We all know that covid has made so many things
in everyday life tougher and different.
High school sports is no exception.
Twice last week I was approached about the various Whitman Hanson teams
who are not shaking hands after games and matches. This is not because we have bad sportsmanship
or are upset that we lost a game. The reason for this is because the MIAA, our
governing body, sent us a directive telling every school in the state that they
may not shake hands after games. While
we may not agree with this policy, as a member school we are required to follow
it. The good news is that word has
leaked out that this policy is being revisited and could change very soon. Until then, know that we would very much like
to continue the tradition of a post game handshake but cannot until the rules
Now to our weekly update…..
girls basketball team took a major step toward our first league title since
2009 Friday night by beating Hingham at home, 52-37 to take a one game lead in
the race for the championship. Senior
captain Abby Martin fueled the Panthers pouring in a game high 19 points and
pulling down 8 rebounds. Fellow senior Katelyn Cirillo hit two clutch three
pointers in the 4th quarter to ice the game. The Panthers have now won 11 games
in a row and will host Quincy Tuesday night.
Girls Track and Field team competed in the Division 3 Relay Meet at the Reggie
Lewis Track and Athletic Center Friday evening. Standout performances
included the 4 x 800 Meter team of Erin Kelly, Anna Flynn, Sarah Boulger and
Myah Kamperides which finished 2nd overall in 10:35.76 to qualify for a
divisional meet berth. The 4 x 50 Shuttle Hurdle team of Leila Keaney,
Katelyn Bagley, Sydney Pires and April Keyes posted a time of 33.25 seconds to
take 4th place in the event. Other notable performances included a 7th
place finish in the Distance Medley race run by Anna Flynn, April Keyes, Sarah
Boulger and Myah Kamperides with a time of 13:56, and an 8th place finish in
the Long Jump behind April Keyes, Sydney Pires, and Katelyn Bagley all of whom
had outstanding efforts. Overall, the Girls team placed 11th among
Division 3 entries from across the State.
boys track and field team participated in the Division 3 relays Friday and did
very well. The 4 x 200 relay team Jacob Donovan, Chase Baker, Noah Roberts and
Jake Caterer ran their fastest time of the year 1:38.3 placing 6th and that
time qualified them for the Division 3 State Meet. The boys long jump team of
Jake Caterer , Jake Cappeletti and Chase Baker finished as the 4th best team.
The 4x 400 team of Bobby Silva, Anthony Pires, Will Mulligan and Ryan Crowley
improved their season best time of 4:04.59. This is the most exciting meet of
the year and the Panther Boys did great.
The WH Varsity
Gymnastics team had another great meet Friday. Even with 1/4 of their team out sick and a
substitute coach, these girls still put up one of their highest team scores of
the season. And recorded their highest team Vault score with a 33.25! HUGE
thanks to softball coach Jordan McDermott for stepping in and Pembroke/SL
gymnastics coach Tammy Sanchez for all her help assisting!
Highlights include Junior Captain Steph Braga’s great vault with
an 8.3 and Riley Getchell’s personal record vault score of 8.75! Freshman
Katelyn Ferraro and Junior Sarah Regan both contributed their best beam scores
of the season to help the team improve their overall beam score by more than 1
point! Next meet is Saturday January 29th at 2pm.
Swim team lost to Quincy High school Thursday but had many standouts. Sam
Fernandez made states in the 100 backstroke 58:62 and states in the 100 Fly
with a 55:91. Matt ward had his personal best time in the 50 free with a 30.28.
Ben Hurley had a personal best in the 50 free with a 31:34 he also had his best
100 free time in the 100 free relay 1:10:93. Haylie Pinola had a great night
she had her personal best in the 100 fly with a 1:01:03, she also assisted in
the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay.
The boys basketball team had a tough week
playing 2 undefeated teams and league power Hingham. The Panthers battled tough but dropped 2 of
3. Senior captain Ryan Vallancourt continued his consistent performance with 43
points and 18 rebounds. Whitman Hanson
looks to bounce back this week with a 3 road games (Quincy on Tuesday, Silver
Lake on Friday and Brockton on Sunday).
The girls hockey team pulled off a huge upset
on Saturday beating Hingham for the first time in at least 7 years, 5-4 in
overtime. WHSL was led by Shea Kelleher who had 2 goals
and 3 Assists, Caitlin Dilley had 2 goals and 2 assists, Abbey Powers added a
goal and an assist. Sadie Watchorn plated well in net, making a great save with
10 seconds left to send it to OT. Our next game is Monday 1/24/22 vs. Duxbury
at 7:20 at the Bog in Kingston.
The boys hockey team went 1 for 2 this week beating
North Quincy and losing at Duxbury. In
the 7-2 win at North Quincy, Chris Ross netted his 2nd of the year with a feed
from Alex Ethier and Billy Morgan to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. The raiders
scored with under a minute left in the first, and another one in the first
minute of the 2nd to take a 2-1 lead.
Junior Matt Solari scored 2 minutes later to
tie the game. Sophomore defenseman David Osis scored his first goal of his
career, with a wrister from the point giving the Panthers a 3-2 lead heading
into the 3rd. The Panthers came out in
the 3rd and scored 4 unanswered goals. Two by Solari for a hat trick, one from Zak
Spano, and an empty net goal by Luke Tropeano to win 7-2. Senior Erik Dean made 29 saves.
Whitman-Hanson Wrestling team hosted a quad meet Saturday and suffered 3
defeats but it was a great step experience. In the first match it was
Bridgewater-Raynham winning 54-26, followed by a very close match lose to
Sharon 36-34. WH ended the day with a loss to King Philip 48-30. There were
many bright spots for the Panthers with 4 wrestlers going 3-0 on the day.
Leading the way at 106 pounds was Freshman Charlie Lussier with 2 pins and a
forfeit. Charlie is now 24-0 on the season with an impressive 18 pins. Junior
Aiden Guiliani won by impressive scores of 3-0, 3-2 and 15-2 at 132, bringing
his season total to 17-2 with 8 pins. At 138 pounds Junior Braden Kain
also won all three of his matches 8-2, 15-2 and 16-0. Braden is now 19-5
on the season. Freshman Cooper Lussier wrestling at 152 pounds won by pin in
:47, 6-4 in overtime and 3-0 avenging one of his only two losses of the season
against a tough KP wrestler. Cooper's record is now 23-2 on the season
with 15 pins. Double winners for WH were Senior Joe Boss with 1 pin and one disqualification.
Joe is now 18-6 on the season with 8 pin. Senior Captain Rocco Ruffini
wrestling at 220 pounds won by pin in 4:42 and a 5-2 decision. Rocco is now
12-6 on the season with 9 pins. Senior Captain Pat Collett won by pin in :2:27
bringing his season totals to 9-8 with 8 pins on the season. Junior Rocco
Hanaphy finished with one win on the day by pin in 3:07. Rocco is now 10-8 on
the season with 7 pins. Junior Maddox Colclough wrestling at 285 was 1-0 on the
day winning 13-5 and is now 14-5 on the season.
Panthers are now 8-5 on the season and 2-1 in the Patriot League. Up next for
the Panthers is Patriot League Plymouth North at WH on Wednesday January 26th