Sunday, October 19, 2014

Update from WH Athletics

Today was a good example how special our students are here at Whitman-Hanson.  The athletic captains council organized a community wide give back day where each sport gathered as many teammates as possible and went out into our two towns to make a difference.  A few groups gathered at the town hall in Hanson under the direction of Iris Morway (thanks Iris!) to do some landscaping.  The students raked leaves, removed overgrown shrubs, pruned various trees and even did some replanting of flowers.  Other groups went door to door to collect old footwear which will now be donated to less fortunate families, the homeless and sent overseas.  The final count is a secret because it will be announced at the football game Friday night but I don't mind saying they collecting more than 1500 pair.  Along the way, the kids cleaned up the streets picking up trash and debris.  Community service is an important component to the athletic experience here at Whitman-Hanson.  In addition to today's activities, every team has their own individual charity and project that the kids and coaches work on through the season and school year.


Of course, aside from community service, they also compete in their respective sports and here is the weekly update.

1)      The girls soccer team has had a sensational season and the post season is right around the corner.  They made a big statement Saturday night with an explosive 7-0 win over Bay State power Weymouth.  The girls improved to 11-1-3 on the season as Junior Alexis Fruzzetti was outstanding scoring 3 goals and assisting two others. Freshman Lauren Bonavita tallied two goals while fellow Sophomore Rachel Kelly and Freshman Taylor Kofton added the others. Lauren Souza, Casey Corr, Lindsay Anderson and Kelsey Gilbert all had outstanding performances. Senior Arianna Comendul made 6 saves in the Whitman Hanson net.

2)      The boys soccer team is poised to make the state tournament needing just 4 points in their final 4 games.  They earned a crucial point with a scoreless tie at Hingham on Friday.  Goalkeeper Sophomore Conor Keane has been nothing short of spectacular in net down the stretch making some phenomenal saves.


3)      Volleyball beat Middleboro 3-0 Thursday with their best offensive game of the season. The Sachem's had a hard time handling the smart hitting of the Panther's which led to lots of kills from well placed tips and hits. Erin Clifford played a great head's up matching seeing the Satchem's on their heels for most of the match and tipping for several of her 17 kills on the night. Alyssa Gacicia played her best game at setter tonight thanks to good passing from the Panther's defense. Alyssa netted a season high 24 assists to go along with a strong game from the service line. Also playing well was Sophie O'Brien who played a great game at the net getting 8 kills and 6 blocks. The Panthers move to 7-10 on the season and travel to Bridgewater-Raynham on Monday.


4)      The girls cross country team finished 7th out of 28 on Saturday at the Twilight meet.  Sam Coletti was 7 at 18:41.  Other top finishers:  Kelsey Tierney 19:23
Caroline Mulrey 
20:12, Abbie Newman19:55 and Meg Concannon 21:03 .


5)      The boys cross country team was 17th of 28 with Sam Evans crossing first for the Panthers at 17:18.   The next three were Pat Brett 17:27 , Lucas Moscoso 17:44 and Jay Keenan 17:45 .


6)      The 2014 Whitman-Hanson Golf Team finished their season this week with an overall record of 12-6, defeating Silver Lake 253-260 at the Country Club of Halifax (par 36). The victory sets them apart from all preceding teams, as they earn their 12th win on the season, which is believed to be the most by any golf team in school history. The team will rest up the next few days and prepare for the qualifying round of the state tournament at Easton Country Club on Tuesday. This will be the 4th appearance in post season play the team has seen in the past 5 seasons. 


7)      The cheerleading team finally got to compete in a tournament and they were impressive winning the Braintree Invitational.  The girls are absolutely amazing and we are excited to be hosting the Patriot League Championships here at WH on 11/8 and then the Regionals on 11/16.


8)      It was a tough one Friday night for the football team at Plymouth North as the injury plagued Panthers fell behind early and never really got back into the game.  The good news is they seemingly control their own destiny.  If they win Friday night at Hingham they will likely clinch a playoff spot.  If they do not win, it is unlikely they would qualify for the playoffs as they currently stand in 9th place in the 12 team Division 3 Southeast conference.  The top 8 teams qualify.


9)      The girls field hockey team had a nice senior night on Friday and played to a scoreless tie with East Bridgewater.  The Panthers have established themselves as one of the top defensive teams in the area.


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