Sports Highlights


MV United Under-12 soccer boys cap unbeaten season

The MV United Under-12 boys travel soccer team put an exclamation point on a perfect 12-0 season with a 5-1 win over host Mariner of Mattapoisett Saturday in the fall Cranberry League finale. United finished up 8-0 in league play and added four wins from a championship run in the Columbus Day Tsunami tournament.

The Vineyard got off to a flying start with a goal two minutes in from Josh Sampaio, assisted by Josh Dix. United increased their lead to 2-0 in the 15th minute when Ben Taylor tapped in a feed from Morgan Estrella.

Mariner drew a goal back, but MVU restored the two-goal cushion in the 28th minute on a breakaway goal by Nick Depaula.

After the halftime break, Morgan Estrella struck in the 33rd minute to make it 4-1, assisted by Tim Wallis. Robe Della Torre sealed the victory for the Vineyard with a goal three minutes from full time.

Colby Zarba was the winning keeper. Patrick Flaherty and Oliver Holmes marshaled the Vineyard defense.

Vineyard harriers excel at Coaches Invite

Four MVRHS cross-country runners medaled Saturday at the Coaches Invitational in Wrentham. Julia Neville (20:37) placed 12th in the girls Division 2 race to lead the Vineyarders. Jeremy Alley-Tarter (17:25) was 16th in the boys Division 2 race and Isaiah Maynard (18:08) was 40th. Patrick Best (10:15) took third for the Vineyard boys in the D2 freshman race.

Youth hockey

The Vineyard Pee Wees beat Taunton 4-1 Friday night. Mike Metcalf earned the win in goal, while Jackson Pachico anchored the defense. Hunter Meader potted a pair of goals. Pete Gillis and Aiden Marek had a goal apiece. The line of Hoffie Hearn, Patrick Dutton, and Alexa Pil was strong throughout.

RCBL tips-off November 11

Adult recreational basketball returns Monday night to the Martha’s Vineyard Boys and Girls Club as the new RCBL season gets underway with a doubleheader featuring the league’s four teams: the Suns, Lakers, Heat, and Bulls. The Suns are the defending champs. The first game tips off at 6:15 pm, followed by the nightcap at 8 pm. Games are played each Monday through March, with the exception of school vacation weeks.

The venerable league, which has been an Island winter mainstay for over a quarter century, was to have started play on November 4, but the season was pushed back a week to allow rosters to be fully stocked.

Octoberfish winners share $2,250 pool

Larry’s Tackle shop on Upper Main Street in Edgartown will hold an awards ceremony Saturday for the winners of Octoberfish, the shop’s post-Derby tournament. The winners will share in the entry money pool that totaled $2,250 and receive a prize package of donated tackle. The ceremony begins at 10 am and there will be a free raffle for all entrants.

Shore bass: Julian Pepper, 27.43 pounds; Ernie Baraccinni, 26.80 lbs; Don Scarpone, 19.58 lbs. Boat bass: Eric Johnson, 20.31 lbs; Shore bluefish: Ralph Peckham, 15.18 lbs; Mike Alwardt, 14.08 lbs; Peter Sliwkowski, 11.97 lbs. Boat bluefish: John Smith, 12.25 lbs; Johnny Hoy, 12.18 lbs; Gary Look, 10.40; Shore false albacore: Peter Sliwkowski, 13.06 lbs; Josh Kressel, 9.95 lbs; Ron Domurat, 9.35 lbs. Boat false albacore: Eric Johnson, 10.93 lbs; Caleb Nicholson, 10.85 lbs; Derek Avakian, 10.75 lbs. Boat bonito: Bob Clay, 11.49 lbs; Don MacGillivray, 10.78 lbs; Julian Pepper, 10.40 lbs.

Online deer checking tutorial available for hunters

MassWildlife has posted step-by-step instructions on how to check turkey and deer on its webpage This is the first year hunters are able to check their harvested deer, bear, turkey, and most furbearers online by logging on to MassFishHunt.

Hunters must complete the checking/reporting procedure before processing any game or furbearers for the table, freezer, fur buyer, or taxidermist.

Deer hunters are reminded that during shotgun deer season (December 2-14) all harvested deer must be checked at an official check station. Reporting deer at check stations during these two weeks allows biologists to collect valuable data needed for deer management. The MassFishHunt system will not allow online checking of deer during shotgun deer season.

Parent-child drill day at VYT

A parent-child drill day will be held at Vineyard Youth Tennis Saturday from 1 to 2:30 pm. The class is free to children and adults who can sustain a rally and keep score.

Third and fourth grade hoops sign-up

The Third and Fourth Grade Boys and Girls Basketball League will begin play Tuesday, November 12, 5–6 pm, at the Martha’s Vineyard Boys and Girls Club at 44 Robinson Road in Edgartown. There will be a shoot-around and a final registration opportunity held during the session. Players will be assigned to teams following the shoot-around. All players will report to the Club on Thursday, November 15, 5–7 pm. Players will find out team assignments, meet the coaches, receive their team shirts and schedules, and participate in a pre-season Round Robin. Coaches are still needed. Please email