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Vineyarders drop second straight

The boys varsity hockey team suffered back-to-back losses for the first time this season, following a 7-3 defeat Saturday night to Bishop Stang at Hetland Arena in New Bedford. Three days earlier they had lost to Coyle and Cassidy, 2-0, at home.

Tyler Araujo, Tyson Araujo, and Shay Hill scored for M.V., which fell to 10-4 overall and 4-2 in the Eastern Athletic Conference.

The Purple skated against Bishop Feehan Wednesday afternoon at Aleixo Arena in Taunton. The Vineyarders host Somerset Berkley Saturday, Feb. 4 at 6:10 pm.

Bridgeables

The competition for “winning team” was tough at the January 26 Island Bridge Club (IBC) competition. Joan Perrine and Bea Phear took first place. Barbara Besse and Gerry Averill came in second. Carol Whitmarsh and Dotti Arnold were third. Less than a percentage point separated the first-, second- and third-place teams.Robert and Ency Fokos were the fourth-place team. 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 a session.

Interscholastic Basketball

The boys playoffs got underway on Tuesday with the Charter School taking on the Tisbury Tigers.

Cole Houston scored 17 points and Max Santos added 16 more as the Tigers won 43-39. Cyrus Kennedy had 14 points and Avery Miner scored 13 for the Charter School.

Tisbury advanced to the semi-finals and will play top-seeded West Tisbury on February 7. Edgartown will face Oak Bluffs in the other semi-final.

In the girls playoffs, Tisbury plays at top-ranked Edgartown and Oak Bluffs meets West Tisbury.

January 26, the Oak Bluffs boys closed out regular season play with a 51-20 win over the Charter School. Krishna Datta led the Blazers with 14 points.

The previous day the Blazer boys defeated Edgartown 58-28 behind 11 points and 11 assists from Dylan Araujo.

Also on January 25, the Edgartown Eagle girls capped off a perfect 6-0 regular season with a 55-27 win over West Tisbury. Erin Hill lit up the scoreboard for the Eagles with 33 points. Sam Hargy scored 13.

Youth lacrosse registration

Registration for girls and boys Vineyard youth lacrosse programs will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, from 12 noon to 3 pm at Sports Haven, located at 5 Beach Road in Vineyard Haven.

Players are first required to pre-register with US Lacrosse by visiting www.uslacrosse.org.

For more information, contact Bob Hayman for girls lacrosse at 508-627-9415 and Tom Pierce for boys lacrosse at 774-836-6074.

Youth Hockey roundup

Martha’s Vineyard Youth Hockey has funded GROW MVYH, a new program created to introduce children to the sport of ice hockey. Fundraising for the program comes from local events and private donations.

MVYH has had a large response to beginner instructional sessions and has been working with 45 new players. Registration is still open for the program, which is free. For more information on GROW MVYH, contact house coordinator Andrew Grant at icehouse@amacontheweb.com.

February 7, MVYH will hold day-long Dine To Donate fundraisers at Sharky’s in Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. A portion of all food sales, dine in and take out, will be donated to MVYH when patrons use free VIP cards, available at both Sharky’s anytime and during the evening of the event.

On the ice, the Vineyard Mites clinched a playoff spot by sweeping three games over the weekend. M.V. defeated Yarmouth-Dennis twice Saturday by scores of 5-3 and 2-1 at the Tony Kent Arena in Dennis and beat Gateway, 3-1, Sunday at the M.V. Arena.

The M.V. Squirts 2 Purple Team romped to a 10-4 win Saturday over visiting Lower Cape. Hunter Ponte torched the L.C. net with seven goals. Hunter Meader, Hailey Meader, and Jackson Pachico also scored. Cabot Thurber had two assists.

The Peewees played a doubleheader against Gateway last weekend at Hetland Arena in New Bedford and prevailed twice, by counts of 7-1 and 5-0. The Islanders are 10-2-2 on the season but have a tough road ahead. M.V. hosts undefeated Nantucket and first-place Lower Cape Sunday at the M.V. Arena.

Hail Connie

Connie McHugh of the Vineyard Tennis Center and Workout has been selected secretary of theUnited States Professional Tennis Association in New England. The USPTA is the professionalassociation that tests and certifies tennis teaching professionals.

Connie received her certificate for 25 years of service in the United States Professional Tennis Association organization this year. She coached the Vineyard Girls High School tennis team to their first conference championship last spring.

The New England division hosts conferences each year. The Tennis Hall of Fame was the site of their large annual convention last year. Renowned speakers like Ken DeHart, Tim Mayotte, and Vic Braden have been featured speakers. The Vineyard Tennis Center was the host club in 2005 and 2006 and is being considered for the event this spring.

VYT fundraiser

The Vineyard Youth Tennis Round Robin Extravaganza and Silent Auction will be held February 9-12. The registration deadline for the event is February 7 at 5 pm. Divisions include men’s and women’s doubles with A, B and C Divisions. High school aged children are also eligible to compete in any of the divisions.

The event will culminate with a professional exhibition on Sunday at 5 pm, featuring the Island’s top player, Michael Halisky, ranked number one in New England in the 35 & over division, competing against former top pro Ryler DeHeart.

DeHeart was formerly ranked number 174 in the world and played Rafael Nadal at the U.S. Open in a match seen on national television.

A $20 per person fee will be charged for those individuals who are not in the tournament.

Food and drink will also be offered during the event, along with the silent auction.

For more information, please call Vineyard Youth Tennis at 508-949-9464.

In other VYT news, Grant Pertile won his flight in the boys 14 and under division at a tournament held in Yarmouth last weekend. Former VYT player Theo Guerin also won his flight in the same division. Cana Courtney, Zak Danz, Max Hammond, and Kelly Klaren also participated in the tournament as part of the VYT Tournament Team.

Love at first set

The Vineyard Tennis Center will hold the Love at First Set fundraiser for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 4 and 5.

The event will be mixed doubles, played in a best two of three sets format, with the third set played as a super 10 tiebreaker.

The finals will conclude by 4 pm, giving players and fans plenty of time to get to their television sets for the opening kickoff of the Super Bowl.

Makos meet

The YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard Mako Swim Club competes against the MASK Swim Club of Marshfield Sunday from 10 am to 1 pm in its final home meet of the season.

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 despindle@ymcamv.org.

Sharks sign shortstop

The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League signed Yale University sophomore Cale Hanson.

Hanson lives in Katy, Texas, and played summer baseball last year for the Kamuela Paniolos in the Hawaiian Collegiate Baseball League.

The six foot, 170-pound righthander batted .285 with 37 hits, 24 runs scored, and 17 RBIs in 130 at bats.