Whaler Sports Roundup - October 10, 2023

David Creed •

This Whaler Sports Roundup includes updates on just two teams from Tuesday, October 10. The golf team earned their 10th win of the season and the cross country team welcomed Falmouth to the island for a meet in preparation for Friday's annual Twilight meet over on the Cape.

Golf Reaches Double Digit Wins In Convincing Fashion

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Photo by Chris Tran

The Whaler golf team won their match 243-309 Tuesday afternoon, at home, against the Sturgis East Storm.

The scores for Nantucket golfers were as followed:

Braden Knapp
- 38

Paddy Carroll
- 38

Cole Chambers
- 39

Henry Kathawala
- 42

Colby O’Keefe
- 42

Jack Halik
- 44

Ryan Davis
- 44

Michael Culkins
- 47

The boys will look to continue their strong play on Tuesday, October 17 when they travel to Dennis-Yarmouth for a matchup with the Dolphins.

Some photos below from the golf match were taken by Current photographer Chris Tran.

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Cross Country Hosts Falmouth Ahead Of Twilight Meet On Friday

Photo by Chris Tran

The boys and girls cross country teams welcomed the Falmouth Clippers to the island Tuesday afternoon for a meet. Neither the Whaler girls team or Falmouth's girls team had enough runners to score the meet while the Whaler boys lost 21-40.

"Hannah Harrington, Chloe Girvin, and Andrea Bunlerssak were all out with injury or illness," head coach Lisa Wisentaner said. "Bailey Lower took first place for her first ever high school meet win and she had a personal best of 22.36 - dropping almost a full minute from her previous best time."

"On the boys side, we lost to Falmouth 21-40 but despite the loss we had some break through performances from our top five boys," Wisentaner added. "Rory (Murray) took third place in the boys race - finishing with a season best of 19.18 and inching him closer to a sub-19 (minute) performance. Dorian Manov finished fourth with a career best time of 19.55, his first time ever running sub-20 minutes for a 5K. Gus Barber, Finley Seip, and Nick Ferrantella are all in eighth grade and finished with career best times. They have become a vital part of our varsity team."

Wisentaner called Murray's performance on Tuesday "significant" as he attempts to get below 19 minutes before the end of the season.

"The closer you get to that time, the harder it is to drop big numbers," she said. "(Tuesday) he dropped 22 seconds from his previous best and at his pace, that’s a significant drop. (Tuesday) was a breakthrough race for him in getting closer to that sub-19."

The Whaler's next meet is the twilight run at Barnstable Country Fairgrounds. The Whalers will have an opportunity Friday night to run under the lights.

"The twilight run on Friday is notorious for kids getting their fastest times of the season," Wisentaner said. "There are hundreds of runners running under the lights at night with a DJ playing. It is a super fun race that brings runners to another level."

Wisentaner said while she is unsure when exactly her runners will begin, she estimated it will be at 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m.


Wednesday, October 11:

The volleyball team will be the only varsity sports team in action. They are traveling to Nauset for a matchup with the Warriors at 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 12:

The girls soccer team will be at home hosting Dennis-Yarmouth at 4 p.m.

The volleyball team will be in action again playing the Sturgis West Navigators at 4 p.m.

The boys soccer team will be on the road to play Dennis-Yarmouth at 4 p.m.

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