Saturday, October 20, 2018

58th Annual Catholic Memorial Invitational

It was exciting for me to return to Franklin Park today with 14 great kids who had the opportunity to run an historic, albeit a difficult and demanding, course.  It was also a good test against some very talented teams from other divisions as well as our own.  The girls race was run first with three Panthers winning medals for their efforts.  Tori Boss (41st, 22:01), Maeve McDonough (42nd, 22:02) and Niki Kamperides (45th, 22:06) were impressive.  On the boys side, three athletes also took home medals. Leading the way for W-H were Theo Kamperides (33rd, 18:09), Brandon Hager (41st, 18:28) and Adam Solari (49th, 18:52.) 

Full results for the Girls can be found here:

and for the Boys:

Each of the athletes running today's race will take the next two days (Sunday AND Monday) off to prepare for Plymouth South at home Tuesday afternoon.

ALL other athletes will have practice Monday at 2:30.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Friday, October 19, 2018

With an early dismissal today we will hold practice at 10:45.  Tomorrow's (Saturday) practice will be held at 9:00AM for those not participating in the Catholic Memorial Invitational.  Those running at Franklin Park should arrive at 8:45.  I should be there well before you . . . look for the neon.

See you at 10:45 . . . (there you go, Nick!)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The reward for good work . . .

is more work.  And while that may be the reason behind my decision to change careers a quarter century ago, I always felt that achievements in running motivated me to work harder at it.  Yesterday our teams achieved quite a bit and I am hopeful you will feel the same way and want to get out there today and put in another day of hard work.

I'm convinced now that last week's results were, in contrast to this week's, a fair indication that the heat impacted your performances.  Yesterday was much more comfortable and you all stepped it up . . . again.  More about that at today's practice.

This Saturday, 7 Boys and 7 Girls will be participating in the Catholic Memorial Invitational at Franklin Park in Boston. It is an opportunity to run an historic course and it should be a terrific event.  Many teams are heading off to the Twilight Meet, but the truth is logistically that didn't work for us.  Substantial costs, plus the fact the meet has been severely overcrowded the past few years made the change necessary.  Like, Martha's Vineyard, I've had teams entered each year in the Twilight meet, but I am very excited about heading to Franklin Park.  Change in racing venues, like changes in careers can be very rewarding.

No bus transportation is available for Saturday's meet and we are hoping parents will help carpool the kids to the event.  Directions from Whitman-Hanson Regional are found at the following link:,+600+Franklin+St,+Hanson,+MA+02341/Franklin+Park+Road,+Boston,+MA/@42.3153258,-71.0530491,13.46z/data=!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x89e4996289132a11:0xbbfb2e682f55a39e!2m2!1d-70.9063805!2d42.0708831!1m5!1m1!1s0x89e37bdce0633889:0x53cbdbbc337a048d!2m2!1d-71.0869023!2d42.3025252

Just one thing about the directions.  The actual entrance to the meet area is about 1/2 mile further down Franklin Park Road than shown on the map.  Follow the traffic and the entrance is on your right.  The Girls race is at 10:00AM and the Boys go off at 10:30AM.  Parking is difficult and ordinarily you have a considerable walk to the race site.  We hope all the student-athletes arrive by 9:00AM.  If there are questions please don't hesitate to ask.

And the real reason for the career change . . .

You will only be asked to do YOUR job!   See you at 2:30, ready to work

Tuesday, October 16, 2018


The following was sent to Administration and the Media following today's meet:

The Whitman-Hanson Boys Cross Country team (3-4) downed the visiting Scituate Sailors 21-40.  The Panthers placed 8 of the top 10 runners with SO Theo Kamperides (1st, 17:44) and JR Brandon Hager (2nd, 17:48) leading the way.  Also scoring for the Panthers on its home 5K course were SO Liam Cafferty (5th, 18:40), FR Evan Jewett (6th, 18:41), and JR Captain Adam Solari (7th, 18:45.)  Also running well for W-H were JR Nick Hanley (8th, 18:48), SO Chris MacDonald (9th, 18:53) and SO Matt Butler (10th, 18:59.)
The Whitman Hanson Girls Cross Country team (3-4) placed 6 of the top 7 runners in its 18-44 win over Scituate Tuesday afternoon.  JR Tori Boss (1st, 21:28) , SR Captain Maeve McDonough (2nd, 21:47), JR Niki Kamperides (4th, 22:13), SR Dorothy DiMascio-Donohue (5th, 23:01) and FR Sarah Boulger (6th, 23:04) all scored for the Panthers on its 5K course.  Also performing well were FR Anna Flynn (7th, 23:09) and JR Tori Carleton (9th, 23:29.)
The Red Sox also won (8-2) and your results have been entered.  You can view them at:

Just a few PRs!  :-)             (Another "Butterscotch Bonanza")

Awesome day!

See you tomorrow. . . 


Friday, October 12, 2018

Columbus Day and Saturday's Practice

The Uniform Monday Holiday Act took effect in 1971.  Up to that time all holidays were celebrated on specific dates.  For example Presidents Day was celebrated as Lincoln's birthday (February 12) and Washington's birthday (February 22.)  Columbus Day was observed on October 12, today's date.  If this were 1968, you would have had today off.  My group, I'm sure, wishes that was the case after today's workout!  Ironically, one of my children, in New York City with friends to see "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" on Broadway, sent me a picture from Columbus Circle in New York City about 20 minutes ago.   Named after . . . you guessed it, Christopher Columbus.  Happy 567th Birthday Chris!

Tomorrow's practice will be held at Forge Pond Park in Hanover at 8:30 AM.  Light rain is in the forecast for 9:00 AM and it will be chilly, compared to what we are used to.  Dress appropriately.  The address for Forge Pond is 245 King Street, Hanover, MA .  Directions from WHRHS are as follows:,+Franklin+Street,+Hanson,+MA/forge+pond+park/@42.0847936,-70.9358168,13z/am=t/data=!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x89e4996289132a11:0xbbfb2e682f55a39e!2m2!1d-70.9063805!2d42.0708831!1m5!1m1!1s0x89e49ec61d8ded5f:0x65b613a278b4f231!2m2!1d-70.8818361!2d42.1039144

See you all there!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


The following was sent to the Media and Administration following today's meet:

The Whitman-Hanson Boys Cross Country team (2-3) downed Silver Lake at home Wednesday afternoon 24-37.  Scoring for the Panthers on its 5k course were SO Theo Kamperides (2nd, 18:05), JR Brandon Hager (4th, 18:35), FR Evan Jewett (5th, 18:48), JR Captain Adam Solari (6th, 18:55) and SO Matt Butler (7th, 19:12.)  Also running well for WH were JR Nick Hanley (8th, 19:32),  SO Liam Cafferty (9th, 19:40) and SO Chris MacDonald (10th, 19:45.)
Whitman-Hanson Girls Cross Country (2-3) placed 6 of the top 7 runners to defeat Silver Lake 20-43 at home Wednesday afternoon.  Scoring for the Panthers in the 5K race were JR Tori Boss (2nd, 22:08), JR Niki Kamperides (3rd, 22:12), SR Captain Maeve Rooney (4th, 22:59), SR Captain Maeve McDonough (5th, 23:26) and SR Dorothy DiMascio-Donohue (6th, 23:26.)  JR Tori Carleton placed 7th overall in 24:00.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Columbus Day - 2018

My 6 year old granddaughter impressed me initially, telling me that Christopher Columbus made landfall in what is now called the Bahamas, but when she prattled on about how he then made his way through Pennsylvania and Ohio, I became concerned about what she is learning.  She went on to explain that Columbus, Ohio was named after Christopher Columbus.  My faith in our educators was restored.  And while THEY may get the day off tomorrow . . . we don't!

And although I'd prefer an off-site run along the Cape Cod National Seashore (does Nauset High realize how lucky they are?), practice for all will be at 9:00AM at WHRHS.   Important workout for Group 1.  Group 2 repeats this past Friday.  Silver Lake, no longer a lightweight, comes to WH on Wednesday.

Bright and early . . .