The fall sports season at Whitman-Hanson Regional High is right around the corner.
While the summer works its way through, the fall is waiting in the wings. With that comes the start of the new athletics season at Whitman-Hanson Regional High.
From the pitch to the green, gridiron to trail, here’s your fall sports primer.
Football, coming off its third straight 7-4 season and first-round playoff exit, is “fired up and ready to roll”, according to eighth-year head coach Mike Driscoll. The Panthers will be led by dual-threat signal caller, senior Ethan Phelps, on offense and fellow senior and league all-star Mike Connors on defense. The Panthers begin their campaign Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. at home against non-league opponent Marshfield.
Field hockey will have a new look when it takes to the field this fall. Todd Humphrey’s club, which finished the 2017 campaign with highs in wins (six) and goals scored (30), graduated 15 players. Look for seniors Annika Putur, Lauren Godbout, Olivia Sheehan and Kathryn Dunn to take a big step forward. W-H begins the fall with a Sept. 5 home game against Scituate at 4 p.m.
Boys’ golf, down nine seniors from its fifth tournament qualifying team in the past seven years, will be paced by senior captain Owen Manning and junior Matt Korzec. Head coach Brian Dempsey’s club opens the season Sept. 5 on the road against Patriot League foe North Quincy at 4 p.m.
Boys’ soccer is nearly a year removed from an 11-8-1 season under first-year head coach Dave Leahy. With 2017 leading goal scorer Jason Brodeur (nine goals) and playmaker Brandon Nehiley (seven goals, five assists) back in the fold, the Panthers are in a good spot, despite being in one of the toughest leagues in the state. W-H opens its season Sept. 10 with a home game at 6 p.m. against Rockland.
Girls’ soccer, which has not missed out on the tournament since 1999, appears to be in a solid position to be back in the postseason yet again. W-H, despite some significant departures – headlined by the program’s all-time leading goal scorer in Lauren Bonavita – returns a solid core in Boston College-bound Sammy Smith, Olivia Johnson and netminder Skylar Kuzmich, all of whom are seniors. The Panthers open up on the road with a tough Notre Dame Academy of Hingham team Sept. 5 at 5:15 p.m.
Girls’ volleyball will look to push its winning streak to three, dating back to last season, when it opens up Sept. 6 on at 5:15 p.m. on the road against Rockland. Returnees for second-year head coach Ashley Balbian are headlined by senior Allison Hanlon and juniors Alexis Connolly, Olivia Martin and Ella Sweeney.
Boys’ cross country, coming off a 4-3 fall last season, is going to be a young team. Expect sophomores Liam Cafferty and Theo Kamperides to lead the pack. W-H’s first meet us Sept. 12 at 4 p.m. in Hanover.
Girls’ cross country, which also opens the fall up in Hanover at 4 p.m. Sept. 12, will also have an infusion of youth to complement a core of wily veterans. Senior captains Maeve McDonough and Maeve Rooney will be key.