As many of you know, we are experiencing a terrible bus driver shortage which is affecting Athletics. The result will lead to game time changes and in some cases cancellations. Please be sure to follow us on Twitter @whatheltics for updates. In some cases the changes may happen the day of an event. Coaches should have sent home a transportation waiver which will give students the option to drive on their own or with others to select events. Please do not sign this waiver if you are uncomfortable with this .
Now to our update:
- The football team continues to be plagued by injuries. With more than a dozen players sidelined for a variety of reasons, the Panthers dropped their league opener Friday against Hingham, 35-0. The games was very competitive through the first half before the short handed Panthers ran out of gas. The offense was led by junior center Maddox Colclough and senior Matt Busch, both of whom set the tone blocking all night. Defensively senior Rocco Ruffini played excellently with 9 total tackles, including 3 tackles for loss. Junior Matt Phelps added an interception and junior Will Frazier had a tackle for loss and fumble recovery. Whitman-Hanson looks to bounce back at Silver Lake on Friday.
- The field hockey team had a tremendous week raising hundreds of dollars in their pediatric cancer fundraiser and on the same day picked up their first win of the season beating Duxbury, 3-0. The Panthers were wearing t-shirts with gold ribbons to show their support in fighting pediatric cancer. The Panthers scored in the first with a goal from senior forward Ally Ayers, her third of the season. The score remained 1-0 going into the half. The Panthers had opportunities to increase their league before the half, but the Dragons defense was solid. The Panthers got two goals in the third. Senior Midfielder Joli Flamos scored on a corner to make the game 2-0. Senior Captain Mary Kate Ryan pounded the ball on the Dragons keeper until Sophomore Forward Paige Cosgrove knocked it in to make the game 3-0. The Panthers are back in action on Monday when they face the Panthers of Plymouth South.
- The girls soccer team has a strong week beating both Scituate (5-0) and Marshfield (3-2). Kayla Cassidy had 2 goals and Ava Melia scored the eventual game winner in the second half in the Marshfield win. Emily Leitch, Makenna Marshall, Megan Bizier and Skylar Jordan turned in strong defensive performances.
- Boys soccer fell behind 3-0 at Marshfield before scoring the next two, cutting the deficit to one, 3-2. Freshman standout Jah Estrela scored his first career goal for W-H, as teammates Sean McAlpine had one assist along with Jayden Stafford's one goal and one assist.
- Whitman-Hanson volleyball continues to make noise in the Patriot League improving to 6-3 overall after beating Scituate, Silver Lake and Marshfield by a combined score of 9-1. In the 3-1 win over Marshfield, The Panthers started off strong, winning the first two sets, dropped the third in a nail-biting set, and came back with avengence in the fourth and final set. Senior Captain Lily Welch was relentless at the net with 12 kills and 6 total blocks. Sophomore Riley Codero came in clutch as the setter and tallied 21 assists while doing so. Junior Gracey Gorman was impressive to watch on court and a crucial player in the game. The Panthers are now 5-3 in the league and 6-3 overall. They are back in action on Monday when the face Pembroke.
- The WH Panther golf squad didn't fare well this week in terms of winning but they had a great day on senior night against Duxbury celebrating 7 players, who all played some of their best golf of the season. Senior Captain Pat McBroom was the match medalist with an impressive 1 over par, 35. Senior captain Chris Ross turned in an 8 par, song with freshman Cooper Britton, while seniors Jack Carron, Cam Murray, and captain Drew Sullivan played bogey golf, each shooting a 43. Duxbury is always a challenging opponent," admitted Coach Brian Dempsey. "Despite our loss today, I'm extremely proud of not just our players in the match, who stepped up to the challenge to turn in their lowest score of the season, but also to the entire team, who showed great support for their teammates."Senior Jack Dunn made his first appearance in the Panther uniform after being with the team since his freshman year. His round was capped off by an impressive up and down on the 9th hole, draining a difficult 8 ft putt. "There's no one more deserving for a spot in the lineup than Jack (Dunn) tonight," added Dempsey. "Since freshman year, he's been the first one to offer a fist bump or an encouraging cheer before and after matches, so we were thrilled to be able to give him this opportunity. Congratulations to the 7 seniors tonight! Listed below (from left to right): Drew Sullivan (Capt), Matt a Casarano (Capt), Pat McBroom (Capt), Jack Carron, Cam Murray, Chris Ross (Capt), and Jack Dunn.
- It was a split decision for cross country this week. Senior Captains Nathan Tassey (17:36) and Gordon Johnson (17:56) placed first and second, while Sophomore Logan Bourgelas finished 3rd (18:20) in leading Whitman-Hanson Boys Cross Country (3-1) to a 21-36 win over Plymouth North at home on its 5K course Wednesday afternoon. Also scoring for the Panthers were Sophomores Alex Keheyias (19:06) and Gavin McCarthy (19:07).
8. The Whitman-Hanson Girls Cross Country (2-2) team lost to Plymouth North at home 27-28 Wednesday afternoon. Senior Captain Myah Kamperides finished 2nd (20:53) on the 5K course behind PNs Freshman standout Macey Shriner (20:34.) Also scoring for the Panthers were Freshman McKenna McCarthy (5th, 22:09), Senior Captain Sarah Boulger (6th, 22:20), Freshman Adrianna Kelly (7th, 23:05) and Sophomore Caroline Poth (8th, 23:49.)