End of an era for Viking football

For Winthrop High football fans, the 2010 season will be a sentimental one as the Vikings play for the final time in what we’ve known to be the Northeastern Conference for the past 35 years or so. It’s a possibility that Winthrop may not play the likes of Salem, Gloucester, Lynn Classical, and Lynn English after this season, ending many years of football rivalries, because of the realignment of the NEC with the Cape Ann League. On the other hand, Winthrop will resume playing schools such as Amesbury and Newburyport, two schools with whom Winthrop had long-ago rivalries in the 1950s and 1960s that will bring back memories for old timers such as ourselves.

We wish our outstanding coach Sean Driscoll and his football program, which has brought so many thrills to Winthrop sports fans under the leadership of Bob DeFelice and Tony Fucillo in the last two generations, the best of luck as it begins its last go-round in the NEC.

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