Sports 01-26-2017

WHS SPORTS roundup


The Winthrop High boys hockey team won both of its contests this past week to raise their record to a sterling 9-1-1 overall and 2-0-1 in the Northeastern Conference North Division.

Last Thursday Coach Dale Dunbar’s Vikings played rude hosts to an East Longmeadow team that had made the long trek from Western Mass., sending the visitors home with a 5-1 defeat.

Brian Chalmers (assisted by Matt Tarantino and Henry Brooks) and Steve Holgersen (from Tyler Mignosa) provided sophomore goalie Ryan Skoczylas with all the support he would need with goals in the first period.

Winthrop built its bulge to 5-0 after two stanzas on lamp-lighters by Gene August (from Bryce Costin and Charlie Page), Tyler Marley (from Chalmers), and Brooks (from Page and Mike Lane).  ,

East Longmeadow scored late in the game to ruin the shutout bid by Skoczylas, who recorded 20 saves on the night and turned in another performance that ranged from always-solid to the superb.

Two days later the Vikings hosted Gloucester and skated to a 5-0 blanking of their foe from the NEC South Division. Dave Barry (from Page) and Costin (from Barry) provided Winthrop with a 2-0 lead in the opening period. Both goals came on power plays.

After a scoreless middle frame, Holgersen (unassisted), Brooks (from Sam Yarrow and Lane), and Page (from Holgersen and Jake Adamson) lit the lamp over the final 15 minutes to account for the 5-0 finale.

The visiting Fishermen were unable to dent Skoczylas, who cast aside 18 Gloucester shots to earn the shutout.

With the season just past the midway point, the leading scorers for the Vikings have been captain Page with 13 goals and 13 assists; Brooks aHolgersen with six goals and five assists; and Chalmers with three goals and seven assists.

Winthrop has outscored its opponents by a better than 3-to-1 margin with 46 goals for and only 14 against. With its 9-1-1 record, the Winthrop icemen need just one more point to punch their ticket for a Journey to the Tourney.

However, Dunbar and his squad also have their sights set on claiming an NEC North title and their quest comes up against two of their top NEC North foes this week. The Vikings were scheduled to meet Danvers (3-0-1 NEC North, 7-3-1 overall) last night (Wednesday) at Bourqe Arena at Endicott College and then will trek to Peabody Saturday. Always-tough Marblehead (1-0-2 NEC North, 5-5-2 overall) comes to Larsen this coming Wednesday for a 6:10 face-off.

WHS gymnastics

team off to 4-1 start

The Winthrop High gymnastics team is off to a fine start, winning four of its first five meets of the season.

The Lady Vikings’ lone loss came in the season opener against perennial power Beverly, which has not lost a meet in seven seasons.

“Going into this meet we were hopeful, but we knew they were good competition as they have been undefeated for seven consecutive seasons,” said WHS head coach Daria Millerick. “We lost three seniors from last season, but we have gained about 10 underclassmen, which made us optimistic about our team score going into the meet.”

The Lady Vikings got off to great start on bars, even though half of the six girls who were entered for Winthrop in the event were competing at the high school level for the first time.

Megi Zogasi, Brandi Diccio, and Mary O’Donnell all had great performances. Then came rising stars Rachel Farley with a 7.65 and Danielle Carter with a 7.85. Up last for Winthrop was senior captain Christa Vaccaro with an 8.8, tying with Beverly’s highest bar score by Alahna Guy.

Although the Lady Vikings’ score suffered from some falls on the next event, the beam,  the Winthrop girls rebounded nicely in the next event, the vault. Senior captain Molly Janielis came through with a score of 7.1, followed by assistant captain Lacey Scott and Brandi Diccio with an 8.0.

Senior captain Kaitlyn Carter delivered an 8.05, setting the stage for Winthrop’s two top scorers on vault, Rachel Farley with an 8.7 and Christa Vaccaro with a 9.55, which up to that point was the highest score of the meet.

On the floor exercise, Emily Rodriguez and Gianna Guarino, two more underclassmen who were competing at the high school level for the first time, turned in fine scores of 7.05 and 7.0 consecutively.

Danielle Carter boosted Winthrop with a 7.75, followed by Brandi Diccio with a 7.5. Rachel Farley performed beautifully, scoring an 8.25, and lastly came Christa Vaccaro with a 9.1.

The final overall tabulation showed Beverly the victor by a slim margin, 133.8-129.95. “We were satisfied that we were up there competitively with Beverly and this gave us confidence as we looked ahead to the rest of the season,” noted Millerick.

On January 13 the Lady Vikings hosted Medford and handily defeated the visiting Lady Mustangs, 131.45-106.45.

On bars, counting scores came from from Mary O’Donnell (7.3), Danielle Carter (7.2), Brandi Diccio (7.85), and Christa Vaccaro (9.2). On beam, the Lady Vikings overcame a few mistakes, but continued to maintain their lead, with Kaitlyn Carter (7.2), Lacey Scott (7.65), Danielle Carter (7.7), and Christa Vaccaro (8.5) registering the scores.

Winthrop pulled ahead decisively on the vault. Molly Janielis started off with a 7.95, followed by Sage D’Amelio with a 7.9. Standout performances came from Kaitlyn Carter with an 8.1, Brandi Diccio with an 8.35, Rachel Farley with an 8.7, and Christa Vaccaro with a 9.2.

Lastly, on floor the Winthrop girls dominated. Emily Rodriguez started off with a 7.6, followed by Charlotte Hurley with a 7.3. Danielle Carter performed nicely, earning an 8.4, and Rachel Farley received an 8.5. Brandi Diccio executed her routine gracefully, earning an 8.6, and Lady Viking powerhouse Christa Vaccaro put an exclamation point on the meet for Winthrop, scoring a 9.0.

The Lady Vikings were back at it two days later at Salem. “This was our first away meet of the season, so it was a real test for the girls and their abilities to focus,” said Millerick. “Our warm-up was rough because we were not allotted the amount of time we usually have at home and we suffered from it.”

Although Winthrop committed a handful of mistakes on bars and beam, two standout performances on bars came from Brandi Diccio with a 7.7 and Christa Vaccaro with an 8.9. Two solid beam routines were turned in by Rachel Farley with a 7.9 and Christa again with an 8.8.

Winthrop had what Millerick termed “six exemplary vault scores,” starting with Molly Janielis (7.4), Lacey Scott (8.15), Megi Zogasi (8.25), Brandi Diccio (8.3), Rachel Farley (8.6), and Christa Vaccaro (9.35). Floor also went  well for Winthrop, which featured nice opening performances from Charlotte Hurley and Gianna Guarino. Danielle Carter came up next with an 8.2, Brandi Diccio with an 8.35, Rachel Farley with an 8.25, and Christa Vaccaro with a 9.15.

The final score showed Winthrop with a commanding victory, 130.05-77.9.

This past Friday Winthrop hosted Essex Tech, a newcomer to the league. Winthrop received great bar performances, starting with Mary O’Donnell, Charlotte Hurley, Danielle Carter, and Rachel Farley. The two highest scores came from Christa Vaccaro with an 8.0 and Brandi Diccio with an 8.1.

The Lady Vikings turned in their best score on beam this season. Jillian Lerner came through with a standout performance, scoring a 7.15. Katilyn Carter also did well with a 7.1.

Lacey Scott earned her well-deserved, highest score of the season, a 7.85. Rachel Farley (8.05), Danielle Carter (8.2), and Christa Vaccaro (8.75) concluded the Winthrop scoring in that event.

Moving onto vault, the Winthrop squad delivered six strong performances. First was Molly Janielis with a 7.85, then came Sage D’Amelio with a 7.75. Megi Zogasi scored an 8.3, Brandi Diccio an 8.45, Rachel Farley an 8.8, and Christa Vaccaro a 9.35.

The Lady Vikings concluded the day with six entertaining floor routines. First was Mary O’Donnell with a 7.0, then Gianna Guarino with a 7.3. Danielle Carter grabbed an 8.2, Rachel Farley scored an 8.5, Brandi Diccio had an 8.65, and Christa Vaccaro received a 9.3.

“I was very impressed with our performaces on floor,” said Millerick. “Every girl showed off her skills and her passion for performing. “

The final tally showed Winthrop the winner by a score of 133.9-123.8, the Lady Vikings’ highest output of the season to that point.

After the meet, senior captain Molly Janielis lifted her teammates with a short speech. “I’m so proud to be a part of this team. You all continue to amaze me,” said Janielis. “I’ve been on this team for four years and we’ve never had a team score of 133 points. I can’t wait to come back next year and the following years to come and watch you all. We can only go up from here.”

Sunday brought the Lady Vikings into a match with Danvers, which is another perennial top team in the conference.

“Danvers is always a powerhouse team, so we went in with high hopes and lots of confidence,” said Millerick.

Although the meet started on floor, a switch from the usual order of events (floor exercise typically is last), it seemed to work out well for the Lady Vikings, who displayed plenty of energy.

Emily Rodriguez and Gianna Guarino started off and were followed by Danielle Carter with an 8.5, Rachel Farley with an 8.4, Brandi Diccio with an 8.6, and Christa Vaccaro with an 8.9.

Onto vault, Winthrop started with Lacey Scott and Megi Zogasi. Kaitlyn Carter powered into an 8.65, Brandi Diccio received an 8.2, Rachel Farley received an 8.8, and Christa Vaccaro scored an 8.9.

After suffering what Millerick termed “some tough scores on bars,” the Lady Vikings came through with superb performances on the beam.

Kaitlyn Carter started with a 6.9. Then came Jillian Lerner with a 7.2, followed by Lacey Scott with a 7.0 and Rachel Farley with a 7.4. Finishing off for Winthrop were Danielle Carter with a 7.9 and Christa Vaccaro with a 9.2.

The end result was a Winthrop victory, 125.15-123.35.

Afterwards, freshman Sage D’Amelio said, “I’ve been part of many teams before, but I’ve never felt so loved by my teammates. I love how much we can accomplish when we come together, and how we all share the same goals. This is a special team and although we all want to win, just being there for each other and acting like a family is the best accomplishment of all.”

Millerick’s 4-1 team next will host Gloucester tomorrow night (Friday). They travel to Masconomet Sunday and trek to Peabody next Thursday.

Girls track wins

meet again in relay

For the second week in a row, the Winthrop High girls indoor track team pulled out a victory in dramatic fashion with a win in the final event of the day, the  4 x 400 relay, to defeat Gloucester, 45-41.

The Lady Vikings trailed their Lady Fishermen rivals, 41-40, after all nine of the individual events had been completed, thus setting the stage for the winner-take-all finale of the 4 x 400 with all five points going to the victorious quartet.

Lady Viking captain Regina Garufo got the team off to a great start, running a split of 69 seconds.  Regina handed off to Fiona MacPhail, who kept it going with a split of 72 seconds. Soneida Dahquist took the next hand-off and ran a fast time of 71 seconds, duplicating her personal record (PR) time.

Soneida then passed the baton into the steady hands (and fast legs) of captain Heidy Benson, who left nothing to chance and cruised home to victory with a fast split of 67 seconds. The Lady Vikings’ clocking of 4:40.1 was seven seconds faster than last week’s performance when they topped Saugus. Gloucester finished well-behind with a time of 4:52.6.

The Winthrop quartet also prevailed over a foursome from Swampscott, which was the third school in the tri-meet held at the Swampscott indoor facility, by a comfortable margin of 15.8 seconds.

However, despite the relay victory over the Lady Big Blue, the Lady Vikings fell to Swampscott, 56-30.

Two Winthrop girls captured first place against all opponents in their individual specialties. Garufo sped to victory in the 300 dash in a personal record (PR) time of 47.1 and Benson captured the 600 dash in 1:52.2.

Dahquist took second in the 600 behind teammate Benson against both Swampscott and Gloucester with her time of 1:56.9.

Fiona MaPhail won two first places. She topped Swampscott rivals in the high jump with a PR leap of 4′-8″ (which was good for second against Gloucester) and defeated the Gloucester girls in the 1000 in 4:02.2.

Camilla Miranda-Llovera took first place against Swampscott in the two mile run and second vs. Gloucester with a PR time of 13:23.

Gianna Massa’s toss of 33′-2″ in the shot-put was good for first place against Gloucester and second against Swampscott. Mary Kate Pote’s throw of 25′-5″ earned her a second-place finish against Gloucester.

Other point-scorers for Winthrop in the Gloucester portion of the meet in which every point was important were: Claire Nargi with a third in the 55 hurdles in 11.5; Gabby Ford with a second in the 1000 in 4:08.6; Gabby Hinchion with a second in the mile in 6:50.6; and Devon Barry with a third in the mile in 7:50.

Coach Mark’s D’Amico’s squad now stands at 3-2 for the season in the South Division of the Northeastern Conference.

“We had some great performances with a lot of PRs that helped us win,” said D’Amico.  “Overall the girls worked really hard as a team to come out on top against Gloucester.”

D’Amiocoand his crew next will compete in the NEC Meet next Friday (February 3)  at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.

Lady Bulldawgs

beat Plymouth, 5-1;

host Beverly Tuesday

Larsen Rink should be rocking’ & rollin’ this Tuesday evening when the Winthrop High Lady Bulldawg hockey team hosts Beverly in a showdown for first place in the Northeast Hockey League.

Beverly presently is in first place in the NHL with a 5-0 league mark and stands at 11-0-1 overall. The Lady Panthers currently are rated among the top teams in the state.

However, coach Anthony Martucci’s crew (4-1 NHL, 7-2 overall) gave Beverly all it could handle in their first meeting, a 5-3 Beverly victory in which the Lady Panthers scored two late goals to break what had been a 3-3 deadlock after two periods.

Winthrop defeated Plymouth 5-1 last Wednesday evening and was set to travel to Peabody last night (Wednesday) prior to their showdown with Beverly.

Rough patch for

boys basketball

The Winthrop High boys basketball team dropped three games this past week against a trio of top opponents, Peabody, Malden Catholic, and Beverly.

In the Peabody contest, an 83-69 loss, four Vikings reached double figures, led by Devin Pulsifer, who hit for 20 points that included three three-pointers. Tayjuan McKenzie struck for 17 points, Chris Zuffante added 12, and Alex Dernier contributed 11, including a trio of treys.

In the 83-53 loss to Malden Catholic, McKenzie topped the Winthrop score sheet with 20 points. Pulisfer reached double-figures with 10.

In the 69-58 defeat at Beverly, Pulisfer recorded a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. McKenzie struck for 14 points.

Coach Ignacio Oyola and his crew took on Lynn English this past Tuesday evening. They will endure the long bus ride to Gloucester Friday and then make a shorter trip to Swampscott this coming Tuesday.

WHS boys track team

competes in tri-meet

The Winthrop High boys indoor track team competed in a tri-meet Monday against Swampscott and Gloucester. Although the Vikings came out on the short end against both opponents (61-25 to Swampscott, 48-33 to Gloucester), a number of Winthrop boys turned in fine performances.

Dave Navarro was the top point-scorer on the day for the Vikings, out-sprinting all foes to win the 55 dash in a time of 6.8 seconds. Dave’s leap of 5′-2″ in the high jump also earned a first place against Gloucester and a third against Swampscott for a total in both meets of 16 points.

Stephen McGrail defeated all rivals in the shot-put with a toss of 41′-2″ and Nik Beshere did likewise in the two-mile run with a time of 11:19.

Taylor St. George grabbed first place against Swampscott and second place against Gloucester in the 300 dash in 42.0.

Will Holden took second place against both opponents in the mile in 5:12.

Cormac MacPhail scored points against both opponents in the 1000 with a second vs. Swampscott and a third vs. Gloucester in 3:06.8.

Other point scorers for the Vikings in the Gloucester meet were Jakob Hain with a third in the two mile in 13:50; Pat Haskell with a third in the 1000 in 3:14.1; A.J. Massa with a third in the 600 in 2:02.5; and Jaidon Brown with a third in the 55 dash in 7.4.

From the Press Box

The Wallace B. McLean Tennis Courts

By: Jim Lederman

The ‘buzz’ around town is the town council meeting on the plans for the existing Wallace B. McClean Tennis Courts, across from the new Winthrop Middle/High School.

The McClean Courts were built in 1965, when the old WHS was built. The history of the courts is very strong.

The courts were built with a buffer so the town could flood the courts for skating. The Larsen Rink was built in 1973 and Winthrop has since won 14 NEC titles.

Captain Mike Eruzione (1980 Gold Medal winner) skated during the winter (1970-1972) on the courts, before he attended school in the morning.

His teammate Ed Rossi, (Harvard University hockey captain) would join Michael for the morning skate before school.

Many skaters that would play for the Vikings, before Larsen Rink was built (1973) learned to sake on the Wallace B. McClean tennis courts.

The Administration (including the town manager) want to tear down the McClean Courts to build a parking lot! A new school, a new baseball field, a new football stadium, we have made progress, the town is strong!

Two members of the “Save the Courts” committee drove around the new high school last fall, the night of the Drama Society play on a Friday night. They counted 145 open spaces on Payson, Franklin Street, Cross Street, surrounding the baseball field and Cross Street adjacent to Miller Field. The new Shapiro Auditorium was filled to capacity (575). There is no need for additional parking!

We have a beautiful $88 million high school. We are building a new $9.8 million Miller Field Athletic Complex.

The tennis matches with visiting teams have to use the facilities in the new high school. Do you want 45 young tennis players to walk from the high school to Ingleside Park to play tennis?

Please join the huge crowd, ex-Viking athletes, present athletes in Winthrop high tennis coaches and concerned citizens on February 7th j- they want to protest a bad decision!

Save the McClean Courts!

Let the Games Begin!

Hockey Town USA

Have you watched the Lady ‘Bulldawgs’ and Viking hockey teams play at Larsen Rink at the Michael Eruzione Center this winter? I am constantly asked how good are the hockey teams?

Coach Butch Martucci’s Bulldawgs are (7-2) as of Thursday. They have a huge game with first place Beverly.  Coach Martucci has built one of the strongest programs in the state, he works year round teaching future players. I wish I could say the “once upon” Viking hoop programs was developing and building a strong program!

Coach Dale Dunbar has another exciting team and a team that could win Division 2 North. The Vikings need victories over Marblehead (February 1st – Larsen Rink) and Danvers and Saugus to capture another NEC title for Winthrop high school.

I have praised coaches Dunbar and Mike Norris – this is a very proud hockey town.

Let’s fill Larsen Rink on February 1st to cheer the Vikings to another NEC hockey title.

Viking’s goal scored by number 16!

Let the Games Begin!

Super Sophomore

The Vikings defeated Gloucester (5-0) at Larsen Rink on Saturday. Goaltender Ryan Skoczylas posted the shutout.

The ‘super soph’ has been a standout between the pipes. The Vikings improved to (9-1-1) and had a huge game with Danvers on Wednesday night.

The Viking ‘lamp lighters’ were David Barry, Bryce Costin, Steve Holgerson, Henry Brooks and captain Charlie Page. Page had a goal and an assist; Barry had a goal and an assist. Steve Holgerson scored an unassisted tally. Holgerson had a goal and an assist.

The Viking defense was excellent and combined with Ryan in net; the Vikings are the favorite to capture the NEC title this winter.

The College Report

The 2017 Viking College report on ex-Viking athletes playing in college.

Ex-Viking All-Star hockey player at Merrimack College. Senor Chris LeBlanc had a big goal.

In the Warriors victory over the University of Notre Dame – Chris returned to the Warriors after missing 10 games with an injury. Chris was drafted by NHL team

Three All-star Lady Vikings from the (2014-2015) Vikings team that played in the TD Garden vs. Arch=Bishop Williams.

Nicki Tsiotos – St. Rose College of Albany, New York – Division 2 in the strong NE-1-. Nicki is a key player at guard first substitute off the bench. The ‘Golden Knights’ have won 6 out of their last 7 games.

Nina Bartlette is having super freshmen year.

Kristen Siscamanis – Caldwell College, New Jersey, the sophomore forward was NEC MVP for the Lady Vikings.

Get Well ‘Mister’ A.D.

The news was not good last week when word spread quickly about former Athletic Director Jimmy Evans.

Jim was long time A.D. (25 years), a man who started girls sports at Winthrop high school. The Vikings won state titles, super bowl championships and countless NEC titles in all sports!

Jimmy was driving to Naples, Florida for his winter vacation. He was hit crossing the street in Virginia. He is in a hospital in Virginia. He has many injuries, but will recover and return home to Winthrop.

I listened to Jim Evans introduce Larry Keegan for induction into the 2016 Winthrop Athletic Hall of Fame. He loves Win thorp and is proud of the athletes that have played for Winthrop.

Get well Jimmy we are all praying for his recovery!

Book Depot Athlete of the Week

‘Number 6’ in the Vikings hockey lineup, is a dynamic three-sport athlete; David Barry is co-captain of hockey and lacrosse. David also plays soccer and is a member of the National Honor Society. He has been accepted at Boston University and Stonehill College.

He is the son of David Barry Sr. and Katherine. He was a NEC all-star in lacrosse and high scorer.

‘Number six’ hopes to lead his Viking sextet to the NEC hockey title this winter.

Slap shot – scorer n umber 6!

Let the Games Begin!

Around the NEC

The road to another NEC championship for coach Dale Dunbar and his 2017 hockey sextet will not be easy.

The Vikings have to defeat Marblehead (Feb. 13th at Salem State) Danvers, Saugus at Larsen Rink to capture the crown in 2017.

The Danvers Falcons, Marblehead magicians (24-0) defending NEC champions and the Saugus Sachems have strong teams.

The Vikings have strong leadership from captain – Charlie Page, Matt Tarantino, David Barry and Gene August.

February is the month to cheer for the Vikings to win another title.

Hockey Town USA – Winthrop Home of the Vikings – hope to see a big crowd of Viking fans cheering for another championship team!

Let the Games Begin!

Number 21 – A Family Tradition

I was late entering Larsen Rink at the Michael Eruzione Center on Thursday night. I looked over to the Vikings bench and I had to check twice, there was number 21 on the Viking bench!

Sophomore – Cory Cherico, proudly wears number 21 for the Vikings. Captain Michael Eruzione was behind the Vikings bench – captain Michael Eruzione assistant coach.

Cory continues the strong Viking ‘hockey tradition.’ He is the 10th member of the Martucci family to play for the Vikings. His mom is Toni Ann Cherico – her mom is Minnie Martucci. His cousin Noah Hodgkins was last year Viking captain and NEC all-star.

The ‘hockey tradition’ is strong inside Larsen Rink. The Vikings hope to hang another “NEC Championship banner in 2017.”

Let’s Go Vikings!

Let the Games Begin at Larsen Rink!

Viking Athletes Speak Out

I have contacted 30 members of the prestigious Winthrop high school Hall of Fame, two ex-WHS athletic directors, and two former Winthrop superintendents.

They are upset that the Wallace B. McClean Courts are under consideration to be torn down. They remember fondly the man the courts were named for – Mr. McClean was a former football assistant coach and long time athletic director.

I wrote last spring about the resurgence of the tennis program at WHS, over 45 players! Two months ago I had a meeting and watched Jon Cadigan teaching tennis during a physical education class. I spoke with ex-Viking all-star hockey player (Eddie Rossi, Harvard Captain); he spoke of playing on the McClean courts!

The courts have history and are a benefit to the high school. WE do not need additional parking!

Remember the tradition – Save the Courts!

Let the Tennis Games Begin!

The Alexander Trophy

The Rotary Club (Winthrop and Revere) presented the Annual Irving P. Alexander Memorial Trophy on Wednesday at the Winthrop Arms.

The prestigious trophy was established in 1953 by Mr. Alexander who owned the Winthrop Theatre and was active in the Winthrop Recreation and held a rally for the Winthrop high school football team.

Chris Zuffante was named the 2016 recipient. The three-sport standout was captain of the Vikings 2016 team. Chris is number eight in his class and is being highly recruited by six colleges. He hopes to study engineering and play football.

His first choice is (RPI) Rennselan Poly Tech in Troy, New York. Two ex-Viking outstanding athletes played hockey at (RPI) John Tiano, one of the all-time athletes in Vikings history, was the center on the RPI National Championship hockey team.

John’s cousin Frankie Ferrara was another RPI standout in hockey both are in the prestigious Winthrop High School Hall of Fame.

Coach Sean Driscoll praised Chris for his dedication, leadership and community service of Chris Zuffante.

Previous winners of the Alexander Memorial Trophy include John Tiano, Chuck Sullivan, Chris Beranger. Will Milano, Anthony and James Fucillo. Jimmy Barker, David Gallo, Matt Feeley, Dylan Driscoll, Sean Gillis and Jordan Corbett Frank.

Super Sunday

The crowd at J.W.’s Restaurant watched the Atlanta Falcons crush the Green Bay Packers! Matt Ryan played an incredible game. Can the Patriots stop the high scoring Falcons? Yes!

Coach Max reminded me before the Patriots-Steelers game, “The Patriots defense will shut down ‘Big Ben’ and the Steelers. The Patriots defense is the key to a Pat’s victory,” he was right!

The Patriot defense was incredible – only one ‘Big Ben’ touchdown for three quarters. Tom Brady will play in his 7th super bowl and win his 5th! Cant he Pats stop Julio Jones? Yes! They have the defensive backs. The key to a Patriots victory on Super Sunday is Atlanta has the 28th worst pass defense in the NFL! The Patriots will win the Lombardi Trophy! Roger Goodell will get his ‘revenge’ from coach Belechick and number 12!

Let the Games Begin!

Viking Sports Schedule

Boy’s Hockey

Saturday, Jan. 28 – at Peabody – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 1 – Marblehead at Larsen Rink – 6:10 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 4 – Saugus at Larsen Rink – 3:30 p.m.

Girl’s Hockey

Tuesday, Jan. 31 – Beverly at Larsen Rink – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 4 – Masconomet at Larsen Rink – 1:30 p.m.

Let the Games Begin!

WHS sports years

10 years ago

January 25, 2007

The Winthrop High girls basketball team employed a stellar defensive effort to throttle Swampscott, 54-30, in a battle of unbeaten teams that was played before a capacity crowd in the WHS gym. Sophomore Courtney Finn led all scorers with 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Nicole Giaquinto added 13 points. Sophomore Meredith Soper pulled down 14 rebounds for coach Peter Grimes’s squad, which now stands at 12-0 and is ranked sixth in Eastern Mass.

Joe Frasso scored a goal in the middle period and the Viking defense and goalie Derek Hughes were solid all the way for a 1-0 victory for the WHS boys hockey team over Danvers. Coach Dale Dunbar’s squad now stands at 4-3-2 in the NEC.

Genevieve Plant won the high jump with a leap of 4′-8″ and the 600 dash in 1:36, but the WHS girls track team dropped a 51-26 decision to Beverly.

The WHS boys track team won seven of nine events in a 46-26 triumph over Lynn English. Among the winners for the Vikings were Ben Sena with a high jump of 5′-5″ and a mile run of 5:24.6; Dan Sena in the 50 hurdles in 7.8; Stephen Keough with a shot-put throw of 41′-1.75″; Kareem Thompson in the 50 dash in 5.9; Travis Kratman in the 300 in 37.3; Greg Covelle in the 600 in 1:37.1; and Bruno Prifti in the two-mile in 13:24.6.

The WHS boys basketball team dropped contests to Lynn English, 68-58, and Swampscott, 77-45, this week. Vasily Mallios paced the Vikings in the English contest with 13 points.

Vanessa Caruccio scored two goals to lead the WHS Lady Bulldawg hockey team to a 7-2 win over Peabody. The Winthrop squad, which also features girls from Revere and Lynn in a co-op program, now stands at 8-2 in its first season as a varsity sport.

20 years ago

January 30, 1997

Coach Peter Grimes’s WHS boys basketball team improved to 10-4 and qualified for the state tourney with a 60-39 win over Gloucester. Lawone Bennett, who has attained the 1000-point mark for his WHS career, led Winthrop with 16 points. Joey Long added 15. Bennett now is the all-time leading scorer in WHS boys hoop history, having eclipsed the previous record of 1032 points scored by Mike Mason.  Chris Tsiotis and Sean Conway are the only other Vikings who also reached the 1000-point mark.

Kim Russo and Elizabeth Lally have paced coach Peter Gobiel’s WHS girls gymnastics squad to a 4-1 mark to start the season.

New England Patriots’ football fans came away disappointed in the wake of the Pats’ 35-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Sunday’s Super Bowl contest.

30 years ago

February 4, 1987

The WHS boys indoor track team moved into a three-way tie for first place in the NEC with a 50-36 win over previously-unbeaten Marblehead. Dave Guffey won the shot-put, Andy Turransky captured the hurdles, and David Westcott took the 50 yard dash.

40 years ago

February 2, 1977

Karen Hill scored 16 points to lead the WHS girls basketball team to a 60-42 win over Lynn Classical, thus avenging the lone loss of the season for the Lady Vikings, who stand at 10-1.

A number of new school records were set by the WHS boys track team in a 60-26 win over Danvers. New marks were set byTony Brogna in the 300 dash in 34.1; Eddie Swanson in the two mile with a time of 10:13.9; Paul Casey in the hurdles in 6.1; and the mile relay team.

Joe Petersen scored 18 points to lead the WHS boys basketball team over Danvers. However, Lynn Classical, led by Eddie Thurman, avenged its lone loss of the season previously to the Vikings with a runaway victory.

50 years ago

February 2, 1967

Despite a 3-7 record, the WHS hockey team, which is in only its second season as a varsity sport, nearly pulled off the upset of the year in a contest this week with St. John’s Prep, but a fluke goal with 1:37 to play gave the Prep a 1-0 victory.

Capt. Bill McNeil scored 13 points to lead the WHS basketball team to a 73-50 trouncing of Woburn.

60 years ago

January 31, 1957

The WHS basketball team stands alone atop the NEC after wins over Danvers and Amesbury this week. Marty Fischer scored 20 points against Danvers and Walter Milano hit for 23 in the Amesbury victory. Winthrop is now 5-1 on the season.

70 years ago

January 30, 1947

Norman Hubley poured in 21 points to lead the undefeated WHS basketball team to a 50-23 rout of Amesbury.

90 years ago

February 5, 1927

The WHS basketball team won a thrilling 15-14 decision over Watertown. Winthrop surprised the visitors with the degree of pep with which they played. Haley, Patterson, and Rex each scored four points for Winthrop.

110 years ago

February 2, 1907

The high school basketball team simply played rings around Dorchester for a 23-12 victory. The work of Kimball, McCarthy, Mahoney, and Anderson was the best that has been seen on the high school floor this season.


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