Once again, the Nantucket Whalers wrapped up a successful fall season with strong performances across all sports. The Boys Football Team finished another great season with an overall record of 7-4, making it to the second round of playoffs and finishing strong with a 47-7 win against Martha’s Vineyard at the 70th annual Island Cup.
This was Joe Perry’s first season as the head coach of the refreshed Whaler football program, and the season exceeded all expectations of the Nantucket community. The high school athletic director, Chris Maury, was able to give a few words about the new coach stating, “With Coach Perry having been on the coaching staff for multiple years, he was able to set a tone that every player was comfortable with.”
Boys Soccer was able to finish another remarkable season with an overall record of 19-1-1. The team earned the top seed in the Division 4 South Sectional Tournament, yet fell short in a semifinal shootout against Cohasset. With twelve seniors set to graduate in the spring, the team will have lots of starting spots next season, but the boys are hopeful that they will have yet another successful season.
The Girls Varsity Soccer Team was also able to finish another strong season with an overall record of 14-4. “We reached our goal of making it to the playoffs which was very good and we finished second in our league. A team goal of ours for next season is to finish first in our league and make it past the second round of playoffs and hopefully win playoffs,” said the team’s Most Valuable Player, Ruby Dupont. The girls team fell to Mashpee in the first round of the playoffs due to a last minute penalty kick goal in overtime.
Girls Varsity Volleyball was able to make a good showing this season finishing with an 8-9 record and second place finish in the Cape and Islands League. For the second year in a row, the Whalers were matched up against Bourne High School and were defeated in the first round of playoffs.
Varsity Golf finished with a solid record of 9-5-2, after having a rough start of 2-4. “This years golf team was great all around, a great group of people that made it really fun to be a part of the team … Like everything, there’s room for improvement which is what we’re going for next year,” said co-captain, Kai Ottani. Ottani and the rest of the golf team plan to set their sights on a league championship for next season, as they are only losing one senior, Edward Clarkson.
The Field Hockey Team finished with an overall record of 2-13-2, finishing a building year in which they built up confidence for the future against very difficult competition. They managed to win one of their final games, something that they had previously noted as a goal.
The Cross Country Team was able to complete another successful season with the boys finishing with a 6-2 record and girls finishing 4-4. The program is young, active, and moving in the right direction. “The cross country program has been able to draw the attention of many students, we brought in Lisa Wisentaner this past season to help coach and grow the number of female runners which I hope will continue in the future,” said Chris Maury.
Overall, it was an incredible year for Whalers sports. All of the teams put in lots of work, with many exceeding expectations and several even making the playoffs. The fall season could hardly have gone better for the Whalers. Everyone involved hopes that the winter season will prove just as successful.
By Jack Gammons