Sports highlights

The 35th Chilmark Road Race is Saturday at 10:30 am, beginning 3.1 miles east of the Chilmark Town Hall on Middle Road. The finish line is at Beetlebung Corner next to the Town Hall. Net proceeds benefit the Chilmark Community Center (CCC).

Registration was closed on July 12 when the limit of 1,500 runners was reached. Race registration packets are available for pickup at the CCC on Friday at 5 pm.

All runners must check in at the CCC either Friday, 5–7 pm, or Saturday morning, 8:30–9:30 am. Numbers, timing chips, tee-shirts, and race instructions will be issued. Runners who check in late may miss the race, because they must bus to the start.

Parking is limited. Runners should arrive early, carpool, leave the car at home and walk, ride a bike or ride the bus to the Community Center, which is served by VTA routes 4, 5, and 12.

Runners will be shuttled to the start area on Middle Road. Special buses will provide transportation from Vineyard Haven to Chilmark for runners taking the 8:15 am Steamship Authority Ferry from Woods Hole, arriving in Vineyard Haven at 9 am. Buses will return to the ferry after the race.

Double strollers, skates, animals, scooters, and skateboards are prohibited. Single strollers are strongly discouraged. If you must run with a stroller, exercise extreme caution.

Results will be posted online at coolrunning.com and start2finish.com.

For more information, email chilmarkroadrace@verizon.net or call Hannah Nichols at the CCC from 9 am to 12 noon Thursday and Friday, 508-645-9484.

Pigskin Lift-a-Thon

Attention all 2013 high school football players.

The annual MVRHS Lift-a-Thon is August 11th at 6 pm in the high school weight room.

Equipment will be issued for all seniors and juniors on August 12 at 6 pm and for all sophomores and freshmen on August 13 at 6 pm. Make up equipment issue for all grades is August 14 at 6 pm.

Official practice begins Monday, August 19, at 5:30 pm.

All players must have a valid physical and other completed forms before being allowed to practice.

Munchkin Day at VYT

Vineyard Youth Tennis will host a Munchkin Day Friday evening from 5-6 pm. Pre School and Kindergarten aged children are encouraged to sign up. Drills, games and prizes will be part of the festivities. Space is limited. Call 508 693-7762

USTA tournament this weekend

Vineyard Youth Tennis will also host a USTA sanctioned tennis tournament for boys and girls 12-14 and under singles play. Matches start at 9 am and continue throughout the weekend.

Chappy Pong tourney

The 5th annual all-island Chappy Pong table tennis tournament will be held Sunday, August 11 at the Chappaquiddick Community Center. Sign up is at 10 am. Play begins at 11 am in a round robin format. No fee is required. Players of all skill levels and ages are invited and playing equipment is provided. The open tournament is co-sponsored by the Center and the Martha’s Vineyard Table Tennis Club. Prizes will be awarded to finalists. The Center is located a mile and half from the Chappy Point ferry landing. For more information contact Bob O’Rourke at 508-627-7902 or 301-509-7298.

Holmes Hole sailing

Holmes Holers had planned to sail to Chappy on Sunday for the annual rendevouz. Light winds caused the committee to shorten the race as the boats took over two hours to reach the first mark at Nun 4 in the Edgartown outer harbor.

Roger Becker’s Gloria topped the A Division fleet, followed by Irving Gates in King Kiwi, Mo Flam in Penelope, and Jim Dixon in At Last. Beck Colson skippered Silhouette to a victory in the B Division. David Lott in Avanti was second, John and Lisa Stout in Isabella placed third, Dan Culkin in Magic Time was fourth, and Tom Welch sailed Eastaway into fifth.

In the Thursday night series race, August 1, thirteen boats came to the line under threatening skies. The course took the fleet to Can 23A off East Chop, then to N4 Nun off West Chop, followed by an upwind leg back to town. John and Lisa Stout sailed Isabella to a first place finish, followed by Alex Paardo in Sonar, and Dan Pesch in Remedy.

Men’s softball playoffs

The Island Softball League regular season ended on August 1 with the Highlanders (14-2) claiming the top seed for the playoffs by virtue of a better run differential than the two-time defending champion Hurricanes, who also finished 14-2. The teams each won once head to head. The Blazers finished third at 10-6, followed by the Sons of Pitches (8-8), Brewhas, Wildcats, and Treds (all 7-9), Gustav (4-12), and Floaters (1-15).

The playoffs (all best of three series) began Monday night with Gustav and the Floaters contesting a best of three play-in series, with a quarter-final berth against the Highlanders on the line.

The Floaters jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the first inning of game one at Manter’s Field in West Tisbury before Gustav roared back to win 14-11. With the series shifting to Veterans Park, the Floaters took game two 12-10 but Gustav won the rubber match 24-7.

The remainder of Monday’s games took place at Veterans Park. The Wildcats started the night off with 9-6 win over the Blazers. The Hurricanes followed up by downing the Treds, 19-11.

Wednesday night, the Brewhas opened their series with the Sons of Pitches, followed by game one of the Highlanders-Gustav series and game two between the Wildcats and Blazers.

Thursday night at Veterans Park, the ‘Canes meet the Treds in game two at 6 pm, followed by Highlanders-Gustav game two at 7:30, and the SOP and Brewhas game two at 8:45.

Women’s softball

The Snaps (11-2) took over sole possession of first place Tuesday night at Veterans Park with a 14-11 win over the Honeys (10-3). In the two earlier games, the Shady Ladies notched their second win of the season with a 16-15 extra innings victory over the Creamers and Mama’s Girls tied the Honeys for second place with a 17-8 win over the Rug Sox.

The regular season wraps up on Thursday, with the playoffs getting underway on Tuesday, August 13.

BC hockey clinic

The Boston College Eagles are back at the Martha’s Vineyard Arena for a third time August 12-15 to conduct a hockey clinic for Mites, Squirts, Pee Wees and Bantams. There will be three sessions daily, starting at 3 pm. The Mites clinic will be from 3-4 pm, followed by Squirts from 4:10-5:10, and Pee Wees and Bantams at 5:20-6:20 pm. Proceeds will benefit Martha’s Vineyard Youth Hockey.

Conducting the clinics will be former BC associate head coach and current University of Connecticut head coach Mike Cavanaugh, Eagles associate head coach Greg Brown, former Boston Bruins and BC player Bobby Allen, and other current and former Eagles players.

For more information, email Peter Gillis at peterjgillis@gmail.com.