With the fall season headed for the home stretch, this is a good time to remind students and parents that those interested in playing a winter sport should sign up no later than October 18th. In addition, updated physicals should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org . Physicals are good for exactly 13 months and once they are expired a student may no longer participate. Freshmen and any student who did not play a sport last year just also take the concussion pre test which can be found at www.whathletics.com.
For our fall athletes, this season the MIAA is introducing a statewide playoff format which will seed teams with a new power rating. If you follow us on Twitter @whathletics you will not be surprised to know that I do not support this change. There are many reasons for my objections but the biggest of which is the sole reliance on margin of victory as its rating tool. This why you may see some strange substitute patterns and play calling at the end of games. You can see the rankings at www.MIAA.net . There is a link at the top of the screen. Please be reminded though that the schedules are no longer found on that site. Instead you can find those at www.arbiterlive.com .
Finally, I want to say thank you to parents and students who have listened to our pleas for better sportsmanship in the stands. With only a couple of exceptions, this fall has been quite encouraging. There are many reasons to show restraint when our teams face adversity or a bad call. People who yell at the officials usually embarrass their children, create an uncomfortable environment for others in the stands and give the game officials reason to find something better to do with their time. It is becoming increasingly difficult to retain and attract officials which has literally led to game cancellations. So again, we thank those of you who have embraced our sportsmanship initiative.
Now let's, check in on all of our teams -
1. The Whitman-Hanson Field Hockey Panthers beat the Hanover Hawks for the first time ever recording a 1-0 win. The game was a defensive contest. Both clubs were tilting the field in their respective offensive directions throughout the first three quarters, but neither team was able to come up with a goal. The Panthers were able to break the tie midway through the fourth. Senior Captain forward Olivia Phelps carried the ball deep into the offensive zone having deked several Hanover players to find Senior Lauren Dunn who provided the finisher. Panther goal tender Ryan LaBonte records his first win and shutout of the season with an outstanding effort in net. The Panthers will travel next to Plymouth North to face the Eagles on Wednesday (this game time has changed to 5pm due to the lack of bus drivers after school).
2. The WH Golf Squad recorded back two wins this week to improve to 4-10 on the season, defeating the Plymouth North Blue Eagles 211-213 and the Silver Lake Lakers, 266-275.
In Friday's win the captains helped to dig this one out, with Pat McBroom shooting the low round of the day with a 1 over 31, Chris Ross turning in a 4 over par, 34, and Matt Casarano carding a 6 over par, 36. Senior Cam Murray and freshman Cooper Britton both both shot 7 over on the day to help earn the close win.
This was a big revenge match for the Panthers, as they previously lost at their home course a couple weeks back. The team is excited to enter the long weekend with only two matches left, beginning on Tuesday against Duxbury at the Yacht Club.
3. The boys soccer team picked a fine time for their first win of the season winning on senior night Friday, 4-2 over Plymouth South. Seniors Jack Allen and Jayden Stafford both scored a pair of goals while fellow seniors Adam Sousa and Sean McAlpine picked up assists. Seniors Ethan Smith and Jacob Donovan anchored a strong defensive effort. To see the entire tribute to our senior soccer players, click here https://youtu.be/_uXD1KRrRjI
4. The girls soccer team has an explosive win on Friday recording a 6-1 road victory at Plymouth South improving to 9-2-1. Liv Borgen paced the Panthers with 3 goals while Madeline Fitzgerald, Nora Manning and Kayla Cassidy each had solo tallies. Ava Melia, Makenna Marshall and Lauryn Fostello all turned in strong performances. Ava Patete picked up the win in net for the Panthers.
5. The volleyball team lost 2 of 3 this week but in their loss at Duxbury the Panthers became the first team this year to take a set from the Dragons. Earlier in the week, the Panthers beat Pembroke 3-1 (25-22, 21-25, 25-6, 28-26). Senior Captain Abby Martin led the team in kills with 12 and total blocks with 8. Fellow Senior Captain Lily Welch led the team in digs with 20 and aces, 6. Freshman Caroline Gray tallied 38 assists, a season high. Other top performers were Senior Captain Meg Stone with 7 kills and 5 total blocks and Senior Anna Stone with 5 kills. The Panthers are now 6-5 in the league and 7-5 overall.
6. Whitman-Hanson Boys Cross Country (3-2) dropped its meet at Hingham Tuesday afternoon 20-36. The Panthers Senior Captain Nathan Tassey covered the 2.98 Mile course in 15:49, but Hingham placed the next five runners for the win. Sophomore Logan Bourgelas (7th, 16:55), Senior Gordon Johnson (8th, 17:10), Sophomore Alex Keheyias (9th, 17:37) and Sophomore Ryan Crowley (11th, 17:40) closed out the scoring for Whitman-Hanson.
7. Whitman-Hanson Girls Cross Country (2-3) fell to Hingham 23-38 Tuesday in Hingham. Senior Captain Myah Kamperides finished 2nd overall for the Panthers in 19:54, with Freshman Adriana Kelly placing 3rd in 20:21. Seniors Sarah Boulger, Erin Kelly and Anna Flynn ran well for the Panthers in the loss.
8. The football team battled to the final play of the game Friday at Silver Lake before being stopped on the goal line with 6 seconds left resulting in a 13-6 loss. Offensively the Panthers were led by senior Jake Guiliani who rushed for 50 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown, senior Collin Briggs who caught 4 passes for 60 yards, and junior quarterback Cam Burrows who was 10/16 passing for 115 yards. Defensively, the linebacker combination of Guiliani and junior Evan Casey combined for 15 tackles and senior Malcolm Alcorn-Crowder finished with 2 sacks and 2 tackles for loss. Junior Sam Pace had an interception.
9. Our cheerleading team has been hard at work preparing for the competition season which is just around the corner. The team will open at Duxbury on October 23rd and then compete every week the rest of the fall.
Here is the schedule for this week as of today - keep in mind that with all of our transportation issues some dates and times could change.
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