Hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable vacation. Here is a quick update on the latest from WH Athletics.
1) Friday night was a special evening for the Panthers as the boys basketball captured the league championship for the third time in the last 7 years but for just the third time in school history by beating Silver Lake, 61-46 to improve to 15-3. Senior captain Brian Feeney led the way with 18 points but it truly was a terrific team effort as the Panthers held Silver Lake to their lowest point total of the season. It was also a huge crowd with students, teachers, alumni, administrators and community members in attendance to share the special evening with the team who capped the night by cutting down the nets. Some of the biggest ovations of the night though were reserved for the special Olympics team which competed at halftime of the game. It is always inspirational to watch these kids play the game. A special thanks to their coach Jake Galewski for helping organize this event.
2) The girls basketball team is facing one of the greatest tests we have in sports – bouncing back from adversity. Every time you get knocked down, you have to get back up. The girls have hit a bad patch after starting the season so strong and now they have to show resiliency and pull together to win at least one of their final two games to earn a spot in the post season tournament. The girls are at Plymouth-North on Tuesday and then return home on Thursday to host Norton.
3) It’s been a remarkable year for our young wrestling team. Despite having just 3 seniors on the squad, the Panthers have gained respect around the state for their sportsmanship and competitive fire. At sectionals on Saturday. 8 wrestlers earned medals including 4 who earned a trip to states. Senior captain Nate Perkins advanced to the finals before losing and taking second place. Junior Garrett McSweeney pulled off one of the most exciting moments of the tournament winning his 3rd place match by earning an escape with just one second left. Cole Berthelette also earned a third place finish while sophomore Luke Tamulevich captured a 4th. The coaches and team should be commended on such an outstanding season.
4) The Whitman Hanson girls and boys track teams had outstanding days at the Division 3 State Meet on Saturday.
Girls: Sam Coletti finished 3rd in the Mile with a time of 5:11 and Kelsey Tierney was 6th in the 2 Mile with a career best time (and new WH record) of 11:27. The girls 4x200 meter team of Jordan Braley, Alicia Ferraro, Kelsey Gilbert and Alex Santos finished 8th with a time of 1:52.9, this is the first time in school history a 4x200 team has placed in a state meet.
Boys: Brian Sheppard ran a career best time of 9:54 to place 5th and Nick Haley also ran a career best 36.91 300 meters to finish 6th.
Next up is the All-State meet on Saturday, qualifiers will be announced Monday.
5) The boys ice hockey team demonstrated outstanding character by pulling off the biggest upset of the season despite being eliminated from post season contention. Senior goaltender Mike Bonavita recorded his first career shutout and Nick Villaneuava , Jared Pendrak, and Liam Sweeney all scored to lift the Panthers to a 3-0 win over tournament bound Oliver Ames. The team’s senior night was postponed on Saturday (the game will be made up at 8:30am at the bog in Kingston on Friday). The recognition of the seniors will now take place tomorrow afternoon at Rockland Rink at 1:30pm against Norwell.
6) The girl’s hockey team suffered a tough loss against Falmouth on Saturday but before the game the seniors and their parents were honored. Despite the loss, the girls should still earn an excellent seed in the upcoming tournament as they currently have a 13-5-1 record. Jess Govoni remains the league’s top goalie with a goals against average of 1.90 while freshman Mel McAleer still leads the team with 16 goals.
7) Some of you may have heard the recent criticism of the MIAA for the girls swimming state finals tournament. Because the swimming venues are small and advanced ticket sales are necessary some parents around the state went to the media to complain. However, parents were given the opportunity to buy tickets online ahead of time and most who responded to the first notification were able to attend and obtain them. For those who missed out, the event was streamed live on the internet. Our girls team came in 32nd overall which is a solid showing. In the 200 yard freestyle relay, the team of Abbey Bailey, Shawna Ryan, Lauren Foley and Angela Foley came in 11th (the same group of girls came in 18th in the 400 yard freestyle) while in the 200 yard medley relay, the team of Angela Foley, Abbey Bailey, Alyssa Lusardi and Erin Long came in 19th. Complete results from the whole day can be found at www.miaa.net .
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