This weekend Whitman-Hanson hosted two incredible high school athletic events and demonstrated once again what a special community we have. On Saturday, the boys wrestling team welcomed the Division 2 South Sectional tournament to our school and on Sunday the cheerleading program put on the Panther Invitational.
We will detail the results of these events a little later, but what is really impressive is how the student-athletes, parents, coaches and our facilities department worked together to put on such tremendous tournaments. We can’t emphasize enough how lucky we are to have such dedicated people in our programs. In particular, we want to recognize wrestling coach Gary Rabinovitz and cheerleading coach Alyssa Hayes for their outstanding leadership and organization.
Now to the results…..Leading the way for WH wrestling was 138 pound Damari Goldsmith Greene going 2-1 on the day and finishing in 2nd place bringing his season total to 26-15. Also having a very good tournament was Steven Brooks with a fourth place finish and going 2-2 on the day at 152 pounds bringing his season total to 18-10. Both Damari and Steve will represent the Panthers at the Division 2 State tournament in Beverly, MA on February 15-16.
Other place winners for the Panthers all taking 6th included 160 pounds Tyler Cullinan, 182 pound John Youngman, 195 pound Christian Schneider and at 220 pounds Mike Gardner.
Great job overall as the team placed 10 of 12 teams with a total of 60 points.
Our cheerleaders added more hardware to their trophy case winning the large school division of the Panther Invitational. You can see the routine on twitter @whathletics . The girls now set their sites on another Patriot League crown when they travel to Duxbury Wednesday night.
The boys hockey team is still just 3 points away from qualifying for the post season. The Panthers have to be a scary draw for the rest of the division 2 field as WH has been outstanding against some terrific teams. For the second time this season, Whitman Hanson took Duxbury down to the wire on Saturday before dropping a 2-1 decision when the Green Dragons netted the game winner with less than a minute to play. Ed Scriven had the lone tally for WH while Bobby Siders kept the team in the game with an outstanding performance between the pipes. The team will host Quincy on Wednesday before they take on Abington on Senior night next Saturday. We will let all students in for free for the senior night game as long as you have a superfan card.
The Whitman Hanson /Silver Lake girls hockey team beat Shawsheen Wednesday 9-1 at the Janas Memorial Rink in Lowell. WHSL was led by Alyssa Murphy with 3 goals and 2 assists, Lily Ulvila with 2 goals, also scoring were Zoe Lydon, Ellie Grady, Neve Corkery and Caleigh Tompkins, Anastasia Ergas chipped In With 2 assists for her first varsity points. Our next game is Saturday 2/9 vs. Norwell at Rockland Rink at 3:30 pm. The team is off until Saturday when they travel to Stoughton.The Whitman-Hanson girls competed in the Patriot League Track Championships Friday and Medal winners included Ally Bartlett in the 55 Hurdles, Anna Sullivan and Maya Kamperides in the Two Mile, Isabell Amado in the 1000 and the 4 x 400 team of Tori Boss, Skyler Jordan, Isabelle Amado and Anna Sullivan.
The Whitman-Hanson boys competed in the Patriot League Track Championships Friday, the boys had many outstanding performances led by meet Champion Theo Kamperides in the 2 mile.
Other top Performers, Brandon Hager took 2nd in the Mile, Kyle O’Brien was 6th in the 600 Meters, Chris Hanley finished 3rd in the 1000 Meter, Liam Cafferty was 4th in the 1000 Meters, Billy Martell took 6th in the Shot Put, Nate Tassey finished 4th in the 2mile and the 4x400 team of Brandon Hager, Kyle O’Brien, Scott Mateus, Shane Schraut had a great night finishing 2nd.
The girls basketball team split a pair of games this week. WH (9-7, 6-6) lost a 1 point heartbreaker Friday at Duxbury but defeated Plymouth South, 67-31 on Tuesday. Jr Liv Martin (4’s 3’s) paced the offense with 17 first half points. Anna O’Neill (3 3’s) scored 9. Abby Whitman added 9. Kathryn Dunn had 7 points 9 boards 5 assists and 3 steals. 11 different players scored for the Panthers. The girls need one more win to qualify for the post season.
The boys basketball team already punched their post season ticket but the Panthers are working hard to earn as high of a seed as possible for the MIAA South Sectionals. Just like the girls, the boys split 2 games this week losing at home Friday to Duxbury, 68-65 and rolling past Plymouth South on the road Tuesday, 77-47. Juniors Colby Ahern (13 points) and Stevie Kelly (10 points) led a balanced attack with 11 different players scoring. Liam Keane has been playing outstanding defense while also providing a spark from behind the arc (3 3’s at PS).The Panthers, who are now 13-5, travel to Silver Lake Tuesday before ending the Patriot League regular season on Thursday with a boy/girl doubleheader at home with Plymouth North.