We head into the final week of the regular season before February break and while some teams have finished their seasons already, others are gearing up for the post season. Here is the latest in WH Athletics.
1) The Whitman-Hanson Panther Wrestlers finished the dual meet season on a high note taking 2 out of 3 matches Saturday at Norwood HS. First round results were WH 54 BPCC 20, second round Norwood 45 WH 30 and the final round it was WH 66 and Everett/Malden 15. The Panthers finished the season 1-3 in the Patriot league Keenan Division and 11-8 overall marking the first winning season in 5 years
Coming up big all with 3 wins each were are seniors captain Steve Brooks at 160 pounds with 3 pins (26 total for the season), Tyler Cullinan at 170 pounds and Mike Gardner with 2 pins(20 for the season). Several others also finishes 3-0 for the day including captain Damari Goldsmith-Greene at 138 and Declan Hanaphy with 3 pins at 285 pounds. Panthers going 2-1 on the day included Joe Boss at 106, Aidan Guiliani at 113 pounds, Aiden O'brien at 145 pounds, Maddox Colclough at 195 pounds,and Rocco Ruffini at 220 pounds. Single winners for the Panthers were Myles McInnis at 126 pounds, Brayden Kain at 132 pounds and Pat Collett at 152 pounds.
Whitman-Hanson will be hosting the D2 South Sectionals next Saturday February 15th.
2) The Whitman-Hanson Panther Girls Track & Field team finished 6th among the 10 Patriot League teams at Friday's Patriot League Championship Meet. Standouts for Whitman-Hanson included Myah Kamperides who won the 2 Mile in a personal record of 11:49, Isabelle Amado who finished 3rd in the 1000 Meter run in 3:16, and Ryley Hurley who finished 5th in the 300 Meter run in a time 49.58. On the boys side, the team finished 6th with 40 points
2nd overall in 55m High Hurdles Graham Stewart 8.38
6th overall in 55m dash Jake Caterer 6.89
6th overall in 600m Matt Avery 1:31.06
5th overall in Mile Liam Cafferty 4:53.44
6th overall in Mile Brandon Hager 4:54..29
2nd overall in 2 mile Theo Kamperides 10:20
4th overall in 2 mile Nathan Tassey 10:46
5th overall in 2 mile Andrew Bergin 11:10
5th overall in Long Jump Jake Caterer 19' 5.25"
3) The girls hockey team is 7 and 8, just one game off the playoff pace. The girls hockey beat Quincy/North Quincy 9-7 this week at Quincy Youth Arena. Shea Kelleher led the attack with 5 goals and 1 assist, Ellie Grady added 2 goals and 1 assist, Emily McDonald had 1 goal and 3 assists, and Alyssa Murphy added 1 goal and 1 assist. Kat Gilbert got the win in net. The game on Friday with Pembroke was postponed due to a power outage at the rink. The girls have a makeup game with Plymouth tomorrow Monday February 10th at 3:30pm.
4) The boys hockey team is enjoying their best season in many years but unfortunately saw their hopes of a league title disappear when they lost to Duxbury 5 to 2 Wednesday despite goals from Adam Solari and Chris Stoddard. The team is now 12 and 5 as they head to Dedham later today at 5:15pm.
5) The WH Gymnastics team had their best meet of the season Saturday with a score of 126. The girls also received the Patriot League Sportsmanship award. Coach Alison Vance was awarded Patriot League Coach of the Year. Highlights include Sarah Bombardier's 8.8 vault and 8.5 bar routine. Sarah also placed 8th in the AA for the league. Madison Scaccia placed 3rd on vault with an 8.5 and Abby Walsh placed 2nd on vault with an 8.6. Riley Getchell was honored as the team's scholar-athlete and Savannah Poirier was given the team sportsmanship award.
6) The Whitman Hanson girls basketball team (12-5, 8-5) defeated Duxbury 63-53 on Friday night. The Panthers were led on Senior night by Seniors Olivia Martin (15 points on 5 three pointers) and Brittany Gacicia (19 points). Junior Rylie Harlow (15 points) and Sophomore Megan Stone (11 points) also were in double figures for the Panthers. The Panthers wrap up Patriot League play next Thursday night at Silver Lake.
7) The boys basketball team’s 13 game winning streak was temporarily interrupted Friday night by a power outage at Duxbury. That game will be made up Wednesday at home. If the Panthers win they would clinch at least a share of the Patriot League title. Before that game though the Panthers have to travel into the city on Monday to take on a tough O’Bryant team at 5:30pm. On Tuesday, Seniors Liam Keane and Tommy Vassil both had 12 points to lead the Panthers (15-2, 11-1) to a 62-35 win over Plymouth South.