Sports 06-04-2015

Local Winthrop player is named to International Selects Hockey Program

Portsmouth, NH – The Selects Hockey organization has selected Jenna Letterie from Winthrop  to  join the international program with the Selects hockey team.  The team will compete in the World Selects Invitational in Bolzano, Italy this August. Participants will be submerged into foreign cultures and face top international competition in this once in a lifetime experience.

“Jenna is an outstanding hockey player.  She has shown she has the skill to be a top hockey prospect but also demonstrated great leadership and passion on the ice,” commented Kathy Pippy (Director of Girls’ Hockey for the Selects Hockey program).

Selects Hockey is an elite hockey prospect development program owned by LEGACY Global Sports. Since 2003, Selects Hockey has worked with top 12-16-year-old hockey players across North America and Europe to expose them to all avenues of hockey in an effort to facilitate opportunities at the prep school, NCAA, Junior and Professional levels.

Selects Hockey’s growing list of NHL alumni is led by future stars Matt Duchene (Colorado Avalanche), Logan Couture (San Jose Sharks), Kevin Shattenkirk (St. Louis Blues), Sam Gagner (Edmonton Oilers) and Ryan O’Reilly (Colorado Avalanche).   The program has helped over 100 male and female players receive NCAA scholarships over the past 8 years to schools such as Harvard, Boston University, Boston College, Brown, Clarkson University, University of

ichigan, University of Wisconsin and many more.

For more information about the Selects Hockey program, please visit the website at

For media inquiries or interviews with selected players, please contact Kathy Pippy.

WhS sports Roundup

WHS baseball, softball teams ready for tourney

The Winthrop High baseball and softball teams were set to begin their Journey to the Tourney yesterday (Wednesday).

Coach Frank DeMarco’s Vikings enter the Division 4 North Sectional of the MIAA state baseball tournament as the 11th and final seed in the sectional with a 6-14 record. However, won-lost records always are deceiving for purposes of seeding in the state tourney, and that is especially true for Winthrop, which plays a predominantly Division 2 schedule among its Northeastern Conference rivals.

The Vikings met yesterday’s opening round rival, O’Bryant High of Boston (which is the sixth seed in the D-4 North with a 12-8 record), twice during the regular season, defeating O’Bryant 7-2 on May 15, though falling 4-3 in nine innings on April 21.

If the Vikings prevailed yesterday, they will trek to Jim Rice Field at Roxbury Crossing Saturday afternoon at 3:30 to meet the number three seed, Snowden International (10-6), at 3:30.

Winthrop endured a tough final week of the regular season, dropping contests to Marblehead (6-2) and Swampscott (8-1). Jack Wallace pitched well in the Marblehead encounter, allowing only one earned run and striking out six opponents.  However, fielding miscues resulted in five unearned Marblehead runs that sealed the Vikings’ fate.

Chris Zuffante, who has been swinging a hot bat, stroked a double off the left field fence and singled sharply in the Swampscott game. David Kirby pitched the first two innings, giving up three runs, while Nick Disciscio pitched the final four frames, yielding five runs on five hits.

Congratulations are in order for two Vikings, Kirby and Dylan Driscoll, for being named to the NEC All-Star team.

As for Dave Guffey and his Lady Viking softball squad, they come into the D-3 North Sectional as the 21st seed in the 23-team sectional. Winthrop finished thve regular season with an 8-10 record and was scheduled to travel to 12th-seeded Notre Dame of Tyngsboro (11-6) yesterday (Wednesday) for a preliminary round contest. If the Lady Vikings are successful, they will travel to Ross Field in Hyde Park to meet New Mission High, the fifth seed in the D-3 North. A win in that game would send Winthrop into the quarterfinals Monday.

“We are excited to play in the states, as we have done for the past 15 years,” said Guffey. “A lot of how deep you go in the tourney depends on your draw and whether you are playing well at the right time. If we play the way we did in the second half of the year, we can play with anyone in Division 3. Notre Dame will be a good test for us.”

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