Sports highlights

Girls travel basketball

The fifth grade and seventh grade Vineyard girls’ travel basketball teams had a perfect weekend on the hardwood, capturing three wins between them.

The fifth graders improved to 10-0 with a pair of victories. Molly deBettencourt scored 14 points to lead M.V. over Barnstable 25-16 in game one and followed up by scoring 15 more in a 21-14 win over Sandwich.

Devin Hill was the defensive standout for M.V. who finish up their regular season this weekend.

The seventh grade girls rolled over visiting Barnstable 38-16 on Saturday, led by Erin Hill’s 17 points. Samantha Hargy added 8 more.

Mya Houston played well at both ends of the floor and had several assists.

Vineyarders tie Falmouth, lose to Duxbury in girls hockey

Falmouth scored with 38 seconds remaining to tie the Vineyard varsity girls hockey team 3-3 at the Falmouth Arena on Januray 19. Gillian O’ Callaghan scored twice and Callie Jackson added another goal 13 seconds into the third period to give M.V. a 3-1 lead, before the Clippers mounted their comeback. The Vineyarders returned home Saturday to face Duxbury, the third-ranked team in the state. The Green Dragons proved to be up to their ranking and won 7-0.M.V. is 3-6-1 at the halfway point of the season. The girls skate against Mansfield Saturday at 1pm and Sandwich, Monday at 4pm. Both games are at the Martha’s Vineyard Arena. Prior to Saturday’s contest, the Jayvee girls play their one and only home game of the season, against Mansfield. Game time is 12pm.

M.V. Sharks sign power pitcher

The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League announced on Monday, the signing of hard-throwing right-handed pitcher Zach Rafferty to a letter of commitment for the upcoming summer baseball season.

Rafferty, a 6′ 5″ 230 lb. junior at Anna Maria College in Paxton, led the Amcats to a program-record 21 wins last season.

Rafferty also led the team in strikeouts with 62 in 47 innings of work and topped the The Commonwealth Coast Conference with a .165 batting average against (BAA) mark.

Prior to the 2010 draft, the Worcester native had been contacted by scouts from eight major league teams, including the Red Sox, Yankees, Brewers, Blue Jays, White Sox, Mets, Nationals, and Phillies.