MV girls hoopsters repeat as Stripes Tourney champs
The MVRHS girls varsity basketball team earned its Stripes yet again by winning the Stripes Holiday Tournament for the second consecutive year. The Vineyarders (5-2) defeated the Sandwich Blue Knights, 49-36, in the championship game Monday in Falmouth. The teams have played three times already this season, with the Vineyarders claiming a 2-1 edge. Each team won on its home court in the previous contests.
The Vineyarders had three players in double figures. Kat deBettencourt scored 17 points, while Lucy Hackney and Erin Hill had 14 apiece.
The girls advanced to the finals with a 47-31 win over Falmouth Saturday in East Sandwich. Lucy Hackney led the way with 16 points, followed by Erin Hill (14) and Kat deBettencourt (11).
In pre-tournament action Friday in Oak Bluffs, the Vineyarders ran out to a 35-7 halftime lead en route to a 57-23 win over the Bartlett High Indians of Webster. Erin Hill was the high scorer with 16 points. Kat deBettencourt had nine and Sam Hargy added eight.
The Vineyard jayvee girls also defeated Bartlett, 28-23, Friday afternoon, improving to 4-0 this season. Shannon Morris led M.V. with 16 points.
Both the varsity and jayvees girls are home Saturday for big Eastern Athletic Conference games against archrival Bishop Feehan. The jayvee game tips off at 1:30 pm, followed by the varsity game at 3 pm.
Vineyard girls skate to 3-0 start
The Vineyard varsity girls hockey team is off to a hot 3-0 start after defeating Brookline-Newton South, 5-3, Monday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena in Boston.
Callie Jackson notched her first career hat trick and Aubrey Ashmun scored a brace. Emily Hammett picked up an assist.
Ashmun put M.V. in front 4:03 into the game. The Vineyarders broke the game open in the middle period, scoring three goals in under four minutes. Callie Jackson lit the lamp 20 seconds in, followed by Aubrey Ashmun at 1:13 and Jackson again at 4:04. Emily Hammett set up Jackson for the hat trick 23 ticks into the third period. Sophomore Jackie Hegarty was the winning netminder, stopping 24 of 27 shots.
Friday at Hobomock Arena in Pembroke, Callie Jackson and Aubrey Ashmun again paced the Vineyard offense, scoring two goals apiece as M.V. defeated Southeast Mass Girls Hockey League (SEMGHL) rival Marshfield, 5-3. The Vineyard win snapped a three-game losing streak against the Rams.
Sydney Davies put the Vineyarders on top four minutes into the first period with a wrister from the right circle. The Rams tied the game early in the second before M.V. responded with four unanswered goals. Callie Jackson put the Purple up, 2-1, after a receiving a perfect feed from Davies. Aubrey Ashmun made it 3-1 and set up Jackson for a second goal as the Vineyarders closed out the second stanza up, 4-1. Ashmun scored again in the third, assisted by Belle Dinning and Katrina Lakis, who earned her first varsity point. Marshfield completed the scoring with two late goals.
Kylie Hatt, Erin Hegarty, Olivia Ogden, Ellie Hanjian were standouts on defense, helping Jackie Hegarty earn her second win between the pipes.
“Marshfield historically is one of the better teams we play,” coach John Fiorito said. “That was a big win, a league win, and a good defensive effort from everybody.”
The girls finally skate on home ice Saturday at 1 pm in a league contest against the Dennis-Yarmouth Dolphins.
Boys hockey team runners-up in N.H. tourney
The MVRHS boys hockey team lost, 4-3, in overtime Monday to Bow, New Hampshire, in the championship game of the second annual Todd Heuchling and Brian Swift Memorial Hockey Classic played at the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore Center Arena in Durham.
Officially, the game counts as a tie in the eyes of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA). Overtime was used simply to determine a tournament champ. Last year, the same teams met in the final, with Bow winning, 5-0.
Tyson Araujo scored twice, while brother Tristan earned two assists. Brian Fraser had one assist. Emerson Mahoney tallied 3:17 into the final period to tie the score at 3-3.
The Vineyarders started the tournament Saturday afternoon with a 3-1 win over Dover. Austin Morley scored his first varsity goal. The Purple followed up with a 5-3 victory over St. Thomas Aquinas, also of Dover. Tristan Araujo netted his first two goals as a varsity player.
The Vineyarders (3-1-1) open the Eastern Athletic Conference schedule Saturday night at 6 pm with a game at the MV Arena against Somerset Berkley.