Safe Haven Project a winner
Some 60 persons ran or walked the high school' s 5K cross-country trail through the state forest, Saturday, in support of the Safe Haven Project for children with HIV/AIDS. Not only were there runners and walkers of varying ages on the course, but even pugs and horses joined the throng setting off for a sunny trek.
First to finish was David Diriwachter of Oak Bluffs in 19:22. David's prize was dinner for two at the Grill in Edgartown.
Second to complete the run in 20:49 and winning a $50 gift certificate from Balance Restaurant, was high school junior, high jumper, basketball player Mark Reppert.
The rest of the top 10 finishers were, (3) Dana Gaines, (4) Patrick Parker, (5) Daniel Vaughn, (6) Wayne Guyther, (7) Megan Dreyer - a freshman at the high school, she was the first female to finish the run (8), Todd Cleland, (9) Colin Day, (10) Julia Sadowski.
Wanda Soo Hoo was presented with a RED IPod, a reward for collecting the most donations: $356.
Way away games
The gallivanting girls varsity lacrosse team won their first game in Merrie England at Tetland in the Cotswolds, defeating the Westonbirt School, Sunday, 8-6.
According to Coach Betsy Dripps, the English girls were "very fast and aggressive with their sticks" but the Vineyard's team play met the challenge.
Photo by Betsy Dripps
Laura Jernegan led Vineyard scorers with four goals Cristina Wiley had a goal and two assists. Hayley Pierce scored and assisted, Nica Sylvia had a goal and two assists. Jane Alexander also scored and Ana Cristina Jurczyk assisted.
Goalie Zoe Fisher was outstanding making 11 saves. Defenders Alexa Fisher, Olivia Gross, Lonni Phillips, and Taylor Chisholm earned the coach's approbation.
Monday found the girls at Cheltenham on the western edge of the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire. Best known for horse racing, it is the site of the Gold Cup National Hunt Festival. Cheltenham, like the Vineyard, is an upscale resort.
Dartmouth is foiled
Evenly matched, Wednesday, just before leaving for England, the Vineyarders played a barn-burner with Dartmouth. The teams were tied at the half, 3-3. Jane Alexander, Laura Jernegan, and Sophie Lew provided the Vineyard points.
A determined Dartmouth drive netted three unanswered goals early in the second period. But two goals by Jernegan assisted by Sophie Lew, then by Nica Sylvia, brought the Vineyard close. Dartmouth added to its lead with 6:28 to go. Jernegan answered, fed by Alexa Fisher, then scored again unassisted. Jane Alexander scored what proved to be the winning goal at 3:39.
Dartmouth applied pressure but goalie Zoe Fisher met the challenge. Final: Martha's Vineyard 9, Dartmouth 8.
The win gives the Vineyard a 6-1 record, 6-0 in the Maritime League.