It looks like we are finally headed into a good weather pattern which we hope is a good sign for our teams as many gear up for post season play. Before we run through our recap, we wanted to remind parents and students that we will be holding our annual athletic college night this Thursday at 6:30pm in the small lecture hall. This is a great program for juniors and seniors who are interested in playing sports in college. We will cover a wide array of topics including: How to get recruited, how to find the right college, how to talk to college coaches, what are some of the turnoffs for college coaches in the recruiting process, benefits of so called showcases for exposure and much more. This is a free program and open to parents and students.
1) In tennis our girls team still has a solid shot at the post season but they still have their work cutout for them. This is a big week with 4 matches, including pro set match against Quincy on Friday which essentially counts as two contests. The first challenge will be Monday at Silver Lake . This weekend captain Kylie Corr competed in the individual tournament and showed outstanding grit by outlasting her opponent, 7-5, 7-5. She was eliminated in the second round but we are all so proud of her for her performance.
2) In boys tennis, the team is under 500 but they have shown a lot of improvement this season. Captain Dan Hickey represented WH in the individual tournament where he gave his opponent all he could handle before dropping the match.
3) The girls lacrosse team is on a nice roll and they control their own destiny in their quest to make the state tournament. With 4 games left they have to win two. On Friday, Taylor had 4 goals to go with 7 draw controls to set the pace. Zoe Lydon earned her hat trick all in the second half. Ali Joanis put 2 in the back of the net and Riley Bina also had a goal. The win brings WH to 8-8 on the season (4-4 league). A great highlight from this week was a 9 goal outburst by Ali Joanis against Plymouth North.
4) It’s been a difficult season for boys lacrosse as the team has suffered a lot of close losses and currently sit at 4 and 10. Kyle Nehiley had two goals in Fridays loss at Silver Lake. On Thursday the team lost to Plymouth North 8-7. Scoring for WH were, Mason Gorman, Ryan Kennedy, Riley White, Scott Byron, Kyle Nehiley, Ryan Downing, Mike Connors. Quinn Sweeney had 20 save.
5) The baseball team dropped a couple of close games this week but they are still in the drivers seat for the league title. The Panthers currently have a one game lead on Silver Lake who they are scheduled to host tomorrow (Monday) weather permitting. If the game must be rescheduled it will be posted on twitter and the MIAA site. The Panthers posted a very important 3-2 win at Hanover Saturday. Senior Co-Captain Luke Tamulevich pitched a 3-hit gem in his first varsity start of the year to propel the Panthers into the state tournament for the second year in a row. In their fourth game of the week, W-H scored 2 runs in the first inning after Tamulevich walked and went to third on a Jim Dolan Single. Tamulevich scored on a Mike Cook groundout and after Bob Caliri walked he and Dolan pulled off a double steal with Dolan scoring. In the seventh Ethan Phelps went to second on a throwing error, was sacrificed to third by Dolan, and scored an insurance run on a deep sacrifice fly by Cook . Caleb Burke, Ty Long and Ethan Phelps were outstanding on defense. After beating Hanover, Whitman-Hanson is now 10-3 overall and 9-2 in the Patriot League.
6) The softball team is one win away from clinching a tournament spot. Jr Hailey Norris (2-4) hit a thrilling 3 run walk off HR to give WH a 7-4 win over North Quincy on Thursday. Watch a video of the walkoff on our twitter account @whathletics. So Kayla Crawford tied the game at 4 with a 1-out single. Kristin Arthur went 3-3 at the plate and scored. Kelly Burke (1-4) had an RBI double in the 7th. Sarah Saccardo, Emily Cook, and Colleen Hughes had multi-hit days for the Panthers.
7) In a close meet Duxbury slipped past the boys track team this week. Whitman-Hanson top performers Brett Holmes won the Long Jump, Triple Jump and finished second in the 100 and was on the winning 4x100 team, Alex Oroak won the Javelin and Jack Ryan won the 400 and the 4x100 team of Billy Martell, Holmes, Brian Edwards and Shane Walsh rounded out the winners for the Panthers.
8) In girls track, the Panthers dropped to 2-3 with a tough loss in the rain Tuesday afternoon at Duxbury. Event winners for W-H were Senior Captain Lily Nolan in the 200 (27.5), Senior Captain Alexandra Santos in the 100 (12.9), Sophomore Dorothy DiMascio-Donohue in the Triple Jump (32' 8.5"), and Lillian Perkins-Reisdorf in the Long Jump (15' 6".)
This is what is left for boys and girls track –
Saturday 5/20 South Shore Principals Twilight Meet @ Norwell
Monday 5/22 League Meet @ Silver Lake
Saturday 5/27 D 2 Meet @ Greater New Bedford Voke - as of today we have 4 boys and 6 girls who have qualified.
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