The first week of Fall sports is in the books and while some of our teams suffered setbacks, others got off to a great start. In both cases, it is terrific to see everyone out there competing and having fun.
Before we provide all of the recaps, we would like to ask parents to be on a lookout in their emails for a message about our renewed emphasis on sportsmanship from our spectators. In short, the entire Patriot League is committed to creating a healthy atmosphere for our students athletes to compete. We also recognize that if we don't change something fast, soon we will not be able to get officials for our games. We are already on the edge of a crisis in this area. So, please read what we are sending to you via email and join us in helping our school and our league be role models for others across the state.
Now to the action-
1. Our new boys soccer coach Tony Reis led his team to a 2-2 draw at Quincy in the season opener. After falling behind, 1-0 at the half, Three minutes into the second stanza W-H's Jack Allen tied the score from close range. The hosts regained lead 11 minutes later. Two minutes then elapsed when Osorio equalized the match with his well placed header, crossed into the area from Cam Cassidy. Central defender Jacob Donovan was a stalwart the entire game for the visitors.
2. The girls soccer team is off to a strong start posting - pair of wins over Weymouth (5-1) and Quincy (7-0). In the home win over Quincy, Maddie Allen and Kayla Cassidy paced the Panthers with 2 goals each while Olivia Borgen, Lauryn Fostello and Maddie Fitzgerald each had single tallies. Riley Conway, Brooke McAloney and Savannah Kamperides all had strong games.
3. The Whitman-Hanson Boys Cross Country team (1-0) opened up its 2021 campaign with a 26-31 win over Quincy/North Quincy. Robert Cannon (17:08) and Hatim Boukhtan (17:12) finished 1-2 for the visitors, but Whitman-Hanson placed 5 of the next 6 runners with Senior Captain Nathan Tassey (3rd, 17:29), Senior Captain Gordon Johnson (4th, 18:21) and Sophomores Logan Bourgelas (5th, 19:19), Alex Keheyias (6th, 19:33), and Gavin McCarthy (8th, 19:41) rounding out the scoring.
4) Senior Captain Myah Kamperides (21:12) led the Whitman-Hanson Panthers Girls Cross Country team (1-0) with a wire-to-wire win over Quincy-North Quincy 25-32 on her 5K home course Friday afternoon. Freshman McKenna McCarthy placed 3rd overall in 21:37. Also scoring for the Panthers were Senior Captain Sarah Boulger (6th, 23:07), Senior Erin Kelly (7th, 23:21) and Freshman Adrianna Kelly (8th, 23:56.
5) Our volleyball team beat Abington 3-0 (25-12, 25-13, 25-14) in Thursdays season opening, non league, game. Freshman Caroline Gray made her first Varsity debut and did not disappoint. Gray tallied an impressive 27 assists with the help of seniors Lily Welch and Anna Stone. Welch led the team in kills with 10, but A. Stone was not far behind with
6) The football team lost a tough Patriot League crossover matchup to Hanover. Running behind a strong offensive line including seniors Rocco Ruffini and Malcolm Alcorn-Crowder, Whitman-Hanson was led by Andrew Cloutman on offense, rushing for two scores. Will Frazier added a 70 yard rushing touchdown in the fourth to bring the Panthers within two scores. On defense the Panthers were led by Evan Casey who had 12 tackles and the front four consisting of Ruffini, Alcorn-Crowder, Maddox Colclough, and Collin Murphy.
7) The Whitman Hanson Panther Golf squad lost their season opener at Furnace Brook Golf Course against Quincy, 266-277 to start the season at 0-1. Senior captain Pat McBroom led the way for the Panthers with a 7 over par, 42, while fellow senior captains Drew Sullivan and Chris Ross turned in an 8 over and 9 over respectively. Despite the loss, the squad was happy to officially kick off the season and see what they are made of. Though there were definitely some strokes left out on the course, the team is looking forward to some concentrated time at the range and practice this weekend before a three match week ahead of them.
8) The Whitman-Hanson Field Hockey Panthers dropped their season open at home against Marshfield, 1-0. The Rams were able to capitalize early in the first quarter by pressuring the Panthers to turn over the ball in their defensive zone. After that initial tally by the Rams, the Panthers regrouped and played stingy defense on Marshfield offensive rushes. Seniors Defense Rosie McKinnon, Ashley Sawtelle and Caitlyn Crowley were relentless in hustling back to protect their net minder. Joli Flamos for the Panthers was a stand out at midfield as she was impressive playing on offense and defense. Flamos lead a few offensive rushes that almost got the Panthers to tie up the game in the fourth quarter.
Here is a look at what is ahead this week:
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