Wednesday, April 1, 2020

3/1 Update

For the first time in school history our boys hockey and boys basketball teams have advanced to the sectional semifinal in the same season.  The hockey team outlasted Scituate on Saturday, 2-0 (empty netter) before a packed house at Gallo Arena in Bourne.  The Panthers earned the victory behind a great defensive effort from Kevin Willis, Jack Allen, Mike Savicke and Sean Doucette. Bob Siders got the shutout in net making timely saves all game. Adam Solari got both goals for the Panthers. Chris Stoddard did a great job on face-offs the entire game.  Whitman Hanson will be back at Gallo on Tuesday at 7:30pm in the sectional semifinal to take on top seeded Canton.
The boys basketball team is in familiar territory advancing to the sectional semifinal for the fourth time in five years after beating North Quincy Sunday before a capacity crowd, 75-47.
Four players scored in double figures (Stevie Kelly 17, Nate Amado 15, Ben Rice 12, Cole Levangie 10) as the Panthers have now won 20 straight and improve to 22-2 to advance to Wednesday nights (5:30pm) sectional semifinal at Taunton High School against Westwood.

Whitman-Hanson Senior Wrestling Captain Bethany Ralph placed 2nd at the Mass State Girls Wrestling Championships today at Methuen HS. Bethany finished her High School career as runner up in the State Tournament. Bethany pinned her first 2 opponents on the way to the finals but lost in the 120 pound Finals.

This is the second straight year that Bethany has placed runner-up at the State Tournament.

Senior captain Steve Brooks ended his career at all states by dropping his matches.  
But he ends with 32 pins this season (ties school record) and 38 wins -  absolutely incredible.  Most importantly he was a fantastic leader and a selfless servant to his team and our school.

The first round of the MIAA state tournament kicked off Wednesday night for the #9 Whitman Hanson girls basketball team and the girls came away with their first tournament victory since 2012.  The Panthers defeated #8 Barnstable by the score of 45-33. Whitman Hanson was solid all night on defense, led by Junior Rylie Harlow. Senior Brittany Gacica paced the Panthers with 12 points and Junior point guard Reese Codero followed up with 11 points. The first half was closely fought throughout and the Panthers found themselves trailing 16-15 at the half. In the third quarter, the Panthers found some breathing room when they outscored the Red Raiders 16-5. Unfortunately the ride ended Saturday losing to a powerful Bridgewater Raynham squad.  But it was an outstanding season and we will miss seniors Olivia Martin and Brittany Gacicia who have been instrumental in building a strong foundation for the future of our program.

The Whitman Hanson /Silver Lake girls hockey team lost a very competitive game in the State Tourney Thursday to a very good Waltham team 5-3. Senior Alyssa Murphy had 2 goals and an assist to end her high school career, while Emily McDonald scored the other goal for WHSL. Shea Kelleher finished off a great freshman year with 2 assists. Kat Gilbert played great in net to keep the team in the game with 5 breakaway saves among her 28 saves. Alyssa finishes the year with 31 goals and 8 assists for the season and 124 career points.

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