Sports 04-16-2015

WHS Sports roundup

WHS sailing team opens 2015 season

The Winthrop High sailing team took to the chilly waters off the Cottage Park Yacht Club for their first regatta of the season Tuesday afternoon against Gloucester.

Although the Viking sailors came out on the short end of a 3-2 decision, WHS head coach Joe Zambella was pleased with his team’s effort.

“We finally were able to get out on the water for the first time this season only the day before, so overall we did well given the lack of practice we’ve had,” said Zambella, who has been at the helm of the WHS sailing program since its inception three years ago.

Among the top performers for Winthrop were Mike St. Jean, who skippered two winning races on the day. Joey Bosco and Emily Donovan each crewed a winning race with Mike.

Skipper Lucy Floyd finished in the top three (among six boats that compete in each race, three for each team) in two races, with teammates McKenzie Chiudina and Mia Simonetti taking turns as her crew aboard the Club 420 boats.

“We have a great group of kids and I think that once we get out on the water regularly, we should do very well this season,” said Zambella, who guided the Vikings to a superb eighth place finish at the state regatta last year.

Zambella and his crew were set to host Concord Academy yesterday (Wednesday) and then will participate in a quad-regatta that presently is set for April 29 at Piers Park.

Members of the WHS sailing team this year are: Lucy Floyd, Michael St. Jean, Rebecca Evans, Joey Bosco, Sara Bosco, Jake Chiudina, Mackenzie Chiudina, Tyler Chiudina, Emily Donovan, and Mia Simonetti.  Assisting Zambella with the coaching chores is Matt Aiello


WHS girls lacrosse teams defeats Revere

The Winthrop High girls lacrosse team opened its 2015 season with a 17-6 victory at Revere last Tuesday. Leading the way for the Lady Vikings in the scoring department was senior captain Caitlin Page, who scored five goals against the Lady Patriots from her attack position. Also enjoying a nice afternoon of offense was sophomore attacker Flora English, who tallied four goals. Sophomore attack Abby Carleton and junior attack Holly Benson whipped home three goals apiece. Senior attack Caroline McKinnon and freshman midfielder Kristina Favaloro each chipped in a goal to complete the WHS scoresheet.

“It was a nice way to start the season,” said WHS co-coach Angelina Favaloro, who is sharing the coaching duties with Andrea Martucci.

The Lady Vikings next took on Swampscott on the Revere turf field Saturday (neither of the teams’ own fields was ready), but came out on the short end of an 11-9 decision. English and McKinnon both reached the back of the Swampscott net for a hat trick, with Page, Carleton, and Benson scoring a goal apiece.

“We had some letdowns at the end of the first half which allowed Swampscott to take an 8-4 lead,” said Favaloro. “We went over some things with the girls at the half and made a nice comeback, but couldn’t quite make it all the way back.”

Senior captain Annie Mahoney heads the Winthrop defensive corps of junior Julia Duplin, sophomore Danielle Bocchio, junior Gabby Massa, junior Victoria Scorzella, sophomore Michelle DeBonis, freshman Jena Guerra, freshman Grace Carleton, and eight grader Schuyler Kiley.  Freshman Deanna Pucillo is in goal.

Other members of the team are freshman midfielder Alyssa Ferrara, sophomore attack Jeana Eruzione, sophomore attack Meg Mahoney, and freshman attack Ashley Miles.

The Lady Vikings’ next contest is a rematch at Revere Tuesday.

Softball team drops opener to Danvers, 7-3

The Winthrop High softball team finally opened its season Monday at Danvers and came out on the short end of a 7-3 decision to their Northeastern Conference rival.

The Lady Vikings grabbed a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Regina Garufo and Maddie Fainga’a reached base to start the inning and both raced home on a triple by Maura Lanza. A base hit by clean-up hitter Gabbie Kenniston, one of her two hits on the day, rescued Lanza.

Jess Martin also had two hits on the day for Winthrop.

Danvers chipped away at the Winthrop lead with two runs in the third. The Lady Falcons then scored three runs in the fifth frame to take a 5-3 advantage before adding two insurance markers in the sixth for the 7-3 finale.

“Inexperience  and the lack of outside practice time that we’ve had this spring caught up to us,” said WHS head coach Dave Guffey.

Lanza started for Winthrop and yielded five runs (four earned) on eight hits through her four and one-third innings of work. Taylor Thomas finished up, allowing two runs and four hits.

The Lady Vikings will host Triton Monday on the holiday and then make the voyage to Nantucket for contests Tuesday and Wednesday with Marblehead and Nantucket. They will return to play at Lynn Classical Friday.

WHS baseball team

has busy week ahead

The Winthrop High baseball team, which dropped its season-opener Monday to Danvers, has a busy week ahead. The Vikings were set to play at Gloucester yesterday (Wednesday) and will trek to Manchester-Essex Saturday. They play at Saugus on the holiday Monday, at O’Bryant High Tuesday, and at Peabody Wednesday.

WHS boys lacrosse team

takes on Revere today

The Winthrop High boys lacrosse team, which stands at 1-2 on the season, will face Revere today (Thursday).

Jon Griffiths is leading the Vikings in the scoring department through the first three games with eight goals and three assists. Dan Brogan has tallied three goals and five assists. Brandon McDonald has two goals and an assist. Alex Anzuoni has chipped in a goal and four assists. Chris Beaudry has a goal and two assists, Mike Lane has one goal, and Cody Boudrow has three assists.

WHS girls tennis

swings into action

The Winthrop High girls tennis team opened its season this past week. In a match at Lynn Classical Monday, the Lady Vikings came out on the short end of a 5-0 decision. First singles Victoria Cursino fell 1-6, 2-6; Xena Herbert dropped her match at second singles, 1-6, 2-6; and Jackie Boulay at third singles lost 1-6, 2-6.

In the doubles contests, the Lady Viking first doubles duo of Juanita Saenz & Brooke Bacigalupo and the second doubles tandem of Haley Holden & Jamie Gobiel both came up short by scores of 0-6, 0-6.

Coach Amy Marconi’s the Lady Vikings entertained Gloucester Tuesday and engaged in a tight match in which Gloucester edged Winthrop, 3-2. Cursino won her match at first singles in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1, as did Kailyn Ferrera at the third singles slot, 6-2, 6-0.

Meg Dolan came up short in a hard-fought, three-set match at second singles, 5-7, 6-3, 4-6. The second doubles pairing of Courtney McSwiney & Kim West also battled valiantly through three sets before falling to their Gloucester counterparts, 2-6, 6-2, 4-6. At first doubles, Juanita Saenz & Haley Holden dropped their contest, 3-6, 5-7.

 WHS Sports through the years

10 years ago

April 14, 2005

The St.John’s CYO girls seventh and eighth basketball team captured the New England championship with a 44-33 win over St. Mark’s of Bridgeport, CT. Courtney Finn led Winthrop with 15 points. Meredith Soper hit for 14 points and  Katerina Mallios added nine. Other members of the team, which is coached by Deb Soper, are: Laura Berenger, Angela Pettee, Taylor Rich, Kerri Sasso, Jess Nappi, Elaine Lanza, Julia Vannoni, Stephanie Costello, Jillian DeArville, and Gina Scandoni.

Winthrop resident Alyson Garnett has been named to the Boston Herald All-Scholastic team as a goaltender. Garnett led St. Mary’s of Lynn to the Division 2 state championship. She sported a 21-1-2 record with 15 shutouts and a 0.79 goals against average.

20 years ago

April 20, 1995

The WHS baseball team earned a come-from-behind 6-4 win over Gloucester to remain at the .500 mark on the season. Jason Calla delivered a two-run RBI single in the sixth inning  to spark a five-run rally that allowed the Vikings to overcome a 4-1 deficit.

The WHS boys track team improved to 2-0 with a 92-35 romp over Beverly. Among the first place finishers for the Vikings were Robbie Crowell in the 300 intermediate hurdles, Todd Doherty in the 100 and 200 meter dashes and triple jump, Chris Butler in the shot-put and discus, and Luis Bonilla in the high hurdles.


30 years ago

April 24, 1985

The WHS softball team rebounded from two defeats with a 7-2 win over Danvers. Debbie McManus had three RBI for Winthrop.

The WHS girls track team rolled past Salem, 78-31. Senior tri-captain Helen Balaouras led the way with first places in the discus and shot-put. Franci Dolan was a double-winner in the long jump and 220 and Sheila Kennedy took the 440 and high jump.

The WHS baseball team blasted Lynn English 16-4 and edged Beverly 5-4. Paul Pearl and Bobby Crossman were the heroes of the extra-inning win over Beverly, while Chris Lazzaro, Mike Adamson, and Pearl led the slugfest against English.

40 years ago

April 23, 1975

The Winthrop Mites captured the New England Championship in Wilmington in a 16-team tourney consisting of teams from across the region. Members of the championship team include: Bobby Crossman, Steve Acone, Gary Blancette, Tommy Walsh, Robert Pearl, Doug DiMio, Steve Staffier, Spike Tiano, Norm Blanchard, Chris Poirier, Anthony Ancillo, Chris Porter, Eric Troisi, and coaches Steve Staffier and Bob Pearl.

The WHS baseball team split its two season-opening contests, defeating Lynn English 3-2 behind a five-hitter by Alan Letterman, but falling to Beverly, 13-5.

Chief Jay Stronbgbow will be one of five professional wrestlers who will be taking part in a five-bout card at the Memorial Auditorium next week.

50 years ago

April 22, 1965

Winthrop High teacher Bob DeFelice, who is on a leave of absence to try out with the Boston Red Sox, has trimmed 25 pounds and is down to 185 after four weeks of spring training camp.

The WHS baseball team opened the season with a  5-1 win over Amesbury behind a five-hitter by right-hander Tom Conley.

60 years ago

April 21, 1955


A film of the Little League World Series narrated by Curt Gowdy will be shown to prospective Little League ballplayers at tonight’s meeting for players and parents at the Elks Hall.

70 years ago

April 19, 1945

Winthrop’a first organized baseball team since the Varsity Club of 1942 will be known as the Winthrop Town Team and will be under the direction of Johnny DiFronzo.

The WHS basketball banquet tomorrow evening to honor the Northeastern Conference champions promises to be one of the best sports dinners ever held on our town. Tickets are $2.00 and are limited to 300 persons. The final statistics for the team show that Billy Countaway set a new NEC scoring record with 179 points in 10 games.

Baseball practice for the high school team got underway this week.

100 years ago

April 24, 1915

More than 300 fans watched the Winthrop High baseball team battle Winchester at Ingleside Park to a 7-7 tie that was ended in the 10th inning on account of darkness.

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