What might have been for the Wakefield nine...

Jun 3, 2020 by

Published June 3, 2020 The Boston Herald recently released their preseason rankings that they would have published had the spring sports season not been cancelled. Wakefield (5) made the list of Division 2 North’s Super Six along with North Andover (1), St. Mary’s (2), Greater Lowell (3), Belmont (4) and Concord-Carlisle (6). The Warriors finished the 2019 season at 12-8 and were Middlesex League Freedom Division champions. They earned the No. 8 seed in the D2N tourney where they picked up the program’s first playoff victory in 16 years with a win over Greater Lawrence, defeated No. 1 seed Whittier Tech in the quarterfinals and fell to Woburn 6-3 in the semifinals. The rankings also listed the top players by position. The Warriors had four players represented: senior Chris Coombs, juniors Chris Alden and Danny...

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Track meeting for incoming freshmen Wednesday...

Jun 1, 2020 by

Published in the June 1, 2020 edition. The Wakefield Memorial High School track and field and cross country coaches will be hosting a brief 20-30 minute meeting for new or incoming freshmen and/or parents who may be interested in learning about the teams. The meeting will take place this Wednesday, June 3 at 6 p.m. on Zoom. The Warriors have girls’ and boys’ teams in cross country (fall), indoor track and field (winter) and outdoor track and field (spring). The coaches will discuss what they offer for events as well as training differences for specific events. They will discuss the variety of benefits the student athletes may encounter through the program and answer any questions people may have. To be included on the Zoom call, email coach Perry Pappas at perry.pappas@wpsk12.org for the...

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Former sports editor Paul Rich reflects on Bill Tighe’s legacy...

May 14, 2020 by

Published in the May 14, 2020 edition. Legendary teacher/coach Bill Tighe passed away on April 15 at the age of 95. Tighe started his career at Wakefield High School in 1949. He influenced many people in the Wakefield community, including former Wakefield Daily Item sports editor Paul Rich, who started covering Wakefield High sports as a sophomore in 1952 and was sports editor until 1963. After stints at Tufts, Channel 5, Metromedia Producers, and DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group in Los Angeles, Rich is still engaged as an executive in the film and television production and distribution business. He lives in Bel Air, CA with his wife, and has four children and nine grandchildren. The following is a letter from Paul Rich about Bill Tighe: To me, Bill Tighe reduced everything in life down to the...

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Intercity League update

May 12, 2020 by

Published in the May 12, 2020 edition. The Intercity League Board of Directors met on Wednesday via Zoom to the discuss the ramifications that COVID-19 is having on the 2020 season. It was the unanimous decision of the Board to make aevery effort to play an abbreviated version of the usual schedule only if it is safe to do so and regulations and guidelines in place at that time would allow. Since the ICL does not require cross country travel or host families to accommodate their players, they could be in the unique position of being one of the few amateur leagues in the New England area that may be able to salvage at least a portion of the upcoming summer season. The league is anxiously awaiting the directives that Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is expected to...

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The other side of Bill Tighe

May 8, 2020 by

Published in the May 8, 2020 edition. Bill Tighe, who passed away on April 15 at the age of 95, was known as a legendary football coach. But he was also a dear friend to many. One of those friends was Wakefield’s Patsy Zagaria, a 1951 graduate of WHS. Tighe started in Wakefield as a young teacher/coach in 1949. The two had a lifelong friendship and often gathered to play music with a group of Wakefield friends. The following is a letter from Zagaria about Bill Tighe, the friend. “Why Don’t We Do This More Often,” was the song that Bill would sing to start the evening of our get togethers. Yes, Bill was a musician and entertainer too. He was very adept at playing the Banjo and knew the words to every song...

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