Sports 10-06-2016

WHS sports roundup

Golfers defeat

Revere, 43.5-28.5


The Winthrop High golf team earned a 43.5-28.5 victory over Revere last Wednesday on the Vikings’ home course at the Winthrop Golf Club.

Winthrop’s top player, senior captain Jack Wallace, was the big winner of the day for Winthrop, defeating his Revere rival at the No. 1 spot, 7.5-1.5. Jack also shot the best round of the day, a one over par 36.

Patrick Stafford at No. 2 and Drew DiMento at No. 6 also were big winners for the Vikings, earning 6.5 points (of nine) against their Patriot counterparts.

Sean Alioto was a victor at the No 8 slot with six points; Colby Dassau won 5-4 at No. 3; and Alex Pesiri halved his match at No. 5.

Richard Fucillo (four points at No. 7) and Nathan Rich (3.5 points at No. 6) also made key contributions to the Viking victory.

Winthrop traveled the next day to Salem Green and dropped a 40-32 decision to Salem. Alioto was a highlight for the Winthrop squad with a win at No. 8, 5-4, and Fucillo halved his match with his Salem counterpart, 4.5-4.5.

“Richard really has come a long way this season,” said WHS head coach Peter Lyons. “He’s our most improved player. Jim Bruce, the pro at the Winthrop Golf Club, worked with Richard a bit and the results have been dramatic.”

Lyons and his crew were set to host Gloucester today (Thursday) and will play at Swampscott Tuesday. They face Malden Catholic next Thursday.


Boys soccer team

falls to Classical


The Winthrop High boys soccer team dropped a 4-2 decision to Lynn Classical last Wednesday.

The Vikings had grabbed a 1-0 lead after the first 40 minutes of play thanks to a goal by senior Dave Barry, who hustled to beat the Ram defenders to the rebound after a save by the Classical keeper and then delivered the ball into the back of the net .

Winthrop added to its advantage with another goal less than a minute after the intermission. The Vikings had built their offense nicely, culminating when Barry gave sophomore Renols Cahani a nice ball, which Cahani finished beautifully to reach the back of the Classical net.

However, that would prove to be the apogee of the Vikings’ effort, as Classical scored four unanswered goals to come away with the win.

Winthrop hosted Danvers, one of the top teams in the Northeastern Conference, two days later and came out on the short end of a 6-0 decision.

The Vikings trek to Peabody today (Thursday) and then will play at Mystic Valley on the holiday Monday.

“We need to win or tie the Mystic Valley game in order to qualify for the state tournament,” said WHS head coach Kyle Gagin. “We’ll obviously be going for the win, but that game is do or die. I’m confident the guys can get it done despite the results of this past week.”

The Vikings will host archival Revere this coming Wednesday.


Volleyball team

drops two contests


The Winthrop High volleyball team dropped both of its contests this past week to Danvers and Peabody.

In the match with Danvers, in which the Lady Vikings fell in three sets (25-14, 25-23, 25-17), Haley Holden led the Winthrop offensive attack with 10 kills. Maddie Fainga’a was the top defender with 18 digs, while Lacey Scott contributed 14 assists, 14 digs, and four service aces.

In the Peabody match, which the Lady Vikings also lost in three sets (25-15, 15-19, 27-25), Holden once again was the top killer with 10. Teammate Gina Chalmers struck for seven kills and Scott set 20 assists for her teammates.

The Lady Vikings were set to play at Revere yesterday (Wednesday) and will host Beverly tomorrow (Friday). They will trek to Mt. Alvernia Tuesday and to Lynn English Thursday.

From The Press Box

The Winthrop High School Athletic Hall of Fame

By: Jim Lederman

The Class of 2016 seven former Viking athletes, four exceptional service inductees and three championship teams will be inducted in the Winthrop High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 22nd at the Winthrop High School Auditorium.

Here’s a capsule look at each of the Hall of Fame inductees:

Sean Mullane – Class of 1960 – Basketball captain of the 1960 Northeastern Conference Champions.

Pat DeGregorio – Class of 1972 – Three-sport standout: football, basketball and track. Holds the NEC triple jump record played quarterback at Boston State College.

Joyce Nolan Harrison – Class of 1974 – Captain of the field hockey team and the indoor and outdoor track teams. Joyce continued her career at Middlebury College and Harvard.

Holly Hillmory – Class of 1977 – Holly was a three-sport athlete: field hockey captain, basketball and track. Holly was field hockey captain at the University of Denver.

Mary Murphy Raymond – Class of 1978 – Captain of the 1978 Northeastern Conference basketball champions. A member of the 1978 NEC championship track team. Mary received a basketball scholarship to Stonehill College.

Mark D’ambrosio – Class of 1997 – Captain of the 1996 football team (9-2) recipient of the Alexander Memorial Trophy and the Bentley Swift Award. Captain of the Colby College football team.

John Lyons – Class of 1974 – (Exceptional Service) – John was the former Winthrop High School Athletic Director, and one of the founders of the Winthrop High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.

Anthony Martucci – Class of 1993 – (Exceptional Service) – After a successful career as a three-sport athlete at WHS, Anthony has coached the girl’s hockey team (Lady Bulldogs) for eight years. Anthony has been coaching Winthrop Youth Hockey for 19 years.

William Gorman – (Exceptional Service) – Bill was an assistant basketball and softball coach. The Fort Banks School was named in his memory – The Gorman Fort Banks School.

Larry Keegan – (Exceptional Service) – Larry was a teacher for 25 years at WHS. Larry was the girl’s indoor and outdoor track coach. He won 12 NEC championships.

The 1963 State Championship (Tech Tourney) basketball team. The Vikings compiled a (21-1) record.

The 1964 undefeated NEC Championship football team.

The 1984 undefeated Northeastern Conference boy’s track team.

For tickets and reservations call Attorney Chris Tsiotos at 617-846-9192.



Vikings Shutout Salem 14-0

The Winthrop Vikings won their first game of the 2016 campaign behind a solid defense (14-0) over the Salem Witches.

The game was played for the second year in a row in a downpour. The shut out was the first for Salem since October 2013, by the Vikings.

The Vikings won the coin toss but deferred until the second half. The Witches opened the game driving to the 24-yard line of Winthrop on just five plays. Quarterback Jared Lubas threw a pair of incomplete passes and the drive stalled.

The Vikings responded by driving 71-yards on 13 plays while eating up 7:38 of clock time. The drive was capped off with a seven-yard run by co-captain Jon Gonzalez (19 carries- 138 yards). The extra point kick failed.

Quarterback Chris Zuffante had a 19-yard keeper that placed the ball at the 9-yard line. Chris (10 carries – 52 yards) was a standout on both sides of the ball. The teams were scoreless until the third quarter. Salem drove to the Vikings 40-yard line when their standout back Vinnie Gaskins (105 yards) fumbled.

Junior Jake Adamson (his best game of the season) recovered the fumble. The Vikings drove 65-yards in a span of 3:28, with quarterback Chris Zuffante making a two-score game with a keeper from four yards out.

A key two-point conversion pass from Zuffante to junior Jaidon Brown was a 25-yard completion on a picture perfect route by Jaidon. The score Vikings 14 – Salem 0.

On the ensuing drive the Witches had a first and goal at the Winthrop one-yard line. Linebacker co-captain Matt Tarantino stuffed Xavier Cole and on fourth and one Gaskins was driven back by ‘number 33’ – Winthrop’s outstanding middle linebacker.



Skimming the Sidelines

Salem defeated Saugus 39-20 the previous Friday night at Saugus.

The Vikings need another strong defensive effort when they play host to the defending NEC South champions, the Gloucester Fishermen (3-1-2-0)

Gloucester opened NEC South league play with a convincing (34-14) victory over the Revere Patriots (0-4) at Newell Stadium in Gloucester. Gloucester has scored 99 points and allowed 78. Gloucester lost a decision to undefeated Beverly, the Fishermen are (2-0) in the NEC South, the Vikings are (1-0) in league play. This is a crucial game if the Vikings want to challenge for the league title.

Swampscott improved to (3-1, 1-1) with a 21-6) victory over Saugus at Stackpole Field in Saugus.

The Big Blue quarterback Colin Frary passed for 238 yards. The Vikings have a date with the Big Blue Friday, October 21st at East Boston Stadium.

Danvers defeated Lynn Classical (26-0) at Manning Field. Matt Andrews, the North Shore’s leading rusher, racked up 180 yards and a touchdown.

This weekend in other conference games, Revere plays host to Saugus on Friday night at Della Russo Stadium in Revere. Swampscott and Salem will battle at Blocksidge Field at 12 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

Marblehead (4-0) and Beverly (4-0) will battle for the supremacy of the NEC North on Friday night at Piper Field in Marblehead.



Extra Points

Chris Zuffante had 14 carries for 54 yards. Chris passed for 36 yards on 7 attempts.

Jaidon Brown returned a kickoff 77 yards.

Devin Pulsifer, Chris Zuffante and Matt Tarantino led the team in tackles.

Coach Driscoll is optimistic that he will have his entire starting team on offense and defense for Friday nights big game with Gloucester.

Let the Games Begin!

WHS sports years

10 years ago

October 5, 2006


The WHS football team continued to dominate its opponents, this week rolling to a 40-7 dismantling of a previously-undefeated Beverly squad Friday night. WHS quarterback James Fucillo tossed TD passes of seven and 32 yards to Mark Shannon and Anthony Giuliano. Matt Murray ran for 71 yards on six carries and scored two TDs.  Jason Griffin scored two touchdowns on short runs. Winthrop now has outscored its opponents 117-35 in the first three games of the season. Fucillo has completed 18 of 26 pass attempts for 391 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions thus far.

Freshman Jenny Fucillo scored her fist career goal for the WHS girls soccer team to give the Lady Vikings a 2-2 tie with Salem. Vanessa Caruccio scored the first Lady Viking goal.

Freshman Eugen Kaplani scored his third penalty kick of the season to give the WHS boys soccer team a 1-1 tie with Salem.


20 years ago

October 10, 1996


The WHS football team dropped its first game of the season in heartbreaking fashion, 18-14, to Lynn English in which English scored two touchdowns late in the fourth quarter. Matt Murphy scored both of the Viking touchdowns, one on a nifty eight yard catch from quarterback Mark D’Ambrosio and the other on a two yard run. Joey Murray ran for 117 yards on 14 carries. Rico Rodriguez scored the winning TD for English on a 23 yard run with just over a minute to play and ran for 273 yards on 43 carries.

The WHS girls cross county team improved to 5-1 with shutout victories over both Salem and Swampscott in a  tri-meet. Barbara Lewis led the Lady Vikings in 17:07, followed by Elizabeth Wallace in 17:52, Elizabeth Lewis in 18:15, Maria Gambale in 18:32, and Jillian Stairs in 19:07.

The WHS boys soccer team earned its first victory of the season with a 3-0 win over Gloucester. Freshman Nick Hernandez scored two goals for the Vikings.


30 years ago

October 15, 1986


Captain Steve Holgersen rushed for 106 yards on 20 attempts and scored a touchdown, but the WHS football team dropped its third game in a row with a 13-6 loss to Swampscott.

The WHS girls cross country team moved one step closer to an NEC title with a 21-26 victory over arch-rival Beverly. Sophomore Jennifer DiMento led the Lady Vikings with a time of 15:18. She was followed by teammates Jeanne Hurley, freshman Coleen Kinsella, Carrie Driscoll, and Shannon Rand.

Winthrop’s Jim Pucci was named to the NEC all-star golf team this week.

Joe Matarazza was honored at the recent Little League banquet with a special award in recognition of his many years of service to Winthrop Little League.


40 years ago

October 13, 1976


The WHS football team rolled to its third straight win with a 28-6 romp over Gloucester. Halfback Paul Plakias grabbed a TD pass from Lou Gaglini and ran 15 yards for another. Quarterback Gaglini bootlegged around end from three yards out for a TD and Billy Boudrow added the final Winthrop score.


50 years ago

October 13, 1966


The WHS football team absorbed a 41-14 shellacking at Newburyport Friday night. Keith MacFarland tossed a pair of TD passes in the fourth quarter to Bill McNeil and Bob McNeil. Winthrop now will face Stan Bondelevitch’s undefeated powerhouse Swampscott team, which has scored 108 points and allowed none in its first three games.


60 years ago

October 11, 1956


Newburyport snapped the WHS football team’s two-game winning streak, defeating Winthrop 13-7. Bill McIlroy scored the Winthrop TD on a four-yard run.


70 years ago

October 10, 1946


Interceptions plagued the WHS football team in a 28-13 loss at Amesbury Saturday. However, Winthrop otherwise played well and heartened local fans who were among the 2500 fans in attendance at Amesbury. A 40 yard pass play from Dickie Evans to Marshall Harden set up the first Winthrop score, a four-yard run by Evans. Evans and Haraden connected again on a 25 yard pass play to set up the second Winthrop touchdown, a 12 yard burst by fullback Paul Millerick.


100 years ago

October 14, 1916


Malden High School defeated Winthrop High Saturday afternoon by a score of 12 to 0 on the Ingleside grounds.

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