At first glance, Billy Whelan might not look like the dominant athlete that he is.
But after seeing him perform on the football field, basketball and tennis courts, it's clear he's a generational talent on all surfaces.
An uber-athletic and quick playmaker, Whelan started at quarterback during his sophomore, junior and senior campaigns. On the hardwood, he shined as a four-year varsity starter at guard, reaching 1,000 career points in his farewell season. During the spring months, Whelan swiftly transitions to tennis, where he's been the No. 1 singles player for head coach Joe Maher in each of the past three years.
He's served as a team captain in all three sports — and it's clear his unique skill set isn't the only thing that makes him a great athlete.
"Over the last three years I have been impressed by Bill's leadership skills, his work ethic, and his commitment to his teammates," said Generals football coach Jim Pugh. "He has earned the respect of the football team not simply because he is an excellent player, but rather and more importantly, because he is an outstanding leader."
Whelan helped his respective squads earn multiple Cape Ann League regular season crowns and clinch a playoff berth each season. In hoops, his 1,056 career points are the most by any Hamilton-Wenham player since 1993 and he was chosen as CAL Player of the Year as a senior.
His accomplishments don't stop there.
In the classroom, Whelan has made the honor roll in each of his 10 semesters and scored a strong 1,080 on his SAT. He's never received anything lower than a B, currently holds a GPA of 3.39 and is enrolled in honors and AP level classes.
"When I think of someone who is a perfect representation of our student body, Billy Whelan comes to mind," said Hamilton-Wenham guidance counselor Matt Fitzgibbons. "He is a true leader in the building who has the utmost respect from his peers and the staff. He has a way about him that puts everyone at ease.
"There is no doubt in my mind that Billy is going to accomplish everything he sets out to do."
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