Sunday, January 29, 2023


 It's been a great winter season with many of our teams on pace to qualify for the post season.  The MIAA now uses power rankings in hockey and basketball.  They are posted every Tuesday and Friday at 11am at  The ranking is determined by a team's margin of victory and the strength of schedule as determined by their margins of victory.  This system has been a bit controversial.  Our league principals and athletic directors have voted unanimously to ask the MIAA to eliminate the MOV component as it does not promote sportsmanship or participation.  The state basketball committee also recently voted to eliminate the MOV but was rebuffed by the tournament management committee.  The TMC is expected to review the power ranking formula sometime in the spring. 

The boys hockey team was ranked 5th in the most recent release and a big reason for that has been the play of our senior captain Matt Solari.  Matt has 10 goals and 10 assists this season and in the Panthers win against Nashoba, he collected his 100th career point.  In 70 games,  he has 58 goals, 46 assists for 104 points.

The team improved to 8-6 (3-6 in the Patriot League) with a 7-1 win over Plymouth North Saturday.  Solari and Billy Morgan each scored twice and Freshman Nicholas Zaccaria had 28 saves.  Joe Culley had a powerplay goal while Zach Boss and Zakk Spano also scored.

The girls hockey team is also having a great season improving to 8-3 with a 1-0 win over Norwell Saturday.  Chloe Duff, assisted by Cam Dematos and Jules Connors provided the scoring while Sadie Watchorn recorded her third straight shutout.

Whitman-Hanson Wrestling hosted a Quad meet Saturday and came away with 3 impressive victories. Round 1 saw WH defeat Boston Latin Academy 54-27, Round 2 it was WH 42 and Hanover 36. WH finished off the day beating Rockland 60-24. Winning for WH included Freshmen PJ Katz at 106 pounds with 3 wins on the day pinning 2 and winning one by forfeit. PJ is now 19-2 on the season with 12 pins. Wrestling at 113 pounds was Sophomore Charlie Lussier who won all 3 of his matches by pin. Charlie is now 32-1 on the season with 27 pins. Sophomore Christian Grimaldi wrestling at 120 pounds also won all 3 of his matches with 2 pins and 1 forfeit today, giving him a record of 28-8 on the season with 22 pins. Wrestling at 126 pound Freshman Tristan Forest had a great day with 2 pins and 1 forfeit to his credit. Tristan is now 7-14 on the year with 4 pins. Junior Austin Gamber wrestling at 132 pounds had a great day by pinning all 3 of his opponents. Austin is now 24-6 on the season with 18 pins. Wrestling at 138 pounds was Senior Captain Braden Kain. Braden won all 3 of his matches today, 2 by pin and 1 by decision. Braden is now 37-3 on the year with 28 pins to his credit. The highlight of the day was at 145 pounds. Senior Captain Aidan Guiliani defeated defending Division 2 State Champion Anthony Mann of Hanover 1-0.  Aidan also had 1 pin and a  forfeit on the day. Aidan is now 32-2 on the season with 24 pins. Wrestling at 152 pounds Junior Jacob Metivier. Jake was 2-1 on the day with 2 pins to his credit. Jacob is 9-14 on the year with 6 pins. Sophomore Tim Donnally wrestling at 160 pounds was 1-2 on the day with 1 pin. Tim is now 3-20 on the season while recording his first pin of the year. Rounding out the winners for WH was Senior Captain Maddox Colclough at 285 pounds with 2 pins and 1 forfeit . Maddox is now 25-6 on the season with 20 pins. 

The girls basketball team holds a 2 game lead for first place with 5 league games left after going 1-1 this week.  The girls held off Hanover Tuesday, 45-40.  Senior captain Caitlin Leahy and Freshman Jenna Mishou each poured in a game high 12 points and Sophomore Taryn Leonard chipped in with 10.  The team is back in action Tuesday at home against Silver Lake.

The boys basketball team is also in first place but their lead is a slim one game with 5 to play. Freshman Isaiah Bean Brittian (18/11) and Sophomore Ryan Baker (17/10) both recorded a double double to lead Whitman-Hanson to a 51-40 win at Plymouth North.  Senior captain Drew Daley hit three big 3 pointers and finished the game with 11 points.  Senior captains Cole Champignie and Cam Burrows led the Panthers (9-5, 8-3) best defensive effort of the season.  The team travels to Silver Lake Tuesday.

The Whitman Hanson gymnastics team had 2 meets this week against Hanover and Marshfield. The girls have continued to push through injuries and keep improving each meet! Highlights include senior captain Steph Braga’s amazing vaults (8.5, 8.7). Steph has really stepped up to replace her injured teammates in the all-around as well. Other highlights include junior Morgan Astuto’s powerful vaults (8.6, 8.45) that have improved each week and senior captain Sarah Regan’s solid beam (8.1) and floor routines (8.1). Another huge help for the team is sophomore all-arounder Katelyn Ferraro’s consistent 8.5 vault scores and 8.2 floor routines. We were also happy to have freshman Paige Happeny back from injury at today’s meet where she posted an 8.2 floor score and 8.0 beam routine! The next meet will be our senior meet on Sunday, February 5th at 1:30 PM at our home gym in Pembroke.

The Whitman-Hanson Girls Track team moved to 4-1 on the season with a good team victory over Silver Lake Friday evening, 57-43.  Winners for the Panthers included Junior Leila Keaney (55 Hurdles, 10.15), Freshman Victoria Sheehan (55 Dash, 8.14), Senior Captain Sydney Pires (Long Jump, 14' 7.5"). Junior Sky Bucci-Anderson (Mile, 5:44.17), Junior Savannah Kamperides (600, 1:48.94) and Sophomore McKenna McCarthy (2 Mile, 12:10.7.)  The team closed out its win taking the 4 x 400 Relay in 4:32 behind Kamperides, Tilley, Bucci-Anderson and Freshman Gabrielle Amado.

Whitman Hanson Boys Track and Field team competed against Silver Lake High School this evening at the Reggie Lewis Center. The Panthers scored their most points in dual meet competition but went down to defeat 60 to 40. Winning for the Panthers Junior Jake Cappelletti in the 55 Hurdles with a season best 9.96. Junior Bobby Silva won the 300 m run with a time of 40.2 seconds. In the Two Mile run Junior Alex Kehayias came in first with a 11:08.7 time. In the Long Jump Senior Captain Noah Roberts shared first place with a jump of 19' .5".The 4 x 400 team of Junior Logan Bourgelas, Senior Captain Anthony Pires, Junior Bobby Silva and Noah Roberts came in first with a time of 3:49.9. The boys record is 0-5.

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