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PLYMOUTH — Whitman-Hanson lacrosse lost a heartbreaker on the road in Plymouth Thursday, April 23. The Panthers fell in the final seconds of regulation to the Plymouth North Eagles 10-9; despite erasing an early 4-0 deficit.
Plymouth North’s Noah Cully and Jackson Haley each tossed in two first quarter goals to put the Panthers down 4-0. With less than two minutes remaining in the quarter Joe Arico put Whitman-Hanson on the board, and Colin Downing followed suit just thirty seconds later.
The Panthers fired back in the second quarter; tying the game at 6-6. Kyle Bina and Brett Connors tossed in a goal apiece in the second, while freshman Jake Long scored two to close out the half.
“We were able to come back to tie the game at halftime, after going down 4-0 to start the game” said second year head coach Rob White. “The guys never quit, and battled hard to stay in it.
Early in the third, Arico went down with an apparent knee injury, and left the game as a precaution. Senior Devin Lydon scored the only third quarter goal for the Panthers, who trailed 9-7 going into the fourth.
Cully scored the eventual game winner for the Eagles, despite goals from Ryan Kennedy and Connors late in regulation.
“This game was defined by ground balls, which we were visibly beat in” added White. “We need to come out stronger and not go down early.”
Whitman-Hanson nearly tied the game in the last thirty seconds. The Panthers recorded five shots on goal in the final seconds, including one with three seconds remaining that hit off the pipe, bounced around and was finally kicked away by North’s goaltender as the final horned sounded.
Despite the 10-9 loss, the Panthers remained over .500 with a 5-4 record. Whitman-Hanson will look to gain five wins in their final 11 to clinch a postseason berth, but suffered a setback Tuesday, as a 15-1 loss to Hingham bumped them back to 5-5 for the season.
The team defeated Milton 16-8 last week. Bina had quite a day with eight goals. Junior Captain Dylan Thomas had two goals along with Junior Arico and Long. Connors had four assists. Senior Captain Conor Campbell lead the defense all day with numerous ground balls.
BOSTON — Former Whitman Hanson soccer star Kristie Mewis and the rest of the Boston Breakers made their home debut in their new stadium on the campus of Harvard University Sunday afternoon.
The Breakers christened Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium with a 3-2 victory over the Houston Dash in front of 2, 372 roaring fans, to move to 1-1 on the season. The Breakers made the move across campus as Harvard Stadium, the clubs former home, is undergoing major renovations.
Mewis grew up just a short 40-minute drive from Soldiers Field, donning the black and red for the Panthers in high school, and lacing up her cleats on the grass soccer fields in Hanson. In a storied high school career, which she finished with 74 goals and 34 assists.
Mewis had earned many honors as Panther, including being named a three-time NSCAA All-American, three-time All-New England and All-Massachusetts team honoree and a three-time Eastern Massachusetts Girls Soccer Association Div. 1 First-Team All-Star. In 2008, Mewis was named the NSCAA Youth Player of the Year and the U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year. In 2009, she was named to the Parade All-America team. Mewis also played for the Region 1 Olympic Development Program (ODP) team from 2003–2007.
Kristie stayed close to home in college and attended Boston College on a full soccer scholarship from 2009 – 2012. In her time at The Heights Mewis became the Eagles all-time points’ leader, finishing her collegiate career with 39 goals, 38 assists, nine game-winning goals and 21 multiple-point games. She was also one of only two players in program history to register a goal in five straight games.
After a short three week stint with Canberra United FC in 2013 where she scored her first professional goal, Mewis was selected In January 2013, third overall in the 2013 NWSL College Draft to FC Kansas City for the inaugural season of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL.)
In November 2013, FC Kansas City traded Mewis to Seattle Reign FC for Amy Rodriguez. Days later on Nov. 18 Mewis was traded alongside Michelle Betos and two 2015 NWSL College Draft picks to the Boston Breakers for Sydney Leroux.
“My dream has always been to play professionally and the fact I can do that in my hometown is the best feeling in the world” said Mewis after the Breakers 3-2 victory. “It allows my friends and family to come to the games and for me to be able to play so close to home is extremely lucky.”
Mewis signed a three-month contract with Iga FC Kunoichi of the Japanese Nadeshiko League first division during the NWSL off-season. Wearing number 31 and playing as a forward, Mewis scored five goals in seven games. During matches in which Mewis played, Iga FC recorded a 6-1 record.
“I knew I needed a confidence builder because I had a rough season last year, as well as coming off an injury so I wanted to get away and try something new and get my confidence back. Being with a new team and playing in a new environment definitely helped me and it was a great experience.”
This upcoming weekend Kristie will face younger sister Sam Mewis, who is two games into her rookie campaign with the Western New York Flash. On Saturday, May 2 the former teammates will battle for Mewis household bragging rights until Sam makes her homecoming June 28 when the WNY Flash travel to Boston.
“I never played against Sam in college, and it’s been awhile since we played with each other, but we know each other’s tendencies’ and playing style” Mewis said about playing Sam this upcoming weekend in Rochester, New York. “We will probably exchange a laugh or two during the game but it’s going to be a fun experience and I am looking forward to seeing her.”
Be sure to follow Whitman-Hanson writer Brian McLoughlin on Twitter at @bmcloughlin22 for updates from Rochester, New York all weekend long as he covers the battle of the Mewis sisters.
The following students have had their work selected for the VFW Patriotic Art Contest and Exhibition: First Place – Katryna Crowley, who went on to win second place in the state; second Place – Mimi Wang; third Place – Tyler Sansone and Honorable Mention – Stephanie Kariuki, Alexandria Bowden and Kristina Woodward. Also representing Whitman Hanson: Emily Gonzalez, Alex Tobin, Paisley Haskell, Jenna Kimball, Emma Kennelly, Leah Ricciarelli, Kevin Guerney, Kaitlyn Daly, Brie Holmes, Kristina Woodward, Angelina Guiducci, Jason Goveya, Kristen O’Leary, Lily Sullivan, Elana Wood.
The artwork will be on display from May 19-May 21 during the Art in Bloom exhibit in the WHRHS Library. The top five finishers will also be displayed at Mutual Bank in Whitman center.
The work of the first place winner was sent to compete with other first place winners from around the state to represent Massachusetts at the national level.
W-H extended special thanks to Rachel Eaton and the Whitman VFW Ladies Auxiliary for years of commitment to the program.
BOSTON — Almost 100 years later a nagging question remains how did the Great Molasses Flood happen?
A group of about 20 people taking part in the Whitman Reads project centering on Stephen Puleo’s book, “Dark Tide: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919,” travelled to Boston Friday, April 24 to hear a presentation on the latest theory and visit the site of the disaster. The community reading program concludes tonight with a second visit by Puleo at 6 p.m., in the Whitman Library.
Ronald Mayville, a senior structural and metallurgical engineer with the Waltham firm of Simpson, Gumperts & Heger, outlined his research — which is pointing to metal stress on a low-manganese type of steel used in the tank, as well as design flaws.
The type of steel, which becomes brittle in cold conditions, used in the molasses tank that collapsed on Jan. 15, 1919 was also used in building the Titanic, which sank in the icy north Atlantic April 14-15, 1912.
Puleo points to court documents from the prolonged post-molasses flood litigation which also blame design flaws for the disaster.
“When I moved to this area nearly 30 years ago, one of the first things I thought of was, ‘This is Boston. This is where the molasses tank failure occurred,” Mayville said during his luncheon talk at La Famiglia Giorgio restaurant in the North End where the disaster claimed 21 lives and caused extensive damage.
At the time he took his wife and some friends all over the North End waterfront, unable to find the site now graced with an historic marker.
“I’m an engineer and I work in the area of failure,” he said. “This has been something of interest to me for a long time.”
He said the molasses tank failure is a common subject of study in college courses dealing with the strength of materials.
Like Puleo, Mayville uses the 25,000 pages of court testimony in his research. As a project done in his spare time, Mayville is about 8,000 pages through.
Archival material left to Lehigh University, once owned by a consultant who was among experts testifying at the trial, has also been valuable, Mayville said.
“You can have your own molasses tank already broken,” he said of online directions available for building a model. “I have one. We keep it on our fireplace mantel.”
Mayville’s interest is in using modern research techniques, such as finite element analysis, to learn why the tank failed — he believes progress is being made.
He is currently working on a computer animation of how he believes the tank collapsed, which in effect presents a graphic illustration of Puleos’s desciption of observances reported by Suffolk County Medical Examiner Dr. George Burgess Meredith in the days following the disaster:
“Steel plates from the tank’s wall lay broken and partially submerged in molasses,” Puleo wrote. “But McGrath saw that the tank’s large circular roof lay right-side-up atop the concrete foundation, in sharp contrast to the violence and destruction on the waterfront. It was as if the molasses had spewed out in all directions from under the roof, carrying the tank’s walls in all directions, but the roof had settled gently onto the ground below.”
Molasses is 1.5 times heavier than water, which also played a role, according to Mayville. While the tank had been filled to capacity several times before, at least once to a higher level than on Jan. 15, 1919, that also contributed to the ultimate failure.
“You know the famous paper clip [example], if you bend the paper clip back and fourth enough times it will break, that’s known as fatigue,” he said. “I believe something like that was happening as well.”
Another of his hypotheses is that the reputable firm that built the tank may have designed it for water.
“That’s a big mystery to me, how they could have made such a big mistake,” he said.
Welding, which was known at the time, was not widely used. The tank, again like the Titanic, was assembled with riveted joints.
“Today I would say bolts and welding is stronger,” he said. “But [rivets] was the technology of the day.”
Rivets reinforcing the outside of the manhole on the tank roof were insufficient, Mayville argues. He points to “herringbone” marks in the steel that indicate where a fracture started — in this case the manhole.
“The way they made the rivet holes in those days was to actually punch through the metal,” he said. “If you didn’t do it carefully, and sometimes if you did, it tended to damage the material around the edge of the hole — sometimes even leaving cracks.”
WHITMAN — It all started with a simple question.
As 8-year-old Conley Elementary School second-grader Grace Hughes watched television news coverage of Boston Marathon preparations — and the trial of marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — she asked herself what she could do to help the bombing victims.
“I felt really bad for the people that got hurt that day,” Grace said.
A fan of making loom bracelets, she opted to make some to sell for $1 each at her school.
“She wanted to donate clothing or something like that,” her mom Danielle Hughes said. “I said ‘They don’t really need that right now, what they need is money to help them get back on their feet.’ She said she could raise money by making bracelets and I thought that was a great idea.”
“And she got tons of money … and I helped,” piped in her little brother Nick, 5. He helped Grace make some of the 95 bracelets she turned out. With her class helping, her goal was 100 bracelets.
“I’m pretty sure we’re going to get past that many,” Grace said.
They had raised $250 prior to the school sale through purchases made be friends and family.
“I had posted on Facebook how excited and proud of her I was,” Danielle said. “We were very surprised it was something Grace wanted to do.”
Where the money would go was an important consideration. One Fund Boston was no longer accepting donations, so they looked at other options and found The Martin Richard Charitable Foundation, which honors the 8-year-old bombing victim’s message of peace by investing in education, athletics and community.
Grace felt kinship with the boy who was her age in 2013.
The next step was getting permission from the school to conduct the sale. Since Principal Karen Downey’s sister in-law runs the marathon, it wasn’t a hard sell.
“I tried to look for her on the news, but I didn’t see her,” Danielle said.
On Friday, April 17, Grace gave a presentation on her project in front of the entire class on what she was planning.
“The day before I was nervous, but that day I wasn’t,” she said with a giggle. “My class decided to help me out making the bracelets.”
Danielle said they were excited to see how many bracelets they end up with.
Grace’s teacher Kerri Doherty has been an enthusiastic booster of the project.
“She’s really been quite an inspiration to all of us,” Doherty said Monday. “She had shared with the class during our morning meeting what she was going to do and they all immediately wanted to know how they could help.”
One student alone made more than 100 bracelets over April vacation, Doherty said, adding that other teachers at Conley have told her they have students who want to help, too.
“It’s really exciting — she’s really a special girl,” Doherty said.
HANSON — The Board of Selectmen Tuesday night voted 4-1 to approve a policy under which access to the town’s law firm — Blatman, Bobrowski & Mead LLC — by individual selectmen requires approval only by the Board of Selectmen’s chairman or vice chairman.
The town administrator would be notified of such requests, but will not have the power to approve or deny them.
Selectman Don Howard dissented, saying he has never had a problem going through a town administrator, and he has worked with three in his seven years on the board.
“I don’t see why we need a policy,” Howard said, noting that is why taxpayers fund the town administrator’s position.
“We never had a firm, written policy on access to town counsel,” Selectmen Chairman Bruce Young said, explaining a new request for legal services form he had drafted. “At least there’s a record that this happened because now we can get into the billing process.”
He said the request form represents an internal control system key to a well-run accounting system.
Town Administrator Ron San Angelo countered that the form stems from a disagreement between him and Young on the wording of the Town Administrator Act, and sought joint approval from the chairman and administrator on the forms.
“This is an interpretation kind of issue,” San Angelo said. “Like all good pieces of legislation, it’s debatable.”
He argued that his job is to act as liaison between town counsel, the Board of Selectmen and affected town departments or officials,’ other than selectmen’s, requests.
“I don’t believe the chairman, nor any single member of the Board of Selectmen, has the direct power to go to town counsel,” he said. “That has to be done in conjunction with the town administrator. … The power to go to a town attorney rests with the entire Board of Selectmen, not any individual selectman.”
San Angelo said he has never refused any selectman’s request to refer to the town attorney if there is a need for it and if there was a concern over need he would work with the chairman to solve it.
“I’m supposed to be the coordinator of that and to know what legal funds are being spent,” he said.
Selectman James McGahan said San Angelo’s reliance on the phrase “I believe” regarding the issue required an opinion from Town Counsel Jason Talerman, who attended the meeting.
“I really don’t care how you get to me or how a board of selectmen wants to access me,” he said. “I care that it’s clear and that everyone is informed.”
Talerman has worked with more than 100 of the state’s 351 cities and towns and there are “just as many” policies on how to contact town counsel.
While he thinks San Angelo is a liaison to town counsel, he doesn’t see a prohibition of contact by the selectmen chairman. For individual selectmen to consult him, he said there does need to be a policy.
“You just make a policy on that — I’ll follow the policy,” he said. “When I’m contacted by a single member I have to think to myself, ‘Is that reflective of the entire board, or what at least a majority, says?’”
Two residents also weighed in on the issue.
“The town administrator reports to this board,” Richard Hickey, 43 Morton St. said. “He’s asking for full authority. He’s not an elected person in this town. …He does not need to cosign on anything. He works for you folks. He will be in the electronic loop.”
Mark Vess, 303 High St., agreed.
“I’ve never understood it that the Board of Selectmen could not go directly to legal counsel to address any concerns that they had,” said Vess, who served as a selectmen in the past. “I heard what you are trying to do tonight and I could not agree with you more.”
In other business, the board voted 5-0 to approve appointment of Jared M. Meegan to the Hanson Police Department. The appointment of Meegan, now a member of the Wellfleet Police Department is effective Monday, May 18, but he may start later if his services are required in Wellfleet over Memorial Day weekend.
The hiring process began last August when more than 40 people applied for the position, according to Police Chief Michael Miksch.
Meegan has been a part-time officer in Wellfleet since 2009, becoming full time in 2013. He is a 2013 graduate of the Plymouth Police Academy and is state certified as a full-time police officer and passed an extensive background check.
“His chief was rather upset that he was going to lose him,” Miksch said. “He describes officer Meegan to be very responsible, motivated, dedicated and loyal. His chief further informed me he that he could see Jared as one of the next leaders in their department and is sad to see him leave.”
Parades, team introductions, player oaths and ceremonial first pitches ushered in a new youth baseball season in Whitman and Hanson Saturday, April 25.
“Opening Day is very special in small towns like Whitman,” said Whitman Baseball and Softball Association President Brian Schwede. “I can’t imagine one place on the South Shore today that has 525 children in fluorescent colors, smiles on their faces and their parents all together with them.”
WBSA’s 525 players were first up to bat, stepping off from the Spellman Center at 9 a.m., winding their way up Washington Street to Park Avenue and Hayden Avenue to the Whitman Park ball field.
Hanson’s Little League teams stepped off from Town Hall at noon, traversing Liberty Street to the Boteiri Fields.
“Spring is here, the weather is beginning to improve a little and we are expecting another great season of Hanson Little League baseball,” said Hanson Fundraising Chairman Jay Walker, who served as master of ceremonies. “I know the players and coaches in the entire league are excited to get underway.”
Quoting a legend
Acknowledging he was standing in Red Sox Nation, Schwede warned his crowd that he was about to quote a famous member of the Bronx Bombers — the Yankee Clipper, Joe DiMaggio. Those in the crowd who knew that Joltin’ Joe’s brother, Dominic, played his entire 11-year career with the Red Sox could find the selection fitting: “You always get a special kick on opening day no matter how many you go through,” Joe DiMaggio once said. “You look forward to it like your birthday party when you were a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen.”
“That’s how I feel today … excited and hopeful,” Schwede said.
In both communities, the volunteers who helped recover fields after a hard winter received special thanks.
“I just want to mention a special group of volunteers that help each and every time they’re called on,” said Schwede, recognizing Dan Desmond, Glen Fosse and Gerard Cooper of WBSA. “This field has come a long way in the last month. … In my estimation this field rivals Fenway Park each and every day.”
Walker expressed thanks to parents and coaches who helped participate in the recent field cleanup day, as well as Hanson Parks and Fields, Water and Highway departments for help with that project and year-round support.
“The fields are in pretty good shape,” he said. “We’ll play about 700 regular season games … not including playoffs.”
Three former Hanson Little League Board members threw out ceremonial first pitches in Hanson: Ed Kinsella, Rob Mulcahy and Wayne Princiotti.
WBSA saluted its business sponsors by asking Steve Egan of Egan Realty Group, jeweler David Menard and Tom Vemis of Regal Marketplace to throw out the ceremonial first pitches.
“This morning is just a small token of our appreciation for the entire vendor community,” Schwede said after the pitch ceremony. “We are fortunate to live in a community the size of Whitman and have over 50 participating sponsors.”
Player Agent Diane Schwede noted this was the first year 4-year-olds participated in the parade and led the crowd in applauding them as well as 12-year-olds playing their final year in Little League. Coach Ralph Goodick and players of last year’s undefeated 8-year old Friendship State Title team were also applauded.
WBSA softball players Michaela Happnie — singing the national anthem — and Riley Sullivan — performing “God Bless America” — saluted America in song.
As Whitman’s parade formed at the Holy Ghost Church, players and their families donated 1,222 pounds of food to the Whitman Food Pantry.
“We at the pantry are very grateful for all that they do for us year after year in helping those less fortunate in the town of Whitman,” St. Vincent de Paul District President Bob Hogan said Tuesday. “The efforts of many help us to continue to reach out to those in need.”
Brian Schwede called the crowd’s attention to the memorial behind the Hayden Avenue dugout, where more than 600 baseballs bearing the names of service members from across the country killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and collected by former WBSA President Chris Johnson have been given a dignified burial in a casket. Swensen Granite donated the memorial bench, Aria Landscaping donated the brickwork and Bruce Martin and DPW workers installed the flagpole and landscaped the space.
Hanson resident Kristen Nehiley performed the national anthem for Hanson Little League ceremonies, and the crowd was invited to sing along with a recording of the late Rev. Mark Hannon’s signature rendition of “God Bless America.”
Hanson’s Boteiri Family Award for the player who best exemplifies hard work, unselfish team play, passion and dedication to the game, was awarded to Sean McKay.
After Whitman’s players and parent volunteers took their oaths of conduct, and Hanson teams doffed their caps to the crowd it was time for players in both towns to play ball.
Police, fire, DPW and highway department employees in both towns were thanked for helping prepare the fields or participating in the parades.
W-H defeated Rockland 13-2 on 17 total hits and RBIs from eight Panthers on Monday to remain undefeated on the season. Senior Captain Ally Webster went 4-5 (2 2B) with an RBI and three runs scored. Junior Maxine Vincent went 3-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore Emily Cook earned the win for the Panthers (7 IP, 2 ER, 5 hits).
The Panthers defeated Duxbury 3-0 on Thursday, April 16. Captain Gabby DeLeon earned the win with a complete game shut-out and 10 Ks. Vincent (1-3) Kristin Arthur (1-2 2B) and Kelly Burke (1-1) each had an RBI. Senior Captain Caitlin Hughes went 2-3 with a run scored.
On Tuesday, April 14 W-H won their opener 5-3 against Rockland after overcoming a 2-0 deficit in the fifth. Webster went 2-3 with two RBIs and a two runs scored. Vincent went 1-3 with a pair of RBIs. DeLeon had 6 Ks and 0 ERs to earn the win for the Panthers.
The Whitman-Hanson Panthers baseball team had a tough loss with a final score of 8-6 at Duxbury on Thursday, April 16 to even their record at 2-2. Nick Haley continues to have a hot bat for W-H with a lead off single and a homerun.
Senior Matt Donovan (4.1, 2 hits 3K’s) along with Juniors Jared Pendrak (1.0, 1-2-3 seventh with a strikeout) and Jason Keenan (1.2) held North Quincy to two runs with some solid defensive plays by the Panthers. Whitman-Hanson had timely hitting late in the game by Junior Ricky Sherlock (2-3 with 3 RBI) and Haley (2-3 double, triple and RBI) to seal the 7-2 win for the home team.
Junior Brenndan Rogers fired 4 1/3 innings of two-hit shutout ball with five strikeouts, but East Bridgewater rallied for three seventh-inning runs to beat the Panthers, 3-0.