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Vineyard forward Jason Lages outpaces the defense. —Photo by Michael Cummo

The Martha’s Vineyard boys soccer team kept up their blistering season with a 3-0 victory over Falmouth on Monday afternoon. Alex GordonBeck scored in the third minute of the game and minutes later Jason Lages added a second tally. The boys looked composed throughout the first half, putting a half dozen shots either on target or very close.

The second half was more of the same. Lages scored his 29th goal of the season to make it 3-0, breaking the previous record of 28 goals in one season held by Lucas Brewer.

Goal scorer Alex GordonBeck works his way through traffic. —Photo by Michael Cummo
Goal scorer Alex GordonBeck works his way through traffic. —Photo by Michael Cummo

Defensive captain Ben Poole, who hit the crossbar from a freekick in the first half, was a defensive stalwart at the back, not letting Falmouth capitalize on any chances. Goalkeepers Matt Stone and Joao Gonsalves combined for the clean sheet.

At 13-1-2, the varsity soccer team is now ranked as the 17th best team in the state, according to an October 19 Boston Globe poll.

Their game scheduled for Tuesday, October 21, at Bishop Stang was postponed and rescheduled for Monday, October 27, and the game scheduled for Wednesday, October 22, against Dennis Yarmouth was also postponed, to October 29 at home at 3 pm.

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Running back Isaac Higgins leaps over a Berkley Somerset defender. —Photo by Michael Cummo
Captains Liam Smith, Mike Mussell, and David Macias hold hands before the coin toss during the last home football game of the season. —Photo by Michael Cummo
Captains Liam Smith, Mike Mussell, and David Macias hold hands before the coin toss during the last home football game of the season. —Photo by Michael Cummo

The Martha’s Vineyard varsity football team dropped its last home game of the season to Somerset Berkley by a score of 44-18 on Friday, October 17. With the loss the team falls to 1-5 on the season and 0-3 in conference play.

It was homecoming night and the Vineyarders looked up for the challenge against Somerset Berkley, which came in undefeated. With a roaring student section, the Vineyarders jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead, thanks to a 30-yard pass from quarterback Mike Mussell to Jacob Cardoza. It was a great start for a struggling Martha’s Vineyard team, but it would not last. Somerset responded with five unanswered touchdowns and eventually cruised to victory.

A raucous Island crowd lent its support to the hometown team. —Photo by Michael Cummo
A raucous Island crowd lent its support to the hometown team. —Photo by Michael Cummo

The Vineyarders had opportunities to narrow the score. A 60-yard touchdown run was called back on a penalty, and Martha’s Vineyard struggled to get going again. To their credit, the Islanders never gave up. Ben Clark scored on a 10-yard run in the second half and James Sashin caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Mussell. Defensively, Austin Chandler made 19 tackles in a huge performance for the Vineyarders.

The Vineyard’s next game is at 1 pm on Saturday at Coyle & Cassidy High School.

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Kylie Hatt, right, chases down a pass from Aubrey Ashmun, 10.

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School varsity girls field hockey team qualified for the state tournament with a 4-0 win over Ursuline Academy Monday before a hometown crowd on Seniors Day.

Four minutes into the game, Gabby Hoxie put the Vineyarders ahead on assists from Hannah Kim and Aubrey Ashmun. The girls extended the lead with just until 12 minutes left in the first half when Shannon O’Connor put a Belle Dinning pass into the back of the net.

Lacey Dinning dribbles past an Ursuline defender.
Lacey Dinning dribbles past an Ursuline defender.

The girls came out swinging after halftime, intent on securing their place in the state tournament. Five minutes into the second half, Olivia Lindgren-Green extended the lead to 3-0. Minutes later, defender Jess Sonia cleared a Ursuline shot off the line, keeping the lead at three.

A “Lets Go Seniors” chant rang out, as the bench and parents spurring the girls to play hard until the final whistle. With three minutes left in the game, Aubrey Ashmun passed to Hannah Kim, who knocked the ball past the Ursuline goalie to make it 4-0 and secure the win.

The big win generated plenty of cheers from the sidelines.
The big win generated plenty of cheers from the sidelines.

When the final whistle blew, the girls ran onto the field to celebrate as parents screamed their approval. An excellent Martha’s Vineyard team was rewarded with a tournament berth. The next game is Wednesday against Bishop Stang at home.

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Captain David Macias and Jacob Cardoza tackle a Bishop Stang runner. —Photo by Michael Cummo
Junior Curtis Farrell fights off a tackle. —Photo by Michael Cummo
Junior Curtis Farrell fights off a tackle. —Photo by Michael Cummo

The Martha’s Vineyard varsity football team played their hearts out against Bishop Stang on a cold, misty night, but they came up just short, 21-19. After trailing 7-0 at halftime, the Vineyarders clawed their way back. The running game was working, with Jacob Cardoza carrying the ball for 88 yards and two touchdowns and Curtis Farrell tallying 40 yards. But it was not enough. After Martha’s Vineyard scored to cut the lead to 14-13, the Spartans blocked the extra point. And those points would prove to be the difference in the game.

Quarterback Mike Mussell scrambles for yardage against Bishop Stang. —Photo by Michael Cummo
Quarterback Mike Mussell scrambles for yardage against Bishop Stang. —Photo by Michael Cummo

Down 21-13 with eight minutes left, the Vineyarders went on a last-ditch drive. Quarterback Mike Mussell scrambled and threw his way towards the end zone, and ultimately the Vineyarders punched it in with a one-yard run by Ben Clark.

With the score now 21-19, Martha’s Vineyard went for a necessary two-point conversion to tie the game. But Mike Mussell’s pass was overthrown and the conversion failed, making the comeback incomplete.

The defense played well, though, with linebackers David Macias and Austin Chandler combining for 27 tackles. Martha’s Vineyard is now 0-4 overall and 0-2 in Eastern Athletic Conference play.

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With Nomans Land in the background, Jamie Smadbeck of Edgartown runs up the final stretch on his way to a first place finish in the Gay Head 10K. — Photo by Michael Cummo


A total of 146 runners took off running at the start of the Gay Head 10K race Sunday morning. — Photo by Michael Cummo


Otto Osmers of West Tisbury, 14, finished 16th, only 5 minutes after the winner. — Photo by Michael Cummo


Duke Hutchinson, from Watertown, sprints to the finish line. —Photo by Michael Cummo


146 runners participated in the Gay Head 10K race Sunday morning. —Photo by Michael Cummo


Aquinnah resident Michael Selliti, center, passed Matthew Sandler on the final stretch of the race. — Photo by Michael Cummo


Merchandise was also available to raise money for the lighthouse relocation. —Photo by Michael Cummo


27 year old Jamie Smadbeck crosses the finish line first, winning the Gay Head 10K. —Photo by Michael Cummo


Lisa Belcastro, of Vineyard Haven, powers through the finish line. —Photo by Michael Cummo


Nichole Roczniak was among the first women to finish. —Photo by Michael Cummo


Reaan Steenkamp, left, runs towards the lighthouse with Paul Vertefeuille right on his tail. They finished second and third, respectively. —Photo by Michael Cummo

Against a dramatic natural backdrop that included the Atlantic Ocean and the multi-hued Gay Head cliffs set against a clear blue sky, 146 runners took of from the starting line at 10 am in the second annual Gay Head 10K race Sunday.

James Smadbeck, 27, of Edgartown, finished first with a time of 40:18.00, followed closely behind by Vineyard Haven residents Reaan Steenkamp and Paul Vertefeuille, who finished second and third, respectively.

Mr. Steenkamp’s strong showing followed his recent victory in the Vineyard Haven Public Library 5K and third place performance in the Edgartown Library 5K.

The 6.2 mile course began and ended at the lighthouse, winding down State Road and looping back along Moshup Trail.

The race was a fundraiser in support of the effort to move the Gay Head Lighthouse away from the eroding cliffs. Once the imminent relocation is complete, the 10K will remain an annual event to raise money for maintenance costs.

Lianne Swanson of Somerville was the first woman to finish the course. She finished fifth overall with a time of 42:08.00. Otto Osmers, 14, of West Tisbury, finished first among young people with a time of 45:18.00, good for 16th overall.

Top 10 Results: 1. James Smadbeck, Edgartown, 40:18.00; 2. Reaan Steenkamp, Vineyard Haven, 41:38.00; 3. Paul Vertefeuille, Vineyard Haven, 41:45.00; 4. Brian Flatley, South Boston, 42:04.00; 5. Lianne Swanson, Somerville, 42:08.00; 6. Nichole Roczniak, East Haddam, Conn., 43:30.00; 7. Emma Mushnick, West Tisbury, 43:52.00; 8. Hunter Cottrell, Oak Bluffs, 44:10.00; 9. Chris Cajolet, Vineyard Haven, 44:21.00; 10, Mary Clabby, Marietta, Ga., 44:37.00.

For complete race, results go to

Mixed 10000 Meter Run
      Comp#  Name                            Team                             Time Points
    1   184  Smadbeck, James            M27  Edgartown, MA                40:18.00       
    2   109  Steenkamp, Reaan           M47  Vineyard Haven, MA           41:38.00       
    3   169  Vertefeuille, Paul         M50  Vineyard Haven, MA           41:45.00       
    4    52  Flatley, Brian             M28  South Boston, MA             42:04.00       
    5   138  Swanson, Lianne            W24  Somerville, MA               42:08.00       
    6    56  Roczniak, Nichole          W23  East Haddam, CT              43:30.00       
    7   121  Mushnick, Emma             W26  West Tisbury, MA             43:52.00       
    8   168  Cottrell, Hunter           M22  Oak Bluffs, MA               44:10.00       
    9   147  Cajolet, Chris             M49  Vineyard Haven, MA           44:21.00       
   10   131  Clabby, Mary               W46  Marietta, GA                 44:37.00       
   11   141  Graves, Joel               M34  Edgartown, MA                44:53.00       
   12   185  Nasser-Ghodsi, Navine      W27  Worcester, MA                44:56.00       
   13   171  Trapotsis, Art             M40  Arlington, MA                45:07.00       
   14    24  Phoenix, Kevin             M42  Danvers, MA                  45:10.00       
   15   180  Beck, Aaron                M34  West Tisbury, MA             45:14.00       
   16   166  Osmers, Otto               M14  West Tisbury, MA             45:18.00       
   17    90  Mullen, Michael            M55  Natick, MA                   45:40.00       
   18   101  Cleland, Todd              M45  Oak Bluffs, MA               45:42.00       
   19   153  Robertson, Michael         M32  Andover, MA                  46:08.00       
   20    30  Durante, Karen             W63  Newbury, MA                  46:31.00       
   21   161  Gaines, Dana               M57  Edgartown, MA                46:36.00       
   22    44  Perrone, Roberto           M43  Tarrytown, NY                46:46.00       
   23   128  Rodegast, Peter            M58  West Tisbury, MA             46:58.00       
   24   146  Suryckova, Eliska          W44  Vineyard Haven, MA           48:01.00       
   25    71  Bradley, Cassie            W28  Edgartown, MA                48:19.00       
   26   119  Hutchinson, Duke           M67  Watertown, MA                48:31.00       
   27   105  Selliti, Michael           M23  Aquinnah, MA                 48:50.00       
   28   114  Clement, Isabelle          W46  Vineyard Haven, MA           48:51.00       
   29    23  Sandler, Matthew           M39  Franklin, MA                 49:01.00       
   30    63  Ramsey, Benjamin           M33  Chilmark, MA                 49:15.00       
   31    27  Baxter, Paula              W51  Waquit, MA                   49:21.00       
   32   167  Dorr, Alexander            M22  Vineyard Haven, MA           50:00.00       
   33   117  Hackett, Lai Sahn          W23  Arlington, MA                50:21.00       
   34   176  Taylor, Alexandra          W39  Aquinnah, MA                 50:23.00       
   35   178  Taylor, Isaac              M36  Aquinnah, MA                 50:24.00       
   36   175  Ricciardi, Walter          M60  Aquinnah, MA                 50:30.00       
   37   107  Gil Nievas, Rafael         M42  Weston, MA                   50:49.00       
   38   115  Thornton, Edward           M45  West Barnstable, MA          50:55.00       
   39    66  Doolan, Elizabeth          W32  South Grafton, MA            51:06.00       
   40   118  Roddy, Jessica             W53  Chilmark, MA                 51:07.00       
   41    58  Ballek, Diane              W52  East Haddam, MA              51:08.00       
   42   181  Schmidt, Julie             W41  Chilmark, MA                 51:09.00       
   43    98  Peach, Molly               W25  Edgartown, MA                51:26.00       
   44    42  Greblick, David            M49  Newton, MA                   51:27.00       
   45   113  Shanor, Rachel             W57  Milton, MA                   51:28.00       
   46   124  Hatt, Peter                M48  Edgartown, MA                51:31.00       
   47   108  Bogen, Joy                 W40  Hingham, MA                  52:10.00       
   48    43  Hughes, Lisa               W46  Wellesley, MA                52:22.05       
   49   173  Zamarro, Jill              W41  Oak Bluffs, MA               52:22.15       
   50   130  Klumick, Jack              M67  Edgartown, MA                52:23.00       
   51   125  Wiley, Cristina            W23  West Tisbury, MA             52:24.00       
   52   127  Saltmarsh, Joshua          M25  Mercer, ME                   52:25.00       
   53    91  Greene, Alice              W19  West Tisbury, MA             52:32.00       
   54   151  Burke, Karen               W45  Vineyard Haven, MA           52:34.00       
   55   160  Riemer, Emma               W15  Vineyard Haven, MA           52:44.00       
   56    16  Pinnetti, Mike             M40  Mashpee, MA                  53:14.00       
   57    25  Connolly, Whitney          W30  Salem, MA                    53:23.00       
   58   152  Belcastro, Lisa            W50  Vineyard Haven, MA           53:55.00       
   59   135  Colotin, Cristian          M24  Edgartown, MA                53:56.00       
   60   126  Perret, Kelsey             W25  Oak Bluffs, MA               53:57.00       
   61   144  Brown, Bill                M61  Vineyard Haven, MA           53:58.00       
   62   156  Branch, James              M64  West Tisbury, MA             53:59.00       
   63    10  Briggs, Sarah              W32  West Roxbury, MA             54:00.00       
   64    97  Lawson, Savannah           W22  Vineyard Haven, MA           54:11.00       
   65   170  Levett, Emily              W41  Vineyard Haven, MA           54:13.00       
   66   110  Cherry, Catherine          W13  Edgartown, MA                54:18.00       
   67    80  Wall, Tessa                W24  West Tisbury, MA             54:40.00       
   68    31  Fleischer, Christopher     M32  Woburn, MA                   54:45.00       
   69   116  Tolland, Jennifer          W21  Walpole, MA                  54:53.00       
   70   102  McCarthy, Daniel           M26  Framingham, MA               55:01.00       
   71    93  Hart, Samuel               M36  Chilmark, MA                 55:04.00       
   72   163  Sullivan, Jacqueline       W22  North Andover, MA            55:20.00       
   73   177  Nolan, Diane               W49  West Tisbury, MA             55:21.00       
   74    81  Riemer, Robert             M42  Vineyard Haven, MA           55:28.00       
   75    21  Koch, Katherine            W34  Summit, NJ                   55:43.00       
   76    84  Shupenis, Erin             W33  South Yarmouth, MA           56:03.00       
   77    50  Nasser, Francis            M61  Del Ray Beach, FL            56:18.00       
   78   158  Courtemanche, Lisa         W43  Unionville, CT               56:34.00       
   79    17  Rose, David                M57  Lakeville, MA                56:38.00       
   80    67  Nordengren, Bill           M58  Hollis, NH                   56:56.00       
   81    39  Street, Jenifer            W49  Auburndale, MA               56:59.00       
   82    28  Pasakarnis, Beth           W53  Mashpee, MA                  57:03.00       
   83   162  Jackson, Nicole            W27  Vineyard Haven, MA           57:07.00       
   84    22  Kugler, Phyllis            W68  West Tisbury, MA             57:21.00       
   85    19  Bernier, Jeffrey           M55  Lakeville, MA                58:02.00       
   86   155  Parker, Matthew            M27  Vineyard Haven, MA           58:03.00       
   87    54  Booker, Belinda            W43  Aquinnah, MA                 58:04.00       
   88    96  MACMILLAN, Annette         W70  Haddonfield, NJ              58:05.00       
   89   148  Kosciak, Ted               M59  Ayer, MA                     58:06.00       
   90    87  Ellis, Jason               M42  South Yarmouth, MA           58:17.00       
   91    74  Garrity, Paul              M53  Londonberry, NH              58:22.00       
   92   123  Littleton, Clem            M57  Plymouth, MA                 58:23.00       
   93   136  Beynnon, Katie             W25  Jericho, VT                  58:23.50       
   94    57  Roczniak, Donna            W54  East Haddam, MA              59:03.00       
   95    32  Bond, Abigale              W34  Woburn, MA                   59:25.00       
   96   145  Theriault, Lindsey         W23  Burlington, MA               59:26.00       
   97   183  Palmer, Andy               M66  Chilmark, MA                 59:50.00       
   98   120  Giordano, Jackie           W38  Oak Bluffs, MA               59:55.00       
   99    77  Seman, Patricia            W50  West Tisbury, MA             59:57.00       
  100   112  Coombs, Katherine          W21  Milton, MA                 1:00:00.00       
  101    69  Welch, Sophia              W24  Aquinnah, MA               1:00:15.00       
  102   132  Sturdivant, Emily          W23  Oak Bluffs, MA             1:00:25.00       
  103   106  Bettencourt, Marcy         W42  Edgartown, MA              1:00:27.00       
  104    20  Folchman, Ruth             W58  northhampton, MA           1:00:27.50       
  105    35  Gerosa-Beal, Brenda        W63  Hingham, MA                1:00:30.00       
  106    79  Rose, Jennifer             W44  Edgartown, MA              1:00:33.00       
  107   142  Cotton, Paul               M69  Aquinnah, MA               1:01:05.00       
  108   103  Martinez, Talia            W23  Framingham, MA             1:01:17.00       
  109    76  Carol, Hallie              W22  Edgartown, MA              1:01:25.00       
  110   134  Kirk, Lucinda              W43  Vineyard Haven, MA         1:01:40.00       
  111   165  Giordano, Olivia           W29  Oak Bluffs, MA             1:02:22.00       
  112   137  Leport, Nancy              W53  Aquinnah, MA               1:02:34.00       
  113   157  McCarthy, Donna            W47  West Roxbury, MA           1:02:56.00       
  114   104  Rimas, Elizabeth           W44  Roslindale, MA             1:03:28.00       
  115    41  Smith-Munnelly, Aimee      W44  Roslindale, MA             1:03:38.00       
  116   182  Pakmer, Onnie              W66  Chilmark, MA               1:03:39.00       
  117    73  Garrity, Nicole            W23  Hull, MA                   1:03:40.00       
  118   111  Kirk, Kimberly             W47  Edgartown, MA              1:03:55.00       
  119    85  Zechner, Jenna             W22  Chilmark, MA               1:04:27.00       
  120     9  Manter, Skipper            M57  West tisbury, MA           1:04:30.00       
  121    62  Diener, Jay                M66  Hampton, NH                1:05:00.00       
  122   122  Gormley, Michelle          W44  West Roxbury, MA           1:05:19.00       
  123   100  Bruno, Christopher         M34  West Tisbury, MA           1:05:28.00       
  124    65  Montgomery, Mark           M34  Chilmark, MA               1:05:29.00       
  125    99  Borck, Caitlin             W29  West Tisbury, MA           1:06:00.00       
  126   129  McKeon, Noelle             W33  Bedford, NH                1:06:09.00       
  127     5  Creighton, Charles         M47  Vineyard Haven, MA         1:06:18.00       
  128   164  Grisales, Martha           W53  Larchmont, NY              1:06:32.00       
  129     8  Mason, Erica               W40  Lincoln, MA                1:06:52.00       
  130   154  Robertson, Rebecca         W33  Andover, MA                1:06:57.00       
  131   140  Romero Donado, Michelle    W23  Boca Raton, FL             1:07:05.00       
  132   133  Welch, Berta               W54  Aquinnah, MA               1:07:53.00       
  133    53  Poduska, Lily              W27  Boston, MA                 1:08:38.00       
  134   172  Cohen, Joshua              M65  Potomac, MD                1:08:53.00       
  135    92  O'Sullivan, Kathy          W64  Edgartown, MA              1:10:55.00       
  136   159  Albertin, Thomas           M63  Acton, MA                  1:12:40.00       
  137    72  Mullen, Sydney             W36  Edgartown, MA              1:13:25.00       
  138    36  Carr, Diane                W57  Edgartown, MA              1:13:27.00       
  139   174  Poduska, Susan             W61  Aquinnah, MA               1:13:41.00       
  140    55  Poduska, John              M76  Weston, MA                 1:13:44.00       
  141    59  Booker, Spencer            M43  Aquinnah, MA               1:15:14.00       
  142   143  Harris, Meredith           W68  Mashpee, MA                1:16:15.00       
  143    45  Sanchez-Perrone, Andrea    W51  Tarrytown, NY              1:16:45.00       
  144    89  Mahedy, Claudia            W50  New York, NY               1:17:15.00       
  145   139  Mahedy, Carolina           W16  New York, NY               1:17:20.00       
  146    78  Coutinho, Linda            W52  Chilmark, MA               1:17:21.00       

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The first home football matchup of the season found the Vineyard overmatched.

Sophomore Ennis Foster runs past a Bishop Feehan defender. –Photo by Michael Cummo.

The first home football game of the Martha’s Vineyard season ended Monday afternoon with a disappointing 22-0 defeat at the hands of a strong Bishop Feehan squad. Despite the defeat, the Junior Varsity boys made a solid defensive showing.

Freshman Zach Moreis makes a tackle behind the line of scrimmage.
Freshman Zach Moreis makes a tackle behind the line of scrimmage.

With only 20 boys in uniform to Bishop Feehan’s 41, the Vineyarders faced an uphill battle. They started strong, though, and the MV defense had a “bend but not break” attitude, giving up some yardage but eventually making a fourth-down stand and getting the ball back.

With 2:50 left in the first quarter, MV muffed a fourth-down punt attempt and fell on the football at their own 9-yard line, giving the Shamrocks great field position. Freshman Curtis Fournier had something to say about that, though. On fourth down, he batted down a Bishop Feehan pass at the line of scrimmage, causing the Vineyard bench to erupt.

Quarterback Sam Bresnik scrambles away from pressure, looking to throw it downfield.
Quarterback Sam Bresnik scrambles away from pressure, looking to throw it downfield.

It was a brief surge. The Vineyarder offense stalled, and at halftime the boys were down 6-0 after a touchdown and failed conversion early in the second quarter. During the opening drive of the second half, MV quarterback Sam Bresnik had a nice nine-yard run, but it could not save the drive. The Vineyard offense was focused on executing option plays, most of which were runs. But the Shamrocks defense stacked the box, making it hard to find running room.

With six minutes left of the third quarter, Bishop Feehan scored again on a screen pass, and after the two-point conversion left the Vineyarders trailing 14-0.

Linebacker Elijah LaRue sacks the opposing quarterback for a loss.
Linebacker Elijah LaRue sacks the opposing quarterback for a loss.

Freshman Zach Moreis had a good day on the ground, putting together several solid running plays. But that was not enough to make up for costly turnovers. With 3:20 left in the third quarter, a fourth-down punt was again muffed, and even though Martha’s Vineyard fell on the loose ball, a turnover on downs gave Bishop Feehan field position in the red zone. After a seven-yard TD run, MV was down 22-0 with just over a quarter remaining.

The boys did not give up, though. Their defense put together a solid effort culminating in a turnover; linebacker Wilson Redfield tipped a Feehan pass behind the line of scrimmage, falling on the loose ball, eliciting a raucous cheer from the fans and the bench alike.

To their credit, the junior varsity team never conceded the football game. They played hard, and made Bishop Feehan work to score. The next home game is 6 pm Friday, when the boys varsity team takes on Bishop Strang.

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Vineyard forward Olivia Smith pokes the ball past the onrushing Whitinsville Christian goalkeeper for the first goal of the game.

The Martha’s Vineyard girls varsity soccer team came away with only a point after drawing with Whitinsville Christian at home 1-1. Olivia Smith put the Vineyarders ahead just after halftime, but Whitinsville tied it 10 minutes later.

Courtney Howell marks a Whitinsville Christian player during a 1-1 draw.
Courtney Howell marks a Whitinsville Christian player during a 1-1 draw.

The game’s first half was unremarkable, with each team doing just enough to keep the opposition out of the goal. Martha’s Vineyard came out of halftime strong, with determination and poise. Three minutes into the second half, the Vineyarders broke on a counter, and Emily DeBettencourt gave a lead pass to Olivia Smith, who curled a quick shot past the onrushing Whitinsville Christian goalkeeper. The ball trickled into the back of the net after the quick tap, and Olivia Smith smiled from the ground, after being knocked there during the goal.

Junior Molly Houghton dribbles toward goal.
Junior Molly Houghton dribbles toward goal.

Minutes later the Vineyard defense had a momentary lapse. The defense let in a near-post shot that might have been prevented with a quick defensive rotation. But the girls quickly recovered, and played well the rest of the game.

For most of open play, Whitinsville Christian controlled possession. The Vineyarders did a good job at breaking with pace when it was turned over, but overall they failed to mount any coordinated attacks. The defense was solid, though, shutting down most of the opposing offense and limiting the number of shots on target.

As the clock ticked down, the Martha’s Vineyard girls seemed to run out of steam, and for the final five minutes they were fighting to keep the draw. The girls’ next chance at a victory is on Thursday, Sept. 25, when the Vineyarders travel to Coyle and Cassidy High School, located in Taunton, for a 4 pm game.

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Jason Lages, who netted a hat trick, dribbles through traffic against Bishop Feehan High School. —Photo by Michael Cummo
Silas Berlin wins a challenge. —Photo by Michael Cummo
Silas Berlin wins a challenge. —Photo by Michael Cummo

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School boys varsity team came out swinging against Bishop Feehan High School, and did not stop until the final whistle. Led by star Jason Lages, who notched five goals, the Vineyarders defeated Bishop Feehan 8-0.

Within the first four minutes, Jason Lages put one in the back of the net off an assist from Yannick Gonsalves. With quick passing, decisive movements, and the ability to push forward, Martha’s Vineyard dominated, and led 4-0 at the half. Brandon Dwane had a goal and two assists, and Nevin Wallis had one goal and one assist, all before halftime.

A composed Vineyard team emerged from halftime with the same spark, scoring a goal four minutes from restart. Jason Lages scored his third goal at the 50th minute, using fancy football to dribble past the Bishop Feehan keeper and slot it home. Gordon Moore added another to round off the decisive victory, bringing the Vineyarders to 3-1-1 overall and 1-0 in conference play. Keeper Joao Gonsalves earned his first clean sheet of the year.

The boys’ next match is at Somerset Berkley Regional High School on Thursday at 4 pm.

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Ginger Howell of Gloucester finished first among all athletes competing in the Vineyard Triathlon.

Ginger Howell of Gloucester, the overall winner, crushed the competition in the Vineyard 70.3 Triathlon on Sunday. Ginger finished the swimming, biking and running in 4:52:43, a full five minutes and fifteen seconds before the first place finisher in the men’s division, Wayne Nichols from St. Croix, who finished with a time of 4:57:58 to take second place overall.

Todd Cleland of Oak Bluffs was third with a time of 5:30:04.

The triathlon began at 6:30 AM and included an open water swim, followed by a 56 mile bike route around the Island, and ended with a 13.04 mile run through and around Oak Bluffs. A total of 74 athletes participated, some individually and others in teams of three.

Racers could also elect to race with a team in a relay format. Team Holmes Holers, comprised of Islanders Gary Maynard, Hudson Maynard and Lee Greathouse, was the winning relay team with a time of 4:46:28. Swimmers could also elect to participate only in an open water race; Leslie Craven, from Vineyard Haven, was the fastest overall swimmer with a time of 33:33.


Female winners: 1, Ginger Howell 4:52:43; 2, Kathleen Wanat 5:24:49; 3, Alexis Ball 6:04:36; Male winners: 1, Wayne Nichols 4:57:58; 2, Todd Cleland 5:30:04; 3, Charlie Iselin 5:45:50; Relay Team: Homes Holers, Gary Maynard, Hudson Maynard, Lee Greathouse 4:46:28; Female Open Water swimming: Leslie Craven 33:33; Male Open Water swimming: Mike Hagadorn 33:42.

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Veronika and Hannah Buckley. Photo by Ralph Stewart.

A total of 66 paddlers and five dogs raced off State Beach and through Sengekontacket Pond in the 23rd annual Oar & Paddle Regatta, hosted by Island Spirit Kayak. The 2.4-mile race course began at Little Bridge and followed the beach up Nantucket Sound to Big Bridge, to the pond side and back to Little Bridge. The race, which raised $1,593.70, was a benefit for Friends of Sengekontacket, an organization dedicated to the preservation of Sengekontacket Pond and its barrier beaches.

Winner Dana Gaines crossing the finish line.
Winner Dana Gaines crossing the finish line. Photo by Ralph Stewart.

Winner Dana Gaines beat out the field with an impressive time of 21:58, a full 4 minutes and 40 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher Justin Deary. Jessie Holtham took first place among women, edging out Jennifer Brotsky for first place.

The Oar & Paddle Regatta also recognized winners in other categories, including best plastic kayak time, won by Percy Burt, and best kayak pairs. Michelle and Jeff Knepper were the fastest among all doubles. In the pets category, Bridget Dunnigan and Roger Williams, with pups Mullet and Hogan, crossed the finish line first, while in the singles pet category Wendy Reagan and dog Nike took home the prize.

One of the unique things about this race is the amount of talent and creativity displayed, said organizer and Island Spirit Kayak owner Chick Stapleton. Many racers competed in handmade kayaks, including a cedar-strip kayak crafted by Randy Durbin. Others made their own oars or their own attachments for their pets.


Delia Passos heads for the front of th starting pack.

Plastic Kayak Male: Percy Burt 27:11; Plastic Kayak Female: Anna Morin  35:38; 1st Kayak Double: Michelle & Jeff Knepper 37:28; Kayak Double f/f: Skylar & Lindsey Wagner 44:18; Kayak Triple: Matthew Parker, Ben Parker & Collin Stapleton 42:17; Kayak single w/lap child: Veronika & Hannah Buckley 52:33; First Child: Micah Deary 46:18; Senior Male (over 80): Herb Foster w/Joan Dunayer; Senior Female (over 70): Diane Dimitri 45:23; Double Kayak w/ Multiple Dogs: Bridget Dunnigan & Roger Williams, Dogs: Mullet & Hogan; Single Kayak w/Dog: Wendy Reagan, Dog: Nike 45:47; 1st Place: Stand Up Paddle Board: Delia Passos 49:06.