The winter sports season kicked off over the weekend with a lot of exciting action. A reminder that schedules are available at www.whathletics.com and on the MIAA App.
1) Ed Collins exploded for three first period goals to power the boys hockey team to a 5-3 win over Pembroke on Saturday night. John Hagan and John Ward also scored while Jack Allen and Chris Stoddard had 2 assists each. Bob Siders had 18 saves in net for WH. The team is off most of the week before returning to the ice on Saturday at Duxbury.
2) Whitman-Hanson Wrestlers traveled to Oliver Ames Saturday for the season opener tournament. Overall the Panthers wrestled very well. Taking home the Championship at 160 pounds was Senior Captain Steve Brooks with 4 Falls all in the first period for a cumulative total time of just 4:16. Placing 4th at 138 pounds was Junior Captain Damari Goldsmith Green. WH finished the day in 12 place out of 16 teams with 61 team points. Next up is Patriot League foe Silver Lake at WH on Wednesday December 18th at 6:30pm.
3) The girls hockey team had a tough task against a strong Canton team on Saturday and dropped a 5-0 decision. They are back in action Tuesday night in Billerica.
4) The Swim Teams opened the season with a sweep of Durfee, 93-81 on the girls side and 92-63 for the boys. Brian Pham had a big day coming in first in both 200 yard Free-Style with a time on 1:57:21 and 100 yard Free-Style with a time of 51:85 and assisted in both first place finishes in the 200 and 400 yard Free-Style Relay. In girls swimming Maddison Navicky came in first in both the 50 yard Free-Style with a time of 27:70 and 100 yard Back-stroke with a time of 1:22:44 and also assisted in first place in the 400 Free-Style relay. Mariella Crowley first time ever with swimming the 200yard Medley with a time of 3:35 alone with swimming the 500 Free and assisting in the 400 Free-Style relay. Katelyn Sweeney First time in the 100 Yard Butterfly did an amazing job with the time of 1:54:41 and also assisted in the 200 medley relay, 200 Free relay, and 400 Free relay. Erin Tilley received her personal best time in the 100 yard Free-Style with the time of 1:24:05 along with assisting in the 200 Medley relay and the 400 Free-Style relay.
5) The girls basketball team was outlasted by Hingham on Friday night by a score of 51-37. Hingham came out of the gate red hot and went on a 9-0 run and forced Whitman Hanson to call a timeout. Whitman-Hanson fought its way back and cut the deficit to 3 (26-23) at halftime. Whitman-Hanson was paced by Erin Kelly and Reese Codero with 6 points each. Whitman-Hanson (0-1, 0-1) is back in action Tuesday night when they open up at home against Quincy.
6) The boys basketball team led most of the night against visiting Hingham but the Panthers let a double digit lead disappear as they dropped the opener 64-62. Junior Nate Amado powered the team with 17 points and 10 rebounds while fellow junior Cole Levangie added 13. The team travels to Quincy on Tuesday in Patriot League action.