The season was highlighted by a pair of tournament berths.
The spring sports season has officially come to a close at Whitman-Hanson Regional High. Here is a look back on the past few months of action.
Baseball, led by captains James Dolan and Rian Schwede – grabbed a share of the Patriot League Keenan Division for the second straight spring. Pat Cronin’s club finished the year at 15-6 after a first-round exit to Nauset in the Div. 2 South Sectional tournament. In his first year as a varsity starter, senior Ryan Sawtelle burst onto the scene – pacing the Panthers with a .400 average. The 1-2 punch of juniors Schwede and Ethan Phelps anchored the rotation – combining for an 8-3 regular-season record. In Cronin’s three years as the W-H skipper, the club is 46-18.
Softball, which finished the season at 7-13, played all but five games without its senior captain Colleen Hughes due to injury. Regardless, the Panthers never laid back and swept the season series with league foes Hingham and Quincy. Senior Hailey Norris led the Panthers’ offense in nearly every statistically category while sophomore Victoria Ryan established herself as a threat in the heart of the order. Freshman Abby Cleary also earned valuable innings, setting herself up as the Panthers’ ace of the future.
Boys’ lacrosse concluded the spring with a 2-16 mark, but dropped six of those tilts by five goals or less. Junior defender Ryan Trongone was the team’s lone league all-star and classmates Mason Gorman, Sean Joanis and Shane Ross found the back of the net many of times. The Panthers’ first win of the season (12-6 against Cardinal Spellman) saw them battle back from an early deficit.
Girls’ lacrosse saw a tale of two halves. After beginning the season 1-6, Dave Rowell’s club won eight out of its next 11 games – including two must-win games in the final week – to punch its ticket to the Div. 1 South Sectional tournament for the fourth time in the last five years. In the tournament, W-H downed Nauset on the road, 10-4, in the preliminary round, before succumbing to top-seeded Notre Dame Academy, 18-3, in the first round. The season saw senior captain Kasey Molito set to the single-season saves record – which now stands at 268 – and classmate Lauren Bonavita become to first W-H athlete ever to score 100 goals in two sports. The Panthers’ final record was 10-10.
Boys’ tennis (5-12) – under the watch of first-year head coach Alyssa Hayes – finished the year on a three-game winning streak with victories against: Quincy (3-2), Cardinal Spellman (5-0) and Braintree (4-1). Sophomore Brian Fox, despite a slow team start, rallied off four straight victories in No. 2 singles from May 2 to May 7.
Girls’ tennis came down to the wire of getting into the tournament but with a 5-0 season-ending loss to Duxbury fell just short, ending the spring at 9-11. After beginning their campaign at 1-5, a four-game winning streak – sparked by the play of sophomores Alexis Connolly and Kelly Fleming and seniors Kelly Flemming, Jess Green (captain) and Hannah Faghan (captain) – pulled the Panthers to .500.
Boys’ outdoor track finished the season at 1-4 under first-year head coach Steve Schlicting. Its victory came in its opener, 125-10 against North Quincy. Seniors Andrew Newman and Jack Ryan wrapped up heralded careers as league all-stars and both competed in the MIAA Div. 2 Championship.
Girls’ outdoor track raced to a 1-4 mark under the guidance of head coach Steve George. W-H’s win came May 8 against Silver Lake by the final score of 73-63. Sophomore Samantha Perkins and junior Dorothy DiMascio-Donohue were the team’s league all-stars.