Photo by Connie McHugh
Winter Classic tennis
The Vineyard Tennis Center hosted the Winter Classic Tennis Tournament January 20-22. The event was a split fundraiser for the Island Food Pantry and US Feed the Children.
Reid Yennie and Paul Adler took top honors in the men's doubles draw, by defeating Doug Cooper and Sandi Nadelstein. The match ended in a third set tie-breaker 6-4, 1-6 (10-6). Paul and Reid also had a tight match edging out Steve Mussell and Skip Dostal, 6-3, 6-4.
Lisa Reagan and Carlene Gatting were champions in the women's doubles with a 6-3, 4-6 (10-7) win over Kelly Hess and Cathy Lattanzi.
Paula Rego and Michelle Bettencourt gave the winners a challenge but lost in a tie-breaker 6-3, 7-6 to Lisa Reagan and Carlene Gatting in the semi finals.
Doreen Rezendes and Susan Stevens also won in a tiebreaker in the finals of the consolation draw to claim the honors over Paula and Michelle, 6-4, 7-6.
The Vineyard Tennis Center will host Falmouth Sports Center this Saturday, Jan. 28, with doubles matches from 11 am to 2 pm. The club will also be hosting an Australian Open Party Sunday, Jan. 29, from 3 to 5 pm. The party is open to the public, and free to members. Contact the club at 508-696-8000 to register.
Carol Whitmarsh and Anita Persson took first place at the Thursday, January 19, Island Bridge Club (IBC) competition. Bob Iadicicco and Richard Williams came in second. Barbara Silk and Bea Phear finished third and Dan and Nancy Cabot were the fourth place team.
Five and a half tables were in play.
A week earlier (January 12), Nancy and Dan Cabot took first place. Gail Farrish and Patsy McCornack placed second, Dotti Arnold and Carol Whitmarsh were third, and Foster Greene and Anita Persson came in fourth. Again five and a half tables were in play.
The ACBL-sanctioned Island Bridge Club duplicate competition is held Thursday evenings at 7 pm at the Up-Island Council on Aging Howes House in West Tisbury. Players needing a partner are urged to telephone 508-693-3758 by noon on Wednesday for assistance. The cost is $5 per session.
The eighth-grade girls, ranked eighth in the state, continued their fine play and picked up a pair of wins over the weekend.
The girls braved the elements and traveled to North Eastham Saturday morning to take on Nauset. M.V. prevailed 42-27. Sam Hargy played one of her best games of the season, scoring ten points and blocking five shots. Molly deBettencourt added six points.
Sunday, the Islanders set sail for Sandwich. The visitors came out strong, but Sandwich regrouped and dominated until eight minutes remained in the game. With the score tied at 41-41, the Vineyard defense clamped down and held Sandwich to one more point the rest of the way, en route to a 49-42 win. Mya Houston led M.V. with 16 points, Erin Hill had 13, and Whitney Schroeder scored 12.
The girls conclude the regular season Sunday at the Oak Bluffs School with a pair of games against seventh-ranked Dartmouth.
The sixth-grade girls also made the snowy journey to Nauset High School Saturday and downed Nauset 23-19. Ashlee Moreis led the Islanders with nine points. Devin Hill scored six. Meghan Sawyer and Kat Roberts each chipped in four.
Sunday, M.V. came up short in Falmouth, 22-11.
The sixth graders got great defense all weekend from Lily Piggott, Lizzie Williamson, and Evelyn Medeiros. M.V. is 6-6 on the season.
YMCA MAKOS swim to success in Eastham
The Mako Swim Club of the YMCA of Martha's Vineyard competed Sunday in the annual South Eastern Massachusetts Swimming League Distance Meet. The event was hosted by Willy's East Swim Team (WEST) in Eastham.
The Mako team, which traveled to the meet with 13 swimmers from ages 8 to 14, finished fifth out of six teams in the meet.
In the girls events, Anna Nitardy placed 2nd in both the 200-yard Individual Medley (3:13.05) and the 200-yard freestyle (2:56.78). Lia Potter swam to first in the 100-yard butterfly (1:17.27) and placed second in the 200-yard freestyle (2:38.01). Other notables were: Galya Walt, 4th, 100-yard butterfly (1:20.80); Kate Hansen, 4th, 100-yard breaststroke (1:36.43); Jessica Sonia, 6th, 100-yard breaststroke (1:41.73); Madison Lopez-Matta, 5th, 100-yard backstroke (1:57.35); Renee Goodale, 3rd, 100-yard breaststroke (1:28.58); Salyn Yancey,14th, 100-yard backstroke (1:49.84). The team of Potter, Walt, Goodale, and Sonia scored a second place finish in the medley relay.
For the boys, Patrick Best won the 200-yard Individual Medley (2:35.35) and the 100-yard breaststroke (1:22.08). Robert Goodale came in eighth place in both the 100-yard backstroke (1:46.83) and the 100-yard breaststroke (2:00.08). Harrison Dorr added a third in the 100-yard backstroke (1:38.59) and Madison Lopez-Matta took fifth in the 100-backstroke (1:57.35).
The Makos' next meet will be from 10 am to 1 pm on Sunday, Feb. 5, when they host the Marshfield Area Swim Klub at the YMCA of Martha's Vineyard.
The Mako Swim Club is a competitive swim team, open to boys and girls ages 6-18 coached by Rainy Goodale and David Espindle.
For more information on the Mako Swim Club, including how to participate, contact David Espindle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MVRHS boys hockey auction
Season's Eatery and Pub in Oak Bluffs will host this year's Vineyard Hockey annual auction, sponsored by the Vineyard Hockey Boosters, Friday night, Jan. 27.
The silent auction begins at 6 pm, followed by a Lite-Bite buffet at 7 pm and a live auction.
Tickets are $25 with a cash bar.
Three games were played on a busy Tuesday of junior high hoops.
The West Tisbury boys defeated visiting Edgartown 63-33 to finish the regular season with a perfect 8-0 record.
Silas Berlin led the way with 28 points, including four treys, as the Hawks used a full-court press from the opening tip to gain the early lead. Chase Sylvia had 12 points and dominated the boards. Nick Boneau was another defensive standout for West Tisbury.
In the other boys contest, the Charter School Chargers got a robust 37 points from Cryus Kennedy and tamed the Tisbury Tigers 55-49. Cole Houston scored 19 points for Tisbury.
On the girls side, the Edgartown Eagles kept their season flying high with a 50-21 win over Oak Bluffs at the Edgartown School.
January 19, the Oak Bluffs boys almost upset mighty West Tisbury, but the Hawks survived to win in overtime, 60-57.
The Blazers' Krisha Datta, who scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds had three free throws to win the game at the end of regulation but could not get the ball to fall. Nick Boneau and Peter Engley drained four shots from the charity stripe down the stretch to seal the win for West Tisbury.
Silas Berlin scored 20 points for the Hawks. Chase Sylvia had 12 points and Nick Boneau added 10 more. Dylan Araujo scored 20 points for O.B.
The previous day, January 18, the West Tisbury girls defeated Oak Bluffs, 28-25. Whitney Schroeder totaled 21 points for the victors. Livi Smith chipped in six more and Emily Turney was stellar on defense. Molly deBettencourt led O.B. with 13 points. Caitlyn Marchand scored 12.
Sharks sign lefty pitcher
The Martha's Vineyard Sharks of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League signed left-handed pitcher Ryan Brockett of St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif.
Brockett, a native of West Hills, Calif., throws a four-seam and two-seam fastball, along with a change-up, curveball, and cutter. The southpaw pitched little for St. Mary's in his freshman season, but enjoyed a solid season pitching with Neptune Pearl in the Far West League. Brockett threw 38.1 innings, struck out 40, walked seven, and had an ERA of 2.83.