Sunday, December 20, 2015

Update from WH Athletics

The winter season is well underway but before I begin our recap, I wanted to fill everyone in on some exciting developments.  As many of you know, we began a recreation project several years with the goal of creating a space for students and community members to engage in healthy activities after school in a safe environment.  This project has been slow to come together because we have been relying on donations and volunteers for much of the work.  We obtained a grant through the Town of Hanson's Community Preservation Committee and raised a large sum in Whitman with a toll both in the center of town.  In addition, we have conducted several other fundraisers to complement the donations of labor and materials by several companies.  When the project is completed this spring, we will have a sign to acknowledge all of those people who made it possible.  The great news is this project will be completed without using any funds from the school budget.  Two weeks ago, the area for basketball and street hockey was built and the area for beach volleyball was prepped for the delivery of the sand this spring.  It is a realistic goal to think that by April vacation this area will be filled with students and community members benefitting from this recreation complex which will also include some outdoor fitness components.  We will be in touch this spring when the site has its opening. 

A quick reminder to everyone athletic schedules are available at .  However, one of the best ways to follow us now is by downloading the new MIAA App on your smart phone or tablet.  Simply go the app store and search MIAA.  Once you download the app, favorite Whitman-Hanson. You can then favorite the sport you want to follow and signup for notifications which includes scoring updates, recaps and schedule changes.  You can even see every roster on there.  Of course, Twitter is also a must for all Panther fans – follow us @whathletics.

We are excited to be renaming the boys basketball alumni game after former player Jason Silva who passed away last January.  In addition, the team is running a 3 on 3 tournament with proceeds going into a fund to help players attend camps and basketball activities in Jason's name.  To signup for the 3 on 3 tournament just visit .  You do not have to be a member of the alumni to participate.  The 3 on 3 tournament will be held at 5pm on 12/26 with the alumni game to follow at 7pm.  All members of the alumni are encouraged to play in the game.  Spectators are welcome with admission donations also going into the fund.


Now to the winter sports update.


1)      Our girls hockey team has a new coach and they picked up their first win of the season under Kevin Marani's direction on Saturday night as Mel McAleer netted the hat trick.  Mel also had a goal in the season opening 3-2 loss to Cohasset/Hanover.   Our hockey team is in its second year partnering with Silver Lake in a Co-Op venture.


2)      Our girls swim team is a co-op with Middleboro and we are pleased that our school contributes some excellent swimmers to the squad.  The team lost to Scituate to open the season , 81-101. Abby Bailey took first in the 100 free and the 100 backstroke.  Kayla Crawford, Nell Kealy and Maeve McDonough did a great job in relays helping the gain points while they all competed in their first varsity meet. 



3)      The boys basketball team opened the season with a pair of convincing wins over Plymouth South and Silver Lake.  In Friday's win over Silver Lake, Senior Brenndan Rogers erupted for 20 points in just 2 ½ quarters of action to pace Whitman-Hanson (2-0) to an 84-48 victory.  Senior Captain Josh Rice sparked a 29-7 second quarter explosion with 3 three-pointers part of his 14 point night.  10 different players scored for the Panthers including Junior Nikko Raftes (14 points) and Jordan Howard Mason (13 points).


4)      The girls basketball team split their first two games of the season.  They lost a close one at Silver Lake Friday, 44-42 but won big at Plymouth South on Tuesday.  In the win over Plymouth South, Junior Taylor McVeigh scored 10 pts and grabbed 14 rebounds. Senior captain Rachel Kelly had 11 points, 5 assists, and 5 steals while Chloe Roberts chipped in with 9 points.  Ten players scored for the Panthers.



5)      The wrestling team has been the busiest of all of our teams so far, competing in a full tournament, travelling to a quad and hosting a dual.  Nate Perkins and Mike McDonough both won titles at the Devin Ness tournament at Oliver Ames.  In the team's league matchup with Plymouth North, fans were treated to a great atmosphere as all of the lights in the gym are now shutoff for the matches with a giant light over the mat.  It was an exciting contest but the Panthers came up just short, 42-40.  Luke Rogers, Nate Perkins, Jake Filicichia and John Will all had pins for the Panthers, who lost in part because they have no wrestler at the 106 weight class.  The team would welcome the chance to teach someone the sport, so if anyone knows someone who weighs in that neighborhood, please contact us and we will make it happen.


6)      The boys hockey team opened the season with a solid 3-0 win over Martha's Vineyard before struggling against Plymouth South (7-1) and Quincy (4-1).  Alex Uva has had a strong start to the season with 2 goals and 2 assists, while Jared Pendrak, Jake Gagnon and Koery Howard have also scored.


7)      The boys track team opened the season with a 56-44 win over Plymouth-North.  Nick Haley was a double winner in the 55 Dash and long jump.  Other winners included Brian Edwards (high jump), Pat Duffey (1000), Lucas Moscoso (2 mile), Jack Ryan (1 mile) and Joe Coletti (600).


8)      The Whitman Hanson Girls Track & Field team lost its opener to Plymouth North on Wednesday evening.  Standouts for the Panthers were Alex Santos who finished first in both the 55 Meter Hurdles and 55 Meter Dash, and second in the long jump, and Nicole Norve, who ran a D3 qualifying time in the Two Mile.  Abbie Newman (1000, 4 x 400), Jillian O'Leary (600, 4 x 400) and Carli Alexopoulos (55, 4 x 200) also had superb performance for WHRHS.



Bob Rodgers

Athletic Director

Whitman-Hanson Regional High School

600 Franklin Street

Whitman, MA 02382

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(617) 838-0994 (cell)

(781) 618-7159 (classroom) 

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