Joseph Boudrow, Nick Doonan, and Nick McCarthy received every vote from their teammates during an election in January to earn the prestigious title of captain of the 2010 Winthrop High School football team.
â€œI think the unanimous vote is a tribute to them and the way they have shown their love of the game and their pursuit of Winthrop being successful and meeting the traditions of the past. I think our captains have a great opportunity to help us uphold the Viking tradition and get the program back on track after last yearâ€™s not-great (5-6) campaign.â€
The three juniors also play other sports at the high school. A two-time NEC All-Star defensive lineman, Doonan is a member of the wrestling and track teams. McCarthy, a running back, and Boudrow, an end, will be captains of this springâ€™s Viking baseball team.
â€œI think that shows a lot when youâ€™re elected captain as a junior in another sport,â€ said Driscoll.
Boudrow (5-foot-10, 175) Doonan (6-foot-2, 185), and McCarthy (5-foot-9, 165) are returning starters and expected to carry on in key roles for the Vikings this fall. They succeed Will Milano and Frank Ambrosino as captains. â€œThis is the year for them to really show their stuff as football players,â€ said Driscoll. â€œWe have three outstanding people as team leaders who are also outstanding students so weâ€™re excited about that.â€
Boudrow, Doonan, and McCarthy, who all came up through the ranks in the Winthrop Youth Football organization, talked about the significance of their new title.
â€œBeing captain is a great honor,â€ said Boudrow, son of Al and Maureen Boudrow. â€œYou have a bunch of kids looking up to you so itâ€™s important to set a good example. Iâ€™m looking forward to next season.â€
â€œIt feels pretty good to be captain of a team that Iâ€™ve wanted to be part of for so long. Finally to be able to lead it is a great privilege,â€ said Doonan, son of Frank and Kathy Doonan.
â€œIâ€™m honored to be a captain,â€ said McCarthy, son of Michelle and Timothy McCarthy. â€œHopefully, weâ€™ll get everything back on track and not have a losing record.â€
Winthrop will open their season at Salem, the first of five games against NEC Large Division opponents including Gloucester, Lynn English, Lynn Classical, Peabody, and Thanksgiving Day rival Revere. The Vikings will compete for the NEC Small Division title with Saugus, Swampscott, Beverly, Marblehead, and Danvers.