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35th Chilmark Road Race, Saturday

One of the Island’s largest summer events takes place on Saturday at 10:30am with the 35th running of the Chilmark Road Race.

A total of 1,500 runners will compete on the hilly 5K (3.1-mile) course on Middle Road. The race starts 3.1 miles east of the Chilmark Town Hall and ends at Beetlebung Corner.

Net proceeds benefit the Chilmark Community Center.

Registration for this year’s race is closed as the maximum number of runners has been reached.

All runners must check in at the Chilmark Community Center either Friday evening, August 10, from 5 to 7 pm, or Saturday morning from 8:30 to 9:30. Runners will be bussed to the start.

Buses will provide transportation from Vineyard Haven to Chilmark for runners taking the 8:15 am Steamship Authority Ferry from Woods Hole arriving in Vineyard Haven at 9 am. Buses will return to ferry after the race.

For more information, contact chilmarkroadrace@verizon.net or call the Chilmark Community Center from 9 am to 12 noon August 9 and 10 at 508-645-9484.

Rod and Gun Club Skeet Championship is Sunday

The Martha’s Vineyard Rod & Gun Club will hold its 2012 Skeet Championship this Sunday, August 12. The event begins at noon and ends at 4 pm, rain or shine, at the club’s skeet range in Edgartown.

The event is open to the public. Each shooter will shoot at 50 targets. Shooters will be scored according to the versatile Lewis Class System, which provides a handicap for shooters at different levels and matches shooters according to level of ability. The entry fee is $15. Shells will be available for a nominal charge.

The club is located in Edgartown on 16 acres overlooking Sengekontacket Pond at the end of Third Street (take a right and a left at the end of the road) off Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road. To sign up or for more information, call Bob DeLisle at 508-627-3019.

Sharks miss playoffs

The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks fell out of contention for the Futures Collegiate Baseball League playoffs, following a 3-6 run in the last week. The locals are in sixth place at 25-26, three and a half games behind the fourth-place Brockton Rox, with two games left to play.

Two short weeks ago, the Sharks stood at 21-15 in second place, but they hit a dry spell in the homestretch, including a 1-5 mark in their final road trip of the season. They also lost all-star shortstop Eric Jensen and third baseman Eric Brenk to injuries.

M.V. lost to the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide, 9-2, Tuesday night in Maine. Monday, the Sharks were swept 4-0 and 6-4 at Torrington in one of three double-headers played over four days.

Sunday, the Sharks fell to last place Wachusett, 5-2, after splitting a twin-bill at Brockton, 5-3 and 5-6, on Saturday.

M.V. hosted a double-header last Friday and split with the Pittsfield Suns, 1-6 and 6-2.

The Sharks played at home Wednesday against Pittsfield and wrap up their second FCBL season at home to the North Shore Navigators, today at 4 pm.

Men’s Softball

The Island Softball League began the final week of regular season play with a double-header on Monday night at Veterans Park.

The red-hot Blazers won their third straight, 9-8, over the Treds and the defending champion Hurricanes, who clinched first place and the top seed for the playoffs two weeks ago, dropped the Highlanders, 11-7.

Late Wednesday, the ‘Canes played the second place Wildcats and the Blazers took on the Brewhas.

The regular season concludes tonight with the Treds facing the Sons of Pitches and the ‘Cats playing the Brewhas.

The playoffs start Monday night at Veterans Park.

The current standings: Hurricanes (15-2), Wildcats (10-6), Brewhas (9-7), Highlanders (9-9), Blazers (7-10), Treds (5-12), S.O.P (4-13).

Chappy Table Tennis tourney

The Fourth annual all-Island Chappy Pong table tennis tournament is set for this Sunday, August 12. Winners will take home glory and traditional Morning Glory pies.

The tournament, sponsored by the Chappaquiddick Community Center, is open to players of all ages and competitive levels. Registration begins at 10 am. Competition begins at 11 am in a round-robin format.

Equipment is provided and there is no registration fee. Tournament level Butterfly and Donic tables loaned from the local Martha’s Vineyard Table Tennis Club will be used. Call 508-627-7902 for information.

Nina Bramhall certified by USPTA

Nina Bramhall, a teaching professional at Vineyard Youth Tennis in Oak Bluffs, has become a certified member of the United States Professional Tennis Association, the world’s oldest and largest association of tennis-teaching professionals.

Ms. Bramhall earned the certification after an extensive examination, according to a press release.

“This is a great achievement by Nina,” said Scott Smith, Executive Director of Vineyard Youth Tennis. “By attaining the USPTA certification, not only has she demonstrated her tennis-teaching ability at the highest level, but also her commitment to being a high quality teaching professional and improving herself for the benefit of her students.”

Ms. Bramhall lives in West Tisbury with her husband, Paul Schneider, and their son, Natty.

Making a racquet at Winnetu

A doubles tournament was held last weekend at the Mattakesett and Winnetu Oceanside resort.

In men’s doubles, Paul Adler and Darran Petrucci took the title over Tyson Taylor and Gary Collin, 6-2, 6-3.The women’s doubles champs were Deb Cooper and Nina Bramhall, who defeated Sue Kimball and Penny Franklin, 6-4, 6-3.

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 August 2.

Thirteen boats posted for the start at red nun 6 outside of the Vineyard Haven breakwater. A triangular course was set with the fleet sailing to red nun 4 at West Chop, then to green can 23A at East Chop, and returning to the finish line at red nun 6. Results: 1. Mo Flam in the Alerion 28, Penelope; 2. David Lott in the Cape Dory 27, Avanti; 3. Jerry Goodale in the Pearson 31, Stormalong; 4. Andy Berry in Isobar; 5. Bow Van Riper in Tyche.

The summer racing series continued on Sunday, August 5 with two harbor races. Thirteen boats posted for the 10 am race.

In the “A” division: 1. Jerry Goodale in the Pearson 31, Stormalong; 2. Stephen Besse in the J-120, Apres; 3. Andy Berry in the Cal 35, Isobar.

In the “B” division: 1. Bow Van Riper in the Vineyard 15, Tyche; 2. Beck Colson in the Nonsuch, Silhouette; 3. David Lott in the Cape Dory 27, Avanti.

Thirteen boats posted for the second race at 2 pm. By then, the wind speed had increased to a robust 20 knots with higher gusts.

B Division: 1. Dan Culkin in the Vineyard Vixen, Magic Time; 2. Stuart Halpert in the Ensign, Providence; 3. Beck Colson in the Nonsuch, Silhouette.

A division: 1. Mo Flam in the Alerion 28, Penelope; 2. Jerry Goodale in the Pearson 31, Stormalong; 3. Mike Loberg in the Morris 36, Masquerade.

The season continues with a night race at 6 pm this evening, August 9, and the Tarpaulin Cove Rendezvous on August 12. New members are actively encouraged, as are guest boats. Join on the web at holmeshole.org or contact Kathy Logue at 508-693-7074.

VFA soccer

The Atlantic Football Club (AFC) climbed to within three points of league leaders Monto Orthopedics after two wins in the past week.

AFC defeated last-place MV Celtic, 1-0, Tuesday night and downed Sports Haven, 3-0, on August 2.

Also on Tuesday, Island Copper and Sports Haven played to a 0-0 draw.

In other action, Coop de Ville continued to rise up the VFA table after defeating MV Celtic, 1-0, on August 2. Eduardo Da Silva scored for the Coop, who have beaten the top two teams and won four of five since July 19.

The current VFA standings: Monto Orthopedics (8-1-0), AFC (7-3-0), Sports Haven (4-4-1), Coop de Ville (4-5-1), Island Copper (2-6-1), MV Celtic (1-7-1).