WHS Round Up: Soccer Tourney This Weekend

The Winthrop High girls and boys soccer teams kick off their 2011 season this weekend with a tournament which they are hosting for the third successive year.

The WHS girl will get the tourney underway at 11:00 Saturday against No. Shore Tech. The winner will play Sunday against the victor of the contest between Northeast Regional and Saugus, with the losers also matching up.

Coach Tracy Martucci and her charges are looking forward to the coming season. “We’ve been looking good in the pre season,” said Martucci whose squad will be led by the captaincy triumvirate of Nicole Black, Kayla Murphy, and Amanda Cordes, all of whom are senior forwards. “We have a big program with 55 girls for our freshman, JV, and varsity teams, so we’re hopeful that we will have a successful year,” added the coach.

Martucci once again will be joined by assistant coaches Jen Adams, Kristen Corolla, and Nikki Kneeland, who will be leading the JV and freshman squads.

As for the boys, they are set to play Saturday at 5:00 p.m. against Saugus. The winners will meet the victor of the contest between Innovation and Consolation Academies on Sunday.

“The team is coming along,” said head coach Pasquale D’Amore. “We’re optimistic about our chances for a good year.” The Viking boys will be led by the senior trio of midfielder D.J. Estrada, defenseman Chris Day, and forward Joe D’Amore.

After the tourney, both the boys and girls will be off for a while, with the girls not playing again until next Saturday, September 17, against Marblehead. The boys won’t be back in action until Tuesday, September 20, when they face Lynn Classical.

Golf team beats RHS in opener

Although rainy weather greeted the Winthrop High golf team to open its 2011 campaign on Tuesday, the tough conditions did not deter the Vikings from taking the measure of  Revere, 52-20, on the Patriots’ home course at Cedar Glen.

Coach Peter Lyons’s squad won six of the eight individual matchups against their Revere counterparts. Senior Captain Pat Brogan, playing at No. 1, shot the best round of the day, a one over par 36 en route to a 7-2 win over his Revere opponent. Senior Matt Tedesco, playing at No. 3, shot a 38 for an 8.5-.5 victory, and freshman Mike Rich at No. 4 shot a 39 for a big 8-1 triumph.

Other Viking victors were sophomore Zack Mills at No. 5, 7-2; junior Max Floyd at No. 7, 7.5-1.5; and sophomore Stephen Goddard at No. 6, 5.5-3.5.

Senior Captain Adam Lundberg halved his match in the No. 2 slot, 4.5-4.5 and senior Carmen Rich at No. 8 lost by a slim margin of 4-5.

“This is a great group of kids,” said veteran coach Lyons. “They take instruction well and clearly are intent on becoming better golfers. We’ve been emphasizing the short game, chipping, pitching, and putting, in our practices and it already began to show results in our first match.”

Winthrop is placed in a division of the Northeastern Conference this season with Revere, Lynn Classical, Lynn English, Swampscott, and Saugus. The teams that finish first and second in the division earn an automatic berth in the state tourney.

The Vikings have a busy schedule through the month of September with three and four matches each week. Wednesday and Thursday they will play a home and home series with Swampscott (the first match is at Swampscott’s Tedesco Country club course) and next week the Vikings will travel to Lynn Classical on Tuesday and  to Salem on Wednesday before returning home to host Lynn English on Thursday.

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