WHS Sports Through the Years

10 years ago October 30, 2003

Danielle Doherty finished fifth in 20:36 and Andrea Bruno finished seventh in 20:46 at the Northeastern Conference All-League Meet held Saturday at Bradley Palmer State Park’s 3.1 mile course. Both were named to the NEC All-Star team for their efforts.

The WHS football team fell to 5-2 on the season with a 31-21 loss to once-beaten Danvers Friday night at Miller Field. Turnovers and penalties doomed the Viking cause. Anthony Fucillo connected on a 69 yard TD pass to Matt Duplin; Aaron Smith intercepted a Danvers pass and ran it back for a touchdown; and Michael Adelstein broke a 46 yard run for a touchdown.

The WHS soccer team defeated Lynn Classical on Senior Night, 7-5. Senior Pat Gunn, only the second Viking ever named to the Eastern Mass. Coaches All-Star team, scored the winning goal. Coach Phil Ronan’s squad, which started the season 0-8, went 4-5-1 in its final 10 games of the season.

Colleen Lally was named to the Northeastern Conference girls soccer all-star team and played for the NEC stars in their contest against the Cape Ann League all-stars this past week.

Pat Medeiros was the top finisher for the WHS boys cross country team at the NEC’s League Meet Saturday. Medeiros covered the 3.1 mile course at Bradley Palmer State Park in 20:36. Alex DeFronzo was the next Viking in 20:37.

20 years ago November 4, 1993

The WHS football team emerged the victor in a battle of 6-0 unbeaten teams with a 21-6 victory at Hurd Stadium in Beverly, a triumph which rates as one of the greatest-ever in WHS football annals. Anthony Palmer rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Keith Gorman connected on 9-of-10 passes for 123 yards. His favorite target was Danny Godfrey, who hauled in five passes for 59 yards and a 12 yard touchdown catch. Gorman was named the NEC’s Offensive Player of the Week by the Lynn Item for his efforts.

Viking cross country star John Mullane established himself as the undisputed king of the NEC at Saturday’s all-league meet. Mullane, who has not been defeated in 19 straight meets, blazed over the 3.1 mile course in 16:01, defeating his nearest rival by 15 seconds.

30 years ago November 2, 1983

The WHS football team reserved its unbeaten record with a closer-than-expected 14-12 win over Swampscott. Steve Staffier rushed for 153 yards on 27 carries and one touchdown as the Vikings built up a 14-0 lead at the half. However, an injury forced Staffier to leave the game and the Viking offense never regained its momentum. However, the Winthrop defense preserved the victory. Winthrop is now 7-0, with six of its victories coming by a combined total of 17 points.

The WHS girls tennis team won its eighth match of the season, 3-2 over Lynn English, to set a new school record for wins in a season. Coach Marie Doto’s squad was led by singles victories by co-captains Diane Musi and Joann Rodriguez.

40 years ago October 31, 1973

The Winthrop High football team is coming off its best performance of the season, a 21-14 shocker over a 4-1 Marblehead squad. Punt return man and defensive back Doug Hill made two key plays to set up the Winthrop touchdowns and to prevent Marblehead from scoring. Fullback Matt Flaherty scored the winning touchdown on a pass from Alan Welch. Winthrop will host NEC newcomer Beverly in a Homecoming Week game Saturday.

50 years ago October 31, 1963

With star fullback Steve “The Tank” Adamson out of action with an injury, Winthrop could generate little offense and dropped a 14-6 decision to Woburn Saturday. However, Adamson is expected to be back in the lineup this week against Marblehead.

60 years ago October 29, 1953

Despite being physically and mentally deep in the doldrums after five straight losses, the WHS football team hopes to regroup with this week’s encounter against Marblehead. However, a rash of injuries means that six sophomores will be in the starting lineup for Coach Ed MacFarland’s squad.

70 years ago October 30, 1943

Winthrop High’s powerful football team steamrollered to a 28-0 win over Wakefield Saturday. Winthrop’s star quarterback, Eddie Gingrich, once again was the outstanding player for Winthrop, passing for touchdowns of 25 and 29 yards to Bill Ward. Gingrich also returned a Wakefield punt for 79 yards. Wilbur Halliday accounted for the first Winthrop score when he blocked a Wakefield punt and fell on the ball in the end zone.

90 years ago November 1, 1923

Winthrop High sent Chelsea High down to defeat, 37 to 12, Tuesday afternoon. Spector made a 50 yard run for a touchdown and Rock intercepted a forward pass and ran 35 yards to the goal line. Spector also made two other touchdowns for Winthrop.

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