Sunday, October 14, 2012

Update from WH Athletics

Update from Whitman-Hanson Athletics:
1)      Homecoming weekend was a lot of fun here at the high school.   The student council under the direction of Dan Moriarty and Cheryl Daily along with the senior and junior class advisors (John Rozen, Theresa Scott and Cara Dempsey) worked very hard to revive the homecoming dance.  For the first time in recent memory, we actually had students excited about this event.  More than 300 students danced the night away and celebrated togetheron Friday night.  The following day, most of our athletic teams and many clubs and activities sponsored tables with games, merchandize and raffles.  In addition, student council sponsored an inflatable obstacle course which was a big hit with our younger Panther fans.
2)      Unfortunately, the news was not as good on the field as Quincy High School spoiled the day by beating our football  team 32-6.  The Presidents controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball which made for a long day for our team.  Chris Ryan booted two field goals to account for the Panther scores.  The team will get back to work tomorrow in preparation for their road game at Hingham on Saturday at 2pm (this is also Hingham’s homecoming).
3)      The girls soccer team is still undefeated but Scituate High School became the second  team to earn a tie with the Panthers in less than a week.  Early in the week though, Whitman-Hanson posted their 9th shutout of the season by blanking Silver Lake, 2-0.  Both goals were scored by freshmen (Alexis Fruzetti and Kelsey Gilbert) while the defense led by the trio of Alyssa Eaton, Haley Bukow and Nicole Galewski helped Lauren Clark (8 saves) keep Silver Lake off the board.  In the 1-1 tie with Scutuate, it was Fruzetti scoring the goal.  The Panthers have a 3 point lead with 3 league games left in their quest for their 8th straight league title.
4)      The boys soccer team dropped a couple of games this week, but sophomore Jeff Govoni scored his first varsity goal in the 5-1 loss at Scituate.
5)      The volleyball team won a pair of games this week beating Plymouth North and Middleboro to remain alive in their quest for a post-season bid.  Sammie Richner had 10 kills, while Erin Clifford added 3 aces and 6 kills in the win over Middleboro.
6)      The girls cross country team remained perfect on the season by taking the top 5 places against Pembroke to improve to 6-0.  Gianna Cacciatore, Sam Coletti, Abby Baker, Caroline Mulrey and Kelsey Tierney finished within 22 seconds of each other.
7)      The boys cross country team suffered their first setback of the season dropping their meet with Pembroke despite senior captain Nathan Stephansky turning in a personal best time of 16:17 as he won the race with a gutty kick over the last 100  yards.  The boys are still in control of the Keenan Division in the Patriot League.
8)      The golf team travelled to Martha’s Vineyard on Columbus Day and didn’t fare very well even  though Senior Mike Capellupo fired a 4-over 40.  The team also lost to Hingham and Duxbury which puts them in a do or die situation the rest of the season.  The team must win their final 4 matches in order to make the tournament.
9)      Our cheerleaders are excited about the competition season arriving next weekend.  The team will be competing on Sunday next weekend before hosting the Patriot League championships and open invitational on 10/27.  Please check out our blog this week for directions to Sundays competition.
10)   Progress reports were issued this week and any student who has any grade below a C is now on academic probation.  This program is not meant to be punitive, but rather is designed to keep the students accountable for keeping their top priority in the classroom.  Students are required to have a progress report filled out once a week and as long as that report indicates they are working hard and completing all of their work, then they remain eligible to participate.  However, any student on academic probation who misses any work of any kind, becomes ineligible for one week.  If you have any questions on this program, please let me know.
11)   After the cold night on Friday, I know the big question on all of the student’s minds is, “can we finally play night games?”  We are still awaiting official word and will be meeting early this week to find out if the ban has been lifted.  We will post it on the blog ( )and twitter (whathletics).
12)   Finally, I want to take a moment to say thank you to some people behind the scenes who help make Whitman-Hanson run so well.  Facilities Manager Ernie Sandland continues to go above and beyond for our students.   Despite limited resources, he seems to always come through with an answer for us.    His grounds crew, specifically Matt Carew and Dick Finch, have our fields and facilities looking better than ever. Just this week they repainted our goal posts.  The glue is Sharon Macdonald who handles all of the building/field use scheduling and even though it’s a huge task, she does it flawlessly.  The rest of the SJ crew has also done a great job in making sure our students have safe and clean facilities.  When you see any of these fine folks around the district be sure to say  thank you to  them for all they do for us.

Bob Rodgers
Athletic Director
Whitman-Hanson Regional High School
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(781) 618-7159 (classroom)

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