WHS sports roundup
WHS boys soccer defeats Saugus on Senior Night
The Winthrop High boys soccer team celebrated Senior Night in fitting fashion with a 3-0 victory over Saugus this past Tuesday, at which seniors Mateo Alzate, Marcus Ferreira, and captain Steve Tracy were recognized for their contributions to the WHS boys soccer program.
Junior captain Jaylin Cordes notched his fifth goal of the season midway through the first half to give the Vikings a 1-0 lead. Junior Renols Cahani played a kick free to junior Fabricio Berlatto, who then sent a great ball into the box which Cordes converted into the back of the Saugus net.
A few minutes later, Berlatto delivered a free kick, this time to sophomore Kevin Dorr. Kevin’s first shot was saved by the Saugus keeper, but he followed up the rebound and put it past the keeper to make it 2-0.
Berlatto concluded his fine day with about 15 minutes left in the contest, applying the coup de grace with a strike from outside the box that beat the Saugus keeper.
Viking keeper Corey Cherico turned in another fine effort to record the shutout. WHS head coach Kyle Gagin lauded his team’s fine defensive effort, particularly the backfield play of Cahani.
Last Friday Winthrop hosted Lynn Classical and battled the Rams to a nil-nil standoff.
“It was a hard-fought game, in which Classical had a majority of possession, but we defended well and junior goalie Corey Cherico had a great game in net, making a number of great saves,” noted Gagin. “Defensively we played a lot better than we did offensively, as we struggled to get much going up top.”
Earlier in the week, the Vikings dropped a 6-0 decision at Gloucester in a contest played at 8 p.m. “Although that game didn’t go as well as we had hoped, there were some positives,” said Gagin. “Freshman Josh Flores was able to get his first start for varsity, and freshman Augie Cherico made his varsity debut in net towards the end of the game.”
Gagin and his crew are set to conclude their 2017 campaign Saturday at Stoneham.
Volleyball team defeats Salem
The Winthrop High volleyball team defeated Salem with a 3-0 shutout victory, 25-16, 25-11, and 25-16, last Wednesday.
A number of Lady Vikings turned in strong efforts to make significant contributions to the triumph. Fatima Tufa smacked six kills and served three aces; Ava Bertino accounted for four kills; Blinere Bytiqi had three kills and four aces; Lacey Scott delivered seven aces and 19 assists; Adela Hoxha was credited with three kills and four aces; Stephanie Strangie made 10 digs; and Amanda Konoheshi had five digs.
In a 3-0 loss to Danvers Tuesday, Tufa reached double figures with 11 kills and made seven digs. Konoheshi hustled for an amazing 24 digs, with teammates Scott (21 assists, eight digs) and Hoxha (seven digs) also making strong contributions to the Winthrop cause.
Last week the Lady Vikings dropped a 3-1 decision to Beverly that was highlighted by Senior Night festivities at which four Lady Viking seniors, Deanna Pucillo, Scott, Konoheshi, and Bytiqi were honored for their contributions to the WHS volleyball program.
Undefeated Lynn English Bulldogs defeat the Vikings
By: Jim Lederman
The Lynn English Bulldogs came into the 2017 season after winning only two games in 2016. The Bulldogs offense capped an undefeated NEC season (4-0 – 7-0) overall, handing the winless Winthrop Vikings (49-0).
Junior quarterback Matt Severance tossed three touchdown passes and completed eight-of-nine passes for 125 yards. In 2016 severance was a sophomore and he led his team to a (27-25) overtime thriller over the Vikings in a rainstorm at Manning Field. English led (6-0) in the first quarter. His leading receiver Prince Brown, caught a 25-yard touchdown from Severance.
The Bulldogs scored 29 points in the second quarter halfback Ishmile Bangura ran 83-yards for the first of his two touchdowns. He had a 40-yard touchdown run.
Severance hit Mathies Fowler on a 11-yard touchdown pass. Brown caught a 6-yard touchdown toss from Severance to give the Bulldogs a (35-0) halftime lead.
The Bulldogs turned the second half over to t heir reserves. English scored 14 points in the last quarter.
Cale Borcel had a 70-yard touchdown and Jadiel Tejeda caught a 11-yard touchdown from Devin Curley and a final score of (49-0).
The Vikings will play Essex Tech – (0-7) at Danvers on Friday night. The Vikings hope to win their first game of the 2017 campaign and finish strong as they prepare for ‘the game’ vs. Revere on the holiday.
FROM THE PRESSBOX
Winthrop vs. Melrose
Saturday marked the 85th anniversary of the dedication of the William A. Miller Field in 1932. The Winthrop Sun Transcript had a large notice in the Oct. 21 edition.
Football Winthrop vs. Melrose at Wm. A. Miller Field at 2:30 p.m. support your local high school team by attending the first game on the new football field. Your attendance and cooperation is earnestly desired in order to encourage the boys and assist in promoting athletics in Winthrop high school.
The Headline: Parade and dedication official opening of the William M. Miller Field, between Playstead and Ocean Spray, near Winthrop golf Club (how many remember Playstead Pharmacy on Shirley Street, perhaps the beach section of town was called Ocean Spray).
On this Saturday afternoon, Oct. 22, all local veterans organizations including the Machine Gun Veterans Association, Winthrop Post, American Legion, Richard E. Metcalf Post, VFW and the George H. Russell Camp. U.S.W.V. will officially dedicate this new town field in honor of William A. Miller, local Machine Gun Company member, who was killed in action in France during the World War.
Starting at 1:45 veterans, Gold Star Mothers, invited guests, town officials and the football teams, headed by the Band and Drum Corps of the Legion Post, will parade from the senior high school to the field where appropriate exercised will beheld from 2 to 2:30 p.m. followed by the Winthrop – Melrose football game.
Eighty-five years ago – can you believe it? We hope the first football game – Winthrop vs. Revere Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, 2017, will be filled to watch the first game on the new $9.8 million dollar stadium!
The M.I.A.A. has increased the eight divisions that will qualify for the 2017 Super Bowls. The Winthrop Vikings are in Division 6 North. The following teams are in Division 6 North. Hamilton-Wenham (7-0), Stoneham (5-2), Shawsheen (5-2), Greater Lowell (5-2), Arlington Catholic (4-3), Whittier (5-2), Ipswich (4-3) and Salem (4-3) will play in the playoffs.
Northeast Regional (2-5), Bishop Fenwick (2-5), Winthrop (0-7), Austin Prep (0-7) and Essex Tech (0-7) will play in the non-qualifying games.
The Vikings will play Essex Tech on Friday night in Danvers at 7 p.m. Essex Tech is located on Route 62 less than a mile from Putnam Pantry – Route One North. The Lady Vikings played in the semi-final game in 2015 with St. Mary’s of Lynn. The Lady Vikings own the game to advance to the Tsongas Center in Lowell to capture Division 4 North with a date with Bishop Fenwick.
The Lady Vikings won D-4 North to advance to play Archbishop Williams at the TD Garden in Boston.
The Northeastern Conference has eight (8) teams that qualified for the MIAA playoffs.
In Division 3 North undefeated (7-0) Lynn English captured the NEC South title English will play Winchester (2-5) at Manning Field in Lynn at 2:30 on Saturday.
Lynn Classical (6-1) will play Danvers (5-2) at Manning Field on Friday at Manning Field at 7:30 p.m.
In Division 4 North Marblehead (7-0) won the NEC North title, the Magicians will play Wakefield (3-4) at home (Piper Field) at 7 p.m. Gloucester (5-2) will play Wilmington (6-1) in Wilmington at 7 p.m.
In Division 5 North Somerville (5-2) will play Triton (2-5) at Dilboy Field in Somerville on Friday night.
Swampscott (6-1) will play Watertown (3-4) on Saturday at Blocksidge Field at 1:30.
The favorite in Division 5 North is Lynnfield (6-1) the Pioneers lost the Cape Ann title to Hamilton-Wenham last Friday night. We could see a D-5 North title game Lynnfield vs. the Big Blue of Swampscott.
Lynn English and Lynn Classical are in the same division. How about a Classical & English final and the same two teams play on Thanksgiving?
The eight (8)NEC teams that qualified for the playoffs, shows how strong the NEC is in 2017.
(Ed. Note) I left off Salem (4-3) will play at Hamilton-Wenham (7-) the first place team in D-6 North. The Witches won two games in 2016.
The new MIAA playoffs allow many more teams to qualify for the playoffs. In the old system you play one play off game to qualify for the super bowl.
In 2016 – the Vikings (3-4) qualified for the playoffs and lost to undefeated St. Mary’s of Lynn. The Spartans dropped to Division 7-North. St. Mary’s (7-0) will play Manchester-Essex (3-4) on Friday night in Lynn.
Let the Games Begin!
Skimming the Sidelines
The Revere Patriots (1-6) lost a (28-8) decision to the Somerville Highlanders at Harry Della Russo Stadium.
The Patriots are averaging 7 points a game and allowing 21 points per game. How many victories will Revere have before they play the Vikings on Thanksgiving Day?
Swampscott (6-1) defeated Saugus (1-6) 40-19 at Blocksidge Field quarter back Colin Frary tossed for two touchdowns and passed for 371-yards. Gloucester (5-2) defeated Medford (1-6) 40-16 at Newell Stadium in Gloucester.
IN the ‘Big Game’ on the North Shore on Friday night, Marblehead defeated Danvers (10-7) on a Phelan Tinti Kane 30-yard field goal. Marblehead is scoring 21 points per game and allowing (5.9) points per game! They could be the top team on the North Shore. The title was the fourth in a row for Marblehead in the NEC!