Wow, what a week for Whitman-Hanson Athletics. The Panthers captured two South Sectional championships and a 2nd place finish in Eastern Mass. Hope you enjoy this week’s update (be sure to scroll to the bottom to see some great pictures):
1) The girls soccer team captured the Division 1 South Sectional Championship Saturday by defeating Franklin High School, 2-1 in double overtime. Franklin scored the game’s first goal but that didn’t frazzle Whitman-Hanson which netted the equalizer before the end of the first half when freshman Taylor Kofton had a beautiful setup for Junior captain Alexis Fruzzetti. The game stayed tied until 3:44 into the second overtime when Kofton netted the game winner. It marked the second straight game Kofton scored an overtime game winner for the Lady Panthers. . The defense in this entire tournament run has been nothing short of amazing led by Junior captain Kelsey Gilbert and Senior keeper Arianna Comendul. It was a total team win with everyone contributing. The girls now travel to Lynn (Manning Field) on Tuesday at 5pm against Lincoln Sudbury in their quest for their first ever Eastern Mass Championship. We will be offering a fan bus (or busses). For $20 you get round trip transportation and admission to the game.
2) The cheerleaders also captured the South Regional championship on Sunday with a spectacular performance. The Panthers were able to compete in their home gym as Whitman-Hanson was selected as the site for the entire South Regional which included more than 60 schools. Aside from doing a great job with the girls on the mat, our coach Tanisha King worked tirelessly along with the entire parent group to make this weekend a reality. Our facilities department, especially Ernie Sandland, Sharon MacDonald and Matt Carew also went the extra mile to make everything work so well. We are very lucky to have such a dedicated group of people working for our students. The cheerleaders will now go for the state championship next Sunday in Lowell. We will post the performance time on twitter once we know it.
3) Our girls cross country teams capped off a terrific year by finishing 6th in the state meet. This followed a second place finish at Eastern Mass. Junior Samantha Coletti was the top Panther finisher placing 16th on the challenging 5K course in 19:11. Senior Co-Captains Kelsey Tierney (36th, 19:40) and Caroline Mulrey (51st, 19:56) also had impressive races. Rounding out the scoring for W-H were Senior Co-Captain Megan Concannon (95th, 20:33) and Junior Abbie Newman (102nd, 20:36.) Freshman Nicole Norve and Senior Tori Hadden also ran well in the final race of the Cross Country season.
4) The football team turned in what I would call their best game of the season as they defeated Sandwich on the road Friday, 30-6. The Panthers dominated every phase of the game. Jason Bosse had 13 carries for 87 yards and Nick Smith was 8-12 passing with 107 yards and 7 carries for 55 yards while Mickey Martell had 4 catches for 76 yards to lead the offense. Whitman Hanson recovered two kick offs in the second half that lead to scores while lineman Cole Berthelette picked off a pass. The Panthers are off now until Thanksgiving when they will be gunning to pull off the upset over Abington who just won the Division 5 South title on Friday.
5) Our student council, under the direction of teachers Dan Moriarty and Theresa Scott hosted the 3rd annual MASC/Special Olympics Unified Recreational Bocce Tournament. They had 14 schools and 142 athletes participating in this great event.