Sports highlights

Sports highlights

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Meet the coaches

Athletes and parents are invited to meet the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School fall sports (football, girls and boys soccer, cross-country, field hockey, and golf) coaches on Tuesday, August 7, at 6pm in the school gym.

Men’s softball

The Hurricanes kept on rolling last week and now have a 3.5-game lead on the second place Wildcats with the playoffs just around the corner.

The ‘Canes swept past the Sons of Pitches, 17-2, Monday night at Veterans Park and scorched the Treds, 18-8, on July, 26.

After a 4-0 start, the Wildcats have bounced up and down since. Monday night, the ‘Cats got hammered by the previously slumping Highlanders, 28-9.

On July 26, the Wildcats downed the S.O.P’s, 8-5, while the Highlanders fell to the Brewhas, 17-2.

The current standings: Hurricanes (13-2), Wildcats (10-6), Brewhas (8-6), Highlanders (9-7), Treds (5-10), Blazers (4-10), S.O.P. (4-10).

Women’s softball

For the second week running, rain washed out Tuesday’s play at Veterans Park. It is still to be determined if the league will skip the final games of the regular season and proceed directly to the playoffs tonight or make up the games on off days in the next week.

Last Thursday, July 26, the Snaps stayed atop the standings by stopping the Shady Ladies in five innings at Veterans Park. In Edgartown, the Late Fees and Rug Sox, both jockeying for playoff position, played a barnburner. The Fees prevailed, but only just, 12-11.

The Snaps continue to lead the way at 8-1, followed by the Creamers (7-2), Honeys (5-4), Late Fees (4-5), Rug Sox (3-6), and the Shady Ladies (0-9).

Tennis for Athletes Building Peace

A team tennis fundraiser to benefit Athletes Building Peace (ABP) will take place on August 11 from 2 to 6 pm at Farm Neck Golf Club. ABP uses sports activities to help prevent gender-based violence and promote healthy personal and communal relationships.

Drew Hendrickson, who teaches tennis at Farm Neck, began Athletes Building Peace last year in the Dominican Republic and plans to expand the program to the Southwestern United States this year.

“Sports can bring out the best in people,” said Mr. Hendrickson, “but they can also bring out the worst. Athletes Building Peace uses the experience of competitive sports to help people manage aggression and be more sensitive to how their emotions manifest in relationships.”

Some of the Island’s best tennis players will compete in a World Team Tennis style tournament that will feature men’s, women’s, and mixed doubles matches. The entry fee of $20 per player will cover the cost of the tournament. The organizers will be accepting additional donations.

For more information, contact Drew Hendrickson at 646-421-5260 or at drew@athletesbuildingpeace.com or call the Farm Neck Tennis Shop at 508-693-9728 or facebook.com/athletesbuildingpeace

Holmes Hole sailing

The Holmes Hole Sailing Association continued its Thursday Evening series of handicap sailboat racing from Vineyard Haven Harbor with a 6 pm race on July 26.

It was a warm summer evening with a north wind. Eleven boats posted for the start at red nun 6 outside of the Vineyard Haven breakwater for the triangular course.

Finishing first was Mo Flam in the Alerion 28, Penelope. In second was Jerry Goodale in the Pearson 31, Stormalong. In third was Bow Van Riper in the Vineyard 15, Tyche. Fourth was Andy Berry in Isobar, and fifth was Mike Loberg in Masquerade.

The summer racing series continued on Sunday, July 29, with a Sound Race across to Falmouth and back, with a moderate North wind.

Eight boats came for the start at 12 noon, in spite of the gloomy weather with rain threatening. The fleet beat to windward to Falmouth and ran downwind home.

Finishing first in the A division was Mo Flam in the Alerion 26, Penelope. In second was Phil Hale in the Shields, Wicked. Mike Loberg in the Morris 36, Masquerade. In third was Jerry Goodale in the Pearson 31, Stormalong. Fourth was Roger Becker in Gloria and fifth was Ed Cerullo in Undine.

In the B division, first was Beck Colson in the Nonsuch, Silhouette. Second was David Lott in the Cape Dory 27, Avanti. Myfanwy retired.

The Sunday race concluded the July series, which was won by Mo Flam in Penelope in the A Division. John and Lisa Stout in Isabella won in the B Division.

The season continues with a night race at 6 pm on August 2 and two harbor races, at 10 am and 2 pm, on August 5.

New members are actively encouraged, as are guest boats. Join on the web at HolmesHole.org or contact Kathy Logue at 508-693-7074.

The 11th Scoops 5K beckons

The annual Scoops 5K road race and fun run gets underway at The FARM Institute in Edgartown (14 Aero Rd., Katama) on Sunday at 8:45 am. The event is sponsored by M.V. Multisport.

More than 400 runners took part in last year’s race. The course around Katama is fast and flat. The fun run prior to the main event will take youngsters around Katama Farm.

The admission fee is $15 ($20 on the day of the race). The fee for the fun run is $5.

For more information, contact Kathy O’ Sullivan at komarathoner@yahoo.com or call 508-627-8303.

VFA soccer

The Tuesday night Vineyard Football Association doubleheader was washed out for the second consecutive week. Last week, lightning was the main culprit. This week, a waterlogged pitch made for unplayable conditions.

Thursday, July 26, Atlantic Football Club (AFC) defeated Island Copper, 3-1 and Sports Haven topped Coop de Ville, 2-1.

Coop had a surprise up its sleeve, however. Petey Berndt’s squad took down previously unbeaten Monto Orthopedics, 2-1, in a make-up match from July 24.

The current VFA standings: Monto Orthopedics (7-1-0), AFC (5-2-0), Sports Haven (4-3-0), Coop de Ville (2-5-1), Island Copper (2-5-0), MV Celtic (1-5-1).