Sunday, September 14, 2014

Update from WH Athletics

The Whitman-Hanson captains council has been doing excellent work and displaying outstanding leadership over many years.  This current group of student leaders have been meeting regularly to expand their own leadership skills and to discuss ways of enhancing the athletic experience for everyone involved.  While we look at being a captain as an honor, we also recognize that these students have been called upon to serve, not be served.   

Our captains council has been discussing ways to improve sportsmanship by our athletes, students and parents.  Cross Country captain Caroline Mulrey represented Whitman-Hanson at the MIAA summer leadership program at Stonehill College.  She came back with the idea that every sport should have a student centered and delivered message at each contest.  While we have done this in some sports in the past, we have not done it at all events. 

This past week, the captains gathered to discuss the project and over the last several days, they wrote and recorded more than 60 messages which will be played prior to and during sporting events here at the high school.  For sports where we do not have the capability of playing a recorded message, the captains will read their message prior to the beginning of the contest.  In addition, the captains will be greeting visiting teams as they arrive at Whitman-Hanson and they will present the coach with a welcoming greeting as well as an information handout of all of the key people and facilities here at our school.  It is our hope that everyone who attends an event at Whitman-Hanson will come away recognizing that although we will do everything in our power to pursue excellence, we will always demonstrate character in that pursuit.

Another important project the captains have been working on is the idea of community service.  Every year, each athletic team performs a community service project.  This will continue and we look forward to seeing all of our students grow from the experience of service.  This year though, we are gathering together as a unified group, the entire athletic department, to perform a day of service in each of our towns.  This special day will take place on October 19th.

The captains council will be on hand at the 9th annual Kids Fitness Festival on Saturday September 20th from 11am-2pm on the front fields here at the high school.  This fantastic community event is produced by the Panther Education Trust and promises to be a great afternoon.  There will be free healthy food samples, a DJ, dance and cheerleading performances, a moonwalk, police cars and fire trucks, parachute games, face painting, an obstacle course and much more.  The high school captains will be on hand to provide several sports clinics and to sign autographs for our future Panthers.  We hope to see everyone there.

And now to our weekly update –
1)      The football team turned in a dominating performance on Friday, cruising past Pembroke before a packed house, 43-16.  Junior quarterback Nick Smith threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more. For the night he ran for 67 yards and threw for 110.  Senior Joey Tanner stepped in at running back due to injuries and ran for 98 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown.  The most exciting play of the night was a 76 yard touchdown pass from Smith to Junior Peter Amado.  Mickey Martell continued his impressive play on special teams by recovering a punt for the touchdown.  The Panthers have a bye this week before returning home for their first league game of the season when they host Quincy on Friday September 26th.
2)      If you look up the word domination in the dictionary you might find a picture of the girls soccer team.  They have looked absolutely unstoppable through the first 3 games of the season.  They have used a balanced attack to win their first 3 games by a combined score of 16-1.  Junior Alexis Fruzetti netted the team’s second hat trick of the season (Taylor Kofton turned the trick in the opener) in leading the Panthers to the 6-0 win over Silver Lake on Thursday.  The defense of Jill Shangold, Katie Korzec, Katherine O'Kane and Elana Wood helped goalkeeper Arianna Comendul earn her second shutout of the season.  Earlier in the week freshman Lauren Bonavita paced the win over Duxbury with two goals.  The girls are back in action tomorrow night (Monday 9/15 at 6:30pm) at home against Plymouth North.
3)      The boys soccer team has played outstanding soccer in the early going but unfortunately have suffered two heartbreaking losses in the second half to Duxbury and Silver Lake this week to drop their record to 1 and 2.  The Panthers were scoreless at defending champions Silver Lake on Thursday when the Lakers snapped the stalemate with just 3 minutes to play.  Coach Barrington is optimistic that they team will start to find the win column if they keep up this effort and pace.  They will be back in action tomorrow at 4:45pm.
4) The golf  team is turning some heads in the Patriot League storming out to a  4 and 1 record.  They won all 3 matches this week including a 218-241 win over  North. The 218 round was their lowest score in more than a decade.  They followed that up by beating perennial league power Hingham, 221-230.  Junior Cole Manning has led the way in every match this year.  He carded a career best 3-under against the Harbormen while Senior captain Josh Kelleher and senior Cam Manning were both 2 over.  The team plays  host to Plymouth South on Tuesday at Ridder Country Club.
5) The girls cross country team remained undefeated with a convincing 18-54 victory over Plymouth South.  The team was led by Junior Sam Coletti who won her second league race in a week. Coletti covered the 3 Mile course in 18:54, helping the Panthers defeat Plymouth South 16-46. W-H finished with 5 runners in the top 6 finishers. Senior Co-Captains Kelsey Tierney and Caroline Mulrey tied for second place with identical times of 20:23, followed by Senior Co-Captain Megan Concannon who placed 4th in 20:50. Junior Abbie Newman rounded out the scoring for Whitman-Hanson placing 6th in 21:08. Natalie Hansen of Plymouth South was Plymouth South's top runner finishing 5th in 20:59.  The girls travel to Duxbury on Tuesday.
6) The W-H Boys cross country team also easily beat Plymouth South, 20-35. Senior Captain Patrick Brett, who won his second race of the season, finished first for Whitman-Hanson in 17:07, just ahead of teammate Junior Jayson Keenan at 17:08. Junior Sam Evans and Sophomore Lukas Moscoso finished 4th and 5th respectively for Whitman-Hanson with times of 17:28 and 17:29, while Freshman Jack Ryan also scored for the Panthers with an 8th place finish in 18:23. Plymouth South's Drew Mahoney was his team's top finisher placing 3rd with a time of 17:16.  The boys travel to Duxbury on Tuesday.
7) The Panthers Volleyball team had their home opener against Silver Lake Friday and lost a great back and forth contest, 3-2. The set scores were 25-22, 24-26, 22-25, 25-22 and 4-15. Whitman Hanson came out strong in the first set getting out to an early lead but as was the case throughout the match the Panther's sloppy play allowed the Lakers to come back in every game. The Panther's fought hard in the third set to rally back to tie the game at 24-24 but ultimately ran out of steam and couldn't close out the set. In the fourth set the Panther's rallied back after getting down early. In the fifth and deciding set the Panther's came out really flat and just couldn't keep pace with the Laker attack. Stand out players for the Panthers tonight were Erin Clifford with 10 kills and 5 aces; Sophie O'Brien with 6 kills and 2 blocks; and Madison Scott who helped get us several leads throughout the match with her serve had 7 aces and 11 digs. The Panthers play at North Quincy on Monday.
8) The field hockey team continues to play outstanding defense. No team has scored more than 2 goals against them in a game this year.  Kristin Arthur netted the team’s first every goal in the game against Duxbury on Friday.  Sarah Conant had the assist on the goal while Caroline Woodward had 5 saves for the Panthers.  The girls play a doubleheader on Tuesday in the home openers beginning at 4:45pm.

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