Winter Sports teams at Hanover High School exceeded expectations and impressed all. Between a multitude of league titles and record-breaking seasons, our winter teams performed unbelievably well and several made it deep into tournament play.
Boys Hockey: See my separate article on the team’s state tourney run
Girls Basketball Ends Tourney Run
Hanover girls basketball’s perfect season came to an end on March 9 as they lost 43-38 in the Division 3 South Semifinals. The game was played at Massasoit College and Hanover, top-seeded with a 22-0 record, was the favorite going in. At the half, Hanover led Coyle & Cassidy 22-18, and at the end of the third, Hanover was up 33-31 — its smallest lead in quite a while. Both teams fought to the final buzzer, but in the end, Coyle & Cassidy came away with the stunning upset. Even though it was Hanover’s only loss in an amazing season, the heartbreak was written all over the player’s faces.
Every single time the Hanover girls basketball team took the floor this season, they won. They earned an incredible 16-0 record against teams in the Patriot League and finished 20-0 overall in the regular season. In the tourney, the Indians beat Middleboro at home 69-23 on March 2 and Abington 65-39 on March 4. To be perfect through a whole season is incredibly hard and to complete the job in the postseason is something that almost never happens.
Despite being knocked from the tourney, the team had a lot to celebrate this season. Senior Steph Flynn and Junior Hayley Wardwell both reached 1,000 points in their high school careers, which is an amazing milestone. Led by Coach Fisher and captains Flynn and Kayla McMahon, the rest of the team was strong at every position. Juniors Wardwell, Meaghan Raab and Megan Dixon and sophomores Lauren Gelly and Taylor Scott were big contributors and will be among the players returning next season.
Boys Basketball Falls to Rival Norwell in Tournament
The team was knocked out in the first round of tournament play in a 49-46 loss to rival Norwell on March 3. With last June’s graduation of top player Jack Buckley and other strong seniors, the boys basketball team had big shoes to fill. The season started strong, but the team stumbled near the end, losing its last four games. Coached by Nick Hannigan and led by senior captains John Carroll and Jonny Ferrarini, Hanover finished 12-8 to earn 11th seed in the Division 3 South tournament.
In the matchup against Norwell, the Indians relied heavily on top scorers including sophomores Matthew Delahunt and J.P. Landry, junior Pat Flynn and senior captain John Carroll. Norwell had beaten Hanover earlier this year in a Christmas tournament, and Hanover was looking for revenge. The team played with heart and gave Norwell a scare down the stretch, but couldn’t pull out the win.
Still, the team can look back on a season with many accomplishments. There’s also great hope for the future with so many underclassmen contributing this year.
Girls Hockey Wins First League Title
The girls hockey team made history by winning its first league title in the program’s five-year history. Composed of 35 girls from Hanover and Cohasset, the team, in theory, should find it hard to develop chemistry with teammates who don’t even live in the same town. But this obviously was not a problem because they finished an unbelievable 13-4-2. The top three point leaders on the team were from Hanover: senior Sam Taylor, junior Callie Hoadley and senior Karly Bowen.
With the momentum of a league championship and great team chemistry, the squad was looking to make it deep into the Division 2 tournament. Unfortunately, 10th-seeded Hanover/Cohasset fell to 23rd-seeded Natick 1-0 in the first round of playoffs March 1. Despite the early exit, the team can still be proud of its league championship and look to next season with high hopes.
Wrestling Racks Up Honors, Boutin’s Season Rolls On
The Wrestling team finished 5-2 and had four Patriot League All Stars: juniors Hunter Gillis, Danny Ryan and Damien Galotti and senior Colin Boutin. Boutin was also named the MVP of the Patriot League for the regular season. These honors show the sheer talent of this team.
Ryan and Boutin competed at All-States, with Boutin finishing 5th and qualifying for the All-New England Championships held March 4 and 5 in Providence, R.I. Ryan won one of three matches at All-States. Boutin went 1-2 at the All-New England competition.
A great overall year leaves many excited for next year as the team has a lot of returning talent and will hopefully continue to win.
Ski Team Sends One Member to States
The Hanover High School Ski team is one that people may not know much about. Traditionally, the team is small but every member expresses how much fun it is, regardless of its win-loss record.
Coach Matt McRae says the team is not just for elite skiiers. “If you love skiing, the ski team is a great opportunity to be skiing multiple days a week,” he said. “You just need to love being on the mountain and being part of a team.”
That perfectly sums up the positive attitude of having fun and being part of a team. The team practices and races at Blue Hills ski area, and also has multiple events at Ragged Mountain. Junior Max Shelley competed in states at Wachussett Mountain on Feb. 23 and came in 90th in a field of more than 125 skiers.
As the team looks to next year, Coach McRae encourages any interested students to come out. “We don’t discriminate against snowboarders,” he also noted, so even if you’re not a skier, you can still consider joining the team.
Swimmers Make Strong Showing at States
The boys and girls swimming and diving teams both had one of their best seasons in many years. The boys finished 7-3 and the girls finished 6-4, a result of strong individual swimmers and relay teams. Seven girls and five boys from the teams competed in sectionals and in states. At states, the boys finished 14th overall and the girls were 38th.
An unbelievable statistic from this season was that every single swimmer on the team recorded his or her personal best time this year. At states, senior Calley Madison finished 15th in the 200 IM and 19th in the 100 butterfly, and junior captain Jodie O’Connor was 14th in the 50 free and 17th in the 100 free. Sophomore Nick Jones finished fifth in the 500 free and sixth in the 100 butterfly. Junior Aidan Wright was tenth in the 100 butterfly and 11th in the 100 back.
Their meets ranged from pools at University of Massachusetts Boston to the YMCA in Hanover. Led by Coach Toohey and captains O’Connor, Taylor Grady and Will DeBoer, it seemed no matter where the boy or girls team was swimming, they were going to be very tough to beat . The swim team it seems gets better and better each year and only will continue to get better as each season comes along.
Gymnastics Finishes with Winning Record
The girls gymnastics team finished the season 8-2, with tight losses coming at the start of the season to Pembroke and Cohasset. The team performed consistently throughout the season and finished with an incredible streak of seven wins, beating both Pembroke and Cohasset the second time around. Those revenge wins must have felt very satisfying to Coach Hart and the team. Next season, with a lot of young talent returning, the team looks to improve their already elite team and put together an even better record.
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