Annual Memorial Day 5 K
According to race impresario Roger Wey, 625 runners/walkers set off from Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs, Sunday morning, in the annual Memorial Day 5K road race, a benefit for Hospice of Martha's Vineyard. That's 285 more than ran the race last year!
First to complete the run was 31-year-old Jonavan Hornsby of Brooklyn, N.Y., in 16:41, a minute and ten seconds faster than the next runner, 15-year-old Jake McCauley of Darien, Conn. in 18:09, but no threat to the race record set in 1994, the first O.B. Memorial Day 5K, by Bernd Trommer of Germany who completed the run in 15:24.
Photos by Ralph Stewart
The rest of Sunday's top 10 were (3) Richard Strock, 43, Brookline, 16:25; (4) David Dirwachter, 38, Tisbury, 18:41; (5) Mike Netto, 30, East Falmouth, 18:55; (6) Paul Vertefeuille, 43, Oak Bluffs, 19:12; (7) James Kirk, 26, Somerville, 19:19; (8) Cary Andy, 39, Concord, N.H., 19:25; (9) Devon Smith, 30, of East Chop, the first female at 19:56; (10) Eugene Cushman, 29, Arlington, 20:07.
Bonnie Kingsbury, 29, of Tisbury, was 13th in 20:18, 11 seconds better than Wendi Sylvia, 39, of East Greenwich, R.I. Both were just behind Dana Gaines, 50, of Edgartown who was 12th at 20:14.
Jeremy Tarter Alley of Oak Bluffs finished well ahead of the pack in the largest field of one-mile fun runners in memory.
Hospice was the real winner, benefitting to the tune of $15,000 in registration fees and sponsorships.
With a season record of 14 wins and four losses, the Martha's Vineyard boys lacrosse team was seeded 16th in Division 2 by the MIAA.
Quite obviously a team's win-loss record is not the only factor deciding a team's place in the tournament. Medfield (17-3) is seeded first while unbeaten Walpole (18-0) is second. At the same time, Marblehead (10-8) and Concord-Carlisle (13-5) are seeded ahead of the Vineyard.
The Islanders post-season lasted just one game as they lost to Central Catholic of Lawrence, the 17 seed, in sudden death overtime, 6-5, Tuesday.
The visitors had the upper hand in the first quarter, scoring at 3:41 and at 7:38. Martha's Vineyard answered by dominating the second quarter and tying the score. But before reaching the half-time break, C.C. scored again reaching the midpoint up, 3-2.
In the third quarter the Raiders increased their lead to 4-2. The fourth quarter was wild and wooly as both teams let it all hang out. Martha's Vineyard capitalized on a two-man advantage to make it 4-3 4:20 into the period. A goal by Kenny McDonald tied the score at 5:58 and another by Mike O'Donoghue put the Vineyard ahead with 1:16 left on the clock.
Regrettably, Central Catholic found the back of the net with 23 seconds remaining to send the game into a 4-minute, sudden-death O.T. Two and a half minutes later the Raiders scored the winning goal.
The Martha's Vineyard Girls lacrosse team finished the season with an 11-4 record (9-1 in the Maritime League) and are seeded fifth behind Hopkinton 15-4-1, Nantucket 12-4, Franklin 14-5, and Bourne 12-4-1.
Their tournament play began at home, yesterday, versus 12th seeded Pembroke, 11-9.
The reigning state champion Under-18 Martha's Vineyard travel soccer team won is sixth game without a loss, Sunday, defeating Dartmouth, 3-2. "They played their hearts out," said Coach Phil Dwane, obviously proud of his team's efforts.
Goals were scored by Patrick McDonough, Jack Roberts (on a free kick), and Brandon Dwane.
It was the team's 20th win in a row over a period of two years.
Coach Phil Dwane was especially pleased as the team had to fill seven empty slots from last year's roster and has done so successfully.
The U-13 team, also coached by Phil Dwane, has won four and lost two, already a major improvement over last year's 1-7 record. The team's final games are with Taunton and Sandwich, a considerable challenge, especially the Taunton game, but one they must meet to secure a spot in the post-season playoffs.
The undefeated Under-12 team, coached by Yolanda Tucker, won its most recent game, Sunday, May 17, defeating D/Y 5-3. Felix, who prefers to be known by a single name ala Pele, is the team high scorer. Chris Serpa is also a potent offensive threat. Leaders of the defense are Sam Entner and Joe Tierney.
The next U-12 challenge is Mariner, here, Sunday at 12:15.
U-15s are Challenge Champs
The Under-15 team, coached by Andrew Warlock and Curt Cerulo, returned from Sandwich with swag after winning the Cape Cod Challenge. It wasn't a walk in the park.
Saturday the Islanders were trounced by the Pawtucket (R.I.) Storm, 5-2. The second game was Sunday afternoon with the host team Sandwich Sharks, a team that had beaten them a week before, 3-1. The game ended in a 1-1 tie, thanks to a late goal on a free kick by Filipe Fritaf.
Monday morning the Islanders faced Sandwich again, and again, when regulation time expired, the teams were tied, 2-2. The Martha's Vineyard goals were scored by Fritaf on a cross from John Oliviera and by Lief Iversen. No one scored in the 10-minute O.T., so the contest went to penalty kicks.
Martha's Vineyard scored four of five tries while Sandwich could get just one kick past Martha's Vineyard goalie extraordinaire Raphael Maciel.
That win sent the Vineyarders into the final game with the Pawtucket Storm, the team that had beaten them Saturday. This time, after regulation time had expired, the score stood at 0-0. At the very end of the 10-minute extra time Filipe beat the Pawtucket goalie with a well-placed shot into the upper right corner.
Game, tournament, and all the trophies went to Martha's Vineyard, champions of the 2008 Cape Cod Challenge.
This Sunday the U-15s will be at Mashpee. The next Sunday they will be home to Dartmouth, at 12:15.
Home travel soccer games are played at Veterans Park directly behind the Tisbury Fire Station.