Here is our weekly athletics update:
1) Whitman-Hanson wrestling came away with 3 solid team wins on Saturday in Hanover earning thier 8th, 9th and 10th wins on the season. W-H's first match up of the day was against Josiah-Quincy out of Boston. Recording wins for the Panthers on their way to a 49-22 victory included Cory Reid (113 lbs.), Tysun Plouse (132 lbs.), Luke Rodgers (138 lbs.), Captain Zach Perkins (152 lbs.), Nate Perkins (160 lbs.), Dan Bean (170 lbs.), Garrett McSweeney (182 lbs.), and Harrison Newcomb (220 lbs.).
Next up for W-H was formidable opponent Hanover that was looking to rebound after losing to the Panthers earlier in the season 48-27. Hanover kept things close and after 5 of the 14 scheduled matches the team score stood at 12-12. From their the Panthers slowly pulled away eventually beating the Indians 40-26 in the end. Recording wins for the Panthers included Tysun Plouse (132 lbs.), Luke Rodgers (138 lbs.), Captain Rob Bunszell (145 lbs.), Captain Zach Perkins (152 lbs.), Dan Bean (170 lbs.), Garrett McSweeney (195 lbs.), and Cole Berthelette (220 lbs.).
W-H rounded out things with its closest match of the day and its 3rd victory against Cape Code team Nauset 42-38. Grapplers earning victories in this one included Cory Reid (113 lbs.), Jake Filicichia (126 lbs.), Tysun Plouse (132 lbs.), Captain Rob Bunszell (145 lbs.), Captain Zach Perkins (152 lbs.), Garrett McSweeney (182 lbs.), Cole Berthelette (195 lbs.).
The Panthers square off against the Brockton Boxers on Wednesday night before heading to Plymouth North next weekend to face Oliver Ames, Plymouth North, New Bedford and Natick.
2) The boys and girls track teams closed out the regular season on Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Center against Silver Lake. The girls defeated the Lakers to finish the year at 4-1. The Panthers had two double winners on the day:
Sam Coletti in the mile (5:15) & 1000 (3:12) Alex Santos in the 55 dash (7.76) & the long jump 14'6.25" Alex qualified for the class meet in the dash and the 4x200 relay team did as well (Kelsey Gilbert, Jordyn Braley, Alex Santos, & Alvila Gillis). 15 girls will be competing at the class meet on Feb 15. The boys had several strong performances but dropped a 55-44 decisions to finish the season at 4-2. Nick Haley (55 Dash and 300) and Pat Brett (1000 and mile) were double winners. Brian Sheppard (2 Mile) and Jacob Romanous (shot put) also recorded victories. Haley, Romanous and Sheppard will continue on at the Division 3 meet.
3) The boys basketball team controls their own destiny in their quest for a league title. Senior Zach Downey captained a phenomenal defensive effort and also scored 15 points to lead Whitman-Hanson to a 63-45 win over Quincy Friday night to move the Panthers (11-3, 6-3 )into a first place tie in the Keenan Division of the Patriot League. Sophomore Nick Smith tossed in 16 points and senior captain Shane Devlin scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half to help Whitman-Hanson avenge a 27 point loss against the President back in December. The Panthers led 30-27 at the half an opened a double digit lead in the third with a 10-2 run to start the quarter. Senior Cory Cocchi chipped in with 10. The boys have 4 league games left (Tuesday at Hanover, Friday home against Duxbury, Tuesday 2/11 at Hingham and Friday 2/14 home against Silver Lake).
4) The girls basketball team is still looking for one more win to qualify for the state tournament after a one year absence from post season play. The Lady Panthers are currently 9-4 and have 7 games left. The fought hard at Quincy Friday night and carried the play most of the way before the Presidents seized control late. Marina Kelly had 15 points in the loss.
5) The girls hockey team has punched their post season ticket. WHP blanked Quincy/NQ 7-0 Saturday to improve to 11-3 overall and 8-1 in the league. Mel McAleer is third in the league in scoring with 15 goals and 6 assists. Senior Jess Govoni is the top net minder in the league with a 1.89 goals against average. The girls are in great position to win the league title as they are 2 points ahead of Cohasset/Hanover who they play Wednesday night in Bridgewater. It is pack the rink night so lets get Panther fans out to that game and help the girls secure the league title.
6) The boys hockey team may have lost twice this week to league power Duxbury but they certainly improved quite a bit in the process. Early in the week, the Panthers actually held a 1-0 lead over the Dragons on a goal by Ryan Duclos. But in the second period Duxbury took control and went on to post a 7-1 win despite a solid performance by Mike Bonavita in net (48 saves). A few days later on the road, the young Panther squad put a big scare into the Dragons staying within striking distance the entire game before losing 3-0. The boys are still alive in their quest to make it two straight years in the state tournament but this week may be the springboard to some W’s.
7) The swimming team, WHAM (Co-op with Middleboro), impressed again on Saturday in the league meet coming in third place. Lots of the results are posted on our twitter account but the highlight of the day had to be the New school RECORD in 400 free relay. Whitman-Hanson's Abby Bailey and Shawna Ryan teamed with MHS Lauren and Angie Foley to post a 4:00.21. Once again the collaboration between the two schools has been a great success.
8) Our cheerleaders are excited to compete for the first time this winter in the league championships here at Whitman-Hanson on Saturday at noon. Come on out and support these talented student-athletes.
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