Islanders turn out in force to support boys basketball team

Fans disembarked from the ferry in Woods Hole on their way to support the boys basketball team in Boston today. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Islanders packed the noon ferry to Woods Hole Tuesday, to support the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School boys basketball team, on its way to play Danvers, the second-seeded Mass North champs, at the TD Bank Garden, in the MIAA Division 3 state semifinals, at 4:15 pm today.

In anticipation of a wave of “basketball playoff flu,” high school officials announced Monday that school would be dismissed at 11 am on Tuesday.

Ralph Stewart, MV Times sports and photography editor, reported that there was little room to move aboard the ferry. “It was like August,” he said. “One guidance counselor told me that there were so many students they could probably hold high school classes on board.”

It was expected that more than 400 fans, on seven chartered buses, would make the trip.

“This noon boat is rocking with a full house of young and old Vineyard faithful,” a blogger on the mv sports’ Facebook page reported. “The last we saw a boat this jammed was going to Nantucket for the Island Cup. Over 200 tee-shirts have been handed out. What an amazing time in Vineyard hoops history.”