Sports 11-08-2018

WHS sports roundup

WHS girls soccer falls in tourney;four named to NEC all-star team

The Winthrop High girls soccer team, drawing the toughest opponent in the first round of the Division 4 North Sectional of the MIAA state soccer tournament, dropped a 4-0 decision at Amesbury Sunday.

The Lady Vikings entered the D-4 North as the 11th seed with a 10-7-1 record. Amesbury, the number-six seed with an 11-3-4 mark, is the two-time defending North Sectional champ.

“Amesbury came out fast and furious on us,” said WHS head coach Tracey Martucci. “We didn’t have a lot of chances, but our defense held down a strong game for us. We were sad to see the season end. This has been a fun and successful season with a talented and great group of girls.”

A number of Lady Vikings earned post-season accolades. Maura Dorr and Julia Marcoccio were named to the first team Northeastern Conference all-conference team and Emma Carleton and Mia Martucci were selected second team all-stars.


MacPhail, Miranda-Llovera

do well at NEC Meet

Members of the Winthrop High boys and girls cross country teams competed in the annual Northeastern Conference Meet held Sunday at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester. The meet originally had been scheduled to be held a week ago at Bradley Palmer State Park in Topsfield, but the nor’easter that day forced a postponement.

Cormac MacPhail paced the Vikings boys, finishing 13th overall in a time of 17:19. He was followed by teammates Patrick Haskell in 51st in 19:52, Ari Hain in 59th in 19:52, Mark Amatucci in 73rd in 23:16, and Michaelangelo Marcoccio in 74th in 23:30.

The winner of the boys’ race was Claudio Rocha of Peabody in 15:51.

On the girls’ side, Camilla Miranda-Llovera finished in 11th place in 20:30.

Ashley Foley of Beverly won the race in 19:17.

Both MacPhail and Miranda-Llovera were named to the Northeastern Conference all-star team.

From the Press Box

Finishing Strong

By: Jim Lederman

The Vikings are on a roll – “ Our Goal was to ‘Finish Strong’”, said coach Jon Cadigan. “We can have a winning season, with a huge victory over arch rival Revere.” “A four-game winning streak” lauded the first year Winthrop coach.

The Vikings defeated Arlington Catholic (20-8) at ‘windy and stormy Hormel Stadium in Medford on Saturday afternoon.

The ‘Super Soph’ Bobby Hubert, looking more and more like Fran Tarkenton, led the Vikings to victory number four (4-5) in a statement victory. Sophomore standout – Number 33 – Austin Daigneault played his finest game of the campaign. ‘Austin D’. scored a touchdown and had a spectacular touchdown called back. Number 33 rushed for 79 yards on 10 carries.

Hubert “was spectacular” praised coach Cadigan. The speedy and elusive quarterback rushed for 130 yards on 13 carries. “Every time we needed a huge play, number 16 was clutch.”

“We have to work hard and we could have a winning season,” lauded a smiling coach, as the victorious Vikings boarded the bus for the trip home.


Saturday Football

The Vikings will take a ‘step back’ in time and play a Saturday football game on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

The Vikings and Essex Tech will play a 10 a.m. game on the new Miller Field. The Division 6 North game will give the Vikings a chance to reach .500 at (5-5).

The Vikings have one more game left on their 2018 campaign. The Vikings and Revere High Patriots play a 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day at Della Russo Stadium in Revere.

Let the Games Begin!



Winthrop 20 – Arlington Catholic 8

The Vikings exploded for two touchdowns and a dominate ground game to cruise to their fourth victory. ‘Number 33’ had a touchdown called back and ‘Number 44’ hard working senior Brian Chalmers h ad a touchdown run when he slowed down to kill the clock.

The victory was “The most complete game of the year,” praised coach Cadigan. The Vikings controlled the line of scrimmage and tackles very well on defense,” said coach Cadigan.

I want to praise the play of senior cornerbacks Andrew Love and Jon Applebee,” they were great shutting down the ‘AC’ offense in the second half” said coach Cad.

“We had a big week of practice that led to a solid game on Saturday,” said coach Cadigan. “We have a chance to have a winning season after a (2-5) start and two tough losses to Salem and Saugus, two games we should have won,” said the Vikings first-year head coach!



Moving the Chains

The Newell Stadium (New Balance) jinx once again was cast over the Revere Patriots. The Gloucester ‘Fishermen’ scored 32 unanswered points to lead Gloucester to a (38-7) victory.

The Patriots (5-4) couldn’t stop Gloucester. The ‘Turkey Day’ battle with the Vikings will be a thriller at Della Russo Stadium.

The Vikings must contain Darius McNeil, Revere halfback and leading runner and scorer. The Vikings are (12-4) vs. coach Lou Cicatelli’s Patriots. Get the turkey ready – the Vikings will prevail in Della Russo Stadium.

Go, Vikings!

Beat Revere!

Let the Games Begin!



Happy Birthday, Coach Driscoll

Congrats and happy birthday to former coach Sean Driscoll. The candle on the cake tasted extra sweet following coach Driscoll’s St. Mary’s ‘Spartans’ victory over Greater Lawrence.

The (30-24) ‘comeback’ victory advanced the ‘Spartans’ to the North final in Division 7-North.

St. Mary’s knocked off the number one seed at Andover. The winning touchdown was scored with 20 seconds remaining in the game. The Spartans could give coach Driscoll his second shot of the North championship.

WE all remember the undefeated (9-0) 2014 Vikings NEC titlists loss to Lynnfield at Miller Field (five-second half turnovers).

Good luck Coach Driscoll!

Let the Games Begin!



Winthrop Youth Football

The ‘B’ team finished their 2018 campaign on a strong winning note. The young future Vikings defeated North Andover (30-6) with the sky opening up to a long rainstorm.

Coach Mark D’Ambrosio, “The kids worked hard all season and it paid big dividends, to win their first game at the ‘new’ Miller Field. I want to thank my assistant coaches Derek Brugman, Rob Harris and Greg Cassidy for their dedication,” lauded the former Viking all-star and Colby College football captain.

The young Viking were led by the two-touchdown performance of Demetri (DK) Koustaflakes, with touchdown runs of 62 and 36 yards.

Robert Rich scored a Winthrop touchdown and added a two-point conversion. Joey Rich ‘turned on the Jets’ to race 48-yards for a touchdown. Quarterback Ryan Cifuni was sharp at the controls, tossing two-two point conversions to Mark Johnson and Robert Rich.

The future looks bright for Winthrop Vikings football.

Let the Games Begin!



Beat LA!

Do you remember the chant from the old Boston Garden – Beat LA!        Well, the Boston Red Sox crushed the LA Dodgers (4-1) to claim the World Series.

I watched the Celtics beat the Lakers to capture one of their World Championships! You could hear the thousand fans from Boston cheering – Beat LA in Dodger Stadium!

The celebration in Boston on the ‘Duck Boat’ was the 11th celebration in the ‘City of Champions.’ I am a huge Boston Celtics fan and I hate Lebron James. I will have to attend the Lakers vs. Celtics game this season, so I can shout beat LA!

The Celtics will win the East title!

The Celtics will destroy the Los Angeles Lakers!

Let the Games Begin!



The Celtics Are Back

Did you watch the Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks battle on Thursday night at the Garden (the TD Garden)?

The game was like the playoff last spring, when the Green Team defeated the Bucks in seven games.

The two Celtics all-stars – Kyrie Irving (his 31-points was a statement game – he is back and one of the best players in the NBA).

The Celtics have the return from a serious injury, that sidelined Gordon Hayward for the entire (2017-2018 season). Hayward is a bonafide NBA all-star (a former 27-point scorer at Utah).

The Green new lineup will have four NBA all-stars in Celtics green. Jason Tatum at 21-years old will be a superstar in the future.

The Bucks are in the top three in the NBA – East, but they also have one of the two ‘best’ coaches in the NBA (Brad Stevens).

I predict the Celtics will win the East title and play in the NBA finals’ – What a year 2019 could be!

Maybe another title for our World Champions the Boston Red Sox.

Go, Celtics!

Keep the Boston fans cheering

Let the Games Begin!



On Second Thought

The Red Sox are 16-3 in World Series games in the new millennium. Staking a claim as one of the greatest teams in baseball history, the Red Sox finished with 119 wins, including 11-3 recorded in post season. The Boston Celtics have the nucleus and solid bench to reach the 2019 finals vs. Golden State.

The Sox should give Nathan Eovaldi a long-term multi-million dollar contract.

The Patriots will win another AFC East Division Title.

I still enjoy Notre Dame football games with Doug Flutie broadcasting. Did you know three ex-Viking football players were on the field in November 1994 in the Orange Bowl Classic – the ‘Flutie Magic?’

Can you name them?

The Viking longship project – the new ticket booth is progressing two weeks until the Vikings vs. Revere classic, will be played at Della Russo Stadium.

Can the Vikings defense stop the Revere running attack?

How are you doctor? The legendary greeting from David Goll at Winthrop Arms. Today – young son Casey, h as turned the young crowd to fill the dining room at the ‘Arms.’ Have you tried Doc’s Pies? The famous chicken ‘pot pies’ are flying all over the country – A great place to celebrate! The Winthrop Arms for dinner!

A salute to George Skane and his Viking long ship crew – the ticket booth at Miller Field are super – thanks to architect Tom Chiudina.

Now if we could only have a restroom!

The Bruins need to sit down Tuukka Rask! Who remembers WHS vs. Danvers on Thanksgiving? I played at Danvers in my final game!



Faces in the Crowd

Phillip DiMento was enjoying breakfast at the legendary – JAC’s Café, in the Highlands (Crest Ave.) with his daughter Susan. We reminisced about the men who helped pass the vote for the construction of Larsen Rink in 1974. Phil watches his granddaughters play for the Vikings.

The Committee of men like Larry Lamsen, Bill Franzese, Milt Kaufman, Mort Buckley, Bob DeGregorio and Dick Dimes, built a rink that makes, “The Hockey Capital of the North Shore,” and the success of Winthrop hockey, including 1 state championship state titles, 12 NEC hockey championship – Lady Vikings hockey – Number one!

Hats off to the men who built a tradition!



A Football Family

The Baxter, Gallagher and Hubert families are enjoying another Viking standout football family. The family of the ‘Super Soph’ Bobby Hubert – Number 16 – the best soph in the Northeastern Conference.

Kathy Hubert leads the cheers for her son and includes Billy Gallagher Winthrop High Class of 1947 (grandfather) Mark Baxter Class of 2012, James Baxter Class of 2014, Billy Gallagher Hubert Number 64 – junior tackle, Patrick Teixera junior tackle – Number 77 – James Baxter was an Agganis All-Star!

We salute another Viking family!

Let the Games Begin!



Tops in the NEC

A big Viking salute to the Winthrop Vikings cheerleader for winning another NE title as “Tops in the NEC.”

I received a call from coach Sean Driscoll to tell me his daughter, Olivia and her teammates are ‘tops in the NEC.”

Three Cheers for Winthrop!

Go, Vikings!

Beat Revere!

Let the Games Begin!



The Political Football

I stopped to talk with the foreman (instructor) in charge of the building the new fieldshouse, that the entire town has been anxious to be completed.

Have you used the bathroom facilities at the ‘new spectacular’ football stadium and track? I wanted to congratulate the team in charge of finishing the ‘new’ Miller Field building.

I can vividly remember the 3,500 Viking fans that were proud to unveil the new field; we have waited for during a four-year period.

I wish to congratulate the Speaker of the House, Bob DeLeo, for obtaining a $2.5 million from Massport to help build a stadium.

Who would make us proud we voted for the ‘new’ Miller Field Complex!

When do you expect this facility (the new field house) to be completed? He explained to me, “We cannot work when the winter approaches. We will not work on the facility, when the students leave for the summer. Will it be complete for the 2019 football season? That begins in September 2019.

Will it be ready for ‘Turkey Day’ 2019?

Once again the ‘M&M Boys,’ who are no longer working for the Town of Winthrop have numerous parents of the athletes and many alumni want to know – when will the ‘new’ field house be complete?

WE have a magnificent stadium/track that we are all very proud of. The citizens voted for a new field and field house.

Why should it take two years to complete the project, after waiting since 2014?

Let’s Go, Vikings!

Let the Games Begin!

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