Sports Highlights

Pistol champs Joel Cristea and James Craig posed with the hardware. — Photo by Bob Delisle

James Craig, Joel Cristea are pistol champs

James Craig of Edgartown captured the large caliber pistol division title with a perfect score of 400 at the annual Martha’s Vineyard Pistol Championships Saturday at the Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club. The result was a fitting finale, with three generations of Craigs — James, mom Shirley, and son Riley — all competing in the event. Bill Benns of Cuttyhunk took second and Joseph Smith II of Edgartown placed third.

Joel Cristea of Edgartown won the small caliber division, also with a perfect 400 score. Edgartonians Jeff Long and Peter Herrmann finished second and third respectively.

Tony Bonito moveable poker game was aces

Friends of Tony Bonito, an Oak Bluffs police officer who died while on duty, held the 20th anniversary Tony Bonito Poker Run last Saturday. All proceeds from the event benefit a $1,000 scholarship fund created in his memory.

The poker run is five card stud played with either a motorcycle or a car. This year, the Run started at the Portuguese-American Club on Vineyard Avenue in Oak Bluffs, before moving on to Larry’s Tackle Shop in Edgartown, the Gay Head Cliffs, and Menemsha Beach. The final card was drawn back at the P-A Club.

Following the ride, guests enjoyed food and live music by the Kent Riley Band. Riders holding the top three hands won prizes, which they generously donated back to the scholarship fund. The event organizers thanked all who participated.

Vineyard Squirts blank Barnstable

The Vineyard Squirt 2 team traveled Sunday to Hyannis and skated past Barnstable 5-0.

Graham Stearns, Michael Wallace, Harper Hearn, Jake Cleland, and Charlie Lakis scored for the Vineyard. Cleland, Lakis, Hearn, and Julia Murray had assists. Goalie Riley Sylvia made numerous saves, none bigger than stopping a breakaway and clearing the rebound with seconds remaining in the second period.

Youth soccer

The MV United Under-12 boys improved to 5-0 with a 3-0 shutout over visiting Barnstable Saturday at the Park & Ride field in Vineyard Haven.

Robe Della Torre scored from a Ben Taylor cross in the 25th minute. Josh Sampaio and Josh Dix provided the second half insurance.

The U-12s play in the Tidal Wave GPS Tsunami Cup over Columbus Day weekend and visit Nantucket on October 19.

The U-14 girls won their second straight with a 2-1 home win over Bourne Saturday at MVRHS. MVU’s diamond defense and great halfback play was too much for the visitors. Sasha Lakis scored first from an Evelyn Medeiros corner kick, assisted by Alexis Condon. Adeline Hayman made it 2-0 with an unassisted strike before halftime. The girls host Seekonk at MVRHS on October 19.

Over the Hill Gang wins again

Vineyard Football Club (VFC) won 2-1 at Medfield Sunday to remain atop the Masters Division 5 South table in the New England Over the Hill Soccer League. Vander Souza scored on a breakaway, pinging a shot off the far post in the first half and Josh Thompson’s headed in a free kick in the second. VFC keeper Dr. Rocco Monto joined the team from Nantucket and earned the win. VFC play at second place Randolph on October 20.

Island martial artists excel

Three martial artists from the Vineyard competed October 5 in the North American Grappling Association (NAGA) Brazilian jiu-jitsu meet at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Neila Monteiro, of Oak Bluffs, finished first in the women’s white belt middleweight division, Nigel Smith, of West Tisbury, placed second in the men’s masters blue belt lightweight division and Rodrigo Ramos, of Oak Bluffs, was first in the masters NO-GI expert lightweight division. Mr. Ramos teaches the discipline at Blitz Fitness in West Tisbury.

Interscholastic track


Oak Bluffs 42, West Tisbury 25; Edgartown 68, Tisbury 0

The Oak Bluffs girls remained unbeaten at 3-0 and the Edgartown Eagles soared to victory in last Friday’s meet at MVRHS. In the all-Island results, Kathleen Alves of Oak Bluffs won two events, leaping 13′ 1″ in the long jump and winning the 200 Meters in 31.01. Ewellen Carlos of Edgartown won the shot put with throw of 21′ 10″. The Eagles’ Rebecca Lima took the discus (55′ 2″). Other winners were: 75 meter hurdles, Genny Kent, West Tisbury, 13.46; 100 meters, Bailee Francis, OB, 15.27; mile, Kelly Klaren, WT, 6:21.4. Oak Bluffs won the 4 x 100 relay in 1:04.8.


West Tisbury 35, Oak Bluffs 24; Edgartown 53, Tisbury 14

The birds were tops on the boys side. The Edgartown Eagles still rule the roost with a 3-0 record, while the West Tisbury Hawks got their first win. Among the four schools, Edgartown took six of the eight events. John Morris won the discus (78′ 7″) and 75 meter hurdles (13.96); Jackson Crocker leaped longest (13′ 9.5″) and ran the 200 fastest (29.90); Mercer Kelly took the shot put (29′ 4″); and Charlie Fenske won the 100 meters (13.89). Peter Burke of Tisbury won the mile in 6:43.81. West Tisbury prevailed in the 4 x 100 relay with a time of 1:03.2.

Adult hockey returns to MV Arena

Men’s adult hockey has returned to the Martha’s Vineyard Arena for the first time in many years. The John Gibson Memorial Men’s Hockey League debuted September 26, with four teams, the Pirates, Sharks, Max Fitness, and a team of Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School varsity players taking part. The non-checking league is named in memory of the late Mr. Gibson who was the director of the last organized Island league.

There will be three separate seasons, running through April 3, 2014, totaling 27 games for all teams with the exception of the MVRHS team who will drop out at the start of the high school season. The anticipation is that another group of players will replace the varsity team during the two succeeding seasons. The current season runs until Thanksgiving.

The cost per player is $300 for all three seasons or $125 per season. The fee includes a jersey that must be returned at the conclusion of the year. Games will be played on Thursday nights at 9 and 10 pm. The high school team always skates in the early game. Players may register at

On opening night, MVRHS tied Max Fitness, 2-2, and the Pirates crushed the Sharks, 5-0. October 3, the high schoolers beat the Bucs, 6-4, and the Sharks edged Max Fitness, 6-5.

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