Report cards will be posted on Tuesday and at that time a new academic eligibility check will be in place. All students must pass 5 full credit classes (must also be taking 5 full credit classes for term 4) in order to continue with spring sports. Just as a reminder, students must earn 20 credits this school year in order to be eligible in the fall.
The spring season got underway Thursday. We will update results in a moment but with the start of a new sports season we have a few important reminders for everyone.
- Any student who arrives to school more than 30 minutes late, gets dismissed before the end of the school day or is absent from school is ineligible to play or practice that day. If there is an official excused reason for any of the above, students will still be allowed to participate.
- Academics always come first - students may always be late to practice or even miss entirely if they are making up work or getting extra help. All the student has to do is get a note from their teacher.
- Sportsmanship is a top priority at Whitman Hanson. At no time is anyone allowed to yell at or question the officials. Anyone who violates this important tenant of our Whitman Hanson athletic philosophy will be asked to leave the event. No one should question the coaches, coach from the stands or have any negative interaction with our students or our guests.
- User fees are now due for spring sports. If this is the first sport a student is playing this year, the fee is $250. If it is their second or third sport it is only $50. User fees can be paid online at www.whathletics.com
- Sometimes jv and freshmen parents wonder why we do not tweet about or otherwise publicize results from those events. We are a member of the Patriot League and by league rules we are not allowed to publicize results on school wide outlets. Teams may publicize on their team accounts but the school may not. The reason for this is to maintain the philosophy of development and participation.
And now to our recap -
- Whitman-Hanson boys lacrosse pulled out a huge win in their home opener Thursday beating Hull in OT 7-6. The Panthers were led by face-off specialist Jeff Gomes who won 13 of 16 face-offs, absolutely controlling the face-off X. The Panthers got goals from 6 different players this afternoon as Luke Tropeano led all scorers with 2 goals. Brendan White notched 1 goal and 1 helper while Sophomore attackman, Connor McCarthy also had 1 goal and 1 assist. Sophomore middie, Gavin McCarthy had a clutch goal to tie things up in the first half. Senior captain Chris Ross quarterbacked the offense all day and had a goal himself. The OT finisher was scored by sophomore attackman Collin Murphy as he ended the game with a great dodge and score coming from behind the goal.
David MacNeil stood tall between the pipes making 8 saves on 14 shots. The Panthers defense as a whole shined today with great resilience and toughness.
Whitman-Hanson will host Plymouth South next Monday, April 4 at 4:00 PM.
- The Whitman Hanson boys tennis team started off the season with a 5-0 win Thursday over the Middleborough High School Sachems. Led by returning number one singles player and senior captain, Aidan Hickey (won 6-3, 6-3), and seniors Will Mulligan (6-0, 6-1 at second singles) and Dan "The Man" McDevitt (6-0, 6-4 at third singles), the Panthers looked good in early season play. First doubles partners Tristan Baker and Conor Battell set the high bar for the match, winning every game, (6-0, 6-0) while second doubles partners Zach Lindsay and James Goyette enter in the books as the team's first win of the season, making short work of their opponents (6-0, 6-2). With the season officially underway, the team is really excited to be back on the court and off to a good start. They look to improve their record next Thursday when the Panthers host Rockland, in their second of a five match home stretch to start the season.
- The softball team (12-0 ) and girl's tennis team (5-0) both lost to Middleboro on Thursday in their respective season openers.