Earlier 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.
Whitman-Hanson 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.
The 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 victory.
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.
The 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.
The 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 represented Whitman-Hanson.
Highlights 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.