Monday, October 21, 2013

WH Athletics Update

Before I begin with my weekly update, let me give you an update on our Triple-E curfew. While we did have a very cold night last week below 32, it did not meet the standard to lift the ban. We have now rescheduled games through this Thursday (all games which were scheduled for 6:30pm will now be played at 4pm). We are holding out hope that our new Homecoming game against Hingham will be able to be played on Friday night. The Hanson Board of Health will be meeting Tuesday night to discuss the issue. I will be attending the meeting to participate in that discussion. The forecast for later in the week is for some unseasonably cold weather which could work in our favor. I will tweet and blog the results of the board’s meeting on Tuesday. If the game does have to be rescheduled, it would be moved to Saturday at 1pm. This would also necessitate moving the boys soccer game to 11am and the girls soccer game to 4pm. However, as of right now, everything on Friday and Saturday is staying as scheduled pending the meeting on Tuesday. Now to our update: 1) It was a lot of fun to be on hand to watch the golf team clinch their playoff spot on Tuesday. Senior Captain Shane Devlin fired his first ever sub par round with a 1 under round of 33. Sophomore Cole Manning was 1 over par, while junior Josh Kelleher shot a 2 over par. Senior Kyle Reardon, junior Cam Manning, and junior Sam Perkins all had notable performances as well, each shooting a 5 over par 39 to help pace the Panthers to a team record round of 221. The team won their final 3 matches to earn their spot in the state tournament which will take place on Tuesday in Easton. 2) The Whitman-Hanson boys and girls cross country teams had impressive showings at the Brown Invitational on Goddard State Park In Rhode Island. The varsity girls placed 6th out of 21 teams...with 182 points. The top 5 were: 11th- - Sam Coletti ...earned a medal 14th-- Kelsey Tierney...earned a medal 42nd-- Abbie Newman 44th-- Megan Concannon 72nd-- Shawna Ryan The varsity boys placed 7th out of 23 teams...with 181 points. The top 5 were: 5th- - Brian Sheppard ...earned a medal 21st-- Sam Evans...missed a medal by one place 32nd-- Pat Brett 56th-- Tyler Durant 67th-- Lukas Moscoso 3) It has been a rebuilding year for the girls volleyball team and thanks to some solid senior leadership the program is headed in the right direction. The team will honor the seniors this Friday before their game against Bridgewater-Raynham. This would be a great game for Panther nation to come out in full support of this hard working team. 4) The football team was eliminated from playoff contention with their loss at Silver Lake on Friday night. However, there is still a lot of football left this season and Coach Driscoll and his staff remain committed to daily improvement with this young team. The team will host Hingham this week for senior night and homecoming. After that, the MIAA will determine our opponents in the consolation bracket of the new playoff systems for the final 3 weeks of the season. We will post those games on twitter and our website as soon as we find out about dates and times. 5) The boys soccer team was also eliminated from playoff contention this week despite a valiant effort against a very strong Silver Lake team which defeated Whitman-Hanson earlier in the year 6-0. The Panthers employed a defensive strategy in attempt to gain the needed tie which would have kept their hopes alive. The kids did a tremendous job working together to almost pull it off, but Silver Lake did sneak one home for the 1-0 win. The Panthers became the only team this year to hold Silver Lake to a single score. The boys will honor their senior in their home game on Saturday against Bridgewater-Raynham. The time of that game is still to be determined. 6) The girls soccer team earned their playoff bid this week with a nice 2-0 win at Hingham. Alexis Fruzzetti put Whitman Hanson up 1-0 when she finished a volley from a Lily Higgins free kick. The score remained 1-0 until the half. Midway through the second half Kelsey Gilbert fired shot from the left side to put Whitman Hanson up 2-0. The defense led by Stephanie warn, Hayley Bukow, Hayley wells and Marina Kelly played strong in front of goalkeeper Lauren Clark to earn the shutout. Casey Corr, Maddie Shea and Katherine O’Kane all played strong games for Whitman Hanson. The rest of the week was not as kind to the Lady Panthers as they lost at Silver Lake and at home against Weymouth. The girls are still hoping to earn a home playoff game in the tournament but in order to do that they will likely need some other to lose and they will have to win their final games against Marshfield and Bridgewater-Raynham. 7) Our cheerleaders are competing today in their first competition of the year. I will be tweeting and blogging the results later today. A reminder to help out the athletic department by getting the word out about our Ronan Tynan concert on November 16th. Anyone who wants to buy tickets may do so at .

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