Ladies Tennis League
The Martha's Vineyard Ladies Spring Doubles League began play last week and will continue through June 15.
In the B Division Kelly Hess and Mollee Lewis defeated Rita Jeffers and Lisa Adler, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
Merle Lincoln and Diane Morgan bested Tammi Hersh and Lisa Regan in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.
Sarah Moore and Maggie Bangs outlasted Melissa Hackney and Susan Faraca, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.
In the C Division Suzanne Koorse and Kathy Pogue won their match with Kara Shemeth and Justine DeOliviera, 6-3, 6-4.
Deb Regan and Julie Moffett dispatched Anne Mayhew and Courtney Marek, 6-1, 6-1,
Susan Anson and Ann Lucas licked Paula Rego and Karin Welch, 6-1, 6-2.
Kristin Maynard and Tammie King topped Susan Johnson and Victoria Dreyfoos, 6-2, 6-0.
Jeannie Ogden and Bev Mazza got by Lillie Cooperrider and Barbara Leonard, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.
The Vineyard at the Boston
Among the 21,963 runners who completed the 112th Boston Marathon were at least eight Islanders of whom we know.
In order of finish they are:
Kathryn Barrows of Vineyard Haven who completed the run in 3:16:26. She was the 249th woman to finish and was 3,536th overall. Another way to put it, she beat 18,427 marathoners to the finish line.
Garry Metters of Vineyard Haven was 5310th in 3:24:50.
Marylee Schroeder of West Tisbury ran the course in 3:34:14. She was 7,747th overall.
Patrick Parker's time was 3:43:42 placing him 10,288th. Pat lives in Oak Bluffs.
Pamela Thomas of Edgartown was 11,488th at 3:48:03.
At 3:56:06, Larry Johnson of Vineyard Haven placed 13,561st.
Eric T. Johnson of West Tisbury made it in 3:58:51. He was 14,287th.
Neal Sullivan of Edgartown was 18,100th at 4:25:00.
Congratulations to all.
If ever it can be said that a pitcher earned a win, it must be said of Martha Scheffer's efforts Friday here against Falmouth. Martha pitched a one-hitter, and that a bloop single, while striking out six and walking one. Martha also went 3-for-3 at the plate, including a triple, and drove in three of the Vineyard's five runs. Emily Alosso hit safely twice and drove in the other two Martha's Vineyard runs. Cayla Morris was 2-for-4 with a double. Taylor Perrotta was 3-for-4 and scored three times. All told, the Vineyarders collected 14 hits.
The Islanders improved to 3-6. Falmouth, 0-6, has yet to win a softball game.
Coach Josh Burgoyne was especially pleased with the team's defensive work, "flashing the leather and making quick work of the opposition." Only one error was committed in the field.
Seven of the team's games have been across the pond. The next seven games, beginning Friday with unbeaten Cardinal Spellman (8-0) at 3:15, are at home. The next day they host Old Rochester at 11 am and Wednesday it's Dennis Yarmouth.
Top batting averages belong to Scheffer (.500), Julie Perry (.464), Cayla Morris (.406), Taylor Perrotta (.344), and Lauren Williston (.333).
Both Martha Scheffer and Julie Perry have nine RBI.
The Martha's Vineyard Regional High School junior varsity softball team continued on its undefeated 9-0 way, Friday, coming from behind to cream Falmouth, 18-7.
Trailing 6-3 in the second, Martha's Vineyard rallied for six runs to take a lead, 9-6, they would not relinquish. Biggest blow of the inning was Jillian Sedlier's bases-loaded triple.
The Islanders added nine more runs in the third inning, which featured a bases loaded double by Danielle Cleary.
Naomi Scott hit safely twice and walked once. Jenna Lambert reached twice and played stellar defense in center field.
The jayvees are home to Old Rochester Saturday at 11 am.
Darts to fly
The 30th annual Martha's Vineyard Dart Tournament, sponsored by the Holy Ghost Association and Budweiser, will be held Friday to Sunday, April 25-27, at the P.A. Club in Oak Bluffs.
Contestants in several categories will vie for a total of $3,045 in cash and trophies.
Friday evening is the Luck of the Draw for two-person teams. Entrance fee $10. First place prize is $200.
Four matches are scheduled for Saturday: mixed doubles, open doubles, ladies doubles and mixed triples. Entry fee is $20 per doubles team, $30 per triples team. Prizes range from $120 to $300.
Sunday morning is for ladies singles and men's singles. Entry fees are $15. Winning prizes are $150 for women, $240 for men.
A major tourney that attracts many off-Island darters, as many as 75 may participate.
To learn more, call 508-693-5091 or 508-693-9875.
Advantage tennis team
The Martha's Vineyard Regional High School boys tennis team is for rent.
Formerly, the Boys Tennis Booster Club has held a round robin tennis tournament and solicited contributions from Island businesses to raise funds to pay team expenses not covered by the school, such as uniforms, racquets, and restringing. (A coach, tennis balls, home courts, transportation to and from off-Island matches are provided by the school.)
This year the Boosters Club decided to give the boys ownership of team fundraising. According to Marsha Shufrin, co-chairman of the Boosters, the boys are game for numerous chores including, but not limited to, yard work, dump runs, computer help, dog walking, tennis lessons, farm work, and house openings.
To arrange a time for a tennis player to assist you, please call Marsha Shufrin, 508-645-3843. If you would like to make a financial contribution, send it to Martha's Vineyard Regional High School Tennis Boosters, 4 Maple Hill Drive, Aquinnah, Ma. 02535.
CCA is too much
The Martha's Vineyard boys tennis team was overmatched by a formidable Cape Cod Academy squad, Thursday, and took their lumps in straight sets, 5-0. Nik Wojtkielo gave Jesus Ferreria all he could handle before losing the match 7-5 and 6-4. There is no shame attached to losing to CCA. It is 9-0 on the season winning most of its matches in straight sets.
Friday evening softball is returning to Manter's Field, West Tisbury, beginning tomorrow at 5 pm. According to Peter Simon (see Letters to the Editor, page 13) the game is open free of charge to males and females of various proficiencies.
The national game
The Little League baseball season opens Monday when the Mets take on the Tigers at Veira Park, Oak Bluffs, and the Dodgers go against the Cubs at Nunes Field, Edgartown.
Tuesday it's Cubs vs. Dodgers at Veira and Red Sox vs. A's at Nunes.
Wednesday the Sox are home to the A's at Veira and the Mets entertain the Tigers at Nunes.
All Little League games start at 5 pm.
Minor League action
The Indians are home to the Devil Rays at the West Tisbury School on Monday, and the Twins take on the Reds at Manter's Field.
Tuesday the Blue Jays visit the Orioles at W.T. School and the Rockies mix it up with the Marlins at Manter's.
Wednesday it's Twins vs. Reds at W.T. School and Orioles at Blue Jays at Manter's.
All Minor League games start at 5 pm.
Vineyard underclassmen competed in the huge Freshman - Sophomore Track and Field Invitational meet at Notre Dame Academy, Hingham, Saturday, matching their speed and skills against athletes from some of the state's strongest programs.
The best Vineyard finish was Randall Jette's fifth place in the high jump. Randall cleared 5'2". Winner of the event was Jonathan Gomes of New Bedford who cleared 6'0".
Also in the top ten in their events were Micah Agnoli, sixth in the Discus with a throw of 91'2". He was ninth in the shot put at 34'1".
The Martha's Vineyard boys 4x100 relay team finished in seventh place: Josh Baker, Randall Jette, Ron Miske, and Will DeBettencourt.
The Martha's Vineyard 4x400 relay was ninth at 4:04:66: Liam Gude, Liam McCarthy, Luke Sederholm, and Michael Osborn.
Megan Dreyer ran a 5:53.53 mile, good enough for ninth place. Breanne Russell was ninth in the high jump at 4'8".