Here is the latest from WH Athletics
1) The boy’s basketball team posted an incredible come-from-behind win over Scituate in the championship game of the Panther Classic on Tuesday as Senior Cory Cocchi drilled a buzzer beating 3 pointer at the end of regulation to force overtime. The Panthers went on to win the game in double overtime (for more details check out our blog and twitter feed) to finish the season at 17-3, good for the number 2 seed in division 2 south. Whitman-Hanson will play host to Oliver Ames on Wednesday at 6:30pm. Doors will open at 5:45pm. The game is expected to sellout, so fans are encouraged to arrive early.
2) The girls basketball team turned in a strong team effort on Thursday and easily defeated Norton to clinch a tournament playoff berth. The girls end the regular season at 10-10 good for the 14th seed and will travel to 3rd seeded O’Bryant High School on Tuesday for a 6:30pm game. The contest will be played at Madison Park High School.
3) Unfortunately, Panther fans may have to make a choice Tuesday as the girl’s hockey team, WHP, will also play Tuesday night as they earned the number 9 seed and will play a preliminary round game against Auburn at Bridgewater Ice Arena. The good news is the game doesn’t start until 8pm, so it is very possible fans could watch the girl’s basketball team play in Boston and then make it to the ice hockey game by late in the first or the start of the second period.
4) Our young wrestling team sent 4 student-athletes to division 2 states (Zach Perkins, Cole Berthelette, Garrett McSweeney and Kyle Tamulevich). Zach Perkins followed up his strong performance at sectionals with a nice run in the D2 states with a 3rd place finish. That earns Zach a spot in the All-State meet next weekend. Congratulations to coach Broderick, his staff and the entire team on a great year.
5) The boys and girls indoor track team wrapped up the season at states today. Nick Haley was 22nd in the 300, Samantha Coletti took 11th in the mile and Kelsey Tierney was 20th in the 2 mile.
6) Our cheerleaders successfully defended their Patriot League title a few weeks ago and now they focus their attention to the upcoming regional competition which will be host at Whitman-Hanson on Sunday March 2nd. Times and details will follow soon.
7) Our boy’s hockey team ended the season very strong with 2 excellent wins again solid opponents. Sophomore Dylan Thomas earned his first varsity win in net when the team beat DY on the road. The Panthers then wrapped up the season by avenging a 5-1 loss to Norwell by beating the Clippers 3-1 behind another terrific performance in net by Senior Mike Bonavita. Senior Cam MacDonald also ended his career in style by scoring a goal. Sophomore Liam McSweeney scored the game winner while Zach Burke netted the equalizer after the Panthers had fallen behind1-0 early. After the game, one of the game officials stopped me and complemented the team and the coach for how hard they play. In his words, WH is the best team not in the state tournament. With only 3 seniors on the squad the ingredients are there for the Panthers to make some noise next year.
8) Our Special Olympics team earned an invitation to the winter games after their impressive performance at the assessments at Regis College. The kids will be playing on March 8th and 9th in Worcester.