WHS Sports Roundup

WHS Girls Tennis Wins Four Matches

The Winthrop High girls tennis team enjoyed a highly-successful stretch recently, winning four of its five matches.

The Lady Vikings, who were under the direction of assistant coach Jeff Beck, who was filling in for head coach Mike Nickerson, won their first three contests of their busy schedule.

A 3-2 victory over Peabody was led by the Lady Vikings’ three singles players, all of whom defeated their Lady Tanner counterparts.

Kendall Brant won her first match at first singles, 6-1, 6-0; Genesis Bueno clinched the match at second singles in a tough three-setter, 6-1, 2-6, 6-0; and Mira Ivanis triumphed at third singles, 6-0, 6-4.

In a 4-1 victory over Lynn Classical, the singles trio of Brant, Bueno, and Ivanis once again swept their counterparts.

In the doubles matches, with captain Maddie Rossi out with an illness (which forced some shuffling in the Winthrop lineup), senior captain Emma Forsyth and Casey Petersen steamrolled their opponents at second doubles, 6-0, 6-0.

The third win of the week was a solid 4-1 victory over Saugus. Brant, Bueno, and Ivanis once again set the pace with convincing wins in the singles contests.

The duo of Emma Forsyth and Casey Petersen won a marathon three-set match at first doubles, while the second doubles tandem of Viona Bytyqi and Ava Beshere came out on the short end of a tough three-setter.

The Lady Vikings’ winning streak was snapped via a 5-0 decision to Danvers on Monday, but Nickerson’s crew bounced back on Tuesday with a strong 4-1 win over Gloucester. Kendall Brant at #1 singles and Mira Ivanis at #3 singles won their matches.

Senior captains Maddie Rossi and Emma Forsyth played a tough three-setter,  but rolled 6-0 in the deciding set. Ava Beshere and Viona Bytyqi played very impressively in their 6-3, 6-1 win.

Nickerson and his crew now stand at 5-2 on the season and will play five matches in the next nine days. They were scheduled to play at Watertown yesterday (Wednesday) and will host Marblehead tomorrow (Friday). They will trek to Salem on Monday, entertain Peabody next Wednesday, and travel to Masconomet next Thursday.

WHS Girls Track Defeats Salem

The Winthrop High girls outdoor track and field team overwhelmed Salem by a score of 80-21 last Wednesday.

First-place finishers for the Lady Vikings were: Shannon Abbott in the long jump with a flight of 12’-5”’; Daniela Gomez in two events, the triple jump with a final landing of 26’-4” and the shot-put with a throw of 21’-1”; Cori Powell in the discus with a spin of 40’-8”;  Olivia Skomro in the javelin with a throw of 45’-8”; Rebecca Linfdinger in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:24.1; Sophia Munson in the 100 meter dash with a sprint of 14.8; Shannon Abbott in the 200 dash in a clocking of 30.9; April Ferguson in two events, the 800 in 3:08.3 and the two-mile with a time of 14:53.3; and Libby Carney in the mile with a clocking of 6:33.7.

Contributing three points to the Winthrop victory with second-place finishes were: Delia Parco in the discus (26’-11”) and the 800 (3:45.6); April Ferguson in the javelin (44’-11”); Cori Powell in the 400 hurdles (1:29.3) and the 100 hurdles (20.8); Olivia Skomro in the 100 dash (15.8); Julianna Demers in the 200 (33.2); and Libby Carney in the 400 dash (78.7).

Adding single points to the Winthrop side of the scoresheet with third-place performances were: Arianna Cappuccio in the long jump (11’-9”); Shannon Abbott in the 100 hurdles (22.9); and Rebecca Lindstedt in the 400 dash (79.6).

WHS Boys Lacrosse Tops Revere, 12-1

The Winthrop High boys lacrosse team, which is competing this season as a club program, enjoyed a successful week.

The Vikings took on the Revere varsity squad this past Monday and came away with a 12-1 victory over their Beach City rival.

“We had a slow first half and struggled with our fundamentals, but came roaring back in the second half with goals spread out across our offense, which is really what you want to see,” said WHS head coach Brian Donnelly. “It was great having Jack Hayes back who had a couple of beautiful goals from up top. Jack gives our offense a whole new dynamic.

“Freshman Stephen Lindinger and sophomore Glen Calla also had their first goals of the year,” added Donnnelly. “They both had a pair of goals and that is exciting for our offense in the future.

“Our defense played lights out with some great takeaways from sophomore defenseman Dan Thomi,” Donnelly continued. “Hunter Fife stood strong in net, only letting in one off an awkward bounce. He has been an awesome captain and is really coming into his own out there as a great leader.”

Donnelly’s crew, which last week earned victories over the JV teams from Swampscott and Essex Tech, now stand at 7-1 on the season.

They were scheduled to play the Medford JV squad yesterday (Wednesday) and will take on the Stoneham JV team on Monday and Swampscott next Wednesday.

“We just want to continue improving our fundamentals, fix some issues with positioning, and just in general continue to develop young players,” Donnelly said.

WHS Girls Lacrosse Defeats Mystic Valley

Mia Martucci scored five goals to lead the Winthrop High girls lacrosse team to a 6-3 victory over Mystic Valley this past Friday.

Hannah Parker reached the back of the MV net for the other Lady Viking goal.

Sam DiMento, Mia Norris, Emma Holmes, and Reese Brodin all were credited with assists in the win.

Talia Martucci played in net and made six saves.

In a 14-4 loss to Marblehead this past Monday, Emma Holmes netted a hat trick and sister Abby Holmes scored one goal.

Goalie Adrianna Rizzotto made seven saves on the day.

Coach Emma Marrs and her squad are scheduled to travel to Peabody today (Thursday) and will host Salem on Monday on the turf at Miller Field at 4:00. They will entertain Beverly on the Miller turf next Thursday at 4:30.

WHS Softball Team Drops Two Contests

The Winthrop High softball team dropped both of its contests this past week, falling to Northeastern Conference rivals Masconomet (14-4) and Saugus (19-4).

Izzy Cash and Lily Talent hit the ball well in the Masco tilt. Izzy went 3-for-4 with three singles, scored two runs, and had an RBI. Lily was 2-for-4 with a single and a double.

Tallent played well in center field, making eight putouts. Shortstop Summer Tallent, who has had an outstanding year in the field, also played well defensively.

Leading the way offensively for Winthrop in the Saugus encounter were Summer Tallent, who went 2-for-3; Cash, who also was 2-for-3; and Ava Martello, who was 2-for-3 with two doubles.

Coach Dave Guffey is hoping that the return to action of Gabby Golden, who is coming back from a broken arm, will bolster the Lady Vikings in the second half of the season.

Guffey and his crew have a busy week. They were scheduled to play at Danvers yesterday (Wednesday) and at Swampscott tomorrow (Friday). They will return home to host Excel Academy on Monday at the Little League field in a contest that will be highlighted by Senior Day festivities. They will trek to Salem Academy Charter School next Wednesday.

Boys Falls to Salem in Close Meet, 70-56

The Winthrop High boys outdoor track and field team came up short in its meet last Wednesday with Salem by a score of 70-56.

Nicholas Cappuccio once again was a top performer for the Vikings. Nicholas won the long jump with a flight of 17′-6″ and the 100 dash with a sprint of 12.00.

Peter Jurovich also was a double-winner for Winthrop. Peter took first place in the shot-put with a toss of 38′-0″ and the top spot in the discus with a spin of 82′-1″

Other first-place finishers for the Vikings were Luke Riley in the javelin with a throw of 93′-8″ and Benjamin Prew in the mile in 5:45.2;

Adding three points to the Withrop cause with second-place efforts were: Daniel Guaque in the triple jump (30′-0″) and in the discus (75′-2″); Benjamin Prew in the javelin (92′-4″) and the 400 hurdles (74.70);  Luke Riley in the 200 dash (28.50); and William Navarro in the 400 dash (2:51.9) and the two-mile (14:26.9).

Contributing single points with third-place finishes were: Daniel Guaque in the 100 dash (13.0); William MacMullen in the 200 dash (29.20); Ryan Cash in the 400 dash (82.10) and the mile (6:33.8); and Chad Bernstein in the 400 dash (2:52.8).

Boys Tennis Splits its Two Matches

The Winthrop High boys tennis team split its two matches this past week, blanking former Northeastern Conference rival Lynn Classical, 5-0, but then dropping a 5-0 decision to Gloucester.

Winners in the match with Classical were Carlos Penalba at first singles, Carlo Baretti at second singles, and James Sicurella at third singles.

The doubles tandems in the victory were Ryan Kfoury and JD Parker at first doubles and Ari Hain and Bruno Giordano at second doubles.

Coach Marie Finn and her crew, who now stand at 4-2 on the season, were scheduled to play Watertown yesterday (Wednesday) and will travel to Marblehead tomorrow (Friday). They will entertain Salem on Monday, Mystic Valley on Tuesday, and Masconomet next Thursday.

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