Sports Highlights


High School girls’ hockey first

The MVRHS girls’ hockey team lost 6-3 to Marshfield on Wednesday, December 29. The game was not without highlights.

Celia Mercier scored all three Vineyard goals then scored three more as the Islanders finished the old year with a more than impressive 10-2 victory over Peabody on Friday, December 31.

It was the first time a Vineyard girl had scored hat tricks in two consecutive games. Celia not only scored three times, she also assisted teammates to score — thrice.

Just when was the last time a Vineyard skater had two consecutive hat trick games is unknown. It’s tantamount to a baseball player hitting two grand slams during a double-header. It can be done. It probably has been done — But certainly not often! Congratulations Celia!

Coach John Fiorito has the girls performing at a high level, much appreciated by the fans.

Canalmen dunked

The Martha’s Vineyard high school boys’ varsity basketball team defeated Bourne, Tuesday, 55-50. Peter Keaney scored 19 points and Randall Jette 15 to lead the Vineyard assault on the Canalmen’s net.

It was the Islanders fourth win against two losses.

Reid Yennie moves up

Reid Yennie of West Tisbury finished second in the United States Tennis Association’s Mid Cape 16 level 6 Tournament last Sunday,

He received a bye in the first round then defeated Alexandre Lauretti 6-4, 6-0 in the quarter finals and Viboosh Chandrasekar 6-3, 7-5 in the semifinals.

Reid then lost to the top-seeded Bartholomew Panarese in the finals, 6-1, 7-5.

Reid won enough points in the tourney to move his ranking up to 40 in New England. Reid trains at Vineyard Youth Tennis and plays first singles on the MVRHS tennis team

Sharks hire head coach

The MV Sharks of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League announced Tuesday that they had hired Ted Currle as their head coach for the 2011 season.

Previously, Mr. Currle spent eight seasons as assistant coach in the Valley League and the Clark Griffith League in Virginia and Maryland,

Currently he is head football and baseball coach at Norton High School in Norton. In 2010 he led the Lancers to the Division III State Baseball Championship. Prior to Norton, Mr. Currle coached at Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia.

In college he played four seasons at Division One George Washington University.

Interscholastic info

This week’s interscholastic basketball games are: Oak Bluffs girls at Edgartown, Wednesday, and Edgartown boys at Oak Bluffs on Thursday. Also Thursday, the unbeaten West Tisbury boys play the Charter school.

Volleyball sign-up

Kids in 8th through 12th grades may sign up to play volleyball at the Boys & Girls Club on Monday, January 10 from 5 to 6 pm or Saturday, January 15, from noon to 4 pm. The volleyball net will be up on Saturday, and the gym will be available for pickup games.

The volleyball season will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 19 with games from 6 to 8 pm and Saturdays from 12 to 4 pm.

Call the B&G with questions: 508-627-3303

Emily in California

Emily Reich, a veteran of four years sailing at MVRHS, now sails for Old Dominion.

Last year, she placed third in the Women’s Nationals held at Madison, Wisconsin. Next week she will sail in the Rose Bowl Regatta at Long Beach, California.

She won’t hear us, of course, but we’re rooting for her just the same.