1st varsity goal), Shea Kelleher, Emily MacDonald, Bridget Cardarelli and Caleigh Tompkins. Kat Gilbert got the win in net.  Saturdays game with Marshfield was postponed.
6.      Boys hockey picked up a couple of nice wins this week, easily defeating Rockland on MLK day and also recording a come from behind road win at Silver Lake, 4-1. Whitman-Hanson goal scorers were Matt Solari, Chris Stoddard, Adam Solari and John Ward. The defensive corps of Kevin Willis, Jack Allen, Sean Doucette and Mike Savicke played strong in front of goalie Bob Siders who had 20 saves for the victory.
7.      Although they lost to Hanover (133.3), the WH gymnastics team had a strong meet with their 2nd highest team score of 120.35. Highlights include Sarah Bombardier's 8.6 vault and Riley Getchell's 7.85 beam score. The team also had their highest combined beam score of the season. The girls are having fun and improving their routines each meet. The next competition is Wednesday night at the Hanover Y at 7:30pm against Scituate. 
8.      Whitman-Hanson Wrestlers traveled to Oliver Ames for a Quad meet today. WH finished the day at 2 wins and one loss, loosing a close fought match to host OA 46-33. In the second round WH prevailed 42-33 over Joshia Quincy and finished the day with a big 64-12 decision over Northbridge. Top winners for the Panthers included with 3 wins each Senior Captain Steve Brooks, 3 pins (18 total pins for the season) at 160 pounds, and Mike Gardner with 3 pins at 182 pounds. Tyler Cullinan also finished with 3 wins, 2 by pinfall at 170. Finishing with 2 wins each on the day included both Rocco Ruffini with 2 pins at 220 and Declan Hanaphy with 2 pins at 285. Pat Collett at 152, Joe Boss at 106, and Myles McInnis at 126 also won 2 matches each. Shane Belcher finished 1-0 on the day at 138 pound.  Next up for the Panthers is Hingham at WH on 1/22/20. The Panthers are 0-1 in the Patriot league and 5-3 overall.  On another note, Bethany Ralph took home second place in a girls tournament on Monday.
9.      The Swim Team took on Bishop Stang this week, the girls won 97-77, the boys lost 73-88. Madison Navicky swam in the 100 Free and the 100 back, she also assisted the 200 Medley-Relay and the 400 Free-Style Relay. Mariella Crowley had her personal best in the 100 Free with a time of 1:11:99, she also assisted in the 200 and 400 Free-Style Relay. Katelyn Sweeney also had her personal best times in the 100 Fly with 1:47:48 and 100 Back with a time of 1:30:47. Erin Tilley assisted in the 200 Free-Relay. Abby Bonney also assisted in the 200 Free-Relay. Olivia Norwood swam in the 200 Medley-Relay. Sabrina O'Connor had a personal best time in the 50 Free-Style with a time of 32:96, she also assisted in the 200 Free-Relay.
Girls 5W-1L
Boys 5W-1L

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Weekly Update


Now that the holidays are over, the winter season is full steam ahead.  It is very important that all student athletes keep academics as their top priority.  First semester grades will determine eligibility for the rest of the winter season and for the spring season.  All coaches allow students to miss practice or arrive late in order to make up academic work.  If a student is struggling in any class they should speak with their teacher to come up with a success plan.

Now to our update….

1)      The girls basketball team captured the Falcons Holiday Classic in Bradenton Florida by winning all three of their games.  Their biggest challenge came against the host school, St. Stephen’s Episcopal.  The Panthers had only one lead the entire night but it came when it mattered most, at the end.  Olivia Martin (14 points) drilled a three pointer with 15 seconds left off a great pass from Brittany Gacicia (13 points) and Reese Codero (12 points)  knocked down 2 free throws as the girls rallied to win the game, 57-54.  The girls will be back in action at home Monday night against North Quincy to try and improve on their 4-2 record.
2)      The boys hockey team also took home a tournament championship of the winter break.  Captain Adam Solari scored 3 goals and Sean Doucette netted his first varsity goal as the Panthers beat Rockland in the championship game of the Cashman Tournament, 4-1. Erik Dean earned the victory in net. Reed Watson had a strong game defensively. Chris Stoddard had 3 assists and Ed Collins had two assists.  The team also battled one of the best teams in the state, Marshfield to a close 3-1 loss (final Marshfield goal was an empty netter) on Saturday with Solari scoring the lone goal.  The Panthers return to Patriot League play on Wednesday at Quincy.
3)      The boys basketball team took 2 of 3 on their trip to Florida losing a close one to a team from Cincinnati (Sycamore) before beating Mount Dora (67-39) and East Bay (69-61). Senior captains Stevie Kelly (42 points, 19 assists and 12 rebounds) and Ben Rice (49 points, 6 assists and 20 rebounds) led the Panthers in the three games.  Junior Cole Levangie also had a strong trip (42 points, 11 assists and 15 rebounds).  The Panthers play three games this week beginning with a trip to North Quincy on Monday.
4)      Whitman Hanson Boys Track lost a close indoor track meet with Plymouth High School Friday, 51 to 49. Winning for the Panthers were Graham Stewart in the 55M High Hurdles, Christopher Blackman in the 600M run, Cullen Poth in the Shot Put, and Theo Kamperides in the 2 mile. The Whitman Hanson 4 x 200 relay team won. That team had Jacob Donovan, Graham Stewart, Ryan Smith and Jake Caterer. The Panther boys are 1-1 and face a tough Marshfield team next Wednesday.
5)      Whitman-Hanson Girls Track and Field (1-1) lost to Plymouth North Friday evening 58-42.  Standout performances included Sophomore Myah Kamperides' wins in the 600 (1:51) and the 2 Mile (12:02) and Senior Captain Samantha Perkins win in the 55 Hurdles (9.84.)  Senior Ryley Hurley chipped in scoring in the 300 Meter run, Long Jump and as anchor of the winning 4 x 400 team, as did Sophomore April Keyes who scored in the 55 Hurdles, 300 and High Jump.
6)      Our small but mighty gymnastics team represented WH well at the league meet this week despite more than half the team battling or recovering from illness.  The girls improved their beam score by more than one full point.  They will host Marshfield and Hingham Tuesday at MGC in Pembroke.
7)      The Whitman Hanson /Silver Lake girls hockey team beat Archbishop Williams on New Years day, 7-3 at the Sportspllex in Canton for their 2nd win in a row. Alyssa Murphy led the way with 2 goals and an assist, also scoring goals were Bridget Cardarelli, Cassandra Martin (her first high school goal), Ellie Grady, Emily McDonald and Shea Kelleher. Kat Gilbert and Rylee Moran played net.   The team then beat Newton North last night 1-0 in Watertown for their 3rd win in a row. Alyssa Murphy scored the lone goal of the game while Kat Gilbert played stellar in goal for the shutout. The next game is Wednesday 1/8 at 6:00 vs. Hingham at Rockland Arena.
8)      Our swim team spent much of the break working hard to prep for the rest of the season.  WHAM swimming returns to action tomorrow (Monday) at home against Rockland.
9)      Whitman-Hanson Panther Wrestling hosted its annual Tournament Saturday. The Panthers feared well finishing in 12th out of 16 teams with 79 points. Winning the tournament with 191.5 points was Brockton.  The tournament is always a great example of how this group of student-athletes, coaches and parents come together to work hard to put on a first class tournament.
Place winners for the Panthers included Joe Boss 3rd at 106 pounds, Damari Goldsmith Greene also finished 3rd at 138 pounds. Steve Brooks was the lone finalist for WH finishing 2nd at 160 pounds while Tyler Cullinan finished in 5th at 170 pounds.  
Next up for the Panthers is Marshfield HS at Marshfield on Tuesday 1/7/20. 
The Panthers are 0-1 in the Patriot League and 0-1 overall.