Whaler Sports Roundup - September 22-24, 2023

David Creed •

There were only two Whaler sports teams in action over the weekend. The Nantucket golf team pieced together their best match of the young season and the football team still finds itself in search of their first win of the season after a road loss.

Golf Improves To 5-2 Following Statement Win Over Falmouth

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Photo by Chris Tran

The Whaler golf team was buzzing on Friday on their way to the best performance of the season through seven matchups. They beat the Falmouth Clippers 233-255, and Nantucket head coach Sam Herrick was ecstatic with his team's performance afterwards.

"Our best score to date before this match was 249 so we shattered and I mean shattered that," Herrick said. When asked what his team did differently to perform so well, he said they finally bought into his coaching style and executed to the ability he knew they were capable of.

"I actually told them (Friday) if I see you hit driver on (hole) two or on (hole) six, I will take the clubs from you and Hal (Sam's father and an assistant coach) will have a new set of wedges," Herrick said. "But honestly, I just think we had some fun (Thursday) when we went out and played Sturgis East. We sort of knew they were a weak team and the guys kind of knew that going in. There was no pressure, they had a lot of fun with it, and then it just kind of rolled over into today where I said 'Hey guys, we're playing a good team in Falmouth so just go out and do what you do.'"

Herrick said he kept the pairings, for the most part, the same as they were on Thursday. He said his guys went out and hit smart shots, competed with each other, and made each other better.

"They helped each other read putts, they talked through shots, and they were doing a lot of the stuff that we've been talking about for the last six matches or seven matches anyway," Herrick said.

Scores included:

Henry Kathawala - 35

Cole Chambers - 37

Paddy Carroll - 38

Braden Knapp - 40

Colby O’Keefe - 40

Michael Culkins - 42

Ryan Davis - 44

Jack Halik - 45

"I'm really, really proud of my buddy Paddy Carroll because the surf was really good (on Friday) and he came in and shot a 38," Herrick said. Cole was on fire. He shot 37 (Friday), which was nine strokes better than what he shot (Thursday). So I am very happy with Cole. I would like to see him be a little less streaky and a little more consistent, but obviously a 38 is an amazing score so I can't take anything away from that."

"Henry is one under for the last two matches. He shot 36 (Thursday) and 35 (Friday). He's really finding his stride right now and doing what we not expect him to do but we want him to do as our number one player."

Nantucket is now 5-2 this season and will look to continue rolling on Monday, September 25 when they travel to Barnstable to take on the Red Hawks at 3:30 p.m.

Football Still Searching For Their First Win Following Loss To Sandwich

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The Whaler football team went on the road to face to face a familiar foe in the Sandwich Blue Knights Sunday afternoon, but they were unable to come home with a victory after Sandwich beat them 34-7.

The Whalers trailed 27-0 at half - allowing just one touchdown in the final two quarters of play. The lone score for Nantucket came thanks to sophomore quarterback Brock Beamish, who found RaShawn Wray for a 33-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter.

The Whalers have had a difficult three game stretch to begin their season, but will hope a return home to Vito Capizzo Stadium can help give them the boost they need to secure that elusive first win. They will be hosting Tech Boston Academy next weekend on Saturday, September 30 at 12:15 p.m.


Monday, September 25:

The Whaler golf team will be the only team in action on Monday, traveling to Barnstable to take on the Red Hawks at 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 26:

The boys soccer team will host the Nauset Warriors at 4 p.m.

The field hockey team will host St. John Paul II at 3:45 p.m.

The golf team will host Sturgis West at 3:45 p.m.

The boys & girls cross country team will travel to Monomoy for a 3:30 p.m. meet with the Sharks.

The girls soccer team will travel to Nauset for a 4 p.m. game with the Sharks.

For more sports content, follow our Current Sports Instagram page here. More photos from Friday's golf match - taken by Current photographer Chris Tran - are below.

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