The winter season is coming to a close next week and we will then turn our attention to the “Fall 2” season which will include football for all 3 levels, indoor track (which will actually be held outdoors) and cheerleading. We are working on all of the details but please log on to www.whathletics.com and click on tryout checklist and be sure you have taken care of all items. We will be sending out a list, sorted by student ID number, on Tuesday so you can see if you are signed up and if you have everything in. In addition, we will have a mandatory zoom meeting on Thursday 2/11 at 7pm for anyone playing in “fall 2”. The invite will be sent to all families and coaches this week but please put it on your calendar now.
A quick notice to all athletes that effective immediately, we no longer allow gaiter masks to be worn.
Despite the Covid modifications and restrictions, there have been many incredible moments this winter. One of the best happened Saturday night when our boys hockey team continued to display their relentless effort which resulted in a hard fought, come from behind, 3-2 win over Plymouth North. It was the Panthers first win since opening night and even though our schedule has had us matched up against some the state powers, the team battles start to finish every game. Luke Tropeano and Joe Cully both scored their first varsity goals and Matt Solari had the other while also assisting on both of the other goals. It was Cully scoring the game winner 230 left in the game to snap a 2-2 tie for the win. The Panthers will play Silver Lake on Monday night before setting their attention to the Patriot Cup which will begin on Wednesday night (location, opponent and time is TBA).
The girls basketball team has also been a terrific story this winter. After a few bumps in the road to start the year which included a couple of covid shutdowns, the girls have reeled off 5 straight wins. The most exciting of which was a buzzer beating 45-43 win over previously unbeaten Plymouth North. Lauren Dunn (10 points) attacked the glass from the far left corner and beat everyone to a rebound and shot it home as time expired for the victory. Junior Abby Martin was limited due to foul trouble but had a team high 14 points and 6 rebounds. Senior captain Reese Codero threw in another three 3-pointers and tallied 9 points. The girls also beat Marshfield on Friday to remain just one game behind first place Plymouth North as we head into the final 2 games of the season.
The boys basketball team extended the longest winning streak in the state to 31 games and also clinched their second straight Patriot League title by holding off a surging Marshfield team, 71-70 Friday night. Captains Cole Levangie (31 points) and Nate Amado 27 points powered Whitman Hanson to the win. The entire team has been working very hard and its been a complete group effort as the Panthers won the league title for the 6th time in the last 8 years. The team has 2 more games this week (Monday at Hingham and Tuesday at Hanover) before entering the Patriot Cup as the number one seed.
The girls hockey team is finally back in action and the highlight of the week was tying Norwell 3-3 at the Bog in Kingston. Senior captain Emily McDonald led the way with 2 goals while Caitlyn Dilley had 1 goal and 2 assists and Shea Kelleher had the primary assist on all 3 goals. Kat Gilbert played another solid game in net The team will celebrate its seniors Monday night at the Bog when WH/SL hosts East Bridgewater.
The WH Gymnastics team had their best meet of the season Saturday earing their highest team score of 125.6. The girls improved their team floor score by half a point and their team vault score by a whole point.
Highlights include freshmen Caroline Poth's 8.35 vault and Khloe Drake's 8.2 floor routine. Sophomore Riley Getchell had a great night with an 8.2 beam score and 8.4 vault. Senior captain Madison Scaccia scored a season high 8.4 on vault and 8.0 beam. Senior captain Savannah Poirier had an amazing floor routine with an 8.4. Freshman Emma Mckeon posted her highest all around tonight with a 33.1. Her bar routine was excellent (8.1), her vault was explosive (8.45) and her floor was powerful (8.5). The team also celebrated the seniors at the competition - Alaina Mutascio, Madison Scaccia and Savannah Poirier.