Sunday, May 19, 2019

WH Athletics Update

It has been an unprecedented spring in terms of the amount of rain we have endured which wreaks havoc with all of our schedules.  It is a tribute to Ernie Sandland, Matt Carew and the entire facilities crew that we have been able to navigate with limited interruption.  The field at the high school which has the most difficulty in handling the water is our varsity baseball field.  We owe the Whitman DPW and the Whitman Recreation department our thanks and appreciation for welcoming our team to use Memorial Field the last several days.  This field has been renovated in such a fashion that is rivals the varsity fields used by other schools.  Once again this spirit of cooperation demonstrates how lucky we are to be a part of this community.

Here is the latest in WH Athletics

The boys lacrosse team celebrated senior night in fine fashion on Friday by beating Cardinal Spellman, 16-3 under the lights.  Senior co-captain Mario Troiani made 12 saves between the pipes and co-captain Ryan Trongone anchored the D causing 5 turnovers and picking up 4 ground balls. Junior long-stick middie Adam Solari was a wizard on the carpet as he picked up 8 ground balls on the day. Senior co-captain Shane Ross (6g) led the offensive charge with 6 goals while Ryan Downing (4g) was impressive with 4 goals for himself. Senior Captain Mason Gorman (2g, 3a) was stellar as always on both ends of the field chipping in for 5 points. The senior dynamic duo of Sean Joanis (2g) and Riley White (2g) had several exciting plays that energized the crowd. Both Joanis and White had two goals each. Senior Griffin Nickerson won 70% of the face-offs helping the Panthers control the ball all game while fellow senior Brady Lasky was a force on the wing during face-offs and in transition. Whitman-Hanson is now back to .500, but they must win their last game against Marshfield next Tuesday in order to remain tournament eligible. Face-off is at 5:30 next Tuesday at Marshfield High School.

The girls lacrosse team will celebrate their senior night on Tuesday June 28th before their game with East Bridgewater.  It has been an impressive season for the girls despite losing many players to graduation last year and dealing with a slew of injuries. Even though the team lost to Plymouth South 9-8 on Thursday it was one of the most uplifting games of the spring to watch as Maddy Tassey stepped up to play goalie for the first time ever.  Not only did she play great stopping 8 of 17 shots but the rest of the team rallied behind her and her incredible effort.  If you were in attendance and watched the team spirit and support for each other you couldn’t help but be impressed.  The team bounced back the very next night by beating Cardinal Spellman in a  thriller, 9-8.  This time it was Brooke Beuregard getting her shot in net and she too was brilliant stopping 7 of 15 shots.  Zoe Lydon had 5 goals while Emily Sterns, Samim Whitman, Katie Mulligan and Emily Berthiume all scored one.

The baseball team has hit a tough stretch after dropping three straight this week.  Despite dropping into third place in the league, the Panthers are only 2 games behind first place and still have a shot to win their third straight league title.  On Saturday, Rian Schwede pitched well in the 6-1 loss to Silver Lake while helping his own cause by belting a long RBI double in the first inning. Junior Devin Coulstring was the tough luck loser on Friday as former WH star Brandon Josselyn led his Duxbury Dragons to a 5-2 win over the Panthers.  Despite some early struggles in the game, Coulstring battled back and turned in his first varsity complete game retiring 10 in a row at one point.  The Panthers will have to right the ship this week as they travel to Hingham on Monday to try and avenge one of their 4 losses on the season.

The softball team recorded a great win on Friday beating Duxbury 8-3.  The team pounded out 11 hits including a three run homer by Abby Cleary who also notched the win on the mound.  Victoria Ryan, Annie Cook and Emily McDonald all has multi hit games.  The team will play host to Hingham tomorrow (Monday 5/20) as they will celebrate their senior night.

The girls track team earned the sportsmanship award for the Patriot League this week.  This is a testament to the great program our coach Steve George leads.  The girls participated in the league meet this week where Olivia Borgen took the top spot in the 200 meter while crossing second in the 100 meter.  Ryley Hurley was second in the 400 meter hurdles.  In the 2 mile, Myah Kamperides and Anna Sullivan took first and second respectively.  Samantha Perkins won the Javellin.  The girls finished third as a team with 77 points.

On the boys side, Patrick Bui and Dyllan Burns took 5th and 6th respectively in the 400 meter while Brandon Hager was third in the mile.  Theo Kamperides was first in the two mile while teammate Nathan Tassey was 5th.  Shane Schraut was the 5th place finisher in the 400 meter hurdles.  The boys finished 7th as a team with 55 points.

Whitman-Hanson boys tennis team celebrated their seniors in a match against North Plymouth. All five seniors, Matthew Hickey, Griffin Pulkinen, Jared Badger, Nolen Smith, and Edward Acorn saw varsity playing time. Cameron Lindsay and Brian Fox also played in their respective match slots.

The girls tennis team  notched  a crucial win on Wednesday beating Plymouth North in a thriller, 3-2.  In 1st singles junior Lexi Connolly won 6-1,6-2 and in 3rd singles sophomore Julia Benvie won 6-1,6-0.  The 2nd doubles team of junior Chloe Wilson and sophomore Divya Kumar defeated their opponents 6-0,6-2.  The girls are 7-7 and must go 3-3 over their final 6 matches to qualify for the state tournament.

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