WHS Sports Roundup

Vikings Meet Peabody Today in David Green Finale

The Winthrop High boys basketball team advanced to today’s (Thursday) championship game of the first annual David Green Memorial Tournament with a 66-47 victory over Pioneer Charter School in the preliminary round of the tourney this past Tuesday.

The Vikings will take on Peabody, which defeated Revere in their preliminary contest, in the title game, with the opening tip-off set for 2:00. The Winthrop-Peabody match will be preceded by a battle between Revere and Pioneer Charter in the consolation game.

The Vikings were in control all the way in their encounter with Pioneer, opening up a 36-18 bulge at the half and never were threatened.

Luca Zanelli (24 points) and Chris Capuccio (22 points) led the way for the Vikings in the scoring department. Mikey Chaves also reached double figures with 13 points.

“Luca and Chris were immense for us early on,” said WHS head coach Mike Triant. “Together with our other starters, Mikey Chaves, Aiden Green, and George Galuris (seven points), they did a great job of getting out on the break to get some easy buckets.

“We were a little too sloppy for my liking in the second half,” Triant added. “We have a very good Peabody team as our opponent Thursday.”

Winthrop now stands at 2-2 on the season, having come out on the short end of a  66-43 decision at Gloucester last Tuesday.

“We fell behind early, 12-2, but then cut the deficit to six at the half,” said Triant. “However, we ran out of steam and energy in the second half. Gloucester  seemed to do all the little things that win games better than we did.  Hopefully, we will use it as a good teaching point and move on from it.”

Zach Bogusz paced the Vikings with 15 points.

After today’s  contest, Triant and his crew will resume their Northeastern Conference schedule when they host Marblehead next Tuesday evening at 7:00.

WHS Girls Hockey Remains Undefeated; is Ranked #6 in Polls

The Winthrop High girls hockey team improved to 3-0 on the season with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Northeastern Hockey League (NHL) rival Marblehead last Wednesday.

The win marked the second straight one-goal triumph for coach Anthony Martucci and his Lady Viking crew, who have allowed only two goals in their first three games.

Winthrop moved out to a 1-0 lead in the opening period thanks to a goal by freshman Talia Martucci, assisted by Emma and Julia Holmes.

The Lady Magicians tied the score before the period ended, but Emma H. made it 2-1 in the middle stanza with a power play goal, assisted by triplet sister Julia.

The Winthrop defense and goalie Summer Tallent preserved the victory with some stellar play in the final period. For Tallent, the win marked her 45th career victory in the Lady Viking net.

“It was a good game,” said Martucci. “Marblehead is a good team with a very good first line. Their goalie was unreal. We outshot them 35-11 and we had the advantage in play from start to finish.

“Our defense was excellent,” Martucci added. “Elle English, Abby Holmes, and Adrianna Rizzotto led the defensive corps, with Tegan Pereira, Avalina Coffey, and Izi Hain playing about as stout as could be.”

Martucci and his crew were set to face their biggest challenge of the season last night (Wednesday) when they traveled to defending NHL champion Peabody, to whom Winthrop was a runner-up last year. The Lady Tanners are 3-0 in the NHL and are 3-1 overall, with their lone loss coming to fourth-ranked St. Mary’s of Lynn.

Peabody is ranked #5 in Division 1 and Winthrop is ranked #6, according to the Hockey Night in Boston poll.

Winthrop will host NHL rival Medford next Wednesday at Larsen. The opening face-off is set for 6:10.

WHS Boys Host Medford Tomorrow

The Winthrop boys hockey team will be seeking its first win of the season when the Vikings host non-league rival Medford tomorrow (Friday) morning at 11:00 at Larsen Rink. The Vikings have come out on the short end of its first two contests, dropping a 4-3 decision in overtime to Northeastern Conference rival Danvers and a 5-3 outcome to non-league foe Lynnfield. The updated WHS schedule lists Winthrop’s next game for this Monday evening, January 3, against Beverly at Larsen. The opening face-off is set for 5:30

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