Below you'll find the agenda from last evening's Zoom meeting. Coach S and I ENCOURAGE questions and look forward to hearing from anybody unable to attend the meeting.
Friday, February 12, 2021
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Thursday, December 3, 2020
We'll call it the "cute phase" . . . Two (of the many) kids who have really had an impact on Whitman-Hanson Cross Country the past four years. The guy on the left has been a consistent and prolific scorer since his Freshman year when he copped 2017 Rookie-of-the-Year honors as the team's #3 runner behind stalwarts, Andrew Newman and Jack Ryan. Liam Cafferty never let up in his four years with XC. Not for one minute. The guy on the right had the team's 4th best time back in 2017, and culminated his career today with his selection as a Boston Globe All-Scholastic (one of twelve statewide.) Theo Kamperides went on to win two Patriot League MVPs. More honors are in the works for both of these (formerly) "cute" guys.
Friday, November 20, 2020
If I were to throw out "The Last Waltz", there is little doubt none of you would know what I was talking about. A concert held 45 years ago, and meaningful to me, has no relevance whatsoever to your lives. On the other hand, "The Last Dance", a recently aired Netflix series about Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls, may bridge the gap a bit. But one thing that touches us all is "The Last Practice."
When we got together in June, nearly six months ago, for strength and conditioning sessions, and throughout the summer each Tuesday and Thursday evening, our season effectively got under way. I was optimistic when many of our athletes requested and faithfully followed our summer training plans. I was buoyed by a good representation from our Freshman class when formal practices began. And throughout the season I was impressed with the dedication of all of you, and even more so by your improvement. We all anticipated a season like no other with the pandemic hanging over our heads and the modifications necessitated by that. But our teams followed rules and met expectations, just as they had the training plans, and what followed was a remarkably successful season for all of our athletes and coaches. Was it perfect? The Boys' record aside, no. But we had 62 terrific kids on our teams, who challenged themselves each and every day, and I believe were almost all pleased with the outcome. If not, each and every one of you should be.
At the beginning of any season a coach evaluates the talent on the team. We knew we had some very good runners. But what we really hope to see over the course of the season is improvement among ALL our athletes. And this year EVERY athlete improved his/her performance. As a team, we were nearly injury free, with only 4 individual meets missed due to injury, out of a possibility of 310 (5 dual meets. 62 athletes.) Attendance at practice was far better than in the past, in spite of the logistics problems created by remote learning. From a coaching standpoint you can't ask for more luck, effort and improvement than what you gave us this season. For that reason, and countless others, it why I hate to see the season end. I hate to hold "The Last Practice."
Beyond today, I'm not certain what lies ahead. When I know, you'll know. But I will always look back on this season as one of my most enjoyable. You are a marvelous group of kids, with incredible futures ahead of you. A simple "thank you" doesn't seem enough, but it is all I can offer for the opportunity and privilege of working with you.
Last time . . . see you at 2:30, and
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
The Captains have asked that today's voluntary practice be moved to 10:45, and the boss has allowed me to change my work schedule . . . for today anyway! We hope to see many of you there, but understand the late notice may preclude your attendance. Today will be an easy run, following up on yesterday's workout. It's a cold one. Bundle up. But we'll get a little sweat in before we're done.
Monday, November 16, 2020
The Keenan Division Coaches held their year-end awards meeting and Whitman-Hanson athletes received the following awards:
Scholar-Athlete - Anna Flynn, James Molito
Sportsmanship - Hailey Minicucci, Matthew Butler
League MVP - Theo Kamperides
Boys All-Stars - Theo Kamperides, Nathan Tassey, Liam Cafferty, Christopher MacDonald, Gordon Johnson
Girls All-Stars - Myah Kamperides, Isabelle Amado
Congratulations to all the award recipients! Well deserved!
AND THIS JUST IN: The team Sportsmanship Awards in the Keenan Division went to the Duxbury Girls team, and after the ENTIRE team awarded flowers to our Senior girls and gave our buses a standing ovation on our way our of their parking lot, there is little wonder as to why! And on the Boys side . . . Whitman-Hanson! And again, deservedly so. A truly great group of kids. Modest, self-effacing, cheerful and respectful toward all opponents and coaches! Congrats, men - from 1-32. You're the best!
Thursday, November 12, 2020
I woke up to a texted question from one of our athletes . . "hi do we have practice tomorrow"
Nothing makes me happier than when any athlete, after completing a season's worth of work asks the very same day as the final meet, can I do more? You may not have made the same interpretation of that text message, but knowing the athlete I can assure you that was the motive.
And the answer is, there is no practice today, Thursday. However, MIAA rules allow us to practice until November 20 and I just sent an email to our AD to clarify this in the hope of extending our season just a tad. In fact, if a competition opportunity arises I'd love to take advantage of it. I know Quincy/North Quincy is traveling to Hingham on Monday. Maybe we could get something started.
On the subject of getting something started, I want to put this out there for your consideration. Because I'm not on the staff at WHRHS as anything other than a coach, I can't be certain there is not a DEI Club (or the equivalent) but I had a look at the list of WHRHS clubs and found nothing. Information can be found at the following link and I'd love to see some of our kids involved in the creation of what I believe would be a valuable experience:
More information can be found here:
So, today take a well-earned day off. I'll wait to hear from Mr. Rodgers to determine what we can do, for the immediate future anyway, and keep you posted. But I am sincerely hoping we can practice again tomorrow . . .
Check back here for details.
FOLLOW UP: If any Cross Country athletes would like to continue practicing through November 20, they are welcome to do so. There is no requirement other than your desire to participate. Your season has effectively ended. Post season awards will be presented on the basis of what you've may have accomplished to this point. But, I plan to be there at 2:30 tomorrow (Friday) afternoon with a training plan, ready to go. Just in case . . .