It has been an outstanding winter sports season so far here at Whitman-Hanson. Here is a quick update on the teams and how they are doing.
1) Our girls swim program has been quite impressive. The Co-Op team with Middleboro, WHAM, is 5 and 2 but even more importantly the girls and their coaches have truly built a unified identity. I had the pleasure of watching them beat Scituate on Thursday and one of the best complements I could give them was it was nearly impossible to tell who was from Whitman and who was from Middleboro. With each match we get reports that several girls have improved on their personal best times. Here are some highlights from the Scituate win:
A) In the girls 200 yard medley relay, WHAM took first place with a time of 2:10.17! Swimmers were Angie Foley, Shawna Ryan, Abby Bailey, and Lauren Foley
B) In the girls 200 yard freestyle, WHAM took first and second place!
-Freshman Amy Collins swam her best time, a 2:24.08, for 2nd!
D) WHAM earned 1st in the 400 yard freestyle relay with a time of 4:21.67. Swimmers were Amy Collins, Erin Long, Angie Foley, and Jenn King. 3rd place for WHAM with a time of 4:59.64 by swimmers Hayley Poskus, Samm Vigneaux, Katie Cunningham, and Steph Friece. Good job to our “diver’s” relay!
E) WHAM took 1st and 2nd in the 200 freestyle relay. 1st place swimmers were Shawna Ryan, Lauren Foley Alyssa Lusardi, and Abby Bailey with a time of 1:52.85. 2nd place swimmers were Hayley Poskus, Nicole Perfectuo, Samm Vigneaux, and Erin Long with a time of 2:01.61.
The girls are working very hard getting ready for the Patriot Conference League Meet during the weekend of January 31st at the Lincoln Hancock Pool in Quincy.
The upcoming meet schedule is as follows:
January 20th in Middleboro vs. Quincy/North Quincy, start time 4:00 pm January 21st in Middleboro vs. Old Rochester Regional and Rockland, start time 4:45 pm January 26th at Lincoln Hancock pool in Qunicy vs Cohasset, start time 4:00 pm
2) Our Co-Op girls hockey team (with Pembroke High School) is also enjoying great success as they are currently ranked 18th by the Boston Globe and they sit in first place in their division. Freshman Mel McAleer, who is the leading scorer in the league and on the team, netted a hat trick Saturday to lead WHP to a 5-1 over Boston Latin. Senior Jess Govoni has been solid as a rock all season in net. Junior Ally Webster, who had 2 goals in the team’s 5-1 win over King Philip earlier in the week, has been instrumental in the team’s success.
3) The boys hockey team may be young, but they are competing very hard and recorded an impressive 2-2 tie on the road at Quincy on Wednesday. Cam MacDonald, who returned to the team after a season playing juniors, had a goal as did Sophomore Jared Pendrak. Senior goalie Mike Bonavita was excellent in net recording 26 saves. I was impressed how Mike helped freshmen Dave Perry who made his varsity debut a few games ago. Perry was terrific in net leading the team to an important bounce back win against Silver Lake. The team is currently right on pace to make the state tournament. The team is back on the ice tomorrow (Martin Luther King Day) at Rockland Rink against Plymouth North at 1:30pm.
4) The Whitman-Hanson girls indoor track team had some solid performances at the MSTCA relay meet last Sunday.
Two teams earned medals:
The shuttle dash team of Alex Santos, Jordyn Braley, Alvila Gillis, & Alicia Ferraro..placed 6th with a time of 26.58.
The sprint medley team of Sam Coletti, Kelsey Gilbert, Alvila Gillis, & Haley Wells..placed 5th with a time of 4:24.73.
The 4x800 relay team of Kelsey Tierney, Abbie Newman, Megan Concannon, & Caroline Mulrey qualified for the class meet.
There were solid performances all around...as the shuttle hurdles and distance medley teams both finished in 7th place.
5) Whitman-Hanson Boys Track is having another strong season.
The team Medaled in two events at the Division 3 Relay Meet:
5th Place Shot Put: Jacob Romanous, Colin Josselyn and Rick Sherlock
6th Place Distance Medley: Brian Sheppard, Pat Brett, Sam Evans and Nick Haley
6) Our wrestling team was decimated by graduation a year ago but that hasn’t stopped them from becoming one of the most consistent and improved teams on the south shore. They are currently 2-1 in league action and have a series of impressive wins in quads including a victory at Bridgewater-Raynham. The squad also posted a fantastic 4th place finish in the annual Panther tournament (out of 12 teams). The team competed Saturday in the annual Weymouth High Wrestling Tournament. The young squad impressed its coaching staff when 11 of the grapplers placed in the tournament compiling enough team points to finish in 3rd place for the day out of 13 squads. Wrestlers not only advance themselves in the tournament with their wins, but those wins also are tallied toward a final team score at the end of the day. In the individual weight classes place winners included Kyle Tamulevich (6th @ 106 lbs.), Mike McDonough (6th @ 120 lbs.), Tysun Plouse (6th @ 132 lbs.), Luke Rogers (6th @ 138 lbs.), senior Captain Rob Bunszell (3rd @ 145 lbs.), senior Captain Zach Perkins (2nd @ 152 lbs.), Nate Perkins (5th @ 160 lbs.), Dan Bean (4th @ 170 lbs.), Garrett McSweeney (6th @ 182 lbs.), Cole Berthelette (2nd @ 195 lbs.), and Frank Blake (6th @ 285 lbs.). The team host Silver Lake this Thursday night 1/23/14 in a league match up at home @ 7 pm.
7) The girls basketball team is enjoying a great season so far under new head coach Jenna Olem. The team is currently 7-2 overall and 3-2 in the league. The Lady Panthers feature a balanced attacked led by Junior Erin Clifford who often dominates the game. She was recently featured in the area papers for her monster 23 point, 20 rebound 5 block shot game against Canton. Senior captains Marina Kelly and Megan Downing provide not only consistent play on the court, but they have been reliable leaders for the young team. Coach Olem says she is pleased that so many players are making contributions on a regular basis. The girls are on the road at Middleboro on Tuesday and then play host to Plymouth North on Wednesday.
8) The boys basketball team is using a balanced attack in their run to the MIAA tournament. The team improved to 8 and 2 (3-2 in the Patriot League) with a 75-56 win over rival Hingham Friday night for their 4th straight win. Senior captains Shane Devlin and Brian Feeney are both averaging 13.1 points per game but the defensive effort from Torrey Champignie and Zach Downey has been an integral key to the team’s success. Senior Cory Cocchi, who is averaging close to 10 points per game, has provided leadership to the two sophomore post players. The team is back in action Tuesday night at 6:30pm.
9) I am sure WH fans are impressed with the talents of cheerleading team when you see them at the boys basketball games, but that is really such a small part of what the girls are up to. They are practicing very hard every day in their quest to repeat as Patriot League champions and reclaim their Regional and State titles. The girls will be hosting the Patriot League Championships on Saturday February 8th.