Sports highlights


Babe Ruth baseball

The Babe Ruth playoffs got underway Monday with the Vineyard Angels edging the Vineyard Brewers, 6-5, in the first game of the best of three series. In Varsity Division play, the Vineyard Astros defeated the Mashpee Falcons, 6-5, in the opener of their best-of-three set. The ‘Stros and Falcons meet again on Thursday, while the Halos and Brew Crew are scheduled to play Friday night at 7 pm under the lights at the Shark Tank.

The Angels wrapped up the regular season in style Saturday at Dennis-Yarmouth as Aidan Aliberti pitched a complete game no-hitter, striking out eight in a 10-0 win. Nick Fiore led the offense with three RBIs, while Mercer Kelly and Wilson Redfield had two RBIs each. The Halos won the division title and head into the playoffs with a 14-1 record.

Saturday, the Brewers swept a doubleheader from host Barnstable. Jack Sayre hit three doubles and scored three runs to pace the Brew Crew to an 8-5 win in game one.

In game two, Morgan Michalski went 4 for 4with two doubles, while Jack Sayre had his second multi-hit game of the day in an 11-4 win. Dillon “Clutch” McAndrews was the winning pitcher.

The Brewers returned home on Sunday and lost to D-Y, 3-1.

The Astros of the Gateway Varsity Division clinched first place with four wins over the weekend. Saturday, the ‘Stros downed Barnstable 4-3 and beat Mashpee 6-2. Sunday, they turned the same trick over the same teams, beating Barnstable, 5-2, and Mashpee, 12-6.

The Astros will face Mashpee again in the best-of-three divisional playoffs this weekend.

Vineyard Youth Tennis 5k Race/Walk

The Vineyard Youth Tennis 5K Race/Walk will be held on Sunday, June 30, at 9 am. Proceeds benefit the VYT Scholarship Fund.

The course through the state forest begins and ends at the Vineyard Youth Tennis complex on Barnes Road, near the roundabout. The pre-race registration fee is $25 for adults and $10 for juniors. Race day registration is $30.

All participants will receive a tee-shirt and refreshments. Families are encouraged to come out and support this great cause. Entry forms are available at or at the facility. For more information, call 508-693-7762.

Chumash lacrosse at O.B. School

Chumash Lacrosse, a 3 on 3 variation of the traditional game, is being played this summer at the O.B. school, tentatively scheduled for Monday and Thursday nights from 6:30 until dark. Chumash is open to high school players and older on Monday nights and, for the time being, to 7th to 9th graders on Thursday nights.

All participants, including supervisory staff, must be current members of U.S. Lacrosse (website: There are no exceptions, as U.S. Lacrosse carries insurance for all youth and associated activities.

Full equipment (helmet, shoulder pads, arm pads, gloves and mouth guard) is required. Goalies should bring appropriate equipment, but be prepared to play out with arm and shoulder pads, plus a short stick. Defensemen may bring long sticks but also should have short sticks. Participants should bring a reversible pinny and water bottle. All players under 18 years-old must have a completed application and waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

Registration is free for M.V. Youth players, MVRHS players, and alumni. The fee for all other players is $50, payable to M.V. Youth Lacrosse.

Les Cutler swims fifth at Pan Am

Les Cutler of the Martha’s Vineyard Masters swim team competed June 13 with 400 athletes from North, Central, and South America and Eastern Europe in the Pan American Open Water 1K and 3K Championships, held off of Siesta Key in Sarasota, Florida.

Mr. Cutler competed in the challenging 3K (1.86 mile) championship swim and finished fifth in the men’s 70-74 year old age group. The race was swum on a technical and tight three loop (1K/loop) course in which the swimmers worked against the tides, cross currents and winds in rough and uncomfortably warm Gulf waters.

Island gymnasts excel in Northboro meet

Island Gymnastics Training School Team girls were among the 53 gymnasts who competed May 19 in the Massachusetts USA Gymnastics State/Sectional Silver division competition at Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough.

Taybor Estrella brought home a trophy for fifth place in the all-around Child Division Championship and earned a fifth-place medal with a high score 8.775 for the uneven bars. Mackenzie Condon placed second on floor (9.35), second on vault (9.25), and fourth on uneven bars (9.225) to finish sixth in the all-around Junior Division Championship. Kasey Varkonda earned a seventh-place medal with an 8.70 score on uneven bars. Isabelle Murphy scored 8.65 on beam.

Island Gymnastics placed seventh out of 12 teams in the all-around competition, finishing fourth on the uneven bars and fifth on floor. The girls were coached by Beth and Macayah Goodell.

In other gymnastics news, IGTS gymnast Rose Herman competed May 12 in the Mass. USA Gymnastics State/Sectional Gold division meet at Andover High School and won a medal on the uneven bars with a score of 8.925. Rose was coached by Island Gymnastics founder, Beth Goodell.

Holmes Hole sailing

Results from June 16, corrected times in bold with skipper in parenthesis:

1. Penelope (M. Flam) 1:18:50 1:11:02; 2. Sally (W. Hanschka) 1:34:58 1:12:10; 3. Tyche (B. Van Riper) 1:37:01 1:14:01; 4. Providence (S. Halpert) 1:38:35 1:16:05; 5. Magic Time (D. Culkin) 1:34:55 1:17:13; 6. Silouette (B. Colson) 1:32:44 1:19:26; 7. Avanti (D. Lott) 1:43:44 1:22:56; 8. Apres (S. Besse) 1:04:50 1:23:02; 9. Wicked (P. Hale) 1:22:09 1:23:09; 10. Masquerade 1:34:05 1:31:75

Fish farm for Haiti tennis

The 6th annual Martha’s Vineyard Fish Farm for Haiti project tennis tournament and art sale will be held Friday through Sunday at Farm Neck tennis in Oak Bluffs.