WHS sports roundup
MacPhail, Llovera-Miranda shine at Saturday’s D-6 meet
Winthrop’s Camilla Llovera-Miranda and Cormac MacPhail turned in superlative performances at the Division 6 State Meet held at the Wrentham Training Center Saturday.
Cormac became the first Viking since John Mullane in 1991 to finish in the top 10 in the divisional meet. MacPhail finished eighth overall, among the large field of 162 runners, in a time of 17:43.
“Cormac jumped out with the lead pack and held his spot the whole race,” said WHS head coach Warren MacPhail. “This was an awesome accomplishment for Cormac, who started putting in the work for the goal last June.”
Miranda-Llovera completed the 5K (3.1 miles) course in a personal record (PR) time of 21:23 to finish 17th overall out of 117 girls in the race.
“Camilla is the toughest runner I ever have coached,” said MacPhail. “She runs like she’s ready to go through a wall.”
Both MacPhail and Miranda-Llovera will be heading back to Wrentham this weekend to run in the All-State Meet for which they both qualified.
The Viking boys’ team placed 14th of the 24 schools in the meet, their best finish since the legendary Coach Pat McGee’s fourth place team in 1985.
Patrick Haskell saved his best race of the year for last by placing 64th overall in a time of 19:38. He was followed by teammates MichaelAngelo Marcoccio (90th-20:18), Ari Cain 104th-20:41), Wil Lawton (112th-20:55), and Mark Amatucci (154th-23:55).
For the Lady Vikings, Caroline Zuffanti (95th-26:20), Kat Thano (112th-29:06), and Mary Teixeira (116th-31:24) also competed in the girls’ side of the meet.
From the Press Box
By: Jim Lederman
The Winthrop Vikings won a (20-14) overtime thriller over Northeast Regional, at a frigid Wakefield High School on Friday night.
The last Viking overtime game was in 1993 in the Division 3A Super Bowl at Miller Field. The Grey Ghosts of Westford Academy and the Winthrop Vikings.
The score in regulation was (21-21). Winthrop had four downs form the 10-yard line and could not score. Westford scored and kicked the extra point for a (28-21) final. The Vikings and Northeast played a scoreless first quarter. Feedle Small scored the first Viking touchdown on an eight-yard run. Calvin Tufa split the uprights for a 7-0 lead.
The Vikings held a 7-0 halftime lead. Northeast scored on a 22-yard touchdown, the two-point conversion failed. The third quarter ended with Winthrop holding a (7-6) advantage.
Quarterback Jake Adamson scored on a three-yard run. Calvin Tufa kicked the point. The Vikings led 14-6 early in the fourth quarter. Northeast tied the game on a three-yard run (14-14).
Northeast had the ball first in overtime. Jaidon Brown had a big interception giving the ball to the Vikings on the 10-yard line. Feedle Small scored on the first down, giving Winthrop a (20-14) victory. Feedle had two touchdowns for the Vikings.
“The victory gives us a lot of momentum, “said coach Sean Driscoll. WE looked sharp on offense and our defense has played solid in the last three games. We have 10 days of practice before ‘the game.’”
The Vikings had 152 yards of total offense. 63 yards passing and 89-yards rushing. Feedle Small had 16 caries for 68-yards. Jake Adamson had eight carries for 13-yards.
Jake attempted seven passes and completed three. Andrew Love had two catches for 37 yards. Jaidon caught one pass for 26-yards.
The defense had many standouts. Chris Castro playing his first game of the season had seven tackles and six assists, two tackles for a loss and a forced fumble. Freshman Bryan Conceicao had seven tackles, five assists, one sack, two for a loss.
Tyler Chiudina had five tackles and six assists. Coach Driscoll praised Tyler for ‘his best game of the year.’ “We need the seniors to step up on the holiday. A game they will remember for the rest of their lives.”
Are you ready for some football?
Let’s Go Vikings!
The Lynn English Bulldogs lost a Division 3 North final to the Tewksbury Redmen (22-18) at Manning Field in Lynn. The Northeastern Conference South champions, (8-1) scored 300 points on offense. Quarterback Matt Severance tossed 14 touchdown passes. Prince Brown had nine touchdown receptions, both players will return in 2018.
The Marblehead Magicians, North champions, lost a (28-20) decision to undefeated Melrose allowed only 100 points in 10 games.
The Lynn Classical Rams (8-2) defeated Peabody (5-5) 26-20 in overtime.
Gloucester (6-4) defeated Swampscott (7-3) at Newell Stadium in Gloucester. The Big Blue scored 335 points behind the passing of Colin Frary. The Big Blue quarterback tossed 31 touchdown passes.
Saugus defeated Greater Lowell (49-12) to improve to (4-6) for first year coach Anthony Nalen.
Salem defeated Arlington Catholic (42-14) King Gaskins scored four touchdowns to increase his scoring total to 126 points. The Witches (6-4) will prepare for the ‘Turkey Day’ game with archrival Beverly.
Danvers (6-4) lost a (31-14) decision to Billerica.
Lynnfield (8-2) lost the Division 5 North final to Watertown (38-34). Lynnfield will play North Reading on Thanksgiving.
Beverly (3-7) defeated Westford Academy (26-21); Mystic Valley defeated Marian (30-24).
The Winthrop Vikings and Revere Patriots will play the 87th Thanksgiving game in Winthrop on Turkey Day. The first game in the ‘new’ Miller Field will attract a large crowd.
The Vikings played the last two games at Harry Della Russo Stadium. The Vikings won a (15-12) come from behind victory in 2015. In 2016 Revere defeated the Vikings (14-7).
The Patriots defeated Malden (16-0) the Patriots (2-8) two victories were against a Medford team (1-9) and winless Malden (0-10).
You can toss the records in the Atlantic Ocean. This looks like an even game. The Vikings should be sky high playing ‘the game’ on the new stadium turf.
The Winthrop-Revere series stands
Winthrop – 55
Revere – 28
Ties – 3
Let the Games Begin!