WHS Sports Through the Years

10 years ago February 10, 2005

Rachele DeLeo scored a career-high 31 points to lead the WHS girls basketball team to a 48-45 win over Lynn English. However, her key play of the game was a defensive one, in which she stole the ball in the waning seconds andy then was fouled. Rachele promptly sank two free throws to seal the win for Winthrop. The WHS boys basketball team set up a showdown with Marblehead for first place in the NEC South with a 69-58 win over Glocuester in which senior guard Anthony Griffin achieved a triple-double with 30 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists. Alex Hoomis added 17 points and Jason Griffin hit for 10. Nick Farmer scored the lone goal for the 5-8-1 WHS hockey team in a 1-1 tie with Tyngsboro. The Winthrop High wrestling team defeated Nauset in its first-ever home match this past week.

20 years ago February 16, 1995

A pair of free throws by Katherine Spinney with just 18 seconds to play sparked the WHS girls basketball team to a 44-42 upset win over Swampscott. Laura Wolfram scored 20 points for the Lady Vikings. The WHS boys basketball team improved to 15-3 with a 66-53 triumph over Marblehead. Jason Calla and Michael Palmer scored two goals each to lead the WHS hockey team to an 8-0 win that improved the Vikings to 9-7-1 on the season and within one point of qualifying for the state tourney. The WHS boys indoor track team defeated Saugus, 44-42, to claim third place in the NEC. Sean Keyes won the two-mile race in 11:20 to earn special praise from WHS head coach Par McGee. Mike Bass won the shot-put and Albie Maggio took the 50 yard dash.  30 years ago February 20, 1985  The WHS hockey team clinched the championship of the NEC with a 5-0 win over archival Marblehead in a winner-take-all battle for the title played at Salem State College. Goalie Jim Feeley saved his best game for the most important one of the season to record the shutout. Bobby Crossman scored two goals for the Vikings, who finished at 17-1 in the NEC. Winthrop, the top scoring team in the NEC this season, is ranked number one in the polls in Division I heading into the state tourney. The WHS girls basketball team fell short in its bid to qualify for the state tourney with a 59-43 loss to Saugus in the season finale. Paula Cavaliere and Linda Pearce both scored 12 points for the Lady Vikings. The WHS boys basketball team concluded its season on a winning note with a 63-59 triumph over Revere. Co-captain Jimmy Lyons led Winthrop with 20 points as the boys hoop team wrapped up a 6-14 season. Former WHS star hockey players Dale Dunbar and Chuck Sullivan are enjoying fine seasons with the Boston University Terriers who are near the top of the Hockey East standings.      40 years ago February 19, 1975  The WHS hockey team will open the Northeastern Conference playoff tournament against Salem this week. If the Vikings win two games and Lynn English loses one game, Winthrop will be the NEC champion. After a stunning, upset loss to Beverly, the WHS boys basketball team will need to win two of its remaining games in order to attain the 75 percent winning record needed to qualify for the state tourney. With Steve Howard leading the way on the floor exercises and Pete Gobiel on the parallel bars and horse, the WHS boys gymnastics team came home with eight trophies from the North Shore League gymnastics championships.   50 years ago February 18, 1965  Hockey is expected to make its varsity debut as a high school sport for the 1965-66 season. More than 100 youngsters presently are playing in Winthrop Youth Hockey program, which is under the direction of Mort Buckley. Matt Boyle, who is the current coach of the WHS junior varsity hockey team, is expected to take the helm as the first varsity coach next season. The School Committee has voted to lift the ban on Winthrop teams playing in the junior high school state basketball tournament. The Winthrop ban had been in effect for the past two years because of concerns by local educators that the season was stretching out too long for junior high students. The Winthrop junior high basketball team is expected to be invited to the tourney now that the ban has been lifted.  60 years ago February 17, 1955  The WHS basketball team will look to play the role of spoiler when Danvers hosts the WHS basketeers Friday evening. Winthrop handed Danvers its only loss of the year earlier in the season and can knock Danvers out of contention both for first place in the NEC and from consideration for a Tech Tourney invitation. Danvers star Ronnie Winkowicz is seeking to break the NEC single-season scoring mark of 191 points that is held by Winthrop’s Joe Duplin. In Winthrop’s 78-48 rout of Woburn last week, Bobby Usseglio scored 22 points and Charlie Rand, who stands at 5’-4”, popped in 17.    70 years ago February 15, 1945  The WHS basketball team clinched an NEC title in its first year in the league with an exciting 35-34 win over Amesbury Tuesday afternoon. Coach Gordon Connors’s squad rallied from a 32-36 deficit with just four minutes left to take the victory. Capt. Billy Countaway led the final quarter surge with four sensational field goals. Jackie Talcott sank a key free throw for the final margin of victory. The Knights of Columbus youth basketball tourney, featuring  14 teams, will get underway Saturday.     80 years ago Feb. 16, 1935  The WHS basketball team maintained its winning ways with a 22-15 win over Everett at the local gym. The local team will play in the state tournament starting next week against Danvers.   100 years ago Feb. 20, 1915  The Winthrop High School basketball team defeated Reading by a score of 58-7 at the high school gymnasium. Fielding scored nine goals from the field and Wilson scored seven goals to lead Winthrop.

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