Sports highlights

High school swimmers shine against Warriors

The MVRHS swim club was back in action February 1 in Taunton against future league opponent Coyle and Cassidy.

The Vineyard girls turned in an especially strong perfomance to win four events.

Mariah Campbell came from behind with a late charge to beat out the Warriors top swimmer by half a length in the 100-yard breaststroke. Paige Nitardy stroked to easy wins in both the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events. The team of Gayla Walt, Mariah Campbell, Kiaja Nivala, and Paige Nitardy rallied to win the 400-yard relay by half a pool length.

The boys team were bitten by the flu bug and brought five swimmers to the meet. Due to the small roster, several Vineyarders raced in unfamilar events.

Despite the adversity, the boys raced well. During the 200-yard freestyle event, Tony Breth lost his goggles along the way and still finished strong by racing water-polo style–with his head up. Freshman Raz Sayre impressed with a fifth place finish in the 200-yard freestyle. Justin Smith, Tyler Shapiro, and Justin Shapiro were steady all day and placed in the 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard freestyle, and 200-yard medley relay.

Bridgeables

Barbara Besse and Sue Collinson ran away with first place at the Thursday February 2 Island Bridge Club (IBC) competition. Foster Greene and Anita Persson took second place more than seven percent points behind the winners. Bob Iadicicco and Gerry Averill finished in third. Cecily Greenaway and Bea Phear were fourth. Six tables were in play—a great turnout during the winter months.The ACBL-sanctioned Island Bridge Club duplicate competition is held Thursday evenings at 7P.M. 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.

MV girls fall in travel hoops playoffs

The Martha’s Vineyard sixth and eighth grade girls travel basketball teams both reached the end of the road in the opening weekend of Cape Cod Youth Basketball League tournament play.

As reward for winning the championship last year, the Vineyard sixth graders hosted this year’s playoffs Saturday at the Oak Bluffs school. The Islanders came in as the fourth seed and opened play against fifth-seeded Barnstable. M.V. won out in a defensive struggle 21-16. Kat Roberts scored seven points, Ashley Moreis had six, and Meghan Sawyer added four more.

The Islanders advanced to meet top-seeded Sandwich in the afternoon contest and lost 42-18. Devin Hill led M.V. with seven points.

The eighth grade girls started the playoffs seeded third with a 12-3 record. M.V. opened the tournament last Sunday morning in Dartmouth against sixth-seed Harwich/Chatham.

The teams battled through a rugged contest in which a robust 45 fouls were called. The Vineyarders could have put the game away early but poor foul shooting kept H/C close. M.V. made only 18 of 39 free throws but held on for a 47-40 win.

Erin Hill was the top scorer with 13 points, followed by Whitney Schroeder with nine. Mya Houston added eight points and played a stellar game at both ends of the court.

The Islanders advanced to the Sunday afternoon game to face the hosts from Dartmouth, a team responsible for two of the three Vineyard defeats, including a 53-51 win in Oak Bluffs on January, 29.

Unlike the visitors, who had played earlier in the day, Dartmouth was well rested, having played its opener the night before.

The Islanders played a spirited first half but ran out of gas in the second and lost 33-19. Sam Hargy scored four points and played arguably her best defensive game of the season, especially in the second half, when she rebounded almost every ball that came her way. Erin Hill had six points and Kaitlyn Marchand added four more.

Next up for the girls are March Madness tournaments in Sandwich and Kingston.

Love at First Set

The Vineyard Tennis Center hosted its 16th Annual Love at First Set mixed Doubles TennisTournament this past weekend. The center put many of the teams together and yet this year married couples came out in force. Proceeds from the thirty players will go to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Carla and Doug Cooper took the “Cupids ” draw in an entertaining match against Skip Dostal and Lili Cooperrider 6-4,6-4. Doug and Carla warmed up against Sally Anderson and Peter MacLean in the opening round 6-0, 6-1.

Married couples took all the honors in the first draw. Susie Safford and Tony Omer claimed third place over Ken Armstead and Mary Breslauer 6-4, 6-3. Mollee and Lorne Lewis squeaked by Tony and Susie in the opening round 2-6, 6-2, and 13-11 in the super tiebreaker.

The Hearts draw was well represented with 16 players. Susan Stevens and Tjark Aldeborgh beat Sean Schofield and Jeanne Holenko in the finals, spliting the first two sets before winning the tiebreaker 7-5, 2-6, (10-5). Susan and Tjark stepped over Jon Averill and Cathy Lattanzi in the first round. Sean Schofield and Jeanne Holenko came through two rounds before the finals. They first met Stuart Kendall and Sharon Jonhson in the round of eight and won 6-0,6-2, then surpassed Andrew Aliberti and Doreen Rezendes in the quarters 7-5, 6-2. Bobby Love and Meg Bodnar bowed to Tammy King and Todd Hollister, who claimed third place 3-6,6-4 (10-8)

The Vineyard Tennis Center will be holding its club Championships as its next event.

Sharks sign lefty pitcher

The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League signed former Torrington Titans left-handed pitcher Conner McMahon.

McMahon is a 5’11″, 160 pound sophomore from Merrimack College. He pitched the first no-hitter in FCBL history–a 1-0 win over the Seacoast Mavericks on June 30, 2011. The Westfield native favors a fastball that breaks away from right-handed batters. McMahon also throws a change-up, breaking ball, and a slurve (a slider-curve).

In eight FCBL appearances last summer for the Titans, McMahon compiled a 4-2 record, struck out 33 and walked 15, in 54 innings of work, with an ERA of 3.00.

For Merrimack in his freshman season, McMahon was 1-5 in ten appearances, with 49 strike outs, 21 walks, and an ERA of 4.84 in 57.2 innings.

Interscholastic hoops finals set

The unbeaten, top-ranked West Tisbury boys and Edgartown girls cruised to comfortable wins in the junior high semi-finals Tuesday and booked their places in the finals on February 7 at MVRHS.

West Tisbury beat Tisbury 65-34 behind 21 points from Silas Berlin and 18 from Chase Sylvia.

Edgartown got 15 points each from Sam Hargy and Erin Hill to tame the Lady Tigers 44-18.

In the other semi-finals, Dylan Araujo posted a double-double with 14 points and 11 assists to lead the Oak Bluffs boys to a 48-18 win over visiting Edgartown. Tucker McNeely also scored 14 for O.B.

In West Tisbury, the hometown Hawks clipped the Lady Blazers 32-29 to advance to the championship game. Whitney Schroeder scored 18 points and made several circus shots to put out the Blazers. Kaitlyn Marchand scored 14 points for O.B. Julia Bettencourt had 10.

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.