Sports Highlights


Ned Casey, Ladi Navratil, named top Rod and Gun Club black powder nimrods

On a cold, raw day Sunday, a small group of black powder enthusiasts competed for top prizes at the Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club’s annual Black Powder Shoot on the club firing range in Edgartown.

This year, top honors in the primitive firearms category went to Ladi Navratil of Vineyard Haven, while Ned Casey of Edgartown captured the modern firearm title. Other prize winners included Mike Ferry and Matt Cromwell in the modern category and Cliff Meehan and Nelson Sigelman, shooting a flintlock, in the primitive category.

The club presented the Bill Nicholson Award to Ned Casey. The plaque has been presented each year since 2007 to the outstanding participant in the annual black powder championship in memory of Civil War and primitive firearm enthusiast Bill Nicholson, who died October 2, 2007.

MVRHS icemen support Wounded Warriors

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School boys hockey team, as part of a season-long fundraising effort and tribute to the American armed forces, is offering special commemorative jerseys for sale. The Military Appreciation Weekend jerseys sport the current varsity logo on a camouflaged background with black trim. It will be worn by the team on February 15, 2014, during the annual Fairleigh S. Dickinson Tournament. All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

The jerseys cost $55 each and must be ordered by December 24 for delivery on game day. To place orders, email Include name, number, and size. The team’s fundraising link is

Mike McCarthy to play in All-American Bowl

Mike McCarthy of Edgartown, an MVRHS graduate and record-setting Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) first-team all-star quarterback from Bridgewater State University (BSU) has been selected to play in the 18th annual All-American Bowl, December 28, at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

Mr. McCarthy, the all-time passing leader for the BSU Bears, is the first player from the MVRHS football program to receive the prestigious honor.

The All-American Bowl features top players from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS, formerly Division 1-AA), Divisions II and III, and the NAIA, along with some of the nation’s elite coaches. The game also gives athletes the potential to be scouted by colleges and professional teams from the National Football League, Canadian Football League, and Arena Football League. The action gets underway at 11:05 am.

Heat stay hot in RCBL

The first-place Heat improved to 5-1 with an 86-79 win over the Suns Monday night in Edgartown. Nick Viera racked up 30 points, including four treys, to lead the Heat. Lucas Brewer had 16 points and Tim Scott added 15 more. John Neto and Will Fielding had 10 points each. Jade Cash led the Suns and all scorers with 35 points. Asil Cash (19 points) and James Holenko (13) also had strong games for the Suns (1-5).

The Bulls remained a game back of the leaders at 4-2 by defeating the Lakers, 94-85. Brant Silvia had seven of the Bulls 11 three-pointers and finished with 30 points. Anthony Johnson and Jack Fielding scored 16 points apiece, while Ben Ford and Jared Silvia each had 12. Damon Mello scored 22 for the Lakers (2-4), followed by James Rolston (17), Heath Estrella (15), and Jeff Labell (14).

Girls travel hoops

The Vineyard eighth-grade girls came away with two wins on Saturday, improving to 4-0. M.V. traveled to Lakeville in the morning and sank the Lady Lakers 34-17. Devin Hill was the top scorer with 12, while Molly deBettencourt was close behind with 10. The girls then came home for a matinee with Barnstable in Oak Bluffs, winning easily, 45-16. Nearly everyone scored for the Vineyard. Molly deBettencourt had 12 points, followed by Clare Naughton (8) and Lily Piggott (6). The Vineyard girls are currently ranked eighth by

The Vineyard is home at 2 pm on Saturday, then travels to Nauset in North Eastham on Sunday.

Interscholastic hoops

The Oak Bluffs girls won a battle of unbeatens Tuesday with a 41-29 win over Edgartown. Molly deBettencourt scored 30 points for the Cottage City dwellers, who improved to 3-0.

In other action on Tuesday, Lukah Vieira scored 21 points and Curtis Fournier added 16 to lead the Edgartown boys to a 60-46 win over the Charter School Chargers.

December 11, the Tisbury boys edged Edgartown 44-43 with a bucket in the final seconds. Cole Houston was one tough Tiger, leading Tisbury with 37 points. Curtis Fournier scored 12 points, John Morris had 11, and Lukah Veira chipped in eight for the Eagles.

The same day, the Edgartown girls tamed the Tisbury Lady Tigers 52-24. Devin Hill scored 18 and Clare Naughton had 16 for the Lady Eagles. Lily Pigott totaled 14 for Tisbury.