Sunday, November 16, 2014

Update from WH Athletics

Wow, what a week for Whitman-Hanson Athletics.  The Panthers captured two South Sectional championships and a 2nd place finish in Eastern Mass.  Hope you enjoy this week’s update (be sure to scroll to the bottom to see some great pictures):

1)      The girls soccer team captured the Division 1 South Sectional Championship Saturday by defeating Franklin High School, 2-1 in double overtime.  Franklin scored the game’s first goal but that didn’t frazzle Whitman-Hanson which netted the equalizer before the end of the first half when freshman Taylor Kofton had a beautiful setup for Junior captain Alexis Fruzzetti.  The game stayed tied until 3:44 into the second overtime when Kofton netted the game winner.  It marked the second straight game Kofton scored an overtime game winner for the Lady Panthers.  .  The defense in this entire tournament run has been nothing short of amazing led by Junior captain Kelsey Gilbert and Senior keeper Arianna Comendul.  It was a total team win with everyone contributing.  The girls now travel to Lynn (Manning Field) on Tuesday at 5pm against Lincoln Sudbury in their quest for their first ever Eastern Mass Championship.  We will be offering a fan bus (or busses).  For $20 you get round trip transportation and admission to the game.
2)      The cheerleaders also captured the South Regional championship on Sunday with a spectacular performance.  The Panthers were able to compete in their home gym as Whitman-Hanson was selected as the site for the entire South Regional which included more than 60 schools.  Aside from doing a great job with the girls on the mat, our coach Tanisha King worked tirelessly along with the entire parent group to make this weekend a reality.  Our facilities department, especially Ernie Sandland, Sharon MacDonald and Matt Carew also went the extra mile to make everything work so well.   We are very lucky to have such a dedicated group of people working for our students.  The cheerleaders will now go for the state championship next Sunday in Lowell.  We will post the performance time on twitter once we know it.
3)      Our girls cross country teams capped off a terrific year by finishing 6th in the state meet.  This followed a second place finish at Eastern Mass.  Junior Samantha Coletti was the top Panther finisher placing 16th on the challenging 5K course in 19:11.  Senior Co-Captains Kelsey Tierney (36th, 19:40) and Caroline Mulrey (51st, 19:56) also had impressive races.  Rounding out the scoring for W-H were Senior Co-Captain Megan Concannon (95th, 20:33) and Junior Abbie Newman (102nd, 20:36.)  Freshman Nicole Norve and Senior Tori Hadden also ran well in the final race of the Cross Country season.    
4)      The football team turned in what I would call their best game of the season as they defeated Sandwich on the road Friday, 30-6.  The Panthers dominated every phase of the game.  Jason Bosse had 13 carries for 87 yards and Nick Smith was 8-12 passing  with 107 yards and 7 carries for 55 yards while Mickey Martell had 4 catches for 76 yards to lead the offense. Whitman Hanson recovered two kick offs in the second half that lead to scores while lineman Cole Berthelette picked off a pass.  The Panthers are off now until Thanksgiving when they will be gunning to pull off the upset over Abington who just won the Division 5 South title on Friday.
5)      Our student council, under the direction of teachers Dan Moriarty and Theresa Scott hosted the 3rd annual MASC/Special Olympics Unified Recreational Bocce Tournament.  They had 14 schools and 142 athletes participating in this great event.





Saturday, November 15, 2014

Girls XC



The Whitman-Hanson Girls Cross Country team closed out its season at the All-State Championship Meet held at Franklin Park, Saturday afternoon with a 6th place finish in Division 1 and the 7th best time overall in the State.  Junior Samantha Coletti was the top Panther finisher placing 16th on the challenging 5K course in 19:11.  Senior Co-Captains Kelsey Tierney (36th, 19:40) and Caroline Mulrey (51st, 19:56) also had impressive races.  Rounding out the scoring for W-H were Senior Co-Captain Megan Concannon (95th, 20:33) and Junior Abbie Newman (102nd, 20:36.)  Freshman Nicole Norve and Senior Tori Hadden also ran well in the final race of the Cross Country season. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Whitman Hanson Football

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Busy Weekend

The next few days will be very busy in WH Athletics and this is the time for Panther pride to shine…..here is the lineup:

Friday the football team travels to Sandwich for their final regular season game before Thanksgiving.  The team is currently 3 and 6 but despite that record have displayed an explosive offense at times this year.  The game at Sandwich tomorrow kicks off at 4pm.

From there we move to championship weekend….the girls cross country team is poised to make some noise in the state championship at 12;20pm at Franklin Park.  The girls have had a remarkable season which has already included a league championship and a second place finish at Eastern mass.

The timing is perfect for fans to support the cross country team and the girls soccer team.  The WH panthers will be travelling to Braintree at 2pm on Saturday  to take on the panthers of Franklin High School in the division one south sectional championship.   Yes, its going to be cold, but dress in layers, bring some hot chocolate and watch the girls go for the title.


Championship weekend concludes on Sunday with our cheerleaders competing in the South Regionals which just so happen to be at Whitman-Hanson this year.  Our girls are scheduled to compete at 12:10pm

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Whitman-Hanson XC


At today's Eastern Massachusetts Division 3 Championship held at Wrentham, the Whitman Hanson Girls Cross Country Team earned a berth at the State Championship by placing 2nd overall.  Junior phenom Samantha Coletti finished first overall, covering the 5K course in 18:18.  Senior Co-Captain Kelsey Tierney finished 7th with a time of 19:02.  Up and coming Freshman Nicole Norve finished 22nd in 19:46.  Other strong finishers were Senior Co-Captain Caroline Mulrey (28th, 19:50), Abbie Newman (31st, 20:01), and Senior Co-Captain Megan Concannon (36th, 20:14.)

The Girls, who are currently ranked 13th in the State, finished with the 4th best time among all teams in Divisions 1 through 5 in the East.

The Panther Boys were impressive with a 6th place finish, placing well ahead of Patriot League rival Hingham.  Junior Sam Evans led the way, finishing 25th overall in 17:10.  Lukas Moscoso (38th, 17:23) and Senior Captain Patrick Brett (43rd, 17:24) ran stride for stride together, as did Freshman Jack Ryan (55th, 17:35) and Junior Jayson Keenan (63rd, 17:40.)  While the Boys did not qualify to advance to the State Championship, the future looks bright with 4 of its top 5 runners returning next year along with a very talented Freshman class.


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Whitman-Hanson XC




At today's Eastern Massachusetts Division 3 Championship held at Wrentham, the Whitman Hanson Girls Cross Country Team earned a berth at the State Championship by placing 2nd overall.  Junior phenom Samantha Coletti finished first overall, covering the 5K course in 18:18.  Senior Co-Captain Kelsey Tierney finished 7th with a time of 19:02.  Up and coming Freshman Nicole Norve finished 22nd in 19:46.  Other strong finishers were Senior Co-Captain Caroline Mulrey (28th, 19:50), Abbie Newman (31st, 20:01), and Senior Co-Captain Megan Concannon (36th, 20:14.)

The Girls, who are currently ranked 13th in the State, finished with the 4th best time among all teams in Divisions 1 through 5 in the East.

The Panther Boys were impressive with a 6th place finish, placing well ahead of Patriot League rival Hingham.  Junior Sam Evans led the way, finishing 25th overall in 17:10.  Lukas Moscoso (38th, 17:23) and Senior Captain Patrick Brett (43rd, 17:24) ran stride for stride together, as did Freshman Jack Ryan (55th, 17:35) and Junior Jayson Keenan (63rd, 17:40.)  While the Boys did not qualify to advance to the State Championship, the future looks bright with 4 of its top 5 runners returning next year along with a very talented Freshman class.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Girls Soccer Advances

Whitman Hanson defeated Newton South 1-0 in the first round of the south sectional tournament. Eve Montgomery scored the game winner in the first half off a fed from Taylor Kofton. From there the defense of Elana Wood, Kelsey Gilbert, Katie Korzec and Katherine O'Kane took over and kept Newton South at bay. Goalkeeper Arianna Comendul made 8 saves in the goal for the shutout. Strong performances were turned in by Alex Fruzzetti, Casey Corr and Lauren Bonavita. Whitman Hanson will face the winner of Walpole and Marshfield.

 

 



Sunday, November 2, 2014

Weekly Update

It's been an exciting week in Panther athletics - here is the latest

1) The boys soccer team is Whitman Hanson's version of the cardiac kids. The Panthers needed 4 points in their final 3 games (in 3 days) to qualify for the state tournament. They easily beat Quincy, then tied Rockland before turning in an amazing effort against league champion Duxbury in the season finale to earn a scoreless tie and a trip to the state tournament. The Panthers got unlucky with the coin flips in the seeding process and had to travel to 12th seeded Catholic Memorial in a prelim game on Sunday. That didn't bother the Panthers though. They played to a scoreless tie through regulation and 2 overtime sessions to send the game to penalty kicks. Conor Keane had two huge saves but we were still tied when we went to a 6th kick and that's where Kevin Emery connected on the game winner to pull off the stunning upset. Whitman-Hanson advances to the first round to take on Pembroke on the road Tuesday at 6pm.

2) The girls soccer team capped of the regular season by earning the 4th seed in the state tournament which is good for home field advantage through the neutral round of the state tournament. The Panthers play host to Newton South on Wednesday night at 6pm.

3) The football team played their first playoff game under the new format and first playoff game overall in the last 13 years Friday night but unfortunately were over powered by the top seed Somerset-Berkely (they don't use the hyphen down their but I'm taking the privilege of adding it), 51-15. Nick Smith ran for a 65 yard touchdown and threw for a 68 yard bomb to Senior captain Nick Villanueva to account for the scores. As of this moment, the Panthers are scheduled to host Plymouth North Friday however, Whitman-Hanson and Plymouth North have appealed this matchup since we played just 3 weeks ago. An MIAA committee will hear the appeal Monday morning. We will post the results of that appeal on our website and on twitter.

4) Our cheerleaders are excited for competition season. They play host to huge events over the next couple of weeks. On Saturday, November 8th the Panthers host the Patriot League championships at 3pm. The following week on Sunday, November 16th the Panthers host the South Regionals.

5) The cross country teams are training for the EMASS race on Saturday at the Wrentham Developmental Center. The teams did a training race on Saturday at the MSTCA race as preparation for the big day.

State Tourney Resutls boys Soccer




Division 2 South Boys Soccer 21st seed  Whitman Hanson defeats 12th seed Catholic Memorial 1-0 on 6 penalty kicks after a 0 – 0 draw in regulation and 20 minutes of overtime.

Conor Keane came up big with his 8th shutout of the season and his defense keeping shots to a minimum.  Tom Chmura, Nick Haley, and Gabe DeOliviera kept the CM defense on their toes.

A true team effort that the Panthers will bring to Pembroke on Tuesday.





Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Patriot League Boys Soccer Result




The Whitman Hanson Panthers qualified for the state tournament tonight with a 0 – 0 tie against  Duxbury at Dennis M. O'Brien Field.  The tie also gave Duxbury the Patriot League Keenan Division title.  This was a great battle with both teams having opportunity to score.  Panther Goalie Conor Keane is credited with the 7th shutout of the season.  Sweeper Nate Almeida and Stopper Kevin Emery played a crucial role in the Panthers tie.

 





Whitman-Hanson Announces New Baseball Coach

Whitman – Whitman-Hanson Regional High School announced this morning the appointment of Chris Catanoso as its new varsity baseball coach.  Catanoso brings a wealth of baseball experience to the Panthers most recently managing the Rimini Pirates to 3 consecutive Italian Cup Championship and 2 straight European Cup Finals.  He has been a player, manager, pitching coach, 3rd base coach and hitting coach at many different levels of professional baseball.  He has coached several MLB players including former Red Sox shortstop Edgar Renteria.  He has also played for and coached with some great baseball minds including Dr. Mike Marshall, Bill Plummer and Wally Backman.

“Obviously we are thrilled to have a coach with such an incredible baseball pedigree.  It’s not a cliché to say baseball has been Chris’s life.  He loves the game and he exudes that passion. But what really sold us on him as the right fit are the positive relationships he builds with anyone he seems to encounter,” Whitman-Hanson Athletic Director Bob Rodgers said.  “Developing baseball players is not easy, but I am confident he will get the very best out of our student athletes.”

Catanoso replaces Hall of Fame coach Dave Fouracre who retired after two seasons with the Panthers.  “It was a rewarding experience for me personally to work with coach Fouracre over the last two years and I know our kids will miss him. That put extra pressure on the coaching search to find a candidate who could build on what Dave had put together.  I am excited to see where coach Catanoso can take this program over the long term,” Rodgers added.

For Catanoso, accepting this position at Whitman-Hanson marks a bit of shift in his coaching career. While he has coached high school level players at many baseball academies, most of his baseball experience has been at the professional level.  “After twenty plus seasons of coaching professional baseball, I know that players and coaches alike must prove their desire, passion and knowledge on a daily basis,” Catanoso said.  “I hope I can give our players some information that will allow them to grow not just in baseball but as individuals as well.  The trademark of teams that I have coached is hard-working, fundamental and unselfish and that is what I expect from my teams at Whitman-Hanson.”

Whitman-Hanson competes in the Keenan Division of the Patriot League.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Boys Soccer Result




Whitman Hanson Boys Soccer team tied Rockland tonight 1 -1 at Rockland.

Rockland scored at the 21st minute of the 1st half on a goal by Christian Pratt for a 1 goal lead at half time.  The Panthers fought back in the 2nd half and tied the game up at the 32nd minute on a header  by Nick Haley assisted by Tom McGahan from a corner Kick.  Goalkeeper Conor Keane made some big saves to keep the Panthers in the game.    





Girls Soccer




The Whitman Hanson girls soccer team finished the regular season with a 14-1-3 record after defeating Duxbury 2-0 tonight. Taylor Kofton put Whitman Hanson on the board in the first half when she collected an Alexis Fruzzetti cross and tapped it by the Duxbury keeper. The defense of Katie Korzec, Kelsey Gilbert, Katherine O'Kane and Elana Wood kept the Duxbury offense at bay for most of the game. In the second half Kofton rewarded Alexis Fruzzetti with a nice cross that she calmly drove past the keeper to make the score 2-0. Goalkeeper Arianna Comendul made 9 saves on the night, two terrific saves in the final 12 minutes to record her 7th shutout on the season. Casey Corr, Rachel Kelly, Lindsay Anderson and Taylor Kofton  also turned in strong performances in the midfield.

 

 





Monday, October 27, 2014

Boys Patriot League Soccer Result




The Whitman Hanson Boys Soccer Team beat Quincy tonight 4 – 0 at Dennis M. O'Brien Field.  Nick Haley scored the game winner at the 29th minute of the 1st half on an assist by Brian McGahan.   Brian McGahan scored the next goal at the 32nd minute on an assist by Tom McGahan for a 2-0 halftime lead.

In the 2nd half, Gabe DeOliviera score a penalty kick at the 24th minute and a direct kick at the 31st minute.  The Panthers are now 6 – 6 – 4 overall with 2 games left in the season.  This was the Panthers 6th shutout of the season and it was also coach Barringtons 200th career win.




Sunday, October 26, 2014

UPdate




Last week we talked about the pillar of community service as it relates to educational athletics (by the way Whitman-Hanson won't the great sneaker challenge with Hingham 1832 pair to 1350 pair); this week I would like to touch on the wellness pillar.  On Friday, 14 members of the captains council joined me at a terrific conference sponsored by the MIAA.  The captains attended seminars on various topics from substance abuse prevention, to hazing to social media safety.  In all, there were 16 different presentations we took in by breaking up into smaller groups.  Our plan is for these students leaders to present what they learned to the entire captains council and from there develop some action points for our captains to take back to their teams and to our school as a whole.

And now to our weekly update:
1) There have been more talented football teams in Whitman Hanson history, but it's been a long time since we have seen such a group who refused to give in to adversity.  Despite a series of injuries to key players, the coaches and players have continued to fight and it paid of Friday night when they qualified for the playoffs by beating Hingham on the road, 13-7.  The defense and special teams played a huge role in the win led by Lucas Reale and Captain Nick Villanueva.  Nick Smith ran for a touchdown and threw for another (to Dylan Thomas) but it was his punting that was critical to the win.  He launched 3 50 yard punts including one that was downed at the 2 which set up the winning score and another with 40 seconds left in the game despite a bad snapped which sailed over his head.  The Panthers are the 8th seed in the division 3 southeast bracket and will travel to Somerset Halloween night at 7pm.

2) The Whitman Hanson girls soccer team defeated Pembroke 4-2 in a Patriot League matchup on Saturday and shutout Quincy 5-0 Thursday. In the Pembroke win,  Alexis Fruzzetti paced the Panthers offensively with two second half goals while Lauren Bonavita got WH on the board in the first half. Rachel Kelly took a Kelsey Gilbert cross ( 2 assists) and finished a header to account for all the Whitman Hanson goals. The Panthers wrap up the regular season Tuesday in Duxbury.

3) The boys soccer team didn't fare as well this week as they still chase their post season ticket.  Their game on Thursday with Quincy was rained out while Saturday they dropped a 3-1 decision at Pembroke.  Pembroke got on the board at the 28th minute of the 1st half on a goal by Jacob Higgins but the Panthers tied the game at the 39th minute on a goal by Brian McGahan assisted by Ryan Kelly.  Unfortunately, the Titans scored the next two to is in the game. The Panthers are now 5 – 6 – 4 overall and need 2 more wins out of 3 remaining games to make the tournament.  They play Monday (Quincy) and Wednesday (Duxbury) at home and Tuesday at Rockland.

4) The Patriot League Meet was held Saturday at Silver Lake Regional High School. The Boys Varsity race was won by Pembroke High School. Plymouth North took the Girls Division.

The Whitman-Hanson Girls placed 2nd with the Boys taking 3rd place. Scoring for Whitman-Hanson in the Girls race were Samantha Coletti, who finished 2nd overall in a time of 18:42, Followed by Kelsey Tierney (5th, 19:48), Abbie Newman (10th, 20:06), Nicole Norve (16th, 20:44) and Julia Cosgrave (54th, 23:30.)

For the Boys it was Sam Evans leading the Panthers finishing 5th overall in a time of 16:53. Also scoring for W-H were Patrick Brett (11th, 17:19), Lukas Moscoso (14th, 17:23), Jack Ryan (16th, 17:34) and Alex Uva (45th, 19:00.)

5) The volleyball season came to an end on Friday at Rockland High School with a 3-2 loss.  The girls improved from a year ago and are looking forward to continuing the building process.

6) What is believed to be the best golf season in school history came to an end at the south regionals on Tuesday.  Unfortunately, no one from the team qualified for the next round.

Two other quick notes....the field hockey season comes to an end tomorrow in Cohasset at 3:30pm at Deer Hill Elementary school.  Also, our cheerleaders will be hosting the Patriot League championship here at WH on Saturday 11/8 at 3pm.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

WH Cross Country

The Patriot League Meet was held earlier today at Silver Lake Regional High School. The Boys Varsity race was won by Pembroke High School. Plymouth North took the Girls Division.

The Whitman-Hanson Girls placed 2nd with the Boys taking 3rd place. Scoring for Whitman-Hanson in the Girls race were Samantha Coletti, who finished 2nd overall in a time of 18:42, Followed by Kelsey Tierney (5th, 19:48), Abbie Newman (10th, 20:06), Nicole Norve (16th, 20:44) and Julia Cosgrave (54th, 23:30.)

For the Boys it was Sam Evans leading the Panthers finishing 5th overall in a time of 16:53. Also scoring for W-H were Patrick Brett (11th, 17:19), Lukas Moscoso (14th, 17:23), Jack Ryan (16th, 17:34) and Alex Uva (45th, 19:00.)

In the Sub-Varsity race Jessica Harris led the Girls finishing 15th in a time of 24:30 followed by Kaitlyn Daly (41st, 29:59.)

Cameron Wilson was the top finisher in the Boys sub-varsity race finishing 6th overall in 19:20, with Andrew Newman placing 12th in 20:00.


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Boys Soccer




Whitman Hanson Boys Soccer lost a non-League game to Pembroke today 3 – 1.  Pembroke got on the board at the 28th minute of the 1st half on a goal by Jacob Higgins.  The Panthers tied the game at the 39th minute on a goal by Brian McGahan assisted by Ryan Kelly.  Pembroke's Jacob Higgins scored again in the 40th minute for a 2-1 lead at the half.  The Panthers continued to fight in the 2nd half and put some strong pressure on Pembroke but could not secure another goal.  Pembroke's Ricky Dahlquist scored their final goal in the 37th minute of the second half.  The Panthers are now 5 – 6 – 4 overall and need 2 more wins out of 3 remaining games to make the tournament.



Girls Soccer Wina on Road



The Whitman Hanson girls soccer team defeated Pembroke 4-2 in a Patriot League matchup. Alexis Fruzzetti paced the Panthers offensively with two second half goals while Lauren Bonavita gor WH on the board in the first half. Rachel Kelly took a Kelsey Gilbert cross ( 2 assists) and finished a header to account for all the Whitman Hanson goals. Katie Korzec, Kat O'kane, Taylor Kofton and Kelsey gilbert all turned in strong performances.

 

 




Friday, October 24, 2014

Whitman Hanson

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Girls Soccer Cruises




 

Taylor Kofton led the way with two goals and an assist as Whitman Hanson downed Quincy 5-0. Lauren Bonavita (2 assists), Rachel Kelly, and Katie Korzec added single tallies. Kelsey Gilbert, Casey Corr, Elana Wood, and Kat O'kane all played strong games in front of goalkeeper Arianna Comendul to earn the shutout. Emily Hatfield played a strong game for Quincy in her final match.




Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cross Country Sweeps



The Whitman Hanson Cross Country team closed out Patriot League regular season action with both the Boys and Girls teams winning convincingly over Scituate High School.

The Boys won 16-45 with Senior Captain Patrick Brett taking first place in the 5K race with a time of 18:21.  Sophomore Lukas Moscoso (2nd, 18:30), Freshman Jack Ryan (3rd, 18:41) and Sophomore Chris Kenney (4th, 19:16) followed close behind.  Scituate's Aaron O'Connell placed 5th overall with a time of 19:22.

In the Girl's race it was Samantha Coletti with a time of 19:35 taking first place in Whitman-Hanson's 16-42 win.  Senior Captains Kelsey Tierney and Caroline Mulrey both finished at 20:11 to take 2nd and 3rd place.  For Scituate, Jackie Coscia was first across the finish line in a time of 20:24 in 4th place.

The Patriot League Meet will be held on this Saturday, October 25th at Silver Lake High School at 9:30.

Boys cross country results

Monday, October 20, 2014

Whitman-Hanson volleyball Falls On Road

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Update from WH Athletics




Today was a good example how special our students are here at Whitman-Hanson.  The athletic captains council organized a community wide give back day where each sport gathered as many teammates as possible and went out into our two towns to make a difference.  A few groups gathered at the town hall in Hanson under the direction of Iris Morway (thanks Iris!) to do some landscaping.  The students raked leaves, removed overgrown shrubs, pruned various trees and even did some replanting of flowers.  Other groups went door to door to collect old footwear which will now be donated to less fortunate families, the homeless and sent overseas.  The final count is a secret because it will be announced at the football game Friday night but I don't mind saying they collecting more than 1500 pair.  Along the way, the kids cleaned up the streets picking up trash and debris.  Community service is an important component to the athletic experience here at Whitman-Hanson.  In addition to today's activities, every team has their own individual charity and project that the kids and coaches work on through the season and school year.

 

Of course, aside from community service, they also compete in their respective sports and here is the weekly update.

1)      The girls soccer team has had a sensational season and the post season is right around the corner.  They made a big statement Saturday night with an explosive 7-0 win over Bay State power Weymouth.  The girls improved to 11-1-3 on the season as Junior Alexis Fruzzetti was outstanding scoring 3 goals and assisting two others. Freshman Lauren Bonavita tallied two goals while fellow Sophomore Rachel Kelly and Freshman Taylor Kofton added the others. Lauren Souza, Casey Corr, Lindsay Anderson and Kelsey Gilbert all had outstanding performances. Senior Arianna Comendul made 6 saves in the Whitman Hanson net.

2)      The boys soccer team is poised to make the state tournament needing just 4 points in their final 4 games.  They earned a crucial point with a scoreless tie at Hingham on Friday.  Goalkeeper Sophomore Conor Keane has been nothing short of spectacular in net down the stretch making some phenomenal saves.

 

3)      Volleyball beat Middleboro 3-0 Thursday with their best offensive game of the season. The Sachem's had a hard time handling the smart hitting of the Panther's which led to lots of kills from well placed tips and hits. Erin Clifford played a great head's up matching seeing the Satchem's on their heels for most of the match and tipping for several of her 17 kills on the night. Alyssa Gacicia played her best game at setter tonight thanks to good passing from the Panther's defense. Alyssa netted a season high 24 assists to go along with a strong game from the service line. Also playing well was Sophie O'Brien who played a great game at the net getting 8 kills and 6 blocks. The Panthers move to 7-10 on the season and travel to Bridgewater-Raynham on Monday.

 

4)      The girls cross country team finished 7th out of 28 on Saturday at the Twilight meet.  Sam Coletti was 7 at 18:41.  Other top finishers:  Kelsey Tierney 19:23
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20:12, Abbie Newman19:55 and Meg Concannon 21:03 .

 

5)      The boys cross country team was 17th of 28 with Sam Evans crossing first for the Panthers at 17:18.   The next three were Pat Brett 17:27 , Lucas Moscoso 17:44 and Jay Keenan 17:45 .

 

6)      The 2014 Whitman-Hanson Golf Team finished their season this week with an overall record of 12-6, defeating Silver Lake 253-260 at the Country Club of Halifax (par 36). The victory sets them apart from all preceding teams, as they earn their 12th win on the season, which is believed to be the most by any golf team in school history. The team will rest up the next few days and prepare for the qualifying round of the state tournament at Easton Country Club on Tuesday. This will be the 4th appearance in post season play the team has seen in the past 5 seasons. 

 

7)      The cheerleading team finally got to compete in a tournament and they were impressive winning the Braintree Invitational.  The girls are absolutely amazing and we are excited to be hosting the Patriot League Championships here at WH on 11/8 and then the Regionals on 11/16.

 

8)      It was a tough one Friday night for the football team at Plymouth North as the injury plagued Panthers fell behind early and never really got back into the game.  The good news is they seemingly control their own destiny.  If they win Friday night at Hingham they will likely clinch a playoff spot.  If they do not win, it is unlikely they would qualify for the playoffs as they currently stand in 9th place in the 12 team Division 3 Southeast conference.  The top 8 teams qualify.

 

9)      The girls field hockey team had a nice senior night on Friday and played to a scoreless tie with East Bridgewater.  The Panthers have established themselves as one of the top defensive teams in the area.

 


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Boys Soccer Route for Sunday

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Final goal

The 7th goal in tonight's girls soccer game was scored by Rachel Kelly. Impressive team effort tonight!!!

Shoe collecting meeting place girls soccer

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The Whitman Hanson girls soccer team defeated Weymouth 7-0 and improved to 11-1-3 on the season. Whitman Hanson erupted for 7 first half goals. Junior Alexis Fruzzetti was outstanding scoring 3 goals and assisting two others. Freshman Lauren Bonavita tallied two goals while fellow Freshman Taylor Kofton added the other. Lauren Souza, Casey Corr, Lindsay Anderson and Kelsey Gilbert all had outstanding performances. Senior Arianna Comendul made 6 saves in the Whitman Hanson net.

 


Cross Country Teams Run at Twilight


Girls cross country 7th out of 28
Sam Coletti 18:41 7th
Kelsey Tierney 19:23
Caroline Mulrey 20:12
Abbie Newman19:55
Meg Concannon 21:03

Boys cross country 17/28
Sam Evans 17:18
Pat Brett 17:27
Lucas Moscoso 17:44
Jay Keenan 17:45


Wrestling

The wrestling team will be meeting tomorrow at noon at Indian Head School

Important Information For Community Service Give Back Day

It is very important that we represent our teams and school in a positive fashion during this community service event.  Captains, please print out this post and read it to your entire group so everyone is clear.

1) Safety is our top priority.  No horseplay while walking along side of the road.  Stay well off the road and don't walk shoulder to shoulder making it difficult for cars to get by you.
2) Stay in groups of at least 3 students (more if needed).  Do not go to any house alone.
3) Be polite when going door to door regardless of whether the people help us or not.  Here is the script you should use -
"Hello we are members of the Whitman-Hanson _______________team and we are holding a community service project today.  We are going house to house collected unneeded and old footwear.  It doesn't matter what condition they are in, we can find a good use for them.  Some of these shoes will be offered to local families who are in need, some will go to other local charities while others will be recycled or sent over seas. "
You can offer to come back later if they need some time and you can even invite them to drop them off in the main office of the high school before Wednesday this week.  If they decline or say they do not have any, please still be very police and thank them for their  time and invite them to a game.

When you actually collect the shoes (it doesnt matter what kind), tie the laces together so the left and right shoe stay together.

Remember your group should also be cleaning up trash along your route.  Captains should report back to the high school, room 159 at 3pm.  Please bring the bags of trash and sneakers so we can see which teams collected the most.

Also, this is a great opportunity for older players to mentor younger teammates from the freshmen and Jv teams.  Be good role models for them.

Some Meeting Places for NOON Tomorrow

Community Service Day - Sunday 10/19

Shoe Collections and Trash Cleanup
Girls Basketball: Meeting at Jaime's parking lot.. will be walking Star Street and the other streets nearby

Girls Cross Country, Swimming and Girls Tennis will meet in the Hanover Myettes Parking Lot

The boys winter track team and boys hockey team will be doing Franklin street and the streets off of it - Meet at the high school grass soccer field by the street.

Softball and Field Hockey are meeting at Wendy's in Whitman at 12pm

Cheerleaders - you are doing the Monponsett area - meet at the post office in Monponsett at noon

Hanson Town Hall
All 3 levels of Boys Basketball, baseball and football at noon - bring spade shovels, rakes etc


More teams will be announced soon

Friday, October 17, 2014

Girls Soccer Ties



The Whitman Hanson girls soccer team tied Hingham 1-1 in a hard fought Patriot League matchup. Both teams battled to a 0-0 score a the half. At the start of the second half Hingham scored on a free kick. Both teams continued to battle and Freshman Katie Korzec tied the match when she received a Kelsey Gilbert free kick and put it home. Whitman Hanson thought it had scored the game winner with a few minutes left on the clock but the goal was called back. The defense of Kelsey Gilbert, Kat O'kane, Katie Korzec and Elana Wood was outstanding all night.

 

 





Patriot League Result Boys Soccer





The Whitman Hanson Boys Soccer Team Tied Hingham 0 -0 at Hingham today. Forward Junior Nick Haley played well for the Panthers and hit the post late in the second half.  Goalkeeper Sophomore Conor Keane had a strong 1st half and an outstanding 2nd half.  He made a huge upper 90 save late in the 2nd half to preserve the tie.  A good battle for both teams.

The Panthers are now 4 – 5 – 4 in the league and 5 – 5 – 4 overall.



Whitman-Hanson volleyball wins at Middleboro 3-0

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