this year, Whitman Hanson lost a very special man when former student, teacher,
AD, department head and coach Jim Daley passed away. In his memory our girls basketball team
dedicated their season in his honor.
Friday night, the girls won our first girls basketball league title
since 2010 when coach Daley was at the helm.
What a wonderful tribute to an incredible man. These girls have been nothing short of
sensational all season. They have a balanced
attack with a new hero seemingly every night.
Friday night the girls (16-1; 13-1) battled back from a double digit
deficit in the second half to pull out a win on the road at Marshfield by the
final score of 59-56 to secure at least a share of the title. The win is the
girls third in a row. The Panthers had four players in double figures. Seniors
Meg Stone had a team high 16 points, Abby Martin had 14 points, and Lauren Dunn
and Caitlin Leahy each poured in 13. The team is back on the road Tuesday night
when they travel to Hingham and can stake claim to sole possession of the title
with a win.
Wrestling traveled to Marshfield for the D2 South Sectionals and wrestled very
well as a team coming away with a 5th place team finish. Winning a Sectional
Championship at 132 pounds is Junior Aidan Guiliani. Aidan went 4-0 on the day
with 2 pins. Finishing in 2nd place were Freshmen Charlie Lussier at 106,
Junior Braden Kain at 138, Freshmen Cooper Lussier at 152 and Senior Captain
Rocco Ruffini at 220. Junior Maddox Colclough at 285 finished in 3rd place.
Finishing in 4th place for WH included Sophomore Austin Gamber at 126 and
Senior Captain Pat Collett at 145. Junior Rocco Hanaphy finished in 5th place
at 160. Freshmen Christian Grimaldi at 113 rounded things out by placing 6th.
Whitman-Hanson will be sending 8 wrestlers to the State Tournament next Friday
and Saturday and will also have 2 alternates.
boys basketball team has faced all sorts of adversity this year but through it
all they have emerged as a team that is still fighting for a league title. After posting three straight wins this week,
the team has set up a battle with Hingham at home Tuesday that would move the
team into first place with a win. The
highlight of the week was senior night on Thursday. Senior Amari Jamison drilled 7 3 pointers and
finished the game with 27 points and senior captain Ryan Vallancourt tossed in
15 to lead Whitman Hanson to a 75-46 win over Plymouth North. Seniors Malcolm Alcorn Crowder, Dylan Olson
and Dom Masone (10 points) had great defensive games for the Panthers.
The boys hockey team also celebrated senior
night in fine fashion with a 6-0 win over the Attleboro Bombardiers. Sophomore Alex Ethier started the scoring for
the Panthers receiving a back door pass from junior Matt Solari early in the
first period. Senior Bobby Hunter scored his fourth goal in 5 games early in
the second making it 2-0. The Panthers got two more goals in the second, one
from Solari and another from Zakk Spano to end the second period up 4-0. Solari added another goal in the 3rd and
Senior Cam Murray got his first goal of his career giving the Panthers the 6-0
The girls hockey team has dropped 2 of their
last 3 but they turned in a nice win on Thursday over Scituate, 6-4. The girls are currently still in the top 32
in the state playoff systems and look poised to make the post season.
Whitman Hanson Boys Track
competed in the Patriot League Meet and finished in 5th place in the Keenan Division.
There were many seasons best performances and some produced medals for the
Panther boys. Senior Captain Gordon Johnson finished second in the 1000m
run and anchored the 3rd place 4 x 800. Senior Captain Jake
Caterer finished 2nd in the Long Jump 8th in
the 55M dash and anchored the 3rd place 4 x 200. Senior Nathan
Tassey finished 5th in the Mile. Senior Chase Baker finished in
7th in the 55 Hurdles. Jake Cappeletti finished 6th in
the Long Jump. A highlight for the boys' team was the three relays 4 x 200, 4 x
800, and 4 x 400 all finishing with their best times of the year.
Whitman-Hanson Girls Track and Field team closed out its Patriot League season
at the League Championship Meet on Thursday evening at the Reggie Lewis Track
and Athletic Center with a 5th place finish among the Keenan Division
teams. Senior Erin Kelly qualified for an All-State berth with a strong
2nd place finish in the 1000-meter race in 3:21.04. Other medal winners
included Freshman Molly Burnett who took 7th place in the 300 Meter Dash in a
time of 48.42, and Senior Captain April Keyes who improved on her State
qualifying time by taking 3rd place in the 55 Meter Hurdles in 9.26, while
Junior Sydney Pires placed 2nd in the Long Jump with a distance of 15'
4.25", and Senior Emily Hanrahan improved in the Shot Put by nearly a foot
in taking 4th place with a throw of 27' 11.5". And finally, Senior
Captain Myah Kamperides doubled up in the Mile with a 3rd place finish in
5:40.92 and the 2 Mile where she ran a 12:38 to take 5th place. Moving on as
State qualifiers in next week's Division 3 Championships are Seniors Erin
Kelly, Anna Flynn, Sarah Boulger, April Keyes and Myah Kamperides, along with
Junior Sydney Pires.
WH Gymnastics team scored their highest team score of the season with a 122.85
at the Patriot League meet Saturday. These girls worked so hard all season and
had to overcome so many obstacles. They should be so proud of the way they
include freshman Katelyn Ferraro’s powerful floor routine with an 8.3 and her
solid 8.1 beam score. Junior Captain Steph Braga had a beautiful vault with an
8.4. Junior Sarah Regan also had a wonderful floor routine and scored an 8.2.
Junior Captain Riley Getchell had another excellent meet and scored an 8.3 on
floor, an 8.4 on vault and an 8.45 on beam. Both Getchell and Ferraro scored
their highest All Arounds of the season and were also 2 of only 6 girls (out of
24) to hit their beam routine for the entire meet.
Haley Pinola had an incredible performance at
sectionals taking second place in the 50 free with a time of 24.88 while also
finishing 4th in the 100 fly with a time of 59.86.
Our cheerleading team has had to learn a brand
new routine and start from scratch this winter with a different roster than the
fall. The girls have been hard at work and
competed for the frist time Saturday taking 3rd place at the Natick
Invitational. The big event is this Thursday
at Duxbury when they compete for the league title.