Sunday, May 23, 2021

WH Athletics Update

This is always an exciting time of year as we get ready for graduation but this year everything seems magnified. The regular season in most sports will come to an end this Friday but please remember we have a two tiered playoff system. All varsity teams will compete in the Patriot Cup and sub varsity teams will also be playing games until about June 15th. Following the Patriot Cup, teams will then advance to the MIAA tournament. Please follow us on Twitter @whathletics and refer to our website for all of the latest updates.

1. On the varsity baseball team's Senior Night, senior pitchers Mike Hutchko and Aidan MacKay combined to beat Hingham 8-5, with Hutchko getting his second win of the season. The Whitman-Hanson batters collected a total of 12 hits, with Tommy Marshall getting 4, and Danny Kent and Jack Allen getting 2 each. Bobby Marshall, Aidan Barry, and TJ Whitman also hit safely, with Whitman's single knocking in a key go ahead run. Whitman-Hanson is now 6-1 in the Patriot League and remains tied for first place with Plymouth North. The Panthers will travel to Silver Lake on Monday afternoon but it is hard not to look ahead to the season finale on Friday at Plymouth North which is likely to decide the league title.
2. The highlight of the week for Whitman Hanson Varsity Softball was their senior day celebration where they defeated Duxbury 16-0. Lead by senior pitcher Abigail Cleary who threw a 5 inning shutout only allowing one hit and no walks, striking out 3. Alli Larkin lead the offense with two home runs, including a grand slam. Larkin, Haley Leeber, Lauren Meade, and Annie Cook each collected multiple hits. Reese Codero and Erin Burke also contributed hits. Check out our Instagram (whathletics) for videos from this unique senior day event.
3. The Whitman-Hanson Girls Track team (1-0-1) tied with Silver Lake at home Wednesday afternoon 68-68. Leading the Panthers were Junior April Keyes with first place finishes in the 400 Hurdles (73.6), 100 Hurdles (16.1) and High Jump (4' 6".) Other standouts included event winners, Junior Erin Kelly in the Mile (6:04), Senior Captain Isabelle Amado in the 800 (2:34), Junior Sarah Boulger in the 2 Mile (14:28) and Freshman Sky Bucci-Anderson in the 400 (68.6).
4. Whitman Hanson Boys Track&Field team had a home meet against Silver Lake Regional High School. The meet ended in a rare 68 to 68 tie.
Running well for the Panthers was Theo Kamperides who won the mile and two mile. Before the meet Theo was honored as WH Athlete of the year. Also having a great meet was Jake Caterer who won the High Jump and 200m dash and ran the anchor leg of the winning 4 x 100 relay. Chris Blackman won the 400 and Gordon Johnson won the 800. Both boys also ran on the winning 4 x 400 relay team. Chase Baker won the 110 High Hurdles. Whitman Hanson Boys have lost one and tied one record wise and travel next week to Marshfield HS.
5. Whitman Hanson girls lacrosse fell behind 8-4 at half and was still in range but a scoreless 3rd quarter and Marshfield's 5 goals made that challenging. Ella Nagle had 3 goals and 1 assist, Captain, Savannah Poirier had 2 goals, Bailey Kelly had 1 goal and 1 assist, Maddy Allan had 1 goal, and Rosie Makinnon had an assist. Despite the score, the defense played well with Allie Solari, Joli Flamos, Brook Balfe and MaryKate Ryan put in solid performances. Ava Barry and Maddy Guidaboni both play well, sharing time in goal. WH is 2-4-1 on the season. Up next is a challenging opponent, Duxbury, on Tuesday.
6. The WH Boys Lacrosse team honored their senior's families well with a 12-11 victory of Cardinal Spellman Monday 5/17/21. Senior Aiden McCarthy teamed up with his two freshman brothers Gavin and Connor to score 10 goals together. A close game the whole way through, 2 big snipes were also delivered from the stick of Luke Tropeano to help push the Panthers to their second win. Ty Gajewski was making some major saves at the end and beating Cardinal Spellman's attack to the end line to cause some key turnovers that the Panthers needed to pull through.
7. Whitman-Hanson Wrestling hosted a Tri meet Friday and came away with 2 wins for the day. Final score of match one was Whitman-Hanson 48 and Quincy/North Quincy 27. In the final match of the evening Whitman-Hanson 48 and Plymouth North 19. Double winners for WH included at 113 pounds Joe Boss with a pin in :23 and a forfeit, Pat Collett at 145 with two pins in 1:39 and 3:38, Damari Goldsmith Greene at 152 pounds with two pins in :13 and 1:35, Jason Rapoza at 182 pounds also with two pins in 1:57 and 1:11, Rocco Ruffini at 220 and Maddox Colclough with a pin in 1:10 and a forfeit. These wins bring Damari's win total to 92 of his HS career. Going 1-1 for the day was Aidan Guiliani at 126 pounds. The Panthers are now 0-2 in the Patriot League and 2-2 overall. Next up is a home match with Marshfield on Wednesday May 26th at 4:00pm also at Whitman-Hanson.
8. The highlight of the week for Whitman Hanson girls tennis team was a win over Plymouth North, 4-1. Julia Benvie notched another win at #2 singles 6-2,7-5 and Shannon Burt #3 singles won 6-2,3-6,6-2. At #1 doubles Rylie Harlow and Nora Rooney won 7-6(7-3), 6-4 and at #2 doubles Erin Tilleyand Kyla Faghan won 7-5,3-6, 6-3.
9. The Panthers Boys Tennis team lost another competitively fought match Monday, 3-2, against a very good Plymouth North team. Highlights on the day for Whitman-Hanson were 2nd doubles duo Tristan Baker and Nate Burt who battled back after going down 5-7 in the first set. The pair evened things up, winning their second set 7-5, and won the third set in a tie breaker 8-6. At 3rd singles, Mateo Santalucia continues to find ways to win, taking his match in 3 sets as well. After falling behind in the first set, he rallied and won his second and third sets, 6-3, 6-3. At the end of the week, Aidan Hickey provided a huge spark by winning at first singles over Hingham.

Also this week, Whitman Hanson announced the hiring of our new football coach, Zach Botelho. Check out the press release below to learn more.

Whitman Hanson Regional High School announced today the hiring of Zachary Botelho as the school's new head football coach. Botelho, who is a special education teacher at Middleboro High School, has served as the offensive coordinator for Old Colony High School while also working with the defensive line and outside linebackers. Before joining Old Colony, he was the JV coach at Ashland high school while also coaching the offensive and defensive line for the varsity.

Botelho has served on the staff of three league championship teams and was part of two separate coaching staffs that each snapped 20 plus year playoff droughts. In 2019, he coached a pair of 1000 yard rushers and has helped many players go on to play football in college.

"Coach Botelho checked all of the boxes in what we look for in coaches," Whitman Hanson Athletic Director Bob Rodgers said. "His focus is on teaching the game while keeping the priority the growth of the students as people. The entire hiring committee was impressed with his vision for the program and his ability to use multiple teaching styles to tailor his coaching to the diverse population of a football team."

Botelho, who holds a Bachelor's degree from Framingham State and a Master's Degree from Bridgewater State University, has coached baseball and wrestling at the high school level as well. "I could not be more excited to be the next Head Football Coach at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School," Botelho said. "It is clear that this is a community that values athletics and is truly invested in their students. I look forward to becoming a part of this outstanding community and working to create a championship culture within the football program. I cannot wait to meet the student-athletes and get to work."

Botelho replaced Mike Driscoll who retired at the end of this past season after 10 years at the helm. The Panthers compete in the Keenan Division of the Patriot League and will open the season at Hanover on September 10<x-apple-data-detectors://2>th<x-apple-data-detectors://2>.<x-apple-data-detectors://2>

"While I was impressed with Zack's football coaching background and knowledge, what means the most to me as principal is his focus on integrity and character as well as the belief that all students can contribute in some fashion," Whitman Hanson Principal Dr. Christopher Jones said. "Zack's special education teaching background will help him teach the game in a way that all students will be able to learn."

Coach Botelho resides in Middleboro with his wife Katelyn and his one year old daughter Norah.

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