W-H's Daley earns his 500th win
When Jim Daley took over as Whitman-Hanson girls’ basketball coach in 1979, the 3-year-old program had a combined record of 1-59. Last night, the Panthers gave Daley his 500th career victory, 34-30 over host Hingham in the team’s season opener.
“It’s been a long, long ride, and a great story,’’ said Daley.
Whitman-Hanson led by 7 at halftime and held off the Harbormen the rest of the way.
“We dove for loose balls, we scrapped, we were feisty,’’ said Daley.
Daley said the school sent out messages to parents and alumni leading up to the game notifying them of the milestone. Daley said he saw many familiar faces in the crowd, including players from his 1979 squad.
“My whole family was there. There were captains from different teams. There are girls waiting for me at my house right now,’’ said Daley.
“It’s been a lot of fun. I don’t know how many losses I have. I just know I have 500 wins.’’
Wilmington 43, Woburn 42 - Senior forward Jennifer Stewart converted the winning basket for the Wildcats with 1.6 seconds remaining.
Lexington 63, Burlington 53 - Junior Kristyn Kajko and senior Cat Costello had a combined 49 points for the Minutemen.
Minuteman 46, Essex Aggie 43 - Junior forward Morgan White scored 24 points and had 26 rebounds in the Mustangs’ overtime win.
Holy Name 56, East Boston 53 - Daniel Kegbeh and Tyler Delorey hit key free throws in the final minutes as the Naps (2-0) turned back the visiting Jets (1-1), who missed a tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Malden 68, Westfield 60 - Junior guard Terrance Maisonneuve scored 43 points for the Golden Tornadoes, hitting 10 3-pointers.
Weymouth 74, Natick 68 - Senior point guard Damian Lugay had 36 points for the Wildcats.
King Philip 48, Franklin 41 - Senior guard Jake Layman had 21 points, 26 rebounds, and 6 blocks, and junior guard Tykie Hallman had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors.
Brighton 74, O’Bryant 64 - Junior shooting guard Daivon Edwards scored 21 points for the Bengals, all on 3-pointers.
Blue Hills 4, Nantucket 2 - Sophomore forward Sean Conaughton had the winning goal and an assist for the Warriors.
Soon after Charlie Molnar was named the football coach at UMass Dec. 8, his first phone call was to Catholic Memorial quarterback A.J. Doyle, who recently decommitted from North Carolina State.
Molnar told Doyle UMass’s offer from last summer was still on the table, and the 6-foot-2-inch righthanded quarterback accepted the offer Thursday.
“It’s a great fit because they want him,’’ said CM coach Alex Campea. “There’s a new coach and a new system, and A.J. fits their profile.’’
Globe correspondent Anthony Gulizia contributed to this report.