MVRHS sports highlights

MVRHS sports highlights

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Steven Rogers keeps a D-Y Dolphin in check.

Boys tennis

The boys improved to 6-0 in the Eastern Athletic Conference and 12-0 overall with a 4-1 win over Coyle and Cassidy on Monday at the Boys and Girls Club in Edgartown.

Coach Ned Fennessy sat three regulars and gave varsity experience to Sean McAndrews, Jackson Koorse, and Sterling Meacham.

McAndrews teamed with Ryan Sawyer to put up double bagels in the first doubles match. Koorse and Meacham were almost as perfect in a 6-0, 6-1 win at second doubles. Patrick McCarthy and Justice Yennie dominated in second and third singles, respectively.

The shocker of the day was Coyle’s Kevin Dupont dropping Kent Leonard at first singles, 6-2, 6-2.

Friday, the Vineyarders swept Bishop Stang, 5-0, in North Dartmouth.

As he had against Coyle, coach Fennessy held out three of this doubles starters. The new pairings came through with convincing results. Ryan Sawyer and Austin Stevenson rolled 6-0, 6-1 in first doubles. Jake Pertile and Sean McAndrews won 6-0, 6-2 in the second doubles match.

In singles play, Kent Leonard won at frist singles 6-3, 6-0; Patrick McCarthy took the second singles match, 6-1, 6-1; and Justice Yennie was a 6-3, 6-1 winner at third singles.

MIAA Individual Singles and Doubles Tourney

The early rounds of the South Boy’s MIAA Individual’s Singles and Doubles Championship Tournament were held at the Cape Cod Academy courts and the Dick Norman courts in Marstons Mills over the weekend.

With a lineup depleted by the evening’s junior prom, only three Vineyard players participated. Justice Yennie, the team’s number three singles player, was the third seed in Division 1. Coach Fennessy entered a make-up team of Ryan Sawyer and Sean McAndrews in Division 1 doubles. The players were paired for the first time and received the second seed based mostly on the unblemished Vineyard team record.

The duo were equal to the task and won their two matches on Saturday. First, they rallied from a 4-1 second set deficit to defeat Mike Meager and Cam Quagge of Bridgewater-Raynham 6-1, 7-5. They next downed Noah Fillaramo and Aldren Trusdale of Old Rochester, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.

Sawyer and McAndrew’s advanced to the Division 1 finals on Sunday to play top-seeded Colby Blaze and Donnie Brodd from Barnstable. The Vineyarders started strong with solid serving and crisp volleys at the net, yet M.V. trailed, 4-3, with Barnstable serving. The Vineyarders broke the Red Raiders’ serve, held their own, and broke Barnstable again to take the first set, 6-4. Undaunted, Blaze and Brodd stepped up their game and swept the next two sets, 6-0, 6-0.

Despite the loss, several coaches complimented Sawyer’s and McAndrews’ debut and were particularly impressed with their volleying.

In singles, Justice Yennie won his first round with a convincing win over Reed Jenkins of Nauset, 6-0, 6-1. He was upset in the next round by Westport’s Dan Chouinard, 6-4, 6-2, and then hustled back to the Island to attend the prom.

Boys lacrosse

The Vineyard boys lacrosse team has a daunting task ahead as the regular season winds to a close: win or miss the playoffs. The Vineyarders took a step in the right direction on Monday at Dan McCarthy Field with an 18-8 thumping of Dennis-Yarmouth.

The Senior Day win over the Dolphins in the final home game of the season puts the Vineyard record at 6-9 with three games remaining. M.V. must finish at least at .500 to qualify for the state tourney.

The coach said he simplified the offense a few games back and the move has seemed to pay off. He said overall his team is playing better but there is still room for improvement.

“We still have problems with unforced turnovers, and there are times we rush things. But we played better of late, and in [Monday's game] we had some little victories,” he said.

The Purple and White ran up a 10-2 lead by halftime and spread the wealth offensively. Colby Gouldrup was nearly perfect on faceoffs, winning 14 of 16, and scored four goals with one assist. Charlie Everett also scored four goals, one on a nifty behind the back shot in the second half.

Denver Maciel had three goals and three assists; Thomas Wilkins, three goals with one assist; and Sam Burke, a goal and two assists. Tyler Paulson, Nick Costello, and Dave Marinelli all scored once.

Nelson Dickson made nine saves and got the win between the pipes.

The Vineyarders head for Nantucket on Saturday for a showdown with the Whalers.

Baseball

The baseball team experienced a couple of minor setbacks with an 11-2 loss at home to Coyle and Cassidy on Tuesday and a 5-2 loss to Bishop Stang last Friday, although the team is still in the driver’s seat to qualify for the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament for the first time in several years.

With the losses the Vineyarders record fell to 8-6 on the season and 3-3 in the Eastern Athletic Conference. The team needs to finish with a .500 record to qualify for the state tournament and can do so by winning two more games.

On Friday at Bishop Stang, Ryan Fisher started and went four innings, giving up four earned runs while striking out four and walking three. “He was pretty good but we just made some errors behind him, which is uncharacteristic of us,” said Coach Gary Simmons.

The Vineyarders made two errors in the third inning to allow a run and two more errors in the fourth inning to allow another. In the fifth inning Bishop Stang had a double, drew consecutive walks, and then had a single and fielder’s choice to push across three more runs and take a 5-0 lead.

The Vineyarders scored two runs in the top of the sixth but it was too little, too late. Noah Stobie had a single and stole second, and scored on an RBI hit by Jack Roberts. Ramon Espino then knocked in Roberts with an RBI single.

Coach Simmons said Stang’s starting pitcher was dealing nasty stuff on the mound.

“Our players were saying he was throwing his curve ball for strikes early in the count, which threw us off balance a little. He didn’t walk anybody and we only had five base runners all game . . . he definitely presented a challenge to our hitters,” he said.

The Vineyarders next play at home against Somerset and then travel to Cape Tech to play inter-Island rival Nantucket on Saturday.

Softball

The softball team lost another game to a tough Eastern Athletic Conference opponent and easily won another game against a non-league opponent this past week to remain in the hunt for a berth in the MIAA tournament.

At East Yarmouth on Monday, the Vineyarders bats exploded to power them to lopsided 14-2 win over Sturgis East that was called after five innings. Hailee McCarthy started the game and went the distance, and Sarah Wiliston led the way on offense with a three run homer in the fifth inning.

Sarah Strem was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, and catcher Miranda Tokarz was 2-for-3 at the plate while throwing out three runners trying to steal second. Kendall Robinson was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.

“We did some good things defensively. If that game was any indication, we have made some progress. And we had a good game at the plate,” Coach Donald Herman said.

Last Friday the Vineyarders lost 14-2 to conference rival Bishop Stang in a game not as one-sided as the final score would indicate. McCarthy started the game and pitched well at the start, and the game remained deadlocked in a 0-0 tie going into the third inning.

Micheli Lynn had an RBI double for the fifth inning, and Shelby Levin and Tokarz also had hits in the loss.

After the two games this week, the Vineyarders record is 5-7 on the season.

They need to win five out of their last eight games to qualify for the state tournament. The Vineyarders next play at Somerset on Friday before playing a double header Saturday starting at 11 am against Advanced Math and Science Charter School of Marlborough.

Football

From varsity football coach Donald Herman this week: Attention incoming freshman looking to play football next year: Come meet the coaches this Saturday night, May 19, at 6:30 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School cafeteria. Deserts will be served.

Students and parents are encouraged to attend. Also there will be a Meet the Coaches event for junior high school students looking to play junior high school football next year, also at 6:30 pm on Saturday, at the Boys and Girls Club of Martha’s Vineyard in Edgartown.

Track and Field

The Vineyard girls beat EAC rival Coyle and Cassidy 74-58 in Taunton on Tuesday. With the win, the girls first over a conference opponent, M.V. improved to 3-3.

Maggie Riseborough swept the shotput (34′ 4″) and discus (88′ 8″).

Maggie Lindland won the triple jump (31′ 9″) and long jump (14′ 7″).

Katherine Door finished first in the 400 (1:05.1) and second in the high jump. Mariah Campbell was first in the high jump (4′ 6″) and second in the 400 hurdles.

The Vineyarders will compete in the EAC Championship on Saturday.