Scarfo scores four goals; hockey team wins two straight

The Winthrop High boys hockey team racked up a pair of victories this past week, defeating Martha’s Vineyard last Thursday and Gloucester on Monday.

Senior Joe Scarfo was the number one star for the Vikings in the contest at Larsen against the visitors from the Vineyard, as the senior turned in a career day by scoring four goals and assisting on a fifth in a 5-0 Winthrop victory.

Joe fed linemate Chris LeBlanc on a pretty give-and-go for the first Viking tally in the opening frame and then lit the lamp himself four times thereafter. LeBlanc assisted on three of the tallies for a four point game of his own. Nick Clewer and Jake Rand also earned assists on goals by Scarfo.

Monday’s encounter at Gloucester proved a more difficult test. The Fishermen grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second period, but junior Bobby Clewer, assisted by freshman Dan Eruzione, knotted matters at 1-1 before the period ended.

Winthrop controlled the play in the third period, as it had throughout the game, but was unable to forge the go ahead goal until LeBlanc, assisted by Scarfo, reached the back of the Gloucester net with just 1:17 to play.

“We had plenty of chances to put the game away, but we couldn’t finish our opportunities,” said WHS head coach Dale Dunbar, who lauded the play of his defensive unit, and in particular senior Jake Rand, for their stellar work.

The Vikings, who now stand at 3-2-2 on the season, hosted Beverly last night (Wednesday) and will travel to Springfield Cathedral Saturday afternoon. Dunbar and his crew will return home next Wednesday to face a potent Marblehead team. Face off time is 6:10.

Girls basketball team posts two victories

The Winthrop High girls basketball team broke into the win column with a pair of victories this past week. The Lady Vikings gave head coach Ignacio Oyola his first career victory with a 48-38 win over Georgetown last Wednesday and then made it two in a row with a 54-37 triumph over Saugus Tuesday.

“The team really put it all together in both games,” said Oyola. “We had played well offensively before, but we finally turned in the type of defensive effort we need to play in order to win games.”

Johnna Fisher poured in 26 points in the win against Saugus and also reached double figures in the rebounding department. Tamisa Meggison reached double figures with 10 points and Angelina Favolaro hit for nine. Niki Tsiotis contributed three points with Lianna Ferullo, Theresa Jones, and Taylor adding two points apiece.

The Lady Vikings jumped out to an 18-7 advantage after the first quarter and maintained  a double digit lead the rest of the way. “We really set the tone right from the start,” said Oyola.

The game at Georgetown was a rematch of the teams’ contest the previous evening in Winthrop that saw Georgetown pull out a 54-50 win. However, the Lady Vikings turned the tables up north, led by Favolaro with 15 points. “Angie has really been coming on strong,” said Oyola. “She’s playing well at both ends of the floor.”

Fisher tingled the twine for 12 points, followed by Ferullo with eight, Meggison with five, Lauren Kostegan with four, and Tsiotis with four.

Oyola and his crew travel to Peabody Friday and host Lynn Classical next Tuesday.

Boys hoop team falls  to Saugus, 61-57

The Winthrop High boys basketball team dropped a tough 61-57 decision to at Saugus Tuesday evening.

The Vikings, who hadn’t played since the Thursday before Christmas and perhaps were feeling the effects of the 12 day layoff, got off to a slow start which saw them trail by a 28-21 margin at the half.

But Winthrop came out strong after the intermission and tied the score after three frames  as the teams headed into the final eight minutes of play. However, Winthrop could not sustain its momentum and Saugus pulled out the close victory.

Winthrop received balanced scoring with four players reaching double figures, led by Michael Griffin with 13 points. Joe D’Amore hit for 12 and Quinton Dale and J.P. Doherty both added 10 apiece.

The contest also was notable for the return of Viking Anthony Hatzisavas, who was out with a back injury from the football season. Hatzi’ made his presence known inside and chipped in with eight points.

“We played well on offense, but our defense was not up to par,” said WHS head coach Dave Brown, who noted that Saugus sank 10 three pointers on the night.

Winthrop, which now is 3-2 on the season, hosts Innovative Charter Academy of Tyngsboro tonight (Wednesday) at 6:00 and Peabody Friday at 7:00. They will travel to Lynn Classical next Tuesday.

Girls hockey team bounces Beverly, 6-1

The Winthrop Lady Bulldog hockey team rolled to its fourth straight win with a 6-1 triumph over Beverly last week. Courtney McTague and McKenzie Clark scored two goals each with Taylor Brown and Anna Fucillo also lighting the red lamp. Junior Hannah LoPresti turned in a stellar performance in the play making department as she was credited with thee assists.

The contest never was in doubt, as Winthrop jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one period and doubled their advantage after two frames. Lady Bulldog head coach Anthony Martucci liberally used all of his players in the final 15 minutes and Beverly spoiled goalie Katie Burt’s shutout bid in the last few minutes.

Although Martucci lauded his usual stalwarts, led by Brown, Clark, and McTague, he also had high words of his praise for his young players who are manning the blue line with Brown. “We have two ninth graders, Cat Salvetti and Ariana Dembro, and two seventh graders, Julianna Kennedy and Kasey Harris, who really have stepped up for us,” said Martucci. “They do a great job game in and game out for us.”

The girls hockey team hosts Cambridge this afternoon (Thursday) at 4:00 and travels to Medford Saturday for a contest against a Mustang team that has only one loss.

Girls track team earns its first victory

The Winthrop High girls track team won its first meet of the season with a 45-41 triumph over Revere last Tuesday.

Five Lady Vikings captured their individual events. Julia Wallace won the high jump with a leap of 4-6; Lexi Vaccaro dashed to victory in the 55 meter sprint in 8.3; Amy Sena won the 1000 in 3:48.8; Jordan Griffith took the mile in 6:33.6; and Kaitlyn Hersey captured the two mile run in 13:49.7.

Adding three points to the Lady Viking scoresheet with second place finishes were: Katherine Heatherton with a high jump of 4-4; Ashley Jurovich with a shotput toss of 24-6; Jessica Dowson in the 55 hurdles in 10.4; Kristen Lanza in the 600 in 2:06.1; and Corey Charis in the 1000 in 3:49.1.

Contributing single points, which in a close meet are crucial, with third place efforts were: Kayla Aceto in the hurdles in 10.6; Alero Meggison in the dash in 8.7; Carly O’Keefe in the 300 in 51.3; Mario Rago in the 600 in 2:07.1; and Wallace in the two mile in 4:58.6.

The girls take on Lynn Classical this evening (Wednesday) and Salem on Monday.

Ekidat wins eight points for boys track

Jordan Ekidat was the lone winner for the Winthrop High boys indoor track team in the Vikings’ meet last week with Revere. Jordan captured the high jump with a leap of five feet, five inches, beating his closest Revere rivals by two inches.

Ekidat also added three points to the Winthrop scoresheet with a second place finish in the 55 meter hurdles in a time of 9.8 seconds. Teammate Trevor Heatherton took third in that event with a time of 9.9.

Patrick Brogan rounded out the Winthrop scoring in the meet with a third place finish in the 600 in a time of 1:47.2.

Also competing in the meet for the Vikings, though they finished out of the money, were Robert Diaz, who took a fourth in the 55 dash; Justin Casilla and David Heirdrut in the 300 dash; Mario Mazzone in the 600; and Chris Miccihi in the shotput.

The boys take on Lynn Classical this evening and Salem on Monday.

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