Sports highlights

Billy Reagan (right) of Oak Bluffs, a senior co-captain on the Westfield State University men's soccer team, celebrated winning the league championship with teammate and tourney MVP Billy Lund.

Billy Reagan named MASCAC All Conference

Billy Reagan, of Oak Bluffs, a 2009 MVRHS graduate and a senior at Westfield State University, was named to the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) all conference men’s soccer team.

Mr. Reagan co-captained the Owls this season and was a key defender. The third-seeded Owls beat the top two seeds, Framingham State and Salem State to win the conference championship. As league champions, WSU qualified for the NCAA Division III tournament but were eliminated on November 8 in the opening round by Dickinson.

Cape Cod Bluefins at MV Arena

The Cape Cod Bluefins and the Danville (Penn.) Dashers of the Federal Hockey League will play in the second annual Fish Bowl at the MV Arena on Saturday at 6:35 pm.

The Martha’s Vineyard Youth Hockey Mites will skate between the first and second periods. The Squirts will follow suit between the second and third. There will be a meet and greet with the players following the game.

Tickets are $18 each and will be available at the MV Arena, or prior to the game at the door. For more information, call 508-693-5329.

MV girls are tops in turkey hoops tourney

The busy Island youth sports schedule just keeps on rolling. A week after the end of the fall soccer season, the Vineyard travel hoops teams hit the hardwood.

The 7th and 8th grade girls teams headed to Lakeville on Sunday to play in the Thanksgiving tournament. When all was said and done, the Vineyarders left unbeaten with four wins.

The 7th-graders played first and defeated Bridgewater 17-10. The Vineyard held Bridgewater scoreless for the entire second half. Devin Hill led the Vineyard with nine points, followed by Meghan Sawyer with three.

The 7th-graders then played Bridgewater’s 6th grade ‘A’ team. M.V. prevailed 29-16. The Vineyarders started out sluggishly and led only 11-9 at the half. But, in the second half, Devin Hill caught fire and scored eight straight points to pull the Vineyard ahead.

Devin Hill finished with 16 points and Meghan Sawyer added six more. Lily Piggott played stellar defense.The 8th grade girls also started tournament play against Bridgewater. The girls fought hard and ended up winning in a thrilling overtime game, 30-28. Erin Hill was the top scorer with 17 points. Molly deBettencourt added nine more.

Next up for the 8th-graders was Lakeville, a Cape Hoops League foe. The Vineyard came out strong with a quick basket off the jump by Molly deBettencourt, then six straight points by Erin Hill, en route to a 32-19 win. Hill finished with 16 and deBettencourt scored 10.

The Cape Hoops season tips off on Saturday, December 1. The 7th grade girls are home at 9:30 am vs. Dartmouth in the Oak Bluffs School gym. The 8th-graders are home on Sunday vs. Nauset at 10:40 am, also at the O.B. School.

Calling all walkers, runners

There are two road races coming up: the annual Turkey Trot 5K road race is Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 22, starting at 8:30 am. Meet at the Oak Bluffs Police Station starting at 7:30 am to register; the race costs $10 to enter, which goes to support fuel assistance for the Island’s elderly. For more information, call Roger Wey at 508-693-7887.

Then on Saturday, Nov. 24, is the eighth annual 5K for KJ, which benefits the Kevin Johnson Cross Country Scholarship Fund. Register from 9 to 10:30 am at the M.V. Regional High School cafeteria; the race starts at 11 am. Admission is $20; $60 for a family of 4. For more information, call 508-693-3831.

Shotgun shoot is Sunday

The Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club will host its annual fall shotgun shoot Sunday. The shoot provides a warmup to the two-week deer shotgun season that begins on Monday, Nov. 26.

Competitive events include shooting at a deer target set at 60 yards, shooting at an egg hanging on a string at 60 yards and a five target over the shoulder trap shoot. The best score in the standing deer target and trap shoot determine the “top gun” champ.

The competition is open to members and nonmembers in scoped and open sight categories. There is a small entry fee and spectators are welcome.

The club is located at the end of Third Street in Edgartown off the Vineyard Haven-Edgartown Road.

Jeremy Alley-Tarter races at All State

Jeremy Alley-Tarter competed as the sole Vineyard representative at the MIAA All State cross-country meet in Northfield on Saturday. He placed 27th of 177 runners with a time of 17:09.15.

Although the Vineyard boys team failed to qualify for the All State, based on a sixth-place finish at the Eastern Mass meet in Wrentham on November 10, Jeremy clinched one of ten individual spots for the All State Division Two 5000 meter race.

The Vineyarders’ Eastern Athletic Conference rivals Bishop Feehan and Coyle Cassidy both qualified for the team competition and finished second and fifth respectively out of 19 schools. Of the 15 EAC athletes competing (seven from Bishop Feehan and seven from Coyle Cassidy), Alley-Tarter placed fourth.

Team tennis underway at VTC

The 2012 team tennis season started last Friday at the Vineyard Tennis Center. Two coed teams played in men’s and women’s doubles and a mixed doubles pro set to determine the winning team.

The first team was composed of Ron Forrester, Shawn Schofield, Kathy Forrester, and Sue Stevens. Their competitors on the second team were Jon Averill, Ray Lincoln, Kim Averill, and Tammy King.

The VTC second team claimed the night in a tight match, 39 games to 36.

Kim Averill and Tammy King defeated Sue Stevens and Kathy Forrester, 11-1. Teammates Jon Averill and Ray Lincoln lost in men’s doubles, 11-6, to Ron Forrester and Shawn Schofield.

The mixed doubles rounded out the evening. Tammy King and Ray Lincoln pulled out the shots to surpass Kathy and Ron Forrester, 11-5, while Jon and Kim Averill turned the tables for their team and won over Susan Stevens and Shawn Schofield, 11-9.

Team tennis continues at the Vineyard Tennis Center Friday evenings. Contact the club at 508-696-8000 to participate.