Sports Highlights

Jim Swartz in Vesper (turquoise hull) leads Isao Mita in Beecom during IRC A class competition in San Francisco. — © ROLEX/Daniel Forster

Jim Swartz sails to win in San Francisco

Local sailor Jim Swartz won the IRC A class earning him the St. Francis Perpetual Trophy for the third consecutive time at the 49th annual Rolex Big Boat Series event in San Francisco. The race is the first sailing event succeeding the America’s Cup. Swartz and his team also took home the 2013 IRC West Coast Champion title.

Gay Head 10 K

The inaugural Gay Head 10K road race is Sunday at 10 am. The race starts at the crosswalk at the Gay Head Cliffs. The race has been established by the Town of Aquinnah’s Save the Gay Head Lighthouse Committee to raise funds necessary to move the lighthouse away from eroding cliffs. Registration is limited to 500.

Runners may pick up numbers on Saturday from 3 to 6 at the Aquinnah Town Hall and Sunday morning from 8 to 9:30 at Gay Head Circle. Limited parking is available in the Aquinnah Town Beach lot on Moshup Trail.

Online registration remains open through midnight on Friday, October 4, and can be accessed by going to The online registration fee is $30. Late registrations will be accepted during the number pick-up event at the Aquinnah Town Hall on Saturday from 3 to 6 pm. The late registration fee is $40 and must be in cash or check made out to the Town of Aquinnah. No registrations will be accepted on the day of the race.

A shuttle bus will meet the ferry arriving in Vineyard Haven at 7:45 am. Shuttle buses will depart the Gay Head Cliffs at noon and 12:30 pm after the race. Water stations will be located every two miles along the course. An award ceremony will be held at the lighthouse starting at 11:30.

Cycle Martha’s Vineyard

The annual Cycle Martha’s Vineyard is Sunday, October 6. The event, which will be held rain or shine, begins and ends at the Portuguese-American Club located at 137 Vineyard Avenue in Oak Bluffs. The 100K ride begins at 9:45 am and the 50K at 11 am. The 100K route circuits the Island traveling along the Atlantic Ocean, Nantucket Sound, rolling farmland, and State Forest. The 50K route also offers breathtaking views of Nantucket Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. All roads are paved. The event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Martha’s Vineyard with proceeds to benefit Rotary charities.

The registration fee is $100, $90 for returning participants. The fee entitles each rider to aid stations and assistance along the course, a tee-shirt, and a post-ride barbecue. All riders are required to wear a helmet. Registration on the day of the event will be limited and begins at 8:30 am. The fee is $125, payable by cash and check only.

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Pistol competition

The Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club will hold its annual pistol championship from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, October 5, at the club range off Third Street in Edgartown.

The competition is open to members and nonmembers. The entry fee is $10.

Participants will fire at targets from distances of 20, 35, and 50 feet. Competitors must bring a pistol, 40 rounds of ammunition, and hearing protection. Scopes are prohibited.

Holmes Hole sailing

The sailors enjoyed perfect conditions for two race days last week. Sunday, Steve Besse’s jack-rabbit J-120 Apres tore up Course 2, which took the fleet out to the mid-channel marker, finishing in an hour and 19 minutes. The fast time left the rest of the fleet to fight challenging wind shifts and a swift ebbing Sound tide. More than 40 minutes later, Roger Becker in Gloria crossed the finish line, but not soon enough to wrest first place from Apres which won the day after times were corrected. Ernie Mendenhall, skippering Rocinante III, followed two minutes later and finished second on corrected time.

On September 26, six boats attended the post-season race which started with an upwind leg under chilly north winds. Commodore Dan Culkin’s Magic Time finished 10 seconds ahead of Apres. Jerry Goodale in Stormalong took first to maintain a perfect 1.0 average for the fall.

Over the Hill gang remains in first place

Vineyard Football Club, the local entry in the New England Over the Hill Soccer League, suffered its first defeat of the season Sunday in Braintree to FIMA, 2-0. Despite the setback, VFC remained atop the Masters Division 5 South table with nine points.

September 22, VFC picked up its third win, downing the host Easton Masters, 3-1. Ralph “Skip” Dostal scored a pair of goals and Brian Gager netted one.

The Over the Hill gang is back in action Sunday at second-place Medfield FC.

Junior high gridders sack Somerset

The Vineyard Junior High football team, coming off a close loss to Nantucket in week one, took out its frustrations by romping to a 48-14 win over Somerset on September 25. M.V. built a 32-6 half-time lead. Chris Patnaude, Joao Goncalves, Zach Moreis, and Dylan Dyke all scored touchdowns. Sam Bresnick and Matt Morris added two-point conversions.

Cory Medeiros anchored the defense with two sacks and a forced fumble. Hard-hitting Nick Andrade had four sacks and Sam Rollins blocked a punt.

The junior Vineyarders host BC High Saturday at 12 noon.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters golf

The 25th Annual Howard W. Leonard Golf Scramble to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Martha’s Vineyard was held September 15, with 55 golfers taking part. The Martha’s Savings Bank and Mink Meadows Golf Club sponsored the event, which raised $12,000. The quartet of Bob Jaffe, Bruce Stone, Ross Cowen, and J.C. Murphy took first place with a score of 58. Close behind were runners-up Jim Geary, Bob Ogden, Phil Mercier, and Dave Burke (59.12). Kaitlyn Marchand, Mason Jeffers, Chris Mayhew, and Ben Lockowitz finished third (59.25). Mary Finkelstein had the longest drive of the day for the ladies, while Brett Leighton won for the gentlemen. Closest to the pin were Betsy Dripps and Gil Williams.

Youth soccer

All three local Cranberry League travel teams were in action over the weekend. The MV United Under-12 boys romped to a 7-1 win over host Mashpee at Heritage Park. Jack Holmes netted a hat trick, including a goal from the penalty spot, and Robe Della Torre tallied twice. Josh Sampaio scored on a header and Ben Taylor added a goal from outside the box. The U-12s will test their 4-0 record against Barnstable Saturday at 2:45 pm at the Park and Ride field in Vineyard Haven.

The U-14 girls played their first home match of the season Saturday, defeating Freetown-Lakeville, 2-1 at MVRHS. Evelyn Medeiros, last year’s leading scorer, netted both goals, including the game-winner on a direct free kick from outside the penalty area. Lollie Bezahler, newest member of the team, keyed the Vineyard defense. The U-14s host Bourne Saturday at 4 pm.

The U-11 girls lost a hard-fought 1-0 match at Falmouth. Immy Taylor and newcomer Sarah Lytle made nice contributions from outside midfield. Defenders Kate Howell, Hannah Best, and Klara Reimann played well in front of keeper Becket Wadleigh, who snuffed out multiple breakaways. The girls are off until an October 19 match against Swansea at Swansea-Somerset North Elementary School. Match time is set for 2 pm.

Interscholastic track

The junior high track and field season is underway. Friday at MVRHS, West Tisbury defeated Edgartown 40-27, while Oak Bluffs rolled over the Charter School 60-8 and Tisbury 62-6. Tisbury earned a split by topping the Charters 43-5.

The top three athletes for girls and boys in the individual events were: GIRLS: Shot put: 1. Saige Araujo, Oak Bluffs, 22′ 22″; 2. Ewellen Carlos, Edgartown, 21 ‘3″; 3. Kelly Klaren, West Tisbury, 21’. Discus: 1. Ewellen Carlos, Edg., 61′ 2″; 2. Julia Reagan, Edg., 50′ 7″; 3. Julia Crocker, Edg., 50′ 4″. Long Jump: 1. Kelly Klaren, W.T., 12′ 11″; 2. Genny Kent, W.T., 12′ 7″; 3. Kathleen Alves, O.B., 12′ 6.5″. 75 Meter Hurdles: 1. Genny Kent, W.T., 13.37; 2. Kathleen Alves, O.B., 14.33; 3. Sydney Jasny, Charter, 14.38. 100 Meters: Sydney Jasny, Charter, 14.72; 2. Bailee Francis, O.B., 15.31; 3. Kat Roberts, W.T., 15:45. 200 Meters: 1. Kathleen Alves, O.B., 31.95; 2. Abby Marchand, O.B., 32.84; 3. Megan Zeilinger, O.B., 33:81. Mile: 1. Kelly Klaren, W.T., 6:15.6; 2. Rose Engler, O.B., 6:16.4; 3. Lizzie Williamson, Tis., 7:28.1.

BOYS: Shot put: 1. Gabe Bellebuono, W.T., 29′ 9″; 2. Kelly Mercier, Edg., 28′ 9″; 3. Jackson Crocker, Edg., 27′ 3″. Discus: 1. John Morris, Edg., 78′; 2. Kelly Mercier, Edg., 73′; 3. Charlie Fenske, Edg., 69′ 9″. Long Jump: 1. Ricardo Andrade, Charter, 14′ 11″; 2. Cole Houston, Tis., 14′ 3″; 3. Gabe Bellebuono, W.T., 13′ 8″. 75 Meter Hurdles: 1. John Morris, Edg., 12.85; 2. Gabe Oliveira, Tis., 14.00; 3. Garrett Zeilinger, O.B., 14.64. 100 Meters: 1. Ricardo Andrade, Charter, 13.07; 2. Cole Houston, Tis., 13.16; 3. Owen Porterfield, Tis., 13.91. 200 Meters: 1. Gabe Bellebuono, W.T., 26.69; 2. Jackson Crocker, Edg., 28.64; 3. Tim Wallis, O.B., 29.94. Mile: 1. Gabe Bellebuono, W.T., 5:44; 2. Peter Burke, Tis., 6:29.7; 3. Charlie Fenske, Edg., 6:13.6.

In the team 4 x 100 meter relay events, West Tisbury won the girls race in 1:01.6, followed by Oak Bluffs (1:07.0), Edgartown (1:13.6) and Tisbury (1:15.0) Tisbury took the boys race in 59.2, with Edgartown (59.3) second and Oak Bluffs (1:12.7) third.