The anticipation for our brand new scoreboard continues to grow and the excitement was heightened this week as the board was installed. It will not be operational until this week but everyone got the sneak preview. At the football game on Friday nightthe Frisoli family was out special guest and they presented school committee chairman Bob Hayes with a check for $25,000 from the JJ Frisoli foundation toward the project. We will hold a scoreboard dedication ceremony before the homecoming football game on Friday night. We have so many people to thank as this was certainly a community effort.
Also this week, we held our first Hall of Fame meeting and it was quite productive. We will be prepared to send out a call for nominations as early as this Wednesday. Tentatively the committee is planning the first induction ceremony for March.
Whitman Hanson is proud to announce that we have partnered with the NFHS Network and plan to broadcast our Panthers athletic events LIVE. That means that if you or family members can't make it to the game, the live action can be watched from anywhere on your phone, tablet, computer or smart TV. As part of the partnership with the NFHS Network, they will return a part of each subscription sold back to us! To watch just follow these simple steps! 1. Go to NFHSnetwork.com2. Enter Whitman Hanson in search box 3. Click "Follow" so you can stay up to date on all upcoming Panthers broadcasted events 4. Click "Subscribe" for all subscription options for our school. We also have a direct link on our website at www.whathletics.com .Thank you for you continued support of Whitman Hanson.
Here is our weekly rundown...
1) Whitman Hanson golf may be off to their best start ever. Mother Nature has wreaked havoc on the schedule but the team finally returned to play thursday at Furnace Brook Golf Course to face Quincy. They defeated the Presidents 275-291 to improve to 5-1 overall and 4-1 in the league.
The team battled through the windy conditions and soft fairways and greens to keep their winning momentum going. Senior captain Owen Manning was match medalist with a 7 over 42, which was good enough to earn his 3rd "Dude" ball honor this season!
The Panthers heads into the weekend looking to get some quality and meaningful practices in with a handful of away matches ahead of them at some very challenging courses, including Widow's Walk and Plymouth Country Club.
2) The hard work the girls cross country has been putting in paid off is week with their first win of the season beating Plymouth North, 26-31 Wednesday afternoon. The Panthers top finisher was Junior Tori Boss who covered the 5K course in 22:21. Others scoring for Whitman-Hanson included Junior Niki Kamperides (4th, 22:48), Senior Captain Maeve McDonough (5th, 22:52), Senior Captain Maeve Rooney (6th, 23:17) and Junior Tori Carleton (9th, 22:47.)
3) Whitman Hanson Boys Cross Country (1-3) lost a close one to visiting Plymouth North Wednesday afternoon 25-30. Scoring for the Panthers on the 5K course were Sophomore Theo Kamperides (3rd, 18:30), Junior Brandon Hager (4th, 18:40), Junior Adam Solari (6th, 19:05), Junior Nick Hanley (7th, 19:07) and Freshman Evan Jewett (10th, 19:32.) The coaches are thrilled with the teams progress and so excited about the future. Both boys and girls cross country plays host to Hingham on Tuesday.
4) The field hockey team suffered 2 heartbreaking nail biting 1-0 losses this week (at Duxbury and at Scituate), but we are all so impressed with their play. In the Duxbury game, The Panthers and Dragons played an entire half with no goals between both clubs. Both teams had their opportunities, but neither could capitalize due to some very stingy defensive play. The Dragons were able to sustain more offensive pressure in the second half than the Panthers, but were still unable to score. The Panthers defense, made up of Olivia Sheehan, Kathryn Dunn, Noelle Cornetta, Skylar Leonard and goalie, Maddie Savicke, had the work cut out for them dealing with Duxbury's offense. The Dragon's broke the tie with a late goal after of a fury of saves by Maddie Savicke within the last 7 minutes of the game. The Panthers had some rushes of their own in the second, but couldn't cash in. The girls look to bounce back Monday at West Bridgewater.
5) The girls soccer team remains unbeaten after rallying from a 2-0 deficit at Plymouth South to earn a 2-2 tie. Anika Floeck hit a blast from 35yds out to make it 2-1 at the half. Olivia Borgen took a ball from out in front of the net and slotted it into the corner to tie the game. Despite numerous chances to go in front the Panthers were unable to score. Whitman Hanson is now 5-0-1. All eyes turn now to one of the marque matches on the season as the Panthers travel to Hingham Monday to play the defending champions.
6) It was a busy week for the boys with the highlight being a 4-1 win over Plymouth South. Junior captain Jason Brodeur got on the board in the second minute assisted from Brendan Nehiley. Plymouth South answered in the 24th minute 1-1. Jason Brodeur was at it again in the 19th minute assisted by Brad Pelissier. Ending half 3-1 W-H. In the second senior Nolan Clack scored for W-H.> W-H overall record 3-3-1.
> Patriot League 1-3-1.
7) Whitman-Hanson volleyball hosted Hingham Friday for a league match and the Panthers lost 1-3. The set scores were 25-20 (WH), 11-25 (H), 23-25 (H) and 18-25 (H). The Panthers began the match strong with a win in the first set but couldn't compete with strong Harbormen attacks. Coach Jeffers described their play, "Their transitions were flawless." WH fought hard with fantastic rallies in pace with Hingham. Leaders on the court include senior setter Kylie Gervasio with a solid 3 sets of play and 15 assists. Junior captain right side Olivia Martin played phenomenal defense and made 2 electric kills. Senior middle Erin Leahy held strong with 12 kills and Senior captain libero Nicole Scott held the team together on defensive leadership with 25 digs. The Panthers are 2-6 overall, 2-5 in league play and host Pembroke Tuesday 10/2.
WH Volleyball is hosting our 3rd annual PINK Game to benefit the Ellie Fund on Tuesday 10/2. Freshmen & JV play at 4pm and Varsity starts at 5:15. WH will be hosting Pembroke who will also be participating. At the door we will be collecting "Coins for Hope" that will go directly towards the Ellie Fund. Prior to the game we will be set up at tables Mon 10/1 and Tues 10/2 before school. Please join us and wear PINK! The Ellie Fund is a local organization that assists women and their families effected by breast cancer. WH Football and Cheerleading will also be joining us throughout the month of October to benefit the Ellie Fund.
8) The football team had a tough time Friday getting on track offensively dropping a 27-9 decision to Duxbury. The score doesn't accurately depict how well the Panthers played on defense as Duxbury's offense was buoyed by several W-H turnovers. The defense, which forced a safety, was led by Quinn Sweeney, Mike Connors, Nate Beath, Ryan Trongone and Sean Joanis. Senior captain Mike Connors had 11 carries for 52 yards and a touchdown. Nate Beath had 12 carries for 44 yards and John Zeidan was 10-20 passing for 91 yards. The team now prepares to take on Quincy for homecoming Friday night.
9) Our cheerleaders are excited to see the calendar flip to October as that means the competition season is here. In the meantime, the girls had a terrific halftime performance at the football game.