Sports Highlights


Pigskin feat

Bridgewater State University senior and former MVRHS quarterback Mike McCarthy has been selected as the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Football Co-Offensive Player of the Week.

Mike amassed 386 yards of total offense and scored seven touchdowns in the Bears’ 56-28 MASCAC win at Plymouth State Saturday. McCarthy completed 18 of 29 passes for a career-high 276 yards and tied the school record for touchdown passes with five. He added 110 yards on the ground, scoring two touchdowns on 19 carries.

Through seven games this season, Mike has passed for a career-high 1,438 yards and 14 touchdowns while rushing for 569 yards and 11 scores. He ranks second in the MASCAC in passing yards, passing touchdowns and rushing touchdowns; is third in completions (91) and fifth in rushing yards.

In 37 games over four seasons, Mike has thrown for 4,110 yards and 37 touchdowns, with a QB rating of 114.34. He has rushed for 2,525 yards and 36 touchdowns, ranking by far as the Bears’ all-time leader in total offense with 6,635 yards.

RCBL begins November 4, players needed

The RCBL adult recreational basketball league begins play on Monday, November 4, with a doubleheader at the Martha’s Vineyard Boys and Girls Club in Edgartown. The venerable league has been an Island winter fixture for more than a quarter century.

Games are played each Monday through March, except during school vacations, at 6:15 and 8 pm. Rosters are set for the Lakers and Heat. The Suns and the Bulls still need players. To sign up and for more information, contact league commissioner Abby Leighton at 508-524-9330.

Youth hockey

The Martha’s Vineyard Travel Mites registered their first win in a big way, skating to a resounding 21-4 victory over Dennis-Yarmouth last weekend. The Mites continue to improve in the young season and gave a total team effort. Multi-goal scorer Max Pacheco joined fellow returning skaters Nick BenDavid, Mika Simmons, and Parker Blake in pacing the Vineyard. Chase Grant also lit the lamp frequently, while Vinnie Paciello, Ingrid Gundersen, and Paige Anderson scored a goal each.

The Vineyard Squirts 2 played well but lost, 2-1, Saturday to the North Devils of North Attleboro. Riley Sylvia was stellar in net, aided by a stout Vineyard defense. Despite consistent offensive pressure throughout, the Vineyard scored their only goal midway through the second period. Jack Walsh fed a nifty pass to his twin brother Alex, who buried it for his first goal of the season. The Squirts skate again Sunday at the MV Arena. The puck drops at 11:30 am.

Youth soccer

The MV United boys Under-12 travel soccer team gutted out a 2-1 win Saturday in Nantucket, improving to 10-0. After enduring a two-hour boat ride, the Vineyard got off to a shaky start against their island rivals. Travel travails aside, Ben Taylor scored from just inside the opponents’ half to put the Purple and Black up 1-0 at the half.

The hosts finally solved MVU keeper Colby Zarba six minutes from time, but the Vineyard bounced right back as Morgan Estrella scored the match-winner with a crafty right-footed shot, assisted by Jack Holmes.

Next up is a home match against Barnstable Saturday at 2:45 pm at the Park and Ride Field in Vineyard Haven.

The MV United U-14 girls defeated Seekonk 1-0 Saturday at MVRHS. Evelyn Medeiros scored the only goal on an unassisted run, beating two defenders and fooling the goalie with an authoritative strike. Olivia Pouliot, Meagan Sawyer, Thea Keene, and Cora Lee Larue played a stellar diamond defense to stymie the Seekonk offense. Keeper Briana de Oliveira earned the clean sheet as the Purple and Black won their third straight. The girls are away at Dartmouth on Saturday.

Adult hockey

In John Gibson Memorial Men’s League (JGMML) play October 17 at the Martha’s Vineyard Arena, the MVRHS team and Max Fitness skated to a 6-6 tie. Tyson Araujo netted a hat trick for the high schoolers, Brian Fraser tallied twice, and Nick Kent added another. Vineyard boys varsity coach Matt Mincone and Derek Avakian had two goals each for Max Fitness. Jason Schwab and Rick Hall scored a goal apiece.

In the nightcap, the Sharks topped the Pirates, 5-2. Elliot Coutts, Mick Vukota, Jock Cooperrider, Mark Blodgett, and Cody Pachico put the biscuit in the basket for the Sharks. Brandon Willett and Bobby Sprague scored for the Bucs.

JGMML standings: Sharks 3-1-1, Pirates 2-2-0, MVRHS 1-1-2, Max Fitness 0-2-2.