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WHS gymnastics team sets news school scoring mark

The 2021 high school athletic season has been different — and difficult — in many ways thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Winthrop High gymnastics team made it a memorable one for all of the right reasons when the Lady Vikings set a new school record by scoring 141.5 points, topping the former mark, which had stood for a decade, by a mere 0.1 of a point, in their meet with Danvers this past Sunday at the Yellow Jackets gymnastics facility in Middleton.

Although Winthrop was competing for the second day in a row (they had defeated Peabody on Saturday, 136.8.-113.2), the Lady Vikings set their sights on setting a new school mark in their meet with Danvers.

“Our only goal all season had been to set a new school record,” said veteran WHS coach Pete Gobiel. “I laminated the scoresheet from that record-setting meet of 10 years ago and put it in their locker area at the start of the season to serve as their motivation to break the mark of 141.4.”

“The girls had just two meets left to reach their team goal of breaking the school record,” added co-head coach Daria Millerick. “It was a tall order and we needed to hit every routine. In addition, for the first time this season we had veteran officials, so either way we knew where we would stand score-wise.”

Starting on bars for Winthrop was Shannon Abbott, who hit her routine and scored a 7.4, just on target. 

“Then Isabella Rice hit her routine and it started the girls thinking we were on a roll, with each gymnast doing their job with very few mistakes,” said Gobiel.

Megi Zogasi, who had struggled in practice all week on bars, felt the pressure, but hit her routine, scoring 8.15.

“I think everyone was literally holding their breath when she was up,” said Millerick.

Captain Danielle Carter did her routine and scored a season-high of 8.35 for third place. Brandi DiCicco competed next, doing the same routine as always with hardly a bent toe, scoring an 8.4. 

“The girls were very excited at this point, realizing their scores were the highest of the season,” noted Gobiel. 

Mary O’Donnell, who’d had problems in warmups, decided to just stop and take a deep breath before her routine, and just go for it. Mary didn’t disappoint, turning in a solid, mistake-free performance to earn a season-high of 8.55.

The top four scores added together came out to a 33.45, the Lady Vikings’ highest bar score of the season. 

“We then decided to do some very risky vaults to increase our scores,” said Gobiel. “It was a calculated risk that easily could have gone either way.”

First up was senior captain Rachel Farley, who hit her vault for a season-high score of 8.9. Although Alayna Ronan’s first vault over-rotated to her face, causing everyone to be concerned, Alayna got up with a smile. Her second vault was excellent, earning her a season-high mark of 9.0. 

Rice, an eighth-grader, was going to try the somersaulting vault that she’s only done a few times in her short career. The first one was a bit short, but after a few last-minute coaching cues, Isabella ran down the runway and stuck the second vault, bringing all her teammates to their feet. Her score of 9.1 was her highest mark of the season on any event.

O’Donnell had struggled all season with her landing and her goal was to just stand up after her flipping vault — and for the first time all season, she did it, to earn her highest mark of the year, a 9.0, bringing her teammates to mob around her and yelling her name.

Captain Danielle Carter tried her somersault for only the third time in her career, earning her a season high of 8.7. Last up was DiCicco. By this time the Lady Vikings were all hyped-up, knowing that if she landed her vault, her score was going to be a good one. Brandi nailed it for a 9.2 to give Winthrop a total vault score of 36.3, another season-high.

Floor exercise was the next event for the Lady Vikings. Ellie O’Donnell and Rice both competed beautifully, scoring 7.8. Captain Bella Giuffre, performing her second-to-last floor routine as a Lady Viking, didn’t disappoint, scoring an 8.45.

Ronan, who had been having some trouble tumbling in warm-ups, was up next. With a lot of encouragement from her teammates, Alayna tumbled to her highest-scoring floor routine of the season with an 8.9. Carter then added some difficulty to her tumbling passes and hit them all, scoring a 9.1, her highest score of the season. DiCicco, who has a floor routine that makes all the teams Winthrop faces stop and watch, danced to a 9.1, giving Winthrop a total score on floor of 35.55, another high mark for 2021.

Whether the Lady Vikings could break the school record hung in the balance (yes, pun intended) on the balance beam, the last of the meet’s four events.

“We had done very well on the beam the day before against Peabody, so the question was whether the girls could duplicate those routines to give them a shot at the record,” said Gobiel.

First up was Ellie O’Donnell, hitting her routine for her highest score all season at 8.7. “That got everyone’s attention,” said Gobiel.

Next up was Mary O’Donnell, who hit her routine to equal her sister’s score. Zogasi, despite trying to shake off a nagging back issue, added some more difficulty and stayed on the beam, hitting her season high of 9.0.

Ronan was up next for Winthrop.

“Alayna can be a fierce competitor and she knew that the team needed her to be flawless when every tenth of a point counts,” said Gobiel. “Alayna simply did the best routine of the year,” scoring a season high of 9.3.

Captain Danielle then stuck her routine, keeping the team’s dream of a school record alive.

“That left it up to Brandi DiCicco,” said Gobiel. “To make it all happen she had to make almost zero mistakes. Well she did, bringing her teammates to their feet, with a season-high score of 9.1.”

That would prove to put Winthop over the top by the slimmest of margins — 0.1.

“It’s impossible to know the score at the end of the meet with so much going on all at once,” said Gobiel. “When the judges checked and signed off the scoresheets, the scorer announced the final scores, first with Danvers with 134.6 points, and then Winthrop with 141.5 points — beating the record by one tenth of a point. The team went wild, finally breaking a 10 year-old record in a year that most of us just want to forget.”

The day before, the Lady Vikings hosted Peabody and handily earned a 136.8.-113.2 victory.

Starting the team out on bars, Shannon Abbott hit a clean routine to place fifth. Isabella Rice was up next with another hit routine, scoring a 7.35. Zogasi and Carter, both hit their routines, coming in third and fourth. DiCicco, clean as always, hit for second place with a 7.9. Last up on bars and landing in first place was Mary O’Donnell, scoring an 8.45.

“Balance beam was our next event and we’ve been pushing them hard all year to stay on the beam, which is easier said than done at four inches wide,” noted Gobiel.

The first Lady Viking up, Ellie O’Donnell, stayed on the beam to earn her highest score all season with an 8.5. Sister Mary O’Donnell was up next and felt the pressure, but stayed on the beam to score an 8.6. Alayna Ronan then did the routine of the season without even a hint of being off-balance, scoring a meet-high and season-high of 9.1. Zogasi, knowing her three teammates had stayed on the beam and with the pressure building, fought and stayed on the beam. Brandi mounted the beam knowing the team was on a roll and didn’t disappoint, hitting her routine to score a 9.0.

“It then was up to Captain Danielle to stay on the beam to make it six-for-six routines in a row, which happens only once in every two to three years,” noted Gobiel. “Danielle hit her routine, making the team goal of six in a row complete.”

Vaulting was the next event for Winthrop. Zogasi was up first and landed her handspring, scoring an 8.4. Capt  Rachel Farley hit her twisting handspring, scoring an 8.9 for third place. Carter and Ronan both stuck their vaults for a 9.0.  DiCicco hit her somersault, scoring a season-high of 9.3.

In the last event, the floor exercise, Shannon Abbott filled in at the last minute for Isabella Rice and did a great routine to give Winthrop a strong start. Ellie O’Donnell and Alayna Ronan both tied for third place by hitting their routines. Captain Bella Giuffre completed a mistake-free routine, which she’s been doing all season. 

“Bella has been solid for us all year,” noted Millerick.

Carter and DiCicco finished off the meet with clean routines, taking first and second places.

The Lady Vikings, who now sport a record of 4-1, will conclude their 2021 season this Saturday when they host Bishop Fenwick.

A win and two ties for WHS boys hockey

The Winthrop High boys hockey team enjoyed a successful week, skating to a 4-1 victory over Saugus and then engaging in a pair of hard-fought ties with Northeastern Conference (NEC) North Division rivals Masconomet and Danvers.

In last Wednesday’s triumph at Larsen Rink over the visiting Saugus Sachems, Winthrop jumped out to a quick lead at 2:58 on a goal by Connor Hurley. Hurley and Joey Hayes broke over the Saugus blue line with a 2-on-1, with Hayes sliding a pass to Hurley, who then adroitly skated toward the slot area from the left wing, from where he let fly a wrist shot that beat the Saugus goalie cleanly to the far side.

The Vikings made it 2-0 at 7:41 of the period on a goal by captain Joey Holgersen, who one-timed a hard shot from 15 feet out off a feed from defenseman Charlie Lane.

The Vikings increased their margin to 3-0 with just 45.3 seconds left in the period. Hurley potted his second lamplighter when he put home a rebound of a shot by James Sicurella. Connor scooped up the loose puck from eight feet out and lifted it cleanly into the top of the net.

Holgersen scored his second goal of the contest when he pocketed the puck high in the corner midway through the second period. Captain Joe’s initial shot to the right of the Sachem goalie in the circle area had been saved by the Saugus netminder, but he scooped up his own rebound and put the puck in the back of the net.

Saugus broke up the shutout bid of goalie Ryan Hovermale (22 saves) with a power play goal early in the third period.

On Saturday Winthrop hosted a chippy Masconomet squad whose aggressiveness cost them dearly with numerous penalties. The Vikings had edged Masco in their first meeting, 2-1, and the Chieftains, who are in a four-way battle with Winthrop for first place in the NEC North, appeared to come into Larsen with a proverbial chip on their shoulder.

Indeed, Masconomet came out fired-up, moving out to a 2-0 lead after one period. However, the Vikings reversed the game’s momentum five minutes into the second period when junior J.D. Parker tucked home a rebound of a shot by Jack Hayes. Peter Silverman also earned an assist.

Although Masco responded two minutes later and maintained its 3-1 edge heading into the final 15 minutes, a tripping penalty on a Chieftain gave the Vikings a power play late in the period that carried over into the third.

Winthrop made the most of the opportunity, scoring just moments into the third period with 21 seconds left on the penalty. Joe Hayes was credited with the goal with a shot from the point area that found its way into the net through traffic after he had received a pass from Holgersen. Silverman picked up another assist.

Winthrop continued to press and got a big break when the refs whistled a Masco player for a penalty at 4:01 and then tacked on another two minutes, apparently for unsportsmanlike conduct by the Chieftains.

Winthrop wasted little time taking advantage of their advantage, with Chris Ferrara cleaning up his own rebound in front of the net at 4:42 to make it 3-3. Lane was credited with an assist.

Both teams were whistled for penalties in the final minutes, with Masco’s coming with 2:02 to go, essentially giving the Vikings the man-advantage for the rest of the game.

However, neither team could break the deadlock. Hovermale made 25 saves on the day.

On Sunday the Vikings hosted Marblehead. The teams had engaged in a weekend series two weeks previously, with both earning victories of 3-2.

The rubber match between the NEC North foes once again proved to be a hard-fought encounter and, perhaps fittingly, ended with a 2-2 draw.

Holgersen provided the Viking offense. Joey’s first goal came just 1:32 into the game when he delivered a hard wrist shot from the blue line that handcuffed the Marblehead netminder and reached the back of the net.

The visiting Magicians evened the count before the end of the period and the contest remained deadlocked at 1-1 through the middle stanza.

However, just 18 seconds into the third period, a shot by Holgersen to the Marblehead goalie’s right was blocked by a Magician defender. Holgersen followed his shot, picking up the loose puck, and rifled a wrist shot from the circle that zipped past the Magician goalie. Joe Hayes was credited with the assist.

Marblehead brought the contest back to level at 5:45, from where the teams engaged in up-and-down hockey for the final 9:15. 

Winthrop now stands at 7-2-3 on the season and is ranked seventh overall in Division 2 in the rankings by Hockey Night in Boston.

A scheduled contest with Gloucester for yesterday (Wednesday) was cancelled, so coach Dale Dunbar and his crew will wrap up their 2021 campaign with Beverly at Larsen on Saturday.

WHS girls hockey living on the edge

The Winthrop High girls hockey team enjoyed a successful, albeit nerve wracking, week in which the Lady Vikings engaged in a trio of one-goal contests, emerging victorious in two of the three.

Coach Anthony Martucci’s crew began their week last Wednesday with a heart-wrenching, 3-2 loss to first-place Peabody, but then rebounded with a hard- fought, 2-1 win over Beverly on Friday night, and finished with a 1-0 nail-biter at Newburyport on Saturday.

Winthrop gave up two goals in the first 10 minutes in the battle with Northeastern Hockey League (NHL) rival Peabody, which came into the game tied with Winthrop in the NHL standings with a loss apiece.

“They came out on fire and had us back on our heels in the opening 10 minutes. We just kind of looked like a deer in the headlights,” said Martucci.

However, the Lady Vikings settled down after the initial flurry by the Lady Tanners and sliced the margin to 2-1 before the period ended on a beautiful pass by Sami DiMento to Hannah Parker.

“That pass by Sami was unreal, just one of those jaw-dropping passes that make hockey such a beautiful game,” noted Martucci.

The Lady Vikings then took control in the second period, wearing down Peabody with their skating game, and brought the contest back to level on a nice goal by Julia Holmes, assisted by Mia Martucci and Emma Holmes to even the score.

“We were on them heavy, but could not get the lead,” said Martucci.

The third period was played evenly, one of those games where a bounce of the puck one way or the other was going to be the difference, and that proved to be the case.

Winthrop scored what appeared to be the go-ahead goal with seven minutes remaining on a nice play In which Mia Norris put in a rebound off a shot by Parker, but the ref waived it off, whistling a penalty on the Lady Vikings.

But despite their protests (which the game film seemed to confirm), the call stood, giving Peabody a power play, which the Lady Tanners capitalized upon for the winning goal on a deflection from the point.

“Regardless of the outcome, it was an incredible high school hockey game,” said Martucci. “We played well and it could have gone either way. It just went the wrong way for us.” 

The Peabody contest marked the fourth game in seven days for Martucci’s crew, but they were back at it two days later against Beverly. 

“We were gassed, but the heart of this team, and their elite response would not allow them to be denied,” said the coach.

Beverly grabbed a 1-0 lead early in the first period, but Winthrop answered with a goal by Emma Holmes, assisted by both of her sisters, Abby and Julia (perhaps the first such connection in team history).

“After that it was a lot of sloppy play back and forth,” said Martucci. “We had no legs and were playing on sheer will.”

However, in the middle of the second period, the Lady Vikings found some magic when Norris gave a picture-perfect pass to DiMento, who skated down the middle and fired the disc into the back of the Lady Panther net.

“Mia flew into the Beverly zone and forced the Beverly defender to play her, and as soon as she committed, she sent a picture-perfect pass to Sami,” said Martucci. “It was as pretty a play as I have seen and the shot by Sami added to its insanity. 

“Mia Norris has been on another level this year,” Martucci continued. “She has truly become a star for us, and this play was just amazing.”

The teams battled evenly over the final 15 minutes, with WHS netminder Summer Tallent holding the fort the rest of the way to preserve the 2-1 victory.

The Lady Vikings’ Long March continued the next day when they made the distant trek to Newburyport for their third game in four days and sixth in a nine-day stretch.

“If we thought our legs were tired on Friday, the back-to-back on Saturday was scary,” observed Martucci. “We thought for sure we would be luggage.

“This game was by no means pretty,” Martucci continued. “It was another dogfight, and it came down to one big play and goaltending. Luckily for us, we have Mia Norris and Summer Tallent and both of them came up huge. Newburyport is a good team, they battle hard, and they are aggressive all over the ice. We were definitely tired, but we dug deep.”

Late in the first period Norris made another play that was almost identical to the one on Friday against Beverly. Mia gave another picture-perfect pass on the tape of Parker’s stick, who put the proverbial biscuit in the basket.

Thanks to the Lady Vikings’ solid defense and the play of Tallent between the pipes, that was all of the offense that Wwinthrop would need en route to a happy bus ride home down I-95.

“This game was a test of our heart and this team showed its resilience,” said Martucci. “Our defensive corps really played their hearts out. Fallon Hurley, Amelia Spencer, Abby Holmes, Casey Petersen, Adrianna Rizzotto, Elle English, and senior Antea Schlicting really held it down. Summer Tallent was immense in getting the shutout. She just made sure that she had our backs. When we needed Summer, she came through.

“We did great during a challenging stretch,” concluded the coach. “Nine days, six games, five wins, and one loss — not a bad way to come out of the gauntlet that we faced.”

Martucci and his crew, who now stand at 9-2-0 on the season, good for second place in the NHL behind 9-1-0 Peabody (whose lone defeat came at the hands of the Lady Vikings earlier in the season),will wrap up their 2021 campaign this week. They were set to host Beverly yesterday (Wednesday) and will entertain Masconomet on Saturday. They will meet Marblehead at Cronin Rink in Revere on Sunday.

WHS boys basketball

showing strong improvement

Although the Winthrop High boys basketball team still is seeking its first win of the 2021 campaign, the Vikings have been showing huge improvement this season under first-year head coach Mike Triant.

A case in point was this past Tuesday’s contest on the Chris Tsiotos Court against Saugus. Although the Vikings ultimately came out on the short end of a 62-52 decision, they held a 28-25 lead at the half and trailed by only seven with six minutes to play against a Sachem squad that had cruised past Winthrop by more than 30 points in their first meeting earlier this season.

Freshman George Galuris, who has stepped into the role of point guard and has shown amazing maturity with each game, got the Vikings off to a quick start, hitting a 15-foot jumper and then draining a three from the corner for a 5-0 Winthrop lead.

Luca Zanelli then stepped to the forefront of the Viking offense, swishing three successive shots — a nice fadeaway from 12 feet out, a foul line jump shot, and a classic flash-to-the-foul-line turnaround jumper — to boost the Vikings into an 11-8 advantage midway through the period.

Captain Cam Conway hit Alijah Preble, another Viking who has been a key contributor in recent games, with a nice pass that Alijah — who had come in off the bench — converted at the buzzer for a 13-12 Winthrop lead.

Preble then continued his “instant offense” to start the second period, hitting a medium-range jumper and then sinking a trey to boost the Vikings into an 18-14 lead.

Saugus battled back to even the count, but Galuris drove the lane and sank a floater to make it 20-18 in Winthrop’s favor.

Saugus moved ahead, 21-20, but Conway first found Zach Bogusz underneath nicely for a hoop to regain the lead for Winthrop and then captain Cam hit his own 15-footer to make it 24-21.

The teams traded scores for the final moments of the half, with Bogusz sinking two free throws and Zanelli making a nice move underneath. Saugus made a bucket at the buzzer to leave matters at 28-25 at the intermission.

The visiting Sachems grabbed the lead to start the second half, but Conway hit a pull-up jumper to reclaim the lead for Winthrop, 30-29, with six minutes left in the period.

However, that would prove to be the last Viking advantage of the contest. Saugus scored the next 11 points, aided by some offensive rebounds and Winthrop turnovers, to move out to a 40-30 lead before Conway finally ended the Sachem run with a pair of free throws to leave matters at 40-32 with 2:57 remaining in the third period.

Although Saugus responded with a three-pointer, Winthrop closed out the period in strong fashion, with Bogusz and Conway taking turns hitting buckets and Galuris hitting for the final five points of the period on a pair of floaters and a free throw to complete a three-point play, leaving the Vikings trailing by four, 45-41, after three.

However, the Vikings could not sustain their momentum in the fourth period. A Sachem trey and hoop boosted the lead back to nine, 50-41, before Chris Cappuccio sank a free throw and Conway hit from beyond the arc to leave matters at 52-45 with 6:10 to play.

A fadeaway by Conway kept the Vikings’ hopes alive, 54-47, with three minutes to go and Preble hit a bucket after two Saugus free throws. Galuris hit another floater to maintain matters at seven, 56-49, with less than two minutes remaining, but the clock was not in Winthrop’s favor. The final moments of the contest were consumed by free throws on both sides for the 62-52 finale.

Galuris and Conway, the freshman and the senior captain, shared scoring honors with 14 points apiece. Preble struck for nine, Zanelli hit for eight, Bogusz contributed six, and Cappuccio added a free throw.

 “We have really come a long way in dealing with the full-court press and are starting to minimize our turnovers,” said Triant in commenting on his team’s performance against Saugus, as well as earlier encounters in the week with Marblehead and Salem. “I thought we played really tough in both Marblehead games. They are a great team and have 12 or 13 guys who all contribute great minutes. They were both up-and-down affairs and I thought we tired toward the end.

“We went up to Salem Saturday and battled with them, though unfortunately we didn’t get the result we wanted,” Triant continued. “We still have a period of time — like a game within a game — where we forget all the things that have been working for us. We are closing the window and the time frame is getting smaller, but we still shoot ourselves in the foot and allow other teams to capitalize on our mistakes. 

“It was a similar game with Saugus,” added the coach. “We went up there two weeks ago and got buried by 30-plus.  I think we showed great improvement in the rematch. It was good to have Chris Cappuccio back from the concussion for these last few games. I think George Galuris has done a great job adapting and learning on the fly.  As a freshman, I’m amazed at the strides he has made over the last few games. Hats off to the team for just continuing to battle and wanting to improve. 

“We have been right there in a ton of ball games recently,” Triant continued. “I need to work harder to find combinations of players and make in-game adjustments to get us a couple of Ws here in this last week.”

Triant and his crew were scheduled to play at Salem Academy Charter School yesterday (Wednesday) and will host Gloucester today (Thursday), 

They will wrap up their 2021 season at Swampscott tomorrow (Friday) and at Northeast Regional on Saturday.

Lady Viking hoopsters drop close encounters

That’s life

What’s what all the people say

You’re riding high in April,

Shot down in May

— Frank Sinatra

The Winthrop High girls basketball team learned a hard lesson this past week: When you’re on top, everybody else is looking to take you down.

After the Lady Vikings knocked off a Peabody team that was tied for first place in the North Division of the Northeastern Conference to establish themselves as arguably the top team in the NEC across both the North and South divisions (Winthrop also had defeated Masconomet, the other top team in the NEC North), Winthrop dropped a trio of hard-fought, closely-contested battles with Danvers and Marblehead (in a home-and-home series) this past week.

Last Wednesday’s encounter with Danvers on the Chris Tsiotos was highlighted by Senior Night festivities in which seniors Maura and Jenna Dorr, Lily Pulsifer, Grace Galuris, Caroline Earl, and Polina Bell were honored prior to the game to recognize their contributions to the Lady Viking basketball program.

Danvers, whom Winthrop had knocked off earlier in the year, 44-36, gave an early indication that they had come to play by grabbing a quick 8-2 lead. Winthrop forged ahead with a 9-2 run behind two drives to the basket and two free throws by Maura Dorr and a nice spin move inside by Earl, but the visiting Lady Falcons sank two free throws to close out the period with a 12-11 lead.

Grace Galuris sank a three-pointer to regain the advantage for Winthrop, but that began a brisk back-and-forth exchange between the teams that left matters at 22-21 in Danvers’ favor at the half.

Galuris sank a hoop to start Winthrop off quickly after the intermission, but the Lady Falcons never allowed the Lady Vikings to establish any momentum. When Danvers sank a three-pointer and another basket to open up a 27-23 lead, it was clear that the Lady Vikings were in for a hard-fought battle.

Jenna Dorr responded with a long-range bucket from beyond the arc and sister Maura answered a Danvers free throw with a bucket to knot matters at 28-28. 

Maura D. struck again to regain the lead for the Lady Vikings, 30-28, but Danvers always managed to find an answer of their own.

The period ended with Maddie Stiglets hitting a trey for Winthrop and Danvers responding in kind at two seconds before the buzzer to leave matters deadlocked at 33-33 entering the final eight minutes.

The Lady Falcons jumped out quickly to open the final quarter, scoring two hoops to forge ahead, 37-33, and that would prove to be a deficit that Winthrop never was able to overcome.

The Lady Vikings got as close as 37-35 when Earl put back an offensive rebound, but the Lady Vikings went cold on offense, enabling Danvers to build a 41-35 advantage with 3:00 to play.

Maura Dorr sank a free throw and Earl hit two clutch free throws to bring Winthrop within three, 41-38, with 1:27 to go, but Danvers scored on its next two possessions to open up a seven-point bulge, 45-38, the biggest margin of the game, as the clock ticked down under a minute.

The Lady Vikings increased the pressure on defense, forcing a pair of Danvers turnovers that led to a hoop by Maura Dorr and a three by Galuris to bring Winthrop within 45-43 with just seconds to go.

However, a Danvers girl sank a free throw and the Lady Vikings were unable to get within range for a final shot, leaving matters at 46-43 at the final buzzer.

Maura Dorr led Winthrop with 21 points, followed by Galuris with eight, Earl with six, Stiglets with five, and Jenna Dorr with three.

The contests with Marblehead similarly proved hard-fought, with the Lady Vikings coming up short by scores of 37-36 and 30-26.

Winthrop still remains in first place atop the NEC South with a 10-4 mark. The Lady Vikings were set to wrap up their 2021 campaign this week, starting with a non-league contest at Malden Catholic yesterday (Wednesday). They will host Swampscott tomorrow (Friday) and entertain Danvers again on Saturday.

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