M.V. girls second in St. Patty's travel hoops
The Vineyard eighth-grade girls basketball team hit the hardwoods for the first time in three weeks, Saturday, in the St. Patrick's Day tournament held at the Bourne Middle School.
After a sluggish start in their first game, the Islanders shook of the rust from the long layoff, won four games in two days and charged into the final against Westport.
Despite getting 17 points and multiple rebounds from Erin Hill, the Vineyard girls finally wilted from playing three games in one day and dropped a 39-33 decision.
The Islanders started the tourney Saturday morning against the St. Pats CYO team. With three weeks away from competition, M.V. looked every bit a team out of sync, but managed to squeak out a 25-24 win. Erin Hill was the high scorer with 10 points, and Sam Hargy added 6 more.
The Islanders next faced a team from Johnston, R.I., at Bourne High School. This time, the Vineyard got its groove back and cruised to a 47-11 win. Hargy was high scorer with 18; Hill added 17.
Sunday, the girls played a physical team from Barrington, R.I. The Vineyarders stifled the Ocean Staters with a pressure defense and prevailed 31-16. Erin Hill led M.V. with 11 points, Mya Houston, who logged several minutes at the point due to injuries, added 9.
The eighth-graders were first in their division, and advanced to play their Cape rivals from Sandwich in the semi-final game. The boisterous pro-Sandwich crowd lifted the Knights and the game was tied 14-14 at halftime.
The Vineyard girls broke the game open in the second half and won going away 34-20, thanks to Maya Houston's hot outside shooting and some great assists from Houston to Erin Hill. Sam Hargy was stellar on defense and grabbed numerous rebounds. Hill was the high scorer with 13 points, while Houston added 9.
The girls finish up their season this weekend at Kingston Sports Center.
Vineyard Tennis Center club championship
The Vineyard Tennis Center held its Membership Championships this past weekend. Doubles teams competed in Men's, Women's and Mixed to claim boasting rights as the best team in the club.
In women's doubles, when all was said and done, Sally Anderson and Mary Breslauer lived up to their first seed billing to win the women's championship, 6-3, 6-2, after an entertaining match with Cathy Lattanzi and Kelly Hess.
Eight teams entered the Ladies Doubles competition. In the quarter-finals, Anderson and Breslauer started their run to the title with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Jeanne Holenko and Jill Jackson.
In the semi-finals, Megan Farrell and Diane Morgan gave the future champs all they could handle in the first set before losing, 7-5. Anderson and Breslauer rolled 6-0 in the second.
Kelly Hess and Cathy Lattanzi earned their trip to the finals through the bottom half of the draw.
After defeating Kathy Forrester and Sally Segal in the quarter-finals, they rallied past Lynn Blake and Michelle Bettencourt for a 6-2, 6-3 victory in the semis.
In men's doubles, veteran players Doug Cooper and Paul Adler won the championship with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Skip Dostal and Steve Mussell. The champs reached the finals with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Tony Omer and Patrick Caine.
Dostal and Mussell moved into the finals by beating Paul Ulyatt and Tjark Aldeborgh 6-2, 6-2, then surpassed Ray Lincoln and Ron Forrester 6-0, 6-1.
The mixed doubles had strong representation in the tournament as repeat pairings turned out to take the honors. Skip Dostal and Cathy Lattanzi claimed the spoils over Gavin Franklin and Mary Breslauer in Tuesday's final, 6-3, 7-6 (5).
Gavin and Mary beat Steve Mussell and Kelly Hess 7-5, 6-2 to earn their place in the finals. Skip Dostal and Cathy Lattanzi beat Paul Ulyatt and Jeanne Holenko in the first round 6-0, 6-2, then defeated Sue Stevens and Tjark Aldeborgh 6-3, 6-4.
Registration for Martha's Vineyard girls Babe Ruth softball for ages eight to 11 and 12 to 16, will be on Saturday from 12 to 4 pm in the high school gym.
Call 508-696-0461 or 508-693-1033, ext. 235, for late sign-ups.