Frisbees fly in the state forest
Cold winds gusting to 50 mph posed challenges for the competitors at the fourth annual Vineyard Social Disc Golf tournament at the Riverhead Field course off Barnes Road in the state forest, Saturday. But by our count some 65 Frisbee aficionados met the challenge with gusto and posted scores that defied the weather.
The best score of all belonged to Worcester's Joe Yaskis who played the front nine in 60 and the back nine in 50 to win the tightly contested Professional Open Division with a round of 110.
Just one toss behind was Greg Wintrob of East Greenwich, R. I., at 111 (58 - 53).
Mike Dussault (56-56) carded 112 and Pete Johnson (60-53) 113.
The Pro Masters Division leader (over 40 years) was Dave Boliver with a score of 121. Pat Skid was runner-up at 124 and Mitch Hedden's 142 was good enough for third place.
Pro Grand Master (over 50 years) Rick Williams topped his division with a round of 124, followed by Danny Kaeka's 130, Jim O'Connor's 144, and Steve London's 158.
In the Advanced Division, Drew Austin had the low score of 118 (63-58), edging out Chris Plaseczny 121 (63-58) and Eric Kaplan's 122 (64-58). Chuck Gerbrands shot 124, two better than Justin White and Frank Flanders, both at 126.
Dwight Kaeka of West Tisbury led the Advanced Masters Division at 120 (65-55). J.C. Vermynck was a distant second at 137. Third was Erica Hulme with a total of 164.
Top Intermediate scores were by Scott Cummings, 128, Ian Warner, 128 and Jaxon White, 134.
Playoffs in the RCBL
The Lakers and Bulls survived the first round of RCBL playoffs, Monday, at the Boys & Girls Club in Edgartown.
The top-seeded Lakers led the winless Celtics from the start. At the conclusion of the first 12-minute quarter they were up, 22-15.
By the half the Lakers' lead had grown to 16, 52-36. The Celts held their own in the third period which ended at 73-57, and even gained some ground in the fourth, but they never really challenged. Final score: Lakers 96, Celtics 83.
Jeff Nader (21), Scott Dyer (19) and Brian Scott (17) did most of the Celtic scoring. Heath Estrella led the Lakers with 32. Chris Fischer (18) and Jeff LaBell (16) also finished in double figures.
The second game of the evening was a dilly. The Bulls and Heat had elbowed each other in and out of second place all winter long. Monday's game was a continuation of that intense rivalry.
In the first half, while five Bulls were jointly collecting 49 points, the Heat got 26 of their 42 points (62 percent) from one source, Damon Mello.
The Heat took the lead, briefly, in the third quarter, which ended with the Bulls holding a 63-61 edge. They did it twice more in the final period. But when the buzzer sounded, the Bulls had an 85-83 advantage.
Ryan Murtha (21), Sam Berlow (19), and Clark Agnew (19) were most Bullish. Mike Joyce added 13 and Kris Lukowitz, nine more. For the Heat, Damon Mello's 32 was the main story. Jason Dyer (19) and Sandy Fisher (10) also reached two columns.
This Monday the same teams go at it again. The Heat and Bulls at 6:15. The Lakers vs. Celtics game follows.
Pete Lambos was the lone referee for game one. He was joined by Greg Rollins for the second contest.
Season-ending statistics show two Lakers atop the scoring column: Jeff LaBell had 310 and Heath Estrella, 290. Ryan Murtha of the Bulls (259) Jason Dyer of the Heat (257) and Brian Scott of the Celtics (243) rounded out the top five.
Brian Scott sank 91 percent of his foul shots, by far the best in the league. Sandy Fisher, (76.7 percent), Damon Mello (76.6), Chris Fischer (75), and Sam Berlow (68.6) filled out the top five. Karl Kallinich led the league in blocked shots, 21, twice as many as the next best, Vic Cruz (10).
Sandy Fisher led in important categories of assists and steals.
Clark Agnew had the most rebounds, 184. Ryan Murtha (141) and Karl Kallinich (123) were second and third.
As a team, the Bulls led the league in field goals. The Lakers led in total points, per-game average, assists, blocked shots, and turnovers. They also had the worst foul shot percentage, 42.1. The Heat had the most steals and rebounds. The Celtics were tops at the foul line, with 82.9 percent made.