Sports highlights


Eighth-grade girls reach travel hoops final

The Martha’s Vineyard 8th grade girls travel basketball team will play Falmouth on Saturday at 1 pm in Bourne for the Cape Hoops Championship.

To get there, the Vineyarders knocked off top-seeded 13-1 Monomoy, 55-42, Saturday afternoon in Falmouth in the league semifinals.

In two previous regular season meetings, Monomoy won each by three points. This time, the Vineyarders turned the tables on the league leaders.

Erin Hill played a great two-way game to finish with 20 points and numerous blocked shots. Molly deBettencourt also came up huge with 18 points, including four treys. Whitney Schroeder scored eight points and kept a tight rein on Monomoy’s best player.

The Vineyard began post-season play earlier in the day by beating fifth-seeded Dartmouth, 43-33, in the quarterfinals.

Erin Hill put the team on her back and carried them into the semis. She scored 25 points and played superb interior defense, with 10 blocks. Molly deBettencourt added eight points and Whitney Schroeder chipped in with five.

7th-grade girls fall to Dartmouth

The Vineyard 7th-grade girls travel basketball team were eliminated from the Cape Hoops League playoffs with a 37-26 loss Sunday in Barnstable to second-seeded Dartmouth. The girls finished the regular season with a record of 12-4.

The Vineyard defense kept the game close. Kat Roberts had numerous steals and the teams went to the break with Dartmouth in front 11-9.

In the second half, Dartmouth’s relentless 1-3-1 press gave the Vineyarders precious few scoring chances. With three minutes remaining, coach Maureen Hill emptied the bench to give everyone a chance to play.

Devin Hill was the top scorer with seven points, followed by Meghan Sawyer (6), and Kat Roberts (5). Lily Piggott did a great job defensively.

The 7th-graders began the playoffs earlier in the day with a 36-22 quarterfinal win over Plymouth North. Devin Hill had a great game inside with 20 points, Kat Roberts had the hot hand from the outside and ended with 7, while Meghan Sawyer added 6.

RCBL regular season ends

The Suns and Bulls were the winners Monday at the Boys and Girls Club in Edgartown in the final night of regular season play.

Jade Cash scored 33 points, Sterling Bishop 31, James Holenko 20, and Mike Baptiste 13, as the league-leading Suns outlasted the Heat, 107-100. Five players reached double figures for the Heat: Jason Dyer (25 points), Lucas Brewer (20), Matt Gebo (18), Tim Scott (14), and John Netto (13).

In the night’s other contest, the Bulls downed the Lakers 94-85. Asa Ray poured in 32 points to lead the Bulls. Brant Silvia had 19 points, Jaron Schilling scored 15, and Jared Silvia had 11. Jeff Labell was the leading Laker with 27 points, followed by Heath Estrella (22) and Jason O’ Donnell (12).

The top ten regular season scorers are: Jade Cash (Suns) 32.2 points per game; Brant Silvia (Bulls) 29.3; Asil Cash (Suns) 27.8; Sterling Bishop (Suns) 22.4; Tim Scott (Heat) 19.8; Jeff Labell (Lakers) 18.0; Asa Ray (Bulls) 17.8; Heath Estrella (Lakers) 17.2; Adam O’ Neal (Bulls) 16.8; James Holenko (Suns) 16.6.

The playoffs begin on Monday, Feb. 11, in Edgartown with the best-of-three semifinals. The fourth-seeded Bulls (3-9) take on the top-seeded Suns (11-1) at 6:15 pm and the third-seeded Heat (3-9) meet the second-seeded Lakers (7-5) at 8 pm.

The second games of the semifinal series will take place on February 18. The league is off on February 25 due to school vacation. The best-of-three RCBL finals will start on either March 4 or March 11.

Friday night tennis

The Poachers began February with a win over the Fireballs, 23-16, to move into a first place tie with the Smokin Aces. The Poachers won three sets in all, led by the womens tandem of Kelly Hess and Bev Mazza, who prevailed 7-2. Jeremy Simon and Kelly Hess edged Steve Mussell and Maya Moran, 7-6. Steve Mussell and Leo McHugh pulled one back for the Fireballs in men’s doubles by defeating Jeremy Simon and Shawn Schofield, 7-2.

The Smokin Aces gave the Hard Courts a hard time, 25-11, in the second match of the evening. Shawn Schofield and Todd Hollister led the way for the Aces in men’s doubles, beating Skip Dostal and Kye Howell 7-3.

Meanwhile, Aces Kim Averill and Beth Sawyer were taking care of business in the women’s set with a comfortable 7-0 win. Dostal and Carmen Wilson put the Hard Courts on the board with a 7-4 win over Hollister and Averill.

Standings: Smokin’ Aces 4-2, Poachers 4-2, Fireballs 3-3, Tiebreakers 3-3, Alley Rats 3-3, Hard Courts 1-5

Eric MacLean tourney this weekend

The Martha’s Vineyard Peewees and Bantams take the spotlight this weekend at the M.V. Arena in the annual Eric MacLean Memorial youth hockey tournament.

The action gets underway on Friday. The Vineyard Peewees open the tournament against the Demons (Ashland, Hopkinton, Holliston, Upton, and Sherborn) at 5 pm. Saturday, the Peewees face off against Acton-Boxboro at 9:10 am and Yale at 7:10 pm.

The Vineyard Bantams play Winchester on Friday at 7:20 pm, Connecticut on Saturday at 11:30 am, and Ludlow on Saturday at 9:30 pm.

The Peewee consolation game is Sunday at 7:30 am, followed by the championship game at 8:40. The Bantam consolation game is at 10 am, followed by the championship game at 11:10 am.

Love at First Set

The Workout and Vineyard Tennis Center will host the annual Love at First Set mixed doubles tournament February 9 and 10. The event benefits the Alzheimers Association. The fee is $65 for members and $85 for non-members.

Zumba dance marathon for One Billion Rising

The Workout and Vineyard Tennis Center (WVTC) will hold a Zumba dance marathon on February 13, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, in support of One Billion Rising. The goal is to help end physical violence against women.

Donations can be made at the WVTC to benefit the Connect Group at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, which aids victims of domestic violence. Checks are payable to Martha’s Vineyard Community Services.

Boys youth lacrosse registration

Martha’s Vineyard Boys Youth Lacrosse registration for grades 3-8 will be Saturday, February 16, from 10 am to 3 pm at Sports Haven in Vineyard Haven. For more information call 508-627-4691 or email