Ned Fennessy honored
Former Martha’s Vineyard boys varsity tennis coach Frank “Ned” Fennessy, who retired last June, was recognized Friday night during halftime of the Vineyard-Bishop Feehan football game for his 23 years of service and outstanding achievement. MVRHS athletics director Mark McCarthy presented Coach Fennessy with a plaque and the Boston Globe 2013 Coach of the Year Award. Mr. Fennessy finished his career at MVRHS with a record of 290 wins and 113 losses, leading the Vineyarders to MIAA state Division 3 championships in 2012 and 2013; five Cape and Island League titles; and four consecutive Eastern Athletic Conference championships from 2010-13. He was selected coach of the year by the Cape Cod Times in 1996, 1998, and 2002 and by the Boston Globe in 2009 and 2013.
Vineyard freshman Patrick Best had a race for the ages Saturday at the Manchester Invitational, held at Derryfield Park in Manchester, N.H. Patrick finished third of 258 runners, with a time of 11:41. The third place finish was the highest ever at the event for a Vineyard runner. Patrick was a medalist and earned a special award for his achievement, which will earn a mention in next year’s race program.
The Vineyard girls and boys cross country teams competed alongside more than 1,400 athletes from across New England in the prestigious event. The Vineyarders raced in the Small School Division varsity, junior varsity, and freshman events. The challenging course, (5K varsity and jayvee; 2.1 miles for freshman) is mostly uphill and includes a steeplechase on the descent.
Isaiah Maynard led the way for M.V. in the boys varsity race, placing 46th of 229 in 17:59. George Sykes also had an outstanding race, finishing 51st (18:06). Also in the top 100 were Thorpe Karabees (76th, 18:38) and Nate D’ Angelo (97th, 19:00). As a team, the Vineyard varsity boys were 11th of 30 schools. The jayvee boys were 20th of 44 and the freshman boys were 13th of 31. Ry Brodsky had the best local time for the jayvee boys, 20:05, good for 112th among 326 runners. Tucker McNeely was 162nd (20:50) and Chase Sylvia 167th (20:57). Behind Patrick Best, freshman boys in the top 100 were Aiveras Gedvilas (79th, 13:25) and Daniel Gaines (81st, 13:26).
The Vineyard varsity girls finished 20th of 26 teams. Julia Neville was 53rd of 194, with a time of 22:06. Willow Wunsch also made the top 100 (96th, 23:47). Ava Thors led the Vineyard freshman girls, placing 64th of 139 runners in 16:47.
For complete results of the Manchester Invitational, visit lancertiming.com.
September 25, the Vineyarders split in a non-league meet with host Brockton. The girls won handily, while the boys were edged by seven points.
The Vineyarders picked up an Eastern Athletic Conference win Tuesday, holding off visiting Westport 2-1. Sydney Davies and Caroline Gazaille staked the Vineyarders to a 2-0 halftime lead. The Purple continued to press in the first 15 minutes of the second half, narrowly missing the cage on three occasions. Westport rallied to score with 10 minutes left and had the hosts on their heels until the final whistle. Martha’s Vineyard is 6-3-1, five points away from earning a state tourney berth.
Coach Lisa Knight’s team has a challenging week ahead. The Vineyarders have a huge EAC game October 3 at Bishop Stang, host Natick Saturday at 11:30 am and host league rival Somerset Berkley, currently ranked 14th in the Boston Globe’s state poll, Tuesday at 3 pm.
The MVRHS golfers defeated Sturgis West Charter School of Hyannis 40-14 in a match play format Tuesday at Bayberry Hills in South Yarmouth. Senior co-captains Kat deBettencourt and Mike Marchand each carded a 38 to lead Martha’s Vineyard (4-6-1).
Monday, the Vineyarders came up short, 269-271, to Coyle Cassidy in an EAC match played at the Golf Club of Cape Cod in East Falmouth. Trailing by 14 strokes, Vineyard freshmen Finn Simpkins and Zach Danz each shot a 43 to shave off 12 strokes but it wasn’t enough. M.V. hosted Cape Cod Tech on Wednesday afternoon and tees up with Somerset Berkley in an EAC match at Farm Neck October 3 at 3 pm.