Martha’s Vineyard wins Bantam II-S State Tournament


Skaters on the MV Bantam A hockey team are champions of the Bantam II-S State Tournament.

The champs won all their games in District 5 (Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket and Barnstable Counties) and advanced to the state tournament at Ryan Arena in Watertown, last weekend.

The Islanders defeated Haverhill-Pentucket first, on Friday evening, 5-1. Saturday morning they squashed Belmont, 9-0, and they followed that win with another, shutting out North Reading, 3-0.

In the semi-final round Sunday morning they defeated the host team, Watertown, with another whitewash, 5-0. And later, they topped the Mohawks, 6-4, in the Sunday evening title contest.

The Vineyard Bantams, ages 13-14, had a perfect 15-0 record this season, and they brought home the first state title since the Bantams did it in 1996.

Sam Burke, Marco Petricone, Brian Fraser, Andrew Carroll, Tyson Araujo, Dorian Johnson, Matt Davies, Alexander Vukota, Steven Brown, Andrew Wiley, Emerson Mahoney, Austin Morely, Greg McCaron, Michael Mazza, and goalie Noah Kleinhenz are the team.

MV finished the tounament with the fewest penalties, most goals, and fewest goals against.

“These are kids who came up through the youth hockey program,” Coach Mick Vukota said this week. “Tyson Araujo, the team high scorer, is a freshman at the high school. He’s a great example of the program. This is the ultimate gift of youth hockey. To all the parents, coaches and others who supported them along the way, this weekend the kids said “thank you, here’s the state championship.”

Congratulations to the players and their coaches, Mick Vukota, Greg Carroll, and Mike Jackson.