It has been an exciting winter sports season and while there is still a lot of action left to be played, we are closing in on the finish line. Here is the latest update.
1) The girls hockey team is enjoying a terrific season under first year head coach Kevin Marani. The girls avenged a loss from earlier this season on Saturday when they beat Cohasset/Hanover 6-4 in a crucial league battle. With the win, the girls put themselves in position to control their own destiny in terms of the league title. If they beat North Quincy/Quincy in their final league game they will earn at least a tie for the league championship. WHSL was led by Mel McAleer's 2 goals and an assist, Shannon Elwood's goal and 2 assists and Hannah Tracy's goal and assist. Also chipping in was Emily Kelleher and Kaitlyn Garvey with goals. Emily Hayes and Melissa Crone shared the net duties. This puts the overall record at 10 and 4. The next game is 2/13 against Duxbury at The Bog in Kingston.
2) The young boys hockey team continues to show improvement as they split a pair of games this week beating Plymouth North 3-1 and dropping a 5-0 decision at league power Duxbury. In the win over Plymouth North, Jared Pendrak, Owen Lydon and Kyle Bina each scored while Zach Pike and Matt Stearns picked up assists. Liam Sweeney and Ryan Lincoln were standouts on defense while David Perry made 27 saves for the win. The team plays tonight at Rockland Rink at 6:10pm in a makeup from their snowed out game against North Quincy.
3) Our wrestling team is gearing up for the post season and many of the wrestlers have a good shot to go far in the post season. Three of those top ranked wrestlers include the captains Luke Rogers, Mike McDonough and Nate Perkins who all went 3-0 during Saturday’s quad at Whitman-Hanson. Junior John Will has been one of the most improved team members this year as he also went 3-0 Saturday as he recorded 3 pins.
4) For the 4th year in a row, the Patriot League indoor track championships were snowed out but this year we were able to make it up the next day. It was an excellent day for the Panthers and many of the pictures and various results are posted on our twitter account @whathletics. Brian Edwards won the long jump, Pat Duffey took the 1000 while Sam Coletti won the mile. There were many other outstanding performances which can be found online and on twitter. Nine girls and 10 boys will be participating in the upcoming Division 3 Meet to be held Thursday, February 11We were also excited this week for Sam Coletti who officially received her appointment to West Point.
5) The cheerleading team competed at Nationals in Dallas last week and turned in an impressive effort taking second place in one of the more prestigious national competitions. The girls are now working toward the state competitions. They will host the Patriot League championships on Sunday February 28th at 3pm.
6) The WHAM swim program wrapped up their regular season in spectacular fashion with the 400 free relay team advancing to sectionals in their final attempt of the year. Congratulations to Abby Bailey, Lauren Foley, Olivia Shaw, Alyssa Lusardi and Madison Studley.
7) The girls basketball team is still alive for post season contention but they have their work cut out for them. The girls are 6-10 and have to win 5 of their final 6 games. Despite the record it has really been an outstanding year for this young team. The girls experienced a memorable trip to South Carolina at Christmas time and have recorded many impressive wins. The team is home this week with games against Duxbury (Tuesday) and Scituate (Thursday) before travelling to Bridgewater-Raynham on Tuesday of vacation week.
8) The boys basketball team ran their record to 15-0 by beating Quincy 74-63 this week in a battle between the top two teams in the league. Senior captain Nick Smith poured in 21 points while fellow Senior captain Josh Rice tossed in 20. Senior Brenndan Rogers added 13 to help the Panthers improve to 15-0, 12-0. With the win the Panthers increase their lead over Quincy for first place to 3 games with 4 left to play. The team is currently ranked 7th in the Boston Globe which is the team’s highest ranking since 2007. The team is on the road this week with games at Duxbury (Tuesday) and Scituate (Thursday) before returning home for its senior night against Bridgewater-Raynham on Tuesday of vacation week.
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