Sports 11-22-2018


20 years ago

Nov. 19, 1998

The WHS football team, which won its first game of the season last week against Swampscott, proved no match for a 7-2 Lynn English squad this past week. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 27-0 lead at the half and the contest never was in doubt. English halfback Richie Moore rushed for an astounding 209 yards in the first half. WHS head coach Tony Fucillo and his team now have their sights set on Thanksgiving Day with a match against a 3-7 Revere squad.

The WHS girls soccer team held its breakup banquet this past week. Captains Celeste Petraglia and Meghan O’Brien received the Coach’s Award from head coach Gerry Gigliello. Shannon Barker was the recipient of the top Defensive Player Award. Jen Griffiths was the 12th Player Award winner.


30 years ago

Nov. 23, 1988

With just one win on the season, the WHS football team rates a slight favorite as the Vikings prepare for their season finale at archival Revere on Thanksgiving Day against the winless Patriots.

Robert Higdon and Craig Meinhard were the individual honorees at the WHS boys cross country team’s break up banquet held at the Kowloon Restaurant Sunday in Saugus.

After winning seven of eight dual meets this season and being named the Most Valuable Runner on the WHS cross county team, Shannon Rand finished in 10th place in the All-State Cross Country Meet at Franklin Park in Dorchester on Saturday.


40 years ago

Nov. 22, 1978

The Winthrop High football team, which has won seven straight games after an 0-2 start to earn a share of the Northeastern Conference title, will be a heavy favorite to defeat Revere on Thanksgiving Day. Coach Bob DeFelice’s Vikings will be seeking their fourth straight Turkey Day victory over the archrival Patriots. A victory also will give DeFelice’s crew its third straight 8-2 season.

The WHS freshman football team, powered by the duo of quarterback John Tiano and halfback Chuck Sullivan, completed a perfect season to capture the NEC title with an 8-0 win over a 7-1 Salem squad in the season finale. Coaches Hucky Larsen and Barney DeGregorio also received strong play from their front line of Mike Brennan, Bubba Jaworski, Danny Govoni, Gus Martucci, and Jay Petersen. Joe Giaquinto and Gregy Cayo also added to the frosh Vikings’ offensive firepower.


60 years ago

Nov. 20, 1958

The Winthrop Junior High football team completed an undefeated 7-0 season to capture the NEC championship and extend the junior high’s winning steak to 14 games over the last two years under the direction of head coach Syd Williams. Co Capt Jackie Keleher scored three touchdowns in the season-ending, 32-0 drubbing of Andover.

The WHS football team dropped a 26-6 decision to Fitchburg Saturday. Halfback Malcolm McLean scored the lone Winthrop TD on a 44 yard gallop. In preparation for the annual Thanksgiving Day game with Danvers, Joe McLaughlin and Ed Towlson were elected the official captains of the 1958 squad.


70 years ago

Nov. 18, 1948


Heavy rain forced postponement of Saturday’s game with Stoneham, which now will be played this week, even though it is the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The team voted for captain this week and elected senior guard John DiMento as the 1948 captain.



From the Press Box

The Rivalry — The Big Game

By: Jim Lederman

The Rivalry – The Big Game

The 87th game in a series that started in 1913, resumes on the holiday – Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, 10 a.m. at Harry Della Russo Stadium.

The Vikings have been dominant, winning 55 games in a series by a huge margin. Revere has won the last two thrilling games. In 2017, by a last second field goal (17-14).

Toss the records into the Atlantic Ocean. The rivalry pits Hong Kong Dragon vs. the legendary Billy Tse’s restaurant. Bianchi’s Pizza vs. Nicks, The Winthrop House of Pizza vs. Revere House of Pizza, Companions vs. J.W.’s Restaurant. JAC’s Café vs. Luberto’s, Rossetti’s vs. Damaino’s, Sen. Joe Boncore vs. Mayor Brian Arrigo, Mr. Speaker Bob DeLeo vs. Danny Rizzo.

The stadium will be packed with legendary coaches and players. Coach Bob DeFelice vs. Mike Cella, Mike Mucci vs. David Tallent, Gus Martucci vs. Bertolino Beef, John Tiano vs. Jimmy Delgaizo, Jimmy Gillis vs. Mike Silvestri. The Vikings hold a (12-4) edge over coach Lou Ciccattelli.

The ‘Beachcomber Trophy’ will be awarded to the winner! Broadway will be filled with cars traveling from the little town of Winthrop, trying to knock off a school with 2,000 students – Vikings win 41 – out of last 46 games!

The Patriots are favorites, based on the records – but toss them into the Pines River! You can watch the game live on Revere Cable TV. Bobby Deeb vs. Lou B. Padova, Al Terminello vs. ‘The Voice,’ Everyone is predicting a big Revere victory, but history will mean another close game.

Revere won last year on a 25-yard field goal (17-14) with one minute on the new Viking Pride/Miller Field scoreboard.

Coach Jon Cadigan is coaching the Vikings in his first year, after a long assistant at defense co-coordinator for the Vikings. The Voice of the Vikings and Al Petrilli will broadcast the game on Winthrop High WCAT vs. Revere Television. Game to be broadcast next week on Viking TV! Herald sports editor Danny Ventura will cover the game.

Are you psyched!

Let the ‘Big Game’ Begin!

Beat Revere!


Thanksgiving Rivalries

Revere vs. Winthrop

Winthrop leads (56-30)


Swampscott vs. Marblehead

Marblehead leads (54-51)


Beverly vs. Salem

Game number 120 Beverly leads (61-51-7)


Lynn Classical vs. Lynn English Classical leads (55-40-9)


Peabody vs. Saugus

Peabody leads (45-27)


Danvers vs. Gloucester

Fishermen lead (47-23-2)


Let the Games Begin!

Let’s Go, Vikings!



Best of the Best

The Rivalry – Vikings vs. Patriots the following games are ‘the best’ WHS vs. Revere games in a rivalry dominated by the Vikings Winthrop leads (56-29) in the past (43 games – Vikings have won 37 out of 43 games played.

Yes – WHS (37-6)

Vikings Domination!

1964 – Two undefeated teams play for Class B state title – 10,000 fans fill Paul Revere Stadium. All-scholastic Steve ‘The Tank’ Adamson (University of Wyoming Sugar Bowl team) vs. Jim Delgaizo – 12-year NFL quarterback (two Super Bowl rings) Revere wins on last minute touchdown (8-0).

1969 – Vikings win thriller in coach Ed MacFarland’s final game (24-19) Winthrop standout David Tallent vs. Revere quarterback (Aerial Al Petrilli) Viking broadcaster.

1981 – Undefeated Vikings – super bowl champions (Best WHS team in history) Vikings win (49-13) Historic meeting at midfield ‘Coconuts’ wins wager vs. the Horse King at end of game at mid field.

1993 – Anthony ‘Touchdown Tony’ Palmer scores (31 points) Vikings win (49-22) Vikings play in Super Bowl win (14-3).

2007 – Vikings win dramatic comeback game (27-22) Will Milano (31 careers touchdown passes) tosses 27-yard touchdown pass to all-scholastic halfback Chris Beranger two-time all-scholastic UNH super star back.

2014 – Undefeated NEC champs defeat Revere Zach Deeb – brings back kickoff 76-yards to defeat the Patriots (14-6) Vikings dominated series

2015 – 3,500 fans pack Della Russo on new stadium field Vikings win (15-12) huge victory for coach Sean Driscoll and company before 3,500 fans!

The ‘Best of the Best’

Let the Games Begin!


Ten-thousand fans filled Paul Revere Stadium: the undefeated NEC 64 – champions (the first undefeated WHS team in history). Ex-Vikings like coach Barney DeGregorio, John Tipping (fullback), Bobby Katz (are members of the Winthrop Golf Club and attend many Viking games. The 2016 WHS Athletic Hall of Fame honored this team and inducted the team in the Hall of Fame).

1989 – After a holiday snowstorm the game was played on Saturday. Jo-Jo Giordano kicked a 27-yard field goal to upset the Vikings (27-26).

2017 – A 27-yard field goal with one minute to play was the 3-point difference (17-14).

Some 3,500 fans filled the new Miller Field on the first game to be played in the new stadium. It was the last game for coach Sean Driscoll who had an outstanding-11-year record of (7-4) vs. Revere. Sean is the present, very successful St. Mary’s of Lynn coach.

Let’s Go, Vikings!

Beat Revere!

Let the Games Begin!



The Keys to Victory

The Winthrop Vikings have won three in a row. Revere has won 4 out of their six victories via the field goal.

The Vikings defense has been improved with the return of Bryan Conceicao, Feedle Small and unsung number 44 – senior Brian Chalmers playing his first year of football.

The key to a Winthrop upset of the Patriots is the play of the line-backing trio of Small, Chalmers and Conceicao.

The confidence and improvement of the sophomores on the Vikings and the outstanding play of the ‘Super Soph’ – number 16 – Bobby Hubert will lead the Vikings to victory.

In 2017 on Thanksgiving Day, five freshmen, who are now confident sophomores, will make the difference for Winthrop.

Hubert, Daigneault, Rockefeller, Conceicao and Hurley gained confidence. Revere won the 2017 battle before a capacity (3,500 fans) crowd playing the first game on the new Miller Field on the strength of a lat minute field goal (17-14) Revere. The Vikings have lost only two games (yes – two games) at Harry Della Russo Stadium in the last 30 years of the ‘rivalry.’

Winthrop needs to control the ball and clock on the ground behind the running of Hubert, Austin Daigneault; co-capt. Feedle Small and the unsung play of senior Brian Chalmers.

Senior players co-capt. Chris Castro, end Bret Sheehan (his tow best games in the last two victories). Mike McCone, the defense of Andrew Love and Jon Applebee will lead the Vikings to an upset victory.

Let’s Fill the Stadium!

Let’s Go, Vikings!

Beat Revere!

Let the Games Begin!



Three in a Row

The Winthrop Vikings have dominated the arch rivalry – Vikings vs. Patriots. Winthrop has won (41 out of 46 games) in recent years.

The Vikings were on the road 2015, 2016, 2014 was the NEC championship (9-0) under the tutelage of coach Sean Driscoll.

In 2015 – the ‘new’ Harry Della Russo Stadium was opened. The Vikings had a thrilling comeback victory (15-12) over 3,500 filled the new stadium. Revere won in 2016 (14-7) and in a last minute field goal in the new Miller Field – The Patriots won (17-14) last year.

Will the Vikings stop the two game Revere streak? Revere has never defeated Winthrop three in a row!

To the Viking senior players do you want to be ‘the team’ to lose to Revere?

Let’s Go Vikings!

Beat Revere!

Let the Games Begin!



Turkey Day Hero’s

1964 – Steve ‘The Tank’ Adamson vs. Jim Delgaizo – Adamson plays at University of Wyoming in Sugar Bowl. Delgaizo (Revere’s all-time greatest player – 12-year NFL career – two super bowl rings.

1969 – Winthrop standout – David Tallent Viking quarterback – Jamie Tipping – Revere quarterback – Al Petrilli – Winthrop wins 24-19.

1981 – Vikings crush Patriots (49-13) all-scholastic Chuck Sullivan scores three touchdowns battle in the ‘trenches’ – Gus Martucci vs. Frank Bertolino.

1982 – Winthrop 41 – Revere -0 Steve Staffier and Jimmy Gillis score 28 points.

1993 – Winthrop – Winthrop (49-22) Anthony ‘Touchdown Tony’ scores 30 points.

2007 – Will Milano touchdown pass to
Chris Beranger – 46 seconds to play – Vikings win (27-22).

2012 – Vikings win (23-6) Dave Gallo rushes for 109 yards.

2014 – Winthrop 14 – Revere 6 Zach Deeb’s 76-yard second half kickoff return leads Vikings to victory.

Vikings lead series (55-30)

Vikings (41-5) last 46 games.

Let’s Go Vikings!

Keep the Tradition Alive!

Beat Revere!

Let the Games Begin!

Happy Thanksgiving!

From ‘The Voice of the Vikings’ – 48 years –



Shutting Out the Patriots

Former Viking captain and quarterback Mark D’Ambrosio, reminded me of the Vikings total domination of the Patriots.

“We shut out the Patriots for 14 consecutive quarters, between 1994 and 1997.” The former Boston Globe, Student-Athlete of the Year and Colby College captain, was proud of the Vikings defense.

Mark is a Vikings volunteer coach and vice-president of the Winthrop Youth Football program.

Let’s Go, Vikings!

Beat Revere!

Let the Games Begin!



Revere 36 – Winthrop 0

Patriots win Powder Puff Battle

The Revere Lady ‘Patriots’ brought 1,000 fans to Miller Field on Sunday morning. Revere had a ‘trio’ of backs to lead the ‘Patriots’ to a convincing victory on a sunny day on the new Winthrop ‘turf’ stadium.

The speedy trio of ‘number 44’ – Kiana Napolitano (three touchdowns), Jessica Haggerty and Lilly Deliacono dominated the game for the Patriots. ‘Number 44’ had a 72-yard score and a 19-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Revere lead 18-0 at the half in the second half, a 70-yard Delliacono, turned on the jets to extend the lead in the third quarter.

Standouts for Winthrop were, three-sport Lady Viking all-star Bella Perrotti and quarterback Emma Carleton, Lady Viking’s hockey all-star.

Revere practices three months and was a well-tuned offensive team. Let’s hope it is their only victory this week.

Go, Vikings!

Beat Revere!

Let the Games Begin!



Super Bowl Bound

A Viking three-star salute to ex-Viking coach Sean Driscoll. The former mentor – defensive coordinator and popular coach is headed to Gillette Stadium to playing the Division – super bowl.

The St.  Mary’s Spartans (8-3) defeated Cohasset (22-11) to win the division 7 title and a game with Pioneer Valley in the super bowl.

The Spartans defense held a team averaging 38-points per game for three quarters to one field goal.

Good Luck Coach Driscoll!

Go Spartans!

Win the Super Bowl!

Let the Games Begin!



Pigskin Picks

The old “Remer Crystal Ball”

Final scores

Winthrop 23 – Revere 19

Make it a winning season!

Swampscott 27 – Marblehead 26

Beverly 31 – Salem 20

Lynn English 21 – Lynn Classical 32

Gloucester 32 – Danvers 21

Peabody 27 – Saugus 25

St. Mary’s 30 – Bishop Fenwick 27

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