Sports 08-28-2014

Friday, August 29, 2014
By Transcript Staff

Jess Saying

What a Week:

It is that time of the year again—time for college students to head back to school. The next few weeks will be full of “goodbyes” and “see you soon” as friends and family head off to wherever life takes them…or at least to college. The days are bittersweet for some people who don’t want to leave their Winthrop friends, but also cannot wait to start the next chapter of their life. Hang out with your friends while you still can, and meet a ton of new friends at school. After all, Thanksgiving break is sooner than it seems!

If you have been on Facebook recently or watch the news, you would see that the ice bucket challenge for ALS awareness swept the nation! This phenomenon began in Massachusetts, and has made its way to celebrities, including Tina Fey, Bill Gates, and our very own Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins. The ice bucket challenge has (so far) raised over $70 million! If you would like to donate, go to www.alsa.org/donate/

Shout out to…Dunkin’ Donuts for releasing their pumpkin spice flavored coffee, which I believe, is the true definition of “beautiful”!

Upcoming Events:

Ingleside Park will host the third annual Those Who Can, For Those In Need Life Issues Resource-Volunteer Fair on Saturday, September 6th at 10:00am to 2:00pm. This event is especially good for students who are looking for community service hours There are about 40 different organizations coming from the Boston and North Shore area, which will have tables for resources and volunteer opportunities. The categories available are Elderly, Losing a Loved One, Children, Low Income and Homelessness. One of the best parts? The event is FREE, and will have children’s activities, live music, and food! An added bonus: the Winthrop Art Association will be at Ingleside and selling their talented pieces of work.

Quote of the Week:

You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it. -Robin Williams

Competition

The 2014 Vikings football team has three scheduled scrimmages this week and the competition for starting positions remains strong.

The Vikings will scrimmage Malden in a jamboree on Friday night 7pm at Everett Veterans Memorial Stadium. Salem, Lynn Classical and Lynn English from the NEC also to play.

The Vikings final scrimmage is on Labor Day at 10am with Ipswich at Miller Field.

The backfield competition is very strong. “We have never had this many skilled players” said Coach Driscoll.

Co-Captains, Tyler Gills, Jake Chiudina, Anthony Gallo and Jordan Atkins are Seniors. Reise Turransky is a junior and sophomore Jonathan Gonzales will see plenty of action.

Co-Captain Dylan Driscoll looks very strong. Sophomore Chris Zuffante and freshman Jake Adamson will back up Dylan.

Co- Captain Zach Deeb returns at end after missing 8 games last season with a broken wrist. Junior Matt Feeley and seniors David Kirby and Cal Calgarufo will add their athletic skills to a key position.

Senior Brady McGrath (5’9″ – 240) is the starting center. Co-Captain Sean Gillis and senior Rolando Recignos will start guard and both are two-way starters on defense.

The starting tackles are two of the biggest in recent years senior James Griffin(6’3″-260) returns after a year at prep school. Junior Jeff Colignon (6’3″- 250) started last year as a sophomore.

Luigi Spinazzola and Andrew McGrail are two promising sophomores who will see action.

Co-Captain Chris Beaudry and Alex Anzuoni add strength to the line and they are stalwarts on defense at linebacker. Alex had over 100 tackles in 2013.

Sophomores Justin Barker and Jon Gonzales add strength at linebacker.

Jake Chiudina will handle the place kicking and kick off duties. Matt Feeley will be the punter.

Coach Driscoll has been pleased after 2 weeks of practice.The opening game with Saugus is Saturday, September 6th at 12:00pm.

Skimming the Sidelines

Danvers, the defending NEC champions have a new coach, Shawn Theriault. Shawn was the defensive coordinator at Andover High the last 4 seasons.

Quarterback Nick Andreas (6’2′-207) will run the spread offense for the Falcons.

Andy St. Pierre a Saint John’s Prep and Harvard graduate, is the new Athletic Director. John Sullivan retired as AD and was the ex-Falcon head coach.

Anthony Fucillo is back coaching Amherst College. The ex-Viking all scholastic QB will be on one side of the field and his Dad Tony on the other side when Amherst plays host to Tufts University on October 25th in a NESCAC battle.

LET THE GAMES

BEGIN!

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