Sunday, October 17, 2021

Twilight Meet Highlights/Results

The Panther Cross Country Boys and Girls teams traveled to the Cape Cod Fairgrounds in Falmouth Saturday night to run under the lights in the (Large Schools) McIntyre Twilight Meet.  Adriana Kelly and McKenna McCarthy got things started with outstanding finishes in the Girls Freshman 2.1 Mile race.  Adriana placed 13th overall in a field of 184 in a time of 13:38 while McKenna placed 25th in 14:12.

In the Boys Sophomore 5K race in which 268 athletes competed, the team of Logan Bourgelas (32nd, 18:19), Alex Kehayias (42nd, 18:54), Gavin McCarthy (53rd, 19:11), Ryan Crowley (57th, 19:15) and Shane Johnson (63rd, 19:22) combined to place 9th overall among the 29 teams entered.

Senior Captain Nathan Tassey ran a 5K Personal Record of 16:39 in the Boys Varsity race placing 27th in a field of 365 runners. Senior Captain Gordon Johnson (123rd, 17:53) also had a great outing for the Panthers.

The Girls Varsity 5K race was the final event of the evening and Whitman-Hanson was again led by Senior Captain Myah Kamperides who placed 48th of 287 athletes in a season best 20:22.

Full results for all our runners can be viewed at the following link:

Complete Twilight Meet Results 

Thursday, October 14, 2021

2021 McIntyre Twilight Meet - October 16, 2021

Now its on to the Twilight Meet!  This meet is a lot of work.  Its crowded, its dark, it is an unfamiliar venue to most, if not all, of the athletes, and this year the course has been changed due to construction within the Barnstable Fairgrounds.  Understandably then, the coaches anxiety levels began to rise immediately following yesterday's meet with Duxbury.  One quick note on the Duxbury meet.  The one determinant of success at your level is IMPROVEMENT.  And while I'm never pleased with a one point loss (more on that later at practice), the goal of improvement is stressed each and every week.  By my count we had 5K Personal Records set yesterday by 20 Boys and 9 Girls.  Now THAT is impressive.  😊 OK, I'm happy . . .

The location of Saturday's Meet is:  Cape Cod Fairgrounds, 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway Route 151, East Falmouth, MA 02536

Travel time is 65-75 minutes, but please leave additional time as parking is at a premium and some walking may be involved.  PLEASE NOTE:  The team bus leaves from the Gym at 3:45 SHARP!

Complete information concerning Saturday's meet can viewed at the following link:

McIntyre Twilight Meet

The race officials for the Twilight meet have asked that we pass along the following to our parents and any students traveling to the meet:

Please share the following information with your parents:

·         With the initial parking lot mostly unavailable, the more remote parking lots will need to be used.  Please follow the guidance of the parking attendants and the police details.  Please plan additional time to walk from the lots to the main entrance.

·         There is a $8 admission fee for adults and a $5 admission fee for students and seniors.  The MSTCA can accept cash, credit/debit cards, and Venmo at the gate.

·         The Marathon Sports tents will be set up as usual with plenty of MSTCA Twilight apparel for sale.

·         No dogs are allowed on the Fairgrounds.

·         No grilling is allowed on the Fairgrounds.  If your parents are bringing in food for the athletes, it must already be cooked.  

·         There will be food trucks on site.

·         Restrooms are located at the top of the hill by the main entrance and at the bottom of the hill near the final corner of the loop.  The permanent restroom buildings are for women, while the portable restrooms are for men.  The permanent, red restroom building near the final downhill of the course will be open to both genders.  There are also a couple of restrooms behind the start for athletes who need to use one right before they race.  

·         Please clean your areas before leaving and deposit all trash in the many barrels around the site.

 

Thank you so much for your help spreading these details.  We are all looking forward to a wonderful weekend of racing!

 

Jimmy Hoar

MSTCA 




Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Whitman-Hanson versus Duxbury 10/13/21

The following was reported to local media and Whitman-Hanson Administration: 

BOYS

 
The Whitman-Hanson Boys Cross Country team (3-3) hosted Duxbury Wednesday afternoon on its 5K course and were edged 27-28.  Senior Captains Nate Tassey (17:28) and Gordon Johnson (17:49) finished 1-2 for the Panthers, but Duxbury placed 5 of the next 6 runners.  Also scoring for Whitman-Hanson were Sophomores Logan Bourgelas (6th, 18:08), Gavin McCarthy (9th, 18:47), and Ryan Crowley (10th, 18:48.)
 
GIRLS
 

The Whitman-Hanson Girls Cross Country team (3-3) placed the first seven runners and downed Duxbury at home 15-50.  Senior Captain Myah Kamperides led the way over the 5K course in 20:52 with Freshmen McKenna McCarthy (2nd, 21:47) and Adriana Kelly (3rd, 22:25), and Seniors Sarah Boulger (4th, 22:28) and Erin Kelly (5th, 22:54) also scoring for the Panthers.  Senior Anna Flynn (6th, 23:06) and Sophomore Caroline Poth (7th, 23:56) also had good outings for Whitman-Hanson.

Further details/ full results will follow shortly.


ALL RESULTS CAN BE VIEWED AT THE FOLLOWING LINK:

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Whitman-Hanson @ Hingham - 10/5/21

The following was provided to local media and Administration following today's meet versus Hingham:

BOYS
 
Whitman-Hanson Boys Cross Country (3-2) dropped its meet at Hingham Tuesday afternoon 20-36.  The Panthers Senior Captain Nathan Tassey covered the 2.98 Mile course in 15:49, but Hingham placed the next five runners for the win.  Sophomore Logan Bourgelas (7th, 16:55), Senior Gordon Johnson (8th, 17:10), Sophomore Alex Keheyias (9th, 17:37) and Sophomore Ryan Crowley (11th, 17:40) closed out the scoring for Whitman-Hanson.  
 
GIRLS
 
Whitman-Hanson Girls Cross Country (2-3) fell to Hingham 23-38 Tuesday in Hingham.  Senior Captain Myah Kamperides finished 2nd overall for the Panthers in 19:54, with Freshman Adriana Kelly placing 3rd in 20:21.  Seniors Sarah Boulger, Erin Kelly and Anna Flynn ran well for the Panthers in the loss.

Final results for all runners can be viewed at the following link:

 Hingham vs Whitman Hanson Cross Country Meet (athletic.net)


Monday, October 4, 2021

Monday, October 4, 2021

Thank you to those who participated in Saturday's long run at Union Point/Southfield on what turned out to be a perfect morning for running.  I was impressed with all, but kudos to a small group (Myah, Sarah, Gordon, Logan, Alex, Shane J, Adam) who covered 8+ miles.  That group will get an extra day off (today) as we prepare for Hingham tomorrow.  ALL others will meet at 2:30 for practice under the gym overhang.  Due to the shortage of bus drivers available,  transportation to Hingham will be split up.  The Girls, who run first, will depart WHRHS at 2:30.  The Boys will depart on a second bus leaving at approximately 3:45-4:00.  Both teams will return on the same bus following the Boys race.  

Hingham High School is located at 17 Union Street, Hingham, MA and is approximately 14 miles and 35 minutes from WHRHS.  A search of that address will provide access to directions.  If there are any questions please let me know.

If anybody would prefer to drive directly to the meet or travel with another parent or student it will be necessary to have a waiver signed by his/her parents.  The waiver provides for three options.  EACH option approved must be signed by the parent.  The waiver (cut, paste, sign and submit) follows below:


WHITMAN-HANSON ATHLETICS

Provision 1

I _______________________________________________ the parent/guardian for ____________________________  give my permission to have my child drive themselves to and from any athletic event during the 2021/2022 school year.  I agree to release the Whitman Hanson Regional School District, the town of Hanson, the town of Whitman, all employees of the regional school district and all agents from any liability whatsoever.  I assume all responsibility as it relates to my child driving to and from any athletic event or function.

Provision 2

I _______________________________________________ the parent/guardian for ____________________________  give my permission to have my child drive with another parent to any athletic event during the 2021/2022 school year.  I agree to release the Whitman Hanson Regional School District, the town of Hanson, the town of Whitman, all employees of the regional school district and all agents from any liability whatsoever.  I assume all responsibility as it relates to my child driving with another parent.  I understand the school district does not do background checks on parents and I agree that it is my responsibility to ascertain the safety of any such arrangement. 

Provision 3

I _______________________________________________ the parent/guardian for ____________________________  give my permission to have my child drive with another student driver to any athletic event during the 2021/2022 school year.  I agree to release the Whitman Hanson Regional School District, the town of Hanson, the town of Whitman, all employees of the regional school district and all agents from any liability whatsoever.  I assume all responsibility as it relates to my child driving with another student including but not limited to verifying that the driver is legally licensed to drive other underage passengers.  I understand the school district does not do background checks on students and I agree that it is my responsibility to ascertain the safety of any such arrangement. 

 

_______________                                                      ____________________________________

Date                                                                            Parent’s Signature

 


Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Whitman-Hanson vs. Plymouth North

 The following was sent to Administration and local media earlier:  

BOYS
 
Senior Captains Nathan Tassey (17:36) and Gordon Johnson (17:56) placed first and second, while Sophomore Logan Bourgelas finished 3rd (18:20)  in leading Whitman-Hanson Boys Cross Country (3-1) to a 21-36 win over Plymouth North at home on its 5K course Wednesday afternoon.  Also scoring for the Panthers were Sophomores Alex Keheyias (19:06) and Gavin McCarthy (19:07).
 
GIRLS
 

The Whitman-Hanson Girls Cross Country (2-2) team lost to Plymouth North at home 27-28 Wednesday afternoon.  Senior Captain Myah Kamperides finished 2nd (20:53) on the 5K course behind PNs Freshman standout Macey Shriner (20:34.)  Also scoring for the Panthers were Freshman McKenna McCarthy (5th, 22:09), Senior Captain Sarah Boulger (6th, 22:20), Freshman Adrianna Kelly (7th, 23:05) and Sophomore Caroline Poth (8th, 23:49.)

And on the subject of improvement!!!  21 PRs for our Boys, 8 for our Girls!!  Great job today for all our finishers.  FULL RESULTS FOLLOW BELOW:

 Mens Results

5,000 Meters New Division

1.12Nathan Tassey17:36
Whitman-Hanson Reg
2.12Gordon Johnson17:56
Whitman-Hanson Reg
3.10Logan Bourgelas18:20
Whitman-Hanson Reg
7.10Alexander Kehayias19:06
Whitman-Hanson Reg
8.10Gavin McCarthy19:07
Whitman-Hanson Reg
9.10Ryan Crowley19:08
Whitman-Hanson Reg
13.10Shane Johnson19:56
Whitman-Hanson Reg
15.11Shaine Mwicigi20:18
Whitman-Hanson Reg
18.10Andrew Buckley20:59
Whitman-Hanson Reg
20.11Jonathan Young21:10
Whitman-Hanson Reg
21.11Collin O'Sullivan21:17
Whitman-Hanson Reg
22.10Jeffrey Gomes21:30
Whitman-Hanson Reg
25.10Connor McCarthy22:35
Whitman-Hanson Reg
26.11James Molito22:49
Whitman-Hanson Reg
30.10Robert Silva23:58
Whitman-Hanson Reg
31.9James Tilley23:58
Whitman-Hanson Reg
32.10Anthony LaBonte24:17
Whitman-Hanson Reg
33.9Ronan Cafferty24:41
Whitman-Hanson Reg
34.10James Whitman25:02
Whitman-Hanson Reg
36.12William Mulligan25:44
Whitman-Hanson Reg
37.10Charlie Frisoli26:35
Whitman-Hanson Reg
38.12Daniel Reader27:15
Whitman-Hanson Reg
40.12John Caterer32:50
Whitman-Hanson Reg
41.12Chase Baker32:51
Whitman-Hanson Reg
42.11Moises-Trey Lacand...32:55
Whitman-Hanson Reg
43.10Dillan Loud34:06
Whitman-Hanson Reg
44.9Declan Handlin34:59
Whitman-Hanson Reg
Provided by Athletic.net

 Womens Results

5,000 Meters New Division

2.12Myah Kamperides20:34
Whitman-Hanson Reg
5.9McKenna McCarthy22:09
Whitman-Hanson Reg
6.12Sarah Boulger22:20
Whitman-Hanson Reg
7.9Adrianna Kelly23:05
Whitman-Hanson Reg
8.10Caroline Poth23:49
Whitman-Hanson Reg
12.11Anne Tilley25:45
Whitman-Hanson Reg
13.9Chloe Handlin26:03
Whitman-Hanson Reg
14.10Paige Reichert26:04
Whitman-Hanson Reg
16.10Lynn McCoy26:53
Whitman-Hanson Reg
18.10Amiliya Gretsky27:44
Whitman-Hanson Reg
19.11Ella Bailey29:02
Whitman-Hanson Reg
21.9Eva Nunes31:10
Whitman-Hanson Reg
22.11Sydney Pires31:53
Whitman-Hanson Reg
Provided by Athletic.net

Monday, September 27, 2021

Positive Impact

Today's entry didn't start as a commentary on social media.  Honestly, I've tried Twitter and Instagram and simply didn't like them.  (Long story, inappropriate in this forum.)  However, I think social media applications can be informational.  At times entertaining.  I can certainly see the benefit in their use for marketing.  But I find them most interesting when they are used for the purpose of educating, inspiring, or congratulating achievement.  For example, there were a host of Twitter entries following Saturday's XC Invitational at Wrentham congratulating athletes and detailing their performances.  Our own Coach S inspires us every day with his words of wisdom via Twitter.  And many WH teachers and Administrators use social media as a means of spreading their message and furthering your education.  All of which are praiseworthy.  Probably not enough to get this old guy to use them extensively, but admittedly, they can serve a very useful purpose if used in a positive manner.  

Yesterday AD Rodgers "tweeted"  a link to a youtube.com video challenge made by our principal, Dr. Jones.  Those are just two examples of the potential and positivity of social media, first in the Tweet, second in the video itself.  I was inspired watch and to accept the challenges in the video.  In fact, this morning I've strolled about my office building a couple of times in a (thus far) successful attempt to meet the challenges.  A link to Dr. Jones' video follows:

https://youtu.be/l-n7hJKAjgw

I urge you to spend the 4 minutes to view the video.  I heartily suggest you too accept the challenges.  The video starts with a message "Everything you do has some effect, some impact."  You may be  surprised by the response of those you are challenged to greet.  Positive impact.  But the challenge provides even more for you if you're willing to accept it.  Again, positive impact. 

See you at 2:30.