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Vineyard Youth Tennis Happenings

VYT’s Head Professional Mike Halisky lost for the first time in seven tournament appearances–in the final at the Brown-Billone club in Western Mass this past weekend. Despite the setback, Halisky is now ranked number one in the men’s 35 and over division and will be ranked fourth in New England in the men’s open division when the new rankings come out this week.

Halisky will be severely tested when Ryler DeHeart comes to town February 12. DeHeart was once ranked number 174 in the world and played Rafael Nadal at the US Open in 2008. The match will be part of the VYT Round Robin Extravaganza and Silent Auction to be held February 9-12. A $20 donation will be required to enter to watch the match and participate in the silent auction. Food and drinks will be available and included in the fee. Men’s and Ladies doubles will be available with A, B and C divisions. Entry forms are available at VYT or on their website at

In other VYT news, four children will be attending a 10 and under tournament in Riverside, Rhode Island this weekend. These children will be playing with softer balls, shorter court, and smaller rackets. This is all part of the new USTA’s 10 and under tennis initiative. Finn Lewis, Eric Reubens, Keaton Aliberti and Hannah Rabasco will be traveling as a team to test their skills in their first tournament.

Youth hockey

January 14 at Hetland, the MV Peewees tied it up with Hetland, 2-2 in a close and exciting game. Jacob Gundersen scored first, followed by Justin Alexander. Cathal Robinson was stellar in goal.

The MV Mites got their second chance at Nantucket Sunday. The Nor’easters took the first game 6-2. The score was 3-2 with a few minutes left but Nantucket scored twice and earned the win. Dylan Biggs was terrific in net.

In the second game, the Mites were leading 4-3 with two minutes to play but Nantucket struck for a late equalizer. Will Brugiere and Dylan Biggs had chances late to score the winning goal, but the game ended tied at 4-4 against the undefeated 12-0 Nantucket team–no shame in that result. Oliver Lively was great in goal for MV.

Next weekend the Mite and Squirt B teams gear up for the Ryan Mone Invitational tournament, January 20-22 at the MV Arena.

Sunday, Jan. 15, the Vineyard Squirts 2 team travelled to Tabor Academy to play Gateway, and left with another win. The final score was 5-1. Goals were by: Hunter Ponte with four and Jackson Pachico one on a shot from the blue line. Assists went to: Hailey Meader, Hunter Meader and Cabot Thurber.

The MV Squirts 2 team played a double-header against the Lower Cape Coyotes Monday in make-up games at the MV Arena. During game 1, the Vineyard won 12-1 with goals by Hunter Ponte, 6, Hunter Meader, 3, Cabot Thurber, Felix Colon, and Hoffie Hearn one apiece. Assists went to Hailey Meader, Hunter Meader, Felix Colon, and Pete Gillis.Game two ended 1-1. Hunter Ponte scored the only goal in the second game. Joe Kershaw was solid in goal and allowed only one goal per game, facing more than 15 shots on net.

Interscholastic Basketball

The Edgartown girls traveled to Tisbury on Tuesday and tamed the Tigers 58-32. Sam Hargy had 18 points for the Eagles. Erin Hill scored 16. Mya Houston was the top Tigress and the high scorer for game with 24 points.

The Eagle boys also topped Tisbury by the count of 52-34. Ennis Foster and Ausitn Chandler both scored eight points. Cole Houston had 10 points for the Tigers. Devin Medders added eight more.

Last Friday, Molly deBettencourt scored 24 points to lead the Blazer girls over Tisbury 38-22. Kate Marchand had a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists.

January 12, the Oak Bluffs Blazer boys beat host Tisbury 55-38. Tucker McNeely had the hottest hand for O.B. with 15 points. Krishna Datta posted a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Cole Houston scored 10 points for the Tigers.

In the second game of the day, the Edagartown boys defeated the Charter School.

January 11, the Tisbury girls lost a tight, defensive game with the host West Tisbury Hawks, 27-26. Whitney Schroeder scored 12 points for the Hawks. Mya Houston had 12 points for Tisbury.

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