Sports 11-09-2017

WHS sports roundup

WHS girls soccer wins two in tourney

The Winthrop High girls soccer team has won its first two contests in the North Sectional of the MIAA Division 4 North state soccer tournament.

Coach Tracey Martucci’s Lady Vikings entered the tourney as the 16th seed in the bracket with an 8-8-2 record. However, the Winthrop girls had little trouble in knocking off the #1 seed, Boston International, in the opening round of tourney play with a 6-0 triumph last Friday at fabled White Stadium in Dorchester.

Two days later on Sunday evening, the Lady Vikings defeated #8 seed Maimonides with another shutout victory, 3-0, at Daly Field in Brighton.

The pair of wins advanced Winthrop into the D-4 North semi-final round yesterday (Wednesday) evening at Woburn against St. Joseph’s Prep.

If the Lady Vikings were successful in that contest, they will meet the winner of the other semifinal matchup between Essex Tech and Amesbury this Sunday, Nov. 12, at Manning Field. A time for that contest had yet to be determined as of the Sun-Transcript’s press time.


WHS volleyball team falls in state tourney

The Winthrop High volleyball team met its match in the opening round of state tourney play, dropping a 3-0 decision to Notre Dame of Tyngsboro Thursday on the latter’s home court.

The Lady Vikings, who entered the Division 3 North Sectional as the final seed with a 7-13 record, played valiantly against a #1 seeded N.D. team that sported a 19-0 regular-season mark. Winthrop dropped a close first set, 25-22, before succumbing in the final two sets, 25-14 and 25-18.

WHS sports Years

10 years ago

Nov. 8, 2007

The WHS football team improved to 5-4 on the season with an impressive 34-14 victory over Marblehead Friday evening at Miller Field. Viking Vinnie Eruzione celebrated Senior Night with a spectacular performance, including a sensational 50-yard punt return for a touchdown. Chris Beranger raced 43 yards for a score; Eruzione connected with Will Milano for a 33-yard TD pass; and junior defensive back Matt Moore ran back an interception for a 20-yard pick-six to give Winthrop a commanding 27-7 lead at the half. Junior Ken Quist scored the final TD of the game with a 12-yard run. Nick Leonard booted four PATs.

The WHS girls soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to Ipswich in the first round of the state soccer tourney. Julie Dowson, the all-time leading scorer in Lady Viking soccer annals, scored a goal (assisted by Amber Miller) that cut the Ipswich lead to 2-1, but Winthrop was unable to add the tying tally.


20 years ago

Nov. 13, 1997

The WHS football team defeated Marblehead, 24-12, in the rain and the mud at Miller Field. Joey Murray scored two touchdowns for the Vikings and Reynaldo Agostinelli added a TD. Captains Anthony Pizzano and Michael Ferrara played strong games for Winthrop, which improved to 6-3 on the season.


30 years ago

Nov. 18, 1987

The WHS football team fell to 3-6 on the season with a 38-13 loss to Gloucester.


40 years ago

Nov. 16, 1977

The WHS football team picked up two victories this week. The first came on the gridiron with a 27-6 triumph over Lynn English. WHS quarterback Jim English scored on a one-yard plunge, and running backs Bobby Oliver and Steve Rubin did likewise for two more Viking touchdowns. English connected with Jim Petersen, one of six receptions by Petersen on the day, to account for the fourth Winthrop TD. The Vikings then added another win when they learned that Swampscott would have to forfeit all of its previous victories this season because of an ineligible player.

The WHS soccer team turned in its best effort of there season with a 1-0 triumph over first-place Danvers  in a stunning upset. Pat Feeley, playing in goal for the first time in his career because of an injury to regular WHS keeper Alan Rosen, earned the shutout with a superb performance. David McIlroy scored the game’s lone goal on a perfect pass from Tony Nocton.

John Tiano and Chuck Sullivan led the way as the Winthrop Pop Warner A football team crushed East Boston, 38-0.


50 years ago

Nov. 16, 1967

The WHS football team dropped a 22-14 decision to Gloucester this past Saturday. Kevin English made a circus catch on a pass from Keith McFarland for one Winthrop TD and Bud Northrop ran back an interception 34 yards, his second TD of the season that way, to account for the other Winthrop score.

The Impossible Dream Red Sox set a new club record by drawing 1,727,832 fans this season, easily eclipsing the previous mark of 1,596,659 fans set in 1949. The 10 teams in the American League set a new league attendance record of 11,335,394 fans.


60 years ago

Nov. 14, 1957

Winthrop’s Joe Duplin will be an entrant in the World Star Class Sailing Championships to be held in Havana, Cuba, this weekend.

The WHS football team dropped its fourth contest in a row, 26-0, to undefeated Class D powerhouse Chelmsford.

The Winthrop High band and majorettes were the only high school band to play at Boston University’s Parade of Floats that was held along Commonwealth Ave. this past weekend.


70 years ago

Nov. 14, 1947

Despite a five-reception day by wide receiver Marshall Harden, including a 13-yard toss from fullback Paul Millerick, the WHS football team dropped a 27-6 decision to North Quincy.

From the Press Box

Extra Points

By: Jim Lederman

One week can make a difference. The Vikings defeated Mystic Valley (23-18) on Friday night at Malden Catholic Stadium. The five-point victory was the five extra points scored by the Vikings.

Two weeks ago the Viking lost a (13-12) decision to Essex Tech. Calvin Tufa is the Vikings kicker. Calvin did not play in the loss to Essex Tech because of an injury. On Friday night Calvin played in the Vikings win.

Danvers lost a heart breaker (21-20) in the MIAA quarter final with Tewksbury. The Danvers coach decided to run for the game winner and was stopped. In the Vikings victory over Mystic Valley, 2 two-point conversions by Feedle Small and Jake Adamson, a one point “extra point” and a kick by Calvin Tufa produced the Vikings first victory of the campaign.

When I think of outstanding Viking kickers, Anthony Fucillo and Nick Leonard had outstanding careers as field goal and “extra point” kickers. I remember Nick’s filed goal gave the Vikings a (3-0) victory over Salem at Bertram Field in Salem.



Vikings vs. Northeast

The Winthrop Vikings will travel to Wakefield on Friday night at 6 p.m. to battle Northeast Regional.

In 2016, the Vikings lost a (20-7) decision to Northeast. The Knights are coached by an ex-Viking football player Don Heres, who was on the 1981 undefeated Super Bowl champions.

Northeast has a (3-6) record. Last Friday night, Northeast defeated Austin Prep (56-26) Northeast is led by Zach Sanderson who has scored 156 points. Northeast finished the 2016 campaign with a (8-3) record.

Wakefield had two ex-Winthrop players who coached Wilbur ‘Whip’ Haliday, (a member of the WHS Athletic Hall of Fame) and Ira Yavner.

Directions to Wakefield, take route one to the Saugus, Wakefield exit Main Street. Crossover Lynn Fells Parkway and take Main Street. Continue on Farm Street, and the high school will be on your right. Remember kickoff is at 6 p.m.

Let the Games Begin!



Skimming the Sidelines

The Beverly Panthers (2-7) defeated the Revere Patriots (1-8) (29-12) at Della Russo Stadium. Salem improved to (5-4) with a (34-14) victory over Ipswich. Vin Gaskins has scored 102 points and rushed for over 1,000 yards.

Lyn Classical (7-2) defeated Arlington (36-7). Lynn English (9-0) will play Tewksbury (8-1) in the Division 3 North final at Manning Field. Why is English in Division 3 and Winthrop in Division 6 North? English defeated Billerica (34-15) English quarterback Mat Severance has tossed 16 touchdown passes.

Saugus defeated Amesbury (22-6) to improve to (3-6).

Swampscott defeated Weston (33-6) to improve to (7-2); Big Blue quarterback Colin Frary tossed three touchdowns to increase his total to 28 for the season.

Marblehead defeated Wilmington (24-17) the Magicians will play Melrose at Melrose. The two teams are (8-0) in the Division 4 North final.

Lynnfield (8-1) will play Watertown (5-4) at Lynnfield in the Division 5 North Final at Lynnfield.

The cheerleaders finished second in the Northeast Cheering Competition at Winthrop High. Peabody finished first. Winthrop will advance to the state competition.

Three Cheers for Winthrop!



Lady Vikings Soccer Advances

The Lady Vikings soccer team advanced to the semi-finals in Division 4 North. Winthrop the number 16 seed defeated Maimonides 3-0.

Coach Tracey Martucci’s Vikings (10-8-2) received two goals from Francesca Capone and one from Maura Dorr.

Winthrop will play St. Joseph’s Prep (10-7-3) at Woburn high school yesterday (Wednesday). The winner will face the winner of the match between Amesbury and Essex Tech in the Division 3 North final.



Vikings 23 – Mystic Valley 18

Friday night was a night for celebrating the Vikings first victory of the campaign and coach Sean Driscoll’s birthday.

The Vikings opened the first quarter with a Jaidon Brown 8-yard touchdown run.

Feedle Small rushed the two-point conversion (8-6) Vikings.

Jaidon scored for the Vikings (15-6) an extra point kick by Calvin Tufa.

The Vikings received another touchdown from Jaidon for a (21-6) margin. Jake Adamson rushed for the two points and a (23-6) lead.

Mystic Valley scored in the third quarter to cut the lead to (23-12). ‘The Eagles’ scored the final score (23-18) once again the difference in the game was the extra points. The Eagles had three touchdowns but could not get the extra points.
“The victory was a solid defensive effort by your young football players,” said a jubilant coach Sean Driscoll.

Freshman Bobby Hubert had 8 tackles. Frosh Bryan Concecho had 8 tackles and two sacks.

The Vikings had 250-yards total offense 236-yards rushing and 14-yards passing. Jaidon had 8 carries for 84-yards, the longest was a spectacular 31-yard run. Feedle Small 19 carries for 81-yards. Tyler Chiudina had 9 carries for 39-yards and Jake Adamson had one carry for seven yards.

Can the Vikings win two games this month? Northeast and ‘the game’ vs. Revere on Thanksgiving?

Go Vikings!



A Magical Run

We salute ex-Marblehead runner Shalane Flanagan for winning the New York Marathon on Sunday.

The 36-year old class of 2000 Marblehead graduate was the first American woman in 40 years to capture the marathon. 15,000 runners competed.

The Magicians are celebrating a great season in football. They won their fourth NEC title in a row and could by playing in the super bowl.

The Magicians will play the Red Raiders on Friday night in Melrose.


Apropos of Nothing

I left out Fullerton Chevrolet off my Winthrop automobile dealers. The Woodside Hardware is the former home of Fullerton Chevrolet.

The best sundaes were at the Highland Drug Store…extra hot fudge please!

We salute the soph-frosh football team for their (52-42) victory over Somerville. The win was the third in a row for the young Vikings.

Miller Field’s first game to be played on Thanksgiving. Anthony Palmer “ Touchdown Tony” scored 195-points in 1983!

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