Sunday, April 28, 2019

Weekly update

We are excited to be bringing a very special opportunity to the Whitman-Hanson community.  WH Athletics has partnered with Independence Associates to bring the Rolling Celtics to our school this Friday May 3rd at 6:30pm.  This organization plays wheelchair basketball and these athletes are very impressive. 


However, the real benefit of this program is to give our students an opportunity to gain a sense of empathy for those living with disabilities.  Our students will be impressed with the courage and determination of these athletes.  The program includes a demonstration of how wheelchair basketball is played and everyone in attendance will be offered the chance to participate.  The coach of the team will teach our students and other adults how the game is played.


Admission is free but donations will be accepted.


Learn more about Independence Associates here.


Earlier this year, we were disappointed when volleyball coach Ashley Balbian resigned due to the demands of her classroom teaching.  It is impressive to see a professional like Ashley put the best interests of her students ahead of her own passion for volleyball.  She is an incredible teacher and we are so lucky to have her here at Whitman-Hanson. 


The good news for our volleyball players is we have an excellent replacement.  The Whitman-Hanson athletic department announced Friday the hiring of Samantha Richner as the schools new varsity girls volleyball coach.  Richner, who is a 2013 Whitman-Hanson graduate, is currently a 3 sport coach at the school (cross country, winter track and spring track) and also is on the Whitman Middle School staff.  During her time at as a student at Whitman-Hanson she excelled at both volleyball and track.


“I have great memories of watching Sam compete here at Whitman-Hanson and couldn’t be happier to bring her on staff.  She is a great role model for our girls and I am confident they will enjoy playing for her,” Whitman-Hanson Athletic Director Bob Rodgers said. “When I first heard several years ago Sam was pursuing a career in education my first thought was I hope someday we can get her to coach with us.”


After graduating from Whitman-Hanson Richner went on to Bridgewater State University where she studied education while playing both volleyball and track.  She was captain of track and was a 3 time NCAA qualifier and earned All-American honors.  She was also named the 2016/2017 female athlete of the year at Bridgewater State.


“I went here and understand how special the opportunity it is to play for Whitman-Hanson,” Richner told the team in an introductory meeting on Thursday.  “I love the game of volleyball and I hope to help each of you have the same kind of experience I did.”


Whitman-Hanson volleyball competes during the fall season in the Keenan Division of the Patriot League.


In action this week, the baseball team remained perfect behind the strong right arms of seniors Rian Schwede and Ethan Phelps.  Schwede won his third game in as many decisions beating Plymouth North, 6-1 on Tuesday (PN’s run was un earned).  On Thursday, Phelps went 6 plus as the Panthers beat Hanover, 7-2 to improve to 6 and 0.  The big hitter for the W-H was Mike Cook, who broke open a 1-0 game in the top of the fourth with a bases-loaded double to make the score 4-0. In the seventh Schwede led off with a double of his own and catcher Derek Frank walked before Cook roped his second double of the day to knock in to more W-H runs. Chris Zalewski knocked in Cook to close out the Panther scoring.


The softball team picked up its first win of the season outlasting Plymouth North, 7-6. After trailing 4-1 in the fourth they came back to win 7-6. Erin Burke pitched a complete game giving up 7 hits with two strikeouts. Whitman-Hanson Panthers collected 12 hits with Sophia Molinari, Reese Codero, Annie Cook, Victoria Ryan, and Kaylee Corbett all managing multiple hits. 

In Girls track, The hurdles relay team of Ally Bartlett, Dorothy DiMascio-Donahue, April Keyes and Samantha Perkins took 5th place at Saturday’s D2 Relays. Outstanding performances from Olivia Borgen, Nora Manning, Rylee Hurley and Isabelle Amado also contributed to a great day

In the boys track Relays,  Zachary Standish did very well in Javelin. Cullen Poth did well in Discus . Nic Fernandes did well in Long Jump. Our Triple Jump team finished in 8th but Matt Bunszell Scott Mateus and Dan Kline all jumped their season best.  

The girls tennis team defeated Hanover Thursday 5-0. At 1st singles Lexi Connolly didn't drop a game and won 6-0,6-0, at 2nd singles Abby Pulling won 6-1,6-3 and at 3rd singles sophomore Julia Benvie won 6-4,6-2. The first doubles team of Chloe Wilson and Divya Kumar won 6-1,6-1 and at 2nd doubles Nandita Kumar and Kyla Faghan won 6-3,7-6(7-5). The Lady Panthers are 4-3.


The boys tennis team is in a bit of a rebuilding mode this year. They lost both of their matches this week.


The girls lacrosse team split a pair this week.  The highlight was the 16-5 win over North Quincy.  N. Quincy scored first and then WH went on 9 goal run.  At half time it was 10-4. In the second half the Panther's only let in one goal and kept scoring.  The defense held strong stopping some strong drives toward goal - anchored by Gabrielle Trongone, Chloe O'Neil, Marissa Connell and Joli FlamosBrooke Beauregard and Ava Barry played well splitting time in goal.  On the offense there was a strong showing with a record high 9 goal scorers -  Zoe Lydon 3G 3A, Sami Whitman 4G 1A, Taylor Ross 3G, Brooke Connors 2G 1A, Riley Bina 1G 2A, Katie Mulligan 1G, Savannah Poirier 1G, Emily Berthiaume 1G, and Gabrielle Trongone 2A. WH is now 4 and 4 on the season and 2 and 4 in the Patriot League.  


Boys Lacrosse won both of their games this week to even their record at 5-5.  The Panthers took it to the Hull Pirates with an 18-8 win Wednesday. The athletically gifted Ryan Downing (5g, 2a) led the charge with an explosive 5 goals and 2 assists. Sean Joanis (2g, 4a) also had a big game for the Panther offense as he put up 6 points on the day. Mason Gorman (3g, 2a) and Shane Ross (3g, 1a) were solid contributors at both ends of the field. The middie duo combined for 9 total points and 6 goals between them. Will Polito (2g, 2a) and Griffin Nickerson did a great job at the face-off ‘X’ for WH which helped the Panthers control the possession game for the day. Senior attackman, Riley White (2g, 1a) and sophomore Kyle Hamilton (1g) were solid on the front end all game with patience and precision for the offense. Senior goaltender Mario Troiani anchored the back end with senior captain Ryan Trongone as the WH defense held a potent Hull offense to only 8 goals. WH boys lacrosse will  travel to Plymouth North for a Patriot League duel tomorrow (Monday 4/29).


One final note, all user fees are expected to be current as of Wednesday.  Parents and students can see their balance by logging into Infinite Campus and clicking on fees.  Any student with an outstanding balance will be not be allowed to participate until the payment is made or an acceptable payment plan is arranged with Coach Rodgers or Mrs. Horton in the main office.












Bob Rodgers

Athletic Director

Whitman-Hanson Regional High School

600 Franklin Street

Whitman, MA 02382

 (781) 618-7433 (office)

(617) 838-0994 (cell) 

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