Sports 03-24-2016

Winthrop girls U-10 hockey team wins state championship

By: Jim Lederman

Raise the banner at Larsen Rink! The Winthrop (U-10) girls captured another state championship for Winthrop, Sunday at Springfield, defeating Duxbury (2-1).

The (U-10) girls won their third title in a row, but the ‘State Title’, was extra sweet for coach Anthony ‘Butch’ Martucci, a very proud father!

“The Winthrop Youth Hockey Program” is 51 years old. “The title was (number seven) for Winthrop and the fourth for my teams”, said a jubilant coach Martucci. “My 8-year old daughter Talia was a super goalie, shutting out Duxbury for two periods in the (2-1) victory.” “I want to thank my assistant coaches, Bob DiMento, than Parker and Michael Norris, who played key roles in another Winthrop Championship.”

Winthrop defeated Waltham, Weymouth, Melrose, Walpole and Duxbury to win the state title before a large crowd in Springfield.

Olivia McManus was the ‘number one star,’ – Olivia scored both Winthrop goals and a strong defense backed up by Talia Martucci.

The champ’s received a thrilling ‘Rolling Rally’ trip around Hockey Town USA – when they returned to our proud community. Coach Martucci wants to thank the outstanding Winthrop Fire Department, Steve Rogers and Sean Carleton, for the trip around town! The victory ride – welcome home – brought back memories of the 1980 ‘Welcome Home’ captain Mike Eruzione, the 2011 State Championship celebration for the boy’s team, capturing the state title in the TD Garden and 2015, the “Lady Vikings” winning the North Title at the Tsongas Arena.

We salute the State Champions – the (U-10) girls!  Another Title!

From the Press Box sponsored by: MSA MORTGAGE

Veterans Field

By: Jim Lederman

Veterans Field

Spring has finally arrived! Will the Vikings play ball at Veterans Field? There was a huge dirt pile on the field from the construction of the new Winthrop/Middle high school, but it has left the field!

I drove by a few weeks ago with an ex-Viking baseball player, who was in town for a visit. He asked me “Will they build a new baseball diamond?”

The $88 million dollar new school looks magnificent! The school building committee needs to step up to the plate and spend $500 thousand, so we can have a new diamond.

We need a new Miller Field Complex so we don’t have the worst high school football field in the state. The town most vote in favor of the new track/football stadium.

I can recall ex-Viking players like Bob and Frank DeFelice hitting ‘monstrous’ home runs. Joe Giaquinto followed the DeFelice brother s to Boston College.

Ex-Viking baseball coaches like John Domenico and Jimmy Evans will toss the first pitch on a new baseball field.

Step up to the plate the school building committee! Let’s hit a home run for a new baseball diamond this spring!

Let the Games Begin!

Winthrop Viking Football

Are you ready for some football? The 2016 Vikings are working hard to prepare for a chance to capture another Northeastern Conference title.

The thrilling Thanksgiving victory (15-12) over archrival Revere in November, left us with plenty of optimism. A very strong senior class (14 players) will lead the Vikings in 2016.

The schedule is out and the longest trip is to open the season at the new stadium in Danvers. If the present playoff schedule is approved on April 8th, the Vikings could play seven games at home if they win the NEC title. The big game on Thanksgiving will be played at Revere.

Let the Games Begin!

Winthrop Viking Football Scheduled 2016

Fri. Sept. 9

Danvers (A)        7 p.m.

Fri. Sept. 16

 Medfield (H)     7 p.m.

Fri. Sept. 23

 Lynn English (A)  7 p.m.

Fri. Sept. 30

*Salem (H)         7 p.m.

Fri. Oct. 7                    *Gloucester (H)              7 p.m.

Sat. Oct. 15

*Saugus (A)      12 p.m.

Fri. Oct. 21

*Swampscott (H) 7 p.m.

Fri. Or Sat. Oct. 28/29

MIAA Tourney  T.B.A.

Fri. or Sat. Nov. 4/5

MIAA Tourney T.B.A.

Fri. or Sat. Nov. 11/12

MIAA Tourney  T.B.A.

Thu. Nov. 24

*Revere (A)       10 a.m.

*Conference Game

WHS gymnastics star Vaccaro qualifies for the USA Regionals

Winthrop High School junior Christa Vaccaro has qualified for the USA Gymnastics Regionals as a result of her performance in the Mass. State Meet in Shrewsbury.

Vaccaro, a Globe All-Scholastic this season, took fourth in the all-around competition, second in the vault, fifth in the uneven parallel bars, seventh in the balance beam, and fourth in the floor exercise at the State Meet to advance to the Regionals April 8-10 at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield.

Vaccaro will be continuing her quest for a berth in the Nationals in a field of the 100 top-ranked gymnasts in New England.

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