Saturday, April 29, 2017

Update from WH Athletics


The spring sports season has been a struggle thanks to mother nature but we finally have been able to start playing some games and our teams are off to an excellent start. Before we get to the update, we have a few other items to share.


First, a well-deserved congratulations goes out to seniors Taylor McVeigh and Lukas Moscoso for being named Whitman-Hanson’s Patriot League Scholar Athletes.  Both Taylor and Lukas represent the ideals of a student athlete achieving excellence in the classroom and in athletics.  They both will be joined by their parents as well as Mr. Szymaniak and I at the league wide dinner on Tuesday night at the South Shore Country Club.  A special thanks to all of the teachers and coaches who have helped not just Taylor and Lukas but all of our student athletes.


While on the topic of thank yous, we are very grateful to the citizens of Whitman and Hanson for supporting our tennis court project.  The courts came out beautiful.  The project would not have been so successful without the leadership from Ernie Sandland and our facilities crew.  We also want to thank Sue Moss and Dave Hickey for donating a new storage shed for the team.  Not only will our tennis teams enjoy these courts for years to come, but our entire community will benefit from this outstanding facility.


And now to our update:


1)      Our baseball team has stormed out to a terrific 6 and 1 start (5-0 in league play). On Friday, Matt Josselyn got his first start and win on the mound going 5 1/3 innings , giving up 5 runs on 8 hits, striking out 6 , and walking 2 before being relieved by John Murphy in the sixth.  Luke Tamulevich came on in  the seventh, and after hitting the lead-off batter, saw his defense turn a 6-4-3 double play. Another  groundball helped him retired the P-S 3, 4 and 5 hitters in order to end the game. Ethan Phelps went 4 for 4 on the day for Whitman-Hanson, while Ty Long and Austin Hyde had 2 hits each for the Panthers.  Baseball has a busy week hosting Duxbury on Monday, Scituate on Wednesday and travelling to Quincy on Friday. Our entire WH community is in for a treat on Saturday 5/6 with our team playing a special game against Hanover at Campanelli Stadium (Home of the Brockton ROX) in Brockton.  The game is at 7pm.  Tickets are on sale this week for just $7.  Anyone who pre pays for a ticket will be given a free Brockton Rox ticket upon entry on Saturday.  Only those who pre purchase tickets get the free ROX ticket.

2)      Our softball team is also off to a red hot start with a 5-1 record (3-0 in league play). The girls went on a special trip over April vacation traveling to Baltimore where they played Winter Mills High School (they won the game 7-1).  The team also took a day long tour of Washington DC as well as attended the Red Sox game against the Orioles at Camden Yards.  On Friday, Jr Colleen Hughes (2-4 RBI) pitched a 1-hit complete game shutout to lead WH (5-1, 3-0) to a 7-0 victory over Pembroke. She was backed by great defense from CF Sarah Saccardo who went 2-3 (3B 3R), C Kristin Arthur (2-3 4RBI) and SS Emily Cook (3-3 RBI 3R).

3)      The girls track team is also enjoying an excellent spring.  The Panthers snuck past a young and talented Silver Lake team in a close meet Thursday afternoon, 71-64. Whitman-Hanson was led by Senior Captain Alexandra Santos who placed first in the 100 Meter Dash (12.7), the Long Jump (16' 2") and the Shot Put (26' 10") and also ran in the winning 4 x 100 Meter Relay team along with Ally Bartlett, Samantha Perkins and Lily Nolan. Bartlett, a Sophomore, also won the 400 Hurdles (74.3) and the Triple Jump (32' 1".) Nolan was a winner in the 200 (26.9.) Other notable performances included Julia Cosgrave in tge Mile (5:54) and Dorothy DiMascio-Donohue in the 100 Hurdles (16.9).  The team had some impressive performances at the D2 relays at Marshfield today.  The 4x100 Relay team of Ally Bartlett,Alex Santos,Samantha Perkins and Lily Nolan sets school record of 51.17.  In the 4x400 Meter Relay, Olivia Reed, Alex Santos, Lilly Perkins and Lily Nolan set school record of 1:49.72.

4)      The boys track team lost a hearbreaker against Silver Lake, 70-66. 
The meet came down to the last event with Whitman-Hanson holding a 1 point lead, Silver won the 4x400 relay to secure the victory. Winners for Whitman-Hanson Brett Holmes was a triple winner in the 100 11.4 , Long jump 21' and Triple jump 40'2", Riley Holland won the shot 42'4" and discus 116'6", Joe Coletti won the 400 54.5and the 400 hurdles 61.1, Andrew Newman was the winner in the 2 mile. At the D2 relays,
The Javelin team of Alex Oroak, Tucker Sylvester and Dan Kline finished 3rd for the best WH boys performance of the day.

5)      The girls tennis team has been battling injuries but are still close to .500 at 3 and 4.  The highlight of the week was a 3-2 win over Pembroke.. At 1st singles Kylie Corr won 7-5 ,2-6 ,6-1 and at 3rd singles Jessie Gaudreau won 7-5,6-0. The 1st doubles team of Alyssa Holland and Hannah Faghan won 6-4, 6-2. The second doubles team of Mary Pulling and Nandita Kumar lost a very close one 6-2 ,2-6, 5-7.

6)      The boys tennis team has shown tremendous improvement this season and currently sits at 2 and 4.  Their best match of the week was also against Pembroke posting a 4-1 win. Pembroke was forced to forfeit number two doubles starting in a 1-0 hole. The number one doubles team of Brian Fox and Matt Hickey clinched the second point for WH with a 6-0,6-3 win. Tyler Rice would clinch the match at number two singles for WH, 7-6(5),6-2. Christian Marquez earned the final win of the day for WH, 6-4,6-4 at three singles.   On Friday, the boys lost a close one with Plymouth South 3-2 but it was truly a remarkable effort.  Tyler Rice was trailing 5-0 in the first set but never gave up and came back to win the match.  Christian Marquez showed great character in an epic 3 set loss which ultimately went to a tiebreaker and a 13-11 final score.  It was definitely one of the most exciting moments of the spring season.  Even though it didn’t turn out how we would have liked, we couldn’t have been more proud of Christian’s effort.

7)      The girls lacrosse team is in a bit of a rebuilding mode but we have seen great progress of late. The team won a league game versus North Quincy this afternoon 13-6. The Panthers were a little slow in the heat, but still managed to have 7 different scorers. Mel McAleer ( 1 assist) and Zoe Lydon both had hat tricks to lead the way on offense. Also scoring for WH was Taylor McVeigh  (2 goals, 3 assists), Olivia Zimmerman ( 2 goals ),  Ali Joanis ( goal), Riley MacDonald ( goal ), and Jess Nihan ( goal). Kasey Molito was outstanding in goal with 14 saves. The win brings the Panthers to 3-7 on the season  (2-3 league).  The girls host Hull on Monday at 4:30pm.

8)      The Boys Lacrosse team lost to Plymouth South 8-6 on Friday. The Panthers could never on track and sustain any offense. The loss drops the Panthers to 4-5 on season. Scoring for WH was Sean Joanis 1 goal, Mason Gorman 1 goal, Ryan Kennedy 3 assist, Riley White 1 goal 1 assist, Kyle Nilehy 1 goal, Shane Ross 1 goal, Mike Connors 1 goal. Quinn Sweeney  recorded 21 saves.   The boys return to action Tuesday when they host Hanover at 4pm.



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