WHS SPORTS ROUNDUP
Girls basketball team dispatches two rivals
The Winthrop High girls basketball team continued to brandish a suffocating and stultifying style of defense against its opponents this past week, Marblehead and Pope John XXIII, to earn two more victories and improve to 4-1 on the season.
The Lady Vikings first took on Marblehead last Monday and picked up where they had left off in their previous win against Saugus, a contest in which Ignacio Oyola’s crew allowed Saugus to score just 17 points through the first three quarters.
Winthrop jumped out to a 15-5 lead after one frame against the Lady Magicians, and then really played really rude hosts, limiting Marblehead to just two points in the second stanza and only a free throw in the third — that’s a total of three points in the middle two periods — to build a 33-8 advantage entering the final eight minutes.
From that point WHS head coach Ignacio Oyola liberally used his younger players, who wrapped up the 37-24 victory.
Nina Bartlette (nine points, nine rebounds) and Kristen Siscamanis (nine points, seven rebounds) turned in solid, all-around efforts for the Lady Vikings. Winthrop was led in the scoring department by sharpshooting sophomore Allie Love, who hit on 4-of-7 shots from three-point land for a game-high 12 points. Nikki Tsiotis added five points and Maura Lanza chipped in two. Poli Tsiotis dished out four assists.
The Lady Vikings trekked to Everett Sunday to take on the Lady Tigers and came away with a 62-34 triumph. Although Pope John initially enjoyed marginally-better success against the Lady Viking defense than Marblehead had, scoring 22 points in the opening half, Winthrop stymied the Lady Tigers in the third period, holding their foes to just five points in the frame to expand a 35-22 advantage at the intermission to a wide, 56-27 runaway by the end of three, from where the reserves once again put the finishing touches on the victory.
The duo of Siscamanis (18 points on 9-for-13 shooting and 11 rebounds) and Bartlette (18 points on 8-for-13 from the field) pretty much had their way against the Lady Tigers. Love sank a pair of treys for six points and the Tsitotises each had seven points, with Nikki dishing out four assists. Maura Lanza turned in a solid, team-oriented performance with seven rebounds and seven assists.
Reserve players who turned in nice efforts in the final quarter included Lucia Alabat, who pulled down eight rebounds; Francesca Capone, who chipped in four points, and Courtney McSwiney, who added two points.
“We committed too many turnovers in the Marblehead game, which showed us that we have a lot of work to do on our offense,” said Oyola. “We did better in the Pope John game in that regard, but we have to improve the way we pass the balls so that we’re both making cleaner passes and moving to the ball better.”
Oyola and his crew will host Bishop Feehan Friday afternoon (2:00 tip-off) when they will be out to avenge their one loss thus far this season, a 72-38 defeat in the season-opener against a Feehan squad that is among the top-ranked teams in Division 1.
The Lady Vikings then will entertain Gloucester at 7:00 Monday and journey to Swampscott Wednesday for a 7:30 encounter.
WHS girls track
The Winthrop High girls indoor track team chalked up a 51-32 triumph over Saugus last week. The Lady Vikings took five of the nine individual events. Carly O’Keefe captured the 50 hurdles in a clocking of 8.1 seconds; Holly Benson took the 600 dash in a time of 1:53.3; Heidy Benson claimed the 1000 in 3:33.9; Abigail Love won the mile in 6:42.3; and Kristen Ford was the two-mile winner in 14:30.
The Lady Vikings’ depth proved to be the difference however, with six Winthrop girls taking second place honors in their events to add three points each to the Lady Viking side of the scoresheet: Amy Sena with a high jump of 4›-8»; Emily McGovern in the 50 dash in 7.1; Regina Garufo in the 300 dash in 51.2; Haley Holden in the 600 dash in 2:02.8; Nina Leone in the mile in 6:42.7; and Kimberly McDuffe in the two mile in 17:41.
Third place finishers for Winthrop were Olivia Rago in the 1000 in 3:51.4; Gabriella Hinchion in the 300 dash in 59.5; and Sela Zalwango in the 50 hurdles in 9.2.
Holden, Beaudry win
in meet with Saugus
Although the Winthrop High boys indoor track team came out on the short end of a 67-19 decision to Saugus last week, a number of Vikings turned in fine performances in the meet.
A pair of Vikings, Chris Beaudry and William Holden, topped the field in their respective events to capture first place. Chris won the 600 dash in a clocking of 1:48.1 and William captured the two mile run with a time of 11:37.
In the 300 dash, Cal Garufo earned three points for the Winthrop cause with a second place finish in 42.9 seconds. Joe Bosco also took a second place slot in his specialty, the 1000, with a time of 3:30. Teammate Brian Perrin earned a point for Winthrop in that race with a clocking of 3:40.
Nicholas Beshere scored a point for Winthrop with a third place effort in the mile in 5:50. Teammate Cormac MacPhail was just behind in fifth spot in 5:52.
Kevin Barrera took third place to earn a point for Winthrop in the shotput with a toss of 31’-9”. Teammate Allesandro Giuliano finished fifth with a throw of 29’-2”.
Other Winthrop competitors in the meet were Devin Racow in the 50 hurdles in 9.0, good for fourth place, just behind the third place finisher in 8.9; Daniel Dell’Anno with a fourth in 6.7 and Kevin Barrera with a fifth in 7.3 in the 50 dash; and Jakob Hein with a fifth in the 600 dash in 2:26.
WHS SPORTS ROUNDUP
10 years ago
December 23, 2004
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20 years ago
December 29, 1994
The WHS boys basketball team improved to 3-0 with a 68-53 win over Danvers. Todd Doherty with 18 points and 11 rebounds and David Lynch with 14 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists led the way for Coach Peter Grimes’s squad.
The WHS girls hoop team broke into the win column with a 29-38 triumph over Danvers. Laura Wolfram scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Rachel Gray added 10 points.
Brian Macrina, the striker for this past season’s WHS soccer team, has been named a North Shore All-Star.
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