WHS sports roundup
MacPhail, Llovera shine at NEC Meet
Cormac MacPhail and Camilla Miranda-Loverra turned in outstanding performances representing the Winthrop High cross-country program Saturday at the Northeastern Conference League Meet held Saturday at Bradley Palmer State Park in Topsfield.
MacPhail finished in 18th place with a time of 17:50 over the 3.1 mile (5K) championship course among the field of nearly 100 boys representing all 16 schools in the NEC
Miranda-Llovera traversed the route in 22:09, which placed Camilla 15th among the field of some 80 girls who toed the starting line.
On the boys’ side, the Viking team members who competed in the race were Michelangelo Marcoccio (68th in 20:20), Pat Haskell (70th in 20:26), Will Lawton (79th in 21:13), Ari Hain (94th in 22:59), and Mark Amatucci (96th in 23:08).
For the Lady Vikings, Caroline Zufanti (53rd in 25:47), Fiona MacPhail (64th in 27:08), Zara Powell (65th in 27:15), and Kat Thano (73rd in 28:25) rounded out the Winthrop score sheet.
WHS girls soccer wins season finale
The Winthrop High girls soccer team celebrated Senior Night in fitting fashion with a 5-1 victory over Lynn English this past Monday evening in their regular season finale.
The Lady Vikings’ members of the Class of 2018, captain Gabby Hinchion, captain Jillian Kfoury, captain Francesca Capone, Micaela Grimes, and Kaitlin Singarella, all were honored for their contributions to the WHS girls soccer program.
Capone (assisted by Emma Carleton and Maura Dorr) scored two goals and added as assist on a tally by Alex Gibbons.
Maura Dorr and Emma Carleton also reached the back of the English net with unassisted goals. Singarella picked up the win in goal.
In three contests last week, the highlight for Winthrop was a come-from-behind, 3-3 tie with Lynn Classical. The Lady Vikings trailed 2-0 at the half, but rallied in the second 40-minutes to finish the game at level, 3-3. Dorr (assisted by Haley McSwiney) and Carleton (assisted by Dorr) scored for Winthrop, with the third goal finding the back of the Classical net on a deflection off a Lynn girl.
“This team never gives up and fought back to score three goals in the second half,” said WHS head coach Tracey Martucci, whose squad finished the year nicely at the .500 mark with an 8-8-2 record. “We have had a great year with our senior leaders. They have been great with the team, and they have all had an amazing bond! We hope to keep this momentum going into the tourney this week.”
Martucci and her crew, who punched their ticket for a Journey to the Tourney earlier in the season with wins over fellow Division 4 schools — and who would have qualified in any event because of their overall .500 record — were expected to learn yesterday (Wednesday) of their seeding and first-round opponent in the D-4 North bracket.
WHS boys soccer concludes season
The Winthrop High boys soccer team concluded its 2017 campaign Saturday at Stoneham, coming out on the short end of a 5-2 decision.
Stoneham sprinted to a 3-0 lead early in the contest, but Viking Jaylin Cordes found the back of the Stoneham net to make it 3-1. Stoneham added another marker before the half ended and upped the count to 5-1 after the intermission before Cordes struck again to for the 5-2 final score.
“We knew this season would be tough, it being only the third year of having a varsity and junior varsity program,” said WHS head coach Kyle Gagin, whose squad finished at 3-14-1. «We also lost 9-10 players from the program over the past two seasons.
“There were many positives though,” Gagin continued, “one being that in the past three years, we have had as many wins as the team did from 2007-2013 (2014 was a JV schedule only). This was also one of the best years we’ve played defensively in the program’s history.
“The great news is that our keeper, Cory Cherico, will return in net for his senior year and our leading goal scorer, Jaylin Cordes, also will be back for his senior year, along with many other starters,” added the coach.
“Sophomores Kevin Dorr, Joe Mahoney and Abdul Hamada all got very good playing time and looked great,” Gagin noted. “Freshmen Josh Flores and John Langone got substantial playing time this year and impressed too. Add that with the fact we have a very strong eighth grade class coming in, I look forward to working with the team in the future and I know they will be hungry for a better season next year.”
From the Press Box
On Second Thought
By: Jim Lederman
On Second Thought
Kudos to Danny Ainge for drafting Jason Tatum of the Celtics. Jason is averaging 14-points per game. Markelle Fultz, the 2017 NBA’s number one draft choice of the Philadelphia 76-ers, has been a big failure and is out indefinitely with a right shoulder injury.
Tom Brady is 7-0 vs. Philip Rivers of the Chargers.
Trivia; Can you name the Patriots three homes between 1960 and 1971?
Can you name the four car dealerships in Winthrop?
(Answers to follow)
There are four NEC teams remaining in the MIAA playoffs. In Division 3 North, undefeated Lynn English (8-0) will play Billerica (5-3) at Manning Field on Friday night at 7 p.m.
Danvers (6-2) will play Tewksbury (7-1) at Tewksbury on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Marblehead (8-0) will play Wilmington (7-1) at Piper Field in Marblehead on Friday night (7 p.m.). The winner will play the winner of the North Reading vs. Melrose game.
Somerville (6-2) will play Watertown (4-4) at Somerville on Friday night 7 p.m.
Trivia: The Boston Patriots used to play at Fenway Park, Boston College and Harvard Stadium.
Do you remember McMurray Buck, Petersen Lincoln-Mercury, Ocean Ford and Miles Chrysler-Plymouth?
The “old” Boston Patriots barely averaged four wins a season for ten years. They lurched from one temporary home to another. They settled in Foxborough in 1971,the original names of the stadium were Sullivan Stadium and Foxborough Stadium to the new Gillette Stadium.
The undefeated Winthrop Vikings captured the 1983 super bowl in Foxborough.
My favorite sub shops in Winthrop 50 years ago – Lupoli’s and Terries for the best Italian subs.
The best hot fudge sandwiches were Ham’s in Winthrop Center and the Highland Drug Store. Extra hot fudge please!
Gary DiSarcina, Red Sox coach is the son of Somerville basketball legend Gino DiSarcina. Speaking of Somerville legend Bobby Aquillino…Best Wishes for Bobby A. who is recovering from an operation!
Vikings vs. the Eagles
The Winthrop Vikings and the Mystic Valley Eagles will battle on Friday night, 7 p.m. at the Malden Catholic football stadium.
Mystic Valley (2-6) plays in the Commonwealth Conference Small Division. Mystic Valley averages 23 points per game and allows 37.8 points per game.
The Eagles lost a (30-12) decision to East Boston on Friday night at East Boston Stadium. The Jets improved to (3-4).
Essex Tech 13 – Winthrop 12
The Vikings held a 6-0 lead for three quarters before Essex scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to win their first game of the season.
Coach Sean Driscoll stated, “ It was great to finally be in a battle,” “We played a very strong game and held a (12-7) lead until late in the fourth quarter.”
“I would like to praise three freshman that played a very strong game.” Safety Austin Daigneault had 7 tackles; Bobby Hubert had 6 tackles, two for a loss and one sack. Bryan Concercao had five tackles, one for a loss. Freshman Tyler Rockefeller filling in for Calvin Tufa at guard played a strong game.
Bobby Hubert received the opening kickoff and raced 87 yards to pay dirt, 6-0 Vikings.
Essex Tech scored a touchdown, two minutes later for a (7-6) lead. The Vikings drove 75-yards to take a (12-7) advantage. Junior Feedle Small scored on a 18-yard touchdown.
Essex scored a touchdown with two minutes to play. Essex tried to get a two-point conversion and failed. The clock showed 2:13 to lay and the Vikings drove to the 30-yard line, a final pass fell to the ground and the Vikings despite playing their best game of the campaign, had to head home to Winthrop.
The Vikings rushed for 106 yards and passed for 32 yards. Jaidon Brown had 8 carries for 53-yards. Feedle Small had 7 carries for 33 yards and a touchdown. Tyler Chiudina 3 carries for 10-yards, Jake Adamson had three carries for 10-yards. Jake Adamson was 5 for 14 – 32-yards. Andrew Love caught 3 passes for 20 yards. Tyler Chiudina was 2 catches for 12 yards.
The ‘Road Warriors’ are on the road to Malden to play Mystic Valley Friday night under the lights.
Let the Games Begin!
Skimming the Sidelines
Sal Lupoli leads Division in scoring with 102 points. The Chelmsford high standout is the grandson of ex-WHS player Nick Lupoli (from the Lupoli’s Market fame).
Colin Frary of Swampscott leads Division 5 with 25-touchdown passes.
Matt Severance, Lynn English junior quarterback has tossed 12 touchdown passes. His top receiver Prince Brown has nine touchdowns. This combination will play at the ‘new’ Miller Field in 2018.
Marblehead (8-0) is ranked number 9 in the Boston Globe ‘top twenty’ poll. Lynn English (8-0) is ranked number 18.
Speaking of polls – Karen Guregian’s pro power ratings has Philadelphia Eagles (7-1) number one, followed by the Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams.
Congrats to Everett High coach John DiBiaso for winning his 300th game. John has been coaching for four decades of high school coaching. The Crimson Tide has won 10 super bowl titles. The Tide overwhelmed St. John’s Prep (49-14) on Saturday.
I wonder how many Everett High games Winthrop legend Steve Kostegan has attended. Steve will be at Gillette for Everett’s 11th super bowl title in December? Steve is a Patriots season ticket holder.
The Danvers Falcons defeated Lynn Classical (21-7) to advance to the Division 3 North semi final.
The Lynnfield Pioneers (7-1) rolled to a (34-6) quarterfinal game victory over Bedford. Lynnfield will play Newburyport in the Division 5 North semi-final at Lynnfield on Friday night.
The Vikings have lost to Lynn English – (8-0)
For a combined record of 39 wins, 9 losses. The NEC is very strong in 2017!
Saugus won their second game of the season (2-6) with a (35-21) victory over Pentucket.
Lynn English (8-0) advanced in the MIAA playoffs with a (36-0) victory over Winchester.
Undefeated Hamilton-Wenham defeated Salem (31-10); Watertown defeated Swampscott 31-27 at Blocksidge Field on Saturday afternoon.
Revere (1-7) lost a (21-20) decision to Burlington.