Students face a variety levels of stress induced by everything from academic responsibilities to peer relationships. Athletics can provide a welcomed diversion from these pressures as studies show that exercise is one of the best cures. However conversely sometimes playing sports can actually add to the stress level when unhealthy expectations overwhelm the student. The athletic department in conjunction with the counseling office has formed a group to help off support to student athletes handle the psychology of sports.
The next meeting of this group is this Friday at 10:20am in the courtyard café. Breakfast will be served. Students who would like to attend are asked to please rsvp by clicking on this link - https://fs17.formsite.com/WHathletics/7qmuxhonbe/index.html
Here is a recap of this week in WH Athletics –
The girls hockey team won its first game of the season beating Quincy/North Quincy Tuesday 15-8 at Shea Ice Rink in Quincy. Alyssa Murphy lead the attack with 5 goals and 4 assists, Ellie Grady had 3 goals and 2 assists, Lily Ulvila had 3 goals and 1 assist, other scorers were Caity Hazley with 2 goals, Neve Corkery and Caleigh Tompkins with 1 each.
The swim team split a pair this week losing to Cohasset but beating Durfee. Madison Navicky had a great week with personal best times in the 200 free relay and 100 back stroke. Niki Kamperides had a great performance in the 50 free style and in the 100 back. Mariella Crowley did outstanding in her first ever 200 individual medley along with the 500 free style. Abby Bonney was solid in both the 200 and 400 free relay.
The girls basketball team also went 1-1 this week cruising past Hanover but falling on the road at Plymouth North. The Panthers (7-4, 4-4) came out strong scoring 27 in first quarter to help defeat Hanover 76-48 on Tuesday. Kathryn Dunn scored a career high 22 points. Reese Codero (5 3’s) had 19 points. Brittany Gacicia had a double double with 12 points and 14 boards. Rylie Harlow added 7. 10 players scored for the Panthers.
The boys basketball team continued with the theme of the week also going 1-1. They capped the week with an impressive road win at Plymouth North, 82-46. Junior Tom Vassil recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds and Liam Keane and Ben Rice both added 11 points. Junior Stevie Kelly missed a triple double by 2 rebounds (10 points, 15 assists and 8 rebounds) for the Panthers who improve to 9-3, 6-2. The boys play at the basketball hall of fame in Springfield on Monday.
Whitman-Hanson Wrestling traveled to King Phillip for a tri-meet with Sharon on Saturday. KP defeats WH 56-18 and Sharon defeats WH 54-6.
Bright spots for WH included 160 pound Junior Captain Tyler Cullinan with 2 victories, 4-3 vs KP and a SV 9-7 vs Sharon. 120 pound Bethany Ralph 1-1 with a a pin vs KP, Damari Goldsmith-Greene 1-1 at 138 pounds, Joel McInnis 1-1 at 145 pounds and Rocco Ruffini also 1-1 at 220 pounds.
The Panthers are currently 5-14 overall and 0-4 in the Patriot League. Next up is Quincy/North Quincy on Wednesday at 6:30 at WH.
It was a light week for boys hockey with just one game, a 5-2 loss at Hanover. Adam Solari had both goals and Owen Manning assisted on each tally. The Panthers fall to 5-6-1 and return to action Monday hosting Rockland at 1:30pm.
Whitman Hanson’s Boys Track Team had nine relay teams competing at the MSTCA relays on Saturday. Boys who ran really well included Theo Kamperides, Pat Bui, Kyle O Brien, Sean Kakauskas and Chris Blackman.
In Girls Track the Distance Medley team of Tori Boss, Dorothy DiMascio-Donohue, Isabelle Amado and Anna Sullivan (who ran a personal best of 5:43 in the mile) finished 7th overall at the D3 Relays. Senior Capt Ally Bartlett was outstanding in t4x200, Sprint Medley and 50 M hurdle.
WHAM Gymnastics had their meet on Sunday with Hingham and Pembroke postponed. The girls host Marshfield on Tuesday at 7:30pm at MGC Pembroke.
The football and girls soccer teams held their banquets this week as they both celebrated excellent seasons. Quinn Sweeney was named MVP for football and Samantha Smith took home the honors for girls soccer. Tommy George and CJ Guiliani were named captains for football while Riley Bina, Courtney Woodward and Zoe Cox will lead the girls soccer team.
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