A major feat for Minor
MVRHS graduate and former basketball standout Kia Minor scored her 1,000th career point for Framingham State University during a 72-66 loss to Westfield State on Saturday.
Ms. Minor, a 5-7 senior forward from Edgartown, reached the milestone on the first of two made free throws with 1:07 remaining in the game. Ms. Minor is the eighth FSU women’s basketball player to reach the 1,000 point mark.
Kia finished the game with 19 points to bring her career total to 1,001 points.
The Suns and Lakers continued to pull away from the pack as the RCBL hit the homestretch of the regular season. Two games remain until the start of the playoffs.
The Suns remained two games up on the Lakers with a 102-94 win over the Bulls Monday night in Edgartown. The Bulls led 49-48 at the half but the Suns’ Asil Cash erupted for 28 of his game leading 42 points after the break. He made the Bulls pay at the charity stripe as well by making 18 of 23 free throws. Jade Cash scored 35 points for the Suns and James Holenko had 14.
Luke Bettancourt led the Bulls with 21 points, followed by Brant Silvia (19), Adam O’ Neal (15), Jared Silvia (13), and Asa Ray (11).
The Lakers kept slim hopes for a top seed alive with a 92-81 win over the Heat. Heath Estrella and Jeff Labell scored 16 points each to lead the Lakers. Jason O’ Donnel and James Rolston scored 14 apiece. Dave Bettencourt had 12.
Lucas Brewer had the hot hand for the Heat with 28 points. John Netto scored 17, Matt Gebo 14, and Jason Dyer 13.
Girls travel basketball
The 7th grade girls played at Sandwich on Sunday and won easily 36-5. Kat Roberts was the top scorer with 12 points, followed by Meghan Sawyer, Lily Piggott, and Lizzie Williamson, who had six points each.
Sunday, the girls traveled to Dartmouth and lost 23-11 in a tough, physical contest. Devin Hill scored five points and Kat Roberts had four. The 7th-graders finish out the regular season with two away games on Saturday. The Vineyard is currently tied for second in the Cape Hoops League.
The 8th-grade girls played away at Nauset and rolled to a 45-8 win. The Vineyard ‘D’ held the Warriors without a point in the second half. Erin Hill was the top scorer with 17 points, followed by Molly deBettencourt (14) and Julia Bettencourt (8).
The 8th-graders host three games at the Oak Bluffs School this weekend. M.V. plays Tiverton, R.I. at 3:20 pm on Saturday, second-ranked Falmouth at 9:30 am on Sunday, and Rochester, Sunday at 1 pm.
Just like a pro
Kelly Klaren received the annual “Pros Award” at Vineyard Youth Tennis. Kelly’s vast improvement, dedication to the game and willingness to do whatever it takes to get to the next level made her the perfect choice.
Kelly’s name will be placed on the permanent plaque inside the VYT Lobby as well as a one week stay at the Adidas Tennis Camp. She is on the VYT Tournament Team and currently has a ranking in the top 40 in New England in the 12 and under division.
Friday night tennis
The Fireballs opened play on January 18 with a 24-11 win over the Tie-Breakers. The Fireballs tandem of Skip Dostal and Leo McHugh defeated Paul Ullyatt and Todd Hollister, 7-3. Due to travel and illness, Todd and Skip were both substituting for their perspective teams.
Paula Rego and substitute Jen Combra led The Fireballs to a 7-1 win in women’s doubles. The Tie Breakers won their lone set in mixed doubles as Todd Hollister and Doreen Rezendes defeated Paula Rego and Leo McHugh 7-3.
The Alley Rats took the nightcap by edging the Smokin Aces 21-19. The teams split the first two sets. Tjark Aldeborgh and Todd Hollister took the men’s match 7-3. The Aces’ Tammy King and Beth Sawyer won the women’s match, 6-3. The teams also split the two mixed matches but the Rats walked off with the hard fought win.
With the loss, the Smokin Aces lost sole possession of first place and dropped into a three-way tie at the top of the league.
Fireballs 3-2 Alley Rats 3-2 Smokin Aces 3-2
Poachers 2-2 Tie Breakers 2-3 Hard Courts 1-3
Vineyard Mites are mighty in Falmouth
The Martha’s Vineyard Mites hockey team traveled across the pond last weekend to play in the Falmouth Clipper Tournament. The Falmouth Arena ice was divided into two halfs. Accordingly, the Vineyard Mites, normally 17 strong, divided into two teams.
The Vineyard ‘B’ team — composed of Liam Marek, Dylan Biggs, Nick BenDavid, Nick Rego, John Coogan, Matthew Pouliot, Harper Hearn, Jack Lionnette, and Richie Combra — skated to the tournament championship with a 15-5 win over Edgewood Hockey of Warwick, R.I. The B’s steamrolled the competition in the first two games as well, 18-2 and 17-1.
The Vineyard ‘C’ team of Riley Sylvia, Jacob Silvia, Daniel Serpa, Caroline Kelleher, Micah Simmons, Jake Cleland, Macsime Pacheco, and Parker Blake reached the final but lost to the hosts from Falmouth, 6-4.
The Edgartown Lady Eagles and the Oak Bluffs Lady Blazers squared off in a rematch on Tuesday. The Eagles came out on top, 42-27, led by Erin Hill with 31 points. Megan Sawyer scored six and Kiana Casey added three.
Kylie Hathaway and Lucy Ulyatt keyed the Edgartown defense. Rebecca Lima helped the offense with timely and accurate passing.
Molly DeBettencourt led Oak Bluffs with 12 points, followed by Lacey Dinning (5) and Julia Bettencourt (4).
The Edgartown boys improved to 6-1 with a win against the West Tisbury Hawks. The Eagles broke out early and never looked back. Nick Bond was top scorer with contributions from Thomas Weston, John Morris, and Max Hammond. Jordan Tate impressed with his ball handling skills.
The Eagles defeated Oak Bluffs on January 17, 47-43. Edgartown smoked the Blazers in the second half with superb perimeter shooting. Thomas Weston scored 14 and Nick Bond had 12 for the victors. Dylan Araujo (15 points) and Lucas Bettencourt (14) led the Blazers.