Sports highlights


Educational seminar for sport horse owners

Dr. Andris (Andy) Kaneps, veterinarian, author, and surgeon, will offer a seminar entitled Equine Rehabilitation Therapy – What you can do, What your vet can do, on Wednesday, October 3, at 6 pm, at the West Tisbury School. The evening is part of the MV Horse Council’s continuing educational series.

Dr. Kaneps specializes in lameness diagnosis and treatment, rehabilitation and sport horse performance issues, and equine surgery. The seminar will be an opportunity for horse owners to learn more about rehabilitation techniques for their equine friends. The presentation will finish with a question and answer session.

Dr. Kaneps is the owner of Kaneps Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery based in Beverly.

Youth Hockey

The Martha’s Vineyard Neponset Valley League team played a solid game at both ends of the ice to overwhelm Franklin Norton, 7-2, Friday night at the CDL Arena in Raynham.

Josh Forend led the Vineyard attack with two goals and three assists. James Sashin celebrated his 14th birthday with a goal and two assists. Jonas Lukowitz also potted a goal and set up two more. Twins, Nainoa and Aksel Cooperrider chipped in a goal each. JJ Mendez scored once and Jacob Gundersen added an assist. Zach Fullin was strong in net.

Holmes Hole sailing

The Holmes Hole Sailing Association continued its September series of races on Thursday nights and Sunday mornings.

Six boats came out at 5:30pm on a beautiful Thursday night for a 3.25 mile triangular race in 12 knots of southwest wind.

1. Roger Becker, Gloria; 2. Jerry Goodale, Stormalong; 3. Ed Cerullo, Undine; 4. Stephen Besse, Apres; 5. Sandy Alexander, Falcor; 6. Dan Culkin, Magic Time.

Sunday morning at 10am, six boats posted at red nun 6.The triangle was sailed in 8 knots of west-northwest wind.

1. Roger Becker, Gloria; 2. Ed Cerullo, Undine; 3. Peter Wagner, Spring; 4. Stephen Besse, Apres; 5. Andy Berry, Isobar; 6. Dan Culkin, Magic Time.

The September series will continue through the month, weather permitting, at 5:30pm Thursday and 10am on Sunday.

Dogfish split twinbill

With the Baseball Clubs of Cape Cod play-off picture beginning to take shape, the Vineyard Dogfish solidified their slot with a doubleheader split on Saturday at McKeon Field in Hyannis.

Against the Buzzards Bay Raiders in game one, Kris Lukowitz and Adam Bresnick jumped started the Fish attack as the Islanders scored four runs in the first inning en route to an 8-4 win.

From the mound, crafty Jay Chalifoux answered the bell once again, by pitching into the 6th to earn the victory. Rookie Joe Farina came on in relief with the go-ahead runs in scoring position and silenced the threat.

The Dogfish put the game out of reach in the 7th when Darren Morris drilled a two out, two run single.

Martha’s Vineyard played the powerful Cape Cod Merchants in game two. No-hit through six innings, the Dogfish showed the resiliance for which the species is known and staged a six-run rally but lost, 8-6.

In the seventh inning, Chalifoux and Bresnick hit a pair of doubles to break up the no-hitter.

Then facing the Merchants’ fireballing closer, Dave Pizzano knocked an 0-2 pitch to center field, driving home the third Dogfish run. After coming up with three more runs, the Fish finally ran out of gas.

The regular season concludes this coming Saturday with games against the Barnstable Braves and the Centerville Coyotes in Hyannis.

Flag football challenge

Fifty players participated in the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club Flag Football League Pre-Season Skills Challenge on Saturday.

The annual Skills Challenge, consisting of 3 events: the Obstacle Course, 40 Yard Dash, and Passing Accuracy, has become a great way to get the kids excited about the season.

Flag football is a 6 on 6, non-contact sport for kids in grades 3-6. There are 6 teams in the league, each with a roster of up to 12 players. Games are played on Saturday mornings at 8, 9, and 10am at Nunes Field in Edgartown. Each team has one weekday practice.

All players will be back on the field on Saturday, September 29 from 9-11am for the Pre-Season Training Camp. Registration will remain open until all 72 roster spots are filled at or at the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club.

Scott Smith attends premier tennis conference

Vineyard Youth Tennis executive director, Scott Smith attended the World Conference on Tennis, hosted by the United States Professional Tennis Association, September 16-21, at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa in Monterey, California. The annual event is the industry’s premier educational experience for tennis professionals.

Among the more than 1,000 distinguished guests were Nick Bollettieri, Vic Braden, and Patrick McEnroe, who shared their insights on a variety of topics.

John Verrett wins Fred-X Cup

With the PGA Fed Ex Cup now complete, the self-proclaimed Mink Meadows Men’s Club awarded its own trophy for golfing supremacy, the Fred-X Cup, on Saturday.

The event was a season long 16 week competition. Each weekend, the players with the five lowest scores, using United States Golf Association handicaps were awarded points. The four players accumulating the most points at the end of the season were recognized.

This year’s champ is John Verrett, who scored a net of 66 on the final day and vaulted three spots to number one with 3085.4 points for the season. Rusty Hitchings was second with 2932 points. Matt Crowther took third with 2790.5 and Fain Hackney was fourth with 2751.83.

Darts are back at the PA

The fall darts season starts on Thursday, October 4 at 7:30 pm at the PA Club in Oak Bluffs. The Club is located at 137 Vineyard Avenue. Interested players may sign-up that evening. The fee is $4 per week. Matches are each Thursday.