Sports Highlights

Islanders race in the Whaling City

A hearty group of Islanders competed Sunday in the 35th New Bedford Half Marathon. In all, 2777 runners completed the race on a beautiful day with light winds. The following Islanders placed: Dave Diriwachter 1:32:44 (450th); Marylee Schroeder 1:41:34 (778th); Larry Johnson 1:44:48 (920th); Pamela Thomas 1:52:46 (1,315th); Kim O’Callaghan 1:53:52 (1,387th); Bill Brown 1:53:52 (1,388th); Marcela Pouliot 2:02:34 (1,815th); Nellie Perzanowski 2:18:41 (2,370th); Kathy O’Sullivan 2:34:55 (2,635th).

Smooth sailing

Both Ryan Pesch of West Tisbury and Solvig Sayre of Vineyard Haven have been named to the U.S. Sailing Development Team for the 2016 Olympics. Ryan and his crew, Trevor Burd, sail in the 49er class, which is the men’s high-performance dinghy, and Solvig sails in the RS: X Windsurfing class.

No repeat for Vineyard Bantams

The Vineyard Bantam A hockey team traveled to Wareham last weekend to defend its state championship but came up short after finishing with a tie and two losses.

Friday evening, the Vineyard skaters lost their first game to Marblehead, 4-0. M.V. played well in the first two periods and trailed only 1-0 at the second intermission.

On Saturday morning, the Islanders spent too much time in the sin bin and settled for a 4-4 tie with North Reading.

M.V. closed out play in the afternoon against Burlington. The Vineyard trailed 2-1 after the first period, but faded down the stretch and lost 7-2.

Tennis across the pond

The Workout and Vineyard Tennis Centers Ladies Tennis team traveled to Falmouth on Monday, March 19, to play three doubles matches.

Kelly Hess and Cathy Lattanzi defeated Cynthia Kelly and Anne Russell showing their doubles strength, taking the match 6-1,6-2.

Diane Morgan and Michelle Bettencourt played Sue Smith and Sally Hampton and lost after a hard-fought match, 4-6, 4-6. In the third match of the day, Carlene Gatting and Kathy Forrester defeated Anne Mulligan and Lee Drescher, 6-1, 6-2.

Interscholastic Volleyball

The visiting West Tisbury Hawks won a thriller over the Oak Bluffs Blazers Tuesday, three sets to two, to hand the Cottage City dwellers their first loss of the young season.

The Blazers took the first set 25-17, lost the second 25-19, and won the third 25-21. But the Hawks fought back to win the final two sets 25-23 and 15-3.

O.B. exacted a bit of payback by claiming the jayvee contest two sets to one by scores of 27-25, 14-25, and 25-17.