Sunday, September 15, 2019

Weekly Update

As most of you are aware, the Hanson Board of Selectmen voted last week to close all of our fields at dusk each night over the fear of the threat mosquitos pose as it relates to Triple E.  The actual time that defines dusk will become earlier each week which will affect schedules of all teams, even if they were not scheduled to play at night.  Because we have limited field space, we will have to improvise in some cases.  For example, we will play the freshmen field hockey game at 3pm on Thursday without game officials (the association cannot provide referees at that time).  Please follow us on twitter @whathletics to be sure you get the latest information as it relates to schedule changes.
Also, while we do not see mosquitos at our fields it still makes sense to take those common sense precautions we have been promoting even during those afternoon practices.  Parents are advised to pack some of the repellent wipes in your child's backpack and have them apply it daily.

Here are some highlights from the week in Panther Nation:

1) The boys and girls cross country teams started the season with victories at home over Plymouth South.  
On the girls side, Sophomore Myah Kamperides' first place finish downed visiting Plymouth South 23-34 Wednesday afternoon.  Kamperides covered the 5K course in 21:31.  Other Panthers scoring included Senior Captain Tori Boss (3rd, 22:47), Senior Niki Kamperides (5th, 22:57), Junior Bryn Miller (6th, 23:10) and Sophomore Anna Flynn (8th, 23:19.)  
In the boys race,  Theo Kamperides powered past Plymouth South's Strickland Davis to lead WH to the 25-34 win.  Kamperides covered the 5K course in 16:42with Davis taking second in 16:43.  Also scoring in the victory for Whitman-Hanson (1-0) were Senior Captain Brandon Hager (4th, 17:42), Sophomore Nathan Tassey (5th, 17:56), Junior Chris MacDonald (7th, 18:11) and Junior Liam Cafferty (8th, 18:39.) 

2) The girls soccer team has come just as advertised with their biggest win of the young season coming against Patriot league rival Hingham, 4-0.  Four different players scored for the Panthers. In the first half Ava Melia scored off a 25yd blast and the 1-0 score held through the half. WH doubled the lead when Nora Manning headed home an Anika Floeck cross. Kelsee Wozniak took a Olivia Borgen pass and beat a Hingham defender for the third goal and Alexis Billing struck a low shot to the corner for the 4-0 score. The Whitman Hanson defense of Ava Melia, Sam Perkins, Erin Wood, Courtney Woodward and Abby Carew were outstanding in helping goal keepers Kylee Colclough and Reese Codero earn the shutout. The Panthers will face league opponent Plymouth North on Monday at the new time of 5pm.

3) The boys team looks much improved from a year ago but the wins have been tough to come by so far despite playing well.  The team lost a heartbreaker at Hingham in the final minute on Wednesday but did come back in thrilling fashion to earn a 1-1 tie at Cohasset on Friday. In the 79th minute, Peyton Collins fed fellow junior Brendan Nehiley for the equalizer. The boys return to action tomorrow (Monday) at Plymouth North.

4) One of the most exciting teams of the fall so far has been our volleyball team which is off to a 3-1 start.  The highlight of the week, was a 3-0 home win over Scituate.  
Senior Marissa Connell led the team in kills with 5. Junior Delaney Rowell and sophomore Lily Welch were not far behind with 4 kills each. The panther's defense was unstoppable with a total of 19 solo blocks, Connell and sophomore Abby Martin contributing 5 each. Junior Sophia Berardinelli was another crucial player, tallying 8 assists. Berardinelli also tallied a kill for the team, something not usually seen from a setter.

5)The Field Hockey team made some history earning their first ever point against Duxbury playing to. 1-1 tie.  The Panthers scored first about half way through the first. Junior forward Robin Goyette gets her first goal of the year. The Dragons scored in the first half as well to tie the game up at one at half time and thanks to a solid effort from the defense that is how the game finished.  

6)The young Panther football team has struggled with turnovers through the first two games and as a result WH sits at 0-2 after failing at home to Hanover Friday night, 20-10.  Junior Jason Murphy hit Senior Jonathan Zeidan on a 13 yard td pass early in the game but that was the only touchdown of the night for the Panthers.  Sophomore Will Stanford led the offense with 103 yards.

7) The golf team has a lot of young talent and while the wins have been scarce in the early going there have been many strong performances.  The highlight of the young season was a 272-297 win over North Quincy.  Junior Aidan Miller was the top player in the match with a 4 over 40. 

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